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All In A Day
by Eryn Grant
Story summary: It's a usual day for the A-Team
Disclaimer: The A-Team belongs to Stephen J. Cannell and Universal. I'm just borrowing the characters to play with for a while!
My first attempt at an A-Team story. I hope you enjoy.
ALL IN A DAY
"What now?" BA
growled as he ducked behind the trees. He glared at Hannibal who was, as usual,
calmly chewing on his cigar.
man," BA glanced down at their pursuers who were scrabbling over the rocks
at the bottom of the hill, automatic weapons in their hands. "We're two
men down. We got bounty hunters chasing our tails," he stabbed a heavily
ringed finger towards the bottom of the hill. "We ain't got no weapons
because you talked me into hiring that stupid jeep and leaving my van
behind," he scowled at
"Look at it this
"You're crazier than
that fool Murdock," BA grumbled pulling a face at
"Why thank you
BA didn't reply just growled
in the back of his throat as he looked back down to see where their pursuers
had gotten to. "
"I always have a
"Down," BA said surprised. "Down is stupid," he protested angrily.
"Oh man," BA
"They won't expect us
to go down," BA glared at
I'm usually right,"
"Not this time," BA said. "This time we're in big trouble. These guys are good."
"Don't worry BA"
"Right Hannibal," BA said. "Like they're gonna know we're in trouble and come get us. Murdock's a psycho... not a psychic."
"When we don't check
in with them,"
"And get caught
too," BA sighed straining against his bonds. "These guys are good
"Maybe.... but we're
It was a sunny day and Murdock was humming to himself happy in his task. It had taken him an hour to carefully wash and polish the outside of BA's van, and now he had turned his attentions to the inside.
this is where I sit," Murdock addressed his comments to the little brown
teddy bear that
Murdock picked the bear up again. "And BA stands for," he whispered in the bear's ear. "So you'll have to make do with sitting in the Colonel's seat. OK," he patted the bear's head as he placed it carefully on the seat again. Murdock started to sing to himself as he went back to his cleaning.
"Hi Murdock," Face looked around. It had taken him over half an hour to locate the pilot. Face had nearly given up, but had heard Murdock's singing which led him to a large clump of trees and bushes at the edge of the VA hospital's grounds. Face peered around the trees - they were completely hidden from the main hospital's view. "Nice place you have here," he turned back to Murdock with a smile.
"I like it," Murdock looked up from his cleaning. "And so does Jimmy," he picked up the bear waving one of its paws at Face. Face smiled at Murdock again before turning his attention to idly running a finger along the edge of the red stripe on the side of the van. Murdock pulled a face. "What's up Face?" he asked cocking his head to one side.
"BA and Hannibal haven't checked in," Face said not being able to disguise the worry in his voice. "I was wondering if they had checked in with you."
"Nope," Murdock replied. "They're probably having such a good time," he said. "That they forgot," Murdock went back to his cleaning.
"May be," Face
moved to the edge of the trees staring back towards the hospital lost in
Murdock thought about the comment for a moment. Mind made up, he threw his cloth into the back of the van, slid the side door closed and hurried around the front of the van leaping into the driving seat. He gunned the engine startling Face out of his moody reverie. Murdock leaned across the passenger seat. "You coming or what?" he shouted to Face as he stuffed his little bear into the front of his jacket.
He revved the engine again as Face leapt into the passenger seat. Murdock looked sideways at Face grinning as he pressed his foot hard onto the accelerator. Face hung onto the dashboard as Murdock reversed out of the hiding place in a cloud of dust and smoking wheels. "The Colonel and the big guy are in trouble," Murdock shouted above the engine noise. "So it's Face, Murdock and Jimmy to the rescue," he spun the vehicle around 180 degrees and aimed the vehicle towards the entrance gates.
"If we live," Face gritted his teeth and closed his eyes as Murdock drove at breakneck speed down the drive of the hospital.
"So?" Face asked as Murdock returned to the van.
