Sorry for the late update but I've been dealing with some stuff in my personal life.
So my life is little bit hectic.
Hopefully you guys enjoy this chapter! It's the longest chapter I've ever written for any of my stories.
What originally was going to be in it didn't make it. So we won't see Mackenzie, Steve, and Kono going to see a therapist till the next chapter.
Hopefully you guys like the father-daughter talk between Mackenzie and Steve and bonding time.
Also I don't know how accurate the information that I got for Navy Seals is so I apologize if any of it is wrong. I tried to get it to be as accurate as possible. I went on the navy seals website. So I'm sorry if some of it is inaccurate. Remember in my story, Steve is 38.
"Kenzie?" Steve asked gently as he took a seat where Kono once occupied.
"What?" she looked away, wiping at the tears.
"Are you okay?" Steve asked and immediately regretted asking the wrong question.
Of course she isn't okay Steve thought.
"What do you think? I may be sent away and my life here may be over,"
"I'm only considering my options in this situation. Now tell me what Lori told you," Steve asked softly, watching her as she began to retell the story. He felt his blood boil and his hands roll into fists as she explained everything.
"And then she left. I wanted to stop her. I-I needed to," Mackenzie stuttered. Steve pulled her into a hug, rubbing her back as she cried. He pulled back, holding her arms.
"Maybe I'm over exaggerating the truth and maybe she didn't say all of that but she still said things!" Mackenzie cried.
"Okay, okay. There's two sides to every story. So first of all, I love you. Second of all, your not a mistake Mackenzie and if you are, your the best mistake that's ever happened to me and your mom. And third of all, Lori twisted my words. I'm not sending you away to end my parental rights or to get out of parenthood. I may not be good at this parenting thing but I'm no coward. Back then, I was, for leaving, but I've learned my lesson. Yes, I abandoned you and your mom for my career and I will never be able to make up the years I missed, but I would never just take the easy way out of parenthood," Steve explained.
"Everything she said made sense. All I bring is trouble to you and everyone else,"
"Yes everything that she said made sense but it's not true. At all," he took a deep breath, "Your learning. You make mistakes just like I do. Yes you bring trouble to our lives but you keep our lives interesting in some way. That and I get to teach you right from wrong," He let go of her arms and ran a hand through his hair.
"I don't want to be a bother to anyone. Lori-"
"Your not a bother to me or anyone. As far as I'm concerned your loved by many people,"
"What Lori did was low and telling you false information well that is unforgivable in my book. I understand that she's not happy about the relationship I have with your mom but traumatizing you is completely crossing the line,"
He ran his hand over his face before speaking again, "Right now I'm contemplating whether to go stop your mom from hurting Lori or to help her. I don't even know what I'm going to do when I get back to HQ," He chuckled dryly.
Mackenzie smiled nodded, playing with her fingers.
"I'm sorry for being a bad father to you at times. I'm sorry. Like I told you before, you didn't come with a manual,"
"We're going to get you help. I've agreed to let us all see a family therapist,"
"Yeah pretty much. She's going to help us fix our family and even teach us a few things,"
"I'm guessing your not happy about this?" Mackenzie asked.
"To be honesty I'm not happy about it but if it's going to help fix our family then I'm willing to give it a shot. I've always dealt with problems by myself. Having to tell my life-story to a person I don't even know, isn't exactly something I'd do but I'll do it anyways,"
"I don't want to force you guys to see someone you don't want to,"
"We want to. We also want to help you. Just do not worry about anything. Everything will be okay,"
"Okay. Just please don't-don't let Lori ruin you and mom. I don't want things to go back to the way they were,"
"Believe as long as I'm breathing Lori will not be breaking your mom and I up and things were remain the way they are now minus the hospital and some other things,"
"I never imagined myself as a father. The thought of having someone that was a part of me never crossed my mind. When your mom came to me telling me she was pregnant, at first I didn't believe her,"
Flashback 16 and a half years ago
"My officer told me someone was here to see me. Your the last person I expected to be here," Steve said as they sat down on a bench.
