Time Changes Everything
The day of the wedding had finally arrived. Everything was set up and the pastor who would be marrying Mia and Steve was outside ready and waiting along with the rest of the guests, which consisted of Savannah, Jake, baby Kelly, Doris, Mary Ann, Governor Sam Denning, Chin, Kono with Adam, Danny, and Gracie. Danny had recently obtained shared custody with Rachel and now he didn’t have to worry about Rachel moving Gracie away. Mia had decided not to invite Derek because even though they were good friends the situation would be just too awkward for Steve and Derek. He completely understood and wished her the best of luck and happiness.
Steve was downstairs in the lanai, with Danny, pacing around. He wanted everything to be perfect for Mia. He’d manage to get a few days of for him and Mia, three to be exact, for a honeymoon. It wasn’t much but Mia didn’t mind and she understood why they couldn’t be gone for too long. The team would be short on two members and they had important things to take care of.
“Will you stop pacing around and just relax? It’s not like Mia is going to back down,” Danny said tired of Steve not staying still for more than a minute.
“I know Danny,” Steve said as he stopped momentarily to look at Danny with a big goofy smile. “I just want everything to be perfect.”
“Everything is perfect already. The flowers are all here, the food and the music and all the guests are here. See,” he said motioning to the backyard, “nothing to worry about.”
“You’re right,” Steve said as took a deep breath and checked his tie one more time.
“Stop fussing with that and go stand where you belong,” Danny said looking at his watch. “Mia should be coming down the stairs shortly.”
“Thanks Danny, for being my best man and for giving Mia away. Mia really appreciates it,” Steve said placing a hand on Danny’s arm.
“It’s an honor to me Steve,” Danny said. “Now go take your place.”
Mia was upstairs putting the finishing touches to her make up and hair with the help of Savannah, her maid of honor. Savannah was like the sister Mia never had and she couldn’t be happier than to have her sharing this moment with her. If Savi’s parents were to be alive she knew her father would have happily given her away but he wasn’t there and Danny was in charge now. Mia liked Danny very much and he was Steve’s best friend, plus Mia saw him as a brother, and he was honored when she had asked him to give her away.
“Are you ready?” Savi asked.
Mia nodded. She was too nervous for words. She just wanted to already be married to Steve. Steve had been worried because just a few days ago he had come face to face with WoFat but Steve had been forced to let him go in order to save the life of a politician who had been wounded by WoFat. Steve had not mentioned any of his worries to Mia but she could see how it was taking a toll on him even if he didn’t say anything. Today Mia planned on making Steve forget, if just for a few moments, about all his problems with his family and relating to WoFat.
“Okay, now take a deep breath and relax,” Savannah said. “Everything is going to be alright.”
“I know,” Mia said smiling at her friend. “I just can’t wait to become Steve’s wife. I can’t believe this Savi. Just yesterday we lived on opposite sides of the country and now, now we’re getting married and having a baby.”
“I know,” Savi said getting emotional. “Even though you don’t want to hear this, we do have to thank Peter for this. If he wouldn’t have picked you for Denning’s assignment you wouldn’t be here today, marrying Steve and I wouldn’t be helping my best friend get ready.”
“That’s true, at least he got something right, but enough of that. Don’t cry because you’re going to make me cry and I already have enough of these hormones going on,” Mia said motioning to her baby bump.
“You look beautiful,” Savi said taking in Mia’s wedding gown. “Let’s go now. We don’t want to have Steve come looking for you because you’re taking too long.”
Mia’s wedding gown was very simple. It was a long, white, strapless chiffon dress that had a thin beads lace just under her breasts and went around to the back. Her hair was done in a simple up-do and the make up was natural colors. She looked radiant.
Mia laughed and with the help of Savi, she walked down the stairs where Danny was waiting for her.
“Wow, you look beautiful. Steve is going to fall over when he sees you,” Danny complimented.
Mia blushed and thanked Danny as she placed her hand in his and let him guide her outside with Savi in front of them.
Steve was standing at the altar facing the beach when he heard the music start. He watched as everyone stood up and then Mia came into view right behind Savannah. Steve was in awe with how beautiful Mia looked dressed in white and with her growing baby bump. He couldn’t believe how lucky he was for having this second chance to be with Mia and make her his wife and the mother of their children. He smiled and watched her walk down the aisle in the arm of his best friend Danny.
Mia smiled at the guests and when she reached Steve she gave him a big happy smile reserved just for him. “Hello sailor,” she whispered.
“Hello beautiful, ready to do this?” he said smiling back at her.
Mia nodded and placed her hand in Steve’s as they both turned to face the pastor and proceeded with the ceremony.
