As they were getting ready for work Friday
morning Alex asked her husband “How long are you going to be at the reservation with
Trivette?" Walker answered "Just this weekend, why?"
“There’s a delegation from Vietnam that's in town for a week and somehow Mayor Dimsdale got D.A.Moody to agree that someone from his office would show them
the sights. Moody asked me to do it since we live on a ranch; apparently
one of them wants to see a ranch. I'm going to meet them tomorrow morning
at the mayor's office and then go from there. You won't mind me showing them
the ranch, will you?" Alex replied.
Kissing her on the cheek Walker said “No Alex I won't mind you showing them the ranch.
Just make sure that you show them the ranch when I'm at the reservation this
weekend and not any other time." Alex kissed Walker back and told him “I knew that would be your reaction
so I told Moody that I'll show them our ranch on Saturday afternoon.
Now you'd better get your stuff packed so that you can leave for the reservation
right after work today."
“It’s packed, I just have to put my stuff
in the truck and I'll do that when I leave for work. Now are you sure that
you're going to be okay with the children this weekend? The triplets are
really starting to be something with the way they get into things all the
time and Ray can be a handful too. Your four children are stubborn
about most things but my daughter Angela is an Angel because she takes after me. By the way who's going to be watching them
while you're showing that delegation the sights? Isn't Betty off on weekends?" Walker questioned his wife who answered “Betty said that she'll help me with them this weekend and then take off all
next week. I don't have any cases scheduled so I can be off next week myself.
Now since you're leaving straight from work don't forget to call and let
the children know that you got there okay. However dear I'll have you know
that your four children get their behavior from their father and my daughter Angela is an angel just like her mother, so there."
“We’ll discuss that when I get back and by
the way, call the children Alex? Don't you mean you want me to call you and let you know that nothing
happened to me at work today?" Walker asked.
“Walker if anything happens to you at work before you can take
Trivette to the reservation I'll never hear the end of it so you had better
not let anything happen to you, got that?" Alex replied leading Walker to ask “So you just want to make sure that I'm okay
so that Trivette doesn't get his plans messed up?"
“Of course dear." Alex replied and then turning serious she added “Honey I
can't live without you. The best thing that ever happened to me was when
I finally got you to marry me. All those women that were after you and
yet I'm the only one that you ever married. Walker it makes me feel so loved to know that I'm the only
woman that ever called you her husband."
“You’re my one and only wife and I like it
that way." Walker said as he again kissed Alex on the cheek. Alex pulled him closer and kissed Walker back causing him to say “Alex if you don't stop that neither one of us is going to leave our bedroom
anytime soon and I think that I hear at least one of our children in the
Alex stepped back as she said “Okay but you had better remember where we
were when you get home Sunday evening." Leaving the bedroom they found Ray in the hallway crying, going to her oldest son Alex asked “What’s the matter sweetheart?"
Ray sobbed “I’m a big boy now
and Daddy won't take me with him to the reservation. I want to go Mommy." Alex told her son “Ray honey, Daddy told you that only he and Uncle Jimmy were going this time. How about Daddy takes just you
to the reservation real soon?"
“Will he Mommy?" Ray asked and Walker answered “I sure will son, how about two weeks from
“Yes Daddy." Ray said as he quickly stopped crying and headed to his
room yelling “Daddy’s taking me to the reservation all by myself." Alex looked at Walker and said “You know how many times we are going to have
to tell him that it's not time for him to go yet?"
“I know maybe I'll take him next weekend
instead." Walker replied as he went into his sons’ room to help them
get dressed for the day.
That evening at Walker's house on the reservation
Trivette came into the living room to find Walker in the middle of what
appeared to be a flashback so Trivette started to leave the room but stopped
when he heard Walker utter "May, no May please don't cry. I'll take
care of it for you." Walker's eyes snapped open and seeing Trivette standing there
he asked him “Why are you staring at me?"
“You seemed to be having a flashback but
you said something about a May and for her not to cry and that you would
take care of something for her. Walker who was this May to you?" Trivette said to Walker who instead of answering got up and left the house.
Several hours later when Walker returned Trivette questioned him “Walker, are we really going to hike out to where White Eagle's
at? Why can't we take your truck or ride a couple of horses for that matter?
Exactly how far do we have to go to meet White Eagle by the way?"
“No we are not taking my truck or riding
a couple of horses so that means, yes we are going to hike out to where
White Eagle is. Trivette it's only about an hour's hike but White Eagle
wants us there when the sun rises so we'd better get some sleep." Walker answered.
As they headed up the steps Trivette asked “I’ll
bet you never had to see White Eagle because you were foolish enough to
marry a criminal?" Walker didn't say anything so Trivette muttered “That was
a dumb question, wasn't it? Everyone knows that Alex has been the only woman ever to get you down an aisle. That she's your
one and only wife."
