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Barry Grant
Barry Grant
Old Shoe

Jan-20-2007 21:03

The New York Times
All the news that's fit to print

by Breit Katherine Pfeiffer Adams

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Police investigators believe they have discovered the whereabouts of missing detective, Barry Grant. Grant was reported missing three days about by a friend of his, Rebecca Franks. "I was supposed to meet him at Big Lucy's that night but he never showed."

Grant, Global Sleuth Syndicate Ambassador from Shanghai, had been working at the Blue Pagoda Agency on a Good Will mission at the time of his disappearance. "He was becoming a much relied upon detective." Lady jasNmushu, a Director at Blue Pagoda Agency, said of the missing detective.

Police have reason to believe that Grant was abducted by operatives from HYDRA while on his way to Big Lucy's. "I was meeting him at the corner of Eleventh Avenue and 42nd Street that night." recounted a teary-eyed divorcee Mrs. Franks. "He never showed."

Chief Inspector James Mulligan was able to determine the last place Grant was seen. "Cyrus Tibby recalls serving Mr. Grant a Tom Collins around 7 pm that night. After that, Mr. Grant left the premises and that was the last anyone had seen of him."

This reporter secured an interview with the elusive Larry the Toe. "I don't know anything about that." was his response to all my questions.

There was a break in the investigation when a shady character finally stepped forward to reveal he saw a tall man with a hat being forced into a car. This shady character, who prefers to remain anonymous, was unable to make out the license plate number but he recognized the car and the man doing the abducting. "I've seen that happen before. Same guy. Same car."

Policed will not disclose any more details for fear it could put Mr. Grant's life in jeopardy. Chief Inspector Mulligan's final word: "We don't want to lose any more detectives to that fiendish group."



Jan-26-2007 14:26

Andrea distractedly nodded to the guards posted by the door and went inside the room.

The sigh of Barry laying on that bed, mangled and with bandages all over him, made her eyes sting. She brought a hand to her mouth to prevent a gasp from escaping her lips. Barry's sister, however, was not as controlled.
Betty wailed and ran to the bed, grabbing one of Barry's hands and sobbing uncontrollably. Barry closed his eyes and patted her hand. He had not seen Andrea yet, as she was staying by the door trying to compose herself.

Betty asked a lot of questions; questions that Barry was unable to answer. Andrea understood this. Betty did not and was getting upset. After a while, Betty stood aside.
"Barry, I brought someone over to see you" - she told him - "I hope you don't mind. It took a lot of work, but the people in your agency told me how to find her. You were asking about her earlier"

Andrea took a deep breath and walked to the bed where he had been laying.
"Hello Barry" - she said - "I cannot tell you how worried I have been"

"I am sorry" - he told her - "This was something I had to do"

"I understand" - Andrea trully did - "They tell me you will make a complete recovery. Maybe all of this won't be in vain if it helps..."
Andrea realized that Betty was still standing there watching this interlude. She stopped talking and glanced at her. Betty did not need to hear this.

"Maybe now is not the best time" - Andrea said - "I'll be staying here for now. We can talk later"

"No, Andrea, please don't leave" - he grasped her hand tightly - "Please stay and sit with me.."

Betty saw something in the way Barry was looking at this woman that she had never seen before in her brother's eyes.

"I better go check on the children" - Betty said - "You stay for a while Andrea. Barry has been asking about you ever since he got here"

Andrea nodded. She brought a chair closer to the bed and held Barry's hand. He appeared to have fallen asleep.

Old Shoe

Jan-26-2007 19:07

Yoyo read the news paper in his office at The Closers. He was getting worried about Barry. Yoyo decided to send a telegram to Omega hopefully they could forward it to Barry. Yoyo went to Ping the agency clerk. 'Ping, send this to Omega and make it fast'


Barry Grant
Barry Grant
Old Shoe

Jan-27-2007 17:11

Barry woke up to find Andrea still there and holding his hand. Her face was the best thing to wake up to after what he had been through. He remembered Betty saying something about him asking for her but he didn't remember that. He thought maybe he did that in his delirium.

He started to speak with a cracked voice, "Andrea, I..."

She cut him off. 'Shh, don't speak. Just rest. I'm here."

At this Barry smiled. He knew she must have been worried about him and mad at the same time. "I wanted to say that I'm glad you're here." He winced a little in pain.

"Darling, don't speak, you're white as a ghost."

