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Alivda

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  1. Ruby smiled widely as she headed down the street, her steps hurried, but her manner friendly. "Really!? That would be soooo cool! Though, not sure if I'll ever be able to go... don't really earn much money busking... Maybe if I get a gig... or if I keep playing with Brickie! Best bits I've ever made!" Once they were in the restaurant, she let her wings drop to her sides as she finally realized what Brick had said. "It would be nice to have one that was a bit more durable, but it was a gift from my first friend. She was a great unicorn from Canterlot, like I am... From Canterlot, I mean, not a unicorn, obviously!" She answered with a giggle as they got a table....
  2. "Cool! We could get a room then! Always more fun to be had when with other ponies, that's what I say!" Ruby said, smiling widely. She couldn't help it, even with the others there, something about Brickie, about this dancer who easily kept up with her music held her attention, which was quite a feat. She wasn't easily distracted, it was just that there was so much she'd never seen and done before, and she wanted to see it all. However, the mention of her name did get her attention. "Yep, DJ Ruby! Though, Everyone calls me just Ruby right now, haven't really had a gig yet, but that doesn't matter, I kinda like being able to see all of Equestria, even want to go beyond it some day..." She said, starting to offer a wing before seeing the weather clouds. Dark and heavy, from the looks of them, and so, she swept her wings over her table, and instead offered a hoof. "So, We should probably be moving this party to it's next venue, water and electronics don't mix well, and this thing is amazing, as well as amazingly expensive to repair..." She said as she gestured to the folded table strapped across her back...
  3. Raven nodded, before taking a bite. "So, what you're saying is, If you transform into a pony, you get some of their skills? That's cool, if not a little creepy." She ate for a little bit before choking slightly as she heard the Queen's next question. "What we like in each other? Really?" She said, a blush starting to color her cheeks. "Um, well, obviously there's the fact that Icy is beautiful, smart, strong... Kind and caring... Then there's the fact that she's given me the chance to live out my life's dream, to serve as a warrior for Equestria, when the REA wouldn't... Not to mention she's opened my eyes to more than what I'd known before, when I secluded myself in my study reading books and practicing spells all day... She's given me a reason to train once more, to take care of myself physically, not just mentally... and I can always talk to her, and she understands... She's perfect, even if I'm not..." She said, trailing off, blushing as she did. For some reason, she wanted to be as honest as possible, and to tell Icy everything she thought of her, even though it embarrassed her to say some of it. She then dipped her head, almost burying her face in her food as she ate slowly, trying to hide how bright her cheeks had gotten...
  4. Ruby grinned widely, her fangs catching the light slightly as the dancer, Flying Brick apparently, even as her knees became weak from trying to keep her standing. "Really? Friends? Awesome! I mean, I travel a lot, so I'm not sure if I'll be hanging along, but yeah, I love new friends! We can hang all night!" She said, gladly taking about half of her bits and handing them to Brick. "Here's yours, Brickie!" She then carefully check over the table, stowing the records and the needles it used inside some of the compartments in it. The part with the bits had a little door that latched... Her whole life was that table, and it was clear with how careful she was with it even though it was clear she wanted to bolt off and go look for more fun. However, she had fun right here. "I... I actually only got here a few days ago... either of you know a good place to eat and lay down? Unless we want to keep this party going! I just need to refuel!"
  5. Ruby grinned back, her tail swaying in time with the thumping rhythm. It was great, and she couldn't keep her smile down, especially as ponies passing by dropped coins in the slot on her table. She narrowed her eyes when she was told to play another song, and switched her records with a totally practiced maneuver, not at all thought up on the spot. She took two new records out of her case and spun them using her wings, before tossing the two on her table up with her hooves before slamming the new ones down. She then caught the old ones with her tail before tossing them to her wings to put back. It was surprisingly smooth, and she let out a small cheer for herself. She changed some of the settings on her table before leaping over herself, her headphones popping off as she started bobbing and moving to her own beats. Soon, she grew tired though and went back to playing music, most of the other musicians and dancers had already left by then, as most of the passerby and crowd had focused on her and the strange, exotic earth pony who could move. Finally, her stomach growled loud enough for her to hear it over her music and she started to pack it up. She'd made enough to get a nice meal and a hotel room for the night, so no sleeping in a tree for her tonight... After she got the table packed up and slung across her back, she smiled as she went up to the dancer. "That was AMAZING! I've never seen a pony move like that! And I've never heard a pony that sounds like you! It's so Cool! Wanna hang? I was going to go get some food." She said, offering a wing. Her spoke slightly fast paced, and it was clear she still had some energy to burn. She then remember something, and gasped slightly. "Oh, Ponyfeathers, I forgot. My name's Ruby!"
