Gibbs disappeared quickly into the elevator. He needed time to think about what to do next. He wanted to talk with Ducky about Friday night, but instead he found him with Abby there and now Ducky had set them up for a date. He gowned, why had he accepted it? He could have said he was busy too. But on the other hand he was looking forward to spend some time with Abby, hopefully she'll treat him normally. Today she seemed a bit cool and didn't look him in the eye, maybe he should bring her an extra big Caf-Pow! But if he was honest with himself he knew it had to be something about Friday night. Maybe she was angry that he left in the middle of the night. But he needed time to think, when he arrived back home he worked until sunrise on his boat, he wouldn't go upstairs and sleep in the bed which he had recently shared with Hollis. But with her it was just senseless sex, she was an attractive woman but she had a cold heart. Gibbs sighed, why was it always that complicated with women? Something had changed between him and Abby that night, he couldn't name it, but it was so intensive, so wonderful. Maybe he should accept that he'd fallen in love with his forensic scientist, but it was against his rule. And he still didn't know if Abby felt the same, felt more than friendship, wanted to be more than his friend. Probably not. He was too old, her boss, a bastard and a man with three divorces. The elevator arrived at the bullpen and Gibbs saw his team hurrying to the elevator, probably they had a new case.
Meanwhile in autopsy:
Ducky had brought two cups of tea and Abby was sitting now with Abby at his desk.
"Now my dear, enlighten me what happened between you and Gibbs?" Ducky requested and brought his cup to his mouth, wanting to take a mouthful of tea.
"We had sex." Abby said bluntly "And it wasn't the first time."
Ducky was now coughing, he wasn't prepared for what he had heard, and he'd never imagined Abby being so blunt. He knew that Abby and Gibbs were close, but he didn't know that they were this close. Meanwhile Abby had blushed three shades of red. Ducky looked at her inquiringly.
"Well….you know …every year on my birthday…he takes me to a restaurant and dancing and usually we end up in bed." Abby was getting nervous and started to pace "We did this also this year….but it was totally different Ducky….before it was more like casual sex…but this time it was so intensive….with so much love….well…I can't describe it…and then he simply left in the middle of the night….normally he'd stay until after breakfast….and since then we haven't spoken a word Ducky!" Abby was getting angry "Did I do something wrong? Or maybe did he recognize my feelings for him? What if he doesn't have any feelings? Or was it because he is seeing someone?" Abby was an emotional wrack.
"Shhh my dear, come here and drink some tea." Ducky motioned her to sit down. For him it was a lot to absorb. He didn't know that Gibbs was seeing someone; also he didn't know how he never recognized all these years that there was more to the eye than them being only friends.
"Abigail, we both know Jethro. Probably he needs time to figure out his feelings. Maybe he just recognized that he likes you more than a friend. You know he's not good with words. Give him some time." Ducky tried to calm her nerves. He needed to talk to Jethro urgently.
"Maybe you're right Ducky, but he could have called me or something." Abby said and her eyes were becoming sad "What if our friendship is destroyed now?" Abby sighed and a tear was rolling down her cheek.
"Easy now my dear." He whispered gently "Wait and give him time, you're friendship is too strong for being destroyed but such a thing." Or at least he hoped.
A few hours later:
The team had arrived back from the crime scene. And Gibbs had sent Tony down to bring Abby the evidence because he needed to find a Caf-Pow! for Abby, a very hugh one. When Gibbs stepped out the elevator he was greeted by Tony entering it.
"Boss, Abby is in a very bad mood today, she doesn't want to talk about it." Tony informed him
Gibbs just nodded with his head. He knew that she was in a bad mood and it was just because of him. He had reacted like a complete idiot and that she was hurt he could understand. He just hoped that their interaction could be as normal as always. He was still insecure and didn't know what he should say to her, he still wasn't sure how to react and if he should listen to his feelings.
When he went to her lab he could hear music, but it wasn't her usual noise, she was listing to something classical, a concert for piano and violin. That was what he could tell, which composer he didn't know. Abby saw him coming because she was sorting through the new evidence.
"I don't have any results yet." Abby said, trying to keep her voice as normal as possible
"I know." Gibbs answered calmly and gave her an extra big Caf-Pow! but today he didn't get a smile only a small "Thank you".
"So, why are you here?" Abby asked him directly
"Abbs…" he hesitated, he still didn't know what to say "I…about Friday night…" he wanted to start but they were interrupted by a person coming into the lab. It was Hollis.
"Ah here you are Jethro, hello Abby. I've been assigned to this new case too, so we can work together closely." She informed them. Abby hated her but forced a smile to be polite. "How about having dinner at your place tomorrow?" Hollis suggested and Abby figured that she probably was the person he was seeing; Hollis was asking him with a familiarity that Abby couldn't explain differently.
"He already has a date tomorrow evening." Abby informed her calmly seeing Hollis smile disappearing.
"Is that so?" Hollis was looking from Abby to him and then back to her "With you?" she asked derogatively.
"Yes Hollis, with her." Gibbs answered and hoped that Hollis would stop speaking in a disparaging way about her.
"So was she the reason you haven't had time for me this weekend Jethro?" Hollis asked bittersweet
To Abby it felt like someone had stabbed her in the heart with a knife but it wasn't the moment to show Hollis that she had hit home. The situation was saved as Gibbs phone started to ring which involved him and Hollis hurrying upstairs. As soon as Abby heard the elevator doors closing she started to cry, letting out the pain that had caused this strange meeting.