Summary: When Gibbs investigates a minor robbery, he uncovers something much more sinister. The resulting investigation has unexpected and far-reaching consequences.
Characters: Gibbs, DiNozzo
Story Type: Action/Case, Angst, First Time, Hurt/Comfort, Rape/Non Con, Romance
Spoilers: This story is set during or beyond season six and Vance is director. However, it is not generally spoilery for season six beyond a couple of very tiny references. Warnings: Non-Con/Rape Series: None Word Count: 134,931
Recommendations: Award Winner, Classic, Popular Favourite, Xanthe’s Recommendation
Published: March 30, 2009
Awards: NCIS Awards, 2009
Notes: 1. I’ve tried to make this as realistic as possible in psychology, procedure, and legal process etc, and have done research and taken advice, but I’ll admit that I’m not an expert on any of these things. 2. Some accuracy has been sacrificed deliberately for the sake of dramatic licence, in much the same way as happens on the show. 3. I’ve gone with 1972 as Tony’s year of birth for this story – the show hasn’t been consistent about it. 4. I’ve used UK spelling throughout, except for the word “pedophile” for various reasons. Acknowledgements: There is a much longer list of these than usual, partly because of the nature of the story. I wanted to make sure I got a lot of advice along the way and the following people were kind enough to help me. Firstly, thank you to my betas, Nikita and Liresius. I owe an absolutely massive thanks to nikitariddick. I honestly don’t know that I’d have finished it without her constant cheerleading and upbeat way of dealing with my many funks. I owe another huge thanks to liresius, for good, honest reactions, including to the bits that didn’t work! Secondly, thank you so much to the kind people who offered to audience the story: To bluespirit_star for taking a risk on reading this story and helping me with it. A special enormous thank you also for the superb title graphic. To flyingnorth, to kateri,and to taylorgibbs for great audiencing and helpful notes. And a special big thanks to sasha1600 for all the legal advice! Thanks also to the good people at whumpers_guide, and military_beta for helping me with some answers to some questions.
Warning: Parts 2, 3, 4 and 6 of this story contain flashback/memory scenes of child sexual abuse. The entire story deals with the theme of child sexual abuse. This is NOT an incest fic. I’ve tried to deal with the scenes sensitively and they are relatively light of explicit detail, but they do need to be there as they are an important part of the psychology of the character involved.
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