Authors note: Hey guys! I'm back with a new story! I owe this to Tiana-P and Badhairdays that have supported me through this. The Prompts is gonna be put on hold for a while because of this, but I'll try to update it at least once every two weeks. But anyway, I hope you enjoy this, and let me know if it's worth continuing! I know it's short, but believe me, this is just the foundation for everything that will happen next, I promise. This will have humor, romance, angst, comfort, all that you can imagine will be in this story.
Summary: They're in the friend-zone. And they're fine with it. But suddenly, it becomes too much, and they have to do something about it. Team and Steve/Kono focus.
Anyway, let me know what you think!
"No, no, no!" she screamed, an indignant look present on her face as she stared at the TV. "That was so clearly a fault, what the hell are you doing?"
Steve frowned, shifting his gaze from the TV towards her. "Who are you talking to?"
She turned towards him, raising an eyebrow. "The referee." She said, because, you know, that's totally something normal people do.
"Right." He acknowledged, drawing out the word. "Because he can absolutely hear you."
Kono rolled her eyes. "Oh, shut up. You knew what you were getting into when you suggested watching a football game." She snickered, snuggling back under the blanket, leaning against the back of the couch, and putting a handful of popcorn into her mouth.
He shook his head and directed his focus back on the TV, only to see that the game had already finished.
He picked up the remote. "Ok, what do you wanna do now?"
She chewed the popcorn down and thought for a second. "We could watch a movie. I think I have a couple of DVDs left."
"Oh no, I'm not watching a movie with you again."
She furrowed her brow, turning to look at him. "What is that supposed to mean?"
He gave her a funny look. "You serious? Last week it took you 20 minutes to pick one!"
"We were at your place! There weren't even any good DVDs there!" she defended herself, because really, you should see this man's DVD collection.
"We ended up watching The Holiday." He shot her a look. "Again."
"Ok, so, I admit, that might not have been my best choice of all times." She said, chuckling. "But come on, it'll be fun. I'll let you pick this time." She offered, punching his arm jokingly.
"Me? You're letting me pick?" he raised an eyebrow at her. "Wow, well that's a first. Ok-" he clasped his hands together.
"If you say Die Hard I swear I'm gonna kick you." She warned, a completely casual tone to her voice.
"What?" he asked, laughing. "So, ok, even if I get to chose a movie, you're still gonna make me chose the one you want, right?"
Kono just smiled at him, that sweet innocent smile she always gave him when she was being anything but innocent. "Sucks being a guy."
"Got that right." He muttered under his breath, getting up from the couch. "Ok, what do you have?"
She frowned deeply, thinking back. "Uh… I think I still have Marley and me… somewhere." She added thoughtfully. "Wanna watch it?"
He was already opening the door to her room when he turned around to look at her. "What's that?"
There was a small moment of confusion before she slowly turned her head towards him. "What's what?"
"Marley and me. Is that a chick flick or something?" He asked again, clearly not that happy with the idea.
Her eyebrows shot up, and she swore she almost dropped the bowl full of popcorn. "You never watched it? Seriously? The saddest movie on earth? Ever?"
He gave her a look. "They don't exactly teach us how to select the best movies in the navy."
She sighed, having the urge to laugh her ass out but deciding against it. "Ok, let's go." She said, getting up from the couch. "You're gonna watch that whether you want it or not."
He smirked, following behind her. "It better be good, though."
"You uh… you busy tonight?" he asked, nose still stuck between the files as his eyes shifted towards the big screen. "I think we'll be done with this by then."
Kono frowned, lifting her head to look at him from across the tactic table. "Uh… I'm not really busy… why?"
He paused before turning towards her and shrugging. "Just thought we could hang out. You know, grab a few beers, make fun of Danny."
She had the urge to laugh at that.
"Did anyone say beers?" Danny's voice was heard from the end of the hallway. He popped his head out of his office door. "Because I'm in, if that's the case."
Steve eyed him as Danny made his way over towards them. "Sorry, it's just gonna be me and Kono."
"Huh-huh." Kono cleared her throat, looking confused back at Steve. "I never said yes to this."
"So you two are gonna hang out?" Danny interrupted, stopping abruptly ten feet from them. "Together?" he added suspiciously. "Alone?"
Steve rolled his eyes. "As friends, Danny."
He raised an eyebrow at that, turning to look at Kono. "You expect me to believe that?"
She frowned at him. "Why wouldn't you? You never hung out with a friend before?"
"Not a lady friend." Danny promptly replied. "And certainly not with someone like you."
She placed her hands on her waist. "And what is that supposed to mean?"
"Danny." Steve said before Danny could even open his mouth. "Kono and I are friends. And we're gonna hang out as friends. Now do you have a problem with that?"
Danny's eyebrows shot up. "Of course I have a problem with that! I don't want to walk in one day and find you two making out in your office! That is just – oh my God, I can't even picture it."
She looked at Steve. "He does know what friends mean, right?"
He shook his head. "I don't think so."
"No, just-" Danny said. "You know what, go do whatever you two want. Just don't say I didn't warn you when Chin comes to kill you, Steve."
And with that he walked out, back to his office, slamming the door shut.
There were a few moments of silence between them. What the-
"What the hell just happened here?" Kono asked.
Steve rolled his eyes again, turning towards the big screen. "Danny overreacting. As always."
She blinked, her eyes still glued to Danny's office door. "Did you tell him anything?"
He frowned, his attention now on something else while he just made a questioning sound.
"About me." She said, but that still didn't get his attention. "Steve!"
His body jerked to the right, his face scrunched up in confusion. "What?"
"Did you mention anything to Danny? About me." She asked, pointing to herself. "You know, the fact that you went bikini shopping with me, or that we have movie night every other week at your place?" she raised an eyebrow. "Or that you've even met my parents?"
He stared at her with a pensative look on his face. "I may have mentioned one or two things."
She let out an exasperated sight, collapsing on the chair nearby. "Seriously? You talked to him about it? How the hell did you think he was gonna react?"
He shrugged. "He seemed to react fine."
"Are you serious? You're practically ruining your famous bromance!" she extended her arms at him in a gesture of impatience.
He seemed to be considering this before he turned towards the screen again. "Whatever, Danny's just being paranoid."
She shook her head. "Fine, whatever." She checked her watch. "It's already lunch time. I'm gonna head off for a while, ok?"
He nodded his head absentmindedly, tapping on the computer.
She rolled her eyes. Like he knew anything about computers. She grabbed her bag and walked towards the door.
"Don't forget, beers tonight!" he threw back at her.
"Fine!" she replied, a smile on her face as she pressed the elevator button and disappeared behind the doors.
Authors note: That's it for today folks. Make sure you let me know what you thought!
The idea of friend-zone actually came to me while I was scrolling through this website, but the main idea here is that Steve and Kono are friends, just that, until they become something more. Wait and see, hope to see you in my next chapter!