The second part of the Aftermath Series.
Ducky questions Gibbs.
An established relationship story.
Written: May 2008. Word count: 200.
"Are you quite certain, Jethro?"
Gibbs frowns as he looks down at Ducky. "Don't you think, McGee's up to it, Duck?"
Ducky shakes his head. "No, that is not what I meant. Timothy will, given time to adjust, make an excellent senior agent. Of course he will be different from Anthony, and both of you will have to adjust, but –"
"I am sorry, my dear. I merely meant are you quite certain Anthony will not be returning?"
"No, Duck. He won't. Made that more than clear; you heard him. He was too pissed with what I'd done, condoned, with the whole set up."
For a moment Ducky is quiet. Then he takes a step closer to Gibbs, puts his hand on his arm and gazes at him. "You came back," he says gently.
Despite the fact they are in the middle of the squad room, Gibbs puts his hand over Ducky's hand; it doesn't matter who knows; it never has. "I had something worth coming back for, Duck. DiNozzo hasn't."
Together they both turn and look towards Ziva. She has her head down; her hair shrouds her face.
"No," says Ducky, a little sadly. "I don't suppose he has."
LINKS TO ALL THE STORIES IN THE AFTERMATH SERIES
It Was Over
In His Bones
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