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H50 Fic: Incomprehensible 1/1

October 21st, 2010 (09:11 am)

Title:  Incomprehensible

Disclaimer:  Not mine, though I am pining.

A/N:  This is another one for hawaii_5_0_100  and so clocks in at exactly 500 words.  The prompt this week was scar, which immediately gave me many ideas.  What I wrote, however, doesn’t even remotely resemble them :)  Still, thanks to geminigrl11  for the beta.

Summary:  Danny’s a walking contradiction, a strange amalgamation of disparate ideals that Steve is still trying to figure out.

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Danny Williams is the most frustrating person Steve McGarrett has ever met.  Steve’s worked with some extreme types before, but he can honestly say there’s never been one like Danny.  Danny’s a walking contradiction, a strange amalgamation of disparate ideals that Steve is still trying to figure out.  He rants and complains and says the stupidest things and still does some of the best damn police work Steve has ever seen.

He hates pineapple on pizza but will eat anything if it’s deep fried and fattening.  He’ll pull his gun to protect a crime scene but doesn’t want to go in without backup even when they’ve got a solid lead.  He wears a tie and tucks in his shirt impeccably but lives in a place that looks worse than most college dorm rooms.

Danny yells at him for hanging a perp off a building and pulls a gun at a football game when his daughter’s hiding in a bathroom.  He’s moved cross country for his daughter and whines when they have to even get close to sand.  He’ll ream out his wife’s lawyer, bad mouth her husband, and then answer the phone and tell his daughter without hesitation Danno loves you, even when Steve’s sitting right there.

Danny’s ridiculous, in every sense of the word.  He talks about hippos to kids he’s never met and uses ergo in sentences.  He has ring tones that reflect his mood and desperately needs to hear I’m sorry and thank you before he can move on.  Danny hates sun and sand but will spend time on his hair so it looks like that.

Most of the time, Danny is almost incomprehensible to Steve, and just when he thinks he may have the guy figured out, Danny opens his mouth and starts speaking and makes Steve start wondering again.  Wondering if he picked the right partner, wondering about life in New Jersey, wondering if Danny’s daughter has a chance of being normal, wondering if they’ll kill each other before any bad guy has the chance. 

Danny’s frustrating and annoying, difficult and moody, melodramatic and snide, and sometimes Steve wonders if this partnership thing will work between them at all.

Because Danny Williams tells Steve how much he hates him, and still comes to work, day after day, right on time, ready for anything.  Danny mutters how there’s something wrong with Steve, and he still protects Steve’s back better than anyone he’s ever worked with.  He bemoans Steve’s tactics in everything from interrogation to roundabout flirtation, and he’s got a scar on his arm, the nick from a bullet that Steve knows really is his fault.

Danny’s pissed and moaned, punched and grumbled, ranted and raved.  And in all of this, Danny’s still there, tirades and quirks and scars and all, and that tells Steve everything he really has to know.

Comments

Posted by: donutsweeper (donutsweeper)
Posted at: October 21st, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)

wondering if Danny’s daughter has a chance of being normal

bwhahahaha. great line! Great fic!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: October 24th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
hawaii family

I'm glad you liked it! Thanks!

Posted by: Moogs (moogsthewriter)
Posted at: October 21st, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC)
H50 - Ohana football

This! This is just... so *perfect*. And so true and spot on. Sometimes I almost feel bad for Steve because it would be extremely confusing to work with someone who's as contradictory as Danny. And yet...

And in all of this, Danny’s still there, tirades and quirks and scars and all, and that tells Steve everything he really has to know.

And yet there's that. In the end, that's all that matters.

So yeah. Spot on. As always. I squealed when I saw you posted new fic, btw. I always love reading your stuff. ^_^ (Any chance we'll be able to see your other ideas for the prompt? It's such an awesome one!)

Edited at 2010-10-21 03:15 pm (UTC)

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: October 24th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
danny explanation

Steve definitely has his work cut out for him when it comes to Danny, though I do absolutely love that Steve seems to consistently try to get to know Danny and tries to understand him. Steve actually has a lot of patience in that regard. In all, they make a great match.

I kept trying to write my other ideas and none of them turned out like I wanted, but I will probably ending up posting them anyway (though they do not even relate to the prompt). I've got plot bunnies galore for this show.

Thanks!

