TCE Ch19

Time Changes Everything

Chapter 19

“I can’t believe you two are together again,” Savi said over the phone as Mia got some paperwork done in her office.

It was Thursday and it was relatively calm compared to the previous days. She was doing her share of paper work so she didn’t have to leave it until the last minute and the sooner she was done the sooner she could go back to the case that brought her back to Hawaii. While she was working, she had received a call from her best friend to invite her to her daughter’s first birthday in three weeks, which had to be postponed due to an accident Jake’s parents had suffered and they would finally be able to get around celebrating Kelly’s first birthday. Then Mia had updated her on her situation with Steve.

“I know, I can’t either but I’m really happy Savi,” Mia told her as she put her pen down and leaned back on her chair.

“I just hope he gets it right this time and don’t get me wrong, I am happy for you. I just don’t want to see you get hurt by Steve again,” Savi honestly told her, always looking out for Mia.

“Thank you for worrying about me, but I’ll be fine, I promise,” Mia assured her friend.

“If you’re positive. So does everyone know already? Have you guys told Doris? I bet she would be really happy to have you as a daughter-in-law,” Savi commented.

“Well I don’t think the team knows, at least they haven’t mentioned anything and we told Doris over dinner last night.”

“What did she say?”

“She was very happy for both of us and she said she was glad to have me back as part of her family,” Mia shared with Savi as she played with a strand of her hair.

“I’m glad to hear that. I know she always saw you as her daughter just like MaryAnn. By the way, has Steve or Doris talked to her?”

“No not yet. I’m not sure when they plan on telling her mother is alive but I hope they do so soon,” Mia said staring at the ceiling.

“Hopefully she doesn’t freak. Alright then, I’ll let you get back to work. Keep me updated,” Savi said.

“I will, take care. Bye Savi,” she said and hung up the phone.

Mia got back to work and no sooner had she started writing when there was a knock on her door. Looking up she saw Steve at her door. “Come in,” she said.

“Everything alright?” he said motioning to the phone as he sat in one of the chairs in front of her desk.

“Yeah, I was just talking to Savanna. She called to invite me to her daughter’s birthday party in three weeks,” she answered with a smile.

“I don’t get an invite?” he asked pretending to be hurt.

“Of course you do. Jake will probably be calling you soon,” she said.

Steve nodded. “Yeah he actually called me about ten minutes ago. So what are your plans for tonight?”

“I promised Peter and Lisa I would go to dinner with them. It’s their last night here and as it is we haven’t had much time to hang out. Want to come?”

“No I think I’ll pass. The team and I were actually going out for some drinks and I wanted to see if you wanted to join us, but you already have plans.”

“Yeah, sorry, but next time for sure,” she promised.

“Alright, I’ll leave you to your work then,” he said as he stood up to leave.

“Later,” she said as she went back to her work, hopefully with no interruptions this time.

That night Mia took Peter and his wife Lisa to eat at Savanna’s restaurant, which served a great variety of delicious food. They talked about their stay in Hawaii and how they wished they could’ve spent more time with her but they understood how hectic her career was, especially Peter. They also talked about things back at home and lastly the topic Mia tried to avoid, Steve.

“I just think you’re better off without that man, Mia. I mean, he’s pure trouble especially with someone so dangerous after him and his family. He’s putting you at risk as well,” commented Lisa obviously worried for Mia’s safety.

“I understand your concern Lisa and I appreciate it but there’s no need for it. I am perfectly capable of taking care of my self,” she assured them.

“I agree with Lisa on this one Mia. Maybe you should reconsider your relationship with that man. Besides, who’s to say that he won’t do the same thing he did to you years ago?” Peter inserted.

Mia was becoming annoyed. She loved these people but this was her personal life and she decided what was right for her and what wasn’t even if it ended up hurting her. “I get it that you’re both looking out for me, I do. I love you guys and I’m very grateful for everything you’ve done for me over the years but that doesn’t give you the right to meddle into my private life. I believe I am old enough to make my own decisions when it comes to my personal life. I love Steve. He’s a great guy and we already talked about what happened, you guys know that, and I really wish you would just be happy for me.”

