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The Time the Muppets Beat Time

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction' started by theprawncracker, Jan 7, 2006.

  1. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Alright, I, Ryan, theprawncracker, being of solemn vow, and one brain (I think) had an idea back in November. The idea was, for Lisa and I to write a fan-fiction...TOGETHER!! And what was Lisa's reply to all of this? Well, I'll let you tell her in her next post, but anyway, she said yes, and I was thrilled! So over the course of the month, we brainstormed (both of our rooms got wet) and we've come up with a basic outline for a story!! And as of Thursday, we had a title! "The Time the Muppets Beat Time" exciting no?

    So, via MSN Messenger, we are beginning to write this insanity as we speak. So, I promised Lisa I'd link her to this as soon as I posted it and then she was gonna say something and then one of us will post the first chapter!

    Sooooo, now without further ado, I give you, the award winning writer of "Destination Home," "Chasing Robin," "Summer in the Theater," and of course, "Swamp Call," here is, the one and only, very fabulous, very succesful, TogetherAgain!!! Yay!!!
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  2. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    Gosh, that's a lot of compliments! Thank you, prawnie! Hey, welcome to the thread, folks!

    So when Prawnie asked me to do this, he did so saying that if we could write a fanfic together, the result could be "potent." My response was something along the lines of, "Potent? It could be lethal! Let's do it!" And, well, here we are. Get ready for something lethal, folks... let's get going!
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  3. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Alright, so, we finished the first chapter, finally!! We've been working on it forever...:smirk:

    But, when we finished, we had to figure out who would post the next chapter, and so we decided by adding up the chapters of all of our fan-fics, so from my stories; Muppet High, The Revenge of Elmo, Sometimes It's Better to Go, We Know That It's Probably Magic, Where It All Began, It Feels Like Christmas, A Moppet Family Halloween, and Gone But Not Forgotten I had exactly 100 chapters.

    And from Lisa's stories; Destination Home, Chasing Robin, Summer in the Theater, Swamp Call, and A Gift, she had exactly 101!! :excited: So, by 1 chapter, Lisa will be posting the first chapter!

    Oh I am so excited!! :zany:
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  4. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    From my own point of view, I can only tell you what has worked for me-find something you really enjoy doing, and pursue it. For me it was artwork. Since other subjects came to me with more difficulty, I tried to combine art with them. So, for example in history, I would often provide drawings depicting a particular period or situation-bringing together both cultural and historical elements. It did not necessarily bring up my history grade, but it did keep my mind open to history as it related to something I loved.
    --Jim Henson​

    Chapter One

    "It was a true example of courage, bravery, and the American spirit!" Sam the American Eagle said. He was perched on his podium atop the Muppet Theater stage peering down at some of the other Muppets.

    "Yeah but Sam," Kermit the Frog said from the front row of seats in the empty audience. "If that was the beginning of the Revolutionary War, weren't they still considered British back then?"

    "I was British once," Beauregard said. He scratched his head. "...I think."

    Sam ignored him and tried to answer Kermit. "Well, uh, technically, uh, they were British at the time, of course, but... they BECAME... American!"

    "Whatever," Miss Piggy said as she returned to reading her fashion magazine.

    Gonzo popped up from the seat behind her. "You called?" he said.

    Rizzo the Rat looked at Kermit. "Yo frog, did you call for that pizza yet?" he asked him.

    Fozzie Bear shot up. "Oh! That reminds me of a hillarious joke!" he stood in front of everyone. "Ok, what do you call a cow with no legs?" he looked at everyone. "Give up? Ground beef! Wocka wocka!"

    Rowlf shook his head. "The only calling I'd like to do is for a cab," he said.

    Pepe nodded. "Si, I wouldn't mind dat," he said. "But jou know what else I wouldn't mind, is a call from a sexy lady, hokay?"

    "Man, my Janice is the only lady I need," Floyd Pepper said from the back of the theater where he sat with the rest of the Electric Mayhem band.

    "Oh rully?" Janice said. "Well, there was that one call I got..."

    "CALL! CALL!" Animal chanted.

    Zoot suddenly woke up. "Did somebody call me?" he asked.

    Robin turned and looked at Kermit, who he was sitting next to. "Uncle Kermit?" he said. "Do you think Dad will call today?"

    "I just wish someone would call us out of this lecture," Dr. Teeth sighed from the back of the theater with the rest of the band, who all agreed by nodding.

