In This Together
by Noel Goddard
Original Pub. Date: July 2004
Summary: A ficlet written for celli including the line:"You're not as omniscient as you think you are, boss." (Gibbs/Dinozzo).
The gravelly voice echoed through the empty office, shaking me out of my reverie. I had been staring at the computer screen for hours, looking for some kind of lead on the case. Something, anything, that might provide the break we needed.
I looked up as Gibbs approached. “What’s up, Boss?”
He stopped in front of my desk, holding his trademark cup of coffee. “DiNozzo, what the hell are you still doing here? I though I sent you home hours ago.”
I ran my hands through my hair. “I think your exact words were get the hell out.”
He took a sip of his coffee before he answered, “Nice to know you follow orders so well.”
I pushed back from my desk, got up, and started across the office to get my own coffee. “Well, you know, Boss, sometimes rules were made to be broken.”
Turns out that was the wrong thing to say. He reached out and grabbed my arm roughly, spinning me to face him. “DiNozzo, my rules are there for a reason. They are not there for you to spit on whenever it suits you!“
Time passed as we stared at each other each refusing to budge. Surprisingly, Gibbs broke first. “We don’t even have an active case. What the hell are you doing?”
I turned back to the coffee pot and began to pour my coffee, unable to look at him as I mumbled in answer. “I was just trying to help.”
Gibbs was losing his cool. It was a good thing the office was empty or everyone would know that I was currently at the top of his shit list. “Goddamn it, DiNozzo! Help with what?”
It sounded stupid as I said it. “I was trying to help you find the terrorist.”
Gibbs just sputtered more. “Why the hell are you doing that? He didn’t shoot you.”
That was when I lost it. I had spent the last few years making sure that my feelings never showed. Well, I let them all out right then. “You're not as omniscient as you think you are, boss. He shot you, which, in my book, is even worse!” My voice grew cold. “I personally am going to cut his balls off and then hang him from the nearest tree.”
Gibbs looked uncomfortable. “Gee, DiNozzo. I didn’t know that you cared.”
Before he could react, I pushed Gibbs against the wall and kissed him hard. I think he was so stunned that he didn’t put up a fight. As I ground my crotch against his, I thought I actually felt him respond. I pulled back suddenly and stalked back over to my desk. From there I grabbed my keys and headed to the elevator. As I waited impatiently for the doors to open, I felt Gibbs come up behind me.
He cleared his throat before he spoke. “You’re right, Tony. I’m not omniscient. Your place or mine?”