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Fic: Five Times He Cared (NCIS)

Title: Five Times He Cared
Author: kaylashay
Rating: FR13
Disclaimer: I'm not Bellesario or CBS, so I don't claim to own them.
Fandoms: NCIS
Characters: Tony DiNozzo & Timothy McGee
Spoilers: Mentions of Season 5 Episode "Family"
Written For: I started this for the NFA Five Things Game, but was beat posting it, so I'll just post it separately.
Prompt: Five times Tony shows that he cares about Tim.

Crossposted: ncisfanfic; ncis_haven

Summary: When Tim first met Special Agent DiNozzo he didn't think much of him and his behavior, but four years later, he knows different.


Tim had not understood since he first met Anthony DiNozzo in Norfolk how the man could be an NCIS special agent, especially the lead special agent for a man with a record like Leroy Jethro Gibbs. From all Tim could see, DiNozzo was just an ex-jock who was lucky in life.

One week after Tim started working full time for Gibbs' team, he was thoroughly puzzled. Gibbs didn't put up with people who couldn't do the job and DiNozzo had been there for over two years.

It was during a case in his second week, that Tim first saw a sign other than the harsh teasing DiNozzo always did with him. They were at a murder scene where the victim had been cut up. The sight was gruesome, the smells were overwhelming and Tim was on the verge of being sick.

Gibbs was barking orders, but Tim couldn't get his feet working; his eyes were frozen on the sight of the victim's dissected torso.

Tim jumped when a hand clamped down strongly on his shoulder. He heard DiNozzo's voice as barely a whisper in his ear.

"Breath through your mouth Tim and try not to look at the body much. If you need to, step outside and don't worry about Gibbs, I'll cover for you."

DiNozzo squeezed his shoulder and then moved on to start his sketches. Tim stood more in shock from DiNozzo using his first name than the body. 'Maybe,' Tim thought, 'Tony's not as bad as I thought.' Then he finally moved on to do his job.

When Kate died just under a year later, Tim had built up a lot more respect for Tony. He knew he was a capable agent and under all the jokes and teasing, he cared for those around him. It hit Tim full force as they walked out of the autopsy lab together, Tony's arm slung over his shoulder with a reassuring firmness.

That night, Tony made sure Tim ate and got a few hours of sleep on Abby's futon. Tim tried to return the favor, seeing the darkness under Tony's eyes and hearing the harsh breathing from his plague recovering lungs. But Tony just shrugged it off and said he would rest when they found the bastard.

Tim was in a bad place the night he shot the cop. It was the first time he had shot another person, the first time he had killed another person and it was a cop who was probably doing his job. When the knock came to his door and Tony demanded entrance. He was half tempted to not let him in, but something inside said he needed Tony that night; needed him to keep from going crazy.

After Tim had shot down the idea of going clubbing, Tony settled for old movies, pizza and beer. He told Tim stories of some of his first times on various forces; first arrests, first shooting, first kill. At 3am, after Tony had passed out on the couch and Tim had moved to his room, Tim smiled for the first time since the gun had fired.

During the months that Gibbs was gone, Tim's respect for Tony had reached an all time high. At first, Tim was worried about working with Tony for a boss, but as the weeks passed, he saw how much Tony didn't let them see what he did when he was just a senior agent and not the lead.

The best part was when Tony showed him the ropes of working the inner office requests and general paper work in their favor. Tim had never realized that Tony did all that paper work and then some, but he should have known. He smiled thinking about how Tony said taking the supply request straight to Jill (and not Terry) along with a piece of candy or a cup of coffee would get their request processed before the other teams. 'Maybe I should get Tony a cup of coffee for the morning,' Tim thought to himself at one in the morning as he shut of his computer; the last of the paperwork completed. 'Show my appreciation for all the things he did that I didn't know about.'

After the fiasco with the frog and Jeanne leaving Tony, Tim was worried about the man; worried that Tony might leave. As Tim pressed the button to light the fire for Tony to sit beside in that computerized house, he couldn't help but wonder what life would be like without Tony DiNozzo in it. Tim surprisingly found that he didn't want to know.

As the burning paper Tony had tossed in the fire turned to ash and he walked back towards Tim, Ziva and Gibbs, Tim saw the expression in Tony's eyes and knew. Tim knew in that moment that Tony cared more for them than he had for the long shot of fixing his doomed relationship. Tim smiled as Tony shook off the excess water and placed his hand on Tony's shoulder to give a short squeeze. He conveyed silently to Tony that he cared too.

