A Dinner Party

So, this professor got in a car (so I could act as a guide) and then I ended up at a dinner party.

At a mansion, mind you.

With lots of guests.

And they were all dressed up.

Alice and Joseph—they were the people in the car—escorted me into the house.

Not that the professor needs an escort, double mind you.

But before we could get to the dining hall (all the guests were taking their seats) an older lady stopped us.

She looked at Alice. “Why is your son not wearing clothes?”

It was a shocking statement.

And the professor was wearing clothes. I just wasn’t dressed up, so to speak.

But Alice just smiled, and Joseph laughed.

“He’s not our son,” Alice said.

“Quite right,” I put in. “Look here, for instance, I’m old enough to be your grandfather.”

The older woman looked at me weirdly. “Oh, poppycock. You should have least put on a dress shirt.”

“There wasn’t room with the one I’m currently wearing.”

She didn’t like that.

Joe laughed, and Alice ushered us into the dining hall where we were seated.

Now I got worried.

There were people all about this huge table. And they were quite distinguished. And quite a few were ugly, in truth that’s true.

We were all served some sort of soup—soups are always confusing me; they’re never what they seem—and everyone dug right in.

No prayers said, see.

I took a sip, cautiously.

It was awful. I must’ve made a face, for Alice—who was sitting across from me—said, “What’s a matter? Don’t like it?”

Joe was sitting next to her. And he laughed. “I figure you can’t take this type of food. You must be used to ‘lower-class food.’ Your stomach may grow used to this food in time—if you can find more dinner parties like this, which I highly doubt.”

Everyone at the table laughed. And I mean everyone. It was quite a moment.

So the professor said the first thing that popped to mind—which isn’t always smart.

“Well, my stomach mayn’t be able to handle this sort of food—I bet a cat’s could, though; I hear they have strong stomachs and that they can’t taste too well—but at least I know how to navigate roads.”

Complete silence.

“Alice,” an older gentleman said, “who is this?” He was looking at me.

“I’m not sure,” Alice retorted. “He acted as our driver today, because Thomas called off sick.”

“At the last moment,” I added.

Alice shot me an angry glance.

“Who are you?” that same older gentleman asked. Only this time, he asked me.

“Well, my man,” I answered. “You may call me Charleston.” Never give your name up to people you can’t stand. Because, if you do, your name will sound ugly coming from their lips.

Another lady, with red hair all tousled up on her head—and maybe a hint of a mustache, at least I thought I saw one—said: “So, Charleston, where did you go to school?”

“In a bucket,” I answered.

“What?!” she asked. “No, seriously!”

“Sorry,” this professor said. “I thought you asked something different.”

I was sorta ignored for the rest of the dinner.

But at least, I got free food. And dessert.

Later, I was having speaks with Mr. Magi.

“Yes,” he said, nodding profusely, “that house is always hosting parties. And lots of ‘influential’ persons go there. But don’t you take to it. Everyone is influential.”

I’d keep it in mind—the house and the parties, I mean.

Perfect place to revisit with Mr. Schwarz Tauptinker some day.

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152 Responses to “A Dinner Party”


  1. 1 erinkenobi2893 March 26, 2015 at 13:48

    Mr. Magi’s answer “Everyone is influential.” I love it so much! It’s perfect. Mr. Magi is very wise indeed!

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke March 26, 2015 at 20:31

      He is, isn’t he? A funny chap.

      • 3 erinkenobi2893 March 27, 2015 at 14:30

        I can imagine!

  2. 4 Hazy February 15, 2015 at 07:20

    Was the food really that bad? None that you think tasted a wee bit good? Well, at least it was free! *giggles*

    Influential people only eat influential food, but influential food only *seems* yummy because they influence other foods into thinking they’re not influential enough and are thus less yummy even if they’re more yummy. Hmm. I don’t think what I said made much sense, did it?

    • 5 Professor VJ Duke February 16, 2015 at 13:52

      The dessert wasn’t bad! But still…I expected more.

      *laughing lots* I love that! That’s perfect Hazy logic, and it works. You’re right on.

