FULL MOON BLUES
"Boy do we ever.." John said. "Brice might|
be coming here?"
"Yep. So get cracking.." Cap said,
his hands together and then he disappeared
into his office to change shoes.
to squash that possibility before
it ever happens Kapesh..?" his voice
floated out to them.
"Hey Cap, uh, I thought we were a team.
You know, the all together in this kind of thing.."
hollered after him.. "You know. Working
through the good and the baddd.." he hinted..
his door soundly.
Roy peeled off a towel Chet threw into his face
into one hand and he regarded
"You know, Johnny, you'd better ease up
venting like that. Cap's a cap. And
he says, goes.."
"I know that. I know that.. But why does he always
have rank and privilege
pull for him whenever he
feels like it should? Always seems to happen during
the hardest shifts.
Especially full moon ones like
"Experience has its rewards Johnny. And bailing out
at will just happens to be one of them associated
with Captain's rank." Roy said with a small shy
smile. "Come on, I'll haul out the gear boxes
and O2 to check them and you can get the dressings
and splints taken care of, all right..?"
Gage nodded and dejectedly followed him
to the rear
hatches of the trashed squad.
Chet ducked when they opened those doors
leading to the resuscitative
apparatus, as beer
cans poured out in a musical tumble onto the floor.
Bonnie grabbed one
and started growling
as she attempted to chew it up.
"Hey, give me that.." Gage said. "You'll
break your teeth little girl.." and he traded
slimy beercan for rawhide bone. "Here,
he said. The toy he gave her
was so big, it pulled the tiny dog's head
to the floor and she had
to tug with all
her might to get to her customary spot
under the engine to enjoy gnawing on it.
Roy dug out all the cans he had
discovered, chuckling at Chet's overstrung
nerves and got
to the O2 equipment and
dragged it out. "Well, thank heavens for
small mercys. Looks like this
apparatus is ok."
Johnny flipped open the drug box and |
found only air. "Not here. Figures..
All the unused syringes
are gone too."
The IV and dressings boxes were untouched,
but in the stokes, they found a dummy,
stuffed with trash and wearing a sign saying,
"Thanks for being the life of the party fireboys!"
Roy heard Marco coughing as he leaned over
to scrub saltwater off the hood of the squad and
casually said. "Lopez, check out the
resuscitator for me will you? Johnny and I need
to get a
list together for a reissue of supplies."
And he motioned for Gage to follow him into
with the drug and IV boxes.
"All right.. " Lopez said, raspily.
From around a corner, Roy
Marco check all the psi readings and
visualize the tubing connectors and
and then he smiled as Marco
did a draw check on the mask over his
own face with flowing O2. Lopez
as the oxygen soothed his raw throat and
he took a few more thinking no one else was
Johnny grinned, poking his partner in
the ribs. "You crafty old.. You did that
"Course I did.. Did you think that Marco
would have let either one of us get any
that throat after the night we've
"No..." Johnny said, shaking his head
"Well there you go.. That 02 will give him
relief and take away some of that inflammation
his.." Roy said, as he sat at the kitchen
table to check out the conditions of all their IV
John was considering Roy's angle of attack
on Marco."Hey Roy., I think I can
trick Lopez into
drinking my mother's honey birch bark tea to
coat that throat of his.."
a chance.." Chet said making his
way into the kitchen to dump out
smeggy water from his bucket
the sink. "He's still sucking away
out there and loving it, but ah,
about him actually
medicine? Uh uh, Gage.
Ain't gonna happen. Not in your
"Oh, really." Gage grinned. "We got him|
on oxygen therapy without him catching
onto us fussing
. What makes you think
I'll fail with doing more?"
Chet finishing filling his steel pail with
water from the tap."Because Roy here is
much better on the sly that you are Gage.
try anything else, let HIM do it.."
and he walked back towards the garage.
"Or, if you two are
really concerned about
Marco's cough, you can tell Cap about it."
Johnny looked at Kelly as
if the sky had
fallen. "And ruin a great friendship?"
"Not to mention the direct tie to a wonderful
pair of burrito chefs.." Roy quipped.
"That too.." Johnny nodded eagerly.
"No way.. Chet. We're
not going to resort
to that.. Marco's not a baby. We'll just
we'll just...uh, "
him.." Roy completed for
his stammering partner.
"Ok, have it your way.."
Then his head peeked around the
corner and he added, "I'll let you
know how long
he uses the demand valve ."
"You do that.." Johnny said with
At Rampart, the fiasco with the San Pedro
gang, had died down. Dixie, Joe, Mike Morton
Kel Brackett all sat around the nurses
lounge table nursing colorfully etched coffee
None of them were saying much to each
Until Dixie took her hand away from her chin.
"Hey Kel, How did that drowning fare? You know
the one who stole the squad from the fire
"Didn't make it."
"Oh," she said, suddenly interested in the cream
swirling in her mug.
Joe piped up. "Two of the five aren't going home in
body bags at least, Dix. They'll
be facing trial for
grandtheft auto and impeding official rescue
service. Not to mention possession
"Ah." McCall said without much vigor.
Another long stretch of silence reigned.
said, "Hey guys. Did you know that it was
51 whose squad was trashed?"
and Joe all erupted into reaction.
"No, I didn't know.."|
"Oh, my.. Those boys have seen their share
of misery this week."
too bad. Anything we can do?" Joe
"I can see if I can swing some funds from
paramedic training program to cover their
losses.." Brackett said.
Dixie added, "And I and
the other nurses can
plan a party for the whole gang, to cheer them
up a little. How about this
weekend? At my place?
I've a great little veranda, and a pool."
"What a great idea. It'll take
their minds off
work for a while." Joe agreed.
"Then it's settled." Dixie grinned. "As soon
I get off shift, I'll start making plans..maybe
even a surprise party angle will work.."
"Now wait a minute Dix." Kel interjected.
"How do we know Roy and Johnny's crew
made plans for the weekend?"
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