TCE Ch22

Time Changes Everything

Chapter 22

Mia and Steve were the last to arrive at Kelly’s birthday bash due to Mia’s indecision on what to wear. Steve noticed that lately Mia would seem distracted and when he asked her about it she snapped at him taking him by surprise every time. Then last night she literally kicked him out of her apartment for the second time that week, saying she just wanted to be alone. This morning she called him sobbing that she was sorry for the way she had been treating him lately that maybe she was just stressed over all the work they’ve had lately. Steve was beginning to worry about Mia and her constant mood swings. He just didn’t know how to broach the subject that maybe she should see a doctor afraid that he might set her off again.

“You guys are the last to arrive,” Jake chided as he greeted them.

“Blame Mia, she took hours to pick something to wear,” Steve said in a playful tone but apparently Mia didn’t find it the least bit amusing.

“Yeah well you’re a guy; you just have to grab pants and a shirt. Guys don’t care about how they look,” Mia stated annoyed. “Where’s Savi?”

“Umm, she-”

“Never mind, I see her,” she said interrupting Jake and took off in her friend’s direction.

“Did you guys have a fight?” Jake asked giving Steve an amused look.

“No, that’s how she’s been the last two weeks,” Steve sullenly answered looking in Mia’s direction.

“Weird.”

“Tell me about it,” he snorted.

“About time,” Savi said hugging her friend.

“Don’t start on me you too,” Mia warned.

“Geez, are you feeling okay?” Savi asked raising an eyebrow at Mia.

“I don’t know. I just feel like shit. I don’t know what’s wrong with me,” Mia whispered on the verge of tears.

“Aww, come here let’s go inside. Help me grab some things while you tell me what’s wrong,” Savi offered leading Mia into the house towards the kitchen.


Once inside Mia couldn’t stop the few tears that escaped her eyes. “I feel bad dumping this on you today of all days. It’s Kelly’s birthday.”

“Hey we’re best friends. You know it doesn’t matter when or where or what time, if you need me I’ll be here ready to listen,” Savi assured Mia as she squeezed her hand.

“I just, lately all I seem to feel is anger or annoyance toward everything and anything. Then once I realize what or who I took it out on I start weeping like a baby,” Mia explained to her friend. “Do you think maybe I’m going crazy? Or maybe I could be bipolar.”

Looking at her friend and noticing that she was being serious about the last part, Savi couldn’t help but laugh. “Seriously? If you keep going on like that, I just might agree with you on the part of being crazy. But listen, I just think you’re going through different mood swings maybe due to depression. Maybe you just miss your friends and your place in New York since you did live there all these years and you’re barely starting to feel it. Or you could be hormonal causing all these mood swings which usually are a result of you being-” Savanna suddenly stopped and quickly looked up into Mia’s eyes.

“What? Me being what?” she asked anxiously.

Savi lowered her voice to almost a whisper and told Mia, “I’m going to ask you a personal question and I need you to answer me as truthfully as possible.”

Mia nodded and said, “Sure, what is it?”

“Mia, are you and Steve sleeping together? You know doing the,” Savi motioned with her hands and Mia let out a small laugh.

“Geez Savi what does that have to do with anything? And to answer your question, yes, I mean who can resist that man,” they giggled like school girls but Savi quickly sobered.

“Are you-”

“There you are. I’ve been looking all over for you,” Steve interrupted as he found Mia and Savanna in the kitchen.

The girls jumped at hearing Steve’s voice and Mia quickly wiped her cheeks making sure no more tears had escaped. Looking at Savi for confirmation, her friend nodded, and then Mia turned to face Steve.

“We were just talking and lost track of time,” Mia said.

Steve noticed Mia’s eyes were a bit red but he decided not to comment on it right now, afraid she might snap. He also noticed how Savi kept looking back and forth at Mia and him as if she were studying him. “Everything alright Savi?”

Savi dropped her eyes and said, “Yeah, I’ll just take these plates outside.”

“What’s up with her,” Steve said pointing over his shoulder in the direction Savi had left.

“Nothing why?”

“Never mind, come on let’s go enjoy the party,” he said as he grabbed her hand and led her outside towards where the rest of the team were at.


The party was in full swing. Everyone was enjoying themselves especially the kids. Savanna had gone all out, making sure nothing was missing. The baby Minnie Mouse decoration was beautiful. There was a lot of food, dessert, and treats as well as games. There was even face painting that the adults couldn’t stay away from either. Everyone had at least some sort of art done on their face.

