TCE Ch21

Time Changes Everything

Chapter 21

The following day Steve woke up to find Mia on her right side hugging Steve’s left arm. Steve tried to move his arm from Mia’s grasp so trying to not wake her up he gently removed one hand and when his arm was free brought it around Mia placing it on her hip. He felt Mia snuggle in closer to him and heard let out a sigh. Steve placed a kiss on her head and just laid there enjoying the fact that it was a new day and another day he got to spend with Mia.

“You should be sleeping, taking advantage that we have the day off,” Mia sleepily said as she ran her hand over Steve’s chest and then placed a kiss on it.

Steve brought Mia closer to him, if possible. Running circles on her bare back he said, “Sleeping is so overrated. I’ve better ideas to enjoy this day we have off.”

Mia raised her head to look at Steve with a dimpled smile and said, “Oh yeah? What ideas were you thinking about?”

“Well for one, it involves staying in bed,” he said as he flipped her over onto her back and placed himself on top of her. “And two, getting my way with you.”

“Hmmm,” she moaned in response to his good morning kiss.

“There’s more where that came from,” Steve promised pressing himself against Mia letting her know how much he wanted her.

“Well I certainly hope you keep your word Commander McGarret,” she whispered in a husky tone as she wrapped her legs around him urging him to do something.

“I certainly plan to Special Agent Summers,” he whispered back as he brought the sheet over them and did good on his word.

Two days later Steve found himself waiting by the luggage claim for his sister Mary Ann who he had called a few days ago telling her he had something important to tell her but it couldn’t be over the phone. Steve planned on telling Mary that their mother Doris was alive. He wasn’t sure how she was going to take the news since Mary had barely been two years old when their mother had supposedly passed away, a time when she needed her the most.

Steve finally spotted Mary but she wasn’t alone.

“Mary, please tell me you didn’t marry him,” Steve asked hoping Mary hadn’t gone off and done something stupid like marrying a man who was old enough to be her great grandfather.

MaryAnn looked at Steve like he was crazy. “Ew, of course not,” she said in disgust at his brother for thinking she would do such thing. “I mean it’s not like he hasn’t asked, because he has been asking since we met.”

Steve stared into his sister’s eyes as he crossed his arms across his chest. “Why is he here?”

“Because I can’t leave him,” she simply answered.

“What do you mean?” Steve asked confused.

Mary shrugged her shoulders and answered in a noncommittal way, “I’m his caregiver.”

Steve leaned in and asked Mary in an unbelieving tone, “Excuse me, did you just say you’re his caregiver?”

MaryAnn avoided Steve’s gaze. “Yeah the uh, the flight attendant thing didn’t work out so well. Steve listen I really think this could be my true calling. I really like taking care of people,” Mary responded looking up at his brother.

“That’s funny Mary because you can barely take care of yourself,” Steve said and then sees the man in the wheelchair slap Mary’s butt. Unbelievable, he thought glaring at the man.

“We take really care of each other don’t we?” she said looking at Marty, the old man. “Marty do you remember our conversation about professional boundaries?”

Mary seems to be thinking this through and then shakes his head. “Memories aren’t so good,” he sais pointing at his head.

Steve gave Marty a menacing look and said, “How about, Marty, you touch my sister like that again and I’ll break your hand. Can you remember that?”

The man smiles at Steve and says to Mary, “Well he’s certainly like you described him, all Navy SEAL.”

Steve is slowly becoming exasperated with this man. “Okay why is he here again?” he asks not really expecting an answer. Turning to Mary he gets serious and says, “Mary we really need to talk, in private.”

MaryAnn nods and turns to Marty to tell him to turn off his hearing aid so that Steve and she can have a private conversation. Then she turns to Steve and with a raised eyebrow she asks him, “So what’s so important you have to talk to me in private and you can’t tell me over the phone?”

“It’s about mom,” he says in a voice that portrays the seriousness of the topic.

“Mom?” she asks confusion written all over her face.

Steve nods and then leads Mary and the old man into a more secluded sitting area where surprisingly and thankfully it’s empty. “Listen Mary, what I’m about to tell you is very important and I need you to just hear me out. Okay?”

Mary nods.

“Mary, mom, mom is not dead,” he says pausing for a second to let that sink in.