"Yeah well this wasn't in my future plans," Kono replied fidgeting with her hands.
"Not that I don't like you I just didn't expect you here,"
He turned to look at her, "Why are you here?" He asked narrowing his eyes at her. He watched as she took a paper out of her bag and handed it to him. His eyes scanned the paper and the bold letters.
"Your pregnant?" He asked looking up at her.
"Congratulations daddy," She said sarcastically. She wasn't exactly happy to be in this position but she wasn't going to have her future child hate her for never mentioning the father.
"Oh-uh wow. This is uh definitely unexpected," He rubbed the side of his head almost nervously as he glanced at her then at her abdomen.
"Let's get some things straight, you don't have to be in the baby's life or anything like that. The only reason I'm here is to let you know you have a child,"
"How do I even know the baby is mine? You could easily-"
"Steve, your the only guy I've slept with in the past four months. I'm two months pregnant and there," she pointed her finger to a paragraph on the paper, "my doctor guessed the day the baby was conceived and if you remember we met on that day and slept together a few hours later,"
"Okay. Okay. Um-"
"Steve, if you don't want to be in the baby's life then say so. I only came here to tell you because I don't
want my child to hate me,"
"I want to be in the baby's life, if you let me. You can stay here at the base with me and we can figure out what to do. I'm not going to turn my back on a child that is mine,"
"Okay," Kono smiled.
End of Flashback
"Wow. Mom was even bad-ass back then," Mackenzie laughed.
"One of the qualities I love so much about her,"
"Anyways, it was hard but the one thing I remember your mom telling me after you were in my arms was 'The best things in life are unexpected because they have no expectations'. You weren't planned but you were the best thing that happened to me. Yeah I left and choose my career over you and your mom and that was a stupid mistake on my part but I learned from my mistake,"
"Why did you guys name me Mackenzie? And added Alana as my middle name?"
"Mackenzie was my mom's name and Alana means "awaken" in Hawaiian and was your mom's choice,"
"So mom choose my middle name and you choose my first name?"
"I told your mom what I wanted to name you and she told me what she wanted to name you. We combined our choices and in the end we decided your full name would be Mackenzie Alana McGarrett,"
"What was my original first name?"
"You seriously wanna know?"
"Yes. Come on it can't be bad,"
"It was Elena. It sounds cheesy but back then your mom had an obsession with those vampire diaries books. A friend of hers gave her the books to read as a gift so she got really into them while she was pregnant. She loved the name 'Elena' and even wanted to name you that. I told her strictly that I refused to name my daughter after a character who's stuck between two vampire brothers. You were about a minute away from getting named that but I managed to change her mind last minute," Steve chuckled and Mackenzie began to laugh along.
"Your kidding me right?"
"Nope. Cross my heart, that's what you were going to be named,"
"I don't have anything against the name but thinking I was nearly named after a character from a book sounds strange. I like my name better," Mackenzie laughed.
"Yeah. I was flipping through the channels a few days ago and I saw that they now have a TV version of the books except Elena is brunette and some of the characters are missing,"
"How do you know so much about the books?"
"Back then, your mom made sure I knew what was happening in the book. She had me read you some the book while you were in her tummy because she thought it was good for you to know that you were going to be named after a character. Every night I was reading a chapter to her stomach and if I tried to read too fast she had me reread the chapter from the beginning,"
Mackenzie burst out laughing, "now you have to be kidding!' she exclaimed.
"Nope. A month after we settled down, she sat down next to me while I was watching TV, handed me book one and told me to start reading,"
"Yup. The things I do for your mom,"
"Did you even fight back against doing that?"
"I did but I quickly learned that arguing with a pregnant woman is not the best idea. I nearly ended up sleeping in my car for arguing about my strong dislike about the books,"
Mackenzie laughed, "You should watch the TV series, it's pretty good,"
"You watch that?"
"Now I know a little bit more of you,"
"What do you watch?"
