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REFUSAL TO GIVE IN (sort of a sequel to Langley)
By GEORGIA BENTZ....
RATING: PG. NOTHING GRAPHIC, OR HORRENDOUS. JUST A FLUFF PIECE I WROTE....ENJOY. :D
SUMMARY: THE TEAM REFUSE TO GIVE INTO TO STOCKWELL. THIS IS A STORY I WROTE A VERY LONG TIME AGO. TAKES PLACE RIGHT AFTER THE EPISODE CRYSTAL SKULL, AND IT HAS A LITTLE MORE BACKGROUND THEN WHAT LANGLEY GAVE.... SO IF IT SOUNDS
TOO UNBELIEVABLE I APOLOGIZE. I ALSO SPRUCED UP THE DIALOGUE A LITTLE BIT. BUT I PROBABLY MISSED SOME. IF I DID, I APOLOGIZE. ALSO STOCKWELL LIVES WITH THEM IN MY STORY. SO ANYWAY PLEASE SEND, QUESTIONS/COMMENTS. :)
DISCLAIMER: STEPHEN J. CANNELL OWNS THE TEAM. SO PLEASE DON'T SUE ME.
WARNINGS: MAJOR FRANKIE ALERT. IF THIS OFFENDS ANYBODY I DO APOLOGIZE. I WAS YOUNG AND FOOLISH BACK THEN....MANY MANY APOLOGIES....
Stockwell was angry with the Team. After he'd gotten the
Crystal Skull back, had given it to the President, who had
given it to Fasheed, for his museum, he took them all home.
He sternly faced them, and said "Like I said over the radio,
no more easy missions." Hannibal cut in, "All those other
"missions", you've sent us on, have not been a piece of
cake, General." "I think you're full of smoke anyway...."
"Pardon us?" "Why would you want to?" "How would you be
able to, function without your 'precious A-Team'?" The
General flushed at that comment, and said "Quiet!!!!"
"First of all, I shall not be talked to this way, second of
all, you are all under house arrest." "You all may not
leave this house, unless you are all, told to do so." "By
either me personally, or Carla." "Aw Man, and I had a date
with, Trisha and Leisie", came Face's, and Frankie's voices.
Telling of, the two women who occasionally sidetracked the
two, and with whom they'd gone on a skiing trip with.
Stockwell answered ,"You shall have to postpone the dates
until further notice." "Also, you shall have no more
vacations." "NO VACATIONS, AND HOUSE ARREST." Stockwell
continued, "Gentlemen, now that we have discussed this
thing, I take my leave." "Go jump off a bridge", spoke up
Murdock. He hadn't had a decent sleep in days, so he was a
little on the snarly side. "Mr. Murdock...." But for once
the general failed to make out any threats against the
captain. He just left him alone now adays seeing as the
Captain almost ruined his stand in with his men. Carla
smiled triumphantly and left too. Leaving the room with
five angry men. "No more vacations?", asked a perturbed
Face. "We haven't even had a decent vacation Johnny", spoke
up Frankie. Murdock spoke, "My boss is gonna wonder why I
haven't turned in my fortune cookie fortunes." "I know
Guys, I know", said their leader. B.A. spoke up "If we don'
have a vacation soon, I'monna en' up almos' as crazy, as
Murdock rolled his eyes at that comment.
Hannibal spoke again, "I get your points guys." "I'm fed up
with not having a decent vacation too." "But give me a few
days, and I'll let you know what I've come up with...." He
puffed on his ever present cigar. Soon he had an idea. But
every time he wanted to share the "idea" with his men, they
were either kept apart and busy, or everyone was asleep.
And Stockwell kept watching them like a hawk. Finally the
next morning, Hannibal almost shared his plan. He said "Hey
guys?" They all looked expectantly at him. "Yeah
Colonel?", asked Murdock. Hannibal looked around, made sure
that General Stockwell wasn't lurking any where close by,
and said "I've got a plan." "I know how we can get a decent
vacation, and hide it from Stockwell." "Hide what from
Me?", came an obnoxious voice. "Hide something from you
"Never in a million years", replied Hannibal.
Stockwell replied, "I should hope not Colonel." "If you do,
I will have to deal with you and your men most severely."
"Including Captain Murdock, who insists on being a part of
us." Murdock rolled his eyes at the general, and in a
childlike spite towards the man, stuck out his tongue.
While the general's back was turned to him. Frankie started
to laugh, his hand over his mouth. Face saw the tongue, and
added the ears to his own act of sticking out his tongue
too, Hannibal calmly sat there with coffee in hand, reading
the newspaper, like he never noticed a thing. While B.A.,
just grumbled about his friends, and life in general.
Suddenly the general whipped around, but everyone was
behaving himself. Or so it seemed. He shook his head, and
He asked for the front page, which Hannibal
readily gave him, while Murdock read his Woody Woodpecker
comic books, and started to laugh. Frankie reading over
Murdock's shoulder started to snicker too. The general
looked up, first of all, he did not like humor. Unless it
came from his own mouth, and second of all....Grown men
laughing over a comic book? How ridiculous. He shushed
them with one look on his face, and the laughter subsided.
Then he started reading the Sports Page. Soon Hannibal
passed a message to the guy sitting next to him, which just
so happened to be B.A.. B.A. handed the note to Face, who
handed the note to Murdock, who handed it to Frankie.
note read "AFTER YOU'RE FINISHED EATING, MEET ME IN THE
GARDEN, THERE'S A SURPRISE OUT THERE, THAT WILL GET US OUR
RIGHTFUL VACATION AT LAST". The guys all looked at each
other, with smiles evident in their eyes, they were careful
not to let their excitement overflow in the presence of the
rigid general though. One by one, five minutes after the
last one had gotten up, all the men trooped outside.