  6. Ruby swooped in as the lights came on in the city. She'd been in Manehatten for awhile now, finding it's vibrant night life to be her kind of rhythm, though she had to be extra mindful, with the throng of ponies everywhere her table would get jostled and bumped if she walked down the streets, or if she wasn't careful where she slept. The pinkish Aerion loved music more than almost anything, aside from meeting new ponies, and Manehatten was known for it's clubs and such, even if they hadn't wanted an unknown like her. And so, she smiled as she glided down, wanting to add her voice to the symphony of the night that was starting on the street. When she landed, she saw that there were a few musicians already playing, as well as a few dancers, and she could already feel the beat thrum inside her. Her grin widened as she slipped her table off her back and set it up, careful to pull a few records out from the inside, as well as change the settings so she'd compliment the others, not drown them out. Killing someone else's party? Not cool! With that, she started to play, her music a little rougher and more noticeable than that of the other musicians, though that was probably just because her's was amplified...
  7. Raven couldn't help the giggle that came out at Chrysalis' joke about living for ever. It helped lighten some of the tension she had felt ever since she'd stepped hoof onto the isle. She hoped that as time went on, and she worked alongside the changelings, her uneasiness around them would lessen. As she followed the Queen out the door, she took in the palace sights, amazed at the blending of the changelings chitin material, and the bamboo. Honestly, she could stay here for quite awhile, studying everything about this place, let alone it's owners. However, one of the Queen's comments did make her frown. "Really? You haven't recorded any history? or is it just that you haven't recorded history about the other hives? I mean, I understand that history can be painful, especially if it includes mistakes and loss, but it's also a great teacher. To record down what did and didn't work, so those who come after you will be able to take what you've built, and make it even more than it is now... I couldn't imagine throwing all of my family's records away..." Soon though, they came to the dining room, or at least a banquet hall, with a table practically groaning under the weight of the fruits gathered on it. Raven was shocked at the amount, but smiled, seeing some of her favorite, but pricey foods. She'd only get them once or twice a year, as just getting them to Canterlot without freezing them usually resulted in them spoiling, or having to be eaten right away. She quickly found an unoccupied plate, and began to rectify that, picking less sweet foods, as well as the odd mango or two. It was only as she looked for a place to sit that she realized that she'd not thanked Chrysalis for this food, and she smiled sheepishly at that. "So... I suppose my thoughts on the food is clear..."
  8. Raven smiled a bit, brushing against Icy as she stood. "I must admit, I am quite a bit curious about changeling abilities, though I suppose that falls under trade secrets... So I can understand if you don't allow it..." She said. She felt slightly weird now that she thought about it that she'd been fed on and hadn't noticed. It wasn't the fact she'd been fed on, that was to be expected... no, it was more that she was usually more sensitive to magic and aetheric fields than this...
  9. Raven bit her lip, unsure of just trusting the queen like Icy was, but she didn't say anything. She trusted Icy, and was sure that Icy would keep a close eye on the changelings. "Some food does sound lovely, though I can't want to wander the island... and with your permission, maybe learn a bit about the changelings. No trade secrets or anything, of course, just general things like societal structure and such," she said, smiling slightly. She turned to look at the drones, nodding at them...
  10. Raven hid her smile and slight giggle at Icy's wordplay behind a hoof. "Yeah, one spanner in the works does tend to disrupt one's plans." She said. It was weird. This was the fourth ruler she'd met, and while she was... cautious of the queen, she found herself more curious about the changelings and how they functioned. What their society was like, how they organized themselves. It seemed that they had free will, so the comparison to other creatures the organized themselves into hives wasn't complete, but... She was mildly surprised when Chrysalis basically offered soldiers to Icy, having assumed that STAR could use more members. While Raven hadn't met all the members yet, it did seem like there wasn't enough, and Equestria was a big place. Plus, with the changelings abilities, they could seem like a mysterious force, one that had members able to quickly arrive at any spot of trouble... An idea began to form in her thoughts, one she'd share with Icy later...
