The Beginning

By

Landon Richardson

Disclaimer

The characters of Steve McGarrett, John McGarrett, Meka Hanamoa, Amy Hanamoa and Billy Hanamoa do not belong to me in any fashion. I am merely using them for fun.

The character of Danni Williams and through her Duncan and Grace Taylor probably belong to me by this stage. Duncan definitely does and although Danni is based on the character of male Danny Williams she is swiftly becoming something else as is Grace.

Author Note

Here's chapter three for you.

This is what I like to refer to as a missing scene, pretty much feeling in the gaps between the scenes in the show. I'm really enjoying writing this story and exploring everything. I'm trying to make it as realistic as possible. It seems as though male Danny had a bad time at HPD so it stands to reason in my mind that female Danni must have had a pretty awful time as well and that the majority of the Detectives, though not all of them, treat her very badly.

She does have Meka though and he is certainly her silver lining and he's also extremely interesting to write. It's definitely a friendship I hope to visit later on in the story and in the saga as well.

Anyway please enjoy!

Overall Summary

When Danni Williams moves from New Jersey to Hawaii due to a custody arrangement with her ex-husband, all she wants to do is to do her job, keep her head down and survive the time she has to stay there. The last thing she expected was to meet Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett, a man whose motto in life seems to be shoot first and ask questions later, and end up not just on his task force but also as his new partner. It's certainly not easy but Danni has a job to do and one way or another she is going to do it.

Chapter Summary

You're off the case

Overall Romance

Not gonna lie I'm thinking there is gonna be some Steve McGarrett/Danni Williams in the distant future

Chapter Romance

That's always going to be up to you the reader. I'm not going to tell anyone who to ship or root for though it be interesting to know who exactly you are rooting for in the story. I know what I want the end game to be but how and when we get to that point, and what happens before that point is beyond me. I like letting my characters write themselves and seeing where they take me, this unfortunately also includes the Romantic side


Chapter Three

Take the rest of the day Williams


23rd September 2010

The McGarrett House

2727 Piikoi Street

Honolulu

Hawaii


Danni shook her head slowly in disbelief, her eyes fixed on the empty doorway which McGarrett had just strolled out of, her mind still racing as she tried desperately to make some sense out of what she had just witness happen in front of her.

How on earth had she managed to lose control of the situation?

It should have been a simple matter of getting Steve McGarrett to leave her active crime scene, the same crime scene he shouldn't have been in, in the first place but instead it seemed as though she was the one who would have to leave.

Why had he said the police oath over to the phone to the Governor of all people? Steve McGarrett was not a police officer, he was a Lieutenant Commander who worked in the Naval Intelligence Unit, there was no police Academy training in his back ground at all so how could her crime scene suddenly be his crime scene, just like that?

It made no sense.

Even if McGarrett had somehow magically become an Officer of the law, the McGarrett murder would still belong to her and Meka. It was Captain Hookano who allocated the Homicide cases out to the Detective and he had chosen them as the lead on it. There would be no way that anyone would give the McGarrett case to his son to solve, he was too close to it all and the closer you were the more it screwed up your objectivity. Steve McGarrett could never be impartial in this case and that made him dangerous to building up a case against Hesse. One that would see the man rot in jail for the rest of his life.

Danni breathed out slowly, reaching up with her free hand and gripped the back of her neck, massaging it as she tried to ease the tension in the muscles as she continued to think.

There had been absolutely no talk or gossip from anyone at the precinct about a new taskforce being set up, especially one which seemed to be directly linked to the Governor herself. Danni might not have been on speaking terms with most of the Detective in the unit but she still made sure she listened to their chatter when she was seated at her desk or grabbing a coffee from the break room so she knew she was reasonably up to date with everything which was happening and yet there had been nothing.

Danni knew of at least four Detectives who would have jumped at the opportunity of moving from their current jobs, especially is that move happened to end up being a promotion for them with all the perks that came included with that. The fact that her friend Lily Nichols who was on dispatch hadn't mentioned anything to her when they had gone for drinks the previous week, also pointed to this being strange. Lily had befriended Danni on her first week and kept her in the loop. She would definitely have told Danni about it and encouraged her to put her CV forward for consideration.

The only explanation which made any sense to her was that the taskforce was something which was so brand new that no one had had the chance to hear about it yet. Perhaps it was something the Governor had decided to set up because she was in her campaign year and wanted to show the citizens of Hawaii that she valued their safety. If that was the point then why had she asked a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy to head it up? Why not open it up to the Detective on the island who had all been trained in the way policing worked.

Danni nibbled at her lower lip, moving her hand away from her neck as she finally looked away from the doorway to look around the rest of the garage. Whatever the whole taskforce thing was, it wasn't her concern. It wasn't as though she was going to be picked for the taskforce, especially not with Steve McGarrett in charge. The most she could hope for was that one or two of her main tormenters in the office would be picked and transferred finally giving her some peace. The only thing she needed to focus on right now was whether the John McGarrett case was still hers and Meka's or not.

