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Type: Response to Jenny's Vacation Challenge
Summary: The guys head north to visit a former client
Warnings: None, it's pure fluff
Disclaimer: I don't own the characters of TAT. I made no money from this work of fan fiction.
Note: Lauri and Leah are based on
me and my older sister, I got her permission to use
her name before I wrote this. Most of the details about
Thanks: This one's for sissy, without her I'd never have
gotten to see
The March morning air was crisp and cold as the men stepped
off the plane onto the snow covered tarmac. They hardly noticed the temperature,
however because it took all three of them to carry their unconscious companion.
Fortunately for them, the airport's main building wasn't far. They deposited
the large man onto a chair against the wall and split up. Face and Murdock went
to gather their luggage while
Two phones hung on the wall in front of him. He pulled a piece of paper out of his coat pocket and read the information. Picking up the receiver for the corresponding cab company, he asked for Leah Thompson.
Fifteen minutes later, a young woman entered the room. The
hiking boots, blue jeans, Carhartt jacket and black
baseball cap she wore were clues that she wasn't a mere visitor to the northern
land. Visitors tended to wear half a dozen layers of clothing even in the
spring months. She waved at the airline employee behind the counter as she
walked over to where
"It's nice to see you again, kid. Looks like
He shook his head and motioned over at BA. "Slept like a baby the whole way."
Leah walked over and leaned against the wall beside BA's chair. "Woke up every few hours crying, did he?"
BA began to stir in his chair. He opened his eyes, looking
around in suspicion. "
BA glanced up at her and smiled, "How ya doin', little mama?"
"Never been better, my friend." She pushed away from the wall and checked her watch. "I've got half an hour left on my shift so I'll take you guys into town so you can drop off your stuff, then maybe we can grab a bite to eat."
The men followed Leah outside to where an orange minivan sat idling. "Your cab company uses minivans?" Murdock asked.
"Yep. They all do up here. The more people you can pick up the better the fares."
Hannibal and BA loaded the luggage into the back of the van
as Face and Murdock got into the back seat. BA took the middle seat and
Leah had to laugh. "Cold? This isn't cold. We're in the middle of a heat wave. It got all the way up to 17 yesterday. My neighbor's kids were running around in tee shirts yesterday trying to squirt each other with their water guns." She glanced in the rear view mirror at Face's expression of incredulity. "Granted, for the last three weeks it's been -29 on average so that's part of it."
The radio squawked as the dispatcher called for Leah. She picked up the mike and answered. "Hey, Leah. I've got a pickup down at the BOT. Got room for one more in there?"
"Sure thing, Gerry. I'll get
right over there." She turned onto
"Isn't it illegal to double park?"
"Technically but I'll only be a minute. Besides, we all do it." She hopped out of the van and walked into the old building. A few minutes later, she re-emerged with an old native woman. She slid the door open for her then walked around to the driver's side again. As she started to get in, the chief of police came out of the building and waved. She smiled and waved back. When she was in the cab, she said, "See guys, nothing to worry about. Bret wouldn't give me a ticket for double parking. At least not when he's got his Police Bronco parked in front of the fire hydrant." The guys all turned around and noticed Leah was right.
Leah glanced back at the woman and asked, "So how was bingo last night, Mary?"
The old woman smiled brightly, showing off her missing teeth. "Pretty good, Fred won't have anything to complain about when he gets home."
"He's down in Shaktoolik, isn't he? Or did he go out?"
"Shaktoolik. He went down to see his niece. She just had a baby a couple weeks ago."
Leah nodded. She slowed the van and pulled over to the side of the road. Mary handed her some cash, grinning as she said, "Keep the extra."
"Quyana Chucknuk. I'm calling bingo next Thursday at BOT, maybe I'll see you there."
Mary waved as they pulled away.
"What language was that?"
"Yupik. It's one of the native languages. I said thank you very much."
Murdock piped up from the back seat. "My turn. What did you mean by Fred being out? Out where?"
She chuckled, "It's what we say when someone's gone
down to the lower 48. When you're not in
They rode in silence until they reached the house where Leah lived with her sister. The four men stared at the house with an array of emotions. Face was the first one to comment. "It's... yellow."
BA shot Face a look that seemed to say, "No kidding."
Leah sighed, "Yeah, it's very yellow. Canary yellow according to the paint can. I didn't do it though. The inside is better. Plain old boring white. Nothing to worry about there."
They brought the bags into the house and Leah gave them a mini tour. "There's a bathroom upstairs and a couple of bedrooms. Down here's the living room, kitchen, the other bathroom, and the other bedroom. I'll bunk with Lauri down here cause it's the smallest room. I'll leave it up to you to decide who gets the small room upstairs, who gets the couch and who shares the big room upstairs. We've got a cot for whoever is in the big room. Now, I've got to take the cab back. I'll only be about five minutes."
The guys wandered around the house, checking out the bedrooms while they waited. When they heard a rig stop in front of the house, they made their way back to the living room.
