Title: Push Comes to Shove

Characters(s): LJ Gibbs, Tony DiNozzo and Ziva David.

Pairing(s): Tony/Ziva

Genera(s): General, friendship.

Warning(s): None.

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"DiNozzo, what the hell happened?!"

"I dunno, Boss."

"Tony, what happened?"

"We were going up the driveway, on our way to question Stone, and all of a sudden a car starts racing down the drive. I froze and Ziva pushed me out of the way. But she couldn't move in time..."

"Its not your fault, you know that, right?"

"Yeah..."

"Did you get a look at the plates?"

"Juliet, November, echo, one, nine, seven."

"Okay. I'm going to call Abs and have her put out a BOLO."

"God, how could this have happened? Why couldn't you have let it be me that got hit by that damn car?! Now because I was too stupid to see the big assed car, Ziva's lying in there fighting for her life!"

"Here, drink this."

"Coffee?"

"It always makes me feel better."

"Thanks Boss, but I don't think anything could make me feel better right now."

"Family for Miss David?"

"Here."

"She is awake and asking for you, Mr. DiNozzo."

"Thank you, doctor."

"Tony."

"Hey, Ziva. How are you feeling?"

"Like I got hit by a bus."

"Listen, I'm sorry."

"Why?"

"Because if I had been paying attention, you wouldn't have needed to push me out of the way. And if you hadn't needed to push me out of the way, you wouldn't have gotten hit. It's my fault you're here."

"No, it's mine. I did not need to save you."

"Why did you?"

"Do you remember what you said to me? When were were in Tel Aviv? I asked why you jeopardized your career and you said 'for you'? Well I figured that I should return the favor. Jeopardizing something for you."

"You didn't need to do that."

"Yes I did."

"You could have died."

"But I did not. Because I am stronger than you."

"No you aren't."

"Yes, I am."

"Okay, maybe you are."

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