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15 June 2012 @ 01:42 pm
Bulletproof Baby Blankets - The Only Easy Day  

Title: The Only Easy Day
Series: Bulletproof Baby Blankets
Rating: G for this chapter
Pairing(s)/Character(s): Steve/Danny and their ohana
Summary:  It's not that Steve knows every SEAL. But he does know the ones who were on the mission to Pakistan.
Warnings/Notes: None except muses on the loose. The plot bunny was nibbling at my toes and there was nothing I could do but write this chapter. (I know I have distorted the real-life timeline. Let's just pretend we are doing the time warp, 'kay?)
Additional Note: Not to worry, dante_s_hell. I'm still working on your chapter!!
Word Count: ~2700




“Hey Bud, Zach,” Steve said as he entered the residence sitting room. He had finally been able to leave his office, dinner long past for the family. He kept thinking being Governor would get easier but the years had proved him wrong so far. Once he had the cufflinks out of his shirt, he rolled the right sleeve up, shaking his head once. How he longed for the days of polos and cargo pants.

He smiled to see John on the couch, his feet on the coffee table, a bowl of popcorn in his lap. Zach was on his computer, glancing up when Steve spoke before returning his entire focus to his laptop. “What are you watching?” Steve asked as he sat next to John and reached over for a handful of popcorn.

“The Daily Show,” John said, nodding his head toward the TV.

“It’s not that late, is it?” Steve asked, pulling up his unrolled shirt sleeve to check his watch. It said the time was 8:45, not anywhere near time for Jon Stewart.

“It’s from last night,” John said, reaching over for his Pepsi. He surrendered it to Steve when he held out his hand.

“Oh,” Steve said, grabbing more popcorn. “Where’s Danno?”

“I don’t know,” John admitted. “Zach?”

“I believe that he stated he was discussing strategy with Kono. But I am not certain,” Zach said.

“Oh,” John responded. “Isn’t it Friday?”

“As far as I know. But that’s never stopped them from plotting against me,” Steve said, looking at the TV where an overweight man was coming to greet Jon, his hand stretched out, his broad smile patently fake. “Who’s this dude?”

“You don’t know him?” John asked.

“No. Am I supposed to?” Steve asked, looking over at John in curiosity.

“His name’s Kirby Greenly. He was a SEAL,” John explained.

“I don’t know all the SEALs, Bud,” Steve reminded him.

“I guess you wouldn’t. He wrote a book,” John said, pointing to the TV where Jon Stewart was holding it up so the camera could focus on it. “About his time as a SEAL.”

“He isn’t allowed to do that,” Steve said, shaking his head. He frowned at the title of the book – The Only Easy Day.

“There is not a statute of limitations?” Zach asked.

“No,” Steve said, focusing on the TV with an intense glare. “What’s he saying?”

“He was one of the SEALs that killed Bin Laden,” John said, waving at the TV. “He’s been all over the internet.”

Steve didn’t respond to that except for standing up and looking from John to Zach and back. “I… need to go make a call.”

“Oh. Okay,” John said, frowning at his father’s abrupt departure. “What do you think that was about?”

“He was disconcerted that a brother in arms violated the sacred military code of silence,” Zach said.

“Yeah but it seemed like more than that,” John said thoughtfully. “You don’t think Steve was one of the SEALs in Pakistan, do you?”

Zach looked over at John before concentrating fully on his laptop, his fingers flying.

“Are you going to be able to find out?” John asked, moving to the end of the couch closer to Zach.

“I’ll know in a very few minutes,” Zach said.

~0~

“Danny,” Steve called as soon as he was in the hallway. “Danny!”

“Yes, Super SEAL. What can I do for you?” Danny asked as he emerged from his tiny office.

“Co’mere,” Steve said, dragging him bodily into their bedroom and turning on their TV to find the tape of The Daily Show.

“You know I’m not that big a fan of Jon Stewart,” Danny said, his hands on his hips. “He’s not nearly as funny as he thinks.”