Walker stopped and told Trivette “I have no intention of telling
you about Mei, good night Trivette." Walker went into his room
as Trivette stood there wondering why Walker had just said that he wouldn't
talk about this May whoever she was and why Walker hadn't agreed that he
had only been married to Alex and no one else.
The next morning they met White Eagle who
already had the sweat lodge ready to go. As they started to enter it White
Eagle told them “I will not be here during the sweat, it is up to you Washo
to help Trivette face his recent past and then he can help you face your
Walker objected “That is over and done with White Eagle and
I will not face it again." White Eagle replied “I have spoken, in order
to help Trivette with his pain he must be able to help you lay your past
in a foreign land to rest, for once and for all."
“Walker what's the big deal? I know that you were in the Special
Forces in Vietnam. That you probably had to do some things that you didn't
like doing. Listen I promise that I'll do most of the talking and all you
have to do is to tell me that I'm not the complete fool that I feel like
right now for letting MissDanville use me like that." Trivette assured Walker who said nothing.
“Washo it is time for you to lay that part
of your past to rest. If you do not lay it to rest it will destroy your
future. The spirits have shown me this and you know the sprits are always
right." White Eagle informed Walker who nodded okay.
About two hours later Trivette with Walker's help had let out all of his anger and hurt for what
had happened between him and NancyDanville. Trivette then said to Walker “Hey Walker how about I tell you that did what you had to do in Vietnam and then we can leave this sweat lodge? I have to tell
you that I'm really starting to get hot."
“We can't, Trivette you heard White Eagle.
I have to tell you about what I did in Vietnam." Walker answered Trivette who asked “Well can you make it quick?
I'm dying from heat exhaustion here."
“While in Vietnam I married a woman by the name of MeiLing, at least that's what I knew her as. She was Viet Gong
and she was responsible for the deaths of all five of the men under my command.
Is that quick enough for you Trivette?" Walker questioned and then left the sweat lodge leaving a
very stunned Trivette behind.
Recovering his senses Trivette went to find
Walker but White Eagle who was there told him
"Go back to Washo's house, when he returns you must make him tell you
everything because if he does not he will anger the spirits."
“Okay White Eagle, did you know that Walker had been married while in Vietnam?" Trivette questioned the tribal elder who answered “No
I just knew that the spirits said Washo had to lay that part of his past
to a rest that if he doesn't Washo will regret it." White Eagle then
walked away from Trivette who yelled “Hey how do I find my way back?"
White Eagle stopped and answered “Follow
the creek north until you can see the village." White Eagle walked
away as Trivette began to mutter how hot he was and how could they just
leave him there. Realizing that no one was going to lead him back to Walker's house Trivette did as he was told to do. Entering Walker's house and seeing him there Trivette questioned “Walker are you ready to talk about it?"
“Not now, not ever." Was Walker's answer so Trivette told him "White Eagle said
that you had to otherwise the spirits would be angry with you and that you
would regret it."
Walker glared at Trivette who then said “Okay I won't say
anything else but Alex does know about this woman, doesn't she?"
“No." Walker said and left the house leaving Trivette to mumble
to himself 'Sometimes Walker is so stubborn that he ends up causing himself
Meanwhile Alex had met the Vietnamese delegation at Mayor Dimsdale's office and after the introductions were completed
the Mayor said “Now A.D.A. Cahill- Walker has agreed to show you her husband's ranch. I've arranged
for a police escort for the bus that will be taking all of you there later
today after we see the sights."
The head of the delegation Mr.Pran told him “It is my wife and daughter who want to see
a ranch, the rest of us would prefer to see the sights downtown while they
Alex offered “I can drive the two of them out to my ranch and show them around
while Mayor Dimsdale shows the rest of you the sights, is that okay?" Mr.Pran replied “That would be most acceptable."
“Mrs.Pran and MissPran if you would please come with me, we can get in my
van and go to my ranch." Alex said. Mrs.Pran told her “Please you must call me Ling and my daughter Mei."
“Okay then you can call me Alex." Alex replied as Ling asked “Isn’t Alex a name for a male in your country?"
“It’s short for Alexandra. Most people call me Alex. Now when do you want us to meet you back here Mr.Pran?" Alex questioned Pran who told
her “Would be okay?"
MeiPran said “Perhaps Mrs. Walker does not want to show us
her husband's ranch for that long." Alex noticing that Mr.Pran had gotten mad at his daughter said “There’s plenty
to see at the ranch and that way I can spend some time with my children.
I'm ready to leave whenever you are."
When they arrived at the ranch Alex told them as she headed to the house “If you don't
mind I would like to check on my children first." Ling answered "I would like to meet your children, how many do you have?"
Alex replied “Walker and I have five children, three sons and two daughters."
