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Occupied Equestria
Anonymous
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No.157616
Continuing
Shimmering Spark
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No.157617
157619
I believe we left off with Spark in the forest village.
Anonymous
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No.157618
157625
>>157610 →
"Well, there are a lot of them. Like, well...

Okay, so, the city of Baltimare is not really as it was back a hundred years ago. So when the city was first settled, a lot of this was marshy lowlands right at sea level. It would flood when the Delemare got too high. It wouldn't drain well enough during the summer because it wasn't high enough. And hurricanes could wash out the whole city. So like 50 years ago or so, they took a bunch of dirt and raised half of the city. But when they did that, they often times just buried the first floor of buildings, or would just build a whole street level on top of the original street level. Many business owners built walk ways and paths between buildings when this was done. The areas most effected were those by the sea front, and by the river. Over in Red Heart especially, but also southside and in Cowtown, and a few scattered places all over the city in the center and west. There are basements of buildings that you wouldn't think would have basements, there are buried basements of older buildings that no longer exist, pathways between buildings, entire streets with shops and everything that exist underground, sometimes at a different layout than the buildings above. It's not as extensive as Canterlot, or Seaward Shoals, but it's definitely the most extensive on this coast.

There are all kinds of legends around these. They say the gang conducts business down there. They say that diamond dogs and bats have moved in, or homeless people. They say crime happens down there. They say that during the invasion, many ponies hid their gold and valuables, or even hid themselves or weapons down there. Same thing during the revolt. Actually, both revolts. The one from 90' too. They say that parts of the system are flooded. Parts have collapsed in. Parts have been dug up by construction, and parts have just been cut off and forgotten about forever. The New Marelanders didn't want to go down there. They would blow up parts of it, flood parts of it, and other parts collapsed during the bombardment. But most of it's still there.

There's also supposed to be an abandoned set of subway lines from the westside to the east that was made some decades ago, when some mayor thought they could turn this city into Maneahatten. There still are underground rail lines in the east, supposedly, under the streets.

Well, uh, that's one thing."
Anonymous
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No.157619
158072
>>157617
>>154220 →
She turns to spark with her steel blue eyes, and strangely hexagonal pupils.

"No... I don't know. Not really, anyways. Not specifically."
Amber Sunset
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No.157625
157626
>>157618
"Entire streets and railways underground? It's like a whole underground city! I'd love to explore that!" she says, wagging her tail. "We just need to be stealthy and well-equipped."
Anonymous
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No.157626
157627
>>157625
“Uh, well, I didn’t say we should explore it. Just… well, it exists.”
Amber Sunset
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No.157627
157628
>>157626
"If it's there, and it's in Equestria, it's for ponies to explore! Well, except for the Everfree Forest, but this isn't that. Plus, it's part of Baltimare history."
Anonymous
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No.157628
157629
>>157627
"But but... it could be dangerous. Diamond Dogs and criminals and homeless creatures and caveins... and bat ponies."
Amber Sunset
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No.157629
157630
>>157628
At the mention of bat ponies she can't help but shudder a little.
"It could be…but we could just be careful," she says determinedly. "Lanterns and rugged clothing would help for sure."
Anonymous
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No.157630
157631
>>157629
"And what if it's flooded..?" He asks
Amber Sunset
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No.157631
157632 157636
>>157630
"We could turn back then…but if it's not too deep, we can swim," she says nonchalantly.
Anonymous
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No.157632
157633
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>>157631
“But… what if the water is electrified, or if it’s dangerous and dirty, or if you can’t see what’s under it, or there are monsters”
Amber Sunset
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No.157633
157634
>>157632
"Well, electricity turns on lights, maybe we could bring a lightbulb and stick it in the water to tell. We can just avoid the water, too."
Anonymous
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No.157634
157635
>>157633
“Hmmm… a lightbulb might work. Uh, I guess we could explore the underground… But I don’t think it’s likely we’ll find anything. And it may require us to buy more things for it.”
Amber Sunset
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No.157635
>>157634
"Yeah, let's save up our money and go down there! If nothing else, it'll give you something to talk about at school! Well, other than what we did…."
Anonymous
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No.157636
157637
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>>157631
He moves his eyes around in contemplation. Then he looks to Amber and starts to move his tail around.

"Yeah, that's a great idea! I can get something there and bring it back to show off." He looks down, then back up to Amber,
"Can I tell them just a little bit about what we did?"
Amber Sunset
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No.157637
157638
>>157636
"Mustard, if you didn't know me but knew I was doing this with a stallion, you'd think I was a bad pony," she complains. "I don't want your school to think of me that way…."
Anonymous
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No.157638
157639
>>157637
His ears go down, and his pupils seem to get a little smaller

"Okay... Okay, Okay. Alright. I'll drop it."
He looks away, and then back again
"I don't think you're a bad pony..."
Amber Sunset
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No.157639
157641
>>157638
"Thank you," she says, nuzzling his neck. "I think you're a very good pony."
Anonymous
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No.157641
157642
>>157639
Amber learns pretty quickly how much a mistake this is, as Mustard Trim starts aggressively nuzzling Amber on her cheek, neck, and withers.

"Thanks, Amber"
Amber Sunset
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No.157642
157643
>>157641
"Ooh, hehe," she giggles. "We're out in public," she chides.
Anonymous
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No.157643
157644
>>157642
"Okay..." He pulls himself away from her, and takes a few steps forward, moving along.

"My nose is kind of sore from you, hehe" He looks over and smiles
Amber Sunset
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No.157644
157645
>>157643
She follows along. "Is it the only thing that's sore?" she asks saucily.
Anonymous
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No.157645
157646
>>157644
“No, hehe.” He leans over and nuzzles her again, and then pulls away quickly.
Amber Sunset
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No.157646
157647
>>157645
Amber laughs merrily and rubs the length of her body against his as she walks on.
Anonymous
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No.157647
157648
>>157646
"Hehehe" He lets her rub up against his neck and shoulder, placing his head over her, and letting his head lower near her rump as she moves along. Once she has passed, he hops ahead, rubbing himself along her as he passes her.
Amber Sunset
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No.157648
157649
>>157647
This time she reciprocates what he did, letting her chin rest on his withers and pulling away only when she reaches the end of his body.
Anonymous
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No.157649
157650
>>157648
Mustard giggles, and then whinnies, jumping into the air, loping around to the side, and waiting for Amber to catch up
Amber Sunset
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No.157650
157651
>>157649
She whinnies back at him, bobbing her head up and down, and canters up to catch him.
Anonymous
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No.157651
157652
>>157650
And soon, the two little ponies are running quickly down the sidewalk, past tenement buildings, a laundromat, and grocers. Mustard laughs as he canters along
Amber Sunset
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No.157652
157653
>>157651
Running in the chill, fresh night air, without any clothes–for Amber that is–is exhilarating and she can't hold herself back from laughing as well. Her long mane and tail stream behind her in the wind.
Anonymous
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No.157653
157654
>>157652
She should have a jacket. It's cold enough though to justify it

"Hehehe" The two ponies prance along down the streetside, forcing an automobile to stop quickly at an intersection as they run through.

