Mr. Magi’s House

It’s quite calm inside Mr. Magi’s house. And it’s quite small.

The professor was sitting at the table with Mr. Magi, drinking tea, and discussing something that was quite worrisome–to Mr. Magi, that is.

The professor was a bit on edge, maybe.

Mr. Magi raised his tea cup. “It still has me worried. And I think it has you worried, too, P.VJ.” He took a sip–very loudly–from his cup.

That’s a remarkable fact about Mr. Magi: He sips tea very loudly. At least, it was remarkable to this professor.

The professor doesn’t tend to like tea, so I didn’t take a sip while Mr. Magi was taking a sip. Instead, I coughed to fill the gap. Didn’t want Mr. Magi to hurry up his sip.

“I suppose I’m a bit worried,” I said. “But F. Henry can probably take care of himself, don’t you think?”

Mr. Magi’s left eyebrow shot up. “No. No, I don’t. Fats is a braggart. That’s why he’s having this party: To brag about his new treasure piece. I figure there’ll be many…” Mr. Magi paused and cleared his throat. “Many unscrupulous fellows ready to steal what Fats is going to be bragging about.”

“Like who?” I asked.

“Mark Mallone, Lucini Pavarinni… The list is endless.”

And it was. Mr. Magi was right. Someone would probably try to steal it.

“So…” I asked, “What is the thing again?”

“Didn’t you read the newspaper?”

I shook my head, and Mr. Magi handed me a newspaper.

On the front, was a huge picture of Fats Henry, smiling, and holding an old music box.

“A music box?” I asked.

“Yes. It’s supposed to be old. I’m not sure what the fuss is about it myself. But…” Mr. Magi shrugged. “So, P.VJ, we’re going to the party to make sure nothing happens. Now–” And Mr. Magi looked at me with a stern eye– “Don’t argue about my decision.”

Looking back, I really should have.

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146 Responses to “Mr. Magi’s House”


  1. 1 Hazy January 11, 2014 at 15:54

    Ohoho. Can’t wait to know what happened at the party. I wonder is some kind of heist went on. Was the music box a nice one?

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke January 11, 2014 at 17:49

      The music box was nice. It was stunning how many people were after the thing! Dadblamery!

      • 3 Hazy January 18, 2014 at 09:44

        :lol: Maybe it was the fact that other people want to get it that made people want it, like a competitive thing.

        Was the professor tempted to go after it, too?

      • 4 Professor VJ Duke January 18, 2014 at 18:07

        Haha! You know, Hazy, that could definitely be true! And definitely Punchyish, for sure!

        Of course not! Okay, well maybe a bit! :lol:

      • 5 Hazy January 24, 2014 at 08:52

        Maybe you and I should try and pull some kind of heist in the PL sometime. I’ve always wanted to try. With Weatherly on our side, we just might pull it off. What do you think? :D

      • 6 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 15:03

        Ooo, the professor would love to! But we must keep it hush-hush. What should we do?

      • 7 Hazy February 13, 2014 at 05:25

        Hush-hush it is. I’m sure the professor would enjoy planning strategies! Anything worth taking that caught your fancy?

        And we must find a secret hideout. Any good places you can think of?

      • 8 Professor VJ Duke February 13, 2014 at 14:44

        No…I don’t think so. Should there have been?

        A cave, maybe…or maybe a treehouse! What do you think?

      • 9 Hazy February 23, 2014 at 04:40

        Probably?

        A treehouse sounds great!

      • 10 Professor VJ Duke February 24, 2014 at 14:47

        Yes, probably.

        :D

  2. 11 Nancy Loderick January 10, 2014 at 21:16

    Hey Professor,

    Tea with the professor! What a cool idea. Never mind Mr. Magi, I take tea with the punchy Professor any day. :)

    Nancy

    • 12 Professor VJ Duke January 11, 2014 at 17:45

      Aw! The professor is honored. It’d be great fun to drink tea with you–as long as I didn’t scare you or anything.

