Tales and Stories: An Attempt To Do It

Dr. Zauberer crept slowly up the stairs, knowing that at the top, he would find what he was seeking.

A locked door.

But it was what laid behind the door that had brought him sneaking around Fat Man’s Castle—located on Fat Man Island—at night.

Dr. Zauberer tripped briefly on the stairs, hoping that the noise wouldn’t wake the sleeping Fat Man.

He reached the door moments later. It pushed open.

“Haha and a bewilderment!” Dr. Zauberer said quietly, probably not as quietly as he should have. “I was expecting to use my torch to get in.” [Dr. Z did steal that saying from this professor, you know.]

Dr. Zauberer stepped impressively into the room, but went down on the slick floor with a dull thud.

Merlin stood in the center of the room with a mop in his hand.

Both of his eyebrows raised immediately—in self-defense. “You aren’t allowed in here!”

Dr. Zauberer hurried to his feet. “Shh! Quiet, Merr! Don’t wake anyone.”

“You want this, don’t you?”

Merlin pointed towards the super-computer, which took up a whole dadblame wall. It’s a large screen, you know.

Dr. Zauberer decided to play wise. “What makes you think I want it?” he said as he waltzed closer to the thing he truly did want.

Merlin laughed. “I can see it in your eye.”

Dr. Zauberer looked troubled. “Eye? Hopefully you can see it in both of my eyes! I’ve got two!”

Merlin overlooked his blunder. “The left one always shows what the heart wants most.”

“Well my heart doesn’t want it. I do.”

“Young man!” a voice from behind rang out.

And Dr. Zauberer knew he had been caught. He spun around to face Mr. Magi.

“I’m not sure how you got in here, but you must leave!” Mr. Magi definitely looked severe enough.

He grabbed Dr. Zauberer by the arm and escorted him out of the room, closing the door softly behind them.

Merlin listened until their footsteps died away. Then he dropped the mop, mumbled something under his breath, and got back to what he’d been doing on the super-computer.

Professorish gleaning: How did Mr. Magi miss Merlin?

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213 Responses to “Tales and Stories: An Attempt To Do It”


  1. 1 Hazy March 2, 2014 at 12:42

    Merlin is quite an actor! I think he totally improvised with that mop so he won’t be caught in the act.

    Maybe Merlin covered his face with a mop so Mr. Magi didn’t see him? :D or he hid behind a door or cabinet or something.

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke March 2, 2014 at 23:18

      Perhaps you’re right. He’s not to be trusted!

      Yes, I do hope he didn’t use magic.

  2. 3 Painting Pundit February 27, 2014 at 01:14

    Where was Slim Pickens? How did he get there? I thought he was dead? Was Merlin playing Tetris??

    • 4 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:24

      Have you ever played Tetris, P? I’ve just figured out what it is today, thanks to PorterGirl.

      What do you mean about Slim Pickens? (I’d go down on the bomb with him, you know.)

      • 5 Painting Pundit March 1, 2014 at 21:07

        I love Tetris! Slim Pickens was the crusty trail hand in the old cowboy movies always dishing out homespun wisdom. Doesn’t the professor watch old cowboy movies?

      • 6 Professor VJ Duke March 2, 2014 at 22:56

        Well…isn’t he the chap that went down on the bomb?

      • 7 Painting Pundit March 2, 2014 at 23:23

        The original was a cowboy actor and rodeo rider. The second was in Dr Strangelove. I had to look it up because I only knew who the first one was. I knew who the first one was because in my teens I dreamed of being a rodeo girl but not because of Slim Pickins!

      • 8 Professor VJ Duke March 2, 2014 at 23:24

        Wouldn’t you be scared to be a rodeo girl?

      • 9 Painting Pundit March 2, 2014 at 23:40

        I would be now! Back then I was young and invincible!

      • 10 Professor VJ Duke March 3, 2014 at 20:22

        I’m sure you could still do it!

      • 11 Painting Pundit March 3, 2014 at 20:24

        That would be hilarious!!

      • 12 Professor VJ Duke March 3, 2014 at 20:57

        And fun!

      • 13 Painting Pundit March 3, 2014 at 20:58

        True!!

