Protection (550)

Just at that moment two things happened.  The intercom buzzed, and Lieutenant Chan came through the doors saying, “Don’t bother, I’ll show myself in.”

Chan stormed to the desk.

“Why, Mr. Chan,” Gi said, “what an unexpected pleasure.  To what do I owe this visit?”

Chan ignored her and said, “Lanning, why are you doing here?”

I looked from him to the ice queen, thinking.  Then, “I thought Miss Yu might be worried about my dad, so I wanted to tell her how he’s doing well and should be talking in a day or so.”

Chan gave me a confused look, then smiled.  “I see.  Well,” he said, turning his attention to Gi, “I’m glad you were able to help set Miss Yu’s mind at ease.”

Gi, cool as ever, said, “Yes, my dear cousin was being most considerate of my feelings.  Thank you, cousin, for the good news.  I was just about to ask if I might come to see Uncle Beanpole.”

Chan said, “Oh, I don’t think we can allow that yet, Gi.  It might be awhile before he’s strong enough to speak to anyone but immediate family.”

“And of course,” I added, twisting the handle, “the police.  That’s very important.”

It was hard to see, but the left corner of Gi’s mouth was quivering ever so slightly.

Chan said, “Lanning, now that you’ve eased your cousin’s mind, could you please wait outside for a second.”

I stood.  “Goodbye, Miss Yu.  I’m glad we know each other better now.  You be careful.”

Her smile was so evil I had to give her a big fake one right back.  I went out and stood by the rock’s desk.

She looked up.  “Yes?”

“Oh, just waiting for Lieutenant Chan.  You look like you really love your job.”

She sneered at me.  I was expecting fire.

The Lieutenant came through the door.  He nodded me toward the door.

“How did you know I was here?” I asked on the way down.

“Lanning, you surely didn’t think that the officers watching you would simply let you drive off.  They followed you here then let me know.”

That made sense.  It did seem way too easy to just leave.  I said, “So what did you and Gi talk about?”

“Ah, let’s just say that she and her people won’t be bothering you from here on.”

“What do you mean?”

Chan said, “I made it clear to her, Lanning, that if anything happens to you, even if it looks like some kind of accident, I’ll be coming for her.  You’ll be safe now.”

“She thinks my dad’s alive.  Will she be coming after him?”

“I don’t know about that.  It depends upon what she’s been able to piece together.  I don’t know if she understands your father’s purpose for coming to Honolulu.”

We were headed back to his place.  “Lanning,” he said, “I’m sorry about your father.  He’s still at my home.  How do you want to arrange for his funeral?”

I realized I’d forgotten to mention it.  “Gi said that I have two sisters and a brother in Korea.  I would try to get in touch with them, but I have absolutely no idea where they are or what their names are.  I’m guessing I must also have a step-mother there as well.”

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Aloha #WriterWednesday, I hope you are safe and well. Today’s #WritingPrompt is

protection

Use it to inspire a piece of writing, and then post that piece as a comment below. I would love to read your writing : )

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