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Occupied Equestria - Back to the Forest
Anonymous
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No.151000
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Virgin Flame arrives in Baltimare and makes her aqua intense with the staff of a Cathedral there. Spark goes back to Blackwood, helping a rebel and several wolves. Iron takes a train off to the mountains where there is said to be treasure. Silver is pleasantly surprised to wake up to the world-not-ending. Dark Star goes home for the night, disturbed by the forces corrupting the youth, and left to contemplate his role in stopping it.
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No.151728
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>>151727
As the walkway around the dance floor is rather large, this takes a moment.

Amber approaches the area just below the stage, where the griffin is picking up his case. He is rather old with grey feathers the color of rain-laden clouds, though something about his appearance implies there were either much brighter, or much darker when he was young. He turns his head to look at her with milky blue eyes.

"Huh?"
Amber Sunset
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No.151729
151730
>>151728
"I heard your music earlier this evening and it was unforgettably beautiful. I haven't heard such melodies in a long time, so I wanted to meet you. You're wonderfully talented."
Anonymous
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No.151730
151731
>>151729
He looks at her with a plain, or even hardened expression, and blinks his eyes. Small twitches and movements imply age has been unkind to him.

"Danke, uh, thank you" he says, after what seems to have been a deliberate delay. He speaks very slowly, seriously, and with an atrocious accent:

"I play the... klang and the melodie given to me with the biggest respect, as you should all music."
Amber Sunset
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No.151731
151732
>>151730
She nods in response. "Oh yes, I could sense that. I play the mandolin but I'm still practicing. I'm nowhere near good enough to play in public though." She continues, "Have you dedicated your whole life to music?"
Anonymous
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No.151732
151733
>>151731
"My life and more" He replies, looking to the side for a moment, and then locking his eyes back on Amber

"To play for a crowd" he shakes his head "That is not the sign of love of music. To play for a crowd is to make money and to pay rent." He pauses again

"Practice more. Practice in the night. Practice, and the Bragi may bless you."
Amber Sunset
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No.151733
151734
>>151732
She pays heed to his words. "Thank you, mister.
It was a pleasure to get to meet you."
She pauses, in case the old gryphon has anything more to say.
Anonymous
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No.151734
>>151733
He does not say anything to her. He looks away, wearing an expression of uncertainty, or perhaps sadness, and picks up the case, trying to hold it over his shoulder.
Amber Sunset
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No.151735
151736
Despite her respect for this skilled musician, his demeanor gives her second thoughts. Is this really the result of wholehearted devotion to music, a melancholic life ending in playing to a gruff audience just to get by? Playing nightly at a club would be alright as a stepping stone of a career, but that dismal reality being all that awaits at a summit is not what she hopes for.

Her mind less at ease than it was before, she trudges to Dark Denizen's office.
Anonymous
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No.151736
151737
>>151735
Amber doesn't make it far before a waitress approaches her
"Huh. He doesn't normally talk to ponies." And after a pause

"Get back here. Denizen is impatient. She's in a bad mood because of the fire regulations."

She trots very quickly, leading Amber back to the office. When Amber enters, Denizen, standing up next to her desk rather than behind it says,

"Did you get lost on the way to my office? Where is it?"
Amber Sunset
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No.151737
151738
>>151736
Amber blinks. "No, ma'am. I have it right here." She nervously approaches the desk, digs up the documents like before, and leans over the desk to deposit them. She then retreats backwards and waits for her reaction.
Anonymous
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No.151738
151739
>>151737
She reaches out her hoof, then quickly withdraws it to wipe her hoof off on a cloth. She again extends her hoof, takes the envelopes, and looks into them, going through the documents one by one, looking at them intently.
Amber Sunset
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No.151739
151740
>>151738
The young orange mare bites her lip in worry. What if he had picked out the wrong papers when he gave them to her? What if something is missing? What if there is something in there she doesn't like?
Anonymous
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No.151740
151741 151743
>>151739
She stops suddenly, and raises her eyes to Amber
"Was there anything else?" She asks
Amber Sunset
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No.151741
151742
>>151740
It's been a while. Was there?
Anonymous
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No.151742
>>151741
I don't believe that anything was drawn to Amber's attention. She should have just the two sets which she carried in her jacket
Amber Sunset
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No.151743
151744
>>151740
"No, ma'am! That was all Mr. Scabbard gave me and he told me to bring them to you."
Anonymous
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No.151744
151745
>>151743
She looks down, presses a set of something into an envelop, slides an image out of the other one, stares at it, and then slams it back in.