Entering the house Alex said “Mei and Ling I would like you to meet MissStone; she's like a grandmother to the children. These are
my children, Angela, Raymond, Cooper, Michaela and Samuel. Children this is MissPran and her mother Mrs.Pran."
“The one doesn't look like the others. Why
is that?" Ling questioned as she looked at Sam but her daughter told her “Mother it is improper to ask that question,
is it not?"
“It’s okay we get that a lot. Sam doesn't look like the others because he takes after
his grandfather and his great uncle Ray who were full-blooded Cherokee. Walker is half Cherokee." Alex answered Ling who asked her “Who is this Walker?"
“Walker is my husband; CordellWalker, he's a Captain in the Texas Rangers." Alex replied and Ling then asked “Where is your husband at? We would like
to meet him before we leave town."
“He’s at the reservation this weekend; he
won't be home until tomorrow night. Now how about I show you around some
then we can get something to eat?" They went to the barn where Alex showed them the horses. When Ling noticed Walker's saddle for 'Thunder' she asked " This Firewalker
that this saddle belongs to, where is he?"
“He’s at the reservation. When Walker was in Vietnam his name was shortened by the military from Firewalker
to Walker, why?" Alex asked because she was becoming concerned by the look on Ling's face. She was looking like she had seen a ghost.
“He can't be the same JohnFirewalker that I knew all those years ago. He has to be dead,
I saw him die." Ling half whispered to herself. Now even more concerned Alex questioned her “How well did you know this JohnFirewalker all those years ago?"
Ling answered “Well enough to marry him even though he was the enemy. He
can't be the same man because the Firewalker that I married died when his
camp was bombed by my commander. All the men died, even the man that I
loved and married."
“Walker doesn't talk about what happened in Vietnam to me but I do know one thing, this man has to be someone
else who went by the name of JohnFirewalker. CordellWalker would have told me if he had been married before. Walker has only been married to me, I am very certain of that
fact." Alex responded.
Mei said “I’m sorry but my mother has never forgotten what she went through
when our countries were at war. She feels guilty about the deaths of those
men but my father has pointed out that at the time they were the enemy
but still the memories of that time causes distress for my mother. After
my mother rests for a little while and is able to compose herself, can
we see more of your ranch?"
“Okay, how about we go into the house and
get something to eat then we can take a walking tour of the ranch with
the children?" Alex asked and Mei agreed so they went into the house. After they had
eaten they resume their tour of the ranch but Alex caught Ling staring at Ray several times so Alex questioned her “Ling is there something the matter? I can't help but notice that you seem
to be staring at my oldest son Ray a lot. Almost as though you're
seeing a ghost when you look at him."
Shaking her head Ling answered “Your sons all look so different from each
other. As you said Sam looks like his grandfather and Cooper looks like you. But when I look at your son Ray I see my JohnFirewalker. Your CordellWalker and my JohnFirewalker must be the same man."
“I’ve always thought that Ray looks like my husband but there is no way that my CordellWalker and your JohnFirewalker are one and the same. There must have been other men
by the name of Firewalker who served in Vietnam." Alex insisted. Ling nodded okay but Alex could tell that she wasn't convinced. Alex herself began to wonder if Walker was indeed this Firewalker that Ling had married all those years ago and if that was the case why Walker hadn't told her about it. Then Alex began to wonder if that meant her marriage to Walker wasn't legal.
As they were getting into the van to drive
back to Dallas Alex couldn't help but ask “How old are you Mei?" Her mother answered “Not that old, my husband
is her father. I had no children with Firewalker; we were only married
for a few weeks."
Back at the reservation Trivette waited until
evening and tried again to get Walker to talk to him about Mei Ling “Walker,
I know that you always follow White Eagle's guidance so why aren't you
following it this time?"
“What are you talking about Trivette?" Walker questioned his friend who answered “Come on Walker you know what I'm talking about. Your marriage to this
Mei Ling. Listen whatever you tell me about it I promise not to breathe a
word about it to Alex, you have my word."
Walker snapped “You’re not going to breathe a word about it
to my wife because I'm not telling you a thing about it. It was over and
done with a long time ago."
Trivette asked “Which wife is that, the current
one or the old one?" Now mad Walker told him " That's enough Trivette, what Alex doesn't know won't hurt her. I see no reason to upset her by telling
her about Mei Ling. Alex told me before I left the house on Friday morning
that it made her feel so loved to know that she had been the only woman who
could call me her husband and I'm not about to tell her otherwise and needlessly
“All I can say is that White Eagle told me
that if you didn't lay your past to rest you would regret it and I have
this feeling that he knows what he is talking about. Walker if you married this MeiLing and didn't get a divorce are you even married to Alex?" Trivette said to Walker who told him “Yes because MeiLing is dead. After my men were killed I hunted down those
responsible. She died in a fire fight."
