herself tugging nervously at her uniform jacket as she
stood just outside the door of Roscos room. She
adjusted her sleeves, straightened her shoulders and
made sure her badge was in its proper place. She
looked up at her mother who was grinning at her.
Getting ready for inspection? Laura teased.
Im being silly, aint I? But Im
okay. Ill admit Im nervous too.
and then the door of Roscos room opened. Dr. Bedford
stepped out and smiled at the two women.
morning, he said. Ive finished poking
and prodding Rosco for now, you can see him.
you, Doctor, Laura said and she and Anna stepped
inside the room.
Rosco was already watching the door. He smiled when they entered and Anna peered around her mother to look at him. She grinned at him.
are you feeling? Laura asked.
better, now that both of you are here, he said,
still smiling. Anna stepped closer to him and gave him
a hug. As father and daughter were united at last, Laura
couldnt help the tears that came with her ear
to ear grin. The emotional reunion lasted a moment and
then Rosco spoke softly to Anna.
me look at ya...
up straight and wiped the tears off her cheeks. Rosco
then took a hold of her hands and looked at her, like
he was seeing her for the first time. He smiled and
then shook his head, almost unbelieving that the beautiful
woman before him was his own flesh and blood daughter.
and gave a nervous chuckle. Hi, Daddy, she
grin went wider. Yer beautiful...good thing you
got your mommas looks and not mine.
Laura both laughed loudly.
now, Laura said. Id kill for those
blue eyes. Those are yours.
that police uniform is yours too, Laura said with
Which you wear well, he said to Anna. I
almost cant believe it. A Lieutenant with the
State Police. He squeezed her hand. Im
proud of you, Anna. Very proud.
two chairs closer to the bed. We have a lot of
catching up to do, she said. Father and daughter
nodded and Anna sat down.
Thursday Septemeber 5, 1985
It had been
the boys idea to not use their real names. They picked
their ancestors in fitting tribute, seeing as the 19th
century Dukes had taken on the James brothers without
realizing just WHO exactly the James boys were. With
nothing more than six irons and horses, Joe and Hank
Duke had outsmarted Jesse James and his brother Frank.
Now, with nothing more than a set of bows and arrows,
a fast car and Duke determination, Bo and Luke Duke
were going to try to outsmart a dangerous gang of moonshiners.
blue General Lee, with grey pin stripe added that morning
as a tribute to Rosco and reminder of why they were
doing this, wound its way down the dirt road that
led to the gangs still site. Bo slowed the General
to a creep when he saw the guard standing with a rifle.
just like Rosco told Enos, Luke said. That
guard will call John and hell come and inspect
and the General continued along the road. The guard
adjusted his grip on the rifle as the Charger slowed
to a stop infront of him.
the car, the guard drawled. His face lacked any
expression as he looked at the Dodge from front to back,
casually lifting the barrell of the rifle towards Bo.
The boys slid out of the windows and Luke walked around
to stand with his cousin.
Joe, this is my cousin, Hank, Bo said and put
his hand out to the guard. The guard just looked at
him and pulled his hand held radio out of his back pocket.
He never took his eyes away from Bo as he pushed the
runners are here.
put his hand back at his side and gave Luke a glance.
Luke shrugged. The silence would prevail in the woods,
until the sound of an approaching engine was heard.
The old Jeep
came to a stop and John stepped out of it. Joe
and Hank? he said coming towards them.
Luke said. Im Hank, this is Joe.
He was all business, however. He dropped his cigarette
to the ground and crushed it out. He looked at the car.
Dodge Charger, he said, semi-impressed. 440 Magnum?
We got a little bit more punch than a 440. Show
and stepped to the front of the General. He opened the
hood and then looked at John to see the reaction once
the engine came into view.
leaders eyebrows went up a notch. He then looked
at the boys. You fellas aint no amatures
thats for sure.
no, Luke said. Me and Joe built this engine
Whats your load limit?
fifty, Luke replied. Trunks not that
Its a hazard in this business. He
started to walk towards the back of the car. Lets
see the trunk.
Bo and Luke
followed and Bo promptly opened the trunk. Unlike Rosco,
who had carried two spares, the boys two tire insurance
policy had to be spilt in half. They carried one spare,
their jack and a tool kit as normal, and also a small
med kit, road flares and an emergancy radio which had
been tucked below the trunk mat with the spare tire.
He closed the trunk lid and then walked to the driver
door. He yanked on the handle and when the door wouldnt
open he looked at the boys.
welded, Luke explained.
see, coupla rednecks used to use this as race car,
Bo said. Guess they thought they were Richard
Petty or something.
Theres a lot of them around here.
He then held his hand out to Luke, an acceptence of
their being there.
Bo said when he shook Johns hand. Hey, maybe
you can teach him to shake hands too. He pointed
to the guard. Let him know that its okay.
He then turned towards his Jeep. Ill show
ya where the shine is.
slid in to the General. Bo looked at the guard. Keep
smiling, he said and then chuckled. The General
roared to life and followed the Jeep down the path.
think theyll pull the same kind of initation like
they did with Rosco? Bo asked.
Yeah...and with two of us, they may double it.
Just be on your toes.
Bo nodded. Can you imagine Rosco in a fight?
to Enos, thats a story for later. One for Roscos
grandkids if he ever has any.
blue General followed the Jeep into the clearing and
Bo and Luke saw exactly what Rosco had seen. All of
the men in the gang stopped what they were doing and
looked at the boys as they drove in. Several men were
armed with rifles and they adjusted their grips as the
two vehicles came to a stop.
exchanged glances and carefully climbed out of the windows
of the General. They walked to the front of the car
and waited for John. The gang leader got out of his
Jeep and approached the boys.
says you two are their best drivers, he said.
We get the job done.
what I like to hear. Now tell me, are you two aware
that Hazzard County is quite a hot spot right now for
this kind of operation?
boss said something about some trouble you had,
Thats right. My operation has been infiltrated
twice. Once by the ATF, the second by the local county
sheriff. The ATF agent was taken care of. The sheriff,
however, was not taken care of in a manner I would have
liked. John took a step to the side and the other
men in the camp started to move closer towards the boys.
be honest with you, John continued. Im
not all that completely comfortable with you two. Nothing
personal, but after whats happened, I trust nobody.
Now theres two shipments of shine that have to
get to Atlanta. I expect you boys to get the shine there
and to never come back. If you two are some how in cahoots
with the State Police, or the ATF or the local law,
I guarantee that you will be taken care of. John
paused, letting the silence of the clearing reinforce
his statement. Do I make myself clear?
nodded casually. We aint gonna be the cause
of any trouble for ya, Luke said.
youre right, John said. Because my
patience has run out. The gang leader paused a
moment to light a fresh cigarette. Now, if you
two were to find yourself face to face with ATF agents,
or perhaps local county mounties, what would you do?
on the situation, Luke replied.
