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08 September 2012 @ 10:13 am
Hawaii Five-0 Big Bang: 5:59:59 part 4  
“Good,” Danny agreed. Lt Dunlap agreed to remain with Phil until the last minute possible then he would follow Steve, Danny, and the remaining sailor under the shelter on the stern of the boat when the time was right. “What’s your plan when we get close?”

“We’re going to need to take out as many hostiles as possible. Saving Kono is our only objective. Collateral damage is acceptable,” Steve said, giving them permission to kill anyone who stood in their way.

“Roger that, sir,” Seaman Ledford said with a nod.

Danny gave Ledford and Dunlap a clear and concise description of Kono, pulling up a picture of her on his phone so there could be no possible mistake of her identity.

“That her daughter, sir?” Ledford asked Danny, looking at the photo of Kono and the little girl, twin smiles on their faces.

“That’s my daughter,” Danny said with a smile. “Grace. Kono is teaching her to surf.”

“Her and her old man,” Steve added.

“Watch who you’re calling old,” Danny said, otherwise ignoring Steve.

“We’ll make sure no harm comes to your officer, sirs,” Ledford promised.

“How long before it’s in sight?” Danny asked Steve who was studying his watch.

“Dunlap?” Steve asked.

“Four minutes, sir. If you want to go down, I’ll join you shortly,” Lt Dunlap said.

“Roger that,” Steve said, Danny, Steve, and Ledford disappearing into the patio below the bridge. Steve automatically checked his weapon, nodding in satisfaction. Danny and Ledford followed his lead, all of them certain that they were ready to face the enemy.

“She’ll be in view any second,” Lt Dunlap said as he joined them in the sheltered area. “Bishop will pull right along side. He’ll tell the pilot that Joey needs to talk to Rendon. They’ve met a couple of times already. Even if it raises any suspicions, we’ll be over onto their ship before they can take defensive action.”

“Good,” Steve said with a nod.

“The medivac is 10 minutes out. I said they should go ahead and come this way. If she’s injured, we won’t have the time to wait. I also alerted my guys to bring our boat around in five minutes.”

“Good thinking,” Danny said. They all held very still as Bishop cut the engines back, the noise going down as the power did. They could hear him talking to Rendon’s pilot, their conversation casual and not at all strained.

Steve carefully peered around the partition of the patio, surveying the parts of the fishing boat visible to him. “Looks like three armed hostiles. I don’t see Rendon. The tank where Kono is being held is in the center on the starboard side.”

“Let’s go,” Danny said, anxious to get eyes on Kono.

“All right. I’ll take out the hostiles. You go for Kono. Dunlap, you and Ledford see if you can find Rendon. Take him if you can. Eliminate him if you can’t,” Steve said.

They all acknowledged their orders, Steve moving out enough to lay down cover fire. He got two of the guards dead center before the third started shouting and returning fire. By the time the hostile had a lock on Steve, Danny, Ledford, and Dunlap were already aboard the fishing boat. Danny went directly to the holding tank, protected from the guard’s gunshots by Steve’s cover fire and the wheelhouse in the center of the deck.

Danny unhooked the bungee cord that was holding one corner of the blue tarp over the sunken area. Kono was sitting in water up to her chin as more water rushed in from a pipe at the bottom. Danny carefully rose up enough to find Steve, relieved to see him vaulting onto the fishing boat. All the hostiles were down, Ledford going below deck as Dunlap secured the pilot who surrendered at Bishop’s advice.

“Come on, come on,” Danny shouted to Steve who rushed around the pilot house. By the time he was next to Danny, the water had reached Kono’s nose and she was straining her head to keep breathing. “You breathe for her. I’ll uncuff her,” Danny directed.

Steve nodded, jumping into the water that came up to mid-chest. “I’m going to take off the tape,” Steve said, reaching for it and pulling it free quickly. Kono’s eyes went wide with the removal but she couldn’t speak with her mouth below the water line. Steve took a lungful of air and submerged himself, covering Kono’s mouth with his own. He carefully opened his lips and coaxed hers open with his tongue. He exhaled into her mouth, Kono closing her lips around the air. Bubbles left her nose as the water rose over her eyes. Steve stood straight for another deep breath before giving the air to Kono. While under water, he watched Danny grapple with the handcuffs, the key not wanting to fit. Danny looked over at Steve and shook his head.

