Tea Store Again

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So, the professor went back into the tea shop.

I’d been thrown out, see, by two girls. Such a thing is unacceptable for a warrior-like beast like this professor.

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I looked in the mirror and saw this. *proud*

Thus, I went back into the tea shop–but not dressed in my armor, mind you. Not that I have any.

The younger girl was there, packing tea onto the shelves. The older one was nowhere to be found.

“Greetings,” I said.

Now, this was the plan: Buy tea. If there was trouble, then I would riot.

The girl looked at me. “Didn’t my sister just throw you out?”

“I don’t think so,” I said. “At least, it was probably the other day. Plus, I get thrown out of so many places, I can’t keep track.”

Then she smiled.

She actually smiled!

This wasn’t going as planned.

And that’s when the dastardly thing happened.

She scrunched up her forehead, and said, “I know this is strange…but…will you accompany me to Fats Henry’s party?”

It was a few shocks, for sure. After all, her older sister had just kicked me out of that tea shop not too long ago.

This professor opened his mouth, about to say something, but she went full throttle then, and even made the welkin ring a bit:

“I know it’s strange,” she said. “But my mother knows Fats Henry–he’s always at the library, actually–so we were invited to the party. And my sister is going with this officer guy and I can’t find anyone to go with. I can’t be showing up by myself either. I mean, what would everyone think? No, I need someone and you’re my last…hope.”

She trailed off there. See, it wasn’t the best technique to call someone your last ‘hope’. If I had a heart, this professor might’ve been hurt.

Then she looked at me, begging.

“Humph,” I said. “Your sister…who’s this officer chap she’s going with?”

“Oh,” she said, “someone by the name of Mark Malone, I think. But…will you??”

Mark Malone! Hmm, it’d be worth it to see what he was up to.

“Of course,” I said. “But I need some tea first.”

And I got it, of course.

It was going to be an interesting party, for sure.

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124 Responses to “Tea Store Again”


  1. 1 erinkenobi2893 November 5, 2015 at 14:38

    You should continue to go out with her, Professor! Make Amelia jealous. ;-) And she might be very good company, you know. ;-)

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2015 at 21:10

      Really? That’s an idea right there. But do you suppose it’s okay since I’m heartless?

      • 3 erinkenobi2893 November 5, 2015 at 22:30

        As long as you do your best to be kind to her! Maybe you could ask her for lessons in being fun (and kind to people–only certain people, though, because others deserve unkindness, constantly and consistently.)

      • 4 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2015 at 14:05

        Like Darth Maul, for instance. And Iron Man.

      • 5 erinkenobi2893 November 6, 2015 at 16:58

        X-D Indeed!

      • 6 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2015 at 22:58

        ==[;-{)=

      • 7 erinkenobi2893 November 7, 2015 at 04:18

        [:-)x Bow tie! X-D

      • 8 Professor VJ Duke November 8, 2015 at 21:24

        Oh wow! That’s cool. I dig it. And your hat. Or hair.

      • 9 erinkenobi2893 November 8, 2015 at 21:47

        That was a mistake. I was going to do something different for hair. Maybe like this: {:-)x

      • 10 Professor VJ Duke November 9, 2015 at 19:09

        Aha! It’s more curly this time.

      • 11 erinkenobi2893 November 10, 2015 at 15:53

        Indeed! And looks more like me ;-)

      • 12 Professor VJ Duke November 10, 2015 at 18:35

        I say, I think it does.

      • 13 erinkenobi2893 November 10, 2015 at 20:41

        It does indeed!

      • 14 erinkenobi2893 November 7, 2015 at 04:18

        <\:-Dx There you go! Little Matt Smith emotes. X-D

      • 15 Professor VJ Duke November 8, 2015 at 21:25

        *gulp* Who is Matt Smith?

      • 16 erinkenobi2893 November 8, 2015 at 21:47

        The actor who plays the Eleventh Doctor. Loves fezzes and bow ties. :-P So I decided to be slightly ridiculous and create an emoti in his honor. :-P

      • 17 Professor VJ Duke November 9, 2015 at 19:09

        That sounds perfect. And he has good taste, I must admit.

      • 18 erinkenobi2893 November 10, 2015 at 15:53

        Yes, he does, rather. He’s the only person in the world who can pull off highwaters, a tweed jacket, suspenders, and a bow tie. :-P

      • 19 Professor VJ Duke November 10, 2015 at 18:36

        Well, maybe the professor could, you know.

      • 20 erinkenobi2893 November 10, 2015 at 20:40

        Maybe he could indeed… *grins mischievously*

  2. 21 jeanixAngel November 4, 2015 at 14:27

    :D . Hows the party? or When is it?

