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Occupied Equestria - The Thread That Came Late
Anonymous
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No.133503
133504 133506 135124
In Changelingia (West Equestria), Brie gains the support of a Changeling queen for his endeavors. Spark is doing his best to help an ill Wolf spiritual leader.

In Free Equestria (East Equestria), Iron is trying to intimidate a group of criminal griffin interlopers. Fantasy Play is helping to shut down an Anarchist press. Silver is helping his new household. Amber Sunset is walking through the city, and Dark Star has just finished helping the orphans.
1806 replies and 50 files omitted.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.138196
138197
>>138195
Silver lets out a solemn sigh, focused still on the dagger.

"I have killed more than my fair share across my life, and at times it can weigh heavily on me. I always wonder if I have done so for right reasons. Or if there is ever even right reason to take life. I know I am not good pony. All I hope is that I use what I am good at to stop even worse ponies."

He looks back at the female griffon.

"What about you? Does what happened at this altar weigh on you?"
Anonymous
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No.138197
138198
>>138196
"But... I didn't have anything to do with it..."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.138198
138199
>>138197
He holds the dagger up for her to see.

"This blade pierced still-beating hearts of victims placed upon this altar. Whether or not it was killing blow does not change your part in it."
Anonymous
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No.138199
138200
>>138198
She looks up at the dagger, and the altar behind it. She blinks, and then looks down and away from Silver and the dagger. She is again silent.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.138200
138201
>>138199
He looks sadly at the griffon, and lets out a sigh.

"I apologize for beating you while you are down by pointing out what happened here. I know it weighs heavily on you. I just...what happened here is cut above everything else I have seen in all my years. I know it is easy to remove yourself from blame of what actions you are performing, when you are just one among dozens all doing same thing, but this is not something that can so easily be shrugged off or should be shrugged off."
Anonymous
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No.138201
138202
>>138200
She takes a moment, but then looks back upwards towards Silver with an accusing face

"We never killed thirty creatures in one night. Never. Not even close."

She maintains the expression for a moment, but after looking into Silver's eyes for a second or so longer, she breaks off, closing her eyes and pressing her head down into the ground, and returning to silence.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.138202
138203
>>138201
"As I said, I have killed more than my fair share. I do not deny my part in that."

He stays silent for a second, then two, before he speaks again.

"What is your name?"
Anonymous
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No.138203
138204
>>138202
She looks partly upward, but does not make eye contact, staring instead at the wall on the far side

"Saulėlydis"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.138204
138205
>>138203
"It is very beautiful name."

He smiles at her, and holds a forehoof over his heart.

"I am Serebry Meckov. 'Silver Sword', in Ponish."
Anonymous
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No.138205
138206
>>138204
Now, she looks up, and makes eye contact with Silver. Her eyes are grey. She nods, but has no hint of a smile.

After a pause, she answers
"Sundown."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.138206
138208
>>138205
"It is name that perfectly fits you."

He lays on all fours, in a more relaxed position.

"Do you think you could tell me about your companion? Are you two close?"
Anonymous
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No.138208
138209
>>138206
Invited or not, Pear, who has been in fairly close physical proximity for most of this, now moves to lay down in a manner similar to Silver, slightly further away and perpendicular to Silver. Sundown does not have her legs under her (like Pear and presumably Silver), but rather her legs are spread out as she lays down.

"Yes. He is a comrade and partner in the Society. He is Askfält Ihåligt. Originally from Vedina. He has been in the Society a little longer than I, and in Equestria a little longer than I."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.138209
138210
>>138208
"What is it you think of him? Were you friends?"
Anonymous
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No.138210
138211
>>138209
"More than friends. We do not need marriage to show our bond."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.138211
138212
>>138210
He nods, and bows his head.

"I am sorry for hitting him over head so hard. He should be fine, he just will need some rest."
Anonymous
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No.138212
138213
>>138211
She looks over at the griffin near her, then reaches out a claw, and touches his leg

"He better"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.138213
138214
>>138212
He looks over the two griffons, contemplating things.

"If I was Imperial Inquisitor, or common Black Hoof operative, I suppose I would turn you in to be sent back to Griffonia, to face justice. And there would be those who would say it was necessary..."

He slowly shakes his head.

"I do not think it is though. I do not believe you are evil, and I doubt you would have joined Maarists in first place had you not been in such dire straits."
Anonymous
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No.138214
138215
>>138213
At the beginning of the statement, she moves to place both claws under herself as she looks up at Silver.

