I wrote this as part of a challenge to myself to write one
story highlighting each of the guys individually. Its easy to write
about my favorite character, not so easy to write about the others. Also,
the descriptions of the signs are from the Midwest geographic area. Sign
language has dialects and differences just like spoken speech.
The first bell rang and JD hurried to his first class. He was surprised at
how easily he slipped in among the high school students. Judge Travis had
asked him to go undercover to investigate weapons that were allegedly being
sold by students. Ezra was also undercover in the high school as an English
JDs first class of the day was calculus. He remembered being bored
by it in high school and it wasnt much better the second time around.
He had chosen a seat near the back of the room so that he could observe the
students. He had to try to figure out which one was selling weapons.
His second class of the day was English with the new teacher, Professor Standish.
He again chose a seat near the rear of the class. He noticed a young woman
in the corner of the room who stopped him cold. She was breathtaking! She
had a pale, light complexion, jet-black hair and bright green eyes. He caught
her eye and smiled, she blushed and smiled back.
Ezra strode into the room as if onto a grand stage. He scrolled his name
across the blackboard in an exotic cursive script. Good morning, ladies
and gentlemen. I am Professor Standish, I will be taking over for Doctor
Lleason as she has been called away for a family emergency. Fear not, however,
she left a complete list of the projects she was preparing for you this term
and I shall simply pick up where she left off.
Groans of displeasure rolled across the room. The classroom door opened and
an older woman rushed in, moving to take a chair in front of the girl JD
had noticed earlier. He surreptitiously watched as the older woman and the
girl conversed in sign language. The girl was deaf!
Excuse me Miss? Ezra called from the front of the room.
Oh, forgive me, Mrs. Tomlin. Im the sign language interpreter
for the main streamed hearing impaired student in this class.
I see. Very well. Please do try to arrive on time in the future, as
I will begin my lecture series immediately after the last bell. Now, everyone
please turn in your books to the story Great Expectations. You have 30 minutes
to read the first three chapters after which time, we will discuss what you
JD managed to catch the eye of the deaf girl several times during the course
of the reading period. Each time he did, she smiled at him and he felt almost
giddy. Unfortunately, Professor Standish also caught the glances in the back
of the room.
Is there something you want to share with the class, Mr. Dunne?
The young agent looked up and blushed, No, sir. Nothing to share,
After school that day, JD stopped at the library to check out a book on sign
The next day in class, JD caught her eye. He touched his fingertips to his
chin and let them down in an arc away from his face. He then touched the
fingers of his other hand to his elbow and brought his hand back up in an
arc toward his face. Good Morning.
She smiled and returned the sign. She then turned a cupped hand from facing
her body to facing upward. She then touched her index finger to her chin
and brought it down in an arc, ending by pointing at him. How are
JD felt a moment of panic. He didnt know what she said! She read the
expression on his face and repeated the signs, this time mouthing the words.
How are you? JD smiled broadly. Fine, he mouthed.
She placed her thumb high on her chest and wiggled her spread fingers.
Fine. He repeated her sign.
At lunch that day, JD took his tray and sat at a table by himself. As he
was marveling at how bad school food tasted, he noticed that someone was
standing at his side. He looked up.
Is anyone sitting here? She said as she made the signs. Again,
she touched her chin with her index finger and came down in an arc. Then
she closed her hand into a fist with her thumb on the outside and sketched
a C in the air with her thumb. Then the index finger again. Then
she brought two fingers together in a downward motion. Then she pointed to
the chair beside him.
No, please. He knew the sign for please, his flat hand rubbing
a small circle over his heart.
My name is Darcy. She said as she put her tray on the table and
took a seat.
JD fumbled for the signs he had seen in the book.
Just talk to me. I read lips too. Whats your name?
JD. He lifted his little finger and sketched a J
in the air and then held up his index finger while his thumb touched his
second finger as he curled the third and fourth fingers together. He had
practiced the alphabet for hours last night.
She smiled again. Youre new here.
My dad just moved here from back east.
I saw you with the sign language book. Do you know any other deaf
Just you. I wanted to be able to talk to you.
