Wednesday Story Day – AKA – Hump Day

Hump day


It is Wednesday Story Day again. Last week we witnessed Seth promise some gossip to Alice. They left Lucas’ floor to go to the cafeteria for a cup of coffee. Alice was ready for information as evidenced by her closing line, “Lead on Seth. I never turn down an offer of a cup of gossip.” We should join them at their table in the cafeteria.

“Are you sure that’s all you want is coffee? I’m buying.”
“I’m sure, Seth. I would like to get to the information you promised.”
“Okay, but you have to promise me you won’t say anything to Lucas or anyone else. If you do, it might compromise my investigation.”
“I promise. Even though I’m dying to hear what you have to say, don’t you think you should keep the information private if it will mess up your investigation?”
“Normally I would agree with you, but in this case, I want to make sure you understand why you are dealing with and be careful.”
“I appreciate that. You know best.”
“Okay, so remember I told you about the pharmacist.”
“Yes, I remember. Something about anxiety drugs.”
“Correct. Seems your boy Lucas had a history of taking those drugs.”
“Many people do. What does that prove?”
“On top of the anxiety medication, I found out Lucas’ sister was a druggie.”
“Now how did you come to this information?”
“The pharmacist called me and gave me the entire family background.”
“Now why would he do that?”
“Well, it appears he more or less looked the other way when there were some questionable prescriptions. He tried to explain about having trouble meeting his financial obligations.”
“Who were the prescriptions for?”
“They were written in the name of the father and mother, but the pharmacist believes they were really for the daughter.”
“So he is coming clean why?”
“He thinks I’m going to find out anyway and he wants to co-operate in case there are any charges.”
“Will there be any charges?”
‘“I really don’t know yet. I could inform the DEA, but I don’t have enough evidence. I need to go to Kenosha to take his statement and read him his rights. Hard to do on the phone.”
“When you leaving?”
“Later today. That’s not all he said though.”
“What else?”
“He gave an opinion on where the daughter can be located.”
“Where is she?”
“He thinks she is still in the area. He believes she is in a grave on the outskirts of town.”
“Oh my God, Seth. Did he kill her?”
“He hasn’t said anything about that. I really need to see him in person.”
“Don’t you need to notify the locals. Kenosha is not in your jurisdiction.”
“I know that, Alice. I’ve got a guy talking, and it will be his word against mine if I don’t get a formal statement on tape. Once done then I can turn it all over. My interest is to see how much involvement Lucas has in all of this.”
“Seth you are so transparent. I still think you are jealous.”



  1. Bum bum bum… waiting now (impatiently)😐 for the next part of the story!! Oh you writers…love keeping us cliffhangered! Have a beautiful day John!

    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. Yes, we want you over the cliff, clinging in desperation to the small oak tree that is beginning to give way.

  2. Uh, oh. Graves are showing up now. Alice better be careful. Seth really shouldn’t have told her. She doesn’t seem to me to be very trustworthy. I especially hope she doesn’t tell Lucas. I like the cartoon at the top. 😀 — Suzanne

    1. Thanks, Suzanne. I agree Alice should keep her mouth shut.

  3. I always thought there was something odd about that boy [folds arms and assumes a smug, told-you-so expression]

    1. Yes you were right. (I think)

  4. Blimey, could it get any more tense.Has the boy taken out his whole family on this medication?

    1. Ha ha ha. Love the word blimey. Thanks, David.

  5. This is better than General Hospital! Oh my gosh, that cartoon is hilarious! Happy Wednesday, John. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Jill. I’m wishing you a super day as well.

  6. Poor old Lucas – first he’s chased by two cougars, and now he’s being investigated by a grumpy old man! Great story, John!

    1. Make that jealous, grumpy, old man with a gun. 😀

  7. Jealousy is a strong motivating force. Still, seems like a trail of bodies. Now I have to wonder it Lucas stumbled into this place or if he’s on a mission. Dang, John. You’ve left me asking more questions…again.

    1. Well, some day we will have all the answers. In the meantime, I’ll keep serving up the material and you can keep asking the questions. 😀 Thanks, Dan

      1. I trust you, John. I’m not sure what that says about me, but it’s true.

      2. You can trust me. *mooooohhhhahahaahhaha Who was that?

  8. Gwen Plano · ·

    Love the cartoon…It sets the stage for the story, which now has become a thriller – what a surprise! LOL Great writing, John. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Gwen. Safe travels.

  9. For some reason, I just can’t fully trust Seth. There’s persistent cop and then there’s this. Just seems like he’s going beyond for personal reasons.

    1. I agree. What makes him think he can go into another state and conduct an investigation. There was no crime committed in Antion. Illnois.

      1. That’s what I kept wondering. The jurisdiction seems a little off here.

      2. Yet he has some schlub blabbing.

  10. And now we have (maybe) graves and bodies! Oh, my!
    Your story has more twists and turns than a Sharknado run rampant 🙂
    Can’t wait to see what happens next.

    1. Thanks, Mae. I loved the Sharkado reference. 😀

  11. I’ve been wondering for a while about Lucas’s involvement in those prescriptions.

    1. Well it looks like there may be more to the story as well. Thanks, Teri.

  12. I agree with Alice. I think Seth is jealous, too. BUT, somehow I still keep feeling like Lucas is the victim here. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Another great segment, John!

    1. Yes we have to wait. Thank you, Jan 🙂

  13. Lots of twists and turns in this one, John. Lots of characters I can’t trust, too. Makes for a compelling read (and I love the cartoon!)

    1. Thanks, Debbie. I’m glad you like it.

  14. Groan… just got pulled into a do-nothing meeting and told to attend in person. So I needed this to brighten my lunch break. Thank you John.
    Hmmm…. I’m wondering if Seth didn’t blab to Alice just because he knows she’ll “leak” the information to someone else. There might be more depth to Seth than is apparent.
    I love how this could go in so many different directions. Hugs.

    1. Me too. I pick up ideas from you guys. I have to divert if someone should guess which way i’m going.

  15. Consider it my babble, not a guess. 😀

  16. I still want Lucas to come out of this okay. Smelling like a rose, as they say. Loving the build up, John

  17. You know, if North Korea were to nuke this particular town, I could probably live with it.

    1. Ha ha ha. I know what you mean. Send Kim a note making the offer.

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