Summary: She is Danny's childhood best friend and Grace's godmother. When her unexpected arrival in Hawaii finds her tangled up in their latest case, the team will stop at nothing to keep her safe, but will the secrets that she is hiding get in the way?
Featuring: The Five-O crew, Grace Williams, a few OCs, and others.
Notes: So I am newly hooked on this show and couldn't resist writing about it.
After being cleared by the medics, she was taken back to the Palace. Chelsea had calmed down considerably since they had found her. Thankfully her luggage was also cleared and she was able to get dressed in the bathroom. The robe was put into evidence and she gave her official statement.
"We can do this later." Danny offered gently as he handed her a cup of tea.
She shook her head graciously accepting the cup. "Thanks and I'm fine. You know full well that I was mostly shaking because I don't like heights. I just want to get this over with now."
Chin nodded his head pulling up the pictures of the men from the boat before Danny could respond. "Do you recognize any of these men?"
The brunette tensed for a moment and then sighed. "Yes. That's Captain Lee. That's his son. Those three were the ones that made me feel creeped out. The one in the middle is... well he's the one that grabbed me in my hotel room."
Steve smiled softly and patted her shoulder. "You did great. These guys aren't going to touch you again. We won't let that happen. I promise you that."
She nodded her head in appreciation smiling weakly as she took a sip of her tea. "Thank you. Ugh, I'd love to just lay down now. Can I go back to my room?"
"Chels, It's a crime scene." His words were soft as he looked at her.
The brunette sighed running her fingers through her hair. "Guess I'll have to book another room then."
"Don't be ridiculous. You can stay with me." Danny offered with a reassuring smile.
Chelsea shot him a look while finishing her tea. "You sleep on a pull out sofa."
"And when has that ever stopped you before?"
She smacked his arm playfully and shook her head. "Shut up."
Steve looked at them amused. "Children."
"Steven, help me out here." He looked over at him.
He held his hands up in defense. "Don't look at me, Daniel."
A slight giggle fell from her lips at their antics. "Fine. I'll stay with you tonight, but I'm booking a room tomorrow."
"Jers, it really would be safer if you stayed with me. Or Steve. Until we catch these other two guys and figure out what's going on."
Steve nodded his head in agreement. "He's actually right. I have a guest room you can stay in. Backyard is literally the beach."
"Thanks, Super Seal."
She bit her lip in thought and then sighed. "Alright, fine. I'll stay with Danny tonight and then get settled into your guest room tomorrow, Steve. How's that?"
Steve looked at his partner amused. "I think she was talking to me."
"Shut up." Danny rolled his eyes playfully at him and led her out of the office.
Pulling up the file, Chin gestured to it. "She came back clear. Born and raised in New Jersey. Still lives there. Worked as a paramedic."
Steve raised his eyebrow. "Worked? She no longer works as a paramedic?"
He pointed out part of the file. "She quit two weeks ago."
The younger man nodded. "Hey Kono, come here real quick."
Steve looked at her. "Did you see anything suspicious when you took Chelsea to the hotel?"
"No, boss. I would have mentioned something to you guys if I did. If we were followed, It wasn't obvious." She assured him.
He nodded and sighed. "Alright, what else we got?"
Chin held up an evidence bag. "Her abductor got in with a stolen key card. Unfortunately he's still unconscious so we haven't gotten any answers out of him yet."
"We're still running background trying to identify him and the other two men." Kono added.
Steve ran his fingers through his hair and looked at them. "Alright, good job. Let's call it a night for now. Come back in the morning and look at everything with fresh eyes."
"You got it. Thanks, boss."
She had decided to shower again once they had reached Danny's place. He gave her a brief tour of the place and let her get settled. Grabbing her things, Chelsea headed into the bathroom setting them down on the counter. It was when she turned around to shut the door that she froze.
"Hey, it's alright. It's just me. I promise when you come back out that it'll just be me." Danny assured her snapping the woman out of her daze.
Chelsea gave him a weak smile and shut the door. She showered quickly then dried off before getting into her pajamas. The dark haired woman unlocked the door only to freeze up again. She bit her lip and called out to him. Danny sighed walking over to the door and grasped the knob.
"Jersey? It's just me. I'm going to open the door, alright?"
