Ziva rolled over in her bed, her eyes still closed.
She blinked groggily. She leaned over and checked her clock: Midnight.
Another bang came from her door.
She sat up abruptly. She quietly took her gun out from under her pillow. Being a Mossad agent for so long may have caused her a lot of harm, but it taught her some important things. One of those things was, no matter what, always keep a loaded gun under your pillow.
She tiptoed towards the door.
She threw it open, pointing her gun at the door.
"Ziva! What the hell?"
There stood Tony, clutching his nose.
"Whoops. Sorry, Tony." She said, lowering the gun.
"I'm not even gonna ask. Anyways, I should probably tell you why the hell I'm showing up at your door in the middle of the night. Gibbs called me. Wants to meet in the forest."
"Gibbs wants to meet us in the forest in the middle of freaking night." Ziva repeated incredulously.
"Yeah. Come on!" he said, grabbing her arm and leading Ziva out into the night.
They were walking on the highway. Finally, Ziva stopped.
"Can we phase already?" She complained. "My feet hurt."
Tony looked around. "Yeah. Just…go in the bush or something."
Ziva rolled her eyes. "It's not like I'm using the bathroom."
"Yeah, well, just like it, I think not being seen would be a good idea."
"Fine." She rolled her eyes again and strode into the bush. A few seconds later, a dark figure came out. Tony felt her wet nose nudge him.
"All, right, all right." He went into the bush. A few seconds later, another figure emerged.
Let's go, Tony said, his green eyes slicing through the darkness, meeting hers.
They ran along the side of the highway, padded paws barely touching the ground.
Suddenly, a howl broke the night's silence. It would be barely audible through human ears, but through the wolf's sharper-than-razor hearing, it was loud and clear.
That way, Ziva gestured, shoving her massive head towards Hampton forest.
Gibbs! Gibbs! Tony called into the forest.
Here! The voice was faint, but they could hear it. In the same clearing!
The dark shadows of the hulking wolves crept along the nearly empty highway. They shrank into the forest, unseen and unheard.
You made it, said a voice. The form of Gibbs' large silver wolf came out of the shadows of trees and approached them.
What's this about, Gibbs? I asked him.
Since you two are newest members of the Hampton pack, we need to introduce you to the Alpha, he said. Tonight, the pack is meeting.
The deep red wolf came out of the shadows, joining Jethro.
This way, she said, walking into the depths of the forest. The other three wolves followed her, their eyes glowing in the darkness of the early morn.
After what seemed like hours of walking, they reached a clearing. Ziva's jaw dropped at what she saw.
More than a hundred wolves stood in the clearing, milling around. A cluster of voices suddenly entered Ziva's head, all different in tone, ranging from old men to teenage girls. She looked over and she saw even what looked like wolf cubs, tumbling and laughing. She could hear them laughing and talking.
Some get it young, Gibbs said, answering Ziva's unspoken (or, rather, unthought-of) question.
Suddenly, a larger voice, larger than all the others, broke the chatter. Everything was silent, aside from a few whispers of Alpha.
This meeting is called to order! The voice commanded. All of the wolves sank their heads. Ziva quickly copied. She sat beside Tony, Gibbs, and Jenny.
She saw a huge, black and brown streaked wolf standing. She assumed he was the one speaking. Let's begin pack meeting. First order of business- new members. I've been alerted that we have new members of the Hampton pack?
That's your cue, Gibbs whispered to me and Tony. He stood. Here, Alpha Vance. I have them.
Thank you, Gibbs, the wolf responded, eyeing Gibbs with the slightest bit of suspicion and hostility. He looked directly at me and Tony.
Introduce yourselves. He gestured for us to come up beside him.
I went first, standing beside him. My name is Ziva David. I am a new phaser.
Tony stepped beside me. Tony DiNozzo. Also new.
Then we have to swear you in, The Alpha declared. We'll start with the lady. Ms. David, come here.
I came to him. He placed his large, streaked paw on mine.
As you all know, the swearing in happens when the phaser is eighteen, or gains their powers. He shifted his paw on mine.
Ziva Rivka David.
Do you, Ziva Rivka David, swear that you will do the following: keep the secret of phasers, be loyal to your pack, and not attack humans, even if provoked?
Yes, I responded.
As soon as I secure the connection, you will be bonded to the Hampton pack, and under my jurisdiction. You may only mate with wolves in this pack. If you go outside of pack borders and into another's, we will not be confirmedly able to rescue you. Understood?
Yes sir, I said.
Then I will secure the connection, and you will be officially bonded into this pack.
His paw warmed on mine. Suddenly, I felt that internal muscle again. It felt like was being grasped by something. Suddenly, I felt more linked, as hard as it is to describe. Like I was more in touch with the wolf muscle. I could hear the voices around me more clearly. Sir, your turn.
He repeated the same with Tony, repeating the swears and terms and the bonding.
You two are officially part of Hampton pack, by swearing of Alpha Vance.
The crowd bowed their heads respectfully.
You may exit.
We went back into the pack.
Second order of business…Vance suddenly snarled and barked. Bring him out.
Suddenly, there were sounds. Barking and then fierce growling. Out of the trees, three wolves appeared. Two had ropes clenched in their jaws, pulling forward the middle one. The ropes were knotted around the middle wolf's front legs. He was brindle, speckled with gray, black and white amongst brown fur. He was yanking back, snarling and growling. I could hear his thought-voice shouting in protest, yelling obscenities as he was dragged into the middle of the clearing. Some of the mother wolves ushered the children away, to play in the bushes.
Vance slowly approached the thrashing wolf. State your name, he growled.
The thrashing wolf stopped. He looked up at Vance. Suddenly, his lips parted, curving into a sinister grin, even as a wolf.
You know who I am, Vance. I crossed your borders, and fought someone of your scumbag pack. And left her for dead. His twisted smirk became wider.
Vance openly snarled. You dirty mutt, he snapped. You killed a high-ranking pack member. You killed a beta wolf. Now answer me your name!
Gabriel. Gabriel Shearheart.
What's a beta wolf? I asked Gibbs privately.
Wolf right under Alpha. Can take place of the Alpha if they are killed. Gibbs answered me.
I didn't say she was dead. Just that I left her for it.
You know what this means, don't you?
What does this mean, o mighty Alpha? The man sneered. The wolves on either side of him yanked their ropes so that the wolf in the middle was forced down.
It means we will either imprison you for life or kill you, Vance said, shoving his face into the other wolf's.
What about the humans? They will know, the wolf said. However, he sounded unsure.
Vance shrugged, massive shoulders rising and falling. Missing man, hasn't been seen. Was never found.
Well, I don't care-
YOU KILLED HER! Vance suddenly screamed. He bared his teeth and barked. SHE IS DEAD AND BECAUSE OF YOU!
I did not kill Caitlin Todd, Vance. I just left her for dead.
Take him to the cells. I can't look this scumbag in the eye. Vance spat, looking at the wolf. We will execute him later.
The other wolves forced him up, dragging him back into the woods.
That was terrifying, I said to Tony. He nodded. I looked at him. Do you know this Caitlin girl?
He paused before answering me. Yes. We were close friends. Very close.
Why haven't I heard of her before?
He shrugged. Guess it just didn't come up.
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