Anna sat alone in the hall way just a door away from where Rosco was balancing on the fine line between life and death. The head surgeon had gone in to see Rosco when the ambulance first brought him in. After ten minutes he came out and talked to Anna and Enos. Anna explained that the Sheriff had been working on a case for the State Police, which explained why she was present. The doctor nodded grimly and told her simply that she may want to contact next of kin for the Sheriff.
"I can give no guarantees that he's
going to get through this free and clear," he said.
"I'm sure you understand what I mean."
Anna stared at the floor, knowing perfectly
well what he meant. She snapped out of it long enough to
nod her head. "Yes."
The surgeon returned to the operating
room, leaving the State Police officer crying in the middle
of the hall, with Enos looking on helplessly.
That was thirty minutes ago. Anna had found a phone and called headquarters to tell Commander Thomas what happened. The Commander was shocked and very upset by it. He then asked if she was okay.
"No, sir. No sir, I'm not okay.
I'm not okay at all! I'm sorry, sir, but dammit I just can't
believe this is even happening!"
The Commander was sympathetic and told
Anna it was okay that she was upset. But even he didn't know
why she was so upset.
Enos went ahead and started in contacting
next of kin. Anna had barely heard him when he said he would
be contacting Rosco's sister and some cousins. She was mad
at him for having lied to her. So she sat in the chair two
doors away from Rosco and every time she thought of calling
her mother, she got too upset and just buried her face in
She was still sitting that way when Enos
returned with a cup of coffee for her. He sat down beside
her and waited for her to look up, but she never did.
Anna raised her head enough to look at
the coffee cup. She wiped her hands on her pants and took
the cup, not looking at Enos as she did.
"Thanks," she mumbled.
Enos watched the State Police officer
take a sip of the coffee and then she stared ahead. She remained
like that for quite a spell and surprised Enos when she finally
"You lied to me, Enos."
Enos looked at her. Anna turned her head
to look back at him and saw he had no idea what she was talking
about. "You lied to me about Rosco's condition. You
told me that the paramedics said he'd be fine. He's not fine,
Enos." She turned away from him and looked at the floor.
"He's not fine at all."
"Anna, I'm sorry," Enos said
softly. "I didn't mean to purposely lie to you. I'm
scared for Sheriff Rosco too, but I can't understand why
you're getting about as upset as Miss Lulu probably is right
"Who's Miss Lulu?"
"The Sheriff's sister."
Well, duh, I'm his damn daughter,
how the hell do you expect me to react?!?! Anna buried
her head in her hands and sighed heavily. She was quiet for
several moments and then finally said, "You'd never,
ever understand Enos. Nobody would. I'm upset for a reason,
a perfectly good and simple reason. But nobody would ever
Anna shook her head and said nothing
more to the deputy, leaving Enos to wonder just who Anna
was to Rosco.
And who Rosco was to Anna.
* * *
Bo and Luke were still on Mill
Road, thinking they were waiting for Cooter. Neither figured it
would be fair for the mechanic to have to face alone the task
of towing in Rosco's Trans Am, not with the evidence of what had
taken place clearly visible on the ground.
Luke looked away from the crimson
spot in the dirt and gravel and sighed. What the Sheriff had done
and what Rosco had just gone through all but completely blew the
ex-Marine's mind. Even though Jesse had told of Rosco having done
undercover work before, some of it even having been dangerous,
the idea almost seemed incomprehensible. Rosco was just the giggling,
grinning Sheriff, who talked silly to his basset hound, Flash,
and shouted his familiar battle cry of 'Hot pursuit!' as he made
one of a million attempts to catch the boys and the General Lee.
Being found lying on the side of the road with two gun shot wounds
in him was just unreal.
Luke looked up at Bo, who was
leaning against the front fender of General Lee, staring of in
the distance down the road.
"You alright, Bo?"
Bo broke his gaze and looked
at his older cousin. "Not really," he said. "I
just can't believe it, Luke. I just CAN NOT believe it."
Luke nodded. "I know."
He then glanced up the road and saw a State Police cruiser coming.
Bo saw it too. "Oh great,"
he muttered. "Here we go."
Trooper Burt Pearson pulled the
patrol car off to the side of the road a few feet behind the gray
Trans Am. Leaving his blue lights flashing, he stepped out of
"Are you fellas waiting
for something?" Pearson asked.
"We're waiting for our friend
Cooter to come with his tow truck to take this car back to town."
Pearson looked apologetic. "I'm
afraid that won't be for a quite awhile. This car and the area
around it is a crime scene and this car won't be going anywhere
just yet. In fact, I'm gonna have to ask you fellas to leave."
Luke stared and then cringed
at his own thoughtlessness. It WAS a crime scene and Rosco
was the victim! For Pete's sake, Luke, use your brain!
"I'm sorry," Luke said.
"We're just kinda in shock I guess with what happened we
thought...we thought we could help." Luke shrugged, realizing
he was making probably no sense to the trooper. "C'mon Bo,
let's go." The boys turned to the General and started to
"Wait a second," Pearson
said. "Ain't you two the Duke boys that Sheriff Coltrane
busted running moonshine?"
Luke had one leg up on the door
of the driver's side and paused to look at the trooper. "Yeah...?"
"Just wonderin'," Pearson
said. His simple question, although not purposely meaning to be
facetious, was just as sharp as any searing accusation could be.
So are ya glad to see he finally got it?
Without a word, Luke slid into the General and backed the car away from the scene. Two sets of eyes ablaze in anger, the General swung around and the boys drove back to the farm.
Jesse was seated in his favorite
chair, across from Daisy who was sitting on the couch. He watched
his niece, who earlier tearfully told him what she had heard on
the CB and that the boys had gone to see if they could help. Now,
he and Daisy were anxiously waiting for the sound of the General
to come into the yard, hopefully bringing news that Rosco was
Daisy's eyes had cleared and
the tears were dried from her face, but she still thought of Rosco,
wondering if it was all a bad dream. The events of the other night
ran rampant in her mind and she remembered riding with him in
his car. He seemed like a whole different person at the time,
yet he was somebody she felt safe with. More safe than she ever
had at any other point since she knew him.
The sound of a familiar car exhaust
outside the living room window made Daisy look up. She saw the
tail end of the General and jumped off the couch, running into
the kitchen to meet the boys at the door. Jesse came up behind
her as the boys stepped into the kitchen, their expressions solemn.
"What did you boys find
out?" Jesse asked.
"Yeah, is Rosco gonna be
okay?" Daisy anxiously asked.
Luke put a comforting hand on
Daisy's shoulder. He took a deep breath and said, "They're
not sure at this point."
"You mean...they think he
could....die?" she said.
"Oh no..." Daisy closed
her eyes and leaned into Luke's strong shoulder.
"If that wasn't bad enough,"
Bo said, "there's a lady trooper that thinks we WANTED to
see this happened. That we WANTED to see Rosco get shot!"
"What?!" Jesse exclaimed.
Daisy lifted her head from Luke's shoulder and looked at Bo.