Posted by: Gabrus47 (gabrus47)
Posted at: October 21st, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)

Well done, as usual, Faye. This is "Danno" to a tee!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: October 24th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
danny steve partners

I do love me some Danno, so I'm glad it rang true. Thanks!

Posted by: purple_spock (purple_spock)
Posted at: October 21st, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)

This was so good. And so so true. Fantastic Steve voice.

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: October 24th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
danny

I wasn't sure if it sounded enough like Steve, so I'm glad to know that it sounded right to you. Thanks!

Posted by: harrigan (harrigan)
Posted at: October 21st, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)

Glad you've found a fandom happy place!

(Now - who is gonna write some fic about Danny's poor busted knee, and trying to do the job despite it?!)

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: October 24th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
danno heart

I have totally found my fandom happy place. It's very nice, especially considering how frustrated I was in the SPN world the last few years.

(And hee! How about you?)

Posted by: harrigan (harrigan)
Posted at: October 24th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)

There are a handful of fandoms I'll indulge in reading well-written gen h/c,and H50 is nudging its way onto that list!

But my heart still belongs to SPN. I was satisfied with how they redeemed Sam in 5.22, so I'm willing to let them show me what they have in mind for season 6. (Even if the episodes aren't as fun and re-watchable as seasons 1 and 2!)

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: October 24th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
hawaii family

It took me a long time to really let go of SPN, but I think it was for the best. I have been in other fandoms before, but none of them were like SPN for me, and that ultimately caused me ridiculous amounts of angst. And, weirdly, I found peace at the end of S5 with the way they ended it and I'm just not ready to open myself up again to the possible angst of S6. I am recording the eps and hopefully when all is said and done, I'll be able to watch the season all at once and appreciate it a bit more.

However, I am glad to hear that there's the possibility of H50 fic from you :) I'd definitely be an avid reader.

Posted by: Constant Work in Progress... (skyebanshee)
Posted at: October 21st, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
H50 Rooftop

Danny’s ridiculous, in every sense of the word.  He talks about hippos to kids he’s never met and uses ergo in sentences.

\ERGO/

This was lovely and hits on a lot of different quirks that probably has Steve raising in his eyebrow and getting those furrows in his brow...and yet he knows that Danny is still so, so awesome ^_^.

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: October 24th, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
danny steve partners

As if I couldn't love Danny enough, he went and used ergo in a sentence and I fell even more completely in love.

Even more so when Steve called him on it.

Thanks!

Posted by: lillyg (lillyg)
Posted at: October 22nd, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)

That was great! I'm sure Danny could say the same about Steve... :p

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: October 24th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
hawaii family

I love that no matter how much they frustrate each other, they're still there for each other when it counts. That's my favorite element about it all.

Thanks!

Posted by: sendintheclowns (sendintheklowns)
Posted at: October 22nd, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)

There's so much to love here but my two fave impressions Steve shares with us about Danny are these:

'He wears a tie and tucks in his shirt impeccably but lives in a place that looks worse than most college dorm rooms.'

and

'Danny hates sun and sand but will spend time on his hair so it looks like that.'

Awesome!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: October 24th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
danny ambulance

You already know how much I love this show and these characters, so it's a good thing you enjoy them to or we'd be in trouble!!

We need to get you some icons for this show.

Thanks :)

Posted by: jesseofthenorth (jesseofthenorth)
Posted at: April 7th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
H50 armporn

Thought you might like to know
your fic Incomprehensible has been recced HERE
at h50_rec_room

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: April 12th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
steve

Thanks for the heads up :)

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Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: April 12th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
danny steve bust

The contradictions are some of my favorite things in Danny's character :)

Thanks!

Posted by: saltyd (saltyd)
Posted at: April 7th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)

I love this so much - so much truth in so few words. My fave line is

"he still protects Steve’s back better than anyone he’s ever worked with" - love it!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: April 12th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
hawaii family

I'm glad you liked it :) Thanks!

Posted by: mystizan (mystizan)
Posted at: April 9th, 2011 05:44 am (UTC)
Dark side cookies

*applause*
Because Danny Williams tells Steve how much he hates him, and still comes to work, day after day, right on time, ready for anything. So true! & "ergo"...I can't hear that word without cracking up.

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: April 12th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
danny explanation

Ergo still makes me smile, too :)

Thanks!

Posted by: mystizan (mystizan)
Posted at: April 12th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
Leverage: Team

ur welcome :)

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