“Were you there?' Trivette questioned Walker who nodded yes then left
the room. Trivette went to follow Walker but was stopped by Sam who was on the front porch getting ready to knock on the door. Sam asked “Where is Washo going? He looks like he has something on his mind."
“He does but I can't tell you what. Sam would you try and talk to
him? White Eagle said that Walker had to lay his past to rest and he refuses to do that." Trivette
urged Sam who answered “I’ll try but I don't think he'll talk
to me, not in the state that he's in."
When Sam caught up to Walker he asked him “Are you okay Washo?" Walker questioned “Did Trivette send you? Because if he did
you're wasting your time because like I told him the past is over and done
with. I don't need to lay it rest because I did that years ago."
“Still stubborn. Okay if you don't want to
talk about the past would you mind watching my son for a few hours? Sharona
and I want to see a movie." Sam asked Walker who said “Trivette’s a good babysitter, ask him."
“Yes but my son's middle name is Cord, after
you so you have to watch him." Sam replied. Walker nodded and as they headed back he told Sam “Trivette is going to help me watch him too."
Back at the house Walker told Trivette “We’ve agreed to watch Sam's son S.C. for him while he takes Sharona to the movies."
Trivette grumbled “What’s this we? I didn't get a vote so why should I help?"
“Because if it weren't for you we wouldn't
be here and Sam wouldn't have been able to drag us into babysitting. If I have to watch
a toddler so do you Trivette. Besides what else were you going to do tonight?" Walker teased his partner who answered " Okay but if
anything needs changed you are doing it."
Later on S.C. had somehow managed to get
a hold several pieces of gum. When Walker tried to take the gum off the toddler, S.C. managed
to smear several clumps of it in Walker's beard. After Sam picked up his son Walker tried to remove it with Trivette's help but gave up
when his beard starting coming off along with the gum.
Trivette laughed “Walker, I told you to remove it right away before it set in
but would you listen? Now about the only way you're going to get rid of this
gum is to shave your beard off." Walker agreed “I guess you're right Trivette but I had better
not hear a word from you about what I look like without it."
After Walker shaved off his beard Trivette said “Is that how you
looked when you served in Vietnam?" Walker glared at Trivette who raised his hands and said
" Okay not another word but I hope you know what you're doing because
I really have a bad feeling that your past is about to come back and haunt
you, big time."
Walker arrived home Sunday night after his
family was asleep so he quietly slipped into bed with Alex trying not to
wake her up but she stirred and asked him
"Is Jimmy okay now?"
“Yes he is, go back to sleep lady." Walker answered hoping that Alex would go back to sleep but she sat up and turned her lamp on as she
asked him “How about we stay up a little longer? Something came up this weekend
that needs your attention." Then getting a good look at Walker's face Alex questioned “Walker why did you shave off your beard?"
“Sam made us watch his son and S.C. got gum in it and when I tried to remove
the gum some of the beard came with it so I shaved it off. I'll let it
grow back but in the meantime I believe that my wife wants some attention
from me?" Walker answered as he pulled Alex close but she stopped him by asking “Which wife would that be? Me or
the Vietnamese one?"
Furious Walker replied “Trivette called you didn't he? I told him
that the past was over and done with. He had no business telling you that
I had been married while I served in Vietnam."
Alex who now knew that LingPran had been married to Walker and that he had never told her about it said “No as
a matter of fact Trivette didn't call me to tell me about your first wife.
I met her Saturday morning; I showed LingPran and her daughter MeiPran the ranch. When we were in the barn LingPran saw your saddle for thunder and told me how she had
been briefly married to a man named JohnFirewalker. That our son Ray reminded her of her Firewalker. I told her that there was no way her
Firewalker was my Walker but it appears that he is one and the same. Walker why didn't you tell me that you had been married when
you were in Vietnam?"
Walker answered "I don't talk about what happened in Vietnam and you know that Alex. It's none of your business." Alex got mad and snapped at Walker “I’ll have you know that my husband having another
wife is very much my business. Walker, what am I saying is if you never divorced her we aren't
even married? So I guess that means you aren't really my husband, are you?
So I guess it isn't my business after all."
“Alex you are my wife and nothing can change that. Honey I love you, forget
about the past will you?" Walker said to Alex who questioned him “How can
you lay there and tell me to forget about the past? When it turns out because
of the past that you didn't bother to tell me about we aren't even married?
That our children were born out of wedlock, all five of them?"
“Alex I don't want to talk about it anymore, the past is over and done with." Walker tried again to get out of talking about it but Alex pointed out “Walker we have to, if you never got a divorce from her we
are not husband and wife. There are legal issues here, if we should want
to stay married you have to divorce her and marry me. If you want to stay
married to Ling we have to get an annulment. Although right now I'm
not so sure about us staying together because you still don't believe in
me enough to tell me about your past."
