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Title: Five Immortal Moments
Author: kaylashay
Rating: FR13
Disclaimer: I'm not Bellesario or CBS, so I don't claim to own them. Also don't own the Highlander immortality theme.
Genre: Gen (however, if you want to read more into it, you can)
Word Count: 5 x 100
Spoilers: 05x07 Requiem
Beta: azraelz_angel
Challenge: ncis_drabble; Current Challenge #120 Sweet; Past Challenges #100 Hundreds, #119 Beginnings,#107 Kiss, #96 Electricity

Crossposted: ncis_drabble; ncisfanfic; gibbs_dinozzo; gibbsbasement

Summary: Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.

Gibbs paused in his work when he felt the tingle in the base of his spine signaling the presence of another immortal. It had been years since any immortal had just walked into his home unannounced, but he had a good idea who was about to appear at the top of the stairs. A whistle of appreciation reached his ears just as the smile of the man he hadn’t seen for far too long came into view.

“Sweet, Boss! I came here expecting another boat and you’ve got a spaceship instead. How do you plan to get this one out?”




Tony was uncertain how he could bring up the subject in conversation with Gibbs. Ever since Gibbs’ first death, Tony had not been able to read the man as well as he use to. Tony was just over three hundred years old and he still didn’t have a decent way to inform a person that they were unable to have children or, in Gibbs’ case, the daughter he lost could not have been his.

After running a hand over his face, he pushed the door open and walked into Gibbs’ house and smiled at the gun barrel that greeted him.




“You can break a man’s neck for God’s sake, so what the hell is wrong with learning to use a sword? I guess it is true that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”

“Who you calling old, DiNozzo?” Gibbs questioned as his hand connected with the back on Tony’s head.

“I may be old, boss, but I still look good,” Tony smiled as he handed Gibbs his sword.

Gibbs grunted as he took position in order to begin the drill again. He intended to wipe that smile off DiNozzo’s face if it was the last thing he did.




‘Don’t make me kiss you, Boss.’ Tony rubbed his eyes as he thought back to that moment on the dock; the moment he knew that Gibbs was about to die and there wasn’t a thing he could do to stop it. He had known that Gibbs was a pre-immortal since that fateful meeting over a dead petty officer in Baltimore. When Gibbs offered him a job at NCIS, Tony couldn’t refuse; he wanted to be there for the other man when the time came. Taking a deep breath, he walked into the house and shuddered when he felt Gibbs’ presence.




Tony sank to the ground as the electricity coursing through his body finally subsided. The time immediately following a quickening was what he hated the most. The rush of the challenge, the thrill of the fight, the heart stopping moment when the opponent’s head was severed… those he could handle. When it was all over, he was left with a dead body, a severed head and the lingering question in his mind whether he could’ve avoided it.

Wincing at the fried cell he pulled from his pocket, he walked to the closest payphone. “Hey Duck. How’s my favorite Watcher tonight?”

Comments

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lil_jei
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
Those were great. I loved your immortal Tony being yoda to Gibbs...very good.
kaylashay
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
Thanks! Tony as Yoda... hee :-)
strangevisitor7
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
I really like the idea of Tony being the elder and Gibbs is his trainee. Of course Ducky is the Watcher! :)
kaylashay
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:19 am (UTC)
Of course Ducky had to be the Watcher... It's too perfect to pass up.

I think Ducky helps Tony get rid of the bodies... :-)

And Tony will have his hands full with Gibbs.
tygermama
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
I love that you made Tony older that Gibbs. I can't imagine that he was happy to learn that! :)

These were all great and I kinda felt that like the ficlets were each taking place earlier in time than the one before (which isn't hard considering that the first one mentions a spaceship)
kaylashay
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
You are right on the time progression. At first I was just going to do the one... and then ideas hit for the others so I just worked backwards...

And I couldn't pass up a chance to have Tony as the 'boss' so to speak.
tejas
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
Oh, nice! Man, I miss Highlander. And I *love* the idea of Tony mentoring Gibbs. :-)
kaylashay
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
I know... the more I think about Tony being 300 or so years older than Gibbs I get this happy smile. :-)
tejas
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
It really would explain so much. :-)
ghfan_98
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
Excellent appetizers. Now how about a nice long main course?
kaylashay
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
hee... I'm trying to kick my muse back into gear. I've got some more ideas about immortal!Tony and Gibbs, but I have to see if the muse likes them or not.

