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"We are on protection detail." Ziva said as she sat down on the couch next to her partner.
"What happened to the marshals?" Tony asked as he put his arm around his girlfriend.
"Dead." Ziva said as she attempted to stifle a yawn. "They were found in their car in the parking garage of their building."
"Murder?" Tony asked as he watched Ziva's eyes start to close.
"Gibbs didn't say." Ziva whispered before falling asleep.
Tony smiled. He'd let her sleep for a while. McGee was outside monitoring the building with a few other FBI agents, and after all, she was the pregnant one.
The doors to autopsy swished open and Gibbs entered, closely followed by Fornell and Carlson.
"Ah, Jethro, right on time."
"What'd you find, Duck?"
Ducky chuckled slightly. "Well, I've just finished my external exam and found this." He held up one of the agent's, Agent Marcus, hands. Gibbs, Fornell and Carlson made their way over to the autopsy table and inspected the hand. "Right there." Ducky said, pointing between the pointer and middle finger.
"I don't see anything." Carlson said and Ducky handed him a magnifying glass. "Oh." Carlson said and he handed the tool to Fornell.
"Needle mark?" Fornell questioned, looking up at the doctor. Ducky nodded.
"Yes. Abigail says that Agent Marcus and Agent Jennings had elevated levels of insulin in their bodies."
"Insulin?" Carlson asked. "Doesn't your body produce that naturally?"
Ducky nodded. "But like many other things, too much insulin can kill you."
"Gibbs!" Abby yelled as Gibbs entered her lab. "I just found something!" She turned around quickly and tapped a few keys on her keyboard. "I took another look at the blood that Ducky gave me and guess what I found?" She turned around, a big smile on her face.
"I don't know. What'd you find?"
"Carbon dioxide!" Gibbs smiled and kissed her on the cheek before leading Fornell and Carlson out of the lab.
Ari and Kate were lying in bed when Kate whispered into the darkness.
"Are you awake?"
Ari rolled over and turned on the bedside lamp and then turned back to face her. "Yes."
"I can't sleep." Kate admitted honestly. "I'm too pumped up on adrenaline." Ari smirked.
"You have not been lying here for very long."
Kate scowled. "Ari, I know my body and I know that I could lay here for days and not fall asleep." She sat up on her elbows.
Ari sighed and brushed a stay piece of hair out of his wife's face. "It takes time to get used to action like that." Kate glanced at him signaling him to continue. "Former Mossad operative here." He smirked and Kate grinned.
"Hey," Kate whispered and Ari's eyes locked with hers. "I'm thirsty." She smiled sweetly at him and he chuckled.
"You are lucky that you are so beautiful." He kissed her forehead and climbed out of bed. "I will be back in a few minutes." Kate nodded and snuggled back against the pillows.
Tony was checking in on Mia, Tali, Abbie and Lila when he heard a door open. He reached for his gun and turned around only to see Ari standing in the hall. He let out a relieved breath and rolled his eyes.
"What the hell! I could have shot you!"
"Sorry." Ari replied, his eyes flashing with amusement.
"What are you doing out here anyways?" Tony asked as he began to walk back into the living room.
"Caitlin is thirsty. I was just going to get her some water." When he stepped into the living room his eyes softened. Tony followed his line of sight and saw that he was looking at Ziva, and smiled softly at the sight of her childlike state.
"You should have told her." Tony said and Ari turned his attention to him.
"Told her what?"
"That you weren't dead." Tony wasn't sure, but he could have sworn that Ari showed a shred of remorse, but only for a minute.
"It was against witness protection policy."
Tony scoffed. "And you always follow the rules? Falling in love with a hostage?" The two men glared at each other before Ari let out a sigh.
"The heart wants what it wants." He shook his head. "If it were up to me, I would have told Ziva. But if she found out, other people might have found out. If it was just me, I would not have minded, but I have innocent children to take care of now." He looked at Tony with soft eyes. "I am not the same man I was six years ago. I am a father and a husband. When you become one or both, and are in the same situation, then you can talk."
Tony was slightly embarrassed at this dose of reality. He knew that he couldn't judge Ari, but he needed to be angry at someone, and the former thought-to-be terrorist seemed like a reasonable target for his anger.
"You're right." Tony said, his eyes back on Ziva. "You're absolutely right."
At that moment, things changed between Ari and Tony. After Ari had gotten Kate her water, he went back into the living room. The two men spent the rest of the night talking and protecting their loved ones.
Ziva awoke the next morning to laughter. She squinted against the light that was streaming in through the curtains and wiped her eyes with the back of her hands.
"I think sleeping beauty is waking up now." She heard Ari's voice say and two little giggles followed.
"Good morning, Auntie Ziva!" A little girl squealed and a moment later, Tali's face came into view. Ziva smiled.
"Good morning, Tali."
"What about me?" Abbie pouted and Ziva laughed slightly.
"Good morning, Abbie." The three-year-old grinned and Ziva then turned to face her brother and boyfriend.
"Why did you let me sleep?" She ran a hand through her hair, trying to get it to lie flat.
"I figured you needed it." Tony said, sending her a small smile.
Ziva got up off the couch and went to stand in front of him. "Thank you." She ran her fingers through his hair and then turned in the direction of the bathroom.