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Thirty Days NCIS Meme. Day #13 - Your OTP (One True Pairing)

I saw this quite some time ago on dinozzoitis's journal and finally got around to doing it.

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Day 13 - Your OTP (One True Pairing)

This is probably the easiest question of all - and I'm sure my answer won't come as a surprise *g*

My OTP is:


Why? Well in a nutshell they are as close to canon as they can be without it actually being mentioned they are a couple. In fact in any other show two people who have had such a close and obvious relationship as Gibbs and Ducky have, are a couple. There is no challenge at all in shipping Gibbs/Ducky, because it's there on the screen in front of you week after week after week.

In fact I often wonder if that is one reason why more people don't ship them, because it is so clear, so challenge-free, so obvious. I know a lot of people like antagonistic slash and/or het or at least a relationship where they have to 'work' on shipping the pairing. I know for a fact that people who could only see friendship prior to Season Four, actually did see more during the first half of Season Four when they were at odds with one another - so that does in some way support my theory they aren't shipped that much because they are so obvious.

They are best friends, that is clear canon - it's been said by them more than once. They are the most important person in each other's lives, again that is clear canon. They are totally comfortable with and around one another, they are used to being intimate with one another. Take the hat brim scene, the time Gibbs straightens Ducky's bow-tie, the time Ducky straightens Gibbs's lapel - not things men normally do to one another no matter how close their friendship is. There are the neck cups, the fact cups and pats, the walking hugs, the kiss  hug and make up scene in 'Smoked', Gibbs sleeping in Autopsy.

We have Gibbs going into 'debt' with Kort just so he could help Ducky, we have him threatening to pull all the teeth out of a suspect if anything has happened to Ducky. We have the 'lioness with her cub syndrome' whereby it's fine for Gibbs to snap, in his fondly exasperated way, at Ducky or ask him if he's done things he knows he'll have done, but when anyone else dares to do the same thing, or make a joke about Ducky's rambling, they get the famous Gibbs glare.

We have lines such as 'I thought we didn't have secrets from one another' (Gibbs). 'Are you asking me out on a date?' (Gibbs) 'I only allow Jethro to call me that' (Ducky when he mistakenly thought Ziva had called him 'Duck' when she was simply telling him to 'duck'). 'Duck's with me'. (Gibbs) 'Sweetie'. (Ducky).

From the first scene when they interact in 'Yankee White' there relationship just jumps out. I was never intending to get into NCIS as a fandom nor did I want or need another pairing. But when friends knew I was watching it and asked 'if you had to ship a couple who would it be', I said 'Gibbs/Ducky' because it was so obvious.

The way they have of looking at one another is different from the way they look at anyone else. Personal space clearly doesn't exist between them. They touch so often. Their tone when talking to one another is different from the tone they use when talking to anyone else. We have 'Duck' and 'Jethro' and 'My dear Jethro'.

More than once Gibbs can be found in Autopsy when he doesn't need to be there for a body; if he needs someone to talk to, someone to bounce ideas off, someone just to be there, he'll go to Ducky.

Ducky is the only person who can, and does, stand up to Gibbs; the only person Gibbs will allow to question him and

There's no need to change either character in fanfic to be able to ship them. There is no need to pick up on one or two aspects of their character and make them like that all the time to be able to make the fact they're together believable or justify the relationship. They just are what they are; two men clearly and obviously 'together'.

They are equals, there is no boss-subordinate thing, okay so strictly speaking Gibbs is Ducky's 'boss' but he doesn't really regard himself in that way as you saw on his face in 'About Face' when Vance pointed out Jimmy worked for Ducky and Ducky worked for Gibbs. They are reasonably close in age (Ducky's about 12 years older than Gibbs), they are both 'older' men, they have similar views concerning many things, they think alike in many matters. They also balance one another perfectly, they complement one another, and on the purely shallow it doesn't hurt that they are both darn sexy and attractive.

I could go on and on, but I won't (I'm sure you'll be pleased to hear that) *g* After all I did write a ship_manifesto essay about them Old Friends And Lovers which was based on Seasons One and Two.

I have never been as captivated by a pairing as I have by Gibbs/Ducky, partly because I have never come across a pair that are so obviously together, so obviously lovers, so obviously the most important person to one another. I've written nearly 600 stories about them of varying lengths and I still have plenty of ideas. I've been writing them for six years now, and whilst I have ventured out a tad and from time to time ship one of them (usually Gibbs) with other men, Gibbs/Ducky are still and will be for the foreseeable future my NCIS OTP.

They make me so very happy and contented and bring a smile to their face. They are close. They are intimate. They are friends. They are lovers. And they aren't even really breaking Gibbs's Rule #12, because they aren't dating as such, they are simply old friends and lovers. They are together. They are Gibbs/Ducky.

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Again, I could share a lot more, but I've bored you long enough, so I'll just post this now and go away *g*