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16 May 2007 @ 01:14 pm
Criminal Minds Fic: Flick and Flicker  
Posted to bau_fic
Crossposted to morgan_garcia

Title: Flick and Flicker
Pairing/Characters: Derek, Penelope, Spencer, JJ, Emily, Jason, Aaron
Rating: PG
Spoilers: The Last Word, Legacy
Summary: Derek and Penelope flirt in the back while the team watches the movie
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

The rickety old projector loudly ticked off frame after frame of Chaplin, drowning out all but the team's laughter as they passed around a bowl of popcorn.

At the back of the darkened room Derek moved his chair closer to Penelope's.

"Gimme some of that," he teased, keeping his voice down.

"In your dreams, Senor G-man," Penelope retorted quietly. "Bring your own Twizzlers to the movies next time. These babies are all mine."

"Ah come on baby girl. Just a bite."

Penelope waved a bright red licorice stick in front of him as she ate her popcorn.

As Derek leaned in she pulled it away, taunting him with it until he bent down and took a big bite out of it. He pulled back grinning a satisfied smile.

He took a sip of his drink and settled back against her - shoulder to shoulder - taking comfort from that human contact.

Penelope giggled as JJ got tired of hitting Spencer with one piece of popcorn at a time and finally showered him with a whole handful while Emily tried unsuccessfully to stop her.

Spencer bolted out of his chair and took them all by surprise, pelting them with the handful of popcorn he had stealthily concealed as he had been supposedly ignoring their playful barrage.

JJ and Emily squealed and put their hands over their heads to ward off Spencer's unusually accurate projectiles.

Even Aaron laughed, an unfamiliar but welcome sound.

When he finished, Spencer made a show of dusting his hands off. "Don't mess with Texas," he stated in a mock formal fashion, "and don't mess with Spencer Reid."

"That's Dr. Reid to you," Jason threw in, pretending to admonish the women.

"No, no, Special Agent Dr. Reid," Aaron added, still chuckling. "Though I think we might have to start calling him Tex."

"Tex!" Derek roared with laughter. "Reid's about as unTexan as you can get."

"Don't worry, hon," Penelope soothed, smacking Derek for his impertinence. "I know just the web site where we can get you one of those 'Don't Tread on Me' type t-shirts."

"You guys are missing the movie," Jason pointed out.

"Oh, you know we're going to make you play it again, right Gideon?" Derek said. He looked to his other teammates and was met with a round of vigorous nods.

"Okay, but after we play the Little Tramp ones."

A murmur of enthusiastic noises followed then everyone relaxed to watch the rest of the film.

Five minutes later Derek gave Penelope a little nudge.

"Gimme another bite."

"Uh uh."

"Come on sweet thing," he cajoled, turning on his charm. "You don't need any more sugar."

"Hehe... Nice try, bucko. Now offer me a trade and we'll talk."


"Yeah, trade. What can you offer me for some Twizzlers?"

"You mean like beads and animal pelts?" Derek teased.

"Ew!" Penelope wrinkled her nose then burst out laughing as Chaplin did a spectacular pratfall.

"Okay, how about a ride home?"

"You'd give me that anyway if I just asked you."

"True..." Derek thought for a moment. "How about a world class foot massage?"

"Hmm... You have my interest." Penelope pulled a fresh stick out of her package of Twizzlers and waved it in front of Derek.

"You know I'm good with my hands."

The stick waved closer.

"A full ten minutes."


Derek chuckled silently to himself. "Fifteen it is."

The stick came even closer.

"In my office."

"At your apartment."

"Ooh... I have some nice peppermint foot lotion at my house."


Penelope turned to face him and brought the Twizzler to his mouth.

"You have a deal."

Derek looked smug, but tore the stick out of her hand with his teeth. He sat back in his chair, relishing his sweet treat.

"And I was going to go to twenty minutes."


"Shh!" came the admonishments from the others.

Penelope lowered her voice. "You little demon, you," she complained, smacking Derek's arm. "Cheating me out of five full minutes of heaven."

Derek smirked and ate his Twizzler lustily in just a few bites.

"Well," he whispered in her ear once he was done. "You have more Twizzlers in that bag and I have more time on my hands."

Penelope let out a low chuckle and playfully popped another stick in Derek's mouth, her devilish grin visible even in the dim flickering light.

"Now you're talking, handsome..."

Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on May 16th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
This fic goes out to philleegirl who I am embarrassed to say had to tell me about the licorice bit in the final scene of Legacy. I simply wasn't paying close enough attention. (I was watching in the middle of the night - so sue me. Dock my M/G street cred if you will.) /grins/

I was a bit chagrined that it was red licorice and not black, but even I would have to admit that red licorice would photograph better in that darkened room and that Garcia is more likely to eat red.

It's funny... I started out trying to make a real fic out of my Morgan and Garcia banter snippet and ended up writing a whole new fic of banter instead. FWIW, I liked the original banter much better - it's far snappier - but this is kind of sweet as well. I like that they both need this lightness and the physical contact. (I did see them touching at the shoulders and arms they were sitting so close.) I had in my head that after the case she might not want to be alone and he would use this as an excuse to be there with and for her. That and he would never hear the end of it if he rubbed her feet in her office. LOL!

Again, apologies for bad English in favor of getting the sound of the words across. /headdesk/

FWIW, I think it was philleegirl who said Twizzlers. I would have just said licorice, but Twizzlers totally fits Garcia's personality so I went with it. Normally I am not one for brand names, but it kind of works here.

