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  1. As Boulder managed to pull up nearby Taira and Applejack, the kirin would smirk back at his words. "I'll have you know..." He called back as his dash snapped branches and scatters a wake of dust behind him, "I'm an equal opportunity tease, Boulder-san!" Taira certainly hoped that he phrasing couldn't possibly be used differently in a separate context and made into something embarrassing. He jumped over one of his friend's namesakes and called back, "Watch your hooves, friend! You too, Applejack!" Boulder's words only emboldened the panting kirin's spirit, "You say that like this is the absolute end! Remember, you're gonna have a couple hungry ponies at your house... especially when I say..." The kirin took in a deep breath, filling his lungs with air and then letting it out in a booming voice that echoed across the track, hopefully reaching a certain pink pony's ear. "PARTY AT BOULDER'S PLACE AFTER THE RACE!" A devious grin was shot the stallion's way before Taira again tried to pull forward, only slowing when he realized that his friend said nothing! A glance backwards resulted in an arch of the kirin's brow. Boulder seemed to be staring at a vacant spot beside him and then tearing up, "You okay, Boulder-san? Look like you might have seen a ghost... well a ghost you must have liked!" Whatever got into Boulder's head clearing lit a fire in him as he worked to come ahead. That smile on Taira's face only got bigger as he watched his friend giving it all he had: It was simply inspiring!
  2. Taira galloped along , his pace still carrying him steadily ahead along with Applejack. He could practically hear the music in his head as the trees whizzed by him and his company. Having boulder worrying about him as he ran on ahead, starting to huff and pant took him back to his past for a moment. Back when the pack would race on he mountain tops Ranu would often pull aside in hunts to check up on him. The sentimentality was starting to make the old kirin a tad misty eyed... or maybe that was just a side effect from the burning sensation in his nose. Either way, he was proud to be run with Boulder at his side. "Nothing but a bit of foul play from a clearly nervous rival whose a bit scared he won't be the talk of the town for a few days!" A glance back would bring those vibrant green eyes of his to lock with Discord's red, "Seems some old mountains are exactly as young as they think!" He would yell back to the dark stallion. With Discord's minion and his dangerous pepper shaker disposed off, Taira could only hope he'd see that wily noodle in pony form climb whatever wall he was hitting. To add insult to Injury he would list off to the side, ensuring that at least strife would get caught in his competition's peppery wake. Even chaos was not above reproach... although you'd think some old spirits would learn that by now! Someone down at the stands had hopped up and was still playing to hype up the racers and possibly the spectators as well. If Applejack strained her eyes she would see a pastel colored kirin in the distance strumming vigorously at what would look to the untrained eye like some sort of long necked banjo! That must have been the kirin's 'pup' as he called him earlier, the little fella clearly had a song in his heart and was eagerly twirling and dancing on the seats where he could get away with it! A snicker escaped the bleary eyed stallion and with a shake of his head to clear his vision he found himself with further resolve. Taira also couldn't help but notice a small brown mare in the distance seeming staring daggers at him while she hoped and jumped around flailing pom-poms about. Seemed everyone had some family in the stands today! Even equestrian heroes had their limits it seemed, poor applejack wound up having to deal with the raccoon's peppery tactics not long after Taira had. Given how much of a toll this race had taken on his nose he still would have told the mare that she got the olfactory easy route through. He was still feeling polite enough to smirk sidelong at her, "Gesundhoof! That's what you say here, right?" A loud snap could be heard as the burly kirin snapped a branch beneath his weight and speed, "Let's hope both of us don't end up needing to share a tissue box at the end of this!" At this point he and Applejack were neck and neck, swapping spots at the lead as if each was taking turns lassoing the other behind the other. Taira may have started to feel the effects of his age,but as far as he was concerned... this was just him hitting his own wall and already he could start to feel the effects of his runner's high. "Hmm... Only waiting until now to name your terms, you're sneakier than I thought!" He snickered deviously as he moved to pull ahead, "You're a farmer right? Well how about if I lose I work on you farm for two weeks. No pay, no guestroom!" And for a moment Taira felt a sort of tension in the air... oh hayseeds: He may have just made a pact if she agreed or altered the terms and then agreed.
