Dogs of War Will Rise

Chapter 13

Lieutenant Gammons came running into the office he shared with his partner, Lieutenant Ravech, as he called out, "I found it! A buddy over at personnel owed me a big favor and he came through, after doing that probably wasn't exactly by the book."

Charissa looked at him in confusion as she asked, "What do you mean, not exactly by the book?"

"You really don't want to know, do you?" the Lieutenant replied as Sosa just glared at her companion, then urged him to continue. "Anyway, he figured out that Decker has a ship and is currently sailing the Great Salt Lake, about eight hours west of Denver, Colorado."

"Why does it matter how far away they are from Denver?" Ravech asked until he quickly answered his own question. "Unless of course that that's where Smith is. I got it."

Their Captain responded coldly, "We don't know where Smith and the team is. Is that understood? I will let Smith know where to go. Hopefully, they'll be ready with a plan. And Gammons, thank you. And thank your friend for me too."

Gammons nodded as Sosa left the room to make her call to Hannibal, then he turned to his partner and stated, "I'm still not sure I understand what she sees in Lieutenant Peck."

"That's because you're not in love," Lieutenant Ravech replied smugly.

Nearly seven hours later…

"Hannibal, we're coming up on the ship!" B.A. called out from the upper deck of their own boat, which the team had acquired, by not exactly legal means, though theft was hardly among their concerns. "What exactly is our plan again?"

Upon looking through a spyglass to look out beyond them, the Colonel replied, "I don't think our first plan will be necessary. I don't see anyone aboard the ship."

Murdock called out from below, "Exactly what does that mean?"

"It means that we're too late," Baracus answered in frustration. "That's what it means."

"We don't know that for sure, B.A.," Hannibal said in frustration. "We're boarding that ship. Have your weapons at the ready. We're going to be prepared for anything."

Upon boarding the apparent unmanned vessel, the three Army Rangers cautiously began to search for anyone aboard, finding nothing until Hannibal discovered that the door to the Captain's quarters was welded closed from the outside, as was another room down the hall. The Colonel motioned for his friends to open the other room, while he broke down the door in front of him. To their surprise, several of the men, including Colonel Decker himself, were tied up and gagged behind the doors.

Hannibal smiled momentarily until he realized that Burress was nowhere to be found, and neither was Face, which was when he roughly pulled the gag from Decker's mouth, pointed his gun in between his eyes, and asked angrily, "Where's Face?"

The man glared at the leader of the rogue men as he answered coldly, "Burress took him! The son of a bitch paid several of my own men to betray me, knocked me unconscious, and then stole my prisoner, leaving me behind to be taken captive by you."

"If you spoke to our friend at all, I'm sure he would have told you that Lynch was a snake, and yet, the look on your face right now tells me that you did speak to him and that he did in fact warn you," Hannibal responded in frustration. "Where did they go?"

"How on earth should I know," the man replied. "He wasn't exactly forthcoming about his plans. I should have seen this coming, but I underestimated him. Believe me, I won't make that mistake again."

Hannibal shook his head in disbelief, then scoffed, "Oh, I think you're finished. When your commanders, or whoever put you in charge of bringing my team in, hear that you messed up, they'll most likely demote you, just as they've done with everyone else who's ever gotten involved with us, but you might get lucky."

B.A. stepped up behind Hannibal and added, "I doubt it."

"What exactly are you going to do with us now?" Decker asked angrily.

"You're going to help us track Lynch down so that we can rescue Face, and then you'll see what happens to those who fight against us," Hannibal answered firmly as he grabbed Decker and pulled him up by his shirt, then shoved him forward to be dragged off of the ship to their own by B.A., while himself and Murdock shuffled the rest of the men off as well.

However, Murdock suddenly stopped his friend from pushing Decker to his new holding cell as he stepped in front of them asking coldly, "How bad was Face hurt? How bad was his wound?"

Both Hannibal and B.A. realized Murdock was still feeling guilty for leaving Face behind, so when Roderick refused to answer, the Colonel responded, "Don't worry, Murdock. Face would be the first one to tell you that what happened was not your fault. We're going to find him and he's going to be alright."

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