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Thunder in the Sky
by Susan Owens
Rated: R maybe NC-17 in later parts
Warning: Character Death
Summary: Plane goes down ,Hannibal is killed ,Face and BA blame Murdock. Murdock is devastated
Thunder In The Sky Part One
Hannibal Smith sat next to HM Murdock in the two-seat small plane. Murdock smiled at his friend and commander of many years. Hannibal smiled back.
"Are you sure you are okay to fly, Murdock? Face said you had a fainting spell this morning."
Murdock nodded his head . "I'm fine, Hannibal. It was just a little dizzy spell. Are you ready to go?"
Hannibal smiled. "Murdock, I leave my life in your hands."
"Okay then, hang on." Murdock replied as he guided the plane down the runway. Soon the plane was in the air and Murdock was pointing out things to Hannibal. Hannibal watched with interest and Murdock's eyes lit up as he was showing the colonel everything he could, from the trees to the mountains in the distance. This was Murdock's element and he loved it.
Suddenly Murdock began to feel dizzy agai . Everything was becoming a blur .He began to shake his head to try and clear his vision. Hannibal noticed something was wrong.
"Captain, are you all right ?" he asked with concern.
Murdock waved his hand and nodded his head "I 'm fine, Colonel; just a little dizzy spell. I 'll be fine."
No sooner had Murdock said that than he suddenly passed out . Hannibal, being the man he was, did not panic .He calmly took the controls to tried to land the plane . He hoped he could remember what Murdock had taught him in case of an emergency. Hannibal pulled back on the yolk of the plane but the plane was falling to fast and he had did not have enough experience. The plane crashed to the ground and the only sound was the sound of birds and nothing more.
When Murdock woke up he was alone in the hospital . He looked around his room. He tried to remember what had happened .Suddenly it all came back to him. He had passed out while flying with Hannibal. Hannibal? Where was Hannibal? At that moment a nurse walked in the room .Murdock grabbed her arm as she was checking him.
"The other man! Where is the other man ?" he asked.
The nurse stared into the dark brown eyes. "The doctor will be in to see you soon."
Murdock would not let go. "Damn it, I asked you where's my friend?"
"The doctor will see you soon ." she then left the room. Murdock watched her go and then Face slipped into the room.
"Face, where's Hannibal?" asked Murdock.
"He's dead and you killed him." Replied Face as he stood by Murdock 's bed.
"I told you not to fly because of the dizzy spells! But no, you wouldn't listen to me. Now, because of you, Hannibal is dead. Do you hear me Murdock?! He's dead and it's all your fault. "
Murdock was stung. "Face, I 'm sorry ."
"Sorry? You are sorry? That won't bring back Hannibal ... and I will never forgive you for taking him from me, Murdock. Never."
Murdock stared at the cold, unfeeling blue eyes. "Face, what are you saying.?"
Face grabbed Murdock and held him to his face . "You are no longer my friend or BA's and don't you dare come to Hannibal's funeral because you are not welcome." at that Face let go and Murdock fell back down on the bed. Face then left the room. Murdock laid on the bed and suddenly he felt all alone out he began to cry -- not soft crying but uncontrollable sobs.
"Hey Captain, calm down, everything will be fine ."
Murdock looked up to see Hannibal standing there, puffing on his cigar. "Face is just upset .He didn't mean anything he said."
Murdock cried as he looked at Hannibal ,"Oh Hannibal , Face said you were dead. "
Hannibal looked at Murdock "I am, Murdock."
Thunder In The Sky Part Two
Murdock stared in horror . He reached out and tried to touch Hannibal but his hand went right though him.
Murdock started screaming ."Oh my God ! You came back to punish me because I killed you!"
Hannibal tried to calm his panicked friend but Murdock was gone. He was now screaming and not making any sense. The nurse and two orderlies came running into his room. Murdock was pointing to where Hannibal stood . "He came ! He's going to punishing me! He hates me because I killed him! Please help me!
The nurse looked to where Murdock was pointing . "Please, Mr. Murdock, calm down. There's no one there."
Murdock was wide-eyed and frightened. "Don't you see him? He's over there, smoking his cigar."
The nurse shook her head. "Mr. Murdock, you've been though a lot today. I am going to give you something to make you sleep," she said in a quiet voice.
"No. Please don't; he's going to kill me."
Hannibal spoke quietly to Murdock. "Captain, I am not here to punish you . I am here to help you."
Murdock stared at Hannibal "Help me?"
"Yes, Murdock, help you."
"Hannibal, I 'm scared. I'm all alone .What am I going to do?"
One of the orderlies looked at the nurse. "Who's he talking to?"
She just shook her head. "I don't know. Here, hold him while I give him a shot."