Mary appears to be thinking about it and then laughs. “Seriously, Steve, I know you’ve always had issues accepting mom’s death but come on. I was there the day she was buried, remember?”

Steve sighs as he places his hands on his hips and briefly looks away.

Mary sees Steve serious about what he’s talking about and gives a nervous laugh not wanting to believe his brother is saying the truth. “You are serious?” she asks weakly.

Steve turns to look at his sister and can see the mix of emotions crossing her troubled look. “Mary, mom faked her own death to protect us.”

Mary sank on the chair behind her as she placed a hand on her forehead. “To protect us, protect us from what?” she asked looking up at him with unshed tears in her eyes.

Steve sat down next to Mary and took her hand in his as he explained everything his mother had told him the day he found her hiding in Japan. He explained from the way she asked Joe to help her fake her own death to why she did it and how she’d been running all these years and how she was Shelburne.

“I just, I just can’t believe it,” Mary said in disbelief as she stood up and began pacing. “I mean did she even realize all the damaged she caused. Our father is dead because of her! Dad thought she was dead and he sacrificed so many years searching for her killer. He got killed because of her!”

Steve was torn at seeing his sister so broken and the tears running down her cheeks. He stood up to hug her to him but Mary fought him off.

“Everything that’s happened is her fault! Our family was destroyed because she ‘thought she was doing the right thing’,” Mary cried.

“Mary, I understand your pain. I’m just as furious as you are but she’s our mother and the least we can do is giving her the benefit of the doubt,” Steve said trying to calm Mary down.

She looked at Steve like he had lost his mind. “Are you kidding me?” she asked incredulously. “Are you telling me you’ve forgiven her? How could you just forget everything that’s happened because of her?”

“I never said I forgave her, Mary,” Steve said trying to reason with Mary but he knew it was futile. Mary didn’t look like she would forgive their mother anytime soon. “She wants to see you.”

Mary stopped pacing and looked at Steve as she wiped the tears from her face. “Is she serious?”

Steve nodded.

“Well too bad because I want nothing to do with that woman. Damn Steve, I don’t even remember her. I don’t know who she is or how she looks. I was two years old! She was never there. The only parent I ever knew was our father and even then, he shipped us away, but at least I still have his face in here,” she said pointing to her head. “He was the only one there besides you so if I didn’t need that woman then I definitely don’t need her now. You can tell her she could back to where she came from for all I care but I don’t want her anywhere near me.”

“Mary,” Steve said in an attempt to try to convince his sister.

“I’m serious Steve,” Mary said deadpan as she grabbed the handles from Marty’s wheelchair and took off towards the exit.

Steve arrived at his house without Mary knowing his mother was going to be extremely upset and hurt that Mary wanted nothing to do with her. As he explained to her that Mary didn’t want to see her and asked Doris to give her some time and space to think things through, Doris insisted that she would track Mary down to try and explain her reasons for doing what she did. Steve was trying to convince his mother to leave Mary alone for now when he received a call from work and he had to take off.

When Steve arrives at the crime scene, Chin fills him in on what they are dealing with. A family of four had just picked up their son who was released from juvenile detention when they were intercepted by another vehicle and their son was kidnapped. According to the father, they were just following the instructions on the GPS but when they noticed they were in unfamiliar grounds it was too late.

“Why was he in detention?” Steve asked.

“According the father, he was arrested for logging into the White House data base to get tickets to the correspondence dinner. They wanted to make an example out of him so he was given a six month sentence,” Mia replied.

“It might be possible that the GPS was hacked so I had Charlie take it in to check it out,” Chin said.

Kono notices the youngest son is in the back of an HPD vehicle and as she approaches him she notices he’s furiously typing the same thing over and over on his tablet. Kono asks the boy if she can see what he’s typing and sees what appears to be a license plate on it.

“Hey guys, I think I’ve got something,” she says as she shows them the letters and numbers she wrote on a piece of paper. “License plates.”

“654 TZE,” she says as she types them into her own table to track down the vehicle which also showed it was reported stolen earlier. “Found it.”

“Okay, you and Chin go on ahead and check that out,” Steve orders and Kono simply nods and takes of in her car with Chin.

When Chin and Kono arrive at their location they find the teen dead in the back of the van.

