Well this is a difficult disclaimer… I mean technically they don't belong to me but Duncan might belong to me because he isn't Rachel and Danny is a female in this so does that make that version of it mine… erm…. Just to be safe we'll say that none of them belong to me…. Yeah….
So here is chapter three for everyone, rewritten and improved.
Hopefully you're enjoying the story so far. A lot of this early stuff is based on the original 50 script which was longer then what was shown in the aired pilot. It's where I got the Captain's name for example though everything about him is my take on him.
Danni has a hard time with HPD and I saw no point in trying to play it otherwise. IT sounded like male Danny had a terrible time and if he did then it stood to reason that female Danni would probably have an even worse time. I've added more Meka in this chapter as well because I like writing him and I like the fact that he treats Danni like a friend.
Anyway please enjoy!
When Danni Williams moved to Hawaii all that she wants is to keep her head down and survive the year she had to stay there. The last thing she expected was to meet Steve McGarrett, a man who pays her little attention and is more intent on getting her blown up. Danni has a job to do though and one way or another she is going to do it (Female Danny)
"Don't make me ask you again Detective"
Not gonna lie I'm thinking there is gonna be some Steve McGarrett/Danni Williams
That's always going to be up to you the reader. I'm not going to tell anyone who to ship
Take the rest of the day Williams
23rd September 2010
The McGarrett House
14 Loke Kahakai Alanue
Danni shook her head slowly, her eyes fixed on the empty doorway which McGarrett has strolled out of. Her mind was racing, trying desperate to make sense of what she had just witnessed. How the hell had she managed to lose control of the situation? It should have been an easy matter of getting him to leave the scene but instead it seemed as though she was the one who had to leave the scene. What on earth had that been about with the oath, why was the SEAL telling her that it was now his crime scene? How could it be his scene? Even if he had somehow magically become a cop the case would still belong to her and Meka since the Captain had given it to them and it was the Captain who allocated the homicides to the detectives.
Danni nibbled at her lower lip nervously as she reached up and gripped the back of her neck with her hand. There had been absolutely no talk from anyone about a new taskforce being set up. Danni might not have been on speaking terms with the other Detectives but she still made sure that she listened in to their chatter when she was at her desk or in the break room. One of them would have mentioned it, hell she knew of at least four of the Detectives on the team who would have jumped at the opportunity to move to a new taskforce.
The only explanation was that this taskforce which McGarrett had agreed to lead was completely brand new.
Danni breathed out, finally looking away from the door to stare around the garage. McGarrett hadn't told her to leave the house but at the same time he hadn't told her to stay, hell she didn't even know whether he was still in the house or whether he had now left now that what he had what he wanted. Danni needed to get back to the office and speak to the Captain to see what the hell was going on. If it turned out that McGarrett had somehow played her and that this was still her crime scene then she would hand his ass to him on a plate.
God she hoped it was still her crime scene otherwise all the hard work which both she and Meka had put into the case, the countless sleepless hours spent pouring over reports and crime scenes photos while Grace has been sleeping in bed, the file she had made up from scratch, the hours spent researching every painstaking detail, the leads she had spotted which would have gone unnoticed if not her, all of that would be gone and all because of one arrogant navy SEAL.
Danni's eyes narrowed as she thought about Steve McGarrett. What the hell had he been thinking, coming to an active crime scene and contaminating it? She refused to believe that he didn't know the proper procedure, Jesus, everyone and their mother knew what to do at a crime scene now thanks to shows like CSI being broadcasted. But no instead he just waltzed in and moved things around, if he had moved the box than it stood to reason that he had moved other things as well though what those things were Danni had no idea.
Her hand curled into a fist at her side as a wave of anger washed over her. She should throttle him or at least punch the arrogant sod in the face, it mightn't do much good in the large scale of things but it would certainly make her feel better about the whole situation.
She needed to speak to the Captain and find out exactly where they stood. There was always a chance, however slim it might be, that he could get the McGarrett case back from the new task force. Danni didn't give a damn about Steve McGarrett or the governor or whatever secret little club that they were clearly both members of. All she gave a damn about was finding Hesse and closing the McGarrett case up once and for all. Then she could put it all from her mind and move on with her life, focusing her attention on the important things in life, such as organising Grace's birthday party which she was due to throw for her daughter the next month.