Okay. How about you got three of them behind you
with guns drawn? Johns gaze shifted to what
was behind the boys. Bo and Luke glanced at each other
and then turned to look.
under arrest for transportin illegal booze. Whatchu
got to say for yourself? Butch seemed to enjoy
playing this part. He poked his gun towards the boys.
Luke realized that all three guns were fully loaded
and that possibly the penatly for failing this test
was permanent scars or a one way trip to the pearly
Bo came to
the same conclusion and the two cousins exchanged a
plan with a quick glance. Two swift kicks and two of
the three were disarmed. Bo then lunged towards Butch
and pushed the moonshiner back against the last armed
man, causing his gun to fall from his grip.
first started on the ground, with the five of them rolling
around in the dirt. The three gang members, however,
quickly worked to get back to their feet and try to
get back on the offensive.
In Pier 56
fashion, Bo and Luke were swinging punches and blocking
hits as best they could. Two of the moonshiners ganged
up on Luke, while Bo had to contend with Butch. Luke
soon found himself backed up to one of the trucks, taking
the assault from the two moonshiners. He vainly tried
to fight back, managing a connecting punch here and
there. But he was quickly loosing ground.
was just trying to get Butch down and keep him down
long enough to help his cousin. The big burly moonshiner
apparently had had pleanty of practice in fighting.
There wasnt a move of Bos that Butch didnt
to dupe him. He stopped swinging for a moment and held
his hands up. Hold it, hold it...just hold it
a minute... The blonde Duke was breathing heavily,
trying to catch his breath. And maybe catch Butch off
guard for just a moment. You do this a lot?
revealing a few missing teeth.
to himself. Yep, I guess you do. In a quick
motion, Bo extended one long leg and managed to knock
Butchs feet out from under him. The moonshiner
Bo turned now to help Luke. Mind if I cut in??
he asked, grabbing one of the moonshiners off his cousin.
cousin! Luke replied, gaining his second wind.
He fought off the other moonshiner, landing a few good
punches that knocked the man down to the dirt.
opponent fell a moment after that. Confident they had
won, the two cousins shook hands and then turned to
John to see him laughing.
I aint seen nothin that entertainin
in a long time! How bout it fellas?
gang cheered. Even the three that had been whupped smiled
for the victors.
boys got yourself a job. Chet, Donnie! Lets show
these boys where the shine is....
up the General with the shine, the boys drove away still
a little shaken from their initiation. Both boys had
the same thought going through their heads: If they
messed up, they were going to end up dead. Their minds
became more boggled as they wondered how Rosco had managed
to survive as long as he had. The gang didnt fool
around, and if the boys werent careful...
swung out onto Route 35 and pointed towards the direction
of Atlanta. The sun was half way through its afternoon
his neice by the hand down the hospital hallway and
pointed to a room number. Here it is, he
said. They paused at the open door way and looked in.
The Sheriff of Hazzard County sat up in the bed, alone
in the room, looking out the window. Daisy couldnt
help but note that Rosco looked sad.
his throat and Rosco slowly turned his head to look.
In an instant, a small flicker came back to his eyes.
and Daisy smiled and approached. Hey Rosco,
sugar, Daisy said, coming to Roscos side
and placing a kiss on his cheek.
jit... was Roscos only reply to that.
Jesse pulled the two chairs that were in the room closer
to the bed side.
ya feelin? Jesse asked.
Ok. He looked down at himself. Physically
anyway. I got a lot on my mind otherwise.
you looked kinda sad lookin out the window,
Daisy said. Everythings
gonna be okay, Rosco.
smile was sad in itself. Daisy, Im afraid
it aint that easy. It aint so much that
things will be okay...its that they wont
be the same again. He paused. I aint
gonna be the same again.
we can all identify with that, Jesse said. I
dont think much of anything is going to be the
same in Hazzard again.
Rosco nodded. He paused and then looked at Jesse and Daisy, realizing that there were two other faces that usually should have been with them. Did the boys not wanna come with ya?
at her uncle. The Duke patriach spoke for both of them.
couldnt come, he said. Theyve
been asked by the government and the State Police to
finish what you started.
Roscos eyes were so wide with surprise there was no mistaking the intense blue hue that made up the color. Theyre what? he hissed.
undercover, Daisy said. They left this morning.
you let them go?
them go because they felt it was their fault that you
ended up here! Jesse replied sternly. They
thought they may have been responsible for blowing your
cover and nearly getting yourself killed!
theyre gonna go in there and try to get themselves
killed?? Jesse, these moonshiners aint like the
ones you and I once knew. These dudes are killers! They
play for keeps. Once they figure out that Bo and Luke
are working for the law, you and Daisy will be--
it, Daisy hissed. Rosco...Bo and Luke can
take care of themselves and you gotta agree that these
dudes need to be stopped.
dont you understand? Theyre doing this for
you. Theyre doing this because of what happened
to you. We dont want to see it happen to anybody
else here in Hazzard.
Daisy, its dangerous. If I was yer uncle Jesse
here, Id be gettin my posterior to the courthouse
and talkin to Enos and gettin them boys
the hell outta that camp.
being Sheriffs dangerous, aint it?
Rosco was about to fire back a retort when he stopped himself. He couldnt necessarily argue with Jesse now. The boys were doing this for their reasons, he had tried to do it for his. Was it wrong for them to be taking part in the undercover operation?
Just as it
hadnt been wrong for him to do it either.
Jesse...I get your point. Im sorry. But to be
honest, Jesse, I wouldnt want to see anything
happen to those boys.
Daisy smiled. Well, youll be glad to know
Rosco that they didnt want to see anything happen
to you either, the elder Duke said.
* * * *
Friday September 6, 1985
Bo and Luke
had twenty-four hours before they were to return to
pick up the last shipment of shine. When they had been
sure they werent followed, they had changed direction
from Atlanta and took the back road into Hazzard. They
left the shine with Enos and Anna at the old steam plant
on the other side of the county. They made no comments
to the state trooper other than to answer Enoss
direct questions and were gone in a cloud of dust.
hours were spent camped out in the woods. Things seemed
to move slowly, the passage of time punctuated only
by the change in the sun light and the sound of the
forest and animals. They had planned to do no more than
pick up the last shipment and get the hell out of Dodge.
Seemed simple enough.
