Blind Spots (A David Chan Mystery, Part Thirteen)

The first thing Chan noticed when he entered the room was Yamamoto’s huge bandage.

“Vic,” he said, “if I were a ship looking for my desk, I’d follow your big white head.”

Sergeant Yamamoto smiled and then frowned.  “Eh, Lieutenant Chan, Sir, if you don’t mind my saying so, you are stupid.”

Chan froze.  “What?”

“It’s all over your face, brah.  Love has hit you upside the head like a ten-pound blackjack.”

“What are you talking about?” Chan asked calmly, realizing full well that his face must be lit up like a neon advertisement of his feelings for Nina Goo, compounded now by the fact that he was blushing uncontrolably.

“What I’m talking about is that from now on if we need you talk to your new true love about anything to do with this case, I’m gonna do it, not you.”

“I, I –”

“That’s right, David, Aye Aye is the word.  Don’t you go near her until this case is resolved.  You haven’t forgot that she may be part of this, right?”

Chan thought about this.  Actually, he had forgot about that.  Once Byung Yu’s name came up, it seemed as if the direction of the case became clear-cut.

“Vic, get this, she’s married to Yu Byung-hi.”

Yamamoto’s jaw dropped.  He knew Chan was convinced that the Yus were responsible for his father’s disappearance, and Yamamoto too had often failed to tighten the noose around the necks of either the father or the son.  His hatred meter for sure was all the way up on the Yu clan.

“What the hell?” Yamamoto said.  “What are the chances of that?”

Chan nodded.  “She’s estranged from him.”

Yamamoto glared at Chan again.  “Eh, David, how many people is she estranged from?  Estranged, sheesh.  That word is getting tossed around more than a limp dick on a rocking ship.  Lover boy, stop and think.  If you’re estranged from everybody you know, is there a problem there?  Yu, I can understand, but every single member of her family, too. Something’s wrong there, you think?”

At that moment Captain Delbert Kauhane, Chief of Ds, and also head of the Hawai’i Four-9 quartet, came over.  “Lieutenant,” he said, “we got a fresh one.  The owner of Ace Body Shop over in Kalihi was just found dead in his office.  Go check it out.”

“Vic,” Chan said, “you go there.  I’m going to see Byung Yu.”

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Aloha #WriterFriday, I hope you are ready for the weekend. Today’s #WritingPrompt is

blind spots

Use it to inspire a piece of writing, short or long, a sentence or a song, and then post that piece on your site and link to me, or just post it as a comment below. I would love to read it : )

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