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Title: "Pancakes and Memories"
Author
[livejournal.com profile] whogeek 
Fandom: Hawaii Five-0
Characters/Pairings: Steve McGarrett/Danny Williams(pre-slash), Grace Williams
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1,233
Warnings: Um, cuteness?  Also, some painful memories.
Genre: minor pre-slash, family, one-shot
Summary: Grace loves playing with Steve, and she really does mean well.
Author's Note: I don't own Hawaii Five-0, and if I did, the subtext would be a lot more blatant, or not subtext at all.  Inspired by a conversation with a friend about a little girl she babysits/nannies who was stealing noses and having her nose stolen.  >.>  My brain came up with this, which my muses are telling me falls into the same verse as "Nothing Better Than This".  Much love to [livejournal.com profile] shanachie_quill  for the beta job, and keeping my commas in line.  :D

Danny wakes up to Grace’s giggling shriek from somewhere downstairs. Steve had invited the team over for a barbeque the night before and offered to let Danny and Grace crash in the spare bedroom and Mary’s old room, as he often did after what Danny had taken to referring to as ‘team-plus-Grace’ nights. Clearly the two of them were up; probably more awake than anyone in their right mind should be at 8:00 on a Saturday morning.

He walks downstairs to find Grace running around the living room, Steve on hands and knees and growling, clearly playing the monster in whatever game they had come up with. He sits on the landing to watch as Steve ‘catches’ Grace and proceeds to tickle her. “Danno! Help!! I need the Great Wizard Danno! He has to save the Princess from the terrible Steve-Monster!”

Steve pauses in his tickling to grin over at Danny, giving Grace the opportunity to wriggle away.

Danny can’t help but grin as he pushes to his feet, bringing his hands up as if to cast a spell. “The Great Wizard Danno casts a taming spell on the Steve-Monster, making him the Princess Grace’s loyal protector!”

Steve rolls his eyes but goes along with it, rolling onto his side and letting Grace flop down on top of him. “YAY! I have a pet Steve-Monster now!” She happily scratches his head, giggling when he pushes up into it. “Morning, Danno!”

“Morning, Grace. Morning, Steve.”

Steve grins up at him from the floor. “Morning, Danny.”

Danny finally comes all the way down into the room, shaking his head at the two of them. “What am I gonna do with you two?”

“There’s coffee in the kitchen.”

“Malasadas?”

“Nope, I told Grace if you were okay with it, she could help me make pancakes. What do you say?”

“Please, Danno! Please! Super-Steve said it’s his mom’s recipe!” Grace turns the puppy-dog eyes up at him, Steve following suit.

“Come on, Danno. Fresh pancakes, from scratch.”

“Alright, McGarrett pancakes it is.”

Grace grins and jumps up, racing over to hug Danny. “Yay!” She turns to head into the kitchen but Danny stops her.

“Hold on, Monkey, what do you do before you help in the kitchen?”

“Pull my hair back, put on an apron, and wash my hands.”

“Atta, girl. Go get your hair tie.” Grace races up the stairs and Danny turns back to Steve, now sitting on the floor. “Steve-Monster?”

Steve shrugs and holds out a hand for Danny to haul him up. “Her idea.”

“Do you have an apron for her to wear?”

Steve scratches his head and moves into the kitchen. “Might. Mom had one for Mary and one for me when we were kids. I don’t think Dad would have thrown them out.” He pulls open the pantry door and starts looking. He grins again when he comes out with a canvas bag. “Here they are.”

Danny moves over to the coffeemaker, a mug already set out beside it. “This for me?” Steve nods absently, and Danny pours the coffee and takes a sip. “Did you do a lot of cooking with your mom?”

Steve’s pulling aprons out, draping them over a chair as he does so. “Yeah. She was determined that we would be able to cook a few things by the time we were out on our own. I really kinda missed it after… and then Dad sent us away.”

At that point Grace comes barreling into the kitchen, hair in a slightly messy ponytail. “OK! Now I just need an apron!” Danny smiles and Steve finally pulls out a pair of beautiful child-sized aprons. One has an image of the sun peeking over the ridge of a mountain, probably one of the island’s mountains. The other is looking out along the edge of a beach, all blue sky, blue water, and white sand. Grace gasps, eyes going big. “They’re beautiful!”

