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27 April 2012 @ 10:59 pm
[hawaii five 0] Today's Lesson, Steve/Danny, 15+  
Title: Today's Lesson
Pairing: Steve/Danny [Hawaii Five 0]
Rating: PG15
Word Count: 3,200
Prompt: by misspuddle for the Spring Fling Challenge. Grace has a crush on Steve. In his attempts to make sure his baby girl doesn't get her heart broken by her first crush, Danno realises that that he has a crush on Steve too. How will Gracie deal with her Danno going out with Steve, the object of her crush?
AN: This is late, due to a crazy amount of crazy in my life, but I wanted to post it anyway.

When he shows Rachel the pie charts, she titters. It’s so condescending, so British, and that just makes Danny angrier.

“What is so funny about our daughter having a crush on a suicidal maniac?”

“Oh, please, Daniel,” she rolls her eyes, dismissing the evidence and heading back to the teapot. “It’s Steve. Blind, deaf dogs have crushes on Steve.”

“That’s not the point! We’re talking about Grace here.”

“Exactly. You’re not concerned that she has a crush on Steve, you’re concerned that she’s beginning to notice boys.”

“Boys I can deal with,” Danny huffs, falling into a chair. “Boys I can corner in a playground and threaten with juvie. We’re talking about a thirty-four year old man who’s practically family. She calls him Uncle for fucks sake!”

“Watch your mouth.” Rachel abandons the pot and turns to Danny, her face terse and her arms folded. “This is a man that has saved your life, and vice versa. A man that you deserted us for when he - ”


Rachel holds a hand up to quiet him. “He is your very best friend, and you are hers, so don’t sit there and pretend like you don’t understand this.”

Danny’s silent, his mouth half open, trying to take that in. Rachel just titters again, steps over and kisses Danny on top of the head.

“She loves him, yes, but she’s ten. She’s getting her feelings confused.”


Rachel had warned him.

Grace was a few days old and tucked between them both on the bed and Rachel had said, “You’re going to be a better father than your poor baby girl can handle.”

Danny was too busy, too fixated on the sight of Grace’s hand wrapped around his finger, and he just smiled. She said,

“Danny Williams, meet your whole world,” and Danny just smiled a little bigger.


Danny doesn’t talk to Grace about it. In part because he can’t betray her trust; but mostly because he’s a big, fat coward. When Steve invites them for dinner, Danny says, yes, sure, sounds great, and doesn’t say, could you stop being yourself for a while so my daughter won’t idolise you any more, terrific, thanks.

Steve cooks on the barbecue and Grace tells him jokes and everything is normal. They play charades on the lanai and when Danny tries to act out The Little Mermaid, Grace laughs so hard she falls off her chair.

“What a star,” Steve says to Danny, as he puts a blanket over Grace, asleep on the sofa.

Danny’s watching from the kitchen sink, seeing the way Steve is with her, protective and loving, like she could be his own. He’s seen it before, but he’s seeing it in a new way now, the way Grace must see it too. “Uh, yeah,” Danny coughs, pulling his gaze away. “I taught her everything she knows.”

“Lucky she’s got Rachel then, hey?”

With a few quick spins of the tea towel, Danny snaps it at Steve, and again, until Steve locks an arm behind Danny’s back, presses him to the wall and says, “Tap out, Danny,” and Danny laughs, and pats his hand against Steve’s thigh.


Danny takes Grace to the Aquarium – despite his enduring fear of aquatic animals – and afterwards they sit at a diner and have milkshakes and burgers and try to remember all the things they’d seen.

“Steve should have come with us,” Grace says, “He would have liked it.”

“Steve? Yeah, I guess. But, you know, Steve’s not fun all the time.”

“Sure, Danno,” she says, rolling her eyes and focussing her attention on her straw.

“It’s true. I went to a movie with him once and he just talked the whole time, and kept getting in everyone’s way, and - ”

“A movie? You shouldn’t take Steve to a movie, daddy, he needs to be outside. We should take him on a picnic.”

“A … picnic, right,” Danny says, trying to imagine Steve holding a basket and failing. “He’d probably just eat all the food, burp really loud, and then leave early because the Governor sent a distress signal in the sky, oddly resembling something shaped like a Bat.”

Grace is looking at Danny with her, what is wrong with you, expression that she usually reserves for her infant brother. “You mean you’d both have to leave early. Steve couldn’t go anywhere without you.”

