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Paper Angels 2

Paper Angels 2
by Monte

Rated: G
Copyright: December 19, 2003
Summary: Sequel to the ficlet Paper Angels. This is more from the other guys point of view.
Disclaimer: I do not own any of the characters from the A-Team. I make no money from writing fan fiction. I do is simply for the pleasure it brings me and the members of the VA.
Warnings: None
Comments: Always welcome. J
Thanks: To Val for tempting the plot bunny with baby carrots and for all the readers who so kindly commented on the original.


"Where's he at? That fool is late." BA grumbled as he eyed the clock on the wall.

"Be patient, BA. I'm sure Murdock will have a perfectly good reason for not being here on time. You know how busy the stores get this close to Christmas." Face glanced at his watch. Murdock should have arrived nearly 45 minutes ago.

"Fool prob'ly got lost cause he was day dreamin' again."

Hannibal smiled at his lieutenant. "Wouldn't be the first time. Wonder how he's gonna explain himself this time?"

BA grabbed the remote and turned on a football game. Hannibal returned to reading the newspaper and Face continued to wander around the apartment. The hands on the clock seemed to stand still as they waited.

After another half hour or so of watching the clock and wondering, the men all turned toward the door at the sound of a cheerful voice singing.

"An airplane for Jimmy,

And a dolly for Sue,

I bought some presents

To give just to you."

Murdock strolled into the room and grinned at his friends. "Hey guys, sorry I'm late."

"Interesting song, Murdock. I don't believe I've ever heard it before," Hannibal said with a raised eyebrow.

"Would be mighty surprising if you had cause I just made it up."

"Where you been, Fool?" demanded BA.

Murdock's eyes sparkled, "I had some last minute shopping to do, big guy. Did you miss me?" A grunt was the only reply he got.

Face stared at his friend who was leaning against the door, hands in his pockets. "Christmas shopping usually implies coming home with what you bought. And besides, I thought you had already finished your Christmas shopping."

Murdock chuckled. "Well, I had finished. But as I was getting ready to leave the mall, I saw one of those Angel Trees. You know, the charity that gives needy kids presents at Christmas."

"So you bought a kid a toy?"

Murdock's grin grew wider. "More like 14 kids. I cleaned off the tree of all the kids' names."

Hannibal rose and walked over to the pilot. "That was a very generous thing to do, Captain."

"You bought toys for 14 kids? No wonder it took ya so long ta get back," BA said as he grinned.

"Yep, toys, clothes, games, books, whatever they had asked for." His eyes dulled and his voice grew more serious. "It may be the only thing those kids get for Christmas."

Face placed his hand on Murdock's shoulder. "You did the right thing. I remember waking up on Christmas when I was a kid and not getting any presents. It's hard when you thing Santa's forgotten about you."

Murdock's smile was bittersweet as he spoke softly, "At least for this year, a few of them will know someone cares and hasn't forgotten them. Kids need a reason to hope and believe. I just wish there was something more I could do to help them."

"I know, but this is a start. Maybe we should make this a yearly tradition. Think maybe you'd be willing to share a few of those paper angels with the rest of us?"

Murdock stared into his friend's shining blue eyes, "You mean it, Face? All of us, every year?"

"I'm up for it." He turned to the others, "What about you guys?"

"Better believe it, Faceman."

"It's a great idea, kid."

Face turned back to Murdock. "So what do you say?"

Murdock nodded. "Let's do it."

Hannibal grinned, "I love it when a Christmas tradition comes together."


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