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Fiction. Facts Of Life (Abby/McGee)
For strangevisitor7 who knows why - I hope this helps a little.

TITLE: Facts Of Life
AUTHOR: Ashleigh Anpilova
FANDOM: NCIS
PAIRING: Abigail Sciuto/Timothy McGee
GENRE: Het
SUB-GENRE: Established Relationship
SUMMARY: Set immediately after Dog Tags. Gibbs goes to see Abby.
SPOILERS: Dog Tags
RATING: PG
WORD COUNT: 1,369
DISCLAIMER: I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.



"Hey, Gibbs." Abby beamed at him.

He saw her glance at his hands, but this time he'd come empty-handed. This time his object was not to bring her a Caf-Pow. He wasn't quite sure why he was there; this wasn't normally the kind of thing he bothered with. But his gut had told him it was right. His gut and Ducky, who had not been pleased when he'd heard McGee telling Gibbs about the dog's new home.

"Abbs."

"McGee's going to take Jethro home with him," she smiled.

"Know that, Abbs. McGee told me."

"Oh. Isn't it great news?"

"Abby," he said, learning back against the workbench and looking at her. "Don't you think you were a bit unfair?"

"No, why?"

"Butch attacked McGee, Abby." He deliberately chose to use the dog's real name; not the one Abby had given it.

"I know that. But that wasn't Jethro's fault. That was the cocaine."

"Butch could have killed McGee." He spoke quietly but firmly.

She frowned. "Don't be silly, Gibbs. Jethro couldn't kill anyone. He's sweet and gentle."

Gibbs shook his head. It was partly his own fault; he should have been firmer with Abby during the case. He should have taken the damn dog away once Abby had run her tests. He should have made sure it was taken away. He shouldn't have asked the Base Commander if Abby could keep the damn dog, he'd only done it because he was certain the man would say no. He never should have let this happen. "Abby. The dog attacked McGee, for whatever reason he attacked McGee. He drew blood, a lot of it. You saw McGee. You saw the bandages. Didn't you?"

She nodded slowly. "Yes, but –"

"McGee's afraid of Butch."

"That's just silly, Gibbs."

"No, Abbs, it's not. But even if it is, it doesn't matter. He's afraid of him and Butch'll know that. He'll pick up on it."

"So?"

"He's a big dog, Abby. A trained dog. And cocaine or not, he's tasted blood. He needs strong handling."

"McGee can take him to classes. It'll be all right, Gibbs. After all he did shoot Jethro."

"Yeah. Know that."

She glared at him and continued to speak; her tone was passionate. "He shot him, Gibbs. He shot an innocent animal. He – What did you say?"

"Said I'd have done the same." He met her astonished and angry stare and held it unwaveringly.

"You'd have shot him?" Her voice was heavy with disbelief and the look on her face was just like that of a little girl who had been told Father Christmas does not exist.

He tried to ignore the look and the tone and bit down on his resolve. "Yep. I would have." He paused for a moment and then said, "And if I'd done it he'd be dead." He left her in no doubt that he meant what he'd said.

"Gibbs." The name came out as a half sob, half plea.

He hated upsetting her, but he stood his ground. "Abby, it's unfair to expect McGee to take the dog. I thought you liked McGee."

"I do."

"Well, you're not showing it. You've done nothing but take the dog's side over him."

"I didn’t."

He simply stared at her.

"Okay, well maybe I did, a bit. But Jethro's –"

"Innocent? Yeah, Abbs, so you keep saying. But you know what? McGee is too. What did he do to deserve being nearly mauled to death?"

"He . . . Nothing, I guess."

"Damn right, nothing. It's not fair of you, Abbs. You're being selfish; that's not like you."

"I just want to . . ." She trailed off and finally looked away from him; under his stare she squirmed. "I wanted to be able to see Jethro again."

"That the only reason you want McGee to take him?"

She didn't answer him.

"Abby?" Why was he doing this? What the hell was he doing interfering like this? He should have left it to Ducky; it wasn't his kind of thing. Ducky was better at this than he was, but Ducky didn't have the same kind of surrogate Father, not to mention boss, relationship with Abby as he did. No, if anyone was going to talk sense into Abby, tell her she'd screwed up, it had to be him.

"It's complicated."

"Then uncomplicated it, Abbs."

"How?"

He rolled his eyes. God he must be getting old. "How about going for a coffee or a beer or whatever you two used to do when you hooked up together."

"What about Jethro? Gibbs, I want him to go to a good home. He has to. He's lost his master. He was killed and Jethro couldn't help him. He's traumatized, Gibbs. I need to help him."

"What about the Sisters?"

He watched her thinking. She frowned and started to twist one of her pigtails around her fingers.

He pressed his advantage. "They've got a lot of room, Abby. Far more than McGee, and there would always be someone around, even on the nights you go bowling, I'd guess. They've got some land, haven't they?"

