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22 December 2011 @ 01:44 am
a day like any other  
Title: a day like any other
Author: somehowunbroken
Fandom: H50
Characters: Steve/Danny
Word Count: 1,282
Rating: PG
Notes: Written for thegrrrl2002 for h50_holidayswap 2011. I tried to fit in as many prompts as I could, and somehow it became... this. I hope you like it!
Summary: It’s a Tuesday when it happens.


It’s a Tuesday when it happens.

The thing is, Danny thinks as he stands half-frozen in the bathroom, toothbrush dangling from his mouth, the thing is that it’s the utter normality of the moment that really makes Danny think. It’s a Tuesday, Steve has already been for his swim, and Danny’s brushing his teeth with a toothbrush that gets more use than the one at his apartment; Steve presses a kiss to the back of Danny’s neck as he walks from the shower back into the bedroom, like he does almost every morning. It’s the same as any other day, and it suddenly hits Danny, this is my life.

He very calmly puts the toothbrush down, rinses out his mouth, and walks back into the bedroom. Steve is pulling on his usual work attire, and he’s tossed boxers and socks onto the bed for Danny. It’s just another little thing, really, but it’s adding up on top of all of the other little things, and it occurs to Danny that he can’t remember the last time that he picked out his own boxers and socks for the day.

It was probably the last time he spent the night at his own apartment, and he suddenly realizes that it’s been a while since that happened, too.

“Danny?” Steve is frowning at him when Danny glances up. “Is everything okay?”

Danny smiles and grabs the boxers on the bed. “Everything is fine, babe.”

-0-

“You’re happy,” Kono notes when there’s a lull in the morning’s activity. “What’s up?”

Danny glares almost on autopilot. “What, I’m not allowed to be happy? I’m a happy guy, I’ll have you know.”

A year ago, Kono might have shrugged and let it go. Now, she grins and elbows him in the side, and it returns Danny’s smile to his face. He’s trying to remember every day to be grateful that Five-0 has her back.

Kono grins back at him. “You gonna spill, or am I going to have to ask Grace?”

“That’s low,” Danny protests, but Kono’s laughing and Danny isn’t trying to hide his smile. “I’m just happy in general, and I’ve been thinking about it a little bit of late.”

“Deep,” Kono says, but there’s only affection in her tone. “I like you happy, Danny. You’re less fun when you’re grouchy, so whatever you’re doing, keep it up, okay?”

“Ha, ha,” Danny grumbles, trying for a mock frown and failing miserably, if the smirk Kono tosses at him is any indication. “Seriously, we have work to do, right? We can do work things instead of talking about how I’m feeling about things?”

“We’re talking about Danny’s feelings?” Lori asks as she walks by, way too interested for it to mean anything good for Danny. “Anything I need to know here?”

“He’s happy,” Kono replies before Danny can tell her no, thanks, nothing to see here. “I’m trying to figure out why he’s so happy out of nowhere, but he’s being pretty resistant to my techniques.”

“I taught you your techniques,” Steve says as he opens his office door, and seriously, when did the bullpen become some sort of meeting hall? Steve grins in Kono’s direction. “Remember the basic rule, Kono: if at first it doesn’t break-”

“Apply more force,” Kono finishes cheerily.

“You two are psychotic,” Danny mutters, shooting a glare at Steve. When he turns it on Kono, though, she’s looking at him speculatively. Her eyes dart to Steve, who is now explaining something to Lori that’s involving a lot of hand gestures that Danny recognizes from his own repertoire, before resting back on Danny.

“Oh,” she says softly, her face softening into a smile. “Well, good for you guys, then.”

Danny shifts and looks down at the computer table, but there’s a smile on his face, too.

-0-

“Kono tells me that you and McGarrett are doing well,” Chin says right as Danny bites into his sandwich. He inhales, coughs, and glares at Chin, who somehow manages to look totally innocent.

“Kono is a busybody and you shouldn’t listen to her,” Danny says after a minute spent regaining his breath. “Really, office gossip? Isn’t that some sort of harassment?”

“So you’re not doing well?” Chin’s face melts into a frown and he leans forward. “If there’s anything I can do, Danny, just let me know.”

“Oh, screw you,” Danny says irritably, and Chin cracks a grin. “Yes, we’re fine, all is well in the land of us, are you happy? Can I eat my sandwich in peace?”

Chin gestures to the sandwich and nods. “By all means.”

Danny has just taken another bite when Chin asks, “So the sex is still good?”

Danny nearly chokes on his sandwich, but Chin is too busy laughing to offer any sort of help.

-0-

“I have no idea what is in the water here,” Danny announces when he and Steve are halfway home.

