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Discussion in 'Fan Fiction' started by The Count, Jun 12, 2006.

  1. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Hi guys... Yeah, I know... Another one of these? It's getting harder to get excited about...
    Yes, I know that full well, and I plan to rectify that a bit by melding my past efforts into this one. Hope you like it.
  2. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Chapter 1.

    The breeze was mildly chilly outside the Muppet's residence, the distinct signs of late autumn evident. Leaves of a multitude of reds and oranges littered the edges of the front lawn.
    "Guess the guys had a bit of fun after raking the leaves away" mused the orange skinned gopher as he opened the front door, though all we could see by this point was the symbol of his workplace printed on the back of his green jacket. The young bespectacled man peered around him, almost none of his colleagues in sight... So he just gathered up the daily mail, sorting through it and tucking his own letter into the pincer grip of his clipboard.

    There were only two others at the home today... A green-scaled frog, whose eyes were fixed above his head, comfortable in the fact that the only thing not defining him as fully unclothed was a trademark eleven-point collar around his neck. Sitting beside him was a lady pig, still wearing her showy fur coat over the nightgown she donned before going to sleep the night before. The two were snuggled in what may have been a tolerably tender moment for the frog, given his past track record of disdaining the lady pig's designs to gain his wanton affection. Both were seated in the couch in the middle of the living room, watching a taped appearance from the parade held the day before. Yes, the Muppets had graced the streets of the bustling metropolis in a number of floats for the annual parade held almost at the close of the month of November.

