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Fic: Bone Weary (NCIS; Gibbs/DiNozzo)

Title: Bone Weary
Author: kaylashay
Rating: FR18
Disclaimer: I'm not Bellesario or CBS, so I don't claim to own them.
Genre: Slash
Pairings: Gibbs/DiNozzo
Warnings: none
Word Count: 1,170
Beta: All mistakes are mine and mine alone...
Written For: hinky_hippo's April 2013 Prompt (it ended up not being 100% warm and fuzzy, but hope you like none the less)
HC Bingo Square: Exhaustion

Summary: Four months undercover has taken its toll. But no matter how tired he is, sleep is hard to find.


Four months of living a life that was not his own had taken its toll. It had started when a Marine's daughter was found dead. She hadn't been raped, but there had been a cocktail of drugs in her system that was meant to keep her subdued. Ducky's autopsy revealed that she had experienced an allergic reaction to one of the drugs, resulting in her death.

As they dug into the case, they found reports of more missing children around the country that hadn't been connected due to jurisdictions not sharing information. But all the abductions had the same characteristics and all the children had parents that were either active duty or reserves across all branches of the military.

The only solid lead in the case was a gunnery sergeant that had been stationed near where each of the abductions had occurred. Typically, befriending a gunny would have fallen on Gibbs' shoulders. However, their research showed that Chad Evers was more of a party man and it was decided that Tony would be the best fit to befriend him.

He'd gone in, expecting the assignment to last a few days at most. But once he had his in with Evers, Tony had learned that the missing kids were just the tip of the iceberg. The case had led them to a multi-national child trafficking ring. Kids from overseas were being imported into the country, while kids from the US were being shipped out. It had made Tony sick and even worse was the fact that he had to play along with Evers to get enough to make take the ring down.

On the outside, NCIS was no longer the only agency involved. A task force had been established that was comprised of agents from all the alphabet soup. And it was all on Tony to get the information needed and not jeopardize the only shot they had to put an end to the ring.

The night it went down, Tony was running on pure adrenaline. There had been a shipment of fifteen kids set to go out and there was no way in hell he was losing a single one of them. He'd sent the signal out before Evers had picked him up to oversee the transfer. It had been the longest hour in his life, watching the crates with the kids locked inside be loaded onto a ship.

Then the raid had come and in order to keep his cover intact in case it was needed to further the investigation, Tony was arrested right alongside the bad guys. Being processed like he was a criminal by agents that didn't know his cover had been rough.

They'd cuffed him too tight and one agent had 'accidently' kneed him in the groin after telling him not to resist. Being booked was equally disturbing as all the men taken in had been strip-searched. Apparently booking officers liked to ensure that child molesters were given a dose of what they did to the kids. Feeling some strangers gloved finger poking around his ass left Tony feeling near his breaking point.

Once he was placed in an interrogation room with his hands still behind his back, Tony began to panic. So far, no one had given any indication that they even knew who he was. He'd received snippets about the task force from his brief contact, but he hadn't realized how large it would actually be. It appeared that in the shuffle, someone had forgotten to vet the man on the inside.

When the door finally opened, Tony tensed, unsure what was about to happen next.

"Damn it, DiNozzo," the voice sent his panic away, leaving in place a bone deep weariness that he wasn't sure he could shake.

"Hey, Boss," he said softly, there was no humor left in him.

Gibbs undid the cuffs and Tony winced as the blood in his arms started to flow properly again. He watched in silence as Gibbs took his hand and started to rub the marks the cuffs had left behind.

"I've been chewing out as many asses as I could find. They were just supposed to cuff you and put you in a car. None of this was supposed to happen."

"It's okay, Boss. Just want to go home."

Gibbs looked like he wanted to argue about the 'okay' thing, but instead he just nodded and helped Tony to his feet. Tony tried to pull away from him, but Gibbs put an arm around him and walked him out the door.

Tony remained spaced out as Gibbs drove them away from the police station he'd been held at. The events of the last few months were playing on a loop in his head and he wanted nothing more than to close his eyes and make it all go away. Despite the exhaustion that was overwhelming him, Tony was afraid he'd never be able to sleep again.

He blinked when the door opened beside him. Gibbs had stopped the car and was helping him out. Tony saw the hotel and sighed. Home was too far away, even with Gibbs driving, so this would have to do.

He stayed silent as Gibbs booked a room and prodded him into the elevator. He only spoke up when they got to the room and Tony noticed the sleeping arrangements.

"One bed, Boss?" Tony asked. "Don't think I'll be good company for sleeping with anytime soon. Don't think I'll sleep at all," he admitted, to tired to censor himself.

"You'll sleep," Gibbs said with a confidence that Tony couldn't match.

He let Gibbs lead him to the bathroom and didn't protest and Gibbs stripped him and then himself. Tony sighed as Gibbs prodded him under the spray of the hot water. Tony felt like he should be doing something, anything, but Gibbs took control. Tony was held in Gibbs' arms for support as the man rubbed soap all over his body. Gibbs even shampooed and rinsed his hair. Just feeling Gibbs' hands on him had gone a long way in easing some of the tension he still felt.

When Gibbs had trailed soap over Tony's ass, he had tensed momentarily. The memory of that gloved finger was still too close.

"I'm going to get them all fired," Gibbs whispered hotly into his ear. Tony was too tired to argue with him.