The way McGarrett has done this was wrong though, surely even he could see how irregular and unprofessional it was to take a case from the team working it, especially if the team working on it were actually making progress on it and Danni knew that she and Meka were getting close to a close. Danni knew exactly how Hesse had done it, now all she had to do was find the man and lock him up.
Danni ran her hand down her face, pinching at her lower lip thoughtfully. She would have to speak to Meka as well. This case was as much his as it was hers and she knew that he was seriously invested in solving it. She wondered how he would take the news when Danni broke it to him. Would Meka be pissed off, getting that constipated expression he would occasionally get when he wanted to punch something hard or would he merely shake it off like he did most things in life and merely move onto the next case, dragging Danni with him.
Danni moved swiftly across the garage floor, making sure she closed the garage door behind her as she left. She hesitated for a moment, her hand still on the handle as she looked carefully around her, looking for any sign that McGarrett was still there. She couldn't see any sign of him but she knew as well that, that meant nothing. McGarrett was a man who had been trained to be invisible to enemies' eyes. He could be behind her, watching her every move and Danni would never know until McGarrett chose to reveal himself to her. The thought was almost unnerving when she allowed herself to think about it.
She pulled a face, forcing herself to let go of the handle as she moved away from the garage and towards the living room to pick up her bag. She pushed the door open, entering it, her eyes automatically landing on the already familiar tall frame of McGarrett.
She hesitated for a moment, watching him carefully. He was stood in front of the chair staring at it with a blank expression on his face. He could almost have been made from stone. Danni forced herself to look away from him, ignoring the unease blossoming in her stomach as she picked up her bag, peeling off her latex gloves and throwing them into it. She breathed out, absently smoothing her hands down the skirt of her dress before she turned, intent on the doorway, stopping when she realised that McGarrett now stood between her and the exit.
They stood for a moment in silence, watching each other before McGarrett spoke.
"I didn't expect that you would still be here," he commented, reaching up and running his hand through his hair. "I would have thought that you would have stormed out of here"
Danni bit hard on her tongue to stop herself from replying with a sarcastic comment, instead mentally counting to five until she was calm enough to speak.
"It would be stupid to leave without my bag, especially as my car keys are in there" she remarked casually. He nodded, glancing away from her face to look at the bag in question, she noticed his eyebrow rise quickly as though he was surprised by the size of it before he looked back towards her, his expression fixed in a blank mask which revealed nothing to her.
"I'm going to need all the files and evidence you have for this case Detective" he said calmly, crossing his arms over his chest. Danni's eyes dropped to his muscles involuntary, before she forced her eyes back up, hoping against hope that he hadn't spotted the move. She met his eyes, tilting her had to the side wondering whether anyone had ever disobeyed him before and mentally decided that now was as good as time as any for the Commander to realise that his rank didn't get him everything.
"If you'd like the files I've made and the evidence I've collected Lieutenant Commander McGarrett then I'm afraid you'll have to make your way to the Honolulu Police Department and place your request with Captain Hookano. I'm sure you won't need directions to the precinct." She told him coldly. Deciding that she had said enough Danni shouldered her bag and moved towards him, slipping pass him and out of the door before he could stop her or say something else to her.
It was a childish thing to do considering that she had half of the files in question in her bag while the other half were locked in her desk drawer. She could have easily have handed over the half she had but she couldn't help the slight glimmer of satisfaction she felt in her mind that he would have to go out of his way now to get what he wanted. The man had to learn that he couldn't just make a demand and get it just because he was gorgeous with a nice sounding voice. He had to learn that asking people for their help and cooperation was the way forward, not demanding it from them. Besides, she didn't even know for sure yet whether McGarrett was really in charge of the case now. Until she heard it from Captain Hookano's own mouth, she and Meka were the leads and McGarrett was merely a civilian. Hookano would have ripped her a new one if she had just handed the information over.
