Seems Tasli has returned home to find someone has left him a gift. Let's see who it's from...
TASLI (to self): "Mom says 'a friend' left me this present. I've been with Gene and Mubba all afternoon; Mimi, maybe? There's a note..."
"Hey, Tasli I made these treats for my family's Thanksgiving. We had a lot left over (all of them, actually); I thought you may enjoy some. You're the only one I know who appreciates my baking. -Pinky P.S., Please return my Tupperware"
TASLI (to self): "Pinky left this? This must be a trick; we're hardly friends"
TASLI (eyeing treat; out loud): "...only one way to find out"
[Tasli eats a treat "Hm"]
...To be continued! D:
Was Pinky's present a trick or a treat? Will Tasli return Pinky's Tupperware? Oh, the suspense! D:
The featured pencil is named 'Surprise' and is numbered '854' ...I dunno a thing about it. ^^
The pencil is coated with a bright red lead paint with white pin stripes along its edges. In that way, it's very similar to pencils from American Pencils Co's 'Splendor' line (though this in no way means the pencils are related).
The 'Surprise' hasn't any ferrule. At first I thought the pencil may've had a topper, but there's no evidence of one having fallen or broken off (ie, no scratches or missing paint beyond what's normal/expected to see on a vintage pencil).
My theory is this pencil may've come with (or was intended to use with) one of those 'Surprise Picture Books' from the mid 20th century. The aforementioned books had pages that appeared blank until one rubbed a pencil over them, revealing the surprise illustration.
...I actually had a vintage 'Surprise Picture Book' when I was a toddle (probably around four years old or so ...and that book likely necessitated one of my first uses of a pencil). ^^
Time for part 2 of Tasli's Treat.
A new day has come. Seems Tasli has just told Gene about Pinky's gift (let's see what happens)...
GENE (winking; half-joking): "Just because you liked the present doesn't mean it wasn't intended as a trick or some kind of experiment, Tasli. I mean, it's Pinky's baking we're talking about, and I know you'll eat almost anything!"
TASLI (confident): "All I know is *I ate them all, and I didn't get sick or die ...and I couldn't get Mom to return Pinky's tub for me. Too bad I dunno where Pinky lives, eh?"
*I somehow forgot to write this in ...I don't call these quickies for nothing!
GENE (encouraging): "C'mon, Tasli. I know Pinky's building, just not her apartment number. We can ask Mimi; she and Pinky are friends"
TASLI (sighful): "Fine"
GENE: "Cool! I'll start towards Mimi's. You get Pinky's tub and meet me there, ok?"
[later, at Mimi's]
GENE: "What luck, eh, Tasli?"
MIMI (cheerful): "Hi, guys!"
PINKY: "Hey, Tasli. Did you enjoy your treats?"
...TO BE CONTINUED! D:
HYPOTHETICALWATCHER: "Ok, let me spoil it now---Tasli's not going to turn green, the world won't explode, and nothing stupid is going to happen. Pinky just gave Tasli some legit treats ...that you're not going to describe. Am I right?"
No, it's leading up to something.
HYPOTHETIALWATCHER: "Presuming you don't lose interest half way through and abandon it for two years"
Anyway, again, this stupid comic IS leading to something. Without giving too much away, the end will reflect some ideas Miss Ice Cream and I've shared about how to develop Pinky as a character. That's all I'll say (for now).
...Wasn't it like really ominous and cool how I put 'for now' in parentheses?
HYPOTHETICALWATCHER: "No. Honestly, your grammar is awful. You use more parentheses and ellipses in one paragraph than most use in a lifetime of writing"
The featured pencil is a 'Canada-Centennial' from Venus pencil Co. This pencil is dated 1967. 1967 was,
"...the centenary of Canadian Confederation and celebrations were held throughout the nation. The most prominent event was Expo 67 in Montreal, the most successful World's Fair ever held up to that time, and one of the first events to win international acclaim for the country"