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29 August 2006 @ 08:58 pm
Paideia by twoweevils  
Title: Paideia
Author: twoweevils
Pairing: Gibbs/DiNozzo
Genre: Slash
Rating: PG-13
Spoilers: 02x22 - SWAK
Disclaimer: These characters belong to DPB, CBS, Paramount, et al.

Gibbs finished emptying the dishwasher, then took a good look around. A t-shirt was draped over the couch. A pair of running shoes with sweat socks tucked into them sat in the middle of the hall. The bathroom wasn't too bad, just overcrowded with more skin and hair care products than he'd ever seen outside a drug store.

Gibbs had his own set of vices but they didn't include sloth.

DiNozzo was a different story. Tony DiNozzo was all seven deadly sins wrapped up in a come-get-me package.

And now, Gibbs knew that he wanted him. Gibbs wanted to bury himself - lose himself in those eyes, take possession of that mouth - he wanted to take everything Tony could give him. He found himself tripping up sometimes, not paying attention, letting things slide in favour of watching Tony and thinking about what he'd do, if he had the chance. It was wrong. It was seven kinds of wrong and Gibbs wanted to drop kick himself straight to hell for feeling like this. He hated himself for hating the way Tony flirted with every woman who crossed his path. Tony could charm them, just like Gibbs himself used to do. Gibbs had been a lot like Tony back when. It hadn't taken much for Gibbs to get what he wanted. But that was then. This was now. And he didn't care what it cost. Gibbs wanted him.

Better stop this, Gibbs warned himself. You know it can't lead anywhere good. Especially now. He'd worked his way back into the kitchen. Maybe a cold drink would settle him down. The weeks-old takeout boxes and the wizened fruit were gone from the refrigerator, leaving a lonely jar of horseradish mustard to stand guard over beer, milk and orange juice. "Hey, DiNozzo," he called. "You thirsty?"

Gibbs waited for a moment, but there was no answer. It figured. Tony had put on a tape of some vintage Ohio State game, so he was probably lost to the world for the next two hours. He got himself a beer and sat down at Tony's breakfast bar.

Tony's eyes snapped open at the sound of Gibbs's voice. Am I awake? He'd heard that voice often enough in dreams. Shifting a little, Tony tried to re-focus on the game. It was the '92 playoffs. In about 20 minutes, Brad Pitt would break his leg. That had been Tony's fault. He'd miscalculated. Made a mistake. Just like blowing into that envelope.

Gibbs, on the other hand, was perfect.

He was always right. Sure, there were occasions when he bent the rules, but they weren't Gibbs's rules. His motives were pure as the driven snow and Tony could see how he kept himself rigidly controlled. The angry outbursts were mostly for effect. Where it counted, Gibbs would give you everything he had and more if he could get it. He was always on. There wasn't a time Tony could remember when Gibbs wasn't on top of every situation, always within earshot, never taken by surprise. And for all Gibbs's seeming industry, he had a patience that Tony would never command. Gibbs was the protector, the guardian, the guy who wouldn't accept any recognition for his deeds. Gibbs was perfect. And Tony wanted to be him when he grew up. If he ever grew up.

The Corps had taught Gibbs how to make quick work of a load of laundry. He set the basket on Tony's coffee table and shook out a T-shirt. The label wasn't one he recognized, like BVD's or Fruit of the Loom. Probably some designer thing, he figured; the cotton felt smooth and light under his hands. Special order, just like those sunglasses. If it were anyone else, he'd say all this was a waste of time, money, and effort, but on DiNozzo, the rich-boy act worked. His looks and his attitude got him into places Gibbs could only fight his way into with a warrant.

And if the package wasn't enough to tempt Gibbs, there was what came inside it. Behind the designer sunglasses and the smart mouth was a guy who worked harder than any three other agents Gibbs had ever known and who wouldn't rest till things were done, and done right. They'd gotten into some pretty deep water but Tony always followed him without a second thought, and pulled them both out a few times, too. He'd heard plenty of chatter from Tony over the years, but not one word of complaint. Not ever. Gibbs knew DiNozzo had his back, no matter what. So he wanted DiNozzo, and he didn't care what it cost? Who was he kidding? He knew exactly what it would cost - Tony's respect. And he did care.