      • 14 Professor VJ Duke March 3, 2014 at 20:59

        :D

  3. 15 PorterGirl February 26, 2014 at 17:39

    I think Merlin may have been playing Tetris on the super computer. Nice to know that the floor is clean, though!

    • 16 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 18:29

      Definitely! What’s Tetris?

      • 17 PorterGirl February 26, 2014 at 18:34

        Tetris is the classic Nintendo block-falling game! The different shaped blocks fall down and you have to wiggle them about so they slot into each other. There is annoying music. I think you would like it

      • 18 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 18:35

        I’ve never tried it! You must teach me.

      • 19 PorterGirl February 26, 2014 at 18:40

        Of course I shall!

      • 20 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:08

        :D

  4. 21 bardictale February 26, 2014 at 11:27

    He was holding a mop in a room where no one steps foot in. Obviously, he was cleaning it!
    Or, perhaps, he bribed Mr.Magi with jam for the use of the computer, with the promise that he’ll clean the room afterwards.

    • 22 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 18:20

      But was it a cover up cleaning?

      :lol: Do you think Mr. Magi would give in to a bribe? I wonder what kind of jam it would have to be, too…

      • 23 bardictale February 27, 2014 at 16:31

        It’s have to be an interesting jam, like onion or ginger.

      • 24 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 18:19

        Ooo, don’t know if I’d try onion jam, would you?

      • 25 bardictale February 27, 2014 at 18:36

        I have. It’s sweet, with a sort of creamy texture. No sharp odor or sharp onion taste. Just sweetness that can’t be too sweet.

      • 26 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:06

        Interesting. You know, I do think onions are underrated. I’d try it! :)

      • 27 bardictale February 28, 2014 at 07:43

        That they are. To make, you cut onions and fry them (without oil or sugar or what not) until they’re brown, and then some more until they don’t look like onions anymore. About an hour~^

      • 28 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 16:18

        That is long for onions, I admit.

      • 29 bardictale March 1, 2014 at 17:07

        But worth it^^

      • 30 Professor VJ Duke March 2, 2014 at 22:51

        For sure!

  5. 31 Anja February 26, 2014 at 02:29

    I am guessing they are friends so why question his presence?

    • 32 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 18:09

      That’s what I kind of think, too. So you don’t think he was momentarily invisible?

      • 33 Anja February 26, 2014 at 18:35

        Why be invisible….he was just hanging with a friend.

      • 34 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:07

        That’s definitely a thought. I like your interpretation. Would you use the SC?

      • 35 Anja February 27, 2014 at 02:14

        SC?

      • 36 Anja February 27, 2014 at 02:14

        ohhhh super computer!!! Ummmmm yes

      • 37 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:27

        But what would you do with it? And would you let me use it?

      • 38 Anja February 27, 2014 at 10:25

        Not sure what I would use it for until I see what all it can do. You can use it after me.

      • 39 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 18:04

        Can’t we share it a bit?

      • 40 Anja February 27, 2014 at 23:07

        Yes….I play on it, then you.

      • 41 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:35

        We’d roll dice to see who goes first, madam!

      • 42 Anja February 28, 2014 at 02:04

        Ladies first!

      • 43 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 16:15

        That rule is outmoded!

      • 44 Anja February 28, 2014 at 21:37

        Not it is not

      • 45 Professor VJ Duke March 1, 2014 at 16:34

        Really? What a bummer.

  6. 46 walt walker February 26, 2014 at 00:53

    Nice dialogue in this one, P.VJ!

    • 47 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 01:05

      :D Thank you! Dr. Z is a bit crazy, huh?

  7. 48 Jackie February 25, 2014 at 22:33

    Well, well, well! That was interesting!

    • 49 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 00:35

      What a mystery! Do you think Mr. Magi just trusts Merlin?

      • 50 Jackie February 26, 2014 at 00:37

        I’m not sure what to think! There is definitely dadblamery afoot!

      • 51 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 00:40

        Too much if you ask me!

      • 52 Jackie February 26, 2014 at 00:41

        Indeed! You are right about that!

      • 53 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 01:04

        Can’t escape it in the PL! ;)

      • 54 Jackie February 26, 2014 at 01:15

        I suppose you’re right! If you take that away it just wouldn’t be the same place we know and love. There’s also a lot of nonsense but that too is what makes PL so unique.

