Wednesday Story Day – AKA – Hump Day

“Lucy.”
“What Little One?”
“Can you turn off the light?”
“Wednesday sunshine. Can’t turn it off.”

 

It is Wednesday Story Time again, and last week our heroes with a police escort began their trip to the airport. As luck would have it, there was some kind of ambush set up, which was interrupted by the State patrol. By the sounds of it, there was a big shoot-out. The escort thinks it is better to head back to SWAT headquarters until everything is sorted out. I see the group is at the headquarters, so let’s go there and see what the next move is going to be.

“Right in here, gentlemen.”

“Thanks, Sarg. Is the lieutenant here?”

“Let me go check. He’s not answering his comm. I’ll just be a second. Please have a seat.”

“This looks like their war room, Larry.”

“Yeah, I think that is what it is. What do you suppose is going on?”

“I think a bunch of folks want us dead. That’s what is going on.”

“Never in my life have I dodged so many close calls.”

“Well, the keyword is ‘dodged.’ As long as you are doing that, you are okay.”

“Gentlemen.”

“Lieutenant. Nice to see you again.”

“It is especially nice to see you both, detective.”

“What is going on?”

“Good question. We are running the prints and facial rec on the dead guys. The survivor is heading for the lock-up, but so far, he’s not talking. He gave a name, but we think it’s a phony. In any case, we think these guys are pros from out of town.”

“Looks like the same situation as when we arrived.”

“You don’t have many friends in Reno that’s for sure.”

“Any way to trace these guys to Cortez?”

“Not sure right now. I’ll tell you what, though?”

“What?”

“I’m pretty doubtful Cortez would hire outside help. His guys are about the best there is. I can’t believe he would want to risk having the job mishandled if he was behind it. I’m sure if it was Cortez, we would be zipping up the body bags and shipping them to Boston instead of chatting here.”

“So, who do you think is behind all this.”

“I’m going to reserve my judgment until we find out what the prisoner has to say.”

“You think he will talk?”

“If we give him some kind of deal, he will. Hold on, I got to get this. Yeah, Mayfield here. No shit. Uh-huh. Damn. Okay, thanks for letting me know. Mayfield clear.”

“A problem, Lieutenant?”

“The prisoner just took something, and it looks like he’s dead.”

“How can that be?”

“Looks like he had some poison, and he used it.”

“How often does that happen?”

“In spy novels all the time. Here not so much.”

“You would think we could catch a break.”

“Well, detective. The fact that you are still alive is a break. I think these guys are operatives at a different level, and we need to get to the bottom of this. You two are going to need round the clock protection.”

“How about we help with the case? Could kill two birds with one stone.”

“Interesting choice of words, detective, but I think it will work. Let’s coordinate with the State patrol and get a plan together. In the meantime, how about some coffee?”

“Sounds good. Everyone would expect that offer to come up sooner or later.”

“Huh?”

“Private joke, Lieutenant. Let’s get to work.”

46 comments

  1. How often does that happen? Only once, usually 😀
    I’m loving this, John – more twists than the Great St Bernard Pass!

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    1. Thank you, Keith. 😊

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  2. That was a very interesting choice of words. What a great caption under the photo, John! Happy Wednesday. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Have a super Wednesday as well. 😀

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  3. Think I’ve said it before, but they really should just buy a house. They’re permanent residents whether they like it or not.

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    1. I think you were the first to say it. 😀

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  4. Love the spy novel bit!

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    1. Thank you, Liz. 😁

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      1. You’re welcome, John!

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  5. “I think a bunch of folks want us dead. That’s what is going on.”

    Hahaha – I guess these guys are getting a little punch drunk with bullets. I don’t like seeing attention drift from Cortez, but the Lt makes sense.

    Tell Twiggy Our cats would love to have that sun spot.

    Take care, John.

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    1. She actually likes it too. She tends to find the sun whenever it shows up. Thanks, Dan

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  6. Great caption for the picture, John. Ever think of a children’s book using the girls?

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    1. I think it would be fun. The big problem is a photo book is so very expensive to produce and illustrations are even more. Thanks for the compliment, GP.

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  7. I think these guys definitely have more than nine lives.

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    1. I think they have used up a few though. Thanks, Teri. 😊

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  8. You’d think they would eventually catch a break, but as the lieutenant pointed out, they are still alive. Another good segment, John. Lots of dead ends for these two!

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    1. Yes, we need to see some light here.

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  9. These poor guys go from bad to worse, don’t they? Yeah, they’re still alive. There is that. But they never know who or what is out to get them next. Wish you’d send us some of that Wednesday sunshine — we’re bored with all this rain!

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    1. Yes, we had a nice rain early Saturday morning. Two inches. Then it was gone. Next is Sunday.

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  10. Some call it round the clock protection. Others call it a keeper.

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    1. Or at the extreme, a jailer.

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  11. My goodness, what would they do without coffee! I feel the same way. BTW, the photo and caption of Lucy and Twiggy are precious. I think you’re a dog whisperer. 😀

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    1. I think I just happen to be in the right place at the right time. Thank you, Gwen. 😊

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  12. Ha — Coffee! You slay me, John. Okay, this just got doubly curious. I wonder how far “outside” the other side is… I hope Gloria isn’t going to have to face off with the other side’s counterpart — meaning that far down in stead of up. Yee-haw! What a ride. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. I can assure you, Gloria will stay far away from the basement (so to speak) Thanks, Teagan.

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  13. Ditto, GP and Jill! ♥♥♥

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  14. In the picture: Mysterious light of Friday…Coming soon!

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  15. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Well at least they are safe for the moment. The poison made me think of an international connection. Too bad the only person who could tell them is dead.

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    1. Yea that was pretty rude if you ask me.

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  16. These two are working the back nine on their nine lives, Boss . . .

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    1. Hahaha. I love that.

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      1. Your fault . . 😉

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  17. How convenient that the only one they capture does himself in… Dang it!
    At least they are all working together now… right?

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    1. It looks that way, Dale. At least for now. 😊

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      1. Right. You have all sorts of scenarios up your sneaky sleeve. 🙂

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      2. Hahahaha. Sneaky indeed.

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  18. Well, swelp me for a runcible haddock , this is getting to be John le Carre meets Lee Childs. Good stuff John. At least they’re alive for another week

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    1. Thank you, Geoff. Another week it is.

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  19. Bad news the hit man poisoned himself. Good news they can jump in and help with solving the crime.

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    1. Hahahaha. I’m suspecting that is what is going to happen. 😁

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  20. I think I would be considering a new career right about now … perhaps a binman or a kindergarten teacher? All caught up now … thanks for brightening my Saturday!

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    1. Oh good. Hate to have any of the group fall behind. What is a binman (You talking trash here?)

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      1. I seem to fall behind a lot these days, and I suspect it’s only going to get worse over the next 5 months. Sigh. Heh heh … yes, you can blame our mutual friend David for that … I’ve picked up several words, for example I now look at my cats and think of them as moggies, look at the trash and think of it as rubbish, and I’ve come to think of a cookie as a biscuit. So yep, I’m talkin’ trash here!

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      2. Hahahha. David is a hoot.

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