Intruding

The city-state–this one:

fixed

 

–was quite active.

And the professor was stared at.

By almost everyone on the streets.

They were all dressed in a costume of sorts. Very distinctive. And, of course, I wasn’t–dressed in a costume, that is. Their costume, that is even further.

But what really set this professor apart was this fact: Everyone was female.

This was bad.

The professor entered a small store (a hat store, I believe).

Manly-Man was in there.

Just who I needed to see.

The professor walked over.

Inconspicuously.

“Manly-Man,” I said. “Hi.”

“Hi,” he said, his heart not really into replying.

“What are you doing in an all-female city?” I asked.

“‘Cause they told me I wasn’t allowed in.”

“Well, me too.”

Pauses for two beats.

“What should we do?” I asked. “They’re probably coming for us. I mean, I know I was spotted.”

Manly-Man grabbed the rifle I was holding (you know, the one I stole from that guard) and said, “We got a tommy-gun!”

“You want to murder?” Of course, I wasn’t entirely ready for this, but I was warming up to the idea.

“Nah,” Manly-Man said, shaking his head. “Only if they’s tries to get me.”

The door to the hat store slammed open.

And Fats Henry stormed in.

“What’s wrong with this city?!” he yelled. “Why aren’t I allowed in? HUH?!”

Then he spotted us.

“You two! Explain this! NOW!”

I looked at Manly-Man.

“My tommy-gun doesn’t know,” Manly-Man said, petting the doubly-stolen gun. (He’d stolen it from me, see.)

“Stupid dummy!”

“You’re all under arrest…” a voice said.

Standing in the doorway were Mark Malone and Amelia.

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130 Responses to “Intruding”


  1. 1 erinkenobi2893 January 26, 2015 at 16:34

    Oh no! That sounds dangerous. (Also, Amelia I can understand, but why is Mark Malone there?!)

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke January 26, 2015 at 18:58

      I don’t know! Do you suppose Mark is working with her?

      • 3 erinkenobi2893 January 27, 2015 at 12:00

        Probably.

      • 4 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2015 at 01:52

        I wish you’d interrogate him.

      • 5 erinkenobi2893 January 28, 2015 at 03:11

        I can try, I suppose. I won’t do as well as Peggy will, though.

      • 6 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2015 at 14:31

        You’re much better than her! She’s not a jedi.

      • 7 erinkenobi2893 January 28, 2015 at 14:42

        Yeah, but I can’t kill with looks.

      • 8 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2015 at 14:46

        I can. Because I’m a Sith.

      • 9 erinkenobi2893 January 28, 2015 at 20:58

        It’s probably a good thing I can’t though because then people would be dead…
        And Sith can’t kill with looks, or else everyone who ever looked Sidious in the eye would be dead… though seriously, I think his face could kill someone or something like that.

      • 10 Professor VJ Duke January 29, 2015 at 00:01

        *laughs* That’s so mean to my boss. He doesn’t know how to use the power. I discovered it!

      • 11 erinkenobi2893 January 29, 2015 at 19:49

        Well, at least I know that you won’t misuse it. professor!
        My superpower is mostly in confusing people, I think.

      • 12 Professor VJ Duke January 29, 2015 at 22:05

        That’s a good one. Do you practice at it?

      • 13 erinkenobi2893 January 30, 2015 at 13:23

        Yes, sometimes. Other times, it just happens without me trying to…

      • 14 Professor VJ Duke January 30, 2015 at 21:50

        Definitely a special power.

      • 15 erinkenobi2893 January 31, 2015 at 13:02

        Why thank you! :-P

      • 16 Professor VJ Duke February 1, 2015 at 19:49

        *bows*

      • 17 erinkenobi2893 February 1, 2015 at 19:49

        :-P

  2. 18 The Lite Rider January 22, 2015 at 21:08

    Strange city! And MM and Amelia — partners in enforcement?!

    • 19 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2015 at 02:43

      I know! It’s scary. What should be made of it?

      • 20 The Lite Rider January 23, 2015 at 14:30

        I kind of like their partnership – but it is also scary with Amelia in the mix. (Btw, WP will not display comments via the orange box for a couple days now — just checked here as knew I’d commented, grrrrrrr)

      • 21 Professor VJ Duke January 26, 2015 at 18:20

        Rats! WP is in need of a spanking, for sure. Amelia and Mark. That’s scary. But I can take them!