"Would it be considered bad if I say I Don't watch TV a lot?"
"No. Your the leader of Five-0. I Don't blame you for not watching TV,"
"Okay how about what's your favorite color?"
"Light purple and yours?,"
"Military color dad!"
"I've always been a fan of that color,"
Mackenzie giggled, "Sure dad. Sure. So what made you want to become a SEAL?"
"I told my dad that I wanted to become a cop when I was five. My dad's best friend and my Uncle, Joe lead me towards that. When I moved to the mainland, I got myself enlisted for the navy. I graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis-"
"Wait aren't you suppose to be a high school graduate?"
"Yes. I graduated from KuKui High School,"
"In Hawaii? I thought your mom died when you were 16,"
"Yes I graduated here and yes she died when I was 16. The date was April 10th, 1992. I'll never forget that day,"
"Aren't you suppose to be like 17 or 18 to graduate?"
"Yes but I was very smart. To become a cop especially a navy SEAL, you have to have excellent grades, a GPA of 3.5, I believe. I wasn't a slacker, I can tell you that. I saw how my dad reached his dreams and I didn't want to fail him so I didn't procrastinate or slack off any assignments,"
Mackenzie laughed, "Yeah there's no wonder I rarely ever fail a test,"
"Hey, I want the best for you and it doesn't hurt to have a navy father,"
"I'm not saying that. I'm saying that it's because of you being a SEAL and stuff that I rarely fail a test. Besides it's cool to have a bad-ass parents,"
"Okay. I'm going to pretend you didn't curse and your not going to curse again. Anyways, I decided I'd graduate early so I could enlist at 17. The earlier, the better, was what I believed. I worked hard, pushed myself, and didn't give up. So by June, I was part of the graduating class of '92 then my dad shipped me and your Aunt Mary off to the mainland. Your aunt Mary stayed with some of grandma's sisters and I went with Uncle Joe,"
"So then what happened?"
"I got enlisted in the navy. Then I applied to the Naval Academy in Annapolis-"
"Maryland. Can you hold off the questions till the end?,"
"I began my training at the Naval academy and graduated. From there I spent five years in Naval Intelligence then I did my training in BUD/S which was a very long. After I spent 6 years as a Navy Seal. I became Lieutenant and did some missions. When my father was murdered, I switched my status to Inactive duty to return to Hawaii to find the man who killed my father. Though I was surprised when I found out that your mother was in the HPD academy and was here on the island with you. I thought that by then she had moved to the mainland with you or something,"
"Now you may ask questions," Steve motioned for her to talk.
"Wait so what does Inactive duty mean?"
"It means I don't have any obligated duty unless my unit is mobilized or I'm called to active duty. I still have to go back to do training and my duties at the Naval Reserves but other then that I'm in inactive duty,"
"Wow. That's cool. Wait when did you meet mom?"
"While I was in the Naval Academy,"
"That's cool. Was it hard?"
"What do you mean?"
"I mean was it hard to juggle those two things?"
Steve nodded clasping his hands together, "It was. I had a duty to be a father but I also had a duty to complete what I started,"
"If you could turn back time would not sleep with mom?"
"I wouldn't change a single thing. I have a hard time expressing my feelings but I'm going to try. You may have been the result of a one-night stand but you were the best thing that happened to me. I didn't know the true meaning of fear until I held you in my arms and looked at you. In that moment I realized I now had a human being that was a part of me and was depending on me to create a pathway in this world. It was a feeling that I had never felt before. It's a feeling that you can only get when you become a parent. It was a good feeling though. So I don't regret anything. I don't regret sleeping with your mom and I don't regret having you in my life. Your my daughter and I will always love you.,"
Mackenzie's eyes filled with tears, "I love you too and that was a good speech for someone who doesn't do heart-felt stuff,"
Steve chuckled, "Yeah the navy changes some people,"
"Your never going to leave right? Promise me you won't leave," Mackenzie looked at Steve with worry in her eyes as he looked away.
