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Fields of Friendship FIELDS OF FRIENDSHIP PT 1
by MAGIKSPIDES

THE ATMOSPHERE WAS ICY TO SAY THE LEAST.MURDOCK LOOKED AT HIS FRIENDS FACES."I KNOW IT’S A LOT TO ASK GUYS, BUT WE'VE BEEN BACK BEFORE, I WOULDN'T BE ASKING IF IT WASN'T IMPORTANT."

HANNIBAL WAS THE FIRST TO REPLY,"CAPTAIN ARE YOU SURE THAT IS WHERE HE WAS?"

" YEAH NADINE WAS POSITIVE, SHE NEEDS US TO HELP HER, I OWE HIM AND HER, IF IT WASN'T FOR LT FRIEDMAN OR KARL AS I KNEW HIM, I NEVER WOULD HAVE MADE IT TO MEET YOU GUYS."

FACE TURNED ROUND FROM STARING OUT AT THE TUMBLEWEEDS BLOWING ACROSS THE ROAD,IT WAS DUSK OUT THERE,THE SUN WAS SETTING BEHIND THE OLD SCHOOL BUILDINGS,"MURDOCK YOU'VE GOTTA BE SURE , YES WE'VE BEEN BACK BEFORE BUT THAT WASN'T A BUNCH OF LAUGHS FOR ANY OF US . IF YOUR SURE YOUR SURE. "

MURDOCK LOOKED AT FACE ,HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS ASKING THE GUYS TO DO ,FACE LOOKED HAGGERD HE HADN'T BEEN 100% FOR A WHILE,IT HAD BEEN A HARD JOB HERE ALL OF THEM WERE TIRED,BUT STILL HE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO NADINE HAD SOUNDED FRIGHTENED ON THE PHONE FROM L.A..

"FACE I'M SURE ."

"OK THAT'S ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW"

BA NODDED HIS ACCEPTANCE AS DID HANNIBAL.

PART 2

BA GLARED ANGRILY AT HIS SO CALLED FRIENDS ,OK SO THAT WASN'T FAIR,BUT NEITHER WAS WAKING UP WITH A HEADACHE IN A PLACE LIKE THIS. THE TRUCK WAS OLD AND THE ROADS WERE WELL IF YOU COULD CALL THEM ROADS YOU WOULD BE BEING VERY KIND.IT WAS CRAMPED IN THE BACK WITH MURDOCK AND FACE ,HANNIBAL WAS DRIVING LIKE A MANIAC ,OR SO IT SEEMED AS HE SEEMED TO HIT EVERY BUMP EVERY PIT IN THE PATH OF THE VEHICLE .NOT TO MENTION THE FACT HIS HEAD WAS VERY SORE.HE GROWLED INWARDLY ,CONTEMPLATING HIS REVENGE ON THE OTHERS ,NEXT TIME HE'D BE READY,NO MORE DRUGS,GOD HE HATED FLIYING,OK NOT HATED FEARED INTENTLY.HIS LINE OF THOUGHT WAS JARRED TO A HALT AS THE TRUCK STOPPED.

HANNIBAL STEPPED OUT CLOSELY FOLLOWED BY BA AND MURDOCK AND FACE. SILENCE . THEY ALL LOOKED AHED OF THEM INTO THE DESERTED BUSH,

"WHERE ARE WE ?" BA ASKED

"WE'RE BACK BA ,AND SOMWHERE OUT THERE IS MURDOCK'S FRIEND.AS ACCORDING TO NADINE'S LAST CONTACT."HANNIBAL ANSWERED

MURDOCK SCOWERED THE AREA ,"HANNIBAL IF HE'S OUT THERE …………" HE TRAILED OFF "MURDOCK ,WE'LL FIND HIM ,I HAVEN'T COME BACK HERE TO THE PITS OF HELL FOR NOTHIN!"HANNIBAL RETORTED. FACE THRE W WEAPONS TO THE OTHERS FROM THE BACK OF THE TRUCK. HE FELT AWFUL AND THE BLOODY HEAT WASN'T HELPING.AS HE ARMED HIS GUN,HE BEGAN TO FEEL DIZZY,HE PUT HIS ARM OUT AGAINST THE TRUCK AS HE ROCKED FORWARD. HE HEARD FOOTSEPS BEHIND HIM,AND WHIRLED ROUND READY TO FIRE.

"WWWOOOOOOAH!LT !" HANNIBAL YELLLED.

"IT'S US."FACE LOWERED HIS GUN .