She ultimately doesn't make a response, although she breathes in, and then out in a ragged fashion.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.138215
138216
>>138214
"If I let you two go, what will you do?"
Anonymous
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No.138216
138217
>>138215
"We have been hanging around the dance hall-temple, and what remains of our lives"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.138217
138218
>>138216
"I know it is only paltry...but I do have some money I can give to you. Something to help you rebuild your life, without having to join cult again."
Anonymous
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No.138218
138220
>>138217
Enthusiastically, she replies
"Then I will gladly leave you alone. We will."
Amber Sunset
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No.138219
138221
>>138151
The distinctions of such roles are unknown to Amber, who stands smiling cheerfully by the front door.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.138220
138221
>>138218
He smiles at her, and pulls out his knife to cut the pair free before remembering something to ask her.

"Oh, do you think you could also talk to my companion? She really would like to hear about Maarism."
Anonymous
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No.138221
138222 138377
>>138220
Pear pulls a little back and almost prepares to sit up when Silver cuts the griffin free, and then smiles awkwardly looking at Sundown.

"Oh.. kay" Sundown answers

>>138219
Uh... let me think of something
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.138222
138223
>>138221
Silver puts his knife away after cutting them free, and offers a hoof to Sundown to help her up.
Anonymous
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No.138223
138224
>>138222
She looks up at him, then down at his hoof, and then cautiously places her claw on his hoof.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.138224
138225
>>138223
Silver grips her claw as best as one could with a hoof, and pulls her up with a measure of strength. He gives her a smile, before turning to rummage through his bags.

"Give me just moment to get some money."
Anonymous
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No.138225
138226
>>138224
Sundown has a very loose grip, as she is more grabbed by Silver and pulled onto her claws

Pear seems to slide back the revolver
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.138226
138227
>>138225
"Here we go!"

Silver pulls out a big stack of paper Bits. 500 Bits worth. He holds it out in his magic to Sundown.

"It is not much, but it is something. Take it."
Anonymous
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No.138227
138228
>>138226
Pear places a hoof on Silver
"I want to get a full interview from them."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.138228
138229
>>138227
Silver looks at Pear, nods, and turns to Sundown.
Anonymous
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No.138229
138230
>>138228
She opens the end part of her beak in something like a wince
"If we will be left alone after that, and if nothing is told to the police."

Pear answers at least the last part
"This is for purely academic purposes."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.138230
138231
>>138229
"I promise you, on both accounts."
Anonymous
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No.138231
138232
>>138230
"Okay" She answers, and takes the money
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.138232
138233
>>138231
Silver looks back to Pear.

"So, how do you want to conduct it?"
Anonymous
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No.138233
138234
>>138232
"I think I'll need some privacy, and some time. But I wouldn't want to conduct it here if you are not here."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.138234
138235
>>138233
"Alright, I can help with that. Just let me know where you want to go."
Anonymous
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No.138235
138236
>>138234
"In a side room up here if you will stay around... or take us all back to the church if you will leave"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.138236
138237
>>138235
"I will stay around, keep eye on things."
Anonymous
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No.138237
138238
>>138236
She nods, and then smiles, evidently actually excited. She says to Sundown, "My name is Pear Faucet, Associate Professor of Hippology at Stableside University.... I could... ask a few questions..."

Eventually the two go off to one of the rooms between the stairwell and the chapel, likely the same room where Keskoo was found
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.138238
138239
>>138237
Silver keeps watch near the door, while also trying to keep an eye on the unconscious Askfält.
Anonymous
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No.138239
138240
>>138238
This takes perhaps more time than Silver intended, as she is in the room with Sundown for an extended period of time. The silence - and occasional lack of it - could perhaps feel unsettling.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.138240
138241
>>138239
Silver paces, hoping for the best.
Anonymous
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No.138241
138242
>>138240
Silver hears Askfält stirring after some time.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.138242
138248
>>138241
Silver knocks on the door Sundown and Pear are behind before calling out.

"Just letting you know that Askfält is about to get up."
Shimmering Spark
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No.138247
138248
Think we can play today?
Anonymous
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No.138248
138249 138252 138257
>>138247
Yes. I think the last post for Spark was >>137654

>>138242
Silver can hear talking, almost whispered, inside the room. It stops the instant Silver knocks, and there is silence for a number of seconds. After a delayed reponse, perhaps long enough to make Silver repeat his statement, the door opens to Pear, who lets Sundown come out.