    • 22 Professor VJ Duke November 4, 2015 at 14:59

      It’s coming soon! I’m scared, you know.

      • 23 jeanixAngel November 4, 2015 at 22:11

        :D … Good luck for that professor… I’m so excited to know what will happen in the party… I will wait for that post..

      • 24 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2015 at 14:01

        Friday! Will be here tomorrow.

      • 25 jeanixAngel November 6, 2015 at 01:50

        Wait for that… :D

      • 26 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2015 at 14:08

        It won’t be too scary.

      • 27 jeanixAngel November 6, 2015 at 14:30

        Sounds like, you became friends of a tea girl..

      • 28 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2015 at 22:54

        Well maybe just a bit…oh dear, do you think so?

      • 29 jeanixAngel November 7, 2015 at 00:21

        Well, after reading your post about the party, I doubt if she’s really your friend. Why she just disappeared?

      • 30 Professor VJ Duke November 8, 2015 at 21:22

        Well, she was a sudden acquaintance, see. She needed someone to go to the party with. I was being nice, I think. Sort of maybe…

      • 31 jeanixAngel November 9, 2015 at 01:21

        A heartless professor was being nice to a noddles-haired girl and left him at the party, I wonder what does professor planning for her.. :D

      • 32 Professor VJ Duke November 9, 2015 at 19:13

        Well, see, she wanted to dance. And I can’t. Isn’t it awful?

  3. 33 Susan P November 4, 2015 at 13:53

    Atta boy! Go gettem. Live your life with gusto! Throw caution to the winds. And make sure you have your Last Wishes written and signed by a lawyer. Ta-ta.

    • 34 Professor VJ Duke November 4, 2015 at 14:59

      *laughing* It seems like you think I’m destined for doom here!

      • 35 Susan P November 10, 2015 at 21:49

        who, me? Not I.

  4. 36 Chris White November 4, 2015 at 12:30

    Excellent news.

    • 37 Professor VJ Duke November 4, 2015 at 14:58

      Isn’t it, though? But I’m sorta bummed out, Chris my man.

  5. 38 Debbie November 4, 2015 at 00:20

    Awesome new digs, Professor! And what an exciting visit you had to the tea shop. Not many guys can claim they got thrown out of a place one day and shortly thereafter, they wind up getting asked on a date by the owner(?) Promises to be an interesting party, providing you don’t embarrass the poor girl!

    • 39 Professor VJ Duke November 4, 2015 at 14:57

      Haha, thanks, Debbie! Love how you said that, too. I shall try and not embarrass her. Of course, I’m not that embarrassing to be with. But it might happen. She asked for it, after all.

  6. 40 bardictale November 3, 2015 at 20:44

    Good luck!

    • 41 Professor VJ Duke November 4, 2015 at 14:56

      With spying?

      • 42 bardictale November 4, 2015 at 15:55

        *raises eyebrow*
        Well, I guess you’ll need more luck than I thought.

      • 43 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2015 at 13:58

        Oh dear. I’ve failed, I think.

      • 44 bardictale November 6, 2015 at 12:28

        So fast?

      • 45 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2015 at 14:10

        Yes, rats. You set me up!

      • 46 bardictale November 7, 2015 at 19:21

        *grins*

      • 47 Professor VJ Duke November 8, 2015 at 21:29

        You would, too.

      • 48 bardictale November 10, 2015 at 18:12

        Perhaps. Tea?

      • 49 Professor VJ Duke November 10, 2015 at 18:51

        Okay. Yes, please, Bard.

  7. 50 Lady Dunamis November 3, 2015 at 20:15

    Are you sure you look like that in the mirror? Sometimes we hoodwink ourselves you know.

    En-tee-way and a few, I hope you haven’t done something dastardly because Mark Malone might have to throw you in prison or we might see you in an episode of 48 Hours spreading TPL lawlessness.

    • 51 Professor VJ Duke November 4, 2015 at 14:56

      *laughs* Oh yes. Aren’t I a massively impressive beast?

      *laughs* Love that… Now, now, he’ll have to fight me before he can do that. I’ll lop off his hands, just for you.

      • 52 Lady Dunamis November 7, 2015 at 04:06

        And you would sell it on eBay or to Daddy Salami.

      • 53 Professor VJ Duke November 8, 2015 at 21:23

        DS would buy too. *shudders* And you would think of that.

      • 54 Lady Dunamis November 8, 2015 at 22:27

        I have worked with cur-turtle biscuits so it wouldn’t be that far of a stretch to imagine.

