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29 November 2006 @ 11:58 pm
Criminal Minds Fic: Missing Time  
Posted to bau_fic


Title: Missing Time (Sequel to Miss Understanding)
Series/Universe: Near Miss
Pairing/Characters: Garcia/Morgan
Rating: PG13
Spoilers: None
Summary: Morgan talks Garcia into staying at his house for a while
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


Derek gripped the gun in his hand and scanned the area, tensed and on high alert.

The BAU team was searching for an unsub outdoors in the dark. They knew he was here and knew he was primed to kill again. Their job – his job – was to stop him before he did. They'd spread out so much he'd lost sight of the others, but he kept on moving forward, all his senses tuned in for any sound, any sign.

He spotted movement in the darkness under a bridge and approached cautiously. When he saw a man who matched the height and weight specs for their unsub, he rushed in that direction. He tried to yell 'FBI', but his voice made no sound.

Suddenly he realized he had no weapon in his outstretched hand.

Hearing a woman's cry and the sounds of a struggle under the bridge, he raced forward to help.

As he got closer, he could see the man viciously beating a woman who was trying in vain to fight back but failing.

Just as he got close enough to see the woman's face the scene froze.

It was Penelope.

The frozen scene turned into a photograph on a board in a Bureau office, one of many in a series. Panicked, Derek followed the sequence of photographs showing the woman being attacked, stabbed and left for dead. The final photos were of Penelope's lifeless body: eyes open and vacant, glasses smashed on the dirty ground beside her.

Derek woke with a start, still choked mute by his dream, his heart racing with fear.

Penelope was curled up next to him, sleeping quietly.

Breathing to try to calm himself, he watched her sleep, unconsciously trying to erase the images of her violent death by staring at the living woman before him.

Derek still wasn't used to seeing her without her trademark glasses and her visage asleep was so much more peaceful than her waking expression. He hoped the sleeping pills would keep her unconscious as long as possible. At this point, the best gift he could give her was a few extra moments in a world devoid of thought and memory.

/

Always an early riser, Derek stayed in bed as long as he could, but finally gave up figuring she could be asleep for hours and his restlessness might wake her prematurely. He moved silently throughout the house and even made phone calls in the backyard to ensure the house was quiet.

He ordered groceries from the local market that delivered and despite repeated admonishments to not ring the doorbell, he decided he didn't trust them and waited by the door to make sure they didn't even have to knock.

Unsure what Penelope would want to eat – her work lunches tended to run the gamut between picture perfect healthy and total junk food – he got a little bit of everything including an array of sweets. He didn't want to admit to believing the stereotype of emotional women needing chocolate, but figured it couldn't hurt.

Once the groceries were put away and a second pot of coffee was made he could think of nothing else to do and decided to return to the bedroom to keep watch.

His alarm clock revealed it was almost two in the afternoon and he was starting to worry about having given her the second sleeping pill. He was considering calling the doctor to check when Penelope finally started to stir.

Kicking off his shoes, Derek slid back into bed so he'd be right beside her when she woke.

When she turned onto her side facing him, nestling up against him in her sleep, he wrapped an arm around her and rubbed her back gently as her eyes fluttered open. Looking down at her he watched the expressions cross her face: confusion, understanding, upset, strength and then a smile bloomed and he couldn't help but return it.

"Good morning, gorgeous," she said sleepily.

"Sorry, sweetheart," Derek teased. "You missed morning. That was over hours ago." He kissed her forehead tenderly. "But I'm glad you got some good sleep."

"Not sure it was good, but evidently it lasted a while," she groused good-naturedly. "What time is it?"

"A little after two."

"Well, that explains why I'm starving," she muttered.

"Not to worry. I've got plenty to eat in the house. You can even have breakfast in bed," he said with a flourish and a grin.

"Lovely as that sounds, I think I've been in bed a bit too long. I want to get up, if that's okay."

"Sure, if that's what you want, but this first..." Morgan got up and walked around to her side of the bed where he'd laid out two pills and a glass of water. "One pain pill and one muscle relaxant. Let's get you sitting up first."

Enveloping her in his arms, Derek slowly shifted and righted her until she was sitting on the edge of the bed. Penelope's injured arm was glued to her chest, but this time it seemed to be more to keep it out of Derek's way than out of pain.