“We are gathered here, not to witness the beginning of what will be, but rather what already is! We do not create this marriage, because we cannot. We can and do, however, celebrate with Steve McGarret and Mia Summers the wondrous and joyful occurrence that has already taken place in their lives and the commitment they make today. Today you enter as individuals, but you will leave here as husband and wife, blending your lives, expanding your family ties, and embarking upon the grandest adventure of human interaction. The story of your life together is still yours to write. All those present have come to witness and celebrate your love and commitment this day, eager to be part of the story not yet told.”
The pastor continued to talk to them about the importance of marriage and what their union today would mean. There were also two readings and then the pastor continued.
“And now, by the power invested in me by the State of Hawaii, I hereby pronounce you husband and wife. Family and friends, I present to you Steven and Mia McGarrett,” the pastor announced. He turned to Steve and said, “You may now kiss the bride.”
Steve turned to face Mia and placed a hand around her neck to bring her face to his and kissed her, earning cheers and applauses from the guests. “I love you,” he whispered against her lips.
“I love you too,” she whispered back fighting to hold the tears back but not succeeding as she felt a lone tear trail down her face.
“Hey, no tears today,” Steve said wiping the tear away with his thumb.
“They’re happy tears,” she said smiling at him.
Steve smiled and turned to walk down the isle with his wife. They were stopped at the end by their friends who wished them nothing but the best and congratulated them. Steve and Mia were filled with so much happiness and love. Neither one could believe how far they had come in such a short time. They were going to become parents in just three months and that only filled them with more joy.
“Can I get everyone’s attention please?” Danny said standing up on his spot. “I would like to make a toast to the happy couple. I know I haven’t known you Mia for that long but you know that I see you as one of my own sisters and I couldn’t be happier to have met you. I thank God everyday for putting you in Steve’s path because he’s a changed man since you came back into his life, a changed man in a good way. You made him come out of his nutshell and that also lighten the workplace, made it easier to work with this grouch.”
That earned laughs from everyone.
“Steve, man, thank you for allowing me to be part of such a special moment in your life, your wedding, which if I’m completely honest I never would have imagined this day, let alone the day you became a father. You are a great human being, you and Mia both, and I wish you both nothing but the best and pure happiness. You both deserve it after all these years,” Danny said. Raising his glass he said, “To Mr. and Mrs. McGarrett and their future together.”
“Cheers,” everyone said.
“Thank you Danny,” Mia said with tears in her eyes.
Steve stood and hugged his best friend.
“Okay guys, enough of this mushy stuff. I love you bro and I thank you Mia for accepting my brother, although I don’t know how you deal with him, but I think it’s time for the couple’s first dance as a married couple,” Mary said standing up and going to the D.J.
Steve helped Mia up from her chair and led her to the dance floor as everybody else followed to watch them.
“Well I just heard the news today
It seems my life is going to change
I close my eyes, begin to pray
Then tears of joy stream down my face”
Mia wrapped her arms around Steve’s neck and Steve placed his hands on the small of her back as they swayed to the music.
“I love this song,” Mia whispered against Steve’s ear. “How did your sister know?”
Steve smiled and kissed her temple. “I don’t know,” he whispered back but in reality he did know. He had given specific instructions to his sister to play this song because he knew it was Mia’s favorite.
“With arms wide open
Under the sunlight
Welcome to this place
I’ll show you everything
With arms wide open
With arms wide open”
“I love you Steve. I can’t believe we finally made it,” she said moving her head away a few inches to look up at him. “I hope I’m not dreaming and if I am I never want to wake up.”
“You’re not dreaming Mia. This is reality and I couldn’t be happier,” he said smiling and placing a small tender kiss on her lips.
“Well I don’t know if I’m ready
To be the man I have to be
I’ll take a breath; I’ll take her by my side
We stand in awe, we’ve created life”
Steve placed one hand on her stomach and said, “I just hope I can be a good husband and a good father to our child. I know it’s not going to be easy but I’ll learn along the way.”
“We’ll both learn together,” she said placing a hand on top of his.
“With arms wide open
Under the sunlight
Welcome to this place
I’ll show you everything
With arms wide open
Now everything has changed
I’ll show you love
I’ll show you everything
With arms wide open”
The song slowly faded and everyone broke into applauses. The D.J. then continued to play music for everyone to dance to.
When the sun had set and they had cut the cake, Steve led Mia into the house saying it was time for them to leave.
“But we have to say goodbye to everyone and thank them,” Mia said.
Steve kissed Mia and said, “Trust me babe, they already heard enough thank you’s to last them for a while. We have to go now if we don’t want to miss our plane.”
“What about our bags?” she said letting Steve guide her to her Audi.
“Already taken care of,” he said as he opened the door for her and helped her in.
