Me and Katie were sitting facing each other as we ate the Kamameshi rice she cooked. It was still hot. In fact, you could even see a mirage on top of the rice. That's how hot it was. Anyway, we still had plans to go into the pool a few minutes after we ate, so we just put our clothes on over our swimsuits.
"Say, Katie," I said to my wife.
"Yes?" Katie answered.
"Do you remember the first time I had to take Jimmy's place four years ago for their first honeymoon?" I asked.
"Like it was yesterday," Katie answered.
"Okay, well, that's good," I replied.
Katie looked at me with her eyebrows knitted and said, "What do you mean 'That's good'?"
"Huh? What do you mean what do I mean?" I asked.
"I mean, what do you mean by saying 'That's good'?" Katie answered.
"Oh! Well, it just goes to show that your old age isn't showing," I replied.
I saw Katie balling her fists and said with an irritated look, " What do you mean old?! I'm just 22 and you're already 23! Technically, you're older, Mr. Detective!"
As I continued eating, she continued to blab about things related to that matter. She was shouting at me until I put my bowl on the sink. I didn't know how to stop her so I just kissed her for about a minute or so.
"Will that make you stop your rant?" I asked her.
She didn't answer. She just looked at me, shocked. Then finally she replied, "You haven't kissed me just to stop me from talking for a long time you know?"
I paused to think, and then answered, "No, I don't know,"
Then I laughed. Much to my surprise, she tackled me to the floor and started kissing me back.
"Okay, that's good enough," I said as I backed her away.
The both of us sat down on the couch and decided to watch a little bit of TV before we went back outside to swim. It looked like there wasn't much to watch on TV so we kinda got bored and went out to the pool again. I thought that we'd go straight into the pool, but she handed me the sunblock and requested to rub some on her back.
"Thanks," Katie said after I finished applying sunblock to her back.
"No prob," I said as I put some on my body.
"Shall we race in?" Katie asked after she put the sunblock on the table.
"Sure!" I said. "On three – one – two…"
I saw Katie getting ready, so I continued, "two--"
Katie was also very fast because she almost ran, then realizing what I had just said she looked at me with a blank look on her face.
"Three!" I said suddenly.
We both darted off, but I ran faster than Katie because she was somewhat awestruck by what I just did. I don't know how it happened but -- she won!
"Holy smokes!" I exclaimed. "How'd you do that?" I asked.
"Just put what you did behind me and just ran ahead," Katie answered.
We were facing each other, and then she swam underneath, and appeared behind me.
"I knew you were back there," I said when she resurfaced.
"I wasn't trying to take you by surprise anyway," She told me.
"Yeah, right, I knew that," I answered, even though I really didn't know that.
I wondered how Mommy, Daddy, and Uncle were doing in Hawaii.
"Aunty, how do you think they're doing?" I asked while I finished my lunch.
"I'm sure they're doing just fine," Aunty responded.
"It feels like forever since they left," I said, wishing they had taken me.
I sipped the nice hot soup and just when I was going to say something, the phone rang.
Aunty said, "I'll go and get it, you stay here and continue eating, okay, Conan?"
I just nodded.
"Hello?" I heard Aunty say when she picked up the phone.
"Oh, Jimmy," I heard Aunty say again.
When I heard that, I was excited as ever!! Daddy was on the phone!! I got out of my chair and ran to Aunty to talk to Daddy before she hung up. I was jumping up and down while Aunty was talking to Daddy.
Finally she said, "OK, I got that. Listen, Conan wants to talk to you,"
Then, she handed me the phone.
"Hello? Conan?" I heard Daddy say on the other end.
"HI, DADDY!!" I shouted.
I was very, very happy at the moment.
"Hey, Conan, don't shout so loud," Daddy said to me.
"Sorry, Daddy, I'm just really glad you called. I miss you guys so much," I said to Daddy.
"Yeah, we miss you too. That's why we called," Daddy said to me.
"So, how are things going there in Hawaii, Daddy?" I asked.
"Fine, absolutely fine; we're on the beach right now. If you want I can send some pictures to your Aunty's e-mail so you two can check it out… so how about it, son?"
"Ooooh, please, Daddy!" I said, jumping up and down again.
"Conan, calm down," I heard Aunty say.
I looked at where the phone base was and I had almost knocked it off the desk.
"Is Mommy with you, Daddy?" I asked. "I wanna speak to her."
"I'm sorry, Conan. Mommy's in the room resting right now. I'll call again later when she wakes up," Daddy answered.
"Aww... okay, I understand," I replied.
I heard Daddy chuckle a little.
"Hey, Daddy," I said to him.
"Yeah, what is it, sport?" Daddy asked.
"Can you bring me home a souvenir?" I asked.
