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.
She had done her best to avoid being in the same place as Danny and Steve while putting most of her focus on spending time with her visiting parents. It had been going well until she had gotten called into work. Setting her purse down, Chelsea washed her hands and sighed. Her dark hair was pulled up into a ponytail while her body was wrapped in a pastel yellow sundress with thin straps. She turned around only to find herself face to face with Steve.
Chelsea gave him a once over and raised her eyebrow. "Well you look like you've been through hell."
Steve smiled at her. "Nice dress."
She rolled her green eyes at him. "I was out having lunch with my parents. What happened? Is Danny alright?"
He sighed sitting down on the exam table gingerly removing his tattered shirt. "He's fine. I, uh, flipped my car a few times."
The brunette froze for a moment before snapping out of it. "You're a mess, McGarrett."
Her fingertips gently pressed against his ribs a few times revealing that he was lucky to not have them broken. She tended to his various scrapes and bruises avoiding eye contact with him. It didn't last long as she had to check to ensure that he didn't have a concussion. She made a few notes in his chart and then tended to his split lip avoiding his eyes again.
Another sigh fell from his lips as he watched her. "Chels, you're doing it again."
She raised her eyebrow at him clearly confused. "Doing what?"
Steve grasped her wrists gently. "You're avoiding me."
Chelsea froze again and then pulled away cleaning up. "You're all set. I can't for sure say that you don't have any internal injuries so you might want to check with a doctor. I'm going to go check on Danny."
He stood up grasping her arm. "Chelsea..."
She yanked her arm away from him only to knock over her bag spilling the contents of it onto the floor. "Damn it."
Chelsea knelt down quickly shoving everything back into her purse. Steve moved to help her and she grabbed her bag once everything was cleaned up. She stood and walked out of the room without a word. He went to stand up when something caught his eye. Steve picked up the rectangular white strip of paper off of the floor and turned it around only to realize that it was a strip of photos. As he stood up, he studied the photos and was stunned realizing now exactly why she was acting so weird.
It was the last night that the Walkers were spending in Hawaii before their flight home in the morning and Chelsea was thrilled when Danny surprised her parents by cooking them dinner. The meal went off without a hitch and she got her brother to help her with the dishes afterward. Danny sat with her parents in the living room making small talk.
"Daniel, I have known you for many years and I can't say I was completely happy to hear that you're now seeing my little girl. You broke her heart. I know I can't truly fault you for that since neither of you knew how the other felt at the time, but the point still stands." Thomas Walker admitted looking over at him.
"I don't blame you, sir, but I can assure you that I love your daughter. Everything is out in the open between us now and I am never going to hurt her again."
Hope Walker raised her eyebrow at that. "Everything?"
"Darling..." Her husband interjected looking over at her.
Just then, Chelsea joined them sitting down beside Danny with a smile on her face. "What's going on?"
"Nothing, dear. Just clearing the air with Daniel. Your mother and I are about to call it a night though. Early flight in the morning." Thomas smiled at his daughter moving to stand up.
She frowned at that, but quickly covered it with a smile. "Alright, Daddy. I'm going to miss you guys."
Hope smiled at her daughter. "We're going to miss you too, but we'll still talk plenty. Facetime is also an option and we can always visit again. Or you can visit us."
Chelsea nodded in agreement and hugged them goodnight. She then retreated up to her room to get ready for bed. Danny followed her soon after and the room was quiet until he spoke up.
"Is there something you're not telling me, Jers?"
She looked over at him raising her eyebrow. "What would make you ask that?"
"I don't know. It's just something your mother said." He sighed softly running his fingers through his hair.
Chelsea smiled pressing a kiss to his cheek. "Mom is just nosy. You know how she is, babe."
"Yeah, I guess you're right. Love you." Danny smiled pulling her into his arms as they climbed into bed.
Her heart warmed at that and she smiled more. "Love you too, Danny."
Her parents left the next morning and things seemingly went back to normal. Steve tried to talk to her though she continued to avoid him the best that she could without it being too obvious to Danny. Then all hell broke loose, but to her credit, it wasn't her fault. The news spread like wildfire around the island. Governor of Hawaii was dead and Steve McGarrett was the prime suspect. Five-0 was shut down as a result and the team didn't know what to do with themselves aside from trying to prove Steve's innocence. Chelsea, on the other hand, got a job with the local ambulance company as a paramedic. She believed he was innocent, but what could she do to prove it? She was just the team's medic. Besides, she had bills to pay. It all came to a head for her when an ambulance was called out to the prison during her shift. An inmate had gotten stabbed by another inmate in the yard. Chelsea hadn't thought anything of it until she saw the patient being lifted in the ambulance. His name fell from her lips in shock.
Before she could do anything, the other two paramedics made her drive while they tended to him. It wasn't until they got into the city that she heard a commotion in the back and saw the back doors fly open. Luckily she wasn't driving too fast. She pulled the ambulance into an alleyway and got out moving to the back only to find Steve there unhooking himself from the machines while the other paramedics were nowhere in sight.
