Sally loaded her car with supplies including the portable ultrasound while Jill and Gina packed for what could be a stay. Sally was once a trauma certified nurse in an emergency room, and the city of Dent was asking for any kind of medical assistance. With Jill and Gina in tow, she would drive over and help as much as she could while trying to find out who did this act of terror. Scott and Darrel were staying behind to work on a new van and Wendy, and Cathy would stay and watch Gina’s children. Gina had left taking her children with her only to come back the night before the truck stop bombing asking if they could move back. Gary and Zoey were in Flagstaff, Arizona seeing his family. Sally found a place to park her car after dropping Jill and Gina off with the Red Cross where they were put to work right away. It was hard not to notice all the guys staring at her car. She got out, grabbed her bags and made her way into what looked like a war zone. Seven hours later, the scene was finished, and anyone that could be helped was helped. Sally found Jill and Gina sitting on the ground back to back. They both saw her then the blood on her shirt. The three walked back to her car to find it surrounded by firefighters and the police. They past them and got in. Starting the car the radio came on, and in some sort of irony the song Mustang Sally started. Jill leaned over and asked, “you planned that didn’t you?”
Luis watched a copper, and black Mustang sounded by men driven by a black woman drive away. He thought about taking the car but soon realized it would stand out too much for a stolen car. Jorge walked over to Luis and looked out the window at all the activity. He asked, “I wonder what they would do if they knew it was us?” Luis smiled and said, “up in America they call it lynching. The land of the free and the home of the angry racist mob.” Luis walked away from the window and sat on the bed grabbing and putting on his boxers then pants. He asked, “I wonder what the cartels are thinking back home?” Jorge said, “giving what the news up here are saying they most likely are thinking terrorists and if we are lucky then they are thinking about how an attack will increase security on the border.” Luis replied, “as long as it shifts the cartels away from the border then I don’t care.”
Wendy sat back in her chair and said, “I hate to say it but whoever did the bombing did us a favor.” Cathy looked over at her saying, “you don’t really mean that. A lot of innocent people died including several children.” Wendy turned the television off. Cathy asked, “I want an answer, do you really agree with operating like that? Just how far would you go?” Wendy looked at her hands saying, “I don’t know how far I would go but…… I don’t think I could ever intentionally harm innocent people…... not intentionally.” Zoey rolled over from Gary nearly falling off the couch. Wendy asked, “should we wake them?” Cathy looked over at the two naked on the couch and said, “maybe we should cover them before the kids wake?” Wendy went to the sink and ran some water into a glass. She took the glass over to the couch and before Cathy could say anything, Wendy dumped the water over Gary and Zoey. Gary jumped up then covered himself with a pillow while Zoey acted as if nothing was out of the ordinary. Wendy said, “there are children here so keep your private parts private, or the next time it will be hot wax.” Zoey replied, “promises, promises.”
A few hours later and the daily commotion was in full swing with people eating breakfast while Gina got her children ready for school. Three televisions were on covering the three cable news networks of MSNBC, CNN and Fox News. All three were putting on a spin from tragedy to terror. Fox News was talking about the President’s latest attempts to get funding for a border wall. None of them were talking about the drug and prostitution problem at the truck stop. Within a few hours, most of them were off on their daily tasks from the management of the gas station to work on the new truck. Wendy sat at her desk working on the books while listening to the chatter in the station as well as the television and the police scanner. The drastic difference between what the police were saying and what the news was saying made her rethink their plans of ramping up their attacks. They planned to get together that night and lay out a strategy. Pick targets and layout a roadmap to closing as many dealers as they can. Wendy started to think about what an end would be. They never talked about how all this would end, but after George killed himself, she found herself questioning why they were doing any of this.