Wednesday Story Day – AKA – Hump Day


“What are you doing, Lucy?”
“Just checking. I think I see Friday headed this way.”


It is Wednesday Story Day again, and last week we had a round of doubt with Christine. Andrew was all in favor of heading back to Boston, but Larry talked him into going for justice for Alexis’ murder. Andrew wasn’t anxious to stay and drink with Christine. In fact, he thinks Christine’s days are numbered. Larry and Andrew head over to the Judge’s house. We need to get there and see how this scene is going to play out.


“Go ahead, Andrew ring the bell.”

“It’s after eight. Don’t you think it is a bit late to be calling on the judge?”

“I’m sure he’s expecting us. Ring the bell.”

“There, done. Man, does that thing intend to play the whole Westminster chime?”

“Someone is at the door. Let me do the talking, Andrew.”

“Can I help you, gentlemen?”

“Hello, we are from the Boston police department, and we believe the judge is expecting us.”

“Oh, yes, he is. Please come in.”

“Thank you.”

“If you gentlemen will follow me I’ll put you in the judge’s office and let him know you are here. Here we are. Make yourselves comfortable. The Judge will be right in.”

“Thank you, uh.”

“Oh, pardon my manners. My name is Thelma. I’m Judge Trimble’s wife.”

“Nice to meet you, Thelma. My name’s Larry, and this is Andrew, my associate.  We are sorry to disturb your evening.”

“Oh, not at all. This is commonplace in a judge’s life. He’ll be right in.”

“Judges’ wife Thelma huh?”

“Hush, Andrew. Remember where we are.”

“Gentlemen. It is always nice to meet those whose duty it is to bring criminals to justice.”

“Yes, sir, your honor. This is Andrew Cummings, and My name is Larry Dunfee.”

“Very nice meeting you. Now how can I help you this fine evening?”

“We need to take a look at the guest records of the Hyatt hotel.”

“And for what purpose?”

“We are trying to establish the whereabouts of one Janice Rafferty on the night her husband was murdered. She tells us she was in Boston, but there is some hearsay that she was actually staying at the Hyatt.”

“Hearsay? Any eyewitness?”

“No, that is why we need the warrant.”

“If you do determine she was at the Hyatt then what?”

“Then we believe she is guilty of obstructing justice for lying to us, and we will arrest her.”

“So that is the only charge, obstructing justice?”

“Well, we also believe she knows more than she is letting on about the death of her husband. The obstruction charge will allow us to further investigate her alibi for the evening based on the new facts. She may be in line for a murder charge or at least a conspiracy to commit murder.”

“Why isn’t local law enforcement involved?”

“We have reason to believe the locals don’t want to pursue the case because the man murdered was an employee of the Cortez cartel. His death has already been ruled an accident, but we believe otherwise.”

“Alright, I’ve heard enough. I will issue the warrant for the hotel records of the named person. You say the name is Janice Rafferty?”

“I think we will need to look at Alexis Rafferty as well. I don’t think she would sign in under her name.”

“Larry what about Ned Dixon?”

“Good point. Your honor if we could also see if Ned Dixon was in the hotel, it would be helpful.”

“Who is Ned Dixon?”

“Her paramour.”

“I’m sorry Mr.Dunfee but now you are running far afield of my comfort zone here.”

“Yes, sir. Just the Rafferty’s then sir.”

“I will need you to sign this affidavit as to the nature of the crime and the fact that you believe Janice Rafferty did it. Also, I need to see your official ID.”

“Yes, sir. Here it is. Do I sign here?”

“Yes, right on that line. Okay, here you are. The warrant is good for twenty-four hours. Good luck.”

“Thank you, sir.”

“And gentlemen.”

“Yes, sir?”

“You are running around, stepping on some pretty big toes. I would be careful if I were you.”

“Yes, sir. Thank you, sir.”

“Mrs. Trimble will show you out.”

“Nice meeting you, sir.”

“Yes, Mr. Dunfee. A pleasure. Goodbye, Sir



  1. Hopefully they’re making progress. Just need that one break in the case.

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    1. Hopefully in the case and not in the bones. Thanks, Charles.


  2. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    What a great photo, with Lucy reflected in the window. Perfect timing by the photographer! As for the story, the “big toes” are worrisome. I hope no one gets hurt!

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    1. Big toes are worrisome. Gotta have a foreshadowing though. Keeps us all on our toes. 😁

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  3. I hope these warrants give us some answers.

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    1. Well, the way this thing goes maybe or maybe not. Thanks, Jill.


  4. He shouldn’t have said that Ned Dunfee was her paramour; he could have gotten the information if he hadn’t divulged that information.

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    1. So true. Thanks, Ronnie.


  5. Hmmm…”pretty big toes.”
    I sense BIG trouble afoot (sorry….couldn’t resist!) 🙂

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    1. Good one, Mae.

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  6. I’m thinking this won’t go smoothly.

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    1. Naw. Not at all.

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  7. I wonder if the boys were high on adrenaline, or if it was just a ploy when they mention Dixon. When these two overstep, I’m always mindful that they might be pushing the envelope in order to gauge a reaction.

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    1. I would have just kept quiet so of course, the characters run off at the mouth and place me in a cleanup position. Sheesh.

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      1. You ain’t fooling me. . . 😉

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  8. Man, they have 24 hours, but we have to wait a week.

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    1. I know right. Not fair. Dan Antion wants a Wednesday /Saturday post.

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      1. Life isn’t fair, but I like seeing fair and Saturday in the same line. I’m going to the State Fair on Saturday.

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      2. YAY. I remember your trip last year. (it was last year wasn’t it?)

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      3. Doesn’t feel like it, but yes, a whole year.

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  9. Building … building. Soon this thing’s gonna POP wide open, right?? We’re getting close, right? I don’t know how much more I can take (though when I see cute photos of your pups like this one, I simply melt!)

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    1. Hopefully, it will pop wide open. Thanks, Debbie.

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  10. Straight to the point with a ominous warning. Just the way a mystery-thriller needs to end an episode. You sure you don’t want to make Story-Day a Wednesday/Saturday thing, John? I hope they find something worth looking into. I for one will be happy when they head back to Boston – if the local authorities let them.

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    1. Heading back to Boston is a little way off. The next 24 hours are going to be pretty hectic.

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  11. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    They got a warrent and a warning, along with a time limit. I think the next 24 hours will be interesting.

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    1. It should be. Thanks, Denise.

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  12. John, you’re a crafty one… I think you’re up to something with the scope of that warrant. o_O Excellent use of dialogue to set the scene. I felt like I was inside the house.
    The photo of Lucy is priceless. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. Thank you, Teagan. Hugs back


  13. Too bad the judge felt uncomfortable about including the lover on the warrant, but I have a hunch Larry and Andrew will uncover the dirt about him as well.

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    1. I think you are right, Jay. Thank you.


  14. That went well…
    As for the guys mentioning Dixon out of the blue… It could somehow prove beneficial down the road… or not.

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    1. They took a shot. Hope it doesn’t come back to haunt them.


  15. I await the next chapter with bated breath … hurry, as I have asthma and cannot hold my breath for long 😉


    1. Hahaha. I have asthma too so I will try to give us a break. Thanks, Jill.

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  16. Well, that went well. I think the judge’s advice is good. They are stepping on some pretty big toes! Good segment, John.

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  17. That was pretty easy. Let’s hope it’s a break in the case.

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    1. Might be if the boys can remain out of trouble.

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      1. Yup! But that’s probably not likely to happen. Right?

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      2. I knew it!!

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