Mustard Trim's short mane and tail do not stream much, though the golden fur of his lanky body bounces under the dim street lights
Amber Sunset
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No.157654
157655
>>157653
I forgot, she has a cloak on

Amber enjoys watching her coltfriend's light body bound along, though she doesn't ignore what's directly in front of her. The urban terrain is very different from that of the countryside or of the hill they climbed just a couple nights prior.
Anonymous
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No.157655
157656
>>157654
Very much so. A figure in the dim light moves out from a corner in front of them. It appears to be a pony in a trench coat. This coat is a bit different than others she has seen, with holes allowing large, webbed bat wings to stick out. The creature looks towards the lovers with its orange eyes.
Amber Sunset
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No.157656
157657
>>157655
"Mustard! To the other side!" Amber veers away and tries to cross the street.
Anonymous
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No.157657
157658
>>157656
Mustard looks at the creature, moves back with his hindquarters going closer to the ground, and almost sits down, and moves away

Roll Die

[1d20 = 11]
[1d20 = 9]
Amber Sunset
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No.157658
157659
>>157657
[1d20 = 9]
Anonymous
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No.157659
157660
>>157658
Mustard actually moves away first, as the creature turns towards Amber. Its fangs, steel blue fur, and slit orange eyes are seen in the light alongside white teeth revealed in a smile

"Whatcha' doin out tonight?"
Amber Sunset
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No.157660
157661
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>>157659
The filly freezes.

"Just…walking home," she says, her ears folded back. Suddenly she feels very small.
Anonymous
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No.157661
157662
>>157660
She is literally smaller than the stallion in front of her

It speaks. It does have an accent, though Amber cannot place it
"Need any help finding your way back? Someone should walk you home you know."
Amber Sunset
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No.157662
157663
>>157661
"N-no, we know the way back, thank you very much." She can't keep her voice from quivering.
Anonymous
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No.157663
157664
>>157662
Mustard Trim comes back, and places a leg over Amber, as if trying to tug her over to the side.

"No need to be afraid, little filly. I can show you back. Need a smoke?"
Amber Sunset
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No.157664
157665
>>157663
"No, I-I don't smoke." She wants to move on but can't quite will herself to move, as if afraid to look away.
Anonymous
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No.157665
157667
>>157664
"Oh you're missing out. Here, let me give you one."
The creature reaches into an inner pocket in its trench coat

"Amber. Let's move along. N-no thank you we don't need any smokes!"

Mustard is trying to pull on Amber, to move her into the street
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.157666
157668
>>157400 →
Silver heads out to the car with his equipment. He acknowledges that it's been in better shape, with the blood covering parts of the interior. He decides to check the truck of the vehicle in case the gangsters left anything of note inside.
Amber Sunset
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No.157667
157668
>>157665
Amber slowly moves away with Mustard, still facing the creature.
Anonymous
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No.157668
157669 157670
>>157666
Yes, actually. There is some rope, and a pump action shotgun. Looks like an older civilian model.

>>157667
"Ya'all can come along with me. I know where they play dice" He says to the two.

Mustard Trim wants to pull his filly along, away from the creature
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.157669
157671
>>157668
The rope is concerning, since the gangsters were trying to foalnap White Orchid. The shotgun may be very useful, so he keeps it in there along with the bulkier pieces of equipment he had on him. All set, he gets in the driver's seat, thinks of a place to look for allies, and heads for the Black Hooves' HQ.
Amber Sunset
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No.157670
157671
>>157668
Perhaps if it was a normal pony, she would consider it for the mystique, but it seems she was already scared off. "No thanks mister, we don't play dice," she says, walking off to the side with Mustard. Like this her pace is limited.
Anonymous
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No.157671
157672 157675
Spoilered
>>157670
"Come on little filly. I got liquor too."

Mustard is trying to pull her away with a greater degree of force

>>157669
As Silver drives up nearby, his vehicle immediately gains the attention of soldiers outside.
Amber Sunset
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No.157672
157673
>>157671
"N-not tonight," she calls out. Finally she turns away and tries to enter a brisk trot.
Anonymous
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No.157673
157674
>>157672
Mustard trots with her, along the road, staying very close to her, often physically touching her
Amber Sunset
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No.157674
157676
>>157673
She's grateful he's with her. "Thank you…." she says once they're at a safe distance.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.157675
157676
>>157671
Silver parks, turns the ignition off, and gets out slowly while keeping his face visible. He hopes at least one of them has seen his comings and goings before in the times he's been to the HQ.

"Hello friends, long time no see."
Anonymous
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No.157676
157677 157678
>>157674
He nuzzles her, and looks at her

"I don't know what he wanted... But he was scary..."

>>157675
Roll Die
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No.157677
157679
[1d20 = 20]
>>157676
Amber Sunset
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No.157678
157679
>>157676
She looks at him, scared and shivering. "I don't know, he came out of nowhere."
Anonymous
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No.157679
157680 157681
>>157677
Goddamn it Silver

One of the soldiers is the old green earth pony, Dusty Outback

"Oh hey Silver. What are you back here for?"

>>157678
Mustard places his forelegs over Amber, hugging her

"That might not be the last one" he says
Amber Sunset
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No.157680
157682
>>157679
Amber closes her eyes and calms down in his warm embrace. "I hope not. Those folks are no-good, I don't like them."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.157681
157682
>>157679
pet pet pet

"I am wondering if Dark Star and/or Blue Skies is here. I have something I would like to ask their help for."
Anonymous
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No.157682
157683 157684
>>157680
"I don't like 'em either. No one does."
He leans over here, and whispers into her ear
"Which folks are we talking about here?"

>>157681
"Dark Star is out on some kind of undercover mission. Blue Skies tends to be in the barracks or around the police station or out somewhere else much of the day. She might be back now though." He says
Amber Sunset
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No.157683
157685
>>157682
"You know, ponies involved in unsavory activities. Especially bat ponies."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
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No.157684
157685 157689
>>157682
"Oh, that sounds exciting, what Dark Star is doing. May I go inside to look for Blue Skies?"
Anonymous
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No.157685
157686 157689
>>157683
He nods to Amber with a concerned look. Then he asks
"Uh, what do you know about bat ponies?"

>>157684
He gives a curt nod
"Yes. You know the rules, or you should. No weapons, no explosives. No cameras and no recording devices inside."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.157686
157687
>>157685
Silver nods, stores the rest of his weapons and any potential other contraband he may have on him in the car's trunk, and allows the guards to search him if they so choose before he goes inside to look for Skies.
Anonymous
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No.157687
157688
>>157686
They do indeed search him. But he is allowed inside.

Silver enters
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.157688
157690
>>157687
Silver figures the best place to look first is her office.
Amber Sunset
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No.157689
157690 157692
>>157684
May I come inside, Blue Skies? Except no comma

>>157685
"They come out at night, when ponies can't see them, and do things other ponies won't do. The owner of Club Maurice is a bat pony and she was just frightful. I heard a few even drink…drink blood." She grimaces.
Anonymous
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No.157690
157691 157692
>>157688
Hey, just because they let him through the front door doesn't mean he's allowed to roam free around the headquarters and office spaces.

