Pairing: Leroy Jethro Gibbs/Donald 'Ducky' Mallard
Author on LJ: kalliekat
Author Website: N/A
Why this must be read:
Kallie is a fairly new writer, both in terms of Gibbs/Ducky and in terms of writing, this story is only her second Gibbs/Ducky story, nonetheless I feel she has done a splendid job. She is also very new to Live Journal and has only made a handful of posts before. She wrote it as part of the ncis_gibbsducky Yuletide Gift Exchange (2007) to the specific requests of another member of the community and novice writer or not, she hit all of the recipient's requests. I think the greatest testament to this kind of story has to be the reaction the recipient and I can tell you that she (ashley_pitt) loved it.
From my point of view she did what I thought was hitherto undo-able, she made me not dislike Hollis Mann. The story is of the aftermath of Hollis's death, and how Gibbs comes to terms not only with her death and his own behaviour leading up to it, but also his own feelings related to Shannon and Kelly and to Ducky. The entire team feature in the story too when, one morning, they arrive at work to find both Gibbs and Ducky missing. They are determined to give Gibbs the support they think he needs, because they are after all, family.
It has a great mix of emotions, it had me smiling and sniffing; it's loving, tender, moving, painful at times, full of affection, and the characters are very much the men and women we see on the screen. Kallie, to my mind, did a great job on it and it is well worth reading.
Jethro walked into the kitchen and refilled the coffee pot, he needed to think, for all his tough exterior, and stern demeanour, he had a softness to him that few people ever saw. Shannon had seen it, and of course Ducky.
Filling his mug, he walked back to the lounge and sat at the table. He let his mind wander, flitting over the various times he had been with Hollis. It was true they had worked well together, they had similar minds and were both used to giving orders and being obeyed. They both had their military training. It was also true he had felt fleetingly attracted to her, and it was obvious that she had returned the feeling. They had enjoyed a short sharp fling, though he knew that Hollis had wanted more, but Jethro had felt, as he always did, that he had betrayed the memory of Shannon, and of course, Ducky.
However, his feelings for his beloved Ducky were different. In some way Jethro had always separated how he felt about the medical examiner. He knew Ducky was gay, and had other relationships long ago in his past before he and Jethro had ever met. Ducky was the only man Jethro had ever felt this way about, the only man he had ever loved so deeply both as a friend and lover. Somehow, the sex of the person was unimportant; it was the personality that mattered. And in Ducky, Jethro had found the perfect yin to his yang. Being with Ducky had never made him feel that he was betraying Shannon, and he thought if Shannon had known, she would have been pleased for him. And Kelly would have adored Ducky, he was the perfect surrogate grandfather and he showed time and again with the children.
Sighing, Jethro felt that not only had had betrayed Shannon and Ducky with Hollis, he had betrayed Hollis by refuting her statement that he was her next of kin. Given a little more time and not catching him so unawares, he might have answered the Chaplain and Lt. differently. At least, he thought he could find out when her funeral was, and attend. Not something he relished. And not something he wanted to tell Ducky or the children about either. He felt guilty enough.
The Case Of The Missing ME And Team Leader