SHADOW FROM THE PAST

By LISA (wlykyoti@qwest.net)

SPECIAL THANKS TO ALPHIE & SHAWNA FOR THEIR HELP

 

He was taking down the last of his pictures from the cell wall and packing them carefully into his bag. After so many years in prison he now had only one thing on his mind.  Getting even with Cordell Walker.  He looked at a news clipping from the Dallas Morning News, that told of Walker taking down a local drug ring. The picture showed him taking a large man away in handcuffs.  He quickly folded the clipping and put it in his pocket when the guard came to escort him to the main gate. He'd served his time and was now a free man.

 

Walker was sitting at his desk finishing off the last of his paperwork. The bust had gone as planned with no problems. Signing his name to the report, he closes the folder and looks over to see Trivette has also finished and is checking his e-mail. He's about to make a comment when his phone rings.

"Walker."

"Looks like you made a good bust yesterday, Cord." The voice said.

Walker hadn't been called that by anyone in a very long time. "Who is this?"

"Aw. You don't remember me. But then why should you? You left me behind and look at you now, a big shot Ranger. Well Ranger, I'm coming for you."

"What do you mean, left you? Who are you?" Walker searches back but can't place the voice.

Trivette hears Walker's end of the conversation and wondering what's going on, walks over to his desk.

The voice on the phone turns cold. "You'll find out soon enough."

When the line goes dead Walker hangs up. A look of total confusion on his face, his mind wanders back through time. What did he do to make this guy so mad? He doesn't even know who it is.

"Hey Walker. What was that all about?"

"I don't know.  Says I left him behind and I'll find out who he is soon enough."

"That sounds pretty ominous. You don't have any idea who it could be?"

"Not a clue. Probably just some crackpot playing games."

"Yeah you're probably right. He probably saw your picture in the paper yesterday and decided to get his kicks."

 

"Who's getting their kicks?" Alex had caught the tail-end of the conversation when she came into the office to meet her husband.

"Nobody. It's not important." Walker quickly decided not to mention the call to Alex.  No need to worry her over nothing. "Are you ready to go?" he asked, quickly changing the subject.

"I sure am."

Saying good night to Trivette they leave the office, holding hands.

 

The next morning, Walker is sitting at his desk, reading the paper. Since the bust it's been unusually quiet.  He stretches as the phone rings. 

"Walker."

"Have you figured it out yet Cord?"

"Look, what is it you want?"

"I want what you have. You've made quite a life for yourself. A Ranger, new wife. Not bad for a half-breed. Enjoy it while you can." With that he hangs up again.

Walker slams the receiver down. "Damn!"

"What is it Walker?" Jimmy watched him from his desk.

"It was him again. He talks like he knows me."

"What are you going to do?"

"What can I do? I don't know who it is or even where he is. It's his ballgame. I'll just have to wait for the first pitch and see what happens."

 

The rest of the day goes by uneventfully. Walker stops by Alex's office and they drive home together. She too has had a slow day and wants nothing more then to get home and kick her shoes off.

 

With dinner over, Alex starts the water for the dishes while Walker cleans off the table. They were just finishing off the dishes when the phone rang.

"I'll get it" Walker says as he reaches for the phone.

"Hello." 

"Have a nice day Cord?"

Seeing Alex watching him, he keeps quiet.

"Not talking? Well it won't be much longer now."

Alex watched as he hung up. "Who was that?"

"No one."

"Walker?  Is everything ok?"

Turning to her he smiles. "Everything's fine. Come on, let's finish these."

 

Walker and Trivette are looking over a file when Syd and Gage come into the office.  "Hey Walker we just wrapped up that car theft case. A garage on 28th street was taking the stripped parts."

"That's good to hear. You didn't have any problems?"

"Not at all." Syd replied.

"Well your timing is perfect. We've just been given this…."  He just begins to tell them of the new case when his phone rings.

"Walker. Hello.  Hello?"  Looking at Trivette, he shrugs. "Musta been a wrong number."

