Wednesday Story Time – AKA Hump Day


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Last week we left the Worthe’s surrounded by a SWAT team, and Ralph was on the phone with the SWAT negotiator. It appears that Father Lightfoot is now a hostage and Ralph is threatening to shoot him unless his demands are met. We have no idea what those demands are but better go back and see. This week’s Wednesday Story Time is brought to you by Texas writer Jan Sikes. She has an excellent series of books, based on a true story and you can visit her blog to learn more. Here is the link. Now let’s join the Worthe’s and all the fun they are having.
“Okay, okay Mr. Worthe. Before I hear your demands, I need to make sure Lightfoot is okay.”
“He’s okay.”
“Not that I don’t trust you MR.WORTHE but I will need to talk to Lightfoot.”
“Ain’t going to happen. Take my word; he’s okay.”
“I guess this call is over then Mr. Worthe. Please enjoy the rest of your day.”
“Wait…Okay, I’ll put him on.”
“Thank you, sir.”
“Lightfoot is that you.”
“Yes, commander it is.”
“Are you hurt.”
“I think Worthe cracked one of my ribs with that pea shooter of his.”
“Can you still function?”
“Yes, I was wearing a vest. Worth has his .22 pointed at my head, though.”
“What about the rest?”
‘All in the kitchen with me.”
“Okay good. Try to keep them there.”
“gotta go commander. Bye.”
“Wait. Lightfoot?”
“No, it’s Worthe now.”
“Mr. Worthe. I want to assure you that as long as no harm comes to Agent Lightfoot, you have my word that you and your family will be safe.”
“Safe? You calling living under Marshall Law safe?”
“Marshall Law? Whatda you talking about?”
“As if you didn’t know. You and your agencies have been spying on us for years.”
“Mr. Worthe. Please stay with me. I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
“Yeah, sure you don’t. How would you like to live in fear for your whole life.”
“Uh. Mr. Worthe? You okay?”
“You’ll see all right in a minute.”
“Mr. Worthe you haven’t told me your demands.”
“Maybe it’s too late for demands. Worth out.”
“Worthe. Mr. Worthe. Hello, Mr. Worthe. Damn the line’s now busy. Hello, Central.”
“Central go ahead.”
“Worthe just hung up. I tried calling back and get a busy signal. Need the authorization to breach.”
Well, this does not look good for the folks in the house. We’ll have to wait and see if the permission to storm the house is given or maybe if Ralph comes to his senses and comes back on the line. Please visit today’s sponsor Jan Sikes and check out her new book. Till next week then.


  1. I’ve been away, and I think I missed a couple of episodes. I shall have to catch up. I’m so confused…

    1. Of course you are. See what holiday gets you.

  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    This story always amuses me, ‘cuz I never know what the heck is going on. And, “free college”? Maybe there’s a secret code that has eluded me. 🙂

    1. Naw, we started out with the two college characters and morfed into a soap opera. You have it all.

  3. Well, Mr. Worthe went from confident hostage taker to batty loon pretty quickly. 🙂

    1. Reflects the mood of the writer. 😀

      1. I’d suggest Mr. Worthe get a tinfoil hat, but that might be a valuable commodity in the post-apocalypse landscape.

      2. I think anyone with a tin foil hat will be king.

      3. What about a Burger King crown?

      4. We are talking Emperor. 🙂

      5. I love those types of penguins.

  4. I thought everyone had call waiting these days. 🙂

    1. True, but I had to improvise. Old Ralph flashed both lines. 😀

      1. Actually, my 90 year old aunt doesn’t have call waiting. 🙂

      2. Yeah, not surprised. At 90 the FOMO drive is pretty low.

  5. Another great section.

    1. Thanks, Craig. 🙂

  6. Good grief… another #Wacko, Buckie! #GetsBetterAndBetter!

    1. Thanks, John. 😀

  7. Good Grief. Mr. Worthe has backed himself into a very small corner. Not the sharpest pencil in the box, for sure! Thanks for allowing me to sponsor this episode of the Wednesday madness!!!

    1. Very small indeed. I enjoyed you helping write the episode. (metaphorically speaking of course)

  8. OK, paranoid and stupid male as head of household. Evil, greedy, conniving, condescending and manipulative wench as his sidekick. Braindead, self-absorbed, throw-boyfriend-under-the-bus-for-more-money daughter/girlfriend. Dumbass Bed.

    I say open fire on the lot of them, before they make lightfoot take off the vest.

    1. Ben – not bed. The bed probably isn’t a dumbass, but shoot it too if necessary.

    2. I have the same feeling. Can I restrain myself. Tune in next week.

  9. You know how to ratchet up the tension, John. Thanks for the afternoon break. It definitely got my mind off things. Mega hugs.

    1. Always good to be distracted from evil. 🙂

  10. N.e.v.e.r. a dull moment in this story. 😀 😀 😀

    1. If there were I would get fired. 😀

      1. A fired retiree? Hmm. Never thought of THAT! 🤗😎😍😇🤗😍

  11. Great work again, John.

  12. I’d never be good in a situation like this one. Not on either side of the phone. Liked it, John.

    1. Thanks, Audrey. I’m sure you could pull up a poem which would work. 🙂

  13. I’m playing catch up … again. Nice twist here — I’ll be back to see what happens next!

  14. I came back a few posts to see what would happen. I wonder what he meant by martial law? I guess I’ll just have to wait and find out. 😀

    1. i think Ralph got into a season of hyperbole. He is referring to the government of course.

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