But it wasn't a stray bullet after all, as we see when Jesse breaks cover with a gun of his own. Well, looky who showed up. Also, nice job vetting the site, guys. "Shooting through a friendly to hit a target is a tricky thing to pull off," Michael VOs. "There are only a few places in the body that can take a bullet without severing a major artery or destroying a vital organ." Awfully generous of Michael to cut that much slack for a guy who just shot him. Well, I guess Jesse did give him fair warning. Jesse ends up in a firefight with the other goon while Barrett grabs the case, hauls the wounded Michael into his SUV, and drives off, blowing right through the gunfight. "Who do you work for?" Barrett screams at Michael, gun in his face. Michael claims to be self-employed. His boss is really a hard-ass, then. I think Michael needs a union. Michael VOs about how you only have so much time when you're losing this much blood, so you better make your move quick, even if it's desperate. And so he grabs the wheel and yanks it. The SUV rolls over on Barrett's side. Michael crawls out of the wreckage, but Barrett's still inside, bleeding from the face and staring up at nothing, apparently dead. Good luck getting Jesse back in with leverage from a cooling corpse, Michael. The crash and the blood loss have taken their toll on Michael, leaving him lying helpless on the pavement. All he can see is Barrett's case on the road where it fell out a few dozen yards behind. And then a pair of black boots walks up to the case, and their owner picks it up. The end. No clue on who retrieved it, so I guess we'll just have to wait until November to find out it was Jesse.
M. Giant is a Minneapolis-based writer with a wife, a son, and a number of cats that seems to have settled at around two. Learn waaaay too much about him at Velcrometer, or just e-mail him at m.giant[at]gmail.com.
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