Usual Disclaimers Apply
A/N: So this is my first NCIS fiction, I hope you like it, the idea just randomly came to me and I immediately had to write it!
Nothing is crueler than children who come from good homes
Gotta forgive them, I guess, but whose side are you on?
Driving around my hometown, I remember it all
Dropping my lunchbox and tampax all over the hall
And they said...
You are a socialist cokehead, we know from your clothes
You are a Satanist worshipper, oh, that's evil
You think you're poet, a folksinger.
A volleyball player?! You've got to be kidding us all
So we hide from the cunts
On a night reconnaissance
Steal flamingos and gnomes
From the dark side of the lawn
-Night Reconnaissance by The Dresden Dolls-
It was nearly 6 AM, but Abby was already working on her second Caf-Pow, still less that wide awake, she didn't notice the lab door already being ajar.
"Good morning everyone, I hope you slept well."
She said with a smile as she switched the large computers on, looking around the cold lab. It wasn't until she noticed that Bert was missing from his usual perch that she realized something was off.
And so began her mad search for the farting hippo, opening cabinets, looking under tables, she nearly drove herself mad looking for him.
"If this is some kind of joke, I'm not laughing okay!" She yelled out to no one in particular. It wasn't until she heard the faint farting sound coming from the closet that she realized she never thought to look in there.
When she pulled the door open, she nearly screamed. Sitting on the floor of the closet was a young woman, dressed in tight black pants and a red corset top, her feet were bare and had the appearance of someone who'd been running on glass, her clothes were ripped; blood covered her neck and the side of her face.
Her smoky blue eyes drifted up to Abby's face, her lips set in a small frown, mixture of pain and fear etched on her pretty face. "Help me…"
"Bells …is that you?"
The girl on the floor pulled the hippo tighter, causing the normal farting sound that always made Abby feel better, but this time, it didn't help.
"Please Abby; I don't know what to do…"
She bent down in front of the girl. "How did you get here?"
The girls' blonde curls bounced as she shook her head. "I'm not really sure…"
Abby began to pull her to her feet, causing the girl to yell out as she stood straight. "What happened to you?" She asked as she pulled her into small hug. The girl just swayed, staring at Abby.
"I'm not sure of that either…"
Abby looked her over once more, and then began to pull her out of the closet. "Lets get you to the bathroom and clean you up."
She snuck the tiny blonde through the halls to the showers, sliding through the door, she turned the shower on, leading the silent girl in. "Wait here Bella, I'm going to go find you some clothes."
She ran back out the room, heading towards the lab, hoping she had extra clothes. She finally found a black tank top and black pants then quickly made her way back to the bathroom.
"Bella? Are you done?" The curtain opened, revealing Bella's wet frame. Abby grabbed a towel and wrapped her in it, helping her to step out of the shower.
"You have to tell me how you got here…" She said as she began to dress her nude friend.
"I…was coming to visit you, the plane ride took so long, I started talking to the guy next to me, he said that he had just been visiting New Orleans and was on his way home. We seemed to hit it off and he invited me to a club, so I decided it wouldn't be a big deal, I mean I meet guys back home and we go to clubs…you know you used to do it to…" Abby nodded quickly and urged her on.
"I figured that I could just surprise you at work this morning instead of you apartment, no big deal, but we went to this club and things started getting weird, he turned out to be a total control freak, he got pissed because I started dancing with a bunch of other people. So I snuck out the back door out into the alley…the next thing I know someone hits me over the head with something and I woke up in that same alley this morning, my purse is gone, and oddly so are my shoes…"
Abby pushed some of the wet hair out of Bella's face. "Do you think they…you know, did anything to you?"
Bella shook her head quickly, possibly too quickly; she swayed from the headache it caused. "No, nothing like that, I would know…it doesn't feel like that."
Abby nodded quickly. "Good…"
Abby pulled Bella into another tight hug; both were silent for some time, then Bella
broke the silence.
"I'm going to pretend I didn't hear you talking to your computers…"
Abby nodded. "That would probably be best." They separated and both burst into laughter. "God I've missed you."
Bella nodded, then ran her hand through her wet hair, running her fingers over the bump on her head. "You wouldn't happen to have any Tylenol in that fancy lab of yours?"
