THE SILVER STAR BAR
Matt had laid of half his staff for
the Christmas holiday season since things had slowed down on
both fronts the team was hanging around not doing much and helped
as much as possible. Most of the team had gone home except for
Margo who volunteered to help clean things up. Matt had told
the waitress's to go home along with the bartender and bar manager.
Two men entered the bar with guns drawn Margo stopped what she
was doing and Matt showed them where the money was. They took
the cash and one of the men spoke to Margo in Romanian and then
shot her. The two men left in a hurry and Matt quickly dialed
911. An ambulance arrived with police and they loaded Margo in
for the ride to Mercy general hospital. Matt went to his car
Matt had successfully avoided the questions
by the police and was talking to the doctors in emergency. They
took Margo right in for emergency surgery. Matt then called Nick
and had him get a hold of everyone else. He then called Margo's
brother John and suggested he get here quick. The team filled
in pretty fast they got their orders and headed out again. One
determined cop remained he walked upto Matt. "Mr. Shepherd
I'm lt. Diaz and I need to ask you some questions?" "Alright
lieutenant go ahead I can't dodge you for ever." The cop
asked his questions about the robbery and the shooting. Matt
answered all of his questions and the cop asked him to come down
to the station to sign his statement when he had time. The doctors
came out of surgery one of them walked upto Matt. Mr. Shepherd
we were able to remove one of the two bullets but we need consent
for a specialist to operate you see the slug is next to her heart
and where not qualified to do that kind of work. He'll be here
tomorrow. So I really need to talk with a member of her immediate
family." "Her brother will be here in the morning he's
flying in from Rome." "She'll sleep through the night
so you may want to go home." "I'll stay Doctor. Matt
followed her to her room and took a seat in one of the chairs.
THE SILVER STAR
Benny Ray and Nick went back to the
bar. Nicks old ID got them in the cops left after only finding
one shell casing. While Benny Ray found the other and pocketed
it. "Well amigo looks like a berdan primed 10mm." Nick
looked confused "berdan what?" "Nick it's a European,
made cartridge." They then left and went to talk to matt.
Morning came and Matt shifted in his
chair he really had a bad night. Plus the couple hours of sleep
he got really did not help him that much. He got up and stretched
to get the kinks out of his back. He noticed a woman in scrubs
who looked familiar attending to Margo. The women turned and
said. "Good morning I always wondered what her name was."
"How are you Dr. Newman?" "Just fine so his my
other patient doing." "He's good." "When
do you expect her brother soon. I hope." Benny Ray and Nick
came in a few minutes later. "Sorry we were not here last
night boss but I needed to talk to some ammo suppliers I do business
with. The shell we found was berdan primed and I showed it to
a friend last night he looked up the numbers on the shell and
it's Romanian made especially for their security teams. Caliber
was 10mm probably 175 gr. Weight." "So where's the
shell now?" "Matt this morning I dropped it off to
a friend of mine who works in the FBI lab here in LA. Replied
Nick." "Ok sounds good can one of you guys go and pick
up Margo's brother?" "Got it boss." Benny Ray
Benny Ray waited and watched the passengers
disembark from the Rome flights but he still did not notice a
priest. There was one more flight from Rome this morning. Benny
Ray noticed a man also waiting for the same flight. But he noticed
the bulge under his coat. He wished he had brought one of his
pistols with him. Benny Ray watched the man closely then the
plane landed they both got up and waited Benny Ray moved closer
to the guy just in case.
John looked around for a familiar face
and found it and waved to Benny Ray. The man in front of Benny
Ray quickly pulled his gun from its shoulder rig and pointed
the gun right at John. Benny Ray had maneuvered behind him and
quickly brought one arms underneath the attackers while the other
he brought around the mans neck and he clasped his hand together
and violently pulled the mans gun arm into the air until he heard
a crack in his shoulder. The man dropped his gun and screamed
violently in a foreign tongue Benny Ray did not understand. He
retrieved the mans weapon and placed it in his waistband. He
then hauled the man up and told John to go and get his bags.
Benny Ray took his prisoner outside and tied him up in the back
of his truck.
John emerged with his bags and Benny
Ray through them into the back of his truck and they were off.
He stopped at the Silver Star first and left his prisoner with
Deke and told him to call Rico to check out his arm. He then
left to deliver John to the hospital.
