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Occupied Equestria - New Opportunities
Anonymous
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No.143000
Continuing
1691 replies and 26 files omitted.
Anonymous
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No.144768
144769
>>144767
Paper Clipping retreats out of the room.

"That's one of the jailers!"

When he is able, Paper Clipping pulls up his right hind leg and shows Silver the wound - not that there is anything to see with the bandage over it.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144769
144770
>>144768
Silver pets Mala, and looks back to Paper Clipping.

"Mala is fine. As I said, he was forced to do Maakie's bidding for food and shelter. He is good person and great friend at heart, if you give him chance to show you."
Anonymous
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No.144770
144771
>>144769
Mala, still in his own room, is pet. He seems a little disturbed by the response, though much less so than Paper Clipping, who says,

"He sure looked enthusiastic about it to me, barking and yipping at us at the tables and cages. He got his teeth into me when I didn't move from a work bench."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144771
144772 144773
>>144770
He looks back at Mala.

"I am sure he is sorry for what he did."
Anonymous
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No.144772
144773 144774
>>144771
Mala is frowning, and his ears are down. Note that Paper Clipping is in the hallway, Mala is in the room, and the two don't really have line of sight to each other.

"My leg is still not right." Paper Clipping responds, looking afraid
Anonymous
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No.144773
>>144771
>>144772
This pony bein' specist?! Call the thoughtcrime police!
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144774
144775
>>144772
Silver stands up, and goes out to look at Clip.

"Please, just come back and meet him, properly this time. I promise you, Mala is good person when you get to know him. Khoi and Jubilosa both get along with him despite having been in much same situation you yourself were in, and you said it yourself that you think all creatures are good at heart."
Anonymous
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No.144775
144776
>>144774
"O... kay..." Paper clipping cautiously limps forward towards the door, and comes within view of Mala. paper Clipping stares for a moment.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144776
144777
>>144775
"Alright. Paper Clipping, meet Mala. Mala, meet Paper Clipping."
Anonymous
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No.144777
144778
>>144776
There is silence for a moment, before Mala says

"Hello."

Paper Clipping takes a step back

"Um... sorry... heh."

Paper Clipping continues staring at Mala

"Uh... Hi."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144778
144779
>>144777
Silver smiles, and claps his hooves together.

"There, see? You two can be friendly together, start your relationship from scratch."
Anonymous
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No.144779
144780
>>144778
Paper Clipping moves his head a bit forward

"Is that an earring?"

"Yes," Mala says, twisting his lips, sitting up, and holding a paw over his ear

"Heheh,"
Paper Clipping has a small, somewhat nervous giggle
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144780
144781
>>144779
"Khoi gave him bit of makeover yesterday. You should have seen him, he looked quite fancy!"
Anonymous
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No.144781
144782
>>144780
"And the mane. It's... it's a bit different from what I was expecting."

Mala's mane is decidedly ruffled and unkempt from what it was last night. Still, most of the pattern of combing remains.

Mala gives a light smile, looking back at Paper Clipping, while running his paw through his mane, trying to push it over to the right.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144782
144783
>>144781
"Do you like it? I like it."
Anonymous
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No.144783
144784
>>144782
"I like it."
Paper Clipping still has an awkward expression, but he manages a smile

Mala smiles likewise.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144784
144785
>>144783
Silver smiles as well.

"See? You two can get along."

He looks down at the smaller stallion beside him.

"I can continue to show you upstairs of house if you want, unless you would rather get to know Mala better."
Anonymous
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No.144785
144786
>>144784
"I'm... sure I'll have plenty of time for both. What else is up here?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144786
144787
>>144785
"Well, this is Mala's room, and over here is Khoi's room."

He leads Clip over to the mentioned room, and opens the door.
Anonymous
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No.144787
144788
>>144786
Silver opens the door to a simple bedroom with a well kept bed, and a door to the patio. There are no clothes on the floor, no depressions in the bed, and the only sign that anycreature has occupied the room is a couple candles and a couple pieces of wood, looks like they came from the sea, placed on a dresser on the far side.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144788
144789
>>144787
"She does keep tidy room."

He closes the door, and continues to tour onto the next room.

"And here is room where Jubee and I are staying."
Anonymous
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No.144789
144790
>>144788
"Woah." Paper Clipping is already impressed with the room, trying to make his way inside. There are no bedsheets, nor any covers on the bed.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144790
144791
>>144789
Silver lets the stallion inside, following him in close behind.

"I know, it is amazing room. Our bedsheets are currently in wash, we got them rather, um...dirty."
Anonymous
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No.144791
144792
>>144790
He looks back to Silver with twisted lips. But then he continues his search around the room. Again, he takes particular note of a taxidermied animal, this time being the weird dog thing that is near the wall.

"Woah. Is this is a Star Cross Wolf?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144792
144793
>>144791
"Is it?"