      • 6 Hazy March 7, 2015 at 07:06

        The professor’s expectations are prolly high! And thank you! My brain tries. *curtsys*

  3. 7 The Lite Rider February 11, 2015 at 22:38

    Laughing lots. So enjoyed this. Perhaps you won’t be volunteering, or acting as something, again any time soon. And I so liked your retort ala’ cats’ tolerant tummies. :)

    • 8 Professor VJ Duke February 11, 2015 at 23:20

      I got them good with that one! Thanks, LR. I know…but, see, I thought it was free food and drink. But it was a trap!

      • 9 The Lite Rider February 14, 2015 at 15:28

        It was a trap! A good one!

      • 10 Professor VJ Duke February 14, 2015 at 18:24

        *shakes head* And I was caught.

  4. 11 Simply Skeptical February 11, 2015 at 20:22

    Well! Hmpf! Stuffy place indeed! You don’t need the likes of such stuffies. Hmpf & double Hmpf indeed! You’ll find such behavior in those near sighted types. Yes! Bring Schwarz next time AND by ALL means don’t forget to bring your cats too! Hmpf! Imagine such rudeness!!!

    • 12 Professor VJ Duke February 11, 2015 at 23:06

      It was rude! Maybe I shouldn’t ever go back?

      • 13 Simply Skeptical February 12, 2015 at 23:32

        Oh you must! Schwarz could teach them all about manners.

      • 14 Professor VJ Duke February 13, 2015 at 19:21

        *laughs* You don’t believe that, do you?

  5. 15 Bethy February 11, 2015 at 14:36

    I think I might have attended a dinner party like that before. Only maybe not quite so fancy? I did learn an important lesson in college –never pass up free food!

    • 16 Professor VJ Duke February 11, 2015 at 21:58

      *nods* That’s for sure!

      So, you attended a party where everyone was nasty. What’d you do?

      • 17 Bethy February 14, 2015 at 12:17

        Well I would like to say I stood up for myself and left but I think I was just polite and smiled my fake smile.

      • 18 Professor VJ Duke February 14, 2015 at 18:23

        And all the while you were fingering your ka-bar! Right?

      • 19 Bethy February 16, 2015 at 15:28

        sure. If you say so!

      • 20 Professor VJ Duke February 16, 2015 at 22:09

        Absolutely!

  6. 21 Tiefsa February 10, 2015 at 23:47

    The hint of a mustache! I wish I thought of that one!

    • 22 Professor VJ Duke February 11, 2015 at 21:46

      That’s rather disconcerting isn’t it, though?

  7. 23 Louis from VA February 10, 2015 at 23:37

    XD I knew Charleston had more up his sleeve!

    • 24 Professor VJ Duke February 11, 2015 at 21:45

      He sure did. A great bloke, wouldn’t you say?

  8. 25 Heartafire February 10, 2015 at 20:54

    I found only one flaw in this tale, as a rule red-haired women, who apparently are very rare, tend to be quite hairless on their face and arms, or with hair so fine and light it is unnoticeable…otherwise, hats off.

    • 26 Professor VJ Duke February 10, 2015 at 22:07

      I know! Do you suppose she was dying her hair, then? This is an interest. Maybe she had a different color.

  9. 27 Susan P February 10, 2015 at 19:37

    You take care, Professor. That lot seem to have anger issues. We wouldn’t want to see our beloved Professor treated that way.

    • 28 Professor VJ Duke February 10, 2015 at 22:04

      Weren’t they horribly mean? Would you have thrown the soup at them? I’m thinking the Princess would have.

      • 29 Susan P February 11, 2015 at 14:23

        I think you should throw beets at them.

      • 30 Professor VJ Duke February 11, 2015 at 21:56

        I could do that. Beets are so ugly.

      • 31 Susan P February 11, 2015 at 22:22

        Hot beets.

      • 32 Professor VJ Duke February 11, 2015 at 23:13

        No! I refuse to believe that exists.

      • 33 Susan P February 12, 2015 at 15:10

        Well, it did but I ate it for supper.

      • 34 Professor VJ Duke February 12, 2015 at 21:36

        Hmm….rats and a huff-hum to you madam!

      • 35 Susan P February 14, 2015 at 00:33

        Beets are good for you. What’s up with the rats humming? Dadblamit, you always redirect.

      • 36 Professor VJ Duke February 14, 2015 at 18:22

        *laughs* Are carrots good for you?

