Title: Cover of the Moon
Author: WhatBecomesOfYou
Fandom: Criminal Minds
Pairing: Derek Morgan/Penelope Garcia
List and Theme #/name: Gamma #23: as opposed to
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: I do not own Criminal Minds or any of the characters from it.

They've met this way before, under the cover of the moon and the stars in the sky. He takes her into his arms, and for a moment, it feels as though the entire world stops just for them.

They join together in dark rooms, murmuring each other's first names – "Penelope, Penelope" – "Derek" – in soft whispers only loud enough for the other to hear. And as they fall asleep, only to be woken by the sun's rise, when they scatter into the newly-christened day, they know that they can only walk together at night.

Their conversations during the day belie their truest intents, masked by the cover of "Morgan" – "Garcia." Punctual, efficient, the way everyone else sees them.

Someday, one day, they will walk in the light as they do in the dark.