Wednesday Story Day – AKA – Hump Day

Lucy and Twiggy

“Hey, Little One.”
“You interested in Wednesday?”

It is Wednesday Story Day again and last week we listened as Andrew warned Larry to be careful with Captain Swartz as the good captain invited both of them into his office.  I think we all thought it a bit strange that the captain came into the room to get Larry and Andrew. Well, we can’t tarry any longer. We’ve got to follow Swartz into that office.

“So y’all have a seat.”

“Thank you, captain. I must say the coffee is good.”

“Yeah, I insist on a good cup of coffee. So now that you’re comfortable, you want to tell me what you are doing in my town?”

“Yes, well. You remember Rafferty?”

“The guy killed on the slopes.”

“Yeah, the guy with over a 2.0 level of alcohol in his blood.”

“Yeah, I remember him.”

“We think there is some funny business going on between—”

“Hold on Larry. We should not bother the captain with the details. We are on a fishing expedition and have no real proof of anything. So we better not bring up names until we have something more substantive.”

“Thanks, Andrew, I think you are right.”

“Okay. I get it. You two are sniffing around for leads. Is that it?”

“Yessir. That is it.”

“You know it kinda bothers me that I’m the last to know you are in town. After all, we talked on the phone and all.”

“I understand, captain. We would have eventually come to you, but with those thugs shooting up the place that option went away.”

“The ADA is really hot to pin something on you.”

“How do you know that?”

“I know that little weasel and he called to give me a heads up.”

“Heads up about what?”

“About not getting involved in whatever you are doing. He called it ‘the appearance of aiding and abetting.”’

“That son-of-a-bitch.”

“You got him pegged.”

“So captain, what do you think?”

“I think you boys have pissed off some pretty tough characters. Whatever you are looking into it is bigger than just some guy being pumped with booze and sent screaming down a hill.”

“So, you think Rafferty was murdered?”

“Don’t quote me. I think he got up against the same rock that you two are rubbing. I also presented evidence to the ADA, and he said there wasn’t enough to bring the case to court.”

“You know who set Rafferty up for that tree?”

“I have my suspicions.”

“Can you share them?”

“If you guys get cleared of murder which the ADA is looking to charge you with, sure. Be happy to help.”

“How do we shake the ADA?”

“Those guys who tried to take you out are hired guns. Prove that, and you are home free.”

“Can you help with that?”

“Yeah, I have a whole dossier on those two. The ADA knows them as well. I’m telling you I think the ADA is being squeezed by the same person who hired the hit men. You got a lawyer?”

“Yeah, we do.”

“Tell him to call me. I’ll give him everything I have on these guys.”

“Won’t you get in trouble?”

“Tell him to get a judge to order it. In the meantime, you guys better get humping on your investigation. I wouldn’t be surprised to see your conclusions apply to your case as well as Rafferty’s.”

“You’ve been very helpful.”

“I wish I could do more. By the way, if I’m ordered to testify about those hoods, I would be happy to do so.”

“Thank you, Captain.”


  1. Gwen Plano · · Reply

    Oh my goodness, great photo of the pups! ♥ Precious. This week’s segment helps frame the story. The captain has laid out a realistic plan of action, and he’s offered clues as to what is going on. He’s my new best friend. 😀

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    1. Ha ha ha Thanks, Gwen.

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  2. Noticing that the most helpful guy ha s them best coffee in the story.

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    1. Coffee plays a big role in my stories.


      1. Write what you know and love?

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  3. Nice job including a variation of “hump” into the actual installment, John.

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    1. Hahaha. Hook.


  4. Lucy & Twiggy are two sleeping beauties 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Maria.

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  5. Working for the police department assigned to the DA’s office, I’m finding this story quite interesting, John. Happy Wednesday!

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    1. Oooooo. I better get this right then. 😀 Thanks, Jill.

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  6. Now we’re getting somewhere. It might be a steep slope to a tall tree, but I feel like we’re moving. I hope they move quickly to order that information, and I hope the judge isn’t on someone’s payroll.

    The girls are as cute as ever today, John. I think they have a good message for us.

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    1. I hope so too, Dan. Of course, you never can tell.

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  7. Wow! Someone being semi-helpful who isn’t a ghost. Can’t wait for next week.

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    1. Thanks, Craig.

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  8. That meeting went really well.

    Almost TOO well . . .

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    1. I was thinking the same thing myself, Marc.

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      1. Yeah, I’m sure you were.

        I’m on to you . . . LOL

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      2. Ha ha ha. 😂

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  9. Well, this went a lot better than I expected.

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    1. I have to agree, Teri. Thank you.

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  10. This would be excellent as a radio mystery, John- well done!

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    1. Thank you, Jacquie.

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  11. I smell a rat, a BIG rat! Be interested to read your next installment and see if my suspicions pan out. Darling photo of the two snoozing girls!

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    1. Thanks, Debbie. There is a big rat here for sure.

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  12. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Great pic of the girls! I really like this Captain. He seems the most honest person they have come across.

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    1. He does seem to be that, Denise. Thank you.

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  13. Erm… did that go too well? Or am I just a cynic? Well done, John. You really pulled me into that sequence.
    Tummy rubs to those two sweet pups. I hope the fireworks don’t scare them. Hugs!

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    1. Fireworks are forbidden here. One of the nice things about this community.

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      1. You’d think they would be forbidden here, as dry as it is. That’s scary for this human. Looking forward to the next episode. 🙂

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      2. Idiots I say.

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  14. At last someone who wants to help and is in the know. Do you think the Captain is being too nice? I wonder. Nah! He wants justice, too. Maybe?? Lucy and Twiggy, did you girls get any of this episode? Excellent, John.

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    1. Too nice is relative. The girls did not get the episode. They had their own agenda. Thanks, Jennie.

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  15. Hmmm. I don’t know. He seems too accommodating and eager to help, but then I’m always looking for ulterior motives with the characters in your stories. I think I’ll stay decided neutral about this guy for now.

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    1. A wise decision, Mae. When I started writing the conversation it went in this direction. We’ll just have to see what happens.

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      1. LOL! I like when the author is likely to as surprised as his readers!

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      2. Happens to me all the time. Thanks, Mae.

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      3. Me too! 🙂

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  16. High level of authenticity with this segment, John. The reader feels the writer’s been around the block a time or two.

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    1. Yes, a time or two. Thanks, Jay.


  17. Jeez louise I am late the party this week.
    I have to say that went jolly well… and from what I’ve learned from you so far, jolly well means there will be some kind of hitch in the road…I would like to be wrong though 😉

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    1. Wrong is such a nasty word. You are never wrong. Misguided maybe. 😀

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      1. Or misdirected…

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      2. I like this choice of words. 😀

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      3. 😉
        We writers need to stand together…

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      4. Side by side.

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