Wednesday Story Day – AKA – Hump Day


Thank heavens it’s Wednesday. Twiggy’s all in.

Wednesday Story day again and last we were somewhat mortified to know that Trish Severide and Jason McDonnell have been carrying on an affair. They thought it was all a secret until Frank Plano openly asked Trish about it. She immediately went to Jason to complain about his telling Frank. To her surprise, Jason had not said a word. So the plot, stew, soup, oatmeal, milkshake or whatever descriptor you want to pick, thickens. I see Jason just hung up the phone and Frank is sitting in the outer office. This scene may give Dan Antion (the namesake for the town of Antion, Illinois) some badly needed information which may help him get out of that neck brace. Let’s go.

“Frank. Come on in. Have a seat.”
“I was just around the corner when you called. What’s up?”
“Guess who just left here in a fit of pique.”
“Fit of pique? What does that mean?”
“Sorry. Old time expression. With her panties in a wad. How’s that?”
“I’m sure I don’t know for sure, but I could guess, Trish.”
“And why do you suppose she was so upset?”
“Um. Cause I mentioned, she was having sex with you.”
“Correctamundo, Frank. What the hell are you trying to do anyway?”
“Me? I’m not the one having sex with her. I could ask you the same question.”
“Yes you could but see the difference is you work for me not the other way around.”
“Okay, now that you played the boss card. What’s next. Huh, boss?”
“I would like to know how you found out Trish and I were having an affair.”
“I don’t think you’ll buy the little birdie story.”
“Knock it off, Frank. This is not a laughing matter.”
“Boss. Uh, may I call you boss? You must know I can’t divulge my sources. I gave them assurance that the information was safe with me.”
“I don’t give a rip about your assurances. I want to know who tipped you off?”
“Let’s just say when you go out-of-town to have some yum yum with a woman who has a reputation, there are folks who notice.”
“Out of town? What the hell are you talking about?”
“Did you not go to Kenosha for one of your love fests?”
“Um. Let me think. Why, yes. Yes, we did. That was weeks ago.”
“Must have made an impression on the poor soul who witnessed a lawyer falling all over a client much to the violation of the code of ethics.”
“Okay, now that sounds like a threat.”
“Settle down, boss. You have much more to worry about than me turning you in to the State Bar.”
“What do you mean?”
“There is a guy in Kenosha who will swear you were in the Severide house the night they were killed.”
“Bullshit. That’s a bald-faced lie.”
“Is it, boss? Is it?


  1. Oh no! Not another suspect. Okay. Means, motive, opportunity. Tell me again – how did they die?

    1. Means , motive, opportunity are yet to be uncovered, Keith. That is the Maguffin

  2. Is it John, is it? I’ve twisted and turned so often with you they’tr using me as a corkscrew now.

  3. I’m so confused. I think I need to join Twiggy!

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Jill

  4. oh the picture takes all attention from the story :)) be careful lol
    And I love the humour of your dialogues 🙂

    1. Thanks, Ray. 😀

  5. At this point, I’m wondering if everyone except Lucas is the killer.

    1. I wouldn’t discount Lucas either.

  6. Oh, dear. Plot bunnies are hopping everywhere! I’m soooo confused about who the guilty party is. Or maybe like Charles said, they’re all guilty.
    And, oh, that adorable picture of Twiggy. What a cutie!

    1. Thank you, Mae. As in real life many are guilty of many things. Murder being one. 😀 The bunnies are in the carrot patch for sure.

  7. I’m beginning to see a similarity between this story and Murder on the Orient Express, John. Like Charles hints, a number of people could be involved. There’s even a hint of blackmail. Where is Hercule Poirot when you need him? Great cliffhanger. 😀 — Suzanne

    1. Thank you, Suzanne. A comparison to The Orient Express is humbling. 😀

  8. I’m beginning to be reminded of those wonderful days of childhood, playing Clue™ with my brother and cousins. There are two similarities: 1) It was difficult to figure out who done it, and 2) My brother and the older cousins delighted in messing with me and the younger cousins. Things may be getting clear, John, but I’m snugging up on that neck brace.

    Where was Colonel Mustard on the night of the murder, and where is the candlestick?

    (thanks for the mention)

    1. I loved the game of clue. Good ‘ole Colonel Mustard.

  9. Gwen Plano · ·

    I love the photo of Twiggy. She is clearly in puppy heaven. As for the story, I’m waiting for the next shoe to drop, or panties. 😀

    1. Ha ha ha. Thank you, Gwen. Maybe we’ll have to make it panties. (Shoes are boring)

  10. Uh-oh. Another plot twisty-thing. Well done, John! And that photo of Twiggy snoozling is absolutely wonderful — no better sleep than a puppy … or maybe an old dog!!

    1. Plot twisty thing for sure. Thanks, Debbie.

  11. Oh, my, another twist! My neck is needing a brace too – or maybe a sling! Good job, John!

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, John

  12. Oh, my! The finger has been pointed at everyone in this story except Frank Plano. 🙂 I have no earthly idea who did it. So many have a motive. Can’t wait to see how this one plays out. Well-done!

    1. Thank you, Jan. :-D. You know how characters surprise you. Well this is no exception.

  13. Twiggy is a real sweetheart! Gwen said it right – ‘dog heaven’!
    Your story? I know who did the deed! John, you need to ‘get off the pot’ and tell the good folks ‘who did it’ or I’m letting them know! 🙂 ♥

    1. I’m not letting them off the hook just yet.

      1. Guess my ploy didn’t work! Darn! ♥

      2. Nope. There was a guy once who told me, “I’m going to whip your ass.”
        I said , “What about the rest of me?” He broke up and walked away.

  14. Ohoh… Now I’m even more worried about Frank… unless he… but no…
    Your remark about Dan and the neck brace cracked me up.
    And bonus — pic of Twiggy! Double-bonus, she’s snoozing. So adorable. She’s about to make a dog-person out of me.
    Can’t wait for more! Hugs.

    1. I think Stella and Frank would have liked her so don’t be afraid to like her too.

  15. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    This dialogue had me laughing outloud and I loved the last line. No one seems to be innocent in this tale. Loved seeing adorable Twiggy, too.

  16. First of all . . Twiggy!!!! She looks so comfy and happy!

    As for this story, throwing caution to the wind means you might just be left with a tornado, which is what Jason is discovering. He should’ve known better, but for that dame! Those dames, they are dangerous, lol.

    Love the newest twist!

    1. Yes they are. Thanks, Marc.

  17. Oh good. We were running low on suspects.

    1. Seems that way doesn’t it. Wait! is Jason heading to Mrs. Murphy’s house?

  18. One bad decision puts him in a line up with people making bad decisions… I don’t think he killed anyone, tho’.

    1. Hmmm. I’m not sure about that.

  19. It looks like Twiggy found the story exhausting!

    1. I think it was Monday and Tuesday that got her. :-D. Thanks, Kim.

  20. Twiggy is just precious! Who wasn’t in the Severide house that night?

    1. I know right. I think they would be stumbling over one another. Thanks, Teri.

  21. Aww.. they are so so cute.i wish they could meet my Rottweiler

    1. I’m sure a good time would be had by all. 😀

  22. Just when I thought I “knew”, there’s another suspect. I do love the twists and turns. And I adore the pic of Twiggy. Thanks, John. 🙂

    1. What suspect? Where? Oh well maybe there is.

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