AUTHOR: Ashleigh Anpilova
PAIRING: Leroy Jethro Gibbs/Donald 'Ducky' Mallard
SUMMARY: In his grief Jethro makes a comment he will live to regret.
WORD COUNT: 100
AUTHOR'S NOTE: Written for ncis_drabble 'Past Relationship' Challenge.
WARNING: Very angsty (yes, in 100 words)
DISCLAIMER: I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.
"Yes, I know, Jethro."
"They're dead and you're alive. Why couldn't it have been - Oh, my God, Ducky, I'm -"
"It doesn't matter, Jethro. Sleep now. You'll feel better in the morning."
Jethro felt the prick of a needle in his arm. And then . . . Nothing.
The next morning when he awoke and went downstairs things weren't better.
They were worse.
Much, much worse.
There it stood cold, stark, simple, devastating.
A few lines in Ducky's handwriting.
I will always love you.
No, things weren't better.
Things didn't begin to get remotely better until 1996.