It was strange. The two ponies had quite a bit in common, but they were so different at the same time. They were both show-offs with a ton of pride, but they both different reasons for that. Of course, neither knew what the other's reasons were because they met like less than an hour ago.
"What can I say?" Soarin' asked, rhetorically. "Pride's okay if it's justified. If you can walk the walk, go right ahead and talk the talk. As for your problems with Canterlot, I don't think it's so much you or the ponies here, I think it's a matter of location. Canterlot's such a big, busy place that anyone performing on the street is either ignored or thought to be nuisance. Your cart approach would work in smaller towns, but probablly not here."
Soarin' paused for a moment, thinking about what the best method of performing in Canterlot would be...which was a bit difficult, since he had to completely re-define "performing" in his mind from what he thought to how Trixie though of it.
"If you ask me...if you want to perform in Canterlot, do it like a comedian or a band would: get booked at a club or something similar. That'll give you an audience, possibly a paying one and free publicity. And you just work your way to bigger placees from there!"
Soarin' smiled as he stopped talking, but his expression quickly changed to a more confused one.
"Wait. Did I just give smart advice? Dear Celestia, they were right! Something IS wrong with me!" He thought, in a panic.
Post by Trixie Lulamoon on Jul 9, 2012 14:49:05 GMT -6
”Trixie has been doing small towns but Trixie wishes to move on to something bigger.”And Trixie may possibly be booed out of any small towns near Ponyville.
Trixie listened as Soarin’ provided suggestions for where she should perform if her cart was going to be a problem. She was not sure how good of an idea it would be for her to perform in clubs, especially due to the use of fireworks and smoke in her act. Walls and a roof could not contain her majesty, plus potential for fire damage. Theoretically she could modify her act for such a venue, or use more illusion to create safer flames. Still, if she did that route she would have to deal with store owners, managers, possibly pay fees. Trixie preferred the freedom she had with her own cart; after all, why should the GREAT and POWERFUL TRIXIE have to answer to some random pony?
Probably because doing so would get her enough cash to get her a place to stay and eat without having to rely on the kindness of strangers like this guy. Besides, once she got herself an audience made it well known people would pay to see her, she would have power over the club owners, not the other way around. Till then though, as far as these Canterlot ponies were concerned, she was a nopony. She needed some pull to get a show…
”Trixie believes that is a reasonable enough idea. Unfortunately, Trixie is not familiar enough with the city to know where to even begin looking for a place to go to. Maybe you would have a suggestion?
Soarin's paranoia subsided as Trixie asked another question about Canterlot. That got his mind off that and onto a different subject, one he was a bit more comfortable thinking over.
"Well....my knowledge of Canterlot places only really covers restaurants and stadiums, but I might know a few places. I know there are a good few clubs that do a sort of 'dinner and a show' type thing, you could try those. Parks should also be good places. Lots of room and you're almost guaranteed to have an audience, especially in the summer. Plus, the way you do things would be more accepted in that sorta venue than it would on the street. At least that's what I think. I don't know if you'll get paid for that, but it'll probablly be easier to book than a club."
Soarin' was still a bit worried about suddenly becoming a fountain of knowledge and insight, but he figured this was a subject he'd have some degree of experience with. Even if he wasn't the one in charge of picking or booking venues, he had a say in it, and knew enough about the process to be able to give advice on the topic.
Post by Trixie Lulamoon on Jul 10, 2012 13:05:10 GMT -6
”Perfect. Once we’re done eating then you can help Trixie scout out locations.”
Well then, with that issue settled then Trixie felt as if she could actually relax a little. With the help of a famous celebrity, it shouldn’t be that hard to book a gig somewhere. And with his patronage, she would at least be able to live in some luxury for a bit. Things were starting to look up for Trixie, and the smile on her face at this point was showing it. Performing for the elites of society, being booked at the ritziest of clubs and parks. This was the place Trixie was meant to be, not in a wagon travelling around and visiting small towns in the boondocks…well, to be fair that was sort of fun. Maybe she could do the occasional charity show. Except in Ponyville; she still wasn’t up for going back there again anytime soon.
