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Terror Nova part two (Buffyverse/NCIS)

September 9th, 2010 (11:35 am)

And that should be most of our principal cast on stage now....

Part two

Ziva blinked. “Buffy?” she found herself saying in a tone of bemusement. “This is not a name that I have heard before.”

“Traditional California name, passed on through the generation,” the blonde civilian (Buffy! Really?!?) quipped with a blinding smile in Ziva’s direction.

She turned back to Gibbs in front of her, and looked at his increasingly stormy expression. “Hellooo?” she said, waving her hand in front of his face a couple of times of times before turning back to Ziva. “I think I broke him.”

Gibbs frowned even deeper than before if that was possible. “IWC? What the hell is that? Never heard of it,” he snarled.

“Yeah, get that a lot,” Buffy smirked. She pulled out her ID card and flipped it open directly in front of Gibbs’s face. “But look! See the signature of the Vice President there? Totally not one of your standard stamped out sigs, he signed that one personal.”

“And what does IWC actually stand for, Miss Summers?”

She smirked again. “Oddly enough, if you don’t already know, then you’re not cleared to know, Grumps. And call me Buffy.”

She turned back to stare at the body of Seaman Balboa again. Gibbs caught McGee’s eye and made a hand gesture strongly suggesting that he really should stop snapping all those crime scene photos, and start looking up Miss Summers and this IWC.

McGee blinked once, twice, then jumped. “On it, boss,” he said and started playing with his PDA again.

Deciding a little rope wouldn’t go amiss, Gibbs joined Buffy besides the body. “What, exactly, does your agency cover, why do you think this is your jurisdiction, and how did you get here so fast, Buffy?”

“You ask a lot of question, Grumps,” Buffy said vaguely, studying the area around the dead seaman’s neck. “You get many gangs on PCP around here?”

“PCP?” asked Ziva, drifting over to also study the body. Gibbs watched Summers glance over her, assessing her quickly in an instant. Unlike most people though, Summers seemed to not under-estimate her at all. Interesting.

“Phencyclidine, also known as angel dust,” McGee piped up from over where he was still accessing his PDA, “Recreational drug, causes hallucinations in the user.”

“Ah. Thank you, McGee,” Ziva said, and snapped her own shot of the body and Buffy.

Buffy smiled, and stood up. “Angel dust...heh. Hadn’t heard that one before. He’d like that,” she said absently.

Gibbs growled. There was no other way to describe the noise he made. “What. Are you doing. On my case?” he managed to get out.

Behind him, he could hear the sounds of DiNozzo finally turning up with Ducky. Lt Commander Tucker reluctantly tore himself away from the Buffy and Gibbs show, and started indicating where Ducky should start setting up. “My word, Jethro,” he heard Ducky say, “What on earth do we have here?”

Buffy looked at Gibbs. “Seriously, Jethro? Jethro? And you’re giving me shit over Buffy? Hello? Stones and grass houses here?”

Tony DiNozzo drifted over next to where McGee was still standing. “I miss much, Probie?” he inquired quietly, “And who’s the hottie?”

Over by Gibbs, the blonde shot him a quick look and a wink. She couldn’t have heard him from over there, could she? Nah...

“Yo!” came another voice, cutting across the group. On top of the piled high crates, about five high and staring down at the group with an amused look on her face was another young woman. Brunette, about 5’5”, long hair down to her shoulders and wearing a leather jacket and what had to be the tightest leather trousers Tony had ever seen.

She jumped down. Even Gibbs blanched and jerked forward automatically, only to pull himself up abruptly when she landed on her feet like a cat, and then just stood up as if nothing had happened. “Extraordinary!” Gibbs heard Ducky breathe behind him.

She walked over to Buffy nonchalantly, as if nothing had happened. “Like we thought, B – completely cherry world. Background fields are all up in place, just never touched till we came along. We’re cool, any of our stuff is cool, but conversely...”

Buffy’s expression twisted. “Yeah. Could spread like wildfire.”

“Hey!” Gibbs yelled angrily. “I want some answers. This is my crime scene, my dead body.”

The brunette looked at the irate Gibbs, and licked her lips. “Oooo... me likee.”

“No, you don’t. He’s grumpy,” said Buffy absently, as if Gibbs wasn’t there in front of them. “Anyway, this is my partner, Faith...”

“Lehane,” said Tony DiNozzo, suddenly stonefaced. “Faith Lehane.”


Posted by: Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures)
Posted at: September 9th, 2010 11:26 am (UTC)

As on the Ten Most Wanted list?

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: September 9th, 2010 12:08 pm (UTC)
Gospel Booster

Nope. But don't worry - I'm not gonna drag it out. All will be revealed on where those two know each other from tomorrow.

Posted by: In awe of sensible companions.... (wildecate)
Posted at: September 9th, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC)

Stones and grass houses?

