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2013-10-02 01:12 pm

Legends (22/?)

itle: Legends (21/?)
Author: Merucha
Characters: Tim McGee, Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, plus the usual Torchwood and NCIS suspects
Rating
: Some chapters definitely not safe for work.
Disclaimer: Oh, please. If I owned them, would I let some of those idiots write the scripts? And if I were making any money off them, would I be where they could find me?
Summary: After the events of Bloodbath, Tim McGee accepts a offer from a total stranger
Author's Note: A few weeks ago I was watching some NCIS episodes and came across Bloodbath. I hated both Abby and Gibbs in it. I hated the humiliation of making Tim kneel all day for something that was someone else's fault. I fumed for days (I am a bit obsessive about things from time to time). Then, a few days ago, this popped up. As usual, AU like nobody's business.

Author's Note: I don't even know how to apologize for the delay. I am at the exit end of a pain-control experiment that wasn't really working. I am slowly regaining some control over my days. Blessed be.

Part one here; Part two here; Part three here; Part four is here; Part five is here; Part six is here; Part seven is here; Part eight is here; Part nine is here; Part ten is here; Part eleven is here; Part twelve is here; Part thirteen is here:Part fourteen is here;Part fifteen is here; Part sixteen is here; Part seventeen is here; Part eighteen is here; Part nineteen is here; Part twenty is here; Part twenty-first is here


The three-story colonial sat in the middle of what looked like several acres of lawn in one of D.C.'s ritziest neighborhoods. The drive from the wrought iron gates to its front steps meandered among flower beds meticulously designed to give the impression of a wild meadow. Two mature oaks sheltered seating arrangements created from mismatched antique wire-work furniture. The place was too dignified to boast of its ancestry, but it was obvious to the people in the car.

“I didn't realize SecNav paid so well,” Tony commented to nobody in particular. “Maybe I should consider a career change.”
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2013-08-28 10:14 pm

Legends (21/?)

Title: Legends (21/?)
Author: Merucha
Characters: Tim McGee, Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, plus the usual Torchwood and NCIS suspects
Rating
: Some chapters definitely not safe for work.
Disclaimer: Oh, please. If I owned them, would I let some of those idiots write the scripts? And if I were making any money off them, would I be where they could find me?
Summary: After the events of Bloodbath, Tim McGee accepts a offer from a total stranger
Author's Note: A few weeks ago I was watching some NCIS episodes and came across Bloodbath. I hated both Abby and Gibbs in it. I hated the humiliation of making Tim kneel all day for something that was someone else's fault. I fumed for days (I am a bit obsessive about things from time to time). Then, a few days ago, this popped up. As usual, AU like nobody's business.


Part one here; Part two here; Part three here; Part four is here; Part five is here; Part six is here; Part seven is here; Part eight is here; Part nine is here; Part ten is here; Part eleven is here; Part twelve is here; Part thirteen is here:Part fourteen is here;Part fifteen is here; Part sixteen is here; Part seventeen is here; Part eighteen is here; Part nineteen is here; Part twenty is here

Tim was finishing his breakfast – which was actually dinner, but the Spanish omelette and Ianto's coffee made it feel like a lazy weekend morning in Cardiff – when he heard Gibbs go upstairs. He swallowed the last bite, poured himself a second cup of coffee, and started gathering the ingredients for a meal suitable for a starving man. Tim remembered vividly how hungry he had been the day after his adoption.

He was turning the omelette out onto a plate when Gibbs marched into the kitchen. “Where the hell is everyone?”

“Director Vance, Jack, Tony, and Tish went to interview Secretary Jarvis at his home. He's under house arrest. Ianto and Ziva are visiting the local UNIT liaison office.” Tim put the plate on the table and offered Gibbs silverware neatly wrapped in a linen napkin. “Martha, Ducky, Abby, and Jimmy have somehow commandeered  one of the labs at Georgetown Medical. State-of-the-art medical cybernetics, or so Abby says.”

“Coffee,” Gibbs nearly snarled, grabbing the napkin. Tim wondered whether anger would win over hunger, but after a moment Gibbs sat down and started eating. Tim poured him a cup of coffee and resumed his own seat.
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2013-08-09 09:16 am

Legends (20/?)

Title: Legends (20/?)
Author: Merucha
Characters: Tim McGee, Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, plus the usual Torchwood and NCIS suspects
Rating
: Some chapters definitely not safe for work.
Disclaimer: Oh, please. If I owned them, would I let some of those idiots write the scripts? And if I were making any money off them, would I be where they could find me?
Summary: After the events of Bloodbath, Tim McGee accepts a offer from a total stranger
Author's Note: A few weeks ago I was watching some NCIS episodes and came across Bloodbath. I hated both Abby and Gibbs in it. I hated the humiliation of making Tim kneel all day for something that was someone else's fault. I fumed for days (I am a bit obsessive about things from time to time). Then, a few days ago, this popped up. As usual, AU like nobody's business.


