A Sudden Role Reversal

Detective Laura Kimber woke up in a Bridgeport U-Store It self storage room, various aches and pains throbbing in her extremities. The worst pains were the headaches at the front of her skull and the shooting pain going up her back. She felt as if she was kicked in the head by a pack-mule. Kimber looked around and saw her partner lying against a gray metal wall, beaten and unconscious. There were no windows in the storage room, but it was dimly lit because of a twenty-five watt bulb hanging down the side wall from a red extension cord.

Detective Laura Kimber staggered to her feet and limped toward the roll up and down door, knowing it had to be locked; she grabbed the latch and pulled it upward. It was her attempt to open the door, but it was in vain, so she hobbled away from the door to check on her partner.

Detective Carlos Ruiz had a gash on his forehead and a lump on his head that was as big as a river stone.

“We’re alive,” he whispered.

She nodded.

Ruiz blinked at her gratefully and tried to smile.

“How do you feel?” she asked.

“Like Tiger Wood’s golf ball after nine holes.”

She chuckled.

The sitting position was obviously painful for him. He held his head in his hands for several minutes, breathing through clenched teeth.

“It’ll pass, partner,” Kimber said. “Do you remember how the hell we got in here?”

Ruiz did not answer. He still had his hands covering his face as he tried to ease the pounding in his head.

Kimber rattled her head for information, and she remembered the day starting off with a domestic. It was on Clinton Avenue closer to the Railroad Avenue side, a true tragedy in which a young Puerto Rican girl was bludgeoned to death by her jealous female lover and her orphaned infant was left crying on a uniform’s shoulder, waling at the world as the officer’s shoulder radio dispatched city wide calls through adjustable static.

Then she remembered chasing down a murder tip with her partner over on Colorado Avenue. It was a big tip that would have jailed Willie Da Greek for a long time. She and Ruiz hit Da Greek’s Colorado Street apartment, working through a search warrant issued by Judge Gail Finch. They recovered so much additional evidence it would have added several nails to Da Greek’s coffin.

Several years of investigations, drug trafficking, police corruption and prostitution had finally come to a close. She had Da Greek dead to rights and with it came a certain confidence.

Then there was a sudden role reversal. Masked men stormed the apartment and demanded the detectives to drop their guns and pull up against the wall. Detective Laura Kimber was fighting impulses to defy the demand, but her partner made it clear that it would have been a mistake to do so. Kimber reluctantly agreed.

It would have been easier to just remain calm, but Kimber, acting instinctively, ducked under a beefy pair of arms and scrambled for the door. Just as she pulled closer a masked man lunged in front of her, and she careened into his chest, knocking them both outside the second floor deck porch landing. When the masked man groped for her she kicked him in the face and heard him scream as he tumbled under the railing and fell two stories down.

Detective Laura Kimber heard her partner screaming with pain and then she saw a crush of masked men swarming toward her. She tried to hold them off with a flurry of wild punches, but someone clubbed her with a blunt object and darkness claimed her.

“Da Greek,” she whispered as she helped her partner to his feet.

“This was a warning.” Ruiz added.

“We leave Da Greek alone, or we will end up in storage for the rest of our lives,” she mumbled.

“Maybe we should just listen,” said Ruiz.

“And let that crazy son of a bitch run the streets?” Kimber grimaced.

“Remember what happened to Detective Mike Andrews?”

She nodded.

“He messed with Da Greek, and they tied him up and left him on Diamond Six at Seaside Park. It was a hot July and the poor bastard was laying there on the base path like a piece of chicken on a grill someone forgot to turn over.”

“I can’t just give in to this sudden role reversal,” she said. “When we get out of here, I’m going after him.”

Ruiz bit his lower lip and said, “we, we’re going after him.”

Detective Laura Kimber flashed him a brave smile and nodded with a chin that quivered just a little.









