Time Changes Everything
The next day Steve got to work around nine, making him the last to arrive, which was probably a first.
“Hey boss, good to have you back. How are Mia and the baby?” Kono asked.
“They’re fine thank you, anything new?” Steve asked the team that was gathered around the computer table.
“Just doing some research to see if we find anything new on WoFat,” Chin answered.
Steve nodded, “Yeah I don’t like that he’s practically vanished and no one saw anything. He’s definitely onto something.” Turning to Danny he said, “I’m going to go settle some business. I’ll be back in an hour or two.”
Danny raised his eyebrows in question. “What kind of business?”
“I’m going to have a nice long chat with the man responsible for putting Mia in a hospital bed.”
“Then I’m coming with you. I don’t want to have to bail you out of jail and explain to Mia the reasons for your imprisonment,” Danny said as he got ready to follow Steve.
“I’m not going to hurt the man Danny. I’ll just have a nice chat with him,” Steve replied in a nonchalant way.
Danny and the rest of the team snorted. “Yeah right Steve. The last time you had a chat with someone you had him hanging from a roof! I am not going to let that happen again.”
Steve rolled his eyes. “Whatever Danny, I’ll see you guys later,” he said turning to Chin and Kono on his way out with Danny hot on his heels.
“So what exactly are you going to talk to the man about?” Danny asked Steve as they got off on the 12th floor of the Hilton Hotel, where Mia’s father was staying in.
“He’s going to explain to me what he wants from Mia,” Steve said as he found the door he was looking for and knocked on it.
“Coming,” was heard from inside.
As soon as the man opened the door, Steve pushed the door open the rest of the way and punched the man right on his jaw causing Peter to lose his balance and fall to the floor.
“Hey! What happened to not hurting anyone and having a nice chat?” Danny complained after seeing his partner and friend punch Peter.
“That was for hurting Mia,” Steve said as he grabbed Peter from the collar of his jacket and brought him up. “And this,” he said punching him once more, in the stomach this time, “is for my unborn child.”
Peter fell to the floor once more doubled over in pain as Steve stood over him glowering down at him.
“That’s enough Steve,” Danny said as he saw Steve grab Peter from the collar and bring him up again.
“Get up,” Steve demanded as he dragged him up from the collar and pushed him onto a chair.
“This,” he said pointing to what he’d just done, “is nothing compared to what I really want to do to you for everything you’ve put Mia through. All the years she had to give up to tend to an alcoholic who didn’t give a damn about anything or anyone but herself and her own pity party over someone who didn’t give a damn about them. And let us not forget the years you lied to her about your true identity.”
“If I would’ve known that is what Mia was going to go through I would’ve never left her alone in the first place. I would have taken her with me,” Peter said as he spat blood from his mouth while he talked.
“Yeah well you should have thought about that before you left,” Steve said as he got in Peter’s face.
Peter wiped his mouth as he said, “You are no one to judge me McGarrett. You left her just as well when she needed you the most so don’t come here trying to act all high and mighty when at the end of the day you’re just like me.”
Steve saw red. He grabbed Peter by the neck as he said in his face, “Don’t you ever dare compare me to you because we are far from being anything alike. I had no idea of anything that was going on with Mia and if I never tried contacting her it was for her own safety. I didn’t know who was after my family but I wasn’t going to risk the chance of that person getting to Mia. What’s your excuse?”
Peter stood when Steve let him go and said, “I don’t owe you any damn explanations, it’s none of your business. If Mia wants to hear me then I’ll tell her, not you.”
“I made it my business the moment you send Mia to the hospital and almost killed my unborn child so you will tell me what you are doing with Mia. What do you want from her?”
“I don’t want anything from her. I just want to be her father.”
Steve laughed. “And you think by lying to her, pretending to be someone you’re not, you’re going to get her to accept you? Let me tell you something Peter. Let’s forget about the fact that you lied to Mia about your real identity and focus on the time where you weren’t in the picture. I watched Mia sacrifice the best years of her life and for what? For someone who didn’t give a damn about her. Someone who only cared about one thing, drowning her sorrows in a bottle. After everything her mother put her through, Mia never gave up on her, hoping that one day her mother would wake up and realize she existed. Not once did her mother give her a good night kiss or a hug goodbye on the mornings when she had to walk herself to school. The only person she had for a while was her aunt but even she walked away from her, but Mia never complained. She kept going and I’ve never been more proud of anyone than I am of her. People like her are what makes this world, this life worth living for. Now you tell me Peter, do you really think that after everything she went through because of your selfish reasons to leave her, you deserve a daughter like her?”