At around that moment, room service finally arrived with the food. Taking her smoothie (and leaving Soarin’ to deal with the bill of course), Trixie began drinking it as she figured out where to go from here. By this point she realized she was probably being a little bit rude, and if that kept up then Soarin’ probably wouldn’t be able to deal with her for much longer. So she probably should try and show interest in him, especially if she was drafting him to be her manager at this rate.
”So anyways, enough about Trixie, why don’t you tell Trixie about being a Wonderbolt? Trixie is sure that you have some interesting stories that might amuse Trixie for a while.”
Even when asking about others, she made it all about herself…
Soarin' was actually okay with paying for the food. Partly because he still felt like being courteous, and partly because he had more money than he knew what to do with. Mostly because he only really ever spent money on food. Soarin' returned from paying, carrying the platter with muffins in his mouth and following Trixie back, setting it down near her.
On the contrary, Soarin' wasn't particularly annoyed at all by Trixie. Then again, at that moment, Soarin' couldn't be annoyed by anything because now it was FINALLY time to eat. Closing his eyes, Soarin' picked a muffin at random and lifted it up with his hoof. With a bite, he soon identified it as banana nut. Tasty!
He turned his head to Trixie as she started asking him...about himself? That was a sudden switch in topics. But he didn't mind, he loved talking about his job. Juuuust after he finished this bite of muffin...
"Being a Wonderbolt's the best!" Soarin' said, enthusiastically. "Best job ever. As for stories? Yeah, I got a few. In fact, here's a recent one. It actually happened right here in Canterlot."
Soarin' took a moment to clear his throat and get into story teller mode.
"So, I was in town for the Royal Wedding, because they invite Wonderbolts to those sorta shindigs, when all of the sudden there were Changelings EVERYWHERE..."
Soarin' went on with his daring tale of combat, action, and wedding cake for a good couple minutes.
"...And after that dance, I flew on home and went straight to bed, and had an awesome night's sleep. And that's how the Royal Wedding went from being boring, to terrifying, to being an all around good time. Wanna hear another story?"
Post by Trixie Lulamoon on Jul 10, 2012 20:02:01 GMT -6
It was no surprise to Trixie that Soarin’ had been at the wedding, of which of course Trixie had not been invited to (not even as entertainment during the after party). Hearing the inside details of the attack by the Changelings was of course interesting, although anytime Twilight’s name was mentioned there was a brief look of annoyance on her face. At least she wasn’t the one to have saved the day at the end, just her brother and now her sister-in-law. Trixie just wished she had been at the wedding to have had a chance to save the day with some of her new tricks she had picked up after the Ursa Minor incident. If she had been there, well, who knows how much sooner the attack would have ended. And of course, the chance to have performed at the wedding of the century would have done wonders for her fame and fortune.
She could imagine it now, the DJ’s music playing, lights shining when all of a sudden everything quiets as the attention shifts to a stage. Princess Celestia would, of course, introduce her as fireworks shot out, filling the night sky with their bursts of light and fire. And by the end of the night, Twilight Sparkle would be begging to apologize for the way Trixie had been treated in Ponyville while Celestia or Luna offered to make Trixie their new apprentice.
The end of Soarin’s tale brought her back to reality, having kind of ignored it all once he got to the after party and started on about cake and sleep or something like that.
”Oh, uhm, sure. Trixie will listen to another story. It sounds as if the wedding was a lot of fun, although the presence of Trixie would have made it a lot easier to defeat the Changelings with Trixie’s magic.”
Soarin' was so caught up in telling this story, that he didn't notice that Trixie's mind had drifted off to Get-Revenge-On-Twilight Sparkle-land. He probablly wouldn't have minded, either, had he noticed. He was just happy he could tell this tale, things got... a little hairy at the wedding.
"Yeah, any back-up would've been great. Things would've been less crazy, and I wouldnt've had fly through that wall." Soarin' shuddered as he recalled a rather nasty memory from the attack. "That alleyway is never gonna get clean....But, no, the Wedding was great."
The Wonderbolt took a moment before going into his next story to take another muffin from the platter, having finished the last one during the process of telling his story. This one was chocolate chip. He also needed to decide which story to tell now. He had quite a few, afterall. But, he had to narrow it down to things Trixie would (maybe) care about...and she sorta specified 'Wonderbolt stories', so there goes the Cutie Mark story.
