No title: Response 1 by Audrey W.
"I'm sure glad Cap's gonna let us look for the boy's dog," Johnny said.
"Yeah, it'll sure make his arm feel better if we find his pet," Roy added. "Let's put the drug box back in the squad and get lookin'"
Johnny stopped in mid stride and turned to face his partner. "Uh. . . Roy?"
"You look a little green. You okay?"
"Uh. . ." Gage cocked his head slightly to one side. "That all depends."
"On your reaction to what I've got to say."
Roy folded his arms across his chest. "Go ahead. We haven't got all day if we want to find that dog."
"Okay, but first promise you won't get mad."
"Johnny, I'm a dad. I'd like to promise that, but I hear that line from Chris all the time and it usually means I'm gonna get mad."
The younger man sighed. "I . . .uh. . .I put the drug box in the back of the ambulance."
"I heard you the first time."
"Then why'd ya ask. . .oh nevermind. Bottom line is, we're short one drug box."
"Yeah, and it's in the back of an ambulance with a kid and a lady."
"And an ambulance attendant. Don't forget him."
"Oh, that's reassuring," Roy said sarcastically. "Why'd you put it in there?"
Roy sighed. "So in addition to needing to find a dog, we need to find one drug box when we get to Rampart."
"Brackett's gonna have a fit."
"Not if we can find it before he finds out what happened."
Johnny's face brightened. "You're the greatest, Roy. I mean that."
"Yeah, well, I've sortof left a drug box behind at the scene a couple of times here and there." He shook his head. "We've really gotta be more careful. It's not like we can just replace them like that," he said, snapping his fingers. "Let's find that dog, then high tail it to Rampart to get the drug box."
"Good deal," Gage said.
Later, as the paramedics were going into Rampart with the boy's dog, the ambulance attendant from the scene approached them. "Hey, I've got something for ya!"
"All right!" Johnny said, breathing a sigh of relief. "The drug box!"
"You know, you guys should be more careful. It's not like these babies can be replaced like that." He snapped his fingers for emphasis.
Johnny and Roy looked at each other and smiled. They had the drug box and the dog.
"You just can't ask for a better outcome than this," Gage said.
Speak for yourself, the dog thought. You're not the one here with a broken leg.