      • 55 Professor VJ Duke November 9, 2015 at 19:10

        *laughing lots* I might feel for you about that.

  8. 56 Heartafire November 3, 2015 at 17:05

    Fine renovation here at PL, professor, and now a date with the tea shop girl. That’s exciting! I hope you will forego the armor and pork pie hat for pencil leg jeans and a blazer. http://realmenrealstyle.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/How-To-Wear-A-Blazer-With-Jeans-400.jpg. Trust me, it’s you!

    • 57 Professor VJ Duke November 4, 2015 at 14:54

      *mouth drops* That is me! That’s like exactly what I wear. How did you know, Hollie?

      • 58 Heartafire November 4, 2015 at 14:54

        I have my ways! ewww, spooky.

      • 59 Professor VJ Duke November 4, 2015 at 15:00

        I knew it! You have a drone spying on me!!

      • 60 Heartafire November 4, 2015 at 15:08

        so, you noticed, how observant! smiles!

      • 61 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2015 at 13:53

        Take it away at once, madam!

      • 62 Heartafire November 5, 2015 at 14:28

        very well, i have called off the hounds.

      • 63 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2015 at 21:08

        *sigh of relief* How many are there?

      • 64 Heartafire November 5, 2015 at 22:44

        just enough to check out your wardrobe, what’s with the seersucker?

      • 65 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2015 at 14:07

        Why looky there! I had no idea I had one. Not good at fashion, am i?

      • 66 Heartafire November 6, 2015 at 14:30

        You are the cat’s p.j’s. I like seersucker, I don’t care what the other’s say.

      • 67 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2015 at 22:54

        I haven’t even worn it. The cat’s p.j’s? *laughing* Hmm…

  9. 68 FictionFan November 3, 2015 at 16:53

    The Professor has a girlfriend at last! I do hope she doesn’t have a ponytail. *fears for the girl*

    • 69 Professor VJ Duke November 4, 2015 at 14:53

      Do not neither! Now, she does have a semi-ponytail. Should I take it?

      • 70 FictionFan November 4, 2015 at 20:23

        You do, you do!! What is a semi-ponytail? Well, you should probably wait till after the party…

      • 71 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2015 at 14:00

        Nah, I’m just a flirter, remember. Hmm, well it’s kinda shorter and to the side, whatever that is.

      • 72 FictionFan November 5, 2015 at 19:17

        Even flirts have girlfriends! A mess, I think… or perhaps that’s just a result of your magnificent powers of description…

      • 73 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2015 at 21:16

        *laughing* Oh we do not! Now, maybe I described it wrong. Girls have weird hair, see–except for you.

      • 74 FictionFan November 6, 2015 at 01:59

        Did you ask this young lady her name before you became an item? Draw a picture of her so we can see if she is worthy of Professorial attention. (It’s all so sweet! The Professor starring in a romance! *chuckles wickedly* And you already have the chocolatey eyes… * runs away quick, giggling*)

      • 75 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2015 at 14:09

        Her name! Imagine. I didn’t even think of it. What’s an item? And why have I become one? I don’t like this one bit! She’s just getting me to a party so I can spy, remember. (*laughs and gags* My eyes are not chocolatey!)

      • 76 FictionFan November 6, 2015 at 18:12

        Well done for finally asking her! Clara’s a pretty name isn’t it? Rather Dickensian. Clara Woot-Woot has quite a ring to it, don’t you think? An item – like boyfriend and girlfriend, you know? Like what you are when you start dating someone. Like you and Clara! Of course! That’s as good an excuse to hide behind as any… *chuckles gleefully* (I shall be the judge of that, sir!! Just be glad I didn’t mention your…)

      • 77 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2015 at 23:02

        Clara is a…nice…name, yes. *laughs* Clara Woot-Woot! Now hold on, my last name isn’t Woot-Woot! It’s Duke, remember. But I’m not dating Clara! I just used her to get to the dance, see. Plus, imagine what Amelia would think. It would be horrible. Why, if she was my girlfriend, I might have danced with her.

        (My what?!)

      • 78 FictionFan November 7, 2015 at 18:24

        It will always be Woot-Woot to me!

        AMEEEEEEEEEEELIAAAAAAA!!! That slithering little reptilian!!! You’d better not be still hanging around with her!!! Or else I shall have to dance the flamenco all over her spineless little body till she squeaks!! *sweet face* Oh you’d dance with anyone, sir! Well, almost anyone…

        (Your pretty pink nose, of course! What else could I possibly have meant? *wicked chuckle*)

      • 79 Professor VJ Duke November 8, 2015 at 21:28

        Always always?

