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Two weeks later…

Palmer was working steadily on a report, headphones blaring music in his ears. He was oblivious to the elevators dinging, was unaware of the presence behind him, until a hand clamped on his shoulder.

He gave a very manly shriek as he pulled the ear buds from his ears, turning to see DiNozzo trying very hard to keep a straight face.

"My God, DiNozzo," Palmer snapped getting to his feet. "Don't do that."

"Sorry," Tony said in a hoarse voice. It had gotten better since his injury, but was still going to take some time to heal. He had only been back to work for a few days, mostly getting the attention from the female personal as he dramatized his injury. Palmer had no doubt that DiNozzo's throat was still bothering him, but not enough where he had to write down his messages (something he'd done to the new mailroom attendant).

"What's up?" Jimmy asked turning back to collect his papers, shuffling them.

"I just…" Tony trailed off, the sounds of him scratching his head following. "Thanks, Palmer."


"Saving my life," DiNozzo responded awkwardly. "If it wasn't for you…"

"You're welcome," Jimmy replied saving Tony from saying more. "You would have done the same for me."

"That's the thing, Jimmy. I wouldn't have. Because, I probably wouldn't have known how…"

"Oh, well it's really easy. All you have to do is…"

"Palmer, just take the compliment and leave it at that," Tony said cutting the 'gremlin' off. Autopsy fell silent for a few seconds then Tony took a breath and said, "So, I guess we're even now?"


"I gave you a ride, you saved my life. You know, even…"

Palmer wanted so badly to say 'Even? Tony you only gave me a ride. I am the reason you are still breathing,' but thought better of it. Besides, it was better just to agree with Tony DiNozzo.

So, Jimmy smiled and said, "No problem, DiNozzo.

"Uh-huh," Tony said moving toward the door. Before he was out, though, he turned and asked, "By any chance can you give me a ride home? My car got snowed in last night."

"Yeah, Tony, I'll give you a ride."

"Good, it was either ask you or Ziva." And he was gone. Jimmy watched the door for a few seconds before shaking his head and putting his papers away. As glad as he was they were all fine, that the accident wasn't more damaging than it could have been, Palmer still wondered if any of that would have happened if Ziva had been driving.

Would they have crashed van? Maybe they wouldn't have. It had been those two fighting that caused the accident in the first place.

Hell, Ziva could have killed us, Palmer thought with a sigh. Running a hand through his hair, he shrugged." I guess we'll never know," he said quietly before turning to the body on the slab. "And you, Gunnery Sergeant Adams, need to be put back in your freezer."

Jimmy paused for a second, while getting the gurney, a small smile on his lips. "Did I ever tell you about the time Agent Dinozzo crashed the van into a snow bank?" He pushed the gurney next the Sergeant before continuing. "It was a riveting tale and it all started with me calling him for a ride…"


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