As Artemus waited for Rainbow Dash, he couldn't help but pick up on their conversation. Truly, what else was he to do? As Twilight began to explain what had just happened, his ears began to sag. Twilight wouldn't completely give up on stallions, would she? No. That would be stupid. She was probably just clarifying. Yeah, that was it.
Satisfied with his own mental answer, he looks over to see Rainbow Dash, who had apparently asked what all he heard. The real answer was 'I heard everything, Dash.', while the kind answer was, 'Nothing, just waiting for your return.' But he knew the dangers of lying all to well. So, Artie decided he'd pick somewhere in between. "I...tried my best not to eavesdrop, though the conversation was somewhat interesting. Plus, your business and preferences of ponies isn't mine to worry about." With this, he smiles.
"Anyway, I was going to ask you something, but it seems I've forgotten. It also appears that I cannot offer to walk you home, as you have wings. Clearly, I feel like a filly admiring a most excellent mare ahead of them. I suppose we'll meet up tomorrow and deal with he who brought pain to Miss Sparkle." Not completely a lie, either. He still wanted to know how /he/ could help Twilight, but since Rainbow Dash had already spoken to her, it seemed pretty pointless to ask.
After finishing up his last statement, he bowed to Rainbow and smiled once more. "If there's anything else I can do, just ask. I live in a place just down the road. The door'll have my mark on it. Until then, have a good rest, Rainbow Dash." And he began to trot away. Though he couldn't help but think how stupid he must have sounded. At least he didn't have a stutter. That would be awkward.
"I...tried my best not to eavesdrop, though the conversation was somewhat interesting. Plus, your business and preferences of ponies isn't mine to worry about." With this, he smiles.
Aw crap. He many not have heard everything, but he heard enough. I lower my head and fold back my ears. I really hope Artemus isn't a rumor-monger.
"Anyway, I was going to ask you something, but it seems I've forgotten. It also appears that I cannot offer to walk you home, as you have wings. Clearly, I feel like a filly admiring a most excellent mare ahead of them. I suppose we'll meet up tomorrow and deal with he who brought pain to Miss Sparkle."
Huh? I'm lost again. I wish he'd just talk like a normal pony. This must be what Applejack feels like whenever we talk to Zecora.
After finishing up his last statement, he bowed to Rainbow and smiled once more. "If there's anything else I can do, just ask. I live in a place just down the road. The door'll have my mark on it. Until then, have a good rest, Rainbow Dash." And he began to trot away.
"Um, thanks," I call after him, "I will." And with that I spread my wings and take to the sky.
Talking to Artemus is like talking to Twilight at her most brainy moments. I just don't understand these smart ponies. Too many big words and strange ways of saying stuff. I mean, Twilight could've made things way easier if she'd just explained them straight out at the beginning. Must be a city thing.
Whatever. Time for sleep. Maybe things will seem simpler in the morning.
"Finally! Maybe now I can get something to-" *Pushing open both doors from the center* "...Eat?"
It was a mess hall alright, but traditional food was nowhere to be seen. Stacked high along the walls were boxes with many strewn around the floor with the tops laying next to them. On the long main table that stretched the length of the mess with benches lining it, were gems. Gems of all shapes and sizes. There were Rubies, and Emeralds, and Sapphires, Diamonds, Amethyst, Carnelians, Malachites, Spinels, Quartz, Rhodonites, Obsidians, Pearls, Corals, Topaz, Sunstones, Moonstones, and...
Do I smell.....Pyrite!?
This massive pile was the second most beautiful sight Selphurian has ever seen
What was not so beautiful was the pirate crew sitting around the table, sorting through all the gems. None had noticed Selphurian ye-
"Aye, it seems me new Dragon passenger has found himself some grub, har har!"
"I uhm, well I was hoping... Weroy, was it?"
"Aye laddy, that it is. *Selphurian was relieved, he hadn't been paying much attention to the people around him once he and Vitera got on board. She had only mentioned his name once*
"And, if you shall excuse my captain's intuition, it appears you would like nothing more than to just jump in that pile and take a few hundred of those gems down your gullet, be I accurate?"
