Wednesday Story Day – AKA – Hump Day

Hump Day

“Lucy look at this new grass.”
“Feels good on the feet, Little One.”
“Make you forget it is only Wednesday.”
“That’s for sure.”

 

It is Wednesday Story Day again, and last week we saw Andrew and Larry stop for coffee (uh….never mind), and sure enough, a couple of hoods decided to take them out. One went out the back door, and Larry nailed the other with a clean shot to the eye. I see the police have pulled up in front of the Starbucks and are treating the scene as a hostage stand off situation. I guess we better go there and see if we can do anything to help. Wait! Who am I kidding? We are in the audience and can only watch. Let’s go anyway. It might be interesting to see how our heroes get out of this one.

“THIS IS THE RENO POLICE DEPARTMENT. THERE IS NO CAUSE FOR FURTHER VIOLENCE. WE JUST WANT TO TALK. DO YOU HAVE A CELL PHONE? IF SO SHOUT OUT THE NUMBER AND WE’LL GIVE YOU A CALL.”

“Man, that is some bull horn.”

“Those guys think we are holding hostages, Larry.”

“What makes them think that?”

“I’m not sure, but I’ll bet Spencer the ass Taggett has something to do with it.”

“When you called 9-1-1, what did you say?”

“I told the dispatcher that there were two gunmen shooting up the place.”

“Uh-huh. Did she ask you to stay on the line?”

“No. She just said officers are on the way.”

“Did she take your name?”

“Can you believe it, no.”

“Okay, so all she knows is we may be the two gunmen.”

“I guess that covers it.”

“I think we ought to respond to those guys out there before they storm the place.”

“Yeah, the hostage protocol is such that they won’t storm the place until they are sure none of the hostages will get hurt.”

“Sop like if we give up?”

“or shoot ourselves.”

“You can forget the last one. Okay, let me shout to our friends out there.”

“Hey, officers.”

“WE ARE HERE.”

“That is some bull horn.”

“ALL THE BETTER TO BE HEARD.”

“I guess you can hear me then.”

“WALL TO WALL. WHY NOT LET THE PATRONS GO, AND WE CAN HAVE A CHAT?”

“There are no patrons. Just Barista Bob.”

“I’m fine by the way, officer.”

“Thanks, Bob. My name is Larry Dunfee, and I am a detective with the Boston police department.”

“DO YOU HAVE A CELL PHONE?”

“Yes, the number is 617-555-1212.”

“OKAY, GOT IT. CALLING YOU NOW.”

“Yes, hello, officer.”

“It is Lieutenant Mayfield with the Reno SWAT rescue unit.”

“Nice to meet you, Lieutenant. As I said Larry Dunfee, a detective with the Boston Police department.”

“So why would a member of the Boston Police Department take hostages?”

“There must be a mistake, Lieutenant. We were shot at by two gunmen. One is in here now.”

“You holding him hostage as well?”

“No lieutenant, he’s dead. He and his UZI are lying on the floor here.”

“So that I understand. You have killed one of the hostages?”

“Sheese lieutenant. How can I get through to you that we aren’t holding anyone hostage? We’ll come out with our hands up, and then you can see what’s going on here.”

“Uh, Larry?”

“What Andrew? Hold on, Lieutenant. I’m putting you on mute.”

“How do we know they won’t shoot us. I don’t trust that Taggett isn’t behind this whole thing.”

“Good point. How about if we wait for some news reporters. Be hard to shoot us with witnesses.”

“Worth a try.”

“Hello, Lieutenant?”

“Yes, sir.”

“Any reporters out there.”

“You want a grand finish? Is that it?”

“No offense, but we don’t exactly trust the situation right now. We were the ones under attack, and you seem hell bet to believe we are holding hostages here.”

“I only know what dispatch told me.”

“How about you get on the phone and explain who we are and that there has been a mix-up. Then when reporters get here, we will give ourselves up, and you’ll be a hero.”

“Not sure I believe your scenario, but I will make the call. By the way, the reporters are about a half-mile from this place. We don’t want any of them to get hurt.”

“Oh, that just swell Lieutenant. Just swell.”

