Wednesday Story Day – AKA – Hump Day

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It is Wednesday Story Day again. Last week we left Sheriff Seth Gibson storming out of Jason McDonnell’s office because he was thwarted from interviewing Lucas without the permission of Lucas’ doctor. My assumption is Jason will talk to the doctor and then get in touch with Seth. We really have to get back to Harriet Murphy’s house. As you will recall, Frank Plano the private eye was on Mrs. Murphy’s porch the last time we were there. The beauty of a serial like this is these characters are frozen until we get back to them. Oops as I sit here chatting Mrs. Murphy is opening the door. Let’s hurry.

“Mr. Plano. Please come in.”

“Thank you, Mrs. Murphy. I hope I’m not disturbing you.”

“Oh no. After all, Alice called you. Would you like some coffee?”

“I sure would. It has been a while since I had my last cup and I could use the pick me up.”

“Very well. Follow me to the parlor. Oh, Here’s Alice. You remember Mr. Plano don’t you?”

“You can call me Frank. It is nice seeing you again.”

“Thank you, Mr. Plano. Why don’t we sit while Mrs. Murphy gets your coffee.”

“Thank you. When we talked on the phone, you mentioned that you and Mrs. Murphy were wanting to tell your side of the story before I turn in my report.”

“Yes, that is true. We think there has been a lot of misinformation and want to set the record strains.”

“I think that is a good thing, Mrs. Weston. Do you mind if I take notes and do you want to wait for Mrs. Murphy?”

“No I don’t mind, and we can go ahead.”

“Okay then. What is it you want to tell me.”

“First of all. . . Wait here is Harriet with the coffee.”

“Hello, all. I took the liberty of putting a plate of scones on the tray. Please help yourself.”

“Oh, my this coffee is delicious.”

“I’m glad you like it. Now here is what we want to say.”

“Shouldn’t you let the poor man enjoy his coffee, Alice?”

“For heaven’s sake Harriet. He can drink and listen at the same time.”

“Very well, I just don’t want to be rude is all.”

“Thank you, Mrs. Murphy, but Mrs. Weston is right. I can listen while I enjoy your fabulous Coffee. Did you make these scones?”

“No, they are from the bakery.”

“Well, they are indeed tasty. Now, what did you want to know?”

“Well, Harriet and I believe we know who killed the Severides.”
“Seriously? Now, who would that be?”

“Well you know we were at their house the night they were killed.”

“Yes, of course.”

“We were trying to score some smack. Well, I was trying to score some smack. Dear Harriet doesn’t believe in such stuff. I shot up and spilled some blood from pulling the needle out. I cleaned it up, and we left.”

“The Severides were alive when you left.”

“Absolutely. Mrs. Severide gave me the paper towels to clean up.”
“So now you are starting to get high.”

“That’s right. I told Harriet that we should get to the car before I nodded off.”

“So you left. Then what?”

“We got in the car which was down the block and then saw a person go into the house.”

“Could you recognize the person?”

“Yes. It was Seth Gibson.”

“You sure about this?”

“Pretty hard to miss him, Mr. Plano.”

“Could you swear to this in court.”



  1. Gwen Plano · ·

    And the plot thickens…with coffee and scones. Can’t get better than that! 🙂

    1. Nope. I wish I could have some. Did have hot chocolate that was to die for. (I know you can appreciate that) Made with almond milk, cocoa, dark chocolate chips. Good grief was it good.

      1. Gwen Plano · ·

        Sounds heavenly!

      2. I know right? Maybe 1000 calories

  2. Talking about a smack down!

    I don’t know though . . . not yet.

