A/N: I don't own anything. Just wanted to get that out of the way now. I usually don't post stories that are not 100% complete, but I'm having some trouble focusing on finishing it. This way I have motivation. So please stay with me as I try to get this done. And I am NOT going to be one of those authors that holds stories for ransom with "give me reviews or I won't post!" I think if even just one person reads it, it will be worth it! I do ask though, please be kind! I am but a gentle and sensitive creature.

Chapter 1

Abby was sitting in her lab watching AFIS fingerprints flash across the screen. For 3 hours it had been searching for a match. Abby was starting to wonder if it would ever find one. There was no DNA in the system from her earlier search, but it was more likely there was going to be a fingerprint match anyway. I mean, even kids get fingerprinted nowadays for identification purposes. Abby picked up the rest of her Caf-Pow! and finished it. She rested her head in her hands and closed her eyes.


She felt someone gently shaking her shoulder. She opened her eyes and looked to her right. "Gibbs!" she startled, sitting up and nearly falling off of her chair. Gibbs was able to catch her with his one free arm; the other was holding her new Caf-Pow! "I didn't realize I was falling asleep."

"You've been a sleep for at least 15 minutes. I just didn't want to disturb you." He handed her the drink.

She arched her eyebrow. "You were watching me sleep?"

"When you say it out loud, it seems creepy." He stared at the computer screen still searching fingerprints. "Still nothing?"

"Nope. Sorry, Gibbs."

"Don't apologize. I know your doing your best." He handed her a disc. "Now, do more."

"What's this?" she asked taking it from him.

"Video from outside the grocery store. Let's see if we can find anything on it." Abby put the disc in her drive and pulled it up on the big screen. She walked around her table and stood in front of it. She listened for what Gibbs wanted to get a better look at, and enhanced where she needed to. It wasn't quite the lead they were looking for until Abby saw something hinky.

"Gibbs, you see that?" She zoomed in on a vehicle that was barely visible at the top of the screen and started to enhance it. "Gibbs?" she asked, turning around when he didn't answer. He was already gone. Usually he waits for a result before he takes off. I wonder if there is some kind of wax to make my floors squeaky? she wondered to herself. Shrugging it off she finished enhancing the plate on the video. "Gotcha!"

She headed back to her table to check on the fingerprints search and call Gibbs about the license plate number she was able to recover. That was when she saw him. He was lying on the floor, coffee spilled next to him. "Gibbs!" she yelled and bent down to check on him. She couldn't find a pulse, but in her defense she wasn't sure she was even looking in the right place. She reached up for her phone and pulled it to the floor with her. She quickly hit the button for the one person she thought could help.


"Ducky! Gibbs collapsed. I need help!"

"My God, where are you?"

"Lab!" Ducky didn't even bother to say he was on his way before he hung up. It felt like hours before Ducky and Jimmy showed up in her lab. Time was moving so slowly for her and she wasn't sure what to do. She had turned Gibbs onto his back and held his head in her lap. "Ducky, help!" she pleaded when they entered the room.

"Do you call 911 yet?" Her eyes shot open. She never even thought about it. "Jimmy." Jimmy grabbed the phone off of the floor and called for an ambulance. Ducky checked Gibbs' pulse and his breathing. "I need you to lie him flat on the floor and help me with CPR." Abby did as she was told without even thinking about it. If she had, she would have realized this meant Gibbs wasn't breathing.

"Ambulance is pulling into the gate now."

"Go meet them out front and bring them straight here." Not even 2 minutes later, Jimmy was leading in 2 EMTs. They put an oxygen mask over Gibbs' face and loaded him onto the gurney. "I'm going to go in the ambulance with him. I'll meet you at the hospital, alright?" Abby nodded as they took Gibbs away. She was left standing in her lab with Jimmy, not sure what to do.

"Perhaps we should tell the others," suggested Jimmy. She faced him, then took off up the stairs. Jimmy followed her. He knew she and Gibbs were close and didn't know how she was going to handle this current situation. Abby was much faster than Jimmy was on the stairs, but she was very motivated. She somehow thought this would help Gibbs.

When she reached the squad room, she was out of breath and having a hard time getting her words out. "G-Gibbs. He..he..(whew)..fell…"

"Abby, are you alright?" McGee asked walking up to her. "What's going on?"

"It's Gibbs!" Jimmy shouted once he reached the other agents. "He collapsed in the lab. They are taking him to Bethesda right now. Dr. Mallard is with him." Jimmy put an arm around Abby. The reality of what happened appeared to be sinking in and she looked paler than usual. He was afraid of her going into shock and collapsing herself. The team started gathering their things and heading for the elevator. "Come on," Jimmy said to Abby. "I'll drive you to the hospital." Without protest, she walked to his car with him.