Wednesday Story Day – AKA TGIF

“Give it to me straight. Lucy. Don’t tell me it’s Wednesday.”
“It’s Wednesday.”
“I said don’t tell that.”


It is Wednesday Story Day again. Last week we learned that Lazar is willing to testify against Taggert and Cortez. We also learned that Lazar’s daughter Carolyn will need to be protected more sooner than later. The ADA, Pricilla Thomas, left the room to make some phone calls, and she is now heading back in. Let’s find out what she has been able to arrange to protect Carolyn.

“Okay, Lazar. I was able to set up a call between the FBI and Mi5, their British equivalent. It has been decided that Mi5 will go to Carolyn’s school and take her into protective custody.  This will happen as soon as possible after you place the call to her. There are two agents heading to Oxfordshire from London now. It’s going to take them ninety minutes or so to get to her. Right now, it is past eight o’clock in the evening in the UK. Do you know where your daughter might be?”

“I know she studies a lot, so I would say she is in her dorm room.”

“We can get an exact location when you talk to her. We will have to send that location to our contacts in the FBI, who will then relay it to Mi5.”

“Shouldn’t we call her now?”

“Just one more thing. Once Mi5 has her, they will take her to a safe place to spend the night. We will have scrambled a private jet out of DC, and they will be landing at the Oxford airport at about 0700 hours local time.”


“Sorry. About 7:00 A.M.”


“The agent aboard will take custody of Carolyn, and the plane will head back to the US. Any questions so far.”

“Yeah, when does she sleep?”

“Mi5 will have a place.”

“When will I see her?’

“We will get you both into a safe house just as soon as we can. You will have 24/7 security. We want both of you to be very safe. So, you ready to make the call?”

“I guess. I’ll need my phone. I have her number programmed in.”

“Yes, here it is.”

“Just a minute. It’s ringing. Come on, sweetheart. Pick up your phone. Damn, it’s going to voicemail.”

“Tell her to call you immediately. It’s urgent.”

“Hi, Carolyn honey. This is dad. I need to talk to you right away. It’s urgent. Please call. I love you.”

“Now send her a text. Tell her she needs to call.”

“I get that. I’m not an idiot. Just a second. I sent it.”

“I guess we wait.”

“While we are waiting, let me ask a question.”

“Sure, Lazar, go ahead.”

“How long do you think it will take to go to trial?”

“Eighteen months if we are lucky.”

“So, we will be in custody for eighteen months?”

“Yes. Why?”

“I’m not sure my daughter will go for that.”

“She’ll have to. You will need to explain the risk to her life.”

“Wait, here’s the phone. Hello, Carolyn, sweetie, how are you? No, no, no. I’m fine; it’s just that we have a situation. Don’t worry about being in the shower. I’m just glad to be able to talk to you.”

“Put her on speaker.”

“Carolyn honey, I’m going to put you on speaker. I know you hate that, but it’s necessary okay?”

“Okay, dad. What is going on.”

“Well, I’m here with some people from the government, and we need to be concerned with your safety.”

“Government? What kind of people from the government.”

“Hi, Carolyn. My name is Pricilla Thomas, and I’m with the Federal District Attorney’s office. We have some important things to cover with you.”

“District Attorney’s office? What kind of trouble are you in, dad.”

“Pretty big trouble, sweetheart.”

“Tell me.”

“Your dad has been doing business with some underworld characters and got caught. These nice people want me to turn states evidence in exchange for protection from these criminals.”

“Oh my gosh, Dad. States Evidence means to testify.”

“That’s right, honey.”

“Against who?”


“Oh, father. How did you get into this in the first place? I have read about him in my criminology course. He is not a nice person.”

“I know, honey. These folks are going to protect us, which brings me to the reason for my call.”

“I’m still curious about how you got involved.”

“Can we cover that later, darling? I need to give you some information.”

“You know you’ve been my rock, Dad. Since mom died, I’ve looked up to you, and you’ve never let me down. Tell me it’s going to be still true.”

“I’m not proud of myself, Honeybun.”

“Oh, daddy, I don’t want to believe that. Tell me everything.”


  1. Now why would I feel anxious — it’s just a story. I tell myself that, but it doesn’t work. I guess anxiety is what thriller writers hope to achieve. Well done, John. 😉

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    1. I guess. Teeth grinding anxiety is the best. Thanks for the lovely comment, Gwen. 😁


  2. Oh no! Poor Honeybun! This was a suspenseful read, John. Great job!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. I’m glad you like it.😁


  3. Nice detail, John. I can’t wait now to find out how Carolyn will react to her father’s ‘confession’ to her – or whether what he says will be ‘The truth, the whole truth and nothing like the truth’. 🙂

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    1. It would be very tempting to make up a story. We’ll see. Thanks, Keith

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  4. She could always take courses online, right? That should solve one problem.