Part one here; Part two here; Part three here; Part four is here; Part five is here; Part six is here; Part seven is here; Part eight is here; Part nine is here; Part ten is here; Part eleven is here; Part twelve is here; Part thirteen is here:Part fourteen is here;Part fifteen is here; Part sixteen is here; Part seventeen is here; Part eighteen is here; Part nineteen is here


A far-off rumble of thunder gave Tony the last shove into full awareness. He was thankful to be awake. He wasn't given to nightmares but when he had them they were Oscar winners. This one had involved that thing on Tim's back – Jack had called it a ta'saiat, which seemed to translate into something like soul-guide, though it had overtones of something more intimate or more possessive   – reaching for him again and again. Funny thing was, he wasn't scared of what it would do to him as much as what it would see in him.

He turned on the lamp on the bedside table and looked down at Tim. The Probie slept sprawling on his stomach like a baby. The ta'saiat was a faint silver glimmer just under the skin. Jack had been surprised that he could see it, but to Tony's eyes it was as distinct as a tattoo.  He had actually thought it was a tattoo until it moved.
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2013-07-26 09:19 am

Legends (19/?)

Title: Legends (19/?)
Author: Merucha
Characters: Tim McGee, Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, plus the usual Torchwood and NCIS suspects
Rating
: Some chapters definitely not safe for work.
Disclaimer: Oh, please. If I owned them, would I let some of those idiots write the scripts? And if I were making any money off them, would I be where they could find me?
Summary: After the events of Bloodbath, Tim McGee accepts a offer from a total stranger
Author's Note: A few weeks ago I was watching some NCIS episodes and came across Bloodbath. I hated both Abby and Gibbs in it. I hated the humiliation of making Tim kneel all day for something that was someone else's fault. I fumed for days (I am a bit obsessive about things from time to time). Then, a few days ago, this popped up. As usual, AU like nobody's business.


Part one here; Part two here; Part three here; Part four is here; Part five is here; Part six is here; Part seven is here; Part eight is here; Part nine is here; Part ten is here; Part eleven is here; Part twelve is here; Part thirteen is here:Part fourteen is here;Part fifteen is here; Part sixteen is here; Part seventeen is here; Part eighteen is here


Tim felt someone slam into him and heard the gunshot at almost the same time. He pivoted, twisting to one side, and found himself looking down at Gibbs, the knife protruding from his chest, a man in fatigues and night goggles slumped against the wall near the door, and Tony still with a gun in his hand. His mind dismissed the last two as irrelevant; the world narrowed down to the body at his feet, twitching slightly as blood seeped out around the blade. Dropping to his knees, he pressed the palm of his left hand to the top of Gibbs' head and the right to his chest directly above the knife. He could feel Gibbs' life-essence flickering as his body went into shock.

“Jack!”

Not waiting for an answer, he took off his jacket and threw it aside. As he started to pull his turtleneck over his head, he felt Jack's hand – it had to be Jack, none of the others had hands that size – cup his neck and squeeze hard.

“What the hell do you think you're doing?”
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2013-07-20 08:09 pm

Legends (18/?)

Title: Legends (18/?)
Author: Merucha
Characters: Tim McGee, Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, plus the usual Torchwood and NCIS suspects
Rating
: Some chapters definitely not safe for work.
Disclaimer: Oh, please. If I owned them, would I let some of those idiots write the scripts? And if I were making any money off them, would I be where they could find me?
Summary: After the events of Bloodbath, Tim McGee accepts a offer from a total stranger
Author's Note: A few weeks ago I was watching some NCIS episodes and came across Bloodbath. I hated both Abby and Gibbs in it. I hated the humiliation of making Tim kneel all day for something that was someone else's fault. I fumed for days (I am a bit obsessive about things from time to time). Then, a few days ago, this popped up. As usual, AU like nobody's business.

Author's Note: Sorry this has taken so long. Real Life has been an utter beast.

Part one here; Part two here; Part three here; Part four is here; Part five is here; Part six is here; Part seven is here; Part eight is here; Part nine is here; Part ten is here; Part eleven is here; Part twelve is here; Part thirteen is here:Part fourteen is here;Part fifteen is here; Part sixteen is here; Part seventeen is here

“What the fuck is that fucking bastard Jarvis up to?”