  3. 13 Susan P January 10, 2014 at 15:39

    I had a cup of tea as the salon where I get my hair styled. It was organic, caffeine free and very interesting. I’m usually a coffee drinker, but that tea was like reading a great book — you never know what you will get next.

    • 14 Professor VJ Duke January 10, 2014 at 19:24

      Were there little pieces of things floating around?

      • 15 Susan P January 10, 2014 at 19:54

        Leaves. Yes, there were.

      • 16 Professor VJ Duke January 11, 2014 at 17:41

        Hmm…leaves in tea aren’t good.

      • 17 Susan P January 11, 2014 at 18:15

        Why is that?

      • 18 Professor VJ Duke January 11, 2014 at 19:14

        Because they’re usually bitter?

      • 19 Susan P January 12, 2014 at 22:25

        Fair enough.

      • 20 Professor VJ Duke January 13, 2014 at 14:13

        :)

  4. 21 krugthethinker January 9, 2014 at 23:22

    Uh oh! However, I always get excited when Mr. Magi makes an appearance, even if it presages…danger!

    • 22 Professor VJ Duke January 10, 2014 at 15:05

      But don’t worry too much, Mr. Magi is usually going to fix all the problems–as is his wont.

  5. 23 Jackie January 9, 2014 at 11:09

    Intriguing! To be continued? Or are we left to our own devices to figure out what happens next?

    • 24 Professor VJ Duke January 9, 2014 at 20:06

      Oh no, it’s to be continued! I do hope you’ll be interested to read about. :)

      • 25 Jackie January 9, 2014 at 20:39

        Hell ya I am! I think it’s gonna be punchalicious! 8-)

      • 26 Professor VJ Duke January 10, 2014 at 15:02

        :D Thanks, Jackie! It should hopefully be punchalicious!

  6. 27 L. Marie January 9, 2014 at 02:05

    I sense something terrible is about to happen. This is where a cape would come in handy.

    • 28 Professor VJ Duke January 9, 2014 at 20:04

      It definitely would! Maybe I’ll take one. What color, though?

  7. 29 The Dancing Rider January 8, 2014 at 21:50

    Oh, am eagerly awaiting what is next. With the hindsight being that you should have argued ……. (Endless throat-clearing, and the rattling of various papers works too, on the loud slurping!)

    • 30 Professor VJ Duke January 8, 2014 at 21:59

      Yes, the professor is always making mistakes, dadblameit. ( :lol: Don’t worry. [The professor might be guilty himself on many, many occasions.] )

      • 31 The Dancing Rider January 9, 2014 at 14:11

        Ah, still, I’m eagerly awaiting! :)

      • 32 Professor VJ Duke January 9, 2014 at 20:09

        It shall be coming!

  8. 33 Lesley January 8, 2014 at 20:59

    I absolutely love tea!! But I really dislike it when people slurp on tea! Anyway, I just love Mr. Magi’s sternness. There’s just something awesome about being decisive. My comment ends here.

    • 34 Professor VJ Duke January 8, 2014 at 21:54

      Hey, Lesley! Nice to see you. I agree. Mr. Magi’s very authoritative, and it’s nice for a change.

      • 35 Lesley January 9, 2014 at 03:52

        Haha for a change? Are you not used to it, or is Magi not always like that?

      • 36 Professor VJ Duke January 9, 2014 at 20:04

        :lol: The professor isn’t use to that sort of thing. Professors are bossy creatures, you know.

      • 37 Lesley January 9, 2014 at 20:18

        I know it for a fact :)

      • 38 Professor VJ Duke January 9, 2014 at 20:24

        Haha, you do?

      • 39 Lesley January 9, 2014 at 20:26

        Haha I had to deal with many :)

      • 40 Professor VJ Duke January 10, 2014 at 15:01

        And they were vexing?

