*OK. Don't kill me. I've just been really busy. Anyway. Here is a new chapter. Oh and Kleinfields is an actual store in NYC*

Chapter 26

Two weeks had gone by and Abby was in full swing of making wedding plans. She had recruited both Ziva and Jen to help her. She didn't want a big full blown wedding but there were McGee's parents, Sarah, Abby's friends, Tim's friends, Tony, Ziva, Gibbs, Jen, Ducky, Palmer, the Nuns, and a few others that had to be invited. They still had to pick a place to hold the reception and ceremony. And of course Abby still had to find a dress. She knew she wanted something grand and somewhat traditional, but she was still Abby. She was going to wear white and she had gone online to look at different styles but she hadn't really gone out dress shopping yet. She didn't really have the time now that Christmas was coming up. However Abby had made an appointment to go gown shopping with Ziva, Jen and Sarah in Manhattan at Kleinfields. Her appointment was in two days, she walked around the room packing a small suitcase to take with her. Since her appointment was Thursday, Abby and the others decided that they would stay in New York for the whole weekend. She smiled to herself as she heard the keys to Tim's typewriter in the other room. Abby sighed as she placed the last article of clothing in the suitcase. She was nervous about going away for the weekend. She had that bad, unsettling feeling in the pit of her stomach. She crossed the hall between the bedroom and office. Leaning against the door frame she smiled, watching him type. She could see he was struggling with the scene he was trying to write. Every so often he would get frustrated, sigh, rip the page out of the machine, crumple it up, and throw it on the floor beside him. Judging by the amount of paper on the floor she could see he hadn't really made much progress tonight. She walked over behind him and placed her hands on his shoulders. She slowly kneaded her fingers against the muscles trying to undo the knots that she felt. She felt him relax into her.

"Hey." She said softly.

"Are you done packing?" He asked as she slid her arms around his neck. He turned his head and kissed her softly on the cheek.

"I have a bad feeling about leaving for a few days." She inadvertently shuddered. Tim turned in his chair to pull her in his lap. He snaked his arms around her waist holding her close to him.

"I'm sure it's nothing." He soothed. Abby laid her head on his shoulder.

"But what if it's not 'nothing'? What if something happens?" She shivered in his arms again.

"Do you want to stay home? Do you need me to go with you?" He asked. He would do anything to make her feel better.

"I don't want to ruin your guy's weekend with Ducky, Gibbs and Tony." She admitted.

"First of all, you could never ruin anything. Second of all, why don't we just join you ladies? We could do guys stuff while you do girl stuff and that way you can get rid of that bad feeling you have. And we can spend some time together this weekend." He suggested.

"I don't think Gibbs or Tony will go for that." Abby closed her eyes as her head lay on his shoulder.

McGee opened his mouth to say something when his cell phone rang. He picked it up off his desk and read the name displayed 'Gibbs', "McGee." He stated as he answered the call, "Yes boss….yeah….OK….we'll be right there."

"What's wrong?" Abby raised her head up.

"Nothing. All of us are going to New York. I guess Jenny convinced Gibbs to come who is now telling Tony and I that we have to come too." He smiled at her, "Gibbs wants everyone over his house in a little bit so we can all convoy up together."

"You need to get packed." Abby smiled.

"Or I could just take the suitcase that you packed for me."

"I didn't pack you one." Abby said. McGee raised his eyebrows at her. He could have sworn he saw her packing his clothes, "I packed us one." She smiled excitedly, "C'mon Timmy." She bounced off his lap and pulled him out of the room behind her she was eager to get over to Gibbs' house.


Kleinfields in Manhattan (Thursday)

Sarah, Jen, and Ziva sat next to each other on one of the couches while Abby sat on the chair beside them. One of the consultants came over and introduced herself.

Abby stood up, "Hi. I'm Abby. This is my soon-to-be sister-in-law, Sarah and my friends Ziva and Jen." She said introducing everyone.

"Lets take you back and figure out exactly what you are looking for." The consultant smiled and showed Abby back to the dressing rooms. She and Abby sat in the chairs and started to discuss wedding dresses, "So what are you looking for exactly?"

"I'm not the real traditional bride. I do want white. I don't want something too plain but at the same time I don't want a big cathedral dress with the really long train."

"Any particular length? Sleeve length?" The consultant asked as she jotted down some notes.

"I don't want sleeves. Strapless or spaghetti-strap. I want the dress to be full length." Abby said.

"Fabric preferences?"

"I'm not sure." Abby said mentally cursing herself for not researching this more.

"Well we have a good start." The consultant said, "I'm going to see what I can find."

After she left the room Abby breathed deep. She was nervous, excited, and happy all at the same time. She wished she could have talked Tim into shopping with her today but he said Gibbs had plans for him. She was so lost in thought she barely noticed the consultant come back into the room with a few dresses in hand.

"So which one do you want to start with?" She asked.

"Oh I like that one." She said pointing to the one on the far left.


Dress number one

Abby walked out from the back in the first dress. A chorus of 'oohhs' and 'ahhs' came from the three women on the couch as Abby stepped on the pedestal in front of them showing off the dress. It was a simple satin a-line strapless dress with a thick organza beading belt just under the bust line.

"What do you think?" Abby asked.

"I like the beading!" Sarah said excitedly.

"I think it's a little too plain for you." Jen said.

"That's what I was thinking." Abby said looking at herself in the mirror.

"Let's try another one." The consultant said.


