Chapter 9

At 5:00 on Saturday morning the alarm clock on the nightstand pierced through the silence of the bedroom. Jenny moaned and buried her head under the covers as Gibbs turned the alarm off. Gibbs took a deep breath and let it out in a yawn. He looked over to see Jenny had disappeared under the blankets and smiled. He decided to get his shower first so she could sleep a little while longer.

As the warm water washed over Gibbs' body he thought back on the past week. Overall he was satisfied with how everything had worked out. He'd been able to spend one on one time with each member of his team. Even though he hadn't exactly planned on it, he reconnected with Jenny. He'd enjoyed catching up with Mike getting to spend time with him and he'd gotten the opportunity to spend some time on the water in his boat. He knew he couldn't ask for a better vacation. As he stood over the sink shaving, he smiled to himself, satisfied with how the week had turned out.

When Gibbs was done in the bathroom he pulled out his last clean t-shirt and a pair of shorts. After he dressed himself he quickly ran a comb through his hair and brushed his teeth. When he was ready to go he sat down next to Jenny in bed.

"Jen," he said softly. He pulled the comforter back so he could see her face. "It's time to get up."

"No Jethro," she moaned, "just a little while longer. Please."

"You're starting to sound like DiNozzo," Gibbs told her with a smile. He pulled the blankets back and started rubbing her back while she woke up. After a brief backrub Gibbs stood from the bed and pulled the blankets all the way off Jenny. "Come on," he said. "As much as I'd like to, we can't miss our plane."

Jenny groaned as she stumbled out of bed. Gibbs wrapped his arms around her and gave her a hug before kissing her cheek. "Come find me after you brush your teeth and I'll give you a real good morning kiss," he said with a smile. He watched Jenny disappear into the bathroom and close the door behind her then left her to get ready.

Gibbs walked into the boys' room and flipped the light on. "Time to get up guys," he said cheerfully. Tim yawned and sat up in bed so Gibbs would know he was awake. Tony rolled over and tried to hide his face from the light. "Rise and shine Tony!" Gibbs said. "You guys get yourselves ready and get packed. We leave in an hour." With that he closed the door behind him and headed next door to the girls' room.

Gibbs opened the door to the girls' room a crack and saw it was still dark. He walked over to Ziva's bed, leaned down and kissed her forehead. "Ziva," he whispered, "it's time to get up." He ran his hand over her head as she tried to wake up. When she started moving around he knew she was awake and went over to Abby's bed.

Gibbs looked down at Abby still sound asleep. He sat down in the bed next to her and smiled when she wrapped her body around his, cuddling into him. He ran his thumb over her cheek, wiping away the little bit of drool.

"Abby," he said softly, getting no response from her. "Abs," he repeated running his hand over her back. Abby opened her eyes and looked up at Gibbs. "Good morning Sunshine," he said. "It's time to get up."

Abby stretched out in her bed and rubbed her eyes with her fists. "I'm up," she mumbled through a yawn.

Gibbs leaned down and kissed her forehead before standing. "We're leaving in about in an hour," he told them. He turned on their light on his way out and left them to get ready.

Mike dropped his houseguests off at the airport shortly after 7:00. After exchanging hugs and kisses with the girls and handshakes with the guys Mike headed back to his truck and Gibbs took his group into the airport. Tony, Ziva, Tim and Abby waited off to the side while Gibbs and Jenny checked everybody in and printed their boarding passes.

"I don't want to leave," Tony whined.

"I know," Abby said. "It feels like we just got here yesterday."

"I have visited a lot of places," Ziva said, "but never anywhere like this. I am really going to miss it here."

"Maybe Boss will bring us back sometime," Tim said.

"This should be an annual thing!" Tony suggested.

"You guys ready?" Gibbs asked.

"No," Tony said. "I think I forgot my, um… my favorite t-shirt! I left it at Mike's place. We have to go back, Boss."

"Nice try, DiNozzo," Gibbs said smirking. "Jenny walked through both bedrooms and the bathroom to make sure you guys didn't forget anything."

Tony shrugged his shoulders. "Well you can't blame a guy for trying."