    Sam gasped. "But, listening to this lecture is your call to duty!" he said.

    "Yes sir Mr. Eagle!" Dr. Bunsen Honeydew said as he and his assistant Beaker rolled in a machine shaped strangely like a grandfater clock. "Just as it is our call to duty to deliver you the newest technology from Muppet Labs: Where the Future is Being Made Today!"

    Beaker pointed at the machine. "Mee mee mo," he said.

    Sam Eagle slapped his head. "It is totally Un-American to be bumbling scientists like yourself!" he said to the Bunsen and Beaker

    "I thought most American's were stupid," Gonzo whispered to Beauregard.

    "Oh no, that's silly," Beauregard said. "Most Americans are American!"

    "Oh but Mr. Eagle," Bunsen protested. "Most of the founding fathers were scientists! Benjamin Franklin invented the incandesent bulb, bifocals, the fire department-"

    Rowlf poked his head over Kermit's shoulder. "You have him to thank for the fire department, Kermit," he said.

    Kermit nodded. "Yeah, if it weren't for that, we would've been gone a long time ago," he said.

    "Now, if I may," Bunsen continued. "I'd like to demonstrate my newest invention, the Muppet Labs: Time Machine! Now Beakie if you will," he motioned to Beaker. "Step into the center of the time machine and I'll whisk you away into the distant past!"

    "Mee me mo memee," Beaker sighed quietly as he marched in front of the machine. "Mee me!"

    "Now," Bunsen said as he walked around to the controls of the machine. "Unfourtunately, my machine cannot transport into the future yet, technology does have its downsides here and there," he pressed a button the machine and the face of the clock lit up. "Ah! It does appear to be working!" he clapped as he watched the machine.

    From the center of the clock face, there came a pure, white, cone-shaped ray of light. It covered Beaker from head to foot, and very little else. The Muppets watched as he became fainter and fainter, and finally appeared to be sucked into the clockface with the fading light.

    The Muppets all were taken aback, that is, all of them except Miss Piggy. "What? What's so great about that? He just got sucked up by some stupid light," she said.

    "Yeah, but he didn't meep at all," Rizzo said, amazed.

    Meanwhile, up in the rafters above the others, Uncle Deadly regained his balance after he saw Beaker dissapear. These fools had sudennly peaked his interest.

    Bunsen walked around to the front of the machine. "It worked!" he cried. "Oh wonderful! And Beaker seems to be missing no limbs or vital organs, that's a good thing," he looked around. "Well, I suppose the test run is complete! Now I'll simply press the button again, and Beakie will be back in our time and can tell us all about his journey!" Bunsen exclaimed returning to the back of the machine.

    Janice sighed. "Like we'll be able to understand the freak anyway," she said. The other bandmembers nodded.

    "Yes, well..." Bunsen scratched his head. "Anyway, now just by pushing this button, Beaker shall be back in our midst!" Bunsen spun his hand around and pressed the button.

    The white light emerged from the clock face once more, this time casting a much wider ray. It touched everything in front of it, from the open stage curtains to the rafters, and the entire seating area. Almost the entire room was illuminated by this pure, bright light.

    Robin stood up in his seat to reach over the arm rest and hold onto his uncle's arm. "Uncle Kermit?" he said. "What is that light?"

    Kermit wrapped his arm around his nephew and gulped. "It's the past Robin," he said.

    "How cool is this?!" Gonzo shouted as he began to dematerialize into the light.

    Fozzie wrung his hat in his hands as he began to dematerialize as well. "Not cool at all," he said. "I want my mommy!"

    The light slowly dissapeared after it engulfed all of the Muppets in the theater, except Bunsen, who stuck his head around the back of the machine. "Alright Beaker, do tell us how your trip went!" he said expecting to see his assistant but didn't. "Beaker?" he scratched his bald head. "Now where did he and the others get off to?" he asked himself. "Oh well, I'll just return to my machine," he said, returning to fiddling with the time machine.
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  5. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    Cool! I'm excited the two of you are writing together! This is a fun story so far! I love the typical Muppet lines (Miss Piggy "Whatever", Gonzo "You called") and it sounds like it's going to be very exciting! Time travel! Woo-hoo! Bring on more!
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  6. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member

    This one is starting off great so far. I'm excited to keep reading. I promise I will try to keep up this time! What is your process in colaborating like this online?
    The writing is great. You both really seem to capture these character's personalities well and I feel like I am reading a real script or something. It is so easy to visualize what is happening. My one problem is Janice's line where she calls Beaker a "freak". Seemed a little too harsh for her to say that in my opinion. Sounds more appropriate for Miss Piggy to say, but oh well...it's your story and I still like it. Look forward to more!!

