Chapter 40: "Shake It Off"

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Buster walked across the top of the stage and got on the moon.

He inhaled then whispered, "Here we go."

Eddie lowered the moon and the curtains opened.

"All creatures great and small, welcome to--" he started when he realized he was facing the wrong way.

The audience laughed as he turned himself around.

"Oh, hello there. Great. Welcome to our newly refurbished, open-air theater. Yes, I am your host, Buster Moon," Buster continued.

"You ready, big guy?" Rosita asked Gunter as she fixed her mic.

"Ja! I'm, like, totally ready," Gunter answered as he stretched.

"All right," Rosita said then noticed Jamie coming toward her.

"You're gonna be great, guys," she told them.

"Thanks, Jamie," Rosita smiled.

"No problem, Mom," Jamie returned.

They hugged then Rosita grabbed her laundry basket.

"Let's do this!" Rosita said.

"Gunter and Rosita!" Buster introduced.

The moon lifted and the curtains opened to reveal a kitchen setting. Rosita started taking clothes out a "dryer" as she started singing "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift.

[Rosita:]
"I stay out too late
Got nothing in my brain
That's what people say, mmm-mmm
That's what people say, mmm-mmm"

She got the last bit out to reveal Gunter, making the audience laugh.

[Gunter:]
"I go on too many dates
But I can't make them stay
At least that's what people say, mmm-mmm
That's what people say, mmm-mmm"

[Rosita:]
"But I keep cruising
Can't stop, won't stop moving
It's like I got this music
In my mind
Saying, 'It's gonna be alright.'"

Rosita went behind the fridge and changed into her next outfit as she posed and the audience could see her shadow getting bigger. Then the kitchen setting went away to reveal Rosita with a black, sparkly unitard with a covering for her head and a train behind and the audience gasped in approval.

[Rosita:]
"I never miss a beat
I'm lightning on my feet
And that's what they don't see, mmm-mmm
That's what they don't see, mmm-mmm"

Gunter shouted as he tore from his dryer costume to be in his own unitard, similar to his first one but it was the same color as Rosita.

[Both:]
"'Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off
Heart-breakers gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off"

Meanwhile, Mike was walking along to see animals, watching Gunter and Rosita perform on the TV and dancing to the music.

"Aren't they great?" a cat asked him.

"What, are you kidding me? It's like watching jell-o dancing around," Mike answered insultingly.

"Like you could do any better, pip-squeak," the cat responded.

This made the other animals laugh at Mike.

"All right, all right, all right. Hey! You want to see something great?
I'll show you great," Mike replied then ran towards the theater.

The animals continued to laugh then watch Rosita and Gunter perform.

[Rosita:]
"Breakers gonna break"

[Gunter:]
"Fakers gonna fake"

[Rosita:]
"I'm just gonna shake"

[Both:]
"Shake it off, shake it off
Shake it off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off"

They finished and everyone applauded.

"Yeah, Mommy!" the piglets cheered.

The performers got up and bowed as Buster exclaimed, "Gunter and Rosita!"

The piglets then ran up to Rosita.

"Kids, no. Back to your seats. The show's still--" Buster said.

"Okay, okay. Aah! Norman! Jamie!" Rosita yelled when the piglets knocked her down.

Jamie came on stage and tried to help get the piglets. Norman was knocked from his haze, ran up to Rosita, dipped her, then kissed her.

"All right! Piggy power!" Gunter said.

"Go Rosita and Norman!" Jamie cheered.

The curtain closed and then Caspar went out on the stage.

"That was great!" he said then Norman pulled him backstage.

The audience laughed at how cute that was as more animals came in.

"Help!" Buster requested as piglets were all over him.

"I'm so sorry, Mr. Moon," Rosita laughed as she was in the same state.

"Johnny, you're on next," Buster informed.

Johnny got up then Jamie went up to him and kissed his cheek.

"You're gonna be amazing," she said.

"I will be since you're here," Johnny told her then kissed her forehead.

She smiled as he pushed the piano on the stage.

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A/N Gunter and Rosita were awesome! Not to mention that's my favorite Taylor Swift song! And man, Reese Witherspoon can sing! Now it's Johnny's time to shine!

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