My Angel 24
A/N: I extended the spoilers because there is some mentions of Gibbs's past and has it is told through the season, I had no other choice.
Dawn is back in Tony's life and things seems to come slowly back to normal again, but for how long? Will she be able to help them and find out who killed Abby... A fresh look on the case might help them more than they realize.
Dawn Wilkerson is mine
Thanks to Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette, Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo, Sean Murray, David McCallum and all the other for giving life to the wonderful characters of NCIS. Thanks, Laci as always.
Thanks so much to my best friend, Laci.
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PREVIOUSLY ON "My Angel"
"I can't believe you called me, Stringfellow." He said a little out of breath.
"Why not?" She laughed. Leave it to Tony to say something like that after a kiss.
"Let's say that I didn't think you were the type of woman that'd watch Airwolf"
"There is still lots of things you don't know about me, but I'm sure you'll be able to find him out soon enough." Dawn told him in a soft voice before she kissed him again it didn't take long to get themselves lost into the kiss, forgetting all the trouble in the world just for short moment in time.
TWENTY - FOUR
Tony and Dawn were sitting on the couch sipping at their glass of red wine. With tears in his eyes DiNozzo had explained to the woman he loved what had happened to their respective friends. Dawn couldn't believe it. This whole case was completely crazy. She would awake soon it couldn't be otherwise, this all thing hadn't really happen. That was repeated to herself over and over again.
Gibbs hadn't mention anything to her about it during their conversation, though, she suspected he wouldn't tell her anything. The NCIS team leader was not the kind of man that was open about his feelings. She also knew that the man was very fond of her friend. Dawn had always known there was something more going on between them even when Gibbs and Abby weren't aware of it themselves.
As he told Dawn how it had all happen, Tony kept having flashback about the horrifying events. He remembered it has if it had all happened five minutes ago, Tony remembered how Gibbs had called Abby's name and got no answer coming from her, how deadly silent her lab had been...
Abby's Coffee-Pow spilled on the floor as well. Gibbs slowly took a few steps forward and called again.
"Abby!" Still nothing in return.
DiNozzo remembered how his blood had run cold in his veins when he had seen Abby laying down on the floor in a pool of her own blood, a vision of nightmare to Gibbs and him. Their words still echoing in his mind.
"Call an ambulance!" He had yelled in unison with his boss, everything that had happen then was still so clear in his mind.
McGee managed to shake himself and took his cell phone out of his jacket pocket.
Ziva had been true to herself, stayed calm and retrieved the knife behind the counter. She'd carefully passed and came closer to what was shining. Then saw that it was a knife, the same knife that probably injured Abby.
"I found…. the knife, Gibbs, but I've also found something else…" She told their boss.
Gibbs looked up at Ziva before his eyes went to Tony. Without a word, Tony went to see what she had found. When he neared her, Tony called Ducky so he could come take a look. Jenny Sheppard knelt down beside Abby and Gibbs, who was still holding Abby, trying to apply some pressure to her wounds.
When he had taken a look at Gibbs to see if he was still with Abby, Tony had seen the look of his boss's face and frankly thoughts at that precise moment that he would have been able to kill the NCIS director with his eyes only.
Sheppard was about to lay her hand on Abby's wound, but Jethro shot her a glaring look.
Jenny opened her mouth to say something, but then she just got up and left the lab.
Sheppard had looked at him as if he had just stabbed her in the heart, which Tony wasn't sure why she'd looked that way, but he seemed to recall that Gibbs had told that there was a reason why their forensic scientist was working alone a bit before it all started.
Gibbs was in pain and he was angry. Jenny couldn't completely blame him, though he'd told her that Abby needed to work alone. He told her so, but she hadn't listened to him, and now Abby was bleeding badly because of her 'wanting to help'… or was it because of something else?
"Where is the damn ambulance?" Gibbs yelled.
"On its way, boss," Tim said.
"Boss, I think we have another problem over here…" Tony said, slowly.
