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Flippersteps in the Sand

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction' started by TogetherAgain, Mar 30, 2006.

  1. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Layla... Remember who you're talking to here... No, not the voices in your head... The voices in Lisa's head.

    BTW: Lisa... TMM was released in 1977, my birth year. Heck, I should know. And I'm not sure if MuppetWiki or any Wiki and "accurate" should be in the same sentence. You are aware that at any time anybody can go up there and post that Muppets Tonight was filmed and aired in 1999 just because that's when the repeats were shown... And then someone can go back and correct it to 1996-1998, before the next guy comes in and changes it to whatever other date... Just to give an example.
    So... I'd generally go with whatever other source of Henson history you have and doublecheck your facts with all the knowledgable folks here on the forums.
    Hope this helps.
  2. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    Released in 1977, yes. But in theory, Kermit the Frog and company would have signed the "standard rich and famous contract" before they rose to stardom in The Muppet Show, thus placing the actual events of the movie a few years before it was filmed and released. The hard part is connecting that with the pilots, which didn't have a lot of the show's main characters. How to explain The Electric Mayhem being in "The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence" when Fozzie was not? Oh, well, you'll just have to wait and see.

    And thanks, I do understand the Wiki system, which is why I rely mostly on The Works, and I'll be re-reading the interviews in the articles section of MC as well- just as soon as some Muppeteers finally join the company.

    I've more I'd like to comment on, more I'd like to write, more I'd like to post... But as much as I shake my fist at biological needs, I must obey them. My stomach and my bed are both beckoning to me. I kind of doubt I'll get more up tomorrow, unfortunately, but I'm hoping I'm wrong! If not, I'll see if I can continue my random comments. Sleep well, all!
  3. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Hey Lisa... To answer another of your questions... The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson wasn't at the theater... It was sort of more of a TV studio, not KMUP, but a sort of homelike studio. Got it in my video library, haven't watched it yet, just going by what I remember. If you still need help, I'll come back and post after watching the special.
  4. Aleal

    Aleal Active Member

    Hey, Count! Just to clarify something. I understand your skepticism about Wikis, but Muppet Wiki is *not* Wikipedia and does not abide entirely by "Wikipedia rules" as you've implied.

    For one thing, we have a strict username policy. Anonymous users are allowed five edits, at which point they either register and thus allow their edits to be questioned (any strange additions are made subject of enquiry, and we're increasingly trying to encourage sourcing, especially for backstage info). The policy has been a great help (even if it did bring us a certain amount of criticism from Wikicities admins for a brief period). Sure, there's occasional vandalism, but any pages that are subject to repeated nonsense can and have been protected. There's errors, I'm sure, but we've caught most of them and in fact, with close collaboration between multiple users and even many folks actively involved in productions, including songwriters and performers expanding and correcting their own entries, we've been able to verify and clear up many mysteries and even denounce outright myths. The claim that Fran Brill had a cameo in Muppets Take Manhattan, for example, was disproven by Ms. Brill herself. For the most part, there's no sudden random changing of dates that isn't instantly reverted of the kind you suggest. And if you do notice any extreme errors, please, whether you don't care to use us as a resource yourself, let us know!

    Also unlike Wikipedia, we do a lot of careful original research, try to limit wild guesses (in many cases, when a performer is in dispute, rather than guessing, we just include a "performer unknown" box until the matter is settled). Take the Puppetman page (which I can't post a direct link to, but do a search for it). Through careful research from second hand sources through reviews to finally locating a university special collections copy of the script and pilot itself, we've put together a pretty good page, if I do say so myself.

    So I appreciate your skepticism, and with any online source, and that includes Wikipedia and fan message boards, it's always wise to double check or ask folks where they got their information. No pressure for you to join or even approve, but I thought it best to point out that "Wikipedia rules" and "anybody can make up anything and it gets by" are to a great extent misconceptions.
  5. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks for that information A.Leal... Might give it a chance... Though I'm in the middle of getting things finalized for Muppet Listing 16.0.
    Guess I still have a bit of a grudge against Danny Horn, from Tough Pigs... And to think, my Muppet Listings and this could very well merge into the Muppet Universe project that I want to expand the list into in the future...