“Alex it's not like that, I do believe in you but there are things that happened
when I served in Vietnam that I can't and won't talk about with anyone, ever." Walker responded causing Alex to say “This is not just something that happened to you while you were
in Vietnam; this was you falling in love with a woman and marrying
her. Walker you don't just give your love away so I know that you
loved her very much. That's what is so upsetting to me, the fact that there
was yet another woman you loved that you never told me about. But then again
come to think about it you never have told me about your past loved ones
until after I had already found out about them, have you?"
“I told you about Ellen." Walker answered his wife who told him “After C.D. did, and C.D. was the one who also told me about Aimee, not you. Cordell I do understand
you not wanting to talk about Vietnam with me but you should have told me that you had been
married before. I told you that I had been married before when we were just
“I couldn't Alex. Look it really is getting late and I have work tomorrow
so can we please get some sleep?" Walker asked his wife who asked him “You will tell me about
what your plans concerning Ling and me are tomorrow won't you?"
“Alex I want you as my wife, not her." Walker answered.
Alex looked at him for a minute then rolled onto her side away from Walker and closed her eyes but she didn't get much sleep.
In the middle of the night Walker began to thrash about and then called out "No
Mei no." He then bolted awake as Alex asked “Are you okay?"
Laying back down Walker muttered “She had my men killed. Then she died."
before Alex could ask what that meant Walker had fallen back asleep so Alex
tried again to get some sleep herself but wasn't able to get much rest because
she felt that by not telling her about Ling and their marriage Walker had
betrayed her trust.
Early the next morning when Walker woke up Alex wasn't in bed so he went
looking for her and found her downstairs in the kitchen. Alex looked up as Walker entered the kitchen but then quickly looked away from
him. Getting a cup of coffee Walker sat down at the table with Alex as he asked her “Alex, are you all right? You look terrible. Did you get
any sleep at all?"
“I look terrible because I didn't get any
sleep. I'm not all right but does it really matter to you now that you've
found out your first wife is still alive?" Alex replied as she went to get up from the table. Walker reached out and grabbed Alex's arm to keep her from leaving the kitchen. When Alex stopped and looked at his hand on her arm Walker dropped it as he said “Alex please sit back down so that we can talk about this."
Reluctantly Alex sat back down as she told him “I’m sitting, start talking."
Walker placed his coffee cup down on the table and attempted
to take Alex's hand but she resisted so he looked her in the eyes
and explained “Alex, I love you more than anyone. I'm sorry that I didn't
tell you about MeiLing but I thought that she was dead. Yes we were married
when I was in Vietnam but it only lasted a couple of weeks. After what happened
during that time I thought it was best to forget that I had ever been married
to her so I didn't tell you about it because it had no bearing on our relationship."
“Walker why can't you ever trust me enough to tell me about
your past? You know that I would never leave you no matter what you tell
me about it. Yet you continue to hide things from me which I end up finding
out about anyhow leaving me very upset with you. Then I start wondering if
I should even bother fighting for your love because of the suffering that
you've just caused me." Alex replied in a voice full of pain.
“Alex I do trust you but what happened back then is something that's best
left in the past. It has nothing to do with us." Walker said as he took Alex's hand but she ripped it away as she got up from the table and said “It
has everything to do with us, because of it there is no us."
Getting up himself Walker tried again “Alex I know that you're upset with me right now but how can you say that
there is no us? After everything that we've been through? Alex we have five children together, what happens to them if there is no
“Don’t drag the children into this. Walker until you settle your past with her there will be no
us. I want to be sure that you want me the way that I want you and right
now I don't believe that you do." Alex told her husband who quietly
asked “How can I prove to you that I want you the way you want me? Because
I want you for the rest of my life. Alex you are my life, you must know that by now."
“No I don't know that so I want you to go
see her and put the past between the two of you to rest. Then I want you
to tell me what happened all those years ago in Vietnam. Then and only then will I believe that you love me
and trust me. After that we'll deal with the legal matters." Alex answered.
“What legal matters? Alex you aren't asking me for a divorce, are you?" A
stunned Walker questioned Alex who replied “Walker I told you last night, if your marriage to LingPran was valid then our marriage may not be legal. That's
what I mean by dealing with legal matters. No I'm not asking you for a divorce
because I'm not sure that I am your wife right now. Why don't you find out
if you're still married to her while you're dealing with your past? It's
the very least you can do for me." Alex then laid a note on the table
and left the kitchen.
Walker picked up the note addressed to him, opening it he
found Alex had written down the hotel where the Vietnamese delegation
was staying at and that Walker should contact LingPran to settle the past.
