Time Heals All Wounds
Steve came back inside an hour later not feeling any better. Today had been an awful day and he feared it was only going to get worse before it could even get better. He stopped by the laundry room to get rid of his wet clothes and then wrapped a towel around his waist. Steve knew all his clean clothes were upstairs but he also knew that Mia was mad at him so he wouldn’t be surprised if Mia didn’t open the door. He walked barefooted towards the stairs and stopped at the bottom hesitating for a brief second before deciding that Mia would have to listen to him whether she liked it or not.
Mia had been locked in her room for the past hour or so not bothering to move from her spot on the bed except for when she heard the patio door slammed shut. Since her nerves were already on the roof she jumped and ran to the window only to see Steve marching towards the beach looking furious.
I should be the one that’s furious not him, she had thought. He’s the one that lied to me.
Now Mia laid curled in ball under the blankets crying silently for the past hour. It seemed like that was all she did since she woke up in the hospital. Mia buried herself further in the blankets when she heard a knock on the door.
“Mia, open up,” Steve ordered.
Mia ignored Steve.
“Mia, come on up this door right now,” Steve said slightly louder this time.
“Go away!” she called over her shoulder.
“I swear Mia had if you don’t open this door right now I will kick it in,” Steve growled out in a quiet menacing tone loud enough for Mia to know he was being serious.
Mia didn’t believe Steve so she continued to ignore him.
“One,” Steve called out when Mia wouldn’t budge.
Mia closed her eyes and tried to block him out.
Mia brought a pillow over her head.
“Are you going to open this door, Mia?”
Might sat up exasperated by this man. “Go to hell!” she shouted at him and immediately let out a startled scream when the door went off its hinges onto the floor. She sat up on her knees with a hand over her heart. “Are you insane?” she asked incredulously looking from the door on the floor to a half naked Steve shooting daggers at her.
“I’m starting to think I am and all thanks to you!” Steve said louder than he intended and regretting it when he saw her flinch.
“What part of I don’t want to see you or talk to you don’t you understand?” she said in between clenched teeth.
“I need a shower and clean clothes. As you can see, they’re all here,” Steve shot back taking out a pair of gray sweats from the top drawer and flailing them around.
“There’s a bathroom down the hall. Besides, there was no need to go all animalistic and ruin the door!”
“Look Mia, I understand you’re mad at me but you will listen to me because what you remembered is all wrong and don’t worry, I didn’t ruin the door. I’ll fix it tomorrow.”
“I don’t want to hear any more of your lies. Just get your clothes and get out,” she said pointing to the door as she tried to ignore the fact that he was wearing nothing but a white towel around his waist.
“Mia, look at me,” Steve said softly not moving from where he was leaning against the drawers. He knew the effect he was having on Mia just by looking at the slight flush on her face.
“Just go away,” she whispered before lying back down and covering herself with the blankets turning away from Steve.
Steve grabbed his clothes and stomped out of the room heading to the bathroom down the hall leaving Mia to her own thoughts.
The following morning, Mia came downstairs dressed in denim shorts and light yellow plaid shirt with its sleeves rolled up. She walked into the kitchen straight to the coffee maker and poured herself a cup completely ignoring Steve who was leaning against the counter in his running clothes drinking from his own mug of coffee.
“Good morning,” Steve said after a minute of silence.
Mia walked to the fridge and checked its contents settling for the box of eggs deciding she wanted some scrambled eggs.
“Are you sure you can manage that?” Steve asked pointing to the eggs and the stove. “If you want I’ll fix you something to eat.”
Mia slammed the cupboard door closed and turned to Steve shooting daggers at him. She was going to tell him she was memory less not brainless but opted for ignoring him.
“Are you seriously going to ignore me?” Steve asked placing his mug in the sink. “We live together, Mia. I’m your husband. You have to talk to me.”
Mia continued with her task at hand not bothering to glance at Steve.
“Fine, when you decide to stop acting like a child let me know,” Steve said before storming out of the kitchen to head upstairs and shower.
Fifteen minutes later when Mia was settling down on the dining table to eat her breakfast she heard Steve come down the stairs.
“Mia, I’m going out for a bit. I’ll be back in an hour or so,” he called from the door.
Mia panicked after hearing this. She stood up and rushed to where Steve was standing with the door open. “What?” she said her voice filled with panic. “Where are you going? You can’t leave me here alone. What if someone comes or something happens.” Mia ran the last few steps towards Steve and wrapped her arms around his neck hanging onto him closely. “Don’t go, please, don’t leave me. I’m sorry for acting like a child but please don’t go.”