McGarrett hasn't told her to leave the house but at the same time he hadn't told her to make herself comfortable and stay either. She didn't even know whether he was still somewhere within the house or if he had left with the toolbox, perhaps heading back to his room at the hotel he was staying at. She frowned as her mind fixed on the red box. What was it about it which had been important enough for the Commander to ring the Governor and accept a job position just to make sure he could take it with him? Was there something in there about the case or was it just a box which were full of memories that McGarrett didn't want anyone to view apart from himself?

What she need to do was get back to the office and speak to Captain Hookano directly to update him on what had happened to see whether he could shed some light on everything. If it turned out that McGarrett had somehow played her and her and Meka were still the lead on the case then she would hand him his ass on a plate right after she took that tool box away from him.

God she hoped that this was still her crime scene and her case otherwise all the hard work she and Meka had put into it over the past three days; the countless sleepless nights spent pouring over countless CSU reports and photos, ME Reports and background checks while Grace slept; the files she had to make up from scratch due to the inferior one which they had been handed in the first place, the hours spent chasing down every lead and questioning them, leads which would have gone unnoticed if not for them; would have all been for nothing, and all because of one arrogant Navy SEAL with a mobile phone and the Governor's number on speed dial.

Danni's eyes narrowed as her mind focused on Steve McGarrett, a wave of anger washing over her.

What the hell had the man been thinking in the first place to come to an active crime scene and contaminating it? She refused to believe that he didn't know the proper procedure on how a crime scene was run, Jesus, everyone and their mother, knew what to do now because of the countless of cop shows telling them. But no apparently McGarrett believes he's above normal procedure and instead just waltz in, with no gloves on that she could see and just decided to start moving things. If he moved the tool box then it stood to reason that he had moved other things as well. Though what those things were difficult to tell without the initial crime scene photos which were currently in her bag back in the living room.

Danni's hand curled into a fist at her side as another wave of anger washed over her. She should hunt down McGarrett and throttle him for his interference or at least punch him in the face, something to show her frustration at the situation. It wouldn't do much good in the large scale of things but it would certainly make her feel better in the short term.

She took a few deep breathes, allowing herself to calm down, losing her temper in a situation like this wouldn't do her any good. She had to remain rational and use her brain. She needed to speak to the Captain and find out where she stood, there was always a slim, remote chance that he could get the McGarrett case back from the new taskforce based on the fact that they were already mid-way through the investigation and making progress. Danni didn't give a damn about Steve McGarrett or the Governor of Hawaii or the secret club which the two of them clearly belonged to together. All she gave a damn about was finding Victor Hesse and bringing him to justice so she could close the case once and for all and focus her mind on more important things like organising her daughter's birthday party which was happening at the end of October.

The way McGarrett had gone about this was wrong though, surely even he could see how irregular and unprofessional it was to take a case from the team who were working on it, especially when that team was actually getting answers and making progress in building a case against the defendant. Danni knew that they were getting close to closing the case, she knew exactly how Hesse had done the thing from start to finish, all that was left to do was obtain an arrest warrant and find him. She would take great pleasure in arresting the son of a bitch that much she knew for certain.

Danni reached up, running her hand down her face with a sigh before she pinched at her lower lip, a thoughtful expression coming across her features. She would have to speak to Meka before she did anything else and fill him in on exactly had happened moments before. This case was as much his as it was hers and she knew just how invested he was in solving it and bringing Hesse in. She wondered how he would take the news when Danni broke it to him. Would he get pissed off and get that constipated look he sometimes got when he wanted to punch something hard or would he simply sigh and shake it off like he tended to do with most things? It was difficult to know exactly how he would react.

Shaking her head, Danni moved swiftly across the garage floor and through the door back into the kitchen. She glanced around her, taking everything in as she closed the door behind her before she crossed the kitchen and went through at door, stopping outside in the hallway. This time she took longer to look around her. She couldn't see or hear any sign of McGarrett but she knew well enough that, that meant nothing. McGarrett was a man who had been trained for years by his superiors to become invisible to the enemies eyes. He could be hidden somewhere behind her or to the side of her or even hidden in a corner and she wouldn't even know it until he chose to reveal himself to her. The thought that her own extensive training would probably be useless against him was an unnerving one when she allowed herself to consider it.

Danni pulled a face at her thoughts, forcing herself to let go of the door handle behind her. She straightened her shoulders, took a deep breathe before she moved away from the kitchen door towards the living room and study area where she had left her bag and mobile. The door was partially closed so she pushed it open and stepped into the room, her eyes automatically landed on the already familiar tall frame of McGarrett. At least one of the many questions buzzing round her head had now been answered.

She hesitated for a moment, watching him carefully. He stood in the study, in front of the chair where his father had been tied up and spent his final moments, staring down at it with a blank, unreadable expression on his face. He could almost have been made of stone. Danni swallowed, looking away suddenly feeling as though she was trespassing on his private grief. She looked towards her bag before silently cursing realising that her mobile was still on the desk in the study from where she had taken the picture of the palm print.