"Of course, champ! We're really planning to bring you both home one anyway. So, no worries, okay?" Daddy answered.
"Okay," I said.
"Alright, Conan, I'll see you later," Daddy said.
"Bye," I said to Daddy.
After I heard Daddy hang up, I hung up the phone, too.
"Conan, you really have to contain your excitement," Aunty said to me.
"Sorry," I said.
"I know you're excited to hear them, but try not to knock anything over," Aunty said. "You almost knocked the base of the phone down."
"Sorry," I said again.
"It's okay," Aunty said.
"So, Aunty," I said. "Can we swim again?" I asked.
"Let's finish our lunch first, and then we can swim, alright?" Aunty told me.
I just nodded my head and Aunty led the way to the kitchen. Then we continued eating until we finished our food. I helped Aunty clean up after the meal.
"Now, that's a good boy," Aunty told me, smiling. "Now, you can swim. I'll catch up with you."
"Yippee!!" I cheered as I raced upstairs to change.
I came outside a couple of minutes later with my swimshorts on. I ran downstairs carefully to see if Aunty was coming.
"I'm ready, Aunty," I said.
"Okay, Conan," Aunty said. "I'll be right there."
I watched as Aunty put away the bowls we used and she went upstairs to change herself, too.
"Okay, let's go," Aunty said when she came back down.
After Conan and I came outside, the sun was still shining brightly and the weather was still warm.
"Come on, let's get in," I said to Conan.
I saw Conan run a little bit backwards and then he jumped into the pool making a splash.
"Nice Conan!" I said, giggling.
"Thanks, Aunty," Conan said after resurfacing.
After that, I did a graceful dive into the water and resurfaced in front of Conan.
"Hey, Aunty," Conan said to me. "Did Uncle want a pool here or did you want one?" He asked.
"I did," I answered. "Uncle had made enough money to be able to call to have one installed, and get me the hot tub for my birthday."
"Wow," Conan answered. "Say, Aunty?" he said, taking the time to pause.
He seemed shy but gathered the courage to ask me something
"Can I try out the hot tub?" Conan asked me.
"Oh sure," I said.
Conan and I got out of the pool and I filled up the hot tub with water from the hose. After I turned it on, we waited for the water to warm up.
"You know, Conan," I said to him. "Uncle said that unless you don't mind it, you want to go in the hot tub... preferably when you're all finished swimming for the day; the middle of the day isn't bad, but when you go back into the regular pool, the water will feel really cold."
"Oh, okay," Conan said to me.
He sounded like he didn't know that, but it was the first time he heard that, so, he was okay.
"Try to remember what I said to you for future use, okay, Conan?" I said to him.
"Okay," Conan said.
I put a hand in the water and it felt warm enough to step in.
"Okay, Conan, you can go in now," I said.
I picked Conan up and placed him in the warm water. Just as I was about to step in, the phone rang.
"Now who could that be?" I asked myself as I turned to Conan.
"Stay in here, Conan," I said. "I'll be right back."
I went inside to answer the phone before the answering machine picked up.
"Hello?" I said after I picked it up.
"Serena, it's me," Rachel said.
"Oh, Rachel!!" I said when I heard Rachel's voice over the line.
"How's Conan doing?" Rachel asked me.
"He's just fine, he hasn't been a problem since you guys left; he's relaxing in my hot tub right now," I answered.
"He just really likes to make himself wet huh?" Rachel said to me.
"I guess… Oh! Speaking of Conan, do you want to talk to him? I mean, you being his mom and all?" I giggled.
"Of course, I have to hear how the little guy is doing," Rachel answered.
After I handed Conan the phone and told him it was his mom on the phone, he went excited and spoke loudly into the phone. I knew he was excited to hear from Rachel, and I knew he missed them so much, but it was just a few hours after they departed for their annual trip to Hawaii each summer.
"Yes, I've been a good boy," Conan said over the phone to Rachel. "Yes, Mommy, I'm not giving Aunty any trouble at all."
After he was done, he hung up and handed the phone back to me.
After I was done talking to Serena and my little boy, I was deciding on what I should do next. Then I realized that I was only wearing my underwear and decided to catch up with Mathew and Jimmy down at the beach. But then I figured that they might've relocated. Oh well! Who cares? There's no harm in trying and besides, I already know Hawaii. You try coming back here every year. I struggled off my underwear, pulled on my bathing suit, grabbed my beach things and cell phone, and decided to head down to the beach to see if the boys were still there.
"Oh, I sure hope they're still there," I said to myself as I arrived at the beach.
After searching around the beach and having no luck, I decided to take out my cell phone and call one of them. I ended up calling Jimmy's phone.
"Hello?" I heard his voice over the line.
