A/N Wow. Lots of angry Remember fans out there...people don't seem to like my cliffhangers. Lol.

My bad.

So this is the last chapter. Squee!!


Anyway, thanks to everyone who reviewed the last chapter. Broke my record - got 26 reviews. Let's see if I can break it again!!


Chapter 20

"ZIVA!" Tony yelled, moving forward.

Gibbs grabbed his arm. "Tony-"

"Boss, come on, we have to get to her!" Tony said.

Gibbs saw the same desperation in his eyes that he'd seen in Ziva's. This was more than enough proof – they were more than partners.

"Tony, she would have been right next to the bomb when it went off," McGee said, trying to keep the grief from his voice. "She-"

"No. No, I am not losing her again," Tony said. "That first explosion was enough. She's alive. She has to be," he said, looking at the burning house.

Gibbs released his arm. "We'll all go. McGee, you and I will take the inside. Tony, you take the outside."


"DiNozzo, it wasn't a request," Gibbs said, trying to brace himself for seeing yet another member of his team dead.


They all headed their separate directions.

Surprisingly, a large amount of the house was stable. Obviously Gibbs had been wrong about the strength of the C4.

He led McGee to the room where Mira had been.

Apart from burning furniture and debris, the room was empty. No body parts.


McGee cleared his throat. "Boss…d'you…do you think Ziva…Ziva…"

Gibbs, who had uncharacteristically hoping that by some miracle Ziva would be fine, walked out of the room. McGee followed.

Tony was breathing shallowly.

Ziva, his Ziva, was dead. He knew she was dead. He just didn't want to believe it.

Now he'd never get to tell her how he felt.

He felt a tear run down his cheek as he headed back.

The team were all sitting on the ground, leaning against the car, not sure what to do now. EOD had been called, just to make sure, and other investigators were on their way.

A coughing noise from far away made Gibbs look up.


Ten minutes ago

Ziva was quickly trying to defuse the bomb, but she couldn't focus.

Look at yourself, she thought. Tony's probably dead and here you are trying to save him. He's gone.

What if he's not gone?

He is. You know it. Stop denying it.

If he was dead I would feel it.

How? How would you feel it?

I love him.

"I love him," she murmured. She had to save him.

She glanced at the timer.


She remembered something.

"This has got to be the stupidest thing any human being has ever done," Tony said as he climbed up after Ziva.

"Then why are you following me Tony?" Ziva replied.

"I don't freaking know!"
They positioned themselves on either side of the bomb.

"Hold this," Ziva said, passing him a phone.

"Do you have any idea what's going to happen if this cell phone rings? Tony said.

Ziva continued to work.

"I can see down your shirt right now," Tony said.

Ziva smiled.

Ziva shook her head. Stop thinking about it. Concentrate.

The bomb was much more intricate than she had thought. Wire crossed where they shouldn't be crossing, they connected in the wrong places.

The timer bleeped.


Abandoning everything, Ziva got up and ran for the back door.

The house exploded.

In the present…

"Ziva…what…Ziva?" McGee said.

Tony got up and looked around; there was Ziva running towards him. He stepped forward and put his arms around her, holding her as tightly as he could. Then, without thinking, without planning it, without worrying about the fact that both Gibbs and McGee were watching, Tony kissed her.

Ziva ran her hand through his hair, returning the kiss with everything she felt.

Gibbs cleared his throat.

Tony moved his head so his chin was on her shoulder. "I love you," he whispered, his words only heard by her.

Ziva sighed, her breath tickling his ear. "I love you too."

By the time they got back to the squadroom, McGee had called Jenny and Abby to fill them in.

They walked into the squadroom to find Abby standing directly in front of the elevator.

"TONY! ZIVA!" she yelled, throwing herself at them with such force that they were knocked off their feet.

Gibbs pulled her off them.

Jenny was standing over near their desks, and noticed that when they all came over that Tony and Ziva were standing unusually close. She raised her eyebrows at Gibbs, who smirked and nodded.

"Abby, stop bouncing. You're making me jittery," McGee said.

Abby stopped bouncing.

"So everything is normal now?" she asked, looking at Ziva.

Ziva smiled. "Everything is back to how it was."

Tony snorted slightly. "Things aren't exactly the same."

And with that he swept her up in his arms and tipped her backwards, leaning in to kiss her again.


The End

A/N You didn't think I'd kill Ziva, did you? Lol. Without Ziva, there would be no Tiva. There'd just be 'T', and that isn't nearly as exciting.

So that's the end!! Kind of fast, I know.

i really wanna thank everyone who reviewed. Seriously. Reading reviews makes my day.

Until next story…

- PJ630