Disclaimer: I'm not Bellesario or CBS, so I don't claim to own them.
Genre: Gen; (barest mention of Gibbs/DiNozzo pairing)
Word Count: 300
Note: I can't blame tejas for this, it's all on me and xanthe. This is a tag to xanthe's fic Sunrise (Gibbs/DiNozzo). Please read it first to fully appreciate this ficlet. (This thread started it.)
Challenge: ncis_drabble; Past Challenge #57 - Regrets
Crossposted: ncis_drabble; ncisfanfic; ncis_fic
Summary: ...and then he'll rue the day he was left with such an unbalanced workforce.
Vance wanted to bang his head on his desk. It was the fifth case in a row that had been left in shambles since Gibbs' retirement and DiNozzo's resignation. Years ago, he would have laughed at the thought of missing both men when it came to his major case squad, but now... Vance had grudgingly learned over the years of working with the two that multiple college degrees didn't mean squat when it came to solid investigative work.
Now, he had teams of men and women who could crack a computer encryption in seconds flat, but if you asked them to crack the muscle behind a gun-running ring in interrogation they looked like they were about to wet their pants.
He didn't have anyone who could win a pissing match with the other agencies. He didn't have anyone who could have a witness or a suspect spilling their life story within minutes of smiling at them. He was even running out of people who could fit in undercover in both military and civilian scenarios.
McGee was the only one left that could come close to what he needed. Years working alongside the other two men had left their imprint on him. But the longer he was away from them (and it had been several years since he'd taken over Cyber Crimes) the less their habits shown through. McGee wasn't out in the field anymore and he was losing that touch.
Now Vance was left with unsolved cases and botched ops. The SecNav had even asked why the numbers were dropping at their last golf game. In short, the agency was floundering and it was because of the departure of two men now sailing to God knew where on a damn boat built in a basement. If only he had known…