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Well here it is, the final Chapter. I hope you like it.
Catherine pulled up to the empty parking lot at Five-0 headquarters. It was 7:30 pm and the area was deserted. She cautiously removed Johnny from the car and proceeded to enter the building. There was a sole security guard at the door checking ID of those who entered. She showed her license and reiterated that she was expected. The lobby was dark and empty. The only light was coming from the emergency backup lights and the exit signs. She climbed the stairs holding Johnny's hand and was paranoid of the silence that enveloped the cavernous room. She approached the suite of offices marked Five-0 and entered through the double glass doors. There was a sole desk lamp on and a shadow of a man sitting at the desk in Steve's office. She approached cautiously until she realized it was him.
"I got your message" she smiled at him
He looked up from the mountain of paperwork and smiled back as Johnny ran to him.
"What the hell happened to you? Your face looks worse than mine" she reacted to his injuries.
"It looks worse than it feels" he commented
"I hate to see what the other guy looks like" Catherine commented
Steve got up from his chair and guided Catherine out of the office closing the door so that Johnny could not hear what was said.
"The other guy is dead. Robert Noshimuri is dead and Andrew Reed is in custody."
Catherine wasn't sure how to react. These were people who she trusted and they had betrayed her. Her emotions were mixed.
"There's one more thing…Wo Fat was there…he's dead too"
"Wo Fat? THE Wo Fat? Oh my God! He's dead? Are you sure?" she was shocked
"I'm sure; I saw his dead body with my own eyes. He was the buyer" Steve was emotionless when he commented
"It's over. All these years and it's over. How do you feel?" She bit her lip as she asked
"Numb. Relieved. I have spent the last 7 years chasing this guy and for the first time I can go to sleep and wake up and not worry about him hurting the people that I care about" he shook his head in awe.
They both stood in silence for a few moments trying to absorb the results of the day.
"There is one more thing that I want to talk to you about. Listen, I've been thinking"
"Don't hurt yourself" She said sarcastically
"I am trying to be serious here." He hated to admit it, but he loved her sarcastic remarks. "I spent the last 7 years wasted on Wo Fat, when I should have been with you. I missed the first 5 years of Johnny's life; I don't want to waste any more time. I spoke to the Governor and he is waiting for us upstairs" he waited for a response
"Spoke to the Governor about what?" she asked
"He said he can marry us right now. If that's what you want? Why wait, what would be the point? I almost lost you and I could have died today, I don't want to put it off anymore" He pleaded
"Did Steve McGarrett just admit that he's mortal? I never thought that I would ever see this day." She said sarcastically
"You didn't answer my question. Do you want to get married right now?" he asked again with a smile.
"Seriously, right now?" she answered as she looked at what they were each wearing.
She wore tan Capri pants, a purple off the shoulder top, and brown sandals. Steve was in his usual grey cargo pants, blue t shirt, and army boots. They were both battered and bruised.
"What, you want a big wedding with the puffy white dress?" he knew that was not her style.
"No, this is perfect!" she smiled
Steve grabbed her and pulled her in his arms as he kissed her.
"Can I have a hug too?" a little voice asked as the glass door opened
"Of course" Steve grabbed Johnny, picked him up and squeezed him between them
"Hey buddy, want to be my best man? Mommy and Daddy are getting married tonight" he put him down and spoke directly to him.
"Like a real family?" he asked innocently
"Yeh, like a real family" Steve replied
The three of them held hands as they walked up the stairs to the Governor's office. They opened the door to find Danny, Chin, Kono, Kamekona and Beverly all sitting in the lobby of the Governor's office.
"You didn't think that we were going to let you guys do this alone, did you?" Danny remarked
Kono handed Catherine a bouquet of flowers as Catherine stared at her with gratitude "What? You need a bouquet, don't you?" Kono replied
"But how did you guys know?" Steve questioned
The Governor walked out of his office and answered the question himself "I told them. I know that you don't like me, but you've done a great job today and well, always. When you approached me earlier, I took the liberty of calling your team. I thought that you would want them here"
Catherine was overwhelmed with emotion. She looked around the room and smiled. She kneeled down to Johnny's level "You see honey, these people, this is your family. This is what a real family looks like. These are the people that are going to help you build your own legacy" For the first time in her life she felt that she had a family, she felt that she belonged.
Steve and Catherine, with Johnny between them, held hands as they stood before the Governor. Danny, Chin and Kamekona were at Steve's side and Kono helped Beverly, as they stood at Catherine's side. They smiled at each other as the Governor made his speech.
The Governor smiled and continued "Do you Catherine Elizabeth take Steven John to be your lawfully wedded husband?"
She paused "I do" she smiled
"Do you Steven John take Catherine Elizabeth to be your lawfully wedded wife?"
"I definitely, absolutely, do" he answered
The Governor laughed as he continued "so therefore, by the power vested in me, by the great State of Hawaii, I now pronounce you man and wife. You may kiss the bride"
Steve grabbed Catherine and kissed her as their friends approached and congratulated them.
"This deserves a celebration. Shave Ice for everyone on de house! You too Governor. Come to Wailoa and we party all night!" announced Kamekona
"Shave ice? Really?" Danny laughed
"I can't think of a better way to end this day." Steve smiled as he looked at Catherine.
"I couldn't agree more" she smiled back as they wrapped their arms around each other.
And they lived happily ever after.
Thank you so much for joining me on this journey. I can't wait for season two and hopefully we will get more Steve and Catherine. (Though I have my doubts) Go Team Catherine! Are you listening Peter Lenkov!
I've also posted a new story called Undercover. This is a little different from what I usually write. I was challenged to do something a little darker and grittier. Check it out.