By: Donald DeBose
The sound of footsteps echoed through the
house as Samuel lay sleeping with his girlfriend cuddled in his
arms. Because of the life Samuel lived every night he slept with a 9
mm Baretta under his pillow. Suddenly, he was awakened by a noise.
Samuel bolted upright, pistol in hand. As he listened, the intruders
climbed the stairs. Samuel covered his girlfriends mouth, so she
wouldn't say a word as he shook her awake. She looked at him with
eyes filled with terror.
"Shhh, somebody's in the house. Go into the bathroom and lock
the door behind you." She immediately got out of bed and ran
into the bathroom.
Samuel got out of bed,
took a deep breath, peeked around the corner in to the hallway;. He
saw two men approaching the bedroom, pistol's drawn.. Samuel knew he
had to turn the tables and be the aggressor instead of the victim.
Kneeling on one knee, he stepped into the hallway and fired three
quick rounds that hit their target, knocking one of the intruders
feet. The second intruder opened fire, one of his
bullets found its mark in Samuel's shoulder, but that didn't stop
Samuel from unloading his clip at his attacker. The second
perpetrator fell to the floor face down.
Samuel paused, listening for intruders, then gave the entire place a
security check. He rushed back upstairs to check on Kathy, whom he
figured was pretty shaken up.
later, the police and paramedics arrived. Samuel refused treatment
from the paramedics and insisted his girlfriend Kathy drive him to
the hospital. In the car Samuel's thoughts began to race, the more
his shoulder throbbed, the more he wanted revenge. Kathy glanced
over at him and felt something had to be said, but said nothing.
When they arrived at the hospital
they were confronted by L.A. Homicide Detective Simms.
"Well, well, Mr. Jones, we meet again. What can you tell me
about what happened tonight?" Detective Simms knew Samuel knew
quite well. For years he had been trying to get Samuel off the
streets. He had a hunch Samuel had something to do with knocking off
the top drug lord in California.
"Basically I woke up and they were in my house, and as you can
see, they came to spill blood," Samuel lit a cigarette. He
pretty much knew who sent the assassins, but kept the information to
himself. Frustrated, Detective Simms threw his hands into the air
and stormed out of the emergency room, leaving Samuel and Kathy
alone. Kathy had a dumbfounded expression on her face. Samuel tried
to comfort her, but she didn't want to be touched.
"Samuel this crap has to stop! Not only are you jeopardizing
your life, but mine as well."
sat stone faced for a minute then replied, "Kathy you knew the
type of life I lived when you got with me, so I don't want to hear
that shit. These son of bitches come in my house, shoot me and you
think I am supposed to let it go? You must be crazy!"
gritted his teeth in pain. After a moment Kathy responded, "0kay
these guys that came in the house are dead, now just let it go for
Christ's sakes" she continued. "Samuel, if you really love
me and want a future together like we've discussed you'll stop this
madness." Tears of frustration rolled down her face because she
knew once Samuel set his mind on something it was final.
"This doesn't have anything to do with us, it's about respect
and the boundaries of respect has been crossed. You know how I
operate. When a person draws first blood I will hunt day and night
until my mission is completed, bottom line." Kathy didn't
bother saying another word.
finally seen by a Doctor. After a brief examination the Doctor
stated "Your gonna need some stitches to close that wound and
I'd like to admit you overnight for observation because you've lost
quite an amount of blood."
Doc, I'm fine just give me a few painkillers and I'll be on my merry
way," Samuel got to his feet.
couldn't believe he was refusing treatment. She was reminded of a
similar situation involving her ex-husband, Keith. She had long ago
ended her marriage with Keith, Samuel's ex -best friend. She talked
with Keith from time to time concerning their son whom he had
custody of. Their marriage ended after Kathy caught Keith in bed
with another woman. After their divorce Kathy turned to Samuel for
comfort. Their late night talks quickly grew into more. Keith had a
hard time accepting the love him and Kathy once shared was over.