She relaxed taking a step back from the door. "Okay, Danny."
"Hey you." Danny gave her a soft smile standing in the doorway after opening the door.
Chelsea smiled softly at him. "Sorry."
"Don't be. It's alright."
She brushed past him leaving the bathroom stopping to put her stuff away before climbing into the bed. He watched her for a moment before moving to get ready for bed as well. Feeling the bed dip, Chelsea turned around only to find herself face to face with Danny.
Chelsea bit her lip and smiled. "Hi."
"You alright?" He reached out brushing a stray strand of her dark hair away from her face.
She made a face at him before laughing slightly. "I'm fine. Just a little rattled, but I'll get over it. Promise."
"I'm holding you to that. Remember the last time we were like this?"
Chelsea laughed more and nodded her head. "You mean in bed together? Yeah. We were up until like three in the morning talking and laughing."
"Yeah and then you fell asleep on me while I was talking." Danny laughed.
She shoved him playfully and smiled. "What? I was tired."
"Sure you were." He smirked at her.
Their noses brushed against each other as she looked into his eyes. "Goodnight, Danno."
"Night, Jersey." He bit his lip as she turned away from him.
Morning came and found them closer than either of them had anticipated. Her head was against his chest and she was snuggled up against him while his arms were wrapped around her protectively. Danny was the first to awake and smiled to himself when he discovered their positioning. He stayed where he was not wanting to wake her just yet. It was only a few more minutes anyway before she began to stir.
Her eyes fluttered open and she yawned realizing what happened. "Oh sorry."
Chelsea sat up and stretched. "Morning."
"Good morning." Danny smiled just watching her.
She smiled back and climbed off the bed making her way to the bathroom. He let out a sigh once the door was closed running his fingers through his messy blond locks. A knock at the door caught his attention and he got up walking toward the door. He cautiously looked out only to relax when he saw that it was just Steve.
Steve stood in the doorway holding a tray of coffees and a white bag. "Breakfast?"
"You actually paid for something?"
He chuckled as he walked in setting the tray down. "A simple thank you would have sufficed."
"Thank you." Danny smiled slightly at him.
The bathroom door opened just then and she let out a breath walking out dressed for the day. "Hey."
Steve smiled gesturing at the coffee. "Morning. I, uh, wasn't sure how you liked your coffee so I got it black."
She smiled pressing a kiss to his cheek. "Oh thank you. Black is fine. I usually go with that or a splash of milk with three sugars."
He chuckled setting the bag down as well. "You're welcome and duly noted."
"I'm going to go get ready." He cleared his throat and walked away.
Chelsea raised her eyebrow at him and then glanced at the white bag. "What's in the bag?"
Steve grinned letting her open it. "Malasadas. Danno loves them. Figured we'd welcome you to Hawaii with a favorite treat of the Hawaiians."
She smiled taking one of the powdery balls of fried dough out of the bag. "Well thanks. I appreciate it."
"Yeah thanks, Steven." Danny walked over fully dressed grabbing his coffee.
Chelsea took a bite of the treat groaning happily as the flavor hit her tongue. The noise nearly making the blond detective drop his coffee and Steve just looked at him way too amused at his reaction. She licked the powder from her lips and took a sip of the coffee in her hand.
Steve took a sip of his own coffee and smiled. "Good?"
She grinned moving to take another bite of the treat. "It's delicious. I can see why Danny loves it so much."
"You ran her background?"
Steve looked at him and nodded. "Of course I did, Danny. I had to make sure she checked out."
"And?" Danny raised his eyebrows at him curiously.
He sighed, "She did. You said that Grace talked to her about a week ago. Anything unusual come to your attention?"
"No. Wait, Gracie asked when she was going to come see her. She said that she had vacation time saved up from work and that hopefully soon she'd be coming for a visit."
Steve glanced around before giving him a serious look. "Danny, she quit her job two weeks ago."
"What? No. I mean, why wouldn't she have told me that?"
Before he could respond, Chelsea walked out of Danny's place with her luggage. Steve grabbed it moving to put it in the car.
"Hey Jers, is there something you want to tell me?" He grasped her arm gently turning her to look at him.
She raised her eyebrows curiously. "Uh no? What's going on?"
