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AN: This was written for Round 5 of Session 5 of LFWS at LJ. We could pick from one of seven picture prompts. I chose a plate of waffles covered in syrup. This fits into Breathe at some future point.

Crazy Weeks and Lazy Mornings

Tony blinked his eyes open and rolled over to find the other half of the bed empty. Sunlight streamed in the bedroom windows, the blinds providing little shelter from the light. They really needed to get blackout curtains for the windows, but Gibbs had kept them so busy with cases, it never made it to the top of the to-do list.

He wanted to go back to sleep — it had been a long week even by Gibbs' standards — but a smell tickled the edges of his brain. Sniffing, he could pick up the familiar morning coffee aroma, thanks to their coffeepot timer. But there was something else at the edges of it. He sniffed again, and rolled out of bed. He pulled on a pair of jeans before heading downstairs.

"I thought I smelled maple syrup," he said, taking in the sight before him. "How come you never told me you knew how to make waffles?"

Tim turned to face him, a smear of batter on his MIT T-shirt. "And when was the last day we actually had the time for me to make them?"

"Point." Tony grabbed the mug of coffee Tim had waiting for him. Sipping, he smiled. Just the way he liked it. "OK, McWaffle, heat up my griddle."

Tim lifted an eyebrow. "You really can make anything into a dirty joke, can't you?" But he smirked as he said it. "You think you can handle what I have for you?"

Tony pulled out a chair and settled in at the kitchen table. "Bring it on."

When Tim set a plate of waffles down in front of him a few minutes later, they were drenched in syrup. He took the seat across from Tony, coffee mug in hand.

"None for you?" Tony spoke around a mouthful of waffle.

There was that smirk again. "I had mine while you were still asleep and Jethro was hunting imaginary rabbits in the back yard."

"Don't tell Abby, or she'll be over here trying to save invisible bunnies," Tony said. "And I'm pretty sure none of the ones Jethro was chasing are named Harvey."

"No, probably not," Tim said. "If they are, I'm calling Ducky because somebody needs his professional opinion."

"Don't look at me, McPsych," Tony retorted. "I'm not the one who talks to a stuffed hippo." He paused for a second. "Although he does talk back, sort of. If you can speak the language of hippo flatulence."

"Ask Ziva." Tim settled back in his chair, closing his eyes and sipping from the mug. "That's got to be one of the 10 languages she speaks."

"As long as it isn't the language of love." Tony rolled his eyes. "Did I tell you she tried giving me tips on what to do for you for Valentine's Day?"

"Pretty sure you cooking me dinner and setting up a Hitchcock movie marathon wasn't on her list," Tim said. "Although I'll bet she got the movies part." He paused. "Abby did the same thing with me — pretty sure those two planned it."

"And Abby might have suggested clubbing, but not the jazz club the night they were doing music from classic films," Tony said. He reached across to lace his fingers with Tim's. "You'd think they would have realized we've found a way to fit both our interests together by now."

Tim shrugged. “Why? They both make a point of being distinct. Neither one likes to let somebody dictate how they live, which isn’t surprising. But part of making a relationship work, a serious one, is compromise. I’m still not sure how they’re both managing to make things work with Jimmy and Damon.” He snorted. "Especially Abby."

"Not going to argue with the resident Abby expert," Tony said. "Especially not somebody who can do the coffin and tattoo thing with her, be happy watching sports on the couch with me, geek out with Palmer over video games, and be happy in your study writing away." He smiled. "All those different pieces of you, and they're all you." He stopped for a second. "Wait, Mr. Gemcity isn't shaking things up in the next book is he? Agent Tommy is still interested in Lisa, right?"

Tim snorted and opened his eyes. "Always," he said. "The fans would kill me if I ever messed with McGregor and Amy and Tommy and Lisa. Good thing that's fiction." He grinned. "Especially since Jimmy's sleeping in the coffin these days."

"At least Amy's alive," Tony said. "He still hasn't forgiven you for Pimmy Jalmer's necrophilia in the first book." Tony made a face. "How did we get from waffles to sex with corpses?"

