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19 December 2012 @ 04:46 am
Fic: Formerly of Hawaii Five-0 for dante_s_hell (part 2/2)  

Part 2 of 2 because it's too long for one post

Part 1 of 2 here

~o0o0o0o0o0o~

They left the dining room, the Chief returning to his office, Lekala and Danny going the opposite way. As they walked down the busy sidewalk, Danny could see Lekala’s mood becoming brighter.


“As a detective, it is my professional opinion that eating lunch with Chief is not high on your list of preferred activities,” Danny said. He knew his voice was the one he used when Grace was reluctantly to tell him the truth but it seemed to work on lots of people, not just Grace.

If Lekala was surprised by his insight, it did not register on her face or in her body language. “It isn’t,” she said, pausing to greet three students who called out to her.

“Care to elaborate,” Danny asked.

“No,” she said. But it wasn’t rude or abrupt. It was…a frightened ‘no.’ “This is the main library,” she said, gesturing to the building where they were headed.

~o0o~

How was your first day? Steve texted at 7:30 that night.

Fine. What do you know of Chief Kumoimi?

Not a lot. Do I need to look into him?

His history mayb.e Not the man himself
Danny replied.

Smart ass.

Aslways have been. Chin and Kono talking to you yet?

More than before. I hate this.

Me too, babe. It’s not for ever. I’ll keep you posted.

Make sure you do
Steve responded.

Roger wilco over and out.

Nobody usese that any logner. Plus ‘over’ means waiting for rply. ‘Out’ means done. Can’t be both. Civilians!

Wtvr. Bye.


~o0o~

Danny spent the first week learning the campus, the key players, the hot spots for trouble. He was introduced to the majority of the police officers employed by the University, a couple of them former HPD officers. He hadn’t known them when they were with the Honolulu force but kept mental note of their names.

It did not escape his notice that the male officers were much more forthcoming around him. The female officers kept their distance and held their own counsel. If he asked one of the women a direct question, she would respond. But none of them initiated conversation with him.

“So I was noticing,” he said to Lekala over lunch on Friday of his second week. They were at a pizza parlor off campus, none of the other diners from the university. “The female officers don’t offer an opinion. They don’t volunteer for athletic events. They barely speak unless spoken to.” He was watching Lekala’s face which was telling him that he was correct on all accounts. “You want to tell me what that’s about?”

“Not if I want to keep my job,” she said almost too quietly for him to hear.

“That is not something anyone should be saying. This is the 21st century. Women are not barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen.”

“If it were up to Kumoimi we would be,” she said in a low voice. “Except, of course, for Dr. Blankenshire.”

“Is there something more there than professionalism?” Danny asked. He had seen the Chief and the President together twice since the lunch and each time his detective senses began to tingle.

“I’ve never witnessed anything outside the bounds of their jobs,” Lekala said in a complete non-answer.

“But you’ve heard,” Danny said in encouragement.

She shrugged not otherwise responding.

He decided he needed to let it drop. He didn’t see how it could be related to the crimes being committed on campus. He also didn’t know how he and Lekala could have failed to so far find any evidence of those crimes. But something was definitely going on.

“Are you working tomorrow?” Lekala asked after she finished her pizza.

“I wasn’t planning to. I’ve done my time at homecomings,” he said with an overly dramatic shudder. “You’re working?”

“You should be here,” she said, giving him a piercing look.

“All right,” he said after studying her expression. She was trying to silently convey a message and he wasn’t entirely sure what it was. All he was sure about was that she had concerns about the festivities taking over the campus tomorrow. “I’ll email the Chief. He was still looking for officers, right?”

“Yeah,” she agreed. “Don’t wear a tie.”

“Hey. I haven’t worn one since that first day,” he protested, making her laugh.

“Dress like you would to attend a football game. Do we need to go to the University store for a sweatshirt?”

“No, God. I will buy a polo shirt,” he said.

“You don’t have to buy it,” she said. “Campus police will pay for it.”

“All right,” he said, leaving the pizza place behind her.

~0~

Guess who is goig to homecoming tomorrow?

The fun never ends, huh?
Steve responded.

Jealous? I know you are, Danny texted.

More than I can say. Got plans for after?

None that I know of. But it could be really late.

Text me when you are leaving campus.

Okay,
Danny agreed.

~0~

Danny arrived on campus the next day for the 5:00 briefing, just as he promised Lekala. He pulled his campus-issued car into the police lot, greeting the guard on duty. The older man waved at him but otherwise did not try to engage him in conversation.

