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/spg/ Black Honey (WIP)

By Sunksi
Created: 16th July 2021 09:31:33 PM
21st September 2021 11:53:55 PM

  1. >You are Anon
  2. >And boy is the look on your little pone's face gonna be priceless when she sees you got her a new companion finally
  3. >Not that she really asked directly per say, but there was more than enough nudging and winking that she was lonely when you weren't home.
  4. >The pony currently in the back of your car was eyeing you in the rearview mirror rather shrewdly, but you're sure she's just a little wary of you.
  5. >Which is fair
  6. >Since the complete and utter surrender of Equestria the little horses had as many rights as a melanated fellow in the 1800’s
  7. >Unfortunately some people treated them the same way, if not worse.
  8. >The seedy salesman had told you this girl had been through a few prior owners before she wound up at his…"Shelter" and that she had been “Declawed” with quotation marks, whatever that means.
  9. > She didn't seem too worse for wear thankfully
  10. >A little dirty and a fair amount of scrapes and scars but she seemed rather alert and cognizant
  11. >At least as far as you could tell
  12. >She wasn't exactly like any pony you’ve seen before
  13. >Her deep black coat is much shorter than you're familiar with
  14. >Rather than being somewhat thick and fluffy, it's hardly more than a velvety peach fuzz.
  15. >Not to mention the holes that litter the bottom third of her legs and what's left of her horn
  16. >Can't forget the weird translucent wings also covered in holes
  17. >You get the nagging feeling she’s not actually a pony but nonetheless, you're several grand in the hole already.
  18. >The holes don't seem to pain or inhibit her in anyway at least
  19. >You smile at her in the rearview mirror, hoping she eases up on the intense glare you've been receiving.
  20. >Trying to defuse the tension you nervously laugh
  21. “I'm sure you can't wait to be out of those straps and all.”
  22. >Fucking brilliant commentary Anon, the spirit of John Madden guides you like a seagull in a hurricane.
  23. >Not like she can reply anyway with the bit in her mouth
  24. >She rolls her bright emerald eyes
  25.  
  26. “We’ll be home soon I promise”
  27. >You fiddle with the radio for a bit, ultimately not finding anything worth listening to all the way through before you arrive home
  28. >Once you park the car in the garage you get out and undo her bridle
  29. >As your hand begins to invade her personal bubble she slightly but visibly tenses yet her eyes stay locked on you
  30. >Upon removal of the bit she stretches her jaw showing that she is apparently missing a few teeth
  31. >Curiously they seem strategically removed as the four spots are symmetrically spaced across the top and bottom of her mouth
  32. >Is that what the dealer meant by declawed?
  33. >It's not like horses had fangs [spoiler]haha..[/spoiler]
  34. >She notices that you notice and snaps her jaws shut
  35. “How ya feelin?”
  36. >She scans you and her surroundings as you begin undoing the rest of her straps
  37. >”You do not need to feign empathy for my sake, I understand what I'm here for”
  38. >You pause for a second
  39. “And what would that be?”
  40. >She sighs
  41. >”I assume like my previous….owners, a collection of holes to fill and a personal maid no?”
  42. >The statement rolls off her forked tongue very matter of factly as if it was the way things were meant to be.
  43. >Which judging by the few scars she had, it was probably just what she was used too
  44. >You can't help awkwardly chuckle at her frankness.
  45. “Mmmm no, not quite. In fact I really don't expect much of you besides playing nice and cleaning up after yourself”
  46. >Her brow furrows and looks rather taken aback by your statement
  47. >"Aren't you the curious one?"
  48. >Her forwardness would be cute if it weren't for the subject matter
  49. "I've been called worse."
  50. >You finish unbuckling her harness and help her climb out of the car
  51. “Now hold tight for just a second and I’ll be right back”
  52. >"Does that imply I have a choice?"
  53. >You shrug before entering the house and shutting the door behind you
  54. >”Anonymous!”
  55. >You look over to see your friend and the first mare you purchased; Celestia, clambering over the couch to get to you
  56. >”Are you alright? I was worried something had happened.”
  57. >As she reaches you she rears onto her hind legs to give you a short hug
  58. “Shit tia, I’m sorry. I thought I told you I'd be a little late last night.”
  59.  
  60. >She rubs a hoof against her chin
  61. >”Hmmm, I seem to remember you mentioning something like that, but still 'A little late' is not the same as three and a half hours late"
  62. >She softly 'punches' you in the stomach
  63. >"Not to mention you weren't answering your phone."
  64. >You tousle her mane much to her chagrin.
  65. "Again, my bad. Work was slow and I chewed through the battery but, I promise I'm gonna make it up to you right now."
  66. >She cocks her head to the side and raises an eyebrow
  67. >"And how do you plan on doing that? OH, did you bring home an entire cheesecake just for moi?!"
  68. >She regally points a hoof at her chest and bats her eyelids
  69. "Not exactly, I got something you something even better"
  70. >You open the door and motion for your newest edition to the family to join you
  71. "I know with all the overtime i've been pulling lately you've been kind of lonely so I thought I'd do something about that"
  72. >The black pony makes it all of three steps into the room before Celestia quickly places herself between you and the perceived intruder.
  73. >"Chrysalis."
  74. >Her tone is low and aggressive
  75. "Surpriiiise?"
  76. >A smug smile spreads across Chrysalis' face as she notices Celestia followed by the coral colored collar adorned she’s wearing.
  77. >She responds with venom of her own
  78. >"Oh how grand to see the great princess herself reduced to nothing but a mere cock warmer."
  79. >Oh Anon, what have you gotten yourself into?
  80. >"How dare you insinuate such a thing."
  81. >You feel like you've heard that name before
  82. >Brain, run a search inquiry for 'Chrysalis'
  83. >A few moments of dial up noises bring up vague memories of middle school ecology classes
  84. >Well that's useless, thanks brain.
  85. >As you disconnect from the matrix chair in your head you come back to them still arguing.
  86. "Okay hold on, what the fuck is going on?"
  87. >"Anon do you remember the story I told you about the creatures called changelings?"
  88. "Yes?"
