Fats Henry’s Party

There I was: At Fats Henry’s party.

His bragging party.

The main hall of Henry’s castle was already full of visitors just waiting to catch a glimpse of his music box.

A rather silly reason for a party–if you ask this professor.

I was wearing a black mask. You see, it was quite advantageous to be disguised. Mr. Magi was also wearing a black mask.

We split up, so we could better keep an eye on things.

I was making my way over to Henry–weaving in and out of the crowd, a skilled maneuver, you know–when Mr. Ratherquite and his Ladies stepped in front of me.

“Sir,” Mr. Ratherquite said, “I’m quite happy to see you here.”

The professor was flabbergasted. “But can you recognize me? That’s the question. My mask should lend me unrecognizable.”

Mr. Ratherquite looked flabbergasted now. “Of course I recognize you. Don’t I, Ladies? Don’t I recognize him?”

Both ladies nodded and giggled.

“See, sir?” Mr. Ratherquite affirmed. “I know you are none other than Mr. Smiles Riot!”

Mr. Ratherquite said it loudly–too loudly–but, luckily, it was pretty much ignored. The remark did bring Daniel along.

“Isn’t Smiles Riot supposed to be in…” Daniel cleared his throat. “Aren’t we looking for him? Hasn’t he escaped from the mental asylum?”

“Why, yes, sir, he has,” Mr. Ratherquite said. “But we should keep it hush-hush. Right, Ladies?”

The red-haired lady smiled. “Yes.”

Daniel looked unsatisfied. “I’m going to call the police.”

The professor’s face went red, I believe. Or scarlet. Or purple. I’m not really sure. My options were dwindling. I was really thinking about demasking, and ruining the whole operation that Mr. Magi and I were about.

That would fetch the situation clean.

Then Daniel looked at me and said, “I’m calling the police. If you move, I’ll kill you.” And then he made a sudden shocked sound, like he couldn’t believe what he’d just said.

He was obviously serious, though. At least, I thought so.

And that’s when Mr. Magi passed.

“Look who we have here, Mr. Magi,” Daniel said.

Looking back, I’m not sure why Mr. Magi’s disguise worked better than mine. Not better, but you know what I mean. Maybe his stature was unmistakable.

“Who do we have here?” Mr. Magi asked, turning towards Daniel.

Daniel looked at Mr. Ratherquite and raised his eyebrows. “Tell him. Tell him now.”

“Sir!” Mr. Ratherquite objected. “I can’t–”

And then Daniel laid it all out in the open.

“He’s Smiles Riot,” he said, pointing to me.

Of course, the professor was smiling. Mr. Magi would recognize me. Our cover would be blown, but…it was better than going to jail.

I was a bit too premature in my judgement.

Mr. Magi’s eyebrows shot up, and he said to me, “Smiles Riot, I thought I might catch up with you here.”

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129 Responses to “Fats Henry’s Party”


  1. 1 Hazy January 18, 2014 at 10:10

    Oooh, was it a masquerade party?

    Hmm… I wonder how this Smiles Riot looks like to be confused with the professor. Is the professor somehow personally linked with Mr. Riot?

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke January 18, 2014 at 18:13

      It sort of was. Would you have liked to attend?

      Well…maybe…I should tell the story, I suppose!

      • 3 Hazy January 24, 2014 at 09:07

        Oh yeah! (in schwarzy tone) I think I would’ve. I don’t usually go to parties much but this seems fun.

        Don’t suppose, professor. I think you must tell! :D

      • 4 Professor VJ Duke January 24, 2014 at 15:06

        :D It was fun, I’m sure.

        Okay, I’ll try to do it!

  2. 5 Bethy January 16, 2014 at 15:35

    Really I thought you just escaped from jail. And to leave us hanging like this… all I have to say is Jazzy Cauldron laughed!

    • 6 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 16:30

      Haha, I did. :lol: I love that saying! Would it be alright, if I added it to the Punchy Argot?

      • 7 Bethy January 16, 2014 at 17:22

        Why of course add away! That makes me almost famous, right? ;)

      • 8 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 22:40

        Oh, I’d say you’re very famous in the PL–leastways, this professor thinks so.

      • 9 Bethy January 17, 2014 at 18:19

        oh my. Well, almost famous would be a lot better. I tend to enjoy it more when I get to do stuff behind the scenes and then sit back and watch everyone else react. :D

      • 10 Professor VJ Duke January 17, 2014 at 18:42

        There is something fun in that, for sure! But it’s too late for you!

