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The Scoop of the Century

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction' started by PuppyLuver, Dec 1, 2007.

  1. PuppyLuver

    PuppyLuver Member

    PuppyLuver Studios presents

    The Scoop of the Century

    A Muppet fanfiction starring the Muppets, along with Web the Swallow, Errol the Owl and Jareth the Goblin King, and yes, Jareth counts as a Muppet in my book

    Co-starring Dimentio, Luna Pekkala, and a whole lotta Pokémon

    Written by Jess, aka PuppyLuver

    Why not take a lovely holiday to Sweden this year?

    Okay, I’ll stop now.


    “Okay, Errol, just pull up here.”

    “Web, you realize this is heavier stuff than what we usually cover? I’m kinda nervous...”

    “Why the heck are you nervous? This is exactly the kind of story we’ve been waiting for!”


    Web the Swallow, an up-and-coming local news field reporter, was fired up for her first real assignment. Since she was a recent addition to the news team, she had been forced to cover stories of crazy cat ladies who claimed to have had their fantabulous felines abducted by aliens. That kind of stuff is good for programs like UFO Mania Live, but not for serious news programs. Not this time, though. This time she would be covering one of a string of recurring vandalism acts. Errol the Owl, her cameraman and steady boyfriend, was driving the station’s van. He usually drove at night, while Web would drive during the day, due to their conflicting levels of night vision and day vision.

    Errol parked the van in a spot that was out of the way, then they both exited the cab and made their way to the back of the van to grab their equipment. Camera and microphone ready, Web and Errol made their way into the vandalized diner.

    The diner was usually a very neat place, but what had happened to it was a horrible sight to behold. The windows had been smashed, chairs had been overturned or relieved of their legs, tables and booths had either been sawed or (strangely) gnawed into pieces and, strangest of all, there was a pair of footprints in front of the door surrounded by scorch marks. The diner’s owner was huddled behind the counter, shaking and mumbling to himself. The two budding reporters were both somewhat scared, but news crews often get paid to jump headfirst into dangerous and even scary situations. Errol turned on the camera and they began their report.

    “I’m here at Sal’s Diner where, once again, vandalism has struck,” Web began. “As you can see behind me, the entire place has been trashed by what the media has dubbed ‘The Hensonville Goblin’. While police believe these crimes have been committed by juvenile delinquents or wild animals, we at Channel 5 News would like to get the opinion of someone who has witnessed the incident.” She calmly stepped over to Sal, the owner of the diner, while Errol followed her with the camera.

    “...where the cops? How come the cops haven’t shown up? S’okay, just remember what mom said. Go to my happy place... I’m in my happy place... I’m thin and happy...”

    “Excuse me, sir?” Web gently prodded Sal, though with the anxiety that he was going through, she might has well have told him she was an axe-wielding murderer.

    “YIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!” Sal screamed, nearly jumping out of his skin. He turned to see Web staring at him warily. “Oh hey, Web... now’s not really a good time for an order or an interview or anything like that...”

    “What happened here, Sal?” Web asked him. Errol put the camera on the counter, leaving it running so he could check out the damage. The bite and claw marks on the walls and everywhere else gave the impression that whatever had done this hadn’t been exactly civilized...

    “It was awful,” Sal explained. “These little beasts just broke in to my diner about an hour ago. I found one hiding out in the fridge... then this blond guy with screwed-up eyes and a screwed-down hairdo appeared out of nowhere...”

    Web shivered slightly. Errol started looking under booths when he saw something. It looked similar to an oversized marble seemingly filled with water. “Hey, Web,” he called to her. “Come check this out.” He showed the marble to her.

    “What is it?” she asked.

    “Dunno,” he replied. “Looks cool, though.” He didn’t get much more out than that, for the doors to the diner’s kitchen flew open as if by magic. Thinking quickly, they both ducked under one of the undamaged booths. Errol stuffed the marble in his cap.

