In the morning, Tony and Ziva return to the base and contact Gibbs with their report. Gibbs informs them that McGee and Abby have determined the guilty party is the station's own commanding officer, looking to turn a few extra bucks for himself. Tony and Ziva are tasked with brining him back with them to D.C. for additional questioning and subsequent court martial. Fortunately they are able to apprehend the commander with no issue and are able to make a flight back to D.C. that evening.

Before leaving they take a final opportunity to see the beautiful mountain vistas. Ziva takes the private moment to tell Tony that she's forgiven him for Rivkin's death.

"Tony, we need to talk. I have some things I want to tell you. I know everything that happened with Rivkin and this spring was done because you were looking out for me. I forgive you for his death. I'm alive today because you were willing to put your life on eh line for me. I don't know how to repay you for that. I need some time to put my life back together, but I owe it to you for even having that opportunity." she ended her speech of appreciation by looking straight into his eyes and holding his hands in front of her. He stood there perfectly still as she stretched on tip-toe to kiss his cheek.

Tony childishly replies, "Ah, it was nothin'" with a big grin on his face. And then he nearly slaps the back of his head for not kissing her back. Then he nearly slaps the back of his head again for continuing to forget about rule number 12.

. . .

On the plane ride home Tony offers Ziva a shoulder to lean on to get some sleep. She sleeps soundly. He does not sleep himself, but does reveal to her that he really meant what he said in Africa… "I wasn't kidding, Ziva, I really cannot live without you. You are the one…" speaking quietly as not to wake her.

While she sleeps she remembers a distant memory of the day that Tali gave her the Star of David pendant. She gave it to Ziva stating lovingly, "I love you, Ziva, keep it with you always." Ziva replied, "I love you, too," and squeezed Tali's hand. It was the last time they ever saw each other. The necklace meant the world to her since it always reminded her of Tali.

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Well, that's my daydream for all of you to enjoy. I hope the show puts Tony and Ziva together eventually. I thought this daydream was interesting because it shows how Tony's feelings are advancing faster than Ziva's. Did you like the little twist that the "I love you" was really for Tali, not for Tony? No worries, you shipper friends of mine, I'm sure Ziva will eventually come around. Just adding some angst.

In case you were wondering, the lyrics to Billy Joel's "And So It Goes" are below. Kind of works well from either Tony or Ziva's perspective....

And So It Goes

By Billy Joel

In every heart there is a room
A sanctuary safe and strong
To heal the wounds from lovers past
Until a new one comes along

I spoke to you in cautious tones
You answered me with no pretense
And still I feel I said too much
My silence is my self defense

And every time I've held a rose
It seems I only felt the thorns
And so it goes, and so it goes
And so will you soon I suppose

But if my silence made you leave
Then that would be my worst mistake
So I will share this room with you
And you can have this heart to break

And this is why my eyes are closed
It's just as well for all I've seen
And so it goes, and so it goes
And you're the only one who knows

So I would choose to be with you
That's if the choice were mine to make
But you can make decisions too
And you can have this heart to break

And so it goes, and so it goes
And you're the only one who knows