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and Strength 1/1
by Live Lady Roadkill
Summary: Challenge : Fingers has challenged me to write a story using the line "I was the one with all the glory and you were the one with all the strength" from the song "Wind beneath my wings." Rating: General
Glory and Strength
The Team was running a potential client through the paces to weed out the Decker bugs. Mr. Lee would tell them to go to some absurd location where one of them in disguise would send them some where else. After 3 or 4 times the real client would start showing frustration and if they were bewildered by this time they were authentic. Some one with a real need because usually by the time they get around to hiring the A-Team, they're on their last leg and were already under a lot of strain. Jumping through the A-Team hoops puts cracks in their exterior faade. They hated doing it to these vulnerable people but it was a necessary evil to protect themselves. Only the people who got angry had to be checked out more thoroughly because they were more than likely Decker decoys. It was an elaborate game of capture the flag to Hannibal but the woman they were sending on their latest rounds of wild goose chases looked as if she were going to breakdown during first round. Feeling bad for he decided to assemble the men and reveal himself on the next meeting.
Hannibal, as much as he loved all the excitement of being a wanted man, however enjoyed playing the role of the simple man, being someone else. Someone who didn't have to look over his shoulder and elude capture. Sometimes he'd really get into the role to escape for a few hours and this was one such role he was getting into. This time they set up a grocery store to meet the woman. He was a cashier and Murdock was a bag boy. Hannibal could tell that Murdock was having fun with his new job as he entertained the customers with his juggling act as he bagged the groceries and interacted with the small children by having conversations with the produce. Seeing Murdock's rapport with the kids made him sad because it made him wonder "What if?" What if these men had not signed on with him in Vietnam. BA, an angry kid who got into a lot of trouble with his superiors by lashing out at them. Face, a slick boy who attracted all the wrong attention. Murdock, a young wisecracking hotshot pilot too good for his own good. And himself, a maverick officer who's talent protected him from the brass from coming down on him simply because the war effort needed men like him. If there had been no war the military would have had no use for him and either reduce him to a desk jocky or gotten rid of him all together. If it wasn't for the military chasing after him, keeping him young and sharp, he shuddered at the thought of what he would be. An old man who's military career coming to an end and no one had any use for him anymore. Somehow he knew for a fact that if fate had not brought him and those lost kids together they'd all be dead-just 4 more names on the Vietnam War memorial. It was still like that. If they were to go their own separate ways right now, they wouldn't last 10 minutes without the others. He'd remember all the times he had to stay a few moments longer to taunt Lynch and Decker, to have a few more seconds in the sun. To add a little more fuel to the fire of hatred of the A-Team only to have the rest of the Team reel him in just in time for them to make a narrow escape. He thrived on recognition and the rest of the team thrived on him and staying alive.
He was brought out of his thoughts by the store's intercoms squawking some barely understandable announcement to either the store employees or its customers. It took him a moment to figure out it was for the customers, announcing this week's specials. Then the music he had tuned out earlier resumed, elevator music. As he was about to tune it out again while checking out a customer, he caught a line of a song that was playing, "ÉI was the one with all the glory and you were the one with all the strengthÉ." It struck him as a funny coincidence that a line in an elevator song described how the way the team was to one another. He thought that it was true that he had all the glory simply because the rest of the team let him have it. He looked at Murdock who was singing along with the song and getting into it, then he noticed Face had come in to "shop" while following the new client as she entered the store shopping for the A-Team. He glanced out the storefront to see BA's van going around the block for the umpteenth time watching for the law. He smiled to himself thinking Ôthese guys are my strength and they don't care if I take all the glory when in truth, they are the ones who've earned it.' He then excused himself from the cash register and had some one else take over, he made his way to the woman to help her, with Murdock on his heels. If he were to ask the guys why they let him have all the glory, they would tell him that he was so effective in displaying it.
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