Tom found Maxxor and Von Bloot in the middle of their battle. Both Maxxor and Von Bloot were scratched up, blood running from noses, lips, and lacerations.
Von Bloot let loose a powerful fire attack that sent Maxxor flying to a tree.
"Maxxor!" shouted Tom. He ran to his hero's side. "You okay?"
"Tom," said Maxxor. "You're all right."
"Yeah, they took good care of me at NCIS," said Tom.
"How cute," said Von Bloot. "I'm so touched. It makes me want to cry." Von Bloot took his finger and traced a tear down his cheek. "Now you can die together."
Something thin and metallic sliced the feathers of Von Bloot's right wing. He yelled in surprise and fell not-so-gracefully to the ground, the impact stunning him.
"See? He's no great shakes without his wings."
Gibbs and the rest of the team came running with their guns drawn.
"What the hell were you thinking?" Gibbs shouted at Tom.
Tom cringed and turned to Gibbs. He took a second to think before he replied. "Apparently I wasn't."
Gibbs walked over to Tom and pulled him to his feet. Tom dusted himself off and looked at Gibbs. At that moment, Gibbs' hand came up behind Tom's head and thwacked him hard. Tom yelped.
"What did you do that for?" asked Tom, holding the sore spot.
"For being a jackass," said Gibbs.
"Should we come back later to wrap this up?" asked a voice.
"Who's there?" Maxxor called loudly.
"No need to shout," said a young woman with blonde hair as she came out of the trees.
"We're not deaf," said her strange-looking friend, rubbing her ears. She walked over to Von Bloot and gave him a kick in the side. "You still out?"
"I'll kill you," hissed Von Bloot, getting the air back in his lungs. "I'll kill you for this, you bitch!"
"That's not very nice," said the blonde.
"I don't know, Maj. Do you think I should teach him a lesson?"
"Stop it, Yin!" said Maj. "Let's get these three back to where they belong."
"Who are you?" asked Tony.
"Us? Dimensional guards," answered Yin. "We make sure that people from the dimensions don't cross into another."
"Looks like you were slacking on the job," said Gibbs.
"I told you!" Maj said. "I told you that something would happen. But would you listen to me? No! Instead all you could think about was playing games."
"How was I supposed to know that one game of chess would take five hours?" asked Yin.
"I'm not talking about the game itself," snapped Maj. "I'm talking about the fact that you were facing the dimension window and didn't notice that something was wrong. Or maybe it's because of your eye!"
"Hey!" Yin turned around so she was facing Maj and not looking at Von Bloot. "My eyes are working perfectly!" She lifted her eyepatch to show her left eye. "So don't get pissy with me!"
"This is your fault anyway," said Maj. "I'm going to get blamed for it, too."
"Oh, stop," groaned Yin. "We'll take them home and you can blame everything on me to the captain."
Von Bloot whipped around and hit Yin in the face with a handful of gravel. Yin in turn kicked Von Bloot so hard in the chest that he was sent flying ten feet. She dusted off her face.
"Let's get them back before anything else happens," said Maj. "Come on, you two. Everyone is probably worried sick."
Maxxor got to his feet and walked over to Maj with Tom on his heels.
"Thank you for everything," said Maxxor.
"Let's not have this happen again," said Ziva.
"Yes, let's," Maj sneered at Yin.
Yin shrugged her shoulders and picked up what looked like a circular saw blade. "I knew I had a reason for keeping this with me. Come on, you." She grabbed Von Bloot by the ponytail and gave it a hard yank. "Back to the UnderWorld with you. And as for this." Yin searched Von Bloot's pockets and pulled out the Inter-Realm Interlude. "I'll take this. It's a little too dangerous for the likes of you."
Maj took a key from a chain around her neck and held it in front of her. It glowed briefly and portal opened. She got out of Yin's way as she tossed Von Bloot haphazardly into the gold light.
"Good-bye," said Tom, giving a wave.
Maxxor put his hand on Tom's shoulder and they went through the portal together.
"What about everything that's happened?" asked McGee. "All the footage, the media coverage. Aren't you going to do something about that?"
"No," Yin bluntly said. "We guard the dimensions. We're not a clean up crew."
Yin and Maj walked into the light and disappeared. The portal closed behind them, leaving the NCIS team in the dark.
"So what do we do now, boss?" asked Tony.
"Let the director handle it," said Gibbs.
After leaving Maxxor and Tom in the OverWorld and Von Bloot on Chaor's doorstep (Yin's sick sense of humor), Maj and Yin returned home.
"Do you want to play again?" asked Maj, pointing to the chess set.
"No," said Yin.
"That's strange of you," said Maj. "I thought you would jump at the chance for an uninterrupted game."
"Maybe later, Majie," said Yin. "There's something I need to do."
"Okay," said Maj.
Yin took a silver key from under her shirt and opened a portal. She stepped through and appeared in a large study. At the desk was a man with a long silver beard and blue skin.
Smiling, Yin knocked on the nearest shelf. "Knock, knock," she said. "How's it going, Najarin?"
"Yin Tale Teller de-Roux," said Najarin, rising from his chair.
Yin walked over and gave him a hug. "It's good to see you," she said.
"You look well," said Najarin. "What brings you here?"
"I felt like stopping in," said Yin. "And I wanted to give this to you." She handed him the Inter-Realm Interlude mugic. "I know it's in good hands with you."
"I will keep it safe," Najarin promised.
Najarin put it on the desk for the time being. Yin looked around the study. The walls were nothing but bookshelves loaded with tomes, maps, and scrolls. Somewhere, Yin's favorite book was here, the one she wrote.
"Do you have another story, Tale Teller?" asked Najarin.
Yin smiled. "I always have a story," she said.
This is the end of part one of the Dimensional Guards Trilogy. The second part is called Code: PERIM and hopefully will be posted before the end of February. Thank you very much for reading.