Leah stepped down out of the big black Suburban and walked
around to the rear of the vehicle. She opened up the back end and two dogs sprang
from the interior. They both jumped around excitedly as they followed her
inside. When she stopped, they both sat beside her. Motioning to the tan
colored one on her right, Leah said, "This fella
"Nice animals. Are they sled dogs?"
Leah smiled. "They seem to think so. They have the breeding but not the proper training. They love to run." Glancing at her watch, she asked, "You guys getting hungry? We can head out and grab a bite to eat if you want."
Murdock grinned. "Sounds like a good idea to me."
"You always hungry, Fool," BA griped.
Murdock simply shrugged.
Leah picked up the telephone and dialed a number. "Hey, sis, you up for some lunch? I was thinking maybe Fat Freddie's. Yeah? Alright. See you in a bit."
They all piled into the Suburban and headed back down to
Leah stood up and introduced the men to her older sister,
pointing to each of them in turn. "
After Lauri took her seat between
Leah nodded, "Rich has a great team. As long as he doesn't have sled trouble, he should do just fine. It may be his first time in the race but he's local. I think that might work in his favor."
"No way, you're losing this bet."
"We'll see soon enough."
Lauri shook her head at her friend. "You can't stand the thought of losing a bet to a couple of girls, can you?"
"Oh, I won't lose. I'll see you both later."
The group watched him walk away. Lauri
gazed over at Leah. "Girl, I really hope Rich gets in before the
After paying the bill, they wandered out to the parking lot. Lauri opened her car door and yelped. "Harry, you snot!" Muttering under her breath, she quickly brushed the pile of snow out of her seat. All four of the guys started chuckling when Leah discovered the same surprise in her Suburban.
The girls both grinned at each other. "We'll get him later," Lauri said.
Leah nodded, "We'll get him good."
"See you tonight, girl."
For the remainder of the afternoon, Leah acquainted the men
"So what did you have in mind for tonight? You said something was going on in town?" Face asked.
"Yeah, the Miner's and Musher's Ball is tonight. It's not fancy but a lot of people like to get costumes and dress up for it. Tomorrow we're doing a Polar Bear dip."
Murdock looked puzzled. "What's a polar bear dip?"
"You'll see tomorrow." Her smile was absolutely wicked.
That evening as everyone was donning their costumes,
"Stripes look better on you, man," BA said, trying not to laugh. He winked, "Sides, I like to take charge once in a while." They walked downstairs to wait for the others to finish changing.
Murdock was the first to join them. He was dressed as a
cowboy. Plastic pistols hung in holsters strapped low on his thighs. His black
hat was pushed back from his face. Face followed soon after. His ruffled shirt,
red arm bands holding a couple of playing cards, along with the black jacket
and pants made him the picture of a
"Looking good, Facey. Maybe I should just keep you here. Don't want someone to steal you away from me."
Face grinned at Murdock. "I don't think anyone would dare take on a gunslinger like you."
Lauri and Leah emerged from the back bedroom wearing Civil War style gowns. Lauri had on a pale lilac off the shoulder gown while Leah had chosen a royal blue short sleeved dress. Both were wearing small,dainty hats in matching colors.
"Looks like we'll have the best looking ladies at the
The Miner's and Musher's ball was enjoyable for them all. The girls both danced with the guys as well as other friends they saw. Face and Murdock both had their share of attention as well. By the time they returned to the house, it was into the wee hours of the morning. Yawning, they said goodnight to one another and stumbled into their bedrooms. Or in BA's case, the couch.
They all slept in that day. Around 6:45, Lauri managed to drag herself out of bed long enough to feed the dogs and let them outside for a few minutes but she quickly returned to the comfortable warmth of her bed and was sound asleep again before 7:00. It was after before the occupants of the house began to stir. Leah put on a pot of coffee while Lauri started making breakfast.
"Are you guys gonna do the Polar Bear dip with me?" Leah asked.
Murdock nodded. "Sure, I will, if you tell me what it is."
"Oh, it's just a quick dip in the water. You don't even have to swim, just as long as you get all the way under it counts."
"In the ocean? In these temperatures?" Face gasped.
"Yep. That's why they call it a Polar Bear dip. There'll be a big bonfire going and it's really not bad."
"Eh, I'll think about it. But I'm not promising anything."
"Ah, come on, Facey. It'll be fun. I'll let you have the best, warmest, fuzziest towel," Murdock offered.
"I said I'll think about it."
When came, they had all gathered at the beach with the crowd of participants and onlookers. Face finally gave in and agreed to join Murdock and Leah in their quick dip in the frigid water. After getting thoroughly drenched, they raced back to where Hannibal, BA and Lauri were standing holding their towels and coats.
Eyes wide and teeth chattering, Face stared at Murdock. "I can't believe that you talked me into this!"
Murdock slung an arm over Face's shoulder. "Cheer up, good buddy. Let's go stand over by the fire."
As they walked away, Lauri told
"Oh, it's not real. Although at one point someone actually did rob the bank but they didn't plan it very well cause they had no way out of town. So we re-inact it every year. It's hilarious."
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