The morning after our shotgun wedding was not spent in bed. I had to get up and pack for the mission. Ziva lay in bed and watched me with a slight smile on her face.
"What?" I asked.
"Nothing," Ziva said. "I just like watching you. I'm going to miss it."
"Me too," I said as I crawled up the bed and kissed Ziva's stomach. "Ti amo," I said.
"Ani ohevet atah," Ziva said.
Twenty minutes later we were in the car and on our way to the airfield where my flight was leaving. Ziva tightly held my hand the entire time.
"Tony, I want you to promise me that you'll be careful. Don't take any unnecessary risks. I've been to Baghdad, I know how bad things are there," Ziva said. I squeezed her hand.
"Don't worry, I will come back to you and the baby safely," I said. I brought her hand up to my lips and kissed it.
When we arrived at the airfield everyone else was already there. Tony and I got out of the car and Tony retrieved his bag from the back while I walked over to where everyone was standing. Abby was standing next to McGee clutching his hand and arm tightly while slightly bouncing up and down. When she saw me she gave me a small smile but then her face returned to the worried frown that she had been wearing moments before. Jenny was standing next to Gibbs, a small frown on her face as well. When Tony finally joined the group, Jenny stepped away from Gibbs.
"Tony, McGee, there will be an agent waiting for you when you land. You will be fully briefed when you get there," Jenny said. "You have to go now." Tony turned towards me and wrapped his arms around me.
"Take care of our baby," Tony whispered into my ear and then kissed me gently. "I love you."
"I love you too," I whispered back. Out of the corner of my eye I saw McGee and Abby kissing and I made a mental note to ask her about it later. Then Tony released me and moved to hug Abby good bye and I walked over to McGee and hugged him. "Bring him back, McGee," I whispered so only he could hear.
"Don't worry, Ziva, I'll watch his six," McGee said and hugged me a little bit tighter. I pulled away from McGee and returned to Tony's side for one final good bye. Tony kissed me and then he headed towards the airplane with McGee.
"DiNozzo," Gibbs yelled right before Tony boarded the airplane. "Watch your six." Tony smiled and waved and then disappeared inside the plane.
Tony and I strapped ourselves into our seats.
"So, Probie," Tony yelled over the noise of the engines. "Ever been on a priority flight?"
"No," I yelled back and Tony smiled a wicked smile. "Why, are they bad?"
"Let's just say that it's something only Gibbs would enjoy," Tony yelled as the plane took off.
As the plane that had McGee and Tony on it took off I put my arm around the two crying women.
"Abby, why don't you drive with Ziva," Gibbs said. "I'll drive your car and Jenny could drive mine." Both Ziva and Abby nodded silently and walked off in the direction of Ziva's car, their arms around each other.
I could tell that Ziva was furiously fighting back hysterics as we walked to the car.
"Do you want me to drive?" I asked and Ziva nodded and walked to the passenger's side of the car. I slid into the driver's seat and started the car. "They'll be fine, you know," I said as I put the car in gear and followed Gibbs out of the airfield.
"I know," Ziva said as she swiped at the tears falling down her face. "It's just the hormones."
"Do you want me to stay with you tonight?" I asked.
"Yes, please," Ziva said.
Six hours later our plane landed in Baghdad. McGee and I exited the plane and were immediately hit by a gust of hot, dead air. Standing out on the tarmac in shorts and t-shirts were two agents with their guns and badges visible. As McGee and I stepped off of the last stair they walked over to us.
"Agents DiNozzo and McGee?" the one agent asked. He was clearly the superior officer. He looked a little bit older than the other agent next to him and his hair was laced with grey. McGee and I nodded at the mention of our name. "I'm Agent Zackary Stein and this is Agent Jeremy Michaels," Stein said. I shook his hand and then shook Agent Michaels hand as McGee did the same.
"Welcome to Baghdad," Agent Michaels said.
"Is it always this hot?" I asked.
"During the day it is, but it gets freezing here at night," Michaels said.
"Glad I remembered to bring jeans," I said with a smile on my face. The smile wasn't returned by either agent. "Tough crowd," I muttered to McGee.
"If you would follow me please," Stein said as he led us to a hummer.
It was two thirty and we were still waiting to find out if Tony and McGee had arrived at Baghdad. I was sitting at Tony's desk and Abby was on McGee's chair next to me clutching my hand. Gibbs was sitting at his desk and occasionally he would look up towards MTAC, waiting for Jenny to come out saying that she had the boys on satellite.
Just then, Gibbs's phone rang. He answered it, listened, and then hung up.
"That was the Director, the boys are up in MTAC," Gibbs said as he stood up and grabbed his coffee off of his desk. Abby and I stood up and followed Gibbs up the stairs.
When we walked into MTAC Tony and McGee were on the screen and they looked like they were having a silent fight.
"DiNozzo, leave him alone," Gibbs said, causing both of them to look up.
"Sorry, Boss," Tony said, the sound delayed for a few seconds.
"How was your flight?" Gibbs asked.
"Only one you would like," Tony replied, grinning.
"What's the weather like there?" Abby asked.
Well, when we got here it was still really hot but I'm sure that it's cooled off by now," Tony said. "What's it doing there?"
"It's cold and dreary without you," I said. Tony smiled and then I heard someone speaking to them in the background.
"We have to go," Tony said. "I love you, Ziva."
"I love you too," I said and I could hear Abby saying her goodbyes to McGee and with one last long look, the screen went blank.
A/N: First of all, I would like to thank all of my reviewers for being so patient and encouraging; this chapter is for all of you. Special thanks to Cable Addict for giving me the names of the Baghdad agents. Also, I am going to change the timeline of Ziva's pregnancy. In Stand Up I changed it so that it reads 12 weeks. This is vital to future chapters!! Happy reading and please review!