Vengeance Is Mine
Class had gone smoothly. The students seemed eager to learn today. A few of them even volunteered to stay and help him clean up. Standing on the school lawn Walker was talking to one of the girls from class. "You're doing really well, Amy. Are you ready for your test next week?"
"Thank you Mr. Walker. I've been putting in some extra practice and I think I'll be ready."
As they talked a boy ran past them being chased by a larger boy. Rounding the corner of the school the large boy tackled the other to the ground and a fight began. Hearing the commotion Walker quickly went to see what was going on. Seeing a gathering of students he maneuvered his way into the center. Dropping his duffle bag he pulls the two apart.
"Hey. What's this about? Come on now, calm down."
The larger boy freed himself from Walker's grasp. "Hey man this isn't your problem."
Walker was helping the other boy up when he heard a familiar sound. "Get away from him!" The larger boy had pulled a gun and was pointing it at Walker. "Move or I'll shoot you. All I had to do was kick his ass and I would've been a Raven. You had to mess that up."
Walker positioned himself between the two boys making himself a shield. Seeing that part of the group had taken off at the first sight of the gun, he calmly began speaking.
"Ok, son, just take it easy. You haven't done anything wrong and that'll just cause you problems."
"What do you know! Now get out of my way!"
Holding his hands out to his side Walker takes a tentative step forward. Seeing the fear in the boy's eyes he realizes, too late, it was a mistake. The bullet hits him in the left shoulder. The group watching panics and most run off. Seeing him sag to his knees the shooter takes off.
Having watched the entire scene unfold before her, Amy yells for someone to call for an ambulance. Kneeling beside Walker, she sees the stunned look on his face. "Mr. Walker? It's ok the ambulance should be here soon." Two teachers have come around the corner and quickly move the students back. Before they can move her away Amy takes Walker's hand. "It'll be ok Mr. Walker. You'll be fine." She hears him whisper "I can't believe he really shot me." One of the teachers moves her out of the way and kneels down beside Walker just as two police cars pull up. Two officers spread out to take statements and the others go to Walker's side. The ambulance arrives and the paramedic asks Walker how he's doing.
Unable to think straight Walker shakes his head trying to clear it. "What? Oh uhm..ok I guess."
Another officer comes to the scene. "Everyone is saying the same thing. A student named Benny Rodriguez shot Walker when he tried to break up a fight between him and another boy." Watching as they load Walker into the ambulance the officer asks "Is he going to be ok?"
"Yeah. He was lucky though. A little lower and it might have been a different story."
As the ambulance drove away and the crowd dispersed, Amy was left standing alone. Looking down she notices that in all the confusion Walker's bag has been left lying on the grass. Picking it up she slowly begins her walk home.
Alex had been finishing up some paperwork when her phone rang. "Alex Cahill-Walker. Yes that's right. Oh my God is he alright? Yes I see. I'll be right there." Hanging up she quickly grabs her purse and heads for the Ranger office.
Walking through the doors she goes straight for Trivette's desk. "Jimmy, I just got a call. Walker's been shot. I'm going to the hospital."
As he grabs his hat and stands Trivette asks "What happened? I thought he was in class."
Taking Trivette's car she fills him in on the little she knows on the way.
The nurse lead them to a waiting room saying a doctor will be right with them. After nearly an hour the doctor finally came. "Are you here for Ranger Walker?"
"Yes. I'm his wife and this is his partner Ranger Trivette. How is he doctor?"
"Well we had to operate to take the bullet out but he'll be just fine. They're moving him into a room as we speak so you can see him in just a few minutes.
Quietly opening the door to Walker's room they enter just as he's coming around. Taking his hand, Alex kisses him tenderly. "How do you feel, darling?"
"A little stiff but ok."
"What happened, Walker?"
Before he had a chance to say anything, the doctor came in.
"Oh good, you're awake. You are one lucky man Walker. If that bullet had been a couple inches lower you wouldn't be here."
"When can I get out of here?"
"Oh Walker, you've been shot. You can't just ignore it and go home." Alex said as she laid her hand on his chest.
"Alex, I feel fine."
"Well, as a matter of fact I was going to release you tomorrow if everything looks alright in the morning."
"Good. Thanks." Walker sighed, less then enthusiastically.
Turning to Alex the doctor said "please don't stay too long. He should get as much rest as possible."
"We won't. Thank you, doctor."
