Wednesday Story Day – AKA – Hump Day

 

Photo of Lucy and Twiggy

“For the last time, it’s Wednesday.”
“Doesn’t hurt to wish.”

It is Wednesday Story Day again, and last week we learned that the Escalade was purchased by a widow and since Cortez’s men have it and it was not reported stolen; only two states of nature can exist. 1. The widow is in cahoots with Cortez’s men. 2. The widow is no longer with us. Mike (The FBI agent) has called the Reno PD to check on the widow. In the meantime, our boys have sophisticated software to try and locate the Escalade. They are sitting in Mike Moore’s car, so we should go there and see what’s going on. It will be cramped, but we can all fit in. (This is fiction, after all)

 

“Anything on the Escalade yet?”

“Yes, but hold on. Here’s a call from the Reno PD. This is Agent Moore. Uh Huh. Yup. Okay then, Thank you.”

“What’s going on.”

“Ms. Tounsand was found in her bedroom. Looks like foul play. They’ll know more after the autopsy.”

“That’s a kick to the heart.”

“Yeah, I know. The poor old lady didn’t deserve that kind of ending. On a brighter note, I think we have a location for the Escalade.”

“That is great. How did you do that?”

“The Escalade is equipped with On-Star, and it is a matter of locking into the GPS feature. It took a little time, and we were lucky to have the VIN number. Otherwise, it would have been impossible.”

“So, where is it?”

“Let me see. It looks like it’s sitting in Squaw Valley.”

“Could it be near Cortez’s place? “

“We could only wish it was in his garage.”

“We could never be that lucky.”

“Oh, I don’t know. Let me pull up Cortez’s address and see how different it is from the address indicated on the screen.”

“I’m keeping my fingers crossed.”

“Bingo. I can’t believe it. The damn thing is parked at his house.”

“We gotta get there.”

“We need back up. Hold on, let me call in a team. Also, we will need a warrant. I’ve got someone who can get that. One second, Larry. Hello Morris. Yeah, I’m going to need a team to help serve a warrant. Make it ten. I also need the warrant to be a search and arrest for suspicion of kidnapping. Yes, the perp has crossed state lines from Nevada to California and has three individuals, including ADA Thomas. Yeah, I know it’s amazing. Here’s the address. 7621 Country Club estates Squaw Valley California. The Owner’s name is Cortez. No, we don’t need local support. This is a federal matter. Okay then. Call me back when the team is ready to hit the road. I’m going to the location to make sure no one leaves. Tell the team we need them as soon as possible. Okay, thanks, Moore out.”

“Wow. I guess we are in it.”

“Yes. Let’s hope we are not too late.”

“Why on Earth would Cortez allow those thugs to come to his house?”

“That is very strange, and I have no answer.”

“He’s got to know that Escalade is stolen and that we can track it.’

“Maybe he doesn’t think anyone knows about it being stolen. You know it was plain luck we got that receipt and were able to see the video at the Chick-Fil-A.”

“I suppose you are right. There’s no reason to believe we had luck on our side. Those guys did burn the receipt.”

“May not be luck.”

“Huh?”

“Oh, never mind. I was just thinking about my wife, Gloria.”

“I’m confused.”

“Forget it. Let’s get rolling.”

65 comments

  1. I have a bad feeling about this. I’m not prescient or anything, but I am seeing one of these famous FBI hostage-negotiation-cum-shootout situations. Where is Bruce Willis when we need him most?

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    1. There is a bad moon arising for sure. Thanks, Keith

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  2. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    I like Keith’s idea of Bruce Willis. It definitely brought a smile – as did Twiggy’s expression. “Really, dad, that black thingie again!” Have a great one, John. 😁

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. Keith is pretty funny for sure. 😁

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  3. Yes, definitely call for backup! I’m not feeling good about this. I feel like Twiggy today!😉

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    1. Hahahaha. I know what you mean. 😊 Thanks, Jill.

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  4. You killed little old lady!

