|Reviews for Unnecessary Sacrifices|
| ra7matigorti2 chapter 1 . 9/24/2013
nice ! i really like your style, eli is my favorite ncis character ( strangely ) so thank you for writing a fanfic about him and not making him the monster everyone seems to think he is
| Amilyn chapter 1 . 6/21/2012
Nice work. Eli is complicated and hard and this is an excellent read on the kind of thing that motivates him. I like the "necessary" vs. "unnecessary" sacrifices and how Eli's choices make sense, as horrible as they are, in the face of the horrible things that happen in his world. Nicely done.
| Silvergrass chapter 1 . 10/14/2010
o m g wowsies. i was half wanting tony to turn up.. wow that section in teh middle was so real.
| M E Wofford chapter 2 . 9/10/2010
Oh, I like this kind of interaction author's note!
1. Of course, like all great monsters, in the end we will probably sympathize with him...like Dracula and the Wolfman and even Hannibal Lector. (Although I liked Hannibal more as the ultimate evil than after he became more sympathetic.) And, just me thinking here, his ultimate punishment will be he's lost, through his obsessive actions, the one thing he had left in his life that meant anything to him outside of his "job."
2. I think he may have remarried. After all, he'd be quite a catch in Israeli circles I would think. And I agree, the mystery of Ziva's mother is most intriguing. And Saleem could well have been the instrument of her death. Can't you imagine the way he could have tortured Ziva with that knowledge when he had her in his clutches. Makes me feel ill.
3. In your story it is not love that makes him so blind, it is the need for revenge, at least to me. And that fits in with the show itself so well. Gibbs, blinded by the need for revenge seeks out and kills Hernandez. Now, 20 years later, it comes back to haunt him and endangers others he cares for. Ari seeks to hurt his father in revenge for his mother's death and kills many innocents, including Kate Todd, and in a way, forces his sister to destroy her own life when she has to kill him. Tony drags McGee and Gibbs to Somalia, knowing it may well cost all 3 of them their lives, in revenge for Ziva's supposed death. Paloma Reynosa is killing people left and right in revenge for her father's death. One big vicious cycle.
And, like Gibbs has already discovered, revenge obtained means nothing. It leaves you empty. He says as much to Jenny in one episode regarding her quest to bring down Rene Benoit.
I liked your one-shot very much. I agree Eli David deserves to have a 3-D character. I believe he is a very complicated man with strong emotions that have led him very far astray from where he wanted to end up.
| M E Wofford chapter 1 . 9/10/2010
I think you are right...he was focused on revenging that person he mentions in Aliyah, whoever he or she might have been.
And certainly his wife, Ziva and Tali's mother, may have been the person. Although he may have remarried. Who knows, Ziva may have as many step mothers as Tony!
This is good insight into Eli although I might wish you had addressed that statement he made in Agent Afloat about wanting grandchildren. If Ziva dies, no grandchildren for him. It is the one thing that makes me stop and reconsider his commitment to Mossad and Israel and label it totally unhealthy.
Good insight though.
Good to see Eli fleshed out.
| Alidiabin chapter 2 . 9/9/2010
Firstly thank you.
For writing a story where Eli is 3D where he has feelings and emotions. He is a sob but he isn't the devil reincarnate. After all he has like Gibbs lost a daughter when she was a child. If you think about it if you contrasted Eli and Gibbs as they've both lost daughters you can contrast thier reactions.
I always wrote that regarding Ziva's mother she ran like the wind after Tali's death. So Ziva feeling abondoned simply pretended like it never happened and to spare her from the pain never mentioned her agian. Also, when Ziva mentioned her mother she mentioned it to Vance who has had past dealings with her family so would understand the context. And following my theory Eli never quite let her go. That would also explain part of the reason Ari thought Gibbs was like Eli. Loosing his wife and daughter.
All that being said, you wrote a truly wonderful piece, the storyline is plausible.
| petuniatc chapter 1 . 9/9/2010
OK, I've reread the story and now understand. She was kidnapped, not sent on a mission. That makes sense, especially if she was out of the country (maybe visiting family) so Eli didn't know she was missing until he received the tape. You only see Eli on the show in the context of Mossad (usually just in his office) so you don't think of him as having any life outside Mossad.
| petuniatc chapter 2 . 9/9/2010
Interesting story. I had picked up on why Eli told Vance he was after Saleem - that he killed one of Eli's people - and wondered if it was another illegtimate child (like Ari) or a lover. I don't think Eli could have sent his wife on a mission like that because of the security risk but since this is Eli he might. Yes, I agree that what Eli has done is wrong but we don't have the backstory yet to understand why he did it. Again, a very interesting take on what's happened.
| Ryalin chapter 2 . 9/9/2010
Very well done. You did an excellent job of bringing this poorly understood character to life and creating a scenario that was both realistic and true to the show.