The nurse gave Murdock a shot to make him sleep . Murdock was still staring at Hannibal but he was no longer afraid . He said sleepily as the drug took affect. "Stay with me, please, Hannibal. I don't want to be alone."
Hannibal walked over to the bed "I'll stay, Murdock."
Murdock smiled and closed his eyes .The nurse stood up and turned to one of the orderlies. "Jack please stay with him till he goes to sleep."
Jack nodded his head.
Templeton Peck and BA Baracus sat in the funeral parlor where Hannibal's body was laid so friends could view it. Face thought about the last time Hannibal was in a coffin. It was when they helped this restaurant owner and his daughter, only this time it was real. A lonely tear ran down Face's cheek because he had no tears left. He kept thinking of that horrible day.
Murdock had had dizzy spells that morning and Face begged him not to fly. But Murdock did not want to disappoint Hannibal and he told Face he was fine. Face was thinking when BA approached him.
"You all right, man?" he asked with concern.
Face shook his head, tears now coming back ."If only I had stopped Murdock . Sit on him, tied him up, something. Why didn't I stop him from flying? I knew he was in no condition to fly. Why didn't I stop him?'
BA took Face into his arms to comfort him. "It would have done you no good, Face. The fool wouldn't listen to you . It's not your fault."
"I know, it's Murdock's."
BA held Face close ."It was no one's fault, Face. It just happened."
Face pulled away from BA ."It was Murdock's fault and if I ever see his ugly face again so help me I will kill him!"
BA led Face into another room ."You don't mean that. Templeton .You are just upset about losing Hannibal."
"How do you know how I feel, BA? You can't possibly know how I feel."
BA looked at Face. "You are wrong, man. I know how you fee . Hannibal was my friend too, and don't you ever forget it."
Face looked at BA; he was hurting too. "I 'm sorry, BA, I don't know what came over me." And then Face broke down and cried. BA held Face and let him cry on his shoulder.
"It 's going to be all right, Face. Somehow it will be all right."
Thunder in the Sky Part Three.
Murdock awoke finding only the orderly in his room. No Hannibal . It had just been a dream. Hannibal was dead and Murdock knew it was his fault. Tears of pain and anguish ran down his face. He swore to himself he would never fly a plane again . The orderly noticed Murdock was awake.
"Mr. Murdock do you need anything?"
Murdock wipe his tears. "Please, I could use a glass of water."
Jack acknowledged Murdock and left the room. Murdock climbed out of bed . He knew he had to leave . He knew he could not stay here in L.A. He was no longer loved by his family .He killed the only father figure he ever had and Face and BA hated him. There was nothing left for him. As Murdock left he picked up a newspaper; he wanted to see where Hannibal was laid out for viewing.
He saw that the funeral parlor was in Hollywood so Murdock hailed a taxi and went there. When he arrived he noticed the place was closed but he wanted to see Hannibal so he pound on the door. Soon it was answered by the funeral director.
"I am sorry, sir, we are closed for tonight."
Murdock place his hand in the doorway. "Please, I am leaving town tonight. I need to see a friend of mind ..Hannibal Smith ..I mean John Smith. "
The funeral director took a hard look at the young man and opened the door ."All right, come with me."
Murdock smiled at him. "Thank you."
The man just nodded his head and turned on the lights . "Please turn them off when you leave."
Murdock acknowledgde him and walk over to the coffin. Hannibal lay there as if he were a sleep ..Murdock almost expected him to sit up and say "I love it when a plan comes together." But Murdock knew Hannibal would never say those words again.. He touched Hannibal face and began to speak.
"I dreamt about you yesterday, Hannibal. You came to me and said everything would be all right. I know now that it won't . If I had listened to Face, you would still be alive, Hannibal . I am so sorry . If I could change places with you I would. I love you so much, Hannibal . "
Murdock bent down and kissed Hannibal goodbye. Then he turned out the lights and walked out and down the street .He had no idea where he was going but wherever it would be, it would be by bus.
Face and BA had returned from the funeral parlor. It had been so busy with friends coming to see Hannibal and people they had helped in the past. Maggie had been unable to come but she said she would make the funeral. Face sat down on the couch with a drink in his hand . He knew what he had said to Murdock had been out of pain .He knew deep down inside he didn't mean any of it. He was hurting and at the time wanted Murdock to hurt too. But Murdock probably did hurt . "Oh, God, I wish I haven't said those things to Murdock." he replied out loud .
"Then let's go tell Murdock ,Face . I think he needs us."
Face shook his head. "I can't right now BA .I 'm sorry I talked to him that way but I just can't face him right now. It hurts too much. Please give me time."
BA nodded his head and placed a hand on Face's shoulder. "I understand lil bro. But I am going to see Murdock."
Face nodded his head and BA left .When BA arrived at the hospital, he walk to the front desk .
