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Disclaimer: The following story is based on the characters of the TV Series “Walker, Texas Ranger”. The characters belong to CBS Productions, Top Kick Productions, Washo Brother’s Entertainment, etc, but the story is ours. ALL DISCLAIMERS APPLY. (No copyright infringement is intended.)

AMBER Alert

By Lorrie

Alex pushed her shopping cart through the superstore with Angela babbling gleefully from her carrier.

"You're exactly right sweetheart, we need more formula."  Alex turned away form the shopping cart for just a few seconds to take two cans of formula from the shelf. "Here we are."  She turned back to the cart and immediately dropped the two cans of formula to the floor!  The carrier and Angela were gone!

"Angela."  Alex said frantically and then screamed "Angela!" as she ran down the aisles looking everywhere for her baby.

"Ma'am, what's wrong?"  A floor manager asked, trying to calm Alex enough to get a grasp on the situation.

Alex tried to calm herself and took the floor manager's arm.  "My daughter, she was in the buggy and now she's gone.  She's six months old and she was in her carrier!"

"OK, calm down, we're going to find her."  The floor manager picked up the nearest phone. Code Adam! Code Adam!"  He called out.

As the code rang over the PA system, the entrances and exits to the store were closed, locking the current customers inside and the others outside waiting to get in, as the store was searched aisle by aisle, room by room.  The search turned up nothing.

A frantic Alex sat with the store manager, waiting for the police to arrive.  "I have to call my husband."  She said through her tears.

"He's already been called, Mrs. Walker.  He's on his way."

Walker's rig pulled into the fire lane, just outside of the superstore, lights flashing.  He and Trivette showed their badges at the door and were immediately admitted.  Walker rushed to his wife and took her in his arms.  "What happened Alex?"  He asked, his fears evident on his face.

"I'm so sorry, Walker!  It's all my fault.  I should have been holding her, I shouldn't have turned by back on her, not even for a second."  She turned away from him.

"Alex . . ." He was hurting, as much as she was, Angela's kidnapping seeming like a cruel nightmare, but also the pain of watching Alex torture herself like this.  "Alex, this was not your fault!"  He turned her face towards him.  "Tell me what happened."

She nodded and cleared her throat, trying to talk through her tears.  "We were getting groceries and I remembered I had to get formula.  I stepped maybe two steps from the buggy and turned my back on Angela for two seconds, just long enough to pick up the cans, when I turned around . . ."  Alex burst into uncontrollable sobs.  "She was gone!  Oh God, Walker, our baby is gone!"

Walker once again took her into his arms and held her close, stroking her hair and fighting back his own emotion.

"Ranger Walker."  The Sheriff interrupted.

Walker nodded towards Trivette and then released his hold on Alex, letting Trivette console her while he met with the Sheriff.

"Oh Jimmy, what are we going to do?"  Alex sobbed as she cried on Trivette's shoulder.

"We're going to find her."  He hugged her and patted her back.

The Sheriff and Walker stepped out of earshot of Alex and Trivette.  "We found the carrier."  The Sheriff reported.  "It's been bagged and we're sending it out now to be dusted for prints."

Walker nodded.  "No sign of my daughter or her abductor though."

"No sir.  We think that they may have gotten out of one of the stockroom doors.  One of the emergency exits was slightly ajar.  I've got a crime scene team dusting it too."  He took note of Walker's worried expression.

"Ranger Walker, I need a current picture of your daughter.  We want to issue an AMBER alert as soon as possible.  It may be our best chance of finding your daughter."

Walker nodded as he pulled his wallet from his pocket and took out Angela's picture.  He held it a long time before handing it to the Sheriff.

"I'll get it back to you Ranger."

"I just want my daughter back."  Walker replied.

Alex tore away from Trivette and ran towards the two men when they made their way back to the front of the store. "Walker?"  She asked.

He shook his head.  "They found her carrier, it looks like they got out the back door."

"Oh my God, no!"  Alex screamed and sobbed on Walker's shoulder.

"Walker, we need to get her out of here."  Trivette said quietly.  "And you too."  He lightly touched his partner's arm.  Walker stiffened at the touch, but nodded in response.

A group of reporters had already gathered outside of the store and were doing their best to get the story of the child abduction.

"This is Cheryl Myers, Channel 8 News."  Ms. Myers tried to black Walker's path to the RAM.  "Ranger Walker, is it true that it was your daughter that was abducted?"

"No comment."  Trivette replied, trying to shield Alex from the cameras.

"Mrs. Walker . . ."  Ms. Myers continued.  "Can you tell us what happened?"

Alex looked panicked as Walker opened the door for her and then got in himself.

Trivette turned to the group, facing the cameras. "Listen.  Ranger Walker and his wife are both praying for the safe return of their daughter, Angela, as we all are.  If you want to do something to help, then see Sheriff Watson for a picture of Angela and get your AMBER alert system into play.  The sooner we get the public involved in this, the better the odds of finding little Angela."  Trivette turned to climb into the RAM.

"Ranger Trivette, will the Texas Rangers be involved in this case?"  Ms. Myers called out.

Trivette paused before getting in.  "What do you think?"  He asked, hardly believing the question was asked.

******

Sydney stared at the TV in disbelief.  "Oh my God!  Gage!"

Gage ran into the room.  "What's wrong?"  He followed her stare to the TV and saw the picture of Angela on the screen as the AMBER alert was posted.

"Oh no!  Not Angela!"  He picked up the phone and dialed Trivette's cell phone.

"Trivette."  He answered.

"Trivette, it's Gage.  We just saw the AMBER alert, what do you guys want us to do?"

"Right now, stick with your case.  You're covers are still intact, right?"

"We're fine.  How are Walker and Alex holding up?"

"As well as can be expected.  Gage, stick with the case for now. I'll talk to you later."