After everyone checked their bags and made it through the security checkpoint they found their gate and sat down to wait until it was time to board the plane. Gibbs left his bag with Jenny and went off in search of a coffee stand. He returned several minutes later with coffee for himself and Jenny and donuts for the rest of the group. He knew it would be several hours before they landed in Minneapolis for their layover and the food they served on the plane was a step below cafeteria food.

Shortly after they finished eating the airline started boarding their flight. Their seats were closer to the back of the plane and they were pleased to find a few empty seats next to them, giving everyone a little room to spread out. After the plane took off and the flight attendant gave them permission to use their personal electronic devices, Tim and Abby got out their gaming systems and hooked them together so they could play a two player game. They sat quietly with their headphones on, lost in their fantasy world.

Jenny reclined her seat back and closed her eyes, determined to nap during the flight. Gibbs reclined his seat and guided Jenny's head over to his chest. She gladly cuddled into him, spreading her feet out into the empty seat next to her and making herself comfortable. With Jenny resting comfortably on his chest Gibbs laid his head back against the seat and closed his eyes to go to sleep.

Tony and Ziva decided to switch seats so Tony could sit by the window this time. As he looked out at the passing clouds he felt Ziva's head on his shoulder. He looked over at her and saw she'd closed eyes to go to sleep. He smiled and turned back to the window, replaying all the fun he'd had over the past week in his mind.

The layover at Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport was longer on their way home than it was when they were headed to Mexico. They all decided to stop at the food court so everyone could pick what they wanted for lunch. When they were done eating they found their gate and put all their stuff down. Gibbs and Jenny sat with everyone's carry-on bags while Tony, Ziva, Tim and Abby went off to explore the airport.

Tony decided they should take advantage of the moving sidewalks instead of walking. "We need some of these at NCIS!" he said.

"Why?" Ziva asked confused. "What is the purpose? I can walk faster than this."

"I don't know," Tony said shrugging his shoulders. "It's just kind of fun."

"Sometimes it's nice to be lazy," Tim said yawning. He welcomed the ride on the moving sidewalks after getting up so early. "I don't know how sitting on a plane all morning can you so tired but it does."

"Are you too tired for ice cream, Timmy?" Abby asked. She pointed behind him and they all turned to see a Dairy Queen. The group stopped and bought dessert before getting back on the moving sidewalk and continuing their exploration.

Jenny looked out the floor to ceiling windows at the planes moving around on the tarmac as she thought about their vacation. Gibbs had a great team, she'd always known that but the past week had given her an opportunity to get to know each of them better. His team functioned a lot like a family, on and off the job. She couldn't help but wonder if that was what set them apart from her other teams and made them NCIS's top team.

She thought back to all the time she'd spent with Gibbs. When she agreed to go to Mexico she hadn't planned on renewing their romance. It was just something that had happened. It made sense to share a room with him. There weren't enough beds and she really would have felt bad if he would have had to spend the week on the couch because of her. There was no reason they couldn't sleep in the same bed again. She thought about their evening in the hot tub and the night that followed. She definitely hadn't planned that but she would be lying if she said she regretted it. In fact, she felt just the opposite. As much fun as Tony, Ziva, Tim and Abby were to have around, part of her wished she could have had Gibbs all to herself. A shiver ran through her body as she thought back to the horseback riding trip Gibbs had taken her on the previous day. If he would have asked her to build a house and live with him on that beach she knew she wouldn't have hesitated to say yes.

It was easy to be with Gibbs on vacation. She could enjoy spending time with him without fighting over regulations and protocols. She didn't have to worry about looking the other way when he bent the rules. Instead she had been able to relax and just enjoy his company, but now they were returning to the real world and she wasn't sure what was going to happen. Gibbs' hand on her shoulder startled her from her thoughts.

"What are you thinking about?" he asked.

"Just thinking about this past week," she answered.

"Any regrets?" Gibbs asked.

Jenny looked over at him, wondering if he had any regrets. The truth was, despite her fear about what was going to happen next, she didn't regret anything. "No regrets," she said with a smile.