Steve and Danny visit Max and he tells them the seventeen year-old’s cause of death was cardiac arrest. He suffered from a history of arrhythmia and the kid was tortured causing the cardiac arrest. CPR was using to try and revive him explaining the bruises found on his chest. Steve and Danny concluded the kidnappers’ plans were never to kill the teen but apparently they didn’t count on him having heart problems.

Meanwhile back in the office, Kono found a locked file that was uploaded in a storage site by their victim. She shares the information with Chin and he concludes that the kidnappers wanted something from their victim and it was probably the code to unlock the file they found.

They arrive at headquarters where everyone was already gathered around the table.

“What have we got?” Steve asked.

“Well we have the visitors log and the only people who ever visited him were his mother and someone by the name of Kong Liang, the guards also said he was a model prisoner, and other than a shouting match with this Kong Liang person,” Chin said. He also explains what Kono found and how they think that is what the kidnappers were after. Kono also told them they have been trying to decipher the code but still had nothing.

“Kong Liang is wanted by the FBI,” Mia said remembering the case one of her colleagues in New York worked on.

“For what?” Danny asked.

“He’s a cyber criminal wanted for banking Trojan, scare ware, identity theft etc. You name it, he’s done it,” Mia offered as a form of explanation.

“Why isn’t this man in prison?” Steve asked.

“The FBI has been forming a case against him but he has hackers covering his trails. Word is he runs his business like a sweat shop, recruiting computer experts from around the world,” she said looking at Steve.

“How do you know this?” Steve asked her.

“One of my colleagues worked on this case while I was still in New York,” she said shrugging her shoulders.

Steve nodded.

“That would explain the prison visit,” Danny concluded.

“Yeah,” Steve said. “So where can we find him?”

“HPD has no lead on him,” Chin said. “He’s like a ghost.”

“No problem, I know someone,” Danny said earning questioning looks from everyone in the room but he ignored them as he led Steve to the exit.

Danny and Steve were halfway out when Steve remembered something. “Hold on Danny, I forgot to tell Mia something.”

Danny nodded and followed Steve back into the office.

Mia was in the bullpen trying to help Kono decipher the code they needed but nothing they tried worked and both were becoming extremely frustrated. They heard movement from the entrance and turned to see Steve and Danny walking in but as soon as Mia turned to look at them she felt the floor shift beneath her.

Steve saw Mia and Kono on the computer and when they heard he and Danny enter, they turned but he saw Mia sway and about to lose her balance so he hurried to her side just in time to hold her.

“Whoa, that was close. Are you alright?” he asked with concern.

“Yeah, I think I just turned too fast,” she said waving him off as she turned back to the computer.

“Are you sure? Maybe you should sit down,” he suggested.

“I said I’m fine Steve,” she snapped missing the looks that were exchanged between Danny, Kono, and Steve as she placed both hands on the computer and leaned on them trying to focus on what she was doing.

“Okay,” Danny said trying to ease the tension. “So any luck with that code?”

“None, I think I’m going to pay a visit to the victim’s family and see if I find anything,” Kono said.

“Sounds good,” Steve said nodding, with his hands on his hips staring at the back of Mia’s head.

“How about I join you?” Mia said turning to look at Kono.

“Actually, there’s something I need you to do,” Steve said.

Mia rolled her eyes and crossed her arms in front of her as she turned to look at Steve. “Of course there is. What do you need me to do?”

Steve motioned for Mia to follow him to his office.

Once inside, Steve studied Mia for a minute to try and figure out if she was mad at him or what her deal was. He didn’t remember upsetting her in the last twenty-four hours or forgetting an important date. He concluded that the only way to figure out what was wrong was to ask her directly.

“Hey,” he started softly, “are you mad at me?”

Mia shrugged her shoulders. “No, why, should I be mad at you?” she asked full of attitude.

Steve sighed as he placed one hand on his hip and scratched his eyebrow with the other. “No, that’s why I am asking. I get the feeling something is bothering you and you’re taking it out on me but as long as I remember, we haven’t had a single argument in the last twenty-four hours, the whole week in fact.”

Mia sighed and dropped herself onto Steve’s couch. “I’m not mad. I’m sorry I just I guess I was just frustrated because we haven’t been able to decipher the stupid code.”

