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The Locked Room part 1 The Locked Room Part 1
By: Jennifer Hatcher

This case was supposed to be simple. Hannible kept telling himself that as he continued to stare down at Face. Templeton "FaceÓ Peck had been laying on the bed staring off into space for almost an hour. B.A. and Murdock stood around the bed worried. Face was almost in a catatonic state. Hannible stroked Faces hair trying to bring him back to life. "Kid, Can you hear meÓ? Murdock began to pace across the floor getting more and more upset. B. A. went over to him and put his arm around Murdock trying to calm him down a little. "Don't worry fool, Face is tough he will be alright. Hannible stared at Face his eyes held a look of utter terror in them. "What the hell happened in there you guys"? Hannible gently tried to shake Face back to reality. Face jumped out of the bed at Hannible's touch. He shrank into the nearest corner curled himself up into a ball, and began to rock bach and forth saying "Please, Please". Hannible looked up at B.A and Murdock both were shocked. All three looked at each other trying to figure out what could have happened to bring Face to this state of mind. Hannible got up and drew a blanket off of the bed and gentle laid it over Face careful not to touch him. Crouched down next to Face, he looked at him and said "What the hell happened in there kid".

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Earlier that day

The van skidded to a stop. The team prepared their weapons. "Safety's off guys" Hannible said. The van echoed with the sounds of guns and ammunition being loaded. " Face you and Murdock take the right and left doors, B.A you're with me. "Got it" Face said as he opened the sliding van door, everyone took off in their directions. The plan was supposed to be simple. Hannible and B.A. go in the front door while Murdock and Face go in the right and left side doors. The house was set up so that the girl they had to rescue was in the back room. They would attack the house from four directions. Hannible and B.A. ran up to the front door a man on each side. "Should we ring the bell or knock Sgt." Hannible said with a grin on his face. "Lets knock" B.A. growled as he stepped in front of the door and kicked it down. "Honey were home" Hannible yelled as he began to fire cover shots over the guards head. The three guards immediately fell to the ground in a mixture of fear and surprise. Surprised that someone had actually found this place, and fear of what their boss was going to do to them. Hannible and B.A. began to make their way to the back bedroom. On the way they meet up with Murdock, who was having a great time posting happy face stickers on unconscious guards. The three of them grew worried when Face was no where to be found.

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Face was making his way to the back room as planned. One of the guards had enough presence of mind to attack Face from behind. He grabbed the man with his right hand and through him against the wall, dropping his gun in the process. After giving the guard a shot to the jaw and then the stomach He picked up his gun and was ready to move on. Suddenly Face heard a small whimpering sound coming from the next door down. Face moved to the door and opened it slowly. He immediately went pale as the memories hit him all at once like a ton of brick. One of the guards had a young boy tied to a bed and was raping him. The memories flashed before Faces eyes. He felt light-headed and nauseous. Like a freight train roaring down the tracks, he was unable to stop the memories in his mind. The hands on his body, their laughter, his screams, the endless night and nights of torture. " What the fuck", the guard yelled as he was caught off guard by Faces presence. The boy looked at Face with terror and pleading in his eyes. Face ran up to the guard knocking him down as he was trying to pull up his pants. The line between Fiction and reality was beginning to blur for him. He knew where he was but all he could see was his abusers face. One shot from the barrel of his gun knocked the guard out cold. Face saw the P.O.W. camp where he was held in Vietnam all around him, then he slowly looked up directly into the face of one scared and frightened little boy. Face ran over to the child careful not to touch him. He untied him and as soon as he did the boy screamed and bolted out of the bed as he ran out of the room. Face grabbed his gun breathing heavy. Shaking he leaned against the wall trying to control his mind. He shut his eyes trying to shield himself from the memories and pain. As hard as he tried the memories over took him. Face went back to that place in his mind where he stayed during his 8 months as a prisoner of war. Fifteen minutes later that is the same state Murdock, Hannible and B.A found him in.

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At sunrise Murdock knocked on Faces door, relief swept through him as he heard someone say "Come in". Face had finally come out of his haze about 2 hours ago. "Hey Muchacho", Murdock said as he walked in and sat on the edge of the bed. "You had everyone worried sick pal especially Hannible". Face gave a faint smile "I am sorry Murdock, I don't remember what happened last night"."You freaked out when Hannible touched you" Murdock said. Face looked down at the ground and said "I am sorry". Face knew Hannible was probably worried about him. " Face you have nothing to apologize for" Murdock said. Murdock looked at the floor, then at face and said "What happened man"? Face just stared out of the window, the memories swirling in his head threatening to overtake him. Face finally said in what was almost a sob "I don't know".