"OK.  Let Walker and Alex know that mine and Sydney thoughts and prayers are with them."

"Thanks buddy, I will."

Sydney stared at Gage as he hung up the phone. "Well?"

"They want us to stick with our case for now."

Sydney nodded silently as a tear ran down her cheek.  Gage gently wiped it away and pulled her close.  "Hey, we're close here.  Just stay up on your game.  We can't risk blowing our covers yet.

I want to get back home as badly as you do, but we need to focus on this case right now."

She nodded.  "I know.  It's just so hard.  I feel so bad for Alex and Walker.  I can't imagine the loss they must feel right now."

Gage nodded as he released his hug.  "I imagine Walker wants to get his hands on whoever took his daughter and I pity them whenever he does."

*********

Walker started towards the ranch.  Genuine fear struck Alex as she realized where they were headed.  "Walker, I can't go home.  I can't bare to face that empty house."

Walker stopped the rig and turned to her. "Where would you like to go?"  He asked calmly.

She began to cry again.  "I want to be wherever our baby is.  Oh, Walker, I can't stand this.  I need to hold her, I need to feel her in my arms." 

Walker pulled her close and held her tight to his chest.  "Shh.  It'll be OK.  It's going to be okay."  He kept repeating as he stroked her hair.

She suddenly turned and began pounding on his chest.  "It's not alright Walker.  How can you say it's alright!  Someone took our daughter!  Angela is missing!" She screamed hysterically.

"Alex."  Walker tried to soothe her, but she would have no part of it.  Finally he switched seats with Trivette, handing him the keys.

"Where to?"  Trivette asked before he stepped into the driver's side of the RAM.

"St. Matthews."  Walker replied.

Trivette stared at him for a moment.

"I want her to see Dr. Allen.  Maybe he can give her something to calm her down.  I need to know that she's alright so I can get on with searching for Angela."  Walker replied, trying not to let his emotions get the best of him.

"Walker, I don't want to overstep my boundaries, I mean we've been friends for a long time, but maybe you need to take care of Alex now and let us handling finding Angela."  His eyes never left Walker's.

Walker shook his head.  "You know what Trivette, you're probably right . . ." He paused.  "But I can't.  I can't just sit by and do nothing knowing that my baby girl is out there with a stranger.  I just can't do that.  Someday, when you have children of your own, you'll understand."  He quickly turned away, wiping a lone tear from his eye.

Trivette said no more as he started the RAM and turned back towards the city.

Alex had cried until there were hardly any tears left in her.  Walker continued to hold her close and rock back and forth with her as she stared straight ahead, almost lifeless without Angela.

As the rig pulled up to the entrance of the hospital, she allowed Walker to guide her inside.  She was shaking all over and wouldn't look at anyone.  Walker approached the receptionist's desk. "I need to see Dr. Allen.  I'm Ranger Walker. It's urgent."  The receptionist looked at Alex and nodded.

Dr. Allen quickly rounded the corner. "Ranger Walker, bring her on back."  She said as she saw Alex sitting in the chair.  Just as Walker helped Alex to stand, she went limp.

"Doctor!"  Walker yelled.

Dr. Allen checked Alex's pulse.  "She's fainted."  A wheelchair was brought around by one of the orderlies and Walker lifted his wife into it.

"I'll take care of her.  You stay out here."  Dr. Allen instructed.

Walker turned and sat beside of Trivette in the waiting room.  The two men sat there for a long time, neither uttering a word.  Suddenly Walker jumped to his feet.  "I need to get out of here.  I need to be out there looking for Angela."  He started towards the door, just as Dr. Allen came out of the examination room.

"Ranger Walker.  I've given her a sedative and I'd like to admit her for a few days."

Walker nodded.  "Is she going to be OK?"

"She's very distraught right now.  I'm concerned about her mental state, that's why I want to keep her here."

Walker again nodded.

"How about you?  How are you holding up?  We've all heard about Angela's kidnapping."

"I want to get out there and look for my daughter."  He stared at the doctor for a moment.  "Can I see Alex before I leave?"

"She's asleep, but you can go in."

Walker headed towards the examination room, where Alex lay sleeping, her face still red-streaked with tears.  He took her hand in his.  "I will find her Alex.  I will find our little girl if it's the last thing I ever do."  He gently kissed her forehead and left the room.

As Walker stepped into the hallway, he was met by Trivette and Erica.  "Erica, what are you doing here?"  He asked, somewhat surprised finding her outside of Alex's door.

"Someone needs to be here for Alex and you and Jimmy need to be out there looking for . . ." Despite the brave front she was trying to hold, she couldn't finish her sentence.

Walker nodded, lightly kissing her forehead. "Thanks for coming.  I know Alex will appreciate seeing a familiar face when she wakes up."

"Did the doctor say how long she would be out?"

"No.  They're getting ready to move her to a room upstairs."  He looked longingly at the door to the examination room. "I want to stay here with her, but I know that she would want me out there."

"Go.  Both of you, go."  Erica motioned for the two men to leave the hospital.  Trivette quickly kissed his beautiful wife.

"Thanks honey.  We'll keep you posted."

"I have my cell phone.  Make sure you call me."

"I will."  Trivette whispered as he released Erica and left the hospital with Walker, to begin their search for Angela.

"Where do you want to start?"  Trivette asked.

"Let's go back to the store and see what the Sheriff and his men have turned up."

********

"Glad to see you back Rangers."  The Sheriff greeted as Walker and Trivette got out of the RAM.  "Ranger Walker, are you sure you're up to this?"

"I have to know what happened to my daughter."

The Sheriff nodded.  "We've talked to just everyone inside of the store.  There's one stock boy that I think you'll want to talk with.  He was in the back, not too far from the emergency exit we found opened."

"Is he a suspect?"

"No.  It's more what he saw and heard than what he knows."  The Sheriff replied.

"Where is he?"