  89. >You don't
  90. >"Oh yes, I'm sure it was a very impartial and fair recounting of the events that happened that day"
  91.  
  92. >Celestia pushes her side into you forcing you to take a step back
  93. >She's doing her best to keep her composure but you can see the hairs on the back of her neck standing on end
  94. >"You have to get rid of her immediately!"
  95. "What, why? Is she that big of a problem?"
  96. >"Its rich that my visage alone is enough to shake you like this"
  97. >She buzzes her wings a few times as she encroaches on Celestia's personal space
  98. >You've seen a myriad of emotions across your friend's face in the few years you've had her, but never one this stern.
  99. >You place a hand on her back, disrupting her concentration
  100. "Look Tia, I don't know what's going on but I can't exactly waltz down to the shelter and just give her back."
  101. >She locks her bright pink eyes to yours with a pleading look.
  102. "For one she wasn't exactly cheap and I doubt a back alley shelter like that is willing to give me even a partial refund. Can't we just work this out?."
  103. >"Yes, 'Tia’ afraid that you might lose your coltfriend?"
  104. >"I told you, that is not the kind of relationship Anon and I share."
  105. >A coy smile spreads across Chrysalis' face
  106. >"I see, then what's the problem if I make him mine?"
  107. >What did she say?
  108. “Make who, what?”
  109. >She prods Celestia's chest with a hoof.
  110. >Once you see a blood vessel in Tia's head look like it might pop, you intervene by picking each of them up
  111. >Despite their protests you sit them on the furthest sides of the couch.
  112. >You take your seat between them
  113. "Alright alright, let's talk this out like adults. Celestia, you go first"
  114. >She takes a deep breath and blows out slowly to compose herself
  115. >"Anon, her kind is a parasite that sucks its hosts dry of their love to gain power."
  116. >Chrysalis laughs and taps the ring at the base of her stump of a horn.
  117. >"And what do you think I'd do with that love while I'm forced to wear this 'lovely' contraption hmm?"
  118. >You give the black pony a harsh glare
  119. "Hang on, I'll get to you in a second. Tia, please continue"
  120. >Chrysalis lets out a loud "Hmph"
  121.  
  122. >"Back in equestria she and her kind we're a consistent threat and nuisance to my kingdom. Be it espionage, sabotage, or kidnapping and impersonating royal personnel."
  123. >Well that's a lot to take in but it's not like she'd lie
  124. >Talking about Equestria wasn't exactly her favorite past time so your frame of reference didn’t expand much beyond her being a princess and various fables
  125. >You nod at her and turn to the creature you now know as a changeling named Chrysalis.
  126. >Surely she has a rational and logical explanation about how it's all a misunderstanding.
  127. "And what say you in your defence?"
  128. >She gives a light shrug
  129. >Oh boy
  130. >"What she says is mostly true."
  131. >She looks over to give celestia a glare
  132. >"But, let me ask you a question….Master. I may not have access to a majority of my magic or know the extent of your relationship, but I can easily tell that you have a strong emotional attachment to her. Am I correct?"
  133. >You briefly look at the snow white mare, who is sharing you blush before turning your attention back to Chrysalis.
  134. "Something like that yeah"
  135. >Her face goes from the relatively smug yet neutral look she's had kept to one of deathly seriousness
  136. >"Good. Now imagine you; her soul caretaker being forced to watch her waste away. Would you not flip the world on its head for her?"
  137. >She had a point, when Celestia first came into your care she was in terrible condition.
  138. >You nearly bankrupt yourself getting her all the care she needed but seeing her as happy as she is reminds you that you did the right thing.
  139. >"I simply did what I must for my children"
  140. >"You expect me to believe such a perfect sob story?"
  141. >She cackles at Celestia's outburst
  142. >"Believe whatever you wish princess, but I know when I've won over a heart. Isn't that right, master?"
  143. >You notice she doesn't hesitate to say master this time
  144. >She locks her deep emerald eyes with yours and gives you a quaint smile.
  145. >Celestia huffs and hops off the couch.
  146. >"This is your home Anonymous, ultimately what you say goes. And Chrysalis, I am a guest in this house."
  147. >Her horn is enveloped in a soft honey colored glow as she opens the door to her room
  148. >"As long as you have that ring on your horn. while in these four walls you're at best a prisoner with privileges."
  149. >She slams the door behind her
  150. >Prisoner?
  151. >What did she mean by this?
  152. "Tia, what does that even mean?!"
  153. >You get no reply
  154. “And you...”
  155. >You turn to Chrysalis and throw your arms up and out
  156. “What the hell dude?”
  157. >She clambers down from the couch, takes a seat on the floor and sighs
  158. >Well at least she knows you're not exactly happy with her at the moment
  159. >She looks at you expectantly.
  160. "Well?"
  161. >She bites her lip
  162. >"I….apologize if I inconvenienced you, mast-"
  163. "Just... you don't have to call me that. Anon is fine."
  164. >You rub the bridge of your nose.
  165. >"I see. Then Anon, I can tell you're displeased."
  166. "Understatement of the century bud."
  167. >She recoil ever so slightly at the statement
  168. >For the amount of confidence she gave off facing down Celestia she sure is jumpy
  169. >"What shall my punishment be then?"
  170. "Huh?"
  171. >"When...a slave disappoints their owner they must be punished. Correct?"
  172. >A hefty groan escapes from you
  173. "That's not how...I...Y'know what, just go get all cleaned up and we'll talk about this later. The bathroom is at the end of the hall, all the stuff on the green shelf is mine, just use whatever you need on it for now.”
  174. >She gives you a slight curtsy and takes off.
  175. “Oh and the white shelf is Celestia's, please for both of our sakes just don't touch it."
  176. >Her gaze lingers on you until she rounds the corner
  177. >Weird
  178. >Well Anon, only you would find not only the princess of the ponies but her archnemesis.
  179. >Good job
  180. >You make your way over to Celestia's room and knock before opening it slightly.
  181. "Can I come in?"
  182. >She looks over at you for a moment before laying her head back down, facing the wall opposite to you
  183. >"Like I said earlier, it's your house. Do whatever you please."
