Here is an updated version of a story I once had for Lily and Cane.
Here is old storyline template I had for Lily (with a recast only and not with the current portrayer. Can't work without a recast) and Cane. updated a bit:
Characters: Lily (Shannon Kane), Cane (Daniel Goddard), Neil (Kristoff Saint John), Tyler (Redaric Williams), Sandra (Brook Kerr)
I have always felt the show should bring on a wife and child from Cane's past (he is old enough to be Lily's father) who happens to be black and look a lot like Lily. This would free Lily up to explore a relationship with Tyler who was hired by Neil to work at Jabot to help revive the Tuvia (African American women's haircare line). Tyler would be so impressive and so much like Neil that any pursuit of Lily would come with a father's approval.
The wife who came to Genoa City would have known he was there as when Cane thought things were over between he and Lily he sent his wife a letter letting her know that he was alive and had taken on someone else's life to escape the mob from the 'down under'. His wife would have been a foreign exchange student from America who had come there to study, met, and fell in love with Cane and married him.
When he never returned she got her paperwork together and returned with their child in tow (12 years old now) in pursuit of her husband. The woman's name would be Sandra.
Cane would spot Sandra first and would and convince her to stay silent and away from Lily. Cane would then start leading a double life. Caring for his wife and child who were tucked away in a bad part of town in a hotel and then caring for Lily his wife he lived with. Of course Sandra would be coming to Cane from time to time for months asking when he was going to tell Lily the truth. Cane would always cover and Sandra would be upset but go for it a bit longer.
Sandra would strike up a friendship with Tyler and would take a job as his assistant at Jabot. Tyler would also be friends with Lily.
After months of this secret being hidden Cane was forced to secretly meet with Sandra, Lily who had become concerned that Cane was cheating on her would follow him secretly to a pub where he met Sandra. Lily would then overhear the truth and bust them demanding answers. Cane would admit the truth and tell Lily he only loves her, but wanted to take care of his son. Lily would decide to leave and call Tyler to come get her. Lily would stay with Tyler as she did not to deal with staying with Neil or Devon.
Sandra seeing an opening and noticing that Tyler might like Lily more than a friend would begin to plot to get them together and to get Cane back as her own.
Sandra would be friendly to your face and plotting to get you behind your back. And she would do whatever it takes to assure that she and her ex-husband Cane were together.
Brooke Kerr: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgvDGmKfzj0
More Shannon Kane: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbaeZBVzQkc