When Tony, Jeanne, Sami and Johnny arrive at Ducky's the next day Tony was surprised by all the guests there. After the team, Abby, Jimmy and his girlfriend Mike and Amira were also there along with Anthony Sr. who Tony hadn't heard from even though he called him several times. After shaking Mike's hand and tossing Amira around Tony joins Sr. by the kitchen. "Dad, what are you doing here?"
Anthony smiles, "Junior, it's great to see you. I was invited by Agent Gibbs and Dr. Mallard to join you for Thanksgiving. I hope you don't mind but I called Agent Gibbs to see if you had to work this weekend. I wanted to invite you to spend Thanksgiving with me in New York."
Tony smiles, "Yeah well this is a family ... we're having a family celebration today but it's good to see you."
Anthony nods, "I know ... it's good to see you too Junior. Who is that lady you brought? Are those her kids?"
Tony who was starting to see a little resemblance between him and Johnny smiles, "No, Johnny, Sami come here." They run over to Tony hiding behind his legs and just looking at Anthony. "Dad these are my children Johnny and Sami. Johnny, Sami this my dad your Grandpa."
Anthony just looks at them for a long time, "He's the splitting image of you when you were a baby. Those eyes and she's beautiful. They both are."
Johnny pouts, "I'm not beautiful I'm a boy."
They chuckle, "Of course you're a boy but children can be beautiful. Why didn't you tell me about them?"
Tony sighs, "I only found out at the end of September and I'm raising them with Gibbs' help. We're staying with him since he has the room and they love him."
Anthony's face darkens, "Junior if you need help getting a house I can do that for you. You are my son and they are my grandchildren. You shouldn't be shacking up with some man, it doesn't look right."
The end of that was heard by all as Ducky entered to call everyone to dinner, "We'll be right there Ducky. Go on with Mama guys." They take Jeanne's hands and follow Ducky. "Dad, I don't need a house and what I do is my business. Gibbs was generous enough to let us stay with him when I didn't know what I was doing and that was almost 2 months ago. I've tried calling you several times with nothing back and we like where we are."
Anthony nods, "What about when he gets tired of having toddlers under foot? When he can't have overnight guests or stay out late drinking? If their mother's here then ..."
Tony rubs his temples, "Well then I'll start to look for a place for the three of them and as for the rest I don't know."
Gibbs was there, "I never would let myself get drunk even if they weren't there and I prefer drinking at home. Overnight guests aren't really a problem at the moment and Tony and the kids will always be welcomed at our house. He pays rent, he helps around the house and I love having the kids there."
Anthony looks at him, "You would."
"Just what is that supposed to mean dad? Why does it matter if Gibbs would like to have the kids there? Would you rather us be somewhere they're not welcome like with you?"
Anthony turns to him, "Don't take that tone with me and Agent Gibbs knows exactly what I mean. He told me he lost his daughter when she was young and he's probably trying to replace her with Sami."
Tony glares, "Well at least he cares about them." The slap came so suddenly it almost knocks Tony down. "Get out of here."
Anthony shakes his head, "No, I was invited by the home owner and you can't just order me around."
Ducky was there, "Mr. Dinozzo I think it's time you leave. You're upsetting the children and this is supposed to be a family celebration."
Anthony nods, "With my son and grandchildren. Let's go Junior." Tony doesn't move and Anthony looks at him. "Junior go collect the kids and let's go."
Tony shakes his head, "This is a family celebration and this is my family. This is where we're spending Thanksgiving."
Anthony stares at him, "This isn't a negotiation Junior and I am your family not this bunch of misfits."
Tony huffs, "Yes that's why they took to the kids right away, have gone out of their way to help us and yet you have barely spoken to them. This is my family."
"Fine, but if you choose these ... people then you choose them over me. I walk out of this door then I won't come back. They won't have a grandfather or the family in anything but name."
Tony didn't see the twins until Sami speaks, "We already have a Grandpa and we don't like you. You're being mean to daddy."
Anthony leaves and Tony picks up the twins, "You know that wasn't nice Sami. You can't tell people you don't like them like that."
"Even if it's true? Mama says lying is bad and we don't like him."
Tony chuckles, "It's okay but you just can't go around telling them."
Johnny touches Tony's cheek, "Daddy, why is your face red?"
Gibbs takes them, "Why don't you go back in the dinning room with the others while daddy washes up." They accept this and run back to the dinning room. "Are you okay Tony?"
Tony shrugs, "I don't know. I thought he would want to know his grandchildren but ... they still have family and that's all that matters."
Gibbs nods, "Yes but if you ever decide you'd rather live somewhere else then it's okay too. I'm not asking you to leave but some of what your dad said does make sense."
Tony takes a deep breath, "I know but we're happy and no one has a problem with it even Jeanne. She can see how happy they are with us and Sami's right they have another grandpa."
Gibbs nods, "Who is eager to be a grandpa again but neither of them are replacing Kelly. That's not why I asked you to move in."
Tony nods, "I know Gibbs and I can't believe he would imply that. I also saw your dad with them this morning and they were enjoy it."
