Ten years in the lives: a history of Rhubella Rat and The Bloomin' Loonies
The history of Rhubella Rat at Acme Loo (incorporating The Bloomin' Loonies):
The nearly definitive timeline!
|August:||Ruby (age 19) makes the decision to enroll at Acme Looniversity
("A (slightly) Monumental Decision...").
She then decides to tell Roddy ("Is Breaking Up All THAT Hard To Do?").|
|Sept.:||Ruby enrolls at Acme Loo ("Hoops Du Jour: The Return of Mary Melody").
Margot and the Perfectoids find out ("HDJ: Whatever Happened To Rhubella
15-year old Rudelle Barbara Purrenstein (aka 'RuBarb') enrolls ("RuBarb").
Ruby and the B-ball team extract revenge ("HDJ: Revenge IS Sweet... and
it comes in delicious fruit flavors.").
Ruby also encounters the gang from Perfecto Plaza ("The Parallels Trilogy:
"Parallel Parking", "Parallel Bars" and "The Rat Stuff").|
|Oct.:||Silliness at the pool ("A Pool And Its Party Are Soon Started").
11-year-old Miranda Mink enrolls ("Miranda").
Ruby gets her first car, a pre-production Plymouth Prowler ("She Drives
Like Crazy") [unfinished].
The 14-year-old Carrotte siblings arrive (Bloomin' Loonies 1: "Entrances"/
2: "Football... It's A Looney Old Game (No Matter HOW You Play It"/3: "Football... It's STILL A Looney Old Game...").
RuBarb undergoes a heap of personal problems ("RuBarb 2: When The Roof
Caves In, The Bottom Drops Out").
Miranda finally gets out of her wheelchair ("Miranda 2: Changes").
Somehow, this all sort of segues in to "The Sound Of Carrottes". Kind of.
("BL $4.95... The Sound of Carrottes")|
|Nov-Dec:||Carrotte's Restaurant officially opens, and RuBarb and Miranda officially join The Bloomin' Loonies ("BL5! Count 'em! 5!"). Meanwhile, RuBarb's dorm burns down, causing her to move in with Aunt Reg and Uncle
Ambrose ("BL6: While We Schlepped") [unfinished].|
|May:||Ruby finally graduates from Acme Loo, Magna Cum Looney.
("Graduation Dazed And Confused") [unfinished].|
|June:||Roderick Rat is appointed Dean of Perfecto Prep. Meanwhile, Lola
asks Ruby to become her assistant coach at Acme Loo; however, she
forgot that she applied to Pixel Academy in Boston, with the
intent of studying for her degree in teaching Computer Animation. ("One More
|August:||Ruby arrives at Pixel, rooming off campus with Harry and Millie
Purrenstein. Unfortunately, her first day there, events happen
which hasten her return to Acme. She manages to keep her return a
complete surprise until the first day of the semester. ("One More
| ||Ruby continues her studies for her degree, and Roberta is diagnosed
as dyslexic. In the meantime, Lizbeth Carrotte finds herself pregnant
by Adam Fox, forcing the two of them to elope, after which she
gives birth to Adam Jr. at age 16. In her absence, Rhubella joins
the band as temporary keyboardist [also making her, at 21, the
oldest member of the group!] (unwritten)|
|Spring:||Miranda's parents (illegal Russian immigrants) are finally granted U.S.
citizenship, and Leo Carrotte (17) asks Miranda (age 14) to marry him
when they graduate next year [without realising her real age!] ("Akron
In Reverse"). Shortly afterward, Nigel (17) proposes to RuBarb (18),
and a former SoHo Prep classmate, 17-year-old Lady Jessimyn DuVrees
(who has a bit of all sorts of histories) moves to Acme Acres, becoming
The Loonies' new manager in the process ("Akron 2: Surprise! Surprise!").
Very shortly afterwards, Erik (previously a human who became a toon
wolf by accident, incorporating an annoying A.I. named "System" in the
process) also arrives in Acme Acres, and finds himself smitten with
Jessimyn, becoming the Loonies' road manager/bodyguard in the process
Preparations get underway for wedding rehearsals, and snags and surprises
aplenty abound, including the arrival of *another* SoHo alumni, Duke Colin
Formaldo Alderswhyte, and the intrusion of RuBarb's mother, the infamous
Felina "Plaintiff" Purrenstein. Meanwhile, Jess and her mum Dianna are
evicted, and find themselves as permanent house guests at Purrington Manor
("Akron 3: What Else Can Go Wrong? Oh... That."). (work in progress)|
| ||(Akron 3 storyline continues...)|
| ||Rhubella's dad Denys (whom everyone assumed had fallen into a vat of dip)
turns up alive in Acme Acres. He and Rhonda renew their vows ("If Wishes
|July:||On the Fourth of July, Nigel (18) & RuBarb (19) and Leo (18) &
Miranda (15) exchange vows in a double ring ceremony. At Nige's request,
Roddy serves as best man! ("Akron 3: What Else Can Go Wrong? Oh... That.").|
|Sept.:||Denys begins his new job, photojournalism teacher at Acme Loo, and Rhubella
and Roderick finally get married ("...Pigs Would Fly").|
|July:||During their 5th anniversary party, the whole gang gets together to
mutually deconstruct ["demolish" would be a better word!] the story of how
Ruby got her Prowler, MST3K style ("The MST'ing of "She Drives Like Crazy")
[unfinished]. (For those keeping track, Ruby is now 28, the Carrotte sibs
are now 23, as is Jessimyn; RuBarb is 24, Miranda is barely 20, and Roberta
is now 15. Adam Jr. is now 7. Just to give you some idea.)|
All stories written by Jerry D. Withers except as follows:
"RuBarb" by Jerry D. Withers and Lee M. Withers
"The Bloomin' Loonies" series by Jennifer Cleckley and Jerry D. Withers
"Akron In Reverse 2 & 3" by Jennifer Cleckley and Jerry D. Withers
"Wolftoon" by Ghostwolf (Erik Ahlstedt) and Rottin Werekitty (Jennifer Cleckley)
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