During one of the walks Mia did circulating the party, she overheard one of the guests ask the other guest how far along she was in her pregnancy and if she was experiencing any mood swings. Hearing this Mia froze. She finally realized what Savi was trying to figure out. Mood swings. Hormonal. They could all mean one thing only. She looked up as if sensing her and instantly locked eyes with Savanna who was staring at her across the backyard. This couldn’t be happening. It wasn’t possible. Mia felt like she was going to be sick.

“Miss, are you alright? You look like you’re about to pass out,” one of the guests said as they noticed her pale face.

“I’m fine, excuse me,” she whispered as she quickly walked towards the house and to the nearest bathroom.

“Mia, are you alright?” she heard Savi call after her but Mia couldn’t stop; she was going to be sick. She found the door and after knocking to make sure no one was in there she went in and locked the door. Not even a second later she was on her knees bent over the toilet as she let it all out. Two minutes later, Mia was exhausted as she flushed the toilet and sat on the cold tile leaning against the cold wall. She couldn’t believe what was happening, she thought as she cried in disbelief.

“Mia open the door, it’s me, Savi,” her friend pleaded her voice full of concern.

“Just a second,” Mia said as she slowly got up and washed her face with cold water. Then she unlocked the door and opened it only enough to let Savi go through and then she closed it and locked it again as she leaned her forehead against the cold door. “Savi this can’t be happening and you know that. You were there, I can’t be pregnant,” Mia said as she choked on her sobs and slid to the floor.

Savanna didn’t know what to say to her friend as she got down on the floor and embraced her friend. It pained her to see Mia like this and she was right, there was no way Mia could ever have kids again, the doctor had said that but there was only one way to find out.

“Mia listen, there’s only one way to find out. Wait for me right here. I’ll be back in a minute or two.”

“Where are you going?” Mia asked as she looked at Savi.

“Just wait, I’ll be back.”

Mia nodded and watched as her friend left. A few minutes later Savi was back with something in her hands. “What’s that?” Mia asked pointing to the box in Savi’s hands.

“It’s a pregnancy test. I keep an extra one around just in case,” Savi shrugged as she explained. “Here, use it, just pee on it and let it stand for a few minutes. If it’s a plus then it’s positive and if it’s a minus then you’re not pregnant. I’ll be right outside the door.”

Mia took the box in her nervous hands as she watched Savi leave once again. She locked the door and took a deep breath. “Here goes nothing,” she whispered to herself.

A few minutes later Mia let Savi back in. She didn’t want to wait by herself. She was scared of what the results might be. They had to wait for fifteen minutes and as they waited they paced the length of the bathroom. “Maybe we’re just being paranoid and I’m not pregnant. I’m probably just going crazy like I told you or I’m depressed like you said.”

“We’ll just have to wait and find out,” Savi told her friend. “But seriously Mia, haven’t you and Steve ever heard of protection? I mean don’t get me wrong, this would be like some sort of miracle if you were pregnant because I know how much you’ve always loved kids.”

Mia blushed profusely giving her rather pale face some sort of color. “We just forgot Savi. I mean, I guess we just get lost in each other that everything else goes out the window.”

Savi snorted in response and looked at her watch. “Ok it’s time.”

Mia was really nervous about the results. “I don’t think I can look at it.”

Savi sighed as she grabbed the stick and looked at it and laughed.

“What’s so funny? I don’t think this situation is funny in any way Savanna.”

“Yeah well you should have thought about it before you and Steve decided to act like sex starved monkeys. It’s like déjà vu. I feel like we lived this already. Oh wait, we did, when you were fifteen,” Savi said but suddenly she got choked up on the last part as she took in the results. “Oh my god, Mia.”

“What, what is it?”

“You’re pregnant,” Savi whispered as she kept staring at the test results.

“Let me see that,” Mia said as she took the stick from Savi’s shaking hands. “Oh my god, but how, this can’t be right.”

“I’m afraid it is,” Savi whispered.

“I’m pregnant,” Mia whispered back in disbelief as a fresh batch of tears fell from her eyes.

“If you want on Monday we’ll go to the doctors to be 100% sure. I’ll pick you up around noon,” Savi offered and Mia nodded in acceptance still in a daze from what she just found out.

“What am I going to do Savi? Steve and I have barely been together again for a month or so and I’m already pregnant. This is all going on so fast,” Mia said.

“Hey if he was man enough to get you pregnant then he’s going have to be man enough to take responsibility and if he doesn’t then Jake and I will kick his ass,” Savi said half joking, half serious.