When Keith discovered Samuel was the man standing between him and
Kathy getting back together, he felt betrayed. He had grown up with
Samuel, and considered him his best friend. The thought of Kathy
with Samuel made Keith furious.
came to Keith in an attempt to try to explain. His attempt didn't go
as smoothly as he had planned. Keith had hit Samuel in the mouth,
calling him every name in the book. The encounter turned to gunplay,
luckily no one was shot. Samuel understood Keith's pain, so he gave
him a little space. Besides, Samuel was under federal surveillance,
and didn't want a feud between him and Keith to escalate.
Just when he thought the feud was over,
Keith's boys had popped up. The F.B.I. also wanted Samuel for
knocking off Tom-Cat one of their informants, but they didn't have
enough evidence to pin the murder on him. From sun up to sun down,
Samuel was watched which he was very well aware of. Kathy had been
at Samuel's many times when agents raided his home
narcotic's but came up empty.
exited the hospital the sun was peeking over the horizon. They were
unusually quiet during the ride home. As soon as they arrived,
Samuel placed a call to his boys. An hour later they arrived at the
"Kathy get me a pen and pad,"
"Want anything else
while I am up?" She asked sarcastically.
"Since you asked, pour everyone a shot of Hennessy on the
Kathy felt Samuel sometimes
took her for granted, especially when he conducted his "business".
Samuel never conducted any business over
the phone it had to be face to face. When Kathy returned with the
drinks, and pad, Samuel noticed she had written a note on it. It
read; "Samuel, remember my son is in that house so your boys
better be careful". Samuel turned to her with a smirk on his
face and quietly said,
I have this under control."
mapped out Keith's place on the pad and gave the instructions to
Jimmy, his right hand man. Samuel and Jimmy occasionally were
mistaken for brothers because they both stood six feet tall and were
The crew looked over the plans and nodded their
heads in agreement. Standing to leave, Jimmy turned to Samuel,
"Baby boy take care of yourself and I'll call you A.S.A.P ."
Once Jimmy and the crew left, Samuel went
into the bathroom to bathe. Kathy quietly ducked into the bedroom to
make a phone call. Samuel shouted from the tub,
"Kathy pack a few outfits we're going to the mountains for a
Kathy didn't want to
leave until she knew whether her son was safe and out of danger. But
she didn't argue with Sam, she began packing.
A few hours later they arrived at the Pine Tree Resort. The resort
wasn't as crowded, but the few people there would provide Samuel
with the perfect alibi. Kathy had been to Pine Tree's twice before
with Samuel, she loved the outdoors. The bellboy carried their bags
to the cabin after they signed in.
you," Kathy tipped him five dollars.
"This cabin's much better than the one we had before,"
Kathy said as she flopped down on the king size bed.
"Yeah, it's nice; let's get unpacked. We still have to put some
food in the refrigerator," Samuel replied. He seemed
He stepped outside for a
breath of fresh air, taking a seat on the front steps, he watched
the squirrels running up trees and deer foraging near the cabin.
Sometimes Samuel wished he could run free in the wild without any
worries, but that wasn't to be. The deck was stacked. In his line of
business, there was a code, a plan, a matter of respect for the
game. Deep down something troubled him, but he couldn't pin point
"Baby, are you 'alright?"
Kathy asked sitting next to him.
"Yeah, I'm just enjoying mother nature," Samuel said. "Are
you ready to go?" He asked.
"Yep, ready as ever," Kathy replied kissing him on the
neck. "Don't start something you can't finish."
"I always finish what 1 start."
Kathy teased as she kissed him again.
"Okay, easy baby, 1 was just teasing," Samuel said
throwing his good arm in the air.
they returned from the market with groceries, Samuel was exhausted
and wanted to lay down. Kathy put the groceries away while he took a
nap. It had been a long day for the both of them, but Kathy was full
of energy. She began to prepare dinner. Kathy hoped their night at
the cabin would be romantic.
Jimmy and the crew sat in his living room finalizing the plan.