  3. That wolfish grin only grew wide on the kirin's face. This was starting to get more and more interesting. Seems that Boulder Dash was stowing away a bit of energy to burn towards the end of the finish line. "Good luck, Boulder-san!" He called out to the flying brick of a race, "... But sadly I'm going to have to dissapoint your kin!" Taira's slipstreaming method seemed to at least carry him this far and gain him rapid ground, and so he would gain rapidly on Boulder with his little orange rival right at his side! The bandit on Taira's head was loving the ride so far! He loved seeing the world and being discord's roguish coonskin cap, but travels through chaosville, while interesting greatly lacked in speed and raw excitement! With the wind whipping his face and his ringed tail flowing in the wind, The bandit could say he felt as if his body was composed of one hundred percent, pure adrenaline! It was a bit of a chore to answer the walkie talkie but he would nod and fulfill his part of the deal. Truly, it was a betrayal for the ages to speak of! Having carried him so far on his back, yet today was the day that the Bandit turned his wiles on his so loyal ride! With the intense rush of speed and wind whipping around him, The Bandit's pepper shaker strategy proved a bit harder to control. He managed to coat the kirin in the spicy black grains, but the scent and particles didn't all cling to the stallion's round rear end... instead they would fall back into his wake and spread into Applejack's as well! Their trailing clouds of leaves,dust and debris now carried a ridiculously spicy scent that burned and tickled the nose of anyone caught too far behind the pair! An itch was starting to form around the Kirin's nostril, his muzzle wrinkling and soon his lips parting as he huffed and puffed in a built to a sneeze. His pace slowed until he fell behind his Orange competitor but a bit of quick thinking save him his spot! As they came to another turn in the way, a rather sharp one, Taira turn his head to face the corner and with another deafening explosion of a sneeze sent himself soaring back towards Applejack and Boulder! He sniffled and wiggled his nose, the old general feeling his real nose threaten to peak through his disguise... He gave a snort and looked up, "After all we've been through, Bandit? I'm hurt! You're no longer 'The Bandit' now! If you're dead set on being on my head... well, lets see how hard you can hang on!" With that, Taira galloped with a great intensity back into the race. This time his speed left the raccoon hanging on for dear life off his horns!
  4. This was a feeling Taira hadn't felt in so very long. Sure he'd had races with Niju, and the pups and his pack back home in the past but this... this was something spectacular. This rush of adrenaline lighting a fire in his belly, the rough pounding of his hooves against the dirt, the feeling of an unfettered advance. There was no way he was going to willingly relinquish his spot at the front! Not without a fight. Boulder, Pinkie, Hawke, Ra-ra, 'dark strife', Fire Walker: all were going to be faces he'd never dare to forget for this wondrous run! Taira was still hoping to see Discord's resurgence behind him, possibly some made dash by a fuming stallion whose body length might have tripled... Instead it was Applejack! Throughout his surging charge a grin was plastered over the kirin's muzzle, it only grew as the orange farmer pulled up alongside him. "Well, Well, Well!" He said with an excited grin and puffing breaths, "Welcome to the final stretch! Gotta say I'm finally feeling the burn from all this!" The raccoon on top of Taira's head looked back to see the massive wake the two racers were producing. Great clouds of leaves, dust and debris trailing behind them. Together these two competitor's wake seemed to produce what looked like a gigantic plume of dust, as if the pair's trail was working to embody this clash of competitive wills! "It'll take more than a tough as nails Farmer to rattle my steps! ... If anything I should be more scared of the 'stallion' I taunted just a moment ago! I'll need to watch my back after this!" Taira had to be careful as he spoke now, with how he was pushing himself he could feel his disguise starting to strain. At the very least he managed to keep his eyes normal... his maw on the other hand was slowly slipping out of his control. He was thankful Applejack's focus was primarily on the road ahead (or so he would assume). If her sharp eyes wandered they may have noticed that the Kirin seemed to have an impressive pair of fangs... was that normal for a kirin? They were part dragon after all! Taira ultimately decided to just keep moving on ahead, if he focused too much on his glamour he'd likely fall behind and this little farmer made him realize just how good it could feel to compete again! He couldn't help but shoot the mare a smirk, "I hope you remember our wager! Once I leave you with a pretty silver necklace, you're buying me a hat!" With that remark he would again attempt to overtake the mare only for his ears to perk at the sound of music coming from the stalls, it had a practically electrically energetic sound and seemingly, he recognized it. He hadn't heard this beat before but it was clearly one meant to get one's blood pumping. Something about it made him grin brightly, "Well sorry, Ma'am! Seems I've got Family watchin' I can't afford to lose now!"
  5. Eventually the Bandit's urging to move along convinced Taira he should heed them. If he'd managed to light a fire in the belly of the god of chaos himself, he wouldn't want to be too close when the bomb that was his resolve went off. Falling back in the running earlier was an entirely purposeful action he'd taken in the hopes he could actually make the run a bit easier for himself. How would letting oneself fall behind in a race make it easier to reclaim the lead one might ask? Well, the answer was simple. Slipstreaming! The kirin pulled on ahead, positioning himself behind those leading the pack. The wake of leaves behind them loomed very close and only grew as the bulky kirin slipped behind the leaders! Being behind these fast moving ponies shielded him from wind resistance and drag, letting him spend less energy that he could use for the final stretch! When one racer in the group came to a turn, Taira would snatch it up to slip into the wake of another competitor! Seemed this old kirin had a few new tricks he was fully willing to strut as he strategically made his moves, gradually coming closer and closer to the front! On top of his head, The bandit was grinning and chittering with glee. The raw speed blasting over him making his cheeks flap and kept his eyes glued open. The Kirin surged on ahead with a delighted grin on his face, "Get Ready for the Right of your life, Ringtail!" FOr a moment he found himself caught back up with the red mare he spoke to earlier, "Best wishes on your big day when it comes! ... And remember! If you ever fight, it's not you against him: It's both of you against the problem!"