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    1. I think we all learned that on-line is a viable solution.


  5. No time for a history lesson, we can cover that in the 18 months we’ll be living in Wyoming. I hope they get her out of there.

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    1. I do too, Dan. 🙄

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  6. Somehow, I don’t think this bodes well. (Love the Lucy/Twiggy stare-down, by the way.)

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    1. Beware of the bodes of October. Thanks, Liz.

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      1. Ha ha! 😀 I shall beware of the bodes of October.

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  7. She’s where every parent thinks their college kid is – studying. That’s why every college town has a bar named The Library, lol.

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    1. Hahahaha. Thanks, Teri.

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  8. Whew! I somehow thought this wouldn’t go well. Waiting for next week…

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    1. Still plenty of time for mayhem. The Mi5 agents are still an hour away.

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      1. Biting my nails, and she might want to put on some clothes before they arrive.

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      2. Yeah good idea for sure.

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  9. Cortez is “not a nice person.” Kind of an understatement, wouldn’t you agree?!?

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    1. For sure, Debbie.

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  10. Imoressive shot, dear John! Twiggy & Lucy are testing What’s Wow! 😊 The first respondent has already tried this application & is ready to tell his crazy impressions. 🤣

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  11. I think Carolyn responded rather calmly, considering the circumstances. Daddy’s role as her rock has been rolled. 🙂 Good one, John. Love the shot of Twiggy and Lucy!

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    1. I don’t think she has grasped what her dad was doing. We see how she handles being the daughter of an illegal drug distributor. Thank you Jan. 😊


  12. Boss

    I kept thinking something was going to happen to the daughter. But man, he’s got a LOT of ‘splaining to do as it is. And not much time with which to do it.

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    1. Yup. He only has an hour before burley Mi5 agents come to the door.

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      1. And then things get all hurley. Which reminds me of barley.

        I need a beer.

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      2. Harley barley. I’m going for one too.

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  13. Fingers tapping the keyboard nervously…
    Just one thing. Our various security services don’t line up neatly with yours because we don’t have the same federal state divide you do. So while our local police which is split at a county level like yours at a state level we don’t have a national police service like the FBI. If there’s a need for national coordination it’s organised through the Metropolitan Police which doubles as london’s regional police service. Therefore I’d expect the FBI would link up with the Met for this operation. MI5 are our domestic secret service. They deal with internal threats to National security such as terrorist cells. They’re more into surveillance and covert ops. Not sure how that works Stateside but I’ve always assumed it was a mix of Homeland security and the domestic arm of the CIA. Where we parallel each other is in non domestic secret services etc – spying, undermining foreign powers etc and that’s our MI6 line up with the CIA. Now i maybe wrong in the sense that often individual operatives will have personal contacts that they start with, given the urgency of this operation but I’d doubt MI5 have the manpower and infrastructure for this whereas the Met would. Hope that helps!

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    1. Sure does. I chose Mi5 since they had less of a inrastructure and less organizational approvals needed to get action. In my mind this was pretty much agreed to be a terror threat requiring some extra effort. Also since I don’t live there, I Googled “FBI counterpart in the UK.” I should have Googled “Geoff Le Pard.” 😁 Thanks, Geoff. The episode was brief and this discrepancy will go away but I do appreciate the iinformation. I also appreciate that you read my stuff and care to make it right.


  14. Dad, enough with the chit-chat and confessions. Get Carolyn out of there now. There’s plenty of time to talk over the next eighteen months. Fingers crossed this works out… but somehow I feel a snafu coming on. Great episode, John.

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    1. Thanks, Jennie. Let’s hop all goes well. The agents are still an hour away, though.

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      1. Oh, that’s right! 😳

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  15. Can I say how happy I am that Carolyn did call back? That’s a good sign. Now… for her to remain safe in the time it takes to get to her!
    Good episode, John.

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    1. Yes it is a good sign. The Briish agents are still an hour away so hang on. 😁

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      1. I’m hanging!!!

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      2. I can hear your nails slipping on that cliff. Grab that tree there is you start to fall. 😂

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      3. Hahaha! Thank goodness for the tree!

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      4. Don’t look down. 😓

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  16. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    I won’t relax until his daughter is safe!


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