Wednesday Story Day – AKA – Hump Day


Hump Day


It is Wednesday Story Day again, and last week we were there when Frank Plano seemed to accept the fact that Seth Gibson, the sheriff did not kill Lucas’ parents. He told us all he suspects someone else and even asked the sheriff if he would like to help catch the perpetrator. The sheriff told Frank he would if it made sense. Frank asked for a day to prove his suspicion. Let’s get over to Mrs. Murphy’s since for some reason Frank is headed that way. (Why do I hear cheering out there?)

“Come on Mrs. Murphy. Open up. I just need to ask you a couple of questions.”
“You’re not welcome here, Frank Plano.”
“I know that, Mrs. Murphy. I think I can wrap up this case pretty quickly if you would just give me a couple of minutes.”
“You accusing Alice of anything?”
“No Alice is innocent.”
“You just saying that?”
“No, Mrs. Murphy. As God is my witness, I think Alice is innocent.”
“Well. Okay but no funny business you hear?”
“I hear you well, Mrs. Murphy even though this door is super thick.”
“Is this better?”
“Much. May I come in.”
“Sure. Have a seat.”
“Thank you, but this won’t take much time. I just have a couple of questions.”
“Okay then. Shoot.”
“You paid Jason McDonnell to defend Lucas, right?”
“I did.”
“Knowing full well that the dirt on Alice would be uncovered.”
“That was a chance I was willing to take. Alice is clean now, and the past is the past.”
“It has cost a considerable amount of money so far and will cost more to bring the killers to justice.”
“I don’t care about bringing anyone to justice I just want to clear Lucas.”
“Why is this so important?”
“What do you mean?”
“Lucas is just a person who used to work for you. Why are you so keen on seeing him exonerated from the murder of his parents.”
“He is a young man who deserves a chance. That’s why.”
“Who paid the money?”
“Mr. Plano you are asking some pretty weird questions. I paid the money.”
“If I were to tell you that I’ve uncovered some substantial deposits to your checking account would you want to modify your answer?”
“That’s it Mr. Plano. You can talk to my lawyer from now on.”
“Okay, Mrs. Murphy. Who’s your lawyer?”
“Jason McDonnell.”


  1. Substantial deposits, eh? Can’t wait to find out who’s behind those transactions.

  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    Bummer, I thought for sure there would be a clue I could mull over. Makes you wonder about the attorney though. 😀

    1. I wonder as well. Thanks, Gwen

  3. C’mon, John…Give! ♥

    1. I already did at the office. Thanks, Billy Ray.

  4. I remember Churchill described Russia as a mystery within a puzzle wrapped up in an enigma. I think he must have been reading this story first.
    Hugs John

    1. Thanks, David. I like that comparison. 😀

  5. These people lawyer up so quickly that I think they do it for everything. ‘Do you want fries with that, ma’am?’ ‘Let me get my lawyer.’

    1. Ha ha ha. So true.

  6. “Are you on Medicare? You may be eligible for a neck brace, at absolutely no cost to you! Call this number…now.”

    I think I need to start paying attention to those commercials. I’m not on Medicare, but I might be before we find the killer, and I don’t know how many more twists my poor neck can take. Someone else paid? It wasn’t Lucas, it wasn’t the girlfriend, I know, the parents aren’t dead. They faked their own deaths to avoid getting arrested and to claim the insurance money.

    1. I like your version, Dan. Too bad the bodies were positively identified as the parents. I’m keeping notes for use on the next one. 😀

      1. I’m just out of ideas ( a.k.a. Right where you want me )

  7. Uh, oh. How very peculiar. Bank deposits sound suspicious. The cat up top is correct. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Suzanne. 😀

  8. I love all the suggestions you get here about possible plot developments, John. Great episode!

    1. Isn’t it grand. I should pick one and go with it. 😀

  9. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    I guess we are following the money now:) This lawyer is sure staying busy…lol

  10. It sounds trite, but always follow the money! Jason is the next person Frank goes to see, right?

    1. I think you are wise, Debbie.

  11. I always wondered why she paid for Lucas to have an attorney. That never sat quite right with me. Now I have to wait another week for more red herrings–er, clues–er, twisty-turns from the author. I feel like we are getting close to the Big Reveal!

    1. I love the term red herring. Yes in a week the herring should be glowing.

      1. ah-ha! A neon herring! 😉

  12. Ouch! I was really cruising along when I hit that brick wall, John. 😉 This is an unexpected and very intriguing twist. Again you are the twist master. Chair dancing the lunch break… “Come on baby, let’s do the twist…” Hugs!

    1. Ha haha. i haven’t been chair dancing since the movie Jail House rock with Elvis. Had to have been when dinosaurs roamed the Earth

  13. John, did you ever consider becoming an attorney? You would have made a great one. Okay, so now the finger points to Jason McDonnell. He knows lots more than he’s sharing.

    1. Yes, Jason is on the hotseat alright.

  14. If I don’t figure this out soon, I’m going to scratch a hole in my head!

    1. Ha haha. Thanks, Jill.

  15. Jason, the same lawyer? This is really interesting. Of course Alice is not guilty, and neither is Lucas. So right now it looks like Mrs. Murphy is the killer… but somehow I suspect more complications. And I think Jason might have something to do with that. Thank you Agatha, I mean John.

    1. The same. Not sure about Murphy. Could be I guess.

  16. I’m afraid to speculate where those deposits came from, John, because I’m probably wrong.

    1. Ha ha ha. Don’t say “wrong.” More like mislead.

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