Hawaii Five-0, 2x21 - Pa Make Loa
*Because Chin knows how much Danny misses Steve..
It’s not difficult to see. It’s written all over Danny’s face; it’s in the way the angles of his mouth are curved downwards and in how the small, thin lines around his eyes are always there. Chin knows that Danny isn’t getting enough sleep, knows that he is staying up most of the nights, thoughts of Steve and deep, sheer worry keeping him awake in the worst of the ways.
And it doesn’t matter that Danny keeps mechanically changing his shirt every morning, or that he shows up at work every day freshly shaved and with his omnipresent cup of strong, black coffee in his hand. Chin doesn’t miss the way he frowns when he thinks that no one is paying attention to him, eyes dark and lost somewhere far and lips tightly pressed together.
Everyone misses Steve, but Chin knows that Danny doesn’t. He doesn’t miss him, he just wants him back, needs him to be back home before his deep sighs and dark thought will take him over.
That’s why tonight, as many other nights before, Chin find himself outside of the McGarrett house. From the window he can see Danny sitting at his usual spot at Steve’s desk, right in front of where his partner should be, where he belongs to. Face buried in his hands, tie lying forgotten on the wooden surface in front of him, Danny looks like a lost soul waiting for someone to bring him somewhere safe.
Once again, as he places his hand on the doorknob, Chin thinks that Steve isn’t the only one away from home.