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Party with the Animals

PARTY WITH THE ANIMALS
by MAGIKSPIDES

 

HANNIBAL WASN'T HAPPY , INFACT HE WAS DOWNRIGHT PISSED OFFF. HE WAS COLD WET , VERY WET , NOT TO MENTION TIRED . HE WAS HUNCHED OVER THE SIDE OF THE BOAT LOOKING DOWN INTO THE ICY WATERS , WAITING , FOR MURDOCK AND FACE TO REAPPEAR , THEY WERE EXPERIENCED DIVERS , BUT STILL , THIS BLOODY COLD , MEANT HE WAS THE ONE STUCK ON THE SURFACE . SHIVERING HIS BUT OFF , BA WAS ON THE EDGE OF THE LAKE WITH VAN .

IT WAS COLD WHERE FACE WAS AS WELL , SWIMMING BEHIND MURDOCK , LOOKING FOR ANY EVIDENCE , OF THE GOINGS ON THAT THEY HAD BEEN HIRED TO INVESTIGATE .MURDOCK TURNED AND MOTIONED TO RETURN TO THE SURFACE , FACE READILY AGREED.

AS THEY BROKE THE SURFACE , HANNIBAL NOTED FACE TRAILING BEHIND MURDOCK. HE HELPD EACH OU T RESPECTIVELY.

"ANYTHING?" HE ASKED HELPING MURDOCK WIITH HIS REGULATOR. "NO , NOT A BEAN " HE REPLIED CHEARFULLLY

" MURDOCK DO YOU HAVE TO," FACE RESPONDED SRUGGLING WITH HIS EQUIPMENT., HANNIBAL TURNED TO HELP.

"WHAT AIN'T THE WATER GREAT?"

FACE GLARED, IT WAS LATE FERUARY , IT WAS EARLY IN THE MORNING , AND WHAT WAS HE DOING DIVING IN BLOODY COLD WATERS. HANNIBAL PUT THE MOTOR ON AND BEGAN TO MAKE THERE WAY BACK TO THE JETTY.

"C'MON FACE IT WAS REFRESHING "MURDOCK CHIRPED BACK

" MURDOCK , IT'S PISSING IT DOWN , I'M WETER THAN A SEAL AND ITS FREEZING, TELL ME WHAT SO BLOODY GREAT ABOUT THAT ?"

"WILL YOU STOP BICKERING YOU TWO !" HANNIBAL SNAPPED

FACE AND MURDOCK GLARED AT EACH OTHER AS THE BOAT NEARED THE JETTY,BA STOOD WAITING .HE QUICKLY MOORED THE BOAT ,A S THE OTHERS GOT OUT. FACE SLUNG HIS SCUBA GEAR OVER HIS SHOULDER AND STOMPED TOWARD THE VAN.

IT WAS IN FACT A BEAUTIFUL MORNING , . FROST ON THE GRASS GLISTENING IN THE SUN . AS FACE SLUNG HIS GEAR IN THE BACK OF THE VAN HE GLANCED OUT ACROSS THE GRASS TOWARD THE KABINS . SOMEONE WAS WATCHING THEM AND THEY HAD GUNS , HE SPUN ROUND AND YELD"HANNIBAALLLLLLGET DDDOOWNNNNNNNN!" JUST AS AUTOMATIC GUNFIIRE BROKE THROUGH THE IDYLLIC SPOT AS THE GOONS REALISED THAT THEY'D BEEN SEEN AND SPED AWY LEAVING THE HAIL OF BULLLETS BEHIND THEM . HANNIBAL LOOKED UP WHOEVER IT WAS HAD GONE ,HE GLANCED AT BA WHO WAS SLOWLY SCRAMBLING OUT THE BOAT AS WAS MURDOCK . "YOU GUYS OK ? " HE SAID QUICKLY

MURDOCK GLANCED AT HIS SHOULDER ,AND WATCHED THE CRIMSON STAIN GROW " JUST A NICK , HANNIBAL " HE REPLIED . BA KNODDED AS HE TURNED TO CHECK MURDOCK'S SHOULDER . WHILE HANNIBAL RAN TOWARD THE NOW BEAT UP VAN , "FACCCCCCEEEEEE!"HE YELLED , HE LOOKED AROUND THE VAN HE WAS NOWHERE OUTSIDE , HE TURNED ROUND TO LOOK INSIDE THE VAN ,HE DREW A DEEP BREATH IN AND SLID OPEN THE DOOR. HE SAW THE LT ON TH FLOOR ,GROANING , HE HADN'T HAD TIME TO DO MUCH BUT SHUT THE DOOR .HIS SCUBA GEAR WAS ON TOP OF HIM

HANNIBAL PULLED IT OFF HIM AND SHOVED IT TO ONE SIDE , AS HE GENTLY LIFTED THE LT , FACE GROANED AGAIN, HE OPENED HIS EYES AND TRIED TO FOCUS . "I'M OK "HE MUTTERED ,"BUT MY GEAR S AHHH!" HE GASPED AS HANNIBAL GENTLY EXAMINED HIS FRIEND , BRUISES WERE APPERING LIKE UGLY WELTS ON HIS BACK .