  11. Raven smiled at the Queen. "Well, Depending on my stay, I may come back more often... Though it wouldn't be for the spa most likely... That'd just be a nice perk..." She said, a friendly smile slowly working it's way onto her face. She had to admit, this place would make a good retreat when she needed to work on more dangerous things, and the opportunity to utilize the Changelings' network to learn things, maybe even be able to study them, if only to satisfy her own curiosity. "I mean, it really is a beautiful place, and nothing like Equestria... or rather, there's enough differences to make me curious about this place..." She mused quietly, biting on her lip...
  12. Raven watched the queen, noticing the wink. It was strange, now that she was "forced" to sit here with her, she was starting to calm down. She couldn't help but think of what Icy had said, how desperate the changelings were when they attacked. Not to mention, the way Chrysalis looked was interesting. She'd never seen a pony who could rival the princesses, but the queen had to stand at least Luna's height, if not Celestia's. But her form was sleeker, less obviously powerful, keeping in line with the hiding theme the changelings had. Finally, she turned her attention to the conversation, though she said nothing. This bit was Icy's show, and Raven didn't want to mess things up...
  13. Raven trailed through the palace, unable to shake the itching feeling at the back of her neck, like some... ling was watching her. Though it made sense, hide the guard, but allow them quick access to any point they needed to go to. It was in line with what she knew of the changelings tactics, to hide and strike from the shadows. However, Icy's voice broke through her concern. "Yeah, I suppose so, I can't imagine being that desperate or starving that badly..." She said, a understanding of why the changelings acted they way they did starting to form. She supposed it was tough for them to integrate with normal pony society due to the fact they looked like monstrous versions of ponies, but that didn't mean they were. Soon, they entered what was the throne room, though it seemed the Queen received more visitors here than Raven would have expected. She slowly made her way into the room, and sat down in a position midway between the door, and the Queen. "Thank you for letting Icy bring a guest, your majesty... This is actually my first time being outside Equstria's borders, and I'm glad that it could be in such a beautiful place." She said, bowing her head towards the Queen, trepidation still hindering her movements slightly.
  14. Raven smiled as she nodded. "Yeah, this place looks amazing..." She said, surprised by the buzzing of the changeling's wings. It was a sound that could only be described as happy, and she gave a little smile at him. She was nervous, but whether from her slight fear of walking into a changeling nest, or from her meeting so many new ponies like she would here... Shaking her head, Raven followed, a few steps back as she looked around. She was amazed at the beauty of the islands, and how many ponies were there. She quickly caught up as they walked around a bend only to stop in her tracks. The palace was completely stunning, and she barely could follow. "This... Wow... I've traveled Equstria, and Ive never seen anything as amazingly built as that..."
  15. Raven steeped hesitantly off the train, looking at the alien skies, before seeing that Icy had already wandered over to deal with what had lead to this trip. A changling was apparently their point of contact for meeting with the queen... She had to admit, she'd never been this far out of Equestria before, her parents only traveled within it's borders. She couldn't keep the slight shudder from running down her back, but trusted Icy, who said they were nice. She finally approached, a slow walk that still had her taking in her surroundings. "So... Sorry, It's my first time here... and... and I was just admiring the area. We're not in the same plane anymore, are we?" She couldn't stop herself from asking that last part, her interest in how it was accomplished overriding her instincts that warned her of how dangerous the changlings could be...
  16. Raven giggled as she waved goodbye to Prince Blueblood. She then hugged Icy with a smile. "That sounds lovely... Though, I'm gonna need some proper training before we spar again... And the location should help with limiting things like yesterday..." She said, before giving her marefriend a quick kiss. "I actually have a training room, big enough for two ponies to spar in... it's hewn from the very bedrock of Canterlot..." She winkled her nose as she looked into her empty mug, debating whether to order another warming drink or not. "So... What do you want to do now? If you don't have to get ready to head out, that is... I mean, I don't have to leave for a few days..." In truth, her train ticket was for tomorrow, but she could always slip down and change the day. She was having a lot more fun, and with Icy around, she didn't really get lost in own thoughts like she used too... In all honesty, if she could, she'd probably give up her home if it meant being able to stay here, beside her love...
