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11 August 2006 @ 12:18 am
Criminal Minds Fic: Hit and Miss  
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Title: Hit and Miss (Sequel to Near Miss)
Series/Universe: Near Miss
Pairing/Characters: Garcia/Morgan
Rating: PG13
Spoilers: None
Summary: Garcia is attacked and Morgan rushes to the ER when he gets the call
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


Derek sprinted into the emergency room and flashed his badge at the nurse behind the main desk.

"Garcia? Penelope Garcia?" His voice held more than a hint of panic and he raced to the exam room pointed out to him.

He burst in, startling both Penelope and the doctor examining her.

"Sir, you're going to have to wait outside," the doctor intoned.

"Like hell I am," Derek swore, his tone menacing. He crossed the small room in a few quick steps and stood before Penelope, laying his hands gently on her arms - fighting back the urge to embrace her and tell her how glad he was she was still alive.

She awkwardly tried to adjust her undone hospital gown to cover more of herself, but still managed to meet Derek's eyes when he completed his visual examination of her injuries.

A cut over her left eyebrow had already been neatly stitched and the beginning of a black eye was slowly emerging beneath. A large bandage wrapped in gauze covered her right forearm.

"You should see the other guy," she said, her voice matter of fact and devoid of irony.

"You're the one I care about here," Derek soothed. "Are you okay?" He glanced from Penelope to her doctor and she nodded to the doctor to give him permission to speak.

"Ms. Garcia needed five stitches for the cut on her forehead and seventeen stitches total for multiple lacerations on her arm. She also sustained a mild concussion so we can't release her until she has someone to watch her for the next 24 hours."

"Done." Derek didn't hesitate a beat. "You're coming to my place. No arguments."

Amazingly none came.

The doctor excused himself to arrange for the release papers and once they were alone in the room, Derek found himself suddenly unsure of what to say.

"Morgan? You really should see the other guy."

Derek looked up at her, confused. "You weren't just joking around?"

"No, I really wasn't."

The doctor returned and after a few minutes of signing documents and reviewing prescriptions, he left again, leaving them alone in the room.

"I need to, um, get dressed," Penelope said, feeling a bit awkward.

"Oh, sorry. I'll wait outside then."

"No..."

Derek stopped and turned back, a quizzical expression on his face.

"Stay... Just turn around." When Derek looked surprised, she hastily explained. "With my arm the way it is, I might have trouble."

"No problem." He nodded in understanding and then turned away from her to give her some privacy.

He heard the quiet sound of the gown being tossed aside on the bed then a brief struggle. "Screw this," she muttered under her breath. "Not like a bra is mandatory to leave a hospital." He listened as she tried to get her shirt on and finally heard a resigned sigh. "Okay, I need a hand."

She'd managed to get her shirt over her head and one arm through a sleeve, but nothing more. She was twisted away with her back to him, so all he saw was a creamy expanse of pale skin and just the hint of a curve of a breast to the side.

"Just tell me what you need."

"I need you to put my arm through the sleeve very carefully and then pull my shirt down."

Derek approached her, careful to avoid standing where he could see more than she intended.

He patiently worked her injured arm through the sleeve of the stretchy garment, stopping each time she winced and waiting until she gave him the go ahead to move again.

Once the arm was through, he tried to just pull the shirt down, but realized with her ample chest he'd have to stretch the front of the shirt out and pull it down over her breasts before it would reach her waist. He did this and then pulled down the shirt in back as well.

"That okay?"

"Yeah, thanks," she said, sounding more than a little embarrassed.

He helped her down off the table and wrapped his arm around her waist more out of support and concern rather than her needing assistance to walk.

"You don't have to do this," she said, bashfully. "Really, I'm okay."

"Penelope, the doctor says you have a concussion. There's no way I'm taking any chances with you passing out on me, okay?"

"Okay." She nodded slightly then turned her gaze to a uniformed officer standing at the main desk.

"Officer Kyle?"

"Ms. Garcia. What can I do for you?" he answered courteously.

"This is Special Agent Derek Morgan of the FBI. I'd like for him to see the suspect you have in custody."

The officer looked surprised, but nodded. "He's still in Trauma One. They won't be ready to move him to the jail ward for a while." He gestured in the direction of the room and led them to the door.

Penelope didn't look, but cocked her head towards the door to encourage Derek to do so.

He glanced inside and saw a medical team working on a tall well-built man who looked to be unconscious and rather bloody.

"What the..."

"Three stab wounds: two to the abdomen and one to the right forearm. Damage to the right eyeball and a concussion. He hasn't regained consciousness yet, but the doctors aren't sure if it's from blood loss or the head injury." Officer Kyle's walkie-talkie beeped and he excused himself and stepped away.

"I did that to him."

"You and what army?" Derek retorted. When he turned to face her, he could tell from her expression she'd been telling the truth. "You took down a man that size by yourself?"

"Don't look so surprised, Agent Morgan," she said coolly. "Just because you think I'm helpless and can't take care of myself doesn't mean it's true."