  6. Now that was surprising. Taira thought that the little gator might have been stuck thanks to the sap he'd eaten... apparently he just really liked the back of his head. Was there something sweet in his mane? Did some of the sap drip onto it when he wasn't looking? Those were questions for later, "Thank you kindly, Pinkie-san! However this race ends I hope to celebrate with you once it does!" He snickered as he picked up the pace to pull forward ahead of Pinkie and Hawke. Boulder responded to Taira's challenging words just as he'd hoped. The exciteable country stallion pulled on ahead after giving some honeyed words to Taira's pink pony compatriot. The kirin had hoped that he might move along ahead and surprisingly allowed himself to drift behind slightly as the race continued on. There was an opponent in the running he wouldn't let carry on without a bit of fun. Taira sniffed a few times at the air until he noticed that chaotic aroma behind him along with Hawke , "How's the view back there, friends? I trust you'll be more than happy to enjoy it all the way to the finish line!" Taira let himself drift back a bit further until his long banner of tail was left lightly dancing over the end of strife's muzzle before the kirin again picked up his speed, "I'm surprised that a mountain has managed to outpace disorder itself! You'll need to step up your game if you want to win! Just push past that wall before I steal the victory from under your nose!" Taira was entirely expecting some sort of silly comeuppance for taunting exactly who he was taunting who he was taunting... but if he could get a chance to get a leg over Discord himself that was something he could brag about back home! Meanwhile atop his head, The Bandit was looking rather nervous on top of his mount. The raccoon seemingly revving the kirin's horns as if urging him to go faster so he could escape a potential punishment.
  7. A grin spread over Taira's muzzle as he hear the strong gait of a certain country-pony behind him. He was about to try and catch up with Fire Walker ahead of him, but Boulder's arrival bought Pinkie Pie more time to try and get her scaly friend unstuck before his ride would attempt his final dash to the finish line! Another puddle of sap was jumped as the stallion slowed ever so slightly to allow one of the friends he'd made on this route a chance to catch up. "Welcome back again, Boulder-san! Seems those sandwiches are in almost in reach, aren't they?" Taira smirked playfully over to the strong skulled earthpony, "Seems I'll have to stop going easy on you soon!" The sap patches were starting to get fewer and farther between as the group made their dash to the finish line, speed building up and pulling layer after layer off the trees around them! He could only imagine how things must look to the ponies in the stands. "As for where she pulls all those things from? Hm... I'm guessin' she's got some sort of secret compartment in her mane! Maybe you can ask her, in time you'll both in a similar position: Behind me!" Seemed with the end so close in sight, Taira's urge to give some competitive verbal jabs was only growing.
  8. "It's not always like this?" He asked with a puppy like tilt of his head, "I've been having a blast so far! The only thing that seemed suspect was that whole... collapsing cave business... and the weird weather... and the sap... actually now that I think about, this all has been oddly dangerous for a festival!" Taira had let himself get so wrapped up in the fun of the race, he'd let his suspension of disbelief get a bit too loose. "With our luck..." The kirin's statement was momentarily stalled as he leapt over that sap patch she so kindly pointed out. "... There will be a manticore by the finish line, huh." Taira perked up at the mention of the green unicorn back in the race was actually her mate, "Your fiancee? Congratulations! From the sound of it you'll be envied by half the town. Don't suppose I could stop by the wedding could I? I've never seen an equestrian ceremony before. If he's a stallion whose so eager to help out someone in need I'd love to meet him." Needless to say, the kirin's interest was piqued. Her pointing out that this was the 'Home stretch' made him realize he really needed to kick it into high gear soon. He looked over to PInkie beside him and grinned, "Well, I think we both know I can't let her get away with that, Pinkie-san! Think you can keep up the pace and get this guy off me? Are you up to the challenge?" He asked in a genuinely excited tone as he began to pull ahead. As he zoomed on by he smiled at Rara, "You're doing great, Friend! Don't forget about that autograph at the finish line!"
