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Jun 4 2014
The Inmate Running The Assylum
My Heart & Soul- My Love
It had been a long day at work at NCIS in the ShapeShifter Elite Division or SSE. It was a top secret ops he was a part of in NCIS and Timothy McGee was exhausted. His boss Leroy Jethro Gibbs along with Director Steve Borden of the NCIS/ SSE Division had them all working almost non stop for weeks with only an occasional nap and tons of coffee to keep awake. No one had any normal sleep. But for them, what was normal? McGee asked himself, smiling inwardly. McGee noticed the case they were working on was hitting Gibbs hard. An agent was murdered, a shapeshifting agent like themselves, but from the NorfolkVirginia Division. Gibbs had known the Agent he nicknamed the "crotchety cougar"and his family for years, and he was determined to put the scumbag who murdered him behind bars at GITMO. And he would. With the help of his team. Now Agent Ethan Giles could rest in peace.
Any case that was deemed "paranormal" or "supernatural" (Director Leon Vance from NCIS preferred "unusual") was given to the SSE. He and Director Borden often collaborated together on which cases would be handled by Vance and his civilian agents, and which ones Director Borden would be given. McGee still remembered his big head slap from Gibbs two years ago when he had remarked that a case was quote "Cool! Just like the X files!" Even DiNozzo had given him a high five for that one and DiNozzo also earned a Gibbs slap when he whistled the X files theme. Hell, THEY themselves were X files, McGee thought. After all, they were shape shifting wolves the size similar to a small pony. Gibbs was a huge silver gray one and DiNozzo was dark brown.McGee was a lighter brown than Dinozzo. "The wolf pack." That was what Director Borden called Gibbs and his team collectively.McGee was proud to be part of it.
It was time to head for home, but he didn't want to. It wasn't that he didn't like or enjoy his private beach house, he did. He just wanted more than himself for company. He sighed. Well, You can't always get what you want, he chided to himself. That was life. He secured his desk then made a beeline for the elevator. He stepped out into the parking lot and headed for his midnight blue "bumblebee" Camaro ZL1. He was tempted to head for Abby's lab before leaving but decided against it. He knew she was swamped with a mountain pile of evidence to sift through and then when that was done and processed she would make a detailed report for the SSE. She too was determined to see the murdering scumbag went directly to GITMO.
Abby now had someone whom she could trust to work with her, and McGee was glad she did. Angela Callaway was also amazing at forensics ,and she shapeshifted into a stunning Lynx. Abby absolutely loved her sister in law. Angela's husband and lifemate Mark was a 6' 8" shapeshifting black panther SSE Agent who often worked with Gibbs. He also was Abby's brother. Abby discovered quite some time ago that she was adopted and had done an extensive search for her family. She had found Mark, then found out she had another brother,Hugh Toorop. Hugh had told her about their parents, and what had caused their deaths.He also told her that their birth parents had adopted Mark as a baby. She loved both of her brothers, and they were protective of her as McGee was.
Hugh was another shapeshifting SSE Agent. He was a black and silver wolf, and he and Mark always worked together. They were ex Navy Seals, and the top sniper/hitman team. They never missed a target. Ever. Gibbs had a deep respect for both of them and their abilities.
The word lifemate suddenly entered McGee's head.That word always seemed to come up when he was thinking about Abby.Actually ever since Director Borden's wife Gabrielle had told him that he had a lifemate and found out it was Abby. Every shapeshifter had one, Gabrielle informed him. She knew all about every existing shapeshifter and had a room of files to prove it. There was more detailed information on her laptop along with a detailed list of all shapeshifters and their lifemates. Director Borden and Gabrielle were on that list. They were wolves also, Steve a black one, Gabrielle a red haired one.
Gabrielle told McGee that even with that detailed list, the "paired" couples should be entitled to some free will. She felt they should be together because it was their choice, not just because of a list. That was easier said than done, McGee thought.True lifemates were drawn to one another, and desired only to be with their intended.McGee had found that out the hard way when he had tried dating others. It had always ended disastrously. He still remembered the stinging slap he'd received when he'd told his date that the thought of sleeping with her was repulsive to him. That had been a thought that was supposed to have stayed in his head, not said out loud. He truly hadn't meant to say that or to hurt the girl's feelings. But he had. He felt horrible about it and gave up on dating ever since.
Another reason for the files on shapeshifters was because Gabrielle was a skilled Doctor who also handled all their medical care along with their Medical Examiner and Doctor Donald "Ducky" Mallard. There was a private hospital connected to the building used for all shapeshifting Agents. Any other hospital was not an option for them. They couldn't afford to have any civilian Doctor or anyone else for that matter discover who and what they were.
A civilian had murdered Agent Giles. Was it because he'd discovered that Agent Giles was a shapeshifter? McGee hoped not, because if that were true all shapeshifters could be in jeopardy.
A thought kept nagging at him, and McGee didn't like where that was taking him. His gut told him it could be possible that Agent Giles murderer could be connected to Gen Tech, a lab where he had endured excruciating torture eleven years ago. Occasionally, he still had nightmares or flashbacks re-living that time. Another reason why he was reluctant to head home. But what choice did he have? It was nearing midnight, and he knew he could use a day or two just for sleep.
Gen Tech. Known to the world as a research lab, but Tim knew better. Gen Tech. His hands were shaking and he couldn't bring himself to start his car. He lay his head on the hands that gripped the steering wheel and took a deep, calming breath. Maybe he would close his eyes for a few seconds.
Gen Tech. The tormentors. The pain. Oh, God, the pain.....
Naked.Cold. And in pain. The torment wouldn't let up. Beatings. Constant beatings. Demands, no, shouts.
"SHIFT! CHANGE, DAMN YOU!"
He wouldn't. He refused. No matter the pain. No matter what they did to him.
The needles hurt. It hurt so bad. He felt like a pin cushion.
"Let's see if this concoction will make him twitch!" Laughter.
"We need to find something to make him shapeshift."
"So far, NOTHING! Cooperate, damn you!!" Beatings. More beatings. His blood spattered everywhere, and poured from his skin. He could even taste it.
He welcomed the abyss of unconsciousness. But not his tormentors.
"Wake up, WAKE UP, damn you!"
More beatings. Then came the broken bones.
"SHIFT, DAMN YOU TO HELL!! Thwack!
A heavy object breaking kneecaps. Fingers. Toes. And any other bone they could think of to target. Bone crunching sounds. His bones breaking. It made him vomit. They didn't like that. It got them mad. Screams. His. That got them mad too.
"You are SO weak and PATHETIC! Look at you!! You disgust me!!"
When would this end? He wanted to die. Just to stop the torture. The pain. If only there was relief from the pain.......
Arms lifting him. Another scream torn from his throat. Flashing blue and red lights that pierced his eyes like a bunch of needles. It hurt.
Voices. Different voices. Gibbs? No, he had to be imagining things. Unconsciousness. Blessed unconsciousness......
"Mr McGee!?" A security guard was tapping frantically on the car's window. "I heard screams. Are you ok? Mr McGee?"
Tim blinked, then looked around in confusion. He rolled his window down.
"I'm ok, Sam, thanks."
"You sure? I heard screams. I thought..."
"It's ok Sam. I'm fine." He started his car. "Take care Sam."
"You too Mr McGee."
Tim wiped the beads of sweat from his eyes and forehead. He would need to speak with Gibbs and Borden. They needed to know. He swallowed hard. Tomorrow. He'd deal with that tomorrow.
He headed for home, parked in his driveway and entered his dark, lonely home. He took a nice, hot shower, it always helped calm and soothe him after a nightmare or flashback episode. He dried off, and put on some comfy boxers and a green tee, then brushed his teeth. Now, he needed sleep. He settled down on his comfy bed to give it a try. But he just couldn't. He was more shaken from the flashback incident in the parking lot than he realized. He wished he could be in Abby's lab. He could concentrate there. Focus. Keep his mind from going chaotic. He smiled and shook his head. Tortured in one lab, but felt safe in another. Oh, the irony, he thought, shaking his head.
As usual, thoughts of Abby came to mind. Abby. His lifemate.Yeah, sure. What a pile of bullshit, he tried convincing himself. But deep in his subconscious mind, he knew Gabrielle was right. She was his true mate. He felt that deep in his soul. But it seemed as if Abby didn't see it or feel that way. She had made it abundantly clear she didn't want a relationship with him. Ok, maybe she didn't put it so blunty, but then you didn't need to be a rocket scientist to get the "blues clue." Tim refused to beat a dead horse, and he wasn't going to beg either. Abby didn't want him as a mate, and he was going to have to come to grips with that fact and learn to accept it. Suck it up, as Gibbs would put it. It wouldn't be easy, but he was determined to try.
He would have to learn to enjoy the solitude when he was home even though all his life he'd wanted his own family. He would have to accept that that was never going to happen. Not for him anyway.
Tim was a shapeshifter with unique abilities. To shift into an animal, and communicate telepathically with other shapeshifters. Lifemates had their own "private telepathic "channel" or path that only they shared. He'd seen that with Angela and Mark, Hugh and Aurora, Steve and Gabrielle. He wanted to experience that too with Abby. He wanted that with every fiber of his being.
Stop the pity party, Tim, now, he reprimanded himself. Stop thinking of things you cannot change, or have.
You should be proud of yourself, and your abilities. He smiled. He had one other unique ability. Well, more than one. He could use his head as a map, and "see" the imagery in his mind and give the needed info,directions, and coordinates to anyone who asked. He could also "zap" images onto computer screens just by thought.Everything he saw daily, every crime scene he'd processed, people all around and whom he interacted with was all filed away in his head. If he noticed anything suspicious, he could "zap" it onto any monitor and study it. Same with people, or suspects. Crime scenes and maps also. He was a walking gps navigation system and camera rolled into one. His unique ability had put past killers behind bars.
He remembered Gibb's and DiNozzo's reactions the first time he zapped something onto the plasma instead of bringing it up from a computer or click of a mouse. DiNozzo's face had been comical with his wide eyed stare, and jaw opened wide in shock. Even Gibbs had reacted as if he was a bit freaked out by it, and that shocked Tim. DiNozzo's reaction he could see, but Gibbs rarely was shocked by anything he saw or heard.
Tim looked out his window towards the ocean. He watched the powerful waves pounding huge rocks. The ocean also could help keep his mind from getting too chaotic. He lay down on his bed, and this time, when he closed his eyes, he was able to sleep.
Tim woke abruptly out of a sound slumber. Just when he was finally sleeping well. Damn. What caused him to wake so sudden, he wondered. Then, he heard it. A voice. In his head. Gibbs? DiNozzo? Were they in trouble? There it was again. But it wasn't Gibbs or DiNozzo.
'TIM.' There it was again. Abby? He didn't believe it. It had to be his imagination. He walked over to the window, taking a deep, calm breath as he stared out toward the waves.
'Tim! I need you! Please I--I'm- I'm afraid. I think someone is watching me outside my window. Please-help!
No way. It couldn't be. This time he heard the voice clearly. Abby was calling out to him telepathically. Using the "private"path only for lifemates. Just like Gabrielle said.There was no denying it, he "heard" it with his own mind. He decided to try something. He concentrated, and followed the path Abby was using. If he could read her mind, he might be able to figure out what was wrong.Another advantage for lifemates. Only true lifemates could read each other's minds.
She was sitting up in bed, hugging Bert the hippo tight against her chest, wishing it was Tim instead, wrapping his strong arms around her. She always felt safe and protected whenever he hugged her. She needed his help. Someone was watching her, she sensed it. She slowly got up and crept toward the left side of the wall by the window, so anyone looking in wouldn't see her. She ducked as she peeked out, taking care to move as slow as she could. Tim-please hurry! She hugged Bert again as she slowly sank to the floor.
There was no doubt Abby was in trouble. She sensed it, and was reaching out to him for help whether she realized it or not. If there was one thing Gibbs had taught him, it was never ignore your gut. And he wouldn't. He had to get there, and fast.
Abby, stay where you are. Don't move. I'll be right there.
He opened his door, and instantly shape shifted into his wolf, running so fast that anyone who saw him would only see a blur. He avoided the roads altogether for that reason,so no one could see him. He chose the dense foliage and trees for cover. Even at night, he didn't want to take any chances of being spotted. Taking his car was out of the question, it would take too long to get there. As a wolf,and because he was a shapeshifter, he also had the gift of preternatural speed. All shapeshifters did. He would arrive at Abby's within minutes.
As he got near Abby's place, he noticed a shadow by the sliding glass doors leading out to the backyard. He crept stealthily, keeping to the bushes as he got nearer to the shadow's position. Abby was right. There was someone watching her. He crept closer, making sure not to make a single noise. Once he was behind him, he crouched, hackles raised, and growled low, never taking his eyes off the threat to Abby.
The man slowly turned when he heard a threatening growl coming from behind him. A dog? Well, he thought, he would take care of that,and he whipped out a handgun. The next thing he saw was a blur, then he felt razor sharp teeth biting his forearm. He screamed as he opened his hand and let the gun drop to the ground. This was no dog- it was a huge wolf!! He tried kicking at it, and fighting back but it was no use. He had to find some way to escape, and fast. He was losing a good amount of blood, any more and it could be fatal.
He didn't know how he managed it, but he finally was able to pry his arm from out of the wolf's jaws. He grabbed his gun from the ground and aimed it at the wolf. Big mistake. The wolf attacked again, sinking it's jaws around his wrist. He screamed as he pulled the trigger. How he managed it, he couldn't say. He smirked in satisfaction as the wolf yelped and let go of his wrist. He saw blood forming around its shoulder area. He hoped the bullet penetrated its heart.
The wolf lay still as blood seeped out, dripping down from the shoulder. Good. The more blood it lost, the better. Hell, he hoped he'd killed it. Damn. He needed to leave immediately and get his wounds tended to at Gen Tech.He finally had something to report back to his colleagues. They would find it.. enlightening. There was a chance he had stumbled on and escaped from an actual shapeshifter. Just like Hank, the only difference was Hank managed to kill one. Agent Giles.
If it was true this wolf was a shapeshifting Agent, then it needed to be eliminated too.And he suspected he was right. Because he was damn sure there were no actual wolves around here. Wolves wouldn't live anywhere near people.And they certainly weren't the size of a small pony either. He needed to capture it and have fun torturing it before it died. No fun in just killing it. He loved to see suffering. To inflict torture. He needed to inflict torture, it was better than sex with a woman, and far more satisfying. He had the best orgasms when he looked into his victim's eyes right before they died. That look of shock mixed with fear, knowing they were going to die. He got rock hard just thinking about it.
He would come back for the girl, and if anyone or anything got in his way, he'd take care of that problem too. Permanently.
Tim was in pain, and feeling dizzy and nauseous. But he couldn't chance changing shape yet. He had to make certain the man left Abby's property. He couldn't chance the man spotting him shapeshifting. He remained calm, and took slow, deep breaths. It helped him to tolerate the pain. It also helped to ease the dizziness and nausea. Good. He needed to change and soon, because he was eager to get back to his laptop. He wanted to look at and study the intruder. To see if what he suspected could be true. Was the guy connected to Gen Tech? If that was the case, he would have to inform Director Borden and Gibbs tomorrow. But first things first. He would need his wound tended to. It hurt, yes, and there was blood loss, but not as substantial as the intruder's.
Just as he was changing shape, he heard the sound of footsteps approaching. Shit! Not the intruder! He looked around for a place to hide and dove inside a nearby bush. He had to bite his lip almost bloody to keep from screaming out at the pain the sudden movement cost him.
Tim? Are you out here? I heard screams and growly wolf sounds. If You're out here, are you ok?
Abby! Thank god, Tim thought, letting out a huge sigh of relief. He stepped out of his hiding place while gripping the shoulder of his right arm. The bullet grazed his shoulder, thank goodness it hadn't penetrated flesh. He would be fine. All he needed was water, peroxide, and an ace bandage and he would be good as new.
"Abby! What are you doing out here? I thought I told you to stay inside, and not to move."
"You did. Oh my god Tim, You're hurt!" She dropped Bert as she rushed to his side to inspect the wound.
"I'll be fine, Abby. I'll go home and take care of it myself."
"Let me Tim. Please? It's the least I can do. You wouldn't be hurt if it wasn't for me."
"Abby, it's not your fault that a sicko decided to spy on you. I'm just glad I could help. He's gone. I'm going to contact Hugh tomorrow and see if I can get one of the Vikirnov brothers to watch your place."
The Vikirnov brothers were the best Russian bodyguards available. Nothing got past them. Intruders were swiftly dealt with, and they were excellent at cleaning up if necessary. They didn't tolerate threats of any kind. And they despised any form of violence against women or children. All four of them were heavily muscled, and all were handsome.
"Ooh, some eyecandy in my own backyard. Yay for me!" Abby was only teasing, but she regretted the words when she noticed Tim's face. He tried to hide it from her, but she noticed the hurt look in those beautiful green eyes. He was hurt enough, she didn't need to add to his pain.
"Let's go inside, Tim. I'll clean and bandage your shoulder."
Tim nodded and winced when he bent down to pick up Bert for Abby. He silently handed her the stuffed hippo and followed her to the sliding glass doors. She led him to her bed and coaxed him to sit while she headed to her bathroom to gather the necessary supplies. She poured some peroxide on a rag and carefully as she could she cleaned the blood from Tim's wound, then expertly bandaged it up. There, she thought. Good as new.
"Tim? Could you- would you stay with me until I can fall asleep again? I appreciate you coming and chasing that intruder away. And about the Vikirnovs - I was only teasing."