      • 41 Lesley January 10, 2014 at 16:10

        Only a few. A very few.

      • 42 Professor VJ Duke January 10, 2014 at 19:29

        Well, that’s good, Lesley.

      • 43 Lesley January 10, 2014 at 19:39

        :)

      • 44 Professor VJ Duke January 10, 2014 at 19:45

        :cool:

  9. 45 elprice2013 January 8, 2014 at 20:37

    I do find it remarkable when people sip loudly. Or chew loudly for that matter. I don’t usually remark on it though.

    I don’t tend to like tea either, but when it’s cold out and I’ve drunk all the hot cocoa I will drink some sugar plum spice tea.

    I wonder if it’s anything like the music box in the Phantom of the Opera? That music box was quite popular.

    • 46 Professor VJ Duke January 8, 2014 at 21:54

      You should embarrass them and call them on it! Of course, it would be a hard thing to do. But I have faith in you.

      Now that does sound good. Cherry tea is good, too, you know.

      The new movie?

      • 47 elprice2013 January 10, 2014 at 11:45

        Its not a hard thing for me to do. But I don’t always like dealing with and sometimes they just don’t get embarrassed!

        Oh yeah! I think my cherry tea fell back behind a cabinet. I will have to dig it out!

        Um…yes I think the latest movie. But I have been listening to the Broadway show soundtrack so my memories from the show and my memories from the movie are all mixed up together and I am not positive which one exactly.

      • 48 Professor VJ Duke January 10, 2014 at 15:12

        Oh dear. They’re vicious beasts, then. Not much you can do about that!

        You just must dig it out! Imagine letting all that great tea go to waste!!!

        I think the professor saw the movie. It was rather good, but that was so long ago…

      • 49 elprice2013 January 11, 2014 at 18:13

        Excellent description!
        I will dig out the tea…if it gets cold again. Its summer again already!
        It was a good movie. It was a long time ago but the professor can borrow my copy if he would like. I haven’t watched it in awhile.

      • 50 Professor VJ Duke January 11, 2014 at 19:11

        It’s summer? Oh, it is not! Leastaways, I don’t think it is. The professor would like it to be, though.

        Oh, that’s very nice of you to offer! But I think we live far apart from each other, if it’s summer where you’re at!

      • 51 elprice2013 January 14, 2014 at 00:38

        We have yoyo weather here. Summer one day, winter the next!

      • 52 Professor VJ Duke January 14, 2014 at 13:59

        I see. It’s been only dadblame raining here. Yoyo weather sounds sort of nice.

      • 53 elprice2013 January 15, 2014 at 01:04

        Maybe we could switch for a week just for a change!

        Rainboots are good for rain!

      • 54 Professor VJ Duke January 15, 2014 at 01:16

        I’d like that! But I’d want plenty of sun. You must work with Helios about that for me.

        Alas, the professor has none. Just snow boots!

      • 55 elprice2013 January 15, 2014 at 11:09

        Hmmm. I clicked around and I don’t know who Helios is!
        I don’t have any rain boots either. The Princess does of course and whenever it rains we are summed to muddle walks. (Mud+Puddle=muddle)

      • 56 Professor VJ Duke January 15, 2014 at 13:58

        Oh, I haven’t found him in the PL..yet. He’s the greek god of the sun, I think.

        :lol: I think the professor would enjoy muddle walks!

      • 57 Bethy January 16, 2014 at 15:15

        Oops. I guess I should have kept looking! :) I am not at all up on my greek gods obviously.

        I think everyone should go on muddle walks. Blows the cobwebs out of your brain!

      • 58 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 16:26

        Me neither. My cowriter, Nick Warren, is, though. And that’s how this professor knows!

        :lol: Sounds professorish!

  10. 59 ladycheetah7 January 8, 2014 at 18:37

    That must have been a pretty awesome and noteworthy tea sip, or dare I say slurp…lol. And why didn’t you argue his
    decision? If memory serves me correctly haven’t you been tangled in such dilemmas before?