      • 11 Bethy January 17, 2014 at 18:45

        Dadblameit! The pressure!

      • 12 Professor VJ Duke January 17, 2014 at 19:07

        :D Sorry!

      • 13 Bethy January 20, 2014 at 11:00

        You don’t look at all sorry! You look professorish and in this case professorish =not sorry!

      • 14 Professor VJ Duke January 20, 2014 at 14:01

        :lol: What can I say? Nothing, madam!

      • 15 Bethy January 20, 2014 at 18:46

        Nothing is still something! :D

      • 16 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2014 at 01:03

        The professor must think about that…

  3. 17 portergirl January 16, 2014 at 14:03

    Oh goodness! This is certainly an exciting yet worrying predicament. Somehow, I have no doubt The Professor will prevail. And I suspect Mr M has something up his sleeve, too. That Mr Ratherquite is a rascal. He needs teaching a lesson. If I were one of his Ladies I would be very firm with him.

    Oh, Professor! Hurry up and tell the rest of the tale as I fear I will be unable to sleep soundly until I know you are safe!

    • 18 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 14:22

      Yes, I think he needs a firm hand. But you wouldn’t want to be one of his Ladies, do you?

      Mr. M must just be scattered. And thanks for your faith in this silly professor!

      Just posted the rest!

      • 19 portergirl January 16, 2014 at 14:38

        I am about to read it – hurrah!

        I would NEVER wish to be one of The Ladies, certainly not! But if I were, things would be very different for Mr R!

      • 20 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 16:22

        :D

        Yes, I’m sure you’d show him what’s what!

  4. 21 Anja January 16, 2014 at 00:57

    Maybe the Professor IS Smiles Riot since he does have multiple personalities…..

    • 22 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 14:09

      Wouldn’t that be neatio? I fear I’ve set myself up for this, actually.

      • 23 Anja January 16, 2014 at 18:24

        Oh my…..this will be good.

      • 24 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 22:51

        Are you about to eat a cherry?

      • 25 Anja January 17, 2014 at 01:53

        maybe I was about to eat some sprinkles.

      • 26 Professor VJ Duke January 17, 2014 at 13:55

        On a cupcake of course.

      • 27 Anja January 17, 2014 at 18:45

        Nooooon cherry garcia ice cream

      • 28 Professor VJ Duke January 17, 2014 at 18:47

        Okay!

      • 29 Anja January 17, 2014 at 18:48

        Yum!!!! The best.

      • 30 Professor VJ Duke January 17, 2014 at 19:08

        I agree, actually!

      • 31 Anja January 18, 2014 at 01:12

        How could you disagree with such sound logic?

      • 32 Professor VJ Duke January 18, 2014 at 18:06

        I can’t see how, but I’m sure there’s a way.

      • 33 Anja January 18, 2014 at 23:38

        But let’s not try

      • 34 Professor VJ Duke January 19, 2014 at 20:44

        Yes, I shan’t.

  5. 35 Jackie January 15, 2014 at 23:32

    Well that was an interesting development!

    • 36 Professor VJ Duke January 15, 2014 at 23:43

      And the professor is in trouble for it, I fear!

      • 37 Jackie January 15, 2014 at 23:49

        Poor Professor! You’re a magnet for trouble. :-(

      • 38 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 00:08

        Yes, that’s it. I didn’t cause the trouble you know!

      • 39 Jackie January 16, 2014 at 01:40

        Oh no I wasn’t saying that – you just seem to attract it without doing anything. Like a magnet – it doesn’t try to attract metal it just does.

      • 40 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 14:12

        :lol: I think you’re right, Jackie. What a vexing situation for me!

  6. 41 The Dancing Rider January 15, 2014 at 21:32

    LOL! ID’d as Smiles Riot (which I bet made you happy). But uh oh, Mr. Magi, too?! Am I hearing the sirens now??

    • 42 Professor VJ Duke January 15, 2014 at 23:40

      Well, it would have–under normal circumstances! Daniel and Mr. R were horrid, though! What should I do???

  7. 43 Nancy Loderick January 15, 2014 at 21:27

    Well professor – once a professor, always a professor, mask or no mask.