Walker entered Ranger headquarters and Trivette followed him
into his private office where he closed the door behind them and stated “Walker you're going to have to tell Alex about your first wife. With the way things happen in your life there's
a good chance that Alex will find out about her. It's best that you tell Alex before she finds out from someone else."
“She knows Trivette, it turns out that my
dead first wife was a member of that Vietnamese delegation and she saw
the saddle for my horse Thunder. MeiLing who is now LingPran told Alex all about the JohnFirewalker that she had married. She then told Alex how my son Ray looked just like her Firewalker. Alex figured out that I had been married before and never told her." Walker answered.
“Is Alex okay?" Trivette questioned Walker who replied “No she says that until I settle things with Ling there will be no us. I've never seen Alex this upset with me; I think that I just might lose her over this."
“WalkerAlex is right; until you settle things with Ling she can't be truly certain that it's her you want. So my best advice
is for you to see your first wife as soon as you can and put the past to
rest. At least think about it, will you?" Trivette urged Walker who said “I’m on my way to do that now. Handle things here for me will
you?" Trivette agreed and left Walker's office.
Walker went to where the hotel that the Vietnamese delegation
was at and was directed to Mr.Pran. Walker introduced himself “My name is CordellWalker and I would like to see MeiLing if that is possible."
Mr.Pran answered "My wife LingPran would also like to see you, if you'll wait here she'll
be here in a moment." Mr.Pran left the room then returned a moment later with his
wife and daughter. He told his wife “Mei and I will be in the lobby if you need us." Then he left the hotel
After a minute of silence Ling asked “Would you like something to drink?" Walker replied as he sat on a chair “What I would like to
know is why you betrayed me all those years ago? You were my wife, yet you
led the Viet Cong to my location resulting in the deaths of my men. Or was
part of your plan to begin with? Get me to marry you and that way I wouldn't
know that you were responsible for the deaths of my men? Did you ever care
for me or was that another one of your lies?"
Ling said “Yes I cared for you JohnFirewalker; I would not have married you if I hadn't loved you
at the time. You have to understand that I was assigned by my commander to
find out the location where you and your men were at and to report that back
to him. You were the enemy and you were to be taken out no matter what the
cost. I did my job well, a little too well because I fell in love with you.
After we were married I begged my commander to spare you but he said that
the only way you would be spared was for you to agree to betray the men under
your command. I told my commander that you loved me enough to do that. He
agreed that I could talk to you about it but he had your camp bombed. I did
not know that he was going to do that. After I returned to my camp my commander
told me that you had died along with your men in the bombing. Two days later
our camp was attacked by your forces and I was wounded in the fire fight. Mr.Pran who was there saved my life and after the war ended
“I never would have betrayed the men under
my command for anyone." Walker told Ling who sadly replied “I know
that but I told my commander that you would in the hopes that he would spare
“Where do we go from here? Are we still married?" Walker questioned.
“JohnFirewalker I have a question for you, were you part of the group
that attacked my camp?" Ling asked Walker who answered “Yes I was
but I didn't expect you to be there, I thought that you had left the area."
“But once the fire fight started you saw
me didn't you?" Ling again questioned Walker who said “Yes I did but by then it was too late to
stop it. I was headed towards where you were to get you but then you were
shot and I thought you were dead. Why didn't you let me know that you were
only wounded? I would have brought you back here to Dallas with me."
“Because JohnFirewalker I would no more have spent the rest of my life in your
country than you would have spent the rest of your life in my country. We
fell in love during a war, it would not have lasted. I am very happy with
Pran. We have a good life together. Do you not have a good life with your Alex?" Ling said.
“Yes Alex and I have a good life but right now she pretty upset with me because
she's not even sure our marriage is legal. Ling if my marriage to you was legal you and I need to get a divorce so that
I can marry Alex." Walker told Ling who got up and left the room. Ling returned with what looked to be a legal document written
in Vietnamese. She handed it to Walker as she told him “This is for you, it's a document stating
that we were legally divorced. I got a divorce from you years ago; I did
not anyone to know that I had been married to a American."
Taking the document Walker stood up to leave but stopped and questioned “When
you had my wife show you the ranch did you already know that it was mine?"
Ling replied “I had hoped so, I saw an article in a newspaper and I thought
it was you pictured in the article but the name said CordellWalker so I had to come here to be sure. I knew when I saw
that saddle with the name Firewalker on it that JohnFirewalker and CordellWalker were one and the same. Now that I've seen you I can
finally lay the past to rest."
Walker nodded and started to leave the room when Ling asked him “This Alex that you are married to, would you give up anything
Walker answered “I would give up everything including my life
for her in an instant." Ling smiled and said “That is
how I feel about Pran. Goodbye JohnFirewalker." Walker left the hotel suite and returned to Ranger headquarters
where Trivette was waiting for him.