    There were different celebrities and friends attending... The floats were fanciful and festive, with a certain touch of whimsy noting the individual entries. The float at the head of the chain, styled in the shape of a steamer locomotive, was manned by Jake Long also known to a select group of people and magical creatures as the American Dragon. He was only all too happy to be in the parade with one of his idols, maybe a distant relative of his as well. The first float's floor resembled a world map, its countries marked in different colors bearing scale model replicas of some of the most famous monuments such as the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, The Eiffel Tower, and The Great Wall of China. A few other items such as a genuine 1928 set of Mickey Mouse ears and the sheet music to Richard Wagner's Song of the Valkyries were propped up against the pillars supporting a blue triangular A-shape as the world's most notorious thief, a brown-haired woman draped in a dark red trenchcoat and capped by her matching red fedora, surveyed the scene before her studiously. The second had a stage theater floor with archway and curtains, for the main cast of that popular program, The Muppet Show were all present. From Kermit to Piggy to Fozzie and Gonzo, to Rowlf at the piano hoisted onto the sides, to Scooter and Skeeter reunited after a trying ordeal involving the Grosse Family, to the Electric Mayhem's seven band members, to even Statler and Waldorf. The third was shaped like a giant conch with a plush cushion inside, as it was the perfect vehicle for one of the brightest pearls found in the city of Atlantica, Miss Ariel accompanied by the sometimes cranky crab known as Sebastian who served as her tutor from time to time. Not to be outdone, a multiple-armed king prawn was trying to shmooze the mermaid princess in hopes of getting a date hokay? But the crab and a New York born and bred rat kept the Latin layabout in line. The next float to come down the lane made the onlookers gasp in a small fit of fear, for four dark fire-breathing horseheads displayed their fearsome might. This was the chariot of the Grim Reaper, standing with scythe in hand next to the lead horsehead. Three small children rode aboard the horses: a nerdy glass-wearing boy named Erwin who let out a "Yo!" to the crowds as they passed, a goofy boy named Billy with a hollow head and a large nose who seemed more interested in singing a stupid song, and a girl who had a loathsome expression on her face named Mandy making sure that Grim obeyed her commands. Everybody was all smiles again when that familiar frog's balloon soared above them high in the sunny skies. The fifth float passed soon after, marked by an orange-shaded doghouse near its rear. The Peanuts gang was there, from Charlie Brown and his younger sister Sally, to Lucy and Linus Van Pelt (the latter clinging to a squiggly blue blanket), to Peppermint Patty and Marcie, to Snoopy and Woodstock seated atop the doghouse as if they were piloting the float themselves. The sixth float featured an ancestral Scottish castle hoisted above replicas of a New York skyscraper's rooftop, Castle Wyvern as it was now located as part of the home of David Xanatos. The master tower contained six statuesque gargoyles and one gargoyle tracker hound. The six lay dormant, as they were only revived to their conscious form at night. Their ranks consisted of the tech-sabe brownish-stoned Lexington, the dynamic and second in command red-stoned Brooklyn, the gentle yet fierce giant gray-stoned Broadway, the wise and bearded old warrior known as Hudson, Bronx their hound next to Hudson, their leader the strong and brooding Goliath, and his gargoyle daughter named Angela. Ilyssa Maza, one of NYPD's finest officers and Goliath's most loyal confidant, was riding in the float along with her friends deemed as part of the clan. The seventh float boasted some crazy characters, as this was the Tiny Toons and Animaniacs vessel. The water tower stood on its steel supports as Yako, Whacko, and Dot warner all greeted the crowds while Buster and Babs Bunny "No relation" along with Plucky Duck, Hampton J. Pig and Shirley the Loon were standing in the middle of an Acme Acres hilltop picnic area. The eighth float shimmered with all the colors of the rainbow, as it transported a team of superheroes clad in colorful costumes. Yes, this was the mighty Power Rangers team, talked into joining the parade route. Rather than have a float of their own, they showed up piloting their wonderous zordlike vehicles which in unison transformed into their Megazord. The team was represented by Nick in the Red Phoenix Zord, Madison and Veda in the Blue Mermaid and Pink Sprite Zords, Xander in the Green Minotaur Zord, and Chip in the Yellow Garuda Zord. Udonna, the White Snow Ranger was at their side, along with Claire an apprentice who got more than her fair share of spells mixed up. The Rangers formed their awesome Titan MegaZord in its dragon formation so Udonna and Claire could ride along with them. Smiles returned to the viewers faces as an orange tabby fat cat defied the laws of gravity on his portly weight, soaring above in the form of a massive balloon. The ninth float was rocking and rolling thanks to the music provided by three vivaceous young adult women. The trio were dressed in some sort of orange cat costumes, complete with tails swinging to the rhythm of the music they were playing and a hat shaped to resemble their pointy cat ears. The band included a drummer, an African-American girl with frizzy black hair named Valerie, a doey-eyed blonde blue-eyed girl named Melody on the keyboard, and their lead singer and guitarist, a redhead who went by the name of Josie. Collectively, they were known as Josie and The Pussycats. The band was followed up by a tenth float, which featured a New York sidewalk marked by two rows of colorful doors along with a stoop and a lamppost at both sides of the float's space. The happiest street in the world, Sesame Street was in full force. Bert and Ernie sitting on the stoops, Oscar The Grouch in his trashcan, Telly and Baby Bear and Elmo and Zoe and Rosita playing hopscotch, Cookie Monster and Grover Monster and Herry Monster all just relaxing with their friends, Big Bird and Snuffy at the float's extreme right singing their sunny song, Lefty the Salesman in the shade of the lamppost, and Prairie Dawn playing her piano. The eleventh float was done up to resemble a garden patio with a flowing fountain in its center. Six tiny lights were buzzing about: Lockette, Amore, Chatta, Tune, Digit, and Pip, pixies milling about inquisitive about their current surroundings. The pixies weren't alone, they escorted their bonded fairies who were known throughout the Realms of Magics as The Winks Club girls. Bloom, keeper of the Dragonfire, and Prince Sky her boyfriend were seated on one of the petal-shaped tuffets around the fountain. The other couples of Stella and Squire Brandon, Musa and Ribbon, Techna and Timmy, and Flora and Helia were seated on the remaining petals, with Layla the fairy of water and Princess of the Realm of Tides alone on her own petal tuffet. She hadn't found a date among the young heroes from Red Fountain, but that didn't mean she wouldn't find him soon. Next came the twelfth float bearing a logo similar to that of the detective agency of Mystery Inc. The acclaimed team of Freddy Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkly, Shaggy Rogers, and Scooby-Doo had come to help out the Muppets and their other friends on this festive day. After all, this was a holiday near and dear to Shaggy and Scooby's hearts given that they were dreaming of all the turkey and sides they'd enjoy later. As if one big dog wasn't enough, the balloon version of that white beagle named Snoopy flew aloft in the clear blue yonder past all the people lined up on the sidewalk below. The thirteenth float, somewhat spooky as it was surrounded by large decorative bats, had the Count von Count's Countmobile on full display with its owner seated in the driver's seat. There was a passenger with him though, a man dressed up like a big black bat, a friend of the Count's from Gotham City. Seems the Count had come back from a trip to that locality recently striking up a friendship with the urban legend known simply as Batman. The fourteenth float presented a joyous scene as a group of ladies were in the middle of a tea party. The long table had enough seats for the lovely blonde girl named Alice, another woman in a violet horizontally-striped catsuit known as the Cheshire Cat, a woman who had a rather prominently-looming chest and many long legs attached to fuzzy pods known as the Blue Caterpillar, a pair of twins dressed in red puffy shirts and short skirts bearing the names Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum on their white collars, a woman dressed in a bunny costume checking her pocket watch known as the White Rabbit, and the regal Queen of Hearts decked out in her royal red dress with matching heart-spattered cape. The fifteenth and final float transported a team of gamers who had only returned back to the states after a trying ordeal. Dressed in elaborate costumes that resembled something out of a trading card game series, four teenageish kids stood together in a diamond formation upon a dueling arena floor. Téa Gardner was the Dark Magician Girl riding an enormous blue-eyed white dragon, mirrored on the opposite side by Joey Wheeler as the Flame Swordsman riding his own red-eyed black dragon, backed up by Tristan Taylor as the Cyber Commander saddled on the Cyber End Dragon, all looking down at their ringleader a young boy by the name of Yugi Moto. This boy's features had aged slightly, taking on a few similarities of the pharoah Atem, the spirit of the Millennium Puzzle and his twin soul. The King of Games float was followed by one last balloon, a mammoth yellow bird who entertained the spectators below as it flew amidst the puffy white clouds.