    Nancy

    • 44 Professor VJ Duke January 15, 2014 at 23:39

      Nancy, I do appreciate that. No matter what happens, I’m still a professor! :)

  8. 45 bardictale January 15, 2014 at 21:00

    Oh no!
    Though, I do believe the professor said something about being called Smiles Riot…

    • 46 Professor VJ Duke January 15, 2014 at 23:37

      I did, you’re right! This is why I could be doomed. What should I do about it?

      • 47 bardictale January 16, 2014 at 12:40

        Deny everything. Start crying (someone who calls himself Smiles Riot won’t cry in public)…run?

      • 48 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 14:19

        That’s a good point, Bard. Perhaps I should.

      • 49 bardictale January 16, 2014 at 16:55

        Good luck, professor!

      • 50 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 22:39

        Thank you, Bard!

  9. 51 Debbie January 15, 2014 at 18:38

    Poor Professor. Your mask wasn’t very successful, was it?

    • 52 Professor VJ Duke January 15, 2014 at 18:51

      Well, yes and no. I was mistaken for someone else. Next time, I’ll get a huge red mask that covers my entire face.

  10. 53 ladycheetah7 January 15, 2014 at 17:59

    Is Daniel a new character?

    • 54 Professor VJ Duke January 15, 2014 at 18:50

      This is the first time he’s appeared in the written story. You’re very familiar with him. He’s always saying, “Oh my.” He starred in Robin Hood as Prince John.

      • 55 ladycheetah7 January 15, 2014 at 18:56

        Oh yeah! Okay. That is the one I said I can’t put my finger on it. Something about his voice… His real name threw me off

      • 56 Professor VJ Duke January 15, 2014 at 23:27

        What about his voice, Lady?

      • 57 ladycheetah7 January 15, 2014 at 23:33

        Very unique.

      • 58 Professor VJ Duke January 15, 2014 at 23:43

        So is the professor.

  11. 59 Painting Pundit January 15, 2014 at 17:40

    Some interesting stories are written from jail. Maybe it will be fun.

    • 60 Professor VJ Duke January 15, 2014 at 18:50

      But I don’t want to go to jail, you know.

      • 61 Painting Pundit January 15, 2014 at 20:05

        It was bound to happen hanging around with that bunch of miscreants! Maybe you can save yourself eventually!

      • 62 Professor VJ Duke January 15, 2014 at 23:34

        Or you might come and save me…

      • 63 Painting Pundit January 16, 2014 at 04:38

        Sounds like you will need D. Salami to spring you out !

      • 64 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 14:17

        I might to get through. I only hope DS would help.

      • 65 Painting Pundit January 16, 2014 at 15:06

        He may get you into more trouble!!

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

        Haha, I think he would!

  12. 67 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 15, 2014 at 16:13

    Oh I do hope this story continues. Do you see me listening intently? I do wonder about Smiles. I can’t wait to see where the story goes.

    I love how Mr. Maji waltzed up…so calculated!!! Oh boy…! I just love a good party. I’m thrilled that Mr. R and his ladies are there, as well!!

    Whoopie, Duketh! This going to be fun!

    • 68 Professor VJ Duke January 15, 2014 at 18:48

      Or how the professor gets out of trouble! It’s an art to get out of trouble, you know.

      I wish Mr. M could have helped me out a bit more than he did. And Mr. R needs boxed about the ears!

      Looking back, it’s strangely amusing…

      • 69 Susan P January 15, 2014 at 19:12

        I’m thinking about you and Smiles and a rather frightening story by Robert Louis Stevenson.

      • 70 Professor VJ Duke January 15, 2014 at 23:33

        Hmm…what story?

      • 71 Susan P January 16, 2014 at 01:58

        Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde….

      • 72 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 14:17

        Yes, I think that’s the idea.

      • 73 Susan P January 16, 2014 at 17:38

        Or you could play good cop bad cop.

      • 74 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 22:50

        But the professor isn’t involved…

      • 75 Susan P January 16, 2014 at 23:00

        So he says.

        I wonder how many blogs have such a variety of followers and across the age barriers?

      • 76 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 23:05

        I do, I must!

        It would be interesting to know. The PF is (are, is, are, is) great. They make the professor’s day!!!!

      • 77 Susan P January 16, 2014 at 23:19

        Some time I’d like to know how this came to be. Maybe in the Times.

