The Jersey Girl Next Door @daddyslilheartbreaker
Chapter 4

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.

The case had been transferred over to the Five-0 at the request of the Governor. Danny had dropped off Grace back home with her mother and then went straight over to the office. The security tape from the hotel bar played showing Chelsea lunging forward and grabbing the victim. He swallowed hard as a feeling of dread suddenly overcame him.

"That's the victim. Sheila Croft, fifty eight years old, married to Phillip Croft and mother to Ethan Croft. She's from North Carolina, but her current residence is in New Jersey." Kono ran down the basics for the rest of the team.

"What the hell did she say to set off Chelsea like that?" Danny looked at the screen again.

"She said Danny and Grace. That's all I could make out before Chelsea jumped at her. According to this tape, Sheila's husband met her about five minutes after I got Chelsea to leave. The couple enjoyed a drink and talked for about fifteen minutes. Then the husband left. She left about five minutes later." She showed as the tape played.

Chin nodded changing the scene to show the husband. "Hotel cameras show the husband going back to their suite and he doesn't come back out until the morning. The interesting part is that they don't show the wife returning at all."

Steve set down a file looking over everything. "Looking at the time stamp on the video and going by what Max said, Sheila Croft was killed about fifteen minutes after leaving the bar."

"Chelsea was already on her way to your house by then. A few blocks away, I believe." Kono added.

The brunette in question had just walked in only to look confused at what was on the screen. "Why are you looking at security tapes of her?"

"Because she's dead, Jersey." Danny turned around to look at her.

A look of genuine surprise appeared upon her face at that news. Steve led her into his office sitting her down on the couch and got her a drink. She took a sip feeling herself shake a bit.

"I want to know everything there is to know about the Crofts and why they're in Hawaii. Our only other lead right now is Chelsea so I'm going to go see if I can finally get her to talk." Danny nodded at the cousins before walking toward Steve's office.

The dark haired woman took a deep breath and relaxed. "I didn't kill her if that's what you guys think."

"Of course we don't think that, Jers. We just want to know what the hell is going on." He sat down beside her.

Chelsea looked at them before sighing softly. "Alright, I'll tell you. Ethan Croft was dating my roommate Teresa and she got pregnant. The Crofts didn't approve of their son having a baby out of wedlock so they fixed it so that it looked like the two were married all along. Teresa refused to go along with it and Phillip Croft tried to kill her. He was going to make it look like a robbery gone bad. I got her into my car and he shot at us which is how I got shot. Teresa went into labor and Ethan was furious that his father tried to kill his pregnant girlfriend. She had a boy and a few months later I helped her leave the state with financial help from Ethan."

Steve looked at her. "Okay. Go on."

She nodded her head a bit. "They demanded to know where their grandson was and Ethan acted like he had no idea. They made things so bad that I was forced to quit my job. They bought the apartment building I lived in and evicted me. So I went to their house feeling fed up and wanting to tell them that I genuinely don't know where the baby is living now. I get to the gate and right as I went to press the buzzer, I saw Phillip Croft in the driveway talking to two men. He said something about shipments and territory in the islands. Then he pulled out a gun and shot one of them in the head. I got in the car and drove off."

"And ran here instead of going to the cops."

Chelsea scoffed at him. "Like they would have believed me over him. I just took what I had and ran. Teresa got me in touch with her father who is the Captain of that boat. Met up with him in San Diego and he gave me a fair price to sail to Hawaii. I wasn't thinking. My instincts were just screaming at me to get to Danny because I knew I'd be safe."

"Boss, we got something. The Crofts thought they were being clever, but we managed to find a paper trail leading to several offshore accounts. One of them paid Brandon Scott to go after Chelsea." Kono informed them handing the information to Steve.

Her hand instinctively grabbed Danny's hand interlacing their fingers. "I feel like I should be surprised, but I'm not."

"We should bring Phillip and Ethan in for questioning." Danny squeezed her hand reassuringly.

Steve held his hand up thinking everything over. "Not yet. First we see what they have to say and find some more evidence."

They were getting ready to leave when Steve stopped and looked at Chelsea. "Get in touch with Teresa. Let Chin and Kono talk to her. Maybe she might know something that can help."

"Please. The word is please, you neanderthal. Jers, just stay here until we get back, alright?" Danny stroked her face gently.

She smiled softly and nodded her head. "I can do that. Yeah."

He kissed her head and left with Steve. She gave the number to Chin who typed it in making a video screen pop up. It rang a few times before a young woman with light brown hair appeared on the screen.

"Chelsea! Hey, what's going on?" Teresa grinned adjusting the infant in her arms.