"Does it hurt?" he asked, passing her the water and pills.

"Yeah, kind of," she mumbled, handing the water glass back after taking the pills. "I suppose it will for a while."

"I'll keep the good drugs coming on schedule, trust me." Derek rubbed her good arm consolingly. "You ready to try standing?"

When she nodded Derek helped her to her feet, standing still for a second once she was up as the sensation of her body pressed fully against his hit him.

"Thanks," she said. "I'll take it from here."

"Right..." Derek pulled away and watched her walk to the bathroom slowly and carefully. "You want a cup of coffee?" he called out after her.

She turned in the bathroom doorway with a smirk. "I'd love a venti toffee nut latte, extra shot, no whip, room for cream, but since you're not a barista I'd love a cup of joe with a ton of milk."

She closed the door with a grin as Derek laughed.

"That's my girl..." he said to himself as he headed for the kitchen.

/

"Whoa there, sugar!" Derek taunted. "Have some coffee with your..."

"Yeah, yeah," Penelope cut him off. "Like I haven't heard that a million times." She finally stopped pouring sugar into her coffee when the cup threatened to overflow.

Derek leaned over his kitchen island towards where Penelope sat wrapped up in his dark blue bathrobe on a stool. "There's another man who calls you sugar?" He mocked being hurt by the revelation.

"Who said it was a man?" Penelope teased back, taking a sip of her coffee.

The smile disappeared from Derek's face for a second. It simply hadn't occurred to him, after all their flirting, that Penelope might not actually be into guys.

"Derek! I was kidding!" She threw her plastic coffee stirrer at him, which he easily deflected. "Well, only kidding a little. There's a waitress at this diner near my apartment and she always calls me sugar."

"Is she hot?" Derek asked, raising an eyebrow.

"Ew! She's old enough to be my grandmother!" Penelope wrinkled her face. "And no to your unspoken question. I don't swing that way. Besides," she smiled saucily at him, "who could surrounded by all the lovely men in the BAU?"

"Ahh, how sweet. Here... Sweets for the sweet." He put a chocolate truffle down beside her coffee cup.

"Ooh, chocolate!" She picked it up and eyed it suspiciously. "This isn't one of those maple center thingies that everyone hates, is it?"

Derek pulled the lid off the box and looked inside. "No, it says that's a dark chocolate truffle with chocolate mousse filling."

"Give me that." She put out her hand and Derek offered her the lid with the chocolates listed inside. "No, the chocolates! You can keep the lid."

Derek laughed and put the lid back on, handing her the whole thing. "Here you go. How about some breakfast to go with it though?" Derek put his hands out and gestured to his expansive kitchen. "I can make eggs, pancakes, French toast... I've got cereal, bagels, coffee cake..."

"Coffee cake? What kind?"

Derek pulled the box out of his pantry and read off the label. "Cinnamon streusel swirl."

"Oh, that will do nicely," Penelope swooned. "Coffee cake... Mankind's excuse to have dessert for breakfast."

"I thought that was what donuts were." Derek chuckled and cut off a big slice for her and after a second's hesitation cut off an equally big slice for himself. He put forks on the plates and put one in front of Penelope and one in front of the stool next to her. "Do you need to call anyone?" he asked as he poured himself another cup of coffee and settled in next to her.

"Nope. I did it from the hospital. I canceled all my plans for the weekend via voice mail." She lowered her head a little. "I kind of wasn't ready to talk to anyone just yet."

"That's fine. Totally understandable..." Derek noticed she hadn't touched her food yet so he took a bite first hoping that would get her started, which it did. They ate in silence for a moment before Penelope suddenly put her fork down.

"What about you? Your plans for the weekend?"

"No plans," Derek said calmly and kept eating.

"Derek Morgan, there is no way you're getting me to buy that you had absolutely nothing going on this weekend."

"All right then, technically no more plans. I canceled them this morning while you were sleeping." Penelope made a noise of protest, but Derek turned her to look at him. "Listen, whatever I had planned is nothing compared to this. You come first, do you hear me?" She nodded solemnly. "Good. Now I want you to stay here for a while."

"The doctors said twenty-four hours for the concussion."