She blushed. Do you have a date for the Sadie Hawkins dance this
No. No one has asked me yet.
Would you like to go with me?
JDs eyes widened, Yeah, Id like that!
She pulled a scrap of paper from her notebook with her address on it. Pick
me up at 6:30?
JD nodded as he took the paper with a trembling hand.
See you later, JD. She made the signs. Her fingers formed a peace
sign, which she touched under her eye and brought down to point one finger
at him. She then held up her index finger and thumb in the shape of an
L as she rotated her index finger down in a half arc.
JD was nervous the rest of the day. He couldnt believe he had just
made a date with a high school girl. He dressed carefully for his date that
Friday evening. He chose jeans and a t-shirt with a semi-dress jacket. Not
knowing what color dress she was going to be wearing, he bought a single
rose corsage with thin ribbons of pastel colors.
He pulled up in front of the address she had given him. It was a large, old
Victorian home with a circular drive. He stopped the Mustang and got out,
remembering at the last minute to take the corsage with him. He walked up
and rang the doorbell. Thru the transom above the door, he observed a light
going off and on. An older man opened the door. He could see where Darcy
got the dark hair and green eyes.
May I help you?
Im here to pick up Darcy for the Sadie Hawkins dance. Names
JD Dunne, sir. He extended his hand for the man to shake. A firm
non-challenging handshake was given.
Come in. Ill get Darcy. He went to the stairway and flashed
the light on and off.
Ill be right down, Daddy!
JD smiled, he would not have thought to flash the lights to get her attention.
Have you ever been out with a deaf person, Mr. Dunne?
My daughter doesnt often attend school functions with hearing
boys. They treat her differently.
I would never do that, sir. She invited me to this dance.
Daddy, you arent giving JD a hard time are you?
I would never do that, Princess. Now, what time is the dance over?
It ends at 9:30 and I will be home by 10:00.
Her father signed something that he didnt voice. Darcy wagged her finger,
Thats not nice, Daddy.
JD suddenly remembered the corsage in his hand, I brought this for
you. He had been relieved to see that her dress at least had some tiny
pastel flowers on it.
She opened the box and pulled out the corsage. Thank you, JD! Its
beautiful. Daddy, will you help me with this? After he pinned on the
corsage, her father kissed her on the cheek.
Have a good time, Princess. And you drive carefully, JD. Youll
have my little girl with you.
JD nodded, Yes, sir. I will.
He offered her his arm as he opened the door and led her to the car. He opened
her door and guided her into the seat and showed her the seatbelt. He closed
the door and dashed around to the drivers side. He put on his seat
belt and checked hers before starting the car and pulling smoothly away.
I hope my dad didnt make you too uncomfortable.
No, not at all. He looked at her for a moment and noticed for
the first time that she was wearing a hearing aide. His puzzled expression
caught her eye.
What is it, JD?
Oh nothing, I just never noticed you had those
toward her ear.
Hearing aides. I only wear them to hear the music.
They arrived at the dance and he escorted her into the school. He couldnt
help but smile as he saw the gym. He knew he couldnt be too old if
the sight of crepe paper streamers and tissue paper flowers could still make
him feel silly inside.
He had a really good time. Darcy was a really good dancer. They mingled with
the other kids but JD noticed that none of the other boys asked Darcy to
dance. It was okay with JD because he really enjoyed her company.
Across the gym, JD saw Vin dancing with some girl. He had been trying to
make inroads with the rough crowd in an attempt to find out about
the guns. His cover was to try to buy guns. He caught JDs eye and winked
at him but didnt try to make contact.
After the dance, JD drove Darcy home. As he shut off the car in the driveway,
she turned to him. I had a really good time tonight, JD. Thank you.
She put her hand on his shoulder and kissed his cheek.
See you Monday.
The team met at Chriss on Sunday for dinner together and to go over
what they had learned in the past week. Ezra regaled the group with the answers
on the students tests. He teased JD about the girls who giggled and
passed notes about him.
The following Wednesday afternoon JD was called to the office. Josiah was
waiting for him. We had a little emergency at home and I need you to
come with me right away, son. JD nodded and followed his dad
out of the school.
