Pairing: Donald 'Ducky' Mallard/Tobias Fornell. (Mentions Leroy Jethro Gibbs/Donald 'Ducky' Mallard - unrequited. Leroy Jethro Gibbs/Tobias Fornell - past/unrequited)
Author on LJ: slash4femme
Author Website: None of which I am aware
Why this must be read:
Slash4Femme doesn't just write her favourite pairing (Gibbs/McGee) she writes a couple of others. Again, this breaks my OTP reading habits and this is not a pairing I have ever even considered. However, as I'd enjoyed her Gibbs/McGee stories so much and as I love both Ducky and Fornell, I thought I'd give it a go. In truth I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did.
Once again Slash4Femme has a superb grasp on the characters and writes them so well, so in character and in such a believable way. There's a great deal of poignancy in the story as in effect Ducky and Tobias both have something in common: their unrequited love for Gibbs and in part this draws them together. But it's not just a case of 'second best'. Yes, it brought them together, but it's more than that.
The build up is slow and very fitting as it the title - Ducky truly is 'an old fashioned gentleman'.
This is not just a rare pairing, this is the only story I have actually come across about this pairing. But the way Slash4Femme writes them once more had me asking for more. It's gentle, in many ways it's chaste, it is chaste, it has a lot of friendship and affection between Gibbs and Ducky and Gibbs and Fornell, we see NCIS vs. the FBI, which I always love and is a really good read.
“It seems he was shot through the mouth the bullet exiting out the back of the skull, causing quite a bit of mess too.”
Ducky leaned closer to the body pointing out the place were the bullet had pulverized the back of the poor officers head, both Fornell and Gibbs leaned closer to look.
“On first examination the poor man’s death would appear to be suicide but on closer examination . . .”
Fornell lost track of what exactly it was Ducky was saying as he became captivated by the way Ducky’s heavy dark blond hair fell cross his forehead, and the way the fine lines around his eyes where highlighted when he smiled. Ducky had one of the nicest smiles, Fornell had seen in a long time, and he stopped himself abruptly before his mind continued along the nauseatingly sentimental path it had been heading down. It had been bad enough when he had fallen for Gibbs, falling for Ducky though was just foolhardy. Ducky was so far out of his league they weren’t even in the same ballpark, and possibly not even playing the same sport. The sound of Ducky’s voice jerked Fornell once more into the present.
“ . . . Either way if this does turn out to be a murder I think one of you gentlemen owes me dinner.”
“I’ll take that offer.”
It was out of his mouth before he could stop it. Gibbs and Ducky looked up at him and Fornell decide not to give himself the chance to make the situation worse so he slapped Gibbs on the back and hustled him towards the door talking at him none stop about FBI involvement and how he didn’t want NCIS to screw it up this time. Once they were out of autopsy and safely in the elevator Fornell let the conversation drop and leaned against the elevator wall in morose silence. Gibbs gave him a searching look but didn’t comment on his less then usual behavior for which Fornell was extremely grateful.
An Old Fashioned Gentleman