Time Changes Everything
A week later Mia found herself waiting outside the governor’s office dressed in a navy blue wrap dress and black pumps. She had to talk to the governor about her current state and what that would mean to her job.
“Miss Summers, Governor Denning is ready to see you,” the secretary informed Mia.
Mia stood and smiled at her. “Thank you.”
“Miss Summers,” the governor greeted as he extended his hand, which she politely shook and then took a seat on the chair he motioned to. “I’ve been expecting this visit since I heard about an incident that sent you to the hospital. How are you doing?”
“I’m doing much better Governor, in fact, that’s why I am here,” Mia said looking into Denning’s eyes. “As you probably already know, I am pregnant and I wanted to tell you in person even though you probably know already.”
“Yes, I’ve been informed,” he said as he regarded her. “I do have to admit I’m a bit disappointed Miss Summers. You were highly recommended for this job and now in your situation I’m not quite sure if you’re fit for the job.”
“I understand, Governor, but I can assure you that I am still capable of doing my job perfectly fine. I may not be able to go out on the field but I can still manage to do many things from the office if you gave me the chance. Of course, I’ll understand whatever decision you make,” Mia said her gaze never wavering from the Governor’s.
“Look Miss Summers, your person life is that, personal. I’ve read the reports and the comments from other officers. They all speak highly of you and your professionalism. In fact, I think you’ve actually helped the image of the Task-Force but you have to understand that your relationship with Commander McGarrett worries me,” he said.
“I don’t understand why Governor,” Mia asked confused.
“I’m afraid your relationship with Commander McGarrett will cloud your judgment when it comes to handling certain cases, WoFat to be more precise,” he said getting to the point. “As you’re very well aware of, Commander McGarrett has a personal reason to want WoFat locked up and I do not blame him but he still has a job to do and his personal vendetta has gotten him in trouble more than once. I don’t want that to happen with you too.”
“I’m afraid I don’t follow,” Mia asked not sure what the Governor was trying to get at.
“To keep it simple, I don’t want your feelings and your connection to the McGarrett family to come in the way of doing your job correctly. If I decide to keep you on the assignment I will need your word that you will leave all personal matters and connections to the McGarrett’s away while working on this case. I will definitely keep a closer eye on you and the case. If at any time I deem you are not fit for the job any longer you will be off the case. Are we clear?” he asked.
“I am a professional when it comes to my job, Sir. I can assure you I will not allow anything to come in the way of doing my job correctly and if at any time I feel like I’m letting the two mix I will personally take myself off the case,” Mia promised.
“Very well, now that we understand each other, I don’t see why you can not do your job. If that is all Agent Summers, I do have a full agenda to get to,” the Governor said clearly dismissing her as he stood up.
“Actually, there is one more thing,” Mia said looking up at him.
The Governor sat down once more. “I’m listening,” he said giving her his full attention once more.
“I’m planning on asking for a transfer,” she said. “I plan on making my stay in Hawaii permanent and I want to ask for a transfer to the offices here.”
“I see,” he said as he placed his chin in between his thumb and forefinger.
“Yes and I know you are close friends with Peter Donovan, or Peter Summers, whichever sounds more familiar to you,” Mia said looking into Denning’s eyes and seeing the recognition in them. “I know I am doing this job as a favor you asked of him but I want to ask you for a favor.”
“And that is?” he asked.
“I want you to help me facilitate my transfer from New York to the island. I know if you talk to Peter he won’t put any roadblocks in the process,” Mia said.
“Why do you think he’ll make the transfer difficult for you?” Denning asked.
“I don’t know if he will or not but I don’t want to take any chances,” Mia said. “I think you already know everything that has happened so I won’t rehash all the details but I’m doing this most importantly for my child. I want to raise my child on this island with its father.”
“I won’t question your motives Miss Summers and I will see what I can do,” Denning said.
Mia nodded. “Thank you and I also want to thank you for the apartment and car you’ve let me borrow but I won’t need them anymore. I will be moving in with Steve and well we don’t need the apartment.” she said.
“I understand, but the vehicle is yours to keep Miss Summers. It was given to you as a thank you for your services,” he said.