Danni moved into the room, her eyes flickering towards McGarrett as she moved behind him towards the desk. He made no movement but she was willing to bet that he was aware of every move she made, She tried to ignore the feeling as she leant down and picked her mobile up off of the desk surface and quickly left the study, heading back across the living room to the brown leather chair she had dropped her bag in. She checked the safety on her gun was on before she placed it and the phone into her bag. The adhesive gloves followed, she wrinkled up her nose slightly, hating the feel of the powder on her skin before she dropped those into the bag as well, running through a mental list that she now had everything she had come with before she zipped it up. Rubbing her hands together, she smoothed one palm down the skirt of her dress before she straightened the bottom and picked up her bag, placing it on her shoulder.

She was ready to go.

Danni turned and had taken one step when her brain registered the fact that McGarrett had left the study and was now standing between her and the living room door.

She stilled, watching the tall man carefully to see exactly what he would do. She was a good read of character and she was sure that McGarrett was no longer a threat to her but she had learnt the hard way that gut feelings or no she needed to remain vigilant and always on guard. She raised an eyebrow slightly when he spoke, the previous aggression which had flavoured his voice before gone as though it had never existed in the first place, now he merely sounded profession and calm though Danni could detect a concealed, undercurrent of exhaustion to his voice. She found herself wondering when the last time he had slept was, probably not since his father had died, he had probably be running through different ways he could have handled it, ways which might have meant that his father was still alive. Danni blinked, surprised by the pity she felt for McGarrett before she forced herself to listen to what he was saying to her.

"I didn't expect you to still be here." He commented, reaching up and running his hand through his short hair. It was the first casual, non-planned movement she had seen him make since they had met and it helped ease some of the tension coiling in her stomach. "I would have thought that you would have stormed out of here the first chance you could."

Danni's eyes narrowed at the assumption, she bit down on the urge to respond with a sarcastic comment, knowing that it would show the man in front of her that he had gotten under her skin. Her brother had taught her that you never showed your hand to anyone until you were sure of them and that was what she planned to do. Instead of replying she merely remained silent, regarding McGarrett with what she hoped was a thoughtful expression as she mentally counted to five, allowing the wave of annoyance which had come over her to disperse before she spoke. Her voice coming out quiet and steady.

"Considering I left my belonging in here, including my car keys it would have been a pretty stupid move to make on my part to storm out, don't you think" She remarked, making the comment into a statement rather than into a question.

She saw his eyes narrow slightly in a thoughtful manner before he nodded at her, acknowledging the comment. She expected him to say something more but instead his eyes dropped to the bag she was holding, his eyebrow quirking up slightly as though he was surprised by it. He probably was, from Danni's experience, men and women in the military tended only to carry the bare essentials with them at any one time, they certainly wouldn't have a large bag which could fit as much in it as Danni's bag could. If she had known him better than she would have explained that a bag this size was needed due to the fact that she had a CSU pack in there for situations like this, but she didn't say a word, merely meeting his eyes when they came back up to hers, the hazel eyes showing nothing.

"I'm going to need all the files and the evidence which you have for this case Detective" He informed her calmly, crossing his arms over his chest. Danni's eyes dropped to his muscles involuntarily before she forced her eyes back up to his face, hoping against hope that he hadn't noticed the small slip up. She met his gaze, tilting her head slightly to the side and wondered whether there had been anyone in his life who had said no to him or disobeyed one of his orders. She felt her mouth curl up into a small smile as she made the decision that right now would be as good as time as any for the Commander to realise that not only did his rank not get him everything he wanted right then and there but that his rank had no sway over her. He might have been part of the navy but Danni was a police Detective who had earned her stripes in the streets of New Jersey on cases which made even the McGarrett case seem like a walk in the park. She did not intimidate easily and she was determined that McGarrett would learn that.

"I'm sure you are going to need them all" She agreed with a nod of her head. "But I'm afraid that there's procedure to follow, procedure I'm sure you're well aware of" She stated, keeping the smile off her face with difficulty when she saw the flash of confusion in his eyes. "If you want the files which my partner and I have made up and to become responsible for the evidence we've gathered then you'll have to fill in the necessary forms to do it down at the precinct. They shouldn't take long, just a hour or two and of course you'll have to get them all countered sign by Captain Hookano, but of course you know all of this already, don't you Commander" She stated, hearing the icy note which had descended into her voice, a note which would have warned anyone who knew her well, that now would be the time to dive for cover. "Have a good day Commander" She commented, moving swiftly towards him and slipping past him out of the living room and to the front door before he could stop her or say anything else to her.

It was a childish thing to do considering that she had half the files which he needed in her bag while the others were locked away in her desk drawer. She could have easily handed him the ones she had with him so he could make a start but she hadn't. She couldn't help the small glimmer of satisfaction she felt knowing that he would have to go out of his way to get what he needed. The man had to learn that he wasn't in the military now and that he couldn't make a demand off of someone and just expect it to be obeyed because he was gorgeous with a nice sounding voice. He had to learn that to get his way in the real world he had to ask people for their help and cooperation, not demand it.

Besides she had no way of knowing for sure whether McGarrett was speaking the truth when he said the crime scene was now his. Until she heard from Captain Hookano that John McGarrett's murder was no longer a HPD case then she would act as though she and Meka were the leads and McGarrett just a civilian with an understandable interest in the case. Hookano would rip her a new one and probably suspend her if she had just handed over classified files on the say so of someone other than himself.