  184. >You can feel the brain train pulling into aneurysm station
  185. "Please just give me a yes or no."
  186. >She lifts her head and thinks for a few seconds.
  187. >"Fine. BUT no petting. I'm not in the most pleasant of moods."
  188. >The 'No petting' stipulation was usually her way of letting you know she's willing to negotiate on whatever she's mad about.
  189. >Something about human fingers being an unfair advantage
  190. >You plop down on the side of her bed and lean against the headboard.
  191. "Is she really that bad?"
  192. >"Yes."
  193.  
  194. >You sit quietly for a few moments waiting for her to continue.
  195. >She doesn't.
  196. "Oh come on, aren't you supposed to be like the patron saint for forgive and forget?"
  197. >She quietly shakes her head while hiding a smile.
  198. >"Not exactly what I would call it, but sure. Listen Anon, she's been a thorn in my side for longer than this country of yours has existed. Even when her own subjects forsook her and moved on to a much less volatile lifestyle she refused to grow with them. Besides, her obviously false sob story about asking for my help was just an appeal for sympathy."
  199. "Fair points all around and sure I have to take your word for it but, it's not like she has anything going for her here. No subjects, no power, not even a horn. Plus what can she even do if you're around to protect me?"
  200. >She sighs
  201. >"Nothing I guess, but I don't trust her as far as you could throw her."
  202. >Wait a second
  203. "I think you got that a little backwards there Tia, the saying is 'As far as I can throw.'"
  204. >The small grin she was suppressing grows into a mischievous smile that fills you with dread
  205. >"Oh I know, but I can throw her very...very…..very far."
  206. >Oh right, magic
  207. >You boop her on the nose
  208. "There will be no horsie hammer tossing inside or outside of this house dammit."
  209. >She tries to gives you a pouty look but can't maintain it and bursts into laughter
  210. >You can't help but do the same.
  211. >After a bit you both regain your composure
  212. "But in all seriousness, please just give her a chance."
  213. >You scoot a little closer so that her hip is touching yours.
  214. "I'm not gonna ask for anything crazy, or for you to love her like family from the get."
  215. >"Like I said, this is your home Anon. You-"
  216. "Our home Tia, do you think i'd be in here asking your opinion if it didn't matter? You've lived here long enough to know better. Look, I won't beg or plead but if there really is no possible way you can stand her...I'll figure something out."
  217. >She floats a remote over and turns on her TV.
  218. >"I could never say I hate her or anything like that. I just dont think she has the capability to change, at least not for the better. She's always been an angry, fearless, bitter individual with no respect for others."
  219. >Fearless eh?
  220.  
  221. >Chrysalis may have been all fire and brimstone with Celestia but she's been pretty jumpy around you
  222. "I think you're giving her a little too much credit. Besides that little display of her's, she's flinched every time I get too close."
  223. >"Hmm."
  224. >Celestia nods but sounds utterly unimpressed.
  225. "Hell, she hasn't let me out of her sight since I got her. I think under that shell she's softer than you think."
  226. >She furrows her brow and looks around, puzzled for a second before her eyes land on you
  227. >"Was that a pun?"
  228. "Huh? No, why?"
  229. >"Because she's a changeling."
  230. "I don't follow."
  231. >You can feel the neurons in your brain firing at full power but they must be loaded with blanks
  232. >"If you listened to me just once I'd be amazed. Changelings are insects, Anon. They have a hard but flexible outer shell."
  233. "Ohhhhhhhh, well that would be a terrible pun."
  234. >Celestia joins you on the brain pain train and rubs her temples.
  235. >A short silence hangs in the air as she thinks for a moment.
  236. >"Alright fine she can stay but, promise me that you'll listen to me more from now on. On top of that, keep a close eye on her."
  237. >You scratch the back of her ear eliciting a few soft coo’s for a few seconds before hopping off her bed.
  238. "I promise Tia, and I will."
  239. >"Before you go, why are you so adamant on keeping her?"
  240. >You take a few steps towards the door
  241. "I dunno, I guess I just would hate for her to go through the things you had to."
  242. >"Ever the noble one aren't you?"
  243. "Of course M'lady. Oh and what the hell did you mean with the whole Andrew Ryan ass metaphor about how she's just a slave?"
  244. >She chuckles
  245. >"Just getting her head is all. Now as long as she has the anti magic ring on her horn...or lack thereof, and she sees that I don't have to wear one while we're home she'll understand the difference between us."
  246. "And that difference is?"
  247. >"Your implicit trust in me."
  248. "For your deep belief in friendship and transparency you may be one of the shadiest people I know."
  249. >The statement elicits a chuckle from her
  250. >"I was a government official for thousands of years, it comes with the territory."
  251. >She magics her blankets over her and turns up the TV.
  252. >"Now get out of here, my show's on."
  253.  
  254. >You oblige and make your way back into the living room to see chrysalis laying in front of the couch
  255. >Her dark velvety coat without all the dust and dirt is a much deeper black than before and both her tail and mane are tied into high ponytails using hair ribbons that have sat unused for a long time
  256. "Well don't you look nice and fancy."
  257. >You head over to the fridge and grab the both of you some water before sitting back down on the couch.
  258. >Her eyes follow your every step
  259. >You sit the water between her front hooves and turn the TV on
  260. >A couple minutes pass before she breaks the silence.
  261. >"I'm...a bit confused ma- erm Anon. Is this some sort of game I'm misunderstanding?"
  262. "Hmm?"
  263. >"Did you not want me to be clean for your sake?"
  264. >You lean back onto one elbow and scratch her between the ears.
  265. >She tenses up and holds her breath for a few seconds before relaxing only slightly.
  266. >You pull away your hand after realizing what your doing
  267. "Oh, sorry. Force of habit, but what do you mean by 'game' and being clean for my sake? I just figured you wanna take a bath with all the dirt in your fur and from being cooped up in that shelter."
  268. >She nods
  269. >"I guess so but...I figured you wanted me to be presentable clean for you to take me as punishment."
  270. >Huh
  271. "Take you?"
  272. >You take a sip of your water
  273. >"You know, sex. With my horn broken, I figured my hair like this would make an appropriate handle. I also did my tail the same way for easy access."
