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Gorgeous graphic courtesy of bluespirit_star
Title: Soul Deep
Categories: AU, angst, romance, hurt/comfort, supernatural
Word Count: 75,000 - 80,000
Spoilers: None. This is an AU take on the show as a whole, ranging in time from 1978 to 2005
Summary: Most people go through life without touching another person's soul...but when a 20 year old Leroy Jethro Gibbs first meets an 8 year old Tony DiNozzo, it sparks an event that will link them forever.
Author's Notes: This story is set in an AU based on Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials
series of children's books where everyone has an external soul in animal form, called a "daemon" (pronounced 'demon'). This story is not a crossover and no characters from the books appear in it - it's all Gibbs/DiNozzo all the way through.
This story is also not set in one of the worlds Pullman wrote about. The universe in this story is structured very like our own, except for the fact that people in this universe have daemons. These daemons are broadly similar to the ones in the Pullman novels, but I have embellished them or tweaked them a bit to suit my own purposes.
I had enormous fun thinking up what form each person's daemon might take. Some, like Gibbs, were obvious to me, but others took a lot longer to figure out. You might not agree with all the choices I made, but I did give it a lot of thought! And the graphic isn't as much of a clue as it might seem *g*. I also deliberately chose a fairly non-spoilery extract to post below ;-).
Even if you've never read the Pullman novels, or seen the movie version of the first book - The Golden Compass
- you won't have any difficulty understanding this story. For more information on daemons, here is a great little video
on the topic. But it is all explained in the context of the story.
I haven't read any other NCIS fanfic stories that feature Pullman's concept of daemons, so I hope this is truly original within the fandom, but if not, I'm sure there's room for another take on it :-).
The walk up Main Street in the pouring rain with Tony in his arms seemed to take forever. Leroy could feel the sweat running down his face as his injured leg protested, but he continued on, holding the child tightly against his chest, trying to protect him from the worst of the rain.
Jackson was waiting for them on the porch, Meldra clucking anxiously by his side, peering through the storm for sight of them. Leroy staggered the last few steps towards the store, and Jackson ran out into the street.
For once, Jackson didn't make a big fuss. He was often like this in a crisis. He'd tell Leroy off for something small and stupid, like being late home, and go on and on about it for hours, but when something big happened he was solid as a rock. He took one look at Leroy's face, and then at the almost comatose Tony in his arms, and his mouth settled into a grim line.
He moved forward to take Tony, but Leroy gestured him away with an impatient flick of his head. His knee hurt like hell, but he wasn't going to surrender Tony to anyone, not even his own father.