Hannibal was the last to complete the little group. He
showed them the "surprise", and their eyes widened. It was
a helicopter. A big one. Big enough to fit all five, plus
some parachutes and five suitcases, some food if they
wanted, and enough room to walk around in. Face asked "Uh
Hannibal, where'd you get this?"
"I played a scam of my
own." "Let's just say I've learned from the master of
cons." "I'll take that as a compliment", beamed Face.
Everyone groaned at the comment. They also knew they
couldn't use it immediately, and it was a good thing too,
because Stockwell kept them busy with other things,
including helping Michael Angelo with some experiments.
Which quickly stopped when Murdock, and Frankie burned the
laboratory halfway down. They had apologized of course, but
Stockwell was still angry. He ordered them into the garden.
They'd of course hidden the helicopter, and so as Murdock
and Frankie worked in the garden, they went to the
helicopter's hiding place, and left personal items in it.
As would the rest of the guys.
Finally it was time to put
their plan in action, while B.A. cut off all the power to
the complicated security system, they would all get into the
helicopter, and take off, while tape recordings, and dummies
were in their beds, pretending that all were where they were
supposed to be. That night, after making sure that
Stockwell was indeed asleep, and all the guards had been
knocked out, the five headed to the helicopter, popped in
five parachutes, and five suitcases. And all got in.
Except they had to drag B.A. in, after they'd knocked him
out. Murdock got into the cockpit turned on the controls,
and headed towards Stockwell's little takeoff strip. Then
he took off into the air, speaking into his
microphone/headseat, he said "This is your captain speaking,
thanks fer flyin' Miracle Air." "The only airline, where
Lady Luck, is your co-pilot." "Keep all trays in the
upright position, and keep your seatbelts on, until the
seatbelt light goes off, have a nice day Gentlemen." As
they made their way into the air, there was a disturbance
throughout the Stockwell Mansion. Stockwell had of course
heard the helicopter take off, and he was frantic. Had his
He wanted to make sure, he called for Carla,
and they investigated each and every one's room. Finally
they got to Hannibal's room, and knocked. Tripping the
recorder into saying "Well hello General." "Thought we were
gone eh?" "Would we ever disobey you General?" "I mean
come on, you should know us better then that." The voice
broke off into some hysterical laughing, which sounded like
Murdock. But the general was not fooled for one second. He
was enraged. They had gone against his orders once again.
Just wait until he got his hands on them. Meanwhile in the
air, Face turned to his friend/leader. He said "Hannibal,
you know Stockwell's not going to be fooled, he'll come
after us." "I know Face, I know." "But we'll at least have
some fun, until General Stockwell catches up with us."
"Let's see...." "Where would you all like to go?" B.A. had
woken up by then, but he was unusually calm. He didn't
breathe any words of threats against his Team for "tricking"
him on a helicopter, he just knew that, for now, he was out
of Stockwell's clutches.
He smiled, and turned his
attention to both Hannibal and Face. They were scrutinizing
a map. He took off his seatbelt, and looked over the map
with them. They looked up, and Hannibal grinned. He asked,
"Well Sergeant, how does it feel to be away from Stockwell?"
"I mean for the time being." "Feel's jus' fine Hann'bal."
"Jus' fine." Just then Frankie sauntered into the back of
the plane. He said "I have to get Murdock a drink." The
other three nodded, and they continued to scrutininze over
the map. Finally they decided on a place. A deserted
island off the coast of Cancun. Nobody lived on it, and
they could just sit back, and enjoy a little R&R. Or so
Meanwhile back in Virginia.......... Stockwell
was grinning at himself. He said "Well they thought they
could fool me Carla." "But I am not such an idiot." "I
have put in their suitcases homing devices." "They will be
in the most trouble, when I get finished with them." "Mark
my words Carla, when I am through with them, they will beg
me to be easy on them, and I will not be...." His voice
trailed off, while Ms. Toomes said "You're a genius General
Stockwell." "Thank you Carla." "I already know, that I am
a genius." "However, thank you all the same." "Now to
track down my men, and interrupt their "little vacation"."
He laughed maniacally, and called for his private jet.
Meanwhile on the island off the coast of Cancun, all five
men were basking in the sun's rays. Murdock took to
exploring the island, with Frankie reluctantly in tow.
While Hannibal, and B.A. built little shelters to sleep in.
They'd hidden the helicopter, but not before they took all
their belongings out, and their weapons. As Hannibal had
said "Just in case they're needed Guys." Everyone had
nodded, and the personal items were put in the correct huts.
Suddenly Murdock, and Frankie came running out of the bushes
with scared looks on their faces. "Colonel, Colonel", came
Murdock's voice, while Frankie screamed "Johnny, Johnny."
"What's all the commotion Fellas?" "Look Colonel", came
Murdock's urgent voice. "It's a spear, so what?", asked
Face coming up behind Hannibal. "It's a fresh spear
Johnny", said Frankie who was terrified. "It came shootin'
at Frank an' me while we was explorin' the land." "Calm
down guys, calm down." "You're way too excited." "You're
getting all hysterical about nothing." "Remember last time
we were on an island?"
Frankie snickered "Yeah, and the
people thought Murdock was a god." Murdock glared at him,
and Frankie backed off. Murdock spoke, "Yeah, I remember
that." "Well they were nice people Colonel." "But I doubt
these people are very nice." Hannibal answered, "Maybe, we
can try to reason with them." But Face and B.A. were
adamant. B.A. growled "There goes our vacation Faceman."
