A/N – This short one-shot is based off the sneak peek for episode 2x16. Where Kono is telling Chin off for just getting Malia a box of chocolates from the drug store for Valentines day. It is Steve/Catherine with eventual McKono/KoVe what ever you call it!
I was lying in bed with Cath when I realised. Both of us lying as far away from each other on the bed, staring at the ceiling fan on high. Sweat dripping down my forehead. Not exactly the best love story you want to tell your kids. I was lying in bed with another woman when I realised that I loved your Mum!
It was after that charity party a few days ago when Kono had been telling Chin off for not doing something romantic for Malia. I knew that Cath didn't want any of that crap. I knew I wasn't really bothered about doing anything for her either. It has always been a 'Friends with Benefits' situation and this would be the first time that she had been here for Valentines Day. But I honestly wasn't sure how much longer we could be doing this. Just casual sex here and there, with no extra feelings attached. It wasn't that I was starting to develop feelings with her. It was that I was starting to develop feelings with someone else!
I had heard from Chin that she had no plans for Valentines Day and that she was feeling a bit down in the dumps about it. What I don't understand is how someone like her didn't have plans. I always thought that she would have loads of guys running after her. I mean, I wasn't blind she's hot!
I asked Chin about her and Charlie and if he had asked her out.
"Charlie did ask her out but she blew him off and said she wasn't interested."
I didn't know why at the time but I smiled. I was happy that she was lonely.
Am I this fucked up person that likes to see people as miserable as I am?
No, I discovered lying here with a women on my bed who I now realised I had know affections towards.
I was in love with someone else, without ever realising it. It had been there for months. Hiding there, waiting to come out when I least expected it.
I was in love with her.
Kono fucking Kalakaua.
I couldn't do this to her. It would be super awkward when she turned me down. How bad would work be every morning, her avoiding my glances.
This could turn in to one big mess.
But it might not.
I turned to look at Cath, who turned to look at me.
She smiled a sad smile, "It's over isn't it?"
I sad smiled back at her, "I'm sorry."
"It's okay, you've been in love with her for a long time. What better time to go after her than now?"
My left eyebrow popped up, "What do you mean? How…. how?"
"Steve, how long have we been friends? 15 years? I know what you look like when you love someone. It's been too long since I've seen you look at someone like that. Way too long since you have ever looked at me like that."
I ran my fingers through my hair. I repeated my earlier statement, "I'm sorry" I whispered quietly.
"Don't be" She replied quietly while getting up and throwing her shirt on.
"But you better make tomorrow the best Valentines Day she has ever had or it will become one big shitty mess. Don't fuck it up."
And those two words were the last words I ever said to her.
Kono's POV – ONE DAY LATER 6pm
Here I was, spending Valentines Day with my computer watching old episodes of Bones on the Internet. Oh! Don't forget the ice cream. I'm spending it with my ice cream as well!
I decided that I should make use of our one day off and have some me time. My happy place. Also known as the fictional world of Bones. I haven't had a day off in so long, I didn't even notice that Megavideo was gone! What the fuck? That was my favourite bloody website! I can't believe them!
Of course my rant inside my own head was interrupted by the door bell.
I thought I was sad before. Now, I am describing my thoughts as rants inside my own head. Maybe I need a Doctor!
I got up to answer the door with a spoon in my mouth and my ice cream tub in my hand. I didn't even think about who it was behind the door and whether I wanted them to see me in my jammies.
I opened the door to be faced with…
I bet it was those stupid kids down the street ding-dong ditching again!
I remember when I did that with Chin when I was little. I must have been what, 5? While he was 14?
But then a little flickering light caught my attention and I looked down towards my feet. There was a candle with a note underneath it.
Maybe I wasn't going to be alone on Valentines Day after all. I smiled as I slid the candle off the note to read it.
My stomach dropped as I realised it was in the Bosses handwriting.
Dress Casually and come to our park at 7pm.
Under the palm tree.
Steve was asking me out! On Valentines Day! What about Cath?
I was meeting him at this park that we first me at. Even though Danny and Chin thought we met at the beach. Well, we actually me before that but didn't want to bring it up as to not be awkward.
I was sitting in this park off the beach under this palm tree when this cute guy sat down next to me. We started talking and one thing led to another… We had a one-night stand. He came back to my place and when I woke up, all that was left was a letter with his number on the pillow. I never called him back because I figured he left in the first place. I wasn't going to him, if it was meant to be then he will find me.
And he did.
I quickly got dressed into shorts and a shirt. The park was on the other side of the island and it was Valentines day, there was going to be traffic. I had no time to worry about what I was going to wear. If he really liked me, then he wouldn't care about what I was wearing.
I jumped in to my car and sped off into the night to look for my palm tree.
I jumped out of my car but remembered I didn't want to look too eager. Oh fuck it, I'm going to sprint.
Why was it so hard to find a park! I parked miles away!
I was going to be all gross and sweaty!
As I finally arrived at my palm tree, bang on 7. There was no one there. The only thing there was a flickering… another candle with a note. I bent down to read it.
Down by the jetty, you will see a boat and me…
I looked across the park to the jetty and I saw a boat, all lit up by candles with the silhouette of a man standing.
I ran down the jetty, my feet making plonking noises while my heart wasn't much quieter. I saw him standing there on the end of the jetty with a big smile on his face.
I ran towards him and …
Cliché, I know. That didn't really happen. I mean it did. But there was a lot of stuff before that. Namely champagne, spag bol and a lot of kissing.
I ran towards him and kissed him. Fiercly, grabing on to his shirt. He smirked into my mouth, "Getting a bit ahead of yourself there?" he whispered.