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Fic: Case of Deficiency (NCIS)

Title: Case of Deficiency
Author: kaylashay
Rating: FR13
Disclaimer: I'm not Bellesario or CBS, so I don't claim to own them.
Genre: Pre-Threesome
Pairings: Gibbs/DiNozzo/Abby
Warnings: AU
Word Count: 1,213
Beta: azraelz_angel
Written For: jagfanlj's Superpower!AU Request for the Lucky 13 - The AU Prompt Meme

Summary: Even though he was considered deficient, he was determined to succeed at life.
While other kids his age were taking the standard What to Do With Your Powers Now that You Have Them classes, he had been stuck in How to Succeed in Life without Powers classes with a handful of other kids that all suffered either a mental or physical handicap that prevented their powers from coming online. He knew in his heart that he wasn't supposed to be there, but there was nothing he could do about it.

His father had claimed that he was just a late bloomer when his tenth birthday came and went with nothing to show for it. After all, the DiNozzos had a long line of men with the power of charm. By the time he reached twelve, his father disowned him and packed him off to a boarding school that specialized in "deficient" children. From that point on, he was fighting an uphill battle.

College was a struggle to prove himself. He found a frat that would take him on, but he was more of a mascot than an actual brother. They'd given him the pledge name Def Boy and he had accepted it grudgingly in order to belong somewhere other than working some fast food place with the other deficients of the world.

When he applied at the Police Academy, the admissions people just laughed at him and told him he didn't need a badge to push papers or a broom around the station. He had figured they would turn him away, but instead, some politician looking to make a name for himself pushed through some Anti-Discrimination Laws in favor of deficients and he received a stamp of approval.

Making it through training had been a challenge when the other guys had super speed, super strength... super everything. Despite everything, he finished in the top five of the class and wore his badge with pride.

The laws may have gotten his foot in the door, but it didn't change the attitudes of the people around him. He only stayed a few years at any one place before moving on because he wasn't going to advance any further. It was frustrating.

When he reached Baltimore, things were going a bit better. The city had always been considered deficient-friendly and he had even been given a detective's shield and a partner. He even found a woman who wanted more than just a one night walk on the wild side with a deficient. Wendy was beautiful and her abilities to speed read and retain vast amounts of data registered at a seven on the scale.

Then it all went to hell. Danny was dirty along with others he didn't know about. Wendy had called it quits, saying she had started thinking about kids and what would happen if he were to pass his deficiency on to them.

The only shining light came in the form of a federal agent named Leroy Jethro Gibbs. For some reason, the man wanted him on his team and he had no idea why. He had done his own digging on Gibbs and according to the Power Registry he was a ten with multiple powers. People like that didn't associate with deficients like him.

Once he was at NCIS, he was shown the ropes by Pacci. He was one of a few agents that gave support to Gibbs as he was currently a man without a team. Apparently, the Director had decided that letting Gibbs build his own was the easiest way to work with the ten. The strangest meeting had been with the medical examiner Ducky who was able to talk to the dead. Unfortunately, the dead never remembered their last day of life and were generally not forthcoming with other secrets, but occasionally it did help.

Then came Abby. She was a black clad whirlwind and another ten. Between Gibbs, Ducky and now Abby, NCIS was crawling with tens. He was feeling decidedly out numbered. Like Gibbs, Abby had multiple powers and they all seemed to be in overdrive. Pacci had told him that her ability to multitask and low need for sleep was what had secured her position at NCIS. She was the only lab tech for the entire agency and it saved them a ton of money on staffing.

For some reason, despite Pacci's assurance that Abby liked everyone, she didn't like him. Every time he was sent to the lab, he could hear her muttering under her breath about Gibbs preferring deficients to normal people and how unfair it was that he never noticed her the way he was noticing the new guy.

He thought back over all his interactions with Gibbs and didn't see the man as being interested in him in any fashion. While he was definitely interested in Gibbs (and Abby for that matter), Gibbs did nothing but growl and head slap him. In fact, he needed to point out to Gibbs that a man with a super strength power rated ten shouldn't be slapping a deficient on the head. But he figured that conversation wouldn't end well.

It came as a complete shock to him when one week after he started at NCIS, Gibbs invited both him and Abby over to his house. Abby seemed just as confused as he was about the situation. Especially when Gibbs reached out and placed a hand on each of their heads.

His head exploded with images of a future; a future of fighting crime next to Gibbs and then coming home at night to both Gibbs and Abby. There were kids, grandkids and so much more that he collapsed to the floor gasping as the connection broke and with in the visions.