Steve drove Mia to the small private airport and straight into the terminal. Steve was smiling the whole way and Mia couldn’t help but smile too at seeing how happy Steve looked. When they arrived, Mia noticed a helicopter was waiting for them and Mia turned to look at Steve.
“I thought you said plane,” she said raising an eyebrow.
“Really? Hmm, you must have misunderstood,” Steve said smiling and getting out of the car. He went around the car to help Mia and handed the young man the car keys thanking him for everything.
“Who’s the pilot?” Mia asked loud enough for Steve to hear with all the noise while he helped her into the helicopter.
Steve smiled at Mia. “You’re looking at him,” he said against her ear.
Mia gaped at him. “You?” she asked shocked.
Steve nodded and then closed the door. He walked around and got into the pilot’s seat and got ready for take off after making sure they were both safely strapped in.
“You haven’t even told me where we are going,” Mia said over her headpiece.
“Maui,” Steve said smiling at her and then turning his gaze to the controls and taking off.
“No way, can you believe in all the years I lived here I never visited Maui?” Mia said happy at the news.
“I know, that’s why I’m taking you there,” Steve said.
They arrived about an hour later and took a cab to a very exclusive resort. Mia was in awe when they entered their suite. The place was stunning and it was just living room in the suite. She couldn’t imagine what the rest of the resort looked like.
“Wow,” Mia said. “Steve, oh my god, how did you afford all this?” she said turning to look at him.
“Don’t worry about it Mia. Every penny was worth the smile on your face,” he said walking to her and running a hand over her hair.
“It’s beautiful,” she said. “Thank you.”
Mia turned to walk to the door that led into the bedroom but Steve stopped her.
“I have to carry you over the threshold,” he said bending to carry her.
“Steve!” she yelped when Steve lifted her into his arms. “Put me down. I’m too heavy.”
Steve laughed. “You don’t even weight too much,” he said leaning down to kiss her. He managed to open the door with one hand and carried Mia into the room placing her on top of the bed filled with red rose petals.
The room was decorated with lit candles everywhere you looked and the bed was filled with red rose petals. On a small table close to the bed there was a bottle of champagne chilling and a tray filled with strawberries and other small snacks.
“I know this isn’t much but I promise you on the first chance we get I’ll take you on a real honeymoon anywhere you want to go,” Steve said sitting on the edge of the bed facing Mia.
Mia grabbed Steve’s hand and smiled. “This is more than enough Steve. I love it, thank you. It doesn’t matter if we would have stayed in the Hilton or Holiday Inn, as long as we’re together that’s all that matters,” she said. “Too bad we only have three days to enjoy the place but we’ll make the best of it.”
Steve nodded and smiled mischievously at Mia as he placed both hands on either side of her and kissed her fully this time. “I love you Mia, so much,” he said trailing kisses down her neck.
“I love you too but if you don’t make love to me right now I swear you’ll pay,” she said playfully bringing Steve’s face to hers and kissing him again enjoying the sensations as Steve slowly made love to her for the first time as a married couple.
The next day Mia woke up to the smell of food. She turned to face the side where the sliding doors led to a balcony and saw Steve, clad in only a towel around his hips, fixing the table in the balcony with what appeared to be breakfast. She smiled to herself and got up, putting Steve’s white button up shirt on in the process and walked to the balcony doors.
Steve stopped what he was doing and turned to look at Mia who was leaning on the door frame. He gave her a guilty smile and said, “I hope I didn’t wake you up. You looked so peaceful sleeping but I ordered room service.”
“The smell of food actually woke me up and I’m glad you ordered because I’m starving,” she said walking to him and placing her hands on his waist. She kissed him and said, “Good morning hubby.”
“Good morning wife,” he said smiling at her. “Come on, sit down and let’s eat.”
Mia sat down and looked at the food in front of her. There were scrambled eggs with hash browns and pancakes. There was also orange juice and coffee for Steve since she couldn’t drink it while pregnant.
“Everything looks good,” Mia said. She turned to look over the balcony to take in the scene since last night it had been dark. “The view is amazing.”
“It definitely is,” he said sitting in front of her but never taking his eyes off her. He was obviously referring to her.
Mia turned to smile at Steve and caught him looking intently at her. “I don’t think I’ll ever be able to thank you enough for all of this Steve. I really appreciate it,” she said and then began to eat.
Steve sipped from his coffee and then smiled at Mia. “You don’t have to thank me for anything Mia. I did this for you because I love you and you deserve it. I should be the one thanking you for allowing me a second chance to prove how much I love you. You deserve this and much more,” he said.
“When we’re done maybe we can go walk around the resort and take advantage of its services,” Mia said.
Steve frowned. “Room service isn’t enough?” he said wiggling his eyebrows.