Steve nodded. “Understandable, but don’t let it get to you. We’ll figure it out,” he said joining her on the couch and placing her hand in his.

“So what did you need me to do?” she asked leaning her head on his shoulder and closing her eyes for a moment.

“Mary is on the island,” he stated, running imaginary fingers on her thumb.

“Really?” she asked raising her head and turning sideways to look at him. “Did you tell her about your mom?”

“Yeah, but she didn’t take it too well,” Steve said.

“Well I guess that was expected. What did she say?”

“She doesn’t want to see her. She said that if she didn’t need her then, she certainly doesn’t need her now.”

“Wow,” Mia said understanding where Mary Ann was coming from. “I guess Doris didn’t take that one too well?”

“You guessed right,” he said nodding in affirmation.

“Maybe she just needs time to take in the whole thing.”

“Yeah that’s what I told my mother but she was stubborn about it saying she was going to look for Mary herself.”

“Hey doesn’t that remind you of someone?”

“No, who?” he asked.

“Really Steve?” she asked with a roll of her beautiful hazel eyes. “You and your mother are equally stubborn that’s why you butt heads all the time.”

“You don’t know what you’re saying,” he said standing up. “But anyways, I need you to call my mother and try to get her to give Mary some space.”

“Me? What makes you think she’ll listen to me?” she asked confused.

“My mother likes you. She sees you as if you were her daughter. Maybe if she hears your perspective she’ll back off and give Mary time to process everything,” he said looking at her.

Mia stood up in front of Steve and crossed her arms. “On one condition,” she said.

Steve mimicked Mia’s actions and raised an eyebrow in question. “Which is?”

“You have to introduce me to Mary. I know she probably won’t remember me but I remember her and I really want to see her all grown up.”

Steve smiled and leaned down to place a small kiss on Mia’s smiling lips. “Deal,” he said smiling down at her.

“Cool,” she said nodding. “I guess I’ll go see what Doris is doing. Just call me if you guys need me and don’t leave me out of all the action.”

“Will do,” he said as he watched her walk out of his office and saw Danny walking towards his office.

“Bye Danny,” she said on her way out.

Danny walked into Steve’s office with a curious look pointing a thumb in the direction in which Mia just walked in. “I take it you two kissed and made up? What exactly did you u do to get her mad at you?”

“I didn’t get her mad Dan. She was just frustrated with the whole code thing,” he said waving around in general as he sorted through some papers on his desk.

“Right, so where did she go?”

“To talk to my mother,” he said having found what he was looking for and walking towards the bullpen.

“That’s it? You’re not going to tell me why she’s going to talk to your mother?” he asked as he followed after Steve.

“Mary is back on the island and she doesn’t want to see my mother so when I told her that, Doris being Doris said she would look for Mary. I tried to get her to understand that Mary needed time but she said she already wasted enough of that so now Mia is going to try and convince her.”

“I see,” Danny said truly seeing what Steve meant and didn’t comment further on the topic as they continued with the case.

“Hello, anybody home?” Mia asked as she let herself in with the key Steve had given her.

“In the kitchen,” she heard Doris say.

Mia walked into the kitchen and saw Doris sitting on a stool leaning on the island drinking what she assumed to be coffee.

“Hey Doris,” she said placing a kiss on the other woman’s cheek.

“Did Steve send you?” Doris asked already knowing why Mia was there.

“Can’t I just come see you because I want to?” Mia asked pretending to be hurt.

“Of course you can and you know it but I also know that you know Mary doesn’t want to see me so now he sent you to try to convince me to not go after her. Well sorry he made you waste your time Mimi, but she’s my daughter and I want to see her,” Doris said matter of fact.

“But she doesn’t want to see you Doris. Put your self in her shoes for a minute and look at the situation from her eyes,” Mia said sitting on the stool next to Doris. “Mary was just a baby, barely two when she thought she’d lost her mother forever. She doesn’t even remember you so she probably doesn’t even know the difference between you being dead or alive. I’m sorry if I’m sounding too harsh but it’s the truth. Mary grew up without a mother and I can understand where she’s coming from on that part because I practically grew up without one too but she did grow up with a father. The only parent she ever knew was John and with everything that has happened in the last three years, with John’s death, she’s probably more confused than ever.”

