Wednesday Story Day – AKA Hump Day

Hump Day


It is Wednesday Story day again. Last week we left Alice being warned about having underaged sex with Lucas by Seth Gibson the Sheriff. There seems to be some history between Alice and Seth. If I didn’t know better, I would say they ex-lovers. Anyway, it looks like the sheriff still carries a torch for Alice. I don’t know of another explanation for his rudeness. I figure by now Lucas is finished cleaning his brushes and ready to go with Alice to her place. Let’s go there and find out.
“Okay, Ma— I mean Alice. I’m ready to go.”
“Before we go, Lucas, I need to ask you a question.”
“Sure what is it.”
“How old are you.”
“Now that’s a funny question. What did the sheriff say to you?”
“He read me the riot act about underage sex.”
“What about it?”
“I guess he thinks you are younger than eighteen and he said he would be watching me.”
“My goodness. Is he one of your boyfriends?”
“What makes you ask that?”
“I think he wants to keep you for himself.”
“Naw. He is not a boyfriend. We do have history but not like that.”
“What kind of history?”
“Oh, you don’t need to bother that pretty little head with Seth Gibson nonsense. Maybe some other time I’ll tell you. So how old are you?’
“He must have really got to you. What if I said I was seventeen?”
“That would make me pause to think about what Seth said.”
“Okay, I’m not seventeen. In fact, I’m twenty. Does that make you feel better?”
“Now that you mention it, Lucas, there isn’t much difference between seventeen and twenty is there?”
“What do you mean?”
“Let’s just say I’ve had a bit of a cold shower and need a rain check on a visit to your place.”
“Aw Alice. Don’t let that old coot play with your mind.”
“That’s just it, Lucas.”
“Seth and I went to high school together. We’re the same age. I’m going to do some errands. I’ll see you later.”
“See you later, Lucas.”


  1. An attack of conscience, a realisation that she still has feelings for Seth, or is she suddenly feeling her age? Who knows?

    1. I think the light of day brought her to her senses. “Old coot” is pretty glaring.

  2. I guess Lucas calling Seth an “old coot” made Alice stop and think since they’re the same age. I bet there’s more history there than just Alice and Seth having been classmates. Alice seems not to be the “cougar” she at first desired to be. I’m interested to see how this progresses. Meanwhile, the paint’s drying and still no widow has shown up. 😀 — Suzanne

    1. Yup the widow seems to be the only character we haven’t met. Well let’s hope for her sake all is well. 🙂

  3. Gwen Plano · ·

    This was a twist I did not expect. Impressive writing, John.

    1. Thank you, Gwen. As always, I enjoy your visits.:-)

  4. So, the sheriff threw a wet blanket on the assignation but Lucas seems more game now than before. Is that because he knows nothing will happen now I wonder.

    1. I think he got used to the idea while messing with his brushes. 😀

  5. Nice twist. Probably for the best since Lucas has enough on his plate. That house won’t paint itself and I still think he’s hiding something.

    1. It seems that way to me as well. Where the heck is the widow anyway?

      1. I’m sure someone will dig her up eventually.

  6. Huh, maybe it wa all a distraction, for someone.

    1. Don’t forget I’m not too good at disruptive fiction. 😀

      1. Disruptive? I haven’t heard that genre before. Maybe you’re inventing it. Or maybe you’re deceiving me now…

  7. Charles thinks Lucas is hiding something? I think this whole damn town is hiding something, It’s like Lucas walked into a soap opera and he’s the new leading man. I almost want to turn away, but it’s like the proverbial train wreck – I just can’t.

    1. Don’t turn away just yet. There will be plenty of occasions to run screaming from the room. Thanks, Dan 😀

  8. Hum…no promise…interesting. Nice job, John!

    1. I had to help Lucas a little. After all this is a PG rated show.

  9. Nice plot twist, John! Can’t wait for next Wednesday’s episode!

    1. Thanks, John. me too.:-D

  10. “Old Coot.” Oops! Lucas stuck his foot in his mouth with that one.
    And quite suddenly the prey becomes predator. Interesting switch up between Lucas and Alice!

    1. Thanks, Mae Clair. Yeah, I think the ignorance of youth caught up with Lucas. 🙂

  11. Oh! Now that was unexpected from Alice, and I do not get the feeling she is playing hard to get. I don’t know what to think. Hmmmmm…. Thanks for another wonderful Wednesday lunch break, John. Mega hugs.

    1. I have to keep tossing it up (you know that). You clever folks will figure things out too quickly if I don’t. Glad you like it. Hugs back. I think you have a little mustard on your lip. Yes right there.

      1. At least that time it didn’t land on my shirt. 😀

  12. Maybe Alice is wisening up? Trying to stay out of trouble? Something tells me that it won’t last. 😬​

    1. I think Lucas hurt her feelings. We’ll see. Thanks.

      1. I think you are right, John!

  13. Lucas doesn’t know it, but he dodged a bullet! Funny how age plays into our interactions with others, huh?

    1. I guess he is lucky after all

  14. I agree with everyone else. Interesting twist. Now that Alice is backing off, Lucas seems more determined to pursue. But, what about Widow Murphy?? Good segment, John!

    1. Thanks, Jan. What about that widow anyway?

  15. ‘Old coot’ works faster than a cold shower. The widows absence continues to intrigue me, just what do you have up that clever sleeve of yours, John. C’mon, the suspense is killing me …

    1. Well this is a serial after all. Thanks Soooze.

  16. Lucas is a sly one. He might be seventeen after all and still lied about his age. He wasn’t keen on Alice’s proposition or was it a proposal? I can never keep these straight. 😀 😀 😀 Whatever changed Alice’s mind–where the heck is the widda?

    1. I think Alice saw how foolish she was being. The widda? Your guess is as good as mine.

  17. Nice plot twist, John! 🙂 Always a joy to read.

    1. Thank you, Natalie. You are so kind to say so. 🙂

  18. Alice cuts bait (jail bait) just like that. I think Lucas just averted disaster, of some sort or other.

    1. I agree. Of course now he is ready for a new disaster.

  19. Sigh. Alice, has the right idea. Hate saying that, however.

    1. I think she came to her senses.

    1. Thank you, Michelle. 🙂

  20. Oh dear! The words “old coot” must have been like a blade through the heart given that Alice went to school with the Sheriff! Of course, she may have some other motive too. I don’t really trust anybody in this story, which I guess is the idea!

    1. That is the whole idea, Bun. I weave em to keep us guessing. Even me. 😀

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