"The Colonel and BA are in the bedroom tied up," Murdock reported. "And there are two big guys in the living room at the table playing cards."
"What sort of fire power do they have?" Face brought the binoculars back up to his eyes looking towards the cabin again.
"Couple of automatics," Murdock replied. "The rental jeep is parked out back with its tyres blown out," he nodded his head towards the cabin. "And there doesn't seem to be anybody else around."
"Right," Face nodded.
"We need a
plan," Murdock mimicked Face's voice. "Yeah Colonel. Have you got a
plan?" Murdock said in his own voice as he bounced up and down on his
seat. "Shut up fool," he mimicked BA. "Course
"Murdock," Face sighed. "Quit trying to be all of us. Your head will explode."
"But we need a plan," Murdock said in his best English accent. He grinned at Face. Face rolled his eyes in despair. He brought the binoculars up to his eyes again for one last look around.
"OK," he said. "We'll go round the back. You take the one on the right. I'll take the guy on the left."
"You got it," Murdock grinned as he bounced out of the van throwing a weapon at Face.
"And let's be quiet about it," Face hissed as he caught the weapon. "We want surprise on our side."
"To the rescue," Murdock whispered as he crouched down heading towards the cabin his weapon poised for firing. Face rolled his eyes again at Murdock's antics as he followed the pilot through the trees to the back of the cabin.
They kept low until they got close to the door. Weapons poised, they took up positions on each side of the door. Face looked across at Murdock as he counted silently. On three, Murdock sprang forward kicking the door hard with his foot. The door flew open and Murdock raced inside coming face to face with BA.
"BA," Murdock said surprised. "What you doing?"
"Escaping fool," BA barked angrily shoving the smaller man out of the way.
"I'll check out front," Murdock volunteered hurrying around the side of the cabin.
"We came as quick as
we could," Face complained irritated with
"And they got dogs," BA interrupted.
Murdock came running around the side of the cabin. "Let's go," he breathed. "Two guys got the van and they're coming this way."
"They got my van," BA growled. He glared at Murdock and Face. "You let them get my van." He started towards his two friends but was distracted by the sound of the van screeching to a halt at the front of the cabin.
The air was suddenly filled with the sound of dogs howling and barking. "Hey Steve," a man shouted. "They've escaped. Get the dogs."
"Now get going,"
he shoved BA again. "I'll give them something to think about,"
"Nice of you to join us," Face quipped as he fired a final burst towards their pursuers.
"Just taking a
The four men had managed
to keep ahead of their pursuers for over an hour. It had been difficult as
every time they changed direction so did their pursuers and the men knew that
the dogs were giving their pursuers the upper hand. Coming upon a river,
"Out," BA threw his weapon to the ground in disgust.
"Me too," Murdock said.
"And me," Face groaned.
Face stared at the river.
It was fast moving and he knew that
"Afraid of getting your clothes all wrinkled," BA stepped forward, hands on hips. "Get in the water now," he demanded shoving Face forwards. "It can't hurt you."
"This from the guy we have to knock out to get on a plane," Face countered. "You don't like flying. I don't like water. OK?"
Murdock bounced up and down. "Me and Jimmy will help you," he waved the little bear at Face.
Face scowled resigned to his fate. "I feel so much better," he quipped slumping to the ground, suddenly tired.
"Quit talking fool," BA threatened Murdock drawing himself up to his full height. "And put that bear away before I knock its stuffing out."
"Colonel," Murdock whined. BA growled again and Murdock whispered to the bear before stuffing it back into the safety of his jacket. He glared at BA who glared back.
"Knock it off,"
"Now Face has a problem with the water plan," he looked at Face who shrugged miserably.
BA growled turning his
glare away from Murdock to Face. "More like he's afraid to get his nice
clothes all dirty."
The sound of dogs baying
and barking filled the air. "Better make it quick
"Anybody got a better
"I can't swim," Face admitted quietly.