    • 60 Professor VJ Duke January 8, 2014 at 21:51

      Well, I should have, but Mr. Magi is so authoritative. And he’s usually right. You know?

      • 61 Susan P January 10, 2014 at 15:35

        Call his bluff. Pompous people tend to put on a good show but it’s usually just a bluff.

      • 62 Professor VJ Duke January 10, 2014 at 19:24

        But not with Mr. Magi! He’s not cruel, but he won’t allow insubordination.

      • 63 Susan P January 10, 2014 at 19:54

        It sounds unhealthy to me.

      • 64 Professor VJ Duke January 11, 2014 at 17:41

        He usually nice.

      • 65 Susan P January 11, 2014 at 18:15

        What does MM have to say about him?

      • 66 Professor VJ Duke January 11, 2014 at 19:13

        Well, I think MM likes him. Mr. Magi keeps MM in line. Sometimes MM gets out of line, you know. The only problem that Mr. Magi has is that he’s horribly scattered. Sometimes that gets in his way.

      • 67 Susan P January 12, 2014 at 22:25

        So, MM is like a naughty child who likes it when the authorities make him behave?

      • 68 Professor VJ Duke January 13, 2014 at 14:12

        Yes, that’s a perfect description. :D

  11. 69 bardictale January 8, 2014 at 18:00

    Hmm…interesting…though I thought the professor liked fruit teas?

    • 70 Professor VJ Duke January 8, 2014 at 21:50

      I do! There’s something wrong with Mr. Magi’s Sotsiz tea, though. It’s… :P

      • 71 bardictale January 9, 2014 at 04:40

        It’s what?

      • 72 Professor VJ Duke January 9, 2014 at 20:05

        It’s Yucketh, you know?

      • 73 bardictale January 9, 2014 at 20:48

        Yes, I understand. He should learn the proper way to make tea- he’s a magi!

      • 74 Professor VJ Duke January 10, 2014 at 15:02

        :lol: That’s true. But he thinks he knows the proper way.

      • 75 bardictale January 11, 2014 at 16:14

        You could always say that it is another way, from a distant land. He should go for that, no?

      • 76 Professor VJ Duke January 11, 2014 at 17:50

        He actually probably would. That’s a good idea. But he’d approach it from the angle that I was ruining his tea.

      • 77 bardictale January 11, 2014 at 17:59

        Why? He’s a man of magic! The whole point is to discover new ways to do what you always do, no?
        Nothing’s being ruined here.

      • 78 Professor VJ Duke January 11, 2014 at 19:06

        Oh yes, the professor agrees with you. Maybe I should try it, then!

  12. 79 technophile9 January 8, 2014 at 17:28

    Nice cliffhanger there! I wonder where the music box comes from. :)

    • 80 Professor VJ Duke January 8, 2014 at 21:47

      Thanks, Joe! I wonder too. Maybe the Punchies gave it to Henry?

  13. 81 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 8, 2014 at 16:53

    I like Mr. Magi. I hope he’s as good as he sounds in print. Once again, I never tire of reading of the professor’s encounters.

    A music box, does it play symphonic tunes?

    • 82 Professor VJ Duke January 8, 2014 at 21:45

      Really? I’m sure they’re rather dull and boring–just like me. And, yes, Mr. Magi’s integrity is very strong, you must know.

      You know, I’m not sure. Maybe it plays an ugly theme.

      • 83 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 8, 2014 at 22:38

        Okay, then. :roll:
        Good because I’ve had my heart set on him being good all along. No funny business with my Magi.

        It sounds professorish for a music box to play ugly music.

      • 84 Professor VJ Duke January 9, 2014 at 19:58

        No, he’s more righteous than the professor. Promise.

        It does! :D

      • 85 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 10, 2014 at 05:32

        Really! Perfect!
        Thank you.

