Pairing: Leroy Jethro Gibbs/Tobias Fornell
Author on LJ: ashley_pitt
Author Website: None of which I am aware
Why this must be read:
Ashley is far better known as a Gibbs/Ducky writer and that pairing is her main love. However, she has been branching out over the last year or so and this is a fine example of another relationship which I personally see so very clearly.
It's Christmas Eve and Fornell goes to see Gibbs, as simple as that. But friendship moves on to something else.
One of the main things I like about this story and the way Ashley writes Gibbs/Fornell is that the Gibbs is this is different from the Gibbs when he's with Ducky - but both are the Gibbs we see on screen. It's a very nicely executed story with some great dialogue and it was so very them. It's how I could see it happening between them. It made me sniff at times and is poignant.
“Merry Christmas to you too, Gibbs. I couldn’t get my hand free to turn the knob. You gonna ask me in or not.”
“Yeah… okay. Come on in, Tobias.”
“Damn cordial way to greet someone who brings comfort and joy.”
Gibbs shrugged and said, “You need a hand?”
“Nah, I am balanced, but if you see an ornately wrapped package, snag it. It’s your Christmas present.”
Fornell made his way into the kitchen and placed the many bags on the table.
Gibbs grabbed a white carton and opened it. “You brought Chinese? How did you know I’d be home tonight?”
Fornell removed his coat and threw it over a chair. “Jethro it’s Christmas Eve…the office party is over…the ‘kids’ are all with their respective significant others, and Ducky’s bash at Reston House isn’t until tomorrow. Where else would you be?”
Comfort And Joy