"I can't promise you anything right now because I'm dealing with HPD on my back about your case and the governor asking more questions then I have the answers for. I can only promise you that I won't run from my problems,"
"Well, I'll go talk to the doctor about removing you from the psych ward and place you back to a normal room then I need to go back to HQ,"
Mackenzie nodded before Steve kissed her forehead.
"I'll be back as soon as I can okay?"
"Okay. Bye dad," Mackenzie called out as he walked out of the room.
As Kono slammed on the breaks of her car in front of HQ, all she could think was what was she going to say to Lori. She stormed into HQ, and immediately tapped on Lori's shoulder. She turned and Kono raised her hand and slapped her.
"Who do you think you are?" Kono yelled. Danny and Chin hearing the commotion walked out of their offices.
"How dare you slap me?" Lori yelled, holding the cheek.
"That's what you get for messing with my family!" Kono hissed.
"What the hell are you talking about?"
"I'm talking about the fact that your the reason that my daughter was placed in the psych ward! You filled her mind with lies and she had a breakdown!" Kono yelled.
"What?" Danny exclaimed. Chin crossed his arms and they looked at Lori, watching her. The two knew that this was Kono's fight and getting into it was not their place.
"What the hell did the brat tell you?" Lori hissed and Kono wanted nothing more then to slap her.
Kono quickly retold what Mackenzie had told her and Lori began laughing.
"Your little daughter lied to you Kono. She over-exaggerated everything I said. I told her the simple truth. I don't know how she interpreted what I said but I'm pretty sure she lied to your face,"
"Nurses saw you leave just as Mackenzie was screaming,"
"And? She needed to hear the truth but she still over-exaggerated what I said,"
"Whatever 'truth' you said was lies,"
"I didn't lie. I told her the truth Kono. The damn truth about her life. I just didn't say everything she told you I said,"
"Fine, tell me what you told her,"
"I told her that she was a mistake, and that she was going to be sent to the mainland because she's trouble. Along with a few other things but I never told her no one loved her and nor did I ever tell her that she was going to be ignored if Steve left you,"
"Even if you didn't say everything she told me you said your still a bitch. You wanted to hurt Mackenzie and you did that by traumatizing her,"
"I didn't traumatize her, I helped her realize certain things,"
"Realize that in this world, she's an outsider. Steve doesn't need a daughter. He never did. If it weren't for you and Mackenzie, then he could do whatever he wants. He's tied down to you and Mackenzie. Have you ever thought that maybe he wants to do something else besides Five-0?,"
"Everything your saying is pure lies. Steve can still do whatever he wants and he knows it. He also knows that I support him in his decisions. Your just trying to take away Steve from her. He's her father and despite whatever you say he would leave us,"
"He left you once Kono. What stops him from leaving you again? Is that the fact that Chin is your cousin? Or maybe he doesn't want his reputation to be tarnished because of you and Mackenzie?"
"He's not the same man that left us when she was younger. He's changed for the better. He loves me and he loves Mackenzie. Those two things are facts,"
"What makes you so special? Your just simple and plain. I'm excellent and compelling. Mackenzie was a mistake and that's also a fact that even you cannot deny"
"You may be all that but the difference between us is that I strive on helping others while you strive on getting ahead in life. Yes Mackenzie was unplanned but she was the best unplanned mistake of my life. She was the push that I needed to get further in life and provide her with a better life,"
"Oh please. I care but in my future with Steve, you and Mackenzie don't exist. She's off in boarding school and your in the other side of Hawaii," Lori glared.
"Mackenzie was never a mistake," Steve said as he stormed into HQ. Lori glanced at him as he wrapped an arm around Kono's waist and kissing her cheek before looking at Chin and Danny who were giving him the thumbs up while eating popcorn.
"Chin, I need to see you in my office now," Steve ordered before going towards his office with Chin following close behind.
"This is your fault," Lori crossed her arms, upset.
"This is not my fault. It's yours for interfering into my relationship with Steve and his relationship with his daughter," Kono snapped walking closer to Lori. Danny immediately went between the two to stop them from fighting.