"No, I just wanted to say...." and he passed out. Because of his color she tried to rouse him.

"Barry? Barry?" she was shaking his shoulder gently. He did not come to. All of a sudden he seemed to stop breathing. "Oh NO!" and Andrea ran out of the room screaming "Dr. Adams! Dr. Adams!"

Pinball Amateur

Jan-27-2007 18:48

Breit was coming down the hallway with the children and Betty when Andrea came out of Barry's room, yelling at the top of her lungs for Dave.
"Oh shit," she whispered, then turned to the group. "Stay right here, please, okay?" she said firmly to Betty and the children.

She turned to the two bodyguards. "Hold them here. Don't let them come down the hall. Got it?" she muttered to one. To the second, she yelled as she started running towards Andrea, "Dave's at HQ. Get a doctor up here, NOW!"

Breit ran down the corridor as a petite, red-haired nurse came running after her from the nearby Nurses' Station. "What's wrong, Andrea?" Breit asked the panicked woman. Andrea clamped her arm in an iron hold. "He passed out, and he's not breathing. Where's Dr. Adams?"

Breit worked her arm free from Andrea's fingers. "Stay here, please, Andrea." She turned to the nurse, "Get a cart in here, and call a code. I've already called for a doctor. Then get in here." She turned back to Andrea, "Remember, stay out here, okay?" Breit turned and ran into the room.

Breit rushed to the bed, and found Barry still not breathing. She checked his carotid pulse, and found it faint but steady. She pulled the pillows out from under his head and threw them carelessly on the floor, then tilted his head back. Just then, the nurse came rushing in, with Andrea close on her heels. Breit glanced over her shoulder, "Andrea! What the hell are you DOING here? I told you to wait in the hall!"

Andrea glared back at her, "I'm not standin' out in some hallway when I can be in here, helping. Tell me what to do."

Breit sighed, then relented, "Fine, I don't have time to argue with you. Do EXACTLY what we tell you to do." She turned to the nurse, "He's unconscious, and he's not breathing, but his heart's still beating. Get his legs up while I start resuscitation."

Pinball Amateur

Jan-27-2007 20:05

Andrea gathered up the pillows scattered about the floor, while the nurse stripped the linens off the bed and propped Barry's legs on top of the pillows. Breit, meanwhile, had tilted Barry's head back to open his airway, pinched his nose shut, opened his mouth, and clamped hers over. She breathed in as hard as she could, and blew out into Barry's mouth.

Andrea screeched, then yelled, "What are you DOING, Breit?" She flew across the room, to try and pry her off Barry. The nurse dragged her back from the bed hastily. "She's forcing air into his lungs so he can keep breathing. She's trying to save his life."

Breit blew again into Barry's mouth, then raised up slightly, "Nurse, check his pulse."

The nurse responded, "70."
Breit nodded, then continued, "Andrea, I'm trying to help Barry. If you can't let me do that, the nurse is gonna throw you out. So what's it gonna be?"

Andrea thought for a moment, then slumped tiredly and nodded, "Okay, Breit. Tell me what to do."

Pinball Amateur

Jan-27-2007 20:06

Breit glanced at her in between breaths, and nodded back., "Good. Find me more pillows. Anything to get his legs propped higher. He's not responding." She looked at the nurse, "We may have to raise the foot of the bed as well. Dammit, where's that cart and doctor?"

Andrea ran into the hallway and off to another room. The nurse studied her watch as she felt Barry's pulse, "They should be here any minute now. Pulse is still 70."

Andrea rushed back in with an armful of pillows. She and the nurse propped them under Barry's legs, then Andrea stepped back from the bed again, and the nurse went back to monitoring Barry's pulse.

Suddenly, a man dressed in surgical scrubs and two more nurses came in, one of the nurses pulling a heavy cart behind her. Breit recognized the average-sized, brown-haired man. "Pete!" she cried, "Thank God!"

"Hi Breit, what's up?" the doctor asked, reaching for his stethoscope and beginning to listen to the patient's chest.

Pinball Amateur

Jan-27-2007 21:04

Breit continued breathing into Barry's mouth, talking in between breaths. "He's a white male (breath), early thirties (breath), with severe contusions and lacerations (breath), to his chest and face. (breath) He was kidnapped (breath), and badly beaten. (breath) He passed out about three minutes ago (breath), and isn't breathing. (breath) I've been doing resuscitation (breath), for about the last two (breath)."

