Wednesday Story Day – AKA Hump Day

It is Wednesday Story Day again. Last week we had further revelations that The Sheriff (Seth) and Alice never got a divorce. We didn’t find out why, and according to Seth, it is just one of those things. So far the widow is still missing, and Lucas hasn’t made much headway on the house. I think we should get back there and see if there are any other things we can find out about this weird community.
“Hey you, boy.”
“Yes, ma’am. I see you are back from the beauty shop.”
“Yeah, a bunch of nonsense. Say, I thought you would have been half way done by now.”
“Well, ma’am I’ve had a lot of interruptions is all.”
“Okay but I’m paying you by the job and not by the hour so if you want to fritter away your time that’s your business. Come down here for a moment.”
“Yes, ma’am what is it?”
“I wanted to warn you about that Alice Weston woman.”
“What about her Mrs. Murphy?”
“She’s a she-wolf in lamb’s clothing. I might add that clothing comes off too quickly in my mind.”
“I just saw the sheriff in town, and he said she was around here while I was gone. That true?”
“W-well, yes ma’am. She was here.”
“She didn’t bother you did she?”
“No, ma’am. She was very nice.”
“That’s what I’m worried about, boy. A nice young man like you better take care.”
“Take care?”
“Yes. Take care that women doesn’t sweet talk you into anything you’ll regret.”
“I think I can take care of myself, ma’am.”
“Mind my words, Lucas. That woman is trouble and if you’re not careful you’ll get burned.”
“Thank you, ma’am. I’ll be careful. Now I’d better get back to work.”
“I was just fixen’ to make some lunch. Why don’t you come inside and wash up.”
“You yourself said I was frittering”
“Aw pay me no mind. I’m an old curmudgeon and get a little on my high horse sometimes. I would love to have some company for lunch. You look like you could use a good meal.”
“Yes, ma’am. I would be pleased. I’ll go put on a shirt.”
“Oh, no need. You are fine the way you are. Just come in. You can wash up in the spare bathroom.”



  1. Unless I am misreading this, it looks like Lucas could have his work cut out fending off older women. And him with no real experience of the ways of the world…

    1. I think you have his problem boiled down, Keith. 🙂

  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    This episode made me chuckle…love that. And, the line “She’s a she-wolf in lamb’s clothing. I might add that clothing comes off too quickly in my mind.” is perfect. 🙂

    1. Ha ha ha. Thank you , Gwen. I enjoyed writing it. 🙂

  3. So Mrs Murphy hasn’t suffered at the hands of Lucas, good but is Lucas about to suffer at the hands of Mrs Murphy before the she-wolf in lamb’s clothing gets a look in ?
    Great story John.

    1. Thanks, David. hang on for further developments.

  4. And the widow makes an appearance. Lucas is still in trouble it seems. Poor guy is surrounded by problems.

    1. He reminds me of a loser who can’t win for losing. Thanks, Charles.

      1. Interesting. Never heard of that type of character before.

      2. Ha ha ha. 😀 You kill me.

  5. Oh, my… Lucas is a Cougar magnet! Loving to story, John!

    1. It is like he is in the jungle. Thanks, John

  6. Ha! John, I laughed out loud at the ending. Well done.
    So this time you *began* with the twist — what a surprise to see Mrs. Murphy — alive that is.
    (Cue creepy music) Unless, she’s actually a figment of Lucas’ imagination…
    Applesauce! I’ve no idea where you’re going. And that’s the fun of it. Mega hugs.

    1. I love your story mind, Teagan. I wish I could think of the stuff you do. Hugs. 🙂

      1. Pishaw… You are the twist master. 😀

      2. I love the word pashaw. Thanks. 😀

  7. Oh no, not again. He’s never going to get that house painted.

    1. Well, you know the poor sap is just a pawn. 🙂

  8. So the missing widow finally makes an appearance, and it sounds like she might have some cougar blood too. Hmm. What an interesting and complex cast of characters, each with plenty of opinions about the others.

    This is so much fun. Wednesday wouldn’t be a proper Wednesday without a dose of story from you to keep me guessing and entertained!

    1. Thank you, Mae. I appreciate your comment. 🙂

  9. Thank you for not distracting me with a hilarious meme, John. A shirtless lunch…hum…kind of creepy. Nice, John!

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Jill.

  10. Well, at least the widow is alive and well. All the women seem to like that boy with his shirt off. We’ll all be waiting to see what develops next, John. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. He must have a nice chest for sure. Thanks, Suzanne.

  11. What is it with Lucas and the cougars?

    1. I think maybe the author has some fantasy problems don’t you?

  12. Ewww, from the frying pan into the fire!! Lucas just seems to attract the older gals, doesn’t he? Well, now we at least know where the widow is — looks like getting her hair done only primed the pump, so to speak!

    1. Something about that bright orange that gets the blood boiling. 🙂

  13. Wow! I didn’t see that one coming. Lucas is never going to get this house painted but he certainly has a chance for sex…maybe. 🙂

    1. Maybe. Not sure he can handle it though. 🙂

  14. I might be blushing on his behalf!

    1. Yes, I know the feeling. 🙂

  15. This kid must look pretty good with his shirt off. Nobody ever invited me in off a ladder. I love how everyone in this town knows the dirt on everyone else.

    1. Antion Illinois is a very small town. Just outside Belvedere where they made Plymouths.

      1. Ha ha – I had a Fury when I was a kid

      2. I remember the 1957 was a pretty hot car.

      3. Yeah…this was a 1966 with a slant-6 😦

  16. Maybe he should bring up his age a little more in the converation.

    1. As if that would matter. May even be a positive.:-D

      1. Thanks, Audrey. 🙂

  17. I missed out on the first part of this story, but I will definitely be following the rest of it. Something tells me that Lucas had best be careful Lol Great post, John!

    1. Yes he should. Thanks, Rhani.

  18. He certainly seems to have a way with the ladies.

    1. Doesn’t he though. 🙂

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