"You think it was your caller again?"

"No, there wasn't anyone on the line.  Ok, the Captain wants us to look into this missing persons case."  They all gather to see the file.

 

The house is empty when the man sneaks in through the back door.  He goes from room to room looking in every drawer and closet.  When he gets to the living room he sees a picture of Walker and Alex on the fireplace. It's from their wedding. With a sly grin he takes it out of the frame.

 

"Darling? Are you ready to go?" Alex asks as she walks to her husband's desk.

"Yeah, just about." He turns and gives Gage some final instructions then grabs his hat.  "All set. Shall we go to Cool River for dinner?"

"Oh, that would be great!"

 

They were on the quiet rode leading to the ranch. "That was a wonderful dinner." Alex said.

"Yeah, it was good, wasn’t it."  Walker replied pulling up the driveway. Getting out and he goes around the truck to open the door for Alex.  Holding her hand they walk up the front steps. He opens the door and she steps in to turn on the lights.

Walker sees it first. "Hold it Alex." He pulls out his gun and slowly walks into the house. Confused, she doesn't move. Watching as he moves through the doorway she sees him kneel down and pick something up. Handing it to her, he proceeds through the house.

 

"No sign of anyone and the rest of the house is fine."

"Walker what's going on? Who would do this?" she asks handing him back half of the picture. "This was one of our wedding pictures. My favorite,” Alex says, tears forming in her eyes.

 

Pulling Alex to him, he takes his half of the picture and places it next to the half she is holding, making it whole again. "It's ok Alex. We'll have another made and I'll find out what's going on."

 

Walker was sitting on the corner of Trivette's desk sipping coffee. "Is Alex upset about the break-in?" Jimmy asked.

"A little, I think.  I just wish I knew who it was."

"It seems strange that they didn't take anything. It doesn't sound like they even touched anything but the picture."

"I know. I don't get it either. But it feels really threatening. I…." Just then the phone on his desk rang. He went to his desk.  "Walker."

"I was sorry to hear of your break-in Cord. Too bad about the picture. Such a good looking couple. What a shame."

"All right! Who is this and what do you want?"

Trivette, hearing Walker, calls to have a trace started.

"Patience, Cord, patience." With that the line goes dead again.

Slamming down the receiver, Walker looked to Trivette. "Never mind. He's gone again.”

Seeing his frustration, Trivette makes a suggestion. "Why don't we go get some lunch? Then I'll hit the computer and see if we can't figure out who this guy is."

Taking a deep breath to calm himself, Walker agrees.

 

As they descend the stairs outside the courthouse, Trivette is stopped by a beautiful woman, a lady he’s been trying to ask out for awhile. "I'll be right there, Walker."

Walker continues down the stairs. "Hurry up, ‘Romeo.’ I'm hungry."

Jimmy gets her phone number and hurries to catch up. He sees Walker step into the street and a car speeding toward him. "WALKER!!!" 

Walker turns in time to see a car racing toward him. Without slowing it hits him, sending him through the air. The car continues around the corner and out of sight.

Trivette is at Walker's side in a matter of seconds. Feeling for a pulse, he pulls out his phone. "This is Trivette. I've got an officer down at the North side of the courthouse. Send an ambulance quick." 

Walker begins to regain consciousness.  Stirring slightly, he moans in pain.

"Hang in there, man, help’s on the way. Don't try to move."

Alex walks out the courthouse doors and sees the commotion. The ambulance is just arriving and police are scattered. Seeing Trivette talking to a couple of officers she goes to him. "Jimmy, what's going on?"

 

Trivette sends the officers on their way and takes Alex by the hand. "Alex. It's Walker."

"OH MY GOD!! Is he all right? What happened?"

"It was a hit and run."

They reach the ambulance just as the paramedics are sliding Walker inside.

"Will he be ok?" a frightened Alex asks the medic.

"Well he took a good shot to the head. We're taking him to St. Matthew's."

