Over The Edge and Back Again

Tony angrily threw wads of clothing at the suitcase that lay open on his bed. Special Agent afloat, Tony was considering handing in his badge for that one. How could Vance split up the team when they needed each other the most? Suddenly, Tony sank to the floor, unable to hold back the wealth of emotions that had accumulated since he had seen Jenny dead on the floor. Hot tears rolled down his cheeks and his whole body was shaking, unable to stop. The sobs came in short bursts and he pulled his knees into his chest.

Suddenly he felt two arms, soft but strong, wrap around him. He turned into the comforting embrace and dark brown hair fell across his face.

"It's all my fault," Tony started saying. "Ziva, it's all my fault."

"Shhh," Ziva said as she began stroking Tony's hair. "It's not your fault."

"Ziva, you don't understand. We were supposed to protect her; I was supposed to protect her." Tony said, the tears still flowing freely.

Ziva pulled Tony to her more tightly and tears silently slipped down her own cheeks. She had just lost one of her very best friends.

McGee entered Abby's lab to find it silent.

"Abby?" McGee called. He had come down here to tell Abby about his re-assignment.

"In here," Abby's voice called quietly. McGee walked into Abby's inner lab and found her curled up in a corner behind her desk with a death grip on Bert. McGee slide down the wall beside Abby and lifted his arm so she could lean on him.

"She's gone," Abby said quietly and McGee could feel the tears soaking through his shirt.

"I know, Abs," McGee said, running his hand up and down her back.

"And she died alone, with no one to hold her hand. No one to comfort her, to tell her it would be alright," Abby said, more tears flowing down her cheek.

"Abby, she knew what she was doing," McGee said.

"Timmy, promise me something. When I die, I don't want to be alone," Abby said.

"I promise," McGee said as he kissed Abby's forehead. "I promise."

A crash startled Gibbs and he looked at the floor and was surprised to see his bourbon bottle shattered on the floor.

"You surprise me, Jethro," a voice said. Gibbs looked up and saw Jenny standing before him, dressed as she was before she had left for California. "Killing Svetlana, burning down my house, and now drinking yourself into oblivion."

"Why?" Gibbs asked.

"To protect you," Jenny said.

"I didn't need protecting," Gibbs said.

"Don't you understand? I gave my life for you, and I would do it again," Jenny said.

"Mike told me what you said, about why you left," Gibbs said.

"You must know that I regret it now," Jenny said.

"To late for that, Jen," Gibbs said.

"It's never too late, Jethro," Jenny said, just as she started to fade. "I always loved you."

Gibbs continued to stare at the spot where she had been standing for hours, until his phone rang.

"Boss, we're all going to the airport to see Ziva off, I'm in your driveway," Tony's voice sounded.

"I'll be out," Gibbs said and hung up. He pulled his jacket on and walked up the stairs. His team needed him.

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OMG, I gasped, and I haven't gasped like that since I thought Tony got blown up. I had a gut feeling about who died, so that didn't really surprise me, but the very end... I couldn't breathe. I was talking to Cable Addict when it happened and I couldn't even type. When I finally regained my senses, I started this one shot. I can't wait for September... please review!

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