Steve was groggy and numb when he peeled his heavy eyelids open. He tried to move his head, but it felt as if it weighed several hundred pounds, so he opted to let his eyes scan the room instead. Off-white walls, antiseptic smell, a constant beeping above his head, and a needle in his arm. Either he had been taken captive (again) or he was in a hospital.
Snoring caught his attention, and his eyes darted towards the noise, settling on a sleeping Danny. Hospital it is, he thought.
"Danny," he tried to say, but his voice was a mere squeak. Okay, McGarrett, let's try that again.
Steve cleared his raw throat, made an odd, involuntary sound of pain, and whispered, "Danno."
Danny snorted awake and said, "What?" He sat up straighter when he realized Steve was awake, rubbing the sleep from his eyes. "Hey Super SEAL," he greeted, smiling.
"What…?" Steve wet his lips, painfully swallowed, and tried again. "What happened?"
"What's the last thing you remember?" Danny asked curiously, leaning forward.
"Diner… hostages…" He felt like he was forgetting something… no someone. Who was he…? A familiar face flashed across his mind.
"Where's Kono?" McGarrett was suddenly wide awake. He tried to sit up, but a wave of dizziness and unexpected pain rolling through him, giving him the impression that that was a very bad idea.
"Whoa, whoa," Williams said, easily pushing the SEAL back down. "She's fine. She and Chin left about thirty minutes ago."
Steve nodded, the pain and dizziness slowly subsiding; along with his adrenaline rush. He was fading fast, his eyelids becoming heavier and heavier.
"Get some rest, Steve," Danny said softly, sinking back into his chair. "I'll be here when you wake up."
"Danny," McGarrett whispered, his eyes staying stubbornly closed.
"Sorry about your car," Steve responded sinking deeper into sleep.
"No you're not," Danny replied, a smile in his voice.
"You're right," the SEAL murmured, "I just thought I'd try."
"Go to sleep Steve." And he did, relief rushing through him knowing that his team was safe.
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