A Criminal Minds Story: "OUT" Chapter Three A warm welcome A special thanks to princess007 for being the beta for this story your the best 3 Derek finally managed to get Emily back to his house after a longer trip that he expected, since Emily had vomited on the sidewalk repeatedly. He knew it was not her fault, she was obviously experiencing morning sickness or a lack of food. After finally finding his key to the door they both stumbled inside the house to find a beautiful smell of food hitting their noses. "Hey ma, can I talk to you for a second?" Derek shouted for his mother. "Derek, you better have gotten my milk." Derek's mother Fran Morgan replied. "Yeah ma, got it right here, but can you come here? It's kinda important." Derek repeated giving Emily a warm smile. "Sure honey, give me a moment." Fran told her son. "You ok, Emily?" Derek asked the girl that was still clutching to his body and absorbing its warmth. "Yeah, just a little cold. Sorry." Emily said. "No problem, Em." "So what is it you wanted, Derek?" Fran asked his son, then suddenly seeing a girl next to his side. "Um ma, this is my friend Emily. Her parents kicked her out and I found her in the alleyway, close to the store. Could she stay here until things get sorted out?" Derek asked his mother. "Oh sweetie, of course you can stay! You must be freezing and starving. Luckily, I cooked a little more, tonight. How long have you been out there, sweetie?" Fran wondered, giving Emily a big hug, guiding her to the living room. "Three days and two nights, ma'am" Emily softly said, not really wanting to talk. "Call me Fran, dear. You're making me sound old." Fran laughed, hoping to cheer the girl up. "You know what? Why doesn't Derek show you the way to the bathroom? He can give a towel and you can take a shower. By the time you're done, dinner should be ready." Fran suggested, sensing Emily needed some cheering up and what would better than a traditional Morgan dinner? "Thank you so much Mrs. Morgan. I don't know, how I can ever thank you." Emily said truthfully. "No need, dear. Now go get yourself cleaned up and dinner will be ready soon." Fran replied, heading back to the kitchen. "Come on Em, I'll take you upstairs." Derek said, showing her the way to the bathroom. "Derek, thank you. I, uh, you're the nicest and most loyal friend I could have ever asked for. I'm so sorry for being a burden, I appreciate all the help you've given me." Emily told Derek, the words coming directly from her heart. "Hey, no need to thank me, Em. Like I said before, I was raised better than others were, and I could have never left you in that alley. Here, take this towel and have a shower. I'll wait for you downstairs. I'll get my mom to see if we find some fresh clothes for you." Derek said and turned to walk back down the stairs. "Hey Derek? Do you mind letting your mom know, uh, why and everything? … I just, uh, don't particularly want to talk about it again, for now anyway." Emily asked Derek in all honesty, knowing she would just break down again, something she did not want to do for the umpteenth time this day. "Sure Emily." Derek replied and continued his path downstairs. Emily had just finish a beautiful warm shower. She dried herself off and put on the pajama top and bottoms that Derek had left just outside the door for her, letting her know that they were his sisters Sarah's and they should be just her size. He told her that his sister was okay with borrowing them, as well as that he told his mom about what had happened to Emily, and that she was still going to help her out, whatever the circumstances may be. Emily wanted to cry, knowing how kind and loving the Morgan family had been so far. Sure, she wished that her parents were more like them, but was glad either way that there were still kind and loving people in the world. She snapped out of her thoughts, put the towel on her still wet hair, then made her way down the stair to where the Morgan's were waiting. To Be Continued...