The white unicorn secretary tells Silver that she will look for her

>>157689
He looks horrified
"Well what are we doing still outside? Let's get out of here."
Amber Sunset
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No.157691
157693
>>157690
"Yes!" she exclaims, trotting quickly to his house.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
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No.157692
157693 157694
>>157689
Lewd. That's Dark Star's job, anyways. He has a lot of catching up to do to keep up with Mustard Trim.

>>157690
Silver pauses, listens to the secretary, and nods at her while waiting in the front lobby.
Anonymous
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No.157693
157694 157696
>>157691
Roll die, little filly

And Amber is almost lucky to be so well serviced as she is

>>157692
Sadly, Dark Star is falling behind on mare servicing

After a minute or so, Blue Skies walks out, She is in the process of putting her jacket on. She looks to Silver, and says
"So what are you here for?"
Amber Sunset
84b36df
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No.157694
157695 157696
>>157692
>Dark Star's job
Silver does it pretty well
Sorry Dark Star

>>157693
[1d20 = 5]
Anonymous
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No.157695
157698
>>157694
Amber has a little bit of a ways to go, no thanks to the last detour and briefly getting lost, which takes them a few extra blocks. No matter. Just a few more blocks. But Amber has a little more time to pass in conversation.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.157696
157697
>>157693
Silver smiles at seeing his friend.

"It is good to see you Skies. I was wondering if you could help me settle something important, or at least give backup in case things go awry. Also if Dark Star was available or where he was. I have heard he is on mission."

>>157694
Not for a while, at least. Silver has enough people in his harem to satisfy his own needs, he won't be besmirching Blue Skies' honor or his friend's trust anymore.
Anonymous
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No.157697
157700
>>157696
After seeing his smile, she returns her own, though as per her usual it looks more like a smirk from getting away with some misdeed, than it does an expression of warmth for seeing a welcome friend. Her smiles have always looked like that.

"Dark Star is indeed on mission. I don't know when he'll be back to check in. He didn't really say. As for any settling, well, I'm on call now. What is it?"
Amber Sunset
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No.157698
157699
>>157695
"Mustard, um, when did you start thinking of me as somepony you wanted to be physical with?" she asks with a blush on her cheeks.
Anonymous
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No.157699
157701
>>157698
"Uh, what do you mean?" He asks with a somewhat nervous expression to an unambiguous question
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.157700
157702
>>157697
"It is bit sensative in nature, so it would be appreciated if I could speak to you alone."
Amber Sunset
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No.157701
157702
>>157699
"You know, when did you think of me and…and want to practice what you were taught?" She asks this with a nervous tone as well, nothing about it seems to be accusatory.
Anonymous
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No.157702
157703 157704
>>157700
She nods
"Alright... I'd rather not take you to my office, because I have some sensitive business of my own out, but let me find a room."

She walks with Silver to the left hall. She does not go to the the side hallway back to the offices. Instead she goes into one of the hotel rooms that has the bed removed and only a couch and a few tables. She lets Silver in, and closes the door. She turns to him

"Okay, you have a couple minutes." She says

>>157701
"Well, uh" He bliushes, his ears fold down, and he turns away.

"Well there is kind of always the hope. When it became romantic, like when I started thinking of you in that way, well Friday night. About when you invited me to the club. Because I hoped you were doing so because you liked me. As for when it was physical... well, honestly, I didn't think I'd get that far. So uh, I'd say I thought of it as physical at about the time it did become physical. When you pulled me on top of you. You seemed really comfortable with me."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
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No.157703
157705
>>157702
Silver begins immediately upon her saying this.

"Bargain Strength, leader of branch of Waterfront Gang and pony who orchestrated selling of White Orchid and Mint Marine to Comte Burgher, has sent out teams to find and capture colts, likely to prevent them from revealing anything about organization's involvement. I have colts in safe location now after fighting off one such team, and I am going to known hangout for him and his gang to get him to call off search, either by convincing him that they are no threat to his gang in any capacity, or if worst comes to worst by destroying his branch of Waterfront Gang."
Amber Sunset
84b36df
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No.157704
157705
>>157702
"Oh." The filly looks a bit surprised. "I'd never been close with a colt before, and I liked your touch. I assumed that's what romance was, lots of hugging and a little bit of kissing. So when you were on top of me, I didn't expect your…your pe-penis to g-grow and rub on me, or anything else…." She says the last part awkwardly, with a heavy blush. "But I felt very st-stimulated and didn't mind it then, and I don't now."
Anonymous
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No.157705
157706 157707
>>157703
"Well I don't know if he's of a whole branch, we think we know who leads their divisions...."
But she's cut off immediately by Silver's words. Her ears fall down and her eyes go wide.

"Where are they?" She asks

>>157704
He smiles, and then frowns,. Then he speaks nervously
"I was uh, I was waiting for you to push me away. To say that I had gone too far. So that I could say, to myself, that I did what I could to well, to uh, to move the relationship. I didn't think you'd pull me on you. I didn't think you'd accept it when you felt the erection. I thought you'd try to stop me when I started rubbing. I, uh" He looks away, and then back "tried moving near your uh, uh, your vagina. And that is when you did stop me. So I stopped there."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
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No.157706
157708
>>157705
"My home, one I got from Maakie during Hoebuck.
Mala is watching over them. There are no official records of me living there, I have only been there for short time, and its reputation as to who previously owned it likely makes it no-go zone. And, most importantly, it is some ways away from Orphanage where his teams are patrolling and where I encountered one such team."
Amber Sunset
84b36df
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No.157707
157708
>>157705
She bites her lip as he continues, still blushing, and then replies,
"I didn't really know what you were doing, just that it felt good, and that's why I was surprised when you, erm, you ejaculated on me. But at that moment I felt like I was one with you, if that makes sense, and I just wanted to be close an' intimate. That's actually why I grabbed your plot like that, because you were moving away. I didn't know then that you wanted to be, to be inside of me." She chuckles nervously. "It would've been awkward if you took my virginity then.…"
Anonymous
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No.157708
157709 157710
>>157706
"You got a home?" She raises an eyebrow

"But nevermind that. You left the pony-eater to watch them?"

>>157707
He turns his head away, ears down.
"I didn't really know what I was doing. I just thought I was supposed to keep escalating things until you made me stop. I didn't think I'd get as far as I did." He said. "Before I had, uh, moved in you, I would have wanted to see your hymen, and to ask if you were in heat or not. And I didn't do that up there. But I thought I needed to keep going."
Amber Sunset
84b36df
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No.157709
157711
>>157708
"Well, ain't it nice then that you got further than you thought you would?" she says with a tentative smile. "But, um, how did you know you needed to see my, uh, uh, that thing, and that I shouldn't be in heat?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
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No.157710
157711
>>157708
"I left Mala to watch over them, yes. He really is sweet creature with kind heart, and would not harm fly unless to protect his friends, but if it makes you feel better they are also with others who are also of good character."
Anonymous
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No.157711
157712 157713
>>157710
"Others?" She asks. Then she shakes her head

"Look. I'm not sure you understand what is going on here. Silver. When we found Comte, we uncovered two overlapping conspiracies within the leaders of Baltimare at once. Comte... did his thing with colts. But you need to understand. Comte has codefendents. He was not the only one, and he did not do it alone. We don't know exactly how many, and we do not know who they are. But we can be sure it was several. And while it's possible that maybe he invited the plumber or a stallion he met at the grocery store, Comte was within the elite social circle of Baltimare. That means factory owners, industrialists, bankers, politicians, union leaders, police sergeants, academics, church officials. And maybe even ponies from Fillydelphia, Manehattan, or Canterlot. Do you understand this, Silver? There are probably rich and powerful stallions out there right now who know that they could be labelled as the next Comte.

