Disclaimer: I'm not Bellesario or CBS (NCIS) or Joss Whedon / Mutant Enemy / Fox / etc. (Buffy), so I don't claim to own them.
Genre: Gen / AU
Fandoms: NCIS; Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Word Count: 300
Timeline: May 2003; During 07x22 Chosen
Written For: ncis_drabble Past Challenge #46 Crossovers
Written For: twistedshorts Fic #1
Note: This in an AU in which Kelly lived. Inspired by MASH title from episode 02x19.
Crossposted: ncisfanfic; ncis_fic; ncis_haven; ncis_drabble; twistedshorts; twsthellmouth
Summary: Surrounded by a nightmare she couldn't escape, Kelly only had one choice.
There was darkness and blood all around her. It was closing in and she couldn't breathe. So much pain and suffering and she was unable to stop it all. She saw her family and friends in the mass of bodies strewn around her. Her father lay there with lifeless eyes and a slashed throat. A tangle of black hair was attached to a mutilated feminine form. A pair of glasses were crushed beside an older man's body. The twisted torso of a young man in his prime, a man she considered a brother.
It went on for miles around her. As far as she could see was death and destruction. She felt so helpless, unable to do anything to save those she held dear. In that moment, she wanted to join them, to make the pain go away. There was nothing there for her. It was all gone.
She tipped back her head and let out a blood-curdling scream that carried through the carnage around her. She continued until her voice grew hoarse from the strain of the screams. In the end, she collapsed to the ground and felt the sticky wetness of blood beneath her.
In the silence, she heard a faint voice that gradually increased in volume. She strained to understand the words at first, but all too soon, they became clear.
"Are you ready to be strong?"
Over and over she heard the words. She wasn't sure of their meaning at first, but as the voice grew, so did her understanding.
If she said yes, she could prevent it. She could save them all. She could ensure that her family remained safe, that they never became the tortured bodies of this nightmare she was stuck within.
Standing, Kelly Gibbs shouted her answer for the world to hear.