Ashleigh Anpilova


Set after Obsession.

DiNozzo needs someone who understands.

A pre-het story.

Written: May 2010. Word count: 300.



He knocks back the drink Gibbs gives him, mutters his thanks and leaves.


He shouldn't have gone to Gibbs. He needs to be with someone who understands. Someone who knows what it's like to feel the way he does. Someone who won't laugh at him or censor him. Someone who's been there.



He knocks on her door and waits for her to answer. He knows she's at home, because her car's outside. He just hopes she's alone. He knocks again and for good measure rings the bell


After another minute or two she opens the door. She's dressed in jeans, a light brown sweater, her feet are bare, and her wet dark brown hair tumbles over her shoulders.


"Tony?" her voice asks the question, but the look in the dark brown gaze tells her she knows why he's there. "Come in." She stands back and lets him go past her.


He looks at her and tries to smile. "So women do stay in and wash their hair?" he quips, but his heart isn't in it.


She doesn't answer him. Nor does she ask any of the obvious questions. Instead she just takes his hand and leads him to the couch, sits and tugs him down next to her. Then she puts her arm around his shoulders; he puts his head on her shoulder and she rests her head on his.


They sit there in silence. She's still holding his hand; it feels right. He feels right. He feels at peace. He feels at home. Being alone with her, being this close to her feels right. One day it will be right.


Finally he lifts his head. "Tell me it gets easier." His voice is hoarse from not crying.


"It gets easier." She kisses his cheek. He lets the tears fall.



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