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Title: Five Thoughts Regarding The Dead
Author: kaylashay
Rating: FR13
Disclaimer: I'm not Bellesario or CBS, so I don't claim to own them.
Challenge: ncis_drabble; Challenge #74 - Body
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: 02x23 Twilight; 03x01&02 Kill Ari

Crossposted: ncis_drabble; ncisfanfic; ncis_haven

Summary: They all had to deal with dead bodies one way or another.

I let the sound of the sandpaper drive away my thoughts. Thoughts about how I couldn’t save them. Thoughts about how I never got to see them one last time. Their bodies were already buried by the time I made it home. I never got to kiss Shannon goodbye or hold Kelley tightly as I told her I loved her.

I try to remember him as he was when I was younger. He always took the time to give me a hug or give me some gift he acquired in his travels. But every time I try to, it morphs into the way he looked in Gibbs’ basement with the bullet hole in his forehead. The bullet I put there.

Sometimes I wonder if I’ve become desensitized to it all. I see pictures every day that would give the average person nightmares for life. I run tests on bits of tissue that use to be part of a living person. I can’t stop to think about it. If I did, I know I would break. Instead, I just keep working.

I’ve seen dead bodies before. I’ve seen people killed. I’ve killed people. But something about her death twists my gut into knots. It could be the way her warm blood splattered on my face. It could be that she was standing right next to me talking. Deep down, I know the truth. It could have been me that Ari shot.

Tibbs walked through the scene with an air of confidence. It wasn’t his first dead body and it wouldn’t be his last, but he knew that he would find the person responsible and bring them to justice. He looked over his team with pride, even though he would never tell- I cursed quietly as I reached for a new ribbon.


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Feb. 25th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
Another perfect look into the minds of the team. And you do just love to give us endings like that... makes me want to squish McGee in big hug. ;)
Feb. 25th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)
I almost went with the girl that died the night McGee was in the apartment across the street, but then I figured he would write about dead bodies in his book with LJ Tibbs.

Feb. 25th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
Excellent, absolutely perfect! I read your earlier fic about Tony and didn't get a chance to tell you how much I loved that one!

Feb. 25th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)

Glad you liked 'em both!!
Feb. 25th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
Rock on! I love that icon and I got two pairs of shows that Abby would be proud of! :D I love your work!

Feb. 25th, 2008 12:12 pm (UTC)
Feb. 25th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
*hands a tissue*


Glad you liked!
Feb. 25th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
Nice! I like McGee's the best -- took me a bit by surprise. Slightly OT, but what ep is your icon from?
Feb. 26th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
McGee's was the first one I thought of and I decided to save his for last. I liked it too.

The icon is from 03x16 Family Secret.

Here's a couple of youtube links to the scene. The first one is the lead up and the 2nd on has the scene as well as a follow up at the end of the episode with Gibbs calling tony his 'loyal st. Bernard'.


Feb. 26th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
I love these 'five' stories.

Tony's was just perfect, because I always imagine Kate's blood on his face would have had a profound impact. And Ziva, so sad.

Great job, loved it.
Feb. 26th, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)
The comment about Kate's blood gave me inspiration for something to do on one of my Tony/Xander fics. :-)

Glad you liked!!
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