"Penelope..."

"Turns out this guy fits the description of a man who's suspected of two rapes in the last month. So I guess I took down a serial rapist all by myself - without the BAU's help."

"Rapist..." Derek sank into a nearby chair, feeling suddenly sick to his stomach.

"Relax." Penelope's voice softened and she sat in the chair next to him. "Nothing happened. He got in a good whack on the head, but I had my push dagger ready so I stabbed the arm he was holding me with and then got in two solid blows to the torso before grabbing his metal pipe and braining him with it."

"The rest of the injuries?" he said quietly.

"Okay, so there's a bit more struggle going on in the long version," she said apologetically. "But the important thing is that I won and he's going to jail for a very long time."

"The important thing is that you're okay." he said, the emotion evident in his voice. "Come on, I'm bringing you to my house where I can take care of you." He helped her to her feet and wrapped his arm around her shoulders as they headed out to the parking lot.

"I really can take care of myself," she said quietly.

Derek tightened his hold on her and pulled her in close, pressing a kiss amongst her soft blonde hair.

"I'll never doubt you again."

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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 11th, 2006 07:25 am (UTC)
Confession
And so the Near Miss series takes off...

Near Miss itself, I suppose, was kind of a prequel in a way in that it foreshadowed the events of Hit and Miss. The rest of the series, as one might surmise, is about how Garcia deals with the aftermath, how Morgan deals with it and how their relationship develops. Oh and there's knitting. Or not. /grins/

I'm not a fan of weapons, but I got a knife catalog delivered to my house once by mistake and I ended up looking through it, trying to figure out the allure of collecting weapons. (I have a compulsion to understand that which is foreign to me, no matter how esoteric and at times repugnant.) I think it was educational and I ended up liking push daggers. They seemed to make a lot of sense to me ergonomically and I would have considered buying a small keyring model (which is what I envision Garcia having), but there's this niggly problem of concealed weapons laws and post 9/11 security regulations. And here I just wanted it handy to open packages and scare off would be assailants. (In my dreams! Please folks, do not try this at home. This is *fiction* here.)

Very special thanks to betas melissima and iolsai for their assistance with this fic.

Thanks,

Emma DeMarais
greenlily: dandelion. stress.greenlily on August 11th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Confession
Still loving your Garcia voice, and your Morgan voice works for me too. If I were a Garcia/Morgan shipper, this would be a completely believable way for it to go down. Looking forward to the next chapters. :)

--missiondoll
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 14th, 2006 07:37 am (UTC)
Re: Confession
Thank you. I can't imagine there's a lot of Garcia/Morgan shippers, but hey - maybe there will be more after this series. ;-)

More soon...

Thanks,

Emma
melissimamelissima on August 11th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Confession
You know I love this one. Besides being one of my all-time favorite het pairings, you skillfully balance Garcia's independence with her very human needs at such a time. Brava.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 14th, 2006 07:39 am (UTC)
Re: Confession
What a nice comment! /hugs/

I didn't realize this pairing was so high on your het list. Now I'm even more glad I took the plunge! Hee!

Thank you!

-Emma
Karen: Criminal Minds Gideonbyrons_brain on August 11th, 2006 08:21 am (UTC)
I love these 2, please write more Garcis/Morgan...

Oh my god there's something wrong with me I'm asking for more Het!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 14th, 2006 05:39 am (UTC)
Hee!

Few things are more satisfying than making a hardcore slasher like het. I've made hardcore het lovers like my slash, but for some reason this is oddly more satisfying. (My guess is because slash fans tend to have started with het and rejected it while het fans are new to accepting slash.)

Miss Understanding should be up in a couple of days, so more soon!

Thanks,

Emma
Andrea: morgansilentflux on August 11th, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
yeah! *bounces* new story... So glad you posted this today! Garcia beating down the bad guy totally made my morning! :D

I love Derek in overprotective mode... and the fact that Garcia is totally capable, of course...

Can't wait til you post more! *taps foot and looks under desk* ah ha! I knew you'd hidden it somewhere... *g*

wait... knitting? *snickers and runs off back to work*
Paigeangst_queen_98 on August 12th, 2006 01:24 am (UTC)
*squeees* My favorite (and ONLY!) het pairing! I love how you capture them, too. Here's hoping you've more plots to write!


Paige
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 14th, 2006 05:53 am (UTC)
*squeees*

Hee! Few things I love more than a good hearty squee from a reader! Thank you!

My favorite (and ONLY!) het pairing! I love how you capture them, too.

I'm glad to hear this. I'm pretty new to writing this fandom, but I do like this pairing. Honestly, after watching a few episodes I couldn't find *anyone* worth shipping - het or slash. I did find that I enjoyed Garcia and she has the best banter with Morgan so this developed from there. I wonder if Morgan, like he did with Elle, helped Garcia get her job with the BAU. They're so cozy it seems plausible that he knew her before.

Here's hoping you've more plots to write!