Peter had tears in his eyes from everything he’d just heard. “I- I didn’t know. I was so young, only nineteen and that wasn’t what I wanted. I wasn’t ready to be a father and when Samantha and I moved into the house my parent’s left me we turned into complete strangers. All we did was fight until I got tired of it all and walked away. I admit I didn’t think about anything or anyone else. All I wanted to do get out of that house that was suffocating me. I didn’t want to be found so I changed my name and managed to make a good career with the FBI. Two years after I moved from Hawaii I met my wife Lisa and she made me see things in a different light but I wasn’t ready to come back yet.”
“So what, you waited until she was older, when she had already been through enough and even then you didn’t tell her who you were.”
“It wasn’t easy. When I saw her she was already pregnant and I knew something like this could be bad for her in her situation so the best way I figured was to lie to her about who I was until she had the baby but I had to go back to New York so when she lost the baby I offered her my full support and help and left her my info to contact me if she ever needed something. When she called me the night after her graduation, crying, begging me to help her I didn’t even hesitate. I put her on the first plane to New York and when she arrived and let it all out I knew I couldn’t tell her who I was. You think I don’t know how much she hates me?” Peter wiped the tears from his eyes. “The way she talked about her father was very obvious he was the last person on this earth she wanted to see but when she talked about you, it was a completely different story. I have no idea why she defended you so much even after everything she went through. And even after thinking you wanted nothing to do with her she didn’t blame you. She said it didn’t surprise her that she, she was used to people walking away from her, not wanting her.”
“But you still let her believe something that wasn’t true. Why?”
“I didn’t want to lose her! I knew that would happen the moment I told her the truth and she didn’t have anyone. I knew that was the only way I would be able to stay close to her.”
Steve shook his head, not wanting to hear Peter’s lousy excuses, nothing justified leaving Mia alone with an alcoholic mother. “I don’t care anymore about your lousy excuses. I want you to stay away from Mia. If she ever decides that she wants to talk to you then she will be the one to contact you. I don’t ever want to hear that you got anywhere close to her, do I make my self clear? If I find out that you step one foot on this island I will personally hunt you down,” he finished and then turned to walk towards the door. “Let’s go Danny.”
A week later, Steve took the morning off to take Mia to her doctor’s appointment and see how her and their baby was doing.
“I can’t wait ’till the time comes where we get to find out the sex of the baby,” Steve said as he drove them to the hospital stealing a glance at Mia who was biting her nails in a nervous habit she’d had since he met her. “Babe relax, everything is going to be fine.”
“Can you stop saying that?” she retorted at him. “That’s all you keep saying but you’re not the one that’s pregnant. I am and I’ll be the only one responsible if anything is wrong with this baby,” she finished as her voice broke towards the end.
Steve was at a loss for words. He didn’t know she felt all the weight of this on her shoulders and she didn’t have to. She had him. “You’re right. I’m not the one that’s pregnant and I have no idea what any woman goes through but I am your partner Mia and you have to learn to talk to me. You don’t have to carry everything on your shoulders. I need to know how you feel and if you don’t talk to me then I don’t know how I can help you to make this easier for you.”
“Just stop saying that everything will be fine when neither one of us knows it for sure,” she whispered.
Steve stayed quiet the rest of the ride. When they arrived Mia got out of the truck without waiting for Steve to come around and open the door for her. Steve sighed as he saw her begin walking inside without waiting for him. He locked the truck and jogged to catch up to her.
“If you wanted to come alone you should have said something,” he whispered in her ear as she signed in.
“Yeah, like it would’ve helped. You would still be here,” she threw back at him in a whisper as she went to sit down.
“So are we going to be fighting all day today?”
“I’m not fighting with you,” she said as she grabbed a magazine from the table next to her chair and flipped through it.
Steve sighed as he sat back on his chair and stretched out his legs waiting to be called in. Five minutes later the nurse came out saying the doctor was ready to see them.
The doctor checked Mia and did an ultrasound to check on the baby.
