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Kate falls in love with one of her coworkers, another coworker is jealous. Affair?
It was five months ago tonight that she kissed this man she was now standing in front of at work; smiling and giggling like a little schoolgirl. She remembers the kiss like it was just seconds ago.

It was December 23rd and the snow could be seen falling from her desk. She wanted so badly to not feel alone. ‘It’s Christmas.’ She thought. ‘It’s almost Christmas and I have no one.’ Kate was having commitment issues, so she found herself becoming like Tony. Well, truthfully, she already was, but she never bragged about it. She had a different guy all the time. Nothing she was completely proud of, but she was careful. Most importantly, she didn’t want to be hurt.

But now Christmas was closing in, and though she loved the one-nighters, there was still a void only fixed by, not sex, but love. Finally, she felt the peering eyes of Tony hooked on her. –What DiNozzo?”

”Whatcha’ thinking about Kate?” His boyish smirk was amusing, but far from charming.


–Oh, that’s definitely a something.” He stood and walked around to her desk. –Come on, what’s up?”

–Tony, really, nothing is wrong. Why do you assume otherwise?”

–I don’t know. The way you were staring out the window made me think you were in pretty deep thought.”

–Well, I wasn’t. Just ready to go home.” She stood and tried to walk the opposite exit of her desk, but he blocked it.

–Kate. You can talk to me you know.” His eyes softened as he stared into her. His boyish smirk left to be replaced with maturity and…charm, she had to admit to herself. –Please. I don’t like seeing you look so down with Christmas coming up.” And with that sentence, he saw Kate’s face sadden again to the same look she had at the window. –Ah, that’s it isn’t it?”

–What’s it Tony?”

–Christmas is coming up… I’ve got a present for you if that’s what’s getting you down.”

She looked into his green eyes, seductive and sweet. –That’s not it.” She sighed sitting partly on her desk while Tony’s left arm leaned against the barrier wall. –Wait… you got me a present?”

His smile left his face and he looked down at his feet. –Yea. If that’s weird for you, I understand, I just thought since we’ve known each other for-–

–That’s really sweet Anthony.” Using his first name sent his body in chills. She had gone from the criticizing, immature DiNozzo, to the adult man, mature and kind, Anthony.

She saw his face blush a little and couldn’t help but bring her hand to his cheek. –This is too precious.”

–So…I take it gifts weren’t the cause of the window-gazing dilemma?”

Another long sigh, –No. I…” she looked into his eyes and the truth poured out of her. –I’m tired of being alone. I haven’t been able to commit for awhile, so I just have sex, not relationships, and now everyone is already committed, and I’m stuck alone for Christmas.”

Tony took in everything she said with shock and more curiosity, but seeing the saddened look on her face, he decided to leave out torment for a while. –Well, it’s not Christmas yet.” All she could do was laugh. –Hey, how about after work, we go out to a bar and find you this guy you’ll be spending your Christmas with.”


He put his hand on her back, –And if all else fails, we get to drink, so all is good.”

They each giggled, unnoticing that Gibbs had arrived back to his desk long ago, and was able to eavesdrop on their whole conversation. It was safe to say that if Gibbs wasn’t already in a bad mood, he surely was now. He watched as this young, handsome man was hitting on his coworker. This coworker Gibbs just so happened to have strong feelings for. Feelings he was going to share with her on Christmas Eve.

‘Just one more day.’ Gibbs thought, ‘Why couldn’t DiNozzo of waited just one more day to hit on Kate. I’m screwed now.’

What most surprised him, though, was that his lame attempts were actually working. He was disgusted. He loved Tony as his son, a great friend, but he couldn’t help but want to hurt him so badly right now.

–I’ll meet you at Carter’s at 9. Is that okay?”

–Sounds great.” Tony could see Gibbs at his desk from over his shoulder and stood up from sitting beside Kate on his desk. –Heya boss.”

Kate quickly turned and stood up as if she had just been caught making out in church. –Hi Gibbs…” She muttered.

–Well, you two can go home. We have no cases so no point in keeping you here.” He stood up and walked past them obviously pissed. He decided to give up completely. ‘Just because she doesn’t want me, doesn’t mean I should ruin her happiness. Let her go Gibbs. Let her go.’ But he couldn’t, he could only replace his love with jealousy and hate.

–Well great. You want to make that 9 a 7 now?” Tony quirked in hope.

–Sure. Just let me go home and change and I’ll be right up there.”



She changed into a sexy black dress that laced up the back with heels to match. She wore a silk black thong as well; she figured she might as well match all the way. She sprayed herself in her most luring perfume, grabbed her coat, and was on her way.

That was until there was a knock on her door just as she grabbed her keys.

–Hello…Tony? Hey, what are you doing here? I was going to meet you up there.” She couldn’t help but be intrigued by not only his appearance, which looked very sexy, but also his charm in showing up at her door.

–Well, I figured, why ride alone when I can show up with a beautiful girl like you.” His amiable act was almost overwhelming compared to the last time Kate had a man at her place. In fact, him simply looking at her eyes for a moment would be an improvement from the last guy. But only a moment, because she saw Tony’s eyes wander.

