Series: - No Series - #1
Chapters: 001 Word Count: 210
Character(s): Jethro Gibbs, Ducky Mallard
Category(ies): Angst/Drama, Established Relationship, Friendship, General
Summary: Gibbs does something he should have done years ago.
It was something he should have done years ago.
Not to have done so had been wrong. Unfair. Selfish. Thoughtless.
He should have let go.
It wasnít fair on his lover to keep holding on.
Even though said lover insisted it didnít matter.
He knew it did.
It was time.
As the fire reached up, he dropped the love letters Shannon had written to him into the flames and watched them burn. Watched as the orange and red fingers caressed, engulfed and finally ate the cream paper, turning it to ash. He watched the ash settle, come to rest.
He didnít say anything. There was nothing to say.
He felt . . .
He felt right.
He felt at peace.
What he had done felt right. Was right. And somehow he knew Shannon approved. Itís what she would have wanted him to have done Ė years ago.
He had done what he had set out to do: finally let go.
Moments later he felt his loverís arm slip through his. ďCome inside, my dear Jethro.Ē The voice was soft.
With one final glance at the fire, Jethro slipped his arm around his loverís shoulders, and let Ducky lead him back into their house.