      • 55 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 18:08

        I think so! :)

  8. 56 The Dancing Rider February 25, 2014 at 22:03

    I think Mr. Magi was too busy looking at one of Dr. Zauberer’s eyes. I imagine Merlin was just in the shadow behind the door perhaps…….

    Got a big kick out of Dr. Z’s saying he didn’t want the computer for “his heart”. LOL.

    • 57 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 00:35

      :lol: Nice way to put it! I think you could be right. Though, Mr. Magi might just trust Merlin enough.

      :D He’s such a dastardly fellow!

  9. 58 Susan P February 25, 2014 at 19:58

    Laws! We don’t want to awaken any fat men. :) But what WAS Merlin doing to the computer? And how DID Mr. Magi miss Merlin – or was he ignoring him for some nefarious plan? Mr. Magi always spoils the fun. *sigh*

    I imagine that Dr. Zauberer will try to find another entrance.

    • 59 Susan P February 25, 2014 at 19:59

      He won’t come after my computer, will he?

      • 60 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 00:28

        He might. Just whack him with your katana.

      • 61 Susan P February 26, 2014 at 02:31

        I don’t have a katana. What will I do?

      • 62 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 18:09

        Well…do you want one?

      • 63 Susan P February 26, 2014 at 19:06

        I have a cleaver, but you have to get pretty close to your prey to use it.

      • 64 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:10

        Up close fighting is cool, right?

      • 65 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 02:14

        Up close in your face? Or hand to hand combat? I’m mostly a peaceful creature. Unless you mess with my children and grandchildren.Mama Grizzly comes out then and that gets a little closer the up close fighting.

      • 66 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:28

        :lol: That’s just perfect in my opinion. :D Umm…hand-to-hand gets tricky. Warrior stuff, you know.

      • 67 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 02:43

        Mama grizzlies don’t give a rip about warrier stuff.

      • 68 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 17:50

        Yes, I suppose they don’t.

      • 69 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 22:42

        Rawrrrrrrrrrrr

      • 70 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:31

        Haha!

      • 71 Susan P February 28, 2014 at 17:59

        You were meant to shake and shiver in fear, Professor. Alas, I must perfect my method.

      • 72 Professor VJ Duke March 1, 2014 at 16:23

        But the professor is fearless. :D

      • 73 Susan P March 1, 2014 at 21:56

        I thought you were our fearful leader?

      • 74 Professor VJ Duke March 2, 2014 at 23:13

        No, no. Fearless leader. :)

      • 75 Susan P March 3, 2014 at 18:57

        Are you sure about that? I thought Smiles was the fearless leader.

      • 76 Professor VJ Duke March 3, 2014 at 20:53

        Smiles is so different from the professor! In fact, Smiles is to the professor like grass is to weeds. Only I’m not a weed.

      • 77 Susan P March 4, 2014 at 13:56

        Was that “weeds” or “weed.” If the latter, that would explain a whole lot.

      • 78 Professor VJ Duke March 4, 2014 at 19:30

        :lol: Hey! Are you being wicked?

      • 79 Susan P March 5, 2014 at 01:48

        What do you think? Am I being wicked?

      • 80 Professor VJ Duke March 5, 2014 at 16:05

        Well, yes I do! :)

      • 81 Susan P March 5, 2014 at 20:06

        Woe is me. I is bad and wicked.

      • 82 Professor VJ Duke March 5, 2014 at 21:31

        :lol: Yes, you is!

      • 83 Susan P March 6, 2014 at 19:46

        Like Topsie.

      • 84 Professor VJ Duke March 7, 2014 at 13:42

        Humph noodles, madam!

      • 85 Susan P March 7, 2014 at 16:54

        Only if they are gluten free.

      • 86 Professor VJ Duke March 7, 2014 at 21:09

        Gluten…what a word.

      • 87 Susan P March 7, 2014 at 22:27

        So it is, yessir it is. Couldn’t say it better myself.

      • 88 Professor VJ Duke March 8, 2014 at 20:48

        I thought so!

