ki'aha ki kapili (teacup repair)
Prompt: Hawaii 5-0 Wing!verse, meeting the President/Queen/Prime Minister.
Important people were coming. Her Danno was helping her dress and fixing her hair. Grace would never tell her mother, but she actually preferred Danno doing it rather than her mother. It hurt less. Danno always stopped when the brush snagged on a knot. Uncle Steve stayed in the doorway. She wasn't sure how he was helping, but he would sometimes say things that would make Danno laugh, so that was good.
Finally Danno stepped back and smiled down at her. "Well, I think we failed. There isn't a thing we can do to hide all that cuteness."
Grace rolled her eyes at Danno's silliness. "Can we go now?"
Danno checked with Steve who nodded. "Everyone's aboard and topside is secure."
Steve led them through all the hallways. Grace followed him and Danno followed her, with a hand on her shoulder. Grace was starting to remember which hallway led to the lunch room and the bridge but she was still fuzzy on the path to the deck. Grace peeked behind Danno once and saw Torres following. The nice woman always had a gun, a smile and peppermints for Grace. She was Grace's bodyguard. Part of Grace was pleased that she was important enough to have a bodyguard and the other part of her remembered how scary Mr. Fat had been. She didn't want to be tied up and taken from her family again.
Grace slowed her step and Danno practically ran over her. Danno placed a hand on both of her shoulders and still they were following Steve up, up to the deck.
"You okay?" Danno asked.
Grace nodded. She didn't want to talk. Mr. Fat had tried to force her to talk. Mr. Fat was dead and couldn't come back. Uncle Steve had promised.
"You want to go back to the cabin?" Danno offered.
Grace saw the look Uncle Steve made. Danno wouldn't be able to stay with her and her Mommy was busy. Grace would be in the cabin with Torres. Torres was okay but she couldn't play when it was just the two of them. Grace shook her head no. She wanted to meet the other important people who came all the way to the ship to meet her Danno.
There were a lot of people on the deck. Grace grabbed Danno's hand and hid behind him if people tried to talk to her. Everyone were trying to be nice, but, but, it was weird and there were too many of them and Grace didn't know them. She didn't know what was wrong with Danno either.
Her Danno was her Danno when he was loud and smiling and teasing and his hands waving all around. This Danno was weird and stiff and careful and he kept his hands by his sides. Oh, he shook hands with the important people, but the smile on his mouth didn't match his eyes.
"Would you like some tea?" Mommy asked the important woman.
"Thank you, that would be lovely."
When it came to a decision between watching Danno be weird or a tea party, there was no contest in Gracie's mind. "I want to go with Mommy, please."
Danno didn't look sad at the choice. He didn't mind passing Grace's hand to Mommy. Grace had to crane her neck around Mommy to see the other person coming to the tea party. Miss Elizabeth had white hair and looked like she could get things done. She talked like Mommy. Grace knew that she was the Queen of England but Grace thought that she would be taller or have a red cape that trailed after her or have a crown on her head.
Grace felt better once they were away from all the strange men. Torres followed them to the cabin. Mommy bustled around and served tea for Miss Elizabeth. Grace sat at the end of the chair, up straight like Mommy liked her to sit, to reach the sugar. She liked sugar in her tea and the biscuits were yummy. They were the kind of dessert that her school friends would have called 'mea'ono.'
Grace reached for some more and nearly fell off her chair. Mommy gave her a look that said 'be good,' but Miss Elizabeth pretended that it didn't happen. She and Mommy were talking about important stuff. It had to be important because it was really boring. Grace swung her legs and nearly fell off the chair again. Falling off the chair would not be being good. There were no backs on any of the chairs in cabin so she could curl up and listen to the adults. She either had to sit still or sit on the floor or the bed. She wasn't a baby; she didn't need a nap. (And she didn't want to sleep when Danno wasn't in the room, 'cause she might have another nightmare.)
Grace could think of only one way to keep from falling off the chair but she wasn't sure if she should do it. Captain Robins said that she should use her wings every time she needed them but Mommy had a very long list of rules for the wings. Grace didn't think using her wings right now would be going against any of the new rules and they would make sure she wouldn't fall off her chair.
Grace stretched her wings. She felt good and smiled. With her wings behind her and trailing to the floor (Grace might not be a queen but she had a cape of feathers), she could reach the biscuits without feeling like she was about to take a tumble.
She realized that the women weren't talking anymore. Grace looked at her Mommy to check that she wasn't in trouble. Mommy was smiling and shaking her head. She wasn't mad. Grace looked at Miss Elizabeth.
Miss Elizabeth as smiling too. "You are a very strong young woman, Miss Grace."
"Thank you?" Grace thought was the proper response.
"I look forward to watching you change the world."
Grace grinned. "It'll be awesome when everyone can fly."