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Terror Nova prologue (buffyverse/NCIS)

September 7th, 2010 (11:43 am)

So, I promised tigerlily0484 yesterday that I was going to try and write her a Buffyverse/NCIS crossover over the next few weeks, one part a day. This may well be insane. Or, conversely, what I need to bat my writing skills/attitude into shape, given that I seem to work best under horrible deadlines.

So, what'll be turning up each day will be totally unbeta-ed, probably full of horrible errors and certainly not posted anywhere else until I've had a chance to edit it all over again when I've finished. I have the basic plot and ending all figured out, through no idea of the actual route I'll be taking. *weak grin*

So, be warned.

So, I really like using 'So' to start paragraphs, don't I? *vague worry*

Anyhow, digression. Today is the prologue, featuring the NCIS characters only (and the first time I've written them seriously).


It was just another day in the NCIS offices, and Tony DiNozzo was amusing himself by flicking rolled up pieces of paper at McGee while he was working away on the computer as normal.

McGeek’s constant appeals to Ziva to make him stop it didn’t appear to be noticed by the Israeli, but then Tony was sure that she was actually keeping score on that legal pad next to her. He flashed her his most charming smile just to stay in practice, but got her most disapproving look in return. Occasionally he wondered if she practiced those scowls of hers in the mirror as well.

Leaning back in his chair, he stretched out in the warm autumn sunshine. “Now, this... this is the life,” he said aloud, arms comfortably folded behind his head.

“Do not say that,” Ziva snapped, without looking up.

“What?” Tony grinned lazily, ready to switch targets away from McGee at a moment’s notice.

“You are tempting fate,” she retorted, lifting her head away from her desk for a quick venomous glare. “I do not approve while I still have this report to complete.”

McGee absently brushed one paper ball off his shoulder, as he looked over to Tony’s desk. “Gibbs is gonna kill you if we get another case so soon after Pritchard.”

“Not gonna happen, probie,” Tony smirked in McGee’s direction, before returning to his new target of opportunity. “And I’m surprised at you, Ziva. How superstitious are you? Like we’re gonna be up in the rotation so soon.”

McGee lifted one eyebrow, and quirked his head towards Tony. “Statistically, we’re just as likely to get an early call as much as waiting around for a later one.”

“Leave it, McGee,” Tony said automatically, “You lost me at statistically. It’s Ziva’s ultra-rational approach I wanna know more about.”

Ziva sighed heavily, and made a meal of placing her pen down. “Very well, Tony. What, precisely, about my beliefs intrigue you?”

Tony rubbed his hands together, and leaned forward in glee. “You honestly believe that if I keep talking about what a nice day today is, then Gibbs will magically materialise behind me with a dead body to go investigate?”

Ziva’s lip twitched. “It is Gibbs we are talking about, yes?”

“Yes! The man maybe supernaturally sneaky, but even he can’t conjure up dead bodies at a whim!”

McGee folded his arms, and looked at Tony. “Gibbs, Tony,” he said, matter-of-factly.

Tony flung his arms up. “I know, I know. Worker of miracles, provider of head-slaps extraordinare, and.... right next to me.” He looked up at Gibbs, standing next to Tony’s desk, ever-present coffee in one hand and a not happy expression on his face. “Hey, boss, let me save you the time and effort,” he said quickly, and slapped himself on the back of his head.

Gibbs grunted, and walked off. “Gear up,” his voice drifted back, “Dead sentry in a warehouse. Ducky’s already on his way.”

Tony looked at the other two agents. “What? Coincidence, that’s all.”

“Thanks, Tony. Thanks a lot,” grumbled McGee, fishing around for his pack.

“Aww, come on guys...”

Ziva just glared and threw her pen at Tony.


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Posted by: tiger (tigerlily0484)
Posted at: September 7th, 2010 11:15 am (UTC)

So I think I kind of love you for this.

You nailed the team, from snappy dialogue to Gibbs' magic appearing act. Insane it might be, but you improved my day more than I can put into coherent words. Looking forward to seeing what comes next.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: September 8th, 2010 10:45 am (UTC)

Thank you. Very glad you liked it.

Posted by: Speaker-to-Customers (speakr2customrs)
Posted at: September 7th, 2010 11:31 am (UTC)

Looks good so far (except for you misspelling Israeli as 'Isreali'). It will, undoubtedly, be the best BtVS/NCIS crossover on TtH when you post it there - because all the other ones are utter shit. The only good NCIS story I've seen on the site is 'Agent Afloat Atlantis', which is an SGA/NCIS cross. I voted for a just barely mediocre story in that category in the CoAs because all the other contenders were approaching BtVS S8 levels of bad.

I was thinking of doing an NCIS crossover myself, just because it seems wrong that such a good show should have inspired only dross, but I needn't bother now.

Edited at 2010-09-07 11:43 am (UTC)

Posted by: Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures)
Posted at: September 7th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)


Posted by: Speaker-to-Customers (speakr2customrs)
Posted at: September 7th, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)

Sorry! I forgot about the NCIS element in 'The Return' - I tend to think of it primarily as a Supergirl story. I'll rephrase my comment;

The only two good NCIS crossovers I've seen on TtH are 'Agent Afloat Atlantis', an SGA/NCIS cross, and 'The Return' (a DC Universe (movieverse)/NCIS/West Wing/Bones crossover).

And, when I went to the site to check the full crossover listings for 'The Return', I saw your new one 'Give The Boys A Great Big Hand'; I hadn't been to TtH in the past few days and I didn't know it existed. Off to read it now...

Posted by: Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures)
Posted at: September 7th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)

It will be very slow updating, and the Buffyverse element will be pretty minimal.

Posted by: sam_arkand (sam_arkand)
Posted at: September 11th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)

I would say tigerlily's "Lost and Found" is well-written. And I've gotten decent reviews (toot toot!) of "Pigtails and Tweed".

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: September 8th, 2010 10:40 am (UTC)

So. No pressure AT ALL then.

*bites fingernails*

Posted by: Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures)
Posted at: September 7th, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)

Looking forward to more. There is a real dearth of good BtVS / NCIS - some good stuff in other crossovers, but not BtVS.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: September 8th, 2010 10:44 am (UTC)

Thanks. I'm not sure I'm gonna be totally successful, but it'll certainly get my best efforts. The basic plot is good and solid which I always think is the most important underpinning.

Posted by: bastardsnow (bastardsnow)
Posted at: September 8th, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)

Very interesting. Looking forward to seeing where this is going. NCIS/BtVS crossovers are in short supply.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: September 8th, 2010 10:47 am (UTC)
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Heh! So am I. I have the road map and destinations set, but half the fun of writing anything is the little side-trips.


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