"I think I will need to calm him down after this."
She walks out into the room, towards Askfält
Shimmering Spark
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No.138249
138250
>>138248
Spark is unsure of what to do. He mostly stands there.
Anonymous
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No.138250
138251
>>138249
Thus the question for Spark: where to go now? And with who and how?
Shimmering Spark
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No.138251
138252
>>138250
Spark is going to travel to find aid for the doggo. He will go with the doctor and the main wolf cast on a train most likely.
Anonymous
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No.138252
138253
>>138248
>>138251
It follows that Spark should try to persuade Waabishki and Miskobag that they need to go to Whinnapolis
Shimmering Spark
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No.138253
138254
>>138252
"The doctor did tell me that there are treatments out there. Not cures, but perhaps it would be wise to find them and see what they can provide us."
Anonymous
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No.138254
138255
>>138253
"This illness came to him because of them, and even your doctor tells me that they cannot cure him. How am I to trust this 'treatment'?" Waabishki answers forcefully
Shimmering Spark
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No.138255
138256
>>138254
"The doctor is offering help the only way he knows how. That is not deserving of scorn. If he knew of a better way, he would have recommended it. If he could cure it, he would. If there is to be a chance that the treatment helps, then you should consider it."
Anonymous
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No.138256
138258
>>138255
She is noticeably baring her teeth. She says
"What treatment?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.138257
138259
>>138248
Silver nods to her.

"That is good idea."

He looks to Pear, rubbing the back of his neck awkwardly.

"Sorry to cut your interview short. Maybe they will continue after Askfält comes to?"
Shimmering Spark
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No.138258
138259
>>138256
"The doctor says that another city has professionals that work with this disease and can help ease its effects. We will simply have to see what they offer and choose what will work best."
Anonymous
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No.138259
138260 138261
>>138257
Pear doesn't say anything, seeming kind of irritated.

But Sundown goes over to Askfalt, who, after being prodded, looks around and jumps up. Or rather, he tries to. His wings spread out, but his forelegs are tied together, so he falls back down onto his side.

>>138258
"I don't like this idea of 'faith in pony magic.' My father has it, and I do not believe it got him far. What have we really, to gain?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138260
138262
>>138259
He smiles sheepishly at her, then looks to Sundown.

"If you can calm him, I will cut his bindings."
Shimmering Spark
30db97b
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No.138261
138262
>>138259
"You simply have to weigh what you can gain from staying here and what you gain by going to see. If the worst gain is nothing, there what is there to lose by trying?"
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138262
138263 138265
>>138260
"You-oo Bas-tard!" Somehow his accent is more noticable than Sundown's. He tries to jump up. "Invading our sanctuary and killing our kin!"

>>138261
Waabishki breathes in and out heavily, and seems to make the beginning of a growl at Spark. Makade, who has been inching slightly closer over the course of the conversation, places a paw on Waabishki, who flinches at first and turns to Makade, but is more startled than angry.

Makade:
"He is right. You know we at the village can do no more, and I don't think there is much to be gained with the Nation up north. I have seen the pony's medicine, as has your father and Miskobag. It doesn't always work, but it can surprise you. If there is hope for Miskobag, it is probably in the City."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138263
138264
>>138262
Silver bows his head to Askfält.

"And I suppose I rightly hold some of blame for that."
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138264
138269
>>138263
He screams out something in some foreign language, though the meaning of his words requires little imagination. He again rises and falls, and Sundown places a claw on him, and then whispers in his ear (or ear hole, given the anatomy of griffins). He starts to calm down.
Shimmering Spark
30db97b
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No.138265
138266
>>138262
Spark continues to watch Waabishki's reaction.
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138266
138267
>>138265
She pulls her lips back, closes her eyes, and hangs her head.

"We can try it..."
Shimmering Spark
30db97b
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No.138267
138268
>>138266
"Alright. I will have the doctor prepare our ride for us."
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138268
138271
>>138267
"Come again?" The doctor asks with an overly large smile
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138269
138270
>>138264
Silver looks over at Sundown, raising an eyebrow in concern.

"Is he okay? He will not attack us if I cut his bindings, yes?"
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138270
138273
>>138269
Askfalt:
"Like your police attacked our brothers?"

Sundown:
"No."
Shimmering Spark
30db97b
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No.138271
138272
>>138268
"You know the plan already. Just play along and everything will work out."
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138272
>>138271
"Something... about a train?" He asks nervously
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138273
138274
>>138270
Silver looks at Askfält, then at Sundown.

"No as in, he will not attack, or no as in he will?"
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138274
138275
>>138273
"He will not." She answers
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138275
138276
>>138274
Silver nods in response, trots up to Askfält, and cuts his bindings with his knife.
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138276
138277
>>138275
Pear at least attempts to head off Silver, walking up to Askfalt, who struggles and moves, and then whispers something into his ear. He ceases all movement, as his eyes are wide, and stare forward. When Silver cuts his bindings (or unties him) he does not move.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138277
138278
>>138276
Silver looks over at Pear, wide eyed in surprise.

"What did you do?"
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138278
138279
>>138277
Pear looks over to Silver, and freezes in place

"Huh? I told him about how I would like to ask questions."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138279
138280
>>138278
He blinks a couple times, tilts his head, but eventually decides to accept it.