"She knows about the last
run," he continued. "She finds it...odd that if Rosco
busted us then, why we'd be so concerned with what happens to
him now. She thinks that we may have possibly if not PURPOSELY
blown Rosco's cover when we talked to him in town."
"How can she think something
like that?!" Daisy cried. "How can she think we would
take some kind of revenge on Rosco when all he was doing at the
time was his job? AND how can she think we would want to see him
"Easy, Daisy, take it easy..."
Daisy turned to her uncle. "But
Uncle Jesse, how can she accuse the boys of that? How?? That's
"Come on, sit down,"
Jesse said as he turned Daisy towards the kitchen table. Daisy
obeyed and plopped down in the seat the anger clearly etched on
her face. Bo and Luke sat down as well, along with Jesse.
"Uncle Jesse, none of us
would ever wish something like this to happen to Rosco,"
Daisy said softly and shook her head. "None of us."
"I know, baby," he
said taking her hand. "I know, cuz that ain't the way I raised
you and the boys here."
"That's right," Luke
said. "That lady trooper has no idea what it's like here
in Hazzard. Rosco's not necessarily our 'enemy' as he is just...a..."
Luke tossed his hand in the air. "...a...pest, I guess. I
mean, he ain't got it in for nobody and we would never have it
in for him. We've saved his hide on numerous occasions and he's
helped save ours a couple of times too. Are we just gonna sit
here and let this gang get away with this?"
"Hell no," Bo said.
"Bo..." Jesse scolded.
"Sorry, Uncle Jesse. But
we ain't gonna let them get away with it! I mean, Rosco's..."
Bo paused and found himself putting his hands in the air trying
to think of what he was trying to say. "Well...he's OUR SHERIFF!
I just can't sit here and let this happen and say 'Oh well, too
bad for Rosco. Come on Luke, we'll go tune the General for next
week's race.' We can't ignore that this has happened."
"Plus," Luke said,
"if we somehow triggered the events that led to Rosco's cover
being blown, you better believe we wanna do something to correct
"Yeah," Bo said. "Uncle
Jesse, we had no idea when we talked to him in town that he could
have been being watched. We had no intent of messing anything
up for him, not something that dangerous."
Jesse nodded. "I know,"
he said. "But I don't want you kids to subject yourselves
to something as dangerous as what Rosco did."
"We gotta do what's right
here," Luke said. "Dangerous or not, we have to find
a way to help Enos nail these guys once and for all."
"That's right," Bo
"What do you boys think
you'll do?" Daisy asked.
"Dunno," Luke said.
"I figure we'll wait until later this afternoon or maybe
tomorrow morning and go see Enos. See if there's something, ANYTHING
we can do to help."
"In the meantime tho',"
Bo said. "I think we should pray for Rosco."
"Yeah," Daisy agreed
softly as Luke and Jesse nodded.
And they prayed...
* * *
The gang, meanwhile, were tending
to their wounded. Makeshift medical quarters had been set up at
the back corner of the still site and inside the two most knowledgeable
gang members in medicine were tending to Chet's gun shot wound.
The wound was not life threatening but it would certainly slow
the killer moonshiner up a bit.
From a chair in the corner of
the tent, John watched as Chet was being treated.
"Ah! Jesus, Willie, watch
it," Chet moaned.
"Atleast you felt that.
Stop yer complainin'. I told you this was gonna hurt," Willie
Chet sighed. "Still can't
believe the son of a bitch shot me."
"Which isn't my concern,"
John said. "My concern is whether or not you had a chance
to finish him off. If he can identify us it'll be the end of everything."
"Aww, I dunno," Chet
groaned. "Ow! For Chris' sakes..."
"Hold still," Willie
said. "John, do you think you could wait two minutes so I
can get this slug out of him first?"
"Sorry, Willie," John
said, sincerely. "I'm just concerned about the welfare of
ALL my men."
"I'm aware of that,"
Willie said. "But Chet here ain't gonna be a damn bit of
good to you or any of us if I don't get this slug out of him."
John nodded. "You're right.
I'll wait outside then."
"Thank you," Willie
said as John stood up. Quietly the leader exited the tent.
Donnie was standing a few feet
away from the tent, smoking another of already several cigarettes.
He turned when John came out, tossed his cigarette to the ground
and jogged up to his leader.
"Is Chet okay?"
"Willie's still working
on him. He should be all right though."
"I dunno what happened,
John," Donnie said. "I mean, it was four on one, we
should have taken him down easily. He fought like hell--"
"Did you finish him?"
Donnie hesitated. "I--I
dunno, man. After he shot Chet there was a car coming so we got
the hell out of there. Chet did get him twice, but we sure didn't
hang around to watch him bleed all over the road."
"One shot to the head..."
"We didn't have time! That
other car was coming too fast! Besides, he would have seen it
and then you would have expected us to kill him too. The body
count already is too high, John! This is insanity!!"
John wrapped his arm around his
waist and propped his elbow on his left hand and touched his right
index finger to his lips in thought.
After a moment of silence, Donnie
asked, "Do--do you think Atlanta knew their driver was a
John looked at Donnie. "Well, we'll find out when I contact him again, won't we?"
* * *
Anna stood infront of the pay phone that was around the corner of the waiting room of the ER for a long time. She knew she had to tell her mother, but every time she touched her hand to the cold black receiver, the tears would well up. Finally, Anna pushed herself to make the car, managing to drop the dime into the slot before it blurred.
Anna blinked away the tears and
slowly dialed the number, mouthing it as she turned the rotary
dialer on the phone. When she finished and the other end began
ringing, Anna took a series of deep breaths.
Anna swallowed. "Momma...momma
"Anna? Sweetheart, what's
"It's Rosco." Anna
paused and sniffled. "They shot him, Momma. They shot
him!" Anna brought her other hand to her face and cried for
Anna's mother, Laura, was quiet
for several moments. "Oh my Lord..." she breathed. "Anna,
is he--? Is he...okay?"
"I don't know. He was still
alive when I found him and when they brought him in. But I haven't
heard anything since."
"How long ago?"
"Um..." Anna looked
at her watch. "About an hour or so." She wiped the tears
off her face. "Momma, what if--what if now he's never going
"Anna, don't think that
way. Try to keep good thoughts. I'm coming to Hazzard. I think
maybe it's time we let him know, somehow."
* * *
She was supposed to have met
a fella named Duke. But the young rent-a-cop kinda snuck into
her heart without her really noticing.
The summer of 1955 found Laura Jameson staying in Hatchapie County to help out her aunt and her ailing husband. One Saturday some friends of Lauras convinced her to take a ride with them to Hazzard to meet the often talked about Duke boys. But none of them caught her eye, not the way Rosco did.
He hadnt been trying to
do it purposely either. Laura and her friends were at the diner
waiting for the Duke boys to show up. Rosco had come in to the
diner to pick up a lunch on the run. Laura was just coming around
the corner from the ladies room when they almost collided with
Ooops, Rosco said,
putting a steadying hand on her arm. The brown paper bag crumpled
a bit in his other hand and she looked up at his face, seeing
eyes bluer than shed ever seen in her life.
Oh Im sorry,
she said as he smiled. Laura couldnt help but return a smile.