  9. Taira whistled as Pinkie Pie and Coloratura soared overhead! Such ingenuity in a small pink package... he'd have to keep an eye on this one. For now though he was more than happy to just voice his admiration with a whistle, "Pinkie-San! I never knew earthponies could fly!" Noticing the pair of flying equine's trajectory, Taira scooted over to the side to make some room for them. Once they'd landed back on their hooves, the kirin would smile over to the mare. "Sooooo, Pinkie-san..." The Stallion turned around to flash a sly looking smile while the gator was still stuck to his man, "Like the new hat? He compliments my eyes doesn't he? ... Somehow I think he'd look much better in your mane." A deep breath filled the kirin's lungs and he exhaled another stream of mist that stretched out in ribbon's behind him. The streams of minty mists would soon roll up back towards their maker and gently try to tug the gator off his head. Taira flinched as he felt a sting of pain around his neck when he pulled. To absolutely noone's surprise but Taira's, Gummy was very thoroughly stuck in place. With a nervous smile he turned to the pink pony, "Don't suppose you have any methods that get this little guy off me?... preferably not another cannon if you don't mind."
  10. Nice hat? Whatever could he be talking about? Then it hit him, 'Gator couture?" he'd heard that term somewhere before, "Couture... Couture... Oh! Fashion!" Taira turned his head around to try and ask what that had to do with him... but once he head he noticed a tail whipping just out of his line of sight. Now he understood. Gummy was stuck to his mane. Well It's not like there was any safer place to be in this race! Maybe his owner could unstuck the space cadet of a gator from his head. "Thanks, Hawke-san! " He called back with mirthful laughter, "I think he really brings out the color of my eyes! If you get closer maybe you can see it better!" With those competitive words, Taira would run on ahead. The wind behind him pulling leaves off the trees behind him that those ahead of him failed to get. This was really just too much fun! Surging on ahead Taira took notice of that Red pegasus from the start of the race! He pulled on ahead until he was beside her, and eventually just the tiniest bit ahead of her. "Hello again!" He called over in a chipper tone, "You enjoying the race? We're almost to the end right? I hope that stallion from before the mare in the stands were swooning over comes back soon! He seemed like a hoot!"
  11. So far, Taira was entirely in the clear. Nimble sidesteps during his gallop let him surge past some of those ahead of him! The sweet scent in the air was practically intoxicating but with a strong will he was able to push on through and focus on the road ahead. In his efforts to keep avoiding any puddles of sap, the kirin's wake of dust and leaves would be left shifting and swaying behind him as he weaved in between obstacles without breaking his stride. The Bandit was back to holding on to Tai's horn as if he had any sort of control in this situation, Taira wasn't about to rain on a hat's parade. Gummy continued his silent contemplation... at least initially. The spaced out gator would shift and slip his head down while he latched onto his ride's midsection. Gummy left his mouth open as Taira spe along, the creature taking in a big gob of the sap in his maw. Taira's brow arched as he took notice of the gator's antics. A puff of mist burst from the stallion's lips and then slithered it's way around Gummy to push him back upright on Tai's back, "Now-Now! I promised your owner to keep you safe. Stay put will you?" Gummy gave Taira the most spaced out flat look the kirin had ever seen. Not quite sure what to make of it, Taira returned his attention to the race. A second after he'd looked away he felt a strange pressure on the back of his head. The Stallion looked around back and forth, "Gummy?" While not immediately apparent to Taira, any of the other races woudl be treated to the sight of a sticky mouthed gator currently stuck to the foreigner's mane.
  12. While the Joint efforts of Taira and some of hte other races came a bit late to help out some... it turned out the team did at least manage to help 'Dark Strife' out of the caves. Once he was out and Ra-ra and Applejack came around to inform the crew of their efforts, Taira broke right back into his gallop. "Great job, Everyone!" Now with the last pony out they could get back to the fun, "Let's show these leaves whose boss!" Mist evaporated from the arch, removing the support and letting nature take it's course while everyone pushed on with their own. With Gummy on his back, and Bandit at his Horns, the kirin charged forward. All the while he carefully maneuvered himself ahead of at the very least Hawke. He wasn't about to let her use him as a springboard again either, so he put a good degree of distance between him and herself. He didn't allow his mind to linger too long on this silly rivalyry between him and her as the oncoming beauty of the Whitetail Woods soon caught the kirin's attention! Ears perked tot he sound of the birds singing their song... and his nose twitched as he noticed a strangely familiar, sweet scent. Was that honey? No, this was wasn't as sweet smelling: it was sap! It was strange to see just how much of it was flowing. Taira had to stow his curiosity for the most part and try to focus on Dodging these puddles of stickiness!
