4.

Gibbs ran around the corner of the hallway outside of Mike's apartment with his gun at the ready. Ziva, Tony and Mcgee followed him.

"Federal Agents! Here with warrants!" He shouted through the door. "Open Up!"

"We don't have a warrant." Mcgee whispered to Tony.

"Old Technique to bring out a suspect." Whispered Tony back.

"Are you ok?" Gibbs asked Ziva.

"Yeah." She said. She was really nervous. She was still feeling dizzy and her stomach and head hurt but she was not going to admit that to Gibbs. Especially not at a time like this. It reminded her of the time when she had to arrest in of her best friends who was plotting to blow up a town.

The bolt on the door slowly slid open. The door creaked as it swung open. Mike Esglade opened the door. He was shocked to see four federal agents with guns pointing at him. He saw Ziva and ran back through his apartment. Tony, Mcgee and Gibbs chased after him. Ziva slumped against the wall. What was up with her? She asked herself. She felt faint and the world was spinning.

Mike jumped over a sofa and Tony followed suite. Gibbs just barged through it and Mcgee went around it.

"GET BACK HERE!" bellowed Gibbs.

Mike raced through a pair of open sliding doors out onto his balcony.

"I'll jump!" he warned. Gibbs and Tony looked at each other and nodded. Gibbs dived and grabbed Mike's legs and Tony head butted him. Mcgee locked a pair of handcuffs onto Mike. He wailed desperately as he was read his rights.

"Nice work boss." Said Tony happily.

"Where's Ziva?" Gibbs asked looking round. Tony and Mcgee looked round. Ziva was not on the balcony.

Gibbs ran back through the apartment. He saw Ziva lying on the floor near the doorway.

"Tony!" yelled Gibbs.

"Yes boss." Said Tony whilst swaggering through the door with Mike.

"Call an ambulance." He said staring down at Ziva on the floor.


"She is not well." Said the doctor.

"I know." Scowled Gibbs.

"She needs to rest and eat." Said the doctor.

"I know." Scowled Gibbs.

"And she needs some support."

"I know."

"Otherwise she won't get better."

"I know."

"Bring her back to hospital if she has any problems."

"I know…Wait you're discharging her?"

"Yes. She asked to."

Gibbs stormed off back to Ziva's bed leaving the doctor standing in the corridor. The doctor stared after him puzzled.

"ZIVA!" Gibbs yelled as he stormed into the room.

"Yes." She said wearily as he stared down at her.

"You. Are. Not. Going. Home! " he said slowly.

"Yes I am." She said looking thoroughly put out.

"No you are not." He said.

"Yes I am." She said getting up to prove it.

"I am not letting you out of my sight." Gibbs sighed knowing he had lost his battle.


Gibbs walked into the bullpen dragging Ziva behind him.

"Sit there." He said shoving Ziva into her chair. "Eat." He said putting a box of chow mein onto her desk. "Sleep." He said chucking a pillow at her. Then he stomped to his desk and sat down. Tony and Mcgee stared at Ziva. She glared back at them and they went back to work.

Ziva put a mouthful of chow mein in her mouth and swallowed. It did not taste good. Her tongue felt like leather. She grabbed a bottle of water and drank half of it in one go. Then she took some paracetamol for good measure. Soon she drifted off into an uneasy sleep.

She ran along the lush, green fields towards her father and brother. Towards her best friends and enemies. Behind her was Gibbs, Tony, Mcgee, Abby, Ducky, Palmer and Jenny. She stopped and turned around and around not sure which way to go. The world started spinning and she felt faint. Suddenly Mike, who was holding a Swiss Army Knife, pounced on her and she felt the hard cold blade on her throat. She gasped and Mike's brilliant green eyes became lakes as the knife dug into her throat.

"Ziva!" shouted Gibbs.

"No!" she said dizzily holding up her arms. She was still trapped in her dream.

"It's me Ziva." Said Gibbs. She looked up at him and burst into tears. He hugged her and she cried and cried and cried.

"You were screaming." He said, "Do you want to tell me about anything?"

"It was awful Gibbs." She said. "I didn't know whether to choose between my life in Israel or the one in America. The Mike pounced on me and slit my throat."

Gibbs looked into her eyes stony faced.

"Choose whatever you feel right with." He said and hugged her once again.