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Monday rolls around and Kate and Tony are worried about how Tony will act.
Kate rushed to get home to talk to Tony. Tears wear still standing in her eyes. She sighed with relief to see his car still parked in front of her apartment, trunk open. She rushed upstairs and ran through the door.

–Tony.” He walked out of her bedroom carrying some of his clothes.

–What?”

–Please. Can we sit down and talk.”

–What is there to really talk about?”

–Us Anthony! I don’t want to lose you as a friend. I know I hurt you. It was wrong of me and I know that. I’m sorry. I really am. I really want to still be able to talk to you. I want to have the old DiNozzo back. The one that would tease me about my love life, the one who has carrot throwing fights with me when we’re forced to work late, I really don’t want to lose you.” Kate couldn’t help but sound like a broken record. She has to reiterate the fact that Tony was a huge part of her life she would truly regret losing.

He dropped the clothes to the floor and hastened to her. His hand pulled her head to his and took her in a long kiss. He wrapped his other hand around her waste and pulled her in.

–No.” She muffled under his lips and lightly pulled away. –No Tony. I’m sorry.” A tear began to fall down her cheek.

He reached his hand up to her face, which caused Kate to flinch a little, and wiped away her tear. –I love you Kate.”

–I know.”

He took a long sigh, leaned down to pick up his clothes, and backed out of her personal space. –I will see you at work Monday?”

She couldn’t answer she was so surprised by his sudden calmness. All she could do was nod and reply with and –Mm hmm.”

And with that, Tony leaned in, kissed her cheek, and walked out of the door.

Kate was exhausted and collapsed to the floor; her tears were uncontrollable. A few minutes passed until she felt a warm hand on her back. She turned to look up to see Gibbs standing over her. Her expression was so thankful that Gibbs leaned down, picked her up in one swift motion, and carried her to the couch like a man carrying his wife over the threshold for the first time.

–Thank you.” He replied with a simple nod and a smile. –He said he would see me at work Monday.”

–That’s good.”

–I want you to talk to him and calm things between you and him. I know he won’t be happy with either one of us for awhile, but if we can keep him close, I really think things will be like they were.”

–Well, for the most part.” He smiled flirtatiously.

–Gibbs.”

–I know, I’m sorry. So, what happened?”

She wiped the last of her tears off her flushed cheeks and smiled. –He kissed me.” She began to laugh, –And then he picked up his clothes and asked if he would see me at work Monday. Like nothing had happened, then he kissed my cheek and left.”

–Really?”

–He is really hurt Jethro. I have really hurt him. He was never one to commit, but I got him to fall in love and then I broke his heart.” Gibbs could hear her tears drawing close again.

He pulled her into his arms. –He’ll forgive us one day.”

She fell asleep there in Gibbs’ arms, but Gibbs did not mind a bit. He lay back to join her sleeping state, but his thoughts were mingled.

‘Damn it Gibbs. You are too old to be breaking up two young lovers. How did you get yourself into this.’ But his eyes fell onto the slender woman he was breathing in sequence with and he understood. He would have to fight for a woman like her. Kate was not the kind of girl that came easy. His Katie was someone he’d have to fight for, and he knew damn well that that’s what he would do.


Monday morning rolled around too fast, but Kate also felt a kind of liberation knowing that she would soon be over with the day, no matter how long it would feel to drag on.

Gibbs and Kate agreed showing up to work together would not be the best of ideas, so Gibbs was there at his desk first, drinking his Starbucks and pretending to be studying a file.

His body was filled with trepidation and a kind of anticipation to what the day would bring. He hoped it would all go well, but he knew asking for such preposterous outcomes was well, preposterous.

And it was too good to be true, but in walked the DiNozzo and he casually sat down at his desk and began his work. Too quiet and calm, but did he expect a chipper ‘Morning boss’ from him? No. He knew that was more than could be asked, but it was something he didn’t realize he truly enjoyed until now that it wasn’t said. He cares for DiNozzo; that is a fact that will never change, but he betrayed his loyalty to him which he would have to fight hard for later.

Kate was next. Tony and Gibbs both looked up to admire her. Her hips swayed as she walked. She was wearing a v-neck cream top with a darker beige vest and she looked more elegant than a princess at a ball. Her black pants fit her perfectly hugging on to each curve of her body. She was needless to say, flawless.

Kate gave her most loving and sincere smile to Tony, which he replied the best he could with a broken heart still eating him alive. Then she let her eyes fall to Gibbs as she turned to her desk. A hidden smile in her eyes that clearly said ‘I love you’, which she made sure to not let it be seen by anyone else. God himself could have never seen this glance.

Gibbs was broken away from his thoughts once again with the ringing of a phone.

–Gibbs. Okay.” He started to scribble on a notepad. –Be right there.” He hung up the phone, grabbed his seg seauer and pushed in the clip. –Grab your gear.”

–What is it?” Kate asked as she stood and did the same.

–Dead marine at Quantico.” Gibbs turned to DiNozzo to hope his first order towards him wasn’t shot down or ignored. –Call Ducky DiNozzo.”

