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Summary: Dawn is unimpressed with the DC reaction to earthquakes. Written for Fic A Day.

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Disclaimer: Buffy belongs to Joss. NCIS belongs to Bellisario. I just like to play in their sandboxes now and then.


Buffy, Dawn, and Willow had just gotten off the Metro when they felt the ground begin to shake gently.

“Did anyone else not know they had earthquakes in DC?” Dawn asked curiously as the three proceeded on their way.

“You know, Dawnie, I don’t think they do,” Willow said, looking curiously around at the less than calm locals.

“I’m going with it’s a big no. Either that, or there’s something way more serious happening at the same time,” Buffy said.

“What makes you say that?” Dawn asked, now walking backward with Willow steering her by her elbow so she could gawk at the reactions of the people they’d just passed.

“Well, it’s just a guess, but I don’t think everyone Dad works with is usually outside the building,” Buffy said. “Also, they look way jumpy. No sudden moves- I’m not entirely sure some of them wouldn’t shoot.”

“Your dad would dismember anyone who did,” Willow said reassuringly. “Very slowly and painfully. And Tony might help.”

“You think?” Buffy asked, looking happier at the thought.

“Definitely,” Dawn said. “Tony does not want anyone but him touching you, and getting shot would most definitely mean other guys getting a hands on. All in the name of stopping the bleeding, of course…”

“Dawn?” Willow said gently. “You think maybe you should stop talking about people getting shot and turn around and walk like a regular person? People are looking at us funny.”

“Fine, if you insist…” Dawn said with a dramatic sigh.

Now all they had to do was find Buffy and Dawn’s dad in all the not-quite-chaos. All the buildings in the Navy Yard complex looked to have been evacuated, and while the personnel had initially reported to their assigned rally points, it was rapidly devolving into social time while everyone waited to hear if and when they’d be allowed back into the buildings. Several people were already drifting toward their cars.

Aided by judicious use of Dawn’s legendarily sharp elbows, they made their way toward through the crowd toward their best guess for where Gibbs’ team should be.

“Hey, isn’t that-“ Dawn began.

“Of course it is,” Buffy replied. “Hey, Abby!”

“We could always pick you up so she can see you,” Dawn suggested with a smirk.

“Dawn, just remember. Silence is golden, but duct tape is silver.”

“You totally stole that line from Abby,” Dawn accused.

“Hey guys!” Abby exclaimed as they got close enough for non-shouted conversation. “Your dad’s around here someplace, I think he was talking to McGee, but isn’t this weird? There are never big earthquakes like this in DC!”

“Abby, this wasn’t big,” Dawn said, wrinkling her nose. She would have asked, but she was pretty sure Abby wouldn’t look nearly as excited if anything in her lab had been damaged. “It was only a 5.”

“Aw, Dawn, be kind,” Willow laughed. “They’re new at all this. It was pretty respectable for an area that never has earthquakes.”

“Jeez, if they think this is a big deal, what would they do if they had a Hellmouth, too?” Dawn replied.

Buffy glared.

“Dawn, if you say anything like that out loud again, it is entirely your fault if it happens.”

“Entirely Dawn’s fault if what happens?” came a voice trying very hard to be charming.

“Hi, Tony,” Buffy said. “My sister’s just trying to bring on the end of the world, that’s all.”

“Well, if this is her doing, her evil plan has worked out wonderfully. They’ve just announced we can all leave early. Would any of you girls care to go for coffee?”

“Willow’s not allowed to have caffeine, and I’ll pass, but Buffy can go for coffee if she wants,” Dawn said, trying hard not to smirk while Tony was looking.

“Sorry, Tony, we had a late lunch planned with Dad,” Buffy said. “Do you know where he is?”

“No, but-“ Tony stopped abruptly. “He’s right behind me, isn’t he?”

Both Summers sisters nodded. Tony winced, straightened to his full height, and preemptively smacked himself on the back of the head.

“Sorry, boss.”

“You were doing fine, DiNozzo,” came Gibbs amused reply. “And seeing as you can leave early, you’re free to join us for lunch if you want.”

Abby didn’t even get as far as protesting before Gibbs added.

“Abbs, why don’t you see if Ducky wants to join us? Willow, maybe you can track down McGee and Ziva.”

The two girls smiled and threaded their way through the thinning crowd, leaving Tony alone with Gibbs and his daughters.

“Um, I’ll just go make sure Willow’s found Ziva…”

Dawn shook her head as she watched him go.

“You know, this is quality entertainment.” Glancing at her dad, she added, “But don’t you think maybe at some point you should admit that you won’t actually shoot him if he takes your grown daughter on a date?”

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