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16 June 2006 @ 17:06
Fiction. Davka.  
Thanks to nakeisha for her comments :-)

TITLE: Davka
AUTHOR: lonelywalker
PAIRING: Gibbs/Ducky
GENRE: Slash
SUB-GENRE: Round robin.
SUMMARY: Ziva analyses the situation.
DISCLAIMER: I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.


Davka

From the files of Ziva David, Mossad Agent.

Naval Criminal Investigative Service >> Personnel >> Gibbs, Leroy Jethro >> -date encrypted-

-translated from the Hebrew-

Report

Special Agent Gibbs struck Special Agent DiNozzo today, administering a sharp slap to the back of Agent DiNozzo’s head. The incident took place in the autopsy room, in the presence of Doctor Mallard and ME assistant James Palmer. Despite Agent DiNozzo’s protestations, and frequent whining during the rest of the day, no formal charge of assault or harassment was registered against Agent Gibbs.

Observations

It has come to my attention since joining Agent Gibbs’ investigative team that the “headslap” is a frequent disciplinary device used by senior agents to chasten junior agents. The slap itself causes no physical damage, but serves to alert the junior agent to a lapse in concentration or logical thought.

In itself the headslap is unobjectionable, and usually the instances of its use have gone unrecorded in my files. However, Agent DiNozzo’s report to me of the facts of this particular incident made it clear that today’s use of the headslap was particularly odd, and worth further investigation.

Agent DiNozzo’s complaint took two parts: (1) that the headslap was unusually violent and painful. (2) that the headslap was unwarranted, and that certainly the punishment was disproportionate to the offence. Since I cannot testify to the severity of the pain felt by Agent DiNozzo, I must pay attention primarily to the reason behind the headslap.

Agent DiNozzo related that Doctor Mallard had, as is usual, been giving an oral autopsy report to Agent Gibbs. Upon Doctor Mallard’s familiar lapse into a vaguely related anecdote, Agent DiNozzo had made the request that the Doctor resume his formal report (it is unclear what wording this request took). Upon hearing this request, Agent Gibbs firmly slapped the back of Agent DiNozzo’s head.

There are two possible analyses of the cause of this unusually violent headslap. The first is that Agent Gibbs davka slapped Agent DiNozzo without any specific provocation. That is, the headslap was motivated precisely because there was no provocation. The second analysis is that, unknown to Agent DiNozzo, there in fact was sufficient provocation to warrant the headslap. For the purposes of this report, I will assume that the second analysis is correct.

The most obvious reason for Agent Gibbs to become angered by Agent DiNozzo’s interruption would be that Doctor Mallard’s anecdote was in fact important to the autopsy report. Despite the fact that I was not present at the autopsy report, I doubt that this was the case. Doctor Mallard frequently relates such anecdotes, and they are rarely of crucial factual importance. In addition, it is unlikely that Agent Gibbs could have recognised the anecdote as containing vital information in the brief time before Agent DiNozzo’s interruption. It is therefore probable that Agent Gibbs was reacting to the interruption itself, regardless of what Agent DiNozzo was interrupting.

Doctor Mallard is a senior and esteemed medical examiner. It is appropriate that all members of NCIS regard him with respect, and it is possible that Agent Gibbs was angered by Agent DiNozzo’s lack of politeness. However, given the seriousness of the case, and the importance of the autopsy report, it would seem reasonable that Agent DiNozzo’s haste would warrant a commendation rather than a violent punishment.

My analysis therefore suggests that there was no logical reason behind the headslap. It was administered, davka, without provocation.

Personal Notes

I have previously noted in these files that the relationship between Agent Gibbs and Doctor Mallard is particularly close. They have known each other for at least the last ten years, and have socialised outside the work environment.

In the past, I have made reports on the friendship of these two men. It has appeared, in my judgement, that Agent Gibbs has on several occasions endangered his entire team on behalf of Doctor Mallard. They also appear to be extremely close, even affectionate. It is possible that this relationship alone may be the reason behind Agent Gibbs’ reaction. However, I do not believe this to be the case.

In earlier reports, I have theorised that the relationships between several members of the NCIS team may be sexual and/or romantic (see files on: DiNozzo/Todd; Gibbs/Sciuto; Gibbs/Shepard; McGee/Sciuto; McGee/Palmer; and Palmer/Sciuto). Amongst these preliminary theories was the possibility that Agent Gibbs and Doctor Mallard were romantically involved. They have the longest friendship of any two people on Agent Gibbs’ team. Neither admits to any current romantic or sexual involvement with another person.

