Title: Undercovers... Again
Disclaimer: I do not own ANY of the original characters from the show, they belong to the writers of NCIS.
Author's note: Hey, so I'm sorry that it took me so long to update, but stupid homework and projects left me with no time to write. Anyways, here is the next (and final) chapter as promised. I hope that you enjoy it! I really enjoyed writing this chapter myself, and I think you'll like it too. Anyways, thank you for all your reviews throughout the story. Also, in answer to a question in a review. Gibbs calls Ziva 'Ziver' all throughout the sixth season. I noticed he used the nickname a lot in the last episode, Hide and Seek. Anyways, enjoy the story!
Tony gulped, uh oh…
The look on Ziva's face spoke volumes—she was not happy about this. He decided to let her rant a little before trying to say anything, knowing that it would help her relieve some anger.
He stood there in silence as Ziva paced, "How could you do tell my father that he is a horrible parent?! How do you think I felt when my father suddenly asks me if he failed me because you," She jabbed her finger into his chest, but Tony simply stood there, "told him that he did!"
Ziva looked at him expectantly, but when he didn't say anything she glared at him, "Have you ever heard me complain about my father?"
She watched as Tony tried to recall such a time and came up with nothing. His eyes were full of regret as he tried to explain himself, "No, but—"
Ziva held up her hand to cut him off, "No. You just said yourself I have not ever complained about my father, so why then did you feel it was necessary to tell him he is a horrible parent?!"
Tony gulped, "I was just… I wasn't thinking I'm sorry."
Ziva sighed in frustration as she began to pace again, "This time sorry doesn't cut it Tony. You have to think before you do things like this!"
Tony ran his hands through his hair, "What do you mean 'This time sorry doesn't cut it?' You won't forgive me?" He heard the desperation in his own voice as he asked, but Ziva simply stopped pacing and looked at him.
"No Tony, I won't forgive you this time."
The defeated look on Tony's face was almost enough to make Ziva relent and give him her forgiveness, but she strengthened her resolve and stood her ground. "Maybe then you'll finally learn."
Tony's eyes refused to meet hers as he begged, "Come on Zee, I said I'm sorry, please forgive me."
Ziva shook her head, "No Tony, this time you have gone too far."
Tony reached out to her but Ziva stepped back, totally unaware of the way she was breaking Tony's heart.
"Please Ziva, I'm sorry it was a stupid thing to do. I was wrong and never should've said anything."
Ziva's cold gaze met his heartbroken one, still she didn't back down. "You can stop trying to gain my forgiveness, you will not receive it. Now this conversation is over."
She reached over and started the elevator up again, then faced the cold metal doors. Tony tried to get her to look at him, but Ziva refused.
Finally Tony reached over and stopped the elevator again, then turned to Ziva. "I know you won't forgive me but we have to talk."
"No we do not Tony." Ziva ignored him and started the elevator again, but Tony merely stopped it again.
He gently grabbed her shoulders and turned her towards him, "Come on Ziva at least give me a chance to explain."
Ziva sighed as she saw the desperation in his eyes, "Fine."
Tony gave her a small smile out of gratitude before beginning, "It was all a stupid argument over who was going to interrogate Malech. Gibbs' had already said that I could and I was preparing to when your father came storming out of the elevator. He yelled at me and demanded to know why he wasn't contacted sooner about your abduction. I said that we'd been busy trying to find you and that we had Malech under arrest. He demanded that he be allowed to interrogate the man, but I said that I was going to. He said that was ridiculous, he would interrogate Malech because he was your father. I said that I would interrogate Malech because I was your partner and he never was much of a father to you. Then Gibbs came in and began yelling at me. He overheard the argument and said that your father did what he thought was best for you."
Tony paused and ran his hands through his hair, "Look Ziva, I know I messed up. I was way out of line when I said those things and I'm sorry!"
Ziva felt her anger fade away at the look Tony was giving her. Not even after Jeanne left did he appear so broken and vulnerable. She closed her eyes, "I forgive you."
She opened her eyes again to see Tony blinking back tears, "Thank you."