But that's not even the end of it. That's not even the end of it at all. While searching through his house, we happened to stumble into Comte's... other hobby. As best as we can tell, he was contracting to bring in more arms into Baltimare. To start yet another revolt, or at least, to prepare for one.

Now, how could you identify all of the creatures involved in this? Fortunately, we recovered some evidence on the scene. But more valuable, is the five witnesses that we recovered. Two of them have disappeared. Comte is in police custody... we want to move him some place secure. But the two colts, don't you see? They are witnesses. To the deviancy, if not necessarily the arms trafficking. And there are some very powerful creatures that want them to never testify, or point hooves."

>>157709
"I liked it." He says. Yet again, he starts to nuzzle the little filly. "uh, I needed to see it to confirm you really were a virgin. If I had just stuck you anyways, then it would have broken and I wouldn't have been able to tell. And heat, that's because I needed to know if you could get pregnant."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157712
157714
>>157711
"I know, but talking to them makes it clear they have no interest in testifying or pointing hooves. They want to live normal lives like colts do, and do their best to leave behind what has happened to them. Now, I know these powerful ponies do not know this, but regardless I am going to do everything I can to make them safe and give them as normal lives as they could possibly have. Right now, that requires getting Bargain Strength to leave them alone, one way or other."
Amber Sunset
84b36df
?
No.157713
157714
>>157711
filly is nuzzled
"You came up with all that on your own? That's real smart. It was…awkward for me, sure, but I suppose it helps you prevent getting stuck with a mare who's…rough. Though, I'm turnin' eighteen in a little more than a month, I don't think there's much chance of a mare my age not being a virgin."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157714
157715 157717
>>157712
"They'll testify. They'll point hooves" She says firmly.

"But if this pony is threatening them, that is not acceptable." She says

>>157713
"Uh, I didn't really come up with it. But... Well I don't know how many mares your age aren't virgins, but it's a decent number. And, well, uh, you did let me get far in just the first date, so... Well, I would have wondered if I was the first and the last. So..."
Amber Sunset
84b36df
?
No.157715
157716
>>157714
"I suppose that's logical…I'm just glad I didn't disappoint you," she says, rising up on her hind legs and putting her forelegs around his neck from behind.
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157716
157718
[1d20 = 15]

>>157715
He looks up to her, and giggles
"Hehehe"

"Uh, did you have any.. expectations about me? Sexual or otherwise?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157717
157719
>>157714
Silver at least nods to the second part.

"There are two options as I can possibly see it. First is to directly approach him and convince him peacefully to leave colts be. Bargain Strength just like many other gang leaders is business pony first, and if we can convince him that it will not hurt his business or that it will even help he may call off search. Second is to target and eliminate Bargain Strength and his lieutenants, leaving his branch/division of Waterfront Gang leaderless and resulting in them fracturing and engaging in civil war or being taken over by other branches of Gang, who would not share same interest in finding those colts. I only know identity of one of his lieutenants, Street Wise, who was middle pony between Orphanage and Bargain Strength when Orphanage took loan from Gang."
Amber Sunset
84b36df
?
No.157718
157719
>>157716
She talks quietly into his ear. "To be honest, at work I hadn't expected much at all…but then you came to the club and I knew you were a pony I definitely wanted to know…even date. Then we went to the pool, then the cliffs, and then the hill…and I was in love. I thought you must've been with several mares before…not, not s-sexually, of course. Um, what do you mean by sexual expectations?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157719
157720 157721
>>157718
"Well, I just um... wanted to ask you what your opinion was. I mean, I had a sort of not really girlfriend back in the eighth grade, but... you're the first one, really..." He tilts his ears down

"Uh why did me showing up at the club make me a pony you wanted to know?"

>>157717
"There is going to be quite a bit of motivation to silence witnesses." She says, taking a moment in silence
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157720
157722
>>157719
"Well, what would be as strong or stronger motivation to leave them be."
Amber Sunset
84b36df
?
No.157721
157722
>>157719
"You checked in to make sure I was okay, which was touching. I thought for sure the most I could expect was for somepony to know where I went if I disappeared to tell the po-leece."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157722
157723 157724
>>157720
"For the actual ponies who risk being exposed? I can't imagine anything would make them stop until the risk is gone. But for everyone else... Surely they must have a lower threshold."

>>157721
"I thought you wanted me to go to the club with you.." He says this like he wonders if it's a mistake
Amber Sunset
84b36df
?
No.157723
157725
>>157722
"I mean, it was wonderful having you there," she says with an awkward smile. "But I was asked to go there to do some work, so I wasn't expectin' pleasure…"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157724
157725
>>157722
"You think his underlings can be more easily convinced to ignore his orders?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157725
157726 157727
>>157724
"He could be in this because he is personally involved with the kidnapping. He could be in this because someone else is ordering him. But maybe. Maybe not."

>>157723
He nuzzles her yet again
"I'm glad you were okay" he says

The two little ponies arrive at Mustard Trim's house
Amber Sunset
84b36df
?
No.157726
157728
>>157725
"Well, we're here," she says with a smile. "There were so many other things I wanted to talk about with you, but they can wait until tomorrow night."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157727
157728
>>157725
"Hmm, I see what you are saying. It is difficult to say. Is he really pony who gave loan to Orphanage, or is he just lieutenant of pony higher up who ordered him to carry it out?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157728
157729 157731
>>157726
"Okay" He says

"I can stay out here until your taxi arrives" He says

>>157727
"A kidnapping is bad enough, but it is more than that now."
Amber Sunset
84b36df
?
No.157729
157730
>>157728
"No no no," she says gently. "It's late, you need to be inside. I'll be home soon enough."

She leans in and kisses him on the lips.
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157730
157733
>>157729
He takes the kiss, and smiles

"I just need to make sure you get back safe. Actually, let me give you the money for the cab" He says
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157731
157732
>>157728
"So, what would you do? Negotiate or eliminate?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157732
157734
>>157731
"That sounds like a decent idea" She says
Amber Sunset
84b36df
?
No.157733
157735
>>157730
She reaches a difficult decision. She doesn't have money of her own for a cab, yet it would be unfair for her to take Mustard's money for that purpose. It may be preferable even to brave the dangers of the night on hoof.

"No, it's okay, I don't want to burden you like this."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157734
157735
>>157732
Silver tilts his head at her.

"...which one does?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157735
157736 157758
>>157733
"Well you're not a burden, Amber."
He places his hoof on her whither, and rubs her in a petting motion.

"If you need to... you might even be able to sleep over."