"WELL WHAT DID YOU FIND?"HE ASKED COLDLY

HANNIBAL LOOKED AT FACE ,THEY'D ONLY BEEN THERE FOR A FEW HOURS AN D HIS LT WAS ALREADY VERY JUMPY.PALE AND DRAWN BUT OBVIUOSLY SWEATING LIKE A PIG. "THERES A CAMP FIVE MILES AWAY,FEW GUARDS, A HUT AND A FEW OUT BUILDINGS .FACE ARE YOU OK?" HANNIBAL ASKED

"DEPENDS ON YOUR DEFINITION OF OK!"FACE SNAPPED BACK,AS HE WALKED AWAY TOWARD THE AREA MURDOCK HAD PREPARED AS TEMPORARY CAMP., WHILE BA AND HANNIBAL HAD GONE TO CHECK OUT THE LEAD. HANNIBAL GLARED AT FACES BACK, HE KNEW ONLY TOO WELL THE DEMONS THE LT WAS FIGHTING, THEY ALL WERE. AS NIGHT SET,THE TEAM GATHERED ROUN D THE SMALL FIRE, "OK IF WE'RE GONNA GO IN WE ARE GOING IN AT DAWN,BETWEEN LOOKOUT HANDOVER."HANNIBAL SAID. "FACE ,YOU AND MURDOCK ,TAK E THE LEFT WE'LL TAKE THE RIGHT OK"

"NO HEROICS GUYS ,CLEAN IN AND OUT MANOUVRE."HANNIBAL FINISHED.

PART 3

FACE AND MURDOCK SLIPPED AND SLID DOWN THE HILL. ALL WAS QUIET UNTIL GUNFIRE RIPPED THROUGH THE DAWN,FROM BA AND HANNIBAL'S POSITION.

"SHIT "BOTH MURDOCK AND FACE SAID IN UNISON.

"THE JAZZ?"MURDOCK MUTTERED

"THE JAZZ!"FACE ANGRILLY RETORTED

BOTH KICKED IN THE DOOR FACING THEM, THE TWO GUARDS THREW THERE WEAPONS DOWN,STARLED AND SCARED ,"WHERE I S HE ?"MURDOCK SPAT OUT IN FLUENT VIETNAMESE . THEY POINTED TO THE ONLY OTHER DOOR WITH BARS ACROSS THE TOP. FACE TRAINED HIS GUN AT THE GUARDS WHO LOOKED TERRIFIED,

MURDOCK KICKED THE DOOR IN AND SCOWERED THE ROOM WITH HIS EYES,IN THE CORNER OF THE ROOM WAS A LONE FIGURE , DISHEVELLED THE FIGURE STEPPED SLOWLY OUT OF THE SHADOWS.

"KARL?"MURDOCK GASPED

"MURDOCK,HM,?"KARL REPLIED

"ENUOUGH AREADY LETS GET OUTTA HERE !"FACE YELLED MURDOCK HELPED THE LT OUT OF THE SHACK WITH FACE FOLLOWING QUICKLY BEHIND.AS THEY RAN A HAIL OF BULLET RICOSHED ROUND THEM. FACE CRINGED AS HE SLIPPED AND ROLLED DOWN THE HILL.THIS COULDN'T BE HAPPENNING ,NOT AGAIN!!!!!! HE STRUGGLED TO HIS FEET LETTING OF A FEW ROUNDS OF HIS OWN.MURDOCK AND A SHOCKED KARL GOT THE TRUCK FIRST,CLIMBING IN TO THE BACK CLOSELY FOLLOWED BY HANNIBAL AND BA "I'M DRIVIN MAN !!!" BA YELLED AS HE JUMPED INTO THE DRIVERS SEAT

FACE SCRAMMBELD INTO THE BACK WITH HANNIBAL'S HELP "GGGGGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOO BAAAAAAAAA!" HE YELLED

MURDOCK QUICKLY INSPECTED TH NOW DROWSY KARL'S WOUNDS, IT LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE IN TIME ,ONLY SUPERFICIAL WOUNDS AT LEAST TO HIS BODY.

"HANNIBAL HE'S UNCONSCIOUS BUT STABLE THANK GOD ,HE WAS LUCKY ,THOSE CLOWNS WEREN'T PROFESSIONAL KIDNAPPERS."MURDOCK SHOUTED AS THEY LURCHED FROM SIDE TO SIDE.

