Pairing: Abigail Sciuto/Timothy McGee (Leroy Jethro Gibbs/Donald 'Ducky' Mallard implied).
Author on LJ: sageharper
Author Website: Spectrum Headquarters
Why this must be read:
This story is set in Sage's 'Miss Sciuto Universe', which I cannot recommend highly enough as Sage not only made me enjoy stories with a baby/kiddy in, she made me want more. This particular story is the 17th story, but each story pretty much stands alone. Abby and Tim are a couple and they have a daughter Lola and Gibbs and Ducky (also an established couple) are her 'grandfathers'.
Close To Home is a case story, but that cannot detract from the love of the two couples as well as the closeness of the entire team and how much they care about one another. Because 'Madam' Director, insists on bringing Abby into work, Lola gets to go too; thus the story is about her day at NCIS where she gets to observe her first autopsy, as well as the case element. Rather poignantly the case centres around a naval Lieutenant, a single mom, who is reported missing by her brother after she fails to collect her little boy from child care and whose body is found. The twist is really moving and painfully well done.
Sage manages to balance the two aspects seamlessly in a way that one might not think possible. Lola doesn't detract and doesn't seem 'out of place', she is just there, and fits in naturally. The story has a good mix of emotions too: humour, affection, love, friendship, the 'kids' (Gibbs's team) bitching, closeness, caring, sadness, and extremely good characterisation. Sage makes the story come alive on the page and you can clearly hear and see the characters interact in their daily job.
Gibbs strode in purposefully, sipping his drink; Lola clamouring for a taste herself. He’d forgotten that errands took twice as long when you had to deal with a baby and hordes of people cooing over said baby.
“DiNozzo, get the truck” he said “Naval lieutenant found stabbed in her home. McGee you’re with me.”
“And you, special agent Sciuto.” He smiled at Lola, then handed her and the bag over to Abby “you stay and co-ordinate things this end, you can do that can’t you?”
Lola beamed, as if with understanding.
“Agent Gibbs likes me,” Jimmy said, with more than slight disbelief once Gibbs had left.
“Well of course he does,” Ducky smiled “Jethro is an excellent judge of good character and ability. Of which you have both.”
“Why do you always call him Jethro?” Jimmy asked, then blushed, feeling it was a stupid question.
“Because that’s his name,” Ducky answered simply “and well it would be rather silly to address him in a formal as we are … very good friends.”
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