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  1. "Quite a bit! It's been far far too long for my liking." Yù would say with a smile as she stepped her way in, taking a seat as she waved her hoof. "I don't mind even a little bit, the guise is handsome but I like the real you better." perhaps a funny sentiment coming from someone who often hid her own self from nearly anyone, but it didn't mean that it was any less true. "I've learned in my line of work that many ponies can be judgemental of what they perceive as different or what they don't understand even if it's subconscious. It can be so ingrained into generations that they never even know until they're confronted about it." the qilin gave a little knowing nod and a chuckle as she settled in. "To a much less degree than I'm sure you've had to deal with, I've gotten had a few strange looks since moving to Canterlot." It was never anything terrible, gawking, questioning if her horns or scales were real, if her mom or dad was a dragon. All harmless if a bit on the busybody side of thing, it was hardly their business after all, but she could only imagine the things that Changelings had to deal with. Especially given certain prior events. Ponies can also be quite slow trusting at times, but her mind was digressing, there were better things at hoof. "How have you been lately? I must say I've missed you quite a bit, so I'm elated that we've finally had the chance to get together again." Yù was a smart mare, she always did her research. She hadn't met any changelings (that she was aware of) before Kahz. And given those butterflies in her stomach the first time they had met well. She did quite a bit of reading to make sure she wasn't under some magical wiles. She wasn't. She knew better now. Distance made the heart grow fonder. But...Were her feeling truly reciprocated or a facsimile? That she didn't know. 'But...' she thought. 'It doesn't really matter, does it? For once I feel happy, why let a detail I don't know stop that. The illusion that it could be could crash down around me any moment. So why not savor it, put it on the line, and hope for the best?' ((I am SO sorry for the terrible delay. Writer's anxiety has been kicking my ass hard))
  2. "Ahh. I do seem to have that effect on creatures now and again." Lián said with a playful little grin before blowing out a small cloud of smoke to carry his bushel of apples by his side. "Thank you, Applejack, I'm certain they'll be wonderful. I do hope that the rest of your year is as prosperous as this, and that we get to see one another again soon. Perhaps over some apple tea next time." the qilin gave a proper bow to both Applejack and to the new arrival as well, stepping aside and leaning over the side of the counter. "It was lovely seeing you again as well, Apple Bloom. Until we meet again!" with that, the prince gave one last wave and began ambling his way back on down the trail. From somewhere in the trees a sharp ear might be able to hear the slightest of rustling. But perhaps that was just the breeze...
  3. The Prince chuckled once again and smiled, offering Applejack an understanding nod "Those will do just fine, they sound quite delicious." Lián dug into a pocket of his robe, fetching out a small satchel of bits that he carried on his person, he knew better than to carry too much money anyway, being made to wear his robes was already enough to make him stand out, he didn't need to be carrying all the bits he could on him. Laying the bits down on the table, Lián smiled at the sisters, it seemed that Apple Bloom's determination had won out today. Perhaps Applejack was getting soft? That wasn't really for the qilin to say though. Just to think. It was all in good fun anyway. Before Apple Bloom would get her 'hard earned reward' so to speak, Lián pulled a hoofkerchief from another pocket of his robe, using it to clean the mud and muss away from her face and mane. With a little flick to the ground the hoofkerchief was left clean and sparkling as it was when he withdrew it. "It never hurt to keep one of those on hoof, never know when the need might arise." he would offer with a playful wink as he tucked the cloth back away into his robe. Placing a hoof under Apple Bloom's chin, the prince would gently steady her head. "Easy there, shake too much and one might miss the mark ahah." and with that, the stallion leaned in and pressed his lips to Apple Bloom's in a sweet, tender little kiss. One that, for the filly, probably felt like it lasted a lifetime. But surely was only a few moments. Pulling back, the prince smiled and dipped his head. "There we are, I hope that was up to your standards, Miss Apple Bloom." he'd say with a playful grin.