:-)

Glad the appetizers were good though!
jagfanlj
Jan. 21st, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)
** SQUEEEEEE **
The backwards progression threw me at first, but once I got into it I thought it was a neat twist. I'm thrilled this could be the beginning of a longer work or series.
*huggles*

Comments in drabble sequence:
1. Spaceship! LOL
2. @_@ Shannon cheated on Gibbs?!!? Or... oh, God. *whimper* Was she raped and never told him?
3. *snort* You're never to old to get Gibbs-smacked. *smirk*
4. Finally! A plausible explanation of why Gibbs wasn't sputtering and spewing when he came to on the dock. *high-five*
5. If Ducky's the Watcher, has he been (pre-)watching Gibbs all this time? Or was he Jenny's Watcher? ;) *hint, hint, nudge, nudge* (It WAS Tony who said Jenny was dead.)
kaylashay
Jan. 21st, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
Re: ** SQUEEEEEE **
I'm working my way back to the online world... :-)

I'm thinking of doing a longer thing with this. It's growing on me.

(1) I was watching Star Trek: tNG tonight (encounter at Farpoint) and had this idea of Gibbs in the future and Tony walking down the stairs commenting on his spaceship. I couldn't resist... :-)

(2) I'm actually thinking that Kelly was adopted and Gibbs knows so it won't be as much of a shock as Tony thinks it will... though the rape thing could lead to angst...

(3) Nope. :-)

(4) Tony wasn't trying to hard because secretly he wanted Gibbs to die before he got *too* old

(5) hmmm... Jenny as an immortal... maybe her vendetta against the Frog goes back much further than previously thought.
jagfanlj
Jan. 21st, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)
5. O_O oh, wow, THAT would explain a lot! And he wasn't beheaded, so...
kaylashay
Jan. 21st, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
Oooo.... when Jenny offered Tony his own team and they were talking and Tony was all "I'm worried about Jethro..."

Tony didn't want to leave Gibbs because he wanted to be there when Gibbs died...
jagfanlj
Jan. 21st, 2009 07:42 am (UTC)
*thud*

ferneberga
Jan. 21st, 2009 08:40 am (UTC)
That was cute. Thanks
kaylashay
Jan. 22nd, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
Thanks!
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kaylashay
Jan. 22nd, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)
There was no killing of Gibbs at the end... not to worry... I was doing snippets at different points in time working my way backwards. The first drabble was way in the future and the rest were different times working back from that. That quickening at the end was one Tony had before Gibbs began immortal, probably a year or two into his time at NCIS. :-)

Ducky has to be a Watcher... he couldn't be anything else. :-)

Glad you liked and I do have ideas for expanding this.
xanthestories
Jan. 21st, 2009 08:47 am (UTC)
I loved these! What a great idea for a crossover. Love the idea of Ducky being Tony's watcher and Tony teaching Gibbs how to fight with a sword. And the Requiem one - *shiver* - that could really have happened :-)
kaylashay
Jan. 22nd, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
Requiem definitely could have gone that way. :-)

I have ideas to expand on this now... I even came up with Tony's first life and death in my head last night when I couldn't sleep. And it will also explain why he is in law enforcement... :-)

To think it all came from watching Encounter at Farpoint (the first ST:tNG ep) yesterday and wondering what Tony would say about a future Gibbs building a spaceship in his basement.
xanthestories
Jan. 22nd, 2009 08:37 am (UTC)
I love the idea of doing a whole Highlander/NCIS crossover (although more NCIS with immortal mythology I think!). And yeah, the spaceship thing is beyond cute! I also rather like the tables being turned - Tony is hundreds of years old but Gibbs is a newbie *g*.
kaylashay
Jan. 22nd, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
Definitely more NCIS with immortal mythology. I don't really see the need in any of the bunnies I've got to bring in the Highlander characters. I think Tony can pull his own as an immortal.

I'm going to work on Tony's back story in one called Immortal Smile. It will tell about Tony's first death, why he works in law enforcement and why being behind bars in Frame Up really bothered him.

I couldn't resist making Tony older. It just seemed like a perfect fit. :-)
romankate
Jan. 21st, 2009 10:03 am (UTC)
Nice nice nice! :)
kaylashay
Jan. 22nd, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
thanks!
ksl2025
Jan. 21st, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
Oh I liked this.
just little snippets and yet so much story told. Very nice.
kaylashay
Jan. 22nd, 2009 01:57 am (UTC)
Sometimes doing 100 word snippets is harder than writing long things. It's a challenge to get the point across in 100 words exactly.

Glad you liked!
mistress_tien
Jan. 21st, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC)
I read these not expecting much. I don't know much about Highlander so I didn't think I'd "get" it.

I was *so* wrong. These are amazing drabbles! I feel the characters, understand just enough Highlander to not feel stupid, and the Gibbs/DiNozzo interaction is tasty.

