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Occupied Equestria - New Opportunities
Anonymous
6ec7d89
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No.143000
Continuing
1691 replies and 23 files omitted.
Anonymous
6ec7d89
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No.143420
143421
>>143419
They are seated,

[1d4 = 3] [1d5 = 2]
[1d4 = 4]
[1d4 = 1]

[1d4 = 2]
[1d4 = 1]
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.143421
143422
GoodNewsEveryone.jpg
>>143419
>>143420
Good news!

One of Melon Mangrove's tables just opened up

Another couple has arrived
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143422
143425 143426
>>143421
Splendid! The large group can finally sit down.
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.143425
143426 143427
>>143422
And they sit their black asses down
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7U-et8qOXLs

A couple is still there

[1d4 = 2] [1d5 = 1]
[1d4 = 4]
[1d4 = 3]

[1d4 = 2]
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.143426
143427
>>143425
>>143422
Another couple enters

And another table of Melon Mangrove's leaves
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143427
143428 143429
>>143425
>>143426
The couple there first gets to sit at Melon's table.
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.143428
143429
>>143427
One couple remains

[1d4 = 3] [1d5 = 2]
[1d4 = 2]
[1d4 = 2]

[1d4 = 2]
[1d4 = 3]
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.143429
143430
>>143427
>>143428
... But another couple enters. As does an older mare with two adolescent colts.
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143430
143431 143432 143434
>>143429
Oh dear! Amber frets about this, though less so than before when it was even more overwhelming.
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.143431
143432
>>143430
[1d2 = 2] [1d4 = 2] [1d4 = 4] [1d4 = 4]
[1d2 = 2] [1d5 = 3]
[1d2 = 1]

[1d4 = 3]
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.143432
143433 143435
>>143431
>>143430
The mare with the two adolescent colts is considering turning away

But another old couple with a middle aged couple in the same group enter
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.143433
143434
>>143432
[1d5 = 1]
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.143434
>>143433
>>143430
But one of De Sew's tables, and one of Cream pop's booths opens up
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143435
143436 143438
>>143432
"Oh no, please don't leave! A table just opened up." She gives them Cream Pop's booth. The first remaining couple gets De Sew's table.
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.143436
143437
>>143435
Roll diplomacy for good measure
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143437
143438 143440
>>143436
[1d20+4 = 14]
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.143438
143439 143440 143441
>>143437
>>143435
It looks like this succeeds

The two couples (one group) remain waiting

[1d4 = 4] [1d5 = 4]
[1d4 = 3] [1d4 = 4]

[1d4 = 2] [1d4 = 3]
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.143439
143440
>>143438
[1d5 = 4]
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.143440
>>143437
>>143438
>>143439
One couple enters, as does another family with a young looking mare and stallion with two small foals.

Two tables leave. Both Larkhaven.
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143441
143442
>>143438
Amber asks the two couples, "You wouldn't mind eating at separate tables that are close together, would you?"
Anonymous
18aef5a
?
No.143442
143443
F09A25D9-AD7E-4E65-9471-B86F416A0943.jpeg
>>143441
A mare answers
“The point of going out with my son and daughter in law, is to go out with my son and daughter in law.”
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143443
143498 143500 143502
>>143442
"Erm, of course. Please wait a moment." The two couples not affiliated with them are called forth and given Larkhaven's tables.
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143444
143446 143453
Spark continues down the road with the wolves.
Anonymous
db73095
?
No.143446
>>143444
Trips, held securely in hoof
Silver "The Floof" Sword
0ba4c80
?
No.143449
143450
I bet the next post will be amazing!
Amber Sunset
67ffaa0
?
No.143450
143452
>>143449
Be patient, it'll likely be a few days.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
0ba4c80
?
No.143452
>>143450
hopes for soon
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143453
143454
>>143444
The road continues, curving in a large arc, occasionally intersecting with or splitting off into what must be other major roads. The group periodically passes the slant-roofed, mostly one or two story buildings that dot the length of the road: a furniture store here, and a firestation there. But this is no commercial avenue, nor residential street. It is a larger thoroughfare that evidently connects parts of the city, and for the most part commercial and residential constructions exist further away from the road. Yet few trucks, carts and automobiles pass them, and even fewer pedestrians. Some do, forcing the group to stay well clear on the side. Though most of the length is adorned with sidewalks, in areas there is only the snow covered grass, forcing them to walk in the snow.