She smiled waving at them. "Hey Tee. Oh he's gotten so big! Oh right, listen, I'm calling because Sheila is dead. She was murdered."

"What? Oh my god! Are we in danger?" Her smile faded as a mix of fear and panic began to take over.

Chelsea shook her head smiling reassuringly at her. "No, no, you two are fine. I promise."

"Teresa, I'm Officer Kono Kalakaua and this is Detective Chin Ho Kelly. We're part of the Five-0 task force in Hawaii that's investigating Mrs. Croft's death. We just have a few questions for you." Kono introduced herself and her cousin.

"Oh of course. Let me just put him down first." The young woman left the screen for a few moments and then reappeared with a baby monitor in hand.

Chin nodded his head smiling politely at her. "Have you spoken to any of the Crofts recently?"

"The only one I speak to is Ethan. He said they were going to Hawaii and wasn't sure when they'd be back."

"Did he mention why they were headed to Hawaii?" She inquired looking at the screen.

"Ethan said that his parents had to deal with some business and that they were dragging him along because he screwed something up. I didn't really ask for details." Teresa shrugged her shoulders.

Meanwhile at the hotel, Ethan Croft let Steve and Danny into his parents' suite. They extended their condolences and took in their surroundings. Phillip Croft poured himself a drink before sitting down.

"Do you know anyone who would want to harm your wife?" Danny questioned looking over at him.

He sipped his drink and sighed. "No. Sheila was a sweetheart. Everyone loved her. No one even knew we were coming to Hawaii. It was an impromptu vacation."

Steve raised his eyebrow at him. "Are you aware that your wife met with someone at the bar the night she was killed?"

Phillip took another sip shrugging his shoulders. "Yes. Chelsea Walker. She's a brat that's been trying to extort us out of our fortune in exchange for telling us where are grandson is currently living."

The younger man scoffed at his father. "Dad, that's enough. We all know that's not true. You and mom have been making that poor girl's life a living hell over my son who you have no damn right to be near."

"Alright, let's just calm down a little." Danny's anger cooled a bit surprisingly.

Ethan sighed running his fingers through his hair. "I did it. I killed mom."

Steve sat him down. "Tell us what happened, Ethan."

He frowned at the thought. "I was there in the bar. They didn't see me. I heard Mom mention those names. Hearing her threaten another child just because Chelsea was protecting mine just made my blood boil. So I drank. Then Dad showed up. So I drank more. Then Dad left. I followed Mom out and we argued. I didn't mean it. I shoved her and.. and she wasn't moving. I panicked and left."

"Where did you leave her?" He raised his eyebrows at him.

Ethan sighed again. "In the alleyway next to the bar."

"The autopsy shows bruising on her arms and a contusion on the back of head consistent with being shoved. Only problem is that her cause of death is listed as strangulation." He listed looking at the autopsy report again.

Steve nodded listening to him. "Think the son's lying?"

"Nah, I think he's being straight with us. Could probably press him and see if he tells us anything further though. Did Max determine how she was strangled?"

He paced a bit thinking. "With the chain from her purse. The shove must of knocked the purse off of her when she fell down. It would have left marks on the killer's hands from holding the chain tight against her throat and Ethan didn't have any marks on his hands. We should probably consider the husband's smuggling business associates and perhaps anyone connected to the man that Phillip murdered. I think we should send Chelsea in undercover. See if we can get Phillip to spill any details about his associates on tape."

"Are you out of your freaking mind? No. No way. It's not happening." Danny protested.

Steve stopped and placed his hand on his shoulder. "Hey, it'll be fine. We'll be right there the whole time."

"It's too damn dangerous, babe. It's not happening. No."

Chelsea appeared in the doorway with a determined look on her face. "I'll do it if it means he and Grace are safe. I'll do anything if it means all this crap is done."

"Jersey, no..." He sighed looking at her.

She smiled softly at him. "Danno, you'll be right there watching my back. I know I'll be perfectly safe as long as you're there."

"Fine, but I'm not going to be happy about it." Danny frowned.

She was in a black lace dress with sleeves that stopped mid forearm. Black heels adorned her feet and she carried a small black clutch. It made sense for her to do this since she was probably the only one on the island on their side that could truly push the elder Croft's buttons. The brunette took a breath before approaching the older man after his wife's memorial service. She had no idea why he decided to have an impromptu one here in Hawaii instead of waiting until they got back to New Jersey, but she wasn't going to question it. He grew upset and began to order her out.

Chelsea frowned at him. "It was a beautiful service. I just came here to offer my condolences, Mr. Croft."

He eyed her skeptically. "She'll never see her grandson again."

She tilted her head slightly. "And whose fault is that? You're the one that shot at him before he was even born."