"No, our vacation is not going out the window, because of
some native tribal people", remarked Face. "At least not
yet", continued Hannibal. "What do you mean by that
Hannibal?", asked Face.
Hannibal continued, "Besides if we
make peace with them, and they let us stay on the island, we
can have our vacation time, before Stockwell ruins it."
"Let me think for a few minutes." "Face ya got any cigars,
oh and a light too?" "Have I ever failed you oh fearless
leader?", asked an insulted Face (who never left home
without Hannibal's precious cigars, or cigarette lighter).
He handed a cigar, and the lighter to Hannibal, who grinned,
bit the end off the cigar and lit it. As he puffed away,
Murdock and Frankie went fishing, and looking for shells.
Frankie went fishing, and Murdock went looking for shells,
to add to his collection in his room. Finally Hannibal had
a plan. He called his friends (who also doubled for his
men, when they were under Stockwell's scrutinizing eyes), to
When they were all gathered to him, they saw that his
eyes were shining bright, and that he was grinning from ear
to ear. Everyone (just three who actually knew what it
meant), saw the look and three of them started to groan.
While Frankie asked "Huh?" "What's wrong wit' your face
Johnny?" "Looks like it's on fire or somethin'." Face
whispered "This look, is what we affectionately called the
Jazz." "Once he's on the Jazz, there's nothing that can
stop him." "We've been thrown into some scary situations
because of it." "But miraculously we've never been killed."
The two turned their attention back to Hannibal, whose eyes
and face were still all aglow. He said "Everyone I've got a
plan." Face said "Here we go gents." Murdock said,
"Colonel, if you're plannin' to team us up with someone, I'd
rather be with B.A." "So would I", agreed Face. Frankie
said "I'll go with ya Johnny." "That's a stupid move
friend", whispered Murdock.
Frankie asked, "Why?" Murdock
answered, "'Cause Colonel's dangerous when he's on the
Jazz." "I still wanna go wit' Johnny." B.A., Murdock, and
Face, all shook their heads at Frankie. Would he never
learn? But Hannibal continued with his plan, as if he'd
never been interrupted. "We find out where their village
is, we make peace with them, have fun, and when Stockwell
catches up with us, we'll be well rested, and ready to do
more stupid, I mean more suicide missions for him." "I
believe you were right the first time, when you said Stupid
missions Hannibal", said Face. Hannibal continued, "Anyway,
does that sound like a good idea to you guys?" Nobody said
a thing, but for once it didn't sound like anybody was going
to get hurt. So they all nodded their approval. Hannibal
continued, "Good, now that we're all agreed, let's go."
They grabbed a couple of weapons between them, and headed
But not before B.A., found the homing device in his
suitcase. He ran up to Hannibal (before they had all
started off), and said "Colonel, come look a' dhis thang."
"What is it B.A.?" "It's a homin' device." Everyone
checked in their suitcases, and they found the same things.
They threw them all in the ocean, and then they finally
started off on their own mission. Meanwhile somewhere up in
the air, in Stockwell's private jet.... "General Stockwell,
we have lost the transmissions." Stockwell asked, "What?"
"Did you get an exact pinpoint, on where they might be?"
"Yes Sir, somewhere in Cancun." "Cancun?" "Yes General,
somewhere in Cancun." Stockwell who was angry said, "All
right, all right, we shall send Abels 12, and 22 out to
Cancun, to round up my AWOL Team." A lackey answered,
"Right Sir." He called two lovely agents into his office.
Alicia and Maxine. Also known as Abels "12" and "22". He
smiled and said "As you may have heard, my Team has gone
AWOL." The ladies nodded their heads. "You have been
assigned to bring them back to me again." "I believe they
are in Cancun." "Will they not be hard to convince to
return?" "Especially that Murdock guy?", asked Maxine.
"Perhaps, but with your beauty and charms combined, I am
quite confident that you will be successful." "Bring back
my Team." "That is all Ladies." "Happy Hunting." The
ladies smiled, and they were off on their hunt.
Meanwhile...... The A-Team, and Frankie had all found the
village, and they were almost instantly welcomed by the
chief. They showed them the spear, and the chief took it.
He ( had been taught English by missionaries, and spoke in
broken English, but everyone understood him) said, "I sorry,
it look like it belong son." "Son, Son, where son?" The
son appeared, and the chief introduced him as "This is
Timalakaluwa." "Also people know as Teema." "Well that's
very interesting Chief." He turned to his friends, and said
"Hey guys, meet Chief Toomatuma, and his son Teema."
Everyone said hello. Then Hannibal asked "Is it all right
if we stay on your island?" "I have to warn you though,
some guy, by the name of Stockwell's gonna catch up with us
sooner or later, and you might not want us to stay." "Stay
as long as like." "What Stockwell want for you?" "We are
his employees, but we escaped, to vacation here." "Only
he's very mad at us now." The chief crinkled his brows and asked,
"Mad?" "What mean mad?"
Hannibal answered, " Not happy, Chief, he is not happy with
us." Chief Toomtuma answered, "Ahhh." "Well he does come,
we make farewell feast you." "For all men." Chief
Toomatuma said, "Stay in Chief hut." Hannibal answered, "If
you don't mind Chief, we made shelters on the beach." The
Chief answewred, "I no mind." "I glad visitors come to
Tawakanawkwa." "Enjoy time on beautiful island." "Goodbye,
many pleasantries." He bowed, and everyone bowed back at
him. They about-faced and left the village. Once on the
beach, everyone high-fived each other. "YYYYEEESSSS!!!!",
screeched Frankie. "Johnny's plan worked." "Did you have
any doubt?", asked Murdock.