“The baby looks fine, nothing to worry about. Everything looks normal,” the doctor said.
Steve was in awe at what he saw on the monitor. It wasn’t much, just a growing seed but still, it was his baby. The baby he helped make with the woman he loved.
“Are you positive doctor?” Mia asked.
“Yes I see nothing to worry about. You may go back to work just don’t overdue yourself and definitely no field work.”
Mia let of a breath of relief as she squeezed Steve’s hand and let a few tears escape.
“I hope those are happy tears because really, you have nothing to worry about,” the doctor reassured Mia.
Mia nodded at the doctor as she wiped her tears and then the doctor told her she could get dressed. When the doctor left the room Mia sat up slowly with the help of Steve to prevent the room from spinning and then hugged Steve from the waist as she placed her forehead on his chest. “I’m really sorry for the way I’ve been acting and treating you. I’ve just been really nervous and scared. I didn’t know what to expect,” she told him as cried.
“Hey, it’s okay to be scared, I was scared too but I didn’t want you to worry even more. You heard the doctor, though, there’s nothing to worry about,” he softly told her as he held her face and placed a small tender kiss on her lips. “Now go dress so we can get out of here.”
Mia got dressed and a few minutes later the doctor came in repeating her instructions and telling them she wanted to see Mia in a month for her monthly visit.
Mia and Steve walked hand in hand out of the building happy and relaxed that everything was okay. Mia was lost in her thoughts that she didn’t notice the man that was walking straight into her until they bumped shoulders.
“I’m sorry I didn’t see where I was going,” the man apologized.
“Don’t worry I was distracted too,” Mia replied as she let go of Steve’s hand to cover the sun light from her eyes and look at the man in front of her. “Wait I know you! Derek!” she squealed as she threw her arms around him.
“Mia?” he said once he saw her face and broke into laughter when Mia threw her arms around him so he hugged her back.
“Oh my god what are you doing here? In Hawaii?” she asked him in surprise.
“Well I should ask you the same question but I’m here visiting my cousin, the one I told you lived here, and well since her husband couldn’t make it to her appointment she asked me to come with her. We’re supposed to meet here which by the way, what are you doing here? Don’t tell me you’re -”
“Yes, I’m pregnant,” she told him with a big smile.
Steve just stood there feeling like an idiot as Mia and this guy went on and on. Who was this Derek guy and why was Mia so ‘friendly’ with him. He was about to find out.
“Who’s this Mia?” Steve asked her, not taking his eyes off the ‘Derek’ guy.
“Oh I’m sorry babe. Steve, meet a really good friend of mine, Derek West. Derek this is Steve McGarret, my boyfriend and father of my baby.”
“Nice to meet you,” Derek said as he shook Steve’s hand.
“Where do you two know each other from?” Steve asked.
“New York,” they said in unison then turning to look at each other and laughing but Steve didn’t find any of this in the least bit amusing.
“Hey listen I got to go I’m already late as it is but it was so great running into you and here of all places,” Derek said as he hugged Mia on more time.
“Yeah it was. You should give me a call so we can meet up and catch up. I still have my cell phone from New York, same number. Give me a call,” she said.
“Sure will. Take care and nice to meet you Steve,” he said as he began walking away.
Mia smiled as she grabbed Steve’s hand and started walking towards the truck. “I can’t believe I just ran into him. I haven’t seen Derek in like two or three years. What a surprise don’t you think?” she asked Steve as she looked up to see him.
“Yeah, big surprise,” he stated dryly.
Mia looked at him weird. What was up with him?
“What?” he asked her when he saw the look she was giving him as he opened the passenger door for her.
“I should ask you that. What’s up with you?”
“Nothing,” he said and then closed the door once she was seated.
“Babe what’s wrong?” Mia asked Steve as soon as he got in the truck.
“Who’s this Derek guy?”
“I told you, an old friend from New York,” she explained.
“You two seemed a little too friendly to be just old friends from New York, don’t you think so?” Steve asked.
“We dated for a bit,” she told him as she stared straight ahead.
Steve nodded, “You dated, just like that.”
“Yes Steve just like that. What else do you want me to say?”
“How long did you date for?” he asked her as he looked at her but she was just staring straight ahead.
“Does it really matter? I’m with you now and that’s all that matters,” she said looking at him.
Steve shrugged in a noncommittal way, “I’m just curious.”
