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Fic: Listening In (NCIS)

Title: Listening In
Author: kaylashay
Rating: FR13
Disclaimer: I'm not Bellesario or CBS, so I don't claim to own them.
Warning: Light Language
Word Count: 5 x 100
Challenge: ncis_drabble; Challenge #99 - Gossip

Crossposted: ncis_drabble; ncisfanfic

Summary: You can hear a lot when nobody knows you are listening in.

“If you ask me, it’s good riddance.”

“Soph! She hasn’t even been gone a week!”

“No, but she can’t lord it over us because ‘she married a DiNozzo’ anymore, can she?”

“True. Although I heard she wasn’t going to be a DiNozzo for much longer. According to Georgia, the divorce papers were being drawn up.”

“Probably had to do with her husband sleeping with that twenty-something secretary of his.”

“Do you think he had her killed to keep her from getting any money?”

“Anything is possible. Just a shame about that boy...”

Nine-year-old Tony decided not to listen any more.

“Have you heard what the harlot convinced Mr. DiNozzo to do?”

“As long as it doesn’t involve firing one of us, what does it matter?”

“It’s not us you idiot, but apparently he’s sending little Tony away to a boarding school.”

“What?! The boy won’t survive. It’s all we can do to keep him happy.”

“I almost wonder if it won’t be better for him though. I mean he won’t have to deal with his father anymore.”

Tony stood outside the kitchen door with his forgotten, straight-A report card in hand. He was being sent away from his only family.

“You know what Susanne in records told be the other night?”

“What a lousy fuck you are?”

“Ha! Not quite. More like the fact that the captain’s little pretty boy DiNozzo has a rich daddy.”

“Really? The little prick comes from money? No wonder he’s moving up the ranks fast.”

“Yeah. His daddy’s worth millions. He’s probably banking on getting his son set up as commissioner where his business is.”

“So DiNozzo has daddy pushing him up the ladder and we’re left in the dust looking like idiots…”

Tony turned away, writing his resignation in his head. Baltimore sounded good.

“Damn it! Why the hell would you fire him when he did his damn job?!”

“His job was to do as he was told, Agent Gibbs. Working with you was not what he was told to do.”

“And working your way would have led to more dead instead of the three this case ended with. For the record, you will not put a reprimand in his file.”

“Why should I listen to you?”

“Because, Captain, I can make your life a living hell.”

“Why do you care?”

“Because, he’s mine now and I take care of my people.”

Tony smiled.

“Why haven’t you said anything to the boy, Jethro? He risked his own life to save yours and Ms. Tyler’s and you haven’t even said thank you.”

“Don’t need to tell him thank you, Duck. Plus, I don’t have a clue what to say to him. Thank you wouldn’t be enough.”

“Everyone is saying that he was stupid for diving in that water like that. He’s probably heard the rumors.”

“And rumors are all they are. Tony’s a braver man than I’ll ever be. He doesn’t need me telling him that.”

Tony was frozen with shock in the bathroom stall.


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Aug. 18th, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
oh excellent! That last one in particular was like a kick in the gut. Poor Tony
Aug. 18th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
And what'd'yah bet that Gibbs knew Tony was in the bathroom stall the whole time?

Aug. 18th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
oooh, I'd like to think he'd have said it to Ducky either way, but he'd be clever enough to use the situation to his advantage- to tell Tony what he wanted to say without having to say it face to face
Aug. 18th, 2008 03:06 am (UTC)
Kill two birds with one stone... get Ducky off his back and tell Tony without a face-to-face.

Yup, that's Gibbs.
Aug. 18th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
*nods* Yep, absolutely.
Aug. 18th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
woh. that ending was perfect. can't say much more than that.
Aug. 18th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
Aug. 18th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
Wow, loved it. I really liked the last one, knowing Tony at least got to hear Gibbs say it, even though not directly.
Aug. 18th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah... the boys need to work on their communication skills. Neither are good at actually saying what they need to say.
Aug. 18th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
But he *does* need to hear you say that, to *him*. *sad face*
Aug. 18th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
But Gibbs will never give in and tell him to his face. :-(

At least Tony heard it...
Aug. 18th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
Okay - 1&2 made me want to hide my Sweet Babboo from you - SO MEAN *pets LittleOzzo*

But you totally redeemed yourself with 4&5 ^_^

And Gibbs SO knew Tony was listening ;)
Aug. 18th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
If I had had more than 100 words, Tony would have walked in the kitchen with his fake smile and the two (I think it was a cook and and the chauffeur) would have been doting all over him and his straight-A report card.

And you know Tony had to grow up around "high-society" gossip. It's just too easy to be mean to Little-ozzo.

Gibbs always know if Tony is listening. Yup. And at least Tony gets to hear it even if it's not said to him.
Aug. 18th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
Aug. 18th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks!! :-)
Aug. 18th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
Aug. 18th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
Yay! :-)
Aug. 18th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
Lovely, poor little Tony, then how true to Gibbs character, making sure that Tony knows what he feels without actually telling him.
Take care.
Aug. 19th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
Nice :)
Aug. 24th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
Very nice this.
I liked the little glimpses into Tony's life.
And yes, what you hear when no one knows you are listening is very telling. Was nice that not everything Tony heard was bad. Well done. :-)
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