The day after the boys made contact with the gang, Rosco was given permission to leave the hospital. His orders from Doctor Bedford were strict. He was to do absolutely nothing for atleast two weeks. His wounds and stitches needed this time to heal properly. He also had to keep the sutures clean and covered for about four or five more days. Loose clothing, no showers only baths and if the coverings became sweaty or dirty they were to be changed immediately. While Lulu and Laura were getting things ready at the house, Boss picked Rosco up at the hospital. He received the instructions from the doctor and said he would make sure that everything was followed to the T. And Boss meant it too. More or less because he knew Lulu would have expected it.
never got to express to Jesse and Daisy, in regards
to his comment that he would never be the same again,
was the fact that he had a grown daughter who he never
had the chance to watch grow up. Didnt get to
hold her as newborn, didnt get to play with her
as a toddler, didnt get to watch her grow up and
graduate from highschool, go off to college, become
a police officer. None of it. He hadnt been given
the chance to be a part of any of it. He was so happy
to have found her, but incredibly sad because he had
not been the one she had called dad in all
those years she was growning up.
might seem like an eternity to some people. But for
Rosco it seemed no more distant than yesterday. Hed
give anything for the chance at having a family. While
in the hospital he had even formulated a little speech
for Laura to ask her to stay in Hazzard with him. He
suddenly didnt want to be alone anymore.
he was lonely. Certainly he had Boss, who was driving
him home at that moment. And he had his sister Lulu.
And he had his little Velvet Ears. He did miss Flash
and couldnt wait to see the pup again. But he
was alone in the intimate sense. He had buried it for
years after Laura left, dove head long into his work,
forced the memories away. But now, with having found
Anna and with Laura back in Hazzard....Rosco was filled
with a sense of both longing and heartache. After all
the years, he was still in love with her.
the car into the drive of Roscos house and gave
two beeps of the horn. Rosco looked up to the porch
to see Lulu in the door way. As she came out, Flash
poked out and came barreling down the stairs. Behind
Lulu, was Laura.
Just a minute you mutt, lemme open the door, Boss
exclaimed and opened the door for Rosco. The Basset
hounds tail was wagging like mad and just as soon
as Rosco was able to stand up he had his sister giving
him a gentle hug.
baby brothers ok! Oh Im so glad you home.
too, Rosco replied.
He then got
a hug from Laura. Thank God, she said. She
then gave him a quick kiss on the lips, causing his
heart to skip a beat and for all the words of his little
speech to come bubbling up and nearly spill from his
lips. But he held it all in, as she helped escort him
into the house.
and settled into a chair, Flash was eagerly deposited
onto his lap and happily reunited with her daddy.
Saturday September 7, 1985
on a wooden high back chair, the back of the chair infront
of him and his arms resting on the top. He had no shirt
on and Laura was standing behind him, changing the dressing
on the wound on his back. He squirmed a bit.
still, Laura said.
Rosco said and sighed. Im cold, dang it.
I wanna put my shirt on. He turned looked back
over his shoulder to watch Laura prepare the new covering.
Just a little bit longer. Laura carefully cleaned
around the wound with sterile alcohol and then gently
patted the area dry with a clean towel. She then handed
the towel to Lulu.
have to say its healing nicely, Lulu said.
be glad when it completely heals, Rosco said.
Then Ill be able to sit against a chair
again, instead of sitting straight up, or like this.
you can sit, period, Lulu reminded him.
at his sister. He nodded, his look apologetic. Youre
right, he said. Atleast I can do that.
applying the dressing and smoothed the paper tape with
she said. All set.
ya, Rosco said.
Youre welcome. As she and Lulu packed
up the medical supplies and towels, Rosco stood up and
grabbed his long sleeved red plaid shirt. He carefully
put it on, so as not to disturb the dressings. He left
the shirt untucked and buttoned it up. He then rolled
up his sleeves and followed Laura and Lulu out of his
room and down the hall towards the stairs.
and Lulu put the gauze packs, tape, cotton balls and
towels away or in the wash, Rosco headed down to the
kitchen to fix a cup of coffee. In the time it took
him to prepare the java, Lulu and Laura returned in
time to join him. And to hear the sound of a car pulling
towards the window and then walked over to look out.
Who could mistake the white Plymouth Fury of the Hazzard
County Sheriffs office? He figured it was Enos,
but once he saw the uniform of the person who exited,
Anna, he announced.
both smiled and Lulu hurried down the hall to meet Anna
at the door. She welcomed the young State Police officer,
now her neice, and ushered Anna back to the kitchen.
everybody, Anna greeted with a smile.
Rosco returned and took a sip of his coffee. He watched
his daughter as she took a seat at the kitchen table.
You keepin my county runnin right?
Doing everything I can, she replied with
a smile. Enos is handling most of the county business,
Im merely the liasion for the State Police.
She paused. Um...I want to ask you something...
down at the table now. About what?
all business. Her expression was serious and inquiring.
Bo and Luke Duke.
an eyebrow. What about em?
you aware that they are now working undercover, doing
the exact same thing you did?
aware. Their uncle told me.
Yeah, theyve had quite a peculiar interest
in whats happened to you. I think theyre
just going to blow this whole thing for us, make a bigger
mess than we can handle. And that theyre gonna
do it just to spite you.
you nailed them for running moonshine. But they got
probabtion because their uncle made a nice little goodie
two-shoes promise to the government to never make moonshine
again. And ever since then theyve been nothing
but a headache for you.
have! Ive read their file. My god, its a
mile thick! Theyve broken just about every vehicular
law in the book, along with being charged other interesting
things. But they never get nailed because the charges
get dropped for some reason. Probably has something
to do with some of the heroics theyve pulled,
nailing big time criminals like J.J. Carver and the
Snake Harmon gang. And even if they do manage
to not muck this up and help us nail John Yeatons
gang, theyll be praised to the heavens for what
theyve done. All you got is two bullets in ya.
Theyll still spite you.
Rosco said suddenly and looked at her. Immediate tension
crept into the room. Father and daughter eyed each other
for a moment and then Anna looked away. Im
lucky I survived as long as I did, he continued
softly. Im lucky two bullets is all I got!
He pushed his coffee mug away and stood up, pacing around
to the middle of the kitchen. Lulu and Laura had been
standing, watching the conversation. Lulu remained standing
by the table, Laura now sat down next to Anna and gently
touched her shoulder.
sorry... Anna said.
a lot of thing here in Hazzard that you just dont
know about, Rosco said. Things are...different.
He turned to her. Youre wrong about them
boys. Theyre not going to mess it up. And yes,
theyve been a thorn in my side for a long time,
but they have their reasons. Having been busted running
shine is not...necessarily the reason.
then what is the reason??
Someday Ill explain it to you. But for now,
you and Enos are helping them boys as much as you can,
Anna nodded. Yes.
Good. Because theyre gonna need it.
