Set after Blowback.
Gibbs finds Ducky brooding.
An established relationship story.
Written: March 2008. Word count: 300.
Jethro found Ducky staring out of the bedroom window into the darkness. "Hey, Duck," he said softly, slipping his arms around his lover and pulling him against his body. "What's up?" He bent his head a little and began to gently nuzzle Ducky's ear.
He felt rather than heard Ducky's sigh of contentment as he settled back against Jethro, tilting his head a little to give Jethro more access to his ear.
"Well?" Jethro asked, after a moment or two of silence.
"I'm afraid I let you down."
"Huh?" Jethro turned Ducky around, linked his arms behind him and frowned down at him. "Come again."
Ducky slipped his own arms around Jethro and gazed up at him. "I let slip my real name. I became almost enchanted by Le Grenouille; I respected him, Jethro. I even forgot to ask for the diamonds. I failed you. You never should have sent me undercover; I am far too old for such things."
Jethro shook his head. "Less of the old, Duck, you're not. As for the other, you didn't fail me or anyone. The whole thing was a set-up. It wasn't your fault. And Jenn lied; she never planned to snatch The Frog."
"Even so. I –"
"Even so, nothing. You did fine, Duck. You're a natural. Anyone would think you'd spent a lifetime going undercover."
"Come now, my dear. You are being terribly non-objective. I made several basic mistakes."
"Got out of them though. That's what matters."
"Yeah. Come on, Duck. Jenn lied. The CIA screwed us. Nothing'll be gained by going over what happened."
"I suppose not."
"I know not. Come on; let's go to bed."
Ducky smiled and his eyes twinkled. "Now that is one form of undercover work of which I shall never tire."
Jethro kissed him.
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