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Half of the Stairs are Missing

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction' started by TogetherAgain, May 23, 2009.

  1. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    Chapter Nineteen

    Of all of the Muppets, Fozzie seemed to be the most determined to bring their show from lack-luster to spectacular within the few hours they had before it was time to play the music. He took a quick stroll through most of the hospital and insisted that it was their duty to give these patients the laughter and entertainment they so desperately needed.

    “We should close it with ‘Make ‘Em Laugh,’” he said firmly. “Except we’ll do it bigger and better than they did in Singin’ in the Rain.”

    “They did that number on Glee,” Gonzo mentioned.

    “We’ll do it better than them, too,” Fozzie said. “I want all of us to be in it. It’ll be the biggest, the best, the funniest version of ‘Make ‘Em Laugh’ that the world has ever seen!”

    “Or at least, it’ll have the most razzle dazzle,” Scooter said as he scribbled notes on his clipboard.

    “No, no, that’s a different number,” Gonzo said. “That’s not even the same musical—”

    “We’ll do that one, too!” Fozzie said, slapping his rag of a hat against his hand. “Gonzo, you take care of ‘Razzle Dazzle,’ and I’ll plan ‘Make ‘Em Laugh.’ Scooter, I need all the whoopee cushions, banana peels, and cream pies you can find.”

    “Right!” Scooter glanced up from his clipboard. “Sal, I need you to eat a bunch of bananas!”

    As it became more and more apparent that every patient who could possibly leave their room wanted to see the show, their performance space was moved from a waiting room to a spacious lounge near the main entrance. Patients who could not leave their beds could—and most likely would—watch the show from their televisions.

    And that was how Kermit and Jimmy watched it. Kermit sat beside Robin, Jimmy sat at the foot of the bed, and Sweetums sat on the floor, all looking up at the screen as the heart monitor steadily beeped behind them.

    On screen, the Muppets were singing.

    When the curtain goes up
    And we hear the applause,
    It’s the moment we live for,
    And you are the cause!”

    And the heart monitor continued. Beep … Beep … Beep… Kermit turned his head. Was it his imagination, or did those beeps seem slower than they had been?

    “And we’re not gonna stop
    ‘Til we get to the top
    With a stomp and a shuffle,
    A skip and a hop!”

    Jimmy and Sweetums also turned and looked at the heart monitor. Beep…


    “’Cause wherever we are
    And wherever we go,
    We’re ready to romp and
    We’re ready to roll!”


    “NO!” Kermit shot to his flippers.

    Time seemed to stop, seemed to stand still. Somehow, suddenly, there was a doctor—no, two doctors—and nurses, and Kermit and Jimmy found themselves pushed into a corner, out of the way, while Sweetums was somehow pushed out the door.

    The television remained on.

    “It works together
    It works apart
    It goes without saying
    And it comes from the heart!”

    His heart had stopped. Little Robin’s heart had somehow stopped. Kermit felt like his own heart had stopped with it. Leaper had seen the commotion from the waiting room and now stood in the doorway. She screamed. And the doctors worked.

    “So raise an eyebrow
    And lift an ear.
    We’ve got you smiling
    We hear you cheer
    ‘Cause it’s the sound that we adore
    When you’re shouting ‘More! More! More!’”

    The doctor shouted, “Clear!”

    Kermit felt his head spinning. Was he holding Jimmy up, or was Jimmy holding him?

    “And when…
    The camera’s flashing
    I will pose a dozen poses!
    And when…
    My song is over
    I’ll receive a dozen roses!”

    The dozens of flowers and cards in the room didn’t matter now. No one even noticed them. But it couldn’t be over. It could not be over!

    It wasn’t. One shock was all it took. The beeping returned, unsteady at first, but quickly stabilizing. Kermit heard the beeps, the relieved sighs, the slap of a high five. But the doctors and nurses stayed, making sure those beeps wouldn’t go away.

    “We’re so glad that you’re here
    We can tell you we know
    ‘Cause we hold you so dear
    Yes it’s you that we love…”

    Kermit hugged his brother tight and realized they had both been holding each other up. He wasn’t surprised by that. “He didn’t go,” he whispered, his voice hoarse. “He didn’t go. He’s still here.”

    “Yeah,” Jimmy whispered. “Yeah, he’s here.”

    And the show went on, and the Muppets kept singing.

    “And we’re not gonna stop
    ‘Til we get to the top…”

    Eventually, the nurses trailed out. One doctor stayed and spoke with Kermit and Jimmy. Leaper returned to the waiting room with tears streaming down her face. Sweetums stood in the doorway.