* * * *
afternoon, Bo and Luke were getting ready to go for
their last run.
ready to go? Luke asked. Their camp fire was smoldering
as Bo threw more dirt on to it. He pushed the ambers
around with a stick, threw more dirt when appropriate
and looked up at his cousin.
up the remainder of their gear and carried it to the
open trunk of the General. Bo watched the fire pit,
making sure the fire was completely out before turning
his back on it.
Sheep, theres a lady in town that would like to
speak to you. Response to this broadcast not required.
It was Enos.
Luke closed the trunk and the boys looked at each other,
wondering who wanted to talk to them.
figure its Anna? Bo asked.
be. Luke made a face. What ever could she
want to say to us?
They then climbed into the General and were gone.
outside the county building, watching the traffic in
the square. She made no sudden moves when the dark blue
Charger came through the square and pulled up to the
need to get out of the car, Anna said. New
drop off spot. Route 14 and Silk Creek Road. Enos will
be there, as usual.
She paused. Be careful, fellas.
Luke nodded and the General drove away. Anna didnt turn her head, but watched out of the corner of her eye. When she could no longer see it, she turned and headed back into the county building.
displayed their usual cheerfulness as the boys came
rolling in to the clearing. John waved at the car, telling
them to bring the car right over to where the shine
up was quick and quiet. This was the last one John was
committed to. He was already thinking of packing up
his operation and moving on before they all got caught.
Things were hot, and John was sure what little luck
they still had was being borrowed at a high interest
He, nor any
of the other gang members watched the car as it drove
Im glad to be outta there! Bo exclaimed
as the General hit the pavement and opened up.
I know what you mean... Luke replied. His voice
sounded distant. Bo knew he was thinking of something.
Uh oh...what are you thinking of?
They made it through the second pick up, they were free
and clear, all they had to do was deliver the load to
Enos and let the State Police do their thing. But....
thinking of that tent, Luke said. Johns
tent. You know theres gotta be a whole bunch of
evidence in there.
The State Police will get that when they raid,
if John burns the tent just before the raid? I mean,
there goes a good chunk of their evidence. Hes
gotta have stuff written down, contacts, phone numbers.
It could turn into a whole major bust.
be happy just seein these guys nail for what they
did to Rosco, Bo said. Besides, we cant
get back inside that camp. Not without being spotted
and getting shot!
tent was kinda secluded away from the rest of the camp.
You saw it.
we do is, stash the General somewhere, sneak back the
back way, grab some stuff from the tent and get the
heck out of there.
of it this way, Bo. All the State Police have right
now is survelience evidence. Theyve got what that
ATF agent got, they got Roscos testimony and theyll
have ours. But there could be even harder, more concrete
evidence in that tent. Stuff thatll all but lock
the jail doors for these guys. And besides...we can
prove to that lady trooper that we want these guys nailed.
of Annas treatment of the himself and Luke suddenly
made Bo more open to the idea of going back. Luke watched
his blond cousin as the younger Dukes blue eyes
turned from doubtful to determined.
Alright, Bo said. Where do we hide the General?
* * * *
Luke through the woods and quietly they came to the
perimeter of Johns camp. Ducked behind some bushes,
they watched for a moment, until they were sure that
they could slip in without being spotted. Guards didnt
seem to be patroling out this far. The tent was about
20 feet away.
Luke waved his hand at his cousin, and they moved up their position. They were now looking at the back side of the tent.
an eye out. Whistle if theres trouble. Luke
stepped out towards the back of the tent. Bo had no
choice but to watch.
his knife out of its pouch and quietly cut a hole into
the back of the tent. He put the knife away and then
disappeared through the small opening. Bo looked around
was small. A sleeping bag on the ground and a few boxes
that acted as tables. A CB radio set, along with a hand
held radio was on one box. A mobile telephone unit was
set up on the other box. A small metal strong box was
on the ground near the sleeping bag. Luke kneeled down
to it and found it wasnt locked. He opened it.
Bo was so
busy watching towards the clearing that he didnt
hear anybody come up behind him. He managed a small
yelp when the rifle barrell poked into his back. He
yer buddy? the man asked.
and slightly turned his head. Was there only one back
there? He had to take the chance.
CAT!! Bo swung around to the man and knocked the
rifle barrell out of the way just as it went off.
the papers he had been sifting through. He quickly shoved
them back into the metal box and put the box back near
the sleeping bag. He went to the back of the tent and
looked out to see Bo fighting with one of the gang members.
There was shouting at the other side of the tent. More
through the opening he had cut to help his cousin. Bo
was swinging punches and holding his own pretty good,
but more men were coming from the camp. One would go
down but another would be right there to jump on one
of the Duke boys backs.
too many. Bo and Luke were good fighters, but when youre
out numbered, youre out numbered. Both Dukes went
down, face first. The gang members stood around them,
with rifles pointed at the two until John came out of
his tent. He announced that one of them had been snooping
and order the men to take the two into the clearing.
Like burlap bags of seed, Bo and Luke were rough handled
and dragged to their feet and marched into the clearing.
John watched as Chet and one of the other men tied the
two traitors hands up above their heads and to the tree.
Bo and Luke were seated on the ground and were wide
open to any more blows or kicks. Their feet were bound
as well and they were left like slabs of meat hanging
on a hook.
John was not at all pleased. He was through playing games with the ATF and the State Police, and decided it was time to fight back. These two cowboys along with one other player would make his ultimatum complete.
were still breathing heavy and recovering from the beating
Chet and the other men had given them. John had his
men stop their assualt sooner than he normally would
have. Under regular circumstances the two hot shots
would have suffered the same fate as the ATF agent.
A fate the local Sheriff should have suffered as well.
As soon as
Chet and the other man were finished tying up Bo and
Luke, Donnie walked up to John, with Chet following
do we do with them? Donnie asked.
still glaring at the two cousins. Nothing at the
moment. Didnt one of them men say they saw these
two talking to a lady trooper in town?
get her and bring her here. Im through mucking
around with the State Police, so Im going to send
them a message. And if they dont receive and understand
it, then the female trooper and these two yahoos are
gonna end up in a ditch somewhere.
we be trying to find that Sheriff too? Chet said.
love to, John replied. Tell you what? If
you spot him at any time... John looked at Chet.
get going. Bring back that trooper.
Come on, Donnie, Chet said.
As Chet called
out to a few of the other men. John looked at Bo and
see what theyve done by crossing me. Theyll
see soon enough.