Perhaps it isn't the occupation that keeps ponies off the roads. There is something unpleasant about the air. The temperature has not risen above 20 with the afternoon sun, and whereas the forest had trees, and the denser parts of the city multistory buildings, to block the flow of the wind, it blows unimpeded here, perhaps even funneled by the buildings around it. Snowflakes, sometimes large, sometimes small, fall in small numbers from the clouded and overcast sky. There is a hint of diesel and coal smoke in the air. The doctor tries to keep his legs close together, and his head closer to his chest in the cold and wind. Waabishki is is not fazed by the wind and weather, but her nose twitches at the faint but unwelcome smell. Makade is not bothered by either, simply pressing forward.

Roll die
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143454
143455
>>143453
[1d20 = 18]
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143455
143456
>>143454
The group turns off onto an avenue, and then a couple blocks to Rainey Street. Spark's journey is uneventful, really, though drones in uniform and with guns occasionally stand in pairs at street corners. The distance travelled by the creatures in total isn't actually that great, perhaps three and a half miles in full. Rainey street is two lanes, paved in concrete, and sided by parallel parking spaces and street lamps. Carts dominate over automobiles, which are scarce, at least out in the open. To each side are rowhouses, with a small patch of grass or tree in front of some and a short walkway to each door. The houses are two floors, though often windows are placed in the slanted or sometimes gambrel roofs, and walls vary in color from grey brick to bright red, usually alternating so that houses can be differentiated from each other.

325 Rainey Street is a house of approximately this description - a bright red two floor brick house with a window appearing out of a gambrel roof, closed blinds on the windows, a ight orange wooden door with a small window on the front, and a leafless tree only twice Spark's height in front.

Spark has arrived
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143456
143457
>>143455
Spark knocks on the door.
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143457
143458
>>143456
For a moment, there is nothing. But Spark sees a movement through the small window, and the door opens part way. Through the crack, the muzzle of a grey unicorn sticks out, looks over to Spark.

"Who is it?"
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143458
143459
>>143457
"Makade and company. May I ask you who you are as well?"
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143459
143460
>>143458
With a hint of uncertainty, or unease, the pony answers
"Ply Press"

Barely a second has passed before his eyes turn past Spark and to those behind him. He quickly swings open the door, and Spark can see that he wears a green sweater. He smiles, and turns his head back, yelling into the room

"Petal Dew, Lyka is here!"
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143460
143461
>>143459
Hmm...
Spark turns to Makade to see his reaction.
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143461
143462
>>143460
Makade leans a bit to the side and slightly lowers his make, while Waabiski’s ears rise to attention with intrigue.
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143462
143463
>>143461
Spark motions them inside.
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143463
143464
>>143462
The doctor moves forward rather quickly, shaking and patting his fur before entering to remove the few flakes of snow.
"So good to be out of the cold" He remarks

Waabishki is next, and she moves her head around looking from side to side. Makade is last, cautiously walking in. Ply Press walks forward towards Makade, and asks
"What brings you back?"

The entry foyer is kind of small, with stairs to the right, and over to the left is a larger room with wood floors, a chair, two couches, a radio, a couple tables and several pictures up. There is a small hallway between the stairs and the room
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143464
143465
>>143463
Spark watches if Makade will answer.
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143465
143466
>>143464
Makade looks over to Spark, with an almost unsettled expression, as if he expects Spark to answer for him. When this does not occur, he turns back to look at Ply Press.

"We are here for... well, for medical services for someone from the Zagaskway. We were... well, we need to stay somewhere, for at least a few hours. So I came here."

A rose red unicorn mare with her brown mane tied back and wearing a blue shirt walks down the stairs.
"Lyka! You're back!" She immediately runs to Makade, and sits down in front of him, pressing her hooves into each of his cheeks
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143466
143467
>>143465
Spark smiles.
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143467
143468
1507355229015.gif
>>143466
Makade folds his ears back as she continues rubbing his cheeks, and then expresses surprise and then fear as she comes in for a hug
"It's been so long. I was worried for you!"

