201 Rosemont Ave.
Benny Ray Riddle studied the target
area carefully. The camouflage on his
Three Weeks Earlier
Matt Shepherd threw the latest batch
of paperwork into the out basket with
A soft knock at the door interrupted him. "Come in."
Grace walked into the room. "Hi
Matt." She didnt sound like her normal
"Whats wrong? Need to talk?"
Matt looked concerned. He and Grace had
"Yes I do. I dont think we should see each other any more."
Margo spiked the ball over the net,
sending Nick diving after it. He missed
"What? Having coordination problems today?" She grinned at Rico. The two of them were taking on Benny Ray and Nick.
"Come on, amigo! You can do better
than that!" The medic tossed the ball
"You arent still pissed at-" Benny Ray started.
"You bet. Payback time!"
"What?" Nick looked confused.
Benny Ray did his best to look innocent. "That wasnt me!"
"Oh yes it was. Youre the
only one who likes to put Tabasco sauce on his
Margo laughed, trying to imagine Benny
Ray actually playing a joke on
"But you " Benny Ray trailed off as he spotted Matt walking towards them.
"Wow, he doesnt look happy."
Nick caught the volleyball as Rico served
"Youre not supposed to catch
it..." Rico trailed off when he saw the
"What happened?" Margo asked.
"Not now. Ill tell you later." Matt sighed. "Got room for another player?"
"You bet. Cmon, Boss, we can take them." Benny Ray threw Matt the ball.
But after Matt missed two serves and
one of Margos now famous spikes,
"She didnt like me leaving without any explanation or not being able to spend time with me."
"She said we couldnt have
a relationship unless we could be completely
"Im sorry, Major." Rico
clapped Matt on the shoulder. "Anything we can
"Not really, but thank you. I just need some time "
"And Ben and Jerrys," Margo said. She wasnt about to say what she really wanted to.
"Ben and Jerrys?" Nick asked.
"It always works for me."
"What about that new movie?" Rico asked. "The one with all the explosions."
Matt finally grinned. "As long as theres no paperwork."
"Or exes." Nick sighed, remembering his own failed relationships.
"What, that disco girl didnt work out?" Benny Ray asked.
"I dont want to talk about it."
Margo picked up the ball. "Matt, you ready to play now?"
"Yep. Thanks, guys."
Maui Bar and Grill
Margo finished off the last of the hot
wings. They had taken Matt out for the
He looked puzzled, but nodded.
After Matt left to go get more wings,
Margo pulled the sniper aside. "You
"Well, I was thinking "
One Week Later
Piles of camouflage stripping and other
materials were strewn around the
"How much time before we have to be at the bar?" Margo asked.
"One hour. I promised the Major
that wed help paint over that graffiti."
"How does it look?" She held up her part of the project.
"Better. Well take it out to Hals and field-test it before we leave."
Margo nodded, glad for his help. She
smiled to herself. She always kept
"Its Matt. You still coming by this morning?"
"Thanks. Do you know where Benny
Ray is? Nobodys picking up at his
"I dont know. Hes probably on his way over."
"Okay. See you in a few."
In response to the snipers questioning
look, Margo quickly explained the
"Good idea. He cant find out."
Matt brushed on the last coat of paint.
Local kids were overdoing it with
"I think its done, Boss," Benny Ray said, quietly.
Seeing the look on Matts face,
Benny Ray knew that the mission had to be
Hals Shooting Range
"Thats a good one." Hal nodded approval.
"So what are you two up to?"
The ex-sniper looked at Benny Ray. "Or do I
"Well fill you in later. Its kinda personal."
"I understand. It wouldnt
have anything to do with the way Major Shepherd
Benny Ray winced. His friend had scored a direct hit.
"I thought so. Dont worry,
shell do fine. And if you need any help, please
"Well, what do you think?" Margo spun around in a circle.
"Outstanding." Hal smiled at Margo.
"Good. I did have help."
"Only a little," Benny Ray said. "And that definitely will work."
201 Rosemont Ave.
And it would work. Now all they needed
was their target. "Howre you
"Good. You?" Margo hadnt stayed this still for this long in a while.
"Muy bueno. Target should be in sight shortly."
Fifteen minutes later the sports car
pulled up in the driveway. Their target got out and walked towards
the ambush site, holding a set of keys in one hand
Not suspecting a thing, Grace walked
towards her front door, thinking that
Margo had to stop running. She was laughing too hard. Benny Ray came back to where she stood. "Wed better book."
"Yeah," she managed, between gasps.
Benny Ray was laughing too as they climbed
into Margos car. "Confirmed
"Oh yes. True customer satisfaction," she replied, looking at her ghillie suit.
Margo was still chuckling as she cleaned
off the paint in her apartment. The
"Hi Margo!" Nick waved from
his seat. Benny Ray lounged next to him,
"You two look happy." Nick looked curious.
"I am. Its mischief night and they caught the vandals who were cutting tires at my building," Margo explained.
"My truck should be here next week.
So Im happy." That excuse was true.
"Well, I got a date for the disco
Halloween party." Nick looked very
"Uh-oh." Margo looked across the bar.
"What?" Benny Ray followed her gaze. "Oh, shi-"
Matt walked down the stairs. He did
not look happy. "You, you. My office
Benny Ray and Margo traded looks and followed Matt up the three stairs into the office.
"Okay. Which one of you wants to explain why Grace just called here saying shes afraid to go home."
They remained silent.
"Why two people dressed as snipers
were waiting to ambush her outside of
"Um " Margo looked at her partner in crime.
"I, uh, well..." Benny Ray looked at the floor.
"Did you think that she wouldnt
figure out who it was? Benny Ray, she is
"I had to keep my promise. And
I wasnt really going to break her neck."
"I said if she broke your heart,
Id break her neck. Well, I couldnt do that,
"So we came up with a plan and
executed it." Benny Ray finally met Matts
"Youre saying you did this
because of her breaking up with me?" Matt was
"Yup." Margo sighed. "And
it worked. Youre not feeling sorry for
"Damn right I am. Shes not
pressing charges. I assured her and the police
Margo groaned as she made another circle
around the parking lot. She could see Benny Ray on the other
side of the lot, keeping an eye out for those
Benny Ray must have been thinking the
same thing. As they passed each