"The same way we always do," Tim said. "Well, not the sex with corpses. I prefer my sex with people who are alive."

"You'd better be preferring it with only one person who's alive," Tony said, pointing his syrup-coated fork at him.

Tim opened his mouth to reply, but before he had a chance, his cell phone rang. He glanced at the display. "Gibbs."

Tim pressed a button. "McGee."

Tony listened to Tim's side of the conversation, but he was already clearing the table.

"So much for a quiet morning at home," Tim said after he got off the phone. "Dead admiral in Rock Creek Park."

"Always Rock Creek Park," Tony said. "OK, you get McMutt, I'll grab a quick shower." He turned to look over his shoulder. "Unless you want to join me?"

"You did say quick, right?" Tim grinned. "Tonight, after we get home."

Before they headed out 20 minutes later, Tony filled his travel mug with coffee, then added maple syrup and cream. It wasn't hazelnut, but if it helped him remember the lazy morning at home as they worked their 47th day in a row, he'd take it.

He hurried out the door after Tim.

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:flirtysmile: Love it! Sweet, but still in character (no matter what anyone says) and the banter is so perfect!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:23 pm 
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Thanks, Colleen!! I'm quickly coming to the conclusion that I'm only surviving because somebody has written an atrocious story every round. Pretty soon I'm going to be out of places to hide my "not according to proper characters/pairing" fics. ;)

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To be honest, at this point the writers I really wanted out are out. That's not to say I don't want us to be the last two standing, but I'm just glad some of them are out of the running.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:01 pm 
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Very true. I think most of the ones left are good writers. We'll have to see how it shakes out. And Round 7 should be the comeback round. I don't know if they do that as top 5 vote-getters that week move on? That could KO me because I'm usually one of the bottom ones.

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Based on what they did the last time, I think the writers who are still in the competition get the week off and the writers who were eliminated by votes from the competition write stories and whoever's story gets the most votes is back in the competition :yes:

Also, I can't help but notice one of the writers hasn't written anything the last three challenges (yet, according to the skip log, she's only skipped twice) :P

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Sometimes they don't update the skip log right away. Also, we did have the option if we knew we had a crazy week, to let them know in advance and they wouldn't require a skip. So this might have been a week she had said she couldn't do. Or maybe she'll be dropped next week like the one who gave fandom up for Lent was dropped this week.

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See, I think that's kind of stupid. I mean, I don't like the idea of skips anyway, but if you're going to have rules, you should uphold them :P

Someone gave up fandom for Lent? And I thought giving up ice cream was tough ;D

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Well, it was part of the rules from the beginning — they announced for everybody when the schedule was posted.

How did you miss Sherry, Barb and I talking about that last week on Twitter? We were commenting on it for the better part of an afternoon/evening.

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I must have missed that part :P

I don't get on Twitter too much, but wow, that's crazy.

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Hence the reason we were chattering (squeaking? ;) ) that long.

OMG if the desk doesn't proof my page and give it back so I can finish and leave, I'm going to shoot somebody. :P I was supposed to be done 40 minutes ago.

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Yes, I was rather the fan of this, too, even if I didn't vote for it. ;D And yeah, it seems like some of those people are getting away with murder, not having to write stories, yet still being in the running. I still cannot believe that Apologies story got 3 favorite votes. What. OMG. :P

And I see how you are, Colleen - you really wanted me out of the competition because you said all the writers you wanted to go are gone. *cries* :P

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I was glad to see the one got dropped this week. Can't wait to see how the next round goes. Everybody still left has one skip, so I'll be curious to see if anybody takes the skip this week to avoid getting KOd. Frankly, this would be a decent round to lose because you have a chance the next round for a comeback. Now to see what kind of prompt we get...

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I said all the writers I wanted gone are gone, Sherry. I didn't say that all the writers gone should be ;) So far, you're the only one who was voted out who I don't think should have been.

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