Steve tosses him a look. “Hydrogen and oxygen,” he starts, “and they fluoridate here, so there’s some of that-”

“Yes, you’re hilarious, that’s exactly what I meant.” Danny huffs out a breath. “What’s with the team being so interested in my love life? Our love life,” he stresses. “Our sleeping-with-each-other life, whatever we’re calling it. Us.”

Steve has the sort of deer in the headlights look that Danny has come to expect when the topic of feelings of any sort comes up. He sighs and reaches over to pat Steve’s thigh. “Feel free to ignore the hell out of that. I don’t really have the energy to drag emotions out of you right now.”

“It’s not untrue,” Steve says, now staring straight ahead, hands fixed firmly at ten and two. It’s this more than anything else that tells Danny that they’re headed into feelings territory anyway. “I mean. Us.”

“Clearly,” Danny says, trying to parse what Steve isn’t saying. “You, me, us, that’s not in dispute. In fact, Chin and Kono seem to think we’re about to register at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.”

“I mean,” Steve says, gripping the wheel hard enough to make Danny fear for it. Danny tries to backtrack through what he’d said, what Steve had picked up on, before Steve says something completely off-base. “I do. Care about you.”

Danny’s shocked into silence for a moment, long enough for Steve to steal a quick glance over at him. “Steve,” he finally says. He reaches over to rest his hand on Steve’s thigh, and Steve uncurls one hand from the steering wheel and rests it on top of Danny’s. “I wasn’t fishing, babe. They both brought it up today, that’s all.”

“Yeah,” Steve says noncommittally. “Look, I know it hasn’t been that long-”

“Four months, Steve, that’s long enough,” Danny cuts in.

“-so, whatever, I just thought you should know,” Steve finishes, and he’s gripping Danny’s fingers now, holding on tight like he’s afraid Danny is going to pull away and start running.

Danny blinks. “I care about you, too,” he says carefully as Steve pulls into the driveway. He waits until Steve turns the car off to tug his hand back. Steve lets go like Danny’s hand is on fire, but Danny catches it and rubs the back of Steve’s hand with his thumb. “I hope you never doubt that, babe, no matter what. You mean a lot to me, and-”

“Yeah,” Steve interrupts, and then he’s leaning over the console and pressing his lips to Danny’s, kissing him slow and sweet, and when he pulls back, they’re both smiling.

Danny reaches his free hand up to trace along the side of Steve’s jaw. “Yeah,” he repeats, and this is his life, and right now, everything is damn near perfect.
 
 
 
Azziria: h5-0azziria on December 22nd, 2011 07:20 am (UTC)
Ah, schmoop, but manly schmoop. I love it :)
Ki: 5-0 Steve/Danny waistsomehowunbroken on December 22nd, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much :)
Merrov: Steve saw thatpadfootthegrim on December 22nd, 2011 07:36 am (UTC)
OH BOYS. *squishes them and pulls out the glitter pen*
♥ ♥ ♥
Ki: 5-0 Steve/Danny car bkgsomehowunbroken on December 22nd, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
yooooou are supposed to be sleeping!

Thanks though :D
The Huntress: SteveDannyHug1huntress69 on December 22nd, 2011 08:22 am (UTC)
Aww mush! I feel all warm inside now.
Ki: 5-0 Steve/Danny fondsomehowunbroken on December 22nd, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
Hee, thanks :)
bandbfan on December 22nd, 2011 08:48 am (UTC)
Really lovely in its simplicity, well done!
Ki: 5-0 Steve in bedsomehowunbroken on December 22nd, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
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Ki: 5-0 Steve/Danny grabsomehowunbroken on December 22nd, 2011 03:16 pm (UTC)
He is rather cute, isn't he? Thanks! :)
crzymm3crzymm3 on December 22nd, 2011 11:01 am (UTC)
Yeah feelings talk!! It's always funny, and lovely and squishy and perfect.
Ki: 5-0 Steve dark look downsomehowunbroken on December 22nd, 2011 03:16 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
Kathy: McDanno friendshipkitmerlot1213 on December 22nd, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC)
This was adorable!

I liked how invested Kono, Chin and Lori are in Steve and Danny's happiness which shows how much they all care for each other.

