A/N: So, it's been a while. I got a new job. Don't like it much, but it's work. This is part one of a two-shot, so don't get too concerned when you get to the end. Enjoy!
"Hey," Kono said quietly as she nonchalantly sat down across from Danny and put her feet up on his desk.
"Hey," he replied without really looking at her. "Did the governor call?"
"Nah. I didn't think she would with McGarrett in Japan. I guess she doesn't trust us," Kono joked.
"Yeah, well, he had to go and be Superman, you know," Danny replied flatly, still staring into space.
Kono raised an eyebrow and lowered her feet as she sat forward in her chair. "You okay, brah?"
"Not really," he finally admitted, briefly looking at her.
When he didn't continue, Kono gently asked, "You wanna talk about it?"
"I'm not sure."
"Well, you know I'm here when you are sure."
Kono's hand was on the door when Danny said, "When Matt took off, I didn't go to Steve, or even call my parents; I knocked on Rachel's door."
She turned around and faced him, but didn't say anything in reply. He continued, "I'm still in love with her."
"She was your wife, Danny. I don't think you ever really get over something like that."
"She did. She's married to someone else."
"She moved on. That doesn't mean she got over you and lost all of her feelings for you," Kono explained, walking back over to his desk.
"You know what? It doesn't even matter. We can't be together. We've tried and failed massively. We…come from different worlds."
"You really think that matters?"
"You are so naïve."
"I am not a baby. Don't talk to me like I am. If you love her and there's even the smallest chance you could make it work, you owe it to yourself and to your daughter to try."
He looked up at her and said, "Life's not a movie."
"I know that, Danny," she replied, her voice catching slightly. "But not every collision of worlds results in an earthquake."
Danny didn't say anything; he just stared at her for a long moment before tearing his eyes away and nodding gravely. Kono walked out of the office with a considerable amount of calm. She went to the women's restroom and sat down on the floor of one of the stalls. She wasn't entirely sure why she was crying like a heart-broken teenager. Danny had already told her he didn't get involved with people he worked with. He certainly hadn't acted any more interested than the average male. She also knew he was telling the truth about how he felt about Rachel.
She wasn't sure how long she sat there before another female voice said, "Excuse me, is everything all right?"
Kono's quick surfer's reflexes kicked in and she wiped her eyes and got back to her feet in a few mere moments. Her cheeks reddened in embarrassment when she saw the woman standing on the other side of the door.
"Officer Kalakaua?" Pat Jameson asked in surprise.
"Oh, um, Governor. I was—I was…I'm sorry, ma'am."
"There's nothing to apologize for, Kono. I am, however, a little curious. This doesn't seem like you."
"Probably just have too much time to think with Steve helping with the clean-up in Japan; not that I'm hoping for a crime wave or anything."
"Of course not," the governor agreed, smiling slightly. "I'm just a little concerned. There aren't any personal issues cropping up in 5-0, are there?"
"No, ma'am. Definitely not," Kono answered mechanically.
The governor smiled kindly and said, "You know, an issue isn't necessarily a bad thing."
"There aren't any issues, Governor," Kono assured her.
"Well, maybe that's the problem," the older woman suggested.
"Maybe," Kono replied, looking at the floor. "I should go. Excuse me, ma'am."
She hastily moved around the governor and out of the door. She barely made it two steps before a broad-shouldered, muscular man slammed into her at high speed. They disentangled from one another and Kono looked into Danny's concerned face.
"I was coming to get you. Are you okay?" Danny asked her.
"Yeah, I'm fine. What's up?"
"Nicole Duncan failed to appear this morning."
"She made bail?"
"I think 'daddy' had something to do with that," Danny replied. "Duke's got people out looking for her, but he asked us to talk to her dad; see if we can get some more out of him."
"Right. Let's go."
Kono knew Steve though Nicole Duncan was evil incarnate, but it wasn't actually her fault she failed to appear in court. Her brother-in-law apparently snapped and was holding her hostage until her father gave up every penny he had. Danny and Kono walked into this domestic conflict when they went to question Richard Rovin. They immediately drew their guns and everyone started to panic. Richard was begging for his daughter's life. Nicole was crying and Cam Duncan looked between all of them with bloodshot eyes. Danny was saying something to diffuse the situation, but all Kono could hear was the yelling and all she could see was Cam's gun.
The gun suddenly changed positions and Kono took the shot, but not soon enough. She felt a warm splatter on her arms and shirt and face. Danny collapsed on the floor. Blood already drenched the left side of his shirt and his breath was raspy and shallow. Kono barely noticed Nicole crawling into her father's arms as she called for an ambulance. She put one hand over the wound in a fruitless attempt to stop the bleeding and cradled Danny's head with her other hand."
"Danny! Danny, you gotta stay with me. Danno, come on!"
"Hey," he looked up at her, bleary-eyed. "What you said about world' colliding…you weren't talking about me and Rachel, were you?"
Kono shook her head. "No, no, I wasn't," she admitted shakily.
Danny gave her half a smile and said, "Gotcha."
His eyes rolled back in his head and his breathing became almost imperceptible. Kono shook him and yelled, "No, Danny, no! Danno!"