Chapter 3: Nani's Dream
A 17-year-old teen was waving goodbye to her gaggle of friends.
“See ya, Nani,” they chorused back.
As they drove off, Nani continued up the lane that led to her house. She hoped her parents were back from picking up Lilo from Kokaua Kindergarten. She had something really important to show them.
But happiness soon turned to dismay as she saw only the buggy parked in the driveway. She decided to go inside and watch a video for a bit until they arrived.
She rummaged through the video pile. Do we own nothing but Star Trek videos?
She picked out one that looked remotely interesting, labelled “Star Trek: Voyager 3x26 & 4x01: Scorpion”, and put it in the VCR, which clicked and clunked as it read the magnetic strip inside.
“We are the Borg. Existence as you know it is over. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Resistance is…”
Within the hour she had fallen asleep. And her parents still hadn’t come home.
“BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP!”
Nani woke up to the alarm clock. It read 8:00am.
She rushed to the window. The car was still not back.
By now she was concerned, not only for her parents, but for her little sister.
She picked up the phone and dialled the kindergarten’s phone number.
“Hello, Mrs Winfield here. How may I help you?”
“Did my parents pick up Lilo? Lilo Pelikai.”
“Yes, they left at about 4:00pm. Why?”
The phone started beeping.
“Hang on, call waiting.”
She pressed the hash key.
“Hello, this is the Pelikai residence, Nani speaking.”
“Yes, this is Honolulu Emergency Hospital.”
Why would they be calling? They’re about three islands away. Unless…
“We regret to inform you that Jess and Kalani Pelikai have died in a front-on collision with about 300 tons of a two-meter-high wall of rock.”
What? Nani tried to fight back tears.
“They died on impact. There was nothing we could do.”
“She’s fighting for her life here. There wasn’t an adequate medical facility on the island, so we had to get her to the nearest one – which was in Honolulu. Don’t worry, she’ll be fine.”
Nani heard in the background a very weak voice.
“And it looks like she’s awake.”
After what sounded like several footsteps and shifting about, Nani heard Lilo’s voice.
“Nani, I’m scared.”
Tears were brimming Nani’s eyes, as she tried to speak words of comfort to her little sister.
“Don’t worry, Lilo, everything’s going to be all right.”
More shifting, and the paramedic spoke again.
“I recommend you board a flight over here immediately. All expenses paid, of cause.”
What, was he mad? Of cause she would board the next flight to Honolulu. It didn’t matter that Lilo had been a royal pain of a sister. All that mattered was that she was with her every moment of her life.
“Beep beep beep-beep.”
Nani rolled over into reality, and hit the ground with a thud. She glanced at the clock while rubbing her back.
“Oww my… 12:00!”
She rushed out the door and almost knocked Jumba as he plodded up the stairs.