A/N: Hello readers:) It's awesome to see you again. My beta, JellieEllie, told me to write another chapter to explain what happened, and tie up some stuff. So, here you have it! The epilogue/last chapter of the story:) I hope you enjoy it;)
Disclaimer: I wish I could own a few characters of the show, but sadly, I'm not rich enough. :( But can you imagine what it would be like if you own someone like Abby or Ziva? You could make them do whatever they want 0w0 heehee:)
-6 years later-
Tali David stared at the blank screen of her cell phone and sighed. The arguement had been going on for about exactly 7 minutes, and neither side showed any intention of giving in, just yet. Frankly, she wasn't worried, because this was quite a regular occurance with Tony and Ziva.
She looked up from her position on the floor, and watched the two parties trade verbal barbs, as if there was no tomorrow. If they noticed that they had a spectator, they didn't show it; or maybe, they were already used to her being the sole witness to many of their couple spats. Tali's gaze drifted to the computer screen at the table. The laptop was half shut, but it hadn't been shut down yet. She got up slowly, so as not to attract any attention to herself, and closed the previous window. A wallpaper of the Tony, Ziva and Kate smiled back at her. It was one of the rare pictures that she had not already seen.
From the looks of it, it had probably been taken a while ago, before Kate left town to study criminal psychology about two years back. They hadn't heard much from her after that, except that she was having fun, and that she missed them. Frankly, Tali found it a little silly, for someone to miss someone else quite so much, and yet, not make an effort to keep in touch.
"Why won't you listen to what I say? I'm just trying to help you! I can bet that you've never considered that some things that I say, can actually be considered as USEFUL!"
"I did not ask for your help, Tony, nor do I need it!"
"You're really impossible to talk to, sometimes."
"You are the one being very childish and immature, Tony. I sometimes wonder why I am even still here, putting up with all of your nonsense."
Tali ran her hands through her curls, as the angry words continued to be thrown back and forth between the couple, their voices getting louder each time. Tali's hair had grown quickly, with the time that had passed, becoming just as long as Ziva's. She had not straightened it, unlike Ziva, which gave Tony a basis to tell them apart. He had always complained that the two looked so similar.
It happened so often, that she began to wonder what his reaction would be, if Tony were to accidentally kiss her, instead of Ziva. The thought made her smile, even though she expected that the outcome would be, both of them being slaughtered by Ziva, if she found out.
She risked a glance back at the arguing couple, trying to recall the event that had sparked the verbal sparring.
"So, are you saying that I'm not good enough to be your boyfriend?"
"I never said anything like that."
"Well, not out loud, you didn't."
"Well, considering I had, what would you have said to that?"
"I would say, great! Go ahead and find yourself some other mature guy that you deem worthy enough to be considered as your boyfriend! I wish you good luck, 'cause I bet the poor fool wouldn't be able to put up with you for long."
"Your lack of self-esteem is appalling. Since you put it that way, maybe I will!"
"Heck, go ahead and take on that new guy that you're sitting with. His name's Ray, isn't it? Sunshine Ray. You guys will make a great couple."
Their young bystander simply rolled her eyes at Tony's jealous statement. She also found herself to be quite proud that her sister had finally mastered the skill of sarcasm. On the other hand, it meant that she had been spending too much time with her boyfriend. She found it quite amusing, actually, that Tony took Ziva's angry statement literally.
Realisation finally hit her, as she remembered what the whole fight had been about. The argument had began with a simple question of how they would spend their last summer of high school. Unbeknownst to Ziva, Tony had already started thinking about his options, and whether he should enrol to college early. It would mean that he would leave town, and most likely end up like Kate, not returning. Tali knew that her sister really loved her boyfriend, and that her anger was just a cover up for the hurt that she felt, at being left out.
She wanted to say something, or even knock their heads togeter, but she felt that it was wiser for her to stay uninvolved. Who knew if they might ask her to choose sides? Somehow, a simple situation had the potential to spiral into many other arguments.