  274. >Never have you spit a drink so hard in your life
  275. >There’s no way you didn't set a Guinness World Record
  276. >On the inhale you breath in more water causing you to nearly hack up a lung
  277. >Chrysalis just watches, her face is mostly blank but the look in her eyes is pure confusion.
  278. >Once you recover enough mental faculty to process the last few hours leading up to this moment you give a long and hard stare into the obsidian colored mare's face trying to carefully formulate appropriate words for the situation
  279. >Her eyes dart back and forth between yours awaiting whatever punishment she probably assumes is coming
  280. >Of course one never will
  281. >"I apologize for-"
  282. >You hold up a hand to stop her
  283. >You cough a few more times
  284. "Relax for a moment. There's nothing to apologize for, you just caught me off guard."
  285. >You get up from the couch and sit a few feet in front of her on the floor.
  286. "Like I said when we first got home, you're not here for that."
  287. >She continues to stare at you, her eyes narrow and her head slightly jerks forward.
  288. "You look like you've got something on your mind. You're free to speak openly around here, in fact I encourage it."
  289. >Her mouth hangs open for a few moments as she collects her thoughts
  290. >"I am….skeptical, is this a test of my loyalty?"
  291. >You shake your head
  292. "Not at all."
  293. >"I see."
  294. >An awkward silence fills the air
  295. >”If I may...speak candidly.”
  296. >She pauses and waits for approval
  297. “Please do.”
  298. >”If I'm not here to fulfill you sexually, nor work for you. Why did you purchase me?”
  299. “Ah yeah...about that.”
  300. >You nervously chuckle and rub your neck
  301. >This question had to come up sooner or later
  302. “Well uh….you were...supposed to be a surprise companion for the lovely mare you met earlier.”
  303. >”Oh.”
  304. >Her ears flatten against her head and for the first time her eyes drift from you
  305. >”I imagine I’ll be returned to the shelter?”
  306. “Pffff, hell no. Do you have any idea how expensive you were?”
  307. >She winces a little at the joke which makes you feel bad
  308. “Sorry, that was in bad taste, but no I'm not gonna return you.”
  309. >You scoop her up and deposit her back onto the couch
  310. >At first she goes as stiff as a board but as you sit her on the couch she loosens up and her cheeks turn a light blue.
  311. >Is that a blush?
  312. “Let me level with you for a second. You can probably tell that Celestia isn't exactly giddy about you being here, but I can't just send you back there.”
  313. >You pause for a moment and look at the door to Celestia’s room
  314. “I've seen how bad it can get for you guys and I can't knowingly put a pony back into the awful lottery of shelter life.So I’ll tell you what I told her, you don't have to love her and be all buddy buddy with her immediately, but just try to get along.”
  315. >She nervously paws at her water bottle
  316. >”If that is what you wish for then I’ll do my best.”
  317. >It doesn't seem like like she gets the memo
  318. “It's not just about what I want, nor is it just about what Celestia wants. If you're gonna live here and be a part of this family, what you want is important too.”
  319. >When you call her family her face soften slightly and her wings buzz lightly for a moment before snapping back down and the blue hue of her cheeks returns from earlier
  320. >Fuck that's cute
  321. >You aren't sure if your heart can take more of that
  322. >But it wouldn't hurt to see it a few more times
  323. “We’ll start small, what’s something you want right now?”
  324. >She ponders for a moment before picking up her bottle of water
  325. >”I would like to be able to drink this.”
  326. “You don't know how to open a bottle?”
  327. >....
  328. >"I've….never had to, most of my water has been from a bowl or directly from a spigot."
  329. >You can feel your heart drop a little, poor girl.
  330. >You twist the top off for her and she chugs down the whole thing in one go
  331. “Damn, would you like more?”
  332. >”Y-yes please”
  333.  
  334. >You get up and pour her a big glass so she doesn't have to worry about the twist cap
  335. >While you're in the kitchen might as well get her some food.
  336. “Are you hungry, when’s the last time you ate?”
  337. >She puts a hoof to her chin and thinks for a moment
  338. >”If I had to guess it’s probably been…. three months or so.”
  339. >WHAT
  340. “WHAT?"
  341. >Chrysalis winces at your volume
  342. >You can hear a muffled "Shut up, please" through Celestia's door
  343. >Well at least she's polite about it
  344. >"I'm sorry, I-"
  345. "I don't know what you're about to apologize for but don't. Just come here for a sec."
  346. >You wave her over and she takes measured steps into the kitchen
  347. "Okay two things. One, stop apologizing so much. You're fine, if you want something ask for it. I'm not gonna bite or anything. Second, whatchya want to eat?"
  348. >You swing open the fridge and she peruses its contents before grabbing the smallest apple you have.
  349. >After some insistence on your part she takes a few more
  350. >Once you both return to the couch she carefully guards them while she eats like someone might take them away from her.
  351. >”Thank you.”
  352. >You give her a polite smile
  353. "No problem. How'd you uh, how'd you make it so long without food?"
  354. >She begins to reply but is cut off by a Celestia answering for her.
  355. >"She's a changeling, as long as they receive 'love' they don't need much food."
  356. >She makes her way into the kitchen and rifles through the freezer.
  357. "Thanks Tia? I was kind of asking her, also what do you mean by 'love'?"
  358. >You look over at her pouring a decent amount of vodka into a glass of orange juice.
  359. "And since when do you drink outside of parties?"
  360. >She floats her drink behind her and makes her way back to her door
  361. >"About since she got here a couple hours ago, plus it's just a little nightcap to help me sleep."
  362. >Why is she being so unnecessarily dramatic?
  363. >You'll bother her later about it
  364. "Just, ignore her for now. What were you gonna say?"
  365. >"No she's right. Changelings feed off of positive emotions mostly or rather...did…"
  366.  
  367. >She sighs and looks out the window at the night sky
  368. >You hadn't noticed how dark it had gotten till now
  369. "Do you wanna talk about it?"
  370. >She continues to stare wistfully at the stars
  371. >"If you order me to tell you I will."
  372. >The fatigue of the day finally sinks in as you lean back on the couch.
