Wednesday Story Day – AKA – Hump Day

Hump Day


It is Wednesday Story Day again, and last week we were stunned to have Trish Severide show up at the hospital. She learned that there was a pretty big insurance policy payment waiting for her. She and we all learned that the insurance policy and will of the parents has gone missing. So I am seeing Alice answering her front door. Who is there but none other than Frank Plano the private detective?
“Yes, can I help you?“
“Hello, Mrs. Weston.”
“Yes I’m Mrs. Weston, and you are?”
“Frank Plano private detective.”
“What can I do for you, Mr. Plano?”
“Well, for one thing, you could invite me in.”
“To what end?”
“I just want to ask you a few things about Lucas Severide and his parents.”
“Things? What kind of things?”
“Please Mrs. Weston. It’s hard to talk through a screen door. May I please come in?”
“I’m not sure what information I have regarding the Severides. I do know Lucas though.”
“Great let’s talk about Lucas then.”
“What do you want to know?”
“I am a little unclear on why he is painting houses.”
“Why so. He’s a young man needing money for school or so he told me.”
“Yeah, see that’s just it.”
“What’s it?”
“The kid got five million from an insurance policy his parents had on their lives.”
“What? Oh, do come in Mr. Plano.”
“Thank you, Mrs. Weston. Thank you. I was beginning to get a sunburn out there.”
“Would you like some coffee?”
“That would be nice, thank you.”
“I’ll be right back. Have a seat.”
“Hello, Harriet. I’m whispering because I have that private eye in my living room and he’s telling me Lucas got five million from his parent’s insurance policy. Calm down, Harriet. I will see what this is about and call you back.  No, you can’t come over. I’ll handle this. Bye.”


  1. Gwen Plano · ·

    Ah, the plot thickens as Frank meanders. Now it is getting fun, a blog Mystery Theater experience. 😀 I’m loving the twists. Have a great day, John.

    1. Thank you, Gwen. Yes, a mystery theater indeed.

  2. My, my. Surprises all around. That was a shocker. We all want to know what happens next, John. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Thank Suzanne. 😀

  3. Primate detective? I thought he was a bit of an ape!
    So; the two … erm … ladies are aware of the fortune that should be coming to Lucas. That could set the cat among the pigeons…

    1. I guess they are wondering about Lucas for sure.

  4. Great twists, John! You certainly have me scratching my head.

    1. Thank you, Jill. I hope I can work out of this mess.

  5. Subtlety all around here. They aren’t very good at keeping secrets or acting natural.

    1. Not their strong suit. Thanks, Charles.

  6. You have more twists and turns than a Big Dipper John and talk about a convoluted plot line you have us all hanging on by our fingertips. Well done on yet another major.surprise.

    1. Thanks David. I hope you are hanging on a soft ledge. 🙂

  7. The small town rumor mill kicks into overdrive now. I also saw the primate detective and it reminded me of blog buddy Planetary Defense Command and his stories.

    1. Yeah I love typos and autocorrect. Thanks Craig.

      1. It happens to us all.

      2. Ha ha ha. This one was pretty odd though.

      3. Could be a whole new story there. A chimpanzee in Colombo attire, “Just one more question.”

      4. The Cheeta did it.

  8. Now the soup is thickening into a stew – Lucas stew.

    “Well, for one thing, you could invite me in.”
    “To what end?”

    I love that quick exchange – I think I’ll save that for those pesky sales people.

    I knew it wasn’t going to be a straight line to the finish, John. Keeping my seat-belt fastened.

    1. Yes, and okay the speed signs.

  9. I thought Alice seemed pretty interested at the mention of money – hmmmm.

  10. Love how Alice warmed up to Frank when she heard about the insurance money! Great segment, John!

  11. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    The mention of the insurance money got him in quickly:) Sounds like he told the correct person to spread information. Can’t wait to see what happens next week.

    1. Yes. We have to have a heart to heart discussion with Alice. Uh unless something else comes up.

  12. More twists and turns along this plot line. I love it!! Great episode today, John.

  13. (Shakes head…) John, I know better than to try and guess what you will write next. (Although it seems to be human nature to do so — at least to a degree.) I just sit back and (hang onto the dash with white knuckles) enjoy the ride. Oh! Watch the airbag…
    Thank you for another delightful lunch break. Hugs!

    1. Thank you, Teagan. I love having you join me during your lunch break. 😀

  14. Ah, ha! So we’re almost to the point of learning why Lucas is painting houses when he’s got 5 mil in the bank. And now with the ladies involved the gossip train is about to start gaining steam–maybe. I can never tell where you’re headed with these segments, John, which is what makes this story so entrancing.

    1. Thank you, Mae. I so glad you like the story.

  15. Uh-oh. When these two bats get together, nothing good will come forth! I can see the dollar signs in their eyes from here.

    1. Ha ha ha. I think you are right.

  16. Another Alice and Frank meeting. This is really interesting. Clearly Alice knows much more, and Frank has a great gut feel. The plot is thickening. I love this, John!

    1. Thank you, Jennie. The plot is taking on the appearance of gumbo for sure. 😀

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