Well, so much for "What You Want" being the last chapter. I saw the video for this song on YouTube a few months back and it inspired me to write another chapter. Are there any Bon Jovi fans here? (Personally, I prefer Def Leppard, but I like Bon Jovi as well.) I'm thinking the last chapter will be set to Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf" - a reviewer on one of my other stories suggested it, and it sounds like it needs checking out.


Track Thirty: One Wild Night

It's a hot night, the natives are restless
We're sweating by the light of the moon
There's a voodoo mojo brewin' at the goto
That could knock a witch off her broom

The members of Team Gibbs glanced around the entrance to the crowded mansion suspiciously. Two of its agents, Tony DiNozzo and Ziva David, also looked up occasionally to the full moon barely visible in the night sky because of the tall buildings in Washington, D.C. Music blared from the large house, and instantly both Tim McGee and Tony recognized it as "One Wild Night" by Bon Jovi. DiNozzo had to bite back a groan; this song really wasn't helping him right now. Like the song said, it was a hot night and he was sweating by the light of the moon, but so was Ziva, and it wasn't for the reason the song implied. They were Shifters, and on full moon nights, it was almost impossible to keep the wolf inside under control. DiNozzo felt hot, itchy, and the urge to shift into his wolf form was consuming him. But he couldn't shift in public, not without revealing his kind's existence to the rest of the world. Then again, it was Halloween—and thankfully they'd all recovered from the terrorist attack on NCIS Headquarters in the Navy Yard a few months before—so maybe he and Ziva wouldn't stand out too much.

"Come on," Gibbs's voice broke into his rambling thoughts. "Let's go look for our kidnapping suspect." The team leader walked forward confidently, SIG Sauer holstered at his hip, NCIS cap perched on his head, his black jacket proudly bearing the badge that identified him as a federal agent of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. His team members were all dressed in pretty much the same way save for the shirts and pants they were wearing underneath the jacket.

Both Tony and Ziva took a step and found themselves directly in the path of the moon. The Israeli Shifter's breath was drawn in a hiss, and Tony released a tiny growl of his own as his already-hot body burned up even more. Dimly he was aware that the song was still playing—had been—but he could care less at the moment. All he wanted was for him and his partner/mate to be out of the moon's glare.

We slither on in, we shed our skin
Make our way into the bump and the grind
So I'm passing by, she gives me the eye
So I stop to give her a light

"Let's hurry up and get in," Ziva muttered to him.

Tony nodded acknowledgment and together they slithered on in, easing into the front of the group. Gibbs just raised a single eyebrow before he looked up at the full moon. Understanding dawned in his eyes and the eyebrow went back into its normal position.

The team split up once they were in the mansion, Ziva with Tony and McGee paired up with Gibbs. Of course, they had to deal with jerks commenting that they'd misspelled CSI wrong on their NCIS caps. The NCIS agents would just flash their badges and say they were looking for a Roger Fuller.

One woman dressed as a vampire—a very good-looking one—was giving DiNozzo the eye. Normally, he would have stopped to flirt with her, but since he was with Ziva and full moon nights made him edgy, he just gave her a passing glance before starting to walk by.

"Hey!" she called after the two agents. "I think I know who you're looking for."

Both Shifters whirled around. Ziva said, "Where is he?"

The vamp was still eyeing Tony. "Maybe I'll tell you if you give me a light." Already she was pulling a cigarette out from its pack.

"Sorry, we don't smoke," DiNozzo said, ignoring Ziva's warning growl. To anyone else, it sounded like she was clearing his throat. "Now, Roger Fuller. Where is he?"

"He's the Klingon over there." The vampire jerked her head toward a crowd of partygoers. Tony and Ziva glanced at each other, and then walked over, ignoring the woman when she shouted something suggestive after DiNozzo.

One wild night
(Blinded by the moonlight)
One wild night
(Twenty-four hours of midnight)

One wild night
(I stepped into the twilight zone)
(And she left my heart with vertigo)
One wild, one wild night

"Do you ever get tired of the women who—what's the term?—throw themselves at you?" Ziva asked Tony.

"Yeah," he replied, "especially since you're my mate and can easily kill anyone in several different ways if you put your mind to it."

She smiled. "Good answer."

"Thanks. You want to tell Gibbs we might have found him?"

The Israeli Shifter flashed him a wicked grin. "We can always tell him later. Besides, I like this song. Let's dance, DiNozzo."

It was only then that he realized "One Wild Night" was still playing. Not that he really minded: Bon Jovi rocked—sometimes.

Havin' as much fun as you can in your clothes
Margarita had me feelin' alright
It just might be that I found religion
I've been on my knees for half of the night

I was rollin' the bones with Jimmy no dice
Gonna take him for a couple weeks pay
Man if you lose this roll
I take your girlfriend home well alright

At those two verses, Tony had to hold in a burst of laughter. They were here on business, after all. (Seriously, he could so see that happening to Jimmy Palmer—Dr. Mallard's assistant. The mental images alone were enough to make him crack up laughing.)

One wild night
(Blinded by the moonlight)
One wild night
(Twenty-four hours of midnight)

One wild night
(I stepped into the twilight zone)
(And she left my heart with vertigo)

One wild night
(Hey c'est la vie)
One wild night
(Welcome to the party)

One wild night
(Life is for the living so)
(You gotta live it up come on let's go)
One wild, one wild, one wild, one wild night

"Hate to admit that, but it's true," Tony heard Ziva shout over the music.

No kidding, he replied over their bond, knowing she probably wouldn't be able to hear him if he spoke aloud.

"Hey, you two!" Gibbs shouted. "Cut it out and get to work!"

The two Shifters, embarrassed, abruptly stopped dancing and whirled around to see the team leader stalking toward them. Ziva was pretty sure Gibbs was at least half Shifter, or had some Shifter blood in him. If he did have the Shifter gene, one bite from a wolf would activate it. Well, either that or sleeping with a Shifter.

Yeah, like that would ever happen.

In any case, their suspect was soon cornered. When they finally figured out he knew nothing about the kidnapping, the team left.

Tony and Ziva, however, were still feeling the effects of the full moon.

Talk about one wild night, Tony thought at her. Ziva smirked and flashed him a smile, her teeth white in the darkness.

He definitely couldn't wait until they were off the clock.

One wild night
(Blinded by the moonlight)
One wild night
(Twenty-four hours of midnight)

One wild night
(I stepped into the twilight zone)
(And she left my heart with vertigo)

One wild night
(Hey c'est la vie)
One wild night
(Welcome to the party)

One wild night
(Life is for the living so)
(You gotta live it up, come on let's go)

One wild night
One wild night
One wild night
One wild night

One wild night
(Blinded by the moonlight)
One wild night
(Twenty-four hours of midnight)
One wild night
(I stepped into the twilight zone)
For one wild, one wild, one wild, one wild night


Song: "One Wild Night" by Bon Jovi