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Visits Sally at the nightclub that bears her name to find out more about the
disco scene in Honolulu. When he
arrives, Sally is just finishing a song, so Steve waits at the bar.
He is dressed in pale gray pin stripe suit, white shirt with lilac tie.
Sally is a slim, attractive Hawaiian lady, with short black hair.
She is wearing a long dark blue V-neck dress, with gold shoelace straps
and the skirt is split to the knee on the right hand side.
After her song, she goes over to Steve.
(S = Sally. SM = Steve)
Well look who’s here. Sally’s
favorite cop. Here.
gives him a rose she is carrying.
For me? You know Sally, you
really should be singing in the big time, you know that don’t you.
I can see that you don’t know much about music.
No I don’t. Sit down.
Sally sits on
I need some information Sally.
Wait a minute. All these
times you come in here asking all these questions, then you never buy any
drinks. Why McGarrett?
That’s easy. That’s because I don’t drink. (Smiling)
Well I do.
sips a drink (scotch?) as Steve sits beside her.
You know, one of these days I’m going to get you so smashed, I’m
going to find out what’s behind that all business front you put up.
What makes you think it’s a front?
Hey bruddah. Two things
Sally knows best. One is music, the
other is men. Why
don’t you come see Sally sometime after work?
Sally. You better watch out,
I might take you up on that invitation one of these days - or nights.
So you better be careful.
(Gives her a big smile.)
by Hilary Elliott
McGarrett was exhausted and bone weary. He
couldn’t remember when he had last been this tired.
The words on the paper he was trying to read merged together and made no
sense. so he dropped it on the desk in disgust.
Leaning back in his chair he closed his eyes and though back over the
events of the past few weeks.
series of brutal murders had plagued the Chinese community and HPD had asked for
Five-O’s help. Steve and his men
had been working round the clock but up to now they had nothing to go on.
Only that morning, he noticed his men looked as weary as he felt.
Deciding that a coffee might make him feel better he stood up, stretching
his aching back as he did so. Not
bothering to straighten his loosened tie, he left the office.
Pouring his coffee, he glanced round.
The office staff had long since gone, but lights were still on in the
cubicles. All three of his men were
still at work. It was time to call
it a day.
both hands round his cup, he stopped by Duke’s open door. The Hawaiian cop looked up at Steve from red-rimmed eyes.
home Duke. You too Chin,” said
Steve, raising his voice to carry next door.
sighs echoed around him as he moved to the cubicle nearest his office.
Dan Williams had already closed the file he had been reading.
He leant back and rubbed a hand over his face.
Behind Steve, he could see Duke and Chin trudging out, calling desultory
goodbyes as they went. Steve leant
on the doorframe sipping his coffee.
look how I feel,” said Danny getting to his feet.
gave a half grin.
as that eh?”
shrugged himself into his jacket.
know about you,” he said “but this case has got me beat. I’m so tired, nothing makes sense anymore.”
turned and went back to his office and Danny followed him.
not thinking of staying on are you? You’re
as tired as the rest of us,” observed Danny as Steve dropped into his chair.
know Danno, but somewhere in this” Steve’s hand indicated the mess of papers
on his desk “is the answer to our problem.
The question is, where?”
right hand slapped down on the scattered papers, his left hand keeping hold of
his coffee mug. He slumped into his
chair as Danny faced him across the desk.
“Does that mean you’re working on?”
might come to me,” he said.
leant across the desk, his weight on his hands.
He glared at Steve as he spoke.
don’t you go home? You’re
as dog tired as the rest of us.”
finished his coffee and shook his head.
must find the missing clue before the killer strikes again,” he replied.
you’re so tired you can’t even read the notes, never mind think clearly!”
yelled at Steve, who looked at him from under lowered brows.
tell me what I should do.”
raised his voice too.
glared at each other for a moment, then Danny turned away in disgust and headed
for the open door.
a stubborn old fool Steve,” he flung over his shoulder and slammed the door
closed behind him.
hell,” muttered Steve and went out on the lanai.
there he could see the front steps of the Palace and shortly Danny’s figure
appeared at a brisk walk heading for his car.
Steve watched as Danny got behind the wheel, but didn’t immediately
drive off. On impulse, Steve
stepped back to his phone and dialed.
patch me through to Dan Williams.”
the receiver to his ear with one hand and the body of the phone in the other, he
went outside again and looked down. He
saw Danny lean forward to pick up the mike.
voice was sharp. He was still cross
with Steve and was in no mood for an argument.