Silver goes to look at the animal?"
Anonymous
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No.144793
144794
>>144792
It looks like a small wolf, sort of, with a canine head and general appearance of a carnivore. But the ears are rounded, the fur is stripped in the hind quarters, and its arched rear only gradually connects to a long, straight tail with a rounded end. It's hard to tell how accurately the taxidermist imitated the live animal.

"I think so. Hard to say. I've never seen a live one."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144794
144795
>>144793
"How do you know so much about these animals, anyhow?"
Anonymous
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No.144795
144796
>>144794
"I don't, really. It's one of our local animals. One of the animals of 'Her Majesty's Dominion of New Mareland, New Freeside, and Starcross.' I mean it's not found anywhere else. There were some articles about the animal some years back, and they mentioned them in school."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144796
144797
>>144795
"Is it endangered?"
Anonymous
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No.144797
144798
>>144796
"Well, yes. That is what the articles were about. The colonial government passed a law to protect them."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144798
144799
>>144797
"Hmm. I suppose that is why Maakie sought to hunt one."
Anonymous
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No.144799
144800
>>144798
"Heh, good luck finding one. He probably bought one someone else stuffed years ago. They're not exactly easy to come by."

He takes a pause, and his smile fades to straighter expression
"Oh course I don't really know."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144800
144801
>>144799
Silver pats Clip's back.
Anonymous
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No.144801
144802
>>144800
And Clip is pat

"Some griffinland decadence. Always wanting to show off by collecting the rarest things."

After another pause
"I can almost understand it. This might be the only one I'll ever see."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144802
144803
>>144801
"I suppose there is some good in that. It is good to learn about world, and things within it."
Anonymous
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No.144803
144804
>>144802
"Education is always good, and always important." He says, moving on to a different item. this time, he inspects the globe a little past the taxidermied animal.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144804
144805
>>144803
Silver joins him.

"It is hard to believe world is so vast."
Anonymous
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No.144805
144806
>>144804
Paper Clipping moves the globe around, looking at new Mareland, and then Equestria in particular, before moving it around to what seem to be random points.

"It's getting smaller." He says
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144806
144807
>>144805
"Yes, but in some ways that is not so bad. It means it is easier now than ever before to learn about different places and peoples, and come to understand and appreciate them."
Anonymous
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No.144807
144808
>>144806
"This is true. Perhaps someday we can have true friendship. A true fraternity of all creatures, everyone working for the good of the other."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144808
144809
>>144807
"Maybe, or something like it. World where we recognize that we are all not so completely different that we can not get along, and where we all are firm in our knowledge of our place in this world."
Anonymous
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No.144809
144810
>>144808
He smiles
"Oh, we can do better than than. Just 15 years ago, many layers of Harmony were thought impossible. A thousand years ago, Harmony itself was barely known. Imagine what could be done with another good, productive, 15 years. Or even another thousand. Elysium will be here, on this planet."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144810
144811
>>144809
Silver smiles back.

"I must admit, that does sound pleasant."
Anonymous
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No.144811
144812 144813
>>144810
"Better than all of this. Better than all of this for sure. I like what you've done here, helping us. It's a very good step."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144812
144813
>>144811
The bigger unicorn smiles even wider.

"Thank you, that means lot."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144813
144814
>>144811
>>144812
"So...you do not happen to feel more comfortable about talking now, do you?"
Anonymous
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No.144814
144815
>>144813
“I should thank you, really. Helps to restore my faith in Harmony after all that.”

The colt gets up, and sits down on the bed, with his front legs on the side of the mattress .

“About what?”
He asks, looking over at Silver
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144815
144816
>>144814
He can't help but smile even warmer at the praise. He sits down next to Clip.

"You know, about your experience in dance hall."
Anonymous
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No.144816
144817
>>144815
“Well... I... went to a certain dance hall to meet a certain older stallion I’ve known from my working in the newspaper and with a certain political party. I went there, we talked, I drank a couple... alcoholic beverages, and we went to a backroom. There was a knocking on the door, then the door was knocked down, and police entered, and it was very embarrassing. They put me in a cart, they arrested the stallion, they arrested several other ponies and griffins, and I pleaded with them not to tell my parents. Eventually the police stallion did release me, but he gave me a ticket, and told my parents where I was. Thankfully he didn’t tell them why I was detained, but my parents could figure it out, and I rushed to find ponies to help pay off the ticket. I was underaged at the time.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144817
144818
>>144816
"Wait, you were underaged? By how much?"
Anonymous
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No.144818
144819 144821
>>144817
“By about six months. For alcohol, that is. For, uh, ‘sexual intercourse,’ I was of age. Not that certain kind of intercourse are legal at any age.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144819
144820 144821
>>144818
"Ohhhhh. It is silly there is different legal ages for those. By time I was 16 I had already discovered what my favorite type of alcohol was. Good old whiskey..."
Anonymous
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No.144820
>>144819
"Heheh, it was 18 in New Freeside. I've mostly drank beer. Can't say I know much about whiskey. Tried a sip once and it seemed a little strong for me."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144821
144822
>>144818
>>144819
"Did you know older stallion, or was he just random fling?"
Anonymous
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No.144822
144823
>>144821
"I knew him, yes. He would sometimes write columns for the paper, and I knew him in the Party. I can't quite say he got me into the Party, but that wouldn't be entirely unfair either."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144823
144824
>>144822
"That is good. Sounds little bit like story friend of mine from Nimbusia told me, where young stallions would take on older stallions as their mentors, and would do things like you and this older stallion did."
Anonymous
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No.144824
144825
>>144823
This statement takes him a moment, and he blinks