Mia laughed and threw at him a grape from the plate of fruit. “As much as I would love to stay locked in this room with you all day I really want to walk around and see the place,” Mia said.
“You’re wishing is my command,” Steve said.
“Steve, there’s something I want to give you,” she said looking at him. “I don’t have it here with me. It’s in one of my suitcases but I’ve been holding it for a while.”
“What is it?” he asked putting his fork down and giving her his full attention.
“Two months ago when we went to the ultrasound I told you I didn’t want to know the sex of the baby but I know how much you wanted to know and you only agreed with me to make me happy,” Mia said. She smiled at Steve and continued, “I really appreciate it but then I realized that it would be the perfect wedding gift so I went back to the doctor and she told me. Wait a minute, I’ll be right back.”
Mia stood up and walked back into the room feeling Steve’s gaze on her the whole time. She opened her suitcase and took out a small box and then walked back to the balcony. She sat down and placed the box in front of Steve.
“Open it,” she said grinning widely at him.
“Mia, are you sure? I mean I can wait,” Steve said.
“No, none of that, I already know and it’s only fair that you know too since you really wanted to know too,” she said.
Steve smiled at her and took the box in his hands. He lifted the lid and took out a pair of baby shoes, followed by the picture of the ultrasound. Steve looked at Mia smiling widely. “Really?” he asked. “It’s a-”
Mia nodded eagerly. “Yes,” she whispered.
Steve stood up and walked to where Mia was sitting down. He gently brought her to her feet and kissed her passionately. “Thank you,” he whispered. “Gosh Mia you have no idea how incredibly happy you make me.”
“You’re really happy with the results?” she asked a bit hesitantly afraid maybe this was not what Steve wanted.
Steve nodded. “Definitely,” he said nodding and grinning at her like a school boy.
Mia let her self relax and wrapped her arms around Steve’s neck. “I love you Steven John McGarrett,” she said and kissed him.
The three days flew by for Steve and Mia and now they had returned to Honolulu. Neither one of them wanted to return but they both knew they had a job to do and the team was waiting for them to help out.
While Mia unpacked upstairs, Steve checked their messages and froze when he heard a male voice he recognized very well.
“Hey Mia, I know you or Steve don’t want to see me or hear from me but I just called to wish you both the best in this new chapter of your lives. I really hope Steve makes you happy and know that I send my most genuine and heartfelt congratulations.”
Steve was about to press delete when he heard Mia. He turned to see her and saw her standing on the stairs.
“Don’t erase it, please,” she said.
“Mia,” Steve began.
“It’s okay Steve, sooner or later I will have to talk to him,” she said walking down the rest of the stairs. “I was thinking and I think I should fly to New York.”
“What? No, no way,” Steve said shaking his head as he walked into the kitchen.
“Steve, listen to me, I have to do it. Besides, I still have to go back to pack up my apartment and ship all my belongings here and get rid of whatever I can’t bring,” she said following him.
“You don’t need your stuff. I’ll buy you whatever you left behind,” he said turning to face her as he leaned on the counter behind him.
“It’s not that easy Steve. I have my apartment to sell and I really need to talk to Peter face to face. It’s time to do that,” she said placing her hands on his arms.
“Then I’ll come with you,” Steve said.
“No Steve you can’t. The team needs you here and I can manage on my own. I’ll hire some people to pack up and probably I won’t be gone for more than a week, two at most,” she said.
Steve didn’t like the idea of Mia flying to New York on her own. She didn’t want her to stress over the issue with Peter and she was also six months pregnant already. It would be very tiring for her and the baby but Mia already had her mind set and as much as he hated it Mia had to do this. “Fine,” he muttered. “But only two weeks at the most. I want you to take it easy and don’t do any heavy lifting. Leave it all to the packing crew and please if Peter starts giving you a hard time walk away. I don’t want to worry from far away where I can’t do anything.”
Mia nodded. “I promise,” she said giving him her word that she would take it easy.
“When do you want to go?” he asked.
“I think the sooner the better,” she said.
“This weekend,” she said.
“This weekend? Are you serious?” he asked in disbelief.
“Mia we just got back. We haven’t even been married for a week and you’re already planning on flying to New York?” he asked incredulous.
“I know it’s so sudden but if I wait longer I won’t be able to make the trip. Then I’ll have to wait until after the baby is born and with the baby here, traveling will be more difficult,” she explained. “I’ll be back before you even have a chance to miss me.”
“I already miss you and you haven’t even left,” he said.
Mia laughed. “Don’t be silly, I promise everything will be just fine,” she said kissing him softly. “You’ll probably be filled with work to even have a chance to remember me.”
“You’re never far from my mind Mia,” he said kissing her again. “But fine, this weekend it is then.”
“Thanks,” she said smiling at him.