>>157734
From a pocket of her jacket, Blue Skies pulls out her own .38 Detective Special, points it forward and down, and opens the cylinder, turns it, and closes it again.

"Let them decide."
Amber Sunset
84b36df
?
No.157736
157737
>>157735
Amber looks at him with a loving smile as he pets her withers.

"I'd love to sleep over…but, I really can't. Maybe some other time. I can get back on my own, it's fine."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157737
157738
>>157736
"Uh, let me just give you a few bits... I wouldn't want your blood sucked out by a bat." He says
Amber Sunset
84b36df
?
No.157738
157739
>>157737
"No, I'm really fine. Please, don't worry about me," she says awkwardly.
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157739
157740
>>157738
"Uh... okay. Goodnight Amber." He says, disappearing into the house
Amber Sunset
84b36df
?
No.157740
157741
>>157739
"Goodnight, and I love you," she says as she watches him go in the house. She sets off on hoof back to her apartment.
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157741
157742 157743
>>157740
He smiles, and closes the door. And thus Amber begins the long trek back

[1d20 = 13]

[1d20 = 11]

[1d20 = 18]
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157742
157743
>>157741
[1d20 = 5]

Alright, I have to sleep now
Amber Sunset
84b36df
?
No.157743
157756
>>157741
>>157742
Goodnight!

And so Amber treks the treacherous streets at night….
Anonymous
9579b9d
?
No.157756
157757
>>157743
The little filly begins her walk down dark, bat-infested streets, past shops that are locked away for the night, aging tenement buildings, abandoned half-collapsed buildings never rebuilt, and a temple of Boreas. Figures walk past, carts and self propelled cars both pass by, but thus far, the little filly is unmolested.
Amber Sunset
fbec729
?
No.157757
157759
>>157756
Such odd surroundings make her feel alien and insecure. She knows who 'Boreas' is but what is he doing all the way over here? Why aren't these buildings rebuilt if ponies need homes? Something about this feels eerie.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157758
157759
>>157735
"Hmm. Fair enough."

Silver would do the same, if he had his revolver with him.

"What is mission Dark Star is on, anyways? I heard something about him being undercover, but I do not know if it is something that will take short time or long time."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157759
157760 158142
>>157757
In the first few blocks or so, there is a familiarity to Amber's surroundings. Tightly packed rowhouses and redbrick elementary schools, and eventually clubs and open bars with lights and ponies in merriment. But these give way to factories indifferently placed next to multifamily residences, overflowing garbage, and unlit corners where the street lamps do not work.

Amber hears a voice calling
"Halt!"

>>157758
"He is infiltrating. These sorts of efforts take time, often quite a bit of time. He'll check in every now and then, however."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
5572b2d
?
No.157760
157761
>>157759
"Infiltrating? Where?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157761
157762
>>157760
“It’s better not to say much, lest he be found out.” She answers
Silver "The Floof" Sword
5572b2d
?
No.157762
157763
>>157761
Silver nods in understanding.
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157763
157764
>>157762
"I would be nice to have him around for this, however. I know my superiors do not want these witnesses made unavailable."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157764
157765
>>157763
Silver seems a little uncomfortable with the chosen wording of "unavailable".

"So, wait, or...?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157765
157766
>>157764
“I think we’ll get better results if we go to him.” She says
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157766
157768
>>157765
Silver nods.

"Alright. Oh, I may or may not have, uh...'borrowed' car used by gangsters who attacked myself and White Orchid. If you do not mind minor blood stains from before I got to hospital, we can take it to where he is."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157768
157769
>>157766
She looks directly at him, swiveling her ears towards him with a plain expression. Slowly, over the course of seconds, her lips pull back, finally revealing teeth in a malign grin.

"Of course you have." she answers
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157769
157770
>>157768
Silver returns a sheepish grin.

"Sorry..."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157770
157771
>>157769
“To whom are you apologizing?” She asks
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157771
157772
>>157770
"Ah, you just seemed rather upset, like I made work for you or created social faux-paus. You know, besides 'borrowing' gangster's car."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157772
157773
>>157771
"A 'faux-paus'? Do I seem to care much for the strictures of polite society? 'Work for me'? Don't worry, all of the good and evil of your action will fall on you. And those street-corner barons."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157773
157774
>>157772
Silver is supremely confused as to whether or not she actually is upset.
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157774
157775
>>157773
She smiles, and shakes her head
"Oh Silver..."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157775
157776
>>157774
The poor unicorn still looks confused.

"So..."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157776
157778
>>157775
Alright, I'll go with you. Can you drive?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157777
157778 157779
Spoilered
Still Best Pony
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157778
157780
>>157776
Silver does nod firmly to that.

"It is how I got here, after all. I just need you to direct me."

>>157777
Checked.
Anonymous
534e5c8
?
No.157779
check' em - quads.png
>>157777
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157780
157781
>>157778
"Alright. Let's go then."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157781
157782
>>157780
Silver nods, leads her out of the building, and to the car where he gets in the driver's seat.
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157782
157783
>>157781
She opens the door herself to get into the passenger seat. She looks around.

"Not bad. Just needs to be tidied up a bit..."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157783
157784
>>157782
Silver nods in agreement, and sets off.

"I kind of bled out all over place, but I got better."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157784
157785
>>157783
"How many times have you been shot in the past week?" She asks, concerned and with the tips of her wings unfolded
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157785
157786
>>157784
"Uh...I will be honest I lost count. I had dream of when I was in War where I was shot many times helping clear town Vale of Changeling Infiltrators."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157786
157787
>>157785
She tilts her head.
“Changeling Infiltrators? You cleared an *entire town* of Changeling infiltrators?”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157787
157788 157789
>>157786
"Well I was part of platoon, but yes. They replaced nearly entire town's garrison and cut telegraph lines ahead of assault, but did not expect reinforcements to come through town right before their assault, and after we found cut telegraph line and discovered they had tried to replace ponies in our, we set trap for them and over course of day and through several firefights managed to eliminate entire force of Infiltrators with minimal casualties to our platoon."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157788
>>157787
*our platoon
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157789
157790
>>157787
"... How How'd you trap them?" She looks perplexed
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157790
157791
>>157789
"Once we found out, we silently set our platoon up around town hall where they had their command center set up, and I went in and delivered orders from Command to garrison's Colonel who got angry enough to come out into open along with his personal guard. They did not know we had them figured out so they were taken by surprise when I ordered platoon to open fire and they dropped dead, their corpses revealed as Infiltrators. It was not all of them, but with their commander taken out rest of Changeling Garrison began to fall quickly, their last holdout being dairy processing plant on town's outskirts we cleared out just as night had come."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157791
157792
>>157790
Her mouth opens, and she nods, staring at Silver
“A shame, I would have thought they’d perform better. Well, with a record like that, I’d imagine Halcyon Shores would *love* to have you in counter-partisans.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157792
157794
>>157791
Silver smiles.

