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NCIS: Man Down! - Part Two

Ziva goes off alone with Damian, will this be the last mistake she makes? Or will the team rescue her?
They get into an old warehouse. "He ran in here. So where did he go?"
"How do I know?"
"Ziva." She turns around.
"Damian let’s finish this."
"My pleasure!" Tony turns round and looks Damian in the eye.
"You’re not a murderer."
"How do you know?"
"I’ve seen a lot of murderers and how they look. You are not one of them."

"You don’t know me."
"But I do."
"No Ziva you knew me, I changed when you left me at that damn safe house."
"I didn’t want to leave you!"
"You never told your father that."
"I... you were my best friend."
"Enough bullshit! You left me when your father killed my parents."
"What? Damian I didn’t know, I swear I didn’t know!"
"Liar!"
"Why would I lie?"

"Ziva we need to go." Tony’s voice is urgent.
"No Tony you have to go. I need to catch up on our friendship and where it went wrong."
"But Ziva what about your side?"
"It’ll be fine. Go Tony." She hugs him and whispers in his ear. "Tell Gibbs where I am." He gives her his phone. "It’s on silent. I’ll text you when I get back."
"Ok." She walks over to Damian. Tony walks out of the warehouse. Damian grabs Ziva’s arm. "Hey! What are you doing?!"
"Taking you so they can’t find you."
"That’s not fair! No!" He throws her in the back of the car.

They pull up outside a big house. "Where are we?"
"We are going to see a friend of mine. He’ll sort your side out so that you don’t die too soon."
"What?"
"Just get out of the car!" Ziva steps out of the car and they walk up to the house. "Wait a minute I know this place."
"You should, he’s more one of your friends than mine."
"What? Who?" Damian bangs on the door. It opens. Damian smiles at Ziva. "Dr. Mallard you’re home early."

"Ducky?"
"Ziva are you alright my dear?"
"Sweet real sweet." Damian points the pistol at Ducky. Ziva looks at him.
"There’s no need for that!"
"Ducky isn’t it?"
"Dr. Mallard to you."
"Right then Dr. Mallard you are going to sort her out and then keep your mouth shut or…" He puts the pistol to Ziva’s head. "I’ll blow her brains out."
"Alright come in."

While ducky is sewing her wound up, Tony’s phone vibrates in her back pocket. Damian hears it. "What was that?"
"What was what?"
"Stand up."
"Wait I’m nearly done." Ducky finishes and Ziva stands up. He checks her pockets. Damian takes Tony’s phone. "Trying to hind this were we?"
"No I just forgot I had it."
"Who’s Abby?"
"Leave her alone!" Ziva shouts at him. "Don’t get them involved please."
"Fine." Ziva turns to Duck and hugs him.
"Tell Gibbs not to worry and give Tony this." She takes her necklace off and puts it in his hand. "Goodbye Ducky." She walks to the car and gets in. Damian drives off.

When they come to some old food storage buildings, Ziva looks at him confused.
"Why are we here?"
"You’ll get why in a little while." He drags her into a freezer compartment.
"What are you going to do?"
"I’m going to set a trap and you’re the bate." He ties her to a shelf unit. He texts Tony as if it was Ziva. He locks the door. Tony turns up half an hour later. "Ziva!" He runs around trying to find her. "Ziva are you in here?!" In the freezer Ziva looks up at the small window.
"Tony I’m in here." She tries to shout but all she can manage is a whisper.

When Tony finally finds Ziva she has passed out. "Ziva?" He shakes her. "Ziva wake up please. Ziva!" Tony cuts the cable tied around her wrists. "Come on Ziva." He takes his jacket off and covers Ziva with it. "Oh God come on wake up. I know you can." Her eyes flicker. "That’s it Ziva, please come on." She opens her eyes and whispers.
"Tony?"
"Oh thank God, don’t scare me like that."
"Sorry I…" She remembers what Damian had said to her. "Tony you need to get out of here, it’s a trap!"

"What do you mean?"
"She means that I have just tricked you into my trap." Tony turns around and Ziva stares horror written across her face. "Damian leave him alone I told you that at Ducky’s!"
"Ducky’s?"
"Yes Tony. Just leave, I’ll be fine."
"No, we need to get you out of here."
"Tony please don’t argue."
"Ok, I’ll go." He stands up and leaves. Damian pulls Ziva to her feet.

"Come on." Ziva wraps Tony’s jacket around herself. She puts her hand in his pocket and pulls out her necklace. Damian turns around and she shoves it back into the pocket. "Right Ziva you have ten minutes to find McGee and save him. If you don’t you’ll both be blown sky-high."
"What?!" Damian walks away and shouts.
"The clock is ticking!"
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Published: 5/25/2012
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