Disclaimer- I do not own NCIS, any of its characters, the Manning brothers or the teams in which they play on.

Author's Note- This is a first for me. Two chapters updated in the same day. It might not be for the same story, but it has the same affect. Hope you guys like this! Reviews are appreciated!

Tony, Tim and Gibbs sat in front of the television waiting for the start of the Redskins game. "I'm telling you there is no way they can beat Manning." Tony said.

"It depends on which Manning you're talking about." Gibbs said as he took a drag of his beer.

"Wait, there's more than one?" McGee asked confused.

Both Gibbs and Tony sighed. For the past few months, the two older men had been getting together on weekends none of them were working to teach Tim about sports. He knew baseball but when it came to football, hockey and basketball were completely lost on him. "They're brothers, Peyton and Eli. Peyton is the quarterback for the Colts and Eli is the quarterback for the Giants." Tony explained. "And to answer your question," He said turning back to Gibbs, "Eli. I have faith that he's going to go far."

"Far enough to beat his brother?" Gibbs asked.

"Maybe." He said after thinking about it for a second.

Tim was genuinely uninterested in what they were saying. He never really got football and he never wanted to either. It just made him think about being beat up by the football team in high school. This usually was followed by his father yelling at him and calling him weak and pathetic. Tim shook his head trying to get his mind away from where it was going.

Gibbs noticed McGee's discomfort and tried to pin it down. Tony on the other hand figured it out pretty quickly. Tim always got the same look on his face when he thought about his childhood. Knowing it was a bad to let him go down this road, Tony changed the subject. "Any good cases lately?" he asked Gibbs.

The older man was a little taken back by the sudden change in topic but when he noticed Tim's expression change, he let it go. "Actually, we had a case in Vermont this week." Gibbs said. "Which is weird because usually that's you two's jurisdiction."

They both froze. "Wow, you're not usually one to argue over a case." Tony said trying to play it off.

"What aren't you telling me?" Gibbs said, getting up off the couch and sitting on the coffee table so that he was facing the two of them. When he had asked Jenny why DiNozzo and McGee hadn't gotten the case, she continued to avoid his question until he grew frustrated and gave up.

"Nothing." Both of them answered at the same time.

"Okay so now I know you're lying. Spill it, McGee." Gibbs said knowing the youngest man would be more likely to tell him.

Tim freaked out inside but was able to keep it cool on the outside. "There's nothing." He said calmly.

Gibbs looked him over but Tim didn't do as much as flinch. "I see you've taught him how to lie, DiNozzo" he said, angry that they weren't telling him what was going on.

"We're not lying to you, Gibbs." Tony bit out.

"I swear Tony if you two get into any trouble…" he trailed off.

"We can take care of ourselves." Tim said, starting to get just as angry as Tony that Gibbs didn't seem to trust them.

"Yeah well the last time you said that, I had to go save your asses in Spain." Gibbs retorted.

"Well I promise you if we have any run ins with anymore crazy Israeli's, you and Ziva will be the first ones we call." Tony said as he stood up and grabbed his coat and headed towards the door. "Come in, Tim."

McGee gave Gibbs a saddened look and followed quietly behind his partner. When the door closed Gibbs bit back a string of curse words. He knew the two of them were hiding something from him. Even if they weren't on his team anymore, didn't mean he couldn't worry about them.


"You're fighting with them again." Abby accused the next morning when Gibbs walked into the lab. She had talked to Tony the night before and even if he didn't come right out and say anything but she could tell.

"Abs..." Gibbs sighed.

"No, we just got them back and I don't want you to push them away again." She told him.

"They're not telling me something and I don't like it." He explained.

"I'm sure whatever it is, they'll be fine. They can take care of themselves." She told him.

"Yeah that's what they said." He said as he ran his hands through his hair.

"Then trust them Gibbs, that's all they want from you." She said turning back to her computer.

"Thanks Abs." he said and leaned over to kiss her cheek.

"Anytime, Bossman." She said smiling.


"I don't get it." Tim said rubbing his temples.

"Come on, McBrain. I figured if anyone would get it, you would." Tony said.

"Nope." He confirmed.

"Then why are we watching it?" Tony asked.

"I don't know! You're the one that wanted to watch it in the first place." Tim complained.

"So that's a no for Lost." Tony said and changed the channel.

They both sat in silence watching the TV mindlessly. Tony had been acting strangely all night but Tim hadn't been able to figure it out. Until now. "Oh my God, the great Tony DiNozzo is missing his girlfriend." He laughed.

Tony was going to protest but knew it was no use. "Fine okay I am. You happy?" he asked.

"Actually, yes, yes I am." Tim said, laughing.

"Child. You're just jealous." He said getting up and walking to the fridge. As he walked into the kitchen he heard a knock on the door. Tony changed direction to the front door. When he opened it he froze. "Ah Tim, you might want to come over here." He said.

Tim sighed and got up off the couch. "What is it?" he asked but then he too froze when he saw who was at his front door. His little sister. Soaked in blood.

"I think I killed someone, Tim…."