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Fic: Carefully Constructed Façade (NCIS)

Title: Carefully Constructed Façade
Author: kaylashay
Rating: FR13
Disclaimer: I'm not Bellesario or CBS, so I don't claim to own them.
Challenge: ncis_drabble; Challenge #76 - Undercover
Word Count: 300
Timeline: Pre-Series

Note: This is actually an intro to a longer fic I'm working on titled Second Glance, but felt that it could stand on its own for this challenge.

Crossposted: ncis_drabble; ncisfanfic; ncis_haven; tonydinozzo

Summary: Building a façade for others to see was second nature to him.

No one takes a second glance and I use that to my advantage.

I learned that lesson at five years old in my father’s study as I gave him my daily report. He wanted to hear that I had mastered a new song on the piano, that the expensive writing instructor he hired had praised my beginning penmanship, that I had acted the proper gentleman at the social event my mother took me to… so I told him what he wanted to hear.

The next day, I stood on trembling knees waiting for him to berate me for lying. Waiting for him to say that my piano instructor called me hopeless, that the writing instructor still couldn’t make me understand the difference between ‘b’ and ‘d’, that I was the one who put the spider on the back of the senator’s wife’s dress (in my defense, she had pinched my cheeks and called me a cute little sailor)… but he never did. All he did was ask me to pour his drink and dismiss me after he determined the beverage met his approval. My father took one glance and never looked deeper to see who I really was behind the façade I slowly created.

Perhaps I should thank him one day. If it wasn’t for his disregard, I wouldn’t be the half the federal agent I became without all those years of hiding myself from those around me. If he had looked deeper, he may have worked to bring me under his control before I was old enough to really fight him for it. I could have ended up the perfect heir he always wanted instead of being my own man; even if I don’t really know who I am. Not knowing is better than the alternative in my book.

Comments

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citymusings
Mar. 7th, 2008 06:22 am (UTC)
Well written! Good insights into Tony's past and how the negative has positively affected him. Enjoyed it very much. You write the best Tony drabbles!
writinginct
Mar. 7th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
Hit and run icon love ^_^
kaylashay
Mar. 11th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
I love my Tony and he makes such good drabbles. :-)
citymusings
Mar. 11th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
Good. As long as you love to write them, I love to read them. ;)
writinginct
Mar. 7th, 2008 08:12 am (UTC)
This is a great piece - either stand alone or as part of a larger fic.

^_^

~CJ
kaylashay
Mar. 11th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
I think you've read most of this before with the additional pieces... I'm still working on that, but I thought the beginning worked well alone. :-)
emony2
Mar. 7th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
Fantastic!
kaylashay
Mar. 11th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
Yay! :-)
azraelz_angel
Mar. 7th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
Awww that was just heartbreaking! But Tony is right, if his father had cared or decided to take a real interest in his son then Tony wouldn't be the Tony that we know and love.

Great job with this. I can't wait to read the rest of the fic *grin*
kaylashay
Mar. 11th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
*iz alive, but work is crazy*

I should write an AU sometime of Tony meeting Gibbs when he isn't a cop but a business exec... I've see a few fics out there with that.
strangevisitor7
Mar. 7th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Nice insight. i look forward to reading the longer fic.
kaylashay
Mar. 11th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
The longer fic is actually the first NCIS fic I started writing last fall. I started it a character study of Tony so I could start writing more NCIS fics after getting inside Tony's head... well the other fics came and this one never finished itself. I'll have to rectify that.

:-)
maras_morgue
Mar. 8th, 2008 04:04 am (UTC)
nice look innto Tony's head (scary place though it may be). Well-written and believable. good job :D
kaylashay
Mar. 11th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
Thanks for the feedback. I love the inside of Tony's mind for some reason. I feel like there is so much more inside there than what he shows on the outside.
chatona
Mar. 8th, 2008 09:55 am (UTC)
That was absolutely gorgeous - in a sad, hurty kind of way. And I think it rang very true to Tony's character. Thanks for sharing! :D
kaylashay
Mar. 11th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
:-)

If it wasn't for Daddy D, Tony might not be the goofball we all love and get annoyed by. Glad you liked!
xdawnfirex
Mar. 8th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC)
excellent peek into Tony's psyche. I like it very much.
kaylashay
Mar. 11th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
*bounces*

Glad you liked it... peeking into Tony's psyche has become a favorite pastime of mine
(Anonymous)
May. 8th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
thanks much
thats it, bro
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