      • 37 Susan P February 14, 2015 at 18:27

        Yep. And Cabbage and Brussels sprouts

      • 38 Professor VJ Duke February 16, 2015 at 13:39

        Oh no…

      • 39 Susan P February 16, 2015 at 13:50

        It’s good for what ails you.

      • 40 Professor VJ Duke February 16, 2015 at 13:57

        What does ail me?

      • 41 Susan P February 16, 2015 at 14:08

        MM could best explain that to you.

      • 42 Professor VJ Duke February 16, 2015 at 22:00

        He never talks, though.

      • 43 Susan P February 17, 2015 at 00:21

        Yes he does so too. Schwarz hates him, you know.

  10. 44 InfiniteZip February 10, 2015 at 16:17

    So they served cat food soup? What kind of dessert ? Canary pie?

    • 45 Professor VJ Duke February 10, 2015 at 21:56

      *laughs* Is there such a thing as Canary pie?

      • 46 InfiniteZip February 11, 2015 at 16:50

        Maybe…I will ask the pussy cats…

      • 47 Professor VJ Duke February 11, 2015 at 22:01

        Please do.

  11. 48 desertdweller29 February 10, 2015 at 16:13

    This is exactly the kind of dinner Schwarz must attend. I envision fireworks, chickit!

    • 49 Professor VJ Duke February 10, 2015 at 21:56

      There definitely would be! He’d ruin it worse than I did, huh?

  12. 50 Debbie February 10, 2015 at 15:54

    A most entertaining tale, Professor! I suppose we can start with observing that nothing good comes from not saying grace before a meal, especially if eating in the presence of strangers.

    Then we can openly admire your logic behind not giving the strangers your real name, followed by your “catty” comment about feline stomachs. Then we need to note that “influential” people really should know how to comport themselves better than this.

    The red-haired lady boggles me — usually that color hair produces little, if any, facial hair. At least, not with any of the red-haired ladies I’ve met.

    What kind of dessert was served, sir??

    • 51 Professor VJ Duke February 10, 2015 at 21:56

      Yes! That’s what I was thinking. And that soup needed blessed. Ew! It was awful.

      *smiles proudly* You’re making the professor feel real spicy, and you’re right. They made me get mean; I was trying to be nice, you know. It was such a thingy. I just expected more of them.

      Ohhhhhhh….an interest. So, they usually don’t? Maybe she was dying her hair, then? This is an interest.

      Well, coffee (it had a strawberry in it!) and some sort of rolled cookie. Wasn’t bad.

  13. 52 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 10, 2015 at 15:07

    You tell a good story, professor. Seems that bowl was for cleaning your fingers, see. And the redhead was a fraud, no true redhead has a mustache, well not one you could or could not see, anyway. Usually not ever the case. (I never tire of reading your stories. You write very well.)

    • 53 Professor VJ Duke February 10, 2015 at 21:54

      *laughing* A cleaning bowl! I should have thought about that. Could you imagine their faces then?

      She must have been a fraud! I know you would have taught her a thing or too.

      (Gee, thanks, Audith. I really appreciate that!)

      • 54 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 11, 2015 at 02:58

        *laughs too* Mr. Warrior thought the soup one time was for cleaning his fingers. I blame the movie Shrek. He mouths to me from across the table…”for my hands???” I lost it. Quietly, of course. Lots of silent laughs as I wiggle a no way back at him. Their faces at your party would have been mortified, probably.

        Fraud, indeed. Hard not wanting to be a redhead…who could blame her, Duke.

        *smiles*

      • 55 Professor VJ Duke February 11, 2015 at 21:51

        *laughs* See, I would have encouraged him. “Yes, it is.” Then when he did it, I would have done it. I think that would have been cool. And wicked. Then everyone would have done, just to make us feel okay. Even you!

        You know–I’ve told you, right?–at one time I wanted red hair.

      • 56 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 11, 2015 at 22:37

        *laughing lots* Then I would have turned my body and pretended not to know either of you, as I sipped my soup with the normal people.

        Yes, I cannot imagine you with red hair. Seriously…

      • 57 Professor VJ Duke February 11, 2015 at 23:20

        We would had a good time, I’ll tell you! Next: I’d burn the table cloth, I think.