“Well …”

“Anyway, last time Steve told me that he’d take us hiking if we wanted and I really want to so can we Danno, please, please, please?”

Danny imagines the dull ache in his forehead is similar to the pain he would feel banging it against a brick wall.


Danny finds Kono hunched over the computer table, playing solitaire and sipping on her latte. She just smirks at Danny when she sees him, says, “Howzit,” with a click of her mouse.

“What, Chin’s not here?

“He’s grabbing lunch,” she admits, laughing,” If you don’t tell him about this I won’t tell him about the malas - ”

“Deal,” Danny says, before she can finish. “Actually, I came in here because I’m in search of some … womanly advice.”

Kono veils her expression, resting against the table and tipping her drink to him. “I’ll bite.”

“It’s about Grace,” Danny says. “I’ve recently discovered that she has a crush on someone who is a lot, a lot older than her and I wondered - ”

“You mean Steve?”

“How did you - ”

“It’s always Steve,” she tells him, a shrug here, a wave of her hand there. “Relax, Danny. Steve is like, the boy you pin up on your wall. Bold, beautiful, untouchable, the things a real boy can never be. Then you realise he is real, and the fantasy dies, and you move on to something shiny and new.”

Danny can’t begin to fathom how many things are wrong with that. “That sounds fun for Steve.”

Kono tilts her head to one side and laughs at him. Danny decides he’ll tell Chin.


When Grace sees the petroglyphs, she hovers over them for so long Danny starts to get bored. He remembers, disappointed, that she hadn’t been this excited about the Hula Barbie he’d gotten her for her birthday.

“Here,” Steve throws her up on to his shoulders, like it’s nothing, pointing at some pictures higher up. “See there?”

Danny shoots a hand out to land on Steve’s back, nails dug in, and maybe he’s thinking about last time, about bodies and Steve and falling, because Steve puts a hand on his shoulder.

“I’ve got her,” he says, abusing Danny with that stupid grin. “Trust me.”

Grace is smiling too, and she says, “Did you see the petroglyphs, Danno? See there?”

“Oh, yeah, with the turtle?”

Danny doesn’t realise when he let’s them both go.


Grace’s school is doing a production of Where The Wild Things Are, and through some twisted sense of logic, Grace insists that Steve’s the best person to help her.

“It’s called method acting, Danno,” Steve teases, as they rearrange the furniture in the living room. “She needs to get inside the head of a man who’s been there, out at sea, facing a world unknown.”

“She’s playing a tree, Steve, I’m pretty sure the trees aren’t responsible for making this performance authentic.”

Steve throws a pillow at Danny’s head, laughing at how his hair falls out of place. “You’re only as good as your - ”

“Jesus, if you even think about pulling the rest of that proverb out of your ass I swear I will - ”

“How do I look?”

Grace is wearing an all-brown jogging suit, with green streamers in her hair and around her wrists. Her smile is so bright she might as well be wearing a million dollar dress.

“I’ve never seen a more authentic looking tree,” Steve tells her, deadpan, and Danny throws the pillow back at him.

“You’re going to blow them away,” Danny tells Grace, picking her up and spinning her around, while Steve watches and waits.


They get caught up in a case for the better part of a week, a grizzly string of murders that keep them up at night, caffeinated and sick. When it’s through, Steve pulls Danny away from the paperwork and high tails it to Rachel’s to pick up Grace.

Danny can’t be sure if she’s more excited to see him or Steve, but it’s been a long, unforgiving week and he just doesn’t care.

“Thanks, man,” Danny says, clapping Steve on the shoulder as they pull into Danny’s driveway.

“Go have fun with your daughter, D.”

“You’re not coming inside?” Grace says from the backseat, and Danny doesn’t have to turn around to know that she’s pouting. Steve just looks at Danny, a loaded look, and Danny hears himself say,

“You can if you want,” without really thinking. It’s funny how much he’s been thinking about Steve, and how much he hasn’t had to think twice about Steve. How Steve is always there.

“I’ll see you next time, Gracie,” Steve says, and he’s still smiling, all the way to his eyes, and they wave goodbye to him from the front door.


Steve takes the team, Kamekona and Max out for dinner, Danny bringing Grace along and telling her to order the most expensive thing on the menu.

“It’s probably something like quail, Danny,” Steve says, but he’s grinning, his hand gentle against the base of Danny’s neck. “Why don’t you let her order a pizza and I’ll shout you a few beers.”

