The Final Showdown His eyes were red and puffy, his knees were cut and bloody, and he was shaking. His hands were just steady enough to keep the gun pointed right at Kermit's head. They stood frozen in silence for a long moment. "It's your fault," Junior finally said. "You killed Papa. You got him upset, it's YOUR fault!" He was shaking more violently now. "You- you're not going anywhere. Y-you're staying- you're staying right here!" And you, you're, you're going to do the- the advertising. I'm gonna- I'm gonna take over! I'm gonna take over the business. And I- I'm gonna make it grow, and it- it's gonna be a big restaurant chain! It's gonna- It's gonna be BIG, and, and POWERFUL, and, and you're gonna do the advertising, so you- you're not going anywhere." Kermit looked up at Junior. Papa... Doc... Doc was dead? "Why?" he asked. "Why what?" Junior demanded. "Why would you take over the business?" Junior froze. "W-well, wh- why wouldn't I? It- it's what Papa... what Papa would want." "But is it what you want?" Kermit asked. Junior was shaking again. His wants and needs had always followed Papa's lead. Wasn't that how it was supposed to be? "Of- of course it's what I want. It's- it's Hopper and Son. HOPPER AND SON!" "When did it become Hopper and Son?" Kermit asked. Junior froze again. "Well it... it's always been Hopper and Son... that's just... that's how it's always been, it... always..." he shook his head fiercely. "Stop it. Stop, stop talking circles, frog! You're doing the advertising!" Kermit held himself tall. Without quite realizing it, he took the hands of those beside him- Robin and Miss Piggy- who in turn took the hands of those beside them, and so on, until they were all holding hands. "Do you want me to do the advertising, Junior?" Kermit asked. Junior didn't seem to hear him. "You said Papa was heartless," he said as he shook. "But he isn't. He... he wasn't. He always... had..." he was getting angry. "He had a heart for me." Kermit was silent for a moment. Then he nodded. "He loved you." "Yes," Junior said. "He wasn't- he wasn't heartless." "Because he loved you," Kermit said. "He always loved you. No matter what you did." "Yes!" Junior said. "And he wanted you to be happy," Kermit said. "Yes!" Junior said. "He wasn't heartless!" Kermit hesitated a moment. "Junior," he said. "If you take over the business, will you be happy? Like he would want you to be?" Junior stared at the frog for a long moment, not saying anything, just shaking. He dropped the gun and fell to his hands and knees, still shaking, trying to fight tears that weren't coming. "No," he whispered. Kermit released the hands he was holding, picked his way through the broken glass, and put a hand on Junior's shoulder. "It will be okay, Junior," he said. Junior glared at him. "Leave me alone," he growled. Kermit took his hand away, looked back at his friends, and waved for them to leave. "Watch out for the glass," he said quietly as they approached. Sweetums carried Robin. Kermit took Miss Piggy's hand. "Come on," he said, and Fozzie put a hand on his back as all of them walked out. Together. They didn't say a word until they got outside. "You know," Fozzie said, "that was kind of confusing." "Yeah I thought we were against Hopper," Dr. Teeth said. Kermit shook his head. "We were against Doc," he said. "Junior was just a little confused." "Kermit, what if he decides to do the business and he still wants you to advertise?" Gonzo asked. Kermit scrunched up his face. "Well, it's not a fool proof system," he said. "Of course not," Floyd said. "If it was, we wouldn't be able to use it." "What makes you think that all of us are fools?" Clifford said. "How about the fact that it's the middle of the afternoon, and NONE OF US HAVE HAD BREAKFAST YET!!!" Rizzo said. "I'm starvin'!" "Me too," Rowlf said. "Alright, where should we eat?" Kermit asked. "Any place where we can take our time," Robin said. "I'm tired of rushing." "Understandably," Kermit said. "Anybody know a good sit down restaurant?" "Ramon might!" Floyd said. "Rully, but like, where'd he go?" Janice said. "Yeah where is he?" Gonzo asked. "He must have left," Johnny said. "He wasn't too bad looking," Miss Piggy said. "Sheesh," Kermit said. "Well, I guess we'll just drive around until we find a place." "Hey why don't we all take the bus for now?" Dr. Teeth said. "Be a lot easier." "Alright, but don't let me forget to call Scooter," Kermit said. "BUS! BUS!" Animal shouted. As they herded themselves towards the bus, Rizzo noticed the banged up convertible. "Hey Johnny," he said, "What happened to your car?" "Don't ask, okay" Pepe said. Across the street, a tall man sat on a bench. A soft breeze touched his brown hair and beard as he watched the scene before him with his dark brown eyes. Perhaps others would think it was a strange sight- a frog, a pig, a bear, a dog, a monkey, a huge monster holding a tiny frog in his hand, it was an interesting combination. But to the man on the bench, it was completely natural. He smiled. They were happy. "Hmm," he said, standing up and walking away as he slowly disappeared in mid air. But no one on the street noticed the disappearing man, or the Muppets. They were all looking up in the sky at a huge, beautiful rainbow.