Author's note: ok so it was suppose to end with the last chapter, but my muse as well and Derek and Pen kept bugging me to write this little piece. I hope you like. As always thank you for the reviews alerts and favorites they are like candy for my soul and much appreciated.

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Chapter eight

Merry Christmas Baby

Christmas had always been a busy time of year for their family and this year was no exception. He watched his baby girl move around their home has she checked last time details. Wishing not for the first time that she would have wore something different than that red wrap dress that clung to her every curve.

"You know they won't think any less of you if something is out of place, sweetness," Derek said an edge of laughter to his voice.

"But I will," she answered straitening the table cloth where the desserts sat. "I'm just glad that we didn't have a case this year to ruin Christmas."

Derek walked over and brought his wife of a year and a half into his arms holding her close, "So am I sugar. Now will you slow down this is suppose to be a fun time not something you stress out about."

"I know," she began wrapping her arms around his neck, "I just want everything prefect your Mom is coming tonight for the first time since we've been married and I don't want anything less than perfection."

"She doesn't expect that baby girl," Derek returned cupping the right side of her face.

Penelope leaned into his touch, moving her lips to kiss the palm of his hand, enticing a low growl from him. Even after being together for over two years she still couldn't stop the butterfly's that gathered in her stomach at his touch. No man had ever be able to steel her breath with just one look, like he could and she knew what the look his eyes spelled as his lips inched closer to hers.

A soft giggle escaped before turning into a moan as he sought out every crevice of her mouth, exploring her as if it was the first time. His hands not staying idle as the roamed her back, cupping her ass passively and bring her body in closer.

A loud knock had them breaking apart, yet she could see the just barely dampened fire in his eyes. "Save that for later Hot Stuff," Penelope said, winking at him before sashaying towards the door knowing that his eyes would be glued to her body watching her walk away.

"Damn little tease," Derek growled trying to get his body back under control.

No matter how much time had passed he still got hard when she walked into the room. One look from those gorgeous brown eyes and they filled his mind with inappropriate imagines. He knew he'd spend the rest of his life loving that woman. But right now wasn't the time to act on those feelings, so before he could embrace himself he slipped off to the kitchen for a cold drink hoping the cool his adore for his wife.

Penelope opened the door and was greeted with the smiling faces of her family. "Fran I'm so glad you could make it."

"I am to Penelope," Fran returned bringing the younger woman into a warm hug, whispering, "is Derek behaving himself?"

"Not so much," she answered laughter filling her voice.

"He never could sit still for very long," Fran chuckled.

"I heard that Ma," Derek exclaimed walking towards the small group.

"It's the truth bro. You've always been a little impatient. Even when you were younger," Sarah said giving an attention seeking Clooney some love.

"I'd say a lot impatient, Sar," Desiree added excepting the hug from Penelope.

"All right you lot can we move out of the doorway. There are more people coming in," a disgruntled Rossi said though the tone didn't match his words, nor did the teasing light in his warm brown eyes.

"Why hello to you to Dave," Derek said shaking hands with the older man.

"Glad you could make it, David," Penelope said placing a chaste kiss to his cheek.

Shrugging out of her coat Fran looked around taking in all the bright and festive Christmas decorations, the big full tree that stood in the front window, but what caught her attention the most was the pictures that littered the fire place mantel. She slipped away when Desiree and Sarah asked if Penelope needed any help while Derek and David went for drinks.

She smiled when her eyes came to rest on a team picture taking just after Christmas at Rossi's house two years ago. She could see the bond that they shared so plainly radiating from the picture and was glad that her son had found a second family to call his own. The next picture had a laugh escaping her lips, Penelope and Derek at the Annual Spring picnic the Bureau held. Derek had just drenched Penelope with a water balloon only to have her retaliate with her own as a why to apologize he had came towards her hands raised up in surrender and grabbed her around the waist pulling her into a kiss.

"That was a good day for everyone," a male voice said from beside her.

Fran looked up to see Aaron Hotchner standing next to her, dressed in a pair of jeans and a long sleeve dark green shirt. She could see that he'd found something of peace since the last time she'd seen him at Penelope and Derek's wedding.

"I can just bet it was," Fran began, "how have you been Aaron?"

A genuine smile lit his eyes as he answered, "Good, life has kept moving and all I can do is move with it."

"That's all we can do," Fran returned and was about to say more, but got interrupted by not so little Jack Hotchner.

"Dad, Aunt Penny said I could have a cookie before dinner can I," asked the six year old boy, eyes shining with hope.

"Only one Jack I don't want you ruining your dinner," Aaron answered shaking his head while watching his son disappear.

"Children are a gift from God," Fran added a smile on her face.

"Yes they are," he said glancing at his son then drifting towards Emily who had her back to him.

Meanwhile Emily had made her way towards the kitchen, "You sure I can't help Pen?"

"Sweetie I really don't want to have to call the fire department on Christmas eve, so go sit your pretty little but down somewhere with the boyfriend of yours and leave it be," Penelope answered a teasing light brighten her eyes.

"Gee thanks Pen for the vote of confidence," Emily pouted taking a seat on a stool at the counter.

"I love you to Em," Penelope returned setting a glass of wine in front of her.

"Don't worry about it Emily she wouldn't let me help either," JJ exclaimed from behind them.

"And where did you get off to?" Emily asked turning to face the blonde.

"Bathroom," JJ answered taking the seat next to her.

"Oww," Spencer exclaimed rubbing the back of his hand.

Both Emily and JJ turned around to see Penelope standing beside Reid a guilt look covering his face.

"Serves you right for trying to get a piece of cake before you've even had dinner, I swear you need looking after all the time," Penelope exclaimed though there was a joking lilt to her voice.

"I've tried that for years Pen it never works," JJ said glancing over at the pair.

"You're supposed to be on my side," Reid whined playfully.

"Sister solidarity Spence you've been over ruled," JJ shot back laughter dancing in her eyes.

Later after everyone had their fill of both food and wine, a few presents were opened and both Henry and Jack were laid down the family sat around the living just enjoying the time to catch up regardless of the fact that they lived out of each others pocket most of the time while working out in the field. They didn't want to fall apart again and forget each other.

"Derek," Penelope whispered in his ear catching his attention.

"Yea baby girl?" he asked his eyes dancing with love.

"Do you want your present now?"

"Anytime your ready, Goddess."

Taking his head in hers she placed it on her stomach just below her right breast and said with eyes glittering, "Congratulations Daddy."

A bit confused, Derek looked up into her smiling brown eyes before realization set in and he brought her lips to his in a passionate kiss audience be damned. He was too happy to let a little thing like that stop him.

"Ok you two get a room, I think I'm going to loose my dinner," Emily exclaimed throwing a napkin at Derek's head.

Pulling back they just grinned at each other happiness radiating off them.

"So when's the due date," Fran asked, surprising everyone. She had been watching her daughter the whole night, seeing the subtle changes and knowing what they would bring.

"How did you know?" Penelope asked astonishment showing on her face.

Fran just smiled, and said, "A mother just knows."

Derek smiled at his wife as he ran a hand over her yet to be showing belly knowing that a life was growing inside. I life that almost wasn't if it hadn't been for that fateful Christmas Eve night two years ago and even after all that time he kept to the promise to keep his family close to never forget the important things in life.

Gathering his wife close he looked at his family a little unconventional true, but they had each other and nothing would ever destroy that. They would live and live well. Making the most of what life had to offer together.

The End…