Based On A True Event

The first thing he saw when his eyes shot open was the clock on the nightstand. The red digital numbers read 12:58. He lay there for a moment, not understanding why he woke up in the first place. Then he became aware that his bladder was full. That was probably it.

After relieving himself, he returned to the queen-sized bed where his wife was still fast asleep. He hoped that he could enter his own sleep again since he had to wake up for work in a couple hours. But as he was laying himself down on the cozy mattress, an incredible pounding chaos startled him nearly half to death. He stood up straight on his trembling legs. He looked at his wife who didn’t stir.

The pounding continued.

He was lost in confusion as his mind wasn’t fully awake. This made the decision to put his shorts on first or answer the door in his underwear very difficult. Finally, he grabbed his shorts off the chair and struggled with them on his way to the front door.

Bang! Bang! Bang!

He wanted it to stop, but he was afraid to open the door. It could be someone brazen enough to kill the first person to open that door and everybody inside. But what if it was someone in trouble and needed his help?

With a trembling hand, he opened the door. Slowly.

“Call 911, call 911, call 911!”

The young woman screamed at him.

Without hesitation, he grabbed the phone and dialed. But he didn’t know what to tell the operator.

“What’s wrong,” he asked the woman.

She collapsed on the park bench in front of his son’s bedroom window. Suddenly, his concern was for his son who must have been terrified by the woman’s screams in the middle of the night. Clutching her stomach, she vomited on the porch.

The operator appeared on the line and asked what his emergency was.

“There’s a woman at my house. She’s really sick.”

“He shot himself!” she screamed. “He shot himself!”

“Who shot himself?” he asked her.

“Dan,” she said.

Finally, he recognized the woman. She was his neighbor’s girlfriend.

Dan had shot himself just moments ago. At 12:58 am.

© Josslyn Rae Turner
Photo by Bill Lane

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