Phillip sighed. "That was a mistake. I realized the error of my ways."

The dark haired woman scoffed. "Oh please. You act like this perfect pillar of the community when deep down you know that you're the furthest from it."

He narrowed his eyes at her. "I think you should leave, Miss Walker."

Chelsea looked at him. "Sheila had no idea, did she? That her husband is a murderer."

Phillip grew upset face turning red. "She would have understood. That bastard was going to blow the lid off the whole operation."

A look of surprise crossed her face. "What operation?"

He pulled out his gun tracing it along her jawline. "It's supply and demand. I pay for the drugs and guns. Then I sell them at a higher fee to those on the islands that asked for them. Triad, Samoans, Yakuza. I've supplied to all of them. I have no allegiances. They are aware of that."

She eyed him curiously. "So who was the bastard you killed then?"

The older man scoffed shaking his head. "Lower level member of the Triad. Acted like he was bigger than he was."

Chelsea rolled her eyes at him. "He was still better than you, it seems."

Phillip smacked her across the face with his gun. It was then that the Five-0 burst in yelling at him to drop his weapon. He grabbed her instead using her as a shield. After some back and forth yelling, Chelsea elbowed the older man in his midsection. He let go of her doubling over for a moment allowing her to move away from him. Gathering his wits, Phillip Croft raised his gun aiming at her. Chelsea ducked out of the way as the Five-0 shot at him. He fell to the ground and they stopped shooting lowering their guns giving Chelsea the chance to run into Danny's arms. He hugged her tightly as Steve walked over checking Phillip's pulse.

"Are you alright?" He checked her over once they were out of that room frowning at the bruise that was forming on her cheek bone.

Chelsea smiled softly at him and nodded her head. "I'm okay. Just a little shaken up."

"I knew this was a bad idea."

Steve walked out looking at them. "He's dead. You did good though, Chelsea. I'm sorry you had to go through all that."

She nodded letting out a breath that she didn't realize she was holding. "Did he really admit all of that so easily?"

He shrugged checking over the bruise on her face. "Phillip was already in a very emotional state of mind. You kept prodding at him and he grew irrational. He let his ego take over and he had to be smug about the whole thing before trying to take you out."

"Can we all just agree to never put her in that position again?" Danny suggested.

Chelsea just smiled at Danny and made her way over to Chin to get disconnected from the laser monitoring.

While the rest of the team finished up for the night, Danny left with Chelsea. He stopped for take out and then took her back to his place in hopes of getting their minds off of what happened earlier. They ate and laughed as they reminisced about the good times that they had shared back in New Jersey. The two of them had a few beers as well and had a nice little buzz going on. She put the leftovers away while he cleaned up a bit. Music was softly playing and he twirled her around making her giggle softly at him.

"God, you're beautiful." Danny murmured pulling her in close once she faced him again.

Chelsea looked at him in awe unsure of what to say. "Danny..."

He leaned in finally pressing his lips against hers. She stilled for a moment before relaxing and giving in returning the kiss. It was gentle and cautious. When he broke the kiss, they looked at each other in surprise. Chelsea smiled and pulled him into another kiss. This time it was more passionate. Hands began to roam and soon clothes were shed. Danny lifted her up into his arms pressing kisses along her neck as he then carried her to his bed.

"Yeah, she's fine. We're at my place. Alright, I'll be there in a little while." Danny spoke into the phone and then hung up setting it aside.

Chelsea stirred a bit and snuggled against him more. "Everything okay?"

"Everything is perfect. Steve was just checking in." His arms wrapped around her body keeping her close.

She smiled softly letting her eyes flutter open. "Mm, right, you probably have a lot of paperwork and investigating to do."

"It's impossible to focus on the idea of work when you're laying there absolutely naked." Danny smirked flipping them so that he was now hovering above her.

Chelsea giggled feeling his hands rubbing her sides. "Well the sheet was covering me. Barely."

The blond just grinned and leaned down kissing her. They lost track of time between the bed and then moving to take a shower. It was close to two hours later when they were finally dressed and drinking coffee. Well Danny was dressed, at least. Chelsea refused to wear her dress from last night claiming that it felt tainted since all it did was remind her of what happened before they had returned to his place. Thinking quick, Danny grabbed a beach towel wrapping her securely in it. She looked at the towel then at him in confusion.

"What? If anyone sees you, they'll think you just came from the beach." He shrugged.

Chelsea laughed softly shaking her head. "That... is so dumb yet it might just work."

He chuckled and drove her over to Steve's house. Steve was already at the Palace so it was easy for her to get up to the guest bedroom without being seen. Chelsea got dressed and ran a brush through her hair. She headed back downstairs only to find Danny still waiting there.