“Why are you so protective of Steve? You never got like this with any of the other men you’ve dated,” Peter told her studying her closely.

“Because I love him and he’s not like any of those other men I’ve dated. I really don’t want us to get into an argument so I’m going to ask both of you to please drop the Steve subject,” she told them seriously.

“We didn’t mean for you to get upset. We’re just looking out for you,” Lisa said as she grabbed Mia’s hand in a show of affection.

“I know you are Lisa but please don’t interfere in this. I know what I’m doing,” she told them earnestly.

“Alright, just don’t say we didn’t warn you,” Peter warned still unconvinced.

“Hey boss, when are you and Mia going to tell us the news?” Kono asked Steve as the team, including Max and Kamekona, sat around a table in bar close to Steve’s house.

“What news?” Steve asked playing dumb obviously knowing they were referring to Mia and him being together.

“Come on man, we all know what’s going on. You guys are very obvious for a Super Seal and a Special Agent with years of undercover experience,” Danny said with smile across from where Steve sat.

“Gees and I thought we would be able to get away with it for another week or so,” Steve joked.

“Yeah well next time keep your flirting looks to yourselves and stop following each others moves with your eyes if you don’t want anyone to know,” Chin informed Steve causing everyone at the table to laugh.

“No but seriously, is it official?” Danny asked.

“If by official you mean that she’s my girlfriend then the answer is yes Danno,” Steve said earning him hi-fives and pats in the back from his friends.

“Finally,” Danny said as he raised his hands in the air.

“You two look good together,” Kono said.

“I agree,” Chin said and Max and Kamekona nodded in agreement.

“Thanks guys,” said Steve.

“I still think she’s too hot for you,” Danny told him with a smirk on his face.

“You’re just jealous Danno,” Steve said causing the team to laugh.

“I am not jealous my friend. I am just stating the facts.”

“I think Danny just feels neglected. Now that Mia has all your free time, you’ve abandoned him,” teased Kono.

“Aww is that right Danno?” Steve asked.

“I see enough of you all week long, sometimes even on what’s supposed to be my day off,” Danny said. “By the way, where is she?”

“She had other plans with some friends that are visiting from New York,” Steve told them as he drank from his beer. “She promised to join us next time.”

Danny nodded in acknowledgement and soon the conversation shifted to sports.

The next day Mia had requested permission to come in late for work because she had to drop off Peter and Lisa at the airport. Steve was in his office finishing up some paperwork he had left unattended all week when Danny barged into his office.

“Steve I got back the report on Donovan. You’re going to want to see this,” Danny said handing over the folder to Steve.

Steve looked at Danny with interest. “Why? Find anything important?” he asked as he took the folder and opened it.

“That man’s real last name is Peter Summers. According to the report, he changed it about thirty-three years ago when he moved from Hawaii to New York,” Danny informed Steve as Steve scanned through the report. “Do you see what I’m trying to say here?”

“He’s,” Steve paused, he couldn’t believe what he was hearing. “Danny, are you sure about this?”

“It’s all in there,” Danny said pointing to the report.

“Why would he do this? To Mia?” he asked.

“Man, you’ve got to tell her.”

“Tell her what Danny? That the man she met all those years ago pretending to be some Good Samaritan is her father? That he pretended to be someone he wasn’t just to get close to her. God Danny she hates her father but she loves the Peter she thinks she knows. She thinks of him as a father and I don’t even know if she knows the name of her real father.”

“I don’t know Steve but you can’t keep her from this. You just got her back and if she finds out you kept something like this from her she will never forgive you,” Danny tried to convince Steve.

“I need to think it through,” Steve said as he ran his hands through his face and his hair as a sign of frustration.

“Don’t think about it too much, it might end up being too late when you decide what to do,” Danny advised his friend.

“I know Danny, I just, I don’t know what to do,” Steve said. “I don’t want to see the look of disappointment on her face when I tell her this.”

“It’s going to be worse if she finds out from someone else and discovers that you knew this.”
Steve nodded in acknowledgment and with that Danny left Steve alone in his office so he could read the report.

