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H50 Ficlet: Left in the Cold 1/1

January 4th, 2011 (08:24 am)

Title:  Left in the Cold

Disclaimer:  Not mine.

A/N:  This was inspired by the prompt “snow” from hawaii_5_0_100 .  Actually, moogsthewriter  gave me the notion of a plot bunny and even though this didn’t see that particular bunny through to its full fruition, she still gets some blame credit for motivating this.  Beta’ed by the ever-enthusiastic geminigrl11 .  I tweaked when she was done, so mistakes are mine.

Summary:  It doesn’t snow in Hawaii, but flu season still makes the rounds.

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It doesn’t snow in Hawaii.

It doesn’t get cold, there’s no such thing as snowplows, and when he mentions sledding, Kono looks confused.

Danny misses snow.  He misses waking up early to shovel and he misses making snowmen with Grace.  He misses snow on the trees and slush in the streets, caked to his wheels.

But Danny doesn’t miss going stir crazy when the entire city is bustled down.  He doesn’t miss scraping ice off his car with numb fingers.  And he doesn’t miss the sniffling and sneezing as everyone in the city tries to infect him with germs.

It figures: it doesn’t snow in Hawaii, but flu season still makes the rounds.  When Danny wakes up with a funky throat, he almost doesn’t think it’s possible.  Because who can get sick when it’s 80 degrees and sunny?

The next morning, when he wakes up with a hacking cough and snot draining out his nose, he learns the answer:  him.

He trudges through the day.  Kono makes him coffee; Chin keeps his distance.  Steve pauses in his fanatical pursuits long enough to ask how he’s feeling.

“Your island got me sick,” Danny moans.

Steve’s brow furrows.  “You didn’t get sick in Jersey?”

Danny hacks, blowing his nose.  “I’m not in Jersey, I’m here, in this hellhole, and it got me sick.”

Steve knows not to argue.

The next morning, Danny can’t get out of bed.  His head throbs; he’s breathing through cotton.  When he calls in, his voice is so garbled that Steve barely recognizes him.

Danny scrounges to find medicine, swallowing it dry to circumvent the extra two feet to his kitchen.  He crashes back on his pillow to sleep, but almost drowns in his snot instead.  Dragging the extra pillows to him, he props himself up to near-comical proportions and lays slack-jawed, facing the ceiling.

When he wakes, he hears a sound outside, and if he had the energy, he’d pull his gun.  As it is, he barely has time to make sure he’s fully covered.

There are voices in the other room, and even with his muddled brain, Danny begins to sort them.

“You sure he won’t mind?” Kono asks.

“You didn’t hear him on the phone,” Steve says.

“Yeah, but he didn’t even stir when we came in,” Chin says.  “Did you find the soup?”

“And some tea,” Kono says.

“Get them both ready,” Steve says.  “I’ve brought some Vicks.”

Part of Danny wants to protest, tell them he’s grown man, not a sick toddler, that he really can’t be that sick because there’s no snow in Hawaii.  But he’s tired and his head hurts and he can’t breathe and soup doesn’t sound bad.

Danny closes his eyes again, and even if he wants to rant, he lets himself drift.  Because, okay, there’s no snow in Hawaii, but Danny supposes that means he never has to be left in the cold.  And Danny may never love Hawaii, but that much doesn’t seem so bad.

Comments

Posted by: Kare (kare)
Posted at: January 4th, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
blu butterfly nu

He trudges through the day. Kono makes him coffee; Chin keeps his distance. Steve pauses in his fanatical pursuits long enough to ask how he’s feeling.

“Your island got me sick,” Danny moans.


My favorite part!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: January 7th, 2011 03:11 pm (UTC)
danny and steve work together

Thanks!

Posted by: Lesley (les342)
Posted at: January 4th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)

I love this! I'm a big fan of fic that include the whole team caring for one another and this fits the bill very well. I especially love the last paragraph. Nicely done!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: January 7th, 2011 03:11 pm (UTC)
danny steve walk

I'm a sucker for h/c, especially of the most schmoopy variety. I'm glad this hit the spot for you :) Thanks!

Posted by: Indigo Cat (indigocat)
Posted at: January 4th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)

I can see Danny thinking no snow, means no flu. Good story.

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: January 7th, 2011 03:12 pm (UTC)
hawaii family

Being sick is never fun, and being sick when it's nice outside is even worse.

Thanks!

Posted by: a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelf (embroiderama)
Posted at: January 4th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
H50 - Danny

Poor Danno, but YAY team!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: January 7th, 2011 03:12 pm (UTC)
steve

Someone has to suffer in the name of h/c :)

Thanks!

Posted by: Moogs (moogsthewriter)
Posted at: January 4th, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
H50 - Danny approves

I will take full responsibility for this fic, if you so wish. :) It's totally awesome and I love it, and I want to see it on screen. ^_^

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: January 7th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
chin

LOL, good because it's mostly your fault. You seem set on inspiring my muses to insane stretches and if I didn't enjoy it so much, I might have to yell at you :)

And on screen...you know how much I want it. Maybe someday...

Thanks!

Posted by: backeracres (backeracres)
Posted at: January 4th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)

you have no idea how happy I am when I punch up LJ and see a Faye Fic! super,super sweet

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: January 7th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC)
hawaii five-0

Aw, I'm flattered. Thanks!

Posted by: sablecain (sablecain)
Posted at: January 4th, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC)

You made my whole day!! Love this!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: January 7th, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
danny

I'm so glad! Thanks!

Posted by: folie_lex (folie_lex)
Posted at: January 5th, 2011 11:10 pm (UTC)

Funny and sweet and the voiuce is so totally Danny!

Thanks for sharing :)

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: January 7th, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
danny doesn't get fired

I'm glad the voice was right. Thanks!

Posted by: lillyg (lillyg)
Posted at: January 6th, 2011 10:02 am (UTC)

Team to his rescue! Cute! ;-)

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: January 7th, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
hawaii family

Thanks so much!

Posted by: purple_spock (purple_spock)
Posted at: January 6th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)

This is so cute. I totally sympathise with Danny, but at least he has his team. : D

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: January 7th, 2011 03:16 pm (UTC)
danny ready

I do love a little fluffy h/c :) Thanks!

Posted by: jesseofthenorth (jesseofthenorth)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
H50 armporn

Thought you might like to know
your fic Left in the Cold has been recced HERE
at h50_rec_room

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: March 7th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
danny steve bust

Again, thanks for the heads up :)

Posted by: d_odyssey (d_odyssey)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2011 04:16 am (UTC)
Mine by bm_shipper

Awww, poor Danny! Team to the rescue for the win. Wonderful h/c with Danny blaming the island but the team coming to give him some unexpected comfort. Lovely.

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: March 7th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
danny ready

I do enjoy h/c, and I like to think the team would do this for each other :)

Thanks!

Posted by: dame_pythia (dame_pythia)
Posted at: April 22nd, 2011 06:05 am (UTC)

*giggle* I'm such a sucker for fluff, especially team!fluff :D

Fav line "Your island got me sick." !!!!!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: May 1st, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
danny steve walk

Team!fluff does make me smile :) Thanks!

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