CHAPTER ONE

Title: "Salvation: Forever and Always: Elusive Dreams"

Author: Michelle Heath

Rating: MA for adult situations and language

Summary: Story #9 in the Salvation series. The bonds of family bring the Five-0 ohana even closer.

Disclaimer: I so do not own Hawaii Five-0; unfortunately! All original characters are the property of the author!

Date Written: July 6, 2012

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Hello, everyone! Here is the next installment of the "Salvation" series and it will focus more on personal family issues of the Five-0 ohana. I want to incorporate YOUR ideas and suggestions into this particular storyline, so please don't be bashful in letting me know what you'd like to read! I thank you all so much for continuing to read my work and I truly appreciate your reviews. I love hearing from you whether your comments are positive or not, so please tell me what you think! Hope you all enjoy this one! Michelle

(Caroline Williams sits on the bow of her parents' sailboat and watches as her mother, Libby Thrasher, and Tony Montgomery explain, yet again, the specifics on making a mid-range dive to her husband Danny Williams as the three tread water just off the starboard side of the boat. Caroline's sister and brother-in-law, Samantha and Steve McGarrett, Tony's wife, Kono, Lana and Chin Kelly, and Caroline's and Sam's father, Mike Thrasher are all down below exploring a reef. Sam's and Steve's six month old daughter, Emily, and Kono's and Tony's son, Eric, are napping in the boat's master cabin under the watchful eye of their nanny, Rosa Garcia. Caroline is having a hard time containing her mirth as she listens to the somewhat frustrated note in Tony's voice and even her mother, who is the most patient person Caroline knows, is beginning to get irritated with Danny. Knowing exactly how to get Danny's attention and incite him to pay attention and "get it right", Caroline stands up and slowly stretches her shapely form, clad only in a mint green bikini, to get her husband's attention. Mission accomplished. Danny Williams is staring at his beautiful wife with undisguised lust written all over his face. Sending a little smirk in his direction, Caroline executes a clean dive into the ocean and surfaces right next to her totally captivated husband.)

"You know, Danny, Lana started learning to dive after you did and now she's doing it like she's been diving all her life."

"Well, of course, she is, Caroline. Chin's been taking her diving nearly every day since she started learning."

"You could have gone with them, Danny. Chin invited you almost every time he opened his mouth. You preferred getting some extra rack time before you went to work."

"Yeah, but I was getting extra rack time with you, Gorgeous."

"O-kay. . . What say we head on down and catch up with your husband and my wife, Mrs. T?"

"I say that's an excellent idea, Tony, dear. My son-in-law seems to be more intent on running smack than listening to what we're telling him, anyway."

(And Libby and Tony immediately put in their regulators, pull down their dive masks, and head down into the ocean to join the others while Caroline sends an exasperated frown in her husband's direction.)

"Really, Danny? My mother and Tony are trying to help you learn to dive and you decide to run smack?"

"Hey, it worked, didn't it? They left; we're alone. . . . And you are so beautiful, Caroline."

"Damn. . . You make it impossible for me to stay mad at you!"

"And that's a bad thing?"

"Of course not! . . I love you so much, Danny. I just wish . . ."

"What?"

"Nothing."

(By now, Danny has maneuvered so that his arms are around Caroline and hers are around his neck, and he uses one hand to gently lift her face to his.)

"I love you with all my heart, Caroline; I always will. You are the most incredibly beautiful, caring, loving woman in the world to me, and I'm so grateful that I'm the man you chose to spend the rest of your life with. If God blesses us with children, I'll love them, too, but, if we don't have children, well, I can live with that, too, as long as I have you."

"I want to have children with you, Danny. Grace is beautiful and sweet and smart, and . . And totally amazing! I couldn't have asked for a more wonderful step-daughter, but . . . I want to have your baby."

"Oh, Baby, nothing would make me happier, but . . It is what it is, Caroline. You and I are doing everything we can to make it happen. What both of us have to remember is that it really isn't up to us."

"I thought that, once our lives got back to normal after those nasty Kasavich people were squared away, I would be more relaxed and getting pregnant would be a snap. Guess I was wrong."

"Because you're still stressing, Caroline; you're stressing over getting pregnant."

"I am not!"

"Yeah, Gorgeous, you are. You need to put it completely out of your mind; forget about it for a while. If we weren't out here in the middle of the ocean with the entire population of Oahu, I'd most definitely make you forget all about everything except me."

"Would you now?"

"Absolutely. Need me to prove it to you?"

"Hmmm. . Tempting, Romeo, but I don't think my father would appreciate surfacing to find us having sex in the middle of the ocean."

"Who said we'd be having sex? I'm talking about a full-blown seduction followed by some seriously mind-blowing lovemaking."

"God, Danny, you're killing me here!"

"Not yet, but I will be in, oh, about six or seven hours, Gorgeous; count on it."

"Wow."

"Yeah, you're going to think you've died and gone to heaven when I'm done. Want me to tell you what I'm planning to do to you?"

(Caroline has been getting warmer and warmer at her husband's obviously successful effort at seduction: the low pitch of his voice, the sexy little grin on his face, and the slow, sensual way his hand is moving up and down her arm and over her bare back. Her breathing is shallow and raspy and she is feeling quite warm all over. The sound of Rosa's cheerful voice calling down to them from the deck, however, snaps Caroline out of her state of arousal and back to the real world.)

"Caroline, Danny, would you two mind giving me a hand with lunch? The babies are still sleeping but they will be waking up soon."

"Be right there, Rosa."