Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 1 Part 4 by Robansuefarm

Author’s Note: We pick up the story from the first day of Bauer BBQ 2018.

Bauer BBQ 2018 Episode 1 Part 4 by Robansuefarm

Scene 9

We see the Bauer’s TV. A logo splash screen shows up “Happy 4th of July from WSPR!”

Kat smiles in welcome as her face fills the screen. “It’s hard to believe that another year has rolled around again and it’s once again Independence Day. This is the day each year we set aside the problems and disagreements of everyday life and rededicate ourselves to striving to reach the ideals of the founding of the nation and to extend the rights and freedoms wherever we can. As the poet Henry Holcomb Bennett said “We love our land for what she is AND what she is to be.” Here at WSPR we take that idea of being proud of what we’ve accomplished while still striving to be the best….”

Cut to the editing booth where Ashlee Wolfe was sitting with a headset on next to another member of the crew. “Ready camera two.” She watched Kat turn her head and said, “Take camera 2.” She scanned the control board in front of her and on out into the studio.

Kat continued, “This is my first year here at WSPR and I hope you’ll agree we’ve been improving things around here…”

Ashlee made a noise.

“What?” the worker beside her asked.

“Nothing.”

“….I’m sure you’re just as proud to be from Springfield as I am.”

“Ready camera one…..Take camera one.”

“…Tune in tonight for WSPR’s full coverage of the Springfield firework show. I’m Kat Frazier. Happy Independence Day from WSPR.” She held a smile.

“Fade to the holiday graphic. Rejoining the network feed in three, two, one…..Thanks, Craig great job.” The other man at the booth said, “You too,” took off his headset and headed over to the editing bay.

On the set Kat was unhooking her mic when Daisy came in. “Hi, Kat. Where’s Ashlee?”

Kat was absorbed in her notes. She barely glanced up. “Hmmm, oh, Ashlee’s still the control booth I think.” Kat picked up the microphone again. “Ashlee, are you still there?”

Ashlee now alone in the booth rolled her eyes. She muttered, “And just where does she think I’d have gone?” Ashlee pushed a button. “Yes, Boss. I’m here.”

“You’ve got a guest. I’ll send her up.” She vaguely waved in the direction of the booth. Daisy’s eyes got big and she walked by with a REALLY?! Expression on her face. Without looking up again Kat added, “See you later at the BBQ.”

Daisy walked into the booth. “Oh my God. Did you hear her about improving things? Like you hadn’t done her job better than she does.”

“Kat has a different way of doing things that’s all.” Ashlee did the best she could to look busy. Then she stopped with a sigh. “I thought it was kind of a kick in the teeth, too. You know I really did think I was going to walk back into the job here after I graduated.”

Loyal friend she was, “You kept the station running after Dinah was shot.”

“Well, it was Vanessa’s call. [sigh]”

“She could always change her mind.”

“Yes…. she could.”

Scene 10

The festivities are in full swing outside. Everyone was talking and laughing. Blake was standing near the gate out of the sideyard. She was laughing at one of Rick’s jokes when Frank came over to casually drop his arm around her shoulders. Blake moved slightly shrugging his arm off. A little too brightly she said, “I need a refill. Any of you guys?” She headed off. Holly, who had stepped through the gate just in time to see the exchange, gave a worried look and came over to the group.

“Hello, everyone.”

“Hey, it’s Holly.” Everyone began making a big fuss over her. It’s been a couple of years since she made it back for a big event. She and Ed had come back for a couple of family things, but they were in and out so she hadn’t seen many of her friends for awhile and a big fuss was being made.

Finally, Rick came over and offered a kiss on her cheek. “It’s great to see you, Holly.” He looked around. “Where’s Dad?”

“He’ll be around later he had some errand to run so he dropped me off.”

“An errand? On Bauer BBQ day?”

“I know. He wouldn’t say what it was. Just that it wouldn’t take long.”

“Well, I guess that means I’m still overseeing the Bauer Burgers.”

Buzz stood to the side puzzled. What was going on with Holly and Ed?

Scene 11

Springfield Cemetery, Protestant section

Ed stands before the Bauer family plot. The camera slowly pans over the graves. Papa Bauer, Bert and Bill (now reunited forever), Aunt Meta, and even his older brother Mike were resting before him. “I’m sorry it’s been so long, but I know Michelle and the kids have been taking care of you….Mom, Dad, Meta, Mike….Papa, I’m home….”

Commercial Break

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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