Pairing: Leroy Jethro Gibbs/Donald 'Ducky' Mallard (Abigail Sciuto/Timothy McGee & Anthony DiNozzo/Ziva David are also mentioned)
Author on LJ: toomuchfandom
Why this must be read:
Anita is one of the original Gibbs/Ducky writers and whilst she, sadly, isn't writing as many Gibbs/Ducky stories these days, when she does she nonetheless comes up with a superb story. For some reason I have a penchant for death stories, both writing them and reading them (well as long as they end 'happily') so it won't surprise people to see yet another death story recc'd.
This is an incredible painful and poignant story that really does need tissues, yet it is also a beautiful, moving, intense story, chock full of love, affection, tenderness, emotion - but not just the love and affection between Gibbs and Ducky, but that shown by the 'children' too.
Anita takes an incredibly difficult subject - dementia - and deals with it in such an amazing way, with a maturity and respect that is not easy to achieve. It is poignant and painful and also so very real and believable. It was not an easy story to write, I know that. It shows us inside the head of someone suffering from dementia and how things are real and yet not real. It's story for which I cannot truly find the words to do it justice - it really does need reading.
Perhaps it is best summed up by a person who commented on the story at the time of posting: ' Dare I say I loved it and hated it at the same time?' Please read it, but go armed with tissues.
If there was anything else he hated more, he'd love it. Nurses and doctors. Prodding and poking. Syringes. Tubes. Pills. Empty beds, spartan dressed rooms (not that his own house was any better, which is why he spent more time at Ducky's) and rules. Lights out at 10pm, lights on around 6am. It was almost as if he was back on active duty.
He couldn't really remember why he had ended up in a hospital this time. Maybe another blow to the head? He didn't remember much, but he was sure he was going to leave. He wasn't even going to bother finding a nurse and sign himself out. He was going home. To Ducky.
Nothing Is Impossible