"I know Abby. It's ok. Yes, I'll stay."
He much preferred to go home, but he would stay-- for Abby's sake. What if the intruder came back? He'd feel awful if this time he wasn't there for her. But only for her protection. He refused to let it go any further than that. He was no one's playtoy, or booty call, and he wouldn't let Abby think of him that way.
He got up from the bed and headed for the living room and sat down on the big comfy recliner in the corner. He put it in the reclining position, and closed his eyes. In minutes, he was asleep.
Abby was disappointed that Tim chose to stay in the living room instead of in bed with her. She was also aware that Tim was distant and standoffish around her. Even when she hugged him, he would push her away within seconds. He never did that before, he would hug her back and hold her close to him. Now, he refused to allow even that. She also knew that part of that- no, not part - it was totally her fault. She had been the one to say no to a relationship. Just friends, she'd told him. Now she was starting to regret her rash decision.
What did you expect? Did you think he would come at your beck and call and comply with whatever you say like a good little lapdog? He deserves better than that! Her inner voice chastised.
She would need to talk to him soon. Tell him how she really felt. Because she didn't like it like this. She wanted her Tim. She had to admit to herself that it was the word lifemate that had her scared. She didn't think she was the type that could be a true lifemate to anyone. She thought differently, and she wasn't like other women. And she definitely wasn't the Carol Brady or Susie Homemaker type at all. But she could clean house and cook. She wanted to be more than just a housewife, though. She sighed. She needed to lay down and get some sleep. But first, she would check on Tim.
She grabbed a spare blanket and headed toward the living room. She spotted him lying on the recliner. She smiled. He had managed to turn over and was sprawled out lying on his stomach, his head turned to the side towards her direction. Gently as she could, she draped the blanket over him, and softly touched his cheek, then traced his lower lip with her finger. She loved that lower lip, especially when he pouted. He was the only man she knew that could make a pout look totally adorable. She kissed him softly on the forehead, then headed to her room to sleep.
Sunlight filtered through the window, shining right onto Tim's face. Tim woke up, and immediately covered his eyes, then sat up. He noticed that he was covered with a blanket. Abby must have come to check on him before she slept. Looking around to make sure she wasn't awake, he put the blanket up to his nose, and breathed in the scent. It smelled of apple cider and cinnamon. Abby's scent. She even smelled like that when he was with her in her lab. He loved her scent. He sighed. He got up, and neatly folded the blanket and draped it over the back of the recliner.
He needed to get home. Before Abby realized he was awake. When he got there he would shower and change, then study the events from last night on his laptop. He opened the door, taking care to make no noise. He stepped outside, and headed for the trees to shapeshift without being seen.
Abby woke up, and immediately got out of bed and headed for the living room. It was early morning, and she had planned to make a special breakfast for Tim. As she entered the living room, all she saw was an empty recliner, the blanket she had covered him with neatly folded and draped over the back. Her shoulders slumped. Tim was gone. She knew she should have woken sooner. Then she would have had a chance to convince him to stay with her a little longer. She showered and got ready to head for her lab. She would have a talk with Angela and Gabrielle and ask for some advice. Yes, that's what she'd do, she thought, and smiled. She was feeling a little better already.
Ding! The elevator doors whoosed open and McGee walked into the bullpen and headed to his desk. He set his gear down and took out a disk from his pocket and placed it on his desk. The disk was for Gibbs and Director Borden to look at since he knew that Gibbs preferred the old fashioned normal human way of looking at video surveillance to zapping the info on a screen. Tim smiled. He thought that amusing for a shapeshifter. But that was Gibbs. Set in his ways.
Gibbs rounded the corner to his desk, his usual coffee in hand. "McGee, why aren't you home resting? I thought I told you and DiNozzo to take a couple of days to sleep.What happened to your shoulder?"
"Yes boss, how did-? Well, something happened last night.That's why I stopped by. I wanted to talk to you as well as Director Borden. And I have a disk I'd like both of you to see."
"Tell me about your shoulder. You allright?"
"Yes, boss.It has something to do with last night.I feel this is a matter that needs to be addressed."
"Ok then.Let's go see Borden"
Tim got up and followed Gibbs to Director Borden's office. His secretary Claudia greeted them cordially.
"Hello Gibbs, McGee. What can I help you with?"
"We need to speak with Mr. Borden." McGee leaned closer. "You know. Secret SSE stuff." He winked.
Claudia and Gibbs smiled at McGee's teasing. "I'm sure he won't mind visitors. Go right in."
"Thanks." Gibbs knocked softly and opened the door. McGee followed and they both entered and stood at attention near Borden's desk.
"Good afternoon, gentlemen. Sit down, make yourselves comfy."
They sat down in the comfy leather chairs and McGee took his disk out of his pocket and laid it on the Director's desk.
"Sir, and uh- boss, last night Abby contacted me. And not by phone. She was scared because she sensed an intruder on her property.I rushed over to help her and she was right. I fought him off but not before getting grazed by a bullet. Abby asked me to stay-"
That got Gibbs attention. He gave McGee his famous staredown.
"I slept on the recliner in the living room. I only stayed to make sure the intruder didn't return.I got the whole incident on the disk, including the fight. I believe the intruder has connections with Gen Tech."
"Gen Tech. The lab where you were tortured."
"Yes, sir," McGee nodded at Borden. "A thought kept nagging at me when I was thinking about Agent Giles and how he was murdered.I had a flashback episode in the parking lot prior to the incident at Abby's about my torture at Gen Tech.Then Abby reaches out to me telepathically about an intruder. I don't know why and I can't explain it, but my gut feeling tells me that Abby's intruder and Agent Giles murder has something to do with Gen Tech."
"In what way?" Gibbs asked.
"Well boss, I was getting beat up and tortured because I refused to shapeshift for them.Now granted, that was eleven years ago, but then Agents weren't disappearing or getting murdered then like now and I just tried to move on from the torture without thinking much more about it. They believed eleven years ago that if they could get the secret to shapeshifting it would gain them special powers and then they could take over the world.They probably believe that even more strongly now than back then. Trust me, as ridiculous as that sounds, they absolutely believe it."
"Great.That's all we need right now,is a bunch of scientific looney toon whack jobs running around." Director Borden said.
"Well,sir,this disk might help.At least with facial recognition and if there's a hit we can find out who's trying to spy on Abby and why.And,McGee added looking at Gibbs,"I contacted Hugh.The Vikirnov brothers will be watching Abby's place until we can find out what's going on."
Gibbs patted McGee on the back."Smart thinking McGee.Good job."
"I agree with Gibbs.Thank you Agent McGee.You did well, I appreciate you coming to me with your concerns.I'll get in touch with Hugh as well. Have him take a look at this.I'll get him and his team to investigate also.I'm confident you all can work and collaborate together. And keep me informed as well." Gibbs nodded his assent to the director.
"Yes,sir, and Thanks Director.I'll run this guy through facial rec myself.Hugh and his team will be a huge asset to the investigation.Hopefully something will turn up.Hugh has unique ways for gathering intel.Thanks for your time, sir.You too boss."
McGee rose and motioned to shake hands with the Director.He made a beeline for his desk and zapped the man's face on his monitor to run facial recognition.He reached for his pack and took out his laptop. He booted it up and suddenly the nickname McSneaky popped into his head. One of DiNozzo's many "unique" nicknames for him.He smiled. He began digging for info on Gen Tech on his untraceable laptop.Oh yeah. Very McSneaky.....
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Abby and Angela finally managed to dig themselves out of the mountain pile of evidence they'd been swamped with. Everything was categorized and processed, and they finished the evidence report that Ducky would need to add to his autopsy report. They were starting on the detailed SSE report for Director Borden.Gibbs would have a copy too. He always managed to get one.
They had worked non stop ever since Abby entered her lab this morning, and she was ready for a break. She was certain Angela was too.
"Angela, you hungry? Why don't we take a break and go get some pasta. What do you say?"
"Ooh, that sounds good. Why don't we ask Gabrielle to join us?"
"Ok, sure. Sounds great.Oh, I have an idea. We've been working hard all morning. Why don't we take the rest of the day and make it girls day out? Oh! If that's ok with you. I hope Mark won't mind."
"No, Abby, he won't.Abby, honey, what's wrong? I've noticed you haven't been entirely yourself today.You don't even have your metal music on, and you've been unusually quiet. Anything I can do to help?"
"I've been that obvious, huh? Well, it's -I-" Abby covered her face with her hands, and Angela noticed her shoulders shaking.Abby put her hands down and composed herself before continuing. "It's Tim. Have you noticed he's been distant with me? Standoffish? I don't like it. I want my Tim back!"
"What do you mean you want your Tim back? Abby I don't want to sound mean or bitchy but you were the one who told him you didn't want a relationship with him. Can't you see that this might be his way of protecting himself?"
"Protecting himself? What do you mean?"
"From the hurt. Have you ever considered why Tim is distant and standoffish as you say? Do you think it might be because he feels it's the only way he won't have to suffer the hurt of rejection?"
"Please Abby don't take this the wrong way when I say this but You can't have your cake and eat it too. He doesn't want to get close only to get pushed away or rejected. Abby, that man loves you with all his heart. I see it written all over his face. I get that same look from Mark whenever he looks at me.Any woman would practically kill to have their man look at them the way Tim looks at you when he thinks you don't notice."
"He-he does?"Abby hung her head. I really messed up, didn't I? And I inadvertently hurt him again last night too."
"Yeah. I called out to him for help. There was someone in my backyard trying to spy on me, and I reached out telepathicallly to Tim.Well, he came immediately to help and managed to chase him away. But not before getting hurt. The man shot him,and the bullet grazed his right shoulder. I cleaned and bandaged it up, naturally, and thanked him for his help. I asked him to stay with me, Angela. I wanted to feel his arms around me, that always makes me feel safe and protected. Instead of staying with me and spooning as I wanted, he slept on the recliner in the living room."
"Did you let him know that's what you wanted? Normally I would say he can't read your mind but in this case- Well, lifemates can."
"No, I didn't.I guess I forgot to ask when I saw the pain in his eyes."
"He mentioned he was going to contact Hugh to get the Vikirnovs to monitor my house and backyard for security and protection detail. I was only teasing when I mentioned I would be happy to see some eyecandy in my backyard. He tried to hide it, but I saw the pain in his beautiful green eyes. And I was the one to cause it.I feel sick to my stomach because that look reminded me of a whipped puppydog.And I don't like it one bit."
Angela laid her hands gently on Abby's shoulders. Abby, look at me. What do you want?"
Abby sniffed and wiped her eyes with the back of her hand before answering. "I want Tim."
"Do you? Do you truly want a relationship with him?"
Abby nodded mutely.
"Then tell him Abby.Find a way to talk to him and let him know one way or the other. He has the right to know.It's not fair to him to let him believe you want him if you really don't. And honey, please don't take this as a lecture or ultimatum. I woudn't dream of forcing you into doing anything you don't want. I care deeply for both of you, and I don't want to see either of you hurt."
Abby gave Angela a hug. "Thanks, sis.I truly appreciate your advice, and you're right. I'll think of some way to get Tim to talk with me."
"I hope things can work out for both of you, I really do. Let's go get Gabrielle and get something to eat. I know I'm hungry."
Curtains fluttered from the breeze coming from the open window as McGee lay on his bed, allowing the sounds of the ocean waves to comfort him. He really needed to get some sleep, but again, it was eluding him. And again, thoughts of Abby sprung to mind. He sighed. No matter how hard he tried, he couldn't get her out of his mind. Gabrielle had warned him that would be so as with all shapeshifters. It should be called the shapeshifter curse, he groused to himself.
His vivid imagination pictured a lone woman with long gray hair dressed in black crepe laying black flowers on his grave, tears pouring down her face. "I should've told you- I thought we had more time-now it's too late- too late.."
McGee laughed and shook his head.Sad as that picture in his mind was, that was probably the closest to the truth. It hurt to think of being alone the rest of his life, not getting to experience what other shapeshifters experienced with their lifemates. Poor Gibbs. How did he cope with his lifemate gone forever? It couldn't be easy for him. Well, Tim thought, at least Gibbs had the privelege of having had some time to spend with his lifemate. And she had professed her love for Gibbs before she and their daughter died in that tragic car accident.
In my case, Tim thought, that was never gonna happen.Pigs would fly before Abby told him she loved him. Ok Tim ENOUGH! This train of thought ends now! He absolutely refused to cry, even though he was alone and in his own home. Enough of this bullshit. He put some sweats on, and his comfy sneakers, and headed towards the beach. A walk couldn't hurt. It was better than sitting in bed moping around.
That was going to change too. No more moping around and wishing for something that wasn't going to happen. He was better than that and he deserved better. He would find something to do on his spare time. Something that would keep him so busy he wouldn't have time to think about Abby and unrequited love.
He headed back inside as an idea sprang to mind. He headed for his computer room and booted up his untraceable laptop. A message from Hugh was awaiting him. He clicked to read it. Slowly, a wide grin emerged on McGee's face. So, he wasn't the only one that was McSneaky. McGee's fingers were almost a blur as he typed in some codes Hugh had sent.
Yes! He was in.'Got ya now, Gen Tech. Uh oh, you have been a bunch of naughty scientists, haven't you?' McGee was unaware he was talking out loud to his screen, so focused as he was on the information presented.He had just found his new project. This would keep him busy for quite some time. There were thousands of files he would have to comb through thoroughly, and he would need to take a lot of time to read them and document any information helpful to their case.
He compiled a list of names he got of all the head researchers at Gen Tech. He also got a hit on facial recognition. So, Abby's spy was Trent Dunbar. He messaged Hugh back with the info on Dunbar so he could also forward it to the Vikirnov brothers. He then e mailed Gibbs and Borden with the list of names and info on Trent Dunbar.
McGee.Just received your e mail. Good work. Gibbs? Contacting him telepathically at this hour? This was going to be interesting...
Thanks boss. Couldn't sleep either?
Nah. I'm down in my basement working. Funny how my cell was down here too, and when I heard it I thought- what the hell? Checked and there it was-your e mail.
McGee smiled. I e mailed Director Borden with the same info.Boss, there's more. I have thousands of files I'll need to go through. Funny how I happened to get some codes, typed them in, and gained access to all Gen Tech material.
Good. Glad you have 'em. I want you to take a couple of days to go through those files, and find anything at all that can connect Gen Tech to Agent Gile's murder. And see if Dunbar is in any way connected to Gen Tech also. My gut tells me you're right, McGee. In the meantime, while you're working on those files, I'll have DiNozzo work with Esposito to track down and bring in Dunbar for questioning.
McGee knew that if anyone was going to find Dunbar,Javier Esposito could. Before working for the SSE he had served in the U.S Army Special Forces, and also was a Green Beret. He also was a superb marksman, so he would have DiNozzo's back.McGee chuckled at a thought. If DiNozzo was going to make wisecracks and smartass comments, he'd better expect that Esposito would be ready with a swift comeback. Esposito was just like DiNozzo in that respect.
Oh, one more thing McGee. Work on those files in Abby's lab. Give her some to work on you feel she could help with.
Boss? I thought- couldn't I just work here?
That wasn't a request McGee. I need you focused and on your A game. We need to get to the bottom of this. We can't afford to have more shapeshifters murdered or disappearing.
McGee sighed. Why me? The last thing he wanted was to work in Abby's lab. Although he understood Gibb's logic, and he did focus better, that was beside the point. He needed time away from Abby. How to explain things to Gibbs though? He couldn't. Was there anything he could do that didn't involve Abby?
McGee! Is there a problem?
No, boss. McGee swallowed hard. Will do.
Ok then. Goodnight McGee. Get some rest.
McGee sighed. He knew he wasn't going to get any sleep for the rest of the night, so he might as well head to Abby's lab now. Since he was forced to work there, he could at least have the small comfort that if he headed there now, he would have some time to himself before Abby came in.He put on some comfy jeans and a dark blue tee, put his laptop in his pack and headed for his car.
Jul 24 2014
The Inmate Running The Assylum
The room was dark except for a bright light shining in his face. He sat up,trying to cover his eyes from the glare. He was lying on a cot, and he'd obviously been sedated. His wounds had been taken care of, he noticed, although he was still stiff and sore.
"Good to see you join the land of the living, Mr Dunbar," a voice boomed.Oh shit. The boss. He sounded pissed, and he had a feeling things weren't going to bode well for him.
"Explain to me why you should live, Mr.Dunbar.All I asked was for you to bring me the girl. Something simple. And you fail even that. I repeat- why should you live?"
"Well, sir I- I-"
"Well what Mr Dunbar! Spit it out! And don't bullshit me!" Did he have to shout? His head was hurting, and the bright light wasn't helping his eyes, either.
"Well, sir, there was a -complication."
"Complication? COMPLICATION! I warned you not to bullshit me! Explain, and now, or so help me-"
"I was in the backyard searching for a way in. Just as I found a way to go in and get the girl, I get attacked. By a huge wolf. It bit into my arm, and when I pulled out my gun, it bit my wrist. Sir, that was no ordinary wolf. I'm thinking I discovered what Hank did. I shot it-- and made my escape here.To tell you about the wolf."
"Let me get this straight. You almost got the girl, get attacked by a wolf, shoot it. AND YOU DIDN'T BOTHER TO MAKE SURE IF IT WAS DEAD!! SLOPPY Trent!! Geez, how do you function without a brain? I could get better results from A FREAKING FIFTH GRADER!!"
"Hold up. repeat to me what you just said."
"Do you or do you not understand plain English!!! Now repeat what you just said!! About discovering what Hank did!?"
