days later, Caterina was in her office with the leaders of the six welcoming
committees for the arriving Chiefs.
The Chiefs would start to land in the next couple hours and Caterina
wanted to go over the details one more time.
The only difference at this meeting compared to the last couple was Chief
Williams was present to give his final approvals and blessing.
He wanted to see and hear all of the final details, plus ask whatever
additional questions he still had no answers for.
the meeting broke up, the entire group of officers headed to collect their
committee members and proceed to the airport.
Chiefs had come in a day or so earlier to take advantage of a trip to Hawaii
with their spouses and/or children.
Even these Chiefs were meet either at the airport upon their arrival or
in their hotel rooms to verify their arrival.
went to Honolulu International Airport to oversee the inbound flights and over
see that the welcoming committees did their jobs the way she instructed them to
carried her walkie-talkie with her so she might go to any area that may need her
So far, there had been no need, which she was grateful about.
being at the airport for several hours and experiencing the growing discomfort
of standing on her feet, the Burkes were finally about to land according the
announcement just made.
She planned to take care of the Burkes personally as a tribute to a dear
old friend. Caterina
moved over and positioned herself at the correct gate in time to see the first
of the passengers leaving the plane.
had been years seen she had seen Amos Burke but she had been in communication
with him from time to time over the years.
She thought about all the lovely gifts Amos had sent over the years to
the family on different occasions, wedding, birthdays, births of the twins, etc.
Unfortunately, their schedules never matched well enough so that they
could have a nice visit with each other, either in Hawaii or California.
started to remember the first time she met this man.
She was in her last few months of being a rookie when Amos Burke came to
was tall, handsome, and very attractive.
Amos’ had lost his wife without warning in a shoot out meant for him.
He was shell-shocked at his loss and needed to get out of California for
a while. Amos
had decided to bring his son with him to Honolulu for six-months while he helped
out in the training of new officers and detectives.
Amos wanted to do anything but deal with homicides for a while.
had told Caterina that “I never imagined myself as an instructor.
He made Captain very quickly and then became a government secret agent
just before his marriage.
the six months had past and the Burke family headed home.
The time he had spent in Hawaii had helped him get his head on straight
again and he was ready to get back to business.
While in Honolulu, he spent a good deal of time with Caterina, Steve and
Peter enjoying all the Island pleasures.
remembered him telling her “If it was not for you, Lady Caterina, I would
never had made it through this time.
Thanks for being there.”
Then he kissed her on the cheek and gave her a bear hug before getting in
the car with Steve to head for the airport.
Caterina cried as he left, she would miss him and his gentle ways.
It took time to get over Amos’ leaving because he had become a good
chatted almost daily at first on the phone but with time the calls went to
weekly to monthly to every once in a while.
day that Amos left, there were a number of other officers there to see this
good-bye scene and overhear her being called “Lady Caterina” for the first
weeks after that she was teased about being called ‘Lady Caterina’ until it
got to the point it stayed with her and became a part of name and rank.
the plane trip over the ocean, Amos and Peter Burke sat in first class where
they discussed a few different subjects of interest and what that they were
about to get involved in.
As they chatted of these things, their conversation included their
friend, Officer Caterina.
you never did tell me how you met Caterina,” Peter told him.
first time I saw Caterina, was when she was about a year old.”
Amos told the story with delight in his voice.
“She had the biggest blue eyes and the wildest blonde hair.
She cried when Teresa combed it because it was so fine it knotted so
played on her private beach and in the ocean.
She was such a delightful child.”
Amos had such a huge smile on his face.
was that delightful?
I have not seen you smile like that in so long.”
Peter said at the silence from his father.
“In fact, the only time I see you smile like that, these days is when
you are looking at a picture of Mom.”
Peter, not at the memory of Caterina, on the contrary, it’s because of what
happened because of her.”
Amos got all his thoughts together before continuing.
“I was on the beach with Caterina one day, and this most beautiful
brunette came by and told me what a beautiful child I had.
Before I could respond Teresa told the woman that I was only babysitting
her little girl.
That beautiful woman’s smile got larger and her brown eyes sparkled
causing my heart to beat faster.”
sounds like the story Mom told about meeting you,” Peter commented.
should, Son, because that beautiful woman was your mother.
That is one of the reasons why after your mother died, I went back to
Honolulu and spent some time with Caterina.
Somehow, being with Caterina made me feel better about what happened and
helped me to get pass a lot of the pain the loss of your mother caused me.”
Amos had sadness in his voice and a few tears in his eyes.
Amos loved his wife with all his heart and never really got over it.
