I’m Chapter Eight, and I’m Here to State, That the Number of Chapters Totals Eight Ernie dragged Bert by his wrist, pulling him to Hooper’s Store. "Ernie, what is going on?" Bert asked angrily. "I’m not sure," Ernie said. "But I overheard Miles rushing his parents over to Hooper’s for something big, so I figured we should go check it out." "Ugh," Bert groaned. "I don’t know how I keep up with you sometimes, Ernie." Ernie and Bert arrived at Hooper’s behind a growing crowd of Muppets and humans alike. Ernie tapped Gina on the shoulder. "Um, excuse me Gina, but what’s all the hub-bub about?" Ernie asked. Gina shrugged with her baby Marco in her arms. "Your guess is as good as anyone else’s. Telly was running up and down the whole street shouting about something big at Hooper’s. So we figured we all should be here." "Oh, okay," Ernie said. "See Bert, it’s not just me who doesn’t know what’s going on. It’s everyone." "Yeah," Bert said. "And it looks like everyone is here too." Kermit stepped out of Hooper’s Store in his newscaster garb, and his mouth instantly fell open. Miles and Gabi rushed over to him. Kermit turned to the couple and began stuttering. "I thought you said you were just telling your parents?" he said, his voice getting higher with his stress level. "We thought so too," Miles said. "Obviously someone can’t keep a secret." He looked accusingly at Gabi. "Me?" she asked, offended. "I didn’t tell anyone but my mom and dad!" "Yeah, well me either!" Miles said. "And I only told Telly," Kermit said. "Oh, and Alan, to get permission to use the store. I guess Baby Bear and Cookie Monster were in the store at the time. Uh, and Gladys might have been walking outside when I was talking about it." Gabi and Miles looked at each other, then back at Kermit. The frog shrugged innocently. "Word travels fast on this street." The crowd chattering around Hooper’s Store confirmed Kermit’s observation. "Well, do you still want to go on with it?" Kermit asked. Miles and Gabi nodded. "Oh good. Now go inside Hooper’s and come out when I give the signal." "What’s the signal?" Gabi asked. "Trust me, you can’t miss it." Kermit pushed them off into the store. "Alright Telly, are you ready?" Kermit asked the monster. Tell walked up next to Kermit. "Yes sir, mister Kermit, sir. But are you sure you want me operating the camera?" Kermit smirked. "Telly, we’re not really going to be filming," Kermit said. "Just make it look like it." Telly scratched his head. "Okay..." Telly walked off in front of Kermit, who straightened his hat on top his head. "Alright, mister director, that’s your cue," Kermit whispered. Grover ran out in front of Kermit carrying a Styrofoam cup of coffee and a clapboard. On top of the furry, blue monster’s head was a fedora hat. "QUIET ON THE SET!" Grover shouted. The crowd ceased their chatter as Grover continued. "Sesame Street Newsflash sketch! ACTION!" Grover clapped the clapboard and stayed in front of the camera. Telly began to "film", and Kermit frowned at Grover. "Grover, get out of the shot!" Kermit whispered. "Oh, right, sorry Froggy baby. I just get so confused about when I am supposed to-" "Just get off!" Kermit whispered harshly. Grover darted off, splattering coffee everywhere. "Are we on?" Kermit asked. "You told me not to record!" Telly said. Kermit scrunched up his face. "I think I also told you not to tell anyone I told you not to record." The crowd was utterly baffled. Kermit shook off the confusion and regained his reporter smile. "Hi-ho everyone! Kermit the Frog here, your on the street newscaster here live in front of Hooper’s Store where everyone is waiting for a big announcement to be made. Just what that announcement is, is what I’m here to find out. By asking randomly selected members of our audience, I, Kermit the Frog, will know just what this announcement is." Kermit reached out into the audience and pulled up Herry Monster. "Hi-ho