"Director Sheppard will see you now." "Thanks." Tony gave her a smile. She had a lot of chairs in there which he knew were never in the same place. There had never been any intention of firing him, of course, but it had been a bitter pill for the organization to leave him listed as a senior agent as opposed to moving him to clerk status. The doctors thought it would be another three months before you got back to the office." "So, I could have spent three more months as a kept man and you didn't tell me? "I know you don't particularly like me, but I want to build a good working relationship with you." "It's not you I dislike, ma'am." She laughed a little at that, leaning back and making the hydrolics squeak again. The way you use Ziva to spy on us, while pretending to be her friend. Your job is to over-see the operations, not to control them. Then, there'd been the negotiations with HR and occupational rehab services. "He has earned the right to a quiet life." Gibbs looked at the young woman. Di Nozzo had gone after the man a moment later, blood drenching the back of his suit. She's happy about him finding a girl to settle down with and figures that's why she hasn't heard from him in awhile." "You get a date? That means you deal with the meetings and the paperwork." "Paperwork? The doctors they'd brought in all agreed - he'd been blind from that moment on. Said he was a nice enough guy and they have kept in contact, but only the 'I'm still alive' kind of thing. "I'm assuming you're waiting on paperwork from Tim and Ziva? I signed off on yours already." "So about the meeting tomorrow? " "Just active." "Which means we've only got two right? Browns and Hollister." "I think I can handle that." "Better you than me." "You're just happy that you've found a way to torture me." "You're being promoted. "Sadistic bastard." Youve known that since we first worked together. He worked his jaw a few times, then closed his mouth. Nothing that would indicate he was involved in anything shady. She's never been in legal trouble beyond a speeding ticket. That meant he'd have to venture down to talk to the tech geeks. The young man had been escorting a witness to interrogation. Di Nozzo tackled him with perfect form, taking him to the ground. Worth, Allentown to San Antonio, and Miami to Chicago. It's the only one that's close enough for him to have driven to by now. He works the at the pharmacy." "Isn't that interesting. She wasn't a suicidal teenager or a barely literate woman trying to keep a record of her life. I went to college blind and this idiot thinks he can mess with my designs because he can see and I can't. I gues it doesn't matter, since I always catch his interference, but I'm really getting tired of having to triple check my work." Tony continued to read dictating softly into the headset. He was afraid - and no, torture couldn't make him say it out loud - that if Gibbs got hurt, they'd forget to tell him. He misjudged the doorway by a few centimeters, grazing his arm. You're mercenary when it comes to that." "Had to learn something from my father, didn't I? He knew on some level that Gibbs didn't approve of Daddy Di Nozzo, but he'd never really said anything to confirm it before. I want to yell at him for hurting the best thing in his life." "That was my mother. Suze and I set up extra meals for just that occasion. I hate having projects hanging over my head." "Okay. Gibbs blinked awake about an hour later when Tony yelped and woke.
Might want to bring coffee as a libation." "Chai tea? Just in case we don't finish it off tonight." "Can I hire you? Her daughter was blind, happily married, and a professional chef. This sounded like something I could do, but I don't trust him like you do." Tony's nose twitched. "Nasty black coffee for Gibbs and chai tea with skim milk." "Now, if you brought dessert too, this will be the perfect bribe." Tony wrapped his hand around the cup. Do you have any idea how many negotiations it took to actually keep me at this desk as opposed to being shuttled off into filing? "I heard about Gibbs giving the HR department a dressing down. "I've got to meet with the director at 1300," he informed his friend.
The first time he'd tried to help and all the frustration and anger had poured out of Tony and right onto him. "Let's see what you have to say, Melissa Hartness," he murmured. He'd always had sensitive fingers and he knew if he didn't learn it, he'd have to rely on a computer to read to him. Granted, he wasn't a big reader, but without his movies, he needed to have something to do. "Dear Diary, God that sounds pathetic." **** "Well, how do you want to do this? Tony was sitting in the passenger seat of the car, hands clenched together in his lap. I'm going to be a total bastard today." "I figured on that. I'm used to you PMSing." Tony gaped at the younger man. The senior agent took a moment to breathe, then opened the door. " Mc Gee didn't answer, just got out of the car and let Tony lightly grip his arm, like when Tony asked him to take him shopping. He wasn't as tall as Tony, and he was sure that his pace had to irritate the other man. Tony's fingers gripped tightly for an instant, then released slowly. He patted Mc Gee's shoulder and batted his lashes, "do you think all these people just don't know what to say because I'm so far out of their league? Tony'd intimidated an entire room with three sentences. He was last seen at eight o'clock at the Commisary. " "Missing mid-shipman who's late back from liberty.
Gibbs had caught him in a tight hug and held him until the rage left him and he could only breathe raggedly, choking like he had the plague again. He could hear the two men talking in the front room. "I want to go hide in the basement under the boat." "I can turn the car around, but the longer you're gone, the harder it's going to be." "I know. " Mc Gee watched sheepish faces disappear behind cubicle walls. "Okay, so, it's the same system we've been using at the house," Mc Gee began, "but we need to set it up so you know where everything is." **** Gibbs strode to his desk, dropping a light rap on top of Tony's head as he went by.
He wasn't sure what she'd want from him, so he took his PDA with him to take notes. The memory of her didn't hurt as much as it used to, but it was still enough to dampen his mood further. "She'll be with you in a moment, Agent Di Nozzo," the director's assistant said loudly. I can still hear you perfectly well," he said bluntly. He guided Di Nozzo's arm to rest across his shoulders for support. We're going to the hospital." "Not gonna make it that far." Tony'd collapsed into Gibbs arms then.
Mallard sent me up to check on you." "So you followed me to the men's room? He finished up his brushing his teeth and went back to his desk. Hell, he'd walked down these stairs backwards more than once to talk to Kate. "Sort of dizzy, boss." Gibbs put an arm around the young man's waist.