**7 Years Later**
"CATLIN GET STACEY NOW!" Abby called up the stairs for the fourth time within the hour.
"I'm not ready yet!" She protested.
Abby finally gave in and climbed up the stairs herself. She pressed the round blue button outside Anastasia's door and waited for her response.
Stacey saw the light near her door. "Come in." She called toward the door as she finished pulling her light brown curls into a high ponytail.
"Stace your ride's waiting." Abby signed and spoke aloud, slowly.
About two years into her sign language training Anastasia had decided she wanted to learn to read lips and speak out loud. She felt she was missing out on too much so Abby and Tim enrolled her into the Georgetown Academy for the Deaf. Since then her communication in and outside her home had greatly improved.
"All right mom." She said as she pulled her hair through one last time and grabbed her bag from the lounge chair in the corner of her room. "Love you." She said quickly as she pecked her mom's cheek.
Abby quickly grabbed her shoulder. "Don't forget you've got a dentist appointment at four today."
"All right!" Stacey replied waving goodbye. She was nearly home free when she passed Tim in the hall.
"Have a good day Caitlin!" Tim said before going into the actual Caitlin's bedroom.
She shook her head. "I'm Anastasia!" She called before running down the stairs.
She ran out the front door and climbed into a blue SUV. Hey guys! She signed.
"So how come Stacey gets to carpool with friends to school and I have to be driven there by my dad?" Caitlin asked as she pulled her flat iron through her hair.
"We've been over this before Caitlin." Abby said tiredly. "We drive you to school. Get over it."
"MOM! Why can't Jacob take me?" Caitlin protested as she pulled a teal top over her white tank top.
"Oh no. Just because he's your best friend's older brother doesn't mean I trust him!" Abby informed her.
"MOM!" Catilin shouted again.
"CAITLIN KELLY MCGEE I'M LEAVING WITH OR WITHOUT YOU!" Tim called up the stairs.
"Caitlin you're coming straight home after school." Abby said strictly.
"Sure I am." She replied before running down the stairs. Abby followed close behind.
"Hey I'll see you in a couple hours." Tim said before gently kissing her.
Abby pulled back. "Actually… I sort of forgot to tell you…" Abby said awkwardly. "I'm going over to Ziva's this morning. I won't be in until this afternoon."
Tim rolled his eyes before kissing her again. "All right, I'll see you this afternoon then."
Abby watched silently as the car backed down the driveway and into traffic. She closed the door to the garage and found herself confronted with a mass of brown and black hair. "Oh Jethro… What are we doing?"
"Abby!" Ziva exclaimed as she opened the door and pulled her into a hug.
Abby pulled back. "Ziva you look amazing! How much longer?"
"Three weeks." She said sounding exhausted. "Honestly I just want this thing out of me."
Abby laughed. "I know the feeling. Stacey just didn't want to come and it drove me insane."
"Gee thanks, that's comforting." Ziva replied sarcastically before walking into the kitchen.
"Hey that's not what I meant!" Abby protested as she followed behind. "I just…"
"Abby its fine." Ziva laughed. "So how are things going over at the Mcgee's?" She asked as she handed Abby a Caf-Pow from the fridge and sat down with her cup of tea at the kitchen table.
"Crazy, as usual." Abby said as she sat down. "Katie's trying to convince us that she doesn't need Tim to drive her to school because her friend Natalie's older brother offered to drive her."
"Well what's the problem with that?" Ziva asked curiously.
Abby sighed. "She doesn't think I know that she has a crush on him. Which I do. And I don't want her in a car with a bunch of teenagers, driven by the guy who I'm pretty sure helped her get that bellybutton tattoo that she also thinks I don't know about."
Ziva shook her head. "You make raising kids sound…"
"It's no picnic." Abby said with a yawn.
"How's Stacey's new school going?"
Abby's eyes lit up. "Her new academy has a much better speech and lip reading program. They actually support the students who chose that path unlike her old school which didn't accommodate anyone other than full ASL students."
"You really should have her come over sometime. Tony and I haven't seen her in forever." Ziva said.
"Oh right… How's that going?" Abby asked with a smirk. "You and the baby daddy getting along okay?"
"He's getting even more anxious than I am about this. He thinks Gibbs is going to murder him because we're not getting engaged." Ziva replied.
"Well you don't want to get married." Abby pointed out.
"Yeah… but we're not about to tell Gibbs that. He still thinks we were dating when I got pregnant…" She stopped when she saw Abby cringe. "What's wrong?"
"Nothing." Abby replied immediately.
Ziva shook her head with a smile. "That cringe wasn't nothing… Wait are you?"
"Am I what?" Abby asked nervously.