    Scooter just smiled at his frog-in-chief deciding not to bother him just yet. The gopher went into the kitchen where he quietly brewed up a cup of hot chocolate, something that was perfect to take away the frost lingering in this autumnal atmosphere. The gopher sat down to drink his cup in peace waiting for the right moment to pester the frog about their upcoming show.
  3. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    Wow! That sounds like some parade! Many characters besides the Muppets that I just loved that you named off there, including the Tiny Toons gang. I loved that cartoon! Anyway, quite the description. As usual Ed, I'm impressed and would like to see more.
  4. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks... A few things that might need fixing in terms of spelling though. These are all from shows and fandoms I've enjoyed through the years from as far back as the Muppets and SS to recent additions such as The Winks Club and Yu-Gi-Oh. Believe me, it wasn't easy limiting the number of floats. And don't expect anything near the level of length as this from here on out, this was only necessary to get the full descript of the parade's floats. And I've been working on this most of the day. We'll see where it goes from here.
  5. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Chapter 2.

    The sunlight outside was somewhat diminished, a few hours had passed since the gopher had crossed the threshhold of the Muppets' abode. A yawn escaped from his mouth as a likely orange-skinned woman stood watching him. There was a resemblance between the two, although they weren't identical in appearance. The woman was just slightly taller and older, with a full head of red hair sweeping down to about the middle of her back. She wore round-rimmed glasses much like the young man, her son. Sadie had returned from a day's work at the newspaper offices of the Hensonville Observer where she was now promoted to Vice Editor-In-Chief. In her motherly way she took his almost empty cup, rinsing it in the kitchen sink.
    "Huh?" Scooter said in a half sleepy voice when he realized he wasn't alone. "Oh hi Mom" he said greeting her with a small kiss on the cheek. "Been there long?" asked the theater's assistant waking from his dozing state.
    "Just got back from running the paper" she replied, apparently the Grosse-Hunt family had come to be relied upon as comfortably as a third leg by their employers. "Better go tell Kermit what you wanted now that Piggy's asleep herself."

    Scooter did as his mother suggested, approaching the amphibian who was still seated comfortably upon the couch. The video tape had long ended by now, his hand flipping through channels finding something to catch his attention for a while. Piggy lay perfectly asleep almost draped over Kermit, kind of like her own personal favorite stuffed animal, though her ear remained perked for any signs of conversation. Kermit's bulgy eyes turned and spotted the gopher step up beside him.
    "Uh boss..." the nervous lad began.
    "Yes Scooter?" the frog replied.
    "Was wondering... What are we going to do after the show?"
    "What show?"
    "Well, you did make the announcement that our next show... The one on the first week of December would be the last for the year before the theater would be closed for renovations and Christmas vacation."
    "Oh yeah... Now I remember. Well, to be honest... I'm not really sure." A small crinkle of worry edged the corners of Kermit's mouth.
    "That's OK, I'll just let the rest of the guys know when you do" answered the clever yet invalueable gopher as he retreated back to the kitchen for some more hot chocolate. Two freshly filled cups were left on a small tray on the end table next to the couch.