Mia was perplexed. “What?” she asked confused. “I thought it was just temporary until I-”
“No Miss Summers. I guess I should’ve been clearer before but the car is yours to keep,” he said. “I won’t take no for an answer.”
“I, well, thank you,” she said flushed not knowing what to say. Standing up, she said, “I’ll leave you to your agenda now and thank you once more, for everything.”
The Governor stood up and shook Mia’s hand and then led her to the door.
“Peter, Peter, I don’t know how you’re going to solve this mess you got yourself into,” the Governor thought after Mia left feeling sorry for his long time friend and the situation he got into with his daughter.
Mia arrived at headquarters to find Chin and Kono furiously searching something on the computer table. Maybe another case, she thought. “Hey guys, heard from Danny and Steve yet? Are they back from their camping trip?” Mia asked knowing Steve and Danny had gone camping with Grace and her girls scout group.
Kono and Chin exchanged a nervous glance at each other alerting Mia right away that something was not right. “What’s with the look? What happened? Did something happen to them?” she asked as her voice shook with worry.
“We got a call from Danny,” Chin began. “Last night an armed man shot Danny in the arm, but he’s fine.”
“Steve? Where’s Steve? Is he okay?” Mia asked glancing at both cousins. “Someone say something, where’s Steve?”
“Steve was taken hostage along with one of Grace’s friends,” Kono said. “We already send a rescue team their way and Chin is about to go with them.”
“I’m coming with you,” she said looking at Chin ready to leave when he was.
“I’m sorry Mia but I can’t allow that. Steve wouldn’t want to put you in a danger zone,” Chin said.
“He’s right Mia. You have to think about the baby,” Kono said.
“I have to make sure he’s okay,” Mia said her eyes brimming with tears.
“Hey,” Chin said softly placing both hands on her arms. “We will find Steve and bring him back in one piece, I promise.”
Mia nodded. “Okay, but please don’t let anything happen to him,” Mia begged worried for Steve and knowing Chin and Kono were right. She had a baby to worry about now.
Chin nodded and after he made sure he had everything he had, he left.
Mia tried to relax and clear her mind. She knew she wasn’t much help if she continued to think about Steve being held hostage, so she took a deep breath and joined Kono at the computer table.
“So I heard Adam’s brother was back on the island,” Mia asked trying to distract herself with another topic.
“Yeah and I already heard the third degree from Chin so you can save it,” Kono said sounding a bit more harsh than she intended to. Sighing she turned to look at Mia, “I’m sorry, that wasn’t necessary.”
“No it wasn’t,” Mia agreed, “but I understand. Chin is just worried about you. From what I heard, the guy is bad news.”
“Everyone deserves a second chance. Didn’t you give Steve a second one?” Kono pointed out.
“The difference is that Steve never committed a crime but you’re right,” Mia said raising her hands when she noticed Kono was about to protest. “This is none of my business and you know what you’re getting yourself into. Just be careful okay?”
Kono smiled. “I’ll be fine, but thank you for worrying about me,” Kono said.
A few hours later, Kono received a call from Chin saying they’d found Steve and Lucy and they were on their way to the HQ.
Mia was thankful and glad that nothing had happened to either one. She didn’t know what she would do if anything happened to Steve and she was glad she didn’t have to find out.
An hour later, Steve walked into HQ with Chin. Danny had gone home with Grace. Steve was dirty, sweaty, and tired but glad to be back in one piece. He spotted Mia and Kono right away and saw how distressed Mia looked. When she spotted him, she ran into his arms not caring if he was dirty and smelling awful.
“Oh my god, I’m so glad nothing happened to you,” she sobbed into his neck hugging him hard against her. “I was so worried.”
“Hey, I’m fine. I had everything under control,” Steve said running a hand over Mia’s soft hair. “Thanks to Danny and Chin, I’m here safe and sound.”
Mia pulled slightly away from Steve and held him at arms length. “I’m sorry,” she said giving him a small smile. “I think being pregnant has my hormones in overdrive. Look at me, I’m a mess.”
“You’re a beautiful mess,” he said, “but I’m not and I would be really happy to just go home and shower.”