Abby nodded, grabbing Bella's hand and pulling her from the bathroom, sneaking back through the halls. "I'm not even going to ask how you managed to sneak into a government building without getting caught."
"That would probably be best." Bella responded with a smirk. Abby sent her a smile and rolled her eyes as they entered the lab.
Bella walked back over to the closet, stepping in to admire hippo that now laid on the floor, Abby searched through the cabinets for her Tylenol, just as she was turning back to speak to Bella the lab door began to open.
"Shit!" She shut the door causing Bella to fall into the closet; a loud thumb sound was heard. "Sorry…" She whispered.
"I don't care probe, the fact is, Batman would kick Superman's ass any day."
"How can you say that Tony? Superman can bench press a bulldozer."
Abby rolled her eyes at the arguing agents. "Shut up, Catwoman would kick both of their asses and you know it…"
"Good morning Abby." McGee greeted with a smile.
"Morning McGee, what can I do for you two?"
"A bit forward today aren't we Abby? Trying to get rid of us?" Tony said with a smile.
"Maybe, seriously what do you need?"
Just as Tony was about to reply, the silence was broken by the familiar farting sound followed by another loud smashing sound coming from the closet. Tony and McGee both sent Abby a questioning look before stepping towards the closet door.
Tony turned the knob and pulled the door open with much more force than necessary. The sight that greeted them was shocking. A petite blonde, sitting on the floor surrounded by supplies, Tony ran his eyes over her small frame, following the tattoos on her upper arm that ran onto her rather large chest.
"Abby," McGee said while turning his attention to the scientist. "Why are you hiding a child in your closet?"
"Because Ducky wouldn't let me shove her in the freezers?"
"Take a closer look probe, a child does not have those kinds of parts…"
"Who is this?" McGee began.
"What is she doing here?" Tony added.
Abby took a deep breath. "Bells, you can come out of the closet now…"
Bella stood up slowly, rubbing her hands over her now sore butt. "I came out of the closet years ago Abby…" She shot back with a smirk.
Tony looked away from Bella with a frown. "Dammit…"
Abby laughed as Bella walked towards her, Tony examined her small form in scrutiny, she couldn't have been more than 5'5, the pants she was wearing had to be Abby's, they were far to long, he could see her pale feet sticking out from under the black fabric, her hip swayed when she walked, causing a small line of pale skin to show from under the shirt. There was a quarter sleeve of tattoos on her left shoulder that trailed onto her collar bone to her chest, her wet blonde hair stuck to her neck and shoulders making little drops of water along her shoulders and chest.
"Tony I would appreciate if you would stop checking out my best friend!" Abby shoved him causing him to stumble forward.
Bella stopped next to Abby, leaning against her slightly. "I fell on my ass twice in that damn closet…"
Abby just gave her an apologetic look, her apology was cut short by McGee's questioning.
"Who is this? How did she get in here?"
Abby sighed again, turning her attention back to the two men. "This is Belinda, she is my best friend from back home, how she got in here I'm not exactly sure…" McGee opened her mouth to speak but Abby cut him off. "I've known Bella for a long time, trust me how she did it, you don't want to know…"
"What is she doing here?" He finally asked.
"Well that's just the thing, I came here to surprise Abby, but ended up getting knocked out in an alley way last night…my purse is gone and so are my shoes…"
McGee made a confused face. "Why would they steal your shoes?"
"I dunno maybe it's the fact that they probably cost more than every pair in your closet…" Bella shot back with a frown.
"Bells, retract the claws."
Bella glared up at her. "They were my favorite pair; I'm allowed to go through a grieving phase ok?"
"And what were you doing in the alley?" He asked ignoring the previous jab at his wardrobe.
"Leaving a club…"
"Am I on trial here or something?"
McGee began to ask another question but Tony cut him off with a wave of his hand. "Do you hear that?"
They all stood silently listening. Abby was first to break it. "Footsteps…Gibbs!" She grabbed Bella's hand, dragging her back towards the closet, she pushed her in, mouthing sorry before shutting the door in her face.
"What the hell is taking you two so long down here?" The older agent shouted as he stepped into the lab.
"I…well he…" McGee started, but Tony cut him off.
"Sorry, Abby was having some computer problems…had to reboot."
