Title: Imperfect
Author: Jilly James
Fandom/Genre: NCIS, Criminal Minds, Sentinel Fusion
Relationship(s): Tony DiNozzo/Derek Morgan
Content Rating: R for warnings and sexual situations.
Warnings: Canon-level violence
Author Notes: I’m exploring some themes from other stories I’ve written with some new twists.
Word Count: ~47k
Beta: Ladyholder and Naelany. Thank you both so much! (Note: I added to the story after beta.)
Alpha: Thanks to Keira for helping me get this sorted out in the early stages.
Art: Courtesy of Banbury. Thank you for collaborating with me on this 🙂
Spoilers: Up through early season 8 of NCIS, Season 6 of Criminal Minds
Challenge: This is my entry for the 2016 NCIS Big Bang.
Summary: After rescuing Ziva from Somalia, Tony comes online as a powerful guide. The Center says he has a perfect match, the ideal sentinel, waiting for him. But his sentinel isn’t interested. As Tony finds his way into a new future, he finds that something imperfect can be what he actually needs.

art by Banbury

art by Banbury

Story Links


BAU – Behavioral Analysis Unit
CIRG – Critical Incident Response Group
CID – Criminal Investigative Division
FO – Field Office
RU – Resident Unit

Cast Page


Anthony DiNozzo


Derek Morgan


David Rossi


Agnes Bell


Kyle Monahan


Scott Thompson


Alex Joyce


Vincent Lain

Note: Scott Thompson is an OC I’ve used in other stories. I recast him to now be played by Jason Statham.

Additional Imperfect Art by Banbury

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  1. Jilly,

    Usually, I am a lurker because I am afraid my comments will come out the wrong way- apparently, I am on a roll tonight. This story was amazing. I loved the interaction and relationship between Morgan/Tony and Gibbs/Tony. Most people like to ship Gibbs/Tony (also my favorite paring), but you really make things work with Morgan/Tony. I am always amazed by you. Your abilities to put emotions into words is just stunning. Your xover with the Sentinel fandom is very well integrated- it never interrupts the flow of the story. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. WOW, I never imagined a Morgan and Tony pairing but it so worked. It’s very interesting that in your interpretation of the Sentinel/Guide verse, that there is no one perfect pair but that there could be more is such an awesome concept. I love Morgan and of course Garcia is just awesome!!! *.*

  3. I loved this story and wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything you write and share. You’ve never written anything that failed to suck me in and compell me to read it to the end in one gratifying gulp. Fandoms, pairings, genres that have left me indifferent in the past never fail to become interesting, shippable, and riveting in your talented hands. All the praise and respect to you! Thanks from a a truly grateful reader.

  4. This story was wonderful. Derek’s sweetness was *so* what I wanted to read, and you hit on one of my semi-pet peeves I’ve come across in other Sentinel fanfiction – that a “perfect match” is automatically the best one. The way you addressed that with compatibility occurring in genetic matches *and* attitude matches *and* emotional synchronicity all at once… sigh. It was truly wonderful.

    Thank you so much for writing this story. I truly enjoyed it and looking forward to coming back to it again and again.

  5. I love this exploration of how even in a universe with ‘perfect matches’ things don’t necessarily work as expected and how that’s not necessarily the end of the world!

  6. The story is great, but for me the real thanks is the pretty, pretty pics. Thank you so much. WW.

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