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Where Your Heart Leads You - A Rowlf Story

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction' started by redBoobergurl, Jul 26, 2005.

  1. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    Beth, you have me so close to tears right now... the only reason I'm not crying is that I was interrupted while reading... but... wow...

    I really, truly, sincerely hope that everything works out okay with... with everything. I really do. And... I'd like to see it... sometime soon...

    And... :) thank you for mentioning Maggie...

    <hugs>
  2. RedDragon

    RedDragon New Member

    Great Chapter!
  3. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    All right, sadly, we finally come to end of this story. I hope you all like the way it ends. I worked hard on it today when I should have been working on real work! Oh well. I'm going to do commentary on this story as well, because I'd like to share my thoughts with you. I also may have one or two deleted scenes. Anyway, I'm ahead of myself. Enjoy the final chapter!

    Chapter Thirteen:

    Rowlf sat down at the table where Wanda was sitting.

    “Hi,” he said.

    “Hi,” she said.

    They were quiet. Wanda looked down nervously at her paws and started picking at the nail polish on her claws.

    “I guess you didn’t remember me,” she said finally.

    “Not right away, but I do now. Wanda, I’m sorry I didn’t remember, but I went through many traumatic experiences as a puppy that I guess I was blocking from my memory,” said Rowlf.

    “I don’t blame you, Crusher is horrible,” said Wanda.

    “Why didn’t you tell me who you were the first day I was here? You never let on that you recognized me! You let me go away and find my family the hard way,” said Rowlf.

    “I’m sorry. I didn’t know who you were until I stepped off of stage to talk to you. I thought you looked familiar and as soon as you said you were Rowlf, I knew. But, when I saw that you didn’t know me, I figured it was for the better. I thought you probably blamed me all these years for your leaving, that you probably regretted ever being my friend.” said Wanda.

    “Wanda, if I regret anything, it is not telling you goodbye and then forgetting all about you all these years. You were my best friend back then. And I always thought you were real pretty,” said Rowlf beginning to blush.

    “So, now what?” asked Wanda.

    “Well, I really want to get to know you again. I’m not the same dog I was when I used to live here. I grew up,” said Rowlf.

    “So did I,” said Wanda.

    “But, I know that you still have the most beautiful singing voice I’ve ever heard and your natural beauty still matches it,” said Rowlf.

    “Oh stop it,” said Wanda beginning to blush now herself.

    “I have a big decision to make,” said Rowlf.

    “Oh I guess you do. Stay here or go back right?” asked Wanda.

    “Yeah. I am so happy to have my family back and to see you again. But, those creatures out there on that bus, they’re my family too. They followed me halfway across the country because they were worried about me. They’ve surrounded me with love all these years. I can’t imagine life without them,” said Rowlf.

    “I can understand that,” said Wanda.

    “And, I love performing. Nothing makes me happier than playing a good tune on the piano. I don’t want to give that up either,” said Rowlf.

    “So what now?” asked Wanda.

    “I don’t know,” said Rowlf.

    “Rowlf, I think you should go back to your life,” said Rowlf’s mom approaching their table. She hadn’t meant to listen in, but motherly instinct told her that her son was struggling with a decision.

    “But mom, I don’t want to lose you guys again!” exclaimed Rowlf.

    “You won’t sweetheart. Now you know where we are and we know where you are. You can visit us anytime you want. We can come visit you too! In fact, I want a front row seat to the Muppet Show sometime so I can brag to all my friends about you,” said Rowlf’s mom.

    “Yeah Rowlf, it will give us an excuse to get out of here once and awhile,” said Charlie as the brother approached the table behind their mom.

    “I guess you guys are right. I mean, that’s what the rest of the gang does. Even Kermit goes to visit the swamp every now and then. But that doesn’t solve my other problem,” said Rowlf looking back at Wanda.

    “Oh what, me? Just visit me when you visit them, it’s that simple,” said Wanda.

    “I’ve got a better idea,” said Rowlf smiling.

    “What?” asked Wanda.

    “Come with me! Kermit’ll let you be on the show. He thinks you’re great! And that way, we can continue to get re-acquainted and well, who knows what else could happen,” said Rowlf smiling.

    “Aww, look at my brother falling in love,” teased Rex.

    “Now slow down guys, we’ve got a lot to learn about each other first,” said Rowlf.

    “Gosh, I don’t know. I’ve wanted to get out of here for so long now. Unlike you, my family is all gone and used up all 9 of their lives. I guess I really have no reason to stay,” said Wanda considering.

    “Go on! Do it!” said Moe.

    “All right, I’ll go with you!” said Wanda.

    “Well, I guess you’d better get packing, I think we should go back with Kermit and the gang,” said Rowlf.

    “Ok, I’ll be right back!” exclaimed Wanda excitedly.

    As she scurried away Rowlf’s mom said, “I think we should say goodbye now my love.”

    “Oh, already? I guess you’re right,” said Rowlf.

    “Hey bro, glad you’re not mad at us and it was good to see you!” said Moe shaking his hand.

    “We’ll get Ma out to see your show soon,” said Rex patting him on the back.

    “Don’t be a stranger this time,” said Charlie.

