January 14th, 2008

Animals: Wolf (Blue)

Fiction. If (Gibbs/Ducky)

TITLE: If
AUTHOR: Ashleigh Anpilova
FANDOM: NCIS
PAIRING: Leroy Jethro Gibbs/Donald 'Ducky' Mallard
GENRE: Slash
SUMMARY: Set a short while after Ex-File. Gibbs ponders something Ducky said to him.
RATING: G
WORD COUNT: 325
AUTHOR'S NOTE: Written for ncis_flashfic ' Forgiveness' Challenge
DISCLAIMER: I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.

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Animals: Wolf (Blue)

Crack_Van Rec 5: O Captain! My Captain! by Enthused Fish (PG)

Hey, I recc'd gen AND it is not even Gibbs&Ducky gen (in fact Ducky does not appear). It's Gibbs&McGee (oh, and it's a death story).

Fandom: NCIS
Pairing: None (Leroy Jethro Gibbs&Timothy McGee Gen)
Warning: Major character death.
Author on LJ: enthused_fish
Author Website: Not that I know of

Why this must be read:

I don't read much gen, for a variety of reasons. However, the main two characters for this story (being two of my favourites) as well as the title caught my eye - and I am glad it did. Gibbs and McGee have been captured and are trapped in the hold of a ship. Gibbs is seriously injured, McGee not quite so much. During their time, Gibbs draws McGee out, talks to him, and tried, in true Gibbs style to make things easier for him. They talk, of all things, about poetry; indeed the story was inspired by the poem O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman and the poem is used, by McGee to great effect throughout the story.

The story shows the deep affection, caring, and I'm going to use the term 'love' (in the friendship, filial sense) that exists between Gibbs and McGee (and by extension the entire team). And the final line of the story sums up what Gibbs is to them all. It is an incredibly beautiful, moving, sad, painful, bitter-sweet, so right in its wrongness story that is so very much in characters. It also, amazingly given the subject matter and the inevitable outcomes, even has a smidgeon or two of humour in it - the author does a superb job. It could easily be a scene from the series that we are watching unfold. Even on re-read I am sniffing. I can honestly say that no gen story, especially one that doesn't feature both halves of my pairing, in any fandom has ever touched me so much.

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O Captain! My Captain!