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12 June 2006 @ 12:01
Fic: "Discovery" by Periwinkle  
TITLE: Discovery
AUTHOR: Periwinkle
PAIRING: Gibbs/Mallard
GENRE: Slash
SUB-GENRE: Established Relationship
SUMMARY: Gibbs notices that Jimmy Palmer has made a startling realization.

This was written in response to Ashleigh Anpilova’ s
It Was in His Voice
My thanks to her for allowing me to use her idea.


DISCOVERY
Periwinkle


I was on edge that day. Close to exploding. But the team couldn’t tell. I hid it. Except from Ducky. I can’t fool him. Can’t even try anymore. There’s no point. He knows me so well. Ducky knew I was wound up. So he began one of his stories. I know the team thinks he just rambles on. Sometimes it exasperates them. But I take comfort in them. Not that I always listen to them; I’ve heard the tales too many times already. They wash over me though like the ocean waves and I know Duck is with me. So he can tell his tales, and I can ignore them, and we understand the real message is ‘You are important to me and I care for you.’ It’s as close as two men can get to declaring their love in public and we are secure because the team sees what they want to see. They miss the rest.

Or so I thought. Because on that day, I happened to catch a glimpse of Jimmy Palmer. Who was looking at me with a little half-smile on his face. And suddenly I knew that he knew. And he’d known for a while because he didn’t look shocked or amazed.

It’s ironic, isn’t it? The one person in the room who isn’t a trained investigator had been the one to figure out our secret. People don’t give Jimmy enough credit. Yes, he’s young and nervous, but he observes and he listens and he’s going to be a very good M.E. if he stays in the field. He’s learned to put the little pieces together into a whole. My Ducky is a good teacher. Jimmy realizes that.

I can trust Jimmy with this. He’s never given a hint in the past that he’d figured us out. I find that I’m glad that he’s the one to know -– Abby would be too bouncy for Ducky, Tony would make annoying remarks and the rest of them might have trouble with the idea. Jimmy treats Ducky with respect. He is interested in learning from him. He’s the only person other than me who ever really listens to the endless stories. That impresses me. He could so easily treat Ducky as a foolish old man.
I won’t tell Ducky; he doesn’t need to know. But in the future, now I know I’ll have someone I can look at when Duck is rambling on and find understanding. It’s a nice feeling. I really don’t compliment Jimmy enough on his work. I’ll have to rectify that in the future.
 
 
 
Buggy: Gibbs and Ducky 01toomuchfandom on 12th June 2006 16:05 (UTC)
OOOO this is so cute!

Well-written and so sweet:D

I love it:D

write more? please?
Nikki: Gibbs/Ducky (Touched)nakeisha on 12th June 2006 16:20 (UTC)
Ooh, lovely. So many wonderful lines.

You are important to me and I care for you

::Sigh:: Perfectly put.

It’s ironic, isn’t it? The one person in the room who isn’t a trained investigator had been the one to figure out our secret.

Indeed!

And Gibbs is exactly right in his observations about Jimmy, he really is.

I won’t tell Ducky; he doesn’t need to know.

You do realise, don't you? That this one line has now spawned a little snippet in my mind, from Ducky's POV, with him deciding not to tell Jethro :-) Is it okay if I write it? Or have you plans to do so?

A really lovely story. Thank you for sharing it.
periwinkle27: Ducky in slouch hatperiwinkle27 on 12th June 2006 17:28 (UTC)
You do realise, don't you? That this one line has now spawned a little snippet in my mind, from Ducky's POV, with him deciding not to tell Jethro :-) Is it okay if I write it? Or have you plans to do so?

Go for it. I actually originally wrote this in Ducky's voice and decided I preferred Gibbs.

Incidentally, sometime we should pick a story line and assign different characters to different authors. We could get some interesting variety.
Nikki: Gibbs/Ducky (Gibbs)nakeisha on 12th June 2006 20:23 (UTC)
Thank you. I have finished it, just need to check it through.

Incidentally, sometime we should pick a story line and assign different characters to different authors. We could get some interesting variety.

Hmm, now that sounds like an interesting idea.
Chrissharpiesgal on 13th June 2006 02:19 (UTC)
Ummm....

That sounds more scary and than interesting....lol

How about making it a challenge???

*the glutton for punishment slips back in her corner to play with her red head.*
Nikki: Gibbs/Ducky (Ducky)nakeisha on 13th June 2006 08:21 (UTC)
How about making it a challenge???

GMTA. A challenge it shall be.
periwinkle27: Mark on winter press tourperiwinkle27 on 13th June 2006 14:24 (UTC)
Would we want to assign characters so that the whole team is covered?
Nikki: Gibbs/Ducky (Affection)nakeisha on 13th June 2006 14:31 (UTC)
My idea would be to come up with an idea and then ask who wanted to take part, then put the names in one 'hat' the characters 'names' in another and just draw. I think it would be fairer. To tie in the number of characters with the number of people who wanted to take part.