HANNIBAL DREW HIS HAND AWAY FROM FACE'S LEFT SIDE ,IT CAME AWAY BLOODY, HE UNZIPPED THE WET SUIT AND ALL HE COULD SEE WAS BLOOD . FACE WAS NO LONGER CONSCIOUS ,AS HANNIBAL ,WITH BA S HELP LOWERED THE LT ONTO THE BACKSEAT OF THE VAN , TAKING THE SUIT OFF AND RIPPING THE SODDEN SHIRT. HANNIBAL CLEANED THE AREA AS WELL AS HE COULD AS BA DROVE THE VAN BACK TO THEIR KABIN , MURDOCK WITH HIS SHOULDER STRAPPED LOOKED DOWN AT FACE S WOUND .AND CRINGED .

HANNIBAL LAID FACE ON THE BED AS THE OTHERS FETCHED A MED KIT AND SOME WARM WATER BETWEEN THEM , THEY'D DONE THIS SOOOOOO MANY TIMES IT WAS INSTINCT. " THERES MORE THAN ONE BULLET IN HERE , HE DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO DO ANYTHING !" HANNIBAL SEETHED

"EXCEPT WARN US ." MURDOCK REPLIED AS BA REDRESSED HIS SHOULDER "THE EMPTY CYLINDER TOOK A LOT , BY THE LOOKS OF IT, JESUS IT'S A MESS , SO MUCH BLOOD , BETTER CALL MAGGIE ." HANNNIBAL MUTTERD AS HE WORKED . "ALREADY DONE MAN " BA REPLIED , "SHE'S ON HER WAY ."

HANNIBAL SMILED , SOMETIMES JUST SOMETIMES , HIS TEAM WORKED SO WELL IT EVEN SURPRISED HIM.

FACE WAS STILL UNCONSCOUIS WHEN MAGGIE ARRIVED .

PART 2

MAGGIE FINALLY APPEARED 6HRS AFTER KICKIN THE OTHERS OUT OF THE MAKESHIFT THEATRE. "HANNIBAL "SHE SAID AS SHE WALKED INTO THE KITCHENETTE,

"HOW IS HE ?" HANNIBAL ASKED

"WEAK , HE''S LOST A LOT OF BLOOD ,ONE OF THE 4 BULLETS ,MAY I ADD , " SHE JESTICULATED " MANAGED TO GET A MAJOR ARTERY NEAR HIS HEART, MACHINE GUN BULITTS MAKE A BLOODY MESS OF A HUMAN DODY . I'VE GIVEN HIM SOME BLOOD AND SUTURED THE ARTERY , HE CAN'T BE MOVED , "HER EYES NARROWED A S SHE WAGGED HER BLOODY FINGER AT THEM " NO IFS BUTS ANDS OR MAYBES , YOU MOVE HIM AND I GAURANTEE HE'LL DIE ."SHE FINISHED

HANNIBAL LOOKED AT MURDOCK , HE LOOKED LOST , BA WAS STARING ANGRILY OUT AT HIS VAN , ALTHOUGH THE VAN WASN'T THE CAUSE OF THE TEARS IN HIS EYES.

"WHAT ARE HIS CHANCES ? " HANNIBAL ASKED

MAGGIE SAT DOWN AND REACHED FOR THE COFFEE INFRONT OF HER . " HE'S IN A COMA HANNIBAL , I DECREASED THE SEDATION 2HRS AGO , HE HASN'T STIRRED . I HONESTLY DON'T KNOW , THERES NO INFECTION , THANKS TO YOU THEREFORE NO COMPLICATIONS OF FEVER ETC .TRAUMA , SHOCK AND BLOOD LOSS , WELL I DON'T KNOW." SHE TRAILED OFF

"CAN I SEE HIM ?" MURDOCK ASKED . MAGGIE KNODDED .

MURDOCK SAT DOWN BESIDE HIS BESTFRIEND IN ALL THE WORLD . FACE LOOKED PEACEFULL , YOU'D THINK HE WAS JUST SLEEPING , EXCEPT FOR THE IV LINE AND AND OXYGEN MASK OVER HIS NOSE AND MOUTH. MURDOCK COULDN'T BELIEVE THE LAST THING THEY HAD DONE WAS BICKER . HE LOVED THIS MAN SO MUCH , THE FACT FACE'D WARNED THEM WITHOUT A THOUGHT FOR HIS OWN SAFETY , EXACTED AN INDEFINABLE AMOUNT PAIN . TEARS ROLLED DOWN HIS CHEAKS . AS HE HELD PECK'S HAND , HE SQUEEZED IT GENTLY ,"PLEASE FACE COMEBACK TO US , TO ME"HE WHISPERED. MURDOCK GENTLY MOVED FACE' S FRINGE OUT OF HIS EYES , HE WONDERED IF FACE COULD HEAR HIM .

FACE S EYES FLICKERED OPEN AND MURDOCK SMILED, "FACE " HE WHISPERED

"MURDOCK , WHATT HAPPENED ? " FACE REPLIED PULLING THE MASK OFF.

"DON'T ! YOU NEED ,IT ,HANNIBALLL!" HE YELLED ,

HANNIBAL CAME RUNNING IN CLOSELY FOLLOWED BY MAGGIE.