    By the time the doctor left, the Muppets were singing “Razzle Dazzle.”

    Kermit and Jimmy stood beside Robin’s bed, staring down at the tiny frog under all the machinery.

    Jimmy sighed heavily. “Maybe Leaper’s right,” he whispered. “Maybe we are just dragging it out, and then … maybe … maybe we should…”

    “NO!” Kermit grabbed his brother’s wrists. “No, Jimmy, I—” He released his brother and turned back to Robin's face, gently rubbing his nephew's hand. “He's gonna get better, I KNOW it! I—I just know it…” He sank back down to resume his seat on the bed. “He's gonna get better…” He curled over, rubbing the young frog's entire arm now, ever careful to keep that ball in its place. “Aren't ya, Robin? You're gonna get better…”

    Jimmy stiffly watched his older brother. He took a firm, deep breath, took himself to Kermit's side, and hugged him. “Yeah,” he whispered. “You're probably right.” He squeezed. “I hope you're right…”

    Kermit wrapped an arm around Jimmy and guided his hand. “Here,” he said, placing Robin's hand in Jimmy's. “Talk to him.” He looked into his brother's eyes, a vague, determined hope shining through.

    Jimmy nodded and slowly turned to his son. He struggled for words for a moment. “Hey,” he whispered. “Hey Robin.”

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~​

    Even in its reinvented state, the show did little to erase Robin from the Muppets’ minds. At intermission, Fozzie and Miss Piggy hurried upstairs to check in.

    Dr. Livelong was stepping out of another patient’s room when he saw them coming and immediately moved to intercept them.

    “Any changes?” Fozzie asked instead of a greeting.

    Legally, Dr. Livelong knew that he wasn’t supposed to say anything. Legally, these two were not related to the patient, and therefore were not privy to any details of Robin the Frog’s physical state. But he also knew that Robin was a Muppet, and it didn’t take a degree in medicine to know that these two were very much Robin’s family. So he put a hand on each of their shoulders.

    “We had a bad scare,” he quietly, gently began. “He’s back to where he has been now, but his heart did stop for a minute.”

    Miss Piggy gasped and Fozzie gulped. His rag of a hat slid back into his hands.

    “It’s beating again now. It’s stable,” Dr. Livelong reminded them. “And you can go in.”

    So they did.

    Kermit was standing farther away from his nephew’s bed than he had in quite some time. Jimmy was sitting by his son’s side, holding his hand, occasionally talking in a low, low voice. Sweetums stood by Kermit’s side. Both of them turned when Miss Piggy and Fozzie came in. Kermit opened his mouth, but his friends spoke first.

    “We know,” Miss Piggy said, taking his hand in hers.

    “The doctor told us,” Fozzie explained, putting his hand on his friend’s back. “Kermit, do you want us to stay? We could call everyone downstairs and have them come up here, and—”

    “No.” As frail as Kermit looked, his voice was firm. “You have to go back to the show. It’s too important.” He looked straight at his friends, and somehow, in spite of everything, there was deep affection and even a tiny hint of pride in his eyes. “Dr. Livelong came in here a minute ago,” he explained. “He said the show is on in just about every room he passes. And he hears laughter—more than anyone’s heard here ever.”

    “But Kermie, if you need us here—” Miss Piggy began.

    “Yeah, I do need you, Piggy,” he said. He squeezed her hand and pressed a kiss to it. “I need you to make people happy for me.” He released her so that he could pull Fozzie into a tight hug. “I need you to make ‘em laugh.”

    Fozzie squeezed him tight. “We will, Kermit,” he promised.
  2. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    *prepares to be contacted from beyond*
  3. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Lisa ziffled. I sniffled.
  4. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Okay... So there's the patented Toga heart-stabber moment. Couldn't have a fic of hers without a new one to shock readers' senses into disbelief anew.
    :o: Really? What's an anew?
    Nothing much, what's anew with you?
    *:halo: rimshot.

    @Bo... Is it okay to draft Robin's parents into the monster roster?