"This way."  The Sheriff led the way to the stockroom.  "Jason, this is Ranger Trivette and Ranger Walker.  The little girl that's missing is Ranger Walker's daughter.  Can you tell him what you told us?"

"Yes sir."  Young Jason replied.

"What did you see, son?"  Trivette asked.

"Well, it's more what I heard than what I saw."

"Okay."  Trivette continued.  "What did you hear?"

"I was back here in the stockroom, up on the storage bin and I heard someone running into the stockroom.   It sounded like a woman and she was talking to someone."

"Did you hear who she was talking to?"  Walker asked.

"Well, that's just it, it sounded like a baby gurgling.  You know how they do . . .cooing, I guess is a better name for it."

"Son, what were you doing back here?"  Trivette asked.

Jason looked at him sheepishly.  "Well, I was supposed to be pulling stock, but  . . . you don't have to tell my boss about this do you?"

"Well, I guess it depends on what you were doing?"  Trivette responded.

"I was taking a nap.  Sometimes some of us come back here and climb into the storage bins and catch a few winks.  Nobody ever thinks of looking for you there."

Trivette smiled to himself.  "So, you don't think the person who came back here saw you?"

Jason shook his head.  "No, I'm sure they didn't."

"Is there anything else?"  Walker asked, frustrated that the teenager hadn't revealed more information.

"Well, when she was talking, she said something like 'I knew you would come back to me Katie.  I knew you weren't really dead.'  It was something like that, but I couldn't really make it all out."

Trivette nodded.  "Alright Jason.  Thank you for the information."  He looked at the Sheriff.  "Do you have his full name and address in case we need to talk to him again?"

The Sheriff nodded.

"You're not going to tell my boss, are you?"

Trivette shook his head.  "Getting you fired is the least of our concerns right now Jason."

Jason nodded in response.  "Thanks Rangers."

The three men left the stockroom and returned to the sales floor where Walker began to count the security cameras. "What about the cameras, did they catch anything?"

"My people are still reviewing them.  There is one problem though."  Sheriff Watson replied.

"What would that be Sheriff?"  Walker asked.

"The camera that pans the aisle where your wife and daughter were is broken."

Walker swore under his breath.  "Great!  Just great!"  He stormed off towards the front of the store.

Trivette and the Sheriff joined Walker at the office area, where two deputies and two FBI agents sat reviewing the security tapes.

The Sheriff knocked on the opened door. "Excuse me, gentlemen.  This is Ranger Trivette and Ranger Walker."  Upon the mention of Walker's name, the room grew very quiet.

"Sorry about your daughter Ranger."  One of the FBI Agents offered.

"Thank you.  Have you found anything on the tapes yet?"

"Maybe, but don't get your hopes up.  The image isn't that great."  The Agent motioned to one of the others and they rewound the tape.  "Here, have a seat."

Walker sat down in front of the screen.

"Now, here's your wife and baby."  The Agent explained as Walker watched Alex push the buggy down one of the aisles.  "Ok, watch this lady."  The Agent pointed at the screen.  "She appears to be stalking your wife and daughter."

Walker watched the screen, memorizing the woman's shape, hair color, posture and the way she walked.  The camera never caught a good image of her face, only a partial profile.

"Is this all you've got?"  Walker asked.

The Agent nodded.  "That's all we have right now."

Trivette turned to the Sheriff.  "Can we get a copy of this?"

"I don't see why not."  The Sheriff responded and a few minutes later handed Trivette the copied tape.

"Thanks."  Trivette offered as he and Walker left the superstore, heading for Ranger headquarters.

"Trivette, can you do anything with that image?"  Walker asked flatly.

"You know I'm going to try my best."

*******

Sydney and Gage entered the apartment that they were using as part of their cover.  As they passed the TV, Sydney flipped the switch on.

". . . six month old Angela Walker was abducted from the SuperCenter on Braden Street this morning around 9:00 a.m.  Local police and the FBI have obtained sketchy evidence that they aren't releasing to the press at this time . . ." Sydney and Gage both slumped onto the couch.

"I can't believe this is happening.  This is the sort of thing that happens to people you don't know.  You sympathize with them, but you don't know them."  Gage said, his eyes never leaving the image of Angela that was frozen on the TV screen.

"I know.  I just can't imagine what Walker and Alex must be going through."  Sydney lightly touched Gage's hand. "I can't help but feel that we should be doing something to help."

"I know.  I would love to be out there searching for her right now, but Trivette was pretty clear that you and I were to finish this case before we came back."

Sydney stared at him for a moment.  "Then I guess we had better get our heads in the game.  We need to take this drug ring down soon.  Did you find out anything today?"

He nodded.  "If you can believe anything Hawk says, there should be a shipment coming in tomorrow night.  If we can find out where, we should be able to wrap this thing up then."

********

"Where are you off to?"  Trivette asked as Walker started out the door.

"I just need to get out of here for a while.  How's the image coming?"

"It's going to take a while, but I think I can clear it up pretty good, but we still aren't going to be able to see her face."

"Do what you can.  I'm going to go over to the hospital and see how Alex is doing."

Trivette pursed his lips and nodded.  "Tell my wife I said hi and I'll talk to her later."

Walker nodded and left.

Jimmy turned his attention back to the task at hand.  He just had to find out who this woman was and why had she been stalking Alex and Angela?

********

Walker knocked gently on Alex's door before he entered.  "Alex."  He whispered softly, seeing her lying in bed.  She held her hand out to him.  He gratefully took it and she pulled him to her.

"Hey cowboy."  She said softly.  "Have you found her?"

He shook his head.  "Not yet."

"How are you holding up?"  She asked as the tears threatened to fall again.

Walker just shook his head again, afraid to speak for fear that his voice would crack.