“These were the aprons Mary and I used when we were little.” He drops the bag onto a chair, grabbing up the lower corners of the aprons, showing Grace the insides, where each has a small handprint, labeled with a careful script just under it. “Those are our handprints. Mom helped us put those there when each of us turned 4.”

Grace reaches a careful hand out to trace around the edges of the handprints and Danny seriously wishes he had a camera for this moment. “And you’re gonna let me wear one?” She sounds totally in awe of this.

“Yep. So, which one do you want? Mary’s or mine?”

Grace keeps tracing the handprints, thinking hard before she gives Steve a blinding grin. “I want to wear yours.”

Steve looks totally blindsided, but he manages to hang the ocean-view apron around Grace’s neck. “Turn around.” Grace dutifully turns, lifting her hair so Steve can adjust the length of the apron properly and tie the strings around her waist.

When Steve pats her shoulder, she bounds over to where Danny is leaning against the counter. “Isn’t it beautiful, Daddy?”

“It certainly is.” Steve is standing there looking a little lost. “How about you pick out an apron for Steve?” Grace nods and starts looking through the aprons piled on the back of the chair, as Danny moves over to Steve. “You ok?”

Steve nods, a little shakily. “Yeah. I’m good.”

“You got a stepstool too? She’ll need one if you want her to help out.”

Another nod, but Steve has a purpose, and he moves back to the pantry, coming out with a small wooden step-stool that will put Grace at the right height to properly reach the counter.

“Steve, you wear this one.” Grace has pulled a fairly ordinary looking apron from the pile, but at the look on Steve’s face, Danny knows it’s probably not that ordinary.

“Why that one, Monkey?”

Grace turns over the bottom corner to show where there are four handprints, two big ones and two little ones. She’s looking a little unsure now, worry in her eyes as she looks at Steve. “I’m wearing his, so he should wear his family’s.” Danny moves closer and yes, these handprints are labeled too, ‘John’ under the largest, ‘Mary Ann’ and ‘Steven’ the smaller two, and the other large print ‘Margaret’ in the same careful hand.

“Grace, I think…” But then Steve is there, crouching down in front of her.

It looks like he wants to say something, but then he just pulls her in, wrapping those strong arms around her and clutching her close. Grace looks startled, still a little worried, but she hugs him back, small arms wrapping around Steve’s torso. When he pulls back, he takes the apron from Grace and slips it on, reaching around to tie the strings.

Grace smiles at him and pushes up a little to plant a kiss on his cheek and yep, there’s that blindsided look again. “Come on Super-Steve, we’ve got pancakes to make!”

Steve smiles back, letting Grace lead him over to the sink so they can wash up before starting.

Danny smiles as he watches the two of them; Steve giving Grace instructions and letting her talk to him about her school, her friends, everything she can think of. And this? Danny could definitely get used to this, even if it is Hawaii.

Date: Feb. 24th, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
ext_384643: (Steve hearts)
From: [identity profile] sexycazzy.livejournal.com
Awwww! This made me go teary!

(sorry, am trying to do proper sentences but this...AWWW! Loved it)

Date: Feb. 24th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whogeek.livejournal.com
:D Thanks! Kinda ended up being the point of this thing.

Date: Feb. 24th, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] koyaannisqatsi.livejournal.com
Adorable. :)

Date: Feb. 24th, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whogeek.livejournal.com
Thanks! :D

Date: Feb. 24th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sirona-gs.livejournal.com
Oh, Steve! ;____; Normally I have this reaction about Danny, but this time I just want to cuddle the stuffing out of Steve-monster! ♥ So, so lovely, I have no words! <3

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 12:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whogeek.livejournal.com
:D It was just going to be just fluff and all kinds of adorable, but then my muses hit me with this sudden ANGST! And Steve had Grace to hug, so it was all good.

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] el-gilliath.livejournal.com
mushhhhhhhhhhhhh. that is me right now, all mush

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whogeek.livejournal.com
:D Thanks!