HANNIBAL HAD HIS HANDS FULL HIMSELF,SINCE SCRAMBLING IN FACE HAD SCRUNCHED UP INTO A BALL ALMOST IN HIS ARMS ,HANNIBAL COULD ONLY BE THANKFULL THAT THEY HAD SLASHED THE TYRES OF THE KIDNAPPERS JEAPS, AS THE FAST RECEEDING ROAD BEHIND THEM SHOWED NO UNFRIENDLYS.

"FACE ! FACE CAN YOU HEAR ME?" HANNIBAL HALF SHOUTED

HANNIBAL FELT THE LTS FOREHEAD,"OHHHHH GOOOODDD HE'S BURNING UP!"

"BA GET US AWAY FROM HERE QUICKLY,FACE IS ILL!!"HE YELLED

MURDOCK SPUN ROUND IN HIS CROUCHED POSITON AND LOOKED AT PECK HIS HEART RACED "OH GOD OH GOD WHAT HAVE I DONE?" HE MUTTERED TO HIMSELF.

Part 4

HANNIBAL PACED ,THE JOURNEY BACK TO THE USA HAD BEEN LONG, NOW AT MAGGIES HE STILL FELT UNABLE TO REST. KARL HAD SLEPT THE WAY BACK ,IF SOMEWHAT FITFULLY.FACE ‘S CONDITON HAD DETERIORATRED ,FIT AFTER FIT ,SCARED STARING BEAUTIFUL BLUE EYES .NO RECOGNITION OF ANYTHING AROUND HIM. HOWEVER MUCH HANNIBAL OR THE OTHERS TRIED ,HE REMAINED FAR FAR WAY LOCKED IN THE HELL HE WAS IN.

BULLETS ,BULLLETS EVERYWHERE ,NO COVER , OTHER MEN SWARMING ROUND HIM ALL WITH THE SAME GOAL TO GET THE HELL OUTTA THERE. FACE LOOKED FOR HIS UNIT,IN ALL THE CONFUSION HE'D BECOME SEPARATED FROM THE OTHERS . THEN HE FELT IT THE BURNING PAIN OF A BULLET IN HIS SHOULDER HE SCREAMED AS HE WAS PROPELLLED FORWARD OVER THE GULLY'S EDG E DOWN THE STEEP INCLINE COMING TO A STOP AFTER CRACKING HIS HEAD ON WHAT FELT LIKE EVERY ROCK AS HE FELL.BLOODIED HE LAY DAZED, BY THE RAGING TORRENT O MURKY WATER ONLY METERS AWAY . HE TRIED TO MOVE BAD IDEA EVERYTHING HURT. "HANNIBAL ….." HE GASPED AS HIS EYES FLITTERED SHUT ,UNAWARE OF THE CARNAGE ABOVE HIM ,NOT QUITE HIDDEN ,NO ONE SAW THE LT IN THE SHADOWS.

HANNIBAL HEARD THE SCREAM FROM BEHIND THE DOOR,"FACE !" HE GASPED HE COULDN'T HELP IT AUTOMATIC SET IN ,HE WAS IN THE ROOM WITHOUT A CONSCIOUS THOUGHT. WHAT HE SAW SCARED HIM TO DEATH , FACE WRITHING UNDER MAGGIE'S ARMS. "IF YOUR IN HELP….." SHE SAID

" WHATS HAPPENNING TO HIM MAGS "HANNNIBAL ASKED TAKING OVER FROM MAGGIE AS SHE FILLED A SYRINGE ." " HAVE YOU BEEN ANYWHERE EXOTIC BEFORE THIS TRIP?" SHE ASKED INJECTING FACE WITH POWERFUL SEDATIVE.

" KENYA 2 MONTHS AGO WHY?"

" FACE HAS MALARIA HANNIBAL DIDN'T YOU ALL TAKE PRECAUTIONS FOR GODS SAKE!!!!"SHE RETORTED ANGRILY "YEAH COURSE WE DID EXCEPT,OH GOD ,"

"WHAT HANNIBAL ?"