"Oh, I believe that the wolf could possibly be a shapeshifting Agent like Giles. That thing was the size of a small pony and wolves sure as shit don't live around people nor are they that big either."
"I'm impressed, Mr Dunbar! You FINALLY say something I can comprehend!! Now you listen, and you listen good! I want that girl. No excuses. No more chances. You bring her to me, or you will pay. Starting with, I'll pull your eyes right from your sockets and with no anesthesia either!! And do you know what THAT means, Trent? Does the full implication sink into that hardened pea that you CALL A BRAIN!!?"
He swallowed hard as his eyes went wide as saucers.
"Ah.FINALLY you comprehend!! No more seeing your victim's fear." He leaned closer."No more torturing victims.No. More. Orgasms. Oh yeah, I've noticed what a sick freak you are. You'll be useless blind!! So, here's what you're going to do. You're going to get that girl. And if that wolf comes sniffing around, you find a way to bring it to me as well. Am I making myself crystal clear, Mr.Dunbar?"
"Y- Yes sir."
"You have 72 hours. See to it that you don't fail this time.You may go.
The computer screen was a blur, and McGee's head was starting to hurt. He had spent three long hours combing through Gen Tech files and he barely scratched the surface. He would have to keep digging, but right now, he was so tired he couldn't even concentrate fully. He hadn't gotten much sleep lately ever since that flashback episode and it was catching up to him. Maybe he'd use the room.
Not many knew, but Abby had a hidden room the size of a small storage closet in the back of her lab. She had a small cot and a soft night light in there, and there were times he'd used it himself. His brain said yes, go there, but his body refused to cooperate. He was just too tired. He pushed his laptop a little to the side and put his arms up on the table, and lay his head down. He closed his eyes, and in minutes, he was sound asleep.
It was dark when McGee woke up, disoriented and confused, but only for a few seconds. That's right. He remembered. Gibbs had ordered him to work on the Gen Tech files in Abby's lab. He looked around. It didn't look like Abby had been here today. He was sure she and Angela had needed a break as well after all that evidence they had sifted through. To be honest, he was glad. It gave him some time alone, and he felt better since he'd slept longer.Actually, he'd slept all day. He rubbed his eyes. He needed food. And some coffee. Then, he could get back to work on the files.
He returned to the lab an hour later, feeling rejuvenated. Now he could get to work. He brought a big back of snacks that included his favorite chips and lots of nutter butters, and more coffee. He also got two big huge caf pows. That would keep him awake so he could focus on the files and give Gibbs the information he needed. He turned to his laptop and his fingers flew over the keyboard.
This time, he managed to make a dent. Gibbs was going to be happy with what he found. Oh yeah. All these sick bastards needed to go to GITMO as far as he was concerned. What they called "experiments" was nauseating and atrocious.Shit, these bastards could almost make Charles Manson look like a saint! He typed out the necessary details for Borden and Gibbs, and continued to dig for more. This would be good for a start, he thought.
Tim? Are you awake? Tim stiffened, his fingers paused over the keyboard. Abby!
Abby? You ok? Is something wrong?
No, I'm fine. I can't sleep. I haven't seen you since you chased that intruder away. Are you all right? How's your shoulder? Is it better?
I'm fine, Abby.Yes, it's better.I'm in the lab gathering information on Gen Tech for Gibbs.
You're in the lab? Why?
Gibbs orders, Abby. Trust me, I would rather do this at home. No worries. Your "babies" are safe. I'm working off my own laptop.
I'm not worried Tim.I trust you. Uh,Tim? Could you use some help? Since I can't sleep I thought--
McGee sighed as his shoulders slumped in defeat. Might as well, he thought. He couldn't hide from Abby forever. They were going to interact with each other, and he might as well deal with it now. He took a deep breath and slowly let it out.
Tim? You there?
You're sure you don't mind my coming in now? I don't wanna be by myself right now. I haven't told anyone this but ever since that night I've felt a bit uneasy about staying here alone.Even though the Vikirnov brothers are watching the place.I didn't wanna worry you either since you have so much on your plate too--
No, Abby, I don't mind. Gibbs wanted me to give you some files to work on anyway. There are literally thousands of files to go through here.
I'll be there soon. I just need to do some things.
Ok Abs. See you soon.
Tim saved his work and minimized the window on his laptop before heading out to buy a caf pow for Abby. That was the least he could do, and he could use a small break himself. He picked up some snacks he knew Abby liked, along with a caf pow for her, and headed back to the lab. He set the caf pow and snacks where Abby would notice, returned to his laptop and got back to work on the files.
Tim heard the whoosh of the doors as Abby entered her lab. He looked up as she headed towards him and gave him a quick hug.
"So, what do you want me to start on?" Abby spied the caf pow and snacks by her computer that she used often in the lab."Thanks Tim! That was sweet! I brought you something too. Some nutter butters." She handed the bag to Tim. As she did so, he closed his eyes and breathed in her scent. He took the bag and set it beside his laptop. "Thanks Abby."
Tim zapped some files on to her flat screen monitor. "If you could start with these, I would appreciate it. But be warned. These files aren't for the faint of heart.They take research to a disgusting level."
"Oh my god, McGee! Why are these guys even breathing!! They are a bunch of sick psychos!!"
"That's why Gibbs has me working on these.If we can get concrete evidence that these guys were involved in Agent Gile's death, we can put these douchebags in GITMO where they really belong."
"Ooh, Tim, I'm impressed. You said douchebags, and you're right." She held up her hand for a high five, and Abby grinned as their hands connected for those few seconds. Tim smiled.
Abby snuck a look over at Tim. She was glad to see him smiling instead of in pain.She chewed on her lip. She was thinking about what she and Angela had talked about yesterday, and how she could talk to Tim about it.
She looked back on her screen, and was shocked at what she discovered. The talk with Tim she wanted would have to be on hold. This was too important to ignore.
"Oh, my god Tim, oh my god! I hit the jackpot here!"
"What did you find?"
"How arrogant can these jerks get? They actually have blood test results here, Tim. Not only that, but they've included names. And guess whose name I found? C'mon. Take a guess."
"Please tell me it's Agent Giles."
"Ding ding ding! You're a winner! You're awesome, Tim! Is Gibbs gonna LOVE this find or what?"
"Sure Abs. He'll be proud of you for your find."
"No, Tim, you get credit too. I insist. If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't have found this. You're the one that gave me the files to look through. Now we got proof that Agent Giles was in the hands of these scummy lab rats. I wonder what they wanted his blood for? What are these scummy pigs looking for?"
"Power. They believe if they can get the secret to shapeshifting, they can take over the world. And no, I'm not joking. It's what they truly believe."
"Oh my god, are you serious? That's just- whacko. And they're whackos all right. Geez. Pinky and the brain much?"
Tim gave Abby a look as if to say 'what are you talking about?'
"Really Tim? Do I gotta spell it out? You know. The cartoon. The lab mice. One wants to take over the world, but the other one is well, always preventing him from his goals because he's pretty much an idiot. It is a funny cartoon. NARF!"
She got the same look from Tim, and Abby rolled her eyes. "Geez, Tim, did you ever watch cartoons? At all? That's what Pinky says alot. NARF! Bugs brain too."
"I can't imagine why. Could you see the look on Gibbs face if someone said NARF! to him?"
Abby couldn't help it. She burst out laughing, and as she imagined how Gibbs would react, she laughed even harder.
"Oh, come on Tim. That would be priceless! You know you would pay to see that, and so would I."
"Could you imagine DiNozzo saying that to Gibbs? Gibbs would be so in shock it would take a few minutes before he managed a Gibbs slap."
"Now that's comedy! Abby replied, imitating Slappy the squirrel as best as she could. They looked at one another and they couldn't help it, they started laughing again.Then they started in with saying NARF! back and forth.
Abby was pleased to see Tim in a playful mood. She didn't like to see him so down in the dumps. Baby steps Abby, she thought to herself. You'll eventually get your time to talk.
Just as she shot another NARF! at Tim, the doors whooshed open and Gibbs entered.
Abby and Tim jumped and turned around with shocked faces as if they were kids that had got caught sticking their hands in the cookie jar.
"Gibbs, Gibbs, Gibbs!," Abby exclaimed as she went to him for a hug. "I see you brought something for me."
Gibbs handed Abby a caf pow."Find anything yet?"
"Oh, yes we have! Gibbs, these guys are psychotic whackjobs!! How they're able to even operate a lab is beyond me!"
"Ok, they're psychotic whackjobs. Did you find anything useful?"
"Yes, we did. Tim gave me some files to work on, and you won't believe what we discovered!"
"Ok, what did you discover?"
"Patience is a virtue, Gibbs! Ok, we discovered blood test results! And not only that, names to go with these results. It seems these douchebags somehow were able to gain access to drawing blood from shapeshifters.Not only that, they kept the vials of blood and injected some into themselves! More like they gave themselves blood transfusions."
"Eww! Tim exclaimed. "You left that part out!"
"Of course Tim!! Had to save something for a surprise. Anyway, Gibbs, guess whose name popped up in one of these results?"
"Yes! You and McGee are awesome at this! Anyway, do you know what this means?"
"Yes. It means McGee is right again. And that there's proof of a connection between Agent Giles and Gen Tech."
"Boss. There's more."
"What is it, McGee?"
"I believe I got the answer to Abby's question. And you're not going to like it."
"No, I'm sure I won't, but you're going to tell me anyway."
"Boss, if these guys are getting not only blood results, but actual blood samples, that can only mean one thing. We've got a mole. Shapeshifters come only to this hospital or the Norfolk hospital. So, someone working at either of these hospitals is supplying these guys from Gen Tech with information and resources.The question is, who?"
"Oh my god, McGee!" Abby exclaimed. "Why didn't I think of that? You're right! We find out who, and we can find out who the killer or killers are, Gibbs."
"Awesome job, you two. I'll get Hugh and his team to check out the shapeshifting hospitals, ours here and in Norfolk.I'll work on the names from the blood test results. DiNozzo and Esposito are working to bring in Dunbar."
"Dunbar?"Abby asked, curious.
"Yeah, Abs. The guy that was spying on you the other night." McGee answered.
"Oh. I hope they find him. Maybe give him a nutcracker or two."
Gibbs bit his lip to keep from laughing out loud at Abby's statement. He noticed McGee chuckling softly by his laptop.
McGee, you got the files from Gen Tech. Any way you can get some videos? Surveillance, anything they have taped in the lab."
"Sure boss." McGee handed Gibbs a printout of the names listed from the blood tests.
"Thanks.You do that McGee.I want you to look specifically for any videos of experiments on any Agent.This would explain their disappearance, and we might be able to bring some of them back home.And see if you can find video on Giles. They might have tortured him there before he was killed."
"On it boss."
"Outstanding work, McGee.You too Abs. Keep me informed on what you find. I need those videos ASAP."
"We're on it Gibbs!" Abby exclaimed and she waved as Gibbs exited the lab to collaborate with Director Borden.
McGee and Abby had been working on the videos for hours, looking for ones that involved Agents listed on the blood test results. They were making progress, and Angela was helping by putting the specified videos on disk for them. They were all determined to get the evidence that Gibbs requested they get. Angela had asked Mark to bring them some pizza so they could all continue to work without stopping to go out to eat.
Abby in particular wanted these Gen Tech whackjobs behind bars, and Gen Tech shut down for good.It didn't sit well with her and it made her blood boil that these nutjobs had tortured Tim. And it wasn't just Tim's torture she was angry about, what about any other Agents they had tortured and killed as well? What about the Agents that disappeared? Abby wasn't a hundred percent certain, but she had a feeling they were still experimented on and tortured at Gen Tech.
The audacity of these loons! They were even stupid enough to admit on the videos everything they were doing. At the start of each video was the date and time and name of the person they were "experimenting" on. That's what they called it.Experiments.They never mentioned torture, although there was plenty of that going on in the videos too.Abby came to the conclusion that these guys thought they were too clever and intelligent to ever get caught or arrested for doing what they did. Arrogant bastards.
Judging by what she observed from the videos, was it any wonder that Tim continued to have nightmares even though it was years ago.And she felt just as bad for the dead and missing Agents. What they and their families had to suffer through. It couldn't be easy for any of them, she imagined.
As they continued to work, Abby noticed Tim nodding off.He was trying so hard to fight off the urge to sleep.
Tim? You can use the room if you like.
Thanks Abby, but I'm ok. Remember what Gibbs says. You'll sleep when you're dead.I want to keep working while we're making excellent progress. Pretty soon we'll have enough on these guys to put 'em away for life. That's the goal I'm shooting for anyways.
It's a good goal, Tim. Don't forget the room is available if you need it.
I appreciate the offer. Thanks. Two hours later, he was sound asleep on the cot in the room.
The man was apprehensive as he approached the door. He was unsure of how the man on the other side would react to his report. He had been ordered to track Dunbar to make sure he followed orders. Now he had to tell the Boss Dunbar had failed. Again. He hoped he wouldn't be tempted to kill the messenger. He took a deep breath, then knocked.
"Come in." He entered and stood at attention near the desk. He knew better than to take a seat without permission.
"Sir, I uh- I've got some bad news."
"Spit it out Hansen! And no bullshit! Or so help me-!"
Hansen decided to get straight to the point. "Dunbar failed, sir. Again. He's recently been apprehended. By NCIS.The SSE to be precise."
"Are you certain?"
"Yes sir. I can smell those bastards a mile away."
"Then answer me this, Hansen, why didn't you eliminate the -uh- problem?"
"Because sir, I didn't want to draw too much attention to my self or your mission. They think it's only Dunbar that's after the girl. I thought it best it stayed that way.I believe it will give us another opportunity, if you get my drift."
"Finally, someone with a brain and some intelligence! Hansen, you are now in charge. I need that girl.I am fast running out of patience.
Hansen immediately headed for the door, relieved. He was just about to leave,but stopped short as soon as his name was called.
"Hansen! You understand the consequences of failure, don't you?"
"Yes sir. I will get the girl."
"See to it you do, Hansen.See to it you do."
The monitors in the lab blinked on and off, and there was sounds of static. Then, disturbing footage of a man appeared on screen, forced to endure excruciating torture. Angela looked up, then her eyes got wide as saucers as she covered her mouth with her hand.Was Abby seeing what she was?
"What is it Angela?"
Angela could barely speak, so she pointed instead to the screen, tears pouring down her face.
"Oh my god Abby," Angela managed to whisper."Poor Tim! Those horrible monsters! How could they do this to him?"
Abby looked up where Angela was pointing.She was as much in shock as Angela was, and she was crying too, not caring if it caused her mascara to run. She put her hand to her mouth,to prevent herself from crying out or screaming.She kept watching, even though she wanted to turn away. She had heard about Tim's torture eleven years ago,and Tim hadn't talked extensively about it. She couldn't have ever imagined the horrors Tim had gone through until she saw it for herself on screen.
"These sick psychos taped everything Angela. Everything. Angela, I'll be right back! I'm checking on Tim. He's having a nightmare.He doesn't realize that he put this up on the screen."
"Oh, Abby.I knew his torture was bad, but- this!"
Abby ran to the room. Then froze at the doorway.
"No!- I wont! You'll NEVER get what you want!! NEVER! Go ahead! Kill me! Do it asshole!! What are you waiting for!" Tim was writhing on the cot,screaming out the words, sweat beading his forehead. He turned his head,opened his eyes, and saw the white lab coat. Gen Tech bastard! Maybe if he charged him- he wasn't going to put up with this bastard's shit any longer! He'd had enough!
Abby never saw it coming. One minute she was at the doorway, the next she was shoved roughly against the wall,his hand around her throat.She was frightened, but just for a quick second. This was Tim. Her Tim would never hurt her, never.Her hands shook as she tentatively framed his face with her hands. Tim! Wake up! It's just a nightmare. You're not at Gen Tech. You're safe here. Tim!
Abby! Tim's mind cleared from the fog, and his eyes widened in horror. What had he done?! Abby was against the wall, and his hand was around her throat.He had seen the moment of fright on her face, and he had caused it. This wasn't Gen Tech. Abby wasn't one of them. He had seen the white coat, and in his mind, all hell broke loose. He realized now that this was just a nightmare, and all Abby had done was try to wake him out of it, and what did he do to repay her? This! He immediately took his hand off her and slowly backed away. He had to get away from here. From Abby. What he'd done should have never happened.
Abby shook her head.She refused to let him go.She refused to take her hands off Tim's face.It broke Abby's heart to see the stricken look of horror on Tim's face.He thought that he had hurt her, but he didn't. No Tim!Please don't go! Look at me! You didn't hurt me, Tim! Look at me! I'm fine.
Abby's hands were framing his face and he looked into her beautiful amber green eyes. His brain was processing what she told him, but he couldn't believe he hadn't hurt her.
"Abby!I'm sorry-so sorry- I- I didn't mean- I would never- I would die before I ever hurt you!", he whispered brokenly. His throat felt raw, and tears welled in his eyes.He tried to tear himself away from Abby but Abby wouldn't let him as she hugged him tightly to her.
Abby couldn't stand to see Tim like this. She wanted to comfort him, and this time she would, and not even Tim could stop her. She gently stroked his hair and his back. Shhh. It was just a nightmare.It's ok. Believe me when I say you didn't hurt me. You never would Tim. Never.
Tim could hold back no longer.He sqeezed his eyes shut as his body shuddered, wracked by silent sobs. He held on to the one thing that truly mattered to him, his Abby. He wanted to hold her like this in his arms and never let her go, but he knew he had to. He took a deep breath, and slowly opened his eyes to look at Abby. To see for himself that he hadn't hurt her.
