Series: - No Series - #1
Chapters: 001 Word Count: 200
Warning(s): Character Death
Character(s): Jethro Gibbs, Ducky Mallard, Abby Sciuto, Timothy McGee, Jimmy Palmer
Category(ies): Angst/Drama, Character Study, Episode Related, Established Relationship, Friendship, General
Pairing(s): Abby/McGee, Gibbs/Ducky
Summary: Set after Judgment Day, but written before it was aired. A companion piece to: It Was Over, Quite Certain and Watching Them. Jimmy is thinking.
Author Notes: This is the fourth story a mini series of four double drabbles. And for the first time in all my years of writing fanfic, I'm not quite certain what genre to use for them.
Given that I've seen more than one person use the 'Suitable for everyone' when a het pairing is merely mentioned, then really these are pretty much into that category. Any pairing (slash or het) that is mentioned is pretty much only implied, i.e. there is nothing on-screen (apart from one kiss that really could be platonic/friendship). The main focus of each story is Gen, with a vague mention/hint/inference/if you squint slash and/or het.
Having said that, if you wish to the first can be read as Abby/McGee, the other three Gibbs/Ducky. But the relationships are not the focus of any of the stories, nor are they 'on-screen'.
He stands alone, a little to one side, out of their peripheral vision.
He sees them all.
Agent Gibbs and Doctor Mallard: together. Standing so close, alone in their own world.
Abby and McGee: together. Standing in a loose embrace, her head on his shoulder.
He wants to go to her. But he doesn't know how to.
He wants to say something to her. But he doesn't know what to say.
None of them seem to notice him. But then they rarely do, not really.
He heard Tony's vitriolic outpouring as he'd handed over his badge and gun, as he'd walked away from everything and everyone.
Part of him doesn't blame Tony for leaving, for what he'd said.
But part of him knows that what Agent Gibbs and Doctor Mallard had done had been right.
He couldn't have done it. He knows that.
Just as he couldn't do what any field agent does.
He'd thought, in a giddy moment after he'd 'apprehended' Telsa Suskavcevic, that maybe he could.
He'd thought of approaching Agent Gibbs about a career change.
But he hadn't.
It wouldn't have been fair to Doctor Mallard.
Besides, being a field agent wasn't in his bones.