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Disclaimer:† Don't own them, just like to mess with them.† No money exchanged hands in the writing of this piece.† That's right!† I have no money to give anyone.† I'm broke.† Hope you enjoy.
Summary:† The team goes on a mission that turns real bad, real fast.
Warnings: Some blood, death on a minor character.
The mission could be considered a success, but it didn't turn out the way it was planned. †
He then turned his attention to the front of the plane.† He watched as Murdock flew the plane manually instead of using the autopilot.† It helped him to keep focused; he didn't want to think about what happened right now either.† He needed to stay together so that he could get the rest of the team home.
"Oh no, not the front door again,
"It'll never work man," BA added.† "Something always ends up going wrong."
"Not this time, BA.† All we got to do is crash through the gate, take out the guards there, take out the other guards that are in front of the slimeball's hut, grab El Gato, and take off.† Simple, huh?"
"And what about the other guards around El Gato?† He usually has about three others around him at all times with enough fire power to blow up a city dump," Face questioned.
don't worry about them.† They'll be so
surprised by BA's entrance with the truck that they'll be hiding with their
tails between their legs,"
"El Gato", a.k.a. Romero Rodriguez, had been terrorizing the small villages in the area for over a year.† He and his men would come around and take all the viable adult males and teenaged boys and used them for slave labor at a mining colony that he was running.† Anyone that refused to work was killed immediately to show the others that his cooperation was mandatory.† Some of the village elders managed to make their way to the states so that they could hire the infamous A-Team to help them.† Today the team was fortunate enough to have El Gato at his private compound, where even though it was heavily guarded; it was not as guarded as the mining sight.† Hannibal and the Elders knew that once El Gato was out of the picture, the guards at the mining operation would easily give up.† Most of them were only there working as guards because it was either that or work the mines themselves.
Three hours later, BA had the old truck running smoothly.† The ammunition and weapons that Face had scammed earlier was loaded onto the truck, and the team was set to ride.† Hannibal and BA sat in the front of the truck with BA behind the wheel, while Face and Murdock clamored up onto the back.† As they started heading out, Murdock let loose with one of his famous banshee screams as the villager's waved at them.†
hour later they arrived at El Gato's compound.†
BA gunned the engine of the old truck and the wheels spun into the loose gravel sending it everywhere.† Gaining speed, BA headed the truck directly for the main gate of the compound.† The guard that was standing there stood in a threatening pose, gun pointed directly at the truck.† The guard soon realized that the truck was not stopping and jumped out of the way before he was hit.† The gate that was behind him wasn't so lucky when BA smashed right through it, debris flying everywhere.†
Murdock spotted three guards to the right of the truck and started firing his automatic weapon.† The guards couldn't react in time and went running for cover.† Before they had a chance to really hide behind anything, Face threw one of the grenades at the threesome and it exploded within feet of the scrambling men.† Two of the guards went flying and landed hard on the ground, while the third was blown into the air and landed on hood top of a nearby jeep.† None of them were moving too quickly.
After Face threw the grenade, he turned to the left of the truck and spotted two more guards on the roof of one of the buildings, aiming their weapons at the truck.† Once more Face threw one of the explosives and it landed just behind the two-armed guerillas.† Both men recognized what it was and jumped off of the roof just as the grenade exploded.† They too landed hard on the ground and were not getting back up anytime soon.† Murdock and Face turned and smiled at each other.
the truck directly at the building where El Gato was
hiding in.† He floored the accelerator
The wall of the building shattered from the force of the impact and the three guards and El Gato all dove for cover as the truck came to a stop.† Face and Murdock quickly jumped down from the back and landed right on top of the two closest guards, knocking them to the floor before they had a chance to get up.† BA quickly made short order of the third guard when his huge fist slammed into the guards face.†
who had just knocked out the man he tackled with his weapon, suddenly felt the
point of a knife blade against his back.†
"Drop it, Senor," the voice from behind told him.† Face, having no choice in the matter, did
what he was told.† Face then felt the
knife move from his back to across his throat as El Gato
slipped into position behind him, using Face as a human shield.†
"Nobody move, or I'll kill him," El Gato said in his accented voice.† The rest of the team stood there waiting for a chance for rescue.† El Gato tightened his grip on Face's neck and arm as he studied the men in front of him.† "You will drop your weapons, or he will die."† Face just stood there limp, allowing the man to maneuver him around.
him go, El Gato.†
There's no way you can escape,"
"No!" he shouted back.† "You, all of you, put your weapons down now or I will slice his throat!"† To prove his point, the blade of the knife sunk deeper into Face's neck until a drop of blood started running down.
hurt him and I'll kill you myself,"
"Put your weapons down now!" El Gato shouted tightening his grip on the knife.
