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15 December 2008 @ 03:00 pm
Some Things Are Worth The Cost by Ashleigh Anpilova  
TITLE: Some Things Are Worth The Cost
AUTHOR: Ashleigh Anpilova
PAIRING: Anthony DiNozzo/Maddie Tyler
CHARACTERS: DiNozzo, Maddie
SUMMARY: Tony finds Maddie crying and makes a decision he never thought he'd make.
CHALLENGE Amnesty 2008 - 'Relativity'
DISCLAIMER: I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.

"Talk to me, Maddie." Tony crouched down by the side of her chair and brushed her long hair from her face. "Tell me what's wrong." As she continued to sob, he gathered her into his arms and just held her, trying to calm her, stroking her hair and kissing her head.

Gradually her sobs quietened, until finally they ceased altogether. She looked at him. "Oh, Tony," she said, her voice still shaky. Her eyes were red, her cheeks and nose wet, her lips sore from where she must have bit them. "They're going to kill him."

He blinked and instantly went into Special Agent mode. He gripped her a little more tightly than he'd intended and his voice was harsher. "Who, Maddie? Who's going to kill who? Tell me!"

Just for a second she looked almost afraid of him and then she gave a half watery smile and touched his face. "I'm sorry, Tony. I should have said they're going to put him down. It's Ashton, the horse I ride."

He felt the relief flood through him and then instantly felt bad about that. He knew how much she loved the horse; he didn't really understand it, after all it didn't have wheels or a steering wheel, but she loved it and he loved her so he tried to understand. "Oh, Maddie," he pulled her nearer to him. "Why?"

"Because he's damaged his foot and it won't get better, not properly. He'd be fine if someone only rode him once a day, but that's not enough for them to justify keeping him. I wish –" She broke off and bit her lip, glancing away from him.

Tony sat back on his heels and looked at her; despite her tears she still looked beautiful to him, even though her nose was now running. He pulled out his handkerchief, wiped her eyes and then handed it to her. "I'll buy him for you," he said, his tone firm, his voice low.

Her eyes widened. "Tony, you can't. They may be about to put him down, but he'll cost a lot of money and then there's the –"

He silenced her with a kiss. "Yes, Maddie," he said several moments later. "I can. And I will. Now go and wash your face and I'll buy you a pizza. Go on," he said, when she didn't move. "Or shall I go and get a pizza without you? I know I'll get your favorite toppings and I'll sit and eat it in front of you and I won't –"

"Beast!" she said, her eyes now shining with happiness.

He watched her run off to the other room. What had he done? He'd just offered to buy a horse and that meant one thing: he'd have to call his father and ask for the money. He'd made a vow he'd never do that, because the cost would be so great. But now the cost didn't matter, because it was for Maddie and for Maddie he'd do anything – even face his father.

He pulled out his cell and pushed a button and listened to the rings. One, two, thre – "Dad," he said. "It's Tony. There's something I need to ask you."
Current Mood: draineddrained
lil_jeilil_jei on December 15th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
Awwww Tony is so sweet...he should have called Gibbs or Ducky. They'd maybe been nicer :)
Nikki: NCIS (DiNozzo/Maddie)nakeisha on December 15th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

Ah, but then the point would have been lost, would it not? Calling Ducky or Gibbs would just have been 'one of those things' the fact he's calling his father shows just how much he loves, and how far he'd go for Maddie.
Clocitymusings on December 15th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
Aww, very sweet.
Nikki: NCIS (DiNozzo/Maddie)nakeisha on December 16th, 2008 11:39 am (UTC)
Thank you.
prettyblueroses: Gibbsprettyblueroses on December 15th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
Awww this was so sweet! He is willing to call his father for her!! <3
Nikki: NCIS (DiNozzo/Maddie)nakeisha on December 16th, 2008 11:39 am (UTC)
Thank you very much.

Indeed. That one thing say so very much.
Emma: Christmas baublemylogiceatsyou on December 16th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
I like how he's willing to call his Dad for her. Says a lot, really.
Nikki: NCIS (DiNozzo/Maddie)nakeisha on December 16th, 2008 11:39 am (UTC)
Thank you very much.

Yes, it does. I'm glad that came over.
PhilLeeGirlphilleegirl on December 20th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
Oh! I loved this! I just got home from spending a week in Florida with my brother for my birthday and this was the best home coming present! I love that he was willing to call his father for the money to make Maddie happy. That is love. Also? The teasing about the pizza was perfect!
Nikki: NCIS (DiNozzo/Maddie)nakeisha on December 20th, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much.

I'm really pleased that you enjoyed this - as I see them as 'your' pairing.

*Nods* It certainly is. Not much would make him do that, but . . .

Oh, good. I'm glad the teasing worked.

Thank you.
PhilLeeGirlphilleegirl on December 20th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
You're welcome.

Well, not 'my' pairing, but I will admit to being the ring leader.

I would have almost thought nothing, but glad to see something would.

It did indeed.

Thank you for writing them!
Nikki: NCIS (DiNozzo/Maddie)nakeisha on December 21st, 2008 10:12 am (UTC)
Without you they wouldn't have existed, so . . . (And some folk still refer to Gibbs/Ducky as 'my' pairing *chuckles*)

I've got mixed feelings about Tony and his dad from the show. We know all the 'disowned' and 'hated', etc. but sometimes I get the feeling there's more to it, i.e. Tony doesn't hate him as much as he says. Maybe that's just me, but I see conflicting reactions in him.


Thank you for 'introducing' me to them.
weird_fin: ncis brokebackweird_fin on August 8th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
Found this via your tags after reading 2 fics you posted in ncisfanfic...was looking to see what other slash pairings you had with Gibbs other than Ducky, then this somehow caught my eye!

I really like that you wrote Tony's relationship with his dad to be a lot more of choice of it being "easier", rather than total rejection/pain from his father. Not enough balanced pain/happy relationships between the two DiNozzo's out there. :)
Nikki: NCIS (DiNozzo/Maddie)nakeisha on August 8th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
I've written a few Gibbs/Fornell and Gibbs/McGee stories, but other than that my only slash stories with Gibbs are with Ducky.

Thank you for going searching, that makes me happy.

And thank you very much. I'm really glad to hear you enjoyed my take on Tony's relationship with his father. It's how I always interpreted it from canon, so it's good to know it works for you. Thank you for tracking it down.
lillian_raven on December 6th, 2010 07:43 am (UTC)
Aww, wonderful! I love it how he chose to ask his dad for help only for her. A wonderful fic. :D
Nikki: NCIS (DiNozzo/Maddie)nakeisha on December 6th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much indeed.

I'm pleased to hear you liked the fact that for her, Tony would approach his dad.

Thank you.