Doctor Mallard’s record suggests neither sustained heterosexual nor homosexual relationships, although I am not privy to his extended background check. It is therefore possible that Doctor Mallard is a practising homosexual. Agent Gibbs has had several lengthy heterosexual relationships, and has fathered at least one child. Nevertheless, a single homosexual relationship with a close friend is not impossible.

Therefore, I must describe my reason for deciding that such a relationship, however, is unlikely in this case.

Despite Agent Gibbs’ excellent work record, above average intellect, and – according to some – good physical appearance, it is, in my opinion, improbable that Doctor Mallard would enter into a romantic relationship with him. Doctor Mallard, as I have discussed, is a highly intelligent, skilled, and respected man. Even taking into account Agent Gibbs’ remarkable professional abilities, I find it unlikely that Doctor Mallard would be interested in pursuing an extensive social affiliation. Agent Gibbs is known to be brusque, unfriendly, and, in fact, distinctly antisocial. He appears to spend his leisure time imbibing alcohol and working – alone – on a boat, the use of which seems to be impossible since it is located in his basement.

Primarily, however, I must take into account the fact that, on numerous occasions during the ten years of their friendship, Agent Gibbs has been known to have had heterosexual relationships, including several (brief) marriages. Quite apart from the fact of these relationships’ very existence, Doctor Mallard must have witnessed Agent Gibbs’ romantic ineptitude, self-destructive tendencies, and general insufferability.

Therefore, considering all of the evidence, I find it unlikely that Doctor Mallard and Agent Gibbs are involved in anything more than a mutual friendship.

Personal Notes (Update)

A brief incident occurred today that may have some tenuous relevance to my former report. Agent DiNozzo, Doctor Mallard, James Palmer and I were investigating a crime scene. The body of a marine had been found in a small storeroom with only one exit. Although the murder had been a violent stabbing, no blood was found on the door. Instead, on close examination, Agent DiNozzo located a bloody handprint on the ledge of a small, relatively inaccessible window high in the storeroom wall. This suggested that the murderer had exited using the window rather than the obvious choice of the door.

I theorised to Agent DiNozzo that the murderer had davka used the window. He asked me to explain what I meant. Unfortunately there is no direct translation into English, and I struggled to convey my meaning. Doctor Mallard, who I believe speaks very good Hebrew, was able to help Agent DiNozzo understand, primarily by giving examples of the word’s usage.

The first example he gave was: “I davka love him.”

I will need to analyse the implications of this statement in the future.
 
 
 
Chris: NCISsharpiesgal on 16th June 2006 14:32 (UTC)
Love it!!!

You have Ziva spot on. She has always come across as a bit of a cold fish.

It's amusing to see that she thinks neither Gibbs nor Ducky would be interested in each other than just old friends.
lonelywalker: drawn togetherlonelywalker on 16th June 2006 14:51 (UTC)
:-D Well, the second B is for "Bastard" ;-)

Glad you liked it.
periwinkle27: Ducky Gibbs Jimmy autopsy sceneperiwinkle27 on 16th June 2006 14:51 (UTC)
This is phenomenal! A great addition to the series. And I like that you made it a memo. It makes a nice change from all the other sections.
lonelywalker: my fandom throws thingslonelywalker on 16th June 2006 14:53 (UTC)
:-D

Well, I see Ziva as the type of person who actually likes writing reports. From her military background, I thought this type of format was better than just "thoughts".

Thanks for your comments!
periwinkle27: Mark and Davidperiwinkle27 on 16th June 2006 15:55 (UTC)
I think this format gave you a lot more room to express Ziva's thoughts in detail. Someo of our earlier chapters have had to make the thoughts brief and disjointed as we're writing as if they are just occuring to the speaker. Also, I liked seeing this report as it serves as a nice summary of the story.

And this ties into my Jen chapter. We said she had a blind spot with regards to Gibbs, and Ziva is feeding into it. If Ziva rejects a Gibbs/Ducky pairing, then Jen will feel even more as if she can go after Jethro.
Buggy: bonkerstoomuchfandom on 16th June 2006 14:57 (UTC)
heee Great stuff!

I could really hear Ziva's voice!

But I have still no idea what davka means though... Maybe I'm too thick haha.
lonelywalker: huhlonelywalker on 16th June 2006 15:00 (UTC)
It doesn't have an exact translation. It means something like "precisely" or "exactly", but with a negative spin.

You know the story of the Garden of Eden? God says, "ok, Adam and Eve, you can do anything, but don't, whatever you do, eat the apple." So, what do they do? Davka, they eat the apple.