" IT HURTS " FACE GASPED AS MAGGIE REPLACED THE MASK

" YOU WERE SHOT , IN YOUR SIDE , DO YOU WANT MORE PAIN RELIEF ?" MAGGIE ASKED . FACE'S EYES WERE WIDE , HIS SIDE WAS BURNING HIS HAND FELT THE BANDAGES , HE TOOK A SHARP INTAKE OF BREATH

" HAHANHANIABL "

"I'M HERE FACE, TAKE IT EASY , YOU TOOK THE FULL BRUNT OF THE ATTACK , MAGGIES GONNA GIVE YOU SOMETHING TO HELP WITH THE PAIN." HANNNIBAL REPLIED.

"IS EVERYONE OK , COULDN'T DO ANYTHING BUT SHOUT , " FACE RASPED MAGGIE ADDED THE PAIN TO RELIEF TO HIS IV .WATCHING HER PATIENT CLOSLEY GLAD HE WAS AWAKE , "THIS MIGHT MAKE HIM DROWSY , DON'T WORRY IF HE PASSES OUT " SHE SAID

"IT'S OK , WE'RE ALL FINE , MURDOCK GOT CAUGHT IN THE SHOULDER BUT HE'S FINE ."HANNIBAL SAID GENTLY

FACE COULDN'T FOCUS ANYMORE , HE HADN'T THE ENERGY TO REPLY , HIS EYES CLOSED AS HE GAVE IN TO THE WELCOME WAVE OF SLEEP THAT ENVELOPED HIM.

PART 3

HANNIBAL HOVERED OVER FACES BED , HE'D SENT MURDOCK TO BED , AND BA WAS DETAILING THE VAN , IT SEEMED BA NEEDED SOMETHING , TO DISTRACT HIM, HANNIBAL COULD UNDERSTAND THAT .

HANNIBAL SAT DOWN NEXT TO FACE , WHO WAS ASLEEEP, IV OUT , AND MASKLESS NOW. HE WAS STILL PALE AND HIS SIDE WAS VERY SLOWLY HEALING .

HE MOANED IN HIS SLEEP AS HE MOVED POSITION , AND FLINCHED AS HE MOVED , HE OPENED HIS EYES AND SAW HANNIBAL NEXT TO HIM CONCERN IN HIS EYES . "HANNIBAL ,NENEENEED TO SIT UUUP HE STAMMERED ." HANNIBAL HELPED HIM SIT UP AND MOVED THE POSITION OF THE PILLOWS AND THEN HELPED HIM SIT BACK ."OK?" HANNIBAL ASKED . FACE KNODDED ."NEED A DRINK "

HANNIBAL HELPED HIM DRINK THE COOL WATER . FACE SAVOURED THE COOL WATER , HE FELT SORE AND FRUSTRATED AT HIS INCAPACITY . HE AGAIN TRIED TO MOVE AND GROANED , IT HURT , GOD IT HURT .

"FACE RELAX , REST WILL YOU , THAT'S AN ORDER LT." HANNIBAL SAID

" HANNIBAL DO YOU KNOW , WHY , YET ?"FACE ASKED

HANNIBAL BLANCHED , "SET UP. AMBUSH , I DON'T KNOW , WE HAVEN'T HEARD FROM THE MASTERS FAMILY , THEY DISSAPPEARED, I GUESS SOMEONE WANTS US DEAD . "HE REPLIED .

" OHH , WHOOPEE!!! , " FACE REPLIED HIS VOICE DRIPPING WITH SARCASM .

"I GOT COLD AND WET FOR NO REASON , EXCEPT THEIR SPORT , MAN I HATE THAT !"

HIS TONE CHANGED TO ONE OF ANGER .

"WHAT WE GONNA DO , WHATS THE PLAN ?" HE ASKED

HANNIBAL LOOKED UP AND SMIRKED , AT THE BRASHNES OF HIS JUNIOR .

"PLAN, WELL LT , YOU'VE GOTTA HEAL , THEN WE'LL PARTY WITH THOSE ANIMALS "

FACE KNODDED , "I'LL BE FINE , I MEAN I AM FINE ." HE REPLIED AND MADE A MOVE TO GET OUT OF BED TOWARDS WHERE HANNIBAL WAS STOOD .

"AAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!" HE YELPED THE PAIN TAKING HIS BREATH WAY

HANNIBAL RUSHED FORWARD , AND SAW THE CRIMSON STAIN APPEAR THROUGH THE BANDAGES .

" FACE STOP IT , PLEASE . YOU NEED TO REST , MAGGIE !!" HE YELLLED

MAGGIE GLARED AT FACE AS SHE REBANDAGED HIS WOUND , AND WAS ABOUT TO CONVEY HER DISPLEASURE WHEN SHE NOTICED , FACE HAD PASSED OUT AGAIN .

"RIGHT , YOU GIVE ME NO CHOICE , YOU STUBBORN YOUNG MAN ." SHE MUTTERED FILLING A SYRINGE WITH SOME CLEAR FLUID .

HANNIBAL FROWNED

"DO YOU HAVE TO SEDATE HIM ?"