      • 78 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 23:41

        You mean the PL? It has a very interesting beginning actually. It’s years, years, years old.

      • 79 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 15, 2014 at 20:43

        The professor has my ear. It is an art, I’ve been there many times. Currently, as well.

        I forgot to tell you that I liked your mask, Duketh. Fancy!

        Mr. M is going to make me so happy in the end. I can feel it brewing. I like how sneaky he is!!! The red head needs to box Mr. R about the ears! Red heads are usually protrayed much more fiesty, but his red head is, well a mess.

        You are teasing me and it isn’t fair that you know the story already. :( Hurry up!

      • 80 Professor VJ Duke January 15, 2014 at 23:37

        The professor, though, is not art.

        :D Thanks! Fancy you noticing it!

        She just relies on Mr. R, I suppose.

        I will! I will!

      • 81 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 16, 2014 at 01:21

        No, that is true. I’ve never been to see the professor, I’m sure of that.

        I had to use my mind, but I think it was you that I saw while reading your story.

        Yes, she does. He’s very good to her.

        ……okay…..

      • 82 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 14:11

        Good point. But you might one day.

        Or it was Mr. R. Or Mr. Magi. Or Daniel. But we don’t look at all the same.

        It’s arrived!

      • 83 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 16, 2014 at 14:54

        *head nodding* Maybe

        These are a few of my favorite things….or people. :)

        OH BOY!!

      • 84 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 16:25

        :) We just may!

        Thanks, Audith!

      • 85 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 16, 2014 at 18:52

        :D Right

        :)

      • 86 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 22:55

        :P

  13. 87 Susan P January 15, 2014 at 15:09

    It seems, professor, that you are quite adept at getting into trouble. To what do you attribute this propensity? Gadzooks, sir.

    • 88 ladycheetah7 January 15, 2014 at 18:00

      His middle name is trouble. I wonder if he was an only child…

      • 89 Professor VJ Duke January 15, 2014 at 18:50

        Ask your questions, the professor just may answer.

    • 90 Professor VJ Duke January 15, 2014 at 18:45

      :lol: But it wasn’t my fault! Leastways, I don’t think so. Didn’t you see how I was attacked?

      • 91 Susan P January 15, 2014 at 19:03

        I think you go looking for trouble and that’s all I have to say about that.

      • 92 Professor VJ Duke January 15, 2014 at 23:32

        Me? You can’t be serious! The professor (Lady told me this) is very sweet and is always caught in trouble.

      • 93 ladycheetah7 January 15, 2014 at 23:58

        When did I call you sweet? It must have
        been a serious post for me to have said
        that. I DO remember saying you are deceptively clever and I might add have a unique gift of stirring up trouble all the while casting blame on others.

      • 94 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 00:09

        :lol: Lady, maybe you didn’t, then. Maybe you were referring to Mr. R.

      • 95 ladycheetah7 January 16, 2014 at 00:23

        Whatever…lol

      • 96 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 14:09

        :D I’m so sweet.

      • 97 Susan P January 16, 2014 at 01:58

        Which Lady was this again? Eh?

      • 98 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 14:16

        Lady Cheetah. :)

      • 99 Susan P January 16, 2014 at 17:37

        The Lady Cheetah is awesome.

      • 100 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 22:50

        She can be very vicious and mean to the professor at times. And she doesn’t admit that she likes Mr. R either.

      • 101 Susan P January 16, 2014 at 22:59

        Vicious? Mean? I think not.

      • 102 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 23:04

        Well, she laughs the professor to scorn at times.

      • 103 Susan P January 16, 2014 at 23:18

        Methinks the Professor asks for it. ;)

      • 104 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 23:40

        I do not!

  14. 105 L. Marie January 15, 2014 at 14:40

    Once again, Mr. Ratherquite and his ladies, who probably weren’t invited, come along to a social gathering and make themselves the center of things. And Mr. Magi is quite the cad.

    • 106 Professor VJ Duke January 15, 2014 at 18:40

      Mr. R…I could really have boxed his ears for what he did. And Daniel too!

      Mr. Magi, though, must be cut some slack. His mind is so scattered that I think he actually thought I was Mr. Smiles for a bit!

  15. 107 deanthefish January 15, 2014 at 14:35

    I love this story. It reminds me of the time I was mistaken for a barracuda…

    At any rate, excellent drama, climax, and intrigue. Bravo!