    Kermit thought about what the colorful cast of actors would have to look forward to this Christmas brake. The theater would be closed, no more shows for the year, no TV or movie shoots, no media junkets or interviews to give... Miss Piggy's ear raised itself slightly, as if she had something to say, subtly revealing she had eavesdropped on her beloved frog just before.
    "Kermie... Why are vouz worried?"
    "Well Piggy... It'll be the first Christmas since... We've found so many new Muppets who are part of our family."
    "And that's a bad thing?"
    "No... It's just that... Would like to do, have something special to go where we could have a nice Muppet Family gathering."
    "Well... We could always sneak away to that cozy little spot on the French Riviera."
    "Piggy..." the frog said with a slight exasperation in his tone, directed at her.
    "It was just a thought" she blurted before sinking back into her own dreamworld.

    Kermit was left to wonder... Just what would the Muppets do to celebrate the holidays this year? And how would he get in touch with everyone? There were so many of them, all populating different parts of the world, not to mention this corner they called home in Hensonville. It would be tough, but the leader of the Muppets decided that if anyone could make a Christmas wish happen it could be him.
  6. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    Very nice! I like it alot! It's fun to have a Christmas story in the summer! Good old Kermit, always hoping and dreaming. If anyone can bring all that extended family together, it's Kermit. Can't wait to see what's next.
  7. ReneeLouvier

    ReneeLouvier Active Member

    Oh!! OH!!! Wonderful, Ed. I love this....I just wish I could get my own story up off the ground again...

    But wonderful work, Ed!

    Edit: Beth, she ziffel'd me!
  8. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Chapter 3.

    The backstage at the old Benny Vanderghast Theater was nothing short of controlled chaos... But then again, that's how the director and master of ceremonies liked it, kept him hopping on his feet. And for a frog, that's a very good thing. The theater had recently been refurbished and everybody was learning their lines. All the actors and musicians were running through one last check prepping for the show. The Winter Show was always one they cherished, since it was performed with a lot of love in memory of their dear nanny, Ms. Nancy Takashi.
    "Yeah, but a dear what?" piped a small green frog younger than the head honcho.
    "Sheesh, a running gag" quipped Kermit. "Won't it ever die?"
    "Careful what you wish for frog" came the menacing tones belonging to a blue phantomly dragon, lurking behind the desk.
    "Sorry Uncle Deadly" Kermit apologized while trying to backpeddle.

    The Muppets were all a twitter with excitement as the show was nearing its traditional opening.
    "Hey Mr. The Frog" said an odd lightly orange-skinned man dressed in what resembled a ringmaster's uniform. "Can me and my fish be in the show tonight?" he asked extending his hand capturing the angle-shaped fish returning to the point from where it had been thrown into the air.
    "Just be careful not to hit anyone Lew."

    "How we doing on tickets Pops?"
    "Not bad, the house's half full" answered an older gentleman with a thick pair of eyeglasses distinguished by his mustache and tufts of hair over his ears. He promptly put his head down on his ticket booth entrance, snoring issueing loudly after the frog had passed his station. "Zzzzzz" was all anyone else could hear near the backstage's rear doors.

    "Come on Piggy, we need you to just..." a woman was saying as the upstairs dressing room door flew open. The gold plated star on the door shook, but never shattered. Piggy was being uncooperative with the seamstresses, trying to fit her for the elegant costume needed for the final number. Though Catherine shared a room with her back at the Muppet College Dorms, even she had a handful dealing with the porcine diva. It didn't help matters that a smaller yet older woman who spoke with a bit of a Romanian accent was having a coniption fit as well.
    "I'll never underschtand vhy you fuss so" said Hilda stepping out onto the main stairs. "It's just a frilly costume, something that some of the other girls vould give their right arm to vear if they ever got the spotlight once in a vhile, Miss Hamhocks."
    "Yes, but such a frilly frock does not become a magnificence such as moi-self. Now be a darling and help little Ru get the proper material to make a dress worthy of this show's biggest star" retorted Miss Piggy before she closed her door shut.

    Kermit just shook his head and kept inspecting the list of acts placed on his desk by the ever-faithful Scooter. He became aware of a small group of giggling and craned his head to see where it was coming from.
    "Sara, I told you you can't be here backstage during the opening moments" admonished the director.
    "Aw come on Kermit... Scooter needed his clipboard, not to mention a good laugh at some embarassing pictures of Skeeter."
    The frog looked at the baby pictures with interest, some showing the whole gang back in the nursery. "Guess you found an old album when you were rummaging through the attic with Gonzo."
    "Yeah, that weirdo knows the perfect place to hide something..." her voice trailed off as she went out through the backstage's exitway only to come back in through the front and take her seat for tonight's special.