Danni left the house, pulling the front door shut behind her and looked around her, bringing her hand up and resting it on her forehead to protect her eyes from the glare of the sun. She hesitated for a moment, breathing in the heavy scent of blooming flowers, before she made her way down the pathway towards her car, the sun felt good against the bare skin of her arms making her glad that she had left her cardigan hanging over her chair at work. She stopped next to the driver's door and looked towards the road. She couldn't see any parked cars on the road which meant that McGarrett had either parked further down in an attempt to remain unnoticed by any nosy neighbours John might have had or he had walked from the hotel he was staying at. Either option was a viable one.

Making a mental note to see what McGarrett had been up to since he had arrived on the island, Danni unlocked the car, pulling the door open and slipped into the interior with a thankful sigh. She closed it behind her, throwing her bag into the empty passenger seat and inserted the key into the ignition, starting the engine and hitting the air con button. She allowed herself a moment to sit there, enjoying the cool breeze before she grabbed her sunglasses from the dashboard, slipping them onto her nose and reversed out of the driveway, her gaze flickering down to the pink bunny which was still stuffed in the back from earlier. She would have to do something with it. She looked at the McGarrett house one last time before she drove away from it, heading towards the freeway which would take her back to the precinct.

The fifteen minute drive to the precinct was quiet and uneventful, the traffic was surprising light and the threatening silence was broken by the music which Grace always insisted they listened to on the way to school. Admitted Danni was ready to pull her hair out if she heard one more song from High School Musical Three but she couldn't find the energy to mess around with it either. Danni sighed as she hit the indicator, twisting the steering wheel to the right as she pulled up into the car park outside the precinct, lifting her hand up in thanks to the driver who had let her in before she wound down her window, a smile coming to her face at the familiar face of Jimmy Lee appeared by her.

Jimmy was the security guard who operated the barrier to the precinct. He had been on the force for forty years before he partially retired, giving up his own beat for a booth and a supply of coffee and masalas. Danni found herself liking him, possibly because he was one of the only people who didn't seem to care that she was a female mainlander. He treated her the same as everyone else and it was something she appreciated more than she could say.

"Hi Jimmy" She said, reaching up and picking her badge up, flashing it towards him so he could see it.

"Hey Danielle, that was a quick trip for ya" Jimmy commented. "Things didn't pan out for you?" He questioned, his dark eyes soft as she shook her head.

"You know how it goes" She responded, dropping the badge when he took a step back to the side of the booth.

"Indeed I do Danielle, Indeed I do." Danni smiled as he pressed the buzzer which activated the barrier, she waited until it was up before she drove through with a wave at him. She drove for a moment, her eyebrow rising in surprise when she saw that her reserved parking space was actually free for once. She had lost track of the number of times she had arrived at work to find it taken by one of the other Detectives. They always gave her the same bullshit reason when she confronted them about it, stating that they had been on the force for longer and therefore deserved the closer space than some little Haole who was still fresh from the mainland. A female Haole at that who clearly didn't belong on their island. After hearing the same comment nine times in a row from nine different Detectives, Danni had simply stopped mentioning it, instead parking in the first available space she found which wasn't reserved. She had learnt pretty quickly since starting in the force when an argument was worth fighting to win and when it wasn't and this was one which wasn't worth it.

Danni pulled her car into the spot and killed the engine, taking a moment to gather her things together before she pushed the door open and got out, using her hip to close it behind her. She adjusted her bags and locked the car behind her, turning to the elegant bricked building which housed the Honolulu Police Department. She watched it for a second, a small bitter smile coming to her face.

It was still hard to believe that it had only been six months since she had arrived to the precinct for the first time. She could still remember how impressed she had been with it. Her old Precinct in New Jersey had been housed in an old building which had always been in desperate need for some work to be done on it. The building in front of her had looked brand new in comparison. It had taken Danni exactly two days to realise that looks could be deceiving and while the outer building might have been beautiful to look at, everything which she experienced on the inside was merely ugly in a way it had never been in New Jersey. Now instead of being impressed that she was able to work in a place like this, she merely tolerated it, counting down each and every second on a daily basis until she was able to leave and go back home. She would go as far as to say that she hated the place with the same passion which she normally reserved for the worst kind of scum which she encountered on the job.

Danni patted the top of her car absently before she made her way across the crowded car park and up the shallow stone steps which led into the main building. She pulled open the large wooden door and stepped through, heading to the security barrier and holding her card against the scanner, stepping through when the small gate in front of her opened. She headed cross the reception area towards the elevator, keeping her head down as she did. It was much easier to ignore the looks she constantly received if she couldn't see them in the first place. She hit the call button, smiling slightly when one to the left of her opened straight away. She lingered to the side of the door as various people spilled out, talking and laughing loudly with each other clearly keen getting out of the building for a short while. She stepped in, hitting the button for the seventh floor and the closed door button before anyone else could join her in there. It had just gone eleven thirty which meant that the majority of the Detectives would be out and about on their cases or taking an early lunch break which meant that the main area should actually be fairly quiet for once.

