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Mad Dogs And Englishmen
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"We're really going by boat this time?"
"I told you, BA.† Look, boat tickets."
glanced across at the tickets
BA said smiling.† "It sounds
great."† Then slightly suspiciously
he said.† "And the boat takes us
no, we get off at
how do we get to
"On a train, BA.†
Don't worry, we won't be doing any flying, I promise you.†
BA smiled.† He was in a good mood now, looking forward to the trip.† "I guess we're lucky to have the old Faceman.† He's real good at what he does."
"Yeah, well," BA looked slightly embarrassed, then said gruffly.† "His head's swelled enough already, any bigger and he wonít fit in the van."
"Thanks for the help," Face said.† Murdock seemed to be too excited to join in the sarcasm.† As the van pulled away from the kerb he bounced in his seat.
Murdock sobered a little.† "Yes, I know."† He gave a slightly wistful smile.† "It will be nice to see Jenny again.† She was a really sweet girl."
"She's not a girl any more, Murdock," Face reminded him.† "And she's married."
"I know."† Murdock said,† "Was just saying it'll be nice to see her again, that's all."† He went quiet and started twirling his sun hat on his finger.† They drove in silence towards the port for a few minutes, and then Murdock suddenly piped up again.
we'll be on the boat in an hour.† Then
it's 'all you can eat' buffets all the way to
"Okay, okay.† BA, pull in."† BA growled about it but pulled into the Drive-Thru.† At Murdock's prompting he ordered four burgers and fries and four sodas then moved on to the window, collected their food and drove into the parking lot.† He handed out the food and drinks.† For a moment he looked suspiciously at his soda, but then almost laughed at his own paranoia.† The Bellybusters guy had just handed it to him.† None of the team had touched it.† He drank the ice-cold soda.
Thirty seconds later BA fell asleep.
wish he'd at least eaten his burger first."† Face said as the rest of the team dumped
their sodas.† "Now when he wakes up
he'll not only be on a plane he'll be hungry too."†
"How much did you slip that guy at Bellybusters?"† Murdock asked as they left the parking lot and turned back the way they had come, away from the docks and towards the airport.
"A hundred."† Face said.† He'd been a little worried about how easily the server had been persuaded when he'd dropped in there earlier that morning.
"A hundred bucks to slip some unknown substance into someone's drink."† Murdock shuddered.† "Remind me never to eat there again."
"Are these real QE2 tickets, Face?"
"No, but they're beautiful forgeries arenít they?† I think we could actually get aboard with them.† Of course we'd find some genuine fare-paying passengers in 'our' cabins."
you make them yourself?"†
"Wish I could take credit, but no.† I got them from Ash Wednesday.† Best forger in the valley."
"It's not his real name.† Well Ash is.† Well his passport says AshÖ" he paused, looking thoughtful.† "Anyway, thatís what he calls himself, Frank Ash.† But whatever you want from him he'll always have it for you 'by Wednesday'.† I think that's the only day he comes out of his workshop."
"How much did they cost?"
"Nothing, money wise anyway.† All they cost me is a date."
"With Ash Wednesday?"†
"Not with him," Face snorted, "with his daughter.† When we get back."
"Pretty is she?"† Murdock asked.
"Well if her dad has to set her up on dates, I'm guessing not."† Face said.
never know, Face,"
"Nah," Murdock said.† "I'm betting she's a heifer."
"Shut up and drive, Murdock."† Face said, scowling.
plane's kinda small isnít it?"†
"Do you know what I went through to get this plane?"
he was about to be told in great detail
they took off again, fully refuelled, and headed out over the
"Hey, Murdock.† Figured you needed refuelling too."
He engaged the autopilot while they ate the food.† Through the curtain that separated them from
the cabin they could hear
"Right, BA, I'm going to free one of your hands, so you can eat this sandwich.† Now if you try and grab me, or hit me, then you go hungry, okay?"
Face and Murdock looked at each other.† There were scuffling and crashing sounds from the cabin.
"Think he needs any help?"† Face asked.
"Like a whip and a chair?"† Murdock suggested.† "Tranquilliser gun?"† He added as another crash sounded.
alright back there,
just fine, thanks."†
"Back in a second."† Murdock waited.† There was a howl of outrage from BA and then silence.† Face came back into the cockpit and sat down.† "You gonna eat that?"† He asked, nodding at Murdock's cake.
Murdock smiled.† "Take it."
"Murdock!† Wake up!"† Murdock jerked awake.
"Huh, what?† Is something wrong?"
Face looked slightly embarrassed.† "Er, no, sorry.† It just makes me nervous when the only pilot aboard is asleep at the controls."
"It's on autopilot, Face." Murdock yawned and stretched, checked his watch.† "These babies can find their way home better than most human pilots."
"Oh, good."† Face looked out into the darkness.† "You want some coffee?"
Murdock sighed.† "If it'll make you happier.† Just don't blame me if I have to sleep for three days when we get there."
Face went back into the cabin to get the coffee.† Hannibal and BA were both asleep.† He quietly went back to the cockpit.
"You know if you or Hannibal would take flying lessons then I wouldn't be the only pilot."† Murdock said, taking the coffee.
"Yeah, then we wouldn't have to keep breaking you out of the VA to take on missions with us," Face answered, "which frankly would be kind of a relief, I donít know how many more of those breakout scams I can think of."† His eyes twinkled.
"Ah, yeah.† Well, learning to fly is really hard."† Murdock said, hastily.† "I doubt if either you or Hannibal could manage it."
They drank their coffee.
Face said eventually.† "You looking forward to seeing Jenny then?"† He thought about the British Red Cross nurse
they'd met in
"Sure," Murdock said, "She was great fun."
"You were pretty sweet on her, weren't you?"
"Was not."† Murdock said, a little defensively.
"Were too," Face retorted.† "You stopped asking me to get you comic books for a whole month and asked me to get you books of English poetry instead."
"A man needs to expand his cultural horizons sometimes," Murdock said loftily.† "There are times even The Dark Knight cannot touch one's soul."
Face rolled his eyes.† "I donít think it's your soul you were hoping to have touched."† He said.
"Sir," Murdock said, in an English accent and an affronted tone.† "A gentleman does not discuss such things.† We were merely friends, nothing more."
dropped that subject for now.†
"You've been to
vacation when I was in college."†
Murdock's voice was American again.†
"I was going to go hitch-hiking around
"Well, there was this girl." Murdock admitted.
Murdock are we going to find the streets of
"Jenny wasn't my girlfriend," Murdock pointed out.
"Ah, of course."† Face said.† "My mistake.† So when she wrote to you for advice and you decided that instead of advice the whole team should cross half the globe to help her out for free, that's just because you were friends, right?"
"Not because you were sweet on her at all."
"Glad that's clear then."† Face said.
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