    There was one more creature watching all the goings-on with bemused interest... This small creature wore a bright red sweater, had her hair tied into two bushy pigtails, and a tail ending in a red ball of fur similar to her own bushy hair. The small frog was seated on the middle of the stairway, off to the extreme side so noone would step on him.
    "Hey Uncle Kermit" the young frog said when the elder approached them.
    "Hi Red, haven't seen you here in a long time."
    "Hi Kermit" replied the creature known to other Muppets as a Fraggle.
    "Did you ever find Mokey?"
    "Yes, we found each other and made up. She was really distraught over the loss she suffered."
    "Yeah... I kinda know what she's been going through" he said as a trace of a miniscule tear welled up in Kermit's eyes.
    "So, the place's pretty busy tonight."
    "You should see us when the theater's packed!" said Robin quite excitedly.
    "Yeah... Hey Red..." Kermit started.
    "Yes?"
    "I was thinking... We might have ourselves a little celebration over the holiday brake."
    "Really Uncle Kermit?" asked his nephew with a glimmer of enthusiasm in his round eyes.
    "Mmmhm. And I wanted you to carry the invitation to all your Fraggle friends down in the Rock."
    "Really?" asked Red amazed. "How would I get in touch with you again to know the details? Robin here tells me the theater will be closed for the rest of the month after tonight."
    "Yeah well... Don't worry about that, I'm sure we'll find a way somehow."
    With that the Fraggle made off back to her home carrying the news of Kermit's proposal.
    "Well, that's done... Now what next..."

    Kermit didn't have time to think of what came next in his master scheme. The crowd was getting anxious for the show to start, and confidentially so was the band as Animal's frenzy threatened to bring the orchestra pit down in one crashing drum solo.
    "Yikes, better get out there and get things started" commented Kermit.
    As if almost on cue, he could hear the audience chanting...
    "Why don't you get things started?!!"
    "Sheesh" was all Kermit had to say scrunching his face and taking his place behind the large cutout of the Muppet Show's logo.
  9. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    <Gasp!> <burries face in hands> Oh- <Is quiet for a long time> <Takes a very deep breath> <shakes head, removes hands from face, shakes head> ...Thank goodness, that it was only a trace, of a miniscule tear. <Deep sigh.>

    I noticed a running gag that is very near and dear to my heart... <giggles> And many other references, as well! I spy Ms. Nancy Takashi, Ruahnna, Sara, Red with a nod to Beth's story, and... well... <points to the above reaction>

    Very well done, very excellent, very worthy of the very anticipatory MORE PLEASE!
  10. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    Wow! Thanks for the nod to my story! I loved it! And I saw the references of course to Sara and Ru's stories and also Lisa's. This is great, I like how you're tieing everything together!
  11. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    *In Kermit voice: Oh good.

    We'll see when I can get some more, a couple of ideas come to my mind as to how to get the family together again.
  12. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Chapter 4.

    The Muppets were gathered in the master living room, now that the show had finished to rave reviews by both the theater patrons and critics alike. Kermit called for a group meeting, determined to try and make this work out so they could all be together during the holidays. But where would they go?
    "If I could please have your..." the frog said when faced with the rest of the acting troop.
    They failed to register his request given that everybody was talking at once.
    "If I could just have a moment..." the frog tried for a second time, equally as fruitless as the first.
    "Guyyyyyys!!" he shouted at the top of his little froggy lungs silencing most of the motley crowd.
    "And so I said, like I said, I don't care if it's all the rage... I'm not putting any icky tattoos all over my body." the leggy skinny blonde guitarist from the Electric Mayhem mentioned unaware the din died down until the last second. "Like sorry."

    "OK guys, as you know" the frog started "Our family's gotten bigger this last year."
    As if by means of an invisible camera, the focus was shifted to Rowlf, then Scooter, and Uncle Deadly before panning back to Kermit.
    "And as you know, we have a tradition of spending Christmas and the holidays together."
    "Hey yeah, remember that time we all went up to Ma's farm?" asked the bear who wore nothing but a brown hat and polka-dotted necktie. "That was a great Christmas we spent up there."
    "Yes it was Fozzie, but the problem is there are so many of us now..."
    "What Kermie is trying to say, is we need some vacation spot where we can be ourselves, not some common little tourist trap."
    "Uh yeah... Thanks Piggy."
    "What about South Beach... Is full of da sexy womens hokay?"
    "What about Sara's farmhouse boss?"
    "We could all get beamed up to the planet Koozbane for an out-of-this-world experience."
    "Mmm, it's best to celebrate the holidays on our own patriotic soil."
    "Hey, how about a rockin' good time over at the dorms?"
    "Or we could always go visit Sesame Street again Uncle Kermit."