Waabishki, who sits at a safe distance, desn't hide her smile
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143468
143469
>>143467
"I'm sorry for the unannounced arrival. The circumstances have been a bit unavoidable."
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143469
143470
>>143468
She looks up for a moment in the direction of Spark. Ply Press is already looking his way. She gets up, an walks over towards Spark, granting Makade a reprieve. "Why hello! I'm Petal Dew. Who are you?"
She offers a hoof to shake
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143470
143471
>>143469
Spark shakes her hoof.
"I'm Spark. It's nice to meet you."
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143471
143472
>>143470
She shakes his hoof. Her shake is firm, but she releases perhaps more quickly than her excitement would imply.
"What brings you here?"
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143472
143473
>>143471
"There was a bit of a medical emergency in Madake's village. We had to transport his friend over to the hospital here for treatment."
Spark is curious about the new name, but figures that they must have a nickname for each other.
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143473
143474
>>143472
She turns over back to Makade, and quickly walks back to him
"'Makade'? Using your tribal name?"
Without warning, she presses her hoof onto Makade's head, much to his displeasure.
"I think it's cute."
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143474
143475
>>143473
"I hope you don't mind us staying for a little while. We won't be allowed back to the hospital to check on him until the procedure is done."
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143475
143476
>>143474
"Oh, not at all! We don't get visitors too often since moving here. Why don't you sit yourself down, and make yourself comfortable on those couches. That one right there we got new from Stinny's, since we had to leave the one we had back at the ranch. Do you need anything? Maybe anything to drink, or to eat?"
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143476
143477
>>143475
"I do hate to ask you for such a favor, but I'm sure everyone would like something warm to help thaw out."
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143477
143478
>>143476
"Oh, it's no problem at all. Let me make some tea for you."
And like that, she runs out of the room and through a door that enters into what is presumably the living room over on the left.

This leaves the doctor, who sits on a couch, Waabishki, who sits on the ground, and Makade, who has not made it far past the entry foyer. Ply Press continues standing, looking at the group.
"Well, uh... make yourself comfortable here."
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143478
143479
>>143477
"I don't mean to pry, but she mentioned a ranch. Did you move here recently?"
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143479
143480
>>143478
"Oh. Yes. We had a property out in Lake County with 40 acres, mostly forest. It was nice, very nice. Not really a 'ranch' because we didn't raise animals, but we call it that. We had it for very many years. I bought it not that long after getting the job with Cardinal from a friend of my father... not long after marrying Petal. But yes, we had to sell it. The, uh, the Changelings... they don't like ponies who live out in the forest. Fortunately I knew somepony in Whinnyapolis who had the house here, so I got a good deal on this house. It's nice, but I miss the backyard.
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143480
143481
>>143479
"Interesting. Maybe I will take it off their hooves sometime. What's this job that you had?"
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143481
143482
>>143480
He tilts his head at the "Take it off their hooves" comment, but he quickly answers Spark's comments

"Cardinal Machinery. I worked as a liaison with the Lumber industry. What I would do is engineering work adjusting and repairing the machines that they sell that slice lumber into veneer. And especially I would work on the machines that would press wood together. I still work with them, sort of."
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143482
143483
>>143481
"Sort of?"
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143483
143484
>>143482
"Well... The company was placed under a regulatory commission, and is under new management. But my knowledge as an engineer is still valued, so I still work on press machines."
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143484
143485
>>143483
"How's the management?"
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143485
143486
>>143484
"It's, well... It's different."
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143486
143487
>>143485
"How so?"
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143487
143488
>>143486
"Well, they are Changelings."
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143488
143489
>>143487
"Right. Do they mistreat you?"
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143489
143490
>>143488
"Well... let's say they have a very particular idea of what they want, and how they think it should be done, and they, well they don't always have the best understanding of the machines or the processes in question, or the idiosyncrasies of the local timber."
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143490
143491
>>143489
"New management hardly ever understands."
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143491
143492
>>143490
"Yeah... heh heh. It's different under... creatures who are a bit less flexible than some others."

At this time, Petal comes back in the room, looking out and yelling
"Water is ready! Do you want tea, coffee maybe?"
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143492
143493
>>143491
Spark motions to the wolves to have first pick.
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143493
143494
>>143492
Makade:
"Nothing"
Petal:
"Oh, but surely you must"

Makade:
"It's okay"

Petal:
"Don't worry, we stocked up during the War. We have enough to give out."

Waabishki:
"I will take tea"

Petal's eyes grow wide
"You brought a girl? Oooooh! What is her name?"

Ply:
"Are you just now noticing?"

And with this, Makade and Waabishki's expression changes
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143494
143495
>>143493
Spark is not sure what to say, so he sees how the wolves will handle it.
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143495
143496
>>143494
Waabishki looks startled, finding herself less safe than she was before. She wraps her tail around herself.

Petal comes into the room, smiling and drawing breath
"Is this your 'someone' she's so pretty."
She comes closer to Waabishki, who scrunches

Waabishki:
"No."

