I bet you all are like, "What the hey, LXZ? you haven't posted!". Well I get it, but I've been busy. So here's chapter 10
The next day....
Lips was driving his way home from his father's store. He sighed. Doing his part in the store was getting difficult now that Lisa wasn't living in his home anymore. Mark was especially stressed out. He spent most of his time in his office, filing and organizing paperwork and bills. Lips spent most of his time taking over the shop on his own, which was getting more and more difficult than he expected.
Lips turned to the front of the Muppet Theater and parked next to the building. Delores said that she'll meet him outside, but she wasn't there. Lips scanned at the clock. Delores said that Orchestra rehearsal ended at 8:30. It was 7:34. Lips was early. He decided to walk in the building and surprise her.
As he walked in, he heard horrible music travel through his ears, he covered his ears as he walked in.
"NO NO NO!" Nigel bellowed angerly, slamming his conductor stick on the floor, "I don't see why it's not right!"
"Dang, Nigel," Floyd said, "No offense, I think you need to chill out."
Nigel looked at him very angerly and sarcastically. "Chill out?! CHILL OUT?! I will not chill out! I'm perfectly calm!"
Lips unplugged his ears and listened to the conversation between Floyd and Nigel. Delores wasn't kiddin', he said to himself, Nigel IS a pain....
Lips started approaching to the stressed-out Delores, who was about to have a headache. "Psst" Lips whispered to Delores throughout the entire argument. Delores's head perked up and looked over to see her house-mate, smiling at her.
"Hey..." Delores greeted as she hugged him tight, she sighed tiredly, "Ugh, I wish I didn't have practice today. We're doing everything right, but he's just thinking it wrong.....Lips I don't know what to do..."
Lips rubbed her shoulder in comfort. "I saw. I heard the song on the way in here. You weren't kidding about what you said bout that guy."
Delores nodded, he saw some tears streak down her eyes and Lips brushed them away with his finger. "Hey....you look really stressed. How 'bout I take you home and I'll make you some tea so you'll relax?" Delores looked at him tearey-eyed and smiled. "Sure, I'd like that." she said shakily, "I'm scared to tell Nigel....."
"Shhh" Lips said as he shushed her gently, "It's okay...." He embraced her tightly and Delores accepted the hug as she cried on his chest in stress and frustration.
Zoot took notice and left the argument to join the two. Zoot laid a hand on Delores's shoulder. "Del? You alright?" he asked, but the answer Zoot got was sobs and whimpers. Lips looked at Zoot and shook his head. "Too stressed," he replied, "I-I was gonna take her home with me early-"
"Say no more, man," Zoot replied, smiling, "I'll punch her out. You go ahead and take her home. Might wanna grab her stuff from the Musicians Lounge before you go."
"Where's it at?" Lips asked. "Grab Del and follow me." Zoot replied as he wrapped his arm around Delores's shoulders. Together, Lips, Delores, and Zoot went up to the Musicains Lounge. The whole Musicians Lounge looked more like a groovy dome. Dr.Teeth and Janice were on the couch, talking about music and such when Janice saw Delores, crying.
She gasped as she ran to her. "Oh Delly!" Janice cried out, hugging her tight, "Did Nigel stress you out again?" Delores nodded as she sobbed on her shoulder.
"I outta tell Nigel to cool down a bit when Delores is by his territory!" Dr.Teeth mumbled, then he saw Lips and his eyelids rose. "Lips! What brings you by so early?"
"I pick Delores up now, but I came early. I'm actually glad I did." he replied as he stroked Delores' back. Dr.Teeth ran to get her stuff and brought it to her, which was just a handbag of her clothes and her purse. Zoot punched her time card out and joined the others. "Doc, will you tell Nigel about Del leavin' again?" Zoot asked, which Dr.Teeth nodded and left before patting Delores's shoulder.
"Like, c'mon Del, like, let's get you out of here, fer sure." Janice said.
Zoot wrapped his jacket around Delores's jacket and led her out of the room while Lips and Janice were having a conversaiton.
"So this happened a lot?" Lips asked Janice. She looked at him and nodded slowly. "Fer sure. Of with her stressed by her parents and with Nigel bossing her and the others around, she's got way too much stress on her mind."
Lips sighed, "'Sounds a lot like me when I saw Lisa going away to the armed forces. And that was AFTER high school." "And like, when she was signing up and you fainted in the boys bathroom?" Janice added. Lips nodded slowly. "Fer sure," Janice responded, "Like, I remember that....ya know I felt rully bad for you. Now seeing Del like that, It's rully bringing like memories to me. Ya know?"
Lips nodded. "I hear ya."
Arriving to Lips's car, Delores got in the front seat and gave Zoot his jacket back. Zoot knelt to Delores and pets her shoulder. "Be glad it's Friday. There's no rehearsals in the weekends." he said. Delores nodded in agreement. Zoot knelt back up to his feet and laid a hand on Lips's shoulder.
"Take care of her, man." Zoot said. "Oh don't worry, I will." Lips responded. Janice leaned over to Delores to hug her and gave her a sisterly kiss on the head. Lips shuts the car door as he and Delores drove away, he honked to Janice and Zoot as they waved.
As they stopped at a stoplight, Lips looked over to Delores, who looked like she was going to throw up, and rubbed her shoulder. "Just hang in there, Delly," he said comfortingly, "It ain't far from where we were now. Don't worry..."
He noticed that Delores was getting pale. Lips drove a little faster. As they pulled into the driveway, Lips quickly got Delores out of the car and inside.
A little later, Lips was tucking a sick Delores in bed. Delores threw up a little earlier ago, which Kayla said that she looked like she got the flu. Lips knew that it must've been from the stress she went through. Lips stroked Delores's cheek and it made her fall asleep. Lips petted her hand in comfort. Delores had a high fever from her throwing up and stress. Lips sighed, he knew that Delores had to go back to practice on Monday, but will she actually go? Lips had no choice, but there was one other option to save her job:
If Delores can't go to practice on Monday, then he's going to have to take her place for that day, or at least till she gets better. He's going to have a lot of practicing to this weekend.
Lips leaned over and kissed Delores on her warm forehead and left the room. Before he went to bed, Lips picked up his favorite trumpet, the one Dizzy Gilespie got him, he clicked it open and stroked it with his two fingers. "Well," Lips said to himself, while looking at his trumpet, "Looks like we got some work to do....."
Lips creeped into Delores's room and managed to grab her music notes from her purse. Lips placed those and his trumpet on his desk and wrote a note saying, 'Call the band to stop over and practice!'
Lips sighed and went to bed.
More to come!
Hope I'll post mroe tomorrow!