what really sucks is when you know you should be doing something but physically cannot bring yourself to do it no matter how important doing that thing is
I totally thought I was Senpai’s number one…
Danny would do the proposing because Steve only gets his romance on when someone not-so-subtly shoves him into it.
They’ll have to be together for a few years before Danny stops waiting for the other shoe to drop; before he starts believing that yes, this is something he can rely on. When this ends (and all things do, okay, that’s not pessimism, that’s reality, and no, that wasn’t an invitation to croon neverending stoooohoryyyy along with the radio, what is this, shut that off), it won’t be because someone’s walking away. What they have is as solid as the stupid rock on this stupid island.
And he has it all planned out, ring in his pocket for days weeks months and evasive maneuvers in full force because yes Danny is nervous and Steve can always tell, though he doesn’t mean he always knows what Danny’s nervous about. So there’s a table booked under Chin’s name (because Steve is a sneaky bastard) the day the governor’s third PA gets assassinated, and again on the day when some two-bit drug runners decide they can ignore the very real tsunami warning, and again when a highschool friend of Kono’s nearly gets bombed out of business. Then the restaurant blacklists Chin and the table’s booked for Jeremy, for Kono, and once, desperately, under Danny’s own name, but that’s the day Rachel almost dies when some jealous colleague cuts the brakes on her car and okay, that’s it, he’s done for a while, all right? He’s a detective; he knows about clues, and the universe has been waving a damn big sign that says DO NOT MARRY STEVE MCGARRET. He gets it.
Except then there’s this crazy period of four days when Danny thinks Steve is dead, Steve shows up unharmed, Kamekona has a hit put on him, Chin almost dies saving him, they all think Kono is dead, she turns up a little worse for wear but mad as hell, Danny thinks Steve is dead again, for real this time, and when all is finally sorted out he can’t remember ever feeling this exhausted. They gather around Kamekona’s shrimp truck in the saddest huddle of people Danny can imagine, slumped shoulders and weary faces all around, and he kind of wants to cry.
An elbow knocks against his arm and jerks upright, turns to find Steve half-heartedly giving him the Eyebrows of Apology, and. And Danny loves him so much. Steve looks like shit, battered and bruised and dead on his feet, but there’s a light in his eyes when he looks at Danny, when he pulls one corner of his mouth into a tired smile, and Danny loves him. He’s alive; he’s right there, and god, Danny loves him. What the hell is he doing putting things off?
So Danny fumbles around in his pocket and fairly shoves the little box and Steve. He doesn’t get down on one knee because once he’d down on the sand, he won’t get up again. He doesn’t launch into his carefully-prepared speech because he’s so tired he’s forgotten one half and would make a mess of the other. So he just… shoves the damn thing at Steve and flails at him to open it already, come on, this isn’t hard, people on tv do it all the time.
Steve just stands there, eyes stupidly wide as he stares at the box in his hand, mouth hanging open in a way that is not attractive, Jesus, and Danny’s still speechless, moves his hands in a sharp motion that means well? Will you? Please?
And Steve’s eyes go soft and oh god, Danny really is going to cry because Steve’s fingers close around the box so tight, like if anyone wants to take that thing away from him they’ll have to break his entire hand, and he breathes, “Yeah. Danny, yeah.”
And it’s not what Danny’s planned at all, but he’s surrounded by his chosen family and Steve’s eyes are suspiciously bright, and if his own eyes burn that’s okay because.
Tsukishima’s dumb, cute laugh from the latest drama cd track
"My fellow, ARASHIANS!": Did Sho google our fandom name?
Mushishi (soundtrack) - Shinen