Ashleigh Anpilova


A sequel to Yearnings Not Taken.

Set after Hiatus.

Tim knows how upset Abby will be by Gibbs leaving. This time he intends to do something about

An established relationship story.

Written: March 2008. Word count: 200.



Gibbs's departure had shocked and upset Tim.


Thus he knew how unhappy Abby would be.


He hadn't said anything after Kate's death. Hadn't tried to make things right. Hadn't been there for her.


This time he would be. If only as a friend.


He went to her apartment.


She didn't answer.


He didn't let that stop him. He'd learned a lot from Gibbs.


He found her on the couch, curled up like a child.


She wasn't crying.


He sat down, put his arm around her and pulled her against him.


"Come here, Abby," he murmured, gently stroking her hair.


She buried her face in his shoulder; he felt her begin to shake.


He held her; let her lean on him; let her take strength from him.


"He left me, Tim," she said eventually. "Why does everyone I love leave me?"


He didn't have an answer.


She pushed herself away and looked at him. "You'll never leave me will you? Promise me you won't."


Irrational as her plea was, Tim knew what he had to say. "I promise, Abby," he said, lightly kissing her forehead. Silently he added, At least not by choice.


Moments later she was asleep in his arms.



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