Just as she was about to nudge his shoulder, –Kate, you look beautiful.”

Kate couldn’t believe how kind he was and how attracted she was becoming to him. Neither of them looked for a suitable guy for Kate to spend Christmas with, but sat in the corner of the bar in a booth talking.

The loud music allowed Tony to sit as close to Kate as possible. Each time they talked, they would lean into each other’s ear.

After sharing a few drinks, their laughs were almost uncontrollable, as well as their hands.

Tony’s arm wrapped around Kate, his hand resting on her shoulder, when he leaned down into her ear. –Kate,” his voice smoldering and clouding her judgment more than the alcohol, –you want to get out of here?”

She nodded and grabbed her purse.

With the opening of the door, the chilled wind slapped their bodies. Kate instinctively grabbed hold of his arm as they walked.

Their night was filled with laughter, past hopes and dreams, family, and closeness with one another.

Tony walked Kate up to her apartment. It was late, cold, and quiet. She turned around leaning her back against the door and Tony leaned his arm against the wall beside her.

–Anthony, I really enjoyed tonight, but I still think I’m going to be alone on Christmas.” Her eyes made there way to his and he could feel himself melting into her chocolate irises.

Leaning into her lips he whispered, –What makes you think you’ll be alone?” And let his soft lips claim Kate’s.

–Kate, DiNozzo.” Gibbs barked as he walked into the bullpen. –Whenever you feel you two are done, those files need some attention. Unfortunately, this case will not solve itself.”

Gibbs hated watching his two agents like this, but most importantly, he hated that Kate had fell for him. It made him sick.

–Sorry Gibbs.”

–Yea, sorry boss.” They both scurried to their own desks and within seconds where IM-ing. Another ways of communication of which they thought Gibbs was oblivious to, but it’s Gibbs. Of course he knows.

–What is up with him?” Tony started the conversation.

–I don’t know. He has been acting strange lately. I think he’s mad at me.”

–Ah, come on. Don’t read into it. Someone probably just spilt his coffee again.” Kate looked up to see the smirk on his face.

–God, Tony, it was one time and I do believe he still took me on Sub Rosa.”

–True, but that’s because he wanted to use your good looks on the submariners.”
–If you two are done chatting, we just got a call from Arlington. A dead petty officer.”

–Right behind you boss.”

–Tony, get the truck.” He tossed him the keys, –Kate, I need to talk to you for a minute.”

Kate and Tony each gave each other the ‘oh no’ look, and Tony was off to get the truck.

–What’s up Gibbs?” She started when she heard the elevator doors open.

–You and Tony. You two have been doing okay, but lately you are both distracted from work with each other. If I don’t see a change, I’m going to have to transfer one of you to a new team.”

She was flabbergasted, and it was obvious. –Gibbs. I’m sorry, but I really don’t think that we are distracted from work. Earlier, we were just talking for a minute. Now, instead of me insulting him, we talk about…”

–I don’t need to hear anymore.” Kate couldn’t help but smirk. –Listen Kate…what do you see in him anyway? It’s, it’s Tony. Of all people, why choose him?”

–Wait, so now you’re questioning my choice in boyfriends? Wow. Gibbs, I really would have never expected this from you.”

–I know it’s none of my business, but”

–You’re right. It is none of your business, but guess what, I’m going to enlighten you. Tony isn’t the person you think he is. In fact, he”

–I like you Kate.”

–What?” Her voice was confused from his interruption.

–Kate. I like you and that day that Tony took you out, I…I was going to tell you.”

–Um. I don’t know what to say Gibbs.” Her tone took a 180 and was now sincere, almost sad.

–I don’t want to tear you two apart, but I can’t stand seeing you two together like this all the time. It just reminds me that Tony took my shot with you. Call me selfish, but at work, I want things strictly business. I don’t want to know anything about your relationship.” He walked past her brushing lightly against her shoulder.

The truck ride to Arlington was silent. Gibbs drove, Kate sat in the middle, and Tony got the window. Tony was oblivious to what was causing the uncomfortable silence, but he was not going to intrude to find out.

After what seemed like an eternity, the trip finally came to an end.

–Are you going to explain?” Tony whispered as he helped Kate grab the equipment out of the back.

–Yea, tonight okay.”

–Okay.” He mouthed as she marched off without him after Gibbs.

–Gibbs. I think we should talk.”

With an abrupt turn around, Kate found herself running into his chest. –What Kate?” He was piqued by her and he really didn’t need her trying to resolve anything with new information on the case beginning.

–I think we should talk. Not now obviously, but after work. Do you think we could?”

His eyes rolled but finally met hers. –Fine.” And just as quickly as he responded, he walked off to his crime scene.

The day dragged by but Kate found herself sitting on the edge of Gibbs’ desk after finishing her work and Tony had already left.

She looked at her watch to see it was 7:30. –Do you have somewhere to be Kate?”

