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04 April 2011 @ 10:56 pm
[ficlet] Past the Red Lights (H50, Steve/Danny, PG)  
Title: Past the Red Lights
Author: tiptoe39
Fandom: Hawaii 5-0
Pairing: Steve/Danny
Rating: PG
Summary: Danny figures that Rachel has a type. This is a coda to episode 1x16. If you have never seen Steve in camo makeup, you haven't seen this ep yet.



So it turns out Stan is a good guy. A decent guy. He wanted to do the right thing. And he shot his mouth off, and it got him in trouble. Sounds familiar.

Danny guesses, that means Rachel has a type.

But he knew that already. He knew that from the moment they met. That's who they were together, making reckless decisions, running all the red lights in their pursuit of something that was always just over the horizon. But Danny could live like that, always wanting, always chasing the latest case. Rachel couldn't. Rachel got pregnant. Rachel started seeing a life that stood still, a place with roots for a little girl to grow. And Danny started becoming the dangerous one.

It's a goddamn irony, is what it is. He spends so much of his life trying to talk Steve off cliffs, he's forgotten that to some people, he's not the safe alternative. That's what happens when you live day in and day out with a freaking Navy SEAL. You forget that to normal people, you're still kind of a hothead.

But even Steve knew that, didn't he? He said Danny had a tone. And he was right. Steve has a face, Danny has a tone. How weird. It seems the top-speed partnership that Danny had with Rachel, back in the day, is now what he shares with Steve. They launch each other forward; they hold each other back.

Danny suddenly needs to see him more than anything.




Steve's showered, but he's still scrubbing the grime off his face when Danny walks in. Danny takes one look and snorts. "Look at you, all half-assed Rambo."

"Door," Steve says between scrubs of his jaw. "Knock."

Danny rolls his eyes and knocks on the doorframe. "We're going to do this every time, aren't we?"

"Till you get it, yeah." Steve groans as he straightens up and turns away from the mirror. "What's going on?"

Danny shakes his head, shrugs. "Nothing."

"You're here."

"What, can't I just come over to say hi?"

"No."

Danny rubs a thumb across his cheek, walks the length of the room. "I don't know. I'm all--" He doesn't know what he's all, he doesn't even know what he's some. He frowns and does a 180, stomping back in the other direction.

Steve watches him pace. "You're disappointed," he says. "You thought you could pin something on Stan."

"No! No, of course not." Danny waves away the possibility. Then he tilts his head. "Well, I won't deny there's a little bit of a lingering fantasy there, but... you know."

Steve grabs a towel, rubs it across his face, frowns at the grime that collects on the cloth. "I don't know. Tell me."

Danny stops pacing. "It's like this," he says. "In the end, it's all about my kid, right? It's about Grace. And if I seriously thought that Stan was bad news, I mean seriously, there's no way I would have let him anywhere near her."

"It wasn't your choice."

"But it was. You know me, I would have done something stupid. Massively, colossally stupid. And I didn't." He rubs his chin again and meets Steve's eyes. "Cause I knew. Stupid fantasy or not, I could tell Stan was a decent guy, and he's a good husband to Rachel. And a good st--" His lips curl around the word. "A good stepfather to Grace. I just, I've got nothing to complain about. Everything's good. They're all... they're all good." He wrings his hands helplessly.

Steve takes a deep breath. He steps forward, narrowing the gap between them. "And how are you?" he asks.

Danny looks up at him and the thing that has been throbbing in his heart suddenly clenches into acute pain, like a muscle seizing up. He thinks he's going to double over.

"You know, it's weird," he says softly. "I can't remember the last time someone asked me that."

Steve nods. His hand comes up and clasps Danny's shoulder. For a moment the warmth flows through that moment of contact, live and loose. The thing convulsing in Danny's heart relaxes, shudders, and sits there smarting, not gone but no longer taking him over. He feels like he can breathe for the first time in weeks.

He nods. "I'm good," he says. "I'm good."

"Good," says Steve.

The next moments pass in a slow-motion fog. There's silence, acceptance. Steve smiling through his still half-grimy face. Danny chuckling, shrugging. Steve stepping forward, Danny starting to move, and then a moment of miscalculation that brings them into each other's way.

