Chatterbox: Pudding's Place

The Poet's House 




The sky was grey. Not gray, but grey. It was the formal sort of grey, like the grey silk in tuxedos. It seemed about to rain, just nearly, but yet there was no sign of the coming shower. The air was chilly, and the only thing in the sky other than heavy grey clouds was a lone crow.

The crow was an unusual crow. Unlike the many flaneur crows of the city, idling about with no particular destination or purpose, this crow had a mission.

A single envelope, tea-stained with elegance, fluttered down from the crow’s feet. It dropped into your hands.

The crow suddenly stopped, and wheeled around. It disappeared into the grey clouds.

You looked curiously at the envelope. The wax seal shimmered an iridescent silver, as if unsure of itself. A swan was imprinted faintly into it.

Carefully, you pried open the envelope, taking care to preserve the seal, and took out a sheaf of paper.

Dear Mme/M,

You are cordially invited to the poet’s house. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to travel hundreds of years back in time, and step into the oldest building in London, dating back to the fae era. 

All facilities will be provided, of course, but if you wish, you may pack choice items in a bag or suitcase. Entry is free, however, we ask that you do not bring guests. Pets, weapons, and food items are allowed.

In three days time, the black carriage will be there. Do not be late.


    The Poet

The letter was rather unusual, no doubt, but you saved it anyway, tucked into a back pocket somewhere, just in case it proved to be truthful.





Three words to describe you:



Feel free to ask questions, feel free to bring weapons, feel free to guess me.


    The Poet

submitted by The Poet
(September 12, 2020 - 7:42 pm)

Ooh, cool!

Name: Kitten

Luggage: Clothes and toiletries (you said they would be provided, but I prefer to stick with what I'm used to anyway); an emergency supply of dark chocolate and several snack bars; a water bottle; my Kindle and several paper books; a spiral-bound writing notebook, a sketchbook, and my diary; a pencil case with a few mechanical pencils, a ballpoint pen, and an eraser; and a bow and arrows, a saxe knife, and a throwing knife (all enchanted so I'm the only one who can use them)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Three words to describe you: Curious, quirky, intelligent

Other: If you're spelling 'gray' with an e, does that mean that you're using British spelling in general? If so, can we look forward to such interesting spellings as 'favourable' and 'practise'?

submitted by Kitten, Daydreaming
(September 12, 2020 - 8:46 pm)

Depends. I myself do not have that large of a British vocabulary, but I will try my best.

submitted by The Poet
(September 13, 2020 - 11:14 am)

Is this a Ski Lodge? If so, I'm in! If not, I'm still in!

Name: Darkling

Luggage: Sweatshirts, sweatpants, long socks, headphones & laptop, my typewriter, piano sheet music, (in case there is a piano), one candy bar,  a knife, poison, and a double-sided sword. 

Three words to describe you: Stubborn, awkward, kinda nerdy

Other: I'm bringing my flying cat, Zeke, since the letter said we could bring pets. (He has dragon wings.)


submitted by Darkling, The Upside-Down
(September 13, 2020 - 11:22 am)


Name: Jubilee or Jubi

Luggage: My regular clothes (Overall shorts, sweatshirt, rainbow socks), The Essentials, my laptop, my raincoat, my bullet journal, and a medley of sketchbooks and drawing supplies. I can summon gauntlets, but if that isn't allowed, I'm bringing my daggger. 

Pronouns: They/Them

Three words to describe you: [A] random bookish introvert

Other: Other. Other other other. Otherrrrrrrrrr

Are you either of the Lumis? 


submitted by Jubilee, age unknown , the stratosphere
(September 13, 2020 - 12:01 pm)

No, I am not.

submitted by The Poet
(September 13, 2020 - 1:51 pm)

I'm reserving a spot! Is it just me, or do you imagine the color grey as being a different shade than the color gray?

submitted by DoodleGirl , age 13, Earth
(September 13, 2020 - 1:29 pm)

Hm, I hadn't thought of it before, but now that you mention it, yes! I imagine grey as being more cool and solemn, like steel grey or bluish gray, while gray is like the color of the gray colored pencil in the Crayola sets you have in elementary school, a more light and boring shade.

submitted by Kitten, Daydreaming
(September 13, 2020 - 1:38 pm)

I absolutely love your writing style! This sounds fantastic.

Name: Quill

Luggage: Clothes and essentials, a journal, pens, books, earbuds, and my shortsword, Macbeth.

Pronouns: she/her

Three words to describe you: Creative, adventurous, impulsive.

Other: I love tea and poetry!

submitted by Quill
(September 13, 2020 - 2:00 pm)

Name: Luna-Starr (usually just Luna)

Luggage: clothes (because I'd feel weird if they weren't mine), the book I'm reading, a lightsaber, my phone, chromebook, & their respective chargers, and... a stick.

Pronouns: she/her

Three words to describe you: introverted, dreamer, empathetic (that's a bad description but I only have 3 words, curse you)

Other: pescetarian, and man, I wish I could go to London in real life! British people & tea are pretty amazing. :D

submitted by Luna-Starr, age 27 eons, Existential Ponderment
(September 13, 2020 - 5:10 pm)

Name: Gecko

Luggage: An old fashioned wooden field hockey stick (that I can use to whack people with if need be), four large books, a tin of lemon drops, a flying pig amulet, $38 of useless American money, a journal, an encyclopedic knowledge of obscure science and animals, a guitar covered in decals, and a terrible taste in tea. Oh, and also clothes and toiletries and the likes.

Pronouns: She/hers

Three words to describe you: Inventive, skeptical, original.

Other: Have you read 'The Specialist's Hat', by Kelly Link? It's a short story, and your writing style reminded me of it, especially the talk about grey vs gray.

submitted by Gecko
(September 13, 2020 - 6:27 pm)

No, I have not actually read it.

submitted by The Poet
(September 15, 2020 - 4:40 pm)

Very interesting. Might as well join...

Name: Summer

Luggage: A stack of books, a cell phone, a notebook and three pencils, a ukulele, and a Swiss army knife.

Pronouns: She/her

Three words to describe you: Nerdy, cheerful, high-strung (that's three words, right?)

Other: I've always used grey, too! It just sounds more elegant.

submitted by Summer, age tau, Nowhere at all
(September 13, 2020 - 7:38 pm)

name Strawberri 

luggage three pairs of jeans and four tee shirts

pronouns she her etc

three words that describe you tired adolescently bookish  

sorry this had to be quick at school 

submitted by Strawberri
(September 14, 2020 - 7:04 am)

Oh boy, this is gonna be good... 

Name: Bakerloo

Luggage: Clothes (a variety of sweaters and jeans, 'cause the weather's terrible across the pond, and pyjamas), raincoat, a working vintage camera (with film), The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, toothbrush, toothpaste, umbrella, and a small box of poison darts (for emergencies) all packed into a small leather briefcase.

Pronouns: He/him/his.

Three words to describe you: Intense, funny, irritable.

Other: N/A

submitted by Bakerloo, age 16, (REDACTED)
(September 14, 2020 - 8:10 am)

Name: DoodleGirl

Luggage: extra clothes and toiletries; I'd rather have my own, some books to read, a sketchbook and compact art supplies, my journal, my phone (if that exists in this world), my trusty blue stuffed bear, and snacks.  Um, weapons? I guess I'll take a swiss army knife.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Three words to describe you: kind, awkward, creative. Why only THREE?

Other: Does anyone know where ski lodges got their names, and are they just a Chatterbox thing?

submitted by DoodleGirl, age 13, Earth
(September 14, 2020 - 10:24 am)