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14 June 2006 @ 22:23
"On a 'Need to Know' Basis by Periwinkle  
Continuing the story that refuses to go away ...
This follows Body Language by toomuchfandom


On a “Need to Know” Basis
By Periwinkle



Something odd is going on here. One minute ago everything was as usual. Then Jethro and Tony went down to Autopsy to see Ducky, and when they came back it was as if there had been a brief stutter in time. There had been a change somehow, but it was subtle. Only someone who’d been partnered with Jethro would pick it up.

When I glanced at Ziva from the corner of my eye, I got the impression she knew what was going on, but she was avoiding looking at me. That in itself is disquieting as Ziva usually is the person who informs me as what is happening. Tony was looking a little hurt and confused, but that’s nothing new. But, Jethro, something was definitely a little off with Jethro. It’s almost as if he’d relaxed a little bit, but that can’t be. Jethro never relaxes around here. He barely ever relaxed around even me, and he stopped doing that after Paris.

It has to be something that happened in Autopsy or the lab. I could go down to that level to see what I could sniff out, but Ducky is there. And Ducky, who everyone thinks is a sweet, kindly man, around me is actually quite ruthless. He has this misguided notion that he needs to protect Gibbs from me. He hides it well, but I get the feeling he thinks I’m a cold-hearted bitch. Not that he’d ever let anyone see what he truly thinks. Well, Ducky, if I am a bitch, it’s because I learned from the best; after all, I was Jethro’s partner.

Maybe I should go to the lab and ask Abby about something? I could see if I pick up some signal from her. But then again, Abby is the one who calls me “Madame Director.” She’s never shown any inclination to help me before.

I just don’t understand it. Nothing’s changed and yet something has. Everyone is acting exactly as they did five minutes ago and yet it’s different. I’m the Director. I should be aware of what’s happening, but Gibbs’ team seems determined to keep me out of the loop. I’ll just have to go down to Autopsy and see what I can find out. I don’t like the team having secrets behind my back. They’re so loyal to Jethro, but they should be mine.

-0-0-

Things are even odder here. Jimmy is looking at me out of the corner of his eye. He’s even acting a little defensive. He’s always been protective of his boss, but right now he’s acting like I’m going to do something awful to Ducky. And Ducky has the nerve to ask me if there’s something he can help me with and then actually turns his back on me and continues the silly story he was telling Jimmy. Something has altered and I don’t know what it is.

I’m the Director. I should know what’s going on. Someone needs to tell me. I need to know.
 
 
 
Bon: aya: escape from realitybonafide_nocta on 15th June 2006 02:45 (UTC)
A great piece!
o_o I've been perched on the edge of my seat from start to finish. The building intensity of the Madame Director has rubbed off on me in the wrong way. A very nice feeling though! But...

What's going to happen now? Will she find out eventually? And what will she do if she does? And who's next in line? I need to know! Can't leave me hanging like this~ Noooo~
periwinkle27periwinkle27 on 15th June 2006 03:32 (UTC)
Re: A great piece!
The building intensity of the Madame Director has rubbed off on me in the wrong way.

I wrote her to be irritating; I hope that's what you mean by your comment. I didn't like her character at the beginning of the season.

What's going to happen now?

This story has taken on a life of its own. I think the current plan is to look at one or two more characters (maybe McGee or Ziva, and I'm tempted to try Fornell) and then we will wrap up by returning to Ducky, Gibbs and maybe Jimmy. But who knows? One of the fun things with this story is that as different authors jump in the story changes direction, so there's no guarantees what will happen. And I'm not the original author, I just respond to other's sections, so I don't control where it goes. The one thing I'm sure of is that when we finally end we'll pull all the sections into one long post for archival.

This has been fun -- hopefully we can do more formal round robins in the future.
Bon: hiruko: oopsbonafide_nocta on 15th June 2006 09:18 (UTC)
Re: A great piece!
I wrote her to be irritating; I hope that's what you mean by your comment. I didn't like her character at the beginning of the season.

