"Ah Interesting. Im Not sure what a caliphate is though."
She bows her head in a single nod
"It was the Saddle Arabian Empire, at the time"
"Ah ok i see now.are Karkadanns as Friendly as ponies?"
"When well bred and raised, they can be. But not quite as much to strangers. They are more reserved, more proper. And of course they are great as friends and family. But there is something special to ponies… So I've been told, anyways. I haven't met very many at all, besides you three."
"And What Do you think so far?"
She places her hoof on the cannon of his right foreleg
"You have all been marvelous so far. Courageous and kind. Very generous. The Elements live on in ponykind, it seems"
"Thats Kind of you to say. I Hope you are right. I Tend to see the best in my ponies. i hope they will join me in breaking the socialist hold on Baltimare."
Her face returns to worry, as she pulls her hoof back
"I had thought the… 'Reactionaries' winning the civil war would drive them out. They are still strong here?"
"The are still in control of the government yes."
"… How? How far does their reign go?"
"The Mayor is currently a socialist. as well as most other officials. and there are some in a couple nearby communities."
"So… are things different further out in the countryside?"
She turns her head
"It Is. Its Better Out there. Not Like in the city,Its more orderly."
He seems melancholic
"I Almost wish i could leave, but who would stop the commies,you know.?"
"I would assume the Reactionaries"
"Yea, im one of them."
She smiles back
"And you have been a wonderful example so far. To think, I feared they may be brutish"
"I Can be When needed."
"Heheh" She giggles, and again places her hoof on his cannon (lower foreleg)
"And that is why I think you can prevail where others fail"
He smiles more
"Thats very nice of you to say."
"It was nice of you four to pull me out of that cocoon. Save me from being cut open… It was like being a spider's prey… but you saved me. You are strong and kind, like my husband was, and like I hope my son will become"
"That was the right thing to do,meadows."
"Indeed it was… And it was you four who did it. Thank you. I do not know how to repay you but… You have my gratitude"
She again places her hoof on his cannon, a little lower
He Looks a little nervous
"Its fine. I Have no need of payment, helping a fellow horse was reward enough."
He smiles at her.
She smiles back, in a new smile that shows more of her teeth. Music is playing, a slow song Dark Star has heard on the radio before. Silver long ago went dancing with Jubilosa, had a drink with her, then went upstairs after her. He has not come back.
She does not say anything o him, at least immediately
Dark Star Clears his throat
"I-I uh, Do you want another drink?"
“I” she smiles awkwardly “I don’t drink alcohol. Water would be welcome, though”
"Mr.Glass 2 Waters Please."
>>126710I prefer to think of it as Dodecohendron in waiting>>126711
He pours the water, and Meadows immediately pushes it towards herself, bending down to drink, and tilting it with her head. She manages to drink nearly half immediately, before Glass pours more in, and then adds a straw
"It's rather… cold"
"Cold? Yea,is the water not cold in Karkaddanistan?"
"If there was an icebox, yes. My husband would have ice brought in from the mountains, and kept in an icebox. Some shops would do this as well. But it wasn't common for water at the restaurants for commoners. And I certainly didn't have it at that place I was kept prisoner. I just didn't expect it to feel this
"Yeah the Uni's invented Refrigerators. it is very interesting. it can keep things cold for months."
"Huh. Equestria really is a magical place"
She takes another drink from the straw
Dark Star sips on his water
"How did you like Iron and Silver?"
"Iron… That's the big, grey hornless one right? He was kind of stand-offish. I didn't talk to him. He was always with that little white mare, or maybe with that Kirin. At least I think that's what that scaly creature was… Is. Silver? He's very kind, and generous. Maybe even more than you. Kind of touchy. They are both great fighters, from what I could see."
"Yea that describes them both very well."
>>126721Kek. Also true>>126722
She laughs with him
"Where did all of you meet? she asks
"We All met at this bar when i was assigned a Job. we all work well as a team."
"What exactly is this team?"
She takes another peanut in silver magic, and puts it in her mouth, chewing it hull and all
"Well, im officially a Deputy of the Black Hooves. I put together a team to. *He leans into her ear* A Strike on Communists at the docks. they were stockpiling weapons,getting ready for an assault. we crushed them."
Her ears go up
"Wow… That's, that's pretty significant work. Though I saw some of what happened with the cultists and their leader… I can believe it. Are they Blackhooves deputies as well?"
I Know Right>>126728
"Iron isnt. I Think Silver Got Deputized."
She swallows, cracks open another peanut, eating the nuts, then adds in the hulls
"Why are you keeping us
Kek thats a great show. i was thinking about archer and clint eastwood when i came up with him
"Why? its better for you to be held by me than to be detained i suppose."
The hulls fall out of her mouth as she grits her teeth
"I'm not some petty commoner! They should welcome me, if anything"
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"I may have misspoke. it wouldn't be detention as much as a questioning."