Pairing: Leroy Jethro Gibbs/Donald 'Ducky' Mallard (implied - can be read purely as the friendship we see on the show). Leroy Jethro Gibbs/Hollis Mann (again only implied).
Author on LJ: timothy_quinn
Author Website: The Last Vampyre (Requires an age confirmation to access it)
Why this must be read:
Hollis Mann has disappeared and Gibbs is desperate to find her and of course his oldest, closest, dearest friend, Ducky, will do all that he can to help him - or will he?
We all know Ducky, don't we? Kind, gentle, a gentleman and a gentle man, a man who has time for everyone, a good word for everyone, who merely smiles when Gibbs interrupts him, who is courteous and caring, who clearly loves his 'family' and who looks after and provides a home for his elderly mother who is suffering from dementia. A man who wouldn't hurt the proverbial fly - and yes, this is Ducky; this is the man we see week in week out. But . . .
But there is also another side to Ducky, one we have a handful of glimpses of in the show. And it is this Ducky whom Tim taps into. Tim herself calls this 'Dark Ducky' and her words are true. She gets inside the man we see, she finds the darkness that I suspect we all have and she utilises it to perfect effect; she takes it and she moulds it and she gives us Ducky Mallard.
And what is so frightening, so chilling is how easy it is to believe in her 'Dark Ducky' and that is because Tim writes him with so much skill. OOC? Yes, but equally a resounding 'no'. Not many writers could pull this off, could take the affable man we see and twist him and still make him the Ducky we see - but Tim is a highly skilled writer and so she manages to do it and do it so very, very well.
As I said to her: 'This is really is such a good and chilling story, my dear Tim, and what makes it all the more chilling is how utterly believable it is. Horrific to say, but our beloved, sweet, gentle, caring Ducky does have a steely side and I'm sure a dark side too - at least when it comes to dealing with people who might hurt and/or interfere with those people he loves.'
But don't take my word for it, please go and read this - but be prepared to be both horrified and fascinated; to both say 'that is not Ducky' and 'that is Ducky'.
Dr. Mallard sighed, signed his name to the autopsy report he’d just read for the fourth time, and finally stood up from his desk to face the man who’d been disturbing his concentration for the last half hour.
“You need to rest, Jethro,” he said gently, knowing without a shadow of a doubt his advice would fall on deaf ears, no matter how kindly it was given. “When was the last time you got some sleep?”
“I’ll sleep when I’ve found Hollis Mann,” Gibbs replied, drumming his fingers on the cold steel examination table that, at least for the moment, was mercifully empty.
“As with all things my dear, it is just a matter of time.”
The drumming fingers continued relentlessly.
“Time we don’t have, Duck.”
“You’ll find something. No one disappears without a trace, not even Hollis Mann.”
The Disappearance Of Hollis Mann