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Voiceless (Dedicated to Richard Hunt)

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction' started by Ozymandias, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. Twisted Tails

    Twisted Tails Well-Known Member

    I knew Steve Whitmire took over Beaker and Kermit. Well, this is awesome! I cannot wait for one more chapter. I knew what took you so long. Writer's block! Bleech! Those are awful! No wonder this chapter took you forever. More soon okay?
  2. MissMusical12

    MissMusical12 Well-Known Member

    Awwww....poor Janice....:cry: Please write more.
  3. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    Glad to see this story continuing!

    I liked your portrayal of Janice's doubts and fears. Not only has she lost someone important, she's faced with the prospect of possible replacement, no matter how much the guys try to reassure her. Not even Floyd can allay those fears, I think.

    The scene with Beaker and Steve is interesting. It's almost like a laying-on of hands? So...humans have the power to just "give a voice to" a Muppet, yet they're not puppets per se? Intriguing. Odd, but intriguing. And Bunsen getting so excited he spills hot coffee on poor Beakie...yeah, things'll be just fine.

    One small niggle: um, did you intend to write "upload his legacy" or is that just an unintentionally amusing typo? ;)

    Hope you finish this one out. The aftermath of a death is always much more important than the death itself, for those who go on. Bravo.
  4. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias Well-Known Member

    Glad you liked it. :) Yeah, I can kind of relate to Janice. I was recently laid off one of my jobs as well, and even though I knew that my replacement was necessary and I had agreed to it beforehand, it still kind of stings a bit. :(

    Kind of. Basically, to give a muppet a voice, the muppeteer needs to take control of the muppet like a puppet at least once, meaning that they temporarily lose the muppetness that they need to stand independent of their puppeters, and become...well, just puppets. Once the new voice is tried out, then the puppeteer removes his or her hands and the muppet can stand on his or her own again. In order to continue keeping the voice, this needs to happen at least once a week, when the Muppets and Muppeteers are working together. :) I hope this doesn't sound too confusing or far-fetched.

    *headdesk* Can you tell I was half asleep when I wrote most of this? I meant to say 'uphold'. XD I need to do some editing on that post later (to correct some formatting as well as correct that mistake).

    I intend to. :) I only have two more major scenes to write, so those should only be about a chapter to cover (depending how long the Electric Mayhem auditioning scene ends up being). Thanks again for reading! :)
  5. Powerstars

    Powerstars Well-Known Member

    Beautiful. Just freaking beautiful. I love it.
  6. Aaron

    Aaron Well-Known Member

    What happened to this story?
  7. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias Well-Known Member

    ^ FINALLY FINISHED, that's what happened to it.

    That's right, ladies and gentlemen, the final chapter of Voiceless is sitting RIGHT here in my harddrive, after a one-year hiatus due to losing interest in The Muppets for a while and other nasty personal problems coming up. *shudders* Anyway, finally, THE CONCLUSION. Enjoy! :D

    Chapter 12

    Janice gave one quick nod. She had found her replacement.

    “Congratulations, Ms. Rabbit,” Dr. Teeth crowed excitedly, “and welcome to the band!”
    It had been a long day of auditions. Singer after singer had come forward, some with instruments, some not. There were a few good players, and several of the girls could carry some kind of tune, but unfortunately most of them reminded Janice of dying crows or warbling cows. The ones that could sing specialized in a different style than the jazz/rock that The Electric Mayhem grooved to, and though they had sent several hopefuls to the orchestra pit or the choir (as good musicians should never go to waste), they still hadn’t found anyone to fit the role.
    Rabbit changed all that.
    “We’re sorry, but we can’t have you in The Electric Mayhem at this time.” The words, though softly spoken, still sounded harsh to Dr. Teeth as Janice once again silently vetoed another candidate. The red-haired cat softly nodded and walked off the stage after a quiet “Thank you for your time”.
    “Candidate #80?” Scooter called out backstage. He sounded exhausted.
    Janice sat up in surprise as the next muppet walked out on stage. She was a humanoid based off of an African woman, dressed in a traditional Nigerian dress, yellow with a green sash, her hair wrapped up in a matching green gele that towered almost a foot off of her head. She was beautiful!
    “Hello, what’s your name, doll?” Dr. Teeth asked, leaning forward in his chair, gold tooth flashing as he gave her a disarming grin.
    “My name,” she said in a thick Nigerian accent, “is Olowerabbit, but you may call me Rabbit.” She smiled back nervously.
    “Olo-what?” Dr. Teeth blinked.
    “Right, Ms. Rabbit. What will you be singing for us today?”
    “I will be singing Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good”. I understand that Ms. Janice has covered it once before?” Rabbit asked.
    Janice nodded. “That she has.” Dr. Teeth said. “Wise choice. Alright, Ms. Rabbit, the stage is yours!”
    Rabbit stood back, took a deep breath, and started singing completely acapella. Dr. Teeth immediately sat even more forward in his chair. Janice’s eyes widened, and then focused.
    Birds flying high,
    You know how I feel.
    Sun in the sky,
    You know how I feel.
    Janice’s mind was reeling as Rabbit continued to sing. The song wasn’t absolutely perfect, but then again, it was almost impossible to match up with Nina Simone. What was important was that Rabbit was singing this just as well as Janice ever had, which was a lot better than the other auditions had. The singer’s eyes were closed, and a smile was gracing her beautiful lips.
    Breeze drifting on by,
    You know how I feel.
    It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life
    For me,
    And I’m feeling good.
    She was improvising, stressing other syllables, trilling in all the right places, a wonderful jazz singer. For the first time that day, Janice smiled. Rabbit got through the second verse and was about to hit the third one when Dr. Teeth raised his hand. Instantly, she quieted.
    “I’m all for you!” He bellowed. “That was fantastic!” Rabbit’s face broke out into a huge grin as she thanked him. “I’d take you on immediately, but my vote isn’t the one that counts here. Janice?” He turned to her.
    She looked at Rabbit, and as she did, a million thoughts went through her head. Like, I know this is only gonna be temporary and all, and like, she’s a really good singer and she’ll fit right in, but if it all goes wrong and I leave…will she be able to replace me? Would I let her replace me, if I had to and it was good for the band?
    A minute passed, and Janice finally made her decision.

