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/emo/ Unstable Symphony, chp 3

By NHanon
Created: 23rd October 2020 03:49:15 PM

  1. >Last day of rehearsal and it’s a another beautiful day.
  2. >Though you heard that there is a schedule storm sometime in the next few days.
  3. >Regardless, your spirits are far from dampened.
  4. >You greet the random ponies you pass by on the sidewalk.
  5. “Wonderful day to you!”
  6. >Some greet back in kind or even nod.
  7. >A few just ignore you.
  8. >They just don’t understand your happiness.
  9. >You pass by some shops on the way to hall and stop.
  10. >Normally you don’t just go shopping for no reason.
  11. >Today however, you feel the need to treat yourself.
  12. >Later of course, have to go to rehearsal.
  13. >Shaking your head, you continue to trot to the hall.
  14. “Maybe something nice, like a new necklace? Or a bracelet?”
  15. >Could get both, though one is already expensive.
  16. >Should be fine, it’s not like your finances are suffering.
  17. >Before you get too caught up in thinking, you see the hall.
  18. >Several ponies are just entering, one of which is your new friend, Feather.
  19. >You quicken your pace to meet with her.
  20. “Hey there Feather!”
  21. >She quickly turns to you and smiles.
  22. >”Oh, hello Connie.”
  23. >From what you can tell, she looks far better than the previous days.
  24. >You trot alongside one another and talk.
  25. “Last day before the concert, are you excited?”
  26. >Feather smiles, but it’s a little forced.
  27. >”Yeah, kinda. I’m mostly nervous.”
  28. >Poor thing.
  29. “Why’s that? You’ve played before an audience before, haven’t you?”
  30. >She sighs.
  31. >”I have, just not one this big. Plus this is my first real concert here in Manehattan.”
  32. >You forgot about that, time to help her out.
  33. “It will be fine Feather, you’re worrying too much.”
  34. >She gives you a look.
  35. >”You say that, but I’m not so sure.”
  36. >You both reach the main area, and you touch her wither to reassure her.
  37. “We were all nervous before our first concert. This may not be Trottingham, but I assure you, this isn’t much different.”
  38.  
  39. >Feather looks a little happier, and takes a moment to breath a sigh of relief.
  40. >”Yeah, you’re right. Let’s do our best.”
  41. >You give a small cheer and smile at her.
  42. “That’s the spirit, onward to victory!”
  43. >She smiles back and you go to prepare.
  44. >Like always, you will treat this as if you’re live before an audience.
  45. >Quiet takes her place and the songs begin.
  46. >The music pours from the group.
  47. >You can feel the emotion in each note.
  48. >That’s one reason why you’ve always enjoyed playing.
  49. >How it can express oneself through music.
  50. >With rehearsal nearly over, you contemplate writing your own music.
  51. >Sure you’re never written before, but you feel so inspired.
  52. >Careful now Connie!
  53. >Almost lost focus, that would’ve been disastrous.
  54. >With the last song finished, you can say that was perfect.
  55. >You feel without a doubt that the concert will be a success.
  56. >Many of the members talk amongst themselves.
  57. >You decide to approach Friedrich.
  58. “So Friedrich, what do you think?”
  59. >He looks to you with the same stoic look he wears.
  60. >”I think it went well.”
  61. >As he starts to tend to his things, you feel a little annoyed.
  62. “Well? That was perfect, what could’ve been better?”
  63. >He talks to you while he puts away his violin.
  64. >”Perfect might be overselling it. There is always room for improvement Connie.”
  65. “That’s true. However, I am certain the concert will be fantastic.”
  66. >Friedrich turns back to you, his face unchanged.
  67. >”It likely will, all of us do our best. Well, most of us do.”
  68. >For the first time in a while, you feel angry.
  69. “We all do. I don’t know why you can’t see that.”
  70. >This time he fully faces you.
  71. >”Like I said, room for improvement. Why are you getting upset over this?”
  72. >Feeling your anger rise, you step closer to him.
  73. “You always act like you’re above everypony, always saying they don’t do enough.”
  74. >He takes a step back and looks greatly confused.
  75.  
  76. >”I’m not above anypony, what is wrong with you?”
  77. >Just as you’re about to unload on him, you see that several members are staring.
  78. >What are you doing?
  79. >No, seriously, what are you doing?
  80. “I...I’m sorry, I don’t know what came over me.”
  81. >You take a step back, and feel a little shameful.
  82. >Friedrich looks concerned.
  83. >”If I said something to offend you, I am sorry, but.” He pauses, and looks around. “Perhaps you’re letting the stress get to you.”
  84. >Is he right?
  85. >No, you’re not stressed.
  86. “I’ll be fine, thank you Friedrich.”
  87. >He nods and picks up his things.
  88. >What caused this?
  89. >You shake your head.
  90. >Things are fine, you just need to get some fresh air.
  91. >So you go find Feather, the two of you can talk and practice.
  92. >That’ll help clear your head.
  93. >She just finished getting her things together.