"Oh! I got one. So, this was about...almost a year ago now, I think. So, the Wonderbolts were in town at Cloudsdale for the Best Young Fliers Competition..."
Soarin' continued on the tale of the odd show they had at the competition, how he and the Wonderbolts had to swoop in too save a mare's life...only for her to accidentally knock him and the other Wonderbolts out cold. She had a nice mane though...
"... and that's how that happened. I had a good time later that day, and even though the events during the Competition aren't my best or proudest moments, it's still a pretty cool story nonetheless. At least, I think so."
Post by Trixie Lulamoon on Jul 14, 2012 21:13:37 GMT -6
It seemed that the stallion hadn’t noticed her drifting off into her own imagination and ideas during his story. That was perfectly fine with her; most of this conversation was just being polite. Trixie really didn’t care that much about the achievements of others. After all, she could probably do it better. Still, she could only live in revenge-fantasy land for so long, so for this upcoming story she decided that she would actually pay attention a little bit.
By the end of the story was she trying to hold in a laugh. The Wonderbolts had been knocked out by some frilly white furred and purple-haired mane and…hold a moment. Trixie went into thought for a moment, taking the details of the story before realizing that the mares mentioned where that gang of Twilight’s friends again. Even in the random stories of a stranger they haunted her, twice now even. Trixie was obviously getting annoyed, a look of slight anger on her face giving it away. While she did enjoy hearing about the dressmaker falling (not that she wished death on them of course, but the idea of seeing her fly up only for the wings to go ‘poof’ was kind of funny), hearing about the pegasus performing a feat like a sonic rainboom, or of course Twilight mastering a spell for flying.
”Not only can she beat Ursa Minors, but she can even fly. Who does Twilight Sparkle think she is,” she angrily mumbled to herself.
By this point she realized she had to be acting very odd in front of this guy, so she straightened herself out, coughed a little. By this point her annoyance and memories of that event had soured her mood enough that she wasn’t feeling so GREAT and POWERFUL. Her she was pretty much relying on the kindness of a stranger to survive, and Twilight and her friends were out saving Equestria and winning competitions.
”Trixie…I mean, I apologize for acting so oddly. It’s just that I sort of know these ponies you’ve been talking about. Unfortunately I’m not on the best of terms with them, and the one named Twilight Sparkle is a bit of my……rival…”
She did not enjoy using that word, but she had to admit that much. At this point it really wasn’t something she could deny, especially since the latter had kind of saved Equestria a few times. That was enough for Trixie to start thinking she may be capable of surpassing her…
”It’s just a little annoying hearing about her and her friends doing all these amazing things is all.”
Soarin' appreciated Trixie laughing at his story. It meant she was paying attention, for one. Before, he would've gotten a little annoyed, but over time he learned to laugh at it himself. It was a pretty funny story, actually. Even if several ponies almost died. But hey, almost. They had that Rainbow one to thank for that.
Soarin' got a little confused when Trixie said something about an...ursa minor and flying and a Twilight Sparkle. He was about to start asking questions when she started apolgizing.In the first person, which, considering she had been referring to herself in the third person for the entire time he'd know her was...odd, to say the least. She also sounded a little bummed out, which he quickly set out to fix.
"Hey! Forget about that stuff, alright? That's in the past. It happens, you learn from it, and you move on. You're in a brand new town with new chances and opurtunities to become even better than you already are, and you've got another pony in your corner backing you up. Don't get me wrong, a rival's a good thing to have, they're like a role model you compete with and strive to do better than. But your focus need to be on you, not her. So, don't worry about what she did, worry about what you're going to do. Got it?""
Soarin' didn't think himself as much of a public speaker, but this sort of speech he was good at. Inspiring and raising morale was just one of his many talents, it seemed.
Post by Trixie Lulamoon on Jul 19, 2012 11:21:24 GMT -6
Trixie was appreciative of Soarin's efforts to cheer her up. Even in her lesser mood, however, her ego was still rather protected. Even as he talked she started to try and think of a plan on how to deal with these new developments. As he said, Canterlot was a place that was able to give her new chances and opportunities. She was just going to need to go out there and find them. If she really wanted to make an impression though, she was going to need something bigger than a job at a nightclub. No, she needed to have a show at somewhere with a lot of people who would be forced to watch her...
