Tim has a keepsake.
A McGee-centric gen story.
Written: March 2009. Word count: 200.
Even though it's no longer of any use to him, being three years out of date, Tim still keeps it.
It's at home, in his special drawer. He'd like to keep it on his desk, but doesn't want any of his co-workers dropping by and seeing it.
Sometimes he thinks it's foolish to keep it. It's not as though it's anything really special; it's not as though it was given to him by a lover; it's not as though the person who gave it to him is absent.
But foolish or not, he does keep it.
He keeps it because the day Gibbs gave it to him was the day he really felt not only part of the team, but that Gibbs valued him, trusted him, respected him, maybe even liked him.
It was such a small gift, but it meant, it still means, more than virtually any gift Tim has ever received.
From time to time, if he's had a particularly bad day, if Tony has been teasing him, playing with his mind, running him down more than he usually does, he takes it from his desk, holds it, looks at it and remembers who gave it to him.
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