Disc: I do not own the show or the characters of NCIS. Ace Wolf Ravenclaw
Couple: Anthony DiNozzo & Ace Wolf Ravenclaw
When I woke again, Tony was sitting next to me, asleep with his head hanging back on the chair. I smirked as I sat up and reached out to slide my fingers along his face, he woke up.
"Hey, Babe." He sat up and kissed me softly before he pulled back and looked at me.
"You were promised you would be careful." I smirked at him and leaned back, wincing at the pain in my shoulder.
"Yeah, I came back to you alive. I think that's pretty careful." Tony hit the nurse's button and I stroked his finger as a nurse came in and smiled.
"Well, look who's awake." I smirked at her.
"So, when do I get to go home with my handsome man? 'Cause neither of us like hospitals, Hun." She walked over and started to take my vitals.
"Well, as long as you have someone taking care of you, we can send you home today. But you can't do anything with your right arm. You need to rest, when you took a bullet to the back of your head you were very lucky that it didn't go in far, Ravenclaw." The nurse smiled.
"I'll go get the doctor." When she was gone, Tony stood up.
"Shot in the back of the head. Why was Gibbs called and not me?" I slid my hands through my hair as I leaned back.
"Because it was a Tuesday, and I knew you would be working. Didn't need you flipping out at work, in case you were at a scene or something. Second, they wouldn't have told you about where I was wounded, my rules are you only get told if I am being teleported home wounded. Then, of course, when I am dead and they notify you." Tony looked me straight in the face.
"I don't like that. I want to be contacted and told how bad you're wounded when they are transferring you home. You got shot in the head, Wolf, damn it. You got wounded bad." I stretched softly, and then winced as I touched my shoulder.
"My right arm and shoulder are the worse part. The bullet didn't make much impact to the back of my head. The two to my shoulder, then falling from a high place, I screwed my arm up and broke in four places. I'm going to need physical therapy." He looked at me.
"Your twenty years are up after this deployment, are you going to sign up for more?" I pushed the covers down and stood up. Thank God, Tony got me in sweats.
"No idea, Tony. I haven't thought about it. I have one more month to decide." He walked over to me and touched my chest gently.
"Lay back down, Wolf, please. The nurse said you need to rest." I kissed his cheek softly and headed for the bathroom, I left the door open as I took a piss. I came back out and sat down in a chair. I leaned back and looked at him.
"Tired of laying down, just want to set sign my papers and get out of here." He looked at me.
"Gibbs wasn't kidding when he said Marines, when they get wounded, hid their pain and are ready to get things done, even when they're wounded!" Gibbs walked in at that instant and looked to me.
"Wolf, heard you took four bullets. You okay?" I looked at him nodded.
"Yeah, Gibbs, just fine! I'm ready to go home. See the kids at some point, sleep in my own bed, with Tony there. Better than sleeping on those cots alone, Gibbs."
The doctor walked in with Ducky. I shook my head as the doctor handed me some papers. I signed them and handed them back. As he left, Ducky looked to me and began the lecture.
"Now, Ace, you need to take it easy. Don't over do it. Let Tony take care of you. No using your right arm and no wetting the arm, the best thing is a bath. I will be coming over before work and after work each day, to change bandages and check everything." I slipped on my shoes with one hand. I stood up and looked over to Ducky.
"Don't waste your time. Not even sure why Gibbs made you come here today." He made a tisk tisk sound and looked at me.
"Ace, expect me there at 07:00 and I'm not sure what time it will be at night, but I will make sure that I come and change it, or I will send Palmer if I am too busy. I will not hear a no about this."
Ducky had this thing with calling people by their full name and their first name. He's the only person I allow to call me Ace, because, well, there is no changing the stubborn doctor's mind. I took a deep breath, I knew there was no fighting this.
"Fine, now I am going home!" I went to put my tank top on, and Tony came across to help. I looked up at him. "Got it, Tony. I'm not a damn baby."
I always hated being wounded, everyone treated me like I was so wounded that I needed to be taken care of. I slid my good arm in and then thrust it on my head, positioned it were it needed to be. Tony just looked at me. I didn't have anything to say. Fuck, I did that wrong. Gibbs looked at me.
"Come on, Marine, let's get you home." I nodded as Ducky and Gibbs went out. I touched Tony's shoulder.