    “I promise, I’ll be back soon,” said Rowlf embracing each of his brothers. They headed out the door and Rowlf turned to his mother.

    “I’m sorry about the past Mom. I’m glad I found you and I promise to call as soon as I get home. I love you,” said Rowlf.

    “I’ve waited years to hear you say that again Rowlf. I love you too. I promise to come and see you soon, I’ve been needing a vacation for quite sometime now!” said Rowlf’s mom. They hugged each other and Rowlf kissed his mother’s cheek.

    “You take care of that kitty now,” said Rowlf’s mom as she walked out the door.

    Soon, Wanda came and stood next to Rowlf with a suitcase.

    “Ready?” asked Rowlf.

    “As ready as I’ll ever be!” exclaimed Wanda.

    The two of them boarded the Electric Mayhem bus where most everyone was sleeping. Kermit was awake with Dr. Teeth at the front.

    “Well?” asked Kermit.

    “Let’s go home,” said Rowlf.

    Dr. Teeth pulled the bus away from the restaurant followed by Beauregard and they started the journey home.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Several months later it was another Friday night backstage at the Muppet Theater. The show was scheduled to begin in about a half hour and everyone was running around in a hurry.

    “Miss Piggy dear, I have a new costume for you,” called Hilda upstairs. Miss Piggy was now sharing her dressing room with Wanda, which she wasn’t crazy about, but at least Wanda was small.

    “Thank vous Hilda, moi will be right down,” called Miss Piggy.

    Over on the phone Fozzie was talking to his mom. “Hey Mom! I’ve got some new jokes for the show tonight and I’m pretty sure they won’t boo me offstage. Unless they’re ghosts! Wocka Wocka!”

    Scooter typed an instant message to Skeeter, “I gotta go sis, the show is starting soon. I can’t wait to see you this weekend either,”

    “Uncle Kermit, are we going to visit my parents this weekend or are they coming here?” asked Robin in another part of the room.

    “We’re going to the swamp. I promised Aunt Maggie I’d come and see them this time,” said Kermit.

    Rowlf was frantically practicing Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony even though he’d played it a thousand times. He was being showcased tonight because of some special guests and he was actually really nervous.

    Suddenly he felt a hand on his back.

    “Relax baby, they’ll love you no matter what,” said Wanda giving him a peck on the cheek. They were moving very slowly into what could be the early stages of love or just a deep friendship. Either way, both of them were very happy.

    “I know, they’ve never seen me play live though. They’ve never even been here before!” exclaimed Rowlf.

    He was, of course, referring to his family who were in town for the show for the first time ever.

    “Rowlf, two minutes to curtain,” said Scooter.

    Rowlf got up and gave Wanda a hug and walked over to the side of the stage. Soon Kermit was beside him.

    “You’ll be great Rowlf! They love you! They’re family, they’ll love you unconditionally!” said Kermit.

    “I know, I know,” said Rowlf.

    They stood for another second when Rowlf said, “Hey Kermit?”

    “Yeah?” asked Kermit.

    “Thanks,” said Rowlf thanking Kermit for more than just a boost of confidence at that second.

    “You’re welcome,” said Kermit giving Rowlf’s hand a squeeze. He understood. At long last he finally understood.

    Kermit walked out on stage.

    “Our next act showcases our very talented pianist Rowlf the Dog! Rowlf will now perform the challenging Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony! YEAAAA!!!!” exclaimed Kermit as the curtain opened to Rowlf sitting at the piano wearing a coat and tails.

    Rowlf nailed the symphony and received thunderous applause. He looked out to where his family was sitting and saw his mom and brothers on their feet clapping. Rowlf’s mom had tears in her eyes.

    Rowlf looked to the wings and saw Kermit and Wanda also clapping. Wanda blew him a kiss.

    So as he acknowledged one family in the audience and the other backstage, he smiled and thought to himself, “This is where I belong. This is where my heart led me."

    And with that, he took a final bow and went offstage feeling for the first time in years that his life was complete.

    The End
  4. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    <waving arms in air> YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!

    I can't tell you HOW many times I felt like doing that as I read. Well okay, maybe I can. First was when Wanda agreed to go back with Rowlf. I mean, YAAAAAAAAY! And then Rowlf's mom, "You take care of that kitty now." It's so... mommy-ish! (yay for making up words.) I mean it's just... it YAAAAY! And Rowlf, "Let's go home." Just, that simple. Home. Because home is the boarding house, and the theater, and... home. And YAAAAAAAY! And then, it's Friday night- woah, hey, it's tonight!- ok random. It's Friday night, and Piggy and Wanda share a dressing room ha ha! And everybody's talking to family. Scooter and Skeeter on Instant Messanger going to see each other this weekend, awesome, and Fozzie on the phone with his mom, wocka wocka! And Kermit and Robin will be going to the swamp this weekend to visit Robin's parents and AUNT MAGGIE! That's YAAAAAAAAY, and it's <HUGS!> And Rowlf, so so so so so so so nervous, and he does so awesome- in front of BOTH of his families! Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Beth this is so AWESOME!!