Steve’s heart broke at the panic she heard in Mia’s voice. He hugged her back and smoothed her hair as he placed a small kiss on top of her head. “Mia, I’m not leaving because you were ignoring me. I was just going to Danny’s house.”
“Then I’ll go with you,” she said still not letting go of him.
“Mia, I can’t take you with me. Besides, you won’t be alone. Someone will be keeping an eye on the house,” Steve said in a soothing voice.
“What, who?” she asked pulling away from Steve.
“There’s an officer parked in an unmarked vehicle right outside. You’ll be fine, I promise. I’ll only be gone for an hour max,” he said.
Mia reluctantly nodded and when Steve reassured her one more time that she would be fine he turned around and walked out of the house.
“Hey Danny,” Steve said as form of greeting when Danny opened the door. “Where are Mary and Sophie?”
“In the back,” he said closing the door after Steve walked in. He turned with his hands in his pockets to face Steve. Danny wasn’t sure if Steve was mad at him or not but he would find out. “Steve I want to apologize. I know it might not mean much and quite frankly I don’t even know why I’m apologizing.”
“Then why are you?” Steve asked.
“I know what you saw and probably thought but I was just trying to give Mia some comfort as a friend. That’s it,” Danny clarified. “She was so confused and trying to assimilate she has a daughter and missed a whole year of her life.”
“Is that why she almost kissed you?” he asked sharply.
Danny sighed. Even he didn’t know what had crossed Mia’s mind in that moment. “I don’t know, Steve. Honestly I have no idea why.”
Steve clenched and unclenched his jaw. “I know I can trust you Danny,” Steve said finally.
“You can trust your wife too,” Danny added.
“See that’s where the problem is. I knew I was able to trust Mia, my Mia, the young innocent girl I fell in love with more than twenty years ago and ended up marrying. The Mia living with me isn’t her and I don’t know if she ever will be,” Steve said staring anywhere but into Danny’s eyes. He didn’t want anyone’s pity especially from his best friend.
“Come on man, don’t say that. Where’s the tough I-can-do-anything Super Seal at? You sound like you’re giving up already,” Danny said waving his hands around. “Give her a chance.”
Steve went to sit down on the couch leaning forward with his head resting on his hands. “Yesterday I kissed her and she responded. You have no idea how happy it made to finally be able to touch her without her flinching or pulling away,” Steve said feeling his heart fill with joy once more at the memory.
“That’s great man, see, it will get better,” Danny said sitting next to Steve.
Steve chuckled as he shook his head and leaned back resting his head on the back of the couch looking at the ceiling. “That’s what I thought too. I thought that, just for a minute, things were on their way back to the way they used to be. Want to know what she did?” Steve didn’t wait for an answer from Danny. “She pushed me away and gave me a good one across the face. I wouldn’t be surprised if you were still able to see the hand print.”
“Wait, back up a bit. What do you mean she hit you? I thought you said she responded to the kiss,” Danny said in confusion looking at Steve.
“Trust me, Danno, I was just as confused, if not more,” Steve said. “She remembered something. Mia remembered the day she found out I had left the island and when my father told her I wanted nothing to do with the baby.”
“But that was all a big misunderstanding. You told her that right?” Danny asked. When Steve remained silent Steve cast a worried look at his friend. “You did clarify the whole thing, right, Steve?”
“No,” Steve said solemnly.
“Why in the world did you not say something?” Danny asked standing up at turning to face down at Steve.
“She didn’t let me, alright Danny?” Steve said sitting up and facing up at Danny. “She didn’t give me a chance to explain anything. Mia was livid after what she remembered and ended up locking her self in the room.” Steve didn’t bother telling Danny how he had kicked down the door to get access to his room. He didn’t have to know every single detail of his and Mia’s personal life.
“You have to talk to her, Steve. You can’t let her believe something that isn’t true,” Danny said.
“I know Danny. I have to figure out a way to get her to listen to me,” Steve said remembering the doctor’s recommendation that Mia talk to her husband.
Danny hesitated for a moment, debating on whether or not to voice his suggestion. After a minute he decided to just go ahead and spit it out. “Listen, if you want, I can talk to her,” Danny offered but immediately regretted it the instant the words left his mouth after seeing the look on Steve’s face. “You know what, forget I even mentioned it.”
Steve knew he wasn’t being fair to Danny. Danny had just offered it as a favor to him but Steve couldn’t help feeling resentful of Mia having no trouble talking to Danny. Steve sighed as he stood up and faced Danny. “You’re right. I think Mia will listen to you,” Steve relented. “I’m taking Sophie and Mary home and Savi has been calling me nonstop. How about you and the rest of the gang come over tomorrow for some drinks and steaks? Mia’s doctor recommended that she try to do normal things and surround herself with familiar faces.”