" HE GOT FOOD POISONING , I GUESS THE TABLETS GOT FLUSHED TOO" HANNIBAL REPLIED LOOKING AT HIS SECOND IN COMMAND SHAKING VIOLENTLY BELOW HIM FACE OPENED HIS EYES AND SAW THE LOOK ON HANNIBAL'S FACE . HE FELT AWFUL HIS VISION BLURRING AND FEAR WELLING UP AS HE WAS STILL UNAWARE OF WHERE HE WAS " FELL,AFTER BOMBING COLONEL , SNIPER GOT ME , AAAAAAGHHHHHH !" HE GASPED , HANNIBAL TOOK A DEEP BREATH VISIBLY WHITENING

" FACE YOUR SAFE ,THE WAR IS OVER ,COME ON BACK TO ME LT " HE SAID SOFTLY

BUT FACE'S EYES HAD SHUT AS HE FELL BACK IN HIS MIND AWAY FROM THE PRESENT AWAY FROM HANNIBAL. MAGGIE SAW THE CONCERN IN HANNIBAL'S EYES "HANNIBAL THE SEDATIVE WILL KICK IN SOON ,HE'LL REST THEN."

" WILL HE "HANNIBAL SNAPPED "THERES SO MUCH MAGGIE HE'S BEEN THROUGH

NAM WASN'T A NICE PLACE TO GROW UP. IF HIS MIND IS THERE I DON'T KNOW HOW HE'S GONNA COPE NOT KNOWING WE ARE HERE AND H'ES SAFE. MALARIA IS TREATABLE IS'NT IT ."

"I'VE GIVEN HIM MEDICATION BUT ITS NOT A GAUARANTEE, AS HE MAY RECOVER NOW AND RELAPSE MONTHS LATER MALARIA IS LIKE THAT. HIS TEMPERATURE I S RAGING AS SOON AS THAT HAS PASSED HE'LL STAR T TO BE MORE AWARE . AND I'LL DECREASE THEN STOP THE SEDATIVE."MAGGIE REPLIED.

FACE SHUDDERED ,HE WAS COLD .DARKNES HAD FELL AND IT WAS WELL, QUIET. HE SHUFFLED TO A SITTING POSITION GRIMACING IN PAIN . HE LOOKED AT HIS SHOULDER ,"OHH GREAT ITS GONNA HURT" HE MUTTERED AS HE GOT TO HIS FEET AND FELT DISSY,STUMBLING UNAWARE OF THE DANGER IN FRONT OF HIM . TOO LAT E HE FELL INTO THE WATER AND WAS UNABLE TO DO ANYHTING AS HE WAS FLUSHED DOWN STREAM . THE WATER WASN'T COLD , AS HE FLAYELD TRYING TO GET TO THE SIDE , DIRTY , SMELLY YES BUT NOT COLD WHICH FROM THE LT ‘S POINT OF VIEW WAS A BLESSSING. HE SCRAMMBLED TO THE OTHER SIDE AND HAULED HIMSELF OUT ,THE EFFORT OF WHICH ,MADE HIS SHOULDER BURN AS THE PAIN INCREASED .HE BLACKED OUT HALF OUT OF THE RIVER FACE DOWN IN THE MUD ,BOOTS STILL IN THE WATER . HE DIDN'T FEEL THE RIFLE BUTT TURN HIM OVER NEITHER DID HE SEE THE GLARING LOOK OF THE VC OFFICER AS HE PICKED UP THE LIFE LESS BODY AND THREW FACE OVER HIS SHOULDER.. AS HE TURNED AND TRUDGED BACK INTO THE DEEP UNDERGROWTH

PART 5

MURDOCK SAT ALONE ON THE BENCH BEHIND MAGGIE'S .HE KNEW KARL WAS SETTLED AND ASLEEP,BRUISED,BATTERED ,BUT ALIVE .NADINE WAS WITH HIM.

WHAT HE COULDN'T BEAR WAS THE FACT FACE HIS BEST FRIEND ,WAS DESPERATLY ILL, HE DIDN'T KNOW WHY ,HE JUST KNEW THAT HE'D BE HAUNTED BY THE DEMONS THEY ALL WERE EXCEPT NOW IN HIS CURRENT STATE REFRESHED ,BECAUSE OF HIM. IT WAS THAT HE COULDN'T DEAL WITH ,WHICH HURT LIKE HELL,HE HEARD THE DOOOR OPEN BEHIND HIM HE TURNED ,HANNIBAL STOOD THERE ,HAUNTED FEATURES ON A MAN WHO EYES WERE REDDENED , " HE'S BACK THERE IN HIS MIND CAPT,HE'S GOT MALARIA AND.."

"BUT BUT WE HAD THE PILLS"MURDOCK INTERUPTED " HE GOT FOOD POISONING DIDIN'T HE!" HANNIBAL SNAPPED

"OH GOD"MURDOCK SAID HIS SHOULDERS SAGGING "OH GOD ,HOW IS HE ,CAN I SEE HIM?"

