hinky_hippo: tony nap (abbyangel)
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Title: Comfort and Joy
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hinky_hippo
Pairing: Gibbs/Tony
Warning: NSFW, there be manly bits ahoy
Spoilers: Tangentally through "Newborn King" (Season 9, episode 11)
Rating: story: PG, art: PG-13
Genre: character study
Word Count: 1,175ish
Disclaimer: :::sigh::: I have to put them back after I play with them
Summary: He can’t help but smile fondly when Gibbs begins rooting for his warmth in his sleep.

This story was written for the 2011 [livejournal.com profile] tibbs_yuletide advent calendar, Day 23. Check out all the incredible offerings there! 8)

Author's Notes: Happy almost Christmas!!!! I'm not quite sure what this is. *shrugs helplessly* I ~started~ a few stories for the Yuletide, but this was kinda an experiment in freewriting an atmospheric mood piece I launched into when writer's block reared its ugly head. Kinda slash slam poetry thingy? I am sure Mrs DeWolfe, my fifth grade English teacher, is spinning in her grave at the unapologetic abuse I have foisted upon the laws of grammar. Thanks oh so very muchly to [livejournal.com profile] sinfulslasher for a real confidence boost when the mares started nagging. *whinny!* =)

The manip was quite a learning experience - I made sooooo many mistakes, it's unbelievable, but you gotta start somewhere and I had way too much fun in the process! =)

I hope you enjoy! All my best hopes for an awesometastic New Year! <3

Comfort and Joy

Leaning against the frosted window sash, he pensively looks across the cool room at the body lying motionless on the bed and sees how the winter light coming through the windows is clearer, sharper, showing truths which are missing in the shadow dappled summer sunshine. In his sleep, Gibbs looks so pure. 


Every hair captures the sun and reflects it back, giving his body a silvery aura with a crowning halo, and the clear, honest blue of the sky, Tony knows, is but a faint imitation of what he’ll see when Gibbs finally opens his eyes. 

Tony’s gaze slides to the photograph of Shannon on the wall – her blue eyes regard him peacefully and he tips his head in salute. Jethro, he thinks but never calls him that, couldn’t call him that – he’s Gibbs and always will be, but Tony thinks of him as Jethro in his mind – has told him and told him in both words and gestures how much he appreciates Tony’s respect for his late wife, how much Tony’s love for his girls means to him. 

Tony cannot imagine it any other way, for they’re part of who Gibbs is and, as much as he’d rather the entire chain of events which led them together had never happened, Tony learned very young that what is is and to make the best of it or move on. 




Make your own luck. 

An alley, a tackle, a smile, an offer he couldn’t refuse.

Life is short, after all, whether you’re eight, or thirty-eight, or, he grins towards the slumbering form, fifty-eight.

He can’t help but smile fondly when Gibbs begins rooting for his warmth in his sleep. Pushing off the wall with his butt, Tony tosses the case file onto the nightstand before smoothly sliding back into bed and the man who can sleep sitting up in a C-140 but becomes restless within minutes of Tony winnowing his way out of his grasp for a quick absence latches on, irresistibly drawing the younger man back into their winter nest. Pulling the covers over them, Tony slides nimble fingers over the broad back as Gibbs nestles his head into his chest, and grins when his partner snuffles deeply before relaxing with a deep, reassured breath when he recognizes his lover’s scent. Tony kisses the precious crown gently then wriggles just that little bit under Gibbs as Gibbs unconsciously shadows his movements until he is cradled atop Tony’s chest.

Gibbs presses his ear to the cleft, pulling them impossibly tighter together. One lone eyelash tangles with chest hair, tickling a nipple, as stubble rasps lightly across bare skin like 320 grit sandpaper on fine ash. Tony knows this feel – the slight catch to the glide at first, with Jethro’s warm hand wrapped over his, guiding it along the grain, his chest pressed to Tony’s side, free hand clasping his waist and his lips at Tony’s ear whispering to him over the soft shuss of wood and sand, magically weaving a spell with his sylvan lyrics. Later, they would follow each other’s grain in an ancient dance of touch, texture, sensation. 

Loving, cherishing, reassuring.

Claiming and reclaiming. 

They fit together so perfectly, Tony muses, it’s almost as if they have honed each other over all these years. Gibbs has certainly molded Tony. Headslaps turned to caresses turned to something far more profound. 

Tony’s hands lay clasped at the small of Gibbs’ back while he sighs in contentment. They’re not on call today, so it’s a perfect day for a lie in. He snorts to himself at his rambling thoughts. So much romanticism in one morning – the season has him in its grasp. 

With the barest tightening of muscle, Gibbs rouses – at one minute asleep, the next, fully aware. Tony tightens his arms in invitation – stay – and smiles gently when the silver head tips to meet his gaze. Hundreds of words pass silently in milliseconds – an entire conversation – before Gibbs rest his head back on Tony’s broad chest and relaxes. While Tony kneads his back, one of Gibbs' hands wanders to his chest, reflexively smoothing again and again. Tony smiles at this. Gibbs worries about him. Has worried since the first time he felt the rumbling rasp of Plague scarred lungs against his cheek. 