"Alex, why don't you ride with him. I'll wrap up here and meet you at the hospital."

Alex stood impatiently in the waiting room. They'd made her wait while they took him into the emergency room. It was 20 minutes ago that the ambulance arrived at the hospital and she still had no idea if her husband would be ok or not.  Trivette came in at the same time the doctor finally arrived.

"You're here for the Ranger?"

"Yes. He's my husband. How is he?"

"Well, he's a very lucky man. He's got 3 broken ribs, a pretty bad concussion and his shoulder was dislocated. We've fixed the shoulder but it'll be stiff for a couple of days. Fortunately, no lasting damage to his head. There’s a very mild concussion and a lot of scrapes and bruises. But only time will heal those."

Alex lets her relief show as she smiles at Trivette. "May we see him?"

"We've moved him to a room. Follow me and I'll take you. He's still unconscious but should wake up soon."

 

They entered Walker's room and quietly stood at the edge of the bed. Alex took his hand. "You're going to be just fine, darling."  Walker stirs and slowly opens his eyes. Feeling Alex's hand in his, he gives a squeeze. He groans in pain when he tries to turn his head to look at her.

"What is it?" Alex asks concerned.

"My head." He raises his hand to his temple.

"Do you remember what happened?

"Yes, there was a car. It came out of nowhere." He tries to sit up but the room spins and he lies back.

"You shouldn't try to move, man." Trivette says.

 

"Now you tell me." Walker replies closing his eyes tight.

The doctor comes in to check on him and asks how he's feeling.

"I've got a headache but otherwise I think I'm ok. When can I go home?"

"Now, how did I know you'd ask that?  Well we usually keep concussions overnight."

 

"Doc, I don't need to stay….."

Stopping him before he could finish the doctor says   "I knew that wouldn't set right with you, so I'll make you a deal. You agree to stay for 3 hours so we can monitor you. If things look ok then I'll let you go home with Alex."

"Ok. That's fine with me."

 

Alex drove her convertible along the long dirt road home, with Walker sitting quietly in the passenger seat. She would occasionally sneak a glance at him to be sure he was ok. When she stops in front of their house he opens his door to get out. Quickly going around to him, Alex helps him out of the low seat. She hears him take in a breath between his teeth as he stands and puts a hand to his sore ribs.   "Are you ok?"

"Yeah, I think so. Just a little tender."

 

He spent the evening relaxing and reading while Alex looked over some papers for a case coming up in a week.  Finishing the report, she was about to ask Walker if he wanted a drink but noticed he was asleep in the recliner.

She loved to watch him sleep. He looked like a innocent child. Walker opened his eyes half way, and saw his lovely wife watching him. "Come here," he grinned. "What?" She asked, getting up and smiling back at her husband. "Just come over here." She made her way to her husbands side, not sure what to expect. Walker sat up in the recliner, and gently pulled her down on his lap, careful not to strain too much. "OH! Walker! Be careful." Alex laughed. "Don't hurt yourself." She warned. "I'm ok." He assured her, gently lifting her head up until their lips met.  Several long moments later, Alex smiles softly and whispers, "Shall we take this upstairs, Cowboy?" "Good idea." Walker agrees. Getting up off the chair, Alex takes his hand and leads him up the stairs to their bedroom.

 

He awoke to the smell of bacon and coffee. Quickly slipping on a pair of jeans he sneaks downstairs. Peeking around the corner he sees Alex cooking breakfast. Moving in behind her he slips his arms around her waist.  Not hearing him, she jumps at his touch. Turning to him she smiles. "I wish you wouldn't do that."

Giving her a kiss and stealing a piece of bacon at the same time, he says, mischievously,  "Sorry. Habit."

"Well, sit down. Breakfast is ready."

As they ate, Alex told Walker about the case she was working on and that she had a big meeting with the D.A. this morning. "I wish I didn't have to leave you alone though."

"I'll be fine Alex."

"You promise you'll take it easy?"

"Everything will be ok. I promise." “Humpf…that’s not promising me you’ll take it easy, is it?” says Alex, laughingly.