Tony stared at Leon Vance in admiration. He had listened to their report and then had, with great precision and attention to detail, shredded the Sec Nav's character, morals, and ancestry into ribbons.  The tirade had ended with the expletive-laced question spoken in an almost meditative tone.

“There's nothing in his record that would raise any flags,” Tim said.  “The Jarvis family are either career Navy or diplomatic service. He chose politics. Like most politicians, egocentric and a bit of an arse. Likes to have several fingers in the political pie and has skated quite close to the outer edge of legal in some of his operations, but nothing that would create a major ruckus.”

“Ambitions?”  Ianto asked.

Vance snorted. “This is D.C., Mr. Jones. Everybody's got ambitions.”
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2013-06-19 08:00 pm

Legends (16/?)

Title: Legends (16/?)
Author: Merucha
Characters: Tim McGee, Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, plus the usual Torchwood and NCIS suspects
Rating
: Some chapters definitely not safe for work.
Disclaimer: Oh, please. If I owned them, would I let some of those idiots write the scripts? And if I were making any money off them, would I be where they could find me?
Summary: After the events of Bloodbath, Tim McGee accepts a offer from a total stranger
Author's Note: A few weeks ago I was watching some NCIS episodes and came across Bloodbath. I hated both Abby and Gibbs in it. I hated the humiliation of making Tim kneel all day for something that was someone else's fault. I fumed for days (I am a bit obsessive about things from time to time). Then, a few days ago, this popped up. As usual, AU like nobody's business.



Part one here; Part two here; Part three here; Part four is here; Part five is here; Part six is here; Part seven is here; Part eight is here; Part nine is here; Part ten is here; Part eleven is here; Part twelve is here; Part thirteen is here:Part fourteen is here;Part fifteen is here


The spatula,  wielded efficiently by Tish, whipped down to connect with Tony's hand.  He yelped and sucked on his knuckles.

“Hands off  until dinner,” she said calmly, not even bothering to look at him. “If you're that hungry, grab some cheese and water biscuits.”

“But...”

The mock-whine cut off as Tony watched Abby and Tim come through the basement door. Abby, grinning widely, made for the dining room, where Ziva, Martha, and Jimmy were working their way through several plates of snacks, while Tim headed to the back of the solarium. 

A few years earlier, Gibbs had found the cottage's original floor plan and had discovered the solarium had been meant to be an extension of the kitchen. After consultation with the local historical society, he had knocked down the wall and replaced it with an arch similar to the one that opened between the kitchen and the dining room. From the point of view of watching the action, Tony approved of  the remodeling, because damn if the Probie didn't look downright grim.
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2013-06-11 09:41 pm

Legends (15/?)

Title: Legends (15/?)
Author: Merucha
Characters: Tim McGee, Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, plus the usual Torchwood and NCIS suspects
Rating
: Some chapters definitely not safe for work.
Disclaimer: Oh, please. If I owned them, would I let some of those idiots write the scripts? And if I were making any money off them, would I be where they could find me?
Summary: After the events of Bloodbath, Tim McGee accepts a offer from a total stranger
Author's Note: A few weeks ago I was watching some NCIS episodes and came across Bloodbath. I hated both Abby and Gibbs in it. I hated the humiliation of making Tim kneel all day for something that was someone else's fault. I fumed for days (I am a bit obsessive about things from time to time). Then, a few days ago, this popped up. As usual, AU like nobody's business.

Author's Note: Sorry this has taken so long. The whole pain thing has become less frequent, which is nice, but when it shows up it kicks me into next week both mentally and physically.

Part one here; Part two here; Part three here; Part four is here; Part five is here; Part six is here; Part seven is here; Part eight is here; Part nine is here; Part ten is here; Part eleven is here; Part twelve is here; Part thirteen is here:Part fourteen is here

Tim aimed the micro camera towards the back of the sphere, curving the flexible wand around a thick cluster of cables hanging loosely from a long, narrow box-like structure perched on a hinged bracket.

“Hold on.” Abby was staring at the laptop screen. “Move it back and to the left. There. That's a remote control.”

Tim looked up briefly. “So it is.”

Abby threw up her hands. “I don't get it, Timmy. This thing is so sophisticated that we won't be able to match it for centuries, maybe, and it's controlled by something meant for a toy car?”

“Be fair, Abby,” Tim chuckled. “It's a bit more complex than that. Besides, it's only a temporary measure. Toclafane spheres were meant to be controlled from the inside.”
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2013-06-02 02:09 pm

Legends (14/?)