"Oh...kay. I mean, he is at least not attacking us. That is good. He will be okay, yes?"
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138280
138281
>>138279
She gives Silver a large, awkward smile

"... Yes..."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138281
138282
>>138280
Silver looks at Sundown to see what her reaction is.
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138282
138283
>>138281
She seems to be simply observing the process, as if waiting.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138283
138284
>>138282
"So...would you like to continue interview with Pear?"
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138284
138285
>>138283
She nods, as Askfalk looks sternly.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138285
138286
>>138284
"Good! I will continue to keep watch outside, if that is what Pear wishes.
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138286
138287
>>138285
She nods, and the three of them slink off to a secluded room
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138287
138288
>>138286
Silver continues to stand guard outside the room, waiting either for a sign of trouble or for them to finish.
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138288
138289
>>138287
Pear is smaller than either of the two griffins, and though both Silver and Pear took steps to disarm the griffins, there is an element of risk in going into a closed door room with them. This does not deter Pear.

Silver doesn't hear anything out of the ordinary, or see anything exceptional, hopefully corresponding to an absence of threats. Hopefully. The dominant question is: how long is Silver willing to wait?
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138289
138290
>>138288
Ideally until they're finished, but Silver would like to leave in time to buy some wine for Jubilosa and return home.
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138290
138291
>>138289
Whatever worst case scenario Pear was fearing, it does not happen while Silver is there. Perhaps in the meantime Silver becomes intimately familiar with the faded panels of the alicorn sisters on the ceiling, or with the patterns of star constellations and planets on the floor that correspond to no constellations or planets in the night sky that Silver can remember. In any case, after what is not less than half an hour - and very possibly much longer than that - the creatures come out, wordlessly, one by one.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138291
138292
>>138290
Sillver looks at each on in the procession as they leave, before looking at Pear.

"How did it go?"
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138292
138293
>>138291
Pear:
"I will say more later"

Sundown looks to Silver, as does Askfalk, and the former says to him,
"We will go now" as the two start to inch away
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138293
138294
>>138292
Silver nods, and offers a hoofshake to them.
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138294
138295
>>138293
Sundown looks down uncertainly at his hoof, and offers a very limp clawshake that she breaks off quickly. Askfalk stands behind her, not closing in to offer a hoofshake
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138295
138296
>>138294
Silver decides to accept that this is the best he'll get from them, and gives them a smile.

"I wish you best of luck."
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138296
138297
>>138295
Sundown blinks, and looks at Silver a little longer

"Thank you." And then she turns, and moves away
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138297
138298
>>138296
Silver watches them go, presumably with Pear alongside.
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138298
138299
>>138297
Pear:
"Unless you have another way out than how we came, it would be best to follow them. So there are no surprises"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138299
138300
>>138298
"Hmm. You are probably right. Come on, let us go."
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138300
138301
>>138299
Silver and Pear follow Sundown and Askfalt, staying some paces back. Both of them look back, but there isn't anything they can do or even complain about, as both pairs are presumably going to the same location. It's down the stairs to the second floor, then down to the basement, and back through the tunnel, where it goes into the second tunnel, and then into the church basement, and back into the church. The two griffins look back when both enter the church basement, but make no contact as they go back up.

Of course this means that they remain within at least earshot for this whole period of time, lasting several minutes.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138301
138302
>>138300
Silver is content with remaining silent along the journey, unless Pear has something to say. He gives the griffons a smile every so often when they turn around.
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138302
138303
>>138301
The two turn around and face Silver and Pear. The ponies would need to walk past them to leave the church. Pear is cautious but moves forward, and then Sundown speaks to Silver, asking:
"What will happen from here?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138303
138304
>>138302
Silver tilts his head in confusion.

"Huh? What is it you mean?"
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138304
138305
>>138303
"There... won't be any police, will there?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138305
138306
>>138304
Silver shakes his head.

"I did not see any when we came in. If I can be honest, reason why I said we were Black Hooves is because I thought you were police when we came to this place."
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138306
138307
>>138305
This answer seems to please her. A smile slowly comes to cover her face, fully enveloping it as she tilts her head down, but looks back up towards Silver. There's a definitely mischievous, or even malign quality to it. "She has told me why she is here. Why don't you tell me why you are here?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138307
138308
>>138306
He points to Pear, or at least in her general direction.

"I was helping her. She mentioned she was not going to be in Baltimare long, and she wanted to learn about...well, you know. Thank you again for obliging her, I bet it meant world to her."
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138308
138309
>>138307
She opens her beak in part
"All the world and more"
Her stance has completely changed, from distrust to a smile and tiptoed posture that looks perhaps even seductive

"Why didn't you just lead with that?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138309
138310
>>138308
He knocks a forehoof against his own head lightly, smiling.

"Because I am not very smart pony."
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138310
138311
>>138309
"No matter. His followers come from many places and seek many very different ends. But they all follow the same way."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138311
138312
>>138310
He is somewhat worried by this statement, but the unicorn quickly shakes it off.

