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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

    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.
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  2. mostlikemokey

    mostlikemokey Active Member

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

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    4 DAYS since we had a breeze!

    I've GOT THE MADNESS!!!

    I'VE GOT Cabin Fever!!!

    I've got it TOO-OOO!!!
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  4. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    <cough> Five days since we've had a breeze.

    Sorry Beau. Can't help it. You know me and MTI. And now... I need to go dance and sing at the top of my lungs. (Without my family noticing.)

    I've got cabin fever! It's burning in my brain!
    I've got cabin fever! It's DRIVING me inSANE!
    We've got cabin fever! We're flipping our bandanas
    Been stuck at sea so long that we have simply gone BANANAS!
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  5. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Oh my goodness...I have NO idea how that 4 got there! I totally heard 5 in my head, I cannot even...I...I am ashamed to even be in your presence right now.
  6. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Oh, so you've got cabin fever?
    Lost all sense you had?
    Yep, she's got cabin fever.
    She's gone completely mad.
  7. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    My guess is... typo. That 4 key is right next to the 5 key. But I know how familiar you are with Muppet Treasure Island, and enjoy the reference. YAY!
  8. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    I am excited to see ANYTHING you post on your birthday my dear. Can't wait.
  9. meepmuppaphones

    meepmuppaphones Active Member

    THIS STORY IS JUST EPICNESS AT ITS BEST. The wait for the next chapter is like the wait for a gift package to arrive from Amazon. I cannot stand the suspense! ROBIN HAS TO LIVE ROBIN HAS TO LIVE. You should mail this to Disney or something.:)
  10. miss kermie

    miss kermie Well-Known Member

    Oh god, this story is so HEARTWRENCHING!!!

    YOU ARE EVIIIIILLLLL!!!

    I mean, you killed Ray, you can't kill Robin!!! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAh!!!

    More Please!
  11. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    Alright... a promise made, a promise kept. Confession: I haven't actually written anything new for this story since I promised to post something on my birthday. I just edited a bit to change where this chapter ends. But I've had this part written for so long now that it throws me off that the rest of the forum hasn't seen it... And the next scene works much better in a chapter with the scene after it than it does in this chapter, and... yeah, just trust me. And I"ll stop rambling now and just post the darn thing. Oh, and don't worry--I will be posting some NEW writing... elsewhere.
  12. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    Chapter Twenty

    “We won’t tell them what happened until after the show,” Miss Piggy said firmly as they took the elevator down. “It will only worry them.”

    Fozzie nodded, wringing his former hat in his hands. “We need to focus on doing the show.”

    “Right,” she said. “So don’t tell them.”

    “I won’t.”

    “Good. I won’t, either.”

    They might have been able to manage it if the first number in the second half hadn’t been “When the River Meets the Sea.” It was the only number that had remained in the show after their huge revision, because it had originally been included in Robin’s honor—he sang this song so sweetly.

    Fozzie and Miss Piggy stood next to each other, part of a large group that was singing. Knowing that Robin couldn’t join them made it hard enough to get through the song, but knowing how close he had been to never singing again made it almost impossible. So they each kept a tight grip on the other’s hand, trying to pull each other through.

    “When the mountain
    Touches the valley
    All the clouds are taught to fly
    Thus our souls
    Shall leave this land
    Most peacefully…”

    Both of them had tears in their eyes. Fozzie knew that if he hadn’t been surrounded by other voices, he would not have been able to sing at all. But whether they knew it or not, his friends were carrying him. He wondered if Miss Piggy felt the same way.

    By the end of the song, he had his answer. She was supposed to take a solo immediately after the bridge…. and she missed her cue. The lump in her throat was just too big. When the other Muppets looked at her to see what was wrong, they also saw Fozzie trying to dry his eyes with his hat. And then finally, she gathered herself.

    “Like a baby
    When it is sleeping
    In its loving mother’s arms…”

    Then, at a nudge from Floyd, Janice joined her—which hadn’t been planned.

    “What a newborn baby dreams
    Is a mystery…”

    “But his life will find a purpose,” Gonzo sang.
    “And in time, he’ll understand…

    Then all of them joined together.