"Then it is done." She says
Amber Sunset
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No.151745
151746
>>151744
She breathes a sigh of relief. "You probably want your gun back, too," she says. She makes no move to pull out the weapon, in case her guards might get alarmed.
Anonymous
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No.151746
151747
>>151745
I think Amber abandoned that

Dark Denizen simply looks up curiously
Amber Sunset
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No.151747
151748
>>151746
I have a terrible memory and I haven't been keeping proper notes this quest, so unfortunately I don't know. She may have been searched when entering the police station, in which case she didn't have it on her. Wait, did she leave it by a dumpster somewhere?
Anonymous
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No.151748
>>151747
I distinctly remember this post >>145039 →, and this post is where Amber actually lost possession >>144983 →
Amber Sunset
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No.151749
151750
Thank you, now I remember!
Amber clarifies, "I gave the gun as 'evidence' to be let in, and I was allowed onto the second floor. I told them I found it by a dumpster near Hoebuck."
Anonymous
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No.151750
151751
>>151749
"Hoebuck? Where Customs killed all of those griffins?"
She curls her nostrils

"Finally they've done something useful. Anyways, hopefully they'll believe that. I would have preferred to have the gun back, but no one ever thought we'd be out of this situation for free. That was quick thinking, I suppose. Anyways, Did they suspect anything?"
Amber Sunset
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No.151751
151752
>>151750
She shakes her head. "Nuh-uh. Hanging around long enough to get the papers was a little suspicious, but Scabbard knows how to talk his way out of a situation. I had to pretend to be his fillyfriend." She scrunches when she says that last sentence.
Anonymous
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No.151752
151753
>>151751
"Heheh" She laughs at Amber's misfortune

"That sounds like him. I'll tell him you're too young for him. He'll be coming for his payment soon enough, I am sure."

"Let us hope that was all of the relevant information. And that nothing finds its way back to you, or to us. This could grow to become very much out of hoof. You should hope you never understand just what is at stake here."
Amber Sunset
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No.151753
151754
>>151752
"I'd prefer to stay ignorant about all this," she says, frowning. "I don't think I'll get in trouble, at least I hope not. I didn't come to Baltimare to end up in the hooscow."
Anonymous
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No.151754
151755
>>151753
"The what now?" She says to Amber's last word. She pauses for a moment, then laughs.

She leans forward, moves a hoof across over the table, and invades Amber's personal space in a way she hasn't experienced in almost half an hour. She ruffle's Amber's mane

"You'll be fine. If anything, you've done well for your first night, little country filly."
Amber Sunset
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No.151755
151756
>>151754
She's not sure if she wants to work for this mare again, but she managed to get out uninjured and is not an outlaw...yet. Still, she's ill at ease and shows it.
Anonymous
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No.151756
151757
>>151755
Dark Denizen either never notices Amber's ill ease, or (more likely) doesn't care. She is still giggly, which if anything is a refreshing change from literally knocking down her own building with a sledge hammer.

"I suppose... I'll have your debt erased."
Amber Sunset
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No.151757
151758
>>151756
"You can do that?" she asks, blinking. She thinks for a moment, and continues, "You know about it?"
Anonymous
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No.151758
151759
>>151757
She tilts her head down slight, and forms a small, almost malign grin

"You didn't think we looked into who you are before approaching you?"
Amber Sunset
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No.151759
151760
>>151758
Amber retracts with a pensive look on her face. "I suppose you would, but I didn't think it would be possible with me hardly knowing anypony around...." She gets the sense it would be a bad idea to get this lady mad at any point, as it would be hard to hide.
Anonymous
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No.151760
151761
>>151759
"I just know what I was told, and that is that a filly with the same name as you, and the same adorable expression and coat, borrowed some money from someone else a few days ago. We can have that debt erased. I sort of assumed that was why you were here."
Amber Sunset
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No.151761
151762
>>151760
She nods. "It's been weighing on my mind for some time, and even with two jobs it'll take a while to pay it all.
Anonymous
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No.151762
151763
>>151761
"You will be released from that. Who will eat the cost, we will figure out later, but you will be released. And to keep silent about all you have seen here, all you have done here, perhaps another 200 bits."
Amber Sunset
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No.151763
151764
>>151762
For the first time since she has entered the office, she smiles at this news. She feels a nagging at the back of her mind about how this is illicit money and she shouldn't accept it.. It's just a piece of paper, I wasn't hurting anypony. Plus, I won't have such a rocky start to life here.

"Thank you, ma'am."
Anonymous
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No.151764
151765
>>151763
She opens a drawer, and pulls out notes. The mare scrunches, and Amber can see why. All of the currency produced is of the red paper money that High Sewn disfavored at the store.

She counts out some amount, and tenders it to Amber by pushing it across the desk.

"Again. Do not. Go telling ponies, even those you trust, about what you've done and seen tonight."
Amber Sunset
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No.151765
151766
>>151764
Amber stares at the bills. They're not shiny gold, but they still say bits on them, so why are ponies unhappy with them? As soon as Denizen's hoof leaves the table Amber picks up the cash and slowly stows it away.

"You needn't worry about that, ma'am. I know how to be confidential," she says with a nervous smile.
Anonymous
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No.151766
151767
>>151765
She watches as Amber takes the bills.

