Wow, my other story, 'Don't Forget To Remember Me' was soooo off! I feel completely stupid right now, because I was so off, it wasn't even funny. Not to me, at least. So this is a totally new story for NCIS, though it's got some stuff from 'Don't Forget To Remember Me' ENJOY!!!


"Bastard!" Gibbs roared as he strode away, listening in horror as the ship exploded, taking a lot of Marine's lives. It just wasn't fair that those guys high up could make decisions like that that could and would destroy many lives and rip apart others. What about the family members of those Marines? What about them? That was all Gibbs could think of as he sat in Jenny's office, waiting for her to come back.

"Jethro, tell me you're not thinking what I think you're thinking." Jenny said as she walked in and sat down.

"If it's what I think you're thinking, then that's right." Gibbs muttered, dropping his head in his hands.

"Go home and think it over, Jethro, it's a big decision. The team…"

"Will get along fine without me." Gibbs interrupted, but Jenny continued,

"The team will be heartbroken, especially Abby. They all love you, Jethro, though Abby is the only one who says it."

"I know, Jenny. Believe me, I know." Gibbs said sharply, standing up. She knew he didn't mean to be snappish, and stood up as well.

"Jethro, don't do this." Jenny said quietly, and Gibbs just shook his head.

"I used to wonder how Mike could quit. Now, now I know how. And why." He said, and stuck his hand out for Jenny. She took it with both of her hands, nodding.

"Stay safe, be happy, Jethro." Jenny said, and he nodded, saying,

"You too, Jenny."

"You're still making the biggest mistake of your life." She said, but he ignored her as he dropped her hand and walked out, shutting the door behind him. He leaned against it for a moment, gathering up his emotions and keeping them in check. He knew the anger that he felt was from the whole bomb thing, but the strange emotion he didn't know that was plaguing him earlier he could now classify. It was apprehension for what he was about to do.

Then, he strode out and down the stairs, seeing all of the team there. Ducky already knew, and had told him flat out that he was making a big mistake. Gibbs hadn't listened, and he wasn't going to now. The team looked at him, and Abby's eyes stared into his. He lifted his hands and signed, "I'm leaving, Abby, retiring. I'm not supposed to apologize, but I am sorry."

Abby's eyes filled with tears and she turned away and stalked to the elevator, saying over and over, "It's not true, it's not true." She stood in the middle of the elevator, watching with tear-filled eyes as Gibbs said his goodbyes to the team, who still had no idea what was going on.

"DiNozzo." Gibbs said, going over to his desk.

"Boss, I have your gun. They gave it to me with your personal effects, I kept it for you." Tony said, handing it to him. Gibbs checked the ammunition, and then handed it to Tony along with his badge, saying,

"Here. Don't be me, but I know you'll lead this team well." Tony's jaw dropped, as he realized what was going on. Tony opened his mouth to protest, but Gibbs just looked at him, and he fell silent. Gibbs walked over to McGee and clapped him on the shoulder, saying, "You're a great Agent, McGee. Don't let him tell you otherwise." He pointed to Tony, and McGee nodded, not able to speak. Gibbs turned to look for Abby, but didn't see her. He sighed and turned to Ziva, standing right in front of her. She looked him straight in the eye, tears glittering in her fierce eyes.

"I owe you." He said quietly, a smile touching his face. She nodded with a small, sad smile, saying,

"I'll collect." Gibbs nodded and turned away from him, walking towards Ducky.

"Boss, aren't you going to go see Abby?" McGee and Tony said at the same time, and looked at each other in amazement.

"I'm not your boss anymore, DiNozzo, McGee, and if my predictions are correct, I'm sure she's waiting by my car." Gibbs said, turning around as he got to the elevator. His team was looking back at him, and he offered them a sad smile and said, "Semper Fi!" The team saluted him in unison, and then the elevator doors slid shut. Gibbs knew that Tony was feeling abandoned, McGee was feeling shock, and Ziva was feeling, well, he didn't know. She hid her feelings well, but there was something in her eyes that told him she would miss him. But he got the feeling that she knew something he didn't. Dismissing it all, he heard Ducky talking.

"I still say…" Ducky started to say, but Gibbs interrupted him, saying,

"Duck, could you go get me a Caf-Pow when we get downstairs?" Ducky looked at him in puzzlement, but nodded, saying,

"For Abby. Of course." Gibbs nodded, and when they got downstairs, they parted ways, with Gibbs going outside. True to his prediction, Abby was sitting by his car, her arms wrapped around herself, shaking her head back and forth.

"Abbs." He said, placing his hands on her shoulders. She spun around and threw her arms around his neck, saying quietly,

"It's not true. You're not leaving. It's not true. It can't be true."

"It is, Ab. I'm…"

"Don't say you're sorry! You told me to never say you're sorry, and now you go saying it to me twice in one day! I can't handle it, Gibbs, I just can't…" Abby said, slipping out of his embrace. She stood with her back to him and wiped her tears away with her shirt and then took a deep breath.

"You'll be okay, Abby." He said, wisely not touching her at the moment.

"No, I won't. But I'll live." She said, turning back to face him. Tears were shining in her eyes as she said quietly,

"Gibbs…" Gibbs couldn't take it anymore; he put his finger on her lips and kissed her cheek softly. He backed away, looking at her. She nodded slightly, and he let go of her. Ducky started walking towards them and Abby suddenly pressed her lips to Gibbs' lips. He was shocked, but before he could grab her, she broke the kiss and whispered, "I love you." She walked away into the darkness, and Gibbs stood there, completely shocked. Ducky walked up to him, and handed him the Caf-Pow.

"Jethro? Are you okay?" Ducky asked, and Gibbs blinked, saying,

"Confused, but I'm okay." Ducky just looked at him as Gibbs took the Caf-Pow drink and pulled a pen out of his pocket, writing on it. He left it at the desk for Abby inside, and then walked out to find Ducky waiting with the car. He got in, and Ducky took him home, and then to the airport, where Gibbs flew to Mexico to begin his retirement.


Meanwhile, Abby was getting ready to leave and found the Caf-Pow on her desk, delivered by one of the deliverymen. She picked it up and saw the writing on it.

"I'll miss you more than anything, Abby. You're my best friend, and much, much more. Goodbye. Love, Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

Abby bit her lip to stop it from trembling, and vowed that this was the only cup she was ever going to use again, and she took it with her when she left that night, to drown her sorrows in a very violent video game, and then staying up all night, clubbing with her girlfriends.

As if that was going to make her feel any better.


I can't believe that Gibbs actually leaves, though I know that he comes back. I just saw the Hiatus 2 parter, and I was freaking out the entire time! Does anyone know which episode(s) he comes back in? And which one is it that Abby cuffs herself to Gibbs? I saw those clips online, and they are hilarious! Thanks for reading, and I hope you liked it! Chapter 2 to come up soon, and adios for now!!!