April 9th, 2009

Autumn: Trees (Golden)

Crack_Van Rec 5: Christmas Shopping - DasKatzechen (PG)

Fandom: NCIS
Pairing: Leroy Jethro Gibbs/Donald 'Ducky' Mallard. Abigail Sciuto/Timothy McGee (mentioned)
Length: 2,197
Author on LJ: daskatzechen
Author Website: None of which I am aware
Why this must be read:

This is the first (and thus far only) Gibbs/Ducky story DasKatzechen has written and it is a superb one. It was actually written for me for part of the 2008 Gibbs/Ducky Yuletide Exchange and what makes is so special to me is the obvious trouble DasKatzechen went to to make this story 'perfect' for me. Most Gibbs/Ducky authors are very close and we tend to know one another's tastes very well, but as I said DasKatzechen was new to it and yet managed to find not just the big things I love but the small things that some people might even not notice.

It's romance from beginning to end, but don't let that fool you into thinking its sugary and saccharine; it isn't. Not at all. The premise is simple: Gibbs wants to find the perfect Christmas gift for Ducky as it's their thirtieth Christmas together. Whilst out shopping he manages somehow to see/bump into all the main team members as well, who are all out shopping for one another.

This story had me smiling, sniffing, blinking very hard several times (in a good way, I hasten to add) going 'awwwww' and sighing happily. It's the perfect romantic, sweet, tender, affectionate, loving story without falling over the edge into the saccharine and unbelievable - in fact not even coming close.

And whilst it is a Gibbs/Ducky story, it also shows how close the entire team are and how much they care for one another and the trouble to which they'll go for one another.

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Christmas Shopping