The officers were gathered in the largest meeting room, most of them dressed like Danny, in khakis and University polo shirts. He took the chair that Lekala had saved for him, greeting the officers close by. From his vantage point, it looked to Danny that Lekala was the only female officer present.

It was only a few minutes after he arrived that Chief entered, handing around assignment sheets. They all contained the campus map with several areas highlighted.

“Those of you who have survived previous homecomings know these are the trouble spots. To those of you who are new, these are the places that always end up with the most arrests being made. Foot patrols will concentrate on these areas. The rest have your assignments on the back of your sheets. Be conspicuous but not overly so. Be friendly. Be courteous. Be on the look-out.” He paused, looking over his officers. “Any questions?”

There were a few questions about protocol but they all understood their procedures and their goals for the day.

“I’ll be either in my office or on patrol. Either way, I will have my phone and my radio. Call me if you have any questions or concerns.”

The officers wandered out, Lekala one of the first to leave. “Detective,” the Chief said as Danny was about to leave as well.

“Chief,” Danny said, stopping at his voice.

“Stay alert and watch your back,” the Chief said.

“I will,” Danny said, waiting. He thought Kumoimi would add something more but when he only nodded, Danny left to find Lekala.

“What’d he want?” she asked as they left the administration building.

“To tell me to watch my back? Does that make sense to you?”

“No. But nothing he says is…well. Never mind. Let’s swing by the stadium parking lot to check on the tailgaters. Then I want to check out the computer science building. The overnight officers reported an unauthorized entry.”

“Sure,” Danny agreed, turning toward the stadium. Lekala pointed out how the campus was much busier than a normal Saturday, the air buzzing with excitement. The quad was filled with booths selling shaved ice, cotton candy, trinkets and doo-dads. There was music playing from gigantic speakers, nearly deafening Danny as they walked by them. People were milling about, sitting on blankets, dancing, laughing, talking, celebrating their friends and their college.

They wandered through the stadium parking lot, greeting those who spoke, not finding any trouble that they needed to report. They saw several other campus police officers also checking out the revelers and left them to it.

They made their way to the computer science building, the trip taking longer than normal with all of the partiers milling about. The building was unlocked as were most of the academic buildings. Homecoming was treated as an open house, the alumni encouraged to visit their previous classrooms and professors. There were people gathered in the hallways, eating and drinking, talking and visiting with one another.

“The lab we want is on the third floor,” Lekala said after they made their way through the crowds. Danny automatically followed her up the stairwell, pausing on the second floor landing.

“Look at this lock,” Danny said, pointing to the door. The paint around the locking mechanism was brighter than the rest of the door, as though it had very recently been repainted.

“We should check this floor,” Lekala agreed, opening the door to enter that corridor.

“What’s on this floor?” Danny asked.

“Mostly classrooms and faculty offices. There are computers in most of the rooms but for the most part, nothing high end. All the computers have electronic locks so if they are removed without authorization, they shut down.”

“Like a car radio,” Danny said as they passed the classrooms. A couple of them had people in them, their conversations confirming the reunions in progress.

“Exactly,” Lekala agreed. “This is the only office suite of any note. It contains Dr. Lenard’s lab.” She put in the code to release the electronic lock, frowning when the door failed to open.

“Dr. Lenard. She’s the one trying to find the most distant galaxies?”

“That’s her,” Lekala confirmed, reentering the code. “This is the master code. Someone has tampered with the lock.”

“Why is an astronomer in the computer science building?”

“There’s a lot of crossover,” she said. “She needs the computers to make her calculations. Can you call the Chief and ask him why this door would be locked on a different system?”

Danny dialed the Chief’s number, waiting as it rang 10 times before hanging up. “There’s no answer.”

“Did you call his cell phone?”

“I did. I’ll try his office,” Danny decided, listening as the phone rang 8 times before it was picked up by one of the student workers. “Carl. Where’s the Chief?”

“I don’t know, Detective,” Carl said, sounding harried. “I went to get a soda and when I got back, he wasn’t here.”

“All right,” Danny said. “When he gets back, tell him to call me.”

“Of course,” Carl agreed, disconnecting.

“Is the Dean in his office?” Danny asked.

“Maybe? I think the door was open.”

“If you want to wait here, I’ll go check,” Danny said.

“Right,” Lekala said.

Danny went back downstairs and was about to push the door open to leave the stairwell for the corridor when the world went black. There was pain, a shove, then nothing.

~o0o~

“Chin,” Steve said. He hated having to call but didn’t have any choice left.