“You’re nothing if not frugal, McGarrett.”

This time Steve laughs. “I know that’s really your way of saying I’m cheap, Danno, bite me.”

Steve is in a stupidly good mood and Danny can feel it tugging at him, too. They share a massive platter of seafood, fill up on drinks, and make enough noise to disturb the other tables, forcing the waitress over.

“I’m sorry,” she says to the group, but she’s mostly looking at Steve, “It’s just that we’ve had a few complaints about the volume.”

While the others murmur their empty apologies, Danny watches Steve smile at her and motion her over. Danny’s seen him flirt with plenty of women before, especially when he wants something from them, but this time, it feels different. He glances at Grace, who is listening to her iPod and drawing, completely oblivious.

“What’s your name sweetheart?” Steve asks, and she blushes so red even Danny feels hot. They banter for almost ten minutes until Danny throws his scrunched up napkin on the table and grabs Steve by the collar.

“I need you for a minute,” he says through gritted teeth, pushing Steve out through the back door of the restaurant, ignoring his protests.

“What is your problem?” Danny demands, while Steve looks at him, bewildered. Danny gets the feeling that it’s not the booze that’s the problem. He just can’t see it. “You’re all over that woman like you haven’t been laid since high school.”

“Danny, what - ”

“Grace is in there, my daughter is in there, and she can see you, you know.”

“It’s not like I bent the waitress over the table, Danno, Christ,”

Danny’s not clear on whether he wants to punch Steve or himself, but he pushes on anyway. “I … Grace has a crush on you, okay? I wasn’t going to tell you because I know it will go away, but she does, she has for a while, and I think that seeing you flirting with that woman would just - ”

Steve cuts Danny’s tirade short, pulling him forward and crashing his mouth against Danny’s in a kiss. It’s dry and rough and Danny feels Steve let out a sigh, feels him settle, the way he does when he gets home from a long day at work.

Danny doesn’t kiss back, doesn’t know what he wants, and doesn’t look when he pushes Steve off with two hands.

“What was that?” he asks slowly, and when he turns back he sees that Steve has kept his distance, hanging his head.

“I thought you wanted – I thought you were just using Grace as a - ”

This time, Danny gets angry. “I wouldn’t use my daughter for anything, McGarrett!”

“I know that, that’s not what I meant, I - ”

“I have to go,” Danny tells him, ignoring the way Steve tries to reach for him, and heading inside to his daughter.


The next day, Danny sits with Grace at the breakfast table and says,

“I know you like Steve, monkey, you can tell me.”

Grace flickers twenty shades of red before hiding behind a box of Captain Crunch. Danny hears her mumble, “I don’t want to,” and it makes him smile.

“You don’t have to. I just …” Danny tries to remember how this played out in his head the night before. He was up late and well into the morning, missing out on sleep so he could figure out his first Father-Daughter chat that didn’t involve cheap jokes about squinty eyed boys.

“I like Steve a lot, too,” he admitted, squirming in his seat. “I mean, I’m starting to get older now, and I’ve had a lot of friends over the years but … Steve’s different. Steve’s special.”

Grace edges the cereal box to one side, just a little, and says, “Really?”

“Of course. There’s so much about him that drives me crazy and if he was your age he’d be the last boy I’d ever want as a son-in-law, but … but he’s always there for me, and he’s definitely always there for you, and that’s special, that doesn’t happen very often.”

When the cereal box is completely gone, Grace is grinning. Danny gets up and sits closer to her, an arm around her shoulders. “You love him a lot, babe, you might love him so much that you don’t know what it means, but I think I can tell you.”


“It means you don’t ever want him to go away. It’s the same way you love your mom and me, and the same way we love you. And it’s okay, because Steve loves you just as much, and he would never leave you.”

Grace throws her arms around Danny’s waist and hugs him and it’s quiet when she says, “I think he would never leave you, too, Danno.”


Danny doesn’t ignore Steve. He aggressively avoids Steve. Chin details the cases and Kono drives the Camaro and Danny’s cell sends Steve’s late night calls to voicemail. Danny keeps their conversations strictly to facts, figures and table manners and nothing and no-one is compromised.

“Grace’s play is on Saturday.”

Chin’s framed in the doorway of Danny’s office, holding papers he asked for and a judgemental look that he definitely didn’t want.

“I know that.”

“Steve’s going.”

“I know that, too.”