"Ha! Yes. Equestrian culture isn't really the standard of all cultures through out history when it comes to many things, like attitudes to sexuality, or family formation."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144825
144826
>>144824
"I suppose so. Did you like it, what little you and your partner did?"
Anonymous
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No.144826
144827
>>144825
"Uh, well, I suppose..."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144827
144828
>>144826
Silver tilts his head at the colt.

"You do not know?"
Anonymous
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No.144828
144829
>>144827
"It was, it was new."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144829
144830
>>144828
"Just new?"
Anonymous
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No.144830
144831 144832
>>144829
"Well, a bit fun. Awkward, scary, or disgusting at times, but fun."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144831
144832
>>144830
"Sounds little bit like first time have sex. Awkward, little bit scary or disgusting at times, but fun."

He smiles at Clip.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144832
144833
>>144830
>>144831
"If you want, I have bottle of nice whiskey I bought recently. I can go and get it, teach you how to best drink it."
Anonymous
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No.144833
144834
>>144832
"Uh, well, maybe. It is a time for trying new things, and freedom."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144834
144838
>>144833
"Alright, just stay here."

Silver goes downstairs, grabbing the bottle of whiskey and two glasses to bring back.
Amber Sunset
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No.144835
144836 144837
well then
Anonymous
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No.144836
144837 144838
>>144835
The degeneracy levels are rising. We have reached peak Roman Era.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144837
144839
>>144835
>>144836
I will get the twink!
Anonymous
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No.144838
144840
>>144834
Silver finds the set of apple whiskey, pours two glasses, and returns upstairs easily enough.

>>144836
I don't know... That's a tough peak to climb
https://youtu.be/Wy_kKBBe2Co?t=1233

Anonymous
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No.144839
144840
>>144837
Good luck, Nero Sword.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144840
144841
>>144838
He smiles at Clip once he returns.

"Ready for your lesson? This is good stuff."

>>144839
He doesn't need luck. Just his Sword.
Anonymous
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No.144841
144842
>>144840
"Uh..."
He looks down at the glass

"Sure? I think..."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144842
144843
>>144841
Silver rejoins him on the bed, pouring whiskey into each of the glasses he brought, giving one to Clip and setting the bottle on the end table.

"Alright, so there are two ways to drink whiskey. First is to drink it quickly, getting through burn as fast as possible. It is good way to get drunk quickly, but you can not enjoy flavor of drink this way, so sometimes it is waste of good whiskey. Alternatively, second way is to hold it in back of your throat, letting burn spread throughout your mouth and enjoying flavor before swallowing. It takes practice to take burn, but once you have it down, you get satisfaction of feeling warmth of drink spread throughout your being, burning in your throat, boiling in your stomach, and tasting like pure, melted gold."

He holds his glass up to Clip, waiting for him to toast their drink.
Anonymous
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No.144843
144844
>>144842
"I suppose the second one is what I should do." he responds
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144844
144845
>>144843
"Well, either works in different situations, but second way is better for drinking to enjoy drink, or drinking with friends."
Anonymous
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No.144845
144846
>>144844
"Eh, I've seen what alcoholism can do to ponies. And I've heard of what it does to the working classes. If I am going to drink, I'd rather drink more slowly."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144846
144847
>>144845
"That is good reason."

He continues to hold his drink out to Clip, still waiting for cheers.
Anonymous
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No.144847
144848
>>144846
He gives a weak smile, holds the glass up to Silver, and clinks it

"Cheers"

He takes the glass, and slowly sips it, holding it in his mouth with a scrunch for some seconds, swallows, and then

"Gah! Ack!"
starts coughing

"Smooth"
He says, smiling in part.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144848
144849
>>144847
Silver smiles back, and takes his drink, holding it in the back of his throat with a practiced ease. He holds it for a few second before swallowing, shivering as the warmth spreads through of his body.

"Ahhhhh…so much better than swill they call vodka back in Motherland."
Anonymous
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No.144849
144850
>>144848
"Is it? I can't really say"

He tries another sip, though this one is smaller. He scrunches again, but swallows with only one cough thereafter.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144850
144851
>>144849
"Vodka is one of strongest liquors. It tastes like gasoline, it is all burn and no flavor. They make it to get drunk, nothing more. It is reason why alcoholism is so bad in Severyana."