“I have to tell Steve but not until the doctor confirms it. I want to be completely positive the results are true and not get anyone’s hopes up,” Mia said looking at Savi and seeing understanding in her best friend’s eyes.

“Alright, that’s you’re decision.”

Mia nodded and said, “Thank you so much for everything Savi.”

“Hey that’s what friends are for. Now clean up so we can get back to the party. We’ve been gone long enough and if we don’t go out there Jake and Steve will probably send an army out looking for us.”

“Yeah you’re right, go on I’ll catch up once I’m done.”

“Are you sure?”

Mia nodded and then Savi left.


Around eight Mia and Steve decided to leave and the majority of the guests had already left. On the ride home Steve noticed Mia was unusually quiet.

“Hey, are you alright?” Steve asked as he stole a glance in her direction.

“Yeah, I’m fine,” she said looking out the window.

Steve reached out to take her hand in his but Mia still did not look at him. “Do you want to spend the night at my place or do you want me to stay at yours?”

“I think you should just drop me off at my place,” she said as she removed her hand from his to tuck a loose strand of hair behind her ear.

Steve sighed as he placed his hand back on the wheel. He wanted to know what was wrong with Mia but he didn’t know how to ask her. “Mia, are you upset with me? Did I do or say something to make you react this way?”

Yeah you could have possibly done the impossible, gotten me pregnant, she thought but instead told him, “You haven’t done or said anything. I just don’t think I’m good company right now. I’m really tired.”

Steve wasn’t buying it. He pulled up outside her building, shut down the truck, took off his seatbelt and turned to look at her. “Then why haven’t you looked at me. The whole day I’ve felt like you’ve been avoiding me. You disappeared from the party a couple of times and all those times when you came back it seemed to me like you had been crying,” he paused as he took a deep breath to ask her his next question. “Are you regretting being with me? If you are, you need to tell me Mia.”

Mia quickly turned to look into his eyes and saw the hurt in them. He really thought she regretted being with him. Mia took off her seat belt as she leaned as close to him as she could due to the cup holder in the middle. She placed both hands on his face and told him, “I don’t want you to ever think I regret being with you. I love you Steve and you make me so happy.”

“Then why do I feel like you’re pushing me away?” he whispered.

“I’m not pushing you away. I just have a lot on my mind right now but I promise that I will talk to you as soon as I figure out things but I promise you it has nothing to do with how I feel about you because my feelings for you have not changed Steve. I love you so much. Just give me a few days.”

Steve leaned in a placed a small kiss on her lips and said, “I don’t like not knowing what’s going on with you but I’ll respect your wishes and wait until you’re ready to talk.”

Mia nodded as she whispered, “Thank you,” and kissed him one more time before she got out of the truck and walked into the building.


On Monday around noon Mia had disappeared just telling Danny that she was going to run a quick errand. Steve found it strange and he thought that she told Danny specifically to avoid Steve’s questions. On the other hand he was glad Mia was out of the office because today was the day he was going to confront the man that had been lying to Mia all these years. Steve had called Peter demanding that he be in his office Monday saying he already knew who he was and that the conversation they were about to have was better to be had in person. When Steve got back from a quick trip to the restroom, Danny informed him that his visitor had arrived and was waiting in his office.

“I’m glad you decided to make this easier for both of us,” Steve said as he walked into his office and closed the door behind him. “Welcome back to Hawaii Mr. Donovan or should I say, Mr. Summers?”

“Cut the crap McGarrett and tell me what you want. You obviously already know who I am so why don’t we get to the point and tell me exactly why you made me fly all the way to Hawaii,” Peter stated looking Steve in the eye.

“I made you come all this way so you could be the one to tell your daughter the truth about your self,” Steve said pointing a finger in Peter’s direction.

Peter laughed and shook his head. “I am not telling her anything. If she’s going to find out the truth it’s going to be from you or someone else, because I’m not saying anything. I’m not stupid Steve.”

Steve was disgusted by the man standing in front of him. “Tell me something Peter Summers, how did you manage to get Mia to trust you?”

“I didn’t have to do much. She trusts people easily, a little too easily if you ask me. I mean, she trusted you didn’t she? And she trusted you again after everything you put her through. Personally, I would have killed you with my bare hands the moment I heard she was pregnant at fifteen, fifteen!” Peter emphasized giving Steve a disgusted look.

“Why did you lie to her? Why would you present yourself as someone else instead of telling her the truth?” Steve demanded ignoring Peter’s blow.