"YES ,BUT DON'T EXPECT HIM TO REALISE WHO YOU ARE"

FACE OPENED HIS EYES , HE FELT SICK ,HIS SHOULDER AND HEAD WERE BURNING WITH PAIN WHEREVER HE WAS IT WAS DARK BUT AT LEAST IT WAS DRY.HE WAS ON A FLOOR NEXT TO HIM LAY ANOTHER MAN ,WHO HE VAGUELY RECOGNISED AS LT MARKS FROM HIS UNIT .THE LT WAS UNCONSCIOUS ,OBVIUOSLY BEATEN RECENTLY FACE SLOWLY SAT UP BUT HE FELL BACK AND THREW UP . THE DOOR TO THEIR PRISON OPENED ,A SOLDIER STOOD AT THE DOOR WAY AS IF MAKING A CHOICE , HE WALKED FORWARD AND DRAGGED THE LIMP BODY OF LT MARKS OUT. "NO"FACE MUTTERED AS HE HEARD TH E GUN SHOTS . LT MARKS COULD ONLY HAVE BEEN HIS AGE , WHY NOT HIM ? FRESH MEAT HE WONDERED? FACE COULD STAND IT NO LONGER HE JUST WANTED TO SLEEP, DEEP BLACKNESS BECKONED ,HE NEVER HEARD ,THE BOMBS OR SCREAMS OUTSIDE ,AUTOMATIC GUNFIRE ,OR THE DOOR TO HIS CELL BEING WRENCHED OPEN.

MURDOCK SAT BY FACE WATCHING HIS FRIEND WIMPER IN HIS FEVER'D STATE ,"WHY" HE HEARD HIM SLUR "WHY NOT ME ?"

MURDOCK HELD FACES HAND AS THE TEARS ROLLED DOWN HIS CHEEKS ,"I'M SORRY " HE WHISPERED " PLEASE COME BACK TO US FACE, YOU'RE SAFE "

BA AND HANNIBAL STOOD IN THE DOORWAY WITH MAGGIE SAT AT THE TABLE BEHIND THEM."HE'S GOING THROUGH HELL HANNIBAL ,A MAN SHOULDN'T HAVE TO DO IT TWICE "BA MUTTERED

"SO COLD ,SO COLD , IT HURTS IT HURTS " FACE‘S BABBLING WAS GETTTING LOUDER "LEAVE ME ALONE YOU BASTARDSAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!"HE SCREAMED. FACE HUDDELD HIMSELF INTO THE CORNER OF THE BED BY THE WALL.AWAY FROM MURDOCK.MURDOCK KNELT ON THE BED TRYING TO REACH FACE,BUT FACE INITALLY KICKING OUT THEN SOBBED"IF YOUR GONNA KILL ME JUST DO IT "

MURDOCK FLINCHED , "FACE ITS ME ,HM PLEASE LET ME HELP YOU "

FACE WOKE TO FIND HIMSELF ON A CROSS,BARELY CLOTHED , HE COULDN'T REMEMBER BEING MOVED. ALL ALONE AGAIN , HE WAS STILL ON THE FLOOR ,A BODY LAY NEXT TO HIM IT WAS A VC GUARD LOOKING VERY DEAD FLIES BUZZING OVER HIS HEAD . HE HEARD CHOPPERS AND MANY FOOTSTEPS, A FIGURE APPEAREKNEELING OVER HIM, " HEY THIS ONES ALIVE "HE YELLED, THE VOICE THEN SOFTENED

" ALL RIGHT MATE LETS GET YOU OFF THIS THING , I DIDN'T EXPECT TO SEE A FRIEND IN THIS FIELD ,JEEZ ,MATE ,CAN YOU HEAR ME ?"

FACE HAD NO ENERGY OR WILL TO RESPOND TO HIS RESCUER . THEN HE HEARD A FAMILIAR VOICE "ANYONE WANT A LIFT ?"

HE OPENED HIS EYES "MURD…….." HE GASPED. "YOU KNOW THIS MAD PILOT THEN DO YA MATEY." HIS RESCUER SAID AS HE CARRIED HIM TOWARD S THE CHOPPER , HEY MATEY DON'T DIE ON ME NOW HM WIL KILL ME IF I LET HIS BUD .DIE "

MURDOCK PULLED FACE TOWARDS HIM , HE COULD ONLY GUESS WHAT HIS NIGHMARES WERE . FACE FELT VERY LIMP, HE CHECKED FOR A PULSE ,

"OH GOD NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HANIBALLLLLLLLLLLL" MURDOCK YELLED FLIPPING PECK ONTO HIS BACK AND STARTING COMPRESSIONS, AS HANNIBAL TRIED TO BREATHE LIFE INTO FACE. NOTHING .

