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"You are kind, caring, generous. You have good heart and gentle soul. These are all harder-to-find qualities in this world, and on top of it you have astounding beauty. So...yes, there is interest from me."
She blushes, raising her hoof to partly cover her mouth. A line of scales the color of polished copper rubs from her about to her forehead, and her hooves share a copper-like color. Silver can see in the naked areas of her ears and her snout dark brown skin, similar in color to her mahogany mane. Her horn is red-brown, and her coat is honey-yellow.
“But what… what do you offer me?”
"Well, I can offer you love and companionship, security and protection, stable and excellent standard of living, care, affection, experience and knowledge that most bucks lack, and I have rather impressive record with bringing up healthy and successful foals. In addition, you will have no fear of me abandoning you or leaving you alone and destitute."
She pulls her lips far back, showing teeth. She is firmly sitting down, and curls her tail around herself.
"But I mean... what kind of relationship
"I mean, what relationship are you looking for?"
"Oh. Well, I am looking for someone to love and to hold, for more than just casual sex even though it is great. Someone to call mine and to call me theirs. Someone to live my life with."
Her left ear falls and eyes narrow at the great casual sex remark.
"I mean..." She raises a hoof and waives it in the air
"Equestria has marriage too, does it not? Shouldn't your parents contact mine, and consult the augurs for whether there will be a successful relationship, then negotiate a price for the bride, then send gifts to the bride-to-be's family, and then consult the augurs again for a wedding date?" She taps her hooves together.
"Something like that?"
"Well, yes, though it is no longer quite like that. Generally, both prospective partners will meet each others parents who will then approve or disapprove. If they approve, then partners will go on dates and become more familiar with each other until male then ask female to marry him. If she accepts, he will present her with a ring she will carry until their wedding day."
She shakes her head
"Are the parents not the ones who select the mates? And what about the dowry?"
"They did in Equestria, once, but now it is individual ponies, or people, to choose their own mates, and parents can only approve or disapprove. They can still try to choose for their children, but it is sometimes seen as old-fashioned. And dowry has been replaced with gifts given to mare by stallion over course of their dating."
"Oh..." She says
"I suppose that makes sense for me. My parents are far away..."
"And mine are dead..."
He looks at Khoi considerately.
"Is there anything I can do for you? I know you value tradition, is there anything from your culture I can do?"
She looks up at him
"What about Jubilosa?" She asks
He looks confused at her.
"What about Jubee?"
"I can hear you two at night." She says
Silver does actually blush a little, which shows up well under his white coat.
"Oh. I did not know we were that loud."
That, and the hyena are why I close my door at night. But she tells me... everything. I know you two behave as if you were married, though you are not married."
She narrows her eyes
"So what is going on? Are you looking to try out different mates, and then offer to marry one?"
Silver returns to rubbing the back of his neck.
"Well, not exactly. Jubee and I act like married couple because we love and care for each other. Jubee says she is not yet ready for marriage, but she still wishes to have companionship."
Khoi twists her lips.
"A mare may only ever have one husband. A stallion may only have one primary wife. Jubilosa may be content to be a concubine. But I will accept nothing less than to be head female of the household. I do not care what the Equestrian laws say. I will not accept less."
"Well, in every other way, it looks like you have already."
"Way you have taken charge, put your muzzle to ground, and worked hard to keep this household in top shape, like matriarch of household. Only thing you lack is patriarch."
"I can think of no one more capable, nor that I respect more."
She blushes, and lowers her ears.
“I’ll… I’ll consider it… and I look forward fo tonight.”
Silver smiles wider now than he has previously, and his eyes seemingly sparkle.
"As am I, Khoi. I will make certain you enjoy it!"
She smiles at him with a toothy smile, but gradually lowers her lips
"Why don't you show me something... special. Show me your best. Show me... what being your wife could be." She says, and stands up, turning towards the door.
She nods to him, smiling, and walks out the kitchen door into the hallway
Silver heads out of the kitchen to check on Clip, to see if he's still asleep.
Paper Clipping is laying on his back on the couch, his head propped up by a pillow, and a woven blanket covering most of his lower body, with his hind hooves sticking out. His mouth is partly open, and he breathes in somewhat noisily.
"Heheh. He is kind of cute, sleeping like that."
Silver pats the colt's head.
Paper Clipping’s straight red-brown mane moves under the hoof.
But the ecru colt moves his head side to side, and opens his eyes
“Huh? Is it time to go?”
He tries to raise himself up with his forehooves to look around
Silver quickly withdraws his hoof.
"Oh, I am sorry Clip, I did not mean to wake you."
The stallion moves his head up, effectively moving his field of view further down, so that he views Silver upside down.
“Oh, right. I’m here.”
He moves his back down (and right-side up), and looks across the living room, and at his surroundings. He tries to twist his barrel to turn his head towards Silver, but quickly abandons this effort.
“Is there something I gotta do?” He asks
"No, there is not. I do not think they have those meetings this early in morning. How are you feeling, by way?"
“Uh, a little pain. A bit, actually. Guess it’s hurt more before.”
"How bad? Like on 1 to 10 scale?"
“Like… maybe a three. Well, if it were a three I couldn’t sleep. Actually I probably couldn’t go back to sleep. Do we have any more of those pills? A three may not sound so bad, but the problem is the pain doesn’t go away. It’s there all the time.”
"I have had pain like that. Let me go look for them, or something else for pain."
And thus, Silver goes a-searching.
Silver finds a small brown glass container labeled as containing medical codeine-based tablets on the kitchen bar top.
Silver brings it back to Clip.
"Remember to follow directions on bottle, we do not need you overdosing."
There is a strong tug on the glass, and for a moment at least, Silver's grasp on the container is in serious jeopardy. Paper Clipping tries - and fails - to light his magic to take the container.
"Like Tartarus! I was cut right open, and it hasn't exactly been just a mild pain since.."
Silver assists by using his magic to open the lid with ease.
"Trust me, I know, I have acquired large number of battlescars over course of my life. Admittedly, nothing quite
like what you had, but still, this world needs good young ponies like you."
He raises a hoof, and tries to look inside. From this angle, and with hooves wider than the lid of the container, only pouring out pills will have effect.
“Just give me a few of them.” He says
Silver reads what is recommended on the bottle's label, and gives Clip that amount.