Ziva merely nodded and was about to start the elevator again when Tony's hand shot out and grabbed her arm. Ziva looked at him with a raised eyebrow and Tony took a deep breath as he recalled Gibbs' words, "When Ziva gets back I want you two to talk."
"I… uh," Tony tried to calm his nerves. "I'm very thankful that you forgave me, but we still need to talk."
Ziva looked at him in confusion, but didn't say a word as she waited for him to continue.
"You scared us all pretty bad there when you were abducted."
Ziva rolled her eyes, "It's not like I had much of a choice Tony."
"Yeah… I know. I just… You being taken kind of put things into perspective for me."
Ziva furrowed her brow, "What do you mean?"
Tony swallowed nervously, "I know that we share a dangerous job, it's just that I guess I never really thought that—" He stopped and ran his hands through his hair, why is this so hard?
He sighed and tried again. "I was really worried for you when you were gone. You scared me more than I'd like to admit. I couldn't bear the thought of you never coming back. You almost died Zee…" Tony stared into her eyes, "I guess I'm just trying to let you know that I care about you."
Ziva's eyes widened in shock, had Tony really just said that?
She blinked back her disappointment as she realized what he'd really meant.
Ziva tried not to show how much she was hurting when she replied, "I know Tony. You, McGee, Gibbs… you all care for me just like you care for Abby."
She forced a smile, then started the elevator again. She didn't dare to look Tony in the eyes because she knew doing so would probably result in her crying and Tony finding out how she truly felt.
Then, before Ziva even realized what was happening, Tony pulled her towards him and brushed his lips gently against hers. He let her go and stepped back slightly as he watched for her reaction, "Abby's like a sister to me Ziva. I don't love her the way I love you."
Ziva snapped out of the trance Tony's kiss had put her in at the word 'love.' One look at Tony's face showed he meant it and Ziva smiled.
She slowly stepped closer towards him and took his face in her hands. Then, she slowly pulled his head down towards hers and kissed him.
Tony moaned in pleasure at her kiss. He gently wrapped one arm around her waist to pull her closer while he placed his other hand on the back of her head. He slowly ran his hand over her silky hair and pulled her even closer to him.
They finally broke apart in need of air. They rested their foreheads together and Ziva sighed, "I love you too."
Ziva's words brought a genuine smile to Tony's face, not the playful grin he loved to give her. Ziva smiled in return at his happiness. Both simply stood there and got lost in the others' eyes. Tony was about to kiss her again when he heard someone clear their throat.
Both Tony and Ziva looked up in surprise to see Gibbs standing in front of the now-open elevator doors. He had one eyebrow raised and he smirked at the nervous look Ziva was giving him.
Tony, however, was grinning like an idiot. Gibbs couldn't help but smile at how happy his senior agent was.
Tony turned to look at Ziva and the look he gave her left Gibbs had no doubt at all that he truly loved the woman standing next to him.
Gibbs motioned for them to come out of the elevator, then head-slapped them both. "That's for breaking Rule 12." He looked at them seriously and watched their nervous expressions.
Tony and Ziva glanced nervously at each other and Gibbs couldn't hold back his smile any longer. He surprised them both by saying, "It sure took you long enough."
He smiled at the look of confusion on Ziva's face, then stepped forward and gave her a small hug. When they were about to pull apart he whispered in her ear, "He gives you any problems, he'll have me to answer to."
Gibbs pulled back and Ziva nodded. "I need to talk to Tony alone for a minute."
Ziva glanced at Tony then smiled and walked to her desk.
Tony's gaze followed her until she sat down. He then turned his attention towards Gibbs who was, for once, waiting patiently.
"Congratulations Tony." He patted the younger agent on the back and smiled before turning serious again, "But if you hurt her, I will personally ensure that you suffer for it."
Tony nodded sincerely, but he wasn't worried. "Don't worry Gibbs," He looked at Ziva and felt his heart skip a beat as she laughed at something McGee said, "I'd never do anything to hurt her."
YAY! They're finally together. :) Anyways, that is the end. I hope you liked it! I want to thank you all for your reviews throughout the story and ask you to make me happy and please submit one for this chapter too. Thanks for reading my story, I hope you liked it! :)
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