Alex hugged him tightly.  "I'm so sorry I went to pieces on you like that.  I know that you're hurting just as much as I am."  She took a deep breath, trying to gather strength from somewhere.  "Do you have any leads?"  She stared into his eyes, her voice cracking.

Walker's voice was just above a whisper. "We're reviewing the security tapes from the store."  He held Alex's hand.  "Alex, do you remember a tall woman with dark hair in the dairy aisle with you?"

Alex thought for a moment.  "There was a young woman.  She wore glasses and a scarf around her neck.  She made over Angela for a minute and then she was on her way.  Why?"

"The FBI reviewed the tapes too and they think that this woman may be the one who took Angela."

Alex looked horrified.  "What?!?"

Walker pulled her into a protective embrace. "Shh."  He stroked her hair.  "Do you think you might be able to describe this woman to a sketch artist?"

"I thought you said you had her on tape."

"Just her profile.  Trivette's trying to clean up what little we have, but it's probably not going to be enough."  He looked around the room.  "Speaking of Trivette, where's Erica?"

"I made her go get a bite to eat.  She's been here all day."  Alex confessed.  Then, as if on cue, Erica entered the room.

"Oh, Walker.  I'm sorry, I should have knocked."

"No, it's fine.  Jimmy said to tell you hi."

She smiled at the thought of her husband. "Thanks.  Have you two had any luck?"

"Some."  He replied and then turned his attention back towards Alex.  "If you're sure you're up to this, I'm going to get the sketch artist in here right away."

Alex nodded.  "I'm sure.   I'll do anything to get us closer to getting Angela back."

*******

"No, her lips were fuller."  Alex directed as the sketch artist recreated the likeness of the woman in the store.

"Like this?"  She asked.

Alex looked at the drawing.  "That's her!  Walker, that's her!"

Walker took the sketch.  "Thanks Cathy."  He said as the sketch artist left the room.

"Alex, if you're okay with Erica, I'm going to get this to Trivette and see if we can get a name to go with this face."

She nodded.  "Just hurry and bring our little girl back home."  Walker kissed her lightly and left.

It was near 5:00 a.m. when he returned to Ranger Headquarters.  Trivette was working on his second pot of coffee.  He jumped when the door opened.

Walker noticed his partner's edginess. "Exactly how much caffeine have you had?"

"Too much."  He replied, the evidence of pulling an all-nighter on his face. "I hope the sketch artist had better luck with Alex than I've had with this image."

Walker laid the sketch in front of Trivette. "We sure did.  Can you try to get me a name to go with this face?"

Trivette perked up instantly.  "You bet."  He smiled, eliciting the first hint of a smile he'd seen on Walker's face since Angela had been taken.

*******

Gage woke suddenly, unsure of what had woken him.  He felt strangely refreshed and at peace, like something good was going to happen.  He turned on the TV as soon as he got up.

"What are you doing?"  Sydney groaned as the volume from the TV woke her.

"Oh, sorry.  I didn't mean to wake you."

"What are you doing up so early?" She looked at the clock.  "It's only 5:30."

"Yeah, I know.  I just couldn't sleep."  He looked out the window.  Sydney got up and lightly touched his shoulder.

"Thinking about Angela?"

He nodded.  "Somebody out there has her.  I just pray that they don't hurt her."

Sydney started to speak, but the TV news made both she and Gage turn around.

"Local police and FBI have just released this sketch in relation to the kidnapping of six month old Angela Walker.  If you know this woman or have seen her, please contact the Sheriff's office or the Texas Rangers."

"I still feel like we should be there."  Gage said.

"I know.  Me too."

As Gage started towards Sydney, there was a sudden pounding on the door.  Gage got up and looked through the peephole.

"Who is it?"  Sydney mouthed, as she pulled on her robe.

Gage motioned for her to be quiet as he opened the door.  "God Marcus, do you know what time it is?"  Gage asked in a mock huff.

Marcus Siler quickly slipped inside. "Yeah I know.  Looks like you and Kim were up anyway."  He grinned, noting Sydney's disheveled appearance.

Sydney glared at Marcus.  "You know, you and your brother keep him busy most of the day and half of the night.  It's not like I get to be with him that much anymore."

"Keep your panties on Kim.  I only came to tell you and Cole that Bobby wants you both at the warehouse by 7:00 a.m."

"Why?"  Gage asked, a questioning look on his face.

"They moved up the drop.  It's coming in this morning."

"That's kind of dangerous isn't it?"  Sydney asked.

"What can I say, my brother likes the adrenaline rush!"  Marcus turned to leave.  "Remember, 7:00 a.m. sharp!"

"Yeah, yeah, yeah.  Get out of here so I can be with my girl!"  Gage shouted as he closed the door.  As soon as Marcus reached his car, Gage picked up his cell phone and dialed Trivette.

After four rings, a very tired and weary Trivette answered.  "Yeah."  He said, groggily.

"Trivette, it's Gage.  Listen, I'm sorry to wake you so early."

"No, no, that's alright."

"How are things going there?"  Gage asked.

"No luck on finding Angela yet, but we do have Alex's description of a lady that apparently was stalking she and Angela in the store."

"We saw the sketch on the news.  How are Walker and Alex?"  Gage asked with concern.

"I don't know.  Walker's not talking too much and Alex . . ."  Trivette couldn't finish the sentence.  He breathed deeply to conceal his emotion.

"I can't imagine what she must be going through."  Gage replied.

"How are you two doing?  How's the case coming?"  Trivette changed the subject.

"We're fine.  Listen, the case is why I called.  The deal's been moved up.  It's going down at 7:00 this morning."

"That's a little dangerous, isn't it?"

"That's what we thought, but Marcus said it's the adrenaline rush."

"Do you know where the drop is taking place?"

"They haven't really clued us in, but my guess would be the abandon building on Third.  Marcus and Bobby use it for parties."