  4. Lián chuckled softly, Apple Bloom's determination was certainly admirable. The mischievous side of the Prince did wonder, just how strong that determination was. Perhaps it would be fun to bide a little bit of time. Nodding his head the qilin smile. "I quite happy to have been able to stop by as well. It's been far too long since we all last spoke." he would say as he looked the apples over with a polite tilt of his head "Ah, they do look rather delicious! I have to admit I've been interested in learning more. What can you tell me about this particular..." the stallion rubbed his chin in thought, searching for the right word. "The term is cultivar right? The terminology escapes me but it has had me rather fascinated." Truthfully, this wasn't a lie. The stallion liked to learn about whatever he could, he wanted to speak with the rest of the girls again at some point to learn more about their trade as well, but right now Lián thought it the easiest method in which to give Apple Bloom that little bit of extra time. It was all far too humorous. ((Sorry for the terribly long delay, and terribly short post ;3; ))
  5. Starlight chuckled and smiled at Silverstream's sudden upswing of excitement. This is what made being a councilor worthwhile. She wasn't always able to bring a smile to a student's face right away, but so long as she was able to help guide them on a good path towards that happiness, well she was doing pretty well in her book. It was obvious that the hippogriff had a love for both the school and the prospect of her being able to help students both new and old. "One step at a time." she'd say with a smile and a wink. "You don't want to put too much pressure on yourself right out of the gate, after all. But if you're serious about looking for a special outfit, Rarity would be absolutely elated to design something for you I'm sure!" The unicorn jotted a few more notes down on her notepad, just to keep herself reminded to speak to Headmare Bluebelle about the tutoring program as an official thing. "I think though as long as you're not pushing yourself to be everything for everyone, this could be a perfect path for you. Just remember that you're one creature, and not to bite off more than you can chew, alright? Even tutors, or councilors, can ask for help."
  6. Yang, after hearing the boss grump at the pegasus, checked his paws over again and brushed them off with a shrug before leaning on the counter with a grin and a friendly wink to the bartender. "Yángguāng, Yang if that's easier on you. Any friend of the boss is a friend of mine." the dragon would say sliding some bits on the counter from a pouch on his hip, which took a bit of noodling to reach. "I'll take some baiju if you've got some. Vodka on the rocks if not." Yang would turn his attention to Corva and rock their head back and forth popping their neck. "Just got done with a little personal hole diggin'. Figured I'd stop in and get something to cool me down y'know." The dragon's attention was immediately drawn to Jian though as soon as the qilin had mentioned something about work. "What's on the docket today boss?" he hoped it was something exciting, Yang was the kind of dragon that was best kept busy, else he start getting antsy and being antsy didn't make good noodles. "Knockin some heads around kinda job, or a more quickie in and out kinda job?"
  7. The Prince chuckled to himself as he waited in line, watching in turn as each of his friends took their turn...sampling Apples, so to speak. It was such a cute and quaint idea. If something like this worked for something like selling apples, perhaps something similar could be done for charities back home instead. It was certainly something to ponder over. But if it made the old bags of bones back home flip their wigs, it'd certainly be worth the time and effort that went into it. And they could hardly speak out against it if it was for charity now could they? They would have to thank the Apples for this idea later, but for now it seemed it was finally Lián's moment in line. A smile gracing his face and a nod of his head to Yanhua. "There's nothing to worry about, my friend. No hearts will be broken to day, of that I'm certain." after all, it seemed Apple Bloom was already occupied entertaining someone to b- ... Well scratch that. As the Prince arrived up at Applejack's stand, before he could even open his mouth to speak, the filly was there in a flash. Any faster and he was almost certain she could have broken the sound barrier. Impressive to say the least. The stallion would smile and politely give a little bow in greeting, brushing back a stray lock of his mane as he stood back straight. "Good afternoon Apple Bloom, I happened upon a flyer for this today on a little walk of mine." he'd say patting the pocket where just the corner of the flyer could still be seen. "I had planned on stopping by to visit regardless while I was here, but this seemed such an interesting concept I decided to forego other plans I had thought of to make a trip here. I'm quite glad I did, it gave me a chance to see some dear friends of mine while they were here." Lián would motion towards Feng and Yanhua making their way down the road before turning his smile back to Apple Bloom. "And a chance to see you and your family, of course. But yes!~ Apologies, I'm taking up your time. I can't claim to be the most knowledgeable in what apples are the sweetest. So I shall trust your judgement, Apple Bloom. I'll take a bushel of whatever your favourite apple is."