"So what do you think you will do now with your mate?"
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138312
138313
>>138311
"Go back to our apartment, or linger around here to see if any more intruders come by." She answers. She seems to want to add something to that, but awaits Silver's response
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138313
138314
>>138312
He smiles some more, evidently happy.

"That sounds quite relaxing. Or at least first portion of it does."
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138314
138315
>>138313
"Did you want to ask something?" She says, smiling
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
?
No.138315
138316
>>138314
"Uh...hmm...I will be honest, I am not sure if there is something I am suppose to ask or not."
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138316
138317
>>138315
"I'll leave it at that." She says with her almost sensual look.
"Have a good night with your mare" she says
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
?
No.138317
138318
>>138316
He seems a bit confused by her response, but he waves goodbye to her.

"Have good night with your mate!"
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138318
138319
>>138317
She waves back, and after a moment, Askfalt does as well. Pear waves to them, and gives a light smile. They start to leave the church, though they linger to see if Silver and Pear are leaving as well.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138319
138320
>>138318
Silver looks over to Pear.

"Shall we?"
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138320
138321
>>138319
Pear trots on through the door, down the short set of steps, and onto the pavement, and progresses down the sidewalk with Silver
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
?
No.138321
138322
>>138320
Silver looks at her as they trot.

"So, ready to tell me how it went?"
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138322
138327
>>138321
She twitches her still tied up tail, and the book she carries almost sticks out of her pack.

"They were willing to open up after a while, after I convinced them I had no interest in the police or any persecution. You saw they weren't entirely sure with you. Neither of them was a priest and so didn't have intimate knowledge of how the rituals worked or of the precise details about many parts of the theology, but I got something out of them. I think they may have held back out of diffidence, but that is to be expected. I don't think I would have done any better with a more obviously captive pair of subjects like at the jail. I think the money you gave them really loosened them up." She says
Amber Sunset
c8413ad
?
No.138323
138324
Sorry for being so late
Anonymous
48e1902
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No.138324
>>138323
Hello
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
?
No.138327
138336
>>138322
He smiles.

"I am glad to have been of some help, at least."
Shimmering Spark
30db97b
?
No.138328
Should be back tomorrow
Shimmering Spark
30db97b
?
No.138334
Am back
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.138336
138337
>>138327
"Heh," She smiles and moves forward in a sudden spurt

"Yes... Thank you."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
?
No.138337
138338
>>138336
"I bet you did not expect to be doing all of this tonight, huh? We had almost like miniature adventure."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.138338
138339
>>138337
“No.” After saying that, she turns her head back to smile at him. “Is every dat like this for you?”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138339
138340
>>138338
He smiles back and chuckles.

"Heh, it usually is. Sometimes it is nice to have days where you do 'normal' things too. Read book, talk with friends, shop for groceries, that kind of thing."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.138340
138341
>>138339
"I would bet. It's exciting, but it was more than a little nerve wracking seeing a griffin charge at us with a machete. I... Don't think I would like to do that every day. But I suppose you get paid well enough you don't need to.(?)"
That last part is inflected almost like a question
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138341
138342
>>138340
Silver nods.

"It is little nervewracking, but it does pay handsomely."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.138342
138343
>>138341
"I figured. Being an Associate Professor is better pay than most jobs, but less than you'd think, especially for eight years of school."
She looks away, then down, the up, then opens her mouth, then looks back approximately in the direction of Silver but not directly at him
"Uh... I suppose I owe you for this...?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138343
138344
>>138342
He uses a forehoof while trotting along to wave it off.

"There is no need to owe me. I am just glad I could help fulfill your wish."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.138344
138345
>>138343
"... Really?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
?
No.138345
138346
>>138344
"Really."

He smiles and nods, before tilting his head at her.

"Does being associate professor really not pay so much?"
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.138346
138347
>>138345
"Thank you so much"
She hops back over, and towards floof pone, jumping up, and hugging him. She moves over his shoulders, wrapping a leg around him. She is rather small, has a short coat, a long mane that is kept in a tie, and is generally dainty. It takes her a moment to reply, as she positions herself over him.

"Well, for the education level."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138347
138350
>>138346
Silver slows down to be able to enjoy the hug and this bit of pony interaction. He brings his opposite foreleg around to pat the petite unicorn who is so opposite to him in body size.

"Huh. I always figured college was how one got to have really high paying career. Either that or learning trade."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.138350
138351
>>138347
She closes her eyes at the large foreleg coming down on her. She isn't that much smaller in terms of dimensions, but her build is much less massive, and it is easy to see.

"I didn't go to make money. Unlike my father. People who take this path do so for love of knowledge... or the shorter working hours and air conditioning."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138351
138352
>>138350
"Money is not everything, but it is nice to have."

