This is a Christmas episode from my long running NCIS story on fanfictionnet. It didn't fit into the time line so I decided to do a seperate one.
Baby, Baby, Baby!!! Christmas Episode
I don't think it matters. Jess will be just as happy if we choose
another doll.” Abby stared at her
husband like he'd completely lost his mind. Hadn't she explained to
him that Jess had told Santa that she wanted a Saige doll? It was
imperative that they find her one. It wasn't that Abby was into
spoiling kids, she wasn't. But Santa wishes were something
else entirely. “Are you serious? Clearly you've never been a little
girl.” “Obviously.” “Exactly. If you
had then you'd know how beyond important it is that we find it. Her
whole perception of Santa and the magic of Christmas could be ruined
for life Timmy. For life.”
“Ok, we can leave the kids here with Sarah and we'll go to one last
mall but if it's not there then we're choosing something else.
“Clear Timmy but I have to start the preparations for tomorrow.
Everyone will be here for lunch you know that.” She flung her arms
around him and kissed him soundly. “I know you'll find it Tim, I
just know it.”
“Feel it in your bones?”
“Yes I do.”
Tim hugged his wife tightly. “Just so you know? I know that I'm
being manipulated here Abby. You're just lucky that I love you and
Jess to the moon and back.”
“What about us?” Dyl asked.
“I love you and Aaron to the moon and back too Dyl.” Tim kissed
the top of his son's head ignoring the growing boys wince.
“That's probably a good thing Dad cos this little guy stinks.”
“Merry Christmas Mommy.” Tim chuckled. “I have to go.”
“Can I come Dad?”
“Not this time Dyl.”
“You're getting to be such a big boy Dyl.” Abby said. “I bet
you'd be pretty good at changing diapers just like a grown up now.”
“No thanks Mom. I'm happy being a kid.” He help his brother up to
his mother with a wrinkled nose.
“Ok then stinky boy. It's just you and Momma.” Abby kissed the
baby chubby cheek.
“Da da.” he said.
“Is not here. Looks like you're stuck with me big guy.”
“There was a
slight problem.” Tim wandered in with an arm full of packages, all
from the American girl store.
Abby ran to Tim and
grabbed at the bags he'd picked up and started rifling through them.
Her instincts as a forensic scientist urging her to find the answer
instead of waiting. This isn't Saige.” she said, her eyes wide as
the knowledge of what this meant trickled through. She never should
have sent a man on such an important task.
“I know, Saige
was all sold out but I can fix that. “
Tim grabbed Abby's
arm and towed her up the stairs to the their bedroom where no one
would walk in on them. They couldn't risk little minds being scarred
for life by finding that it was in fact their parents that had
provided their gifts. Well Jess anyway. Dyl suspected but he hadn't
asked the big question yet thank goodness. Abby would have been happy
to keep the illusion going for life.
Tim took the bags
from Abby. She watched as her
husband spread a slew of Paige outfits and accessories across their
bed. “Those are just outfits Tim.”
“I know.” he
said pulling a doll out from another bag triumphantly. “but I have
She's a historical doll.” “She had long
blonde curls just like our Jess.”
Caroline.” “Now she's
Caroline. Once we undress her and put on Paige's clothes then she'll
be Paige.” “With blonde
hair.” “Yes. See it's
perfect.” “No it's not
perfect.” Abby crossed her arms. “Is that what you really think
Timmy? That you can just dress a person up in someone else's clothes
and they become that person. Like if I died or something then you
could just get a new wife and throw on a checked skirt and a cute
t-shirt and draw on a few tattoos and boom new
wife, new life. Don't
forget the platform boots Tim or she won't be the real thing.”“Abby
it's a doll.”“It's
no ordinary doll Tim.”“I
know that Honey. Look, I got the books too. I think this toy is
actually a really good idea. It has a great message.”“Look
inside the book Tim. Paige has brown hair.”“Abby
she decided she wanted this two days before Christmas. I did the best
be upset and she's going to think that Santa didn't love her enough
to give her what she asked for.” Abby picked up each accessory
packet and tossed it down on the bed.“No she's not.
We'll just tell her that Santa wanted her to have a doll that looked
just like her. This is what it is now. We are not spending anymore
time looking and we're not spending anymore money. It's ridiculous
how much this doll has cost.” “I guess.” Abby
grumbled, sighing miserably.
“Smile.” “I can't, I feel
like Christmas is ruined. “Abby there's
only one thing that will ruin Christmas around here and that's your
attitude. Fix it or I'll fix it for you.” “You just don't
get it Timmy. I don't want Jess disappointed, that's all.” “Neither do I and
she won't. She has lovely gifts Abby. She'll take her cue from you.
If you're happy, she'll be happy.” “Do you think Dyl
has enough gifts?” “He has plenty of
gifts and so does Aaron. Even though he would probably rather play in
the boxes.” “Tim I really do
appreciate what you tried to do here.” Abby slipped her arms around
her tired husband's neck. “I love you but I have to go back to my
cookies now.” “It'll be fine
Abby, you'll see. Do you want me to start wrapping?” “That'd be great.
Lock the door after me. Just leave the doll stuff. I'll see what I
can do with her later before I go to bed.”
pressed out another batch of gingerbread cookies. She'd done several
trays of boy ones and now she was finishing up the last tray of
girls. She wasn't a hundred percent happy with her baking efforts
this year but this doll thing was a distraction. Tim didn't
understand. They'd been so busy at work that she hadn't even read
Jess's Christmas wish list. Of course she would have had to delve
into the secret place to find it. Jess had been testing whether
Santa could really find her list without her posting it to the North
Pole. If Abby hadn't taken the kids to see Santa she never would have
found out that Paige was who Jess wanted. Of course Kim had ordered
hers weeks ago for Maddie and Beth, such wads the life of a non
working mother. You got to stay on top of things. Maybe she should
give up work and stay home. Her phone rang and she quickly wiped her
hands and answered it. “Hi.”
Kim said. “How did you go. Did Tim manage t get it?” “Nope.
Sold out.” “Oh
has this crazy idea that we can dress a Caroline doll in Paige
clothes and try and fool Jess.” “Oh
that is such a man solution.” “Gibbs
wouldn't make that mistake.” “Maybe
could hear Kim tapping away on her computer in the background. “I
better go and finish these cookies.” “No
wait. I think I have it.” “What?”
Abby didn't even know what her friend had but she couldn't help
feeling hopeful. “Ebay.
Someone has one; it's a a bit more expensive but it new and in a box.
Pick up only.” “How
much more expensive?” “Double.”
Kim said. “I know it's a lot. That's what these people do. They buy
up the popular things and sell them to the desperate people online
for twice the amount.” “Well
I;m desperate. Where is it?” “An
hour away.” “That's
nothing. Road trip?” “Yeah
sure. Why not. Are you going to tell Tim where you're going?” “Of
course I am. To get more potatoes.” She giggled. “Then
that's what I'll tell Leroy. He can watch the girls for a while,
they're almost ready for bed anyway.”
you're a life saver.”
The first day's question is what doll does Jess want for Christmas?
Answer the question in the comment section today and after the next two days installments and I will draw a random winner on Christmas eve. You can choose one copy of any of my books as a prize.