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© 2013 Frank Atanacio

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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

To be continued?....I hope. Very good. ^


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

It happens. Here in my village, the gangs are reputed to have better weapons than the cops. Glad Detective Laura Kimber and her partner are still alive. Thank you, Master Story Teller.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Jackie :)


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

and thank you for reading MsDora bless you :)


SandCastles 3 years ago

I really liked your story. Just one thing. When a person is unconscious and first wakes up, they are very disoriented and usually they are terrified. Their head spins. The first thing she would ask herself is, 'where the hell am I?" and then she'd start to remember. The man's part is written perfectly. Your dialogue is incredible!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you sandcastles


SandCastles 3 years ago

I hope I didn't insult you. I didn't get a smiley face like the others.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

LOL I'm so sorry.. was just checking on your suggestions and in my haste... I for got.. bless you Sandcastles :) :) :) :O LOL


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Frank, another excellent read, don't leave us hanging....love to know how this ends. :)


SandCastles 3 years ago

I'm glad :)


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks tobusiness for stopping by..:)


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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

I love short stories. I liked how it opened in the thick of the action. Great character development and dialogue.

I look forward to more .....

Anna :)


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Anna Haven :)


Phoebe Pike 3 years ago

Is it possible for you to write anything boring? Just one poorly written hub? Seriously, your talent is freaking me out... you have the golden touch without the consequences of Midas.


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time2rite 3 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

Wow, Frank, you have nailed it yet again! I haven't been on much lately and I remember why I like coming back on here...hubs like yours ;-) Keep the stories rolling out.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Wonderful story. I am hoping for more of this. I like this detective, you have used her name before.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Phoebe you just way too kind.. bless you.. time2rite we go back since my beginnings bless you for that..LOL Becky thank you for showing up on my shorts.. :) bless you


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

WHAT??? ... kidding ... I am all for NOT messing with "Da Greek!!!" No sleeping with the fish for me, thank you! I like this Dectective Laura Kimper. Good story, action-packed and interesting. Waiting for the sequel.

Voted up ++ and sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Faith oh dear Faith it's Kimber not Kimper.. but since it's you.. all is forgiven otherwise I would have sent Da Greek after yah..LOL bless you


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

A good read. compelling and full of action. Do I get a smiley face? lol


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

LOL.. yeah you can have whatever you want LOL :) funny


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

Lol yourcute:)


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Oh dear, my faux pas, I am so sorry, but I do love Kimber : ) No, please don't send "Da Greek" after me LOL I am glad I have you as a connection from those such as "Da Greek" LOL

I can write a new comment so I can get a smiley face too, and I was so kind initially to forget about your "for got" oh dear Frank, which should be one word. LOL Nevermind about the smiley face now ... plus you did not get notice on my flower hub ... boo hoo, so now, no more faithfulness. hehehe

Bless you,

Faith Reaper


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Marlene here's another smiley face.. :) Faith.. No smiley face for you come back in two Weeks!!! LOL


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

LOL BOOYAAA as you say LOL or not LOL ... "for got" still there though ... : ) I gave myself one.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

has it been two weeks? Oh well :) BOOOOOYYYYAAAAAAA


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Gripping story, I'll be looking for the next instalment.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Love these gripping and fascinating stories. Looking forward to more.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you blossoms and Gypsy Lee Rose :)


Valleypoet 3 years ago

You have created a great character in Laura Kimber. More gripping crime fiction, nice work my friend :-))


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Great flash fiction Frank. You set the plot up perfectly and left the rest to the readers imagination.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Valley always good to see you hope you had a great weekend bro.. and wayne barett thanks for visiting Laura Kimber :)


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Gripping action packed story Frank. I hope there is a follow up :))


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you Rosemay


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Very good story, Frank. Your descriptive imagery and dialogue always puts right alongside your characters. I wish Laura and Carlos luck with Da Greek, and look forward to the next installment . I want to say, “Go get ‘em, but please be careful!” And they have to get out of the storage locker first.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton Author

LOL thank you so much Genna East :)

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