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He got up and she took his hand and they headed towards the conference room. Destiny waited for her father outside the door as he went in and spoke to the marine. She peeked around the door and noticed that it was the boy that started the talk about Rose. She figured it must be the son, the one who wrote her dad's service number at the crime scene. She smiled at the exchanged between the men. The marine looked up and saw her. She stepped back out of view, but not before saluting him, which earned her a slight smile from the man.
She waited and when her father walked out they headed for the director's office. She sat down on the couch and waited for her dad. She heard the tail-end of the conversation when Vance asked if the man knew that her dad had killed his father. Destiny was kind of in shock, but she knew that there had to be a reason behind it. She decided to ask on the ride home. Gibbs walked out of the office and they headed home after saying goodnight to everyone.
Once in the car, Destiny had finally noticed that Franks had left. She looked over at her father.
"Daddy, where did Mike go?" she asked.
"He went back home to Mexico. He had to go take care of his family," said Gibbs.
Destiny nodded. She didn't know he had a family. She smiled to herself and then remembered that she wanted to ask him something more important. She took a deep breath, but before she could ask her father spoke.
"It was a war I was fighting in," Gibbs said.
Destiny raised a brow at her dad in questioning.
"That's what you were going to ask about, wasn't it?" he asked.
"He was the enemy and he shot at me first and I returned fire. I didn't know that he had a family. I guess that I sort of didn't want to know," he said.
Destiny cocked her head.
"It was after…wasn't it?" Destiny asked softly.
Gibbs nodded. Destiny looked down at her feet. It was hard to believe that her dad had killed another father. She shook her head.
"It wasn't one of my finest moments," he said.
Destiny looked back over at him.
"I understand why you did it. It was you or him and you made a choice," Destiny said.
Gibbs looked over at his daughter.
"When did you grow up?" he asked jokingly.
Destiny grinned and shrugged.
"I think it's from watching everyone. I watch how Ziva and Tony act and how different the responses they get from others are. I also watch you. A lot. I guess I've learned that others' feelings and opinions need to be thought of before saying something," Destiny said.
Gibbs smirked at his child. He could've sworn that Jenny was there with them. He could see Jenny in his daughter. Maybe, just maybe, she wasn't lost at all. Everything was going to be alright as long as he held onto that thought and loved her and Destiny with all his heart. Destiny yawned. He looked over and saw that she had snuggled down into the seat and fell asleep.
After a few minutes, they pulled into the driveway. He got out and walked around. He took Destiny into his arms and carried her to her room. He pulled her jacket and other clothes off and got her ready for bed all without waking her. He laid her down and tucked her in when her computer screen caught his eye. Her screensaver showed the picture that was on her iPod. He grinned at it and looked down at his little one who was fast asleep. He stuffed Barry, the stuffed hippo that was like Abby's Bert, only smaller, next to her and kissed her forehead.
"Goodnight Destiny. I love you. Your mother would be so proud of you," he said and turned out the light.
He went and showered and instead of working on the boat tonight he went straight to bed. He lay there and talked to Jenny, 'Jenny, I wish you were here. I can see you in Destiny. God, Jen, she is you in so many ways. I wish you were here for me to tell you that I love you and that I want to be with you and to help raise Destiny. I miss you Jenny.'
That said in his mind he turned over and fell into the first restful sleep he had had in a long time. Everything was better now and as long as he had Destiny, everything would be.
A/N: The next story is already written and ready for publishing! Hope you enjoy!