H50, Steve/Danny, for a prompt for the after-Christmas promptfest at stevedannoslash:
A/U. Steve is raising his daughter Grace alone; he left the SEALs to care for her after her mother was killed. He was never with her mother; Steve always knew he was gay, but was trying to be straight to please his father. Grace was the result of Steve's only night with a woman.
Danny transferred to the HPD after his wife/child were killed in a mob hit in NJ; he needed to get as far away from the memories as possible. He ends up working on Steve's task force, but has a hard time seeing Steve and Grace together. It doesn't take long for Steve to fall in love with Danny, but he's too scared to do anything about it. Danny doesn't want to feel anything anymore, but is still drawn to Steve. Grace decides to take matters in to her own hands, and make the family she's always wanted.
It's currently at about 4500 words and it's maybe about halfway done. I'm not looking for an in-depth beta at the moment, just someone to read it through and tell me if it sucks or if it's okay, because this is the point in a story where I always wonder if I'm writing something decent or something self-indulgent. If I keep going without some sort of outside input at this point, I'm going to hate everything about it in a thousand words, and I'll end up scrapping it and starting over and it's too close to the deadline for that to be a good idea, so... help? :)
Thanks in advance to anyone who's interested. I screened comments to this, just as a heads-up.
ETA: I've sent it to a couple of people for opinions at this point :) Thanks, everyone who's responded - wow, I had no idea so many people were so willing to help out with beta-ish stuff. You guys rock! Thanks again!