He takes another drink, refilling his whiskey glass afterwards.
Anonymous
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No.144851
144852
>>144850
Paper Clipping does not drink as quickly as Silver, still having liquid in the glass

"Yeah, I've heard of what it was like there, with the peasantry and the Boyars, the last king and the colonial government. And the trade embargos since."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144852
144853
>>144851
"Did you know that production of vodka was limited to only Tsar and those he gave production licenses to, prior to Severyana's annexation into Equestria? That practice actually continued afterwards, except instead ownership of production of vodka was underneath Equestrian Crown, and licenses were given out to nobles in Severyana who gained Canterlot's favor."

The downside of being a bigger, more practiced drinker. Still, he tries to stretch it out, rather wanting to enjoy drinking with Clip than just getting drunk.
Anonymous
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No.144853
144854
>>144852
"That sounds exactly right. And the vodka was portioned out to whoever they wanted to numb."

He takes another sip, and scrunches
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144854
144855
>>144853
"And they got rich and fat off of profits of selling production licenses and from taxes from liquor sales. It is how Severyana managed to fund Empire that could rival Equestria at its peak, at cost of making many ponies in North addicted to drink."

He takes another drink, letting the warmth fill his being.

"But this, this is different. Whiskey...it is smooth, flavorful, warm, and yes while it can be strong it is still manageable. It is perfect drink to relax with."
Anonymous
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No.144855
144856
>>144854
"Relax?" He tilts his head, and one ear flops down

"Not to get riled up?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144856
144857
>>144855
"For some, perhaps. Many drinks affect others differently, and for me nothing is more relaxing than nice glass of whiskey."
Anonymous
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No.144857
144858
>>144856
"Well then..."

He looks down into the mostly empty glass
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144858
144859
>>144857
Silver levitates the bottle of whiskey over, and fills both of their glasses again.

"What do you think of drink, so far?"
Anonymous
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No.144859
144860
>>144858
"It's not too bad. A bit of a kick to it."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144860
144861
>>144859
He smiles at Clip before taking another drink.

"It is good kick, enough to let you know what you are drinking without being overpowering."
Anonymous
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No.144861
144862 144863
>>144860
“I guess that’s... that’s true.”

He smiles, a little awkwardly, placing the glass between his legs and keeping a hoof on it.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144862
144863 144967
>>144861
"So, anything else about yourself you would like to talk about? What do you like to do?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144863
>>144861
>>144862
"For instance, what kind of music do you like to listen to?"
Amber Sunset
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No.144864
Hi there!
Anonymous
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No.144868
144869
I might be busy for the next couple of days, but I hope to be back soon. I am excited to see where this goes.
Anonymous
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No.144869
>>144868
Understandable.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144871
hopes to continue soon
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144872
still hopes to continue soon
Anonymous
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No.144885
Okay, I’m actually available today and tomorrow. There will probably be a few hours I won’t be available, but I am available.
Shimmering Spark
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No.144886
144887
I believe we left off with Waabishki going to have dinner with the rest of the characters.
Anonymous
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No.144887
144889
>>144886
The Doctor continues speaking with Ply Press, talking about his life has been since they moved, with the Doctor likewise having experienced a move. The one from the country to the city, the other from the city to the country.

Petal enters the room,
“Dinner’s ready.”

Ply Press stands up, and directs the group towards a dinner table, which is down the small hallway, past the kitchen and the stairwell, into a room with a large table, plates, wooden floors, and windows yo the back
Shimmering Spark
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No.144889
144895
>>144887
Spark sits down at the table.
Anonymous
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No.144895
144896
>>144889
Ply Press tells the group,
“Come on, sit down.”

The Doctor sits, and Makade, looking a bit displeased, takes his seat as well. Waabishki, with uncertainty, takes a seat. Petal comes in, with a pan
“We have a hot dish. And some bread.” Placing it on the table. Then she comes out with two special plates.
“Smoked Salmon. Luis’s favorite.” She ruffles the top of Makade’s head, flopping his ears about. He scrunches, then bares his teeth. Waabishki giggles at the sight, and then sniffs the fillets fish before her.
Shimmering Spark
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No.144896
144897
>>144895
Spark takes a little bit of bread and takes a listen to the conversations at the table.
Anonymous
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No.144897
144898
>>144896
Doctor:
“That’s really neat you have something ready for the wolves.

Petal:
“We hoped our little Lyka would come back. And here he is! Smoked Salmon is his favorite.”