An hour later Mia walked through the doors of the Five-O headquarters in a happy mood. The Donovan’s had agreed to not question her relationship with Steve and leave her to make her own decisions as long as she took really good care of her self. She decided to stop by Danny’s office to talk to him about Steve’s idea regarding her house.

“Hey Danny, can I come in?” she asked him as she stood on his open doorway.

“Sure,” he said motioning for her to come in without lifting his head from his work.

“I wanted to talk to you about something Steve and I were discussing a few days ago. I don’t know if he has mentioned any of this to you,” she said looking at him.

Danny stopped what he was doing to look up at Mia, “I’m listening.”

“Well there’s this house I own, where I used to live when I was younger, and I was thinking about putting it on the market since I want nothing to do with it,” she paused gauging for some sort of reaction from Danny.

“If you’re suggesting I buy it, sorry to disappoint you, but I can’t afford to buy a home right now,” Danny said as he leaned into his desk and cross his hands on top of it.

“No nothing like that. Steve came up with this idea of renting it out to you, of course at a very affordable price for you. The mortgage is fully paid and I’m not worried about the money. It’d be great for you and your daughter,” she said.

“How much are we talking about here?” he asked giving her a questioning look.

“What are you currently paying at your place?”

“One thousand dollars,” he said.

“Alright, how you pay me about nine-hundred and fifty dollars? It comes fully furnished with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, living room, family room, and of course you have the beach in your backyard. It’s a really great price for something much better than what you are paying for now,” she offered.

“Are you serious?” Danny asked with interest.

“Absolutely,” she said.

Danny stood up and extended his hand towards hers. “Then you’ve got yourself a deal.”

Mia shook his hand and asked him, “You don’t want to look at it first?”

“I trust you and Steve. Besides, I’m sure anything else is better than the dump hole I live in.”

“Alright, these are the keys and the address,” she said handing him the keys and piece of paper, “you can go check it out today and move in when you’re ready. All I have to do is pick up a few boxes I left there and I’ll probably pick them up this weekend.”

Danny nodded with a big grin on his face.

Steve was coming out of his office looking down at some paper and when he looked up he saw Danny hugging Mia, his girlfriend, inside Danny’s office. Steve made his way into Danny’s office demanding that he take his hands off his girlfriend.

“Chill man, it was just a demonstration of gratitude,” Danny raised his hands in defense.

Steve pulled Mia to him by grabbing her from the waist. “There’s no need to get all touchy feely.”

“Steve calm down, Danny’s right. He was just thanking me for letting him rent my house, just like you suggested,” Mia soothed as she massaged his left hand, which was currently holding her.

Steve relaxed after hearing that. “I’m really glad you accepted the offer Danny,” Steve told him genuinely.

“Thanks,” Danny responded with his hands in his pockets.

“Listen Mia, I need to talk to you about something. Why don’t we go to my office?” Steve said looking at whole time at Danny.

Mia noticed the look the passed between Danny and Steve. She found it weird so she decided to ask Steve about it. “What’s with the look? Is everything alright?”

“What look?” Steve asked.

“The one you and Danny just shared,” she said looking back and forth. “See there it is again.”

“There’s no look. You’re imagining things. Can you wait in my office for me please?”

“Alright,” she said not convinced as she looked at them the whole time while walking out of the office.

“So you decided on telling her?” Danny asked the moment he saw Mia was in Steve’s office away from earshot.

“Yeah, you’re right. She should hear this from me and not wait until it’s too late,” he said not really looking forward to the conversation he was about to have with Mia.

“Good luck, man,” Danny said as he patted Steve on the shoulder and went back to work.

Steve let out a small sarcastic laugh as he said, “Yeah, thanks Danno.”

Mia was sitting on Steve’s chair playing with a pen when he walked in.

“So, what’s up Commander?” she asked as she sat up on the chair and leaned onto the desk.

Steve went around behind the desk and sat on the corner of it to Mia’s left. “The other day I asked Danny to do something for me. I asked him to do some research on Peter Donovan,” he saw her ready to protest but before she could say something, he continued, “Before you say anything, hear me out please. I just don’t trust the man. Something about him strikes me as odd. I just wanted to make sure he is who he says he is for your own safety.”