"That's not what I meant. I want you to stay here at the house not just for today, but past that."

"But I'm okay with me being alone in my apartment after today."

"Yeah, well maybe I'm not," Derek said abruptly. He avoided looking her in the eye. "I... We could have lost you. Maybe I'm not ready for you to be unprotected just yet, okay?"

"Okay," she answered quietly. "I'll stay."

Derek's voice softened. "Hey, you said you found something you liked in one of my mom's knitting magazines right? She's got a box of yarn and knitting needles in my hall closet. Why don't we see if we can get you set up knitting for the weekend? Would you like that?"

Penelope smiled and impulsively kissed Derek on the cheek. "Knitting would be a perfect way to spend the weekend. But what about your mom's yarn? I'd feel bad taking it."

"I'll buy her more. She has so much more than she'll ever use I doubt she'd even miss it."

"Good. If I work on it today and Sunday I might even have it done in time for work on Monday."

"You're going to work on Monday?" Derek asked, surprised.

"Yes and that's not negotiable," Penelope stated firmly. "I'm not going to let this get in the way of my life. I have work to do and even if I need to type slower or one handed or whatever to get it done I'm going into the office."

Derek put his hand over hers on the table and gave it a squeeze.

"You're amazing, you know that?" he said affectionately.

"Yeah, wait until you see my mad knitting skills," she tossed out with a playful grin.

Derek laughed as he rose and planted a kiss to her temple before heading down the hall.

"I'll get your yarn, Miss Thing, and you can show me how it's done..."

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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on November 30th, 2006 08:31 am (UTC)
Confession
Sorry for the delay on this series!

I started Missing Time back when the Near Miss Series was on a roll and for reasons unknown it just plain stalled. I tried to pick it up repeatedly yet the muse denied me. /headdesk/

Enter the power of The Reader.

I got an email three days ago from a Near Miss Series reader who goes by the name Shel Dinozzo-Reid asking if there were any plans to continue the series.

Bingo!

I swear, sometimes my muse just wants to be wooed (by someone *other* than me)! LOL!

The fic was done in a matter of hours after that email.

/waits for a cavalcade of emails on her other unfinished series/ ;-)

So this fic has no plot per se, it's just what happens the next morning and how Morgan feels protective enough about Garcia to keep her close even if she thinks she's ready to go home and go back to work.

Plus there's all sorts of sweetness and affection, which is always nice with these two. With all the platonic kissing going on in this fic it's not going to be hard to get them to finally kiss for *real*. /grins/

Thanks again to Shel for helping jumpstart this series. I hope to keep it going now that it's been resuscitated. ;-)

Thanks,

Emma DeMarais
Michaela: Can't Resist Temptationnighean_isis on November 30th, 2006 09:09 am (UTC)
Re: Confession
TO: Emma's Muse

Please continue to inspire her so she can write more stories in this series. Tonight's ep of CM had Morgan and Garcia walking off together, which is what finally spurred me to read this series. It's been on my list of things to read for a while, so I caught up on them all tonight. ::happy squee:: I love it! It's so sweet and so...*them*!

As usual, I will saving these stories to my PDA so I can read them again later. I hope there's something new soonish.

Thanks! A "Near Miss" fan.
Re: Confession - emmademarais on December 4th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
seraphina_snapeseraphina_snape on November 30th, 2006 09:14 am (UTC)
Well... finally! I was wondering about this fic just the other day, thinking that I ought to ask you about when the next part might be posted. *g*

~ sera
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on December 5th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
LOL! My apologies for making you wait so long!

Feel free to ask in the future. Someone asked me about a fic called Therapy I was working on and bingo! The fic doubled in size. I got asked about Everything and bingo! It got finished. Seriously, I think my muse is just craving attention or something because she's doing stuff for readers that she's totally ignoring my requests about.

/disappears for a few minutes/
/returns with new fic/

Okay, apparently that was a delayed reaction. ;-) The muse didn't respond to your original comment post, but she responded to me responding to your request. (Yeah, it boggles my mind too.) /grins/

So as of a few minutes ago, there is the beginnings of the next sequel. It's called Miss Information, the first chapter is done (it's about a page long) and it's Penelope's first day back at work.

Now let's hope the muse doesn't put it aside for ages like she did with Missing Time!