"Jimmy," I said, "It's me... I'm at the beach... where are you guys?" I asked.
"Stay where you are and I'll try and find you," Jimmy said to me and hung up.
I remained where I was and when I saw a man that looked like Jimmy walking towards me in blue swimshorts, I figured that it was him.
"Oh, there you are," Jimmy said when he saw me.
He greeted me with a kiss.
"How'd you know we were here?" Jimmy asked me.
"Because that's where I left you guys, right?" I said.
"Oh yeah, after that, I called Conan," Jimmy told me.
"Yeah, I did that too, only after I woke up." I said to him.
"Huh?" was all what Jimmy could say. Then silence fell between us.
Jimmy broke the silence by saying, "Anyway, aren't we going outta here?"
"Yeah, where are you guys staying right now?" I asked, looking around.
"Well, we're not very far away from where we're standing," Jimmy said as he led me to their spot.
Mathew was sitting there on his beach towel. I placed a hand on his shoulder.
"Oh, Rachel, you came," Mathew said when he saw me. "No wonder Jimmy left the spot. I thought he was going to get something to eat; guess I was wrong."
"You sure were," Jimmy said.
After I set my towel and beach things down, I started to sit down on my beach towel.
"Oh come on, Jimmy! People are bound to be mistaken every once in a while," I said.
"Hey, I was just kidding," Jimmy said to me.
"Yeah, yeah," I said.
"You sound sarcastic," Jimmy said wearing a blank face.
"Hmm, I smell coffee. Anyone want one?" Mathew blurted out.
"What a way to change the topic. Nice one!" Jimmy chuckled.
"I'm serious. You guys want one?" Mathew asked once more.
"Okay," I said as I stood up.
"Can you get me one as well?" Jimmy asked Mathew.
"Sure," Mathew answered.
After that, the two of us got up and went to go where Mathew smelled the coffee.
Harley and I were playing a game of catch in the pool using a yellow volleyball. That's when I heard a knock at the door.
"Oh, I wonder who that could be," I said as I tossed the ball to Harley and climbed out of the pool.
I went to the front door to answer it.
"Oh, hello, and may I ask who you're looking for?" I asked, trying to be polite as possible, seeing as I haven't seen this person before.
"Well, actually, I'm here for a visit," The girl said.
"Who are you supposed to visit?" I asked.
"Umm, well, my older brother, Jimmy Kudo. Is he there?" The girl asked.
"Oh, I'm sorry he's on a vacation with his wife. May I know who's looking for him please?" I asked.
"Oh. I'm sorry about that. I'm his younger sister, Miyaka Kudo," The girl answered.
I looked shocked.
"Does he know about this?" I asked her.
"Well, let's just say that he doesn't talk about me that much. Don't know why," Miyaka said.
"Oh I see." I replied, nodding my head. "Anyway, come in!"
After Miyaka stepped in, she looked around the inside of the house we were staying in. I was wondering how she found out where Jimmy lives, but I decided to wait until there was a good time to ask her. In the meanwhile, I hoped she brought a swimsuit along because I kind of want a little company.
"I hope you brought a swimsuit along," I said to Miyaka.
"Hmm? Oh yeah! Why?" Miyaka answered.
"Nothing, just wanted a little company," I said. "And he has a pool," I added.
"Do you want to come join us?" I asked. "I said 'us' because I have my husband in the pool with me as well." I said to her, trying to clarify things.
"Sure! I'll come and join you guys. And umm, are you feeling a little uneasy with all of this?" Miyaka asked me.
"Hmm? Why'd you ask?" I asked.
"You just seem uncomfortable," Miyaka answered.
"Well, it's unusual that he doesn't bring up an old family member," I responded. "So, anyway, do you... want to join us?" I asked.
"Umm, if I'm not disturbing you..." Miyaka replied.
"No, you won't," I replied.
"Hmm, no thanks, I'll leave you two alone," Miyaka said and headed for the front door.
"Are you sure?" I asked. "You're welcome to swim with me and my husband."
"Yeah, I'm sure. Just keep enjoying your time together," Miyaka answered.
And with that, Miyaka bid me good-bye and headed out. I was left with a puzzled look.
"Wonder why she decided to leave," I said.
For now, I decided that the best thing to do was forget about it and have some fun with Harley.
The hot tub was nice and was bubbly. It was fun to cover one of the holes and feel the pressure of the water on your palm. I guess it's safe to say that I wasn't really relaxing, but rather playing around. Sometimes I would just lower my head into the water and count to know how long I can stay underwater. But, all this playing around made me want to eat a yummy snack! So, I turned to Aunty and she looked like she was resting. When I looked closer, I saw that her eyelids were sort of blinking and figured that she might be awake.