        *laughs* Yeah, I’m too dark.

      • 58 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 12, 2015 at 04:31

        I have no doubt.
        And I’d pour my water over the fire and straighten Mr. Warrior’s tie, while I ignored your behavior, and your smirk. I’d request a stiffer drink, as well.

        That has nothing to do with it.

      • 59 Professor VJ Duke February 12, 2015 at 21:26

        *laughs* Well…I’d take a hostage next.

        No? Well…then?

      • 60 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 13, 2015 at 04:46

        And I’d slap your hand and tell them to go, as you’re to kind to do anything mean. And finish my drink.

        Well…seems you’re maybe too straight laced to have red hair.

      • 61 Professor VJ Duke February 13, 2015 at 19:25

        That… *sputters* I’d look silly then!

        Straight laced… *laughing lots*

      • 62 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 13, 2015 at 23:09

        I think everyone will love it, and probably cheer you on. Leaving me to stand up for myself. *calls over the waiter*

        What’s so funny? You are! *giggles*

      • 63 Professor VJ Duke February 14, 2015 at 18:14

        Nah, I’d get kicked out, and you know it!

        Me? *laughs more*

      • 64 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 14, 2015 at 22:12

        Yes, and we would too… *embarrassed face*

        Yep, uh huh.

      • 65 Professor VJ Duke February 16, 2015 at 13:42

        It’d be fun!

        That’s hilarious.

      • 66 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 16, 2015 at 21:45

        Not that hilarious. *frowns*

      • 67 Professor VJ Duke February 16, 2015 at 22:23

        It sure is!

      • 68 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 17, 2015 at 03:13

        Imma gonna stick to my thoughts. I think I’m right.

      • 69 Professor VJ Duke February 17, 2015 at 21:01

        About what, though, we’re not sure.

      • 70 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 17, 2015 at 21:55

        Humph! I never know anything!

      • 71 Professor VJ Duke February 18, 2015 at 23:54

        *sticks tongue out*

      • 72 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 19, 2015 at 04:05

        *drives home*

      • 73 Professor VJ Duke February 20, 2015 at 01:50

        *catches on the back of the car*

      • 74 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 21, 2015 at 19:19

        Why would you put yourself in harms way! *stops and hears you climb on the roof*

      • 75 Professor VJ Duke February 21, 2015 at 20:28

        The roof is the perfect place for a ride!

      • 76 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister February 22, 2015 at 04:23

        Of course you would think so.

  14. 77 Nicholas Warren--MPS staff member February 10, 2015 at 14:55

    BTW, Megan does have a last name, too… And the next book will take place in Atlanta.

    • 78 Susan P February 10, 2015 at 19:38

      Gone with the Winds?

      • 79 Professor VJ Duke February 10, 2015 at 22:05

        You mean the book he’s alluding to?

      • 80 Susan P February 11, 2015 at 14:24

        Yes…or no. I don’t know. Stop confusing me.

      • 81 Professor VJ Duke February 11, 2015 at 21:56

        *picks up a beat*

      • 82 Susan P February 11, 2015 at 22:23

        Wait…did you mean beet or beat?

      • 83 Professor VJ Duke February 11, 2015 at 23:14

        Beet! I’m just an awful speller, see.

      • 84 Susan P February 12, 2015 at 15:13

        Jumpin’ Jo, Professor! Does Nick do the writing?

      • 85 Professor VJ Duke February 12, 2015 at 21:36

        On the blog? Nah, that’s me. After spellcheck.

      • 86 Susan P February 14, 2015 at 00:34

        Ruh roh. Peas and beans.

      • 87 Professor VJ Duke February 14, 2015 at 18:22

        Scooby?

      • 88 Susan P February 14, 2015 at 18:28

        On no…wait, let me see…well, it might be. Why?

      • 89 Professor VJ Duke February 16, 2015 at 13:39

        Just curious.

      • 90 Susan P February 16, 2015 at 13:54

        They do say that curiosity kills the cat.

      • 91 Professor VJ Duke February 16, 2015 at 13:58

        After he’s used up his lives.

      • 92 Susan P February 16, 2015 at 14:09

        I wouldn’t count on that if I were you. Cats are sneaky.