Waabishki uses a paw to push a piece of fillet into her mouth. Makade remains scrunching in protest for perhaps as long as thirty seconds, but takes a nibble of the salmon, and then eats more.
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.144898
144899
>>144897
"It is very kind of you to have made all of this for us. If you have some kind of errand you need done, I would be happy to be of assistance."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144899
144901
>>144898
"Oh, you're our guest. Don't worry about it." She says, waving towards Spark
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144900
>>144746
"Wiped out? Not even figuratively. The worry is always whether they would be the only ones wiped out."
Shimmering Spark
f35ca9d
?
No.144901
144902
>>144899
“Well... you would like to be able to invite Madake back again I assume. You will need some more supplies if you want to have him and his friends over again, correct?”
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144902
144903
>>144901
"Oh, it's alright. We just... won't necessarily have coffee. Or real tea. But there is some nice ersatz tea they make now."
Shimmering Spark
f35ca9d
?
No.144903
144904
>>144902
“But offering less than real tea and having no coffee simply won’t do. After all, a good host has plenty to offer the guests. It won’t be but a short trip to get some more for you.”
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144904
144905
>>144903
"Well... You're not from West Equestria, are you? You see, all of the tea and coffee plantations in Equestria are on the other side of the line, and the Changelings aren't willing to sell much to buy luxuries, at least for most of the pony population. So... well, there isn't really more tea at the store." She smiles awkwardly.
Shimmering Spark
f35ca9d
?
No.144905
144906
>>144904
“I might have a way to get some over the line. New Mareland is interested in trade with Madake’s village. I’m sure a few coffee rations can make their way over here once that opens up. In the mean time, I will double check the stores. I’m quite certain you are overlooking some.”
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144906
144907
>>144905
"Oh, you don't need to do that." She says, smiling
Shimmering Spark
f35ca9d
?
No.144907
144908
>>144906
“I don’t need to, but I want to. Looking for a little coffee will help me get more familiar with the layout of the city and maybe meet some locals.”
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144908
144909
>>144907
"Well, I don't know if you really want to be seen moving about the city much. During the day it's fine, but at night... Well, you can't move about without good reason."
Shimmering Spark
f35ca9d
?
No.144909
144910
>>144908
“It can wait until the morning I suppose.”
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144910
144913
>>144909
"Are you looking to stay the night?" She asks
Amber Sunset
41d72d6
?
No.144911
144914
Can I play?
Shimmering Spark
f35ca9d
?
No.144913
144914
>>144910
“I don’t want to overstay my welcome. I can find another place to rest and be back with some tea and coffee in the morning.”
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144914
144915 144917 144941
>>144911
Yes

>>144747
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCsMKypvmB0

"Not so fast." The Zebra repositions himself to physically block off Amber before she enters the building.

"Nocreature enters without first being searched for weapons or explosives. Now, you are looking for someone invloved with... 'Hoebuck,' was it?"

There are some other obstructions, like a steel railing, that corral those who enter, and makes it difficult to enter without inspection.

>>144913
"Oh no, it's hardly an issue at all. Although... I'm not sure how many beds we have. Still, we can prepare something for all of you, if you like."
Shimmering Spark
f35ca9d
?
No.144915
144916
>>144914
“I would feel safer sleeping in a place like this.”
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144916
>>144915
"Great! Make yourself at home. We'll prepare sleeping arrangements after dinner."
Amber Sunset
41d72d6
?
No.144917
144918
>>144914
She nods nervously. "Y-yes. Actually, I going to turn in some evidence that...that I found nearby." The mare slowly pulls back her cloak with her teeth to show a revolver of sorts. "Thsmm ss ull ah goat ohn muh," she says, her mouth muffled.
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144918
144919
image.png
>>144917
The Stallion's eyes grow wide, and he rapidly moves back, his hooves momentarily slipping on the tile floor. He moves back far enough to come to a wooden desk.

"SHE'S GOT A GUN!"

He yells, before himself producing a revolver, which slips from his mouth in the first instance.

Inside, a pony dives to the floor, while another tries to scurry away, slipping on the tile and falling down.

"PUT DOWN YA GUN MISS!"

The two green uniformed ponies from outside rush in, both of whom brandish wood and steel rifles, pointing them at Amber, though the second stallion quickly turns around, to look behind them and outside. A third green uniformed stallion rushes in from inside, also carrying a rifle and pointing it towards Amber.
Amber Sunset
41d72d6
?
No.144919
144920
AmberTakingCover.png
>>144918
kek
The mare falls on the floor holding her hooves on her head. "Wait, wait! I brought it here because I want to give it to you!" She looks in panic at the ponies with guns barging in.
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144920
144921
>>144919
One of the stallions in green starts talking:
"Get it! Get the gun! Who ya fightin' for? Glimma'?"

The zebra stallion uses a hoof to slide the gun closer towards himself

"A turn in?" He asks Amber
Amber Sunset
41d72d6
?
No.144921
144922
>>144920
"I'm-I'm not fighting, I'm...yes, I want to...turn in.... She looks to be shaking half to death from fright.
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144922
144923
>>144921
There is a pause, and perfect silence for an extended period of time. Measured out, it's probably seven seconds, but when there are four different guns pointed at you, it surely feels like longer

"Uh, sorry miss." One of the stallions smiles awkwardly, tips his hat, and leaves the entryway, going back outside, followed by the other stallion, and the third green uniformed stallion, until only the Zebra stallion and a few others inside remain. The Zebra puts down his revolver on the cart. He picks up and examines the revolver Amber brought it.