Whats up Josiah?
I dont know but Judge Travis wants you in the office
They arrived at the office and JD followed Josiah into the conference room.
The entire team, except for Ezra, was assembled along with two other men
JD had never seen before. Chris looked worried and that wasnt a good
Sit down, JD. Chris pulled out the chair Buck normally occupied,
on Chriss right. These are Agents Koch and Felder from the
Agent Koch pulled out a large manila envelope and began to lay out 8x10 black
and white pictures on the table. Picture after picture of JD and Darcy sitting
together in the lunchroom at school. Pictures of them at the dance. There
was even a picture of Darcy kissing him in the Mustang.
Whats this all about? Why are you taking pictures of Darcy and
Do you know who she is, Agent Dunne? Agent Felder asked.
Darcy? Shes just a girl in my class.
Shes Darcy Bergini. Her father is one of the biggest drug smugglers
in the state. Hes the man we suspect of being behind the sale of the
guns at the high school.
JDs eyes widened. I didnt know. I just thought she was
a nice girl. I mean, she is a really nice girl. We just went to a
dance together! I dont care who her father is!
Chris put a hand on JDs shoulder, Calm down, son. I dont
think theyre accusing you of anything.
Agent Koch looked up at Chris and then back to JD. Quite the contrary,
Agent Dunne. We want you to get close to Miss Bergini. As close as possible.
See if you can get into her house. Well get you a few bugs you can
place on the inside. Weve been trying to get into that house for six
NO! No way! Darcy is a friend. I wont use her that way! They
cant make me do this, can they Chris? I wont do it!
JD, you have to do it. Judge Travis has already sent the transfer papers,
for the duration of this mission you work for them.
JDs jaw hung open. Hed been transferred? How could they do that
without giving him any warning? He really liked Darcy! She was witty and
funny. He couldnt go into her fathers house and plant bugs. Besides,
Darcy couldnt be involved with the people selling guns on the school
grounds, could she?
No, I dont care. I wont do it! Take me off the mission!
I wont do it, Chris!
Agent Felder stepped up behind JD and rested his hands on the table. Then
turn in your gun and your badge, son. Youre finished working for the
ATF and the FBI. You will be placed in custody until the mission is resolved
one way or the other.
Vin stood to protest. I havent heard anything about Mr. Bergini
at any of the meetings Ive been to! He may not even be involved in
Five men in the room reacted loudly at the announcement. Chris stepped closer
to Felder, You cant do that. He hasnt done anything
Nathan and Vin were holding Buck by the arms to keep him from going at the
man. Josiah moved to stand behind Chris as JD came slowly to his feet. The
hurt on his face was evident as he pulled his wallet and dropped his badge
on the table.
My gun is in my locker. Buck can get it for you. He offered his
hands meekly to be handcuffed.
That wont be necessary, son. We know you wont make any
trouble. Agent Felder took JD by the arm and led him from the conference
Buck exploded, Chris! You cant let them do that to him! You
cant let them lock him up like a common criminal! He hasnt done
After the door closed behind the three of them, Chris sank into his chair
and massaged his forehead. Nathan and Vin forced Buck into his chair and
took their seats. Chris reached out and picked up the phone and angrily punched
the number for Judge Traviss office.
Fifteen minutes later, the six remaining members of Team 7, including Ezra
having arrived from the school, walked into the Judges office and stood
behind Chris as they waited for an explanation.
Youre all angry. I understand that. If you want to try to convince
JD to play ball with the FBI, Ill arrange it for you. I dont
want to lose him but my hands are tied in this one. The orders came from
the very top. If he doesnt cooperate, I cant help him. Im
Where are they holding him?
Right here in the building. Theyve agreed to let us keep him
here for the next 72 hours. After that, theyll transfer him to a regular
They cant do that! Hell be recognized! Hell be dead
before the day is done! Judge Travis, this isnt fair. JD didnt
know who the girl was, he doesnt think that way! Buck was screaming
and pounding his hand on the desk.
An hour later, all seven members of Team 7 sat, dejected and disgusted, in
the holding cell where JD had been confined. They hadnt talked about
the FBI threat.