    But enough muffining of Lisa's thread. Come on, what do we have to get her for some more story?
  6. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    You have to convince me that even though I haven't really even finished the chapter before the chapter that I wanted to have done before posting chapter five, the chapter I wanted to have done is as good as written, because I know where I'm going and what I'm doing with it, and it shouldn't take long at all to write, and... Oh forget it, I already convinced myself.
  7. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    Chapter Five

    After dinner, someone decided they should have a dance. Kermit settled in on a log with his banjo across his lap, and smiled at Melinda as she sat next to him. “Having fun?” he said quietly as he played a lively tune for the swamp to dance to.

    Melinda hesitated as she looked around. “You know,” she said softly, “…I kind of am.”

    His smile grew. “I uh,” he cleared his throat. “I- don’t suppose you’d- be interested in dancing with me?”

    She looked down, shifting her weight. “Umm…”

    He scrunched his face up. “I guess that’s a ‘no,’ huh?” he said.

    “Well-“ She glanced at him and looked away.

    He frowned. “I- I’m a pretty good dancer, you know…”

    She looked at him. “Don’t take it personal, Kermit,” she said.

    He scrunched his face up again. “Yeah,” he said, looking away. “Sure.”

    “Kermit…” She scooted closer and poked her head over his shoulder. “It’s not you,” she whispered. She put her hand on the back of his neck.

    He looked at her. “Pardon?”

    “The fact that it’s you asking has nothing to do with why I’m saying no,” she said.

    “Oh,” he said. “Well, is it the music? Because I can change that-“

    “No, it’s not the music,” she straightened up with half a smile on her face.

    He lowered his voice. “Is it the swamp?”

    “No,” she chuckled.

    “Well then, what is it?” Kermit asked.

    Melinda shrugged, smiling. “I just don’t like dancing.”

    He stared at her. “Oh.” He looked away, shrugged, and turned back to her. “Why didn’t you just say so?”

    “Because you were too busy guessing,” Melinda said.

    Maggie poked her head between them from behind. “I hate to interrupt you two,” she said with a devious twinkle in her eyes, “But uh, Meli-“ she jerked her head towards a small group of lady frogs at the edge of the clearing. “Girl talk,” she said.

    “Okay,” Melinda said as she stood up. She tossed a smile to Kermit over her shoulder as she followed Maggie to the other lady frogs.

    Kermit watched them go and shrugged, still playing his banjo.

    “Don’t you hate it when they have girl talk?” Croaker said as he sat down next to Kermit. “They just leave us instantly.”

    Kermit looked at Croaker, who was gazing longingly at Maggie. “Well,” Kermit said. “It has its advantages.”

    Maggie put a hand on Melinda’s shoulder as they walked. “You know how I said I hated to interrupt you two?” she said. “It’s not true at all. Mit’s always messing with my love life, so I jump at every chance I get to mess with his.”

    Melinda laughed. By now they were with the other girls. “Speaking of your love life-“

    “Oh hey wait just a minute,” another girl interrupted. “You’re new here, Melinda, you tell first.”

    “Yes, Melinda, tell us,” the girl next to her said. “All we know is that you’ve been dating Kermit for… What is it now, almost a year, right?”

    “A little under ten months,” Melinda said.

    Maggie folded her arms and smiled. “And?”

    “And what?” Melinda said.

    “And, how serious are you?” Maggie asked.

    The girl next to her leaned forward eagerly. “Are you gonna get married?”

    Maggie elbowed her hard in the side, scrunching her face.

    Across the clearing, a few of the male frogs had gathered around Kermit.

    “Me?” one of them said, shifting his weight. He was a dark shade of green. “No one,” he said.

    Croaker looked up at the sky. “He’s ly-ing,” he said.

    “No I’m not!” the frog said.

    “Oh, you are,” Croaker said. “He’s lying, Kermit.”

    “Croaker, I know when my own brother is lying,” Kermit said.

    “Thank you,” the other frog said.

    “Take right now for example,” Kermit continued.


    The others laughed. “Come on, Jimmy,” one of them said. “Out with it!”