"You can never be too cautious. You can get up now. Where did you say you found this?"
Amber Sunset
41d72d6
?
No.144923
144924
>>144922
She looks around anxiously and, without that magical feeling of being mugged, slowly pulls herself up. She seems unsure of how to respond; lost, even. "Um, I, um," she mumbles, blinking confusedly.
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144924
144925
>>144923
Looking around, she can see no trace of the green-uniformed ponies who pointed rifles at her moments ago. Perhaps not no trace, as the silhouttes of two of them can be seen outside, standing as there were before. Still, it is enough almost to cast doubt on whether the vent happened at all. Likewise, inside, the pink mare who slipped and fell on the floor is nowhere to be seen, and the storm-cloud grey Pegasus who jumped, now staring at Amber, is the only pony there besides the zebra.

The Zebra stallion repeats
"Where did you say you found this?"
Amber Sunset
41d72d6
?
No.144925
144926
>>144924
She stares. "It was...near the Hoebuck tenement, um...in an alley. I, uh..." she rubs the back of her head with a hoof. "...I saw something shiny by a dumpster."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144926
144927
>>144925
He moves in a bit closer, his big, black muzzle nearing her face. He turns his head, and raises an eyebrow in skepticism.
Amber Sunset
41d72d6
?
No.144927
144928
>>144926
"I knew it had to be related to that case, so I brought it here. Maybe I can explain this better to a detective." She smiles nervously.
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144928
144929
>>144927
"Hoebuck." He says to himself, pulling away

"Black Veil, do you know who heads the Hoebuck investigation? Is that that cultist case?"

The dark grey stallion moves in closer
"Yes sir. The... the 'New' government is claiming jurisdiction."

The Zebra stallion raises an eyebrow and looks over to him
"Oh they are? What does the chief say about that?"

"Same as the mayor. Don't budge an inch."

"Who is in charge though?"

"I think... Big Malt? It'll be assigned a special group I am sure."

"Well, let's collect all evidence we can."

Then the Zebra looks back to Amber
"Well, we really need to get it to somecreature working on the case. Especially one of the assigned detectives or the original police officer."
Amber Sunset
41d72d6
?
No.144929
144930
>>144928
She nods. "I really am sorry, officer, for coming at a very strange hour, but I thought this was important, and I wasn't comfortable holding onto a gun that might've hurt somepony.
I doubt any detective would be up at this time...."

Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144930
144931
>>144929
"Well, let's go see."

He speaks to the grey pegasus,
"Take my place for a few minutes."

He looks back to her, and offers the gun back
"You may be called as a witness in a future trial. Follow me."
Amber Sunset
41d72d6
?
No.144931
144932 144958
>>144930
Her ears fold back when she hears 'trial,' but otherwise she only replies, "Okay." Hopeful but with her heart racing, she follows him.
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144932
144933
>>144931
Unfortunately I have to go for the night. I will be available tomorrow, including relatively early tomorrow
Amber Sunset
41d72d6
?
No.144933
>>144932
Good to know, thanks
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.144941
144942
>>144914
"That would be extremely kind of you."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144942
144943
>>144941
The creatures continue eating. The Doctor tries to make conversation, and Petal starts telling stories of the neighbors, followed by Ply Press telling stories of when he would hike through the woods.

Makade cautiously continues eating, while Waabishki finishes everything quickly. Petal volunteers to cook more.
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.144943
144944
>>144942
Spark continues to listen until the meal is over.
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144944
144945
>>144943
Petal tells of her growing roses for competition in the State Fair back in the day, and how she made it to third prize in the entire region. She also tells of a couple neighbors, including of a mechanic's colt who went off to the War, and wondering if he is still prisoner.

Ply Press makes another mention of Mild Mirth, and also talks about going campaign on a series of hills. he mentions a close encounter with a... bear? Let's hope it was a bear, anyways. Didn't really sound like one, but damn was it big and furry and scary. Kind of hard to tell at night. He also mentions practicing marksmanship with Makade.
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.144945
144948
>>144944
Spark makes a note of both a prisoner and a bear like thing.
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144948
144949
>>144945
Petal hastily goes upstairs, and the remainder make their way back to the living room. Waabishki, once again, looks anxious.
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.144949
144951
>>144948
"Did you enjoy the meal Waabishki?"
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144951
144952
>>144949
She looking out, as if to the distance. It takes her a moment to turn her head to Spark.

"Huh? Oh. Yes. I was rather impressed ponies could make it that way."
Shimmering Spark
270a3a2
?
No.144952
144954
>>144951
“That’s good. Though I don’t suppose you are lost in thought about the flavor.”
Amber Sunset
6721ae2
?
No.144953
144954
Hello!
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144954
144955 144956
>>144952
"Well..." She looks down, and momentarily her ears come down.

"Not really..."

>>144953
Hello!
Shimmering Spark
270a3a2
?
No.144955
144957
>>144954
“Do you want to talk about it?”
Amber Sunset
6721ae2
?
No.144956
144957
>>144954
I went to sleep just as the session started, but it doesn't look like you got very far. Can we continue?
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144957
>>144955
"It's the same as before." She says

>>144956
Perhaps. I'd prefer to make Amber's actions here in as long of chunks as possible
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144958
144959
>>144931
The Stallion goes slightly ahead of Amber, looking back

"Keep that where I can see it."