* * * *
out of the courthouse and walked to the spare Hazzard
County patrol car. Her fathers Hazzard
County patrol car. She smiled, recalling his words,
how he was so proud of her. She played it over in mind
constantly. It meant so much coming from him, from her
father. She realized she had been waiting a long time
to hear those words.
just coming into town when she spotted her daughter
in her State Police uniform about to step into the white
patrol car. Suddenly a beat up looking car squealed
out of the square and came to a sliding stop by the
as three men jumped out of the car. Without a word they
grabbed a hold of her and before she could scream, one
of the men put his hand over her mouth.
up, Chet growled. He grabbed the gun from her
holster and poked it into her ribs. Get in the
car and keep quiet or Ill shoot you full of holes
just like I did the Sheriff.
and didnt resist. The men pushed her into the
back of the car and after the two men were in, Chet
slammed the back door. He then jumped into the driver
seat and the beat up car took off.
the whole thing in horror. After the car disappeared
out of the square, Laura sped up to the courthouse.
She hopped out of her car and ran inside.
up when she came in. He recognized Annas mother
and stood up when he saw the distress on her face.
Ferren? Whats wrong?
She was just kidnapped! These men in some old car just
Enos bolted down from the booking desk. Didja
see which way they went?
Laura stepped over to the window and looked. Out
that way, past the garage.
going after them.
no! Wait! They pulled her gun on her! If you go after
her they may try to hurt her.
Argh, dang it! Youre right. Did you get
a good look at the car?
If you can give me a good description Ill put
a call in to the State Police Headquarters.
get her back Mrs. Ferren. Dont you worry.
Laura nodded as Enos walked up to the booking desk and picked up the phone.
* * * *
his eyes when he heard a car drive by. He and Bo were
still tied up to a tree in the clearing and Luke watched
as the car came to a stop. Chet and his two partners
emerged, dragging Anna out with them. Her tropper hat
went tumbling to the ground and they yanked on her jacket,
until she fell out of it and hit the ground.
It had been a long time since some of the men had a
seen a woman. And a pretty woman like Anna certainly
got their attention.
Bo, Luke said quietly.
it, Bo replied. Thats Anna.
hey is John letting us have a present? one of
the men called as he approached where Anna was still
on her knees.
More laughter. Another man came up behind her and put his arms around her.
some help, sweetheart?
by elbowing the man in the ribs. He let go and Anna
got to her feet and spun around. She planted her boot
square in the mans chest sending him flying back
on to his tail.
The man looked
at her surprised. He was about to get up and charge
at her when John stepped in.
to his feet, still looking at the female trooper who
was in a fighters stance ready to take on anybody.
He snarled at her and then walked away.
to Anna. Just relax, honey.
do you want with me?
passage out of the state of Georgia. You and them two
traitors over there are gonna be my ticket.
and saw the boys tied up, their arms above their heads.
you behave, you and the two robin hoods will be left
at the state line unharmed. But if you or them, or the
State Police or ANYBODY try to pull any tricks, youre
her eyes. If you think youre gonna get away
with killing an ATF agent and trying to kill the local
Sheriff, you can forget it.
John smirked. Darling, Ive already gotten away with it. He turned to Chet. Tie her up over there by the still. Donnie, Jake, tell the men to start packing up. Were getting the hell outta here as soon as I make a phone call.
* * * *
called Commander Thomas he got a description of the
car from Laura. She then told him she was going to go
tell Rosco what had happened but before she could leave,
Enos stopped her to ask her a question.
to him. Yes, Enos?
it may be none of my business, but in what capacity
do Anna and Sheriff Rosco know each other?
a tiny smile spreading to her lips. Im surprised
you havent figured it out yet, Enos. Seems everyone
else in Hazzard has.
looked embarassed. Maam, I...
Its okay, Enos. My little girls father
is the Sheriff of Hazzard County.
eyes looked down as his eyebrows went up, making the
expression that now he understood. Possum-on-a-gum-bush,
he said softly. I had no idea.
Laura chuckled. Neither did Rosco, for awhile.
* * * *
own handcuffs held her cuffed to the underside of the
bumper of the old Dodge pick up truck. Bo and Luke were
about ten feet away and the young blonde Duke boy had
asked without speaking aloud if she was okay. Anna nodded
and looked at Bo to ask the same question. Bo shrugged
and rolled his eyes a bit, thinking it was no worse
thus far than any other situation he and Luke had been
The men were
busy dismantling the still and packing it into a van.
John had disappeared, apparently to make his phone call.
Anna looked around carefully at the different vehilces,
all the guns that were gathered by a tent, the crates,
boxes and jugs spread about. She then looked at the
boys again and saw the bruise on the side of Bos
face. She couldnt see Luke, who was obscured by
Bo, but Anna figured he too had a few bruises.
if they realized that they probably wouldnt all
be left at the state line, certainly not alive anyway.
John knew what he was doing and the value of human life
meant nothing to him in his desperate measure to save
his operation and himself. Some of his own men may even
find themselves being sacraficed if it came to that.
thought of Rosco. Now that she had found her father,
it broke her heart to think she would never see him
Im sorry. I guess some things are just not meant
Anna closed her eyes.
* * * *
Lauras car through the window as it pulled into
the drive. He hurried to the front door and stepped
out on the porch just as Laura got out of her car. But
she was the only one. Anna wasnt with her.
to keep his expression neutral as Laura walked to him.
But he saw the clouded look on her face and he knew
something wasnt right.
Anna? he asked.
in front of him and hesitated a moment. She couldnt
come. She paused again and then gave a troubled
sighed. Rosco....she was kidnapped.
thought his heart stopped. What?!?
says it might be them mooshining men, from what the
car looked like.
Enos see it?
I saw it! Rosco, do you have any idea what its
like to watch your own daughter be kindapped?!
Laura close to him as she buried her face in her hands.
She leaned against him, crying.
Im sorry. Im sorry... He held her
tight for a moment or two then started to turn her towards
Come on, he said.
are we going?
town. Im gonna help Enos figure out how to get
Rosco, Laura put her hands on his chest to stop
him. The doctor said youre to be resting
and letting those stitches heal. You shouldnt
be doing anything that could make them tear.
care. Laura, Im still the Sheriff and I aint
gonna sit around here when Annas been kidnapped.
He looked Laura in her eyes and put his hands on her
shoulders. Shes my daughter. Shes
OUR daughter. Ive already told you how much Ive
always wanted a family and Im not gonna let the
opportunity slip by. I cant let it slip away,
not now. Im gonna get her back.
at Rosco but couldnt say anything with the tears,
so she just put her arms around his shoulders.
I promise you, he said. Laura, I promise you Ill get her back.
* * * *
special phone line rang in Roscos office, Enos
stood in the doorway and looked at it for a long time.
He knew what the phone call probably was and he knew
he had to take it. Because John would probably be giving
him a special message with special instructions and
three lives would hang in the balance.
moment, and few deep breaths, Enos stepped towards it
and lifted the receiver.
been jiving me. I dont know who the hell you are
but youre obviously in cahoots with the local
law and the state police so I want you to give them
a message for me.
up. I caught them two hot shot drivers of yours snooping
around my camp. So Im not playing tricks any more.