    This last suggestion set Kermit's mind rolling. Yes, although the street's apartments wouldn't be as glamorous as some of his companions would like... There was one home connected to the street that might just possibly be the perfect site for the Muppets' holidays. A nice far away place, where they would be well secluded and protected from any vicious gossip tabloid reporters. They had far enough of those battles for one lifetime.
    "Rizzo, I have a job for you" said Kermit after the group disbanded, retiring for the night to their individual rooms.
    The rat, munching on an apple he filched from the kitchen, came up to his boss eager to get out of the house.
    "Yeah Kermit?"
    "Get down to Pete's Diner and tell the other rats that we'll be leaving in a week's time. Tell them to inform anybody who asks that the Muppets are simply traveling abroad, you know the story..."
    "Sure ting Kermit... We rats know how to spread bad news" he quipped before letting out a small derisive laugh.
    "Oh... Be sure to get the rats some time off for good behavior so they can come too."
    "You mean it?"
    "Of course I do. When have I ever let you guys down?"
    "On advice from my lawyer I plead the fifth."
    The wisecracking rat scampered off through the door into the night, racing down the sidewalks as fast as his legs would run. That left only one green frog alone in the Muppets' residence awake at that late hour, the perfect time he thought to call up an old friend and see if this Christmas could be just as special as all the ones they've had before.
  13. ReneeLouvier

    ReneeLouvier Active Member

    EEEE!!!! *hugs Ed tightly* Ah, this is an awesome story, Ed! I love it so much!! I can't wait to read more of it!
  14. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Chapter 5.

    Kermit was humming a cheerful ditty as his green froggish head came up for air from the deep dank underground entrance to the subway station at Nelson Square. His visit to Sesame Street netted him the satisfaction of knowing that his friends from that quaint children's program would indeed attend their upcoming celebration. After crossing the street, he headed over to the local KMUP-TV affiliate studio searching for a radically dreadlocked purple-faced fellow Muppet.

    "Hi Kermit" called one of the workers at the TV studios.
    "Oh hi Martin, keep up the good job with all of the Henson programming."
    "Thank you Kermit."

    As soon as he reached the control room, he remembered just why this was the nerve center of the entire operation. Nigel was yelling frantically at his assistants to cue the next sketch of the show currently taping. This high-powered crew chief was always on pins and needles about something, unless his rage quieted down after consuming a soothing cup of coffee.
    "Hey guys, everything OK in here" asked the frog unsure of how they would react.
    "Hey hey, Kerm my main frog" replied the Muppet he was hoping to see.
    "Hi Clifford."
    "What's up Kerm?"
    "Well... We're having a big Muppet Christmas celebration this year..."
    "And you want me to host the show? Man, that's always been my dream come..."
    "Uh no, the theater's closed down."
    "Thas is good hokay? At least now ju won have to worries about thas spotlight Clifford."
    "Man, don't make me bust off one of your arms prawn."
    "Um, yeah... What I wanted to say is I want you to tell the crew here they're invited to come with us."
    "Well thank ju Kermin, but Ricki Martin has invited me to shake my bon-bons at his party in Miami hokay?"
    "But we told you before Pepe, we don't have the money to pay for your airline tickets."
    "Unbelievable hokay?"
    "Anyhew... Where's the party at Kerm?"
    "I'll let you and everybody else know soon, still have to finesse the last-minute negotiations and travel arrangements."
    "Yeah well... It'd better be somewhere me and my baby can get some alone time."
    "Right" replied the frog before finishing the conversation.

    Before leaving the studio, the leader of the Muppet core ran into an odd-looking creature if it could even be called that. He was a sort of blueish blob with a red beakedlike nose protruding out from his face, and two butterfly wings sprouting out from his back. In truth, those were the only things that Kermit recognized, since the character was amusing himself by changing its form into a great many things. Anyone else would be amazed of this guy's abilities, but Kermit knew who it was.
    "Kermit! Haven't seen you in a long time" greeted the strange thing floating in the air.
    "Hi Waldo. Say, you wouldn't happen to still be in touch with the gang from Muppet Central would you?"
    "Sure, they still run errands here keeping the TV studio in ship-shape" he said before adopting the shape of a sailing ship.
    "Oh good. Tell them they're all invited to our annual Christmas celebration. Clifford will clue you in where it'll be once it's settled."
    "Sure thing Kermit, I'll just count the seconds until we get the big message."
    The computer generated Muppet changed into a clock where the seconds kept appearing one after the other, and then rapidly morphed into a sealed Christmas card marked "Do Not Open Till Xmas".
    "Hmmm, that won't keep him from opening himself though" thought Kermit as he headed off in the direction of Jim's Coffee House for a quick bite.
  15. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    I love this story Ed! It's just giving me all sorts of warm fuzzies! I caught so many references I just don't even know where to begin!