"Ladies, let's not play the blame game now. Besides we all know who's to blame for this happening," Danny looked at Lori as he spoke the last few words.
"Your on her side?" Lori asked.
"Yes I am,"
"I thought we had something like a close friendship,"
"Babe, we never had a 'close friendship'. By the way don't mess with my wife okay? I don't appreciate someone questioning her parenting when clearly you do not have kids so you shouldn't be talking smack to my wife," Danny glared and Lori huffed.
"Danny, Steve wants to talk to you as well," Chin said as he walked out of his Steve's office. Danny nodded and whispered to Chin before leaving.
"Be careful. These two are ready to fight it out," He whispered. Chin nodded and placed himself between them, watching them closely.
Danny walked out of Steve's office giving Kono a look in which she replied with a nod. Seconds later Steve walked out of his office a and pointed his finger at Lori, "I want to see you in my office now," Steve said through gritted teeth.
Steve and Kono exchanged looks before he nodded and headed for his office once again, Lori in tow.
"Oh Blondie is in trouble now. I'm going to tell Rach about this," Danny grinned as he took out his phone.
"I don't tolerate the fact that you go to traumatizing my own daughter to try to 'win' me. I'm not a prize or an award, Ms. Weston. You and I had an relationship but that relationship is over, done, dead," Steve began as he paced his office with his hands clasped behind him as Lori sat in one of the chairs in front of desk. He had shut the blinds to avoid a crowd.
She stood up her eyes following Steve as he paced, "I never traumatized her!" She defended herself.
He abruptly stopped, "Detective Williams and Detective Kelly both heard you tell Officer Kalakaua that you told Mackenzie that she was 'an outsider' and that 'she's going to be sent to the mainland because she's trouble',"
"Steve, I never said that," she lied.
"Are you accusing Detective Williams and Detective Kelly of lying about the truth?"
"Yes-No, I mean I-I Don't know," Lori stuttered. She knew if she told Steve the truth, he'd never forgive her but if she lied then she would get herself in more trouble.
"I know the truth Ms. Weston,"
"You do?" She asked.
"If I need to remind you I listened to you tell Officer Kalakaua 'I care but in my future with Steve, you and Mackenzie don't exist. She's off in boarding school and your in the other side of Hawaii'. I know Detective Williams and Detective Kelly very well and I know they wouldn't lie to me but you on the other hand would,"
He placed a hand to stop her, "Stop. You need to understand that I have a daughter. She is my daughter and she will never be sent away intentionally unless it will help her. You believe your doing me some sort of favor if we get back together and she gets sent away. Your not. Instead your causing me to hate you more and more by each-day,"
"That's not true. You love me,"
"No I don't. I love Kono. That's who I love. I don't love you Lori and you can't force me to,"
"Steve, she hurt you,"
"When did she hurt me? I was the one who hurt her and Mackenzie,"
"She kept you from Mackenzie. You barely saw her,"
"I'm not going to fight with you over something that includes me and Kono. What concerns Mackenzie is of me and Kono's concern only,"
"Steve please. Give us a another shot," Lori pleaded.
"No. I am happy being with Kono. She makes me happy. I love waking up next to her. I love having breakfast with her and Mackenzie. I love having a family,"
"I can be your family,"
"Don't take this the wrong way but that's not enough. I have a family Lori. Five-0, Kono, and Mackenzie are my family. You are not my family. You are my friend,"
"Don't do this to us," She pleaded grabbing onto his arm. Lori knew that she had to fight for him. He was hers.
"There is no us. There never was," Steve said prying her hand off his arm.
"Steve," she cried as fell to the floor. She wasn't usually this unprofessional but she was willing to do anything to save her relationship, even bring out the waterworks.
"Now you can continue being part of the task-force but we will remain completely professional. I don't want feelings and emotions to place this task-force in danger," Steve said, unfazed by her tears. He wasn't in the mood to deal with her especially after everything that had done.