Mia looked at Steve and said, “You don’t trust anyone Steve. Everyone always strikes you as odd. What, are you going to do a background check on me next? ‘Cause let me tell you, you’re not going to find anything.”

Mia looked at Steve and at his look she said, “You already did, didn’t you?”

Mia chuckled and shook her head as she stood up and tried to make her way around Steve but he held on to her arm, stopping her from going further. “Come on Mia, you didn’t want to talk to me. You hated me and I tried looking for something that would clue me in on your attitude towards me but you’re right I came out empty-handed.”

“Yeah well that’s because I didn’t want anyone to know anything about me,” she spat back then thought about it and she knew he was right. “I’m sorry. You’re right, I didn’t make it easy on you, but that still doesn’t excuse you from going around looking for something in Peter’s life. I already know he did something he’s not proud of in his past but whatever it was, it’s none of my business. All I know is that the Peter I know is a great man and I don’t want to know what you found out about him,” she told him looking him in the eyes.

“Mia this is important, please, trust in me,” he began but was interrupted by the knock on his door.

Danny poked his head in and said, “Sorry to interrupt but we just got a case.”

Steve turned and nodded at Danny. “Alright, we’ll be there in a second.” Turning to Mia he said, “We’ll continue this later.”

“No we won’t Steve. I’m done having this conversation with you,” she said and walked out of his office.

“You didn’t tell her did you?” Danny asked Steve once they were in the Camaro on their way to the crime scene.

“No, Danny, I didn’t,” Steve said as he glanced in the rearview mirror checking that Mia was still following them in her car.

“Why not?” Danny said looking at his friend.

“She didn’t give me a chance. She says she doesn’t want to know whatever it is I found out about Peter. It’s like she has him on this really high pedestal and nothing can or will affect the way she sees him.”

“You just got to keep trying until she hears you out,” Danny said.

“I know Danno, I know but what do you want me to do? Tie her up so she listens?”

“Hey, you’re the Super Seal here. You figure out what’s best.”

Steve just nodded and decided to change the subject. “So what’s going on with Gracie and the custody fight?”

“Nothing new, it’s still going on,” Danny said looking out the window. “You know, Rachel called me the other day demanding to know why I was doing this to her.”

“What you tell her?”

“The truth, that I’m done moving myself and Grace around and that this is her home,” Danny said purposely leaving out the part where he called this island his home too. Steve didn’t need to know that.

“I also told her that if she had anything else to say she should contact my lawyers.”

“I’m sorry man, for having to go through this whole mess.”

Danny nodded and that was all that was said the rest of the ride.

The case was short and straight to the point, a woman killing her husband thinking he was cheating with her sister when in reality the sister was helping him plan out his surprise twenty-fifth wedding anniversary gift. Now the woman would spend the rest of her life in prison regretting it.

It was four in the afternoon on Friday when the whole team decided to call it a day. Steve had invited everyone over to his house for drinks and grilled steaks. The team said they would meet at Steve’s house in an hour. When everyone left, Steve had still not seen Mia come out of her office so he went to look for her.

He found her in her office cleaning up her desk. “Hey are you coming?” he asked her standing by the door.

Mia nodded, “Yeah, I was just putting all these papers away.” She finished up and joined Steve at the door. “Let’s go.”

Steve took her hand and they walked out of the office together.

When Mia and Steve arrived at his house she realized she had not been in it since that day when John told her Steve wasn’t in Hawaii anymore. Yeah they’d been in his house for Halloween, but only for less than an hour before they were called on a case. She hadn’t actually had time to reminisce on all the times she’d spend there with Steve and his parents.

“You know, I haven’t been to your house in years. I mean Halloween doesn’t really count because we weren’t here for long,” she told him.

He looked down at her as he was inserting the key in the keyhole. “Want me to give you the grand tour to refresh your memory?” he asked her.

“Wouldn’t be such a bad idea but I doubt much has changed,” she said as they walked in.

