The Cost of Living

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Title: The Cost of Living
Author(s): JiM & kalena
Date(s): 09 November 2011
Length: 63,686 words
Genre: slash fanfiction, Hookerfic
Fandom: Hawaii Five-0
External Links: The Cost of Living (AO3)

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The Cost of Living is a Steve/Danny story by JiM & kalena. As of March 2021, the work has 1890 kudos, 318 comments, and 628 bookmarks on Archive of Our Own.[1]

Author's Summary:

Ex-cop Danny will do anything he has to in order to stay in Hawaii and close to his daughter. Too bad it’s something that goes against most of his principles. But he’s just what Steve McGarrett needs.[1]

Recs and Reviews

Heart wrenchingly perfect, seriously, yet still exciting and utterly enjoyable. The voices are spot on and the authors do an awesome job of dealing with the fact that Steve J. McGarrett has got to be a pretty screwed up individual thanks the bad hand he was dealt in life. Danny is unrelentingly Danny even though he’s got to turn to less than desirable means to make his money and stay on this island. Check it out, you won’t regret it.[2]
So, I recently realized that I have a favorite narrative kink. It goes like this:
1) Character A and Character B are in love.
2) Character A and Character B have sex.
3) The reason for Character A and Character B having sex has nothing to do with the fact that they are in love.
4) In the end, everything works out right.

That's it. It's fairly simple, but I recently realized that both of my current works in progress follow this pattern in one way or another. [...] It's what I like about the Aliens Made Them Do It (AMDTI) trope (I linked to fanlore there, not TVTropes; you're welcome).

The point of this post is to say that I just reread a story I loved which makes use of this trope, though the idea that the characters are in love at the beginning is a bit of a stretch: The Cost of Living (H50, Steve/Danny, no canon knowledge needed, Gay Issues handled well, contains casefile, also contains a lot of porn). It's a hooker!fic AU, but it's also a lot more than that. It's a good story. You should read it.[3]


  1. ^ a b JiM and kalena, AO3. The Cost of Living, Nov 9, 2011. (Accessed March 5, 2021)
  2. ^ fuckyeahmcdanno on tumblr. fic: The Cost of Living, date unknown. Archived from the original on March 6, 2021.
  3. ^ amalnahurriyeh. My new favorite narrative kink, 05 June 2012. (Accessed 02 June 2016)