"Yeah, just like that! The love and care that you put into it, plus the love and care that he put into it, those feelings become a part of the outfit, and help create a memory of what it is, and what it stands for." Dew replied eagerly as she looked towards hat and cloak, not realizing that the genuine articles were lost in a Ponyville dump along with the remains of a first wagon.
"Sometimes, when a memory becomes so strong, it can be hard to see that frayed brim, the unraveling collar, or the place on the shoulder where the fabric is wearing thin. A pony seems to see the memory, instead." Dewdrop laughed, cheerfully. "Well, that's the theory, anyway. Reference Restorum was made under the principal that if a book was old and still being used, it was worth saving. Old books are the ones that are hard to replace."
Dewdrop noted the way Trixie scooted over on the bed, as though to make room for her, and suggested she take a rest. Was that an invitation to flop on the bed with her? the aquamarine unicorn took a cautious walk over to the bed, put an uncertain hoof on the coverlet, and glanced at Trixie. When there was no outcry, she tried another. Since this seemed to be okay, Dewdrop hopped up and relaxed a bit on one of the corners of the bed, careful to take up as little space as possible. She tried to think of conversation that Trixie would be interested in. Something about herself, she thought, without any malice. I should think of something about herself to say...
Post by Trixie Lulamoon on Apr 5, 2015 18:33:45 GMT -6
Trixie listened in as Dewdrop explained the whole memory thing a little more. On a metaphysical level Trixie wasn’t sure if she bought the idea objects had souls, but intuitively she figured it was more about using your memories of the objects as a sort of base for a transformation spell of some sort? That sounded more plausible to Trixie at least, and probably explained why she had difficulty with the spell. Trixie was good at faking things with illusions, but making and manipulating solid, real objects was a whole other ballgame. Not that she would admit it, but it would probably be a good idea to not have Trixie try and repair things with a blast of magic at least.
What Trixie would be glad to show, of course, was one of her illusions, so she gave a small grin as Dewdrop asked to see one.
”Oh, of course. Always willing to demonstrate a little of my magic.”
Rolling a little bit till she was upright and off the bed, Trixie walked over a little bit in front of it so she was “center stage”, so to speak.
”But, not all illusions are something you can ‘see’. Luna’s been teaching me some rare illusions that go beyond sight and smell. Observe.”
Trixie sniffed the air just a little bit, noticing by now it had a rather damp smell from all the water. Her horn glowed for a brief minute, but nothing visible happened. After a moment or so, however, Dewdrop would have noticed the faint smell of a vanilla hay shake wafting its way through the room. An odd choice perhaps, but if Trixie got to decide what her room smelled like she was going to make it smell like her favorite drink dangit!
Closing her eyes and inhaling deeply, the soft, sweet scent of vanilla hayshake filled Dewdrop Dazzle's nose and she smiled in surprise and enjoyment. She had rather expected... well, a fancy perfume or incense. Or maybe roses. And while those were all good smells, the smell of a vanilla hayshake went to her heart in a way those scents never could. She opened her eyes.
"Oh, Wow..." Dew breathed, in admiration, "A vanilla hayshake... I haven't had one of those since I was a foal... And that's an illusion? It seems almost impossible to believe. It smells so, well, real! My stomach's growling!" the tropical-colored unicorn laughed, softly. "You could make a mint, just wandering around Canterlot spreading the scent of hayshakes for a local shop! Everyone who catches wind of that is going to want to have one"
Dazzle leaned forward slightly, eager to see, smell, or experience what Trixie might do next. Okay, she might have doubted. At first, when they had been on bad terms, because she didn't want to be intimidated by Trixie. And then, after the book restoration failure, mishap, she had wondered again if Trixie was quite the 'Great and Powerful' mare she made herself out to be. But this seemed more like how a Princess's student should be. Confident and bold, and full of rare spells!
Post by Trixie Lulamoon on Apr 9, 2015 20:49:01 GMT -6
It had taken a while, and setting a book on fire, but it seemed she had finally succeeded in getting some admiration from her little intruder. Trixie, of course, gave off a haughty grin as Dewdrop praised her illusion skill. She was still getting used to being able to do the spell herself, so she was glad that it turned out great and not overpowering. Still, to be safe, she cancelled off the spell. She had succeeded in getting it to have a delayed reaction so it would naturally drift away like real smells would. Which was great because it was going to take a lot of freshner to keep this room from smelling soggy for the next week or so.
