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21 September 2011 @ 09:05 am
Places of the heart  
Title: Places of the heart
Fandom: Hawaii Five-0
Characters: Steve/Danny, pre-slash
Rating: PG
Word count: 410
Comments: I wrote something! It's un-betaed and brief, but I wrote it and hope you like it.


Before he’d gone on his first mission one of the training sergeants had given him a piece of advice. “Find your special place,” the guy said. “A memory or place you love and go there when things get too rough. It helps if you’re captured or in trouble. You’ll be grounded and can think better and faster. It could save your life.”

He’d thought it a load of BS at the time. They’d been trained and drilled in every aspect of contact with the enemy and how to cope with it. Besides how could that work? Day dreaming wouldn’t save his or anyone else’s life.

But the first time he’d been incarcerated he’d dreamt of home. It was just like he was there, back in the happy days, back before his mother…went. The sun was setting as he and Mary surfed and ran on the beach, reds and golds adorning the sky. He could hear the soothing surf in the background and his mother calling them for dinner as his dad pulled up in the driveway. He and Mary raced across the grass and into the house and mom yelled at them to wash their hands. It was perfect…

He’d been to that place a lot over the years. Consciously thought about it; willed it to appear. When injured and in hospital, imprisoned or captured, it was his go to place. The image had given him strength and at times helped him to remain sane, and he’d fully expected it to appear again here in the prison.

Instead he got Danny. He saw Danny in the car, hands waving in agitated semaphore and voice raised; Danny in the office, brow furrowed in concentration as he waded through reports; Danny and Grace and Steve sitting having dinner on the lanai; Danny’s voice calling him and Grace to dinner as they played in the waves under the setting sun. He and Danny in their bed surrounded by love, comfort and safety. He was the stronger for it, but was puzzled and unsure. It was all he could do not to reach out to the real Danny when he appeared on visits and when he got out, it was worse.

But he beat down the urges, locked them away and resolved to be patient. Because the first image of his family, though long past, was true. So maybe the new image, his new family, his reason for waiting; might come true someday soon.

space: H50-Steve-02x01-scruffyiam_space on September 21st, 2011 02:27 am (UTC)
Oh I love this! *cuddles Steve*
bookaddict43: steve mcgarrettbookaddict43 on September 21st, 2011 11:50 am (UTC)
Thank you! Steve definitely needs lots of cuddles.
Lizet Elainesimplyn2deep on September 21st, 2011 03:36 am (UTC)
that was so beautifully written
bookaddict43: steve mcgarrettbookaddict43 on September 21st, 2011 11:51 am (UTC)
Thank you :D
Kathy: McDanno/sailboatkitmerlot1213 on September 21st, 2011 12:15 pm (UTC)
This was just lovely!

I love that Danny and Grace's presence in his life are one of the few soothing things in Steve's life--great work :)
redfish_123redfish_123 on September 21st, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
bookaddict43: steve mcgarrettbookaddict43 on September 21st, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :D
bookaddict43: steve mcgarrettbookaddict43 on September 21st, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
He just needs them! *nods* Thanks for the comment :)
noctuabunda: mcdanno by url_girlnoctuabunda on September 21st, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, I loved this!
It's so great to see you write in this fandom, especially if it's little gems like this one. I hope there's more to come..? :)
bookaddict43: steve mcgarrettbookaddict43 on September 21st, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
Hey bb! It's great to hear from you :) Thanks so much for commenting! I actually do have an idea for another fic - maybe the muse is finally waking up?

I just love that icon!
bluegrins on September 22nd, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
So cute! Love it :)
bookaddict43: steve mcgarrettbookaddict43 on September 23rd, 2011 11:10 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D
siluria: H50_Boys/Dannysiluria on September 23rd, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
Awwwww, that's perfect *happy sigh*
bookaddict43: steve mcgarrettbookaddict43 on September 29th, 2011 10:54 am (UTC)
Thanks BB! :D
lvs2read: Bubbleslvs2read on September 26th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
Well, well, look who's writing 5O fic. :) I saw this on my f-list the day you posted it, but forgot to comment. Bad me. :( But now I'm going back and catching up on fic since watching the S2 premiere, so it's time to rectify that. ;)

Anyway, I really like it! I think you did an awesome job capturing Steve's POV. The whole concept of a "special place" to go to in your mind during bad times works so well for him, and of course Danny is now there. :)

Here's hoping your muse will co-operate for more fic. Mine's still playing least-in-sight. *hugs*
bookaddict43: steve mcgarrettbookaddict43 on September 29th, 2011 10:56 am (UTC)
It was a shock to me I tell you! Thanks for the lovely comment, the idea wouldn't leave me alone. Then I had to find a H50 icon - one must be appropriate.

I actually do have another idea - lets hope it pans out and that your muse catches the bug *hugs you*