    “I’m not saying,” the frog in question said.

    Kermit smiled. “You don’t have to, it’s already obvious,” he said.

    Jimmy stared at him, horrified. “It is?”

    “It is,” Kermit said.

    “It is?” Croaker repeated, confused.

    “It is to me, anyway,” Kermit said.

    Jimmy sighed. “And let me guess, you’ve got advice.”

    “Just ask her to dance, Jimmy, she likes dancing,” Kermit said.

    “She loves dancing,” Jimmy said.

    “Yeah, and so do you,” Kermit said. “So go ask her!”

    “Yeah, go ask her,” Croaker chimed in.

    “But-“ Jimmy glanced at the group of girls. “But they’re having girl talk!”

    “Just go,” Kermit said.

    Jimmy nervously stood up and walked towards the girls. He stopped when he heard Melinda’s voice.

    “Come on, Leaper,” she was saying, “Even I’ve seen how you look at Jimmy, and I haven’t even been here a whole day yet! Just fess up already.”

    Jimmy held his breath and listened intently.

    “Well, he- he’s… cute…”

    And?” Maggie said.

    “Okay, okay, I like him!”

    Like him?” Maggie said. “You love him, you’re desperately in love with him!” She turned to Melinda. “And you’re desperately in love with Mit!”

    “And you’re desperately in love with Croaker!” Melinda rebutted.

    Maggie froze. Her mouth hung open for a moment. “…I… I- didn’t- say that.”

    Melinda threw her head back and laughed.


    Everyone suddenly ran to the edge of the pond. Everyone, except Melinda. She stood where she was, confused. Kermit ran over and grabbed her hand. “The tadpoles!” he said excitedly.


    He quickly led her to the pond’s edge. She marveled at how the sea of frogs seemed to part for him. He crouched by the water and stared intently into it. Melinda looked around. Everyone was watching the water. She looked, too.

    Then she saw.

    There were thousands of eggs. She could see at least ten that were all hatching at once. Then there was a tiny sliver of green, and a tadpole was born. And there was another tadpole, and a third, and now there were four, and look, more over there! She smiled a slow, quiet smile and leaned forward to get a better look. A gentle wind blew her hair back out of her eyes as she watched the eggs hatch, and the tadpoles swim and explore… Her eyes danced, and her smile grew. She slid her hand into Kermit’s. He didn’t look at her- he kept his eyes on his newborn nieces and nephews. But he squeezed her hand. Her smile grew, and she watched the tadpoles swim.
  8. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Aw... That's beautiful Lisa. So, are you going to have as hard a time of naming these tadpoles as last time?
    And the whole bit with the girls talk and the band of male frogs... Just hope for more, it's rully getting good... And hey, Chapter 6 already? Isn't that one of the big ones you've been hinting at for a while now?
    Looking forward to whatever it is.
  9. ReneeLouvier

    ReneeLouvier Well-Known Member

    Wow....this is beautiful Lisa. :)
  10. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    I am just loving this story! I could see the whole scene playing out in my head with Kermit and the guys and then Melinda and the girls. It's so cute and so fun and I could just squeeze it! More please!
  11. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    All things considered, I should not do this.


    <Looks around.>

    All right everybody. Brace yourselves. We've got a bumpy ride, and we're taking it at the speed of light. Fasten your seatbelts.

    <Switches to rocket fuel.>

    <Slams on the accelerator.>
  12. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    Chapter Six

    One Month and Two Weeks Later
    August 13, 1964

    Kermit and Melinda walked down a dark, quiet street. His arm was around her waist, and her arm was around his neck.

    “Hey Kermit,” Melinda said quietly. “Look- there’s a new record store.”

    Kermit stopped and looked at the store windows. “Oh yeah,” he said. “We should look around there some time.”

    Melinda nodded and glanced at the neighboring shops. “Didn’t this used to be a diner?”

    “Mm-hm,” Kermit said.

    Melinda looked at the store thoughtfully. “Wasn’t that the diner where we met?” she whispered.

    Kermit pulled her close. “Mm-hm.”

    Melinda looked at him. “You brought me here on purpose, didn’t you?”