    “When the river meets the sea…
    When the river meets the almighty sea…”

    In room 396, Kermit was once again sitting by Robin’s side, watching the show on television. He watched as, at the first hint that the applause was dying down, Rowlf and Gonzo pulled Fozzie and Miss Piggy to the off-stage area—which was still visible on the screen. Rowlf had one paw on the pig’s shoulder and one paw on the bear’s. Gonzo was holding onto Fozzie’s arm, and the rest of the Muppets quickly huddled around them.

    And Kermit knew what was happening. Fozzie and Miss Piggy had probably tried not to tell anyone what had almost happened to Robin during the first half of the show, and he didn’t particularly blame them for that. But now, they would have no choice but to tell. Even with as stubborn as both of them—particularly Miss Piggy—could be, they were in no state to resist the insistence of every single other Muppet.

    And he knew the moment it happened. He saw the entire group sag under the weight of this news, and he silently urged them to keep going. They quickly straightened up, but did not budge from their huddle.

    “Keep going,” he whispered under his breath. “Keep going, guys. Come on. Go on with the show. The show must go on. Come on, guys. It must go on. It must…” And for perhaps the first time, he truly understood why. Sometimes, the show was the only thing that could go on.

    Like right now.

    Jimmy was still holding Robin’s hand, only vaguely aware that there was a show at all. He glanced at the screen. “…They know?” he asked.

    “They do now.” It was all Kermit said. Silently, he was still urging them on. The show must go on. The show must go on. Please, please…

    “Kermit told us to keep going,” Fozzie was telling the others. “He said it’s important. We promised—” He looked at Miss Piggy. “We promised to make people happy, and to make ‘em laugh.”

    “Then we will,” Rowlf said. “I’ll introduce the next number.” And he marched back to the space they were calling a stage.

    “What happened?” someone in the audience called out—a sharp reminder that their ‘backstage’ was plainly visible, but also that they had fans who cared.

    “Is it Robin? Is he okay?” someone else asked.

    Rowlf raised his paws to quiet them. “Robin’s about where he has been,” he said, his voice perhaps a little gruffer than usual. “We just had a little scare. But the show must go on. We promised you folks some entertainment.”

    And they delivered on that promise.

    At first, they were visibly strained. But as they kept getting laughs and applause, the energy in the room propelled them forward, and they managed to focus entirely by the time they reached the closing number.

    And that was a very good thing, because Fozzie had made sure to pull out all the stops for the closing number.
  13. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    What? No big show-stopping closing number? Especially when it's been planned by :o? And when he's pulled out all the stops?
    :oops: If he pulled out all the stops, what's stopping them?
    :insatiable: Me no know, me still worried about little froggy.
    BTW: Here the cake and ice cream for your birthday me truck through that avalanched mountain pass.

    Happy birthday to der Lisa!
    :): *Blows out candle, this is a spooky party.

    More story please? Thankees.
  14. Katzi428

    Katzi428 Well-Known Member

    I like it! :) But PLEASE don't let another 6 months go by without posting another chapter! I understand you're busy. But this is SO wonderful! (You don't want me to beg & grovel, do you?)
    (BTW Happy Birthday! Chef offered to bake you a cake but I told him he didn't have to. ;))
  15. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    Thank you both! Kathy, you can tell Chef that I appreciate the offer, but I'm really not in the mood for cake today. And Ed, don't you worry... the next chapter will have the big closing number. That's the part I've been struggling with... but I wouldn't even think of skipping it!
  16. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    :insatiable: Then you want chocolate goo instead?
    Good to know the closing number's coming up. Now post before we bring out the :zany: cannons and blast away!
  17. miss kermie

    miss kermie Well-Known Member

    Woot! That was awesome! Moar Plz!
  18. meepmuppaphones

    meepmuppaphones Active Member

    Happy BIRTHDAY! Your story is EPIC! So...

    HAPPYBIRTHDAYHAPPYBIRTHDAYHAPPYBIRTHDAY!

    HERE'S A (crudely made) COOKIE!

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  19. mostlikemokey

    mostlikemokey Active Member

    Thanks for this! I feel so honored that we share a birthday! I hope I one day I'm as good as you at doing this. Please update as soon as you can!
  20. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    I missed this update somehow - it's beautiful, the emotion that is written, the choice of song, and now I'll patiently await the closing number because I know you won't disappoint on that front at all.


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