  13. "Hmmm, The hurricane Taira... I like the sound of that! As for the fox chasing, I actually did! She was a pretty nice one, offered to teach me how to cook!" Taira was just about to make his way up the hill before he felt that landing on his back. If anything he had to admire this griffin's grace... and her guts. Having her so close in proximity to his still itching nose made the stallion freeze in place just long enough for Hawke to make perfect use of him as a springboard! He paused in his run and scrubbed his snout for a few seconds before chuckling, "Clever job, Hawke-san! You've certainly got all the grace that your rear end implies!" Did that come out right? He hoped so. When Pinkie pointed out the collapsing cave mouth in the distance, Taira was already rocketing past the group. That was certainly a Yes to the talk of a truce, even if he hardly considered Hawke as anything but friendly competition. "Since I've gotten away with magic for everything besides racing..." Taira skidded to a halt and took in a deep breath, the stallion's chest practically inflating for a few seconds before he let it all out as a massive cloud of mist that would shift and swirl until it entered the cave mouth and clung to the entrance in an arch, "If either of you have any way to help hold this up I could use the help! S'been a long time since I've had to hold up anything with this spell!" Boulder Dash stopped busting rocks with his head for a moment to watch in fascination as mist suddenly held up the arch ways of the cave exit. "Well I'll be a monkey's uncle! Ain't that purdy trick" he thought as he watched the mist work. However as he heard his new friend call for help, a fire erupted in Boulder Dash's stomach. He scrapped the ground with his hoof and snorted like an angry Bull. Letting out a loud shout he charged forward and pressed his skull right into the stone arch he was holding up and pressed on it with a loud grunt lifting it off the ground with his head, neck, and phenomenal strength. Breathing heavily he turned back to the group and smiled. "As impressive as this all looks I assure ya'll it's NOT as comfortable as you would think. So I would advise you git them moving as fast possible!" he said with a loud grunt. Pinkie was caught up in the cascade of creatures heading towards the cave mouth. As she got nearer she could see Boulder hard at work smashing away as rocks rained down. GULP! Somepony needed to go down there to make sure the runners could get through and that the pathway hadn't collapsed. Or worse yet... what if somepony got hurt down there? "Well...somepony has to do it!"" A hard hat with a light on it appeared out of nowhere atop her head. "And that pony is gonna be me!" Of course, she was hoping it would be more than just her heading into the dark maw that lead to the underground forest. Thoughts of being scared had to be pushed away! This was a call for action! GULP! One more quick gulp to keep the fear at bay and Pinkie pushed the hardhat forward on her head and galloped down into the darkness! Rocks cascading down rang in her ears as she went... "Hope those big guys can hold off a total collapse out there!" She thought out loud as she plunged onward. The griffon couldn't help but to be impressed by the kirin's display of magic. Man what she wouldn't do to have some magic of her own! But now wasn't the time to lament on their lack of magicalness, there were creatures in danger! While Boulder kept pounding the rocks away and Taira held the opening up with an arch of magic, Hawke kept running running around trying to keep the path clear. This race was proving to be more dangerous than probably most racers anticipated, who could have expected a cave in of all things?! And Pinkie was heading in there! Girl was crazy if she thought she was going in along. "Hang on there Pinkie, I'm coming with you!" the griffon rushed in not far behind Pinkie, grabbing one of the magiced torches from its holder to follow along after. "Does stuff like this happen often? Ponyville seems like such a quiet little town." Oooh if Hawke only knew. Pinkie let out a breath she hadn't realized she'd been holding. Whew! She wasn't alone in this! Hawke had come with her! Wow, she was a true friend for sure! "Ponyville may seem quiet buuuuuut," She chuckled absently. "We've got A LOT going on!" Pinkie felt so much braver having Hawke with her! She only hoped Hawke felt the same about having her there! The ground shook underhoof and she started to call out for the runners in the underground caves. "Applejack!?" Deep breath. "Ra-Ra, Chaos pony, Loose Cannon!?" She ran a little further but the fear of the collapsing cave made her gait turn into a hesitant trot. "Where are you guys-guys-guys-guys?" Her voice echoed down the dark pathway. She perked her ears. Was that hoof beats she could hear in the distance? (This post brought to you by a collaboration between, Myself, Rainbowfoxxy, Dubstep, and Dashman562! Now back to your regularly scheduled posting.)
  14. With the realization that his companion was still rather rattled, Taira instinctually gave Blueblood another nuzzle to the cheek. "Sorry about that, Blue-san..." The kirin rubbed at his nose again and then looked back up to the handkerchief, "I'd be happy to make use of more of your hoofkerchiefs, but that one is the first you gave me! It's special." Taira sniffled a moment as he watched the Road. He could see some carriages going in opposite directions across the street. If Taira waiting a couple seconds longer he could... Taira assumed a ready position and would then jump up and on top of one of the carriages. It was a strongly built one, considering ti held him and he didn't wind up just crashing through the roof of the thing and on top of the two richponies inside. He waited a few seconds and then jumped again on another, taller carriage crossing the street and then onto a nearby in a show of agility. One last leap took him to a fire escape on the building opposite the street, where his kerchief now dangled in the wind. A strong breeze almost snatched it up, but the kirin was quick enough that he snapped it up in his jaws. "I got it!" He called down to his friend before leaping down back onto the street, "See? Told you I could get it!" For such a sturdy looking kirin he was certainly light on his hooves. When he got back down he was already making use of the cloth, "Hmm... Well, now that you mention it... I've been curious about that magic school place since I stopped by. It seemed pretty lively when I walked by earlier today."