    I can't wait for commentary- but I think I'll miss this story...
  5. Xerus

    Xerus Active Member

    That was a wonderful ending and a wonderful story about Rowlf. I'm glad Rowlf has his old family back as well as his Muppet family. I give your story and A! :)
  6. froggiegirl18

    froggiegirl18 New Member

    That was a beautiful story, I can't wait to hear your thoughts and maybe where the idea came from. I think I might read it again to get the overall effect, but now I feel complete, now that the story came to a happy ending. I loved the ending, and thanks for leaving it to the audience to figure out the rest of the story. Awesome job! :)
  7. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments and for reading my story! Commentary and thoughts coming soon, so stay tuned!
  8. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    All right, so now I'm going to go through and post commentary on each chapter, so if you're interested in where this came from, read on! It's kind of like watching a dvd with the commentary on I guess. Anyway, before I post chapter one, I thought I'd explain where the overall idea came from. I could've picked a few different characters to explore where they came from because there are so many Muppets who's pasts are unknown. But, with there being SUCH an absence of Rowlf since Jim passed away, I really wanted to focus on him. Now, I've never known what it was like to not have a family or anything like that, but I still tried to write the best story I could on the topic. So, without further ado, here is chapter one with commentary.

    Chapter One (with commentary):

    The Muppet Theater was chaotic and crazy as usual. The Muppets were in the middle of a new run of shows and so far everything was going…well, chaotic and crazy, but that was nothing new.

    It was Friday night, the night the show is performed, and so of course, backstage was even busier than normal. On top of that, Friday night was the night that most Muppets tried to make contact with their outside families. While the Muppets were really one huge family themselves, they all had extended family living in different parts of the country.
    Commentary: Now, most of my stories I picture as actually being played out as movies, helps me visualize and all that stuff more. If this was an actual movie, I'm not sure how this would be explained. I'm thinking maybe a narrator would be helpful in this case.

    This Friday was no exception to the others, so between makeup and wardrobe preparations, if one looked around backstage they would see various Muppets using various forms of communication to contact their loved ones.

    In one corner Kermit was talking to his nephew Robin.

    “Ok Robin, I’m going to help you with your spelling as soon as the show is over tonight and then we’ll give your parents a buzz, how does that sound?” said Kermit.

    “Sounds good Uncle Kermit! I can’t wait to tell them how well I did on last week’s test!” said Robin.

    “Don’t forget to tell them about your newest Frog Scout merit badge too!” said Kermit as he patted his nephew on the head.

    In another corner of the room, Fozzie Bear was on the telephone.

    “Hey Mom! Looking forward to seeing you soon! Of course I’ll break a leg, they always throw banana peels at me! Wocka Wocka!” said Fozzie obviously talking to his mother, Emily Bear who lived out in the country.
    Commentary: I'm so bad at writing jokes, I could never write a story with Fozzie as the main character!

    Over by the desk, Scooter was sitting at the computer typing an e-mail.

    “Dear Skeeter, How are you doing? I hope you can come visit me at the theater real soon!” typed Scooter. He had recently been reunited with his twin sister and worked hard to make sure they would never lose each other again.
    Commentary: No one caught it, but this was a reference to a role play game that Beau had going earlier this spring called Search for Skeeter. That and so many of us would like to see Skeeter be an actual Muppet.

    Finally, in another corner of the room, Rowlf the dog sat at a piano alone, playing the keys very softly. Rowlf, a usually easy going, good natured dog, was feeling really down on this particular Friday night.

    “Look at all of them. They have no idea how lucky they are. They’ve got brothers and sisters and parents. Even Gonzo has a family. What do I have” said Rowlf to himself.
    Commentary: Of course, a reference to MFS.

    Rowlf sat and watched every Friday when all the various Muppets started getting in touch with their family members. Every Friday he ended up more and more depressed. He didn’t know if he even had a family.

    “I’d give anything to have what they have,” sighed Rowlf to himself.

    Most of the time, Rowlf was happy to have all of the Muppets as his family. But every once and awhile, he felt a longing for something more. He just wanted to know where he came from. He wished he remembered more of his puppy hood.

    He knew he spent some time alone on the streets. Then he was taken in by a very nice woman. She happened to have a piano in her home. Rowlf discovered he had some natural musical talent. The woman encouraged him to go on his way and pursue a career. He ended up with a gig in a restaurant. One day a frog with big dreams came into the restaurant on his way to Hollywood. Rowlf went along and the rest was history. He made some wonderful friends. Friends who were like family. But, still he felt empty inside from time to time.
    Commentary:This has a reference to TMM of course.

    “Rowlf? Rowlf? Two minutes to curtain Rowlf!” exclaimed Scooter pulling Rowlf out of his reflection.

    “Oh? Yeah, I’m on my way!” said Rowlf.

    Usually he’d repress the feelings he had and let them out in the music he would play onstage. He always felt better after performing and would forget how empty he felt. That is, until the next Friday rolled around. Then, the whole dance began all over again.

    “I’m tired of feeling this way. I’ve got to do something about it,” thought Rowlf as he stepped out onto stage.

    He just wasn’t sure what to do.