Once Steve had given Kono her third breath, he motioned to Danny to surface, both of them standing up in the water. It was almost to Danny’s chin but he didn’t seem to notice.

“I can’t get them open,” Danny said in dismay.

“I’ll do it. Breathe for her,” Steve said, swim-walking to trade places with Danny. Danny maneuvered in front of Kono, breathing deeply before submerging to give Kono the air. She accepted it easily, the bubbles leaving her nose as Danny stood up. He had to tread water to keep his head out, breathing as deeply as he could before going back down to give the air to Kono. He could see that Steve was having more luck with the handcuffs, the one on Kono’s right hand loose. Kono shook her right hand, looking over her shoulder as Steve worked on her left. She faced front again when Danny was back with more air, the life-giving kiss interrupted when Kono was able to stand up. As soon as her head cleared the surface, she gulped in the air, trying hard not to hyperventilate. Steve surfaced long enough to check with her before going back down to work on her feet.

Danny surfaced, studying her. “You okay, babe?”

“That’s kind of stupid question,” Kono told him in a quiet, rough voice. But there was a smile on her face and that’s all that mattered.

“Yeah. Those are my favorite kind,” Danny admitted.

“Stand on the chair. You’ll drown otherwise,” Kono said, pointing behind her. Her voice was quiet, her tongue thick and dry from disuse.

Danny managed to get to it, standing on it and towering over Kono. She leaned back against him, Danny gladly supporting her weight. He kissed the top of her head while wrapping his arms around her shoulders. “How’s Super SEAL doing?”

“He’s almost done,” Kono said, closing her eyes. “Is he dead?”

Danny looked up over the edge of the tank to Dunlap who nodded. “Yeah, kid. He is.”

“I want to be sorry.”

“No reason for you to be,” Danny said, kissing the top of her head again. “He was the lowest form of the low.”

“He hates… hated Steve,” Kono said, her body sagging against Danny.

“Yeah,” Danny said. He watched Steve surface the last time, smiling at Kono.

“Let’s get you out of here,” Steve said, his huge hands encircling her waist. As easily as if she were Grace, he lifted her onto the edge of the tank, Ledford and Dunlap reaching down to gently help her back away from it. Steve and Danny left the tank, squatting in front of her. She was shaking, her arms wrapped tight around her body.

“Are you hurt?” Danny asked, putting his two fingers on her neck to check her pulse. It was strong and reassuring. “We need a blanket,” Danny said up to Ledford. It was only a moment later that the sailor returned with one, draping it around Kono and Danny who held her close.

“No I’m not hurt,” Kono said, shaking her head, her eyes filling with tears. “I just want to go home.”

“We have a helicopter on the way,” Steve said. “They’ll fly us back.”

Kono nodded, sniffing quietly. She smiled, small and sad, when Steve accepted his phone from Dunlap.

“Somebody’s anxious to talk to you,” Steve said, handing it to her.

“Hey,” Kono said.

“Thank the Lord,” Chin responded, his relief coming through as clearly as his voice. “Are you hurt?”

“No. I’m okay,” Kono said, tears falling faster as she tried to dash them away with her free hand. “Steve said a helicopter’s coming.”

“All right. I’ll see you as soon as you land,” Chin said.

“Tell mom,” Kono requested, giving the phone to Danny and pulling the blanket closer around herself.

Danny accepted the phone with a tiny frown.

“She okay?” Chin was asking when he realized he was no longer talking to Kono.

“Yeah. I think there’s some shock setting in,” Danny said. “It’s a medivac so we’ll have her taken care of.”

“Good,” Chin said. “I’ll call Adam and Toast. And I’ll have Malia bring her mom to the hospital.”

“Good,” Danny agreed. “Here’s the chopper,” he said, his hand shielding the phone. “We’ll have them radio you when we’re almost there. Call the Governor.”

“Roger that,” Chin agreed.

“We don’t need a stretcher,” Steve was saying to Dunlap who relayed the info up to the chopper.