Pete glanced back at Andrea and nodded his head, "Who's she?" Breit glanced at Andrea between breaths, "His fiancee. (breath) I tried to get her to wait in the hall (breath), but nothin' doin' (breath)." She winked gently at Andrea, seeing the confused expression on her face at the lie.

Pete eyed Andrea balefully again, then turned back to Breit, "Uh huh." He waved his hand at a nurse for the cart. "Okay," he said to the nurses, "Gimme a shot of epi and another of adrenalin. 10 and 5. Someone take over for Brie, please. She's lookin' a little tired."

Breit stepped back as a nurse took over resuscitating Barry, and stepped to the end of the bed with Andrea. She saw Andrea begin to ask her about her fib, and she gently squeezed Andrea's hand and shook her head imperceptibly, then wrapped an arm around the smaller woman's shoulders as they watched the nurses and Pete work on Barry.

A nurse injected a syringe into his I.V. followed momentarily by the doctor plunging a second one directly into Barry's chest. After a few seconds of listening to his chest again, Pete called out, "Got him. He's back. Breathing on his own now." The red-headed nurse stepped back from Barry's head, waiting patiently.

After another minute, Barry opened his eye, blinking slowly. "What happened?" he croaked hoarsely.

"You passed out, Sir," Pete replied, "welcome back. Y'know, you shouldn't do that to your lady-friends like that. They were a mite worried about you." He smiled cheerfully at Barry. "How're you feeling, Sir?"

Barry Grant
Barry Grant
Old Shoe

Jan-28-2007 13:36

Barry couldn't tell who was talking because the one eye that did open was blurry. "I'm feeling a bit woozy." he said and closed his eye. "What happened?"

"You went into anaphylactic shock. Nurse, please bring me his chart." Pete reviewed the chart and said, "Probably from the sulfa antibiotic you're on. Are you allergic to aspirin?"

Barry replied weakly, "Not that I know of."

"Well, I don't want to take any chances. I'm taking you off the sulfa. There's a new drug we can try that you might not have an allergic reaction to like the sulfa." Pete turned to one of the nurses. "Go check the pharmacy and see if they have any penicillin. Start him on a standard course." The nurse left immediately.

Barry opened his eye again. "Doctor, when can I get out of here?"

That made Pete laugh out loud. "Good luck at walkin' outta here anytime soon, bud. You just got back to the land of the living. Try staying here for a bit, okay?" Pete shook his head. "Now get some rest. Everyone out!"

Barry made an appeal, "Is Andrea still here?"

Pete said, "Yes, she is but she has to leave, too."

"Can I just have a minute with her?" Barry had pleading in his voice.

"OK. ONE minute only." Then Pete turned to leave and then said to the nurse, "Run a chest X-Ray series on him again. I want to see if this caused any kind of setback." They all followed him out except Andrea. She came to the side of his bed and took his hand.

"Andrea, I wanted to say how sorry I am if I put you through any kind of worry. And I'm glad you're here. The doctors don't know it but you're the only medicine I need." Barry tried to reach up to her face to stroke her cheek. He almost made it but the pain was too great.


Jan-28-2007 13:47

Andrea's eyes were watering again, but she had to remain in control. He must not see her upset; it would not help his recovery. Bringing his hand to her check, she held it there for a minute and then laid it back.

"Please do not worry about that now" - she said - "I know you needed to do this. I understand"

Which was not completely true, be she could not tell him the truth. The truth was that yes, she had been worried, but more than that, she was mad at him for putting himself in such a situation. People in this business ought to be careful with whom they associate and Amber should have known better. But at any rate, what was done was done.

"The doctors are going to escort me out very soon, darling" - she told him - "Is there anything I can do for you? Anything you need?"

Barry Grant
Barry Grant
Old Shoe

Jan-28-2007 13:56

Barry didn't have to think about that request for very long. "Would you lean down here, please?"

Andrea knew what he wanted and, although she was upset with him, felt she couldn't refuse him. She leaned over very close to his face and whispered, "I'm here, darling."


Andrea leaned in closer and kissed him. It lasted for quite some time. In fact, it lasted until a nurse showed up and told Andrea it was time for her to leave. Andrea stood up to go. Barry said, "Come visit me again, soon, huh?" to which Andrea nodded.

Barry closed his eye and a goofy grin crept onto his face.

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