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 17, 2012
(Caroline is sitting up in bed when Cmdr. Larsen shows Danny to her cubicle and she has a very contrite expression on her beautiful face. Danny, relieved beyond words that they have, hopefully, gotten to the root of Caroline's problem and can take care of it, kisses his wife on the cheek and takes her hand in his.)
"I'm so sorry, Danny! I cannot believe some of the things I said to you!"
"It's all right, Gorgeous; it wasn't really you talking, it was the steroids."
"Still, I said some horribly hurtful things to you, Danny, and . . . God, how can you stand to be in the same room with me? I'm so ashamed!"
"You couldn't help the things you said or did; you had an allergic reaction to medication. I love you with all my heart, Caroline, and we're going to get through this in one piece. Promise."
"I love you, too, Danny, and I don't want to lose you!"
"You're not going to lose me, Gorgeous. You're going to get well and, when you do, you and I are going to go away for a few days, just the two of us."
"What did I ever do to deserve you?"
"Hey, I think I'm pretty lucky, too."
(Caroline remains in the hospital for two more days and, by the time she is released, all of her test results are normal and she is given a clean bill of health by Cmdr. Larsen. At Danny's insistence, Lt. Cmdr. Denning, her OB/GYN, also checks her over before she's discharged and, after making sure she understands that she exercise extreme caution with any medications she takes while trying to conceive, he, too, tells her she's good to go. Although there were a couple of minor episodes while she was in the hospital when Caroline's temper got a little out of hand, all the steroids have now been purged from her system and she seems fine.
Sam and Steve host a family dinner at their house to celebrate Caroline's recovery and the two of them, Caroline, Danny and Grace, Libby and Mike, Kono, Tony, and little Eric, and Lana and Chin are all in attendance. Caroline, now that the steroids are out of her system, is back to her usual self and everyone is much relieved that the tension that's been present the past several months has disappeared. Everyone is down at the beach while the steaks are marinating and Caroline looks radiant in an ice blue bikini that complements her red-gold hair. Danny is happier and more relaxed than he's been in a long time and Grace is positively beaming. Steve and Danny, having just gone to the house to check on Emily, Eric, and Rosa, are sitting on the warm sand watching as everyone else cavorts in the surf and are laughing as they watch Gracie get the better of all the adults in the mock water fight they are having.)
"I'm really glad Caroline's okay; we were all worried about you guys for a while."
"Yeah, I was worried about us, too. It had almost gotten to the point that. . . Well, thank God we found out what was wrong."
"Come on, Danny, this is me you're talking to here."
"What do you want me to say, Steve?"
"Whatever you want to, Danny, whatever you need to say. Sam and Caroline talk to each other all the time about stuff they'd never say to you or me. In fact, some of the time they're talking to each other about you and me because they can't talk to us!"
"That doesn't make any sense, Steven."
"Yeah, Danno, it does. Think about it, if your wife is mad with you about something, is she going to talk to you about it? No, she's going to talk to her sister. Same thing with Sam."
"Are you getting all 'touchy feely' on me?"
"No! Well, . . Yeah, sort of. I just. . . . I want you to know that you can, you know, talk to me about, um, things if the need should arise."
"Really. You're getting all 'girly' now?"
"Danny. . ."
"I don't believe it; Steve McGarrett, head of the Governor's Task Force and big, bad Navy SEAL is getting soft!"
"Okay, okay. . . I get what you're saying, and. . . I appreciate it. I guess I'm so used to keeping everything inside that I'm just not sure how to . . Open up to anyone. . . Especially you."
"What's that supposed to mean?"
"So much for 'touchy feely'."
"I'm trying to be . . . "
"Sensitive, compassionate, thoughtful?"
"Understanding, damn it!"
(And, for just a moment, the two men look at one another with matching frowns on their handsome faces before they both burst out laughing. Steve really does mean what he said to Danny, and Danny really does get it; they're both simply too "macho", though, to come right out and admit it to one another.
Glancing toward the beach where his sons-in-law are sitting, Mike sees the two of them laughing and finds himself grinning, as well. Looking around, he sees his two daughters engaged in a "splash fight" with his granddaughter and his wife laughingly encouraging Grace, and he sends up a quick prayer of thanks that everything has turned out for the good for his family.
When they finally get home that night, Caroline sends Danny a "come hither" little smile as she starts heading toward the master bath to take a shower, shedding her clothes as she goes. Seconds later, they are both standing in the shower with steamy, hot water cascading down on them, and Danny has his wife in his arms and is kissing her like there's no tomorrow. Her arms have snaked up and around his neck and she has molded her body to his in a manner that leaves no doubt as to exactly what she wants. Danny is more than happy to grant his wife's wish, and his hands slowly roam over her wet body lingering here and there when she lets him know she likes what he's doing. His mouth leaves hers to trail kisses down her throat and her shoulders before latching onto first one nipple and them the other causing her breath to hitch. Slipping his hands under Caroline's bottom, he lifts her just enough to allow him to slip inside of her and begin to move slowly eliciting gasps of pure pleasure from her. Her nails rake his shoulders and back as she urges him on until they are both panting for air and reach the pinnacle of ecstasy at the same time. . . Much later, after they have made love again in their big, comfortable bed, Caroline lies in the circle of her husband's strong arms and sighs contentedly.)
"I love you, Danny, more than I've ever loved anyone in my entire life, and I'm so sorry for the way I behaved."
"You couldn't help it, Gorgeous. All is forgiven, and, for the record, I've never loved another woman the way I love you, either."
"Lt. Cmdr. Denning told me that there was a strong possibility that the allergic reaction I had to the steroids kept me from getting pregnant. He also said that, now that they were out of my system, my chances of conceiving have increased greatly. I very much want to have your baby, our baby, and I'm praying that it will happen in the very near future, but . . I want you to know that I'm not going to obsess over it and allow it to be the main focus in my life. You are the main focus in my life; now and forever."
"I'm glad that you've realized that constantly thinking about it isn't doing either one of us any good. In fact, Sweetheart, when we least expect it, we're going to find that we have a little one on the way. We just have to be patient."
AUTHOR'S NOTE: I have decided that "Elusive Dreams" will be a two-part story and this is the concluding chapter in part one. Part two will begin shortly. Thank you so much for all of the wonderful reviews and private messages I've received about this story! You all are simply the best, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart! I have a couple of ideas that I want to implement in part two, but, as always, I always love hearing from you all, and truly appreciate your ideas and suggestions. Please let me know what you'd like to see happen with Caroline and Danny having their own little bundle of joy! Michelle