Wednesday Story Day – AKA Hump Day

Hump Day


It is Wednesday Story Time again, and last week we left Alice and Lucas getting ready to jump in Alice’s car for a trip to Lucas’ house. It appeared that the two of them were going to buy some gin and do who knows what once they got to Lucas’ place. I don’t know about you, but I think this could get out of hand real fast. Let’s go back to Mrs. Murphy’s and see what these guys are doing.
“Come on Lucas get in my car.”
“Just a second. I need to put these brushes into some water. I’ll be right there. Look who’s driving up.”
“Oh, my it’s that fool, Gibson.”
“The Sheriff? What does he want?”
“I have no idea, Lucas. Do your brushes. I’ll see what he wants.”
“Yes, ma’am.”
“Don’t call me Ma’am. Makes me feel old. I said to call me Alice.”
“Yes, ma’am I mean Alice.”
“Now go along.”
“Well, well, well. As I live and breathe, it’s Alice Weston. How are you, Alice.”
“For heaven’s sake Seth. I just saw you a while ago. What are you doing here?”
“I wanted to check and see if that boy uh—”
“Lucas. His name is Lucas.”
“Oh yeah. I just wanted to see if he went ahead and started painting without permission.”
“Well, as you can see, I’m here, and I have given him the approval to proceed.”
“So everything is on the up and up?”
“Yes, of course. Why wouldn’t it be on the up and up as you say?“
“Have you seen the widow Murphy today?”
“No. She’s at the store.”
“Yeah, that’s what uh— “
“Yeah, that’s what the kid said. I have never known the widow to go off for so long.”
“How long?”
“Well, he said she just left over an hour ago.”
“Doesn’t seem so long.”
“I guess you are right. You have time for lunch?”
“You know I don’t have time for lunch, Seth. Not now not ever.”
“You know, Alice that high and mighty act might go well in town, but I know you from the ground up so you can spare me the airs.”
“Fine Seth. What else can I do for you.”
“You might just be in a position one of these days to beg for a favor.”
“Yeah, that will be the day.”
“Okay, Alice have it your way. I’ll see you.”
“Bye Seth. Don’t let the screen door hit you.”
“Very amusing, Alice. Also Before you get any funny ideas with that kid, you better check his ID.”
“Ha ha ho ho, Seth. You are so funny.”
“Having sex with a minor is a felony, Alice. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.”
“What I love is you always have your mind in the gutter, Seth. I shouldn’t be surprised by that remark.”
“Suit yourself, Alice. Suit yourself.


  1. These people are really nosy. Something about knowing that the widow doesn’t leave for very long is kinda creepy.

    1. Creepy is as creepy does. Thanks, Charles. 🙂

  2. I’m getting the impression the widow who doesn’t leave the house for long has not actually left the house at all. I think there’s trouble a brewin’.

    1. Well, only a week to find out more. As you can see, sometimes finding out more doesn’t necessarily deliver more information leading to a solution. 🙂

  3. Both Alice and Lucas might get into trouble. Seth might be watching Alice closer than she knows and Lucas may know more than he appears to. The disappearance of the widow is becoming mysterious and Lucas seems to have been the last one to see her. This plot is thickening. Good post for the story, John. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Thanks, Suzanne. I think you have a good sense of what is going on here. I’m glad you are liking it. 🙂

  4. Gwen Plano · ·

    Hmmm. I keep returning to the line: “You might just be in a position one of these days to beg for a favor.” Why would he say that? 🙂

    1. Well, I think Alice and Seth have some history and Seth wants an element of revenge. (Of course, what do I know? I’m along for the ride myself)

  5. Hmmm. If they both like to be in control, there should be an intersting dynamic when they reach chez Lucas and set about whatever it is they’re planning to set about. That assumes they have a common purpose, of course. If not…

    1. “Common purpose” might be the operative unknown here. Thanks, Keith

  6. What a smarmy little town Lucas landed in. Still, I’m not sure he’s on the up and up, either. Then again, I followed you onto this road, John, I guess I have to see where it leads.