That hadn’t been what Danny had expected. Apologies from Steve were rather rare. In the silence Steve spoke again.
right, I am tired and I’m going to take your advice and go home.”
I’ll see you in the morning then.”
Danno. Mind you close the car
chuckled; he realized Steve must be watching him from the lanai.
sorry for what I said earlier.”
okay. Two out of three’s not bad.
one didn’t you like?”
admit to stubborn, possibly to being a fool, but I do object to old!”
both laughed. In the car, Danny
looked out and up and waved goodbye to Steve, who returned the salutation.
Danny closed the car door and drove away as Steve replaced the phone
gently on his desk. He closed the
French doors, retrieved his jacket and left the office, switching the lights off
as he went.
he drove to his apartment, Steve realized his brain was still working on the
murders. What I need is a
distraction he thought. He
found he was driving by remote control and brought his attention back to his
surroundings as he pulled into the curb. Looking
round to get his bearings, he noticed a small night-club across the road.
Smiling, he got out of the car and crossed over to it.
was still early, so there were few customers listening to the small band.
He went across to the bar and as he reached it, he heard a voice behind
look who’s here!
turned and smiled at the attractive lady walking towards him.
“How’s my favorite cop?
waited until Sally had sat on a stool before replying.
cop is tired and in need of some feminine company.
Are you busy tonight?”
Sally shook her head.
was thinking of having a few hours off. What
did you have I mind?”
Perhaps dinner at a little place I know.”
perched on the stool next to Sally and endured her smiling scrutiny.
Her smile faded as she spoke.
that serial killer isn’t it?
sighed and nodded.
given my men the night off and Danny yelled at me to do the same.
So, are you free for dinner?”
slipped off the stool and laid a slim brown hand on Steve’s lapel.
have a better idea. Let me fix you
something here. You can relax with
one of Sally’s specials while I cook. You
look worn out.”
thought quickly. The idea appealed
to him; it was ages since anyone had cooked for him.
He smiled as he took her hand in his.
you. I’d like that,” he said
his hand a squeeze, she turned to her bartender telling him she would be in her
apartment if needed. Still holding
Steve’s hand she led him, via a beaded curtain, through a door marked Private.
A short flight of stairs led to a small apartment above the club that
bore her name.
McGarrett. Take a seat and make
friends call me Steve,” he said as he sat in an oversized easy chair.
do your enemies call you eh?”
I could repeat to you.”
waved a hand at him as she disappeared into the kitchen.
I’ve heard it all before,” she called back.
reappeared a few moments later, holding a frosted glass containing amber liquid
and stood looking at her guest. Steve
had fallen asleep, his head tilted to one side.
Sally set the glass down on a side table. Deftly she removed Steve’s shoes and gently raised his
legs, propped them on the end of the coffee table.
A blanket was brought from the bedroom and Sally covered the sleeping
body with it. Retrieving the drink,
Sally lowered the lights and returned downstairs.
awoke with a start and for a moment couldn’t remember where he was.
Then he recalled his visit to Sally.
He sat upright and the blanket fell to the floor.
The smell of coffee reached him seconds before Sally did, bearing a
steaming cup in her hand.
was just coming to wake you. Here,
took the proffered mug. He tried to
focus on his watch.
moved his feet from the table and into his shoes.
Sally sat on the table to ask
do you feel?”
sipped the hot brew and sighed.
must you think of me? I ask you to
dinner, then fall asleep in your apartment!”
an armchair too – not even in my bed!”
felt himself blushing and Sally leant forward, resting her arms on his knees.
told you before, I’ve been around; I know men.
And you were one tired fella. If
you’d been in my bed, I reckon you’d just have slept better, that’s
put the cup down and took Sally’s hand in his.
you have dinner with me another evening?” he asked.
“It will be my pleasure. Now, sleeping beauty, it’s time you went home.”
stood and moved away so Steve could stand up.
He still kept hold of her hand as she walked with him to the door.
Steve turned her to face him, with his hands on her shoulders.
Smiling down at her he spoke.
always thought sleeping beauty was awoken by a kiss.”
laughed and slipped her arms around his waist.
beat me to it and woke up early. But
if it’ll make you feel better…”
reached up to kiss him on the cheek, but Steve moved his head and their lips
brushed together instead. Startled,
they both looked at each other. Steve
could see a pulse beating at Sally’s throat and the fingers of his left hand
gently traced it. His hand
continued to the back of her neck and into her hair.
