Ducky came in early as usual. To his great surprise, he found someone on the table. But that someone was not waiting to be cut open. It was Gibbs.
"Morning, Duck," Gibbs said and sat on the table.
"Good morning, Jethro. What brings you here at this early hour ?" Ducky asked his old friend and took off his hat, coat and walked to Gibbs.
"I need to ask something," Gibbs said.
"I am a big ear. Actually this reminds me of the time, when we were working in Europe and you always came to me, when you were unsure what to do with Jennifee..." Ducky said bu he was cut off by Gibbs.
"Duck," Gibbs said. He was pissed and it was obvious in his voice.
"What's bothering you this time ?" Ducky asked.
"My dear lord. What did she do this time ?" Ducky said. He had suspected that there was something between his friends. He is not against the relationship or jealous of them or anything, it's just that he can remember the last time they were together and that ended with a bang.
"She gave in. We had something, but I can't do this. I made a rule because of her and I can't break it. Except I already did. And I broke things off, because it's the right thing to do, but the same this morning I couldn't let her go. I wanted to be angry at her, but the same I couldn't. I want her, but I can't have her. I don't know what to do, Duck," Gibbs said and he looked up searching. He was confused and the medical examiner could see that.
"Aah. Your rules. Can't you bend them ?" Ducky asked.
"I can, but that would be unfair to others. For example Tony and Kate – they had no chance because of this rule. And of course McGee and Ziva are not doing anything because of that. Jenny is the reason for this rule. Without her that rule wouldn't probably exist," Gibbs said.
"I see. I should have known that Tony and Kate were on the edge. They came to me once to have a therapy session and it was obvious, but that was a long time ago... The question is do you love Jennifer ?" Ducky rambled and then got to the point.
"Yes... No. I don't know. I think I do. I know I did, but I am not sure if I still love him," Gibbs was honest.
"So your heart wants her ?" Ducky asked in assurance.
"But your head doesn't ?"
Gibbs nod again.
"Then we have a problem my friend. The question is are you feelings or mind person ? Knowing you I'd say mind person, but knowing you with Jennifer I'd say feelings person," Ducky said.
"Tell me what to do," Gibbs almost begged.
"That, my dear friend, I cannot do. You know your options, you know everything. You just have to choose. The only thing is that you don't know which one is the right decision," Ducky said and stood from the chair opposite to Gibbs.
"I knew that all before I came here. I wanted you to tell me what to do," Gibbs said.
"I can't do that," Ducky said.
Gibbs stood from the table and walked out of the autopsy doors. Ducky watched as his friend walked slowly away. He shook his head and went to change his clothes.
The night arrived. Gibbs had been thinking whole day. He wasn't sure if Jenny was worth it. Was any woman worth breaking the rules he had created over time ? What should he do ? Maybe it was not romance between agents, it was just sex. In that case it could go on and the rules wouldn't be broken. But he knew that it's a lie. Those few days have thought him that she is more that just a good sex.
He needed another conversation with Ducky. Gibbs jumped from his seat, sent his team home and went down to autopsy. For his luck Ducky was still there doing paperwork and enjoying a cup of tea.
"Jethro," Ducky greeted his friend.
"I need something more. I can't choose. I know what I want, but I can't have it. I am confused Duck," Gibbs said very fast and looked at Ducky.
"Well, I already said what I had to say. Maybe you should think which decision would you regret the most. Would you regret being with Jennifer or letting her go ?" Ducky asked.
"Letting her go," was Gibbs' automatic and fast reply.
"Then here you got your answer," Ducky said and yawned – he was tired.
"But I can't be breaking my rule..." Gibbs started.
"For once, can you just let go your damn rules. In the end you can't always lean on them. Your rules are not waiting for you in home, they are not warm and you can't snuggle with them. You can't steal a kiss from your rules and you can't get a warm feeling inside because of them. Let your rules go and just be happy for once, my friend," Ducky said. His voice was higher and stronger this time. He was tired, but his friend needed advise.
Without saying anything Gibbs rushed away from the lab. He ran to the parking garage and got into his car. The next moment he was gone.
Gibbs found himself at Jenny's door. He knocked and then waited for Jenny to appear. After a short moment she appeared. She was wearing a pair of blue jeans and gray t-shirt. She looked perfect.
"What do you want ?" Jenny asked.
"I made a mistake. Rules don't keep me warm and rules don't have my heart. I want you Jenny. I'm sorry I have been a jerk and I can't undo that, but I wanna be a better man and I wanna be that with you by my side. I can't live without you and I had to throw it all away to realize it," Gibbs said.
"And how long are you staying this time ?" She asked.
"As long as you'll have me," he said and looked into those deep emerald orbitals.
She didn't answer. Instead she took a step forward and practically fell into Gibbs. Their lips met and body's collided. He smiled for a moment before wrapping his arms around her slender body and kissing her.
They broke off as their lungs were screaming for oxygen. She remained close and his arms were around her.
"Did you just break 2 of your rules ?" She teased.
"I did. And I can break the rest 48 too for you. You are worth it," he said and kissed her hair.
"So you admit breaking rules number 12 and 6?" Jenny asked.
"Yes. And I will break them again with you. Screw rules. Some things are way too important to throw away because of those rules. I don't know if number 12 even has a reason to exist anymore," Gibbs said.
"Come inside, I'm cold. We can go on breaking rules then," Jenny said.
Gibbs smiled. He let her take his hand and pull him inside. The door slammed shut and his rules were put on a test inside.
If there is a rule, then there must be exceptions. They confirm the rule. Romance between agents usually doesn't work. Maybe Gibbs and Jenny can work it out this time. Maybe they'll be the exception that confirms the rule. Anything is possible...