“You’re coming, right?” Kono asked Danny who was sitting pressed next to her, one arm over her quacking shoulders.

“Sure,” Danny agreed, looking up at Steve who nodded. “We both are.”

She gave a nod to that, leaning more into Danny as the chopper stirred up a brisker wind.

“I’m going to take you up,” Steve told Kono, squatting close to her so she could hear him. “Then Danny will come.”

She nodded at that, watching as the harness blew in the rotor’s wind. Steve was able to catch it, climbing in like it was an everyday occurrence. Danny assisted Kono in getting to her feet before helping her place rubbery legs through the harness to rest on Steve’s sturdy thighs.

“I’ll do all the work,” Steve assured her. “Just hold on.”

She nodded, leaning forward against Steve who accepted the blanket from Danny to wrap it around her as well as he could. He gave the thumbs up to Dunlap who radioed the helicopter to activate the hoist. They rose up over the ship, Steve’s arms wrapped securely around Kono’s trembling body.

When Kono was secure on the helicopter, the crew lowered the harness back down to Danny who entered it with Lt Dunlap’s assistance. “Thank you,” Danny said loud enough for the Coast Guard guys to hear him.

They saluted Danny as he was hoisted up. He would have saluted back but he was too busy holding tight to the ropes as though that would prevent the harness from swaying in the breeze created by the rotors.

Hands reached out to lift him the rest of the way inside, those same hands helping him out of the harness. When he was on solid metal, he settled on the seat next to Kono, Steve on the other side. She was shivering as she stared at the medic squatting in front of her. Danny wasn’t sure Kono was listening to anything the young man was saying, Kono’s eyes unfocused. She was leaning heavily against Steve, his arm wrapped tightly around her shoulders beneath the blanket.

“It would be for the best if I started the IV,” the medic was saying to Kono. Her expression didn’t change. It did not look as though she was registering the words.

“Babe,” Danny said, putting a gentle hand on Kono’s arm. “Will you let him start an IV?”

She turned to look at Danny, her eyes wide and unblinking.

“Can it wait?” Steve asked him.

“Yes, sir,” the medic said. “We’re only a few minutes out of Honolulu.”

“All right,” Steve said with a nod. “We’ll see she receives treatment at the hospital.”

“Yes, sir,” the medic agreed, carefully moving across the vibrating deck to sit on the other side of the helicopter.

“Did you tell mom?” Kono asked so quietly Danny barely heard her.

“Chin did,” Danny assured her. “She’ll meet us at the hospital.”

“Hospital,” Kono repeated like she wasn’t sure of the meaning of the word.

“It’s standard procedure,” Steve said, his words harder than he intended. He was trying to keep the concern from showing but only succeeded in scaring Kono.

“I’m sorry,” Kono whispered, reflectively leaning closer to Danny.

“No. I’m sorry,” Steve said, reaching over to kiss her head.

“He’s worried sick and it pisses him off,” Danny told her, getting a tiny smile in response.

“I’m okay,” she whispered, closing her eyes, slow tears rolling down her face, tears she ignored.

“This is my fault,” Steve said. Danny caught Steve’s eye and shook his head. Steve raised his eyebrows at that and Danny shook his head again.

“I’m okay,” Kono repeated as though trying to convince herself as well as them.

“Of course you are. You are second only to Super SEAL in toughness,” Danny said.

“That’s you,” Kono said, dashing away the tears.

“Nah. I’m a marshmallow compared to the two of you.”

“I like marshmallows,” Kono said with a tiny smile. Her eyes seemed more focused as she glanced over at Danny.

“We’ll have a barbeque and make s’mores,” Steve promised.

Kono nodded, closing her eyes and leaning more heavily on Danny. “What’d you do to him?”

“Arrested his brother,” Steve told her in regret. “He wanted to trade you for him.”

Kono didn’t respond to that as though she hadn’t heard. It was possible she hadn’t, that she was blocking out everything going on around her. Her body was shrunk in on itself, nearly disappearing beneath the blanket and Danny’s protective arm.