She would have time to get to her desk, dump her bag, pick up her coffee mug and make herself a drink quickly. She needed to look at the original crime scene photos which CSU had taken to see whether McGarrett had moved anything other than the tool box. She also wanted to read the initial report to see whether a palm print was mentioned was whether the sinking feeling in her stomach that McGarrett had something to do with that was correct. If she was lucky than Meka would be back at his desk and she could fill him in on what happened. Once he knew everything which she did then they would be able to come up with a plan of attack and go together to see Captain Hookano about McGarrett.

The elevator came to a stop on the seventh floor and the door slid open. Danni tightened her grip on the strap of the bag and left the elevator, turning the corner and walking down the short corridor, past the kitchen and turned right, pushing the door in front of her open and stepped into the open planned seating area where all the Detective of the Honolulu Police Department were based.

It was hot in the room indicating that once again the air con system was malfunctioning, Someone had opened the windows but there was little breeze coming through and what did was warm. Danni was surprised to find the room crowded, as far as she could tell there were only five or six Detective missing. The room was awash with loud chatter and laughter mingled with the sound of fingers tapping against keyboards or clicking away at mouse's, even the photocopy machine and fax machine were beeping away. The familiar sound of a bustling workplace would have almost been pleasant if she wasn't already fully aware of what an act it was.

She watched as a large group of Detectives led by Detective Yakama turned as on to look at her as she entered, their eyes moving up and down her body with a look that made her either want to turn and walk out or start cracking skulls. She thought they might make a scathing comment towards her but instead they all smirked, turning away and continuing their discussion, shifting slightly so they all had their backs towards her making it clear without words that she was not welcome in the room.

For a moment Danni froze, overcome by a wave of homesickness for New Jersey and her old team there. She had always known that she would miss it there but she had never known that she would miss it this much. The job in New Jersey had been difficult, time consuming and at times it had been extremely gruesome. The cases back home were messier and complicated and nothing like what she had experienced here in Hawaii. For every case they had solved there had been at least eight more cases to take its place but despite all of that Danni had loved every second of it. She had, had her own team. A team of eight individuals who has gotten on like a house. However hard the work had been they had still managed to have a laugh together. She had trusted each and every member of her team to have her back and she knew they had trusted her as well. Her partner Rory had been like a brother to her and was still someone she spoke to once or twice a week. The team had done stuff socially together as well, they had gone for pizza, they had gone bowling and they had even gone drinking together. They had felt like a family, a large dysfunctional family but a family none the less, nothing like Hawaii. Even now the eight of them were still in regular contact over the phones and emails. Danni only wished that when she had left New Jersey she had been allowed to bring them all with her, if she had then maybe things would have been more bearable for her.

Danni swallowed hard, forcing her face into the same thoughtful expression that she normally wore in the office and crossed the room to the corner where her desk was, thankful to see that Meka was seated at the desk opposite hers. He was staring down at his desk, eyes fixed on a file on the surface of it with a look on his face which was torn between concentration and boredom. The look brought a smile to her face as she wondered how many times she had seen that look before.

Danni stopped next to her desk, noticing once again that it was the only neat one which was in the office, how the others could work on desks with dirty cups and piles of paperwork spilling across the surface in no discernible order was beyond her. If they had, had a desk like that in New Jersey then they would have found themselves in front of their Captain for a bollocking.

"Hey Danni," Meka said glancing up at her as she pulled out her seat, bending down and placing her bag under the desk. "What's been happening?" Danni looked up, meeting his curious look.

"A lot" She told him, lowering her voice, her eyes flickering around her, she moved to Meka's desk and perched herself on the side of it, twisting her body so that they couldn't see her face before she spoke. "Something has happened with the McGarrett case, can we go somewhere and talk, we can…" She stopped abruptly, wincing when the familiar deep, booming voice of Captain Hookano burst across the room, drowning out the other voices which all fell silent at the sound.

"Williams, in my office now!"

Danni pulled a face at Meka, watching as the other man sat straighter in his chair, glancing over her shoulder towards the Captain's office before he looked back at her with a confused frown.

"Danni-girl what's happened? Tell me quickly" He demanded quietly. Danni shook her head at him.

"There's not enough time but I promise I'll tell you as soon as I can. It's not great news though" She said before she pushed herself to her feet and headed over to the office, ignoring the smirking face from her fellow Detectives as they watched her progress. All attempts of pretending to work on their cases forgotten in light of her public summoning. It was a well-known fact that Hookano only called Detectives into her office to rip them a new one.

Danni licked at her lips nervously before she tilted her head back, her gaze fixing on the Captain as she approached him. He was a tall man, standing well over six feet tall and built as though he went to the gym religiously every day. It was either he worked out or he had a supply of steroids which he happily used. Sharp black eyes watched her approach with a look which made her want to turn round and walk right out of the door. Instead she forced herself to keep moving towards him, walking past him into his office and coming a halt in front of her desk, her back dead straight as she casually clasped her hands in front of her. Captain Hookano was the sort of man who thrived on people showing their fear to him and Danni was determined that she wouldn't give him the satisfaction. So she waited quietly, listening as he pulled down the blinds, blocking them from the view of the others Detectives.