"HANNIBAL , HE NEARLY RIPPED THAT WOUND OPEN AGAIN , HE HAS TO REST ,

WHAT CHOICE DO I HAVE ? " HANNIBAL KNODDED AS HE STROKED PECK'S HEAD . HE DIDN'T WANT TO WATCH AS MAGGIE INJECTED THE SEDATIVE .

PART4

HANNIBAL AND MURDOCK HELPED BA WITH THE VAN A SILENCE HAD FALLEN BETWEEN THE MEN , THEIR THOUGHTS NOT REALLY ON WHAT THEY WERE DOING .MURDOCK FROZE AS HE LIFTED THE SEAT WHERE THEY'D FOUND FACE , CONGEALED BLOOD AND LOTS OF IT ., HE TOOK A DEEP BREATH AND SWUNG TH THROTHY SOAPY SPONGE DOWN GRITTING HIS TEETH , ANGER WELLING , AS HE SCRUBBED THE FLOOR . HANNIBAL SAW THE ANGER IN HIS FACE

"MURDOCK , YOU OK ? " HE ASKED

MURDOCK SWUNG ROUND AND GLARED AT HANNIBAL

"OK? OK? I'M ANGRY HANNIBAL ., WE WERE SITTING DUCKS AND WE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT !!!!!" HE SEETHED .

"I'VE GOT A FEELING IT SHOULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED THE WAY IT DID."

"WHAT DO YOU MEAN ?" MURDOCK ASKED

" WELL IT WAS MESSY , I THINK FACE SPOTTING THEM WASN'T PART OF THE PLAN , SOMEBODY PANICKED . "HE REPLIED , MURDOCK SHRUGGED AND THEN WINCED RUBBING HIS SHOULDER.

"MAKES SENSE COLONEL , NOT PRFOFESSIONAL HUH ?"

"EXACTLY ! WHOEVER THEY ARE THEY ARE GONNA PAY , FACE NEEDS TIME AND WE'RE GONNA GIVE IT TO HIM " MURDOCK NOTED THE LOOK IN HANNIBAL'S EYES HE KNEW THAT LOOK ., AND SMILED TO HIMSELF , "VENGEANCE , OHH WHAT A NICE PRETTY WORD " MURDOCK MUTTERD AND RESUMED WHAT HE WAS DOING.

FACE GOT TO HIS FEET AND GINGERLY PULLED HIS JEANS ON. EASING A T SHIRT OVER HIS HEAD . HE FELT DRAINED , BUT AT LEAST HE COULD WALK NOW , AS HE ENTERED THE KITCHENETTE HE NOTED THE TIME ON THE CLOCK 05.00 HRS . "JEEZE , "HE MUTTERED " AS HE POURED HIMSELF A DRINK EYEING THE PAINKILLERS ON THE SIDE ,HE REACHED FOR THEM GRUDGINGLY ,HE WAS JUST GLAD NO ONE ELSE WAS AWAKE YET . HE SLIPPED TWO INTO HIS HAND AND WASHED THEM DOWN WITH A GLASS OF WATER. HE WALKED SLOWLY OUT THE DOOR AND GLANCED AT THE VAN , THE OTHERS HAD BEEN BUSY , A FLASH OF MEMORY MADE HIM TURN AWAY AND WALK SLOWLY DOWN TOWARDS THE WATER , FINALLY SETTLING ON THE BARK BENCH NEAR THE WATER . HIS SIDE WAS EXTREMELY SORE, THE PAINKILLERS WOULD KICK IN SOON HE HOPED . HE LOOKED OUT AT THE EXPANSE OF WATER , HIS MIND GOING OVER AND OVER WHAT HAD HAPPENEED .

HANNIBAL WANDERED INTO FACES ROOM AND GROANED WHEN HE SAW THE EMPTY BED , HE SAW THE OPEN BOTTLE OF PAIN KILLERS AND THE OPEN DOOR . "FACE!" HE SHOUTED RUNNING OUT OF THE BUILDING .HE SAW PECK NR THE WATER AND SIGHED WITH RELIEF .AS HE RAN DOWN .

" YOU OK ?" HE ASKED AS HE REACHED FACE . FACE TURNED A LOOK OF HORROR IN HIS EYES.

"WHAT ? WHAT'S THE MATTER FACE ?" HANNIBAL ASKED SITTING NEXT TO HIM .

"DANTE ,.HE HE DID THIS HE'S A MANIAC HANNIBAL , I'VE JUST REMEMBERD HIS FACE AT THE WHEEL OF THE CAR. I CAN'T GO THROUGH IT AGAIN I THOUGHT HE WAS DEAD , LOST IN NAM . "

HANNIBAL COULD SEE THE TERROR IN PECK'S EYES , HE KNEW ONLY TOO WELL , THE HISTORY , FACE LEANT FORWARD HIS HEAD IN HIS HANDS .

"I I I CAN'T DO IT AGAIN !" HE HISSED

"ITS OK FACE , WE'RE ALL HERE!!"HANNIBAL TRIED TO REASSURE HIM.

"NOOOOOOO!!!, " FACE SHOUTED AS HE STOOD UP AND STORMED AWAY .