“You think I’m stupid McGarrett? The minute I told Mia I was her father, the man who walked out on her and her mother, she would turn her back on me and push me as far away as possible. I don’t want that and you don’t either, unless you want to see the look of disappointment in her face directed at you for knowing about this and not telling her right after you found out,” Peter said in a sniping tone.

Steve grabbed Peter from the collar of the black suit he was wearing and pushed him on top of his desk as Steve pushed him down from the collar pushing things off his desk in the process. “Listen to me you son of a bitch. I tried telling Mia the truth but she wouldn’t hear me out. Now if she won’t listen to me, then she will listen to you.”

Danny had noticed the commotion inside Steve’s office and he decided to intervene to prevent Steve from hurting the man. Walking into Steve’s office he said, “Hey Steve, easy there man. I know you’re angry but take it easy. Hurting him is not going to solve anything.”

“Don’t worry Danny. This man isn’t worth getting my hands dirty for,” Steve said to Danny not letting go of Peter. “Now you listen, when Mia walks through that door you will tell her everything you did and why you did it. Are you listening? You will tell her how years after walking out on her and her mother you decided to come back into her life by pretending to be someone you weren’t. You will tell her how after all these years that she confided and trusted in you, you kept the fact that you’re her biological father away from her.”

What did you just say?

They all heard the question and knew who it was coming from as Steve quickly let go of Peter and turned to face the person standing by the door, Mia. No one had heard her arrival, nor did they hear her enter the office because Danny had left the door opened when he entered Steve’s office a few minutes ago.

Peter quickly stood up straight as he, too, turned to look at Mia. “Mia, sweetheart, I can explain,” Peter tried explaining to Mia what was going on.

“I didn’t ask you, I asked Steve,” she told Peter never taking her eyes away from Steve. “Please tell me that I heard you wrong or that this is some kind of sick joke because it’s not funny Steve.”

“Mia, I tried to tell you but you wouldn’t hear any of it and the only way I could get you to hear it was from the man himself,” Steve explained as he took in Mia’s horrified expression mixed with pain.

“You should have tried harder!” Mia exclaimed as she moved forward and punched Steve on the chest with tears falling from eyes. “You knew how I felt about the topic and this whole time I made myself look like an idiot for defending the man I despise so much! And you,” she said as she was ready to lunge for Peter ready to attack him but Steve grabbed her from the waist, preventing her from taking another step.

“Mia, stop, please,” Steve begged as Mia’s constant movements made it harder for him to keep holding on to her but he still wouldn’t let her go.

“Let me go Steve!” she demanded as wriggled around in his grasp. Mia suddenly thought of a way to have Steve release her. She kicked him hard on the shin causing Steve to yelp in pain and immediately release her. Taking advantage of her new gained freedom, Mia pounced on Peter hitting on his chest as she let out all her frustrations on him. “How could you do this to me? I trusted you and let you into my life thinking you were a great man who genuinely offered me his help. All these years you made a fool out of me!”

“Mia, sweetheart, I can explain-”

“Stop calling me that!” she yelled as she felt Steve’s hands on her once again. “You lost every right to call me that the moment you decided to walk out on my mother and me. Do you have any idea of everything you put us through? Everything you put me through? You left me to deal with an alcoholic who cared about no one but herself and making sure she had enough money to buy the next bottle to drown all the pain that you caused!”

By now everyone was gathered inside Steve’s office or by the door, including Savi who had come back to the office after going with Mia to the doctor.

“Mia, I think you should calm down. It’s not good for you in your current state,” Savanna said worried about Mia’s health after having the doctor confirm Mia’s pregnancy.

“What are you talking about?” Steve asked turning his face to look at Savi.

“I’m fine Savi, don’t worry about me,” she said. After she assured Steve that she was fine and wouldn’t physically attack Peter anymore, he let her go. Standing a few inches from Peter, she stabbed him in the chest with her finger as she said, “You and that woman ruined my childhood, my life. The time where I wasn’t supposed to have a care in the world turned into a living hell where I had to learn at such a young age to take care of my self, feed my self, walk my self to and from school. What does a five year old know about these things? Nothing! And I had to do it all on my own!” Mia began pacing the small open space back and forth as she asked him why he did what he did. “No you know what, I don’t care. I don’t want to hear your reasons or excuses for doing what you did I just want you to get out of my life for good. You have no idea how much I hate you and I never want to see or hear from you ever again!”

Mia suddenly felt a sharp pain in her lower abdomen.

