Ashleigh Anpilova


Ducky talks about chemistry and in particular Jethro's relationship with Hollis Mann.

An established relationship story.

Written: September 2008. Word count: 300.



Chemistry is a strange thing and I am not talking about the scientific subject. Although that in itself can be strange. I remember - Ah, I digress.


No; I am talking about the chemistry between people. Between men and women or men and men or women and women.


What is it that makes Person 'A' attracted to Person 'B' and not to Person 'C' whereas Person 'D' finds Person 'C' very attractive but is repulsed by Person 'B'?


I do not know. And I have spent my life studying my fellow man.


But I do know one thing: patterns tend to be followed.


That is why I was so perplexed and troubled by Jethro's relationship with Lieutenant Colonel Hollis Mann. She broke the pattern.


She was not a redhead; she was not dashingly attractive; she was not his type. And there was no chemistry between them.


Jethro has chemistry with virtually everyone and everything: men, women, inanimate objects - he flirts with them all; mostly, I hasten to add, without meaning to. However, with the Lieutenant Colonel there was nothing.


He has changed over the decades I have known him. Naturally he would have; we all do. But he has changed more than most, and that change mostly came after everyone learnt about Shannon and Kelly.


It is for this reason and this reason only that I can think he is dating the Lieutenant Colonel. It will not last; it cannot last. His relationships with women never do. I just hope he is able to walk away before I have to stand by his side for a fifth time and then months later physically patch him up.


One day I know he will realize the chemistry that he and I have is not only the long-lasting kind, but also the exclusive kind.



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