When Tony and Ziva were back at HQ hours later, they took the elevator to the squad room. As soon as they were in and in between floors, DiNozzo flipped the switch off, bringing the elevator to a grinding halt.

Ziva looked steadily into Tony's eyes as he rounded on her and snapped, "I can't believe you disobeyed a direct order not to engage!"

"Well, what was I supposed to do?" Ziva snapped. "Go with them without a fight?"

"Yes!"

Ziva sighed. "Okay, look, maybe I was wrong for fighting those guards -"

"You think?"

The Israeli glared at Tony before finishing, "Tony, I know that I have issues, but you're pretty messed up, too."

"Hey!" Tony protested idignantly.

Ziva ignored him and continued, "Either way I found out I'm nothing without you."

"Oh, really?" DiNozzo's anger faded, to be replaced by his infamous grin. "And how did you find that out, hmm?"

He flipped on the elevator switch as Ziva searched for a response. Her shoulders slumped as she recalled a song that she'd heard on the radio. Knowing she was going to regret this, she sang softly:

" 'Cause we belong together now, yeah
Forever united here somehow, yeah
You got a piece of me
And honestly
My life (my life) would suck (would suck) without you"

If possible, DiNozzo's grin became even wider. "Was that 'My Life Would Suck Without You' by Kelly Clarkson?"

"Oh, shut up," Ziva mumbled as the elevator doors opened and she strode into the bullpen.

Being with you is so dysfunctional
I really shouldn't miss you
But I can't let you go
Oh, yeah

"DiNozzo, David, get over here!" Gibbs barked from his desk as the two agents came into sight.

Exchanging glances, the two partners hurried over. "Yes, Boss?"

The team leader glared at them, then said, "I have to check in with Director Vance. Try not to kill each other while I'm gone."

As soon as Gibbs was safely out of eye- and earshot, the two agents lunged at each other, tussling on the ground. McGee whimpered, "I can't watch!" and ducked behind his desk. Abby, who had come up to deliver something to Gibbs, ducked down with the junior field agent, trying hard not to laugh.

"DINOZZO!" Gibbs roared, reappearing at the stairwell. "Get up here!"

Quickly, Tony and Ziva disentangled themselves, and the senior field agent reluctantly went up to his boss, Ziva struggling not to feel any loss.

Cause we belong together now (yeah, yeah)
Forever united here somehow, yeah
You got a piece of me
And honestly
My life (my life) would suck (would suck) without you

Cause we belong (yeah) together now (together now, yeah)
Forever united here somehow, yeah
You got a piece of me
And honestly
My life (my life) would suck (would suck) without you


Whew. Glad that's over. This was really fun to write, since it's one of my favorite songs. Anyway, please read and review.

~ Brambleshadow