Wednesday Story Day – AKA – Hump Day

Lucy and Twiggy

“It is Wednesday, not Friday. You don’t have to eat grass on Wednesday Little one.”


It’s Wednesday Story Day again. Last week we found out the insurance company is unwilling to say much about Rafferty’s policy. We also didn’t get any information from Rafferty’s employment contract. In fact, we didn’t get anything at all. (The Greek chorus says amen) Is it any wonder Larry wants to try to contact Gloria? Heck no. It’s a good idea. We better hurry since he and Andrew are entering Micki Lee’s shop.


“Well hello, my two favorite cops.”

“Hi, Micki.”

“Not to draw too much of a fine line, Ms. Lee but I’m not a policeman.”

“Thank you, Mr. Cummings. Since you are in the employ of Mr. Dunfee, I believe you are a policeman.”

“Fair enough.”

“if you two are finished I have some business with you, Ms. Lee.”

“For heaven’s sake Larry. You need to lighten up. Nothing in this world was ever accomplished by getting too pushy.”

“Tell that to Washington.”

“Okay, what is it I can do for you.”

“I need to talk to Gloria. The last time she was on some kind of holiday. I need to know if she is back and can meet with me.”

“I think I can help with that. First, let’s have some tea.”

“I know you have your system so if tea is part of it, fine.”

“I’m actually playing with your head, Larry. Tea has nothing to do with it but I think you should relax and slow down a little. I’ll be right back.”

“Tell me, Andrew. Do I look like I’m in a rush or something?”

“Your type A personality is on your sleeve today.”

“Really? Well okay. Let’s just kick back and drink some mother loving tea and have a real social hour here.”

“Also your propensity to overreact is playing a part as well”

“For heavens sa—”

“Here we are with some nice black tea from China. I’ll pour.”

“You know Ms. Lee. There is nothing like a nice cup of tea to relax the soul.”

“Call me Micki. I see Andrew has been talking to you.”

“He mentioned a few things. Yes.”

“While you are having your tea, I will call Gloria.”

“That would be nice. Maybe she would like a cup as well.”

“Yeah, I don’t think so but hold on. Her presence is very strong. Gloria is that you?”

“I am here Micki”

“Gloria, how have you been?”

“Just fine, Larry. The important question is how have you been?”

“I still miss you.”

“I know but don’t worry. I’m here now. What can I do to help you?”

“The Sandusky case is driving us nuts.”

“Still no closer to a suspect?”

“That’s the problem. We have three and now possibly four and the death of his engineer.”

“It wasn’t an accident.”

“What Rafferty?”


“Who killed him?”

“You know I can’t tell you that.”

“What can you tell me?”

“You need to pay close attention to who would want Rafferty’s dead.”

“We have those. Evon, Janice, and Cortez.”

“Sorry. You are missing the obvious.”

“The Police Chief of South Lake Tahoe?”


“Aw come on, Gloria. Give me some help.”

“All I can say is the littlest insect can cause the most damage.”

“Huh? Insect?”

“Well, I need to get to the spa now, Larry. If you need more help you know where to find me.”

“Don’t leave, Gloria. Gloria?”

“You know when you have a spa appointment you can’t be late, Larry. She is not here anymore.”

“Do you have any insight into her insect parable?”

“Let’s think about it. Sip your tea. Clear your mind.”

“Hmm. The only thought that comes to mind when I think of little is someone with no power.”

“That is a good start. Keep thinking.”



  1. I’m starting to wonder if Gloria faked her own death and is on vacation. This whole thing is to distract her husband from finding out the truth. 😜

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    1. Ha ha ha. Good one, Charles.


      1. Hmmmm. I’m not hearing a denial there. 🤪

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      2. No she is dead.


  2. Hmm. Someone with no power. Hey! It’s not me, is it?

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    1. It might be. We are watching you. 😀

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  3. Gwen Plano · ·

    Hmmm, makes me wonder about insect nicknames. They just might need another session with Gloria. 🙂 Have a great day, John.

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    1. I think Gloria is playing this for all it is worth. Thanks, Gwen


  4. This case is driving me nuts, too! 🙂

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    1. I know how you feel.

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  5. The littlest insect – hmmmmm. I had to give pause to Charles Yallowitz’s comment. Guess we’ll just have to sit tight and wait to see. 🙂 Great segment!

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    1. Thank you, Jan. Hope the show is going well.

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  6. I was kinda hoping for an answer, John…

    I love this exchange:

    “Tell me, Andrew. Do I look like I’m in a rush or something?”
    “Your type A personality is on your sleeve today.”
    “Really? Well okay. Let’s just kick back and drink some mother loving tea and have a real social hour here.”

    I swear I worked for Larry.

    Even if we’re no closer, I sense movement. I can hang on another week.

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    1. One more week. That’s all I can ask.

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  7. AND, this is why the world refers to John Howell as ‘The Dialogue King’! I’m beginning to believe this to be the case…he’s tells me often enough! ♥♥

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    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Billy Ray.

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  8. Okay, so it’s West Nile Virus. Insects are spreading it.

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  9. I didn’t see that coming at all. Termites destroy from within. Hmmm….I think I need to wait and see how this plays out. Although I’m sure that will only result in more plot twists and confusion, LOL!

    I love when the guys visit Micki and Gloria. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Mae. 😁

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  10. That afterlife sounds pretty good – all-knowing, vacations, and spa appointments.

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    1. Let’s hope it is like that.

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  11. I’m still puzzled, but I know things will sort out eventually. Until then, I’ll buckle in for the ride, along with everybody else! Love that comment about the Type A personality on the sleeve!

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    1. Thanks, Debbie. 😀


  12. The afterlife is soooooo chill! Unlike Larry, but can you blame him?

    Your insect clue is bugging me, pun intended. 🙂

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      1. Thank ya . .

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  13. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    The littlest insect? Fleas and ticks come to mind.

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    1. Yes. Blood suckers all. Thanks, Denise.


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  14. I have zero power!
    Is it me?

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  15. I love the new twist! Insect? Small? Hmmm. At least Gloria is eliminating suspects, even if she opens a new door. Great episode, John.

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    1. Thank you, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  16. Ah, a strong new clue for the guys to work on. Good installment, John. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. 😀

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  17. John, you crack me up with Gloria’s afterlife. Spas, holidays… Hmmm on second thought, I hope you’re onto something! 🙂
    So we need to add another suspect? But maybe subtract a few…
    Curiouser and curiouser. Have a thriving Thursday. Hugs!

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    1. I hope I’m on to something too.

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  18. It’s so nice to know there are vacations and spa treatments in the afterlife… however, Gloria’s help is clear as mud.
    Now… who’s at the bottom of the Correz totem pole…

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    1. Good way to put it. Who is at the bottom indeed?

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      1. Or do you mean Bzzzzzz 😉

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      2. 🦇 there is no humming bird emoji so a bat will have to do.


      3. Haha!! Consider it a hummingbird then! 🐦

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