He had moved on in his life but the loss was still there.
Peter made his life worth living for because so much of his mother was in
him, Amos always believed.
six months in Honolulu was a blast for me but I think I understood why we were
missed Mom and still do.
But I was glad we went to Honolulu in order for you move on with our
Peter told his father as he took hold of his hand for a moment.
returned the hold by squeezing his son hand and smiling at him.
“The next time I saw Caterina she was a rookie on the force, and now
she is the Second-in-Command of Hawaii Five-O, Deputy Chief Captain Caterina.
That was something I never expected from her but somehow was not
surprising given her family history in the business.”
Amos took a snip of his drink.
“I can’t wait to get in and see Her Ladyship again.”
sorry, but did I hear you correctly.
Are you talking about Lady Caterina of the Honolulu Police Academy?”
all depends upon who you are,” Chief Burke replied with authority, plus being
a little upset at having his conversation overheard.
Chief Burke, I’m Remington Steele and this is my wife Laura.” Remington
poured on his charm towards Chief Burke.
“We are heading to Honolulu for a visit and will be stopping in to see
the Lady in question.”
we were.” Burke
saw through this false charm, he had met men like Steele through the years and
there was something funny about this man.
He had always thought so through the years but their paths had never
“This is my son, Peter.”
all exchanged greetings and continued to chat for the remainder of the trip.
They were the only four in first class but the coach class was full.
Steele had noticed the coach section was full and a little nosier then
usual. He wondered if most of the men in that section were cops, and why would
there be a plane full of cops headed for Hawaii?
his younger days, Steele would not have felt too comfortable about that fact,
but now a plane full of cops was just that, a plane full of cops.
He was a respectable man in an honest trade.
Not always an honorable trade because of what some private detectives did
in their businesses, but Steele Investigations was a top of the line detective
agency, with first-rate clients.
days, Remington would not put his life or his family in jeopardy because of a
wrong career move.
Now that he had a family that he had always longed for in his youth and
would do anything not to cause his children the rotten childhood he went
short time later, Steele found out why he thought these people looked the way
they did. Every
once in awhile a gentleman would go by to use the bathroom and stop by on his
way back, they would stop to greet Burke with an open arms attitude.
He then overheard a comment that told him everything.
you believe the extra precautions that bitch Deputy Chief Caterina is going to
put everyone through to get off the plane in Honolulu?” one of the other
would not call Lady Caterina a bitch to her face, at least when her husband was
does not approve of her being referred to that way,” Amos told that Chief.
“And yes, I can believe it.
I think the extra steps she has taken to secure the areas and hotel where
we all will be staying is worth it after the bombing at the Commissioner’s
Annual Convention three weeks ago.”
but there is a limit to security and what she is doing and she is going just a
little far. And
is her husband anyway, some political figure?”
This Chief was pissed off at Burke’s protectiveness of Caterina.
more a political figure then you or me.
Chief Dan Williams of Hawaii Five-O is her husband.
Plus the lady in question is Lady Caterina of the Honolulu State Police
same Lady Caterina that every Chief’s Convention for the past ten years has
tried to get her to attend and discuss what she has done at the academy to get
it into the number one academy in the country for the past six years.”
Amos loved the reaction of this chief to the information he was just
Chief almost fell off the arm of the seat he was sitting on.
“She is Lady Caterina, the Lady Caterina.”
He swallowed and left feeling about two inches tall.
you see the reaction of that Chief at the mention of who Caterina is.
Wow, I didn’t realize Caterina reputation was that well known and had
that much political power behind her.”
Peter was surprised.
holds more political power then any cop that I have met, but she puts it all
behind her husband and boss, Danny.”
Amos was happy for Caterina and her status in the police community.
She was highly respected by every Chief he met over the past few years.
Everyone wish they could get her to join their department.
That’s it, the Annual Chief’s Convention. *
Steele thought to himself.
* Caterina was finally getting to attend her first Chief’s convention
as the wife of the new Hawaii Five-O Chief.
No wonder I got all those phone calls three weeks ago about extra
security measures to be taken in a highly insecure situation.
At the time I thought it was for one of her classes, the way she always
called to discuss a possible teaching method from the other side of the street,
as she called it. *
Steele should have known Caterina was up to something more then some
information for her classes, much more.
was surprised at that Chief’s reactions to Caterina’s status in Honolulu
because she never knew that Caterina was powerful in her own right.
Laura had a little more respect for this woman now with what she did with
her life because they were both the same when it came to the care of their
a result, their husbands stood behind them in time a need and crisis, always
taking the heat and praise for the work that they did.
remembered Caterina teasing her once about the benefits that only they could get
out of their bosses because of the extra special relationships they had.
