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H50 Drabble: No Way Out 1/1

December 10th, 2010 (01:24 pm)

Title:  No Way Out

Disclaimer:  Not mine.

A/N:  Another one for hawaii_5_0_100 .  The prompt this week was “escape.”  This one is almost a prequel to the others in the series.  Much thanks to moogsthewriter  for helping me with the ending, even when I know she was quite busy :)

Summary:  Kono’s done this before, but somehow it doesn’t feel like it.

-o-

The Hardest Part Drabble Series
The Hardest Part
Equilibrium
The Big Picture
Hold On
If Anything
No Way Out

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“Watch their escape,” Danny says.  He’s leaning low, back pressed against the wall.  He’s holding his gun, breathing in forced, even exhales.

Kono adjusts her own grip on her gun, blinking at him.  “What?”

Danny nods, one hand fluttering away from his gun.  “Their escape,” he whispers.  “When Steve and Chin flush them out, they’re going to come our way.  We need to let them know there’s no way out.”

Kono nods, swallowing.  Her vest feels tight.  She’s done this before, but somehow it doesn’t feel like it.

“Hey,” Danny says.  He’s looking at her, blue eyes steady, smiling.  “We’ve done way worse before.”

It’s meager consolation, but it’s what Kono needs.  She laughs.  “Rookie nerves, I guess.”

Danny makes a face.  “Nah.”

She looks at him, intent.  “You still get nervous?”

Danny snorts.  “With Steve as a partner?” he asks, appropriately incredulous.  “I’m always nervous.”

She chuckles again.  “He does have a certain way about him.”

“A way,” Danny repeats.  “This is the man who got me shot my first day, the man who hung a guy off a building and threw another in a shark tank.”

Kono shrugs.  “You tied a guy to a car.”

“Under extreme duress,” Danny objects.  “Besides, that type of maniacal thinking--it’s contagious.  Like the plague.”

“We always get the bad guys,” Kono offers.

“Yeah, we always get the bad guys,” he concedes.  “Which is why they’ll be so intent on escaping.  One look at Steve Aggressive-Negotiations McGarrett, they’ll be making a beeline our way.”

Kono adjusts her stance against the wall somberly.  “We’ll be ready for them.”

He holds her gaze seriously.  The lines of tension are still there, creasing his forehead, around his eyes.  He wets his lips.  “Definitely.”

There’s a small crackle on the radio, Steve’s voice barely a whisper above the interference.  “Into position.”

Danny’s objections are gone, his focus singular.  He jogs around Kono, moving to flank the door.  He makes eye contact with her, nodding once.

She swallows hard, nodding back.

“Go,” Steve’s voice comes, gunfire not far behind. 

Kono’s heart thuds, cheeks flushing.  It’s so much adrenaline; she almost doesn’t know what to do with it.

But Danny does.  He turns, kicking in the door, leading with his gun.  His lead is easy to follow, strong and sure.  Together, they hold their ground.

When the gunfire fades, Kono feels shaky with relief.  Her gun in still in her hands, finger on the trigger, and she turns to Danny with a silly grin.

But there are no smiles or wisecracks.  Danny’s on the floor, sprawled on his side.  His vest is shredded; there’s blood on the floor. 

For a second, Kono hesitates.

She blinks, wills it away, but it doesn’t go anywhere because Danny’s right: there’s no way out.  There’s just 5-0 and a job that needs to be done and there’s no one else to do it.  It’s Kono’s turn and she forces her numb feet to move, step by step, to Danny’s side.

Comments

Posted by: donutsweeper (donutsweeper)
Posted at: December 10th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)

Oh I love Kono's POV here. Awesome

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: December 12th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
danny

I find Kono somewhat hard to write, so I'm especially glad you liked her voice here :)

Thanks!

Posted by: blackdog_lz (blackdog_lz)
Posted at: December 10th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)

I simply adore the complete series and this is an awesome prequel :)

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: December 12th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
hawaii five-0

It's been fun just going with the prompts, so I'm glad others have liked reading them :) Who knows what next week will bring?

Thanks!

Posted by: lillyg (lillyg)
Posted at: December 11th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)

*stops breathing till the next installment*

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: December 12th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
kono

I'm glad you're still enjoying :) Thanks!

Posted by: sans_souci2 (sans_souci2)
Posted at: December 11th, 2010 06:14 am (UTC)
ep5 swat!steve

Ugh !!!
Knot in her chest feels like it's in mine !
Perfect .

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: December 12th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
danny doesn't get fired

I'm glad the emotion resonated for you. Thanks!

Posted by: backeracres (backeracres)
Posted at: December 11th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)

compelling, and such a startling fic,wonderful

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: December 12th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
danny and steve work together

I'm glad it got your attention :) Thanks!

Posted by: sophie_deangirl (sophie_deangirl)
Posted at: December 14th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
Awesome story!

I loved this. The interaction between Danny and Kono so filled with friendship and trust. I could hear their voices speaking the words and the humor behind Danny's, yet as soon as he's needed, he's all business. LOVED THAT!

Fave Parts:

“Hey,” Danny says. He’s looking at her, blue eyes steady, smiling. “We’ve done way worse before.”

It’s meager consolation, but it’s what Kono needs. She laughs. “Rookie nerves, I guess.”

Danny makes a face. “Nah.”

She looks at him, intent. “You still get nervous?”

Danny snorts. “With Steve as a partner?” he asks, appropriately incredulous. “I’m always nervous.”

--HILARIOUS!

But Danny does. He turns, kicking in the door, leading with his gun. His lead is easy to follow, strong and sure.

--*THUD!!

But there are no smiles or wisecracks. Danny’s on the floor, sprawled on his side. His vest is shredded; there’s blood on the floor.

--You know how I love this!

Great job!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: December 18th, 2010 01:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Awesome story!
danny

I love how Danny is often keenly aware of what other people need to hear at any given time and he seems always willing to provide comfort when it's needed. And Kono makes me laugh because she's really getting a baptism by fire by working with 5-0, and sometimes I have to think that no matter how gung ho she is, it must be a lot for her to take in!

Anyway, I'm always glad to appease with some h/c. It is my favorite thing to write :)

Thanks!

Posted by: purple_spock (purple_spock)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)

I've always liked the connection between Danny and Kono, and I really think that this captures it perfectly. Really well done. : )

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: December 23rd, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
danny doesn't get fired

They are kind of fun together. Thanks!

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