She watched from the corner of her eyes as the Captain moved past her, heading round the large desk and sinking into the leather seat behind it. His movements were surprisingly graceful for a man of his size. He sat in silence for a moment, his gaze moving over her face as though he was trying to figure out what she was thinking before he sighed and leaned back in his seat.

"So Detective Williams" He said, tapping his fingertips against the arm rest on his chair. "I've just gotten off the phone with the Governor of Hawaii who was ringing me to inform me that she has decided to set up a new taskforce to deal with the cases she thinks is beyond our capabilities of solving." He told her, Danni blinked though she kept silent waiting to see what the Captain was going with this. "As far as I can see this this taskforce sole purpose is to get in the way of our ability to do our jobs. They will outrank us and they have the ability to take over any case they want even if we've already started the investigation. We're of course meant to assist them to the best of our abilities if they ask for help whether that help is by providing them with information or back up. Pretty much from what I gather they ask us to jump and we are to ask them how high." He finished, his hands tightening on the arm rest to the point that his knuckles whitened from the pressure.

Danni shifted on the spot, her frown growing as she wondered why exactly the Captain was telling her all of this. She wasn't one of the Detectives who the Captain tended to confide in. If anything they barely spoke to each other except for when he gave her and Meka new case or spoke to them in a meeting. The last time we had spoken more than a few sentences to her hand been back when he had given her, her introduction on her first day before delivering her into Meka's capable hands.

"You're probably wondering why exactly I'm telling you this of all people" He continued to say as though he had read her mind. "Well let me enlighten you Detective Williams. I'm telling you this because the Governor saw fit to tell me that Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett had agreed to head up the taskforce for her. This would be the very same Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett who happens to be the only son of the murder victim in the case you and Hanamoa are trying to solve. So let me ask you this, have you met the Commander yet?" He demanded.

"I've met him" Danni admitted after a pause, her mind bringing up the smug look which had been on McGarrett's face just before the Governor answered his call. At least she now knew why she was having him swear in. She looked towards the Captain, her eyes narrowing slightly, she felt as though she was at the edge of something and one wrong step might send her into a world of trouble.

"And tell me, when you met the Commander, did he happen to mention anything to you about his brand new task force? Did he perhaps explain his motivations to you? Why he was taking the role on perhaps? I've noticed the trend of witnesses confiding in you Williams, clearly they find you comforting to talk to so did he talk to you?" The Captain asked in a quiet tone, a tone which was so in contrast with his normal tone that it placed her on edge.

"No not exactly Sir" Danni replied coolly. "We didn't speak for long and he certainly didn't confide in me nor would I expect him to either. I'm a stranger to him."

"So when you say not exactly what do you mean Detective? Perhaps you could expand on that statement for me. Either the Commander mentioned it to you or he didn't." Hookano stated, glancing away from her face to study his short fingernails as though the answer to his question was unimportant to him. Danni was good enough at reading body languages to know that her answer mattered a great deal for him.

"I mean not exactly Captain" She responded "I met the Commander this morning for the first time when I went back to the McGarrett house to look into a potential lead. The Commander was already in the house when I arrived there. I told him to leave and he didn't so we exchanged some words with each other. He called the Governor's office on his mobile while I was there and they spoke to each other but I didn't know what they were actually talking about. He hung up the phone and told me that it was now his crime scene and it was at that point that I left and came back here." She answered him, falling silent as the Captain sat forward on his seat, resting his thick forearm on the surface of his desk and linking his fingers together, his dark gaze never leaving her face.

"So what you're telling me Detective is that the Commander met you at his father's house and then decided to accept an offer from the Governor to run her taskforce because he objected to you telling him to leave an active crime scene during an ongoing investigation. He took the job because he wanted the power to tell you to leave the premises. Have I got it right?" He stated flatly.

Danni frowned at him, crossing her arms defensively over her chest, her stomach churning as she felt herself growing angry at the accusing tone he was using against her.

"I have no idea what his reasoning are behind his decisions. If you wanted to know Sir then you would have to speak to the Commander directly and ask him. And for the record he never asked me to leave his house, he simply told me that the crime scene was his and that was it, he left the room after that without another word" She answered him firmly, briefly wondering why McGarrett hadn't asked her to leave his father's home. He had obviously been surprised when he found out that she was still there but she hadn't picked up any annoyance from him.

"So this whole situation could very easily be down to you and your talent at riling up the natives then?" The captain stated, Danni narrowed her eyes at him.

"I don't think that assessment is true neither do I think that's it a fair assumption for you to make, I-"

"No, no Williams" He interrupted her, holding up his index finger to stop her from continuing. "I wasn't asking you to share your opinion with me. I was merely stating what appears to be the fact of the case. As far as I can see, the Commander met you, interacted with you and then rang the Governor in front of you I might add and agreed to run a taskforce for her which he might not have agreed to initially just because he wanted to pull rank on your ass and take the case from you. Clearly once again Detective Williams you have managed to make a great impression."

Danni remained silent for a moment before she began speaking, her voice low and icy.