He walks with Alex to her car and gives her a kiss goodbye.

"I'll be back before you know it. You behave yourself."

"Yes, Mother dear." He states, kiddingly.  Alex gives him a firm swat on his butt and a look that says, “YOU!” Walker is smiling as she drives away.

Going back inside the house, he puts on a clean shirt and then goes out to the barn. Taking his time, he feeds and waters the horses.  Letting them into the pasture he begins working on raking out the stalls.  It's taking him a lot longer then usual to get it done but he doesn't mind. Finishing up after 2 hours he goes outside to watch the horses.  Standing there he sees that the gate on the corral needs repair. Going to the tack room he gets a hammer and nails then sets to work.

 

He's sitting on the ground working on it when Alex returns. Getting out of the car she starts toward him. "Cordell Walker! What do you think you're doing?"

"Oh oh. She's mad. She only uses my first name when she's mad or feeling romantic. And she’s sure not feeling romantic!” He thinks to himself. 

"You're supposed to be resting. I can't leave you alone for a minute."

Standing, Walker says, "Alex, I'm just fixing the fence gate. It's…" Suddenly he becomes dizzy and puts a hand on the fence for support.

Alex is instantly at his side, forgetting her anger immediately. "Walker? Darling? What is it?"

"Feel kinda dizzy." He shakes his head trying to clear it but that just makes it worse.

Taking him by the arm she leads him toward the house. "Let’s get you back inside."

Helping him to the couch she notices he seems disoriented. "Should I call the doctor?" she asks, worriedly.

"No. I'll be ok."  Taking a deep breath and closing his eyes for a minute he begins to feel better. He opens his eyes to see Alex watching him. Smiling at her he says, shyly, "I guess I overdid it a little."

Running her hand over his forehead and through his hair she smiles. "I guess you did.  Will you be ok while I change?"

"Yeah. I think I'll fix a sandwich. I'm kinda hungry."

"Oh no you don't. I'll fix it. You stay right there."

Taking a half a second to think on it, he agrees.

 

They have a nice lunch and Walker spends the afternoon napping while Alex makes some phone calls and works on her case.  Seeing him stirring on the couch, she puts down her work and sits next to him. Taking his hand she waits for him to open his eyes.  "How do you feel, darling?"

With a deep breath he stretches carefully. "I feel great."  Seeing the coffee table littered with papers he asks, "Have you been working all this time?"

"I was just reading up on next week’s case. I'd rather do it here than in the office."  Just then the phone rings.  "I'll get it,” she says reaching over for it.

"Hello."  Silence on the line.  "Hello?"  Still no reply. She hangs up. "Guess it was the wrong number."

Walker pales.  Then he clears his throat.  "Um, Alex, sit down. I need to confess something to you."

With a laugh Alex replies, "Confess, darling? You haven't been cheating on me, have you? Gosh, we’ve only been married a few months,” she teases him.

"No, of course not, Alex. You know there's no one who can hold a candle to you." He smiles, pulling her into a kiss. As they part, he gets serious. "I have been getting some rather disturbing calls. I didn't think it was anything to worry about at first, but now, maybe..."

Alex sits up, all attention. "What do you mean Walker? Why didn't you tell me?"

"I didn't think it was more then some prankster. That might have been him though. Alex I want you to be careful until I figure out what's going on."

"Do you have any idea who it is or what they want?"

"No I really don't. From the way he talks it seems like he knows me, but I can't place the voice."

"Could it be someone you arrested?"

"No, they know too much of my past."

"Your past? Walker who from you past would be doing this?"

"I don't know Alex. I really don't. Just promise me you'll be careful."

 

"I will, but since you're the one who's been hurt will you do the same? Please?"

"If it will make you feel better, yes, I promise." He smiled.

 

Walker and Alex ride to the courthouse together the next morning. They discuss their weekend plans as he drives. Once inside he gives her a quick kiss before they go their separate ways.

