The Innocent Bystander

by PaBurke

*** Summary *** Morgan is tasked with verifying a suspect's alibi.

*** Spoilers *** Season two of Criminal Minds. Season Seven of BtVS

*** Disclaimer *** I'm playing with someone else's toys. No Copyright infringement intended. No money made.

*** Warning *** Little language. Somehow I managed to keep this rather PG-rated.

*** Distribution *** The Nook

*** Word Count *** 350

Morgan propped the phone by his ear and listened to the Park Ranger ramble.

"…I'm telling you, that he's innocent. It's that cage that threw you off, wasn't it? Oz needs that cage for transporting wild animals. There's blood because he feeds them the stuff nearly live and as close to the animals' natural diet as possible. That's his job and he's really good at it. I remember the first time that I met Oz. He looked like a nobody and so tiny for the job. And he's so quiet. He doesn't talk a lot and I bet that he really didn't defend himself much, but was just patiently waiting for you to get your act together. But he's a great tracker, the best that I've seen and he found the wildcat lickety-split, captured it and brought it back to his van. He didn't need my help but he didn't turn me down either. Oh, and the gun. Oz only kills rabid things. He's not like some of the conservationists who think that everything deserves to live. I know that he has a lot of fire power with his gun, but that's so that the first shot to a grizzly kills it immediately. He's an excellent shot, too. Did you get the fax yet? All his papers are in order and we really need Oz here as soon as possible. We have yet another outbreak of rabies."

Morgan looked over the fax. The cage was certified. The gun was registered. The licenses were in order. Daniel Osbourne really was an innocent bystander who happened to be camping near where the serial killer had been found dead. The UNSUB had been dead of a broken neck at a bottom of a gorge. There wasn't any real sign of a struggle. The UNSUB had managed to kill himself before BAU had managed to find him. Morgan managed to politely hang up on the Ranger and walked to the holding room.

Osbourne looked up.

"Ranger Tyler verified your equipment. He's quite a fan of yours."

"We have good conversations."

Derrik Morgan burst out laughing.

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