Ashleigh Anpilova


Gibbs realizes his rules aren't black and white.

An established relationship story.

Written: April 2010. Word count: 300.



Always vowed I'd never break Rule Twelve again, not after Jenn. It was a mistake; I was her boss; I abused my position. It was wrong. And I wasn't going to do it again.


My rules are black and white. Least I thought they were.


Rule Twelve: Never date a co-worker. That was easy. My life at work and outside didn't overlap. The team was work; other things were outside of work.


Well, except for Ducky. He overlapped. But Duck was different. Duck was my friend. Duck'd been part of my life for forever. We went out to dinner; spent time together.


Then I realized just how 'different' Ducky was. Don't remember how we got talking about Paris and the theater, but I do remember asking Duck if he was asking me on a date. He didn't get to answer because Abbs called. Besides, I wasn't serious.


Except later that night, when I'd had dinner, I though about my comment and what Duck might have said if Abbs hadn't called. And I realized I'd have wanted him to say yes, he had been asking me on a date.


Of course, once I realized that, I knew what I had to do. To hell with Rule Twelve! I decided not to wait for Duck to ask me out, instead I drove to Reston House and asked him. Have to confess, something else came before the date, but as I said, Duck's been part of my life for forever.


That was a year ago; today we're getting married. Just us, Fornell, who's taking Duck's place as my best man, and the family. Because as Duck said, they're not just my team; they're my family. My kids; five grown-up - well in physical years - kids.


Not so black and white after all, is it? 



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