Title: Legends (14/?)
Author: Merucha
Characters: Tim McGee, Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, plus the usual Torchwood and NCIS suspects
Rating
: Some chapters definitely not safe for work.
Disclaimer: Oh, please. If I owned them, would I let some of those idiots write the scripts? And if I were making any money off them, would I be where they could find me?
Summary: After the events of Bloodbath, Tim McGee accepts a offer from a total stranger
Author's Note: A few weeks ago I was watching some NCIS episodes and came across Bloodbath. I hated both Abby and Gibbs in it. I hated the humiliation of making Tim kneel all day for something that was someone else's fault. I fumed for days (I am a bit obsessive about things from time to time). Then, a few days ago, this popped up. As usual, AU like nobody's business.


Part one here; Part two here; Part three here; Part four is here; Part five is here; Part six is here; Part seven is here; Part eight is here; Part nine is here; Part ten is here; Part eleven is here; Part twelve is here; Part thirteen is here

Ice clinked  as Ducky poured a little water into the Old Forester Birthday bourbon and stirred. “Drink this, Jack.”

The Captain dutifully sipped, grimacing before passing the glass back. “The things you people put into your bodies.”

Tony noted the odd phrasing and put it in the mental folder he had labeled weird stuff that doesn't add up about Jack Harkness. Except that now there was another folder right next to it: weird stuff that doesn't add up about Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

Take Mrs. Jones. When Jack had asked her if she recognized Gibbs, she had replied, in tones that could have frosted glass, of course I do, he's my shadow. If Tony had been the kind of idiot that jumped to conclusions, he would have jumped at the wrong one, because that my had been incredibly possessive. But Martha and Tish had thrown themselves at Gibbs, hugging him until he could barely breathe, and even Jack had seemed to defrost. It was obvious to Tony that there was a bond between the Jones women and Jack that somehow had expanded to include Gibbs. And then Gibbs had raised his arm to stroke Tish's hair, and Jack had gotten a close-up view of the strap around Gibbs' arm, and he had gone pale as a sheet and stumbled into Ianto's arms.
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2013-05-30 09:59 pm

Legends (13/?)

itle: Legends (13/?)
Author: Merucha
Characters: Tim McGee, Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, plus the usual Torchwood and NCIS suspects
Rating
: Some chapters definitely not safe for work.
Disclaimer: Oh, please. If I owned them, would I let some of those idiots write the scripts? And if I were making any money off them, would I be where they could find me?
Summary: After the events of Bloodbath, Tim McGee accepts a offer from a total stranger
Author's Note: A few weeks ago I was watching some NCIS episodes and came across Bloodbath. I hated both Abby and Gibbs in it. I hated the humiliation of making Tim kneel all day for something that was someone else's fault. I fumed for days (I am a bit obsessive about things from time to time). Then, a few days ago, this popped up. As usual, AU like nobody's business.


Part one here; Part two here; Part three here; Part four is here; Part five is here; Part six is here; Part seven is here; Part eight is here; Part nine is here; Part ten is here; Part eleven is here; Part twelve is here


The cold lump that had settled in Tim's  stomach at Gibbs' appearance grew to iceberg size as he watched Jack draw his Webley and point it at Gibbs' head.

“Give me one good reason why I shouldn't execute you right here.”

Gibbs ignored the gun and knelt by the Toclafane, prodding at the metal plate at the top. There was a grinding noise and the sphere opened, the upper sections opening like petals. Jack almost flinched, but then came to lean over Gibbs' shoulder and look down at the sphere.

“Empty.” Gibbs told him. “We need to get this to a safe place. I don't trust either one of our governments with this technology.”

“You still haven't answered my question.”

“Francine wouldn't like it.”
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2013-05-26 09:26 am

Legends (12/?)

Title: Legends (12/?)
Author: Merucha
Characters: Tim McGee, Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, plus the usual Torchwood and NCIS suspects
Rating
: Some chapters definitely not safe for work.
Disclaimer: Oh, please. If I owned them, would I let some of those idiots write the scripts? And if I were making any money off them, would I be where they could find me?
Summary: After the events of Bloodbath, Tim McGee accepts a offer from a total stranger
Author's Note: A few weeks ago I was watching some NCIS episodes and came across Bloodbath. I hated both Abby and Gibbs in it. I hated the humiliation of making Tim kneel all day for something that was someone else's fault. I fumed for days (I am a bit obssessive about things from time to time). Then, a few days ago, this popped up. As usual, AU like nobody's business.


Part one here; Part two here; Part three here; Part four is here; Part five is here; Part six is here; Part seven is here; Part eight is here; Part nine is here; Part ten is here; Part eleven is here

“You guys really want to go in there?” The cop standing guard by the small house's back door pointed over his shoulder at the room. “It looks like a slaughterhouse.”