But, Tony worries about Gibbs, too. As much as the team suspects Tony is the fragile one, while they may not be very far off, as Tony has no delusion that they both have their scars, Gibbs is much more sensitive than the team gives him credit for.  His invincibility is as much smoke and mirrors as Tony’s manic behavior. Away from the team – away from the job – Tony considers himself blessed to know the delightful, introspective man beneath the tough, Marine exterior. Even as the hand slows and stops with a breathless sigh, Tony continues his delicate ministrations. 

He glances around the lightening room. The pictures on the walls proof of lives well lived. His frat brothers grin back at him from Panama City, 10 years ago. Kelly from over 20. A glare in the corner of his eye from the rising sun reflecting off the Jack Daniels gift box on Gibbs’ nightstand causes him to turn away, which elicits a grunt of protest from his companion. Kicking off the covers, with an arm wrapped around Tony’s shoulders, Gibbs bodily rolls them onto their sides in his sleep. Tony follows readily and can feel the furrowed brow smooth against his cheek as they, once again settle with legs slotted together. 

Like puzzle pieces. 

At Gibbs’ insistence, the house has been kept warmer ever since Tony moved in, despite the younger man’s protests. Yet, most mornings find the two of them comfortably entangled in bed and the covers on the floor.

When Gibbs told him he could have both job and family, Tony never imagined that Christmas promise would lead to this. 

Family, roots, permanence. 

An end to his wanderings. 

A place to call home. 

His ring glints in the soft rose light when he slides his hand higher to worry at the puckered scar on Gibbs left shoulder blade. Ari put the hole here a little better than a year before he put a hole in all of their lives. Tony can still smell the gunpowder, feel Gibbs shaking ever so slightly in his arms, still feel his own terror at just how few inches…

..so few inches…

A shift of Gibbs’ arm captures him, pressing foreheads together on the pillows. 

An intimate embrace. 

From the moment he was orphaned to illness and circumstance, Tony hoped but never once thought he would feel this level of safety and contentment again.

Treasured, revered, protected.

He yields to the sensation, revels in it even as he is entranced, once more, by its existence.

The room darkens slightly as snow begins to fall. Its nearly soundless patters upon the sill a counterpoint to the synching heartbeats, the gentle exhalations. Tony’s hand drifts to Gibbs’ waist as his eyes slide shut. 

God rest ye merry gentlemen.

Date: 2011-12-23 02:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ferneberga.livejournal.com
Very poignant! and the manip so very apt. I'd rate the manip PG too because it's one of love and comfort, nothing sexual to it.
This is most definitely going into my personal collection.

Date: 2011-12-23 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hinky-hippo.livejournal.com
Thank you very much!

I admit I tend to err more than a little on the side of caution with my ratings/warnings - I did downgrade the rating thanks to your suggestion. I love the thought of the quieter moments between the two guys and this cuddle picture was so sweet, it was great to incorporate into the design. =)

Feliz Navidad! [and a cookie to your pup!]

Date: 2011-12-23 11:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ferneberga.livejournal.com
I tend to throw caution to the wind at times - European mind at work here.
Seriously though I think the manip is viewable by children even as it simply shows a loving couple who happen to be naked but we're not seeing the *naughty bits*. I just loved it, because it's the image you frequently get of het couples but so rarely of gay couples.
Feliz Navidad igualmente (cookie handed to pup)

Date: 2011-12-23 05:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aalma.livejournal.com
This fic was lovely, and then the art - gorgeous! Thank you for sharing and Merry Christmas!

Date: 2011-12-23 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hinky-hippo.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! I am thrilled you enjoyed it! =)

Merry Christmas!

Date: 2011-12-23 05:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kitrina23.livejournal.com
damn! very transfixing & poignant. i <3 both fic & manip. when i get a chance i'll bookmark this & save the pic. (am on my iPhone, will get on my laptop later today)

Date: 2011-12-23 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hinky-hippo.livejournal.com
*beams* Thank you!

Have a great holiday! <3

Date: 2011-12-23 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunsaralyn.livejournal.com
So adorable. Love Tony's thoughts in this. And the picture is pretty amazing. This is a gift. Thanks.

Date: 2011-12-23 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hinky-hippo.livejournal.com
Thank you! It was a joy to do and share.

Merry Christmas!

Date: 2011-12-23 09:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] georgiesmith.livejournal.com
This is stunning - both the fiction and the artwork. Simply gorgeous in every way. Your story was so lyrical, just sublime. I have no words to fully compliment your amazing artwork.

Thank you so much for taking part in the 2011 [livejournal.com profile] tibbs_yuletide event. This is a lovely gift for the community.

Date: 2011-12-23 09:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hinky-hippo.livejournal.com
It was a true joy to participate and create again, especially in such a supportive community. Thanks for your kind words. I'm so glad you enjoyed them!

Merry Christmas!

Date: 2011-12-23 10:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dietpunkfics.livejournal.com
Ok, I really liked the fic - it was so sweet!

