Wednesday Story Day – AKA Hump Day

Humo Day


Wednesday Story Day again and last week we saw Frank Plano visit Lucas with the thought of being able to talk to Trish, his sister. Lucas didn’t have her phone number so the best Frank could do was leave his card with Lucas and hope that she gives him a call. I see Frank left the hospital and look who is pulling into visitor parking. None other than Trish herself. She must be coming to see Lucas. Frank pulled out of the parking lot without seeing her. She didn’t see Frank either and is now going into the hostel. Let’s get to Lucas’ room to see how Trish reacts to Lucas telling her about Frank’s visit. Don’t you just love it when folks get put on the spot?

“Hey, big brother. How you feeling today?”
“Hi, sis. I feel great. Looks like I’m going to be released soon.”
“Oh, that’s great. I want you to know you live like an animal.”
“What’s that supposed to mean?”
“Your place looks like a bear cave that’s had too many bears living in it.”
“Yeah, I’m not the neatest.”
“Neatest? You make neat sound like a swear word.”
“Ha ha ha. You sure know how to make me laugh.”
“Well anyway. I cleaned up the mess and moved my stuff into your spare bedroom. Too bad you only have one bathroom though.”
“I’m sorry. I guess that’s why the rent is so low.”
“Nice one, Lucas.”
“I couldn’t help myself, sis. Now I feel like shit for bringing the subject up.”
“Naw, forget it. It was a good joke and true. I really should give you money, but I don’t have any.”
“I know that. You’ve got a few million coming. You can pay rent then.”
“Live with you when I have millions? That is a laugh and certainly shows your arrogance.”
“I suppose it does. I am the best roommate after all.”
“You are still my brother, and I don’t fancy having you around every night.”
“I could say the same. And that reminds me. Frank Plano asked that you give him a call.”
“Frank Plano? He’s that PI right?”
“That’s the one.”
“What the hell does he want?”
“He asked me when you and Jason McDonnell met.”
“When we met? What did you tell him?”
“That I introduced you here in the hospital.”
“Okay. That is the truth.”
“So why are you upset?”
“I’m not upset I just don’t like people asking questions about me to someone other than me.”
“So you’ll call him? He wanted to get the information directly rather than through me.”
“I’m telling you. I hate it when others get up into my business.”
“Come on Trish. It’s no big deal.”
“I have to go, Lucas. I’ll check with you later.”


  1. Interesting use of the word truth.
    My gut tells me that Trish should be on my ever-extending list of suspects…

  2. If you’d carried on one more minute I swear I’d have fallen off the edge of my seat. Always left with a cliffhanger John.

    1. At your age falling off a chair would not be a good thing, David. Cliffhangers are us. 😀

  3. …someone is upset haha :))

    1. I think I know who. Thanks, Ray.

  4. …now let’s not jump to conclusions about Trish’s reasons for being upset when Lucas gives out her personal information to the PI. I am NOT GUILTY, am I? And you I would have the same objection as Trish if you discuss my person business with others. Especially a professional snooper!

    1. I can see that, Ronnie. Thanks.

  5. And she’s off! It’s funny how she didn’t think a PI would come looking for her.

    1. I’m telling you. Sometimes these characters just don’t have a clue. 😀

      1. Ignorance is their bliss.

      2. Ha ha ha. so true. 😀

  6. I don’t like when people get into my business either. Am I feeling a little empathetic…

    1. I think we all are like that, Jill. Thanks.

  7. A good installment, John. I hate it when people just miss each other but it’s good for the story. At least Lucas got his messed-up apartment cleaned. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Ha ha ha. So true, Suzanne. Thanks. 😀

  8. Uh oh – now the plot is thickening. Or perhaps just another dead end appearing in the distance. It’s hard to tell, but I’m keeping the seat belt snug. The list of people I don’t trust in this story is getting pretty long.

    1. I wouldn’t trust anyone right now.

      1. Especially John W. Howell, it seems.

  9. As much as I did not trust Lucas in the beginning, I dis-trust his sister even more.

    1. Thanks, Jan. Me too.

  10. I knew she was the evil one, here. Now she’s off to cover her tracks, or worse. Biting my nails all the way. Thanks, John!

    1. I think I may have to throw in a couple of more twists. You to the quick yet?

      1. Not yet. Maybe after the next episode.

  11. I have the distinct impression Trish is hiding something.

    1. I think you may be right, Teri. Thanks. 🙂

  12. Yippee!! Another suspect!!! All I can say is that Lucas’ parents must have been total pieces of work to have so many people who might have done them in. Can’t wait to see this mystery unravel!

    1. That makes two of us, John. Thanks.

  13. Okay, maybe the dog didn’t do it. I have so many suspects, maybe I did it. Can’t remember.

    1. I think you did.

  14. Methinks Trish doesn’t like where the cards are falling. Methinks I need a scoreboard to keep of track of the suspects in this one!

    1. Methinks you need to do a Shakespeare festival. 😀

      1. Methinks I would liketh such fare. 🙂

  15. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    Trish certainly had an interesting reaction to Frank’s visit. Does seem like a big deal to her;)

    1. Yes it is a big deal. We will find out why.

  16. This family is straight out of Dante’s circles, tell you what.

    And I learned to stop predicting what will happen next . . thanks to your twists, so instead I’ll just let this take me where it takes me. And enjoy. 🙂

    1. I think that makes a lot of sense, Marc.

      1. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

      2. Haha! The life of a writer.

      3. You need to put “life” in quotes.

      4. How right you are . . .

  17. This one calls to mind another “famous” person who claimed, “I am not a crook!” The plot is thickening, and I’m anxiously awaiting the unraveling.

    1. Ha ha ha. I loved that Nixon line.

  18. “I have to go” seems to be a second red flag to her being upset. I know I’ve missed some of this story, John, but your writing is compelling. I’ll watch for the next post to see what Trish is up to…

    1. Of course I may have to go to a different scene but we will get back to her eventuality. Thanks, Lauren

      1. That’s okay. I’ll do my best to keep up. When I retire, it’ll be easier. 🙂

  19. Horsefeathers — I’m definitely 95% done (with more than the week)… o_O Perfect meme, John.
    Well now, Trish’s mood sure changed fast. You’d think she’d be glad she isn’t “dead” any more… but then maybe she liked it better that way. 😉
    Hugs on the wing.

    1. Thank you, Teagan. Sounds like a rough week.

  20. I feel I’ve missed so much, yet I’m right back. And no further ahead. Perfect.

    1. Wanted to wait until you got back. Ha ha ha.

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