Post by Trixie Lulamoon on Feb 21, 2015 17:04:24 GMT -6
So the mare wasn’t from Equestria? That…well, that made some of her earlier comments a little more understandable. At least if her moving to Equestria was rather recent. Still, she was an adult with access to news so Trixie didn’t feel like she had that much in the way of excuses. It was enough, however, for Trixie to lighten up just a little bit on her. But just a little: she did destroy her bedroom after all, and until that was rectified Trixie felt it only reasonable to maintain “tolerating” as the maximum level of liking her.
”So you’re not from Equestria then? Where’d you come from?” Trixie asked, finding that the more interesting thing to ask about than about water magic. Not that anything was wrong with elemental magic, and it did explain why she was the one to be poking around with the castle’s water, but it wasn’t of much interest to Trixie.
It was about that time, then, that they found the library. As she was in the lead, Trixie politely held the door open for Dewdrop. Although the politeness in this regard was mitigated by the fact that since Dewdrop knew where the book was she had to take the lead anyway.
"Oh, I'm from Equestria!" Dewdrop Dazzle hastened to assure Trixie,"I mean, I was born here like everypony else. But when I was just a little filly, my parents decided to take up a Cause, and we started traveling to other countries, poor countries, doing what we could to help. You know, Zebrica, Saddle Arabia, the Griffon Kingdom... Places like that." The mare glanced quickly at Trixie and decided that this Student of a Princess wasn't likely to be interested in a story like hers. "Anyway, I haven't been back in Equestria long, just a few months."
When Trixie held the door open for her, Dewdrop looked a little surprised at first. Trixie seemed like a Very Important Pony, if her attitude was any indication, never mind having a suite of rooms in the palace and being a Princess's student. Service to herself was startling, but, rather than making an issue of it, she gave the unicorn a grateful smile and a slight incline of the head, acknowledging the favor.
It was Dewdrop's turn to become enthusiastic, once she was in the library. Her head went up, her posture improved, and she looked around keenly, getting her bearings. "Lets see... I'm pretty sure the shelf it was in was on the second floor, close to the balcony..." She murmured, trotting quickly to a set of stairs and practically skipping up them, two at a time. "Not this shelf... or this one... maybe that one... One of these two!" she announced. "I know I saw the spell in Wheatley Wicker's Spells for the Serious Scholar."
Post by Trixie Lulamoon on Feb 23, 2015 9:40:43 GMT -6
Trixie was tempted to ask about what cause, but she honestly wasn’t that concerned. Still, the stories about the places Dewdrop went to could be rather interesting. Trixie liked to consider herself well-travelled, but she had honestly never once stepped one hoof out of Equestria. Hmm, maybe if Luna had to go visit a foreign country for diplomacy or something she could convince the princess to let her go with her? Trixie put that thought in the back of her mind for something to ask her another time.
”Hey, that sounds pretty cool. So, uhm…does Saddle Arabia actually have magic carpets and stuff or is that only in stories?” Trixie asked as she opened the door for Dewdrop. She figured it a legit question because come on, who wouldn’t want a magic carpet? Well, pegasi probably didn’t care because they could fly already, but that didn’t ruin the heart of her point.
Before they could converse too long, however, Dewdrop bounced off in search of the book with an enthusiasm that once again made Trixie wonder if she was in fact Twilight in disguise. While anxious, Trixie herself did not share in the enthusiasm and made her way up the stairs after the mare. From the sound of things, however, it seemed that Dewdrop may not exactly know where this book was they were looking for. Considering every moment they were in here meant increased chance of mold or some other nasty thing growing in her room, Trixie wasn’t patient.
”Couldn’t we just go use the card catalogue or whatever to find it? Probably faster than going through all the rows in the library.”
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"Sure, if you think it'll be quicker," the other replied, cheerfully enough. "The card catalogue is right over... Oh, nevermind! Found it!" Dewdrop slid a dusty red tome out from the shelf she was looking at and floated it over her head triumphantly. "Good old Wicker!" she announced, as though she knew him personally. "Do you have the books with you? You can cast the spell right here and now if you do. Otherwise we can just take it back to your rooms and do it there while I clean up."
