Wednesday Story Day – AKA – Hump Day

 

“Take it easy Little Potato. It is only Wednesday. I set the alarm for Friday.”

 

It is Wednesday Story Day again and last week we witnessed Larry and Louis come to an agreement over the information that Louis might have on either the motive or possible suspects in the killing of Sandusky. Let’s go to the police station once more as Larry hands Louis that cup of coffee.

 

“Okay, Louis. Here’s your cup of coffee.”

“Thanks, detective.”

“You can call me Larry since I’m almost positive we are going to become friends.”

“How old is this coffee anyway?”

“I made it this morning.”

“Well, six hours and I’m surprised it is still liquid.”

“Come on Louis. We are not here to talk about coffee. Tell me what you know about the Sandusky killing.”

“As I told you before, Larry, I have no knowledge of the killing. I showed up at work and there he was in the tank.”

“Describe what you saw.”

“I had stopped at the coffee shop across the street and looked over at the plant. There were some lights on and I thought that pretty unusual. By the way, the coffee shop had drinkable coffee.”

“Never mind the coffee. What did you see next?”

“I took my coffee and went into the plant. I passed through the office and went right to the tank.”

“Why did you go right to the tank?”

“There was a light on above the tank and I was sure I turned them all off when I left the previous evening.”

“Okay. Then what?”

“I saw Sandusky more or less floating in the tank.”

“What do you mean, ‘more or less.’”

“Well, he looked like he was doing a jellyfish float. His head was below water, but his back had broken the surface.”

“What did you do then.”

“I grabbed the phone and called 911.”

“There was a phone in the room with the tank.”

“Yeah. It was a wall phone and intercom.”

“Okay, then what?”

“I wanted to make sure he wasn’t still alive and maybe needed help, so I went closer and that’s when I saw the terminal connected to him.”

“How connected?”

“There is an alligator clip which you can connect the terminal to almost anything. It was clipped to his ear.”

“Ear? What the hell?”

“Makes sense.”

“How does it make sense?”

“From where I stood it looked like he had all his clothes on. The ear or hand would be the only clean connections.”

“Okay, I see that. Did you reach in to help him?”

“No way. I needed to turn off the current first. I went to the breaker box and that was when I discovered the current was already turned off.”

“Does this mean anything?”

“To me, it signals whoever did Sandusky in knew if the current kept flowing it would in all probability have cooked him. As it was it only blew up his heart.”

“Who had that kind of knowledge?”

“Sandusky did for sure. I don’t know. Maybe he told someone.”

“Maybe you did him in Louis.”

“Let’s not go backwards, detective. I can tell you this. Whoever did the deed really understood the equipment. I was able to look at the settings later and not only was the power turned off, but the person had calibrated the exact amount of wave to pulverize the heart.”

“Who knows how to do that?”

“Guess.”

“Sandusky?”

“Yup.”

“Who else?”

“Me.”

46 comments

  1. Hmm. Self-inflicted?

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    1. Hmmm. Hard to reach the controls from the tank. I suppose it could be done. Thanks, Keith.

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  2. “More or less”? That was a great line!

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    1. Ha haha. I always like that line myself. Thanks, GP

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  3. Nothing is making sense…need more coffee!

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    1. I’m with you . Thanks, Jill

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  4. It sounds like they’re kind of going in circles. A good installment, John. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne.

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  5. Are they sure it was the real Sandusky? Could always be an elaborate faked death. 😀

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    1. Damn. I wish I had thought of that. Thanks, Charles.

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      1. Now I’m wondering what’s really going on.

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      2. Ha haha. That’s the whoe idea.

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  6. Gwen Plano · · Reply

    Humm, now we need to know more about Sandusky. Was he troubled, did he have a reason for suicide? Gosh, this is a complex story — definitely a hump day diversion. And, as Jill mentioned, it’s time for more coffee. 😀

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    1. Sandusky is a very comlicated character. Maybe we will get to see how complicated as the story unfolds. Thnak you, Gwen. Jill is right.

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  7. “Let’s not go backwards, detective.” I like that line, but… I mean, maybe appearing to be helpful and forthcoming is a ruse. that could happen, right? Who else would know? But why would he reveal all of that if he did it? They’d never find that stuff out. But maybe that’s what he’s counting on…

    I hate this part of the story. There has to be another explanation. Ugh, is it a whole week until next Wednesday? Maybe I’ll curl up with the two potatoes and sleep until then.

    Good episode, John…I think.

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    1. Ha ha ha. If it is any consolation I have the same thoughts. Thanks, Dan.

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      1. Not inspiring my confidence, John.

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  8. That photo of Lucy and Twiggy is what I needed to see this morning. Thank you! ❤️

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    1. I’m so glad. Thanks, Marie.

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  9. Uh-oh. That last word doesn’t put Louis in a good light. As it stands right now I think someone else is behind the dastardly. Gloria said to look for the motive. I’m reserving judgement on Louis, and thinking someone else is out there.

    BTW, the photo of Lucy and Twiggy plus the caption is pure gold. Thanks for the smile!

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    1. Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed the story and photo, Mae. 🙂

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  10. There has to be another person who had the knowledge and a motive. I just can’t believe Louis had the motive, but we shall see. Great segment, John!

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    1. The list of folks who know how to do this is pretty short. One is dead so unless Louis can finger someone else he is left holding the lever so to speak.

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  11. This is excellent dialogue, John! At no point did we the reader need “he said, she said.” We could follow the conversation perfectly well. Exciting plot happening here.

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    1. Thank you, Pamela. I use these stories to practice dialog without tags (he said). Thank you for noticing.

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      1. I was immersed in the conversation the entire time.

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  12. D.L Finn, Author · · Reply

    Only two people knew how to do this and one is dead. Not a list of suspects yet. Good thing they have coffee:)

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    1. I agree. Crime goes better with coffee.

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  13. John, there has never been a single part of this story that was not interesting. You keep my brain jumping around like a frog. Motive. Motive, Gloria said. I wonder if she knows any ghosts with motive — and could they pull levers? And I still think about that fortune teller…
    That was a great touch, adding the bits about the coffee. Hugs!

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    1. I always work coffee into every story. It is one of my favorite things. Thank you. Teagan

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      1. Yes, but I’ve never told you how much it adds before. 😉 Plus the part about it remaining liquid was a good one. Back to work. Hugs.

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      2. Hope your afternoon goes well.

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  14. Can’t someone make a comment about Sandusky being heartless. Maybe follow it up with a rimshot on the police table.

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    1. You just did. Excellent! Thanks, Craig.

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  15. Ah-ha, I found you a prompt!! Priorhouse to the rescue!
    https://priorhouse.blog/2018/11/07/oh-shelia-friday-fictioneers/

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    1. Thank you, Rob. 😀

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  16. Great dialogue and ending, John! Cheers!

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    1. Thanks, Lauren

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  17. Hmmm. I’m thinking there may be someone else – or not.

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  18. John,

    I shouldn’t share this with ya, but I’ve eliminated Louis as a suspect at this point. For one thing, he’s much too obvious (presently, I say presently . .) and for another, he takes his cup of Joe seriously.

    Us coffee drinkers have to stick together. 😉

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    1. I have to agree with you on all points.:-D

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