"Umm, Aunty," I said, poking her arm.
"Hmm," She answered.
"Can we have a snack?" I asked her.
"Sure," Aunty said as she started to sit up from the beach chair she was lying in.
I watched as she stood up on her feet and took my hand. We went back into the house.
She led me to the kitchen and told me to just sit and relax. I wanted to watch Auntie though. Somehow she reminds me of Mommy whenever she makes me a snack.
"So, Conan, are you alright with mochi?" Aunty asked me.
I was too busy thinking about my parents but then Aunty went in front of me and asked the same question. I replied, "Huh? Yeah!! Mochi would do just fine! But, do you have ice cream here Aunty?"
Aunty giggled, "Silly boy! Why would I make one if there's one important ingredient missing?"
"Okay," I laughed.
I waited for Aunty to finish the mochi.
After we had gotten coffee and enjoyed a nice swim in the ocean, we came back to our hotel room. Rachel went to sit at the table and read one of her books, while I went off to the bathroom. Mathew, on the other hand, was lying down on the bed.
"Maybe I should keep these on," I said to myself, referring to my swimshorts.
I decided to keep them on in case Rachel wanted to go to the pool later. So, I grabbed one of my T-shirts and put it on.
"Well, what's up next guys?" I asked.
"I'm gonna hit the pool pretty soon," Rachel answered. "But that isn't until later."
"How about you, Mat? Wanna go for another swim?" I asked.
"Perhaps a little later, I'm still a bit tired," he answered sleepily.
"I was going to go later," Rachel said to him.
"Oh," Mathew said, a little flustered.
I was debating whether I wanted to go myself to the pool or not, but I was curious to know if it was big or small.
"Hey, Mathew," I said to him. "How big is the pool here?" I asked.
"It's about the same size as a lap-sized one," Mathew answered. "But there's a message board there that says to shower before jumping in; the place also has an underground jacuzzi there."
"Ooohh, wow!!" Rachel said, excited.
"Yeah, almost like Serena's, only ours isn't underground," Mathew answered.
"Hey, Rachel," I said to my wife. "You wouldn't mind if I went by myself, would you?" I asked her.
"What?! NO!!!! I want to go there too!" She yelled as if she were a child who didn't get a chance to buy a cute little stuffed toy. "What's the point for a honeymoon if we're not even spending time with each other huh?"
"So, Mat, you up to it -- there's no way we'd leave you here. I'll feel guilty for some reason if we do." I said.
"If you're still tired then--" Rachel started.
"Rachel, carry his arms and I'll carry his legs. Ready?" I said, cutting her off.
"I can walk, you two, don't pick me up, okay," Mathew said. "I know what you're going to do."
I looked at Katie who was about to throw the ball back at me again.
"I sure hope you're ready," Katie said to me.
"Ready as ever," I answered.
Katie sighed, "You're so confident that you're going to catch it huh?"
"Just throw the darn ball, Katie!" I said.
"Fine!" Katie dribbled the ball a bit and swung it overhead and much to my surprise she aimed it at the middle of the pool.
As a result, I had to dive backwards as if I was a professional back-stroker. Man I tell you! It was hard! Water went into my nose and my head hurt! But I was still able to catch the ball.
"Ha ha, I told you I'd catch it!" I yelled.
Katie pouted and I think she looked so cute whenever she does that.
"Aww! And I was sure you wouldn't be able to. Darn!" She said to me.
"Well, I did," I said.
I wanted to play another penny game with her.
"Are you up for another penny game?" I asked my wife.
"Make me want to." Katie replied as if wanting me to come to her and kiss her… OR maybe something like that.
"Okay then," I said, swimming up to her.
I then grasped her front side and clobbered her underwater while kissing her lips.
After a minute, we had our heads above the water and I asked, "So, like I said, are you up for another penny game?"
"With you asking so nicely, how can I refuse?" She smiled.
"Great," I said as I got out of the pool to get a penny.
I came back with a penny and jumped back in the water.
"Ready?" I asked Katie.
"Yup," Katie answered.
"Okay, wait until the penny lands somewhere..." I started to explain before I was cut in.
"I know Harley! Just throw it!" Katie said to me.
I tossed the coin as hard as I could and we saw it land or rather I saw it land on the far end of the pool. Katie's reflexes were fast and she hastily swam towards it. It took me some time to start swimming. While we were in the far end of the pool, we were trying to get it but it was a bit difficult. We were in the deepest part of the pool anyway. Much to my surprise, I was the one who got it first, despite the fact that Katie was the first one to take action.
"I am curious to know how you got that first," Katie said to me.
"I just happened to have been in the right place at the right time," I answered.
"So, what's my consequence?" Katie asked, afraid to find out.