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Hannible was asleep on the couch in the living room. He had been checking on Face every hour until he finally fell asleep. As Hannible stretched on the couch and wiped the sleep from his eyes the image of Face in the corner came back to him. His heart felt a stabbing pain when he remembered how terrified he looked. Hannible had always thought of Face like a son, it hurt him as deeply as it would have any other father to see him in pain. Hannible got off of the couch and walked down the hall to Faces door. Hannible felt relief sweep through him as he heard voices from within. Hannible knocked softly and heard Murdock tell him to come in. Murdock was sitting on the edge of the bed while Face was sitting in the middle in the clothes he wore yesterday. " Hey kid, How are you feeling" Hannible asked. The first thing Hannible noticed about Face was not his unshaven look or his unkempt clothes, but the fact that he looked so sad. "Hi colonel" Murdock said as Face continued to stare out the window. Hannible grabbed a cigar out of his shirt pocket and lit it as he walked around the room. "It looks like it is going to be a beautiful day today guys"he said. "What do you guys think about going fishing". "!YEA!" Murdock said as he understood what Hannible was trying to do. "FISHING, I can bring fisherman bob with us" Murdock said with childish enthusiasm. Murdock could not help be excited, he loved fishing with a passion. Face smiled when he saw how excited Murdock was, but then the memories appeared before him again. Face bit his lower lip trying to keep control this time. The colonel looked at Face and saw what was happening. "Face?" Hannible asked as he walked over and knelt down in front of Face. Hannible gently touched his shoulder and said "What's wrong son"? In the morning light everything was different, Face was not afraid of Hannible's touch. He was not afraid of the only father he had ever known. In the morning light all Face wanted was to feel safe as the terror began to fill his heart and mind. Face looked into Hannible's gentle eyes and collapsed into his arms sobbing and shaking. Hannible and Murdock were unable to control their emotions as they watched Face fall apart. Hannible held Face in his arms as he cried, stroking his hair and telling him everything would be alright. Face was unable to stop his cries. The memories flashed before him. He heard his own screams over and over in his mind. Murdock slowly backed out of the room and bumped into B.A. at the doorway. He and Murdock had tears flowing down their face. "Come on crazy man", B.A. said as he put his arm around Murdock. They gently closed the door behind them.

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B.A. and Murdock slowly walked to the kitchen. B.A. sat down at the kitchen table while Murdock went to the refrigerator and got a soda out. "He was like this in the P.O.W. camp in Vietnam, you know" Murdock finally said as he attempted for the third time to open the top of the can. B.A. looked up at Murdock with fear in his eyes "You don't think someone messed with him do you". Murdock looked at B.A. and said " I don't think so, I don't think face would have come out of it if that was the case". B.A stared at the table not knowing what to say next. So neither one of them said anything for a while. Both of them were hoping Hannible would be able to find out what was wrong.

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Hannible rocked Face in his arms, he cried for a good hour. He finally began to get a hold of himself and Hannible helped him back onto the bed. Face wiped the tears from his eyes as he tried to take some deep breaths. " I am sorry" he said as he ran his hands through his golden hair. "You have nothing to apologize for Face" Hannible said as he sat on the bed next to him. Hannible looked at Face and said "What happened yesterday kid"? Face stared out of the window as mind raced to the small frightened little boy. "Yesterday as I was going to the back room, I heard a noise from one of the side rooms". He took a deep breathe and said "One of the guards was rapping a little kid". Hannible swore under his breath as his whole face was red with anger. Hannible took his last cigar out of his shirt, lit it, and puffed vigorously. He was trying to control his anger at such a hideous act. "I don't know colonel, it was like a locked room in my mind opened and all of these memories flashed in front of me. Hannible knew instinctively that Face was talking about his time in the P.O.W. camp with Murdock. " I did not even check to see if the boy was alright, all I did was loose it when I shouldn't have"! Face was beginning to panic as he started to pace the room. " I tried to keep control Hannible I swear, it was like I just couldn't stop the memories. Hannible quickly grabbed his arm and said "You have nothing to apologize for, you did not do anything wrong". Face looked at Hannible with tears in his eyes. "I was weak Hannible, I put the team in danger because I am a WEAK FUCKING BASKET CASE" Face yelled as he tried to escape Hannible's grip. "YOU ARE NOT WEAK LIEUTENANT." Hannible yelled trying to get face to listen to him. "If you were weak you never would have been able to survive what happened to you in that camp". Face began to cry as he struggled to get away from Hannible grip. " I need a break Hannible, please no jobs for a while what if I freak out again"? Hannible heart was breaking as he looked at Face, he was almost begging him. " I think we all need a vacation, we can rent a cabin at Spring Lake they have great fishing out there". Face walked over to the window wiping away the tears. "Thank you he said". Hannible walked over and stood next to him at the window, both men knew in their hearts and minds the next few weeks were going to very difficult for the whole team.

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The Locked Room by Jennifer Hatcher