Wednesday Story Day – AKA – Hump Day


“Twiggy. Where are you?”
“Mmmmm. Waiting for Friday.”
“On the couch?”
“Where else?”


It is Wednesday Story Day again, and last week, we were glad to see Larry had stopped the thugs trying to kill Andrew and him. Since he had to use lethal force, Larry was very concerned about how the local police would react to the shooting in their jurisdiction. Larry took some time to brief Andrew and to caution him to tell the truth. Larry did get hit, and Andrew gets him to lay down. We could hear the sirens in the distance. We better get back as there seem to be three patrol cars arriving on the scene.

“They are here, Andrew. Remember no lies.”

“Got it.”

“So what ‘s going on here.”

“Hi, officer. My name is Larry Dunfee, and we work for the Boston police department.”

“The police department, huh? What role do you play there?”

“I’m a detective in the homicide division, and Andrew here is my associate.”

“Got any ID?”

“Yeah, it’s under my gun on the hood over there.”

“Okay, I have it. And yours if you would be so kind, Mr. uh.”

“Cummings. Andrew Cummings. Here is mine as well.”

“Thank you, Mr. Cummings. I see you are a doctor.”

“That’s right. A forensic pathologist.”

“So, you’re a ME.”

“Used to be. I retired.”

“I see. And Mr. Dunfee. You are active duty with the Boston PD?”

“Yes, I am.”

“Mind telling me what you are doing in Reno besides shooting people I mean.”

“I didn’t get your name, Officer.”

“Oh, excuse me. Sergeant Thomas sir.”

“Well, Sergeant Thomas, Andrew and I are following a homicide case. One of the persons of interest spent some time in South Lake Tahoe, and we were headed there.”

“I can see you are going to need medical attention, Mr. Dunfee. We have called for an ambulance.  Before you leave though I wonder if you could tell me the circumstances around how those two guys in the turned over SUV came to be shot.”

“The short story is while on the freeway, those guys pulled up alongside and started shooting. I got hit. We pulled off and slid down the berm to the access road.”

“That was no small feat. Go on.”

“We were here when that SUV came at us. I felt that we were in fear for our lives, so I opened up on them.”

“Yessir. I would say you are a pretty good shot. You use the Glock on the hood?”

“Yes, I did.”

“You armed Mr. Cummings?”

“No. No, I’m not.”

“Here are your ID’s gentlemen. I see the ambulance is here. I have one more question before you go.”

“Yes, but before you ask. I need to tell Andrew to follow in the car.”

“Okay, Larry. I’ll do that.”

“Also, Mr. Cummings, please do not leave the area without letting us know.”

“Why’s that officer?”

“This is an active investigation, and you are a material witness.”

“Oh, I understand.”

“You had one more question officer.”

“For right now. I’ll be talking to you again in the hospital.”

“What’s the question?”

“What makes you think the occupants of that particular SUV were trying to kill you?”

“It looked like the same one that started shooting. It was coming straight for us.”

“They didn’t shoot as they were coming?”

“No. I felt they were going to though.”

“You felt?”

“Look, officer. Those thugs for reasons unknown were trying to kill us. Did you see the semi-automatics in the vehicle?”

“Not personally, no.”

“Well go look then.”

“The other officers have the scene secured. I don’t have to see them.”

“At least talk to them. I don’t like your line of questions.”

“It’s my job, Mr. Dunfee. I cannot make assumptions. I’m just collecting information. The investigating team will draw any conclusions.”

“Don’t take this the wrong way. I would like you to verify that the weapons are there. I need to have someone as a witness to that fact.”

“Very well, Mr. Dunfee. I’ll call them. One Tango ten to twelve.”

“Twelve here. Go ahead.”

“You guys see any semi-automatic weapons in the SUV.”

“Yeah, there are two. Along with enough ammo to start a war.”

“Thanks, ten out. Okay, Mr. Dunfee. You satisfied that we all know those guys were carrying?”

“Yes, Sergeant Thomas.”