John and Benny Ray walked into the hospital
and found Nick and Matt outside Margo's room. Pleasantries were
past and Matt had told John all he knew about what happened.
Dr. Newman emerged from the room and asked if her relative was
here yet. Matt steered here to John and she asked him to sign
a few papers, which he did. She turned and smiled at Benny Ray.
Margo was then wheeled out of her room for more surgery.
The surgery was very long and Matt noticed
the pistol in Benny Ray's waistband. Then Trout appeared and
asked to talk to Matt. "Matt we have a little problem."
Matt looked at Trout and said. "Not now Trout " "Matt
she's involved in this. Well actually it began with her father."
"Trout what are you talking about." "Alright there's
a hit team out there looking to take down all members of a former
Romanian Physicist team that migrated here and there heirs. Since
Miss Vincent's father is already dead then her and her brother
are at risk. Are only hope of stopping them is finding them and
terminating them." "Who started this whole thing?"
"Some renegade general who was recently arrested."
"Can we atleast wait till the surgery's over?" "Of
The surgery was long and everyone wanted
some justice for this one 5 hours later Dr. Newman came out and
explained that she had removed the bullet but she had gone into
a coma shortly after. She then explained that someone needed
to talk to her at all times while she was in this condition John
took first watch. Everyone else left
BASEMENT OF THE SILVER STAR
Matt had gone over what he was told
by Trout. So the rest of the team would know what was going on
as well. 'Well boss that explains this then." As Benny Ray
held up the pistol. "Benny Ray that is an odd looking gun."
Matt replied. "Yes sir it is what I have here is a 10mm
CZ-75 made in checkelsavkia most of them are 9mm but the Romanians
bought quite a few of these in 10 mm before they over took the
old regime. So what I would like to do sir is contact an old
friend in Navel Intelligence and see what he can dig up."
"Okay Benny Ray make your call." He got up and walked
upstairs. "Deke I want you to use your contacts to see where
these guys might be hiding." "Already in the works."
"Nick you and I get to talk to our guest in the other room.
Well it took Benny Ray awhile but his
friend came through as a fax came over the wire at Margo's workstation.
Telling him everything he needed to know about 10 men traveling
in a group who had been there for atleast a week and had already
killed three scientists and their families all with 10mm ammo.
All the men were ex-military and he even provided their passport
Matt and Nicks interrogation had only
given them a name in two hours of work they began to wonder how
much he truly understood. Benny Ray walked in and handed him
the fax. "Well Sir according to this they all speak English
very well and his name should be Alexi Shinnooskus." Benny
Ray walked over to the wall pressed some numbers and a wall revealed
weapons hung on a wall Benny Ray grabbed one of the big revolvers
and filled the cylinder full of .454 Casull ammo and pointed
the gun to the man's head. "Amigo talk or you get your brains
spattered all the way back to Romania. The hostage remembered
Benny Ray from that morning and gave everything up. Matt quickly
called Trout to see if he could not get the cops pulled off of
Deke's cell phone rang and the info
he was waiting for was confirmed. He then walked into the other
room and he saw bags packed and tactical vests being readied.
Deke grabbed his gear and made sure everything was ready to go.
They then hit the road.
Margo's brother John was telling her
about all the things he had done since they last saw each other.
John was beginning to wonder if this had anything to do with
his past and things that he wish he could forget. He then said
a prayer for each of his parent's plus a special prayer for his
sister and the men she worked with. He had known such men but
he just wished that Margo would settle down and raise a family.
Trout walked in and told him that he could take over if he wanted
to get some rest. His answer to trout was "no."
BEACH FRONT PROPERTY LA COUNTY
The team moved into position very quietly
Nick and Matt took the front and Benny Ray and Deke took the
rear of the secluded beach house. "Major where in position
awaiting further instructions." Matts voice came over the
COM link "Benny Ray count two five and lob a flash bang
from your position and we'll lob one from ours." "Roger
that." He waited as the numbers ticked down in his head
and he then lobbed in a flash bang.
As Matt and Nick entered they eliminated
the men in their side of the house and screamed "Clear"
They then checked the upstairs and found machine guns, pistols
and Sniper rifles with plenty of ammo for each type of gun ammo
ranged from 10mm to 7.62 X39 Russian.
Benny Ray and Deke caught the rest of
the Killers in the other side of the house and did in kind to
them before they could react. Then he and Deke took a body count
and realized one was missing there were eight bodies not nine
like we had hoped.