"I can't swim,"
Face repeated avoiding looking at
"Yeah," Face shuddered at the thought of the filthy swamps they had all waded through, up to their waists weapons held high above their heads. "But I was too scared of other stuff," he said. "Like getting captured and tortured to worry about things .... like drowning."
"And you've been thrown into some pools over here," Murdock interrupted.
Face glared at Murdock. "Yeah. Yeah. I know," he admitted. "Look I never learned. After Tommy Jenkins..... well it's a long story," he stammered. "Look I get by," Face stared at the river. "But I hate the water and avoid it if I can. OK?" he finished his anger rising.
"We could circle back around them and try to get to the van that way," Murdock offered kindly. "They won't expect that."
"Or we could head straight towards them," BA growled. "Suckers definitely won't expect us to try that again."
"No... no," Face
got to his feet slowly. "
He felt a stab of guilt
because like BA he had assumed that Face was just whining about getting his
clothes wet instead of feeling a genuine terror at the prospect of going into
"No," Face replied truthfully. "But like you said it's the only way to get the dogs off our trail," he slid down the bank into the water. Sinking up to his knees in the cold water, Face could feel the familiar dread rising within him and pushed it firmly down as he had done many times in the past. Looking back to his friends, he gave them his best cocky smile. "You coming or standing there all day?" Face turned wading into the middle of the river.
Ten minutes later, the four men were up to their waists in cold water, arms held at waist height in an effort to balance themselves in the fast-moving water. They kept close to the bank as much as they could to keep out of view. The roaring of the water seemed to fill the air drowning out the sound of the dogs in the distance.
Face risked shutting his eyes for a moment. He could hear the sound of his ragged breathing which seemed, to him, louder than the sound of the rushing water. His mouth was dry, his heart hammered in his chest and he felt like he was drowning in cold sweat. Face felt a rising panic that he was afraid he wouldn't be able to control. "Keep calm," he willed himself. He stumbled on a rock and just managed to keep his head above the water. Face could feel his terror growing threatening to choke him. Something touched his back and he flinched. Turning slightly, he was surprised to see that it was BA who had a hand on his back.
BA gave Face a small reassuring smile. "I got you little brother," he whispered. "I got you."
The four men trudged along
"Guys," Face pointed towards the van which had been parked at the side of the dirt track.
"It's the van," Murdock stated the obvious.
"Smart man," a large man stepped out from behind the van. He waved his weapon at them. "Jeff said you would double back on us," the man said smugly. "So he sent me and Cuddles here," he nodded his head towards the large scruffy looking Alsatian straining on the end of a lead. "To cut you off." The dog tugged on the lead growling loudly lips drawn back, teeth bared.
"He'd better not have left hairs on the seats," BA growled stepping forward.
Moving fast and without
thinking Face shoved BA sideways who in turn knocked into Murdock. The two men fell
into a heap on the ground. Face tried to sidestep the oncoming dog. Failing he
flung his arms up to protect himself as the dog hit him hard in the middle of
his chest. Face collapsed to the ground with the dog on top of him. Flinging
his arms over his face, he tried to defend himself from the snapping jaws.
Somewhere in the background Face could hear BA telling
The dog was heavy on his chest making it difficult to breathe. Face struggled under the weight trying to push the dog off him. He heard his jacket tear and cried out as he felt sharp teeth sink into his arm. He blindly hit outwards with his other arm feeling his fist connect with the side of the dog's head. The animal yelped releasing his hold on Face's arm. Seizing his chance Face scrabbled backwards away from the sharp teeth and snapping jaws. He attempted to get to his feet but his legs gave way and he hit the ground again. Recovering quickly from the blow, the dog lurched forward again snapping and barking at Face.
Murdock loomed into Face's vision. "Get off," Murdock screamed as he swung a tree branch at the Alsatian. The dog yelped as the branch connected with its back. "Leave him alone," Murdock yelled as he swung the branch again this time connecting with the dog's head. The Alsatian howled in pain backing off from Face and Murdock still growling. Murdock swung the branch once more hurling it at the dog. With a last bad-tempered bark the Alsatian withdrew racing off into the woods defeated.