“Well you know what they say, curiosity killed the cat,” she teased but Steve didn’t laugh. Mia sighed as she finally told him, “We dated for five years.”
“I’m sorry, did you say five years?” Steve asked not sure if he heard her right.
“Yes Steve five years but we broke up because we both had different interests in life. It was a mutual decision and we managed to stay friends until about two or three years ago when he moved away without a word to anyone.”
“You call a five year relationship dating for a bit?” Steve asked with a small laugh.
“Why are you getting so worked up over something that happened a long time ago?”
“I’m not getting worked up over anything. I just don’t like seeing my girlfriend, my pregnant girlfriend, being a little too friendly with her ex who just happened to be on the island on vacation at the same time as you.”
“You know what Steve, I’m just going to ignore what you just tried to imply. You have nothing to worry about because the person I love is sitting right here next to me,” she said as she inched closer to Steve and kissed him but Steve didn’t respond.
“I didn’t try to imply anything. I’m just trying to tell you what I observed.”
“Babe, can we please drop this already. I don’t want to fight over something so silly,” she said kissing him once more sliding her hand up his thigh getting the reaction she wanted from Steve.
Steve groaned as he felt Mia’s hand slowly slide up his thigh inching closer to his growing bulge, teasing him. “If I could I would take you right here, right now,” he whispered against her lips.
“What’s stopping you?” she whispered back her eyes full of lust, of want, and of need.
“For starters, we’re in the middle of a full parking lot in broad daylight and second we didn’t ask the doctor if it was okay for us to you know…”
Mia laughed, “Seriously? Babe it is perfectly normal and okay to have sex during a pregnancy as long as we don’t get too rough. Plus, I’ve never done it in the middle of a parking lot in broad daylight,” she said whispering seductively her last sentence against his ear.
“It’s still not happening,” he said as he moved back and turned to start the engine. “I promise to make it up to you soon.”
“God Steve, I’ve been throwing my self at you for the last week and all you’ve done is been rejecting me. This is definitely a first for you,” she said in disbelief as Steve pulled away driving towards headquarters laughing the whole time.
Steve and Mia arrived at headquarters around noon. Mia was tired of being in her apartment so she convinced Steve to let her come with him back to the office as long as she promised not to overdo herself and absolutely no field work.
Danny was the first one to see Mia and Steve make their way towards the team that was gathered around the computer table. “Hey Mia, glad to have you back,” he said with a smile.
“Thank you Danny,” she replied returning the smile.
“How did it go with the doctor?” Kono asked them.
“Great. Everything looked normal,” Mia answered happy to see the team since the incident that took place a week ago, something Mia wanted to forget about.
“Were happy for you, for both of you,” Chin said.
“Thanks guys,” Steve replied. “So what are we working on?”
“Well while you were gone we got a body out in a sugarcane field completely burned,” Danny said.
“Do we have and ID?” Steve asked.
“Aiden O’Connell,” Chin said. “But here’s the catch, the cause of death wasn’t the burns, he was actually shot before being burned.”
“We’ve gone through all his phone records and the only number that stands out is the one for his therapist, Olivia Victor,” Kono filled.
“Alright, let’s go,” Steve told Danny.
“Go? Go where?” Danny asked.
“To pay a visit to the therapist,” Steve said.
While Steve was getting ready to leave with Danny, Mia said she would be studying the case in her office. On her way to her office her phone began vibrating inside her back pocket of the jeans she was wearing. She didn’t recognize the number but answered either way to see who it was.
“Agent Summers,” she said as she closed her office door behind her.
“Mia, it’s Derek,” she heard on the other side.
“Drake, hey, what’s up?” she said happy to hear from him so soon.
“Nothing much really, just got done with my cousin’s appointment. I was calling to see if you wanted to have some lunch with me, catch up a bit,” he said with a hopeful voice.
Mia checked her watch and saw that it was 12:30 pm and she hadn’t had lunch yet. “You know that sounds like a great idea,” she said and then gave him the directions to Kamekona’s shrimp truck. “I’ll see you in a bit.”
Mia stepped out of her office as they were about to leave.
“We’re heading out, remember, don’t overdo your self,” Steve said in a hurry as they were heading out.
