Wednesday Story Day – AKA – Hump Day

“Now what are you looking for, Twiggy?”
“Friday. It’s gotta be here somewhere.”
“It’s Wednesday Little One. Have patience.”

It is Wednesday Storytime again, and last week we were in Jerry’s apartment, where we learned that Wentworth did not place a call to Jerry. On top of that, Jerry has a smartphone, so Wentworth’s claim that he removed the battery was false. Andrew said he smelled a trap just as the elevator stopped outside Jerry’s apartment. “Get down everyone,” was the last thing we heard Larry yell. We better get back there to see what kind of mayhem is in store. Although you can’t be hurt by flying fictional bullets, I would still be cautious.

“Hey, Jerry.”

“Yes, Larry.”

“Does your door lock when you close it?”

“Yes, sir. I always throw the deadbolt as well.”

“Did you do that after letting us inside?”

“It seems I would have, but I can’t remember.”

“What position is the deadbolt when thrown?”

“Parallel to the floor.”

“Okay, I can see that’s the position of the bolt. At least whoever is getting off that elevator won’t just walk in here. Okay, everyone quiet, I hear something in the hall.”

“They are ringing my bell.”

“Go ahead and ask what they want.”

“What do you want?”

“I have a special delivery for a Mr. Jerry Foster.”

“Leave it on the doormat.”

“I’m sorry, sir, but you have to sign for it.”

“What do I do, Larry?”

“Stay on the floor. I’m going to have a peek through your peephole in the door.”

“What do you see, Larry?”

“Nothing Andrew. I think there is black tape on it. Let’s all move to the back bedroom. Stay on the floor. Hands and knees, folks.”

“Holy shit.”

“You said a mouthful, Andrew. Those guys are shooting through the door, and I was just there.”

“What can we do?”

“Stay low. I’m going to pick them off one by one when they enter. I have a clean shot at the door. Hold on, they stopped firing. I’ll bet they’ll try to come in now.”

“What do they want?”

“I would say they want to kill us all, Jerry.”

“Why?”

“Andrew and I were hoping you could tell us that. That’s why we are here.”

“It’s very quiet, Larry.”

“To quote an old war movie, Andrew, ‘Almost too quiet.’”

“I’ll bet next you’re going to say. ‘Nice serving with you Andrew.”’

“Shut up, Andrew. I think they are trying to open the door.”

 

 

 

57 comments

  1. Eek! The dreaded black tape on the peep hole!

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    1. I know right? Always a tip off to meyhem. Thanks, Jill.

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  2. Andrew needs a Ring Door View Cam. Wouldn’t be without mine.

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    1. That would have been a good idea for sure. Thanks, Keith.

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  3. Hope the neighbors do something. Nice touch with the black tape.

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    1. Like most neighbors they will probably lay low. Maybe a 911 call would help. Thanks, Charles.

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      1. That’s what I was thinking. I’d call in case my apartment was next.

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  4. What a shot, dear John! Twiggy is so thoughtful! 🙂

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    1. She is deep in thought a lot of the time. So deep she can’t hear me say, “Twiggy get down from there.” Thanks, Maria.

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      1. You should learn her to read. Believe me, she will make it! So smart she is….Getting older…

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      2. I gave her one of my books and she fell asleep. Hmmmm.

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      3. Oh, you are so crue, dear John! She is too young for your serious literature. Her books are fairy-tales with beautiful pictures! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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      4. Okay we’ll try Bar-Bar the Elephant.

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      5. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  5. I hope Larry reloaded after he got his gun back. This is getting downright scary. I doubt these guys brought any coffee.

    Is Twiggy part cat?

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    1. I think Twiggy is part cat. She loves to sit on the sofa back and watch out for invading aliens. Yes, Larry did reload and you are right. The cooffee maker is soon to be out of order. Thanks, Dan

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      1. Doesn’t sound like it’s a repair that will be covered under warranty.

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  6. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    Good heavens, even though “you can’t be hurt by flying fictional bullets,” this is scary! This story certainly keeps readers alert!

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. I thought I would at least give a warning. 😀

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  7. What was Larry thinking going to the door like that?! He’s lucky he lived to tell the tale . . . at least for now.

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    1. I know right. I kept yelling stay down, but of course, he wouldn’t listen to me. He’s lucky he didn’t collect some lead at the door.

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      1. That was close . . . TOO close.

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  8. Wow, what a tense ending. You certainly left us on a cliffhanger. It will be interesting to see how they get out of this one!

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    1. Thank you, Mae.

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    2. Cliffhanger was my thought as well! Yikes!!

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  9. Nice work. Rough section to write with dialog only.

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    1. Thank you, Craig. A narrator would definately help. 😊

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  10. Good thing they were low to the ground. Like Craig said, that’s a tough scene to write with only dialogue – awesome job, John!

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    1. Thank you, Teri. Yes it takes some thinking on how to convey action without a narrator.

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  11. I’m sad I’ve been away so long that I’m having trouble keeping up with your story, John. I don’t know where I went off track, but there are so many twists and turns (good for you!) that I’d have to go back and try to piece things together (and I just can’t do that right now). Still, let me say I really love how brave Twiggy is, perching on the back of that sofa like that!!

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    1. You don’t need to piece it Debbie. Larry and Andrew are now going to get their butts shot off if they are not careful. 😁

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      1. Thanks — such a nice, simple synopsis!!

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      2. It’s all you need. right now. 😁

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  12. Interesting story to jump into the middle of. Lol I’m curious to see what happens next, so I will be back next week.

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    1. You really don’t have to know what’s going on. I’ll make sure you know what happened in the last episode. Thanks, Rhani.

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  13. Good golly Miss Molly! What a cliffhanger, John. Brilliant use of dialogue to paint the scene. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. Thank you, Teagan.

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  14. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    Great episode this week John! I can’t wait to see what happens when they enter…and who enters as well!

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    1. Yes it should be interesting. Thanks, Denise.

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  15. A rather tight margin, I would say! Love your dialogue! ♥

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    1. Thank you, Billy Ray. Yes very tight.

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  16. Wow! The tension is mounting! These guys mean business!

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  17. I was yelling at Larry to NOT go to the peephole! Jeez Louse – he should know better.
    You have kept me on the edge of my seat with this one!

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  18. A nail biter, John. I love the subtle humor between Andrew and Larry. Let’s hope Jerry can shed some light before bullets start flying.

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    1. I think it might be too late, Jennie. 😁

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  19. Missed this last week … catching up … puff puff puff

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    1. Easy now. Walking gets you there the same as running. Just a little later. 😁

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      1. True, but … I keep seeing those grains in the hourglass running out, so I try to cram as much as I can into every waking minute! 😉

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      2. So you can say in your last minute on Earth. “I wished I had crammed more?”

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      3. I can see me saying something like that … so many things I want to do, to accomplish, and yet so little time. But who doesn’t leave wishing they could have done more … read just a few more books, painted a few more pictures, gone for just one more long walk in the woods, or eaten just one last cookie?

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