SonjaBudd Posted February 24, 2014 Report Share Posted February 24, 2014 Balladeer: This story starts out about two years after Luke had gotten shot. He had been alone, faked his own death and left Hazzard because of it. Course, at the time he had no idea of the effect it would have on his younger cousin.Luke was living in an unincorporated town on the Georgia border. The town straddled the border, but Luke worked on the Georgia side, over at the town's VA office. He'd been there for about two years now. One day he was getting some water at the cooler when he heard two co-workers talking."Have you heard?""You mean that that crazy stunt car driver from Hazzard is in town?""That's what I heard. They're setting up a stunt for him to do in a few hours.""That man has the darndest luck. Should be dead, what, eight times over?" "I heard one time when he was asked how he accounts for his luck and he said his family all have at least nine lives." "I swear, one of these days we'll see the name Bo Duke in the paper saying he died in some stunt."Luke hadn't been following racing or cars in years, but the conversation piqued his interest, so he went to his desk and started researching. He found the different stunts that his cousin had done since Luke had left the family home. It seemed like there had been at least one stunt a week since then, and the intervals between were only because each new stunt was bigger and better than the previous one. Now Bo was planning a 33 car jump. Luke recalled how they had barely made it over 32 cars in the jump at the Carnival of Thrills stunt show. He also read that Cooter Davenport would often come out to wherever the stunt was being done to check out the car. 'Cooter has gotta be in town to check the car. Maybe I'll call himâ€¦using my alias. Just hope he doesn't recognize my voice.' Luke thought.Luke reached for the phone on his desk and called the number of the location where the stunt was being performed."Hello, what can I do fer ya?" Came an answer.'Cooter.' Luke thought. He was glad Cooter had answered it."Um...I'm looking for Cooter Davenport or Bo Duke." He started."This is Cooter Davenport. What can I do fer ya?""Well, my name is David Langston. I'm with the local VA." Luke said.Balladeer: Since Luke was in a wheelchair, there was no need for a chair on his side of the desk. It was something he had wanted to keep from his family, and the reason he had faked his death.Luke drank the water from the cooler and waited for Cooter's response. He didnâ€™t get one. Cooter was probably confused. Luke sighed because part of him really wanted to see his best friend.â€œCan you come to the townâ€™s VA? And come alone will ya.â€ Luke said.â€œSure thing.â€ Cooter said.â€œThanks, Mr. Davenport.â€ Luke said.__________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ ____When Cooter arrived at the VA, he was led to David Langstonâ€™s desk. The man behind the desk was putting something in the filing cabinet.â€œSirâ€¦Mr. Davenport is here to see you.â€â€œThat was fast. You can go now.â€ Luke replied.â€œDidnâ€™t realize how much I missed my favorite mechanic until I heard your voice.â€ said the man behind the desk as he closed the filing cabinet.Luke rolled around to face Cooter. His hair was more in the style it had been when he first returned from â€˜Nam. Intense, piercing blue eyes watched Cooter as he wondered if heâ€™d be recognized by his best friend, or if heâ€™d have to tell him who he really was. At first, the desk had kept Cooter from noticing the wheelchair. Now he just looked confused, obviously not recognizing the man behind the desk."Cooter...itâ€™s me...Luke." The man said softly, after looking around to make sure no one else heard him.C***'s eyes widened with shock."Lukasâ€¦Dukas?" C*** asked slowly.Luke's eyes sparkled with amusement."It's me, Coot." Luke said nodding. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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