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08 November 2018 @ 10:47 pm
[NCIS: Drabble] "Dedicated Audience" [G]  
Title: Dedicated Audience
Prompt: (very, very late) birthday present for nakeisha
Rating: G
Word Count: 350
Fandom: NCIS
Character(s): Ducky Mallard, team
Summary: The team surprises Ducky with something he’s always wanted.

Dedicated Audience

“Good morning, Jethro!” called Ducky, pushing open the perpetually-unlocked front door of Gibbs’s house.

There was no answer, but he could hear someone moving around in the kitchen, so he came inside and walked into the living room. If his memory served, some of the furniture had recently been rearranged – the large armchair was now next to the cheerful fire going in the fireplace, with a little end table beside it. The couch was still its customary place, with a stack of blankets at one end.

Behind him, the front door opened again. “Ducky, you’re already here!” said Abby, then she leaned back out of the door. “I told you we didn’t have time.”

“I’ve only just arrived, my dear,” he assured her. “With no idea what’s going on.”

“So it’s still a surprise?” asked Tony, as he and Ziva came down the stairs with more blankets, and McGee came in the front door carrying several large pillows.

“Quite a surprise,” Ducky said. “I didn’t realize all of you would be here, as well.”

“It’s your birthday, Duck,” said Gibbs, appearing in the kitchen doorway. “So I got you what you’re always looking for – a captive audience.”

“Jethro,” he said, reprovingly.

“Not captive,” McGee assured him. “More like… dedicated.”

“We always want to listen to your stories,” added Abby. “We’re just usually too busy catching murderers.”

“But not today,” put in Tony. “Today, we have nothing to do but listen.”

“Unless there is a murder,” said Ziva, apologetically.

“I quiet understand, my dear.”

“There won’t be any murders,” Abby said, stubbornly. “You just come and sit right here, Ducky, and have a cup of tea.”

Ducky sank into the armchair and as if on cue, a cup of tea appeared on the little table. He smiled at the young man who had brought it. “Thank you, Mr. Palmer.”

Jimmy smiled. “Happy birthday, doctor.”

Ducky smiled back, then said, “Gather round, then, children. Did I ever tell you about my sixteenth birthday…?”

“No,” said McGee. “What happened?”

Ducky paused while they all found blankets and pillows and settled around him. “Well…”

THE END

Current Mood:

Late
 
 
 
Nikki: NCIS (Ducky - Silent Night)nakeisha on November 9th, 2018 01:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much indeed for this gift.

It's really, really lovely and something I can easily believe in. It is just the thing the team would do for Ducky.

I love it; I really do. Thank you *Hugs*
Ami Venami_ven on November 10th, 2018 06:15 am (UTC)
Thank you, and you're very welcome. Now I wish I could sit and listen to some of Ducky's stories :)
sexycazzy: ginger catsexycazzy on November 11th, 2018 06:48 pm (UTC)
This is just lovely! :-D Made me smile!
Ami Venami_ven on November 12th, 2018 03:07 am (UTC)
Thank you!
bobdeloydbobdeloyd on November 16th, 2018 05:27 am (UTC)
"Well...." That's it? I kinda sorta wanted to hear more ;)
Ami Venami_ven on November 17th, 2018 06:22 am (UTC)
Nope, that's it. I can't tell stories like Ducky ;)
bobdeloydbobdeloyd on November 17th, 2018 06:25 am (UTC)
Oh I just bet you could ;)