"Oh," says Danny.

"Oops," Steve says at the same time.

And then a motion, a dip of a head, the brush of a scruff of hair against forehead --

Somehow Steve's hand slips into Danny's. Time slows further, from rolling fog to dark molasses. Nothing is clear.

Danny knows that now is the moment to stop, to pull back, but Steve's eyes are burning coals, and they launch him forward instead. Past the red lights blaring in his mind, past the unspoken barriers, into Steve's space. His breath. His lips, parting, inviting.

His heart beats. His breath catches. Steve's mouth curls around his lower lip and holds there for an infinite second.

A bright, sharp noise from somewhere between them signals the end. Danny pulls back and inhales as though he'd forgotten to breathe.

Steve tries to speak, and his voice catches around the second word. "Are y--"

Danny is weirdly relieved to hear the fumble.

Steve tries again. "Are you sure you're OK?"

The thing inside his heart is a motor, and it's revving. It wants to accelerate, to burn past another string of red lights. But this time Danny can hold back.

"Yeah," he says, licking his lips and stepping back. "Yeah. I'm actually... I'm good."

Steve pauses. Then, dumbly, again: "Good."

It makes Danny smile. Steve's trying to keep his head, but he might not be able to. Knowing Steve, he might decide they have to talk about it, to clear things up. Or he may just bottle it up until he freaks out. That's all right. Danny will hold the line for him. He's the safe one, isn't he? He'll keep Steve grounded until the time comes for Steve to hold him back, instead. And when neither of them have to hold back, that's when things will get interesting.

That's just how they are together.

As he's pulling out of Steve's driveway later that night, it suddenly occurs to Danny that he might just have a type, too.
 
 
 
we're all made of feathers and glue: woah psycho | h50 | Jenna Kayesiehn on April 5th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
Danny will hold the line for him. He's the safe one, isn't he? He'll keep Steve grounded until the time comes for Steve to hold him back, instead. And when neither of them have to hold back, that's when things will get interesting.

That's just how they are together.


THIS.

Loved this, it was so very them, and just. DANNY. Kudos to you.
Tiptoe39: kensei & hiro singtiptoe39 on April 5th, 2011 11:06 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!!! :) I am so pleased you enjoyed it <3
saavikam77: Dean Sam - There for yousaavikam77 on April 5th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
*happy sigh*

I haven't been reading nearly enough slash lately, and this just hit the spot. ^____^
The Huntresshuntress69 on April 5th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
I'm just hijacking your comment to wave to ya, Saavikam!!
saavikam77: Dean Leersaavikam77 on April 5th, 2011 03:19 am (UTC)
Haha! *waves back* :)
Tiptoe39: nathan loves petertiptoe39 on April 5th, 2011 11:07 am (UTC)
Hi baby!! Miss you, it's been too long! I know I've been slacking on my LJ presence, but I was just thinking about you yesterday adn wondering how you'd been doing. *cuddles* Do we have a new fandom to share? Because eeee :)
saavikam77: Dean/Sam Hugsaavikam77 on April 5th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
Been missing you, too, hon. I haven't written anything in over a month, and I've been pretty withdrawn from LJ. RL's just been sucking a bit. :/

*cuddles back*

But yeah! I've watched H50 all season, but haven't really gotten into the fandom yet. :p
Tiptoe39: h50 - steve/dannytiptoe39 on April 5th, 2011 02:13 pm (UTC)
I just got into it after my whole Twitter feed went crazy for it all at once. It's fabulous, and I'm in love with Scott Caan. God, the way he drawls... *drool*

I'm sorry life is being tough! *cuddles* You know where I am if you need a friendly ear/shoulder/punching bag :) My love to you and hubby!
The Huntress: StevePondershuntress69 on April 5th, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed this, and yes, I think Danny wanted Stan to have done something bad. And I also think that Danny and Steve each have a type, and now that Danny has figured it out, maybe Steve will also. And on a side note, I love your header. (Humming theme song in my head now LOL and giggling at the thought of "Sailor Danno" - yes, I am sick puppy and I know it).
Tiptoe39: hai sou desutiptoe39 on April 5th, 2011 11:08 am (UTC)
Oh, God.... Why is it that every fandom must needs inspire a cracky Sailor Moon crossover? Oh, right, because Sailor Moon is awesome.... :) :)

What would his attack be? Danno Tie Whiplash? Danno Slurry-Voice Sexbomb?