    P.S. Ryan, thanks for "looking after" Bird and Snuffy in the dorms last week.
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  7. Barry Lee

    Barry Lee Active Member

    I'm liking this. Keep it coming.
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  8. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Well, first off, it ain't easy...

    As I said in my first post, we started collaborating ideas back in November, and we got the idea of a time travel story. So, we kept going back and forth with ideas for the story, and then we started thinking, "How the hey are we going to do this?!" So at first, we thought, "Meh, we'll just post back and forth," and then, Beau and I decided that it was vital for Lisa to get MSN Messenger, so we both PMed her (on the same day...:halo: ) and told her how to download it and set up an account, so, she did! Yay!

    So, she finished Swamp Call, finally!! ;) And we began thinking again "How the hey are we going to do this?!" So, I had the idea of opening two windows on MSN and writing the story in one window and making comments in the other. So, we came up with lines up to the end of the "call" scene, and then we started writing in the other window with the Henson quote. Well, that worked up through Sam's first line, and then it got kinda crazy, Lisa couldn't get her part in the right window, so I had to copy and paste it into the other, so that was a little hectic, but we pulled it off.

    Then it was time to decide who would post first, so we had to use logic, well, I started the thread, but Lisa posted last, so then we tried to play MSN tic-tac-toe, well it wouldn't load on Lisa's end, so we had to think again...So I thought "Well, when we were thinking of the title, I counted how many replies each of our other fan-fics had...So...Why don't we count chapters this time!" So, we did, and as you can see above, Lisa won, by one chapter! So she posted, the first chapter, and I'll post the second, and so on and so on.

    So there you have it, it's not easy, but it sure is fun! And...er...I don't know whether you can expect more story tonight, after all both Lisa and I do have school tomorrow...:smirk:
  9. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    Oh, sure, make it sound like it was MY fault! ;) I've told you about twenty times now, it was the right window on my computer! It just showed up in the wrong window on yours! And, to be fair, some of your comments were in the story window on my computer... crazy internet... But it all worked out, as can be seen above. And it was INSANELY fun! Except for maybe the fact that it took a while... probably longer than if we were writing individually... but, looking at all the great jokes up there that I NEVER would have thought of, it's definitely more than worth it!
  10. Fragglemuppet

    Fragglemuppet Well-Known Member

    I love it! The two of you are awesome writers, so it is perfect that you should be colaberating! I wonder ware exactly they are in time...
    Only one question, do you anticipate the rest of the chapters taking a long time, since you are writing them together? I don't mean to seem impatient; I was just currious.
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  11. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Wow! That is the hardest collaberation format I ever heard of!!! But nice going guys! I love this story already! It's going fab!
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  12. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Chapter 2:

    Kermit groaned quietly. He could taste grass in his mouth, and tilted his head to remove it. But his head hurt. He touched his hand to it, but there was no bump. It was then that he remembered about the time machine. He looked at his arm and saw that it was still wrapped around his nephew. Robin squirmed a little and looked up at his uncle.

    Kermit squeezed him, looked around, and realized that they were in the middle of pile of Muppets.

    Kermit stared at the other Muppets below him and his nephew. He counted them all in his head. When he finished he realized Lips was no where to be seen. Suddenly, Kermit saw the light of time again as it opened up in the sky above them. Lips fell out on top of Gonzo.

    "Sorry man," Lips sat up.

    "Oh no problem," Gonzo said. "If I can be a landing pad every once in a while, it makes for a more exciting life style."

    Dr. Teeth twisted around to see who was talking. "Hey Lips, when'd you get here, man?" He asked. "Didn't think you were around today."

    Lips scratched his head. "You know Dr. Teeth, I can never tell when I'm here or not," he said. "I just don't have much to say, that's all."

    Sam cleared his throat. "Kermit, might I suggest we stand up," he said. "It is, after all, un-American for gentlemen to sit and lie down in the presence of ladies." Then he looked at Miss Piggy and Janice, and frowned.

    "Ladies?" Rowlf said. "Where do you see ladies?"

