cupidandpsycho: (Hawaii 50 - Danno/Steve Wedding Picture)
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Title: Meanest Feeling in the World
Rating: PG for language
Pairing: Danny/Steve
Summary: Steve can’t sleep. Danny tries to help.
A/N: Fills the insomnia prompt on my [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo  card. Unbeta'd. Concrit and feedback are love.
Disclaimer: Hawaii Five-0 is not mine.



The feeling of sleepiness when you are not in bed, and can’t get there, is the meanest feeling in the world. - Edgar Watson Howe


It's not that he's not used to sleeping alone that wakes Danny up. He's actually more comfortable when he does sleep alone because he's a sprawler and it's not like he's had all that much time for regular bed partners between the job and his daughter, anyway. No. What wakes Danny is the distinct lack of a certain someone hovering over him.

Eight days Steve McGarrett has practically been glued to his side and, even though Danny's been unconscious for most of it, it's a feeling he's become familiar enough with to know when it's missing. Ignoring how that particular thought makes his stomach twist funnily, Danny climbs gingerly from the bed, careful not to pull too much at his side, and pads barefoot to the bedroom window.

Steve had given Danny the master bedroom in his Dad's house to recoup in; thus, he had the perfect view to see Steve sitting alone on the beach, highlighted only by a lone tiki torch flickering in the light breeze.

~^~^~^~^~

"You're supposed to be in bed." Steve doesn't even look up when he says it, just continues staring out at the moonlit waves when Danny reaches over his shoulder, coffee cup in hand. Taking the cup, Steve sniffs the steam rising from it cautiously. "What's this?"

"Hot rum milk." Danny sets his own cup (minus the rum since he's on meds) down so he can ease into the chair beside Steve's. "To help you sleep. My grandmother swore by it. Of course, her rum-to-milk ratio was off the charts. I got no idea if it works when you make it by the recipe."

"I'm your guinea pig?" Steve takes a sip, making a happy little noise when he swallows. "Hmm… that's really good."

"So, does this happen a lot?" Danny's ADD thought patterns don't even phase Steve any more and it doesn't take him more than a second to twig onto what Danny is asking him.

"I'm beginning to think I need therapy."

"Right," Danny says with a snort, digging his toes into the cool, damp sand. "You need therapy for a lot of reasons, babe. Insomnia ain't one of them."

"Danny—" It's all right there, on the tip of Steve's tongue, but he can't say it (why the fuck can't he just say it?) and he's forced to look away.

"Don't apologize, man. This, this shit," Danny interrupts, gesturing vaguely at his side, where a bunch of stitches and staples are holding his guts in. "It ain't your fault. Trust me, I'd tell you if it was."

"Yeah, you would."

Danny grins at him and it takes a weight off Steve's shoulders, letting him breathe again.

End

on 2010-12-15 05:55 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] violetfoxeyes.livejournal.com
awww poor NinjaSteave, always thinking its his fault when his teddybear gets hurt. he does need to be comforted from time to time to know its not always his fault.

on 2010-12-16 01:41 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] cupidandpsycho.livejournal.com
It usually is his fault. Just not this time. ;-)

Thank you for reading & commenting.

on 2010-12-16 01:44 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] violetfoxeyes.livejournal.com
True True it is his fault, but still he needs be comforted into thinking that we(meaning Teddybear) doesn't really hate him for it.

on 2010-12-15 06:52 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] byrons-brain.livejournal.com
Awww, lovely....

on 2010-12-16 01:41 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] cupidandpsycho.livejournal.com
Thank you!

on 2010-12-15 07:08 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] knotted-rose.livejournal.com
They're always so good with each other, so in tune. Thanks for this!

on 2010-12-16 01:42 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] cupidandpsycho.livejournal.com
They definitely know how to read each other. Thanks for reading & commenting!

on 2010-12-15 07:37 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] oneevilbeeotch.livejournal.com
**grins** I very much enjoyed this.

on 2010-12-16 01:44 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] cupidandpsycho.livejournal.com
Thank you! I enjoyed writing it. *g*

on 2010-12-15 08:20 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] shanachie-quill.livejournal.com
Very sweet. But how in 'ell did Danny manage to get himself hurt without Steve being at fault? Cuz seriously? It seems like Steve is the "rush in where angels fear to tread" and Danny's just along for the ride.

on 2010-12-16 01:48 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] cupidandpsycho.livejournal.com
It's not always Steve's fault! yes it is.