"Very well" she says
Amber Sunset
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No.151767
151768
>>151766
Amber looks at the thestral. "Thank you. Is there anything else?"
Anonymous
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No.151768
151769
>>151767
“Oh, yes. One of the waitresses said this was left for you.”
She pushes over a piece of paper with writing on it
Amber Sunset
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No.151769
151770
>>151768
She picks up the piece of paper and starts reading it intently....
Anonymous
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No.151770
151771
>>151769
"Sorry I had to leave. Had a great time with you tonight. Hope to do it again. You can contact me at 410-0837, or at 1110 Summervale.

- Mustard Trim"
Amber Sunset
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No.151771
151772
>>151770
Poor feller. His ma will probably whoop him for being out so late, all because he just wanted to make sure I was okay. It's nice that I know how to reach him now, maybe we can meet when it's not so inconvenient.

She smiles gently. "Please thank her for me. I think I'll head home now."
Anonymous
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No.151772
151773
>>151771
“She’ll be there on your way out” she says, and blinks

“I need a doorframe…” she says to herself
Amber Sunset
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No.151773
151774
>>151772
Amber doesn't tarry but trots out, looking for the waitress on the way.
Anonymous
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No.151774
151775
>>151773
She is staring at Amber almost as soon as she exits. The flaxen colored mare, with the black, tied back mane. It’s the same mare who served Amber the Hurricane, who talked to the guests when Amber entered, and who directed her to the back room.
Amber Sunset
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No.151775
151776
>>151774
https://youtu.be/YEITVTcGbzc

Amber beams at her. "Thank you kindly for the help. Everything is going well."
Anonymous
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No.151776
151777
>>151775
She blinks

"You're welcome" she says

She blinks again
Amber Sunset
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No.151777
151778
>>151776
Amber wishes her a good night and leaves the establishment to set out for home.
Anonymous
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No.151778
151779
>>151777
The flaxen mare, however, has a question for Amber
"What did he say to you?"
Amber Sunset
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No.151779
151780
>>151778
"He had to leave, but wants to meet up again sometime and he gave me his address." Amber is relieved that the flaxen mare didn't read the note, though she doubts Dark Denizen shares the same scruples.
Anonymous
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No.151780
151782
>>151779
"No no." She says

"The griffin viol player."
Anonymous
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No.151781
151790
>>151709
"I suppose" she says

"I didn't wake up. I'd call that good."
Amber Sunset
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No.151782
151783
>>151780
Amber replies, "He exhorted me to practice more, that playing for a crowd is just to make money, and that all music should be played with the greatest respect." She pauses and adds, "But he seemed awful somber to me...."
Anonymous
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No.151783
151784
>>151782
"I haven't seen him talk with... well, almost anyone. Denizen likes him. But even she can't get more than a few words with him. I don't think he likes.... playing for, well, playing for other creatures. I mean... like it's alien to him, or beneath him."
Amber Sunset
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No.151784
151785
>>151783
"I got that feeling. But I suppose he has no choice.
No wonder he looks so sad and doesn't want to talk. He loves music with his whole heart but playing here cheapens it for him.
No offense."

Anonymous
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No.151785
151786
>>151784
"I don't know if it's that" she says

"There's this rumor going around that he was the private musician for the Von Katerinbergs, and fled when those two counties fell. Some one else says they passed by his apartment and heard him playing with a whole orchestra. I don't know, I just... I wonder, some times.."
Amber Sunset
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No.151786
151787
>>151785
Amber tries to recall who the von Katerinbergs are....

Knowledge (geography): [1d20+4 = (5+4) = 9]
Anonymous
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No.151787
151788
>>151786
Somewhere over in the Griffin lands. It's sort of in the Empire but not really. There was this young girl who was not just a despot but literally insane, and an older male in a different kingdom who was murderous towards the ponies there.
Amber Sunset
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No.151788
151789
>>151787
"Sounds dreadful! Who wouldn't be happy getting away from those kooks?"
Anonymous
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No.151789
151791
>>151788
"Evidently him" She says

"If it's true, I mean."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.151790
151792
>>151781
He gives her a squeeze.

"That is good."
Amber Sunset
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No.151791
151792
>>151789
She shrugs. "Sounds like music is all he has ever had, in any case. Maybe the orchestra was him playing next to a gramophone?"
Anonymous
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No.151792
151793 151798
>>151790
Griffin is squeezed

"I suppose..."

>>151791
"No. I mean... like a classical orchestra. Playing notes and songs he had never heard before. Sounding almost like chords from heaven. He couldn't really describe it. Of course, he doesn't know music very well."
Amber Sunset
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No.151793
151794
>>151792
"I've been to an orchestra once and there are dozens and dozens of ponies all playing together. If he managed to fit that many in his apartment, I'd like to know how."
Anonymous
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No.151794
151795
>>151793
"Yeah, that's exactly what I would like to know too. I don't know, he just seems a little strange."
Amber Sunset
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No.151795
151796
>>151794
"I feel a little sorry for him actually. But y'all are lucky to have him serenade you."
Anonymous
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No.151796
151797
>>151795
"Heh. That's what Dark Denizen thinks. I think a swing, or jazz band would probably be more popular with the patrons."
Amber Sunset
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No.151797
151799
>>151796
"Hmm, maybe, and that was the music I expected coming here. But for once I agree with her choice."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.151798
151799
>>151792
"Are you sure you are okay?"
Anonymous
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No.151799
151800 151802
>>151797
"Well... you and her. Maybe that's why he'll talk to you and her, but not me or the other staff."