"Look, I know you quit your job. Why didn't you tell me?" Danny sighed as his features softened toward her.
Chelsea pulled her arm back and frowned. "You checked up on me?"
Steve leaned against the car for a moment raising his hand. "Uh, actually that was me."
She scoffed walking toward the car. "Well yeah, I did quit my job. It's none of your business why. I had my reasons and that is all you need to know."
"You are part of an active investigation. Do you think just maybe that your reasons might possibly be relevant without you realizing it?"
Chelsea glared at him. "I'm not a child, Daniel."
"Chels... damn it." He groaned as she got into the car slamming the door shut. "She only uses my full name when she's mad or really wants my attention."
Steve patted his shoulder. "Why don't you both cool off and you can try a different approach later?"
"Hawaii. They're moving to freaking Hawaii." Danny sighed as he stopped pacing around and sat down.
She frowned rubbing his back sympathetically. "Can she do that? I mean, legally, don't you guys share custody?"
"Yeah. Yeah we do. I could take her back to court, but... I can't put Gracie through that."
Chelsea nodded and leaned in pressing a kiss to his temple. "Well then you know what you gotta do."
"I'm moving to Hawaii." Danny threw his hands in the air.
She laughed slightly, "Yeah, you're moving to Hawaii."
"Are you laughing at me?" He smirked at her.
Chelsea smirked back and moved away. "Uh, nope."
He smirked more and grabbed her tickling her sides. Their laughter echoing around the room as she swatted at his hands playfully trying to get him to stop. His hands stilled after a bit as he found himself hovering over her and they caught their breath.
"Come with me, Jers."
She gazed up at him biting her lip. "To Hawaii?"
"No, to the moon. Of course to Hawaii." He chuckled slightly.
Chelsea sighed shaking her head. "Danny, I can't. I have a life here. I can't just pick up and move."
"Yeah, I know. It was worth a shot. I'm going to miss you, kid." Danny pressed a kiss to her forehead.
She laughed shoving him playfully. "You're hardly that much older than me. Shut up."
Steve smirked as he walked into the guarded hospital room. "Well look who is finally awake. Took you long enough."
"Is this really necessary?" The man groaned tugging his wrist clanking the handcuffs against the railing of the bed.
"You abducted a woman from her hotel room and dragged her to the hotel roof which leads to credible attempted murder charges." Danny glared at him.
"Whoa whoa, I wasn't trying to kill the bitch. I was just supposed to scare her."
Steve had to hold Danny back and block him from the suspect. "Now why would you want to go and do something like that?"
"Why should I tell you?"
He smirked still holding Danny back. "You really want me to let him go?"
"I was just doing what I was told to do. He paid me to scare her." He sighed.
"He who? Who paid you?" Danny raised his voice.
"I don't know! It was all hush hush. Didn't give me a name."
The blond detective rolled his eyes and was about to say something when his partner walked him out of the room. Steve led him out of the hospital allowing his friend the time to calm down. Before either could speak, Chin pulled up in front of them on his motorcycle.
"Hey. Got anything?" Danny greeted him.
Chin took his helmet off and nodded his head. "All three men are from the mainland. The one in the hospital is Brandon Scott. 38 and a long list of priors. He's from Ohio. His pals are Ryan Thomas and Jordan Collins. Both also have a long list of priors. They're cousins from New York."
"Do we have anything linking them to Brandon other than being seen with him on a boat?"
He cracked a smile and handed over a piece of paper. "Looked into Brandon's financials. Seventy five thousand was deposited into his account from an off shore bank about a week ago. Twenty five thousand got transferred to Ryan and twenty five thousand got transferred to Jordan. It's also not the first time they've split money. The cousins are also being held at HPD on suspicions of drug smuggling."
"Well that might just answer that part of the case. Why would you pay three random guys seventy five thousand to follow a woman to Hawaii just to scare her though? I feel like something's not adding up here." Danny took a breath and looked at them.
Steve nodded his head in agreement. "Good work, Chin. See if you can find out anything about that off shore account. We're going to go see if we can get some answers from the woman in question."
The men arrived at Steve's home only to find her out on the lanai at the back of the house. She was curled up on one of the deck chairs watching the waves rolling into the shore as the sun slowly set for the evening. A content sigh fell from her lips as she relaxed. They approached her and Steve handed her a Longboard.
