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Fiction. His First Sight Of Her. (DiNozzo/Ziva)
TITLE: His First Sight Of Her
AUTHOR: Ashleigh Anpilova
PAIRING: Anthony DiNozzo/Ziva David
SUMMARY: Things do not always go according to plan.
DISCLAIMER: I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.

His first sight of her wasn't as planned.

The plan was he'd be with Ziva when she gave birth, holding her hand, mopping her brow, letting her swear at him in the various languages she knew. He'd be there when their daughter made her appearance; he'd be there to see her born; he'd get to hold her, to tell her how beautiful she was.

But that wasn't what happened.

No one except the doctors and nurses were with Ziva when she gave birth. Not even Ducky, who'd been the person Ziva had called when she'd gone into dangerously premature labor, had been allowed to be with her. Tony hadn't even been in the same area; he, Gibbs and McGee had been following up a lead away from DC.

By the time Gibbs had got them back to DC, driving at a frantic pace through the rain, Ziva had given birth to a tiny baby girl, who could almost fit into the palm of Tony's hand. Not that he could hold her; he couldn't. His first sight of his beloved daughter had been through the window of the nursery; he could barely see her amidst the medical equipment surrounding her.

His first sight of Ziva after the birth had been a sight he'd never thought he'd see. Her devastation, her distress, her sorrow was beyond anything he'd ever seen. Tears poured down her face, echoing the rain pouring down the windows, and she made no attempt to stop them. Time and time again she'd blamed herself, refusing to believe Ducky or the doctors when they assured her she was not to blame.

He couldn't comfort her; he couldn't reach her; he tried, but he couldn't. No one could. Not until Gibbs strode into her room ordered everyone out, sat on the bed, took her into his arms and held her as she struggled and fought, until finally she gave in and accepted the comfort he was giving her. The comfort that on one else could give her. Tony had watched for a while, tears falling from his own eyes, before he'd left and gone back to his vigil outside the nursery.

The doctors told them there was little chance their daughter would live; she had been born too early. But Talia 'Tali' Caitlin DiNozzo, like her mother and the two women she had been named after was a fighter, a determined female even when she was only a few hours old. She lived. She was blind.

But that did not stop her; she told her parents she couldn't miss what she'd never known. Tony believed that Tali 'saw' better than most sighted people. And now, holding Ziva's hand, he waited for the first sight of his precious daughter, at the age of eighteen, who was about to perform her first piano solo with the local orchestra.

The curtains opened. Tali walked to the piano, but just before she sat down she glanced at the audience and smiled directly at her parents.

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sharpiesgal From: sharpiesgal Date: 23rd June 2012 11:50 (UTC) (Link)
Nice, but angsty.

*looks at Six*

It sorta makes up for yesterday.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 23rd June 2012 11:58 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you.

Six is 'enjoying' angst at the moment!

From: proseac1 Date: 23rd June 2012 13:19 (UTC) (Link)
I really like this, but it troubles me that even once Tony is Ziva's husband (or equivalent), it takes the "Gibbs touch" to give her comfort. I'd be worried about a relationship where one's significant other didn't have the ability to console like no one else.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed the angst!
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 23rd June 2012 15:21 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you I'm pleased to hear you liked this, even with your reservations.

But it is reality, there are times, certain occasions when the person closet to you is the person who simply cannot comfort you. It needs someone who is slightly less close.

Thank you for reading - I'm glad you enjoyed the angst.
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nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 23rd June 2012 15:21 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you very much indeed.
ashley_pitt From: ashley_pitt Date: 23rd June 2012 18:25 (UTC) (Link)
okay, this got me crying...

Only Gibbs could do that, and Tony and Ziva would only allow Gibbs to do that.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 24th June 2012 08:33 (UTC) (Link)
*Belatedly hands over tissues* Sorry, but then again I'm very pleased to hear it touched you so much.

I'm glad you agree.

Thank you for reading.
alidiabin From: alidiabin Date: 24th June 2012 06:18 (UTC) (Link)
This is wonderful.

I like how you combined all the ideas in the prompt.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 24th June 2012 08:33 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you very much indeed.

I'm so pleased to hear how much you liked this.
kytivafan From: kytivafan Date: 24th June 2012 12:52 (UTC) (Link)
talk about starting my day with a lump in my throat.

It was very angsty but ended beautifully - full of hope, joy and accomplishment.

nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 24th June 2012 14:03 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much - I am pleased it touched you so much.

Thank you - my bunny has been in angsty mood recently, but I do like to add a bit of hope as well.
ami_ven From: ami_ven Date: 25th June 2012 03:18 (UTC) (Link)
Lovely! Just the right mix of angst and hope, I think.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 25th June 2012 09:52 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you very much indeed.
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