 

Striding into Ranger headquarters he finds Syd, Gage and Trivette all gathered at Jimmy's computer.  "What's going on?" He asks.

"Walker! Welcome back."

"Hey boss. Glad to have ya back."

"How ya doin' partner? Ready to get back at it?"

"Thanks everyone. I'm feeling great and ready to go. So tell me what’s up with ya’ll.”

"Well, Gage and Syd have a line on that missing persons case. I was just running down an address for them. If it pans out then they should wrap it up this afternoon."

"Hey that's great work you two.  What else have we got going?"

"Nothing really. It's pretty quiet right now."

 

Walker and Trivette had a leisurely day finishing off various paperwork that had been all but forgotten. Syd and Gage finished their case by late afternoon.

At 4 in the afternoon Walker announced that he was calling it a day and recommended everyone else do the same. "Enjoy it while you can. We'll be frantically busy soon enough."

 

Entering the outer office Walker caught Alex’s secretary’s attention. Nodding toward the door to inquire if Alex was free, he got a smile and a return nod 'Yes'.

Opening Alex's door he found her closing a folder. "Hi Alex. Are you ready to go home?"

"Oh, Walker. I wasn't expecting you quite so early. If you're ready, though, I am too."

"Great. Let's go."

 

Pulling up the driveway, Walker immediately senses that something isn't right. He stops the truck, and as he's getting out he sees a man standing on the porch. Walker is immediately wary and alert.

"Who's that, Walker?"

"I don’t know, Alex, but I think we're about to find out."

Coming down the steps to meet them, the man speaks. "Well well. Sneaking out of work early, Cord?"

"IT'S YOU!" Who are you and what are you doing here?"

"Darling? What is it? What's going on?"

"Alex, he's the guy who's been making the phone calls I told you about."

"You mean you don't recognize your old friend?  Now I'm hurt."

"Should I recognize you? "

"Well, I'd have thought so. When you came to the reservation you looked like you needed a friend. I stuck up for you when the other kids would tease."

"Bruce?  Bruce Blackfeather!" Walker gasps, incredulously.

"Ah!  See? You do remember."

"Who is he, Walker?" Alex asks.

"He was my best friend. We did everything together."

"Almost everything, Cord. Until you left me."

"What do you mean left you? I never left you."

"When I came to you for help you turned me away. I went to prison for 25 years because of you!"

"You wanted me to lie for you. When you robbed that store and asked me to be your alibi, you changed everything between us. You destroyed our friendship!”

"I trusted you! You were my best friend and I needed your help. Who would it have hurt for you to help me?"

"That's not the point. You broke the law. I couldn't lie for you. Bruce, you used a gun to rob that store! Because of that, Thomas Drinkwater had a heart attack from fear and died.  That’s why you got 25 years. You killed that old man!

"You and your damn law! You always go back to that. Well where's your precious law now?" In one quick motion Blackfeather pulls a knife and lunges at Walker. Stepping to one side, Walker takes a hold of Bruce's wrist. Bringing it down on his knee, the knife falls to the grass.  Blackfeather punches Walker on the chin and kicks him in the side. Pain shoots through Walker's already injured ribs. Stepping back to prepare for the next attack Walker catches a quick glance of Alex running to the house.

 

Knowing that she'd only get in the way if she tried to help Walker, Alex runs for the phone. Dialing Jimmy's number she watches out the window.

 

Blackfeather lunges at Walker and they both fall to the ground. Wrestling in the dirt Bruce gets the upper hand. He pins Walker and begins to choke him. Positioning himself so he can throw his opponent, Walker takes hold of

Blackfeather's wrist and flips to one side. Blackfeather is on his feet before Walker and gets in a kick to the stomach. Doubling over Walker receives another kick to the face that sends him stumbling backward. Falling to the ground Walker waits for Bruce to come a little closer. In one quick move he kicks Bruce behind the knees with one foot and using his free leg sends him flying backward.  Staggering to his feet, Walker is surprised by Blackfeather’s speed. He's already up and gives a hard body blow to Walker's already broken ribs.