“Everything okay Walker? Are you and Alex married?" Trivette questioned Walker as he followed him into Walker's private office. Walker answered “Trivette, Alex and I are married. I don't want to talk about the rest of it."
“I know that Walker but you should really think about talking about MeiLing with Alex, she deserves that much." Trivette
pointed out to Walker who said " I will Trivette but for now drop it."
Trivette nodded and left Walker's office leaving Walker thinking about the past and wondering about the future.
When Walker arrived home that evening he was greeted by Angela who asked him “Daddy is Mommy going to have more babies?" Walker answered his oldest daughter “No honey, why would you
“Mommy looks like her back is hurting her,
you know like when she had the three babies inside of her. Daddy when I
asked Mommy what was the matter she told me that sometimes things hurt
really bad. Daddy if Mommy isn't going to have anymore babies then what's
hurting her?" Angela questioned her father who instead of answering his daughter's questions
asked her “Were you children good for your mother today?"
“I was Daddy but Mommy had to take Mikey
from the dining room table at least twice and then Sammie hit Coop who
hit him back. Then Ray yelled at them to behave and Mommy sent him to his room. When I told
Mommy that Ray was just trying to get the baby boys to behave she
told me to go to my room too." Angela explained to her father.
Ray added “Daddy, Mommy was real mean to me. I didn't do anything bad. I
just wanted Sammie and Coop to behave for Mommy but she yelled at me. I'm
a good boy Daddy."
“I know son. Angela if your mother sent you two to your room what are you
doing down here?" Walker asked them and Angela answered her father “Mommy said that we had learned our lessons and
that we were allowed out of our rooms. Daddy is Mommy okay? She seems sad
“Mommy will be fine honey." Walker answered his daughter as Alex entered the living room. She questioned him “How did it go?"
“Alex we'll talk later." Walker replied causing Alex to bitterly ask him “When? Tonight or when your past hits me in the
face yet again."
“Alex not now, the children are right here." Walker pointed out to his wife who snapped at him “I know
that, I've been watching them all day. I've decided that I'm going out for
dinner by myself. You can watch your children for a change."
“Alex I know that you're upset with me right now but you can't take it out
on the children." Walker told his wife who coldly replied “I am not taking it
out on the children. I never have and I never will and you know that CordellJohnWalker. I told Angela and Ray to go to their room so that I could cool off after Ray yelled at his younger brothers and Angela told Mikey that the next time she was on the dining room table she would
give her a swat. I will not allow my children to treat each other that way.
Now you deal with them while I go get ready to go out." Alex then went upstairs leaving Walker with his oldest children.
“Okay, Angela and Ray you two will not treat your
younger siblings that way again. Do you two understand that?" Walker asked his older children, Angela replied “Yes Daddy." While Ray asked him “What are siblings Daddy?"
“Siblings are your brothers and sisters.
Speaking of siblings I think we should find out what the triplets are up
to." Walker answered as they went into the hallway to discover
Sammie and Coop running down the steps. Walker told them “No running on the steps you two."
Right after he said that Mikey told him “Look Daddy." Then she got on
the railing to ride it down the steps, Walker hurriedly removed her as he told his youngest daughter "No
Mikey, don't do that."
Mikey laughed "Fun Daddy, do again." Walker sternly said to her “You will not do that again MichaelaSydneyWalker. Do you understand me?"
Ray said “Oh, oh Daddy said your full name Mikey that means you're in trouble." Alex who had just come back downstairs told him “Mikey is
not in trouble, your father just wants to make sure that she doesn't get
hurt because sliding down a railing is dangerous."
“But Mommy I used to do it when I was little
and I never got hurt." Ray objected but his father asked him “Ray would you like to return to your room?"
“No Daddy." Ray answered as Alex said “I’ve decided that I'm not going out for dinner after all. What
do you guys want to eat?"
“I’ll take care of it honey, why don't you
take them out to see the horses in the pasture? Maybe being outside will
settle them down." Walker offered. Alex accepted the offer and told him “Okay, there's some ground beef in the
fridge that I've defrosted. Why don't you make some hamburgers and fries
“Okay, I'll call you when it's done." Walker said and they left the house. When dinner was done Walker called his family in to eat. After they had eaten Walker told the children to go into the living room that he
wanted to talk to their mother. Alex waited until the children
had left the dining room then she asked her husband “Are we husband and wife?"
“Yes we are, Ling divorced me after the war ended. Here she gave me a
copy of it." Walker answered as he handed Alex the document that Ling had given him. Taking it Alex looked at it only to discover that it was written in Vietnamese.
" Walker this is written in Vietnamese, isn't it?"
"Yes it is Alex. Look we'll find someone who knows Vietnamese to translate
it for us. But for now why don't we spend some time with our children?" Walker said to Alex who answered " Okay
but after they are sleeping you need to tell me exactly what happened between Ling and you while you were serving in Vietnam. I would also like an explanation of why you didn't
tell me about it before we were married or even after we were married. Can
you do that for me?"
