AUTHOR: Ashleigh Anpilova
PAIRING: Leroy Jethro Gibbs/Donald 'Ducky' Mallard
PROMPT: Just one more
SUMMARY: Gibbs knows this will be the last time.
WORD COUNT: 300
DISCLAIMER: I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.
This is it. The last time.
Just one more time I'm going to say 'I do'.
Just one more time I'm going to promise to forsake all others till death do us part. This time I'll mean it.
The fifth time and the last. The last because there's no way I'd take these vows if I didn't mean them. Not this time.
Five marriages; that's four more than I thought I'd have. Three more than I should have had.
My first marriage was good; more than good. Although I'll admit I do remember it through rose colored glasses. It was good; it wasn't perfect. There's no such thing. But it was good. Sometimes though, in the middle of a dark, lonely night, I wonder if it'd have survived. Guess I'll never know.
My second, third and fourth marriages were mistakes. I was a fool; a thoughtless, selfish fool. I kept trying to get back what I'd had. But you can't do that. As Duck is fond of telling me 'you can't go back'. Yeah, right. Only took me three failed marriages and cost me three lots of alimony, three scars, various screwed up and failed relationships with other women to finally realize that.
My fifth marriage, my last marriage, is different. It's not only different because of who I'm marrying, it's different because I know it's right. I know I'm marrying for the right reasons. I know I'm not looking to try and recreate what I once had. And I'm marrying the person I love most of all - unlike marriages two, three and four. Yeah, I really am a bastard at times.
So that's what I'm doing today. I'm promising Ducky I'll be his until death and beyond. I'm promising him there won't he anyone else. And there won't be.