    1. Not yet. Stay tuned. 😀 Thanks.

  3. Do you think those scones are safe to eat?

    1. Here have one. A little strawberry jam to go with it, my dear?

  4. I don’t trust anything here now. Waiting for next week to see what happens.

    1. I’m glad you are waiting.Thanks, Craig.

      1. I love this series.

      2. Thank you, Craig.

  5. Still wondering about the coffee and scones. Just one of those stories.

    1. Yup. Just one of those stories. Thanks, Charles.

  6. Oh, dear. Every fiber of my being is screaming at Mr. Plano, “Don’t Drink The Coffee!!!” So, here’s my theory. Seth went to have a friendly chat with them about selling drugs to his ex-wife and things got out of hand?? 🙂 Love your stories, John.

    1. I like that scenario, Jan. You have come close to the bone. Yeah, Seth was there. Does it mean he killed them? Um……….

      1. Love it!! You keep us guessing.

      2. I try, Jan. Thanks.

  7. A good cup of coffee, a scone or two and a sheriff under the bus – what a perfect evening. Of course. the mind wanders (that’s your fault, John – some of us don’t trust you). Are they telling the truth? Does the coffee taste better than it should? Did the scones come from a bakery? Is the population of Antion about to be reduced? By one? By two? No, I’m not getting on the bus yet, but I like where it appears to be heading. Great episode!

    1. Thank you, Dan. I love all these questions and have had a few of them myself. As you may be aware I put coffee into my stories as I believe it is the elixir of the gods. I had to laugh out loud at the trust factor. You can take this to the bank, “Do not trust the man behind the keyboard.” 😀

      1. The only time I trust what I read here is when Lucy is writing.

      2. Ha ha ha. Hear that Lucy?

  8. Hmm. A lot of attention on the coffee and the scones. What could that mean?
    Of course, Seth is in deep do-do. At least until the next installment.
    I think they are all in it up to their necks!

    1. Ha ha ha. You are an excellent sleuth, Mae. You might be right.

  9. OMG, that cat caught my eye. Love the dialogue.

    1. Thank you, Brenda. Thank you also for the visit.

  10. Ummmm… Now I want coffee and scones, perfect of a cold snowy day. Even if you maybe gave them to us as a red herring. Ugh… but now I’ve imagined herring scones. Not hungry anymore. o_O
    Okay. So we already knew that Seth cleaned up behind Alice so she wouldn’t get charged about the cocaine (however many episodes ago) So… Never mind. I’m totally stumped. And unable to shake the idea of herring scones. Maybe with a little lemon…
    Great big hug to you John.

    1. Ha ha ha. Red Herring scones. I agree on the not hungry. Yes Seth did step in to get rid of the Cocaine charge. She was into herion that night. Could be he went in to clean that up too.

  11. I keep waiting for someone to keel over from coffee poisoning.

    1. Ha ha ha. Reminds me of dangling bait and see what jumps at it.

  12. Never trust a pair of cougars dishing up coffee and scones, John! Methinks this is taking yet another delicious twist!

    1. Thank you, Debbie.

  13. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    I hope he makes it through his coffee and scones…especially when one of the hostesses seems to have a bit of a drug problem. Then of course it goes right back to Seth…I’m guessing the truth is all wrapped up in there somewhere?

    1. Somewhere, DL. Thanks.

  14. Read this while having coffee and corn bread mush! (Well, I am southern-BREaD! Suspicious, I glanced at Julie Ann… She had this smile on her face! But, then, she’s always smiling! Naw, no way!
    John, I know Seth did not do it! I’ll let you knw WHY when you write the last segment! You’re a devious man, John Howell! 🙂

    1. I resemble that, Billy Ray. Mooohhahahahaha

  15. Not quite stoned enough, I guess…hmmm.

  16. Oh, the plot thickens!

  17. Hmmm… something’s up.

    1. Yup. There is something.

  18. Sorry I’m so late commenting. This seems suspicious but we have to wait and see. I think the sheriff seems to be involved also but the ladies seem to be wanting to discredit him. A good installment, John. I love the mad cat with his Wednesday face. 😀 — Suzanne

    1. Thank you, Suzanne. You are never late. 😀

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