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    1. Like the proverbial doornail. Dang me. 😊

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      1. Dang you indeed. 😀

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  5. It feels like someone is duping the boys by making it look like Cortez is in that house. But I’ve already said too much .. .

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    1. Yes. Too much. Tony wants to talk to you about that.

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      1. Uh . . I gotta get back to him. I’m going out of town for a while . . .

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      2. Good idea. 😊

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      3. Give Tony my regards, and tell him not to wait up.

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      4. I will do that. 😊

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      5. I knew I could count on you.

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      6. Tony just asked me if you still had a horse.

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      7. I just sold it.

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  6. Foul play? They killed grandma? These guys have to pay, John. I just hope they all get to the house on time.

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    1. Me too. I don’t know but I suspect a rat.

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  7. ‘Real sad about that old woman getting murdered . . . So . . . Anyway, we’re doing good on the case and making progress. Hurray!’

    For some reason the sadness for a murder victim combined with a silver lining statement had me chuckling. Felt like a dark comedy line.

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    1. It was perfect.

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  8. Oh my! My pulse is racing at the thought of capturing Cortez. However, I know it won’t be that simple. 🙂 And I love the mention of Gloria!! Well done, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jan.

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  9. This feels way too easy. But hey. It could happen. Right?

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    1. Naw. Too easy.

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      1. Don’t I know it!

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  10. Hope makes everything! Twiggy proves it with her clear Friday glance! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    1. Yes she is looking toward the end of the week. Thanks, Maria.

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      1. 😁😁😁 Oh, youth! Time of great expectations!

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      2. Usually overlooking the beauty of the present in the process. 😁

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      3. 😁😁😁 Indeed, dear John! How old we have become! 😑 Twiggy’s present is an eternal Friday in her eyes! 🙂

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      4. Not sure we have become old just wiser. She does have that eternal Friday look. Thanks, Maria.

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      5. 😂😂😂 True…I mean we are older than Twiggy..but too little! At least our glaces reflect not only Fridays…anymore. 😊

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      6. Yes we have other glances then just a singular item. 🤣😳

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      7. 😄😄😄😍😎

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  11. I like the circle back to Gloria. Can’t wait for next week.

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    1. A touch of magic explains a lot. Thanks, Craig.

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  12. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    I’m sad about the widow, but happy they tracked it down to Cortez. Nice reminder that his wife pointed him to this from beyond 🙂 I have a feeling this won’t go smoothly…

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    1. I agree on the smoothly. Thanks, Denise.

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  13. There is plain luck. And drop the ‘L’ and it quickly becomes pain luck. Which is really no luck at all.

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    1. I can see that, John. I dropped the wrong L and got uck

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  14. Woo-hoo! but I know it won’t be as simple as that. I don’t just feel a twist coming — I’m bracing for whiplash, John. And you know I grinned when I saw Gloria mentioned. Hanging on for next time. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Thank you, Teagan. Tighten that belt one more time.

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  15. I didn’t hold much hope for the widow. Let’s hope these guys catch a break and the Escalade is actually at his house.

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    1. Yeah, I agree.

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  16. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    No, this is clearly a distraction of some kind. No more car shopping for Ms. Tounsand.

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    1. Nope. Unless they have Esclades in heaven.

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  17. This is fiction…. that was a jolt.

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    1. Always a good thing.

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  18. I want to cheer their good fortune, but then again, this could be not so good. Terrific episode, John.

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    1. You know all my episodes have a good news/ bad news feature.

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      1. I know! My nails do, too. 🙂

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      2. Here take this spare set. (The color is fushia but it will look lovely I’m sure.)

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      3. Hahaha! 😅

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  19. Idea!💥 better❤😂

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  20. I smell a rat … a big, hairy, stinky RAT 🐀 !!! Waiting with bated breath for next Wednesday … 😱

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    1. Hahaha. Hopefully, you won’t be disappointed.

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      1. I’ve never been disappointed in this story … often surprised, but never disappointed!

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      2. Great to hear. Thanks.

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