Her eyes widened as she climbed into the back of the ambulance. "Are you out of your mind? You were stabbed! You can't just go running around all super seal while you're bleeding out your side."
He smirked slightly at her. "Hey, you're not avoiding me now."
Chelsea scoffed patching him up the best that she could. "I'm being serious here, Steve."
Steve sighed wincing slightly. "So am I. Look, I know about the pictures... and Japan."
She focused on the task at hand. "Okay then. Good for you."
He tilted her chin up so that she was looking at him. "Chelsea..."
The brunette sighed. "There's nothing to talk about, Steve. It happened before you even knew Danny existed."
Steve raised his eyebrows at her. "Then why are you avoiding me?"
Chelsea busied herself with cleaning up and shrugged her shoulders. "I don't know. Look, this is only temporary. You're going to bleed out if we don't get you some actual help."
Before he could protest, she climbed back out and gently pulled him with her. They walked carefully out of the alleyway and down the street to a payphone. She made a quick call though he was unsure of who she was calling until Erin pulled up not too long after. They got into the car and discretely made their way to a nearby motel. Erin got the room and Chelsea got Steve comfortable once they were inside the room. There was a knock at the door and Steve tensed up. Erin opened the door to reveal Max, the medical examiner.
"Let it be stated that I am not one for breaking the law." Max informed them as he approached the bed where Steve was laying looking worse for wear.
Chelsea smiled softly at him. "We know, Max. We appreciate your help and definitely owe you one."
Max sighed nodding in agreement and worked on fixing Steve up properly with help from her.
"Are you out of your freaking minds?" Danny nearly yelled as he entered the motel room with Chin and Kono about an hour or so later.
Chelsea threw her arms around Danny hugging him tightly. "I know. It's alright. I'm sorry. Just calm down, okay? Steve was being stubborn and didn't want to go to the hospital. We had to save his life somehow."
"It is so not alright." He sighed in relief hugging her back.
"So, uh, what exactly are we going to do now?" Erin asked curiously.
Steve winced sitting up a bit. "Find Wo Fat."
"You're in no condition to find anyone. How about we clear your name first?" She suggested and everyone besides him agreed.
It was Chin and Danny that ultimately found the evidence that they needed to show that Steve was innocent. Returning to H50 headquarters, they went over the contents of a thumbdrive that Steve's father had hidden. It contained footage of John McGarrett planting a spy cam in the Governor's office. On that hunch, they made their way into the Governor's office and managed to retrieve the camera which contained footage showing someone other than Steve had shot Governor Jameson. They knew it was Wo Fat, but unfortunately the footage didn't show the shooter's face.
With Steve cleared, the Hawaii 5-0 team were reinstated. It was Kono that brought them the tip that Wo Fat was fleeing the island by boat. The team went into action to stop him while Chelsea stayed behind hoping for their safe return. Unfortunately for the team, the man in question was nowhere to be found around or on the boat. It wasn't until they returned to the office that Steve received the news that Victor Hesse had been killed in prison. He wasn't sure how to feel about it. On one hand, the man who had brutally murdered his father had suffered the same fate. On the other hand he had just lost a lead on Wo Fat. It was frustrating to say the least.
The waves crashed onto the shore as the stars sparkled in the dark clear sky above them. He was resting on his lounge chair sipping a beer while staring out at the water. She sighed as she approached him unsure of what to say.
Steve raised his eyebrow as he took another sip of his beer. "Does Danny know you're here?"
Chelsea shrugged her shoulders taking a seat besides him. "He's dealing with Rachel."
He nodded knowing the two probably had a lot to talk about. "So Japan..."
She glanced over at him and laughed slightly. "You're not going to let that go, are you?"
Steve shook his head and smiled a bit. "Not until we get past the awkwardness."
Chelsea sighed biting her lip a bit. "It was a trip around the world with my girlfriends. Danny told me that he was moving to Hawaii so they thought I needed to get over him. Japan was the last stop of the trip.
His head nodded as he listened to her. "I should have recognized you."
A laugh fell from her lips and she waved him off. "I looked completely different so I don't blame you for not recognizing me. It's still kind of a blur to me so I'm not surprised that I didn't recognize you either."
Steve chuckled softly. "Yeah I guess that makes sense."
She nodded her head moving to check his bandage. "How are you feeling?"
Steve was caught off guard by her question. "I'm fine. Haven't bled since Max fixed me up."
Chelsea smiled softly at that. "Good, good. That's really why I stopped by."
He gave her a reassuring look. "I'm fine, really."
She relented and smiled a bit more. "Okay good. I should probably get back anyway."
Steve smiled at her. "Thanks for checking on me, Peaches."
Chelsea couldn't help flushing a bit at the nickname as it was one that he only called her in Japan due to her at the time peach hued locks. "You're welcome."
A chuckle fell from his lips at that as he knew he had called her that a few times during their more intimate moments in Japan. "I know, I know. Not appropriate. I'm sorry."
She tucked her hair behind her ear and shrugged. "As long as you know."
He sighed shaking his head. "Are you going to tell Danny about Japan?"
Chelsea bit her lip and sighed. "I will. Just a matter of finding the right words."