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Tony grinned fondly at the image of Ducky on the computer screen. Ducky was wearing his customary bow tie, but he had a red Santa hat on his head. His face was a little flushed, and his eyes were bright. Tony wouldn’t be surprised if Ducky had been drinking. He still made eggnog using his mother’s secret family recipe. Tony felt a pang of longing as he looked at his old friend.
“Merry Christmas, Ducky!” he said brightly.
“Happy Christmas!” Ducky held out a glass as if to toast Tony, and he grinned.
“How’s your first Christmas Eve in Hawaii treating you?”
Tony shrugged. “It’s only been a few months but so far so good. I like my new team. So far, there are a lot of interesting cases.
“Are you all alone tonight?” Ducky asked.
“I am. A couple of my teammates invited me over and I spent the afternoon going between their homes. It was good to hang out with them outside of work. But I decided to spend the evening at home.”
Ducky smiled. “I’m glad you haven’t been alone all day. How are you, my boy? Really?”
Tony saw the concern in his face and smiled reassuringly. “I can’t complain. This is paradise after all. I’ve always loved Hawaii. I went surfing this morning, which is awesome. The lack of cold and snow does feel a little weird, though.”
Ducky nodded. “Yes, I can understand that. I once spent Christmas in Australia. It’s the middle of the summer there, you know, so it was odd. I remember – “
Just then the doorbell rang. Tony was a little grateful to whoever it was. He loved Ducky, but once he got going, his stories could take quite a while.
“Ducky, someone’s at the door. I have to go, but I’ll call you in a couple of weeks.”
“Good night, Tony.” Ducky said. “I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow.”
The doorbell rang again just as Tony reached the door.
He opened it and was surprised to see Steve standing at the door holding a large takeout bag and a bottle of wine.
“What are you doing here?” Tony asked.
Steve grinned. “Hi to you too.”
“You know what I mean. You’re the last person I expected to see tonight. Not that I’m not glad to see you.” He opened the door wider and stepped aside. “Come on in.”
“Thanks. I hope this is okay I remembered you said you were staying in tonight. I come bearing gifts” He held out the wine, and Tony took it. He took off his jacket and tossed it on the back of a chair.
Tony was momentarily distracted by the sight of Steve in a nice button-down shirt. It fit him perfectly, and Tony felt the usual spark of desire at the sight of the other man. He ignored it. They’d flirted but it never gone beyond that. At least so far.
“Thanks. You know you’re always welcome to come over.” Tony raised an eyebrow at him. “A jacket? It got up to eighty today.”
Steve nodded. “Yeah, it’s a little chilly tonight.”
It was only in the sixties. Tony grinned. “In Washington, D.C. Most people would be wearing t-shirts.”
“Yeah, but this is Honolulu. This is as cold as it gets usually, so it’s jacket weather. You’ll see you’ll feel the same way someday.”
“Hmm maybe,” Tony said as he walked toward the kitchen. Steve followed behind him.
“Just like you’ll eventually learn to appreciate pineapple on pizza.”
Tony turned and pointed at him. “That will never happen. Pineapple on pizza is an abomination!”
Steve laughed his eyes sparkling. “Oh, come on! That’s a little strong don’t you think?”
“No, I do not. If I ever say I like it, assume I’m a pod person.” Tony tried to hide his grin. Steve’s laugh was warm and genuine. Tony always liked hearing it.
Steve just laughed harder. “I’ll keep that in mind,” he said once he’s caught his breath.
Tony opened the bottle of wine and grabbed a couple of wine glasses from a cabinet. He poured them each a glass.
“I feel bad, you brought me dinner, but I didn’t get you anything.”
“Don’t worry about it. This isn’t much of a Christmas present.”
“The company is definitely welcome. I wasn’t looking forward to spending the night alone.”
Steve smiled, and they stared at each other for a long moment.
Tony cleared his throat “So, what else did you bring?” he asked as he handed Steve his wine. As he handed the glass over, their hands touched. Steve let his hand linger a little too long before taking it. Tony felt his skin tingle where they had touched.
“I brought Chinese. Chinese on Christmas Eve is a McGarrett family tradition.”
“Excellent. I hope you got me some Black Pepper Beef.”
“Of course.” Steve set out the containers on the counter while Tony got some plates.
