SOME HURTS MAY NEVER HEAL
The first part of the Reconciliation Series.
Set after Escaped and Singled Out.
Gibbs wants to know why Ducky is so angry with him.
An established relationship story.
Written: October 2006. Word count: 300.
"Ducky." Gibbs caught the arm of the man who was about to walk past him.
For a moment he just stood there, unmoving, unspeaking, completely uncommunicative.
Then he turned around, tipped back his head, and looked up at Gibbs. "Jethro." His tone was flat, distant. It chilled Gibbs.
Keeping his grip on Ducky's arm, afraid that if he did let go, then his oldest, dearest friend and lover would just walk away, Gibbs asked his question. "Why are you so angry with me? What have I done to piss you off so much?"
The pale blue, or rather steely grey, eyes regarded him carefully. He watched as a myriad of emotions flashed through them. He saw anger, irritation, hurt, pain, regret, fleeting affection - at least he thought he did, he admitted that might have been more wishful thinking than anything else - sorrow, and finally resignation and icy determination.
"The fact that you have to ask, Jethro, is more than a little indicative of the whole problem. Good evening." And with those cryptic words, Ducky pulled away from Gibbs's grasp and limped off down the corridor.
"Du-" But Gibbs stopped himself.
What was the point?
What did he say?
What could he say?
He knew one thing though: asking for an explanation of the bewildering comment would only make Ducky angrier than he already was.
He stood watching his past and his present walk away from him.
And suddenly another thing hit him, so hard he physically felt it. If he didn't do something, and soon, it would also be his future that had just left.
He had to put things right.
But before he could do so, if indeed he was able to do so, he had to work out just what the hell it was he'd done.
LINKS TO ALL THE STORIES IN THE RECONCILIATION SERIES
Some Hurts May Never Heal
The Truth Can Heal
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