"Uh hey, Steve wants you to come in to give a statement about yesterday and sign it. Sorry, it's standard procedure." Danny sighed rubbing at the back of his neck.

She smiled at him waving it off. "It's alright, really. I'm just ready for it all to be over with, you know?"

The blond detective nodded in agreement and led her out to his car. He drove her over to the Palace and parked his car walking inside with her. Steve greeted them then showed the dark haired woman the forms that she had to fill out.

He went over them slowly and then pointed at the bottom of the last page. "You just sign right there and then you're done. Oh, uh, you can sit right over here and fill them out."

Chelsea took the forms smiling softly at him. "Thanks, but I think I'd rather stand."

Danny couldn't resist grinning at her words and she smacked his arm.

"Ow! Jersey, what the hell?" He rubbed at his upper arm lightly.

She pointed the pen at him and raised her eyebrow. "Don't you start."

Before he could respond, Steve pulled him over to the table with the rest of the team to discuss the case.

She had just signed the forms when she heard the familiar voice. Stretching her hand out, Chelsea glanced over only to see Ethan talking to Steve. She let them talk and then walked over handing the filled out forms to the Commander. Ethan looked at her and sighed running his fingers through his hair. Steve let him go and walked into his office with the forms.

Ethan looked at her awkwardly. "Can we talk? I'm so sorry for everything. From everything my parents did to hiring those guys to follow you. It never should have happened."

She looked at him in shock. "That was you?"

He sighed nodding his head. "Yeah, it was. I'm so sorr..."

The Croft's son was cut off by her slapping him across the face.

Ethan adjusted her jaw and looked at her. "Alright, I deserved that."

Chelsea narrowed her eyes at him. "You're damn right you deserved that. Lucky I don't smack you a few more times. I could have been killed, Ethan. I was terrified!"

He looked ashamed as he listened to her. "I know and I really truly am sorry, Chelsea. I know there's nothing I can say or do to make it up to you."

She softened a bit nodding her head. "Yeah, you're right. Look, not that I cared much for them, but I'm sorry about your parents."

Ethan waved her off and shrugged. "Thanks. I'm sad about it because they were my parents, but they were truly awful people."

Chelsea sighed looking at him. "So what are you going to do now?"

He cracked a slight smile at the thought. "I'm going to go be with Teresa and our son."

She nodded again and shoved him lightly. "Good. Don't be an idiot, Ethan. Don't be anything like your parents. You're getting a fresh start with Teresa and the baby. Use it wisely. They deserve to be happy. I will find you and kick your ass if they are anything less than happy."

Ethan nodded his head solemnly. "I will. I swear I'll be good to them. Thank you again for protecting them. She doesn't want to go back to New Jersey, but, uh, I can still put in a good word for you with the department if you want your job back."

Chelsea smiled softly. "I just did what I had to do. I'm glad they're okay. Oh, um, thank you. I'll keep that in mind and let you know if I decide I want it back."

He nodded his head again and they hugged briefly. "Alright. I should get going. Teresa's expecting me."

She pulled back and waved at him. "Take care."

"You're so forgiving." Danny watched as the other man left the building.

Chelsea shrugged her shoulders at that. "He's an idiot sometimes, but he's not a bad guy. He just got caught up in his parents' bullshit."

"So you don't know if you're taking your job back?"

She looked at him. "I don't know. I just want to relax right now and what better place to do that than right here in Hawaii? Even if it is pineapple infested."

"So talk to me, brah. Something is different about you. Don't think we didn't notice how you and Danny were acting." Kono pointed out as she took a sip of her drink.

Chelsea sighed smiling softly at her. "We slept together last night... and this morning."

"Well it's about time. Congrats. Wait, have you guys done it before?"

She shook her head laughing a bit. "No. Last night was the first time we even kissed too."

"And why do I feel like you're not completely happy about that development?" She looked at her.

Chelsea sipped her drink. "No, I am happy about it. I'm just scared. I don't want to lose him as a friend, you know?"

"It's okay to be scared. Doesn't mean it's not worth pursuing though."

She munched on the nachos that sat between them. "Yeah, I know. It's beautiful here. I can't keep staying at Steve's though. I appreciate it, but I don't to overstay my welcome. Plus if I decide to stay, I'd rather have a place of my own."

"I have a cousin that does real estate on the island. I'll hook you guys up. She'll find you a place in no time." Kono assured her with a smile.

Chelsea raised her eyebrows at Kono. "Preferably one more stable than Danny's. One wrong breeze and that place will collapse."

"Cheers to that." She chuckled clinking their glasses and taking another sip of her drink.

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