    Commentary: And so ends chapter one. I didn't want to give away too much in the first chapter, because I wanted everyone to want more and continue to read it!
  9. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    Well, I don't know if anyone's reading the commentary or not, but since I'm bored, I'm going to do some more! It's easier now that the whole story is written!

    Chapter Two (with commentary):

    The show finished with a bang, literally as Crazy Harry set off a large amount of dynamite. This was nothing new to this crowd.

    Now Muppets were everywhere backstage gathering their things, getting ready to go home for the weekend and congratulating each other on another show well done. Or at least celebrating the fact that once again, the theater didn’t burn down.

    “Hey Rowlf, that was a great song you sang tonight!” said Gonzo.

    “Thanks,” said Rowlf. He really just wanted to get out of there.

    “Hey Rowlf, I was thinking, you and I should do some sort of dueling piano thing, but I’ll play my harmonica!” exclaimed Fozzie.

    “Um, I don’t know Fozzie,” started Rowlf.

    “Hey Rowlf, my main dog, the band and I could really use you for next weeks’ number, what do you say?” asked Dr. Teeth as he entered the room.

    “I’m not sure,” said Rowlf.

    “Oh hey, Uncle Rowlf! Did you see my latest frog scout badge?” exclaimed Robin jumping into the conversation.
    Commentary: Rowlf is quickly trying to walk towards the door in this scene and all the various Muppets start surrounding him and shouting everything at once in typical Muppet style.

    “Not yet Robin,” started Rowlf. Suddenly everyone was talking at once about all the things they wanted Rowlf to do. Rowlf was already feeling overwhelmed thinking about his family and it caused something inside of him to snap at this moment.

    “You know what? Just LEAVE ME ALONE! I can’t help any of you right now! I can’t even help myself!!!” yelled Rowlf suddenly.

    Everyone was silent and stunned. This was Rowlf the dog, he never got mad, never even raised his voice. He wouldn’t even hurt his own fleas. All of the Muppets looked at each other nervously as to what to do next.
    Commentary: Rowlf yelling? What? He doesn't do that! That was a hard line for me to write.

    Robin was unafraid of what had just happened. He hopped over to Rowlf and took his hand.

    “Something’s bothering you isn’t it?” asked Robin.

    “I don’t really want to talk about it,” said Rowlf softening a little bit toward the young frog. He really hadn’t meant to yell.
    Commentary: Little Robin is never afraid. I wish he had been featured more in later Muppet Movies, he only gets that bit part in TMM. Robin is so innocent, we need more of him!

    “Well, I think we do need to talk about it,” said Kermit, who had come into the room right during Rowlf’s outburst and was standing behind everyone else.

    “Why don’t the rest of you go on home, we’ll be there in a little while,” continued Kermit.

    With that, all of the Muppets started piling onto the Electric Mayhem’s bus to head back to the Muppet Boarding House. Only Kermit and Rowlf remained in the theater, along with Beauregard, who had stayed behind to mop up the stage and would drive them back in his taxi later. He had the good sense to leave the two of them alone.

    “Rowlf, tell me, what is going on?” asked Kermit after they sat down at a table.

    “I don’t know if I can explain it Kermit. I’ve been really depressed lately,” said Rowlf.

    “I’ve noticed,” said Kermit.

    “You have? I didn’t know it was becoming obvious,” said Rowlf.

    “Well, the last couple of weeks you’ve been out there playing songs like ‘Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen’ and other tunes like that so I figured something was up” said Kermit.
    Commentary: This line drives me nuts, I was trying to think of depressing songs and I could only come up with one! So I added "and other tunes like that" which is ok, but I wish I could've come up with another song.
    “All right, I do know what’s bothering me” said Rowlf.

    “Tell me. Please Rowlf. I’m your friend. I’m here for you,” said Kermit.

    “Kermit, I want to know if I have a family somewhere. I mean you’ve got Robin and all the other frogs back at the swamp. Fozzie has his mother. Scooter has a sister. Gonzo has family too! Kermit, I don’t know where I come from. I want a family,” explained Rowlf.

    “I thought you said you grew up with that lady in Minnesota,” said Kermit.
    Commentary: First shamless reference to me! I'm from Minnesota.

    “Well, she’s just part of where I come from. I wasn’t a young puppy anymore when she took me in. I had to have started somewhere before that! I could have brothers and sisters. Who knows?” said Rowlf.

    “Ok, maybe you do. Let’s get Scooter to help, he could look some stuff up on the Internet for you! You can find all sorts of information that way!” said Kermit.
    Commentary: This was my way of showing how much has changed since the first Muppet Movie. I figured talking about modern technology would show that so much has changed, but the Muppets are still so important.

    “Um, well, that’s a great idea Kermit, but I think I’d like to do it a little differently,” said Rowlf.

    “What do you want to do?” asked Kermit.

    “I want to go find that lady I lived with and see if she knows anything about me from before I came to live with her. And then, I’m going to go find my family,” said Rowlf.

    “Rowlf, are you sure? I’d hate for you to leave! The show needs you!” said Kermit.

    “I know, but I really need to do this. I have to have a family out there somewhere! Maybe they need to know that I’m ok too! I just really need to do this,” said Rowlf.