Abby got out some tissue and gently wiped his cheeks as he softly touched her cheek, and the side of her neck. He saw no welts or any marks on her skin that would prove otherwise. Abby was right. But it didn't sit well with him that he had pushed her into the wall in the first place,worse, putting his hand around her throat, nightmare or not. There was no excuse for it in his mind.
"Tim. You didn't know it was me when you did that. You thought I was from Gen Tech because of my lab coat. It's not your fault.And, in that split second that you realized what was going on, you stopped immediately."
"There's no excuse for what I did."
"Tim, will you listen? You had a freaking nightmare! You never intended to hurt me or push me against the wall! Your reaction when you did proves that!"
Tim's reaction was immediate. He jumped, and moved away from Abby, his eyes wide in shock.Shit! Gibbs! The last person he needed to see at this moment! He swallowed hard. He knew he was in for it now. No way was Gibbs going to let this slide. He was up shit creek without a paddle, and he couldn't do a damn thing about it but suck it up and take the consequences of his actions.
"McGee! Listen to her."
"Boss?" McGee was stunned. And confused.He looked at Gibbs as if he'd beamed down from a space ship.
"McGee.Look at me." This time Gibbs gave him a much lighter head slap.
"Yes, boss." Tim forced himself to look Gibbs in the eye. He should have known Gibbs would find out about this.And he knew how. He must have zapped what he saw in his head during his nightmare onto the plasma, not only here in the lab, but in the bullpen as well as in Director Borden's office.
He hung his head, looking down at his shoes. Because of his nightmare, Gibbs, Borden and anyone around had seen what had been done to him. And worse,how he'd reacted with Abby.Shoving her roughly against the wall with his hand around her throat was unacceptable, no matter the circumstances. Now he would have to deal with the consequences, maybe even losing his job.He blamed no one but himself.Not to mention how horrible he felt that Angela and Abby had to see the horrific footage as well.
"Boss, I take full responsibility for my actions. What I did was reprehensible. I can say sorry until I'm blue in the face, but it won't change what happened." McGee looked Gibbs straight in the eye as he spoke with a tremor in his voice.
Gibbs looked back at McGee, noting the sincerity of his words. Gibbs nodded in silent acknowledgement. "McGee," Gibbs spoke softly. "Director Borden would like a word with you. In his office."
"Yes, boss." This was it. Time to face the music. He headed to Director Borden's office with a heavy heart.
"Gibbs.McGee isn't going to get punished for this, is he? Because he doesn't deserve that. He doesn't, Gibbs! Not McGee! He was reliving his torture, Gibbs, and it was beyond awful- how could they do such things to him? My god, how did he survive it like he did? Gibbs, please don't take his job away! It would tear him apart- he doesn't deserve-"
"Abby.Calm down. No one said anything about firing or punishing McGee."
"I hope not Gibbs, because that would be- wrong! Just wrong! Right, Angela? Please- Gibbs?"
Abby couldn't stop the tears from coming.
"Gibbs? Do I have any marks around my neck? Welts, bruising, things like that? No, because McGee is incapable of any violence against me! Only for a second- for one split second, he thought I was a lab worker at Gen Tech. Right away, he realized it was me.And he stopped- he was crying Gibbs, crying! I could see it was tearing him apart inside! No matter what happens, Gibbs, I fully support Tim. If he goes, so do I."
"No. No Gibbs. Nothing you can say will change my mind."
"I'm not trying to Abby."
Abby rushed on as if she hadn't heard Gibbs. "And another thing! I'm going to have a talk with Tim. About us. Being together. A relationship, Gibbs. We're lifemates, you know! And I want to spend my life with him. And I'm going to tell him. So, if you have a problem with that, I'm sorry. And I'm not changing my mind about that either. I think rule number twelve is stupid, and it shouldn't apply to shapeshifters. Again, sorry, I don't mean to be insulting, but I can't help what I feel. I can't turn my feelings on or off like a light, and I shouldn't have to!"
"Are you finished, Abby?"
"Yes. And if I stepped out of line, I'm sorry."
"I know.What makes you think McGee is going to be fired or punished?"
"I don't know. You sneak in behind us, gave McGee a head slap, then tell him he needs to go to the Director's office. Sounds pretty serious to me."
"It's not what you think, Abbs."
"Then what is it Gibbs? Explain it to me. Please."
"Trust me Abby.It will all work out."
"Okay Gibbs.I do trust you, you know."
"I know," he answered as he gave her a hug. "Abby? When you do have that talk with McGee mean whatever you say. Or you'll answer to me. Understood?"
"Understood.And I promise I will, Gibbs," Abby replied.
"Hello McGee," Claudia greeted him from her desk."You can go right in. Director Borden's expecting you."
"Thanks." He knocked softly before entering and took a deep breath.He braced himself for the ass chewing that was to come.
Might as well get it over with, he thought as he walked over to the desk and turned in his badge and gun.
"Director- Sir-- I take full responsibility for my actions. Just so you know. I wish I could take it all back, but I can't. And I know "sorry" isn't going to cut it. I deserve to be fired for what I did. My actions were reprehensible." He turned around and headed for the door. He felt tears welling up again, but dismissed them. He refused to cry. Especially in front of the Director. He would have plenty of time to feel miserable at home. Now wasn't the time.
"McGee! Don't you dare walk out that door.Sit down. That's an order."
Steve didn't mean to sound harsh. But he didn't want McGee to run off either. Not before talking to him.McGee was shaken up more than he realized, as he heard the pain he was feeling in his voice as he spoke. He hoped to change that with what he was about to say.
"Y- yes-Sir-" he managed to get out past the lump in his throat. He sat down,and wished he didn't have to. He just wanted to go home, and think.
"Relax McGee. And get your gun and badge off my desk. I don't want them."
McGee's eyes widened in surprise. "Sir- I don't understand-"
"I didn't call you here to chew you out or fire you. How about some coffee? I know I can use some."
"Uh, okay. Thanks."
Steve pressed the button on the intercom. "Claudia, could you please bring two cups of coffee? Make one with extra sugar, please. Thank you."
"McGee? What makes you think I was going to fire you? Or even punish you?"
"Because of what happened in the lab. What I did to Abby- "
Claudia came in and set the coffee down on the desk, and placed the one with extra sugar in front of McGee. Both men thanked her as she headed back to her desk.
McGee sipped his coffee, while willing himself to calm down. The last thing he wanted was to have a meltdown in front of the Director. He still couldn't wrap his brain around what Director Borden told him, that he wasn't fired. He was relieved, but at the same time he wondered why. Patience, he thought. He would find out soon enough.
"What you did McGee, was react while you were in the throes of a nightmare.You were reliving your torture at Gen Tech.For one split second,you perceived the white coat as a threat,and you reacted accordingly."
"Yeah.I wanted to kill the bastard who was torturing me. But it wasn't a Gen Tech lab worker. It was Abby. I repay her for trying to wake me out of a nightmare by pushing - no, violently shoving her and I damn near choked her!"
"Answer me this, McGee. Did you know at that moment that it was Abby you shoved against the wall?"
"N-no sir. During my nightmare I opened my eyes, saw the white coat, and I thought I was once again at Gen Tech."
"Okay, so that tells me you weren't after Abby. She wasn't your target."
"No, sir. That would never cross my mind, no matter how mad at her I get at times."
"Of course you wouldn't. You never intended to hurt her. Your reaction proves it. If you were a violent, reprehensible person as you think, you would have exhibited that kind of behavior long before now. And, your actions disprove that. You would not have stopped that quick, and you wouldn't have cared who you hurt. You may not think so, but you, Tim, have exemplary self control. You do."
"Could've fooled me," Tim said under his breath.
Steve hid a smile as he sipped his coffee.
"McGee. I had a chance to talk to Gibbs and Ducky about this, just so you know.Telepathically, of course, so the conversation stays private and just between us. We all agree you didn't mean what you did.It's the product of the nightmare, nothing more and Abby seems to feel the same. So, case closed. But I would like you to do something for me."
"What do you want me to do, sir?"
"I want you to take a couple of days to rest. Catch up on some sleep."
"But, sir, the case- there's still a ton of files I need to go through, work on."
"And you will, McGee.You are doing an excellent job. I am more than pleased with your work and progress. But you need to take a break. Please, for all our sakes. You don't need to suffer needlessly from burnout.Or brain overload. And I apologize for that and that I hadn't taken that into consideration after you came to me with your concerns."
"Sir?" You don't owe me an apology for anything."
"Yes I do McGee.I'm grateful to Ducky for bringing it to my attention. Your brain is capable of processing a lot of information, and we all appreciate that. You are highly intelligent. That is a given. But, Ducky's theory is that your brain is processing too much too fast with these Gen Tech files, coupled with little sleep and not to mention caffeine overload. Keeping this up is setting a course for disaster. The nightmares are just the beginning.The last thing you need is a mental breakdown. I believe the nightmares are a warning sign to slow down, step back before destruction occurs."
"Must I take two days? Sir, give me a few hours. I promise I'll use them to rest, and then I'll be as good as new.I've gotta keep working on these files. You've seen what they've done to me. And that was eleven years ago. Now, with all these advancements in technology and bio chemistry, I can only imagine what horrors they have up their sleeves now. Not to mention any Agents they have for "experiments" and the horror they're going through. If any Agents are at Gen Tech and alive, we need to bring them home. The torture needs to stop."
"That is my intention, McGee. We've got enough information to go on, which, need I remind you, is because of what you came up with in a matter of hours. McGee, I appreciate and admire your strong work ethic and your superb talents, but I'm not willing to risk your mental health for it. Two days. Do I make myself clear?"
"Crystal clear, sir. Thanks for the coffee." McGee stood up, and Steve followed suit.
"McGee. My asking you to take two days is not because I feel you're weak or fragile. We may be shapeshifters, but we're still human. We're not Superman, nor do I expect anyone who works for me to be. Did you know that I, and even Gibbs had to do what I'm asking you?" It happens even to the best of Agents. Sometimes we have to step back a little when we're working a case. Doesn't mean we're incompetent. It shows we're only human after all and not perfect."
"I understand sir. Thank you."
"Take care McGee.I'll see you soon."
McGee stepped out of the office, then made a beeline for his desk to secure it and turn off his computers. Then he headed to Abby's lab to grab his laptop before heading home.
The doors whooshed and Abby looked up from her workstation. Tim! She ran up to him to give him a hug. "Tim, I was so worried. Are you ok?"
"I'm all right. I came here to pick up my laptop and head for home. I'll be back here in two days."
"Two days? What do you mean? Don't tell me you were punished!"
"No Abby. I was told to take a couple of days to rest. Ducky talked with Director Borden about his theory that my brain was processing too much too fast as I was working on the files."
"Come to think of it, that does make sense, Tim. You have been working non-stop with very little sleep. Remember Clea Thorson? I was obsessed with cracking her codes and formulas, and I almost cracked because I too was overloading my brain trying to figure everything out.I believe it's similar with you with the Gen Tech files. The difference here is this case hits closer to home for you because they tortured you, and you were only trying to find information to use for the case. I was trying to solve something."
"Abby, about that- I'm sorry you had to see what you saw on screen. Even worse, what I did to you. I should have never put my hands on you like that."
"Tim, not another word! Please, drop it. You didn't hurt me, end of story.I'm sorry for all you went through eleven years ago.That's just- indescribable. And horrific! How you survived that is beyond me, Tim. Tony is right. You do have the heart and courage of a lion.
"Tim? Is there a day where we can have lunch together? Or coffee or something? I would really love to talk to you about something important."
"Can it wait, Abbs? Please? I want to, I really do, but there's a lot going on right now."
"I understand. It's okay.Go.Get some rest." She was going to get that talk with Tim, oh, yes, she was. All she had to do was hatch the perfect plan.....
Gibbs bolted from his desk in the bullpen, coffee in hand and headed to the elevator to get to the interrogation room. DiNozzo and Esposito finally brought in Dunbar for questioning. Gibbs joined Director Borden in the observation room. This was going to get interesting, he thought. He'd seen DiNozzo work with McGee in interrogation,but not Esposito. Until now. He chuckled to himself. Those two were almost two peas in a pod.
"Are they going to play "good cop, bad cop"? Or, do they have something else up their sleeve? Oh, the suspense!" Director Borden chuckled.
"DiNozzo is a wild card. But he's good at what he does.It'll be interesting to see how Esposito handles the interrogation with DiNozzo."
Esposito was sitting across from Dunbar while DiNozzo was circling the table, file in hand. He had read Dunbar his rights, and Dunbar had agreed to talk without a Lawyer present. DiNozzo was experienced enough to know the reason for that. Dunbar either wasn't going to talk, or if he did he wasn't going to tell them anything they could use against him.
"Trent Dunbar, age 35. Works at Gen Tech, Research and Development department."
"That's strange. I thought it read Research for Developing Perverts. Whoops! Guess I was wrong."
"You know, Espo, I think you're on to something! Says here started out torturing and killing animals at the early age of seven."
"I bet he had a field day in middle school.Enjoying science and biology classes. Dissecting animals, learning chemical compounds, he probably soaked it all up like a sponge. Then, set up his own "lab" at home.Then next, high school, emphasis on "high" and then the grand finale. College!"
"Of course he has Degrees in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Only way to get a job at a place like Gen Tech. But, enough of the boring history. What I want to know, Dunbar, is what were you doing here?"
DiNozzo slapped a picture in front of Dunbar of Abby's backyard.
"You can't prove nothing. So, a shadow is in the backyard.Doesn't prove that I was there."
"So, you want to play the "can't prove it's me game huh? Well, I have some free time. What about you, Javi?"
"Sounds fun! I'm in."
DiNozzo picked up a remote and clicked it. Video footage from McGee's disk came up on the screen. Then DiNozzo grabbed Dunbar's chair and spun him around towards the direction of the flat screen.
"Watch closely, Dunbar.Pay close attention. DiNozzo zoomed in on an image. "Whoa, a face only a mother could love. And Mr Dunbar, resembles your ugly mug. Any questions?"
"Okay, you got me. What, you gonna bust me for trespassing? Besides, I'm the victim here! I got attacked by this huge wolf! Bit my arm and then my wrist too! I almost died! I hope it bled to death when I shot it!!"
DiNozzo burst out laughing. "A wolf attack! And this wolf bit your arm and wrist?"
"That's right! I almost bled to death!"
"Well, there's just one tiny problem with your story. No evidence of any wolf attack or blood was found on the property.Not to mention no wolves are found to exist in that area or any surrounding areas. So, either you were high on drugs or you have one hell of a wild imagination!"
"C'mon, DiNozzo, don't be so hard on him. He could've been attacked by a werewolf. You never know these days. Lots of things happen that are unexplained. Or, maybe he ran into a chupacabra and thought it was a wolf."
"I was attacked by a wolf damn you! I know what I saw! That thing was huge, about the size of a pony!"
"Wolves the size of ponies!? You seriously expect anyone to believe that? That kind of talk will get you a Psych Eval and residence at the loony bin. For the criminally insane."
"Or, DiNozzo, it could be as simple as he's been taking some serious Hallucinogens. That would explain his wolves the size of ponies theory.One hell of an acid trip to rival the sixties!"
DiNozzo bent down and leaned closer to Dunbar. "Why don't you cut the "I'm the victim crap and tell me- again- I'll even say it slow so you understand. What. Were. You. There. For?"
"So, you gonna bust me for trespassing, or what? If not, I'm leaving. You gotta do better than that if you're going to arrest me!"
"Stay where you are, because it does get better. Careful what you wish for, Dunbar! Espo, you got the floor!"
Esposito picked out another file from the corner of the table, and stood up. He placed three pictures in front of Dunbar. "Take a good look. Remember these guys? You should.You enjoy your work, don't you?"
"Hey! They all volunteered for experiments. No one forced them. They enjoyed their stay, actually."
"Aren't you a piece of work? Huh, Espo? Experiments. Is that what you call it?"
"Roll that video footage, DiNozzo!"
"With pleasure, Espo!" He switched to the disk Abby Angela and McGee had worked on showing various Agents being questioned and tortured. "Wow, will you look at that! You guys really make things easy for us, don't you? Got the time/date stamp, name and everything! Impressive! Evidence that will convict you and your cohorts when we find them of first degree murder. With intent to inflict bodily harm and look at this! Sadism! You really are a sick pervert, aren't you?"
"I told you he was a pervert. He's going to enjoy his stay in prison. Aren't you Mr Dunbar- no, Mr. Meoff. First name Jack! You get an orgasmic high on torture? Wow, that's just-sick! Even worse, having to watch your sick perversion. And when we do collect those bodies and send them to autopsy, the DNA from the sperm when you came on them will match yours. Won't it, Dunbar?"
"Okay yeah! And I enjoy every minute too! Is that what you want to hear!?"
DiNozzo had had enough.He leaned close to Dunbar, placing a hand on each arm of the chair. "No,dirtbag, it isn't! Not another word outa you! This conversation is over! You will be transported to your cell. And when you get there, take advantage of that phone call you'll get, because you're going to need a Lawyer. A very good one. One that might get you out of the death penalty. Because you will get convicted of first degree murder maybe even capital murder. We've got all the evidence we need."
DiNozzo gathered up the files and headed for the door. He turned again to Dunbar. "Oh, by the way, remember that guy you tortured eleven years ago? The one that got away? He was more than happy to provide us with all this wonderful evidence. Funny how Karma can be a bitch, huh?"