“I don’t care,” Steve said, fast forwarding to the segment he’d seen with Zach and John. “This guy. This piece of shit. Is claiming to be a SEAL. And he has the audacity to say he was part of the raid that took out Bin Laden.”

“But he wasn’t,” Danny said, watching the tape.

“No he was not,” Steve said between clinched teeth.

“And you’re sure about that?” Danny asked, glancing over at Steve.

“Of course I’m sure,” Steve said.

“Let me guess,” Danny said softly. “You were there.”

“I can’t tell you that. I can tell you that this man was not.”

“Okay,” Danny said soothingly. “Okay. He’s been making the rounds. Surely someone in authority has heard his claims.”

“Apparently not. If they had, they’d have stopped him,” Steve said.

“What do you want to do? Can you call the Pentagon and report him?”

“It’s too late to call tonight,” Steve said.

“Surely the United States Armed Services are like 7-11. Open around the clock.”

“I can’t call the Secretary of the Navy tonight,” Steve clarified. “I can’t call her until tomorrow morning.”

“All right,” Danny said with a nod, one hand on Steve’s chest. “Is there anyone you can call? A former CO? Not Joe White, obviously.”

“No. I’ll call the Secretary tomorrow,” Steve said.

“Is there a time-limit to keeping secrets?” Danny asked.

“You know there’s not.”

“So if he had been in Pakistan, he could be, what, court-martialed for talking about it?”

“Yeah,” Steve agreed. “I could be if I talked about it. Put away for the rest of my life in Leavenworth.”

“Even now,” Danny said. “After all these years that you have been retired.”

“Even now,” Steve said. “John and Zach asked me the same thing.”

“They saw him?” Danny asked.

“Yeah. I didn’t say I knew he hadn’t been there. But that I had to make a phone call.”

“Okay,” Danny said, going to their bedroom door to pull it open.

“Where are you going?”

“To talk to Zach. You think they aren’t trying to figure out why the guy on TV pissed you off?”

“Oh crap. I’m sure you’re right. Okay. Tell them to stop,” Steve said.

“I will,” Danny agreed, slipping out of the bedroom to go to the sitting room. “Hi guys,” he said all casual when he arrived. John looked up at him, guilt as clear on his face as the salt from the popcorn.

“Hey Danno,” John finally said.

“Zach. What are you doing?” Danny asked, approaching the loveseat.

“Research,” Zach said before looking up at John who shook his head. “I mean. Playing a video game.”

“It better not be SEAL research,” Danny warned. “Or SEAL games.”

“He told you?” John asked.

“Yes. And if you two are trying to find out who was in Pakistan, your father could end up in Leavenworth. I don’t know about you two, but I have no interest in moving to Kansas.”

“Kansas,” Zach said.

“Military prison, Zach. That’s where Steve could end up if anyone tries to access his classified service records. Stop what you’re doing and back out. Don’t try to cover your tracks. That will only send up more red flags,” Danny said.

Zach nodded once, looking down at his computer. “I didn’t find it yet.”

“Good. Stop looking,” Danny instructed.

Zach nodded again.

“If the military contacts you about unauthorized access, let me know right away,” Danny said.

“Is Steve going to be in trouble?” Zach asked, looking up at Danny.

“I don’t think so. Did you do anything that was illegal?”

“Not yet,” Zach said.

“All right. Don’t and it will be fine. If you hear from the military, don’t respond. Tell us,” Danny emphasized.

“I will tell you,” Zach agreed.

“Thanks.”

“I need to tell Steve I am sorry,” Zach said.

“I’ll tell him. Not to worry,” Danny said, kissing Zach and then John on the head. “Please stay out of trouble at least until tomorrow morning.”

“We’ll do our best,” John said as Danny left the sitting room.

“Is Steve going to yell at me?” Zach asked John.

“No. If he was, Danno would have. You’re in the clear,” John assured him.

“Okay,” Zach said. “I found enough to know the man on TV was not a SEAL.”

“But not if Steve was in Pakistan.”

Zach shook his head, closing the top of his computer. “I was close.”