“Steve?” Chin responded. “You know it’s well past midnight. You know that, right?”

“I know and I’m sorry. But I can’t find Danny,” Steve said.

“What? What are you talking about? Can’t find Danny?” Chin said, completely confused.

“Danny is undercover, Chin. I had to fire him. The Governor’s orders. I was going to meet him after the homecoming game but he never called. And now I can’t find him,” Steve said, his concern coming through the phone.

“All right. I’ll meet you at HQ in 15 minutes.”

“I’m here already. I’ll call Kono,” Steve said.

“Okay. We’ll find him,” Chin said, making it sound like a promise.

“Yeah we will,” Steve confirmed. He hung up with Chin to call Kono, explaining to her as he had to Chin.

“I knew it had to be a mistake,” Kono said in relief. “You two are too close for that to really happen.”

“You’re right about that,” Steve said, hanging up with her. He debated with himself about the wisdom or the necessity of telling them the true nature of his relationship with Danny. Now that he was confessing, it seemed like the right thing to do to tell them everything.

Chin got there first, Steve telling him everything he knew about Danny’s activities. He gave Chin Danny’s new phone number, neither of them surprised that the phone had been deactivated.

Kono arrived looking far too fresh and awake, bringing with her three gigantic cups of coffee. “What do we know for sure?”

The guys told her what they had learned. Or more specifically what they had not learned.

“I’m sorry we had to lie to you,” Steve said. “We didn’t have any choice.”

“What does the Governor think is going on?” Kono asked.

“Unauthorized expenditures. Disappearing academic research. The administration computers hacked. And no one knows how it’s being done. But Denning said there are rumors that the university Police Chief is running the crime ring,” Steve said.

“Great. So you sent him into the lion’s den without back-up,” Kono said with a frown.

“We were under Denning’s orders,” Steve said.

“If he thinks the Police Chief is behind the crime-ring, why did the Chief want Danny on his force? Isn’t that inviting the fox into the henhouse?” Chin asked, a puzzled expression on  his face.

“Because what better way to prove you aren’t doing anything illegal than having a member of Five-0 on your force?” Steve said.

“Ex-member,” Kono said. “Since we aren’t there to watch his back.”

“I know,” Steve sighed. “I tried to convince Denning it was an unnecessary risk but he said ‘risk is your business, Commander.’ And that was that.”

Kono was frowning at Steve, her displeasure radiating off of her in waves. “You are very casual with his safety.”

“I am not casual at all,” Steve said. “Danny and I have been ‘dating’ for the past 2 months. By dating I mean late night, mostly horizontal dating.”

“Hot monkey sex,” Kono guessed, squinting at him.

“That’s a detail we don’t need,” Chin told her. “Why didn’t you tell us you were together?”

“We thought we might flame out. Better we keep the fall-out between us if that happened. We were planning to tell you until Denning ordered me to fire Danny for his cover.”

“Okay,” Chin said. “We’ll deal with the lies after we have Danny back safe. Do you have his partner’s contact info?”

“No. She couldn’t know so he said there was no reason for me to have her number,” Steve said. “And we can’t ask the Chief. Since there’s a better than even chance that he’s behind all of it.”

“What is his partner’s name?” Kono asked, typing into the tech table.

“Lekala Meuloi,” Steve said, watching Kono. “Can you find her?”

“Yeah. Here’s her personal cell number,” Kono said, typing it into the search app. “It’s active. We should call her.”

“What if she’s a part of it?” Chin said, studying the table.

“She’s the only contact we have. Where is her phone?” Steve asked.

“On campus,” Kono said, pointing at the blinking dot on the screen. “Call her,” she said, a note of pleading in her voice.

Steve punched in her number. They waited breathlessly as it rang 7 long times.

“Hello?” a very quiet voice whispered.

“Is this Lekala Meuloi?” Steve asked.

“Yes,” the tentative voice responded.

“This is Steve McGarrett. Caller ID said H50, right?”

“Yes,” she said softly. “Are you calling about Danny?”

“Do you know where he is?”

“No. I think he’s in trouble. There is something going on and I don’t know what it is.”

“Where are you? Are you safe?” Steve asked.

“I’m safe right now. I locked myself in a closet in a classroom after I came to,” she said.

“You were knocked out?” Steve asked in concern.

“Yeah. I woke up about 5 minutes ago. I’m not willing to leave here to find out what’s going on. There’s still shouting and I keep hearing what sounds like tear gas canisters being deployed. I don’t have a weapon any longer.”

