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Word Count: 1,000
Timeline: Episode Tag to 01x02 Hung Out To Dry
Challenge: ncis1000words; Challenge #1
Prompt: "I get the distinct impression you've never done this before."
And the Coffee goes to... Tony! Because I like giving Tony coffee.
Crossposted: ncis1000words; ncisfanfic; ncis_fic
Summary: Anticipating the first day on the job is usually worse than the day itself.
Kate sighed in frustration as she glanced at the alarm clock sitting innocently on her nightstand. In a few short hours she would be starting her new job as a criminal investigator. Never in a million years would she have pictured her life going that direction. She had always had her plan and stuck to it right up to being assigned to the President's detail.
Then everything went to hell and she found herself resigning as opposed to being removed to a desk job in some stuffy office. She was a woman of action and when Gibbs made his offer, she couldn't refuse.
It had been six weeks since the shoot out on Air Force One and she had sat through more hearings and almost interrogations than she cared to think about. No one complained when she turned in her resignation, although, there were a few raised eyebrows when they learned she was going to NCIS.
The switch to NCIS didn't take as long as if she had been a new agent. She had already done her time in the federal agent training grounds. However, she had to take a several week course at FLETC specifically for NCIS special agents. She was drilled in military protocol to the point that she was forgetting more than she had learned.
She just hoped that once she started, she would be able to pick things up on the fly. She had seen the way Gibbs operated and figured he wouldn't tolerate someone slowing the team down.
'Of course,' she mused to herself, 'if I don't get any sleep tonight, slowing them down will be the least of my worries.'
It was then that her newly issued cell started buzzing, sending her in a scramble to find it. "Todd," she answered curtly, hoping she sounded awake.
A cheery voice greeted her on the other end and she wondered how DiNozzo could sound so awake at one o'clock in the morning.
"Katie! How's our newest Special Agent?"
"What are you calling me about DiNozzo? " Kate all but growled in the phone. She could hear Tony's smile in response.
"Calling to tell you work is starting a little early for your first day. Got a dead marine at Quantico. You'll have to meet us there."
Kate was up and moving and grabbing the clothes she had laid out before she tried to go to sleep. "Can't I meet you at headquarters and ride there?"
"Not this time. Gibbs is incommunicado tonight, so I have to find our fearless leader. I didn't interrupt anything did I Katie? You sound a little breathless."
Kate paused from trying to dress while juggling the phone. If Tony was this way now, she was scared to think what he would be like when they started working together full time.
"In your dreams, DiNozzo," she said and she heard his laugh as he disconnected.
It was only then that she realized she had no idea where to go and what exactly she would be doing when she got there. Then her phone beeped and she saw the directions to the scene appear from Tony's number.
With a smile, she straightened her skirt and gave herself a quick once-over in the mirror. "You can do this Special Agent Todd," she said for courage, before slipping on her heels and heading for the door.
Kate sighed as she sat down in the chair in Abby's lab. It had been a long day and she found herself disappointed that she hadn't been able to tag along with Gibbs and Tony to make the collar on her first case.
"It's not fair you know," she said out loud and Abby turned her way. "I could just as easily have gone with them, but I'm just a woman."
"I get the distinct impression you've never done this before," Abby said sagely.
"What?" Kate asked. "Sit at home and play housewife while the boys go out to play? I was on the President's detail and like I told Gibbs, I earned my jock strap."
"Gibbs knows that. Tony knows that. But Kate," Abby said as she walked over and rested a hand on her shoulder, "those marines didn't know that. Gibbs knew they would be less likely to slip up with you there. Gibbs can fit in with them and Tony be the green guy who doesn't know up from down. They can get them to talk in that atmosphere."
"It's going to be like this all the time, isn't it? I didn't have this much trouble with the Secret Service."
"Don't worry, Gibbs will let you play too. He has to if he wants to keep Tony on his toes."
Kate smiled at that thought. "So how did DiNozzo get into NCIS? He told me he smiled."
Abby grinned as she walked back over to the test she was running. "Gibbs picked him in Baltimore and couldn't get rid of him. He grows on you like a strange fungus."
"I don't get them. Gibbs is all straight-laced and hardcore and Tony…" Kate trailed off as she tried to sum up Tony's behavior. "Does he take anything serious?"
"Gibbs and Tony are like two peas in a pod." Then Abby rephrased her analogy with, "Make that two peas in separate pods. Tony's pod is all jokes and flirting and movie references while Gibbs' pod growls and smacks people on the head. But when you take away their pods, they're still just two peas. Two tasty peas actually," Abby added with a wink.
"I don't see it Abby," Kate said with a slight headshake as she headed out of the lab.
"Don't worry you will," Abby's voice followed her out the door.
Kate smiled as she headed for the exit. She was exhausted, but she felt accomplished. She had helped bring a killer to justice. She paused in the parking garage as she saw Gibbs and Tony with the killer. For a first day, it wasn't that bad.