"Yes I can do that for you Alex because you deserve to know what happened back then
and why I didn't tell you about it. However right now I suggest that we
go into the living room before your stubborn children do something that
they shouldn't do." Walker said to his wife who replied "No Cowboy, we've
had this talk before and it's your stubborn children."
Walker pulled Alex into his arms as he asked " Is
that so lady?" Alex said " You know it."
"I don't know what I ever did to deserve
you Alex. I love you more than I can ever say." Walker said as he pulled his wife closer, she told him
"I know that you love me Cordell but sometimes you don't act like you
do. Come on let's go see what your stubborn offspring are up to."
That night in their bedroom Walker semi teased Alex "Is there anyway that I can get out of telling you about Ling? How about if I kiss you? Will you let me off the hook then?" Not
at all amused Alex replied " Walker I need to know about her and why you never said anything
to me about MeiLing. If you're going to behave that way at a time like
this is there any point to us having a serious discussion in an effort to
save our marriage?"
"I'm sorry, you're right. I need to
tell you about MeiLing and why I never told you. So here goes, I met MeiLing at a U.S.O. club when I was on leave and we hit it
off. The next time I was at the base Mei was there. We started talking to each other whenever I was on base.
Eventually she agreed to go out on a date with me. Well on that date one
thing led to another and we had sex. When I was done I realized that Mei had been a virgin. Alex she was laying there crying and telling me that now
no one would ever want her because she had shamed herself by sleeping with
me. That she might as well kill herself to spare her family the shame of
having a disgraceful daughter. So I told her that we would get married as
soon as we could. Mei wiped her tears away and told me that she loved me
so much and couldn't wait until we were married. The base commander told
me not to bother marry her because she was as good as a hooker since she
had slept with me on our first date but I told the commander that I was in
love with her and that as soon as I could I would send Mei Ling to live with
my Uncle Ray on his ranch. The commander told me that I was a fool but he
okayed the paperwork.
The next time I was on base we were married,
after the ceremony Mei begged me to let her come back to my camp with me but I refused, that
time. About two weeks later she talked me into it by telling me that she
wanted to meet the men who would be keeping her husband safe while she
was waiting for him in America. Needless to say I took her there to meet my men. Shortly
after I returned from dropping her off at the base our camp was bombed. There
was only one person besides us who knew where the camp was and that was my
wife. All my men died in the bombing and I vowed to hunt down those responsible
for their deaths, I did."
When Walker paused Alex asked him
"Including Mei Ling?"
"I was sure that she had left the area
but when we got to the Viet Gong base she was there. In the middle of the
fire fight I saw her get shot and fall to the ground. I assumed that she
was dead like the rest of them and just left her laying there. I was promoted
to Captain for what I did that day. That was when I started going by CordellWalker. I buried JohnFirewalker with MeiLing." Walker finished his explanation.
"Walker why didn't you tell me about MeiLing? Did you love her so much that it hurt to talk about
it?" Alex asked her husband who answered " Alex I never loved MeiLing. I didn't tell you that I had been married before because
I didn't feel as though I had been married before. Alex when we got married, you were as much in love with me as I was with
you. We both wanted to spend the rest of our lives with each other. With Mei I didn't love her, I married her because I felt that I had to because
I had shamed her. Alex after my men were killed because of Mei I knew that the whole marriage thing had been nothing more than a way
to find out where my camp was. Because of my sleeping with MeiLing and then being foolish enough to marry her my men died.
I thought that I had left all of that behind when I left Vietnam. Alex please understand this, my marriage to you is truly
the only marriage that I've been in. Even though Mei and I were married it never felt like a marriage to me. You are the
only woman that I have ever considered to be my wife. It will be that way
for the rest of my life. I just hope that you still want me as your husband."
"Walker I love you, yes I want you as my husband for the rest
of my life. I'm just going to ask you one more question and then after you
answer it we can drop what happened in Vietnam. The question is; if Mei hadn't divorced you would you have wanted to get a divorce from her
and marry me?" Alex asked.
Pulling her close Walker answered "Yes, I love you Alex enough to marry you all over again." Alex said "I forgive you way too easily Cowboy. But I did tell you that
after you told me what happened I would believe that you love me and trust
me and I do. So as far as I'm concerned the past is over and done with. Now
can we get some rest?"
"Before or after we get undressed?" Walker questioned his wife who replied " Dressed, I'm
a little tired tonight but I think that we can go to bed without clothes
tomorrow night. That is if you want to?"
"I'll want to Mrs.Walker." Walker answered and they got themselves ready for bed. Once
in bed Alex snuggled close to Walker and told him "You're mine cowboy." Walker pulled her even closer as he said "Forever lady."
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