Unless someone really, really, really didn't want a particular character.

We could also ask if anyone would be willing to do more than one.
periwinkle27periwinkle27 on 13th June 2006 15:43 (UTC)
I agree -- a random assignment is fairest.
Nikki: Gibbs/Ducky (Different)nakeisha on 13th June 2006 16:05 (UTC)
:-)

Thanks. I'll knock up a 'are you interested post' to see who is keen to 'play'. Then we can think of a theme :-)
Nikki: Gibbs/Ducky (Always on my mind)nakeisha on 13th June 2006 08:20 (UTC)
Have now done my Ducky one.

Incidentally, sometime we should pick a story line and assign different characters to different authors.

Anita is now going to do an Abby one for this little 'thread', if you still intend to do Jenn, I could then throw it open and see if someone would pick up McGee, Ziva and DiNozzo - what do you think?

I'd also like to pick up your idea for another line at a later date, maybe we can liaise about it at some time? I was thinking for assigning characters the fairest way would be names in 'hats' (well cups, but you get the picture).
Nikki: Gibbs/Ducky (Forever)nakeisha on 13th June 2006 08:22 (UTC)
Anita is now going to do an Abby one for this little 'thread', if you still intend to do Jenn, I could then throw it open and see if someone would pick up McGee, Ziva and DiNozzo - what do you think?

Unless you want to pick up any more of them?
periwinkle27: David in maskperiwinkle27 on 13th June 2006 14:26 (UTC)
I would take either Jen or Fornell. See what people want.

Then again, even Gerald or Paula Cassidy could be fun...
Nikki: Gibbs/Ducky (Forever)nakeisha on 13th June 2006 14:33 (UTC)
Sorry, confused the threads here. :-( My fault.

This particular one with Anita wanting to do Abby is to do with this little 'round robin' thing that you and I are playing with, not the other challenge idea you had.

I posted my Ducky one this morning; she asked if she could do Abby; you'd mentioned doing Jenn; and I then and wrote a DiNozzo - it wouldn't go away.

Nikki: Gibbs/Ducky (Face cupping)nakeisha on 13th June 2006 14:25 (UTC)
This is getting addictive!

I have now written an offering from DiNozzo about his feelings re: the head slap!
periwinkle27: Sean and Pauleyperiwinkle27 on 13th June 2006 14:31 (UTC)
Isn't it fun when characters take on a life of their own?

When this is done, let's rearchive it as a longer story with all the pieces together.
Nikki: Gibbs/Ducky (Close to you)nakeisha on 13th June 2006 14:37 (UTC)
It is!

Are you going to do Jenn?

Re-archiving sounds good to me.

I'm Just a Traveller in Timestrainconductor on 12th June 2006 21:10 (UTC)
Aww, this was amazingly sweet, and very true in the remark that Jimmy doesn't get enough credit.

Wonderfully fluffy, it gave me such a good feeling inside, thank you for sharing!
periwinkle27: calapine Smirk modeperiwinkle27 on 12th June 2006 22:57 (UTC)
Thank you. I think nakeisha and I may turn this into a longer series with us responding to each other.
Chrissharpiesgal on 13th June 2006 02:20 (UTC)
Good job...

I could really hear Jethro in this....

So you see you still got the writing chops despite being mostly a beta these days...
periwinkle27: Kate tattoo by astral_angelperiwinkle27 on 13th June 2006 14:28 (UTC)
So you see you still got the writing chops despite being mostly a beta these days...

Aw, thank you.

I do NCIS flash fiction also -- you can find it in my memories file.
Bon: l/r: 007's got nothing on usbonafide_nocta on 13th June 2006 11:16 (UTC)
Great continuation ficlet. =3 At first I thought it was still written in Jimmy's POV, so I had to do a double take on the - "So he can tell his tales, and I can ignore them, and we understand the real message is ‘You are important to me and I care for you.'" bit.

Loved it. Am anxiously awaiting your next ficlet. =D
periwinkle27periwinkle27 on 13th June 2006 14:30 (UTC)
At first I thought it was still written in Jimmy's POV

You know, it didn't occur to me that people might think that. I'll have to be clearer in the next installment. Thanks for pointing this out.

This story is taking on a life of it own.
Bon: mfu: i want youbonafide_nocta on 13th June 2006 17:52 (UTC)
Thanks for pointing this out.

No problem. I didn't think it was all that bothersome though. Amusing more like it. =)
lonelywalker: teamworklonelywalker on 13th June 2006 16:56 (UTC)
Wow, I think you and Nikki have a good effect on each other. I'm often disappointed by shorter fics, but this was just perfect in its sentiment and Gibbs-voice.

::goes to read more::
periwinkle27: Tony & Mark kissing Pauleyperiwinkle27 on 13th June 2006 18:17 (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad you said that about Gibbs' voice as I was originally supposed to be writing Ducky and it just didn't sound right, so I changed the POV.