"Well, they do look pretty... umm, high quality." And oh so shiny!
"Sorry to say lad, even though I be a master o' hospitality..."
Yeah, nice room by the way. Poor Vitera having to sleep in that hammock...
"...I can't just be letting you take a bite out o' this here shipment we have. It's almost ready for delivery!"
"Delivery to where? What Pony could possibly EVER need all those gems? You can't even spare one?"
"I be sorry Boyo, but we's to be compensated greatly for such a grand haul. We've just, uh, 'retrieved' this shipment from your ol' homeland o' Pyre. It's a vast treasure trove over there it be, and we be havin' a very important and famous client in need of these vast amounts o' gems."
"Aw c'mon! There's hundreds of them there!"
"I don't be seeing da' point in it either, and what's more, once we make the delivery, we be needin' to go back to Pyre for even more! I suppose these hoity fashion designers be needin' to make 'der outfits."
"Wait, it's a fashion designer? What fashion designer needs so many of these at once?"
"I be believen' she be a 'risin star' among 'da fashion industry. Her name was... err, I believe it be Rarity, or something o' the sort."
Fluttershy stopped crying as the Earth pony spoke.
*Just pray that she'll be safe..* is what she thought to herself.
She slowly get go of Indigo and patted down the blankets. "There should be some more dry blankets over there." pointing a hoof down over where the bunny was resting itself at. The colt nodding in reply and leaving the two alone for a while.
"I can't believe I forgot about her...." Fluttershy said quiety to herself, "I'm a horrible...horrib-" cutting herself off as a new dry blanket was sat down next to her. "Thank you...umm..."
"Hurley..." replied the gentle giant.
Fluttershy smiled in reply, bowing again to him "Thank you Hurley..." she said quiety to him. She knew she had to repay him somehow for his assistance. "It's still raining...why not stay here for the night." offered the yellow peagasus as she changed the wet blanket for a dry one to lay over the filly. Who was only slightly shivering as she slowly began to warm up. "Angel." Fluttershy said as the bunny hopped over " We're gonna need to set up the fireplace for Indigo. Think you can help?" The bunny nodded in reply, and hopped over to the fireplace, opening the gate and taking a brush to a cold pile of ashes. Clearing the way for a new firelog. Fluttershy heading over to pick up a log, but was unable to take it up.
"Here." Hurley said as he picks up the log with ease, placing it gently into the fireplace. Taking a few steps away as the bunny piled in a small bundle of twigs and lit a match to start up the fire. Hopping away onto Hurley's back to watch the fire.
"Thank you again..." the yellow pony said as she resumed her place at Indigo's side. Placing a hoof on her forehead
*She's warming up...thank goodness* rubbing the filly's forehead gently, and taking a towel to dry off the filly's mane.
"Actually..... it was my first kiss too......" It felt a bit awkward talking about such things, but there wasn't really a way around it; these things needed to be addressed
Why do I get the feeling somethings a bit wrong.... Oh!
"Oh and here," she says handing him his glasses "I thought things looked a bit off" she said with a smile.
She flinched a bit as he put them on. "I'm sorry! I completely forgot that your glasses... cracked a bit as you fell unconscious..."
After that ordeal was settled, Michaela was a bit frightened about bringing up another one.
"So..... she started nervously. "about the park..... was... was I too sudden? Or..." She didn't know how to finish that sentence. She turned and stared to the right of the bed.
Great... I feel like a fool, and I probably look like one as well....
Multipi looked through his glasses which had a long crack going through the middle of the right lens making it a bit hard to see. And least things were no longer blurry.
"Y-You just... caught me by suprise... B-But I think this... Won't surprise me..."
Multipi slowly expended his neck so his face met Michaelas and their lips touched gently. But after 5 seconds he quickly pulled away, his face beet red. he then shot his head to the direction to the window in an attempt to hide the blush.
