Time Heals All Wounds
Steve opened the door and froze at the entrance causing Danny to bump into him. He was frozen to his spot by the door as he gasped in shock. He couldn’t believe what his eyes were seeing. This couldn’t be happening.
“Yo Steve, what is it?” Danny asked trying to see over Steve’s shoulder but failing due to their height differences.
Steve whispered something but Danny was not able to grasp what he said.
“What?” Danny asked not hearing what Steve just said in such a low voice.
Steve hurried to stand next to the bed and studied the person lying motionless with a bandage on one side of the forehead trying to take in everything that was happening. How? Why? He was asking himself so many questions yet he didn’t have the answer to any of them.
“Oh shit,” he heard Danny whisper from behind him.
Steve turned to look at his partner and saw the shock in Danny’s face that mirrored his own. Then he turned to look at Duke who was standing by the door. “What the hell is going on?” Steve demanded to know in a low menacing voice.
“A pair of tourists found her unconscious while they were hiking in Pupukea-Paumalu Forest in the North Shore,” the officer explained. “According to her doctor, she suffered a hard hit on the head and they’re waiting for her to wake up to see if there are any consequences from the hit.”
“I thought,” Steve said not able to complete his thought as he turned to look back at Mia lying unconscious on the hospital bed in front of him.
“I know what you mean Commander. That’s why I called you. We still don’t know how she ended up in the forest or what exactly happened. Everyone thought she was dead. We hope when she wakes up she can give us something,” the officer said.
Steve sat on the chair next to Mia’s bed and took her hand in his. He couldn’t believe he was holding her, he thought trying to swallow the lump in his throat. “God, I can’t believe this,” he whispered to no one in particular as he used his free hand to caress Mia’s soft cheek which at the moment had a few scrapes.
“Hey, I’ll be outside if you need me,” Danny said in a low voice patting Steve’s shoulder trying to give him some space and stealing one last look at Mia reassuring himself that he wasn’t hallucinating.
Steve just nodded never taking his gaze off Mia’s sleeping form. She looked exactly like he last remembered her; the only difference being her hair was much longer. “I don’t even know where to start,” he said letting out a small choked laugh. “You’re alive. God Mia what happened to you? Where were you this whole year? How did you manage to survive the explosion?” Steve had so many questions running a million miles a minute but he knew he had to be patient and wait for Mia to wake up. His emotions were on overdrive. Steve was relieved and happy for having Mia right in front of him but at the same time he was feeling confused and angry for not knowing what happened the day of the explosion. Or better yet, whose body had they found with Mia’s wedding band, because a body had been found burned up in Mia’s room.
Steve noticed Mia start to move and slowly open her eyes but he noticed the light was causing her pain so he went to dim the lights and when he returned to his seat Mia was staring straight at him.
“Hey sleepy head, glad to have you back with us,” he whispered as he tried to take her hand but Mia quickly snatched it away.
“Where am I?” she asked panic rising with each word she spoke as she took in her surroundings. Raising her hands to grab her head she asked, “What happened to me? Who are you?”
Steve knew he should have expected this from the hit he was told about but it still hurt that she didn’t recognize him. “Hey it’s okay,” he cajoled. “You’re safe and you’re in a hospital. A couple found you in the forest. Do you remember what you were doing or how you got there?”
Mia looked at him in confusion. “No, I don’t remember anything,” she said trying desperately to remember something but failing miserably.
“Do you know who you are or your name?”
“Why are you asking me all these questions? I don’t know. Why can’t I remember anything,” she asked in full panic mode. “I have to get out of here. I need to run, yes, run.”
“Hey, calm down,” Steve softly told her as he tried to stop her from getting off the bed. “It’s okay.”
“Don’t touch me!” she demanded pushing his hands away. “They’re looking for me I have to hide!”
“Mia calm down, you’re going to hurt yourself,” Steve said as he wrapped his arms around her to keep her from moving just as the doctor and the nurse came rushing in with Danny behind them.
“Stop calling me that! I need to run!”
“She woke up and started freaking out,” Steve said to the doctor as soon as he noticed him.
“I’m going to inject a tranquilizer, hold her down,” the doctor gave the orders to the nurse as she helped Steve hold down a frantic Mia.
“Let me go, please, let me go! They’re coming for me!” she cried desperately but her fight was slowly losing its strength as the tranquilizers began taking effect.
Steve gently laid her down on the bed when he saw her relax. He stood up and faced the doctor. “What’s going on doctor? Why did she react this way?”
“I’m not sure. This is the first time she wakes up since she was brought in,” the doctor said finishing some notes on his folder. “What exactly happened when she woke up Commander?”
“She didn’t recognize me and she didn’t remember what happened or who she is. Then she just started freaking out and yelling about having to run because ‘they‘ were going to get her,” Steve explained as he paced the room completely worried about Mia.