Tony patted the man's shoulder as he passed. “All part of the service.”

The door led directly into a small eat-in kitchen. Slaughterhouse was right, Tony thought as he saw the walls. And the drapes. And the furniture. And the shreds of bone and flesh that used to be a human being on the carpet.

“Jesus Christ. Gotta tell you, Probie, I always hoped aliens were more like E.T. and less like Predator.”

“Actually, the Toclafane are human.”

One look at the man standing in the corridor leading to the front of the house and Tony realized exactly how much he had been subconsciously underestimating Jack Harkness. The extroverted charmer was gone and in his place was the man that even Mossad would think twice before crossing. It was the eyes that gave him away; the blue, usually warm and full of emotion, was flat and cold as a silvered mirror.
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2013-05-24 09:08 am

Legends (11/?)

Title: Legends (11/?)
Author: Merucha
Characters: Tim McGee, Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, plus the usual Torchwood and NCIS suspects
Rating
: Some chapters definitely not safe for work.
Disclaimer: Oh, please. If I owned them, would I let some of those idiots write the scripts? And if I were making any money off them, would I be where they could find me?
Summary: After the events of Bloodbath, Tim McGee accepts a offer from a total stranger
Author's Note: A few weeks ago I was watching some NCIS episodes and came across Bloodbath. I hated both Abby and Gibbs in it. I hated the humiliation of making Tim kneel all day for something that was someone else's fault. I fumed for days (I am a bit obssessive about things from time to time). Then, a few days ago, this popped up. As usual, AU like nobody's business.
Author's Note:
I'm sorry this has taken so long. Real Life has been a bit of a pain -- literally!

Part one here; Part two here; Part three here; Part four is here ; Part five is here; Part six is here; Part seven is here; Part eight is here; Part nine is here; Part ten is here 


Tim read through the documents Mimi had assembled. You're sure about this?

As much as I can be. The Doctor erased whole sectors of the Valiant's databases, especially those dealing with the Toclafane. There was a long pause. And Jack.

There are things we don't need to know. Tim sighed. But that means we'll be going into it blind, except for whatever Martha,Jack, and Tish can remember. I hope Ducky knows what he's doing. He heard the door open behind him and blanked out the screen. “Hey. Tony, Ziva.”

“Probie.” Tony handed him a crushed coffee cup. “Don't leave things lying around.”
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2013-05-16 08:18 pm

Legends (10/?)

Title: Legends (10/?)
Author: Merucha
Characters: Tim McGee, Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, plus the usual Torchwood and NCIS suspects
Rating
: Some chapters definitely not safe for work.
Disclaimer: Oh, please. If I owned them, would I let some of those idiots write the scripts? And if I were making any money off them, would I be where they could find me?
Summary: After the events of Bloodbath, Tim McGee accepts a offer from a total stranger
Author's Note: A few weeks ago I was watching some NCIS episodes and came across Bloodbath. I hated both Abby and Gibbs in it. I hated the humiliation of making Tim kneel all day for something that was someone else's fault. I fumed for days (I am a bit obssessive about things from time to time). Then, a few days ago, this popped up. As usual, AU like nobody's business.
Author's Note: this chapter has been EDITED because someone pointed out that I had Ianto in two places at once. I checked and sure enough I had left out several sentences while cutting and pasting!

Part one here; Part two here; Part three here; Part four is here ; Part five is here; Part six is here; Part seven is here; Part eight is here; Part nine is here 

Tony sniffed theatrically at the cup in Tim's hand. “Probie, I'll trade you my first-born son for that coffee.”

“Get back to me when you have one of those,” Tim snickered. “But you're in luck. Ianto's taken over the coffee maker in the break room. He just started a new pot. And there might even be pastries.”

“Be right back.”

He headed around the desks at a trot, chased by Tim's laughter. He reached the break room just in time to see Jimmy Palmer reaching for a tray full of Italian goodies.

“Touch that sfogliatella, gremlin, and I'll dissect your fingers.”

“Come on, Tony!” Jimmy mock-whined. “I'm a growing boy!”

“Then grab one of the cannoli or that bombolone. The sfogliatella is mine.” He turned to Ianto, who had just poured a tall cup for Tish. “Could I get one of those?”
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2013-05-12 10:43 am

Legends (9/?)