    Kermit nodded. “Mm-hm.”

    Melinda set her head against his chest, and he stroked her long black hair. As he did so, he slowly pulled out a few small wildflowers he had been hiding in the sleeve of his sweater. He let her see them, and tucked them into her hair.

    “Melinda,” he whispered, “Will you marry me?”

    She lifted her head and looked into his eyes. Then a smile began to creep across her face. “Yes, Kermit,” she whispered slowly. “I will.”


    One Year, Four Months, and One Week Later
    December 25, 1965

    The apartment was most notable for its size, or rather, the lack of it. But it was big enough for Kermit and Melinda. They sat on the floor near a sparsely decorated tree, and Kermit put his arm around Melinda’s shoulder. “Merry Christmas, dear,” he said.

    “Merry Christmas,” Melinda sighed as she let her head rest on his shoulder.

    He held her in silence for a moment. “We’ll have to get ready soon,” he said quietly, “To go to Jim’s for dinner.”

    Melinda nodded. “It was nice of him to invite us,” she said, “Since we don’t have family out here. Do you think he’ll still invite us to these things when we have tadpoles?”

    Kermit hesitated. “Tadpoles?”

    She looked up at him. “We are going to have tadpoles, aren’t we?” She frowned. “Don’t you want tadpoles?”

    “Well… Gee, I- I guess I hadn’t really thought about it,” Kermit said.

    Melinda folded her arms across her chest. “Well, think about it,” she said.

    Kermit looked around the small apartment, and let his gaze drift out the window. After a moment, he nodded and kissed her head. “Yes, Melinda,” he said. “We’ll have tadpoles.”

    She smiled and kissed his cheek. “Good!”

    “But where will we lay the eggs?” Kermit said. “We need water.”

    “Well we’re already saving to buy land for a house, aren’t we?” Melinda said.

    “Well yeah, but-“

    “We can put in a pond,” she insisted. “One of those little ones people make for landscaping. That would work, wouldn’t it?”

    Kermit shrugged. “I guess so,” he said. “You’ve put a lot of thought into this, haven’t you?”

    “Well, it’s important to me,” Melinda said.

    “All right,” Kermit said, “Then it’s important to me, too.” She giggled at him, and he scrunched up his face. “What?”

    “I win,” she said.

    “You always win,” he said. She laughed, and he kissed her.

    “We both win,” she whispered.

    He shrugged. “Sometimes.” And she laughed.


    Three Months and One Week Later
    March 31, 1966

    Kermit proudly looked around at their land. They hadn’t built a house yet; just a small shed in the back corner of the property. But they had a fence, and there was a great big tree with branches to shade the small pond, whish was as far from the road as possible. They would build a house someday. But for now…

    He frowned up at the clouded sky and a gust of wind blew through the branches of the tree. He shook his head, walked over to the pond, and sat down next to Melinda.

    She was bent worriedly over the water, looking at their eggs. “Today’s almost over,” she said. “They’re supposed to hatch today. Aren’t they supposed to hatch today?”

    “Today or tomorrow,” Kermit said. “I hope they hatch before the storm comes, but…”

    Melinda looked at him. “Will they be okay, Kermit?”

    He put his arm around her. “If they hatch, they will be,” he said.

    “But what if they don’t hatch?” she asked.

    He was looking at the sky. “Then I don’t know, Melinda,” he said sadly. “If they don’t hatch before the storm, then… Hopefully the wind won’t get to them…”

    “They have to hatch!” she said.

    He shook his head. “Melinda,” he said softly, “They might not hatch until tomorrow.”

    “But they HAVE to!” she said.

    The wind picked up, and a big raindrop hit Kermit between his eyes. The tree shuddered in the wind.

    “The storm’s coming,” Kermit said.

    “But they have to hatch!” Melinda said. “They HAVE to!” Her eyes darted across the eggs, hoping. “They HAVE to!”

    Raindrops plopped into the water. Lightening streaked across the sky.

    Kermit looked at his wife. “Melinda-“

    Thunder crashed above them. The rain steadily beat the ground.

    “Melinda, we can’t stay out here,” he said.

