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Calendar Oneshots: November Reunions.

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction' started by The Count, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    It was another clear day in the town where all manner of Muppets and humans lived together, if a bit chilly due to cold winds beginning to blow. And as nice as the outside looked, it went unnoticed due to the activity happening inside the home of the theater's piano-playing dog. His wife, Wanda, a sensible calico cat was running the vacuum cleaner across her home's tiled floor ready to switch to mop and bucket for one last cleaning before company decided to arrive. She had volunteered to host the Thanksgiving dinner this year, asking that the guests help out by contributing some of the sundried side dishes.

    "Hey mom," called out their son from his room.
    "What is it Alex?" she answered back.
    "Can I invite a date over?"
    "Sure…," she started to answer, "who is she?"
    "Is that the cheerleader you went out with to the movies last summer?"
    "Yep, that's her all right."
    "Of course she can come."
    "Thanks mom."
    Wanda purred pleased with herself, thinking how nice it was her boy was getting along so well with a girl of his own. She flashed back to when she was their age. Done with the floors, she went upstairs to her master suite for a quick bath and a change of clothes. Given that the turkey had been prepared yesterday, this gave her enough time to finish dressing in time to greet the first couple of guests at their door personally.


    The parade was in full festive swing, floats of varying franchises driven down the bustling city streets. Citizens and visitors alike lined the sidewalks in hopes of grabbing the perfect spot to watch everything. The first of these presented a proud blue-armored robotic warrior, his eager transformative dog barking in delight at the kids who cheered their appearance. Next came what looked like an ancient castle, the music sweeping identified this most magical of all landscapes with their spellcasting students. Because they had to share the float last time, the Warner siblings—all three of them—were happier at having a parade vehicle all to themselves now, their signature water tower serving as the rear turret for launching confetti at the crowd. Not to be outdone, a cloud of purple smoke shot out cloaking the following float in its fearsome fog, the avian crimefighter set on having his moment in the spotlight. Fans clapped as another float came around the corner—you had to clap—the song sung by the colorful creatures inside the open cavelike enclosure was that infectious. Without warning, an impressive golden pirate ship wheeled its way along the parade route, its specially skilled crew still in search of the legendary Gold Rogers' treasure. After that came an ornate Chinese dragon head, attached to the body of the float where the members of the Long family (in dragon form) felt at home since this town wasn't all that different or far from NYC. The next entry showcased a beautiful bride blowing kisses before cutting into the wedding cake—even if the entire wedding party was composed of skeletal corpses. Owing to how much fun they had had less than a month ago, the Pumpkin King with a skeletal grin had been granted a reprieve, allotting him a stage for his demonic denizens to perform their own holiday anthem. Following them was a woodland scene, a blue spiked hedgehog running on a central treadmill lane satisfying his constantly craved need for speed. An eerie aria played, ushering the crumbling inner sanctum underground library, finishing as the decrepid host popped up from his comfortable coffin like a demented jack-in-the-box. An enlargened lasagna pan on rollers lazily proceeded, the fat orange cat lounging on an inflated noodle raft in its middle batted a paw at his adoring fans. An arena followed that, two trainers poised to do battle, a yellow rodent bristling with electricity crackling off of its whisker and tail tips. And wouldn't you know it... One of the town regulars had to get in on the act. Donning a red wig, she trailed them doggedly—her own dogs trailing her in turn—failing to snatch the rodent into her hovering hot air balloon. But the applause became deafening when the famed amphibian arrived in front of a recreation of their town hall, decorated with props representing the Hensonian productions from over the years, singing his new Christmas classic "I Believe". Only one float left, instrumental guitar rifts played out the retreating form of the satellite's inner bridge where you could see the wisecracking interstellar movie hecklers.


    Wanda put down a platter of garlic mushrooms and cheese-stuffed peppers as an offering of appetizers for those who were watching the parade on the living room's television set. Sara awed with obvious delight, Scooter picking up on the smaller background details. Walter whooped at Kermit's rendition. Wanda often joked she would leave her husband for the Muppet troop's newest addition, though there was no real truth to it, so she used the line whenever she could. The theater's phantoms even managed to drop by, bringing a bag of ice for the fridge. Alex and Puffy were talking up a storm over in their little corner. And then Rowlf finally came in from wherever he'd gone off to. "Hey guys, look who the dog dragged in," he announced, as Boss Frog and Lady Hog themselves entered the quaint abode.