”Yeah, it is a pretty great illusion isn’t it? I even figured out how to make an enchantment out of it so I can use it like a perfume. Get all the smell of the Canterlot elite without the price tag.”
Trixie waited a moment to let Dewdrop’s excitement build up before determining to do another trick for her. After all, got to have that dramatic tension and everything.
”So, up for another spell then? I guess I can show you my signature spell. Behold, Trixie’s Grand Fireworks!”
With a grand, sweeping gesture sending her cape back, Trixie stood up on her hind legs. Her horn began to glow brightly before sending out a burst of small lights of every color of the rainbow. They circled upwards behind her before exploding yet again, sending streams of color all over the room with no real set path. The chaos, the bursts, it was like a New Year’s show, but miniaturized. Of course, in such small room some of the lights would smack into objects, but they just went through them harmlessly since they were, of course, just illusion.
As things calmed down Trixie returned to standing on her hooves, her grin brighter than ever.
Surprisingly, the fact that Trixie could have chosen to introduce the illusory scent of some fancy Canterlot perfume, and instead chose not to do so, but instead chose a scent so comfortable and familiar… inspired Dewdrop Dazzle to like her better. Perfumes were all very superior and elegant and showed refinement, no doubt, but at the end of the day, the aqua unicorn had to admit to herself that she simply couldn’t tell a 5-bit bottle from a 500-bit bottle!
And so with a frame of mind inclined in favor of Trixie, the showmare’s blatant self-aggrandizement seemed less obtrusive than it formerly had been, when she boasted of her skills. Dewdrop watched the dazzling display of colored sparks and showers with honest and open admiration- and at first, a little apprehension, for the quarters, which had seemed quite spacious and luxurious, were still much too confined for Trixie’s coup de grace. But after a few moments, when she saw that nothing caught on fire or was shattered or broke, she relaxed and enjoyed the sight completely. She even applauded when the last sparkles had died away.
”That was wonderful!” the tropical unicorn enthused. ”I’ve seen shows with real fireworks in Tailwan that yours puts to shame! It has all of their beauty, and none of the danger or mess! And you do so many at once! How can you direct so many at the same time?”
Post by Trixie Lulamoon on May 4, 2015 20:23:17 GMT -6
Her show had been a spectacular success. Not like Trixie had any doubt about that of course, but it was always good to get confirmation from the audience. By now Trixie had warmed up pretty well to Dewdrop. Part of that, of course, was due to Dewdrop boosting her ego. The generally good nature of the mare, however, was starting to grow on Trixie. The fact the room was still slightly soggy was a reminder of some remaining issues, but Trixie could let bygones be bygones.
”Well, the thing is you really don’t ‘direct’ them. I mean, I just kind of imagine some general stuff, but overall you just sort of let them go off on their own in rapid succession. Think of it as more controlled chaos than any real direction on my part,” Trixie replied to the mare’s question.
That actually reminded her of Luna’s statement that the dispel spell worked best if a pony just simply blasted it instead of concentrating too hard. In some sense Trixie felt that her fireworks spell was the same way: unless you had a reason to, it was best to just let your imagination go wild on its own.
”Of course, if I want, I can do a more controlled light spell to make shapes and pictures. Observe,”
Trixie’s horn glowed again as she concentrated on forming up an image of a star of many colors. Within a second a rainbow colored star appeared above Trixie’s head. Trixie held the image for a few seconds before breaking her concentration, causing the star to simply burst into little sparkles before fading away.
Dewdrop was, for a moment, almost appalled at the idea of letting magic fly around all wily-nily and doing what it wanted, particularly magic that was so explosive, even if it was illusory. Although she didn't know it, she had a lot more in common with a certain purple unicorn than just a haircut. Order! Precision! Study! that was the way to increase one's magical powers! To become an expert! Trixie's method seemed almost... sloppy.
Yet for all that, Dew had to admit there was nothing unappealing about the demonstrations she'd been shown. On the contrary, there had been something beautiful in the asymmetrical, spontaneous performance. Something wonderful because it was unpredictable. She smiled, slowly.
"You're kind of like... an artist, with your magic..." the tropical colored unicorn hazarded, slowly, as though she were uncertain of her assertion. "I guess I'd be more like... a mathematician with mine. If I do this, and this, and this just so, then I always come out with a spell that does The same thing every time." Dewdrop pulled a rueful face and sighed. "It sounds... dreadfully boring, put like that."
