Pacing the waiting room at Valley Hospital, Harrelson sorted through the information that the doctor had just relayed. Best of all was that both Luca and Street were doing well and only being kept overnight for observation. The details were a bit more involved.

According to the doctor, Luca's brainwashing or hypnotism was triggered by voice and would wear off quickly. Harrelson shook his head over the extreme conflict the young man had to have experienced.

"Penny for your thoughts," Deke said.

Harrelson stopped pacing. "Just thoughts about that hard-headed Street going out with his head nearly cracked and finding Dom, keeping him safe. He should've been in the hospital already."

"Uh-huh," Deke nodded. "He's reminding me more and more of somebody I know well."

"And Luca." Harrelson started his pacing again. "He fought through what that woman did to him – he left us clues. He didn't do her bidding."

"Don't forget McCabe," Deke said.

"Oh, he's not nearly as innocent as he pretends." Harrelson stopped again. "He's in there with the other two and won't budge. He should go home and rest."

"He remembered the license plate on that woman's Jag," Deke reminded Harrelson. "SFPD stopped her and found enough drugs and weapons in the car to put her away for a long time."

"She's a granddaughter in the Cestino Family," Harrelson recalled, "and did her best to silence Mr. Blackstone. Now, with his testimony later today, three at the top of the Cestino Family will be joining her behind bars."

Harrelson sat beside his friend. "What am I going to do, Deke? What have I done?"

"What do you mean, Hondo?"

Waving his hand in the direction of the hospital room his men occupied, Harrelson said, "With them."

"Oh, that's an easy one, Hondo." Deke laughed lightly.


"Oh, yes." Deke looked Harrelson in the eyes. "We're gonna kick crime butt!"