"Everyone forgets about Seventh Element until it is staring them right in face: Element of Surprise. It is everything sometimes. Thanks to that, they were caught in poor defensive positions spread out in various points of town, they lost their leadership immediately and were unable to effectively communicate, and they lost one of their key pieces of weaponry that we were able to utilize ourselves, Changeling HMG they had in second story town hall window."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157794
157795
>>157792
She smiles, evidently impressed
“These Western Changelings don’t trust what Nature gave them to prevail, so they make machines. They go by large groups rather than as individuals. I can sort of see how you beat them at their own game.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157795
157796
>>157794
"I am glad to see that you agree. Anyways, where is it we are heading?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157796
157797
>>157795
She stops smiling.
“Oh. Sure. Just go… left on that street. No, the other street. You know what? Just turn here, then make a right. Now a right. Okay go straight. Now left…”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157797
157798
>>157796
Silver follows her directions, wondering just what kind of seedy place Dark Star has gotten himself in the middle of. A Partisan hideout? A Waterfront Gang hangout?
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157798
157799
>>157797
“No, this way. This way. That way, I mean.”
Blue Skies’ directions take Silver in a convoluted set of directions that includes probably at least two complete circles. She must be carefully ensuring the vehicle is not followed. Either that or she doesn’t know how to get there and is just asserting random directions confidently.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157799
157801
>>157798
If she's trying to lose any potential pursuers, assuming they aren't following because of his altercation earlier, must mean this is a really dangerous location he has found himself in.
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157801
157802
>>157799
“Okay. Here. That’s good enough.”
Silver is asked to stop by the five story tan-stone facade medical school of Jim Haykins University.

“Okay, close enough. I’ll find him.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157802
157803
>>157801
Silver stops where she indicates, looks at the school for a second, and looks to Blue Skies.

"...Here?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157803
157804
>>157802
“Yes.” She looks around, at other buildings across the street and in the area.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157804
157861
>>157803
"...Huh. I would have thought someplace more...suspect."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
73c6881
?
No.157806
157861
(You) are all cute ponies
Shimmering Spark
06f6193
?
No.157807
157861
I should be back tomorrow.
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157861
157862
>>157806
gasp
No u!

>>157804
"What is more suspect?" She asks, lowering herself in her seat, while still staring out the window

>>157807
Yay!
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157862
157863
>>157861
"Sketchy bar, back alley warehouse, so on and so forth. What is going on here?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157863
157864
>>157862
She speaks without breaking her watch

"What is going on here? The slow degradation of civilization into something less. The bars and the warehouses at least keep to themselves."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157864
157865
>>157863
"...at school?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157865
157866
>>157864
"Yes." She says
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157866
157867
>>157865
"...What is going on here exactly?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157867
157868
>>157866
"Okay. So. I guess I have to explain this to you. In a good, functioning, productive society, the State organizes its ponies so that they may all work towards their natural ends, usually a Timocracy. The Pegasi, who are courageous, virtuous, loyal, and willing to sacrifice for the sake of others, are warriors and civil servants who serve the State most directly. The unicorns, who are, for all of their faults, at least crafty and conscientious, serve as the most skilled workers. And the earth ponies, who are... hardworking when properly motivated, serve to grow food, mine, are auxiliaries in battle, and build buildings. And so in the State where ponies are ordered to follow their natural ends, they may follow their highest ends. The Pegasi have time for philosophy and culture. That of course is in the best of societies.

Equestria hasn't been so lucky in its history as other pony nations. Instead, it functions as an oligarchy. Sure, there's that fat white whore and a bunch of squabbling tribes to deal with, but realistically it's the same as most mixed race pony nations - everything is ruled and controlled by a select few unicorns, and the purpose of the State is to bring pride and wealth to these unicorns. This kind of society is of course less virtuous and less productive of culture than a Timocracy, but at the same time, it could be worse. I'd call it second rate. The earth ponies still have to work, the unicorns still have to craft, and the Pegasi still have to keep the wolves at bay, even if less efficiently. Diligence, hard work, and moderation are some of the more valued mores. You can call it a merchant republic, you can call it Capitalism, all the same.

But then... sometimes, the spoiled runts of unicorn race manage to weasel their way into positions of influence. Using persuasion, they manage to fool the inexperienced and unworldly. They subvert loyalty, moderation, and hard work. They undermine their fathers, because they know they could never equal their fathers. They cannibalize society so that it may serve themselves, and sacrifice a part of it to feed the rest. Liberalism, Democracy, Socialism. These are licentiousness, the enshrining of mediocrity, and the condemnation of creativity and work. And it is in places like these that their sedition takes place.

That is why we are here."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157868
157869
>>157867
Unfortunately she may have short-circuited the poor unicorn's small brain, as he seems a bit lost by her tangent.
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157869
157870
>>157868
During her... whatever she way saying, she broke her gaze a couple times to look over at Silver. Now, she keeps her eyes locked on an area in between the main building of the medical school, and some other large building presumably also belonging to the medical school. Her ears are perked up, and these would be most visible through the window looking in at the passenger side door.

"Anyways..."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157870
157871
>>157869
"So there are unicorns doing...something...here in school?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157871
157872
>>157870
"Yes. Abetting all manner of perfidy, debauchery, and malformed egoism." She says, still looking
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157872
157873
>>157871
"Any specifics from Dark Star's reports?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157873
157874
>>157872
"I believe he alleges to have identified participants in the September Revolt. It's fresh information, so we can't disclose much."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157874
157875
>>157873
"September Revolt? It sounds like name communists would use."

It takes Silver a moment.

"Oh, it is infiltrated by communists? Like from Stalliongrad?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157875
157876
>>157874
"I suppose you were in Manehattan for this. The September revolt is, well, after the Princesses came to an agreement for a cease fire, and a tentative split of East and West Equestria had gone into effect, there were some dissidents who lashed out against the military occupation and reorganization. After some local unions, that were really just fronts leftist activist parties anyways were dismantled... Well, armed protesters attacked government buildings, seized the barracks, and claimed the city for their own. This is not the first time in Baltimare, nor the first time in recent history. This was organized primarily by members of a pair of anarchist and syndicalist groups, one of which was the de facto primary target of the ban on unions.

Anyways... The city was under their rule under military forces were able to put the city under siege, and shelling it with artillery. The city was finally liberated with substantial concessions to the Left, but of course most of the agitators simply melted back into the city."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157876
157877
>>157875
"And they have taken roles as staff in university?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157877
157878
>>157876
“Or students. I’d bet some of them were on staff long before the revolt.” She answers
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157878
157879
>>157877
"Have they been in contact with Stalliongrad recently?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157879
157880
>>157878
“That’s part of the question. A week ago we came across an alleged specialist officer sent from Stalliongrad to aid in organizing insurgent activities in the South. The specialist was killed, and discovered to be a Changeling. The exact implications are unknown, but unsettling any way you look at it.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157880
157881
>>157879
"Hmm. Unsettling indeed. Think Hegemony is trying to stir trouble in Baltimare using Stalliongrad as proxy?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157881
157882
>>157880
“It would make sense. Were it not for a few stubborn holdouts and ancient internecine conflicts in the South East, the Baltimare-Tenochtitlan District would be a net economic contributor to the Silver Crescent. Even as it is, the northern sector is considered ‘pacific’, both the southern and northern sectors contribute rubber, tungsten, crude oil, chemical dyes, paper, bananas and fruits, and various other finished and unfinished goods. This allows war to be waged elsewhere. If this were disrupted, this would happen both the war effort and any return to normalcy.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157882
157883
>>157881
"Hmmmm...this is part of reason he is undercover then?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157883
157884
>>157882
She smiles, and then giggles

"I think he just wanted to go to college" She answers
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157884
157885
>>157883
He smiles back.

