Pairing: Abigail Sciuto/Timothy McGee; Leroy Jethro Gibbs/Donald 'Ducky' Mallard
Warning: Major character death.
Author on LJ: k1mono
Author Website: None of which I am aware.
Why this must be read:
As any one who knows me will know I am very much a happy ending person who loves romance and love and the gentle side of fanfic. However, I also have rather a penchant for a death story (at least the 'right' kind of death story). And this very much fits the bill.
It's set in the future, Abby and Tim have been married for thirty-five years and they are in Scotland to 'celebrate' and remember something very important. We are thus taken back in time to the NCIS office and to Gibbs and Ducky's relationship and indeed Abby and Tim's. We see both romances, both love stories, the depth and caring of the couples for one another, for each other and for the rest of the team.
Ren takes us back and forth between the 'now' and the 'then' very well indeed. Normally I am not a fan of this kind of 'jumping' as I tend to get wrapped up in one part and then get irritated when we move. However, in this story that irritation doesn't happen, quite the opposite. The fact that we move from Abby and Tim of 'now' back to Gibbs, Ducky, Abby, Tim and the rest of the team 'then' adds to the poignancy and beauty of the story.
The story makes me sniff and wipe my eyes in places, smile in others, laugh in others, go 'awww' in others, and many other emotions. Ren captures the characters extremely well, not just Gibbs, Ducky, Abby and Tim, but the rest of the team too. She writes with passion for the characters, for the story and for the joy of writing. She also uses several quotes and a poem to superb effect. The balance of the story is excellent; I love it.
What possessed Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs to kiss the M.E. Dr Donald “Ducky” Mallard in the middle of the main office during a busy afternoon was anyone’s guess.
Many explanations came to mind. To some including Tony DiNozzo, Special Agent Gibbs was perhaps possessed by aliens. Maybe he was drunk, thought those who little knew him. Maybe he did it as a means of shutting up the elder M.E who was known for his elaborate tales considered Ziva. Maybe it was a means to attract the attention of the Director, thought a certain redhead. Clearly they were not remotely close to the truth.
It was simply that Jethro Gibbs had chosen this dull morning to show to the world his utter devotion to the Doctor and evidently did not care for the uproar that was to follow.
“Way to go Gibbs.” Abby shouted clearly delighted by the scene that she was party to. She dug Tim in the ribs.
“Yes Congratulations Sir.” Tim was unsure as what he was congratulating them for to be honest, but whatever the celebration it made Abby happy and that in turn pleased him. She managed to get in between her boss and the overwhelmed Ducky to hug them both, although her excitement did relieve Ducky of a few breaths of much needed air.
Tim cleared his throat. “Abby, I love you so much that sometimes it hurts, but I want to spend the rest of my days with you, I know people say we are too opposite to get on, but I think that’s what makes it work between you and I.” He paused, his whole body shaking, as he looked up at Abby who was still wide eyed and speechless herself. “So I thought that perhaps you might want to make it legal.” He again cleared his throat, took the box out of his pocket opened it towards Abby and revealed a sapphire engagement ring. “Abigail Sciuto, it would give me great satisfaction and eternal happiness if you would agree to become Mrs Timothy McGee.
For All The Good Times