Now she considered those extra benefits and knew they were worth the hell
their spouses and protectors went through for them.
the flight from Los Angeles finally landed, Caterina was at the head of this
committee, because she wanted to personally welcome the Burkes to Honolulu.
Plus, she knew the Steeles would be on this flight, which was something
Dannya was not aware of, at least not yet.
the plane made its final approach, the flight attendant announced to the
“We are now on our final approach for Honolulu.
Aloha and welcome.
For those of you who are not part of the convention taking place at this
time in Honolulu, we ask that you disembark first.
Those attending the convention are asked to remain in their seats.
A Welcoming Committee will be coming aboard to greet you personally and
to make the necessary identification checks.
Thank you and Aloha.”
everyone off but the Chief’s and their families off the plane?”
Dan questioned Caterina standing behind her.
Caterina’s surprise, Chief Williams showed up to greet this plane.
“Almost, I’m waiting for a signal from one the flight attendants.”
Caterina was just a touch nervous now that Dannya was there plus she
cursed herself for not realizing he would show up for this flight.
“Besides, what are you doing here?
You are supposed to be kept safe and sound, away from any possible
problems that could happen to the Chiefs here at the airport.”
is one plane I wanted to greet personally and finally meet, the famous Amos
teased and he noticed Caterina was a trace nervous but not because of Amos Burke
but because of something else.
Quickly he realized that there was someone else on that plane that
Caterina did not tell him about, and it would not be Aunt Claire.
then a flight attendant came off the plane with the list of all the passengers
and showed Caterina a check off list of those who had disembarked.
Dan read the list over her shoulder and saw the names of Steele,
Remington and Laura there.
In addition, they were part of the passengers who remained on the plane.
bristled under his skin, but he decided instead to have a private chat with his
wife when he got her into the car, a very heated chat.
knew he had read the list over her shoulder and it was time to face the music.
Or at least she would face it later when they were alone.
the last of the non-convention goers had left, the Welcoming Committee boarded
I’m Chief Dan Williams, I trust you will give all these officers your full
wish you all a pleasant time in Honolulu.
Dan handed the microphone to Caterina.
I’m Lady Caterina, Deputy Chief of Hawaii Five-O.
We are here to greet you and to double-check your identifications to make
sure that you are indeed who you claim to be.
Please be cooperative in this matter and you will be soon be on your way
to four full days of fun and games.
Since this is more of a family convention then in past years, we have
arranged for activities for all.”
Caterina was about to hang up the microphone when the eagerness to make a
bad joke came over her again.
remain in your seats until we have finished checking on everyone.
This is a full flight compared to others that we have been meeting all
day, so it will take a little longer then the other flights as you can tell from
the lack of empty seats around you.
Of course, you get to be first one off the plane if you are real Indian
was a very low moan of disapproval at the joke because none of the other chiefs
realized there was a real full-blooded American Indian on the flight.
right here, Lady Caterina.
Chief Eagle Feather from Arizona.”
was moment of total silence as everyone looked around for this Chief, and then
there was a round of applause.
went over to Chief Eagle Feature in the first row of second class section.
Chief Eagle Feather and family.
Welcome to Honolulu.”
Dan Williams offered his hand in greeting.
“I’m Chief Dan Williams.”
to me you, Chief,” Eagle Feather said as he shook Dan hand.
Then he turned and shook Caterina’s hand as well.
“It is a pleasure to finally meet you as well, Lady Caterina.”
is a pleasure to meet you as well, Chief,” Caterina smiled at him.
“May I have your gun and badge please?”
After receiving the badge and ID card, Caterina checked it off the list
and had the gun placed in the bag to be sealed until it was checked out.
“Chief Eagle Feather, if you and your family will follow this officer,
you will be taken to get your luggage and a car which will take you to your
Feather said, then gathered his family and left the plane.
Eagle Feather left the plane, Dan walked over to where Steeles were seated.
“Hello Steele, I gather that Caterina has invited you here to double
check on the security system at the academy since the construction is now
she has.” Steele
could tell from the demanding tone from Danny that he had not been told of his
also here for a relaxation with my Laura.”
Steele had gotten good at reacting to Dan’s frontal attacks with each
did not understand why this exchange was always needed between these two men but
would never find out why either.
What is it that Danny doesn’t
trust about Remington?
She could understand a little of it when they were all single but not now
that they were all married and had families, there was still a distrust in
Williams towards Remington.
saw this exchange and realized that someone else did not trust this man either.
