Wild as the Wind (Tiva, 7/31)
Tony and Ziva grow even closer and McGee realizes that he needs to back off.
Chapter 7: A New Type of Practice
“All right, now you have to widen your stance a little, like this,” Ziva instructed, demonstrating how Tony should stand. Now that they’d finished building their house and everything inside, there was little else to do but work on their combat and survival skills, except on days they needed to hunt.
“Okay, then what?”
“Watch me, and try to do what I do,” she said, and demonstrated what Tony would call a rather spectacular ninja move, landing back in the same stance she’d started in. He looked on, impressed, and Ziva felt her face flush under his gaze.
“You look like something out of the Matrix,” he pointed out, and she smirked.
“Well when I start walking up the walls and levitating in the air…” she teased, not finishing her sentence. He’d gotten better about the movie references, but she could tell that Tony still missed his DVD collection and many of the modern conveniences they’d left behind.
“I know what you’re thinking,” he said, interrupting her thoughts.
“Do you now?” She cocked her head to the side, giving him a sultry glance, one that he was sure was meant to be suggestive in nature. He felt a rush of heat pass through him, inwardly thankful that Ziva had chosen not to completely shun all playfulness even while they were working.
“I thought I did,” he croaked, his surprised expression causing her to chuckle gently at him. She smiled, stepping toward him, noting with pride that he was still in the stance she’d instructed him in a few minutes ago. Tony was a quick study, when he really cared to learn something. Or maybe it was because she was his teacher.