      • 93 Professor VJ Duke February 16, 2015 at 22:00

        So is the professor.

      • 94 Susan P February 17, 2015 at 00:23

        Cyber fights?

      • 95 Professor VJ Duke February 17, 2015 at 20:56

        Yes? What about them?

      • 96 Susan P February 17, 2015 at 21:45

        How effective are they? I mean, you can’t kill somebody dead without him coming back to life.

      • 97 Professor VJ Duke February 18, 2015 at 23:51

        That’s like the Terminator.

      • 98 Susan P February 19, 2015 at 15:17

        Or an exterminator.

      • 99 Professor VJ Duke February 20, 2015 at 02:10

        Same thing, I hear.

      • 100 Susan P February 20, 2015 at 23:04

        If you want deadly, though, you should get some kids out of day care.

      • 101 Professor VJ Duke February 21, 2015 at 20:24

        That would be deadly! Probably would kill me too.

      • 102 Susan P February 22, 2015 at 00:05

        Naw – you can handle it.

    • 103 Professor VJ Duke February 10, 2015 at 21:53

      No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That can’t be mentioned on this blog!

      • 104 Nicholas Warren--MPS staff member February 10, 2015 at 23:43

        It was. And you knew it would be…

      • 105 Professor VJ Duke February 11, 2015 at 21:46

        *shakes head*

      • 106 FictionFan February 11, 2015 at 17:07

        What? What?!? WHAT???

      • 107 Professor VJ Duke February 11, 2015 at 22:56

        It’s not as bad as it seems. See, Nick read this book series, and he’s obsessed with it. All he does is quote it to me. “Charleston” is the last name of the main character. He’s just being wicked.

      • 108 FictionFan February 12, 2015 at 15:45

        Hmm…

      • 109 Professor VJ Duke February 12, 2015 at 21:42

        Yeah…Megan isn’t real, see.

      • 110 Nicholas Warren--MPS staff member February 13, 2015 at 21:05

        You weren’t supposed to tell…

      • 111 Professor VJ Duke February 14, 2015 at 18:10

        And why not?!

  15. 112 walt walker February 10, 2015 at 14:41

    Joe’s comment was quite rude. But you silenced him by cracking wise with your wiseacre retort. That was wise. And rude. But he asked for it. I bet you had one hand under the table, gripping a throwing star.

    A well spun yarn, sir. I loved this one.

    • 113 Professor VJ Duke February 10, 2015 at 21:52

      I was ready, Walt! But aren’t you proud how I controlled my killing instincts?

      *bows* I really do appreciate it.

      • 114 walt walker February 10, 2015 at 22:23

        I am proud of you! I mean, you can’t kill everyone. Who would throw the parties?

      • 115 Professor VJ Duke February 11, 2015 at 21:43

        That’s a good point. See, I secretly would like to bring Dick to a party like that. He’d be like Homer or something.

      • 116 walt walker February 12, 2015 at 16:49

        He might be like a bull in a china shop.

        Or he might be the life of it. I’ve never seen how he does parties.

      • 117 Professor VJ Duke February 12, 2015 at 21:46

        He might flirt a bit.

  16. 118 FictionFan February 10, 2015 at 13:45

    Oh, Alice, is it? On first name terms with her already, are we?? Good noodles, the woman must be at least 114 if she looks like she could be the Professorial mother! Have you no limts to your flirting?!? And that Joe person sounds downright sinister with his constant laughing…

    Still, I’m sorry that it didn’t turn out so well and that there was no opportunity for dancing *tries to look sincere while cackling – not easy* And the Professor should be proud that he manged to gardooble them so thoroughly. What a shame there was no blancmange for dessert – the Professor could have put it to good use! One can only hope there were peas…

    You should go back someday with my Schwarzy – he would tell them what’s what, tell you what, chickit! And perhaps you could sneak Ruber in to do the catering next time…

    (*laughing so much* Poor, poor C-W-W! You don’t have to do it, you know, you know! I’ll forgive you in advance! I decided the petition would be unfair pressure… *still laughing*)

    • 119 Professor VJ Duke February 10, 2015 at 21:51

      They introduced themselves… I didn’t give my name! You should be proud. I was trying to not flirt… I mean, I really tried. Really!

