Our friends next door hadn’t been home all day, there was no hope they’d heard any of this. And after what seemed like hours of anticipating a certain death, sirens began to pierce the air, a lot of sirens.
Snapping the both of us back into reality because mark my words we were fading into a dreamlike state; a wave of relief washed over the both of us. I could see the color race back into Diana’s face.
I looked out of the window thinking I’d see squad cars racing into the alley below and while I didn’t see any, the sirens were louder still. They had arrived.
Surely our neighbor had dashed back upstairs as usual when the sirens came. I heard the many footsteps racing up the flight of stairs.
A very loud crashing sound followed; the police must’ve busted down his front door. There was no polite knocking on their part, not since a gun was reported this time. Reported?
Oh my goodness! the man in the alley. He must’ve taken action after all, conveying our unfortunate situation to the police. Bless you sir, to this day, bless you!! That swerving man must’ve been an angel in disguise. And fortunate for us the Santa Monica Police Station wasn’t but about ½ a mile to the northwest of us. It seemed as though the odds tipped to our favor.
We stayed in the bedroom until there was a solid knock at our front door. I got up and went to peek out the curtain. I saw three officers standing there. Feeling largely comforted and still quite shaken, I opened the door.
They were of course checking on us to be sure no one was hurt and to let us know the man and his weapon were apprehended. Our neighbor was being brought out of his apartment in cuffs and just as they were coming down the steps, I took a curious glance upward past him, to his front door.
The woman and teenaged boy were standing there watching and then the young man began to curse at me, threatening that he’d come after me. One of the officer’s directed me to remain inside my apartment at least until they had the man in the squad car.
I went back inside and closed the door. Diana was already in the living room, standing in anticipation, children safe in the bedroom. So it seemed the worst was over. While my wife and I were taking deep breaths and discussing the moments, there was another knock at the door.
Our hearts both skipped a beat at the same time, I’m sure. I got up and first did the curtain peek thing. Diana had already went and stood at the bedroom door … just in case.