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Fic: Limp Linguini (NCIS)

Title: Limp Linguini
Author: kaylashay
Written For: comment_fic for cascadewaters
Prompt: NCIS, Tony, if abandonment tastes like leftover linguini...
Rating: FR13
Disclaimer: I'm not Bellesario or CBS, so I don't claim to own them.
Genre: Gen
Character: DiNozzo
Word Count: 318

Crossposted: ncisfanfic; ncis_fic; ncis_haven; tonydinozzo

Summary: A feeling of abandonment leaves Tony considering his future with the team. (a tag to Boxed In)

Tony dropped the reheated linguini unceremoniously in the sink with a clatter. It had evidently been left unattended for too long. The taste of the one bite was lingering in his mouth, mixing with the metallic tang of the pain pills. Rubbing his injured arm, he moved into the living room and sank into his couch with a heavy sigh.

He couldn't really blame Ziva for not wanting him to show at her little gathering. People had a right to decide whom they did and did not want present in their own homes. However, that fact did not keep the old hurts from creeping inside Tony's guts.

The first time he vividly remembered being left out and behind was in that hotel in Hawaii. Ordering room service on his own had been a thrill at first but the second night had led to tears. The third night led to his creation of the first DiNozzo rule: DiNozzo's Don't Cry.

He knew that there had been other moments before that, but they were part of the blur that was his lonely childhood and the only child of a man worth millions. Things improved when he went to college, but then college led to law enforcement.

Each time he left for a new city, it was because the people he thought had his back didn't. In Peoria it had been rumors that he was gay. Philly was the undercover operation gone to hell in a hand basket. Baltimore… He sided with the feds against his own precinct.

Now he was one of those feds and it appeared that even Gibbs' strong code that fell inline with Semper Fi didn't protect him from being left behind. Perhaps it was time to look at other options, just as he had done in the past. Because, like the limp, leftover linguini, Tony knew he had left a bad taste in his team's mouth.


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Aug. 29th, 2009 04:30 am (UTC)
Awwwww - poor Tony! *pets* Stupid Ziva. Stupid team. Gibbs should have known better! *pets Tony again*

This broke my heart - Tony always gets the short end of the stick. :-(
Aug. 29th, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)

Poor Tony... he needs more pets and "good boy" comments from Gibbs. *nods*
(no subject) - spoonyriffic - Aug. 29th, 2009 04:58 am (UTC) - Expand
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Aug. 29th, 2009 04:32 am (UTC)
This breaks my heart a bit, but it's so in line with what we were left with at the end of the episode.
Aug. 29th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
I know... the end of that episode always left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. He had such a hurt look on his face.... *hugs Tony*
Aug. 29th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
AAAAW!!!! Poor Tony.... What is Gibbs going to do to make it up to him?
Aug. 29th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
That is a good question... Gibbs has a long way to go to make it up to his boy...
Aug. 29th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
*snuggles him*

Okay, so now I get the title and in all honesty my mind went to the dirty place first. Whoops? This was sad and at the same time very nearly perfect.

And now this totally wants me to do a Hemery!Buffy meeting with teenage!Dinozzo at an art gallery opening or some such random place where their parents ditched them...
Aug. 29th, 2009 04:59 am (UTC)
And now this totally wants me to do a Hemery!Buffy meeting with teenage!Dinozzo at an art gallery opening or some such random place where their parents ditched them...

Oooo.... I'll read it... :-)

And yeah, the title does misdirect at first... *innocent face*
Aug. 29th, 2009 05:08 am (UTC)
*sniff* Good one.

I keep waiting for Tony to say something one of these days. Or, maybe not say anything. But to just stop letting it roll off his back for once. That sterile smile must get uncomfortable after a while.
Aug. 29th, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
One would think... His smile can go from natural to forced so easily...
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Aug. 30th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And Tony is just a whumpable character I guess... Poor baby...
Aug. 29th, 2009 09:09 am (UTC)
Poor Tony.
Aug. 30th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
Tony needs a group hug... *nods*
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Aug. 29th, 2009 09:45 am (UTC)
like this very much, no drama, just plain statements of facts making it all the more poignant with no self pity
Aug. 30th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks... I love doing introspective Tony. There's so many ways to take him.
Aug. 29th, 2009 10:35 am (UTC)
Man...that hurt.
But I loved it. :-)
Aug. 30th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
I guess we need the comfort side to counter the hurt.... *looks around for Gibbs*
Aug. 29th, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
Very powerful! Packs a huge punch in a few words!
Aug. 30th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I love my short little ficlets... :-)
Aug. 29th, 2009 11:12 am (UTC)

Okay, I want to invite Tony round to my place now for a home cooked meal. Okay my motives aren't entirely pure but...damn. Makes me want to wrap the woobie up in a big hug. :)

Short but very much to the point.

Loved it doll.
Aug. 30th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
I think everyone needs to pick a night to have Tony over for dinner and a hug... it would be so nice for him. :-)
Aug. 29th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
Boxed In is one of my favourite episodes but the thing with Ziva always leaves a bad taste... Poor Tony *huggles him*

This was beautfully sad

*hugs Tony some more*
Aug. 30th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
I liked Boxed In too except for that little dig they got in on Tony at the end. I think it was believable when he learned that McGee and Palmer and Abby had all been there. That didn't bother me as much as when Gibbs implied he was there. Gibbs was the catcher for me. One, from everything we've seen, Gibbs doesn't go out of his way to do "team" get-togethers. So, why was he there?

Second, Gibbs is very team oriented even if he doesn't do team functions, so why would he go knowing that Tony was the only one not present. *sigh*

That little inconsistency about Gibbs is what bothered me the most about the end of the ep. Otherwise, I liked it. I enjoyed the conversations between Tony and Ziva. I enjoyed Gibbs *knowing* they weren't dead and that divers weren't needed.

*gives tony a hug*
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Aug. 29th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
Sad lovely bit that rings true to me. I always hated that ending even though we got to see how vulnerable he is.
Aug. 30th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
The ending just sucker punches you and makes you want to hug the poor boy...
Aug. 29th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
Aww, poor Tony!
Aug. 30th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
We need a "Hug the Tony" post somewhere. Anytime he gets whumped emotionally or physically on the show, everyone goes and hugs him...

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Aug. 29th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
*hugs Tony*

*smacks Gibbs upside the head for not fixing this*

Nicely done!
Aug. 30th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
I need to have a discussion with Gibbs in regards to this at some point... *nods*
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