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Fic: Dear Dad (NCIS)

Title: Dear Dad
Author: kaylashay
Rating: FR13
Disclaimer: I'm not Bellesario or CBS, so I don't claim to own them.
Genre: Slash
Pairing: Gibbs/DiNozzo
Word Count: 1,000
Beta: azraelz_angel
Setting: Tag to 06x04 Heartland
Note: Title of M*A*S*H episode 01x12 inspired this fic...

Series: Letters to Home

Crossposted: ncisfanfic; ncis_fic; ncis_slash; gibbs_dinozzo

Summary: After reuniting with his dad, it takes a few letters to start the communication process.


It was great to see you, even in light of what you were home for. There's a lot we left unsaid between us. Probably a lot that will always be left unsaid. But I ain't getting any younger son and I realized that not talking to you for all those years was one of my biggest regrets.

I worked on that car for years. It was the only way I could connect to you. That DiNozzo kid said something about you building a boat in your basement. If that's true, I suppose you were connecting with me.

I don't figure we'll get to see much of each other what with your work and all, but that doesn't mean we have to stay strangers, Leroy. Your momma would have been real upset at how long it's been. Maybe if she had still been around it could have eased the hurt you had over those beautiful girls of yours. I never was much when it came to comfort.

You have a great team son. I can tell they look to you and respect you. That Abby girl is a little spitfire. I think Kelly would have been a lot like her. So full of life.

I know you were a quiet kid, and probably still are, but maybe you should talk sometime. Doesn't matter who, but just talk. Tony was looking at the store and me like we were the Holy Grail. That boy asked more questions than I knew what to do with. Maybe he wouldn't be so nosy if you just talked to him. I think that's all he wants. That boy has a serious case of hero worship if I'm not mistaken. Or maybe something else… If Abby reminds me of Kelly, Tony reminds me of Shannon. They have the same energy. Just something to think about son.

Well, I need to head to bed. Got an early day at the shop planned. Received a new shipment that needs to be priced and shelved.

Don't be a stranger Leroy…

Dear Dad,

There's a lot I didn't handle well after Shannon and Kelly. You were one of them. I was caught in an explosion a couple years back. When I woke up, it was like I had just lost them all over again. I remembered a lot about that time that I had just shut out.

Tony is… Tony's been with me for a long time. A long time where I haven't told him much about myself. Probably saw you as the best way to get some questions answered. And he might have had some hero worship once, but that's not what it is now. Now… well, now, you're not far off on your comparison.

I can't make any promises, but I'll try to stay in touch.



If what you implied is true, you need to bring that boy back up here sometime when you both can take some time off. I know you have a hard time dealing with your personal life and being around others. God knows if it wasn't for Shannon, I never would have seen you or that granddaughter.

All I'm saying is to give it some thought, son. I'd like to spend time with you and get a chance to know Tony. The boy looked desperate for attention when he was here. There a reason for that?

Give that Abby girl a kiss on the cheek for me, would you? If I was younger… well, you probably don't want to hear your old man go on about that.

Take care son,


You're a hard man to track down. I tried the normal means of getting your address and failed. I knew asking Leroy was out of the question. Finally got it from Abby. She's a character. Just don't get mad at her for giving me this address. I have this feeling you're just as private a man as my son and don't like people knowing where to find you. Hoping you can make an exception for an old man.

I weaseled some information out of Leroy and got an answer to a question that's been on my mind since you were up here for that case. Don't worry, son, I'm not going to string you up outside of town or anything. Don't even plan to use that shotgun on you.

I see what you mean to Leroy, and trust me son, you mean a lot to him. The only times in his life I remember him being content was before his mom passed away and with those beautiful girls of his. Granted, I've missed out on a few years, but I bet it's only been with you that that spark has come back into his eyes.

I don't know if that boy of mine will tell you or not, but you're invited to visit anytime you want. Consider the door open. And if you can manage it, drag that son of mine with you.

Keep Leroy safe…

Dear Sir Mr. Gibbs Gibbs Senior Jack,

I'm not really sure what to say. I'm not very good at the whole "meet the parents" kind of thing. I've only done it once and that didn’t end so well.

I'm still getting to know the boss Jethro. We've worked together for years, but I didn't even know about Shannon and Kelly until he was blown up. Um… he did tell you about that, didn't he? If not, can you just forget I mentioned that? Maybe I should start a new letter. This is already my fifth attempt, so what's one more?