  3. 22 Catherine January 22, 2015 at 02:04

    What a strange city…I do hope their jails are nice at least, seeing as you might end up in one.

    • 23 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2015 at 02:32

      Catherine! Don’t you have any faith in my warrior-ness!?

      • 24 Catherine February 3, 2015 at 03:07

        I’m just…saying it’s a possibility. A small one, though, if that makes you feel better!

      • 25 Professor VJ Duke February 3, 2015 at 19:21

        It does. You’re just worried about me!

      • 26 Catherine February 6, 2015 at 04:15

        Well…maybe… *blushes* But then again going to jail isn’t fun for anybody! (Not that I have been.)

      • 27 Professor VJ Duke February 7, 2015 at 04:05

        Aw! That’s a good point. Would be very boring.

      • 28 Catherine February 9, 2015 at 03:28

        True! And I bet the food is terrible.

      • 29 Professor VJ Duke February 9, 2015 at 22:37

        *nods more* Even more reason not to go!

      • 30 Catherine February 12, 2015 at 02:41

        So I’m glad you didn’t end up stuck in jail.

      • 31 Professor VJ Duke February 12, 2015 at 21:18

        True. Then you would have had to come and bust me out.

      • 32 Catherine February 20, 2015 at 02:46

        Which probably wouldn’t have worked, because I am a planner. I probably would have ended up in jail with you!

      • 33 Professor VJ Duke February 21, 2015 at 20:02

        *laughs* We would have had to dug through together then!

  4. 34 Lady Cheetah7 January 21, 2015 at 22:53

    Your being arrested by Amelia…good luck with that one….

    • 35 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2015 at 02:19

      Quite right! You mean I’ll conquer her right?

      • 36 Lady Cheetah7 January 26, 2015 at 10:44

        I hope you do. Otherwise, we will have to read her stories about the PL.

      • 37 Professor VJ Duke January 26, 2015 at 18:58

        You don’t like her much?

      • 38 Lady Cheetah7 January 26, 2015 at 23:00

        Haven’t seen or heard much about her so the jury is still out.

      • 39 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2015 at 01:48

        How many are usually in the jury?

      • 40 Lady Cheetah7 January 28, 2015 at 14:16

        In the PL, as few or many as you like.

      • 41 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2015 at 14:45

        About three, then.

  5. 42 Louis from VA January 21, 2015 at 22:11

    My oh my… Surprised to hear so many familiar faces were there! There better be more to this story… :)

    • 43 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2015 at 02:18

      Absolutely! Finishes up next week. I think.

      • 44 Louis from VA January 25, 2015 at 19:45

        Yay! Looking forward to it. :D Even the blogs I follow are throwing cliffhangers at me now… :)

      • 45 Professor VJ Duke January 26, 2015 at 18:58

        Haha! I do apologize. But look here, you deserve it!

  6. 46 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 21, 2015 at 21:30

    So this is where you keep all your women, Duketh. I’m not sure, but this must mean that Amelia was voted in as boss. The women can’t possibly be a true reflection of our strength, if they voted her in as ruler. MM hanging about is pretty exciting, huh? I bet he’s been taking notes. Fats and MM will take great care of you. Why did you let MM have your gun? Trouble is brewing… Malone and Amelia. Together…oh boy.

    • 47 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2015 at 21:47

      I didn’t put them there! As if the professor controls the PL!!!!

      I know! What do you suppose Amelia is doing with Malone? That’s such a deadly combination. And what…do you suppose is up with this city-state? Maybe they grow lizards.

      • 48 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 22, 2015 at 03:53

        I forget, you know. So you’re simply the entertainment…got it. Sorted now, I think. Whatever!!!! No need to scream at me, Duketh. *tears up*

        I think she found him wondering about and snooping in trash bins, so she forced him to take her to “His Boys”. Pay no mind, that I don’t buy it for a second. I think they both make bad actors. They’re up to something…be careful. I think this city-state is life, you know. Mostly, what I think is this….men tend to only see themselves until a beautiful woman passes by and then it’s like going from grey to colors of the rainbow…and they wanna bust right in and take over… tis my thoughts…

      • 49 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2015 at 02:39

        I’m not screaming, just hollering and yelling. Only ladies scream, you know.