She nodded. "Yes."

"Well? You can at least ask them, Abby."

"I suppose. Sister Maria said they sometimes got worried when most of them were out, and only a couple were left."

"Well, then. Jethro'd make a good guard dog." Now he deliberately used the name Abby had given the dog.

"And I'd still be able to see him."

"Yeah."

She nodded and turned away from him. Then she tuned back, "Gibbs."

"Yeah?"

"Was I really that awful to McGee?" Her voice was low, and she looked at him from beneath her lashes.

He looked at her, again torn, not wanting to hurt her. But knowing he had to. "Yeah, Abbs," he said gently but firmly. "You were."

She bit the bottom lip, but still looked at him. "I'll call the Sisters," she said quietly.

"That's my girl." He kissed her cheek and walked out.

~~~~~~~

"Gibbs said you wanted to see me." McGee's tone was hard, as was the look in his eyes, which weren't looking at her, but slightly over her left shoulder.

"McGee. Yes. Um," she paused.

"Well, Abby, what is it? I have to go. I need to stop at the pet store and buy things for Jethro." Still he didn't meet her eyes.

She swallowed hard. "McGee," she said, putting her hand on his arm. "Tim."

He frowned. "What?"

"You won't have to take Jethro home with you."

"But you said your landlord won't let you keep him."

"He won't. But I've found him another home."

"You have?" As she heard the relief in his voice, she realized, she really realized just how horrible she'd been. Just how selfish she'd been; how stupid she'd been. She could have lost him. He could be dead. And what had she done? Put a dog, the dog that could have killed him, before him. Been horrible to him. Made him think she didn't care about him, when she did. When she . . .

She nodded. "I called the Sisters. They'll love to have him. And they have room and . . . Tim, I'm sorry," she spoke quickly. "I'm sorry for how I behaved. What I said."

He looked at her. His eyes were still hard, and then as she watched, they began to soften slightly. She kept quiet, knowing she should say more, knowing she shouldn't say anything else. She waited. She just hoped . . .

"Want me to come with you to take him?" he finally said, as the last bit of hardness faded.

She flung her arms around him and gave him a quick hug. "I'd like that," she said. And then, before she lost her nerve added, "And afterwards, maybe we could get a coffee or a beer or we could go to a poetry reading. Or . . ."

"Or?"

"Or we could get a take-out and go back to my place."

He smiled at her, for the first time since the case had begun he really smiled at her. "I'd like that, Abby," he said. "I'd like that a lot." He took her hand and squeezed it.

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kalliekat From: kalliekat Date: 24th April 2008 18:05 (UTC) (Link)
this is really sweet, i can handle this one! haven't seen the episode yet, but read about it. and Hethro b eing so stern with Abby. and McGee is so NICE! and a happy ending!
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 25th April 2008 10:48 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I guess you can just read it as friendship.

You constantly amaze me that you do read my Abby/McGee stories as I know how much the pairing troubles you.

Thank you so very, very much. I'm really pleased you enjoyed this.
amourwolf From: amourwolf Date: 24th April 2008 19:44 (UTC) (Link)
(Hope you don't mind a comment from a totally random stranger who also loves NCIS XD)

That was just about the sweetest thing I've read all month <3
You wrote them absolutly perfectly! :D

~Catherine
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 25th April 2008 10:49 (UTC) (Link)
I totally don't mind a comment from a random stranger - quite the opposite.

Thank you so very much indeed.

I'm really pleased you enjoyed this and found it them.

Edited at 2008-04-25 10:49 (UTC)
strangevisitor7 From: strangevisitor7 Date: 24th April 2008 20:57 (UTC) (Link)
*hugs* I adore this. Thank you so much! This is my canon.

Excellent just perfect Gibbs and Abby. Her slow realization was spot on and his reluctance to be firm was true Gibbs.

The story just made me smile. The Abby I love is back!
I hope it's okay to link your story in my journal becasue I'm going to rec it out!

Edited at 2008-04-24 21:09 (UTC)
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 25th April 2008 10:50 (UTC) (Link)
*Hugs back*

Thank you so much. I'm especially pleased that you enjoyed this story so much.

I'm glad you found it in character and I've given you the Abby you love back.

Oh, please do. I'm really touched by the fact you'd do that - thank you so very much. That has quite made my day.
starwatcher307 From: starwatcher307 Date: 25th April 2008 01:00 (UTC) (Link)
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This is a good fix. It really bothered me that Abby twisted McGee's arm so he'd take the dog. Thanks for making it all better.
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nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 25th April 2008 10:51 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you very much indeed.

I'm glad you enjoyed the fix.
ashley_pitt From: ashley_pitt Date: 25th April 2008 01:40 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, you are so good at making happy endings.

*hugs*

Sweet story.

so true to everyone's character.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 25th April 2008 10:52 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much.

I do like 'fixing' canon.

I'm really pleased you enjoyed this and found it true to all their characters.

*Hugs*
adriannacoylho From: adriannacoylho Date: 25th April 2008 09:12 (UTC) (Link)
