"Trouble In Paradise. Again."

CHAPTER ONE

Title: "Trouble In Paradise. Again."

Author: Michelle Heath

Rating: MA for adult language and situations

Summary: Even paradise has its ups and downs. The Hawaii Five-0 family is about to discover more of each.

Date Written: January 23, 2011

Disclaimer: I so do not own Hawaii Five-0; unfortunately!

(The alarm clock either wasn't set the night before or malfunctioned. Caroline Thrasher is betting it's the latter rather than the former, but doesn't trust herself to speak lest she say something she'll regret later. She is beyond furious as she rushes around trying to get dressed. As it is, she's going to have to break every speed limit between her apartment and the base in order to report for duty on time. Danny Williams, her fiancé, is lying in bed with his hands folded behind his head calmly watching Caroline's angry progress as she snatches a clean uniform from the closet, pulls underwear from a dresser drawer, and grabs her hairbrush on her way to the bathroom. Seeing Caroline with only a towel wrapped around her turns Danny's brain to mush and he starts to fantasize about all kinds of things he could do to her. Caroline slams the bathroom door hard enough to rattle the bedroom windows, however, and snaps Danny out of his very pleasant daydream. Sighing heavily, he gets out of the bed, pulls on his shorts, and walks to the bathroom. Much to his surprise, the bathroom door is locked. This is the first time since he met Caroline that any door's ever been locked between them and he's simultaneously angry, confused, and a little scared. Taking a deep breath, Danny knocks on the door.)

"Can I come in?"

"No!"

"C'mon, Caroline, let me in. Please?"

"Go. Away!"

"Caroline, I have to use the bathroom."

"Then use the one in the hall!"

"I have to get ready to go to work, too, you know."

"I'm not stopping you!"

"All my stuff's in that bathroom!"

"Too bad!"

"Fine!"

(And not wanting to be outdone, Danny slams the door to the bedroom as he heads for the other bathroom not caring that Caroline probably won't hear it since she has turned on the shower. Ten minutes later, Danny is pouring himself a cup of coffee when Caroline comes "flying" down the hall carrying her ready bag. The fierce look on her face is enough to keep him from opening his mouth and saying something he'll regret later. Caroline has actually opened the front door before she utters a curse under her breath, turns around and literally stalks back to where Danny is standing. Still glowering at him, she presses a hard, quick kiss to his mouth and storms out the door also slamming it behind her. Danny allows himself a small smile of triumph before his angry frown slips back into place. Walking back into the bedroom, Danny picks up his cellular phone and hits a speed dial to call Caroline's father, Adm. Michael Thrasher.)

"Morning, Mike. I need to ask you a question . . How long does Caroline usually stay pissed off?"

"Ah. You two are having your first fight, are you?"

"Yeah, and I'd kind of like to know how long she's going to glare and slam doors."

"You've got a ways to go, Danny. If glaring at you and slamming doors is all she's doing, she's just getting warmed up."

"Great. Any suggestions?"

"What'd you do?"

"Um, I sort of forgot to set the alarm clock last night and we sort of overslept."

"Let me guess. Caroline has to be on duty this morning."

"Yeah, and I'm hoping I don't have to have to fix a speeding ticket 'cause she's going to have to fly low to get to the base on time."

(Danny hears a heavy sigh on the other end of the phone.)

"How patient a man are you, Son?"

"That bad, huh?"

"You don't know the half of it."

(Danny's mood isn't all that much better by the time he gets to the office, and he's frowning heavily when he walks into his office. Kono Kalakaua is, as usual, already in the office and spies Danny when he walks down the hall. Seeing the dark look on his face, Kono gets up from her desk and walks into his office.)

"Hey. What's got you looking like a thundercloud this morning?"

"I forgot to set the alarm clock last night and Caroline's pissed off with me."

"Was she late?"

"How should I know?"

"Danny, the Navy frowns very heavily on officers being late for duty."

"And other businesses don't? I mean, if one of us is late Steve gets all bent out of shape, so what's the big deal with the Navy?"

"Let's just say the Navy takes things a whole lot more seriously than we do."

"Yeah, yeah. Whatever. What's up with you? You don't look too happy yourself this morning."

"Tony got a call around three o'clock this morning, kissed me goodbye, and was out the door before I really had a chance to wake up. Don't know where he went or how long he'll be gone."

"Sorry, Kiddo."

"Well, hey, I knew it was coming. I'm just going to have to learn to deal with it."

"That's the price we pay for falling in love with Naval officers."

(Kono glances up and sees her cousin, Chin Ho Kelly, almost "bouncing" into the office with a smile on his face.)

"Yeah, unlike some people who only have to worry about their significant other working an extra shift at the hospital. At least Chin knows where Lana is and what she's doing most of the time."

"Yeah, but we wouldn't trade either Caroline or Tony for anything in the world, would we?"

"No, and that's why you seriously need to think about calling Caroline and apologizing."

(Kono leaves Danny's office to go talk to Chin and Danny realizes that she's right. Pulling out his cellular phone, he hits the speed dial for Caroline's office and waits for her to answer.)

"Lt. Thrasher."

"I'm sorry. I forgot to set the alarm last night and it's completely my fault that you were late this morning."

(Total silence.)

"Caroline? Are you there?"

"Yeah, I'm, here, Romeo. Just took me a second to comprehend the fact that you were actually admitting that you screwed up."

"So, are we okay?"

"Well, I got here with five minutes to spare, so, yeah, we're okay. Just . . . please remember to set the alarm from now on? Okay."

"Promise. So, are you flying today?"

"Wheels up in forty-five."

"You gonna' be in the air all day?"

"Pretty much. In fact, I have to fly some night training exercises tonight. I won't be off duty until 22:00."

"And the day just keeps getting better."

"What?"

"Tony got called out on an op at three o'clock this morning. Kono's kind of bummed out."

"I bet. I've got an idea. Why don't you talk Kono into going out to dinner with you and my folks tonight? I mean, I know Mom made reservations for four at the O club, and maybe you guys can cheer Kono up."

"I'll ask her. . . I really am sorry, Caroline."

"I know you are, Danny. I'm sorry I got so mad. I just don't want to do anything that will screw up my chances of getting my leave approved for the wedding."

"Me, either. I don't want anything to get in the way of our getting married."

"Not to worry. As soon as Sam and Steve get back from their honeymoon in a few days, we're going to look for dresses and we'll get everything taken care of in no time."

"Yeah, about that . . . Any ideas about where you want to go on our honeymoon?"

"Anywhere you want to take me, Danny. I kind of like the idea of not knowing. Unlike Sam, I can keep my curiosity at bay. As long as you give me a general idea of what the weather's going to be like so I'll know what clothes to pack I'm good."

"Okay. See you later, gorgeous.. Love you."

"Love you, too, Romeo."