Ooh, hes kinda cute...
Its all right,
he said. I just gotta watch where Im going.
Yeah, watch out for crazy
women coming around corners.
They ran into each other
a couple more times after that and got to know each other a little
better. Later, after they started dating, they joked that Rosco
not paying attention to where he was going had sent him down the
Laura had never been happier
with someone. They dated for nearly six months and then Rosco
started hinting at a long term relationship and the word marriage
had entered both their minds, but neither had verbalized it.
The possibility of a long term
relationship, however, did not sit well with Lauras father.
I will not let you waste
your life with such a commoner, her father had said. What
kind of life could he possibly afford for you? Certainly not that
which you are accustomed.
But, Daddy Im happy
with him. Doesnt that count for anything? Does it matter
how much money he has, or doesnt has? I dont care
about that. All I care about is that Im happy with him.
I absolutely will not allow
this to continue, Laura.
Daddy, I am 23 years old.
I can make my own decisions!
Im sorry, but this
is a decision I will not allow you to make. As my only daughter
I will not let you continue this relationship and end up raising
potential heirs in some backwater county.
Laura narrowed her eyes. This
isnt even about me is it? All youre worried about
is your money! Your god damn money!!
Her fathers eyes flared
at the sound of his daughter swearing. Thats enough!
If you dont end the relationship I will be forced to take
some sort of legal action!
Like having you DISOWNED!
Now as far as Im concerned this discussion is over and you
will no longer see him! With that her father stormed out
of the room, leaving Laura quietly crying in the middle of the
Telling Rosco she could no longer
see him was the hardest thing she had ever done in her life. To
this day, she could still see how the expression on his face just
literally dropped and his blue eyes clouded over in sadness. Somehow
he had found enough bravery to gently take her hand and tell her
Laura, I know I aint
got much and I probably never will. Certainly not enough to impress
your father. But I love you and Id give everything Ive
got for you. He lightly traced his finger over hers and
looked her in the eyes. Maybe someday when you break free
from your father you can come back.
Lauras tears overflowed
and she threw her arms around him. Rosco, Im so sorry,
Shh, its okay honey,
its not your fault, Rosco said as he hugged Laura
tightly and stroked her hair. Just dont forget that
I love you.
I wont. And I love
you too, Rosco. I always will.
They were quiet for a moment
then Rosco suddenly whispered to her, Do we have some time?
Laura moved her head back to
look at him. He softly touched his fingers to the side of her
face and looked in her eyes. Dont tell me you have
to leave right now? he asked.
Laura shook her head. Not
Rosco smiled. Good, he said. He then gestured with his head for her to come with him and Laura took his hand...
Laura brought her car to a stop at the light at the end of the exit ramp. She stared at the red circle and wondered....was that someday Rosco spoke of now? Or had it passed and Laura had failed to take advantage of it?
* * *
Enos got nothing more than a
hand waving in the air in an uninterested fashion when he told
Anna he was going to return to town to contact the commander and
give a report. The state trooper's reactions were still baffling
Enos, and he couldn't figure it out for the life of him why Anna
was so distraught over what happened to Rosco. It was almost as
if they were family or something, but to Enos they had seemed
like no more than strangers.
The daze Enos was in as he drove
back to town seemed to consume him more with each passing mile.
The shock of the situation was starting to wear off and numbness
started to set in. Over an hour had passed since Rosco had been
brought into the hospital and the doctors had said nothing of
his condition. The harsh reality and possibility of what could
happen to his superior officer suddenly hit Enos like a slap in
the face. If Rosco were to die, Enos knew he would carry nothing
but guilt for the rest of his life. Never again would he hear
Rosco call him a 'dipstick.'
Enos blinked, trying to clear his vision. He realized what was causing the road ahead of him to blur and he pulled his patrol car off to the side and stopped. Unable to fight it, Enos buried his face in his hands and quietly cried.
Why did it have to happen?
What were he and Rosco trying to prove, how easy it was for two
fools to try to get themselves killed? Why did Rosco have to be
so sure of himself in thinking he could handle the undercover
Why did we agree to take part
in this in the first place?
Enos slammed his hands down on
the steering wheel and gripped it tightly. He shook with the rush
of anger and opened his eyes. The gang was not going to get away
with what they had done, he knew. If Rosco lived or died, the
gang would pay. At that moment, Enos vowed that for the Sheriff's
sake, the gang would be brought down and brought down hard. Period.
Suddenly self conscious of anyone possibly watching him, Enos returned to the road and continued on to town.
* * *
Anna was staring at the dark
blue carpet of the waiting room when the surgeon came out of the
Anna looked up and then bolted
off her chair. "Yes, Doctor? Is he all right?"
"He's stabilized but he's
still critical. He lost a lot of blood but the damage to any internal
organs was minimal and we were able to repair that. The next few
hours however, we will be keeping a close eye on him."
Anna nodded and found herself
breathing a little easier. Not much, but a little bit. "Thank
you, Doctor," she said and gave a relieved smile. The doctor
nodded and turned to return to the ER.
Anna was about to return to her
seat in the waiting room when she stopped and called to the doctor.
He turned back to her. "Yes?"
"Umm..." She stepped
towards him and softly asked, "May I see him? Please?"
The doctor exhaled slowly. "I'm
afraid at this point I can only allow his immediate family to
see him. However, that won't be for atleast a half an hour because
we'll be moving him to the Intensive Care Unit."
Anna was devastated. She knew
the expression on her face must have looked like it fell completely
to the floor but she didn't care. She let the doctor see her disappointment
and then nodded. "I understand," she said and then turned
and went back to the waiting room.
She sat down and looked at her watch. It would be another 45 minutes before her mother arrived and Anna also figured she should call Enos and let him know that Rosco had atleast stabilized. Anna looked up, saw the doctor was gone and stood up and went to the pay phone.
* * *
The unnatural silence of the
booking room was an eerie reminder of Rosco's absence. Not that
it would be quiet for long, but the emptiness at that moment was
thick as Enos walked in. Rosco's office door was still open. The
papers were still scattered about the booking desk just as Enos
had left them when Amos Wilson's call for help came over the CB.
Enos had briefly caught a glimpse of Rosco when he was laying
on the side of road. It hadn't affected him directly at the time,
having been too shocked that what had happened, happened. But
now, the images came back to him and Enos shuddered. He closed
his eyes, trying to force it away so he that he could tackle the
task at hand and that was reporting to Commander Thomas.
Enos walked up behind the booking
desk and picked up the papers that were tossed about. He turned
them up on edge, straightened them and then placed them aside.
He had tossed the radio mike onto the desktop when Amos called,
now he placed it back on top of the radio.
"Enos, got yer ears on
dipstick, come on..."
Enos paused. "Right here,
Sheriff..." he whispered. He sighed, realizing he was missing
Rosco's badgering already. He was about to pick up the phone when
it suddenly rang.
"Hazzard County Sheriff's
"Enos, it's me," Anna
said. "I've got some news for you."
"Sheriff Rosco? Is he okay?"
"He's stabilized. The doctor
said he's still critical and that the next few hours are gonna
be the deciding factor but he has stabilized."