Bending his head slightly, their lips met again, slowly and sensuously.
aren’t you full of surprises!”
reached up and pushed back the lock of hair that had fallen over his right
eyebrow. Steve gently enfolded
Sally in his arms and they stood quietly together.
Finally Steve moved away.
must go. When this case is over,
can we spend some together? Perhaps a trip on my boat?”
I’d like that. I want to see
beneath the tough cop image you project.”
turned and opened the door at the top of an outside flight of steps.
take care of yourself McGarrett. I’ll
see you soon.”
turned and trotted down the steps. At
the bottom, he turned and smiled up at Sally, who blew him a kiss.
was back in his office by 8 am that morning.
After another three hours sleep (in his own bed) and a long run on the
beach, he had to admit he felt refreshed. Loosening
his tie, he settled down to rereading the paperwork on his desk.
He was so engrossed, he didn’t realize he had company until a mug of
coffee was placed in front of him. He
looked up, startled.
cheery face grinned down at him.
Danno. Thanks for the coffee.”
well last night?”
coffee mug halted midway between desk and lips as Steve looked up at his
thanks. You don’t usually enquire
after my rest. Why now?”
leant back in his chair and studied the young man opposite him. Danny’s grin was huge, as if he had a secret and was dying
to tell it to someone.
on. What’s on your mind?”
hesitated, not sure that what he was going to say wouldn’t cause a major
eruption. He shuffled his feet,
glanced down at his hands then looked Steve straight in the eye.
bed?” he blurted out.
he thought, as he watched a pink glow creep over Steve’s cheeks.
Steve slowly put the mug down and placed his palms flat on the desk.
Smiling slightly he replied.
Danno. You think you know something
I don’t. So why this sudden
interest in where I slept?
sat on the arm of the chair in front of the desk and cleared his throat.
It had seemed a good idea to tease Steve when he’d heard the gossip,
but now he wasn’t so sure.
were seen leaving Sally’s club this morning.
From her private apartment.”
see and how did you come by this nugget of information?”
was thinking quickly. If he had
been seen by a blue and white, this gossip would be all over HPD by mid morning.
The coconut wireless was very effective.
Danny had the grace to look ashamed, but the grin was still there.
bumped into Ben after my swim this morning.
He saw you, but he’s the sole of discretion,” Danny added quickly.
“He won’t tell anyone.”
told you,” was the quick retort.
was prevented from answering as the door was flung open and Chin stood in the
doorway, Duke at his shoulder.
been another killing Steve,” exclaimed Chin.
was on his feet, reaching for his jacket as Duke continued.
got a suspect! HPD are holding
someone found at the scene.”
man detained at the scene by HPD turned out to be the killer. The sparse evidence that had already been gathered fitted him
so well that John Manicote scheduled the trial for a month ahead.
atmosphere throughout the Five-0 office lightened considerably, everyone
relieved that the case was over.
gave his overworked team time off; Chin and Duke, the family men, having the
first few days and Danny the next three. Steve
pulled rank and put himself down to have the following weekend off.
Luckily crime took a holiday too and Steve and Danny were able to relax
on the Saturday by playing some strenuous games of tennis.
for the ride home Steve.”
pleasure Danno. See you Tuesday
got out of the car, but leant back in to ask,
can we find you if we need you?”
no use Danno. I’m not telling you
what I’m doing or where I’ll be. You’ll
just have to hope things stay quiet this weekend.”
Danny shut the car door and stood back as Steve gunned the engine and drove away. Turning to his apartment, Danny grinned and shook his head ruefully. You’re supposed to be a trained interrogator and you couldn’t even suss out whom Steve was going to see! Another idea took hold as he unlocked the door. Perhaps he’d take one of his girlfriends out to dinner, then for a drink at Sally’s club. He laughed delightedly at this ploy as he reached for the phone.
spent the rest of the day on his boat, even going for a short sail in the
evening. He enjoyed these moments
of quiet solitude and he felt the strain of the past few weeks blow away, as the
breeze blew threw his hair. He
slept on board that night and returned to his apartment on the Sunday afternoon.
