Hi guys. This story is a continuation of Everybody has a Song, and is a bit complex, so for clarity reasons I have stated the name of the chapters’ main character(s) after the chapter number. Hope you guys enjoy! Disclaimer: I do not own Fraggle Rock. I do this for pleasure, not profit. Chapter 1 Red and Gobo As soon as Gobo touched the archway, he felt the wind envelop him. He shut his eyes, still barely believing what had happened just hours ago. The only thing that made it seem real was the awful pain in his chest. It was agony to go back over the weeks and days, trying to figure out what it was about Boober that made Mokey love him enough to want to be his mate. What did Boober have that he lacked? Gobo had wanted to introduce Mokey to a new world- his world, a world where excitement was around every corner, and instead, she’d chosen Boober’s world, a world of pessimism and socks nobody wore. Gobo didn’t understand it. Suddenly, Gobo heard Doc’s door open. Sprocket and Doc came into the room, arguing. “I know I should propose to Ms. Ardath, Sprocket, but I can’t get up the nerve to do it! People don’t get married at my age!” “Rowf!” “I know she’s the same age as I am! I’d just feel like a fool…” Sprocket shrugged, and then noticed Gobo sitting forlornly by the hole in the wall. “Ro-ro!” Sprocket barked, running over to greet his friend. Gobo’s mouth twisted into a pitiful half-smile. “Hey, Sprocket.” “Gobo, what’s wrong?” Gobo stood up, gulped, looked Doc in the eye, and said, “I’m ready to see Outer Space.” Doc blinked. “What brought this on, Gobo?” “Nothing,” said Gobo, breaking eye contact with Doc. Doc didn’t reply. He was deeply troubled. From what Gobo had told him about Fraggle Rock, Doc gathered that Gobo’s home had a society that was much more giving and loving than that of any human’s home. Until people could learn to be as kind as Fraggles, or until Gobo learned more about how cruel some living things could be, he knew a visit to what his young friend called Outer Space could be traumatizing. After all, Gobo wasn’t as dense as his uncle- he wouldn’t just dismiss the facts. “Gobo…I don’t know if you’re ready for that. You don’t know enough. You could get hurt.” “But I can’t go home!” Gobo burst out before he could stop himself. “Mokey-” “Wait a minute. This is about a girl?” “I’m going now. Watch me.” “Gobo, wait!” Gobo ran through the open door and into the road. Suddenly a car speeded down the lonely desert path towards him. Gobo turned and froze in the headlights like a deer. Doc ran after Gobo, and the car swerved out of the way. The driver stuck his head out the window. “Hey buddy, what d’ya think yer doin’?” His face was red with anger. He didn’t wait for an answer; he sped off. Gobo was quivering with shock. After making sure no one was hurt, Doc led Gobo back to the house, explaining about cars and how dangerous they could be. “You mean Silly Creatures ride in those things?” asked Gobo, still shaking. “Those could really hurt someone!” “Obviously he couldn’t see you, like I couldn’t for all those years,” said Doc, stepping over the threshold. “Few people in this world see anything but what they want to see. It takes a very special person to look past the surface, I suppose. But Gobo, this is why I don’t think you are ready. You’ve spent barely five minutes out here and already you got in trouble. You need to go back where you belong.” Gobo nodded mutely. Yes, he would go, but he wasn’t about to go home. He was going someplace that was perhaps even more dangerous than Outer Space, to prove to Mokey that he should be her mate. He would go to the place Boober had run away from. The Grove. 0o0 “It’s not you, Boober, I just don’t think I’m ready to move into your cave yet.” Mokey sat near the pool in the Great Hall, feet dangling in the water. Boober sat next to her. “I knew this wouldn’t last,” he fumed. Mokey smiled at Boober’s paranoia. “Oh, no Boober, I still love you! I’m just worried about Red. Yesterday, she tried to break Gobo’s old records.” Boober’s mouth dropped open. “All of them?” “Yes, all of them. She winces whenever she hears his name. She acts like she can’t stand him whenever the subject of him comes up.” “You haven’t been able to figure out why he left?” “Not yet.” Suddenly, Red ran up to them. “Hi guys! Have you seen Lana? I need to get rid of some stuff Gobo g- I mean, some of my things.” “Lana’s not here,” said Boober, his unseen gaze calculating. “She’s preparing for her Minstrel test.” “Oh,” said Red. “Well, I guess I’ll see you later then.” Her laugh sounded forced. “Mhm,” said Boober as Red ran back to her room.