"I-I-I-It's g-getting r-r-really da-dark now... W-We should b-be going."
*Without a second more, Mochal Frappe nodded his head when facing Princess Celestia before him on his roof top. She closed her eyes with a cheerful smile, like as if a burden was lifted from her shoulders and the tall white Unicorn/Pegasus replied.* "Splendid! I'll have a carrier come by tomorrow at Noon to pick you up and take you to my place so you may spend time with my Sister." *But, this made Mochal Frappe wonder because he's spending time with another pony that so happens to be female, what would Derpy think?*
"..Can Derpy come? She lives with me as my girlfriend and I wouldn't want her to feel like I am seeing your Sister in that way, you know..?" *Princess Celestia slowly had her smile fade and just looked at him. Mochal Frappe felt awkward for the silence between them. She tilted her head with half opened eyes.* "..Derpy? The walled-eye Pegasus who delivers the mail all across Ponyvill?"
"...Yyeea.." *It seemed the tone she was giving him wasn't really buying it. Or perhaps she felt it was hard to believe that anyone could love a pony like her.*
"..Mochal Frappe, this is a personal matter. Whatever reason you feel she has to tag along is not tolerated for this assignment. I'm afraid I have to deny your request." *With her telling him this negative news, he felt sort of offended. In fact, pretty upset because she used the term 'tag' along like she was some sort of burden. He had some flashbacks of Derpy, how she did make him happy and all those months of spending time together.. how she felt for him recently and their kiss-*
"..You ask me a personal favor, but deny my small request to bring Derpy? What's the reason that she can't come? It's not a personal matter because I am just spending time with your Sister trying to help her become social."
*Princess Celestia now had her eyes narrow like she was unamused, and gave a heavy yet lighted breath through her nostrils and answered.* "As you wish then.. she may come, but only on one single condition." *She said, sounding serious then Mochal Frappe could recall her being.* "She must not crash, break, disturb, trouble, or disturb any pony there. It's a very well respected area and I shall not settle by with her manners. If she violates any of these regulations, she will be forbidden to live in Ponyvill. Do you understand me Mochal Frappe?"
*His facial expression was priceless. He never heard Princess Celestia state something so cruel before. She usually is a nice Princess, but for some reason she just seemed.. awful. But, he nodded his head in shame and knew he couldn't argue further with the Princess.* "Yes.. your majesty." *Celestia smiled and had her normal expression with a friendly tone to it.* "Good! My Sister will be most pleased with someone coming to be her friend. Take care then and remember-" *She leans down to his level, face closed. Her voice soft but yet he could hear it.* "If Derpy does anything to humiliate me, I will make her life miserable. You may of humiliated me back then, but was in the public. I.. will.. Not have that happen in my palace."
*She had herself stand up firm and turned to take off, her mighty wings expanding.* "Farewell for now Mochal Frappe. Looking forward to having you accompany my Sister."*And with that said, she flew off into the sky back to her home. Mochal Frappe stood there on the roof top, unsure on what to think. This was truly a really bad situation and he didn't want to be the reason Derpy would have to lose her place in Ponyvill and whatever else came her way. He may have to tell her, or even lie on why he had to leave. Mochal Frappe frowned and was in a deep issue with the whole concept of helping Princess Luna out. In other words - he was going to have to get involved in a lose/lose situation.*
"Yeah... it is getting dark." She was also blushing a bit from the kiss but she had never been happier.
Both Multipi and Michaela left the doctors office and began to walk home. The quick storm that struck had died down to a light misty drizzle. When they reached the door of the house they entered and Multipi shook his body like a dog would to get rid of the water. Michaela laughed at this even though it only made her more wet.
After they dried off and began to head up the stairs they stoped at michaela room first.
"H-hey Multipi... D-Do you want to sleep in my room with m-me tonight?"
Wh-What!? Even though he loved her he was not ready for something like that. "U-Uh..."
