Wednesday Story Day – AKA Hump Day


“Whatcha doing Little One.”
“Keeping an eye out for Friday.”
“Two days wait, Little Potato.”

It is Wednesday Story Day again, and last week Larry and Andrew made the decision to go to California to see if they can place Ned and Janice together at anytime prior or after Rafferty’s death. (I hope all that make sense to you.). They have to fly into Reno airport and then drive to South Lake Tahoe. Let’s join the pair as they head out of the Reno airport toward South Lake Tahoe.


“So, I’m looking at the mapping app on my phone, and we have an hour and fifteen minutes.”

“That on turn by turn Andrew?”

“Yup. Oh, look. We go through Carson City.”

“What the big deal about Carson City.”

“Aw, Larry. You have been left out of history. Gold rush, lawlessness, gambling, houses of ill repute.”

“Not my every day hobbies, Andrew.”

“Maybe it wouldn’t hurt to pull a lever or two on the way.”

“We are going to hit 580 through Carson City which will take us around. Besides, there is plenty of opportunity in South Lake Tahoe to do any of these items you mentioned.”

“I suppose you are right.”

“I think the faster we start nosing around, the faster we can get some answers.”

“Don’t forget we also have a Sandusky case to solve.”

“Don’t remind me. I’m in one case at time mode right now.”

“Funny how the Sandusky thing leads us into the Rafferty thing.”

“I still think if we solve Rafferty, we will be onto a solution to Sandusky.”

“Hey, Larry. You notice that black SUV behind us.”

“Yeah what about it?”

“It left the airport the same time we did.”

“There are a lot of people going to South Lake Tahoe. Might be a tour.”

“I only see two guys in the front seat.”

“Okay. Let’s see if they follow us onto 580. Here is the on-ramp.”

“Yup they are behind the two cars behind us.”

“I would quit turning around, Andrew. If it is suspicious, they will know you made them. It is better knowing we are followed that to tip them off. If we are being followed, they would just have another car fill in.”

“You’re the boss.”

“I’ll keep tabs on them in the mirrors. Looks like they dropped back a couple of cars.”

“I like that idea. I’ve seen too many SUV bumps smaller car off the highway movies. Why did you get a Prius again?”

“To save money and reduce our carbon footprint.”

“Right now, I would rather have a Hummer at six miles to the gallon.”

“Andrew. You have to stop worrying. If and that’s a big if, these guys are following us, they’re not going to do anything with all these cars around. Oh, oh.”

“What do you mean by oh, oh?”

“They just moved up. In fact, it looks like they are going to come alongside us.”

“We don’t want that do we?”

“No, I don’t think so. I want you to brace yourself. I may have to make a quick stop. I hope the guy behind us is awake today.”

“Whattya mean a quick stop.”

“Well, one way to avoid those guys is to slam on the breaks when they get alongside. They go by we pull off the road.”

“Pull off? Where?”

“See that access road over to our right?”


“I’ll pull onto the shoulder then up and over the berm there and onto that road. Should be a piece of cake.”

“That is a pretty good drop to the access road.”

“Yeah trust me. We’ll slide down. Okay, get ready. Here they come. Oh shit.”


“They have weapons. They are getting ready to fire. Hold on Andrew.”

“I can see them now. Man are they ugly looking.’

“Get down.”

“Oh my God, Larry.”

“Hang on.”

“Get down or hang on? I can’t do both.”

“Uh Damn.”

“What the hell, Larry. You’ve been hit.”

“Here we go.”




  1. It looks as though they’ve trodden on someone’s toes!

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    1. And whoever it is has an ingrown toenail. 😁


      1. Don’t know about the water, but the lie of the land is familiar.

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  2. I’m thinking this is way more action than they bargained for. Now to figure out who sent them! Can’t just assume it’s Cortez…

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    1. Maybe, maybe not. We will see (someday) Thanks, Dale.

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  3. Very exciting. Though I do agree about the Prius being an odd choice for a car chase.

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    1. I don’t think Larry anticipated a chase when he rented a Prius. 😁


      1. Then he hasn’t been reading the same story as the rest of us. Guy has to read the room. 😁

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      2. Ha haha. Good point.


  4. Gwen Plano · · Reply

    The mystery just became an action thriller and prompts another cup of coffee. An exciting development, John. Of course, I’m worried about the Prius going off-road and also wondering if Larry (or Andrew) is carrying. Darn, I have to wait another week to find out! 🙂

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    1. Yes. Another week. Thanks, Gwen. 😁


  5. What!! That episode was better than my morning coffee. You got my heart pounding, John.

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    1. I like the comment, “better than morning coffee.”

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      1. 😀. It was!

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  6. I’m to old for this! Nice job, John.

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    1. Ha haha. Thanks, Jill.


  7. Lmao! Another delightful post. I really enjoy these short episodes, John. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Kevin.

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  8. Oh my gosh. We’re getting into James Bond territory now. Everyone hold on! Great episode, John. 😀 — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. Let’s hope we don’t flip over. 😁


  9. What a place to leave your reading hanging! Guns, a car chase, flying bullets–this story just went from thoughtful investigative work to explosive. Good job, John!

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    1. Needed to vent my thriller spleen. Thanks, Mae. 😀

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  10. This is NOT the time to have a Prius! In case that wasn’t clear.

    Yikes, these guys wanted to get to the bottom of something, I guess they got their wish. It’s a good thing I was already buckled in. I hope these guys slide down the berm as planned, get the bullet out, get patched up and get the heck out of Dodge, as it were. Something tells me that’s not your plan, John. Great episode.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. Thought you needed a little mayhem. 😁

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      1. I have an Irish Setter, John. that’s enough mayhem.

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      2. Ha haha. I feel th esmae with a French Bulldog

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  11. Hope they didn’t hit him in his slot machine arm. Probably just locals shooting at highway signs.

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    1. Ha haha. Super comment. 😂

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  12. Wasn’t expecting this – and I bet Larry and Andrew weren’t either. What a cliffhanger!

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    1. Thank you, Teri.

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  13. Yikes!!! That’s a helluva place to end this week. Talk about a cliffhanger – literally!

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    1. Yes. Watch out for that log slide down.

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  14. It’s all fun and games until the mysterious black vehicle starts following you. And when said vehicle feels like jousting? In traffic? Yikes!
    Not the answers they were looking for . . .

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    1. Not the right answers for sure, Marc. Thank you.

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      1. Whenever you’re getting hit, it ain’t a good day . . .

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      2. So true. Always ruins mine.

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  15. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    That was actioned packed! I wouldn’t want to be in a Prius in that situation either. Can’t wait to see how they fare next week.

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    1. Thank you, Denise.

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  16. Action’s starting to pick up. I’m left not knowing if Larry has indeed been shot, but if he has, Andrew is some hot doo-doo!


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    1. Looks like Larry has been shot. Well we’ll just have to see what happens. Thanks, Jay.


  17. Six miles per gallon in a Hummer sounds perfect for most of our highways, John! Surprised somebody even sells Prius anymore, what with all the semis on the roads.

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    1. They are out there, Debbie. I wouldn’t want to be caught in one but lots of people are buying them. Thanks.


  18. I LOVE cliffhangers!
    Well done.

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    1. Thank you, Hook. Hang in there.


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