Disclaimer: NCIS, Angel, and Stargate do not belong to me. Unfortunately.
AN: Takes place during Hiatus part 1 for NCIS.
“You don’t have to go back, you know.”
The voice pulled Gibbs from the trail of memories that had been flashing by. He turned and glared flatly at the speaker, a brunette dressed in an ethereal white robe.
“You’ve done a lot, you know. You can move on. You don’t have to keep fighting. You could, or, you can go to your rest. After all you’ve done, you deserve it. Or, you could take the next step on the path. Put your reward off and keep going. Ascend.”
“Looks just like it did the last time I was here.”
“… You’ve been here before? Why didn’t anyone tell me you’ve been here? Great. I could’ve skipped the speech. And… now I’m babbling. God. I sound just like Rosenberg. How pathetic is that?”
Gibbs laughed, “What do I call you?”
“Cordelia. Cordelia Chase. Or, at least, I was.”
“I take it you’re new at this, Miss Chase?”
Cordelia smiled embarrassedly, “Could you tell?”
“Just a bit.”
“So… when were you here before?”
“I was wounded in Desert Storm fifteen years ago. Same thing happened.”
“What made you stay?”
Gibbs sighed and turned back to the memories still playing themselves out behind him.
“I wasn’t done. What made you leave?”
“I was told I didn’t have a choice.”
“So was I; wasn’t willing to listen though.”
“I didn’t realize that was an option at the time.”
“So what now? I didn’t go last time, don’t have any more of a reason to this time.”
“I… don’t have a clue, honestly. Sorry, this is—”
“Never say you’re sorry. It’s a sign of weakness. So, are you going to keep trying to recruit me, like the person last time did?”
Cordelia shrugged, “Wasn’t planning on it. You seem to know what you’re doing.”
Gibbs nodded, focused on the memoires. After a moment, Cordelia turned and walked away into the darkness.
Cordelia regarded the other ascended flatly, “So, Oma, why aren’t I bothering him to Ascend?”
“He knows his path. To attempt sway him from it now would be the same as convincing a leaf not to fall.”
“Thanks. That really clears it up.”