      • 89 Susan P March 8, 2014 at 20:58

        :D

    • 90 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 00:27

      You’re right: Dr. Z will return–soon, probably.

      Well…do you think Magi trust Merlin that much, or do you think he just didn’t see him?

      • 91 Susan P February 26, 2014 at 02:30

        Magi seems to be a man of one obsession at a time, so he probably overlooked Merlin.

      • 92 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 18:09

        He certainly does seem that way. The professor bets on that.

      • 93 Susan P February 26, 2014 at 19:05

        :D

  10. 94 Simply Suspicious February 25, 2014 at 18:58

    Is it not completely possible that Mr. M. completely trusts Merlin and has not a concern in the world that he is in the super computer room? There’s more to this than meets the eye ah eyes….

    • 95 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 00:23

      Haha! Yes, SS, you could be absolutely right. Magi might just trust Merlin that much, or… What do you think?

  11. 96 Tonia February 25, 2014 at 18:58

    1. Merr is a ghost cleaner and a very selfish one who wont share!

    2. Dr Z is a young man…and Merr is an old man…and we old folks never get noticed..ha haa!

    3. Mr Magi has night blindness and can only see what is right in front of him and Merr is dressed all in black so he blends into the shadows. :)

    I love the idea that our left eye desires more..makes sense, since it is on the side of our heart. ( *_ ) :)

    cant wait for FRIDAY!!

    :)

    • 97 Tonia February 25, 2014 at 18:59

      oh dear, did i put the eye on the wrong side of the face…jeez! see what i mean about old age and blindness. :)

      • 98 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 00:24

        :lol: I know what you mean! The professor is old, you know.

    • 99 Susan P February 25, 2014 at 20:00

      I like that, too.

    • 100 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 00:23

      Aha! Great points, Tonia. I love point 3…and 1. 2’s good as well. I think you’re onto something here, for sure!

      :lol: Yes, isn’t it funny?

      What do you suppose the vid is on this week?

  12. 101 technophile9 February 25, 2014 at 17:56

    How devious. :P Merlin probably got through using an invisibility cloak – or even mop!

    • 102 Professor VJ Duke February 25, 2014 at 18:19

      Joe, are you of the opinion that he used magic, then?

      • 103 technophile9 February 25, 2014 at 19:01

        In all probability, yes. Or some sort of magical object.

      • 104 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 00:25

        Hmm…do you think he’s good–overall?

      • 105 Susan P February 25, 2014 at 20:01

        If he was a real magician, he would set the mop to cleaning on its own.

      • 106 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 00:29

        Yes! I love that cartoon. :D

      • 107 Susan P February 26, 2014 at 02:33

        Me dad liked it too. He was also an enigma.

      • 108 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 18:10

        He was? How so? :)

      • 109 Susan P February 26, 2014 at 19:09

        So complex – wanting a faith that has rigid rules and regulations but had an amazing sense of humor that collided with those regulations.

      • 110 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:11

        That sounds nice… :)

      • 111 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 02:29

        We were still good buddies when I grew up. I still miss him.

      • 112 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:30

        I definitely understand.

      • 113 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 02:45

        Thank you.

      • 114 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:11

        I think. I might be misunderstanding it…

      • 115 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 02:30

        Misunderstanding…?

      • 116 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:31

        Well…my mind’s playing tricks one me tonight.

      • 117 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 02:45

        I think it’s out there with mine playing head games. Is it an Olympic event or something?

      • 118 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 17:52

        Yes! Don’t you think I should compete in the Olympics?

      • 119 Susan P February 27, 2014 at 22:44

        In gymnastics or archery?

      • 120 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:33

        Knife throwing?

      • 121 Susan P February 28, 2014 at 18:01

        I didn’t know that was an Olympic Event.

      • 122 Professor VJ Duke March 1, 2014 at 16:24

        It should be!

      • 123 Susan P March 1, 2014 at 21:59

        I’d like to see that!

      • 124 Professor VJ Duke March 2, 2014 at 23:15

        It’d be awesome .

      • 125 Susan P March 3, 2014 at 18:59

        :D

  13. 126 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 25, 2014 at 17:52

    He didn’t miss anything.

    • 127 Professor VJ Duke February 25, 2014 at 18:19

      So, then, why did he leave Mer in the room?