    1. Camera pans to Rowlf, Scooter and Uncle Deadly - nods to my Rowlf story and Sara's stories about Scooter's family and of course Uncle Deadly and Auntie Eleanor
    2. Why don't we go to Sesame Street again Uncle Kermit? - nods to Lisa's first fan fic Destination Home and Ryan's fan fic the Revenge of Elmo
    3. It would be a good place away from tabloids and reporters - nods to Ruhanna's current story "Kermie's Girl"

    I think there's more, but those ones just screamed at me!

    This is just so great! Can't wait to read more!
  16. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Yes to 1 and 3, I guess a could be to 2. And there's a bit of a happy accident I'm pleased with up in Chapter 2 near the beginning.
    If you spot anything else, please LMK, will see who else pops up in the next piece.
  17. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Chapter 6.

    The crowd at Jim's Coffee House trickled in and out with a song in their hearts and a smile on their face. Seems Jim decided to get some live entertainment today to warm all his customers. A Muppet man with brown eyes, scraggly mustache and beard who was dressed in a flared brown camping jacket led two others in their current chorus. This Muppet look-alike of the shop's owner was playing a white banjo, music definitely to Kermit's liking once it perforated wherever it is that the frog was able to hear speech and other noises. Two other Muppet men near the first were playing what resembled a makeshift washtub base and a fiddle guitar.
    "Oh, said I, "I'd like to go to Morrow so can I go today,
    And get to Morrow by tonight if there is no delay?"" sang the one who was clearly leading the others.
    "They make some great music here don't they?" asked a bearded man of Kermit.
    "They sure do Jim" replied the frog who knew the owner quite well by now.
    "So what can I do for you Kermit?"
    "Just the usual, a dragonfly ripple with some hot fudge please."
    "Coming right up."

    The frog got caught up in the music, thinking that there were still some errands left to do before heading back home. It occured to him that this band of traveling musicians could maybe help him out. So he stepped up next to the leader of the Country Trio and asked if he could relay his invitation to the residents of Frogtown Hollow, it being a bit late to make the trip himself. The Jim Henson Muppet reassured the frog in that no sooner had it been said than it would get done. Kermit wrapped his coat over his amphibian body and sallied forth into the cold winds out on the streets of Hensonville, though his froggy heart had been filled with a good old dose of country comfort down at that coffee house.

    When he stepped out onto Henson Street's sidewalk, he could see that the shops on the main walk leading to the theater were thriving. Zoot was almost nodding off, amazing passers-by with the fact he was still able to belt out a merry tune on his saxophone. Lisa trodded off in the snow out from the Three Candles, a brown paper bag filled with her notebooks and some Muppet films she borrowed for her own fictional historical research. Beth was showing off her wedding photos to Bryan and Angie over at the Hensonville Hooper's Store. Even a few Ice-Skating Penguins dashed across the frozen pavement as they zigged and zagged down the streets of the city. Kermit didn't almost notice the youngest of the Three Candles' sisters come up to him.
    "Hey Kermit!" an exuberant Lisa cried before hugging the surprised frog.
    "What? No choking slap on the back?" he asked, somewhat jokingly.
    "Do I look like a cute fuzzy and blue monster to you?"
    "Right."
    "Left."
    "What?"
    "Forget it,it's a bit of a running gag. So, where you headed off to?"
    "Hmmm? Didn't know I had somewhere to get to." he said absent-mindedly staring at the Muppet Theater with a wistful look in his bulgy eyes.
    "Oh... Well, I'm going over to Ed's. Gotta drop off a few of the movies he lent me. That and let him know if I found anyone new to add to that list of his."
    "Oh yeah... Really fine work he's been doing. Who's that guy that helps him?"
    "Think his name's Tony... MuppetDude as we like to call ourselves when we're on the forums."
    "Mmmhm... Mind if I tag along?"
    "Only if I'm not IT" she yelled before tagging Kermit running down through the snow to the blackened toy castle.

