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Alphabet Meme. DiNozzo/Maddie. NCIS

TITLE: Running Out Of Time
AUTHOR: Ashleigh Anpilova
PAIRING: Anthony DiNozzo/Maddie Tyler
SUMMARY: Tony is trying to find the perfect gift for Maddie's birthday, but time is running out.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: Written for philleegirl - 'H' - Horse
DISCLAIMER: I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.

Tony glanced at his watch as he turned down another street; it was getting late. If he didn't start heading back to the office inside ten minutes he'd be late – for the third day running – and Gibbs would not be pleased, and that was putting it mildly.

It hadn't helped that rather than come up with one of his pat excuses, Tony had found himself stumbling over his words, which of course had made McGee and Ziva instantly suspicious and Gibbs even angrier.

He didn't know why he didn't just tell them he'd been shopping for the perfect gift for his girl-friend's birthday. Except he did know; he didn't want to share Maddie yet, and telling anyone they were dating would mean questions and also him having to admit, to himself, how important she was.

No, for now, he wanted to keep her all to himself. So that was why he had stumbled over the reason he had been late. It was her birthday in two days time and he wanted to find her a special gift; the kind of present he hadn't given to other girl-friends. But thus far it had eluded him.

He was about to give in and return to the office when he spotted something in the dingy window of a run-down shop – not the kind of place he'd normally dream of going into. But it caught his eye and something dragged him inside; the same something made him pick the thing up: a figurine of a horse and a foal. Suddenly he knew this was it; this was the perfect present.

"I'll take it," he said, handing it to the rather moth-eaten man behind the counter.

The man took it from him, put it down on the counter, then sighed and said, "I had better tell you it has a flaw; that's why I have it for sale. It is a second and the big stores will not sell something that is not perfect."

"Where?" Tony demanded, he couldn't see anything wrong with it – not that horses were his speciality.

"Here," he man pointed to the ears of the foal. "The left one is larger than the right."

Tony frowned and looked. So it was and not only larger, but it was also slightly bent over at the tip. Maddie would love it; in fact Maddie would love it all the more simply because it wasn't perfect. He smiled at the man and pulled out his credit cards. "I'll still take it," he said. And then he found himself adding, "It's for my girl-friend, she loves horses and she'll really love this."

The man beamed at him. "And she is special to you, yes?"

Tony blinked and again to his surprise found himself saying, "Yeah, yes, she is. Very."

"She is a lucky young lady."

"No," Tony said firmly. "I'm the lucky one." And he was. He really was. The day Maddie Tyler had walked into his life was the day his life really began.

TITLE: Just An Ordinary Day
AUTHOR: Ashleigh Anpilova
PAIRING: Anthony DiNozzo/Maddie Tyler
SUMMARY: Maddie asks Tony to tell her about his day.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: Written for philleegirl - 'I' - Indescribable
DISCLAIMER: I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.

"Tell me about your day, Tony." Maddie hands him a beer with the top already taken off and, like a colt, tucks her legs underneath her and snuggles up against him.

He kisses her head, taking pleasure in the softness of her hair and letting her scent of lemons and vanilla wash over him. For a moment he rests his head on the top of hers, entwines his free hand with hers and just closes his eyes.

The question should be  a simple one; is no doubt for Maddie a simple one. But he doesn't know where to begin. How do you describe your day to someone who has no experience of what a Federal Agent does, outside of her brief brush with it several weeks ago?

How do you describe going from mind-numbing repetitive report writing (it's not his fault Gibbs is a grammar freak and he was a High School jock) to teasing the Probie, to rolling his eyes as Ziva messed up another American idiom, to listening to Ducky telling one of his endless stories, to laughing as the Autopsy gremlin tripped over something else, to trying to remember if Gibbs had head slapped him more times or less times that day to the crime scene. The crime scene of four slaughtered Marine; the crime scene where even he had to swallow hard to stop the bile that had swept up into his mouth from spewing out.

How can you do that?

You can't.

You can't describe the indescribable.

Besides, that's a part of his world he doesn't want to share with her. She knows what he does; she knows he investigates crimes; she knows he's killed men and women; she knows he plays the fool; she knows a lot of what he does is unsavory. But she knows it at the level she knows about baseball: she knows it exists, but she doesn't understand it. She can't understand it. Not fully; she can't, because she isn't involved with it.

And that suits him. He doesn't want the hell he sees and smells and hears and feels to touch her. She's too good; she's too innocent; she's too young. He doesn't want his world to touch her – not yet.

"It was just an ordinary day, Madds," he says, gently nuzzling her hair until she lifts her head and he can kiss her mouth. "Just an ordinary day."

TITLE: The Wind In Her Hair
AUTHOR: Ashleigh Anpilova
PAIRING: Anthony DiNozzo/Maddie Tyler
SUMMARY: Tony and Maddie go for a walk.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: Written for philleegirl - 'Z' - Zephyr
DISCLAIMER: I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.

Even though it had been his idea, part of him couldn't believe that he was here; in a wood; going for a walk on a Sunday afternoon.

That wasn't how he spent Sundays; Sundays were spent watching movies, drinking beer, hanging out with his buddies, or in bed with his latest girl-friend.

But here he was with his latest girl-friend walking hand-in-hand with her through the woods – and what was more, he was enjoying himself. He remembered when he'd tried to impress a ranger one time by saying he spent every spare moment in the woods, when in fact the great outdoors was something he did his best to avoid.

Or rather he had done. But all that had changed two months ago when Maddie Tyler had entered his life. Since then he'd found himself doing things he'd never done, never considered doing, never wanted to do and having a great time doing them. And also he found he didn't try to impress her; he let her see what no one else had ever seen: the real Anthony DiNozzo.

Suddenly she pulled away from him and began to run ahead, turning around to call to him, laughing and smiling; her happiness was infectious and he started to run after her. But then he stopped and just watched her as she spun around and ran and giggled, her long hair, loose and free from hair-spray or clips, flew around her as the wind caught it. She looked beautiful; she was beautiful – inside and out she was the most beautiful girl he'd ever known. And it was natural beauty, she wore very little make-up, she didn't need it.

He stood and watched the wind play with her hair blowing it around her face, making her look even younger than her twenty-four years. It was perfect; she was perfect; the moment was perfect. "Madds," he called, puling out his camera and pointing it at her.

She glanced back over her shoulder and smiled at him. At that very second, another gust of wind caught her hair and made it swirl and he captured the moment. "Come on, Tony," she called, turning her back and beginning to run away from him. "Catch me if you can."

He pushed the camera back into his pocket and took off after her. It didn't take him long to catch up with her – but then he suspected she wasn't really trying too hard to escape. As he pulled her into his arms and kissed her, he wondered if it was possible to fall in love, to really fall in love, in such short a time.

He didn't know; he suspected it was – or at least that's what other people would say, maybe even Maddie herself. So for now he'd just have to be content with what he had, content with holding her, kissing her and knowing he had someone he could be himself with. Anything else could come in time – for once he wasn't going to rush things.

Tags: fandom: ncis, fanfic: stories, pairing (het): dinozzo/maddie

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