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Fiction. Tomorrow Is Another Day (Gibbs/Ducky)
TITLE: Tomorrow Is Another Day
AUTHOR: Ashleigh Anpilova
PAIRING: Leroy Jethro Gibbs/Donald 'Ducky' Mallard
GENRE: Slash
SUMMARY: In his grief Jethro makes a comment he will live to regret.
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.


"They're dead."

"Yes, I know, Jethro."

"They're dead."


"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.

It ended:

I will always love you.


No, things weren't better.

Things didn't begin to get remotely better until 1996.

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Current Mood: uncomfortable uncomfortable

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adriannacoylho From: adriannacoylho Date: 30th December 2008 13:56 (UTC) (Link)
*whimpers* Oh my! *whimpers some more at what's to come* Has it finally made you write it yet? Mine's still in the corner being ignored. (The Christmas fluff helped ;)

Powerful stuff and as you say Very angsty (yes, in 100 words) amazing what you can do with so few words. *hugs you* *hides*
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 30th December 2008 18:10 (UTC) (Link)
*Hugs gently and whimpers with you* Well . . . He made me write this one, I'm hoping he might let me get away with it. But from the far too innocent look in his eyes . . .

I am glad to hear yours is in the corner - is there room for mine, per chance?

Thank you, hon. I thought I'd better put that in.

*Hugs back*

*Drags out of hiding*

How are you?
adriannacoylho From: adriannacoylho Date: 1st January 2009 17:20 (UTC) (Link)
*hugs back* *gulps* Oooh, yes he may. Uh oh!

There certainly is *attempts to shoo it in there for you* *g*

YW :)

Better thank you, not totally good, but on the mend. Able to walk about without wobbly legs now! How about you, hon, have you recovered to normal levels yet?

and Happy New Year!!
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 2nd January 2009 13:36 (UTC) (Link)
*Hugs some more* Indeed. He seems determined.

Thank you. *Eyes carefully*

Oh, dear. You really have a had nasty, nasty, horrible bug that just keeps coming back. I do hope you have really had the last of it and are soon back to normal. *Sends good and healing vibes to you*

I'm fine thank you, yes.

And a very happy New Year to you too. I wish you everything you wish yourself. *Huggles*
ashley_pitt From: ashley_pitt Date: 30th December 2008 17:25 (UTC) (Link)

So much in so few lines....
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 30th December 2008 18:11 (UTC) (Link)
I am pleased it made you gulp and touched you.

Thank you for reading.
birggitt From: birggitt Date: 9th January 2009 21:12 (UTC) (Link)
You have no idea how many times I begin to write this, and then, delete all I had wrote, because I just...
In a way, I understand why Jethro say this. And guilt is not a minor factor.
But, ITOH... I can't forgive him.
Because yes, I can understand grieve, and GOD! I surly can understand guilt. But this is the most cruel, unfair, unforgivably thing to say. And to Ducky! The most gentle, kindest, caring soul!
He should have say me! I am alive. Why couldn't it have been me?
*looks sadly at Jethro* I just can't... sorry!
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 10th January 2009 10:13 (UTC) (Link)
I think I have some idea.

I know. I know. That's why is really surprised me so much, so very much.

He knows it. That's the only thing, he knows it and he will suffer and suffer, but it was so awful.

This started life as this drabble and then a very dark sequel came into my mind, which I am still trying to subdue, and I'd hoped the bunny would put up with this and not make me write the darn sequel which starts in 1996.

*Hugs you tightly* I'm sorry it hurt you so.

Edited at 2009-01-10 10:13 (UTC)
birggitt From: birggitt Date: 11th January 2009 16:17 (UTC) (Link)
Should I ask? Because now, I'm curious. And, yes, I'm a little masochist, why you ask? *laughs*
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 11th January 2009 18:32 (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure that you should. Ummm. Do you really want to know?

The darn bunny keeps nibbling away; I keep trying to shove it back into its box, but . . .
birggitt From: birggitt Date: 11th January 2009 19:11 (UTC) (Link)
but the bunny is winning? *laughs*
Maybe I should just wait and see? Somehow, I think you are gonna end writing it.
And, it is me, or you are writing a lot more angst that your usual share?
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 12th January 2009 11:54 (UTC) (Link)
I've currently given it an extra knock out drop - shall try for amnesia pills :-)

I think you should. I'm trying not to.

I think I'm having an angsty phase (but have written hot smutty PWP today - well I posted it) at the moment.

*Eyes bunny*
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