Dress number two

Again Abby walked out in front of everyone in a different dress. This time she was in ball gown style with spaghetti straps and a v-neck. There was a beaded lace corset with a tulle skirt.

"Well?" Abby asked stepping up on the pedestal.

"The corset is very nice but the bottom is just still not you." Jen said.

"I have to agree. You need more style to the dress." Ziva said.

"What do you think?" Sarah asked Abby.

"I like the beading but I don't like the v-neck. I don't think it's flattering on me." Abby said.

"That's all right. We've only tried on two. We'll fine one." The consultant helped Abby down from the step and walked her back to the dressing rooms to try on dress number three.


Dress number three

Abby walked out with a big smile on her face, "I like this one." She said stepping up in front of everyone. She was in a sheath strapless dress that had lace embroidered flowers on a tulle skirt. The top also had some lace embroidering on it.

"It's beautiful!" Sarah exclaimed.

"Very pretty Abby." Jen said.

"You think it's the one?" The consultant asked.

"Getting closer." Abby said. She stepped down and followed the consultant back to try one more dresses.


Dress number four

"Oh my gosh!" Ziva sighed as she saw Abby walk out from the dressing rooms. She was in a silk chiffon strapless a-line dress with an empire waist. It fit her body like a glove. It had a small train behind it giving it a more traditional feel. It had small flowers embroidered on it from her navel area down to the train and bottom of the dress. Just under the bust line it looked as though a ribbon was tied from the back and knotted in the front.

"This is similar to the last." The consultant said.

"I like this better." Abby said.

"A lot better." Jen agreed.

"This is more you." Sarah said, "But I think you should try a ball gown again."

"Me too." Abby said. She stepped down and walked back to the dressing rooms.


Dress number five

This time she came out in a strapless ball gown with a beaded lace corset and a tulle skirt.

"I love it!" Ziva practically shouted as Abby stepped out in front of them.

"I like it too." Abby said.

"I love the top!" Sarah said.

"You look magnificent!" Jen said, "I really like it!"

"What do you think?" The consultant asked Abby.

Abby smiled, "I do like it a lot but I don't love it."

"And you have to love it! So let's try some more." She said helping Abby down and leading her in the back.


Dress number six

"I think this is it!" Abby shouted excitedly as she walked out in front o her friends.

Sarah's jaw dropped to the floor as Abby came into view.

"Oh my God!" Jen breathed, "That is so gorgeous!"

"Oh Abby." Ziva said.

Abby stepped up on the pedestal and twirled slightly around. She was wearing an a-line spaghetti strap dress with a sweetheart neckline and an empire waist. There was very detailed lace all over the top layer of the dress. It was tied up slightly on the left side with a soft lace flower showing off the pleated tulle skirt underneath.

"I love this dress!" Abby said bouncing up and down slightly in excitement, "Do you think Tim will like it?" She asked. He had been in her mind all day. With every dress she tried on she wondered what he would think about it.

"I think it is going to take his breath away." Ziva said.

"He'd love it if you were in a brown paper sack or a beautiful dress." Sarah said, "I think this is gorgeous."

"I love this dress." Abby said again smoothing her hands over her sides feeling the dress.

"Is this it?" The consultant asked excited for Abby.

"This is it." She nodded her head. As she was congratulated by the consultant and her friends she got lost in thoughts of Tim. How would he like the dress? Would he think it's too much or just right? She could always ask him tonight when she got back to the hotel. Abby, Ziva, Jen and Sarah were going to dinner and then going to check out a few clubs. Gibbs, Tim, and Tony were out doing things that they wouldn't tell the women. Abby had gone back and changed back into her 'regular' clothes, gathered the rest of the girls, paid for her dress and headed back to the hotel to put the dress up and away for the night.


Abby and Tim's Hotel Room (later that night)

Abby sat on the bed in the hotel room waiting for Tim to get back. Her dress hung on the hook over the bathroom door she really wanted to show him what it looked like. She was sitting on the bed checking her email when he walked in.

"Hey. Did you have a good time? Did you find a dress?" He asked, kissing her on the cheek and sitting beside her.

"I did. Do you want to see it on?" She asked.

"Isn't it bad luck to see the bride in the dress before the wedding?" He said, "Don't show me. I want to be surprised." He grabbed her hand in his.

"I want to make sure you like it." She stated.

McGee tugged her towards him, "I'm sure it's almost as beautiful as you." Abby smiled and wrapped her arms around his neck.

"I love you." She pressed her lips against his. His arms slipped around her waist closing the gap between them.

"I love you." He said once they parted. Just as he was about to throw her down and have his way with her Abby's cell phone rang. They both looked towards it and then back at each other, "Ignore it." He said running his hands up and down her sides. They continued to stay lost in their own world until Tim's cell phone started ringing.

"Someone is trying to reach us." Abby stated. She dis-entangled herself from his arms and answered his cell phone, "Hey Tony….What?....That sucks….OK….In an hour….No we were busy….Nothing….Tony do you really want to know?.....We'll see you in an hour." She hung up and turned towards Tim, "Tony said Gibbs got the bat signal and we have to head back home tonight."

"How long do we have to get our stuff together?" Tim asked.

"An hour. I'm going to shower real quickly before we leave." She walked into the bathroom stripping as she walked.

"I have to shower too." Tim smiled as he followed her.

"We only have an hour!" She laughed, "Tim!" She squealed as he jumped in the shower behind her. After their activities they were only late by about fifteen minutes earning an extra hard glare from Gibbs.