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Overcoming (Sequel to Back To School)

by: BuffyAngel68 (Send Feedback)

Series: - No Series - #1
Chapters: 011 Word Count: 19405
Rating: ADULT
Warning(s): BDSM, Kink
Character(s): Jethro Gibbs, Tony DiNozzo
Category(ies): Alternate Universe, Angst/Drama, Established Relationship, Romance
Pairing(s): Gibbs/DiNozzo
Summary: Jethro chooses to tackle one of Tony's big issues in an unusual way.

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9

Overcoming 9/?

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Through their connected hands, Jethro could feel Tony vibrating with restrained energy all the way to the men's room. When they finally made it inside and the door had closed behind them, he released the younger man and pushed him away gently to be sure he wouldn't be inadvertently hurt by the coming cyclone.

"Go on, get it out of your system." He told Tony with a relaxed grin. The younger man dropped a swift kiss on his dom's cheek and proceeded to gyrate, sing and do various touchdown dances all over the far end of the small space. Gibbs completed his clean up while Tony wound down. Tucking and zipping, he washed his hands and turned around to find Tony leaning on the wall and beaming an enormous smile at the world in general.

"Thank you, sir."

"You're welcome. Just for the record, I don't mind you getting that excited once in a while." Jethro assured his sub, strolling over and gently, slowly returning the kiss then leaning his forehead against Tony's. "I know how fiercely you deny that little boy inside... the one you never got to be. That stops here and now, okay?"

Tony swallowed hard, but pushed aside the emotions Jethro's revelation had brought up and kept the moment as light and casual as he could manage.

"Just not in the office... and especially not on a crime scene. I start trying to play freeze tag with the dead bodies, I'll be in a shrink's office before I know what hit me. Although I'd never lose playing with somebody who can't *un*freeze, so it could be fun *and* a good confidence builder..."

"Anthony..."

"Later, please. I'll be open about the past later. Just not tonight. It's been so good. I haven't even gotten my prize yet..."

"That's a promise and I'm holding you to it."

"Absolutely."

Jethro sighed quietly, smiled and pulled away.

"Wash your hands and we'll go see what you won."

"Yes, sir."

A few minutes later the couple stepped back out into the club and were met by Mama Katherine.

"Marcus asked that I bring your gift to you so the current players won't be disturbed. So... large or small?"

Tony studied the distant table for a moment before deciding.

"Small. Definitely."

"You trust me to choose?"

"Of course."

"Thank you, child. Go ahead back to your table. I'll join you there."

As Jethro and Tony reclaimed their seats, Cody held out his hand to the younger man. Tony looked surprised, but accepted the gesture and shook hands firmly.

"That was the most beautiful, genuine, passionate display I've seen in a very long time, Anthony. Courage personified. Easy to see why he chose you as his one and only."

Tony blushed furiously and turned away, ostensibly looking for Mama Katherine, but really trying to hide his embarrassment. "Whoops, there I go again. He really isn't accustomed to compliments, is he?"

"I'm working on it." Jethro responded wryly. "Anthony..."

"I know. Working over here too, sir. Just... give it time." he mumbled as Katherine approached and held out a box wrapped in paper striped with subtle shades of sliver, green and blue. Tony accepted the gift and gave her a soft smile in return. "Thank you, Mama."

"You more than earned it, child. It was a true pleasure having you here tonight. You're a credit to your dom and I think you'll be a great asset to the community. I'll be looking forward to our next meeting."

Echoing his smile, she gently brushed her fingers over his brow then turned and glided away. Jethro allowed him a few moments of staring after her in shocked wonder before prompting him.

"You plan on opening that or preserving it as is?"

"Huh? Oh... right."

Contemplating the box briefly for tape placement, Tony began to very carefully peel the thin adhesive away. Jethro's eyebrows slid toward his hairline and he chuckled.

"Who are you and what'd you do with my sub?"