    “Rowlf, I want you to know, all of us Muppets, we’re your family too,” said Kermit.
    Commentary: Remember this line, it will be important later.

    “Kermit, I know. I don’t think you understand though,” said Rowlf.

    “No, I do, I do. If you want to go find your family, I think that’s great,” said Kermit.

    “Thanks Kermit,” said Rowlf.

    “No problem, we’re going with you!” exclaimed Kermit.
    Commentary: I should've added a line or something about Kermit also putting the show on hold. Just a few lines back Kermit's telling Rowlf not to go because the show needs him. Doesn't the show need everyone? Oops.

    Rowlf couldn’t imagine the entire Muppet brood following him around the country on his search. As much as he did love them, he knew they’d slow him down. Still, Kermit looked so eager.
    Commentary: In a movie version this would be a good scene for Rowlf to actually picture in his mind what the entire Muppet brood going along with him would look like. I could see it being a chaotic and crazy picture and then Rowlf shaking himself out of it, but not wanting to hurt Kermit's feelings.

    “Ok, Kermit, I guess that would be all right,” said Rowlf.

    “Oh good. Now, let’s go home and get a good night’s sleep and come up with a game plan tomorrow. Sound good?” said Kermit.

    “Sure,” said Rowlf.

    They went and found Beauregard and then got in the taxi to head back to the Boarding House. They rode home mostly in silence.

    “Thanks for listening Kermit,” said Rowlf when they arrived and headed up the stairs.

    “Hey, that’s what friends are for!” said Kermit. They said good night and headed to their rooms.

    But, Rowlf couldn’t sleep. He knew Kermit’s intentions were good, but he felt he needed to do this on his own.

    He finally got out of bed and threw all of his possessions into a bag, which pretty much consisted of a few dog bones and a flea collar. He decided he would go on his own to find his family and then come back home to be with his friends. He just needed to do this for himself.

    He looked longingly at his piano on his way out of his room.

    “I’ve got to learn to play a more portable instrument,” he thought to himself.
    Commentary: Weak attempt at humor.

    Finally, he wrote a note to Kermit explaining why he left on his own. Kermit was a good friend and Rowlf was sure he’d understand.

    Then slowly and quietly, Rowlf slipped out of the boarding house and headed to the bus station. With in an hour he was on a Greyhound bound for Minneapolis. He had no idea what was in store for him. But he would find out very soon.
  10. TogetherAgain

    TogetherAgain Well-Known Member

    I'm reading it! And enjoying it! It's funny the little things we realize we should or should not have put in after the whole story is done. About half way through Summer in the Theater, I realized I had Robin reminding Kermit that he didn't have school towards the beginning of the story. Well, of course he didn't have school, it was the middle of summer. <shrug> It's fun when no one catches those things, isn't it?
  11. froggiegirl18

    froggiegirl18 New Member

    Keep going! I loved the little jokes you had in there. You could do a search on like mamma.com for depressing songs. Anyways thanks for doing the commentary, I'm lovin' it so far! :)
  12. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    Chapter Three (with commentary):

    Rowlf managed to get some sleep on the long bus ride. When he got off the bus it was morning. The big city of Minneapolis did not look as familiar as he had hoped it would.

    “I don’t think the woman I lived with lived in the city,” said Rowlf to himself.

    Downtown Minneapolis was hustling and bustling with rush hour traffic and people running around trying to get to work.
    Commentary: It really is a crazy place during the day, lots and lots of people work there.

    “Hmm, I wonder where I could get myself a map. That might help,” thought Rowlf and started walking in the direction of a bookstore across the street from the bus depot.

    He bought a map from the bookstore and started looking for towns that sounded familiar.

    “There it is! Columbia Heights! That’s it! I remember now, it was small town and she lived on a street with lots of trees in a small green house!” Rowlf exclaimed excitedly.
    Commentary: Again, didn't expect anyone to know this, but Columbia Heights is the city I live in, and it's the city my mom grew up in. He's basically trying to find where my Grandma used to live.

    It was less than the width of his finger between the two towns when he measured, so he figured he could walk and get there by noon. It was just a little bit north of Minneapolis.

    “Excuse me miss, which way is north from here?” he asked the salesclerk. While dogs are usually known for their sense of direction, it was not Rowlf's strong suit.

    “Oh, that way is north, walk towards the bridge down there and cross the river,” said the salesclerk.

    “Thanks!” exclaimed Rowlf and hurried on his way. He was excited now. He couldn’t wait to meet his family, but he also couldn’t wait to be reunited with the woman he used to live with. He’d have lots of stories to share with her!

    He walked down the street and started humming to himself, feeling good for the first time in a long time.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Back at the boarding house, the Muppet clan was just beginning to rise for the day. Kermit was in the kitchen putting on the coffee and getting some breakfast ready for Robin.

    “Good morning Uncle Kermit!” exclaimed Robin as he hopped into the kitchen.

    “Good morning Robin!” said Kermit.

    “Uncle Kermit, is Rowlf ok? Did he talk to you about what was bothering him?” asked Robin.

    “Our friend Rowlf has quite a story to tell. I’ll let him share it with everyone when he gets up. He’s going to be ok, but we’re going on an adventure first,” said Kermit.