Them two and the lady trooper are gonna be my ticket
out of the state. If they or the state police try to
pull any tricks, its all over for them. If everything
goes well, I MAY leave them unharmed at the state line.
Now you make sure the state police get that message,
or theyre gonna be short one pretty trooper!
The phone clicked loudly in Enoss ear and he pulled the reciever away. He then slammed it down angrily.
* * * *
Laura sat next to one another in the chairs that were
just below the booking desk. Enos told them of Johns
call and that he had contacted the State Police. Now
they were waiting.
denim jacket and a green and white plaid shirt, Rosco
didnt look like the Sheriff that he was. But his
mind was completely set in law enforcement mode, scenarios
spinning threw his mind of where Anna and now the Duke
boys could be, and what they were gonna have to do to
get them back. Alive.
and shifted position in his seat so as to hide it from
Laura. The sickening pit feeling in his stomach wasnt
from worry alone. Underneath everything that he could
think of with his law enforcement training was the fear.
A terrible fear that he would lose his daughter, that
he would lose his dream of a family. Laura had many
of the same worries and fears, and instead of hiding
it she softly took a hold of Roscos hand.
alright, Laura, Rosco said.
scared. Rosco, Im terrified right now. I mean,
shes been in some dangerous situations before,
but never kidnapped. Never anything like this.
thought that when she started getting up in the ranks,
she wouldnt be doing so much in the field. Now
the one case where shes not actually in the field
shes in more danger than ever before.
Lauras hand a gentle squeeze. Shes
a good officer, Laura. Not everybody becomes a State
Police Lieutenant by the age of 30. Moving up so fast
in the ranks only shows shes one of the best.
I aint gonna sit here and tell ya I aint
scared either, cuz I am. But Im trusting her abilities
as a law officer.
After a few
moments the sound of cars pulling up infront of the
courthouse floated through the partiallly opened windows.
Rosco glanced up and saw the line of State Police cruisers
and not before too long officers were filing into the
booking room. Laura and Rosco stood up as Enos came
down from behind the booking desk to greet Commander
Enos, the Commander said as soon as greetings
were exchanged. He then suddenly looked at Rosco, noticing
the man for the first time. Sheriff? What are
you doing here?
here to help.
paused. Um...I think we have everything under
control here. Besides youve been through enough
yourself in past week or so. I cant allow you
to put yourself in any kind of danger.
offer it for debate, Commander, Rosco said sternly.
you dont mind, Sheriff, this is involves one of
my officers. If the situation were reversed then I would
understand you wanting to help--
involves two citizens of Hazzard County, namely Bo and
Luke Duke and the involvement of your officer is also
my daughter theyve got, Commander!
room fell into silence. Your what?
Thomas looked at Laura. He knew she was Annas
mother and when she nodded, he understood.
its all the same to you, Sheriff, the Commander
said carefully. I dont want your help in
this. Just let my people do their thing.
himself up to his full height now. Commander...
his arm. Rosco, please...
Im not about to loose the daugher I just gained!
Rosco. I know. But were not doing Anna or those
two young men any good by arguing here.
slowly. Alright, he agreed, grudgingly.
Ill stay here.
nodded. Okay people, heres what were
gonna do....Meanwhile, the gang was pushing Anna
and the boys into seperate cars. Chet and Donnie drove
off with Anna, while the boys were in the same car as
John and Willie. The Dodge truck, the Jeep and another
car followed out of the clearing.
The CB radio
in the car the boys were in was busy. The broadcasts
were deceiving, however. Commander Thomas repeatedly
said for troopers to maintain positions
until further notice. We dont want to upset
anything here, there are lives at stake. Lets
all be careful. In actuality, troopers were already
out and about in the county, looking for any suspicious
activity, vehicles and the like, and for the boys and
the gang anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes to get to the
state line, depending what route they took and whether
or not they ventured on to the main highways.
After a slow
and dread filled 20 minutes, Rosco couldnt stand
it anymore. Laura had left the booking room a few minutes
before to go to the ladies room. Rosco came to a decision
and stood up suddenly looking at Enos.
are the keys to the Trans Am?
Trans Am, Enos. Where are the keys?
the Commander said--
care what the Commander said. Give me the keys to the
but decided not to argue with Rosco. It would have been
fruitless to anyway. He opened the drawer to his left
and pulled out the key set, handing them without a word
didnt bother with goodbye or even thanks. He took
the keys and ran out of the booking room.
Laura came back from the ladies room to find Rosco gone.
what?! she exclaimed when Enos told her that he
took the keys to the Trans Am. Laura ran out of the
booking room and down the hall towards the impound.
where are you going? Laura called to him after
she came out of the door. He didnt turn to her
and she picked up her pace. Rosco!
He had his
hand on the door handle when Laura was beside him. Rosco,
what are you doing??
goin to get Anna, he answered and pulled
the door open.
Rosco, wait a minute--
waitin for nothin! Ive been waitin
here long enough. Im goin to get her myself.
He got into the car and started the engine. He then
looked at Laura. Im sorry, he said.
But I dont need some stuffed shirt trooper
tellin me what to do. Im still the Sheriff
and this is my county. Im gonna git her back.
she had no chance to argue with him. Rosco...be
careful. For gods sake, please be careful.
He then put the car in gear and drove out of the impound.
Laura watched the grey Trans Am disappear out of the
sqaure, her hands held in a pyramid to her lips as she
fought tears and said a prayer.John cursed when the
driver of the truck with the still reported that several
state police cars were coming up behind them. He had
no time to carry out his original threat, that of knocking
off Bo, Luke and Anna, so he grabbed up his radio mike
and started barking orders to his other drivers.
Bo and Luke
just watched from the back seat as the Hazzard country
side went wizzing by them. More trooper cars were coming
along the road that ran parallel with the one the chase
was already on. The boys exchanged glances. Bo figured
they were just going to have to hang on for the ride.
