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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:44 pm 
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Have You Had a Manicure? Week
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written for: Kelley, as a Haiti Relief ficlet. Thanks for your donation!
rating: FR13
characters: Tim, Fornell (non-slash)
genre: crack!fic
prompt: manicures

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“Agent Fornell, you’ve got to help me. I’m desperate!”

“Speak up; I can barely hear you. Is this McGee? What’s the trouble, kid?”

“I’m in deep, deep trouble. I have no one here I can turn to. Can you come to NCIS, right now?”

“For you, kid. Sure. Let me clear away a few things…” He dumped the contents of his desk’s IN box into the recycling bin. “…Done. I’m on my way.” Zooming out and down the restricted management-only elevator, he jumped into the Fornellmobile and was at NCIS HQ faster than you can say ytlbugblwxglgbxelzxliurb deiugdzblew!

Soon Fornell was at Tim’s desk. Tim was just hanging up his phone. “Wow, you are fast!”

“What’s the emergency? I’m passing up Hot Pastrami Day in the FBI cafeteria.”

Tim looked about nervously. Gibbs, Tony and Ziva were out in the field (a rather muddy field, on this warm, March day), but he didn’t want to risk being overheard. Even though everyone knew that NICS centered on Gibbs’ team, there were always people in the background…nameless, voiceless people who were walking on the periphery of the squad room. Tim had no idea who they were. Maybe they were all spies, infiltrating NCIS! Maybe only Tim could see them! Thoughts like these kept him awake at night. “Let’s go somewhere private.”

Fornell stiffened his spine (his own, not Tim’s). “I was a commissioned officer; a lieutenant, not a private, I’ll have you know.”

“Yes, sir. Sorry, sir. This way.”

Tim led the older agent up the stairs to the third floor, then down another flight of stairs, and another, then up another, and another until Fornell shoved him into an elevator. “You’ve got a screwy sense of direction, McGee. My knees don’t appreciate all those stairs.”

“We’re almost there,” Tim said, apologetically. When the elevator door opened again, they were back at the squad room. “Do you think anyone followed us?”

“If they did, they’re dizzy by now. Talk!”

“Okay. We’ll go into my office.” Tim stepped back into the elevator, and hit the STOP button.

Then he hit the DOOR OPEN button. Fornell was still standing before the elevator, his face now an unbecoming shade of crimson. “Sorry, sir,” said Tim. “I guess this works better if we’re both inside the elevator, huh?”

“Do you rent office space from Gibbs?” Fornell asked, stepping inside.

“There’s a petty cash jar on his desk.”

“Okay,” Fornell said as Tim hit the STOP button once again. “Now are you going to tell me what this is about??”

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“The agency has a new ‘improve yourself’ week coming up,” Tim said with a sigh. “This one is Have You Had a Manicure? Week. And because I have had one…more than one…I’ve been picked to run it.”

“How manly,” Fornell sympathized. “But how can I help you? I’m not the manicure type.”

“I don’t really know,” Tim said, with a whimper. “You were paired with me for this story. I don’t know why. I was hoping you would know.”

Fornell turned his head and stared out at the readers. “Well, I’ll be…” he said, and started to reach outside the computer screen. Thinking better of it, he pulled his arm back in, with a shudder, and turned back to Tim. “Maybe you’re paired with me.”

“Can’t be. I have top billing. See up there?” Tim pointed to the top of the page.

“It’s a crazy, crazy world…Okay, here’s what you need to do. When in doubt, share the work load. You can say that you’ll be in charge of the manicure drive, and appoint Ziva or Abby to be in charge of the womanicure drive.”

Tim gave him a curious look. “But that’s not what ‘manicure’ means…”

“Come on! You’ve got smarts, kid. You can make a yarn to disprove what people think they know it means.”

“Hmmm, yeah…you may be onto something there…”

An alarm sounded and a light flashed in the elevator. A robotic arm holding a tin cup came out of a wall panel. In a scratchy recording of Gibbs’ voice, the speaker said, “Please deposit $1.25 for the next ten minutes of office use.”

“I think we’re done here,” said Fornell, shooting the robot arm before Tim could beat him to it.

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And so it happened that Tim led the NCIS men on a pilgrimage to a lodge with paintball, tennis, golf, swimming, and, oh yes, a salon, with Agent Fornell of the FBI as a guest speaker; while Abby championed the NCIS women’s spa weekend at a nearby resort. Director Vance was happy to report to the SECNAV and the HR department that Have You Had a Manicure? Week boosted morale 140%.

Meanwhile, Gibbs (who did not believe in being told to get a manicure…personicure…whatever!) sat at NCIS, wondering why donations to his robot tip jar in the elevator were down. Oh, well. I’m sure there’s a reasonable explanation, he thought as he sat, filing his nails.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:54 pm 
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I was laughing so hard, the dog barked at me. You are the crackmaster, Pam. What a great break from my weekend angstfest. McGee's apartment is a bloody mess, but I soooo needed this break. Loved it, Pam, absolutely loved it.

Back to trauma and mayhem...

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:58 pm 
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Thanks, Carolyn! Yes, get back and finish Shattered Innocence! (At least you don't have to clean his apartment...you can just write about it. ;) )

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Heeeeeeee! That's amazing! Random and hilarious! Bravo!

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(Wipes away the tears) Great job Pam. This is better than anything I could think of. I really don't know why the pairing or prompt came out of my head but it did. Thank you for writing it. :clap:

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:14 pm 
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Thank you, Teri! :)

Kelley, I admit that it took me a little while to come up with an idea, but then it went really fast. Thank you for the pairing and the prompt (and the kind words)--it was fun to work with! ;D

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Oh my God. :lol2: It was so Airplane! in nature and I quite approved of it. ;D So silly. ;D I think my favorite part may have been the private line, just because it reminded me of, "I am serious, and don't call my Shirley." ;D Excellent, excellent. :)

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I loved it! :rofl: Thanks for the laugh!

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:45 pm 
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Wow. Comparing this to Airplane! is high praise, indeed! :blush:

Thank you, Andi. Crack!fic is fun. ;D

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;D So silly. Thanks for the laugh!

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Thanks, Shellie! :)

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:lol2: Love it! Can't even think of anything more to say than that because I'm laughing so hard.

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:lol2:

The Fornell mobile, and the elevator rents
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*tries to catch breath*

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Thank you both. ;D Glad you enjoyed it!

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Oh gracious goodness me! That is amazing…the nameless voiceless people…and Tim’s slight mistake with the elevator ‘office’…just everything was incredibly funny, but the last three words… :rofl:

As an unconnected aside…on Friday – we had Masquerade, and Ziva mentioned ‘Talk Like a Pirate’ and I thought PAM!!!!

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;D I loved Ziva's mention of TLAP Day. I'll have to work that in for this year's story. :D

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:rofl: :lol2: I so agree with the Airplane comparisons- I can’t even name all my favorite parts. I loved it all! The end with Gibbs has to be high up there, though. You are truly a crack!fic genius. =D

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I think of Pinky and the Brain..."One is a genius, the other insane!" I'm not sure which one I'd rather be. :thinking: :teasing-tease:

But thanks for your kind words! =D

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