The Other Side

Chapter 18

Callen took a deep breath and faced his father and Hetty.

"We will be with you all the way, Mr. Callen." Hetty said to him. Callen looked at her questioningly. He couldn't for the life of him figure out why he still had a job and why after seeing the torture of Vasile, Hetty was supporting him.

"Noi suntem familia." Gavril said in answer to his sons' unspoken question and Hetty nodded.

"Yes indeed Mr. Callen, we ARE family." She reassured him.

Callen repressed and urge to run and steadied himself. He saw Sam walk up to him, "You good?" Sam asked him simply.

Callen gave a small nod but never looked him in the eye.

Callen stood head bowed in front of his team, Nell and Eric sat with them. Hetty tapped Callen on the shoulder and he looked up realizing everyone was staring at him is flight response kicked in and his eyes darted around the room looking towards the exit. Only Gavril's firm hand on his shoulder stopped him from running.

"We owe you all an explanation." Gavril said to the assembled team. "No I owe you an explanation." Gavril reiterated.

Callen looked at his father. "Ceea ca ai de grand sa faci?" he asked

Gavril smiled at his son. "Incredere in mine si asculta." He replied and Callen relaxed a bit.

"When this all started I had been ...ordered by my director to close the Comescu family 'businesses.' I fully intended to do that but it seemed my director had no trust in me or my son. He wanted to wipe my family off the map. You have seen what happened with myself and the Director in his office, yes?" He asked and the others nodded.

"Well the rest was a set up to destroy my son and myself. Apparently MY Director's idea was for me and Grigore to die in a 'shoot out', but he didn't reckon with my son's resourcefulness." Gavril said proudly. "Your Director Vance has arrested him and I do not work for the CIA any more."

"But the tape with Vasile..." Kensi said trailing off not able to say what she needed to but Gavril caught that too.

"All Grigore did was set up the Camera, He NEVER touched Vasile. That was all me. I have done a lot of things I am not proud of whilst protecting my son over the years." Gavril stopped while remembering some of the things he had, had to do.

"I couldn't do it." Callen said quietly, the others looked at him and Callen seemed to shrink inside himself. "But you all thought I could."

It was the others turn to feel ashamed.

But Nell stood up for them, "No, we didn't think YOU could, but we were worried that you'd had to and we were worried about what that had done to you."

"We were worried that with all you had been through, that maybe we had lost you." Sam said wishing his partner would show some of his old confidence at least a smirk, something more than the broken shell that was showing through now.

Callen took a step away from them. He wanted to have his old team back the one that trusted him as leader, but he didn't know whom to trust. As he felt himself spiral inwards a gruff voice cut through his head and he looked up in surprise.

"Callen! Front and center." The voice said.

"Yes Boss!" Callen said without thinking and shot out of his chair. He smiled a genuine smile the first in months as he looked into the eyes of the one man he trusted more than life itself.

"Jethro!" He gave him a one armed hug.

"With me," Was all Leroy Jethro Gibbs had to say and Callen was instinctively in step behind him as they went off upstairs.

"Who's that?" Deeks asked.

Sam smiled knowing that whatever happened now Callen would be ok. "That's Special Agent Gibbs from Washington. The only person outside of us Callen trusts." He explained.

Kensi grinned "I wish I was a fly on the wall right now."

Hetty took a step away and motioned to Sam and Gavril to follow her, "I had thought that Mr. Callen could use the extra support of Special Agent Gibbs if things went wrong so I called him a few days ago." She explained.

"He trusts this man completely?" Gavril asked confused.

"He once told me that Gibbs was the closest thing he had to a father. " Sam said Gavril nodded understanding that Sam didn't mean it as a dig, but more explaining Callen's closeness to this man.

Gibbs shut the door as Callen slouched into a chair.

"Well?" Gibbs said raising an eyebrow.

"Dad, I don't know what to do!" Callen said his eyes pleading for help.

Gibbs let himself have a small smile; He liked it when Callen called him dad, even if it was only when they were alone or when Callen was drunk.