"Naw, I'm just not used to
seein' Johnny that way." "Well, now that we're free?",
questioned the lieutenant. Hannibal answered, "Do whatever
you want guys." "Hang around here, mix in with the tribe,
whatever you want." "We're free for now at least."
Meanwhile...... Agents 12, and 22 called Stockwell on a
nearby phone. Agent 12 said, "They're not in Cancun
General." Stockwell yelled, "What?" "They must be there,
the signal pointed to there, before the homing devices went
dead." Stockwell continued, "YOU LADIES ARE INCOMPETENT
FOOLS." Agent 12 replied, "Yes, General." "Goodbye
General." "We'll keep looking for them and keep you
posted." Stockwell said, "Well you had better, or else...."
He slammed down the phone. The Abels looked at each other,
and shrugged. They doggedly kept looking. Meanwhile back
on the Island.... Hannibal lazily puffed his cigar, and sat
with his hands on his folded knees. He looked as the sun
set, and wondered what General Stockwell was thinking, about
the Team's newest escapade. He probably wasn't too happy
when they sneaked out on him in the middle of the night, he
thought to himself.
Then he quietly said to himself "Well
he deserves it, he's a slimeball if I ever saw one, and he
hasn't let us have a decent vacation for over a year." Soon
everyone came back to the campsite. Face with two women,
whom the chief had said he could escort to the camp. But
they had to be back by dawn, for the tribe's routine. Face
said "I promise they'll be back Chief." The chief nodded,
and let them go. Face said "For dinner, I've brought two
guests." "Lala, and Lingseia." "Sisters." "They have to
go back though." "Pity." "Yes pity Lieutenant." Hannibal
said, "Nice to meet you ladies." "They uh, unfortunately
don't speak English." "But I'm sure if I had enough time
with them...." He gave a nervous laugh, and soon Frankie
and Murdock returned from their fishing venture. Murdock
and Frankie were introduced to the two ladies, and the
ladies nodded when they heard the names. Soon the ladies
had to go back, and they were escorted personally by Face of
course. When he came back, he said "Ah this is the life, so
carefree, nobody to have to report to, and nobody breathing
down our necks about what kind of "missions" to do." "That
Stockwell's a chump", remarked Murdock. "Yeah", said
Santana. "If it wasn't because of my dad's pension checks,
I wouldn't be here." "I should never have signed on wit'
"Oh come now, and look on the bright side Frankie,
you met the rest of us", remarked Hannibal. "I mean me you
knew from before." "But you met everyone else." "That's
the only good thing", said Frankie. "I mean, what would
have happened if I'd never met you or the other guys?"
"You'd probably be down in the dungeon workin' with Michael
Angelo", remarked Murdock. "No food, almost no water, 'cept
to keep him alive." "Yeah", everyone else agreed. "That
poor guy, we should have gotten him out too", remarked Face.
"Maybe next time Lieutenant", commented Hannibal. All of a
sudden there was a megaphone above them saying "There won't
be a next time Gentlemen."
It was Stockwell. "He's found
us guys", came Hannibal's voice, above the megaphone and the
sound of the airplane. They all got their stuff, and headed
on board. But not before they put out their fire, and said
farewell to the tribe, and especially to the Chief. They
promised to return, and then they all climbed in. Once in,
General Stockwell sternly faced them. "What is the meaning
of this?" "I tell you that you can no longer go on any
vacations, without my say-so, and you all up and disappear?"
"Is it a crime to go on a little vacation, away from you
Stockwell?", asked Hannibal. "I mean come on, you're not
our babysitter." "We're grown men, and you know full well
we deserved that vacation." "I am not sorry about what I
did." "What we did", corrected Face. "What we did then",
continued Hannibal. "But as usual you come and get us",
spoke up Murdock.
The general, and the pilot stared each
other down. General Stockwell sighed, and said "I've said
it before, and I'll say it again, you are a free man Mr.
Murdock." "You may do as you like, but if you insist on
staying at my house, under my roof you must do as I say."
"Even if you are working at your new jobs, and I want you,
you will come to me immediately." "Just drop everything,
and come to ya like a dog?", asked Murdock standing up, and
walking over to the general's desk, which was in the middle
of the plane. "Not a dog per se'." "You are not a dog Mr.
Murdock." "You are very respected among your colleagues."
"Yeah, and ya don't respect me at all." "Well isn't that an
interestin' turn of events." "Captain, will you please sit
down?", asked the General.
Murdock grudgingly obediently
sat back down, next to Frankie. He glowered in the
general's direction, but the general ignored him. He turned
back to Hannibal, B.A., Face, and Frankie, and continued his
tirade. Hannibal said "Like I said, I'm not sorry for what
we did." Stockwell asked, "Do you realize, that I shall
have to punish you and your men in someway." Hannibal
replied, "Yeah, kinda keeps things interesting." "You
punish, we escape." "Keeps us young and on our toes
General." "Anything else?" For once the general was
speechless. He shook his head, at the commander of the
notorious team, he had "rescued" from certain death, and he
had also been responsible for them being thought of as
murderers. But not a word or a comeback could he think of.
Finally he said "I have nothing further to say, until we get
home." "I am retiring to my cabin, in the rear of the
plane." "Do as you would like, only do not let Mr. Murdock
get control of this aircraft, and turn us around."
