Chet's face soured a bit, but the twinkle|
didn't go out of his eyes. "I'm not going
to let you
burst my bubble, pal. What
I did, is saving his life man. That's cool."
Johnny was about to
say it was he who
gathered the blood donation and Brackett
who actually completed the transfusion
but he hushed down, settling for a
secondary Chet tease idea. "Hey Chet,
I know you're cold because
out all your blood. Bet you're real thirsty
too. Here, have a pop.."
for it, and Johnny jerked it away,
holding it over his head, making the shorter
curly haired fireman
grab for it unsuccessfully.
"Come on, Chet. You can do better than that.
Can't you?" And he tossed
it to Roy without
looking for him first, trying to get his partner
in on a monkey in the middle
Roy didn't go along with it and tossed the 7up to
Chet anyway. "Johnny. Ease up. Let
bask in the transfusion thing. It IS kinda cool."
"Yeah?" Johnny said, helping the teeth
Chet open the 7 up bottle. "Well, I don't need
to exchange blood with anybody to know
who my brothers are. In this station, we
are all brothers. Tied just as deep in the blood
are as a company's crew because of
what we do here." He offered Chet half of
his jelly sandwich.
"Amen to that Gage.." Chet said. Then
he looked up, feeling that someone was
Cap entered the bunk room just then
with a followup about the Arco call going
on across the street. "It's official, a natural
gas ground seep. A big one underway.
it was a fire truck inspector's
vehicle that landed on the pipeline during
the last trembler, which
"Anyone hurt over there?" Gil asked. "You
can send Roy, Brice or me if you'd
I've slept enough."
"No, Stoker says that man got outta
there ok.. Sounded like he's
on a front wash down. He didn't sound
overly nervous. Seemed like everything's
control. Oh, and he says the bats
are here. A crewman from Eight's has been
sent to go get them.."
Drs. Taylor and MacPherson both sighed
in relief. "That was fast. This is all new
for us about this female mother
bat immunity theory, but even that chance
is better than we would
have had even with
immune plasma transfusions from the victims
who've survived Marburg."
Thorne came out dressed in the clothes
Johnny had provided and her head
was wrapped in a towel.
"I'm out.. Who's
"Me.." Chet said. "I gotta warm up somehow.."
And he shivered
rushing around Cindy in his blanket,
clutching his soda in his other hand. On
a thought, he ripped
off his smiley face bandaid
and stuck it onto Johnny's forehead with
with a firm smack.
"Here. I believe this fangy guy belongs to you..
I know I don't need him anymore."
And he grinned as he disappeared behind the
steamed up wooden door.
The guys sniggered as Gage
was left to
pull it off along with a bit of hair.
Johnny knew an
amused doggy bark when he
heard one. "Quit laughing Bonnie. No
more sandwiches for you girl if
keep that up..."
Roy pointed to his arm. "Want mine
to?" he said, pointing to his bandaid.
"Still needs an artist's signature."
"Ha ha.. very funny.." Gage said.
Dr. Brackett looked
up from Marco's
EKG. He had taken a gamble and had
pumped up the last chamber on Lopez's
suit to its top level. The PVC's
were gone. He was smiling when he
got up to recheck Cap. "Johnny,
one last vitals set on Captain Stanley
here would you? And I don't think
you need your
IV anymore while you're
at it, too, Gage. You've finally pinked up."
"Thank you doc.." he said,
pulling out his IV.
Roy was right there to put on his |
bandaid. "Welcome back to duty
"You have no
idea....." Gage gushed,
patting the table for Cap to sit on
for a blood pressure check. He exuberantly
wrapped it around Cap's arm and pumped
it up with style.
Cap said. "Hey, am I next to be
"Give it until nightfall captain.."
Dr. Brackett said. "I usually watch
out concussion cases for at
least twelve hours after the initial
Cap was crestfallen
He sat still, letting Gage take his
BP. "Good enough for me. Maybe
that gas leak
at Arco will be over
by then. One less headache for me
to worry about.." and he laughed
An HT crackled to life on the desk.
##Station Eight Firewatch to Station
Cap was still encumbered by a BP
cuff, so Brice took up the call.
"Go ahead Station Eight FW."
##This is Engineer Manney.
I got three squeaking little friends
with ASAP shipping orders
that I'm to
give to you, priority run. I'm almost
there. I'm just up the boulevard
the refinery. My ETA is
"That's great to hear. We'll
be waiting. The
CDC lab docs
are eager to get their hands on em."
Brice said. "We'll watch for your
Everyone in the room started
cheering at the good news.
Over by the refinery, Mike Stoker noticed
a feeling of something not right. He again
up above him and saw nothing
amiss. But an unfounded instinct made him
look back towards the boulevard
of his demolished station. Then a movement
and a glint caught his eyes through his air
mask, near the refinery's entrance next to
The lighted natural gas chimney
tower where the steam had been
rising, suddenly groaned in tortured
metal and shuddered.
feet of solid metal and pipes suddenly gave
way at the base, like a felled tree,
a hidden structural rend no one had seen.
Soon after, the entire antennae spire
to fall towards the boulevard and
the triage tents.
Mike dropped the hose and went running
out of the water's spray and jerked his
handy talkie to his mouth. "Everybody
heads up!!! Falling
Inside the firewatch fire department|
truck, Engineer Manney was whistling,
imitating his bats'
animated calls distractedly.
Then he began humming the theme to Batman
the series in a live ongoing
Station 51's desk HTs in an attempt
to cheer them further with his imminent
"Not long now, Robin. Just a
short trip in the batmobil--"
A sudden unexpected shadow over
ahead of him made him look up.
Manney screeched into an evasive turn to
the writhing crown of the refinery tower
as it crashed down, blocking the
entire road immediately
in front of him.
Massive pipes bounced free from the
impact along the tower's crushed flanks
and a huge oil cap ten feet in diameter
suddenly richochetted off an empty civilian
hood, rolling in his direction.
Manney slammed into reverse, trying
to avoid the crushing multi
ton disk when the
the second spire of the tower landed
directly on top of his truck. The fireman
had time to scream before more blocks
of debris from the collapsing tower
in his windshield and
ripped into his face.
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