Set immediately after the final scene in Stakeout.
Ducky is not happy when he learns what DiNozzo did to Ziva.
A team gen story.
Written: November 2008. Word count: 300.
"Ziva my dear, are you all right?"
"I am fine, thank you, Ducky."
"It is nothing. Please excuse me."
Ducky watched Ziva limp away. He hurried into Autopsy and dialed a number. "Jethro. I need to see you. Now."
"What's up, Duck?" Jethro, looking concerned, strode into Autopsy.
"I'm sorry, Jethro, I didn't mean to worry you. It is Ziva."
"What about her?"
"How did she get hurt?"
"That was DiNozzo."
"Yeah. You know they've been playing tricks on each other. Well, he did something to her chair. It broke when she sat down."
"He did what?" Ducky exclaimed. "Jethro! Do you not realize how serious that could have been?"
"Just a trick, Duck."
Ducky closed the gap between them and glared up at Jethro. "A trick," he said, steel in his voice, "is putting a whoopee-cushion on someone's chair or black-ink on binoculars. A trick is something harmless. A trick is not, I repeat not, Jethro, fixing a chair to break when someone sits down. I'm surprised at your reaction. You should know better."
Jethro raised his hands. "Okay, Duck. You're right, of course. It was stupid. I do know that. What do you want me to do?"
Ducky sighed. "Nothing, my dear," he briefly touched Jethro's arm. "I shall do it."
"Anthony, come with me."
DiNozzo looked at him in surprise, but stood up. "Sure, Ducky." He followed Ducky across the squad room and down to Autopsy.
Twenty minutes later looking pale and shaky he and Ducky returned. Ducky crossed to Jethro; DiNozzo went to Ziva's desk.
"I want to apologize for the chair thing. It was stupid. Dangerous. I'm sorry, Ziva."
She looked up at him; after a moment she spoke. "Apology accepted." Then she bent her head and returned to her work.
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