Silver resumes his trotting, half carrying Pear with him as long as she holds on.

"Air conditioning...is it that one machine that cools air in room? Now that is fancy. I can see why that would be perk."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.138352
138353
>>138351
She moves off him, but she seems elated still, with a louder voice and faster pace of walk.

"Yes. It's really nice to have in the University in August and late spring. There's no hard outside work when teaching in the semester. It's when you're doing research you have to go out in the humidity."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138353
138354
>>138352
Silver looks down at his fluffy figure.

"I have little idea how I am going to survive Summer down here. I might have to shave almost completely bald."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.138354
138355
>>138353
"Heh, maybe. It's a bit cooler here than in Stableside, but it can get pretty warm here. It's kind of chilly tonight though. I wish I brought my sweater."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
?
No.138355
138356
>>138354
"You can stay close if you wish. I think I have enough fur to spare for us both. We might also get lucky and encounter taxi soon."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.138356
138357
>>138355
She smiles and moves next to him, leaning her body against his, as the two (presumably) await a taxi to hail. It seems to be at least 11PM by now. She looks down into her pack at the book she retrieved.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138357
138358
>>138356
Partly inside the layer of fluffy coat covering the Severyanan, Pear can feel the body heat trapped inside by his fur wash over her, providing a contrast to the chilly winter air. Silver leans slightly back against her in turn, though doing so lightly as to not overpower her. He looks down at the book in her possession.

"Did you learn anything from them that would go towards decoding that book?"
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.138358
138359
>>138357
Pear turns her head to look back at Silver as he presses back. Presumably, one of the two hails a taxi. Horseman Avenue still has decent traffic at this time of night, and Pear would be afraid to stray far from Silver in such a neighborhood at this time of night. Both of her ears stand up.

"Maybe. Hopefully I will find out" she answers
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
?
No.138359
138360
>>138358
Silver lets Pear into the taxi first before clambering in himself, and telling the driver the address for where Pear is staying.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.138360
138361
>>138359
She gets in, and sits next to him, carefully setting her pack down to her other side.

When Silver is in, she turns to him and says,
"Hey. I didn't get to say this earlier but... that was really impressive what you did back in there. Not only did you take not one, but two griffins who were charging at you and knock them out, but you used empathy to talk one of them down. It's... something very special."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
?
No.138361
138362
>>138360
He gets a little meek; smiling, blushing, and rubbing the back of his neck.

"Thank you. I am not used to receiving compliments."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.138362
138363
>>138361
"I thought it was very nice. And you gave them quite a bit of money.".
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
?
No.138363
138364
>>138362
"It feels nice to be kind to others, even those who might start out as being your enemies."

He smiles at her.

"Once I got to know her little bit, I thought Sundown was actually quite nice."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.138364
138365
>>138363
"Kindness to ones enemies is a real test of kindness generally."

She gives a sort of smile to Silver, although it's a bit strained
"She was... something. I have to wonder what she would be like in a different environment. Or around different creatures."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.138365
138366
>>138364
Silver nods in agreement.

"As for you, I thought you handled yourself excellently back there. You showed off quite bit of charisma."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.138366
138367
>>138365
"Heheh, what? When?"
She moves back in her seat, ears flopping back
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
?
No.138367
138368
>>138366
"When you performed your interview. I was not there to witness it, but fact that you managed to get on friendly enough terms to ask them questions shows you have quite bit of charisma."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.138368
138369
>>138367
She answers rather seriously:
"Oh no. That only required asking the right questions. I could have gotten further if I knew more, and if there were better circumstances and more time."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
?
No.138369
138370
>>138368
"Heh. Still, I was impressed. You also stayed cool and collected when we were rushed, and you were great at helping to defuse situation."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.138370
138371
>>138369
"You didn't see me jump back and hide." She gives a small smile, and then looks down, and back up. "I tried."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
?
No.138371
138372
>>138370
He smiles back.

"A for effort?"
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.138372
138373
>>138371
This gets a wider smile.

"I suppose. But I am supposed to be the teacher now."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
?
No.138373
138374
>>138372
He grins at Pear, and gives a small nicker.

"Are you saying I can not be teacher?"
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.138374
138383
>>138373
She looks at him, almost looking into him for a moment.