Gibbs wrapped his arm around her and pulled her into his side. He placed a soft kiss on her temple as she relaxed into him.

"Jethro?" she asked quietly.


Jenny took his hand from her shoulder and pulled his arm tighter around her while she tried to figure out what to say. "What's going to happen when we get home?"

"What do you mean?" he asked.

"You know," she said somewhat nervous to bring the topic up. "What's going to happen with us?"

"Well," Gibbs said, "I've been thinking about that. After you drop Ziva off why don't you come over to my place? We can pick up where we left off."

"Really?" Jenny asked trying to keep her voice calm and even.

Gibbs pulled her to him and kissed her head. He could see the others approaching over her shoulder and heard their flight number being announced over the loudspeaker. "Really," he whispered into her ear. Everyone grabbed their carry-on bag and got their boarding passes ready as they waited to be called.

The five and a half hour flight to Dulles International Airport seemed to drag on forever. It had been a long day with an early start and everyone was ready to relax in their own homes. Jenny pulled out the newspaper she'd grabbed at the airport and shared part of it with Gibbs. None of them had seen any news shows or read any newspapers the entire week they'd spent in Mexico and she was eager to learn what was going on in the world. Tim and Abby were flipping through the magazines Gibbs bought for them on the trip to Mexico and across the aisle Tony and Ziva were people watching. They took turns choosing different passengers and making up stories about them while giggling under their breath. Whenever they got too loud a glare from Gibbs quieted them back down.

The flight attendants served a snack halfway through the trip breaking up the monotony of the flight. The small bag of pretzels prompted Tony to begin telling Ziva about everything he planned on eating when he got home. Ziva quickly became annoyed and begged him to be quiet. When that didn't work she twisted his arm until he stopped talking. Gibbs heard Tony shriek and glared over at them.

"Do I need to separate you two?" he asked.

"No Boss," Tony said, "we're ok."

With Tony and Ziva behaving for the moment and Tim and Abby occupied doing a Sudoku puzzle, Gibbs reclined back in his seat and closed his eyes. As he blocked out everything around him he felt Jenny's head come to rest on his shoulder. Without opening his eyes he lightly kissed her head then rested his head on hers and let sleep take over his body for the rest of the flight.

Gibbs pulled up in front of Abby's apartment building and parked the car. After opening her door for her he grabbed her luggage out of the trunk and walked her upstairs. She was his last passenger to drop off before heading home.

Abby stood in her living room and rolled her eyes as Gibbs walked through her apartment, making sure everything was in order. "You're such a dad!" she told him when he was done.

"Better safe than sorry, Abs," he said with a smile.

Abby wrapped her arms around his neck and gave him a hug. "Thank you, Gibbs."

"You're welcome," he said. "Now get some sleep." He kissed her cheek, instructed her to lock her door then went back down to his car.

Gibbs made the short journey from Abby's apartment building to his house. He wasn't surprised to find Jenny's car already there. She only had to drop Ziva off; he'd taken Tony, Tim and Abby home. He pulled his car into the driveway, grabbed his knapsack and headed for the house.

"Honey, I'm home," Gibbs said laughing to himself as he walked in the front door.

"I'm in here, Jethro," Jenny called from the living room.

Gibbs dropped his knapsack and walked into the living room to find Jenny in a pair of his sweatpants and one of his old t-shirts. "I wasn't in the mood to go by my place and grab some clothes," she explained. "I hope you don't mind."

Gibbs smiled, admiring how comfortable she looked in his clothes. "I don't mind," he said. He sat down next to her and draped his arm over her shoulders. "You won't be needing clothes very long anyways," he whispered into her ear before placing soft kisses down her neck.

"Really?" Jenny asked, squirming slightly as Gibbs ran his lips over her neck. "What did you have in mind?"

Gibbs rested his finger on the side of Jenny's face and guided her lips to his. "You'll see," he said seductively. He stood, took her hand and led her upstairs, happy to finally be completely alone with her.

Author's Note: That's all for this story. I hope you guys had as much fun reading it as I had writing it. A special thank you to everyone who left a review. It is much appreciated!