Petal:
"You two would look so cute together"

Waabishki
"No."

Maakade smiles, evidently enjoying this. Petal tries to come even closer to Waabishki, seemingly to want to make some sort of physical contact, but Waabishki bares her teeth, causing Petal to back off
"Still."
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143496
143498
>>143495
"You said it has been a long time. How long has it been since Makade came by last?"
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143497
143498
waves
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143498
143499 143554
>>143496
Ply Press, still standing, answers
"We haven't seen him at all since the beginning of the War. Not when he left for training. And not much really even since he went up to Zagaskway."

>>143497
waves back

>>143443
Hmmm.... Roll diplomacy
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143499
143500
>>143498
[1d20+4 = 16]
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143500
143501
>>143499
>>143443
Wait... I am confused as to what is being attempted here
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143501
143502
>>143500
To get them to wait for a table that can seat four ponies.
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143502
143503
>>143443
>>143501
I believe that one couple is waiting, along with two sets that are between three and five.
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143503
143504 143505
>>143502
The couple has to get a high table.
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143504
143505
>>143503
They are seated, as those left waiting are placated

[1d4 = 3] [1d5 = 4]
[1d4 = 1]
[1d4 = 4]

[1d4 = 4]
[1d4 = 3]
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143505
143506
>>143504
>>143503
And another Larkhaven table clears out, as still another small group arrives
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143506
143507
>>143505
Oh Princess, I hope that this ends soon... she wishes to herself.
Amber proposes to the group of three to eat at a high table, bringing an extra chair from another high table (leaving it suitable as a table for one).
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143507
143508
>>143506
The third pony is a bit skeptical
"Does that really leave us with enough room for our food, though?"
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143508
143509 143510
>>143507
"...I don't know what you want to order, maybe not."
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143509
143510
>>143508
[1d2 = 1]
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143510
143511
>>143509
>>143508
After a moment, they answer
"Sure, we'll give it a try"

[1d4 = 4] [1d4 = 1] [1d5 = 5]
[1d4 = 2] [1d4 = 4]

[1d4 = 3]
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143511
143512 143513
>>143510
She smiles happily. "You'll like it, I'm sure."
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143512
143513
>>143511
They are seated. The lack of table space is definitely a possible issue, but it is so.

One of Mustard Trim's tables clears out

[1d5 = 5]
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143513
143514
>>143512
>>143511
... Two of Mustard Trim's tables have cleared out
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143514
143515
>>143513
She goes to the group of five. "There are seats available for you now."
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143515
143516
>>143514
They are seated

But what of the two connected couples?
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143516
143517
>>143515
Uh oh, she had suspected she neglected something. Is there space at one of Mustard's tables for all four of them?
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143517
143518
>>143516
Yes.
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143518
143519
>>143517
With a quick apology she brings them all over.
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143519
143520
>>143518
And they are seated
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143520
143521 143522
>>143519
Hopefully there are no more headaches.
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143521
143522
>>143520
[1d4 = 3] [1d4 = 3] [1d5 = 5]
[1d4 = 1] [1d4 = 4] [1d5 = 4]

[1d4 = 3] [1d4 = 4]
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143522
143523
1496187300870.png
>>143521
>>143520
Well...
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143523
143524
>>143522
Life is hard, life is stressful.
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143524
143525
>>143523
Another Mustard Trim table opens up, and another larkhaven table opens up, as a group of four mares (looks like friends) and a larger party enters
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143525
143526
>>143524
She asks the ladies, "Hello, would you all like a table or would you prefer to sit at the bar?"
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143526
143527
>>143525
"Well... a table might be better..."
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143527
143528 143529
>>143526
A small sigh escapes the petite mare. "There's a table on the patio."
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143528
143529
>>143527
And thus, that table is seated.

[1d4 = 2] [1d4 = 1] [1d5 = 2]
[1d4 = 1] [1d4 = 2] [1d5 = 1]

[1d4 = 1] [1d4 = 1]
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143529
143530
>>143528
>>143527
Some singles come in, but no tables leave
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143530
143531 143532
>>143529
A single who intends to dine is given the high table with one chair, the others are informed they'll have to enjoy themselves at the bar.
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143531
143532
>>143530
And so, all tables are filled again

[1d4 = 2] [1d4 = 4] [1d5 = 4]
[1d4 = 3] [1d4 = 4] [1d5 = 1]