    I hope there’s a part three..

    • 108 Professor VJ Duke January 15, 2014 at 18:39

      :lol: What type of fish are you, Mr. Fish?

      Many thanks.

      Oh, there is. It gets worse, I think.

  16. 109 FictionFan January 15, 2014 at 14:13

    Oh, Smiles! How dreadful! But this is what comes of going about under a variety of aliases…as Mic or Spitz (or Fitz) would be able to tell you! Never mind, though…we’ll all come and visit you in the asylum…

    (Didn’t I warn you you couldn’t trust Mr Magi? Schwarzy would never have behaved so…)

    • 110 deanthefish January 15, 2014 at 14:35

      Schwarz is an utter fool and you know so…

      • 111 FictionFan January 15, 2014 at 14:42

        Ah, as my auld granny used to say “FF, when it comes to picking a man always remember…better a fool than a fish…Och, aye! And always eat your porridge!”

        Admittedly, she was a very strange woman… ;)

    • 112 deanthefish January 15, 2014 at 16:53

      I don’t know if I believe that…

    • 113 Professor VJ Duke January 15, 2014 at 18:38

      But all I have to do is throw off my mask, and P.VJ will be revealed! :) And I’m not Mic!!!!

      I think Mr. Magi just got horribly scattered, that’s all.

      • 114 FictionFan January 15, 2014 at 21:01

        No, no…of course you’re not! ;)

        I think Mr Magi is an evil genius who’s fooling the poor innocent Professor. I suspect he’s jealous because you look better in a mask than he does, so he’s plotting to have you locked away in the asylum in revenge… I think you should beat him over the head with his own femur, quick…and then run!

      • 115 Professor VJ Duke January 15, 2014 at 23:38

        Huff-Hum, madam!!!

        :lol: I think it’s nice you worry about the professor, but I’m fierce–like Hector.

      • 116 FictionFan January 16, 2014 at 01:45

        I notice the Professor always says he’s not Mic, but Mic never says he’s not the Professor…

        Hector’s skirt will go very well with your tartan cape…

      • 117 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 14:13

        That’s because you’ve never met Mic, but when you do…

        Skirt?! :shock:

      • 118 FictionFan January 16, 2014 at 15:44

        I shall look forward to meeting…ahem…Mic…

        I bet the Professor has the perfect legs for a skirt…and sandals, of course…

      • 119 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 16:31

        I’m sure he doesn’t want to meet you. The professor will tell him about this.

        I don’t like the skirt idea. Nor sandals. That’s Darby’s wardrobe.

      • 120 FictionFan January 16, 2014 at 18:31

        Scared, is he? Very wise! The Professor can tell tales all he likes – Mic…ahem…doesn’t frighten me!!

        You can’t be Hector then – sorry! You’ll just have to be Robin Hood instead – then you’ll get to wear tights…

      • 121 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 22:53

        Mic is probably very disappointed in you, young lady.

        I don’t know what makes you think Hector wears a skirt and Robin tights! It’s all a dadblame lie!!!

      • 122 FictionFan January 16, 2014 at 23:17

        Well, the Professor would probably know what…ahem…Mic’s thinking, that’s for sure!

        OK, OK, you can be Rob Roy MacGregor then…and wear a kilt…

      • 123 Professor VJ Duke January 16, 2014 at 23:40

        :P :p :P Dadblame the whole dadblamery!

        Can’t I just have cargo pants?

      • 124 FictionFan January 16, 2014 at 23:48

        But haven’t you noticed how all the most heroic men wore skirts or tights? I think it explains a great deal. Perhaps the Professor should suggest to Manly Man that he might want to think about how he dresses…

      • 125 Professor VJ Duke January 17, 2014 at 00:01

        I don’t see that at all! I suspect FEF likes to…imagine such things!

      • 126 FictionFan January 17, 2014 at 14:38

        Well, Hector just wouldn’t have had the same impact in cargo pants! (I admit I enjoyed imagining Manly Man in a skirt though…)

      • 127 Professor VJ Duke January 17, 2014 at 18:37

        You’re very wicked. Hector would be better if he was more professorish, in his dress.

      • 128 FictionFan January 17, 2014 at 20:38

        :twisted:

      • 129 Professor VJ Duke January 17, 2014 at 23:46

        :cool:


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