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Summary. BA is acting rather strangely, like really, really… nice.
Disclaimer: I don’t own the A-Team, I'm not making any money from this.
Oh man, thought Face, as he checked his watch, it’s been 20 minutes since BA arrived and I said I’d be out in five. He’s gonna rip me a new one. I’ll have learn to be quicker getting ready, the guys say I’m worse than a woman.
He hurried out of the condo building and got into the waiting van.
“Sorry, BA,” he said, in a conciliatory tone, gave BA a sheepish smile.
“No problem, Face.” BA said. “I was just enjoying the view. It’s real pretty here.” Slightly startled at not being growled at Face looked at the sea view through the windscreen, the sun was coming up and the sky and water were glowing pink
“Oh? I… yes I suppose it is.” B.A. started the van and drove off. For a few moments they drove in silence, the radio playing quietly.
“You had any breakfast, Face?”
“Huh? Oh, no, just coffee.”
“I thought not. No wonder you so skinny. I brought some doughnuts, they’re on the seat back there.”
“I only eat Krispy Kremes,” Face said, and found that’s what was on the seat.
“Got ‘em for you special, I know they the only sort you like.”
Face looked at BA slightly oddly. Well the big guy was certainly in a good mood today, it was rather unnerving.
“Thanks, BA, that’s great.”
man.” They drove on towards the
“You get a haircut, Face?”
“Huh?” Face felt like he was saying that a lot today, BA never normally noticed stuff like that. “Yeah, yesterday.”
“Course you always look good.” O…kay, thought Face, this is… odd.
“Are you feeling alright, BA?” He asked, hesitantly.
“Sure. Never better.”
“You just seem very…” what could he say? You seem to be acting really nice and I find that very out of character for you. The niceness would come to a pretty abrupt halt then for sure. “…relaxed. You seem very relaxed today.”
“Yeah, I feel pretty relaxed. I think it’s 'cause I’m sleeping so good.”
“Yeah, the ocean sound, and the rain, and the one with the cicadas, they make me fall asleep great.”
“Especially the rain, I’ll bet. Remind you of home?”
BA laughed and Face was a little startled again, he didn’t often make BA laugh.
“Right, man, like I’m a little boy again.”
Scooter Baracus.” Face
said grinning, then wished he hadn’t said it. Last time Murdock called BA “Scooter” it had
taken both Face and
“Man, I wish my Mama had never told you guys that she called me Scooter.” He shook his head wryly. Face laughed with him, partly out of relief.
They drove on and
met Hannibal and Murdock. Face had
sprung Murdock from the VA yesterday and he had stayed at
"Hey, BA," Murdock said as he climbed aboard. "You look 'specially mean I must say. We gonna kick some bad guy ass today, big guy?"
"Yeah." BA answered. "Those creeps need to learn they can't go forcing folk out of their businesses."
those folks are our clients, anyway."
hell just happened?"
"What happened?" Face said, "We just got our butts handed to us, that's what happened!"
Murdock was driving; he glanced back over his shoulder. Face was nursing a bloody nose; BA was flat on his back, the colonel checking him over.
"We were outnumbered." Murdock said. "I mean like two to one." He sounded upset. "It wasn't anybody's fault."
Face frowned at
him. "No one said it was anyone's
fault, Murdock," he said. Murdock
still looked unhappy. Worried about BA,
Face supposed. He turned to see
"You are calm and relaxed… you are gentle and kind… you never want to hurt anyone… you will be nice to all your friends… you will think of nice things to do for them whenever you can… you will never call me 'fool' again…"
"Whrrzztt." Face muttered, waking up. "Murdock?" He looked around. Murdock wasn't there, but his voice still sounded in Face's head. He realised he was still wearing the Walkman headphones and that was where Murdock's voice was coming from. He stared down at the player. It was still running BA's relaxation tape, but Murdock's voice had replaced the sound of the ocean. "You love your fellow man… you are never aggressive… you like to do nice things for your friends…"
Sabotage! No wonder BA hadn't been in the frame of mind for pounding bad guys if he'd had Murdock soothingly whispering "you never want to hurt anyone" into his relaxed and receptive sleeping brain for the last few nights. Good grief, Face thought, he's practically been hypnotised.
He sat up for a few minutes thinking. Then he grinned and went into the bathroom. He emerged about twenty minutes later, keeping very quiet. He moved silently to BA's side and very, very carefully placed the headphones on him, then pressed the play button on the Walkman. He moved away. BA stirred a little but didn't wake up. In the darkness Face could just see his expression change to a frown. Face could hear a slight whisper from the headphones, not loud enough to make out any words, but he smiled anyway, he knew exactly what BA was hearing.
"You are short tempered and mean… you like to kick ass… people from Texas really annoy you… people who wear baseball caps really annoy you… people who wear brown leather jackets really annoy you… grown men who watch cartoons early in the morning really annoy you… you like to kick the butts of people who annoy you…"
Face lay back, grinning. It meant no more Krispy Kremes and compliments about his haircut, but revenge was so much sweeter than any of that.
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