"It does look good on political resume. Makes him look more qualified to voters, if he still wants to run for office."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157885
157886
>>157884
"Oh is that what you think this is all about? That whole mayor thing?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157886
157887
>>157885
Silver tilts his head at Skies.

"What do you think reason is?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157887
157888
>>157886
"He wants to read forgotten stories from forgotten cultures. It's more interesting than work. And paradoxically, more prestigious. Less work. Most creatures would do this if they could."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157888
157889
>>157887
"Huh...I sometimes did field work like that before War, exploring ancient ruins. He managed to get into college for that?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157889
157890
>>157888
"'Get in,' is a bit of a strong term. We bypassed the normal procedures of admission, of course. But that is what he is supposed yo be studying. Or something like that, anyways."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157890
157895
>>157889
"Is it still like how it was when I was younger? Place for upper class and upper middle class ponies from wealthier families to advance education in specialized fields? I know it took lot of my savings to get White Light into college."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157895
157896
>>157890
“Like what my father wanted me to do?” She pauses. “I’m sure that still goes on. But besides useful skills and fruitful arts are malign sciences posing as useful skills and fruitful arts. They will call it ‘history’ or ‘economics’ or ‘psychology’. But no. This is not like it was when you were young. Or maybe it’s just like when you were young. Either way, it is no good.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157896
157899
>>157895
"Huh...I have hard time imagining main reason for going to college besides advancing education."

He looks out the window at the fairly large school.

"That was main reason White Light wanted to go, especially with learning more about magic. I have no doubt she was smart enough to figure it out on her own, but they offered far more in depth study than otherwise could be offered to her, and it gave her hoof in door to work as researcher for Canterlot."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157899
157901
>>157896
“Well, ‘education’ can mean very many things. Not all of them end in magic research.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157901
157902
>>157899
Silver turns his head to Skies and raises an eyebrow.

"What else can it mean? Brainwashing?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157902
157903
>>157901
“Yes, I suppose I would call it that. Nobles send their sons, and some times daughters, off to be educated in languages, philosophy, and the arts. All to create the best, most developed pony… or creature. This is as it has always been in all civilizations wealthy, stable, and developed enough to be worthy of the term. What is different here is that what they are taught is really just a mechanism for these… less well developed spirits… these abortions of souls… to gain power.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157903
157904
>>157902
"I suppose it is good, then, that we have pony on inside. I just hope he does not get turned. Has he given any specifics on what happens in there?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157904
157905
>>157903
“He’s barely been in. But as I said, he says he’s found at least one participant in the September revolt already.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157905
157906
>>157904
"Impressive. He must truly be very charismatic to have one already reveal themselves."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157906
157907
>>157905
She turns around, smiles, and rolls her eyes.

"I'm sure he thinks of himself as such."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157907
157908
>>157906
The unicorn shrugs in response.

"He is more charismatic than me, at least. My thing is just fighting bad ponies and protecting good ones. Not very worthwhile skills for college."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157908
157909
>>157907
It’s her turn to shrug

“Not everyone’s purpose requires college, or much education of any kind for that matter.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157909
157910
>>157908
"Lucky for me, yes?"

Silver lets out a bit of a laugh.
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157910
157911
>>157909
She looks at him with an awkward smile. One ear flaps down.

“Maybe. Maybe not. Hard to say without living both lives.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157911
157912
>>157910
Silver slightly changes subjects.

"So, I guess your father wanted you to get into weather business?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157912
157913
>>157911
“Yes.” She says
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157913
157914
>>157912
"Personally, I think you made right choice. You have helped very many people in this line of work."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157914
157915
>>157913
She turns her head, and looks directly at him, with both ears up.

“You really think so?”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157915
157916
>>157914
Silver nods to her.
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157916
157917
>>157915
She turns her head, though not to her vigil outside, but rather down and towards the car door.

"I didn't really think you'd think of it that way."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157917
157918
>>157916
Silver tilts his head at her again slightly, an ear flopping down.

"Why is that?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157918
157919
>>157917
"I didn't think you'd appreciate what we do. The end that we work for. It's not kind. It's not productive in a traditional, directly visible sort of way."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157919
157921
>>157918
"Well...is it so much different from what I do?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157921
157922
>>157919
“I don’t think so. I didn’t know if you’d think differently of what I do. How it is done, or the purpose for which it is done.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157922
157925
>>157921
"It is like how there are those who would say what I do, fighting and killing bad people, is immoral, or just as evil as what those I fight do. I do not like it, and I wish we lived in world where there were other options, but sometimes only way to do good is to do bad things to even worse people."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157925
157926
>>157922
“I appreciate that.” She says. She looks to him, and gives a weak smile, before looking away.

“I’ll go into a bar, a restaurant, start as a factory line worker - go sons place I can encounter the mark. This works best if the mark is a pony or zebra stallion, and even better if more than one mark will do. For obvious reasons. I try to look as pretty as possible, give him a smile, or flip my tail, or do something else to suggest I’m interested in him. I’ll even strike up a conversation if he doesn’t first. I’ll talk to him about all of the problems in his marriage. But most of all, I’ll ask open ended questions about his line of work. Or his plans. Or what he’s done. I’ll let him impress me. Try to impress me. So I’ll smile, I’ll laugh. I’ll let him think I am receptive to him. But not too receptive to me. Let him try a little harder. Let him see what he tells me. Or even better, what he shows me. If he doesn’t tell me at least a little of what I need to hear, I’ll just walk away. But if he does, I’ll have sex with him. And if I’m really lucky he’ll start telling me things after that that are useful. And then I’ll tell him that he is going to tell me more, or else I’ll tell his wife and children that he is sleeping with another mare. I’ll tell his partners in their underground printing press that he showed off their machinery to a mare to try to get sex, and that is the reason they have been all arrested. And once he understands this… I have a new informant who will keep me updated on the whereabouts of his confederates and superiors. Money helps.

Now of course it doesn’t always go exactly like that, but more or less change a few details and that is the process. Pose as a pretty face, see who will take a bribe, who will sell their own state-issued weapons, and if anyone knows where the rebels go to drink because this mare is really looking for one. Most of the time no one dies, though they can if something goes wrong, or if an arrest doesn’t go right. But I know it isn’t what everyone would consider honorable.

The targets aren’t those everyone would consider bad. Labor organizers. Those looking for a autonomy for some ethnic group or tribe… but to me they are threats to order. To unity.

The thing is, I love it. I love doing it. I love every successful bit of uncovered information. I love the resulting arrests. I love the princess. I even love it when it goes wrong. And I wouldn’t spend my life any other way. I don’t really agree with the Blackhooves’ political program. But I despise their enemies. And I am grateful to be a part of this.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157926
157927
>>157925
Silver smiles at her.