"Yeah, yeah. I love presents and normally I'd be doing a Tasmanian Devil on this thing... but this paper is us, you know?" Tony replied absently as he worked. "Your hair... both our eyes. I wanna keep it... as a touchstone to help me remember my intro to the community. Besides... doing it this way shows you I understand what you've been trying to tell me about patience. It might take me a while to get where we're going... but the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow will be so much more worth it... if every step along the way was done right the first time."

Jethro gulped and had to fight back tears. Cody squeezed his wrist lightly to get his attention and offered a smile meant to show understanding of what he was feeling as well as express his ever-deepening amazement at the treasure the other man had found. Jethro showed him silent gratitude and returned his gaze to Tony, who was slowly opening the box. Cody and Tony both gasped quietly at what was revealed. Jethro, seated across the table, eventually had to request a viewing.

"Well? Do I get to know the secret, too?"

"Oh... Sorry, sir. Here..." Tony said, turning the box around to show off the sterling silver key chain inside. Jethro tugged the box a little closer so he could read the fine, delicate inscription on both sides of the attached tag.

Love, eternal and true, I give to you.
Sent out like the tide, it returns to my side

"It's gorgeous.... and perfect."

"Yeah. It is."

Cody watched the two of them gaze at each other for a short while, shoving away his envy and heartache, then interrupted with a quiet, barely forced, laugh.

"I'm sure Marcus won't mind letting the pair of you lock up and put the chairs on the tables... but I got the impression you wanted to get home fairly early."

"True. We do need to get going." Jethro replied, pushing up to his feet. "You will be coming over to stay a couple nights with us next weekend, right? We've got a lot to catch up on."

"I don't know, Jethro..."

"I do." The other insisted gently. "We want you there... and you need somewhere safe to start connecting again."

Cody glanced at Tony, who grinned and nodded.

"Totally. It's been forever since I had somebody I could really dig into the deeper levels of film with. My classic westerns collection hasn't had a good workout in years."

Cody hesitated then rolled his eyes dramatically, making it obvious he was playing, sighed and surrendered with a smile.

"The things I'll do for a friend... Fine. I'll call you next Thursday to finalize the plans, Jethro."

"Good. You won't regret it. C'mon, Anthony. Full day tomorrow, we need to get back."

"Can't be too full. There isn't much we haven't done already."

"You'd rather I change my plans? My car could use a thorough detailing. You could follow up by cleaning the whole house... starting with the bathrooms."

Tony rapidly swept up his prize and stood.

"Uh, that's okay. Nobody complaining here, nope, not at all. Great to meet you, Cody. Can't wait 'till next weekend. Sir, I'm really sleepy, can we go now?"

Jethro smirked at his old friend.

"Nothing like the threat of a dirty toilet to motivate somebody."

Cody laughed heartily and rose to give Jethro a parting hug.

"Hell of an evening, Jethro. Far better than it would've been without you and Anthony. Thank you so much..."

"It'll happen again for you, buddy. You just have to hang in there and believe until your heart says you're ready."

"Well you won't let me give up, that's for sure." Cody joked as they separated

"You got that right. Talk to you Thursday. If you need me before then..."

"... I still have your work and home numbers. You have a cell?"

"I'm between cell phones right now."

"I forgot, you and technology don't always get along."

"Always? Ever. When you call I'll give you the new info."

"Okay. Have a peaceful night, both of you."

"It usually is."

Jethro and Tony moved off, retrieved their coats and headed back out to the car. Tony spent the first few minutes of the drive home silently staring into the tiny box. Jethro finally broke into his contemplations with quiet words.

"Hey. Talk to me."

"I'm just... thinking. Do you believe all that eternal and true stuff? I mean... it's kind of sappy."

"It exists. I found it once. It didn't last, but it wasn't anything either of us did wrong. Now I've got it again and I'm not letting go this time."

This simple statement made Tony's head spin, but a moment later his usual reaction kicked in and he felt disgusted with himself. He tried desperately to push it away, but the words kept circling and filling up his head, no matter what he did.

'He can't mean me... He can't mean me...'

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TBC.........

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