The first part of the Accepting Series
Ducky is angry with Gibbs.
A pre-slash story.
Written: December 2008. Word count: 300.
"It does not become you, Jethro."
"The color green."
Ducky sighed. "Jealousy."
Jethro gave a short laugh. "Don't know what you mean, Duck."
"Do you not?" Ducky's tone was cool.
Ducky stared hard at Jethro, uncertain as to whether his oldest friend spoke the truth or not. Could he possibly not be aware of what he was betraying?
"You going to tell me?"
"Do you really want to know?"
Jethro shrugged. "Well, something's got you pissed, so you'd better."
For a moment Ducky closed his eyes. When he opened them again Jethro was staring somewhat belligerently at him. "Why did you just all but drag me away from the gentleman with whom I was conversing?"
"Needed to ask you something." Just for a second, Jethro's gaze flickered away.
"Yeah." Again Jethro's gaze skittered away.
"Something that could not wait?"
"Duck. What the hell's up with you?"
Ducky swallowed and took a chance. Moving forward until he was right inside Jethro's personal space, getting closer than they normally stood. "Are you certain that was the reason, Jethro? Are you sure it wasn't the fact that you were," he paused. "Jealous?"
"Jealous? What the fuck am I meant to be jealous of?"
"The fact that the man with whom I was talking was obviously gay and equally obvious 'interested' in me." At the look that crossed Jethro's face, Ducky didn't know whether to laugh or cry. It appeared Jethro really had no idea of what his behavior was showing; either that or he was an even better 'actor' than Ducky knew him to be.
Deciding that as he'd come this far, he might as well finish, Ducky said softly, "And it wasn't the first time either. Think about it." And with those words, Ducky turned and walked away.
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