Wonderful work on this :)
Ki: 5-0 Steve/Danny staresomehowunbroken on December 22nd, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I figured the team would be interested in them being happy... but wouldn't miss the opportunity to have a little fun at their expense :D
I'm an Honorary Canadian. I have proof!: Dannocamshaft22 on December 22nd, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
D'awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

*Squees*

I love how in love they are
Ki: 5-0 Steve shadow facesomehowunbroken on December 22nd, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, they love each other, that's fur sure... even if they're too ridiculous to say it. :D Thanks dear!
ciaimpala: mcdannociaimpala on December 22nd, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
I love this! It's so them and so perfect!
Ki: 5-0 Steve/Danny glance S arms crossedsomehowunbroken on December 22nd, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks dear :)
law_of_tartslaw_of_tarts on December 22nd, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
Nice job on nailing everyone's character. I love little scenes of domesticity. The kiss on the back of the neck...sigh.
Ki: 5-0 Steve/Danny beach beerssomehowunbroken on December 22nd, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
From a little spark may burst a mighty flamedante_s_hell on December 22nd, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
This was a lovely story. It's great to see Danny happy. And I loved how Steve tried to communicate, but had a hard time with it. Good for Danny for not needing a map anyway. Those boys are perfect for each other.

Ki: 5-0 Danny tac vestsomehowunbroken on December 22nd, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
They really are :) Thanks!
Vera S.: H50 Steve/Danny togetherverasteine on December 22nd, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, boys. I do love the way Kono figures it out :).
Ki: 5-0 Steve/Danny suits promo picsomehowunbroken on December 22nd, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
Kono's smart like that :) Thanks!
finduilas_clln on December 22nd, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
So so so SO BEAUTIFUL.
Ki: 5-0 Steve/Danny glance D closesomehowunbroken on December 22nd, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks dear :)
Jillgunslingaaahhh on December 23rd, 2011 12:27 am (UTC)
OMG SO EMOTIONALLY STUNTED
Ki: 5-0 Steve/Danny guns drawnsomehowunbroken on December 23rd, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
AND UNINTENTIONALLY ADORABLE.
(no subject) - gunslingaaahhh on December 23rd, 2011 02:42 am (UTC) (Expand)
NavyVet90: LMAO - Steve McGarrettnavyvet90 on December 23rd, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)
OMG ... This fic ...
So warm, so wonderful, so ... cuddly!
Ki: 5-0 Danny heartsomehowunbroken on December 23rd, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
Thanks :)
NavyVet90: Hawaii 5 - OMG!navyvet90 on December 23rd, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)
Eeek! This was supposed to be the icon that went with the above comment. My aim must have been off when I clicked the mouse. LOL!
cortexikid on December 23rd, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)
Just what I needed to brighten my day :) awww boys!! *smushes*
Ki: 5-0 Danny against fencesomehowunbroken on December 23rd, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
Glad I could help brighten your day! :)
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Ki: 5-0 Steve/Danny glance S arms crossedsomehowunbroken on December 23rd, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
Hee, glad you liked it! :)
TB: mcg/d love-babycinteddibear on December 23rd, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
Awww just awww these two. So adorable. Love Kono and Chin. Too funny. Oh men, so afraid of their FEELINGs. But I love that they just get it out in the end and they're content and happy. Nicely done.
Ki: 5-0 Steve/Danny boatsomehowunbroken on December 24th, 2011 05:52 am (UTC)
Thanks so much :D
gothikmaus: H50 - Steve/Dannogothikmaus on December 23rd, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
Aw, Steve and all his feelings. <3
Ki: 5-0 Steve/Danny waistsomehowunbroken on December 24th, 2011 05:51 am (UTC)
He has so many :D
theeverdreamtheeverdream on December 23rd, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
Eeeeeeee! The dialogue!! And my absolute favorite part is CHIN. So so awesome :D:D:D
Ki: 5-0 Steve/Danny glance D closesomehowunbroken on December 24th, 2011 05:50 am (UTC)
Heee :D Thanks!
Archet: Hawaii Five-0 Jersey boyarchet on December 24th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)

Really enjoyed this, it felt so comfortable and warm, from their easy morning routine (kiss on the neck, laying out of socks and boxers) to the team's interest in Danny's happiness, to Steve's determination to talk about (egads!) feelings. Such a lovely look into their lives, so happy and warm. Thanks for sharing. ;)
Ki: 5-0 Steve equipmentsomehowunbroken on December 24th, 2011 05:54 am (UTC)
Thanks so much :) I'm glad you enjoyed it!
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelf: H50 - Steve/Dannyembroiderama on December 24th, 2011 12:48 pm (UTC)
OH boys! This is so sweet and lovely.
Ki: 5-0 Steve/Danny staresomehowunbroken on December 25th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)
Bubblesbfive0 on December 24th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
everything is perfect and this fic was perfect!!!! I love it :D Thanks for the fic and Merry Christmas =)
Ki: 5-0 Steve/Danny car bkgsomehowunbroken on December 25th, 2011 03:12 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it :)
the broken road: steve/danny faces 2star98hope on December 26th, 2011 06:13 am (UTC)
awwww, boys. happy!Danny is adorable, and that conversation is pretty much perfect. loved this.
Ki: 5-0 Steve/Danny handshakesomehowunbroken on December 26th, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)