>>151798
"I don't know. But I'm still here, aren't I?"
Amber Sunset
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No.151800
151801
>>151799
Can a skilled musician really be so particular that he won't talk to ponies based on musical taste?

"That's a shame, you seem plenty nice."
Anonymous
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No.151801
151807
>>151800
She smiles back, showing teeth
“Thank you. Where did you come from?”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.151802
151803
>>151799
"I just worry about you sometimes, my dove."
Anonymous
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No.151803
151804
>>151802
She leans into him, until most of her weight presses into him.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.151804
151805
>>151803
Silver holds her weight, standing strong against this onslaught.
Anonymous
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No.151805
151806 151822
>>151804
She leans into him a little more, tilting her beak so that it buries in his fur.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.151806
151822
>>151805
"I will be your support, dove."
Amber Sunset
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No.151807
151820
>>151801
"I'm from a hundred-and-fifty miles to the west of here.
I grew up on a small farm and decided to come here to better support my folks. It's been...a big change of pace."
She continues with a smile, "How about yourself? Are you from around here?"
Anonymous
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No.151820
151832
>>151807
"I figured you were from the country. I wouldn't have guessed you were that close though."

She pauses at Amber's question, and it seems as if she was not expecting to be asked reciprocally.
"Well, no. I am from Las Pegasus. But I've been in Baltimare several years now."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.151822
151824
>>151805
>>151806
Silver looks up at his griffon.

"Are you sure you are alright? You know I am only here for you."
Anonymous
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No.151824
152090
>>151822
“Well…” she looks down

“I was abducted, I am a stranger in this land…”
She points her beak directly at the ground

“And… other things… so I’m… not alright…”
Amber Sunset
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No.151832
151834
>>151820
Her eyes also light up hearing this. "I've never been there, but I heard it's such a beautiful city up in the clouds. Is it true that the sunsets are like nowhere else?"

Does Las Pegasus also have gambling? The association with Los Angeles is obvious but there's no Las Vegas analogue otherwise.
Anonymous
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No.151834
151835
>>151832
She pulls her lips back, showing teeth
“Yeah. I suppose you can call it beautiful. Some places were, some times. I don’t know how the sunset looks most other places. But yeah, it was nice watching it from the clouds as it set over the water. Or from the seaside cliffs. Better than watching it vanish into the forest like it does here.”

I think depictions of Los Pegasus are careful to turn the obvious slot machine allegories in the background into arcade games of various kinds, but it’s definitely a Los Vegas parallel with giant “casinos.” If gambling is legal in Equestria anywhere besides on injun reservations, it’s in Los Pegasus.
Anonymous
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No.151835
151837
>>151834
"Lots of ponies went there to vacation before...you know. It must have been fun living there."

Oh, so child casinos then
Anonymous
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No.151837
151838
>>151835
“Yeah….” She pauses “There we’re a decent number of things to do there. The things the tourists like, we did but they got old. But I was younger then, and had less freedom than I do now.”

If that’s how you want to interpret it. It seemed pretty clear that the animators wanted to depict a modern Las Vegas mega casino, but were restricted by the show’s rating.
Amber Sunset
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No.151838
151839
>>151837
No, I meant what they showed on-screen was basically child casinos which exist in real life, with tokens you buy and tickets you win to exchange for prizes. Personally, I think they're fine as long as parents keep tabs on their kids, but a number of people have decried such gambling. In-universe Las Pegasus has more conventional gambling for sure.

"I'm sorry to hear that. I had to grow up a ways before I was let out in the woods by myself. Understandable what with foals going missing time to time, but life gets tejus and I always wanted to explore. So I sneaked out time to time." She grins.
Anonymous
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No.151839
151840
>>151838
She blinks at some portion of the first half, but then turns her head and says

"Oh really?" at Amber's last words
Amber Sunset
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No.151840
151841
>>151839
"I like to be out in the open. Plus, there was a lake and a stream nearby which made for good swimming. I was always careful, and my sense of direction ain't that bad. How about you, did you ever sneak off someplace?"
Anonymous
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No.151841
151842
>>151840
She turns her head, still grinning widely.

“I don’t think I snuck out, ever. I lied more than a few times about what I was doing, or didn’t say all of where I was going.”
Amber Sunset
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No.151842
151843
>>151841
Amber frowns. Sneaking out is one thing, lying is another. I still feel rotten about what I said earlier. And to one's parents no less. I would have gotten a plot-whooping if I tried that.