Michaela quickly realized that it was a bit soon. She gave a light giggle. "It's okay. Maybe another night." She quickly leaned forward and gave him a kiss"Good night multipi. I love you." She entered the room and closed the door behind her.
"I-I love you too..."
He didn't even think she heard him through the door. so he went down the hall to his room and shut the door behind him.
"Rarity? Never heard of her. Is she from Canterlot or something?"
"Oh no me matey, we wouldn't be going anywhere near her if she be from Canterlot. We 'ponies o' the sea' be wary o' the royalty and their 'security'. No, she be located in a small town that be named Ponyville and-"
"Ponyville? But wait, you can get that ship to Ponyville, the river's too narrow."
"Aye that it is, that's why we will take delivery through the Everfree Forest. Ol' Zecora over there agreed to be our guide through in order to secure ye' your right o' passage to Pyre."
*Selphurian looked near the back of the hall and indeed spotted the Zebra scolding the clumsy pirates with her rhymes. They did not seem that amused by them*
"'Course at this rate, it would be another day before we set out. We pirates 'aint so much for jewelery. and 'da order was pretty specific. *Ahem*, *Weroy puts on his best royal accent* "Dear sirs, if it would not be so much trouble, I would demand that these gems you collect are seperated by their types and stacked alphabetically upon your arrival. None o' us be amused by this, but money be money. Right now... we be up to about J.
J? Seems like they've been working all day and maybe before that! At this rate we wont make it to Pyre for a week!
"Weroy, if I led the delivery for what you have already, do you think it would speed us up? I just came from Ponyville myself to get here."
"Well, it would clear out space so boxes would stop getting knocked down... I-euhhhh, I don't know me boy. You seem to be o' the right sort, but you've done diddly to earn my trust so far. Oi Zecora, be this dragon trustable?"
*Zecora turned from here lymerical beration of pirate stacking abilities and began to walk towards the captain and Selphurian*
"This dragon is driven by a powerful force. From what I've seen, he is determined to leave, of course."
"I wouldn't do anything to stall this trip! I've waited my whole life to go to Pyre and I'm not turning back now!"
*Weroy appears to look inwardly moment, staring at the ground for 2 or 3 seconds. When he again looks at Selphurian, a sly smile appears on his face*
"Well alright me boy! I'm sure the men would feel much safer with you! Yar har har! Zecora can stay behind to assist with the sorting. Would ye be able to leave now? Me nightshift doesn't have much to do in the way o' security at this port, they can be the escort."
"As long as it speeds up our trip I can leave right now! Get those boxes ready outside, I'll just have to go tell Vitera where I'll be. Can't have her worrying, you know?"
"Ah hah! Aye me boy, I catch yer drift."
*Selphurian quickly raced out the doors and down the halls he could remember. When he spotted the door to his and Vitera's room, he began to slow down when getting close to it, and attempted to open it as slowly and quietly as possible*
*Selphurian tip-toes into the room and searches through the drawer the oil lamp rests on, and inside discovers parchments of paper and a quill/oil pot*
Let's just leave a note incase she gets up in the night. Don't want to wake her up if I don't have t- *Loud Rumble* Dang it! I forgot I didn't get anything to eat! My stomach probably hates me
Vitera began to stir in her hammock
"No no no, shhh, go back to sleep, everything's fine he-" *Rumble* DANG!
Hurley looked at the flames as he was considering the yellow pony's offer. Stay the night? He was uncomfortable with that. He didn't know her. At all, really. Hay, he didn't even know her name. Also, he didn't want to owe her anything. He didn't know if he'd be staying in Ponyville for long, what if he never got the chance to repay her? He'd feel bad about that for sure.
He turned his head and looked out the window. "Then again, it's raining like crazy outside." he muttered. If he tried to make it back to the inn now he might catch a cold. Then he might not be able to work. That meant that Applejack and Big Macintosh had to work even harder. And wouldn't it be rude to decline her offer? If he turned it down he might hurt her feelings. He thought about it for a while before looking over his shoulder and at the little bunny sitting on his back.
