Title: I need you now

Author: AbbyGibbs

Disclaimers: Well, I do not own them and that is pretty unfair – they again belong to DPB! Why does he always have to own the best shows and the best characters? Could someone explain that to me? His characters are always suffering too much. So I have decided to borrow them for a little while, the length of a story, but I promise to give them back though I really wish I could keep them for myself.

Pairing: Abby/Gibbs

Classification: Romance, fluffiness,

Rating: T to M (as always to be on the safe side, isn't it?)

Spoilers: none

Warning: Hollis Mann bashing

Summary: Gibbs and Abby have broken up. The reason for that break is Hollis Mann. But one night as he is working in his basement, and listening to the radio he realize something thanks to a song.

Author's note: This fic is for Rose (mrsericdelco) because she asked me for it, and trusted me to write her something. Thanks honey and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you'll like it honey. The fic is placed around season 4 before Mann made the mistake of listening to the tape on which Kelly was playing piano. And let's pretend for the story that Abby and Gibbs were already together before Mann appeared and let's also pretend we are close to New Year's Eve.

The story's been inspired by Lady Antebellum song "I need you now"

Big thanks to figi29 for the beta work.

Feedbacks: well, I'd love them, of course – who wouldn't? But please, only if you respect my work because it takes a lot of time and energy to get a story together. I love writing; I wouldn't allow anyone to discourage me from doing so, never. I don't have any problems at all with readers who choose not to go for this, but I decidedly do with those who write disrespectful mails just because they didn't get the ending they would have wanted. If you want to tell me what I might have done better within the story I made up, you're always very welcome to let me know. But if your only concern is to rant about it, then please, do it in private, okay? Thank you.


Abby is sitting on the floor of her living room in the middle of pictures that are spread around her. Tears are rolling down her cheeks when her eyes caress the photo she's holding in her hands, they belonged to the past now, there was no Gibbs and her anymore, and there was not a damn thing she could do about it. He had chosen another woman.

And all Abby had left were memories and her tears to cry. She'd been considering leaving, but that would let that snake of a woman win and that was something Abby refused to let her do.

Working at NCIS wasn't as fun anymore, the mood was really gone. Gibbs almost never came down to her lab anymore, most of the time it was Tony or McGee, but nine times out of ten it was DiNozzo.

Though he didn't say a thing about it, Abby knew Tony's heart ached for her, and she also knew he was pissed at their boss for what he had done or rather hadn't seen coming. He definitely made sure that when Gibbs's new girlfriend came to NCIS she would not go to Abby's lab. Neither of them had liked her since the moment she had entered their lives. She thought she was such a smart woman and that when she enters a room everything is hers to be taken.

Hollis Mann had manipulated Gibbs so well that he had fallen into her trap. Leaving Abby completely powerless, something she usually wasn't, but she had been so shocked about it. Saying it to Gibbs had been of no use at all, he had refused to listen, saying that she was exaggerating things. In his eyes, Mann wasn't a manipulative woman.

So now here they where, she was miserable and the wicked witch had someone who was holding her at night. The picture she was holding in her hands crimpled as her fingers tightened around it. She hated him - hated him for letting Mann sneak her place between them and letting her take her place in his bed, but Abby hated herself too for not having fought harder to keep her happiness with Gibbs. Instead, she had let it fall apart and now her heart was broken as well as the team spirit of their work team. Tony had chosen sides. He had chosen for the one person he considered as his baby sister, Ziva could understand both sides, and McGee didn't want to be involved in the conflict.

It was going so far that Tony didn't talk to Gibbs anymore, their conversations were limited to Yes, boss, no boss. And on it boss. Other than that, they talked as long as it was work related, but nothing else.

His conversations with Ziva weren't any better. either. No matter how much he wished he could do it and talk normally to Ziva, he couldn't. Since Gibbs and Abby had broken up, Tony had entered into 'brotherly protector mode' and from the moment he had known that Ziva understood Gibbs side, he couldn't exchange two words with her without it to turning into a fight.

Tony couldn't understand how Gibbs had let himself be fooled like this. The day couldn't pass by fast enough. And he so hoped he wouldn't met *her* because he wasn't sure how much longer he would be able to keep his mouth shut.

That had all happened about a month ago, so now she was sitting in the middle of perfect pictures of Gibbs and her that were scattered around the floor. All she wanted to do except for crying was reach for the phone and call because she couldn't a particular picture of them in the mess that was displayed around her. But what use would it have making herself even more sick, and be melancholic because she'll be earring his voice, and what the hell would she tell him anyway?

Hey Gibbs it's me, it's about 01:15 am and I was wondering if I was still crossing your mind because I'm still thinking of you. How pathetic would that be? And she wanted to tell him that she needed him now.

Abby couldn't stop looking at the door, stupidly hoping he would come through it and show her how much he still loved her, but of course, he wouldn't not appear into the door. Their story was over had she had to put up with it.

She missed him so much. Christmas had felt so empty without him, if wishes would come true she would have only made one, all she wanted for Christmas was Gibbs. Sure he wasn't under the Christmas tree. She would never laugh at him when he was playing for three to see if the lights that they were about to put into the Christmas tree still worked.

He would never sneak up behind her and making her jump and then simply kiss her. No it was all over now - that bitch Hollis was the one who had all Gibbs's attention. The thought made Abby furious. Throwing the picture she was still holding on the floor, Abby stood up and went to the cupboard where she'd set all her drinks, reached for a the bottle of whiskey, then went in search for a glass and poured some liquid into it, drinking it all in one shot.

Her eyes watered again as she remember what date it was. December 30th. New Year's Eve was tomorrow night and she was supposed to go to Ducky's house and all the team would be there including Gibbs and his leech. Abby poured herself another shot of whiskey in the glass and drank it up.

The front door opened then closed but Abby didn't hear it. As Tony looked around the place, he couldn't miss the pictures that were scattered on the floor. He'd had no idea that so many pictures of the both of them had been taken.

Damn you, Gibbs you've broken that girl's heart, I really hope for you that Maleficent is worth it.

She jumped as she heard Tony call her name. "Abby?"

The NCIS forensic scientist didn't move nor did she answer in hope that he would leave. What she didn't know was that he was standing in the same room already. Tony called again, but she persisted in doing in turning a deaf ear to him. Tony decided then to move closer to her, and stopped when he was standing right behind her.

"Abby?" Tony tried more softly this time as he placed his hands on her shoulders. It's then that she burst into tears.

Tony made her turn slowly and slid his arms around her. "Oh, Abby..." He sighed, and cursed the devil in disguise Hollis Mann for the ten billionth time. And he course Gibbs as well for having been so weak for that snake's charms which he himself couldn't see.

"It's gonna be okay, Abby! I promise, it's gonna be okay." Tony soothed her as her body was shaking.

"I miss... miss... miss him... so much. Tony."

"I know, Abbs, I know."

"I... wish... wish I could... hate him, but I can't..." She said in a strangled voice full of chagrin.

"No worries, Abby I can do that for you." Tony told her, tightening his embrace.