I know youre all here to try to talk me into playing their game.
Im not gonna do it! Darcy is a nice girl and I wont betray her
friendship that way!
Buck sat next to JD. Theyre gonna put you in the city jail, JD.
Theyll eat you alive in there! You have to do what they want.
Ezra spoke up, I do admire your fortitude in protecting the young
ladys honor but is it worth losing your job over?
A couple of hours later, the FBI agents returned and forced Chris and the
others to leave. JD was to be alone in the cell until he made up his mind.
They hadnt been allowed to order take out food and later brought JD
the same food that the other detainees received, a bologna sandwich.
JD lay on the hard bunk and glared at the ceiling. As long as he could remain
angry, he was safe. He knew that if he let his anger fade, he would probably
cry. It was a long time before he fell asleep.
The undercover agent observed Darcy the next day in class. He could tell
that she was concerned over JDs absence. She looked up every time the
door opened. He also made it a point to watch her in the lunchroom. She
approached several of the students that JD had been friendly with, asking
if they knew how to contact him.
Vin untangled himself from the young woman who was trying to undress him
on the couch. The smoky haze in the room was irritating his eyes. Another
young girl reached out to run her hand across his behind as he made his way
to the sliding doors that lead to the yard. He had been pushing his new
friends trying to get information on the people who could get
him a gun.
He had told the young men that he wanted to take down some of the thugs in
his neighborhood. After meeting some of them at his apartment in Purgatory,
they believed him. The party was to be the meeting place and Vin had brought
the money to purchase the gun.
JD agonized over his decision for the full 72 hours. He had not permitted
himself to cry. He was weak from hunger and sick to his stomach. He had argued
with himself until he was exhausted. He had paced in the confines of the
cell and counted the dots in the ceiling tiles. He finally decided that he
would at least give the appearance of doing what they wanted but he would
not do anything to hurt Darcy.
They came for him at the end of the 72 hours. Agent Felder opened the door.
Well, JD, have you made up your mind? Will you do what we tell you
or do we move you to the city jail?
Ill do it. I dont have to like it but Ill do it.
They kept JD with them overnight Saturday and all day Sunday and explained
exactly what they expected him to do. They showed him the blueprint for the
house and where they hoped he would be able to plant the bugs. They showed
him the pictures of the grounds. They showed him pictures of the people they
had documented coming and going from the mansion. It was a whos who
of the most powerful gangsters in the territory.
JD returned to class on Monday with a note explaining that there had been
a death in the family and that he had attended a funeral in New Hampshire
over the weekend. Darcy was waiting for him at his locker when he arrived.
JD where were you? I was so worried!
He smiled at her, Sorry. He ran his closed fist in a circle on
his chest. My great aunt died and I had to go to the funeral. I
couldnt call and let you know.
The day went smoothly for JD. He picked up his missed work and headed for
his car at the end of the day. He wanted to go to his place and talk to Buck
but he knew he had to go to Josiahs because that was where he
lived during this mission.
Darcy ran across the parking lot, JD! Wait! I wanted to know if you
wanted to come to my house tonight. We can swim in the pool, maybe order
I cant, Darcy, not tonight. He shifted his books to show
her all the work he had. I have to catch up first. How about another
Okay. Im sorry about your great aunt.
Thanks. Ill see you tomorrow, okay?
He started the Mustang and left the lot. When he got to Josiahs house,
he was relieved. At least he could get a decent nights sleep and something
decent to eat. He walked up to the house and fumbled with his keys. The door
opened and he nearly fell into the house.
Buck! Youre not supposed to be here!
I just had to make sure you were okay, kid. Those FBI bastards
wouldnt let us see you anymore after the first night. Are you all right?
You look peaked.
JD walked into the living room and set his books on the table before collapsing
on the couch.
Im fine, Buck. They just wanted to scare me. Fed me those lousy
sandwiches until I was nearly sick but Im okay, really. I have a lot
of work to make up, though, and Ezra really piled it on.
Josiah and Buck helped JD as much as they could with the homework. Ezra called
to tell them that he had pages for the work he had given in class that day.