"DON'T GIVE UP FACE ,YOU ARE NOT GONNA DIE ON ME!"HANNIBAL RANTED .

MAGGIE INJECTED ADRENILINE INTO FACES ARM , AND WATCHED TEARS WELLING IN HER EYES. SUDDENLY FACE JERKED SPASTICALLY ,GULPING FOR AIR . HIS EYES WIDE .

"OH GOD OH GOD GOD " HE SPLUTTERD

"HANNIBAL ?" FACED MANAGED

"YEAH I'M HERE LT "

"WHERE AM I ? I I I CAN'T REMEMBER HOW OR WHERE I II"HANNIBAL SAW THE LOOK OF PANIC ON PECKS FACE NOT TO MENTION TERROR.

" FACE YOUR AT MAGGIES , YOUR SAFE , YOU'VE BEEN ILL"HE REPLIED

" WHAT ABOUT STEVE ,OZZY CAPT , HE GOT ME OUT" SUDDENLY THEY ALL REALISED WHERE FACE ‘S MIND HAD TAKEN HIM . MAGGIE LOOKED AT HANNIBAL "WHO?" SHE ASKED

HANNIBAL HOVERED AT THE END OF FACE'S BED ,AS HE TOLD MAGGIE ALL ABOUT IT

" GUILT IS A TERRIBLE THING TO CARRY ROUND WITH YOU MAGGIE FOR 15 YEARS .

I DIDN'T REALISE IT WAS DOING SO MUCH DAMAGE ."

" BUT FROM WHAT YOU SAID FACE COULDN'T HAVE DONE ANYTHING ANYWAY" MAGGIE REPLIED AS SHE HOOKED UP FACES MAINTANACE FLUIDS . GENTLY INSERTING THE CANNULA AND STRAPPING IT IN.

"DOESN'T MAKE MUCH OF A DIFFERNCE MAGGIE, LT MARKS WAS YOUNGER THAN FACE , FACE WAS THERE THEY DIDN'T HAVE TO KILL HIM. TO FACE THAT GUARD PLAYED GOD , HE NEVER KNEW WHY . " HANNIBAL REPLIED

FACE WAS FINALLLY ASLEEP, THE SEDATON WAS BEING WEANED DOWN ,HR BY HR.

HANNIBAL ,BA AND MURDOCK SAT OUTSIDE ,THERE WA S A QUIETNESS BETWEEN THEM."YOU KNOW WHEN STEVE CARRIED FACE ONTO THE CHOPPER HE WAS TECHNICALLY DEAD ,STEVE AND HIS CREW TOOK AND HOUR TO GET HIM BACK."MURDOCK SAID QUIETLY

"I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM OUT THERE HE NEVER EVEN TALKED TO ME ,I ONLY KNEW ABOU THE LT BECAUSE WE FOUND THE BODY. "HE CONTINUED "WHEN WE GOT TO BASE I ONLY SAW HIM WHEN THEY WERE GETTING HIM OFF,DIDN'T LOOK LIKE OUR FACE ,COULDN'T BELIEVE IT WAS HIM .AND I TOOK HIM BACK THERE ,GOD !"

HANNIBAL WATCHED THE CAPTAIN'S PAINED EXPRESSIONS ,"WE'VE ALL GOT OUR DEMONS MURDOCK . FACE WAS SICK BEFORE WE WENT , HE DIDN'T TELL US AND WE DIDN'T NOTICE ,IAM HIS C/O I AM SUPPOSED TO NOTICE !"HE SAID AS HE STOOD UP AND WANDERED TOWARD THE LAKE . MURDOCK STOOD UP AS IF TO FOLLOW .

" LEAVE HIM CAPT,HE'S GOTTA WORK THIS ONE OUT HIMSELF " BA SAID NOT LOOKING AT MURDOCK BUT WATCHING HIS C/O HIS FRIEND WALK TOWRDS THE LAKE. HANNIBAL REMEMBERED VISITING FACE IN THE MAKESHIFT MEDICAL UNIT. HE REMBERED THE PAIN IN THE YOUNG LT‘S EYES THE ANGUISH THE SELF DOUBT. HE CLOSED HIS EYES AT THE MEMORIES FLOODED BACK.