      No peas, thank goodness! Those little horrible green squishy things! No dancing was definitely a plus, but I don’t think anyone would have danced with me if there was dancing. You know what I mean?

      But what if Schwarz dances with someone? Ruber! That’s a fantastic idea, FEF. Fantastic.

      (*skeptical eyebrow* A nightmare, I tell you!)

      • 120 FictionFan February 11, 2015 at 17:06

        Awww! See, now I feel almost sorry for you! Clearly you just can’t control your flirting tendencies – it’s a curse! I am proud of you for trying…

        But they make excellent munitions! No woman wants squidgy peas splattered on her ballgown, I assure you! I do know what you mean, but I think you underestimate the pulling power of you gorgeoous pants…

        My Schwarzy would never betray me like that! He’s not fickle like the Professor! Oh…is it? Then… I’m glad… I think… *gardoobled face*

        (*laughs some more* I’m so sorry! Thank goodness I didn’t suggest one of the really soppy ones… or one of the indecent ones!)

      • 121 Professor VJ Duke February 11, 2015 at 22:04

        Hmm… You were supposed to say something like this: “Oh, I see. You’re not a flirt after all.” *waits*

        I need a peashooter! Can you get me one? But how do you know I was wearing those pants?

        I didn’t dance either see! *laughs* It was. Yes. It was. You’re gardoobled face is awesome.

        He wrote indecent ones?!

      • 122 FictionFan February 12, 2015 at 15:44

        OK, honey! Oh, I see, honey! You’re not a flirt after all, honey! (Tchah!)

        I’ll send it over straightaway! Well, why else would she immediately invite you into the car?

        True! *thoughtful face*

        He did indeed! Fortunately they’re also incomprehensible…

      • 123 Professor VJ Duke February 12, 2015 at 21:41

        *bangs head on desk a few times* Look a dragonfly!

        Thank you bunches and loads. Well…’cause she wanted to get to the party, that’s why!

        Girls are never making sense, see.

        *laughs* What…a poet!

      • 124 FictionFan February 13, 2015 at 16:26

        Quick! Swat it!

        You’re so endearingly trusting…

        Eh? Maybe you just don’t understand us…

        He was… special!

      • 125 Professor VJ Duke February 13, 2015 at 19:35

        I did… *looks happily at the remains on the window* Beautiful.

        Oh…I guess she could have had other reasons. But I didn’t think about it at the time.

        I admit that, for sure!

        You’re not allowed to read him. But then, I gave you 5th Wave. Rats.

      • 126 FictionFan February 13, 2015 at 23:37

        *approving face* Yes, they’re so much nicer squidged!

        No, quite!

        *laughs lots* I think Burns beats Yancey in the indecency stakes! Unless it gets worse… *grimly resolute face*

      • 127 Professor VJ Duke February 14, 2015 at 18:19

        They are not! Even you must admit they’re rather spicy.

        Why didn’t you stop me, then?!

        It shouldn’t. It didn’t get…bad…did it? Now you have me wondering.

      • 128 FictionFan February 14, 2015 at 22:52

        I’ve never eaten one!

        Because… because… oh, I give up!! You’re right, it was all my fault! Please forgive me…

        No, once she got out of the bath, it was fine… *chuckles*

      • 129 Professor VJ Duke February 16, 2015 at 13:46

        They’re a bit tough about the head, but other than that…

        Aw…well, okay.

        Oh–you secretly liked it! I know you did. *shivers*

      • 130 FictionFan February 16, 2015 at 19:51

        Eurgh! Probably best if I puree them first then…

        Thank you! You’re so kind!

        But there was no truly Professorial character…

      • 131 Professor VJ Duke February 16, 2015 at 22:18

        *gags* Yes…go ahead…don’t do it, FEF!!!

        *smiles bigly big*

        I knew it! You did like it! That’s a good point. There was no Hector.

      • 132 FictionFan February 17, 2015 at 16:52

        Quick! Make up your mind! *hand hovers over liquidiser*

        Goodness! Yes! A man in a skirt! That’s exactly what the story needed! *muses*

      • 133 Professor VJ Duke February 17, 2015 at 21:21

        Umm…better let Tuppence have them.

