Time Changes Everything
The next morning Steve got to the office earlier than usual. He wanted to do some background checking on a certain Special Agent. Maybe then he would find some of the answers he did not get from Mia. He didn’t want to fight with her nor be on her black list but if he didn’t know what he supposedly wasn’t there for then he wouldn’t know how to proceed to make things right. Not because he had feelings for her, which he didn’t or so he made himself believe, but because he at least wanted to get back the friendship they once had now that she was back in his life. As he sat there on his computer at his desk he saw some movement from the corner of his eye. Looking at his watch and seeing it was 8:00 am, Steve called out to the person he saw a few seconds ago enter the office across from his, “Hey Danno, what are you doing here so early?”
“I could ask you the same thing my friend,” replied Danny as he entered Steve’s office. Pointing to Steve’s computer he asked, “What are you working on?”
“Nothing,” he quickly answered trying to take down the page he was on but Danny was faster than him as he glanced towards the computer.
“That doesn’t look like ‘nothing’ to me,” he replied with a smirk. “Did you find anything interesting on our new babysitter?”
“She’s not a babysitter Danny.”
“No she’s definitely not,” he replied with a small laugh. Taking a seat on the corner of Steve’s desk, he mused, “I still don’t understand how you let a hot babe like her go. I mean I understand you two were kids but she still must have been a cute one back then.”
Steve smiled as he remembered Mia as a teen, “Yeah, she was. She was a special one. Nothing compared to who she is now,” Steve finished more soberly as he turned his attention back to the computer.
Danny stood up figuring the conversation was over and was about to make his way back to his office when he remembered something, “Don’t bother with your search any more. You won’t find anything interesting other than the fact that she moved to New York and joined the FBI right after graduating from high school.” At Steve’s questioning look, Danny said “The team and I were curious about this woman who didn’t immediately fall for your charm and obviously hates your guts so we did some digging. The majority of her file is locked except for some minor cases but nothing that stands out.”
“No mention of family or anything like that?”
“Nope, nada,” Danny answered with a shake of his head. “It’s weird, you know. I mean most Agents’ or Officers’ files have at least some info about them besides their work. It’s as if she’s being protected or something. She must have some really good connections in the Bureau.” And with that last comment, Danny left Steve’s office.
“Who are you Mia Summers,” Steve asked himself as he stared blankly at the computer screen.
“I’m not late am I?” asked Mia as she made her way towards where Kono and Chin were at on the computer table looking very busy.
“No, you’re actually right on time. We just got a case about twenty minutes ago,” replied a grim looking Chin.
“Anything I can help with?”
Before anyone could answer her, Mia’s phone started ringing, “Excuse me,” she said giving them an apologetic look and making her way into the first office she saw. “Hello?” she asked not recognizing the number.
“Mia, it’s me, Steve. Listen I need you to do me a favor. I know this was you first day and you didn’t expect it to start like this. We got a case. One of our own was murdered in an abandoned alley and our medical examiner just got shot. He’s on his way to the hospital as we speak and Joe White is with him. I need you to keep an eye on him for me, please. He has some important information about Shelbourne, someone or something I’ve been looking for that might help me with my father’s murder investigation and possibly WoFat’s. He promised he would take me to it but at this point I don’t trust him anymore and I can’t let him disappear again. I need you to make sure of that and not let him out of your sight. Do you think you can you do that for me, please?”
“Umm, yeah, sure. Just who exactly am I looking for at the hospital?” asked a very confused Mia.
“Max Bergman and the man that’s supposed to be at his side is Joe White.”
“Alright, I’ll make my way over right away,” she promised.
Steve breathed a sigh of relief and quietly told her, “Thank you Mia. I owe you one.”
“I’m just doing my job,” and with that she hung up not wanting to get into another argument with him again. “Hey that was Steve. He just asked me to go to the hospital to keep an eye on someone. So I guess I’ll see you guys later,” she told Kono and Chin.
“Sounds like fun,” Kono answered with a sympathetic smile looking at Mia.
Mia just shook her head with a small smile and gave a small wave goodbye as she made her way towards the door.