Nick and Matt came back down stairs
and they all agreed that they needed to have another talk with
their prisoner back at the Silver Star. They then headed out
the door before the cops showed up.
BASEMENT OF THE SILVER STAR.
When they got back matt grabbed the
prisoner by the throat and asked. "Ok my friend who was
your other target and where's the hit going to take place. He
told him UCLA but this was going to be a sniper job. Matt handed
the clean up to Benny Ray. He quickly grabbed his Remington 700
loaded it and was out the door with out a word.
Matt then called Trout to tell him what
was going on and to have one of his men come by and pick up their
prisoner. Deke and Nick had already started stripping and cleaning
their weapons and putting everything back where it belonged.
Matt headed back to the hospital to see if anything had changed.
Benny Ray had thought about it on hi
drive over and the faculty parking lot seemed like the logical
place for a sniper to hide he thought about where he would hide
and as he checked the area out there was a chapel across from
the parking lot. He parked his truck on the sidewalk and pulled
out a pair of binocs and he was right there was definitely someone
there. Benny Ray immediately grabbed his drop bag and started
lookingfor a vantagepoint of his own. Finding a very high building
that had transmission gear for the campus radio station he then
started climbing up to an empty platform rewarded him.
He made himself comfortable on the platform
and got himself in the seating position he took the Remington
from the Drop bag and took the scope covers off of the scope
he then raised the rifle to his shoulder as he looked through
the scope. He was rewarded with a target a man holding a Romak-3
probably in 7.62 Russian. Benny Ray dialed in the proper distance,
which was about 450 yds. And waited for his target to make the
Benny Rays counter part checked everyone
who entered the parking lot checking the picture he had to ID
his target. He waited patiently but he had the feeling he was
being watched he looked around but saw no one at all. He just
chalked it up too nerves because it had been a long time since
he was given this kind of job. He then checked the next man to
approach a car and was rewarded by his target.
Benny Ray noticed the man raising his
rifle and taking a target acquisition. He then raised his own
weapon and fed a cartridge into the chamber and placed the cross
hairs right on the mans chest. He took in a half breath and released
it very slowly. His finger then squeezed the trigger and his
opponent fell from his nest onto the pavement.
Benny Ray gathered up his equipment
and put everything in the drop bag and started his climb down.
Once on the ground he took the five-minute walk back to his truck
threw in his bag and walked over to the crowd and realized his
shot had hit him right in the heart and that he was probably
dead before he hit the ground.
He then walked over to his truck climbed in and slowly drove
THE SILVER STAR
Benny Ray arrived in time to see Trout's
people take their prisoner away in handcuffs. He started the
climb down the stairs and was greeted by Deke and Nick "So
how did things go?" "Well Deke really well. One shot
one kill you know the Sniper motto." "I still got no
idea why Matt let you go solo on this." "Well Nick
he knows I was trained for this in the first place and he knew
the job would get done. Besides amigo it's a one man job any
more than that and you would have gotten in the way." He
then took his gear down stairs cleaned his rifle and emptied
the magazine and put it back on the wall with the rest of the
weapons besides his personal sidearm.
When Deke and Nick arrived at the hospital
Matt had just convinced John that he was wiped out from his flight
and the entire sitting he had done with Margo. Deke also convinced
Matt that John was not the only one who needed rest. Matt agreed.
Nick pointed out that he needed to go to the police dept. and
sign his statement before the cops came looking for him. Matt
and john then left and Deke took his turn with Margo.
LAPD DISTRICT B
Matt walked in and asked for Lieutenant
Diaz. "I was just gonna call you Mr. Shepherd". "Oh
why?" "Well you see I had your name run on a background
check. So what comes up that you're a retired Major in the Army."
"But then we had that killing at UCLA and on the beach."
"So what are you getting at Diaz?" "Well I begin
to think of the stuff I learned in the seals and it all looks
to professional." "Sorry to disappoint you but I do
run a business plus I've been at the hospital. Two alibis' you
can't break. Besides I left all that stuff behind me when I retired."
Diaz looked at him and slid his statement forward. "If you
say so." "I do." Matt then picked up the pen and
signed his name and went home to get some sleep.
Benny Ray arrived at the hospital at
the hospital in time to see Dr. Newman leaving the room. "Doctor
how is she?" "Well there's no change and for that I
am very sorry." "Not your fault it's mine." "What
makes you think that?" "Well if I had stayed she wouldn't
of been shot" "How can you be so certain of that?"
