Chapter 20: A New Set of Students
Chapter 20: A New Set of Students
Warning: I don’t know; maybe language and innuendo somewhere along the way.
Challenge: #4472 ‘Bunny is my what?’
A/N: Thanks to my betas for their help... AshDawnSoulmates, zigpal and CindyB. Thanks to MistressAshley for the fanart; it's wonderful!
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One week after the reveal…
When Buffy and Oz got settled into their new home, Tim and Abby began coming over for their training. They both turned out to be very good students. In Abby’s case, it was because she knew what she was training for. In Tim’s…well, he just didn’t want to look bad in front of Abby.NCIS Bullpen
“So Probie, where were you last night? I stopped by your place, and you weren’t there,” Tony pounced on Tim Monday morning as he sat at his desk.
Tim froze; he didn’t like lying, but he didn’t really want to tell the truth: that he was setting up a physical training schedule with Buffy. “I was--”
“…at my place. He and Abby came over for dinner with me and Oz,” Buffy answered, walking past on her way up to Shepard’s office.
Tony started pouting, “Not this again! Don’t tell me, you’ve had everyone
over but me,” he accused.
Buffy stopped and looked around the room in confusion, searching for an explanation for the agent’s behavior. “Uh, no. Just those two. Since they’re my favorite computer geeks at NCIS, I thought they could help Oz make plans for our set-up back at the Council,” she told the team with a raised eyebrow in Tony’s direction.
Now Tony looked embarrassed at his outburst. He couldn’t help it; that had actually stung when Ziva had everyone to dinner except him.
She continued on, shrugging casually, “But I suppose we could have a housewarming party. Just a word of warning, though, the remodeling isn’t done yet.”
“That’s cool. We can wait until it’s done,” Tony smiled, feeling much better about things now.
Later that day, Tim tracked Buffy down to warn her, “I don’t think Gibbs believed you before. He must think we’re violating rule #12: ‘Never date a co-worker’
,” he explained when she asked. “He kept glaring at us whenever we were near each other.”
Buffy rolled her eyes, guessing the real reason her dad was acting like a wounded bear. She promised herself to pay closer attention to the way he treated Tim and make him suffer if he was doing anything to make her friend uncomfortable because of her.
In the days after that, she noticed her dad glaring at Tim whenever she was around. Finally, she had enough and ‘asked’ him to join her in the ‘conference room’ – i.e. the elevator.
As soon as the doors closed, Gibbs got his own dose of a Slayer glare. It wasn’t quite up to Ducky’s that day in the morgue, but then, Buffy wasn’t quite as angry…yet. She just wanted her dad to stop harassing her friend
“Not that it’s any of your business who I date, but I’m not seeing Tim – at least not romantically. We - are - just - friends,” Buffy enunciated carefully. She sighed as her anger seeped away. “It’s kinda sweet that you’re worried and everything, but you know
Tim. If I actually was dating him, is he really the kind of guy that you would worry about?”
“I guess not,” Gibbs allowed reluctantly. “But you being my daughter isn’t the only reason I’d worry. Workplace romances are a bad idea.”
Buffy agreed…partly, “I hear you. I’ve pretty much only
dated guys I worked with and they all turned out bad. On the other hand, I have seen some great workplace relationships. And sometimes the people you work with are the only ones who can handle your life. It’s a risk, but I think a good one – as long as you’re careful about it.”
Before he could say anything, she explained, “I get that you wouldn’t want somebody sleeping their way through the office staff. Plus, there’s the chain of command thing to worry about. But two responsible
co-workers shouldn’t be discouraged from trying to find some happiness. It may blow up in your face, or it may give the pair something to live and fight for. ‘Cause duty only gets you so far.”
Deciding not to argue the point with her, Gibbs changed the subject by asking with a smirk, “So, are you saying that I can threaten your potential boyfriends?”
“Sure…” she allowed, then returned the smirk as she added, “As long as I get to do the same: threaten the women you date.”
“No physical hurting, though,” he told her, waving a finger in her face.
“Not unless they deserve it,” she nodded. When he glared at her, she shrugged, “Hey, it’s the best I can offer!”
Gibbs gave her a small hug and chuckled. “Deal.”
Sometime down the road…
The first change in Tim was only noticeable to those who were looking close. He hadn’t gone shopping for new clothes yet and his old outfits hid his leaner body. His face was the last to change, but it too was beginning to slim down.
This gave Buffy endless amusement as she saw the furtive glances Abby sent his way when she thought no one would notice. But it was the outright ogling during their joint training that cracked Buffy and Oz up – although the latter was more internal about it – after they left.
Buffy decided those two had
to give their relationship another try. This was one of the couples she was specifically thinking about when she talked to her dad. Buffy thought she’d work on Tim and Abby first.
The other pair might cause a problem, so she wasn’t as pushy about that one just yet. They were more volatile; she wasn’t even sure if they should
be together; just that there was enough sexual tension between them to choke a horse.
Besides, she still had Ducky and ‘Lucy’ to worry about. Well, worry
was the wrong word for it – apart from Mama Mallard continually trying to rent wedding chapels for them. That couple was definitely clicking, but there wasn’t that
much need to rush them to the altar.
But back to Tim and Abby…what to do? Then she smirked; she had the perfect plan. Now she just had to put it into motion. Which she did one day when she found them in Abby’s lab together.
