Wednesday Story Day – AKA – Hump Day

“Watch that ice, Lucy.”
“Even though Mama made us a path it sure is slick”
“Wednesday is sure cold.”
“Yeah, Friday is supposed to be warmer.”

 

It is Wednesday Story Day again, and last week, well, all packed up and went to Pricilla Thomas’s office. We heard from a tech running some analysis on Stennis’s phone (Damn, is everyone’s name ending with an s in this story?) The tech promised to come right back, but as we know, techs seem to have attention issues like a bag of gummy worms from the canteen. Oh, wait. I must apologize to all techs here he comes now. Let’s get back to Pricilla’s office.

 

“It is good to see you return so quickly, Agent Moore.”

“Yes, Agent Thomas. I came as quickly as I had any results. Would you like a gummy worm?”

“No, thank you. What did you find out?”

“As I said, I did several—. “

“We can skip the background, Agent Thomas. Cut to the chase.”

“Yes, ma—, I mean yes, Agent Thomas. Here are three numbers that are associated with names that don’t exist.”

“What do you mean don’t exist?”

“I mean, the names led me to three separate burial plots in the Reno cemetery.”

“This tells us what?”

“The phone numbers in question were taken out with phony names.”

“Okay, let me be the dumb one. Who would need to get a phone number with a phony name? Why not just buy a burner phone.”

“I think I can add some detail to that.”

“Okay, shoot.”

“I believe whoever wanted to use these numbers wanted the person calling to think they were actually dealing with someone with an identity.”

“For what reason?”

“Well, I can think of one.”

“I will take one of those worms, hoping you’ll get to the point.”

“Sure, here you go. Let’s say you and I were doing some kind of deal. Let’s also say the deal wasn’t exactly legal.”

“Okay,”

“Let’s say to gain trust, you give someone a name and tell them to check you out.”

“I get it. So you make some inquiries, and the person appears to be who they say they are. Wait a minute. You were able to track these names back to the cemetery.”

“I was. The average person would be able to do that, too, but it would take a heck of a lot of resources. Most people don’t have access to the kinds of data I have.”

“Okay, so the person checks out and finds his contact is a real person. Why three.”

“I figure the other two are references. All three of these people were highly respected but relatively unknown. They did their jobs and left very little in the way of public information. In fact, when they died, very little was said. It would almost appear that they were still alive.”

“What did they do?”

“They were undertakers.”

“Undertakers?”

“Yeah, they worked for three separate funeral homes.”

“Stennis was talking to undertakers?”

“Well, I’m not certain he thought they were undertakers. I’m just saying they led a very low-key life, and if he only made calls to the other two, he would be satisfied the first was legitimate. I mean, if he did a google search on the names, little comes up.”

“Okay, so we have to assume Stennis was talking with these people, but we don’t know why.”

“Correct. However, I will be able to get a court order to do lawful interception of all the calls on these three phones. We will then have the conversations and can figure out what they are doing.”

“Any problem with the court order?”

“No, I don’t expect any. We have several murders and kidnappings and a person of interest. I think the facts will speak for themselves.”

“Any budget problems because I know the phone company’s charge for the service.”

“Nope. We’re good.”

“Okay, then let’s do it.”

“I’ll keep you informed. Normally in real life, this would take a few weeks to put in place, but I know you are in a hurry, so I’ll get right on it. Might have some information in a week.”

“I appreciate that. A week is just perfect.”

85 comments

  1. Interesting concept. All three dead people with phone numbers are undertakers.

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    1. Some coincidence, huh.

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  2. This is all becoming too complicated for my small brain. I did have a theory about some of it, but I can’t tell whether it still holds water, because I can’t remember what it was! Perhaps I should have written it down.
    Meanwhile, on the weather front: a TV forecaster last week, when asked if the weather would be warmer this week, said that she couldn’t promise it would get any warmer, but it would be less cold.