“All right,” Steve said. “Stay right where you are. We are going to come and get you. Then we’re going to find Danny.”

“Okay,” she said.

“Do you need an ambulance?” Steve asked.

“No no. I’m okay. Headache’s all. But I’m really worried about Danny.”

“We’re going to find him,” Steve promised. “Do you want us to stay on the line until we get there?”

“No. I’m safe right now. I’m in the computer science building. Inside room 233.”

“We’ll call you as soon as we get there. You can let us in,” Steve said.

“Okay,” she agreed.

“Shouldn’t we call HPD?” Kono asked in concern.

“They don’t have jurisdiction on campus,” Steve reminded her. “Fortunately, it’s not a problem for us.”

Steve, Kono, and Chin put on their TAC vests before driving to the University, the lights warning the sparse traffic to get out of their way. They were not stopped by anyone on the campus, the streets empty. They could see remnants of the Homecoming festivities but no sign of the partiers.

The computer science building was dark when they arrived at the base of the steps leading up to the front doors, no activity visible. They assessed the situation, deciding they could neutralize any threats they might encounter.

“What about the tear gas?” Kono asked.

“I don’t smell it,” Steve said. “It isn’t coming out of the doors.”

“We should still have masks,” Chin insisted.

Steve frowned but nodded, Chin hurrying back to the car for them. Steve and Kono remained deep in the shadows, Steve dialing Lekala’s number.

“Hey,” he said quietly. “We’ll be in your location in 30 seconds.”

“Okay,” she acknowledged.

“Do you smell tear gas?” Steve asked.

“Maybe. I can’t be sure,” she said.

“All right. Hang tight.” With that, he hung up and accepted the gas mask from Chin. When he and Kono also had theirs secure, they entered the front door of the dark building, no lights visible, there flashlights guiding their way. “They cut the electricity.”

“Seems that way,” Kono’s distorted voice said. “Here’s the stairwell.” They passed through the door into the stairwell, Steve stopping.

“Do you hear that?” he asked, holding up his hand.

“Yeah,” Chin said, entering further. He went behind the steps, Steve and Kono following. They all stopped in horror at what they found. There were four bodies, only one of them still moving. And that was Danny.

“Danny,” Steve said, ripping off his mask to kneel next to him. “Danny. Can you hear me?”

Danny groaned, his eyes finally squinting open so he could blink up at Steve. “Hey,” Danny said. “What are you doing at my mom’s house?”

“We aren’t at your mom’s house. We’re on the university campus. Do you remember what happened?” Steve asked. He could hear Kono behind him calling for an ambulance. Chin was cautiously going up the steps, his gun drawn.

“I drank too much?” Danny guessed. “Don’t tell pop, okay?”

“I won’t.” Steve was checking him for injuries but didn’t see any. Until he rolled Danny onto his side. The entire back of his shirt was stained bright red, blood spurting weakly with each heartbeat from a wound next to his right shoulder blade. Steve took off his outer shirt, balling it up to stem the blood flow as well as he could. “How long for the ambulance?” he asked Kono in a tight voice.

“Five minutes. They all dead?” she asked, pointing at the others.

Steve used his free hand to check for a pulse, finding one very weak one on the man furthest from Danny. “This one’s still got a pulse.”

“Who are they?” Kono asked. She reached into the nearest pocket, pulling out the victim’s wallet. “Says here he’s a student. Pauli Mechan. But his licenses lists his date of birth as 1986. Doesn’t that make him a little old to be an undergrad?”

“Check the others,” Steve instructed. They shrunk back into the shadows beneath the steps and turned off their flashlights when they heard someone coming down.

“It’s me and Lekala,” Chin said. He rounded the end of the steps, his arm around Lekala who was leaning heavily on him.

“How are you doing?” Steve asked, looking up at her and careful not to shine his flashlight directly at her.

“I’m okay,” she said, kneeling beside Steve. “How’s Danny?”

“Sis?” Danny said, squinting up at her.

“He’s lost a lot of blood,” Steve said. “He’s not entirely with us.”

Lekala nodded, looking over at Kono who was gathering IDs from wallets. “What are those?”

“School IDs?” Kono said in question. Why would a campus police officer not recognize them?

“Those aren’t real,” Lekala said, slowly standing to move over to Kono. “They should be blue on the back. These aren’t students.”

“Who are they then?” Chin asked. He opened the door to the outside when they heard the ambulance arrive.