"Well," I began to say. "How about... losing your swimsuit again!" I said to her.
"WHAT?!" I yelled.
"Hey not too loud -- the neighbors might hear you. Not to mention..." Harley said to me.
"Not to mention who?" I asked.
"Jimmy's sister -- you forgot!" Harley whispered.
"Oh yeah," I said.
"Anyway, let's see 'em off! C'mon!" Harley said, being a little impatient. "Look, if you do it now, perhaps the agony or whatever it is you'd like to call it, will end. C'mon! Take it off! Take it off!" He started chanting.
"Okay fine, 'master'. I'll do as you say," I said.
"Hurry up!" Harley said.
"Patience is a virtue, you know?" I reminded him.
"Whatever! I cannot have patience at the moment. Hurry up so we can toss the coin somewhere again." Harley said.
I just rolled my eyes and reached for my back.
"Do you promise to look away?" I asked Harley.
"Yes, I do," Harley answered.
As he turned his back, I continued to slowly remove my swimsuit from my body. After a minute, my two-piece swimsuit was floating in the water, and I called Harley's name to let him know I was finished.
"There we go." Harley said with a sly smile on his face that gave me goosebumps.
After I had finished making Conan's mochi, and my mochi as well, I took it to the dinner table where Conan was waiting patiently like a good little boy.
"Here you are, Conan," I said to him, handing him his mochi.
"WOW!" Conan exclaimed in delight.
"I made four for each," I said to him.
"But isn't it a little too much?" Conan asked, glancing at his plate then to me then back again.
"Conan, a mochi is how big -- almost as big as your fist, only smaller. It's no problem," I giggled while patting him on the head. "Enjoy sweetie."
"Thanks, Aunty," Conan said to me.
He started to take pieces of the mochi I made and started to eat them.
Conan took a nice big gulp and said, "Oooh! The ice cream is flowing out of the mochi buns,"
I just laughed.
"Well, I thought you might like it with ice cream inside," I said to him.
"Thanks, Aunty," Conan said to me.
I looked at the time and it was just about after 5 p.m. already. Boy, does time fly when you're having a blast.
"Conan, it's after 5 already," I said to him. "So, if you're going outside to swim after this, this has to be your last swim for today." I explained to him.
"Actually, Aunty, I'll just take a bath now. I've had enough of swimming for today," Conan said.
I smiled, "Well-- go get a shower now, little guy," I said to him.
"Yes. Aunty," Conan said, obediently.
He hopped down from the chair, placed his plate and mine on the sink and went upstairs to take a bath.
"Cute little kid!" I said to myself while I washed the dishes.
I was surprised inside of myself that Conan was going to take a bath this early, but I knew it was because he wanted to wash the chlorine off of his body from the pool. In the meanwhile, I turned on the water in the faucet of the kitchen and started to wash the dishes. I wished that I had gone back to Hawaii with the others, but I was asked to watch over Conan, so I couldn't go. In the meanwhile, I had finished the dishes, turned off the water, and started to dry my hands. After that, I went to check on Conan.
"Conan, are you doing okay?" I asked, after knocking on the bathroom door.
"Yes, Aunty," I heard Conan say from the bathroom.
"Hurry and finish up, okay? I'll be taking a bath after you," I said to him.
"Yes. Aunty," Conan said to me.
After a few minutes Conan opened the door of the bathroom and shouted, "Aunty! It's your turn!"
"Okay!" I replied, walking to the bathroom. "Now, you run along to your room or anywhere you like and do something, okay?"
"Thanks," Conan said to me.
As soon as I got in the bathroom, I saw Conan's wet swimshorts on the floor. I picked them up and hung them on the bathroom rung. After that, I removed both parts of my swimsuit, and took my shower.
My wife was floating in front of me nude in the pool. It was the dare I placed on her since I was the first one to get the penny.
"Okay!" I said.
"WHAT?" Katie asked me in irascibility.
"You can put it back now... unless you like being nude," I teased, splashing water on her.
"I'd rather burn to death than being nude in the middle of the pool, thank you very much," Katie stated, grabbing her floating two piece swimsuit.
"Sorry to hear that from you," I said to her.
"Harley, can we just get on with the game already?" Katie asked me, feeling impatient.
"Yes, okay," I said as I took the penny. "So," I continued. "I'll throw the penny -- again. Ha ha ha!"
"Oh please don't throw it out of the pool," Katie begged.
"Hey, that's a good idea!" I said, looking at her with raised eyebrows.
"Oh no, Harley! Please don't!" Katie said to me.
She tried to lower my arm so the throwing would be delayed somehow.
"Fine, I'll throw it here in the pool. Darn it people," I said a little disappointed.
