Happy Birthday, you're dead

(or a funny thing happened to Geoff on his way to a surprise birthday party.)

Part I0.


0115 - ISO Chamber

Rabbit looked up at the monitor as Gina's face appeared on the screen. "Hey guys," she called.

"Hey Gina," Rabbit answered softly.

"Geoff was asking about you all," she told him.

"How's he doing?" Davy asked softly.

"Tired. Joey's crashed out in the chair next to him. He's glad to be back."

"One down, two to go," Rabbit stated as Tracker let out a low growl.

"Two down," Gina corrected. "Duck's up."

Rabbit allowed himself a sigh of relief, "Tracker'll be glad to hear that."

"Bear's got a message for him," Gina added as she stepped aside and allowed Bear to take over.

"Tell him Duck says everything is 'freakin' wonderful and he's such a tease."

Rabbit looked over at Tracker and realized he was staring at them.

"Tracker?" he called softly.

"What have you done to Duck?" he asked angrily.

"Nothin' man," Davy answered from the other side of the bed. "You know we'd never do anything to her. Bear has a message for you," he added.

"Bear," Tracker called soflty. "Alex gave her the cocktail."

"Easy Tracker," Bear assured him. "That was 3 years ago. Duck tricked him, remember, the soft suit? Duck's fine, sends her regards and says everything is 'freakin' wonderful.' She also says 'you're such a tease'."

"Tell her she's a fine one to talk," Tracker grumbled, then sighed to himself. "A fine one to talk."

Rabbit held his breath as Tracker slipped back into his own mind, but this time, he seemed at peace.

"One more does," Rabbit announced to the others with a sigh.


Tracker strained against his bonds as Alex walked back in and smiled at him. All he wanted was to get his hands around the man's throat, but the ropes held him in place.

"Tracker, I'd like to say I'm sorry, but you're the one who made this personal. Whisper was a job, but you had to kill my son," the man stated evenly. "Now you've become too much of a liability. Whisper will die, and your friend over there-- she'll be next. I will let you watch them die, before the poison takes its last victim."

Tracker's eyes widened as Alex drew the poison into the hypodermic smiled down at him. "I'd like to say its been a pleasure, but we both know better."

Tracker gritted his teeth as he felt the needle pierce his skin.

"Good-bye Mr. Richardson," Alex stated as he walked out of the room. "We shall not meet again."

Then things began to blur as he and Duck were carried from the facility. Two more victim's of Alex the Red's super poison.

He remembered being dumped somewhere away from Alex's base, and then Duck started to laugh.

"Damn it Duck," he swore. "You shouldn't have come back!"

"Easy Tracker," Duck called, but it wasn't her voice.

"Who?" he managed to groan.

"Rabbit," he heard the voice answer.

"Rabbit?" he echoed as he tried to associate a face with the name.

"Corndog's here too," the voice informed him. "Just relax."

"But Duck," he objected.

"Duck's fine" another voice assured him. "She's fine."

Tracker shook his head. They were lying, he'd seen her, seen something. He tried to clear his mind, but the harder he tried, the cloudier things became.

"Easy," the second voice urged. "This will all be over soon."

"You bastards," Tracker swore as he struggled against his bonds. As he pulled he felt his right hand work itself free. He felt someone reach out for his and he swung with all his might. He felt his fist connect with something, then heard a groan.

"Shit, Davy!" he heard a voice exclaim.

Tracker felt a cold chill go through him as Rabbit cried out. "Oh god, Rabbit, what have I done?"

"Davy, your suit!" Rabbit gasped.

"I'm fine," Davy assured him. "Get him tied down again."

"Shit," Tracker groaned as Rabbit took his hand and tied it back into place.

"Its okay, It's okay," he heard Rabbit say as he tied him back down, then turned his attention back to Davy.

"Davy?" he called worriedly.

"Fine," Davy answered with a gasp. "I'm fine..." he repeated as Rabbit spun him around and inspected his suit.

"I'm sorry," Tracker pleaded. "I'm sorry."

"Easy Tracker," Rabbit called as he let out a sigh of relief. "Davy's fine. We're all fine."