"Where did you like to head to?"
Anonymous
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No.151843
151844 151845
>>151842
"Well, out with friends. I went where they went. To the cliffs. Card games a few times."
Amber Sunset
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No.151844
151846
>>151843
"Well, that's nice. Going sworping with friends sounds like a really good time. You had cliffs? What were they like?"
Anonymous
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No.151845
151847
>>151843
Dabs
Anonymous
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No.151846
151873
>>151844
"Yeah. Well, seaside cliffs. That's what the waterline was like. Cliffs, though there were beaches below that in many areas, so you could go to the beach. Just jump off, and glide right down. Well, it helps being able to fly." A quick look confirms that she is indeed a Pegasus.
Anonymous
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No.151847
151849
>>151845
>>150870 →
Seabreeze nods
"Good. So you have at least two specific names. But we need specific plans and evidence. And more importantly, we need to know who else - and what else. If these ponies are a part of a larger network, it will help to learn as much as possible. It seems it will be profitable for you to stay on their tails. Continue posing as one of them. Go deeper. Gain their trust, and learn more,"
Anonymous
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No.151849
151850
>>151847
"Understood,sir. i'll do what i can."
Anonymous
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No.151850
151851
>>151849
He gives a single, sharp nod
"Good. Do you wish to know anything else, or need anything else?"
Anonymous
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No.151851
151852
>>151850
"No,sir. thats everything i believe."
Anonymous
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No.151852
151853
>>151851
He nods again
“Alright. Thank you. You are dismissed.” He says to Dark Star, still looking at him - rather than down at his papers - as Dark Star remains in the room.
Anonymous
78b544e
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No.151853
151854
>>151852
Dark Star leaves the room after saluting sea breeze.
Anonymous
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No.151854
151855
>>151853
Out in the hallway, Dark Star encounters the same bat pony creature thing, who stands by where the main hallway connects with the back hallway that leads to Seabreeze’s office. He says nothing to Dark Star, though his slit-eyes watch him. The hallway is dimly lit, and it isn’t clear that anyone else is there.
Anonymous
78b544e
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No.151855
151856
>>151854
"So how was your day?"
He says to the bat pony
Anonymous
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No.151856
151857
>>151855
The creature blinks, and for a moment hesitates to answer. But he does answer:

"For me, it's still ongoing."
Anonymous
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No.151857
151858
>>151856
"Right. its been a long one for me."
He extends his hoof for a hoof shake
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.151858
151859
>>151857
He looks down at the hoof, and with little delay extends his own hoof, forming a small smile as he does so. His grip is firm, though his shake is characterized by a kind of quick, jolting motion.

"Stay strong." he says
Anonymous
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No.151859
151860
>>151858
he heads to the hotel room, that he was in before.
Anonymous
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No.151860
151862
>>151859
Dark Star leaves the bat, walks past him only a dozen or so feet, and walks up the stairwell. The room is on the right, as it has been.

Dark Star opens the door on the hotel room, walks in, and sitting at the table sees a familiar azure white pegasus sitting at the paper-covered table, hind legs crossed, forelges gripping a paperback book held open, and her turquoise eyes watching Dark Star as he enters.

"Haven't seen you in a while" she says, somewhat softly
Anonymous
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No.151862
151863
>>151860
He smiles at her
"It does seem like it has been awhile. how are you doing?"
Anonymous
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No.151863
151864
>>151862
"Oh, fine, I suppose" She answers

"Passing the time between assignments."
Anonymous
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No.151864
151865
>>151863
He walks over to the table.
"Im going to college." he says casually.
Anonymous
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No.151865
151866
>>151864
She watches him approach, and she lowers the book.

She blinks
"What."
Anonymous
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No.151866
151867
>>151865
"Yea its for a mission."
He grins
Anonymous
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No.151867
151869
>>151866
"Oh"

She smiles back deviously

"I was about to say. Equestrian colleges are a unicorn-plot. Colleges in general, really"
Anonymous
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No.151869
151870
>>151867
"A Unicorn plot?"
He raises an eyebrow
Anonymous
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No.151870
151871
>>151869
"Yes, it is. First, unicorns try to convince society, especially the well off, that it's essential to teach their children maths and science, literature and philosophy. Which makes sense, really. But what is important is that children are sent away and taught by the unicorns, who think they are entitled to a say in how society is run. The unicorns teach this captive audience all sorts of insidious ideas like equality or licentiousness, or the eight hour work day. And so they make the children rebel against their parents, and society starts to lose cohesion. The unicorns try to impose their own idea of what civilization is, although in truth their ideas lead to vice and ruin."
Anonymous
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No.151871
151872
>>151870
He puts his hoof to his chin in thought
"I would say thats off base,but what i heard today has really opened my eyes to the types of ponies that run the universities and the types that attend."
Anonymous
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No.151872
151874
>>151871
"It's not though. They try to weasel their way in, and they get worse as the generations go by, because each new one is taught by the last. The merchants are the ones who carry out the revolutions, but it's always the intelligentsia that plants the thought."
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151873
151876
>>151846
Amber nods, not feeling any common connection in regard to that activity. "What's it like swimming in the ocean?"
Anonymous
78b544e
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No.151874
151875
>>151872
"Yea that definitely seems to line up with what i saw today."
Anonymous
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No.151875
151878
>>151874
"See! Everything they say, no matter how insane it sounds, no matter how horrible, or radical, or out there, is how the world is going to be in just a few generations, Because they teach the children - the children of the powerful. The children who matter. And everything slowly turns in that direction.

