Aug 21 –Meeting the Boyfriend

Chapter Summary: **Part of the 2018 LiveJournal's Twisted Shorts FaD** challenge. Buffy and Gibbs meet.

Challenge: for the livejournal 2018 August Fic-a-Day Challenge.

Timeline: a month or so after the last chapter in the storyline

Disclaimer: BtVS/AtS characters belong to Joss Whedon/Mutant Enemy. NCIS characters belong to Donald Bellisario, Don McGill and CBS Paramount Television. I claim no rights to any copyrighted material. Please do not copy or take this story without my permission.

Hollis' home

Buffy walked into the house where she lived with Hollis and saw a man sitting on the couch. Momentarily alarmed at the stranger's presence, she quickly studied him and tried to place his description with people Hollis had talked about. After a few seconds, she guessed, "Are you Gibbs?"

He seemed even more startled to see her, but answered with a friendly tone, "Yes, I'm Leroy Jethro Gibbs."

She shook his outstretched hand and babbled, "Wow, and I thought my parents were mean when they called me Buffy." When she realized that she might have insulted him, she quickly added, "Do you and Hollis have plans tonight? I don't remember her mentioning anything this morning."

"I thought I'd surprise her with dinner," he explained, pointing to the bags on the coffee table in front of him. "Guess she's not the only one surprised tonight," he murmured to himself. In the couple months that they had been dating, she never mentioned having a kid. But Buffy called her Hollis, so it wasn't likely that it was her daughter. However, Hollis was an only child…

His thoughts were cut off when Buffy spoke again, "I guess we should get her out here to handle the official and probably uncomfortable introductions." She walked over to the hallway and called out, "Hollis! I'm home and staring awkwardly at Gibbs!"

Hollis came out with two bottles of beer and smiled nervously at the pair. "Buffy, I wasn't expecting you home for another hour!"

Buffy shrugged and explained, "Coach had a family emergency and practice was cut short. I texted you."

"Damn!" Hollis cursed softly while she grabbed her phone. Sure enough, there was Buffy's text message. "Sorry about this, you guys. I had a whole thing planned on how to introduce you."

"And it wasn't this blindside moment?" Buffy teased.

"Very funny, young lady," Hollis half-snapped. "Okay, here goes…Jethro, this is Buffy Summers. I'm her guardian while we decide whether we make things permanent with adoption. Buffy, this is the man I'm dating, Jethro Gibbs."

"Hi again, Gibbs," Buffy said. Sensing they needed some alone adult time to talk, she added, "I think I'll go grab a sandwich and do my homework in my room. Do me a favor and don't give him the whole tragic orphan Buffy story tonight? Save some for the next date."

"Why didn't you tell me, Hol?" Gibbs demanded.

"It's new for me, and I'm still trying to get my footing with Buffy. I didn't want to say anything to you until I was sure it was more than just a casual thing between us," Hollis defended herself.

"But that night I came by after Sharif…" he started.

"Buffy was at a sleepover. The first one she went to since she came to live with me," she clarified. "She's right, her life has been a series of tragedies and while I don't mind what our relationship is right now, I don't want to mix you together unless we're in a more serious place. I'm not giving you an ultimatum or anything; I'm just explaining what I need to do for Buffy's sake."

"What happened to her?" Gibbs asked in a gentler voice.

"Quick version is that her parents died in an accident, then her adoptive father was killed by a stray bullet, her next father was murdered by the mob and she was kidnapped by them. The family she was with after that was murdered as well and she was kidnapped again by a family who wanted her as a future wife for their son. That family was arrested by the FBI's BAU and they tracked me down because her second adoptive father was my second cousin," Holllis recited the horrific list she was given several months earlier.

"God!" Gibbs whispered. "How is she still sane?"

She shook her head. "Sometimes I wonder that myself. But she is a very tough little girl…and far too old for her biological age." Hollis smiled suddenly and said, "She's so caring though. After she had been with me for a few months, she warned me that it was dangerous to be her guardian and because she liked me, she didn't think she should stay here."

"Can you blame her for thinking that, given her background?" Gibbs retorted. He sat there, quietly thinking about Buffy's life and all the hell she'd been through so far. That made him think about Shannon and Kelly, which didn't surprise him. A lot of things made him think of his family.

He wanted to say something to Hollis about them. Tonight gave him the perfect opportunity to…but he wasn't ready yet. But he'd have to do it if he he wanted to be part of their lives on a full-time basis, and now that he had met Buffy, he knew he'd have to decide fast.

A/N: Ran out of time again, but I'm pretty happy with where this ended.