Mia wiped her cheeks and nodded. “Yes, yes of course. I’ll drive you.”
Turning towards the team he said, “I’ll see you guys tomorrow.”
They nodded and Kono said, “Glad to have you back in one piece boss.”
“Thanks Kono,” Steve said offering her a smile.
Mia let Steve drive her car to her apartment. She just wanted to look at Steve and make sure he was really there with her after the scare from possibly losing him. Maybe she was overacting a bit but she couldn’t keep her emotions under control and she hated it.
“I really am fine,” Steve said after riding in the car in complete silence and noticing Mia still wouldn’t let go of his hand making him having to manage with just one hand. Giving her hand a gentle squeeze and briefly looking at her he said, “You can relax. Remember, stress is not good for you.”
“I know and I’m sorry. I’m just really glad nothing bad happened to you,” she said. “And I’m also glad Danny’s wound was nothing to worry about.”
“I’ll make sure to tell him,” Steve said as he pulled into Mia’s parking spot in the underground garage of her building. “Right now all I want is a nice and warm shower and then go to sleep with my beautiful but very worrisome girlfriend.”
Steve leaned over and captured Mia in a full kiss leaving her breathless.
“Come on, let’s go,” he said getting out of the car.
Mia happily followed Steve.
Mia prepared something light for Steve to eat before going to bed and she was serving it when he came out dressed in just a pair of grey sweatpants.
“Where did you go all dressed up today?” Steve said motioning to her blue dress and noticing that she was still wearing her black pumps. He didn’t know how she tolerated being in those shoes for such a long time. “Not that I mind, you look very professional and very hot,” he said giving her one of his famous smirks.
Steve never ceased to make her blush even after all these years whenever he complimented her. She put a plate of food on the table for him to eat and sat next to him with just a small plate of fruit and yogurt. She didn’t think she could tolerate much food after all the worrying.
“I had a meeting with the Governor,” Mia said looking at her plate as she spoke. When she looked up she saw Steve looking at her with curiosity and waiting for her to go on. “I had to talk to him about what’s going on, with me being pregnant and everything.”
“Oh, you didn’t mention you were going to see him,” Steve said as he resumed his eating.
“I know and I didn’t mention it on purpose. I wanted to talk to him first before I talked to you,” Mia said. “I thought he was going to take me off the case, WoFat, and the team.”
“He can’t do that just because you’re pregnant,” Steve said.
“Yes, he can, Steve. I was brought to Hawaii for the sole purpose of solving a case, not getting knocked up by the Task-Force’s leader,” Mia said. “I would understand if he took me off the case because it was very unprofessional of me.”
“Do you regret it?” Steve asked softly not looking up from his plate but not eating any more.
“No of course not,” she quickly assured him placing a hand on top of his balled fist. “I love you Steve and I love this baby that we’re going to have but it’s the truth. I let myself get pregnant when I was in the middle of a very important assignment. It was very unprofessional, I accept that, but it was also the best thing that happened to me. Don’t ever think I regret it because I don’t.”
Steve seemed satisfied with her answer and nodded. He looked up and into her eyes. “I still think it’s none of his business but what did he say? Did he take you off the case?”
Mia shook her head. “No,” she said, “but he is going to keep a closer eye on me.”
“Why’s that?” Steve asked confused.
“He thinks that my relationship with you will cloud my judgment when it comes to WoFat and how you’re personally affected by all this. I don’t blame him for thinking that but I was quick to assure him that if that ever happened I would be the first one to take myself off the case,” she said looking at Steve. “Steve you have to understand that even though capturing WoFat means getting revenge for your father’s death, I cannot let that block me from doing my job. I was brought here to do a job and I plan on seeing it through. I’m telling this just because if the time ever comes where you’re putting me in a difficult position I want you to know that I will do my job the way it’s supposed to be done. Now that doesn’t mean that you won’t have my support, I just can’t be a part of whatever it is you do when you have him in front of you. I take my job seriously and I want that man to pay for all the crimes he’s committed, including the murder of your father, but we cannot take justice into our own hands.”
“I understand Mia and I would never put you in a position like that especially now that we have our child to worry about,” Steve said leaning back on his chair and crossing his arms across his chest.