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: September 9th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
Anya finger

Have you not heard of "People who live in grass houses shouldn't light matches"?

Tony DiNizzo spent a whole hour convincing Ziva of that once, and still hasn't confessed.

Posted by: tiger (tigerlily0484)
Posted at: September 9th, 2010 01:21 pm (UTC)

As if I didn't love you enough already (in the non-creepiest way possible), this comment just cemented it.

Posted by: S. Gryfgen (caira)
Posted at: September 12th, 2010 11:17 am (UTC)

They shouldn't strike two stones together, surely . . .

Also, if Tony convinced Ziva of that one, how does Buffy know it? :p

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: September 12th, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC)

Must admit I am so tempted to just stick Buffy and Ziva in a room later and see who can mangle the English language/idioms the most.

Posted by: tiger (tigerlily0484)
Posted at: September 12th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)

Oooh! That sounds like fun. ;)

Posted by: tiger (tigerlily0484)
Posted at: September 9th, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC)

Wow. Just... wow.

Reading this makes me want to write. And right now? That's the highest compliment I know how to give.

*runs off to flail in a corner somewhere*

Posted by: MoragMacpherson (moragmacpherson)
Posted at: September 9th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)

Hmmmm... intriguing.

Just as a note, in the long history of the Vice-Presidency, Darth Cheney was by far the exception in having any actual authority, respect, fear, etc. In general, the VP is something of a joke, really. The VP actually has almost no constitutionally mandated powers (other than casting the tie-breaker vote in the Senate) and most of them - and by most of them, I mean pretty much every single one I can think of except Cheney, spend their time doing nothing attending ceremonial functions and writing reports that no one reads, if they can even be bothered to do that (when Teddy Roosevelt was notified that President McKinley's death had made him President, he'd been in the middle of his own personal quest to reach the summit of every peak in the Adirondack mountains. Harry Truman, FDR's VP, despite that President's longtime ill-health, was not briefed on the existence of the atom bomb until after he took the oath of office, and reportedly learned about the Normandy invasion from the morning newspaper). Consequently, except during the Bush II years, the office of the Vice President has very little authority.

tl;dr: If you're going to put a big signature on those badges, go for broke and go with the President himself. If that's going too far, then make it the Secretary of Defense - which would also get Gibbs' attention.

Posted by: Brendan (brendanm720)
Posted at: September 9th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)


Posted by: Brendan (brendanm720)
Posted at: September 9th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)

Nice work, BTW. I'm still enjoying this.

Posted by: Speaker-to-Customers (speakr2customrs)
Posted at: September 9th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)

Agreed. I'd go for the Secretary of Homeland Security myself, rather than SecDef, but definitely not the VP.

Posted by: MoragMacpherson (moragmacpherson)
Posted at: September 9th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)

I thought about Homeland Security, but as the Secretary of Defense outranks him (cabinet members are ranked by how long their department has existed, and HS is a baby-agency), also receives all of the various intelligence agency reports, and is also Gibbs' boss, I still thing the SecDef is the best non-President choice.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: September 10th, 2010 10:39 am (UTC)
Dawn tilted

Would the SecDef outrank SecNav who's Gibbs's ultimate boss?

Posted by: MoragMacpherson (moragmacpherson)
Posted at: September 10th, 2010 11:03 am (UTC)

The Secretary of the Navy serves under the Secretary of Defense (as do the Sec.s of the Army, Air Force, etc.), so yes.

Posted by: bastardsnow (bastardsnow)
Posted at: September 9th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)

Dude, I'm very much enjoying this. Well done.

Posted by: mymatedave (mymatedave)
Posted at: September 9th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)

Really liking this, and looking forward to tomorrow. Glad you're writing again.

Posted by: Helenka (helenkacan)
Posted at: September 10th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
Rainbow eye

I looked at your first post and my head started to wobble.

NCIS and Buffy?
Wait a minute.

And now I'm just loving it. Also "Grumps".

Posted by: sam_arkand (sam_arkand)
Posted at: September 11th, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)

I hate to bring this up, but I'm finding Buffy much too confrontational and rude. She might joke around with Giles or insult Snyder; those, however, are much different dynamics than meeting a professional federal agent over a crime scene.

I might have written it as:

"Buffy Summers, IWC. I was assigned by the--"

"What are you doing in my crime scene?"

"Okay." Buffy tilted her head. "If you're Grumpy, is that guy over Happy?"

Buffy usually only gets insulting or sarcastic when given cause for it.

Posted by: Helenka (helenkacan)
Posted at: September 11th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
Rainbow eye

Um ... you might want to redirect your comment to the author and not as a reply to my comment.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: September 11th, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)

A large proportion of it is my version of Buffy where I'm afraid we'll have to agree to disagree, but another large part of her attitude is the knowledge that she's on a ticking clock.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: September 11th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)

*nods* Really.

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