Luke had something different in mind...
and car with Anna in it, veered off on the other fork
when they reached the intersection. The troopers split
going to follow the truck, nor was he going to try to
help save it. At the first side road that came up, he
swung the sedan on to it and hit the gas. Two cruisers
followed after him, the other three going after the
rid of em Donnie!
already leaning out the window and started firing at
the patrol cars. He squeezed off several shots and Anna
tried to stop him, hitting him in the back with her
tied hands but her effort made no difference. Donnie
kept shooting, and Anna looked in time to see the lead
patrol car suddenly swerve across the road way, its
blown out front tire useless. The second patrol car
couldnt stop quick enough and plowed into the
back passenger side fender of the first one. The two
cars crumpled to a stop and the sedan made its
shootin, Donnie, Chet congratulated. He
hit the pedal and the car tore its way down Ridge
the sedan through the trees. He gunned the engine of
the Trans Am and swung out on to Ridge Road, directly
behind the light brown sedan. He saw Anna was seated
in back with one of the men, who turned his head to
look at the Trans Am. He then quickly turned to the
Am growled like a tiger about to pounce on its
prey. Rosco brought the car to the side and started
to come up along side of the sedan. The man in back
poked a gun out the window and tried to take aim, but
Anna hit him in the back with her two hands that were
tied together in front of her. The gun man turned to
fight her off and Rosco slammed the front fender of
the Trans Am into the sedan, pushing against it. Chet
tried to fight back, but the Trans Ams engine
had more power, giving the car more push. Rosco brought
the car back and then slammed into the sedan again pushing
it off the road and into a field. The sedan hit some
rocks, hard, and busted its own front wheel. Rosco
swung the Trans Am off the road and into the field.
Chet and Donnie were getting out of the car, dragging
Anna with them. Rosco already had his hand on his pearl
handled pistol and he pointed it out the window at the
two as he brought the car to a stop.
it right there!
by pulling his gun out and pointing it directly at Annas
head. Not so fast, Sheriff. By the time you decide
which one of us to shoot, the lady trooper here will
his aim even though he could feel Annas eyes on
the gun, Sheriff, Chet said. Its all
and then met Annas gaze.
Donnie sneered at Rosco. Daddy? Chet said,
amused. Well now, come on dad, you dont
want us to spread your daughters brains all over
this field do ya?
The mere thought felt like Chet had taken a knife and
just cut Roscos soul out. After a moment, the
gun dropped from his hand to the ground.
Now get outta the car.
opened the door and stepped out of the grey car.
still chuckling. Now I can finally finish you
off, like I should have the first time. Chet motioned
for Donnie to take a hold of the Sheriff. Well
finish them off over there. They can die together, like
father like daughter. Isnt that nice of me?
Shut up! Git over there! He pushed Annas shoulder and she nearly collided with Rosco. Rosco put a steadying hand on his daughters arm and together they walked into the clearing.
* * * *
Bo and Luke sat in silence in the backseat. Bo was oblivious to what his older cousin was doing. Behind the older Duke boys back, his hands bound by rope, Luke had managed to squirm his small swiss army knife from his back pocket, opened the blade and was carefully cutting at the ropes on his wrists. It was going to take a while, but if he could give Bo the right signal it would pay off in the end.
The car sped
over a bump on the road, and Luke made a point to nudge
Bos shoulder more than what the shifting of the
car created. Bo looked at his cousin and Luke turned
his eyes down towards the back of the seat and gave
a small nod of his head. Bo looked and saw the shiny
knife working at the ropes. He nodded.
The car swung
suddenly to the left, nearly sending Bo and Luke falling
over like bowling pins. The knife dropped from Lukes
fingers and the boys heard the pop of the
blade stabbing into the seat. Luckily it was only the
car settled, Luke found the knife and resumed sawing
at the ropes. It wasnt long before they started
to loosen. He moved his wrists, all while trying to
minimize the movement of his arms. After a moment, he
was free from the ropes.
his driver werent paying any attention to the
boys. The State Police had their full attention. Assured
of this, Luke handed the knife to Bo and the younger
Duke boy began to cut himself free.
whizzing and sirens blaring, Bo freed his wrists. He
followed Lukes lead and kept his hands behind
his back, waiting for the cue as to what to do next.
Slowly, Luke brought one hand out to his lap and in it was a piece of rope. He nodded for Bo to do the same thing. Bo now knew what was going on. He nodded and adjusted the length of rope in both of his hands. With neither John, nor Willie aware that their prisoners were loose, they suddenly felt the rough rope as it slipped around their necks.
* * * *
clinging to Rosco desperately, feeling like her entire
State Police training had gone out the window. She had
finally found her father...and now they were going to
die together. The emotions of the situation only helped
to make things seem hopeless. It seemed as though there
was no way out. She noticed that Rosco was holding on
to her as well, perhaps thinking the same thing.
Im sorry, he managed to whisper before Chet
demanded silence from them.
make you endure a long good-bye, he said as he
checked the ammo in his gun. The trouble is I
dont know which one of you I should take and which
one Donnie should have.
dont you finish me? Rosco said, challenging
the moonshiner and hoping to buy some time. Isnt
that what youve wanted to do anyway?
eyes gleamed. Thats true...but...
He looked at Anna. Id enjoy finishing off
the lady here more.
Anna stiffen at the suggestion. He gently squeezed her
arm, hoping to let her know that he wasnt going
to let anything happen to her. Period.
dont have a choice. You get to have me.
makes you think Donnie here wont decide to have
some fun first?
at the other moonshiner. Donnie didnt appear to
be as into all of this as Chet was. His look was apprehensive
and he seemed uneasy about the impending job.
aint got it in him, Rosco said. I
mean, look at him. I dont even think hes
got the guts to just plain pull the trigger.
up. Donnie, finish her off!
a minute! Rosco exclaimed. I want the ropes
off her hands.
take em off. You could atleast afford her some
dignity, you know. She is a State Trooper after all.
but paused in thought. He motioned to Donnie to take
the ropes off.
his eye on Chet, who kept his gun aimed at the Sheriff
and Trooper. Donnie removed the ropes and then stepped
other last requests?
I have a moment with my daughter? Alone?
a face. Yeah, alright. But make it snappy. You
only got one minute.
to Donnie and then the two moonshiners stepped back
a couple of feet, but kept an eye on the two law officers.
to Anna, who looked at him with sorrow.
Shh, its alright, Anna, he said softly and soothingly. Listen to me, I think we still have a chance to get outta this...
* * * *
out wildly, taking both hands off the steering wheel.
He grabbed at the rope and then realized it wasnt
tight. The sedan swerved.
your hands back on the wheel!! Bo exclaimed.
the hell? John said. He didnt move much
though, only to grab on to the dash board with one hand
and bring the other to his throat.
the car or Bo and I take you out right now, Luke
You gotta be kidding. You strangle us this car
goes out of control and you end up getting killed as
a chance were willing to take, Bo said.
ever strangled anybody? John asked. Its
really not the most finesse way of killing. Its
actually kinda messy...
UP AND STOP THE CAR!! Luke yelled, tightening
his grip on the rope.
Bo gave Willie
a little more incentive, but rubbing the rope back and
forth a little on his neck, creating enough of a bad
sensation for Willie to slam the brakes.
hell with ya!! I aint getting myself strangled.
sedan was stopped, state police cars surrounded it.