“Doesn’t matter now,” John said, switching off the TV.

~0~

“Well?” Steve said, stopping in his pacing when Danny returned.

“Zach didn’t do anything illegal,” Danny assured him, a calming hand on Steve’s chest. “I told him that if the military contacted him, tell us.”

“Good. Good,” Steve said, bouncing on his toes.

“So you were really there?” Danny whispered, pulling Steve to sit on the bed with him.

“I can neither confirm nor deny,” Steve replied, looking at Danny like he didn’t know what he’d do without him. It was a feeling Danny could readily identify with.

“If you had been there, hypothetically, would you have been scared?”

“I supposed hypothetically there would have been a certain amount of anxiety felt by those who carried out the raid,” Steve said with a casual wave of his hand. As though he hadn’t been involved in one of the most famous military actions in modern history.

“The secrecy is to protect the ones who did it, right?” Danny asked, scooting just a little closer to Steve’s warm body.

“Yeah. Chances are pretty good that those who did it are no longer on any international hit lists. No jihad. But when you choose to become a SEAL, you don’t do it for glory or fame.”

“I do know that,” Danny assured him, kissing the side of his head and leaning harder into him.

“Do you know where your daughter is?” Steve asked, shifting to wrap both arms around Danny. Danny melted into the hug, relaxing against the hard muscles holding him up.

“No idea. Do you?” Danny asked into the front of Steve’s dress shirt.

“Really?” Steve asked, his muscles bunching in anticipation of springing up. “You don’t know where Emma is?”

“Relax, Babe. She’s at a sleepover with Dancy. They’re going horseback riding tomorrow. I told you that this morning,” Danny said, rubbing the top of his head on the underside of Steve’s chin.

“That’s right,” Steve said instantly relaxing. “You did tell me. Henry took her?”

“It’s his day off. Kuoena drove her over. She asked me if she should spend the night but I told her it was fine. Dancy’s parents aren’t going to let anything happen to any of them.”

“That’s true,” Steve said, taking a deep breath. He ignored it when his stomach decided to rumble under Danny.

“You haven’t eaten, have you?” Danny asked, untangling himself to sit up enough to look Steve in the eye.

“No,” Steve admitted.

“All right. Let’s go see if the boys are still in the sitting room. Then we’ll break into Lolhol’s kitchen and I’ll make you all omelets.”

“Good idea,” Steve said, unbuttoning his shirt while Danny watched, licking his lips. “Don’t look at me like that.”

“I’ve looked at you like that since your railroaded me into 5-0. Why would I stop now?”

“Because I’m hungry. And you promised me an omelet,” Steve said, pulling on a faded tee shirt and trading his dress pants for jeans.

“Oh. ‘Don’t get distracted’ is what you really meant,” Danny said, stalking across the room toward him.

“Stop,” Steve said, backing away until he found the knob for their bedroom door. “Omelets. Then you can stalk me.”

“Done,” Danny agreed, leaving their bedroom to collect the boys and make omelets for his three men who were always hungry.

~0~

“This is Governor Steve McGarrett for Secretary Allen,” Steve said the next morning. He was in his office, Danny in one of the chairs facing Steve’s desk drinking from his coffee.

Steve looked more relaxed than Danny had expected but it wasn’t the first time since he’d been Governor that he’d called the Secretary of the Navy. The military had to be in close cooperation with the Governor’s office because of the numerous installations around the islands. Danny secretly thought the entire military complex had breathed a collective sigh of relief when Steve was elected. Who better to coordinate with than one of their own.

“Yes, I’ll hold,” Steve agreed, frowning in exaggerated displeasure to make Danny laugh. Steve sipped his coffee as he waited, licking his lips just to watch Danny’s eyes widen that much more. “Secretary Allen.”

“Good afternoon, Governor,” the Secretary said. Her tone was even and light which Steve took as a good sign. Had she been agitated, Steve would have been able to read it in her voice. “Although I guess it’s still morning there.”

“It is,” Steve agreed.

“I believe I can guess why you are calling, Steve,” the Secretary said. “It’s about Kirby Greenly.”