Tony connected his phone to the speakers and got some Christmas music playing. He was suddenly sorry he hadn’t even bothered to get a tree this year.
They sat down to eat. Tony noticed Steve had gotten all his favorites. They were quiet for a few minutes. “So why aren’t you with Mary?” Tony finally asked curiously.
Steve looked down at his plate for a moment and sighed. “Mary decided she’d rather spend Christmas with some friends.”
Tony winced. “I’m sorry that sucks.” He took the noodles and put some more on his plate. “I know you were looking forward to seeing her.” Steve was also out the money for the ticket. From what little Tony knew of Mary, she wasn’t a bad person, but she could be inconsiderate and selfish at times.
“Yeah, but I guess I shouldn’t really be surprised. She really doesn’t like coming home, and I can’t blame her.”
Tony didn’t know all the details only that both McGarrett kids had been sent away after their mother died.
“Family can be hard. Believe me. I get that.”
Steve nodded and took a sip of wine before speaking. “Yeah, it can. So, what are your plans for tomorrow.”
Tony accepted the subject change. “Kono invited me over for tomorrow. I’m looking forward to it, but I’m a little nervous too. I never had a big family.”
“The Kelly family is great. You’re going to love them. But I’ll be there too so we can brave them together.”
“I will definitely take you up on that.” Tony was warmed by the fact that Steve had his back. They might have gotten off to a rough start, but they were becoming good friends, and Tony hoped maybe more.
They chatted as they finished eating and then moved over to the sofa. Tony got them both bowls of butter pecan ice cream, and then he put on it’s a Wonderful Life.
“This is a DiNozzo family tradition,” Tony explained. “I used to watch it with my old team every year.”
“It’s a good choice. My family always watches a Miracle on 34th Street,” Steve said with a smile. “It was my mom’s favorite.”
“We can watch that next if you want.”
Tony sat on the sofa next to Steve. They both leaned back, and Steve moved slightly so that his side was warm against Tony, but neither one of them said anything.
Steve shrugged. “Maybe let’s watch this first. I haven’t seen it in years.”
They watched the movie for a while in silence. Tony felt relaxed and content. He was glad Steve had come over. He’d been lonelier than he wanted to admit. He looked over at Steve to find him watching Tony, and they smiled at one another before turning back to the movie.
Tony woke up disoriented. It took him a moment to realize he was on the sofa. It was dark. The only light was coming from the tv. The movie had long since finished. Tony felt a warm weight next to him, and he turned surprised to see Steve leaning against him. His head rested against Tony’s shoulder. Tony watched him for a long moment. The man really was beautiful.
Steve’s eyes fluttered open and smiled at Tony. Then he lifted his head leaning forward and kissed Tony on the lips. For a long moment Tony stiffened in surprise before he relaxed and leaned into the kiss. Steve parted his lips, and Tony let his tongue slip inside. The kiss deepened, and Tony felt desire rushing through him. Steve pulled back for a moment to breathe and then leaned forward and kissed down Tony’s throat. Tony leaned his head back to give him better access.
Then Steve’s lips found his again. God, it felt so good. Tony’s cock was hardening in his jeans as desired rushed through him. Tony wanted to touch Steve. He wanted to get Steve naked. He’d need to pull away from Steve first though. Steve apparently had the same idea because he pulled back and their eyes met. Steve’s eyes were dark with desire.
Tony grinned at him. “I have to admit this is not how I expected this night to go. I didn’t think you were interested.”
Steve chuckled. “Oh, I’m interested, believe me. I’ve wanted you since the moment you started yelling at me even though you were the one butting into my hostage situation. It just never seemed to be the right time to pursue it.”
“That case was NCIS’s jurisdiction, and you know it,” Tony said mildly annoyed all over again. He looked at Steve and found the man grinning at him. He realized he was being teased.
“Jerk. Let’s take this into the bedroom before I change my mind. You’re lucky, I find you so attractive.”
“We definitely don’t want you changing your mind,” he agreed. “For the record, I know how lucky I am.”
Tony stood and held out his hand to Steve. Steve chuckled again but took it without hesitation. This was turning out to be a very good Christmas, after all.
Profilers for Christmas is an anonymous crime drama Advent Calendar featuring both art and stories. Additional information about the challenge can be found here.