=D Oh no, I merely meant that I caught on to her burning curiosity, wanting to know what will happen now, but knowing I can't since this is a Round Robin and all. But I want to! %D

But the way you wrote her was more than fine, since I got the feeling Jenny is somewhat annoying in the series itself? Haven't seen anything of her yet, I'm just a mindless follower. %D But if she is than you did a great job reflecting her character, didn't you?

I meant no offence to your writing in any way, I'm sorry if that's what you read into my message. ^^; Should've put it more clearly. I love your little addition to the RR.
periwinkle27: David in maskperiwinkle27 on 15th June 2006 13:36 (UTC)
Re: A great piece!
Oh shoot, I should have made my reply clearer. I wasn't offended or upset in any way --- please don't worry.
Bon: sou + arou: touch of comfortbonafide_nocta on 15th June 2006 23:54 (UTC)
Re: A great piece!
Relief! %D I feel silly now though, hee.
periwinkle27: Ducky pointingperiwinkle27 on 16th June 2006 13:34 (UTC)
Re: A great piece!
Silly can be good. :) But don't feel silly on my account.

Most of my works are silly, based on stupid puns. Unless I'm highly medicated, then my writing improves. I shudder to think what this says about me...
Nikki: Gibbs/Ducky (Forever)nakeisha on 15th June 2006 07:44 (UTC)
Lovely.

Very Jenn. Very bitchy.

And Ducky, who everyone thinks is a sweet, kindly man, around me is actually quite ruthless. He has this misguided notion that he needs to protect Gibbs from me.

I loved this line. It's perfect. And it's very true.

I also her comment about Jimmy.

And the last line is perfect.

A great piece.
periwinkle27: bitch by Pearle?periwinkle27 on 15th June 2006 17:31 (UTC)
Thank you. I do bitch very well -- ask my coworkers. :)
Buggy: Gibbs and Ducky 12toomuchfandom on 15th June 2006 08:59 (UTC)
OOOO fantastic:D
periwinkle27: Person Trying to Reach You by TooMuchFanperiwinkle27 on 15th June 2006 17:34 (UTC)
You made this icon didn't you? I love it.

This story has become very interesting. Who would have thought it would grow like this?
Buggy: bonkerstoomuchfandom on 15th June 2006 17:38 (UTC)
You made this icon didn't you? I love it.


Yep, I'm taking the blame for it.

Who would have thought it would grow like this?

No one! haha!
I'm Just a Traveller in Timestrainconductor on 16th June 2006 13:40 (UTC)
Ooo, Madame Director's pov is nicely done, I felt her prickle my nerves based on the other character's reactions toward her.

Very well done, and wonderful emotions, the last line is brilliant, her character is there, thanks for writing & sharing.
periwinkle27: Muncle - by Sensine?periwinkle27 on 16th June 2006 15:25 (UTC)
Thank you! As you know, feedback means a lot to a newbie author.

That last line is a variant on the ones in the beginning chapters. I was trying to tie them together.
lonelywalker: teamworklonelywalker on 16th June 2006 14:19 (UTC)
Oh, the last paragraph is perfect. All the clues are there, but Madame Director has none of the rest of the team's investigatory skill, and I bet no one would even think of telling her.

A great continuation of the series :-)
periwinkle27: Mark and Davidperiwinkle27 on 16th June 2006 15:32 (UTC)
but Madame Director has none of the rest of the team's investigatory skill

I see MD as having skills in general. However I think she has a huge blind spot in regard to Gibbs. Anything involving him seems to go through a filter looking for how he reacts to her and because she's self-centered in that regard she misses blindingly obvious things.

Thanks for the comment, I appreciate it!
lonelywalker: teamworklonelywalker on 16th June 2006 15:34 (UTC)
I see MD as having skills in general. However I think she has a huge blind spot in regard to Gibbs. Anything involving him seems to go through a filter looking for how he reacts to her and because she's self-centered in that regard she misses blindingly obvious things.

Ah - that's an excellent way of putting it!
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periwinkle27periwinkle27 on 17th June 2006 17:43 (UTC)
He barely ever relaxed around even me, and he stopped doing that after Paris.

I was fond of that line myself. My favorite line of all time (and I'm paraphrasing) was by, I think nakeisha

He wondered if he should tell her a pixie cut looked ridiculous on a woman of her age.

nakeisha if you read this, what story was that?