HANNIBAL WATCHED HIM WALK AWAY , FACE DIDN'T WANT COMPANY AS HE HEADED FOR THE GARAGE AND OPENED THE BACK , PICKING OUT HIS SMITH AND WESTERN , CHECKING IT WAS LOADED ,HE STORMED BACK INTO THE HOUSE AND SLAMMED THE DOOR TO HIS ROOM .

MURDOCK AND BA LOOKED AT HANNIBAL AS HE ENTERED THE KITCHENNETTE. "DANTE !" HANNIBAL SNAPPED "FACE JUST REMEMBERED SEEING HIM IN THE CAR ."

MURDOCK WHITENED , "HE CAN'T BE . HE'S DEAD "

"OBVIOUSLY NOT! " HANNIBAL SNARLED

" DO YOU WANT TO ME TO TRY TO TALK TO HIM ?" MURDOCK ASKED "YOU WERE THERE TOO, MAYBE HE'LL TALK TO YOU!" HANNIBAL REPLIED SOFTENING , REALISING MURDOCK WOULD BE SCARED TOO.

MURDOCK OPEND THE DOOR TO FACES ROOM .

" DON'T YOU BELIEVE IN FUCKING KNOCKING !!!" FACE SNAPPED AS HE SAT ON THE BED CLEANING HIS GUN

"FACE ITS ME , DON'T SNARL AT ME ." MURDOCK REPLIED SITTING ON THE WINDOW SILL. MURDOCK HADN'T SEEN FACE THIS ANGRY IN A LONG TIME ,

" HE DID IT ON PURPOSE . MESSY HIT , GOD ! JUST HIS STYLE ! BASTARD . CAUSE AS MUCH SUFFERING AS HE COULD ! " FACE RETORTED . NOT TAKING HIS EYES OFF HIS GUN.

" I WAS THERE TOO REMEMBER , DON'T HOG ALL THE ANGER !!" MURDOCK REPLIED .

FACE LOOKED UP , CONTEMPT , AND HATRED IN HIS EYES .

" I DON'T REMEMBER YOU BEING , BEING ..UGHHH!" HE TRAILED OFF . PLACING HIS GUN DOWN ,NOW BACK IN ONE PIECE . FISTS UNCLENCHING AND CLENCHING , AS HE STOOD UP .

" I KNOW WHAT HE DID , MADE YOU DO .." MURDOCK REPLIED

FACE PICKED UP A VASE AND THREW IT AT THE WALL. IN ANGER AND RAGE . HANNIBAL STOOD IN THE DOORWAY , "THAT'S ENOUGH LT"

FACE WIRLED ROUND , "I'M JUST GETTING STARTED !" HE SAID IN A SNARLY LOW VOICE , PICKING HIS GUN UP AND PUSHING PAST HANNIBAL , WINCING AS HE BARGED PAST . BA STOOD INFRONT OF THE DOOR WHICH LED OUT OF THE KITCHENETTE .HIS ARMS CROSSED .

"WHERE YOU GOING LT ? "BA ASKED . FACE GLARED AT HIM . HE WASN'T THERE , HOW THE HELL DID HE / COULD HE OR HANNIBAL UNDERSTAND.

"LET ME PAST CAPT" HE SEETHED .HE MADE A RUN TO THE DOOR TRYING TO PUSH PAST BA , COUNTING ON SURPRISE AS HIS ONLY LEAVER . BA KNOCKED THE GUN OUT OF FACE'S HANDS , AND PUSHED THE LT AWAY , KNOCKING THE LT ON HIS BUTT. JARRING PECKS SIDE AS HE HIT THE HARD FLOOR.

" NEVER WAS GOOD AT TAKING ORDERS LT " BA SPAT BACK

FACE WINDED , AND PAIN , OH GOD THE PAIN MADE THE WORLD SPIN. LOOKED UP AT BA , HURT , AND ANGER IN HIS EYES , AS HE STRUGGLED TO HIS FEET . THE WORLD WAS SPINNING , WENT TO PICK UP HIS GUN WHICH NOW LAY ON THE FLOOR , WINCING IN AGONY AS HE PICKED IT UP . HE PUT A HAND TO HIS SIDE AND COMPOSED HIMSELF .

" WILL YOU ALL JUST FUCK OFF AND LEAVE ME ALONE " HE GASPED ,SLIGHTLY BREATHLESS , FIGHTING THE URGE TO SCREAM AS THE PAIN WORSENED . HE HOBBLED THROUGH TO THE LOUNGE AND SAW MAGGIE'S CAR PULLING UP. THAT'S ALL HE NEEDED. HE SAW THE OPEN VERANDA DOOR TOOK HIS CHANCE . IN SECONDS HE WAS BEHIND MAGGIE'S CAR WHEEL , SNATCHING THE KEYS OFF HER . HE STARTED THE CAR AND DROVE OFF DOWN THE ROAD . BA AND HANNIBAL RAN OUT THE LOUNGE DOOR , ONLY TO SEE THE CAR VEER OF THE ROAD AND INTO A TREE.

" GO GET HIM !" MAGGIE SHOUTED

HANNIBAL REACHED THE CAR FIRST FACE WAS SLUMPED ACROSS THE TWO FRONT SEATS OUT COLD . BLOOD TRICKLING DOWN THE SIDE OF HIS FACE .