      • 128 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 25, 2014 at 18:54

        I think he left him there because he trusts him.

      • 129 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 00:19

        That’s an interesting point, too, Audith. You know, Mr. Magi and Merlin are great friends.

      • 130 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 26, 2014 at 04:21

        I do remember reading that, Duketh. Tis why I am not worried. :) I think Mer is up to something impossible. Mag and Mer…I hope they don’t ride the nuke in and end it all. :lol:

      • 131 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 18:16

        With Slim Pickens?

      • 132 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 26, 2014 at 18:26

        :lol: Yea…I guess.

      • 133 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 18:32

        :lol: I might go with them, then!

      • 134 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 26, 2014 at 18:41

        :) Oh my

      • 135 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:09

        It would be the ride of a lifetime.

      • 136 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 27, 2014 at 04:35

        It would. Let me just imagine…

      • 137 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 18:02

        Ah, yes.

  14. 138 Angeline M February 25, 2014 at 16:03

    Merlin cast a spell on Fats; Mr. Magi missed Merlin because he became one with the mop. And now he is going to take complete control.

    • 139 Professor VJ Duke February 25, 2014 at 18:18

      To keep Fats asleep? Mr. Magi should have seen him, though. Do you think it was negligence?

  15. 140 Debbie February 25, 2014 at 15:57

    Isn’t Merlin a magician? And wasn’t he mumbling incantations under his breath? So perhaps he became temporarily invisible?

    • 141 Professor VJ Duke February 25, 2014 at 18:17

      So, you think he maybe case a spell, then?

  16. 142 Bethy February 25, 2014 at 15:42

    Well you know…no one ever notices the janitor. Seriously, I’ve had personal experience with this. They have their own special invisible magic!

    • 143 Professor VJ Duke February 25, 2014 at 18:17

      Hmm…you think that’s what got him through? I mean, he didn’t use magic, then?

      • 144 Bethy February 25, 2014 at 18:30

        Only the simple ordinary kind of magic used by everyday people …and hobbits of course. Why bring out the big guns if they aren’t necessary?

      • 145 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 00:18

        Hobbits use magic? :shock:

      • 146 Bethy February 27, 2014 at 11:21

        Why yes! That is one of my favorite books, so I think I almost have some parts memorized! Here’s an excerpt from “The Hobbit”: “There is little or no magic about the, except the ordinary every sort which helps them to disappear quietly and quickly when large stupid folk like you and me come blundering along…”

      • 147 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 18:05

        :lol: I love that. And what a great memory you’ve got!

      • 148 Bethy February 27, 2014 at 20:47

        :) thanks. Although, I didn’t write that from memory and I did just listen to it on mp3 so I knew exactly where it was in the book.
        My memory is probably from hanging out with my elephant collection! :D

      • 149 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:09

        You cheated, dadblameit! You have an elephant collection?

      • 150 Bethy February 28, 2014 at 14:19

        Cheated? I think not. I wanted to be accurate.
        I do. It’s been slightly decimated by my stuffed animal loving daughter, but I used to have 7-8 stuffed elephants. They were all girls and their names all started with the letter E.

      • 151 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 16:19

        You’ve got a point.

        That’s incredible. I can’t think of three female names that start with E!

      • 152 Bethy March 1, 2014 at 19:46

        Well Ellie, Edwina, and Esther are still around somewhere. Not sure what happened to Eliza, Ella, Edith, Emma, and Eleanor. (The things we have time for when we don’t have jobs!!)

      • 153 Professor VJ Duke March 2, 2014 at 22:53

        :shock: How creative you are! I wouldn’t be able to think of any.

      • 154 Bethy March 3, 2014 at 14:55

        *giggle
        Thank you!
        I think being a teenager with lots time on my hands might have had something to do with it. :D

      • 155 Professor VJ Duke March 3, 2014 at 20:33

        No, no. Pure creativity.

      • 156 Bethy March 4, 2014 at 16:09

        Oh now you are making me blush.

      • 157 Professor VJ Duke March 4, 2014 at 19:39

        :D

      • 158 Bethy March 5, 2014 at 00:59

        You know I have a stuffed mouse to keep all those stuffed elephants in line too. I don’t remember it’s name though.