"Alright.  I'll have back up on hand, but they won't come in until they get your sign."  Trivette paused.  "Gage, this one is yours and Sydney's.  I feel like I need to stick with Walker right now and his mind is on finding Angela."

"We understand completely.  Angela should be his first priority.  Let us know if there's anything we can do."

"Just wrap up this case and be careful doing it."

"Consider it done.  We should see you guys later today."

Sydney put her hands on Gage's shoulders. "Well?"

"He's sending back up for us."

"How about Walker and Alex?"

"No news on Angela yet."

******

A dark haired woman, carrying a small child entered the abandoned building on Third.  "Marcus!"  She yelled. "Bobby!  Are you guys in here?"

Marcus pulled up outside of the building and heard the woman yelling his name.  "Trena!  Trena, is that you?"  He yelled as he entered the building.

Trena Gordon turned the corner and proudly displayed a beautiful baby girl.

The color drained from Marcus' face. "Oh God, Trena, what have you done?"

"It's Katie, Marcus!  Katie came back to us!"

Marcus took Trena's hand.  "Trena, honey, Katie is dead.  She was stillborn, remember?"  He explained to her calmly.

"NO!"  She replied, adamantly.  "This is Katie!"

Marcus approached her quickly and took the baby from her.  "Trena, look at this child!  Look at her real good!  This is NOT Katie!  Katie was born dead because you couldn't lay off of the stuff while you were pregnant!"  He stared at his wife while he held the baby, wishing that she were Katie.

Trena stared at the baby and began to cry. "It's not Katie, is it?"  She shook her head and through her sobs cried out.  "Oh God, what have I done?"

******

"No one has called?"  Alex asked, full of emotion.

Walker shook his head.  "No honey.  Not yet, but they've only been running the composite on TV for a few hours and it's still very early."

Alex nodded.  "I know.  I guess I just thought that someone would have recognized her by now."

"Give it some time.  Just give it some time."  Walker wrapped his arms around his wife and held her close.

******

"Come on, we're going to be late."  Gage called out to Sydney.

"I'm coming."  She replied as she wrapped a black bandana around her head.

"Cute."  Gage said as he grabbed her ponytail and lightly shook it.

"Yeah, I like yours too."  She laughed, staring at the black bandana that covered Gage's head.

"Hey, I've got an image to protect."  He pulled on his leather jacket.

"Yeah, I know."  She laughed again, as she pulled on her leather vest.  "Are you ready?"

"Yep."  Gage opened the door for her and they left on his motorcycle.

*****

"What in the hell is she doing here and where'd that baby come from?"  Bobby asked, catching sight of Trena.

"Come on Bobby.  Leave her alone, please."  Marcus pleaded.

"Marcus, she belongs in a nut house!"  He replied.

"Geez Bobby, give her a break!  Have you forgotten that our baby died a few months ago?"

Bobby grabbed Marcus by his collar. "Correction, little brother.  Your wife killed your daughter by getting hooked on the stuff."

"Why are you always so down on it?  You sure don't mind selling it."  Marcus scoffed as Bobby let him go.

"Yeah, but I don't use it and I warned you and Trena not to use it either!"  He shook his head in disgust.  "You and that piece of trash that you call your wife stay so strung out, it's a miracle that you both aren't dead by now."  He shoved him against the wall and then quickly straightened his shirt as he heard Sydney and Gage come inside the building.

"Hey Bobby!"  Gage greeted with a firm handshake.

"Hey Cole, my man.  Kim."  He nodded towards Sydney as he shook Gage's hand.  "Alright, you know where the delivery is, why don't you go get it so we can be ready for Mr. Chen when he arrives."

"Sure thing boss."  Gage replied.

As Gage and Sydney started through the building towards the drugs, they heard a baby cry and stopped dead in their tracks. "Did you hear that?"  Sydney whispered.

Gage nodded.  "Yeah.  Why would a baby be here?"

"That's not just any baby.  It sounded like Angela."

"Oh come on, you're really reaching.  I would like to find her just as much as you would, but why would Angela be way out here and why with these people?"

"Why not?"  Sydney shot back at him.

Gage stared at her for a moment, considering the possibilities.  "Okay, I'll go for the shipment, you check it out, but Syd . . . be careful."

She nodded as she started off in the direction of the cry.

Marcus rounded the corner just behind Gage. "Hey Cole, what's taking so long?"

"Sorry, there were a few boxes in front of it, I had to move them."  He moved a few boxes around to cover himself.

"Where's Kim?"

"I think she had to go to the ladies room."

Marcus made a face.   Then both he and Gage heard the baby cry again.  "What is that?"  Gage asked, pretending not to know.

"Uh, probably just some animal."  He said nervously.

Gage gave him a puzzled look.  "I don't think I've ever heard an animal make that kind of noise."

"Well, it has to be.  I mean, what else could it be?"  He darted his eyes in the direction of the sound and then grabbed one of the boxes Gage had retrieved.  "Come on, let's get back to Bobby before he sends out a search party for us."  He smiled at Gage nervously.

Gage nodded. "Lead on."

*******

Sydney rounded the corner of the high storage area and smiled slightly when she saw the baby lying on a blanket on the floor.  She quietly surveyed the area and then quickly made her way to the spot where the baby lay.  "Hello Angela."  She whispered.  "What are you doing way out here without your mommy?"

As she kneeled to pick her up, Trena ran up behind her and hit the back of her head with a shovel.  Sydney immediately sank to the floor.  "No one is taking my baby away from me again!"  She whispered harshly.

*********

Mr. Chen's car pulled up outside of the building.  Bobby glanced down the corridor searching for Gage and Sydney.  "Where are you two?"  He said to himself.

Marcus and Gage each carried a small box as they hurried down the hallway towards the main room where they were to meet Bobby and Mr. Chen.  Gage allowed his eyes to search the other corridors as they walked, keeping an eye out for Sydney and growing more worried by the minute.

