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New Year's Resolution
"Please. Please don't go, Ziva."
Her breath caught in her throat. He had said "please" again. Tonight he had told her things she had never thought to hear from him. He had admitted she was an important part of his life. Asked her to give him a year. Asked her to stay another year and she knew a lot could happen in a year. And he had said "please" to her more than once, three times in fact; which was three times more than he had said it in all the years she had known him.
Reaching up, she grasped his fingers and moved them away from her face. Then she went to the vending machine, bent and picked up her backpack. Standing she reached in the candy machine and pulled out the candy that had fallen when the bag struck the machine. Walking back over to the table where they had been sitting she picked up the two uneaten candy bars he had bought for them. She stuck all 3 inside her backpack. She put the bag over her shoulder and went and stood in front of him.
"Ready to go, Tony?"
He looked confused. She smiled.
"Get your things."
He gave her a questioning look but then ran toward his desk to get his coat while she made her way to the elevator. When she saw him coming she pushed the button so the door was open when he arrived at her side. They walked inside side by side.
"Ziva," he started and then stopped when she leaned over and hit the off switch, bringing the elevator to a stop.
"I will take your wager, Tony. I will stay another year unless I am recalled by my father."
Tony started grinning as she reached inside her bag.
"To show my good faith and trust in your New Year's resolution I am giving you the note to Director Vance. I will expect it back one year from now if you cannot keep the resolution. Honesty demands honesty in return, Tony."
He took the note, no longer smiling. His fingers lingered on hers for a moment and then he put it in his pants' pocket, nodding. She came and stood very close to him, so close she could feel the warmth of his body. She looked up into his eyes.
"I appreciate what you have told me tonight, Tony. It means so very much to me; more perhaps than you realize. But I need a promise from you. If you think I am endangering you or any member of the team like I did during that godforsaken mission you have to tell me. Immediately. I really do not think I would be able to…well, it would be bad if I was the cause of something hurtful to one of you. Most especially you."
Putting his hand to the side of her neck he said, "I promise."
She made to pull away but he didn't move his hand.
"Thank you, Ziva," he said.
He put his hand behind her head and pulled her closer.
"Happy New Year, partner."
He leaned his head down and gently pressed his lips to hers. In surprise she opened her mouth and he took momentary advantage of it to run his tongue inside but before she could respond he ended the kiss. She looked up at him and he kissed her forehead and then the tip of her nose.
"Happy New Year, Tony," she said in a whisper.
He reached over her and released the off switch and as he drew his arm back embraced her in a hug. She hugged him back. They did not end the hug until the doors opened. Then they walked out side by side.
She pulled her coat out of her backpack and put it on. Tony shrugged his topcoat on. She reached over and straightened his collar for him. He held the door for her as they went out into the cold.
"Hey, Ziva, why did you put all those candy bars in your bag? Don't you want to share at least one with me?"
She smiled as she spotted her car, his 2 rows over.
"I intend to share them with you, Tony; when we are at your place watching one of my favorite movies as a way to start the New Year."
Now his smile was big.
"Oh yeah, movie night? Great cause I got a couple of new ones I think you'll really like."
"Oh no, Tony. I am picking the movie tonight and I know you have it. I saw it on the shelves."
He sounded suspicious.
"AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER with Deborah Kerr."
"What?! That awful grandmother of chick flicks? Oh my god, you're kidding right, Ziva? I don't even know how that got to my place. An old girlfriend must have left it when she moved on. Can't we watch IRONMAN or THE DARK KNIGHT? Ziva, Ziva, wait up…"
As she closed her car door shutting out his complaints she smiled. She believed tonight meant some big changes in their partnership but somethings would not changed and that was okay too.