So, "I davka love him" means, "I love him precisely because I'm not supposed to".

Hope that makes sense. Glad you liked the story anyway! :-)
Buggy: Gibbs and Ducky 02toomuchfandom on 16th June 2006 20:55 (UTC)
Right:D

Thanks for explaining!
Nikki: Gibbs/Ducky (Marry me)nakeisha on 16th June 2006 15:16 (UTC)
I really do like this.

Ziva's voice is spot on; the style of the report is excellent and the whole thing works really well.

Yes, I too was amused by her thought that neither Gibbs nor Ducky would be interested in anything other than friendship. Her reasoning though was spot on.

Thank you for this addition.
lonelywalker: teamworklonelywalker on 16th June 2006 15:18 (UTC)
Thank you guys for starting this round robin. We must do it again some time :-)

And thanks again for the readthrough. Much appreciated.
Nikki: Gibbs/Ducky (Past)nakeisha on 16th June 2006 15:23 (UTC)
Peri suggested doing an official one or two :-)

So yes, I shall be posting information about that and garnering interest in the not too distant future.
lonelywalker: drawn togetherlonelywalker on 16th June 2006 15:32 (UTC)
*is interested*

;-)

It would actually be very interesting to have a challenge that involved writers from all the pairings - I'd be intrigued to see how a Gibbs/DiNozzo shipper analysed the situation we have all been writing about, for example. But that would be a much bigger task. Just thinking out loud :-)
periwinkle27: Ducky in slouch hatperiwinkle27 on 16th June 2006 15:49 (UTC)
It would actually be very interesting to have a challenge that involved writers from all the pairings

After we get through the proposed round robins, I would like to do one where we sign up for chapters, not pairings and each person adds on to a continuing story. We'll see if there's still interest after we do nakeisha's ideas (which are great.)
Nikki: Gibbs/Ducky (Until later)nakeisha on 16th June 2006 16:06 (UTC)
It would actually be very interesting to have a challenge that involved writers from all the pairings -

!!! You don't want much, do you :-))))

- I'd be intrigued to see how a Gibbs/DiNozzo shipper analysed the situation we have all been writing about,

It'd be dismissed without thought. Plus, we did rather bash DiNozzo in a few of them :-))

But that would be a much bigger task.

It certainly would!

. Just thinking out loud :-)

:-) Your thoughts take you into dangerous places!
Renk1mono on 16th June 2006 15:37 (UTC)
What a great additon, and typically analytical as ever from Ziva, I can really hear her voice through this, you are really spot on with the character.

Wonderful
lonelywalker: teamworklonelywalker on 16th June 2006 15:45 (UTC)
Thanks, Ren. I was a bit worried about my Ziva-voice since I haven't seen too many of her episodes, so I'm glad that you thought it worked well.
Bon: maki: crayon heartsbonafide_nocta on 16th June 2006 16:26 (UTC)
I don't know Ziva, haven't seen any of 'her' episodes yet, but that doesn't keep me from loving it to bits! =]

Somehow these analytical personalities always make me giggle. Untentionally coming off as funny ('He appears to spend his leisure time imbibing alcohol and working – alone – on a boat, the use of which seems to be impossible since it is located in his basement.') must be one of the reasons. =D

And yes, the report format really was a nice touch. Reminded me of shayheyred's ship_menifesto essay about the Napoleon/Illya pairing.

Loved it! {heart}
lonelywalker: teamworklonelywalker on 16th June 2006 17:30 (UTC)
I don't know Ziva, haven't seen any of 'her' episodes yet, but that doesn't keep me from loving it to bits! =]

:-D Thanks!

Somehow these analytical personalities always make me giggle. Untentionally coming off as funny ('He appears to spend his leisure time imbibing alcohol and working – alone – on a boat, the use of which seems to be impossible since it is located in his basement.') must be one of the reasons. =D

Hee. I'm glad it made you laugh. Some of Gibbs' idiosyncracies are a little... odd...

And yes, the report format really was a nice touch. Reminded me of shayheyred's ship_menifesto essay about the Napoleon/Illya pairing.

Ooh. Thank you for the link - very interesting essay.
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lonelywalker: teamworklonelywalker on 17th June 2006 20:00 (UTC)
Thought this was well-written and a brilliant addition to the series, you've captured a lot of 'my' Ziva here.

That's really good to hear, because I was worried about my "Ziva-voice", having not seen very much of S3. I guess my exposure to the Israeli mentality has been some help ;-)

Write more please! :D

Er. Okay... ;-)

::runs off to scribble further::