Title: Baby Assignment

Chapter: 12

Disclaimer: I do not own ANY of the original characters from the show, they belong to the writers of NCIS.

Author's note:
Hey guys thank you so much for reading this story. I was going to do this in two chapters, but I decided to do it in one longer one. This is a very long chapter, the longest one I have ever written but I think that you will enjoy it. I hope you do! This is the last chapter of the story, I thank you all for reading this story and for reviewing and letting me know how I am doing. This is my second fanfic and both of my stories have gotten such great feedback I plan on writing another one soon. :) Again, thank you all so much for reading my story, I hope that you enjoyed it!

Tony stopped his car in front of Ziva's house and honked the car horn. He waited while the door opened, but his heart nearly stopped in his chest when he saw Ziva.

She was wearing a dark green dress that ended just above her knee. Her hair flowed freely on her back, beautiful curls were cascading by her face. Tony's jaw dropped as she made her way towards him, a beautiful smile on her face.

Tony forced his mouth shut and he grinned back at her, trying his best to hide his hammering heart.

She opened the door and sat next to him, when Tony didn't start the car she looked over to find him staring at her, amazed. "What is it Tony?"

Tony mentally kicked himself for being caught staring, "Uh… I, you…"

Great Tony you can't even talk around her anymore! This is pathetic.

Tony shook his head to refocus his thoughts, "You look good Ziva."

You couldn't have thought of anything better than that?

Tony shook his head again, trying to think properly again. He started the car and began to drive off. She caught him staring at her when they stopped at an intersection but he merely grinned and turned to look at the road, completely unaware of the way his grin was affecting her.


Ziva held her breath as Tony grinned at her. He was wearing a black suit with a white shirt and green tie that brought out his eyes. She couldn't help but notice how good he looked, she smiled widely as she noticed him glance at her again.

It was good to be noticed by Tony, she smiled to herself as she looked at him.

Now it was her turn to be caught staring, she blushed and Tony simply grinned, "What's the matter Ziva?"

Ziva refused to look at him, "Nothing Tony."

Tony refused to let her off, "No… that look meant something."

He took a moment to look at her, grinning at her misfortune. His face turned to an even goofier grin however, when she began, "I was just awed…"

Tony smiled widely, "Yeah…"

Ziva smirked, "I've never met anyone like you before."

Tony's head quickly turned to look at her, "What?"

He could feel the hope rising inside of him, but his face fell when Ziva smirked, "Yeah, you are the only person I know that could drive this slowly."

Tony rolled his eyes, "Whatever Zee, I drive this slow because I actually follow the rules."

Ziva scoffed, "Whatever." She sighed in relief as he bought her excuse. She sighed again as she thought about his grin.

Tony looked at her, a little concerned, girls usually sighed when something was wrong and they wanted you to ask about it. He changed the subject, not wanting to get into a meaningful conversation with her just yet, "So… How do you think the dance is going to be?"

Ziva looked at him and grinned, making Tony catch his breath. "Forgive me for sounding so Abby-like, but it's going to be great!"

Tony grinned, "What makes you say that?"

Ziva shrugged, "I don't know, I just have a feeling."

Tony nodded and flashed her a grin, "Now let's hear what Abby has to say about it."

Ziva looked as Abby bounded towards the car, nearly tripping over her own feet. She blushed before closing the door behind her, "Forgot I can't jump around in a dress and heels."

Tony grinned, "You look great Abs."

Abby beamed at Tony's comment and Ziva couldn't help but notice how different Tony's reaction was. With Abby he could look at the road and simply state that she looked good, but with her he refused to make eye contact and blushed. She decided to remember that for later, she couldn't think properly with Abby chatting to her.

"So Ziva, I LOVE your dress, I told you it looks amazing, and I really like your hair, don't you like her hair Tony?"

Tony swerved into the other lane, surprised at Abby's comment. He swerved back into their lane and grinned sheepishly, "Squirrel."

He was blushing as Abby asked again, "Aww… You're so sweet for saving it Tony. But don't you think Ziva looks good?"

Tony merely nodded and sped up a little, hoping the wind would help cool his face. "Yeah, I think she looks amazing."