    “Ooh! An adventure! How exciting!” exclaimed Robin.
    Commentary: This next part is typical Muppet style taken from just about ANY Muppet Movie

    One by one Muppets started piling into the kitchen looking for food. Most were too sleepy to remember the incident with Rowlf the night before.

    Kermit looked around as the room became more and more packed.

    “Where’s Rowlf? Has anyone seen Rowlf this morning?” asked Kermit.

    “Nope, but I did find my whoopee cushion!” exclaimed Fozzie.
    Commentary: Once again, I don't write jokes well so I figured this would be funny enough for Fozzie.

    “Not now Fozzie,” said Kermit.

    “Maybe he’s still sleeping,” said Floyd.

    “Like, yeah, he was rully upset last night. He’s probably like, rully tired you know?” said Janice.

    “Maybe he was abducted by kung fu ninjas and they’ve taken him to become a part of their traveling circus!” exclaimed Gonzo.
    Commentary: I worked so hard on Gonzo's line! I wanted it to be weird and crazy and Gonzo-like and this is what came out. I think it works ok.

    Everyone just stared at him.

    “What? You all think of the obvious response, I was just trying to get points for creativity,” said Gonzo.

    “Gonzo, it’s not a game, I’m really wondering where he is,” said Kermit.

    “Kermie, I’m sure he’s asleep in his room. Janice is right, he was really upset. If it were moi, I would sleep all day,” said Miss Piggy.

    “Yeah, you’re right. I think I’ll go check on him, make sure he’s ok,” said Kermit.

    The kitchen got back to being noisy and crazy while Kermit went upstairs. The door to Rowlf’s room was closed.

    Kermit knocked lightly on the door. “Hey Rowlf? Are you still sleeping? That’s ok, but maybe you could come downstairs so we can talk to the gang about your family?” asked Kermit.

    There was no response.

    He knocked again a little harder. “Rowlf? I’ll leave you alone so you can go back to sleep in a minute, I just want to know what I should tell everyone. Rowlf?” he asked.

    Finally he decided to open the door. “Rowlf, please, just get up for a minute…”started Kermit and trailed off as he saw Rowlf’s bed neatly made.

    “What in the world?” he thought. He walked closer to the bed and saw a note. He picked it up and read it.

    “Oh no Rowlf. Why did you do that?” said Kermit.

    “Do what Uncle Kermit? Hey, where’s Rowlf?” asked Robin coming into the room behind Kermit.
    Commentary: Now if this was a t.v. show, it would probably end here as a huge cliffhanger! Just kidding, but I wanted to leave it here for awhile and focus on Rowlf.
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    Rowlf had been walking for hours it seemed and he really hadn’t gotten very far at all. He’d barely gotten out of the city. And he was hungry.

    “I’d better stop for lunch,” he thought. He saw a restaurant on the other side of the street called Jazzmine’s.
    Commentary: There really is a Jazzmine's in Northeast Minneapolis and they have really good jazz music on the weekends.

    “Hey! I’ll bet they have music there! Maybe they’ll let me play some piano too!” thought Rowlf as he hurried across the street.

    Inside it was dark and cool and the food smelled wonderful. He could hear someone with a deep female voice singing “Summertime.” He decided to go down in front and listen even closer.

    On stage was a beautiful cat with brown and tan tiger stripes wearing a purple dress and singing. Rowlf was amazed at her talent. He’d never heard a cat sing like that before. Usually they just sat on a fence and howled at the moon.
    Commentary: This was challenging because I was introducing a new character. It would essentially be a new Muppet. I should've have described her better, but I'll be honest, at this point in the story I didn't know what her role really was!

    She finished her song. “Thank you, thank you. Hope you enjoyed Jazzmine’s Jazzy Lunch Hour. Come back tonight for cocktails and swing,” said the cat and hurried off stage.

    Rowlf opened up a menu. “Whoa! I don’t think I can afford to eat here. I’d better go,” he thought to himself.

    He stood up to leave when he heard a voice from behind. “Why are you leaving? Did I do something to offend you?”

    He turned around and saw the cat standing there.

    “Oh, you’re a dog! Ok, ok, I get it, never mind!” said the cat and started to hurry away.

    “Wait, miss, I’m not like that! I don’t eat cats, they’re my friends! Really!” exclaimed Rowlf and ran after her.

    “Oh, ok, if you say so,” said the cat tentatively.

    “I was just going to leave because, well, it’s a long story,” said Rowlf.

    “I’ve got time,” said the cat, “you looked like you were lonely when I was up on stage.”

    “Yeah, I’m kind of on a journey. I could really use some help,” said Rowlf.

    “Ok, what’s your name?” asked the cat.
    Commentary: Obviously we learn more about her later in the story and it sort of contradicts what goes on in this chapter, but I hope I explained it well enough when it gets to that point.

    “Rowlf. What’s your name?” asked Rowlf.

    “My name’s Wanda. As long as you don’t want to chase me or eat me, I’m happy to try and help you,” said Wanda.

    She joined him at his table and listened to his story. She even got him some ham to eat for free.

