Scratch My Back and I'll Scratch Yours
He couldn't believe that Danny had found him, I mean he could cause it was Danny and Danny always managed to find him, but he was starting to think that he would die in this basement alone, so to see Danny standing in front of him...he couldn't even put into words how he felt.
"D-anny...you found me," Steve smiled, well tried to smile, all the bruising on his face made it difficult.
Wo Fat stood there smiling, he knew the drug could cause hallucinations but for Steve to think that he was Danny, this was better than he could have ever imagined. Wo Fat stood there for a second thinking of what to say to cause Steve the maximum amount of pain.
"Yes I found you."
"How? How d-id you k-now to look here?" It was hard for Steve to speak, his entire body hurt when he tried, but he had to, he had been hoping for this day for what felt like forever and now that it was here he just wanted to talk to his partner, wanted to hear Danny tell him that everything was going to be okay, that he was safe.
"Wo Fat told me..."
Steve froze. He couldn't have heard correctly.
"W-hat...w-hy would he," it was getting harder for Steve to breathe again. "Why w-ould he tell you..."
"You don't think Matt set you up on his own do you?"
No...no this isn't happening.
Steve's head started to spin.
"Y-you set me up..."
Steve looked straight into Danny's (Wo Fat's) eyes and saw how cold and uncaring they were.
"Matt could never pull something like this off on his own, he needed my help"
"B-but why...why would you set me up?"
Steve's heart was breaking, he wanted so much to believe that this wasn't true, but he was starring right at his partner, it was Danny's face, Danny's voice, everything about Danny was so...Danny, except for the things he was saying.
Wo Fat grinned. He knew under any circumstances Steve would never believe that his partner would betray him, but mescaline had a way of rewiring the brain, a way of making the sanest person hallucinate and bring out their deepest fears.
"I needed to help him Steve, he's my baby brother, I couldn't let those goons kill him, he needed the money that Wo Fat was going to give him for turning you over."
The way Danny was describing it, made it seem like it was not a big deal, like Steve's life was not a big deal.
Steve was trying so hard to remember the details from the warehouse but he was drawing a blank. This all felt wrong, he knew Danny was saying these things but he didn't know why. All he could remember from that day was being lured there by Matt; he didn't remember Danny being there. Why couldn't he think straight?
To say Wo Fat was enjoying this was an understatement. The dosage of Mescaline that he had administered to Steve was so brutal that he was actually losing his memory. Steve's hallucinations were so severe, that he knew he could get Steve to believe anything if he played his cards right.
"I didn't want to do it Steve, I didn't want to turn you over, but I didn't have a choice, it was either you or Matt."
Steve's heart sank, this couldn't be happening. How could Danny do this to him, how could Danny betray him like this?
"You told me in the warehouse that it wasn't worth it to save you over Matt, and you were right, it wasn't, Matt's family, he'll always come first."
Steve knew how much Danny loved his family, he just couldn't believe that his own partner, his own best friend would turn him over to a man who wanted him dead.
"You understand right Steve, you know how important family is...not that you really have one seeing as your dad's dead, your mom is god knows where, and your sister lives in another state."
Steve felt like he had been punched in the gut. Why was Danny saying this stuff to him, what had he done to deserve this?
"S-stop...please," Steve couldn't take much more of this.
Steve started to remember an argument him and Danny had. He didn't know when or where but he could remember bits and pieces of it in his head.
What's the matter with you?
No, don't Danny me, this is your issue not mine, and not my brothers.
Or maybe, you can't accept that not all families are messed up like yours!
Was Danny still mad at him? Was that why he was doing all this?
Steve was snapped out of his own thoughts when he heard Danny (Wo Fat) speak.
"Steve I'm really sorry, but I had to, just like Jenna had to, even though her fiancé ended up being dead. But regardless, it was for the same reason, to save someone we love. At the end of the day, Matt is my family, you're just my partner."
Danny could not have said anything worse. Steve felt his heart break for the umpteenth time in the last five minutes.
"J-just your partner?
Steve thought that they were more than that. Danny was the only family Steve really had, he was his brother, bestfriend, and partner all rolled into one. He thought Danny had felt the same, when had that changed?
"Yea Steve, you're just my partner, I can get a new partner but I can't get a new brother, I really am sorry."
Steve saw Danny turn his back and head towards the door.
"Dan-danny, please...don't leave me here"
Wo Fat grinned as he turned away from Steve and walked out the door.
A part of Steve started to wish for death. The one person in the world who he never thought would betray him had turned him over to the man who killed his father, to the man who has wanted him dead for years, what would he have to go home to even if he was rescued?
Steve's heart was shattered into a million pieces, Danny's words replaying over and over in his mind. His breaths started to come in shorts gasps as his whole body started to convulse. He could feel his consciousness starting to fade away again, and this time he welcomed it, wanting nothing more than to forget everything that had just happened, to forget that the one person he needed more than anyone had left him...like everyone else in his life.
