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Cloudy did agree that cloud machine technicians deserved higher pay. There had been major strikes at the factory over wages when she was still an intern, and they were justified. It wasn't like Cloudsdale didn't make enough to pay their workers, and although repairing a cloud machine came easily to most of the factory workers, it still wasn't an easy job, and when things went really badly, it could require lots of extra time and effort on the part of the repairmen. Of course, there were harder jobs in the factory. Working the lab certainly wasn't stimulating. It had almost driven her crazy when she did it. And while she had never been inside the rainbow factory, she had heard working there was no picnic, even compared to replacing a Neighsa tube.

When she had asked older ponies why the wages were so low, they had replied that it was simply the result of working for a government-run organization. Towns across Equestria didn't pay for rain (they hadn't done that since before the founding of Equestria), so all of Cloudsdale's funding came from taxpayers' dollars. She had supposed that made sense. After all, pegasi alone could control the weather. Charging high prices for such a vital service would be criminal. Besides, she was happy to do the work, and she didn't know anypony at the factory who wasn't, so why should the wages matter?

As far as Windy not deserving bits for the work she did, however, that was a claim Cloudy just had to dispute. "Oh don't be so modest! You do so much more than dance! You inspire ponies everywhere! I've lost count of how many ponies today have stopped us to tell me how much you helped their families or blessed their lives! (Then again, I wasn't actually counting to begin with, but still!) What you do is so deserving of the benefits it affords you! You are by far the kindest and most generous pony I've ever met!"

 

As much as she wanted some more pie, however, she politely refused the offer. "I'd better not. I think that one piece was enough sugar for me today! Hahaha" Her parents had raised her in a minimally-sugar home, preferring to keep their already-hyperactive child from having even more energy than she already did. As such, she had kept a similar diet in her life, though she indulged herself a bit more than her parents let her as a filly. Her parents never would have let her order pie like that on a vacation. At home, perhaps, but they wanted to keep her as calm as possible when they went out.

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~~~Wind Dancer~~~

 

 

Wind Dancer couldn't help but blush quite a bit from the praise that she was receiving as a bit of a bashful smile came into her face. She loved praise just as much as anypony else, but it still has it's effects on her. Plus, whole it was true that she probably more than affected the lives of a lot of ponies at this point, but it still felt like she should be doing more. "I have helped a lot of ponies, but I still don't feel like it's been enough. I'm just happy everypony gives me a chance to help them and make them smile," she said as her last piece of pie was set in front of her, and then was promtly gone. 

 

"Hey! Let's go hot the gift shop before we head to the arena! We should have a little bit of time, and the gift shop here always had some interesting things! Last time I was up here, they had a neat lamp that was a carousel made from clouds! I can't wait to see what kind of stuff they have now!" Wind Dancer smiled as she left some bits on the table as well. "At least let me get the tip," she smiled happily before realizing something... "Oh, I just realized, we've done a lot of stuff that I suggested today... Is there something that you were wanting to do before the jousting matches? I don't wanna make anyone feel like we're only doing stuff I wanna do," she said with a smile.

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"You're so sweet, Windy," Cloudy said in response.

 

As they prepared to leave for the gift shop, Windy stopped her to ask if there was anything Cloudy wanted to do before going to the matches. Cloudy blinked for a moment. "Jousting matches..? Oh! The jousting matches! Of course! Um... No, not that I can think of! I have a list back in my hotel, but having a Las Pegasus native to show me the sights beats anything on there I'm sure! Although, I've heard they recently replaced the Wild Blue Yonder in the Flim Flam Brothers' Casino, and I would like to check that out at some point... But that can wait! I'd love to see the gift shop!" She followed Windy to the front of the restaurant, where they both paid, then allowed her to lead the way forwward from there.

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~~~Wind Dancer~~~

 

 

 

Wind Dancer couldn't help but giggle a bit as over the course of their conversation and lunch that Cloudy had forgotten about the jousting matches. She quickly remembered though after mentioning the gift shop. She also mentioned The Wild Blue Yonder and the new coaster that replaced it. "Oh! I've been on that a couple times myself! We can definitely hit that up after the matches. I don't think we have time to get there and back. Unless you'd rather do that, then we can head that way after the shop," Wind Dancer smiled. 

 

When they entered the gift shop, the shelves were lined with cloudstone statues. They were all shaped like the old Pegasopolis architecture, and several of Commander Hurricane and several other figures of other leaders of the past as well as some models of the Cloudeseum. There were also fliers, banners, and Caesar style dresses and kilts on displays throughout. "Wow, I always forget how much historical artwork they have here. And all kinds of ancient candies to. We should get some of these for the show tonight!"

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Cloudy thought about it for a moment, but then remembered that Wind Dancer was very pregnant (how could she forget??), and that going on a roller coaster was probably not the best thing for her at the moment... She decided to sweep the topic under the rug and hope Windy forgot about it. She could go some other time when no one's unborn child would be at risk. "No, let's go to the matches first. I want to see some jousting!!" 

 

As they entered the gift shop, Cloudy was impressed by the selection. In particular, she admired the cloudstone statues. Cloudstone was tough to work with, and the machines back at the factory weren't equipped to produce it. It was a wonder they were selling it here in bulk! She perked up and turned away from the merchandise to look at Windy when candy was mentioned. "Oh most definitely! The only thing that can make a show better is a snack!" She joined her new friend to select several different varieties. "Do you think they'll sell popcorn there? If not I think I better get some pretzels to balance the sweetness and the saltiness..." she said contemplatively.

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~~~Wind Dancer~~~

 

 

Wind smiled and nodded when Cloudy said that they could go to the jousting first. Truth be told, she was a bit relieved. Sure there roller coaster was actually a bit less intense than her dance routine, but those forces were applied differently, and she didn't really want that many g-forces put directly onto her foal. Still, she would be more than willing to give Cloudy a VIP pass to the coaster, letting her bypass the line. "Thanks, while I love the coaster, the forces that it puts out would put pressure on spots I'd rather not have on at the moment..." Windy admitted

 

She also seemed to be in agreement with getting candy for the show tonight, as well as popcorn if the show had it available. "Oh, there's always popcorn available at most shows. With the exception of the bleacher seats at the Mareage when I'm performing... But that's because the popcorn won't survive past the third song oh the performance. You'll see why when you come tomorrow," she giggled. She then gathered a few scoops of the taffy like candy, as well as some more modern hard candies in assorted flavors and mixed them into the bag. "Alright, that's a good assortment. See anything that you would like? Doesn't have to be candy. Can be a souvenir or anything. My treat, since you bought lunch," Wind smiled.

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