I wanted to have a bit more fun by throwing it outside the pool.
"I know what you were thinking, Harley Hartwell," Katie said to me. "You wanted me to climb out of the pool naked, didn't you?" She asked me.
"You gave me the idea!" I said. "It's not my fault!"
"Whatever," Katie said as I noticed her putting her swimsuit back on.
If I wanted to, I would've said for her to leave it off or the game would be over, but I chose not to because I didn't want to get an earful from her.
"Ready?" I asked Katie.
"Sure am," Katie said to me. "And this time, YOU'RE going to be the one who loses!" She predicted to me.
"Let's see about that." I challenged.
I counted from one to three then I tossed the coin and it landed perhaps two to four strokes from us? This time I was the one who acted first. Katie, was still looking for the place where the penny landed. Despite all of these events, Katie was now the one who grabbed the coin before I did. But it was a close call though. We both had our hands near it but I only had little oxygen left inside my lungs. I wonder what dare she's going to give me, now that I lost.
"Hahaha!" Katie teased, waving the penny in front of me. "Told 'ya I'd win!" she stuck out her tongue and continued waving the coin at me.
"Oh no, smack-talking got the best of me," I said.
"Yes it did," Katie said to me. "Now, I'm going to be risqué on you!!"
"Oh no!!" I said.
"Since you had me lose my swimsuit, I want you to lose YOUR own," Katie announced. "Wait, there's more: take 'em off, and KEEP 'em off!"
"WHAT?!" I shouted.
"A dare's a dare," Katie said.
I wish I didn't let her do that dare!
"Not going to happen," I said, playing a little hard to get.
"Yes it will," Katie said to me. "Now, take 'em off!!"
"NO!!!" I challenged.
"Darn it Harley, take it off!" Katie yelled. "That's unfair -- I took mine off!"
"Make me!" I said.
"Okay," Katie said. "I didn't want to say this, but I will: I'll do it if you do... or better yet, I might file for divorce."
"Oh no, don't!!" I said. "Fine... I'll do it."
I didn't know she'd go that far! I started to grab hold of my trunks and pulled it down very very slowly.
"Can't you do it any faster?" Katie impatiently said.
"What's the rush?" I asked.
"Oh, I don't know," Katie answered.
In a minute, my swimshorts were floating in the pool.
"Did you say you were going to do the same?" I asked. "Because I think I heard correctly that you would do the same if I were to do it."
"I didn't say such things!" Katie whined.
"Yeah, you did," I said.
"Harley, did you clean your ears? Or has the water gotten into them?" Katie doubted.
"Don't you dare doubt a detective's ability," I said.
"Prove that I said it," Katie said to me.
"You're good," I said to her. "But my hearing doesn't lie -- I remember hearing you saying 'I'll do it if you do'."
"There's still no proof! Therefore, I will not do it." Katie said. "There's still no proof! Therefore, I will not do it," Katie said.
"That's not fair, Katie, take 'em off too!" I shouted.
"I'm just joking with you! I did say something like that," Katie giggled.
"I knew you did," I said.
After we had agreed that we were going to the pool, we grabbed our towels and followed Mathew to where the pool was.
"It's this way?" I asked Mathew.
"Yes it is, Rachel," Mathew answered. "I still remember coming here when my Grandma's house was tented. Trust me on this."
We had always trusted Mathew whatever he said. He was a true friend to us after all. In the meanwhile, we had gone through two doors, up two flights of stairs, followed a back and forth path, and saw the pool.
"Wow!!" Jimmy and I said.
There were some shower rooms next to the pool, and there was a small eating section with a vending machine that had drinks, and another with snacks... as well as a few video game machines.
"So what would you guys like to do first? Eat, drink or swim?" Mathew asked us.
"Umm, guess I'll swim first!" I said excitedly. "You guys can join me if you want."
Jimmy and Mat looked at each other.
"There's a sign there that says to shower before going in the jacuzzi or pool, Rachel," Mathew reminded me. "Be sure you do that, okay?"
"Okay," I said to Mathew.
"I'll join you Rachel!" Jimmy exclaimed.
"Hey, me too," Mathew followed.
"Well, then hurry up, you slowpokes!" I teased.
"We're coming, Rachel," Jimmy said.
"Just remember to shower you guys," Mathew said to us.
"We will," I said, as I stepped into the ladies' side.
I turned on one of the handles of the shower and just rinsed myself with the warm water. After that, I exited the restroom. Oddly enough, Jimmy and Mathew had stepped out at the same time as me.
"Ready, guys?" I asked the men.
"Yeah!" They yelled in unison.
After I heard their answers, we all jumped into the water at the exact same time.
"Oooohh," I said. "This water's a little cold, but I like it."