there sir, would you like to tell us just what this big announcement is?" Herry scratched his head. "Well, gee, I would if I knew what the announcement was." "Oh," Kermit said. "Well, I honestly saw that coming, next!" he shouted. He grabbed Oscar out of the audience and put him on the spot. "Hi-ho sir, do you know what this big announcement is?" Oscar stared at the frog. "You aren’t serious, are you?" "Of course I am, sir, this is no laughing matter," Kermit said. He pushed the microphone to Oscar’s mouth. Oscar pushed it away. "I don’t know what the crummy announcement is. Can I go now?" "Yup." Kermit pushed Oscar back into the audience. "Alright folks, who’s next? Oh! You there!" Kermit walked out into the audience, Telly followed him with the camera. Kermit stopped next to Susan and Gordon. "You two, you’ll do." He pushed them up to the "stage", then walked over to Maria and Luis. "Oh, and you two too... tutu?" he asked the camera. Zoe did a ballet step into the shot. "I’m ready for my close up mister DeVille!" Kermit frowned. "Yeah, well we’re not," Kermit said. Luis and Maria made their way next to Susan and Gordon. "Kermit, what is this all about?" Gordon asked. "Why, the announcement, of course!" Kermit said. "What about the announcement?" Luis asked. "What is it?" Kermit asked. Maria groaned. "We don’t know, Kermit," she said. "Gabi just told us to come down here to hear it." "Yeah, and Miles told us the same," Susan said. "Miles and Gabi?" Kermit asked, loudly, waiting. Nothing happened. "Miles and Gabi, you say?" Kermit said louder, still waiting. Kermit grunted. "I think that this is our signal to move on!" he shouted. "Oh!" Miles and Gabi’s voices said from inside Hooper’s. The two of them came running out in front of the store, standing in between their sets of parents. "Hi Kermit," they both said in unison. "Hi-ho kids." Kermit smiled. "Now, can you tell us just what this big announcement is?" Miles and Gabi grinned nervously. Miles bent down to Kermit. "I thought you were going to handle this?" he whispered. "I’m winging it!" Kermit said apologetically. "What are we supposed to do?" Miles asked. Kermit shrugged. "Wing it." Miles stood back up straight. "Uh, well, mom, pop, you see, Gabi and me..." "Miles and I, well, we sorta..." Gabi started. Kermit tapped his foot impatiently. "What they’re trying to say is-" Elmo popped up next to Kermit. "Miles and Gabi love each other very, very much!" the furry red monster said. All was silent. Kermit gulped, as did Miles and Gabi, Telly couldn’t keep the camera steady, because he was shaking so much, and Grover spat out his coffee. "Blech! No sugar!" Grover said. "Oh, sorry, go on." "Mom, pop-" Miles said. "Mommy, papi-" Gabi said. "I’m not going with you," they both said. They were getting good at this unison thing. All four adults stared at their children, dumbfounded. "We... well..." Maria tried to say something. "We knew you two were together, but-" "You did?" Kermit, Miles, and Gabi all asked at once, in the same tone. "Well yes, it’s obvious," Susan said. "And we have women’s intuition." "Hey!" Luis and Gordon said. "Well, some of us do," Maria said. "But, not going with us?" Gordon asked. "Where are you going, then?" "We’re going to start our own lives, pop." Miles put his arm around Gabi, protectively. "What money do you plan to use for this?" Susan asked. "We’ve both saved up from working at Hooper’s, Mrs. Robinson," Gabi said, purposely not calling her "Susan". Maria, Luis, Gordon, and Susan exchanged glances. Elmo waited next to Kermit, and Telly kept the camera on the action at all times. "Well... there’s just one problem," Gordon sighed. "What’s that, pop?" Miles asked. "Who’s gonna take the back seat in the Volkswagen?" Gordon smiled. Cookie Monster popped up. "You in luck Gordon! Me looking for place to move!" "Oh..." Gordon said. "Good." He forced a smile. Sesame Street, as a whole, laughed.