"It sounds like you have found your passion."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157927
157928
>>157926
Blue Skies slumps down in the car seat, so that she is basically laying down on her back. She could probably not see out of the car window from this angle. She does wear clothing, a red sweater Silver has never seen her wear before. Still, her belly is exposed. She turns and looks to Silver with an intense, malign grin.

“Yes. Much more so than moving clouds.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157928
157932
>>157927
Silver thinks it looks good on her. Privately, he wonders if she bought it herself or if Dark Star gave it to her. It would have been a good gift for this weather if he did.

"It also sounds like you have quite extensive record of successes. I can see why you are so well respected within Black Hooves."
Anonymous
9d56aac
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No.157932
157934
>>157928
She smiles warmly back

“And I know they appreciate me, and the value I bring. I would say I’ve done fairly well, even in my limited time here.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.157934
157995
>>157932
"Dark Star is lucky to have pony like you as his mentor. Think you can teach him trick or two to help him with his mission here?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157995
157996
>>157934
She smiles, though her smile fades as he proceeds further in his statement, as if disappointed.

"That's the idea of me being assigned to him. A part of it, anyways."
e25e739
?
No.157996
157997
[1d20+3 = (11+3) = 14]
>>157995
Sense Motive: Silver searches her face for an idea of why she's disappointed.

"What is rest of it?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
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No.157997
157998
>>157996
The shift occurs at the word "mentor." Evidently she thought "Dark Star is lucky to have pony like you as his-" was going somewhere else.

She answers
"Give him assignments, help him as necessary and use his assistance as necessary. And of course keep him on a leash. We are hardly the only ones who use infiltrators and informants, after all."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
5572b2d
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No.157998
157999
>>157997
Ahhhh, that's where the shift happened. Silver hopes he can correct it somewhat.

"He is also lucky to have you as his marefriend, you know?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.157999
158000
>>157998
She giggles, and crosses her hind legs, and tilts her head away.

“Hehehe, d’aww, you really think so?”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.158000
158001
>>157999
Silver nods.

"Very much so. Especially for him you are perfect, and I know he will do everything he can to treat you like Nimbusian queen."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.158001
158002
>>158000
“Hehe.” She moves her eyes over to him, and her smile shows her overly white teeth.

“He better”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.158002
158003
>>158001
"You should suggest to him to one night when you are together to do just that. He could dress you in finest silks, fan you off when you are feeling warm, feed you grapes peeled or unpeeled as to your preference, serve you wine, and as for reward for him being such loyal servant...well, I imagine you can think of far more imaginative things than I can."
Anonymous
9d56aac
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No.158003
158004
>>158002
“Hehehe”
She sits up a little more upright, and bats a forehoof

“Oh Silver…”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.158004
158005
>>158003
"Were Earth Pony servants common among upper class Pegasus families like yours?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.158005
158006
>>158004
“Yes, sort of, but I don’t think we had them do things like that.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.158006
158007
>>158005
"Would you have wanted them to?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.158007
158008
>>158006
“Maybe… it’s a little extravagant to use who were basically sharecroppers on… but yes. I would have.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.158008
158009
>>158007
Silver smiles at her.

"I suppose it would not have hurt to have personal servant or two. It could have helped to reinforce your Pegasus superiority."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.158009
158010
>>158008
“Hehehe… no, we weren’t really allowed to be very luxurious. We had to make do with sparse resources, including labor.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.158010
158011 158012
>>158009
"Well, we are no longer in Nimbusia. With Dark Star at your side, maybe it is time to surround yourself with luxury. At workcyou are Agent Blue Skies, pride of Black Hooves, but at home you will become Queen Blue Skies, first of Her name, pinnacle of Pegasus race and Sapphire of West."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.158011
158012
>>158010
*At work you
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.158012
158013
>>158010
>>158011
“Hehehe, you should tell Dar Star all of this.” She says
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.158013
158042
>>158012
"You know, I should. There would be no better way for him to spend his money than on you."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.158042
158043
>>158013
She nods

“Damn right there isn’t.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.158043
158044
>>158042
"Do you have any other ideas I can pass along to Dark Star? What would you do to make yourself feel like queen?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.158044
158127
>>158043
She looks around, pondering the question

“I’ll have to think about that.” She smiles. “But it is something to think about.”
Shimmering Spark
06f6193
?
No.158054
I should be free tomorrow.
Shimmering Spark
06f6193
?
No.158072
158073
>>157619
Spark thinks for a moment.
"Perhaps the locals might know something."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.158073
158079
>>158072
She looks over to him
“I do know where there is another cell. Maybe if is safe to go there. Maybe it isn’t. But if locals can help… I would appreciate that.”
Shimmering Spark
06f6193
?
No.158079
158096
>>158073
"We will ask around then."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.158096
158097
>>158079
She nods

"Okay..." She continues looking at him, then looks down, then back up, and adds

"Thank you...."
Shimmering Spark
06f6193
?
No.158097
>>158096
"It's no trouble."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.158127
158128
>>158044
Silver fishes through his bags for a pack of cigarettes and a lighter, then offers a cigarette to his current travelling companion.
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.158128
158129
>>158127
A wide smile comes across her face, and she raises up her hoof, evidently declining.

"You know, they say it's not good for you."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
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No.158129
158130
>>158128
Silver smiles back at her.

"No, but so is lot of other good things in life.
It is also good to have smoke after being shot. You do not mind if I smoke, yes?"
Anonymous
9d56aac
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No.158130
158131
>>158129
She keeps her wide smile, and her eyes move down, focusing on the cigarette.

"No... I suppose so many good things aren't really good for you." There is a pause, and she says "I can't say I expect to live to old age anyways"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.158131
158132
>>158130
"You are better at avoiding deadly situations than me, and I have lived this long."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.158132
158133
>>158131
She gives a brief, lips-closed smile
"Oh I assure you, I've had my share of close calls" She looks away. "Besides, can you image me being old? I can't."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
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No.158133
158134
>>158132
"I know Dark Star imagines growing old with you."
Anonymous
9d56aac
?
No.158134
158135
>>158133
One ear goes down, and the other is off to the side.

“Did he say anything to you?” She asks
Silver "The Floof" Sword
e25e739
?
No.158135
>>158134
"Nothing specific, but I remember how he talked about you one night. You are only thing that really matters to him."
Anonymous
366354d
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No.158142
158143
>>157759
The yellow mare freezes, looking around. "Who's there?" she squeaks out.
Anonymous
bcfd4ad
?
No.158143
>>158142
Amber sees behind her a line of three stallions, all of whom wear greenish khaki uniforms. One is a rather young looking light grey bat pony with golden eyes that reflect the street light in front of Amber. He moves directly for Amber. A second is a dark blue Pegasus stallion, mid twenties or older, with green eyes. He stands still, and with his right leg and a sling holds level a carbine rifle with a short sword affixed pointed directly at Amber. He orders Amber:
“Stay still.”

A third pony, an almost middle-aged green unicorn stallion, stands even further back, and with glowing orange magic, aims around a carbine at buildings. All three west steel helmets, in contrast to the cattlemare’s hats Amber has seen more commonly on soldiers.