"You'll get used to it, Rachel," Mathew said to me.
"I'm sure I will," I said to him.
I started swimming around. This was a good way to get my exercise in. I thought a bit about my other trip here that I had to cancel because of me being pregnant with Conan, but it didn't bother me a lot.
"Oh, there you are," I said when I looked for Jimmy.
He was swimming right behind me.
"I hope you're loving it here, because I certainly am," Jimmy said to me.
"You know very well that I'm having the time of my life here," I said to my husband.
"Well, that's good," Shinchi said. "I knew we'd have a great time here, but now, I'm having a great time here -- heck, I always have a great time when we come here."
"Glad you're thinking that, Jimmy," I said.
"But I do have one thing to tell you that I think we should do every single time," Jimmy said to me.
"What?" I asked.
He leaned in close to me to whisper his answer in my ear.
"We must chase each other on the beach at least once everytime we come here," Jimmy whispered in my ear.
"Oh, you can count on that," I said to him. "We'll do that soon."
"CONAN!" Aunty screamed while I was playing their Wii.
"Yes?" I answered politely.
"What do you want for dinner little guy?" Aunty asked me.
"Umm, would ramen be alright?" I asked.
"I'm sorry Conan. We don't have noodles for that. Got anything else on your list?" Aunty asked.
I thought for a while. What else does mommy cook? Ah-ha!
"I know!" I screamed. "How about kamameshi rice?"
"Hmm, let's see we have," Aunty said.
She started to enumerate the things needed for the kamameshi rice and what we currently have in the house. "Kamameshi rice it is!"
"Yehey!" I screamed and leaped for joy by the news.
After I put the Wii game I was playing on pause, I went into the kitchen to sit at the dinner table.
"Hey, Aunty," I said to her. "Can we take a visit to Uncle Harley and Aunty Katie sometime before they go back?" I asked.
"We'll see," Aunty answered.
"Okay..." I replied.
"Aunty, do you need help with anything?" I asked again.
"No. I'm fine, Conan. Thanks for asking." Aunty answered.
"But I wanna help!!" I whined.
"Okay, since you insisted… could you please set the table?" Aunty said to me.
"You don't want me to help out with the cutting?" I asked.
I wanted to be able to hold a knife someday but Mommy never lets me do that.
"Not now, Conan, your Mom would kill me if she found that out! You're still a child -- perhaps when you're older. Just set the table first and you can help out with the mixing later on okay?" Aunty gently explained to me.
"Okay, I understand." I said, heading for the drawer where the plates and utensils are.
I noticed the sky was getting dark outside, but I focused on setting the table, just like Aunty asked me to do.
"I'm finished," I said to Aunty after a few minutes had passed.
"Thank you, Conan," Aunty said to me, picking me up and kissing me on the head.
"You're welcome, Aunty," I said.
After she put me down, I waited for her to finish cooking the kamameshi rice.
"Aunty," I said to her. "Would you want to go to see Uncle Harley and Aunty Katie?" I asked.
"Why? You want to see them?" Aunty asked me.
"Well, yeah -- how about you, Aunty?" I asked.
"Well, let's call them and tell them that we're coming over," Aunty said.
"Ah, I know! Let's bring the kamameshi rice to them as well if they haven't cooked yet," I suggested.
"Great," I said. "But I also want to play with them hopefully tomorrow."
"Well, we'll do that, obviously not tonight since it's pretty late, and you have to go to bed in a couple of hours," Aunty said.
"Yes, I know," I said.
"So, is the kamameshi rice done yet?" I asked excitedly.
"You'll do the mixing right? Here," Aunty told me, handing the ladle to me.
I grabbed the ladle from her hand and started mixing the rice vigorously. It was so heavy! All the adults make it look so easy.
"Oh, Conan!" Aunty said a bit shocked. "Don't stir it too hard okay? Make sure that your pot is still neat-looking."
"I understand. Sorry, Aunty," I said.
Aunty just gave me a sweet smile and watched me stirring it with much difficulty. She helped me now and then and I'm thankful for that. After Aunty and I finished the rice, she put the pot of the rice on a potholder and put it on the kitchen counter.
"So, Conan," Aunty said to me. "Are you eating here, or down at your house?"
"Uh..." I said, thinking about that.
Aunty waited patiently for my answer.
"Let's go visit Aunt Katie and Uncle Harley!" I suddenly cried out, practically making Aunt Serena jump a bit.
She giggled, "Okay, now go get changed and I'll wait for you by the car,"
"Yehey!" I shouted in glee. "Oh yeah, can we bring them some of the rice we just made?"
"Of course," Aunty smiled and then told me to go get ready.