Startled, she jumped, knocking over a stack of files on his desks. –Damn it. I’m sorry.” She was crouched down on the floor picking up the scattered files when she felt a large, warm hand touch hers.

–I’ve got it.” The heat from his body could be felt on her back.

In order for her to stand completely, he would have to first, so he did with files in hand. He tossed them on his desk lazily keeping eye contact with the beautiful agent he couldn’t have.

–Gibbs. I really don’t know what to say about what you said earlier.”

–Do you love him?” His question surprised her leaving a small smile on her face. She was uncomfortable and this was her defense mechanism.

–Well, yea, I guess, I”
–You guess?” Gibbs could feel him prevailing and Kate could feel it too.

–No. What I meant was…”

–Let’s get out of here Kate. It’s nice outside, the sun is almost down, let’s go for a walk.”

–Okay.” Her slowly announced agreement was another clue to Gibbs that Kate was beginning to lose confidence in all her thoughts.

They were walking side by side down the warm street. –Gibbs. What were you planning on doing five months ago?”

–Ah. Well, I remember how sad you looked. Your expression was one I had myself many times. I was going to ask you to go out after work that day, but I heard Tony ask you. Then, I was going to give you something the next day.”

–Wait. You were going to give me something.”

–Yea. It… here.” He reached into his pocket and pulled out a small, flat box and handed it to her. –I’ve had it in my desk this whole time. But, I was going to give it to you on Christmas Eve and ask you to…if you’d be willing to go out with me.”

Their walking stopped as Kate opened the box to find a beautiful diamond necklace. It sparkled perfectly in the light. –Gibbs…”

–Yea Kate.” She looked up into his blue eyes, and she couldn’t seem to stop herself as her lips jumped to meet his. His arms wrapped around her waist and he pulled her in. The kiss was strong and powerful and her body tingled under his touch.

–Kate.” His forehead touched hers while his hands held her cheeks. Their eyes were shut as he breathed into her lips. –Are you sure you want to do this?” Without opening her eyes, without saying a word, she pushed her lips back against his. –That’s enough for me.”

Kate found herself in his arms once again, but this time, safely hidden behind the front door of Gibbs’ house. They ravaged each other’s clothes from their body, but still managing to cover the other’s skin with hot kisses.

She knew what she was doing was wrong, but at the same time, it all felt so right. She spent the next hour with her legs wrapped around his body and enveloped by the heat of them.

Lying next to Gibbs, panting for air, she turned to her side, her fingers grabbing a small handful of his hair. She took a hold of his neck with her teeth sucking and biting, leaving his body purring with pleasure. He extended his neck, allowing her as much hold as possible. Finally, he pulled her above him.

–Gibbs. I don’t want this to end.”

–Me either.” And just as he let the words flow from his mouth, her phone rang.

–Oh shit. Anthony.” Her naked body jumped up in search of her phone.

‘Anthony?’ He thought, but waved it off.

–Hey. Yea. I’m sorry. Gibbs told me that the director needed to talk. Yea. I’ll explain everything when I get home. In about twenty minutes, tops. Okay. Love you too.” She shut her phone and gave her most sympathetic smile. –I have to go Jethro.” She leaned over him and gave him another hot kiss.

They both got dressed, Kate in her work attire, Gibbs in boxers, and he walked her to her car.

–Can I see you tomorrow?” He asked as he nibbled her ear.

–Absolutely. I’ll call you.” She gave him one last good night kiss.

That night it began. Gibbs got what five months ago was taken.

–So, the director wanted to talk to you?”

–Yea. He needed me to do something in MTAC. It felt like it lasted forever.”

–Mkay. So, I ordered Chinese.” He dropped the subject, which sent Kate much relief.

–Great. I’m starving.”

After eating, she found herself on the couch with Tony watching some chick flick she was surprised to say that he actually chose.

The only light was that of the television as Tony tilted Kate’s chin so he could see her. She could see the reflection of the movie in his eyes, along with a passion for her, but she wasn’t able to return the look. Tony didn’t notice as he went in to kiss her. She knew that she had to act like she normally would, so she finally closed her eyes and returned the kiss.

The kiss led to more and Kate found herself naked underneath Tony’s body. With each of his thrusts, all she could think about was Gibbs. The way his fingers traced her body, the way his tongue tasted her sweaty skin, the way his eyes gazed into hers. She couldn’t believe how much she wanted to call out his name; to push Tony off of her body and run to Gibbs, but she stayed.

He fell onto her, his body sweaty and hot, his breath uneven.

–I love you.” He whispered into her neck, leaving a light kiss before he rolled to her side.

–Love you too.” After a few minutes, Tony was asleep beside her. She slowly crept out of bed and took off to the shower. No matter how hot the water, no matter how strong she scrubbed, she couldn’t rid the feeling of being dirty. And to her surprise, it was not the guilt of being with Gibbs; no that was a feeling she wanted to keep forever, but the fact that she was going back to Tony. The feeling of Tony was the feeling she couldn’t rid.

–I love you Gibbs.” She muttered under the stream of water that fell onto her face. –I love you.”
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