Golden Touch Senior Housing

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On Lafayette Street over on the West-side near the Went-fieldPark woods and nestled in greenery so well kept was the Golden Touch Senior Housing. It was the perfect place to live out your golden years.

Two crack heads desperately seeking cash decided to test that complex to see if there was gold in them darn hills. Apartment 2-A was a bust. Cindy Abrams had been shot in the head and stabbed repeatedly, several times in the chest, and there was a pillow near her husband’s head, marred by a large amount of gunshot residue. Even after he was shot his face was also covered by the same series of repeated stab wounds. After that they ransacked the apartment and only found eight dollars.

Apartment 2-B was next on their list. Karen Smith removed from a shelf in her closet directly in front of the bathroom a cigar case containing two thousand dollars, money that her daughter had collected for her so that she could help pay for hip surgery.

That amount of cash sent the crack heads into instant pandemonium. Darrin Smith cried out and flung himself forward trying to stop the gun from going off. As Karen collapsed, Darrin struggled forward, fighting to see, fighting to stay conscious despite watching his wife being shot in the head. Her blood completely covered his eyes, but he just had to get to her. One of the crack heads picked up a lamp and smashed it over his head, but that didn’t stop his forward movement. Fighting to stay conscious despite shock, fighting to move through the pain and the concussion that wanted to take control, he wanted to be next to his wife. The second crack head kick him in the ribs knocking him to the floor. There they started kicking him repeatedly while laughing uncontrollably. Darrin still moved forward ignoring his broken ribs; he was also fighting to breathe against the blood in his lungs. If he was going to die, it was going to be next to his dear wife of over sixty years.

Darrin bolted forward, wishing it was all a bad dream. He wanted to hold her, to reassure her that he was going to be with her forever, right beside her. Then reality would hit. He couldn’t get to her; his forward movement had stopped, almost as if he was waking from a second nightmare. He realized that he would no longer hold her; he would no longer sleep next to her. He wiped the blood away from his eyes and reached for her, but it was no use. He couldn’t get to her.

The crack heads were fighting over the money, and they hadn’t realized how long they spent in the apartment. Outside, in the darkness preceding dawn greed consumed them as the police stormed in with their state issued pistols drawn. A few neighbors peeked into the apartment in a curious morbid way.

Detective Peter O’Brien bent over Darrin’s body so that he could hear what the man had to say. Darrin felt as if his nightmare still lurked at the edge of the room. He had to relay a message and he would do it even if it took his last breath.

Agnes Milne who lived in apartment 3-B rushed into Darrin’s apartment screaming with her forearms extended, both palms covered with blood. Sensing an ugly dry cleaning bill, one of the uniforms stepped back and allowed her in.

“Karen and her husband are dead too,” she screamed.

“Get her out of here, and check that out,” O’Brien barked.

The two crack heads were cuffed and hauled away. The crime scene was being created and Detective Laura Kimber watched O’Brien drag Darrin’s body over to his wife and laid them together.

“You know that’s disturbing the crime scene,” she said.

Detective Peter O'Brien nodded, then turned and walked away.






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© 2014 Frank Atanacio

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btrbell 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Wow. This one was so sad. And scary. This kind of thing is happening more and more. I am so glad he was able to be next to his wife.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

wow thank you btrbell, i just posted this and you are my first welcome.. sit, have a cup of tea.. and enjoy :)


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Becky Katz 2 years ago from Hereford, AZ

So sad, scary and moving. Happy that they got to lay together.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you Becky for visiting the golden touch senior housing :)


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Frank, excellent work! Sad, horrific but also very touching.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Hope lots of old people read this and get a dog...and a gun. Sometimes they show those crooks a thing or two. (You can see how seriously we take you! lol)


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Aw, how very sad and brutal! This one kept one's heart pounding for sure.

Up and more and sharing

Blessings,

Faith Reaper


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

How sad and touching Frank....glad they got to be together, and good on the detective for disturbing the crime scene. The murderers were caught red handed so it wouldn't affect the evidence anyway.


Christine Marie 2 years ago

Frank,

"...Golden Touch..."

This one moves along vivid, realistically...it gets my coin.

"...That amount of cash sent the crack heads into instant pandemonium..."

"...fighting over the money..." Their chaotic nature was described well in this piece and kept my attention from beginning to end.

I have been reading your works, despite my absence on hubpages.