  17. Raven nodded, a soft smile. "Actually, I was talking about a DJ I know... She's, well, she's always a little... All over the place... But what you guys are saying sounds nice..." She stared into her near empty drink, before deciding something. "To... To be honest... I don't know a lot of ponies... I've kinda... Well, I spent a lot of time in my fam... my library..." She confided in her new found friends. "So, do either of you know when would be a good time? I'm actually looking forward to our sleepover now. Hay, me and Icy could put on a bit of a show for you." She giggled, thinking of using her family's training room to spar with Icy once more. They wouldn't be able to fight like they did yesterday, but... It would still be fun, and a good excuse for some water based fun...
  18. "Huh... Well, I could take a look at it, I am quite good at spellcraft... Not to say I'm better than Princess Twilight, or anything, I just mean that every spell I cast... I kinda had to learn how to make the spell itself, even if it looks like a normal spell... because of the horn..." Raven said, as she rubbed the back of her head. She'd had a little bit of a panic when she realized she was comparing herself to a princess, but managed to get mostly over it. "Oh, a... a sleepover... I've not... I mean... It sounds fun." She said, a little nervous about the idea of one. It wasn't that she'd not spent the night with others, or even had guests over before, hay, King Sombra had stayed with her for a couple of weeks. No, it was the idea of it being a party. She'd had bad experiences with parties before, and didn't really like them. "I have tons of unused rooms, so... So I could host... Um... and I might know somepony for music... Though she'd not be very relaxing, if that's what we're going for..."
  19. Raven didn't know what to say. The conversation involved things her family had never paid much attention to, and even when she'd been asked to other nobles' parties she'd not paid much attention to the posturing, to who held which title and which lands. Her family of course had their own holdings, and she had a list of them, but they mostly managed themselves... All those thoughts went out the window when Bluebelle took her first sip of her drink. Raven watched, enthralled by the strange magic at work. She sensed a fleeting touch, a strange twist... She was probably one of the few who could even sense that much, all because of her cracked horn leaving her a little more sensitive to thaumic fields. "That's... Wow! I've never seen any kind of magic like that, I mean, I've heard about changelings, and their magics, But I've never seen them, or their magic for that matter, and this definitely seems pony based anyway, I could tell that much..." Raven said excitedly, her words almost running together. She only trailed off when she looked over at Icy, which caused her to blush. She ended up staring down into her cup of hot chocolate, embarrassed that she'd gushed so much...
  20. Raven nodded at Icy's explanation. "Yeah, I've not read anything on the subject of surges myself, well, besides caution when raising foals..." She ordered a hot chocolate, and sipped at it. She shivered a small amount as she warmed up a bit. She reassuringly nuzzled Icy before speaking once more. "I think also there's the fact that to most ponies, if it doesn't affect them, it's not a problem... I mean, even in Canterlot there's criminals... I've had to fend off muggers before."
  21. Raven stood up onto her back hooves as well, the armor not hampering her movements. The mare that would be training her looked hardened, like she'd seen the parts of Equestria and the lands beyond that were not pleasant, and her stance was easily read as practiced. Raven took a deep breath, before moving forward at a pace that clearly showed she'd fought like this before. She moved with precision, her practice from when her parents training her coming back in the form of muscle memory. She stepped in close, moving her right foreleg into a uppercut, if it connected that is. She had no doubt that her trainer either intended to counter, or use her own movements to throw Raven's weight around. It was, after all, what her family had spent years developing, so the technique was familiar. While she could counter with a spell, she remembered an old lesson, to never reveal all of your secrets too early...
