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/emo/ Unstable Symphony, chp 1

By NHanon
Created: 23rd October 2020 03:47:20 PM

  1. >You wait with abated breath.
  2. >Finally, they stop talking and turn to the three of you.
  3. >”After careful consideration, and much discussion. We have decided to give the first chair to Connie Amore.”
  4. >It’s hard to contain yourself after hearing those words.
  5. >So you internally cheer.
  6. >Each solo, each piece was a challenge.
  7. >You were worried at first, you had been pushing yourself very hard for this.
  8. >It all culminated in this weird burst of energy you have had as of recent.
  9. >Makes you feel like you could do anything, and you did.
  10. >The other two members who auditioned trot away, leaving you with the judges.
  11. >Maestro Quiet Note gives you a soft, but stern, look.
  12. >”Now then, Ms. Amore, I’d like to make it very clear, this is a very important position.”
  13. >You give a large smile, it’s hard to hold back.
  14. “I fully understand Maestro, I look forward to proving I can handle this.”
  15. >She nods slowly with the other judges.
  16. >”I hope so, this is a very stressful position to undertake. You are second to me, and therefore, have to handle pre-concert tuning and determining the bowings of all the violins in the section.”
  17. >She has nothing to worry about, but you have to assure her.
  18. “I wouldn’t have auditioned if I wasn’t sure Maestro.”
  19. >Quiet Note gives you a look, but nods.
  20. >”The next two weeks shall be your probation period. After which, we shall determine if you shall keep this position.”
  21. >You nod, she is too worried about all of this.
  22. >Nothing can go wrong.
  23. >”Now then, let us prepare for rehearsal.”
  24. >The judges start to move from their seats and head to their positions.
  25. >You of course, are so full of energy.
  26. >Can’t wait to tell all of your friends!
  27. >Actually, you should throw a party!
  28. >Later of course, time to smash this rehearsal.
  29. >As your trotting to your new seat, Friedrich Stables approaches you.
  30.  
  31. >He also auditioned for first chair, but you just barely pulled ahead of him.
  32. >”I suppose a congratulations is in order Connie.”
  33. >Though he smiles, you can see he is a little upset.
  34. >Of course, you know how to handle this.
  35. “Thank you Friedrich. We both gave it our all, I look forward to you being my second.”
  36. >He raises an eyebrow for a brief moment.
  37. “As a matter of fact, I’d like to celebrate later this week. I’m going to invite the other members of course, but I’d like to invite you first.”
  38. >Your words stun him, it’s not that shocking though.
  39. >The time you have spent in this city has proven time and time again to turn the other cheek
  40. >Or at least, show those who cause trouble that you are a great pony to be around.
  41. >Then again, you could just knock their teeth out.
  42. >Focus Connie, he is talking.
  43. >”-just give me the time.”
  44. >Not sure what he said, so you nod instead.
  45. >You take your new seat to the maestro’s left.
  46. >It’s hard not to feel so smug, but you earned this dammit.
  47. >Every other pony takes their places and the new sheets are given out.
  48. >You gloss over them quickly, recognizing some of the pieces.
  49. >Bringing up your violin, you prepare yourself.
  50. >Glancing over to Quiet, you wait for the signal.
  51. >She carefully raises her wings, and begins the rehearsal as she gently moves them.
  52. >You lead the violinists, and the other chairs do the same with their own.
  53. >Each note hit, with near perfection.
  54. >Of course, you can hear that not all of the violinists are completely on point.
  55. >Will have to fix that after this piece.
  56. >Slowly the song ends, and Quiet takes a moment.
  57. >”Again.”
  58. >Translation, somepony messed up their part.
  59. >You lead on again with your section.
  60. >Not a second wasted on thoughts, just following the music.
  61. >This time things are better, but you know what you must do.
  62.  
  63. >The song ends, and you have to address the issues with your section.
  64. “Somepony in the third seat is playing a C#, when clearly it needs to be a C.”
  65. >You note some nods, not going to pick out anypony.
  66. >At least not now, unless it’s needed.
  67. >Looking back over, you can see the other sections are tending to their own.
  68. >You wait of course for them all to finish up.
  69. >As soon as they do, Quiet begins the next piece.
  70. >This whole process takes time, but is quite normal from your own experience.
  71. >Roughly two and half hours later, it finally ends.
  72. >Not bad, but you know you can push your section to do better.
  73. >Not that you’re better than them.
  74. >They just need a little push to do better.
  75. >You give a few critiques to some of the newer members to help them out.
  76. >As everypony is putting away their things, you decide to talk to some others.
  77. >One of the newest members looks a little frayed, not that you blame her.
  78. >You remember when you first joined, you felt the same way.
  79. “I think you did well, just need to practice of course.”
