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Fic: Controlling the Mind (NCIS)

Title: Controlling the Mind
Author: kaylashay
Rating: FR15
Disclaimer: I'm not Bellesario or CBS, so I don't claim to own them.
Genre: Slash
Pairings: Gibbs/DiNozzo
Word Count: 10 x 100
Timeline: Pre-Series; Episode Tag 02x10 Chained
Beta: avamclean who kept pushing for more...
Challenge: ncis_drabble; #131 Control

Crossposted: ncis_drabble; ncisfanfic; gibbs_dinozzo; gibbsbasement; ncis_fic; ncis_slash

Summary: It never registered with him that what he was doing could be considered wrong.

Just ignore me. Don't hit me. Just leave me the hell alone. Every ounce of his being was focused on those feelings as he stared up at the large form of his father looming over him. The large hand was raised, poised to strike, but it never fell. Then he heard his father's voice speaking with a strange monotone quality. "I'm through with you boy. Consider yourself disowned. My attorney will take care of your needs until you are eighteen." Then the man walked away without looking back and twelve-year-old Anthony DiNozzo realized he had taken control of his father.

Once he realized how his mysterious 'gift' worked, Tony couldn't resist the urge to use it time and again. When he was late on an assignment he would just think at his teacher and they would give him another day without hesitation. When he wanted to fit in with the kids at the military academy, he kept his thoughts focused and the kids circled around him. It never registered with him that what he was doing could be considered wrong. He felt that if he had the ability, then he should be able to use it. Then he lost control.

He was a senior and Jackie was a junior from the nearby all-girls school. They had been dating for several months; mainly hanging out with friends at the movies. However, one night he took her driving and they ended up on Cherry Hill. Kissing turned into roaming hands and before either knew it, their clothes had been pushed out of the way and they were stretched out on the back seat. It wasn't until they were driving home that Tony realized what Jackie's monotone voice meant. With his head hung over the toilet, he vowed to never lose control again.

The years passed and he found himself on the brink of leaving yet another city. Anytime he felt himself become too relaxed with the people around him, he ran. In Peoria, his captain started giving him the 'good' assignments when he was still fresh from the academy. In Philly, his girlfriend attacked a neighbor that was always pushing him for a date. Now, in Baltimore, his partner agreed with everything he said without question and it almost got them both killed. So when Special Agent Gibbs offered him a job, he accepted without hesitation. A new place meant better control.

It had been two years and somehow his control was still in place. Gibbs never gave in unless he was right; and even then it was iffy if the man would. Ducky never stopped telling his stories no matter how many times Tony wished he wouldn't. Abby always hugged him even when he tried to keep her an arm's length away. Kate… well, hell would freeze over before she gave in to his control. Each day he tried something small to see if the block on his ability had lifted. No matter what he did, he couldn't control his team.

After the fiasco with Jeffrey White, Tony found himself riding silently in Gibbs' car as the older man took him home. The back of his head itched where the blood had dried. He couldn't believe he had shot Jeffrey instead of talking the other man down. He had even volunteered a deal if Jeffrey cooperated. After years of controlling others, he felt used. He felt his stomach churn as he thought of how Jackie and all the others he had controlled over the years had felt. Then he was being led into his apartment, with Gibbs silently by his side.

Tony allowed Gibbs to lead him to the bathroom and didn't say anything as the man helped him clean off. It was as if something had snapped inside and Tony could no longer control anything. He couldn't even control himself. He lost track of time until he felt Gibbs' hand resting on his face, his thumb tracing small patterns on the stubble of his chin. "You don't have keep control all the time, Tony," Gibbs said quietly. "You can't control me. Nobody can. And I can make it where you don't have to worry about losing control with anyone else."

"It was you? All this time, it was you?" Tony latched on to the blue eyes that were shining back at him with emotions he had never seen. "It's always been me, DiNozzo. You influence people to do things you want them to do and I keep them from feeling that influence." Tony turned Gibbs' words around in his head. "You mean, I could never make you do something you didn't want to do? Never take control of you?" Gibbs just snorted in response and Tony took a chance. He turned his face and placed a kiss on Gibbs' hand.

Tony closed his eyes and held his breath as he waited for Gibbs' response. It felt like an eternity before he felt warm lips brush against his own and he blushed as a moan escaped his throat. Soon, Gibbs' tongue had worked its way into his mouth and dueled for dominance with his own. He slowly reached his hands up and wrapped them around Gibbs' strong back. As if waiting for a sign from him, Gibbs wrapped his own arms around him and began moving him towards the bedroom. "I don't want to control it anymore, Gibbs," Tony breathed out.

One night with Gibbs broke all of Tony's defenses. He didn't have to keep the constant vigilance on his thoughts and emotions. He didn't have to worry if one stray thought would lead to someone being hurt, emotionally or physically. He didn't have to worry if it was time to leave the home he had made for himself. He didn't have to wonder if Gibbs was in his bed because Tony's thoughts had made him be there. The next morning, Tony woke in Gibbs' arms and stared down into the blue eyes that greeted him. He gave up his control.