  373. >You stare over at the shadow colored mare and really take in her silhouette.
  374. >When you bought Celestia besides her size she was always visually striking with her flawlessly white coat and multicolored mane.
  375. >Chrysalis gives you similar feelings but something about here feels different
  376. >Something about that sad look resting in her viridian eyes was unlike most slave ponies you've seen, although you can't quite describe it.
  377. >She's just….interesting to look at.
  378. >Or maybe the word is mesmerizing
  379. >It could be the exhaustion talking though.
  380. "You tired?"
  381. >She takes a moment to reply clearly lost in thought
  382. >"I can stay awake as long as you need me too."
  383. >You rub your eyes and stretch
  384. "That's not what I asked."
  385. >Not thinking you lazily each over and tousle her made
  386. >She freezes up at your touch and her eyes immediately dart over to you.
  387. "Dammit, sorry."
  388. >"I'm your property Anon, do with me as you wish."
  389. >You groan
  390. "C'mon it's late."
  391. >You wave for her to follow you into your bedroom.
  392. "The mattress I bought for your bed wont be here till tomorrow , so for tonight you can sleep here."
  393. >A look of reluctance sweeps across her face.
  394. >"We'll be sleeping together then?"
  395. >You pat her on the back and walk back to the door.
  396. "Nah, till we get your room set up tomorrow it's all yours."
  397. >Her eyes nervously scan the room.
  398. >"You said I'm allowed to speak my mind, yes?"
  399. >You nod
  400. >"If I may be so bold, what's the catch?"
  401. >You chuckle
  402. "There is no catch. I'm gonna go pass out on the couch. If you need anything don't hesitate to come ask."
  403. >Her eyes get a little misty and her breath hitches slightly but she does her best to keep her composure as stone-like as possible.
  404. >"I-"
  405. "Just get a good night's rest alright? If it makes you feel any better, the door locks from the inside."
  406. >You turn the little knob and jiggle the door to prove your point
  407. "Good night Chryssi and uh, welcome home"
  408. >You can faintly make out small muffled noises from her after you close the door behind you and make your way to the couch.
  409. >She's probably exhausted
  410. >You lay across the couch and your mind fades into oblivion for the rest of the night.
  411.  
  412. >You are a very confused bug
  413. >And you most certainly didn't just finish crying, it was just the pollen from the fruit in your eyes
  414. >About an hour ago your new owner left you to your own devices
  415. >You wipe your eyes
  416. >Surely this is some kind of trick to build you up before tearing you down
  417. >You climb onto the soft bed and curl up in the center.
  418. >The room is pretty chilly but the bed seems to radiate this aura of warmth and comfort
  419. >You don't feel like you deserve this comfort after everything you did back home in equestria but, you'll revel in it for the moment and get some sleep
  420. >You are-
  421. >In so much pain
  422. >God you need a new couch, sleeping on rocks and crushed glass would've been more comfortable
  423. >Hopefully Chrysalis slept better than you did
  424. >You stretch, head over to your room and knock
  425. >No reply
  426. >You carefully open the door and see your bug pony laying on top of the covers shivering.
  427. >You can't help but shake your head
  428. >She'll get it through her head eventually
  429. >Carefully you tiptoe over and fold the blankets to make her into a warm bug burrito
  430. >On your way out you see one of her eyes peak open and point at you as she groggily starts to stir in the blankets.
  431. "You're okay, you can go back to sleep for a bit Chrys."
  432. >"Why do you keep doing all these nice things for me yet ask nothing in return?"
  433. >She's barely awake and her voice is quiet with a hint of morning gravel.
  434. >"You don't want my services, nor my body. I have nothing else to offer."
  435. "You're still on this huh? I'm being honest, I don't want anything from you."
  436. >"I don't believe you Anon.”
  437. >You take a seat on the edge of the bed
  438. >I don't believe anyone would take care of me out of the goodness of their heart. I don't deserve it. Everything has a cost, Anonymous. Any time something good would happen to me one of my previous masters would repeat a saying ‘There is nothing more expensive than something free.’."
  439. >As she continues to speak she starts to get louder and angrier, her voice is getting choked up and tears start to stream down her face
  440. >She struggles out of her blanket cocoon and stands up
  441. >Her bright emerald eyes are completely muddied by the amount of tears flowing out of them.
  442. >"What the hell is going on in here? Anon, what did you do?"
  443. >You glance over to see Celestia in the doorway looking back and forth between you and Chrysalis' rapidly deteriorating condition
  444. >Her horn begins to glow its golden color and without thinking your hand reaches out to grab it
  445. >Celestia winces at the sudden rough touch so you let go
  446. "Shit, I'm sorry Celly. Just, hold on okay? Let me handle her, this is my fault anyway."
  447. >She shakes her head and smirks slightly
  448. >"We've gotta fix this whole making mares cry thing you've got going on. You're two for two bud."
  449. "Harty har har Tia, time and place."
  450. >She gives you a stern look
  451. >You can tell she has no confidence in the situation but she trusts you enough to see where it goes.
  452. >She huffs and pokes you in the chest
  453. >"Fine, but so help me if she hurts you."
  454. >You give her an unconvincing smile before turning back at the openly weeping mare standing on your bed.
  455. "Hey Chrysalis, buddy. We're all family here, just relax and we can talk about it."
  456. >Her wings flutter causing the same angry buzzing you heard during her first interaction with Celestia.
  457. "No one's gonna hurt you."
  458. >You slowly start to inch your way towards her and she slowly retreats at the same speed
  459. >Is closing the distance a dumb thing to do?
  460. >Probably
  461. >"You keep saying that. That I'm okay, that you don't expect anything from me. You keep calling me family. If you're doing all this to hurt me, just hurt me. I can't take the anticipation anymore. I'd rather act out and have you punish me now than keep waiting."
  462. >What does she mean all this waiting, it's literally been less than a day
  463. >Has she not ever made it a day in someone’s custody without being assaulted?
  464. >Just what has she been through?
  465. >At this point she's sitting down after having backed up against the headrest and you're sitting about arms length from her.