And thank you!
The Huntresshuntress69 on April 6th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
Danno Tie Whiplash

PERFECT!!!
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelf: H50 - Dannyembroiderama on April 5th, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
Aw man, I love this.

It's a goddamn irony, is what it is. He spends so much of his life trying to talk Steve off cliffs, he's forgotten that to some people, he's not the safe alternative. That's what happens when you live day in and day out with a freaking Navy SEAL. You forget that to normal people, you're still kind of a hothead.

Heh, somehow that's both funny and the tragedy of Danny's life all at the same time.
Tiptoe39: smiletiptoe39 on April 5th, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
Thank you, I'm really glad it rang true :)
gyrigyri on April 5th, 2011 03:29 am (UTC)
Ahhhhh. MY heart is throbbing!
Tiptoe39: being human suckstiptoe39 on April 5th, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
Aww! *cuddles* Thank you, i hope your heart feels better!
Amie: Hawaii Five-O {can't touch this}openmoments on April 5th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
These boys are seriously way too ridiculous. And I love them so much for it.

As he's pulling out of Steve's driveway later that night, it suddenly occurs to Danny that he might just have a type, too.

LOVE THIS LINE! ♥
Tiptoe39: royal prat - arthurtiptoe39 on April 5th, 2011 11:11 am (UTC)
Thank you! And yes, they are ridiculous. <3
elaborate blue tentacles of hilarityvalis2 on April 5th, 2011 03:36 am (UTC)
Wow, this was hot and awesome, I really enjoyed it a lot! Thanks for sharing!!
Tiptoe39: tamakitiptoe39 on April 5th, 2011 11:11 am (UTC)
Thank YOU! I'm thrilled you enjoyed :)
whittyrabbitwhittyrabbit on April 5th, 2011 04:08 am (UTC)
Short, but really cute thing. Oh my, of cause Danno has a type. LOL
Tiptoe39: squeetiptoe39 on April 5th, 2011 11:14 am (UTC)
So do I. My type is Danno XD

thank you so much! :)
theeverdreamtheeverdream on April 5th, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)
Really emotional and AWESOME.
Tiptoe39: wonderful lifetiptoe39 on April 5th, 2011 11:14 am (UTC)
Thank you so, so much! :)
Miss Kate Wrights: dear ljillfindmyway on April 5th, 2011 04:17 am (UTC)
Awwww <3 this!
Tiptoe39: chibi utenatiptoe39 on April 5th, 2011 11:17 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Ki: 5-0 Steve/Danno waistsomehowunbroken on April 5th, 2011 04:22 am (UTC)
Danny knows that now is the moment to stop, to pull back, but Steve's eyes are burning coals, and they launch him forward instead. Past the red lights blaring in his mind, past the unspoken barriers, into Steve's space. His breath. His lips, parting, inviting.

Lovely, lovely language throughout, but I especially loved this.
Tiptoe39: wonderful lifetiptoe39 on April 5th, 2011 11:17 am (UTC)
Thank you so, so much!!! :) This makes my morning :)
quoththewriter: steve danno crime scenequoththewriter on April 5th, 2011 08:02 am (UTC)
"You know, it's weird," he says softly. "I can't remember the last time someone asked me that."

Oh, Danny ;__;

It makes Danny smile. Steve's trying to keep his head, but he might not be able to. Knowing Steve, he might decide they have to talk about it, to clear things up. Or he may just bottle it up until he freaks out. That's all right. Danny will hold the line for him. He's the safe one, isn't he? He'll keep Steve grounded until the time comes for Steve to hold him back, instead. And when neither of them have to hold back, that's when things will get interesting.

That's just how they are together.