“She’s my daughter Mia. I wasted too many years thinking I was doing the right thing and I won’t waste any more time. When she sees me and hears my side of the story then she can decide what to do with it and if she decides she wants nothing from me then I’ll leave her alone,” Doris finished wiping the tears from her eyes. “I love her and I need to see her.”

Mia was heartbroken for Doris and Mary and the situation the McGarrett’s were currently going through. “Alright, just please don’t pressure her,” Mia suggested.

Doris nodded and then turned to look at Mia. She really looked at her this time and noticed how pale Mia was. “Sweetheart, are you feeling alright? You look a little too pale,” Doris said placing a hand on her face to check for a fever.

“I’m fine. I think maybe I’m coming down with something or something I ate,” Mia said dismissing Doris’ worried look.

“You don’t feel like you have a fever,” she said.

“Don’t worry Doris. It’s probably nothing,” she said standing up. “Listen; just think carefully what you’re going to do.”

“Don’t worry, I will and you take care of yourself.”

Mia nodded, hugged Doris goodbye and left the McGarret household.

While Mia was driving back to headquarters, Steve called her and requested that she join them at the building used by the hacker they were looking for.

It turned out Danny asked an old buddy to go undercover to infiltrate himself in the hacker’s business and the team was needed for back-up in case something went wrong.

Mia arrived shortly after and waited on one side with Chin since Kono was at the victim’s house.

“Hey, you alright? You don’t look too good,” Chin said taking in Mia’s pale demeanor.

“Why does everyone keep asking me that? For the millionth time, I’m fine,” Mia said in an exasperated tone.

“Sorry,” Chin sheepishly said.

Mia just nodded and focused on the task at hand, waiting for their cue.

As expected, their buddy chickened out at the last minute and ran out of the building leaving the team no choice but to go in. Once inside Mia realized that maybe everyone was right and she wasn’t doing so well.

“What is that smell?” She said sniffing around and taking in the smell of blood and sweat from the beating the hacker gave the man before they came in mixed with tobacco.

“What, the tobacco?” Danny asked.

“Mia, you alright?” Steve asked while he was pointing a gun at their suspect and taking in Mia’s demeanor.

“I, I don’t think so,” she said as she ran out of the building with her hand covering her mouth.

“Chin, Danny, take him in. I’ll go check on Mia,” he said running after Mia.

When Steve got outside, he looked on both sides for Mia but he didn’t see her until he heard gagging noises from the other side of a dumpster. He walked over just as she was done being sick and starting to walk in his direction looking extremely pale.

“Hey,” he said hugging her to him. “What happened? Are you getting sick?”

Mia shook her head against his chest. “I don’t know. You didn’t smell it? It smelled horrible in there.”

“It wasn’t that bad. You’ve been inside buildings that smell much worse and haven’t gotten sick over it,” Steve said.

“I know,” she said pulling away. “It was probably something I ate.”

“Yeah probably,” he agreed. “But just in case I’ll drop you off at your place so you rest and I’ll come by later to check on you. I’m taking you off the case until you feel better.”

“Steve, I’m fine. You don’t have to do that,” she said walking towards her car.

“Mia, you know how dangerous it is to work a case when you’re not in full capability. Now this is me talking as your boss, you’re going home and that’s final,” he said very determined. “Now give me your keys so I cam drive you home.”

Mia knew Steve was right and she really didn’t feel that well so she conceded and gave Steve the keys and got into the passenger side of the car.

That night after the team rescued Kono from the kidnappers, Steve stopped by a local diner to grab some warm chicken soup to see if Mia was able to keep that down and then drove straight to her apartment. When he got there, Steve let himself into Mia’s apartment and placed the take-out on the kitchen island before going to check on Mia.

Steve walked into Mia’s room and noticed she had fallen asleep with the TV. on mute. He walked towards the bed and sat on the edge of her side as he ran a hand over her head and placed a small kiss on her temple. He didn’t feel her face hot so she probably didn’t have a fever. Sitting there, taking her in, he couldn’t help but think how lucky he’d been when Mia decided to give him a second chance. He was so lost in his thoughts that he didn’t notice when Mia opened her eyes.