Danny, Chin, and Kono had just finished speaking to the fifth and final person on their list of Wo Fat's ex-associates. They had four locations they were going to search and were headed back to headquarters to grab a few things and call Lou and his team.
The four locations were a long shot but it was all they had at the moment.
They were almost back at headquarters when Danny's phone started to ring. He looked at the caller ID.
"What is it Matt?"
"Danny! I spoke to an old buddy of mine who's in lockup at the Halawa Correctional Facility, he's heard some things."
Danny sat up a little straighter in his chair.
"What kind of things?"
Chin and Kono both froze as they tried to hear much of the conversation as possible.
"Word spread like wildfire around the prison that Wo Fat had Steve, my friend says he knows where they took him, but he said he'll only talk to you."
Danny felt his heart skip a beat. This could be what they had been waiting for this whole time.
"When you get there ask for Big Wig."
"Big Wig, got it," and with that Danny hung up the phone. If it was anyone else Danny would have thanked them, but seeing as this was all Matt's fault, there was no thanking necessary.
Danny quickly pulled a u-turn and gunned it down the road. He was breaking every speed limit known to man but he didn't care, every second counted.
When they got to the correctional facility they asked for Big Wig and were placed in a private room with him.
"Where's Steve?" Danny practically jumped at the man.
"Whoa whoa whoa, hold up detective...what's in it for me?"
"What's in it for you?" Danny scoffed and looked over at Chin and Kono. "He wants to know what's in it for him."
Danny walked over and grabbed Big Wig by his shirt and pinned him up against the wall.
"How about me not beating the living crap out of you right here right now!" Danny was livid he didn't have time for games.
"We both know you won't do that detective, because if you do, I'll never tell you where your partner is," Big Wig grinned.
It took everything in Danny's power not to wipe that grin off his face with his fist.
"What do you want?" Chin spoke up knowing that Danny's anger was about to boil over. Chin got in between Danny and Big Wig and sat him back down in the chair.
"I want a reduced sentence, I have 10 more years in here, my kid will be 16 by then, I'll have missed half his life – "
"You should've thought about that before working for a psychotic killer!" Danny interrupted.
"Yeah I probably should have. I also want me and my family to be placed in protective custody once I'm out if Wo Fat is still alive."
Chin, Kono, and Danny looked at eachother.
"Those are my terms, take it or leave it."
They knew they didn't have a choice, they could talk to the Governor to see if he could get a reduced sentence and put him in protective custody if need be in a few years.
"Okay, fine, now where is Steve!"
"Just so you know detectives, there's a video camera in here so the deal we just made is binding."
"I'm not going to ask you again. .Steve!" Danny's patience was wearing thin.
Satisfied with knowing that the detectives would have to hold up their end of the deal, Big Wig spilled the beans.
"I have a buddy who still works with Wo Fat. He came in here yesterday and told me how they had captured Commander McGarrett. I knew this was my ticket out of here so I asked him where they were keeping him. At first he didn't want to tell me, he was worried that Wo Fat would find out. I promised him I wouldn't tell anyone; the guy could never keep his big mouth shut so I knew he'd spill."
"So where is he?" Chin spoke up this time knowing full well that Danny was going to strangle this guy if he didn't get to Steve's location.
"It's an abandoned house off Komaho Road. You'll have to park on the road and walk for about 5 minutes through the forest. Just keep walking straight. You can't miss the house, it's massive."
"And how do we know that this is not a trap?" Kono asked knowing full well that Chin and Danny were wondering the same thing.
"Like I said, I want to see my kid, I want to be with my wife again!"
Danny looked at the man and knew he was telling the truth. For the first time since Steve disappeared, Danny felt hopeful.
The trio headed straight from the correctional facility to where Matt's friend had told them Steve was being held. Danny immediately made the call to Lou and Lou and his team were going to meet up with Danny, Chin, and Kono on Komaho Road.
Danny once again broke all speed limits to get there, Steve needed him, god knows what Wo Fat had done to Steve already, he'd be damned if he wasted another second.
When Danny, Chin, and Kono arrived at the meeting spot they got out of the car and headed towards Lou and his team. They all gathered around and went over the game plan; where they were going to enter, who would be paired up with whom, and which section each pair was in charge of. Lou had managed to find the blue prints of the house which was going to make the search a lot easier.
"I've split the house into 5 sections, which I've labeled on the map," Lou started as he pointed at the map in front of them. "Chin and Mack you guys are section 1, Kono and David section 2, Danny and Mark section 3, Erick and Vance section 4, and myself and Mitch will take section 5. When you're done checking your section radio in." Lou handed over radios to Chin, Kono, and Danny.
Everyone made their way through the forest and up the steep driveway and took their positions outside of the house waiting for Lou to give the go ahead to enter.
One by the one they walked into the old, creaky, dusty house. They broke off into their pairs with their guns aimed in front of them.