Enos closed his eyes, a little
bit of relief and a lot more encouragement settling in. "That's
good to hear," he said and opened his eyes. "I was just
about to call Commander Thomas. Are you stayin' at the hospital?"
"Yeah, I'll stay here for
a little longer."
"Okay," he said. "I
appreciate that, Anna."
Anna paused. "Um, Enos?
Listen, I want to apologize for how I've been acting. I know it's
not very becoming of a State Police officer and I'm sorry I got
upset with you. I'm not mad at you, Enos, I'm just mad at the
situation, you know?"
"I know," Enos said.
"It's okay, Anna."
"No, it's not okay. You've
known the Sheriff a lot longer than I have and I haven't been
very considerate of your feelings. I'm sorry you've had to go
through this and I'm sorry the State Police asked this of you
"Anna, we agreed to do it,"
Enos said. "I'll admit I've wondered why we agreed to do
it, but we did and we didn't back down. We knew of the danger
involved, especially the Sheriff. He knew. He was willing to do
the undercover part himself. I'll tell you, if this gang gets
caught and jailed and Sheriff Rosco recovers, I could ask for
"We'll get 'em, Enos," Anna said. "We'll get 'em. You can count on it."
* * *
Commander Thomas was heading back to his officer after having an impromptu discussion with Trooper Holsen.
"Well, he blew it,"
Holsen had said. "Now look at the mess we have to clean up.
The Major's gonna have a fit about this."
Yeah, yeah, I know all about
the Major, the Commander thought sarcastically as he rounded
the corner to his office. One of his secretaries, Eileen, stood
"Commander, I have Deputy
Enos Strate from Hazzard County on the phone."
"Send it right in,"
Commander Thomas said, pointing towards his office as he went
towards the door. After the door closed behind him, the phone
on his desk started ringing.
"Hi, Enos. What have you
Enos told the Commander what
Rosco's current condition was and that Anna was still at the hospital.
The Commander expressed relief and asked Enos if he could call
regularly with an update. Enos said he would.
"What happens now?"
he asked. "Shouldn't we be rounding these boys up before
more people get hurt?"
The Commander hesitated. "Um,
actually Enos, we were thinking of sending in another driver."
"WHAT?!?! Are you nuts?!"
Enos exclaimed. "An ATF agent is dead, Sheriff Rosco was
nearly killed and you want to risk possibly hurtin' more folks
to nail these guys?! Why can't we just go in and arrest them?
We know where they are!!! "
"Enos, the Major wants concrete
evidence and so much of it that the gang will be convicted with
out any legal snags or technicalities."
"Well, how's one, possibly
two dead police officers sound for evidence??"
"Enos, look I know you're
upset, I understand. I want to see this gang nailed as bad as
you do. But don't you want to see them convicted without any room
for doubt? Without any technicalities that could put these guys
back on the street again and more innocent people could get hurt,
either from drinking that pure-dee-poison they call moonshine
or another police officer or Sheriff like Rosco finding himself
shot on the side of a lonely highway?? Enos, the State Police
wants to no chance for any of these guys getting off on parole,
probation, or some damn technicality. When this case closes it's
going to be air tight."
Air tight like coffin huh,
Commander? Enos thought bitterly. He knew though that the
Commander was on his side about this. "It better be,"
he said evenly. "It sure damn better be, Commander."
"It will be, Enos. Look,
we'll let it settle for a few days. We'll keep tabs on the gang
and all, but if John contacts you again, leave room for possibly
sending another driver. They'll only have to make maybe two runs,
and that'll be it. Then we'll have 'em, Enos. We'll have them
all. For good."
Enos sighed and was quiet for a moment. "Alright," he said. "I'll leave the opportunity for a new driver open. But it stops here, Commander. The investigation and the run of this gang all stops here."
After talking to Enos, Anna returned
to the waiting room. From where she was seated she could see the
doorway that led around to the ER. The doors were open, revealing
a long hallway. By chance, she looked up and saw a group of hospital
personnel pushing a gurney from the ER down the hall. She strained
to see who it was, but the nurses and assistants blocked her view.
She glanced at her watch, seeing it was a little past the half
hour mark the doctor had given for when they would be moving Rosco
from the ER to ICU. After the gurney disappeared from sight, Anna
let her gaze drift. She looked at her uniform and suddenly wondered
why she was letting the doctor stop her from seeing Rosco.
I am a Lieutenant with the
Youre also his DAUGHTER.
Dont you think that qualifies as immediate family?
Anna looked around the waiting room and then jumped up from her chair, walking with authority to the elevators.
When the doors opened onto the
second floor everything was much quieter than down at the ER.
Anna stepped out and looked at the sign on the opposite wall,
pointing out the direction of ICU. Straightening her shoulders,
Anna marched down the hall. She stopped at the nurses station,
catching the attention of the nurse seated at the desk, who looked
Can I help you?
Do you know if Sheriff
Coltrane has been brought up from the ER yet?
I believe he just came
up. The nurse looked at the other nurse standing at the
other desk. Sandy? Did they bring the Sheriff up yet?
Sandy looked at her sister nurse
and then at Anna. Yeah, they did. Sandy saw Annas
high rank with the State Police. Is there something wrong,
No. I was just wondering
if I could see him, thats all.
I think Dr. Bedford is
restricting visitors to just the Sheriffs immediate family.
Im aware of that.
Sandy looked at Anna for a moment
and took a step towards the trooper. Are you a relative
of Sheriff Coltranes?
Anna kept her focus right on
the nurses eyes. Without blinking she said, Im
Both nurses were quiet for a
moment. They glanced at each other and the other nurse said, I
didnt know the Sheriff was ever married.
He wasnt, Anna
said plainly. I think you can figure it out, but you didnt
hear it from me. May I see him please?
Sandy nodded. Of course,
she said. Hes in room ten. She pointed up the
Thank you, Anna said.
And Id like to ask that whats been said here
to not be repeated.
Both nurses nodded. Anna turned
and walked down the hall. She arrived at room ten and stepped
through the already open door. She stopped briefly when she saw
him lying there. She immediately focused her gaze on his face
and saw that he actually looked okay and she stepped closer to
She glanced at the heart monitor,
and took comfort in the steady blip of Rosco's heartbeat. She
looked at the man, thirty odd years out of her life, only recently
discovered to be her father, yet he did not seem like a stranger
to her. She was worried sick about him and afraid that she would
never get to call him Dad so he could hear it. She
was terrified of losing him before she had completely found him.
She studied his features for
a moment. Her mother had made it so clear that he wasnt
supposed to know who Anna was, and Anna was willing to accept
that before. It was for his own good. Her mother had vowed she
would not be the cause of trouble for him and asked for Anna to
do the same.
Anna understood what her mother
meant by 'trouble.' His elected position would have been compromised
if he, or anyone else, had ever found out who Anna really was.
So a stranger to him she had to remain.
But not now. None of that mattered
now. Anna realized that life was too short and too precious to
keep a secret like this from him. What if he were to die without
ever knowing he had a child? Anna wasnt sure she could have
accepted him never ever knowing who she was. He had to know and
she hoped that what she heard about hearing being the last thing
to go was true. Hesitantly, she reached out and stroked a bit
of his dark gray hair off his forehead.