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murgy31
Apr. 7th, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
That was awesome!
kaylashay
Apr. 7th, 2009 05:14 am (UTC)
Thanks!

:-)
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kaylashay
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
So do I... :-)
ferneberga
Apr. 7th, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
Now that was original didn't see that coming from Tony. Good on Gibbs for letting give up control
kaylashay
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks! With Gibbs there, he didn't have to worry about control anymore.
lil_jei
Apr. 7th, 2009 07:30 am (UTC)
Interesting. I liked it. Your Gibbs was very good...loved the control aspect.
kaylashay
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Control was the name of the game... or prompt in this case. :-)
xanthe
Apr. 7th, 2009 07:53 am (UTC)
I love the idea of Tony having a special power like this - and Gibbs being able to block it! Really cool! Thank you :-)
kaylashay
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
:-)

I couldn't get the idea of Tony stopping his father and it going a bit further to the point of him being disowned.

Then I realized that Tony last at NCIS as long as he has because Gibbs was able to block his ability and that made Tony feel relaxed for the first time in years...

You know... it puts the thing with Jeanne into a whole new light when you think that Tony started seeing her undercover while Gibbs was gone. Huh...

*puts up wards to fend off plot bunnies*
sa3466996
Apr. 7th, 2009 08:29 am (UTC)
I like this because it seems an extension of his character - reading other peoples body language, altering his own demeanor and then reacting to their further actions to get them to do things. It would work for his conquests, suspects in interrogation, undercover assignments. You progressed that, took it further into the supernatural and I liked it. And every power has to have something to neutralise it, temper it and control it. Gibbs is perfect for that.
kaylashay
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
I've always felt that if Tony had a supernatural ability, it would be related to the mind; either mind reading, mind control, empathy, thought/feeling sensing... something along those lines. It just makes so much for his character.

And Gibbs... well that was a given. :-)
jagfanlj
Apr. 7th, 2009 08:36 am (UTC)
Have I ever told you how fantastic your writing is?

*sniffle* Poor Tony, what started out as a defense-mechanism turned against him. It must have been awful, always moving because he had to rather than out of wanderlust or boredom. Now he's got Gibbs, and he doesn't have to run anymore. *melts*

btw:
What IS it about those two guys that just makes me go all warm and mushy inside? They are so HOT and sooooo cute together.
kaylashay
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
*big grin*

Yeah... until that moment in the car, he never saw anything wrong with what he was doing. It was just a natural thing to him like breathing. Then after that, it would have done anything to get rid of it.

I don't know what it is about them, but I feel that way too. :-)
ceares
Apr. 7th, 2009 10:28 am (UTC)
oooh! love this concept, both Tony with the mind control and Gibbs blocking it.
kaylashay
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I've wanted to do something with Tony having a supernatural ability for a long time and I finally found something that fit.

:-)
ksl2025
Apr. 7th, 2009 10:52 am (UTC)
wow. Very nice.
kaylashay
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :-)
samueljames
Apr. 7th, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed this esp Gibbs gentle reassurance "you don't have to worry about losing control with anyone else."
kaylashay
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's always Tony's greatest fear, that he will influence someone to do something they really don't want to do. So the fact that Gibbs can keep the control for him lifts so much weight off of his shoulders.

:-)
sasha1600
Apr. 7th, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)
Another 'superpower' for Gibbs: mind-control equivalent of a cell phone jammer! *g* Nice!
kaylashay
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
Hee! If Abby ever found out, that's what she would call him! And then Gibbs would glare and Abby would back track and try to come up with a before!technology equivalent.

:-)
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ghosts_writer
Apr. 7th, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)
wow...I'd say more but that's about all I could think right now...
kaylashay
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That's a great compliment!

:-)
spoonyriffic
Apr. 7th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
This was brilliant. You made Tony's special power seem believable and in character, without it being like, "Hey! I've suddenly got mind-control powers!" There was a nice buildup.

I especially loved Tony's confusion about his powers being "blocked," and then the subsequent reveal that Gibbs was the one who had been blocking him all along. The ending especially made me smile.

Now I'm just wondering how many other people have this power, if Gibbs has always had it like Tony, or what. But I suppose that'll be up to my imagination. :D
kaylashay
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
I'd definitely never give Tony a sudden power and let him run rampant with it. The world would be destroyed before Gibbs could get him under control. ;-)

I really like the idea of Tony having some kind of ability from the time he's a kid. I've toyed with the idea of writing a Sentinel crossover fic since we know Tony has good hearing, sight and smell. But it's one that's likely to never formalize.

In my mind, others have the same abilities too. That's how Gibbs knows about his. I pictured Jeffrey White having the same ability as Tony and that's why Tony ended up liking him. Tony was able (just barely) to get around White's influence to shoot him. White used his ability to get people on his side then kill them. :-)
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kateri_e
Apr. 7th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
Oh that was great! I love the idea of a controlling Tony and a Gibbs who can cancel it out. Very well done.
kaylashay
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Gibbs and Tony. Yin and Yang.

:-)
(Anonymous)
Apr. 7th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
I love this! It was just awesome and you wrote it so well!

ShadowCat17
kaylashay
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I enjoyed writing this!
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