AUTHOR: Ashleigh Anpilova
PAIRING: Leroy Jethro Gibbs/Donald 'Ducky' Mallard (only mentioned)
SUMMARY: Ducky has traveled to many places during his lifetime.
WORD COUNT: 250
WARNINGS: Major character death
DISCLAIMER: I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.
In the early years of his post-University life, Ducky traveled to many towns, cities and countries. And despite being a friendly man, he always traveled alone.
He ceased to travel when he met the charming, cock-sure, handsome Marine, who became not only his life-long dearest and closest friend, but also his lover.
With his handsome Marine he continued to travel, albeit whilst they worked, mostly within and around Washington DC.
Later, when his handsome Marine and he retired, Ducky once again traveled to many towns, cities and countries. This time he did not travel alone.
When his handsome Marine was taken from him, far too prematurely and unexpected, for a while Ducky, held by a promise he wished he had never given to 'keep an eye on the kids', ceased to travel the world, and instead stayed near to the children in his care.
He tried, he really tried, to keep the promise he had made, but without his handsome Marine, without the man who had completed him, who had made his world worth living in, who had made his life worth living, it was the hardest vow he had ever had to keep.
The day came, far too soon, he knew for the children, but not soon enough for him, when his body simply took over.
Surrounded by five of the seven people he had truly loved, Ducky gratefully made his final journey. He made it secure in the knowledge that his handsome Marine would be waiting for him.