Title: Legends (9/?)
Author: Merucha
Characters: Tim McGee, Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, plus the usual Torchwood and NCIS suspects
Rating
: Some chapters definitely not safe for work.
Disclaimer: Oh, please. If I owned them, would I let some of those idiots write the scripts? And if I were making any money off them, would I be where they could find me?
Summary: After the events of Bloodbath, Tim McGee accepts a offer from a total stranger
Author's Note: A few weeks ago I was watching some NCIS episodes and came across Bloodbath. I hated both Abby and Gibbs in it. I hated the humiliation of making Tim kneel all day for something that was someone else's fault. I fumed for days (I am a bit obssessive about things from time to time). Then, a few days ago, this popped up. As usual, AU like nobody's business.

Part one here; Part two here; Part three here; Part four is here ; Part five is here; Part six is here; Part seven is here; Part eight is here


Tim tossed his jacket over the back of the nearest chair. God, he was tired. His body was starting to suffer after four days of almost no sleep, even though he was using all the energy conservation techniques he had learned from his clan mentors.  The worst thing was that he wasn't sure he would be able to sleep tonight either.

Working as a team with Tony, Ziva, and Tish had gone fantastically well, but Gibbs was always there in the background, and he had been aware of the man's presence or absence every moment, as if Gibbs had been a part of his own body and mind. That had never happened before, even at the height of his infatuation with Jack. The Aa'el believed a soul could love many times, but belong only once. It terrified Tim that his soul could be forever bound to someone who didn't want it.

He decided on a quick shower before bed. He and Tony had stayed with Quaderi's body until Ducky and Jimmy arrived. He could still smell blood and decomposition; one of the disadvantages of all the work the family psychosurgeons had done to help him release the abilities he had unconsciously suppressed as a child was that his sense of smell had become extremely acute. Gwen was only half-kidding when she called him the Torchwood bloodhound.
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2013-05-09 06:37 pm

Legends (8/?)

Title: Legends (8/?)
Author: Merucha
Characters: Tim McGee, Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, plus the usual Torchwood and NCIS suspects
Rating
: Some chapters definitely not safe for work.
Disclaimer: Oh, please. If I owned them, would I let some of those idiots write the scripts? And if I were making any money off them, would I be where they could find me?
Summary: After the events of Bloodbath, Tim McGee accepts a offer from a total stranger
Author's Note: A few weeks ago I was watching some NCIS episodes and came across Bloodbath. I hated both Abby and Gibbs in it. I hated the humiliation of making Tim kneel all day for something that was someone else's fault. I fumed for days (I am a bit obssessive about things from time to time). Then, a few days ago, this popped up. As usual, AU like nobody's business.

Part one here; Part two here; Part three here; Part four is here ; Part five is here; Part six is here; Part seven is here

Tony glanced at Ziva from time to time as they drove to Nick Quaderi's place. His partner's face was perfectly blank, which meant she was trying to figure out where her loyalties lay. He had seen it happen before and she had usually come through, but those times she hadn't, there had been hell to pay.

Tony had a feeling that if Ziva bet the wrong way, clusterfuck wasn't even going to begin to describe the result. And there wasn't a damn thing he could do about it.

He reached for his travel mug, smelled the coffee, grimaced, and set it back in the holder. He really should not try to make his own coffee in the mornings. And that led him in another direction. He had seen Tim put something in the Kass brothers' coffee and he suspected Tim had wanted him to see Tim doing it. Tony wanted to think that Tim could never kill anyone in cold blood, but how much did he really know about this new guy? Cool, confident, self-contained, this Tim was miles away from the one he had known.  And Torchwood didn't seem to be exactly a model for a law-enforcement agency.
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2013-05-05 10:59 am

Legends (7/?)

Title: Legends (7/?)
Author: Merucha
Characters: Tim McGee, Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, plus the usual Torchwood and NCIS suspects
Rating
: Some chapters definitely not safe for work.
Disclaimer: Oh, please. If I owned them, would I let some of those idiots write the scripts? And if I were making any money off them, would I be where they could find me?
Summary: After the events of Bloodbath, Tim McGee accepts a offer from a total stranger
Author's Note: A few weeks ago I was watching some NCIS episodes and came across Bloodbath. I hated both Abby and Gibbs in it. I hated the humiliation of making Tim kneel all day for something that was someone else's fault. I fumed for days (I am a bit obssessive about things from time to time). Then, a few days ago, this popped up. As usual, AU like nobody's business.

Part one here; Part two here; Part three here; Part four is here ; Part five is here; Part six is here 

The Kass Brothers shop was a dingy little storefront in a dingy strip mall on the Virginia side of the Potomac. Tim slid the rental SUV into the space next to the blue NCIS sedan. Sitting next to him, Tish checked her gun. It still startled him to see how competent she was with it; four years before, when she had shown up at Jack's door, shivering and half-delirious with fever, he wouldn't have bet money on her survival, much less becoming a damn good agent.

