Wednesday Story Day – AKA – Hump Day

Hump Day

 

It is Wednesday Story Day again. Last week we were in a fortune-telling shop run by Micki Lee. Larry Dunfee, a police detective was there as well.  It is there we learned from Micki that she believes Larry was brought to her shop by someone close to Larry. Then Larry dropped the bomb that his wife had died a year ago on that very day. We need to get back to see what else we can learn.

 

“Here is your black tea.”

“Thank you, Ms. Lee.”

“Call me Micki.”

“This tea hits the spot, Micki.”

“I’m glad. It should settle things a little.”

“What do you mean?”

“As I said I think you are in danger and you are well aware of it. I think your nerves are on edge. The tea should help.”

“I feel better already. You mentioned someone close guided me to your shop.”

“At least this is the feeling I get.”

“Be honest with me. Are you really a fortune-teller?”

“I do tell fortunes, yes.”

“I guess what I mean is can you predict the future?”

“No, Larry. I don’t know who can, but definitely, I cannot.”

“Then what is it you do?”

“I have a connection with the spirit world. I can talk to those who have passed to the other side.”

“Other side? You mean heaven?”

“Not exactly. There is a plane that could be called a dimension where spirits reside. I can communicate with them while they are there.”

“Can you talk to my wife?”

“I have, yes.”

“When?”

“While I was making the tea. She is very concerned about you.”

“Concerned how?”

“Your diet is atrocious. Her word, not mine. You go days at a time with little sleep. You are drinking too much and watching too much television.”

“It does sound like her.”

“She also thinks you ought to be careful with a case you are working on.”

“Case? I have hundreds.”

“She mentioned the name, Sandusky.”

“Oh my God. Where did you ever get that name? No one knows anything about that case.”

“Maybe it is time for us to have a full discussion with your wife.”

“What do you mean, ‘us?”’

“Me, you, and Gloria.”

“Wait a minute. You are sitting there telling me you, and I can talk to Gloria?”

“That is exactly what I’m saying, and there is no better time than now.”

“What will I say? I mean. I miss her so much. I’m not sure I can hold it together.”

“Trust me. You will be fine.”

60 comments

  1. Ah, so she’s a medium. I used to be a medium, and I shall be again, just as soon as I get back on that diet. 🙂

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    1. Ha ha ha. I hear a rim shot and cymbol crash. 😀

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  2. Love the supernatural flavor of this one. Curious see how the seance goes.

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    1. Should be fun. Thanks, Charles

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  3. Ah, a seance. That should be interesting. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. I can’t wait. Thank you, Suzanne.

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  4. I’m wondering about that tea.

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    1. Sometimes tea is just tea. Well in some stories that is. 😀

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      1. I have a feeling…not in yours. 🙂

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  5. I am also wondering about the tea. I’m wondering about Micki. I’m wondering how Gloria died. I’ve been reading too much John Howell, I’m wondering what Twiggy was doing with that shovel…

    OK, I’m back in the seat. Holding on tight until next week. Great episode, John. You really have an ability to pull us in and hold us.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. That is quite a compliment. 😀

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    2. Ha! Dan totally slayed me. This time we already know the ending. Twiggy did it. 😀

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      1. John knows some pretty sketchy characters…

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      2. Sad thing is they all live in my head.

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      3. Ha ha ha. 😀

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  6. Gwen Plano · ·

    I’ve never been to a seance and am intrigued. However, this other-worldly focus feels a bit unsafe, especially when a stranger offers the cup of tea. Makes me wonder… 🙂

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    1. You are very wise to wonder. Especially with me at the keyboard. Thank you, Gwen 😀

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  7. ‘Suffering Succatash! A Seance!’ I want mine with ‘Maker’s Mark’! ♥

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    1. Good choice, Billy Ray

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  8. I am so hooked by this story.

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    1. Makes me feel good. Thanks, Craig.

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  9. This is shaping up to be very intriguing.I love the supernatural flavor and can’t wait to see what happens when Gloria joins in the “conversation” 🙂

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    1. Wait until you read how Gloria is summoned. I think you’ll like it.

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      1. Oooh! I can’t wait!! 🙂

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  10. I so LOVE the direction this is going!!

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    1. Thank you, Jan. Hey! You are supposed to be soaking up gin and drinking in the sun. Thanks for the visit on your holiday. Hugs

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  11. John,

    Larry is all in now, what with Micki having proved herself in more ways than the one. I suppose it might take such lengths for a hard boiled individual like him to let his guard down.

    My question is, what happens when he does?

    Love this story, John!

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    1. Let his guard down? Not going to happen…. Well it might….. I mean you can never tell. If he does then what? I wish I knew. Thanks, Marc. I need three fingers now.

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      1. Hahaha!
        Three fingers might just give you the inspiration for the next installment.

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  12. Micki is a liar…god how could I trust her before? Sigh 😂😂

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  13. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    Oh, this is fun! Going into the spirit realm for information…the tea was a nice touch! So many possibilities!

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    1. Thank you, Denise

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  14. Reblogged this on DSM Publications and commented:
    Check out this short story by author John Howell from this post on his Fiction Favorites blog

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    1. Thank you, Don. 😀

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      1. My pleasure.

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  15. Loving the supernatural direction this is taking, John. And I’m suspicious about the tea.

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  16. NOW we’re getting somewhere!! Bring on the spirits, hee hee!

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    1. I have bourbon. Oh, you mean spooks. Thanks, Debbie.

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      1. I think you were right the first time! 😉

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  17. Everyone else is worried about the tea, John — so that probably means the tea is fine, even though that was my initial reaction too. But you wouldn’t make it that easy.
    Funny how Larry’s skepticism evaporated… People can be that way (sudden believers) when presented the chance to talk to a lost loved one… But I think you’ve just taken a dance step here — in the twist. Terrific tale, John. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Teagan. You are one heck of story-teller so this is a wonderful compliment. Hugs

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      1. You’re so kind — back at-cha. Trying to play catch up today. The past couple of weeks at work have been so busy that I haven’t had time for anything else.

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      2. That is the trouble with work. A curse on the drinking class.

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    1. Thank you for the Story Day link, Traci.

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  19. I’m definitely liking this one, John!

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    1. Thanks, Jennie. 😀

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      1. You’re welcome! 😀

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