With a mixture of confidence and genius, Trixie's pride started coming back, alongside a slight smile.
"Do not fret Soarin', for it takes more than that to bring Trixie down for long. Even if Canterlot has not yet warmed up to Trixie's act, it is only a matter of time. For the time being Trixie will try and find some club to work at. However, Trixie has an idea for something a little more worthy of Trixie's talents..do you happen to know which town the Summer Sun Celebration will be held this year?"
Yes, that woulrd work perfectly for her. It was the largest and most popular of all celebrations in Equestria; after all, Princess Celestia herself was there. While Trixie did not really want to share the spotlight with her, performing at the celebration would guarantee her a large crowd. If of course she could get a chance at the stage. To do that she would need to be really famous, which she wasn't (if anything, infamous might be the better word), or she would need some connections...
"And do you think that Trixie might be able to perform there?"
"The Summer Sun Celebration?" Soarin' asked,sounding suprised. He couldn't believe he had forgotten about that. Trixie had a really good idea there, that place would be perfect! "I'm not sure, actually, because there's a whole planning comittee for picking the event, and a bunch of towns campaign to get it each year. So, it's still up in the air at this point, but I know Cloudsdale and Manehattan have both been trying really hard to get it this year. "
Technically, Soarin' shouldn't be biased in this, considering the Wonderbolts would probablly be performing regardless of location...but he really wanted it to be in his hometown of Cloudsdale.
"And yeah, you could probablly perform there. It'd just be a matter of getting your act approved by the Comittee and getting scheduled. At least, that's how I THINK it works. I'm not usually the Wonderbolt in charge of scheduling events."
Post by Trixie Lulamoon on Jul 24, 2012 22:34:53 GMT -6
"Cloudsdale and Manehattan hmm? Trixie has not been to either city, and both of them would be interesting to put on a show."
Cloudsdale was an interesting choice to throw in considering that nonpegasi usually couldn't get up to it. It would be interesting to see how that problem was solved. They would probably just use some blimps or ballons or something for transport and viewing. Cloudwalking spells might be too much trouble to use on mass. Hmm, maybe by the time that the festival started she could have already learned the cloudwalking spell on her own. If that Twilight Sparkle could learn it, then it would be easy for her. All she needed to do was track down a scroll or something, find a place to practice...
"Although if it does end up in Cloudsdale, getting there may be of some difficulty. However, Trixie believes it would be trivial for her to learn a cloudwalking spell. It would make Trixie look much better if she could perform her show, and Trixie knows this comittee would approve of Trixie's show, without having to stay confined to a balloon or blimp."
Walking off towards a window, Trixie opened it and looked out. Yeah, it shouldn't be that hard to try such a thing. And she had a pegasus right here to try and explain some of the magic pegasi use to walk and manipulate clouds. More importantly, should she make a mistake (she laughed quietly to herself about the idea) he would be able to catch her and stop her from being the GREAT and POWERFUL Pancake.
"Soarin', how much do you know about the magic you pegasi use to walk on clouds?"
"Cloudsdale's a pretty cool place," Soarin said, quick to respond to speak highly of his own home town. "That's where I came from, and the Wonderbolts are based there. It would be awesome to have it there...But I can see the problem with hosting an event for all kinds of ponies there."
Flying came so naturally to Soarin' that discussing the difficulty of getting all the other kinds of ponies into Cloudsdale was a bit weird to him. It was so easy for him, so he kind of took the ability for granted. How would they get everypony up there? Clearly, Trixie had already been thinking about that as she brought up Cloudwalking.
"Cloudwalking? Hmmmn," He asked, thinking that method over. It could work, since the spell was apparently easy to use, considering Pegasi are able to do it passively. Didn't hurt that Trixie already knew magic. "I'm not an expert in Cloudwalking magic, mostly because it just...sorta happens on it's own with pegasi, and because flying's my real area of expertise. But, I guess it would be easier to teach you Cloudwalking than flying would be. 'Specially considering you don't have any wings."