DiNozzo heard ice cubes clinking down the hall. He paused the tape and looked up. Gibbs was there, balancing a stack of T-shirts and socks on one hand and holding a glass of orange juice in the other.

"Boss, you don't have to--"

A look from Gibbs was enough to silence Tony. The juice was good and cold. It made his throat feel less like it was studded with razor wire. He watched as Gibbs put the t-shirts into a drawer. He probably starched them. Probably starched the underwear, too.

Yeah, Gibbs was perfect. Seeing Gibbs holding himself so straight, always the clean Marine, always got to Tony after a while. Got him hot under the collar and a few other places, too. He might want to be Gibbs when he grew up, but he wanted to do him right now. Wanted to take him by surprise for once in his life and give him everything he'd ever dreamed of having. Tony knew he could do it. He was that good and Gibbs was that hot. He could take him to bed and make him forget every woman he'd ever had or even thought about. He hadn't cared enough to do it before, but pneumonic plague and Gibbs were pushing him over the edge. He had to go for it. And he would...just as soon as he could get out of bed.

Gibbs moved a stack of DVDs from the low armchair and sat down. Tony's breathing hitched a little, then became slow and regular. Gibbs picked up the latest report from the Joint Terrorism Task Force from the folder on the floor and flipped through the first few pages. He looked up when Tony mumbled something that sounded like "Gotcha!"

If this was all he could get, Gibbs would take it. He'd kept Tony alive through sheer force of will. He'd keep himself on the straight and narrow the same way.

vampishzeus: house exclaim!vampishzeus on August 30th, 2006 03:21 am (UTC)
Dude, I *just* finished watching SWAK. Switch over to my flist, and bam, SWAK-fic. Yea! Excellent coda. I don't know if I've ever commented on your fics, but I adore all of your NCIS. I'm as excited for the new season as I am for all the new fic that I know will be written.
Thanks for writing, more please!
k and m: Burden of Command - Mweeviltwoweevils on August 31st, 2006 12:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for commenting on this one. I'm glad you like our stuff!

crimsonquills on August 30th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
This was so good. *happy sigh* Gibbs and Tony's perception of each other absolutely rang true to me, and the juxtoposition of their different points of view gave the whole story that extra punch.

Of course, it also made me want to read a sequel in which Tony gets his strength back and jumps Gibbs and gives him everything he wants. *grins* But given how closely Twilight follows SWAK in canon (with Tony still being visibly fragile), I'm not sure this is possible. But I can go to that happy AU place in my head and think about it. *grins*

Thanks so much for sharing this with us! I'm so glad your muses seem to have returned. Or at least you've badgered them into delivering. *grins*
k and m: Headset Porntwoweevils on August 31st, 2006 12:10 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you thought it rang true. We had some trouble finding the right tone for this one and I'm still not sure it really works.

But given how closely Twilight follows SWAK in canon (with Tony still being visibly fragile), I'm not sure this is possible.

Oh, you know DiNozzo. He's always ready to push himself where Gibbs is concerned. Maybe the reason he came back to work earlier than he was supposed to was to prove to Gibbs that he was well enough to get physical. *grin*

I'm so glad your muses seem to have returned. Or at least you've badgered them into delivering.

Or something. *eyeroll* Glad to be back in the writing groove. Not so glad to be back on the emotional rollercoaster where the number of comments a story gets governs my self-image.

crimsonquills on September 3rd, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
Glad to be back in the writing groove. Not so glad to be back on the emotional rollercoaster where the number of comments a story gets governs my self-image.

I definitely feel your pain. It doesn't matter how many times I tell myself that I'm writing because I just want to write the story or that sometimes people comment or don't comment for the weirdest reasons, I still get disappointed if I don't get many comments and ecstatic when I get lots.