  8. Yù playfully smiled and nodded in understanding. "Take your time, I'm happy to get to hear you sing. And perhaps later, we can tango~" she'd add with a giggle, settling back in. She hated to see him leave, but what a joy it was to watch him go. It was funny. For all the things in this world that made the mare want to take, he was one of the few that made her want to give. Not just gifts of course, but that too. Something she never felt she'd give to anypony. What a strange, terrifying, wonderful feeling it was to want to give somepony your heart. But could she go through with it? Could she risk the one thing that had been hers and hers alone? And then, she heard her name. Had her eyes not already been locked to the stage, the mare would have whipped her head up in surprise. A bright blush now stained her cheeks. She nearly wanted to cry. What little filly growing up never dreamed of someone dedicating a song to her? It was such a silly, sappy, beautiful sort of thing. One Yù never imagined in a million years would happen to her for real! She wanted to laugh at herself for being so flustered by this. But no, this was her moment now, no one else's. She let those happy tears slip on by as she leaned on her hooves, listening to the changeling...heh. Sing his heart out. The risk was well worth it. Once the band's set had finished — and ample time had been given for Kahz to retire backstage — Yù would rise up to her hooves and wipe the remains of those tears from the corners of her eyes, fix a few runaway strands of her mane, and make her way backstage to gently rap-tap-tap 'Heart Sight's' door.
  9. Lián couldn't help but to chuckle quietly to himself. Hardly surprised by Feng's...hmm. Passion would be the right word. He hardly seemed the type to ever do anything by halves. Who knows how long the longma had been practicing in secret for the day to put those lips of his into action. Ancestor know Lián had done much the same. Fools in love, they say. Or perhaps that was just how Feng was. Without firsthoof experience in the matter, the prince would never know for sure. But Maple wasn't on the menu today. Apples were. For now the prince would quietly wait his turn in line as Sunset's came and went, and Yanhua stepped her turn up next. Who knows, perhaps next year Applejack could have the whole royal retinue under her proverbial belt. Conspiracy theorists would have a right field day with that one, he was certain. Having drawn closer with the line's movement, the young prince finally managed to see Apple Bloom from the corner of his eye. How long had she been watching in line, he wondered? Long enough to know he was there, Lián was certain. The qilin would give her a wave and friendly wink.
  10. The mare blinked in surprise at the hippogriff's suggestion. It was...absolutely brilliant! Starlight couldn't help but to laugh and give her own forehead a gentle slap as she shook her head and sighed. "That's an absolutely brilliant idea!" the unicorn smiled over at Silverstream, sitting their now finished tea aside before speaking up again. "Sometimes adults can't always see the obvious answer sitting right in front of them. I don't know for certain if we have a tutor program right now, but I think it's an absolutely wonderful idea. Not only for you but for students in the future who will feel the same." Starlight pulled a drawer open and withdrew a pen and a notepad, scribbling down on it while levitating over the teapot to pour herself another cup. "As soon as I can, I'll talk with the Headmare about setting up something along those lines. If it's not something that's feasible in the immediate future, I can put you down to be a junior counselor if you'd like? I always try to be open and understanding to all the students here, but I'm sure some of them would feel more comfortable discussing things with someone closer to their own age." Starlight would take a sip of her tea and nod, sitting the notepad aside when she finished jotting things down. "Don't feel pressured to jump on that idea if it's not quite your...heheh...cup of tea." she'd add with a wink.