“You’re going to creep me out if you keep staring at me like that,” he heard her say in a sleepy voice, snapping him out of his trance.

“I’m sorry, I was just thinking,” he said with a small smile.

“Yeah I gathered that much,” Mia said as she sat up and leaned against the headboard extending her arms for Steve to come closer.

Steve smiled and moved to sit next to Mia against the headboard and placed his arm around her shoulder to bring her closer to him. “How are you feeling?” he asked.

“Much better now that you’re here,” she said leaning her head against his chest.

Steve let out a small laugh. “Have you tried eating something?”

“All I managed to keep down was an apple,” she said.

“That’s it?” he asked in surprise. “Babe you’ve got to eat more than an apple. Good thing I stopped by a diner and brought you something.”

“I’m really not hungry Steve,” Mia said lifting her head up to look into Steve’s eyes.

“You’ve got to eat something. I’m not taking no for an answer,” he said lifting an eyebrow at her daring her to contradict him.

Mia and Steve stared into each other’s eyes for a minute until Mia suddenly came up with an idea to distract Steve. Giving him a bright smile, she moved closer and placed a small kiss on the corner of his mouth as she slowly ran a finger up his leg and continued placing kisses on his face and his neck.

“Mia, I know what you’re trying to do,” he said smiling at her antics.

“Really? Well then, why don’t you help me out here,” she whispered seductively against his ear, tracing kisses down his face until she reached his mouth and when she saw he was about to say something, she captured his lips in a burning kiss. Mia felt Steve respond to her kiss and decided to bring it up another notch as she moved on top of him and straddled him and rand her hands wildly through his hair.

“Mmm, Mia,” Steve said in a gruff voice, breaking the kiss when he felt her hands slide under his t-shirt but obviously Mia had other plans as she continued her assault by kissing his neck and biting into it eliciting a moan from Steve. “God Mia, come on that’s not fair. You’re trying to distract me.”

“Is it working?” she whispered against his lips.

“I’m sorry Mia, but I’m not giving you what you want until you eat,” he said placing his hands on her hips and moving her away so he could stand up.

“You’re no fun McGarrett. I already said I was feeling much better and I’m not hungry,” she said in frustration as she sat there in the middle of the bed flushed and with her hair tousled.

“Yeah well you need something in your stomach either way and a little bit of chicken soup will help,” he said and walked out of the room before she refused or decided to distract him once more.

Once in the kitchen, Steve used the sink and his hands to run cold water on his face to hopefully help cool him down.

“You know, you don’t have to do that. I could have easily taken care of the problem,” Mia said as she leaned on the other side of the island, opposite of Steve giving him a teasing smirk.

“I love you Mia, but sometimes you’re so frustrating,” Steve said as he avoided her gaze and reheated the food.

Mia didn’t know what it was but Steve’s comment had irked her. “Then if I’m so frustrating, what are you doing here Steve. No one made you come,” Mia snapped.

“Whoa, I didn’t say it to get you upset,” Steve said in surprise at Mia’s snap.

“Then why did you even say it,” Mia countered but before Steve said anything she continued. “No one asked you to come after work and bring me food. I can take care of myself. I’ve done it my whole life.”

“You’re right, no one asked me to come but I came because I wanted to. I was worried about my girlfriend being sick and wanted to check on her,” Steve shot back glaring at Mia and not understanding where her outburst was coming from. “Where is all this coming from? Is this just because I refused to have sex with you?”

“Not everything is about sex Steve,” she replied harshly. “You know maybe you should just go home.”

“Excuse me?” Steve asked surprised. “You want me to go home?”

“I think it’s the best right now. We both need to cool down and besides; your mom needs you with everything that’s going on with MaryAnn.”

“And you don’t need me?”

“I can take care of my self Steve,” she said in exasperation.

“So you’ve said,” Steve said his good mood completely gone. Throwing the dish towel he’d used to dry his face on the counter and grabbing his phone he walked to the door and said, “Goodnight Mia. Call me if you need anything.”

Mia watched as he walked out and slammed the door behind him. She let out a tired sigh and ran a hand through her tangled hair. She knew she’d treated Steve unfairly but for the life of her, she couldn’t seem to stop her tongue and now Steve was mad at her, great.


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