–Got it.”

Gibbs couldn’t help but smile to himself at the professionalism he was showing. Tony is a great agent and was never one to let his emotions affect his work, well, for the most part anyway. He knew that a work relationship love triangle wasn’t exactly something anyone wanted to deal with, but it had to be left alone while working on a case. That was clear to all of them and Gibbs was glad to see that Tony was aware of this.

The ride to Quantico was…awkward to say the least. Tony drove, Kate in the middle. Gibbs on her other side. McGee sat in the back fumbling to stay balanced. He arrived to work just in time for him to turn around and head out on the new case.

He was still just a probie to them all. He had officially joined the team two months ago and had never really got a true taste of Tony’s immaturity and man-whoreness, nor of Kate’s dealing with Tony’s teasing and all the bantering. He really only knew them as the couple he had worked with so when he was witness to them not holding hands or touching in some way, laughing and giggling, he was in shock.

They finally arrived to Quantico.

–McGee, take the equipment to the second floor, A wing.”

–Got it boss.” The nerdy boy jumped out of the back of the truck and began grabbing the equipment. –Tony, could you help me carry this Tony?”

–Ah Probie.” He patted his hand on his shoulder. –You know if I did that, you wouldn’t learn to become a good agent. Consider this…” He rubbed his chin and smirked. –Well-needed training. I’m doing you a favor not helping you.” He walked away smiling.

Gibbs was questioning one of the police officers who first showed up to the scene to be filled in. Kate grabbed her camera and sketchpad and headed to the crime scene.

–Hey Kate. Wait up will ya’?” Tony called from behind, jogging slightly while carrying his bag over one shoulder. –You’re not going to start ditching your partner now, are ya’?” She stopped and looked at him quizzically.

–Sorry.” She murmured.

They began to walk side by side to the crime scene. As they entered the elevator, Tony could hear McGee calling after him asking him to wait.

–Sorry Probie, not enough room. You’ll have to take the second run.” He smiled while continually pressing the ‘close’ button.

Silence filled the small space, and Kate found it extremely uncomfortable.

–How are you doing Anthony?” Her voice as serious as she could possibly make it.

He kept his mischievous smirk on his face and turned to her. –Well, other than having my heart broken by the woman I love and betrayed by my boss and probably closest friend, I’m doing great Kate.” He turned to smile at her.

–Tony. Listen. I know there is nothing I can say to make this easier for you. All I can say is that, I’m sorry.”

–I know Kate, and honestly, I’m not too surprised.”

–What?” The doors opened and he walked out leaving Kate speechless, mouth gaped.
Gibbs was already at the scene. –What took you two so damn long? And where’s McGee?”

–Ah. You know me boss, just conspiring behind the back of someone who trust me to take their girlfriend.” Gibbs stern face became guilt-filled and ashamed. He just lowered his head and looked at the body.

–Uh.” He sighed. –Tony, I want you to bag and tag. Kate, snap and sketch.”

He walked out of the room as Kate just entered. He gave her a short glance and walked out.

–What just happened?” She asked after he left the room. Tony turned back to meet her gaze.

–I don’t know Kate. Probably hasn’t had enough coffee yet.” He smiled and turned back to his bag, pulling out a handful of evidence bags.

‘I’m not going to give up on you Kate. I’m not going to let Gibbs just take you right from under me.’

Kate decided to set it aside and do her job; she could interrogate him later.

–Boss wants you to snap and sketch.”

She began to take photos of all the evidence Tony needed to bag. After taking the thousandth photo, she went to sketch. She set down the camera and glanced all around.

–Anthony, did you see where I sat down my sketchpad?”

He started laughing.

–God Kate, can’t you keep up with your stuff.”

–What did you do with it?”

He stood up and walked to her.

–I have no idea what you’re talking about.” He smirked and stepped even closer.

–What did you do with my sketchbook?” Her hand was placed firmly on her hip.

–So. You assume every mishap in your life is of my doing?” He joked.

–I don’t assume, DiNozzo.”

His face was close to hers, and his lips seemed to be taunting hers. She didn’t realize this but only happy to see he wasn’t mad at her. Well, she was sure he was mad, but he was still being nice to her. That she was grateful for.

–You know Kate. I think I’m forgetting what those lips taste like.” Neither of the two noticed Gibbs, Ducky, and McGee standing at the doorway. –I know those lips must prefer mine to the aged ones Gibbs has.”

–Actually Anthony, his lips not only taste better, but they are better at what they do.” She gave him an overlook, her eyes traveling up and down his body. Tony felt this was becoming more of a contest.

–I think I deserve another trial then. Let me prove I’m better than he is.”

–You had five months, baby, and Jethro did it in two days.”

His face grew angry.

–You know Caitlin, I can’t believe I fucked you after you had been with him. It makes me sick to think-”

–DiNozzo!” Gibbs wasn’t going to have any more of this. He grabbed him by his jacket and pushed him against the closest wall. –If you want to yell at anyone, you yell at me, but you will not talk to Kate that way. Do you understand me?”
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