      • 86 Professor VJ Duke January 10, 2014 at 15:08

        :D Welcome are you!

      • 87 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 10, 2014 at 16:52

        :D

      • 88 Professor VJ Duke January 10, 2014 at 19:30

        :cool:

  14. 89 MissTiffany January 8, 2014 at 15:57

    I love music boxes. Perhaps Nova will swing by this party. ;)

    • 90 Professor VJ Duke January 8, 2014 at 16:13

      Definitely swing by! But you better be sweet!!!

      • 91 MissTiffany January 8, 2014 at 21:00

        Sweet as sugar, dear Professor.

      • 92 Professor VJ Duke January 8, 2014 at 21:55

        :lol: Sounds good, then. :lol:

      • 93 MissTiffany January 9, 2014 at 15:37

        :D

      • 94 Professor VJ Duke January 9, 2014 at 20:09

        :cool:

  15. 95 Angeline M January 8, 2014 at 15:42

    I do not drink much hot tea, but now have the urge to brew a pot and slurp a couple of cups whilst I ponder this saga and its potential for drama in the PL. Mr. Magi should be watched.

    • 96 Professor VJ Duke January 8, 2014 at 16:12

      Ooo, don’t you trust Mr. Magi?

      • 97 Angeline M January 8, 2014 at 16:30

        Nope.

      • 98 Professor VJ Duke January 8, 2014 at 21:42

        The professor is rarely surprised, but you’ve gone and gardoobled me! I’m shocked.

  16. 99 Painting Pundit January 8, 2014 at 15:31

    The sound of slurping is ringing in my ears!
    Intrigue is afoot!

    • 100 Professor VJ Duke January 8, 2014 at 16:12

      :lol: It certainly is! But the professor shouldn’t go.

      • 101 Painting Pundit January 8, 2014 at 17:03

        No. The intrigue may spill over.

      • 102 Professor VJ Duke January 8, 2014 at 21:46

        But it’s bound to do that, you know.

  17. 103 Susan P January 8, 2014 at 15:08

    This seems to be along the same lines as people who say yes and mean no. Or vice-versa.

    • 104 Professor VJ Duke January 8, 2014 at 16:12

      Who does? The professor?

      • 105 Susan P January 8, 2014 at 17:40

        Would the Professor do such a dastardly deed? Maybe you should ask Mr. Fish?

      • 106 Professor VJ Duke January 8, 2014 at 21:50

        The professor is wicked, but he’s not capable of doing dastardly deeds, you know.

      • 107 Susan P January 9, 2014 at 13:49

        Everyone is capable of doing dastardly deeds. Not everyone does.

      • 108 Professor VJ Duke January 9, 2014 at 20:09

        Well, maybe I am capable, then. Something nice about that, you know.

      • 109 Susan P January 10, 2014 at 00:12

        Hmmm…have to think about that.

      • 110 Professor VJ Duke January 10, 2014 at 15:07

        Me too.

  18. 111 portergirl January 8, 2014 at 14:58

    Ah, yes, I see. Music boxes are often the start of many an incident, in my experience. Manly Man should be called in to ensure there is no foul play!

    • 112 Professor VJ Duke January 8, 2014 at 16:09

      And you should probably come with him, too. It’s nice to have someone around who actually has experience with this sort of thing.

      • 113 portergirl January 8, 2014 at 16:19

        I would be delighted. Of course, I would wear my trusty bowler hat, an essential item for this sort of thing

      • 114 Professor VJ Duke January 8, 2014 at 21:41

        Oh yes, you’d have to! It’s looks good on you, you know.

      • 115 portergirl January 9, 2014 at 11:09

        How kind! I am so pleased you think so, Professor ;)

      • 116 Professor VJ Duke January 9, 2014 at 20:05

        I definitely do!