Dewdrop spoke as though of course Trixie would be doing the actual spell. Why not? She was, after all, being personally mentored by a Princess, right? She was, after all, one of the best illusionists in Equestria, right? Granted, this magic wasn't in the least related to illusion, but such a skilled unicorn should have no trouble at all with such a simple spell. It would be too presumptuous of Dewdrop to offer to cast it for her. She wouldn't insult Trixie by the suggestion! So she floated Spells For the Serious Scholar over to the showmare and waited for her to take it.
Post by Trixie Lulamoon on Feb 24, 2015 23:19:33 GMT -6
Well, so much for the card catalogue. Still, the book was found, and that was all that mattered to Trixie. Of course she hadn’t brought the books with them because why would you carry around a bunch of wet, sopping books? At least it was an easy fix of just walking back to the room. Grabbing the book with her horn, Trixie quickly tried to figure out what to do. On the one hoof, she felt like “duh, of course I could do it” would be the best response. Sure, such spells weren’t in her normal realm of illusion, but she knew non-illusions too. On the other, if she messed up and destroyed those books, Luna probably wasn’t going to be happy. Pride vs desire to keep Luna happy: it was not a good day to be Trixie’s psyche.
But, for today at least, Trixie didn’t want to give Dewdrop the satisfaction of possibly questioning her magic. She had just been on Trixie’s annoyance nerves long enough for a small desire to be spiteful and petty at least a little bit to sink in. So, in the end, Trixie’s pride won out.
”Right, I’ll work on fixing the books and you work on de-flooding my room,” she said, securing the book in telekinesis behind her as she started making the way down the stairs.
Since it was a bit of a walk back to the room, Trixie figured she’d at least attempt some chit chat. She was at least somewhat curious about the water magic. Trixie’s mind could already start thinking about some ways to incorporate water into an act…or at the very least have a lot of fun at the beach.
”So then, can all you do is find or move water, or was there any kind of neat tricks you could pull with it?”
Dewdrop Dazzle followed The Great and Prideful Trixie down the stairs, completely oblivious to the unicorn’s inner struggle or indeed that she had created one. After all the bragging Trixie had been doing, and the apparent value she placed on the books, it only seemed right and proper that she would expect to be the one who cast the ‘Reference Restorum’ spell. She’d probably be afraid of Dazzle messing it up, though Dewdrop would have insisted, had she known, that it was a simple enough spell for anypony to cast!
She was surprised then, when Trixie brought up what she could do with water, although she really didn’t care for the unicorn’s slightly dismissive tone when she suggested it might be all she could do. Was she trying to be insulting? It was really hard for the aquamancer to tell. Trixie’s voice had a sort of quality, in her mind, that would sound a little snubby and sarcastic no matter what she was talking about. But perhaps that was just the impression their rocky start had given her.
”There are other things I can do with water, although I don’t know if you’d call them tricks,” Dew replied, just a trifle sulkily. ”I can teleport long distances from one body of water to another, as long as I know where I’m going. I can cast a spell to allow myself and others to walk on its surface. I can make dirty water clean again, make it glow, change its color, shape it and play with it, create whirlpools, bubbles of breathable air under the surface, make it show visions- Is that the kind of stuff you mean?” she asked, trying to think of all the ‘trick’-y applications she knew so far.
Post by Trixie Lulamoon on Feb 25, 2015 23:22:17 GMT -6
Trixie was slightly confused as Dewdrop sounded like she was insulted at least a little. Maybe “trick” hadn’t been the best word to use, but it was natural for Trixie. She had been a showmare after all; all her magic worked within the framework of “tricks”. Still, spell probably would have been a better word to use now that she thought about it. Oh well, it seemed that Dewdrop wasn’t exactly too hurt by it.