Steve quickly moved beside her as he held her while she doubled over in pain. “Mia, what’s wrong?” he asked his voice full of worry.

“Oh god, it hurts,” she moaned in pain as she slowly lowered her self to the floor with Steve’s help.

“Babe, talk to me, where does it hurt?”

“Oh my gods, Steve help me please,” she begged as she cried in pain.

“Someone, call for an ambulance,” Steve demanded as he held onto Mia and turned to look at everyone that was there.

“I just called, it’s on its way,” Danny said hanging up his cell after making the call once he noticed Mia was in serious pain.


Fifteen minutes later, Mia was being transported in an ambulanced to the nearest hospital. Steve had given orders to keep Peter away from the hospital and Mia.

Steve paced the halls of the hospital as he waited for news on Mia’s condition. He didn’t understand what was wrong with her. She’d never shown signs of being sick even though her moods lately were of concern to him. Something was terribly wrong and Steve just prayed that whatever it was, she would pull through. Twenty minutes after having arrived at the hospital, Steve heard a commotion and turned to find Danny and Savanna walking through the doors. They had left Chin in charge of Peter and the rest had promise to keep him updated on Mia’s condition.

“Have they said anything?” Danny asked as soon as they reached Steve.

“No, nothing yet,” he said as he continued pacing the hall.

“Steve, you need to calm down,” Danny said.

Calm down? You’re telling me to calm down when the woman I love is in this damn hospital and I have no idea why?!” Steve yelled and then sat down in defeat as he buried his head in his hands. “I knew this was a bad idea. I should have told her when I had the chance, forced her to listen to me. This is my entire fault.”

“Hey, it’s not your fault. The only one to blame is that bastard that lied to her. If he wouldn’t have kept something so important from her we wouldn’t be in this situation,” reasoned an equally concerned Danny.

“I know what caused the pain,” Savi said as she stood in front of Steve with her arms crossed, full of concern.

Steve quickly stood and grabbed her from the arms as he demanded to know what she knew but before she could say anything they heard the doctor asking for family members of the patient Mia Summers.

“We’re the only family she has,” Steve said as he let go of Savi and turned to the doctor. “What’s wrong with Mia?”

“And you are?” the doctor asked.

“Steve McGarrett, her boyfriend,” Steve said, “and these are her friends and family so anything you have to say you can say in front of them.”

“Very well, I’m Dr. Alison Burke. Since you say you’re my patient’s boyfriend, I’ll assume you’re also the father of the baby she’s expecting. Miss Summers suffered from cramping in her lower abdomen due to an excessive amount of stress. Her blood pressure was extremely high and we’re currently working on bringing it down. Other than that, the baby and her are doing well as long as we can maintain the blood pressure at a normal place,” the doctor explained.

Steve thought he’d heard wrong and didn’t hear anything after the doctor said Mia was pregnant. “I don’t understand Dr. Burke. There must be some sort of mistake. Mia is not pregnant,” Steve told the doctor as he looked at her in confusion.

“I’m sorry Mr. McGarrett, but my patient is in fact pregnant. I just saw her this afternoon and confirmed the news to her. She is four weeks into her pregnancy, a very delicate time period. For now we’ll have her under observation for the remainder of the day to monitor her and the baby. Tonight we’ll run some tests again to see if she can be released or if she will have to remain hospitalized until tomorrow. You’re welcome to go in and see her, but only one person is allowed in the room with her. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have other patients to tend to. If you need me, have one of the nurses contact me,” the doctor said as she excused her self.

Steve was shocked and confused so he just nodded at the doctor as she turned and left. Pregnant, Mia was pregnant with his child. He couldn’t believe what he had just been told but it was really happening. He was going to be a father once again, but this time he would do everything in his power to make sure him and Mia had the chance to really enjoy parenthood.

“Congrats, dad,” Steve heard Danny say as he patted him on the back.

Steve laughed, a happy laugh as he said, “I’m going to be a dad. I’m really going to be a dad!”

“Yes you are,” Savi said as she hugged Steve and congratulated him. “Mia was really afraid of what you’re reaction might be but now I’ll make sure she knows you were far from being upset.”

“Upset? Hell no. I’m finally going to actually have a chance to be a father, the father of a child Mia and I made,” Steve said, his eyes red from unshed tears.

“You should go in and be with Mia. She really needs you now,” Danny said. “We’ll head back and tell Chin and Kono the news.”

Steve nodded. “Yeah, thank you guys.”

He watched his friends walk away and disappear through the doors and then made his way to find Mia’s room.

 

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