Note that it is actually Amber who has possession of the revolver.

The two go upwards, and upwards, until they enter through a door into another hallway with a bank of tables and desks, a hallway branching off to the right with closed doors, and a hallway straight ahead with doors with glass windows.

"Okay, now let's find a relevant detective. Let me see who's here..."
Amber Sunset
6721ae2
?
No.144959
144960
>>144958
Amber keeps attentive and looks to either side of the hallway, trying to see if there are any names on nameplates or if there are any ponies observable through the windows. Meanwhile her ears are focused on the stallion ahead, trying to catch any names.
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144960
144961
>>144959
There are indeed nameplates and the windows can be seen through. One room is lit. However, Amber is a little far away and at the wrong angle to see much.

The Zebra Stallion moves ahead of Amber, in what would not have been a wise move had Amber been hiding bullets and a malign intent.

"Rosey! Hey! Rosey!"

Or maybe there's a witness already. Quickly, a small strawberry colored earthpony mare pokes out from the right hallway, and looks at the Zebra stallion and Amber.

"Yes? Bah!"

"Calm down, it's not loaded, and it's evidence from that Hoebuck thing. We need a detective working on that case to turn it in to, or at least somepony who is working on it."

"Uh, oh. Okay. Well, Headliner is leading the case. Temporarily, I think the chief himself will lead it. And as for detectives..."
She looks down at a paper.
"We have Salted Stalwart here. He's in the back. He can check it in."
Anonymous
6721ae2
?
No.144961
144962
>>144960
She goes through the names. Wait! None of them are Red Scabbard! I have to do something.... Panic rising in her chest, she asks, trying to be nonchalant, "You must have a lot of detectives here."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144962
>>144961
The Zebra responds

"A few, yeah. Only so many at 1:30."

The mare replies
"Let me get Stalwart."
Amber Sunset
6721ae2
?
No.144963
144964
"Okay," she says, but she intently looks at the doors to see if she can find the name she needs.
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144964
>>144963
Roll two die [d20 = 4], one with wisdom modifier
Amber Sunset
6721ae2
?
No.144965
144966
[1d20 = 2]
[1d20 = 6]
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144966
144968
>>144965
Search though she may, Amber can find nothing useful on the nameplates
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144967
144969
>>144862
"Well, I..." He turns his head slightly down and away
"I've tried reading. History, poetry..."
Amber Sunset
6721ae2
?
No.144968
144970
>>144966
Seeing no other option, Amber decides to wait.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144969
144971
>>144967
"Anything from Severyana? 'War and Peace', maybe?"
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144970
144974
>>144968
A blue stallion walks from down the central hallway

"Hello,"
And introducing himself

"Detective Salted Stallwart. You found a weapon near Hoebuck?"
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144971
144972
>>144969
"Yes. Caramel Marks, Valley Lemon's book on the State and..." He tilts his head.

"I haven't heard of that book before."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144972
144973
>>144971
"It is Romanticist classic, written by Leo Trotstoy, one of Severyana's greatest authors. It is chronicle of Groverian invasion of Severyanan Empire and influence it had in following years after Severyana accepted Equestrian protection in wake of defeat."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144973
144976
>>144972
"Ah." He nods his head
"Rather neat. I haven't, well, I haven't read that, but I've read some Equestrian and Aquellian literature."
Amber Sunset
6721ae2
?
No.144974
144975
>>144970
Amber nods. "Y-yes, it was..." she pauses to recollect her thoughts. "...It was in an alleyway by a dumpster."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144975
144978
>>144974
"Let me write this down." He says, pulling out a paper and placing it on a table near him. He places a pencil in his mouth, moving it off to the side to let him speak.

"So, which alley did you find it in? And where was it located relative to the dumpster?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144976
144977
>>144973
"Anything good you would recommend?"
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144977
144980
>>144976
"Well... Yes. There are a couple by John Huffing. And the best is this one called Le Malheureux. The best I've read so far, anyways."
Amber Sunset
6721ae2
?
No.144978
144979
>>144975
"It wasn't far, maybe a block away...and it was on the left side of a green dumpster, I saw something shiny and decided to see." Her ear twitches. "I'm sorry if I'm not very good with directions, I arrived in Baltimare a few days ago but I heard about the awful things that happened at Hoebuck."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144979
144981
>>144978
"Huh..." He writes something down

"Right by where we found those three unconscious griffins tied together in the dumpster. Wonder why the police missed it. When did you find it? Exactly where was it next to the dumpster? Do you think you could show me, or someone?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144980
>>144977
"I admit I do not do as much reading as I should, but it is good idea to broaden one's horizons."

He finishes his glass of whiskey, and puts it on the end table.

