Abby lay awake, she couldn't get comfortable, she let silent tears fall, making no effort to wipe them away.

She desperately wanted to call Gibbs, he looked so hurt when she pushed him away, she lifted her cell numerous times and even got as far as bringing his number up on screen but time and time again she hit cancel rather than dial. She knew he didn't want her, not the way she wanted him to want her, it was better just to forget everything and try to go back to the way things were before.

Gibbs paced about the dark apartment silently, numerous times he stopped at Abby's bedroom door and even got as far as putting his hand on the door knob but time and time again he stepped back rather than going in. He knew he wanted her, and he knew now that she wanted him, he couldn't forget everything and go back to how things had been before.

Hours later Abby admitted sleep was never going to come and got out of bed. She stopped in her tracks when she saw Gibbs still sitting on the sofa.

"You're still here"

"Looks that way"


"I told you, I'm staying till we're ok"

"What does that mean?"

"Whatever you want it to mean"

"That's not an answer!"

"I know"

"What do you want Gibbs"

"I don't want to hurt you or take advantage of you"

"That's not what I asked"

"I know"

Abby gave an exasperated growl, and started pacing, thinking furiously, suddenly she stopped and face him across the room

"Just answer yes or no, even you can manage that"

Gibbs looked at her

"If I kissed you, would you kiss me back?"


"Do you want me to kiss you?"

Gibbs closed his eyes for a long moment, a big neon sign saying 'Rule 12' flashed behind his eyelids. Without opening his eyes he said "yes"

Abby crossed the room and sat beside him, close but not touching

"Are you sure?"

He opened his eyes and gave her the famous Gibbs glare.

Abby giggled and before she could move, Gibbs was on her, pushing her backwards on the sofa, their lips met and weeks of anger and frustration melted away.


A/N this isn't the story that I started out to write but it took on a life of it's own and I just went with it.

Don't worry the original idea has morphed into something else and will be published soon.