  11. With the lantern finished, the two would be able to carry it over to were others were letting theirs float off into the skies with their wishes. It was much the same for the king. As he and his dear friend stood shared lantern held in tandem, he couldn't help but to gaze into her eyes before glancing skyward as he spoke. "You needn't answer right now. Nor ever if your heart so tells you." the dragon would begin. To those that knew him well, his voice held hope and worry in equal and heavy measure, just the slightest of wavering. "But here, under the light of this moon. There's something I must say..." He would pause, working with Yuè he would send the lantern flying gracefully into the sky, adding its warm glowing light to the glittering parade of hopes and dreams. Àilóng smiled upwards as it started its way into the distance, his gaze once more coming to rest on the mare. "I love you,Yuè. With all of my heart."
  12. "You know? It's funny. I was just about to say the same sort of thing." Yù was used to keeping her cool on the outside from just about anyone. That happy little smile never leaving her lips as she sat back up properly. But if somepony happened to be good at feeling emotions or something, she'd be an open book with every page reading of her elation. "It's been far too long! I've been doing...well enough. Better now though to be sure." the mare would offer Kahz a wink. "Work has been a little slower these past few...days? Weeks? A lot of the days just tend to bleed together after a little while." When Canterlot wasn't dealing with some wild out there non-sense from Ponyville or the rest of Equestria, the city was frankly a little dull, and it wasn't like she could particularly spice things up there without potentially raising a fuss as well. Yù would casually motion at the seat that Kahz leaned against cheerfully "If you're not terribly busy I'd love if you'd like to sit a while with me. Of course if your hooves are full, I don't mind a bit waiting til after the show. I won't even beg for the Backstage Pass treatment." she would add with a playful wag of her brow and a giggle. "But I wouldn't say no either. How have you been though? Waxing poetic for a moment, life's been a bit less vibrant since parting."
  13. Yù Xīn let out a wistful sigh as she strolled her way through the streets of Las Pegasus. The mare had decided to at long last take another, she felt, well deserved vacation. Work itself wasn't stressful per se, the creatures that came to her for therapy were usually all quite nice. The day job was fine...it was the 'night shift' that was killer. Much to her chagrin she had begun to get used to her work with WRAITH...the pay was pretty good though she did have to admit. The qilin glanced down with a smile at a couple of absolutely gorgeous jeweled bands she'd manage to acquire thanks to the...let's call it supplemental income. Some of her repeat customers were...well, not repeating nearly as much anymore, one has to get bits somewhere when nightmares fade and diets work out you know. One thing that Yù tried to never do was gamble. It was a terrible habit that she knew full well was either running or ruining the lives of some of her patients. Which sure, was a shame, but it also meant they ran up rather hefty bills that took time to pay off. It was a waste of money is what it was. Casinos themselves, however, were interesting. Buffets, enticing lights, music...sometimes other entertainment. It was fascinating to see, even if just to catch a glimpse into the psyche of the ponies that found the thrill of gambling to be such a siren song. It helped her understand them better, for weal or for woe. This fact, coupled with the mistake of deciding to skip out on breakfast at her hotel room this morning, is what compelled Yù to stroll her way into the establishment. And while the prospect of an evening buffet is what originally drew the mare in, the sound of music pouring through the casino drew her attention a touch more than the tone of a grumbling stomach. Something about that voice sounded familiar. But she couldn't quite put her hoof on it...Which was passing strange. Beyond clients and some of those she was forced to work under, she hadn't committed many voices to memory per se. Normally Yù would shrug this off, go find something to eat, maybe something stiff to drink and call it a day. Something was nagging at her though to go and check out what was going down. And boy was she glad she had. Up on stage stood one of the few familiar faces that still brought a genuine smile to hers. 'What are the odds? she'd think to herself as she mad the rest of her way in, taking a seat at one of the unoccupied tables, leaning on a hoof with that smile glued to her face as she listened to the disguised changeling sing. The mare had been certain that karma only wanted to turn around and bite her in the flank, but she must at least be doing something right to be here, right now. She had been certain that the fluttering feelings in her stomach had all been part of the act she always put on for any new handsome face too. So she has been known to be wrong before...
