Timothy McGee walked into Abigail Sciuto's lab one Friday afternoon, and found the goth scientist cowering in the corner.

"Abby, what's wrong?" He asked as he rushed to her side.

"I can't believe it McGee." She whispered sadly.

"What? What happened? Are you alright?" His eyes searched the room for something out of the ordinary.

"No. I don't know what'll happen to me." She whispered again, near tears this time.

"Are, are you sick or something?" McGee sat down on the floor next to his friend and put his arm around her.

"Not yet."The current situation was scaring Timothy McGee. "Why don't you tell me what happened?"

Abby took a deep breath, "I swallowed my gum.""Oh Abby, wait, what?" He glanced in her direction.

"I swallowed my gum!" She was near hysterics now. "Who knows what'll happen to me! Maybe it'll get stuck in my intestinal tract! Or maybe it'll clog my stomach! Oh my god! McGee! What if I die?" Tears were now streaming down the young woman's face, her mascara was a black river beneath her eyes.

"Abby! Calm down!" McGee started rubbing soothing circles on the young woman's back. "Abby, Abby, you know that's just a myth right?"Abby's head shot up, her eyes demanding that he elaborate.

"Well, gum is made up of four things." He counted them off his fingers as he listed them. "flavor, sweetener, softener, and the gum base. Three out of the four things can be broken down by the human body."

She looked at him, eyes wide. "Are you serious?"

He nodded. "Would I lie to you?"

Her face broke into a grin and she jumped up, pulling McGee up with her.

"Thank you Timmy!" She squealed while squeezing McGee in a death grip.

He managed to choke out a "You're welcome Abby."

Abby released him, and gave him a stern look. "Why did you come down here?"

"Oh, uh, Gibbs wanted to know if you matched the bullet to the gun yet."Abby nodded as she took another piece of gum and popped it into her mouth. "Matched perfectly."

McGee nodded as he started to walk backwards out of the lab. "Excellent. Thanks Abby."The young woman nodded. "Oh! And McGee?"He popped his head back into the room. "Yeah?"

"This never happened, you got that? This never happened. If anybody finds out, I'll…""…kill me and leave no forensic evidence. I got it."

Abby smiled as she turned back to her computer screen, chewing her gum loudly.


A/N: The 'Does Gum Stay in your Stomach for Seven Years' podcast! All I have typed up so far, please stay with me!