“Sure,” she said to no one because before she could reply they had already left. “Shit,” Mia said as she suddenly remembered she didn’t have a car. “I guess I’ll have to call a cab.”
Twenty minutes later Mia arrived at Kamekona’s shrimp truck and found Derek sitting in a bench with his back to her. She walked quietly behind him and placed her hands over his eyes. “It’s your worst nightmare,” she whispered jokingly.
Derek laughed as he removed her hands from his eyes. “You’re far from being my worst nightmare; more like a dream come true.”
“Aww always the sweet one. What will your clients think if they heard you? The prestigious lawyer is losing his touch,” she teased as she took a seat across from him. “Did you order?”
“Nope, I was waiting for you,” he said as he crossed his hands on top of the table.
“And the perfect gentleman,” she said.
“That’s me,” he said with a smile. “So what’s good around here?”
“Everything is good around here my friend. Just pick and it will have you begging for more,” Kamekona said as he approached their table to take their order. Turning to Mia he said, “What a lovely surprise beautiful. Haven’t seen you around here lately.”
“Hi Kamekona,” she said with a smile, “I’ve been, you could say a bit indisposed”
“Well I’m glad to see you again. Who’s your friend?”
“This is Derek West. Derek, meet Kamekona, the owner of the shrimp truck.”
Derek shook Kamekona’s hand and smiled at the big man. “Nice to meet you.”
Kamekona bent down a bit to get closer and without letting go of Derek’s hand he said, “She’s already taken so no funny business haole.”
Derek just laughed and said, “No problem man.”
Mia and Derek placed their orders and when Kamekona left Mia apologized. “I’m sorry about that. He’s Steve’s friend.”
“Hey no need to apologize. I would do the same thing if I saw my friend’s beautiful girlfriend with some other dude.”
“Thank you,” she blushed. “So what happened to you? One minute you’re in New York and the next you’re gone.”
“Yeah about that, I’m sorry about not saying goodbye. I got a really great job offer somewhere else and I felt like it was something I couldn’t pass up on. You know how much I hate goodbyes so I just up and left.”
“Well I’ll forgive you just because you left for a good reason. So where was this offer at?”
“Hawaii,” he said as he smiled at her.
“You’re orders are ready. Anything else I can get you?” Kamekona asked.
“No we’re good thank you,” Mia said and Kamekona nodded and left. Turning to Drake she asked, “What do you mean Hawaii? I thought you were here on vacation?”
“Yeah well it sort of feels like it. Have you looked at this place,” he said motioning to his surroundings, “it’s paradise.”
“Don’t forget I grew up here,” she reminded him. “I just can’t believe you’re living here now. It’s such a small world.”
“What I can’t believe is that you’re living here now after claiming you never wanted to step a foot on this island ever again because you didn’t want to remember things that were best left forgotten,” he said.
“Yeah well it’s a really long story,” she said. “Initially I came here as a favor to Peter who has the Governor of Hawaii as a friend. The governor needed someone to help his special task force, Five-O, in this big case so Peter asked me and here I am.”
“Yeah I think I’ve heard of Five-O. Its leader was arrested for the murder of the former governor about a year ago but I think he was found innocent and they let him go,” he said. “What I don’t understand is how what was supposed to be a temporary stay turned out to be a permanent one. Because you are staying right, now that you’re pregnant.”
“I reconnected with an old boyfriend and well now I’m pregnant but I don’t know if my stay here is permanent,” she said.
Dereklooked at her confused, “What do you mean?”
“I just don’t want to make any plans just yet. I’m only about a month and a half into my pregnancy. It’s too early to be making plans,” she said as she pushed her plate aside and placed her hands on top of the table. “I’m scared,” she confessed in a small whisper.
Derek pushed his plate aside too as he leaned in and grabbed Mia’s hands. “What are you afraid of?”
Mia blinked away the tears that wanted to escape as she said, “I’m afraid of the story repeating itself. I don’t want to lose my baby Derek. You know the last time I was pregnant I was only four months and I lost my baby. Steve is so happy and excited about becoming a father and he wants to make all these plans but I just don’t want to just yet. If it were up to me I’d probably wait until I was holding the baby in my arms.”
Derek wiped away the few tears that had escaped from Mia’s eyes. “Listen to me Mia. No one knows what will happen tomorrow or in a few months. You can’t live in fear your whole life because of something that was out of your control. You know you had nothing to do with what happened to you and your baby. Have you talked to Steve about this and about what happened during your first pregnancy?”