Trivette had been standing quietly watching Walker while the doctor talked. He noticed that something wasn't quite right. He knew that being shot was a traumatic experience but Walker was usually able to cope with it. This time he wasn't acting right. Trivette couldn't put his finger on it but knew something was wrong.
“I’ll wait in the hall, Alex. You rest easy partner and I’ll see you.”
“Thanks, Trivette. See ya tomorrow.”
As the door closed behind Jimmy, Alex took Walker’s hand.
Looking into his eyes she noticed they lacked the sparkle that was usually present. “Are you sure you’re ok? You look a bit pale.”
“It’s just a slight headache. I’m fine. Really.”
Leaning over she takes his chin in her hand. He looks to her and gives her a slight smile. Kissing him she whispers to him “please get some sleep. I’ll see you tomorrow.”
“Will you come early to spring me?” he asks in an almost childlike voice.
“I’ll be here early and if you’ve behaved yourself I’ll take you home. So promise me you’ll rest and do as the doctor asks ok?”
Getting a big smile and nod from him, she leaves.
Pulling into the courthouse parking lot, Trivette parks next to Alex’s car. “I’m going to make some calls and see what happened. Something just doesn’t smell right.”
“Will you call me at the ranch when you find anything out?
I’m heading there now.”
“You got it Alex.”
She’d just closed the door and put her briefcase down when the phone rang. It was Trivette. “Alex. You won’t believe this. Walker was shot by a high school kid.” She listened intently as he filled her in on the day’s events. “Oh poor Walker. No wonder he was so quiet tonight. Have they caught the boy yet?”
“No. Apparently he never went home and friends think he’s hiding out with the Ravens. Don’t worry, they’ll find him.”
Walker had a restless night. He’d tried to sleep but his mind kept going back to the shooting. He was awake when the nurse came to check on him at 5am. She told him everything looked fine and she’d send the doctor in as soon as he arrived.
Alex quietly opened the door. She knew it was early but she hadn’t been able to sleep and knew Walker would want to get out as soon as he could. Peeking into his room she saw him lying quietly, staring at the ceiling. Walking over to his bed she was surprised when he didn’t seem to notice her. Sitting on the edge of his bed she brought her hand to his cheek. “Good morning, darling. How are you feeling?”
“Hi. I’m doing fine.”
“What were you thinking about when I came in?”
“Nothing really. Just hoping the doctor would get here so I can go home.”
He didn’t have to wait long before the doctor came in. “Well, Walker, I must say I’m surprised. The nurse said you didn’t give her any problems. Your tests all show everything healing as it should. So, as promised, I’m going to release you. I want you to take it easy for a few days and hold off on exercising. It would be best if you kept the sling on until you have better mobility in the shoulder. Let me know if you have any problems or the pain persists. The nurse will be here shortly with your release papers. Alex, you let me know if he gives you any problems.”
“Thanks doctor, for everything.”
The drive home was quiet. He’d dozed most of the way. When Alex parked he woke. Easing himself out of the car he joined Alex in the walk to the door. “How do you feel darling?”
“Kinda tired. That pain medication makes me drowsy.”
“That’s ok. You should rest anyway. Why don’t you lie down and I’ll go do some paperwork.”
Walker spent the rest of the day napping. Alex made his favorite dinner and they played a couple of games of chess before bed.
Walker was having a nightmare. He saw himself as a small boy. He had his Uncle’s gun and was playing with it. Suddenly it went off. The noise had startled him and he dropped it. Hearing the shot Ray came running into the house. Running to Walker he asked if he was ok. Once he was assured he was, he then saw the broken vase on the floor. His feeling of relief turned to deep sorrow. The vase had been made by his great grandmother and was irreplaceable. Young Cordell Walker fearfully awaited a spanking that never came. His Uncle told him he wasn’t mad, but that he was very disappointed.
Walker woke with a start. The dream had been so real. Looking over, he was happy to see that he hadn’t woke Alex up. Knowing he wouldn’t be able to go back to sleep, he gets up. Glancing at the clock on his way out of the room he sees it’s only 4:15. Sitting quietly on the front porch he replays the dream. His Uncle had never said anything about the vase after that afternoon but Walker had carried the guilt with him for a long time. He knew he could never make it up to his Uncle and the fact that Ray had never even punished him made the guilt that much heavier. Ray had told him his only concern was that he hadn’t hurt himself.