Ziva looked at him and smiled, although he didn't realize it, he was making her very happy.

Ziva saw Tony was uncomfortable but thought nothing about it, he probably thought it was awkward to comment on his friends' appearances.

Abby spoke up again, "We're here! Come on Tony, stop by the door so that Ziva and I can go out, we'll meet you inside."

Tony nodded and Ziva grinned, he was probably happy to have a moments break from Abby's chatter. She and Abby got out of the car and walked towards the gym. Abby didn't waste any time after Tony drove away, "WOW! He couldn't stop staring at you!"

Ziva blushed but kept walking, "He's my friend Abby, he's allowed to look at me."

Abby persisted, "Friends don't look at friends like that Ziva."

Ziva rolled her eyes, she knew Abby was only telling her what she wanted to hear so she ignored her, "Whatever, let's go in."

They walked inside the gym and were amazed at the decorations. There were many large donations by richer students for this dance, and the gym looked beautiful because of it. It was dimly lit, giving it a romantic setting and Ziva looked around in awe. "Wow."

She looked around and saw a small wooden bridge crossing over a fake moat. It led to a pathway with candles and flowers surrounding it, the path led outside into the garden the school gardening club had grown.

Ziva had to admit that she was amazed, even with the large donations, this was impressive for a school dance.

Tony came in behind them and judging from the low whistle, he was impressed. "Wow. This is… nice."

Ziva turned around to look at him, she nodded and grinned, "Melissa was in charge of decorations, judging by the romantic setting I'm guessing that she plans to tell Matt tonight."

Tony nodded, trying to seem like he didn't care. In reality, he was extremely nervous. His dad was loaded and didn't care what Tony did with money as long as he kept out of his fathers' way, so Tony was the one who "generously donated" the money for the decorations. He and Melissa both decided on a romantic theme. He had wanted everything to be perfect for tonight, but even so, this was impressive.

Tony looked at Ziva and couldn't help but smile, she looked so beautiful with the lights creating a soft glow on her skin.

He forced himself to look away before he broke and told her everything; he'd waited years for this, so he could wait a little longer.

Matt walked in and Tony walked to meet him. Tony didn't appreciate the way Matt was watching Ziva, but he fought the urge to punch him. "Hey Matt, impressive huh?"

Tony gestured to the room and Matt nodded, even though it was obvious he didn't really care. Tony's face grew red as Matt continued to watch Ziva, "Hey Matt! You planning on asking anyone imparticular to dance tonight?"

Tony grinned and so did Matt, "Yeah, you know I might ask a girl or two."

Tony's grin disappeared as Matt continued to stare at Ziva, didn't she break up with him? Tony rolled his eyes; he'd have to be watching Matt closely tonight, very closely.


Half an hour later, the dance floor was full. Ziva and Abby had been dancing together all night, just having fun. As much as Tony wanted Ziva to have fun, he needed to talk to her too, not just have Abby hog her.

Tony was already saying "no thanks" to a bunch of girls that wanted him to dance with them. Not very many had, seeing as they knew his feelings for Ziva, but there always were a desperate few refusing to accept the truth.

Tony noticed Tim standing next to the punch bowl, talking to Jimmy Palmer. Tony rolled his eyes, then put on a grin and walked towards them. "Hey Jimmy, I need to talk to Tim here for a minute."

Jimmy nodded and left quickly, Tony was thankful that he got the hint.

Tim was sipping his drink when Tony looked at him. "Why don't you ask Abby to dance?"

Tim blushed, "Why would I?"

Tony rolled his eyes, "Oh come on, don't give me the 'we're just friends' speech, I've perfected that one. Anyways, I know you like her and I also happen to know that she likes you, go for it."

Tim blushed, "I don't know Tony…"

"Come on Tim, don't tell me that you don't want to, I know you do."

"Well…" Tim began, "What if she says no?"

Tony grinned, "So you admit that you want to dance with her. Trust me Tim, she's been glancing at you all night, I notice these things. Ask her, I'm so sure that she'll say yes that if she says no, which she won't… I'll give you my car."