    Now that most of the party was at the table, they could dig into the feast. Rowlf reached for the knives to carve up the main meat. "uh, aren't you forgetting something Rowlfie?" his wife asked. "Oh yeah, almost forgot." Sitting back, the big dog tried to quell the conversations. Since it was useless, he looked at Floyd for assistance. The basist knew his cue, yanking on Animal's chain for the drummer to belt out his standard "QUIIIIIEEEEEEET! ! !" "…and then I said, look buddy, I don't care how far apart you want me to spread my…sorry," Janice muttered. "Okay guys," Rowlf began. "This family has a tradition for Thanksgiving. Instead of saying grace..." "Grace!" cried the bear comedian, not one to miss a mark. Dora gently shushed him, allowing the host to continue. "What we do is each say one thing we're each thankful for. I'll start. I'm thankful for a good family and a good life." "I'm thankful that we're all together, spending time like a family should," Wanda spoke, second in line. The hostess motioned for the line to carry on, "no stopping this train now it's left the station" she thought.

    "I'm thankful for all the woooonderful people who've made Moi's season positively radiant."

    "I'm glad my jokes didn't fall flat."

    "I'm thankful to Mrs. Bear for reintroducing us."

    "I'm thankful for that chance to pull off some insane stunts underground."

    "My uncle says he's thankful to the Muppets—and all the revenue they've generated."

    "Mee mee moo meepy-meep-mee-mee-moo."

    "I'm glad for that trip to Vegas where I met my baby."

    "Vegas! Vegas!"

    "I give thanks for another green Christmas."

    "Thanksgiving, a more patriotic holiday there couldn't be."

    "Hey, about the music? The band needs another number!"

    "Most indubitably, my fellow sergeant-at-arms."

    "Yeah, I'm thankful my band got that huge record deal."

    "Hi is tankful for all the fine ladies here okay."

    "Get your own date shrimp."

    Every Muppet had a turn—thankful that the giving thanks were over and finally feasting on the goodies provided for the meal. Hey, what do you expect, they were hungry by this time! While watching the good-natured babbling, eating, and laughing, a song found its way unbidden into the calico's head. Unknown to anyone, she started singing it in her sweet internal voice.

    "There are places I remember.
    All my life, though some have changed.
    Some forever not for better.
    Some have gone and some remain.
    All these places have their moments.
    With lovers and friends.
    I still can recall.
    Some are dead and some are living.
    In my life I've loved them all.

    But of all these friends and lovers.
    There is no one compares with you.
    And these memories lose their meaning.
    When I think of love as something new.
    Though I know I'll never lose affection.
    For people and things that went before.
    I know I'll often stop and think about them.
    In my life I love you more.

    Though I know I'll never lose affection.
    For people and things that went before.
    I know I'll often stop and think about them.
    In my life I love you more.
    In my life I love you more."

    *A/N: Sorry this one was also posted late. Thanks to Aunt Ru for providing the song for this fic. This one I dedicate to Beth (redBoobergurl), hope she and all other readers like it.
  2. Vincent L

    Vincent L Well-Known Member

    Very nice, very descriptive. :)
    Loved Janice's line. :laugh:
  3. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    Wow, Ed...this seriously made me tear up, especially Wanda singing "In My Life" in her head - one of my favorite songs. You captured these characters I love so much so well, I think this is exactly how Thanksgiving would look in their house at this point in time. And I even caught the reference to my signature - leaving my husband for Walter! The little details, man, you are just so awesome! I loved every little bit, I'm so glad I saw this first thing this morning! Thank you. Thank you so much. ((HUGS))
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  4. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    That's why I've been doing these oneshots, for the people I know will enjoy reading them and catch those little details, like I'm hoping a certain someone with the hot air balloon.

    *Hands Vincent a white macadamia 2 and a chocolate chip 3 to Beth.
  5. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    I think I know most of the parade float references. Most. Fun trying to guess, anyway!

    But Ed! Rowlf and...a CAT? Where the heck did that come from?? I'm just not seeing it. Noooope. Nope nope nope nope...and they have a kid? Would that be a cuppy? or a pitten?

    At any rate, very cute. Glad Dr F didn't spoil the parade this year! :)
  6. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Kris! You finally made it. Tired from chasing the ol' Winnebago huh?
    If you have doubts on the parade floats, ask and ye shall be answered.
    You're unfamiliar with Rowlf and Wanda? And their son Alexander Moe? Chica, get to reading redBoobergurl's Rowlf's Stories over in the FLI! Now!
    And do you want me to spoil the surprise of what Alex is at this moment or do you want to wait through the entire series to find out?

    And why am I asking so many questions?
    Anyhew... *Hands Kris a peanut butter 4 cookie.
    *Looks forward to epilogue to add Kris's monsterpiece as well.
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  7. TheWeirdoGirl

    TheWeirdoGirl Well-Known Member

    I really like this, it's very nice. And it reminded me to fix the fact that I haven't watched Animaniacs in ages.
  8. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Thank you for reading TheWeirdoGirl. *Hands her an oatmeal raisin 5 cookie.
  9. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Fraggles, Darkwing Duck, and the nenizens of Halloween Town in the same place? You win a handful of coolness points!
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  10. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    And you in turn win a few PB 9 cookies.