Thanks so much for sharing. I hope there's more to come.
kaylashay
Jan. 22nd, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
Yay! Glad you read. I almost put an author's note that you just needed to know that immortals existed and they only die when you cut off the head, etc. but ended up getting sidetracked and not putting it.

I'm thinking of doing more in this little verse I made and even then I may never bring any of the Highlander characters in to play. Maybe Joe (Duncan's watcher) to have a conversation with Ducky once... but I may just keep in NCIS with immortals.

I love my Gibbs/DiNozzo.... :-)
ursula4x
Jan. 21st, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
My favorite was the second to the last
My favorite was the second to the last because it made so much sense, but all fit well into both universes. Who would know that in connecting to a new fandom that I would find so many Highlander links!
kaylashay
Jan. 22nd, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
Re: My favorite was the second to the last
Thanks!

Highlander was the first fandom I ever read fanfiction in... then I stemmed to BtVS Crossovers and it snowballed from there, but Highlander will always hold a special place in my heart (even if they did kill Richie).

Glad you liked!
sparklebutch
Jan. 27th, 2009 05:14 am (UTC)
Woah, interesting idea. That show I'll most definitely watch (in my world, "interesting" is a very strong word). It's a really good 'verse.
kaylashay
Apr. 26th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
Sorry I never commented on this... It was made when Ice Storm '09 hit and I was disconnected from the world for a bit.

Glad that you enjoyed this! I hope to have more written for this soon. I have an outline in place for a longer story. :-)
idontlikegravy
Apr. 26th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
I'm playing catch up today, I'm a bad LJ friend, but I loved this so much! I especially like the idea that Tony didn't save Gibbs that day, the scene seemed a bit hinky to me at the time. If I didn't already have two NCIS/Highlander 'verses (neither of which have Immie!Gibbs, sad to say) then I probably would have gone there too *grin*.

Just one thing - Do you mean Tony's had to kill Gibbs?! I'm sure that's not the case, but the whole thing is about them so it feels like that is what you're implying.
kaylashay
Apr. 26th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
You're the 2nd one to misinterpret that last drabble... I was working backwards in time with each drabble pre-dating the other. The last one was some random immortal Tony killed before Gibbs died the first time. No killing Gibbs. No Tony killing Gibbs. (I hated the end of season five of Highlander for a reason...)

:-)

Glad you liked this. I actually have a four part story outlined (just need to write) that starts with Tony getting ready to tell Gibbs what he is. It will deal with things like watchers, hunters and the fact that Kelly isn't Gibbs' natural daughter.

And I also have plotted out how Tony's first death happened. :-)
idontlikegravy
Apr. 26th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
aha, makes perfect sense now.

Yeah, poor Tony, Gibbs would definitely not take that too well, his beloved Kelly being someone elses. Unless he already knew... Sorry, not trying to give you plot bunnies/interfere it just popped into my head!

But would definitely love to read more, it could be a really good hurt/comfort and be sweet and funny - just like this was :)
kaylashay
Apr. 26th, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
Would you like to read my messy outline? I'm still open to feedback on the story line of it.

I went back and forth on the whole Kelly issue and I think I have a good way to go with it.

Or you can just sit back and wait for the finished product. There will definitely be some h/c.

I also have an idea of a tag to Bounce (as well as a throw back to Frame-Up) that I'll do after the big fic, because it ties in nicely to Tony's first death. Then I have an idea for a future!fic that will have a Gibbs/DiNozzo moment in it. I see them staying friends over the years but once in a great while, they have a night where they need closeness from someone who understands. (setting that one after Abby (the last of their NCIS) dies as an old lady).
idontlikegravy
Apr. 26th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
I'm happy to wait for the finished product, but if you'd like a second pair of eyes I'm happy to offer my beta services too.

If you want me to look it over, send it to my email addy: idontlikegravy at yahoo.co.uk :)
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kaylashay
Feb. 2nd, 2010 02:50 am (UTC)
Thanks!

I have this whole story line worked up to continue this little verse and just haven't gotten around to writing it yet. I have this whole bit worked up in regards to Shannon and Kelly and how Kelly came to be that is just a tad angsty. I really need to write it.
jagfanlj
Apr. 27th, 2011 04:20 am (UTC)
LJ must be having Immortal issues of its own. Your reply to my comment just came back to life in my Email, WTF? ;D

I didn't remember the fic, so I follwed the link, et voila! Here I am rereading a fic and enjoying it as if it were the first time. These were all fabulous.

Did you ever do an AU Immortal fic, because I would love to read it?
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