When Nimbusia voted to end apartness, and end the system that had kept all of the eastern ponies safe for a thousand years, I felt betrayed, because I did not understand how a majority of my fellow pegasi could vote for that. But the reason is the schooling. The influence of the the colleges and the theaters. A thousand years of wisdom that was not passed onto the children, but replaced by insidious doctrine instead."
Anonymous
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No.151876
151877
>>151873
"Well, I didn't swim that often. More often we hung around on the beach. But it's nice and warm most of the time, but still cool on a hot day. You can feel the water moving. The water could be kind of gross sometimes, with all of the creatures and things in it, but you can have a good time doing things like bouncing beach balls."
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151877
151879
>>151876
"Is it different from here in the summer?"
Anonymous
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No.151878
151881
>>151875
"This sounds like.. a large issue."
He looks slightly perturbed
Anonymous
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No.151879
151880
>>151877
"It's a little warmer there, and usually a little less humid. But really the two cities are kind of similar, since they are both kind of subtropical and by the ocean. I prefer the summers there though."
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151880
151882
>>151879
"Sounds nice. I hope to be able to visit one day. What's your name? I'm Amber." She raises a hoof to shake, smiling.
Anonymous
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No.151881
151884
>>151878
"Yes! It is! It infects every civilization. Well, Changelings are smart enough to avoid it, obviously, but it infects every pony civilization. The Riverlands, here. The griffins got hit by it a whole lot harder than we did, with that revolution thirty years ago.

But I am telling you, every single insidious change in society, every single revolution, just go back one or two or three generations, and you'll see some university professor somewhere who started the whole thing. One pony, setting a bomb, a massive bomb, designed to go off decades in the future, usually after they die. And they bury it right underneath the school that will teach our children's children."
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.151882
151883
>>151880
"I'm Sanguine Saunter" she answers

She (eventually) raises a hoof to shake. Her shake is rather weak, and she breaks off someone early.

"I don't know if... Well. I would hope I could visit again some day."
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151883
151885
>>151882
"I wouldn't worry about it," she replies, though her weak smile betrays some doubt.

"How is work at the Club Maurice?"
Anonymous
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No.151884
151885
>>151881
"Well thats not Good what so ever. i heard a speech tonight. that could be considered just that."
Anonymous
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No.151885
151886 151887
>>151884
"Oh really? What did this creature say?"

>>151883
"Well, it can vary. The ponies here are often wealthier, and even when they aren't, they are drunk. Stallions especially will give big tips. Some of the downsides are that Denizen and her companions... Well, you see how she is... now. And sometimes the stallions don't really mind their manners, especially when they are drunk."
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151886
151888
>>151885
Amber nods, frowining. "I hope there haven't been any big problems yet."
Anonymous
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No.151887
151888
>>151885
"I Dont really like thinking about it. it was horrible i almost lost my cool."
Anonymous
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No.151888
151890 151892
>>151886
"Not..." She pulls her lips back

"Really. At least for me, anyways.

A few waitresses have been fired, Denizen gets a bad temper when the police accuse her of running backroom gambling rings, a couple stallions get hoofsie, a waitress regretted going home with a stallion... there was that one time a stallion got shot, but I wasn't here for that.

The money can be pretty good though."

>>151887
Blue Skies leans in towards Dark Star, and almost whispers into his ear

"Was it a unicorn?"
Anonymous
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No.151890
151891
>>151888
>Checked
"Yea it was." he says softly.
Anonymous
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No.151891
151893
>>151890
"I knew it" She giggles and smiles, and leans back to be in front of Dark Star

"So... What's with the new coat?"
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151892
151894
shocked_twilight_vector_by_superponytime.png
>>151888
Amber recoils in surprise. "That sounds awful. I just started work at a cozy restaurant–my friend also works there, maybe you saw him with me earlier–and I haven't encountered any of that...yet.
Should I be worried?"

Anonymous
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No.151893
151896
>>151891
"Well its like when i had to disguise myself as a zebra. Surprised you realized it was me. i almost got shot getting in."
Dark Star Laughs
Anonymous
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No.151894
151895
>>151892
She pulls her teeth back a little

"Heh, what? Well, you'll see some of that if you are a waiter for long enough. But it's definitely different here, in a night club. So you just started as a waiter?"
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151895
151896
>>151894
"A hostess, actually. I greet ponies and get them to a table to be waited on, making sure none of the waiters are overloaded. One of them is my friend Mustard."
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.151896
151897
>>151893
"Heh, you've got the same body; the same trot to you. Of course I recognize you. You are my Darkie. That, and who else would come here at night? Not many ponies even have a key.

Good to hear they are taking security seriously though."

>>151895
She nods
"Oh, so you really have just started."