  15. Taira had already failed in passing as just an average everyday, dog... no reason to prolong his faulty charade. The wolf heaved a small sigh, "... Um... how did I get here? More importantly why am I here?" Ears twitched and shifted as the older noblepony pat his head. Lucky for the elder Psmith, Taira wasn't at all aggressive: Only confused by what had happened. A couple sniffs made the wolf realize the bizarre magic behind him. Well, the magical being behind him. Discord, the myth made flesh. There were stories of him back in Neighpon that survived even in his old pack when it was large. Rumors abound of the chaotic being responsible for the very existance of Yokai. If that were true, this was perhaps the most awe inspiring moment in Taira's life: Not to mention humbling. That all depended on whether or not it was true though. He would save the questions about his existence for later on. "... A reward from the princesses? ... Hm." The wolf on the table brought his paw to his muzzle and scratched it in contemplation, "Being owed a favor from a pair of the most influential beings on the modern world could be very useful. I might be in... if I at least know what I'm looking for."
  16. With things seeming to calm down, Bevel decided she could use a bit of a break on the cheering. The inventor reached into her saddlebags and pulled out a bottle of water to hydrate herself, cheering could sure take it out of you. She could only flush a bit at the kiss to the cheek, the surprise of it sending errant breath down the wrong pipe and leaving the mocha colored unicorn hacking and sputtering. Hooves scrambled for for a kerchief she could cough into while the aspiration took hold. Eventually through a tear or two she managed to catch her breath again. "Do you have to surprise me like that all the time?" She asked with a huff, "I mean the princesses are here after all." Yama would tilt his head and wiggle his ears as the yak girl gave her opinion on the treat she'd been given, "Hmmm... " The blonde kirin would sniff a couple times at the air and then grin, his tail beginning to wag behind him, "Smells really sweet!" He couldn't help but notice that little twitch in the salespony's smile. Was there a better way to cheer her up beyond becoming her next customer? Well if there was, Yama sure as hay couldn't think of it! "Can I take a smallish bag?... actually make that a medium sized bag? I wanna share some when the one I'm cheerin' for gets to finish line!" Thankfully, Yama had managed to get some coin by playing in Ponyville square earlier today! For a couple seconds, The gold coated foreigner was left staring over at Luna and Celestia. He'd seen the sisters in art and sculptures in his travels, but never in the flesh. The art hardly did them justice. It also didn't seem to properly encapsulate their harmonious magical aura. His ears swiveled in Twilight's direction, shortly followed by his head. "You're a princess too?! Does that mean you're gonna grow super tall like them?" He asked with a certain naive bluntness in his voice, entirely good natured but not terribly wary of the idea of tact in such an odd situation. "No need to worry about offendin' me, Twilight. ... er, sorry, Princess." He would turn the instrument on his back around on it's harness and carefully begin to tune it, "Besides! I'm planning to play somethin' instead of cheer. " With a nimble leap to an upper bleacher, Yama twirled in place and gave the instrument a strum that seemed to carry across the bleachers. He would smile down to Twilight, "I'm gonna play a tune to show my support!" Teeth clenched as Yona bellowed out another cheer! A chuckle came from the foreigner as he rubbed a hoof to his ear and then pointed to the yak, "You! Have you ever thought of singing? With that volume you could be an amazing opera singer! ... or whatever genre ya like!"
  17. Taira snickered in Boulder's direction, "Don't give me the credit, The bandit's to blame for this one!" A proud chitter of affirmation came from the the critter on Taira's head. As Boulder tucked in an rolled all the way down the hill! Now that was inventive! If Taira wasn't carrying his passengers he would have given it a try. For now he was content to watch with a delighted smile as Boulder's strategy came to fruition... up until the point when he landed right beside him on his noggin. Ouch, that must have hu-- "I'm ok! I landed on my head!" Of course, Boulder was fine. Taira was ashamed he'd ever questioned that this pony's skull could be beaten by something so feeble as a hilltop. Taira broke his stride a moment to help Boulder back up, "You''ll have to teach me that sometime! I know a trick sort of like that although it's not so much meant to plow through earth as gently." He pulled the muscular stallion back up with a slight groan of exertion. Once he got Boulder up he would sniffle and wiggle his nose at the added dust his friend introduced to the air. Thankfully the kirin's hoof managed to spare the country stallion from a sudden flight over the hills, "I'll find one at the finish line, Nothing the occasional sniffle won't fix. Besides, by the end I bet we'll both be goin' so fast none will see." As Pinkie and Hawke bounced on by, Taira resumed the run without missing a beat. He shot a smile up at the bouncing pony, "It's 'The Bandit'... right, Little guy?" Another chitter in the affirmative came from the former hat. Eyes scanned Pinkie's movement's along with Hawke's, perhaps lingering a tiny bit too long on the flanks of both before he began to try and imitate it! As Taira floated in the air for a few moment he would ponder Pinkie's question, "Hmmm It's been a while actually since anyone called me them! Long while back people would call me 'The General' , before that there was... scruffy, layabout, fox chaser... Y'know what? Sneezemaster is fine." He chuckled softly as he began to come down, ears perking at Hawke's remark. "What if I don't roll at all?" He asked as he again slid his way down the other side of the mountain and transitioning into a gallop in the hopes of keeping himself ahead of the playful griffoness, "And if you don't want to be caught in the next wind, should have stayed behind me!"
