“I’m not going to be offended if you don’t say it back…” Steve said softly. “…I love you. No pressure. You don’t need to panic about it.” He whispered in Danny’s ear, adorning his temple in little, simple kisses.
“It really doesn’t bother you if I don’t say it back yet?” He replied followed by a short and husky hum. That hum had quickly become an instinct for Danny. It followed every kiss, peck, even the slightest of touches. He wasn’t sure why. Just the feeling of Steve’s lips was something Danny never got used too. It was something he always dreamed about but never quite thought it would be a reality.
Out of all of his relationships and meaningless hookups, and he’s had many, Danny had never felt the way Steve made him feel. He made him feel loved, appreciated, wanted, needed. Even the simplest graze of Steve’s rough fingertips on Danny’s soft inner thigh made him internally scream.
He felt guilty for not being able to say it, but it was a problem he had always had. Although Steve was a strong, resilient and fearless Navy Seal, who played around with death like it was a game of pacman, Danny still cared about him. He still worried about him. As much as he hated to admit it, everyone Danny loved always got hurt. He didn’t want that for Steve.
“Hey…” Steve wrapped his right hand around Danny’s chin and lifted his head up so he could look into those beautiful, shiny eyes that he fell in love with. “…Three words don’t define us. We were happy before I said it, I don’t need anything more from you than what you have already given.”
Steve leaned down and closed his eyes, slowly leaning in to softly brush his lips against Danny’s plump ones.
Although he wasn’t able to say it out loud, he knew.
I'm a lone wolf and I don't need anyone. I'm a Navy SEAL with tons of experience, I'm pretty sure I can handle anything that comes my way.
Him, he is now my partner and he is mine, I need him and can't function without him. He's my other half, my soul, my everything. I love him. Do not touch him, he is precious cargo. Hurt him and I will destroy you.
Steve McGarrett: highly trained soldier, loves danger, laser focused on goals, intense, calm under fire
also Steve McGarrett: wears plaid, talks during movies, imagines growing old with his best friend, loves hugs, sentimental af, terrible liar, great at Pac-Man, easily conned into buying a shit ton of Aloha Girls cookies