It was a little after 5 when Alex awoke. Reaching for her husband she realized he was gone. Putting on her robe she goes downstairs to find him. Hearing noise from the kitchen she peeks around the corner to see him making coffee in his underwear. As quietly as she can she creeps up behind him. Slipping her hands around his waist, she is surprised when he jumps. “Oh I’m sorry darling. I thought you would’ve heard me.”
Turning to face her, he pulls her closer. “It’s ok. You’re the kind of surprise I don’t mind.” Leaning in, he takes her lips in a passionate kiss. After what seems like an eternity but in reality is only a few seconds, they break for air. “Would you like some coffee?”
“Oh I’d love a cup. How long have you been up?”
“For a little while.”
“What woke you up so early? Is it your shoulder? Did you bump it in the night?”
“No, it’s not that.”
Sipping her coffee she waited expectantly for an answer.
Seeing he couldn’t get away with a brush off he turned away to pour himself a cup and said “I had a dream and couldn’t get back to sleep.”
“Oh? What was it about?”
“Nothing really. I just couldn’t get back to sleep.”
Alex realized she wouldn’t get anymore out of him so changed the subject. “Well, what would you like for breakfast? The usual?”
Rubbing his shoulder absent-mindedly he nods his head.
“You know you’re supposed to be wearing the sling.”
“I know. I’ll put it back on after I shower.”
They chat about her case load during breakfast. She has a high profile murder case coming up in 2 days that she needs to finish preparing for. She plans to spend the day reading the last of the files and prepping last minute details for the case. “What are you going to do today, darling?”
“First thing is to get the horses taken care of. Then I don’t really know.”
“Well let’s get dressed and I’ll help you with the horses.”
Knowing she won’t let him do it alone he agrees.
Despite his best efforts Alex does most of the work while Walker stands by feeling helpless. Every time he’d start to do something she would stop him and do it herself. “You’re not supposed to be using your arm yet.”
Walker stretches out in the recliner reading a new book Sydney had given him a couple weeks ago. Alex sets up shop on the dining room table, spreading files out and taking notes.
Walker has the same dream again. He sees himself picking up the gun and knowing he shouldn’t touch it. He hears the gun going off and sees the bullet making it’s way to the vase and the vase breaking into a dozen pieces. He turns to see his Uncle Ray coming from outside.
Alex wakes to the sound of the alarm. Rolling over she’s surprised to see Walker already awake. He was lying quietly, staring at the ceiling and seemed oblivious to the alarm. “Walker? Are you alright?”
Bringing himself back to reality, he gave her his best smile. “Sure, I was just thinking.”
Reaching her arm across his chest she asked between kisses “What are you thinking about?”
“Nothing important really. Just things.”
“Well, I have to go into the office for a while today so I’d better get a move on.”
Getting up he meets her at the foot of the bed. “Why don’t I fix you breakfast while you get ready?”
“Oh that would be wonderful.”
She came down to the inviting aroma of coffee.
They talked about her case and the new horse Walker was thinking of getting for the ranch. All too soon it was time for her to leave. “What are you going to do today?” she asked as they walked to her car.
“Well the stable door needs repair, the porch railing is loose and I should see about getting that tree that fell cleared out of the pasture.”
“WALKER! Don’t you dare try to do those things. The doctor said....” her voice trailed off as she saw the sly grin creeping to his face. “Gotcha!” he said as he kissed her on the cheek.
Getting into her car she tells him “I should be home in time to fix dinner. How about chicken?”
“Sounds great. I’ll see you later.” After a passionate good bye kiss she closes the door and drives away.
He’d showered, finished his book, and done the dishes. Jimmy had called to tell him he wasn't missing anything. It was exceptionally quiet and all they were doing was paperwork.
With nothing else to do he decided a light workout wouldn’t hurt so he changed into sweatpants and a sleeveless t-shirt.
Sitting on the mat in his basement gym, Walker meticulously stretched his shoulder to see how much it could take.
Alex had gotten off work earlier then she thought and was driving down the quiet road to the ranch. As she came to the driveway she notices a girl walking up the drive. Pulling up beside her she rolls down her window. “Hi. Are you lost?”
“I don’t think so. Is this where Mr. Walker lives?”
“Yes. I’m his wife can I help you?”