Thanks for your inspiration and support.

-Emma
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the bearer of Megs' babiessiggen1 on November 30th, 2006 09:20 am (UTC)
This is just so incredibly sweet. I love it!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on December 5th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I just adore these two...
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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on December 5th, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
Apparently! I sat down to reply to these comments and bingo! I got the beginning of the next fic! Yay! Keep an eye out for Miss Information. :-)

Thanks,

Emma
Karen: Criminal Minds Gideonbyrons_brain on November 30th, 2006 11:02 am (UTC)
Ahhh, I love this series.... long live Morgan/Garcia!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on December 5th, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)
Yes! The pairing is getting more fans all the time. The cuteness *shall* prevail!

Thanks,

Emma
Welshywelshchicky on November 30th, 2006 01:43 pm (UTC)
I love this series, there isn't enough Garcia/Morgan fiction out there.

I loved how Morgan tried to keep the house so quiet so Garcia would get enough sleep, that he waited by the door for the shopping. Gotta love that man especially when he was worried about her going home. And Garcia, I <3 that girl and she was her lovely self in this fic.

I'm going to stop gushing now lol I hope there's going to be more to this series.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on December 5th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
there isn't enough Garcia/Morgan fiction out there.

I know! How sad is it that if I want to read this pairing I have to write it myself?

Yes, Morgan may have a bit of a reputation as a dog, but I prefer to think of him as a gentleman - one who appreciates the good in all women, not just those the media would deem attractive. They look out for each other in canon so it's not hard at all to extrapolate from that into fic.

I just started the next installment. It's called Miss Information and hopefully it'll be up much faster than Missing Time!

Thanks so much for your wonderful comments!

-Emma
jdcarinvdd on November 30th, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)
I really liked this. Great story and well written. Looking forward to more. :)

http://criminalmindsfanatic.blogspot.com/
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on December 5th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
More is coming! I just started Miss Information so hopefully it won't be long.

Thanks,

Emma
daydream_jade on November 30th, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC)
Yay!
So I have never actually posted a comment before, you're the first. I absolutely love this series. I also enjoy all your Don/Charlie work. It's always fun to read something by you. Thanks for the fun. :)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on December 4th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Yay!
First comment! That is clearly of the yay!

I'm so honored and thrilled it's for me! /puffs self up/

You have no idea how many people who've friended me have never ever commented. I look at them on my profile page and think 'who are you people?' I mean I'm flattered they like my fic, but one comment just to say hi I friended you to read your fic would have been lovely. I don't bite! Really! In fact, I offer very nice hospitality.

/puts out milk and cookies for daydream_jade/

(neverbelonged and byrons_brain will tell you they're well fed thanks to me. /grins/)

So thank you so much for commenting and I hope you come back and try it again. Authors love to meet their readers. We may write for ourselves, but we publish to share with others.

Thanks for taking the plunge.

-Emma
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Re: Yay! - daydream_jade on December 5th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Yay! - emmademarais on December 5th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Yay! - emmademarais on December 5th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC) (Expand)
keep calm and carry onnebula99 on November 30th, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
Ahh, this was sweet. I love these two, and after the most recent CM ep - I just adore Garcia.

Now then, about Five Nights???
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on December 5th, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
The Garcia love is expanding! I can't tell you how excited I was to see her get added to the opening credits as a regular this season. She's a great character and Kirsten does an awesome job portraying her.

Now then, about Five Nights???

Funny you should mention that... I've had a few ideas for it over the last month or so, but I tossed quite a few of them as not being unexpected enough. Reid's nightmare is kind of the main reason I was interested in this series so I want to make his the ultimate. I got what I think is the key to it recently and the muse perked up so hopefully that means it'll be written soon.

I did finally publish the Five Nights Series post yesterday. Long overdue, I know, but at least it's official now. /grins/

Thanks for your support. I'm glad you enjoyed the fic.

-Emma
patch_tankpatch_tank on December 1st, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
Aw, that was sweet. I've read all the chapters of this story (and I gotta say, the previous one was my favourite, when Garcia finally broke down a little and let Morgan take care of her), and I hope there's lots more to come!

