A/N: I am soo sorry for the long delay in updating, but school has been hectic with finals and reports and exams, ugh! Thank goodness for a three week winter break, a plus for college there. Anyways, I hope you like this chapter, it will be the last unless someone(s) really wants something else to happen in a sequel or something, and I may just be persuaded to give it. So, without further ado, the final chapter, thank you all who stuck with me
"Hey Jen…" Gibbs said sadly watching this woman before him crying because he had been presumed dead and now here he was standing in front of her.
"Oh god Jethro!" Jenny said before hugging him and tightly as she could not ever wanting to let go. "I love you so much!" She said with a sob.
"I love you to Jenny, and I promise you, I'm not going anywhere anytime soon. I missed you two so much." Gibbs revealed kissing Jenny's head.
"But…I don't understand…they said…they said you were dead…?" Jenny said pulling back slightly to look at her husband.
"Shhh, not now, I missed you two too much to talk about it right now." Gibbs said not wanting to upset her anymore at the moment.
"Tomorrow." Jenny said before Jethro pulled Jenny over to Grace's new big girl bed so she could hug both his wife and his daughter.
They had spent the night just wrapped in each others arms, feeling that if they lost contact, for only a moment, the other would disappear and it would go back to just them.
Gibbs had woken ten minutes ago and watched his wife sleep, he decided now was as good as time as any to notice the differences since he had last seen her.
Her hair was a few inches longer, she had lost a lot of weight, and from the shape she had been before, any amount of weight was a lot. There were dark circles under her eyes, circles he hadn't noticed the night before. Make-up, she must be trying to cover them with make-up, he thought and it made him feel that much worse over having been gone so long, even if it wasn't really his fault.
He saw the withered lines on her face from months of sadness; he knew those features all to well. Yet, at the same time, she looked content, happy even as she slept. If nothing else, that was able to bring a smile to his face.
He took his fingers and brushed her hair out of her face gently and noticed how she started to stir slightly.
"Good morning." Gibbs said running his fingers through her hair as she came back to reality.
Jenny opened and closed her eyes again, clamping them shut and clenching her jaw, clinging to him as if her life depended on it.
"Jen? Jen, you okay?" Gibbs asked worried as he applied pressure to the back of her head to bring it out from burrowing further into his chest.
Jenny slowly opened her eyes as if she thought he would disappear when reality set in, like so many other mornings.
"Hey, I'm here and I'm not going anywhere." Gibbs said bringing his head down to capture her lips in a kiss that made Jenny believe he was really there, this was real, not another one of her delusions, it wasn't a dream last night, her husband was really home, and he was alive!
With this knowledge she threw herself into the kiss, desperately wanting to feel him, to truly make it a reality. She had been without him for so long under the assumption he was dead, and yet, here he was lying next to her, holding her to him.
"God, Jethro, I thought…I thought everything last night was a dream, and that when I woke up I would be alone again. Promise me you won't leave me and Grace again, I don't think I could go through that again…" She admitted weakness.
The only two people who could ever destroy her by hardly lifting a finger were before her, her daughter in the room down the hall, and her husband, lying with her in her bed.
"Never again Jen." He said kissing her again. It was just becoming very heated when they heard the door open slight and they turned their heads towards it to see Gracie standing there clutching her teddy to her chest.
Her eyes widened as soon as she saw her father in the bed and she ran full pelt towards it, throwing herself on it and between her mother and father. They laughed slightly before hugging her tightly to them, as well each other.
They were finally a family again.
"Jethro, I still don't understand, I read the report the day it was delivered to dear Jennifer…how?" Ducky asked sitting with the team in the Gibbs family room.
"Well, Duck, all I can say is, they thought it was better to keep me alive. I was in the room where the bomb went off, but it wasn't me that the bomb was strapped to. It was my teeth however…" He said showing the number of missing teeth from the back of his mouth.