"Well the Commander didn't exactly make a fantastic fir impression either Captain" She told him, her hands lifting and sweeping through the air, the only visible sign of her anger. "The man entered an active crime scene knowing full well that he should not have been anywhere near the place. He moved and tampered with evidence, choosing to move things around and when I saw him he had no gloves on which means he's not doubt left his fingerprints there. So yes we had words with each other, and yes they weren't friendly words but I was only trying to limit the amount of damage that the man was causing because it's part of my job. McGarrett might be a former navy SEAL and he might have served his country but he knows nothing about how real policing is done and what's worst is he doesn't even care because it seems to me that he thinks he's above the laws which the rest of us follow. He believes that he can bark out some orders and everyone will drop to the ground and roll over for him. That might have happened in the navy for him but he's not in the navy right now, he's in real life and he needs to learn that what he believes isn't necessarily right. He might think that he's the best man to solve his father's murder but he's the worst because how can he remain objective when it's his own father? He can't and Hesse will get away because of it." Danni stopped speaking, shaking her head in surprise at just how much McGarrett had gotten under her skin. In six months she had never said so much to anyone who wasn't Meka in their department. She ignored the look of amusement and thoughtfulness in the Captain's eyes as she brought her hands down, interlocking her fingers together to keep them still before she spoke again. "All I want is the chance to bring Hesse in for justice for what he's done. I know Meka and I can do it and I know we're the best people for the job. Can you not speak to the Governor about it? Explain the situation to her?"

"No I can't, you need to realise that you've messed up with this Detective Williams" He snapped at her, his voice rising to a level where it would clearly be heard out in the bulpen area. She blinked when he jabbed his finger at her, looking briefly like he wanted to strangle her.

"With all due respect Captain, I think you'll find that I haven't messed up at any stage during this investigation. You tasked me and Meka to find the man who killed John McGarrett in cold blood and to bring him to justice and that is exactly what we've spent the last three days doing. All you need to do is look at our files and our reports to see just how much ground has been made on this. You know as well as I do that Meka and I are the best Homicide Detectives you have in this department, all we need is a few more days to find him and then the case is closed. You owe us that."

The Captain remained silent making Danni wonder whether she had overstepped the mark with what she had said but he sighed and spoke.

"I probably do owe you that Danielle but you need to realise it's not going to happen" He responded, coming to his feet and towering over her. Danni shot him a startled look at the use of her first name. No one in the Detective pen apart from Meka every called her Danielle or Danni, they only called her Haole or Williams until she found herself wondering whether they had actually bothered to learn what her name was. She blinked when the Captain continued speaking. "The fact of the matter is that regardless of what work you and Hanamoa have put into the case and whatever leads you might have found, doesn't matter anymore because this case is no longer a HPD case. This case belongs to Steve McGarrett and whoever else it is who will end up on his taskforce with him. Now you can stand there Detective and try and talk me round until you're blue in the face, you can stand there and stare at me with your big grey eyes and flutter your long lashes and attempt it that way as well but it's not changing what happened. My hands are tied, you and Hanamoa are off the McGarrett case Williams, I suggest you go to and get it out of your system and accept the fact and deal with them" He stated, running his hand down his face before he looked back at her. "Look take the rest of the day, find something to do with it and be back at your desk tomorrow morning at 8.30 for the morning briefing. Hanamoa will be finished with his side case by then and I have at least two cases with your name on them. Just put the McGarrett case from your mind."

Danni stared up at him, feeling as though he had just slapped her hard in the face. She dug her fingernails into the soft flesh of her palm making sure her face was clear of emotion, trying to ignore the fact that she had just been dismissed for the day as though she was a little girl who was still at school. She brought her head up slightly and opened her mouth to speak when he shook his head.

"Whatever it is you're about to say to me I suggest you just save it. I'm not interested in hearing your opinion on things right now. Now go and gather your things and leave. I don't want to see you in the building for the rest of the day. I won't repeat my orders to you again Detective."

Danni bit down hard on her inner cheek, focusing on the pain as she felt her face heat up as though she was going red. She didn't trust herself to speak so instead she gave him one curt nod of acknowledgement before she turned and headed to the office door, pulling it open and stepped out into to bulpen, closing it behind her. She allowed herself one second to stand there and gather herself before she glanced around, taking in the amused, pleased expression on most of the Detectives face, her mind making a separate note of the faces which looked sorry for her, perhaps she had more allies then she had initially thought. She glanced towards her desk, her eyes widening as they met Steve McGarrett's hazel eyes. He was sitting on the edge of her desk, ignoring all the looks being cast towards him. Danni moved swiftly across the room towards him, ignoring the comments the other Detective shot at her.

"What are you doing here?" She demanded, stopping in front of Steve. "And have you no respect? Get your ass off of my desk."

McGarrett raised his eyebrow at her, holding his hands up in a peaceful gesture as he came slowly to his feet, the movement reminding her of a lion stretching out its muscle. She brushed past him and took her seat, reaching up and pushing some of the stray strands which had escaped her hairstyle away from her face before she looked up at her. "Is there something I can help you with Commander?" She asked him politely. She kept his gaze as he twisted round so he was facing her placing his palms on the surface of her desk and leaned in towards her.

