Indignities [21 Trandary 4262]
Prince Nestrune Kreslink
Me:"I do believe you're supposed to threaten me now."
Nestrune:"I beg your pardon?"
Me:"Or throw brandy to me."
Nestrune:"What am I missing?"
Me:"I thought your secret spies told you whenever I had anything to do with one of your subjects."
Nestrune:"You're back with Ilottat? I was wondering when that would happen."
Me:"Why on wood would I do that?"
Nestrune:"I evidently need to pay my secret spies better. Or flog them more. What happened?"
So I told him of my date with Jrakh, albeit in less detail than is presented here.
Nestrune:"Oh, I see! Did you do thus-and-so with her?"
Me:"Well, um, no."
Nestrune:"A pity, she's very good at it. How about such-and-such?"
Me:"Not that either."
Nestrune:"No? How about this-and-that? "
Me:"No, we didn't."
Nestrune:"Can a Zi Ri do this-and-that? I should ask Ilottat, he'd know."
Me:"I'd know too, and yes, we can."
Nestrune:"Oh, I'm sure Ilottat knows a good deal more about what Zi Ri can do than you do ... than you will learn in a thousand years!."
So I flew off to Floosh's bakery.
Floosh:"Hallo, Sythyry. How are you and your new girlfriend doing?"
Me:"My, news travels fast! According to eminent authorities, we are not utilizing her full capabilities, and probably will not get to."
Floosh:"This is the, um, black-handed Orren girl?"
Me:"No. The black-handed Orren girl broke up with me."
Floosh:"And you didn't come get a consolation poptaloop?"
Me:"No, I didn't think to."
Floosh:"Well, too late now, since you seem to have another girlfriend. Tell me about her?"
Me:"Not a girlfriend, just a date with another student. An all-night date."
Floosh:"One can do worse than an all-night date!"
Me:"Well, I evidently got her bottom grade of service for the date. And don't get another one."
Floosh:"You paid her?"
Floosh:"Calm down, Sythyry! You nearly scorched my toque!"
Me:"You really think I should be hiring prostitutes?"
Floosh:"I didn't say that! You were talking about her services, as though she were hireable."
Me:"Not for hire. I guess she's a public charity though."
Floosh stared at me for a moment, hard. "Here. Have a poptaloop."