HANNIBAL GENTLY PULLED THE UNCONSCIOUS MAN'S LIMP BODY OUT OF THE CAR . MURDOCK REACHED THEM WITH B A CARRYING A MED KIT. HANNIBAL LAID PECK DOWN AND SIGHED HEAVILY , THE CUT ON HIS HEAD WAS SUPERFICIAL , LOOKED LIKE HE'D SIMPLY PAST OUT. " HE'S OK ." HE SAID "DAMN HOT HEADED FOOL . "

" TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE " MURDOCK REPLIED DEFENSIVELY . AS BA SCOOPED PECK UP AND CARRIED HIM BACK TO THE KABIN , LEAVING HANNIBAL TO AND MURDOCK TO SORT OUT THE CAR.

PART 5

FACE WOKE UP A FEW HOURS LATER , HE CRINGED AS HE REMEMBERED HIS ACTIONS . HANNIABAL WAS SAT IN THE SHADOWS WATCHING .

"FEEL BETTER LT , FOR SMASHING MAGGIE'S CAR UP , FOR ATTACKING YOUR FRIENDS ?" HE ASKED MATTER OF FACTLY .

FACE JUMPED HE HADN'T SEEN HANNIBAL THERE. HE LOOKED AT HANNIBAL ,LIKE A FRIGHTENED CHILD , SORROW IN HIS EYES . WHICH WAS ENOUGH TO MELT HANNIBAL'S ANGER AS HE WALKED FORWARD.

" I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M DOING ANYMORE ." HE SOBBED AS HANNIBAL PULLED HIM CLOSE "I'M SORRY IT WAS A REFLEX ACTION TO RUN . HE S NOT GONNA TO STOP HANNIBAL , TILL HE KNOWS WE'RE DEAD , ME AND MURDOCK , ARE THE ONLY ONES LEFT WHO WITNESSED WHAT HE DID , TRIED TO MAKE US DO , LEFT US TO DIE THEN , FOR THE VC TO FIND ."

HANNIBAL HELD THE SOBBING LT WHILST MURDOCK STOOD IN THE DOORWAY , HIMSELF BRISTLING , SHAKING WITH FEAR AS HE TOO REMEMBERED .

MAGGIE LOOKED SHOCKED ," HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE QUANQ LEE MASACCRE ! I REMEMBER THE REPORTS , WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND TWENTY MEN. "

HANNIBAL KNODDED, " FACE AND MURDOCK WERE TEMPORARILY ASSIGNED TO HIS UNIT .WHEN I WAS INJURED .THEY BOTH WITNESSED THE WHOLE THING , AND BECAUSE THEY WOULDN'T JOIN IN , ONE OF HIS MEN BEAT MURDOCK AND WELL.." HE TRAILED OFF . MAGGIE LOOKED AT FACE AND SLOWLY KNODDED,

"YOU DON'T HAVE TO SPELL IT OUT I'VE SEEN THE SCARS REMEMBER " FACE FLINCHED , HE WAS VERY UNCOMFORTABLE ., NOT ONLY WITH THE TOPIC OF CONVERSATION , HE MADE A MOVE TO GET UP WHEN MURDOCK APPEARED WITH A GLASS OF WATER AND PAINKILLERS INFRONT OF HIM .

" THANKS ." HE SAID QUIETLY

"IT'S OK FACE WE'RE GONN A GET HIM FOR WHAT HE DID THEN AND NOW, WE'LL DO IT TOGETHER AS A TEAM , WE'LL SHOW THAT ANIMAL HOW TO PARTY , IF YOU GET MY MEANING ." MURDOCK SAID

FACE SWALLOWED THE PILLS , AND LOOKED AT HANNIBAL ,

" SO WHATS THE PLAN , WE WAIT TO BE FOUND AGAIN OR GO FIND HIM ?" HE ASKED HANNIBAL SMILED " OH NO LT , IF YOU FEEL UP TO IT , A FEW DAYS , " HE GLANCED AT MAGGIE FOR APPROVAL , WHO RELUCTANTLY KNODDED. " WE'L L INITIATE OUR OWN LIL SURPRISE PARTY , THAT SON OF A BITCH WILL PAY !" HE FINISHED

FACE RECOGNISED HIS EXPRESSION THERE WAS A COLD GLINT IN THE COLONEL S EYE THAT WAS RARELY SEEN , FACE SMILED A MENACING UNATTRACTIVE SNEAR , AS HE AND HANNIBAL EXCHANGED MEANINGFUL LOOKS.

DANTE STOOD EYEING THE MAP " THEY'VE GOTTA BE HERE SOMWHERE , I SWEAR PECK WOULD'VE HAVE BEEN HURT, THEY COULDN'T GO FAR WITH AN INJURED MAN " HE LOOKED ANGRILY AT HIS MEN , "C'MON ARE THERE ANY KABIN'S WE'VE MISSED !" HE HISSED .