"I had better stop it here, do not want to get too drunk before tonight. How are you holding up?"
Amber Sunset
6721ae2
?
No.144981
144982
>>144979
"Um, I-I think I could." She gives a nervous smile. "B-but I don't think you would be able to find anything else there."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144982
144983 144984
>>144981
"No no. It's where the gun was located. That says much about how it got there. And why it wasn't noticed on the first sweep. Whether it was even there on the night of the clearing. Here. Let me see it."
He extends a hoof

>>144981
"Heh. I'm getting a little bit of a buzz now. At least I think I am? I'm feeling something, that's for sure." He has a strange smile
Amber Sunset
6721ae2
?
No.144983
144985 144988
>>144982
She cautiously hoofs over the gun, handle side towards him.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144984
144985
>>144982
Silver gives him a light pat on the shoulder, and a smile.

"Everything feel alright, then?"
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144985
144986 144988 144989
>>144984
And he is pat.

"Uh, yeah. Everything's alright." He says

>>144983
He takes it rather quickly, turning it over

"Lavender Number 2. Equestrian Service Revolver." He turns it over, then presses a button with his hoof, breaking the cylinder open. He spins the cylinder, then snaps the barrel back in place.

"Dated 1011. Wartime production, Mareway Small Arms Company."

He places the gun in a foreleg, and extends it forward, toward the wall in front of him. He holds it up, and looks down the sight, closing an eye. The way the gun is positioned between the ankle and the end of hoof is rather awkward. yet nevertheless he manages a squeaking action by pulling the end of the hoof inwards towards the ankle, pulling the trigger without jerking the gun. Amber could see the hammer rise and the cylinder turn, before

Click

He turns around, and places it back on the table.

"This was probably issued to an Equestrian military non-commissioned officer. I wonder how it got here. It has most of the factory bluing. Wasn't found lying out on the battlefield. Not for long, anyways. Wasn't laying out in the alley very long either. It works fine and there is no rust. Not many scratches either."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144986
144987
>>144985
"So...anything else you want to talk about? Anything you want to do?"
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144987
144990
>>144986
"Well... Make a life here, I suppose. Get in contact with the paper, or the activists here. they are much stronger than back home. Or leave, go to Aquellia or Stalliongrad."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144988
144989
>>144985
>>144983
"Should probably turn this in to evidence" He says
Amber Sunset
6721ae2
?
No.144989
144991
>>144985
>>144988
She perks up, looking a bit less anxious for now. "Oh yes, I should! Do you know the pony who runs it?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144990
144991
>>144987
"Hmm...well, as long as you do not get house raided by government, I would be happy to help you make your life."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144991
144992 144996
>>144989
"Well, there is a dedicated clerk for the room, but certain detectives can access it, so long as they make notes of what is placed in and taken out. I can take it back." He says

>>144990
He smiles. Then the smile goes away

"What's this about a raid?"
Amber Sunset
6721ae2
?
No.144992
144993
>>144991
She does not directly answer him. Instead: "Oh, can I have a looksie? It sounds really important." She looks a bit more chipper. Youthful energy perhaps?
This is my chance! she thinks to herself.
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144993
144994
>>144992
He turns to her, and smiles awkwardly.

"Uh, at the evidence room? Civilians aren't normally allowed back there."
Amber Sunset
6721ae2
?
No.144994
144995
>>144993
"Oh, I'm sorry...but I'm just surprised there are so many detectives. Even now there must be...what? Four or five here, I'd wager."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144995
144998
>>144994
"At 1:30? Most of us go home long before then. Some of us stay late because we are working on a case, though there's always a few for dedicated nightshift. Tonight there's myself, Griselda, Sunnyside Meadow, Red Scabbard, Tracker, and Strummed Sound. Well, I think that's who hasn't gone home. Just six of us."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144996
144997
>>144991
"Like, do not join any armed mobs or the such that would draw major attention from government. Did not mean anything bad, Clip."

He smiles again at the smaller stallion, before wrapping a foreleg around his shoulders.
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144997
144999
>>144996
"Well, you know what they do. You can't just do nothing." He says. But the smaller stallion lets Silver wrap his legs around him.
Amber Sunset
6721ae2
?
No.144998
145001
>>144995
"They sound very different, and not at all what I'd expect ponies with detective-ing...detecting cutie marks to be named." She says with slightly eager interest. "Can any pony sign up?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144999
145001
>>144997
"Then go ahead and do it. Working on paper sounds like good idea, maybe you could use fact you used to work for one in order to get editor position."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.145001
New Thread! >>145000 →

>>144998
"They are not all ponies, to begin with. Griselda is a female griffin. Tracker is a diamond dog. Sunnyside Meadow's optimism is a value in this profession, as is Strummed Sound's thestral hearing, and Red Scabbard's talent in confrontation. But, well, sort of. but not really. You have to already be a police officer, or have some other prior experience for a number of years."

>>144999
"Uh, alright. I'll do that."

He seems to wag his tail, though it's close to the bed and can hardly move. He has a wide, toothy smile.