  80. >She gives you a confused look before realizing what you mean.
  81. >”Oh, well thank you.”
  82. “It’s fine, I was the same way when I first joined.”
  83. >She relaxes, and smiles.
  84. >”Yeah, it is a bit much.”
  85. >You give a smile in return.
  86. “It will pass over soon enough, especially when we play together more. You’ll fall right in tune like the rest of us.”
  87. >She nods, and you head off to talk some more before preparing to leave.
  88. >Most of the other members are happy to chat.
  89. >Though some are annoyed by how energetic you can be.
  90. >In truth, it’s only recent that you’ve had this kinda energy.
  91. >Part of you wonders if you should be concerned.
  92. >Doesn’t matter, these changes have only helped you.
  93. >You grab your case and saddle bags before leaving.
  94. >Manehattan never looked so beautiful!
  95. >Well, not since you first moved here.
  96.  
  97. >While you wouldn’t mind enjoying a nice trot to home.
  98. >You have a party to plan out, letters to write, things to do!
  99. >So you hail a taxi.
  100. >A stallion pulls up with a taxi cart and waits for you.
  101. >”Where to miss?”
  102. >You climb in and give him your address.
  103. >He takes off and while you’re riding with him, you figure you could chat.
  104. “So, how is work?”
  105. >He tilts his head a moment, realizing you’re talking to him.
  106. >”Um, fine, I guess?”
  107. “That’s good to hear, I just got first chair on the orchestra.”
  108. >He is still moving along at a decent pace, but keeps talking.
  109. >”Not sure what that is, but it sounds good.”
  110. >You giggle, of course he doesn’t know.
  111. >Not everypony knows the ins and outs of a orchestra.
  112. “It’s a very important position, it means I’m charge of my section and can be the solo if needed.”
  113. >He nods his head.
  114. >”Oh, well then, that’s very nice.”
  115. >Before you can continue, he stops in front of your apartment building.
  116. >”Here’s your stop miss, that’ll be 10 bits.”
  117. >You hoof over the bits, and a tip.
  118. “Thank you for the ride. Have a wonderful day.”
  119. >”You as well ma'am.”
  120. >You step off the cart and start to move to the front door when he takes off.
  121. >Part of you is certain he was hurrying along to avoid talking.
  122. >He must be busy.
  123. >You get your mail on the way up, no bills, nothing important.
  124. >Well a few letters from friends of course.
  125. >Making your way to your apartment and bounce in your step.
  126. >You’re overjoyed to finally have earned this seat.
  127. >Heading inside and set your things down.
  128. >Such a wonderful apartment, and affordable to boot.
  129. >You should celebrate, you can party with your friends later.
  130. >There is always plenty of time, no worries.
  131. >Opening up the hallway closet, you grab a bottle of wine and pop the cork.
  132. “Ah, such a nice sound.”
  133. >You take a sip, and feel great.
  134. >Almost never drink, except on special occasions.
  135.  
  136. >Even then, it’s just wine.
  137. >Of course, you need to do so much and soon.
  138. >You set down your glass and start writing letters.
  139. >First one is to your friend Eri.
  140. >Need to tell her about how your success, and of course, see what she is up to.
  141. >It takes no time, unlike usual.
  142. “And, done! That was easy, hope to hear from her soon.”
  143. >Few more letters to other friends and your done.
  144. >Don’t really feel like eating either.
  145. >So instead you decide to practice the pieces for this weeks concert.
  146. >Not quite the same as playing with others, but you have to sharpen your skills.
  147. >Despite what others tell you, it’s still not good enough.
  148. >You should be able to play perfectly.
  149. >Just have to keep at it.
  150. >You sort out the sheets, and prepare to play.
  151. “Hmm...How about this waltz? This should be a good warm up.”
  152. >The song echo throughout your apartment.
  153. >The neighbors never complain about it.
  154. >If anything, you have received many compliments.
  155. >You put in about six hours of practice each day now.
  156. >Every since you started trying out for the first chair, you pushed yourself that much harder.
  157. >Best of all, you have had no ill effects.
  158. >Taking a moment to grab a bite, you set down your violin.
  159. “Not all that hungry, but I should eat anyways.”
  160. >You take a quick look around the kitchen, throwing together some pasta.
  161. >After you finish cooking, you refill your glass of wine.
  162. “Wouldn’t have it any other way, though I should start to plan out the party of course.”
  163. >You’ll have time for that later, so much more to do.
  164. “I’ll just practice more, oh! I should write my teachers and thank them for helping this far.”
  165. >You clop your hooves and let out a little cheer.
  166. >Finishing up, you note it’s getting late.
  167. “Well, I can squeeze in a few more things. Not like it’s going to be a problem or anything. I’m certain tomorrow will go just as well as today.”
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