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bi-nocturnal-g.livejournal.com
So much ♥ for Steve. Grace is so adorable in this. And I love how Danny is slowly adapting and thinking of it as home, 'cause home is where the heart is and it's clear to see where Danny's heart lays.

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whogeek.livejournal.com
She really is. And yes, he's kinda realizing this. This is starting to become a bit of a verse in my brain. XD

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 12:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bellalaine.livejournal.com
Awww! Step-Steve!

Great job!

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whogeek.livejournal.com
Thanks! :D

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] diva1996.livejournal.com
So very cute!

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 03:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whogeek.livejournal.com
:D Thanks!

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 01:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thunked.livejournal.com
Now I want my own Steve-Monster!

This was gold!

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 03:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whogeek.livejournal.com
Sorry, Steve-Monster belongs to the Williams.

Thanks! :D

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] d_odyssey.livejournal.com
Awww, so sweet. Love the aprons and Danny watching Grace and Steve bond.

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 03:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whogeek.livejournal.com
Thanks! I love the aprons too. :D

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snoewhite.livejournal.com
d'awww my heartstrings just strangled me. *evol glare*
you made me teary!

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whogeek.livejournal.com
:D No strangling allowed! Thanks!

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 02:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catheights.livejournal.com
Oh I love this -- incredibly sweet and touching.

“Come on Super-Steve, we’ve got pancakes to make!”

Grace is just all sorts of awesome in the fic!

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whogeek.livejournal.com
I know! I love her so much, I mean, really. :D Thanks!

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] huntress69.livejournal.com
I am such a huge Grace fan and you did a butt-kicking job with this. Thanks muchly for writing it.

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whogeek.livejournal.com
Thanks! :D

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adafrog.livejournal.com
awww....

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whogeek.livejournal.com
YAY! :D Thanks!

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrssnape13.livejournal.com
Ok, I just teared up like crazy. That was really touching. <3

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 04:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whogeek.livejournal.com
Thanks. :D It was gonna be fluff, and then... well, minor angst.

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 05:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spiritmage83.livejournal.com
That was adorable. I teared up....

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 05:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whogeek.livejournal.com
:D Thank you!

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 09:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] samjohnsson.livejournal.com
SCHMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP!

I can't even! Poor goof, Grace is a cruise missile right at his weak spot - family. And Jack having kept all the aprons is so! Was gonna go to sleep, but now I'm so smiley and giddy that I'm gonna be up for a bit (in a good way, mind).

Not to encourage them (wait, who am I kidding?), but I'm inclined to agree with your muses in that this does feel 'verse-y with the nightmare one. I'd need a third, to be really sure, though. ^.-

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whogeek.livejournal.com
She really is, he doesn't have the first clue how to defend against her. I honestly don't think he would have been able to get rid of some things.

ROFL!! I'm glad, because, honestly, there might be more coming from these three muses of mine. ;D

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 09:51 am (UTC)
somehowunbroken: (5-0 Danny and Grace)
From: [personal profile] somehowunbroken
This, awww, this! It made me a little teary and then a lot smile-y :)

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whogeek.livejournal.com
Thanks! :D

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mcwilliamsluvr.livejournal.com
This was just beautiful. Loved it.

Date: Feb. 25th, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whogeek.livejournal.com
Thanks! :D

Date: Feb. 28th, 2011 05:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xlovelessotakux.livejournal.com
Oh! My heart! *clutches at chest*

Super-Steve and Gracie bonding! Family fic is such a weakness, love! This was just beautiful. Thank you.

Date: Feb. 28th, 2011 05:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whogeek.livejournal.com
:D Glad you like it!!

Date: Apr. 1st, 2011 09:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lillyg.livejournal.com
I have some tears in my eyes. So sweet.

Date: Apr. 1st, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whogeek.livejournal.com
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it.

Date: Nov. 24th, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teddibear.livejournal.com
This is just incredibly sweet. I love the stories behind the aprons and how Steve reacts to Grace's choices. She is very perceptive that one. And the hug at the end, awww. Such a sweet little family tableau. I love it.

Nice work. :)

Date: Nov. 30th, 2011 07:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whogeek.livejournal.com
Thanks! She really is incredibly perceptive, isn't she? Glad you liked it!

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