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Author's note: Part two...Not as long as the first but just as fun. Hope you enjoy!
Maybe this Christmas…Part Two
The next morning, as the Sunlight came through the window, Tony stirred. It only took him a second to remember the night before. He started to smile then realized that he was alone in bed. He got up, threw on a pair of sweatpants and went in search of Abby. When he found that he was by himself in the apartment, he got worried. What if Abby had regrets about last night. Would that be the end of their friendship? Not to mention the whole Rule #12 thing.
Tony went into the kitchen to start some coffee and it was there that he found the note; she had taped it to the coffee maker. As he read it, Tony smiled. It looked like she didn't have any regrets after all. It said, "Be back at 11 am to pick you up. Be ready." I wonder what she has planned, he thought.
Tony was downstairs at 11 sharp, ready and waiting when she pulled up. He wasn't quite sure how to greet her after last night, this wasn't like the usual 'one night stand', this was Abby. So he decided to play it safe and let her set the tone.
Tony got into her car and smiled. "Good morning Abby, Merry Christmas."
Abby returned his greeting as if the previous evening had never happened.
"Merry Christmas to you too!" she said as she leaned over and gave him an innocent peck on the cheek.
As they just sat there silently, not quite looking each other in the eye, Abby was the first to speak.
"I think we should talk about what happened last night." She said.
"Ok." He said as he looked up at her.
"Listen, I just wanted you to know that I understand that this was just a one night thing, ok?"
Before Tony could respond, she continued.
"You needed some comfort and I was there to provide it. Besides, it's not like we could ever have a serious relationship or anything, right?"
"Right" he said slowly.
"So we're good?" Abby asked with a hesitant smile.
"Yeh, we're good." Tony smiled back.
Although he was relieved that Abby didn't take what had happened the night before too seriously, a part of Tony was a little disappointed.
As she pulled out of the parking lot, Abby was glad she had been able to convince Tony that last night had been just a one-time thing. She didn't want him to suspect how she really felt.
"So, where are we going?" he asked suddenly.
Abby was startled but recovered quickly.
"It's a surprise." she grinned.
As she continued driving, Tony started to recognize the neighborhood; it was obvious that she was trying to take the long way there.
"Abby, you DO know that I know all the back roads to Gibbs house?"
She pouted, "Aw Tony, I was trying to surprise you."
"I can't just show up there, I already turned down his invite for Christmas Dinner." He said.
"I know but I called him this morning and he said it was ok, the more the merrier."
" Gibbs DID NOT say, the more the merrier, Abby" Tony said as he rolled his eyes.
"Well, he implied it." She insisted.
Tony just shook his head as he thought to himself; Gibbs doesn't IMPLY anything.
As they pulled up in front of their Bosses house and got out of the car, Tony started to feel a little apprehensive. By the time they got to the front door, it was already open and Gibbs was standing there.
"Merry Christmas Gibbs!" Abby said as she gave him a hug.
"Merry Christmas" he smiled as he gave her a kiss on the cheek.
Gibbs turned to Tony, "Merry Christmas Tony"
"Merry Christmas Boss." Tony hesitated for a second "So, um, thanks for letting me come over today."
"No problem DiNozzo, there's plenty of food." He replied as he turned and went back into the house.
Abby and Tony followed him, and then they settled in the living room with their drinks. While they waited for the rest of the guest to arrive, Gibbs kept himself busy in the kitchen.
As the two of them were talking, Abby suddenly got a mischievous look in her eye. Gibbs had walked into the room and was standing behind Tony, who hadn't noticed him yet.
"So Tony, are you going to give Gibbs the same present you gave me?" she said with an innocent look on her face.
Tony choked on his drink "Abby!"
Gibbs spoke up then, "What DID you give her DiNozzo?"
Tony jumped but didn't turn around "Ah…Um, it was really nothing special Boss, no big deal"
"That's not what Abby told me on the phone this morning." He replied.
Tony closed his eyes for a minute, thinking to himself "Oh crap!"
"Yeah Tony" Abby smiled, "I thought it was a very big deal."
Tony's eyes flew open as he shot her a look that pleaded with her to shut up.
Shifting her attention to Gibbs, Abby was practically bouncing in her chair as she asked.
"So, come on Gibbs, it's your turn. What did you get us for Christmas?"
Gibbs smiled one of his special smiles that were reserved just for her.
"I planned on giving you two your presents after dinner." Then leaning down, he said softly in Tony's ear, "In private"
His eyes widening, as he stared blankly at the wall, Tony resisted the urge to pinch himself to see if he was dreaming.