"Yes you can Detective, you told me to come down here to fill in some forms which needed to be countersigned by Captain Hookano if I want the files on my father's murder case so that's what I'm here to do. Perhaps since you're so knowledgeable with the forms needed you could get them for me so I can get on."

Danni stared at him for a moment, ignoring the sound of shocked disbelief which left Meka's mouth at McGarrett's comment. She continued to stare at him.

"I'm a Detective not a PA" She told him softly before her eyes flickered away to look at Meka who was staring at the two of them. She glanced behind McGarrett in time to see the Captain come out of his office, his gaze instantly landing on McGarrett. He said something to one of the other Detective's before he headed over, Danni's gaze moved back to McGarrett, surprised to see him still staring at her with the same intent expression. "But here comes Captain Hookano and I'm sure he'd be delighted to assist you with any queries you might have" She remarked turning away from him.

She watched from the corner of his eyes as he pushed himself off her desk and turned to face the Captain just as he arrived. Hookano's gaze moved between Danni and Meka before they focused on McGarrett.

"You must be Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett" Hookano stated, holding out a beefy hand towards McGarrett. "The Governor informed me over the phone that you would be coming down to see me today over something."

Danni watched as Steve took Hookano's offered hand, shaking it before he quickly dropped it, his eyes flickering towards Danni's for a moment with an unreadable look before he turned his attention back to Hookano.

"I am" McGarrett responded, his voice coming across as emotionless and cold, a completely different tone from the other ones she had heard him use. Hookano nodded at him, crossing his arms over his chest.

"I'm sorry if Detective Williams caused you any problems earlier on. She is still fairly new here on the island and she doesn't quite understand yet that things here are done differently than they are on the mainland. Rest assured though Commander that Williams and I have already had words over it and she won't be troubling you further in regards to your father's case." Hookano stared.

Danni kept her face free of emotions with difficulty, focusing her gaze on Meka who was looking torn between anger on her behalf and sympathy. She quickly lowered her eyes to her desk, cursing silently as she felt her cheeks redden again through a mixture of rage and embarrassment.

"There was no need for that" McGarrett commented, his voice still expressionless. "The Detective was only doing her job. I do however need the paperwork to transfer the case other so I can get her files.

"There's no need for that" Hookano responded with a wave of his hand. "Considering the circumstances we can forego the paperwork on this occasion. Hand over your files to the Commander Williams on your way out of the building. Go and enjoy the rest of your day, perhaps you could go to the beach and work on your suntan still you're still looking pale."

Danni felt her face flush further as she fought the strong urge to tell the Captain to go fuck himself she resisted the urge, bringing up a mental picture of her daughter in her mind. She needed to keep this job for Grace's sake. She couldn't risk getting fired.

"Now Detective" The Captain remarked coldly. "Don't keep the Commander waiting any longer."

"Would someone mind telling me what the hell is going on here?" Meka demanded, breaking his silence as he came to his feet. "Why are we handing over the files for the McGarrett case to the victim's son?"

"The Commander here is now in charge of the newly formed Governor Taskforce. His first move was to take over his father's murder case for his own." Hookano answered him, a tone in his voice telling them not to question him further on the subject.

"That's bullshit" Meka stated angrily. "So you're telling me that he just waltzes in here and takes over the case that we're working on? The case that we've busted our guts over for the past three days?" He glared at Hookano and McGarrett, a look of dislike in his black eyes before he turned to Danni as she came to her feet, placing her bag on the table. "Danni" He said his voice softening with disbelief. "You seriously can't be okay with this? You put more work into this case than anyone. You were the one who found all the leads. You found what little evidence there was to start building up a case for the DA. You even made the freaking files up and now you're just going to past the case over to someone who has no policing experience and who will probably mess the entire case up? Come on Danni girl, you can't be serious." He stated.

Danni sighed, reaching up and rubbing the back of her neck, opening her mouth to speak only to close it a moment later when Hookano beat her to it.

"She doesn't have a choice in the decision Hanamoa and neither do you." He told Meka firmly. "Now pass over the files to the Commander, I won't tell the pair of you again, next time you argue you get a written warning."

Danni unzipped her bag and reached into it, pulling out the file from inside and placed them on her desk before she took out her keys and unlocked her desk drawer, she hunted through it for a second before she came across the remaining two files and took them out, placing them with the other. She locked the drawer again and gathered the file, taking the three which Meka held out to her before she offered the pile to McGarrett. He took them from her, his gaze fixed on her face with a look she couldn't read.

"That's all of them" She told him. "Everything in there should help you nail Hesse to the wall when you and your team locate him. I hope you find him soon Commander and make him pay for everything that he's done." She stated, forcing a polite smile on her face when she turned to Hookano. "Sir" She said coolly before she turned to Meka, her fixed smile softening into a genuine one. "I'll give you a call later on this evening okay?" She said, waiting until he nodded at her before she shouldered her bag and turned from them, walking as quickly as she could towards the exit. She knew the others were talking about her but she ignored them. Whatever it was that they were saying wouldn't be good.

Danni made her way to the elevators, hitting the call button and stepping in when they opened, she turned round and hit the button for the ground floor with only one thought going through her head.

She never wanted to see Steve McGarrett again.


Author Note

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