"You cringed when I said pregnant… you are aren't you?" Ziva said excitedly.
"Shhhh!" Abby hushed her.
Ziva squealed. "Oh my gosh congratulations!" She said as she pulled her into a hug.
Abby shook her head. "I can't do this Zi." She said as tears came to her eyes.
"I was going to tell Tim a couple of days ago. But the conversation took a different turn and somehow it ended with me agreeing with him that two kids was enough." Abby said with a sigh.
"Abby you've got to tell him!" Ziva exclaimed.
"I was going to Ziva… I promise. But then we started talking about how close we're getting to having two grown kids that can take care of themselves and how glad he was that I agreed we weren't going to have another baby."
"Abby… if you tell him I'm sure he'd be more than thrilled." Ziva assured her.
Abby shook her head. "He's finally got a grip on what's going on. Another change wouldn't work for him."
"Oh Abs." Ziva said sadly before she pulled her friend into a hug. "It's gonna be fine."
Abby put her head into her hands. "There's no way this is going to be fine."
Ziva was running out of things she could do. "Abs does anyone else know?"
"Ducky." Abby said with a frown. "And he only knows because I had him run the blood test to double check. We haven't even talked about the results. I didn't tell him why I wanted a test ran I just told him to run it."
"Tell Gibbs." Ziva said immediately.
"Tell Gibbs what?" a familiar voice came from the door.
Abby's eyes widened. "No, not happening." She said strictly.
"Come on in!" Ziva called making a face at Abby who was running toward the pantry.
"Was that Abby I heard?" Gibbs asked as he entered a kitchen to just find Ziva.
Ziva nodded and pointed toward the pantry. Gibbs pulled open the door. "Abs is there a reason you're hiding from me in Ziva's pantry?"
"I just… really like hanging out with canned food that's all." Abby lied with a cringe.
Gibbs rolled his eyes before leading her out of the small storage space. "What's going on Abby?" He asked firmly.
Abby looked longingly at the still unopened Caf-Pow on the table. She shook her head before sighing in defeat. "I'm having a baby."
Gibbs stood there for a moment before sighing. "What did Mcgee do?"
Abby flew into his arms. "He doesn't want it Gibbs." She sobbed.
"Does he know about this?" Gibbs asked her gently.
"Well… not exactly." Abby cringed.
"Who knows about this then?"
"You, Ziva, and Ducky."
"Gibbs, Ziva, and Ducky know what?" Tony asked as he entered into the kitchen.
Abby threw her arms up into the air. "IS THERE NOTHING GOING ON AT WORK TODAY!"
"Geez, I was just asking Abs." Tony said defensively.
"Ziva I'll be back later." Abby said before heading out the front door.
Ziva shook her head and heaved herself out of her chair. "Abby wait!" She called after her. "Tony you really couldn't leave us alone?" She asked irritably before following Abby down the hallway.
"Ziva I appreciate your concern but I need to be alone right now." Abby said with a sigh.
Ziva pressed her hand to her swollen stomach. "Abby you know as much as I do that that's not a good idea."
Abby turned around and put her hands on her hips. "Then what do you propose I do?"
"Come back inside and take a nap. You look like you need one." Ziva said with a smirk.
"Thanks." Abby replied sarcastically before following Ziva back into her apartment.
Tony got up from the couch very quickly when he saw the two women walk in the front door. "Abby are you alright?" Tony asked worriedly.
Abby gave Ziva a glance. "Abby just needs some girl time to talk about some stuff with me Tony." Ziva said gently as she glanced back at Abby to see her silent thank you.
Tony sighed in defeat. "Just make sure you get some rest Zi."
Ziva rolled her eyes. "Don't worry about me Tony. We're both fine." She assured him, rubbing her stomach for good measure.
"DiNozzo!" Gibbs snapped. "Mcgee's at the office waiting for us." He said as he pointed to the door.
"Going Boss." Tony replied before heading out the door.
Abby quickly ran into Gibbs's now open arms. "Abby you're taking the day off." Gibbs said gently. To his surprise Abby just nodded in response. "And… you need to tell Tim." He said before giving her a quick kiss on the cheek and exiting the apartment.
"Ziva… I can't do this." Abby said as she stared at the now shut front door.
Ziva sighed as she realized Abby just needed some time for things to settle into reality. "Of course you can." She said gently before leading her to the couch.
"Gibbs!" Tim called as soon as he saw his boss get out of the elevator along with Tony. "Have you seen Abby?" He asked worriedly.
"She's fine." Gibbs said simply as he sat down at his desk.
Tim shook his head. "She's not answering her phone, something has to be wrong."