Face felt the blade start to slide across his neck when out of nowhere his survival instincts suddenly kicked in.† Moving faster than El Gato ever expected, Face grabbed the man's hand that held the knife and pushed it away from himself.† Still holding onto El Gato's hand, he suddenly twisted around, until he heard the definite snap of bones breaking in his nemesis' arm.† But before El Gato could even scream in pain, Face shoved the knife deep into the man's chest.†
The others scrambled when they saw Face go into action, but all of them knew it was too late.† They watched in horror as the blade sunk into El Gato's chest.† BA was the first one to get to Face and wrapped both of his arms around the Lieutenant, grabbing him from behind and pulling Face away from the deadly terrorist.† They all watched as the man sunk to the floor in a heap, the knife still protruding from his chest.†
that Face was still secured by BA,
God, Hannibal," Face said quietly as his knees gave way.† BA who was still holding onto him helped ease
him to the ground.† Tears started flowing
from the Lieutenant's eyes as realization hit him hard.† "I killed him," he whispered to no
one in particular.†
down beside Face and quietly spoke.†
"Face, it was self-defense.†
You did not murder that man."†
Murdock, who had been standing quietly by, suddenly knelt down by his best friend and embraced him tightly, effectively blocking Face's view of the body.† He slowly rocked Face back and forth whispering quietly into the man's ear.† He backed away slightly to look into his friend's face, and saw the blood that was running down Face's neck.† Quickly he grabbed his handkerchief from his pocket and placed it against the open wound.† "Colonel, he's hurt," Murdock said calmly, trying not to upset Face anymore.
pulled the handkerchief away slightly and saw that though the wound was long
but it wasn't very deep.† "It's not
too bad, but we need to at least bandage it up for him."†
"Get us to the
landing strip BA,"
"Lousy," Face answered, sadness still in his voice.† He sat up, looking around, noticing that they were in the airplane.† "Where are we?"
"Oh, about halfway
"Is BA awake?" Face asked in astonishment.
"How'd you manage
that?" questioned Face as he turned back to face
"Actually, he was more
worried about you than flying on a plane,"
"He did that for me?" Face asked in wonderment.†
"He sure did,"
"Well, he's not the only
one," Face responded turning away from
"Want to talk about
"What's there to talk about?† I murdered a man, end of story."
"Same results though."
"True, but there is a difference."
"Yeah right," Face said dejectedly.† "And I suppose that you're going to tell me that I'm still part of the team?"
"How can I when I broke
the one promise that we all made together; never taking another life?† I killed someone, Hannibal."† Face started to get agitated at the proximity
"Not until you hear me
out, Lieutenant!"† Face knew he
wasn't going anywhere when
"How can you say that?† He's dead isn't he?" Face yelled back.† "I killed him!"
"Yes, he is dead, but
you could never kill anyone in cold blood.†
That's not you!"
Face looked at
"Yeah he did,"
Face dropped his hands from
his bandaged neck and leaned back into
"I know, kid.† Like I said, instincts.† You did what you had to do to stay alive,
even if it meant you had to kill someone."†
"I better go check on BA.† If he's awake like you say he is, he can't be too happy," Face said smiling slightly.
"I think that is a good
"Hey BA, how ya doing?" Face asked quietly so as not to scare the big man.† BA's eyes slowly drifted to the man that was standing next to his seat.
"Face?" BA asked surprised.† "What are you doing up?"
"Came to check on you," Face smiled.† "Thought that you could use some company."†
"Sure can," BA said with a slight smile of his own.† "How are ya feelin'?"
"I've been better,"
Face answered truthfully as he sat in the seat next to the big man.† He knew that there was no sense trying to con
to the man, he'd see right through it.†
"But I think I'll be okay thanks to you guys."† BA nodded his head at Face's answer.†
"I think everything is
going to be okay, Murdock.† He's with BA
right now.† He woke up a little while ago
and we both talked for a bit."†
"That's Faceman for you," Murdock said shaking his head.† "Everyone could tell that that wasn't our Face that killed El Gato.† That was definitely Lieutenant Peck of the Special Forces that did it."
"You know that, I know
that and so does BA, but I think it's going to be awhile before Face realizes
that's the case,"
"It took you a long time to deprogram him of that, but obviously it's still there," Murdock stated shaking his head.
"Yeah, I guess it is.† That's why we're all going to take a vacation after we get back.† Would you care to join us, Murdock?"
"I'd be happy too, Colonel," Murdock smiled back.† "I'll call Richter and let him know that I'll be AWOL for a few weeks.† He'll understand.† Maybe I could even get him to give me a few pointers on how to help Face deal with this."
"Good.† Once we land, I'll have BA get the van, we'll stash the plane, pile in and head to Maggie's first.† I want her to check Face over real good before we go.† Then we'll find a nice, quiet, secluded place somewhere and work through this problem."
"Sounds like a good plan to me," Murdock said in approval.† "I'll even bring Billy."
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