Gibbs sent Abby a look, she just smiled. "They didn't feel up to the challenge this morning…"
"Well are they now?" Gibbs asked, humoring her.
"I'm sure they are boss."
"Good." He sent another glare to Tony and McGee before turning and walking back out of the lab. The three stood there staring at the lab door, then the closet door slowly creaked open.
"I swear to every deity know to mankind, if you push me in that goddamned closet one more time I will personally kick your ass…"
Abby burst into a fit of laughter, followed closely by Tony, McGee still looked extremely bothered by the whole situation.
"We should tell him." McGee stated flatly.
Abby shook her head. "No, we can't he'll make us turn it over to the police…you know how bad they are at investigating things."
"Come on probe, this will be fun! A secret case, just the three of us, working together without anyone knowing." Tony said, leaning against McGee.
"I just don't like lying to Gibbs." McGee responded.
Bella narrowed her eyes at him. "Let me guess, growing up you were always the one to rat on your siblings for sneaking out?"
McGee sent her a glare. "For someone wanting help you sure are bitchy."
Bella smiled. "I'm sorry, mommy never taught me to play nice."
Tony smirked at her. "I personally would much rather be naughty."
Abby shoved him again. "Stop flirting with her!" Bella just laughed and Tony rubbed his arm. "God DiNozzo, keep it in your pants for ten minutes will you?"
"Sorry it's habit…" He mumbled shifting his eyes away from the two girls.
Abby rolled her eyes and turned back to the computers. "Okay what did you two need me for again?"
"We need you to run some finger prints that were found on the wine glass in the dead marine's apartment."
As McGee droned on about the current case, Bella's eyes drifted around , checking out her best friends lab. Tony continued to keep his attention on the small blonde, a small smirk on his face.
"So what was it like growing up with Abby?"
Both girls turned to look at Tony, a small smile on their faces, remembering their teen years. "Well you know DiNozzo, it's always nice having a best friend you could make out with."
McGee was more than shocked by Abby's response. "What?"
Bella laughed. "Oh it was just a phase for Abby I'm afraid, she grew out of it, I didn't, I still love making out with girls…"
Tony shook his head. "It's a shame."
Abby rolled her eyes. "She's just playing with you Tony, Bella will pretty much make out with anyone willing…"
Bella pushed her a bit. "I am not a whore."
Abby smiled. "Never said you were."
Bella turned her head to look back at Tony, but as she turned she let out a yelp, putting her hand to her neck. "God dammit that hurt!"
When she pulled her hand away blood had pooled in her palm. Abby quickly grabbed a napkin and put it to her neck. "What the hell?"
"I don't know, it wasn't hurting until I moved."
She pulled the napkin back from her neck inspecting the wound. "It looks like a bite mark…"
"Hmm…Kinky." Tony muttered, receiving glares from the other three.
"No Tony, like a…vampire bite…"
At Abby's words the two men leaned in to inspect the mark. "So are you saying I'm going to spout fangs?"
McGee laughed. "Please I think we all no there are no such things as vampires…"
"You must have never been to New Orleans agent…" Bella muttered looking at the two men. "We have voodoo priest, vampires wouldn't be all that shocking."
"You can't seriously believe…"
Tony cut McGee off. "She was being sarcastic probe."
Bella just sent him a smile. Abby put the napkin back to her neck. "We need to get you a tetanus shot, just to make sure you don't get anything weird."
"Where could we get one of those?" Bella pulled from Abby's grasp, taking the napkin from her and keeping it to her neck.
"Ducky…" Tony said with a smile.
"Ducky? Please tell me that's some weird nickname and not the guys real name."
Abby smiled. "Actually his real name is Dr. Mallard, but everyone calls him ducky."
"Will he tell your boss?"
Abby bit her lip. "Ducky would try to convince us to tell him."
"And if he didn't, he wouldn't be able to keep it from Gibbs, he's a bad liar." Tony added.
"We could always just distract him, take the shot and one of us can give it…" McGee said with a sigh.
Bella gave him a smile. "That's the smartest thing you've said since I met you agent."
He just glared at her. "Well if I'm going to be dragged into this I'm at least going to make sure I don't get caught."
Tony threw his arm around McGee. "Welcome to the dark side probe."