AT FIRST FACE WOULDN'T EVEN TALK ,TO ,ANYBODY. HE LAY ON THE BED VISIONS OF THE DEAD LT IN HIS MIND . THIS WAR MADE NO SENSE . HE KNEW THE KID HAD A FAMILY , WHY HIM ? AND NOT FACE ? THE DOCTORS WERE WORRIED ENOUGH TO LET HANNIBAL SEE HIM SOONER THAN ANYONE ELSE .FACE WOULDN'T EVEN LOOK AT HIS C/O,HANNIBAL WATCHED HIM KNOWING ONLY TOO WELL WHAT THE KID WAS GOING THROUGH ,THE ONLY THING HE WAS THANKFUL FOR WAS HE'D BEEN LEFT ALONE ,PERHAPS TO WEAKEN OR MAYBE DIE SLOWLY WHATEVER THE REASON THEY'D NEVER KNOW THE TRUE ONE NOW. HE'D LOST A LOT OF BLOOD AND HIS WOUNDS WERE BADLY INFECTED ,BUT THEY WERE TREATABLE .

"LT LOOK AT ME AND THAT'S AN ORDER." HANNIBAL SAID. FACE SLOWLY TURNED TO LOOK AT HANNIBAL , HANNIBAL HAD NEVER SEEN FACE SO OBVIOUSLY TORTURED IN MIND AT LEAST .THAT WAS MUDOCK TERRITORY , AND HE DEFINITELY DIDN'T WANT TO GO THERE.

"TALK TO ME LT "HANNIBAL SAID .

FACE OPENED HIS EYES , SHAKILY HE SAT UP AND PASSED HIS FINGERS THROUGH HIS BLONDE HAIR. WHERE WAS HE ? HE SWUNG HIS LEGS OFF THE BED AND SLOWLY STOOD.HE WALKED TO THE DOOR AND QUIETLY OPEND IT. HE WANDERED OUT OF THE HOUSE AND DOWN TO THE WATER'S EDGE. HE SAT ON THE JETTY A LITTLE BEMUSED . AND THEN HE REALISED WHAT HAD HAPPENED AND WHAT HE'D BEEN REMEMBERING." AHH GOD " HE MUTTERED SHIVERING .

HE HEARD VOICES AND TURNED ,HE SAW MURDOCK RUNNING TOWARD HIM WITH A ANXIOUS EXPRESSION.

"FACE WHAT YOU DOING OUT HERE ?"

" I'M OK , A LITTLE TIRED ,BUT………………."

"FACE DON'T BULLLSHITT ME WE'VE KNOWN EACH OTHER TOO LONG FOR THAT" MURDOCK SPAT BACK

FACE SIGHED ,"MURDOCK LET IT BE ,CAN'T DEAL WITH THIS…….."

"NO ! YOU ALMOST DIED , LET IT GO ………"MURDOCK RETORTED

FACE GLARED AT MURDOCK AND GOT TO HIS FEET " LEAVE ME ALONE YOUR FRIEND'S OK I GUESS , LEAVE ME ALONE" HE REPEATED WITH THAT HE WALKED BACK SLOWLY TO THE HOUSE .HANNIBAL APPEARED CLOSELY FOLLOWED BY BA AND MAGGIE. FACE BEGAN TO FEEL DIZZY AND FALTERD AS HANNIBAL REACHED HIM.

" FACE WHAT YOU DOING OUT OF BED ? HE ASKED

FACE COLLAPSED INTO HANNIBAL'S ARMS UNABLE TO STAND ANY LONGER. HANNIBAL HELPED HIM TO HIS FEET AND HALF CARRIED HIM BACK TO HIS ROOM.HANNIBAL HELPED A BREATHLESS FACE ON TO THE BED

"I'M OK " FACE GASPED

"YEAH RIGHT !" HANNIBAL REPLIED CHECKING FACE ‘S PULSE ,FAST TOO FAST. HANNIBAL LOOKED AT FACE , HAGGERED WASN'T EVEN NEAR TO HOW HE LOOKED , PALE AND DRAWN AND SOOOOO TIRED .

"CALM DOWN FACE ITS OK WE'RE ALL HERE , I WAS THERE THEN REMEMBER ?"

FACE LOOKED AT HIS C/O ," I,I,I,………….." HE SPLUTTERED

TEARS RAN DOWN HIS CHEAKS , AS HANNIBAL MOVED FORWARD AND TOOK THE SHAKING LT INO HIS ARMS .