"Just a feeling I have is all." "You care what
happens to her don't you?" "Yes ma'am I do she's a
good friend." Dr. Newman turned to walk away and turned
around to face Benny Ray once more. "What is your name anyway?"
"It's Benny Ray." "Thank you. I was beginning
to think you only answered to John Doe" With that Benny
Ray laughed. And walked in two give Nick a rest Benny Ray stayed
by her bedside for the past five hours until Matt and John relieved
him and the others got back as well. Benny Ray knew he needed
some coffee and some food. He walked to a machine and got both.
Then he heard Matt yelling for a doctor and Dr. Newman came running
she threw Matt out of the room along with John.
INSIDE MARGO'S ROOM
Once inside the room Dr. Newman checked
the equipment she was hooked up to and she was flat lining she
was able to stabilize her but her pulse was very weak. Everyone
was banned from her room.
Margo's spirit then left her body and
floated towards a bridge with a bright light that she was following
she was greeted by her mother and father who both told her "It
is not your time yet." She argued with them and her father
left her to her mother. "Dear come with me you need to see
some things before you decide to cross over or not." She
followed her mother.
OUTSIDE MARGO'S ROOM
Dr. Newman briefed everyone on what
was happening. "I strongly recommend that those of you who
pray. You might want to find a church and do it." Benny
Ray got up and headed out with John and Nick. "Where are
you going asked Matt." Benny Ray turned and said to church
boss." Matt had not stepped inside a church other than the
occasional funeral for about fifteen years and the same held
true for Deke. They just sat and said their own prayers in their
(The world between the living and the dead)
Margo stood by a pool with her mother.
"Well child there is one person right now who I want you
too see who would be lost with out you." She stirred the
pool and she saw Trout sitting behind his desk. "Mother
why Trout?" "You see you and your friends work is not
done you actually make a difference in the world. With out you
the others will just fall apart and go their separate ways. You
see you are the glue that holds them together." Her mother
moved on. She then showed her two headstones there were names
on the stones they read Benny Ray Riddle and Nick Delvechio.
"Mother how did they die?" "Trying to avenge your
death in Romania." "Her mother moved on this time to
a Mirror "Margo just look at what has happened to John without
you alive. He has turned to the bottle and just sits in his chair
and does nothing." "But John is strong and he does
not need me." "Yes he does child more than you will
ever know." She moved on this time once more. "There
is one more person your death will affect very deeply."
She looked and saw Matt. "Mother I don't understand Matt
is only a friend." "Yes but one who respects you and
is also in love with you. But denies his feelings about you."
They wound up back at the bridge. "I suggest you think about
this for awhile before you cross over."
SAINT JAMES'S CHURCH
The three men walked in both john and
Nick walked to the altar and kneeled and both said a prayer and
blessed themselves. While Benny Ray took a seat in the back and
said one of the prayers he learned as a child from his mother.
Both Nick and john said their prayers in an empty front row.
"Look's like you brought friends this time." Said a
familiar voice. Benny Ray looked up and saw his friend the priest
sitting down beside him. "So do you feel like talking?"
"Well Padre a friend of mine is near death and we thought
we would just come here and pray for her." "Do you
mind if I say a prayer for your friend?" "Feel free
Padre." "How about a name?" "Her name is
Margo." The priest got on his knees and said a prayer and
then left. They stayed at the Church through evening Mass and
the whole congregation said a prayer for Margo. They then left
and headed back to the hospital.
Margo heard the prayers of her teammates
and those of the strangers also she hugged her father and then
said good bye to her mother. And headed back to her physical
body. So she could do some more good in the world. She also did
not want those things she saw to come true.
Benny Ray, Nick and John returned they
saw Matt and Deke sitting very quietly not speaking but praying
or thinking to themselves. John walked over to the nurse and
asked if he could sit with his sister. He was told yes he could
as long as he remained quiet and stayed out of the way. "Oh
by the way we have a priest on stand bye just in case."
"I don't think that will be necessary since I am a priest."
"Sorry Father." He then walked into Margo's room.
