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Genre: Pre-Slash Moving Into Slash
Spoilers: Post - 07x10 Faith
Word Count: 900
Series: The Twelve Days of Christmas
Summary: On the ninth day of Christmas, nine resolutions were made by the team.
Things had deteriorated at Gibbs' house once Tony had left. They had left quickly, fearing Gibbs' reaction. Everyone was lost in their own thoughts. They had all witnessed the kisses shared between the long time co-workers. It was something different and they each needed time to process it. Luckily, Friday was a holiday and it led into a three-day weekend that they were all grateful for in the end. Change was coming to the dynamics of their team and no one was sure what those changes would mean. They could only resolve to deal with it the best they could.
Jimmy put a kettle on the stove. Ever since he started working with Dr. Mallard, he had found an appreciation for tea. Having a warm cup in the morning helped to clear his thoughts and get him motivated for the day. His current thoughts were toward Tony and what happened at Gibbs' house on Thursday night. He'd known since Gibbs left for Mexico that Tony had a 'thing' for Gibbs. But actually acting on it? As he enjoyed his tea, Jimmy made a decision for his New Year's resolution… He'd take Tony's side even if it meant standing against Gibbs.
Her first introduction to Gibbs' team and been at the hands of her brother, Ari. He had told her who the key players were and asked her to dig deeper. Apparently, she didn't dig deep enough. She'd known of Tony devotion to Gibbs, but she had never fathomed that it ran that deep. Ziva had assumed that both men were straight and nothing in their pasts indicated otherwise. Now she wanted to know what she had missed, because surely there was something. She made a resolution to herself to never take anything at face value again. Ziva didn't like surprises.
After he made it home from the party, he couldn't sleep. He'd tried writing, but that didn't work either. Anytime he started typing, Tibbs and Tommy would start kissing. The first day of the year passed in a blur as his mind turned over the fact that Gibbs and Tony had kissed in front of everyone. It was now Saturday and Tim was no closer to being at ease with it. He had to figure it out by Monday. He had made a resolution before the party to be nicer to Tony, but now he might need to modify it.
Ducky sat in front of the fireplace, running his fingers through Contessa's fur. He needed the calming routine to ease his thoughts. Over the last few weeks, he had been talking with Abby and Jackson and they had reached a general consensus. They felt that Gibbs and Tony would be good for each other as more than just co-workers. It had been something that was years in the making. Now, Ducky wasn't quite sure. Tony had panicked and he was worried it might have driven the boy away. "Maybe I shouldn't meddle, my dear," he said to a content Contessa.
It was her fault they'd kissed, her fault Tony ran. She'd tried basic searches for him, even though Gibbs hadn't asked. However, his cell was turned off and he hadn't used a credit card. It made her wish she'd planted that subdural tracker on him years ago. Beyond Tony's disappearance, Gibbs was worrying her more. Normally, he had her keep tabs on Tony when he was gone. Now… Well, she had changed the status quo for them. "I'll make it up to Tony if it's the last thing I do," she whispered to Bert, breaking the silence of her lab.
Leroy was acting like a ghost. Jackson had only seen him as he passed through from the basement to the bathroom and back again. His son had always been sensitive when it came to emotions, even if he didn't show outward signs of it. But Jackson was a lost as how to deal with his boy. He could tell that Leroy cared for Tony deeply and vice versa. He'd also heard Tony mumbling in his dreams at night. Now he just needed to find a way to pull Leroy's head out of his ass and get him to find Tony.
Gibbs sighed as he put the finishing touches on his latest woodworking project. He'd found the plans for it a year after he returned from Mexico and it had triggered memories of feelings he'd kept buried. He'd only started building it recently, even though he wasn't sure he'd ever give it to the person it was intended for. And now, it looked as if Tony planned to run for good. He wasn't sure what had spooked Tony after their searing kiss, but Gibbs wasn't about to let Tony DiNozzo get away without an explanation. He'd make damn sure of that.
A day and half and he still hadn't made any concrete decisions. Running away was still the foremost thought on his mind. But he also knew the complications that came with that. Gibbs would track down if he ran. Of that he was sure. Gibbs would also demand an explanation even if he wasn't willing to give one in return. Tony didn't want to face Gibbs again, didn't want his boss to see him for the coward that it is. But he knew it was inevitable. The only thing left for Tony to do was face Gibbs on his terms.