She raises an eye brow
"Who is this 'Mustard'?"
Anonymous
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No.151897
151900
>>151896
"Thats Good to hear"
He Hugs Her
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151898
151900
"He's the colt I was with earlier. I've known him only a couple of days, but he seems nice. I let him know I was coming here after work, so he came here to meet with me, which is sweet I guess."
Anonymous
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No.151900
151901 151902
>>151897
Pony is hugged

Dark Star gets a feel of her slim body, the soft, lavender smelling fur, and her large, feathery wings

"So tell me about this mission" She says playfully

>>151898
"Oh."
She has a large, playful smile
"So that's who that was. A friend from work."
Anonymous
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No.151901
151903
>>151900
"Well i'm infiltrating a group of Students right now. one appears to have been involved with the revolt."
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151902
151904
>>151900
Nodding, Amber replies, "Mhm. He's the only one there my age but he's friendly 'nough. He lives with his ma and still goes to school, so that has to be a varied life for 'im. This was the first time we were ever anyplace together, and it wasn't really planned."
Anonymous
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No.151903
151908
>>151901
"Oh" She says

"You're young enough. I suppose you really would be a freshly starting student."
She blinks

"Which revolt? The local one?"
Anonymous
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No.151904
151905
>>151902
"Ah. You're still pretty young, aren't you?"
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151905
151906
>>151904
"I'm old enough! I'm just a hair's breadth shy of turning eighteen."
Anonymous
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No.151906
151907
>>151905
"Uh huh" She nods

"How shy, exactly?"
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151907
151909
>>151906
"A month and a half," she admits.
Anonymous
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No.151908
151909
>>151903
"Yea the local one that happend fairly recently. he said he has ties to someponies that were involved and they have a cache of weapons."
Anonymous
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No.151909
151910 151911
>>151907
"Yeah, you're pretty young. Maybe too young for this. Legally, you shouldn't have even had that drink I served you earlier. Not that Dark Denizen cares, but she gets upset when the police get upset."

>>151908
She blinks, and seems interested
"Weapons?"
Anonymous
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No.151910
151912
>>151909
He shrugs
"Thats what he said.Guns i assume."
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151911
151912
>>151909
Amber smirks. "I won't tell anypony if you don't. It was a good drink too, I've never had anything like it. I thought booze was all acrid and put your throat on fire, but that was just like juice."
Anonymous
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No.151912
151913 151914
>>151911
She smiles
"That's because it some of it literally is. Passion fruit and lemon juice" She answers

>>151910
She tilts her head
"So... what are you doing to try to uncover this? Aside from, well, becoming... yellow."
Anonymous
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No.151913
151915
>>151912
"Im settling into their friend group. and enrolling tomorrow."
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151914
151915
>>151912
"Lemons I've heard of, but what's a 'passion fruit'? Does it make you fall in love or somethin'?" she sniggers.
Anonymous
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No.151915
151916 151917
>>151913
"You're enrolling?" She says

>>151914
"No, heh heh. That's what the rum does. Passion fruit is a tropical plant we have here in the south."
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151916
151918
>>151915
"Isn't rum what sailors drink? Anyway, it goes well with juice."
Anonymous
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No.151917
151918
>>151915
"Yea,sea breeze approved. honestly im not looking too forward to it. i thought when i was little it would be.....different."
Anonymous
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No.151918
151919 151920
>>151916
"Heh, yeah, among other things. I hope you like the tropical juices, because strawberries and other cold weather crops are not easy to come by. Yeah, it goes pretty well with juice."

>>151917
She blinks
"What did you think it was like?"
Anonymous
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No.151919
151921
>>151918
"Well i thought ponies went there to learn useful things to build their intellect. not to become indoctrinated into a Communist philosophy."
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151920
151921
>>151918
"Having grown up used to what we could grow locally, I don't mind these fancy fruits one bit. Between them, the music, and dancing, I ain't surprised ponies like coming here. It's a good place to relax, if you don't pay heed to the owner." She says this last part in a hushed tone. "What's your favorite fruit and drink?"
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.151921
151922 151923
>>151919
"Huh. I suppose educating earth ponies on things like, well... how to dig holes better makes sense, I guess. But yeah, it's how philosophies like Liberalism seep their way into a society. Like poisonous gas underneath a door."

>>151920
As if in reply to the "pay heed to the owner" remark, the gap between Amber's statements is filled with the sound of a sledge hammer, and bricks falling

Replying,
"Simple vodka and orange juice."
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151922
151924
>>151921
"That sounds refreshing?" said almost if unsure. "It must be rough working at these odd hours."
Anonymous
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No.151923
151924
>>151921
"We know how to dig holes when we are born ma'am."
He laughs
Anonymous
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No.151924
151925 151926
>>151922
She turns around
"Yeah, the hours are definitely something. But I'm a night owl anyways, and the total number of hours isn't really that many, since I very rarely have to work during daylight at all. It means I can do other things as well."