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    1. Hahaha. Sounds like she should run for Congress. 😁

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  3. I’m in Keith’s boat…I should have been taking notes! I hope you’re staying safe and warm with all of your pipes still intact.

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    1. So far everything is fine. Got more freezing rain overnight. Four inches of snow forecasted for today. UGH. Thanks, Jill. 😁

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      1. I’m sorry to hear more bad weather is forecasted. Stay warm!

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      2. Thank you. At least the temp is in the 30s and not in the teens.

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  4. Gummy worms and undertakers! I didn’t see them coming.

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    1. Hold on for how it happened that all the dead people were undertakers. 😁

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  5. Yes, a week would be perfect! Things are getting interesting, John. Gotta love the geeks.

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    1. Maybe I should have named him Dan. 😁

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      1. It doesn’t end in an ‘s’ 🙂

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      2. Hahahaha. So true.

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  6. Methinks in that week, much can be revealed… or not 😉
    I’ll take a green gummy worm, please.

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    1. Here you go. Three shades of green. 😁

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      1. LOL! All jokes aside, they are rather gross…

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      2. Yes, they are. 🤢 Oh, look green.

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      3. Hahahah!!

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      4. 🤣😂🤣😂

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      5. You know what’s next, don’t you? 🤮 Oops

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      6. Nooooooo!

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      7. Watch your shoes. 😁

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      8. You are such a brat today!

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      9. Yes indeed. That’s what no electricity does. Makes one a brat. 😁

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      10. No way! I hope you guys are not freezing your tushies off!

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      11. We have no electricity right now. We are having rolling blackouts. Lucky the temp is 28 F. Other wise we would get cold fast.

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      12. How long do the rolling blackouts last? 28F is below freezing… how are you not getting cold? Lots of electrical blankets? Do you have a fireplace?

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      13. I couldn’t answer last night since something went wrong with the internet. The blackouts last two hours and then we have power for three. Our house is well insulated so the temp only drops a couple of degrees. (we keep the temp at 68 degrees normally.) We do not have a fireplace which I miss. This is the first house in 30 years without one. Last night the power came on and stayed till this morning. We are waiting for it to go out any moment. 😁

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      14. D’oh! Of course! The blackout, silly me.
        And that is a good thing that your house is well insulated. Makes all the difference in the world. Funny, I keep my house at 68, too. I hope your power stays on all day 🙂

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      15. Me too. Of course, getting used to being warm again may be risky.

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      16. There is that…

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      17. Excuse me, young man… where is today’s post?

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      18. Damn. I don’t know what happened to it. Thank you for the heads up. 😁

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      19. That’s what friends are for!! 😉

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  7. That photo of your yard is amazing. I love how you took gummy worms from the intro and wove them into the story.

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    1. I thought there would be a chuckle in there somewhere. Thanks for noticing. 😁

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  8. Undertakers – I’m thinking it’s not a coincidence? Hope you’re staying warm, John!

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    1. Power recycling every hour. So far everything is good. Thank you, Teri. Yes, that is not a coincidence. 😁

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  9. Dead people with phones. I’m going with zombie crime lords.

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    1. Good choice. 😁

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  10. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    There must be another twist coming with three undertakers in play. The tension builds. A question, what in the world made you think of gummy worms? Maybe the number of human gummy worms in the story? 😂 Well done, John.

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    1. No, I used to have meetings with an IT guy and he was always carrying a bag of gummy something. One day he offered me a worm. I was surprised by how good it was. Just thought I would pay homage to him. Thanks, Gwen.

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  11. So, a burner phone was not used and we have three undertakers identities used to verify everything is legal and on the up and up. But the undertakers are dead. My first question is how old were the undertakers and what did they die of. Then I would like to know more about this techie. He seems to know a lot not just about technical stuff but about profit and losses since he knows he has enough money to cover the bill for the phone company.
    Shalom aleichem

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    1. Good points, Pat. All the undertakers were under forty and they died in various kinds of accidents. The techie has a budget and he knows it backwards and forwards. Thanks for the questions, 😁 Shalom

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  12. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    I’m stuck on the gummy worms for some reason:) All undertakers seems important. Hope you are staying warm!

