Title: Dragon’s Delight
Characters: Ziva / Tony
Word Count: 709
Disclaimer: I keep asking and CBS keeps saying no (I think they are being selfish)
Summary: Ziva takes Tony on a trip down memory lane
She walked to the closed bathroom door and listened, she could hear Tony singing in the shower – something about friends in low places. She smiled; he had a really nice voice. She was surprised to discover that even though they had been partners for almost six years, she had so much more to learn about him.
She climbed onto the bed and settled back against the headboard, fluffed the pillows and opened the first of the photo albums that Malachi had brought her.
Flipping slowly through the images, the memories and emotions threatened to overwhelm her. Baby pictures of Tali, camping with Ari and her father, her mother braiding her hair while she in turn braided Tali’s. It was almost like she was looking at someone else’s life. She didn’t remember her childhood being this… normal.
She was so engrossed in the photos that she didn’t even notice that Tony had emerged from the bathroom until he was standing by the bed. She smiled at him, scooted over and patted the bed beside her indicating that he could join her.
“What’s this?” he asked as he settled in and got comfortable.
“My father’s photo albums – Malachi brought them”
Ziva flipped back to the first photo and identified each person pictured and gave him a brief history of each photo. As the pages turned, Ziva became more animated and her summaries became more detailed. She was clearly enjoying this walk through her childhood.
And Tony was enjoying it too. Never in a million years would he have imagined that he and Ziva would be sharing this. He saw photos of her dressed in a pink ballerina costume for a dance recital, elementary school pictures (and yes, even Ziva David went through an awkward adolescent period) and family holidays at the shore and the mountains.
By the time they had finished the first album, they were both laughing hysterically and leaning into each other for support so that they didn’t fall off the bed.
When she opened the second album; Tony saw a picture of a young well dressed Eli David shaking hands with a distinguished looking older man while Ziva, Tali and their mother looked on with pride and love.
Ziva sighed “This is the day that my father became the assistant director of Mossad. The day that would change our lives and we didn’t even know it.”
Tony sensed that the mood had changed so he closed the album and said “Show me the city”
Ziva smiled and put her hand on Tony’s arm saying “Thank you, Tony”
Tony flashed his trademark grin as he pulled her from the bed “Let’s paint this town.”
Her confusion with his phrasing must have shown on her face because Tony just rolled his eyes and said “Come on”
She had to admit that walking through Tel Aviv brought on feelings of nostalgia. She showed Tony where she went to school and the playground where Schmuel Rubenstein told her he liked her. They visited her favorite candy store where she introduced Tony to the joy of dark chocolate sprinkled with Mediterranean Sea salt. As they walked thru the city Ziva pointed out important historical and cultural landmarks, but Tony had to admit it was the personal landmarks that interested him the most.
Not all of the sightseeing brought back good memories. They walked solemnly through the market square where a suicide bombing had killed Tali many years ago. As Ziva looked around, she marveled at how foreign the market looked to her; she still expected to see smoke, debris and shattered lives and yet she saw a busy, clean market with people shopping. It was proof that time does not stand still and life goes on.
Ziva looked at her watch and saw that they only had a short time before the family dinner and she felt a deep sadness come over her as she looked around the city. This would truly be her last walk thru it; she meant it when she told Tony that she would never come back. Israel would always be her birthplace and heritage, but her home was in DC.