"ITS OK LT EVERYTHINGS GONNA BE OK"HE SAID GENTLY . HE DIDIN'T SEE MURDOCK IN THE SHADOWS OF THE DOOR WAY, HIMSELF CRYING BECAUSE HIS RELATIVELY NEW FRIEND WAS IN SO MUCH PAIN.

HANNIBAL WAS RELIEVED PECK WAS ABLE TO CRY , HE COULDN'T REMEMBER THE LAST TIME HE HAD , WAR DID THAT TO PEOPLE , MADE THEM HARD .HE LISTENED TO PECK AS HE TOLD WHAT HAD HAPPENED .

FACE LOOKED AT HANNIBAL AS HE SAT BESIDE THE BED

"WHAT HAPPENED ?" HE ASKED

"MALARIA FACE, WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL US YOU WERE ILL?"

" DIDN'T KNOW , THOUGHT IT WAS FLUE?" FACE REPLIED

" HOW YOU FEELING NOW ?" HANNIBAL ASKED

" I HURT HANNIBAL , I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW THE GUILT HAS EATEN ME UP, I CAN'T ………." FACE BROKE OFF TEARS IN HIS BLUE EYES .

HANNIBAL TOOK HIS FRIENDS ‘ HAND "FACE THERE WAS NOTHING YOU COULD DO , YOU NEARLY DIED YOURSELF DON'T FORGET ."

FACE KNODDED AS HIS EYES CLOSED , "SO TIRED , SO TIRED"HE MUTTERD MAGGIE CAME IN FROM THE SHADOWS" HE'LL BE WEAK FOR A WHILE PHYSICALLY AT LEAST , I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE MENTAL WOUND S . IT MAY COME BACK AS I WARNED YOU BEFORE , IT'S THE NATURE OF THE BEAST I'M AFRAID."

PART 6

AS THE DAYS PAST FACE GREW STRONGER , STILL VERY QUIET, SPENT A LOT OF TIME SAT OUT ON MAGGIE'S VERANDA TUCKED UNDER BLANKETS , DEEP IN THOUGHT . MURDOCK WITH A STEAMING CUP OF COFFEE APPEARED AND GAVE IT TO FACE,

"THANKS ." HE SAID , MURDOCK WANDERD OVER TO THE POST AND LEANT AGAINST IT .

"HOW YOU FEELIN?" HE ASKED LOOKIN OUT AT THE BEAUTIFUL VIEW , SCARED TO LOOK AT FACE , AS HE KNEW HE WAS STILL FRAGILE , BOTH PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY.

"MURDOCK YOU DON'T HAVE TO TREAT ME WITH SUCH KID GLOVES , NONE OF YOU DO . I'LL BE OK , GIVE ME TIME ." FACE RESPONDED . MURDOCK TURNED AND LOOKED AT FACE , HIS BESTFRIEND , HE DID LOOK BETTER , BUT THE PAIN WAS STLL IN HIS EYES PERHAPS IT ALWAYS WOULD BE .

"HOW'S KARL?" FACE ASKED

" RECOVERING AT NADINE'S , HE CAME TO SEE YOU BUT YOU WERE STILL ILL AT THE TIME , HE LEFT YOU THIS BOOK ." MURDOCK SAID HANDING HIM A SLIM VOLUME .

FACE LOOKED AT HE TITLE, AND SMILED , MURDOCK HADN'T SEEN THAT SMILE FOR A VERY LONG TIME . THE TITLE " FIELDS OF FRIENDSHIP" .

"WHAT YOU SMILING AT FACE ? " MURDOCK ASKED

" LONG STORY , SOMETHING THAT CAPT SAID WHEN HE RESCUED ME. "FACE REPLIED AS HE OPENED THE BOOK . INSIDE WAS A NOTE ,

LT PECK , THIS HELPED ME , POEMS WRITTEN BY AN OZZY CAPT I MET IN NAM , HE SAW THE WAR AS IT WAS ,HORRIFIC, BUT IT ALSO GAVE HIM THE BEST FRIENDS HE EVER HAD AND THE BEST MEMORIES AS WELL AS THE WORST . GET STRONGER , KEEP WELL , LOOK AFTER HM , HE LOVES YO .

AND THANKYOU KYLE

FACE ‘S TEARS FELL FREELY , AS MURDOCK CAME FORWARD AND PUT HIS ARM ROUND HIM PROTECTIVELY.

"I'LL BE FINE" HE MUTTERED ,"FRIENDS , "

"BESTFRIENDS" MURDOCK REPLIED .

THE END

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