Maddie sighed, as the plane took off. She had been in Afghanistan again for the last year and a half, bringing soldiers to and from the front.
Now though, she was heading back to her base in Hawaii. Her home.
She knew Steve was in Hawaii, running a special taskforce, for the Governor.
She had been in touch with her fathers old friend Chin Ho Kelly, who had told her where they worked. Maddie was planning a surprise drop in for Steve, when she landed.
She hadn't seen him for almost two years again; once he had been cleared for duty again, they had sent him on several mission with the SEAL's, and when he had finally come back to Hawaii himself for his fathers funeral, she had been away in 'Stan.
Maddie hated herself for missing Jack's funeral, but she hadn't been able to get any leave. She had called Steve, and told him she was sorry for not being able to be there. But it wasn't the same thing.
True to their promise made almost 8 years ago, they hadn't lost each other over the years; they had written when they could, called each other whenever they were able. Maddie's new team were the one's who had taken Steve's SEAL team to South Korea, when he was tracking Victor and Anton Hesse.
Maddie shuddered whenever she thought of those brothers.
Hate didn't even begin to cover what she felt for them, so she couldn't even imagine what Steve must feel.
Chin had told her about the bromance between Steve and his new partner Dectective Danny Williams; if he was anything like Chin had described, Maddie couldn't wait to meet him.
Steve needed friends, no matter what he said. She knew being in the SEAL's had taught him to keep his emotions hidden, and not to let anyone in, but he had never been that way with her.
So if he was letting the team in, she was happy.
But for now she had a 12 hour flight ahead of her, so she put her seat as far back as she could, and closed her eyes.
Steve pulled himself faster, cutting through the water until his arms grew tired. Once he was far enough out, that his house was significantly smaller, he stopped, treading water.
Taking a few deep breaths, he kicked his legs harder, enjoying the burn in his muscles.
A couple more deep breaths, and he started back to the shore.
Once he reached the beach, he grabbed his towel off of his chair, and dried his hair, before wrapping it around his waist.
He made his way inside, and went upstairs for a shower.
7 minutes later he was standing in his room getting dressed. After pulling his polo shirt over his head, he took his dog-tags of of the bedside cabinet and put them on.
Reading the message again, like he did every morning, Steve smiled.
He knew Maddie was in Afghanistan, and was waiting for the phone call he knew would be coming soon. She usually called every few weeks, or as regularly as she could.
Steve always hated those phone calls, because it reminded him that she was in constant danger.
God if he got that call...
Shaking his head clear of those dreadful thoughts, he made his way back downstairs to grab his keys and head into HQ.
Steve was the first one in, as usual, and sat at his desk trying to find a way out of doing the paperwork that was sat in front of him.
He looked up when he heard the cousins voices.
''...and it's today?'' Kono asked, excitedly.
''Yeah, I got the call last night.'' Chin answered, smiling at her excitement.
Steve came out of his office, and walked over to the main console.
''What's going on?'' He asked.
Kono shot a look at Chin, ''An old friends coming to visit, the plane lands soon.'' Chin said, calmly.
Steve nodded, ''Are you picking them up?''
He needed to know if Chin needed to take off for a while, in case something came up.
Chin said he didn't need to, she already had something arranged.
Steve didn't miss the mysterious glances the cousins shared, throughout the day. They weren't working a case at the moment, so they were just doing paperwork in the office, giving Steve the chance to watch Chin watch the clock.
Steve had always thought of Chin as the calm zen-like one, but that afternoon he was almost as fidgety as Kono.
His surveillance was cut short when Danny entered his office, and sat down in one of the chairs.
''You need something?'' Steve asked, amused.
''Have you noticed anything strange with them today?'' Danny said, ignoring Steves question.
Figuring Danny was talking about Chin and Kono, he nodded.
''Chin said an old friend was visiting or something...''
Danny rolled his eyes, ''For someone with Army training, you can be so obtuse Steven...''
Steve frowned at him, ''Okay first, it's the Navy, Danny. Second, I am not obtuse.''
''Yes you are. You think an old friend visiting, could make Chin act that way?'' He gestured over his shoulder.
Steve looked over Danny's shoulder; Chin was sat at the console, doing something with the computer, and tapping his foot on the floor.