"Any questions," Jimmy asked. There were none. "Alright,
let's do this." Everyone stood up and headed for the door.
As Jimmy and four other men stepped
outside the house they were surrounded by Federal Agents.
"Put your hands in the air, we have the place surrounded,"
one of the agents yelled through a bullhorn.
"Shit," Jimmy sighed. He knew they were busted red-
handled. There were drugs in the house. There was no way he'd go
down without a fight. Jimmy's mind began to race. He had to act
fast. He figured it would be a losing battle, but would die first
before becoming anybody's prisoner.
in the house now!" Jimmy ordered the crew.
"Freeze, don't move god darnmit!" The agent yelled.
Jimmy and the crew ignored the orders and backed into the front
door. Prepared for bad situations, the crew broke out the heavy
artillery and took their post.
"Tim, get the gas masks, while we hold off these pigs,"
Jimmy ordered. In the chain of command, Tim was Jimmy's Lieutenant,
and an ex-weapons specialist for the military. Tim had been with
Samuel's organization over ten years and loved the excitement. He
never asked any questions, he just did what was asked of him.
The crew waited patiently for the agents to make their move. They
put the gas masks on that Tim returned with.
"Look fellows, every shot must count," Jimmy said. The
crew took aim, looking through scope's, they begin firing. That's
when all hell broke loose.
"Let's send these pigs on a ride to hell!" Tim yelled
tossing two grenades out the window.
Meanwhile Kathy prepared a candlelight dinner. Before awaking
Samuel, she slipped into her favorite nightgown. Walking to the bed
she leaned over and kissed him.
dinner is ready."
"Um! You smell good," Samuel responded raising up looking
around the room. "Did you sleep well, sweetie?" She asked.
"Yeah, like a baby," he
replied. "What time is it?"
"It's a little after seven. Come on and let's eat before the
food gets cold."
It had been a long
time since they sat down together and had a romantic dinner. Samuel
couldn't believe he had allowed himself the indulgence of getting
involved with his best friend's ole lady. He knew it was wrong, but
loves comes in all shapes and forms. Looking deep into Kathy's eyes
from across the table, he remembered what made him take that chance.
After dinner Samuel and Kathy sat in front of the fireplace
drinking red wine. "It's been so long since we really had a
chance to sit down and enjoy each others company, " Kathy said.
"I know," Samuel agreed. "This
is romantic, I must say." He leaned over and kissed Kathy's
In a matter of minutes, their
kissing grew more intense. It was a prelude to a full night of
Back at the house
with Jimmy and the crew, one by one Jimmy was losing his men. The
remaining few began to lose their composure, exposing their
positions. Within a matter of minutes Tim and Jimmy stood in the
living room watching their last soldier slowly die, choking on his
"Damn, Damn, Damn!"
"What now Jimmy?"
"We can't turn back!
We're in too deep, " Jimmy responded. "When those son of
bitches bust through the door let them have it." Tim looked at
Jimmy and smiled.
"See you in hell
comrade," Tim said.
be going alone."
The two waited
patiently with assault rifles pointed at the front door. Together
they opened fire when the door came crashing down. The exchange of
firing lasted a few minutes and ended with Jimmy and Tim laid face
down in a puddle of blood.
secured the premise. Homicide detectives appeared on the scene and
amongst them was Detective Simms. Entering the house he circled
around the living room viewing the bodies that laid on the floor,
"Hello detective, I'm
Agent Bruce." The two exchanged handshakes. "Detective
Simms. This is a mess."
Agent Bruce replied. "They put up one helluva fight, killing a
few of my men."
Bruce reflected on
how that day had begun. He was sitting at his desk filling out
reports when he received a phone call. The caller refused to give
their name, but had lots of information about a big drug dealer.
Agent Bruce immediately jumped on the case, it had been months since
he had made a big bust. His commanding officer's were beginning to
get in his ear. Agent Bruce stood six three and weighed two hundred
and fifty pounds. There was a darkness in his blue eyes and he made
sure his presence was felt everywhere he went.