“Are you sure?” Danny asked not sure if it was a good idea.
“No but I’m following her doctor’s orders,” Steve said.
“Hey bro, why didn’t anyone tell me you were home?” Mary asked as she walked into the house with Sophie on her waist.
“Hey Mary, I just got here,” Steve said smiling at Sophie who was spreading her hands for him to get her. “Come here munchkin.” Steve took Sophie in his arms and bounced her around for a minute.
“So we’re all packed up and ready to go. You have no idea how glad I am to be going home,” Mary said, “not that I didn’t enjoy your hospitality, Danny, but I need my bed.”
“No problem,” Danny said smiling. “You know you’re welcome back anytime.”
“Thanks, plus, I’m dying to see Mia,” Mary said.
Steve and Danny exchanged a look before Steve turned to look at Mary. “Just remember that she doesn’t know who you are Mary,” Steve reminded his sister who had a knack of getting herself into the most awkward situations.
“Gosh, I know brother,” Mary said rolling her eyes.
“Momma,” Sophie said clapping her hands on her father’s cheeks.
“Yes honey, we’re going to see momma,” Steve said smiling at his daughter and feeling like a weight had been lifted off his shoulders after finally being able to tell his daughter they were going to see her mother soon.
Steve and Danny helped put the bags in Steve’s truck while Mary strapped Sophie into her car seat. Everything mainly belonged to Sophie since they had brought her various toys to entertain her and her portable crib.
Steve turned to Danny and clasped his hand. “Thanks again, Danny,” Steve said.
“No problem,” Danny said. “You know, whatever you need, I’m right here.”
Steve nodded and then got into the driver’s seat. When he made sure everyone was buckled in he drove off.
Mia was anxious. Steve had been gone for over an hour now and he still wasn’t back. He promised he would be back soon and Mia knew she had to trust him even if she was still furious about what she had remembered. She paced back and forth biting her nails praying for him to walk in through that door any second now. Mia walked to the kitchen to try to occupy her self in something when she heard the door open. She rushed to see who it was and allowed herself to finally relax when he spotted Steve walk in but he wasn’t alone. He was carrying a little girl and a blonde woman walked in right behind him.
Steve stopped on his tracks when he spotted Mia by the doorway of the kitchen. “Hey, I’m sorry it took a bit longer than expected,” Steve said taking in her wary look.
“Oh my god,” Steve heard his sister say from behind him. “It’s really you.”
Before Mia had a chance to utter a word she saw a blonde run to her and engulf her in a big hug.
“Oh my god, it’s really you. I can’t believe this,” Mary said not letting go of Mia. When she finally pulled away, Mary placed her hands on Mia’s arms and smiled at her with tears in her eyes. “I know we weren’t close before, well you know, before everyone thought you were dead, but I’m so happy for you and for Steve and Sophie. You have no idea how much they missed you.”
Mia looked at Steve, who only shrugged a shoulder while he watched the scene smiling the whole time. She turned to look at the woman in front of her unsure of what to do or say. “I’m, well, I’m sorry. I don’t remember you,” Mia said weakly.
Mary rolled her eyes. “Of course, where are my manners? I’m Mary Ann McGarret,” Mary said. “Steve’s annoying little sister.”
Mia looked at Mary and then at Steve trying to find a resemblance but failing to do so.
“I know, I ask myself the same question. How are we related?” Mary said waving a hand in the air. “It’s the hair right? I got it from our dad.”
“Alright Mary I think that’s enough. You don’t want to scare her off,” Steve said trying to relieve Mia from his sister. He knew how Mary could get when let loose.
“Alright, alright,” Mary said raising her hands. “I’m going to put my stuff away.”
Mia watched as Mary grabbed a suitcase and dragged it up the stairs. Then, she turned to face the little girl Steve was still holding in his arms. “Is that…” Mia began but trailed off when she felt her throat close.
Steve watched the look on Mia’s face as she looked at Sophie. He could see the tears welling in her eyes and couldn’t help the ones that formed in his own. “Yeah,” he responded his voice coming out raspier than planned. Steve cleared his throat and tried again. “This is Sophie, your daughter, our daughter.”
Mia placed a hand over her mouth in disbelief. She was a mother to a very beautiful girl. “She’s so beautiful,” she whispered as she walked closer to where Steve was standing.
“Just like you,” Steve said softly. “She looks just like you.”
“Really, you think so?” Mia asked reaching a hand to touch her daughter’s hair but pulling it away when the little girl hid her face in the crook of Steve’s neck.
