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Alphabet Meme. Gibbs/Ducky (NCIS)

TITLE: Old Friends And Lovers
AUTHOR: Ashleigh Anpilova
FANDOM: NCIS
PAIRING: Leroy Jethro Gibbs/Donald 'Ducky' Mallard
GENRE: Slash
SUB-GENRE: Established Relationship
SUMMARY: Jethro and Ducky have been friends for a long time. But they have also been lovers.
RATING: G
WORD COUNT: 500
AUTHOR'S NOTE: Written for femme_slash_fan: O - 'Old Friends'
DISCLAIMER: I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.



Jethro and I have been friends for many years. Indeed, we have been friends for over three decades. That, apart from the exact length of our friendship, is something known to everyone. We have never hidden, never made a secret of just how close we are; well, not as far as friendship goes.

You see, we have a secret. Although in truth if anyone chose to examine our relationship closely, if anyone decided to look that little bit harder, if anyone considered quite how intimately we connected, if anyone stopped taking our friendship as face value, they would know the truth. The truth we have hidden, and yet in reality have not hidden, for more than two decades.

You see, as well as being old friends, we are also old lovers. We have been 'more than just good friends' since after the deaths of dear Shannon and Kelly. Jethro came to me and I could not, I would not, turn him away; not even though I knew it probably wasn't the best time, the right time, the right thing to do. And yet it was. As much as I felt it wasn't right; I knew it was. Jethro needed something that I, even to this day, believe only I could give him.

And from that moment, from that bitter sweet evening, we did not look back. Oh, we were not lovers, as such, not in the physical sense, during his subsequent three marriages; but we were lovers in the emotional sense. I had a far deeper and closer connection to and with Jethro than Marie, Diane or Stephanie had with him. And the same was true of his affairs. They merely touched Jethro on the physical, they merely connected in bed; with us it is so much more.

Someone, I cannot recall who at the moment, once used the term 'romantic friendship', and I believe that sums up the relationship Jethro and I have very well indeed. Which isn't to say there isn't a physical side, there is. We have an extremely good, healthy and satisfying physical relationship. It is just that for us it has always been far more about exchanging kisses and caresses, of touching, of holding, than hasty climaxes.

Jethro touches me a great deal, in public as well as private. Of course Jethro is a fairly tactile man, and I am not the only person whom he touches, and I don't just mean the head-slaps he bestows on his team. However, when he touches me, even if it's simply to put his hand on my shoulder, it is quite different from the way he ruffles Timothy's hair.

Yet despite the obvious differences, despite the fact he looks at me and speaks to me in a completely different way from the way he looks at or speaks to anyone else, people simply see us at face value: they see two old friends. They don't see, what is so obvious, that the old friends are also old lovers.





TITLE: Be Mine
AUTHOR: Ashleigh Anpilova
FANDOM: NCIS
PAIRING: Leroy Jethro Gibbs/Donald 'Ducky' Mallard
GENRE: Slash
SUB-GENRE: First Time
SUMMARY: Gibbs is making plans.
RATING: PG
WORD COUNT: 500
AUTHOR'S NOTE: Written for sharpiesgal: V - 'Valentine'
DISCLAIMER: I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.



1ST FEBRUARY

He couldn't believe he was considering it. Make that seriously considering it. It wasn't what he did; who he was. Except to an extent it had been.

His recalled the night some three decades ago, and the look on Shannon's face, when he'd done something similar. He'd changed. Her death and that of Kelly had changed him. He hadn't wanted to do the things he'd done for Shannon with his other wives. It'd seemed wrong; wrong to Shannon's memory. And wrong, he knew now, to the three women he never should have married.

But finally, it felt right. It felt as if he should do it; he should let the Jethro Gibbs he'd been, peek through again. He'd always heard the phrase 'time heals'; but he'd never really believed it. Not until now. So he stopped considering doing it, and started to do it.

It began with the card; he'd thought it would be the easiest part of his plan. It wasn't. An hour after he'd gone into the Hallmark store he left - with four cards!

He then tried to decide on a gift. That took even longer. In the end he settled for a leather-bound book of poetry, and throwing caution to the wind ordered a bouquet of early spring flowers and a single red rose. The Navy Yard would be gossiping for weeks. Or maybe not, given the amount of cards, flowers and gifts that were going to festoon the place. Although the person he'd ordered them for didn't get dozens of cards and gifts, so maybe it would cause gossip. But if it did, what the hell?

Then he made the final arrangement: dinner at a quiet, nice, but not overly up-market, restaurant. It wasn't the kind that had half a dozen glasses and ten forks per setting.

They tangible plans laid, he then set about deciding what to write in the card and on the bookplate (the object of his plans would not want him writing in the book itself) in order to get the person to the restaurant.

After half a dozen abortive attempts, he nearly gave up. Why was he going to so much trouble? Why didn't he simply ask the person out to dinner? Because that wasn't what he'd done with Shannon on the evening he'd proposed to her. And now he was finally capable of loving someone as much as he'd loved her, it was only right.

In the end, knowing his handwriting would be recognized, he settled for 'Be Mine?' in the card. 'I will always love you' in the book, and he slipped a piece of paper with the details of dinner in with the card.

14TH FEBRUARY

"You know, Jethro," Ducky said. "You didn't have to go to so much trouble. You must have known what my answer would be?"

Jethro gazed down at Ducky. "Yeah, Duck. Guess I did. But I wanted to do it right." He kissed Ducky for some time. Then asked softly, "Be mine?"

Ducky smiled. "Always."


Tags: fandom: ncis, fanfic: stories, pairing (slash): gibbs/ducky
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