She left the house, pulling the front door shut behind her and looked around her, squinting in the bright sunlight. She hesitated for a moment, breathing in the scent of honeysuckle before she made her way down the shaded path towards her parked car, thankful that she had left her cardigan back at her desk. She stopped by the driver's door, her eyes focusing on the surrounding road. She couldn't see any car parked nearby other than her own, which meant that either McGarrett had parked away from his father's house in an attempt to remain unnoticed or he had walked from the hotel we was staying at. Either option was feasible.
Pushing the thought from her mind, Danni unlocked the car, opening the door and slipping in with a thankful sigh. She closed the door behind her, throwing her bag onto the passenger and inserted the key into the ignition, turning it on and hitting the air con, sitting there for a moment and allowing the cool air to calm her. She grabbed her pair of sunglasses from the dash and placed them on, giving the McGarrett house one last long look before she reversed out of the driveway and away from it.
The fifteen minute drive to the police station was quiet and uneventful, broken only by the music on the CD which Grace had left in the car and which Danni found rather catchy. She pulled into the car park thankful that her private parking space was still free. She had lost track of the number of times she had entered and found the space taken by one of the other Detectives. They always gave the same excuse when she confronted them about it. They had been on the force for longer and therefore deserved the space more than some little Haole who was still fresh from the mainland. A Haole who clearly didn't belong on their island. After hearing the same comment nine times in a row, Danni had simply stopped mentioning it. Instead parking in the first available space she found.
Breathing out noisily, Danni switched off the car, taking the moment to gather her things together before she exited it, locking the car and shouldering her bag as she looked up at the elegant looking building in front of her, over the top of her car. A small bitter smile coming to her face at the sight of it.
It was hard to believe that it had been only six months previously that Danni had arrived here for the first time. She could still remember how impressed she had been with it. Her old precinct in New Jersey had been an old building, in desperate need of some work done on it, it had looked nothing like this place. It had taken her exactly two days to realise that looks could be deceiving. Now instead of being impressed by the place she merely tolerated it, she would go as far as to say that she hated the place.
Danni patted the top of her car absently before she made her way across the car park and up the stairs which led into the building. She pulled open the door and crossed the entrance hall, ignoring the looks she was receiving and instead focusing her attention on the problem at hand. She was more then use to the looks and had learnt within the first week to ignore them all. She hit the lift button, giving a thankful smile when it opened straight away. She let the people out first before she stepped it, quickly hitting the button for the fourth floor before anyone else could join her in there. It had just gone midday which meant that the majority of the Detectives would be out and about, either on a case or on their lunch break
Danni would have time to get a cup of disgusting coffee from the rec room, look over the files and hopefully speak to Meka who she was praying was at his desk, so she could tell him about the latest development and get his input on what to say to the Captain. Hopefully he would want to come in with her, since it was as much his case as her case.
The lift came to a stop and the door slid open, tightening her grip on the strap of her bag, Danni left the lift and walked down the short corridor, turning right and entering the open planned seated area where all the Detective of the Honolulu Police Department were based.
It was more crowded then she had expected it to be for this time. Loud chatter and laughter filled the air, creating a pleasant atmosphere though Danni was more than aware of what an act that was. She watched as they turned to look towards her, eyes moving up and down her before they all moved away as one, shifting so they had their backs towards her making it extremely clear without words that she was not welcomed in the room.
For a moment Danni froze, overcome by a wave of homesickness for New Jersey and her old team there. She had never thought she would miss the job back home so much. It had been difficult, time consuming and at times gruesome. The cases were messier and complicated and nothing like the cases which she had dealt with since she had been in Hawaii. The work was relentless as well, for every case she and her team had solved, there would be at least eight more to take its place but despite all that Danni had loved it. She had, had her own team. A team she had gotten on with like a house on fire. 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 Mikhail had been like a brother to her. The team had done stuff together socially, they had gone for pizza, they had gone bowling, they even occasionally had caught a movie together, normally at Danni's old house due to Grace, and they had certainly gone drinking together. It had felt like a family. Nothing like Hawaii. Even now the eight of them were still in regular contact over the phone and emails. Danni only wished that when she had left New Jersey she had been allowed to bring them all with her.
