"He's staying in our custody. End. Of. Story." Gibbs growled.

"Sepecial Agent Gibbs and his team are the best for this case. And until further notice, he'll be staying here. With us." Director Jenny Shepard said.

"We need that man back as soon as possible." Marsh's commanding officer said.

"And you'll get him back as soon as we are through with this investigation." she said and ended the live feed.

She turned to see Gibbs already halfway out of the room.

She ran to catch up with him.

"Jethro, where is Agent DiNozzo? He was supposed to be here."

Gibbs shrugged. "Hopefully somewhere useful."

"And if he's not?"

"Then he answers to me."

Gibbs turned around, only to find Tony sneeking his way into the room.

"Hey!" Gibbs barked to his senior field agent.

He saw the young man flinch at his tone.

"Oh...hey boss." Tony said as casual as he could.

"Where the hell were you?!" Gibbs demanded.

"Well, I was hellping McGee and-"

"What were you and McGee doing?"

"Well we were looking for leads when your phone rang."

" You answered my phone?!" Gibbs said angrily.

"Whoa..." Tony said putting his hands up. "I answered it, yes...but I was on my way up here to tell you who it was."


"Well what?"


"Oh, it was Abby."

"And...?" Gibbs asked impaitently.

"Her and Ziva might have forund the terrorists."

Gibbs shoved his way past Tony and Jenny and made his way down to the squadroom. Not even waiting for Tony to catch up.


"Grab your gear." Gibbs said as he made his way to his desk.

"Where to?" McGee asked as he pulled out hig gun and loaded it.

"Abandon hotel outside FairFax." Gibbs said.

"Gibbs, what about me and Ziva?" Kate asked just as Tony entered the room and geared up.

"You up to it?" Tony asked. "I mean after Ari and all..."

"I'm fine DiNozzo." She replied. "Ari's gone and never coming back to the states."

"You come. Ziva'll stay and help Abby." Gibbs said as he headed for the elevators.


"Abby!" Gibbs yelled.

" I'm sending the coordinates to Tony's PDA now." The goth replied.

"Got it!" Tony said as they rounded the corner of a dirt road.

"Where are we goin' DiNozzo?!" Gibbs demanded.

"Sharp left up-ahead."

Gibbs made a fast left at the end of the road.

"I gotta learn not to eat before driving with you." Tony mumbled.

"What's that Tony?"

"Nothing boss."

"Thats what I thought."

"Hey McGee," Tony said into the phone.

"Yeah Tony?"

"You still followin' us?"


"Just checking. Gibbs we want to pull into this lot on the left and continue on foot."

Gibbs pulled into a lot. Followed by McGee's car. McGee, Gibbs,Tony, and Kate stepped out.

"Boss, what do we do now?" McGee asked.

"We split up. Kate, DiNozzo, you cover the back. McGee and I'll take the front." Gibbs said pointing. "And sit down before ya fall down DiNozzo."

Tony nodded and started to sit down.

"You feelin' okay Tony?" McGee asked worried.

"I'm fine McWorry. Just can't really handel Gibbs' driving right now." Tony responded a bit quickly. Blinking furiously, trying to steady his dizzy vision.

"Gibbs, we gotta go if we don't wanna lose them again." Kate said.

"You and DiNozzo start heading towards the back. McGee and I'll head for the front." Gibbs said glancing over at Tony.

"You think he's okay?"

"I'm fine." Tony said getting up. "Now lets go before we lose them again!" Tony said grabbing Kate's arm and pulling her in the direction of the hotel's back entrance.


"Gibbs we're in position." came Tony's voice came through the ear-wig.

"Enter on my call DiNozzo."

"Gotcha Boss."

Tony turned to Kate, only to find her looking at him.

"Can I help you?" He asked, using his mega 1000-watt grin.

"Are you sure you're okay?"

"I'm perfectly fine Kate." he stated. "You worry to much you know?"

"You didn't look fine when you got out of the car," She said worried. "and you still don't."

"I'm fine." He dropped his grin and looked Kate in the eyes. "Can I ask you something?"

"Oh, so now you're being serious?"


"Alright. What do you wanna know?"

Tony covered his mic with his hand. Then reached out and covered Kate's.

"Boss, you still hear Tony and Kate?" McGee asked as he turned to face Gibbs.

"Maybe they've gone quiet McGee. Or maybe they're in a bad spot. We sould get them back soon."

"What are you doing?" Kate whispered as she watched Tony cover their mics.

"Probie and Gibbs don't need to hear us." Tony whispered.

"What did you want to ask me?"

"Do me?" droping his gaze Tony asked.

"You're my partner. Of course I do."

"No, Kate," Tony said lifting his head. "I mean, do you really like me?"

Kate looked at him confused.

Tony sighed. "I guess what I'm asking is, you love me like I love you?"