  18. About three sneeze over several mountains Taira would cough for a few seconds and shake his head when The Bandit moved to begin another tail whipping, "Oi! I think I've earned a break. Do too much of that and I'll be too out of breath to make it to the finish line!" With a chitter of Confirmation and a bit of a huff, The bandit stopped. Taira sniffled and let out a chuckle, "Trust me, Little guy. You and gummy will be in for the ride of your lives come the end of this. I guarantee it." Coming up to another hill, Taira glanced back to see the impressive bouncing of miss Pie and Hawke, "Nice form, you too! Don't suppose you could teach a big fella like me how to hop like that?" He honestly didn't expect that his competition would be so eager to share their secrets so soon, but it never hurt to ask for a more efficient method. Another burst of strength up the incline carried him up to the top where he charged on forward and again slid his way down. This was just phenomenal, it'd been years since this old 'kirin' had so much fun in a race. Maybe he could organize something like this back home, goodness knows the mountain could stand to be livened up a bit. He could see it in his mind now, maybe he could plow some of the old paths, pull some weeds up off the way. He'd need more than just his family to race though, all thoughts for later. "And please don't call me "The Sneezemaster"! I've got plenty of other titles and believe it or not, that is probably the least inspiring!" He called again over to Hawke and Pinkie.
  19. A couple sniffs could be heard from Taira as he began his ascent up the next hill. He'd know that super sweet, bouncy (Don't ask how he could describe a scent as bouncy), candy tinged smell anywhere and so did the gator on his back! Gummy would look back over to Pinkie, probably communicating some strange garbled message only he and his owner could understand. Taira in the meantime would build up some speed and hop over the top of the next hill and make use of his airtime to wave over to the pink racer then would speak up in that booming voice of his as he slid down the slope, "I see you took the high road, Pinkie-san!" The bandit climbed up Taira's neck and would wrap his paws around his horns as if riding one of those... contraptions Taira saw some neighponese ponies riding across polohama, what were they called? He recalled once he saw a rather intense game of cards being played on them. He didn't let his mind wander though as the raccoon pointed forward. He only looked up at the creature and let out a snort and a smirk, "Seems this one would have liked that I took the low road to maintain the speed rush! With any luck though, We'll reach the finish line before all o' the competition! Like that song from Fet-loch! Gummy's safe by the way!" On his back, The bandit seemed to be planning something. He'd not gotten to go this fast on the old head he rested on! He had a burning need for speed and thrills and he must act on it. These hills were in the way of that desire. Idly he would play with the stallion's mane, one tug made his head reflexively tile down, Taira's quick response bringing the bandit back up and saving him from a tumble on the road. A devious grin spread over the raccoon's face and he pulled himself further along the Kirin's neck. Taira's brow arching as he felt the raccoon shift on top of his head, "Don't tell me you're missing being a hat already, Little gu--" Taira's word's caught in his throat as The Bandit began to wave and flick his long, ringed tail back and forth across Taira's nose. He'd Just started galloping at full force to get up this next incline but... now as his body's reaction took over, "Heh! Ih-GEH... HEH!" The stallion gasped desperately and just as his passenger's nasal assault ended he would yank that spot on his mane, making the kirin's head bob down sharply as he let out another thunderous sneeze beneath him. In a massive plume of misty magic, Taira was left soaring through the air in an arc over the incline of the next hill! Tai rubbed at his snout in freefall than glared at the racoon on his head and let out a mirthful chitter, "What was that fo---" As he saw the distance he made in that sneeze he would grin at the racoon, "Oh-ho! I get it... The bandit, you're a genius. Keep up the good work... and cut out the mane yankin'. Hangonwhere'sgummy?" A soft thump on his rear-end made him sigh in relief, "Oh there you are! Hang on tight, Gummy!" (Tai's crazy plan: Sneeze his way across the hills! Two at a time!)