I ran upstairs and quickly changed my clothes. I don't know why I was so excited though. Maybe it's because that I was going back to my house again. I really couldn't understand why they didn't just leave me with Aunt Kazuha and Uncle Heiji and let Aunt Sonoko go with them too... oh well! Who cares? I went downstairs and tripped while going down. Ouch! My butt! When I was still in pain I saw Aunty looking down on me, actually she was staring... I felt embarrassed.
"Be more careful now," Aunty said to me.
"Okay," I said.
"Let's go now," Aunty said to me.
We went outside to the car with the kamameshi rice to have dinner with Aunty Kazuha and Uncle Heiji.
In the meanwhile, we had just finished our swim. The three of us were sitting at a table where the vending machines were. Rachel and Mathew were eating a bag of potato chips, and I was sipping a diet soda.
"Boy, has this been fun," I said to Rachel.
"Yes it has," Rachel answered.
"I'm not that tired though. How about you guys?" I asked after taking a sip of my diet soda.
Rachel was still munching on those chips when she answered, "Not that much. I exercise everyday unlike some people I know."
"Well sorry for just staying home for most of the day," I said, teasingly glaring at her.
"Just forget about it," Rachel said. "Hopefully we'll have more fun later until we head back home."
"We will," I answered.
"Well, should we head back and shower?" Rachel asked.
"Hmm, I really don't know," I answered.
"How about you Mr. Tour Guide?" Rachel asked, looking at Mathew who seemed to enjoy eating his chips.
Mathew took a gulp and replied, "You both decide. It's your honeymoon,"
I sighed, "You decide, Rachel. I'm not capable,"
"Fine, let's just stay a bit longer and enjoy sightseeing," Rachel said, flashing a big bright smile at me.
I could feel my cheeks burning though. In a few minutes, we finished our chips and walked over to the wall where the beach chairs were. In one corner away from the pool, we could see the water. In the corner next to the hot tub, we could only see a few buildings.
"Well, I hope you're enjoying the view," Mathew said to us. "It's cool, isn't it?"
"Mm-hmm," I answered.
Rachel got her digital camera out from her towel and took a picture of the view.
"Don't want to forget something Hawaii must be famous for," She said to me.
"It should be," I answered.
"And it is," Mathew answered. "So, let's say we head back and shower? I'll treat you to dinner here."
"Are you sure? Isn't it a bit expensive?" Rachel asked, looking a bit shy of accepting the kind offer.
"Of course it will! You never mind the price! You just pick a lot of food which you like! If you're in a bad mood you're going to order the same dessert over and over again!" I teased.
"Shut it!" Rachel requested.
"Okay, not really sure what you're talking about," Mathew said with his left brow raised. "Anyway, let's go ahead and take a shower, okay?"
Me and Rachel just nodded and followed him. After walking back down the same steps and through the same 2 doors, we arrived back at our hotel room. I inserted the card, slipped it out, and opened the door and the three of us stepped in.
"Well, that hit the spot," I said.
"Sure did," Rachel said, gathering her clothes.
She stepped into the bathroom and closed the door. Afterwards, I could hear the shower running while I waited for my turn to shower.
"By the way," Mathew said to me. "You don't need to dress so nice... unless you really want to."
"I see," I said.
I went over to the TV and turned it on.
"What are you watching?" Mathew asked, looking at the TV as well.
"Anything good," I answered, flipping the channels.
"Try this one." Mathew suggested, while I handed him the remote.
He put it on a local channel with "Hawaii Five-O" on.
"Hey, this is the show you were telling us about last time," I said.
"Yep," Mathew replied. "It's a good one... and it's a Police Show... appropriately."
In the meanwhile, I heard the door open. Rachel was done with her shower.
"What's going on?" Rachel asked when she came to where we were.
"Just watching something until you were done," I answered.
"Well, you can go now," Rachel said.
I saw her in her long pink dress that stopped at her knees.
"Thanks," I said to Rachel as I got up.
I kissed her and went off to take my shower. I took a 10 minute shower and told Mathew it was his turn. He took us to an expensive-looking restaurant at the hotel, and I mean really expensive. Well, in my eyes that is. Anyway, as mentioned, Rachel really didn't take heed at the price which was Mathew's orders. He even caught me trying to calculate everything into Japanese yen. We had a big red lobster, stuffed chicken-- and uh-- you get the point! Anyway, we were all stuffed! It was pretty amazing that we were still able to finish the food.
"Thanks for the meal!" Rachel said.
"You're more than welcome," Mathew said. "You alright, Jimmy?" He added.
Rachel giggled, "I think he ate more than he can handle,"
I just smiled and didn't say a word.
"I wonder how Sonoko's doing," Rachel sighed.
"Let's get our bill first then we can call her," I said.
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