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A/N: In this story, Tim's sister, Sarah, was killed as a child, so the episode featuring her didn't happen. The story takes place in early season five
Tim was at his desk getting ready for the day. He'd just gotten there and was now powering up his computer. He was the first one there, aside from Gibbs. Gibbs' coffee was laid on his desk, but he was nowhere to be seen.
Soon, Ziva made her way through the bullpen and towards her desk. "Good morning, McGee."
"Morning, Ziva," Tim greeted.
"Tony is not in yet?" Ziva asked as she sat down.
Tim smiled. "No, you're earlier than him for once. You can enjoy a few moments of peace."
Ziva chuckled and started up her computer. "I assume we are doing cold cases again today."
"Unless we get a case, probably," Tim said
"Morning, Ziva and Probie!" the chipper voice of Tony rang out as he joined.
"Crap. He's happy," Tim said quietly. Tony being happy never boded well for him. Being happy just meant the man was in the mood to pull pranks, usually on Tim.
"Why are you so happy, Tony?" Ziva asked.
"Because, Ziva, I have a date tonight. I've been trying to get this girl in my building to go out with me for a while and always turned me down. Finally, she agreed," Tony said with a smile.
"You are rejoicing because you annoyed a woman into going out with you?" Ziva asked.
"Hey, shut up over there, Probie. And I did not annoy her into it," Tony said as he sat down at his desk.
"It sounds like that is exactly what you did," Ziva said.
"Okay, I'm not gonna let the two you ruin my mood," Tony said.
Ziva was about to say something else when she noticed a familiar face headed towards them. "He might be able to ruin your mood."
Both Tony and Tim turned to see Trent Kort coming their way. "What the hell does he want?" Tony asked. Nothing good came from Kort's presence. The last time he'd seen Kort, his car had just been blown up.
"Good question," Tim said.
"Hey, Kort, I think you're in the wrong building. Now I understand if reading isn't your strong suit, so I'll give you a hint. CIA has three letters, not four," Tony mocked.
"Cute, DiNozzo," Kort said as he walked passed him.
The three agents watched Kort intently. They expected that he was probably going up to the director's office, but instead, he stopped at Tim's desk.
"You need to come with me," Kort said.
"Excuse me?" Tim asked surprised. What would Kort want with him. Kort never bothered with him. Like most others, he didn't seem to think much of Tim, so what did he want with him now.
"You may be the most under qualified agent here, but I do believe you understand the English language. Let's go," Kort ordered.
"Like hell! He's not going anywhere with you," Tony said before jumping up from his seat.
Kort ignored him and looked at Tim. "Now, Agent McGee."
"I don't know what you want, but Tony's right, I'm not going anywhere," Tim said firmly. He didn't trust Kort one bit. He was not about to go God only knew where with him until he at least knew why.
Kort bent down and whispered something very low so that only Tim could hear.
The words had their desired effect. Tim stiffened and became extremely quiet. He looked shocked and also quite nervous. After a minute, he stood up and grabbed his jacket.
"Whoa, McGee, what are you doing?" Tony asked.
"You cannot go with him, McGee. You cannot trust him," Ziva said.
"I don't trust him, Ziva, but I don't have a choice," Tim said as he followed Kort towards the elevator. Kort had made it perfect clear that he knew everything there was to know about him and he would reveal it if he didn't do exactly what he wanted. This was information he couldn't have getting out. It would change things forever.
Tony and Ziva got up and followed Tony grabbed Tim by the elevator just as he reached the elevator. "No, you're not doing this! I don't know what he said to get you to agree, but you're not going with this bastard."
"This is CIA business, DiNozzo. Stay out of it," Kort said with a smirk on his face. He clearly enjoyed pissing people off.
"Do not do this, McGee. We will go to the director and she will stop it and find out what's going on," Ziva said.
"If that's how you want to handle it, fine, McGee. I'm sure she will have plenty to say once I've had mine," Kort whispered into Tim's hear.
"The director can't help," Tim said before pulling his arm away from Tony and following Kort into the elevator.
Tony and Ziva watched in horror as the doors closed and their partner left with Trent Kort. Tony then turned to Ziva. "We have to talk to the Director. Maybe she can stop them before they leave the building!" Tony said before running through the bullpen towards the stairs.
Ziva immediately followed. "What do you think this is about?"
"I don't know, but if Kort's involved, it's not good," Tony said as they ran up the stairs and into the main office by the director's office. They completely bypassed Director Shepard's secretary and into her office without knocking. As luck would have it, they found both the director and Gibbs in there.
Jenny did not look pleased with the interruption. "Agent DiNozzo, Officer David, I have a door for a reason and it's not so you can enter whenever you feel like it."
"I'm sorry, Director, but it's important," Tony said.
Gibbs stood up from his seat. "What the hell's going on?"
"Trent Kort just came through and he took McGee?" Tony said.
"What do you mean he took McGee?" Gibbs asked.
"He demanded McGee go with him. McGee refused at first, but then he said something to him, something we couldn't hear. It freaked McGee out and then he agreed to go," Tony explained quickly.
"It was clearly a threat. McGee looked very anxious and he said he did not have a choice. He did not want to go," Ziva added.
Jenny immediately picked up her phone and dialed a number. "Yes, this is Director Shepard. Agent McGee is on his way out with Trent Kort. Do not let them leave!
"Did Kort say what he wanted?" Gibbs asked.
"No. He just demanded that McGee go with him. I don't get why he would go. Why didn't he trust that we could stop Kort?" Tony asked.
Jenny hung up the phone and stood up. "Security will try to stop them, but knowing Kort, if he's not already out, he'll find another way. Let's see if we can't stop them ourselves."
Tony nodded and led the way out of the room.