Rosco, theres something
I have to tell you, she started in a whisper and then her
voice got a little stronger. I want you to know who I really
am. I mean, yes, my name is Anna and yes, Im a Lieutenant
with the State Police and all but theres more. Remember
when you told me that I looked familiar to you? By any chance
is it...you that you see when you look at me? I dont know
any other way to put this other than that...Im youre
daughter... She paused and closed her hand into a gentle
fist and lightly touched it to her lips. She watched the numbers
on the monitor change...up...down...up...
Could he hear her?
Momma, she said suddenly.
My mother....Laura Jameson....she told me all about you.
How you met and then how grandpa broke the relationship up. She
said she wanted to tell you for years about me, but after you
got elected Sheriff, she knew that she couldnt risk causing
trouble for you. You understand that dont you? Can you imagine
if some woman came back to town saying she had your child...I
mean, how would the town of reacted? It would have jeopardized
you career and Momma didnt want to do that.
Anna paused again, watching the
numbers. They were still changing. What if Im making
him upset? Good grief! I could be doing more bad than good for
him right now!
Rosco, Im sorry.
Its just that...well, Im afraid maybe I aint
never gonna have the chance to tell you, except now. I wanted
to be able to tell you with your eyes open and knowing you can
hear me. She shrugged. Maybe you can hear me, and
if you can...you better wake up! Annas throat tightened
as she spoke, and she paused fighting the tears for a moment.
It was a losing battle, she knew, so she turned away towards the
She buried her face in her hands
for a moment and quietly cried. After a moment a voice spoke.
Your mother was a lovely
Anna looked up at the door way
startled. Standing there was a large sized woman with dark hair
and wearing a dark purple dress. Behind her was a man in a white
suit who took his hat off as they both stepped into the room.
Anna suddenly felt embarrassed
to be there. Um...Im sorry?
The woman smiled. Your
mother was a lovely girl. I remember her quite fondly. The
woman looked over towards Rosco and her smile faded. Its
a shame that she and Rosco didnt get married.
Anna looked at the woman for
a moment. You must be Lulu. Um...listen I can leave if you
folks want to be alone with Rosco for a bit. Anna started
to walk to past them to the door.
No, its okay,
Lulu said turning to Anna. You have as much right to be
here as we do.
Anna stopped but didnt
turn around right away. You know who I really am, dont
Yes. I apologize but I
heard you talking just a minute ago. Plus....there is a strong
resemblance, Lulu said.
Anna turned to face the two.
Lemme guess, she said with a bit of a smile. Its
the hair and the eyes, right?
Lulu and Boss both smiled.
Well, theyre not
my mothers traits thats for sure, Anna said.
And with that police uniform
youre more Coltrane than you probably realize, Boss
Anna nodded. Yeah, Momma
figured thats why Im wearing one. She paused
and looked over at Rosco. I should have put in for a transfer
to another case as soon as I found out tho. Im wondering
if it would have been better to not know about him and not have
to go through this.
Youre wrong, Lulu said. Youre very wrong about that....
Saturday, August 31, 1985
The next morning, Anna had her hands wrapped around a cup of coffee and was standing in Roscos office, looking at the different pictures he had on the walls, the books that lined his bookcase and the various other items that were placed about the room.
Ive never seen so many
dang pictures of horses. Each artifact offered a small glimpse
into the personality of the man. They showed the things he liked
and the things that were important to him.
As she raised the mug to her
lips, she thought of Rosco and hoped he had made it through the
night okay. Her mother, after she had arrived, told Anna she would
go with Lulu and JD when they went up in the morning to see Rosco
and would let her know what was going on.
Anna sipped her coffee and sighed,
still feeling very drained from yesterdays events and the
emotions that were still tugging at her. She wanted so desperately
for Rosco to be okay and to pull through and she knew that most
of her day would be spent thinking about him. She looked out the
window in time to see the orange Dodge Charger stock car of the
Duke boys pull up. She watched them climb out of their car and
start to walk towards the steps of the courthouse. She rolled
her eyes and muttered, Great, as she turned around
and walked out of the office.
She stood looking at the doors,
waiting for them to swing open. Enos was sitting at the booking
desk and looked up at her. Before he could ask, the doors opened
and the boys came in.
They both stopped and looked
at Anna for a moment. Her accusing look was not what they were
expecting and they didnt like it. Anna didnt say anything
and didnt give them a chance to say anything. She turned
her back to them and walked over to the desk by Boss Hoggs
The boys glanced at each other
and then looked at Enos.
Hi, fellas, he said.
Hey, Enos, Luke said.
Can we talk to you?
Sure. Whats up?
Enos, Bo started.
If me and Luke somehow was responsible for Roscos
cover being blown, we want to do something to help nail the gang
and maybe rectify our mistake.
Umm.... Enos cringed
a bit. I appreciate that fellas, but the state police have
everything under control.
Ill tell you how
you can help, Anna said suddenly, walking towards the two.
You can help by not getting involved. Just turn around and
leave. You and your help have been nothing but trouble
never meant any harm to Rosco, Luke said. You dont
understand how things are here in Hazzard. Hes not really
Anna suggested, although she gave the boys a dont
be bullshittin me look.
He can be, Bo said.
Sometimes, Anna said.
And what is he when hes not your friend?
Bo looked at Luke now for help.
The cousins seemed to be doing nothing more than burying themselves
I guess the only way to
put it is that we tend to annoy each other. A lot, Luke
Anna snorted. I see. So
you annoy him by leadfootin around Hazzard breaking every
vehicular law in the book. You annoy him by managing to capture
a few criminals here and there, making Rosco look like a fool
and incompetent law man. You annoy him probably enough just by
the fact that you two didnt get jail time when you were
busted for running moonshine. You use your probation as a way
of snubbing your noses at the law.
The boys looked at Anna slack
Oh yeah, Ive done
a lot of reading on you two in the past couple of hours. Youre
quite the pair around here arent you?
Now wait a minute,
Bo said firmly. You cant go judging us like this.
Youve got us all wrong!
All I know is what Ive
seen and what I see now. Seems to me you two are nothing more
than a couple of good ol boy busy bodies. Cant you
just leave the Sheriff alone? Cant you just leave anything
well enough alone?
Luke crossed his arms over his
chest. Somebody tried to kill Rosco. There aint no
way you can expect us to leave that alone.
Why does it matter to you
two anyway? He arrested you then, hes arrested you a bazillion
times since then. Its just like you said, yall tend
to annoy each other. I would think you two would be glad not to
have him bothering you any more. Why do you care if
justice is served?
Bo rolled his eyes. Oh
for the love of... He turned away briefly and then to Enos.
Enos, will you explain it to her! You know better than anybody
that me and Luke dont have it in for Rosco! She just doesnt
understand how it is here in Hazzard!
Enos stood up from his stool
and stepped down from the booking area. He looked at Anna sincerely.