Jack and Ianto were away at some sort of multi-agency meeting and had offered their guest room to Tim while his flat was being painted. He had been woken by hammering on the door. When he had opened it, gun in hand, she had nearly collapsed against him. He had managed to calm her down by wrapping her in Jack's bathrobe and tucking her into Jack and Ianto's bed. Then he had called Martha.

“We were in the same war but in different battlefields. Hers was harder than mine in many ways,” she had told him. “I can't take her to hospital. Would you take care of her until I make other arrangements?”

He had agreed. At first he had paid no attention to her babbling, but at some point in the night he had started to listen. And he had learned about the year that never was.
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2013-05-02 02:55 pm

Legends (6/?)

Title: Legends (6/?)
Author: Merucha
Characters: Tim McGee, Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, plus the usual Torchwood and NCIS suspects
Rating
: Some chapters definitely not safe for work.
Disclaimer: Oh, please. If I owned them, would I let some of those idiots write the scripts? And if I were making any money off them, would I be where they could find me?
Summary: After the events of Bloodbath, Tim McGee accepts a offer from a total stranger
Author's Note: A few weeks ago I was watching some NCIS episodes and came across Bloodbath. I hated both Abby and Gibbs in it. I hated the humiliation of making Tim kneel all day for something that was someone else's fault. I fumed for days (I am a bit obssessive about things from time to time). Then, a few days ago, this popped up. As usual, AU like nobody's business.

Part one here; Part two here; Part three here; Part four is here ; Part five is here

“So, Jones?”

“Call me Ianto. In our bunch, yelling Jones!  will get you the wrong person two out of three times.”

“Fair enough, and I'm Tony. I wondered about that bracelet thing of yours. Standard equipment?” Tish and Tim raised their arms to show their naked wrists. “Guess not.”

While the Captain, Doctor Jones, Ducky, Gibbs, and Leon headed out for lunch at an undisclosed location with a number of high level Washington types – Tony had a bet with himself that the address began with 1600 and ended in Pennsylvania Avenue – he had commandeered the Director's conference room and ordered in sandwiches and all the fixings from Tim's favorite deli for everyone else. He had always believed that good food lowered barriers and inhibitions, and he really, really wanted to know a little bit more about Torchwood and Tim's life in it.

“It was a wedding present from an old friend of the family.”

Tony's eyes shifted to Tish, who had started what looked like an intense conversation with Jimmy and Ziva. Tim chuckled.

“Wrong one, Tony. In private life, all our Joneses are hyphenated. Martha is Milligan-Jones, Tish is Davidson-Jones, and Ianto is Harkness-Jones.”

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2013-04-30 12:44 pm

Legends (5/?)

Title: Legends (5/?)
Author: Merucha
Characters: Tim McGee, Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, plus the usual Torchwood and NCIS suspects
Rating
: Some chapters definitely not safe for work.
Disclaimer: Oh, please. If I owned them, would I let some of those idiots write the scripts? And if I were making any money off them, would I be where they could find me?
Summary: After the events of Bloodbath, Tim McGee accepts a offer from a total stranger
Author's Note: A few weeks ago I was watching some NCIS episodes and came across Bloodbath. I hated both Abby and Gibbs in it. I hated the humiliation of making Tim kneel all day for something that was someone else's fault. I fumed for days (I am a bit obssessive about things from time to time). Then, a few days ago, this popped up. As usual, AU like nobody's business.

Part one here; Part two here; Part three here; Part four is here


Tim stretched out his legs comfortably and studied his former colleagues as Ducky walked everyone in the room through the details of the autopsy. Vance had the look of someone whose brain was being forcefully rearranged;Tim gave him points for perseverance. Ziva sat with Tish and Martha, obviously evaluating each piece of evidence as if she were working a regular case. Abby was keeping her bouncing to a minimum, sucking up all the information and probably figuring out what tests she could run on the tissue samples. Tony seemed to take it all in stride, but Tim knew he was in for an epic interrogation. Basically, after the first moment of shock, they had all settled into their usual patterns.

But Gibbs... Gibbs was different. Gibbs had not been surprised. At all.

He tapped the implant behind his right ear. Mimi, he subvocalized, let's look for any connection between Gunnery Sergeant Leroy Jethro Gibbs and the Captain. No matter how slight.

Trouble?

Probably not, but let's make sure.
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2013-04-28 11:03 am

Legends (4/?)