 

Alex has been watching out the window while filling Trivette in on what's happening. She sees that Walker is in trouble, drops the phone, and runs to get his spare pistol.

 

Walker, holding his side, gives Bruce a roundhouse kick to the side of the head.   The movement from the kick sends Walker to his knees gasping for air. Bruce closes in and punches Walker in the face.

Seeing him go down, Alex runs down the steps and out to where they’re fighting.  "FREEZE RIGHT THERE!"

 A cold hard voice comes from behind Bruce. He turns to see Alex standing with a gun. "Well Well. What do we have here?" He smiles. Alex glances at Walker and see's him doubled over coughing and gasping for breath. "Walker? Oh my God, what is it?" She runs to his side, while trying to keep the gun focused on Blackfeather.  As she looks down at Walker,  Bruce takes this chance to grab the gun from Alex. "Now who is in control, bitch?" He grins maliciously and then alternates aiming the gun at Alex, then at Walker. "My, my which one of you will go first?" he smiles, evilly. He hears a car pull in the drive. Glancing toward the road, he sees Ranger James Trivette racing toward them in his sports car, followed by two other Rangers and a patrol car. Knowing he has no chance against all that firepower, Bruce takes off running toward the woods.  Gage and Syd take off after him.

 "What happened?" Trivette asks, jumping out of the car and going to Walker and Alex. "Call a Medivac! Quickly!"

Jimmy runs back to his car and makes the call.

Alex kneels next to Walker. "Don't try to move, darling. Help is coming." She takes his head to her shoulder and holds him carefully. Brushing his hair from his forehead she gives him a gentle kiss.

"The Medivac will be here in 4 minutes" Trivette kneels next to Walker. "Hang in there, buddy."  Looking to Alex he asks, "What happened?"

She gives a brief rundown of the events.

Walker opens his eyes and looks into Alex's eyes. He was weak but squeezed her hand, a faint smile at the corner of his mouth. "Don't worry. I'll be ok." He whispered, hoarsely.

 

Jimmy and Alex sat by Walker's hospital bed listening to him tell of Bruce and how he took the wrong path in life.  Gage and Syd come into the room. Disappointment written all over their faces, they tell Walker about chasing Blackfeather. "We lost him Walker. It's like he vanished off the face of the Earth. I'm really sorry boss." Gage said.

"It's ok Gage. I know you tried."

"We'll track him down Walker. He's got to be somewhere." Trivette said.

"Don't bother Trivette. He'll turn up again when he's ready."

The doctor comes in to check on Walker's condition. "How are you feeling Walker?"

"Not to bad, doc. A little sore is all."

"Well you had a punctured lung. It'll be very tender for a few days. I just came to tell you we'll release you tomorrow afternoon."

"That's the best news I've had in a long time, doc.  Thanks."

Seeing him out, Trivette says "Well, I have to get going." Looking at Syd he nods toward the door.

Catching his meaning she plays along. "Yeah, Walker.  Gage and I need to be going too."

"We do?"

"Yes Gage. We do." She pulls on his sleeve and waves good-bye to Walker and Alex.

"Where'd they go in such a hurry?"

"Well, darling, I think they were trying to give us some time alone." Alex replies, laughingly, sitting on the bed next to her husband.

He takes her hand in his. Bringing it to his lips he kisses each finger. "I'm sorry about all this."

"It wasn't your fault. I'm just glad you're all right."

"Thanks to you, I am. Have I told you lately how much I love you?"

“Not since this morning, so go ahead and tell me again."  Walker takes her face between his hands instead and gives her a sweet and loving kiss.  “Hmmmm…I love you too, Cowboy."

 

 

 

THE END

To be continued--MAYBE

 

USUAL DISCLAIMERS. I DON'T OWN WALKER TEXAS RANGER OR ANY OF THE CHARACTERS. I JUST BORROWED THEM FOR SOME FUN.