"Are you really going to throw away everything we have?" Lori asked from her place on the ground.
"What do we have?"
Lori replied with silence as she wasn't sure what they had. She couldn't answer because in her mind, if she answered incorrectly she'd lose Steve forever.
"I'm going to admit something that your not going to like but I have to tell you because it's the truth and you need to hear the truth,"
"What is it?"
"You were a rebound to me. When Kono and I broke off, you became my rebound, a distraction. I'm sorry about that,"
"No. I'm not. You deserve better then me and I hope you will find a way to move on like I have,"
"Being in a relationship with your ex is not moving on Steve!" Lori snapped as she got up from the floor.
"Who I date is none of your concern. I'm giving you a choice Ms. Weston. You can continue being on this task-force and treat everyone with respect or you can resign. I'm giving you 48 hours to decide or I will have the governor decide for you," Steve said, his voice emotionless.
Lori said nothing as she left his office, her head hanging low.
Steve sat down in his chair as Kono entered, knocking on the door softly to notify him of her presence.
He looked up as she turned the corner and turned the chair to face her.
"What's wrong?" She asked softly as he placed a hand on her cheek.
"I'm stressed," He answered as he dropped his hand and began to rub his neck.
"Want me to massage your shoulders?"
"Yes. That would be great," Steve leaned against the chair as Kono moved to the back his chair and began to massage his shoulders.
"The governor wants answers to why Five-0 took Mackenzie's,"
"He'll understand the circumstances. He's a father after all,"
"I can only hope so. HPD is on my back about it too and Lori may return to Five-0," Steve finished and suddenly Kono stopped. He turned his head to look at her.
"She's returning to Five-0?"
"I said she may. I gave her an option. To return to Five-0 and keep our relationship professional or to resign from Five-0,"
"Oh okay," Kono said as she began to massage his shoulders again.
"Your hands are very good at massaging. You could be a massagist," Steve said as he relaxed.
"Yes but I did then I would be massaging other men and-"
"I would most likely kick their asses," Steve grinned.
"Yes and I don't want to have to bail you out of jail," She noted. He grabbed her hand and turned her so she was in front of him.
"Come on sit,"
"Yeah. What's wrong with that? Your my girlfriend," Steve asked, crossing his arms.
She sat on his lap and he quickly wrapped his arms around her before placing kisses on up her neck.
"Steve, not here," she whined, giggling.
"I love you," Steve said as he turned her around to place a kiss on her lips.
"Love you too," Kono kissed him before grabbing his phone.
"Smile!" she said as she took a picture.
"A picture?" He asked with a raised eyebrow
"I need a new facebook profile picture," she flashed him a smile.
"Oh. Then let's do this right," He said.
"Rachel!" Kono called out as she walked past the office. She poked her head in, raising an eyebrow at the position.
"Can do us a small favor?" Kono asked holding out Steve's I-phone.
Steve quickly pulled her in for a kiss before Rachel snapped the photo.
"Aw you guys look so adorable! Facebook profile picture!" Rachel smiled, handing Kono the phone back.
"Don't you agree Steve?" Kono asked. He nodded before pulling her into another kiss.
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So Mackenzie wasn't telling the entire truth about what Lori said. Some of what Lori said, was just in Mackenzie's imagination. Mackenzie is a little dramatic and over-exaggerated what she really said.
So who caught the NIKITA sentence during Steve and Lori fight in his office? Hint: It's two sentences and Lori is the first one to say the first sentence then Steve says the second one.
I may rewrite this chapter since I feel like it's not my best work and with everything that's going around me(my mom being sick mainly being the worry), I'm not exactly in the right-mind frame when I'm writing.
Forgive me if it's over-dramatic, it's just I tend to do that whenever I'm stressed or worried. If you guys don't like the chapter, I'll rewrite it when I'm in the right mind frame. I wrote most of it before Saturday(that's when my mom was taken to the ER) and then I've been finishing it up slowly whenever I get the chance to.
I hope you guys liked the chapter and don't forget to leave a review!
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