story takes place before Dan and Caterina’s
wedding day but after they started living together
Gary Shipp was finally on his way back to Hawaii now that the semester was over at Campbell University in North Carolina. He had hoped and planned for this return trip for the past semester. Gary has been a History Professor for the past four years, when eighteen months ago he was offered the chance of a lifetime to use all his historical training to put together a major excavation in Hawaii for a three months period. Frequently, he reminded himself of how this would be a great working vacation with a chance to see the beautiful Islands of Hawaii.
Shipp headed the excavation team of scuba divers to a ship known as the S.S.
Katerina out of the Philippines. This
ship was one of many that had been sunk in during the Pearl Harbor attack.
The time he spend on the research on World War II for his master’s
thesis had finally confirmed that his theory regarding the S.S. Katerina had
been correct. He proved that this
ship had been in the harbor area on December 5, two days before Pearl Harbor
was bombed. With his thesis in
hand he applied for and obtained a Government grant, along with the Governor of
Hawaii’s permission to lead the excavation for the S.S. Katerina at the
bottom of Rainbow Harbor with the assistance of the U.S. Navy.
a surprise it was when Professor Shipp’s team found a treasure of rare gold,
silver, iron, copper, platinum and stone coins now worth over several million
dollars. Soon after the world
found about this treasure, Russia expressed a concern to have the treasure
returned. After negotiations and
verification of the treasure a discussion was reach between the two governments
to return the treasure of coins to Russia, but only after the Great State of
Hawaii had a chance to display this treasure before it finished its world tour.
It was no surprise when the Governor of Hawaii asked Professor Shipp to
over see the exhibition of these rare International coins.
day of his departure, his family had gone with him to Durham Airport to say
their good-byes. He had been
offered to teach at the University of Hawaii and to help with exhibition was
something Professor Shipp couldn’t turn down.
But he was surprised at the first class travel accommodations that had
been arranged for him. As he sat
in the big plush seat on the jumbo jet, he thought about the many conversations
he had had with the mystery lady in the Five-O office and with whom he would
meet shortly. A woman that has
fired up his imagination and desires just by the sound of her sexy voice.
in Honolulu, Dan Williams was at home. This
was the first time that he was to try his hand, without Steve’s assistance to
plan all the necessary security measures required for the first major World War
II exhibition, which would open within the month.
about time you put a security plan together without my assistance.
I’m willing to answer any questions you may have but it’s up to you
to put the entire plan together.” Dan
thought back to what Steve had told him at the beginning, “Danno, this is
part of your training as my second-in-command.
This exhibit opens in two months, so get to work.”
Dan remembered the look Steve had given him, “Of course,” his boss
had continued with one of his wicked smiles, “I have the final say on the
of the challenges Dan faced was to put together the plans for needed extra security
in the Throne Room at the Palace. This
would not be an easy task. His
main concern was how he would place the heavy-duty security equipment and
fixtures in various places and still not destroy the beauty of the individual
rooms of the Palace. For the past
two weeks, he had been at this task off and on but more off because of the
normal demands of his job.
considered the piece of history that soon would be shown to the world.
It would be a tall tale to tell his children, if he ever had any of this
exhibit and what he had to do with the final plans for its security.
He had just gotten back to the preparation of the necessary security
measures for the exhibit when he heard the door lock opening.
It was his roommate and lover finally home from work, at two in the
morning. He could see how tired
Caterina was from her late shift at the Academy for the second week in a row.
to Dan, a triple set of problems loomed in his plans to secure the valuable
treasure. Two were from outside
circumstances and one from the plans of someone very close to him.
the other side of Honolulu, steps were being laid to disrupt Dan Williams and
his security plans for this exhibit by one man, Billy Swan, who wanted revenge
for the death of his brother over six months ago.
He was convinced that Dan Williams had deliberately gone after his kid
brother in a heroin shipment raid on which had been sent through Maui and
caused the death of his younger brother Koka.