    A group of strange looking creatures came out of the kitchen. They looked like nothing Web nor Errol had ever seen, and being that they’d lived in Hensonville their whole lives, they’d seen a lot. These creatures just did not exist in that world. They weren’t like the monsters that so frequently appeared at the theater, roamed the diner scene in search of good glass to eat or lived on Sesame Street to teach kids stuff. These things were, for lack of a better word, goblins. One of them was carrying what looked like a star with its five points each being a different color. Even though the “goblins” were strange, they were nothing compared to the man behind them. The man was tall, blond and had different colored eyes. He wore an extravagant outfit that looked like something out of the Middle Ages, and was holding a miniature crystal ball. He seemed very much like someone you didn’t want to mess with. “Have you blithering idiots found it yet?” the man scolded the goblins.

    “No, Lord Jareth, sir,” a fat goblin replied. “I just don’t get it. The Fire Orb led us here--“ He didn’t get to finish his sentence, for the man, presumably Jareth, lifted him by the neck and started strangling him.

    “You’d better find it,” Jareth said coolly. “or else you’ll be thrown into the Bog of Eternal Stench the minute we return!” The goblin fainted at this, or it may have just been lack of oxygen. At this point, Web and Errol decided to try and sneak out while he wasn’t paying attention. They started crawling along the floor... before Errol realized that his camera was across the room. Silently cursing to himself, he crawled over to get it. He grabbed it and quickly crawled back, but not before...

    “Hold it right there.”

    Web and Errol stopped in their tracks. They slowly turned their heads to see him standing right over them. “Uh... exclusive interview?” Web feebly asked.

    “Never mind that!” Errol exclaimed. “RUN LIKE HECK!” So they ran like heck out of that diner, not stopping for a split second until they reached the van. Then they drove like heck outta there and never looked back.

    “So...” Jareth muttered to himself after they had left. “The Water Orb is in this world...” He paused, then he pulled a crystal ball from thin air. A translucent image of a jester-like being appeared above it. “So, Deimeeri, are you ready to fulfill your end of the bargain?” he said to the image.

    It’s actually Dimentio,” the image replied. “but I’ll let it slide since I like you so much. Yes, I’m completely ready.

    “Good. A swallow and a barn owl have escaped with the Water Orb and I’m sure they’ve captured our... search method on film. I want you to stall their vehicle. Do not let them get that footage to the authorities.”

    Got it!” Dimentio winked and stuck his thumb up. “By the way, about this swallow...


    Is it an African or European swallow?

    JUST GO!

    Alright, alright! I’m going! Ciao!” The image of Dimentio faded until it disappeared completely. Shortly after, Jareth had vanished from the diner without a trace, along with his goblin flunkies, leaving only a very traumatized Sal to continue shaking behind the counter.
  2. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    *Applauds. He'd better not say he doesn't know which type of swallow, or Jareth will be blasted off of the bridge. Is that a certain bodyguard monkey running the diner? Loved it... Post more please.
  3. Fragglemuppet

    Fragglemuppet Well-Known Member

    Sounds very exciting! More please!
  4. ZootyCutie

    ZootyCutie Member

    Ooh! Nice jorb, Jess! :excited: Can't wait to read more!
  5. BeakerSqueedom

    BeakerSqueedom Active Member

  6. PuppyLuver

    PuppyLuver Member

    No, this Sal is human. I just randomly asked my mom for a guy's name to use as a "_____'s Diner" thing and she suggested Sal. Then as I was typing, I remembered there was already a Sal in Muppet canon. ... Ah well. I've got, like, a bunch of characters that share names with each other(I have at least two characters named Ruby... and one's a boy!). One more Sal wouldn't hurt the Muppet universe. XD
  7. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Corpse it wouldn't hoit... Just wanted to make sure we knew just who this Sal was.

    BTW: Maddie, make sure you make my BLT sandwich following the recipe.
    *Chowder joke.


  9. BeakerSqueedom

    BeakerSqueedom Active Member

    Lookie you, PL!
    First lone fic...
    and look how darn popular you are!

    The first chapter.

    ;D That's uber amazing.