*****

Trivette grabbed the phone as he entered the office. "Trivette."  He barked.

"Hello.  My name is Lisa Robey.  I'm an obstetrics nurse at St. Matthews.  I just saw the picture on television and I recognize this woman."

"You do?  That's great!  Can you come down to Ranger Headquarters and give me a statement?"

"Sure."  She replied.  "Can we do it now though?  I have to be at work in about an hour."

"Now would be fine.  And Ms. Robey, thank you for coming forward."  Trivette replied with a heartfelt voice as he hung up with the first real lead they had had in Angela's abduction.  He then quickly dialed Walker's number.

"Hello."  Walker answered in a somber voice.

"Walker, it's Trivette.  You may want to come down here.  I have an obstetrics nurse from St. Matthew's on her way in.  She recognized the composite."

"I'm on my way."  Walker replied, hanging up the phone.

"Who was that?"  Alex asked."

"Trivette.  He may have a lead."

"I'm coming with you."  Alex stated firmly as she headed out the door, not giving Walker a chance to convince her to stay home.

*******

Lisa Robey stood in the doorway of Company B headquarters.  He lightly knocked on the opened door.

"Ms. Robey?"  Trivette asked.  She nodded. "Come in, please."  He offered her a seat.  "Could I get you some coffee?"

"No thank you."  She looked at her watch.  "Ranger . . . Trivette, was it?"

"Yes ma'am."

"I'm due at the hospital in less than an hour.  Could we get on with this?"

"I'm sorry."  Trivette took a notepad from his desk.  "Now, you said that you recognized the composite."

"Yes.  Her name is Trena Reynolds.  She was brought into the hospital in full pre-term labor."

"How early?"  Trivette asked.

"She was about 7 1/2 months.  There were complications."

"What kind of complications?"

"Ms. Robey looked at Trivette nervously. "I can't divulge that information.  Doctor/patient confidentiality, you know."

"This is about the disappearance of a baby girl.  The information that you have may help us find her."  Trivette reassured calmly.

"Please!  Tell us what you know!  I have to have my baby back!"  Alex cried as she and Walker entered the room.

Lisa Robey stared at Alex with an expression of instant recognition.  "You're her parents, aren't you?  I've seen you on TV too."  She paused. "I'm so sorry."

"Walker, Alex, this is Lisa Robey."

"I understand that you're a nurse at St. Matthews."  Walker stated as he shook her hand.

She smiled slightly.  "Yes, that's right.  I'm an obstetrics nurse there."

Ms. Robey had tears in her eyes as she turned to Alex.  "I have a seven month old little girl myself and I can't imagine what you must be going through."  She took Alex's hand.

Alex calmed herself somewhat and closed her eyes as she spoke.  "Please Ms. Robey.  Please, tell us anything you know about this woman."

Ms. Robey nodded.  "She was a drug addict.  Her baby girl was still-born as a result of the drug use.  Her husband and brother-in-law brought her in.  Mark, Marcus, something like that.  He was pretty strung out too.  I don't think either of them really realized what had happened until the police questioned them."

"Why aren't they in jail?"  Walker asked.

"They were.  At least the police took them away.  I don't know for sure what happened after that, but that drawing is definitely Trena Reynolds."

Trivette studied the name he had written on his notepad.  "Reynolds.  Marcus Reynolds."  A sudden realization hit him.  He turned to Ms. Robey.  "The brother-in-law wouldn't have been named Bobby Reynolds, would he?"

She nodded.  "That sounds right, but I’m not certain."

Ms. Robey stood and faced Trivette. "Ranger Trivette, I really must be going now.  I'm going to be late for my shift."  She looked at her watch again.

He shook her hand.  "Thank you again for coming by.  You've been very helpful."

"I certainly hope so.  Just find that little girl."  She stopped briefly in front of Alex and gently touched her hand. "I'll be praying for her safe return."

"Thank you."  Alex replied as she teared up again.

When Ms. Robey had left, Walker turned to Trivette. "Bobby and Marcus Reynolds.  Aren't they the dealers in the case Sydney and Gage are working?"

Trivette nodded.  "Gage called this morning and said that the deal had been moved up."  He looked at his watch. "It may be going down as we speak."

Walker turned to Alex.  "No argument this time.  You stay here."

"Walker!" She replied angrily.

"I'm sorry Alex, but this is a dangerous case and we can't afford to blow Gage and Sydney's covers.  You need to stay here.  I promise, I'll call you the minute I know something."

She reluctantly nodded her head and hugged her husband.  "Please Walker, please just bring her back home."

He pulled out of her embrace and nodded before he and Trivette stepped into the elevator.

********

Bobby saw Gage and Marcus coming down the hallway. "There you are.  What's been keeping you guys?"  He immediately noticed that Sydney was missing. "Cole, where's Kim?"  He asked harshly.

Gage shrugged his shoulders.  "Don't know.  She said she had to go to the bathroom and I haven't seen her since."

"Go find her!  Marcus, go with him.  I'll handle the deal myself."  He took the packages from Gage and Marcus, turned and left.

*******

Sydney opened her eyes slowly; her hand quickly going to her throbbing head.  "What happened?"  She asked herself and then suddenly remembered where she was.  "Oh no!  Where's Angela?"  She looked around the room, finding it empty.  She got to her feet and staggered to the door, only to find it locked.

Marcus stopped Gage halfway down the corridor. "Okay, Cole.  Where did Kim go?"

"I really don't know."  Gage replied.

*******

Sydney banged on the locked door. "Help!"  She screamed.

Marcus turned towards the noise as Gage broke into a full run.  "Kim!"  He yelled back.

"Cole!  The door's locked!"  She yelled back.

When Gage and Marcus approached the door, they found that a chair had been leaned under the doorknob to make certain that no one came out of the room.