>>151923
"Hahaha," She laughs at Dark Star's statement

"I should have figured."
She places a hoof in Dark Star's mane
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151925
151927
>>151924
"Sounds like a reasonable trade-off. Probably better than working two jobs from the morning to late at night...."
Anonymous
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No.151926
151927
>>151924
He returns the gesture
Anonymous
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No.151927
151928 151929
>>151926
She smiles back to Dark Star, rubbing his neck and the back of his head

"So how was it?" She asks

>>151925
"Well, you can do that too, actually."
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151928
151930
>>151927
"I'm just glad to be out of debt, you know? That's the only reason I agreed to help her out, and I don't think I want to do anything like that again."
Anonymous
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No.151929
151930
>>151927
He closes his eyes and leans into her hoof
"How was what?"
Anonymous
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No.151930
151931 151932
>>151928
She blinks, and then pulls her lips back, again showing all teeth

"What... did you do?"

>>151929
She rubs a little more

"Your experience"
She answers
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151931
151933
>>151930
Amber frowns, replying, "I can't tell you, sorry."
Anonymous
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No.151932
151933
>>151930
"Well it was very draining. Not a very Good day.Its better now though."
Anonymous
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No.151933
151934 151935
>>151931
"Ohhh kay" She says

"Well, Dark Denizen is pretty tolerant of almost anything, so long as it doesn't cause her to lose money."

>>151932
She takes the other hoof, and starts petting him
"You're from a farm, right? Did you have to pull up weeds?"
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151934
151936
>>151933
"Huh? What do you mean?"
Anonymous
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No.151935
151936
>>151933
He shudders
"All the time. i tryed to pawn it off on my brother most of the time though."
Anonymous
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No.151936
151937 151938
>>151934
"I mean... well, for example, you taking the drink. That wouldn't have been acceptable in many places, but Dark Denizen is okay with it, so long as the police don't harass her over it. And the same with many things."

>>151935
She leans her head back
"Hahaha"

She recovers, and says
"Yes, like that" and runs her hoof through his mane again

"The weeds regrow every year, or even more often than that, and you must pull them out. And that is what the Junior-Crypteia must do to society. That is what the SSA must do. Every day, pull up weeds."
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151937
151939
>>151936
Amber seems taken aback by this. "I thought it was a nice gesture? I know I shouldn't get into spirits until I'm older, but is one drink really that bad? It didn't taste strong at all either."
Anonymous
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No.151938
151939
>>151936
He assumes the thinking pose
"A Very Good Metaphor."
Anonymous
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No.151939
151940 151941
>>151937
She blinks
"Well... I meant that, kind of as an example. She's tolerant of a lot of things."

>>151938
"Heheh, indeed" She continues petting him
Anonymous
78b544e
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No.151940
151942
>>151939
"So what have you been doing since we met last?"
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151941
151942
>>151939
"That's surprising, given how demanding she is. Is it unusual for the city?"
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.151942
151943 151945
>>151940
"More work. Meeting with informants, inspecting the garrisons... I came back here and was reading, then you showed up."

>>151941
"Well... Some are like that, and most aren't."
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151943
151944
>>151942
"I suppose. Anyway, I'm glad to have had the chance to talk, and I'm looking forward to meeting again, Sanguine." She smiles at the flaxen mare.
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.151944
151947
>>151943
She smiles, albeit a bit awkward
"Thank you, Amber" she says
Anonymous
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No.151945
151946
>>151942
"Seems stressful. how were the garrisons?"
Anonymous
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No.151946
151948
>>151945
"Well, I didn't succeed in finding anypony selling off arms. So that's a good day, maybe."
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151947
151949
>>151944
Amber proceeds to break a rule her parents laid down, "Don't wander alone at night," but does it really count as wandering if she's going straight home?
Anonymous
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No.151948
151949
>>151946
"Sounds like a good one. What was that you're reading?"
Dark Star rubs her back
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.151949
151950 151951
>>151947
It is indeed, late at night. Amber exits through the front entrance, where Dark Denizen and the diamond dog are in the process of adding a wooden door frame.

>>151948
She extends her wings, at least in part, as she lets Dark Star rub her back
"Oh, a book. Withers' Height." It's a piece of Equestrian romantic literature. I couldn't read in this language just a little over a year ago, you know? So I'm still practicing."
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151950
151952
>>151949
What ever is the point of adding another door like this? she asks herself, as she proceeds along into the cold, dark night.
Anonymous
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No.151951
151952
>>151949
He Continues massaging her back
"Oh Really? That's incredible. Why don't you read some of it to me?"
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.151952
151953 151954
>>151950
Roll d20

>>151951
She stretches out her back
"Well.... I don't know if it'll make any sense, but.."
She starts reading a few lines of some mare describing her emotions about some stallion
Amber Sunset
10fdd9d
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No.151953
151960
>>151952
[1d20 = 7]
Anonymous
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No.151954
151955
>>151952
"Not really something that i would read."
Anonymous
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No.151955
151956
>>151954
She looks up to Dark Star, and simultaneously smiles and twists her lips

"Heh. Is there anything you would read?"