    This is the second parade I've done, the other's in my more fuller fic A Muppet Family Gathering. All floats are from my personal fandom world map.
    The float list, cause I know there are some who might want to know:

    1 Carmen Sandiego.
    2 The Muppet Show.
    3 The Little Mermaid.
    4 The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.
    5 Peanuts.
    6 Gargoyles.
    7 Tiny Toon Adventures.
    8 Power Rangers.
    9 Josie and The Pussycats.
    10 Sesame Street.
    11 The Winx Club.
    12 Scooby-Doo.
    13 Batman.
    14 Alice in Wonderland.
    15 Yu-Gi-Oh.

    November Reunions
    16 Mega Man.
    17 Harry Potter.
    18 Animaniacs.
    19 Darkwing Duck.
    20 Fraggle Rock.
    21 Onepiece.
    22 American Dragon, Jake Long.
    23 The Corpse Bride.
    24 The Nightmare Before Christmas.
    25 Sonic the Hedgehog.
    26 Tales From the Crypt.
    27 Garfield.
    28 Pokemon.
    *Extra bonus point if anyone identifies who that was in the balloon pursuing Pikachu.
    29 Hensonville City.
    30 Mystery Science Theater 3000.
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  11. miss kermie

    miss kermie Well-Known Member

    This was awesome!
    And didn't expect Janice's line...

    I also kept reading.
    Rowlf... Cat... Rowlf... Cat...

    But great story, and great descriptions.
  12. Vincent L

    Vincent L Well-Known Member

    Frog + pig
    Whatever + chicken
    Dog + cat

    Definitely Muppety :)
  13. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Actually, to those who are confused by the plausibility of Rowlf and a cat somewhat romantically connected... The idea was put forth by Beth (redBoobergurl) in her fic series Rowlf's Stories. However, at Muppet Wiki it's mentioned that in an appearance on the Mike Douglas Show, Rowlf explained how when he was young he had a crush on a female cat named Puffy, and how he was discouraged from pursuing the relationship by the neighborhood bully a bulldog named Bobby. Then why didn't Rowlf fight back? Because Bobby was a girl and he'd been taught never to hit a girl.

    So the pairing isn't that farfetched as you may think. :sympathy:
  14. Ruahnna

    Ruahnna Well-Known Member

    Awwww. How nice for someone else to do the party hosting and let Kermit and Piggy just be guests! Although I never really pictured Rowlf as the "settling down" type, I'm happy to take an excursion to someone else's reality.

    I loved the image of Wanda giving herself a proper bath before he guests arrived. (I am remembering The Far Side's "Cat Showers" comic.)

    Your description of the parade floats was wonderful fun. Hensonville sounds like a marvelous place to live. It was good to see Walter popping up in another fic--he's such a crowd-pleaser that it's always a pleasure.

    And Janice, well--bless her for NEVER making dull party talk.

    My only complaint--and YES, I am going to complain, dear one--is that WE didn't get to hear what everyone was thankful for! Although this does leave us free to use our imagination (and you know I have a fervid imagination, I am a big fan of your imagination, Countie! I wish you had told us what you think everyone was thankful for. (And I have NO OBJECTIONS to you retracting your "end" of the story above to tell us! Anybody with me?)

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  15. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Heh, twist me arm, Lady Ru. Lemme think up some of the replies and I might have something added in there.
    UD: You're doing it?
    Of corpse, I have to keep her happy so we stay in her own ficverse.
    *Already added Ch 134 to the master copy.
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  16. Ruahnna

    Ruahnna Well-Known Member

    Ru: Countie--Ed, darlink--You don't have to let me boss you just to stay in my ficverse!
    Piggy: If you don't want to, can I boss him?
    Kermit: Piggy--honey, Ed is busy writing something. Come over here and boss Walter a little--he's been all mopey since you didn't ask him to carry your packages at the mall yesterday.
    Piggy: But, Kermie--I let him carry my packages at the mall on Tuesday, and Wednesday and Thursday....
    Kermit: Yeah, but he felt a little left out when the weekend came and you didn't impose, um, I mean, um, ask him to help.
    Piggy: Poor thing. Moi must go and make amends. I'll let him go with me to pick out some new holiday shoes. Walter...?
    Ru: Um, Kermit--weren't you supposed to go with Piggy to shop for holiday shoes?
    Kermit: Oh, um, well, I was but I thought Walter should maybe get the chance this year.
    Walter: (running up) Hey! Guess what?! Guess what?! Miss Piggy is letting me come with her later today to shop for holiday shoes! Am I the luckiest muppet on the planet or what? (runs away to tel other people)
    Ru: (looking at Kermit) Very shrewdly played, Kermit.
    Kermit: Well, we both think we're the luckiest guy on the planet right now....
  17. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    And the extra thanks have been added, have fun guessing who spoke which grace.
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