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Fiction. Who Should It Be? and Why Me? (Jimmy & Ducky)

TITLE: Who Should It Be?
AUTHOR: Ashleigh Anpilova
CHARACTER: Jimmy Palmer
SUMMARY: Jimmy has to decide who he will ask to be his best-man.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: Written for ncis_drabble Who? challenge
DISCLAIMER: I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.

Jimmy paced around his apartment; an open bottle of beer was in one hand, in the other he held his glasses. He kept getting his hands mixed up and found himself chewing his glasses more than he sipped the beer.

"Focus, Jimmy," he muttered, pulling his glasses from his mouth again. This time he put them on, or tried to. Somehow he missed getting the frames behind one ear and they tumbled to the ground. As he bent down to pick them up, he upended the beer.

After clearing the mess up he retired to the couch to continue thinking, on the grounds that he'd probably do less damage that way.

Why was it such a difficult decision? He thought it was the hardest decision he'd ever had to make - even harder than deciding to propose to Breena. It was thanks to Breena he was sitting here agonizing over his choice.

She'd been aghast when she'd asked him who was going to be his best-man and he'd told her he hadn't decided. She'd been so annoyed with him, she'd told him she wasn't going to see him again until he chosen.

Who should it be? Which of the four men he was closest to should he ask? He sighed, took a sip of beer, pulled his glasses off and put them on the table. In truth, he decided, it was only three men, because he really couldn't see himself having the nerve to approach Gibbs and ask him.

Tony would throw him a great bachelor party; so great he wasn't sure Breena would still want to marry him! Tony was fun, Tony was unpredictable, Tony was zany but at the end of the day, Jimmy wasn't sure he wanted 'fun' 'unpredictability' or 'zaniness'. Plus, he didn't want to spend the entire time worrying what Tony would say in his speech. 'Autopsy Gremlin' might be the least embarrassing thing! Yet Tony was his friend.

McGee would be solid, reliable. He wouldn't throw as awesome a bachelor party as Tony would, but at the end of it Jimmy would be confident he'd still be able to marry Breena. Plus, he wouldn't have to worry about what McGee might say during the speech. McGee and he were a lot alike, far more so than Tony and he. McGee would do a good job.

And then there was Dr. Mallard. Jimmy smiled to himself at the thought of quite what kind of bachelor party he might throw him. Then he thought about the speech and just how long it might go on for. He smiled again. But then there was the large age difference; was it too much? Would Dr. Mallard even want to be asked? Would be expect to be asked? Would he be embarrassed to be asked? Could Jimmy in all conscience ask anyone else? Did he want to ask any one else?


"Dr. Mallard," Jimmy said. "There's something I want to ask you and I won't take no for an answer."

TITLE: Why Me?
AUTHOR: Ashleigh Anpilova
CHARACTERS: Donald 'Ducky' Mallard and Jimmy Palmer
SUMMARY: A sequel to Who Should It Be? Ducky is delighted, but wants to make certain that Jimmy is sure he really wants him to be his best-man.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: Written for ncis_drabble Why? challenge
DISCLAIMER: I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.

Ducky stared at Jimmy who was beaming and staring intently at him, he looked both excited and apprehensive.

He hadn't been certain what to expect when Jimmy had said he had something to ask him and wasn't going to take no for an answer. He had suspected it had something to do with the wedding, attending his bachelor party or maybe driving Jimmy to the Church in his Morgan.

So when Jimmy had said, 'I want you to be my best-man, Doctor', Ducky had been stunned; delighted and so deeply moved he'd had to swallow hard several times, but nonetheless stunned. Jimmy wanted him to be his best-man? But why?

He was suddenly aware he was standing in silence and the apprehension on Jimmy's face was eroding the excitement. He spoke quickly. "Jimmy my dear boy; I would be honored to be your best-man. But are you quite certain you want me?"

Jimmy nodded vigorously. "Oh, yes, Doctor. I am quite sure."

"But," Ducky was still not certain Jimmy had really thought this through, "why me?"

Jimmy frowned, blinked, took of his glasses, polished them on his cuff and put them back on again. Ducky waited. "Because . . . Because . . . Because . . ." He trailed off and looked at Ducky.

Ducky moved towards Jimmy and patted his arm. "It's all right, Jimmy," he said, "I understand and really, I'm very touched to have been asked, but -"

"What do you understand, Doctor?" Jimmy said swiftly.

"Well, that you feel a . . . Shall we say degree of obligation to ask me. After all, I am not merely your boss. I -"

"No, Dr. Mallard. No. It's not out of any obligation." Jimmy spoke more forcefully than Ducky could recall hearing him speak before.

Ducky looked at him carefully; from his years of working with Jimmy he could see Jimmy was telling the truth. "Oh," he said quietly. "In that case, Jimmy, I'd be -"

"I want you to be my best-man because you're the best person for the job," Jimmy said quickly. "And I like you, Doctor, I respect you. We work closely together and I like to think that you -" He stopped abruptly and his cheeks began to flush.

Ducky patted his arm again. "I do like you, Jimmy. I am very fond of you. And I really would be honored and delighted to play such an important part in what I hope will be the happiest day of your life. But are you really quite certain? What about Tony or Timothy? They are nearer your age. Do you not think one of them would be more appropriate?"

Jimmy shook his head. "No. Either would do a good job, but not as good as you. It's you I want to be my best-man, Dr. Mallard."

"And you are not taking 'no' for an answer," Ducky said with a soft chuckle.

"That's right I'm not."

Ducky smiled. "In that case, I had better begin to plan the bachelor party and work on my speech, had I not?"

Jimmy beamed.

Tags: fandom: ncis, fanfic: stories, general series: ncis, pairing (gen): ducky & jimmy

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