Steve raised his eyebrows at that. Chin didn't tap.
''Okay Einstein, what do you think it is?'' Steve asked.
''A woman.'' Danny answered, simply.
Shaking his head, Steve decided to point out the flaw in that observation.
''Let's say you're right, why is Kono just as bad?''
Danny's smirk fell a little bit at Steve's question.
Steve smiled triumphantly.
Glowering Danny stood and went over to the door, ''You just wait, Rambo, you'll see. This is all because of a woman...''
After Danny left, Steve couldn't concentrate on the words in front of him.
There was only one woman who could make him that nervous.
And she was on the other side of the world.
When Maddie and her team finally arrived back at base, she went down to the special parking lot, that all the off shore soldiers used, to collect her truck. From there she went to her house, dropped her things off in the doorway, and left again.
This time though, she punched the co-ordinates that Chin had given her into the GPS.
Maddie heart was thumping widly in her chest, as she pulled into the parking lot at the Five-0 headquarters.
She took a minute to compose herself, then climbed from her truck and walked up to the front doors.
Chin had told her the offices were on the third floor, so she took the stairs two at a time. Maddie didn't really like using elevators, she preferred the stairs.
Finally she was standing outside the big glass doors, Chin had mentioned.
As she put her hand on the handle to go in, she spotted Kono through the glass. If she looked up, she would see Maddie.
Feeling only a little stupid, Maddie waved her hand in the air to get her attention.
Kono glanced up, and her face broke out into a huge grin.
She casually came towards the door, and slipped out.
As soon as the door closed behind her, she was hugging Maddie.
''It's nice to see you too, Kono!'' Maddie said, laughing.
''How are you?'' Kono asked, still smiling.
Maddie nodded, and decided to tweak the truth a little.
''I'm good. What about you?''
Kono shrugged, ''I'm great. Happy there is another girl around now.''
Maddie hugged her again.
''Glad to be here.'' She said, happily.
''Is Steve here?'' Maddie asked, pulling away.
Kono nodded, ''He's in his office, doing everything he can to avoid doing his paperwork.''
Maddie grinned, ''Well let's go relieve him of that torture...''
Kono smirked as Maddie told her the plan.
Steve shot out of his chair as he heard Kono scream.
He pulled his office door open, and ran out looking around for any kind of threat. Danny was stood by Chin at the console, clutching his side with laughter. Kono was leaning casually against the door frame of her own office.
Nothing out of the ordinary.
''You okay there, Super SEAL?'' A voice said from behind him.
Steve slowly turned around, a smile curving his lips upwards.
And there she was. The woman who was supposed to be on the other side of the world.
''Never better.'' He answered, smiling.
Maddie nodded, thoughtfully.
''Oh...cause I heard something about paperwork, and we both know what your handwriting is like...''
Her words were cut off, as Steve hugged her quickly.
She held him tightly, but he pulled away when somone cleared their throat.
''Shut it, Danno.'' Steve grumbled.
''Danno?'' Maddie asked, looking at the only person here that she didn't know.
''Dectective Danny Williams, nice to meet you.'' He said, a little wearily.
''As I was saying,'' Steve said, throwing Danny a look. ''Danny, this is Maddison-''
Maddie punched him on the arm.
''32 years of friendship and you still make the mistake of calling me Maddison?'' Maddie said, incredulously.
Danny, Kono and Chin all laughed as Steve rubbed his arm.
She turned to Danny, ''Maddie Sinclair, nice to meet you, Dectective Danny Williams.''
Steve seemed to recover, ''Are you staying at your father's old house?''
Maddie nodded, ''Yeah, I came from there.''
Steve told her to come into his office so they could talk.
''How are you?'' He said, seriously, once they were seated on his couch.
Maddie shrugged, ''I could be worse.''
Steve stared at her for a moment, ''Come to mine for dinner tonight. We can get pizza and have a beer.'' Steve knew Maddie didn't drink wine, she preferred a good bottle of beer.
Maddie smiled, ''That sounds ridiculously good...''
After spending over a year in a war-zone, and two years away from Steve, pizza sounded like heaven.
*Lokahi = Unity