    Post soon!
  10. ZootyCutie

    ZootyCutie Member

    Don't worry, I'm not a recipie pirate, like that. :D

    But, in that case:

    :sing: On the wings of an eaglllllllleeee~!:sing:
  11. PuppyLuver

    PuppyLuver Member

    While I'm working on the second chapter, I decided to share a little trivia about Web and Errol.

    Web the Swallow is somewhat named after the Sonic Riders character, Wave the Swallow(also my favorite Sonic character yet). Early in the American speculations, people believed Wave's English name to be Web. Come to find out that was a mistranslation. *snerk*

    Errol's name comes from the old Weasley owl from the Harry Potter series. The two Errols could be considered opposites, since Harry Potter Errol is old, feeble and is technically just an ordinary aged owl that delivers mail, while my Errol is young, vibrant and(like most Muppet animals) is on par with the human race considering intelligence(and smarter than all those stupid people on the school board... Dr Ed Musgrove, I'M LOOKIN' AT YOU).
  12. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Please... My doctorate in robotics designs comes from having mastered the techniques of noted scientists Thomas Xavier Light and Albert Jerome Wily, (who coincidentally has the same first two initials as my tek savvy second brother), which is why I often wemble a bit now that I'm creating creeps for the castle instead of Robot Masters.
    Silly me... Here I thought it was a little referencial homage to Aerryl Flynn. Guess it's all Potterisms then. Mayhaps a younger brother named Pidgwegeon will make an appearance in a later chapter.

    Oh well... Post more please.
  13. PuppyLuver

    PuppyLuver Member

    By "Dr Ed Musgrove", I meant my school system's superintendent... :o

    I need help with an idea for how Dimentio should stall Web and Errol's van. Should he create an illusion of a deer on the road? Maybe he magically siphons all their gas? Please help me on this! :3
  14. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Those are good ideas. The ciphening of the gas seems plausible enough, as that would mean our intrepid reporters would have to stop the car, get out, check what's wrong, then go about the locals of Hensonville. It gives you a chance to expand and explore as you go about telling the tale's narrative.
    The illusion of the deer seems Potterish, drawing analogies to Prongs his patronas. Maybe this could lead to the introduction of a new character who bands with the journalists on their search of what the heck's going on with these goblin attacks.

    Either idea has merits, it depends on where you want to take the story.
    Hope this helped... And if it only served to confuse you further, then you can thank the jocular jester for that.
  15. Fragglemuppet

    Fragglemuppet Well-Known Member

    Well, I think it's your story, so I think it should be left up to you what happens. But a little word of advice; they're birds, so you might want to be careful how you handle it. Hope this helps, and looking forward to reading more!
  16. PuppyLuver

    PuppyLuver Member

    Okay, I decided to go with the gas ciphoning. That gives me an excuse to make a beans joke. XD Furthermore, I-- urk! *a plant grows from my head*

    Dimentio: Ah ha ha... get back to work!

    Yes, Master Dimentio...
  17. PuppyLuver

    PuppyLuver Member

    Hi everybody. :D In memorium of me killing the Floro Sprout that Dimentio planted on my brain, I decided to show you guys something. People... this is what Web looks like.


    I stole the outfit from Maddie's humanized version of her. *giggles* She's dark blue with red markings and black "hair"(really just extra-fluffy feathers). Her outfit consists of blue jeans, a blue shirt with red sleeves and collar, a red bracelet and no shoes. She wears a red pendant that looks like either an upside-down raindrop or a comma, depending on your perspective. Her eyes look black, but they're really a very dark blue.

    I'll draw Errol soon! Ciao!
  18. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Thank you for that. Maybe Web and Sam's daughter would get along... If such a character were ever created, given that her father is ashamed of her dating an owl as mentioned when chatting to Kermit in one of the TMS episodes.
  19. BeakerSqueedom

    BeakerSqueedom Active Member

    How lovely!


  20. PuppyLuver

    PuppyLuver Member

    Is coming! I got two hands only! D:

    Errol's picture is coming out like something from Pokemon. O_O I need help with his feet. I'm using pictures of real barn owls as reference, but none of them show what a barn owl's feet look like. Does anyone know what their feet look like?

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