These Small Hours

Story Info

Title: These Small Hours
Author: Jilly James
Fandom: NCIS, Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Relationship: Main: Anthony DiNozzo/Jethro Gibbs. Background and minor pairings listed on Notes Tab.
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Major Character Death (sort of, and it’s temporary), Canon-typical Violence, Explicit Sex
Author Note: Please see the tab about OCs, pairing, and timeline
Challenge: Rough Trade / NaNoWriMo November 2019, The Divergent Path (canon divergence challenge during National Novel Writing Month)
Beta: Thank you, Ladyholder. Special thanks to Keira for helping me plot this story.
Word Count: 66k
Summary: When Tony DiNozzo was eight years old, Oma Desala set him on the path to ascension. Twenty-three years later, after contracting the plague, he takes the final step on the path. The loss of Tony changes everything for Gibbs and ultimately for Stargate Command and the city of Atlantis.



Danny Glover as Frank Boyd, Rihanna as Atlantis, Bruce Willis as Mike Weppler, Viggo Mortensen as Patrick Sheppard. All other actors are canon cast.

Author Notes

  • Begins at the end of season 2 of NCIS (SWAK). Season 1/2 of SGA and Season 8/9 of SG-1.
  • Matthew Sheppard is an original character created by Keira Marcos and borrowed with her permission. He’s only mentioned in this story but, in my head, I always treat him like a precious cinnamon roll.
  • Michael Weppler is an OC of mine who first appeared in De Novo. In that story, he was retired from the Navy and became an NCIS agent. In this story, he’s an active-duty Marine General. (See my hands waving…)
  • I first saw Dr. Biro named Alicia in Trust Issues by Ellywinkle. The name stuck. Headcanon accepted, Elly. Keira named Stackhouse & Markham. I refuse to fight the inevitable.
  • This is a departure from my preferred pairing for Tony—meaning, I prefer him with almost anyone but Gibbs, but it felt natural and good for this particular storyline. Also, I can get on the Gibbs/Tony ship if it’s early series. The relationship got pretty toxic later in the show, and it’s hard to apply the author handwave of destiny that liberally anymore when there are so many other wonderful alternatives for me to play with. That’s the long way of saying, I enjoyed this story, it really worked for me, but don’t expect a resurgence of Tony/Gibbs fic.

If you’re someone who needs to know every single pairing mentioned in the story, here they are:

  • Tony DiNozzo/Jethro Gibbs
  • Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
  • Daniel Jackson/Jack O’Neill
  • Ronon Dex/Matthew Sheppard
  • Miko Kusanagi/David Sheppard
  • Carolyn Lam/Patrick Sheppard
  • Kate Todd/Cameron Mitchell
  • Evan Lorne/Steven Caldwell
  • Tim McGee/Alicia Biro
  • Marcus Stackhouse/Jason Markham


The story mood was heavily inspired by Little Wonders by Rob Thomas, and the story title came from the song lyrics. (Link to Lyrics)

Playlist & Podcast

The songs Tony plays in the story:

Moonlight Sonata – Beethoven

Nocturne, Opus 9 No. 2 – Chopin

Piano Concerto No. 5 – Beethoven

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach

Also, Keira and I recorded the plotting session for this story. It can be found on Castbox.


  1. This just hit my inbox. Haven’t even had time to read it–had to say this about the lady you picked for the image of Atlantis..


    She’s gorgeous, and has what seems to me to be fierce intelligent eyes…….

    Thank you for this Jilly!

  2. Just found this and not even read the story yet but really needed the pick me up this is going to give me. Just found out my mum was admitted to hospital with a cold that turned into a chest infection on top of another infection in her foot, she’s diabetic and is prone to them bad enough she’s nearly died and has lost toes because of them, which is bad enough but she also has copd and as the icing on the craptastic cake we’re waiting to hear the results of the covid test they’ve done as well. Seriously thank you for your wonderful timing in posting and as always my deeply sincere thanks for putting up with some of the entitled jackasses you’ve had to deal with in the past and still create and post your wonderful fics. Honestly I’d be an alcoholic if I couldn’t lose my self in fanfiction when I worry.

  3. This was such a joy to read – thank you! Some interesting pairings, which is always fun, and I loved how neatly you meshed NCIS, SG1 and SGA into a truly satisfying whole.

  4. Thank you!!!!!

  5. Thank you, what a wonderful story! Seeing your name in my inbox always makes me smile, and I unplan my day to read!

  6. Loved this story on Roughtrade, and loved it more at the re-read. Tony bargaining with the Ancients for the win!
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. I will admit I am not one to usually comment because I never know what to say beyond loved it etc I’m with you on the Gibbs/tony comment and usually pass on that as a pairing which I must of done when on rt but this Gibbs is a Gibbs I can get behind and how Kate was confronted with here attitude to tony but also given room to grow I’m more then glad I didn’t bypass this fic this time as consumed in a single sitting thank you

  8. Wow, that was so sad for Gibbs. Wonderful story! Thank you.

  9. Nataly Montalva

    I’ve heard about this story in the podcast but the real thing is greater, I really felt Gibs sorrow, even though I knew Tony was coming back It was like I was with him in his mourning. I had to read a couple fluffy fics to get better. Thank you I F-ing loved it.

  10. This is literally the ONLY Tony/Gibbs fic I like. (I’m not big on romantic pairings where canonically, one member of the pairing regularly hits the other outside of sparring, for one thing.) But this fic acknowledged – even if only peripherally in some cases – all the issues I typically have with this pairing. And it addressed them in a believable way. It’s set early enough in the series for me to accept it; especially because it had a very valid and logical reason for Gibbs to reassess his actions and inactions with regard to Tony and regret his mistakes. He acknowledged that he didn’t want to know where things would have gone if things had continued the way they had been.

    It was – naturally – an interesting plot which was very well-written; as per usual for your fics. But I really appreciated the way you wrote the relationship between them in this because this is literally the only fic I’ve ever read with that pairing where I could actually see them working in a non-toxic – even healthy – way. Thank you for writing it so well.

    So good job, and thanks for the read!

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