Gibbs nods, "He was enjoying it too. Go wash up and then come join us we shouldn't hold up everyone too much longer."
Tony nods and when he joined the others they were waiting for the blessing and Tony could see the twins with Amira at a smaller table, "Come sit down An ... sorry Tony Jethro was about to say the blessing."
During dinner Tony couldn't get his mind off Anthony while the others tried talking to him, "Was he always like this? Wanting you to do his bidding or getting mad?"
Tony nods, "My whole life or rather since my mom died but it's okay. I'm happy and the kids are happy. That's all that matters."
Jeanne nods, "That's what's important."
Later Mike pulls him aside, "Are you okay kid?"
Tony nods, "Yeah, that's just my dad being ... well my dad. If I don't live life like he wants then it doesn't matter. I just hoped that he would accept his grandchildren."
Mike sighs, "Well they have a grandpa they love dearly and another Uncle and a cousin so that makes how many of us?"
"Five uncles, an Aunt, a Doda, a Grandpa and a cousin. Yeah they have the family but ..."
Mike shrugs, "He'll come around if he wants to be a grandpa but if not its his loss not theirs."
Tony nods, "Thanks Mike,"
Mike nods, "I'll try to bring Amira more often to visit. Leyla's never celebrated some of our holidays so she's visiting her mother."
Tony knew Mike didn't like Leyla's mom, "Amira didn't want to go?"
Mike shakes his head, "I think she scares Amira and Leyla didn't want her mom to try and keep them there. She would never keep Leyla from Amira so if I keep her ..."
Tony smiles, "Well that makes sense. Are you okay? You don't look so good."
Mike shrugs, "They said I'm sick but I'm trying to live life to the fullest. That's partially why I came and partially why Amira's with me. Give her some memories of time with me."
Tony nods, "Jeanne's sick and that's why she's here so the kids have their own memories of her. Abby wants to spend this weekend taking pictures of the four of us. How long are you going to be in town?"
Mike smiles, "Through Sunday and we're already going over on Saturday for a cookout. Leyla packed cute outfits and stuff for Amira and Abby told me about the pictures. They're going shopping in the morning so they wanted to know if they should pick something up for her. Knowing Abby they probably will anyway."
Tony laughs, "Sami and Johnny always come home with something new even if it's a stuffed animal. If they get something new then something old gets donated."
Mike smiles, "Good rule of thumb when you have two of them."
Later at the house Jeanne and Tony sit down to talk after she tucks the kids into bed. "You're doing a great job with them Tony. They're great kids."
Tony nods, "Thanks Jeanne and they're great kids. I never thought I wanted kids but I fell in love instantly with both of them. When I found out about Sami I would've brought her here even if she wasn't Johnny's twin sister because having him here made me realize having kids is great."
Jeanne smiles, "I thought she would be okay but she missed us and she was mad when she found out you took Johnny. She thought it meant you didn't love her but that's when you came over. Johnny was upset wasn't he?"
"Yeah they have that twin thing right? When one's upset the other is at the same time? Johnny was cranky yesterday for no real reason and then Abby text me and told me Sami had an accident at the stores. When she calmed down so did Johnny."
Jeanne nods, "They usually do and I'm just glad they have this big family looking after them. My mom died days after they were born, she was coming out to see us when she was in an accident and you know about my dad. I don't care what your ... father thinks I know they're doing good here with you and Gibbs."
Tony smiles, "Thanks Jeanne that helps a lot. If there was a problem then I wouldn't stay but they love the attention. Ziva's going to show Sami the piano, Johnny loves to help Gibbs build stuff and now they have another uncle and cousin."
Jeanne nods, "They took to that little girl and seemed to like her."
Tony nods, "They live in Mexico but he says he'll bring her around more."
Jeanne smiles, "That's good and I'm glad. He's a good person who didn't judge me for leaving you or the kids."
Tony sighs, "Gibbs probably filled him in on the specifics actually so he wouldn't say anything but he gives people a fair chance. They're going to be here this weekend and I guess Gibbs wants to have a cookout on Saturday and you're invited. Abby's going to be here taking picture of everyone but so the kids will have the memories."
Jeanne nods, "They already told me and I can come if I have a ride."
Tony shrugs, "That's easy enough."
Later when Gibbs got there with Amira who was asleep Jeanne gives the kids a kiss before they leave. "Where's Jackson and Mike?"
Gibbs smiles, "Playing cards at Ducky's house. Amira doesn't need to be around that smoke and stuff. You can head over if you want a break after dropping Jeanne off. I'm going to put Amira in my bed and then go to work on the boat."
Tony shakes his head, "Why don't you go after I drop her off? Amira knows me and I'll put the gate up so no one escapes down in the morning."
Gibbs nods, "I think I'll take you up on that if you're sure. I can drop Jeanne off to after I change." When they're gone Tony got things ready for the morning knowing Ducky wouldn't let any of them drive after drinking that night. His new house was smaller than the one he shared with his mother but they wouldn't care and would probably crash in the living room.