Esposito handcuffed Dunbar and and turned him over to the two Agents waiting to transport him to jail. He then followed DiNozzo as they headed for the bullpen to work on their case reports. Minutes later Gibbs and Director Borden entered. Both men looked up from their work.
"Well, that was, how should I put it Gibbs- interesting? Unique?"
"It did get the job done. Dunbar is now looking at the death penalty, or at least life without parole. Good job you two."
"Thanks Boss, DiNozzo said. "I'm running facial rec on the Gen Tech guys on the video. When I get names, I'll put BOLOS out on them."
"I'm going to contact Hugh. Hopefully he'll have some good news on the identity of our mole."
Gibbs nodded to Esposito in acknowledgment.
"Boss, where's McGee? I want to tell him about Dunbar. He'll be happy to hear the good news."
"You'll get the chance soon, DiNozzo. Keep up the good work." Borden headed up the stairs toward his office.
"What was that about, boss? Something happen to McGee?"
"Nope.He's fine. He's back in two days. Let's just leave it at that."
Tim wouldn't admit it to anyone, least of all Borden, that he was right. Some rest was just what he needed. He was feeling so much better, and his head stopped hurting. Tomorrow he would be back on the case. He was anxious to get back to work.
He continued his walk along the beach, it was relaxing and enjoyable for him. The ocean helped calm his mind, so he could think more clearly. And his thoughts were back in Abby's lab. When she had asked him if they could have lunch or coffee. He was curious. What did Abby have to tell him that was important? What got him even more confused was how easy and forgiving she was for what he had done to her in the lab. In her lab, of all places.
He was still reeling from the shock at what he'd done. He never in a million years thought he would ever be capable of putting his hands on Abby in a violent way. He still felt horrible about that. He wondered if there was anything he could do to make it up to her.
Oh yes, Tim there is a way!
Abby! He should have known she would be in his head. Lifemates had the ability to read each other's minds. Thank goodness DiNozzo couldn't or he'd really be screwed.He was glad Gibbs couldn't either. Another shapeshifter curse! he groused.
Abby laughed softly. It isn't all that bad, Tim. I love your brilliant, beautiful mind. And Tim, you're one very naughty boy! I'm enjoying your naughty fantasies. You're very creative, Tim.
Tim groaned. He should have blocked those thoughts long ago. Even though lifemates were capable of reading each other's thoughts, they could block thoughts from each other too. It took some effort, but it could be done.
I'm amazed you still want to talk to me after..
Timmy! Please! I know in my heart you didn't mean to hurt me. You can't, you know. No matter how hard you try.
Abby c'mon. You say that, yet my hands were around your throat.
True. But for only a milisecond. To you though, in the fog of your nightmare, it probably seemed longer. Now no more of this! Besides, lifemates are incapable of hurting each other.It would be as if you were cutting off your own arm or leg, it can't be done. Even when you were in the throes of a nightmare, and out of your mind, your inner soul recognized me as your lifemate.So, end of discussion! Or I'll give you a Gibbs slap myself!
Okay, I surrender! I'll say no more about it.
Good. See to it you don't.
Okay. Abby, did you mean it about lunch, or coffee? Would you still like to- with me?
Sure, Tim! I really do want to have a serious talk. But- why wait? Is it ok if I come over? Please?
Abby, I don't know-
I can bring something to eat. Anything you like.It would be nice to have a picnic near the ocean. Oh! Here's an idea! I can pick up some fried chicken and biscuits with potato salad from the grocery store. Soda too. What do you say? Please say yes! I'll even bring some paper plates and cups and plastic utensils so there will be no dishes to wash- Pleeeease?
Tim smiled. He wasn't able to resist Abby, no matter how hard he tried. He would give in, as usual. Besides, some company would be very nice.
Okay, Abby. I am hungry to be honest, and it would be nice to have someone to talk to.
Thank you thank you Tim! Stay right where you are, I'll be there soon! I wish I was there so I could give you a bear hug! You won't regret this, I promise!
Tim headed back to the house for a quick shower and change of clothes.He put on jeans and a clean tee and then cleaned the living room, and put a load of clothes in the washer. He cleaned and swept the kitchen and floors, and surveyed his work. His place was clean enough to pass Gibb's inspection, he thought, smiling. Now, all he had to do was wait for Abby's arrival.
He didn't have to wait long. Abby pulled into his driveway, and Tim opened the door and stepped out to help her with her bags.
"Thank you so much for this, Tim. I appreciate it a whole lot."
"Thank you for bringing some food."
"My pleasure Tim. It's the least I can do. Besides, I didn't feel like staying home alone. I don't know why, but I still feel uncomfortable staying there alone at night. I know that sounds crazy, since the creep stalking me in the back yard is caught, but I can't shake off the feeling that I'm still being watched."
"The Vikirnovs are still monitoring your place, aren't they?"
"Yes, but I still have that hair rising on the back of the neck feeling, and no matter how I try I can't shake it."
"Abby, why didn't you tell me?"
"I thought the feeling would go away, that I was overreacting, or paranoid. But- it hasn't."
"Abby. Tomorrow after work you're going to pack some things.You can stay here. It will be temporary until we can figure things out. There might be a chance someone else is after you. The question is,who, and why?"
"Do you think it could be someone from Gen Tech?"
"I hope not Abby.We can discuss this later. Let's eat."
"Okay Tim." Abby followed Tim through the house out to the back patio/deck overlooking the ocean.
"You have a beautiful place." She and Tim set the bags down and set the table and set out the food. They sat down, and Tim served Abby first, then helped himself. He then poured the drinks. Abby handed him a napkin, and they ate their food while enjoying their surroundings.
"Wow, the view is just- wonderful! You're a fortunate man to have this place."
Tim smiled. "You wouldn't believe me if I told you how I was able to own this place."
"Director Borden. And Gabrielle. They used to own this beach house, and a beautiful Cabin with a lake for their backyard. They both decided they would sell one of the properties. Gabrielle picked the beach house to sell, and of course, Director Borden went along with her wishes. They were just about to list the property for sale through a realtor at the same time Gibbs and DiNozzo rescued me from my torture at Gen Tech. So those plans to list the property were temporarily on hold. After spending time in the hospital, Ducky and Gabrielle thought it would be a good idea to bring me here for my recovery, and therapy sessions, so I could have some privacy. I was doing so well, and enjoyed staying here so much, Steve and Gabrielle decided that it would be ideal for me to stay here permanently. So, they offered it to me."
"Wow! I'm so glad they did, Tim. You deserve a place where you feel safe.I bet they worked out a nice deal for you."
"They sure did. They worked out a reasonable down payment and monthly payment."
"That was nice of them. I'm glad for you, Tim. I know how the ocean is soothing to you."
"Yeah, like your lab.When I'm there, or here, my brain isn't so chaotic. I can think and focus better."
Abby smiled. "I've noticed."
They finished their food and Abby helped Tim clean up. They put the leftovers in the fridge, and Tim led Abby over to his couch in the living room so they could continue their earlier discussion.
"Abby, the more I think about what you've told me, the more convinced I am your fears are founded. I believe that someone from Gen Tech, for some unknown reason, wants to capture you to bring you to the lab. Maybe they want your forensic expertise, or they think you have some kind of valuable information, I don't know.I'm going to do everything in my power to prevent that from happening. No way are those bastards gonna get a chance to torture you."
"So- you believe me, then?"
"Absolutely, Abby. You said yourself you couldn't shake the feeling someone's watching you. You have an uncanny way of knowing things, even without any explanation. Your unique talent, and I can't remember a single time that you were wrong. I have to insist that you stay here with me until we know more of what's going on. I've got the perfect room. It's situated so it gets some sunlight, but not direct sunlight. And it has a huge window with a spectacular view of the ocean."
Tim stood up as he held Abby's hand and coaxed her to join him. "C'mon. I'll show it to you. I'll bet you'll like it."
She followed Tim as he led her to the room he'd described.The room was very spacious with a huge queen size bed, mirror and dresser, and an awesome walk in closet.Even had its own private full bath.
"I love it! You weren't kidding about the view! You sure you don't mind- that I stay here?"
"I wouldn't have asked if I did.Your safety and well being takes priority. I'm also informing Gibbs about this tomorrow. Hugh and Mark also need to know."
"Thanks Tim. I appreciate what you do for me, I truly do.So, okay, I'll stay."
"Good. Then it's settled."
"Tim? Is it okay if I watch a movie or something?"
"Of course you can. Anything in particular you'd like to see?"
"Do you have Mystery Science Theatre? I love that show.It never fails to make me laugh."
Tim's jaw opened wide in shock."You like Mystery Science Theatre?"
"Of course! The movies are awful but the commentary from Mike and the robots are simply hilarious!"
"Agreed," Tim said with a smile."Any particular episode you want to see?"
"What about you?"
"Ah ah. I asked you first," Tim said, but with a teasing tone.
"Okay, I'll pick one,then you pick one, agreed?"
"Fine with me.While you decide, I'll make some popcorn." Tim headed into the kitchen,got out a pot, heated some oil in it and popped popcorn from the stovetop. He melted some butter in the microwave and when the popcorn was ready he put it in the bowl and added the butter and some salt. Abby got the paper cups and poured some soda. They set the bowl and cups on Tim's coffetable while Abby looked through Tim's dvds. She chose Prince of Space, and Tim chose Puma Man.
Tim put Abby's choice in the dvd player and they sat down on the comfy couch to watch.Tim sat in the corner by the armrest, and Abby nestled in the crook of his arm, and lay her head on his chest.They enjoyed the movie together, and they both laughed at the commentary. Soon, they were making commentary on their own and enjoying themselves immensely. Abby eventually dissolved into fits of laughter over Tim's comments. That was only the beginning.
When he imitated the Phantom's laugh and then imitated the voice ending each sentence with b'gawk! a chicken sound, Abby lost it. She laughed so hard, tears were running down her cheeks. She had to stop and take a deep breath to calm down. She playfully punched Tim's arm.
"T-T-Tim-s-stop it! I c-c-cant-!" They both held onto each other as they laughed some more. Abby had Tim laughing at her comments from Puma Man. When the movie was over, Abby stood up and took the empty bowl and paper cups into the kitchen. She disposed of the cups and put the bowl in the sink. Then she headed towards Tim in the living room.
"Thank you so much, Tim. This is the most enjoyable time I've had in a while.
"I'm glad you enjoyed yourself, Abby. To be honest, I did too.It's nice to have some company for a change."
"I guess I'm off to bed.I need to get to my lab early, I promised Angela I would help her with something."
"Me too. I'm looking forward to coming back, the rest was nice but I need to work some more on those files."
"Goodnight Tim," Abby said as she gave him a quick bear hug.
Soft lips rained butterfly kisses along his cheeks and corners of his lips while gentle hands softly caressed his skin.Then he felt the butterfly kisses on his neck,then moving lower to his chest.More gentle caresses and kisses.The hands and lips felt oh, so good.He was unaware of the soft moan of pleasure that escaped from his lips.
Hands reached out to gently touch the caressing hands. The voice told him not to. It was just as gentle and soothing as the lips and caressing hands.Why couldn't he touch? Caress? He wanted to. A gentle finger touched his lips followed by a shhhh. The voice whispered softly in his ear. He would get a chance, but not now, he had to be patient and enjoy the caresses and kisses meant just for him, only him. He was enjoying it. A lot. And so was his body judging from the arousal below the waist. He writhed as well as moaned from the pleasure. Was he dreaming? He had to be, because nothing like this happened to him while he was awake.
Abby was enjoying kissing and caressing Tim. She loved how he was reacting to her, even as he slept. She rained soft butterfly kisses on his cheeks and corners of his lips while caressing his skin. She then kissed his neck, then moved on to his chest. She smiled as she heard Tim's soft moan of pleasure that resulted from her kisses and caresses.
She felt Tim's hands reaching up to caress her too, but she gently put a finger to his lips and softly whispered "shhh," into his ear, as well as telling him he would get the chance to, but to be patient and enjoy the kisses and caresses reserved only for him. Even though he was asleep, he was responding to her and enjoying what she was doing to him as evidenced by the arousal below his waist. He moaned, and writhed in response to her caresses.He also managed to whisper something.
Abby leaned closer to him as she heard a soft "mmmm, feels nice." She lay beside him and gently stroked his cheek and very gently tunneled her fingers through his hair.She didn't want to overdo her seduction with him or get him overly aroused.She intended to eventually wake him up, but she wanted it to be a gentle waking. She did not want a repeat of what happened in her lab, not that it would be like that since he wasn't having a nightmare, but it didn't hurt to be cautious.
He enjoyed the soft hands stroking his cheek and hair. It felt real nice. The hands and voice were real nice, too. Both voice and hands were soft and gentle, not harsh. He was really liking this dream, but he did wish that for once this was real, not a dream, not a fantasy of his. Fantasy. Maybe that was it, this was a fantasy. Yes,it had to be, it made better sense than a dream.
He often fantasized about Abby caressing him like this, and kissing him because she wanted him, loved him, not because she wanted comfort sex or a convenient booty call. He tried avoiding too many fantasies like this, especially sex ones, because he usually woke up rock hard, and he didn't relish having to take a cold shower real early in the morning.
The voice was speaking again. What was it saying? Then, he heard it. It was telling him to lie on his back. He complied. He felt a trail of butterfly kisses beginning on his neck, all the way down his chest, and lower. Something soft touched his chest followed by the kisses. Hair? Or hands? No matter, the sensation was still pleasant. The soft hands again caressed his chest, and stomach, then moved lower to..
"Nooo!" Tim cried out, suddenly awake. "Please, don't!" Someone was trying to remove his boxer shorts. What was going on? Was this turning into a nightmare? NO! He swallowed hard. Only his tormentors from Gen Tech could be this cruel.
Abby! He breathed a sigh of relief. He was in his room. He noticed for the first time Abby was leaning over him. He felt her hands on his boxers. His eyes widened. The voice, the hands, --Abby's? She wasn't trying to seduce him- was she?
"Tim, I'm sorry- I just-wanted to please you- I just wanted-"
"Not like this. I want it- but not like this!" He quickly shot off the bed to distance himself from Abby and the temptation to push her back on the bed and finish what she started.
"Tim? What's wrong? Are you afraid to- because of what happened- because of your torture?"
"No, Abby, that's not it." He moved back to his bed, and sat down, head in his hands. He felt soft arms hugging him from behind.
"Then what is it?" Abby asked gently. "Talk to me. Please."
"I- I don't want to be a booty call! Or to be used for comfort sex! Okay!?" Tim yelled out, the words coming out in a panicked rush.There! He said it!
"Tim, you misunderstand. Wait. That's what you think? That I only wanted to use you for sex?" Abby asked. Tim could hear the hurt in her voice. He turned to look at her.
"Honestly? Yeah, the thought did cross my mind." His shoulders slumped as he hung his head, looking down at the floor.
Abby moved from off the bed to stand in front of Tim. She spoke softly.
"Tim? Please look at me. Please?"
"Okay." He complied.
No! Abby thought. NOT the puppyface! That was her kryptonite. How could she resist Tim when he gave her the puppyface?
"Tim, I was trying to seduce you because- well, remember that talk I mentioned I wanted to have with you?"
Tim nodded, maintaining eye contact with Abby.
"I wanted to tell you that I'm ready. I want to be with you, Tim. I want a relationship with you. I want us to be together.I didn't get a chance to tell you that, so I thought I would demonstrate with a seduction. But obviously that didn't work out the way I wanted it to."
Tim's jaw opened wide in shock. This was the last thing he ever expected to hear from Abby. But, did she really mean it? Or was it only his imagination, or another dream he was having? No, not a dream. He was fully awake, and so was Abby.
"Abby.Do- do you mean it? Really mean it? And I'm sorry I freaked out a little when you were trying to seduce me."
Abby sat down on the bed beside Tim. She gently touched and caressed his arm, then moved to gently hold his hand in hers. She moved her thumb gently back and forth, over his fingers.
"Of course I mean it, Tim.I totally regret saying no to you how I did when you asked if we could be together.I should have said yes but asked if we could take things slow and not rush into anything. I would like to ask it now. That is, if you want me."
"Yes Abby. You know I want that more than anything in the world. But I also want you to be absolutely certain you want to be with me. Because once we are together,it's forever. I'll accept nothing less than a lifetime commitment.That's why I want you to take some time to think on it. Really think on it to be sure if this is what you truly want.I want it to be your choice. Because once you say the final yes, if you do, there's no going back. No breaking it.That's why I want you to be absolutely sure of your decision. I'll accept whatever you decide because I know it will be your choice, good or bad.If you decide you can't then that's fine too. At least I will know and not have to guess."
"Okay, Tim. I will do as you ask. But know this, I'm not going to change my mind. One question."
"What is it Abby?"
"Can I sleep here beside you for the rest of the night? Please? Okay, two questions," Abby said with a shaky laugh. "Could you spoon with me? I feel safe and comforted when I feel your arms around me.Please, Tim?"
"I guess I can manage that," he said as he moved from the bed to grab a t shirt to put on. He then came back and got under the covers. He patted the mattress and Abby snuggled against him spoon fashion as he wrapped his arm around her middle.
"Good night Tim. And thank you."
"You're welcome. Good night Abby."
Mar 27 2015
The Inmate Running The Assylum
Abby woke up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. It was the best sleep she had in quite a while, and she had Tim to thank for it. Tim. She smiled. She felt his soft breath on her neck, and his arm was still wrapped protectively around her.She gently turned around to face him and rained soft kisses on his lips and cheek while she gently tunneled her hands through his hair.