JD sighed in relief that he didnt have to do all the reading and write
the report on top of everything else.
The phone rang later that night. Josiah answered it and held the phone out
Agent Koch wasted no time on pleasantries, Agent Dunne, I trust that
the next time Miss Bergini invites you to a party at her house that you will
not beg off. I dont care how much homework you have, you are to get
inside of that house as soon as possible!
How do you know she invited me to a swim party? Have you got my car
bugged? How dare you mess with my car? You have no right to touch my car
and you have to let me do this my way! If I go blazing in there all eager,
her father will put me out!
He slammed down the phone and stood shaking with rage. Finally, he looked
up at Josiah and Buck.
Im sorry, Josiah. They just make me so mad! They bugged my car!
They want me to go running in there with their bugs. They wont even
let me do this the right way.
Its okay, JD. Im not upset with you.
Vin took the .38 from the young man and popped the cylinder open; he checked
the barrel to make sure the weapon was capable of being fired. He studied
the grips on the gun and turned it to see that the serial number had been
filed off. Tucking the weapon into his jeans, he pulled the money from his
pocket and paid for the gun. Contact had been made and Tanner knew he could
get another gun any time he wanted.
The next day, Darcy repeated her invitation to come and go swimming. He accepted
her invitation and agreed to arrive at her house at 6:00 that night. He went
to Josiahs and got his trunks. He arrived at her house and rang the
bell. Her father answered the door.
Mr. Dunne, a pleasure to see you again. I was sorry to hear about your
aunt. I wanted to thank you for showing my daughter a good time at the dance
last week. And also for having her home on time. Darcys out in the
Youre welcome, sir. Thank you for letting me take her and for
letting me come by tonight to swim.
He was shown to a restroom to change. He put on his trunks and carefully
placed one of the bugs on the underside of the vanity sink before heading
out to the pool. Darcy was floating on her back in the middle of the pool.
She brightened when she saw him and rolled over to swim to the side.
Come on in, the waters great!
JD stuck his foot in before walking down to the diving board. He walked out
to the end of the board and made a cannonball into the pool. Darcy was laughing
and wiping the water from her face as he broke the surface at her side. After
they had been swimming for a half hour, Darcys father came out and
called them from the pool to decide what to order for supper.
They dried off when the food arrived and sat around a patio table eating
and discussing sports with Mr. Bergini. JD was careful to draw Darcy into
the conversation at every opportunity. At 8:30, JD excused himself and went
to change out of his trunks so he could go home for the night. Darcy walked
him to his car after pulling on a terry wrapper. JD stood by the car door,
as Darcy leaned close, he kissed her lightly on the lips.
Ill see you at school tomorrow.
JD saw Darcy at school the next day. She moved up close and tried to kiss
him at his locker. He pulled away from her as if burned and looked around
to see who was watching. A momentary flash of anger crossed her eyes, followed
by a look of sympathy.
Im sorry if I embarrassed you.
JD took her by the arm and led her into an empty classroom. It isnt
that Im embarrassed by you. I just wasnt brought up that way.
It makes me uncomfortable. He brushed her bangs back from her face
and caressed her cheek.
There was a nasty turf battle in Purgatory and several members of one gang
were killed. Utilizing a lot of sleight of hand, Vin managed to get arrested
and booked in connection with the event. It put him in good standing with
the young people selling guns at the high school.
JD managed to avoid getting invited to Darcys house the rest of the
week. On Saturday morning, he went out to jog in the park to clear his head.
As he was finishing his circuit of the park, he saw the gray sedan. The two
FBI agents were waiting for him.
Mr. Dunne, would you mind going for a ride with us?
Do I have a choice? He got into the car. Once they pulled away
from the curb, he pulled his cell phone and called Buck. Its
JD, I just wanted you to let Josiah know that the FBI agents have picked
me up from my jog. I dont know how long they will be detaining me.
That was unnecessary, Mr. Dunne. We only wanted an opportunity to catch
up on our mission. We wanted to remind you that you agreed to plant the bugs
in the Bergini house.
