Disclaimer: Don´t own them. *sigh*
Spoilers: hm.. this takes place somewhere in Season 6.. so yeah.. maybe spoiler (only names most likely).
Summary: An incident will change everything and nothing will be like it once was..
(Monday – Bullpen – 08:20 am)
It was like any other office day when a gray-haired figure sneaked into the Bullpen. Having used the elevator near the stairs, the man stopped at a safe distance to quietly observe his team as he took a sip from the ever present cup of coffee in his hand.
While McGee was busily typing on his computer, Tony played a game on his cell phone, feet propped up on his desk.
"This never gets old," thought Gibbs as he strode around the corner, slapping Tony on the head in the process, causing the younger agent to sit up straight again. Tony temporarily glanced at his boss, "Busted! Again," he cursed inwardly, before he quickly started on the pile of cold cases lying on his desk.
"Where's David?" Gibbs gruffly asked.
"Ninja Chick slept in?" offered Tony, ignoring the urge to rub his now aching head. When he felt the piercing gaze of his boss, he quickly changed his answer however. "Don't know Boss, haven't seen her."
"Um Boss? Director Vance wanted to speak to you as soon as you came in," McGee replied, unsure what to make of Gibbs reaction to his teammate not being there, and Tony's failed attempt at humor.
Grumbling something about needing more coffee, Gibbs strode out of the Bullpen.
"Someone's grumpy today," mumbled Tony as he threw a glance at McGee, who was concentrating on his work again. "Once McGeek always McGeek."
Half an hour later the elevator dinged. "Finally Ziva's here," thought Tony and was about to make a teasing comment on her being late, when he spotted Gibbs coming out of the elevator.
He quickly hid his disappointment and averted his eyes back to the files on his desk, only to look up again a few seconds later to see his Boss standing between his and Ziva's desk.
"Still not here?" Tony commented as he saw his boss looking at Ziva's still empty desk. Earning himself another 'Gibbs-Slap'.
"Well, find her!" barked Gibbs while he turned to the stairs in order to see what the Director wanted from him.
Vance curtly nodded to Gibbs after the former came barging into his office, unannounced as usual.
''Agent Gibbs...'' started Vance.
''Don't have time Leon,'' Gibbs interrupted the Director impatiently.
''Today at 5:00 am, I received a message from the Embassy of Israel. Telling me that Officer David's liaison position was terminated effective immediately,'' Vance continued.
Momentarily stunned by this news, Gibbs eventually asked, "Do you know the reason for this?".
"I don't," Vance answered in frustration.
"Embassy... It didn't came directly from Israel?" Gibbs questioned further.
"No, I also can't seem to get through to Director David. I've been told that he's not available at the current time."
(Back in the Bullpen)
"SitRep!" Gibbs ordered, coming down the stairs.
"No answer on her cell or home phone," Tony reported.
"McGee trace her Cellphone! Now!" barked Gibbs while he strode straight to the elevator.
Sending a curious look at McGee, Tony was interrupted by Gibbs who was waiting impatiently for his senior field agent.
"On your six Boss!" Tony managed to reply, barely making it through the elevator doors before they shut.
"What's going on Boss?" Tony asked as he stood next to Gibbs, waiting for the lift to arrive at its destination.
"We're going over to Ziva's," stated Gibbs matter-of-factly, while he tried to calm himself down.
"She's only a few minutes late Boss," Tony tried to argue, which caused Gibbs to spin around, glaring daggers at the younger agent.
"When was the last time she was late?!" Gibbs gruffly replied.
"You don't think she was framed again, do you?" asked a wide-eyed Tony, feeling panic rising up his chest.
"No, her position as Liaison was terminated earlier today," informed Gibbs his team member as he left the elevator in the direction of the parking-lot, leaving Tony standing in the elevator unable to move or think.
(Ziva's Apartment – 10:40 am)
After breaking most traffic laws and narrowly escaping some close calls, they finally pulled up at Ziva's apartment building.
"You didn't really think that you could pick a Mossad lock?" Gibbs asked as he got off the phone with McGee, having checked on the cell phone trace. Not bothering to hide his smirk, Gibbs looked at his senior field agent, who had been trying to unlock the door to Ziva's Apartment for the past few minutes.
"Oh…" realization dawned on Tony's face as he looked down at his lock picks.
Meanwhile Gibbs decided that they had wasted enough time and took out his spare keys to quickly unlock the door. "Let's try it this way."
Giving him a curious look, Tony was about to ask how Gibbs had gotten the key, when the sight he beheld forced him to stop dead in his tracks.
A/N: It will get more interesting soon ! Hang on !