Wednesday Story Day – AKA Hump Day

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Wednesday Story Day again. Last week we left Mrs. Worthe waiting for Ben to come out of x-ray. She warned him to keep his mouth shut and delivered a subtle threat if he didn’t. So let’s go back to the hospital.
“How long will this take?”
“Not long may man. I just have to get a shot of your foot, and we’ll be done.”
“Has Mrs. Worthe given you any money?”
“Huh. What’s that you saying?”
“I just wanted to know if Mrs. Worthe gave you any money.”
“Money? Money for what?”
“Oh, I don’t know. Maybe to tell her if I say anything about her.”
“How do I get in on this money? Who do I have to kill?”
“Yeah, that’s kind of funny. I’m serious. Did she?”
“Hell no. No one has offered me money for anything. Now hold still and don’t move that foot.”
“So she—”
“Quiet, please. No talking. I need you to take a breath and hold it. Good. Breathe.”
“So she never asked a favor of you?’
“No, she didn’t. We are done. I’ll take you back now.”
“Wait. I need to tell you something, and you need to promise you will call the police after I tell you.”
“Now wait a minute bud. I don’t want to get involved in any shit. You hear me?”
“I hear you, but all you have to do is call the police when you drop me off back at the ER.”
“I don’t need to do anything else?”
“No just call the cops. Tell them you think one of the patients is a criminal. That’s all.”
“I guess I could so that. What do you need to tell me?“
“Please promise me.”
“Okay guy, I promise.”
“I’m part of a group who is going to blow up the Student Union at the University”
“Oh is that all? I wanted to do the same thing myself.”
“You don’t understand. This is a major terrorist group and Mrs. Worthe is the leader.”
“Okay guy you rest now. I’m going to roll you back to the ER.”
“I’m serious. How do you think I got this wound?”
“I heard the doc say you shot yourself.”
“Okay but doesn’t that sound serious.”
“Sure does. Now you relax. I’m sure the nurse can give you something. I have felt like you after a hard night. Take it easy bud. I’ll be right back.”
“You have got to believe me.’
“Oh I do my man. Here give me your arm.”
“What are you doing.’
“This is for your own protection. Orderly get that other arm.’
“Wait don’t do this. Help me.”
“Strap him down good. I think he might get violent.”
“People are going to die.”
“Whew he is getting out of control. Call the doc stat.”


  1. Gosh… I’m feeling sorry for Ben. When no one believes you it’s an awful thing. You’ve done a great job of developing these characters, John. Mega hugs. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Hugs back to you.

  2. I wonder what that action is Worthe to the good doctor…

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks Keith

  3. Whilst awaiting a gamma ray flash,
    Ben queried an offer of cash.
    He confessed there and then,
    That he fully intends,
    To reduce education to ash.

    1. Great. Thanks Dale.

  4. Ben really needs to read more spy thrillers. Never bluntly ask if someone is being bribed. Only an idiot would say yes.

    1. So true Charles.

  5. Ack! “Strap him down good”…never a good sign of things to come. I can relate to that cartoon, John. 😦

  6. Now I don’t know whether I want to slap Ben silly or give him a hug. For the record, I’m leaning toward slap, but I’d also like to see some justice for that woman.

    1. The clock is ticking and maybe a bomb or two.

      1. Is one hiding under Mrs. W’s skirt? Please say yes 🙂

  7. Sounds like blowing up the student union is a popular goal. “Oh yeah, you’re the third one this week. Orderly!”

  8. Oh dear. He’s making mistakes, Ben is. Goodness.

  9. I’m afraid Ben is jumping from the frying pan into the fire! All he needs now is to succumb to one of those knock-you-out shots, and Mrs. Worthe will have free rein.

    1. hmmm gives me an idea.

  10. Loved the way you set characterization through dialogue. Very well done.

    1. Thank you so much.

  11. This is pitch perfect, John. Ben can’t stop shooting off his mouth. The orderlies will be sorry when they find out the guy was serious… Or, at the least, that he’s not bonkers– Okay, a different kind of bonkers. 😀 😀 😀

    1. You know I could pull a dream thingy (a la JR in Dallas) and then we would have a whole new set of problems.

      1. Ha ha ha ha ha. Excuse me. Ha ha ha. Love it. No, better not do dream thingies. Readers get upset.

      2. Yes. Okay I won’t.

  12. Great job. I love the back and forth dialog.

      1. You’re welcome.

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