I did plant a bug. It isnt like I was allowed to run thru the
house. I was shown to a bathroom and then to the pool deck. You have to give
me more time!
Just dont forget that I can still have you put in jail with the
general population. Im sure they could show you a thing or two. You
might find that you enjoy it!
JD was repulsed. As soon as they slowed down for a red light, he opened the
door and stepped out of the car and took off running. He heard the squeal
of the sedans tires as he ducked into a fast food restaurant. He made
his way to the restroom before becoming sick. Afterwards, as he sat on the
toilet trembling, he called Buck and asked him to pick him up.
Buck ran from the apartment. JD sounded shaken. He told Buck that he was
in the restroom of the hamburger joint and would not come out until he got
there. Buck rolled onto the lot and jumped from the truck in a near-blind
rage. If he could have gotten his hands on the FBI agents, he would have
Entering the restroom, Buck called softly for JD. He emerged from the stall
and turned straight for the door. He didnt speak at all and he was
nearly running when he reached the truck.
It took Buck and Josiah a while to persuade the kid to tell them what the
FBI agents had said that had upset him so much. Buck was enraged as he saw
the fear in JDs eyes. He stormed thru the house slamming his fist into
his open hand. Josiah moved closer to the young agent but did not touch him.
We wont let anything happen to you, son. You know that dont
How are you going to stop them? Like you did when they locked me up
for three days?
Josiah left JD on the couch and called Chris. He told the team leader what
had happened. Chris called Judge Travis to tell him what the FBI agents were
doing to JD. He told the Judge that the team would not allow the FBI agents
to terrorize the young agent again.
Vin and the young man, Roger Stone, knocked off the little quick shop as
a means of further imbedding him into the gang. He was pushing to meet the
others and to be allowed to sell guns to his friends in Purgatory.
After the robbery, he was taken to a party at a warehouse to meet some of
On Monday, Chris and the other four members of his team met with Judge Travis
and Agents Koch and Felder. The tension in the room was electric. If it were
not for Josiah and Vin, Buck would have smashed the arrogant smiles from
Gentlemen, please be seated. I want to discuss the situation involving
Agent Dunne so that there are no misunderstandings. The next time you make
a threat against the young mans physical well being, I will personally
have both of your badges. JD Dunne is one of the finest young agents in the
ATF or the FBI for that matter. Even if he should decide to pull out of this
mission before its completion, rest assured that he would be detained in
a safe house of my choosing. If he hears the phrase general
population again, you will answer to me. Is that clear Agent Koch,
Both men nodded curtly before the Judge nodded, dismissing them from the
room. The five agents exhaled slowly as the tension in the room dropped to
a more manageable level. Judge Travis looked from face to face. They knew
that he would not let JD be harmed.
On Tuesday afternoon, JD was invited back to the Bergini house. Darcy wanted
help with the homework that Professor Standish had assigned. She had invited
two other students who also had the same assignment. One was another deaf
student the other was a hearing student who had a deaf parent and could interpret
It was the perfect opportunity to plant the bugs. JD stashed them in his
pocket. During the course of the evening, the group moved from place to place
in the house when they began to drift off of the assignment. He dropped one
in an artificial plant. When one of the others went to the restroom, JD asked
if there was another restroom he could use. Darcy told him to use the one
at the top of the stairs.
JD walked the length of the hallway looking into rooms as he passed. He pressed
a bug onto one of the blinds at the end of the hall. He went to the bathroom
and planted one on the back of the tank. Later in the evening, they went
into Mr. Berginis study to get a thesaurus. He managed to plant a bug
in the room while browsing the titles on the bookshelf.
Vin made contact with several other students from other high schools at the
warehouse party. He also made contact with the adults providing the weapons.
He overheard the plans for a shipment of guns arriving for distribution that
By Thursday evening, the FBI agents had all they needed to get the warrants
to search the Bergini house. Agent Felder called Josiahs house and
told JD that they were going to execute the warrants the next day. They thanked
him for planting the bugs and assured him that his service to the FBI would
not go unnoticed.
JD went to school the next day even though Chris had called to tell him that
he didnt have to go anymore. He wanted to see Darcy one more time.