Tim opened his eyes and smiled."Morning sleepyhead" Abby teased, smiling back.
"Morning.Did you have a good sleep?"
"Yes I did, Tim. Thank you so much. I've slept better here than I have in days." She got up reluctantly to head to her room to get ready for work.
"I'm glad you slept well. I did too." Tim was relieved he was finally able to return to work.What Abby had told him last night was still nagging at him. What did Gen Tech want with Abby? A thought entered his mind, and he didn't like it one bit.Of course they would want her for her forensic knowledge. And then, when they were done with her-- he didn't even want to go there. He knew one thing. Abby wouldn't be able to survive the torture they had put him through. So he had to do anything possible to prevent those bastards from getting their hands on her.
He brushed his teeth and took a shower,then got dressed in black slacks and a nice dress shirt for work. He grabbed his go bag and checked to make sure his laptop was there, he couldn't forget that. There were things he wanted to check before telling Gibbs and Borden of his suspicions. He wanted to make sure they were founded, but he would tell them about Abby.
Abby was standing in his doorframe, looking at him like a cat licking its chops at a bowl of cream. Uh oh.She had the look. He knew it well. Abby had him in her sights, and he was the target.
"Wow Tim! Looking great! But you always do."
"You're the one who always looks great Abbs. How come You're wearing one of my t shirts?"
"I like wearing your tees, Tim. First time you've noticed?" Abby smirked.
"First time I've noticed what?" Tim smiled.
Abby loved it when Tim smiled. She noticed he hadn't been smiling much lately. But she knew he was very concerned about the case and helping his team solve it.
"Well, Tim, every now and then I "borrow" one of your t shirts. This one I have on I like borrowing the most. Wanna know why?"
"Do I want to know?" He asked in a teasing tone.
"Because Timmy, your scent is on it.And I know this sounds foolish, maybe sappy but- she blushed- it's like you're hugging me in the lab when you're not there.And when I'm by a mirror I see your name instead of MIT. And it helps. And I think you're very masculine and sexy."
"Abby, sexy is not a word to describe me. Try geek, nerd, or-" Abby flew at him so fast all he could think of was to to back away and ended up with his back against the wall.Tim was so shocked at her move he didn't finish what he was going to say.
"What did you say, Tim?" Abby said, standing in front of him, hands on hips.
"Um, that,uh- sexy is not a word--"
Abby put a finger to his mouth. No, Tim, don't you dare! And why not?"
"Why can't a guy who's loving, kind, caring, and has a brilliant mind be sexy? And do not say it's because you're a nerd or geek either!"
"Okay.If not because of that, then, well, look at me. My looks don't exactly scream sexy."
"Really, Tim? You prefer to listen to and believe those shallow, insensitive, jealous bullies and jerks -- assholes who say such things and put others down to make themselves look good.As if that works. They look more like jackasses when they do that. I wonder how they really feel when they wake up and find out that their so called "cool" friends have abandoned them and they are left all alone without a true friend in the world. Sad, really."
"Uh, Abby- you really think that?"
"Think what, Tim?"
"That I'm -um -" Tim blushed as he continued- "sexy?"
"Of course Tim! Look at you! You always know what to wear and what looks good for you.And your brilliant mind! Not to mention kind, caring, honorable, very noble and sexy qualities Tim! When you talk tech,that's sexy too and a major turn on! And your creativity. I want to explore that further, but later, since we're taking things slow." Abby smiled cheekily at him. She slowly reached up and wrapped her arms around his neck as she rained soft kisses on his lips.
"Um, Abby, um- you're not-"
"Not what, Tim? Exploring? Oh, yes, but just your mouth for now. I don't think we've shared a proper kiss. Time for that to change," she said as she gently placed her lips on his. She felt his arms wrap around her waist as he gently kissed her back. She took her time and slowly deepened the kiss, as she ran her tongue along his bottom lip she loved so well. She coaxed Tim to do the same, and he got the hint and gave her what she wanted. He deepened the kiss with his tongue as he molded her body closer to his. He couldn't stop a moan from escaping. Abby was enjoying the kiss too. She tunneled her hands through Tim's hair, then gave him one last kiss as she relunctantly parted from him and his toe curling french kisses. Damn! Could that man kiss or what? She thought.
"Um-wow!" Was all she could manage to say. Tim's kisses had left her practically breathless as well as speechless. "Um- I'll see ya later?"
"Okay." Tim was just as affected by the kisses as Abby was. He took a deep breath to calm down, then checked himself quickly in the mirror to make sure he was presentable before heading off to work.
It was cold. So very cold. And the cage was cramped, too small for any human being. He could barely even lie down comfortably. He curled into a ball. Why was this happening? What was going on? Why were he and others in some strange laboratory? Where were his team mates? Didn't they care that he as well as other Agents were missing? Didn't they want to find him and the others? Were they even trying? No, probably not. They had more important cases to solve than to worry about some missing Agents.
He could hear the other cries around him. Others in cages, trapped as he was.People in white lab coats doing things,horrible things.Beatings and pumped full of strange drugs occurred daily.To him. To the others. Experiments, they called it.No, it was torture. Some begged them to stop. But they kept going. Kept getting them to shift. Kept them pumped full of drugs and doled out beatings so they couldn't fight back. Bunch of labrat cowards, the lot of them.If he had his way, they would be in these cages, getting experimented on. Drugged, beaten. Let them have a dose of their own medicine, he thought.
Suddenly, a blood curdling scream resonated throughout the room. He put his hands over his ears, as he curled into an even tighter ball, shaking his head side to side as he kept repeating, no, no, no, no! He knew his turn was coming soon. He didn't know how much more he could take. Sometimes,he wished for death. Actually, almost every minute of the day. A rescue seemed a lost hope, and death would be so much better than staying in this place. Another scream. He tried to stop them, but the tears kept coming. He cried for himself and the others. He was pretty sure that by now they were beyond help, or hope.
He heard the clink of his cage door opening, then, a hand reached out to drag him out. It was his scream that resonated throughout the room this time.....
Angela walked into the lab, ready for another work day. She was surprised, yet happy at what she was seeing and hearing. Abby was bouncing around her lab happily, Rob Zombie's metal music playing on her stereo. Angela smiled. She was glad to see Abby in a much happier mood than she'd been in lately. She wondered if it had anything to do with Tim. She put on her lab coat and walked over to Abby.
"Morning Abby.I'm pleased to see you smiling and playing your metal music again."
Abby gave Angela a hug. "Oh, it's a wonderful morning sis!!! I have someting TO smile about! Things are looking up!"
"Well, then, I'm happy for you! What's the happy occasion?"
"Oh Angela! I got to spend some time with Timmy!! To be honest, after the night that the intruder invaded my backyard, I still felt uneasy, and I still do, that someone is still watching me. But now, after spending time with Tim, I admit I feel so much better! I told him how I felt, and that I felt I was still being watched, and now I will be staying with him for a while. But for protection detail," she said as she rolled her eyes.
"Well, Abby, I think that's a wonderful start! Isn't it?"
"Oh, yes, Angela, it is! We had a nice time! I brought a late lunch, we watched Mystery Science Theatre, and I got to spoon with him. Sis, that made me feel so safe, and cared for! Tim was very concerned with my feelings and he still is. He believes there is someone still after me."
"That's a valid possibility Abby.That Dunbar person seemed-creepy-perverted.I heard Esposito, Hugh, and Mark talk about his capture and DiNozzo's and Esposito's interrogation. I'm glad he's behind bars. I shudder to think there are others out there just as sick and perverted as he is. I'm glad you have Tim to be there for you."
"Oh, me too! But.."
Angela sighed. And tried to look and sound stern as she asked "Why is there a but, Abby?"
Abby grinned. "Gotcha worried there for a sec, didn't I?"
"Ok, ok, I've got to make a decision."
"Abby!" Angela stomped her foot in frustration, but couldn't resist smiling. She couldn't stay mad at her sis for long.
"Okay, okay, Tim wants me to really think hard about what I told him last night. I told him I was ready to have a relationship with him, I want to be with him, but take things slow. He agreed, but stipulated I had to really really think long and hard on it. To be a hundred percent sure it's what I want.I told the stubborn bullhead it's what I want, and I'm not changing my mind, but he still wants me to think about it. Is it because deep down, he might not believe me or something?"
"Don't you see, Abby? It's not that he doesn't trust you, or believe you, but your track record speaks for itself. You have been known to change your mind, and he just wants to be sure this is what you truly want.I have no doubt it's what he wants, but he doesn't want to force you to be with him, or play the "You're my lifemate- so you have to be with me because we're destined and were chosen to be together by the fates card. He wants to give you your free will, and the freedom of choice.
Oh, Abby! He wants your decision to come from your heart.To come from you yourself.He wants to make sure you want him, will love him, for himself, just as much as he does you. He needs that Abby. Once he's assured of that, you will see what I and everyone else does. He wants the same unconditional love from you for himself that he has for you."
"Oh! I see! He wants me to accept him as he is- I want to, but, what if--"
"Ok, I do that, and what if he expects me to change?"
"What do you mean?"
"What if he can't accept the fact that I'm not a typical housewife, there might not be a homemade meal waiting all the time when he comes home? What if he wants that, Angela?"
Angela walked over to Abby and put her hands on her shoulders. "Abby. Look at me. I think you got Tim all wrong. From what I've seen of him interacting with you, I don't believe he'll expect anything from you you can't give willingly, nor do I believe he wants you to change who you are. I truly believe he loves you unconditionally, Abby. If you're not sure, I'm sure that when you have some time you can discuss your fears with him, and he will listen and assure you that you have nothing to worry about."
"Yes, Abby! Give Tim some credit. Give him a chance to tell you his feelings, and do the same for him. I promise you will feel better and relieved afterwards. And he'll be too, I'm sure."
Abby hugged Angela. "Thanks, sis."
"You're welcome," she answered as she hugged back."Don't worry. I know for certain he already accepts you as you are. Give him a chance to prove that to you, Abby."
"Ok. I'll try it your way. Thanks again, sis. I feel even more better than I did this morning. You're right. Tim can be reasonable, and he's a great listener. He listened and believed me when I told him my fears of being watched."
"And you still believe it?"
"That I'm being watched- yes. But this time, I'm not alone. I have Tim to protect me.And the Vikirnovs are still keeping an eye on my place. I've got the best security system installed in my home. Not to mention from any Vikirnov while I'm there too. Same at Tim's place. And I feel safer there, because of Tim."
"I'm sure Tim will figure out who's trying to go after you this time, and he'll be caught just like Dunbar. Everything will work out Abby, you'll see."
"I'm sure you're right, Angela." Abby smiled and tried to look confident, but inside, she wasn't so sure. She had a funny feeling that this time, they would succeed in capturing her. She still wondered why the people from Gen Tech were so interested in her. She bit her lip to keep from crying. She wanted Tim. She needed one of his hugs.
"So, Angela, what was it you needed help on?"
Tim was happy to be back at his desk in the squadroom.It felt like he'd been gone longer than just two days. He booted up his computers, and he pulled out his laptop from his bag and booted that up too. It felt good to be back at work again. He smiled.
Tony entered the squadroom and made a beeline for Tim's desk."Well, whadda ya know? The McProdigal Probie FINALLY comes back!"
Tim rolled his eyes and chuckled. "Really, Tony? Must you be so melodramatic?"
"Of course! You tell anyone I'll deny it, but - I have missed you probie!"
"Thanks Tony. And congrats on bagging Dunbar. Thank you for getting him, by the way. I'll thank Esposito too when I see him. I heard you two hit it off pretty well."
"Yeah,we did. I bet Abby's glad Dunbar's behind bars. She must be relieved."
"Well Tony, now that you mention it- she still feels that she's being watched, that someone's still after her. I told her she could stay with me for protection detail of course, until we find out if anyone's still pursuing her."
"I guess it was too good to be true.Thinking only Dunbar was after her.I don't like it, especially if she's right. Geez, these Gen Tech loonies make the mentally ill look sane."
"Told you so. Told you they were scientific whack jobs. They must be stopped, Tony. And I'm not talking just prison, or anything like that. Permanently stopped. As in never being able to operate ever again stopped."
"The only way for that to happen would be...."
"As unpleasant as that sounds to have to be the ones to make that happen, it's the ONLY sure way they'll never harm anyone. Ever."
Tim didn't like the look Tony gave him. Tony was looking at him as if he was some Alien entity that suddenly appeared from the X Files.
"Wow, Probie. Never figured you had that kind of killer instinct."
"Well, Tony, being the recipient of torture and experiments by those f'n bastards sorta changes your perspective.Even Geeks have dark sides when they're pushed to the point beyond endurance.Now they want Abby.That pisses me off.Royally."
"Um, yeah, McGee, that goes without saying."
Tony was in shock at this side of McGee. He just couldn't picture timid Tim carrying a big ass rifle and pulling a Rambo. It was laughingly ridiculous, but, then,not really ridiculous at all.In some twisted way he couldn't even understand himself, he could picure it in his head, and that was a very scary thought.
"Tony, quit staring at me like I'm some weird alien from the X files.You may not want to admit it, but deep down, you know I'm right."
"About what, McGee?" Gibbs asked, as he headed to his desk with his coffee.
"I was telling Tony that Abby still feels as if someones watching her and is after her, and she'll be staying with me at the beach house for protection detail."
"Aren't the Vikirnovs watching her place?"
"Yes, but she told me she doesn't feel safe there.And now Tony thinks I'm some alien from the X files because I mentioned that the Gen Tech whack jobs need to be stopped permanently, or they'll continue what they are doing now.They won't stop unless they're eliminated."
"McGee does have a point, DiNozzo."
"I know, he does, but he's- McGee. The McGee I've known hasn't mentioned permanent annihilation.Stuff like that coming from a Geek is - scary."
"Ow!! What's that one for?"
"Seriously think about that for a second, DiNozzo! Agents are missing, experiencing torture, experimented on, and some are getting killed. McGee was also tortured and experimented on. Do the math."
"Got it boss."
McGee chuckled to himself as he contacted Hugh over his laptop.
I need your help.
You got it bro. What do you need?
Abby is being watched. Again. I need to find out who.
On it. I'll let you know when it's taken care of.
Thanks Hugh. Appreciate the help.
Anytime. I'll be in touch soon.
Tim was smiling like an evil cheshire cat when he logged off the laptop.He knew what Hugh meant by "taking care" of the problem.Good. One less whack job to worry about. He had another job to take care of. He was going to hack in the Gen Tech computers and set it up to see their live surveillance. Then they could see what was going on NOW. One step closer to his goal. Eliminating Gen Tech.Tim was looking forward to that.
All chaos ensued in the Gen Tech lab as a subject managed to break out of its chains that were connected to the metal wall.It roared in triumph as it knocked down equipment and supplies with one swipe of its gnarled hand.A couple of lab techs tried to subdue it, one shooting it with a tranquilizer gun.Bad idea.It only worsened the situation.It reacted violently,grabbing the lab tech who shot it,and with one hand squeezed his throat and shook him violently like a rag doll before tossing him to the concrete floor.
Another lab tech immediately ran to the phone to notify security and called for medics for the injured tech.Cages rattled as the others held on to their cage doors and shook them violently.Yells and roars were heard throughout the whole laboratory.
The loose subject reacted more violently when the loud sirens went off in the lab.It covered its ears and let loose another roar as it ran towards the door.Two other techs quickly followed,shooting off their rifles and managed to hit the subject.Even so, it managed to escape.Gen Tech level 5 was now on mandatory lockdown.
Tim came to work the next morning to hack in to Gen Tech's security system and was successful.It had taken a bit longer than usual.He would later on find out why.Apparently,Gen Tech was on lockdown. Something big was going on.Tim set up his laptop to monitor and record what was going on with the security computers monitoring the entire building as well as the surrounding property on the outside.
While Tim was busy with other tasks,the laptop recorded One monitor showing a room that had equipment and supplies strewn all over the floor.The laboratory.A door was literally torn off its hinges at the rear of the lab.Another security monitor showed a shadowy figure running from the building followed by two other figures shooting at it with rifles...
Anacostia park- near the river:
At 3 pm, a call had been made by a jogger, who had come across a body.At first he thought it was some dead animal.Until he came closer.He recoiled in horror,and had ran back up the trail,and as soon as he reached the road where he parked his truck,he immediately called 9-1-1 on his cell to report the find.
An officer was dispatched to the jogger's location to talk to the jogger and find out what in the blue hell had this guy so scared. Once the Officer pulled up on the scene,got out,and talked to the guy,the jogger took him down the trail to the place where the body was found.He stumbled back up the trail, retching. He had to get back to his own squad car to radio his Supervisor at the station to get backup down here asap.That done,he quickly grabbed his bottled water on the front seat of his car and took a swig.He wiped his sweating forehead with the back of his sleeve.This was bad.He couldn't even begin to describe what he'd just seen.
He was told to stay put and interview the jogger until the backup officer,Sargeant Epcott, got there.And that's what he'd do. He had a feeling that more than the police would be needed for this.Didn't the FBI have a sort of similar to an x file division where they investigated strange things? If they did,they would need to come here too.This looked like something straight out of that show on Discovery that he frequently watched.What was it called? he thought.Oh yeah.Monster quest.That was the show.
People had reported seeing strange creatures some similar as what he and the jogger saw.They even had a show about the chupacabra once and a woman featured on the show had a body of a strange looking dog that looked like it had blue skin,but wasn't a normal dog or wolf either.Creepy looking thing, it was.One scientist on the show claimed it was a mutant dog with mange.He wasn't buying that bs.Especially after what he'd just seen this day.Hell,what he saw here could be featured on the show...