“I’ve never seen them before,” Lekala said. “I don’t know every student but they don’t look like the belong here.”

“What the hell is going on?” Steve asked. He kept the pressure on Danny’s wound as the EMTs brought in the stretcher. “We have two alive, including Danny. She also needs to be looked at.”

The EMTs tended to Danny, putting him in the first ambulance. Lekala asked to go with him, the EMTs agreeing. The second ambulance arrived very soon afterwards, taking the man whose ID said he was an instructor by the name of Jonathan Keller.

“Let’s go upstairs and see what kept Lekala hiding inside the closet,” Steve said, bouncing on his toes.

~o0o~

Danny didn’t quite know what was going on. His body felt like a solid knot of pain. When he tried to move away from it, as though that was even possible, he felt a welcome presence at his back keeping him on his side. But that didn’t seem right somehow. Not nearly warm enough. And it didn’t feel like he was in Steve’s bed. The sounds were wrong. The smells were wrong.

Oh damn it to hell. He was in the hospital. But he had absolutely no idea why.

“Hey, Danno,” Steve’s voice said quietly in his ear. “You with me?”

“Uhn,” Danny grunted. He shifted, trying to figure out what was going on. Why couldn’t he move? Why was he in so much pain?

“You’re in the hospital. Do you remember being stabbed?” Steve asked, his fingers entwining with Danny’s.

“Stabbed?” Danny repeated, looking up at Steve’s worried face. The crease between his eyebrows spoke of the worrying Steve had been doing. And was still doing from the lines around his eyes and mouth.

“You were attacked at the university. You were checking the computer science building.”

“Lekala okay?” Danny asked as most of it came back to him. Learning about her was important. Getting some water was even more vital.

“She is. The people who hurt you never found her,” Steve assured him.

“Water?” Danny requested.

Steve reached over for the hospital-issued pitcher, taking out a chip of ice to hold it to Danny’s lips. “Better?”

“Better,” Danny whispered. “Time it is?”

“You’ve been here for almost 24 hours. You lost a lot of blood. And you developed an infection from the screwdriver they used to stab you.”

“Nice for me,” Danny said. “Who did this?”

“I’ll tell you but first I need to get the nurse. You are in too much pain to discuss it.”

Danny reached out for Steve’s hand to stop him from leaving. “Kono and Chin?”

“They finally stopped being mad at me. They’ll be back in the morning. It’s the middle of the night.”

Danny nodded, letting his eyes drift closed as he waited. There was nothing required of him so he just lay there and contemplated the amount of pain his body was capable of feeling. God, did nothing hurt? Maybe the soles of his feet? His hair hurt so that didn’t leave too much real estate to not be consumed by pain.

He managed to open his eyes when quiet footsteps sounded on the floor. He blinked up at Steve and the man standing beside him wearing scrubs.

“I hear you’re in pain, Detective,” the nurse said, checking Danny’s vitals.

“Kinda, yeah,” Danny said.

“Understandably,” the nurse said. “I have your pain medication.”

“’Kay,” Danny said, watching as he injected it into his IV. It didn’t take long for the medicine to enter his system, making his limbs heavy but in a pleasant way.

“What’s that?” he heard Steve say, mostly curious. He didn’t have a pre-ass-kicking tone so Danny relaxed to the effects of the pain killer.

“Anti-biotics,” the nurse said. Steve hummed in response, sitting back by Danny.

“Thank you,” Danny heard Steve say. He opened his eyes just enough to see Steve covered by a blanket. But that was all Danny knew before he succumbed to the pull of the drugs making their comforting way down his bloodstream.

~0~

“He’ll be released day after tomorrow. Once the fever breaks and his blood count is up,” Steve’s voice was saying as Danny finally surfaced. His eyes were glued shut from the visit of the sandman, his lids too heavy to lift. He managed to raise one hand, attracting Steve’s attention. “Hey hey,” Steve said, covering Danny’s hand with his own. “Take it slow.”

“Uhn,” Danny grunted, finally getting his eyes to cooperate. He was still laying on his side, staring directly into Steve’s worried slate grey eyes. “’m okay.”

“You are far from okay,” Steve said. His expression was concerned mixed with a smile.

“More okay than you,” Danny informed him, looking past him to see Lekala watching them with an amused expression. “You okay?”

“I’m fine,” Lekala told him with a smile. “Bump on the head but that’s all.”

“What happened?” Danny asked either of them.

“You ready for this? Or you need pain med first?” Steve asked.

“Uhn,” Danny responded. That was way too many questions. And it made his head hurt to even think about answering. Steve could decide. Steve was good at deciding.