And then I got to the pic. And I keep scrolling up and peering at all the details.... And staring at a certain bubble butt.

Damn. Just...... Dayum! Absolutely exquisite.

Date: 2011-12-24 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hinky-hippo.livejournal.com
Thank you very much! The details were fun to slide in - lots of Easter eggs to discover! Bubblebutt and ~thighs~! *droolz* Jackson has been keeping the boys well supplied with cookies, me thinks! ;)

Date: 2011-12-23 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kesterpan.livejournal.com
Love this story! So poignant and quietly emotional... great job! And the artwork... it's magnificent! Fantastic all around, just wonderful.

Date: 2011-12-24 11:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hinky-hippo.livejournal.com
Thank you! It was a lot of fun to put it all together. Now, I just have to catch up with the rest of the Yuletide offerings! Eeek! Lots of good reading ahead!

I hope your holidays are great! Love to the pups as well! WOOF!

Date: 2011-12-23 11:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jayfray18.livejournal.com
That was just wonderful - and the beautiful manip just added to it.

Date: 2011-12-24 11:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hinky-hippo.livejournal.com
Thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it! =)

Date: 2011-12-24 01:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] taylorgibbs.livejournal.com
This is absolutely beautiful :)

Date: 2011-12-24 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hinky-hippo.livejournal.com
Thank you! And thanks for corrupting steering me back into writing! <3

Happy holidays to you, your crazy hubby and all the critters!

Date: 2011-12-25 03:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] taylorgibbs.livejournal.com
LOL! It is the gift that keeps on giving ;) Happy holidays :)

Date: 2011-12-24 04:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hawk-soaring.livejournal.com
Very beautiful. :)

Date: 2011-12-24 11:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hinky-hippo.livejournal.com
Thank you very much!

Merry Christmas! <3

Date: 2011-12-24 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rose-malmaison.livejournal.com
Sweet and loving and brought a tear to my eye (seriously). Just lovely. I love the wonderful art that goes with it - the mirror, the photos, just draws you right in.

~~~When Gibbs told him he could have both job and family, Tony never imagined that Christmas promise would lead to this.
Family, roots, permanence.
An end to his wanderings.
A place to call home.

Date: 2011-12-24 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hinky-hippo.livejournal.com
Thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it! The photos and mirror were so much fun to work with - lots to sort out but interesting. There are loads of little details, if you look close.

While I was working on them about the same time, the story and manip weren't originally intended to go together but :::shrug::: apparently Tony!muse caught sight of it and his mind wandered in that direction.

Have a very merry Christmas!

Date: 2011-12-27 01:14 pm (UTC)
sinfulslasher: (mark happy face)
From: [personal profile] sinfulslasher

I mean, I already loved your story, as I've told you among many a flailings, because it's pure love and intimacy and, ya know, just perfect.

But then I looked at the artwork and...my brain melted. AMAZING!!!

*bookmarks immediately*

Date: 2011-12-27 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hinky-hippo.livejournal.com
YAY! I hoped you'd like it. *points at rumpled Tony's bubblebutt*

Again, thanks for welcoming me and giving me the push I needed. It's been loads of fun! <3

Date: 2011-12-27 06:00 pm (UTC)
sinfulslasher: (ncis second chances)
From: [personal profile] sinfulslasher
Phwt, bubblebutt! Despite the nekkidness, the first thing I saw was the framed photo of Bo Boy and his mommy! *facepalm* LOL!

And hee! Lured you to the dark side. *shifty eyes*

Date: 2011-12-27 08:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hinky-hippo.livejournal.com
Go BoBoy!!!!!! LOL! *shifty*

Date: 2011-12-27 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nightingale-29.livejournal.com
What a wonderful fic. And the manip is just amazing! the detail of it is fabulous I love all the pics you've found of them... Just awesome *g*

Date: 2011-12-27 08:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hinky-hippo.livejournal.com
It was fun incorporating all the pics into the manip. Lots of them were snagged when we got a chance to photograph the originals at Fan Fest last year. There's all sorts of fun stuff to find here and there. =)

Thanks for your kind words. <3

Date: 2011-12-27 09:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keitanketsueki.livejournal.com
The fic is beautiful, sweet and touching, and the manip blew my mind with its gorgeousness and utter perfection. Thank you.

Date: 2011-12-28 12:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hinky-hippo.livejournal.com
Thank you very much for your kind words. :)

So beautiful

Date: 2012-10-15 05:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katupnorth.livejournal.com
This was absolutely lovely. The emotion was so real and your insignts into them so poignant. I just love cuddly Gibbs and their relationship here felt so tangible, I felt like a complete voyeur on such an incredibly intimate moment.

The artwork is FANTASTIC!

Re: So beautiful

Date: 2012-10-15 08:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hinky-hippo.livejournal.com
Thanks so much! Cuddly Gibbs is cuddly! (it's canon!!!) 0=)

Date: 2012-12-29 11:44 pm (UTC)
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Once I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get 4 emails with the identical comment. Is there any way you'll be able to remove me from that service? Thanks! http://onesmilefact.blogspot.com/


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