YOU CAN ALWAYS MAKE ME SMILE
A companion piece to Beloved.
If there's one thing Ducky can do above all others, it's make Jethro smile.
An established relationship story.
Written: July 2009. Word count: 300.
You don't need me or anyone else to make you special; you already are.
Of course I know how much Duck loves me; he tells me every day, and I don't mean just in words. I only hope he knows I love him just as much, if not more. He'd probably say that wasn't possible, but it is.
Duck's the best thing that has ever happened to me, well, since my girls were taken from me. Duck knows me, inside and out. He loves me for what I am and doesn't want to change me. And above all, Duck can always make me smile.
No matter how wound up I am, no matter what DiNozzo's done to piss me off, I know that if I go and see Duck, he'll find a way to make me smile. If only because being with him calms me down. He's special like that. He can calm me, move me, make me focus, without doing anything other than being himself. Being there. Looking at me. Calling me 'my dear Jethro'.
Duck just knows. Sometimes reckon he knows me better than I know myself. Told you he was special.
You can't stay mad at Duck, if you even get mad at him in the first place. You just can't. There's something about him that takes the anger from you and turns it around. I don't know how he does it, because a lot of times he doesn't do anything, he's just Ducky. It's not that he says to me 'Jethro, do calm down' or 'smile, my dear'; he doesn't. He just goes on being Ducky. My Ducky. My special Ducky.
"Hey, Duck?" I help him to his feet, pull him into my arms and brush my lips over his.
"Have I told you how special you are?"
He flushes slightly and glances away from me.
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