“Hey, Sophie, I thought you wanted to see your mommy?” Steve said trying to get Sophie to lift her head. “Look, mommy is right there.”
Sophie slowly lifted her head and looked at Steve. “Mo-mmy,” Sophie said testing the sound of the word in her lips. “Mo-mmy.”
“That’s right honey,” Steve said nodding. He turned her so she was with her back against his chest and facing Mia. “That beautiful lady right there is your mommy.”
Sophie began kicking her legs playfully and clapping her hands in joy as if making a big discovery. “Momma,” she said in her angelic voice. Then she stretched her hands for Mia. “Momma!”
Mia felt the tears running down her face but she didn’t care. She let out a choked laugh filled with so much joy after hearing Sophie call her ‘momma‘. Mia stretched her arms and brought Sophie to her hugging her close to her trying to reassure herself that it was real. “Hey sweetie,” Mia managed to say in a broken voice.
“Momma,” Sophie continued to chant as she pulled back to look into Mia’s eyes, a reflection of her own.
“That’s right sweetie,” Mia said. “Look at you, you’re so grown up.”
Sophie looked at Mia with pure wonder.
Mia grabbed one of Sophie’s chunky hands and brought it to her lips kissing it and then placing it various kisses all over her face causing Sophie to giggle. “Thank you, Steve,” Mia whispered looking into his eyes.
Steve had been watching the whole scene unfold in front of him. He felt a few tears free themselves but he wiped them away right away. When Mia thanked him all he could manage was a small nod in acknowledgement. Steve decided to leave them alone for a while so they could share some alone mother/daughter time. He grabbed the rest of the stuff they had brought, leaving a few toys behind for Sophie, and took them upstairs.
At night, after Mary had told Steve she was going out, he walked upstairs to find Mia standing by Sophie’s crib, who had fallen asleep over an hour ago, just watching her sleep. “Mia, how about we call it a night?” Steve said standing by the door.
Mia shook her head. “No, I’m going to stay here for a bit longer,” she said. “I want to memorize every single aspect of her.”
Steve understood where Mia was coming from. “Alright but don’t stay up all night, okay? You need to rest and tomorrow we will have people over.”
That got Mia’s attention and she quickly looked over at Steve. “Who?” she asked wrinkling her eyebrows in confusion.
Steve motioned for Mia to follow him out to the hall so they wouldn’t wake up Sophie. When they were in the hallway he said, “I invited the rest of the team I work with over for some drinks and steaks. They’re dying to see you and so is Savannah, your childhood best friend.”
“I don’t think that’s such a good idea,” Mia said dreading the presence of more strangers in the house.
“Your doctor seems to think otherwise,” Steve pointed out. “Maybe seeing more familiar faces will help.”
“I don’t know,” Mia said looking away.
“Well I already invited everyone and they’re excited to see you so you’re going to have to face them,” Steve said.
Mia nodded her head knowing she had no alternative. She turned to walk back into the nursery when Steve stopped her.
“Mia we have a pending conversation,” he said placing a hand on her shoulder to stop her. Steve hoped that Mia would listen to him this time and he gave it a shot.
Mia shrugged his hand off and turned to face him. “I am grateful that you brought Sophie, Steve, but that doesn’t change the fact that I’m still mad at you. I don’t want to talk about it,” Mia said with finality and then continued to walk into Sophie’s room.
Steve placed a hand on his waist while he ran the other one over his face in frustration. He took a deep breath and then let it out trying to control his temper. Steve knew the old Mia could be stubborn but this knew Mia was far more than he could imagine.
Mia knew everyone was already in the backyard waiting for her to make an appearance. Mary had taken Sophie downstairs twenty minutes ago and Mia was still fretting in her room. She had opted for a long pink summer dress and a sideways braid. Mia wanted to look presentable for the people who were waiting to see her even if they already knew her. She continued to pace around the room trying to make up her mind and walk downstairs when Steve walked into the room.
“Mia everyone is already here,” Steve said watching her pace anxiously. He noticed how pale and nervous she looked right away. “Are you alright?”
“I can’t do this,” she said apprehensively stopping in the middle of the room and facing Steve. “I don’t know these people and I know I won’t remember any of them. I can’t see the disappointment in their faces when they realize I don’t recognize them.”
Steve walked towards Mia effectively blocking her path and placing both hands on her upper arms to halt her movements. “Relax Mia. They know you don’t remember them and they don’t care. All they want to do is see you with their own eyes.”
Mia was uncertain and her eyes showed it.