        Interesting! I think you do have a point. But what if Amelia is hideous?

      • 50 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 23, 2015 at 05:42

        Oh, well, screaming and yelling suit you. Maybe you could try hollering? I wonder if I scream. Maybe, rarely, could be sometimes.

        I think I might, actually. On the inside, outside or both?

      • 51 Professor VJ Duke January 26, 2015 at 18:16

        Rarely? An interest. Just for the fun of it?

        Outside!

      • 52 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 27, 2015 at 00:32

        Yes, for fun.

        Is she hideous to everyone or just you? Hideous to everyone means she needs love more than anything else. Hideous to you means she’s not your type and you move on. And introduce her to DS.

      • 53 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2015 at 01:52

        What would DS do with her?

      • 54 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 28, 2015 at 04:55

        How would I know, he’s your friend. He’d probably put her to work with Ruber, which saddens me a bit, because I have a soft spot for Ruby.

      • 55 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2015 at 14:36

        Ruby… *laughs* He’s a great chap. A bit under appreciated you know.

      • 56 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 28, 2015 at 21:21

        Yes, well, with DS as a father he must go over looked a lot.

      • 57 Professor VJ Duke January 29, 2015 at 00:05

        But he’s a beast of a beast now.

      • 58 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister January 29, 2015 at 01:40

        Yes, I’m sure he must be, Duke.

      • 59 Professor VJ Duke January 29, 2015 at 21:30

        *nods*

  7. 60 Debbie January 21, 2015 at 20:42

    I told you that “city” was in essence a field of flowers! Now you find out it’s full of women. Dadblamery, for sure, Professor. At least Manly Man can keep you company (but you might have to steal back the tommy-gun and direct it at Amelia!)

    • 61 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2015 at 21:46

      You’re right! It is a perfect opportunity…But…Debbie, don’t you suppose we should figure out what is up in this city before we kill them?

  8. 62 Simply Skeptical January 21, 2015 at 18:05

    All female!!! SEEE I told yah! Manothunder am I glad Manly Man is there. He’ll certainly save the day. Him and Tommy will wipe out whoever they has to wipe out. Afterall it’s all in the name of survival. Don’t you think so?

    • 63 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2015 at 21:44

      *laughs* Depends! Aren’t you a bit curious as to what’s up in this city-state?

      • 64 Simply Skeptical January 22, 2015 at 23:09

        Nah…I can’t even see it. I think you might be just pretending. Cause I’ve scrunched my little eyes and just still can’t see it. Oh, wait!! I know are there special PL glasses that are needed?

      • 65 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2015 at 02:44

        Nah! It’s…there! Really! Promise!!!

  9. 66 John W. Howell January 21, 2015 at 17:54

    This plot is thickening like Creole Gumbo.

    • 67 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2015 at 21:44

      I have to get my hands on Gumbo some day. I hear it’s spicy. Maybe it would make a good weapon? Load it into water balloons and fling!

      • 68 John W. Howell January 21, 2015 at 22:53

        I think I would choose something a little more lethal. Maybe a fragmentary grenade.

      • 69 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2015 at 02:19

        Ghastly! But you have a great sense of weapons, John. Great sense.

      • 70 FictionFan January 22, 2015 at 00:05

        Oooh!!! What a brilliant idea…!!! *rushes off to Gumbo shop*

      • 71 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2015 at 02:21

        I should have known you were going to like that!

      • 72 FictionFan January 23, 2015 at 17:04

        *nods* You should!

      • 73 Professor VJ Duke January 26, 2015 at 18:52

        *laughs*

  10. 74 desertdweller29 January 21, 2015 at 17:21

    All women with just a sprinkle of men? I believe the Professor entered Fantasy Island.

    • 75 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2015 at 21:40

      I might have! But it’s scary. What should I do? You probably know best.

  11. 76 L. Marie January 21, 2015 at 16:42

    Just when I was thinking this place is like Themyscira, Manly-Man shows up. And Fats Henry and Mark Malone. Hmmm. I’m intrigued by the notion that you’re warming up to the idea of using the gun. Somewhere the katana you own is crying in frustration.

    I can understand Manly-Man fighting his way in. But Fats Henry? How did he get there?

    • 77 Nicholas Warren--MPS staff member January 21, 2015 at 17:25

      You underestimate Fats Henry’s size. And the strength that comes with it. He’s like a huge offensive lineman.