"They ARE your team and they DO trust you." Gibbs sat and looked Callen in the eye. "You have to allow them to show you they trust you."

Callen let out a breath he hadn't realized he had been holding and relaxed a bit as he listened to Jethro's words.

"Son, no one would deny you've been through a lot..."

He stopped as Callen looked at him in panic, "Do you really think I wouldn't keep an eye on you... besides Vance told me." Gibbs admitted."But you have people you care about and who care about you. Also you're going to be a father. That child will need you. The CIA screwed you and your father over, but you have him too now."

Callen nodded agreeing with what Gibbs was saying to him, "Wait here," Gibbs said and walked out of the room.

He walked into the bullpen and went up to Nell, "Hi, can we talk?" Gibbs asked her gently.

"Sure, Sir." Nell said.

Gibbs grinned, "Just Gibbs will do" He said and they walked over to the sofa.

"So, You and Callen...?" Gibbs waited and hoped she would fill in the blanks.

"Yes?" She wasn't giving an inch.

"It's his kid. Are you willing to let him be a part of its life?" Gibbs asked her knowing a lot rested on her answer.

"Who's asking, you or G?" She was guarded now.

"Me. Ya see anyone else here?" Gibbs stated.

"I don't want to lose him, I'm afraid if I say the wrong thing I'll lose him, he doesn't even know..." He voice trailed off into sobs.

Deeks' head shot up as Nell cried and he stood to come over, Gibbs glared at him but Deeks wasn't about to back down. "What did you do to her?" He demanded.

Gibbs smiled, he liked the fact the younger man was willing to stand up to him to protect a member of his team.

"You should keep him, He's good." He said over Deeks' shoulder to Hetty.

"I plan to Jethro." Hetty said.

Callen walked up quietly behind them, he looked concerned as Deeks and Gibbs were staring each other down. Then he notice Nell was crying.

"Jethro?" Callen asked and Gibbs glared at him.

"I told you to stay upstairs." Gibbs growled, He didn't know yet whether or not this team could be fully trusted and he didn't want Callen to be hurt even more.

"Why's Nell crying?" Callen asked

"He upset her." Deeks said putting himself in-between Nell and Gibbs protectively.

"DAD!" Callen exclaimed and went to walk towards Nell as Kensi looked up surprised, she knew Gibbs and knew that Callen knew the older man but had no idea they had that sort of relationship.

Gavril came out of Hetty's office with Sam on his tail as they hurried over to the disturbance.

"What's going on? Grigore are you ok." He asked worriedly.

Gibbs turned to Callen and raised an eyebrow.

"It's not that bad Leeeeroy Jethro." Callen smirked back at him.

Gibbs gave Callen a small nod and Callen turned his attention back to Nell.

Gibbs turned to Gavril. "We need to talk." He said to the other man and herded him away from the others.

Callen took a tentative step towards Nell. "Nell, I...I'm..." She looked up and launched herself into his arms and kissed him.

"I missed you... We missed you." She breathed in his ear.

"I'm sorry, I love you." He said just as she winced.

He backed off worried he had said the wrong thing. "I didn't mean to..." He started

She smiled and grabbed his hand, "No, I think your son wants to say he loves you too," She waited and watched his face as what she said sunk in.

He grinned and hugged her again.

"Did you ask Marty?" He said remembering their deal.

"He said yes. But he doesn't know yet... I only told you." She assured him.

He held her again revelling in her warmth and the fact that he felt safe with her.

"Did you call Agent Gibbs, Dad?" She asked him.

"Yea, he kind of adopted me in Russia." Callen grinned. "Maybe we ought to put in an appearance before my dad's kill each other."

Nell looked worried "Do you think they will?"

"I don't know Jethro is very protective of his 'kids'"

"He has more?" She asked confused.

"Just his team in D.C." Callen explained smiling. Nell didn't care how confused she was Callen was here and he was happy, right now her world was perfect.

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