Thank you,

-Christine

a.k.a.-pochinuk


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much tobusiness, Jackie, Faith and Jodah for visiting me at the home :) bless you guys for the comments and thoughts :)


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

hey Christine aka pochinuk.. what happened.. missed your efforts and your presence here on Hubpages.. hope all is well my friend Frank


Jane Arden 2 years ago

Oh. That was so sad. Especially when the reality of what had happened hit Darrin and that's probably exactly how it would feel for folk this does happen to. I'm glad he disturbed the crime scene. Excellent writing again Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

Jane thank you so much dear friend :)


Jane Arden 2 years ago

PS.. That tree is beautiful. Reminds me of an autumn day. We don't seem to have spring and autumn now in the UK. We just go straight from summer to winter and back again.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

ill save you some spring..LOL thanks again Jane


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

This is vivid, savage, and so realistic but also contained compelling human elements of a couple who are now together. I hope that the police's failure to effectively seal the crime scene doesn't have negative impacts. What a great read! Voted up ++ and sharing.


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Bishop55 2 years ago from USA

really like your writing style. I could "see" it all.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

I can relate to Agnes Milne's horror. Wish the crackheads had some respect and sensitivity toward the golden age group; but again, this is real life. You help us feel and pay attention, Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Florish for your read and share and thank you too MsDora.. @ Bishop.. welcome to my pages Bishop55 bless you guys


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Wow you are one great story teller Frank ;amazing and as one hubber already said I could see it !!!

Voting up, across and sharing .

Eddy.


Christine Flaugher 2 years ago

Frank,

I sent a thank you through your e-mail; sorry, you did not get it sooner, I hope to continue to read... and have some writing venues that need my attention...seek your e-mail, and I expect to keep reading and commenting on Hubpages...as it is a solid circle that gives genuine interest to writers.

-Christine


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

hey christine, didnt get ur email.. sorry :( but it was very nice virtually meeting you..good luck to you my friend

@ Eddy thanks for stopping by :)


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BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Great story, and like Eddy, I could visualise it all too. You really made it happen.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you blossoms :)


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

This one brought tears, Frank...that is how powerful and effective your superb writing is. I wanted to hug Peter for granting Darrin's last wish. The damage to the crime scene by doing this, and allowing Agnes access, notwithstanding. Excellent writing, Frank.


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mylindaelliott 2 years ago from Louisiana

Wow, great little story. The detective was great too.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

Genna thank you for reading my senior housing and thank you too mylindaelliot :)


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Golden Touch Senior Housing is written to perfection and you surely know how to tell a story. I like the way the story got me emotionally.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you DDE


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Well this brought a bunch of different emotions. First scary ones, then anger at the crackheads and finally tears for Darrin and his wife. Passing this on.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Gypsy for stopping by the senior housing :)


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

At least this ended with a golden touch.

Great story, full of action and violence, with the palpable despair of Darrin. Even then you have a touch of humour and a compassionate ending.

Great! Enjoy your day! Ann


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you annart :)


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tsmog 2 years ago from Escondido, CA

I was drawn by the title and reflection. I was enthralled with the drama. I pondered the social introspection of today's societal conflicts. Nice! Pondered many thoughts :)


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks tsmog


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Sad, but so moving really! And like others have said--I am glad they got to be together


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Very intense. O'Brien paid a great tribute to a life of love, by granting the last wish of the dying man -- very well done, Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much Audrey and Phyllis :)


Saroj Naagar 2 years ago

Very Nice Frank, I love the nature and natural beauty and also love from who love and respect the nature.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you saroj


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ubanichijioke 2 years ago from Lagos

Horrible indeed!

How so much could cost so little. The crackheads valued money while condemning two innocent people to eternal sleep. When our children fail to learn the values needed for a wholesome life, they end up as crackheads to cause havoc and pain on innocent lives. Parents must make it a duty to dutifully groom their children to be responsible citizens and not a disgrace to the society. Sad! Sad!! Sad!!!


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks again Uban bless you


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Mr. Frank are you a cop/ detective or an ex cop or a serial killer ? lmbo because you seem to have these killings scenes down pack. Something is fishy up in here ha ha ha. Or are you a "lifetime" addict?

Hmmm have a great day


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

LOL silly...


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

hmmm I see you did not answer .....lol


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

ur funny girl :)


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hi Frank, I've often wondered the same thing about you. You write with such crisp detail depicting the horrid crime scenes, the gory residue of violence. Yet, within each, you manage to slip in the human emotions of love and kindness. Awesome work.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you so much pegcole17

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