Although it felt like ages, less than ten minutes elapsed before the helicopter landed on the roof of the hospital. Steve shook his head firmly at the medics, informing them that he and Danny would take care of Kono. The men nodded, remaining seated as one of the crew opened the door. Danny helped Kono out of the helicopter, supporting most of her weight, not that it constituted any sort of burden. They were half way across the roof when Chin appeared from the door, crossing over to them. He gathered Kono and the blanket into his arms, Danny surrendering her. Chin helped her through the heavy door and on into the elevator. They waited as Steve and Danny joined them, Danny pressing the button to take them to the emergency room.

Chin escorted Kono to the exam room, Steve and Danny going on to the waiting room to start their requisite vigil.

They sat mostly in silence in two of the hard plastic chairs, Danny periodically reminding Steve that none of this was his fault. He doubted his word made an impression from Steve’s frozen expression. He did seem to warm slightly when Malia entered with Kono’s mother. Steve and Danny both shared quiet words with them before they went to check in on Kono. As the closed behind them, Adam arrived, his handsome face marred with worry. Danny kept a strong hold on Steve’s forearm as they stood, afraid of what Steve might do in reaction to Adam’s presence.

“How is she?” Adam asked, no demand in his tone. Only genuine concern could be heard.

“She’s with the doctors still,” Danny said, nodding toward the back. “Chin, her mom and Malia are with her.”

“Do you know how much longer they’ll be?” Adam asked, glancing toward the doors and back to Danny.

“We haven’t had word. Except for the trauma, she wasn’t injured,” Danny told him.

“What was your yacht doing there?” Steve demanded, glaring at Adam.

“I have no idea,” Adam said, holding his hands up to ward off the acquisitions he could see coming. “If you allow me to talk to Joey, I’ll find out.”

“She’s in the custody of the Coast Guard,” Danny said. “They’ll turn her over to HPD. She killed two Tongans. For no reason that we can discern.”

Adam paced away before coming back to them, his face a mask of anger. “I should have gotten rid of her long ago. I knew it. But she had been loyal to my father.”

“She paid them to kidnap Kono before she killed them. She was working for Rendon,” Steve said in a tone which conveyed his belief that Adam had first-hand knowledge of all of her activities.

“Rendon?” Adam asked with a shake of his head.

“Alvaro Rendon Naranjo. He’s the one who abducted Kono. Or had Joey pay the Tongans to take her,” Danny said.

“Head of the cartel?” Adam said, still confused by the news.

“Steve was involved in arresting his brother. Rendon took Kono so we’d release his brother,” Danny said.

“How did Joey know Rendon?” Steve demanded. If Danny hadn’t still had an iron grip on his arm, he’d have tried to beat the truth out of Adam. Not that Danny’s hold was enough to physically keep him in place. The touch translated to ‘this isn’t the time or the place,’ and ‘it won’t help Kono’ and ‘you can’t take this outside right now.’ The touch grounded him and allowed him to see past the fury that was threatening to over take his higher brain functions.

“I have no idea. I’ve never met him. Never dealt with him.”

“He’s the biggest dealer of illegal drugs in the world, and the Yakuza has never done business with him?” Steve said, disbelief nearly dripping from the words.

“No,” Adam said.

“We don’t think you are to blame,” Danny said reasonably. “But Joey is in the thick of this and she works for you. You can see how this looks.”

“I do,” Adam said reluctantly. “But I give you my word of honor that I had nothing to do with this.”

Danny and Steve exchanged a glance, Steve’s eyebrows raised. When they broke eye contact, Danny looked up at Adam. “We believe you because Kono does.”

“Thank you,” Adam said, some tension ebbing away. “If you will allow me to talk to Joey, I will get your answers.”

“We’ll arrange it,” Danny agreed, tugging Steve back down into their abandoned chairs. He watched as Adam restlessly paced, glancing over at the doors as though he could will them to open and bring him news on Kono’s condition.

“He knows,” Steve whispered to Danny through clinched teeth.

“What? What does he know, babe? And why would he lie to us?”

“He’s a criminal. It’s what they do.”

Danny shook his head, his finger lightly tracing the frown lines outlining Steve’s mouth. “He loves Kono. You don’t think that’s a lie too, do you?”