“He doesn’t know that’s what I’m scared about and he just knows I fell down the stairs.”
“You mean he doesn’t know that your -”
“Please don’t say it. Steve doesn’t have to know that,” she said interrupting him from completing what he was about to say.
“Mia he has to know. You need to talk to him so he can understand where you’re coming from,” he tried reasoning with her.
“You’re the only one that knows Derek. Everyone else thinks I just fell down the stairs and it should stay that way.”
“Well at least talk to him about your fears and he’ll be able to understand your reluctance to make plans.”
Mia nodded and then told him about finding out Peter Donovan was in reality Peter Summers, her father, and how she had been hospitalized.
“Wow I can’t believe he’s your father. I mean I always saw some similarities but never thought anything about it,” Derek said in surprise after everything Mia had told him. “What are you going to do about New York? You’re job is back there waiting for you and so is your home.”
“I don’t know just yet. I still have to finish my assignment here but I do know one thing for sure.”
“And that is?”
“I never want to see Peter again.” Mia looked at her watch and noticed she had been with Derek for two hours already. “Wow I didn’t even know we’ve been here for so long.”
“We always did lose track of time whenever we got together,” he said.
“That’s because you’re a great friend,” Mia said. “I should really get back in case the team needs me.”
“Alright let me just pay the bill and I’ll walk you to your car,” he said as he stood.
“Actually, I took a cab here.”
“Then I’ll drive you back,” he said.
“You don’t have to,” she said but Derek interrupted her protests.
“I’m not letting you go back in a cab on your own. I’ll drive you back to make sure you get there safe and sound. I’m just going to pay this and I’ll be back,” he said as he walked away.
Mia and Derek arrived outside Headquarters fifteen minutes later. Derek got out and went around opening the door for Mia.
“Safe and sound just like I promised,” said.
“Thanks Derek,” she said.
“Anytime,” he said. “Don’t be a stranger and keep in touch.”
“I should be the one telling you that. Who’s the one that left without a word?” she teased.
“Alright, alright,” he said raising his hands in defense. Derek hugged Mia goodbye and got into his car.
“Who’s that?” Danny asked the team as they were walking towards the entrance causing the whole team to turn and look at him.
“Who?” Steve asked looking at his partner and then turning to look in the direction where he was looking. Steve didn’t like what he saw, Mia getting out of some guy’s car. Derek to be more precise and to top it off, she hugged the man.
“Hey boss isn’t that Mia? And who’s the hottie that’s with her?” Kono asked.
“Kono,” Chin said giving her a look when she turned to look at him. “Come on let’s go see what we get on Olivia.”
Kono nodded and went inside with her cousin.
“So who is he?” Danny asked.
“Her ex,” Steve said not taking his eyes away from the scene.
When Mia saw Derek drive away, she waved one final time and turned around to walk towards the building. She froze when she saw Steve and Danny standing there staring at her. Steve didn’t look too happy and Danny looked slightly amused. Mia sighed and made her way towards them knowing she was going to get Steve’s attitude.
“Hey guys, so how did it go with the therapist?” she casually asked, hoping to make Steve forget about Derek.
“Smoothly,” Danny said with his arms crossed ready to hear Steve let it out.
Mia could feel Steve’s penetrating gaze on her but she didn’t want to face him just yet. “That’s good to hear. What are we doing here; let’s go inside so we can see what else we find,” she said beginning to walk towards the entrance.
“Mia,” Steve said in a serious tone.
Mia paused and hesitated before she turned to look at Steve. “It was just lunch Steve,” she said in equal seriousness and then turned to walk inside leaving Steve and a very amused Danny behind.
“Just lunch Steve,” Danny said patting Steve on the shoulder with a laughing smile on his face and following Mia inside.
Mia avoided Steve until she went to ask him for his truck so she could go to her apartment to retrieve some files she left there and after assuring him that she would be fine he reluctantly gave her the keys.
The moment Mia stepped into her apartment she knew something was wrong so she grabbed her gun from her waist and got ready for whatever she found. She walked slowly checking her surroundings. She was about to turn the corner into the hallway that led to her room when someone kicked the gun out of her hands and soon a man she did not recognize was pointing a gun straight at her.