Ashleigh Anpilova


In his grief Jethro makes a comment he will live to regret.

An established relationship story.

Written: December 2008. Word count: 100.






"They're dead."


"Yes, I know, Jethro."


"They're dead."



"They're dead and you're alive. Why couldn't it have been - Oh, my God, Ducky, I'm -"


"It doesn't matter, Jethro. Sleep now. You'll feel better in the morning."


Jethro felt the prick of a needle in his arm. And then . . . Nothing.


The next morning when he awoke and went downstairs things weren't better.


They were worse.


Much, much worse.


There it stood cold, stark, simple, devastating.


A few lines in Ducky's handwriting.


It ended:


I will always love you.




No, things weren't better.


Things didn't begin to get remotely better until 1996.



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