Danni swallowed hard, lifting her head up as she made her way to her desk, thankful to see that Meka was seated on the desk opposite hers, reading a file with a look that was torn between concentration and boredom.
Danni stopped by her desk, noticing once again that it was the only neat one in the office, how they managed to work on desks covered with dirty mugs and paperwork that was spilled across the surface in a random order was beyond her. If they had, had a desk like that in New Jersey, they would have found themselves in the Captain's office 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. "I need to speak to you about the McGarrett case, something's happened and-"She winced when the familiar large, deep, booming voice of Captain Hookano burst across the room, drowning out the other voices which all fell silent.
"Williams, in my office right now!"
Danni pulled a face at Meka, watching as the other man sat straighter, glancing past her to the Captain's office before he looked back at her.
"Danni girl what happened?" he demanded. Danni shook her head.
"Later ok?" She promised, standing straight and turning from her desk, making her way across the room to the Captain's office, ignoring the smirking faces which were watching her progress, all attempts at pretending to work forgotten.
Danni 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 that or the man had a supply of steroids which he happily used. Sharp black eyes watched her approach with a look that made her want to turn round and walk right out the door. Instead she forced herself to keep moving, walking pass him into his office and coming to a stop in front of his desk, her back straight as she waited for his next move. 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 that satisfaction. So she waited quietly, listening as he pulled down the blinds, blocking the view from the other detectives.
She watched from the corner of her eyes as he moved past her, heading round the desk and sank into the leather seat, his movements surprisingly graceful for a man his size. He sat in silence for a moment, his eyes moving over her face before he sighed, leaning back in his seat and spoke.
"So Detective Williams" he said, tapping his fingers against the arm rest on his chair. "I've just got off the phone with the governor of Hawaii. She was ringing to inform me that she had decided to set up a taskforce to deal with the things that we cannot deal with" Danni frowned, a flare of anger igniting at the Governor's words though she kept silent, waiting to see where the Captain was going with this. "As far as I can see this taskforce sole purpose is to get in the way of us doing our jobs. They outrank us, they can take over any case they choose to and hand pick the cases they want to work on next. We are of course meant to assist this task force to the best of our abilities whether it's by providing them with information or back up if they choose to ring it in. Pretty much if they ask us to jump, we're to ask how high." He finished.
Danni shifted, her frown growing as she wondered why exactly the Captain was telling her this. She wasn't one of the Detective he confided in. If anything they barely spoke other than the Captain giving her a new case. He had given her a brief induction on her first day before delivering her into Meka's capable hand.
"You're probably wondering why exactly I'm telling you about this of all people" The captain continued to say as though he had read her mind. "The reason why Detective Williams is because Governor Jameson informed me that Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett is heading the task force up. The very same Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett, who is the only son of the murder victim whose case you and Hanamoa are trying to solve. So let me ask you this, have you met the Commander?"
"I've met him yes" Danni admitted, her mind bringing up the smug look on McGarrett's face when he had rang the Governor in front of her. At least now she knew what he had been swearing in to do.
"And tell me, when you met the Commander, did he happened to mention anything to you about his brand new task force? Did he perhaps explain his motivations to you? Why he was doing it? Witnesses tend to confide in you Williams, so did you work your magic and get him to confide in you?" The Captain asked in a quiet tone, a tone which was so on contrast to his normal voice that it placed her on edge instantly
"No, not exactly" Danni replied coolly. "We didn't speak for long and he certainly didn't confide anything in me, nor would I expect him to."
"What exactly do you mean by no, not exactly Detective? Perhaps you could expand on that statement for me. He either mentioned it or he didn't" the Captain asked, glancing down at his nails as though her answer to his question was unimportant to him. Danni was good enough at reading body language to know that her answer mattered a great deal to the Captain.
"I mean not exactly" 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 there in the house when I arrived. I told him to leave, he didn't want to leave and some words were exchanged. He called the Governor's office when I was there and they spoke but I didn't know what they were talking about. He hung up and told me that it was now his crime scene and that was when I left" She fell silent when the Captain sat forward in his seat, resting his thick forearms on his desk as he linked his fingers together, his dark gaze never leaving her face.