"THERE ARE FEW IN THE MOUNTAINS BUT THAT'S A LONG SHOT SIR" PEARS REPLIED . DANTE SMILED ,AN EVIL SMILE , "EXACTLY ! THAT'S WHERE , THEY'LL BE ." HE SMILED TO HIMSELF AS HE SCREWED UP THE MAP . A GLEEFULL SPARKLE IN HIS EYES . HE WAS GOING TO ENJOY ANNHIALATING THE ENEMY AGAIN, IT WAS GOING TO BE FUN SEEING THE LOOK IN THEIR EYES , ESPECIALLY PECK , IF HE WAS STILL ALIVE , OH HE HOPED HE WAS, SO HE COULD HAVE THE PLEASURE AGAIN OF , WELL SATISFYING HIS MOST PRIMAL URGES .

AS THEY MOVED OUT HIS SMILE TURNED INTO A BROAD MENACEING GLEEFULL GLARE DOWN THE ROAD AHEAD OF THEM.

PART 6

WITH MAGGIE SAFELY ESCONNSED IN A SAFE HOUSE , HANNIBAL AND THE OTHERS PREPARED THEMSELVES . THEY GATHERED ALL IN COMBATS , THEIR FACES MUDDIED FOR CAMOUFLAGE , OUTSIDE THE KABIN.

IN A CIRCLE THEY PUT THEIR HANDS ON TOP OF EACH OTHERS LIKE IN A HUDDLE IN A FOOTBALL GAME .

" LETS GO PARTY WITH THOSE ANIMALS MEN !!! ONE LAST TIME !! WO HAH!" HANNIBAL SHOUTED AS THEY BROKE APART.

DANTE SCOWERED THE AREA , THIS WAS THE LAST KABIN , FRESH TRACKS. SOMEONE HAD BEEN HERE RECENTLY. ONE OF HIS MEN CAME OUT THE KABIN , AND APPROACHED HIM . "THIS IS THE ONE , AND YEAH ONES HURT , BANADAGES IN BIN SIR." HE FINISHED . DANTE AND SMILED ARMING HIS GUN , "THEY MUSTA GONE TO GROUND , MAKES IT MORE FUN DON'T YOU THINK ! C'MON LETS GO HUNTING ! " HE YELLED.

AS THEY DISPERSED WITH MILTARY PRECISION INTO THE SURROUNDING FORESTED AREA , NONE REALISED THEY WERE BEING WATCHED FROM ABOVE .

IN THE TREE NEAREST THE CLEARING FACE WAS CROUCHED , HIS SIDE WAS COMPLAINING VIGOUROUSLY BUT MAGGIE HAD BOUND IT WELL AND GIVEN HIM A SPECIALLY MEASURED EXTRA DOSE OF MORPHINE , WHICH IT HAD TO BE SAID WAS DOING THE TRICK VERY NICELY THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WELL SORT OF. DISCOMFORT WAS STILL THERE BUT , FACE WAS WIRED . HIS EYES WIDE ,HIS PUPILS WERE LIKE PIN POINTS. HIGH ? OH YEAH! HE HEARD THE VARIOUS BOOBY TRAPS BEING SPRUNG AND SMILED INANELY , COUNTING SLOWLY TO HIMSELF. SIX HAD GONE AS A FIGURE WALKED BELOW HIM , THE HAIR'S ON THE BACK OF HIS NECK STOOD ON END , AS HE RECOGNISED DANTE , HE SWOOOPED. CAUGHT OF GUARD DANTE DROPPED HIS WEAPON AS PECK LANDED . BOTH MEN ROLLED ON THE FLOOR EXCHANGING BLOWS.

HANNIBAL TIED UP AND GAGGED THE MAN HE'D OVERCOME , AND THREW HIM DOWN NEXT TO MURDOCK'S QUARRY . HE HEARD THE SCUFFLE A FEW YARDS AWAY AND SAW THE MEN GRAPPPLING ON THE FLOOR . BA CAME UP WITH ANOTHER BOUND BODY DUMPING IT NEXT TO THE OTHERS .

DANTE THREW PECK TO ONESIDE WITH ONE ALMIGHTY EFFORT. FACE LANDED ON HIS SIDE AND WINCED , LOOKING UP HE SAW DANTE GLOWERING AT HIM ON HIS HANDS AND KNEES. " WELL HELLO LT , DOSE IT HURT , I DO HOPE SO , YOU CHICKEN LIVERED RUNT !" DANTE SNAPPED . " FUCK OFF , YOU SHIT FOR BRAINS !" FACE SNARLED GETTING TO HIS FEET AS DID DANTE . THEY CIRCLED EACH OTHER WARILY , DANTE NOTED PECK WAS ACTING WIRED , AND SNIGGERD. "JUST LIKE OLD TIMES , HEY ? BEEN SAMPLING THE PRODUCT THIS TIME THOUGH HAVE WE ?" HE BAITED . FACE LUNGED AT HIM THEY HIT THE GROUND AGAIN,HARD, AS DANTE PULLED A KNIFE AND SUNK IT IN PECK'S SIDE . PECK DIDN'T EVEN FLINCH AS HE PUNCHED DANTE IN A WILD FRENZY. IT WAS HARD FOR BA TO PULL HIM OFF THE NOW VERY BLOODIED DANTE . THE KNIFE WAS STILL IN HIS SIDE , AND MURDOCK LOOKED ON SHOCKED THAT FACE SEEMED OBLIVIOUS TO IT. HANNIBAL KNELT DOWN NEXT TO DANTE " WELCOME TO THE PARTY ? " HE GLOWERED " YOUR MEN ARE BOUND AND GAGGED , NOW THAT JUST LEAVES YOU , WANNNA PLAY WITH SOMEONE YOUR OWN SIZE.?" DANTE LOOKED AT HIM QUIZICKALLY AS HE GOT TO HIS FEET , AS HANNIBAL BACKED AWAY , GUN IN HAND .