He invited her to go for a ride with him after school. She said she would
have to call her father to get permission. When she was unable to reach her
father at home, she agreed to go with JD for a couple of hours.
He took her out to Chriss cabin. He told her that Chris was a friend
of his dad and that he had been here a few times. He led her to the barn
and introduced her to the horses. He saddled Pony and took Darcy for a ride
around the pasture. They walked around in the field for a little while, not
Something is bothering you, JD. Will you tell me what it is?
He looked at her knowing that what he was about to tell her would hurt her
and probably end their friendship. He studied her face; her innocence was
so refreshing to him. She was someone he could have cared for a lot more
if he had the time.
Darcy, Im not who you think I am. Im an ATF agent sent
undercover to investigate the sale of guns to students at the school. I planted
microphones in your house, which allowed the FBI to gather evidence against
your father. This afternoon, they raided your house with a warrant for his
arrest. Thats probably why you couldnt get thru to your house
The girls green eyes filled with tears. No! JD, no! Not my daddy!
To his surprise, she stepped into his arms and clung to him and cried. He
smoothed her hair and patted her shoulder. She continued to cry for several
minutes. JDs cell phone rang, startling him. He reached into his pocket
and pulled it out.
Chris shouted into the phone, JD, where in the hell are you?
At your cabin with Darcy Bergini.
Bring her and get your ass to the hospital! Her father was shot during
Were on our way!
He turned Darcy and put her on the horse. They rode quickly down to the barn
and unsaddled Pony. He hadnt told her about her father. He didnt
think he could deal with her if she knew.
They arrived at the hospital and JD pulled Darcy from the car. He led her
into the emergency room entrance and was immediately surrounded by the rest
of his team. Agent Felder quietly hustled the young woman off to her
When the rest of Team 7 left the hospital, JD stayed. He wanted to be there
for Darcy if she would allow him to be. He paced outside of Mr. Berginis
room for over an hour before she came out of the room. He could tell that
she had been crying. She came straight to him and buried her face in his
He wants to see you, JD. Hes in bad shape. He lost a lot of blood
and they had to repair his liver and lung. Oh, JD, Im so scared.
Whats gonna happen to him? Whats gonna happen to me?
She led him to her fathers bedside. Daddy? JDs here. You
wanted to talk to him.
Mr. Bergini opened his eyes. Mr. Dunne. So good of you to be here for
my princess. I want you to help her if you can. I trust you. You were good
to her. See that she stays in school. My sister is coming in to stay with
her but Darcy needs someone she knows. Im not gonna make it, you
Dont talk like that Mr. Bergini. Youre gonna pull thru
A few moments later, the heart monitor flat lined and he was gone. JD pulled
Darcy from the room and held her in the hallway while the doctors worked
on her dad. After a while, the doctor came out and shook his head sadly.
He was gone.
Vin stood in the warehouse watching the crates being opened. After verifying
the presence of the guns, he gave the signal and Chris stepped out of the
ATF! Lay down your weapons and put your hands in the air!
As agents stepped from every shadow, doorway and corner, the gunrunners
surrendered. Wielding a handful of plastic handcuffs, the agents quickly
searched and cuffed everyone in the building. As the students were being
separated from the adults, several of the teenagers found themselves staring
at one of the agents.
An incredulous voice rang out as a young girl was being placed in a van.
Professor Standish? What are you doing here?
Ezra smiled, his gold incisor flashing in the light. Im an ATF
agent. I was undercover as a teacher at your school. By the way, you did
rather poorly on that last quiz we had, perhaps if you had studied instead
of partying and selling guns, you might have passed.
JD arrived at the funeral and made his way thru the crowd to Darcys
side. She clung to his hand on one side and her aunts hand on the other.
JD watched the interpreter as she signed the service. He found it almost
hypnotic as he picked out signs he knew.
A few days after the funeral, he got an invitation to visit Darcy. He had
returned to his job and she returned to school. She was doing well, all things
considered. He kissed her one last time as he left. She was too young for
him but he would never forget her. Her innocence in the middle of the corruption
around her gave JD hope.
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