  22. Raven's dancing wasn't great. Matter of fact, it was clear that she'd never set hoof on a dance floor before. That didn't matter to her, though. She was there, Icy was there, there was music... It was all she needed. She smiled softly as they danced, though she did notice that Sombra seemed to be reluctant to join Princess Celestia on the dance floor. Then again, he didn't seem the type to openly display his softer side, so maybe he was simply afraid of making himself a fool. As the music ended, she was a little surprised at Icy's kiss, though she quickly melted into it. As she did, her horn started to spark slightly, like it always did when they kissed. The kiss was soon over, and Raven couldn't answer with anything other than a light giggle at Icy's question, before she made her way over to the tables, by Sombra. She watched Icy and Princess Luna dance, happy that her marefriend could be so carefree, even around those she looked up to. Soon, the sparking died down, and she shook her head to clear the rest of the fuzzy feeling away. "So, Sombra... I take it you're not going to be needing the room in my house anymore... are you?" She spoke softly, almost like it hurt her a little to ask. She was happy for him though, there was no better mare than Princess Celestia, after all, though her sister was definitely in the running...
  23. Raven frowned as she thought back to the day before. "I don't think so... There was right after the incident at the joust, and then right before we went to bed, but that may have just been my magic reacting to my emotions... Wait... Are... Are you saying... I... I may be like you, but with Fire? I mean, My magic's always looked like fire, but it's never actually been fire, as far as I know..." She looked downcast as the realization dawned on her, the thoughts causing her to become saddened. What if she ended up hurting Icy, or worse... She wouldn't be able to live with herself. The question Icy asked of her almost escaped her attention, so deep in worry and fear she was. "I... No, The only things I know of Princess Luna is through my family's journals... Mostly from before the whole Nightmare Moon thing. Oh, and of course, the copy of Predictions and Prophecies I have... I always thought the story was tragic though, being trapped in feeling no one wanted you around, to the point where your hoof is forced to do something terrible to prove your own worth..." She answered as they walked down the street, turning her head away as a thought entered her mind. "Actually... Now that I think about it... I kinda can't help but think of my own past... One of the reasons I studied independently was because of the teasing and... Well, and bullying I received in magic school, thanks to my horn... Of course, I wasn't much better to the other students... There were a few broken legs... I... There were times I couldn't control my anger..." Her tone was soft, and while it wasn't the full story, which involved the fact the legs broken belonged to several older students, ones who had considerable more influence then her own family did, it was clear it was a time she regretted deeply...
  24. Raven was surprised as the mare silenced her, and abruptly sat down. She wasn't too surprised at the request however. Nodding, she stood, her stance shifting as her muscles began to coil. Soon, she lept, and as she landed, spun on one hoof. Her back leg flashed out, a quick strike, slamming into the mares chin with as much force as she could. As she finished her strike, she bowed her head, an action left ingrained in her from her parents training. She moved off to the side, her stance relaxing as she did. "Was that enough, Ma'am, or should I demonstrate my prior training again?" Her words were soft, but she couldn't keep a slight grin from crossing her face.
  25. Raven nodded, a more confidant look on her face now that she knew what, or rather who she was dealing with. "Yes, I did. Come on in." She said with a smile, stepping behind the door to let the bigger mare in. "I'm Raven. I know it's unusual for most around here, not of the guard at least, to want to know this stuff, but I... Well, I was going to join the Army before this..." She pointed to her horn. She led the way down the hall, towards her family's training room. "I was actually just doing some simple exercises, trying to remember the forms... It's been so long..." As she led the way down into a hall cut from the very rock Canterlot rested on, they passed several paintings of ponies, all wearing the exact armor Raven wore, except there were seals and awards on the armor in the paintings. Raven kept her gaze forward, the weight of her ancestors' gaze making her steps feel heavy. She knew she wasn't exactly what they would have wanted, but was doing her best to fix that... After all, she'd cleaned the training hall, and had resumed learning her family's fighting styles. Joining her mare-friend's organization helped with that as well, not to mention the support she'd gotten from King Sombra, of all ponies. Finally, they crossed into the training room, a big circle with an armor stand off to one side, mats in the center, and a few dummies of various types on the opposite side from the stand. "So, is this place enough? My family's trained here since at least Canterlot's been here, maybe longer. I know we'll need a few pieces of equipment, and I'll need a sword... Oh! Your pay! How much would you want? And if you don't have a place nearby, I have plenty of rooms. Matter of fact, only two rooms are in use right now. Mine and a friend's..."
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