    The wind blasted them.

    “But Kermit, the tadpoles!” she said. “They have to hatch!”

    He stood up, tried to pull her to her feet. “Melinda, we can’t stay here! It’s not safe!”

    “The tadpoles-“


    Lightening flashed, thunder boomed, and wind whipped the rain at them.

    He grabbed her arms and half-dragged her away from the pond. “IT’S NOT SAFE!” he shouted over the wind.

    “But the TADPOLES!”

    “Melinda, it’s NOT SAFE! COME ON!” He grabbed the door to the shed, yanked it open, pushed her in with him, and forced it shut, fighting the wind all the while.

    Melinda stood in the dark shed, frantic, tears streaming down her face. “THE TADPOLES!”

    Kermit put his hands on her shoulders. “Melinda,” he said pleadingly, “There’s nothing we can do. We have to save ourselves.”

    “But… Kermit…” she sobbed, “The tadpoles…”

    He pulled her close and she cried into his shoulder.

    Outside, the storm raged long into the night, trapping them in the dark shed. Melinda curled up on the floor, resting her head in Kermit’s lap. She eventually fell asleep to the steady rain and the sound of thunder rocking across the land.

    Kermit stroked her long black hair. He listened to the wind and the rain, all night, waiting for the storm to subside. And he did not sleep at all.
  13. ReneeLouvier

    ReneeLouvier Well-Known Member

    @_@ ohmygodMelindaandKermitandthetadpoles! OH! *faints*
  14. Leyla

    Leyla Well-Known Member


    Ooh, sorry about the yelling, but I'm all alarmed now! I'm quite sure I've never been more upset about the life-threatening danger to unborn tadpoles. Nevermind my shock that Kermit was married and expecting tadpoles at some point in his life. Wowsers.

    Anyhoo, love the story, even though I'm all freaked out, which just means you're doing very well! Hurrah!

    Now to get back to weeping for Kermit and Melinda's kids!

  15. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    But the tadpoles! Hey, turnabout's fair play.

    Rushing through time can be fun like that.

    But the tadpoles!

    And seeing Kermit's proposal to Melinda where Christy's used to be... Seems to me we should have a new landmark in Hensonville to honor that gal...
    But the tadpoles!

    And then the Christmas night in their apartment... Hee, Melinda always wins, or they both do, sometimes.

    And the storm... Ah, did I ever tell you how much I love it when it storms?
    But the tadpoles! Lisa... What'll...
    Aw forget it... Post more soon please, with a holy mosquito and bread-and-butterfly on top?
  16. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    Ah, but remember! They met in a diner, and later ran into each other at Christy's Bar and Restaurant, where Melinda was working and Kermit was a customer. Christy's still stands. The diner does not. Er, well, it still stands, it's just been converted into a record store.

    I know it seems a minor detail now, but it will eventually bear symbollic importance, presuming I can play it right.

    <Eases off the accelerator>

    Don't unbuckle those seatbelts just yet. We'll be coasting through the next two chapters- but then I'll floor it again. And, you know I try not to give anything away, but I will tell you that when you're going at such high speeds, it's easy to lose control of the vehicle.
  17. ReneeLouvier

    ReneeLouvier Well-Known Member

    *wakes up* Please, more story with holy mosquitoes and Robin on top!?
  18. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    That's why I looove roller-coasters Lisa. Rully good one you're treating us to here. And thanks for clearing that up about the diner/restaurant... Honestly, sometimes things get lost in the fog of time like that.
  19. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    Sorry I'm late but EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

    I don't know where to start! I LOVE THIS STORY SO MUCH!!!! I love what you're doing here Lisa, I just can't begin to tell you. I liked the scene with Kermit's proposal and now the tadpoles. Oh good gosh what's going to happen next? I'm on the edge of my seat.

  20. Smiles

    Smiles Well-Known Member

    Ohmygoodness tadpoles! Ohmygoodness! TADPOLES!!!!! I'm extremely worried about these tadpoles, things aren't looking to up for them, which makes me just as worried about Melinda.

    And gee! I didn't know that worrying was so enjoyable! Great story Lisa!

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