Chin nears the desk, holding the folder at arm’s length. “What else do you know, Danny?”

Danny throws his pen down, throws his head back and throws an arm over his face to shield the glare. “When I work it out, I’ll tell you.”

He hears Chin say, “Tell Steve first,” before closing the door behind him.


Rachel had warned him.

Grace was ten years and a few days old and playing Twister in the living room with Steve and Max. Danny watched from the next room, smiling to himself, and Rachel said in his ear,

“There’s something different about him, he’s not like any other friend you’ve ever had.”

Danny just laughed as he watched Grace try to kick Steve’s leg out from under him, kept watching as she jumped onto his back and they started to wrestle.

“I think your world’s about to change,” Rachel had said, but Danny hadn’t really been listening.


You’ve called Detective Daniel Williams, Five-0. Please leave a message and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

‘Danny, I’m sorry. I’m really sorry, okay?’

‘Danny, you need to stop doing this.’

‘Danny, enough. I get that you’re angry, it was stupid to think you would force your feelings on Grace, I was stupid.’

‘Danny, I’m sorry.’

‘Fuck you, I’m not sorry. I’m not sorry for wanting you, for wanting to be yours, and Grace’s, for wanting to be in your lives forever. I’m not sorry. I hate you for making me feel like I should be.’

‘ … Danny.’


At the school, Rachel sits in the chair between them and, to her credit, does a pretty good job of acting like nothing is going on. Grace waves frantically at them, losing her leaves, and Danny feels something ache deep in his chest when he hears Steve suppress a laugh.

“I’ll distract Grace for a minute,” Rachel says to Danny when the applause has died down. “You and Steve can wait outside.”

Danny doesn’t bother asking Steve to join him; he knows that Steve will follow eventually.

“You know what’s weird?” Danny says, not turning to look at Steve, not checking to make sure the car park is still deserted. “I haven’t talked to you all week and we still managed to catch the bad guy. I mean, does that seem weird to you too?”

Steve has his arms folded. He’s wearing a grey knitted sweater, which is different, and a sad kind of look that’s become too familiar. “I don’t know what you want me to say. Danno.”

“It doesn’t matter what you say, it’s true. I see you, talk to you, listen to you,”

“Since when - ”

“Touch you. You are in my life all the time but not because we’re partners, and not because of Five-0, because … because you’re the second most important person in my life and that … that scares the shit out of me, Steve.”


This time, when Steve comes in to kiss Danny, he’s slow and soft and asking. His hands snake around Danny’s waist, one settling high on his ass, coaxing Danny forward. Danny opens his mouth for Steve, welcomes the heat of his tongue and bite of his teeth, welcomes a feeling, a possibility that he had hidden from himself for so long.

“Grace,” he says when they break apart. “I don’t know what this means, for Grace, and for … I don’t know what to do about that.”

“You don’t have to tell her straight away. This can just be about you, and me, and how you feel about …” Steve’s breath is warm against the parting of Danny’s lips, his cheeks are red. “When we figured it out, we can tell Grace.”

Danny kisses Steve this time, kisses on, and the only thing that can tear him away is Grace waiting for them both back inside.


On the beach, by the shore, the picnic basket is half empty and Steve is throwing the Frisbee for the dog. Grace is burying Danny’s feet in the sand while he finishes his juice, and it’s getting late, and cold, and they should probably go inside, soon.

“Hey, Danno?” Grace says, and she’s shy and she’s smiling. “I know you like Steve, you can tell me.”

Invalid Username: [Hawaii] Steve/Danny | close-uptailoredshirt on April 27th, 2012 01:52 pm (UTC)
This was really cute. I loved that kiss at the end, and Steve's voice mail messages. ♥
Oh, so that's puce.mijmeraar on May 21st, 2012 07:13 am (UTC)
thanks so much :)
From a little spark may burst a mighty flamedante_s_hell on April 27th, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
I felt so bad for Steve, but then it all worked out. Really loved the voice messages.</p>

Adorable Grace.

Sweet story.

Oh, so that's puce.mijmeraar on May 21st, 2012 07:14 am (UTC)
I really love the whole steve-knows-what-he-wants-but-danny-has-to-think-it-over trope, I'm glad it worked here, thank you :)
Kathy: Grace Danno housekitmerlot1213 on April 27th, 2012 02:10 pm (UTC)
This was adorable!

