A/N: I know! I KNOW! I haven't updated in FOREVER! Forever being like…..oh my god, its been like a YEAR D: I AM A TERRIBLE PERSON! I'm sorry! So, so, SO sorry! I know I've said it before, but I'm going to say it again, there has been a lot going on at home lately and I have just recently found the time and inspiration. BUT I have spent all of last night finishing this chapter. I'm not sure if anyone is still following this, let alone still reading this, but if you are, thank you so much. And to everyone who has reviewed this story, I send my deepest thanks. Your reviews are what make this possible.

I'm sorry for the wait again guys. I know what's going to happen, I've got it all mapped out in my mind. Only problem is, I have no idea how to write it. And I'm horrible at writing fillers. But, this is a start.


Read on!

Gibbs allowed himself a few minutes to compose himself.

Wiping any remains of the tears from his face, he stood and faced Ducky.

"Thanks Duck." he said. He stood straighter as he heard McGee and Abby approaching. He turned from his long time friend, to the two younger people before him.

"No change." McGee said softly. "He's still resting."

Gibbs nodded. "Take Abby home. I'll talk to the director."

Tim nodded and gently led the young lab tech away from the two men.

Gibbs watched the two leave before turning back towards Ducky.

"You should go home too." he said.

Ducky nodded. "Keep me updated on our boy Jethro."

Gibbs nodded and headed back towards Tony's room.

As Gibbs got closer to the door he could faintly make out the sound of someone singing.

"I remember trying not to stare
The night that I first met you
You had me mesmerized
And three weeks later
In the front porch light
Taking 45 minutes to kiss goodnight
I hadn't told you yet
I thought I loved you then

He stood in the doorway and watched Kate sing Then by Brad Paisley in a voice that was just above a whisper.

"Now you're my whole life
Now you're my whole world
I just can't believe
The way I feel about you girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than its ever been
We've come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then

I remember taking you back
To right where I first met you
You were so surprised
There were people around
But I didn't care
I got down on one knee right there
And once again
I thought I loved you then

Now you're my whole life
Now you're my whole world
I just can't believe
The way I feel about you girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than its ever been
We've come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then

I can just see you
With a baby on the way
I can just see you
When your hair is turning grey
What I can't see
Is how I'm ever gonna love you more
But I've said that before

Now you're my whole life
Now you're my whole world
I just can't believe
The way I feel about you girl
We'll look back someday
At this moment that we're in
And I'll look at you and say
And I thought I loved you then

And I thought I loved you then"

Kate hadn't realized that a few tears had spilled over while she had been singing. Without turning around she said, "We had our first dance to that song." her voice was soft. She turned to face Gibbs now. "He sang it to me while we danced." she offered a small, watery smile at the memory. Never knew he listened to Brad Paisley, let alone country in general."

Gibbs walked over and sat in the chair next to Kate.

"He'll be okay."

"That's what everyone keeps telling me." she ran her fingers through Tony's hair, stopping every so often to either fun her finger-nails over a spot on his scalp or to brush the pad of her thumb across his forehead.

"And he will." Gibbs stood. "I'll stop by sometime tomorrow." he pressed a kiss to Kate's forehead. "I'll send Abby over with some things later." he gave her shoulder a light squeeze. "Take care of him."

Kate nodded and watched as Gibbs leaned down and pressed a soft kiss just below Tony's hairline.

"Feel better son." he whispered. He stood and then proceeded to exit the room.

When Tony awoke next, he was vaguely aware that the sun was just peaking over the horizon, painting the sky in a variety of reds, oranges, and purples. He was more aware of the fact that someone was holding his hand. Ever so slowly, he turned his sore neck till he was facing the person by his bedside.


She has to be uncomfortable. he thought as he continued to watch her sleep in the chair. Testing his mobility a little further, he gently began to stroke this thumb across the top of her hand.

Gibbs silently watched the interaction between the two from his spot in the doorway. Seeing how much love and devotion for each other made his heart constrict as he was reminded of Shannon, but, unlike before, he wasn't pained by remembering her, but more or less a little comforted knowing that his son was able to experience what he once had. Deciding to make his presence known, he cleared his throat and entered the room.

Upon hearing someone else in the room, Tony slowly turned his head and slowly cast his gaze to the door.

"….ss?" Tony tried to speak. When he noticed that he couldn't open his mouth, he looked at Gibbs, clearly confused.

"They had to wire your mouth shut." the silver haired agent explained. "Broken pretty bad." he went over to the bedside table and pulled out a yellow legal pad and a pen and handed them to Tony. "Might be hard with that hand," he gestured to Tony's right hand, trapped inside the cast. "but it'll be a helluva lot easier than talking."

Tony gave a small, slow nod. He glanced down at his broken hand before deciding that it was best to at least attempt to write with his left hand.

Picking up the pen, he began to write.

When he was finished, he put the pen down and with an unsteady hand, he held the pad of paper out for Gibbs.

Gibbs took the pad and began to decipher Tony's almost illegible handwriting.

When can I get out?

He looked up from the blue lines on the yellow paper and stared at the incapacitated man before him.

"Tony, you were just put through hell," he emphasized. "and you want to go home now?" he couldn't believe that after everything Tony had been through, he was acting like nothing had happened. Typical DiNozzo.

Tony gave Gibbs a "more or less" type of look.

Gibbs sighed. "Probably not for at least a week. Maybe two." Tony pouted at that. "Could be worse," he smiled. "we could leave you here until everything is better."

Surprising everyone, even himself, Tony was out of the hospital and staying with Kate within two and a half weeks. Ready to put this nightmare behind him.

Within two and a half months he was able to walk and talk again.

By month six he was back at work.

Day by day, they all watched as Tony fought memories and nightmares from that weekend as well as ones that had surfaced from his past. But, with true DiNozzo fashion, he made it out alive.

His case against his father however, went cold. DiNozzo Senior seemed to have disappeared off the face of the earth. Being the powerful man he is, he covered his tracks so well that even McGee and Abby couldn't find him. With nothing solid to go by, the case became cold. It became just another memory to a horrific past. No one wanted Senior to get away with what he had done.

Tony on the other hand was almost overjoyed at the fact that his father was nowhere to be found. While yes, he could be silently lurking in the shadows, watching. Waiting. Those thoughts were overridden by ones of never having to see the abusive man ever again.

Tony knew that there was a very large possibility that his father would come after him. But with his family and Kate by his side, he felt as though nothing could get better or worse.

If only he knew that his was only the beginning.

A/N: Well? How was that? I kinda thing I rushed the ending…but, I needed SOMETHING to end this chapter….even if it sucked….but, I don't know.