September 15th, 2008

Occasions: Halloween (House)

Crack_Van Rec 7: Toll By Dragonessasmith (PG)

Fandom: NCIS
Pairing: None - Gen (Gibbs&Fornell)
Characters: Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Tobias Fornell
Length: 985.
Author on LJ: dragonessasmith
Warning: Character death.
Author Website: Smithyfic

Why this must be read:

Tobias Fornell is one of my favourite NCIS characters and I wish that we saw more of him. I always enjoy seeing the 'love-hate' relationship between he and Gibbs and the way that they argue and bitch at one another, act as almost enemies in front of their respective teams, but when they are alone, even with the hard edge they adopt at times, their friendship is clear, deep and obvious. Fornell is clearly Gibbs's second closest friend.

This story deals with their friendship and shows just how deep it is, just how much they care about one another, and how much they trust one another. Fornell is dead, and he has left Gibbs with the ultimate 'gift', and he returns to tell Gibbs why he did it.

It's fairly short, fewer than 1,000 words, but the author packs so many different emotions into those few words, that it feels longer in the intensity. It's tangible, it reaches out and grabs you and you know just what Gibbs is feeling, you are feeling it with him, and one of the major emotions, as all so often happens when we lose a person beloved to us, be it friend or lover, is anger: Gibbs's anger at Fornell for dying.

I know it's another death story (sorry) but it touched me so deeply that I had to recommend it.

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