“Yes ma’am,” Steve confirmed. “You know what he’s doing then.”

“We’ve tried to put a stop to his lies. But his lawyer keeps repeating that the First Amendment gives him freedom to write what he wants,” Secretary Allen said, her exasperation coming through.

“I see,” Steve said, considering her words. “Surely the framers of the constitution never intended to protect those who claim the honor of others for themselves.”

“It’s a thin line,” the Secretary admitted. “I’ve consulted with the White House. And with former President Obama. We concur that we need to get the truth out. A counter-offensive, if you will.”

“That makes sense,” Steve said in relief. It was being worked on. That was the important thing.

“I’m glad you think so, Steve,” Secretary Allen said. “We want you to be the face of the offensive.”

“Excuse me, ma’am?” Steve said, frowning at the phone.

“We want you to follow in his tracks and tell everyone he was not a SEAL. It’s well known that you are a member of the brotherhood. When it comes down to his word against yours, who do you think more people will believe?”

“The strategy is sound,” Steve agreed. “But I don’t have the time to devote to it.”

“It won’t take a tremendous amount of your time,” she assured him. “You’ll fly to New York and film your appearances in three days. There are six shows filmed there.”

“Madame Secretary,” Steve said, trying not to sound like Emma had when she didn’t want to study for her geography final right before school was out a week and a half ago.

“Mr. Governor,” Secretary Allen countered. “You want him stopped. And you can do it.”

“There must be others who can take him on. What about Senator Ligibel? Everyone knows he was a SEAL.”

“He’s not nearly as well known as you are. You are the most logical one to do this,” the Secretary said. “We’ve arranged for you to fly to New York on Wednesday. My aide will send you all the flight information. You’re booked in the Waldorf Astoria. Bring Danny and the kids.”

“Yes ma’am,” Steve agreed reluctantly. “Should I bring my dress blues?”

“That won’t be necessary. You’re a civilian now. You should dress like one.”

“Apparently I’m not actually one. Since you can still order me around,” Steve said. He was glad that she laughed at his words.

“Once a SEAL always a SEAL, Steve. We’ll brief you when you get to New York.”

“Yes ma’am,” Steve agreed, making sure he had all the information before hanging up. He frowned at Danny who was openly laughing at him. “Stop. Just stop.”

Danny shook his head at that, smiling broadly. “Time in New York. We can go to a Yankees game. The kids will be thrilled.”

“Then they can go on TV. I never would have called if I’d known this was going to be the result,” Steve said.

“If you hadn’t called her, she would have called you,” Danny pointed out. “Let’s go tell the kids we’re going to New York.”

“You could be less excited about it,” Steve said with a frown.

“I’ll do my best to cheer down,” Danny laughed.

“What if Zach wants to go?”

“Then they’ll buy him a ticket too,” Danny assured him, leading Steve out of his office and up to the residence to announce the unexpected trip to the mainland with a bonus outing to a professional baseball game.


 
 
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hellbells101hellbells101 on June 15th, 2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
Love this please say that you'll write a follow up where Steve gets to tear the idiot apart on National TV. PLEAAAASSSSSEEEE!
Are 6 dogs too many?: uniform 2tkeylasunset on June 15th, 2012 10:11 pm (UTC)
I guess I should! I guess I should also stop ending the chapters more or less mid-stream. Oh well. I will try to write the TV follow-up!

Thanks! :-)
winky3018winky3018 on June 15th, 2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
I second this!! PLEASE, PLEASE!!

"I'll do my best to cheer down." *giggles*

Are 6 dogs too many?: grace giggles 2tkeylasunset on June 16th, 2012 12:27 am (UTC)
Oh my. I guess I better write the sequel!! I will get to work on it right away.

thanks for the lovely comment/encouragement!
From a little spark may burst a mighty flamedante_s_hell on June 15th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful installment. I just love the family you've created. And Steve not wanting to be on tv and being all grumbly about it was fun!

