All alone, Hawkins ties off his bloody leg. He hears the blooping of the BlackOpsBerry and searches it out. The contact asks what Sarah's status is. Hawkins writes, "Hawkins is dead. I have the package. Where can we meet?" What he gets back is very unsatisfying: "Location TBD. Will contact you. Good work." Hawkins closes the BlackOpsBerry and looks intense.
The tank moves slowly out of town. On the outskirts, Mayor Green and a bunch of men are waiting. Jake tells the Semper Faux that they gave them enough food to get them a few days out. "Hey, how about some water, man?" whines MIC. As a response, Mayor Green rips some sort of Marine insignia off MIC's unworthy chest and orders, "Make do." Mayor Green raises his voice to say that they will all leave their weapons with the tank and get the hell out of their town. The Semper Faux comply and slink away. Maggie gives Jake a backward glance. "Be careful," Jake tells her. She gazes at him as she walks away. Jake asks what they do now. "We soldier on," says Mayor Dad. What about the tank? Mayor Dad asks whether Stanley -- who is already up on the gun, checking it out -- has room in his barn. "Seriously?" Stanley grins, totally tickled. "Why not?" Mayor Dad shrugs, walking off into the falling snow. "You never know when you might need a tank." Here I must share an email from an obliging reader who tells me: "...that tank that mayor dad took from the 'marines' was a M1 tank and it runs on a jet engine. so good luck on having enough gas to get it anywhere, let alone a barn on the outside of town." They all turn and watch Mayor Dad walk away into the night. It's a sort of a "who was that masked man, anyway?" kind of moment. A bit weird when we know the answer.
Next week: pre-emption. Sad.