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Terror Nova part the first (Buffyverse/NCIS)

September 8th, 2010 (11:17 am)

The next part in a continuing insane daily update thing o' mine. Totally unbeta-ed, so feel free to nitpick.




Part One

MacArthur Supply Base, Washington.

The warehouse in question turned out to be close enough that even Tony didn’t object when Gibbs threw Ziva the car keys. He still had the distinct impression that he’d forgotten to pack his stomach when they’d left the office however when the car screeched to a stop at the guard post.

Gibbs flashed his ID at the impassive NCO manning the gate, and even managed a semi-pleased grunt when the NCO insisted on checking everyone’s IDs before letting them through.

Ziva glanced over at Gibbs and tilted her head questioningly as she span the wheel and roared off in the indicated direction. “That did not feel like they were bolting the stable, Gibbs,” she remarked. “That was too practised and normal for them.”

“Door, Ziva, door,” Tony interjected from the back seat.

Ziva rolled her eyes as the car came to a sudden stop, jolting Tony somewhat. “Very well, Tony. Bolting the door after the animal has left.”

“Agreed,” Gibbs said, climbing out of the car. “Security seems quite on the ball here, which means whatever happened, happened without help from outside.”

Looking back at the gate in the distance, Tony could see Ducky and Palmer’s NCIS van now being checked by the guards. He could have sworn that Gibbs had indicated they’d left before ‘em. He shrugged. Either Palmer had managed to get them lost already on such a short route, or Ziva’s driving had finally shattered the time/space vortex. Either way, it was probably a record.

Gibbs followed his line of sight and grunted. “DiNozzo, get Ducky and Palmer set up. McGee, Ziva, with me.”

Gibbs strode off quickly followed by the others, McGee frantically scanning through his PDA to orientate himself on all the info from the original call-out to NCIS. “McGee?” Gibbs tersely inquired.

“Er, deceased is one Seaman Alison Balboa, joined up three years back, no disciplary problems, well thought of according to her fitness reports, due for promotion in a couple of months, boss.”

They reached the door to the warehouse in question, and produced their ID cards once more. A Lt Commander came over to them. “Agent Gibbs,” he nodded, “I’m Lt Commander Tucker, tonights watch CO. I’ve had the location kept clear and have the patrol who found the body waiting to talk to you or your men.”

“Very good, Lt Commander,” Gibbs nodded, again impressed against his will at the quality of the base’s training. Without breaking step, he continued on into the warehouse which was piled high with packing crates rearing up either side of the route. If he hadn’t left DiNozzo outside, he’d have been expecting an Ark of the Covenent reference about now.

“This is officers David and McGee,” he indicated to the Lt Commander. “What else can you tell me?”

Tucker seemed a little put-off by the brusque approach, but a quick glance at the other two NCIS officers settled him down. He shrugged his shoulders. “Not much I can say, sir. Balboa was a solid, reliable seaman, knew her job well, never had any problems with her.”

They turned another corner. “As for last night, standard routine patrol around the inside of each warehouse every hour. She didn’t check in after this one, so I sent another patrol in, not expecting anything other than a flat radio. Frankly, I welcomed the break in the normality, thought it would sharpen the other seamen up a tad.”

They reached what could only be described as a clearing in the middle of all the packing crates, and stopped. “They found this,” Tucker remarked unnecessarily.


There were packing crates piled up high on either side of the space in question. There was a charred vertical line down the crates, splitting open the crates and spilling their contents out onto the floor. The line was on both sides of the area, directly opposite each other, and Gibbs would have laid money that they’d been caused at the same time, by the same effect. Whatever it had been.

In the centre of the area was the body, and a couple of broken, smashed crates, looking like there had been a brief, vicious fight. Blood streaks were present on the floor, and a small puddle of blood by the victims head. Without needing any prompting Gibbs heard McGee raise his camera up and start snapping photos.

He was far, far more concerned with the small, blonde woman currently kneeling beside his dead body. “Who the hell are you?”

The civilian looked back over her shoulder, and actually rolled her eyes at him. “Gee, hold on a moment Mr Grumpy,” she said and went back to studying the victim’s neck.

Gibbs choked. “Tucker!” he snapped at the Lt Commander beside him.

“Okay!” the blonde said brightly, and bounced up off the floor. Approaching Gibbs, she fished inside her jacket for her ID. “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours,” she said perkily before her face fell. “Oh god, I’ve been hanging round Faith too much,” she moaned.

Lt Commander Tucker quickly glanced between the two, and decided that he was best out of it. “Agent Gibbs, Naval Criminal Investigative Service,” he said quickly, “This is Special Agent Buffy Summers, IWC.”

~ + ~

Comments

Posted by: mymatedave (mymatedave)
Posted at: September 8th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC)

This looks to be very interesting. Looking forward to the next part.

Posted by: In awe of sensible companions.... (wildecate)
Posted at: September 8th, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
Abby

YOU KILLED ME? AND VES? OH I'M GOING TO KICK YOUR ASS CLEAR ACROSS THE HOTEL NEXT YEAR!!!!

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: September 8th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)

*tries to look innocent*

*fails*

Posted by: In awe of sensible companions.... (wildecate)
Posted at: September 8th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)

This better be a case where the dead seawomen revenges herself on the author and, in total sympathy with the dead seawoman, the characters gang up on the author and don't do what they're told?

Posted by: Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures)
Posted at: September 8th, 2010 12:50 pm (UTC)

Please say that for once that there is some sort of official recognition for what IWC means, rather than the equivalent of Torchwood's "we're more important than you but we can't tell you why." That always bugs me, because if I turned up at a militaty base holding my "Special Agent Marcus Rowland" ID card that referred to an organization they'd never heard of they'd just laugh at me.

Posted by: Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures)
Posted at: September 8th, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)

Nearly forgot

“This is officers David and McGee,”

I think should be "These are...

Posted by: uninvitedCat (uninvitedcat)
Posted at: September 8th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)

Or "this is Officer David and Agent Magee"

Posted by: Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures)
Posted at: September 8th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)

Belated thought - I know you want Buffy's presence as a surprise, but why does Tucker say "I’ve had the location kept clear..." when he knows Buffy is there.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: September 8th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)

Damn. That's a hold over from the first thought which was having Buffy just appear there, which given the play on how professional the place is being run, may well turn out to be the better way to go.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: September 13th, 2010 11:07 am (UTC)

You were right, Marcus and I've changed the version up at TtH to reflect that. Thanks!

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: September 8th, 2010 01:11 pm (UTC)

Oh, I suspect you'll like where I'm going with this by Friday then. :)

Let's just say that the plan (at the moment) does not involve Gibbs ever finding out what IWC stands for.

Posted by: Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures)
Posted at: September 8th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)

Gibbs will NOT be a happy bunny...

Posted by: Brendan (brendanm720)
Posted at: September 9th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
Twain in Tesla's Lab

[snerk]

Nice.

I don't know if this is a grammatical faux pas, or my OCD kicking in at this point, but is there any particular reason for the abbreviation of "Lieutenant"?

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: September 11th, 2010 10:58 am (UTC)
Boromir shiny

More a case of grabbing a high enough sounding rank off a list and sticking to it religiously.

Posted by: Brendan (brendanm720)
Posted at: September 12th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)

Ah yes... The old "Copy and Paste" defense. :-D

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