Thanks for reading & commenting. I really appreciate it. *g*

on 2010-12-16 02:45 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] shanachie-quill.livejournal.com
ROTL

It's (almost) always Steve's fault. Haven't you been listening to Danny?

on 2010-12-15 08:41 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] jinx37kat.livejournal.com
Oh, so nice. Loved.

on 2010-12-16 01:50 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] cupidandpsycho.livejournal.com
Thank you!

on 2010-12-15 09:01 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] lillyg.livejournal.com
Of course Steve would never hear the end of it if it was his fault :p

on 2010-12-16 01:51 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] cupidandpsycho.livejournal.com
Danny'd never shut up about it! Thanks for reading and commenting! :D

on 2010-12-15 09:09 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] americandirrty.livejournal.com
great story!!

on 2010-12-16 01:51 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] cupidandpsycho.livejournal.com
Thanks!

on 2010-12-16 01:06 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] skeeterses.livejournal.com
Aww! *snuggles the boys*

on 2010-12-16 01:52 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] cupidandpsycho.livejournal.com
They're totally snuggle worthy! Thank you. *g*

on 2010-12-16 02:01 am (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] meredyth-13.livejournal.com
This is beautiful - you have the tone of them just right!

But this...

"Right," Danny says with a snort, digging his toes into the cool, damp sand. "You need therapy for a lot of reasons, babe. Insomnia ain't one of them."

I heard so clearly in Danny's voice that it was like sitting there on the beach with them.

Amazing, for such a short piece. Part of me is selfish and now wants the WHOLE of this story. Because there's a story there - a big one. :) But this snippet is divine just the way it is.

on 2010-12-16 04:51 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] cupidandpsycho.livejournal.com
This is beautiful - you have the tone of them just right!

Oh, thank you for saying so. This is only my second piece for them and I'm always worried whether I've got their voices down or not.

Amazing, for such a short piece. Part of me is selfish and now wants the WHOLE of this story. Because there's a story there - a big one. :) But this snippet is divine just the way it is.

Can I keep you? Thank you for such lovely feedback. *glees* I don't know about ever going back and telling the whole story. I tend to do better with the shorter stuff. It's easier to shut up the little devil on my shoulder that way. ;-)

on 2010-12-16 03:26 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] girlnamedpixley.livejournal.com
This was absolutely gorgeous. I'm amazed how much you managed to weave into a piece this short. What struck me most was how quiet the story is. You set a great mood of quiet night, empty house, lonely beach, and the largely unspoken conversation that Steve and Danny have without needing words at all. The whole thing just feels...quiet. I love that.

on 2010-12-16 04:54 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] cupidandpsycho.livejournal.com
This was absolutely gorgeous. I'm amazed how much you managed to weave into a piece this short.

Oh, thank you. Short pieces tend to work best for me. Gives me less time to embarrass myself, I guess. *g*

What struck me most was how quiet the story is. You set a great mood of quiet night, empty house, lonely beach, and the largely unspoken conversation that Steve and Danny have without needing words at all. The whole thing just feels...quiet. I love that.

Quiet. Everything the boys usually aren't! But I'm glad I still managed to get the point of the piece across in the silence. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

on 2010-12-16 04:24 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] adafrog.livejournal.com
aww...

on 2010-12-16 04:51 pm (UTC)

on 2010-12-16 04:55 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] purple-spock.livejournal.com
Awww. This is so sweet. Steve feeling guilty and Danno making him feel better. : D Also : "You need therapy for a lot of reasons, babe. Insomnia ain't one of them." was great.

on 2010-12-16 04:58 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] cupidandpsycho.livejournal.com
Also : "You need therapy for a lot of reasons, babe. Insomnia ain't one of them." was great.

LOL... that line actually existed for weeks without the "babe" in it. It just fit once Danny started using it on the show!

Thank you for the feedback, sweetie. I really appreciate it.

on 2010-12-16 05:21 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] gershwhen.livejournal.com
Thanks for posting this! It's nice to see Danny comforting Steve (since in stories, it's usually the reverse).

on 2010-12-16 05:00 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] cupidandpsycho.livejournal.com
Thank you!

on 2010-12-16 06:04 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] slashybits.livejournal.com
Adorable!

on 2010-12-16 05:01 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] cupidandpsycho.livejournal.com
Thank you! Also, hi! *g*

on 2010-12-18 12:21 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] slashybits.livejournal.com
Hi! :D

*note to self get pretty Steve/Danno icon asap*

on 2010-12-16 12:08 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] padfootthegrim.livejournal.com
Aww! Yay Danny for giving Steve a little comfort when he needed it. :) thanks for sharing!

on 2010-12-16 05:03 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] cupidandpsycho.livejournal.com
Thank you!

on 2010-12-16 10:04 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] ciaimpala.livejournal.com
I really loved this-so them!

on 2010-12-18 06:45 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] chaoticallyclev.livejournal.com
aww, so sweet! I loved your voices for them. ♥

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