"What do you think little guy?" The bunny had an annoyed look on his face. He pointed at Hurley and then pointed at the floor. "Does that mean stay?" The bunny sighed, then nodded. "Am I really talking to a bunny? I'll be..."
Hurley turned his head and looked over at the yellow pony who was still tending to the blue filly. "Pardon me, miss..." "Fluttershy." She responded without looking at him. "If you're sure you're OK with it... I'd like to stay the night. Fluttershy was silent for a moment. "You're more than welcome."
Suddenly Hurley realized something. Did she need him to be there? Fluttershy looked after the filly, but did Fluttershy need someone to look after her? Or maybe just help her if things took a turn for the worse? "Grmf... big thoughts, they make my head hurt." he thought to himself while massaging his head with one of his hooves. The bunny on his back looked at Hurley with a look that seemed to wonder just how dense this pony really was.
*Vitera had a dream.*
*She was out walking on her way to somewhere. She didn't know where, but the pony walking beside her did.*
"Where are we going, Miara? *Vitera asked.*
*The white mare kept walking without answering. She was being as mysterious as always. She had a white mane and white body. She was an albino pony and while Vitera didn't want to say it out loud. She thought Miara was the most beautiful creature she had ever seen, even in her dream.*
"Where are we going, Miara?" *She asked again.*
"I'm not going anywhere. As you might recall, I died, because of you."
*Vitera shook her head. No, it wasn't her fault. Miara had died due to old age.*
"It wasn't my fault! You were old.."
"I wasn't that old, mind you, but I don't hold it against you."
*Vitera didn't want to remember, didn't want to think about it. Miara kept walking.*
"Where are we, going?"
"I'm here to teach you something." *Miara stopped walking. Vitera didn't get any clear understanding of her surrounding, since it was a dream.* "I'm going to teach you how to read thoughts.
That is ridicolous, no one can read other ponies thoughts! *She thought to herself*
"It's not ridicolous. I know how to do it." *Miara said. "Try it yourself"
*Vitera was in a dream, so she guessed it didn't matter if she tried or not.*
I want to teach you this spell.
*Vitera was surprised, because she could understand Miara's thoughts. She was also a little shocked, since she didn't understand all of it.*
"I want .... you ..."
"You want what!?" *She said shocked.*
"It doesn't matter. The important thing is that you understood some of it.*
*Vitera wondered how long Miara had known this talent. It would be awkward if she had known it during their time together, those years ago.*
"I've actually known it for quite some time and I felt flattered, everytime.. You thought about me, like that.." *Miara said.*
*Vitera blushed and felt embarrassed. She hadn't known, before she could say anything though, the dream faded away. She woke up in her hammock and could hear Sulfur talking about a note, not waking her up and something about his stomach. Or was he thinking it?*
"What are you doing, Sulfur?" *She asked sleepily and yawned. She fell asleep again, while waiting for an answer.*
Augh! I didn't want to wake her up just to see me off. She doesn't need to worry
She had been walking for most of the day. Selphurian assumed that a traveller would be able to last long distances, but as soon as she reached that hammock she was out almost immediately
She needs her sleep, better not tell her about the gem delivery
"Shhh, it's ok Vitera, I was just... going to get some water. Go back to sleep, I'll be back in a minute."
Why is she looking at me like that?
Sleep. Gem. Delivery. What? *Vitera thought to herself*
What gem delivery? *She asked and looked tiredly at Sulfur.* "Is there something I need to know?"
*She could barely keep her eyes open, but continued to look at him.*
Did I say that out loud? ...No, no I didn't, how did she know?
"No, nothing at all. Everything's fine, really!"
No more questions, no more questions, no more questions... just go back to sleep, I really don't want to lie more...
*Vitera looked at him suspiciously, but decided to not say anything. She trusted Sulfur. He wouldn't do something to hurt her.*
"Whatever. Just stop talking in here, when I'm trying to sleep.*
*She turned around, fell asleep and began to snore.*