[1d4 = 2]
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143532
143533
>>143531
>>143530
One of De Sew's tables opens, as does one of Larkhaven's. Meanwhile, another table of Larkhaven opens
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143533
143534 143535
>>143532
Larkhaven's patrons must be in a hurry.... She tries to see if the large group can be squeezed together at De Sew's table.
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143534
143535
>>143533
[1d2 = 1]
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143535
143536
>>143534
>>143533
Pack 'em in like cord wood
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143536
143537
>>143535
Fortunately they seemed accepting of it, having seen how crowded the restaurant is.
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143537
143538
>>143536
It's also a young group, perhaps teenagers or young adults
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143538
143539
>>143537
I wish I had a group of friends like that I could do things with, she thinks wistfully to herself. Maybe when I get settled down more.
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143539
143540
>>143538
A pony can dream though. A pony can dream

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SaH_JdyQ8M

The real question is, how many more cycles of tables do you want to go through?
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143540
143541
>>143539
It's getting a little repetitive, even for me. I've been looking forward to whatever happens next tonight.
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143541
143542
>>143540
The patrons come in waves, and as Amber stands strong, the wave crests and breaks. More enter, but from this point onwards, the number entering is fewer than those leaving. Amber catches a break, and nears the end of her shift.
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143542
143543
>>143541
Although it's less stressful for Amber she still must focus on her job. The strain of standing relatively still for a long period of time and her hunger makes it difficult for her, but she continues to put on a cheerful demeanor for newcomers while wishing those who leave a good night.
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143543
143544
>>143542
More... then more... And then finally, 10:30. The cut off for new patrons, at least outside of the bar
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143544
143545
>>143543
She sits down on the floor by the entrance and rubs at her eyes with a fetlock, yawning. It takes her a moment to consider whether she's actually free at this time.
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143545
143546
>>143544
The restaurant isn't closed yet but it is for new patrons. No more hostess work, but she can't leave yet either.
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143546
>>143545
Amber goes into the restaurant and tries not to get in anypony's way. She looks around to see how the waiters have managed and if they're as tired as she is.
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143547
143548
Melon has become more lax, talking to a table. Larkhaven, slightly displeased, stands near the kitchen. De Sew is still moving. Cream Pop isn't visible at the moment. Mustard Trim is still running around. Their jobs are not done yet,
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143548
143549 143565
>>143547
They're doing pretty well for themselves, I hope I can get myself to keep such a brisk pace even on busy days. Seeing what Melon is doing, an idea forms in her mind. She goes to a nearby table and politely asks the occupants, "Hello all, have you been having a good time?"
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143549
143550
>>143548
A skinny white stallion looks up to Amber
"Uh... sure!"
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143550
143551
>>143549
"We've, um, had a lot of customers tonight. It's a nice day to eat out, isn't it?" she asks cheerfully.
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143551
143552
But now I have to go to sleep

>>143550
"Well, yeah. It's fun to go out with friends."
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143552
143564
>>143551
Goodnight!
"It brings joy to my heart to see so many ponies enjoy the company of friends, and I'm glad to be able to help them in a small way. Hopefully I can enjoy the pleasure myself soon, but having just arrived at Baltimare it might be a little while."
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143554
143555
>>143498
"That's quite some time. Did he write at all?"
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143555
143556
>>143554
"Oh yes. We sent him letters, and we got a few from him. One at the beginning of the War, one when he was sent in for training, and one just after its end. But we hadn't heard from him in months. We were worried about him."
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143556
143559
>>143555
Spark takes a look around the room.
"The changelings haven't made it particularly easy for the mail to be sent to and from a forest. But, hopefully that will start to change in the coming months."
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143557
143558 143559
waves
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143558
>>143557
waves back
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143559
143560
>>143556
"No. No, they haven't."
And after a pause, he adds
"Why is that?"

>>143557
waves
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143560
143561
>>143559
"Just a feeling and a hope that things will be right again."
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143561
143562
>>143560
"A hope... yes..."

At this point, Petal has provided tea, as well as some sort of pastry
Shimmering Spark
9145bf6
?
No.143562
143563
>>143561
"Have you given up, or do you see hope left out there?"
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143563
143793 143794
>>143562
"Well..." This question causes him pause, and Petal starts talking to either the Doctor or Makade - hard to tell.

