Tony knelt in front of a men's room door. He was looking down the empty hallways at the guard near the
side exit. "Got one gunman at the 'A' hall exit," Tony stated.
"Understood," Ziva answered.
While Ziva and Gibbs have perfected the art of stealthily approaching DiNozzo, he was no slouch at
sneaking up on others. One on one, Tony easily placed the gunman in a choke hold, knocking him out
monumentally. He grabbed the AK-47 and a radio from the man, the sneaked back into the restroom. "You
know, I'm not sure if I should just take this rifle, or if I should remove the firing pin."
"Seeing as how you left your handgun locked in the teacher's desk, I'd keep it with you," Ziva
noted. "Can you tell me the model of the radio you got off of your attacker?" Tony read off the
label on the back of the gunman's radio. Ziva ordered the radio techs to cross-reference the model with
the possible frequencies that the radio could broadcast. "We can probably tap into their
Before Tony could move on, the gunman that he previously subdued had woke and entered the bathroom. He
searched the stalls for the man who disabled him, only to be KO'd again, this time courtesy a
butt-stroke. He placed the gunman's radio on the floor before proceeding to exit the restroom. "That
ought to keep him down for a while."
"On a Kalashnikov, the safety is on the right side. If you pull it down all the way, it will be in
"Roger that," Tony replied. Although the rifle was designed to fire bullets in bursts, the field agent
was more in tune with the one-pull, one bullet approach of a semi-automatic weapon, like the P229 he
left in the classroom. Adrenaline surged through DiNozzo as he scoured the halls for more gunmen. He was
Bruce Willis in the Die Hard series, the man of action. His job was to take down the terrorists
from the inside. Peaking around a corner in the hallway, he tested his ability with the captured weapon.
The second terrorist was taken down with double-tap to the right shoulder. DiNozzo had enough time to
kick the terrorist's AK-47 away, then he took out the magazine and placed it in his pocket.
Outside the school, the tactical teams swiftly went into action, with coordination from Ziva in MTAC,
"Bravo 2, got a bandit at your 8 o'clock." Ziva watched as the FBI team took out the stolen van and
disarmed the terrorists. "Bravo 5, two gunmen approximately 20 meters to your east." The Bravo 5 team
saw them first, and laid down fire on their targets.
Gibbs's team, Alpha 1, laid in wait in front of the school building, partially protected by the armored
FBI Suburban. Taking out the rooftop snipers required a similar counter-approach. Gibbs set up his M40
on the roof of the Charger. He carefully aimed the sniper rifle at the first gunman before pulling the
trigger. One shot was fired, one sniper was taken out. The other rooftop gunman hurried over to the
first one's position. That was his last mistake. Gibbs chambered a second round, aimed, and fired again.
Dorneget reached for the radio. "This is Alpha 1," he stated. "The rooftop gunmen have been taken out."
By the time Tony had reached the front office, the terrorist leader had become furious. He shouted
obscenities in Arabic, which Ziva had picked up.
"He's upset that his plan is falling apart," Ziva noted in her partner's ear. "He wonders
how come no one inside the school is able to back up the teams outside."
"Didn't he hear the sound of AK-47 fire in the building?" Tony whispered.
"Of course, he did," Ziva replied. "He assumed that his men had taken out someone wandering
Tony pointed his gun at the terrorist leader. "You know, assumption is the mother of all fuck-ups," he
noted, borrowing a line from Under Siege 2.
"And just who the hell are you?" the terrorist leader replied.
"I'm just a fly in the ointment. The monkey in the wrench. The pain in the ass." Tony shifted from
quoting Die Hard to quoting himself. "I'm the wild card. I'm the guy who looks at the reality
in front of him and refuses to accept it."
"You talk about reality, in that case, tell me what you think of this." He pulled out his AK-47, and two
more gunmen entered the room pointing their arms at him. "You our outnumbered, and we are more skilled
with these weapons than you are. We may be killed in battle today, but there are others like me, and we
will not rest until the Jew Cancer is stricken from this earth.
The gunman's words caused DiNozzo's blood to boil. The terrorist leader was not talking about him, but
he was talking about two women very close to him. Talia had become the little sister he wished he had
his whole life. She was cheerful, somewhat flirtatious, and had the most beautiful singing voice he had
ever heard. She had been saved from death once before, and given the chance to pursue her passion in
music and dance. Then, there's Ziva. She was a crazy ninja chick, but she was his crazy ninja
chick. When he thought she had been killed, he led his team to the end of the earth to kill the man
responsible. She was his rock, a serious counter to his humor. Most importantly, she was the mother of
his unborn child, and his partner in all things.
DiNozzo once again began to repeat the words he said to another terrorist. "There's only one force on
Earth that can short circuit a man's better instincts, put fire in his veins, makes him dive head long
into danger with no regard for his own well being. You have just found it. Zh beshebyelk,
Ziva." Without a second thought, he immediately pulled the trigger.
Ziva listened as she heard the exchange of fire in the school office. She could discern at least three
different weapons had been fired, meaning that her mate was outnumbered two-to-one. She heard a sharp
thud from the earwig. "TONY!!" she screamed. There was no question about it, he had been hit. She pulled
herself together to send out a message to the teams outside. "Agent is down, main office. There's at
least two gunmen left in the building." After making the announcement, she took off her headset, sat
down on the chairs, and let her emotions take over.
When Gibbs heard Ziva's announcement, he knew that she was in no condition to continue. "This is Alpha
1," He stated over the radio, "I'm taking over coordination. We're heading in."
"Roger that," Fornell acknowledged.
Gibbs and McGee took lead as they headed through the front door and entered the office. Before going
down, DiNozzo had managed to take out the leader and both associates. Dorneget checked his pulse, "He's
still alive," he stated.
Gibbs and McGee checked the gunmen. "Not so lucky for these bastards," Gibbs commented. "Alpha 1, office
is secure. We need an ambulance here, now!"
Gibbs sent Agent Dorneget out to check on all of the classrooms. Thankfully, there were no casualties
among students or staff. He found the previously subdued gunman in the 'A' hall bathroom. He was cuffed
and escorted to a waiting FBI agent.
When Dorneget got to the last room, he was accosted by two young women who wanted to see his badge. "You
must be Gibbs's daughter," he said to the young redhead.
Catherine acknowledged the junior agent's assumption. "How's Tony. Is he all right?"
"Agent DiNozzo has been shot," Dorneget replied. "We've got an ambulance on the way to get him."
"Where there any other casualties?" The teacher asked as she handed the agent DiNozzo's badge and SIG.
"None among students or staff," Ned noted. "I can't say the same thing about the gunmen."
Once the school was secure, the ambulance arrived to receive the sole surviving casualty. All of the
gunmen were either killed or arrested unharmed. Gibbs and McGee stood back and let the EMT's do their
job. As they did, McGee turned to his boss. "Any word from Ziva?"
"No," Gibbs replied, "but between having Tony in critical and her own pregnancy, she's in no condition
to continue working."
"I'll contact Tali, let her know," McGee stated as he pulled his cell phone. The FBI team found the
jamming equipment, and he now had full strength on his phone. He immediately pulled Tali's name from his
contact list and initiated the call to her cell phone.
"Hello," Tali answered.
"Tali, it's Tim."
"Hey, Timmy," Tali responded in a flirtatious voice. "What's up."
"DiNozzo's been shot," McGee stated. "EMT's are taking him to Bethesda now."
"Oh, my God!" Tali exclaimed. "How's Ziva? Does she know?"
"She was in contact with Tony when it happened. We think it's best if you go pick her up and take her to
"Of course." Tali knew her way to the Navy Yard. "I'm on my way."