"Dismissed." They all nodded, and Hannibal calmly puffed on
his cigar. "Wow Johnny, you rendered the general speechless
for once", commented Frankie. "I know." "Isn't it great?",
asked Hannibal. Everyone nodded approvingly. Once back in
Virginia, Stockwell again chewed them out. But in the
middle of his tirade, everyone trooped to their rooms. The
general angrily shut his mouth, and plotted the punishment
of these men.
"I shall have a guard assigned to them
twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, if they try to
escape they shall die." "For the notorious ladies' men, I
shall have a different distraction, for them both." "Abels
12 & 22, please report to my office." "Abels 12 & 22,
please report to my office." Presently two women appeared
outside his door. They knocked and he bid them to enter,
once in he bid them to sit down. They did so, and he spoke.
"Ladies I have another assignment for you two." "That is if
you do not screw it up this time." "We won't General, you
can count on us", said Abel #12 (Alicia). While Abel #22
(Maxine) only nodded her head. "I should hope not." "I am
assigning you both to Mr. Peck, and Mr. Santana." At the
mention of Frankie's name, the ladies groaned. Abel #12
turned to Abel #22 and said, "You take Mr. Santana, Maxine."
"No way Alicia, you take Frankie." "I want Face." "I'd
much rather have Murdock", groaned Alicia.
"But since he's
not in the lineup, I'd rather have Face, thank you very
much." "Fine we'll draw pencils." She took a long pencil,
and a short pencil from her pocket. The two covered their
eyes looked away, and drew. Whoever got the short pencil
took Frankie. Alicia and Maxine uncovered their eyes.
Maxine got Frankie, and Alicia got Face. They thanked the
general, and went to wait for their subjects to appear.
Meanwhile back in his office, the general pondered what
Alicia had said about Murdock. True he didn't often get the
girl, but he occasionally did. Well there might be
something to it. He grinned, and called his very special
Abel. Abel #53.
She was talented, she was beautiful
(although Alicia, and Maxine weren't that bad looking
either), and she had a soft spot for Murdock. So he called
her in. Talica strode in, when she had been called for and
asked "Yes General?" Talica, that is Abel #53, how would
you like to "guard", H.M. Murdock?" Talica's eyes lit up.
She was very professional, but the general didn't miss the
glint in her eyes. He smiled, surely Murdock could not
resist such an inviting creature as she. And maybe he would
think better of the general. He said "Well the assignment
is all yours, although I fail to see what is so attractive
about him." "If I may so General, you are not a woman."
"Murdock, as you call him, is someone you could get
comfortable with, not just as a friend I suppose."
"Although I am sure you could lay bare your soul to him, I
am thinking of his eyes to be sure they are very brown, you
could almost, get lost in them..." Her voice trailed off,
and she lowered her eyes, after saying so much to the
general. "Of course", replied the general. "Well Abel #53
you are dismissed.
"Thank you General." She strode out,
while General Stockwell made arrangements for guards for the
other two. To the two others, he had guards outside their
door day and night. As soon as Hannibal found out about it
he stormed the general's door. He asked "Why do you have
guards for B.A., and I while my other three men, and friends
mind you, have the women." "It is as I want it to be
Colonel Smith." "Dismissed." "No, I have more to say
General Stockwell." "You are dismissed Colonel Smith, I
have nothing to say to you." "You are dismissed, good bye
Not getting anything from the general,
Hannibal stormed out, and sought out Face, Murdock, and
Frankie. Once they were told of the charade of the three
women, the three men got up, and left them. They followed
Hannibal to his room, while the three agents stealthily
followed the men. Once they caught up with the guards, who
were following Hannibal, they all ended up back at
Hannibal's room. He knew that there were people following,
and he stood his ground, waiting for a fight. But then he
changed his mind, and entered his room. Once he was with
his men, he looked around the room. Hannibal said, "We've
gotta get our pardons, and quick." "This Stockwell guy's
driving me nuts." "Now how do you suppose we go about
getting our pardons?" "Any volunteers?" "I am going to
come with something, even if it kills me." Hannibal asked
Face for a cigar, and once handed to him, he lit it. He
puffed on it thoughtfully. But he was stumped. He sent his
men out, and they purposefully ignored the guards. Even
B.A. growled a warning causing the guards to not get too
Several camped outside the Team's doors, and they
did so, until Stockwell was convinced they were behaving
themselves. Once convinced (several days later), he told
them to come into the living room. He looked at them, and
said "Gentlemen, I have a mission for you." "Are you
ready?" "Aren't we always?", asked Face. "We're prepared
whether or not we want to be." "Fine, but listen to me."
"This is a dangerous assignment." "So dangerous, you might
not come back alive." "Or you will be lost in the jungles
forever." "The jungles?", asked Frankie, his eyes widening.
"The jungles", countered the general. "I am having my
personal pilot fly you to Curaguay." Face pointed out, "Hey
that's where Tawnia and Brian live."
"Yes, but you will not be in the deep part of the jungle,
like she is." "You will be in the outermost parts." "Your
assignment is, whether you accept it or not, is this: "There
in the jungle lives a band of people." "There are
headhunters, cannibals, and all sorts of unknowns out
there." "They have something I want." "Don't people
always?", asked Face. "It is something of value, kind of
like the crystal skull, only it shall be in my possession,
in my own museum if you will." "It is a chest." "A chest
full of silver, and trinkets." "They are from the Mayans."
"However in 560 B.C., the chest was stolen." "Legend has
it, that the day the chest was stolen, was the day the Mayan
Empire crumbled." "Am I making myself clear?"