-Patch
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on December 5th, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
Lots! Definitely lots! The list of potential titles alone is long! I think this is one Series/Universe I'll just keep open ended so I can add to it any time I need a Morgan/Garcia fix. ;-)

That fic is my favorite too. I wanted there to be some sweetness and comfort between them. Tough as I wanted to write her I couldn't just make her pretend she was unaffected. Don't worry, the aftereffects of that trauma won't be swept under the rug. There's more comfort planned for the future.

Thanks for reading and commenting!

-Emma
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A Special Kind Of Crazy: cool by lit galangelskuuipo on December 1st, 2006 04:52 am (UTC)
Way hey! I'm so happy to see more of this series. I just re-read the other parts the other night. I was going to ask if you had anymore in the works, but I didn't want to seem pushy. :)

After I started reading your CM fics, I started watching the series. I'm hooked! And, I have some serious Garcia/Morgan love. I can totally see this pairing.

I checked out the BAU fic comm, but there's a serious dearth(sp?) of G/M fic. Do you have any idea where I can find more?

Hmmm...need to find a G/M icon. ::wanders off::
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on December 5th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
I was going to ask if you had anymore in the works, but I didn't want to seem pushy.

Please! Push! Apparently it's the only thing the muse listens to! LOL!

After I started reading your CM fics, I started watching the series. I'm hooked!

Wait, you read my fic *then* watched the series! /is awed/ That's either really adventurous or a supreme complement to me - either of which is cool. ;-)

I checked out the BAU fic comm, but there's a serious dearth(sp?) of G/M fic. Do you have any idea where I can find more?

Sadly, no. I suppose you could try fanfiction.net, but since G/M fans keep bringing up the dearth of fic (I love the word dearth!) my assumption is it's pretty widespread.

I've got the sequel, Miss Information, in the works so I hope that it gets done promptly.

Thanks for your nice comments!

-Emma
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(Anonymous) on December 4th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you for letting me know there was a new part, I was watching the
community.livejournal.com morgan/garcia tag page and it didn't show up there, it never occured to me to just check your profile.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on December 5th, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
Sometimes comms take a while to tag fic so it will probably show up eventually. I'm very disciplined about tagging my fic when they're posted so you can keep up with mine that way if you want.

http://emmademarais.livejournal.com/tag/criminalminds

Glad you enjoy the series!

-Emma
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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 14th, 2007 07:38 am (UTC)
They do have great chemistry, don't they? I love their banter. It just *flows* so well.

The next fic in the series is Miss Information and it's sadly rather stalled as is a Morgan/Garcia fic that's *not* in the series called Blood and Roses. (I got tired of waiting for them to get intimate so I decided to create a fic that cuts to the chase as it were and it's *still* not happening. /sigh/)

Here's hoping the muse gets interested in either soon...

Thanks,

Emma

P.S. Who's in your icon and where are they from? I don't recognize them, but the song title I do.
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Andyrule_number_7 on January 12th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
This is me trying to woo your muse into writing more of the series lol I really like this series and I'd love to read more of it :)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 14th, 2007 07:43 am (UTC)
Woo away! Here's hoping it works!

I have the file open in my word processor right now hoping she's listening to you...

/calls to muse/

Miss Information needs you! Come back! Please!

/waits/

Well, I'll give her some more time...

Thanks for caring enough about the series to try!

I want to read more too!

Thanks,

Emma

P.S. If you want I can send you what I have via email to look at. That seems to work sometimes. (Who knows why she wakes up for certain things/people? /shrugs/) Drop me a note if you're interested. My email is on my profile page.
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patch_tankpatch_tank on January 17th, 2007 08:47 am (UTC)
*Whimpers in desperation*

Please, please don't leave the rest of us hanging too long! I need Morgan/Garcia fics like I need air and food and coffee, and yours are some of the best. I can't wait for the next "Near Miss" installment *joins in poking the muse*.

-Patch
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on January 17th, 2007 08:53 am (UTC)
Consider the muse well poked. ;-)

She gave me plenty of Miss Information the other day - taking the fic from 1 page to 6.

I think it's about 75 to 80 percent done, so here's hoping it get finished and published soon so I can move on to the next and keep all the Morgan/Garcia shippers in lovely fic. :-)

Thanks for your support of the series.

-Emma
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