  466. >She's a pitiful sight with her bloodshot eyes and messy mane
  467. >Reminds you of a few long nights with a certain other mare.
  468. "Because, I do mean those things. I've never hurt Celestia on purpose and I won't knowingly hurt you either. Just relax and we can figure things out."
  469. >You make sure to keep your voice calm and clear despite an uneasiness creeping up inside of you.
  470. >"Then why won't you just return me so I can be useful somewhere. The only things I have left are my body and my ability to work, yet you refuse them both. My hive didn't want me, my previous masters didn't want me. I'm just a play thing to be used and thrown away. So use me, please!"
  471. >You can't help but wonder how long she's kept this to herself
  472. >Let alone how many people have driven those thoughts into her head
  473. >You look back at Celestia who sitting in the doorway watching carefully
  474. >Her face is completely blank as she surveys the entirety of the room and situation.
  475. “Has no one ever just been nice to you before?”
  476. >”Why would they be? I'm me, a slave and nothing more. I’ve lost my crown, my fangs, my magic.”
  477. >She’s losing steam with each word almost as if it's fully hitting her all at once.
  478. >Without thinking you outstretch your hand to comfort Chrysalis, earning yourself a nice bite between your pinky and wrist
  479. >Instinctively you pull back your hand and grab her muzzle.
  480. >Not hard enough to hurt her but firmly enough that she can't bite you again
  481. "Ow, fucker!"
  482. >She yelps and recoils the best she can, expecting retaliation while you hold her mouth shut
  483. >"Anon!"
  484. >The crackle of magic starts to fill the air and you hold up your other hand at Tia
  485. >You give a quick inspection of the damage and while it's not pretty you probably won't need stitches.
  486. "I'm fine Tia, I'm fine."
  487. >Your brain wants you to be very angry about what just happened but this is not the first, nor worst pony inflicted injury you've received.
  488. >You look back at the mare doing her best to cower in fear.
  489. >You put a little force into your voice, enough to sound serious but not foreboding
  490. "Hey there, I'm gonna let go now. Do not, bite me again. Okay?"
  491. >She nods
  492. >Her eyes are just pin pricks at this point
  493. "I didn't hurt you, did I?"
  494. >You let go of her muzzle and place the the uninjured hand on her cheek
  495. >She flinched and spasms lightly at your touch.
  496. >Her jaw visibly trembles
  497. >"Hit me already! Why won't you just treat me like I'm supposed to be treated."
  498. "What did I just say? I'm not gonna hurt you. Am I upset? Kinda. Is this the worst injury I've received from a pony? Definitely not."
  499. >You look over at Celly who has a guilt look on her face
  500. "You should see what that one over there has done to me."
  501. >With the bloodied hand you point over your shoulder at the snow white mare.
  502. >Chrys peers through her red, tired eyes at your face trying to read every little muscle movement.
  503. >Being so worked up is taking its toll on her
  504. >”W-what do you mean?”
  505. >You stand up and pull off your shirt revealing a couple scars scattered across your arms before turning around and showing her a saucer sized burn mark across the back of your left shoulder.
  506. >Celly's ears pin against her head.
  507. >It's been a while since it happened but it was still a sore spot for her.
  508. "I keep this pain in my ass around despite the dozen or so stitches and a second degree burn."
  509. >Chrysalis eyes wander between you, celestia and your scars.
  510. >"I... I don't understand."
  511. "What part?"
  512. >"All of it. Why do you not punish her after she's disobeyed you repeatedly?
  513. Why do you let her do as she pleases? Why is she allowed to walk around without her god forsaken magic blocker? And....why did you pick me?"
  514. >Celestia groans
  515. >"I'm gonna go get the first aid kit."
  516. >She gives Chrysalis a hellish glare before trotting out
  517. >You slowly reach a hand out to carefully lift up Chrysalis' head and give her the best smile you can muster even with the throbbing pain in your hand.
  518. "I've known Celestia for about 4 years at this point. I may have not bought her with the purest intentions but seeing her like she was drove me crazy. So I did everything I could for her and just over that time we grew close."
  519. >"So...she's your marefriend and that's why she gets special treatment?"
  520. >You chuckle and pat her on the side of her barrel
  521. "Not exactly. Me and her are just friends now, and it seems to work out for us."
  522. >"Even with all the times she's hurt you?"
  523. "Even with all the times she will hurt me. Believe me, she's lazy, inconsiderate, shady, kinda an assh-"
  524. >"Ahem, I can just put these supplies back and let you bleed out, you know?"
  525. >You laugh
  526. "But despite all that, I trust her because she's earned it."
  527. >Celestia grabs your damaged hand in her magic and carefully begins dressing the small but bloody wound
  528. >For how shallow the cuts look it's amazing how much it's bled
  529. "Despite my laundry list of problems with her, she's pretty alright to hang out with."
  530. >She pulls the bandaging extra tight when you say that making you wince
  531. >"I still don't get it."
  532. >You rub her cheek before placing your hand in your lap
  533. "And that's okay, you don't have to understand. Oh, and to answer your last question, I'll be brutally honest, I don't know why I picked you out of all of the other ponies. Call it luck of the draw, but here you are."
  534. >She still refuses to make eye contact and her body heaves with sniffles occasionally but at least she's stabilized
  535. >"I'm sorry my problems became yours to bear. I promise I'll keep them to myself from now on."
  536. >You very lightly bop her on the nose
  537. "You're fine Chrys. Believe me, no one in this house is alone in having issues. I've got mine, Tia has hers and you have yours. You're free to talk about them whenever you feel like you need to. I'll be around to listen."
  538. >A confused look washes over her face
  539. "And, I'm sorry I tried to push being an individual on you so hard immediately, that wasn't fair to you when we haven't even known each other a full 24 hours. If you're willing, we can go a little slower."
  540. >"Would it make you happy if I said yes?"
  541. >Baby steps Anon, baby steps
  542. "Yes, it would."
  543. >"Then I will do my best mast- Anon."
  544. >You give her a big smile and pat her on the head.
  545. "And if you really wanna work, I'm sure I can figure out some chores for you."
  546. >"Thank you."
  547. "So no more biting?"
  548. >She nods her head and wipes her eyes.