"Don't worry about her Mcnervous. She's at the apartment with Ziva." Tony said as he set his feet up on his desk.
"She said she was coming in this afternoon." Tim argued pointedly.
"Well I guess she's not anymore." Tony replied.
"Why isn't she coming in anymore?" Tim asked anxiously.
"I gave her the day off!" Gibbs cut them off.
"What's wrong?" Tim asked immediately. "What happened? She was fine when I left this morning."
"Mcgee!" Gibbs snapped. "She's fine, just a little stressed."
Tim shook his head. "She wouldn't stay home if something weren't wrong." He said before pulling his badge and SIG out of his desk drawer.
Gibbs stood up equally as fast. "No Mcgee."
"Gibbs, she's my wife." Tim argued.
"Thirteen years hasn't trained you that she's going to tell you when you need to know?" Gibbs asked simply.
Tim sighed in defeat. "You promise nothing's wrong?" He asked anxiously.
"Have I ever lied to you?"Gibbs asked.
"Yes…" Tim replied awkwardly.
"When it really mattered?"
Abby woke up several hours later to find Tim running his fingers through her hair. "Tim!" She exclaimed. "What time is it? Where's Katie and Stacey? Oh my gosh please tell me they're not at home alone!"
"Abby!" Tim cut her off. "They're in the kitchen with Tony and Ziva. I picked both of them up from school on time, and brought them here with me because I needed to come see you."
"Tim you didn't need to do that… Take them home." Abby said as she sat up on the couch.
Tim was nearly pouting. "Abby you've got to come home with us."
"Tim I really need to talk to Ziva about something. I promise I'll come home later tonight." She said with a smile.
Tim took one look at her eyes and caved. "All right Abs." He said pressing his lips to hers.
"Everything's fine Tim." Abby assured him with a smile.
"I believe you Abs. I'll see you when you get home." He said before heading into the kitchen.
Abby sat silently until she heard the front door close announcing the departure of her family. She immediately broke into sobs.
Ziva came into the room and sat down next to her. "Abby you're not okay." She said gently.
"Yeah and I'm not going home tonight either." Abby muttered under her breath.
"All right." Tony sighed as he walked into the room. "What's going on? If you're not going home tonight Abby I need an actual reason to not tell Mcparanoid."
"Tony…" Ziva warned as she saw the tears well up in Abby's eyes.
"Ziva!" Tony began to protest before Abby stood up and put her face directly up to Tony's.
"I'm pregnant Tony." She said simply before picking her jacket up off the couch. "I'll be sleeping on the floor in Ziva's room if you need me."
Ziva shook her head. "Take the bed in Tony's room, he's sleeping on the couch tonight."
Tony found himself unable to speak and continued to stand silently staring at Abby's abdomen.
"Come on Abby, let's get you to bed." Ziva said gently as she lead her to the back of the apartment.
Ziva woke up to the sound of vomiting coming from the bathroom hallway. "Ugh…" She moaned as she carefully got out of bed. "Abby are you all right?" She called down the hallway.
"Ziva!" Tony called.
"Tony can you run to the store and get some ginger tea for Abby?" Ziva asked as she made her way into the hallway.
"I thought that was over when you stopped having this problem!" Tony whined.
"Tony!" Ziva hissed. "Don't let her hear you."
"Fine." Tony muttered before grabbing his tennis shoes out of the closet.
"Thanks DiNozzo." Ziva said with a smirk before heading into the bathroom. "You alright Abby?" She asked as she filled up a cup with water.
"If puking out about seven times the content of my stomach counts as alright then I'm just peachy." Abby said putting her head in her arms.
"Here." Ziva offered the cup to her.
Abby graciously took the cup and rinsed her mouth out. "Thanks."
"No problem Abby." Ziva said gently before sitting down on the counter.
Abby was about to respond when a ringing came from Ziva's pocket. "Hello?"
"Ziva is Abby still there?" She could hear the nervous voice of Tim ringing through her ears.
Ziva quickly pressed the mute button. "Abby, Tim wants to know if you're still here."
Abby threw her head back against the wall. "I'm not." She said firmly. "Tell him I decided to go back to work last night."
She reluctantly pressed the mute button again. "Abby left last night. She went back to the lab to get some work done that she missed yesterday."
"No she didn't." Tim replied irritably. "I checked the lab an hour ago and I'm getting sick and tired of looking for her. If you see her tell her that if I don't hear from her anytime soon she better not be planning on coming home tonight either. She can stay with whoever she stayed with tonight. "
"Tim!" Ziva tried to correct him but it was too late. "Abby… we've got a problem…"
"You're telling me?"