    “All right, you’re still quite a way from where you want to be, so here’s what we’re going to do. We’ll get you on a truck that’s going that direction,” explained Wanda.

    “I don’t really have any money though,” said Rowlf.

    “It’s all right, it’s our supply truck! You can just ride in the back! Now listen, it will be stopping at a grocery store right in the town you want to be in! It’ll take you about a half hour to get there. We’ve got to hurry though, it’s leaving soon!” exclaimed Wanda.

    “Wow, thanks! I just have to ask before I go, where did you learn to sing like that?” said Rowlf.

    “Years of practice. Now let’s hurry!” said Wanda.

    She helped him climb in the back of the truck. They exchanged goodbyes.

    “I wish I could’ve spent more time with you, you’re really lovely,” said Rowlf.
    Commentary: I was trying to hint at a slight romantic connection even though I didn't know if her character was going to be in the rest of the story

    “Well, you’re the nicest dog I’ve ever met. Uh-oh, speaking of dogs, I gotta go!” she exclaimed and ran away.

    “Wait! Wanda!” said Rowlf calling after her. Then he saw the reason she ran away. A big, huge bulldog was coming down the alley.

    “Hey you! You see a cat?” he asked.

    “Nope. No cats around here! Just a dog!” said Rowlf. “A very domesticated dog” he thought to himself secretly afraid of the big dog.

    “I thought I saw you talking to a cat! You’d better not be lying! No one lies to Crusher and gets away with it!” growled Crusher.
    Commentary: I keep picturing the big mean cartoon bulldog in the Disney cartoons with Pluto, turn him into a Muppet and you've got Crusher

    “Crusher?” thought Rowlf to himself.

    “I’m not lying! Really!” exclaimed Rowlf. Suddenly the truck roared to life and started pulling away from the alley.

    “If I were you I’d stay away from here!” yelled Crusher as the truck drove away.

    “Believe me, I will. Poor Wanda,” thought Rowlf. Then he turned his thoughts back to the adventure at hand. He was on his way again.
    Commentary: Again, I didn't know what to do with Wanda or Crusher really so I left it open that they could appear again if I wanted them to or I could've just left them in this chapter. I'm glad I used them more though, it really helped in the long run.
  13. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    Chapter Four (with commentary):
    Commentary: When I originally posted this, I posted it as chapter three again! With all that had happened so far you'd think I would've known it was chapter four! Thanks to RedDragon for pointing that out to me!

    Kermit turned to look at Robin with the note in his hand.

    “Um, Rowlf isn’t here right now,” said Kermit starting to get a little panicked.

    “Is everything ok?” asked Robin.

    “It will be. Right now, I need you to help me get everyone into the dining room for a meeting,” said Kermit getting his head on straight. He didn’t quite understand why Rowlf left without saying anything, but he knew that they couldn’t let him wander the country alone.

    “Ok Uncle Kermit!” exclaimed Robin and hopped away.

    Within minutes all of the Muppets were gathered into the dining room and were talking very loudly as usual.
    Commentary: Another famous Muppet type scene. Next to the lines below, I will type in bold who was saying what although some of them are quite obvious.

    “Kermit, why are we here?” Fozzie

    “Kermit, what’s going on?” Scooter, although I should've had him say "Boss"

    “Kermie, Moi has something very important to get to.” Piggy

    “Hey Kerm, does this have something to do with the dog?” Clifford

    “Yeah Kermit, where’s Rowlf?” Dr. Teeth

    “DOGGIE! DOGGIE!” Animal

    “Everyone just be quiet!!!” exclaimed Kermit breaking up the chatter.

    “And I said look man, I’ll do a lot of things, but not a spread like that, even if you think it’s artworthy,” said Janice not paying attention like always.
    Commentary: I worked hard at this line trying not to make it TOO inappropriate but keeping with traditional Janice.

    “Janice! Why is it everytime I gather everyone together you’re the last one talking? You know what it doesn’t matter,” said Kermit.
    Commentary: Ok Kermit, do you really want to open that can of worms right now? Still, I thought it would be funny for Kermit to call her on that.

    “Sorry,” said Janice.

    “It’s fine. Now the reason I’ve got you all here does have something to do with Rowlf,” said Kermit. With the undivided attention of all the Muppets in the room Kermit started to tell Rowlf’s story.

    Everyone was silent for once. No one could believe how much Rowlf had been hurting. Kermit continued by reading the note that Rowlf left.

    Dear Kermit and friends,
    I hope you can understand that this is a journey I have to make alone. I appreciate your friendship and the fact that you all care for me so much, but I just have to do this for myself. I’m going to Minnesota to find the woman who took me in so many years ago and I’m hoping she’ll lead me to my family. I promise to call and let you know that I’m ok and once I find what I’m looking for, I will come home. I just need to make the emptiness go away. I hope you can understand.
    Your Friend,
    Rowlf

    “Like, wow, everyone should know where they come from,” said Janice breaking the silence at long last. Floyd squeezed her hand.

    “I couldn’t imagine not knowing my mom,” said Fozzie quietly.

    “I know how he feels, I hope he finds what he’s looking for,” said Gonzo.