Detective Simms knew he had to bring Samuel down and close the
chapter of this madness. Simms figured it wouldn't be easy, but he
sure was going to give it a try.
fellas let's load these bodies on the meat wagon," Agent Bruce
ordered to the coroners.
After a weekend
in the mountains Samuel and Kathy decided to return to the city.
"Everyone hold your positions and
wait for my command," Detective Simms spoke into the walkie
talkie, as Samuel and Kathy pulled into the driveway. Upon them
exiting the blue sedan, undercover officers ran toward them with
"Get down on the
ground," officers yelled.
going on?" Kathy asked putting her hands up.
"Jones don't make the situation any harder get down on the
ground, now!" Detective Simms yelled.
Samuel did what he was asked and laid down on the front lawn.
Officers approached with caution and placed Samuel in custody.
"What am I being arrested for?" Samuel asked.
"Just shut-up!" 'Detective Simms replied.
"Fuck you pig!"
It was a long
ride down to the station. Federal Agent Bruce awaited Samuel
arrival. Once booked Samuel was escorted to the interrogation room.
"Mr. Jones, before we get started,
you have the right to remain silent anything you say will be used
against you in the court of law, you have the right to an
"You can stop
there, get my attorney," Samuel said.
Samuel kept his composure, He knew they didn't have any evidence
against him. An hour had passed before Samuel's attorney arrived at
Mr. Leonard greeted him with a handshake.
"What's going on?"
they claim you put a contract on Keith McBuggs over some drugs,"
Mr. Leonard stated.
claim they received a phone call from an informant."
"That's a bunch of bulls hit!" Samuel replied, "Will
you be able to get me out tonight?"
"No," Mr. Leonard replied. "You're classified as a
threat and with the Fed's involved it's just not possible."
"I can't believe this!" Samuel
"That's the way it is for
now, especially when they lost three agents in that shoot out with
Jimmy and his boys."
or anybody give a statement," Samuel asked curiously.
"Jimmy and the others are dead."
Samuel couldn't believe Jimmy was gone, The news shocked him. It
took him a minute to gather himself.
"Mr. Leonard, thank you for coming down. Make sure you keep me
"Don't worry, I'll do
Samuel was arraigned the
next day in Federal Court and was given a preliminary hearing date.
Kathy was released. While in federal detention Samuel got himself in
a few physical altercations. The federal detention center became a
living hell for Samuel, but through it all he kept his head held
high. For the fIrst six months of his stay his visitation was
limited to only visits from his attorney. Once the suspension was
lifted Kathy came to see him.
his assigned phone booth, Samuel waited for Kathy's arrival. At the
sight of her, he had a painted smile upon his face. Picking up the
receiver, he gave Kathy a compliment.
"You look nice sweetheart."
"Thank you." Kathy had a depressing look on her face.
Immediately Samuel sensed something was wrong.
"What's up with the long face?" Samuel asked. "Sam, I
have something to tell you."
ahead you can tell me anything, you know that."
"Baby when we were in the mountains I called Keith and told him
that you were sending Jimmy and the boys over to whack him..."
she was cut off.
"What the hell do
you mean you told Keith!" Samuel yelled.
"Samuel, Baby, I'm sorry I didn't know he was gonna call the
fed's. I felt obligated because he's my son's Father.
"How naive can you be?" Samuel asked hitting the glass
with his fist.
"When those guys
broke into my house do you think they were just coming for me? They
were coming to whack the both of us, use your damn head!"
Samuel yelled into the phone.
so sorry. Please forgive me," Kathy cried and pleaded.
"I can't, you done betrayed me. Go back to the man you really
love," Samuel said coldly, hanging up the receiver and walked
out the inmate visiting room. Kathy knew it was over between them.
Samuel went back to his cell block and
laid down, he was raging mad. For the remainder of the day, until
deep into the night he sat and pondered his situation. The battle
was far from over. He remembered the old cliché, "What
comes around goes around." On that thought, Samuel drifted off
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