    *Leaves tissues for everyone else. Thank you miss 3-minds. :zany:
  5. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Holy... never, in all my years, did I think I'd see "We're Not Gonna Stoop" coupled with something so... so... heart stopping! EVIL. Kermit's line to Piggy: "I need you to make people happy for me" was amazing. I shuddered. Visibly. (Probably.) More PLEASE!
    Muppetfan44 likes this.
  6. Katzi428

    Katzi428 Well-Known Member

    Cheese and rice, Toga...don't you EVER scare me like that again!!!When Robin flatlined I nearly screamed "NOOO!!" OK...now I'm trying to catch my breath.Poor Robin...Poor Kermit..Poor Jimmy & Poor Leaper! You sure have a knack of having me tuned in to this story!
  7. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    <Cleans ears> What's that? What'd you say? Scare you like that again? Okay, yeah, sure, I'm sure I'll manage it again sometime... :halo:

    The next chapter, whenever it gets written, will be much less heart-stopping. Promise.
  8. Muppetfan44

    Muppetfan44 Active Member

    wow, really great contrast between We're not gonna stop and Robin's flatlining, very creative, but totally frightening. Awesome as always
  9. Scooterfan5

    Scooterfan5 Active Member

    OH my I was scared for a moment there... poor Robin
  10. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    Uffda girl, that was intense. I do like that Kermit is telling Jimmy "talk to him." And Kermit telling Piggy to keep making them laugh. And so much other stuff. More please!
  11. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    I really love how Jimmy's character is totally periferal (sp?), and yet so central at the same time. I wonder if he will be the key that unlocks this little Toga story and saves poor Robin...
  12. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Well... Jimmy's certainly having that effect during Piggy's calendar shoots over in KG.
    *Plug, :electric:, get it?

    So Toga... Story please? More post? Speak like Jedi master I am...
    :fishy: Much very you thank.
    :sympathy: Mine was pleasure the.
    Thanks for getting my post out of that schtick Shaggy.
    *Tosses a couple of Scooby snacks.
    *Bounces all over the place reference-wise. :zany:
  13. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Oh, and Ed, do you mean your Muppet Database? Not your Monster rosta? How are they in any way Monsterous?
  14. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    *Reads Bo's post. Hook: No, turn it around! It should say "Home Run Jack", not "Run Home Jack".
    Contact me and we can talk about it there Mr. :oops:.

    Yes, we're going by Muppet smiley codenames. What, you've never seen Reservoir Dogs? Well, me neither, so I'm sure we can safely get away with whatever it's about.
    That reminds me... How come there's no Robin smiley? Huh? Someone should start a campaign for that what with the sucess of the two previous for :shifty: by T*K*O's boss lady and :sigh: by another guy.
  15. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    I'm quite happy with my :oops: and my gratuitousness :zany:.
  16. Katzi428

    Katzi428 Well-Known Member

    It's been nearly 6 MONTHS since this story was updated!!! Come on Toga!! Sweet little Robin is suffering! For the love of :jim:please continue! (Or do I get ugly & start getting :hungry: to start throwing hard Swedish meatballs at you in PMs in addition to me poking with you with a nagging stick?:shifty:)
    We Got Us likes this.
  17. mostlikemokey

    mostlikemokey Active Member

    Yes! please update this! You can't leave Robin like this forever! Please?
  18. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    Oh, goodness. Six months? Really? Has it been that?

    I just re-read this last chapter and what I have of the next one, and now I feel absolutely drained. I'm not sure if that says more about my writing or my current emotional state, or even the temperature in my room. I don't do well in heat. Eighty-degree temperatures in March? Seriously? You gotta be kidding me...

    Oh, I'm rambling. I didn't mean to do that. Now, what was I doing? Oh, yes. Let's see here.

    I'll tell you what. My birthday's coming up. It's just eleven days away. (And how on earth did it get so close already?) You remember the good old days when I always posted fanfic on my birthday? (No, probably not, because half of my current readers weren't even members back then.) I'll do that again. I will go so far as to promise to post at least one chapter of story on March 30th. I'll even aim for two chapters. I will NOT promise which story I will post a chapter or two of. Maybe this one, maybe HoG, maybe--and here come those beloved, dreaded words--a new story. I don't know yet. But I will post SOMETHING.

    And I will tell you that the reason I haven't updated this particular story in so long is that I just haven't had it in me to write the purely cheerful, happy part of the next chapter. Emotional, heart-wrenching angst is just so much easier... but happy stuff? That's just too hard.

    Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go drag my dog on a nice long walk and figure out how to make good on that promise I just made.
    Bannanasketch likes this.
  19. mostlikemokey

    mostlikemokey Active Member

    omg! March 30th is my birthday! what a lovely present! Thank you Toga!!!!!!
  20. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    4 DAYS since we had a breeze!


    I'VE GOT Cabin Fever!!!

    I've got it TOO-OOO!!!
    Fragglemuppet likes this.

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