“All right,” Steve agreed as though Danny had told him which he preferred. “I’ll get the nurse. See if she can give you enough to take off the edge but not so much you’ll fall back to sleep right away. Sound good?”

“Good,” Danny said, looking up at Lekala as Steve left. “Who did this?”

Lekala took Danny’s hand, shaking her head in what was clearly disbelief. “Turns out the Governor was right. The Chief had his own crime ring. But they weren’t the ones stealing the computers. They were trying to steal Dr. Lenard’s research. Seems that Dr. Blankenshire and the Chief were going to take credit for her discoveries.”

Danny frowned, watching Steve return with the nurse.

“How are you doing?” the nurse asked. She was old enough to be Danny’s mother and in some ways reminded Danny of his mom. He found that extremely comforting.

“Hurts,” Danny admitted. He figured if it had been Steve that was stabbed, he’d be up running a half marathon in an active volcano already. But he wasn’t Steve and he wasn’t too proud to admit that his body was one ache, pain everywhere.

“I would imagine so. Your body is working overtime to fight the infection. I have your anti-biotics. And your partner said you want to stay awake for a little while?”

“That okay?” Danny asked.

“The medication won’t control all the pain without putting you out,” she said.

“I’ll take it,” Danny said, closing his eyes momentarily to see if he could blot out some of the pain. That wasn’t a success and he instead looked up at Steve.

“What is it, Babe?” Steve asked, a gentle finger tracing the lines wrinkling Danny’s forehead.

“Uhn,” Danny said. That was all he seemed capable of at the moment. “Thirsty?”

“Of course,” Steve said, giving him precious ice chips.

“Tell me,” Danny requested, looking past Steve to Lekala.

“We walked into their final phase. They were in Dr. Lenard’s office, copying the files and getting ready to delete the originals,” Lekala explained.

“Dead guys?” Danny asked.

“They were in on it as well,” Steve said. “They were supposedly enrolled in Dr. Lenard’s classes but they weren’t really students. Dr. Blankenshire hacked the computer so no questions were raised about their presence. Once they got access to the computer program, they didn’t need the fake students any longer.”

“Oh,” Danny said with a frown.

“Yeah,” Steve agreed. “Homecoming was going to be the perfect cover. Busy campus. Lots of strangers milling about. Game distracting everyone that night.”

“You suspected?” Danny asked Lekala.

“No. I just knew you needed to be there for homecoming. So the Chief would leave me alone,” Lekala said, frowning.

“He was systematically intimidating all the female officers,” Steve added.

“He didn’t want any women on the force. But he didn’t have any choice,” Lekala said.

“Swell guy,” Danny said.

“Yeah. He is. Or he was. He may be a little bit dead now,” Steve confessed.

“Little bit dead?” Danny repeated, certain that the drugs had clouded his hearing.

“Steve killed him,” Lekala confirmed. “When the Chief tried to shoot him and Kono.”

“When’d this happen?” Danny asked.

“After the ambulance left, we very soon found the Chief. He tried to shoot his way out. I decided that wasn’t going to happen,” Steve explained.

“Kono? Chin?” Danny said in concern.

“They’re fine. Not a scratch,” Steve said.

“You?” Danny demanded, straining to look up at him.

“I don’t have a scratch either. He was clever but not particularly smart,” Steve said.

“Uhn,” Danny said, letting his eyes close. “Kin and Chono?”

Steve laughed, running his fingers through Danny’s hair. “I will go get Kin and Chono and then you can sleep.”

“Kay,” Danny said, looking up at Lekala. “You staying at university?”

“I will now,” she said. “I’m leading up the investigation. And I’ll be working closely with Five-0 to complete it.”

“Good,” he said with a shaky nod. He tried to smile up at Kono and Chin but was pretty sure he’d failed. “Hey.”

“How you doing, brah?” Chin asked looking as worried as he ever did. Kono also looked uncharacteristically upset.

“Been better. Been worse,” Danny assured them.

“Sounds about right,” Kono had to agree.

“Sorry about lying,” Danny said, his eyes drifting closed on their own. Apparently like his car, he no longer was in charge.

“Boss explained,” Kono said, the back of her hand stroking his cheek. She had tiny hands. Especially for someone so tall. And pretty. But that didn’t make sense. Being pretty didn’t matter to your hands. “Go to sleep,” Kono laughed, her hand continuing to stroke him.

“Said it out loud, huh?” Danny guessed.

