January 11th, 2008

Winter: Bench (Lonely)

Fiction. Torn Between (Gibbs/Ducky)

TITLE: Torn Between
AUTHOR: Ashleigh Anpilova
PAIRING: Leroy Jethro Gibbs/Donald 'Ducky' Mallard
GENRE: Slash
SUB-GENRE: Established Relationship. Angst. Episode Related
SUMMARY: Set during Grace Period. Gibbs has a dilemma.
WARNINGS: Contains mild spoilers for Grace Period
DISCLAIMER: I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.

( Torn Between )
Winter: Bench (Lonely)

Crack_Van Rec 4: Questions by Willow (G)

Fandom: NCIS
Pairing: Leroy Jethro Gibbs/Donald 'Ducky' Mallard
Author on LJ: toomuchfandom
Author Website: Willow's Fanfiction Archive

Why this must be read:

Anita is well-known amongst Gibbs/Ducky fans for her Gibbs/Ducky stories, but this one is a little different. It is a Gibbs/Ducky story, but it is told entirely from Abby's point of view and the relationship is 'off-screen'.

Abby is not an easy character to write in many ways as getting the right balance for her bouncing and hyperactivity and her speech pattern is not always simple. It's easy to fall into the trap of just making her a whirl-wind without any pauses for breath, which isn't Abby. In this short story Anita achieves the balance to perfection. Abby is actually writing in her diary, and she writes as she thinks and talks. I could hear and see her so clearly as I was reading the story, I kept expecting her to be there.

There are several threads in her story, relating to her own beliefs, to Gibbs and Ducky's relationship, to her own relationship with Gibbs and Ducky, to the cases they work and the other team members - and Anita gets all this in in just under a thousand words. It's a very simple little story on one level, but on another level it's far more complex. And it gives the reader an incredible insight into Abby and how she feels about her job, and about her two favourite men.

She shows us they are in love, she shows us they are friends, she shows us how much they care  - and how much they trust her. It's a short read, but an excellent one.

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