Title: De Novo
Author: Jilly James
Fandom: NCIS, Criminal Minds, and using one character from Numb3rs (knowledge of crossover fandoms isn’t necessary)
Genre/Themes: Romance, case file, starting over
Relationship(s): Tony DiNozzo/Ian Edgerton, pre Derek/Penelope
Content Rating: NC-17 for language, explicit sex, adult themes, and everything in the warnings.
Warnings: Canon-level violence, case work involving rape, child abuse, domestic violence, stalking, etc. See Expanded Warnings in the Notes section regarding sensitive subject matter.
Author Notes: See Notes Tab
Word Count: ~63k
Beta: Thank you, Naelany.
Art: Banner art provided by Marlislash. Thank you!
Spoilers: Up to early Season 4 of NCIS, pre-series for NCIS:NO, up to Season 2 for Criminal Minds, no spoilers for Numb3rs
Summary: Two months into Tony’s run as team leader after Gibbs’ departure for Mexico, Jenny Shepard realizes things are not going well for the MCRT and decides to intervene. She forces Tony to make a choice, and he finds that sometimes, the best thing is to just start again.
De novo: anew; afresh; again; from the beginning.
ASCLD/LAB – American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors / Laboratory Accreditation Board
ASTTP – Active Shooter Threat Training Program (at FLETC)
ASTITP – Active Shooter Threat Instructor Training Program (at FLETC)
CODIS – Combined DNA Index System
DoD – Department of Defense
DoN – Department of the Navy
DV – Domestic Violence
FLETC – Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
FSV/U – Family and Sexual Violence/Unit (analogous to SVU – domestic and sexual crimes, including crimes against children and the elderly)
GUI – Graphical User Interface
JAG – Judge Advocate General
MO – Modus Operandi, or Mode of Operation
LEO – Law Enforcement Officer
MTAC – Multiple Threat Alert Center
NCISRA or RA – NCIS Resident Agency (a subordinate office under a field office. For instance, New Orleans is a Resident Agency. They have full teams and vary in size.)
NCISRU or RU – NCIS Resident Unit (permanent duty stations under a field office, but usually only a couple agents. Agents have to be experienced because they must work without supervision and usually have no clerical or administrative support.)
OTH – Other Than Honorable (type of military administrative discharge)
SAC – Special Agent in Charge
SCIF – Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility
SFA – Senior Field Agent
SOL – Statute of Limitations
SSA – Senior Supervisory Agent (fictional for NCIS) or Supervisory Special Agent (factual FBI)
SSR – Supervisor’s Supplementary Report (fictional)
TAD – Temporary Assigned Duty (Temporary Duty Assignment)
Expanded Warnings: There isn’t much “on-screen” violence in this story, however, there are discussions about difficult cases and sensitive topics, including the frustration of not being able to get convictions or do anything about certain crimes—particularly crimes that occur primarily against women. This might be triggering for some people. Also, I am not a lawyer. Even though I did research, I have a layman’s understanding of the legal matters I discuss in this story AT BEST. And finally, just because I write a character saying something, doesn’t mean I personally espouse that position. This is fiction, and not every character holds the same beliefs, nor should they. If you are getting agitated or upset, take care of yourself and close the browser. Yelling at me is not the solution to your problems.
Sequel note: There will be a sequel covering the events around Gibbs’ return. Ziva may die in the sequel to this story. It’s in my plot that way now, but I’m going to see how I feel about it when I get there. I’m only mentioning it now to give a heads up to anyone who doesn’t want to read this first story knowing there might be death of a major canon character in the sequel.
Author Note: The first seven chapters were originally published on 2/15/16 for Evil Author Day. I finished the last three chapters and intended to post the story, but didn’t have time to finalize the edits before Michael Weatherly’s last show. I posted the balance of the story to the EAD Live Journal in May. Posting the rough draft of an entirely finished story may be the worst idea I’ve ever had because there was zero motivation to get it finalized once it was up! LOL.
All that to say, this has changed very little over the copy that was available for 11 months on Live Journal. I added a very small introspection scene in chapter 7, and the rest of the changes are grammar, punctuation, and some tweaking. There’s not any substantive change over anything you might have already read.
Crossover Note: Knowledge of Criminal Minds or Numb3rs isn’t necessary. You could look at all the characters as OCs. The canon of the two crossover shows are completely irrelevant to my storyline. Also, this isn’t truly a crossover with Numb3rs. Ian was a secondary character who appeared in 1 episode per season on average. None of the other Numb3rs characters are even mentioned in this story, nor or any of the storylines.