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Zap held a strong smirk across his face as Muziki explained. He was always reminded how entertaining it was to hear Muziki speak. Though the common pony tongue was not her first language, the young zebra could still speak very poetically and affably. "Haha, yeah, like Jack. I need to figure out what to show and tell, though. Will you help me..." Zap's request for help finding a tangible show and tell object was interrupted by Muziki's firm suggestion about the pegasus ponies, and affirmed Zap in question that he would join them some day. Zap puffed his chest and stretched wings as far as he could to show their length. "Oh, absolutely! Ain't no pony going to be a better flyer than me once I'm old enough." Zap was curious as to what Muziki meant by what the pegasus ponies will do later, so he asked in a confident all-knowing way. "Yeah I know I'm going to like what they do later. Have you ever seen the things? The things they do later? And what did you like about it?" He paused. "Also, what did they do?"

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If there was one thing in all of Equestria that was guaranteed to get Applejack's heart racing, it was the thought of her children crying and she would move and earth to ensure it didn't come to pass. That was why, despite the onions sizzling her eyes and causing her lids to puff up and tears to stream down, she took a deep breath and tried to hold her face as still as possible. She wiped her eyes and tried to smile wide. "Mama ain't hurt, sweetie. Don't cry! Mama's okay! See?" She said with a bog, wide, goofy smile, her puffed out eyes causing her no small amount of irritation. "Just...a lot of onions, and onions make a pony cry, see?" She said as she gave her daughter a big, fat, wet kiss on the cheek and tried to make sure no tears were shed by the youngest Apple of them all. After she felt safe in that knowledge she put the cart back on. "Tim' ta go find yer brother. Scan tha skies for yer ol' mom over here, she can't see very good right about now. Ah'll keep mah eyes low. Zap Apple?!"


Muziki was always very interested in how ponies viewed their own abilities and Zap Apple had big views on his possibilities. "Yes, I am sure you be best flyer in all class, yes?" She asked as she thoughtlessly touched his wings. Zebras were very touchy by nature, their culture not giving much priority to the concept of personal space. Or maybe it was just her. "You will be strong and fly really fast!" She said confidently, prancing in place. She loved seeing her friends succeed, or imagining they would, or just saying they would! When he asked what they did she turned around to look at the clouds and started gesturing dramatically "Oh, well, I saw them hitting the cloud with their hooffess like BOOM POOW, and then later they ran around clouds and caused cloud to come together and pushed many clouds away!" She said excitedly before turning around to face him. "Oh! But they save best for last! They-"

 

"Zaaaaap Apple!"

 

"Oh! One of your mama is here. Maybe she give candy apples? Oh! Is she market today, selling apples?"

 

"Muuuuziki, come come now! Wakati wa onyesho!"

 

"Oh! The show! Vunja vijiti, hehehe. Okay, I must be running now. See you later, rafiki yangu!" Muziki yelled waved excitedly at her friend as she pranced energetically back through the crowd towards her parents.

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Ambrosia sniffed, knowing that seeing her tears would make mama cry even if she had nothing else to cry about.  "Mama OK?"  She asked again, softly, managing to smile again at the smile she received.  She giggled a bit at the kiss, but it would be some time before she could bring herself to eat or ask for onions again.
"OK, Momma!"  She called again, eagerly, as she popped up in the wagon, little head scanning the big blue widely like an overclocked Radar.  "Za-AAAP!"  She added her not-so-little voice to the calls of her momma.  Just where was her big brother?

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When Muziki intentionally tugged on his wing a little he flapped them instinctively when she let go. Like most pegasi, Zap did not like his wings being touched. He was generally willing to let his friends touch them on request, but Muziki's forwardness startled Zap slightly. But he smiled. Hearing all the cool things the pegasi were doing made him rear up and start shadow boxing random kicks and thrusts to his sides as if he was doing the cloudbusting she was describing. When she was interrupted, Zap's attention was strung. "W-what happened next!? Um, no she's not sell- she's doing other things, but..."

 

When Muziki's parents called for her, Zap realized he would probably never hear what the pegasi were also doing. In order to give his mind some peace, he suggested to himself that what they were doing involved giving younger ponies on the ground a chance to cloudbust with them. Though, he properly failed to listen to his mother's call, he could not ignore the yelping of his name from his baby sister. He winced and looked around the corner of one of the buildings. He didn't want to reveal himself, but the risk of staying out of sight was probably too much, too early. And anyway, there was a chance he could cut lose if he played by the rules. He stepped out from behind a stationary cart. "I'm right here. Oh! Are the errands down now?" His slow trot dropped into a pouncing stance. "Can I go to the cloudbusting exercise now?"