“Yeah, brah. It’s fine. And thank you.”

“Uhn,” Danny grunted. It had apparently become his favorite word…sound. He’d work on using different ones when he woke up….

~o0o~

Danny woke with a start, staring straight ahead and only relaxing when he saw the familiar walls of Steve’s bedroom. Right. He was at Steve’s. Asleep in Steve’s bed. No, lying in Steve’s bed not sleeping. And it was Steve holding him on his side. Not that hard prop-pillow thing.

“You okay?” his living, breathing pillow asked into his ear.

“I think so,” Danny said. “I thought I was still in the hospital.”

“I know the feeling,” Steve agreed. “At least you slept.”

“You?” Danny asked. He wanted to roll onto his back to be able to see Steve but that still wasn’t such a good idea.

“I slept,” Steve said, kissing Danny’s bare shoulder. “You want breakfast?”

“In a minute,” Danny said, pulling on Steve’s hand until he got the message and scooted over Danny to lay facing him. Danny smiled at his rumpled appearance, his hair going every which way possible At least the shadows that had been under his eyes had lightened. Maybe Steve had slept while Danny did.

“What?” Steve asked, kissing him on the forehead.

Danny shrugged with his one shoulder, flinching from the pull of the stitches. “I want to move in here. Permanently. With you.”

“Oh,” Steve said, blinking at his words.

“No,” Danny asked, disappointment and embarrassment vying for supremacy. Had he read it so wrong? Wasn’t Steve ready?

“Stop thinking so hard,” Steve teased, smoothing out the wrinkle on Danny’s forehead. “I can hear the wheels turning.”

“I thought you…we were ready,” Danny said in explanation, closing his eyes to find his composure.

“We are ready, Danno. We are so ready that your clothes are already here. Your furniture is mostly here. The rest is in storage.”

“What?” Danny said, looking at Steve in complete and adorable confusion. “What?”

“Me and Kin and Chono moved you in while you were in the hospital. That way you couldn’t refuse. Because I’m not letting you out of my sight if I can help it.”

“Oh,” Danny said in realization. “Oh. Okay.”

“Okay,” Steve laughed.

“You didn’t think to ask me?” Danny finally said, trying to sound stern.

“Nope. If I didn’t ask, you couldn’t say no,” Steve pointed out reasonably.

“You are something special,” Danny said, shaking his head.

“Yep. I sure am. And so are you,” Steve said, kissing Danny to show him just how special he really was.

 
 
 
winky3018winky3018 on December 19th, 2012 12:03 pm (UTC)
Loved this! I was so unbelievably pissed at Steve for a bit, but you fixed them :) Danny whump is always fun(poor Danno) and Danno loopy on meds is a riot :D
The Huntress: DannyGodhuntress69 on December 19th, 2012 02:11 pm (UTC)
(Hijacking post for a sec) I love loopy Danny; there should be a tag for that alone on the various comms LOL. And I think we need loopy Danny in canon.
Are 6 dogs too many?: danno christmastkeylasunset on December 19th, 2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
Loopy Danno should totally be canon!!! And we all need more loopy Danno in our lives!!
winky3018winky3018 on December 20th, 2012 12:10 am (UTC)
Yes we do and yes we should!! <3
Are 6 dogs too many?: danno christmastkeylasunset on December 19th, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
I could never keep them apart!! Glad you enjoyed it!!

Loopy Danno is fun, isn't he?

Thank you again!
Lizet Elainesimplyn2deep on December 19th, 2012 12:16 pm (UTC)
Really liked this!

That was an interesting case and an interesting way to go about solving it. I was surprised that Chin and Kono weren't more pissed with Steve. The pretend fight was spectacular and then for Steve to call Chin...I thought he would say something like "what business was it of Steve's where Danny was..."
Are 6 dogs too many?: danno christmastkeylasunset on December 19th, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!! I couldn't possibly keep them apart. I guess Kono and Chin (or Kin and Chono ;-) would have been more angry but I don't like conflict and have a hard time writing it! I'm such a whimp!!

Next time I'll try to include more angry!!

:-)
The Huntress: DannyGodhuntress69 on December 19th, 2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
YEEHAW! This was awesomeness at its finest! I salute you and thanks so much for the Danny!Whump. I knew something funny was going on, because Steve would never fire Danny and Danny's so cute when he's dopey.
Are 6 dogs too many?: danno christmastkeylasunset on December 19th, 2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!!! I intended it to be ALL Danny whump!! Sure wish my muses would take a freaking chill already!!