"It's not what you're thinking." Ziva said regretfully. "Tim's really angry that he can't find you… and I think he thinks you spent the night with some other guy."
"He thinks I'm having an affair because he can't get a hold of me?" Abby asked in disbelief before digging her phone out of her sweatshirt pocket. "Tim?"
"Abby what the heck is wrong with you!"
"Tim…" Abby choked on tears.
"Don't 'Tim' me! Abby if you don't want to come home anymore than don't bother calling anymore either." Tim replied angrily.
"I wanted to come home, but I guess you don't want me there anymore!" Abby shouted into the phone before slamming it shut.
"Abby…" Ziva began but stopped when she leaned forward to retch once again. "You've got to tell him." Ziva said once she finished.
"Ziva he doesn't want it or me anymore." Abby protested.
Tony picked that moment to come in. "I got the ginger…Abby what the heck happened?" He asked angrily. "If Mcgee did anything to hurt you…"
"LEAVE HIM ALONE OKAY?" Abby screamed. "Just because he doesn't want me or our baby doesn't mean I don't love him anymore!"
"What do you mean he doesn't…"
"Tony!" Ziva snapped. "You need to drop this, right now."
Tony gaped at her. "You're kidding right?"
"Just give me the tea and go to work." She held out her hand as Tony pulled the bottle out of the paper bag he was carrying.
Tony stood there reluctantly. "Ziva… are you sure?"
"Get out!" She snapped.
"All right, all right! Call me if either of you need anything." He said before finally heading out the door.
"Ziva I need your help." Abby finally said.
Gibbs was pouring a cup of coffee when he heard his doorbell ring. Not wanting to deal with whoever it was he ignored it. It was only when the bell rang for the fifth time that he finally got up. "Whatever you're selling I'm not interested…" Gibbs began as he pulled the door open surprised to see a very distressed Abby and a very annoyed Ziva.
"Not to be too direct as we were the ones to come over here, but I have to sit down." Ziva said through gritted teeth.
Gibbs opened the door all the way to allow the two women through. "What's going on?" He asked as he carefully led Ziva to his couch.
"I'm having Braxton Hicks contractions and… Abby's having issues." Ziva said as she relaxed into the couch.
Gibbs rested assure that Ziva would be fine turned to Abby. "Issues?"
"I need to stay with you Gibbs." Abby sniffed.
"Why can't you stay at home?" Gibbs asked getting directly to the point.
"I stayed at Ziva's last night." Abby replied sheepishly.
"That's where you were?" Gibbs asked, his eyes wide. "Tim's been going crazy looking for you… you really should call him."
Abby shook her head. "He knows I'm fine. I called him… but I couldn't tell him where I was… and now he thinks I'm cheating on him."
"He thinks what?" Gibbs asked in disbelief.
"I can't stay at home without the morning sickness giving this away." Abby said looking down at her scuffed boots. "So I stayed with Ziva… but I can't just tell him what's going on… not now."
Gibbs sighed. "Do you want to come to work today Abs?"
"No… but If I don't show up at work Tim's going to come looking for me. Which is basically the last thing I need right now." Abby replied irritably. Suddenly she covered her mouth and muttered "Excuse me." As she ran toward the hall bathroom.
"Ziva?" Gibbs asked as he turned toward his agent on his couch.
"Gibbs we don't have room at our apartment for her… But I don't think going home tonight is the best thing for her." She confided.
"Why would Tim think she's cheating on him though? He knows her better than that!" Gibbs said angrily.
Ziva sighed. "I don't know."
"I'm going to give him a piece of my mind." Gibbs said angrily as he grabbed his keys off his coffee table.
"Gibbs!" Ziva called out. "You can't."
"Well for one thing… I drove Abby here, but I'm in no shape to drive right now so she's going to need a ride to work. For another… what are you going to say?" Ziva pointed out.
"That he's in no place to treat Abby like that!" Gibbs argued.
"And when he asks why you know you'll end up telling him. Abby needs to tell him herself." Ziva said firmly.
"I'm not telling him." Abby interjected. "I can't… if he doesn't want our baby he doesn't deserve to know about it."
"Abby it's going to be okay." Gibbs said gently.
"No Gibbs. Nothing can make this okay." She said angrily. "Can you please just take me to work?"
Gibbs sighed. "Of course Abs."
Author's Note: Hey guys! School's out and I'm so excited to be back and writing again! Sadly, I have camp this upcoming week so you probably won't get another update until next weekend. I hope you like it! I'm open for suggestions for this story, The only plans I have set in stone are the beginning and the ending! If you haven't read the two stories that come before this, "What Can We Do?" And "What Have You Done?" Check those out! Please, please REVIEW!