After getting out of his sailing gear and showering, he sat on the bed to
ring Sally to confirm his dinner date. He
pulled the toweling robe closer round himself and rubbed his wet hair with a
towel as he waited for her to answer. When
she answered, he identified himself.
you up about 8, okay?” he asked.
I’ll be waiting.”
and wear your dancing shoes.”
and dancing! Hmm, you’d
better come back to Sally’s place for coffee afterwards.”
forward to it. See you later.”
Humming to himself, Steve replaced the receiver and set about getting ready for his first night out in months.
* * * * * *
big sedan drew up outside the club and Steve went up the stairs to Sally’s
apartment. He knocked and the door
stepped into the kitchen as Sally came through the opposite door.
said Steve as he handed Sally an orchid.
smiled; she had heard the admiration in Steve’s voice.
just fix this in my hair and I’ll be ready.”
turned back to her bedroom and the mirror.
He leant in the doorway and watched her deft movements as she clipped the
flower above her left ear. By good
luck, the dark red flower complemented the color of the silk holomuu, which
fitted her slim figure. Sally
turned back to Steve, picked up her purse and walked over to stand in front of
you going to stand there all night or what?”
that, Steve burst out laughing. Taking
her hand, he smiled down at her as he spoke.
it was ‘what’, we’d never get to dinner!”
waited as Sally, giggling, locked the door and then led the way to his car.
Steve had chosen a restaurant away from the tourist areas, which served
excellent food and had a small band. Being
a high-profile cop sometimes meant his private life wasn’t as private as he
would like. This restaurant, with its booths and subtle lighting, should
ensure some privacy.
found Sally a charming companion with a fund of amusing stories about her past
work. Over dessert, she dropped a
by the way, Dan Williams was in the club last night.”
unusual in that is there?” replied Steve.
that he was obviously trying to find out if you were around.”
laughed at Steve’s obvious discomfort.
McGarrett. Why did he think you’d
was seen leaving your place last week and someone told Danny and when I
wouldn’t tell him where I could be reached this weekend, well, Danno put two
and two together, but he was just a bit early!
reckon he was trying to be a detective! Would
you like to dance?”
joined the other couples on the small dance floor and Steve pulled Sally into
his arms. As they danced, Sally
became very aware of his hand on her back and a thought came to her.
Wonder what his hands would feel like on my bare back, instead of
through the material of a dress, and then she blushed at the thought.
where’d you learn to dance so well?”
smiled down at her.
Navy ran many courses for the young cadet.”
evening passed swiftly. Steve broke
his own rule and enjoyed two glasses of wine, much to Sally’s amusement.
don’t consider two glasses of wine as drinking,” he said to her enquiring
glance as he poured the second glass.
leaving the restaurant, Steve drove carefully back to the club.
Being Sunday it was closed. In
case Danny had the place staked out, Steve drove around the block before parking
in the next street. Running, they
managed to get inside before the threatening rain fell.
While Sally pottered in the kitchen, Steve moved through to the sitting
yourself at home McGarrett,” called Sally.
came through carrying a tray with a jug of frosted liquid and two glasses.
Steve had removed his jacket and tie and undone the top button of his
see I’m taking you at your word Sally.”
smiled at him.
want your advice on a new drink I’m thinking of introducing in the club.”
the doubt on his face she added,
is just a mix of fruit juices. Tell
me what you think.”
handed him a glass of amber colored liquid and Steve took a tentative sip, then
smiled at him and poured herself a glass. Before
she could have a drink herself, Steve spoke again.
else is in this glass besides fruit juice?”
looked the picture of innocence.
makes you think there’s anything else?”
because I don’t usually drink doesn’t mean I don’t know the taste of
alcohol!” he replied.
suddenly recalled something Sally had said to him and leant forward.
you by any chance trying to get me smashed?”
“Damn it McGarrett. You weren’t supposed to notice.”
moved to sit next to him on the sofa.
was only trying to get under your guard.”
done that already pretty lady,” said Steve quietly.
face suddenly serious, his eyes searched the face of the woman beside him.
Leaning forward, he kissed her gently on her forehead, her eyes, her
cheek and finally her lips.
returned the kiss, her hand touching Steve’s cheek.
She sat back slightly and studied him in turn.
not planning on falling asleep in the chair again are you?”
if I get a better offer.”
Smiling, Sally gracefully got to her feet and held out her hand. Steve took it and she pulled him upright. Still holding his hand, she led him through to the bedroom and shut the door firmly behind them.