"You seem to have chosen your path in life. Unless you want to change your path, and start again..."
Amber Sunset
a42f665
?
No.138377
138378
>>138221
Amber Sunset, though a bit tired from the previous shift and a lack of food, waits to prove herself.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.138378
138379
>>138377
Describing the details in the night of a hostess is a little uncomfortable because I have never been a hostess, a waiter, or indeed worked anywhere in the retail or service industry, but it's a common enough position that people reading may have and call me out on what I get wrong

Amber comes to learn the layout of the restaurant. They have an area fenced in next to the street, and area near the front, one in the back past a bar, and the bar
.
Amber Sunset
a42f665
?
No.138379
138380
>>138378
Spacious! For the city, that is.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.138380
138381
>>138379
The restaurant takes up the left/southern half of a commercial office building on the rather large Chincoteague Avenue, a few blocks to the west of High Sewn's store. The office building, with brick and stone façade, is about five stories tall, and Amber hasn't figured out exactly what it's supposed to host, but it seems to have something to do with telecommunications. The restaurant is the only shop in it, facing the North/South running Chincoteague, but also bordering the northern side of fifteenth street. The door entering from the side walk from Chincoteague is brass lined, and opens to the stand where Amber must stand to greet guests. Behind her, is the front dining area, which hosts most larger tables, bathrooms on the right (but Amber's left) on the north side of the restaurant, the entrance to the kitchen (which occupies much of the north part of the establishment), and some combination booth/tables. The restaurant is basically cut in half by a U-shaped bar that sticks out from the wall and faces towards the south side, of course tended by Salt-Mixer. On the far side, the west side, is a slighter smaller section with a line of booths on two walls, and high tables that seat 2. On fifteenth street, there is a long and somewhat thin patio area enclosed with wrought iron fencing with several tables with an extendable awning. High Sewn explains that this area is not open tonight as it is a week night, but is often open during the days or on busier nights.

Most of the interior walls are are red brick, with the bar being composed of hardwood, and with stainless steel light fixtures. A photograph on the far side shows a city with a river and brick-walled factories, while another few show airships of multiple models, and notably one wall in the front side is basically covered in what is essentially a blue print or model of an early hot air balloon. The restaurant allegedly specializes in the cuisine of the Husaks, which seems to consist of goulash, a certain kind of sourdough sandwich, and... well, Amber hasn't memorized the menu yet. The Restaurant does not seem to cater to the same clientele as the clothing store - or rather, it caters to the same clientele, but the clothing store pretends to be higher class than it really is. Prices are slightly higher than what Amber thinks she saw in Eastside, but the mark up isn't that high.

There are three servers here tonight, one having all of the booths and most of the high tables in the back, one having the combinations booths and some of the large tables, and one having all of the remaining tables in the front and a small exclave of tables in the rear section - that marine colored stallion lodging a protest against this strangely gerrymandered arrangement of serving responsibilities. Theoretically, the owner is the manager, but because of some kind of development that Salt Mixer didn't fully explain, the owner is less active in the operation of the restaurant, and Salt Mixer is the de facto manager. She expects to become the full time manager soon.
Amber Sunset
a42f665
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No.138381
138382
>>138380
Amber knows she is not expected to tarry in her introduction but her eyes revel in this new environment. The industrial style is entirely new to her as are the subjects of the black and white photos. It seems that this restaurant, if it successfully rides the waves of time, may be one of those that builds a rich and storied history. Perhaps this is presumption, however.

Amber struggles to remember who the Husaks were, as any of the medley of history books she read would have touched on them only briefly. Knowledge (history): [1d20+6 = 15]

Whatever the price point of the food here, it is well beyond her present ability to pay, and she hopes that her stomach will not growl at an inopportune time. I hope the ponies here are nice, I really wish they pay me tonight for the work I do, or even just give me some scraps of food. It smells so good…, she wonders to herself.

Despite the hunger pangs Amber is eager to stand at the entrance, framed by the shiny brass portal. Though she's clearly not the object being framed it's still something of an honor to be surrounded by an almost-gold border.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.138382
138403
>>138381
Exactly where this restaurant will end up upon the passage of time is anyone's guess. Time is a tenacious thing, with a nasty tendency of persisting long after you think it's come to a good stopping point.

Amber can remember that the Husaks where a nation of the greater Earth Pony Tribe from much further north, who, some time after the settling of Equestria, migrated further south to the areas around Sire's Hollow upon a dispute with their fellows, with a great wave later moving further east towards what is today Baltimare, an area already settled by the Amstels and the inhabitants of the Hayseed, and by indigenous ponies like the Chincoteague before that. While they were neither the first nor the last wave of migrants to the city, they are very possibly a plurality, and are by reputation if not necessarily fact responsible for Baltimare's Earth Pony majority... at least among the pony population.

To the right of the entrance, staring back at Amber, is a very old photograph of a stallion with no mane over the top of his head, but plenty of black facial hair and side burns, and a coat that was likely some shade of green (hard to tell in black and white). This pony, according the picture frame, was Beloved Black. Next to the photo is a painting of the same Beloved Black in front of an airship that is ready to take flight for the first time, one with a rigged keel and a basket.

