My Kind of Town

by Don Chapman

Monday, June 4, 2001

Chillin’ with Lily

>> Foodland -- Aina Haina

The frozen foods section had an immediate and visible effect on Lily Ah Sun, dressed as she was in a sheer white silk suit. As if being physically excited by Quinn wasn't enough. And so she clutched his muscular arm even tighter, leaning on him, as much for warmth as to keep from stumbling. Quinn was rescuing her after she got drunk and was giving her a lift home.

"So what's up with the Popsicles?" Quinn said, his head spinning from the sensations his cousin was giving him, her hip moving against his, her head leaning on his shoulder, her breast pressed into his arm.

"For Elizabeth, my maid's daughter. She's home sick with a bad cold, and I promised her I'd bring her home something that would make her sore throat feel better and cool her down." They reached the frozen novelty section.

"Popsicles, the best medicine I know." She contemplated which kind of Popsicles to buy.

"As I recall from our shave-ice days, you were a grape person."

"How do you remember that?! That was at least 21 years ago!"

"Lily, we were raised practically as brother and sister. It's amazing how many of my memories from those days include you."

Today, when Quinn pulled her over for speeding on the H-1, was the first time they'd seen each other since they were seven. Before he looked at her license, Lily swooned and Quinn felt his breath taken away, and they shared a silent gaze that told of passion and eternal longing and now fulfillment. If Quinn hadn't discovered she was his long-lost first cousin, these sensations would be heavenly. Instead, they were torment. A cousin is not supposed to make you feel this good. Lily was clutching his arms so tight because she'd gotten drunk. That's all there was to it. That's all it could be.

>> HPD Headquarters

Detective Sherlock Gomes got lucky with another set of finger prints found inside the car of Sen. Donovan Matsuda-Yee-Dela Cruz-Bishop-Kamaka, which had crashed off the Keeaumoku Overpass, the lone occupant being a young woman who was stark naked and loaded on ice. They were all over the steering wheel, presumably the young woman's. They matched the thumb print gave to receive a state ID. The prints on the passenger side matched the thumb print taken when a Dr. Laurie Tang renewed her drivers license.

The phone book had no listing for Serena Kawainui. The only listing for Dr. Laurie Tang was at Queen's. Sherlock Gomes would call her then stop by the Makiki Heights address .

Don Chapman is editor of MidWeek.
His serialized novel runs daily in the Star-Bulletin
with weekly summaries on Sunday.
He can be emailed at

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