She smiled and took a sip of the beer. "Thanks. You know, this is really an amazing spot. It truly feels like paradise."
Steve smiled looking out at the ocean. "Oh well thank you. It really is something, huh?"
"You should see it when there's more people here and Steve's grilling. Hey, it's my weekend with Gracie. We should do a cookout here tomorrow." Danny spoke up getting her attention.
Her face lit up at the mention of the little girl. "I'd love that. I can't wait to see her. Are you sure it's safe though? I mean, with everything going on, I don't want her in any danger."
"Hey, she'll be perfectly fine. I wouldn't be bringing her over if I thought it wasn't safe." He assured her sitting down.
Steve took a sip of his beer nodding in agreement. "She's perfectly safe here. We'd never let anything happen to her."
"But if you want to see her, you have to answer some questions for us first."
Chelsea narrowed her green eyes at him and scoffed. "Well now you're just playing dirty, Daniel. Ugh fine, but only because I really want to see her."
"Do the names Brandon Scott, Ryan Thomas, or Jordan Collins mean anything to you?" Danny asked looking at her curiously.
She shook her head, "No. Should they?"
He sat down as well and looked at her. "They're the three guys on the boat that were creeping you out. Brandon's the one that grabbed you. Chelsea, they were paid to follow you."
The brunette looked genuinely surprised by his revelation. "What? That's.. that's crazy."
"Hey, they're all in custody. It's alright." Danny assured her placing his hand on her leg.
Steve took another sip of his beer. "There's a lot that's not adding up though and we think you're the only one that can fill in the blanks."
Chelsea sighed looking at them both. "I don't know. It's not like I told anyone beforehand that I was coming to Hawaii."
"C'mon, talk to me, Jersey. I'm right here."
She frowned taking a long sip of her beer. "Alright, fine. Not like I really have a choice in the matter. What do you want to know?"
"Well let's start at the beginning, shall we? Why'd you quit your job?" The blond detective tilted his head at her.
The dark haired woman glanced out at the water again and bit her lip. "A few months ago, I had come home from work and my neighbors were arguing loudly. It was pretty typical of them. Custody dispute. Well this time she called the cops. They were talking to the father and I told the mother I'd watch the baby who was upset until the cops sorted everything out. Well the father didn't take kindly to that and pulled out a gun. I took a bullet to the shoulder. It was a through and through. Just nearly missed going through the mother as well."
"And you didn't bother telling me."
Chelsea shot him a look. "I was fine. It didn't warrant you spending time away from Grace."
"You didn't even let me make the choice!"
Steve raised his eyebrows at them. "So what does all of that have to do with you quitting your job?"
She turned her attention toward Steve. "I just wasn't sure I wanted to do it any more, you know? Don't get me wrong, I love helping people. I think I just needed to take a break and re-evaluate some things."
"So that's why you came to Hawaii." He spoke up softly.
Chelsea smiled at him. "I told you. I really wanted to see you and Grace. It's been a while. Also I'm not an idiot. I knew I was being followed. Those jerks aren't exactly subtle. So I came here because I knew I'd be safe with you, Danno."
"Why didn't you just tell me that from the beginning?"
She sighed resting her head against his shoulder. "I don't know. I got so caught up in seeing you again and then you guys brought up the whole smuggling thing. I guess I just thought they'd stop following me once they saw that I was around cops."
"Yeah well they didn't. I don't know what I would have done if something would have happened to you." Danny draped his arm around her pressing a kiss against her head.
"When are you going to grow up? Always getting yourself into trouble and then we have to fix everything." The older woman scoffed as she relaxed in her seat within the private jet.
He groaned running his hands over his face. "Mother, you're overreacting. I handled it already."
The older man took a sip of his scotch and sighed. "Did you really, son? Those buffoons you hired are already in police custody."
"It doesn't matter, sweetheart. You just fix things on your end and I'll deal with the girl." She glanced out the window seeing the palm trees as the plane neared the runaway.
The younger man rolled his eyes. "It doesn't matter how much money you offer her. She won't take it. Chelsea's not that kind of woman."
"Oh you'd be surprised. Everyone has a price, dear."