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I was walking home from the store when my cell rang. It had already been a long day and I was hoping it wasn’t work. I reached into my coat pocket, grabbed the phone and flipped it open. “Detective Shade here, talk to me.”
My wife’s best friend was on the other end, talking fast and sounding flustered. “Jimmy? Oh my god, you gotta get home. I came over and found Lisa on the floor. She isn’t responding to me and I don’t know what to do!” Her voice trailed off as if she was about to start sobbing.
“Call 9-1-1 right now! I’m a couple blocks from the house and will be there as quick as I can.” I closed the phone and dropped it in my pocket. The bag with the milk I just bought was still gripped under my arm. I shifted the bag into a football hold and started running; I was only two blocks away from home, just a quick sprint. I started thinking of Lisa, hoping that everything was okay.
It took me a few minutes to reach my home. It was only 7 o’clock in the evening and the sun still gave off enough light for me to see the front door open slightly. I hesitated long enough to look around. I didn’t see anyone, and the street seemed to look normal for this time of the day. I took the steps two at a time and rushed into the house. What I saw startled and frightened me at the same time.
My wife, Lisa, was lying face up in the middle of the living room. Her best friend, Anna, was standing over her, fighting tears. She turned as I walked into the room. “Jimmy, I came over and the door was open. I called for Lisa and when she didn’t reply I came in and found her like this. I didn’t know what else to do.”
I rushed over to my wife. I put my fingers to her throat and let out a sigh of relief. She was still alive. I tried to shake her, but she didn’t budge. I couldn’t believe this was happening. Lisa was the best thing in my life. Through ten years of marriage she was always the voice of reason, the rock in our relationship. I couldn’t lose her. I looked over my shoulder at Anna. She was just standing there, shaking and wrenching her hands.
“She has a pulse Anna. It’s weak, but its there. Did you call 9-1-1? Are they sending an ambulance?”
“I called and they said they were sending emergency services. They said it would take about 20 minutes. That was right after I called you.”
I turned my attention back to Lisa and took her hand in mine. It felt sweaty and warm but she didn’t even flinch. I lowered my head and whispered, “It’s gonna be okay babe, the ambulance is on the way. You’re gonna be fine.” I really hoped that was true.
I turned my head towards Anna. All I saw was something short and black rushing towards my head with a whistling sound. I tried to raise an arm to protect myself. I felt something hard hit my temple and I crumpled to the floor. I tried to resist but another blow hit me. Everything went quiet and dark.