Veronica Elena Esposito,Javier Esposito's younger sister, was good at what she did. And one of those things was examining and investigating weird or unusual cases for the FBI.She even helped on regular,normal cases if she was needed.She was one of the FBI's best female agents they had.Tobias Fornell was often fascinated with her methods of investigation and crime solving techniques.
She had gone through a mountain of paperwork today,filling out forms needed and getting all the forms in order for the last case she'd worked on.She made sure that the case file had everything needed in it before turning it in.Finally, all done with the boring work! She thought.She decided she would treat herself to a nice dinner at her favorite restaurant, after all, she had worked hard all week.
She headed home to change into her nice black jeans and a long sleeved dark blue cotton shirt, something casual and comfy. She put on her boots that she knew would look good with her outfit.She put up her hair in a bun with a cloth hair tie and then checked herself quickly in her mirror.Satisfied at how she looked,she headed out to her car.
Just as she arrived and had placed her order,her work cell decided to ring.She swore like a sailor towards the phone before checking the caller id.Crap!!
Seriously? she thought.Leave it to Fornell to call at the most inconvenient time.Couldn't he have waited until after she had eaten something? She was hungry,dammit!
"Okay,please tell me this is a joke? What is so important that I have to miss my well deserved dinner?"
"A little cranky, are we?"
"Well,you would be too if you hadn't eaten all day."
Veronica sighed."Can you hold on for a sec? This shouldn't take long." She waved the waitress over and quickly explained the situation, along with a sincere apology and left her two twenty dollar bills for her trouble.She then returned her attention to her cell phone as she walked out to her car.
Okay,so what's up?
"Something I can't tell you about over the phone.How soon can you arrive at Anacostia Park?"
"Let's see,I can be there,in,say,forty minutes or so?"
"Could you please make it much sooner?I'll guarantee you a ride home.I'll make it up to you,I promise."
"All right.I'll head to my place to park and lock up my car.I'll be there in a few. How does ten to fifteen minutes sound?"
"That would be great.I promise you won't regret it."
She hung up and sighed.She knew what Fornell was asking,without really saying it.She really didn't want to.She only did it if it was absolutely necessary.She was glad Fornell was the only one at work who knew she was a shapeshifter.
She grabbed her small backpack that held her cellphone, badge, wallet,FBI creds, keys,etc,slung it over her shoulders and headed towards the direction of Anacostia park. When she had passed the residential areas,she took off running,hiding herself in some dense foliage near the main trail and shifted into her wolf.Ten minutes later,after shifting again,she was at the park.
Flashing lights on several cars lit up the area,the noise of the sirens muted.Police Officers as well as FBI Agents had mixtures of shock,horror,and revulsion on their faces.They couldn't believe what was lying in front of them.
Neither could Veronica.What was before her now was indescribable.This was beyond anything she had ever heard about, let alone seen with her own two eyes.And she had seen some pretty strange, weird, unexplained stuff.This was like the X files and monster quest rolled into one.Something she hadn't come across before,and wouldn't want to again.
Neither did the Officers she questioned.Sergeant Epcott informed her of the jogger's time of his call, and that he was the first to discover this strange creature.She then talked to thejogger,who was calmer than he had been hours before.She took some notes and put the small notebook in her FBI marked jacket pocket that Agent Fornell had handed her when she first arrived.
Veronica put on some latex gloves before examining the weird looking creature.What was it? As she bent down to look closer,she saw what she only could describe as a mutant werewolf that wasn't completely formed yet.Apparently this creature was human,but with the face horrifically distorted.Patches of hair grew out of skin, and the clothes were bloody and torn to shreds.It reminded her of what happened to clothes when Banner turned into the Hulk.It was barefoot,and she could tell by the condition of the feet it had traveled quite a distance.
"Well,Vee,what are you thinking?"Fornell asked.
"Well,for one thing,whatever this is escaped from somewhere,someone, or something.This human doesn't look natural,it looks like it was mutated somehow.Drugs,maybe? I'll bet this is a result from experiments from some lab.Doesn't DARPA have some kind of Super Soldier project going on?
"Yes-I believe you are right.I can check and make inquiries, and see if this is in any way connected with this"
"Or,could it be-"
"Sorry to interrupt,guys,but we're going to head out,and make our Police reports,and get a written statement from the jogger."Sergeant Epcott said.
"I'll need a copy of those when you've finished writing them up."
"I'll fax em over to your office.We've done all we can here,it's all yours now,Agent Fornell."
"Thank you Sergeant.I appreciate your help and for calling us when you did."
"No problem, sir.Take care.I hope you can solve whatever mystery this is."
Sergeant Epcott and his officers left the scene,glad to return to the station house,back to their desks to make out their reports.This strange looking creature had creeped them out.
While Sergeant Epcott and Fornell were speaking,Veronica decided to take some hair samples as well as dna swabs from its mouth. She bagged each one in it's own evidence bag and sealed them,following all proper procedures for collecting evidence.The Officers that had first arrived also followed procedure by setting up posts around the perimeter of the body and wound the yellow Police line do not cross tape around the posts.Photographs were also taken of the body,footprints,(including cast molds of the footprints),everything needed for the investigation.
"Larson,ma'am Dan Larson."
"Agent Veronica Esposito.Agent Larson,I was wondering,do you happen to have one of those handheld mobile fingerprint ID scanners that I can use?"
"I'll get you one out of the equipment truck."
She bent down near his arm, and noticed something.She took out her mini flashlight,and shined it near the creature's hand. Something had been written in the dirt, but wasn't complete. She tried to make it out.G-E-N T-E-.She frowned.Somehow,the partial word was somewhat familiar to her,she just couldn't quite put her finger on what it was yet.
Larson returned with the fingerprint scanner and handed it to her.She expressed her thanks and carefully placed the right index finger onto the scanner.Two minutes later, she got a hit.
"Uh, Fornell,I think you really need to see this."
"What did you find out?"
"A few discoveries.This is- was, rather, once a human.Take a look at the name."She stood up to show him what she had on the screen.
"Now take a look at the dirt by his hand.He was trying to write something,and died before completing it.Like me,this guy was once a shapeshifter."That would explain why he looks like a mutated werewolf,if indeed some lab has been conducting experiments on him. And I really believe that is the case.Crap!"
"What is it,Vee?"
"My brother Javier mentioned something about the case.He said they got some pervert from some lab.I bet that's what this creature was trying to write! The name of the lab he most likely escaped from."She snapped her fingers.
"I think I know now! Javi mentioned a lab named Gen Tech! He said SSE Agents were disappearing, and they discovered some Agents were captured and brought there so they could conduct "experiments".But Javi mentioned they're actually getting tortured,and these guys are scientific whack jobs.Most likely an extremist group.I would even go so far as to say that these loons have financial backing from some other extremist group.More likely a group dealing with illegal bio chemistry materials and firearms.
"Crap.Now I've got to get the SSE involved.The Wolfpack will most likely be working this case with us."
"Oh,you mean Agent Gibbs team?"
Fornell wasn't surprised she knew about the Wolfpack.Her brother Javier was working with them,helping them with a case.SSE Agents were disappearing,or getting murdered.And this body- before this mutation happened to it,had been an SSE Agent.Just like Vee said.
He wouldn't admit it to her, but he secretly thought she would fit in much better as an SSE Agent.Her secret would be better kept there,than with the FBI.And,due to what they discovered tonight,he might have to make that happen much sooner than he'd planned.He hated losing her,but he knew that if she worked with Gibbs and Director Borden, her career would really soar because she wouldn't have to hide her shapeshifting secret and could use her unusual "talents" to the full there.
No use procrastinating,he thought.He would have to contact Director Borden immediately.And,later, maybe he could talk to him about Veronica's future as an SSE Agent.Now,they had a case to collaborate on.He pulled out his cell and dialed Borden's number.
"Hello,Director? Tobias Fornell.We've got a situation here......"
Gibbs was sitting at his table,enjoying a fresh brewed cup of coffee,and the newspaper in front of him he didn't get a chance to read this morning,when he got a call.
Gibbs looked at the caller id.Director Borden.This was a call he could not ignore.
"Yeah.Gibbs.Dead body-where?Okay.We're on it.Yeah,I'll talk to Fornell,see what he's got-yeah,we'll collaborate and keep you posted."Gibbs ended the call and contacted DiNozzo and McGee with a telepathic message.
DiNozzo!McGee!Grab your gear.Dead SSE Agent,Anacostia Park.Meet me there,Asap!
He then called Ducky to get the autopsy van ready and to meet him at Anacostia Park.Gibbs grabbed his gear and shifted into his wolf.
Tony was relaxing on his comfy couch,watching tv,and just about to call in for a pizza when he received Gibbs' message.
On it boss! Tony answered Gibbs message
Crap,crap,and double crap!Why now?He hadn't even gotten a chance to eat yet,dammit!He grabbed his pack and headed out the door.When he felt it safe,he shifted and was a blur of movement as he headed for the park.
McGee was just opening the door to the beachhouse when he received Gibbs message.
I'll see you in a few,boss! McGee answered
He sighed,locked his door,and put his keys into his backpack,and he too shifted and took off with a blur as he headed for Anacostia park.
"Whadda ya got,Tobias?"
"Something right up your alley Jethro.A horribly mutated dead body.A former SSE Agent from the Norfolk Division.It appears he escaped from somewhere,before his death.Possibly from a laboratory.A jogger came across the body at approximately 3pm and called the police,who then contacted us.They're faxing me over the jogger's statements and police reports.Of course,you'll get copies too.Follow me"
Gibbs knelt down by the body as he asked,"has the body been identified yet?"
"Yes.Agent Esposito,could you come here for a minute?She'll be able to tell you who this was."
"Please tell Agent Gibbs here the name that came up on the fingerprint scanner."
"Of course.That would be SSE Agent Jack Gibson,sir.Whoever this was that did this to him-"she swallowed hard and continued-"all I gotta say it went waay beyond experiments."
She looked at Gibbs as she continued."Judging by your expression,I can see you knew this man-I'm so very sorry for your loss, sir."
"Not your fault.Don't address me with sir.Agent Gibbs will do."
"All right--Agent Gibbs."
McGee noticed Gibbs expression as well.Oh yeah,bossman was upset all right.Time for him to speak up.
"Ma'am,Fornell mentioned he could've escaped from a lab.Can you be certain of that?"
"Well,Agent McGee,I believe that might be the case.If you notice here-"she shined her flashlight again at the dirt by his hand,"You can plainly see he started writing something."
Sure enough,when McGee bent down closer to look,there was a partial word.G E N TE-
"He had to have died at the time he tried to write this out.Apparently he was shot-but he still managed to come from quite a distance.As you can see by the condition of his feet."
"Boss.Take a look.He was trying to write Gen Tech."
DiNozzo had been examining the body as Gibbs and McGee were speaking with Fornell and Agent Esposito.He also took a look where McGee was indicating Gibbs look.They were right.He also spotted the partial words.He too noticed the condition of the body,and how mutated it was.Quite frankly it was creeping him out.The black and white werewolf movie with Lon Chaney came to his mind, for some reason.He supposed it was because this was where you were supposed to see things like this,in movies,not real life.
Gibbs noticed the writing too,and he was convinced like the others that Gibson was trying to leave a message.McGee was right. These bastards needed to be eliminated asap.No Agent,no matter from what department in law enforcement,deserved this.
"C'mon everyone,step aside,and let Ducky do his job."
"Thank you Jethro.Since it is getting later into the evening,would you mind if Mr.Palmer and I took the body back to autopsy, and from there report our findings?I think everything possible has already been done here."
"I don't see a problem with that,Duck.Okay with you,Tobias?"
"Sure.I don't see a problem with that either.I'll get this wrapped up-taken care of,and we'll meet you later with the evidence."
"See ya soon,Tobias."Gibbs and the team shifted,and three blurs headed to NCIS,and in minutes were in the squad room.
As soon as DiNozzo was at his desk,he was on the phone calling for pizzas.Gibbs headed out for a coffee run,bringing back coffee for the three of them.As soon as he sat at his desk,he got a call.
"Gibbs.Yeah,tell him I'll be right up."Gibbs immediately headed up the stairs to the Director's office.
"Hmmm.Wonder what that's about."
"Don't know,Tony.If it's a need to know,Gibbs will tell us."
The elevator dinged,which immediately got Tony's attention.Finally!His pizza was here!As he rose out of his chair,he sighed.Damn.Just Fornell with some woman.He watched as they too,headed up the stairs to the Director's office.Aye carumba!What was a hot chick like that doing with Fornell?he wondered.More important,what were they discussing up there?Tony was itching to find out.
Tim was concentrating on the surveillance footage on his laptop when he felt a wad of paper hit his head."Dammit Tony!I'm trying to concentrate here!"
"Hey,McOblivious,who was that hot chick with Fornell?"
"What?"Tim looked up from his laptop,a confused frown on his face.
"Didn't you see Fornell and a hot chick heading up to the Directors?They just got out of the elevator."
"Didn't notice.In case you haven't noticed,Tony,I'm trying to concentrate and work over here.As I said before,if it's a need to know,Gibbs will let us know."
"Geez,McGrumpy,lighten up!Maybe you'll feel better when you've eaten something.I've ordered some pizzas for us.Hope they get here soon,I'm starving!"
Tony got up from his desk and headed to McGee's."What are you working on,anyways?"
"Really,Tony?Don't you have anything to do?"
"Yeah,just the usual boring yada yada."
"Don't you think you should get on it before the boss catches you goofing off?"
Tony made a move as if he were going for the laptop."Oooh,I got an idea.Gonna need your laptop,McGee."
"Touch my laptop,and you lose a hand!"
McGee looked up and smiled with relief.Yes!Tony's pizzas finally were here.Good.
While Tony dealt with the delivery man,Tim continued looking at the surveillance footage from Gen Tech he had his laptop record.But he couldn't continue his task as he was once again interrupted.
DiNozzo!McGee!C'mon up here.Director would like to speak with you.
On it boss!Tony and Tim sent their message at the same time.Tim secured his laptop,and Tony put his pizza boxes on his desk and both headed for the stairs.
"Well,Tony,I guess you're going to get your wish.More than one,actually.We'll find out what their meeting was about,plus you'll find out who the"hot"chick is."
"Huh.That's true,"Tony said with a wide grin.
They both said Hello to Claudia and DiNozzo knocked softly on the Director's door.
"Come in"Director Borden called out.
He directed them to sit at his conference table,where Fornell,Gibbs,and a dark haired woman were seated.DiNozzo sat beside Gibbs,and the woman was seated across from him.McGee sat beside Gibbs as well.
Before Borden could explain why they were summoned here,Tony spoke up.
"Quien es la Rosita bonita?!"
"DiNozzo!Behave!"Gibbs hissed."This is serious!"
"Yes,boss."DiNozzo answered with an apologetic tone."Sorry.Sorry,ma'am."
Veronica had to bite her lip and put a hand over her mouth to keep from laughing out loud.She'd heard about the Gibbs'slap from Fornell,but now she was seeing it in action.Fornell was right.It was funny to watch.She knew Fornell enjoyed seeing DiNozzo get the headslap,and he also told her he would pronounce DiNozzo as DiNutzo just to yank his chain,since Tony had called him Toby, and Vee knew Fornell hated to be called Toby.
"Gibbs?You wanna tell your team,you've got the floor.Or would you rather I tell them?"
"Go 'head Steve.I believe this one here"Gibbs motioned towards DiNozzo"will take it more seriously hearing it from you."
"Very well.I'll just cut to the chase.DiNozzo,McGee,meet your temporary teammate,Probationary Field Agent Veronica Esposito.She'll be transferring from the FBI to NCIS SSE.She is one of us,a shapeshifter."
"Director Borden,I don't mean to interrupt,but can I say something?"
"Gentlemen,as is quite obvious,I'm not getting any younger.It won't be long before I have to retire,which is why I came here to talk to Director Borden about the possibility of Agent Esposito becoming an SSE Agent.You see,no one else at FBI has got a clue she is a shapeshifter,and I've done everything within my power to keep it that way.I'm afraid that somehow,someway,someone will find out.To prevent that shit from hitting the fan,I thought her transfer here would be the best option.She's one hell of an Agent,and I'm gonna hate to lose her."He paused to let that sink in.
McGee extended his hand out towards Veronica,who,in turn,extended hers.He spoke as they shook hands."Congratulations Agent Esposito.Welcome to NCIS.I hope you'll enjoy working here as you have with the FBI."
"Thanks for the welcome,Agent McGee.I'm looking forward to working with your team."
"So,what did you do at the FBI?"DiNozzo asked.
"Similar to what you do here,I investigated cases that were considered"unusual."
"Cool!You're just like Dana Scully!"He almost added"and a hot one too!"but didn't want to insert his foot in his mouth.He was in enough trouble with Gibbs,judging by the glare he sent his way.
"DiNozzo"Gibbs spoke softly,"do you realize who Agent Esposito is?"
"Uh,yeah,boss,she's a former FBI Agent who's going to work with us."
"The name,DiNozzo.Does her last name sound familiar?Ring any bells?"Gibbs asked with a big smirk on his face.
Fornell was smirking right along with Gibbs.He was enjoying this little show.Immensely.Especially when the proverbial light bulb turned on over DiNozzo's head.The look on DiNozzo's face was priceless.
"Esposito.So,you're related to Javier Esposito?"