    It hurt. There were too many things here that reminded him of what had happened, and what he had lost.

    Scooter walked through the empty theatre with his gym bag in hand, gathering what belongings he had left still at the theatre. He had cleared out of his Uncle’s place earlier while he’d been out for the day, not wanting to cause a fuss, and had left him a letter, thanking him for all the kindnesses he had shown Scooter and his sister. He had left one there for his sister there too, on the off-chance she ever came back to visit. He half smiled at that. Perhaps it was in the blood, a nomadic strain that could not and would not die.

    It hurt too much being here, so soon after Richard’s passing, now alone. Scooter straightened his shoulders and adjusted the strap of his bag. He’d already said his goodbyes to his friends here, albeit rather subtly. He didn’t want them to talk him out of it, not this time.

    He knew what he had to do.

    Slipping into Kermit’s office, he gathered what small amount of paperwork he had kept there for safekeeping in the files - passport, birth certificate, medical papers – and turned to leave, only to see Kermit standing in the doorway. The frog’s arms were limp at his sides, and his shoulders were slumped.

    “You’re leaving?”
    A jumbled mess of thoughts rattled around Kermit’s skull. I don’t want him to go. He shouldn’t go, we need him here, but you aren’t being fair Kermit, how many times did you want to do the same when Jim died and how many times do you STILL want to do the same if only for a little while, but you couldn’t because you’re the head of this household and they needed you more than you needed yourself and oh Scooter oh Scooter I can’t do that to you. We want you and I need you but you need this more than you need me.

    Scooter’s face set in determination. Don’t try to stop me.

    “I won’t stop you.” Kermit said softly. Go now, go on, take the chance that I could not. “But before you leave, let me give you something.” Scooter’s determination shifted into surprise, and a little bit of curiosity, then into outright shock as the little green frog barreled forward and enveloped him into a tight hug. Tears spilled as he hugged Kermit back.

    “I am so proud of you,” Kermit finally said, stepping back to look at Scooter, tears in his own eyes. “I am so proud of who you’ve become. You came here a boy, but you are now well on your way to becoming a man…er, muppet.” Scooter cracked a smile at that. “I know it’s time to let you go, but listen to me, if there’s ever a time that you are in need of us or want to come back, the door here and the door to my home are always open for you.” He hugged Scooter again. “We love you, Scooter. I love you.”

    Scooter quietly pulled out of the hug, reached over for a pen and piece of paper, and wrote back And I love you, all of you. Thank you for all that youve done for me. You saved my life.

    He wrote down one final message, folded the paper in half and headed to the door. Kermit followed and walked with Scooter all the way to the side entrance of the theatre. A taxicab was waiting, and one train ticket stuck out of Scooter’s pocket.

    “Goodbye, Scooter.” Kermit could barely get the words out past the big lump clogging his throat.

    Scooter passed him the paper. With one last hug, he got into the taxicab and drove away. Kermit watched him until he disappeared, then unfolded the paper.

    The next time that I see you, I will call out to you, and I will be singing again.

    It was the last time Kermit saw Scooter for a long, long time.

    The End
    Author's Note: Scooter was a retired character froom Richard's death until 2000, quite a few sttretch of years. I can see him leaving during that time, to settle his grief and to find peace. I might write some snippets of what happened to him during those years, so keep an eye out for those.
    Olewerabbit is one of my OCs who will definately be cameoing in my later fics. She is based off of the Nigerian women that I knew back in my old church, who really did dress like Rabbit did on Sundays.

    THANKS AGAIN EVERYBODY FOR READING THIS!!!! Thank you for your patience and for sticking with me for so long as well. :) A million thank yous and good night! *vanishes*
  8. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    An appropriate ending to a wonderful story. ;)

    DrDientes and Ozymandias like this.
  9. Ozymandias

    Ozymandias Well-Known Member

    Grr, I just noticed an error. Rowlf is supposed to be calling the auditions for the Electric Mayhem, NOT SCOOTER. >_> Scooter is still voiceless, duh.

    Also, thank you all for your lovely reviews! :D
  10. Aaron

    Aaron Well-Known Member

    Love this story, i'll be crossing my fingers for those snippets!
  11. LipsGF4Life

    LipsGF4Life Well-Known Member

    What about when Rudman comes in and gets Janice's voice back?
    Janice+Floyd<3 likes this.
  12. Janice+Floyd<3

    Janice+Floyd<3 Well-Known Member

    Awe what a beautiful story great writing dear!
    LaniArianna likes this.
  13. LipsGF4Life

    LipsGF4Life Well-Known Member

    Can there be an epiloge to this story? Janice getting her voice back? Scooter reterning to the theater with his new voice? Sweetums' new voice?
    Janice+Floyd<3 likes this.
  14. aebthegofer

    aebthegofer Well-Known Member

    I just recently joined this forum, so I'm a little late in replying to this! ;)
    I loved this tribute! Scooter is my favorite Muppet and Richard is my favorite muppeteer. Thank you for doing such a good job!
    *wipes tears from eyes*


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