Neon Hula Hustle – Part 8 – The End

un-jakeThe next morning the frat boys arrived with the money, eager to take ownership of their newly acquired treasure. Kai had boxed it for them to make it easy to travel with and thanked them profusely as they handed over the twenty-five grand. He gave them a print out of galleries they should contact to find a buyer for the tiki and then gave them a phone number they could call if they needed anything from him when they got back to Los Angeles.

They had a late flight out that night, so arrangements were made for one last dinner, and Kai told them he would invite the ladies to join them, promising they would have the best champagne available to toast the deal and their friendship. The boys went back to their hotel to pack and Kai headed home to take care of some plans of his own. He started with a call to Hawaiian Airlines.

After that he headed for the Hula Club to catch his friends up on what had gone down and to let make sure they knew what to say later on, thought they’d all been through it many times and knew they could count on Kai to show his appreciation. He was still amazed at how easy this one had been. The night had seemed so much less than promising when it had all began.

Kai got dressed that evening and was just about to leave when there was a knock on the door. He found that odd, nobody was supposed to come to his place without calling first, but he went to the door and answered it. There on the doorstep were the frat boys, dressed in suits and looking rather grim. Kai had a bad feeling, and as it turned out, for good reason.

“Hello Kai. Or should I say Marvin? Your name is Marvin Kahola, after all, isn’t it? Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Detective Andrews and this is my partner Detective Sullivan, Las Vegas Police Department. You’re under arrest for fraud Marvin. You have the right to remain silent, anything you say can be…”

“Yeah, yeah, I know the speech. I want my lawyer. Why didn’t you arrest me at the warehouse?”

“Had to confirm the tiki was a fake first. I’ve got to say Kai, that was a great story. You played it well. But then, you’ve been doing it for a while now, so you’ve had lots of practice. Should have quit while you were ahead. Too many complaints, Marvin. Disappearing back to Hawaii for a month or two at a time was never going to work forever. Doesn’t pay to get greedy.”

Kai kept his mouth shut as they cuffed him and led him to the police car. He was glad he hadn’t paid for the plane ticket yet. It was going to be a while before he’d be returning home.

The End.


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