"What?" he asked his younger officer, anger evident in his voice.
"Well…" Tony started softly.
"Well what?" Gibbs snapped out.
Tony hesitated a second, asking himself if he really had to tell his boss what he had just discovered. Tony had wished that he could have not said anything to his boss then and kill her assistant there and then.
A thought, DiNozzo had never shared with anyone until now.
Chip was in agony, but he was still alive and aware of everything that was happening. Tony was tempted to not tell his boss, but on the other hand he also wanted to know the reason why the forensic assistant had done this to his friend.
"Well, DiNozzo?" berated Gibbs, still holding Abbs's bloodstained body close to him.
"We need another ambulance, here, boss." Tony confessed, finally looking Gibbs straight in the eye.
It took Gibbs a split second to register the information. Tony could see the instant when his boss realized the implication of he'd just said, because the sadness in his eyes had been replaced by anger, even rage.
"Come over here, DiNozzo," Gibbs told him calmly, too calmly.
"Boss I don't think…"
"Don't make me say it twice, DiNozzo," Gibbs warned.
As he brought his glass of red wine to his lips, his gazed stared into emptiness, not one of the worse memories of his life was coming back to him, the moment where his best friend was dying in his arms. Tony wanted the memories to stop, but it wouldn't all was coming back to him fast, he closed his eyes and took a few deep breaths.
His white shirt was turning red as he was holding her tightly against him, but he didn't give a damn. He was not going to let her slip away from him, from his life. feeling a wave of sadness, fear and pure anger building within him.
He could still feel the same emotions that went through him then. Abby's body getting cold because life was leaving her. Tears rolled down his cheeks as he remembered her last words.
It was then that he saw Abby's eyelids slowly open. She looked at Tony with glassy green eyes, and he felt his heart break slowly bit by bit. Abby was struggling to find some energy to say something. "Tell… Gibbs… I… I'll… never… forget… him…" Abby murmured weakly.
Tony could see that she clearly fought to find her breath, and he felt tears wetting his eyes. Abby added in a voice that was barely above a whisper, "Tell… Gibbs… I… I… lo…ve… him…" Then Abby's eyes slowly closed and her heart stopped beating.
"Abbyyyyyy, NOOOOO! Stay with me! Stay with us!"
Hearing Tony's plea. Gibbs turned around and got up quickly, rushing to Tony and Abby. Ziva did the same. Gibbs's body shivered with fear. He looked at Tony, then shifted his gaze to Abby, and suddenly realization flooded him.
Gibbs trying to save her, he wouldn't never forget those horrifying moments. It also been one of the few times were he'd seen Ziva cry.
"NO, NO, NO… she's not gonna die on me!" Gibbs stated.
Gibbs slowly took her from Tony, laid her gently on the cool floor, and started CPR on her. Ziva was now crying silently.
She and Abby hadn't been good friends at first because Abbs had seen her a bit like an intruder – like an enemy – maybe because she wasn't the only one to get attention anymore. But then after a while, things had changed, and Abby had started to accept her… and now…
Gibbs was still practicing CPR on his lab tech with the energy of desperation. "Abby, come on, honey, don't do this to me, don't die on me. Come back to me. I need you!" he said forcefully as tears started to roll down his cheeks.
Dawn felt her eyes water as she slowly got closer to the man she loved, why did life have to be so cruel? She hated to see him like this, but she was also happy that he was talking about it because she suspected that just as Gibbs he had kept it all in or if he had talked to someone that someone would be no other than Gibbs, because he was and always will be a father figure to Tony.
The woman she had become wondered why she ever doubted the feelings she had for Anthony DiNozzo... there was and never had been anything doubtful about them they were strong and simple she was in love. And he was too she had seen it in his eyes the moment they'd laid eyes on each other when he had entered his apartment. If she had anything to say about it, she would stay with him for the rest of her life.
She pulled herself even closer to him than she already was and kissed his cheek softly before she murmured in his ear "I'm so sorry, I left. I promise to never do it again."