"Yes,he's my brother"Veronica said with a grin.She was enjoying the show as well as watching DiNozzo squirm at that revelation.Even McGee was smiling.
"Thanks for the Scully reference.I'll take that as a compliment."She smiled at DiNozzo,at the same time subtly checking him out.He had very nice hazel green eyes,she noticed.He also was nicely dressed.Handsome too,but she wouldn't be admitting that to him any time soon.Not if what she'd heard about his reputation as a playboy who thought more about himself than he should was true.No,she would get to see what he was like for herself,because she didn't believe everything she heard,or was told,nor would she rely on scuttlebutt as the gospel truth.
Working with this team was going to be an interesting experience,of that she had no doubt.She had a feeling it wouldn't be dull working here.
Suddenly,and with no warning,Director Borden's flat screen attached to his office wall turned on,split screen footage popping up on the screen.One side showing a place with supplies and equipment strewn all over the floor,along with the rear door torn off its hinges.The other side showed a figure running with two other figures running after it,shooting at it with their rifles.The images looped over and over,as if someone was studying them.
Gibbs noticed McGee standing near the flatscreen,looking up at it as if he was in a trance.He was studying the footage on the screen,taking note of every detail he could get from the images.He zoomed in on the first running figure on the right side of the screen,enlarging the face of the image,then freezing it.He also noted the date/time stamp on the bottom of the screen.He was so focused on what he was doing,he almost didn't hear Gibbs getting up to stand beside him.
"McGee.Talk to me,"Gibbs spoke softly.
"Oh!So sorry boss,before we were called up here,I was going through the surveillance footage on my laptop.That was the reason why I came in so early to work this morning,to hack into Gen Tech's surveillance.Apparently,I was lucky enough to get the footage of Gibson's escape.That's who I believe this is.The clothes,height,and build seems to match up with the body that was found at the park.
As soon as I was successful at hacking in,I left the laptop to record while I took care of other tasks.I'm sorry I neglected to check up on my laptop,because if I had,we would have known about Gibson's escape before we got the call to go to Anacostia Park."
"Hey!Don't beat yourself up over it,and don't even think about apologizing.You're doing one hell of a job,McGee.If it wasn't for you,we wouldn't have all this evidence we have on these Gen Tech bastards.And soon,they'll get the punishment they deserve. As well as justice for the victims and their families."
DiNozzo noticed Veronica and Fornell looking up at the flatscreen with a mixture of shock and awe on their faces.He knew for some,McGee's"talent"took a little getting used to.
"I looked just like you do when I first discovered McGee's ability.Even Gibbs was a bit freaked out by it,if you can believe that."DiNozzo said.
"Wow.Gibbs doesn't strike me as a man that gets freaked out easily,"Veronica said as she too studied the screen.
Director Borden then spoke up."Okay,guys,I'm sure this can be handled in the squad room.I'm going to send Claudia home,and I'm heading home as well.Keep me posted and keep up the great work.That goes for all of you,"he said,looking directly at Veronica.
"Thank you Director Borden,Sir,for giving me this opportunity,and for the chance to prove myself as an asset to this agency."
"I know you'll do fine.You have an impressive work ethic not to mention Fornell singing praises over your work which is again,most impressive as well as your file.Work for me like you did for Fornell.That's all I ask."
"No worries on that score,sir.I will work just as hard.I guess I'll say goodnight then,and take care."
"I'm gonna head home too.Vee,can I speak with you a minute?"Fornell asked,motioning for her to walk to the elevators with him.
"Just wanna say my goodbye to you."He pressed two twenties into her hand."As well as keeping that promise to make it up to you. Take care,and if you ever need to talk,you know how to reach me."
Veronica gave Fornell a huge hug."Thank you.For everything.I'll never regret working with you.I've learned so much."
"It's a relief I won't have to worry about you or your secret.And,you're welcome.I loved working with you too.I know you'll enjoy working with Gibbs-"he saw Gibbs and the team heading down the stairs."Go on,go,-join them.You're SSE now."Fornell gave her a hug back and stepped into the elevator.
Everyone filed out of the office and headed downstairs to the squadroom.Tony immediately made a beeline for his desk and grabbed a slice of pizza.He had a look of pure bliss on his face as he took a bite.He didn't care if the pizza was almost cold. He was just happy to have some food in his stomach.
"Anything you're forgetting?"
"Um-OH!Yeah!I got the pizza for us,not just me.Help yourselves,guys.Sorry it isn't hot,but hey-it's food."He held the box out towards Veronica."Would you like some,ma'am?"He asked Veronica.
"Sure,why not?Thank you."She said as she chose a slice.
"Boss?McGee?"They also reached for a slice.
Gibbs pointed to the desk to the right of his,and across from DiNozzo's desk."This will be the desk assigned to you while you work with us."
"All right."She sat down on the chair,and munched happily on her pizza.
Gibbs gave the team some time to eat and relax a bit,and to get acquainted with their new team mate.They deserved a break,they all did good work today,he thought.
Gibbs got up from his desk."I'm getting some more coffee.Anyone else want any?"
"I wouldn't mind some"Veronica answered."If that's okay-"
"Wouldn't have asked if it wasn't,"Gibbs answered her with smile."DiNozzo?McGee?"
"Yeah,okay.That would be great."
"All right,why not?"
"While I'm gone-McGee-go check the evidence garage and make sure the evidence Fornell left us gets to Abby's lab.Then,tell her and Angela they can head home."
"Sure.On it boss."
"DiNozzo.Call autopsy and see what Ducky can tell you.Then tell him he and Palmer can head home."
"On it boss,"DiNozzo answered as he dialed the number to autopsy.
"Anything I can do?"Veronica asked.
"Yeah.If you like you can go with McGee,help him take the evidence to Abby's lab.I'm sure she would be pleased to meet you."
"Okay.On it boss."Veronica looked at Gibbs and bit her lip.
Gibbs smiled."A quick study.I like that.Go on."
Veronica followed McGee to the elevator.DiNozzo watched her until the elevator doors closed.Gibbs smirked as he noticed DiNozzo watching Agent Esposito.If only he knew,he thought.He had a grin on his face as he headed out for their coffee.
Abby looked up as she heard the whoosh of the doors to her lab.She smiled and immediately headed to Tim to give him a bear hug.But then,stepped back since Tim was carrying a box in his hands,and she noticed a woman by his side.Who was she?And what was she doing with Tim?
Abby smiled,and tried not to let her jealousy show."Tim!You shouldn't have!A present-for me?Already?"She teased,to try to lighten the mood.
Tim grinned back."Something better.Evidence.From Anacostia park.And Agent Esposito has some bagged evidence for you.Abby.I'd like you to meet Probationary Agent Veronica Esposito,our new team mate.She'll be working with us on the Gen Tech case.Is Angela around?I'd like for her to meet Veronica too."
"No,sorry.She went home."
"No problem.There's always tomorrow.Gibbs said for you and Angela to head home anyway.You can go over the evidence tomorrow." Tim and Veronica set the evidence on her table.
Abby walked over to Veronica."Welcome to the team,and welcome to NCIS.I'm Abby Scuito,Forensic Scientist extraordinaire."She smiled and held out her arms and gave Veronica a welcome hug.
"Nice meeting you Abby.You have a very nice lab.I like it."
"Thanks!"Abby looked at Veronica,hoping she didn't look like she was rudely staring."Wait-Esposito-are you related to Javier Esposito?"
"Yep.I'm his sister."
"I thought the last name sounded familiar.Well,it's still nice meeting you,and that you'll be our team mate."
"Temporary.Director Borden said I'll be working with Gibbs team for this case.No guarantees I'll be assigned to the team once it's solved."
"One thing you need to know about Director Borden is he never ever does things without a reason.I have a feeling that when this case is solved and over,you will be our permanent team mate."
"Thanks for the vote of confidence,Abby."
"Well,come on,Agent Esposito,let's head back up.Don't want to keep the boss waiting too long."
"You'll get to go home soon too,right?"
"I'm sure Gibbs won't keep us here for too much longer.We need to go over a few things,then we'll be done for the night."
"Okay,I'll stay then.You'll need a ride home?"
What about Veronica.Will she need a ride? Abby asked telepathically.
I believe Gibbs or DiNozzo will take care of that.I'll talk to you more about that later,okay?
Okay,Tim.Abby was intrigued.There must me more going on if Tim didn't want to talk in front of the new team mate.
Tim and Veronica headed back to the squad room,each grabbing one more slice of pizza before heading to their desks.
Veronica took a sip of her coffee and sighed in bliss.That was sooo good.How did Gibbs know what coffee she liked?Hmm,she thought,maybe that was one of his special abilities.
Gibbs spoke up."DiNozzo.Has Ducky told you anything?"
"Yeah boss.He says time of death was between12 and one pm.He'll give us more information tomorrow when he performs the autopsy."
"Okay,good job everyone.Why don't we all head home now,and we can continue our work in the morning.I'm sure we can all use some rest,so,be here tomorrow 8am."
"Thanks boss,"DiNozzo said,grinning."Works for me."
"McGee.Do you have a ride home?"
"Yeah.Abby said she'd wait for me."How did Gibbs do that?
"That's good.I'll see you in the morning.DiNozzo!Esposito!With me.C'mon,"he said,motioning for them to follow him to the parking garage.He waved to McGee and Abby as they drove off towards Tim's place.
DiNozzo held the door open for Veronica as she got in the front seat.He closed the door and got in the back seat,sitting behind her.Gibbs asked for directions to her place,as he drove off the Navy Yard.As he pulled up to her place,he said his goodnights as DiNozzo got out,again holding the door open for her as she exited the vehicle,thanking Gibbs for the ride and saying her goodnights.
DiNozzo followed,walking her to her door.She opened it,and turned on her lights to the living room.She then turned back to DiNozzo.
"Everything looks okay.Thank you,Agent DiNozzo.You didn't have to walk me to my door."
"It's the least I could do.Wanted to make sure you got home safe."
"Thanks again.I appreciate it,I really do.Goodnight then,and take care.I'll see you in the morning,8am sharp."
"You're welcome.Get some rest,and sweet dreams.See ya tomorrow."
"Okay,Tim,I can't stand it anymore.You have got to tell me!"Abby exclaimed when they got inside the beach house.
"Tell you what,Abby?"Tim asked.He smiled.He enjoyed teasing Abby,especially when she reacted like this.
Abby playfully slugged his arm."C'mon,it's not fair to keep me in suspense!"
"Okay.DiNozzo tonight was awfully attentive when it came to Agent Esposito.It started when we came back from Anacostia Park.We were in the squadroom,and Fornell and Esposito headed upstairs to the Director's office.He asked me who the "hot chick" was with Fornell.Of course I knew,but I had to play it like I was too into my work to notice."
"That must've drove him crazy."
"He was itching to find out what the Director wanted to talk to them for,and then we got the telepathic message from Gibbs for us to come up.The first thing outa Tony's mouth when we entered the Director's office was "Quien es la Rosita bonita?He got headslapped,and Agent Esposito was trying to hide her laughter behind her hand.He even told her she was like Dana Scully."
"Oh boy.I can see the Gibbs glare now.I bet he wanted to do more than headslap Tony.I wish I was there to see that."
"Well,I have a hunch,maybe I'm wrong,but I think that Agent Veronica Esposito might be Tony's lifemate.She was also taking notice of him as well,and liking what she saw from what I could see from her expressions."
"Oh my god,O-M-G that would be awesome!I hope it's true,because-"Abby sighed,and took Tim's hand."Well,at first,when I saw you entering the lab,I was thrilled to see you-but then I got jealous when I saw Agent Esposito with you."
"You were?Really?"Tim asked,with a smile.
"Tim McGee!do not say I inadvertantly turned you on by saying that!"Abby exclaimed,hands on hips,eyes shooting sparks.
Tim laughed.He couldn't help it,it was fun baiting Abby every once in a while."If it makes you feel any better,Gibbs told her to help me bring the evidence to you.He thought you would like to meet the new team mate."
Abby tried to keep a straight face as she shook her finger near Tim's face and said-"Cahoots!You and Gibbs!"She couldn't.She laughed.Gibbs has a wicked sense of humor,I see!"
Tim grinned."Maybe Gibbs wanted to see how DiNozzo would react,what he would do.Tony wanted to tag along,I could tell,but I think the only reason why he didn't was because he didn't want to get another Gibbs slap."
"Hmm,like a test.Okay,I can see that.That is a possibility.A question,Tim.Am I passing mine?"
"What do you mean?"
Abby rolled her eyes."C'mon,Tim,don't play dumb with me!Although I wouldn't mind playing with you-You know what I mean!I'm not going to change my mind,you know.You're stuck with me.Like super glue."She then wrapped her arms around his neck and gave him a thorough kiss on the lips.
"That should give you a clue as to how serious I am about us.And you're lucky it's late as it is-I'm going to shower and then sleep-because-she whispered in his ear-"if it wasn't late as it is I would give you such an awesome seduction you wouldn't be able to resist!"
Abby saw Tim's expression,and immediately blocked her thoughts."Oh,no you don't mister!"She smiled."I'm keeping that little secret to myself.It's for me to know and you to find out."She smirked.
Just as Abby was heading to her room,Tim's hands snaked around her waist,and he spun her around to face him.Then proceeded to give her the most thorough toe curling french kiss she'd ever received.As he kissed her,he gently backed her to the wall, holding her hands above her head while molding his body to hers.She wriggled and a huge groan escaped her lips.
She had forgotten just how talented Tim was with his tongue.She imagined him using it in other ways,and groaned again.Then she gasped.You should have blocked those thoughts!she chided herself.
Tim slowly parted from kissing her and whispered in her ear-"does my kissing and my talented tongue get you hot and wet? Eager for my touch?"Abby gasped."Hmmm,I believe it does.You see,Abby,two can play that game."He gave her one last thorough kiss,then let her go to head to his room for a shower and bed as well,a smirk on his lips.
It took a few minutes for Abby to head to her room.She was leaning against the wall,hands against her chest,eyes wide,trying to catch her breath.The way he said that to her-drat the man for being dead on right!
She woke up in a dark and scary room,in excruciating pain.She was curled into a ball on the floor,and on top of that her back, legs,and face felt like they were on fire.She was also wet.What she had feared the most had happened.She had been captured by those Gen Tech loons.She was lying in a small puddle of water.She tried sitting up to see if she could find a dry spot.She screamed,suffering from more pain.She remembered the beatings.Her back raw from the whippings.Her legs and thighs as well.All because she wouldn't obey their demands.She couldn't.They were asking the impossible.He was right.These guys were douchebags besides being beyond whacko.
How many days since her capture?All she knew was she needed to get the hell out of here.She needed him.He once told her he would move heaven and earth to rescue her,so why wasn't that happening? Did they have him too? Exactly how long had she been here?Days?Hours?Weeks?She simply didn't know.
A metal door opened with a loud clang,startling her.She shook with fright.Uh oh.The torturer was back.She swallowed hard.And awaited whatever hell he had planned for her.Who was that with him.Oh No!!Not-him!NOOOOO!Not that!!
Tim woke up immediately,quickly running to Abby's room when he heard Abby screaming his name.
He sat on the bed,his arms firmly wrapped around her,stroking her hair as her head rested on his shoulder.
"Abby.ABBY!!Shhhh,it's okay.You just had a nightmare.You're safe.Shhhhhhhhh........"
Abby was shaking like a leaf,tears flowing down her cheeks.She started calming down the minute she felt Tim's arms around her and hearing his soothing voice.She was so relieved it was only a nightmare,and not real this time.She smiled through her tears listening to Tim giving her comfort.She took deep,calming breaths before speaking.
"It-s-seemed-so r-real,Tim!I thought-I thought-I was captured,and g-getting tortured at Gen Tech.I'm scared,Tim.Really scared.What if they succeed?"
"Abby,look at me."Tim very gently lifted her chin up with his finger to look into her eyes."I will do all I can to make sure that doesn't happen.If the inevitable happens,you can be assured that I will move heaven and earth to get you out of there and safe again.I can promise you this for a certainty,that as long as I'm alive I will not stop or give up.Ever.I can promise you that,Abby."
He framed her face with his hands and gently wiped her tears with his thumbs.And gently kissed her forehead.
Abby smiled through her tears,a shaky smile.Leave it to Tim to know what to say.
She wrapped her arms around his neck.
"Tim?You would do that-for me?"
"Of course Abby!And you know what?I know Gibbs feels the same way.Same with Tony.He or Tony would never give up on finding you either.Nor would your brothers."
Abby hugged Tim tighter to her.She loved this man so much!He was right.
"I believe you would do that.With all my heart.That's why I love you so very very much Tim.Please believe that.Stay with me? So I can go back to sleep?"
"Thank you Tim."She then pulled his head closer to her and gave him a kiss on the lips.She could tell Tim was pleased with her kiss as she was kissing him.
"What was that for?"
"Oh,for being so good for me.And for being you.I would like to do this every night."
"Don't worry,Tim,nothing major.I want us to kiss each other every night before bed.A goodnight kiss.And maybe tell each other I love you?You know-"Abby hesitated and swallowed hard"while we still have a chance to?You never know what each new day may bring-"
Tim hugged Abby and gave her a kiss of his own.A nice,toe curling french kiss he knew Abby liked."I'll always love you Abby," he whispered in her ear."Now,lay down,and get comfortable."
Abby complied,and smiled when she felt Tim positioning himself to spoon with her.
"Good night Tim.Thank you so much."
"Good night Abby.You're welcome.I hope you have pleasant dreams this time."Minutes after he spoke,he and Abby were both sound asleep.
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