    1. You are most welcome, Dan. Here get in my roaster and I’ll give you a lift. Oh yeah, fasten that harness while you’re at it.

      1. Always buckled-up when I come here – always.

      2. Good man. Did you bring a tourniquet?

      3. Let’s hope I don’t need that.

  7. Great observation, Gwen. 🙂 That line caught my eye too. Yep, looks like we are in the set-up for a thriller with twists.

    1. Thanks, Jan. I promise not to twist you too hard. 😀 *fingers crossed*

  8. I decided not to make any guesses and just enjoy the ride. Fun story so far.

    1. Thanks, Craig. Super compliment. 🙂

  9. I’m still thinking something is up with the widow…that she’s really not gone to the store at all. I also have a feeling Seth is just waiting for the opportunity to nail someone on trouble.
    I like that you keep me guessing, John!

    1. Thanks, Mae Clair. I like that you like that I keep you guessing. 😀

  10. Alice is in for a surprise.

    1. I think you should be telling fortunes. 😀

  11. “Don’t call me Ma’am. Makes me feel old.” Obviously she’s not from the south. As for today’s meme…I’m with him!

    1. Yes Ma’am. Me too on the Meme. Thanks, Jill.

  12. Gee, John, you can keep us all in ‘suspenders’ for several weeks before we find out the fate of the dear widow! Thanks for the entertainment, John!

    1. My job is to make this series last a year and not lose anyone. The widow? Oh I almost forgot her. 😀

  13. Love this line of the sheriff’s — “Alice that high and mighty act might go well in town, but I know you from the ground up so you can spare me the airs.” I imagine he’s got her pegged!!

    1. More ways than one. Thanks, Debbie.

  14. You do “small town drama and not-so-hidden secrets” extraordinarily-well, John.

    1. Thank you , Hook. It must be cause I’m surrounded with it. 😀

  15. Wheew… I missed Story Time as my lunch break, but I carved out a quick afternoon break.
    So the sheriff is carrying a torch for Alice. That sure complicates things (even more than his general nosiness). I’m going to Amazon to look for a neck brace right now — cause I know you’ve got some hairpin twists coming down the road, John. 😀 Mega hugs.

    1. Yes. Noise level high, neck strain possibilities high. Man this is getting risky. 😀

  16. Seth and Alice. Huh. o_O She sure doesn’t like the man. I wonder what happened between them in the past. And the widow–where is she r.e.a.l.l.y?
    Hm. Hard to say what’s coming next but I know it’ll be goo.
    Great story, John. Hi-dee-ho. 😀 😀 😛

    1. Thanks Tess. There is something going on between those two alright. Hi Dee Ho to you.

  17. Great story today, but I’ve missed so many of the previous posts, I’ll have to go back and check them out.

    1. You can stay here. There is much more to come. Thanks, Michelle.:-)

  18. Everyone is wearing a bit of slime. Not sure who to sit near.

    1. I would stay in the car. Thanks, Audrey. 😀

  19. It seems Alice could get herself into something to which she wouldn’t be able to extricate herself. You notice I said, “It seems”. Because the girl has a way of rolling in and out of the mud without getting all that dirty. Even if she IS plenty dirty.

    1. You are very observant, Pilgrim. I’ll have to work harder to keep the wool flying. Thanks. 🙂

      1. Just saying, Boss. I can see Alice beating the rap on a charge of indecency with a minor should she (and she probably will) get a sympathetic judge or jury of dudes. She is feminine wiles..gone wild!

      2. I think you are right. Pretty hard to convince folks that an underage guy is being taken advantage.

  20. Hum…I’m ready to turn the page and keep on reading! I’m taking it all in and finding pieces, but they aren’t falling into place just yet. I think Sheriff Seth is doing the same.

    1. Very good comment, Deborah. Yes, the Sheriff is trying to figure out what is going on. The nice thing about a serial is that you can come and go and it doesn’t take too much to catch up. 😀

  21. Well, somebody’s up to something. The trouble is, the all seem pretty shady, so I’m not sure who’s cheating and who’s being cheated. 😀

    1. I think I share your confusion, Bun. Thanks.

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