Gage removed the chair and opened the door.  Sydney practically fell into his arms. "Cole!"  She exclaimed.

"Kim!  Are you alright?"  Gage looked her over.

She nodded.  "I'm fine."

"How'd you get in there?"  Marcus asked.

"I was looking for the bathroom and I guess I made a wrong turn.  Then the door wouldn't open and you know the rest."

"Who else was here?"  Gage asked.

"What do you mean?"  Sydney replied.

"He means there was a chair propped under the door knob and somebody had to have put it there."  Marcus said.

"I did hear something in the hallway, but I didn't see anyone."   She shot a look towards Gage.

"It's okay, Kim.  Come on, we had better see how Bobby's doing."  Gage stated, wanting to get Sydney away from Marcus.

"You can stop right there.  All three of you."  A voice echoed from the shadows.

*******

Walker and Trivette skidded to a stop just outside of the building beside of Gage's car.  "They're here."  Trivette said.

Walker nodded towards the SWAT team back up that had been waiting for Gage's signal for almost an hour.  They scrambled into place as Walker and Trivette took position.

"I wonder why Gage didn't give the signal?"  Trivette asked.

"I don't know, but I don't like it.  I especially don't like the thought that my daughter might be in there and we're getting ready to use all of this firepower."  He looked at the poised guns of the SWAT team.

Trivette stared at him for a moment.  "It's your call boss."

"I know."  Walker said flatly and then pulled the radio from his pocket. "Hold your positions until I call you in."  He waited a moment.  "Understood?"

"Roger that, Ranger Walker."  The SWAT team leader responded.

Walker and Trivette left their positions behind the RAM and ran towards the building, covering each other as they ran.  When they made it to the entrance, they flanked either side and Walker tested the knob, finding it locked.

Walker nodded at Trivette and mouthed "One, Two, Three."  On "three" Trivette turned and kicked the door with such a force that it fell crashing to the floor.  Walker was inside in an instant, his gun aimed at Bobby Reynolds, Mr. Chen and the two other men with him.

"Texas Rangers, don't move!"  Walker announced.  "Down on the floor, all of you!  Face down!"

The four men complied and Walker and Trivette had handcuffs on them in just a few minutes.  "Get the SWAT team guys in here for these bozos."  He squatted by Bobby Reynolds and lifted his head by his hair.  "Where's your brother, Marcus?"

"I don't know!"  Bobby screamed out at his hair being pulled.

"Wrong answer!"  Walker pulled his head a little higher.  "Where are Cole and Kim?"

"Somewhere in here, but I don't know exactly where!  I swear it!"  He yelled again as Walker continued to tug on his hair.

"Tell me what you know about Trena Reynolds."

"Why?"  Bobby asked.

"Because I asked."  Walker tugged a little tighter on Bobby's hair.

"Owwww!  She's my sister-in-law!"

"And . . .?"

"And she's a drug addict."

"And . . .?"  Walker continued.

"And what?"  Bobby asked.

"What do you know about a baby being abducted from the SuperCenter yesterday morning?"  Walker asked through gritted teeth.

Bobby closed his eyes. "Nothing!"  He yelled.

Trivette knelt in close as Walker roughly let go of Bobby's hair, pushing his head forcefully to the ground..  "You know, if I were you and I did know something, I believe I would be telling him."

Bobby turned his cheek to the floor and looked at Walker who was preparing to grab him by the hair again.  "Wait!  Don't!  She's here!  Trena has a baby girl here, but I don't know if it's the same baby!  I swear I don't know!"

Walker's eyes became cold.  "Where are they?"

"Somewhere in here.  I really don't know where!"

The SWAT team began to haul the four men to their feet as Walker turned to Trivette.  "You take that hallway and I'll take this one."

*********

Marcus turned to face Trena as she stepped out of the shadows.  “Trena.  What are you doing?”

Trena emerged from the shadows, holding a small handgun, pointing it at the little group.  “You don’t seem to care enough about me or Katie to keep us safe, so I decided I needed to protect myself . . . maybe even against you.”

“Trena, that’s not Katie and you know it.”  Marcus said and then turned towards Gage and Sydney.  “Why don’t you two get out of here and let me and my wife talk.”

Gage and Sydney started to move away from Marcus. “Don’t you dare move!  Especially you!”  She glanced at Sydney and then back towards Marcus.  “She tried to take our baby!”

Sydney looked at Marcus.  “The baby was lying there all alone.  I only talked to her to keep her calm.  She looked so frightened.”

“You said, ‘what are you doing way out here without your mommy.’  I heard you.”

“She was way out there, without her mommy.  I certainly didn’t know who her mommy was!”  Sydney exclaimed, trying to keep Trena calm while she still held the gun.  “Why don’t you put that gun down and just let me and Cole leave while you and your husband talk?”

Trena considered Sydney’s request for a moment and then nodded her head towards the open hallway.  “Go on!”

Sydney looked at Gage and they both backed down the hallway until they realized that Trena was no longer watching them. They both turned down a side corridor.

“She has Angela.  I saw her!”  Sydney exclaimed in a whisper when she and Gage were out of earshot.

“Where?”  Gage asked.

“I don’t know.  She whacked me on the back of the head and when I woke up, Angela was gone.”

“Are you alright?”  Gage asked, checking the back of Sydney’s head.

“I’m fine, but we need to find Angela.”

Gage nodded and they both started a room by room search.

******

Walker and Trivette started down the hallway, checking every corner of every room for Angela and the two missing Rangers.

About halfway through the building, Walker noticed Gage down one of the side corridors.  “Gage!”  He whispered coarsely.  Gage turned, with Sydney right behind him.  They ran towards Walker.

“Walker! Trivette!  It sure is good to see you guys.”

“You too.  Where’s Marcus?”

“He’s with Trena.  They’re at the end of the building.”  Gage explained.