“My name is Amy Andrews. I’m one of Mr. Walker’s students. I was there when he was shot. His bag had been left behind and I was just bringing it to him.” She explained, holding up the bag for Alex to see.
“Oh please get in and I’ll take you up to the house.”
When they entered the house there was no sign of Walker. Suddenly a loud noise comes from the basement.
"He must be in the gym” Alex says leading Amy down the stairs. “Walker? Is everything ok?”
He was sitting on a weight bench rubbing his shoulder. Seeing Alex with Amy. He stood up. “Yeah, everything’s fine. Hi Amy. What are you doing here?”
“Hi Mr. Walker. I brought your bag. You dropped it at the school.”
“That was very nice of you. I wondered what had happened to it.”
Alex, sensing that Amy wanted to talk with Walker, decided to make herself scarce. “Why don’t I get us some lemonade?”
“Thanks, Alex, I could use a drink.”
“Yes I noticed. Don’t think we won’t talk about this later, darling.”
“Are you in trouble Mr. Walker?”
“Not really. She’s just worried that I overdid it.”
“Did you? I mean are you ok and everything?”
“Yeah I’m fine Amy.”
Giving his best smile he nods his head. “Yes really and I want to thank you. I know you stayed with me until help arrived. I heard it was you that yelled for someone to call 911. You really took charge and helped me a lot.”
“I was really scared though. You weren’t talking and there was so much blood.”
“It’s ok to be scared, Amy.”
“What will you do to Benny? He deserves to go to jail right?”
Concerned, he asks “Why do you think he deserves to go to jail?”
“Well he might have killed you. Aren’t you mad at him? Don’t you hate him for what he did?”
“Oh no, Amy, I don’t feel like that at all.”
Alex was coming back with their drinks when she overheard Walker. Deciding this wasn’t the right time to interrupt, she listened outside the door.
“Amy, you must understand that Benny made a choice. His anger took over and the choice was the wrong one. It was made in haste and without thinking. I’m not mad at him. I’m disappointed in him.”
“I don’t understand. How can you not be mad after what he did?”
Suddenly Walker understands why he’s been having the dream. His Uncle was trying to remind of lessons learned.
“I’ve learned that it doesn’t do any good to get mad, Amy. Anger never helps anything and it clouds your judgment. Do you remember what you were taught in class? About anger making you careless?”
“Yes I remember Mr. Walker. I think I understand now.”
Standing, he moves to the mat. “I’m glad to hear that Amy. Now how about I help you get ready for your test. It’s only a couple days away.”
“Oh thank you. I’ll take all the help I can get. Will you be there for the test?”
“Well I’ll sure try.”
Amy’s mom had come to pick her up a little later and now the Walker’s were alone.
Alex had started dinner and came out of the kitchen to see Walker sitting on the couch rubbing his shoulder.
“You over did it didn’t you? You know the doctor said not to exercise for a couple more days.”
“I know Alex, but I was going stir crazy just sitting around. I had to get moving again.”
He began rotating his shoulder trying to get the kink out. Alex sat on the couch and turned him so his back was to her and began massaging his shoulder. “What am I going to do with you?” she whispered.
“Always.” As she massaged him she replayed his talk with Amy. “I heard what you said to Amy. I think it’s great the way you explained anger to her.”
“Well it’s something Uncle Ray taught me long ago.”
Seeing that faraway look she decided to make the leap. “Is that what your dream was about?”
“Yeah, the shooting brought back a memory from when I was a kid.” He told her all about the gun and what Uncle Ray had told him.
“You miss him don’t you?”
“Yeah, I do. C.D. too. They always knew what to say to get through to me. I’m not sure if you noticed but I can be kinda’ stubborn at times.”
“Oh, I noticed. Believe me, I noticed” she said turning him back for a passionate kiss.
Walker had an appointment with the doctor to check his shoulder. He was anxious to get back to work and hoped the doc would take him off medical leave. “Well everything seems to be healing nicely. Have you started exercising it yet?”
“Yeah I worked out some yesterday. It feels pretty good.”
“Ok well I’ll call and clear you for duty beginning Monday. That’ll give you 3 more days for it to heal.”
“That’s great Doc. Thanks.”
Jimmy was talking with Alex in her office when Walker stopped by with the news.
“So do I get my partner back?” Trivette asked before Walker had a chance to say anything.
“Sure do. I’m cleared as of Monday morning.” He walked around the desk to Alex’s waiting arms. “That’s wonderful, darling.” she said embracing him.