Benny Ray and Nick walked over to Matt
and Deke and asked if the doctor had said anything more. "Sorry
but she has not been back since. You three left." "Thanks
INSIDE MARGO'S ROOM
John took a seat and just watched his
sister like he had when she was just a baby. He remembered those
times more and more since he learned that she was alive and his
last remaining relative outside of Romania and he wondered who
would have wanted to hurt her. Suddenly Margo's head moved and
he went to get the nurse.
The Nurse took Margo's vitals and called
the Doctor.John left the room without being told the Doctor came
in a few minutes later and took over for the nurse. Who stood
back so that she could do her job and Margo came out of her coma
very slowly within the next few minutes? She checked her eye's
and reflexes and then asked if she could speak. She spoke in
a low voice and asked. "How long have I been here?"
"Oh a few days." "Listen I want you to rest and
I'll tell your friends you'll be fine." "Thank you"
The doctor then left the room.
OUTSIDE MARGO'S ROOM
Dr. Newman gave everyone the good news
about her coming out of the comma in the last half-hour or so
and that her vitals were normal again and that the danger had
Benny Ray noticed an orderly taking
more of an interest than he should of in what was being said
plus the gaze that the man gave John.
Dr. Newman thought it would be a good
idea if they all left and got something to eat because it would
do her patient no good in worrying about her friends and family
who were not taking care of them. She looked at them and spoke.
"I really think you all should go and get something to eat."
Matt spoke for the group. "Alright Doctor we'll go but we'll
Benny Ray got another look at the orderly
and saw nothing but hatred in the man's eyes as he stared directly
Benny Ray told them that he would meet
them at the restaurant and to order him a beer and some barbecue
chicken. He stood by his truck until they were out of site. He
then slid in the passenger's seat and opened the glove box and
removed the glock 21 and checked to see if it was loaded and
put it. In his waistband and walked back into the hospital.
INSIDE THE HOSPITAL
Benny Ray took the stairs two at a time
till he got to the floor Margo was on. He walked through the
emergency exit and down the hall the funny thing was he saw the
nurse's but he did not see Margo's doctor anywhere he suddenly
got a very sick feeling. He then looked for the orderly and could
not find him. He looked through the window to Margo's room the
orderly was holding them at gunpoint. Benny Ray drew his Glock
21 and kept the gun behind his leg. He then opened the door to
INSIDE MARGO'S ROOM
Benny Ray entered the room quietly and
his adversary did not see him he was in engaged in a conversation
with Margo in Romanian. But Benny Ray recognized the ploy she
was using to buy time and the Doctor was also being very quiet
the orderly then spoke to her in English. "Lets wait till
your brother comes back and I'll get two for the price of one."
Margo looked at him and gave him his answer. "Sound's good
just don't look behind you or my friend will kill you."
"They all left with your brother." "Wrong amigo.
Benny Ray replied. "Now put your gun on the deck and do
it very easy." The man turned to face Benny Ray. His eyes
met his and he saw the eyes of a man who had killed many times.
"So you must be the one who took out vladimere my best Sniper."
"Actually I think I was better on that day."
Benny Ray sized up his opponent real
well and thought this was the man who was in charge. He knew
every outfit had a leader and he was it. The man's finger started
to pull on the trigger but Benny Ray was just a little faster
and put two slugs center mass in his chest and he fell to the
Dr. Newman checked the man and she pronounced
him dead. "You know your going to have to talk to the police."
"We'll see. Benny Ray pulled his cell phone out and called
Matt and told him what happened.
OUTSIDE OF MARGO'S ROOM
Lt. Diaz was walking up to Benny Ray.
"We need to have a talk Mr. Riddle." A phone rang and
the nurse called over to Lt. Diaz "Sir phone call."
Matt caught the look on Diaz's face and he was not happy. "Well
Mr. Riddle you can go." "That was the man you work
for. How I really hate spooks."
They wheeled the body out of Margo's
room and brought him down to the morgue and Trout's boys would
see who took possession of the body. They were now out of it.
MARGO'S ROOM 2 DAYS LATER
Margo sat with John and the nurse wished
her a Merry Christmas. She then turned and said. "Oh by
the way your' being released to day. Margo was thrilled to hear
that. "John you can stay right?" "Yes I can for
a few days. Matt dropped by with some clean clothes and a laundry
bag and some other things she might need.
SAME DAY THE SILVER STAR
They all walked in and the rest of the
team had dinner brought in the place was empty because it was
Christmas Eve. So they all ate drank and watched the clock turn
to midnight together.
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