Soarin' looked as Trixie opened the window. Figuring it would be better for him to give a demonstration first before she tried it, Soarin' finished off his last muffin and trotted over to the window. Taking a look outside, there were plenty of clouds for them to use. With a hop, he leaped out of the open window and flew up to go get some of those clouds. Grabbing the cushion-y masses of water, Soarin' started pushing them down to the level of the window, making a nice sized platform to try this out on.
"Okay," Soarin' said, wings beating to keep him hovering in place as he looked down at the clouds below him. "Let me think about this..."
Soarin' had to dig way deep into his mind to try and remember how they had taught him how to do this as a little colt before it just came naturally to him. That was a looooong time ago, and he didn't exactly have the best memory.
"I THINK I remember now!" Soarin' exclaimed, having his light bulb moment. "So, first you take a deep breath and clear your mind of fear and hesitation. Then, you look at the cloud and focus on it. Concentrate on it's existance and actuallity. Once you realize that the cloud is there, real and right infront of you, it's easier to think of it as no different than the ground. Then, you just take a step and touch down."
On that note, Soarin's wings began to slow as he decended and landed on the cloud, wings folding up. Easy! Soarin' walked closer to the window, gesturing for Trixie to follow, holding out a hoof if she needed it.
Post by Trixie Lulamoon on Aug 1, 2012 19:18:19 GMT -6
Seeing as this was probably going to take a while (Soarin' didn't seem the kind to be able to really express magical theory that well), Trixie simply stepped aside and relaxed as Soarin' began doing his thing. Granted, his statement about the "no wings" thing could be rectified since it seems there was a spell that allowed one to create wings...cloudwalking would be easier to start with though. Once that was mastered, and it would be mastered in no time, she could try and make her own wings with magic. Anything Twilight could do, she could do better...with time.
When he flew off, Trixie stuck her head out the window only too soon find her view blocked by a large mass of clouds. Well, at least he was efficient on this end of things. Curious, she stuck her hoof into the mass, expecting to feel some resistance. Instead, her hoof just went through it without any problem, leaving it slightly wet. It was amazing how the ability to walk on this wispy substance was so natural for a pegasus. The idea of her falling through this straight to the ground was rather easy to imagine after all, and yet Soarin' was pushing them around like they were building blocks. Well, she wasn't going to let the Wonderbolt show her up.
Listening to his speech, it didn't sound as if it was anything particularly difficult. Imagining that the nonreal was real was part of her own magic of illusions and fireworks. As for hesitation and all that, yeah, she was ready to do this. She was sure she was. If she could do this, she'd be a step closer to beating Twilight Sparkle. So there was no reason to be afraid of stepping on a cloud and possibly falling several stories onto the ground. Besides, there was a Wonderbolt present; he would be able to catch her should she fall.
"Okay, here I go..."
Taking a deep breath, Trixie began concentrating on the magic flowing through her, imagining that the cloud in front of her was a simple solid that she could walk on, like really soft and damp grass. Standing on the ledge, she took a step into the sky.
About five seconds later a blue unicorn could be seen flailing in the sky, falling from the top of the hotel.
Soarin' was feeling pretty good about things. Trixie seemed to have understood his rather...vague and cerebral sounding cloudwalking instructions and was all ready to give it a shot. Things were going pretty well.
...And then Trixie fell. That wasn't supposed to happen.
As the "Great and Powerful" One began her flailing descent to the ground, Soarin' dove off of his cloud platform in pursuit. The force of that jump combined with Soarin's greater weight made the pegasus drop faster than Trixie, which would would be bad, if he couldn't fly. The Wonderbolt dropped past the falling mare before spreading his wings and flying back up, laws of physics be damned. He held his front legs out as he flew up, catching Trixie as the now flew back up toward the window and cloud platform. Reaching the floor they had dropped from, Soarin' slowed down and flew inside, setting Trixie down and landing himself.
"Well, that didn't work out well," Soarin' said, understating things greatly. "But that's okay, mistakes are how we learn."
A lot of things were going through Soarin's head at this point. Did he forget something? Did he not explain enough? Either way, he had a feeling this was gonna be one looooong lesson.
...the fact that his record for saving falling unicorns was 1-1 now was a nice consolation, though....
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