Prologue for The 23rd Psalm of NCIS

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Disclaimer—I do not own NCIS, the characters or much anything else for that matter. What I do have are my dreams and my imagination. Spoiler Warnings for the entire show from beginning to this season's end. I also firmly believe in a writers claim to artistic freedom. I have tried to stick to what I know is canon in these stories, but sometimes in order for the story to really work I will need a little wiggle room. So I won't ask forgiveness, just patience and a little understanding.

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A/N 1—This is very different for me in that this work will be a set of six very short stories linked together to form a complete piece. The chapters will involve what I consider to be the six main characters of NCIS. I have assigned each member one verse from the 23 Psalm of David. This version is from The Ryrie Study Bible King James Version; copyright 1976, 1978 The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. I have put the entire 23rd Psalm in this prologue for reference. From then on I will only put the specific verse of the Psalm I am using at the first of that character's chapter.

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The 23rd Psalm of the NCIS

The NCIS team gathered close around the open grave. Each person silently listened to the words of the priest as the clouds gathered overhead. The sermon seemed to drone on as small drops of rain started to fall from the sky. Finally, the priest recited the words said at almost every religious funeral. But as the huddled people listened this time they each thought of how the sacred words had applied to them through their lives.

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The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

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He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.

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He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.

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Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.

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Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

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Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of Lord forever.

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A/N 2— Please understand I only go where my muse and plot bunnies lead, especially if they seem to have halos on at the time. Reviews are welcome; flamers will have to deal with a higher power.