  14. So fabbu~ Thank you so muchly!
  15. 42) Time travel is quiiite restricted, given it was such a difficult spell to transcribe and perform in the first place. One would be hard pressed to duplicated it. 43) I'd wager that alternate dimensions and the like not shown in Show or Comic canon would be more restricted to the AU section 44) Could totally be possible yeah! I think it would be a rather interesting addition to our cycle of events. 45) My guess would be around the south of Saddle Arabia possible, I'll see about bringing up more thoughts on that to staff. 46) Environmental changes are a lot more far reaching than say personal changes for characters or their homes and the like. I'd personally say it'd be a bit pushing it to go as far as that. But theoretically I suppose it could be possible. 47) @Bellosh That one's for youuuuu 48) Theoretically, though Equestria doesn't seem like the kind of place that would do that, at least to me Granted as usual, not endorsed by anyone, just my 2cents and assumptions 😄
  16. Starlight couldn't help but to blush a little and shake a hoof after having sat herself down. "Well it certainly wasn't easy to figure out. For me it takes a bit of...I guess you could call it cognitive disassociation. It's easier to lift something with magic that isn't the source of said magic. So with enough mental fortitude you can sort of...'trick' your magic into believing that you're not the source." the mare rubbed the back of her neck a little and chuckled. "It's not the most eloquent way of putting it, but a lot of magic is mind over matter as we know. So with enough brainpower, nearly anything is possible. Theoretically." Settling in to her new seat, Starlight would continue. "When I was younger I...didn't have any friends per se, long story on that. So a lot of my youth was spent studying magic and perfecting various spells. Levitation was one of the first ones I worked on diligently."
  17. After thinking it over owo I think I'd love to request some love for Trixie's number one fan Limelight!~ I've not got any refs of her yet, sadly, beyond a little Ponymaker Image uwu
  18. Smiling softly, the dragon would wait as Yuè tried to find her words. Àilóng knew full well for a mulititude of reasons, it was difficult for her to be able to celebrate as he was sure she desired deep down. But the answer that his friend had finally found warmed his heart. Yuè was just as sweet as she had ever had been. The Long smiled and nodded his head. "Poetry is only as powerful as the heart put into it. I'm certain the Great Masters would struggle to compare." Àilóng would gently caress Yuè's hoof. "That is why I'm here. To do just that." the king would let that linger in the air as he let his admiring gaze rest upon the mare he cherished so. "Our lantern is nearly finished. Would you honour this sappy fool by sending it off with me?"
  19. The mare listened as Bluebelle recounted her meeting with the girls now. It sounded like they had something in common then, neither being terribly great at making friends. Politely Starlight stiffled a giggle at the caking, though she did crack a playful smile. "It sounds to me like we're both quite lucky to have made a friend like Twilight then." Starlight caught that playful tone and saucy smile and met it with a wink of her own. "Glad to hear that you've been able to make such close friends!" Watching as Bluebelle levitated her plate off to the kitchen, Starlight would tilt her head just slightly. She was versed in magic enough to notice that this was juuust a touch out of the other unicorn's comfort zone but she still managed it quite well, bringing another smile to Starlight's face as she spoke up. "If you're looking for any help with that, I'd be glad to offer. I'm, well. Let's say I'm a little versed in levitation." Innocently whistling the mare would light her horn up, moving herself from one seat to the next. A feat she knew most unicorns couldn't manage. Thank you, Twilight, for that little ego boost then. She wasn't cocky about it nearly as much as she was back then, but she was more than happy to help Bluebelle out with magical endurance. From the sound, her honor guard had the physical endurance covered.
