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Fic: Saw Him Watching Me (NCIS)

Title: Saw Him Watching Me
Author: kaylashay
Rating: FR13
Disclaimer: I'm not Bellesario or CBS, so I don't claim to own them.
Warnings: Pre-Slash
Word Count: 5x100
Challenge: ncis_drabble; Past Challenges #85 Surprise, #33 Baby, #36 Guilt, #65 Team, #60 Temptations

Crossposted: ncis_drabble; gibbs_dinozzo; ncis_slash; ncisfanfic; gibbsbasement

Written For: writinginct's NFA prompt table: 50 Things Tony Associates With Gibbs; #7 Fast, #28 Baby, #50 Guilt, #38 Team, #2 Sandpaper

Companion piece to Five Associations.

Summary: I noticed it when he noticed me.

It was that first day in Baltimore that I noticed him noticing me. It was both surprising and worrisome. The surprise came from it being a long time since I caught a guy looking, especially one I wanted to look at too. I was worried because if he was this obvious in our line of work he had to hit some rough patches. I took note of his increased breathing as I pushed the car faster and held back a smile. “Too fast for you Detective DiNozzo?” He just barked a laugh and gave a grin, “I like it fast.”

One of the first cases I worked with him once I got him involved a murdered Marine’s wife and the baby and 4-year-old that survived by hiding in a closet. I felt his eyes on me as I carried the baby with practiced ease, making soft cooing noises at it. I felt his eyes on me the rest of the case where anytime the kids weren’t around I turned into a grade “A” bastard. I knew he wanted to ask why the kids affected me so much, but he never did. He just did his damnedest to lighten things up.

I’m not sure how he picked up on it when so many others that had passed through my team never even got it. He knew that I took each death personally, that I blamed myself for not being quick enough to save the next victim. He also seemed to know when I let that guilt eat away too much inside me, those nights when I wished nothing more than to have pulled that trigger after Shannon and Kelly. He would just show up on the third step from the bottom, Chinese food in hand and a smile on his face.

After Viv disappeared from our sights, I was stuck with just DiNozzo and to be honest, I would have been happy to keep it that way. But the Director was pushing for me to have a full team and he gave me enough leeway to create my own. He learned it saved on transfers. DiNozzo picked up on my interest in Kate rather quickly and gave me a silent nod of approval without me even asking him. With McGee, he stopped in the basement the night after Norfolk and said quietly, “I think you have a Probie waiting in Norfolk.”

As time passed, it was hard not to give in to temptation. Every time I caught him looking longer than a partner should look I wanted to show him that I wanted him too. The closest I ever came early on was the first time he stayed over night. We were in the basement and I decided to show him the proper way to sand the boat. Five minutes in, my hand resting over his on the sandpaper, we both froze, our breathing hot and heavy. He bolted from the basement and spent the night locked in the guest room.


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May. 26th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
excellent, I like how the prompts flow into one another. *vgb* at the Director realizing it saved on transfers!

minor beta question- did you mean Viv disappeared from their sites or sights?
May. 26th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
Site? What site? ;-)

Thanks for the catch.

Of course Tom was a smart man. He knew that if he let Gibbs get who he wanted things would go much, much better. Others could learn from his example... yup....
May. 26th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
happy to help. and Yup- Vance could learn a thing or two from Morrow. I miss Tom, he seemed like a good guy.
May. 26th, 2008 04:44 am (UTC)
Five minutes in, my hand resting over his on the sandpaper, we both froze, our breathing hot and heavy.

Mmm... that was yummy ^_^

This was really good, and I agree you used those prompts seamlessly.
May. 26th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
That was my fav line. I may have to steal it for another Gibbs/Tony fic sometime in the future. :-)
May. 26th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
I know, right? It's like that one episode where Gibbs brings that one chick down into his basement and is showing her how to sand the boat and he's pressed up right against her back and says 'feel the wood'. It's hilarious! Only thing that would make it better would be if it was Tony instead of the chick. ^_^ I can't remember the name of the episode though....
May. 29th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
Ah-ha! It's episode 'Doppelgänger' in season 2.
May. 30th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
I meant to look that up for you then I got sick... so glad you found it. :-)
May. 31st, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
Aww I'm sorry you got sick. :'( It seems everyone is getting sick. Not good. Hope you feel better.
May. 26th, 2008 09:07 am (UTC)
this was great. I love the unspoken bond between them. LOL Tony runs after Gibbs hand rest's over his :) that is so my boy

May. 26th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Tony in panic mode... now we know why the first time he stayed with Gibbs didn't go so well.
May. 26th, 2008 11:04 am (UTC)
Oh...very nice. :-)
I look forward to more of these.
May. 26th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I've got 10 out of 50 prompts done... so...

May. 26th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
Awww so sweet...
May. 26th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
May. 26th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
Silly Tony, bolting like that. At least we know he got over it, otherwise the first night he stayed over would've been the *only* night he stayed over :).

May. 27th, 2008 05:02 am (UTC)

I shall have him make it up to Gibbs in the future when this little series transitions from pre-slash to slash... yup. :-)
May. 27th, 2008 11:21 am (UTC)
Nice - I like Gibbs restraining himself to keep it professional and how Tony knows this or knows he can't. Great call back to the first time Tony stayed over and why Gibbs said no the second time...but later in the episode reminded him that the door wasn't locked.

I love how Tony is wearing him down, and Gibbs knows it, but isn't saying it.
May. 30th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
I always like that moment where they discussed the last time Tony stayed with Gibbs 6 months prior to that. They left it so open for interpretation.

The two of them will take a good kick to get their act together... But I have 40 more prompts to go, so something will have to break at some point. :-)
May. 27th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
Nice companion piece. It was great to hear Gibbs' reactions to Tony and their not-relationship.

He learned it saved on transfers. What?? People would want to transfer out of Gibbs' team? And you mean Gibbs would not like people? No! That can't be true. *snicker* Awww, and it is so perfect that Gibbs wants Tony all to himself!!
May. 30th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Of course Gibbs wants Tony to himself... who wouldn't? ;-)

Now the next part will be to turn the not-relationship into something... what to do what to do...
May. 29th, 2008 11:29 am (UTC)
That was cute
May. 30th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :-)
Dec. 10th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
fantastic look into Tony. I think you got Gibbs' thoughts very well. You faked me out at the end - I didn't expect Tony to run.
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