    Rowlf looked down and realized Piggy was right below him. "HIYA!" she cried as she violently shoved him off of her. She stood up and dusted herself off. "Oh yeah, well I don't see any gentlemen here either!" she shouted. "Except vous of course Kermie," she smiled at Kermit.

    Rizzo sat up and groaned. "Oh man, those fish sticks I had for lunch are coming back for a re-entry," he said.

    "Jou had fish sticks?!" Pepe shouted. "My cousin Manolo may have been one of those fish sticks, hokay? Jou ate her! How could jou Ritzo? I thought we were friends!" he wiped his eye. "Oh well," he shrugged. "She never gave me any good Christmas presents anyway, hokay? So, where are we?" he asked.

    "I don't know," Kermit said thoughtfully as he helped Robin to his feet and dusted himself off. "I think a better question might be when are we?"

    Floyd looked off to his side and saw a light coming toward them down the road. "Hey green stuff, what, is that?" he asked.

    "Uncle Kermit, is that the past too?" Robin asked his uncle.

    Kermit began to reply, but before he could say anything, the light turned into a man on horseback. "The British are coming! The British are coming!" he shouted as he ran right past them.

    "No Robin," Kermit said, "That's from the past. Or the present, depending on your point of view."

    Sam looked around at the others. "Well, I know I'm probably not making any sense to any of you by saying this but," he began.

    Beau interrupted him. "Why make cents when it is more profitable to make dollars?" he asked.

    Sam smacked his head. "As I was saying," he continued. "That man, is the perfect example of what a true American should be! He has portrayed a perfect re-enactment of 'The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.' Now that, is true American spirit!"

    Rowlf tapped the eagle on the shoulder. "Uh, Sam?" he said. He shook his head. "I don't think it's a re-enactment."

    "Hey, do you guys know why Paul Revere rode his horse from Boston to Lexington?" Fozzie asked them. "Because the horse was too heavy to carry! Wocka wocka!"

    Uncle Deadly stood up, shaking his head. "That joke died when Paul Revere did," he said. He looked around, clearly displeased.

    "Uh, well guys," Kermit looked around. "I hate to say it, but I think we're in 1776," Kermit said.

    "1775 frog," Uncle Deadly told him. "Paul Revere rode his famous ride in 1775."

    Sam gasped. "What is this?! You know American history?!" the eagle asked the phantom.

    "Indeed," Uncle Deadly replied. "After all, I have met most of the spirits from that time."

    "HUN-GRY! HUN-GRY!" Animal shouted.

    "Yeah, me too, I'm starving!" Rizzo said.

    "Why don't jou have some more fish sticks Ritzo!" Pepe shouted at him.

    "Aw pipe down!"

    "Where did I put those pipe cleaners?"

    "That's not what I meant, you turkey!"

    "Some turkey sounds good too."

    "Hey Dr. Teeth, let's get out our instruments and play some 'Turkey in the Straw'!"

    "Hey be careful! That turkey could be Camilla's great-great-great-grandfather-twice-removed!"

    "Have guitars been invented yet?"

    "Have inventions been invented yet?"

    "I dunno, but I don't think electricity has!"

    "Of course inventions are invented. Haven't you heard of the wheel?"

    "QUIET!!" Kermit shouted waving his arms around. All of the Muppets immediately stopped talking all except Janice.

    "...don't care what you say, but I still don't think nude photography's around yet, and-" She looked around. "Oh."

    Kermit scrunched his face up. "Sheesh," he said. He turned to Fozzie. "You'd think one of these days we'd all be quiet WITHOUT a comment like that."


    Meanwhile, back at the Muppet Theater, Bunsen searched high and low for Beaker. His search led him to the canteen, where he found the Swedish Chef preparing some un-edible dish. "Excuse me my foreign fellow," Bunsen said to the Chef. "Have you seen my assistant Beaker?"

    The freezer door flew open and a penguin popped out, holding a cue-card that read "Applause." He looked at what the chef was making, looked at his sign, dropped it, and picked up another sign that read "Ewwwww."

    Bunsen removed his glasses and wiped the rims with his lab coat and put them back on. "Oh Beaker there you are!" he said to Zany. "Come along, I think our machine still has some bugs to work out of it."

    "Boogs?" the chef said. He pulled out a jar filled with bugs. "Ooh guud, vhee yuoo get zeem oooot, breeng zeem here-a. I need luts ooff boogs fur my noo receepe-a- unts oon a lug."