      • 159 Professor VJ Duke March 5, 2014 at 15:55

        :lol: I didn’t! How cool. I bet it was Ernie.

      • 160 Bethy March 5, 2014 at 22:26

        :D
        Maybe. That is interesting…you can come up with guy names that start with E! I think that’s harder then girl names that start with E. :D

      • 161 Professor VJ Duke March 6, 2014 at 13:37

        I do, too! But that’s the only one I can come up with.

      • 162 Bethy March 6, 2014 at 14:05

        Oh…well there’s also Edwin, Ernest, Elliott, Ethan…and I know there’s more if I look in a Baby book! I apparently have a thing for the letter E!

      • 163 Professor VJ Duke March 6, 2014 at 18:54

        Yes, you do! I’m impressed.

    • 164 Susan P February 25, 2014 at 20:02

      That is so true, Bethy.

      • 165 Bethy February 25, 2014 at 20:13

        Thanks Mommy :)

      • 166 Susan P February 25, 2014 at 23:26

        Welcome. :D

  17. 167 FictionFan February 25, 2014 at 14:30

    Merlin is a top agent in a secret society set up by the untrustworthy Magi…they’re in cahoots to steal all the supercomputers and thus gain control of the Butterfield chocolate empire. Dr Zauberer was looking for the entrance to the secret tunnel that leads to Zez’s stronghold on the mountain…

    Am I right?

    • 168 Professor VJ Duke February 25, 2014 at 18:11

      Well…you’ve got some things right–which is a wonder. For instance, Dr. Z is looking for the tunnel that leads to Zez’s mansion (it is a mansion, mind you)…but Mr. Magi is goodly good. You must believe that.

      Butterfield’s the wicked one, you know. And Schwarz…

      • 169 FictionFan February 25, 2014 at 22:01

        How cheeky! I’m always right! And I bet I’m right about Mr Magi too. Either he has the Professor completely fooled…or the Professor is one of his gang of undercover agents working to take over the world and turn it to evil… :shock:

        Butterfield might be wicked but he has control of lots of sweeties, so I forgive him. And my Schwarzy’s only wicked to the wicked people…

      • 170 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 00:34

        Do you really think the professor would do that?

        Schwarz and Butterfield…dadblameries the both!

      • 171 FictionFan February 26, 2014 at 15:33

        Yes.

        Jealous!

      • 172 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 18:26

        No…

        Yes, I am! I admit it.

      • 173 FictionFan February 26, 2014 at 21:50

        Oh yes – I can see the Professor as the dastardly mastermind of an organisation bent on Punchy domination – using all his Samurai and hunting skills in an attempt to eliminate poor Zez. Can’t you?

        Ah, if only it were true… ;)

      • 174 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 02:22

        Not at all, madam! Aren’t I too upstanding?

        It actually is…

      • 175 FictionFan February 27, 2014 at 15:45

        But if you are an evil mastermind, of course you’d have to appear upstanding. So that proves nothing…

        Well, I think that’s quite lovely! You don’t have to be jealous of Butterfield though, just Schwarzy!

      • 176 Professor VJ Duke February 27, 2014 at 18:17

        But you can’t believe the professor would be that mean.

        Why lovely?

      • 177 FictionFan February 27, 2014 at 21:41

        Hmm…it is hard to believe…

        Why not?

      • 178 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 01:23

        See! It sure is.

        Well, I’m not sure what it means…

      • 179 FictionFan February 28, 2014 at 16:20

        But it might still be true…

        Well, I just liked the thought of the Professor being jealous of my Schwarzy.

      • 180 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 16:33

        No! :P

        It’s funnier than you know.

      • 181 FictionFan February 28, 2014 at 19:41

        :P to you too!

        Aha! But perhaps I do know – see other thread…

      • 182 Professor VJ Duke March 1, 2014 at 16:32

        That’s so A. of you.

        Know what?

      • 183 FictionFan March 1, 2014 at 21:42

        See how you’ve corrupted me?

        Know why it would be funny that the Professor should be jealous of my Schwarzy…

      • 184 Professor VJ Duke March 2, 2014 at 23:05

        Isn’t it splendid?