“Look, I’ll make you a deal. If you feel like it’s too much you let me know and I’ll send everyone home right away,” Steve offered. “Just give them a chance to see you, that’s all I’m asking.”
Mia looked into Steve’s eyes and immediately knew he was being honest. “Fine,” she said finally walking around Steve towards the door.
Mia wasn’t expecting the reaction she received from everyone. She was passed around so many people hugging her and tearing up over the reality of her being in the flesh. Everything passed in a blur and she was feeling overwhelmed. There was Chin, and then Chin’s cousin Kono, someone named Jake who was married to her childhood best friend Savannah. This last person, Savannah, was fully crying still in shock that Mia was alive.
“I’m sorry. You must think I’m so crazy weirdo but I just can’t believe it’s really you,” Savi said looking at Mia as she wiped her tears away. “We were so close and I really hope you let me into your life once more.”
Mia gave her a small smile not really knowing what to say. She took in everyone and said, “Thank you for coming and all I ask is for you to bear with me.”
Everyone raised their drinks in salute acknowledging what she had said. They proceeded to sit down and eat while everyone exchanged stories involving Mia at one point. Jake and Savi talked about their time during high school with Steve pitching in here and there causing Mia to laugh at some of the absurd stories she was hearing. Then Chin and Kono talked about her time with the Five-0 Task Force. She remembered Steve briefly telling her she used to work for the FBI but he never went into detail nor did her mention her working for Five-0. Mia would have to ask him about it later.
“I’m telling you, you were badass,” Kono said laughing at the memory of several cases she got to work with Mia and how she was able to handle herself pretty well. “I was very positive you could take all three of them on your own.” Kono motioned to the men on the team.
Mia smiled as she looked around the table and spotted Danny in the distance talking to someone on the phone. Mia didn’t know she had been staring in Danny’s direction for a while until she heard Savannah whisper in her ear.
“What’s so interesting over there,” she said in a whisper while everyone else was deep in conversation.
Mia jumped slightly and turned to face Savannah. “Nothing,” she said giving her a reassuring smile. Mia turned one more time to where Danny was by the sand. She turned to face Savi and asked in a whisper, “Does Danny have a girlfriend?”
Savi raised her eyebrows in surprise. “Last I heard he was going out with someone named Gabby,” Savi said. She looked strangely at Mia. “Why?”
Mia shrugged a shoulder. “Just asking,” she said. “I’ll be right back.” Mia excused herself from the rest on the table and then walked in Danny’s direction right when he was ending his call.
“Hey, Danny,” she said.
Danny looked up and saw Mia walking towards him. “Hey Mia, what are you doing here? Shouldn’t you be over there with your guests?” he asked motioning with his head to where everyone was gathered.
“You’re my guest too,” she said simply. “I was just checking if everything was alright.” Mia motioned to the cell phone on Danny’s hand.
“Oh, this,” he said waving his cell phone. “Yeah, everything is alright. I was just talking to a friend.”
“You mean your girlfriend,” Mia said wanting to find out if he really had a girlfriend.
“Yeah, my girlfriend, it’s just weird because I haven’t been with anyone since my divorce. Gabby, that’s her name, is the first one since then,” Danny said smiling at Mia.
“Gabby,” Mia repeated the name in her lips. “Does your daughter get along with her?”
“Grace loves her,” Danny said. “And Gabby is great with Grace so no problem there.”
Mia folded her arms in front of her and nodded. “That’s good,” Mia said forcing a smile on her lips. She didn’t understand why it bothered her to hear that Danny was with someone. She should be happy he was finally seeing someone after being divorced for so long. “Well come on let’s go back to the ‘party’.”
“Hey Mia, before you go, there’s something I want to talk to you about,” Danny said. “It’s about Steve.”
“What about Steve?” Mia asked.
“Well it’s really about what you remembered the other day,” Danny said. “Your remembered finding out you were pregnant and Steve not wanting to know anything about it.”
Mia clenched her jaw tightly after hearing Danny already knew, probably Steve told him yesterday. “Look Danny, I don’t want to talk about Steve with you nor do I want you to defend him. I know he’s your friend but you said I was your friend too. So for the sake of our friendship, don’t get involved,” Mia said in a serious tone before walking away leaving Danny standing there.
Savi had watched the whole thing and found it strange. She turned to look for Steve and spotted him by the grill staring in the same direction. Savi stood up and walk to stand besides Steve. “From the look on your face I see you’re not okay with Mia being friendly to Danny.”
“I trust Danny,” Steve said returning his attention to the grill.
“And Mia, do you trust Mia?” Savi asked looking intently at Steve.
Steve looked at Savannah and that was all she needed to know. The look on his face spoke a thousand words.