Never Saw It Coming
Summary: Kate Todd realizes that when youre trying not to look, theres a whole lot you dont notice.
To be blamed on the discussion on the NavyNCISslash group. Exactly what kind of bracelet Gibbs wears may still be unanswered, but it put me in a serious Medic Alert kind of mood. Apologies for unusual quotation use. Most of its just Kate alone in her head.
Standard disclaimers apply. The pretty boys of NCIS are not mine. Dont run with scissors. Eat your vegetables. Save the planet. That sort of thing.
I didnt know.
I mean I didnt know.
Maybe I didnt want to know.
Wait, I dont think thats it. I think it was the whole avoidance thing. I mean, God, I could I could have fallen for Gibbs the first few weeks. I could have. Its a weakness, okay? Boy meeting girl. Man meeting woman. Biology. Im not immune.
Like I havent proven that over and over.
I mean sometimes you dont want to be too observant.
Besides, I bought the whole dont-screw-the-coworkers speech Gibbs gave me. Bought it. Hook. Line. And sinker.
I bought it, damn it.
I bought every last moralistic word coming out of Gibbs mouth.
And jewelry? Who the hell notices jewelry when youre trying not to notice?
I mean if Gibbs had a health condition he should have informed me.
But then if Gibbs had informed me I still wouldnt know. I mean, Id have known that but I wouldnt have known. You know?
I mean I thought
Oh, God, I dont know what I thought.
I thought Gibbs was relaxing, letting his guard down.
Like I shouldnt have taken one look at him slumped boneless in the chair and not thought something was wrong. Hell, Gibbs posture is so straight you could make pleats with it.
And when he whistled
Okay. Im as vain as the next person and you have to remember, where I sit, the next person is Tony DiNozzo.
"Lookin good there, Kate. Got a date?"
"Um, yeah, actually." Ive had too many Friday nights ruined not to be wary. "Theres not something Im supposed to be working on is there?"
"Nope." Gibbs spins the chair around. "Nada. Zip. Zero."
So at this point it might have dawned on me this was a little strange - at least as far as dealings with Gibbs usually go, but maybe the man was actually capable of happiness.
"Youre in a good mood."
"Yeah," he looks a little perplexed. "I am."
"So, youre in a good mood because?"
He gets to his feet and staggers slightly, holding on to the desk, frowning down at his legs like theyre not doing what he wants them to. Then DiNozzo walks in and youd have thought it was Christmas from the way Gibbs face lit up.
You could have heard pins dropped. Tony froze for about half a second, blue eyes as round as saucers. Then he took one look at Gibbs.
I look from Tonys worried frown to Gibbs whos still grinning. "What?"
"Get Ducky up here."
He goes straight to Gibbs right-hand desk drawer and opens it, flinging a small, black kit on the desktop. Then with utmost care he settles Gibbs back in the chair.
"Hey, boss. You take your insulin today?"
And Im the idiot over there going insulin?
Oh, not that Im not also transfixed when Gibbs hand moves to stroke Tonys cheek. A slight tremor runs through his lean body as the hand is gingerly forced down.
"Gibbs, listen to me. Ive got to check your blood sugar." He turns the hand in his.
Moving closer I notice a shimmer of perspiration on Gibbs forehead.
"How much coffee has he drunk today?"
"What?" I say for the second time.
Tony snaps out the question again. "How much coffee has he had?"
"I dont know. Why?"
"Too much caffeine masks the hypoglycemic symptoms." He professionally lances the finger he holds between his own. "He can go into insulin shock and you dont notice til hes not making sense."
Switching hands he dips the strip into the welling of blood and leaves Gibbs staring at his injured hand with intense fascination while he feeds the strip into the monitor and curses at the result.
Ducky, obviously not as out of the loop as I am, slides right between the pair, putting his own fingers expertly on the carotid. "Whats the reading?"
Tony flips the little digital monitor toward him at the same time he reaches for the phone. Who the hell know the boy was so ambidextrous in an emergency?
"Ambulance," mutters Ducky in agreement, clearly not liking what hes seeing. He keeps his fingertips on the pulse point.
Gibbs seems to be taking in the commotion with a slight amusement.
"Wheres his glucose pills?"
Tony stands up, still giving instructions to the emergency operator, and fishes in his pocket for a flat pill case. "Here."
Gibbs smiles up crookedly at Ducky.
"I need you to swallow these."
When there is no response, he shakes him a little. "Jethro."
Tony leans down to help him. "Hey, babe, you need to take your pills."
About the time the "babe" starts to make sense in my mind, Gibbs tilts forward, slumping unconscious into two pairs of restraining hands.
"Kate, get the kit." Ducky nods toward the black bag on the desk, his own hands busy with easing Gibbs into Tonys hold.
"Itll make him nauseas," cautions Tony.
Ducky strips the packaging from a needle and plunges it into the glass bottle, releasing the liquid. "Thats the least of his problems." He shakes the bottle gently then draws the solution back up while Tony pushes back the sleeve on one lax arm. The injection is plunged home.
"On his side," he orders when hes done, helping Tony position the unresisting body. When hes settled, Tony slips out of his jacket and bundles it under Gibbs head.
"I lost the last jacket this way," he says softly, stroking strands of gray back from Gibbs face. "Come on, babe, stay with me."
"I didnt know."
"That hes diabetic?" In the waiting room Tony waves my apology off dismissively. "Thats not surprising. He thinks its a weakness. Wouldnt want to lose your respect."
"I should have noticed the bracelet. I mean I see him every day. I think I just "
"Try not to look?"
Im surprised at his intuition. "Yeah."
"Gibbs is a compelling man."
A second "yeah" is the only answer I can think of.
So I admit it. I eavesdropped.
I hear the first soft "hey" from Tony and I cant resist the compulsion to haunt the door, turning just enough so I can see a sliver of Gibbs room.
"I dont think I want to know," groans Gibbs.
I can see Tony grasp Gibbs reaching hand, a finger gingerly soothing the skin surrounding the IV site. "Decaf, babe, for the next month youre drinking nothing but decaf."
"Blood sugar ditch?"
"Think you got some explaining to do to Kate." Tony smiles that easy smile of his. "Think we both do."
Gibbs hides his face behind his free hand. "Oh shit."
"Hey," Tony pulls the hand down and into his own. "About time she knew -- about both things. Dont you think?"
"What happened to dont ask / dont tell?"
"Shes not going to tell, babe. But she will ask. I know I would."
"You asked first thing," murmurs Gibbs, drifting off.
Tony leans across and plants a chaste kiss on barely responsive lips. "You better damn well believe I asked first thing."
"So you didnt know. Really. You didnt know?"
Sometimes Abby just makes me feel old.
Nope. Had no idea. Never saw it coming. I mean, Gibbs and DiNozzo? How was I supposed to see that coming?
Youre kidding me, says Abby going on to list a host of things Ive overlooked. Didnt realize the moment I saw them together? Didnt I get the whole sniping thing? Havent I ever watched Gibbs not touching Tony? She swears you can see him not touching him - and when it gets too much for Gibbs to bear, he swats him.
Abby looks pleased with herself.
"Youll watch now," she snorts.
Yeah, I probably will.
But I didnt know.
I didnt know.