Diesonaro had requested Five-O’s assistance, in which Dan Williams became
part of the investigation that involved the Kumu, plus the shoot out occurred
in the Maui harbor district. Koka
had been shot and Swan promised his dying brother Koka *
that he would get the man that
killed him. * When the
ballistics was done on the bullet, it was discovered that Williams’ had been
one that fired the fatal shot, so his sources at MPD had informed him.
soon as, Billy Swan had been informed that Williams had been put in charge of
the multi-million dollar coin exhibit within the next month, he knew that this
could be his opportunity to go after Williams and destroy him and someone he
cared about most. Carefully, he
did as much research on Williams to see if he could find his Achilles heel
so he could exploit.
had been told that Williams had some sort of romantic relationship with Steve
McGarrett’s younger cousin, Caterina. He
finally came up with a plan after he had looked over the information he had gathered
on these three people, Dan Williams, Caterina McGarrett and Steve
McGarret. Assured he had found
Williams' Achilles heel, Caterina. He
believed that taking down Caterina, he could get three birds with one well
placed shot between Caterina’s blue eyes.
With this in mind, he started to layout a number a possible strategic
plans to go after Caterina. Of
course, he would have a back up plan for a direct assault on Williams, if need
the passengers of a large Boeing jet which was about to land in Honolulu
Airport, was a pair of self proclaimed bounty hunters, Sly Devil Brenn and
Light Fingers Tina. They were a
pair of accomplished thieves from the mainland with credentials that included
warrants for their arrest in over five European countries and more then a dozen
States. They were the worst kind
of thieves, they didn’t care if anyone got hurt in the process of their
acquiring their prizes.
had heard of this treasure and decided to snatch a number of the coins for
their current client that agreed to pay them a very hansom fee.
Of course, they both considered seizing a few others to sell to other
high bidders. To Sly Devil and
Light Fingers didn’t care if their client was Russian, American or someone
else, as long as they collected the balance of their fee for this job.
Holt and Remington Steele, private detectives from Los Angeles, were in a
conference with the insurance company who had been hired to cover the
multi-million dollar coin exhibit. The
Vigilance Insurance Company had hired Remington Steele Investigation over the
objection of Norman Keyes, who didn’t like Steele. Keyes didn’t trust Steele and wanted to destroy him or at
least catch him with his hand in the cookie jar.
This multi-million dollar collection should be under his domain and he
should pick an agency that he knew was reliable not some flash in pan outfit
like Steele Investigation.
wanted the best for the job and the Steele Agency was making big headlines in
the past few months and solving some major cases in the Los Angeles area.
Steele himself was suppose to be some former hotshot from one of the
major federal agency recently retired into the private investigation area.
Of course, his recent case with the Royal Lavalite, was insured major
time and he managed to save them from being stolen.
Steele Agency was supposed to have international connections, Vigilance wanted
Steele to over see part of the coin exhibition. Plus, Vigilance wanted to limit the number of different
agency handling the collection during the touring of the United States.
Each investigative and/or security agency would hand off the coins to
the next agency when they went into that agency’s territory which resulted in
the Steele Agency securing part of the Pacific coast.
addition, a top police official in Honolulu had recommended the Steele Agency.
The official was one person you didn’t turn down when they made a
request for several reasons, one the position that the individual held and the
fact the individual was very wealthy in their own right.
wanted to take this job on for her agency, as it would be a very high profile
case. Larger then the Royal Lavalite
stones that brought the mystery man into her life.
hesitated to take on the job because it included a trip to Honolulu, Hawaii
where he had a powerful enemy that could destroy everything Laura wanted, and
yet a good friend who would try to prevent that possibility.
the attempt to convince him, Woodson, the Vigilance representative placed a
call and then handed the receiver to him.
here,” he said into the phone.
Harry, how are you doing?” was mystery woman’s reply.
recognized the female voice from the first word. Then he asked, “Are you sure about this?”
course, I am, but you know there is a price you will have to pay for admission
thought of what the possible price would be, and came up with one of two
possibilities. Neither one was
that bad of a course, “Fine we’ll be in Honolulu at the proper time.”
you are not to tell Holt of this or the cost to her will be more then you will
be willing to pay.” The mystery
woman from his past said before she hung the phone up.
put the phone back in the cradle and looked at Laura. There was nothing he would not do for Laura and this case
would not put him in the best light with her.
* So there is no way he was going to reveal this secret at this time.
He knew this secret would come to light with Laura sooner or later.
It is better later when they have known each other a little longer, * Steele
walked over to where Laura was on the chair before stating, “Mr. Woodson, we
accepted your offer and will begin the planning for the security for the coin
collection.” Steele extended his
hand and shook the Vigilance representative’s hand.
you, Mr. Steele. I will have all
the proper paper work sent over immediately, along with the floor plans for the
Iolani Palace,” then the Vigilance man left.
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