“There’s something else,” Mia said.
“What is it?” he asked.
“I’m asking for a transfer,” Mia said.
That got Steve’s quick attention. Leaning closer he asked, “What do you mean? A transfer, where?”
“To Hawaii,” Mia said twisting her fingers on her lap.
“I’m sorry; you’re going to have to be clearer. I don’t understand,” Steve said.
Mia sighed and ran a hand through her hair. “I told the governor I was going to ask to be transferred to Hawaii because I want to raise our child here, with its family and I asked him to help me facilitate the process in case Peter made things difficult,” Mia said not looking Steve in the eyes.
Steve smiled at what he was hearing. “You really want to stay here permanently Mia?”
“I don’t want to you to feel pressured in any way. If you really don’t want to stay in Hawaii you can tell me and we’ll figure something out,” Steve said placing a hand under Mia’s chin to lift her face up and make her look at him.
“This is what I want Steve, really. This is home and maybe at first I didn’t want to be here but now everything’s changed. This is where we both grew up and this is where I want our child to be raised,” Mia said giving Steve a bright and reassuring smile.
Steve stood up and brought Mia up with him embracing her in his arms. “You have no idea how happy you are making me right now. I love you so much and hearing you say that makes me love you even more,” he said bringing his head down to kiss Mia on the lips.
“I love you too Steve and nothing would make me happier than to be here with you,” Mia whispered against his lips. She kissed him one more time and then said, “And if the offer still stands, I’ll move into your home.”
Steve pulled away from Mia. “Seriously?” he asked clearly surprised by the turn of events.
Mia nodded and gave him a shy smile. “Unless you changed your mind…” she said.
Steve hugged her one more time and brought her off her feet as he twirled her around in his arms once, causing Mia to laugh out loud, and then he put her down on her feet holding her to help steady her. “Changed my mind? No way. Now that you’ve finally agreed to move in with me, I’m definitely not changing my mind,” he said kissing her fully.
“That’s good Commander,” Mia said in a breathless voice. “I guess we have some packing to do.”
Steve nodded. “Yes, but first I want to show you how happy you’re making me,” he said as he carried her in his arms all the way to the room and gently put her down on the bed as he hovered over her. “I love you so much Mia, don’t ever doubt that.”
“I won’t and I love you so much too,” she said as she caressed his cheek with the tips of her fingers.
“Marry me,” Steve stated in a husky voice as he looked into Mia’s hazel eyes.
“What?” Mia asked clearly shocked, never expecting a marriage proposal from Steve.
“Marry me Mia, become my wife, have my children, and grow old with me,” Steve said once more. “You’re my best friend Mia, my lover, and the mother of my children, because even though we never had the chance to meet the first one, he was still ours. I want to raise our children together, under the same roof and grow old with you. I know we haven’t been together for a long time but we already lost a lot of time together and I don’t want to lose anymore.”
“Steve, I – I don’t know what to say,” Mia said, bewildered by Steve’s proposal. They had never talked about marriage and she didn’t think it was something he wanted even though she had always dreamed about getting married one day, what girl didn’t ever have those kinds of dreams?
“Say yes,” he whispered placing a small kiss on her lips.
Mia brought her hands around Steve’s neck and ran her hands through his hair looking into his eyes. “Are you sure this is what you want? I’m not expecting anything from you Steve. I would be perfectly content to just live with you and raise our family together.”
Steve grabbed one of Mia’s hands and brought it to his lips. “I’ve never been surer of anything than I am right now Mia. I want us to be husband and wife. I know how much you always dreamed about your fairy tale wedding and I want to give it all to you,” he said.
“Oh my,” Mia said unable to stop the tears that fell from her eyes.
Steve wiped them away with his thumb. “No tears please, I just want to make you happy,” he said.
“I am happy Steve and nothing would make me happier than to be your wife,” she said smiling through the tears that had a mind of their own and continued to fall freely. “Yes. Yes I’ll marry you and be your wife and have your children and grow old with you.”
“Oh God Mia, I love you so, so much,” he said as he captured her lips in a passionate kiss and then proceeded to demonstrate how much he really loved her and how happy she made him.