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Alphabet Meme. Gibbs/Ducky (NCIS)
TITLE: Another Country
AUTHOR: Ashleigh Anpilova
PAIRING: Leroy Jethro Gibbs/Donald 'Ducky' Mallard
GENRE: Slash
SUB-GENRE: Established Relationship
SUMMARY: Sometimes Ducky dreams of going home.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: Written for ashley_pitt: Z - Zulu Bravo (28/36)
DISCLAIMER: I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.

And there's another country, I've heard of long ago,
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;

I sit sipping my tea, listening to Mr. Palmer relay his license-plate number to the person to whom he is talking on the phone. I hear him saying 'Zee Bee. No, Zee Bee'; then I hear him finally remember the NATO phonetic alphabet (well, actually the NATO spelling alphabet or to give it its full name, the international radiotelephony spelling alphabet) and saying 'Zulu Bravo'.

It has been a long time, too long a time, since I have heard 'Zed' instead of 'Zee'. When I was a young man, a newly qualified doctor, I wanted to see and travel the world; in particular I wanted to visit, to work in and live in America.

I got my wish and for over twenty years I have lived here. I have adapted to 'elevators' and 'trunk' and 'hood' and 'sidewalk' and all the other differences that divide our countries by a common language. Yet, 'Zee' for 'Zed' has always grated on my ear.

I never imagined I would stay away from my homeland for so long. I believed I would spend a year or two maybe as many as five or six in America and would then return home to Britain and more particularly to Scotland, to the rolling hills, the open skies, the true winters, the four seasons, the peace, the language I grew up with.

However, all that changed when I met an ex-Marine, although of course as my Marine would say 'there is no such thing as an ex-Marine'. That man was Leroy Jethro Gibbs; the man who came into my life and in effect turned it upside down. The man with whom I fell in love with from almost the moment I looked into his dark blue eyes, the man who first became a good friend, then my closest, most intimate friend and finally to my ever lasting surprise and delight, my lover.

My lover. My American lover. The man whom I cannot imagine living outside of his home country, the country of his birth. The man with whom I will stay in America, even though for the last few years I have found myself yearning more and more for that other country I love and know.

Jethro has vowed that once he retires we will go and visit Britain and stay for several months. I can show him Eton, where I went to school, Edinburgh, where I went to university, where I lived, where I grew up. I can show him the country I love, the country that is dear to me and maybe he will allow himself to love her, to see her beauty, to see her as I see her. Until that day I shall be content to remain here, because as much as I love the country of my birth, I love my Jethro even more.

'Zulu Bravo', I hear Mr. Palmer repeat. 'Yes, Zee Bee'. I sigh softly to myself and return to sipping my tea and visualizing the rolling hills of Aberdeenshire.

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sharpiesgal From: sharpiesgal Date: 18th March 2012 15:16 (UTC) (Link)

I can see Ducky taking Jethro to different places that are off the beaten touristy path.

Now, I have to go look up that phonetic alphabet.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 18th March 2012 15:56 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Oh, indeed. He most definitely will. I really must write the 'Ducky takes Jethro to Eton - Founders Day or some important anniversary *Nods*

From: proseac1 Date: 18th March 2012 18:54 (UTC) (Link)
You've caught Ducky's voice beautifully here.

Sadly, I fear if he did go back to Britain, he'd find it a very different place from the homeland he loved and left behind all those years ago, and I think he might be just as happy to return "home" to America after showing Jethro the sights.

I say this because it's what was said to my mother a few years ago by an English relative who'd stayed behind in England when Mum came to Canada in 1946. Mum was lamenting the fact that she hadn't been for a visit "back home" since 1956, and this relative said, "Be glad you haven't. You wouldn't like it now, Thora."

Greener pastures? Perhaps not, Ducky.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 19th March 2012 12:30 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you very much.

It does depend on where he'd go, to be honest. Yes there have been a lot of changes (not all for the better) but there are still a lot of unspoilt places and places that really haven't changed that much. The area we live in for example (which is Aberdeenshire *g*) we know from locals hasn't changed much. It really was like stepping back in time when we moved here - people are polite, they say 'hello', they smile at you, they acknowledge you.

So it really would depend on where he went.

But then there is the adage of course that says 'you can't go back'.
From: proseac1 Date: 19th March 2012 21:33 (UTC) (Link)
Watch as I carefully extract my virtual foot from my virtual mouth. :P Mea Culpa - I honestly didn't know you lived there! So obviously I know nothing about it except what I'd heard anecdotally.

In general, the "you can't go back" adage is true, though, in my experience. The place where I grew up is still very nice, but it's very different from when I lived there, and it no longer feels like "home".
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 20th March 2012 11:37 (UTC) (Link)
*Hugs you* Hey, no worries at all. I didn't realise you didn't know - places have changed, but not everywhere I'm glad to say.

My parents moved up to Scotland the year after we did and they live in a small town (we're in a tiny village/hamlet) and both of them say it's like going back to their childhood as far as the people and kindness goes. But even in the time they've been up here friends from where they used to live have said it's changed :-(

I know what you mean, things will always change, sometimes for the better, sometimes not.
msdubstep From: msdubstep Date: 18th March 2012 19:59 (UTC) (Link)
This was beautiful. I could almost hear Ducky's voice telling it in that melancholy, soft way of his. Very nicely done.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 19th March 2012 12:31 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you very much indeed.

I'm really pleased you could almost hear Ducky.
ashley_pitt From: ashley_pitt Date: 18th March 2012 23:45 (UTC) (Link)

Thank you.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 19th March 2012 12:31 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you - I'm so glad you liked it so much.
ami_ven From: ami_ven Date: 19th March 2012 02:18 (UTC) (Link)
Very nice! I love how you write Ducky's voice.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 19th March 2012 12:31 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you very much.
ahavia From: ahavia Date: 19th March 2012 05:13 (UTC) (Link)
You write such beautiful stories. Thank you.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 19th March 2012 12:31 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you - what a lovely thing to say.
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