"So what you're telling me Detective is that the Commander met you and then decided to accept an offer to run a task force because he objected to you telling him to leave an active crime scene and instead he wanted the power to tell you to leave the premises?"
Danni frowned, crossing her arms over her chest.
"I wouldn't know, you would have to speak to the Commander about his motivations to accept the job. He never asked me to leave the house, he told me the crime scene was his and then he left the room. He didn't say anything else." She answered him firmly, briefly wondering why McGarrett hadn't asked her to leave. He had obviously been surprised when he found out she had still been there but he hadn't have been annoyed from what she could tell.
"So this whole situation could very easily be down to you and your inability to be quiet then?" Danni's eyes narrowed.
"No, I don't think that's true Sir and I don't think it's fair either, I-"
"No, no Williams" he interrupted her, holding up his index finger to stop her from continuing. "I wasn't asking you for your opinion on the matter. I was merely telling you what appears to be the fact of the matter. As far as I can see The Commander met you, spoke to you and then rang the governor in front of you and agreed to run a task force for her which he might not have actually agreed to run initially just so he could pull rank on your ass and take your crime scene from you. Clearly once again you have managed to make a great impression Detective Williams."
"Well the Commander didn't exactly make a fantastic impression either Captain" she retorted, losing her temper. She lifted her hands up and began waving them around her, a sure sign that she was angry. "The man entered an active crime scene knowing full well he shouldn't have been anywhere near the scene. As if that wasn't bad enough he then went and tampered with evidence, moving stuff around when he should have known that he shouldn't have touched anything. So yeah we had words but I was only trying to limit the amount of damage which the man was causing because it is my job. McGarrett might be a Navy SEAL but the man has no idea how real police work is done and what is worst is the fact that he doesn't even care. He just thinks he can stroll in, make some demands and take everything over and that everyone will simply fall into line to please him and it's just not gonna happen." Danni stopped, breathing out slowly as she tried to calm herself, ignoring the look of amusement in the Captain's eyes as he watched her. "Look Captain, there has to be a way to get this case back from McGarrett. I was getting somewhere with this case. I know who did it, I just need to find him and then the case is closed."
"You've messed up Detective Williams" Captain Hookano snapped at her, jabbing his finger at her, his voice rising loud enough that Danni was sure everyone outside could hear him.
"With all due respect Captain, I didn't mess up at any stage of this case. You asked me and Meka to find out the bastard who killed John McGarrett and to bring him to justice and that is exactly what the pair of us have been doing. You only need to look at our files and our reports to see how much ground we've made on the case. We know who did it, we know his name, all we need to do is find him." She snapped back, her voice rising with each word. If people weren't listening before they were probably definitely listening now. "I am damn good at what I do and I could find this guy if I only had a few more days, I could have-"
"Could have, should have, would have Danni" he responded, coming to his feet. Danni shot him a startled look at the use of her Christian name. No one in the police department apart from Meka ever called her Danni, they merely called her Haole or Williams or her. "The fact of the matter is that regardless of what work you and Hanamoa might have done or what you both might have found out the case doesn't belong to us anymore, it belongs to Steve McGarrett and whoever else is on his taskforce. Now you can stand there and rant and rave until you're blue in the face, you can stand there and stare at me with big blue eyes and plead for the case as well but this is now out of my hands. You and Hanamoa are off the case Williams. Just deal with it." He said, reaching up and running his hand down his face. "Look take the rest of the day Williams. Do something with it, think about what had happened today and be back at your desk first thing tomorrow. Meka would have finished the work I've given to you, there's at least two new murder cases with you and Hanamoa's names on it. Put the McGarrett case out of your mind."
Danni stared at him, feeling as though h had just slapped her in the face, dismissing her as though she was a little girl. She bit down on her lower lip before she forced herself to open her mouth.
"Whatever you're about to say then save it, I'm not interested in hearing what you have to say. I don't want to see you in this office or building for the rest of the day, I won't repeat my order again to you Detective."