The doctor nodded. “Memory loss was expected. That was a big hit she took. From the injury on her ankle we assumed she was probably running, didn’t see where she was going, slipped and rolled down until she hit her head on the rock found next to her.”
“Is it permanent?” Steve asked stopping in front of the doctor.
“We have to run some tests on her first to determine how bad it is. At least we do know she was running from something or someone if it is safe to rely on what she was saying but I wouldn’t get my hopes up until we have something more solid. It could simply be the hit mixed with post traumatic stress disorder caused by the accident that’s preventing her from remembering something coherent,” the doctor explained. “As soon as we examine her we’ll let you know. Until then I suggest you go home and rest. Come back tomorrow and I’ll have something more concrete.”
“I’m not going anywhere. After a year thinking she was dead and then finding out she wasn’t I’m not planning on leaving her alone. Much less after hearing she might be in danger,” Steve said firmly as he went to stand by Mia’s side.
“Very well but only one person is allowed to stay,” he said looking between Danny and Steve.
“Hey Steve, I’ll let the rest of the team know,” Danny said.
“Danny, make sure they don’t tell anyone else. At least until we know what’s going on?”
Danny nodded and with one last glance at Mia he walked out of the room.
Steve paced around the hospital room while Mia was taken to run some tests on her trying to clear his head. Everything had happened so fast and he was shocked, confused, but most importantly relieved. Never in a million years did he expect to have his wife brought back to him. He felt like he was dreaming and how he really hoped his mind wasn’t playing him any tricks because he didn’t know if he would be able to handle it.
Danny walked into headquarters in a daze to find Chin and Kono waiting expectantly for an update on their recent case. The whole ride to headquarters was filled with so many questions running through his head he couldn’t fathom what Steve might be feeling. He’d never in the whole time he had known Steve seen him in such a shock, completely speechless, but who could blame him?
“Hey Danny, what’s up? Why haven’t we gotten an update on this new case?” Kono asked taking in Danny’s troubled look.
“Yeah, brah, what’s going on?” Chin asked. “HPD is being very secretive about it.”
Danny let out a small strangled chuckle that somehow served to cover the lump growing in his throat. Danny didn’t really believe in miracles and he was still trying to grasp what he had witnessed not so long ago. “You guys will not believe what I just witnessed. I can’t even begin to believe it but trust me, it’s true,” Danny said looking at Chin and Kono smiling his eyes glazed.
“What did you see?”
“It’s just, unbelievable!” Danny let out.
“Come on Danny stop talking in circles and tell us what’s going on,” Kono urged becoming annoyed with Danny for not saying anything concrete.
“It’s, wow, Mia,” he said shaking his head in disbelief.
Chin and Kono exchanged curious looks.
“What about Mia?” Chin asked.
“She’s alive!” he whispered loud enough for only Kono and Chin to hear.
Chin and Kono looked worried.
“Danny, come on brah, that’s not funny,” Kono began in a nervous voice looking at her cousin and then back at Danny.
“Yeah brah, it’s not funny. Don’t let Steve hear you say that if you really appreciate your life,” Chin said shaking his head. “Where is he by the way?”
“It’s no joke, she is alive,” Danny said walking closer to the computer table. He proceeded to tell them what he knew and how Steve had stayed firmly planted by Mia’s side. “Steve gave strict orders that this stays between us only. Eventually he will tell Mary because she lives with him but for now it stays here, got it?”
They nodded as they tried to digest the news.
“Wow, just wow,” Kono said shocked. “And she seriously didn’t recognize him?”
Danny shook his head. “No, I’m telling you she just began to freak out and the doctors gave her a tranquilizer to calm her down.”
“Poor Steve, I mean he must be ecstatic to have Mia back but at the same time hurt that she can’t even remember him,” Chin commented.
“I know, I just hope it’s temporary not only for Steve but for Sophie as well and so we can know exactly what happened the day of the explosion,” Danny said.
Back at the hospital, the doctor finally came to talk to Steve after a long day of running different tests on Mia. Steve was anxious to know whether Mia’s memory loss would be something temporary or if it was something more long term.
Steve stepped outside Mia’s room to speak with the doctor. “What’s going on doctor? Is Mia’s problem temporary?”
“Mia is suffering from TBI, traumatic brain injury, which tends to be temporary in most case scenarios. We found some swelling in her brain due to the impact of the hit which is what is causing the amnesia but we also need you to know that although Mia’s memory loss is temporary we cannot really say how long it will take for her to fully recover. It may take from a few weeks, months, up to years all depending on the emotional trauma. It is obvious the patient was running from something traumatic from the way she reacted. She’s terrified of something or someone and that may affect the healing process. At this moment we have to learn to be very patient and just try to help her,” the doctor explained.
Steve took in what the doctor was saying and nodded. “Okay, what can I do to help her?”