much better! this is just great Nikki :)

*spoilerish comment* I was quite disappointed by how they wrote Abby last week - especially her being so irresponsible as to take 'Jethro' out and loose control of him in a public place (ok it was on a naval base but still) when he was suspected of killing a man and known to have attacked McGee - I mean seriously, I would have sacked her, never mind let her keep the dog. Abby in my eyes isn't that lacking in judgement, emotional or not. *rant over* lol

yes, this I liked a lot *g*
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 25th April 2008 10:53 (UTC) (Link)
*Smiles*

Thank you very much indeed. I'm really pleased you enjoyed the story.

*Nods in agreement with you* It also bothered me that McGee was going to take this big dog into his apartment and leave it alone all day. Okay, so he could have had a dog walker/taken it to a dog day care centre, but . . .

I'm glad this has made things better.
semirose From: semirose Date: 25th April 2008 15:34 (UTC) (Link)
Aww that was really lovely. Everyone was nicely in character and I could just see the Gibbs-Abby scene.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 25th April 2008 15:42 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you very much indeed.

I'm so pleased you enjoyed this and could see the Gibbs-Abby scene.
dharkapparition From: dharkapparition Date: 25th April 2008 16:33 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't see the episode in question, but the thought of Abby treating McGee that way really boiled my blood.

Thank you for this.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 25th April 2008 16:36 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you very much.

I'm really pleased you liked my fixit.
prettyblueroses From: prettyblueroses Date: 25th April 2008 19:50 (UTC) (Link)
This was perfect- I *loved* it. You really sort-of, well... fixed! what was wrong with the episode. Great job.. =)
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 26th April 2008 09:05 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you very much indeed.

I'm really glad you enjoyed this and it fixed the episode for you.
lyl_devil From: lyl_devil Date: 26th April 2008 06:18 (UTC) (Link)
And the universe is right again.

Good fix. I didn't want to smack Abby in this like I did in the ep, so excellent work!! :)
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 26th April 2008 09:06 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so very much indeed.

I'm delighted you enjoyed this and the universe is right again.
xdawnfirex From: xdawnfirex Date: 26th April 2008 13:51 (UTC) (Link)
Fabulous fic!!! I really like the way you addressed Abby putting that damn dog before McGee and taking him to task over shooting a dog that was trying to freaking kill him.

THANK YOU.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 26th April 2008 16:30 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you.

I am so very pleased that you really liked this story so much.

I'm really glad the fix-it worked.
birggitt From: birggitt Date: 4th May 2008 16:31 (UTC) (Link)
Ah! What a sweet, sweet story!
I love how Jethro act so father like with Abby: firm, but yet, deeply caring about her. And I totally could see Ducky giving him a hard time about let this happen. So, here we have the real Chain of Command:
Ducky--->Gibbs--->Abby---McGee

LOL!
And I like how Abby slowly gets aware about what she has really done to McGee, forcing him to take the dog with him, and how upset she is about it.
She can be a little selfish, but she's also strong enough to recognize she made a mistake and fiz it =D
Luckily for her, McGee is such a gentle soul, he's unable to not forgive her. =D
Lovely, lovely story ♥
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 5th May 2008 12:21 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you very much *Hugs*

I'm so glad you liked how Jethro acted with Abby - it had to be said, and it had to be him who did it.

Hee. I like your chain of command, sounds about right to me.

She's a good person, is Abby. She just had to be told.

Indeed.

Thank you. I'm so pleased you enjoyed this.

*Hugs*
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nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 12th May 2008 14:36 (UTC) (Link)
Hey there 'total random stranger' *g* lovely to see you here, thanks for stopping by.

And thank you for reading and commenting on this story.

I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed my fix-it for the episode and Abby's OOC behaviour.

Thank you.
jack_infinitude From: jack_infinitude Date: 8th December 2008 05:27 (UTC) (Link)
This was awesome, and so are you! I really hated Abby in that episode, and it soured me on her in general. Me and Abby are not buddies.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 8th December 2008 11:26 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you very much indeed. I'm really glad you enjoyed the 'fix-it'.

Awww, thank you.

I know a lot of folk hated Abby after that ep, so . . .
donutsweeper From: donutsweeper Date: 31st December 2008 16:22 (UTC) (Link)
followed your 2008 summary thing here... This is great. I *hated* Abby in Dog Tags, she just really really annoyed me on so many levels and this is a wonderful way of making things right.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 31st December 2008 16:24 (UTC) (Link)
My summary has it uses.

Thank you so much. So many people hated her in 'Dog Tags' so I just had to 'put it right'. (Plus I personally hate the idea of Tim having a dog left alone all day in his apartment, so . . .)

Thank you.
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