Danni bit down hard on her inner cheek, focusing on the pain, not trusting herself to speak. Instead she gave a curt nod, turning and opening the door. She stepped out, closing it behind her and looked around her automatically, taking in all the amused smug faces staring at her making it clear that they had heard the Captain yelling at her. Her gaze landing on her desk, meeting the familiar pair of hazel eyes belonging to Steve McGarrett. Her eyes narrowed as she saw him sitting on her desk. Danni moved swiftly across the room towards him. "What are you doing here?" She demanded, "Get your ass off my desk!"
McGarrett held his hands up in a peaceful gesture before he pushed himself off her desk, Danni took her seat, brushing the stray strands of hair away from her face before she looked up at Steve.
"Can I help you Lieutenant Commander?" she asked. She watched as he rested the palm of his hand against her desk and leaned down towards her.
"Yes you can Detective, You told me to come down here and speak to Captain Hookano if I wanted your files on my father's murder so that's what I'm here to do. Perhaps you could point him out to me so I can get on?"
Danni stared at him for a moment hearing the sound of disbelief that left Meka's mouth. She spared her partner a quick glance before she looked past him, watching as the Captain left his office, looking around and heading over to their area.
"Looks like you're in luck. Here he comes now" She answered. Steve tilted his head before he pushed off against the desk, twisting to face the Captain just as he arrived. His gaze flickering to Danni and to Meka before he focused on McGarrett.
"You must be Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett" The captain stated, holding out his hand to McGarrett. "The Governor informed me that you would be coming down to see me today over something." Danni watched as Steve took the proffered hand, shaking it before he dropped it, his eyes flickering towards Danni before he met the Captain's eyes.
"I am" he responded, his voice emotionless.
"I'm sorry if Detective Williams caused you any problems earlier on. She is still fairly new here and to the island and she doesn't quite understand that things here are done differently than on the mainland. Rest assured though that I have spoken to her about it" he stated, Danni bit down hard on her cheek, averting her gaze so she was focused on Meka, taking in his sympathetic expression and trying to take comfort from it.
"There was no need for that" McGarrett commented. "The Detective was only doing her job" he stated. "I do however need all her files for the case."
"Of course" The Captain responded, turning to look at her. "Hand the files over to the Commander, Williams on your way out of the building. Go and enjoy the rest of your day, perhaps work on your suntan, you're looking pale."
Danni felt her face flush, fighting the urge to tell the Captain to go and fuck himself but she resisted. She needed this job for Grace. She couldn't risk getting fired.
"Now Detective" the captain remarked coldly. "Don't keep the Commander waiting"
"Would someone care to tell me what the hell is going on?" Meka demanded, climbing to his feet. "Why are we handing over the files for our case to the victim's son?"
"The Commander is in charge of the newly formed Governor's taskforce. His first move was to take his father's murder case for his own" the Captain said, a tone to his voice telling Meka not to question it further.
"So he just comes in and takes the case we're working on? The case that we've busted our guts over?" Meka stated sounding angry. He turned to Danni as she got to her feet, resting her bag on the table. "Danni, you can't be okay with this? You put more work into this than anyone, you were the one who found all the leads, who found the evidence to back our case up and now you're just handing it over?"
"She doesn't have any choice and neither do you" The Captain answered firmly. "Pass the files over, I won't tell either of you again."
Danni reached into her bag and pulled out the files before she unlocked her desk drawer and took out the remaining ones in there. She took the two that Meka passed to her before she handed them to McGarrett. He took them from her, a look in his eyes she couldn't read.
"That's all of them" she said to him "Everything in there should help you nail Hesse to the wall when you and your team find him. I hope you find him soon and make him pay for what he did." She stated, forcing a polite smile on her face as she turned and nodded at the Captain. "Sir" she said before she glanced at Meka, her smile turning genuine. "I'll call you later" she told him, waiting until he nodded before she shouldered her bag and turned, walking towards the exit, ignoring the comments and looks she was receiving. She could barely hear over the roaring in her ears but she knew already that whatever they were saying it wouldn't be good.
Danni hit the lift button and stepped in, hitting the ground floor button with only one thought in her head.
She never wanted to see Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett again.
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