Wednesday Story Day – AKA Hump Day

Lucy and Twiggy talking

“This is a pretty nice day for a Wednesday.”
“It is Little One. Maybe you can enjoy it.”
“Still not Friday.”
“Sheesh.”

 

It is Wednesday Story Day, and last week, we heard Cortez say he would throw out a body an hour until his safe passage to the airport demand is met. He gave our team an hour before the first body. That at least gave Larry and company some time to figure out a move. I think they are planning something so let’s get over there and see what is going on.

“Okay, Andrew, I think I’ve got it.”

“Let’s hope so cause this situation is getting direr by the moment.”

“Hear me out. How about we say to Cortez that it will take some time to get a vehicle that can accommodate all the hostages. Maybe we make a suggestion that if he let most go, we could get a car here faster.”

“I think that is worth a try. I would also ask for more time.”

“Good idea, Mike. How about you, Andrew. Any suggestions?”

“That sounds okay. Do we know how many he has in there?”

“Not really.”

“I think he is just going to say he’ll take the Escalade.”

“We know there were only five in the Escalade when they left the Highway Patrol headquarters.  So, if Cortez is extra, then there is Carolyn as well. So that makes seven. Pretty tight for that model.”

“Why don’t you ask Cortez if he needs another car.”

“Brilliant, Andrew. Then if he says, yes, we can stall a little.”

“He could also agree to release some of the hostages and then take the Escalade. What is the next step assuming he releases some of the hostages.?”

“I guess we follow him to the airport and have a sniper in position to take him out.”

“I don’t know. I don’t see Cortez showing himself at the airport. He probably has a jet there and will go directly into the hanger. I don’t think the airport is the place.”

“Where is the place?”

“If we encourage him to take the Escalade, he will have to show himself when he goes to get in since It is sitting in the drive.”

“I don’t see a spot for a sniper around here, though.”

“Why don’t you call the SWAT team and find out if there is a sniper here and if he can spot a good place.”

“Let me do that.”

“Ok, Mike, you make the call. So, Andrew, it sounds like the excuse about the car won’t work.”

“I would just tell him you will arrange safe passage if he lets most of the hostages go. You can ask him if he needs a car. That might sound like you are actually making a plan.”

“You always keep things simple, Andrew.”

“Hey, Larry.”

“Yes, mike.”

“We do, in fact, have a sniper. He thinks he can access the roof on the house across the street for a clear shot of the Escalade. He’s heading there now. It’s going to take a few minutes since he will have to check to make sure he doesn’t spook the homeowner.”

“A man in black with a big gun? Why would a homeowner get spooked? We still have 15 minutes, so while he’s getting in a position, I’m going to call Cortez.”

“Yeah, Great.”

“It’s ringing. Hey, Joachim how’s it going? Okay, okay. I’m trying to arrange a passage for you. I have a question. Are you going to need a second car? Oh, I see. Okay, well, how about you release most of the hostages. That way you won’t need a second car. It’s just an idea, Joachim. No need to get upset. It is going to take a while to get a car here. Okay, I’ll check back.”

“That didn’t sound good.”

“He’s a little jumpy. He gave us another hour to get a car here. It looks like he intends to take the whole crew with him.”

“That is going to make the rescue even more difficult given he has those other two thugs as well.”

“Yeah, I know. We need to figure this out. This is why we make the big bucks.

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    1. Thank you, Michael. 😁

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  1. Makes me smiling. The two are so fantastic, like an old human couple discussing the ongoing of the world, before the bell rings to have lunch. 😉 Thank you, John! Enjoy a beautiful day! xx Michael

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    1. Great description of Lucy and Twiggy, Michael. Thanks. 😊

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      1. Lol Thank you, John! Enjoy the rest of the week! xx Michael

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      2. You as well, Michael.

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  2. Hmm, I think we’re in for another curveball, plot-wise.

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    1. Might be more like a spitball. Thanks, Liz.

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      1. 😀 Channeling your inner seventh-grader?