“I will recommend therapy, maybe twice a week for now. All you can do is talk to her; tell her about the life she led before the accident. Sometimes this might trigger a memory here and there. As for her foot injury it is nothing to worry about. Her ankle was just slightly swollen but it is already going down so she should be able to be on her feet as soon as the swelling goes down. I still want to keep her under observation for a couple of days just for precaution.”
“How do I tell her we all thought she was dead? How do I help her remember something that I don’t even know about? For a whole year her family thought she had died in the hospital explosion and then there’s Sophie…” Steve trailed off running a hand through his hair.
“I understand what family members might be experiencing in situations like these, trust me Commander I do, but in moments like these we have to learn to take it one day at a time. If you want you can wait on telling her everyone thought she was dead until she has been to a psychologist. As for Sophie, I’m not sure who she is,” the doctor said.
“Sophie is our daughter,” Steve said solemnly.
“Ah, I see. Look from a professional perspective, Mia needs to feel a sense of normalcy but at the same time too much at once may delay her healing. I’ll have our resident psychologist pay you a visit before Mia is discharged so she can better answer any questions or doubts you might have.
Steve nodded and watched as the doctor turned to walk away. Steve sighed already knowing a tough road awaited him and Mia but at the moment he didn’t care, as long as Mia was in his arms that was all that mattered.
Mia was confused but most of all she was terrified and she had no idea why. Since she opened her eyes and saw the stranger sitting there holding her hand something inside told her to run as fast as she could. The doctor had explained her memory loss was due to the hit she took when she fell and that the man she saw earlier, the one holding her hand, was not an enemy. She just had to learn to trust him and together, with a little professional help, they would find a way to bring back her memories and clarify any doubts she had. As for the fear she felt the doctor went ahead and assumed whomever she was running from before the accident may have been what was triggering it but due to the post traumatic stress she was blocking it.
Mia heard the doorknob turn and immediately closed her eyes. She didn’t feel like she had it in her to confront the man, the good looking man that is. Even a blind person would be foolish not to recognize that but she felt intimidated by him.
She heard movement right next to the bed and then a small chuckle. “You know Mia; I was always able to tell when you were faking your sleep. This,” he said smoothing the wrinkle in between her eyebrows, “would always relax.”
Mia opened her eyes slowly to find him smiling down at her from where he was perched on the bed. “How do you know that?” she asked timidly.
“We go a long way back, you and me, we’ve known each other since high school,” Steve answered.
“So we’re friends?” she asked.
Steve chuckled. “Yeah I guess that’s one way of putting it,” he said looking into her eyes. “We’re married, Mia.”
Mia’s eyes grew big at this piece of news.
“Don’t look so shocked,” Steve said smiling at her. “We had a good thing. Unfortunately, it got cut short.”
Mia’s forehead wrinkled in confusion. “Had? Why, what happened?” Mia asked wanting to hear the story and why he looked so sad.
“That’s a story for another time. Right now we have to focus on helping you get better,” he said smiling sadly at her.
“I’m sorry but I don’t think I remember your name,” Mia said smiling weakly at him.
“Steve, Steve McGarrett,” he replied hoarsely.
“Right,” she said nodding. “So I guess that makes me Mia McGarrett?”
“That’s right,” Steve said his emotions getting the best of him. He couldn’t blame Mia for what happened to her. She was just another victim in this whole mess.
“I’m sorry, I just, I don’t remember anything. I wish I could and I swear I’m trying really hard but nothing comes here,” she said pointing to her head.
“Don’t stress about it. That’s why I am here, to help you. I’ll be more than happy to tell you what I know,” Steve said. “Maybe one of the stories I tell you might refresh your memory.”
“Really? Well in that case, tell me about your self,” Mia asked sitting up on the bed and making her self comfortable to listen to Steve’s soothing voice.
Steve went ahead and told her about his childhood and up to the day he left Hawaii. He decided to skip the part where she had been pregnant for now not wanting to make her go through the pain of knowing how she had lost that baby. He looked at his watch and noticed how late it was getting.
“I think we should stop here for now. You need to rest and there will be plenty of more time to hear the rest,” Steve said standing up and stretching his body.
Mia watched Steve stand up and stretch. His movements caused his shirt to ride up and show part of his muscular and lean abdomen causing Mia to blush and look away.
Steve caught Mia looking at him and chuckled inwardly when he saw the blush on her face. Some things were definitely going to be very interesting, he thought as he watched Mia make her self comfortable on the hospital bed. “Goodnight, Mia,” he said bending down to place a small kiss on her forehead.
“Goodnight,” she whispered back not meeting his eyes.
Steve smiled and shook his head as he walked to the couch by the window and lied down. He placed his hands behind his head and stared at the ceiling. Steve knew there was a guard outside Mia’s room but he wasn’t going to take any chances. Call him paranoid, but Steve was afraid that if he walked away for just an instant or closed his eyes like the last time Mia was in a hospital she would disappear once again and he didn’t think he would be able to take it again.