Which makes it odd that I've stopped reposting my flashfics. I could be getting way more LOCs than I am. Apparently laziness has trumped feedback hunger.

But hey, if your self-image could use a bit of ego stroking, consider this: You're the only author so far who has been recced on crack_van four times! :-)
enchantersnightenchantersnight on August 30th, 2006 07:32 am (UTC)
ooh very nice, I too now want a sequel where Tony jumps him :) I have only seen Twilight so now need to watch SWAK to see what made him ill in the first place.
k and m: Your Place or Mine - Mweeviltwoweevils on August 31st, 2006 12:11 pm (UTC)
Oh you'll love SWAK! Lots of good Gibbs/DiNozzo interaction -- especially the look they share as Tony's being led off to Bethesda with the HazMat team.

Thanks for the feedback!

adafrogadafrog on August 30th, 2006 12:44 pm (UTC)
Great story. Didn't really read the spoilers, so it was kinda fun to figure out what was going on.
k and m: Call of Dutytwoweevils on August 31st, 2006 12:14 pm (UTC)
It was our intention to just drop little hints about when this was taking place. Having the spoiler warning at the top kind of spoiled that effect, so I'm glad you ignored it!

Thanks so much!

adafrogadafrog on September 1st, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
I'm glad, too. :D
Mal: gibbs/dinozzo by cellimalnpudl on August 30th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, nice. I like the way you've written it around the edges. This works.
k and m: OTPtwoweevils on August 31st, 2006 12:17 pm (UTC)
I like the way you've written it around the edges.

That's the perfect way to describe this one. I'm glad you think it works -- we had some trouble getting through it and I feel like it's a bit wobbly.

Thanks so much for the feedback!

enchantersnightenchantersnight on August 31st, 2006 01:11 pm (UTC)
Ok have now seen SWAK *don't ask-don't tell* and can see what you meant about the interaction!

I loved Gibbs holding a gun on the scientist and was he holding the security guy at arms length?

Also the whole walking into isolation without a care in the world (OK so he knew the bug was dead) but still wow!

Just sad that Twilight comes so soon after and Tony will have a wait awhile till he can jump Gibbs *sigh* with that in mind which other of your fic should I read first?
k and m: OTPtwoweevils on September 3rd, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
Um. Well, Clean is my favourite of everything we've written. It's set right after Chained so there's nothing particularly spoilery. Thanks again!

Tracycanetr on September 1st, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
This is so domestic. Tony is hurt and Gibbs takes care of him, Love it, love it, love it. Sorry the feedback is so shallow.
k and m: Burden of Command - Mweeviltwoweevils on September 3rd, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC)
*grin* Hurt/Comfort is always a fine way to kick off the UST. Glad you liked this one!

Bettina: gibbs/dinozzo_bettina_ on September 1st, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
Both of them need to get a clue! Very nice :-).
k and m: OTPtwoweevils on September 3rd, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

celli on September 2nd, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
Aw, awesome.
k and m: Your Place or Mine - Mweeviltwoweevils on September 3rd, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC)
*grin* Thank you!

raven_loreraven_lore on September 2nd, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
I love the way you've captured their point of view and I really, really hope you'll write a sequel.
k and m: So Damn Hot - Mweeviltwoweevils on September 3rd, 2006 01:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was interesting to bounce back and forth between them like this. Glad you liked it!

TB: di/g dont ask-mweevilteddibear on October 17th, 2006 12:24 am (UTC)
Somehow I missed the fact that it was a SWAK ep tag. But hee, now that I know, it rang so true for me. Love their perception of each other and the longing and the wanting and the tenderness. Awww. And I want a sequel too where Tony gets his strength back and gives Gibbs a ride he'll never forget. *weg*

Nicely done ladies!
k and m: Knockin' Boots - Mweeviltwoweevils on February 15th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
Somehow, I missed this comment! Sorry for the very late replay. I'm really glad you enjoyed this one.

And I want a sequel too where Tony gets his strength back and gives Gibbs a ride he'll never forget.

Hee! Don't we all!!