Several days later, Josh pulled into the yard. Bo and Vincent were sitting at the picnic table cleaning fish and looked up as they heard a car approach. When Bo saw Josh getting out of the car, he turned to Vincent.
"Vincent, I need to go talk to him. Can you finish up?" He asked as he stood up from the table.
"Yeah, sure. Bo, are you in trouble?"
"Not a cop. He's from the VA."
"Are you going to talk to him about your nightmares?" When Bo gave Vincent a surprised look, Vincent added. "Jake still sleeps next to me when I have a nightmare."
"What does that have to do with me?"
"Ma sent me to your room to wake you and Luke up last week. Saw Luke sleeping next to you. Figured you had a nightmare."
"Yeah, I did."
"Will talking to him help?"
"Don't rightly know." Bo replied.
"What happened to you over there? Why are you scared all the time?"
When Bo heard footsteps approach, he replied. "I'll talk to you later about it, okay?"
"Hi, Bo. How are you doing?" Bo turned around and replied.
"I'm okay." Bo cocked his head to the side to indicate that they should talk away from the house. They started to walk towards the barn.
"Have you had anymore flashbacks or nightmares?"
"Not this week. Where would you like to talk?"
"Anywhere you're comfortable."
"Let's take a walk." They talked as they walked to the pond.
"What happened at the hospital?"
"I felt someone grab my wrist and I didn't recogize the Doctor at first, so I freaked out. If he would have let Luke stay, it would have benifited everyone."
"Luke can't be with you all the time."
"I know." Bo looked across the water. "Can't hurt tho." Bo started to laugh.
"You're close to him, aren't you?" Bo glanced at Josh.
"Yeah. He came to live with us when his parents died. He's a couple months younger than me, so maybe that's why we're close."
"Why can't you tolerate having your wrists held?" Bo told him the story about how him and Tom got captured. When he finished, Josh replied. "Are your nightmares about that night?"
"No. It's usually centered around a lot of the missions we were sent on."
"What triggers the nightmares?" Bo shrugged his shoulders, indicating that he didn't know.
"They're worse when it's storming outside. I haven't had a bad nightmare for months until I got shot. So I figure that's what triggered the nightmares." Bo replied as he lit up a cigarette.
"You're right on that account. What we need to do is find a coping mechanism for you to use." Bo nodded in agreement.
"Do you have any hobbies? Besides racing?"
"Luke and I use to target practice with our bows."
"How often do you shoot?"
"Haven't in a long time."
"Maybe you should start that up again. Concentrating on where the arrow hits will occupy your mind. Take your thoughts off of your problems. Also, try sleeping with a night light." When Bo gave him a, 'you got to be kidding me look,' Josh continued. "Believe it or not, sleeping with a small light on helps."
"No offence, man. I'm 20 not 2. I'd never hear the end of it from the younger kids, if I went to bed with a night light on."
"But if helps with the nightmares, I think it shouldn't matter what they say. Besides, how are they going to know that you sleep with a light on if you go to bed after they do?" Bo smiled and shook his head.
"Alright, I give up. You win. I'll try the night light. Hope it doesn't bother Luke."
"Why would it?"
"We share a room."
"I see. I think he'd rather have the light on than you having nightmares."
'Reckon you're right." They talked for over an hour before Josh had to leave. Josh told Bo that he'd be back once a week to continue their talks, until Bo's nightmares and flashbacks were under control. Bo walked Josh back to his car and watched him leave. Vincent walked up to Bo as he watched Josh leave.
"So, why are you scared all the time?" Bo looked at Vincent.
"So many of my buddies died, some right in front of me. It's hard to deal with sometimes."
"But you're safe here Bo. Nobody is trying to kill you here."
"Only Hughie." Bo started laughing at his comment. Vincent just stared at him. "Sorry, kid." They talked for about a half an hour and Vincent realized why Bo continued to have nightmares. He asked Bo if he could practice shooting the bow with him and Luke. The following day, all three of them set up a target area and practiced for 15 minutes that day. Every day they added 5 minutes until they practiced for an hour every day. All three of them got very good at shooting. Vincent joined the archary team at school and won many events. When it was time for hunting season, Vincent joined Bo and Luke and got enough meat to last the winter months. Bo slowly got better with time. He would have an occasional nightmare but with Luke's help he got through them. The following summer, the boys got serious with racing the General Lee in the local races. People in Hazzard thought for sure that Luke or Bo would try to get on the NASCAR circuit but they loved living on the farm too much.
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