"THIS YOUR LATEST SQUEEZE LT , BIT OLD DON'T YOU SAY ?" DANTE REPLIED . WITH INCREDIBLE STRENGH FACE WRESTLED FREE AND LUNGED PASS HANNIBAL TACKLING DANTE TO THE GROUND AGAIN, DANTE SNIGGERED GLEEFULLY,"GUESS IT DIDN'T HURT GOING IN LETS SEE IF IT DOES COMING OUT ?"HE LAUGHED , AS PULLED THE KNIFE OUT OF FACES SIDE . HANNIBAL LUNGED FORWARD AND PULLED FACE AWAY , KICKING THE KNIFE OUT OF DANTE'S HAND.

MURDOCK WALKED FORWARD , "REMEMBER ME , YOU BASTARD " HE SAID

DANTE SMIRKED " WOULDN'T BE COMPLETE WITHOU YOU . HM. " HE CHIDED .

HANNIBAL GLOWERED AT DANTE , " THIS STOPS NOW !"

DANTE LAUGHED PULLING A SMALL PISTOL FROM HIS BOOT " WANNA BET ?" HE REPLIED , PULLING THE TRIGGER , BUT BEFORE HE COULD GET A SHOT OFFF, ANOTHER SHOT RANG OUT , IT SPUN HIM ROOUND AS HE LOOKED AT THE EXPANDING CRIMSON STAIN ON HI S SHIRT., IN DISBELIEF. HE DROPPED TO HIS KNEES, AS HE SAW A WOMEN WALK OUT THE TREES CARRYING A SMOKING GUN. HE SLUMPED FORWARD HIS HEART HAD STOPPED BEATING BY THE TIME HE'D HIT THE GROUND.

" DON'T YOU JUST LOVE A GATE CRASHER !" MURDOCK SAID DEADPANNLY.

MAGGIE LOOKED AT THE FALLEN FIGURE ON THE FLOOR AND GASPED , "DIDN'T MEAN TO KILL HIM!" SHE HANDED THE GUN TO HANNIBAL..

"IT'S OK , MAGGIE , HE'S BEEN DEAD INSIDE , FOR A VERY LONG TIME , JUST DIDN'T KNOW IT."HANNIBAL REPLIED ,

MAGGIE SHOOK HER HEAD " NO , I DON'T TAKE LIVES , I SAVE THEM, WELL I'M SUPPOSED TOO!" SHE TRAILED OF. HANNIBAL HELD HER , HE KNEW HER PAIN ONLY TO WELL. FACE STRUGGLED TO HIS FEET HIS FEET A FEW YARD S BEHIND THEM . HIS HEAD WAS SWIMMING, THE MORPHINE WAS WEARING OFF, GOD DID IT MAKE HIM FEEL SICK, SUDDENLY THE REALISATION OF PAIN ,

MURDOCK CAUGHT HIM AS HE FELL FORWARD , " IT'S OVER MAN !" HE SAID GENTLY .

FACE FELL BACK IN MURDOCK'S ARMS , NOW ON THE GROUND .

"I DON'T FEEL SO GOOD MURDOCK, ." HE TRAILED OFF AS HE PAST OUT .

"MAGGIE!!!!!" MURDOCK SHOUTED CRADLING HIS UNCONSCIOUS FRIEND IN HIS ARMS . MAGGIE RAN OVER AND KNELT DOWN BY FACE WHILE HANNIBAL AND BA DEALT WITH DANTE'S BODY .

"HE'S IN SHOCK AND MY PADDING MANAGED TO ABSORB A LOT WHEN HE WAS STABBED BUT HE'S BLEEDING AGAIN , GOTTA GET HIM BACK TO THE KABIN." MAGGIE SAID

PART 7

THE MILTARY POLICE PICKED UP DANTE'S GOONS A FEW HRS LATER , AFTER MYSTERIOUS TIP OFF . DANTE'S BODY DISSAPPEARED FROM THE GRAVE DUG BY HANNIBAL AND BA.

MURDOCK HOVERED OVER THE SLEEPING FACE'S BED , HE'D HAD TO HAVE ANOTHER BLOOD TRANSFUSION AND ANOTHER OPERATION TO MEND THE DAMAGE DONE BY DANTE'S KNIFE . HE WAS ASLEEP NOW , BLISSFULLY UNAWARE OF HIS BEST FRIENDS CONCERN. HANNIBAL WALKED IN AND HANDED MURDOCK A COFFEE.

"HE'S GONNA BE FINE , SLEEP'S THE BEST MEDICINE . " HE SAID

MURDOCK KNODDED HOLDING HIS FRIEND'S HAND.

"PARTY OVER?" HE ASKED

"PARTY OVER . " HANNIBAL REPLIED SITTING DOWN OPPOSITE MURDOCK .

THE END ?

 


Party with the Animals by MAGIKSPIDES