What happened next was indescribable. It was like a dam inside him had broken and he could see colors swirling around everything. Gibbs was bathed in a pure white light with a red knot buried in his center. Abby's blacks were flowing around her like the skirts she twirled around in. He looked at his own hand and saw greens gaining in intensity. When he looked back up, he could see tendrils from each of them joining and wrapping around each other, binding them together.

Then he noticed that he could see better than ever before. He could make out the grains in the wood floor, he could see the skin pores on Gibbs' arm. Everything was crisp and bright. It was overwhelming until Gibbs' white swirled hand reach over and clasped his shoulder.

"What happened?" he whispered.

"You ever hear the legend of soulmates?"

He shook his head, but Abby spoke up, looking at both of them in awe.

"Legend was that people with extraordinary powers didn't get their powers until they met their soulmate. Otherwise, they wouldn't be able to handle the magnitude of their powers and it would kill them."

"And sometimes," Gibbs continued, "those powers were so go great it would take two other souls to anchor that person. Me and Abby are your anchors, Tony."

"Soulmates," Abby added as she placed a hand on his other shoulder.

Then it finally hit him and he shouted out, "I'm not deficient anymore!"

"Never were, DiNozzo," Gibbs said as he slapped him on the back of the head and to his surprise, it didn't hurt.


( 30 Campfires — Leave a Comment )
Mar. 7th, 2013 03:24 am (UTC)
what an awesome verse you have here! I'd love to see more.
Mar. 7th, 2013 03:25 am (UTC)
Hee! I kinda like this verse too. :)
Mar. 7th, 2013 04:36 am (UTC)
Very cute!
I love the head slaps and the description of Abby and Dicky.

The line and the dead don't remember there last day of life was the best... I am still lol over that line.

Edited at 2013-03-07 04:37 am (UTC)
Mar. 7th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Very cute!
Thanks! Glad you liked!
Mar. 7th, 2013 08:06 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed this! There's a whole universe to be explored here!
Mar. 7th, 2013 10:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm actually pondering using this for some original fiction since I really want to write some original stuff this year.
Mar. 7th, 2013 09:25 am (UTC)
Nice story and I agree with the others above, this needs to be explored some more! :)
Mar. 7th, 2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
It is a fun verse!
Mar. 7th, 2013 09:37 am (UTC)
Loved it. What a wonderful idea.

Way too short though... ;)
Mar. 7th, 2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
Apparently everyone seems to think it's too short. :)
Mar. 7th, 2013 12:07 pm (UTC)
Wow, this is a great fic! I hope you write more, as I would love to see where it goes next. Awesome!
Mar. 7th, 2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'll have to see what happens...
Mar. 7th, 2013 02:04 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! Like TG said some more in this verse would be great
Mar. 7th, 2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
Mar. 7th, 2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, that was just perfect and lovely!!!
Mar. 7th, 2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
Mar. 7th, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
That was just awesome!!!
Mar. 7th, 2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
Tony did make a good deficient. :)

Of course, up in New York Neal is a bit perturbed that a deficient by the name of Peter Burke was the one to catch him. Mozzie won't stop laughing about that. ;)
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Mar. 7th, 2013 10:44 pm (UTC)
very awesome!!
Mar. 7th, 2013 10:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I just realized you didn't give me a March prompt (*pouts*)

http://kaylashay.livejournal.com/177461.html <- click the linky!!

And I was allowing seconds over on the Lucky 13 AU one and only Vampires remain unpicked. ;)
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Mar. 8th, 2013 03:51 am (UTC)
I really like the concept here and wish the beginning was more developed with dialogue and action rather then just background. Obviously, this would involve more time and energy with actual chapters but it would be fascinating to explore more of this world and this Tony.
Mar. 24th, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC)
Glad you like the concept. Most of my prompt responses are intended to stay short as any time I've attempted to write longer fics, they tend to sit unfinished on my computer. I may revisit it one day.
Mar. 18th, 2013 04:40 am (UTC)
Completely NOT what I was expecting, and so much better than anything I could have imagined. I'm joining the chorus of "more Powers'verse!" I adore the idea of Tony/Abby/Gibbs with kids and grandkids, but I would be quite happy reading original fic.
Mar. 24th, 2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
Hee! Glad you liked it! And in their future there will be several kids and grandkids running around. :)
Apr. 22nd, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
Very Cool
Nice story
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