For my last rec of the month I return to my roots in two ways: one, it's back to my beloved OTP and two, it's a story written by one of the very first Gibbs/Ducky writers.
Pairing: Leroy Jethro Gibbs/Donald 'Ducky' Mallard
Author on LJ: k1mono
Author Website: None of which I am aware
Why this must be read:
Ren hasn't written Gibbs/Ducky for some time, and we all miss her lovely stories. This is one of her earlier stories and it is a lovely one. In one way it is very simple, in other ways very complex.
It is set immediately after The Meat Puzzle and is told in several parts by each of the 'children' involved at the time interspersed by Gibbs's thoughts. The thoughts are all about what happened and how close Gibbs came to losing Ducky.
Gibbs's parts are full of anguish and he doesn't hold back his true feelings for Ducky and the children's parts touch on the relationship and how they might see it as more than just good friends - indeed one of them does know it is more than it appears to be.
Ren hits the voices of the various characters perfectly; it is as though we are listening to them say the words, and she also captures the feelings or love, affection, respect and deep friendship the children have for Ducky and for Gibbs and most of all the sheer love and need and affection of Gibbs's feelings for Ducky. The intensity is there throughout the story and the movement from one character to the next's part does not jar in the slightest.
He doesn’t know how his eyes light up every time he sees Ducky, he is so careful not to let things slip, he knows that one move would result in changes and not for the better, well not until the narrow-mindedness is well and truly wiped out of this service. Yes we humans proclaim to be the top dog on this planet and yet we don’t understand the meaning of choice, and what ever choices we make should never be examined and torn to pieces. As far as I am concerned let it be. But nope, society in its crooked wisdom still deems same sex relationships to be declared wrong. What a damn sick joke.
You’d think that after everything that Gibbs has been through, he would deserve more. I mean life has been one bitch to Gibbs, so hell why can’t the guy find love and devotion in whatever form it comes. Hey I’m glad he met with Ducky. I mean if Gibbs didn’t find him initially I would be first in line to grab Ducky’s attention and affection. I keep hoping that if I find anything remotely resembling their relationship I guess that I would be happy enough.
Picking Up The Pieces