We appologise majorly for the delay in this update... I (Elle) actually lost this chapter when I got a new laptop... but alas, it is found and posted for you to enjoy:D Please review, they make me smile. xoxox
The whole group stood in silence.
"I'm waiting DiNozzo… what was so hard to hide from me," Gibbs asked impatiently.
"Umm, well… you see…" Tony stuttered, "umm, Ziva can explain!"
Ziva shot Tony one of her patent looks for putting her on the spot.
"Ahh well, After the case in Vegas, DiNozzo and I went to a bar and well… we have a few issues to sort out now," Ziva replied trying to be discrete.
"… You mean like, the reason I received a drunken phone call from the two of you in the middle of the night informing me that I would need to get new ID badges made up," Gibbs started, "Am I right Agents DiNozzo?"
Jaws dropped around the room.
Agents. Gibbs had said Agents DiNozzo not Agent DiNozzo. He knew about Vegas.
"DiNozzo's, conference room NOW," he yelled at the two senior agents.
The pair sulked into the elevator, nervous of the conversation they were about to have. Tony flinched as the doors to their makeshift conference room closed. He looked over at Ziva giving her a reassuring smile, one that he quickly received back. A silent conversation passed between the two. They got into this mess together, so they would deal with it together.
Gibbs reached over to flick off the emergency switch.
Tony gulped. It was now or never.
"umm boss… did you say phonecall?" He asked.
"Yeah… I was woken in the middle of the night by you two and… lets just say it wasn't case related" Gibbs replied with a sharp tone.
"DiNozzo you better have a damn good reason for calling me at this time of the night"
"Boss! Hey… Ziva he is awake… say hi," a drunken Tony responded. Gibbs rolled his eyes as the phone was passed back and forth between the obviously drunk pair.
"DiNozzo, David. Go back to your rooms. Drink some water and get some sleep," Gibbs said calmly. This wasn't the first time he had to deal with drunken agents after a particularly tough case.
"Actually boss, its just DiNozzo now… that's why we are calling, we thought you would want to put through the forms to have Ziva's ID changed as soon as possible," Tony explained as if this was common knowledge. Nothing unusual at all.
Gibbs' eyes opened wide, 'just DiNozzo now'. What did that mean… they wouldn't have… would they?
"DiNozzo! Slow down. What are you talking about?" Gibbs asked, not really sure if he wanted to know the answer.
"Married Gibbs! We got married!" Ziva supplied sounding just as excited as Tony.
"You did WHAT!" Gibbs asked listening for a reply. Instead all he heard was the giggling coming from the other line. He hung up the phone and leaned back, thinking about the events.
Tony and Ziva. Married.
The idea didn't sound so far off to him. In fact, he had expected it to happen at some stage but he had a feeling neither of them would remember this in the morning. He laughed to himself. He could have some fun with this information.
End of flashback.
"Oh please tell me we didn't!?!" Tony said with a blush.
Gibbs smiled at the pair who looked absolutely terrified.
"Im not sure what you two are planning to do about this…'situation' BUT, I want you to know, if you do decide to stick with it, there will be some ground rules" Gibbs explained.
He was slightly sympathetic for the pair. After all that's how his first marriage began and he had truly loved his wife. Flicking the switch to the elevator back to life, he reached into his coat pocket and pulled out a small package. He handed it over to Ziva whispering in her ear.
"You don't have to use it"
Ziva placed the package in her coat pocket. She would open it later. Gibbs moved to exit the elevator but paused in the door.
"You two have some serious talking to do. I think the answer is obvious but if you don't… your blind," He began, "Go home and don't come back until this situation is sorted in some way or another… I won't have this interrupting another days work" he explained.
The group made their way into the squad room where McGee looked up at them sympathetically from behind his desk. Silently Tony and Ziva packed up their gear and walked out to the carpark.
Just as the pair were about to part to go their separate ways, Tony broke the silence.
"Ziva… Gibbs is right, we do need to talk about this some more," he started, his voice giving away his nervousness, "can you meet me at my place at about six? We can get takeout and talk this through"
Ziva, still in shock, simply nodded and drove off.
What was she going to do? She knew she had some pretty real feelings for her partner but the 'annulment' had been his idea so she was pretty sure he didn't share her feelings. But, sometimes he had this look in his eyes and she just couldn't let it go.
Ziva smiled at her own thoughts. She had it bad.
Little did Ziva know, just a few blocks away Tony was having similar thoughts. Gibbs had pretty much given them permission to break rule number twelve. Tony thought. The one thing that had stopped him from going after Ziva over a year ago. Tony listened to the debate within his head. One side of him was telling him just to tell Ziva what he felt. He knew he loved her. He had know that for a long time but the other half of him was telling him Ziva would run the second he said anything. Tony sighed. He was just going to have to play it by ear.