A Christmas to Remember

Written by: Jeanniefan78/April

Author's Note: This is my fifth NCIS fanfiction story; Sequel to "Kibbs Drabbles". I want to remind everyone that my stories are slightly AU because Kate is still alive.

The Ari incident is mentioned in this story, but in an AU fashion. :) I hope you will all enjoy this story as well as my others. :)

It is two days before Christmas and everything at NCIS headquarters is all a buzz as everyone is hustling to get everything done so that they can leave for their holiday.

Tony comes walking in the bullpen with a big smile on his face. "Hey, Probie. Check these out," he says, putting a pair of reindeer antlers, that light up, on his head.

McGee chuckles. "Where did you get those?"

"They were in with my Secret Santa present," Tony says, holding up two new ties.

"Who was your Santa?"

"Agent Wright in legal," he says. "What did you get?"

"A toboggan, scarf, and gloves gift set. My Santa was Agent Sterling."

"Nice look, Tony," Kate says, walking up.

"Why thanks!"

"You're welcome," she says. "Oh, by the way. Rudolph called. He wants his antlers back," she teases.

"Ha ha," he says.

"Hey, Kate," McGee says. "Are you the one who made that 7-UP cake that was downstairs at the Christmas party?"

"Yes, I did."

"That was one delicious cake."

"Thanks. It's from one of my Grandmother's old recipes. I'm not sure where she got it from, though."

"Well, it sure was good," McGee reiterates.

"Thank you."

"You're welcome."

"So, what did you get from your Secret Santa?," Tony asks her.

"I got the prettiest purple sweater," she says, opening a gift box and pulling a purple sweater out of it.

"Hey, that is nice!," Tony says. "Who was your Santa?"

"Agent Forrester," she says, folding her sweater and putting it back in the gift box.

"Well," McGee says. "I'm gonna get out of here. I have to go and pick up my sister and we have to get on the road."

"Where are you guys going?," Kate asks.

"To our Grandmother's in New York. It's been a few years since we've been there for Christmas."

"Well, I hope you two enjoy yourselves."

"Thanks," he says. "Merry Christmas, everyone." McGee starts walking off, toward the elevator.

"Merry Christmas, McGee," Tony and Kate say in unison.

"So, what are you doing for Christmas?," Kate asks Tony.

"Oh, you know me. I always have big plans."

"Like what?"

"Oh, you know…" He goes over to his desk and picks up a couple of file folders. "Oh, look. I guess I better take these upstairs." He walks off toward the elevator.

Kate stands there, feeling and looking very confused. She thinks to herself, a short moment longer, and then, takes her cell phone out of her jeans pocket, dials a phone number, puts the phone to her right ear, and walks off.

"Lauren," she says. "Yeah, it's Kate…I need to ask you something."