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Dripping With Suspicion 11

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Conclusion ... Putting Away the Leftovers

By now it is quite dark as Antonio pulls over to the side of the road.

“What now?” Steve asks.

“We go pick up Sabrina Jessup and rendezvous with Bobby and the rest of his crew.” Antonio replies.

“So, Uncle Bobby has informed my father and the others what has transpired?” Steve asks.

“I’m sure he has by now. When that helicopter flew over Dripping Springs heading for Ridgemeadow Hospital, Bobby knew there would be a drastic change of plans.” Antonio informs her.

“Yeah, you would have to get me out of there before those clowns transported me out of town.” Steve replies.

“You are just as smart as Kip said you were.” Antonio smiles.

“You know my brother, Kip? Yes—you are that Tony Alverez that he used to talk about all the time.” Steve says with a look of admiration on her face.

“Guilty as charge ... I took a big risk taking on the role of the new security guard. I had to dodge your brother constantly. Removing that beard and mustache that I used to sport wasn’t going to fool him for long.” Antonio chuckles.

“When they say it’s a small world—they aren’t lying, are they?” Steve says observing his handsome features and wondering how he looks with a beard and mustache.

Antonio has a lot on his mind but he knows he mustn't let Steve know it.

Antonio has a lot on his mind but he knows he mustn't let Steve know it.

Something is not quite right ...

“It’s pretty unfortunate in this case. Now, let’s go get Sabrina. I get a bad feeling that it won’t be long before we have uninvited guests.” Antonio responds as they both exit the car.

Trekking through the underbrush is no small matter but Antonio knows that it’s necessary that Sabrina be removed before Talbot and his cohorts arrive.

Soon they reach the cave and Antonio starts to cautiously look around. “I don’t like it.”

“Don’t tell me that you are afraid of caves?” Steve says half- jokingly.

“No ... it’s not that. I have this feeling that something is just not right.” Antonio replies looking around his environment.

“And right you are ...” As a tall heavily built man moves into the moonlight followed by a frighten Sabrina.

“What the f—” Antonio exclaims but is interrupted by Sabrina.

“My brother ... my low-life brother told this hunk of nothing about this cave and—” Before Sabrina can finish Talbot slaps her in the face knocking her over backwards.

“Why you dirty son-of-a ...” One of Talbot’s men hits Antonio from behind knocking him to his knees. At this point, Steve is looking from Sabrina weeping on the ground to Antonio nursing the right side of his shoulder. Then she spots another man behind Talbot who gives her just the slightest wink before pulling out a revolver and putting it to Talbot’s head. He yells one word— “Run!”

Trouble seems to follow Sabrina like a bad habit.

Trouble seems to follow Sabrina like a bad habit.

Sudden turn of events ...

Everyone ducks and scatters in all directions. The man and Antonio dive through a bush, Sabrina scurries after them with Steve close at her heels.

“Thank the heavens you are here, Kevin! It’s good your cover wasn’t blown too.” A grateful Antonio replies through the throbbing pain in his shoulder.

“It’s ain’t over yet, my friend. Reinforcements are coming from both sides and the fat lady is just tuning up.” Kevin gives a weak chuckle.

“Is it standard procedures that all agents learn at least some clichés?” Steve states half scared and half sarcastically.

“Don’t mind her, Kevin ... Ms. Merewether has been on my case as well. I sure hope the cavalry is coming soon as I am low on ammo.” Antonio retorts.

“So, this is Kip’s little sister ... I see what he meant.” Kevin replies between returning gun fire.

“If we make it out of here alive—remind me to thank you.” Sabrina interjects wincing as Antonio touches her swollen eye.

“Only a total scumbag would hit a woman like that.” Antonio replies missing Talbot’s head by inches.

“You got that right,” says Kip as he and the others gather behind Antonio.

“Hey, I didn’t hear you guys pull up.” Antonio states still wincing as Kip touches his shoulder.

The cavalry to the rescue ... Bobby Merewether and his associates!

The cavalry to the rescue ... Bobby Merewether and his associates!

In the nick of time ...

“Yeah, I know ... you were kinda preoccupied. Thanks Kevin for giving Uncle Bobby that phone call.” Kips says.

“Looks like that creep Talbot has pulled in his reinforcements as well. I don’t see Jessup however.” Hamilton says and seeing Steve, he gives a long sigh of relief.

“I hope he rots in hell wherever he is. How could he turn on me like that?” Sabrina sobs.

“He may not have had any choice. These people play by a different set of rules than we do.” Lot interjects. “And, when your life is on the line well—”

“It doesn’t excuse him from putting his own sister in peril.” Bobby relies.

“Let me get back to you on that, Bobby!” Lot states gesturing toward Steve.

“Now is not the time for a family discussion. We are in a precarious situation right now.” Hamilton reminds them looking at both ladies and trying unsuccessfully not to further frighten either one.

“Kip, you got any CS Gas in that Jeep of yours?” Lot asks.

“Sure dad—never leave home without it.” Kip replies.

“Great, see if you can fall back and bring up a canister. You guys will need to try to cover up best you can. It’s not going to be a pretty sight, but we aren’t getting anywhere this way.” Lot states.

“Right ... considering that we are both so evenly matched and daylight is slowly approaching.” Hamilton replies.

A new day is on the horizon ...

A new day is on the horizon ...

Time to pick up the left overs ...

“Damn, have we been at it that long?” Antonio asks.

“It has been a long night, but it may be even a longer day—at least for some of us.” Kevin says.

Kip returns along with a canister and a couple of gas masks.

“After I throw it, you put this mask on Antonio and let’s clean up the leftovers.”

As the rest of the people begin to move back, Kip throws the CS Gas. The gunfire ceases, being replaced with sounds of gasping and choking. Drew Talbot and his henchmen are overcome by the fumes.

Kip and Antonio rush in and drag the incapacitated men out of the fog into a clearing where they can be handcuffed and taken away to the Medical Center for treatment.

“Well—that wraps up another case, I guess.” states Lot triumphantly.

“But what about Jessup, did anybody see that low-life?” Bobby inquires still looking around for evidence of his presence.

“I don’t think my brother was here at all. It’s no telling where he may be. I never want to see him again anyway.” sobs Sabrina as she is being lead to another ambulance along with Antonio and a few others.

“You don’t need to worry about that scumbag, Sabrina. One day he will crawl out of his hole and we will nab him.”

A quiet undetected person melts into the shadows but not before saying— “Don’t be so sure of that.”

The End ... or is it?

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