  20. Starlight nodded quietly and smiled at Silverstream, setting about fixing her a cup of tea as the young hippogriff poured her heart out. Passing her the cup, she would take a seat again and listen intently to what she had to say. That feeling of powerlessness, of being strung along by the invisible thread of fate or destiny or karma. Whatever one wanted to call it. Feeling like you had no control over anything, let alone yourself. It was a fear that Starlight herself understood quite well, even more so when Silverstream got to the crux of the issue. A fear that she didn't know how to make friends. Now that is a fear I know all too well." Starlight would say with a sympathetic smile. "When I first started learning about friendship, all I had learned, all I knew about it, I had learned from Twilight. The girls...tolerated me, because Twilight believed in me. And to say things were rocky at the start would be an understatement. I made a lot of mistakes along the way, but things turned out wonderfully in the end." she would say, glancing at a group photo atop a filing cabinet with a warm smile before turning her gaze back towards her young ward. "But I felt a lot like you. If it wasn't for Twilight, I never would have had the chance that I did to make friends with any of them. I felt...fake. Like I only had friends because someone else carried me along that path. I was so terrified inside that I could never make friends on my own. But...I tried." she would say, taking a little sip of her tea before sitting the cup aside. "And you know what?...It didn't turn out perfectly. I met Trixie and we got along great. Twilight didn't trust her yet, but I did...only for that to bite me in the flank...I thought I was so stupid for trying to make a friend on my own." Starlight shook her head and laughed, thinking about that day with a little smile. "You know what I learned? That I wasn't alone in feeling like that. Trixie felt that way too. She never had someone to be her friend, never had someone to teach her how to be a friend." Starlight leaned on her desk a little bit. "No one ever stops learning. But that doesn't mean you can't start teaching. The way to make friends out here is the same is how you made friends in here. By being yourself, taking the risk. Even if you feel like everything was orchestrated for you, you always had the chance to say 'No'. You could have went home, left all this behind. But you took the risk, and it paid off." the mare would motion happily around the room, indicating the academy itself. "Be yourself, Silverstream. The friendly, wonderful, entertaining hippogriff you are. Not everyone in the world can be friends, and sometimes the gamble of making friends may not work out like you expect. But the only failure rests in not taking the risk." smiling softly Starlight would reach out and gently pat Silver's claw. "There's no doubt in my mind that someday you'll be teaching others the magic of friendship better than we ever could. You have more control over your destiny than you realize. All you have to do is reach out and grab the reins."
  21. "Oh I'm certain that the praise is well earned. Princess Twilight doesn't seem the type to sing hollow praise of anypony, least of all her friends." Lián would say with a smile and a nod before addressing Sunset's comment on family with a laugh and a sigh. "Ahh, yes. The Royal Family is what some might consider...excessive in size. Yuè and I have many half siblings, many of whom cause my sister no end of headaches." he would say with a tired roll of his eyes before continuing. "I won't bore you with all the royal politics of it, but needless to say there's a number of our half brothers and sisters who feel more qualified to hold the throne than her. I've told more than a few of them to their face, if that were the case they'd be sitting on the throne." the prince would chuckle into a hoof and nod once more. "Thankfully we have just as many siblings who support Yuè wholeheartedly, even if a few of them are still sticklers for the old ways of doing things." With a smile, Lián would turn his attention to Feng once more. "Never say never~ But, ah! Yes, after Yuè and I attended the Grand Galloping Gala, I stayed behind for a time to be able to deliver the gifts that we had agreed upon to Princess Twilight and her friends. Applejack and her family were kind enough to house me and Si Jin during our stay." Lián's smile would turn towards Yanhua next with a little chuckle. "Nothing to worry about my friend, habits die hard they say. But change is always on the wind. The Apple family has quite a lot of choices when it comes to apples, it's good you came. Feng likely would have spent hours trying to decide~" he'd give a teasing wink over to the guard. ((Sorry for the LONG delay in my reply, anxiety sucks))
  22. Starlight chuckled softly. Stars she was glad that Starlight didn't go into much detail on her! It was one thing for friends to know the sordid details, they were there, saw the growth she had made. But if there had been a file with all of that in there? She'd probably be mortified to death. "Oh! Well I suppose that's in order, sure." the mare would reply with a smile, taking the offered seat with a little nod of her head, it'd be good to learn about the pony who was basically her new boss. "For me there's...well nothing to special to know really! I met Twilight and the girls when they came to Our Town, where I was ah...I guess Mayor you could say." she'd hide a bit of a grimace and continue. "I was in a fairly dark place in my life at the time and had some some. Well we'll just call it a skewed view on friendship because of it. It lead to some disagreements and altercations with the girls. I was jaded to how friendship could remotely be important. And so I went about a petty revenge and tried to drive a wedge between Twilight and her friends..." The mare sighed a little and paused shaking her head and smiling before she continued. "But Twilight never gave up on me! And well, the rest is history I guess. She and the girls taught me a lot about friendship and so has the school." Starlight blushed and cleared her throat a little. "S-speaking frankly, I had thought that I would have been next in line to be Headmare. But, Twilight's always full of surprises huh?" the mare would laugh a little, perhaps a little forced. She'd nod her head though and the smile would return to her face. "But that's fine. She picked you for a reason and I'm sure you'll do a great job!... ...So, how about you? How did you get to know the girls?"
