Wednesday Story Day – AKA – Hump Day

Hump Day


It is Wednesday Story Day time again, and last week we witnessed a confrontation between Seth and Alice which made it clear that these two had some major history. We left them without knowing why Seth said, “You were right,” to Alice. Well, we can always hope that was a hint for a cringe moment later. Let’s get back to the widow’s house in this lovely town of Antion, Illinois. Notice the town has a name, and I want to thank Dan Antion for allowing me to borrow his surname for the story. (You can almost see his editor’s eye roll can’t you?)

“Hey, Alice. I thought you had left.”
“Hi, Lucas. I had an errand to run is all.”
“You led me to believe you were changing your mind about coming to my place.”
“Well, I did change my mind about that earlier. With a little encouragement, I could be persuaded to change my mind again.”
“I am real confused. One minute yes, one minute no. What can I do to convince you?”
“How about saying something nice.”
“Like how beautiful you look today.”
“Nice start.”
“You look beautiful today.”
“You said that Lucas. Try something else.”
“Come over here and sit next to me on the swing.”
“Okay. What do you have in mind?”
“Nothing but I can say I like the way the sun hits your hair. Makes it glow.”
“ How sweet you are. I really believe you mean that.”
“Can I hold your hand?”
“I’m not sure I want the neighborhood seeing us mooning on the front porch swing.”
“Yeah, I see that. I’ll just say I like the way your dress lays when you cross your legs.”
“What do you mean?”
“Your legs are something I would like to see. I have a hint by how the fabric clings but would like to touch them in the flesh.”
“That was almost poetic. I am starting to like the way you talk.”
“I also like your arms. They have a healthy and trim look, and I could imagine being held close by them. Your hands—”
“Let’s go to your place, Lucas. Now.”


  1. Gwen Plano · ·

    Great dialogue, John – leaves the reader with a list of plot possibilities, beginning with what will we discover in Lucas’s place… 🙂

    1. Bingo! That is the next vision. Thanks, Gwen.

  2. Gee, that Lucas is a sweet talker! Very smooth! Anton, Illinois produces some very classy lotharios – and then there’s Seth. Sigh. Loving the story, John!

    1. Thanks, John. Getting thicker.

  3. Well, that was decisiveness in action.

  4. She’s easily persuaded, isn’t she? Let’s hope Lucas isn’t too disappointed in what he sees…

    1. Or the other way around. Thanks, Keith

  5. Was going to say the same thing as Keith. Really wondering what the twist is going to be.

    1. Well I think once we get to Lucas’s place we’ll know more.

      1. He has a very large alligator collection?

  6. Huh, so that’s how it’s done.

    1. Well in Antion , Illinois with a very desperate Alice it is.

  7. I certainly wouldn’t fall for those lines. 🙂 Nice job, John!

    1. You are way too smart, Jill. Alice not so much. 🙂

  8. I’m not sure how well he paint, but he sure covered a lot of ground in this conversation. I like the way the town name looks in print, John. Thanks for the reference. I’m looking forward to the next episode, but I’m wondering if we’re going to see steam or bloodshed. Or, and more likely, something we haven’t considered.

    1. Hmmm. As you know, I’m not much into graphical depiction of violence. I am concerned about the widow though. 🙂

      1. I just know better than to think I have you figured out.

  9. Nice to have a name for this story location, John. Something tells me, though, that Lucas must be from “up north.” He’s far too forward-thinking for downstate, ha! As for Alice, it didn’t take much for her to succumb, did it??

    1. Nope. She was intent all along. Thanks, Debbie.

  10. And things are starting to sizzle! I wonder if these two will actually end up following through or if something (or someone) else will change their plans for them again.

    1. Hmmm. Maybe I should ask for a preference. 😀

  11. Oh my! Yes, I am also wondering what she will find at Lucas’ place, if she ever makes it there. 🙂 Certainly didn’t take him long to convince her.

    1. No it didn’t. Of course there is reader interest and word count to worry about.

  12. Is it nearly time for the “acute angina” joke?

      1. Old couple go on a date. Date goes well, they head back to her place.
        Heading to the bedroom, he follows her up the stairs as she says;

        “I think I should warn you, I have acute angina.”

        He replies;

        “Your ass isn’t bad either.”

      2. I’m here all week.

      3. Gotta love a corny joke. 😀

      4. Thanks, Guy. I actually had a laugh on that one.

  13. Welp,as the kids might say . . Seth knows how to get his mac on.

    I’m not sure who’s in more trouble here. I thought it was Seth but now? Hmmmm.

    1. Who knows. It may take some time to figure out.

  14. Hahaha. Really? Have we made NO progress? Sigh. o_O

    1. Doesn’t look that way does it? Thanks , Tess.

  15. One woman who knew Lucas recently has not been seen lately. I think Alice should wait to see her before she goes to Lucas’ apartment where she’s alone with him. I watch TV crime shows and I’m suspicious. Then there’s always “Psycho” to remember. O_o Good story continuance, John. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Thank you, Suzanne. I don’t think Alice is thinking to far ahead right now. 😀

  16. Yikes I was late for the party. I have a feeling Alice and Lucas will end up with some kind of chaperone at his place — but who or what? It could be a rat who lives in the mountain of empty beer cans that takes up 3/4th of the living room floor. (But wait, I’ve already met that guy.) Or for all I know the widow might finally show up there. Either way, I think Alice might be more generally capable than anyone gives her credit.
    Mega hugs!

    1. That’s good to know about Alice. I think she is pretty strong as well. 🙂

  17. Wow.
    Lucas has game…

    1. I think he is on.

  18. *gasp* I needed a little romance today. How nice. Fun to see Dan and the editor’s name in there. 🙂

    1. 🙂 Thanks, Audrey.

  19. Wow! That Lucas is some sweet-talker.

    1. Ha ha ha. With a shove he is.

      1. Well, after the shove he didn’t stop.

  20. I wonder who’s playing whom? I don’t trust anybody in this story.

    1. You shouldn’t. it is being written by a madman. 😀

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