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The Map of the Day Before

The Map of the Day Before

Author: Danielle

Rating: PG-13 (some reference to violence)
Archive: Yes
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Summary: Face and Murdock talk about stuff.
Disclaimer: I don't own the A-Team (except in my dreams) and I'm not making any money off of writing this. Please note, I am a poor student (READ: If you sue me, you will get nothing but a used shirt off my back)

So Face tried to sleep. Tried to forget what had happened earlier in the night with the girl had been too hard. Especially with Murdock watching him all night. What could he tell him? Face wondered. What could he have said to tell his friend that the girl would be ok? Nothing. Face opened his eyes abruptly. Even in his sleep his continence was plaguing him. He hadn’t meant to grab her so roughly. And he knew she hadn’t been hurt…to badly. His mind played back the same moment over and over and over and…Face heard a noise outside his door.

“ Who is it?” he called out quietly in the night, already knowing the answer. The door opened quietly and Murdock scampered over to Face and the bed. He sat at the end, resting his chin on his knees and waited. “ What do you want Murdock?” Face asked slowly.

“ Why did you hit her Facey? She was just looking at the ‘vette.” Face closed his eyes.

“I don’t know”.

“ But Facey, why don’t you know?”

“Murdock, I just don’t know”

“ That was sure a dumb thing to get mad about…”

“ Murdock!” Face felt his mind about to snap. The man at the foot of his bed recoiled, but didn’t leave.

“Murdock, please go” Face tried to keep his voice quiet. Tried to keep calm. He could feel the rage raising in him again and he didn’t know why. But Murdock didn’t move. He didn’t move all night. Neither did Face. They stared at each other’s eyes until dawn made it possible for them to see each other fully. Finally, Face licked his lips. “ I was mad”

“ At her?” Murdock answered quickly.

“ No, at myself”

“ For what?”

“For forgetting to tape a show” Murdock looked distressed.

“ Facey, you got mad over a TV show?”

“ It was a movie. I don’t know why it made me so mad, but it did.”

“ Faceman” Face closed his eyes for a second, not wanting to look at his friend as he listened to the words. When he opened them, Murdock was three inches away from nose. “ Faceman, why don’t you just write?”

And with that, Murdock got off the bed and walked out the door. Face opened the drawer, already knowing that a pad and pen were in there. He wrote about the war, about the girl, about all the girls. He wrote about the team, about the orphanage, about everything that had ever mattered to him. And when he ran out of paper, Face cried until he had no more tears. With nothing left to do, Face slept.

The Map of the Day Before by Danielle
The Map of the Day Before by Danielle



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