“Just in case, this here to my left is the living room where we were watching the movie in case you forgot and to my right is the staircase, which in case you forgot leads to the bedrooms,” he said giving her a knowing look.

“You know what, now that you mention it, I don’t think I remember much of the upstairs. Why don’t we start the tour there?” she said as she pulled him towards the stairs.

“Alright, if you insist,” he said following her.

Once they reached the top, the first room in view was his but Mia pretended to not know this. “So whose room is this?” she asked as she walked in and sat on the bed. “It’s really comfy,” she said as she patted the spot next to her for Steve to join her.

Steve smiled knowing where Mia was going with this. “Yeah it actually is,” he said as he sat next to her and Mia came closer to him. “I know first-hand because this right here is my room, and I bet you already knew that.”

“Damn and here I thought that maybe this would be the first time I could slip something past you,” she whispered against Steve’s lips. She didn’t let him respond as she pushed Steve down on the bed and straddled him.

“Mia I don’t think we-” he began but was cut off by Mia capturing his lips in a heated and passionate kiss.

“You think way too much,” she whispered against his ear as she gently bit it causing Steve to shiver in response.

“The team will be here soon and so will Savi and Jake,” he tried reasoning with her but she was having none of that as she kissed his neck, his jaw, and once again captured his lips in another heated kiss.

“Don’t worry, we have time,” she said as she sat on his hips and began to undo his belt buckle and purposely moving against his growing erection.

“Mia you’re killing me here,” he said as he covered his eyes with one arm.

“Well then I’ll just have to make sure you die a happy man,” she said with a wicked smile as Steve removed his arm just in time to see it.

Steve lost it right there as he grabbed her and flipped her over so she was on her back now and he was on top of her.

“Took you long enough,” she said in a laugh cut short by Steve’s mouth covering hers.

“Mmm,” she moaned into his mouth driving Steve crazy.

Steve undressed himself quickly and Mia followed suit as they tangled themselves in a quick and very heated lovemaking.

“Wow, that was,” Mia began but was interrupted by the voices downstairs.

-“Hello, anybody home?”-

-“They’re probably in the backyard.“-

“I told you there wasn’t time,” Steve whispered as he got up and dressed quickly.

“Babe you’re too paranoid. Plus, you weren’t complaining much a minute ago,” Mia said as she wrapped herself in a sheet and took her time.

“Yeah well I better get down there before Danny decides to come looking for us up here,” Steve said as he quickly kissed Mia and went downstairs leaving a laughing Mia behind.

“There you are,” Danny said as he saw Steve coming downstairs and took in his disheveled appearance,

“I hope we didn’t interrupt anything.”

“Don’t worry about it,” he said as he walked to the kitchen not looking at them.

“So where’s Mia?” Chin asked as he and Danny followed Steve.

“She’ll be down in a minute,” Steve said as he got the necessary stuff to grill steaks and as he finished talking, Mia came into the kitchen with a big smile on her face.

“Hey guys,” she said too cheery causing everyone to turn and stare at her. “What?” she asked as she heard the doorbell. “Hold that thought. I’ll get the door.”

“She’s awfully cheery, don’t you think so Steve?” Danny asked casually, a little too casually for Steve’s liking, as everyone followed Steve outside.

“Yeah well let her be. Why don’t you make yourself useful and grab us some beers?”

“Yes sir,” Danny mocked.

“Hey guys, I want you to meet two of my friends, and Steve’s of course. This is Jake and Savanna Hendricks,” she said pointing to them, “and this blonde over here is Danny Williams and Chin Ho Kelly.”

“Nice to meet you,” they all said as they shook hands.

“I’ll go bring out the beer,” Danny said after the introductions were over.

“Where’s Kono?” Mia asked not seeing her among the crowd.

“She should be here any minute,” Chin said. “Ah, there she is.”

“Hey guys, sorry I’m late. I had to do some things,” Kono apologized.

Mia introduced Kono to her friends and they all settled in a friendly talk. The team asked how Mia and Steve were as young kids wanting to know more about their boss and the new girl in the team. Savanna and Jake also invited the rest of the team to Kelly’s first birthday party.


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