43 comments

  1. Whom can they trust? It seems the corruption goes deep.

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    1. Very deep, Keith. We don’t know where it stops. Thanks.

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  2. That really is quite the bull horn. The grass looks fantastic, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Hahaha. Yes, that is some bullhorn. 😁

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  3. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    It seems these two are always in a mess. What a life! Thank goodness they have each other. I’m happy to see the pups like their new grass. Have a great day, John.

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. They sure do like it. Soft on their delecate little paws. Have a good one.

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  4. I do believe we have ourselves another who’s on first situation.

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    1. Hahahaha. Thank you, Liz. 😁

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  5. This does seem really strange. Like the entire police department is out to kill them.

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    1. Yeah, I don’t understand it myself.

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  6. Good idea to wait for the press. They need witnesses, and Barista Bob seems expendable. I hope these guys don’t have to go back into town. So close to the airport.

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    1. Man. I can’t tell you how much I want them to get out of Reno. Well, it’s going to take a miracle I’m afraid.

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  7. They could try a zoom meeting, but the traffic has been horrendous lately.

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    1. “We’re sorry but all circuts are busy. Please try your zoom meeting later.” 😂

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  8. The grass looks terrific, John. I’m surprised the nursery was open for business. This is as far as I’ve been getting……

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    1. I feel the same, GP. Thanks for the laugh. 😁

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  9. Ha-ha-ha! What a shot, dear John! Lucy & Twiggy are testing new grass. Wonderful! Both of them seem to be so important! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Maria. They are very important. 😁

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      1. 🙂 Sure! Friday is about to visit them )))))))

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  10. These guys. Of course the police believe they’re holding hostages.

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    1. Hahhahaha. Of course they do. 😁

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  11. We just added a new wing of coolers at the morgue. And Andrew, Larry, and Bob are dying to try the out. Remember this is for your own protection. Now grab the ketchup and make like a Target commercial.

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    1. Andrew, Larry, and Bob may not be dying to try the coolers right now but that’s not to say the situation won’t change. Thanks, John

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  12. These two can’t seem to catch a break, can they, John?? I guess it’s a good thing they’ve got each other though. Your new grass looks like a field of emeralds — bet the girls are enjoying it lots!

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    1. They are enjoying the grass for sure. Thanks, Debbie.

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  13. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    This just gets worse for them!
    The grass looks great and glad the girls are enjoying it:)

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    1. Thank you, Denise. They love the new grass.

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  14. Great green grass! 🙂 Larry and Andrew are in another fine mess and the miscommunications just keep on coming. I hope they make it out alive and not in jail! 🙂

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    1. Maybe just hoping they come out alive might be enough. Thank you, Jan

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  15. Ha! John, those cops are as frustrating as Barney Fife. Well done. Great touch to have our guys wait for the media. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Not sure the media will be allowed near our heroes.

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  16. I’m not sure what or whom to believe at this point. Other than Larry and Andrew, that is. And Bob. He’s just trying to barista.

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  17. Nobody trusts nobody! Bob could at least shout out that he saw the whole thing, no? Help our guys out?

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    1. Bob? He’s still thinking of lofting his Starbucks breakfast croissant into the ceramic microphone. Good thought though. Thanks, Dale

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  18. Would it have made a difference if they had stayed on the line with the dispatcher? I’m not sure. Thay can’t trust anyone. This is a pickle.

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  19. This is a very tangled situation, John. Will it untangle next week?

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    1. You ask if it will untangle next week? Given this is a serial your guess is as good as mine. 😀

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  20. These two guys don’t know how to avoid trouble, do they? Lovely lawn btw

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    1. Trouble seems to have their GPS location for sure. Thanks, Geoff. Sod is four days down.

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  21. Fine dialogue, John. Not knowing what I missed allows me to learn from you instead. Your writing flows so well.

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    1. The nice part of this story is you don’t have to worry about missing anything cause nothing happens. 😁

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  22. As they say in the X-Files … “Trust no one”. I’m late to the party again, but now there’s only one day to have to remain in suspense, so it’s all good. 😉

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    1. That is a good way to look at it, Jill.

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