      • 78 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2015 at 21:40

        Very good point, Nick.

    • 79 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2015 at 21:39

      *laughs* Good point. The katana does want to be used. But it’s messy. Still, I should use it. And I might have to! I do wonder where Mark came from. Do you suppose he’s working with them?

      Probably plowed his way in!

      • 80 L. Marie January 23, 2015 at 00:00

        I think he is working for them in some capacity.

      • 81 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2015 at 02:45

        I never liked him much!

  12. 82 walt walker January 21, 2015 at 16:28

    I don’t suppose the women are cheerleaders, are they? That would be something.

    • 83 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2015 at 21:39

      *laughing lots* I’m not sure…they’re dressed like cheerleaders. The question is…should I leave the city?

      • 84 walt walker January 21, 2015 at 22:21

        Cheerleaders, or dressed like cheerleaders. Either way, I would stay. Well done!

      • 85 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2015 at 02:18

        *laughing* Walt! You’re so wicked! What will they think of me?

      • 86 walt walker January 23, 2015 at 02:31

        Perhaps they will think you’ve come to rescue them.

        There, you see? That’s not so wicked. It’s all a matter of perspective.

      • 87 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2015 at 02:48

        *laughs more* I should hold my ears. I’d only save them if they asked.

      • 88 walt walker January 22, 2015 at 01:37

        It seems like you would be missing out on adventures. You are already there. You might as well have some.

      • 89 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2015 at 02:32

        Good point. I might as well pillage a bit.

  13. 90 PorterGirl January 21, 2015 at 16:25

    A city of women! Apart from the male guard, obviously. And the other chaps who have snuck in. Goodness, you must be careful or those ladies will eat you alive! I see dreadful things afoot… I shall offer to rescue you, of course, but something tells me you may have something up your sleeve! (Beware of that Amelia. She’s trouble.)

    • 91 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2015 at 21:38

      *nods about Amelia* She’s quicksand! Of sorts.

      Eaten alive? I’m a warrior, madam! (But you do have a point.) I bet there’re men here too…I just haven’t seen any. Besides the guard. And what do you suppose MM2 is doing here?

      • 92 PorterGirl January 22, 2015 at 07:26

        It’s a mystery, although MM2 could be browsing for hats… be on your guard, dear Professor!

      • 93 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2015 at 02:42

        I shall be! (I need to get one of those pen weapons.)

      • 94 PorterGirl January 23, 2015 at 06:52

        Yes! Like James Bond

      • 95 Professor VJ Duke January 26, 2015 at 18:17

        He was quite a cool dude.

  14. 96 InfiniteZip January 21, 2015 at 16:21

    All women you say? Well that could get kind of catty Don’tcha think?

    • 97 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2015 at 21:37

      It could! What do you recommend I do?

      • 98 InfiniteZip January 22, 2015 at 10:20

        Wine, lots of wine…..and cat grass😊 and chocolate, and shiny baubles….

      • 99 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2015 at 02:43

        Cat grass? What is that?

      • 100 InfiniteZip January 23, 2015 at 10:07

        Weed for pussy cats🐅

      • 101 Professor VJ Duke January 26, 2015 at 18:17

        Cats are so mean.

  15. 102 FictionFan January 21, 2015 at 15:42

    There’s an awful lot of men in this all-female city – unless Manly-Man is a pseudonym for Girlie-Girl, of course. *muses on that thought for a moment*

    What was the costume like? I bet they were all wearing ballgowns and tiaras. I know that would be my choice. I see Amelia (*spits*) is flirting with MM2 now – she gets around, that girl! I’m not one for violence as you know but… this would be an ideal opportunity to shoot her! Just sayin’…

    • 103 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2015 at 21:37

      *laughs then cowers* Ooo, you shouldn’t say such things! Well, I think MM snuck in. And Mark…who knows what he’s up to. Of course, there was that male guard. But everyone else looked female, you know, you know.

      That’s exactly it! All flamboyantly dressed. With feathers in their heads as well. Pink ones. Or black. Pretty bad, huh? Are you sure you’d like me to pull the trigger?