Twenty minutes had gone by and there was no sign of Steve anywhere. They had checked every inch of each of their sections, and there was nothing, not even a trace of Steve, until…
"Guys I may have something," Chin's voice came through the radio. Danny's heart began to race as he froze, concentrating only on Chin's voice.
Everyone could hear Chin banging down a door.
"Freeze, put your hands in the air!" Danny hadn't even realized that he had stopped breathing, was someone in the room, was it Wo Fat, was it Steve…
Chin went silent for a second, which felt like minutes to Danny, and everyone's heart dropped when Chin came back on.
"Damnit! It's just a stray cat, must have gotten trapped in here," Chin's deflated voice mimicking what everyone was feeling.
They continued to search for Steve for a little while longer until one by one each pair radioed in that Steve wasn't there.
With each radio in, Danny's heart sank. He looked over and saw Mark reaching for his radio.
"What are you doing?" Danny ran over, almost smacking the radio out of Mark's hand.
Mark gave Danny a sympathetic look that made him want to punch the guy in the face.
"He's not here Danny, we've looked through every inch of this room, if he was here we would've found him by now."
Mark didn't realize that his radio was on and everyone was hearing the exchange between the two.
"He's here okay, and I'm not leaving here without him!" Danny knew he sounded ridiculous, he knew he sounded like he was losing it but something was nagging away at him, his gut told him not to give up yet.
"Danny…" Chin came through the radio. "We have a few other locations we can check out, maybe Steve is in one of those places." Chin knew that this current house was the best lead they had had since Steve went missing and it broke his heart that they hadn't found Steve.
"Why would Big Wig say he was here if he wasn't, and don't say he lied, he had no reason to lie and every reason to tell us the truth!"
"I'm not saying he lied Danny, maybe he was fed some bad information, it happens," everyone else had been silent during the back and forth conversation with Chin and Danny.
"No…Chin, I know this sounds crazy, I know I sound crazy, but Steve is here….somewhere." Danny couldn't shake this feeling; maybe he was just in denial?
Five more minutes went by and when Danny didn't come out of his section Chin and Kono went in.
"Danny…" Kono came up beside him and put her hand on his shoulders.
"Don't Kono…I know what you're going to say and just don't…" Danny didn't want to hear what anyone had to say right now, he wasn't leaving this place without his partner.
"Danny, the more time we waste here the longer it takes to check out those other locations where Steve may be," Chin tried to reason with Danny.
"C'mon Chin, we all know that those places are a long shot, this is the only legitimate lead we've gotten, and you both know that's true," he was staring at the cousins hoping they would agree with him.
Chin knew that when Danny got like this there was no talking him out of it, the only person who could give Danny a run for his money when it came to being stubborn was Steve.
"Fine, meet me in the middle at least, let's go check out those other locations and if we don't find anything we'll come back here okay?"
"No…" Danny was getting frustrated as he brushed past Chin to go back to the other side of the room.
"Danny, c'mon brah, he's not here!" Chin's own frustration was clearly coming to light.
Danny ignored Chin's comments and made it half way across the room when he froze.
"Did you guys just hear that?" Danny stopped dead in his tracks.
"Hear what?" The cousins replied in unison.
Danny lifted his foot and slammed it back down.
They all heard it this time, it was the sound of something slamming into a hollow floor board; the other floor boards didn't sound like that.
"There's something here," Danny bent down and lifted the floor board off the ground.
A few more floor boards later, and Danny's heart started to race, there was a ladder going down to what looked like a cellar.
"Oh my god..." Kono covered her mouth with her hands...could Steve really be down there?
Danny wasted no time as he started making his way down the ladder, heading all warning from everyone else, who were all gathered in the same room now, to be careful and go in slowly. Danny couldn't fathom the idea of going slowly, Steve needed him.
The hope of finding Steve was once again restored in everyone as they walked through the dark hallway. This seemed to be a never ending hallway, even though Danny knew he had only been walking for a few seconds. Finally, Danny saw what appeared to be a door just mere feet in front of him.
Danny's heart felt like it was going to beat out of his chest as he placed his hand on the door knob. This was it...if Steve wasn't in here Danny didn't think he would be able to take it.
Danny took a deep breath, as did everyone else behind him. With his gun in his right hand he turned the knob with his left and entered the room.
It was dark at first, but when their eyes adjusted to the room everyone froze.
Kono gasped and tears started to fill her eyes as she saw a man hanging from the rafters by chains, feet dragging on the ground, and a back covered in dry blood from gashes that were opened up by what she could only assume was a whip.
Danny saw the same thing and froze in horror. Although his back was to them he knew it was Steve; they had finally found Steve...but were they too late?
In an instant a flood of emotions coursed through Danny, as an unfathomable fear settled into the pit of his stomach; was the dream of finding his partner about to turn into a nightmare he could never wake up from?