    Everyone looked at him. It hadn’t been that long ago that they had been on a similar journey with Gonzo.
    Commentary: I did my best to make sure this story didn't parallel MFS too much considering it's a similar concept, not knowing where you come from or who your family is. I figured it would help to reference it

    “Uncle Kermit, are we going to let Rowlf go find his family all alone? What if something happens to him?” said Robin.

    “Well Robin, I had offered for all of us to go with him, but he left during the night,” said Kermit.

    “Oh,” said Robin looking crestfallen.

    “But that doesn’t mean we’re going to continue to let him do this alone. We’re going to go find him!” exclaimed Kermit.

    “Yea! I want to give him a big hug!” said Robin.

    “Well you can do that as soon as we find him, but we’re going to need a plan,” said Kermit.

    “I’ve got the paper towels!” said Lew Zealand.
    Commentary: I just couldn't resist the urge to throw this line in here!

    “Not this time!” groaned Fozzie.

    So for the next half hour the Muppets poured over maps and figured out a route to get them to Minnesota. Once they got there they would just have to ask around to find Rowlf.

    “All right everyone, pack your things and be back here in 10 minutes!” exclaimed Kermit.

    Chaos ensued. He knew it would take closer to a half hour to get everyone loaded onto the Electric Mayhem bus, but he didn’t want to waste anytime. As he watched everyone running around he sank down in the chair with a wistful look in his eye.

    “Kermie? Are you ok?” asked Piggy.

    “I just wish I had known that he felt like this,” said Kermit.

    “Oh Kermie, I don’t think any of us knew he felt like this,” said Piggy.

    “You’re probably right,” said Kermit.

    Piggy left him to go pack her things and Kermit knew they’d be waiting for her later, so he didn’t tell her what was really bothering him and had been since the whole thing began.

    Why weren’t they good enough? Why weren’t they simply enough? It bothered Kermit that he felt this way and he thought that maybe Rowlf was right, he didn’t understand.
    Commentary: And once again we peek inside of Kermit's internal conflict, so really we have two different things going on in this story.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Rowlf didn’t get too comfortable in the back of the truck because Wanda had said it would take him a half hour to get where he was going and that wasn’t a real long time.

    Sure enough, after only a little while, the truck stopped. Rowlf looked out the back and saw the grocery store that Wanda was talking about. He quickly jumped out of the truck before someone saw him and started walking again.

    The only problem was, the surroundings didn’t look that familiar.

    “Hmm…” he thought to himself. He looked around and saw a street passing by the store. Then he saw the street name. 44th Avenue. He remembered that the house he lived in was on 44th Avenue and 4th Street! So all he had to do was walk either left or right.
    Commentary: All of the streets named are real streets in the city I live in!

    This posed a new dilemma since the cross street to 44th at this point was Central Avenue.

    “Well, I left my heart somewhere around here, so I guess I’ll go left!” thought Rowlf and smiled at the pun. He was definitely feeling a little better. And it was still very early in the day so he also felt like he had accomplished a lot.
    Commentary: I threw in the pun to show Rowlf being more like Rowlf. As much as I love Rowlf, the wittiness of his character just wasn't always coming to me. I did my best though.

    He started walking to the left and was hopeful that he picked the right way. He couldn’t wait to see the woman he lived with again. It had been so long.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Back at the Muppet Boarding House everyone was finally situated onto the bus and a few squeezed into Beauregard’s cab. Scooter and Rizzo had agreed to stay back at the house in case Rowlf called.
    Commentary: I just remember everyone cramming into both of those vehicles in GMC, so that is what I pictured here.

    “All right everyone let’s find Rowlf!” exclaimed Kermit.

    Everyone cheered as the vehicles pulled away.

    “I just hope we can find him,” thought Kermit to himself then turned his thoughts to navigator as he pulled out the map.
  14. froggiegirl18

    froggiegirl18 New Member

    Thanks for the commentary so far, keep going!
  15. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Wow... Rully good story here Beth, sorry I didn't check it out sooner.
    And uh... Will the commentary continue? But one thing I'd like to know... If I could...
    Does Rowlf's Mom have a name? If so, what is it?
  16. ReneeLouvier

    ReneeLouvier Active Member

    please continute with the commentary! This is rully funny, Beth!!
  17. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    Wow, thanks for the bump guys! I had forgotten I was doing commentary! Since you'd like to see more, I will keep going (even though I wrote this months ago!) perhaps sometime this weekend.

    In answer to your question Ed, I never did come up with a name for Rowlf's mother and it still bothers me to this day. She should have a name and maybe I'll be able to come up with one. Hmmm...

    Anyway, thanks for the nice comments everyone! I had such a great time writing this story. I wish I could write some more like this.
  18. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    OK... Just hope you're able to come up with something soon... Would like to have a double nod now that my story's coming to the tribute show finale.
  19. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    All right, this just came to me and not because I'm rushing to get it in your tribute Ed, I just thought of it now. I think Rowlf's mom's name would be good as Felicia. It's pretty and it suddenly just came to me and I think it fits. :)
  20. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks... Yes... Sounds fine, though the only Felicia I know is The Black Cat from Spider-Man...
    But let's see if I can crank out the beginning before retiring into the ol' coffin.


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