Steve turned enough to lock eyes with Danny, Steve’s hurt and angry, Danny’s calm and soothing. “No. I think he loves her,” Steve reluctantly admitted.

“Good. He’ll get the truth from Joey. I don’t believe he knew she was involved.”

“You are so trusting,” Steve said with a mix of warmth and derision.

“I can be,” Danny agreed with a shrug. “I trust you.”

“Yeah,” Steve said with a tight smile. “Good thing.”

“I think so,” Danny said, standing with Steve when Chin and Malia left the examination area. They looked relieved but tired. “How is she?”

“She’s fine. Except for the trauma,” Malia said, smiling up at Adam. “She’d like to see you.”

Adam nodded and went through the doors which swung shut behind him.

“You can’t kill him with your thoughts,” Chin told Steve warmly.

“I can try,” Steve said, shaking his head once. “Is she being released?”

“She is,” Malia confirmed. “Her mom is going to take her home. She’ll be able to return to work in a couple of days. I’ve encouraged her to see a psychologist. The turmoil of what she’s been through could manifest itself today or next week.”

“Even though she is stronger than she appears,” Chin said in agreement.

“I’ll tell her she can’t come back to work until she does,” Steve said somewhat reluctantly.

“You don’t need to threaten her, big guy,” Danny said, shaking his head.

“I wasn’t.”

“Okay,” Danny said, patting Steve’s arm. “Let’s go get something to eat.”

“How can you think of food at a time like this?” Steve asked.

“Because we haven’t had anything to eat all day. Kono is going to be fine. The people who dared to take her are either dead or in custody. And I’m hungry,” Danny said, looking up at Steve, challenging him to deny the truth of the words.

“He’s right,” Chin said with a nod.

“All right. We’ll pick up some Chinese and take it back to HQ. Toast probably needs to eat too,” Steve decided.

“Good idea,” Danny agreed. “You staying until Kono leaves?”

“Yeah. We’ll be at the office in half an hour,” Chin said.

“We’ll see you then,” Danny said, leaving the hospital. It didn’t take long for him to return back inside. “We don’t have a car.”

Chin laughed softly. “Take mine. Adam can bring us to headquarters.”

“Thanks,” Danny said, accepting the keys. “I hope the Coast Guard or the police have returned the Camaro by now.”

“If not, they will soon,” Chin said.

“Yeah. I need to call and check on Owomeme,” Danny said as much to himself as to Chin. “At least we know he’s safe now.”

“Are you going to call Saloni?” Chin asked.

“I will,” Danny agreed. “Sadly, I don’t think he’ll be too surprised.”

“Probably not,” Chin said, turning toward the entrance when Steve came back inside, stalking toward Danny.

“What? What are you doing?” Danny demanded, looking up at him.

“Let’s go already,” Steve said, holding out his hand for the keys to Chin’s crossover.

“You are such a freaking control freak. Why I ever decided to get involved with you I’ll never know. What the hell was I thinking? I was talking to Chin. I wasn’t inside longer than five minutes. God you are impatient and….” His rant continued until the doors closed, cutting off the sound of his indignation.

“Are we going to be like that one day?” Malia asked Chin with a fond smile.

“I sure hope so,” Chin said, kissing her lightly, smiling at her in promise.


Friday night they had the barbeque on the beach behind Steve and Danny’s house. Kono came with Adam, Chin brought Malia, and Toast arrived a hour later than they had expected although no one was surprised. Kono had agreed she needed to see a professional and had talked to a psychologist in the two days since her abduction. She reported that she was having nightmares but Adam said they weren’t as bad as they could have been. Steve looked like he didn’t really want to know that but held his tongue.

Adam had talked to Joey with the permission of the police department. She had been trying to become a cog in the machine of the cartel and had gotten vague promises from Rendon about her acceptance once she helped with Kono’s abduction. It turned out that the money she had paid the Tongans was counterfeit and she was trying to get it back before they spent it. She had neglected to find out from them where the money was before she killed them. As far as Adam and the police could determine, Joey had arranged for the printing of the counterfeit money and was planning to use it as extra incentive for Rendon to accept her into his organization.

