Series: - No Series - #1
Chapters: 001 Word Count: 309
Character(s): Jethro Gibbs, Ducky Mallard, Other Female Character
Category(ies): Angst/Drama, Established Relationship, Friendship, General
Summary: Diane Gibbs goes to see Ducky.
"Diane!" Ducky hastily contained the surprise and shock he felt seeing Diane Gibbs standing outside his front door. "Is something wrong?"
"I think Jethro's cheating on me."
"What makes you think that?"
"He told me he was working late tonight. But I know he isn't."
"Yes. I called. He left two hours ago. I know he told me not to call him at work unless it was really important, but . . . I think it's been going on for some time, Ducky. And I know who it is."
Diane nodded. "Yes. Jennifer Shepard."
"Diane, I assure you Jethro is not having an affair with Jennifer."
"Are you sure, Ducky? I know you're his closest friend, and I'm being unfair coming here but . . ."
"Yes, Jethro is my friend, Diane, however, I am not lying to you. He is not having an affair with Jennifer." Ducky spoke calmly.
"Then . . . Oh, Ducky. I feel so foolish now. He's at work, he must be. He'd probably just gone to the bathroom or to get coffee."
Ducky nodded. "I'm certain it was something like that."
"I better go. I shouldn't have come here; it wasn't fair of me. Thank you for reassuring me, Ducky. And, you won't tell Jethro I came here, will you?"
He smiled at her. "Of course I won't. Now do take care driving home, Diane."
"I will. Goodnight, Ducky."
He closed the door behind her, relocked it and leaned against it, closing his eyes for a moment. He'd told Jethro that as an alibi 'I'm working late' was not a good one. But his lover wouldn't listen.
As he made his way back up the stairs, he felt the guilt wash over him. However, he knew he didn't feel guilty enough to stop. He never had done.