Thinking through what she said, Trixie started to compare what she could do to this mare’s claims. Coloring and making it glow was an easy enough trick, and if she stretched her cloud-walking spell she learned with Soarin she could probably walk on water easy enough. Showing visions she didn’t care that much about, and the air bubbles were practical but not of a concern to Trixie. But teleporting through water? That…that was a bit out of Trixie’s repertoire. Somehow she thought it had to be easier to do than normal teleportation: restrictions meant things had to be easier right? Still, Trixie did not know how to do anything in teleportation, and now she felt a little jealous that Dewdrop could do it even if it was restricted to large bodies of water.
Of course she didn’t let Dewdrop see it, focusing instead on the walk back to the room and keeping her tone – apparently snobby by default – normal.
”Yeah, that kind of stuff. I had just been wondering what you could do with your water magic….how big a body of water do you need to teleport through it?” Trixie asked, stopping for a moment. She really kind of wanted to see it in action, and while she wasn’t a water magic master, a little lightning cloud could probably do the trick of getting some water to test this.
Much as Trixie had been, the subject of the Water portal magic was a pleasant one for Dewdrop, and it was her turn to wax enthusiastic. "The Water Portal is a neat spell, isn't it?" She replied, meeting Trixie's gaze once more. "I learned it from a scroll I found in a marketplace in Zebrica. It's incredibly old, and you would not believe what I had to pay for it. It took all my allowance money- I was just a teen at the time- and all my Hearth's warming money, and all my birthday money for five years to pay for half of it. I had to beg my parents to pay for the other half! You wouldn't think a scroll like that, in a place with such little water, would be so valuable. But then again, it seems to be really rare. I can't even find references to this spell in the Canterlot Library, much less a copy!"
Dewdrop froze for a moment, stopping her mouth with a hoof while she turned red from neck to ear-tip "S-sorry." she apologized, quickly. "I must be boring you to tears with this story and I didn't even answer your question. Let's see. How much water? Well, it needs to be a solid peice of water- it cant be like, a wet carpet or anything... and it needs to be big enough for me to fit through. So, on a solid surface. a puddle just a little bigger than my head would be the smallest amount that I need- though I usually prefer bigger amounts, like bathtubs and fountains, just to be safe. If its not big enough, I can get Stuck, and that's horrifyingly embarrassing. I always worry someone's looking at my backside sticking out of a puddle, on the end I can't see." Dewdrop cringed a little, thinking of it, and laughed nervously.
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Post by Trixie Lulamoon on Feb 26, 2015 19:29:55 GMT -6
Trixie was starting to regret her decision to chit chat as Dewdrop engaged in that past-time that she apparently shared with her doppelgänger: wax on forever and ever about stuff. Seriously, how many qualities did Dewdrop share with Twilight? More importantly, what kind of terrors would be unleashed if the two of them ever meet in pony?
On the bright side, it seemed she was a little more aware that she had the flaw as she quickly apologized and got back to actually answering the question.
”So, a puddle the size of your head is all you need, huh?” Trixie said. From the sounds of it Dewdrop probably wouldn’t appreciate using Trixie’s hat filled with water as a demonstration, and Trixie wasn’t going to add to the water damage by making a puddle in the hall. Then again, there was a crap load of water in her room, and there were sure to be plenty of fountains and stuff around the castle.
”Alright, do you think you could show it to me when we get back? Just, you know, go through my bathtub and go somewhere else?”
”Alright, do you think you could show it to me when we get back? Just, you know, go through my bathtub and go somewhere else?”
"If you like," Dewdrop replied easily, a little pleased at this continuing interest. Then she gave Trixie a slightly uneasy, but humorous glance. "But if you intend me to do a return jump, you have to promise not to drain the bathtub the moment I leave, although I can imagine that you might well be ready to see the last of me, after all the trouble I've put you through today. I don't know what would happen if I tried to teleport through water that wasn't there anymore. And I'd rather not find out." Dewdrop gave a light little laugh, as though it were nothing serious, but she still looked a tiny bit worried.
