Wednesday Story Day – AKA – Hump Day



I’m telling you, kid, its Wednesday. Friday is two days off.

Wednesday Story Day again. Last week we learned that a detective working on the Sandusky case was killed in an accident with a truck while he was on his way to church. Also, we witnessed Schmidt asking questions about Larry talking to his deceased wife. Before this confusion, Larry was going to contact the retired M.E. to determine if there is anything about the autopsy that wasn’t included in the report. I see Larry knocking on the M.E.’s door. Let’s go this should be good.

“Yeah, can I help you?”

“My name is Larry Dunfee with the Homicide Division, and I wonder if you have a few moments to speak with me?”

“Hold that badge closer will you detective. I don’t see as well as I used to.”

“No problem. Here you can hold it and the ID.”

“I assume you are a detective the way you are dressed.”

“Yes, sir. Homicide Division.”

“Yeah, that’s what your ID says too. What can I do for you?”

“Is there a place where we can talk?”

“Oh, my. Pardon my manners. Please come in.”

“Thank you. I have a case to discuss, and we should do so in private.”

“A case? Which one?”

“The Sandusky case.”

“You know I’m retired.”

“Yes, sir. After twenty-five years on the job.”

“And I never saw anything like it.”

“Like what sir?”

“Like a body without a heart and not a scratch on it.”

“That is why I wanted to talk to you. Is that possible?”

“I hardly think so. Would you like some coffee. I was just pouring a cup.”

“That would be terrific sir.”

“Call me Andrew. My name is Andrew. Sir makes me feel even older than I am.”

“Okay, Andrew. I wouldn’t want you feeling any older for sure.”

“Come into the kitchen. We can talk while I get us some coffee. You’ll have to excuse the place. I don’t get many visitors these days.”

“Looks swell to me.”

“The Mrs. would have my hide if she saw this.”

“She out of town?”

“In a manner of speaking. She passed a year ago.”

“Oh, I’m so sorry for your loss, Andrew.”

“Hit me hard. We were together for fifty years. I couldn’t believe it when she was gone.”

“I know how you feel. My wife passed a year ago as well.”

“I’ll be darned. What is the probability of two people in the same room having lost their wives a year ago? How long were you married?”

“Twenty-five years.”

“God that’s tough. At least I had more time with my Gina.”

“Gloria. My wife’s name is Gloria.”

“Both begin with a “G.”

“Hold on Doc. I’ve had enough on the fact our wives died a year ago. Let’s leave it at that.”

“As you say, Detective.”

“Call me Larry.”

“Do you take anything in your coffee, Larry?”

“Half and half and Splenda if you have it.”

“I take mine the same way. I’m sorry boy but there seems to be some kind of circumstance here, and you might as well go with it. Now, what about the Sandusky case?”





  1. I sense some stalling here. Or, perhaps the man is just lonely. Good episode, John. I like the picture at the top. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Thank you, Suzanne. I think the M.E. does not want to get involved. I think you picked that up. 😀

  2. Yeah, what about the Sandusky case? Back in the 90s (or maybe earlier) there were faith healers, allegedly in the Philipines, who would allegedly remove an alleged tumour from an allegedly sick person without leaving any marks. D’ya s’pose?

    1. The M. E. has a theory. We’ll see what it is next week. Here have some coffee. 😀

      1. I think I have had too much coffee already…

  3. Oh, that’s not creepy at all. *starts gathering good luck charms* 😛

    1. Ha haha. Throw those runes. 😀

  4. I have a coworker named George and he takes his coffee with half and half and Splenda. His wife is still living though.

    1. I’m glad his wife is still going strong. 😀

  5. Gwen Plano · ·

    I love the photo, so sweet. I also like how the story is building, one odd circumstance after another. Seems the Sandusky case still haunts the dreamers and the realists alike. 🙂

    1. I think the Sandusky case is going to touch a lot of folks before it is solved (if ever) Thanks, Gwen

  6. “there seems to be some kind of circumstance here” – That’s what I’m thinking, too. And, it seems like the kind of circumstance that’s going to leave me with a bad case of whiplash at some point, but only after I’ve been looking over my shoulder for a while.

    Love the photo of Lucy and Twiggy – I need to get some coffee – half and half, no splenda. Even if I wanted splenda, no splenda.

    1. Ha ha ha. I enjoyed the whiplash statement. You could palm Splenda at the local Dunkin Donuts. 😀

      1. Life is sweet enough, John. Excuse me, I have to get back to purging “G” contacts – sorry Gwen 🙁

      2. Ha haha. Love this.

  7. John,

    I felt like Andrew was skirting or hiding something for whatever reason, but maybe it’s just because I’m conditioned to trust no one and question everything when I read one of your stories. Hmmmmm.

    1. He does seem reluctant. You are wise to maintain an profile distrust.

      1. I’m quite mindful of the man behind the green curtain . . .;)

  8. Spoooookey. Don’t check if they’ve got the same birthday’s too. Well, he’s at the right place and the doc still seems to have all his marbles so maybe he’ll get some answers.

    1. I’ll have to look into the birthday aspect, David. The doc is a good man

  9. Wow are we going to have some number puzzles here? 50 – 25. Maybe some letters too? Kind of excited to find out.

    1. Love the number game. I think I could put some letters in play.

      1. Looking forward to it.

  10. That’s an interesting string of coincidences. Looking forward to seeing where you’re headed with this. I love weird and bizaree 🙂

    1. I will give it to you then. You are now Muse Mae.

      1. LOL! That makes me happy 🙂

  11. Synchronicity at its finest! Love this episode and immediately liked Andrew. He’s a cool ol’ dude. 🙂

    1. He is a cool ol’ dude Thanks, Jan

  12. Interesting coincidences, John. Love the way this story is heading (though I know I’ll be wrong because you’re going to twist it a gazillion times before you’re done!!)

    1. Yeah twist is my game for sure.

  13. Well, at least you gave us coffee before you left us hanging, John. 😉
    Maybe they need to bring the fortuneteller over for a cup while they’re at it.
    Loved getting to see Lucy and Twiggy. Have a wonderful Wednesday. Hugs!

    1. Ha haha. Thanks, Teagan

    1. Thank you, Audrey

  14. Maybe this isn’t a coincidence either.

    1. Hmmm. You think?

  15. You left me hanging! But, I guess that’s the point. I’m feeling something complicated and very interesting ahead.

    1. Hopefully interesting. Thanks, Jennie.

      1. Very interesting, John. 🙂

  16. Reblogged this on DSM Publications and commented:
    It’s story day over at John Howell’s Fiction Favorites blog. Check out the latest in this post.

    1. Thank you for the reblog, Don.

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