"I did not plan for us to be partnered up, Tony. It was the teacher's decision. Anyway, I did not hear you complaining when you were partnered up with EJ."
"Is it? Because it is YOU? Tony Dinozzo, the notorious playboy, can flirt and tease whoever he wants, but his girlfriend cannot even SIT with another guy without getting reprimanded. You are not one of my parents, Tony, and even if you were, you have no right to control my life."
"Okay. I'm sorry, Zi. I shouldn't have used Ray as a low blow. It was stupid, and I regret it."
"Yes, it was."
"I probably should have told you about my plans to leave, too."
"Maybe, but I do wish that you had told me when you were making the decision, so I would not be caught off guard."
"Well, it doesn't matter anymore, because I'm not planning on leaving this place anytime soon."
Suddenly, the floor vibrated, temporarily disrupting their arguement. Ziva gave her sister sidelong glance before turning back to Tony. A very embarrassed Tali quickly picked up her phone from the floor with a flustered look. She looked at the her homepage tentatively, as an image of Abby popped up on her screen.
'How's everything going with our favourite couple?' Her text message read.
Tali smiled affectionately at the girl who had become almost like a sister to her over the past few years.
'They are still arguing, but things seem to be calming down a bit.' She typed back, and continued to eavesdrop on the others, who had resumed their squabble-turned-conversation.
"Tony, you should not have to give up your hopes of further education because of me."
"It's not because of you, it's because of me; and a promise I made to someone."
"It was just a game! There was nothing serious about it."
"I was serious when I made that promise, and I don't intend to break it."
Tony said the last part with such finality, that even Tali looked back up at him from typing. She had not expected him to respond this way, although she knew that he thought it was necessary to emphasize that to her sister.
She also noticed that as Ziva quietly considered this, she was slowly letting down her defenses. Her sister had really changed, over the course of her new relationship. She had become a more fun person, who smiled a lot more than before she had met Tony.
Ziva's voice became quiet when she replied, it was so low that Tali almost couldn't hear it. To be honest, she wasn't sure if she was even supposed to.
"Alright. I trust you."
"Eh, it's no big deal. Besides, I'm doing so badly in most of my subjects. I think the only one that I can major in without failing, is probably physical education."
"I guess so."
"Don't look so serious, Zi! Everything will be fine."
"You cannot predict the future."
"No, but I can tell you, that I will remain by your side for as long as you'll let me."
At this, Ziva fell silent once more. She wasn't used to him sharing his feelings with her. However, the silence was more comfortable, compared to the tension filled atmosphere from earlier.
Just when Tony didn't expect it, she launched herself forward into his arms, into a fierce hug. He wrapped his arms around her, but wasn't sure how to react to the sudden display of affection from his girlfriend.
A smile began to sneak onto Tali's lips. Watching this couple argue and make up, was certainly better than watching any drama on television. A full blown grin formed on her face when Ziva pulled back and kissed him.
It was the only time that she spoke up.
"Hey guys! You should really get a room when you start to argue, you know?" The two of them pulled back slowly, and grinned at her.
"You could have left the room anytime you wanted, Tali." Her sister said, with a smirk. Tali rolled her eyes and ignored her.
"I bet you enjoyed watching me get grilled, didn't you?" Tony grinned. "Both of you are so sadistic."
Tali turned to him with a bright smile lighting up her face, as Ziva whacked him on the shoulder, not too lightly. He frowned at his girlfriend, but it was a teasing one.
The look caused Ziva to smile, and Tali to giggle. She was almost certain that in a few years, she would be thinking of what to write in her maid of honor's speech. From what she just witnessed, Tali decided that she wasn't too far off from the truth.
That's the end everyone:) Thanks for reading and tolerating my crazy ramblings and nonsense, as well as giving me some really sweet reviews:) I haven't had time to reply to each and every one of you, but I have read all of them and I am really touched that you took the time to send me one:) Each of them reallu encouraged me to keep writing;) love you guys:
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