Post by Trixie Lulamoon on May 15, 2015 11:57:18 GMT -6
"An artist? Well, as I mentioned when I'm not Luna's apprentice I am a stage magician," Trixie said, trying to be more informative than necessarily bragging. Still, hearing it outloud, even Trixie could realize that there was a tint of bragging in it...oh well.
"And while personally, yeah, I'd say your method is boring, there really isn't anything wrong with it either. I was just never all that good at studying, and I still get headaches trying to understand what half those books are saying," Trixie said as she pointed a hoof at the bookshelf,"So I just kind of learned to just kind of go at it and see what happens....though as you can probably tell that doesn't always lead to the best outcomes."
Trixie nervously laughed as her eyes glanced over at the book that had just a few moments ago been on fire and thrown into a bathtub. While her more artistic style had it's pluses, mostly in making her quite skilled at illusion and dispel magic, it would be nice to have some predictability. At the very least, it'd be nice to be able to read a spell and not have to gamble on it actually working or it setting something on fire.
"So trust me, if the time comes for me to try and learn something like teleportation, I'm gonna be trying to hit the books reaaaally hard before attempting it."
"And while personally, yeah, I'd say your method is boring, there really isn't anything wrong with it either..."
Dewdrop got a strange, rather pained expression on her face. Trixie was not supposed to agree that her method was boring! She had only meant to compliment Trixie, but the mare had turned it into a slight. Was it on purpose? The blue unicorn said a lot more, doubtless about herself and how great she was, and Dew tried to look attentive, even though she was still inwardly nettled. Her attention was caught, however, by Trixie's 'modest' disclaimer, "...Though as you can probably tell that doesn't always lead to the best outcomes."
The teal unicorn turned, with Trixie, to glance at the charred, sodden novel. Suddenly, Dewdrop Dazzle didn't feel nearly so bad about her 'boring' method. In fact, she felt pretty good about it, and so she offered Trixie some very cheerful advice.
"Oh yes, Teleporting is very dangerous the first couple times, if you don't know what you're doing." She assured Trixie sweetly. "That's why most unicorns don't master it. I remember that, when I was just a foal, a friend of mine had a gardener with two peg legs. Apparently, some kind of teleportation accident. He didn't give himself enough room and when he teleported, he found his hind feet embedded in solid rock. Poor fellow."
Post by Trixie Lulamoon on May 20, 2015 11:29:44 GMT -6
Having had plenty of magical accidents before, Trixie wasn’t exactly soft of stomach. Upon being informed of the possibility of accidentally losing body parts in solid objects, however, Trixie’s face began to look the color of her silver-blue hair. Swallowing the slight lump in her throat, she replied.
”Oh, well, uhm…I’ll have to keep that in mind when I’m trying that spell out….” she said, nervously laughing to try and break the sudden tenseness she felt in her body. It helped a little bit, but it would probably help more to try and shift the attention towards some other topic.
”So, uhm, after we get the rest of the books done, do you wanna go get something to eat or something?” Trixie responded. Food was always a good thing to change a topic too: everybody loved food after all, ”And I guess I can treat since it’s sort of my fault everything kind of went to Tartarus here, what with the surprising you and accusing you of being Twilight Sparkle and stuff…”
It was kind of weird to try and be so generous, but Trixie had told Luna she was going to try and be better about the friendship thing so, well, this seemed like a good start.
Seeing The Great and Powerful Trixie's frightened face, Dewdrop wondered if, perhaps... she might have gone a little too far. She considered telling her fellow unicorn the whole story. That the unicorn had his peg legs on his fore-feet, and it was the result of an entirely different magical accident...but no. That would just muddle the whole issue. She shrugged it off.
Whether it was the result of her story or something else entirely, Trixie was back to being friendly again, Not only taking the blame for the whole water issue, but also offering to take Dewdrop out for a meal, too. Which the aqua unicorn felt she could agree to, with one condition. "I think it sounds like a great idea, iiiiiif~" she replied, drawling out the last word, "You let me treat you next time! Because, you know, it really wasn't all your fault, not really. At best, maybe like, 50% fault on both sides?"