        *laughing lots* Goodness me, says I. And I thought you two made up, too. Goodness me. What about Julia? I would not dance with anyone. I don’t dance, see. Weak shins, the sudden.

        (Humph noodles! You…haven’t even seen my nose!)

      • 80 FictionFan November 9, 2015 at 17:20

        Always always always always! Even when I’m cranky, except then it changes to ‘that dadblamed Chicky-Woot-Woot’… *chuckles*

        Made up with that creature?! Not till a’ the seas gang dry, sir, and the rocks melt wi’ the sun!! Julia?!?!!! But she betrayed you! You can’t be in love with someone who betrayed you!! Though with someone as fickle and romantic as you, anything’s possible, I suppose! Huh! Like I believe that… *kicks him in the shins, just to check*

        (*laughs lots* Oh yes I have! In fact, I was indulging in a little chuckle the other night about just how pink your pretty nose is in the GoT vid… )

      • 81 Professor VJ Duke November 9, 2015 at 19:22

        *laughs* Dadblamed C-W-W isn’t too bad. I quite like that. Makes it sound even more spicy, don’t you know.

        Well, of course I don’t like Julia at all. Remember I did take her ponytail. But I’m not romantic! Neither is Rafa, I’ve decided. Ow!! See? My shins are weak. *collapses*

        (*laughs* Noooo! It’s red, I tell you. And it’s got good reason to be red; it was so cold!)

      • 82 FictionFan November 10, 2015 at 00:20

        You’ll just have to make me cranky then! *checks watch* Yes, that should be due to happen any time now…

        I bet you sleep with her ponytail under your pillow though! Oh, Rafa is, I bet! No man could have a sweet little smile like his without being romantic. Oh, just remembered! You have a sweet little smile too, don’t you? *nods knowingly* Poor Prof! Here, have a cherry sucker…

        (You should have heated it up between takes with the flame thrower…)

      • 83 Professor VJ Duke November 10, 2015 at 14:00

        You keep a watch of such things? Goodness. I’m such a good boy, really.

        Under the pillow?! Ew! I do not. I got rid of it long ago, I think. I don’t smile; I scowl! That’s the rule, see. An awful scowl. *takes the cherry sucker*

        (*laughs* I think you want me to die at times.)

      • 84 FictionFan November 10, 2015 at 18:12

        Yes – I suspect it ties in with the full moon. *laughs* Such a cute image!

        Oh, but Professor Number 3 has such an adorable little smile! I like him lots! I bet he’s the one all the Professor’s ladies fall for…

        (*laughs* I was only trying to be helpful!)

      • 85 Professor VJ Duke November 10, 2015 at 18:51

        I’m a wolfman! Cool. Did you know, I’ve always wanted to be a werewolf? It is not neither!

        Now I’m going to have to watch and see. Hmm…you’re not supposed to see such things! The first one is mean, see.

        *laughs* Of course…but still!

      • 86 FictionFan November 11, 2015 at 01:50

        Did you know there’s a werewolf in the Harry Potter books? You’d make a great werewolf – you’ve already mastered the art of not shaving… (‘Tis!)

        He is! But no wonder, being kept waiting like that by the other 4! No. 4 smiles adorably too, now I look again… and no 5 probably would have if he wasn’t in perpetual fear of being electrocuted…

      • 87 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2015 at 21:56

        There is? I’d believe it. JK is in to all that sort of thing. *laughs* I shave…every so often! Like you said I should.

        They’re wicked smiles, not adorable! Now, no.5 was worrying about standing in the right place, in fact.

      • 88 FictionFan November 12, 2015 at 01:50

        *nods* That’s why you’d enjoy the books so much! Oh, I’ve grown used to the hairy Prof look now – so long as it never turns into an Edelman!

        Well, I adore them so they must be adorable! That there is unarguable logic, sir!! Why? Couldn’t he see where no. 4 was? Ah, his kisscurl must have fallen over his eyes! *nods understandingly*

      • 89 Professor VJ Duke November 12, 2015 at 14:11

        Yes, but then I wouldn’t be able to say: “I’ve never read HP.” I’m sorta proud about that. It’s not that hairy, but still. Makes me look more vicious. Edelman! He’s doing awesome, btw.

        It is, isn’t it? I can’t really say anything to counter it. Good one, FEF. *laughs* No 4 was sorta disappeared at the time. No kiss curls at all!!!