His free hand reached up to intertwine his finger with hers. "Don't promise me anything, Dawn." DiNozzo said softly.
"I mean it, I swear." She told him.
"I know you do, but..." his voice trailed off then.
"But what, honey?"
"Abby promised too and..."
Dawn cursed herself then. How stupid could she be. She slowly took Tony's glass of wine out of his hand and carefully place it on the small table then leaned backwards and pulled him with her before she placed a hand on his forehead.
"Never make promises you cannot keep that should be written in law books." Tony murmured.
"You're right..." She simply said.
DiNozzo suddenly took her hand from his forehead and stood up, leaving surprised and somewhat stunned young woman behind. He reappeared an instant later, holding a piece of paper in his left hand. Tony sat back next to her and handed her the paper as he softly said. "I found this not so long ago..." The woman on the couch pulled herself up a little bit before unfolding the paper and started to read...
I'm sure as you're reading this letter you are wondering why I'm taking the time to write to you instead of calling you, right? Yeah, that's exactly what you're doing. I know you so well, I've always been able to read you like an open book. (Smile)
But if you are reading this letter it also means that something has happened to me.
I don't want to you to be sad but if you are, just think about this poem written by Mary Elisabeth Fry in 1932.
I know you're not the kind of guy that is into poems, but do me a favor and read it anyway.
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
I saw something I shouldn't have and to protect you all I decided to go and ask Fornell for help, but I guess he must have failed too. So Tony, now it's up to you and the team to step in and find who did this to me.
Promise me one thing though. Promise me that whatever you discover you'll never hate me big brother.
I'll always love you,
PS: What the eye sees isn't always what's real.
A single tear rolled down her cheeks as she folded back the letter before handing to back to Tony.
This isn't a simple goodbye letter was the woman's first thought. For Dawn there was more to this letter to just a goodbye message. It was even more like the opposite, a bit like she was telling him she wasn't dead. To Dawn the PS Abby had written said it all:
DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU SEE.
Dawn was sure Abby would be able to pull off something big like that, faking her own death, if there was one woman on her who could she'd be it. She decided not to tell Tony about her theory, he wasn't ready to hear it.
But to do it and make believe the ones she love such a huge thing, she must have or still must be in great danger. The most complicated must have been to her to lie to Gibbs...
Or did she tell him? If I had to pull off such a huge thing, I would have told Gibbs because he is such a master in hiding his emotions...
Dawn Wilkerson, girl, you are completely and utterly nuts! She told herself.
"You're never going to believe this..." Gibbs called out from down stairs.
"Never going to believe what?" Abby asked as she came out the bathroom.
"Dawn called me."
"What?" She asked in disbelief while she walked down the steps bare foot.
"You heard me, Abbs." He said smiling at her. "I think, DiNozzo, is going to feel better pretty soon." Gibbs told her as he waited for her at the foot of the stairs. And took her in his arms, just because he could.
Abby tilted her head to one side and looked him in the eyes, before smiling back at him.
"Oh I just told her to let herself in his apartment and wait for him."
"Sure did. Abbs I know why she ran away, I know how difficult it's been for her, I know she's suffered from the decision she took then, but she was convinced she was handling for the best. I know it because I was like her."
"You didn't run away." She pointed out to him before leaning in to kiss his lips.
"No I didn't, but I didn't let anybody in for years. I thought that it was the best thing to do, but it some sort of backfired, it hurt even more to be alone."
"Don't love so you won't be hurt if you had to lose the one you love. I know."
"The thing is..."
"It's better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all."
"You taught me that." He said softly before he captured her lips, and kissed her heatedly.
Five seconds later, she was in his arms and he was carrying her back upstairs, to the bedroom. This wasn't what they'd had in mind, but... there was nothing wrong with doing some physical activities, was there?
Thanks for reading!
Dawn insight on the case might help the team move faster forwards. What was she do about her theory will she talk to Tony about it after all or say nothing and try to figure out on her own if indeed Abby is still alive?