Once they were again back in The Great and Powerful Suite, Dewdrop set to work at once from the farthest corner of the room, drawing water up and out of the carpet in sweeps of her magic, out of the upholstery and padding, the drapes and sheets of the bed, sending it back across the floor to the bathroom, leaving them perfectly dry and even cleaner than before, as the water had carried away dirt and dust with it! It wasn't hard work, but it was one that took a bit of concentration, so she wasn't able to observe what impression, if any, this was having on the showmare.
Once she had all the water contained in the bathroom, she set to work on fixing first the water pressure problem, which was being caused, she discovered, by another valve on a pipe under the floor. A quick little twist of telekinetic magic in the right place fixed that problem! Then it was the showerhead she'd broken off accidentally, which was taking her good deal more time. It was a simple fix, but not quite in her line. And she wasn't sure in the end that she'd done it well. She'd have to tell Trixie to have someone else take a look at it.
Post by Trixie Lulamoon on Mar 1, 2015 21:34:18 GMT -6
Trixie fake pondered for a moment as Dewdrop explained her desire for the bathtub to not be drained on the return trip.
”Honestly, I hadn’t even thought of it. Buuut if something happens in the next few minutes that warrants getting rid of you, I’ll keep that thought in mind,” Trixie said, her face now showing for once a playful smile. She’d leave it up to Dewdrop to determine how real the threat was however.
As Dewdrop went off to deal with the water issues, Trixie sat in a dry part of the room with the soggy books and the copy of Wheatley whatever’s book. Flipping through it for the appropriate spell, Trixie glanced over at the pile of books. Considering that this was a new spell she was doing, it would be safest to not use it on the super rare book of smell-spells that Luna had given her. A test run on one of the other books would probably be the best idea. If she succeeded, then she’d work up to the other, more expensive books. If she failed, well...Dewdrop knew the spell, right?
Taking a deep breath, Trixie read over the spell. It went on about imagining that the objects all had a soul or something and that you were working on trying to restore it to its original condition or something like that. Honestly, Trixie was always better at application than trying to understand the more theoretical side of things. At least, not without a crap load of metaphors and trial and error: even then she was more of the “meh, it worked didn’t it?” side of things than a deep understanding of why it had worked. Still, the soul thing was at least something she could sort of grasp, and she stuck to that idea as a copy of the latest Daring Do novel was enveloped in her magic glow.
About five seconds later it was enveloped in fire. Relieved it was just Daring Do but still quite concerned that it was a fire, Trixie quickly levitated the book and ran it over towards the bathroom, quickly tossing it into the still full bathtub to douse the flames. She probably knocked over Dewdrop or something in the process, but putting out fire took the priority. Afterwards, however, she looked towards the Twilight clone, her face hot with blushing at having done something totally embarrassing.
Dewdrop stared up at the showerhead, observing the flow of water. It was a little wobbly, even yet, and she longed for nothing so much as a strip of duck tape to wind about it at the base, for such tape could fix anything.Still, she supposed it would do as it was. For now. She was just turning to call for Trixie when there was the sound of dashing hooves from the other room and the unicorn in question appeared in the doorway, flinging something squarish and book-like and ON FIRE into the room! Dewdrop ducked, and the incinerated novel flew into the bathtub, which had probably been the unicorn's actual intent. Dewdrop peered into the tub, horrified to see... that Trixie read Daring Do novels. Just kidding. Actually, she quite liked them herself. That was the latest in the series, too. She observed the charred remains sinking sadly to the bottom.
”So, uhm…do you mind doing the book spell?”
Turning from the bath, Dewdrop noted the furiously blushing Trixie. She was not a saint, and there was a strong temptation to do some hoots and jeering, or at least some mild teasing! But... she tried to be better than that. She tried. "I... ah, I think I had better do the spell." she replied, simply. She turned and headed for the sodden books. "I hope... you got to finish that book. The ending is really good." she added. "It seems like everyone likes the Daring Do series, doesn't it?"
Post by Trixie Lulamoon on Mar 5, 2015 19:45:38 GMT -6
Trixie was relieved that the mare had decided to not use this opportunity to make fun of her for the rather blatant failure of a spell. She didn’t even know how that spell could cause fire, but she had somehow done it. And at the cost of her Daring Do novel.
