A/N: Alright, I think you have suffered long enough…Qweb… I'm sorry the chapter is so short. It probably could have been part of the last chapter but then again where would the fun be in that? Sorry it's taking so long. I have so much going on right now that I hardly have time to sleep, let alone write, but I had this chapter pretty much done already and stashed away so here it is. I hope you like it. There is more to come as soon as I get a moment to breathe.
Chapter 17: Drown
Steve dove back into the sand, scratching and clawing at the moist sand that clung around the edges of the buried coffin and that continued to spill and slip everywhere like unending sands in an hour glass. Meanwhile other workers moved equipment into place around Steve. The chains that had pulled the shipping container out of the hole in the ground were dragged into the container this time and linked around the coffin's golden handles as the excavators moved into place. Slowly but steadily the coffin was pulled from the mountains of beach sand that still spilled out of the shipping container. It was a jerky motion, and each and every member of the team held their breath as the coffin slowly appeared through the sand.
Steve rushed forward, stumbling in the loose beach sand as he moved in and pulled with all his might to lift the lid of the casket. Water seeped out as he pried his fingers under the lid and the sands clung to ever bit of moisture that escaped. Steve's heart sank, there was too much water, too much sand and the casket almost felt like the lid was suctioned shut.
The coffin lid gave way, finally, to the sloshing of the water and the dripping of the saturated white fabric of its interior. Among the folds of the fabric was Danny's lifeless body.
"Oh my God!" Steve gasped as he panicked again and reached into the water, grabbing Danny under the arms and pulling him out of the horrible box. "Danny wake up!" he yelled as he pulled, as if Danny weighed nothing in his weighted down state, out of the water and onto dry land. "Danny you have to listen to me and wake up." Steve yelled again and shook his partner violently.
Kono and Lori stifled their sobs and gasped as Chin and the paramedics moved in.
"Steve hand him over," Chin ordered as Steve clung to the drenched and limp body of his partner. "Hand him to the paramedics Steve!" Chin yelled the panic in his voice now.
Danny was laid down, flat on his back, and finally Steve moved to give way to the paramedics.
"We're too close, this can't be happening!" Steve stated as he began to pace and the paramedics worked frantically. "Too close and we've been through too much for him to die like this!"
"I have a pulse," One of the medics stated and without another though forced air into Danny's lungs.
"Go again!" The second medic demanded as he monitored the pulse of the still Detective.
Chin, Kono, Lori and Steve watched in fear as Max paced and the navy SEALs hovered.
"I don't want to do my job tonight. Come on Danny, breathe!" Max stated loud enough that all of the Five-Os heard him.
"Again!" the second medic yelled as the first took another deep breath and force that air into Danny's lungs.
Danny's body convulsed, he was rolled onto his side and with a cough and a gasp the water was expelled from his lungs, then his body shook with the force of the ordeal as he gasped for air, fighting and flailing his arms as the sudden shock of life hit him and his mind went back to the last panic he had felt.
"He's going into shock!" the first medic yelled as Danny was wrapped in a safety blanket and with one swift movement he was lifted onto a gurney and pushed toward the ambulance.
"Danny!" Steve stated as he rushed after the paramedics and to his shock two brilliant blue eyes locked with his.
"Go with him!" Kono stated with tears in her eyes, "We'll follow you." She said and pushed Steve toward the ambulance.
"He's alive," Steve gasped and without another hesitation he rushed after Danny into the ambulance.
"He is alive," Chin sighed and wrapped his arms around both Kono and Lori.