“Knock, knock,” said Mia as she made her way into the room Max was in, carrying a small blue vase with flowers. “Hi I’m Special Agent Mia Summers, the newest addition to Five-O, and these are for you,” she smiled towards Max as she placed the flowers on a nearby table.
“Beautiful flowers, from a beautiful lady. Thank you ma’am,” answered a still weak Max.
Mia just smiled at the compliment and said, “You’re very welcome and you can call me Mia.” Turning to Joe and extending her hand to shake his, she said, “You must be Joe White.” At his questioning look she clarified for him, “Steve mentioned you were going to be with Max.”
With a knowing smile Joe simply replied, “So you’re not really here to see Max. He sent you to keep an eye on me. That boy sure doesn’t trust anyone.”
“I’m just doing my job, Sir. Honestly I have no idea why I’m watching you just something about you having some important information for him,” she replied as she took a moment to study the man in front of her.
“You can call me Joe,” he said. “By the way, your name sounds very familiar. Have I met you before?
“And here I thought the new girl came specially to see me,” Max interrupted with a sigh making everyone laugh, “at least I got flowers.”
“And you should consider yourself lucky. I don’t give just anyone flowers,” Mia playfully winked at Max making the man smile widely. Turning to Joe White she answered his previous question, “I don’t think we’ve ever met before. I haven’t been to Hawaii in almost seventeen years or if we did I simply don’t remember, sorry.”
Looking towards Max’s bed and noticing he had fallen asleep, Joe motioned for Mia to take a seat and Joe did the same. “It’s going to be a long day so I suggest you make yourself comfortable.” As Mia sat on a nearby chair, Joe continued, “So have you known Steve long or did you just meet?”
Not looking Joe in the eyes, Mia shrugged her shoulders and said “We went to the same high school; at least we did during my first two years. He was a grade higher than me. Then he just up and left with no goodbye whatsoever.”
“Ah, maybe that’s where I know you from.” At her questioning look, he explained, “I was Steve’s commanding officer in the Navy. I trained him and I was also a good friend of his dad’s. Steve might have mentioned you. Maybe that’s why your name sounds familiar.”
Mia just nodded in acknowledgement towards Joe’s statement. So Steve was in the Navy’s, she thought, interesting. Who would have thought?
Later in the day, when the team had gotten the woman who killed Fryer, or better yet, killed her, Mia and Joe made their way to headquarters. When they arrived, Mia noticed everyone had left already. Well everyone except Steve.
Steve noticed Mia and Joe had arrived and motioned for them to come into his office. Looking at Mia he told her, “Thank you for your help. I really appreciate it.”
“Yeah, no problem. If that’s all you need I’m going to go on and get out of here.”
Steve nodded, “Yeah go ahead and thank you again.”
Mia nodded and turned to Joe White, “It was nice meeting you.” And with that she turned and left the two men to their business.
“She’s a pretty one,” Joe mused. “I still think I know here from somewhere. Her name sounds very familiar. She mentioned you two went to school together when you were still living here. I told her that’s probably why her name sounds familiar. You might have mentioned her in one of our talks years ago. I don’t know I’m an old man, can’t say for sure.”
“Yeah well that’s a story for another time Joe. Right now I need you to take me to Shelbourne.”
“Right. Well son let’s get moving if you want to meet Shelbourne.”
“Where are we going?” asked a doubtful Steve.
“Japan,” simply stated Joe.
“Japan? I was just in Japan and found nothing,” stated Steve not believing Joe.
“Well son, you’re going to have to trust me on this one. Shelbourne is in Japan. So if you want to meet Shelbourne I suggest we leave now.”
“Alright,” conceded Steve, “I just need to make a few calls. If I don’t tell Danny where I’m going, he will never speak to me again.”
Joe just laughed and nodded.
Steve called Danny but since he did not answer, he just left a voice mail. Then Steve decided to contact one more person:
Hey I’m on my way to Japan.
Joe will finally take me to meet.
Shelbourne. I’ll explain everything
when I get back. Might be helpful
where WoFat is concerned.
He finished the text and clicked send. “Alright let’s go,” he told Joe as he started walking towards the door.