Comments

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barbossas_wench
Nov. 23rd, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
Awwwww.....THat was sweet, I loved it!
kaylashay
Nov. 24th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
Thanks! :-)
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kaylashay
Nov. 24th, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
Thanks!

:-)
azraelz_angel
Nov. 24th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC)
Awww this was just wonderfully done. I'm glad to see a piece from McGee's point of view.

Tim's gradual understanding of Tony was nicely paced, very realistic, and warm and fuzzy.

Great job!! :)
kaylashay
Nov. 24th, 2007 05:04 am (UTC)
*basks in the glow of review love*

Glad you liked. I'm spreading my NCIS character repertoire.

:-)
misshigherpower
Nov. 24th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC)
That was really sweet. Tony's a big softie underneath it all.
kaylashay
Nov. 24th, 2007 05:21 am (UTC)
That he is. He just hides it where no one else can see it.

:-)

Thanks for reviewing!
qa
Nov. 24th, 2007 05:48 am (UTC)
Very nice. Liked both the McGee perspective and how well you handled Tony.
kaylashay
Nov. 24th, 2007 06:01 am (UTC)
Thanks! This was my first fic from McGee's pov and there's definitely more to Tony than the front he always shows.

:-)

Thanks for reviewing!
nakeisha
Nov. 24th, 2007 09:44 am (UTC)
Very nice indeed.
kaylashay
Nov. 24th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you liked!
haltlos
Nov. 24th, 2007 12:11 pm (UTC)
Really lovely. Reading it was fun. :)
kaylashay
Nov. 24th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reviewing and glad you like it!

:-)
jalabert
Nov. 24th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
My first impression is that this was sweet. But it's really much more: insightful, poignant, touching. Beautiful little fic!
kaylashay
Nov. 24th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the feedback!

What is your icon from? I don't recall that look for him in NCIS. Was it a Dark Angel shot?
jalabert
Nov. 25th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
Good eye!

I asked a friend for Michael Weatherly icons and she snuck in a Logan. That is from Dark Angel. ;)
sequitur_fic
Nov. 25th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
I have a soft spot a mile wide for fics about Tony and McGee, and this was so, so perfect! I particularly loved the bit about Tim realizing how much behind the scenes paperwork and networking Tony had always done for the team, but all of it was amazing.
kaylashay
Nov. 26th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)
Tony and McGee have an interesting relationship that has grown over the course of the seasons and I love it. McGee still gets flustered/annoyed on occasion, but he is so much more comfortable with Tony now than he was in the beginning. I think the first time I saw the comfortableness (is that a word) was when they were talking about watching the sunrise and McGee did the brokeback joke with "he had me at howdy".

I would like to think that Tony knows a lot about paper work and networking considering his time there and all his time as a cop. I mean what else does he do at the office in the middle of the night as we saw in SWAK. And every once in a while we get that, 'called a buddy from Baltimore' bit. McGee wouldn't have those connections.

I'm kinda liking the five things bit between this one and the Five Things Tony Left Behind one... do you have any prompts for me to give a try at?
strangevisitor7
Nov. 26th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
This was very sweet. Great characterization of Tony from Tim's POV. I love the relationship these two have and you captured it very well.

Have you thought about participating in the challenges at ncis_flashfic? I know how much you enjoy a good prompt.
kaylashay
Nov. 26th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
I'll probably try out some for this open round. I saw a 'five things' one on the list. :-)

Got any prompts for me?
strangevisitor7
Nov. 26th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
Prompts I got.
How about going in the other direction. Tony is suprised by McGee's friendship.

Also have you thought about writing and Tony/Ziva. It is obvious to me in the show that Ziva likes Tony but what about when Tony finally relizes he cares for Ziva that way.
kaylashay
Nov. 26th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
I think I can do the first one...

Five Surprising Moments...

The second one... hmmm... I'm more for Tony and Ziva being friends/partners than in a relationship. However, I am 3 ways into Five Ways Ziva Almost Killed Tony.
strangevisitor7
Nov. 26th, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
I love the idea of Tony and Ziva dancing around each other - maybe together wouldn't work so well.

Looking forward to how Ziva almost killed Tony ...was one with a car. *hee*
kaylashay
Nov. 27th, 2007 05:53 am (UTC)
I kept trying to put a car in there and it just wasn't working out. But hopefully the five ways I did think up play out nicely:

http://community.livejournal.com/ncis_flashfic/127839.html
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