Sydney interrupted.  “Walker, Trena has Angela!  I saw her just before Trena hit me from behind!”

“Where is she now?”  Walker asked urgently.

“I don’t know.  We were just beginning to look for her.  Trena and Marcus are talking at the end of the building.  She had a gun, but she didn’t have Angela.”

Walker nodded.  “Okay, you two keep looking for Angela.”  He nodded towards Sydney.  “Trivette, we’ll go after Marcus and his wife.”

As Walker and Trivette neared the end of the building, they could hear the couple arguing.  Walker held up his hand for Trivette to stop.  They both listened as Marcus tried to convince Trena to give him the gun.

“Trena!  Please, you have to listen to me.  We made a mistake and our baby died because of it.  That doesn’t give you the right to take someone else baby to replace Katie!”

“That little baby in there is Katie to me!  Don’t you understand?  When I woke up in that hospital and realized that Katie was dead, a part of me was dead too!”  She brandished the gun again, waving it around as she talked.

“Oh, Trena.”  Marcus started towards her and she steadied the gun and pointed it straight at his chest.  He held his hands up in front of him.  “Okay, okay.  I’ll back off.  I know you’re still mad at me.”

“Mad?  You think I’m just mad at you?  Marcus, I plan to kill you for what you did to me!  You let me keep taking that stuff that you and your brother have been churning out.  You told me it wouldn’t hurt me or the baby and now our little Katie is dead.  I had to find a baby to replace her and now I’m a wanted criminal!”   She yelled as she prepared to fire.

Just as her finger began to squeeze the trigger, Trivette leaped from his spot, shoving Marcus out of the proposed path of the bullet while Walker stepped out from his hiding spot and lifted her arms straight up sending the bullet harmlessly into the rafters.

*********

Gage and Sydney decided that they could cover more ground if they split up.  While Gage was searching the rooms on one side of the hallway, Sydney checked the others.  As Sydney entered the last room, her heart skipped a beat as she saw a tiny little bundle laying on a large blanket in the middle of the floor.

“Gage!” She yelled as she ran towards Angela. “Hey sweetie!”  She exclaimed as she picked up the tiny crying bundle and held her close.  “Shh.”  Sydney soothed.  “Shh.  It’s going to be alright Angela.  It’s going to be alright.”

Gage ran into the room and found Sydney holding Angela and smiling.  “I’ll get Walker.”

Gage met Walker and Trivette in the hallway as they marched Trena and Marcus towards the doors.

“Walker!  Walker!  We found Angela!”  Gage said excitedly.

“Where?!” Walker asked.

“Last room on the right.  Sydney’s got her.”  Gage stood behind Trivette.  “Go on Walker.  I’ve got him.”  He nodded towards Marcus.

Walker took off in a run towards the room where he knew he would find his daughter safe and sound.  The very sight of Angela, safe in Sydney’s arms brought a genuine smile to his face.  “Angela!”  He cried out.

Sydney smiled and gently handed the little girl to her daddy.

As Walker held his daughter close to his chest she began to coo and smile.   “I’ve got you Angela!  Daddy’s got you.”  He brought her small cherub face to his lips and gently kissed her cheek.  “I love you.”

*********

Alex sat nervously at Walker’s desk.  She had looked at the clock every ten minutes since Walker and Trivette had left.  “Where are they and what’s taking them so long?”  She asked out loud.

“We’re right here.”  A voice spoke gently from the doorway.

Alex felt the goose bumps on her arms as she recognized her husband’s voice.  She quickly turned around, knowing that he was bringing their daughter home as he had promised.  Tears of joy streamed down her face as she ran to Walker and Angela.  “Oh Walker!  It’s her!  It’s really her!  Angela!”  She took the baby from his arms and held her tightly to her chest.

“Oh Angela!  I’ll never let you out of my sight again.  I promise.”

Walker smiled and hugged his wife and daughter. “She’s fine and Trena Reynolds is in custody, although I think she’s probably going to find herself in a psychiatric ward pretty soon.”

“Walker, is Angela really alright.  Have you taken her to the hospital to be checked out?”

Walker nodded.  “I had her checked out and Dr. Allen said she’s fine.  She’s very healthy and there’s not a scratch on her.”

“Thank God.”  Alex replied.

Trivette entered the room, all smiles.  “So, how is my little God-Daughter?”

“She’s great!”  Alex and Walker both beamed.

Trivette hugged Alex.  “I’m so happy everything worked out alright.”

Alex nodded.  “Me, too, Jimmy.”

*********

Later that same evening, Gage and Sydney sat on the couch in her living room watching a movie on television.  The show was interrupted by a special news bulletin. “Angela Walker, the six-month old baby who was abducted two days ago from the SuperCenter in Dallas has been found, alive and well!  The AMBER Alert system has been credited as playing a crucial part in baby Angela’s rescue.”  Sydney reached over and turned the TV off.

“Why did you do that?”  Gage asked.

“Because, we already know the ending to this story and we know that it’s a happy one.”  She smiled.

“Yeah, you’re right.  I’m so glad we found her safe.  It could have just as easily been the other way around.”

“I know.  I’ve thought about that too.”  Sydney stared straight ahead for a moment.

“What is it?”

“I almost feel sorry for Trena.”

“Why?”

“She lost her baby.  I can’t imagine what a tremendous loss that must be.”  Sydney said sadly.

Gage smiled somewhat and pulled Sydney close. “That sure didn’t give her the right to take someone else’s baby.”

Sydney shook her head.  “No, it didn’t.”

“Have you talked to Alex yet?”

She smiled.  “Yeah, a little while ago.  She said she would see us tomorrow.”

Gage returned the smile.  “Good.”  He started to kiss her but she reached for the remote.

“Let’s watch the rest of the movie.”  She smiled.

Gage shook his head, still unsure of where this was going but certain that he was going to enjoy finding out.

THE END