Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A Murder-Suicide - short stories

A man and a woman died in an credible murder-suicide aftermost night in Altadena. The man was 74-year-old Dominic Vittorio. The woman was his 70-year-old wife, Victoria. The brace had been affiliated for 50 years. In fact, their 50th ceremony occurred aloof a ages ago, according to their next-door neighbor, Mrs. Allen. The brace was childless and had no abutting friends. Mr. Vittorio was a retired carpenter who had emphysema and was dark in one eye because of a cataract. His wife was a diabetic who had already had one bottom amputated because of complications from the disease. Her apparition was about absolutely gone.

“They were such a nice couple,” said Mrs. Allen. “I’ve lived abutting to them for the aftermost 20 years or so. I’m widowed, and Dom consistently acclimated to advice me with things like alteration ablaze bulbs and acclimation appliances. They had no kids, but they were consistently affable to the adjacency kids. Every Halloween they handed out bags of bonbon and beginning fruit. But about eight years ago Vicky came bottomward with diabetes, and things aloof haven’t been the aforementioned for her or Dom. They acclimated to be so affable and abounding of life, and again they aloof seemed to get quieter and quieter.

“She acclimated to appear over to my abode already or alert a week, and we would allocution about all kinds of things and accept the nicest time. But that happened beneath and beneath as she got sicker. So I would go over to her abode about already a anniversary and we would talk. But the conversations steadily got shorter, and she seemed to lose absorption in alert and in talking. She didn’t say it, but you could acquaint she was in a lot of pain.”

Mrs. Allen said she hadn’t alike talked to either of the Vittorios in about a year. They never came out. Alike aliment was delivered to them by a bounded agency. She said she heard two gunshots aftermost night—“It afraid me bisected to death!” She anon alleged the police. “Such a sad catastrophe for such nice people,” she said. “Together in sickness, but abandoned in the world


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