"You want us
to risk our necks, possibly our lives, for the sake of a
rotting chest filled with silver and trinkets", remarked
Hannibal. "Can you get any more cruel?", asked Face. "To
be sure Gentlemen, I am thinking of your safety." "That's a
first", remarked Murdock. To which the general shot the
captain a murderous glare. Which Murdock returned with full
force. Stockwell answered, "You are dismissed Gentlemen."
Stockwell continued, "Good day, you will start your mission
tomorrow." "Do I make myself clear?" "Almost transparently
clear", said Hannibal rising. "Let's get packed Guys."
B.A. spoke, "I ain' flyin'." "You're going to have to make
a decision Sergeant, fly willingly, or else...", said
Hannibal to his trustworthy friend, besides Murdock, Face,
and Frankie. "O'e'se you guys gonna knock me out?", asked
B.A., getting right to the point. Murdock piped up just
then, "'Course not Big Guy." "We'll just, um leave 'ya
here", promised Murdock winking at the others.
caught on, and nodded. The next day at breakfast....
Everyone ate some eggs, only B.A.'s were a little different.
They crushed sleeping pills into his mound of eggs. He
looked around the table and started to say "Mmm them eggs is
goo...." Only he fell asleep right in his own mound of
eggs. Everyone made sure he wouldn't wake up, and finished
the rest of their breakfast. After breakfast they drove to
Stockwell's own private airstrip, and got into his other
special aircraft with Stockwell's personal pilot, flying
them. Which stopped soon enough, because Murdock gained
control of everything. With B.A. peacefully snoring in one
of the seats, and Face sitting right beside him, they made
the journey to the jungles. Once they landed, and Stockwell
had flown to back to Virginia, they secured a vehicle, and
drove to their designated hideout. In a seedy looking
hotel. "Very impressive", said Face who was being
sarcastic. "It's quaint", said Hannibal, puffing on one of
his many cigars.
Once in their assigned room, they laid the
still sleeping sergeant on one of the beds, and got
themselves ready. Suddenly B.A. woke up. He was very
upset. He started screaming "I WAS ON A PLANE WA'N'T I?".
The four others came around him, and he spied Murdock. He
grabbed onto Murdock's shirt, and he screamed again "AN' YOU
WAS TH' ONE THAT FLEW ME..." "DI'N'T YOU, CRAZY FOO'?"
Murdock held his hands up in a surrender, and Hannibal said
(very calmly) "No B.A., Murdock did not fly you, for once,
and how do you think we got down here anyway?" "Fly?"
"You've got to be kidding." "Now please let go of Murdock's
shirt." B.A. let go, and he sat down on the bed. He folded
his arms to his chest and asked "Where is we?" Hannibal
replied, "In Curaguay." "Close to Tawnia, Brian, and
"But we're not allowed to go and see them,
because Stockwell, expressly forbid it." Hannibal smiled a
very jazzy smile, and said "Maybe after the mission at
hand...." "We'll see." Everyone grinned, and said "Yeah,
maybe after the mission...." Only Frankie asked "Huh?"
"Never you mind Frankie, you wouldn't know them anyway",
explained Face. Frankie nodded his greasy head, and said
"Oh." They finished getting themselves ready, and finally
they went out to find the tribe. "What were they called
again Hannibal?", asked Face. "I think they were called the
Incananas." "Or something like that." Murdock excitedly
said, "Well gents let's have a look-see." Hannibal
interrupted, "We'll ask around a little, and if anyone knows
anything, we'll take them with us as a guide." Everyone
nodded, and it was decided that Murdock and Frankie pull a
As they were scamming information out of people,
Hannibal's walkie-talkie crackled. "What do you want now
Stockwell?", asked Hannibal. "I wanted to make sure
everything was running on schedule." "Have you found my
silver yet?" "Not yet, and we're still finding out where
that tribe is." "So we should find out in a couple of
minutes." "Talk to ya later Stockwell." "Bye." He
switched off the walkie-talkie and continued to stare out
the window of his hotel.
Watching for Frankie and Murdock.
While Face, and B.A. fidgeted and paced around. Face came
to Hannibal's side and he asked "Are you absolutely sure it
was wise, that you let those two go scamming together?" "I
mean, we're talking about Frankie, and Murdock here." "One
of them incompetent, and the other's crazy." "Frankie's
pretty competent in his own right Lieutenant, and Murdock is
as sane as they come." "They'll pull everything off as
planned, so don't worry."
"Wha' if they gets themse'ves
killt Hann'bal?", asked B.A. "They won't, have faith guys."
"Famous last words Colonel", warned Face. Just then Frankie,
and Murdock practically broke down the door, trying to get
"Are they still after us Murdock?", asked Frankie.
Murdock answered, "Nope, think we lost 'em Frank my boy."
"What's going on guys?", asked Hannibal cheerfully. "Well
it's kinda hard to explain", said Frankie. "You tell him
Murdock." Murdock turned to Frankie and answered, "I'd
rather not." "Why?", asked Face pensively. After a few
minutes of uncomfortable silence, Murdock finally answered.
He said, "Well, everything was goin' great 'til someone, I'm
not sure who, said somethin' that wasn't right." "Then
those guys start chasin' us."
