Today’s photo comes courtesy of Roger Bultot.  Thanks, Roger.

In the “I’d Rather Die Than …” category comes this little tale of a police officer and an off-duty cop when a “disruption” hits.

Albeit re-written to an extent, this story was originally called “Interrupted” and first appeared on June 12, 2014.  Please enjoy.



The people in the street screamed.  Officer Carson drew his gun from the holster. “Get down, everybody!  DOWN!”


“Hickman, you see him?”

Off-duty Hickman eyed the balcony.  “I see him.  Let me try something.”

Hickman darted across the street.


He ran up the fire escape.


Hickman jumped the gunman in mid-reload, almost choking him.  “Drop it!  DROP IT!”

The back-up wagon later came, taking the gunman away.  Carson shook Hickman’s hand.  “Great job, Hick.  That was pretty rough.”

“No, I’m happy it happened.  I HATE going to the dentist!”

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58 Responses to Interruption

  1. neilmacdon says:

    What we call bravery is often greater fear of the alternative – often ridicule. Great story, William

    • wmqcolby says:

      Thank, Neil. I remember from the TV series M*A*S*H where Hawkeye said to Frank that a Hero was someone who was, “…cold enough and hungry enough not to give a damn.” In this case, Hickman is like Daffy Duck who once said, “I don’t like pain. It hurts me.” 😀

  2. Iain Kelly says:

    I would rather be a hero than go the dentist, although it could easily have ended differently! Nicely done.

  3. Dear Cuzzin Notnek,

    I’m glad Jan didn’t read this before his recent appointments with the dentist. Pretty drastic measures to avoid going, though. Made me laugh…again.


    Cuzzin Shelley

  4. jellico84 says:

    HAha. Love it!

  5. wmqcolby says:

    Thanks, Jell. Glad you liked it.

  6. Very funny. My husband would sympathize. Bad news: the dentist’s receptionist has rescheduled his appointment. 😉

  7. James says:

    “I’d rather run up a fire escape and charge an armed killer than go to the dentist.”

    I can sympathize, but I’d still take the dentist.

    • wmqcolby says:

      Me, too. I mean, let’s face it, dentistry has changed and is better than it ever was and keeps getting better.

      • James says:

        Very true. I have a great dentist. I’m getting old enough to where some of my original crowns are wearing out and have to be replaced. Not too long ago, under a broken crown, he found an old silver filling. Those things are terribly toxic and I’m glad he removed it and replaced it with enamel.

      • wmqcolby says:

        Yes. I had the same thing. I don’t think I have any silver left, just porcelain and enamel.

  8. Sandra says:

    Well, I hate the dentist, but frankly, not that much! Well done, Kent.

  9. Lynn Love says:

    Ha! Very good Kent. That’s some guy who prefers risking his life to the dentist! Could see your character Hick as a more substantial character in something longer – fancy writing a police procedural? 🙂

  10. wmqcolby says:

    Really? Hmmm. Interesting.
    I might be able to write a police-type procedural. My dad was in law enforcement on the side for many years. He still keeps up with the old gang at the county sheriff’s office. Might be fun. Gets me out of the doldrums of figuring out what to write.

  11. If you are caught between the rock and a hard place… Love it, but I guess he just postponed the dentist…

  12. Dale says:

    What is it with dentists that scare people so? I never did understand it… this did give a chuckle though!

    • wmqcolby says:

      Probably the memory of dentistry before those nice little shots of lidocaine. I’m all right with it myself. I go every six months and get a free cleaning each time.

      I had a wisdom tooth pulled a few years ago and it was AWESOME! Well, as long as I didn’t get a dry socket and the nerve didn’t bleed, which neither happened.

      • Dale says:

        I think that’s the only time I could have done without – when all 4 wisdom teeth were removed, 2 of them impacted. Not fun. 😉

      • wmqcolby says:

        Ouch! Be glad you were young when it happened. I had a side-effect of slight numbness under the lower lip. Nothing big, didn’t affect the motor abilities, but it is so slight, I disregard it. I’m glad they took the teeth out and kept the wisdom in … so far as I know! 😀

      • Dale says:

        Yeah…you think they did…😉
        I never felt such pain. I would have preferred to end up with chipmunk cheeks for a few days instead of needing pills “strong-enough-for-a- horse-but-did-nothing -for- me” to dull the pain…

      • wmqcolby says:

        I th0ught I would have had chipmunk cheeks, too, but it didn’t happen. Had great drugs and I was semi-awake during the operation. Didn’t feel a thing.

      • Dale says:

        Lucky you… though my pain was after the whole shebang

      • wmqcolby says:

        Dry sockets? I didn’t get one, but I know it isn’t fun.

  13. granonine says:

    congrats–you made me laugh 🙂

  14. wmqcolby says:

    Well, I thank you very much! Glad it made SOMEONE laugh. 😉

  15. I didn’t see that end coming! He must have had a very bad experience with a dentist in the past. Thanks for making me laugh 🙂

  16. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    Nice pacing. Even Superman has his Kryptonite.

  17. Hilarious! What all we do to escape!☺☺☺

  18. wmqcolby says:

    Yes, I agree. 🙂

  19. ceayr says:

    A bit drastic, sir, especially if, like me, one is a bit long in the tooth.
    Great fun as always, five out of five cute dental assistants.

  20. wmqcolby says:

    Ohhhhh, I’ll take THAT, no problem. 🙂

  21. Ha! I worked at a dental office for 28 years. Your story is not too far from the truth. I agree with ceayr, 5 out of 5 cute dental assistance, at some sharp dental instruments on top. (Dull ones are truly not fun.)

  22. rgayer55 says:

    I wished I had checked Connie’s teeth before I married her. It costs a fortune to get her all fixed up, but her teeth are probably in better shape than mine now.

  23. plaridel says:

    I salute hick… he’s no toothless tiger. 🙂

  24. HonieBriggs says:

    Some people will do anything to get out of going to the dentist. Funny that the conversation with my father, which is referenced in my story, also included his recent trip to the dentist.

  25. wmqcolby says:

    Brilliant minds, Honie.

    Thanks for reading. I’ll head over to yours in a bit.

  26. Michael Wynn says:

    Ha that last line was brilliant and I sympathise with him, there’s a lot of things I’d rather do than go to the dentist. On a more serious level, everyone’s brave, just not in all situations.

  27. Definitely very funny. Too precious for any analysis.

  28. LOL…does the dentist not charge you if you are a cop and in a shoot out? Cause if I miss an appointment cause I have to work they charge me anyway!

  29. handmadejewelryhaven says:

    HA! Love the comedic ending!!
    Thanks for sharing.

    – Lisa

  30. Funny stuff, Kent. That’s really hating a dental appointment. I think I’ve finally found a good dentist here. I had to lose a tooth to do it though. I’ve lost track of what I have in my mouth. Good writing. 😀 — Suzanne

  31. wmqcolby says:

    Thanks, Suzanne. Sorry about the tooth, but glad you found a good dentist in your area. I take pretty good care of my teeth, but still need them liked over every six months. I keep thinking that one day I could be in some sort of accident and all my teeth will be destroyed and all that work for naught. 😀 Knock wood.

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