ROFLMAO

Have you seen my archive? I've written over 100 Numb3rs fic since last November and that's *not* counting the crossovers. (Actually if you count my unpublished fic I've currently got 120 straight up Numb3rs fic on my list.)

Clearly I have no trouble coming up with plot ideas. ;-)

It just happens that my favorite ones, at the moment, are Garcia/Morgan and Charlie/Spencer.

More soon...

Thanks,

Emma
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 14th, 2006 05:45 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad to hear this! This seemed the route to go after Near Miss, with Penelope proving to Morgan that he was wrong to think of her as helpless/careless in regards to her personal security.

Miss Understanding will be posted soon. In the interim, I put up the Near Miss Series post, which will be updated over time to track every fic in the series.

And yes, knitting. /evil grin/ It's so cute and funny it may make you smile like the ever so tasty Mr. Shemar Moore is in your lovely icon. :-)

Thanks,

Emma
seraphina_snapeseraphina_snape on August 12th, 2006 12:28 pm (UTC)
Okay, so I don't see Garcia and Morgan in any kind of romantic relationship, but that doesn't mean it can't be done, and well done. I'll definitely look out for the following parts.

I liked the interaction in this part, and the way Garcia handled herself. She is still shell-shocked, so I guess her bounce is coming back in one of the later parts, right? And romantic feelings or not, there is no doubt about the degree of worry on Morgan's part.

Waiting for the next part,

~ sera
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 14th, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)
Okay, so I don't see Garcia and Morgan in any kind of romantic relationship, but that doesn't mean it can't be done, and well done.

Well, part of what I liked about writing this pair was the challenge. Some people might find it slightly OOC to involve them in a romantic pairing, but I'm happy you'll at least give me the chance to persuade you it's worth reading.

She is still shell-shocked, so I guess her bounce is coming back in one of the later parts, right? And romantic feelings or not, there is no doubt about the degree of worry on Morgan's part.

As the series unfolds, we'll see more of Garcia's reactions to the extreme act of violence she endured. We'll also see Morgan's protectiveness first be a comfort to her and probably later a bother when she finally bounces back and tries to go back to a normal life. In some ways, I almost feel like Morgan's going to have a harder time letting this go. Garcia was in danger and she reacted and came out the winner. Morgan, OTOH, was (dare I use the word) impotent in that he could do nothing to protect her or prevent her attack. There's no release for him - no way he can feel better about letting her down which, while wrong, is going to be the way he feels about it. Someone he loved was hurt because he couldn't protect her. His masculine ego has taken a hit and that's not going to be easy to put aside.

Ach! Enough blathering on. Read Miss Understanding at least. It's not shippy enough to turn you off, I promise. :-)

Thanks,

Emma
seraphina_snapeseraphina_snape on August 14th, 2006 12:48 pm (UTC)
Yes, you're right. Morgan will definitely have a harder time dealing with this than Garcia. She is a lot closer to the closure she needs to put it behind her; Morgan is sort of tied down. He can't do anything to change what happened, so he'll compensate by being overprotective.

Shippy or not, I'd still read the rest of the series. Who knows, maybe I'll be converted to Garcia/Morgan in the end...

~ sera
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on August 15th, 2006 07:43 am (UTC)
Well, thanks for being willing to read the whole series. Even if you're not converted, there will likely be enough banter and such to entertain you. :-)

Thanks,

Emma
Welshywelshchicky on November 29th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
Being a Morgan/Garcia fan I had to read this and I'm glad I did. The best part was that Garcia defended herself, usually in stories the woman always needs rescuing. Great story.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 30th, 2006 09:18 am (UTC)
Morgan's a great protector type, don't get me wrong, but I wanted to show that a woman doesn't have to be an aerobics instructor or a black belt to defend herself. I'm not downplaying the danger here - she really was in a bad situation and it could have gone much worse - but she certainly wasn't unprepared or defenseless.

I just kind of felt like after that first fic I should make the point that she's not as helpless or unaware as he assumed.

Glad you enjoyed it.

-Emma
cat_willow (Jan)cat_willow on February 26th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)
Garcia rocks! And poor Morgan. He's used to being the rock 'em, sock 'em guy who can handle anyone, and here's Penelope fending off a rapist. How does he feel when he's not the hero?

~ Jan
lady_of_scarletlady_of_scarlet on February 26th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! I read the sequel first (because I am dreadfully naughty) but they are both so well-written, I could read them as stand-alones. Well done!!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on March 24th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
Near Miss was originally - at least I thought it was - a standalone. It wasn't until I got the second part that I realized this was connected and could go somewhere. Now I really enjoy this universe. It may have taken me a while to post the installment that went up today, but I hope it won't take so long for the next one.

Thanks for reading and commenting.
asha dreamweaverasha_dreamweave on March 9th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
Lovin' this series!
Clocitymusings on February 8th, 2010 09:49 am (UTC)
I love Garcia sticking up for herself, being well prepared, and taking down her attacker. Morgan's worry and concern was a great bonus!