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    1. We are Denise. The power comes and goes every hour. I just hope there won’t be a time when it doesn’t come. Thank you. The undertakers are important. 😁

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  13. Dead undertakers? Hm, it wasn’t just chance that put such a notion in your head, John. You’re working up to another twist, aren’t you? Well done! And tell the Producer I used to shovel trails in our back yard for Dallas, too. It’s not as crazy as it might appear. At least it keeps the little dears’ feet from freezing!!

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    1. She appreciates your support of trails, Debbie.. I have plans for those undertakers. Thanks, Debbie. 😁

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  14. Well now, that was not expected.
    You know… my dad’s career choice for me was mortician. He was really disappointed when I refused. Mystified and put-out too. Who could imagine a teenaged girl not going for that?
    Looking forward to whatever is up your sleeve next, John. Stay safe and warm. Hugs!

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    1. I can’t imagine being a mortician and I’m not a teen age girl. Good grief what was he thinking? Hugs.

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      1. He was absolutely not joking when he said, “You’d never have to worry about running out of work.” (Getting laid off.) LOL… the man was funniest when he was serious.

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  15. Snow at the Twiggy Resort! Who is to be blamed & what is to be done are main points of a frosty Wednesday summit held by Twiggy & Lucy. Stay warm, dear John! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Dear Maria. No heat makes staying warm a challenge. 😁 Thanks for your good wishes. That makes me warmer.

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      1. 🔥🔥🔥🌞🌞🌞 I wish you more sunny day. The sun will melt snow! My pleasure, dear John!

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      2. Yes, the sun would be good. We still have an overcast which needs to move out. Thanks, dear Maria.

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      3. ☕☕☕May spring come faster for you, my dear John!

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      4. Let’s hope it does come early, Maria. 🌷

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  16. A week? Doesn’t that sound like forever? Pay no attention to the impatient child in me. I’m sure plenty can / will happen in the meantime. This techy is good. And undertakers? Very interesting!!

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    1. Yes. He needs at least a week but we have pushed him

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  17. Hope you’re doing okay with the change of weather, Butch. ♡

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    1. Like the rest of Texas, we are making due with on again off again power.

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  18. Neat. One week. I can wait that long. So the snow is true. How are you guys coping? Found some thermals?

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    1. The power cycle is Three on two off so we are okay since our house is new with plenty of insulation. Others aren’t so lucky I’m afraid.

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  19. I think a week sounds like a year’s time, but hopefully, answers will surface and the wait will be worth it. I’ll pass on the gummy worms, but if you have chocolate….
    Stay warm, John! 🥰❄❄❄

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  20. Well a week is perfect for YOU Boss, so that you can set up some more twists and turns. I mean three undertakers . . . all dead. The burner phone, no burner phone. And a techie who is feeling like a sultan right now. No, a week is a LONG time for me, but what can I do. I gotta wait for the next entry until then.

    I’m getting some Lifesavers gummies.

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    1. Oooh. Life saver gummies. I wish I could go out and get some of those. 😋

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      1. With cerveza . . even better.

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      2. Never had then with cerveza.

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      3. I like everything with cerveza.

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      4. Me too. Or cerveza with everything. (if only)

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      5. If only . . .

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  21. Gummy worms and undertakers. That’s an unpredictable twist. Although, I do think maybe the gummy worms are symbolic – such as in opening a can of worms. That seems to be what’s happening. Glad to catch up with the story!

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    1. Symbolic is the case, Jan. Thanks for the comment.

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  22. I HATE gummy worms! That said … undertakers? Are we sure they’re dead? Did they sign their own death warrants? Perhaps we should dig up the graves? And where is … ???

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    1. Yes, many questions for sure. Thanks, Jill.

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