    Zany shook his head and held out another cue card that read "SIGH." Bunsen turned back to the penguin. "Right," Bunsen said. "Now Beakie let's get going," he motioned to the penguin. Zany stared at Bunsen and flipped the cue card so it read "BOO." Bunsen shook his head, "Come now Beaker this is no time to celebrate Halloween, it is January after all!" Zany looked through his cue cards. "AHH" he held up and shook his head, he flipped it "AWW" he threw the card behind his shoulder and went through his other cards, "LAUGH", "GASP", "LAUGH". He finally gave up and said to Bunsen, "You know what, I give up, I'm not your assistant ok? I'm just a penguin holding cue cards because his mother's sick and he needs the extra cash! Sheesh what does a penguin have to do to get some respect?"

    "Respect? Respect?!? " the chef shouted. "Yuoo knoo vhu duesn't get a leeckety-leecking-leeck ooff respect eruoond here-a? Me-a! Nubudy respects zee cuukery cheff! Und vhy? I feed zeem! Iff it ves nut fur me-a, zeey vuoold nut hefe-a unytheeng moonchy-mooncheees tu moonch und iet! Su vhy, vhy, vhy du zeey nut respect me-a? Becoose-a zeey du nut ooferstund me-a! I try tu speek es cleerly es I cun, boot my eccent is tuu theeck! Zeey joost dun't ooferstund thet I'm speekeeng perffect-perffectly guud Ingleesh! Nubudy ooferstunds meee-a!!!"

    With that, he pushed the jar of bugs onto the floor, crashed his head onto the counter, and cried.

    Bunsen patted the Chef on the shoulder, "Oh I am sorry about your pet goldfish," Bunsen said. "Now let us leave him to his missory," he grabbed Zany by the wing and returned to the time machine on stage.


    The bright white light of time slowly grew in the sky. Kermit looked up at it as it came down and shone all around them. "Look at that!" he said. "I bet Bunsen's working on the machine. He'll probably take us back to the present now!"

    "Oh boy I hope so," Rizzo said. "It's almost lunch time!"
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  13. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    *laughing so hard I fell out of my chair*
    This is so hysterical you guys! Rizzo and the fish sticks. Zany. Why make sense when it's more profitable to make dollars (that was Lisa right?). Janice "I don't think nude photography is invented yet" Oh my gosh, there's so much more, I just loved it! Way to go, keep it coming, this is AWESOME!!!
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  14. Fragglemuppet

    Fragglemuppet Well-Known Member

    You know, I just love historical fiction! Add fantasy to it and its better! Add muppets to it, and it's just...just...amazing!! Sooo funny, and including Lips, too! And I never thaught Uncle Deadly would come with them! I love it, and I can't wait to read more!
    One question about Lips though; since I've never seen him, is his character developed enough to really tell much about him, or did you have to make up a personality?
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  15. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Well, Fraggle Muppet, that is a joy of a fan-fic in that you can delve into undeveloped characters. I senced a little Zootness in his in this case, so he was probably used as a sort of Similar-To-The-Rest-Of-The-Band character. But I wrote a fan-fic about Beauregard and delved a long way into his past.

    As for the fan-fic here! It's great! Sam, Uncle Deadly, everyone is great!
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  16. froggiegirl18

    froggiegirl18 New Member

    This is awesome! I too loved the part with Rizzo and Pepe about the fish sticks. I too loved Zany especially "laugh. gasp. laugh" and then his spiel..just brilliant! I look forward to seeing what you two have up your sleeves.:)
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  17. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    And now... Time for something we all relish as writers turned readers... Nagging Lisa!
    Come on, more story please?
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  18. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    Aw Count, you know Prawnie and I would LOVE to post more! But since we're writing the chapters together, and it takes a while to write each chapter, and we both have homework and various other time-absorbing activities, simply wanting to post doesn't mean we can, unfortunately. But I assure you, we're not about to forget about this story, and we should be posting more, um... eventually?

    In the meantime, glad you're reading and enjoying it enough to nag!
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  19. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Yeah, unfourtunately I have to agree with what Lisa says...We just don't have time. But no, we haven't given up, in fact we've been coming up with idea upon idea for the next couple of chapters, so look for it soon! Er...eventually sounds better...:p
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  20. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Bunsen: Why hello there sir, you want more time? I have just the machine...
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