"What did one of you say?",
asked Face. "Well we asked about the tribe and all, an'
when we get to the part about the chest they get all weird
and start to chase us." "They were still chasin' us, when
we ran in here." "Great, just great", muttered Face. "I
could've done alot better." Frankie interrupted, "Then they
start shootin' at us Johnny." "Me an' Murdock ran, and
ran." "But I think we lost 'em." "This was not in the
plan, Hannibal", spoke up Face again. "I know, but maybe
there's still a chance that my plan will come together",
said Hannibal. "You know how I love it when...." Suddenly
three voices finished up "When a plan comes together." "Yeh
we know tha' Colonel", said B.A. "How are we gonna complete
our mission, with guys who have a slight disagreement
against Murdock and Frankie?", asked Face. "I'll think of
"Trust me." His eyes lit up, and he
started to grin. "Man's onna Jazz 'gain Guys", groaned
B.A.. "Aw Man", groaned Face. "I don' like it one bit",
muttered Murdock. "Huh?", asked Frankie. "Never mind
Frankie", three voices said at the same time. Frankie would
never understand the Jazz, even though he'd seen it alot of
times beforehand. "All right, all right, I was just
asking", commented Frankie.
Everyone (except for the
leader) shook their heads in Frankie's general direction.
Just then Hannibal's walkie-talkie crackled again. It was
Stockwell, checking up on them as usual. "What do you want
Stockwell?", asked Hannibal. "Just seeing how much progress
you've made", said the smug sounding general. "We're all
fine here Stockwell", commented Hannibal.
"That is not what
I meant, and you know it Hannibal." Hannibal grinned and
replied, "I just wanted to yank your chain a little
Stockwell." "We're getting on top of things even as we
speak." "Goodbye Stockwell." "Hey, I thought I turned this
thing off." "Well you know Stockwell, he could've probably
turned it on, from wherever he's watching us at", said Face.
"Good point." "Let's move out Men", said Hannibal. "What
did those guys say to you, before they started shooting, and
chasing you guys." Murdock, and Frankie looked at each
other, and Murdock started to speak again. "Well it's like
this Colonel, we stole a map from 'em." "See?" Murdock
held it out for all to see.
Hannibal said, "Yeah, nice."
Murdock replied, "Thanks." "As soon as they figured out
that we stole the map, they got real mad at us, and they
came runnin', and yellin', and shootin' at us." Murdock
finished, "That's all." Hannibal replied, "Ohhhhhh." "Well
good thing you got a map." Hannibal asked, "Is it to the
tribe, and the chest?" Murdock grinned and said, "Yup."
Hannibal replied, "Nice, Guys."
Frankie replied, "Thanks
Johnny." Hannibal said, "Let's get back to the work at hand
though, Guys." Hannibal held out the map, and they all
headed out the door, B.A. had a machete with him. As they
hacked their way through the jungle (which they'd driven a
jeep to the very edge to), Hannibal muttered "Twenty degrees
to the right, and five steps forward." He turned to Murdock
and Frankie, and said "This is the most ridiculous map I've
ever seen." They only shrugged. Then he called them both
to his side, and questioned them.
He asked "Are you guys
sure, this is the right map?" "We're sure Johnny", said Frankie,
while Murdock just nodded. "All right." A few steps later,
and they were in a clearing, and right smack in the middle
of a village. The tribe came running out to meet them, and
so did their chief. He got one look at the strangers, and
the next thing they knew they were all tied up, in bamboo
cages, with guards.
Face turned to Frankie and Murdock and
said "Thanks alot you two." While B.A. mumbled threats
against the two. Hannibal with the cigar still in his mouth
was trying to get untied. He finally spotted a sharp piece
of metal sticking out from the ground. He rubbed his wrists
on it, until the rope finally snapped. He untied the
others, and they escaped. A battle soon started between the
five, and the guards. Suddenly as the battle was rageing
on, the Chief stepped right in the middle, and blew on a
wooden whistle. Everyone stopped in mid-fight, and looked
He said (in English, which surprised the whole
team), "Gentlemen stopping the fight please." "I Chief
Humbertrain will being in my hut." "To please to follow
me." "I am meaning the white men, and dark big man please."
All of the A-Team followed the chief to his hut. Once they
got inside, Chief Humbertrain allowed the team to sit down.
He looked from one man to the other, and said "I am being
fairly sorry, for what I have done." "I am telling you that
you are Americans, and I am right."
He looked questioningly
at them. "You're right Chief", Hannibal confirmed. He
patted his pockets for another cigar, and Face supplied him
with one. Hannibal lit it, and said, "We're looking for a
chest, that has silver and other stuff in it." The chief's
face fell as he said "I sorry chest not here, it is else."
"Somewhere else?" "Where?", asked Hannibal. For the first
time in his life, the colonel was getting visibly agitated.
Although on the outside he was cool as a cucumber. He
folded his arms and said "This had better be a dang good
story Chief." "Where is the chest?" "It no exist."
Hannibal asked, "What?" Humbertrain replied, "It no exist."
"It is legend, and I not have it." "Great, just great,
Stockwell has sent us on another wild goose chase", muttered
Humbertrain answered, "But legend say chest buried in
hill somewhere East." "I know not where is hidden, so I
Chief Humbertrain am concluding chest no exist." "Goodbye
Gentlemen." "I am finishing Meeting now yes." Hannibal
said, "Our apologies Chief, and thanks alot." The five
left, and ambled out of the village. Just then Murdock's
"Hullo?" "Oh it's you Stockwell."
"Hullo." "Yeah, we found the village." "Didn't find
anything though." "Yep, he's here." "Colonel?" "Stockwell
on the waves here, and he's mighty antsy to speak to ya."
Hannibal glared at the walkie-talkie in his hand, as if it
were a poisonous snake. He finally asked into it, "Hello?"
