Someone Like You

Disclaimer: I do not own Hawaii Five-0
Summary: Inspired by the song of the same name by Adele. A Future-Fic where Steve struggles with the repercussions of the choices he's made and Kono and Charlie's evolving relationship is struck with tragedy. Kono/Charlie. Kono/Steve eventually.
Spoilers: Ho'o huli Na'au, Episode 1:22

A/N: The first few chapters will feature flashbacks in italics. I've also included the lyrics to Someone Like You at the end of this chapter.

Chapter One – Dreams Come True

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Manoa Valley
Honolulu, Oahu

The modest cottage nestled in the back of the two-story home had been passed from older bother Fong and his family to younger brother Fong and his new bride-to-be in a matter of months.

And yet, when Steve approached the home, it looked almost vacant. He knew, a cop's salary and a lab technician's salary couldn't be much, but the sparse odds and ends surrounding the old, little home was a contradiction in Hawaii. Especially in the older neighborhoods like Manoa. Most homes in the area boasted a large array of potted plants, random castaway flip-flops and miscellaneous junk piles. This house on the other hand, looked clean and uncluttered.

But then again, this was Kono he was thinking about.

And Charlie.

And if there was one thing he learned about them from their housewarming party all those months ago – it was that they liked things simple. And, that they were just grateful for the chance at having a house of their own. So really, this home fit them perfectly.

He turned to glance at the larger house towards the front, located across the driveway. An older woman in a garishly floral muumuu stood at the back screen-door watching him. He smiled slightly and waved. He watched as she nodded back, noting the flicker of recognition as one of Kono's former teammates passing across her features.

Sighing nervously, Steve then turned back to the task at hand.

He adjusted his grip slightly on the jumper cables in his hand before reaching up with the opposite, to knock on their front door.

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Honolulu Police Department Crime Lab
Oahu

Charlie had been studying the car grease specimen before him through the micron telescope for hours before noticing that he was no longer alone. He heard the light clearing of a throat but continued to glance through the scope anyway. He smiled, knowing that his lunch date was five minutes early, as usual.

"Ahem," Kono tried again, unsuccessfully, to get Charlie's attention.

"Yes? You know you're early right?" he asked.

"Yeah, and you know you're still looking at the same sample that you told me about this morning, right?" she asked back.

"Yes, I do," he responded tiredly. He shook his head and finally looked up from the telescope. "And you know what else?" he asked smirking.

"Huh?"

"After all these years, you're still that same, sassy girl that I played spin the bottle with when we were little kids."

Kono laughed, her eyes twinkling and scrunching slightly. "You forgot the part about the kissing," she reminded, crossing her arms in front of her and shifting her weight to one foot.

"Oh, I'll never forget the kissing part – trust me," he said, finally turning away from the lab table and rolling his chair towards her. He grinned.

Kono smiled shyly and shook her head. "Oh my God, brah," she said snorting softly. "We haven't even really gone out. This is just lunch, while I wait for you to get me information on those samples."

"We can always fix that – the dating part," he said smiling. "Or – are you asking?"

"What? How?" she gestured nervously, unable to hide her giggles.

Charlie laughed at how flustered she got. "I'm almost done with the samples. But, you've got to at least let me pay you back for all the lunches we've had together this past month," he reasoned.

"You don't have to Charlie, really. You know, I've always had an interest in this kind of stuff and I – I like hanging out here."

He gave her a crooked smile and shook his head. "Officer Kalakaua, please let me just put you out of your misery? Will you go out with me?"

Kono shook her head again and fought the urge to smile.

But she couldn't help herself. She grinned back at him, quirking a brow at the same time.

"Yeah, I will."

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Hula Bar
Lewers Street, Honolulu

The three Five-0 teammates sat nursing their beers at the bar and relaxing after another week of cases that involved one too many car chases, shoot outs and all out brawls. But in the end, it was an immensely satisfying thing to do their jobs the way they did.

They were due this. This down time, kicking back and enjoying themselves at the start of their weekend.

But they were missing someone.

"Where's Kono?" Steve asked Chin.

Danny took a swig of his beer and watched Steve carefully. By all appearances, their leader seemed his normal self – calm, unaffected, self-assured and focused. But he sensed something had shifted recently and Steve was somehow hurting. Every time he approached him, or tried to offer some kind of comfort, he was shut down and he had no idea why.

"She's got another date," Chin answered, drawing Danny from his musings.

"What?" Danny asked, his head swiveling to look at Chin. "With who?" he asked further, not bothering to hide his surprise.

Steve swallowed thickly, despite that lack of beer in his mouth. "With Charlie?" Steve asked, the seriousness to his tone not unnoticed by his companions.

Chin simply nodded.

"What?" Danny repeated. "Wait, is this the second date? You said 'another'," he said, pointing at Chin, who held up a hand with all five of his fingers splayed. Danny threw his hands up."I mean, why am I the last to know?" The blonde detective leaned back on his stool and huffed. "Since when?" he asked, gesturing wildly to Chin and Steve.

"This is why, alright?" Steve responded irritatedly to Danny's questioning with similar gesticulations. "Just leave it, alright Danno?" he asked as he stood to head towards the back of the bar, to the restrooms.

Danny turned a confused glare towards Chin who raised his hands in mock surrender. "They've been dating about a month now," Chin answered.

Danny looked to where Steve had disappeared and then turned his gloomy gaze back to Chin. "That is by far the stupidest thing Steve's probably done," Danny stated.

The older detective smiled sadly, nodding once again. He knew what Danny was saying. But what were they supposed to do? Steve had apparently decided for all of them. He caught Danny's eye and shrugged. "Yeah. But, Charlie's a really good guy," Chin reasoned.

All Danny could do as he set down his beer bottle was shake his head. "Oh Charlie's a great guy. But he's not Steve."

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A/N: Muumuu – (pronounced moo-ooh moo-ooh) house-dress.
Author's Warning: I write slow, so bear with me please. Also, RL gets in the way a lot, but this fic idea has been niggling at me for weeks now, so here goes nothing.

Someone Like You
- Adele

I heard, that you're settled down.
That you, found a girl and you're married now.
I heard that your dreams came true.
Guess she gave you things, I didn't give to you.

Old friend, why are you so shy?
It ain't like you to hold back or hide from the lie.

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited,
But I couldn't stay away, I couldn't fight it.
I'd hoped you'd see my face and that you'd be reminded,
That for me, it isn't over.

Nevermind, I'll find someone like you.
I wish nothing but the best, for you, too.
Don't forget me, I beg, I remember you said -
"Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead."
Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead, yeah.

You'd know, how the time flies.
Only yesterday, was the time of our lives.
We were born and raised in a summer haze.
Bound by the surprise of our glory days.

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited,
But I couldn't stay away, I couldn't fight it.
I'd hoped you'd see my face and that you'd be reminded,
That for me, it isn't over, yet.

Nevermind, I'll find someone like you.
I wish nothing but the best for you, too.
Don't forget me, I beg, I remember you said -
"Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead," yeah.

Nothing compares, no worries or cares.
Regrets and mistakes, they're memories made.
Who would have known, how bittersweet this would taste?

Nevermind, I'll find someone like you.
I wish nothing but the best for you, too.
Don't forget me, I beg, I remembered you said -
"Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead."

Nevermind, I'll find someone like you.
I wish nothing but the best for you, too.
Don't forget me, I beg, I remembered you said -
"Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead."
Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead, yeah.