A/N: Okay, I know, I know, I've been Out of Comission for awhile. Suffice it to say that I'm in a post-y mood. As soon as my friend Amanda gets me my NCIS binder back, I'll get you all as much as possible for True Colours. I know I'm exceptionally behind on that one. It's on the top of my priority list, I swear. I'll get it up ASAP!
Thanks to all of my amazing reviewers- you guys rock my socks...
Specific thanks to: Cheezmunkee, Abby, Kate, Jane, Emily, Megan, Kel, Alicia, Steph, etc. For those of you who I missed- who actually talk to me, naturally- I'm so incredibly sorry! I'll put you guys in next time, if you let me know... Sorry!
Abby bit her lip as she stared at the number on Caller ID. Crap it, she thought. I know who this is! "Jethro, are you sure that you can't come and answer your phone?"
"Abby, I can barely hear you and I'm trying to take a shower. Whoever it is, I know you can handle them."
Abby sighed. "That's where you're wrong." She picked up the phone anyways. "Hello?" She answered with as much enthusiasm as she could muster.
"Abby?" Kate's voice came over the phone and the surprise was evident in her voice.
Abby tried to stay perky. "Hey Kate! What's going on?"
"I should be asking you the same question."
Uh-oh; Kate didn't sound very pleased with her. Still, Abby feigned ignorance. "What do you mean?"
"You know very well what I mean Abbs!"
"No, I honestly don't. What's wrong? What did I do this time?"
"Abby, why are you at Gibbs' house?"
Abby chuckled. "Is that what this is all about?"
"Well, yeah. Why didn't you tell me you were there?"
"I literally just got here. Jethro's busy and he asked me to answer the phone for him. Did you think I was staying here or something?"
"Well, no offense, but it would certainly explain a lot."
"No, I'm just helping out. He said the only way that Mr. X-Man could come was if I came over early to help set up."
"Yeah, normally I'd believe that, but it's 9:30. The party doesn't even start until 6 tonight! What are you guys going to do until then?"
Abby grinned. "I don't know- enjoy each other's company? Talk about life? Discuss theology? Watch a movie? Does it really matter Kate?"
"Well, yeah! Why don't you just make a move on him then? No one will be there for awhile, and you guys have plenty of time to get ready."
"Ka-ate! You know I'd never make a move on the boss!"
Gibbs chose that moment to come into his bedroom. He grinned at Abby and raised his eyebrows. 'You wouldn't, would you?' he signed with a disbelieving grin.
She glared at him playfully as she signed, 'Of course I would! I already have, but Kate doesn't need to know that, does she?'
Gibbs shrugged. "Good point Abbs," he whispered, settling behind her on the bed and pulling her into his arms.
"-and anyways, you told me that I should make a move on Tony, so that would make you a hypocrite. Just do something! You know you love him, and I bet my life that he loves you too."
Abby had forgotten that she was on the phone with Kate. "Okay, okay, we'll see. Anyways, why did you call? Did you just want to talk to Je- Gibbs that badly?"
"Oh, yeah. Um, well, actually, I kind of figured that- when you didn't answer your home phone- you would be there."
Abby winced. She was going to have to tread carefully if she wanted to keep this a secret. "Hey! It's not like I'm always over here!"
"Abby, you have four homes, the first being your lab, the second being your actual house, the third being Ducky's house and the fourth being Gibbs' house."
"I do not!" Abby paused and thought about that. "And even if I do, it's only because I know the two of them the best!"
Kate chuckled. "Su-ure Abbs, if you say so…" Abby heard Tony chuckling in the background.
"I do say so Kate! I've known both of them for at least six years. No offense to you and Tony, but they're also desperately in need of someone to 'modernize' them."
Kate laughed. "Okay, well, that I'll buy. Good luck Abbs! Who knows- maybe you'll eventually get Gibbs to switch to a CD player in a few years?"
"Funny Kate, but I bought him one for Christmas last year. I'm working on getting him a Wireless Laptop and an MP3 Player now. Come on Kate, you underestimate the Boss-man!"
"If you say so Abbs… Have fun then, I guess. I'll see you around six, right?"
"You know it. Bye Kate!"
Abby hung up the phone and tossed it onto the floor. She snuggled deeper into Gibbs' arms and sighed happily.
"So Abby…" She could hear the grin in his voice. "How long have you been in love with your boss? Because you know Internal Affairs is going to ask that as one of the first questions."
Abby grinned. "Oh, I've been in love with him for forever. Probably a good six years, though it really started from the first time we had sex…" She grinned mischievously.
"Abby! You wouldn't really say that would you?"
"I don't know. Probably not. But why can't I? It's true."
"Abby, if you tell them that then they're going to know that you were the reason my third wife left me."
Abby smiled. She shouldn't have been glad that it was her fault, but she was. Of course, she had only recently found out about that. She had thought it was just harmless sex between friends. Obviously Marissa didn't agree. Oh well- she had no idea what she had given up. "I wouldn't tell them when the first time was, I'd just tell them that it was the first time."
"They'll ask," he argued.
She shrugged. "So what if they do? I'll lie."
Gibbs chuckled. "There's no beating you, is there?"
"Since you've admitted that you love me- and that I was the reason you left Marissa? No, you won't win. It's part of the 'Rules of Love' Gibbs." She grinned. "Speaking of rules…"
"Uh-oh," he muttered, sure he would regret where this was going.
She smiled up at him sweetly. "You know what you really want to tell me?"
"I don't really want to tell you anything. But I'll bet you're going to convince me that I want to anyways."
She grinned. "You really want to tell me what Rule 1 is, don't you?"
"No, not particularly," he answered with a shrug.
"Yeah, you really do."
"Mm, no I don't think so."
"Uh-huh, you have the most compelling urge to tell me."
"And just how do you know that?"
Abby grinned. "Because you made love to me and told me that you love me. Therefore, you want to tell me everything that I want to know."
"I do huh?"
She nodded happily.
"Will that work both ways?"
Abby thought about that for a moment. "Well, I guess that depends on what you want to know."
He grinned and kissed her forehead. "So many things My Love; so many things…"
She sat there for a few minutes- still only loosely draped in Gibbs' sheet- and let his lips wander over her bare skin. He sent shivers up and down her spine as he rubbed her arms gently. Finally, she looked up at him with a grin. "So please tell me Rule 1?"
He sighed. "I'll tell you if you promise me that you'll go and get dressed."
"Fine, but you have to tell me before I go."
"Will you really go?"
She held out her pinky and linked it with his. "I pinky swear."
He rolled his eyes at her.
"Hey, you'd be amazed at how well the most juvenile methods of promise keeping can work. So tell me…"
He sighed. "It's not that big of a deal really."
"I think it is."
"Well, no offense, but you're biased."
"What's your point?"
Gibbs sighed. "I don't know. Rule 1 is 'Don't be afraid to break the rules for the one you love'. Okay?"
Abby smiled. "That's cute… How many rules did you break for your ex-wives?"
"None. Actually, I had to move all of the other rules down to add that one in. It's my 'Abby rule'."
True to her word, now that she knew, Abby was already climbing off the bed. "So why did you add it in in the first place?" she called as an afterthought as she headed to his bathroom.
"Why do I do anything Abbs?"
"I don't know. I ask myself that same question all the time. Why do you do anything?"
He sighed. "It's all for you Abbs; all for you."