Youre wrong, Anna,
he said. These boys would never want to see anything happen
to the Sheriff. Certainly nothing like what did happen. These
boys do care about what happened to him, and I understand their
coming here to see if they can help. He looked at the boys
now. But I gotta say no. We cant risk having private
citizens get involved and possibly get hurt. Its too much
of a risk and this gang is much too dangerous. Im sorry,
Alright, Enos, Luke
said and nodded. But if theres anything we can do,
let us know OK?
Luke then looked at Anna. Youve
go us all wrong, Anna. I wish there was some way we could prove
it to you.
I think Ive seen
enough evidence to the contrary. The best thing you boys can do
is just go back home. Then again, if you are so broken up over
what happened to the Sheriff why dont you go visit him in
the hospital. Thats assuming hes still alive!
Anna stormed past the boys and walked out of the booking room.
After a moment of silence Bo
said, Why does it seem like shes more upset about
happened to Rosco than I would have expected?
I noticed that too, Enos said. He looked at the booking room doors that were still slightly swinging. And I cant figure out why.
* * *
Monday, September 2, 1985
The next two days seemed to
pass slowly. Rosco remained unconscious in the hospital while
the town remained on edge. Anna and her mother visited Rosco a
few times, both of them realizing that it was the first time mother,
father and daughter were together in the same room. They both
prayed for him to recover and that he would wake up soon and that
a happy, and long overdue, reunion would ensue.
Back at the courthouse, it was
becoming a waiting game. Enos wasnt sure if he should contact
John and figure he should let things settle for bit. Enos certainly
wasnt interested in the possibility of sending a new driver
in. At the end of the two days, John set the ball rolling. Enos
was just coming into the booking office when the special phone
in Roscos office started to ring.
Enos let it ring for a bit, then
went in to pick it up.
Depends. What happened
to my driver?
was the damn local Sheriff, Rosco Coltrane.
Enos paused. John took the hesitation
as reaction to the fact that it wasnt what Enos was expecting
to hear. Enoss was just reaction to the sound of Roscos
name, and the way it was spoken with venom.
No way...My driver was
Tim Hunt. About 58, brown on brown.
Try six feet, blue on black.
That was too damn close for me. You should be more careful about
what drivers you pick.
I saw Tim leave here myself.
Now somewhere along the line my driver was switched, which means
Tims in jail somewhere.
Thats not my concern.
My concern is that thats the second time a law officer has
infiltrated my operation. My boys found out who he was and we
took care of it.
"I'm not sure I like the
sound of that."
"I don't care what you like
the sound of. The point is, that was too damn close of a call
for me and I do whatever I have to to protect my livelihood. Now
if you want, we can still do some business. But I think this time
you better tell me what your driver looks like before hand."
Alright. But its
going to take me a couple of days to get another driver.
Thats fine. Itll
give this thing time to blow over.
Very well then. Ill contact you in a couple of days.
Boss and Lulu were sitting quietly in Roscos room when he suddenly started to stir. They stood up and stepped toward the bed and watched him. Boss took a hold of Lulus hand and together they watched as Rosco came out of his deep slumber.
When his blue eyes opened, Rosco
saw his sister and brother-in-law and felt relieved to see them
there. He cracked a tiny smile and said hello. They both smiled
back, glad to see him awake again.
Rosco, what am I gonna
do with you? Boss asked, the touch of amusement on his face.
I promised Lulu here Id keep you from gettin
yer fool head shot off. Im gone no more than a week and
you dang near get yer fool head shot off!
I know, Rosco groaned.
I promise, Boss, Ill never do it again.
Were just glad youre
okay, Lulu said.
Rosco sighed and nodded. Me
too. Ill certainly never forget this for the rest of my
life. He paused a moment, looking towards the ceiling. How
long was I out?
Almost two days,
Lulu answered. Thankfully Amos Wilson found you, and Anna
and Enos acted quickly.
Suddenly Rosco got the feeling
that she had visited him and he remembered for some reason. He
concentrated on it, trying to remember what she had said to him.
He knew he heard her voice...
Do you know if Anna was
Lulu and Boss glanced at each
other briefly. Boss then nodded. Shes been here a
couple of times.
I think I remember one
of them. Either that or I was dreaming. You sure Ive been
out for two days?
Both Boss and Lulu nodded. Rosco,
what is it you think you remember? Lulu asked.
Im not completely
sure. She was here and... He shook his head. Its
crazy. Its just too crazy. I musta been hallucinatin
Lulu shook her head. No,
Rosco. You werent hallucinating.
Rosco looked at his sister and
slowly shook his head. No.... There was no way!!
Well...there was a way...but...no...it couldnt be!!
Would it be more believable
if we told you that Laura Jameson is back in Hazzard?
Laura? Rosco paused
and then took a deep breath. There was no denying it now. Oh
my Lord... Rosco looked away, suddenly embarrassed by it
Its okay, Rosco,
Boss said. Shes a very pretty young lady. There aint
nothin to be ashamed of.
But why didnt Laura
tell me? Why did she wait THIS long and for something like this
to happen before I could find out? Rosco shook his head
and closed his eyes. Now I understand why Anna looked so
Well, yeah, she looks like
you, Boss said, trying to be comical. It didnt work.
Rosco opened his eyes and glared at Boss. Well, she does!
Rosco, a man would have to be blind to not see that that young
woman is very much your daughter. And not just in how she looks,
but in who she is. I can understand you being upset for not knowing
about her before, but I know Laura has a perfectly good explanation
as to her reason. She didnt with hold telling you to hurt
you. To be honest it was the other way around.
Rosco sighed. I aint
mad that she didnt tell me...well, yeah I am mad but not
at her...oh good grief...
I think it would be best
if Laura talked to you, Lulu said.
Yeah....yeah, I guess it would...
Enos had just finished telling
Anna about the call from John and picked up the phone to call
Commander Thomas in Atlanta. When the Commander came on the line,
Enos told him that there was an opportunity to send in another
driver, and that John would be expecting a call in a couple of
He didnt like that
the Sheriff had infiltrated the gang, Enos said. He
all but admitted that the gang tried to kill him. Commander, Ill
be honest, I really dont like the idea of sending in another
driver. I mean, after the ATF agent, and Sheriff Rosco, the gangs
gonna be on super high alert. Whoever we send in, is walking into
a death trap.
I know, Enos, Commander
Thomas said. But I think we would just need them in there
for a day. One run. We need somebody who can testify against the
gang and can corroborate what the ATF agent reported and what
Sheriff Coltrane saw.
Well, this time Johns
asked for a description of the driver from me before they show
Okay. Do you have anyone
in mind for a driver?
The Commander paused a moment.
Well, um...Enos, Ive been doing some research on Bo
and Luke Duke. I realize theyre on probation for running
moonshine, but theyve helped nab some criminals. Russell
Snake Harmon for one and J.J. Carver. What would think
about asking them if they could help?
Ack!! Not the boys! Uncle
Jessell have my hide for sure now!
Um, well, sir Ill
see if the Duke boys would want to help somehow.