“There most be some history there
that no one was aware of,” he thought.
back off. Steele
is here to do a job with your authorization.
I just didn’t tell you when he was coming in,” Caterina told him.
remembered that conversation now and should have known that he would come with
the others. She
had asked for an outside consultant to come in and to look into the underside of
the business that happens at conventions like this one.
He should have known that she would ask a thief that she could trust to
help in this respect but Steele was way past that, or least he hoped so.
Then again, after what happened in October with need to change style of
locks in his home, he knew Steele was some how still in touch with the
underworld of crime.e
Laura, I trust you had a good trip over,” Caterina greeted her.
me, are you carrying a gun with you on this trip?”
Caterina said as she addressed Laura and not Remington.
I still don’t believe in carrying one unless a case calls for one.”
I assume you have your Steele?”
Caterina asked Remington but the watched Laura for her reaction.
take the gun Steele, that is, I’m assuming you did not pack in your
smiled slyly at him.
“The gun will be returned after the ballistics is checked on it against
the ballistics in Los Angeles Police Department.”
does the gun have to be checked for ballistic?”
reached into his jacket with care and pulled the weapon out and started to hand
it to Caterina.
of what has happened at another police convention three weeks ago.”
Caterina turned to call to someone, “Pearlson, a bag please.”
Then she continued to tell Laura the rest of the answer.
“At this Annual Chief Convention there is going to be very little
chance of what happened in New York and in Paris six months ago.”
came over to them and held open the bag.
“Please deposit your gun and its license in the bag, Mr. Steele.”
She waited until the gun and its license were in the bag, then Pearlson
marked it and it place in the collection bin.
sorry,” Caterina addressed both the Steeles, “but I will have to have your
PI licenses as well, for security reasons.”
started to say something but Remington stopped her when reached into his pocket
and produced both licenses and their drive’s licenses as well.
They were placed in a second bag and placed in a second bin.
Pearlson then directed them to leave the plane and as she did, she asked
for their luggage tickets so someone could get their luggage.
Caterina checked to make sure the rest of the plane was being handled the way it
was supposed to be.
Then she took a deep breath and turned to see that the Steeles were off
the plane before she turned to look at her husband.
had watched this whole exchange had taken place and was glad that Caterina kept
her cool through it.
Things could have been a lot worse if it was not for Steele stopping
Laura from protesting the treatment they just went through.
Dan smiled at Caterina as her eyes met his.
Then he saw her take a breath and pull herself together to go on with her
both turned to face the Burkes to see Amos smiling broadly at Caterina with
total approval of her actions.
stood up and started to give her hug but looked towards her husband first, “I
hope you don’t mind if I give your beautiful wife a hug?”
Amos, it is good to see you again.”
Caterina greeted her dear friend and returned the hug as she stood next
to her husband.
at all.” Dan
smiled. This man had the manners, Dan thought as he watched them hug.
I would like you to formally meet my husband, Chief Dan Williams.”
Danno, it is a pleasure to finally meet you after all these years of talking to
said as he shook Danny’s hand.
is a pleasure to finally meet you as well, Amos,” the introduction he came to
surprise we never met the last time you were here in Hawaii,” Dan said
surprised at being called Danno by Burke.
Since Steve retired, he had not been called that very often.
is surprising since I was here for so long.”
Amos turned towards his son to introduce him.
Danny, it has been a long time.
Do you still surf or does your wife keep you off the board?”
Peter shook his old friend’s hand.
don’t really have the time to surf the way I did when you were here but I get
on the board every once in a while.”
Dan informed him.
“Kind of had to give it up for the job.”
is usually only on the board now days with when the kids want a lesson in how to
the can we beat Daddy at surfing yet?
It’s a game that they like to play.”
Caterina finished for Dannya.
never told me you knew Danny?”
Amos questioned his son.
I did Dad. I
told you about the guys I hung out with when I went surfing during the time we
Peter looked at Danny, “You know FATHERS just forget the big things in
your life and remember all the little things that would get you into trouble
Peter laughed and so did the rest.
Caterina says to get everyone’s attention.
“Shall we get down to business, so you both can get off this plane and
enjoy are beautiful weather.
Himson, the bags please.”
came over with the bags marked for both the Burkes.
Before another word could be spoken, Peter brought out his gun to drop it
into the bag. But
before he could droup his badge and ID into a separate one, Himson took the case
and handed to Lady Caterina.
took the badge and checked it against the list of information on the Burke’s,
then returned it to Peter with a warning.