Adam’s visible fury at Joey’s actions helped to convince Steve that he hadn’t known what she was doing. Adam was equally embarrassed that someone who worked for him had been making her own illegal deals behind his back. “All the more reason to go legit,” Adam said, everyone agreeing with that.

Kono wandered up to the house after they had eaten their fill, finding Steve washing up some of the serving dishes that wouldn’t fit in the dishwasher. “Hey,” she said with a sunny smile dimpling her cheeks.

“Hi,” Steve returned, rinsing the dish and placing it careful in the drain board.

“Hey hey,” Kono said, a hand on his arm. She pulled on him until he finally turned enough to face her. “This guilt is pointless.”

“I know,” he sighed, looking down at the floor. “I can’t seem to help it.”

“You served your country proudly. And we’re all grateful for that,” she told him, love and respect in equal measures in her voice. “You stopped some of the bastards from winning. And one of those decided to even the score. That is not on your head.”

“I could have lost you. That is on my head,” Steve said in a voice softer than she had ever heard him use before.

“It’s on him. Not you,” Kono said, bending down to catch his eye. “I am okay, Boss. Physically, mentally, and emotionally. Yeah, I’m going to have nightmares for a while but it’s nothing I can’t handle. They aren’t anywhere near as bad as the ones Danny says you have. I’m going to be fine. But I can’t take you bearing the guilt of this.”

“I…” He shook his head, unsure how to continue.

“I don’t blame you. Isn’t that enough?” she asked gently.

“It’s a start,” he finally said, lifting his head to look her in the eye. “It is definitely a start.”

“Good,” she said. “Because if you don’t stop kicking yourself, I will kick your ass. And you know that I can.”

“Oh I know,” he said with a laugh. “I know.”

“Good,” Kono said, stepping forward to wrap him in a hug. “Nothing will ever make me love or respect you less. That’s all you need to remember.”

“I will,” Steve promised, kissing her head. “Thank you.”

“You’re welcome. And while you are in a place where you are making me promises, please stop trying to kill Adam with your scary Ninja-Jedi powers.”

“That I can’t promise,” he said, making her laugh. He smiled at the sound, knowing it was a gift, one he had nearly lost. It reminded him to cherish her all the more.

“All right,” she had to agreed with a smile. “At least you’re honest about it.”

“Always,” Steve said, hugging her again. “Always.”

“Hey,” Danny said, barging into the kitchen. “Are you stealing my boyfriend?”

“Maybe,” Kono said with a smile for Danny.

“Fine. Take him. You’ll return him when you realize what a nut-job he is,” Danny said, getting more beer out of the refrigerator and leaving, their laughter following.

“Adam doesn’t love me like that,” Kono said wistfully.

“I think you are wrong about that,” Steve said. “He’s just not as loud about it.”

“No one is as loud about anything as Danny.”

“I can’t argue with that,” Steve said, laughing and kissing her head one last time before releasing her so she could follow the beer. He knew that they would all be okay. Maybe they weren’t quite there yet, but they would be.

The End

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From a little spark may burst a mighty flamedante_s_hell on September 9th, 2012 12:46 am (UTC)
Damn good story! Love the case. And Kono's part was wonderful. You got all of the right emotions for the entire time. I also love how the relationship between Steve and Danny hums just right underneath the plot.

Awesome story!
Are 6 dogs too many?: 2 guystkeylasunset on September 11th, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the lovely comment! I wanted Danny and Steve to be the anchors to the story. So it sounds like it worked!

Thank you again, as always!
NavyVet90: Plot Puppynavyvet90 on September 9th, 2012 02:33 am (UTC)
Oh, wow - the suspense! This is one exciting, riveting story.
The characters, the plot, the angst - loved everything about it.
Fabulous work!
Are 6 dogs too many?: backhoetkeylasunset on September 11th, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you very very much!! I appreciate hearing that you enjoyed this story!

beth23beth23 on September 10th, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
Great story. Wonderful plot. Nice Danno/Steve interaction.

Thanks for writing.
Are 6 dogs too many?: beautifultkeylasunset on September 11th, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you for commenting. So glad you enjoyed it!

Always lovely to hear that the story was well received.