Anna shot Enos a look. The Deputy,
however, was staring down at the desk top but he could feel the
State Troopers eyes on him. Before Enos could hear what
the Commander had to say, Anna walked over and took the phone
Commander? I apologize
for interrupting here, but I DO NOT recommend that the Duke boys
be of ANY help to us! Sir, its quite possible that theyre
the ones who blew Sheriff Coltranes cover which in turn
nearly got him killed! And if you read the history on these two
then you know that Rosco was part of the unit that caught them
Im aware of that
Lieutenant, Commander Thomas said sternly. But unless
you can think of any one better suited to pose as moonshine drivers,
Im open to suggestions.
This is insane. Alright,
fine, Commander but I do not support this decision. She
shoved the phone back to Enos.
Commander? Enos said,
to let him know that he was now on the phone. Anna walked out
of the booking room.
Enos, ask the Dukes if
theyll help. If not, thats fine well find someone
else, but I think theyre what we need to finally nail this
gang. Will you ask them?
Yes, sir, Enos replied. Not that I need to ask...they already want to help.
Rosco was dozing and awoke with
a start when he heard someone come into his room. He blinked his
eyes for a moment and then turned his head to see who had entered.
There was silence between them
as they looked at each other for a moment. Rosco had never really
forgotten her and he recognized her immediately. She hadnt
changed, much. She was still as pretty as ever.
Laura paused a moment and then
took a step towards him. Hello, Rosco, she said softly.
She looked at him, trying to
determine if he was angry with her or not. His blue eyes showed
no animosity, only a questioning, somewhat pleading look.
Rosco, Im so sorry,
she said. I probably should have told you this a long time
ago and I didnt. She paused and looked at him. He
Laura took a deep breath and said, Anna...is your daughter.
Rosco was quiet for a bit, letting
the revelation sink in. My daughter...
I wanted to tell you, Rosco.
For years I wanted to tell you, but I didnt want to be the
cause of trouble for you. I didnt want to jeopardize your
Rosco looked at her sadly. Nobody
would have had to have known.
Laura hung her head a bit then
looked up when Rosco sat up and pushed himself back. She saw him
flinch and gently touch his wounded side. When the pain passed
and he was settled, he put his hand out to her. She took it and
sat down on the edge of the bed. Rosco held her hand between both
of his and looked her in the eyes. Laura, I wish you had
told me, he said, because you dont know how
long Ive wanted to have a family of my own.
Laura blinked her eyes and Rosco
saw them start to become red. He lifted his left hand and gently
touched the side of her face. Laura, its alright.
Im not mad at you. I remember how things were and Im
sure your father didnt know.
Laura shook her head. No.
No, he didnt. She paused and took a deep breath. Two
months after I left, I became engaged to a man who was more to
my fathers liking. He was good man and a good father to
Anna....but he wasnt you. He knew Anna wasnt his tho
but he loved her very much.
How long has she known?
Since she was old enough
to understand. When she got this case assignment we had a long
talk and I told her it was okay if she didnt want to work
on the case knowing you were involved and the danger you were
putting yourself in. But she insisted, because she wanted to see
you. She wanted to see who you are and what you are. Laura
paused, a tiny smile coming to her face. Shes proud
that youre her father.
Rosco grinned. Shes
a beautiful girl, Laura.
Lauras smile grew wider
and she chuckled. Sure, shes got your eyes, your hair...
They both laughed and Laura felt
new tears threatening. She let go of his hand and gently hugged
him. Oh Rosco, why couldnt it have been you and me?
I should have never listened to my father, I should have just
followed my heart and stayed here with you.
Rosco slipped his arms around
her. Shhhh...its okay, Laura. Its okay. Whatever
is meant to be will be. He held her for a moment and could
hear her trying to keep her crying quiet. Look, were
here now. Im glad youre here. He paused. Theres
a lot I want to say to you right now, but I probably shouldnt.
But I do want to ask you if you could do me a favor?
Laura let go of him and sat back
to look at him. She wiped her tears. Of course.
Will you find Anna, ask
her to come here please? Id like to talk to her...to my
Laura smiled and nodded. I can do that.
* * *
Enos didnt feel that simply
calling Bo and Luke to tell them that the State Police were requesting
their assistance, was fair. Plus, it was a request that would
have to be made to the entire family. Jesse and Daisy couldnt
be left out of the loop. Not with something this dangerous.
So Enos drove out to the Duke farm. He was hoping they would say no, which he would completely understand if they did. Even if it meant delaying finding a driver for a few days, Enos didnt care. After what happened to Rosco, Enos refused to allow his friends to be forced to put themselves in the same position. But he couldnt disobey the State Police. Otherwise, they would have probably approached the boys themselves.
Enos pulled into the Dukes
yard and saw that all of the family were out doing chores. Daisy
was hanging laundry, Luke was splitting wood and Bo and Jesse
were getting the trailer hitch hooked to the pick up truck.
Hey, Enos! Luke greeted
after swinging the ax down. He left it stuck on the chopping stump
and grabbed his blue and white flannel shirt and walked over to
the patrol car, joined by Daisy, Bo and Jesse.
Hey there, Enos,
Jesse said and gave the deputy a smile.
Hi Uncle Jesse, Luke,
Enos said. He removed his hat and held it close to his chest like
he always did.
Have you heard anything
about Rosco? Daisy asked.
Not since yesterday,
Enos said. As of yesterday he was stabilized but still critical.
Enos paused and looked at everyone and then just the boys. Actually,
Im here to ask you boys a question.
Is it something to do with
helping out? Bo asked.
Well, why dont we
go inside for some lemonade, Jesse suggested, and
Enos can tell us everything.
After everyone was inside and
seated at the kitchen table, Luke fetched the pitcher of lemonade
from the fridge while Daisy grabbed some glasses from the cupboard.
Enos watched Luke pour the fresh
lemonade and place the glass infront of him.
So how can we help Enos?
Well, first of all, yall
are under no obligation to do this, Enos started. He paused,
looking back and forth between the boys. The State Police
have asked for you boys to help out with our undercover operation.
The undercover operation?
Daisy said. You mean have the boys do...what Rosco did?
Enos nodded grimly. The
State Police Commanders aware of your past with moonshining
and how youve help catch some criminals before, particularly
Russel Harmon and his gang. Hes also aware that yall
are on probation, but is apparently going to let that slide for
this. But you dont have to do this if you boys dont
What, exactly, would we
be doing? Luke asked.
The same thing the Sheriff
did. You would go into the gang posing as a hired driver or drivers,
pick up a load of shine and bring it to us. The Commander believes
yall would only have to do it for a day would have make
one, maybe two runs. Then we would have somebody to testify at
trial and corroborate all the evidence the ATF and Sheriff Rosco
What does that lady trooper
think of all this? Bo asked.
She does not support the
Commanders request, Enos said.
Luke snorted. Why am I
Its not her final
decision, Enos said. Its yours.
The Dukes were quiet for awhile.
Both boys looked at Uncle Jesse for guidance. You boys know
I wouldnt want you to do something to put yourselves in
danger. But if you decide to do this, then Ill support you,
but I would want you to be careful.
Luke and Bo both gave a nod.
Luke then looked at Enos.