Once the shower was over, Gibbs continued his control by toweling Tony off. Then he had Tony lay face down on the bed. Tony wasn't sure what to expect, but Gibbs' hand with oil working into his back was the furthest thing from his mind.

He let out a sigh as Gibbs' sturdy hands pressed him into the soft mattress. Feeling Gibbs work out every knot the last four months had caused led to an inner peace that Tony was afraid he'd never find again.

"Think I'll go to sleep now, Boss," he slurred out just before he fell into his first restful sleep since the whole mess began.

Comments

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rose_malmaison
Jul. 3rd, 2013 04:01 am (UTC)
Very well told. You managed to give us a full-bodied picture in just the right amount of words. It has a sad feeling throughout, weary and almost dark.
kaylashay
Jul. 6th, 2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Also thanks for the error catch. I just wrote/post this one and didn't give it a glance over. The worst mistake was Gibbs putting soup on Tony in the shower instead of soap. Fixed that one right after I posted. :)
yanagi_wa
Jul. 3rd, 2013 04:07 am (UTC)
Excellent.
kaylashay
Jul. 6th, 2013 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
always_kayla047
Jul. 3rd, 2013 05:15 am (UTC)
I love seeing the quiet side of Tony every now & then. When paired with Gibbs' soft side it just makes me all weepy.

Really great job.
kaylashay
Jul. 6th, 2013 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I like seeing those sides once in a while too. :)
ahavia
Jul. 3rd, 2013 05:47 am (UTC)
Loving comfort is just what Tony and Gibbs needs.
kaylashay
Jul. 6th, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
Yup... Gibbs will take care of him :)
samanddeanfan1
Jul. 3rd, 2013 12:34 pm (UTC)
Poor Tony, imagine him without his joking side, it must have been a hard day... At least it was a calm night!
kaylashay
Jul. 6th, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah... he needed that calm night. :)
josgotglock
Jul. 3rd, 2013 12:50 pm (UTC)
Great story! Sad and upsetting regarding the case, but excellent visual of how weary he was at the end. Loved! :)
kaylashay
Jul. 6th, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
ferneberga
Jul. 3rd, 2013 01:28 pm (UTC)
bittersweet and very poignant
kaylashay
Jul. 6th, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
avamclean
Jul. 3rd, 2013 03:28 pm (UTC)
Sad, but still very sweet which is the point in hurt/comfort I think so well done!

I feel for Tony, but I also completely understand a cops willingness to put a little extra hurt on those that hurt children.
kaylashay
Jul. 6th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
I was going for that h/c after all. So score! I'm understanding to point on the cops as well. Just a shame they weren't briefed on Tony.
avamclean
Jul. 6th, 2013 08:34 pm (UTC)
Sometimes the arresting officers aren't aware that they're arresting an undercover so that could have been where the mix-up happened. The higher ups didn't intervene in time to save him or he was processed at the wrong station... still. Poor Tony.
sexycazzy
Jul. 3rd, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
wow...heart-wrenching....but glad that Tony had Gibbs to support him in the end!
kaylashay
Jul. 6th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
singer_s_lament
Jul. 3rd, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC)
Excellent story, but it leaves me feeling some sadness and despair.
kaylashay
Jul. 6th, 2013 07:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I think the hurt did come out a little stronger on it. :)
rebak1tten
Jul. 3rd, 2013 08:55 pm (UTC)
Nice story and glad Gibbs is comforting and understanding. As the other person said, can see the arresting officers being a bit rough, but sorry it happened to Tony. thanks for posting.
kaylashay
Jul. 6th, 2013 07:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
hawk_soaring
Jul. 3rd, 2013 09:40 pm (UTC)
Aw -- poor Tony. Glad Gibbs could take care of him. Wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of his wrath when he gets a hold of those officers...
kaylashay
Jul. 6th, 2013 07:58 pm (UTC)
Gibbs will definitely take care of things. :)
taylorgibbs
Jul. 4th, 2013 03:01 pm (UTC)
tense and then so sweet. Loved it!
kaylashay
Jul. 6th, 2013 07:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
cackymn_lj
Jul. 6th, 2013 10:11 am (UTC)
Very nice. I agree with all. A quiet Tony is an exhausted, defeated Tony and a caring, take-charge Gibbs who knows exactly what to do and how to do it is, well... Lovely, somber, wordless, kind. All within a sustained dark mood. Great job.
kaylashay
Jul. 6th, 2013 07:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yay that my h/c came through since it was suppose to. :)
sinfulslasher
Jul. 6th, 2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
Loved it! Angst and h/c and exhausted!defeated!Tony combined with caring!papabear!Gibbs...YUM! *smishes them both*
kaylashay
Jul. 6th, 2013 07:59 pm (UTC)
Tony really was defeated in this one... *hugs him* Gibbs will make him all better.
laura_trekkie
Jul. 6th, 2013 10:25 pm (UTC)
Awww, Tony really needed a massage from Gibbs hug after that undercover op. ;)

Laura
kaylashay
Jul. 10th, 2013 01:02 am (UTC)
Gibbs will definitely take care of his boy. :)
firesign10
Jul. 8th, 2013 03:20 am (UTC)
Lovely. Sad and painful, but you told it lovely.
kaylashay
Jul. 10th, 2013 01:02 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)
hawks_angel
Jul. 15th, 2013 08:14 pm (UTC)
Loveley!I love it when Gibbs' tender side comes out and he takes care of Tony. A sad but beautifully written story.
kaylashay
Jul. 16th, 2013 02:45 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)
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