Ok, so after begging...blackmail and asking nicely here is the epilogue.


"JETHRO!" Jen's cry reached him down in the basement and he had never moved as fast as he did then. He was at the top of the stairs, his fingers circling her arms before he knew and before he could even catch his breath. Alex was suddenly at his side, clinging to his pants, his large green eyes terrified at the cry that escaped his mother.

"What?" He asked, "What's happened?" His voice was worried, and his eyes were searching her face. She doubled over, clutching at her stomach. Her hands grabbed his and squeezed and for a second he thought every single bone in his body was going to shatter.

"OW...that bloody hurt. I think my water has broken." She said, the corners of her mouth twitching up into a smile and then a grimace. Gibbs heaved a sigh of relief until her hand connected with the back of his head.

"Well...you gonna stand there all day?" She asked, grabbing Alex's hand and pulling him towards the car. "Don't slip in the kitchen, that's where it happened." She threw over her shoulder as she walked through the door. Gibbs threw a disgusted look in the direction of his kitchen and ran up the stairs, into their bedroom and grabbed the ready bag in the corner of the closet.

He was downstairs and in the car, pulling out of the driveway before Jen could shout at him again.


Jen gripped the inside door handle as another contraction hit her. God, she had forgotten how much this could hurt. She dragged in lungfuls of air to try to steady herself and Gibbs threw a look at her across the car.

"Could you just concentrate on the road please?" She asked, and she imagined Gibbs rolling his eyes at her.

"You ok?" He asked tentatively. She let out a bitter laugh.

"Oh just peachy…when this is over…you are never coming near me again ok?" She said through gritted teeth.

"But you sleep in the same room, Mommy." Alex piped up from the back seat, "Does that mean that Jetto will have to sleep in my room?" He still hadn't managed to get a hang of calling Gibbs Jethro. Gibbs was too formal and both Jen and Gibbs had agreed that he wasn't his father so Daddy was out of the question. So Jetto it was. Gibbs glanced at Alex in the rear view mirror and winked at the boy who had become so ridiculously important to him.

"Mommy is only joking, Alex." He said, trying to reassure the boy. Alex seemed to relax and stuck his thumb in his mouth and stared out of the window.

"I'm so not." Jen whispered loud enough for Gibbs to hear.


Gibbs couldn't get out of the car quick enough. He practically wrenched Jen out, it being difficult to maneuver a heavily pregnant, in labor woman with a 6 year old firmly on one hip. She batted his hands away and strode towards the hospital. Gibbs shared a look who Alex, who shrugged. They both knew the woman could be incredibly difficult when it came to showing weakness but walking into the hospital alone, with her two boys following was taking it slightly too far.

"I'm giving birth." Jen announced to the nurse on reception. Her eyes flicked up to Jen and she smiled slightly, before waving her hand in the direction of the waiting area. Jen's hands clenched around the edge of the desk and Gibbs gently disengaged them and leant forward.

"Excuse me…this woman is in labor and you really don't want to piss of either of us…so could you just help her out here…before I start throwing my weight around or she called the President." The nurse seemed to contemplate the situation before standing up with a sigh. Gibbs resisted the urge to grab her around the throat but was distracted when Jen cried out in pain again. That seemed to get the nurse moving and Gibbs let out a small laugh at the look Jen shot him. He knew that cry was more for the nurse's attention more than anything.

The nurse reappeared with a wheelchair and Gibbs firmly pushed Jen into it. She glared up at him and he ignored her, wrenching the handles out of the nurse's hand.

"So Ms…?" The nurse asked. Gibbs sighed.

"It's Miss Sheppard, but if you want to use my married names its Mrs Gibbs." Jen always had to get on her high horse about her name. The nurse smiled grimly and opened a door to a room. She firmly closed the door behind them muttering something about getting a doctor.


Abby skidded into the room half an hour later and rushed at Jen.

"Oh Jen…how are you? Are you feeling alright? Do you need me to do anything? I can help deliver it if you want cos I delivered Bonnie's babies and they were all perfectly healthy…" Abby chatted as she gripped Jen's hand. Jen stared at her, confusion in her eyes.

"Who's Bonnie?" She asked. Abby grinned.

"My dog." Gibbs stepped forward with Alex and deposited him in Abby's arms.

"Take Alex for Ice Cream." He said. Alex's eyes lit up at Gibbs and Gibbs ruffled his hair. "See you in a bit buddy ok?" Alex nodded and waved at Jen, she managed a wave back before she collapsed back on the bed.

"What's it going to take for this kid to come out?" She cried, clutching at Gibbs's hand again as another wave of pain hit her. Gibbs brushed some hair out of her eyes and kissed her forehead.

"She's as stubborn as you, Jenny." He said. Jen glared and pushed him away.

"I thought I told you not to touch me?" She snapped. The door opened and a smiling man walked through the door.

"Ah, I see were at the "I hate you stage"?" He asked, holding his hand out to Gibbs. "Mr Gibbs, Doctor Gelfand." Gibbs nodded and glanced at Jen who was currently trying to burn a hole in the back of his head with her death stare. Doctor Gelfand stepped forward.

"And you must be Mrs Gibbs." He said, pulling up a chair and sitting down next to the bed. Jen glared at him too.

"Guess all that studying paid off Doctor." She snapped. Gibbs rolled his eyes again, "Don't you roll your eyes at me, Jethro, this is all your fault." Doctor Gelfand looked between the two people currently arguing. Gibbs's body language was screaming out how much he cared for his wife and Mrs Gibbs was currently trying very hard not to kill her husband.

"I don't remember you complaining, Jenny." Gibbs crossed his arms in front of his chest. Jen turned her head and gritted her teeth as another wave of pain hit her. She grabbed Doctor Gelfand's hand and he grimaced at the strength of her grip.

"Oh go...away." Gibbs was at her side in one step, his hands on her face, his lips millimeters from hers.

"I'm not going anyway, you can shout and curse and tell me you hate me but I am sticking around, ok?" He murmured.


Three hours, ten I Hate You's and four broken hand bones later, Grace Rachel Kelly Gibbs emerged into the world. Gibbs held Alex over the crib.

"She's really small." He stated. Gibbs laughed.

"Yes, she is. But she will so be big enough to play with." He said, placing Alex back on the floor. He looked up at Gibbs and tugged on his sleeve. Gibbs wrenched his eyes away for his little miracle and looked down at him.

"Since you look after Mommy, does that mean I have to look after Grace?" He asked, his voice serious. Gibbs pulled the boy into a quick hug.

"Yeah…but we will all help, ok." He turned towards the sleeping Jen who stirred and breathed his name in her sleep. He was by her side in an instant.

"Jenny." He murmured, brushing her hair from her forehead.

"I don't really hate you, you know?" She said, her eyes still closed. Gibbs kissed her forehead.

"I know."

"I love you." She said, finally opening her eyes and staring at him, her fingers firmly entwined with his.

"I love you too." He winced as she squeezed his hand.

"Sorry about your hand." She bit on her lip. He laughed and kissed her gently.

"It'll mend." Jen ran a finger down his cheek.

"How's Grace?" She asked, sitting herself up and looking around the room, spying Alex still staring into the crib. She smiled gently, looking at her family. Gibbs kissed her again.

"She's perfect."


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