Hell, I almost tossed in a bit about Jujubes! /snicker/

So thanks again philleegirl! I am so happy you are in more than one fandom with me. I might just have to keep you! Hee!

Oh, and one last thing. I wrote the opening lines before I went back and checked the episode for movie scenes so IMHO I came up with the rickety projector phrase on my own even though my brain knows it heard Morgan say it the first time around.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it. ;-)

Oh look! I made a nice pattern in my calendar! Yay!


Emma DeMarais
PhilLeeGirlphilleegirl on May 17th, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
Re: Confession
Oh! I love you! This is so, so great. I'm so glad I dropped the little earworm for you. The interplay of all the characters was just lovely. And the fact that there is going to be a sequel? Priceless.

I, too, am glad that we're in more than one fandom together. We'll just have to keep each other.

I totally squeed today when I saw the Unit was renewed. I don't even watch the Unit, but I was thrilled for YOU and for MAX!

Oh, yeah, and Twizzlers just fits Garcia's voice so much better.
Re: Confession - emmademarais on May 17th, 2007 06:17 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Confession - philleegirl on May 18th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
Valerie: Morgan/Garcia-Little kissgaladrielriver on May 16th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, *claps*, it's lovely!! So very lovely and funny and *smishes G/M* so very them.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on May 16th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

That scene was so delicious I couldn't just let it end...
Good is Relative: CM Garcia LOLgoodisrelative on May 16th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
very cute!

*prods*How goes the other series in your M/G fic world?
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on May 16th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
/blushes shamefully/

They go not.

/hangs head/

Feel free to poke the muse or offer her chocolate or something. I would like to have more of the series myself.

I'd at least like to turn the snippet of most excellent banter I have into a publishable ficlet.

/looks hopeful/

Thanks for asking...
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fireness on May 16th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
XD I just couldn't stop laughing! Well done. =D I must admit, I did see the licorice bit, but was too distracted by the popcorn to really make anything of it until afterwards. XP "That's Doctor Reid to you."
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on May 16th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
Why thank you. /makes a little bow/

They really did need to decompress after that case. I mean not just gruesome murders but over 60 of them? Yeah... Playfulness and laughter was just the ticket. I just felt canon cut away too soon. /grins/ Hey, don't they realize *we* need to decompress after that too? Thus ficcage...
The Evil Twin: garcia_ooo_by_krazykate2bets_cyn on May 17th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)
So cute!
I love your stories!!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on May 17th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
Re: :-)
Thank you so much!

I am powerless before the chemistry that is M/G!

Their banter is the best!
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Welshywelshchicky on May 17th, 2007 01:06 am (UTC)
That was adorable, I couldn't help but grin as I read it. Reid is adorable in these, the popcorn part was nice and everyone shhing Garcia lol I have to ask, is there any chance of a sequel involving the foot rub Morgan offered her? :)
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on May 17th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
A Sequel Huh?
/dies laughing/

Oh, every M/G I do seems to want to be a series!

A sequel might be fun though. I can kind of picture it...

"Mmm... Oh yeah... Right there... God, you're good."

"I had no idea your skin would be so soft... And I love..."


"I totally love this toenail polish you have on."

"Why thank you, mon cher foot servant! It's called Pamper Me."

Derek stopped rubbing Penelope's right foot for a second and laughed.

"You planned this, didn't you?"

"Moi?" Penelope asked coyly.

Will that hold you for now? /grins/

Thanks for your support...
Damn! Look what you did! - emmademarais on May 17th, 2007 03:29 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on May 17th, 2007 04:00 am (UTC)
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! /grins/

It was such a great scene I couldn't let it end so fast! And now I have a sequel to this in the works (thanks to welshchicky) so it really doesn't have to end here either. Hehehe

I am really glad you liked it. I was worried it was just a quickie throwaway fic. Now I know I'm not the only one who wanted more.

Thanks for your wonderful words!
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patch_tankpatch_tank on May 17th, 2007 10:41 am (UTC)
Okay, it's got to be said - I now love your stories as much as I love the actual show. I cannot WAIT for the sequel to this! Brilliant writing, as always.

What does your nuse need to encourage her to keep writing? Chocolate? Money? A small island in the Caribbean? Name it and it is hers, because the wait is seriously killing me, and your muse is one amazing being to write such brilliant stories. *Adds stories to memories then stares hard at computer screen as if to make more stories appear purely by wishing for them*
patch_tankpatch_tank on May 17th, 2007 10:42 am (UTC)
And when I say "nuse", naturally I mean "muse". I fail at teh typing.
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Mousecastalie on November 24th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
That scene really does sound like it came straight from the actual episode, I really loved the feel of it. And your Garcia-Morgan banter and teasing was absolutely spot on. Great job!
autumnwritingautumnwriting on January 2nd, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
Ahhh, this is so cute!!

But now I want Twizzlers. =D
Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on February 2nd, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)

Twizzlers are like Twinkies - not real food, but people eat them anyway.

TWIzzlers? TWInkies? Coincidence? I think not! Bwahahaha!

(Gah! Can't type today!)

Edited at 2008-02-02 02:42 am (UTC)
Clo: Criminal Minds - Morgan and Garcia Compucitymusings on September 26th, 2009 08:12 am (UTC)
Cute story!