Tim's eyes grew wide, he nodded, knowing that either way he won. "Sure. You promise that if she says no you'll give me your car?"

Tony nodded and Tim grinned. His grin disappeared when he realized what he had to do. A shy smile crossed his face as he made his way towards Abby.

Tony grinned, it's a good thing she was going to accept, Tim would probably be very mad to learn that Tony was going to give him a toy car, not a real one. Tony grinned at his own cleverness, then turned to watch Tim.

Tim tapped Abby on the shoulder, blushing slightly. She looked at him and a shy smile crept on both of their faces.

Tim said something and Abby nodded vigorously, her smile now quite large. Tim was grinning to, obviously quite pleased with himself.

Tony grinned at the exchange between the two, he hadn't even notice Ziva creep up behind him. "That was nice of you Tony."

Tony jumped at the sound of Ziva's voice. He blushed deeply and took a drink to cool down. "I'm just a nice guy."

He grinned and so did she, Tony suspected that he wasn't supposed to hear her mumble, "Yeah, you really are."

Tony's grin was replaced by a genuine smile which made Ziva's heart beat faster. She couldn't help but notice how the green tie seemed to bring out his eyes.

Her heart was racing as they both stared into each others eyes. Both of them felt the magnetic pull towards the other, and after a while, they both stopped fighting it.

Tony was the first to lean in, unable to fight his feelings any longer. Their faces were slowly moving closer, but the moment was broken when a new song came through the speakers.

They pulled apart quickly, blushing. Tony was fighting the urge to just grab her and kiss her. How could he be so stupid?! He'd spent years waiting for this moment, it had to be perfect! Tony took a deep breath, he couldn't simply kiss her, he was going to follow through with the plan.

Tony looked at his watch and realized that it was time, he looked up and began, "Hey Ziva I haven't gone outside yet tonight, want to come with me?"

He hoped desperately that she would say yes, but he realized that she had left when they stepped away from each other.

Tony ran his hands through his hair, what did he do know? How could he mess this up? All because of one stupid moment of weakness!

Tony scanned the crowd, but he didn't see her anywhere.

Tony was frantic, where was she? He continued to search the room, but realized she had left. He began walking towards Abby to ask for her help, but she looked so happy with Tim, he couldn't bring himself to ruin anyone else's night.

Tony searched the rest of the school and was beginning to get frantic. What had he done? Had he just ruined their relationship forever?

He ran his fingers through his hair, where was she?

Tony began to run, he looked in every room in the school, desperate to find Ziva and explain himself. After realizing she wasn't inside, Tony raced outside, his heart pounding as he thought about the possibility of her hating him forever.

His heart nearly stopped in his chest when he saw her, sitting on a bench in the middle of the garden. If he had followed his plan, that was were he was going to tell her.

Tony began to run towards her, he had to explain himself. She knew how he cared now, she obviously didn't feel the same way. His heart was breaking as he realized this was true. She didn't feel the same way.

Tony swallowed his pain, as much as it hurt, he at least had to try and patch things up between them. Tony was still running towards her, but stopped in his tracks when he realized she was crying.

Tony panicked, he'd never seen Ziva cry before, she was too strong. He knew that she would only want to be alone, but he couldn't leave her like this, it was breaking his heart to see her in pain.

He forgot about the incident and the way she didn't care for him, all that mattered now was that Ziva was okay. He ran up to her and knelt down beside her, "Ziva…"

Ziva heard the caring in his voice, but it only cut her deeper. She knew he cared, but he'd never care for her the same way as she cared for him.

Ziva looked down, refusing to look Tony in the eyes, afraid that he would see straight through her soul if she did.

"Ziva…" He began again. Tony put his hand caringly on her shoulder, but Ziva pushed it off and stood up.

She turned her back to him and walked away "Not now Tony."

Tony fought back against the pain at having her reject his touch, right now wasn't about his mistake or his pain, right now he needed to make sure she was okay.

He stood up and followed her, turning her to face him, he saw her tears. "Ziva what's wrong?"

Ziva didn't bother to shrug him off this time, but she still refused to look him in the eyes. "Why won't you leave me alone?"

