Do You Love Him?

Ziva David entered the bullpen. Tony looked at her, and then did a double take. "Ziva?" he stood up, "What are those bruises? Who hurt you? I'll kill them personally." Ziva shook her head, "I fell over." Gibbs snorted, "Ziva? What do you take us for? Who did it?" He and Tony looked expectantly at Ziva. "It was Ray," she whispered in a small voice, looking at the ground, "He got mad. Punched me in the neck, and threw a dictionary at my head, where my bruises are. He just slammed out of my apartment."

"Why didn't you call me?" Tony asked. Gibbs looked at him, so he corrected his sentence- "Us. Why didn't you call us?" "I don't need protection. I am an assassin. He wants a reaction; I won't give it to him." Tony shook his head, and without warning, hugged her. She clutched to him, before breaking off, not wanting to show weakness.

Suddenly, the elevator dinged, and Ray entered. He saw Ziva and smiled. Before he could reach her, however, Tony charged forward. Grabbing his collar, he pushed him to the wall. "You hurt my Ziva. My perfect Ziva. You made her imperfect by making her sad. You sadistic freak, you hurt my partner. The only reason you are still alive is because I know Ziva loves you."

"Whoa, back off," Ray held his hands up, "I was mad. But I didn't mean to hurt her." Tony looked as though he was going to shoot Ray, before Ziva put her hand on his shoulder. "Cool it," she whispered. He looked at her, and did as she asked. "Ziva," Ray whimpered, "I'm sorry. Back to normal?" Ziva shook her head, "No." Ray's face crumpled. "No?"

"You heard her," Tony snapped, "She doesn't want someone who hurts her. I'd not let her anyway." Ray's face broke into a grin, "You're in love with her, aren't you?" "WHAT?" "You love her; I've seen the way you look at her. It's not lust, or love. She has bad taste in you. But you still love her, don't you?" "WELL, of course I love Ziva. She's the best thing that ever happened to me."

Suddenly, Tony realized he'd revealed too much. Without looking at Ziva, he ran. Out of the bullpen. Out of the elevator. Out of NCIS.

"I love him," Ziva spat at Ray, "And it's why I am going after him."