“In the future,” in her more authoritative voice, “Lt. Burke,
senior ranking officers are checked over first.”
Caterina took Amos’ badge case and looked at.
It was a little worn from age but looked in great shape, the way
Dannya’s and Steve’s badge cases looked.
She looked at the inside and saw Amos’ shield.
It was bright and shiny, just as impressive now as it was when she first
saw one of his LA badges years earlier.
The only different between this one and one from before was the rank on
smiled as she compared the information on her sheet.
Satisfied, she handed the clipboard to her husband and started to exam
the case further.
started to stop her when his father stopped him.
He knew what Caterina was looking for.
“It’s still there My Lady.
I’ve only removed it twice since the day you put it there, and those
were the days, I got my new badges,” Amos told her with smile.
was surprised and yet pleased to find that her gift was still in his badge case.
She had had a girlhood crush on the man years before when she had given
him a 1976 bi-centennial quarter for good luck.
“You’ve kept it all these years.
Why?” she asked as she gently fingered the shiny quarter.
a very sweet tone of voice, Amos replied, “Because a beautiful young lady gave
it to me for luck.
I fell in love with her that year, and never stopped caring for her.”
He then leaned forwarded and kissed her on the cheek.
blushed at this praise.
Her love for him changed over the years from a schoolgirl crush to the
love of a good friend and mentor.
Then Caterina returned the kiss on his warm cheek.
hope your husband doesn’t get jealous?” he said as he smiled and looked
at all Amos, the woman is mine, all mine,” Dan told him with pride.
He walked over to his wife and took the badge case from Caterina after
the quarter was replaced into its hiding place. “I happen to know that there
are only a few people that carry a coin in their cases.
For these coins were given in love from a good and caring friend,” he
told Burke as he handed the badge case back to him.
he smiled “only a few well chosen friends.”
the check off list finished, the Burke’s and Williams’ left the plane. They
walked together over to the luggage area.
The luggage had already been separated into groups for their owners to
come and claim them.
Caterina noticed several sets of luggage around the area.
Each set had an officer next to each them with a sign in his or her hand
as they patiently waited for the owner to claim their luggage.
Steeles walked quietly out of the luggage area.
After the retreived their luggage, Pearlson informed them that the
Private Investigative ID’s and the gun would be returned to them at their
hotel once they were doubled checked.
then got into the car rental and headed for the hotel.
in the car Laura decided to question Remington.
“Would care to tell me why after all these years Danny still distrust
Laura, I was in the wrong place at the wrong time as far as Daniel is
is all Remington would say about it.
He knew that Daniel would never trust him after being caught alone with
Caterina in her beach house.
It didn’t matter then or now that Caterina and him were having problems
in their relationship.
* Daniel, I care about her but not the way you do.
Never have and never would.
Why wouldn’t you believe that after all these years, * Remington
thought to himself.v
the fact, that Danny knows the truth about you and me doesn’t help the
situation does it?”
Laura wondered aloud.
“I can still remember the first time we met Danny, he distrusted you
is because, Laura, Daniel and I had met before that coin exhibition years ago.
If you recall, I didn’t want to take the job because it was in
Honolulu, it was only after that phone call that I agreed to the job.
That phone call gave me permission to return to Honolulu at the time.
When it comes to Daniel, I have to watch my every step because he just
does not trust me.”
Remington was telling Laura general facts about his relationship with the
Caterina and Dan Williams but as always, there was a lot of missing facts as
time to protect Caterina from both Laura and Daniel finding out about the way
they met at the academy one night.
also remember the first time I got a letter from Caterina to come over and check
the security system at the academy.”l
Laura continued the conservation.
sweetheart,” Remington wanted off this subject.
“You the basics of how I met Caterina, there are things that happened
at that meeting that could still get her in more trouble then they are worth
today and could be harmful to Daniel’s career.
Please understand, I can’t go into the full details of our first
always suspected there was something between you and Caterina that could never
be discussed. All
I ask, is that you tell me about it someday when we are old and gray.” Laura
told her loving husband as she touched he cheek.
promise Laura, when we old and gray together.”
Remington leaned over and kissed his wife on the lips since the light was
kiss took longer then the light because there were horns beckoning with them to
To find out what happened to these locks, check
out my challenge story “Dracula
Williams – I want to drink your blood”
Another clue to Caterina past relationship with Remington.
Laura and Remington did a security job with the Five-O team in
“Shipp Caper” that will be posted shortly.
A Steele Secret Learned was a
challenge to see Laura’s reaction to being informed about a secret from
Betty's Book Me Danno
Originally Posted April 20, 2001