[Stalliongrad]The Clockwise Pony[Invite-Only]
Posted 10 July 2012 - 02:33 AM
The clock had broken several nights ago when he had dropped it into a puddle of water, and he had been trying to get the intricate gears inside working every waking hour since. He continued to fiddle with it for a good hour before he shoved the tool into the gears a bit too hard, causing a spring to bounce out of the watch. Sighing in frustration, he dropped the device, causing even further damage to it as gears spilled out, completely ruining the device.
"Well. That's just... fantastic."
He began to slowly gather up the broken pieces of the watch, grumbling to himself in frustration.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 03:24 AM
Her life was currently in something of a whirlwind. The uncertainty of the Trans-Equestrian Railroad project hung over all of her company, Northern Storm Industries, business. While her trip to Appleloosa had left her optimistic, the scope of the project and the money involved made for an unwelcome heaviness to it all. Even more so though, her concerns were with a certain other for whom she had the deepest of feelings pegasus who was currently entangled in an undertaking that could very well prove fatal.
There wasn't much that could allay all of her feelings, but a flight through Stalliongrad certainly helped, and there was no better place in Stalliongrad than Rasya. It was one of her favorites of the city's many districts. With all its numerous and colorful vendors and small shops, the Artisan District just had a lot of character. It was the kind of place that always offered new surprises each time she went, often when she wasn't even looking for them. Of course, it was even better during the day, when all of the shops were opened... but for a pony as important as her, getting away from Ostrov during the day was a bit of a struggle.
The white pegasus flew low over the streets of the district, her powder blue mane tied up, wearing a nondescript dark coat and dark glasses. She wasn't really looking for anything in particular, just something to keep her attention. Eventually, the pegasus mare found just that. Her eyes found a glint as something fell out and rolled toward her. Looking down at it, it seemed to be a broken watch. Or the case of it at least, as most of the gears and springs insider had since evacuated. This caused her to stop and look over into the alley where she found a young unicorn standing, looking dejected.
"A pity," she said as she picked the watch up carefully to hand it to him. "It looks like a fine piece. I wonder if it can be fixed?"
Posted 10 July 2012 - 03:43 AM
"Mm? Oh yes. Very fine. Very nice machinery and all..." he said, inspecting the broken parts, sighing. "I probably could fix it myself, but not in these conditions... I have no tools except this-" he lifted his screwdriver using his horn, "- and it hasn't proven useful in the slightest. Ah well. I suppose its a lost cause."
He sighed again, looking up from the watch to the Pegasus, and then back to the watch. "I suppose I'll have to dispose of this... mess."
Posted 10 July 2012 - 03:52 AM
"Watches are a delicate craft," she said with a steady nod. "Machinery in general is tricky. I deal with it constantly and yet my understanding remains fairly rudimentary at best."
The pegasus gave a small laugh followed by a slight nod. "You say you actually understand the mechanics of the thing? That's quite impressive for one still so young."
At the suggestion of throwing the watch and its parts out, Snowfall had to frown slightly. "Are you sure? If you're so confident you can fix the thing, I'd like to see it. It would be my pleasure to buy for you any tools you may need for the job."
Posted 10 July 2012 - 04:22 AM
Sparks smiled. "And... well, if you really are willing to supply the tools, as well as a rudimentary place to work, then I'd love to fix it. Unfortunately, I do not have anywhere to work... I am, unfortunately... erm, homeless, so to speak."
Posted 10 July 2012 - 04:42 AM
"That's truly unfortunate," she said, sighing noticeably. "But I am still interested. It's somewhat rare to find young ponies with love and talent for such things, no matter how rough that may be... and for a pony in my position such ponies are something of a commodity."
"Finding a tool shop open at this hour may be a struggle, but my offer remains to pay whatever you need," she said nodding. "As for your place to stay and work, I'd be willing to pay for a room at an inn of your choice so long as you need to complete the task."
Snow smiled. This was probably starting to seem kind of silly. Between the cost for the tools and the inn room, one could buy a watch in working order. Snowfall wasn't very interested in watches though. She was more interested in this colt and the look in his eyes. Perhaps she had just stumbled upon what one day might be a valuable asset.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 04:53 AM
Sparks smiled. "I suppose we should go tool shopping then, eh? I know exactly what I need!"