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Applejack smiled as best she could when she saw her son through eyes that moment by moment a desperate battle between becoming more entrenched in anguish and clearing up. It was one fight she was sure to win in the long term and loathe fighting in the short, but for all that and ten bits more she was happy to have her son back. "There you are, Zap. Havin' fun?" She asked she she picked him up and put him on her back. In time as was custom she was sure he would crawl his way back over her form and into the cart to be by his sister, even as he asked a question. "Not yet. Got a lot of business left ta attend ta!" She said with a self-assured smirk. She knew that was not an answer he wanted to hear but it felt good to slow his roll, at least for now. He knew what the day and di and did not have in store, or at least he thought he did.

 

At least he thought he did. "Oh, by tha way. From one of tha vendors Ah got tha both of you somethin' ta snack on. Blue bag," she said absent-mindedly before remembering that too many bonbons too quickly would ruin plans for later. "One each for now. Save some for later! On to Carousel Boutique!" She said confidently, trying to blink away the pain as bests he could as she trotted gainfully deeper into town.

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Heehee, Zappers was talking to a gi-i-i-rl!  Ambrosia didn't really grasp the full significance of what that meant, and Zap Apple probably didn't either.  He was still smack dab in the middle of the "cooties" phase of intergender relations.  But that wouldn't stop his little sister from teasing him!  "Was the zee-ba pretty, Zappers?"  She gave him a look that suggested butter wouldn't melt in her mouth.

 

At the first mention of bon-bons, though, all delicacy and grace momentarily left Amby, and she revered to her country heritage, diving headfirst into the bag, emerging with a chocolate-smeared muzzle and a happy, full-cheeked expression on her face.  Was that only one bonbon in there?  Who knew?  She wasn't telling.  All she knew was that they were on their way to Carousel Boutique, one of her favorite places in the whole wide world!  She'd cheer- after swallowing her treat.  Don't talk with your mouthful, Rarity didn't like that!

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Zap jumped up at his mother's response, but his flight launch turned into a hop and flutter once the context of his limitations were known and his face fell to learn more errands had to be run. His mother had all the context she needed to satisfy what Zap needed in the moment, not necessarily what he wanted. Ambrosia on the other hoof, was very good at saying the things that not only were not needed, but also not wanted. "What!?" Zap grew defensive immediately. "No she wasn't pretty. I don't even like her."

 

At the mention of a treat, Zap was further from the cart, and therefore incurred a rare loss in a race against his little sister. When he reached in to grab his allowance of a treat, he pulled out one that seemed a little mangled, from Ambrosia's scavenging he assumed. After he bit into it, he was mildly repulsed. "Ugh. Banana flavor."

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The foals were busy with their treat behind her. Thank Twilight that they were doing fine behind her because she had a feeling it was going to be a long day. Never a bad day with family but hard days aplenty. Zap Apple was causing her no short amount of grief. She could raise an earth pony all day long but he so desperately wanted to be like her pegasus mother that there was friction inherent in their day to day lives. He did his chores and she was sure that he would be dutiful when he matured, but she knew in her heart of hearts that his future was in the air. And Ambrosia was young and perfect in every way, but Applejack knew. She knew.

 

As Applejack lost herself in thought she made her way to the Boutique, across the town and through throngs who gave her a confused stare as her eye remain puffed out and red. When she got to the Boutique she unhitched her cart and tried once more to get her eyes in right and proper order and failed to do so. She sighed and shook her head. "Alright you two, give momma's back a break," she chuckled as she made sure to wipe her hooves down. "Be on yer best behavior," she said, knowing it would be ignored a full quarter of the time. She gave the door three quick raps of her hoof, took a deep breath and once again pawed at her eyes.



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"Hello Apples!" Rarity burst out with high energy as the door flew open, the smell of soft fragrances and perfumes slowly overpowering the smells of town life. "Appleja- oh my. Dear, what happened to you eye?" Rarity asked, one hoof up to her chest in alarm. "Ah got a nice chunk of onion in mah eye. A reaction," Applejack replied quickly, making sure to set her friend's mind at ease. Didn't want her thinking Applejack was sick or anything of that sort. "Ahh, I see. Wash up in my bathroom, don't want to see you walking around like...this," Rarity waved her hoof at Applejack, then made way for the mare who trondled up into the shop and up the stairs, leaving the unicorn alone with the two foals.

 

"Well, if it isn't Zap Apple and Ambrosia. I've missed you terribly!" Rarity said as she leaned down and gave them both quick hugs, not mentioning it had only been a few days. She turned around and motioned them in, taking the candy in her magic. "Don't want to leave this out here, now do we?" She trilled in a teasing manner. "Have you two been good for your mothers?"

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Ambrosia had been quivering with increasing excitement as they approached the unmistakeable outline of the Carousel Boutique.  She loved this place!  Not more than home, but it was close.  Within these walls were all the filly frou-frou things her deepest soul desired and felt her destiny among.  She was still some way away from getting her cutie mark, but when she did, she was certain she'd be wearing something from this shop!

 

She lit up as the white unicorn came to escort them in.  "Auntie Rawity!"  The little filly squealed with delight, nodding fiercely as she was asked if she'd been good.  "Uh-huh, uh-huh!"

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