Solace

"How am I doing Garcia", Derek asked in a rushed tone

"Why does it have to be you? Why do you always have to do this? Derek, you don't have much time. Please be smart about this," Garcia begged.

"Signal's coming back online."

"Thirty seconds to full coverage."

"Derek drive to the opening and get the hell out, Garcia yelled into the headset.

"There's something I need you to know Garcia," Derek whispered as he tried to keep his cool.

"Save it Just get out," Garcia yelled again as she was trying hard to catch her breath.

"No, no, no, I'm not quite there yet…," his voice trailed off to complete silence.

"Morgan? Garcia asked in the silence. "Derek? She asked again and got the same response. Her heart was in her throat as she sat there wondering and waiting. Afraid she had lost the man who had been there for her through it all. He was her best friend and he could be gone. She feels sick, but before she can get up, she hears his voice come back over the radio.

"Garcia, I'll tell you what you are to me! You're my God-given solace! Woman, you promise me one thing, whatever happens, don't you ever stop talking to me", Derek finishes and takes a deep breath while he waits for her response.

"I can't right now cause I'm mad at you," Garcia whispers as she takes off her headset.

"I can wait," is the response she hears right before her headphones hit the table in front of her.

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