Salt Mixer has agreed to a payment by the night, and in cash (as this is the way most customers pay anyways). Leftover food is often taken home by a group of diamond dogs one of the servers is friends with, but it's okay if Amber takes some.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
ebb65f8
?
No.138383
138384
>>138374
He chuckles.

"Perhaps not professionally. I just think most ponies have something that can be taught to others."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.138384
138385
>>138383
More curiously than in jest:

"And what do you teach?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
ebb65f8
?
No.138385
138386
>>138384
"I learned that there is much to learn from visiting other lands and talking to other peoples. This world is vast, and there is so much more to see and experience than in small bubble most ponies live in. I know most ponies can not do so, but I think teaching that to others is essential for mutual understanding."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.138386
138387
>>138385
She gives a smile that is half-mischievous
"You sound like Princess Twilight"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
ebb65f8
?
No.138387
138388
>>138386
The amused unicorn rolls his eyes.

"There is some wisdom in her teachings, though I disagree with some of her methods. 'Friendship School'?"
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.138388
138389
>>138387
"What is it? Do you not like schools?" She asks, with a similar smile that is a little more amused.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
ebb65f8
?
No.138389
138390
>>138388
"Heh. Perhaps not schools for friendship. That being said, with my current lack of friends..."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.138390
138391
>>138389
"Well, that's the downside of leaving the bubble. You can't set roots when you move..." She starts this reply with a smile, but it entirely fades from her face by the end, becoming more like a frown.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
ebb65f8
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No.138391
138392
>>138390
Silver looks concerned at her.

"Are you okay, Pear?"
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.138392
138393
>>138391
"I'm fine"
She looks back up to Silver, as her gaze had turned away in the moment.

She starts to take the tie out of her hair, to let her mane down.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
ebb65f8
?
No.138393
138394
>>138392
"Are you sure? Your demeanor has changed rather suddenly."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.138394
138395
>>138393
"Uh...."
She stares downwards as she removes the tie. Then she changes her sitting position so that she may start to remove the tie from her tail. She continues looking down, focusing on the tied up set of hair.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
ebb65f8
?
No.138395
138396
>>138394
Silver continues to look at Pear with concern. He tilts his head at her silence.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.138396
138397
>>138395
"It can be kind of lonely at times...." She admits, briefly looking back up to Silver, then looking down
Silver "The Floof" Sword
ebb65f8
?
No.138397
138398
>>138396
He smiles at her, and holds out his hoof towards her.

"I know how hard it is to have friends when you have no roots, but for what it is worth, I would be honored to call you friend...if you want my friendship."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.138398
138399
>>138397
She looks back up to him, and smiles, almost like she is going to cry
Silver "The Floof" Sword
ebb65f8
?
No.138399
138400
>>138398
Deciding it is appropriate, Silver wraps his forelegs around the petite mare, and gives her a hug.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.138400
138401
>>138399
She leans in to hug him as well, as soon as he leans in
Silver "The Floof" Sword
ebb65f8
?
No.138401
138402
>>138400
He gives her a reassuring squeeze.

"We will have to keep in touch after you leave Baltimare. Perhaps we can write to each other?"
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.138402
138404
>>138401
"We should try" She says, still in his embrace
Amber Sunset
a42f665
?
No.138403
>>138382
Amber is most satisfied with this arrangement and mentally vows not to let these ponies down.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
ebb65f8
?
No.138404
138405
>>138402
"We will have to share addresses then, so we can continue to communicate once you are successful in your expedition."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.138405
138406
>>138404
"Will you not see me before I leave?" She asks
Silver "The Floof" Sword
ebb65f8
?
No.138406
138407
>>138405
"I do hope I do, I am just unsure when your party leaves Baltimare."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.138407
138408
>>138406
"I'm not sure. It depends on how the city and the owner want to approach the site, really. Could be a couple days. Might be longer."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
ebb65f8
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No.138408
138409
>>138407
He maintains the hug, but pulls back just enough to smile at her.

"Then I should be able to see you again before you leave. We should still share addresses, however. That way you can let me know when you are certain of when you are leaving. I would like to see you off, at least."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.138409
138411
>>138408
"Alright." She smiles

The taxi arrives at its destination.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
ebb65f8
?
No.138411
138414
>>138409
Silver pays the taxi driver, and exits the taxi.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.138414
138415
>>138411
The two little ponies are positioned again outside of the motel, about near the entrance.

Pear looks down and away.
“I... should say” she paws at the asphalt parking lot. “I’m.... sorry for being kind of dismissive of your advances earlier. And uh... and for calling you a ‘gangster.’ You’ve been a tremendous help tonight and I... think you’re a nice pony.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
?
No.138415
>>138414
He smiles at Pear, and bows his head at her.

"It is forgiven. And thank you. Sorry about how unabashedly forward I was."