"Thanks Murdock," Face flopped back on the ground breathing hard.
"No problem," Murdock grinned down at him. "Couldn't have you being eaten now could we?"
"I couldn't get a
"OK. OK," Face
"Don't say it,"
Face put a hand up stopping
Face blew out a breath
ignoring the comment and the grin. He glared at
"What the...," the blonde haired man leapt to his feet as the door burst open. He aimed his weapon his finger on the trigger.
"Shut up Steve,"
Jeff scowled at the man angrily. He noticed that
At that moment the back
door burst open. Face and Murdock appeared weapons drawn. They fired a volley
of shots into the ceiling bringing the light crashing to the floor. Aaron was
momentarily distracted by the noise and dropped his guard. Seizing his
Jeff swung around as Face and Murdock burst into the room aiming his weapon at them. They both ducked as he fired in their direction. Murdock was nearest. Dropping his weapon he hurled himself towards Jeff who caught by surprise took a step backwards stumbling slightly. Murdock saw his opportunity and gave Jeff his best right hook. Staggering backwards, Jeff ducked Murdock's second blow. Recovering he threw himself at Murdock catching the pilot with a glancing blow to the chin. Murdock swayed slightly before drawing himself up to his full height. He jabbed Jeff hard in the middle of his face. With a howl of pain, Jeff dropped to the floor holding his bloody nose. Retrieving his weapon from the floor Murdock pressed the barrel against Jeff's neck encouraging him to get to his feet.
Scrabbling to his feet, Steve launched himself at Face. Face bit his lip as Steve grabbed his right arm. Tears of pain sprang to his eyes and Face reeled back nearly losing his balance as he shoved Steve away from him. He managed to dodge to the left as Steve took a swing at him. Taking a deep breath against the pain, Face kicked out with his right leg his foot connecting with Steve's stomach lifting him off the ground a few inches. Steve clutched at his stomach groaning before dropping to his knees. Face dragged Steve to his feet by his collar throwing him towards the couch. Murdock deposited a dazed Jeff next to his associate.
Murdock and Face picked up
Aaron leaning him up against the couch. Face began to tie up the men while
"You'll regret this," Jeff snarled. "We'll hunt you down."
"I think you're missing one," BA dragged Andy into the room shoving him towards the couch. Face pushed the man down and started to tie him up.
"You can't leave us like this," Steve whined.
Having discarded his ruined jacket Face snuggled under the blanket Murdock had given him holding his arm across his chest in an effort to help with the pain. Even though he felt warmer, Face couldn't stop trembling and desperately hoped that he would be able to hide it from his friends. The adrenalin had deserted his body and now he just ached all over. He shifted trying to get comfortable and drew in a sharp breath as he jarred his throbbing arm.
BA turned at the sound. "You OK?" he asked.
Face gritted his teeth and gave the larger man one of his best smiles. "Yeah," he replied. "Just getting comfortable."
BA nodded giving Face a
rare smile. Adjusting the blanket that Murdock had insisted on draping around his
shoulders, BA leaned across the passenger seat. "
Murdock and Hannibal jogged over to the van. Murdock squeezed past Face dropping into his seat snuggling under his own blanket.
"There's nothing wrong
with my arm," Face said too quickly unconsciously straightening his
injured arm. Gritting his teeth to avoid crying out he gave
"Yeah man," BA agreed. "Show us your arm. So we can make sure you're OK."
Face stared at
Face winced as
"My jacket took the worst of it," Face said.
"Lucky for you,"
"Right Hannibal," BA answered as he turned the ignition gunning the engine.
Face flopped back in his seat. He rolled his head towards Murdock. The pilot smiled and offered his teddy bear to Face. Face knew that it was a peace offering and he accepted the small bear with a smile tucking it under his blanket.
"I want to dry my
cigars out as well," he heard
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