Pairing: Abby Sciuto/Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Abby Sciuto/Donald "Ducky" Mallard
Fic Title: Redefining Family
Rating/Warning(s): PG; babyfic, spoilers for season 4.
Genre: Friendship, retelling, AU, romance, babyfic.
Why This Must Be Read: I have absolute unadulterated love for Abby, Ducky, and the fact that they canonically adore each other to pieces and beyond. This does start off in a very tenuous Gibbs/Abby way but it absolutely does not demonize said relationship at all. Additionally, this is very much more a gentle love story than a 'and they done sex' piece. It's about a friendship that grows and deepens due to some rather unexpected circumstances, and Ducky's protectiveness for Abby, Abby's vitality and spirit, and the entire team's dedication and love for each other is just so vibrant on the page that I kind of want to force everyone to read this RIGHT NOW. As y'all might have been able to tell, the highest praise I can possibly give (and that I would ever WANT to give) is to say that something is in-character; and this? Is in character. These are the characters I recognize and love and all of it seems natural and organic. Additionally, this has a very ambiguous ending, so whichever pairing you support, you'll be okay. Because these people love each other enough that, at the end of the day, that part doesn't matter. Not completely.