  549. "Good girl then. I'm gonna grab some clothes and get dressed so we can head out to do some shopping okay?"
  550. >You get up, stretch and inspect Celly's bandage job
  551. >It's a little tight but you deserved that.
  552. >"We? You mean you and Celestia, correct?"
  553. "Nope! I mean all three of us. I don't know what you like so I don't feel right picking out bedding for you. Plus you need other things like towels,a toothbrush, stuff like that."
  554. >"Can you please put your shirt back on? You're not impressing anyone with your boyish physique."
  555. >That's it, you cant handle any more bullying from her
  556. "Come ere you."
  557. >You pick Celestia up and throw her over your shoulder making her squeal with laughter.
  558. >"Oh no I am in trouble. If only a knight in shining armor would come and save me."
  559. >Celestia hums her words in a slow and deadpan manner
  560. "Now if you excuse me, I have to go deal with this massive headache."
  561. >Celestia squirms in your grip as you carry her out of the room
  562. ___________________
  563. >You are a Changeling who is very tired and even more confused than before.
  564. >You watch as Anon throws the mare on the couch and begins...tickling her?
  565. >"This is what you get for mouthing off, you royal ass hat."
  566. >Both of them laugh and laugh
  567. >"Noooo stoooop. Anon I gonna pee stoooop!"
  568. >After a minute or two she kicks him in the chest and he falls over.
  569. >They stare at each other for a few seconds as he rubs his chest before they burst out laughing again.
  570. >You…
  571. >You want that
  572. >You know it's wrong for you to want to be that happy
  573. >The feeling starts to bury itself when you think about everything you've done before you were dragged onto earth.
  574. >At best you're here for atonement
  575. >At worst this is because tartarus wasn't cruel enough for you.
  576. >You watch as your owner helps your ex-nemesis get up and pats her on the back.
  577. >Anon is such a curious creature.
  578. >Despite everything he urges you to be yourself
  579. >The emotions that come off of him are as genuine as they get but...
  580. >It just leaves you very...confused
  581. >He really has been good to you since the shelter
  582. >The only time he's raised his voice was when you….bit him….
  583. >You feel a pit form in your stomach
  584. >You continue to watch for a moment as the two of them sit there out of breath
  585. >Anon catches you looking and gives you a thumbs up and a wide smile
  586. >Something about him just makes you feel a way
  587. >Maybe...
  588. >Maybe you can trust him a little
  589.  
  590. >You are Anon
  591. >The greatest, the strongest, the most powerfullest.
  592. >Powerfullest?
  593. "Hey Tia, is powerfulest a word?"
  594. >You look in the rearview mirror only to be greeted by her woahfully unimpressed visage.
  595. >"I know I've asked before but are you sure you graduated from school?"
  596. "Where i's is from mama always sed we aint needs no edumacation."
  597. >"You're such a dork."
  598. >Both mares give you a smirk but Chrysalis is very quick to realise what she's doing and hides it just as quickly.
  599. "Hey you, I saw that."
  600. >You slowly reach over and pat her on the head
  601. >She flinches significantly less this time which makes you grin
  602. "You're allowed to smile y'know?"
  603. >You can see her nod out of your periphery
  604. >"M- Anon...I'm sorry I bit you."
  605. "I know you are, and it's kinda my fault anyway. Plus chicks dig scars so when I go to the bar I'm gonna say I got it by saving a puppy from a gang of alligators."
  606. >Shit's gonna be so cash.
  607. >If Celestia guffawed any harder she might've thrown up
  608. >In fact she might've but you don't wanna check
  609. "Okay you back there, settle down."
  610. >"Anon, buddy, pal, friend. Name one girl you've talked to at length in the past year."
  611. >You think for a moment
  612. >"We don't count."
  613. >Shid
  614. “Her name’s…...Christia and uh, she lives in Canada. You wouldn't know her.”
  615. >A loud snort followed by a sharp inhale draws the attention of both you and celestia
  616. >You both look over at the mare in the passenger seat who is covering her mouth with both of her hooves and a nervous blush on her face
  617. "Goodness, was that a laugh?"
  618. >"Um..I..uh-"
  619. >A grin spread across your face so hard that your cheeks hurt
  620. "Well I'm glad someone around here appreciates my humor."
  621. >She puts her hooves down and maintains a small but pleasant smile as you and Celestia banter about your totally thriving love life
  622. >After a little bit longer you pull into the shopping center's parking lot
  623. "Alrighty, do you remember everything I told you?"
  624. >You look over at the Chrysalis whose cheeks are still a faint blue from embarrassment
  625. >She nods
  626. "Can you repeat them just to make sure?"
  627. >She takes a deep breath
  628. >"I have to stay on my leash but I'm allowed to look around. If I get overwhelmed, let you know so we can go somewhere to calm down. Don't be scared to ask you for things."
  629.  
  630. >You give her a reassuring smile.
  631. >She's a quick learner at least but that doesn't surprise you with how jumpy she can be.
  632. "And you?"
  633. >You look over at Celestia
  634. >"C'mon, I know how to behave."
  635. "Debatable. Now come on girls, let's get some shopping done."
  636. >You get out and hook up Chrys' harness and Celestia's collar to their respective leashes
  637. >You give Tia's anti-magic ring one last check, she knows well enough not to use magic in public but you don't need the hassle if some dick head security guard decides he needs to check.
  638. >Chrysalis looks a little weird in a bright pink harness but it didn't feel right putting a collar on her so you just had her wear an old one Celestia didn't use anymore
  639. >You get maybe 100 steps out of the car before you can feel Chrys start to get uncomfortable
  640. >She's all but attached to your hip
  641. >In retrospect you probably should've gone a little later when there were less people but, might as well play things by ear since you're here.
  642. "How are you holding up?"
  643. >"I'm….okay, I've just never been around this many people before."
  644. >From what you can see there's maybe 20 people around.
  645. >If that's a lot to her you can only imagine the conditions she's used to.
  646. >She's a little shaky but so far so good.
  647. >You head into a store called Plush n Stuff and look around for a bit.