No way would Steve fire Danny. But it seemed like a good idea at the time. ;-)

Thank you again!
americandirrtyamericandirrty on December 19th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
This is so good. I love it!
Are 6 dogs too many?: danno christmastkeylasunset on December 19th, 2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!! Glad you enjoyed it. And thanks for letting me know!!!

Merry Christmas!
smudgegirlsmudgegirl on December 19th, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
Loved it! And loopy Danny, and Kin and Chono :)
Are 6 dogs too many?tkeylasunset on December 20th, 2012 01:11 am (UTC)
Thank you! Loopy Danny is fun, isn't he? Kin and Chono is something I'd say without the influence of any drugs!!!

:-)
Nervous, Messed-Up Marionettesuperbadgirl on December 19th, 2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
I'm always suspicious of the argument you have Danny and Steve have here, because it strikes me as out of character. So, whew! Was very glad to find out it was all a ruse (and woof, nice sex scene - what a way to find out!).

I really enjoyed this. Yay for hurt with lots of comfort!
Are 6 dogs too many?tkeylasunset on December 20th, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
They had to fight... you know, so Danny could be fired. Then they had to have hot "makeup sex" because that's where my mind resides - in the gutter!

Glad you enjoyed it!
dreamwind83: Alex <3 Scottdreamwind83 on December 19th, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
Well done. I would have liked seeing the firefight between Steve and the Chief because that guy needed to go down, but I also liked how it was all focused in the third person view from Danny's angle. Also amused by the Kin & Chono.
Are 6 dogs too many?tkeylasunset on December 20th, 2012 01:13 am (UTC)
Yeah, Steve taking down the Chief would have been fun. But the story was already to 9,000 words. Seemed way too long already!!

Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for letting me know!
sexycazzy: Steve/Danno kiss filmsexycazzy on December 19th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
I was like oh no when Steve fired Danny....what was going to happen next??

Then bang - Steve and Danny were making hot hot hot...something....yeah....anyway... *g*

Thank god it was just a cover but lying to Chin & Kono?? That Governor is an idiot!!

All ended well in the end with Danny moving in permanently with Steve - yay!! *g*
Are 6 dogs too many?tkeylasunset on December 20th, 2012 01:14 am (UTC)
BANG is right!! Steve and Danny doing the horizontal tango!!

Don't lie to Chin and Kono. That's just wrong!!

Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for letting me know!
1054el1054el on December 20th, 2012 12:53 am (UTC)
Really liked this but I have one question, why would Steve ask Danny to surrender the car when it actually Dannys' property?
Are 6 dogs too many?: watch outtkeylasunset on December 20th, 2012 01:17 am (UTC)
Even though their cars are "personal" I really think they belong to the State. While Kono was suspended, she didn't have her red car.

Because the cars are outfitted with lights and other police paraphernalia, I don't think they are actually their personal property.

Let's say Steve wrecks the Camaro on a high speed chase. Would Danny's personal insurance have to cover the damages?

Anyway, I hope that detail wasn't too disruptive.
Kathy: McDanno/Halloweenkitmerlot1213 on December 20th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
“Me and Kin and Chono moved you in while you were in the hospital."

Kin and Chono really are the best :):)

I was hoping that this was all a set up because Steve and Danny may have arguments but they aren't nasty or unkind to each other. And I also liked the team work aspect of the case because Steve relies on his friends to help and protect each other.

Lovely work on this fic :)
Are 6 dogs too many?tkeylasunset on December 20th, 2012 01:34 am (UTC)
Thank you! So glad you enjoyed it!! The fight was fun to write only because I knew it wasn't real!

Kin and Chono rule!!

Thanks again!! And Merry Christmas!
NavyVet90: Internet is for slashnavyvet90 on December 20th, 2012 05:14 am (UTC)
Awesome story! Interesting, suspenseful, and I loved how they secretly met at the motel. The texts were so cute, as was Danny all goofy on drugs. Nice job!
Are 6 dogs too many?tkeylasunset on December 20th, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!!

Merry Christmas!
Tiffanie39tiffanie39 on December 30th, 2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! I will admit I was like what! at first but as I read I was like oh! Very well written. Great story.
Are 6 dogs too many?: danny and stevetkeylasunset on December 31st, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!

A lot of people reacted with what?!? to the Steve & Danny fight. I didn't think it would end up being that dramatic!! Because in my head, it was only an excuse. It's so funny how we perceive our own writing! Or don't perceive it, as the case seems to be here!

Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for letting me know!!