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Title: Best Laid Plans
Author: dragonheart
Word Count: 987
Characters: Leroy Jethro Gibbs and Donald "Ducky" Mallard
Spoilers: 9.22 Playing with Fire and 9.23 Up in Smoke
Written: For Challenge #11 Picture Fic Prompt
Picture Prompt:


Donald “Ducky” Mallard peered through the low hanging door and called “Permission to board?”

He was answered with a loud snort which he took as permission granted, so he removed his hat, ducked his head and entered the living area of the boat aptly named Rule Fifty-One.

Leroy Jethro Gibbs sat at the galley table which was laden with file folders and photos, he looked up as Ducky entered and said “You know, you don’t have to ask permission every time Duck”

Ducky chuckled as he removed his coat “Yes, I know – but I rather enjoy observing the custom. So many lovely customs have been lost in this day and time; it is really quite a shame”

Gibbs nodded his agreement and asked “Drink?”

“Thought you would never ask” replied Ducky while glancing over the contents on the table. Picking up a picture of a familiar looking bugging device, he said ‘Working late, I see”

Handing Ducky a tumbler of bourbon, Gibbs answered “I know Harper Dearing is behind the bug planted in Dorneget’s tooth. It’s more than a terrorist plot, Duck; I just know it. It’s almost like the threat on the naval fleet was devised as a way to get my attention. It feels personal somehow, but for the life of me I can’t figure out Dearing’s connection to all this and to me.”

Taking a slow sip, Ducky looked over the top of his glass and asked “What do you plan to do about it?”

Gibbs tipped his glass in Ducky’s direction and replied “I plan on inviting him to a party”

Ducky sputtered “A party?”

“Yup. A party. Jimmy Palmer’s bachelor party to be exact”

Ducky’s face showed such incredulous shock that Gibbs had to stifle a laugh.

“Mr. Palmer’s bachelor party, Jethro? Surely, you don’t mean…’

Interrupting, Gibbs waved off Ducky’s concern before replying “Not the real bachelor party, Duck. Abby would kill me if I messed that up. I am talking about a ruse party – something to lure Dearing or his people out into the open”

Ducky asked “And how do you plan on doing that?”

Gibbs picked up the picture of the bugging device and said “By making him believe that I will be with my team tomorrow night celebrating the end of Palmer’s days as a bachelor. I want him to believe that we will have our guards down and our alcohol levels up, and when he or his people move in on us – that’s when we turn the tables and nab them”

Ducky looked into the eyes of perhaps his oldest and dearest friend and said “Sounds dangerous and a little fly by the seat of your pants if I do say so, Jethro”

Gibbs shrugged his shoulder before taking a drink of his bourbon and replied “Still working on the finer details, but finding that bug may just have been the break we needed. I have to use it for no other reason than he doesn’t know we know about it.”

“And our young Agent Dorneget, what role does he play in all this?”

Gibbs smirked as he replied “He is going to be the real guest of honor at Palmer’s bachelor party. We need that device to go back in his tooth and for it to start transmitting again. I will have McGee and Abby work on the reprogramming first thing in the morning; we just need a way to get it back in his mouth”

Ducky thought for a few seconds before replying “I know a forensic dentist who would be able to help us with that”

Gibbs smiled at his friend and clinked his glass against Ducky’s “Enough shop talk for one night, so what brings you down to my end of the dock?”

Ducky reached inside his jacket pocket and removed an envelope “My attorney finished drafting my will. He thinks I should discuss the contents with my executor so that my wishes are clear”

“I’ll do whatever you want Duck, you know that”

“Of course, I do Jethro. This is just a legal formality before the will can be considered binding”

Ducky could see that discussing the will was making his friend uncomfortable, so he started to return the envelope to his jacket pocket saying “Perhaps this is not the best time for discussing this, you have your hands full trying to catch a terrorist and heaven knows this is something that can certainly wait until all this unpleasantness is over”

Gibbs reached across the small table and gently grasped Ducky’s arm “You know I will always have time for you and your needs. This is important to you, so that makes it important to me. Tell me what you want me to do”

Handing the envelope to Gibbs, he said “It’s all in there.”

Gibbs read through the document three times to make sure he understood the enormity of what Ducky was doing – mainly because the dollar amounts were staggering. Ducky had said he had come into some money from an inheritance, but what he had failed to mention was that he was now a millionaire several times over.

Ducky had made provisions for rather large lump sum payments to each of the NCIS team members at his death and also for paying for the education of their children if they should have any, but the bulk of his estate was to be used to fund scholarships for children of the men and woman in the Marine Corps.  

“This is very generous Duck. Are you sure about this?”

“I have never been so sure of anything in my life. You, the team, NCIS and by extension the Marine Corps are my family – It makes me happy to do this for you… and for them”

Reaching once again across the table to grasp his friend’s arm Gibbs answered “And it makes me happy to be able to do this for you, my friend”

Date: 2012-05-04 12:41 am (UTC)
whiteink: (Default)
From: [personal profile] whiteink
*chokes up a little*

Awww! And Dorneget’s tooth! I love it! Because the whole thing about his tooth is so nutty that this may be the most plausible answer. And it explains the guests for Jimmy's party - because that kid's got to have some outside of work friends somewhere!

I like it ... did you get an advanced copy of the script? :)

Date: 2012-05-14 01:44 pm (UTC)
atgunpoint: (Default)
From: [personal profile] atgunpoint
Awww you really nailed Ducky. I just love the way he talks.
And your idea about the bug and Dorneget would have been fun to see.

Date: 2012-05-14 10:16 pm (UTC)
sondheimmcgeek: (into the woods)
From: [personal profile] sondheimmcgeek
Wow, this was great! You were pretty damn close to what happened in the episode, too :) A great episode tag (and prediction) for that plot point! I also loved your Ducky dialogue; very well-suited for him.

Date: 2012-05-15 03:40 am (UTC)
proseac: (Ducky)
From: [personal profile] proseac
I haven't seen the episode yet (I know, it's terrible...but I'm going to watch the whole arc right up to & including the finale tomorrow night after I get home from golf.

From the reviews I've read of this episode, it sounds like your radar was bang-on about what was going to happen and why. Great little fic, and you captured their voices perfectly!


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