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Fic: Ziva or Kate (NCIS)

Title: Ziva or Kate
Author: kaylashay
Rating: FR13
Disclaimer: I'm not Bellesario or CBS, so I don't claim to own them.
Word Count: 426
Challenge: ncis_nostalgia; Flashfic - Tony

Crossposted: ncis_nostalgia; ncisfanfic; tonydinozzo

Written For: My 26 Things meme... Z - is for Ziva - Ziva vs. Kate: Who do you prefer? strangevisitor7

Summary: She asked a simple question, but there wasn't a simple answer.

Ziva or Kate. He never would have thought about them like that had it not been for Abby. On the first anniversary of her death as they finished off the bottle of bourbon in Gibbs’ basement while watching the older man chip away and a piece of wood, she had asked him.

“Which do, make that did, no do you prefer Tony?” she asked with a slight slur that had Tony wondering how drunk she was. “Ziva or Kate? You gotta be honest you know. Gibbs will know if you’ve been lying. Gibbs knows everything.”

Tony cast a glance over at their boss who remained studiously involved in his project even though Tony knew the man heard every word. He wouldn’t get any help from that corner.

“Maybe we should put the bourbon away and hit the sack Abs. Got a stickler for a boss who likes us alert at work in the morning.”

“I’m not as think as you drunk I am,” Abby said before she stopped and replayed the words in her head. “Tell me and then we can go to bed. Bed with Tony,” she added with a giggle.

“You get the bed, I get the couch and Gibbs has the boat. And I can’t tell you.”

“Why can’t you tell me?”

Tony managed to get Abby to her feet and started toward the stairs. Gibbs finally looked up and gave him a measuring look which Tony returned with a “yes, I’ll get her taken care of Boss,” meaning.

“Can’t tell you if I don’t know,” he replied as they made their way upstairs.

At the top Abby all but fainted and he carried her to the spare bedroom and laid her down. He got her situated and the covers over her before giving her a kiss as he smoothed her hair from her face.

“Can’t tell you because I don’t want to hurt either one of their feelings, Abs. Kate would come down from heaven and kick my ass while Ziva picked one of a hundred ways to kill me with her pinky finger. Can’t compare the two.”

Abby’s eyes fluttered opened briefly as she smiled at him. “Chicken,” she half mumbled as she fell back to sleep.

“That’s between you, me, Kate if she’s listening and Gibbs,” he said with a half smile as leaned down for one more kiss before turning and walking past Gibbs standing in the open door.

“Smart choice DiNozzo,” Gibbs said quietly as he followed his agent to the waiting pot of coffee they both needed.


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May. 31st, 2008 09:07 am (UTC)
I love stories with Tony looking after Abby in that way, in the "I'm your big brother" sort of way.

I also like that he refused to choose.
May. 31st, 2008 11:00 am (UTC)
Thanks! I couldn't figure out how to answer her question so I decided to let Tony provide an answer and his turned out to be the same as mine... and that icon you used matches how he feels about it perfectly!
May. 31st, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)
So true, and I didn't even think of that, LOL.
May. 31st, 2008 10:02 am (UTC)
Very moving.
May. 31st, 2008 11:01 am (UTC)
Thanks! This one was quite interesting considering I was trying to answer a question someone asked in my meme by writing it. Tony couldn't answer it any better than I could.
May. 31st, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
I was talking about the same subject a week or so ago with a couple of friends and really I'm not sure I can say either.

In S3 it was easy: Kate. I didn't like Ziva at all to begin with (and I was never a huge Kate fan). But now, I'm honestly not sure. I have grown to really like Ziva, but I also feel a kind of 'loyalty' to Kate :-)
May. 31st, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
When I started watching it last summer, I watched out of order. I watched most of season two. Then I watched season three. Then I watched season one, all of season two, then season four...

Then I went back and watched it all in order from the beginning (JAG eps included) with my roomie to get him hooked too.

So I wasn't introduced to Kate and Ziva in quite the same manner as everyone else and kinda watched them intermingled as I mixed the seasons. So I've never really put one above the other and like them both for different reasons.

I do think that Kate had better chemistry with Tony though. Those two did scenes so well together and I think it was because of how Sasha and Michael interacted that it bled through.
May. 31st, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
LOL - Even drunk Abby wants to know. She got it right, Tony is a chicken. Sweet and funny story and a great way to answer (or not answer) the question

Ironically when I first tried to read this my internet connection conked out - I think Kate and Ziva were pissed I asked the question.

Edited at 2008-05-31 01:59 pm (UTC)
May. 31st, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
Tony didn't have any better luck than me.... ;-)

He knows better than to get between Ziva and Kate. He does have a few brain cells present. :-)
May. 31st, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
Very sweet story.

Tiny quibble: feint is a movement made in order to deceive an adversary; an attack aimed at one place or point merely as a distraction from the real place or point of attack.

faint is to pass out.
May. 31st, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)

And feint? What are you talking about? I see no feint... ;-)

(thanks for the catch)
May. 31st, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
oh excellent! Sweet and sad but perfect
May. 31st, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I was quite happy with this little fic. And I thought it answered the question nicely.

I think the bastard fic is going to be called: To Be or Not To Be... or play on that with Two B.
May. 31st, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
ooh, that's really quite clever!
Jun. 1st, 2008 07:45 am (UTC)
Oh this is great, I'm a fan of Ziva but I don't think you can choose between the two. The are totally different characters.
Jun. 1st, 2008 07:57 am (UTC)
When [Unknown LJ tag] asked the question, I honestly had no answer and still don't. I thought maybe Tony could figure it out for me, but he was no help either.

It's like comparing the original Star Wars trilogy to the pre-quels. Both sets are great in their own rights, but you can't cross-compare them to each other. It doesn't work...

And by the way... I LOVE that icon! Gibbs with his coffee cup and smacking Tony. Priceless!
Jun. 1st, 2008 08:01 am (UTC)
I snagged it off nomadicwriter
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