And no worries. I can wait on the other part. ;-)

Thanks for sharing!
Are 6 dogs too many?: her name is cartkeylasunset on June 16th, 2012 12:27 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!!! So glad you enjoyed it. Means a lot!

Your chapter is coming, I promise! :-)
antesqueluzantesqueluz on June 16th, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
Love this 'verse of yours. Always glad to see more. :-)
Are 6 dogs too many?: ohana icontkeylasunset on June 17th, 2012 03:56 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!! Working on a sequel to this story as we speak!! Hope you enjoy it as well!

Thanks again.
ambard10ambard10 on June 16th, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
excellent, poor Steve now he will have to be on national tv, also I am agree with that Steve confront the false SEAL.....respectfully i like one scena where Steve will touch to confront to many people malicious that want to do damage for his homosexuality, but with the help of Danno and his family Steve overcome that situation but he feels very bad.... great story congratulations..
Are 6 dogs too many?: danny and stevetkeylasunset on June 17th, 2012 03:56 am (UTC)
I don't think Steve will confront Kirby (the fact SEAL.) It would get ugly in a hurry!

Steve will set the record straight. You can be sure his honor and the honor of the SEALs will be set right!
tucker_liz: [H50] Partnerstucker_liz on June 16th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
In this case, I would enjoy seeing Steve rip this pseudo SEAL a new one. Plus watching how he'll answer questions about the Pakistan mission.

But as usual, I loved this entry into the McGarrett-Williams family history.
Are 6 dogs too many?: camo stevetkeylasunset on June 17th, 2012 03:54 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! Busy writing the (unplanned) sequel! Steve will set the record straight, you can be sure of that!

Thank you again!!
d_odyssey: Steve Danny Wolwiegirl13d_odyssey on June 17th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
Wonderful addition. Love the boys trying to find out if Steve was in the op and Danny putting a stop to it. I hope we see the trip to NY. They could always just stick Steve in a room with Kirby, he'll be retracting his story in minutes.
Are 6 dogs too many?: camo stevetkeylasunset on June 17th, 2012 03:53 am (UTC)
I'm in the middle writing the sequel right now! :-)

I hadn't thought of putting Steve and Kirby in the same room. I don't think it would go well for Kirby!

Thanks for the lovely comment!
CMariaDcmariad on August 23rd, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
Have you heard real life is about to imitate your art--unless the Navy/DoD/whomever can stop it?? And each book has a similar title!

A real-life SEAL who was on the Bin Laden mission has apparently written a book about it--titled No Easy Day--& the book is supposed to come out on September 11, 2012. Unless the Navy/DoD/whomever puts a stop to it like the Navy/DoD/Steve did in your BPBB chapters.

Just thought I'd let you know, in case you hadn't heard. When I heard, I *immediately* thought of that part of BPBB. Too weird, huh??
Are 6 dogs too many?: uniform 2tkeylasunset on August 23rd, 2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
OMG. That's soooo funny!! I hadn't heard about the SEAL writing a book. I bet Steve could put a stop to the book being published!!

Thanks for the head's up! I think this falls under the category of Life Imitating Art (or at Least Fanfiction!) Okay, I know it's just a coincidence but it's still funny to me!
CMariaDcmariad on August 23rd, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
I know. When I heard--especially the similarity in the book titles--I wondered if the real SEAL had been reading your fic. LOL. It was just too weird that reality was so similar to the plot of your chapters The Only Easy Day & Is Yesterday Parts 1 & 2. Guess we'll see if the Navy/DoD is gonna stop publication or not. I've heard some people on TV today talking about it, & they basically made similar arguments as Steve & others did in your chapters... that what happened on that mission, or any SEAL mission, is something you don't write books about, etc. (even though the guy in your chapters wasn't really a SEAL & wasn't really on the mission... though Steve was supposed to have been... which was part of Steve's & the Navy's objections to the book in your chapters, that the guy was a liar). I think they're still trying to decide/find out if they can get publication stopped legally or not. You might wanna keep abreast of the news for the next little bit here, as things develop. It's only broken in the news in the last day or so, I think.