  23. "Please my friends, this is far from the court and I'm far from the Chancellor. At least I would hope so! Ahah, but relax, I'm off the clock. the stallion would reply with a wink to Feng. "As you know I'm not ever far from my most faithful shadow." as Yanhua introduced the fiery-maned mare, Lián would smile brightly and turn to give Sunset a polite bow. "Sunset Shimmer, finally a face to place to the name. Princess Twilight has spoken highly of you during some of our conversations. It's great to finally meet you!" though their conversations may be brief at times, the Prince had been lucky to learn of a great deal of the interesting ponies of Equestria. Heroes, villains, and those in between. He hadn't all the details of course, nor would he ever pry for things as such. "Forgive me for looking a bit...stuffy." the qilin would motion as his robe and laugh. "I fear some of my retinue may have had conniptions if I didn't wear something regal. Next chance I have at a vacation, believe me it's staying home." rolling his eyes he'd smile playfully and glance between Feng and Yanhua. "So I'm guessing...a little celebratory date to get a snack then? I'm glad to hear of your victories, Feng. You do the guard proud." it was Lián's turn to let a smirk play across his face. "Though even if it's not a date I can hardly fault either of you for coming, the Apple family grow some quite delicious apples, and I could hardly return home without at least saying hello after they'd been so hospitable to me in the past."
  24. Àilóng would nod softly as he worked together with his dear friend to piece together the sky lantern. He had to wonder if she knew how he felt. What something like this meant to him. Or if she thought it a simple kindness from one royal to another. Saying it aloud would be so easy, yet what could come of it? Would it be laughter? Dismissal? Disbelief? Disappointment? "And what of you, Yuè? How do you celebrate?" it couldn't be easy for the Empress to celebrate freely, he was sure. What with how difficult it was to even get her to sneak out with him this evening. Had it not been for the nosy Chancellor, would she have? As he pondered this, the glamoured dragon's hoof met Yuè's and he would turn his head away from the nearly completed lantern to gaze into her eyes.
  25. Today was a rather eventful day for the Long Guo Prince. He had managed to sneak away from the majority of his retinue, but knew full well that his ever present bodyguard was watching from the shadows from not far. It wouldn't be long though before, for both her and the worrying guards' sake, that the prince would have to return for their trip back homeward. But no trip to Equestria was complete without a little detour for a snack. Granted, Hēi Lián's sweet tooth was originally leading him towards Sugarcube Corner, a fateful flyer flitting by alerted him to a more interesting opportunity. "Hmm, it has been a little while since I've had the chance to see the Apple family. No harm in catching two birds in one net." he mused to himself before placing the flyer into a pocket on his robe. With an idle little tug to the ribbon keeping his mane up, Lián made his way off to Sweet Apple Acres. After a short little walk the young prince would find what one could only assume to be the line for the sale...given that Applejack was up ahead and the bushels of apples setting about. While he could very well announce himself and make his way to the front of the line, that would A: be completely stupid and rude and B: be something that snooty chancellor would do and the thought alone gave him indigestion. And so politely the qilin would quietly take his place...only noticing the familiar faces in line as he came to a stop. "Well then, this is certainly a surprise." Lián grinned and dipped his head, flicking a strand of his mane out from his face as he stood back up. "Feng, Yanhua! A pleasant surprise on an otherwise rather boring trip. What brings the two of you so far from home, mm?"
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