Gah, I love this. All of this is so perfect and cute and just right.
Tiptoe39: janto lovetiptoe39 on April 5th, 2011 11:18 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, what a wonderful comment to receive!! <3 <3 <3 I'm thrilled you enjoyed it. :)
lilly_the_kid: steve dannylilly_the_kid on April 5th, 2011 08:24 am (UTC)
Absolutely wonderful! I enjoyed this very much. Thanks for a great read!
:)
Tiptoe39: dean/castiptoe39 on April 5th, 2011 11:18 am (UTC)
I'm so very glad!! Thanks for taking the time to read! <3
Sweeneybird: Hawaiisweeneybird on April 5th, 2011 11:47 am (UTC)
Wow, this was so vivid! Normally I'm all about the snappy dialogue, but your narration is absolutely gorgeous. I particularly loved, "They launch each other forward; they hold each other back." I'm amazed that you could perfectly sum up their interactions so succinctly.

Wonderful!!!!
Tiptoe39: caketiptoe39 on April 5th, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, my gosh, what a wonderful and sweet comment! :) I am so glad it rang true to you. Thank you so much!
ain't nobody's business but my ownecelectricity on April 5th, 2011 12:15 pm (UTC)
I loved this. Somehow, for all the inner tension involved, it left me feeling so peaceful.
Tiptoe39: musictiptoe39 on April 5th, 2011 01:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!! :)
Kathy: McDanno/football gamekitmerlot1213 on April 5th, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
This was just lovely!

You've really captured how Steve and Danny support each other and they are each others "voices of reason."

Great work on this :)
Tiptoe39: arieltiptoe39 on April 5th, 2011 01:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you so, so much. I'm thrilled you enjoyed.
ratherastory: *headdesk*ratherastory on April 5th, 2011 02:24 pm (UTC)
You know, I saw the title and summary and thought "I totally have to tell tiptoe39 about this because we were just discussing this yesterday!"

And then I saw the username and facepalmed.

This was so, so nice. You made my heart ache for Danny but then you made it all better, too. :)
Tiptoe39: LOL - Marstiptoe39 on April 5th, 2011 02:31 pm (UTC)
Oh my god *laughing hysterically* And after I was all whorish about it on Twitter too :D I'm so glad you liked it, hon. Thanks for encouraging me, I enjoyed writing it a lot!!
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Tiptoe39: LOL - Marstiptoe39 on April 5th, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And your username made me laugh out loud :)
alamo_girl80: Five-0 You have a tonealamo_girl80 on April 5th, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
Look at you! All getting in here with the Danny/Steve UST and kicking it's ass so perfectly! I knew you'd love them. What's not to love?

Fabulous job with this, by the way. I love that Steve is the first one to ASK Danny how he is. Because Steve worries about his Danno.
Tiptoe39: h50 - steve/dannytiptoe39 on April 5th, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC)
mahahahha! This comment is gold!! XD Absoutely adore them. And hello appropriate icon! :)

Thank you so much, hon!
ember_firedrake: H50 Steve/Danny longing glance #2ember_firedrake on April 5th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
"he's forgotten that to some people, he's not the safe alternative"

Oh, my heart. ♥

I love this so much. And Danny has a type. I really like how they come together in this; it's almost halting and tentative, until they realize, yeah, they're both good. df;lasjfekahfdkslaj HEARTS ♥♥♥♥♥
Tiptoe39: h50 - steve/dannytiptoe39 on April 5th, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
ohmygosh *huggles* that's exactly it. This, this thing that happens between them, whenever it happens.... it's an undeniably good thing. I think if I write a million stories about them that will always be the truth. They're good for each other.

Thanks!
luna481516: SteveDannoluna481516 on April 5th, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
Fantastic - this was so real.
he's forgotten that to some people, he's not the safe alternative. That's a really great insight!

I loved the fumbling and awkwardness and Danny's POV and the running the red lights metaphor. Very nicely done!
Tiptoe39: cmere youtiptoe39 on April 5th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you so, so much! I love awkwardness (and overly strung out metaphors). So glad you enjoyed!
finduilas_clln on June 29th, 2011 03:00 am (UTC)
And when neither of them have to hold back, that's when things will get interesting.

That's just how they are together.


THIS.

*speechless*
Tiptoe39tiptoe39 on June 29th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
Thank you so, so, so much! What a lovely comment to get <3 I'm glad you enjoyed this!