“How about lunch to celebrate?”
“Oh that would be great, Walker. Just give me 5 minutes.”
He and Trivette leave to wait in the hall. “Any luck finding Benny, Trivette?”
yet. It’s like he fell off the face of the earth.”
“Well he has to surface eventually. I just hope he doesn’t do anything stupid.”
The next day Walker took care of the horses and had a light work out. He showered and changed. Amy’s test was at 3:30 and he wanted to be there in plenty of time. The drive in was uneventful and he arrived at the school at 3. Walking through the halls several teachers welcomed him back. When he got to the gym the class was warming up and stretching. Mr. Sans noticed Walker standing in the doorway. Calling the class to formation he asked them to show their respect and as one they turned to Walker and bowed. Bowing back he came in to stand with Mr. Sans. “Good to have you back Walker.”
“Thanks. I’m just here to observe today so please go ahead.”
Sans bowed and when Walker had returned it he started the class as Walker sat in the bleachers.
Once class was underway, it was time for Amy to take her test. Mr. Sans took her aside and she began her katas.
Walker watched her every move. She went through the test hardly missing a beat. When it was over she bowed to Mr. Sans and to Walker. Class broke up and she went to talk with Walker.
“I’m glad you could come Mr. Walker. It really means a lot to me.”
“Well you looked great. How did you feel during the testing?”
“Really good. I hardly had to think it just came to me.”
“Well that’s how it should be. If you have to think before you move it’ll be too late.”
Seeing Mr. Sans cleaning up they both moved to help him. Walker was rolling up a mat when he saw a student coming his way. He wasn’t part of the class but Walker had seen him around the school. As he got nearer he reached behind his back. Instinctively, Walker tensed. He looked up as the boy stopped in front of him and pulled out a gun. Looking into the boys eyes neither moved. After several tense moments the boy handed his gun to Walker.
“Mr. Walker I was there when Benny shot you. I was in line to join the Ravens too. After seeing what happened I did a lot of thinking and well I don’t think that’s what I want anymore. I was kinda hoping that maybe I could join your class? Please?”
Walker took the gun and looked at the young man. “I’m glad you made the right decision. If you’re sure it’s what you want then I’d be glad to have you in our class. You can start Monday and see Mr. Sans for a uniform.”
With a broad smile he bows to Walker and says “YES SIR!”
Walker introduces Joey to Mr. Sans and tells him he’ll be joining the class. Then he walks out with Joey and Amy.
Amy’s mom was waiting to give her a ride home. She waved at Walker as Amy got in and they drove off. Joey seemed to want to say something more. “Joey? Do you need a ride?” Walker asked.
“Uhm…No. I can walk but uhm…”
“Is something wrong?”
“Well I was wondering...”
“Just say it Joey. It’s can’t be that bad.”
“I know where Benny is hiding out. The Ravens are letting him crash at their hangout and he does small heists for them.”
“I’m sorry to hear that. He’s just digging himself in deeper. Can you tell me where the hangout is?”
Joey told Walker everything he needed to know and Walker relayed the information to Trivette so he could go pick him up.
It was mid afternoon the next day when Walker got a call.
"Walker. This is Joe Sans."
"Hi Joe. What's up?"
"I was wondering if you could come by before class. I need to talk with you about something."
"Yeah, sure. 3 o'clock ok?"
"Perfect. Thanks Walker. See you then."
Walker scanned the class and saw that all of the kids had shown up early for this and even Joey was there. He was touched that they thought this much of him. Turning, he saw Alex and his friends waiting for him to say something.
"I don't know what to say. Thank you. I've missed you all too.
Now let's eat cake!" That brought a cheer from everyone. As Walker passed Joe they shook hands. "Was this what you wanted to talk about?"
the kids wanted to do this for you and they figured I'd be able to get you
"Thanks. I really appreciate it."
Walker went to Alex and they hugged. He shook hands with Jimmy and Gage. As he gave Syd a quick hug he smiled. "Thanks you all for being here. It means a lot to me. I couldn't ask for a better group of friends.
Wrapping an arm around Alex's waist he watched as Sans served cake. Once again all was right with the world. At least his part of it.
THE USUAL DISCLAIMERS APPLY HERE. I DON'T OWN WALKER OR THE OTHERS. JUST BORROWED THEM FOR A LITTLE FUN.