"Tony, ignore me, please. I'm just cranky, I don't like people taking care of me. I'm not used to it." He turned and looked at me and kissed my lips.
"Well, get used to it. I took some time off. I am going to take care of you. You heard Ducky, you need to take it easy and that's what we're going to do, Wolf." I walked out and got in the car with Tony and Gibbs.
"Gibbs, Tony does not need to take time off to take care of me. I'll stay at Ally's, you don't need to be down an agent." Gibbs shrugged.
"That's up to Tony. He hasn't taken time off in a few years so he's got a couple of months coming to him. I am good with Ziva and Tim, they're good agents. Tony, what do you want to do?" Tony turned around and looked at me.
"I'm going to take the time off so that I can spend some time with you, and help you around the apartment. We can even hang out with Eric, Lily and Ally all you want, but I am taking the time off." Gibbs looked at me for a second.
"That is his choice, and don't worry about the team. We've got it all covered, Wolf, just enjoy having DiNozzo help you around. And if you're nice, I bet he'll take you out and let you do things outside the apartment."
I didn't answer. I got out grabbed my bag and carried it up. I shoved the bag between my legs as I unlocked the door to my apartment. I headed in and started to look to see what I needed from the store but it was already done. Tony brought in a large duffle bag, setting it in my room. I leaned against the counter as I drank a soda. He walked in and looked to me.
"Wolf, don't make this hard. You need help and I want to help. Gibbs wouldn't lie that he and the team will be fine without me. Gibbs just doesn't lie about things like that." Me and Tony had been together for just over ten months before I was deployed, that would make us at eight months now. I was about to answer him when my phone rang. I heard my commanding officer before I could speak.
"Yes sir, I am fine. Doctor wants me to rest some, but I can do some work. But I can only use my left arm, sir, my right arm is out of commission for a while." I listened to him.
"Yes, sir. I'll get myself to Quantico on Monday to talk about if I am going to continue or retire, sir." I listened again. "I can start doing that job in about two week, sir. Have a good day, sir." I hung up and Tony looked at me.
"Doctor wanted you to take of a month, Wolf!" I didn't want to answer that.
"Let Gibbs know you can be back to work in two weeks. That's unless you want to go somewhere for vacation." I headed to my bedroom and positioned the pillows so I could sit up and turned the TV on. I knew there was a game on tonight. Tony came in and looked to me.
"Stop being stubborn. You need to take the month off." I looked at him.
"Tony, its sitting in a chair talking to some new Marines about what they need to know before they get deployed. The commander has someone to come pick me up and bring me home, so I am not driving. He told me that with my shoulder so fucked up, he would get me a ride." He sat down beside me and stroked my chest as he looked at me. I took a deep breath, softly sliding my hand down to Tony's knee.
"Tony, thank you for worrying about me and for being willing to take care of me. I can walk and I can get into a class room and do my duty in that way." He sighed as he crawled into bed. He laid his head down on the pillow.
"You promise that all you're doing is sitting and talking to some new Marines?" I stroked my fingers over his face and ran them along his shoulder.
"I promise, Tony, and you need to get some sleep. You were probably with me until I woke up at the hospital." He turned around, his back to me, pressing his back against me as I pulled the covers over me. "I am going to retire, so I can spend my time with you and raise those two kids." He sat up and kissed me softly, sliding his hands along my chest and looked at me.
"I would like that, and I wouldn't mind helping you raise those two. I love you, Wolf." I stroked his face and kissed him back, softly.
"Love you too, Tony. Get some sleep, Baby, please, you look tired. I probably will take a nap soon as well. I doubt I'll be able to watch the whole game."
He nodded and turned over, his back against my hips as he fell asleep. I stroked his stomach as he covered up some and I listened as his breathing eased out and he fell asleep. About an hour later, I slide down under the covers. Tony turned over and laid his head on my chest. I stroked his hair and fell asleep. The next month passed and I finished the rest of my contract with the Marines. I became the stay at home parent for the kids while Tony worked. It worked out well. I started to home school because Lily seemed to prefer the idea, she was glad I was home for good. Things went well, Tony and I adopted the kids a year later. They took Tony's last name and things went well. I had a family and I had the man I loved. Who could ask for more?