  20. "So long as the ponies who made that mistake on the weather earlier weren't in charge of laying out the lamps down below... I'm sure they'll be fine!" Taira slowed his pace ever so slightly and used a bit of his strength to ascend the steep incline, "... Besides they've got a hero with them, don't they?" He gave a nod in the direction of a certain orange farm-mare. Strong hooves carried him up all the way to the top, until he slid his way down the smooth slope. A small cloud of dust trailed behind him as he rode his momentum to the bottom, some of it cause both gummy and The Bandit to sneeze. He had to admit that the prospect of spending so much energy on doing this on all the hills ahead didn't sit well with him. The kirin's stride didn't break, but he did find himself trying to ponder a useful strategy that might carry him Further along and with less work... preferably something impressive. He turned to his running companion, "Don't suppose you're strong enough to bust through boulders -and- hills, are you? They barely slowed you down before!"
  21. Finally passing through teh ravine portion of the course, Taira trundled forward with a smile. Gummy and the bandit were still secure on his back, bouncing ever so slightly as he galloped, "We're makin' good time, Guys! If I've got anything to say about it I'll be introducing you to some family when we finish... I think Pinkie'll like meeting Yama." Was he really talking to a raccoon and a gator? Well this wasn't unprecedented, Taira had been alone on a mountain for ages with no one to talk to after all those ponies left for the city. Spending time with animals was his best way to cope with the bouts of loneliness. Around the next turn, Taira would lean off on the speed. He allowed himself to fall back into the rest of the group of racers, careful not to let his own personal wake of leaves bother them too much as he listened to their thoughts on how to proceed. Looking ahead, there was a series of inclines and declines as the forked path turned to hills that could potentially damage his stamina unless he figured out a clever way to get past them. Down below there was a dark overgrowth of forest trees and foliage, he could trace the scent of lamp oil burning on the wind so the ponies must have set up something to let the racers see down there. Seems Applejack and company were likely going to take the dark route from what he could make out. Glancing back to his passengers he couldn't help but think about his promise to that pony shaped ball of energy: Keep her gator safe. If he was going to be mostly shrouded in darkness he could hardly keep an eye on her pet! He had enough stamina to make it past these mountains anyway... probably. A mountain w--kirin was bound by his word and so he used that to move towards the hills! He turne to the country stallion, "Think youve got the willpower to follow me through the hills? Best way is to use a bit of your strength climbing and let gravity carry you on the way down, friend!"
  22. "Oh now if that doesn't sound relatable... I've already got pups of my own, but back when my folks still lived with me they would tell me about how much I needed to have them. In hindsight I wonder if they were right, seeing how things turned out on the whole." Taira's gait slowed down ever so slightly as a sad look came to his face, "Bah! No point thinkin' about the past though, Boulda-san! Gotta think ahead don't we? ... in the direction of the finish line!" Picking up speed again and pulling a great deal of leaves behind him in his wake Taira would smirk towards the country-stallion, "Don't get too distracted with pretty faces though! They might cost you your place if they figure out how to catch your attention!" Suddenly Taira felt his nose twitch! Thankfully it wasn't the itchyh kind of twitch that he'd felt when Hawke was ahead of him, this was him reacting to a very familiar scent on the wind. He tilted his head high and sniffed rapidly at the air before her brightened up. "Oi, Boulder-san? I don't suppose you'll have enough sandwiches for three mouths will you? Seems there's someone special waiting for me at the finish line! I can't wait to introduce 'em to you!" Taira's excitement resulting in that big banner of a tail wagging with glee as he charged on ahead, incidentally widening his leaving wake noticeably and kicking a thick cloud of dust on those behind him for almost a minute before he realized his mistake! With an embarrassed chortle he would yell back in that booming tone to the back of herd, "Sorry about that!"
  23. From the album: The Character Corner (Color!)

    Just your average everyday traveling musician!
  24. Those riffs Bon-bon imagined weren't at all in her head, a strange kirin popped up behind her and played the electric riff on... a neighponese fiddle? That had to take some talent! The pastel colored stallion continuing to provide an subdued rocking soundtrack for Bonbon's salesmareship. This Neighponese visitor had come around in the hopes of cheering on none other than his dear old dad! He knew he felt someone familiar in town and the sound of a monumental sneeze somewhere on the track made him realize exactly who it was. Once Bonbon hopeful acquired her next customer he would cheerily strum away, the sound of electric guitar buzzing away until the shamisen in his hooves gave off it's natural sound. With a floaty bounce he hopped and landed safely on the bleachers beside Twilight and Yona, "Afternoon! I'm Yama, it's fantastic ta meet the all of you today! Who are you lovely mares and cows cheerin' for today?" The stallion winced as a brown mare down the way pulled out a megaphone and shouted out... "DISCORD, DISCORD!" The kirin chuckled, "Guess we know who she's rootin' for, huh?" Bevel hopped and danced across the bench until she huffed and puffed. The energetic inventor soon flopping down beside starlight, "Do you think he can hear me?" She said, out of habit into her megaphone... and then slowly lowering it with an embarrassed smile on her face, "Um... Sorry."
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