After I helped Boss into his car, he ordered Rosco to turn off.
"Be careful now, Bo!" I yelled.
"Y'all don't worry about a thing," Bo said. "I got it all under control."
Rosco turned off the road and Bo kept going straight, knocking over a sign. The hit men followed him and I suddenly got worried. Those men would stop at nothing to get Boss. And they think Boss is in the back of Cooter's pickup. And they were going after it.
After Rosco turned off the road with Boss and Luke, I knocked over a sign and then drove into a hiding spot. Apparently, it wasn't a very good hiding spot. The hit men stopped their car and got out. I stayed in the truck and locked the doors, even though I knew it wasn't going to help much. I looked in the mirror and I saw one of them holding the gun. When he yelled for me to get out, I was scared. I had no idea what they were going to do to me. But I knew it wasn't good.
I slowly got out of the truck. I put my hands up and slowly walked toward them.
"Where's Boss Hogg?" the one with the gun asked.
"I don't know," I said.
"Don't lie to me, boy," he said. "He was in the back of that pickup. Where is he now?"
"I'm telling you the truth," I said. "I don't know. He jumped into his car and he turned off onto another road."
"Well, then, I guess you're gonna have to take us to him," he said.
"I can't do that," I said. "I don't know where he went."
"I don't care," he growled. "You're gonna help us find him. Otherwise, you're gonna take a bullet."
I looked past his shoulder and I saw someone hiding in the bushes. A few seconds later I saw someone else. It was Luke and Rosco.
After Bo passed us we didn't know what was happening. But for some reason I had a feeling it was something bad.
Rosco parked the car and we had Boss lay down in the backseat. Rosco and I went through the bushes to try to find Bo. After awhile we could hear voices. We walked a little bit farther and we saw the hit men holding a gun on Bo. I stopped walking right there just watching them. I was so afraid that the guy with the gun would pull the trigger.
"I don't care," the guy with the gun said. "You're gonna help us find him. Otherwise, you're gonna take a bullet."
My eyes grew wide with fear when I heard that. There was no way I was going to let them shoot Bo.
I have no idea what came over me. I suddenly ran out of the bushes and tackled the guy with the gun to the ground. As I wrestled to get the gun away from him, Rosco came out of the bushes and arrested the other guy. The guy I was fighting was strong and I couldn't get the gun away from him.
"Bo, get outta here!" I yelled.
Bo didn't hesitate and he ran for Cooter's pickup truck. He was about halfway there when I heard a gunshot. I looked up and saw Bo leap forward and then fall to the ground. I realized that the guy I was wrestling with was the one who had done it. Anger swept over me and I started throwing punches, one right after another. The guy finally surrendered and I took away the gun. Rosco started to arrest him when I ran over to Bo. I knelt down and rolled Bo onto his back. I gasped at what I saw.
Bo's face was as white as snow. The bullet entered his thigh and was bleeding like crazy. I took off my shirt, covered the wound and started applying pressure. I heard a small wince come from Bo and I knew he was in pain but he was alive.
"Bo, I know it hurts," I said. "But this will help it."
"Did…did you get 'em?" Bo asked soflty.
I moved some of his hair out of his face. "Yeah, I got 'em and Rosco's arresting 'em. Don't worry. You're gonna be okay."
"It hurts, Luke," Bo whimpered.
"I know it hurts," I said. "Don't worry. We're gonna get you some help. Just hang on."
By that time, Rosco was next to me. Just the look on his face told me that he was terrified.
"An ambulance is on its way," Rosco said.
"Good," I said. "Thanks, Rosco."
Rosco looked at Bo. "How is he?"
I shook my head. "Not too good."
"Ambulance should be here soon," Rosco said.
I looked at Bo. His eyes were starting to drift closed.
"Bo, keep your eyes open," I said. "You gotta keep your eyes open."
Bo opened his eyes. "Okay."
"Stay with me, Bo," I said. "You gotta stay with me. Look at me."
Bo looked at me. "Keep your eyes open and keep them on me. Keep your eyes on me. I won't leave you. Just say with me. Don't leave me."
"I won't," Bo said.
I grabbed his hand and gripped it lightly. I kept holding his hand, talking softly to him till the ambulance arrived. Even then I wouldn't leave Bo. The paramedics had to work their way around me. If I left Bo he would get hysterical. I told him I would leave him. I rod with him to the hospital, and I had Rosco call Uncle Jesse and Daisy on the CB, and let them know what was happening.