I just love the broody characters. Stan is broody in his own way, but our hero from Bodyguard, Bo, takes it to an entirely different level of broodiness. He’s a man with a sad back story that screamed at me to be told when I was busy writing Sebastian and Daria’s story, Diamonds.
Bo grabbed his bag as he stormed out of DOT. He had spent the last en minutes in his jeep going over each of the items in his pack.
He never left base without double checking his gear. He never wanted to be in a situation where he didn’t have what he needed.
He had been there once before and it had cost him dearly. He wasn’t about to allow himself to be in that vulnerable position again any time soon. Not if he could help it anyways.
Putting the car into reverse he backed out of his spot and started to make his way downtown to the hospital silently cursing the rest of the team for foisting this on him in the first place. He did not want to be protecting anyone.
That wasn’t what he had signed up for.
His phone rang and he glanced down at it before he accepted the call.
“Yes Cat.” He spoke
“Hi Bo.” Cats voice came through the cars speakers.
“What would you like Cat.” He said turning onto the main highway.
“I just wanted to see how you were doing.”
“Really? Seemed like you were of the opinion of everyone else in there just a few short minutes ago.
“Yeah, about that–” She started and then trailed off.
“Don’t worry about it Cat.”
“I am sorry Bo. I guess I just got carried away in the moment like everyone else.” She really did sound as if she as being sincere.
She had after all called to make sure he was ok.
“Its fine Cat really.” He sighed as he responded. He really didn’t have the heart to be mad at his best friend.
“No it isn’t alright Bo. They shouldn’t be putting you in a situation where you are not comfortable. Its really not fair.”
“Well maybe they are right this time. Maybe it is time I put the past in the past and moved on with things. I mean there isn’t a way for me to change the past so I might as well let it go.”
“Everyone deals with things in different ways Bo, you have to deal with your things in the way or ways that make sense to you. If you aren’t ready for something like this there should be no one out there who will force you to be ready when you aren’t.” He could hear the concern in her voice.
“I am fine Cat, really I am.”
“If you aren’t up to it Bo I will just tell Paul and Jake that I will do it. You don’t have to. Really.”
“Cat.” He knew she was only trying to help him but at the same time he was starting to think that maybe it was time for him to move on and let the past stay in the past where it belonged.
“If you’re sure Bo.”
“Yes I am sure Cat.”
“You will tell me if it turns out to be too much for you right?”
“I promise that you will be the first person that I call.”
“Alright. I am going to hold you to that you know. There will be no escaping me if you start going off the rails and you don’t ask for help.”
“I am not going to go off the rails Cat. You don’t need to worry quite as much as you are doing right at the moment.”
“Fine if you say so.”
“Alright I will check in with you later then.”
“I look forward to it.” A smile crossed his face. No matter what hell went on around him he could always take comfort from the friendship he had with Cat.
He drove through the streets wishing somehow she was going to be there with him. Not that he needed the support to do the job but she was one of the few people who understood that even though the job came first that there was some things that even he had a hard time dealing with.
Some things just brought back too many memories for him and that it made the job he had to do very difficult. Though they had not talked much about their pasts he knew that she too harbored the same guilt and scars that he did. That they had gone in to do a job and they were the ones who had ended up damaged in some way. A way that would never completely heal.
He shook his head and tried to clear away the dangerous thoughts that invaded his mind. He did not need them to start to surface now. Now he needed to focus on the task at hand and he could not allow them to interfere with the job that he had to do.
Bo turned off the highway onto the off ramp and headed into the heart of the city towards the hospital.
He wondered what she was going to be like. She seemed like a strong independent type. The file stated that she was one of the top prosecutors in the country and had one of the highest conviction rates around. That in itself would make a whole lot of the evil elements that existed in every city very unhappy that she was around.
It would make them happier still to know that she had been hurt and that would possibly give them a chance to finish her off in her weakened state.
That was something that he was not about to allow to happen. He had spent many years on protective detail in the army, protecting civilians and dignitaries alike. Even when he had come back home he had continued to do the odd protection job until eventually the demons of his past had caught up to him and he found he could no longer do that line of work anymore.
That was when he had hooked up with the group at Den of Thieves. It had been right up his alley. Just enough action that he didn’t get bored but no one other than his team had needed his protection.
He only hoped that he would be able to live up to the job and not let the rest of the team down.