  94. “Hey there, ready to go practice?”
  95. >Feather’s face lights up.
  96. >”Yeah, sure.”
  97. >The two of you head out, though you have a nagging feeling in the back of your mind.
  98. >Feather takes notice of your silence.
  99. >”Is everything alright?”
  100. >Her words draw you out, and you give a smile.
  101. “It’s fine, I was just overthinking something. Everything is okay!”
  102. >She gives you a half smile, but nods.
  103. >Instead of hailing a taxi, you remember seeing that jewelry store earlier.
  104. >You head off with her following you.
  105. >”Where are we going? Are we not going to take the taxi?”
  106. “To the store, I thought about picking up a necklace or something.”
  107. >She looks confused.
  108. >”Uh, okay. Hope that doesn’t dig too much into practice.”
  109. >You giggle, there is plenty of time.
  110. >She is worrying too much, like you were.
  111. >As you reach the store, you have another idea.
  112. “How about I buy you something?”
  113. >Feather gives you a look.
  114. >”Why? We haven’t known each other that long.”
  115. >You look back at her.
  116. “I’d like to think we’re friends. Besides, it will help take your mind off things.”
  117.  
  118. >She looks unsure, but finally smiles.
  119. >”I’ll just look around, if I see something, I’ll tell you.”
  120. >You eyes dance across the display cases and the nearby store owner trots over.
  121. >>”Can I help you ladies?”
  122. “Seeing if anything catches my eye.”
  123. >She nods along.
  124. >>”Anything in particular? Maybe something for a loved one?”
  125. >You pause, and turn to her.
  126. “Actually, could you show me your bracelets?”
  127. >She nods and quickly leads you over to a case.
  128. >Before you, many bracelets of different designs are laid out.
  129. >Each are so pretty.
  130. >Also quite expensive.
  131. >This is a treat for yourself, it’s not a problem.
  132. >One catches your eye, a silver bracelet with a emerald gemstone.
  133. >You point to it.
  134. “This one is lovely, could I try it on?”
  135. >She smiles, and brings it out carefully.
  136. >You slip it on easily, you can hardly take your eyes off of it.
  137. >Without a doubt, you will buy this.
  138. “I’ll take it.”
  139. >As you’re paying, you see Feather approach.
  140. “Find anything you want?”
  141. >She looks uncomfortable.
  142. >”No, not really.”
  143. >Looking around, you bring her over to the same case you were just looking at.
  144. “How about one these? We could get a matching pair?”
  145. >She shifts for a moment.
  146. >Finally she nods.
  147. >As you both head back to your apartment, she starts talking.
  148. >”That was quite a bit of money you just spent. Especially for somepony you haven’t known for long.”
  149. “It’s not a problem, really. Like I said earlier, I consider us friends.”
  150. >”Okay. I’m sorry, this is just a little unusual for me.”
  151. >Are you really overdoing this?
  152. >Everything is fine, your finances are good, this won’t be a problem in the slightest.
  153. >Need to stop getting distracted.
  154. “It’s fine, you’re worrying about this too much.”
  155. >You reach your apartment and look over your mail.
  156. >Several letters from friends and family.
  157. >Can’t wait to read them later!
  158.  
  159. >You practically fly up the stairs.
  160. >Feather has to move a bit faster to keep up, but you both reach your apartment and enter.
  161. >”Not to sound rude, but how is it you have so much energy?”
  162. >You’ve been questioning that for yourself on and off.
  163. >So, you shrug.
  164. “I’ve been this way as of recent, I’m not worried though. I feel perfectly fine.”
  165. >She nods, but looks concerned.
  166. >You set your mail down on the desk and head into the living room.
  167. >Unfortunately there isn’t much time left to practice, but a little won’t hurt.
  168. >You both pull out your violins, and you look through some pieces.
  169. >One catches your eye and you show it to her.
  170. “How about we start off with this one?”
  171. >She looks over the sheet briefly.
  172. >”Alright, I’ve played this one a few times before.”
  173. >Bringing your violins up, the song starts.
  174. >This was one of your favorite pieces.
  175. >A few more songs you play together.
  176. >But sadly she has to go.
  177. >You wish she could stay around longer, but you understand.
  178. “Goodbye Feather.”
  179. >She gives a small smile.
  180. >”Goodbye Connie, thank you for today.”
  181. “You’re welcome.”
  182. >The door shuts and you head off to look at those letters.
  183. >You approach your desk and look through quickly.
  184. >Letting out a sigh though.
  185. “Not one from Eri yet, she must be busy.”
  186. >You get to writing back each letter, and figure you should write Eri again.
  187. “Wouldn’t hurt to send her another, maybe she didn’t receive the last.”
  188. >Finishing up, you set aside the letters for tomorrow.
  189. >It’s here you realize you haven’t planned out everything still.
  190. “Am I stretching myself too thin? No, that can’t be. I always have a schedule to follow.”
  191. >You look outside the nearby window at the Manehattan night sky.
  192. “Tomorrow will be fine, I have done many concerts before and each a success.”
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