Both of us getting time off will be difficult. Even harder to take that time off together. We're not military, but "don't ask, don't tell" still plays a major role. Hell, if Gibbs knew I was writing you and that you wrote me… Well, that would be one unforgettable head slap.

Maybe I'll make it back to Stillwater one day…


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Jul. 7th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
Please continue this.... I loved it!!!! I love anything with Jack...
Jul. 7th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
Thanks! I have a few more planned out... Gotta love these MASH titles. :-)
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Jul. 7th, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
Wish there was more.
Jul. 7th, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)

I've got plans for more to follow this. :-)
Jul. 7th, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
Oh this is perfect.

And aren't you just hitting these 1000 word challenges like gangbusters!!!
Jul. 7th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
Darn MASH titles being *perfect* for NCIS fic titles... Gah!


I find if I limit myself to a number (100, 200, 300, 1,000, etc.), I can finish the fic easier because I *know* it has to be x long.... :-)
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Jul. 7th, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
Oh, I do hope we get more of these. Simply lovely.
Jul. 7th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
Thanks! And there will be more on the way. :-)
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Jul. 7th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm really enjoying getting into these letters. It's a fun way to do first person without having to think about it being first person. I always try to my best with getting the 'voice' right on characters, so I'm really happy that is coming across.

Jul. 7th, 2009 07:26 am (UTC)
Nothing much gets passed Jack - lol Reads the boys better than they read themselves
Jul. 7th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
Jack definitely has a keen eye. :-)
Jul. 7th, 2009 07:32 am (UTC)
Loved that ep of MASH and it's a great idea for a story. I loved poor Tony's attempts *ggg*. And Jack's right - Tony needs the attention! I do hope they get to go up there and relax and be themselves for once. And I hope you continue this story too! Love the letter format. Jack is such an adorable character on the show - can't get enough of him.
Jul. 7th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I remember the ep or not. I know I've seen it, but they all kind of blur together for me. These MASH episode titles are so perfect for NCIS fic titles. I'm having fun. :-)

You may not like with what I have planned for when the boys actually go visit Jack. Well, probably like it, but it will be an angsty like.

Jack is very adorable and I had fun writing what he would say... :-)
Jul. 7th, 2009 10:04 am (UTC)
I don't know if that boy of mine will tell you or not, but you're invited to visit anytime you want. Consider the door open. And if you can manage it, drag that son of mine with you.
This is such a perfect sentence for Jack.

You really got their 'voices'. Where do you come up with this stuff?
Jul. 7th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks! 'Voices' is what I try to capture the best when writing.

Jack is pretty much my dad and my grandpa. I'm originally from a town in the country smaller than Stillwater (population 250 people), so that kind of 'talk' is what I grew up on. :-)
Jul. 7th, 2009 10:05 am (UTC)
I loved it :D

Looking forward to reading some more....
Jul. 7th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And there is more coming. Just gotta write it. :-)
Jul. 7th, 2009 10:28 am (UTC)
I'm looking forward to more of these letters. I enjoy that kind of thing. Thanks.
Jul. 7th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
The letters are such fun to write. :-)
Jul. 7th, 2009 11:12 am (UTC)


Jul. 7th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks!! :-)
Jul. 7th, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
Oh...this is wonderful! *hugs* Awesome stuff.
Jul. 7th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
I was half way through writing this when the Heartland tag for weighted scales was posted... I was like, "OOO, more Jack!!"

Jul. 7th, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC)
This is great! You've really nailed Jack's voice here (well, all of them, but Jack's newish so that's harder *g*) and I love that he tells Tony to take care of Gibbs. And Tony's scritched-out letter is just perfect - the poor boy really would agonise over something like this!
Jul. 7th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
Jack is my dad and grandpa. :-) That's the kind of 'talk' that I grew up listening to, so it was kinda easy to slip into it. Plus, I loved the Waltons, so I've watched a lot of Ralph Waite.

I love the 'strikethrough' html tag. It comes in so handy for Tony's writing. I bet that's why Gibbs kept sending his report back. He was constantly marking through things.
Jul. 7th, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC)
I am LOVING this series...please continue!
Jul. 7th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks! There will be more. :-)
Jul. 7th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
I really love this series. You've captured their voices SO well. I'm going to go back to letter one and reread again it's just that good. Christina
Jul. 7th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
Hee! A rereader!

Glad you are enjoying it so much!
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