Tracker nodded. "How much more of this," he groaned.

"This was the last dose," Rabbit assured him . "Just hang in there."

"What have I done?" Tracker demanded.

"Easy Tracker," Davy called to him. "My suit's in tact, no harm, no foul. Just hang in there-- like Rabbit said. Everything is fine."

Tracker nodded, then shook his head. "At some point, did you say Duck was alright?"

"I believe her words were 'Freakin' wonderful.' Davy stated as he shook his head.

"Davy, you're sure you're alright?" Rabbit asked worriedly.

"I think Duck's assessment is correct. 'Freakin' wonderful,' seems to sum it all up."


Rabbit let out a sigh of relief as the air finished cycling out in the air lock. As the doors opened two orderlies stepped forward to wheel Tracker out. As Rabbit tried to follow, Davy put a hand out in front of him.

"Some one has to keep tabs on him," Rabbit objected.

"Gina or one of the boys will," Davy stated. "I'm going to need you in the morning."

Rabbit looked at him and shook his head. "What for?"

"Livia got a copy of the will. I've gone over it," Davy explained. "Its not really legal, but they can use it as long as nobody knows about the legalities. We have an appointment at the courthouse at 1030."

"And how do we explain having it?"

"Joey," Davy explained. "We're going to have to escort Joey down there."

"What about the 'after his birthday' thing he was talking about?"

"Its true enough, but if anything happens to him, everything goes back to the original arrangement."

"That man didn't miss a trick did he?" Rabbit asked in disgust.

"Whole family if you ask me," Davy answered.

"'Cept for Geoff and Joey," Rabbit stated quietly.

"Cept for Geoff and Joey," Davy agreed.

"You tell Joey about this yet?" Rabbit asked.

"Next stop," Davy explained. "After we both grab a shower."

Rabbit sniffed the air and nodded. "Good point, don't want to send Geoff into a coma. Wew!"

0500 Geoff's Room

Davy slipped into the room quietly. He had planned to come right after his shower, but had fallen asleep instead. He stood watching Geoff's chest rise and fall and allowed himself a sigh of relief.

"Davy?" he heard Geoff call. "Is that you?"

Davy was at his side instantly. "I'm right here," he assured him.

Geoff nodded weakly. "Its not over yet is it?"

"Is it ever?" Davy answered, trying to sound casual, but as he looked at Geoff, emotions took over. "Dammit Geoff," Davy swore softly. "I just...."

Geoff nodded. "I know,"

They sat in silence, each lost in their own thoughts. Finally Davy eased himself into a chair. He looked over at Joey and nodded. "Good kid."

"No arguments here," Geoff stated. "Think mom would mind another one?"

Davy grinned. "I was hoping you'd say that."

"Yeah, Gina told me that Rabbit wanted to keep him."

"Don't want to disappoint Rabbit now, do we?" Davy asked.

"Heaven forbid," Geoff answered, then took a deep breath. "So what's the plan brother of mine?"

"We need to get Joey to the courthouse, get the will out in the open. Then their little game is up and we can fight them in the open."

Geoff nodded. "When are you going?

"We've got an appointment for 1030," Davy answered. "I figure on leaving here around nine."

"Just you and Joey?" Geoff asked worriedly.

"I'm taking Rabbit with me," Davy answered. "By now he could use a little fresh air."

"How's Tracker?"

"He finished the treatment," Davy answered. "Bear says we should know by morning how he's doing."

"And Duck?" he added softly.

"Duck's awake," Davy told him. "Gina's going to run some tests in the morning, see how she's doing.

Geoff nodded. He could see the exhaustion in Davy's eyes. "Get some rest while you can. "It looks like its going to be a very busy day."

"Mind if I stay for a while?" Davy asked softly.

"Of course not," Geoff answered.

Davy nodded as he settled in. "Happy Birthday," he stated softly.

"You too."

"Almost didn't make it," Davy commented.

"With family like ours, miracles happen," Geoff stated "Our family is a miracle," he added.

Davy looked over at Joey and nodded. "Sure as hell is brother of mine, it sure as hell is!"

Copyright 1998 - M.T. Decker

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