        Oh, you better quit mussing about that. It could get dangerous.

      • 134 FictionFan February 18, 2015 at 16:10

        I could give them to Fluffy…

        Oh, I don’t think it’s long enough for him to trip over… *runs off, giggling*

      • 135 Professor VJ Duke February 19, 2015 at 00:15

        Who’s he? Edward?

        Yeah! Skip off, Poseidon.

      • 136 FictionFan February 19, 2015 at 17:55

        The new cat – I thought if he’s around this much he should have a name, so I called him after you!

        *laughs* Ooh, you’re so dadblamed attractive when you’re mean! *skips off happily*

      • 137 Professor VJ Duke February 20, 2015 at 02:23

        Hmm…but does he look like me at all? I demand a picture of him at once!!!

        Hey! You still can’t get away with it. I can throw stones!

      • 138 FictionFan February 20, 2015 at 18:28

        Ooh, Tommy stood up to him last night and chased him!! I was so proud!!! He kept looking behind him to make sure I was still there for backup, but still…

        *gasps* But not at your FEF!!

      • 139 Professor VJ Duke February 21, 2015 at 20:21

        *laughing* Well, you both chased him out! How horrid of you!!!!

        Tim Hawkins says that’s what boys do.

      • 140 FictionFan February 22, 2015 at 16:39

        Tommy’s a hero!

        Well, whoever Tim Hawkins is, he’s wrong!!

  17. 141 Julie Harris February 10, 2015 at 13:37

    The Professor has quite the lively social life with all these dinner parties…free food and dessert always make for a fine evening!

    • 142 Professor VJ Duke February 10, 2015 at 21:49

      Well, I was sorta run along for this one. I shouldn’t have gone!

  18. 143 PorterGirl February 10, 2015 at 13:23

    Well! This party isn’t quite as lively as expected. People who serve soup should be shot, in my opinion. Soup isn’t a food and it can be scary. Those people were quite rude, influential or not. And I bet they don’t like singing at their dinner table. I like your remark about a cat’s stomach! And your thinking behind not giving your name – such a wise thing. You must take Schwarz with you next time! That would be most entertaining.

    (What a wonder that we both of us are involved in posh dinners today!)

    • 144 Professor VJ Duke February 10, 2015 at 21:49

      You feel the same way about soup? See, the professor was at a place long ago, and this fellow got some soup. He was pulling all sorts of things out: all different shapes and sizes. It was dreadfully scary. Dreadful.

      Schwarz would have fetched them! And you could have sung if you were there. That would have been awesome.

      I know! It is a wonder. I should have brought you along to this one. You know, we’ll have to do a story when you come to the PL again.

      • 145 PorterGirl February 11, 2015 at 07:33

        Soup is an imposter, pretending to be food. No one knows what’s really in it, personally I think it is an alien life form come to take it over.

        People wouldn’t stay long if I started to sing…

        Yes! I should come and visit you very soon! Let us make arrangements *claps and squeals*

      • 146 Professor VJ Duke February 11, 2015 at 21:53

        Hahaha. Very true. Unless it’s potato soup. I love that stuff.

        I would. They might like, you don’t know.

        Let’s. Umm…basically same thing only reverse? I write, and send it to you for corrections?

      • 147 PorterGirl February 11, 2015 at 22:16

        Is it good? I must try it. I will look for a recipe.

        Haha – I would be enthusiastic at least.

        Yes! Perfect! I cannot wait!!!!!!

      • 148 Professor VJ Duke February 11, 2015 at 23:11

        Let me know what you think! I like it. I put bacon in it!!!

        That’s all that matters. I’d listen!!

        I’ll make a note. Honored you’ll be writing with me!

      • 149 PorterGirl February 12, 2015 at 06:07

        Anything with bacon in has got to be a winner. I will let you know! !

        You are too kind *engages auto tune*

        I am the one who is honoured. Our little projects are awesome! I will keep an eye on my inbox

      • 150 Professor VJ Duke February 12, 2015 at 21:28

        Great!

        *bows*

        Okay. Sometime next week it should be.

      • 151 PorterGirl February 13, 2015 at 05:56

        Fabulous!

      • 152 Professor VJ Duke February 13, 2015 at 19:27

        *nods*


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