Author's Notes: Okay, I wasn't really planning on writing this, either. However, once the plot bunnies for the next day started to line up, it seemed like it would be an interesting story to write. So here we are. In the meantime, I'm still working on my chapter fics - they're just a lot more work than fluff like this. Enjoy!
Chin grabbed the file he was reviewing, walked across the hall and knocked on the door to Kono's office, waving through the glass for her to join him in Ops.
"What's up?" she asked, making her way out to the smart table.
"I was just writing up the Keahi case, and thought you should take a look at this," he replied.
"The double homicide from a couple of weeks back?"
"That's the one," he said. "Here. What do you make of this?"
Chin pulled up several documents he'd been reviewing, giving her a brief summary of each item as he swept them onto the main view screens: crime scene photos, phone logs, the medical examiner's report, the ballistics report, and the culprit's rap sheet. He stood back to give her time to process the information.
As she slowly walked around the room, reviewing each of the items on the view screens, Danny exited his office, nodded to them, and made his way into Steve's office.
Danny shut the door, sat down on one of Steve's armchairs and began speaking. Chin could see Danny's arms waving animatedly out of the corner of his eye.
Kono eventually paused on the last screen and then returned to the ME's report. "The shooter's height is inconsistent with the angle of entry," she concluded. "Plus it looks like there might be a gap in the timeline based on the TOD and the call log."
Chin nodded. "Exactly."
"So you think we got the wrong guy?" she asked, turning her head to see if she could catch a glimpse of Steve behind Danny's back.
"I think it's worth double-checking," Chin concurred. "Good eye, Kono."
"Thanks," Kono said, distractedly eying Steve. "Hey, cuz? Does the boss look chipper to you today?"
"Chipper?" Chin asked, raising an eyebrow.
"Well, yeah. You know, almost like…"
Chin glanced into Steve's office where their commanding officer sat, apparently studiously taking notes as Danny spoke. As Steve put his pen down and looked up, Chin was surprised to momentarily spy what could be interpreted as a furtively suppressed smile from the usually stern-faced ex-SEAL. "Hmm. I see what you mean. Think McGarrett got lucky last night?"
"I thought Catherine was out of town this week. Did Steve say anything to you about a date?"
Chin shook his head. "I don't think so. In fact, wasn't he arguing with Danny about DVDs last night when we left? I thought they were gonna do a boys' night."
Looking into the office as Danny continued to gesticulate at Steve, a blindingly bright virtual light bulb went off in both their heads at that moment.
Kono gasped. "You don't think..."
"Well, that would explain a lot. Like why this is already the third time Danny's been in McGarrett's office this morning, even though we don't have any open cases, and it's only — " Chin glanced at his watch "— 9:30 a.m."
"Hmm," Kono murmured in acknowledgement.
Kono and Chin both turned and stared unabashedly into Steve's office until Danny looked over his shoulder and caught them. They quickly turned back to the view screens and pretended to talk about the Keahi case, while Danny turned back to face Steve. They could hear the muffled sound of Danny's agitated voice, rising, followed by Steve's indecipherable, monosyllabic replies. Kono stole a quick glance and saw Danny stalking out of Steve's office and back into his own, by itself not an uncommon occurrence at Five-0 headquarters.
However, today, Kono kept an eye on Steve as she waited for Danny to complete the short trek across the common space and back into his office.
After the doors to both offices had closed again, Kono added, smiling, "It would also explain why Steve looks like he's checking out Danny's butt every time he leaves. Not that I blame him." She waggled her eyebrows for good measure.
"Kono!" Chin exclaimed in mock indignation.
"Like you've never looked," she teased.
"Let's go pull the rest of the files to get this case re-opened," Chin said, laughing quietly.