"What do you want for Christmas, my goddess?"
While there was some teasing in his voice, Penelope knew Derek was being serious. He had no idea what to get her.
Well, she decided, if he was going to flat out ask, she was going to flat out tell him.
"Just say you love me, Derek. No teasing. Not as friends. Just say you are in love with me, Derek. That's all I want for Christmas."
For his part, Derek was speechless. While he might have expected some flirty remark, he never thought Penelope would say that, let alone mean it.
Luckily for Derek, he never had to answer. Another call came in for his all-knowing goddess and she quickly said good-bye, leaving Derek alone with the buzz of the dial tone.
Hanging up the phone, Derek decided that Penelope's gift deserved some careful consideration.
Emily was seriously weirded out. For the first time since she'd met him, Morgan let her—almost had her—drive the car. What really bothered her was how quiet he was. Not an upset quiet, more of a contemplative quiet, but still. It was unsettling.
Deciding that she had to break the ice somehow, Emily asked, "So, Morgan, have you finished your Christmas shopping yet?"
At first, she didn't think he was going to answer, but eventually he was roused enough from his thoughts to say, "Um…everyone except Garcia."
"Oh," was all Emily thought to say. She really wasn't sure she wanted to know what Morgan and Garcia thought were appropriate gifts to exchange with one another.
Morgan, however, seemed to think she was just the one to talk to because he straightened up and turned in his seat to better look at her.
"Actually, I have Garcia's gift, I'm just not sure how to give it to her."
Confused, but deciding to surge ahead, Emily offered, "Wrap it and put it under her tree."
Morgan gave her a funny grin and dryly replied, "Won't fit."
Now she was curious. What had Morgan gotten Garcia?
"No," Morgan answered seriously. "Not expensive, just big."
Since the Prentiss family never gave anything that wasn't expensive—and the bigger it was the usually more expensive it was, Emily had no idea what Morgan could have possibly gotten their technical analysis. Deciding that it didn't look like Morgan was going to confide in her, Emily let go of her curiosity and gave him one more idea.
"Well, a couple of years ago, my father bought my mother a new car. He wrapped up a model of the car to put under the tree, since the real one wouldn't fit."
"A representation of the gift I'm giving," Morgan said slowly and thoughtfully.
"Yeah," Emily agreed.
A smile slowly spread across Morgan's face. Leaning back against his seat, he said, "Thanks, Prentiss. I know just what I'm going to do."
Still confused, but glad to have been some help, Emily just smiled and said, "You're welcome."
Since their conversation, Derek had been avoiding her, she was sure. Now Penelope wished she had never told him what she really wanted for Christmas. She should have made something up, she told herself. Like warm socks. It was winter, socks would be appropriate.
Even Penelope knew that sounded slightly hysterical, but she didn't want to lose her friend. She may have wanted more, but she certainly didn't want less.
So, it was with some surprise that Penelope opened her door on Christmas to find Derek Morgan waiting for her on the other side.
"Hey, baby girl," he said with a grin, before giving her a quick peck on the cheek, and striding past her into her apartment. "Merry Christmas."
"Merry Christmas to you, too, hot stuff."
Though Penelope was flirting back, it was slightly on autopilot.
As soon as she shut the door, Derek pulled a red box out of his pocket and handed it over. Curious, Penelope took the package and quickly opened it up. Sitting on a cushion of silk was a diamond journey necklace. Princess cut diamonds sitting in white gold, her numb mind seemed to automatically calculate.
Seeing that his gift had caused as much shock and confusion as he anticipated, Derek grinned.
"According to the jeweler, this necklace represents the journey in life two people take together. As the necklace goes along, the diamonds get bigger. Or, as Todd told me, the journey gets better and our love grows deeper and more meaningful."
At this, Penelope's eyes shot up to his. Seeing the question she couldn't ask in her eyes, Derek caressed her cheek and said, "Baby girl, I love you. All I want for Christmas is you."
Derek was somewhat surprised when Penelope shoved the box back into his hands. As her next actions were to turn around and lift her hair, Derek felt his heart start to slow back down.
"Put it on me," she requested.
Penelope felt delicious shivers run through her body as Derek's fingers clasped the necklace around her neck. The kisses that followed the length of the chain, however, were agonizing in the fact that it just made her want to feel his lips against hers all the more.
Flipping around, Penelope framed Derek's face with her hands before giving into the need to kiss him herself.
Long moments later, when they both finally came up for air, Penelope snuggled against Derek's chest as he held her as close to him as possible.
"You know, this really makes the pair of pants I bought you seem kind of inappropriate."
"Oh, baby girl, I got everything I want right here."
Derek then punctuated his statement with another mind-blowing kiss.