Tony put a hand under her chin and made her look at him, "Ziva, I won't leave you alone because that's not what friends do. As much as you may not like it, I'm not leaving until you tell me what's wrong."

Ziva blinked back more tears, "You'd never understand. You can't understand, not unless you know how much it hurts."

"Ziva, I you're right. I can't understand unless you tell me what's wrong."

Ziva looked away, "Just go Tony, I do not want to talk to you right now."

Tony refused to back down, "That's too bad because I'm not going anywhere until we talk. Tell me what's wrong."

Ziva looked at him, a mix of pain and anger flashing in her eyes, "JUST LEAVE ME ALONE TONY! WHY WON'T YOU LEAVE ME ALONE!"

Tony could feel his anger rising, "I'm NOT leaving you! I won't leave you alone because I hate seeing you hurt like this, I LOVE YOU! WHY CAN'T YOU SEE THAT ZIVA?!"

He saw the look of shock in her eyes. This wasn't how he'd planned on telling her, but he had to follow through now. He stared deep into her eyes as he continued, "That's right Zee, I love you. I have for so long now. I have ever since I met you. I love you more than anything else in the world, you are my world. You're the girl I was telling you about, you're the one I love. Your smile lights up the room and your laugh makes my day. Your smart, funny, beautiful… I could go on forever. So please Ziva, just tell me what's wrong because I need to help you. When you're in pain, I feel it because I love you so much. Please Ziva."

Ziva stared at Tony, she couldn't believe her ears. Tony loved her! The same Tony she'd been in love with since she first met him just admitted that he loved her!

Ziva felt her tears dry up as she looked at Tony, so happy that she as unable to move.

Tony sensed the way she was immobilized with shock. He took advantage of this fact and slowly leaned in towards her, wanting to show her just how deep his love went. He saw her eyes widen, but still she didn't move. Soon, his mouth was covering hers, and he was releasing all of the years of tension that had built up inside him. Tony pulled her towards him, forcing her closer to him.

He knew it wasn't fair to do this while she was obviously too shocked to pull away, but that's why he was doing it now. He needed this kiss. He needed at least one kiss with her, something to remember before she pulled away and broke his heart forever.

Tony was beginning to get worried, Ziva still wasn't responding to his kiss. She wasn't pulling away, but she wasn't replying either. He suppressed the worry that was growing inside him and decided to enjoy this while he could. He moaned, one simple gesture revealing just how much he wanted this, how much he wanted her.

Tony's moan snapped Ziva back into reality. She responded to the kiss as enthusiastically as she could. She wrapped her arms around his neck and pulled him closer towards her, moaning slightly.

Finally, they pulled apart for air. They breathed heavily, staring the other in the eyes, looking for any sign of regret.

Tony was the first to speak, "You have no idea how long I've been wanting to do that."

He had a huge, genuine smile on his face, and Ziva returned the gesture, "I think I can relate."

She smiled as he pulled her in for another kiss, this one slower, more romantic than the previous passionate one.

They broke apart again, gasping for breath.

Tony stared into her eyes, "I meant it Ziva. I really do, I love you."

Ziva smiled genuinely as she spoke, "I love you too Tony, more than anything else."

Tony 's smile grew even wider, he'd never been so happy in his entire life. Every single moment of his life that sucked, it was all worth it now that he had her.

Tony grabbed her hand and they walked back inside together. He excused himself for a moment and whispered something to the D.J. Walking back to Ziva, he had a delighted grin on his face. "Would you like to dance?" He asked.

Ziva nodded, happier than she had ever been before. Tony led her onto the floor just as the next song came on,

She rolls the window down
And she
Talks over the sound
Of the cars that pass us by
And I don't know why
But she's changed my mind

Would you look at her
She looks at me
She's got me thinking about her constantly
But she don't know how I feel
And as she carries on without a doubt
I wonder if she's figured out
I'm crazy for this girl

Tony held Ziva closer as he whispered in her ear, "I love you Ziva, I'm crazy about you."

So that's the end! I hope you enjoyed it!! Thank you all SO much for reading, I hope it was worth your time!:)

*Like I said in a previous chapter, the song is Crazy for this Girl and belongs to Evan and Jaron. :)