Title: Coffee & Tea
Author: Keira Marcos
Challenge: Writer’s Table Monthly Drabble – January 2019
Fandom: NCIS/Hawaii Five-O
Relationship: Tony DiNozzo/Steve McGarrett
Rating: R (for language and adult themes)
Word Count: 445 (Complete)
Summary: Tony DiNozzo gets transferred to Hawaii. He meets an old friend for coffee.
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Steve put the cup of coffee down on the table and slid into a chair next to Tony. “You ready to talk about it?”
Tony shook his head and looked out over the open patio of the coffee shop Steve had guided him toward when he’d picked him up at the hotel just thirty minutes before. “Not really.”
“I miss your dad,” Tony said roughly and took a deep breath. “John always knew exactly what to say to me.”
“I wish he’d been able to do the same for me,” Steve said. “Is your move to the island permanent?”
“If I stay with NCIS,” Tony said. “How do you feel about that?”
“I think you’d make a great liaison for Five-O,” Steve said. “And it would be nice to have someone I could trust from NCIS in the mix. Our last contact with you guys was a waste of space, so I was surprised to get Vance’s email about you. Why did Gibbs give you up, Tony?”
Tony flushed. “In the end, she mattered more. I don’t regret rescuing her, but they had no business putting her back on the team. She’s unstable, unreliable, and she’s going to get someone killed. Gibbs is blind to Ziva and her faults. Tim is weak. I’m the only one that didn’t fall into line, so Vance sent me here.”
“I’m glad you’re here,” Steve said. “Your room is still…you didn’t have to check into a hotel. Dad kept a room for you, and I haven’t changed it.”
“I didn’t know how…you’ve never been great about my relationship with your dad,” Tony reminded.
“Sometimes I felt like he replaced me with you,” Steve admitted. “But I got over that.” He grinned. “Around the time I got a leg over you actually.”
Tony blushed. “Shut up.” He wadded up a napkin and threw it at him.
“At least I figured out why I wasn’t on board with calling you my brother.” Steve sighed. “Not to be terrible, but I’m really glad the old man never tried to adopt you for real. It would make fucking you awkward as hell.” He picked up his tea and grinned as Tony huffed. “Speaking of, wanna go back to my house and get reacquainted the old-fashioned way?”
“It’s only been a year since we’ve seen each other.”
Steve quirked an eyebrow. “I got some new ink.”
Tony grinned. “So did I.”
Steve put down his tea and stood. “I can’t wait to see it.”
“Maybe I’m not that easy,” Tony protested, but he put aside his unfinished coffee and stood with a grin.
“I love a challenge.” Steve caught Tony’s hand and tugged him toward his truck.