A/N: Last chapter. I hope you like it.

Chapter 4

"Hello." McGee said while still half-asleep. "Boss…what…I'll tell Abby…Yea boss….We'll be right there." McGee flipped his phone closed and gently shook Abby awake. "Abby." Abby cracked an eye open.

"What? What's wrong?" She yawned.

"Gibbs called." Emma started to shift between them. "We have to talk." McGee carefully got out of bed and walked out of his bedroom with Abby following behind. Tim sat at his computer desk. Abby placed herself in his lap.

"Why do we need to talk?" She asked fearing the worst. McGee kissed her shoulder.

"They found Sam." McGee took a deep breath, "She's dead. Abby, Gibbs says she was shot. Mark is also dead." Abby shuddered in McGee's arms while she cried. "Gibbs said it looks like murder suicide." McGee held Abby tight as she cried for her fallen friend.

"Aunt Abby? Uncle Tim?" Emma slowly toddled out of the bedroom. "Why you cry?" Emma asked.

"C'mere sweetheart." Tim said. He pulled Emma up onto the chair with him and Abby. The little girl hugged her aunt not knowing what was wrong.

"Don't cry." Emma said. Abby looked down smiled through her tears. "It ok."

"Yea, Emma. It's ok." Abby said. The three stayed like that until finally Emma fell back asleep.

"Gibbs wants us at NCIS." McGee said softly to Abby. Abby shifted herself and picked Emma up. She laid her down on McGee's bed while she got ready to go to work. McGee checked his for his sig and badge while Abby packed a bag for Emma. "Ready?" McGee asked.

"I guess." Abby said solemnly. McGee picked up and carried Emma out of his apartment. He started his car while Abby buckled Emma in her car seat. McGee took her hand in his while he drove to NCIS.


Abby sat in Tim's chair waiting for Gibbs. The moment he stepped out of the elevator she was in his arms.

"It's ok Abby. It will be ok." He softly rubbed her back.

"What am I going to do?" She asked, "What about Emma?"

"You are going to take care of her." Gibbs stated.

"But I can't do it alone." She said, sounding scared.

"You are not alone." Gibbs declared. He steered Abby towards the bullpen, "You have DiNozzo, Ziva, Palmer, Ducky, Me and McGee." He dropped his voice so only she could hear him, "And I know McGee won't leave no matter what and neither will I."

"We're all here for you Abs." DiNozzo said smiling at her.

"Anytime you need us." Ziva added.

"It will be rather exciting to have a little one around. Don't you think Jethro?" Ducky asked.

"Abs." McGee said. He took her hand in his and gently rubbed his thumb over the back of her hand, "I'm always here. I got you." He stated matter-of-factly.


6 months later, McGee and Abby's house

"Grandpa Gibbs!" Emma flew into her surrogate grandfathers arms, "I three!"

"I know, happy birthday!" He said lifting the little girl into his arms.

"Grandpa Ducky!" Emma wiggled her way over to Ducky who walked in behind Gibbs.

"Hello little one." He said give her a kiss on the cheek, "Can you help me?"


"I have a very special present for a very special little girl, but I don't know where to put it." He said pulling a present out from behind his back.

"It goes there with those ones silly!" She said pointing to a table decorated with balloons and streamers.

"Hey Ducky, Gibbs." McGee went over and greeted them, "Thanks for coming. Abby is out back with Ziva, Tony and Palmer."

Ducky allowed himself to be pulled outside by Emma. McGee was about to follow when Gibbs held him back.

"Have you asked her?" He asked.

"I asked her this morning." McGee said smiling ear to ear.

"Well…" Gibbs prodded.

"Abby, Sarah and Ziva have been talking wedding plans since Ziva and Tony showed up."

"Good for you, Tim." Gibbs clapped the younger man on the shoulder, "You hurt her or that little girl, and I'll kill you."

"I know. Thanks." Gibbs and McGee joined the rest of the group outside. McGee made his way over to Abby's side. "I love you." He kissed her cheek.

"Gibbs!" Abby hugged him, "Look! Timmy asked this morning!" She showed him her left ring finger.

"I threatened to kill him." Gibbs confessed.

"So did Tony and Ziva. Ducky told him he would start the autopsy while he was alive. And Sarah told him she would pick my side over his." Abby smiled, "I'm so loved." Abby walked back over and sat next to Ziva.

Abby watched as Emma ran around the backyard being chased by Tim's sister Sarah and Palmer. Abby loved her house. She never thought of herself as someone who would have the house, husband and kid but she is. Abby and McGee had legally adopted Emma and bought a house together. There just was no room in either of their apartments for two adults, a toddler and a dog. This morning Tim had proposed and Abby said yes before he could finish asking. Life couldn't get any better. She looked around while she sipped her Caf-Pow. Gibbs and Ducky were sitting beside Jethro sipping beers. Tony and McGee were discussing their respective relationships. Tony and Ziva had finally pulled their heads out of the sand and admitted their feelings for each other. They were expecting a little DiNozzo in a few months. Abby supposed rule twelve went out the window when it came to love. After all, rule twelve states "Never date a co-worker." It doesn't say "Never fall in love with a co-worker." Yup, Abby's life was the exact opposite of what she thought she wanted, but she wouldn't change it for the world.