"Excuse me, could you please tell me what room Mr. Murdock is in?"
The nurse looked up at BA. "Mr. Murdock is gone .We have no idea where he is."
"What do you mean, he's gone?"
"He left. He's not here and we still don't know what caused his dizzy spells."
BA rushed out of the hospital andvjumped into his van to call Face.
"Face , Murdock is gone. We got to find him."
Face was quiet for a moment. "Face, are you there?" asked BA.
"Yeah, BA. I 'm here . Are you still at the hospital ?"
"Yeah, man." Came the reply .
"Okay, I'll meet you there," Face said with a sigh.
In an old movie studio in east Hollywood , Hannibal Smith was waking up.
Thunder In The Sky Part Four
Hannibal was trying to focus. ,Hhis head was spinning . He knew that he had been given something. The last thing he remembered was going to meet Murdock when someone had attacked him and gave him a shot which knocked him out..He had no idea how long he had been out. Now he was chained to a wall of an old movie studio ,probably from some cheap prison movie. He look up when he heard a noise .Standing there before him was a man Hannibal thought looked familiar but he could not place him. The man bent down to look Hannibal in the eye.
"Hello, Colonel Smith," he said in a insane raspy voice that cut Hannibal cold ,but he didn't let it show.
'Who are you and what do you want with me?"
The man got up and walk away. Suddenly he turned back at Hannibal, screaming.
"How dare you ask me who I am ! You should all ready know .!"
Hannibal just looked at him."I 'm sorry, but I don't. "
The man ran over to the colonel and grabbed him so they were eye to eye , blue eyes looking into ebony eyes .
"I was supposed to be your pilot in Vietnam ! Me, not that no-talent Murdock ! Me! Do you hear me ! It was supposed to be me!"
Hannibal suddenly recognized the man ."Miller. Davy Miller."
"Yeah, that's right, old man. Davy Miller. Morrison wanted me to be the A-Team pilot but you choose that no-talent Murdock!"
Hannibal stared at Miller. "He's is a thousand times the man you are .Was in Nam and still is."
Miller struck Hannibal across the face, leaving a mark. "He is not. At least not anymore ."
Miller began to laugh . "Do you understand, Smith? Not anymore! Murdock is not better then me . I broke him .."
Hannibal tried to grab Mille ."What did you do to Murdock!"
Miller was laughing so hard he could hardly speak . "It was so easy . I got a tramp off skid road and had a friend make him look like you. Trained him to act like you and then my friend an orderly at the VA gave Murdock a drug to make him dizzy and he pass out in the plane and it crash and poor Hannibal died. It was perfect . But you know I didn't count on Peck blaming Murdock -- that was so priceless . Peck saying Murdock killed you and he would never forgive him." Hannibal was trying to break his bonds and Miller just laughed.
" Struggle all you want, Smith . It's over and I won .I got you and I destroyed Murdock."
Face pulled up to the hospital parking garage right beside the van . He got out and BA was waiting.
"BA ,Hannibal 's funeral is tomorrow. After the funeral we will search for Murdock."
BA got up and shook his head "I think we should look for him now ."
Face shook his head . "Not until after Hannibal 's funeral . That is more important to me right now." Face got into his car and left. BA followed .He thought about Murdock . I hope you are all right, fool.
Murdock stared at the ugly old building. Someone had told him he could stay the night so he entered. He saw a short bald headed man sitting at the desk .
"Excuse me, I was told you had a room."
The man look up from the paper he was reading. He thought to himself .That the man Miller told me about.
"Yeah pal I got a room. It will cost you a hundred dollars."
Murdock did not think it was worth a hundred dollars but he was tired so he paid the man anyway. As he went up to the room the bald headed man made a phone call.
"Miller, it's me, Tracy .Yeah he's here Want me to turn on the projector?"
Miller smiled this was going perfect "Wait till he's almost asleep then turn it on."
Tracy hung up the phone .He would wait for an hour . Murdock woke up and saw Hannibal staring at him but this time Hannibal was not smiling. He spoke in a cold hard voice. "I was wrong, Captain, this is your fault . You killed me and all the running away is not going to change that. You are a murderer, Murdock."
Murdock sat up, bringing his knees to his chest. "No, Hannibal, I didn't mean to ."
"I trusted you, Murdock, with my life and you took it away . Do you hear me, Captain ! You took it away."
At that Hannibal was gone. Murdock fell onto the floor, curling himself into a ball and crying uncontrollably .Tracy watched from the door and smiled. Miller would be pleasde.
Miller WAS pleased; he saw everything from a hidden camera. After recording it he took it to show Smith.
"Hi, Colonel, thought you might like some entertainment. " He put the tape into the VCR and turned it on ..Hannibal watched in horror. As he saw his pilot falling apart, tears were in his eyes.
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