“Here are the medics. Have a good trip. One of our team will be talking to you at the hospital. Like Mr. Cummings, I would appreciate you not leaving the area without informing us. Here is my card.”

“Thank you for your concern, Sergeant.”





  1. Gwen Plano · ·

    Little Twiggy looks so sweet. She’s quite the contrast to the high-action story that has evolved! My goodness! Have a wonderful day, John. 🙂

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    1. Yes. Twiggy and Lucy represent calm in the face of chaos. Thank you, Gwen.


  2. Good to see that Larry has learned some things from all his interviews being stonewalled. Must be nice to be on the other side of that.

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    1. I think Larry is still concerned. Let’s see what happens next week. I have a feeling this isn’t a slam dunk.


      1. There’s always something.

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      2. If it isn’t one thing it’s another.


  3. Still so many unanswered questions. Love the photo of Twiggy, John.

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    1. Thank you, Jill. She was zonked so easy to shoot the photo. 😁

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  4. Preparations, it’s all in being prepared. Good thing Larry was prepared for those questions. I can’t imagine trying to convince someone of the level of fear that you felt at a particular moment. I hope this leads to a routine – no reason to charge Larry – process, but I won’t hold my breath. great joy ride, John.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. We’ll have to ride this one out.

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  5. It’s good they got verification on the weapons being in the SUV. That was a dangerous situation. A good installment, John. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne.

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  6. But everyone in Nevada carries enough ammo to start a small war.

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    1. Forgot about that. You are right.

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  7. I’m glad Larry made him verify there were weapons in the SUV. Of course I’m wondering what will happen from here!

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    1. A lot could happen. I can’t believe whoever hired the guys to take out Larry is going to give up. Thanks, Mae.

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  8. So now it’s a matter of hurry up and wait as the locals unravel the red tape. Hopefully there aren’t more tentacles that crash this investigation, but I’m dubious.

    You got Twiggy to stand still! Of course, she had to be asleep to get it, but it still counts.

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    1. Yes, Twiggy was sound asleep. The locals have a bundle of red tape to go through. Stay tuned.

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      1. She’s adorable.

        This is getting interestinger and interestinger.

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      2. Thank you, Marc. 😁

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      3. You know it Boss.

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  9. Twiggy is a sweetheart. I wonder where the story is going. It’s an interesting read.

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    1. We never know until we get there.

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  10. Nicely done, John. And that photo of Twiggy is pure delight!


  11. You did a great job of showing how it’s really done, John. Policemen assume nothing and Larry was VERY smart to clarify that the two thugs were packing. Great episode! But, now they’re sidetracked for a while before they can continue on to South Lake Tahoe.

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    1. I think there will be a little delay. Thanks, Jan


  12. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    Sounds like they are going be be hanging out in Reno for a while. At least they found the guns.

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    1. That’s true, Denise. Thanks.


  13. Hmm.. It seems like Larry suspects corruption in the local LEOs… But so far so good.
    Terrific storytelling, John. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. Thank you, Teagan.

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  14. Wish I could sleep like Twiggy.

    Man. Why can’t fellow officers help one another rather than hinder… coz I gots me a feeling this is going to slow things up…

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    1. A little until the prosecutor arrives.


  15. Whoa! Larry’s words are fairly dripping with sarcasm. You covered a lot of ground with your dialogue. It had the ring of authority to it. Good job, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jay.


  16. I halfway expected their guns to be gone!

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    1. I know. One of my quirks is to build up to an expected senario and then take the opposite direction. I felt everyone would expect that the guns would be missing to make a point of tension. I decided to hold off for a bigger moment. These guys are not out of the woods even with the presence of guns. Thanks, Teri

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  17. Why do not feel good about this, like maybe the police are part of the cover up. Just a bad feel. Good episode, John.

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    1. Well, I think your feelings are justified.

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      1. Oooo…How exciting!

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  18. Twiggy was a nice addition to another piece of prose, John.

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    1. She classes up the joint.


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