      • 117 portergirl January 10, 2014 at 11:35

        I will try to include more pictures of me and my hat, especially for you :)

      • 118 Professor VJ Duke January 10, 2014 at 15:10

        Aw, thanks! That’d be great. :D

      • 119 Anja January 8, 2014 at 20:21

        Did I read that right….the professor doesn’t like tea?

      • 120 Professor VJ Duke January 8, 2014 at 21:52

        Well, I don’t like Mr. Magi’s Sotsiz tea. It’s–you probably wouldn’t like it either.

      • 121 Anja January 9, 2014 at 01:04

        Okay…I was a bit worried because I didn’t think that statement was true on it’s own.

      • 122 Professor VJ Duke January 9, 2014 at 20:03

        Maybe I lied…?

      • 123 Anja January 9, 2014 at 21:38

        Hmmmm maybe….why would the professor lie…

      • 124 Professor VJ Duke January 10, 2014 at 15:03

        Yes, why would he? You should know, you know.

      • 125 Anja January 10, 2014 at 17:28

        Why do you keep answering my questions with questions? :)

      • 126 Professor VJ Duke January 10, 2014 at 19:31

        Because you should know the answers, since you help my mind.

      • 127 Anja January 10, 2014 at 19:46

        You have a lot of faith in my capabilities lol

      • 128 Professor VJ Duke January 11, 2014 at 17:39

        I sure do! For good reason too. :)

      • 129 Anja January 11, 2014 at 18:14

        I’m glad one of us thinks like that. :)

      • 130 Professor VJ Duke January 11, 2014 at 19:12

        The professor’s got you covered!

      • 131 Anja January 11, 2014 at 19:17

        :) Okay that made me smile.

      • 132 Professor VJ Duke January 11, 2014 at 19:17

        I hope that’s good.

      • 133 Anja January 11, 2014 at 19:18

        I would think so.

      • 134 Professor VJ Duke January 13, 2014 at 14:09

        :D

  19. 135 FictionFan January 8, 2014 at 14:53

    Oooh! Exciting cliff-hanger ending there! But is Mr Magi really as honest as he seems? Never trust a man who sips his tea loudly…

    • 136 Professor VJ Duke January 8, 2014 at 16:05

      Oh, I’m sure even FEF can trust Mr. Magi. He’s so honest it’s a crime. The one you couldn’t trust, you know, is Schwarz…

      • 137 FictionFan January 8, 2014 at 16:46

        It’s always the ones who seem most trustworthy that turn out to be the criminal…

      • 138 Professor VJ Duke January 8, 2014 at 21:43

        But you have to ask yourself if that’s how it works in the PL.

      • 139 FictionFan January 8, 2014 at 23:53

        Especially in the PL! Look at Ruber – he seemed so sweet and downtrodden at first…and then we discover his favourite hobby is poisoning people with fish…

        Well, if Mr Magi is innocent then I bet the baddie is…the Professor! :twisted:

      • 140 Professor VJ Duke January 9, 2014 at 20:01

        Ruber is man of action. He doesn’t necessarily like to do what he has to do. And I don’t think he means to poison people either. It just happens.

        Yes! But you knew that. The professor is horribly wicked.

      • 141 FictionFan January 9, 2014 at 21:31

        Horribly! (And stop sticking up for Ruber – the man tried to nuke his father!!)

      • 142 Professor VJ Duke January 10, 2014 at 15:03

        :lol: You remember that? Glory be!

      • 143 FictionFan January 10, 2014 at 15:49

        Of course! How could I forget the wondrous Zez gurgle?

      • 144 Professor VJ Duke January 10, 2014 at 19:27

        To be honest, I forgot he was in that. My mind is leaving me…

      • 145 FictionFan January 10, 2014 at 22:27

        Sometimes I think I pay more attention to these skits than you do…

      • 146 Professor VJ Duke January 11, 2014 at 17:47

        I think you do, too. I hereby apologize for my head….


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