"Things could be a whole lot worse. I have my health, my lovely Petal Dew, a nice house, and our Lyka is back. Things could really be a whole lot worse."
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143564
143565 143580 143581
>>143552
"Well, um, I don't want to bother you any longer.
Enjoy the rest of these fixin's and have a good evening!"
She goes into the kitchen for the unenviable prospect of begging for daily bread.
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143565
143566
>>143564
>>143548
Aww... I'll have the stallion make his response to the original question

The stallion is slightly awkward, but he answers
"Well, we here know each other from school. But you can also get to know ponies at the public swimming pool at the Williams Society."
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143566
143567
>>143565
Ignore my last reply, then
"The Williams Society? Is that close?"
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143567
143568
>>143566
"Well, they have a few places all around, but uh, yeah, there's one up north a couple miles, and one over in Westtown."
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143568
143569
>>143567
"Thank you, I'll go there when I have time. Anything I should bring with me?"
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143569
143570
>>143568
"Well, if you are looking to swim, then swimming outfits. Same for any sports."
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143570
143571
>>143569
"You have to wear clothes to go swimming?" She seems surprised by this.
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143571
143572
>>143570
"Heh heh, no. Just if you want to keep your mane, coat and tail in order. Or if you want to be as sleek in the water as possible, for speed."
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143572
143573
>>143571
"Oh, thanks. You seem to know this city pretty well."
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143573
143574
>>143572
"Some. I've lived here all my life." He answers
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143574
143575
>>143573
"I've noticed there's more than one schoolhouse around. Are there any that provide music lessons?
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143575
143576
>>143574
"What do you mean? Like a class in secondary school, or special training?"
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143576
143577
>>143575
"I'm not sure what I'd qualify for, but I hope to get professional instruction someday if I can get a little bit of money. I like to sing and play stringed instruments."
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143577
143578
>>143576
"Oh. Well find you a band or a musician playing around at a bar or nightclub. They might give you some help."
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143578
143579
>>143577
She smiles. "I think something like that might happen soon. Thank you, mister."
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143579
143580
>>143578
"Uh, you're welcome." He says, smiling
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143580
>>143579
Now it's time for >>143564
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143581
143582
>>143564
The same zebra cook is there, as is a griffin male. Off to the side, in the back, is an unguarded loaf of bread, with dark crust.
Amber Sunset
965fb45
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No.143582
143583
>>143581
Best not to be impolite....
She approaches the zebra cook. "Hello there, Mister...I don't think I got your name, sorry."
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143583
143584
>>143582
"Udo" He answers
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143584
143585
AmberSunset.png
>>143583
"Mister Udo." She pauses to collect her thoughts before continuing. "I hate to trouble you like this, but I'm downright famished and haven't had a bite all day. May I...may I please have some soup and bread?" She smiles sweetly at him.
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143585
143586
>>143584
He turns around towards Amber, and places a fore-knee against a counter, smiling

"Well I don't know miss. Can you?"
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143586
143587
>>143585
"I'd really like it. Payday hasn't arrived for me yet so I haven't been able to buy food, but when it does I'll pay you back."
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143587
143588
>>143586
"Ma'am. I'm sure the owner doesn't mind if you take some left-over or sent back soup or bread" he answers
Amber Sunset
965fb45
?
No.143588
143589
>>143587
"Thank you kindly." Without another word she finds a bowl of soup that isn't marked to be sent out-or, if there isn't one, she grabs a bowl and fills it from a pot of soup. She also takes part of the loaf and finds a place to sit down to eat.
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143589
143590
>>143588
There is a bowl of an orange substance an the dark brown loaf. A booth in Cream Pop's section has opened.
Amber Sunset
cd9e24c
?
No.143590
143591
>>143589
Silently and without getting in anypony's way Amber walks over on three hooves. Sliding into the booth she thanks the princesses-wherever they may be-for letting her have a meal on this day. "Bless this bounty with your radiance and majesty, and thank you for the sunlight and kindness it took to bring these gifts to this humble abode..."

She digs in rather quickly, not having any conversation to spend time in. She would rather savor the flavor of the food but given limited time eating hurriedly is the best option.
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143591
143592
>>143590
The soup has a medium thickness to it, and a dark-orange red color, with leek, potato, a bit of alfalfa, carrot, and celery. And paprika. Lots of paprika. Perhaps more paprika than Amber would have preferred. The bread has a slightly tougher outer layer, and both the bread and the soup are cold, much colder than Amber could expect they were intended to be served.
Amber Sunset
cd9e24c
?
No.143592
143593
>>143591
She's grateful that it's a healthy meal at least and although the heavy spices make it hard to get down quickly, it does taste...interesting. She sops up the soup with the bread to soften it and make both easier to eat. Maybe it'd taste better if it was warmer. As she's eating she keeps an eye on how the waiters are doing.
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143593
143594
>>143592
Cream Pop takes note of Amber's presence, given that she is in his section. Salt Mixer is still busy at the bar. Larkhaven is a bit lazy in his movements, and Mustard Trim runs frantically back and forth the few times he leaves the patio. De Sew and Melon Mangrove are not visible here.