    The two made it to the Bat Bolt & Skull Toy Shop faster than a snowflake... Laughing and remembering little bits of Muppet history they confided in each other until that crazy girl decided to reveal it piece by piece to her other forum friends. The man in charge of this factory of fun had his office doors slightly open, he was in a meeting with a fellow enthusiast. Kermit and Lisa decided to chance it, knocking quietly yet loud enough so that it'd be heard by the room's occupants.
    "Then I heard a tap-tap-tapping.
    Someone wrap-wrap-wrapping.
    Upon my chamber door.
    So I tore open the window lattice.
    And let us see what there attis.
    Tis only a friendly frog and no one more.
    Said I before opening the chamber door.
    Is there no one more?
    Quoth the raven, nevermore."
    The brief solliloquy finished, the master's chamber door opened admitting Lisa and Kermit into the happy glow.
    "Sorry guys... Just can't pass up a chance to spread a little myrthful gloom" explained the toymaker.
    "Oh, that's OK Ed" answered Kermit.
    "That was great!" said Lisa. "Can I use it?"
    "If you like."
    Two dulled eyes lit up, detecting the newcomers into the office of the toy shop's owner... His blue phantomish form ready to pounce on the strangers.
    "Leave or be... Oh, it's only the frog. And that nice girl from the library."
    "Please hexcuse my ghost here."
    "No apologies bwah!" was all Kermit could get out before Lisa was hugging him tightly a bit afraid of what Uncle Deadly might do.
    "Come on Lisa, you know Uncle Deadly won't hurt you..."
    "Don't ruin my reputation!"
    "Now then... Can we help you guys with something?"
    "Oh... Yeah" started Lisa, "here's the movies you lent me."
    "Thanks, been meaning to watch these, along with a few others I got like Christmas Eve on Sesame Street."
    "Hey Eduardo..." Kermit said in passing.
    "Yes Kermit?"
    "You're still good friends with the Count von Count aren't you?"
    "Of course, we're rooming together back at the dorms."
    "Oh good. Say listen, I was wondering... Do you think he'd mind if you asked him a favor?"
    "That depends, what's the favor?"

    After saying their good-byes, Lisa went trudging back through the snow to the library, it was her home as well as her workplace. That left just the frog and the dragon at the Muppet theater that chilly afternoon. The frog was pleased that he had gotten Eduardo to ask the Count about the favor, and that it would be kept a secret between the two for the time being.
    "Well, you'll probably be heading back to that acursid manor of yours?" queried the dragon safely within the theater's lodgings.
    "Actually, I wanted to talk to you too Uncle Deadly."
    "What about frog?"
    "Do you think you could get Lady Fughetta..."
    "Forget it frog, we ghosts may not leave the place where we died. You know as well as I do that's one of the rules of Death."
    "Um no... If you could just talk to her... There wouldn't be any need to leave the theater would there?" he asked apprehensively.
    "Well... Yes, I suppose I could get Eduardo to let me use his computer. Tell me, does that boy still have their address?"
    "Scooter? Yes, I know he's good friends with the Wild Impressario. I'll get it for you and come back tomorrow."
    "Good. Then if you don't mind, I bid you adieu, have a dramatic reading to get to."
    "Well... Um..." Kermit tried to say stubbing his flipper just a smidge on the edge of the doorway. "Isn't there a slight chance you could... Make it there yourself too? After all, you're part of the family."
    "Us? Leave the theater? The catacombs beneath the city afford safe passage through the underworld of Hensonville and Hensonville only. It would be impossible for any ghost to travel as far as you ask." the phantom said with a spark of explanative ire. "Though it would be nice to go back to Transylvania, just me and..." he said with a tone of longing in his voice from beyond the grave.
    "Well, I'll just let you sleep on it" replied the frog, slightly nervous now he had even brooched the topic.
    "Just make sure you get me that musical maniac's E-mail address."
    "Yes, Uncle Deadly, I'll have it tomorrow."

    The frog hastened his step en route back to the Muppets' main residence. Uncle Deadly's words ringing in his head, how this Christmas wish he had was even more important. He'd be making lots of people happy if everyone could make it.
  18. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    I love it! Beth was showing off her wedding photos! That's ME!!! I love seeing our other MC friends too. And Hensonville is great! I just love this story. I wish more people would pop in and see it, I'm surprised Lisa hasn't had a chance to comment yet or Sara. I'm sure when they do they will want to squeeze and hug you as much as I do!
  19. ReneeLouvier

    ReneeLouvier Active Member

    Ooh it's a cute nice chapter. I can't wait for more Ed.

    (Frankly I hate to admit it, but I can't really think of anything better to say, I feel like I'm saying the same thing for everyone's stories! Your's is super, and great, and I feel like I'm repeating myself for the hundreth time.)

    *hugs tightly* Wonderful story, Ed. ;)
  20. Ruahnna

    Ruahnna Well-Known Member

    Dream come true!

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