How soon do you need an
Well, the gangs leader
is gonna be expectin a call in a couple of days regarding
a new driver. If you boys could let me know by Thursday at the
Okay. Were gonna
have to think about this a little.
I understand, Enos
said. And Ill understand if yall say no. Its
perfectly alright. Enos took a final sip of his lemonade
and then stood up. I better be getting back, he said.
Everyone stood up. Alright,
Enos, Luke said. Well talk to you in a few days.
After Enos left, the Dukes family
stood silently in their kitchen.
What do you think, Luke?
Luke stood in thought for a moment
and then turned to his younger cousin.
Im thinking we should
do it. To help Enos nail that gang for what they did to Rosco.
We cant leave Enos in a lurch. He looked at Jesse
and Daisy. But we wont if your afraid of something
Luke, Jesse said.
The good Lords watched over you through a war, when
the both of you were on the NASCAR circuit, and through just everyday
livin. If you believe that helping Enos to nail that gang
is the right thing to do, than its what you should do. Each
of us in this room knows that Rosco didnt deserve to have
what happened to him, happen. And every one of us wants to do
something, or see something done to make it right again.
Yeah...but what happened
to Rosco... Daisy started.
Rosco isnt a moonshine
driver, never was, Luke said. Hes the Sheriff.
Now either me and Bo blew his cover or the gang figured out who
he was otherwise. His pictures in the paper every once in
awhile. I mean, when you stop and think about it, as Sheriff,
Roscos too high profile for undercover work. Hes lucky
he lasted as long as he did.
Bo said. Weve done stuff like this before. I think
we can teach these a boys a lesson.
That they came to the wrong
place, Luke said.
Bo nodded with a smile of pride.
Daisy snickered and then nodded
her agreement with the boys.
Are you boys going to use
the General? Jesse asked.
Oh yeah, Luke said.
But hes gonna have to get a new uniform.
Jesse nodded. Just the fact the
boys would be using the General gave him some comfort.
Well, why dont we
go tell Enos? Bo said.
Hold on a second, Bo,
Luke said. Hes not going to be expectin an answer
from us right away. In fact he would probably tell us to wait
a few days and then tell him. So why dont we wait a couple
of days and then well let him know. Besides thatll
give us time to get the General repainted and to figure a basic
Anna slammed the Hazzard patrol
cars door a little harder than she intended to. She looked
at, somewhat apologetically and then her shoulders slumped. She
heaved a sigh and turned to walk into the courthouse.
Why hasnt Momma come
to tell me anything?
Anna was two steps up the stairs
when she heard her name being called. She turned her head and
saw her mother running up the side walk, smiling. Anna stepped
down off the stairs and jogged to meet her mother half way.
Anna, hes alright.
Hes awake! Laura stopped to catch her breath but was
still grinning from ear to ear.
Hes---oh my God!!
Anna threw her arms around her mother and giggled like a little
girl. Oh thats wonderful!
Listen, listen, Laura
said as she looked at her daughter. He wants to see you.
Anna gasped. Oh no...
You dont want to
No, I do! But, Momma, I
gotta go to Atlanta. I was just going in to get my report that
I have to file with the Commander and Im not going to be
back until Wednesday morning. Oh man....
Its okay, Anna, its
okay. Hell understand.
You tell him, first thing
Wednesday morning, Im coming to see him, okay?
I will, Anna. Laura
smiled again and hugged her daughter. Oh, youre finally
going to get to know him!
Anna giggled again, the tears of happiness spilling from her eyes. Finally she would get to know him as father. Finally.
* * *
Commander Thomas walked with
a bit of a spring in his step towards Major Derrick Callahans
office. He had just got the call from Enos and Anna that Rosco
was now awake. Commander Thomas figure now things could be wrapped
up. With Rosco awake he could testify. All that was left to do
was round up the gang.
The Major, however, did not feel
it was that simple.
We dont know what
he remembers, if anything, the tall man said. Despite
all the evidence he helped us get, hes useless to us in
court if he cant even remember half of it.
Are you saying we should
still send in a driver? Commander Thomas asked.
Of course. The Major
stepped around from his desk that was decorated with pictures
of his wife and two little sons. ATF Agent Fieldman had had two
sons. But they didnt have their daddy anymore. The Hazzard
Sheriff had nearly lost his life and the commander couldnt
recall if Rosco had a family.
Richard, this gang must
be stopped, Derrick said. We just need someone to
go in for a couple of runs, in order to corroborate everything
Agent Fieldman and Sheriff Coltrane saw. Thats it.
Commander Thomas shook his head.
I dont like the idea of having to send in someone
when we really dont have to. How do you know that the Sheriff
wont remember everything?
The man was shot. Twice.
The emotional and mental anguish hes gone through and will
go through will be enough to cloud his memory. If those two young
men, Bo and Luke Duke, agree to go in, then I want them to go.
You yourself said they would be perfect for it.
Yeah, I know what I said.
But that was when I thought the Sheriff wouldnt survive.
Were going to send in a driver, whether it be the Duke boys
or somebody else. And thats final.
Richard nodded knowing he didnt have the authority to overrule the Major. Yes, sir.
The phone at the Duke farm rang three times before Daisy came running in from hanging laundry to answer it.
the boys arent here right now. They went to town a little
while ago. They should be back soon, can I tell them you called?
Daisy, could you just tell
them that Sheriff Roscos okay? Hes awake.
He is?! Enos, thats
Enos smiled. Yeah, it is,
Daisy. A lot of folks are relieved thats for sure. Just
let the boys know that hes okay, but the State Police are
still looking to send in a driver...um, so Ill still need
an answer by Thursday.
Daisy smiled. Ill
let them know, Enos. And thanks for letting us know!
Sure thing, Daisy. See
After she hung up the phone, Daisy bounced through the kitchen towards the porch door. Uncle Jesse! Guess what?!....
Wednesday September 4, 1985
So the boys waited until Wednesday
to tell Enos. Cooter agreed to repaint the General and a new dark
blue uniform was applied to the 69 Charger. The boys kept
the General out of site for the two days and drove to town in
Daisys Jeep to give Enos their answer.
The Deputy looked at them a bit
stunned. Are you fellas sure about this?
Were sure, Enos,
Luke said. Weve already got the General repainted.
We want to do this.
Bo said. Were not going to leave you in a lurch, Enos.
Not with something like this.
Enos regarded the boys for a
moment. He then nodded. Alright, he said. He then
put his hand out to his friends. I appreciate this, you
Luke shook Enoss hand and gave a nod.
A little later, Enos made his
Ive found a couple
Excellent, John said.
Tell me what they look like.
"Alright. I'll be sending
two this time. One to drive, one to ride shotgun. Their names
are Joe and Hank. Joe is tall with blonde hair, blue eyes and
Hank is just a little shorter than Joe, with dark hair and blue
eyes. They're my two best drivers, so if something happens to
them, we'll all be going to jail."
John was nodding to himself.
"Okay. Make sure you tell them to be careful of of the law
around Hazzard when they get here."
Enos actually smiled a little at that comment. "I will," he said. "They'll be down tomorrow."
~End of Part Two~