The bread goes pretty well with the soup.
Amber Sunset
cd9e24c
?
No.143594
143595
>>143593
Amber looks at Mustard with a hint of regret. He's burning the wind moving so fast, he's going to wear himself out. I wanted to talk with him a bit, I guess that'll have to wait. I don't think I can even help without getting in the way... She checks the time and with a sense of urgency finishes the meal, trying to get the last crumbs and bit of soup. Once she does so she carries the bowl back to the kitchen sink.

She asks somepony, perhaps the griffon, "Excuse me, do you happen to have a pen or pencil?"
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143595
143596
>>143594
The griffin narrows his eyes and looks at her oddly
"Did you lose the one at the hostess stand?"

He has a hint of an accent, and it's a bit different from what she's heard before.
Amber Sunset
cd9e24c
?
No.143596
143597
>>143595
She shakes her head. "Nope, don't worry. I, erm, just wanted to write a note." She bashfully backs away and heads back out of the kitchen, making sure to grab a paper napkin or towel on the way. Is the pen at the hostess stand still there?
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143597
143598
>>143596
Roll die
Amber Sunset
cd9e24c
?
No.143598
143599
>>143597
[1d20 = 14]
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143599
>>143598
The pen is there, on the side of the stand, next to a piece of paper
Amber Sunset
cd9e24c
?
No.143600
143601
Amber puts the pen in her mouth and writes the following message on the napkin:
Mustard,
I have to go now to meet a pony named Dark Descent. I'm told he's the owner of the Club Maurice on Falabella and I was asked to go see him before midnight. Not sure what it is or why tonight but it must be important.
Sorry I don't have time to chat tonight. See you tomorrow.
-Amber

The mouthwriting is surprisingly decent though the pattern on the paper breaks up the letters a bit.

Once Amber is finished she folds up the napkin, puts the pen back on the stand and goes to Salt Mixer. "When Mustard is finished could you hoof this to him?" She slides the snapkin over the bar (obviously in a dry area).
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143601
143602
>>143600
"Hmmm?" It takes her a moment to notice that Amber is talking to her

"Yeah, sure."
Amber Sunset
cd9e24c
?
No.143602
143603
>>143601
"Oh, and could you tell me where the Club Maurice is?
I've been told it's on Falabella but I don't know where that is.
It's not too far, is it?"

Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143603
143604
>>143602
"Club Maurice? That's over on east side, a bit south of here. Follow 13th.... uh, take a right to get to thirteenth from here, but follow13th until you get to Fallabella, then go south about... oh, I don't know how long. Some blocks. But you'll see the sign."
Amber Sunset
cd9e24c
?
No.143604
143605
>>143603
"How long would it take to get there at a brisk trot?
If it's alright with you, I'd like to be excused now and make it within an hour, hopefully having time to stop at my apartment on the way."
She asks this nervously, but not in a shameful sort of way, more like a filly asking for permission to go somewhere.
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143605
143606
>>143604
She looks up at the clock

Amber is basically asking to leave before the nominal end of her shift/get out of cleaning up. Roll diplomacy
Amber Sunset
cd9e24c
?
No.143606
143607
>>143605
"Please, it's really important. I'm not going there to have fun, but I've been called on business."
[1d20+4 = 21]
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143607
143608
>>143606
"Well... Okay, but you're going to have to stay longer to clean up next time." She answers
Amber Sunset
cd9e24c
?
No.143608
143609
>>143607
"I don't mind. Oh, thank you!" She pauses, then asks, "How long does it take to get there again?"
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143609
143610
>>143608
"It can depend, but maybe 20 minutes"
Amber Sunset
cd9e24c
?
No.143610
143611
>>143609
"Alright. Thank you again and goodnight." Amber fastens her head scarf and cloak and heads out at a canter's pace. However, the direction she's going is that of her apartment.
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143611
143612
>>143610
It's a bit chilly, and the sidewalk is wet. There are numerous lights, and a few ponies, carts, and automobiles.
Amber Sunset
cd9e24c
?
No.143612
143613
>>143611
Amber avoids any visible puddles in her way. The combination of her clothing, leaving a heated building and exertion helps stave off the cold.
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143613
143614
>>143612
With all the clothing that she wears, she'll be hot, if anything.