Stockwell demanded, "What happened Colonel Smith?" Hannibal
sighed and said, "Well it's a very interesting story
Stockwell." "The village doesn't have it." "It's buried in
a hill somewhere East." "Go get it then", replied
Stockwell. Hannibal said, "No can do." "I'm not leading my
men further into the interior of the jungle." "Unless we
can contact Tawnia, at least for food and water." "At least
that." "Fine do whatever you'd like, you are out of my
"I will contact you later." "Good,
I'll be waiting all day by the phone, I can't wait to hear
your lovely voice again", Hannibal sarcastically replied.
Stockwell said, "Shut up and go find the chest, I don't have
all millennium." Hannibal smart alecky replied,
"Considering that the millennium is ten years away."
Stockwell said, "Right."
"Goodbye Stockwell." "Guys, let's
get back to where we left the jeep, and go see Tawnia and
Brian." "Who's Tawnia again Johnny?", asked Frankie.
"Here's the story...." He finished up ".......So after Amy
left, we met Tawnia." "Tawnia got married to a guy named
Brian Lefcourt, and had a baby girl named Katherina." "And
then we went back, and whipped some guerrillas' butts,
that's the last we saw of Tawnia and her family." When they
arrived at the jeep, Hannibal directed B.A. to the village.
When they got there, Hannibal knocked on the door. When
Tawnia opened it, she was flabbergasted, and practically
dragged them inside.
Six year-old Katherina looked up
expectantly at the strangers. When she saw B.A., she
started to giggle. She said "Hey, I remember you." "You
held me one time." "And Mom's told me a little bit more
about you guys." Suddenly Brian came in dragging their
twins along. Gregory and Briana. They were only two, and
they both warmed up to B.A. immediately.
B.A. of course was
in his element, and led the kids outside in a spirited game
of "Hide & Seek", while the others remained inside and
talked. Then Hannibal came to their real purpose.
"Stockwell wants us to get a chest full of silver, and other
odds and ends." "Stockwell, who's he?", asked Brian. "Just
someone you would not like to meet", said Face. "He's a
mean'un", commented Murdock who's voice was dripping with
disgust. "Well if you don't like him Murdock, I'm sure not
anxious to meet him", commented Tawnia. "Anyway, here's
what we need." "Food and water that'll last us for six
days." "And probably a horse or two that's sure-footed
enough to climb a hundred story hill." "The chief said that
the chest was buried in a hill somewhere East of him." "So
since you lived East,
I was hoping you knew where the hill
was too?" Tawnia nodded, and said "It's called "She-Devil's
Pass"." "When the wind starts up, it sounds like a woman
screaming bloody murder", said Brian. "Or so legend says",
spoke up Tawnia. "I don't believe a word of it though", she
continued. "That's because you're a reporter, and all
reporters are cynics", said her husband. "Shut up, not all
reporters are cynics", she said. "Well Amy was a little bit
cynical...." "Speaking of Amy...." "Where is she?" "She
went out of the country on assignment."
"Maybe she'll be
back", commented Tawnia. "Maybe so", said Face tentatively.
Everyone seriously doubted it, but they didn't say so in
front of Face, they knew that he and Amy had shared a few
private tete a tetes since the Team had been together, and
when she had gone it had nearly broken him, internally and
externally. But he had pulled through, and had even gotten
a few letters from her. She was doing well, she still
wasn't married, and she'd even been given a Pulitzer or two.
She was happy, but she missed him terribly, and she hoped
that one day he'd be free.
When Tawnia had loaded them up
with their food water, and pack animals, Hannibal rounded up
B.A.. B.A. led all three children into the house, and said
goodbye to both Tawnia and Brian. While Gregory, Briana and
Katherina all tearfully said their goodbyes. Katherina
asked "Will we see you again B.A.?" "I hones'ly don' know
Darlin'." "Someday soon I hope." "Goodbye, and all y'all
behave you'sev'es, and obey yore Momma an' Dad." "Okay?"
They all nodded, and the A-Team was soon gone. Once they
got to the hill, which was several a several hours' trek,
they climbed to the top, leaving Frankie to guard the
animals, since they couldn't climb the slippery
Tawnia had apologized saying, that there
were no surefooted animals in her village. The villagers
had given the Team what they had. The Team was thankful,
and had started out immediately. Once inside the cave, they
grabbed the chest, and they carefully climbed down the
The chest was strapped to the horse, and they
made it to the edge of the jungle again. Then they knocked
out B.A., and brought him on board the plane, that was
waiting for them. When they landed, Hannibal drove the van,
and B.A. was in the passenger's seat. Once inside, Face,
Frankie, and Murdock all hauled the chest in. The look of
triumph on the general's face almost made up for the way
he'd planned to kill Murdock a little while back.
They were still holding him to his promise of pardons for
them all. Except for Murdock. When the chest was opened,
everyone's eyes got huge. For everything was there,
including the little trinkets. Little bracelets and
necklaces, which was doled out to everyone. Which they all
declined. He ordered the chest to be brought to this little
museum. B.A. still being asleep, was snoring on one of the
couches, and so it left Michael Angelo, Face, Murdock,
Hannibal, and Frankie to carry it downstairs. When they got
back upstairs with the chest delivered to its rightful
place, B.A. woke up.
He was none too happy about having to
fly again, and was about to punch something. That something
just so happened to be, Stockwell's eye, which if Murdock
would not have ducked, would have been Murdock's nose.
General Stockwell held his eye, and Carla came to his rescue
once again. She led him to his quarters. Once the general
had been taken care of, everyone sat down on the big couch
and relaxed, but not for very long. Hannibal sighed looked
at his men, puffed on his cigar, and said "I love it when a
plan comes together."
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