“Hey guys! I was thinking…it would really help if you could do nightly Tai Chi katas. And it’s best to do them with somebody else to keep a steady rhythm.” Then Buffy paused, pretending to think about it. “But I don’t think you should have to drive all the way out to my place; it’s bad enough for the defense training in the morning. Maybe you could just meet at one of your apartments instead,” she suggested, hiding her amusement.
Tim looked up from the bench he was working at. “Just the two of us? You wouldn’t be joining us?”
Buffy pouted, “Sadly, I have those stupid social obligations I have to go to. But maybe on the nights I don’t.”
“What do you say, Abby? I don’t mind,” Tim smiled in the Goth lab tech’s direction.
Abby answered, stuttering slightly, which surprised Tim. “Uh, sure, that’s cool.” Then she buried her head back in whatever she was doing. Tim stared at her for a long while before getting back to his own work – occasionally sneaking glances at her, though.
Buffy grinned as she walked back to the Director’s office. ‘Mission accomplished!’
A few weeks later…
The first time anyone noticed
a change in Tim, the team was chasing a suspect. The small mountain of a man managed to push Tony out of his way and was barreling towards Tim as fast as he could. Remembering a move Buffy showed him, Tim ducked down as the guy got to him, then stood straight up, using his body as leverage and the man’s speed as force.
The suspect was surprised when he woke up a few minutes later. The impact of his hitting the ground was so great that it actually knocked him out. It was a toss-up who was more stunned: the suspect or the team. The only one not shocked was Buffy; she had just joined the team for that part of her training.
“Great job, Tim!” Buffy praised him, then started her critique, “But you pushed with your back too hard to flip him. That left you vulnerable to an attack. All in all, though, excellent work for your first real life takedown.” Abruptly, she went quiet, realizing she had said too much.
“You been training Probie?” Tony asked Buffy.
After getting a nod from Tim, Buffy answered, putting special emphasis on his name, “Yes, I’ve been training Tim
Jealous that his agent got time with his daughter that he didn’t, Gibbs turned on Tim and demanded, “How long?”
Surprised at his tone, Tim stuttered out, “We started just after she moved into her house, Boss.”
Tony looked hurt. “Why didn’t you say something?”
That made Tim snort, “And have you laugh at me? No, thanks.”
The ‘very Special Agent DiNozzo’ started to deny it, but then realized that he probably would have.
“So that nonsense about a computer system was a firescreen?” Ziva guessed. She knew something smelled wrong about that whole story.
“Smokescreen, Ziva,” Tony corrected automatically.
Ziva glared back at him. “Whatever.”
“No. We really do
need help,” Buffy said. “And it’s just a good trade for us. They helped with the geek stuff and I helped with the violent stuff,” she added with a self-deprecating grin.
Having learned more about the blonde woman over the past weeks, Tim knew what she was doing and rushed to assure everyone – including
her, “We learned more than just violence, Buffy. The meditative techniques have done wonders for my concentration…and Abby’s as well.”
Buffy brushed his praise aside, “Uh-huh. I still say that the Council came out ahead on the deal. If we had to pay for the consulting work you two did, the hourly fees would be wicked high.”
Tony let out a laugh at the phrase, “You’re even beginning to talk like Abby. Are you main-lining Caf-Pows, too?” he asked.
“Nah, still a coffee girl,” Buffy shot back.
“Our hourly fee might be higher than yours would be for a martial arts instructor, but you work with us way more hours, so we probably owe you,” Tim pointed out.
Not liking the way this conversation had shifted, Buffy quickly snapped, “Not happening. It helps the team, so it doesn’t count. Even if it didn’t, you’re friends. Can’t charge friends – especially since you’re basically just working out at the same time as me,” she tried again.
But Tim wouldn’t let it go, “It’s not exactly as simple as that.”
“Close enough,” she growled back.
Wanting to defuse the situation – as well as get the chance to spend more time with his daughter – Gibbs interjected, “Would you mind another student?”
, Boss?” Tony turned to Gibbs in surprise.
“Sure. It never hurts to keep in shape,” Gibbs answered, feigning nonchalance. He breathed an inward sigh of relief when Buffy nodded her acceptance. The look in her eye told him that he didn’t fool her, though.
“True,” Tony agreed. Then he smiled charmingly at the blonde liaison. “Could you make that two? What about you, Ziva? Want to join us?” he asked with another smile in the brunette’s direction.
Ziva only glared at him, insulted that he thought she needed training. It didn’t matter that Buffy had beaten her before; to be her student
would just be salt in the wound. And that wasn’t going to happen.
“How ‘bout it, Ziva? I could always use a sparring partner,” Buffy offered the Mossad agent a graceful way to accept without hurting her pride.
Nodding her head thoughtfully, Ziva replied as if she were the one granting a favor, “I suppose sparring
would be acceptable.”
Buffy looked at her three new ‘students’. She needed to set the ground rules upfront, “You guys would have to follow the same rules as the others do. Nothing too bad, but we have our way of doing things, and I’m not changing it for any of you. We meet at my place at 5 am. If a case interferes with that, then we just work it in when we can. Be sure to wear something comfortable.”
After that, things smoothed out somewhat between the two liaisons…at least on the surface. Ziva saw that Buffy wasn’t trying to edge her off the team, but she was still concerned about the woman’s motives for being there. It didn’t help that Jenny was starting to get uneasy around her as well. Had something happened between them during Buffy’s time in the Director’s office?
A/N: Next…A New Rival?