Troopers ran to the car, pulling doors open and taking
command of the situation. Grabbing John and Willie and
pulling them out of the car, just as Bo and Luke let
go of the ropes.
boys okay? one of the officers asked.
were fine, Luke said. He and Bo climbed
out of the car, happy to be out of it. That other
car had Anna....
know. They knocked out to two units that were after
them. We got another one on the way but...
you remember which road they went off, Bo? Luke
on then! The boys bolted to an empty patrol car.
You cant take that car!!
didnt acknowledge and jumped in. Bo slammed the
accelerator and turned the patrol car around in a J
turn. With lights flashing they tore off in the other
nuts aint we? Bo said suddenly.
Just go, we gotta find her.
* * * *
youve had long enough, Chet announced. He
and Donnie walked towards Anna and Rosco. Anna gave
Rosco a hug and they both stood, ready to meet their
over to Anna. He cocked the gun and raised it to Anna
gonna have a hard time pullin that trigger aint
ya? Rosco said.
up, Chet said. Do it, Donnie, finish her
off so we can get outta here.
gun hand shook a little as he raised the weapon to Annas
head. Anna herself wasnt exactly standing still
either, but she waited like Rosco had told her.
cant do it, Chet, Rosco said. You
may end up having to try to finish both of us yourself.
shut up! Donnie, pull the damn trigger!
a wreck now. Hed never killed anyone in his life.
He had only been an accomplice, either driving the get
away car or being a look out. He couldnt handle
the job himself and he wasnt really interested
in learning how to.
her elbow into Donnie as Rosco ducked out of the way
of Chets line of fire. Donnie stumbled to the
ground. Anna looked to Chet and then started to run
to take cover behind the Trans Am. Chet swung towards
her and opened fire but the trooper disappeared behind
moonshiners back to him, Rosco seized the moment.
Knowing he was risking injury to himself, Rosco lunged
to bring Chet down.
Anna heard another gun shot and then carefully peered over the tail of the Trans Am. Donnie was still on the ground, the gun a few feet away from him. She saw Rosco struggling with Chet so she quickly darted towards the gun on the ground.
Donnie got to his feet quick and went after Anna. The woman trooper seemed like an easy task to stop, but that in itself was misleading. Anna didnt get to the gun for the moonshiner had grabbed a hold of her but she fought back, hard. Donnie got her pinned to the back of the Trans Am but Anna punched and elbowed in resistence.
as much as he could, but his previously wounded side
was burning in warning. He ignored it and stayed on
offensive, landing a couple of punches on Chet, dazing
the killer for a moment. But Chet fought back and he
knew right where to hit. Rosco left himself wide open
long enough for Chet to land a hard punch into Roscos
still healing wound.
out and staggered a bit before dropping to his knees
and wrapping his arm around his side. Chet made a beeline
for the gun that had fallen earlier.
Donnie two more hits to the face, finally sending the
man down. She looked up in time to see Chet pick up
his gun and start to take aim at Rosco who was on the
ground, holding his side, his face grimaced in pain.
The Sheriff looked up, his eyes wide with fear and realization
of what was about to happen.
without thinking. She had Donnies gun in her hand,
before she realized she had even moved to pick it up.
She saw Chet, focused on his grip on the gun and she
raised her arm and the weapon.
his eyes when the shot was fired and flinched. He drewn
in a sharp breath, expecting it to be his last. But
it wasnt. A second shot was fired and then heavy
silence came to the clearing and Rosco forced his eyes
on the ground, the side of his brown T-shirt darkened
with blood. Rosco reeled at the sight, the nauseua from
the pain in his side mixing with it. He closed his eyes
but soon heard Annas voice and had his daughter
Daddy, are you alright? Oh my Lord.... Anna put
her arm around Rosco and then leaned to look at him.
He opened his eyes and looked at her.
got ya right in the wound didnt he? she
could manage was a nod.
you think you can get to the car?
two aint goin nowhere.
up to see Donnie, on his knees a few feet away, pointing
his gun directly at her and Rosco. She shook her head.
is futile, Donnie, Anna said. Put the gun
down, dont make this worse than it already is.
shaking. I never killed nobody in my life,
he said softly. But you guys are gonna send me
to jail. I dont wanna go to jail...
listen to me, Anna said, trying to think quick
to get him to the put the weapon down. Put the
gun down. Please. You dont have to do this. Youre
not going to have to go down for something you didnt
I was supposed to do was help make the shine, keep the
camp running smooth and make a run if I had to,
Donnie continued, as if Anna hadnt even spoken.
He wasnt even looking at her as he spoke, but
to the ground. Chets the one that did all
the dirty work. I just went along because John told
Yeah, I know, Donnie. Chet seemed to enjoy what
he did a little too much didnt he?
wanted to hurt nobody. He looked at her now. But
I aint goin to jail neither!
Anna said soothingly. Now you know Im a
Lieutenant with the State Police. If youll put
that gun down, I promise Ill try to do what I
can for you to see that you dont have to serve
any jail time, or maybe youll only have to serve
a little bit, okay?
the gun still firmly in his grip and pointed at Anna
and Rosco. He seemed to be contemplating his options
and trying to figure if Annas offer was real.
Rosco on the other hand, was finding himself hurting
more and wishing Donnie would make up his mind, because
the Sheriff wanted to go to the hospital. Now.
to her, Rosco said, horsely. Dont
do something foolish.
a moment longer. Do you really think you can get
me less jail time, or none?
try. Would you be willing to testify against what Chet
and John have done?
Donnie a little. If he testified, would they go after
if they...try to get revenge or something?
be hard for them to do in jail wouldnt it? If
we have to get you protection, we will.
do that? Donnie asked.
Anything to get you to put that damn gun down!
of sirens wailing in the distance could be heard, but
Donnie was already putting the gun down. Anna took the
gun and let out the breath she had been holding and
looked up to see a lone state police patrol car coming
down the road.
they are, Bo, Luke said. He then squinted, seeing
the Trans Am. How the hell did that thing get
the patrol car off the road and down in to the field.
As they got closer to the scene they could see Anna,
Donnie, Chet on the ground and....
Rosco! Luke exclaimed.
the cruiser to a dust kicking stop and the two boys
jumped out of the car.
alright, Anna? Luke asked.
okay, but Rosco here needs to get to the hospital.
were coming in.
what in tarnation pocessed you to get in on this?
Bo asked. I thought you were supposed to be resting
after getting shot!
fellas, its a long story, Anna said. I
really think my dad would like to go to the hospital
did a double take. Your WHAT?
Anna stopped and then smiled. My..father.
Bo looked at the Sheriff, surprised. Rosco nodded.
at Luke, who had the same surprised look on his face
but it melted into a chuckle. Well, shoot that
explains a lot. No wonder you were suspicious of us!
Bo was laughing too. Well this is great! Come on, Rosco well get ya to the hospital.
~End Part Three~