Title: Legends (4/?)
Author: Merucha
Characters: Tim McGee, Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, plus the usual Torchwood and NCIS suspects
Rating
: Some chapters definitely not safe for work.
Disclaimer: Oh, please. If I owned them, would I let some of those idiots write the scripts? And if I were making any money off them, would I be where they could find me?
Summary: After the events of Bloodbath, Tim McGee accepts a offer from a total stranger
Author's Note: A few weeks ago I was watching some NCIS episodes and came across Bloodbath. I hated both Abby and Gibbs in it. I hated the humiliation of making Tim kneel all day for something that was someone else's fault. I fumed for days (I am a bit obssessive about things from time to time). Then, a few days ago, this popped up. As usual, AU like nobody's business.


Part One here; Part two here; Part three here

Tony watched  the MTAC geeks file out, most of them looking curiously over their shoulders at the assembled group. He commandeered the aisle chair on the fourth row from where he could watch the whole room. If the look on Vance's face was any indication, they were in for a hell of a briefing.

Gibbs was harder to read. He had on what Tony privately called his sniper's look; the calm that came when all the planning was done and all it remained was to take the shot.  But underneath that there was something like shock, and that scared Tony out of his mind.

“Doctor Mallard, Doctor Palmer, and Doctor Jones are on their way.” Vance said. “Mr. Jones, MTAC is all yours.”

“Thank you, Director.”

The young man took off his jacket and rolled up his sleeves. He was wearing a wide, thick leather cuff. Tony heard a faint snap as part of the leather folded back to reveal a metal plate studded with buttons. Jones tapped them in a short one two – pause – one two sequence. A few seconds later all the workstations, which Tony had seen locked down and secured a few minutes before, turned themselves on. Masses of what looked like data scrolled up, too fast for the human eye to read, and then all the screens, including the large one, showed a large red T made out of locking hexagons.

Jones stepped back. “Irish, would you do the honors?”

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2013-04-26 01:28 pm

Legends (3/?)

Title: Legends (3/?)
Author: Merucha
Characters: Tim McGee, Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, plus the usual Torchwood and NCIS suspects
Rating
: Some chapters definitely not safe for work.
Disclaimer: Oh, please. If I owned them, would I let some of those idiots write the scripts? And if I were making any money off them, would I be where they could find me?
Summary: After the events of Bloodbath, Tim McGee accepts a offer from a total stranger
Author's Note: A few weeks ago I was watching some NCIS episodes and came across Bloodbath. I hated both Abby and Gibbs in it. I hated the humiliation of making Tim kneel all day for something that was someone else's fault. I fumed for days (I am a bit obssessive about things from time to time). Then, a few days ago, this popped up. As usual, AU like nobody's business.


Part One here; Part two here

“Where the hell have you been, Probie?”

The nickname, once a source of irritation, only made Tim grin. “Here, there, and everywhere, Tony. Jack believes travel broadens the mind.”

They were sitting around the bullpen. Jack, Ianto, and Gibbs had disappeared upstairs into Vance's office, leaving them to wait while all the diplomatic and political niceties were ironed out. Tim had introduced Tish, who had been promptly whisked away  by Ziva for the feminine ritual of freshening up. Left alone with Tony, he had braced himself for the barrage of questions.

“What I really want to know is, how did you,” Tony wiggled his fingers towards the workstation on his desk, “do what you did.”

“What I did?”

Tony snorted. “When we started looking for you, we couldn't find any records. Not employment records, no school records, no passport, not even the lease on your apartment. If your mother hadn't had a copy of your birth certificate, we couldn't have even proved you had been born!”
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2012-03-14 10:37 am

Solitary Confinement (4/?)

Title: Solitary Confinement (Chapter 4 of ?)
Author: Merucha
Characters: Criminal Minds/Torchwood
Rating: Some chapters definitely not safe for work. Disclaimer: Oh, please. If I owned them, would I let some of those idiots write the scripts? And if I were making any money off them, would I be where they could find me?
Summary: Aaron Hotchner's secrets and the real reason for the existence of the BAU team is revealed when a terrible serial killer strikes...
Author's Note: People are the only mirror we have to see ourselves in. The domain of all meaning. All virtue, all evil, are contained only in people. There is none in the universe at large. Solitary confinement is a punishment in every human culture. Lois McMaster Bujold. Mirror Dance.
Author's Note: Fire and Ice, by Robert Frost


Part one is here; part two is here; Part three is here


My mother's favorite poem is Fire and Ice by Robert Frost. I once asked her why, of all the words of all the authors she had studied, all the great poets, playwrights and novelists, she loved that little nine-line stanza with no set meter or rhyme the most. It teaches you what to look for, she had said, and refused to say anything else, although she smiled as if keeping a secret. At the time I'd thought it had been just another symptom of her illness.

Now I understood what she meant. I understood her the moment I'd looked into Jack Harkness's icy blue eyes and seen my own death.

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