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Disclaimer: I don't own the A-Team. I'm just borrowing them.
Summery: This used to be chapter one of "Jesse's Last
Mission", but after reading it over again, I realize it really didn't fit.
So, I took the chapter out. It is now a short story. Hannibal and the team are
on a mission in
"I'm working on it,"
BA finally got sick of watching him fight with the rope. He
"Murdock, work your way that way, heading upriver. BA,
you work your way around the other way, heading downriver toward them. I'll
move in from the middle,"
In the meantime, Face was doing everything he could talk the
men out of this. "Look, take big mouth back there. He is the one that
insulted you! I think you are great guys!" He wanted to shoot
The men ignored Face. They dragged him to the river, tied one end of a long rope to his wrists and threw the other end over a large limb. Slowly they hoisted Face into the air. He soon found himself hanging over the river with several hungry alligators swimming below him. Several snapped at him, but he managed to keep his feet just out reach - at least for the moment.
The man holding the rope teased the creatures by lowering and raising Face with an evil gleam in his eyes.
"Look, guys. Can't we talk about this?" Face
begged. The man holding the rope laughed and with one quick movement, Face
found himself hanging just inches above the water. Face pulled his legs close
to his chest as he could, yelling, "
Hannibal and the team were nearby.
"Drop him! Drop him, now!"
Face's heart fell as he started to fall himself. He locked eyes on the largest creature in the water and knew he was about to become its lunch. But just before the creature could take a bite out of him, Face felt himself being yanked hard out of harm's reach. Face felt his right arm jerk out of its socket. The moment his arm went out of the socket. Face let out a bloodcurdling scream. He looked over toward the river bank, tears of pain in his eyes, to see BA standing there. He was holding the rope with one hand and a goon in a choke hold with his other. Face tried to smile but was in too much pain to even manage a half smile.
Murdock and Hannibal finished taking out the other men. They
helped Face to the ground as Murdock untied his friend's hands.
Face looked up at him with disgust and anger in his eyes. If
he could, he would have fed
"He's ok," BA said. Murdock wasn't so sure. It was something about how Face was moving that told Murdock that the guy was hurt.
The client was safe and sound back at home.
"Easy, Face. It's just a song," Amy said, looking up and wondering what was bothering him.
"It's the theme song of Wally Gater!" Face snapped, and he laid back down. Covering himself with his coat, he ignored the looks he was getting from the others.
"How is the arm?"
"It's fine," Face snapped.
"Sure," BA said, making a mental note of which turnoff to take.
"I don't need to see Maggie," Face said, raising
his head to glare at
"Face, I didn't plan...,"
"You don't plan any of it. I some times think you just do things on a whim!" Face yelled and he rolled over and closed his eyes. He tried very hard to block everyone else out.
They stopped for dinner and everyone went in but Face.
"You're missing something great," he said, climbing into the back of the van and turning the seat around to face the younger man. "The lady in there is hitting on Murdock."
"Who cares," Face said, not bothering to look up.
Face shook his head slowly. He had cooled off a while back
and now he was just in pain. He looked at
"I know," Face said, through clenched teeth. "It popped when BA pulled me out of there."
"Why didn't you say something before this?"
"I was a pissed off at the time. I didn't realize how
bad it was until I cooled off," Face said. He closed his eyes as
"I don't want put it back if I don't have to,"
"Yeah, but tell BA watch those bumps. The shocks in back are shot!" Face said, trying to make a joke of things, but nothing seemed funny to him at the moment. He was in pain and even sitting there hurt. It took pure will power for Face not to roll over and start to cry.
"You sit up front; it will be easier on you,"
BA noticed Face in front and looked at
"His shoulder is pulled dislocated. I don't know if it's
broken or not; I can't tell,"
"We can travel all night. I'll get us to Maggie's by sunup," BA said, going around to the driver's side.
"Yeah, who needs hotels?" Murdock said, climbing
in the back of the van, taking Face's place.
At Maggie's, Face sat on the table with
"Easy for you to say," Face said, gritting his teeth as he gripped the edge of the table with his good hand.
Maggie glanced at BA and Hannibal and asked, "You ready?"
"Just do it!" Face yelled in frustration as
Maggie responded by pulling hard on Face's arm, popping the shoulder back into place. He would jumped completely to the ceiling if Hannibal and BA hadn't been pushing with all their weight to keep him down.
"I'm done." Maggie said.
"Good," Face said in a tight voice, trying hard not to pass out. Despite the medication, it took a few minutes for the pain to die down enough so he could manage to thank her.
"You're welcome," she said, shaking her head. These four men had given her more business in the short time she had known them, than in the four years she had lived here. After restraining Face's arm and making sure he wasn't going to be able to move it around much, she stepped back and warned, "Ok, now don't push it for few days. You could really make it worse if you overdo it."
"Don't worry, Doc. We will take care of him," Murdock said, standing off to the side, smiling.
"I can look after myself, thank you very much," Face said, knowing full well he was better off alone. The last time he was hurt, the three of the three of them had hovered like mother hens. He was so sick of them by the time he was better, he'd shoved them out of his home just to get rid of them.
Murdock stood there, looking hurt and dejected, as Face stood up and tried to slip his shirt back on. Hannibal and BA smiled knowingly, watching him. Face finally groaned and said, "Alright, help!"
"Thank you," Face muttered, and he walked out.
Maggie just shook her head and handed
"I will and thanks,"
She grabbed his arm and said, "John, next time I see you, it had better not be to tend to one of you."
Face was in the van opening and closing his fist.
"Don't move it too much,"
"It was numb, now it's starting to wake up," Face admitted.
"Well, just let it go,"
"Yes, sir," Face said sarcastically.
"I mean it, Face. You need an x-ray. I don't want to
use that arm until we get it done,"
"Fine, you win but do me a favor," Face said
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