Sparks paused for a moment, thinking. "Oh right! I nearly forgot. My name is Gears Clockwise. But, please, call me Sparks. And yourself?"
Posted 10 July 2012 - 05:04 AM
"It's nice to meet you Sparks. You can call me Snow," she said kindly. She opted to give her nickname, as her name held a certain weight to it in Stalliongrad; he may know it, and depending on what if any newspapers he read, he might already have some preformed opinion of her.
She nodded to the colt softly before continuing to speak, "You know a shop that might sell such a thing at this hour? If so, lead the way and I'll be delighted to follow you."
Posted 10 July 2012 - 05:21 AM
Sparks was a bit surprised that a random stranger would be willing to help him out, particularly in such a big way. He couldn't help but wonder if Snow had some sort of ulterior motive in helping him out, but he decided not to question it for now.
"As for a store that is still open... There is a toolshop that should still be open. It isn't far from here, about a block or two."
Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:08 AM
She followed alongside the colt closely. While they walked, she throught up something to ask him. She wanted to know more about this potentially interesting colt. How did he become homeless? Where was his family? There were many thing to ask, but most of them seemed far too intrusive. She didn't want to come off as pushy or nosy. She needed to respectful. It seemed the best idea was to stick to his knowledge and just go from there.
"So, tell me the, Sparks, are watches all you know, or do you have experience with other types of machines as well?" she asked, tilting her head in curiosity.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:21 AM
Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:35 AM
Smiling, the pegasus added, "Clockwork is a fascinating thing, I think. Depending on the size and configuration of the gears it can be applied in so many ways... and when combined with other burgeoning technologies out there, I can only imagine what the future has in store for us. The applications are surely limitless."
She gave a small laugh and shook her head. "So, if you don't mind me asking, how did you get interested in clockwork? Or was it just by the virtue of the gears already being in your name?" she asked, hoping it wasn't pressing things too hard.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:41 AM
Posted 10 July 2012 - 07:06 AM
"If I may be so bold enough to ask, why did that arrangement come to an end?" Snowfall asked, trying to be as polite as she could with the phrasing.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 04:24 PM
Posted 10 July 2012 - 09:20 PM
"A terrible thing. I'm sorry to hear that," Snow said, nodding. "Having to survive on your own can't be very easy."
The colt looked to be a number of years past the age when most get their cutie mark. She supposed he could have just been very late to get his, but more than likely that meant he had been on his own for a long while now.
"I know you likely doubt yourself over what happened, but despite the unfortunate results, personally I think you are right to want to innovate and repurpose your craft," Snowfall said. "Ingenuity is what keeps us moving forward. Even if it's unpolished and in some cases volatile, if guided and honed an ingenious spirit is a rare and valuable thing."
"I must however ask what you were meaning to do when you exploded your father's clock lab? There isn't much that comes to my mind when I try and think up things made from clockwork that can result in an explosion of that size," Snow said, shaking her head. "Though perhaps I am just lacking when it comes to the creative flair and spark."
Posted 10 July 2012 - 09:29 PM
He paused for a moment, obviously trying to figure out a way to change the subject, before looking up at a nearby building. "Oh look! It would seem that we are at the shop! Heh, almost missed it. It has been a while since I've been able to actually afford anything, and the owner doesn't appreciate so-called 'beggars'- regardless, shall we go inside?"
Posted 10 July 2012 - 09:37 PM
"I apologize for all the questions. I don't mean to pry, but at the same time the flow of curiosity is a hard thing to stem," she said as they stopped in front of the shop.
"But yes, let's go inside," she said, nodding as she reached out to open the door with her hoof and stepped into the store.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 10:10 PM
"So, should I just grab what I need and you'll pay for it? I promise it won't be too much."
Posted 10 July 2012 - 10:24 PM
She nodded and let the colt go off to find what he needed. She began to look around the shop herself to pass the time. It was a nice tool shop; good size, good selection. Snowfall didn't know what everything on the shelves was exactly, but she did see at least a few parts and components branded with the NSI company logo, which made her smile slightly. After looking around a while, she drifted back toward Sparks.
"Are you finding all you need?" she asked.