        But why? I still don’t know.

      • 185 FictionFan March 3, 2014 at 13:08

        BUS won’t be pleased…

        Because…because…oh, never mind!!!

      • 186 Professor VJ Duke March 3, 2014 at 20:25

        BUS?! Fooey. Unless she’s really tall. (Is she?)

        Sorry for being so dull!

      • 187 FictionFan March 4, 2014 at 00:15

        She gets taller when she gets angry – at least she seems to… :shock:

        That’s OK. ;)

      • 188 Professor VJ Duke March 4, 2014 at 13:25

        :shock: indeed!

        :lol:

  18. 189 ladycheetah7 February 25, 2014 at 14:11

    This is a very good piece and enjoyable to read. I think as with all magicians thet use misdirection to throw people off. The mop was a brilliant idea.
    :-)

    • 190 ladycheetah7 February 25, 2014 at 14:11

      the*y

    • 191 Professor VJ Duke February 25, 2014 at 18:10

      Oh! Was he using the mop for that purpose?

      • 192 ladycheetah7 February 25, 2014 at 18:19

        I think so. Who would count anyone suspect for mopping the floor? Clever one that Merlin

      • 193 Professor VJ Duke February 25, 2014 at 18:20

        Well…I always thought him dull. Do you think Mr. Magi is clever?

      • 194 ladycheetah7 February 25, 2014 at 18:25

        Dull people can have their clever moments I guess. Perhaps I am being influenced because I have been watching Lord of the Rings…lol

      • 195 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 00:18

        :lol: I just got done a-wathcing them! Brilliant, isn’t it?

      • 196 ladycheetah7 February 26, 2014 at 00:25

        It is. I need to find the second installment because I could only find the first and last along with The Hobbitt. I will try Amazon.com

      • 197 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 00:40

        I saw the first Hobbit. Have you seen the second one?

      • 198 ladycheetah7 February 26, 2014 at 00:44

        No not yet. Is it out on dvd or blue ray?

      • 199 Professor VJ Duke February 26, 2014 at 01:05

        I’m not sure! Probably not yet… My favorite is that pale orc guy.

      • 200 ladycheetah7 February 28, 2014 at 02:14

        That pale orc is very ugly. Ugh

      • 201 Professor VJ Duke February 28, 2014 at 16:15

        But he’s powerful.

      • 202 ladycheetah7 March 5, 2014 at 17:15

        If you haven’t already, definitely go see The desolation of Smaug in 3D. The pale orc is playing a part in it. Pretty cool.

      • 203 Professor VJ Duke March 5, 2014 at 21:18

        I haven’t seen it, but I want to! Does he die? If he does, I won’t watch it.

      • 204 ladycheetah7 March 5, 2014 at 22:16

        I will say this. If they are making The Hobbit #3 and I am sure they will, especially the way the second one ended, I think he will show up in the next movie as well. I think you will like his performance in Hobbit 2.

      • 205 Professor VJ Duke March 6, 2014 at 13:35

        Nice. Okay, then… Of course I’d like to see Thorin kill him in the end.

      • 206 ladycheetah7 March 6, 2014 at 13:50

        That remains to be seen…

      • 207 Professor VJ Duke March 6, 2014 at 18:52

        It sure does.

    • 208 Susan P February 25, 2014 at 20:03

      Good thinking, Lady.

  19. 209 deanthefish February 25, 2014 at 14:05

    I’ll wager that magician (and perhaps everybody else) just doesn’t take Merlin serious. After all, it is Archimedes that you have to watch out for!

    • 210 deanthefish February 25, 2014 at 14:05

      serious*ly

    • 211 Professor VJ Duke February 25, 2014 at 18:10

      A good point, Mr. Fish. Merlin didn’t have Arch with him this time around, though.

  20. 212 L. Marie February 25, 2014 at 13:56

    Perhaps Merlin’s not quite the imposter magician the character description says he is. :-) Perhaps he popped up out of nowhere. Or, perhaps he was hiding behind the door when Dr. Zauberer barged in.

    • 213 Professor VJ Duke February 25, 2014 at 18:09

      Very good points, for sure. But I favor the second one! Do you think it possible?


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