Summary: His clothes feel strange against his skin after three years wearing prison overalls, but the sky is blue and the sun is shining – it’s a good day to start a new life.
Characters: Gibbs, DiNozzo
Story Type: Angst, Character Study, iContest Story, Romance
Word Count: 1,307
Published: October 28, 2011
Notes: Back in April, I held a Tibbs iContest on my LJ. You can check out all the entries and the winners here. I promised the winners I’d write them all a story inspired by their icon. Originally, I offered to do drabbles – fics of 100 words exactly. But when I came to do them, I found I wanted them to just be as long as they wanted to be – so I went with that.
My apologies for how long it has taken. First I wanted to finish Two Wolves. Then I broke my ankle and didn’t write anything for a long time. So, I’m delighted to finally be able to post them now. The stories vary in size from 300ish words long to nearly 4000 words long. I started out thinking I’d keep them very short, in the spirit of a drabble, but somehow each one kept turning out longer than the previous one! Please don’t assume any value judgement from their length; I just looked at each icon and went where my imagination took me, whether it was a short ‘joke’ fic, or a longer, more angsty story. Or, you know, lots of spanky BDSM ;-).
Sometimes, my imagination was surprising; the best Tony icon is a story largely about Gibbs, and the best Gibbs icon is a story largely about Tony. Go figure! I tried to keep all the stories to one scene – except for the best BDSM icon fic which, once I had the idea, I knew would have to be comprised of several short scenes in order to do what I wanted with it, which was to contextualise the icon. I did my best to capture some feeling or truth that struck me about each icon. I hope I succeeded. Please make sure to admire each icon before you read – the stories work much better that way!
Thank you again to all the entrants of the iContest for making it such a great competition. You all rock!
Thank yous: To bluespirit_star and taylorgibbs for beta and to Nikita, Hilde and Sue for audiencing. This story is for wintermute_lj who made the winning icon in the Tony category. When I looked at it the things I thought of were a) stubble and b) prison. I have no idea why! But I decided to just go with it.