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Hawaii Ch 9Maybe we were done here in Hawaii. For a change, we were actually enjoying the vacation. As wonderful as that felt, I didn't feel like we had solved anything. Sure, the original goal was to put Nauridia and Tony together - something that went wonderfully - but I didn't feel right leaving Leo to his devices, even if they were ordinary and normal.
My afternoon involved driving around Hilo with Michelle. We might've seen a few local art museums, but largely just hung out. It was fun hanging out with her, though I would've much preferred to spend time with Shelly instead.
Best of all, there were no automotive emergencies.
After a nap on the patio, I picked up my cellphone and dialed Dr. Chase. I figured it was time he was informed of his former partner's status.
"Interesting... you make it sound like he's serious this time, finally out of the science business for good," Dr. Chase replied after I explained the particulars of our trip.
Hawaii Ch 8After cooling Summer down, the two of us returned to the lobby of the resort to find the fire captain meeting with the front desk staff, Dr. Leo included.
"I see... thank you captain. I appreciate your quick work," Dr. Leo replied after hearing the captain's report.
The captain handed Dr. Leo a pamphlet, which was quickly returned. "No thank you, I believe I have insurance. Good day." The captain nodded and left. Dr. Leo came over to Michelle and I. "That was surely uncalled for. You don't do anything small, do you?"
Michelle shook her head. "Call it payback for tying me up."
"I'm simply acting in your best interest, Michelle. There was no room for a car in the small room... you want to hide from that Tony fellow..."
"Will you tell me what's going on or not? And where is everyone else?" Michelle crossed her arms firmly.
"They are all waiting in a cabana out back. Come. I have insurance, so while I'm waiting for the insurance man to arrive we can quickly wrap up our discussi
Hawaii Ch 7The eight of us gathered in the lobby outside of the restaurant a few minutes before six. I could tell Michelle was tense, because she was wracking her knuckles a lot and pacing quietly.
"Relax." I held her shoulders, but she shrugged me off.
"You're just going to trigger something. I'm fine." Her tone was direct but not heated.
Shelly took me aside. "Just leave her be. She has to sort this out on her own."
I nodded. The time for me to swoop in and be a hero this wasn't. I hadn't forgotten that a week ago Michelle had personally destroyed her family, all without being able to stop herself. It was not something that would be fixed without difficulty.
Finally, after what seemed like forever, Dr. Leo emerged from the restaurant. "Ah! You've all arrived. A few new faces, too! I look forwards to meeting all of you again. Our pr
Hawaii Ch 6I am not a person who enjoys coffee. I don't like the smell, the taste, the burn, or any part of the experience. So when I get up and get started, I get up and get started without any such stimulus. But breakfast is essential.
Needless to say, I had a cup of java that morning. Cream and sugar - lots of it.
Michelle, however, did not. She immediately went into action and began to scout around the resort again. Though it was nice to be rid of her for the moment - I wasn't ready to indulge her adventure just yet - I wondered if Dr. Leo really was up to anything. For the time being, I was in Hawaii and I had to enjoy it for even a few moments.
A short walk from the resort was this little street café. Emina, Shelly and I met there for breakfast. Seriously, best pancakes I've ever had. Why does all the food in Hawaii taste better? Questions, questions
Hawaii Ch 5Though the departure with this Wankia gal was sudden, I didn't get much time to talk anymore. Michelle dragged me to the room after that.
She was still digging through her luggage as I emerged from the bathroom wearing something a lot more comfortable. "Remind me why you and I are suddenly sharing a room?"
"Because Shelly and Emina wanted to spend more time together. They're sisters, and they've never shared a room." At least it was convincing that she had planned otherwise. "Sounded kinda tragic to me, so I let them have their way."
"You're not planning on going out tonight already, are you?"
She retrieved a small jewelry box from her things. "I'm glad I put luggage locks on this time."
"You bet I am." She clasped the necklace around her neck. A moment later, she focused and turned her left hand into a tire before it shrank back into a hand. "He's gotta be up to something.
Michelle's Letter"Greg, can you give me a hand in here?"
I shrugged. Maybe Michelle got too warm again. I got up from my video game marathon and went into her bedroom. She was sitting at her computer desk.
"Hey, you're human. I guess I was expecting..."
"Very funny. I need help with this. I've written this much, but I want to make sure it looks okay."
She stood up and sat in her reading chair while I sat at the desk. The laptop had a word processor on it, ready to go.
It read as follows.
December 26th, 2011
I suspect you've been wanted to know many things about me, many of them having occurred since last July.
First, I must apologize for ever lying, appearing distracted, being dishonest or even outright false to you. Though I firmly believe that I am still your little girl, I am a grown woman and it is not fair for me to hold back secrets in my life that have defined me for over a de
Hawaii Ch 4Indeed, it was closer to two and a half hours. We passed through a great deal of residential areas, and close to eleven cities. Hilo was by far the largest, and even though we saw nearly all of the city we did not pass by the Koolahula Resort. I guess we'd find it later.
After driving for what seemed forever, we began to see ocean again and spotted a sign declaring our destination.
On our right was the ocean. Ahead there was a marina.
"This is the place!" Nauridia was practically jumping out of her seat.
"Take it easy!" Summer tightened Nauridia's seatbelt. "Safety first, huh?"
"Sorry. I'm just so excited!"
"Any idea what slip he's on?" Shelly asked.
"Um F7," Nauridia replied.
As there were only seven docks, it wasn't difficult to find F7. It was the northernmost slip, and slot 7 was the last one on the end. The slip was currently empty, however.
Summer parked alo
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