      • 90 FictionFan November 12, 2015 at 18:37

        That’s true – but that means you’ll never get to meet Nearly Headless Nick. It does make you look more vicious! But you look so sweet when you’re clean-shaven… it’s a dilemma…

        I win!!! Naturally. Yeah, that doesn’t surprise me – that no. 4 looks like the unreliable one…

      • 91 Professor VJ Duke November 13, 2015 at 16:42

        Nearly headless? *shudders* Not sure I should meet him, tho! *laughs* Sweet? Well, I must keep a beard, then.

        Definitely unreliable. Definitely. You only win a bit, though.

      • 92 FictionFan November 13, 2015 at 18:23

        Did I say sweet? I meant manly! And warriorish!

        Nope! I win BIG!!! *smiles adorably*

      • 93 Professor VJ Duke November 15, 2015 at 00:22

        You did! I don’t believe you, the sudden.

        That means I must win little. Which is better than not winning at all.

  10. 94 desertdweller29 November 3, 2015 at 15:48

    I hope you plan to wear that warrior getup on your date, Professor. Should be enough armor to protect you from all sorts of…situations.

    • 95 Professor VJ Duke November 4, 2015 at 14:52

      Oh dear. Do you suppose there’ll be an attempt on my life?!

  11. 96 John W. Howell November 3, 2015 at 15:20

    Boy, nothing like a nice set of armor to set up a situation that might lead to armour.

    • 97 Professor VJ Duke November 4, 2015 at 14:52

      Haha…now, now! None of that here. I’m heartless, remember.

      • 98 John W. Howell November 4, 2015 at 16:50

        Aw, come on. A little romance is good for everyone.

      • 99 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2015 at 13:58

        Except for the professor, of course.

      • 100 John W. Howell November 5, 2015 at 14:00

        Okay. *shrugs*

      • 101 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2015 at 14:02

        Hmm…you don’t believe me!

      • 102 John W. Howell November 5, 2015 at 19:11

        I believe you and give up talking about it.

      • 103 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2015 at 21:15

        *laughing lots* Hmm…

      • 104 John W. Howell November 5, 2015 at 23:23

        :-)

  12. 105 PorterGirl November 3, 2015 at 14:43

    That is so cunning – you got tea and an invite to a party! Well done, Professor. Also – I recognised you instantly from your picture, there. The blog is looking tip-top too – hurrah!

    • 106 Professor VJ Duke November 4, 2015 at 14:50

      Instantly? Nice! Yes, that’s how I usually look. I did! Two birds with one stone, as they say. Two slugs for a cherry. Thank you! Some work to do yet. I’m hoping to be on schedule next week.

      • 107 PorterGirl November 4, 2015 at 15:03

        Right away! I could spot you anywhere. All very exciting – you must let me know if I can assist in any way at all.

      • 108 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2015 at 13:53

        That’s because I’m so heartless. I shall! Everything is going to plan.

      • 109 PorterGirl November 5, 2015 at 14:34

        Exactly it. The lack of a heart just sticks out like a sore thumb. Or the lack of a sore thumb, even.
        Plans are great!

      • 110 Professor VJ Duke November 5, 2015 at 21:09

        *laughs* Hmm…now, now.

      • 111 PorterGirl November 6, 2015 at 09:01

        Am I misbehaving? I do hope so *laughs*

      • 112 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2015 at 14:09

        *nods* Definitely misbehaving. Which isn’t a bad thing, of course.

      • 113 PorterGirl November 6, 2015 at 14:29

        It is my default setting, you know.

      • 114 Professor VJ Duke November 6, 2015 at 22:53

        I did know this. And it was before we met, too.

      • 115 PorterGirl November 8, 2015 at 09:27

        You are such a wise thing, indeed.

      • 116 Professor VJ Duke November 8, 2015 at 21:30

        More dull than wise…but still!

      • 117 PorterGirl November 9, 2015 at 11:07

        I disagree, you know.

      • 118 Professor VJ Duke November 9, 2015 at 19:13

        *holds ears* What was that?

      • 119 PorterGirl November 9, 2015 at 20:22

        Pah! The perfect defence, I see. I am defeated! *laughs*

      • 120 Professor VJ Duke November 10, 2015 at 13:42

        *laughs* I’m starting to use that in person. It’s remarkable.

      • 121 PorterGirl November 10, 2015 at 15:12

        Me too, funnily enough. It really works!

      • 122 Professor VJ Duke November 10, 2015 at 18:33

        It does! People are like…”what?”

      • 123 PorterGirl November 10, 2015 at 19:56

        Yes but it works though!

      • 124 Professor VJ Duke November 11, 2015 at 21:43

        It does!


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