Dewdrop smiled a little anxiously. She really did want to get on better with this unicorn, she told herself. She couldn't be sure if it was Trixie who was making it so difficult or herself, but she kept getting the feeling that if she learned to make friends with this pony, she could make friends with anyone! All this friend-making, though, wasn't bringing the other book any nearer to restoration.
Dewdrop slid off Trixie's bed and floated the last soggy book closer to her. The little breather was over, and she felt energized enough to cast the spell again. She closed her eyes and concentrated, once more mouthing the words of the spell. And once again, ink blurred lines slowly focused back into legibility. Wrinkled pages straightened and crisped once more. The binding strengthened. And then suddenly... Dewdrop Sneezed!
Aside from ending her spell a little early, it seemed to have no effect- the book didn't explode or catch fire or melt, thank Celestia. Dewdrop flipped a few pages and got a rather queer look on her face. "Well, that looks like its all repaired then!" she said, too quickly, floating the book back into its place on the shelf "How about that supper, then?"
She didn't know quite how to tell Trixie that every other word was now in Arabic.
Post by Trixie Lulamoon on May 26, 2015 20:50:37 GMT -6
”Alright, deal,” Trixie said as Dewdrop replied to her offer with her own offer as well. Trixie was perfectly fine with Dewdrop offering to take lunch up on another time as well. Seemed a good basis for a friendship, right? At the very least, it implied she was willing to meet up again another time. So, yay?
Till then, however, Trixie simply watched as Dewdrop took care of the last book. Her heart skipped a beat when Dewdrop sneezed, but she felt the tension leave her body when nothing caught fire and the book was back to normal. In fact, she was so relaxed she missed the odd look that Dewdrop gave the book, and instead simply assumed everything was good now.
”Great, I’m famished,” Trixie said as she gladly slipped off the bed herself, stretching just a little bit to enjoy the lack of tension after all the mess from earlier.
Heading towards the door, Trixie glanced back at Dewdrop.
”So then, got a preference? One of the guards gave me a map of a bunch of places in Canterlot that are supposed to be good.”
It seemed they were over the rough patches at last! Now, surely, they would get along. Feeling rather pleased with herself, Dewdrop followed Trixie back out into the hall, completely forgetting to tell her about the showerhead that was a little wobbly and would need fixing, and purposely avoiding confessing about the mishap with the book. Half a book was better than no book at all, right? It amused her, too, that Trixie had apparently forgotten to press Dewdrop to demonstrate her magical talent. It made the unicorn wish that she'd embellished a little, since she wasn't about to be called to account for it.
Then again, perhaps Trixie had simply been concerned for her safety, after Dew's own expressed concerns about the magic and the story that had clearly made Trixie uncomfortable. Yes, that must be it! Hah! Trixie was a clever pony, but Dewdrop could see the well-hidden sweetness and caring hidden in that proud and confident front! She'd have to show her sometime that it really was quite safe, as long as you knew what you were doing. Dewdrop basked in a growing feeling of affection for the blue mare.
”So then, got a preference? One of the guards gave me a map of a bunch of places in Canterlot that are supposed to be good.
"I haven't been in Canterlot in so long, the places I can remember may not even still be in busines," Dewdrop replied, cheerfully. "But if you know a place were we can get a good vanilla hayshake, that would be great. I wasn't kidding when I said your spell could inspire a craving for them!" It wasn't very subtle, being half-flattery, half-honesty, but it was entirely kindly meant.
Post by Trixie Lulamoon on Jun 16, 2015 9:40:42 GMT -6
Trixie headed out into the hallway, having indeed forgotten about Dewdrop's magic in the face of the possibility of getting some lunch. Even if she had, however, Dewdrop's story, combined with her having spent her magic on her books, may have been enough to dissuade Trixie from pushing her to do it....nah, it's mostly just the food thing. All this running around and stuff had made Trixie famished, and once she recognized that fact there was little that could make her forget to deal with it.
"Well, fortunately for us, the guard I got the map from had the perfect recommendation for that," Trixie said as she levitated the map out of a pocket inside her cape. She took a second before locating the dinner Flash Sentry ahd suggested to her.
"He said that this place is a common hangout for the guards and that they got some excellent oatburgers from what he said. And oatburgers and fries sound like a grand combination with a hayshake, don't you think?" Trixie said, resisting a slight urge to drool. No offense to the royal kitchen staff, but they couldn't quite get diner food like that right.
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