"They certainly know how to throw a punch. I was unconscious when the explosion happened so I didn't know how we got to the new location, but I'm assuming it had been being planned for quite awhile.
"I was woken by water being thrown at me and noticed I was in a different room then before, then remembered the man that had come into the room in what looked like a full body explosive suit.
"I assumed I'd been moved for some reason, but didn't know I was taken as KIA. They wanted information on how to best attack NCIS and throw a large scale attack on the NCIS organization.
"Something about us having interfered with their plans to many times." He smiled a lopsided grin as he said this and notice Jen's smile across her face as well as the teams faces.
"Hell yeah! That's what I like to hear!" Tony shouted as he high fived Ziva hard, but she was expecting it and threw her hand just as hard as him, needless to say, Tony took more damage than Ziva had.
"God Zeevva, it's called a high five, not a throw everything you've got to injure the person!" Tony said nursing his wrist.
"My apologies, I didn't realize it would hurt you so much." She said grinning wickedly. At that Tony's face took on a shocked face as his hand dropped away from his wrist as if it was burned.
"You didn't hurt me; I was just letting you know so you don't hurt McGeek when he goes to high five you in the future."
"Sure you were Tony…"
"Sure you were DiNozzo..."
"Yeah, Okay, Tony…"
"Anthony, when will you learn…?"
He couldn't believe it; everyone in the room had turned on him, all saying something against him at the exact same time.
"Ouch!" Tony said glaring at all of them.
"It's okay my little hairy butt, I'll protect you." Ziva said grinning again as she pinched Tony's cheek before slapping it.
"I'm sure you will Ziva…" Gibbs quipped followed by Abby's…
"We don't doubt it…" to be chased by Jenny's…
"You'll protect him very well…" At which Ziva's face went a few shades brighter and she gave a slight cough.
"Yes, well, as fun as this is putting these two in a most uncomfortable position, I would like to know how you escaped Jethro, and why you thought it was a good idea to pretend to kidnap Grace…"
"I would like to know the answer to that as well Ducky, Jethro?" Jenny asked turning an expecting glare on her husband.
"Hey now, I was planning on surprising Jen, which I did!" He defended. "As for the escaping, I just waited until their guard slipped enough and I had enough strength to escape…"
"Enough strength?" Abby asked.
"Well, I'll just say, they like torture; it's a sport for them over there. But, I was able to break through their guard and ran from the camp. I was out there for a week or so until I was able to find our camp and from there I told them where to find the cell, and asked if I could leave to come home."
"A call would have been nice." Jenny said crossing her arms, mock annoyance at her husbands actions of not informing her, and not telling her when he returned and pretending to kidnap her daughter…maybe it wasn't all acting, she was a bit annoyed with him, yet, she wasn't mad, she was too happy to have him home.
"Yeah, but that wouldn't have been as much fun." He quipped poking her in the ribs before kissing her.
"Get a room!" Tony shouted only to hear a muffled 'Because it works so well in keeping yours and Ziva's actions quiet.'
Tony and Ziva both blanched slightly before turning a bright shade of red. Abby was sporting a huge grin and clapping.
"The family's whole, and I sense more to come in the near future!" Abby squealed turning and hugging McGee with the Jenny, Gibbs, Ziva and Tony starring at her not believing what she was insinuating about them.
"Well, I'm not opposed to it." Jenny said grinning as she saw the look of shock and happiness of her husbands face.
"Merry Christmas to me." Gibbs said before kissing his wife's laughing lips. Babies, mean practice, lots, and lots of practice. Was all he though as the team started to fight over who got to open presents first, in which Gracie and Tony had a face off, before she clearly won sticking her tongue out at him as she plopped onto the ground and started to open her first present out of many.
A/N: So? I thought it was a nice ending, a bit cheesy, but thought that if this actually happened then everyone would be giddy with his return, as well as it being Christmas…and since Christmas is tomorrow, thought it was only that much better of an ending…but enough about my thoughts, what did you think about it?