It takes her some time, but she arrives back at her apartment
Amber Sunset
cd9e24c
?
No.143614
143615
>>143613
Amber takes the time to wipe off her hooves before going inside, but otherwise is in a hurry. She takes off her clothing, relieves herself in the bathroom, and takes a 2-minute shower. After shaking off most-but not all-of the excess water she straightens her hair with a brush and puts her dress back on, making sure it's straight. All in all, much faster than the average city mare could realistically achieve. Once her cloak and headscarf's back on she heads out again, this time at a trot heading south to the 13th or Falabella, whichever one she reaches first on the way.

Glad I took the time to look presentable. I hope the chill doesn't get to me but I shouldn't be out long.
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143615
143616
>>143614
I'm skeptical of her ability to dry herself, but otherwise this is as described. Fallabella runs north to south, and Amber goes first west to Fallabella, and then south along it
Amber Sunset
cd9e24c
?
No.143616
143617
>>143615
If she knows the address number of the club she should know what side of the road it's on. Unfortunately, she is not completely dry but this state of affairs could be chalked up to the weather, and her woolen dress ought to help keep her warm.
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143617
143618
>>143616
Amber goes down the street until she comes to the location indicated. To her left is a rather long building mostly unassuming on the outside with white colored walls and at least two floors in height. There is a revolving door, and above that, neon illuminated lights saying "Club Maurice." If there are any kinds of special decorations or themes, they are not illuminated; not tonight.
Amber Sunset
cd9e24c
?
No.143618
143619
>>143617
Amber's heart beats faster as she comes to this unfamiliar place. She looks side to side before venturing inside.
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143619
143620
>>143618
The streets are hardly empty, with ponies passing. As soon as Amber enters, there is a Diamond Dog standing to her left. He is giant, and buff. Though he stares her down, he says nothing, and leaves Amber to herself. Shortly through the entrance Amber can see the interior with red carpet floors, and a hall with tables, an open dancing area, and a second floor railing above, with booths underneath. A few dim lights move. There is music as well; perhaps not the jazz or swing style she may have been expecting, but something a bit more classical in style. A viol plays wildly, with an intoxicated enthusiasm that varies between rapture and frantic escape. There are a number of ponies inside at various tables and booths, mostly couples and single individuals.
Amber Sunset
cd9e24c
?
No.143620
143621
>>143619
Amber is taken aback by the beautiful interior, which is a pleasant surprise to say the least. The interior is nothing short of palatial for the humble farm pony, with the music only reinforcing this display of class. She's so transfixed by a place totally out of her league that she forgets to move. Without having taken off her burlap cloak she certainly looks out of place.
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143621
>>143620
At least for the moment, this is okay. The door's silent guardian stares at Amber, but thus far, he is alone in noticing her. On the dance floor, a couple - they look intoxicated - try and fail to match the pace of the viol. At a table a pair converse, and in a booth on the far side, if Amber squints at the shadowed booth, a couple makes out. At the railing on the second floor, a pony stands, looking to the left. From the way he moves his foreleg, he must be talking to a second pony just out of view, hidden by the ceiling of the floor above Amber.
Amber Sunset
cd9e24c
?
No.143622
143623
Amber blushes and looks away from the far booth once she sees their activity. She turns to the diamond dog guardian and nervously tries to speak up, but her voice sounds a little squeaky. "Um, excuse me, mister, but a "Dark Denizen" asked me to see him. Do you know where I can find him?"
Anonymous
c51ae69
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No.143623
143624
>>143622
He asks,
"Who sent you?"
It almost sounds as if he whistles these words, not because his voice occasionally breaks, but because there is an almost harmonic quality in his high pitched voice.
Amber Sunset
cd9e24c
?
No.143624
143625
>>143623
"Today a well-dressed mare in an automobile told me I would be sent for, and this evening a diamond dog told me to come meet Dark Denizen before midnight. He told me Mr. Denizen owns this nightclub, is that right?"
Anonymous
c51ae69
?
No.143625
143626
>>143624
"Yes"
He almost lingers on the "y" sound, for a "Yyyyes"

He turns his head a bit to his left, and to Amber's right. He nods
"In an office in the back there. Your right."
Amber Sunset
cd9e24c
?
No.143626
143627
>>143625
"Um, okay, thank you." She follows this direction.