”Unfortunately I haven’t even started it let alone reach the end,” Trixie said with a huff as she levitated the book out of the tub and into a nearby trash can. It was probably beyond even magic’s ability to handle at this point.
”At least their popularity means it’ll be easy to get another copy. If I had burnt that book,” Trixie said as she pointed to the one with the smell spell,”Luna would have been really mad. It’s supposed to be super rare or something.”
With that done she followed Dewdrop out into the room, splaying out on her bed to watch Dewdrop do the spell. Hopefully watching somepony else do it would probably be the trick to getting it. Books were expensive and Trixie really hoped she didn’t need to practice it a lot to get it.
Dewdrop glanced regretfully at the mass of burnt and now sopping paper that had once been a Daring Do novel. Trixie hadn't even started it yet... maybe it would be a nice thing if, on her way home, she ordered a copy to be sent to Trixie. Upon hearing that one of the books in question was a rare book, She too was glad Trixie had not experimented on that one first. Dewdrop set out the few remaining books, separating soaked pages with the gentlest of care and laying them flat at their half-way points. Glancing up, she noted Trixie's intent stare from the bed.
"You know how some things start to feel familiar and treasured to you after long use? Things like, oh, favorite clothes, a pot or a pan that sort of starts to feel like it cooks better than newer ones? A favorite pillow or blanket that you keep around even after it starts to get a little tattered or flat? This spell works on the premise that objects like that have a kind of a soul in them, and a memory." She explained. "And in the case of books, it uses that memory to rebuild the book and reverse damages. The more treasured and old a book is, the easier it is to restore with this spell. I'm... guessing that it probably went wrong because your copy of Daring Do is pretty new. Maybe there wasn't much memory or soul to work with." She wasn't sure, but at least it was an explaination that didn't blame Trixie.
Even though Dewdrop was sure she could have done it on that book correctly.
Checking the words of the spell one last time, Dewdrop concentrated hard on the rare book, encircling it with her magical aura but not picking it up. She closed her eyes and silently mouthed the words of the spell. Nothing happened at first, then slowly, slowly...! Ink-blurred words pulled back into sharp, clear focus. Water-wrinkled paper smoothed itself out. Pages unstuck themselves. The thread of the binding tightened. And the worn cover quietly mended itself, the gold lettering on the spine shining out clear once more.
Dewdrop let out a breath suddenly and dropped the spell, sitting down. "Whew..." she said, passing a hoof across her forehead, "That actually takes more power than I thought it would." She looked with interest at the restored book and flipped through the pages before floating it over to Trixie for inspection. "How's this? Is it as good as you remember? or should I do it again and try to restore it further?"
Post by Trixie Lulamoon on Mar 10, 2015 21:31:02 GMT -6
Trixie listened as Dewdrop explained the idea behind the spell. Considering everything that was said, Trixie only had one thing to ask.
”So, my grandfather’s cloak and hat is probably haunted or something cause I cared for it for so long?”
That was pretty much how Trixie interpreted what Dewdrop had said: love and care for something long enough and it became sort of haunted. And then you could use that haunting to somehow make the thing back to normal. Of course, that’s probably why Trixie set the book on fire and Dewdrop succeeded in making it look normal. Maybe the “gains a memory” thing is probably something that makes a lot more sense than haunting. Although what use was the spell if it required the object to be something old and cherished? How would you repair new books if that was the case?
Well, whatever, the rarest of the rare books was all prepared and ready. Trixie levitated the book over and looked it over: it was legible and the binding was intact. That was good enough for Trixie.
”It looks good to me Dewdrop. You really saved my hide there,” Trixie said as she levitated it back onto the bookshelf.
There were a few more books left to go, but the most immediate concern was taken care of. Scooting over just a bit, Trixie glanced up at Dewdrop.
”Anyway, if it really tired you out you can take a break and we’ll work on the other books later.”
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