There was so much to love about this fic: Rachel's realizing that Grace's crush was more about loving having Steve around, that Danny was just as in love with Steve as Steve was with him and that he was too afraid to act on it, and that Grace knew about her Danno and Steve all along.

Lovely work in this fic :)
Oh, so that's puce.: happy Ronmijmeraar on May 21st, 2012 07:15 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed it thank you!
Lizet Elaine: Hawaii Five 0::Grace&Steve::Monkey&Supersimplyn2deep on April 27th, 2012 02:12 pm (UTC)
Rachel's line at the beginning was hilarious

I was beginning to feel really sad for Danny. Not wanting to hurt Grace.

cute story
Oh, so that's puce.: fraser pilotmijmeraar on May 21st, 2012 07:15 am (UTC)
thanks very much :)
landrewslandrews on April 27th, 2012 03:00 pm (UTC)
Awesome spring fling fic! I have to catch up on the other ones :-) I LOVE your Rachel and the emotional progression in this is wonderful :-)
Oh, so that's puce.mijmeraar on May 21st, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
I have to catch up on them too! It's taken me this long to catch up on comments though, so who knows when that will be, haha. Thanks so much for reading and commenting :)
Nervous, Messed-Up Marionette: danny steve leansuperbadgirl on April 27th, 2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
Aw, this was lovely. I love the slow progression of Danny figuring out his feelings, the misunderstanding, the sweet, sweet ending.
Oh, so that's puce.: fraser pilotmijmeraar on May 21st, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad, thank you :)
Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.: Random P&Z Heartsberryblue_girl on April 27th, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
Omg, that was so cute! I loved how the tables turned in the end, and Grace was the one saying to Danny it was okay to like Steve. So so adorable, I love it! Great job!

Peace, Love and Happiness to You...Sarah
Oh, so that's puce.: kayleemijmeraar on May 21st, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
I'm happy I could do the prompt justice, thanks so much!
antivolantivol on April 27th, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
That was fantastic! ,It made me laugh in several places (Grace as a tree, and Steve's last message on Danny's phone, for exemple), I had a big smile plastered on my face for most of the read - except when Danny's avoiding Steve and I was anxiously waiting for him to see the light. Very funny, cute, and in character. Thanks a lot for sharing this!
Oh, so that's puce.: happy Ronmijmeraar on May 21st, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
aw, I love hearing I make people smile. they make me smile too :D thank you!
The Black Sluggard: Dannoblack_sluggard on April 27th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
So awesome. I love puppylove love triangles. Grace's part in this was adorable. XD
Oh, so that's puce.mijmeraar on May 21st, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
thanks so much for reading :)
Diana Moondizilla on April 27th, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
Awww! I love it! It's so sweet and perfect and just them. Nicely done!
Oh, so that's puce.: the other sidemijmeraar on May 21st, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
thanks so much!
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Oh, so that's puce.mijmeraar on May 21st, 2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
oh yay, I'm so glad you liked it. Sorry it's taken this long to reply to your comment, I really do appreciate it and I'm glad I could do your prompt some justice! Thanks so much for reading, and for putting a little bunny in my head so that I could write again, I really enjoyed doing it! <3
D.J.: H50 McDanno Screencap TV Guide Sneak Peadjin7 on April 27th, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
Some very sweet and rich scenes in this, and for those of us who don't have kids, a very cool look into the psyche of a parent whose world revolves around theirs. Lovely, and the slow building crush on Steve is awesome! ♥
Oh, so that's puce.mijmeraar on May 21st, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
hehe, I work with kids, and it's amazing how much you want to protect them from everything, even when they're not yours. I'm really glad I could convey this feeling for you, thanks so much for reading and commenting!
4thoffive4thoffive on April 27th, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
That was just lovely! Thank you for writing it.
Oh, so that's puce.: fraser pilotmijmeraar on May 21st, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
thank you for reading it!
finduilas_clln on April 27th, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness, this is such a perfect fic! I am such a fan of your fics!
Oh, so that's puce.mijmeraar on May 21st, 2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
thank you so much, that means a lot to me :D
space: H50-Danno & Monkeyiam_space on April 28th, 2012 12:32 am (UTC)
Loved this - loved Rachel's wisdom and Grace's innocence; Danny's slow realization, Steve's voicemails and persistence. Beautiful fic.
Oh, so that's puce.mijmeraar on May 26th, 2012 11:13 am (UTC)
thank you so much :)