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      2. Baseball spitball.(More like 5th grade for me) 😁

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  3. Ah the big bucks.

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    1. Money talks.

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  4. So many twists and turns!

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    1. Keep your hands inside the car, please. Thanks, Jill. 😊

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  5. So they’re going to attempt a “Dog Day Afternoon” ending to this episode, only with a sniper positioned well back from the scene and with Cortez probably shielding himself with others.

    Yikes.

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    1. I know it could get a little messy. Thanks, Marc.

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      1. Careful Sheriff.

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  6. Yikes, Cortez is just not cooperating. I mean, all they want to do is blow his head off, you’d think he’d work with them a little better 😉

    OK, we have an hour. Let me get my calculator to see what an hour in John’s world translated to in my world…wrrrr wrrr wrrrrr…the batteries died when it hit September.

    Have a good rest of the week, John.

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    1. Hahahaha. Thanks, Dan. September is about right. 🤣

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  7. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    I’m wondering… Cortez and crowd, the weekly readers, the plotting writer. Which is the true story or are there three stories? Hmm, I’m going with the latter. 😂 Well done, John.

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    1. There could be three for sure. Thanks, Gwen

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  8. Offer him a Snickers Bar. Maybe he’s just not the same when he’s hungry.

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    1. Why didn’t I think of that? 😊

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  9. If they wait long enough, he’ll kill enough hostages to make sure that he won’t need another car. Just sayin’

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    1. That would be one way. 😁

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      1. We have a responsibility to our readers to explore all routes the narrative could feasibly take – and then follow one no-one had thought of!

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      2. There you go. The secret to twisty tales.

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  10. Great episode, John. I’m still laughing about your spitball comment. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Thank you, Teagan. Hugs to you.

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  11. Getting suspenseful now.

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    1. Hopefully. Thanks, Charles.

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  12. I dunno, John. Methinks things will get ugly unless they come up with another plan!

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    1. Me thinks the lady is right. 😁

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  13. Sometimes I despair for the future with these guys in charge! The sniper? Well, Cortez is going to come out with at least one hostage held in front of him, possibly with the entire retinue surrounding him. I really thing space lasers is the answer! Or, wait ’til he goes to sleep, toss tear gas bombs into the house, and enter. But then, the simple solutions would take all the fun and suspense away, so … carry on, guys! I’m enjoying this story … thanks, John!

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    1. I’m glad you are. Thanks for the comment, Jill.

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  14. Yeah, I couldn’t quite see him just letting the hostages go. That would impact his leverage. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how this scenario plays out, but as Larry said, that’s why they make the big bucks. 🙂

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    1. Yes indeed. Thanks, Jan

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  15. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Rooting for the sniper to get a good shot 🙂

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    1. That would be good.

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  16. Sweet sunny days at the Twiggy Resort! What a life, dear John! Dogtails are in set. 😁😎⛱🥤🥤🥤

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    1. Yes it is the life Dear Maria. Thank you for the visit and comment. 🧊🍸🍸🍸 🍰

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      1. 😁😁😁 My pleasure, dear John! May these days be cool for you!

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      2. Let’s not forget about you. 🍙

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  17. Quite interesting… big bucks, hey? Hmm!
    Sometimes I wonder if we are paying the right or wrong people.
    The dogs are so sweet. Is tomorrow their post?

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    1. Yes, tomorrow is their day of the week. 😁

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    1. Yes very much closer. Thanks, Billy Ray

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  18. They need some magic, John. Go cross genres and make it simple…

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    1. Been thinking of how a spirit could help.

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  19. It could be a bloodbath next week! Or not. You never know with these guys.

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    1. So true. It could go anywhere. 😬

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  20. I wouldn’t mention ideas of how to keep from needing that second vehicle.

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    1. Yes, there is an obvious one for sure.

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  21. “That’s why we make the big bucks.” Ha! Great episode, John. You keep us hanging on!

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    1. Thank you, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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