      • 104 FictionFan January 22, 2015 at 00:20

        D’you know, I find it odd that MM hasn’t denied it. There’s no smoke without fire, you know, you know. *nods emphatically* Yes, Mark’s an enigma. Are you sure he’s not Mr R in disguise? You shouldn’t have been looking!!! What did we decide about you staying away from girls, huh?!?

        Ooh, feathers!! Oh, do you think they would let me come and live in the city? Once you’ve got rid of Amelia, that is – this town ain’t big enough for the both of us! No, I think you should Gumbo bomb her instead!

      • 105 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2015 at 02:23

        That’s true. Maybe MM just doesn’t want to hae speaks about it? Mark’s a great guy–usually. A bit shady…but. Well, I know, FEF! But I didn’t know it was a city of girls!

        I think they probably would. Now it would be hard to get you in there while killing Amelia. Of course, if you were to speak with her…

      • 106 FictionFan January 23, 2015 at 17:08

        Ooh, I didn’t know MM was a Scot! That might change everything. Well, as soon as you found out, you should have turned and fled! You’ve still got to read many chapters of the FEF Guide to Understanding Women before you’re ready for such a challenge, I fear…

        Speak with her?!? You wouldn’t allow that kind of language on your blog… *spits*

      • 107 Professor VJ Duke January 26, 2015 at 18:53

        Well…can’t you just give me the three most important tips? I’m thinking about fleeing, you should be glad to know.

        *laughs* You make me feel bad for her.

      • 108 FictionFan January 26, 2015 at 22:37

        1. Yes! Flee!
        2. Flee faster!!
        3. Don’t look back…

        Oh, you’re taking her side, are you?!? Well, now we know where we stand then, don’t we? *sooks mushy peas into peashooter and takes aim*

      • 109 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2015 at 01:43

        The professor can’t run from a girl!

        I do hope you’re aiming for her…

      • 110 FictionFan January 28, 2015 at 10:48

        But she’ll catch you then!! *sobs brokenheartedly*

        What a disappointment for you then… *takes deep breath*

      • 111 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2015 at 14:38

        It is disturbing that you were able to guess that…

        *ducks behind Sandy*

      • 112 FictionFan January 28, 2015 at 23:26

        Is is! *disturbed face*

        *laughs* OK, you’ve found my weak spot – but being a ghost the peas will go straight through him…

      • 113 Professor VJ Duke January 29, 2015 at 00:08

        It is! *even more disturbed face*

        Nice. I shall have to remember this. *picks up crusader shield*

  16. 114 Angeline M January 21, 2015 at 15:41

    I am loving this! I can see plots within plots coming on like gang busters. I’m waiting for DS to show up soon, you know.

    • 115 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2015 at 21:36

      Awesome thanks!

      DS…yes, I’ve been thinking about him. He wouldn’t like this, would he?

  17. 116 SusanP January 21, 2015 at 15:25

    And the thought plickens. Gazooks you get into some pickles. That is just not right. Do I need to come over there and sort things out?

    • 117 Professor VJ Duke January 21, 2015 at 21:35

      *laughing* I like that! Thought plickens… That’s very good.

      You might need to. But what would you do?

      • 118 SusanP January 21, 2015 at 22:03

        Infiltrate the city.

      • 119 Professor VJ Duke January 23, 2015 at 02:17

        And take the flowers?

      • 120 SusanP January 23, 2015 at 10:32

        Always take the flowers…

      • 121 Professor VJ Duke January 26, 2015 at 18:18

        Even when they’re black and come with beetles.

      • 122 SusanP January 26, 2015 at 19:11

        Exactly – you might be hungry and beetles are full of energy.

      • 123 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2015 at 01:41

        Ew! *gives one to Beth and the Princess*

      • 124 Susan P January 28, 2015 at 14:06

        I don’t know what to think, Professor. Where is your chivalry?

      • 125 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2015 at 14:44

        Ooo, I meant Bethy! Whoops. Umm…oh, that’s true. We better take it back.

      • 126 Susan P January 28, 2015 at 15:39

        *sigh if relief*.

      • 127 Professor VJ Duke January 28, 2015 at 23:52

        *grumbles*

      • 128 Susan P January 29, 2015 at 02:47

        Was that your tummy grumbling?

      • 129 Professor VJ Duke January 29, 2015 at 21:35

        Umm no!

      • 130 Susan P September 9, 2016 at 16:13

        Did you check on DS?


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