  648. >Some of the sales ponies keep making passes by the aisle you're in
  649. >Weird, it's been like five or six years since you shoplifted here
  650. >Probably new hires excited to see Tia or something
  651. >Although the looks on their faces seem more worried
  652. >You decide to ignore it
  653. "See anything you like Chrysalis?"
  654. >Tia butts in before Chrys can even open her mouth
  655. >"How come you don't ask me that anymore?"
  656. >Tia asks in a sarcastic tone and nudges you
  657. "Because you always give me weird answers now shoo."
  658. >She thinks it over for a second before shrugging and goes back to looking through the fluffy blankets.
  659. >The original recipient of your question gives a huff of frustration
  660. >"I'm...not sure."
  661. >Probably not the best idea to push her too much on picking it.
  662.  
  663. >Out of the corner of your eye you see a certain mare piling about a dozen duvets into the cart
  664. >Not even covers, just the actual blankets
  665. "Well, for right now just think about a color you like."
  666. >You turn to the terror of credit card limits known as Celestia
  667. "And what are you doing? Don't you have enough of these?"
  668. >"Anon, there's no such thing as too many blankets."
  669. "Yeah blankets, these are a little more than that."
  670. >" I just like to be comfy, and I like when they're heavy."
  671. >She flutters her eyelashes
  672. >The audacity of some mares
  673. >Wait, heavy?
  674. >You suddenly remember something you suggested forever ago which she of course didn't listen
  675. "Will you put them back if I get you a weighted blanket instead?"
  676. >She gives you a head tilt and a raised eyebrow
  677. >"A weighted blanket? Why am I just now hearing about this?"
  678. "If you listened at all to me or your doctor, you've been told before. They're supposed to be really good for like anxie-"
  679. >She gives you a hard poke in the gut with a hoof
  680. "Ow! Okay, damn. Look if you put those back we can get you one alright?"
  681. >While she pulls all her crap out of the cart you turn back to see Chrysalis has made zero head way.
  682. "No luck?"
  683. >She shakes her head
  684. >It probably wasn't your grandest idea to throw her to the winds of exercising free will.
  685. "I can pick for you for now and you can always change your mind later, if you want."
  686. >She doesn't reply and just watches as you comb through the sets
  687. >After a few minutes she speaks up
  688. >"If I may, you and Celestia have a strange relationship."
  689. >Your face scrunches and you give a hearty chuckle
  690. "You think so?"
  691. >She nods in your periphery
  692. >"Forgive me if this is….too frank but, you seem to argue a lot yet neither of you seem actually upset when you do it."
  693. "I think my hard head rubbed off on her. She gets on my nerves and makes me mad a lot but..."
  694. >You look over to see Tia casually chatting to one of the sales ponies.
  695. >She's got a wide smile as always but her eyes always seem a bit dull around other ponies.
  696. >Not that you could ask her why but, it isn't hard to guess with what little she's told you.
  697.  
  698. "I think it lets us both blow off some steam. It's easy to know why someone's upset with you when they can just say it. I prefer brutal honesty to polite secrecy."
  699. >"Hmm."
  700. >She seems satisfied with your answer
  701. >It doesn't take long for you to throw something together plus the time to get her towels and a few other things.
  702. >About twenty five or so minutes
  703. >Being the tactical genius you are, you match her sheets to her colors
  704. >Mostly cause it makes it easy to track who's laundry is who's.
  705. >Tia has pink and white, you have green and black, chrysalis has black...and uh, green
  706. >Huh
  707. >You definitely didn't think that through
  708. “You girls ready to move on?”
  709. >"Sure, if the queen over there is satisfied."
  710. >That was out of nowhere
  711. >You take your purchases to the car and throw them in the trunk.
  712. >Chrysalis is looking a little haggard
  713. >She takes a few very long blinks and yawns
  714. >That breakdown probably took more out of her than you thought
  715. >Oh boy
  716. "You doing alright there buddy? We can take a minute if you want."
  717. >"No...yes er, I'm okay"
  718. "Are you sure?"
  719. >She nods and rubs her eyes
  720. "Don't push yourself alright?"
  721. >"Hey, she said she's okay.”
  722. “Alrighty then, Where to?”
  723. >Tia paces for a bit before making her decision
  724. >”Maybe we can get some clothes to cover all of Chrysalis’ unsightly leg holes, plus I need some more hoodies and socks.”
  725. “Dude? Uncalled for.”
  726. >She shrugs
  727. >”Whaaaat?”
  728. “Chrys you know you’re allowed to give her hell right?”
  729. >She gives you a sleepy smile
  730. >”I’ve had much worse said about me.”
  731. >You scratch her ears and much to her embarrassment and Tia’s annoyance she makes quiet chirping noises with her wings
  732. >Hits you right in the heart man
  733. >You continue for a bit as you follow Tia wherever she decided to go
  734. >To save Chrys some embarrassment you stop as you reach your destination and look up at the sign
  735.  
  736. “Tia.”
  737. >”Yes?”
  738. “We are not going into a Hot Topic.”
  739. >She sighs
  740. >“Why not?”
  741. “Because I'm a grown ass man, If I go in there I'll immediately be arrested."
  742. >She bites her leash and pulls you into the store with minimal effort
  743. >Oh right she is an immortal goddess
  744. >And just your luck Chrysalis looks enamored
  745. “Well that's a new expression on you Chrys.”
  746. >”Oh uh....”
  747. >You cant help but laugh
  748. "Lets go find some stuff you like."
  749. >You look around and only see a pony at the checkout counter so you tuck the girls leashes away for a bit and let them wander for a bit
  750. >You decide to follow Chrysalis around and pick up a few of the things she seems the most interested in when she moves on to the next thing
  751. >She's about Celestia’s build so you just guess on sizes
  752. >Tia sees you and unable to control herself intervenes
  753. >”Whatchya got there, I thought you didn't wanna be in here?”
  754. “I don't, but I know she won't ask for anything so I'm just grabbing some of the stuff she looks interested in.”
  755. >”Ugh, what's so special about her to you.”
  756. >She rolls her eyes and huffs indignantly
  757. “I'm just being nice Tia, I did the same stuff for you remember.”
  758. >”Yeah but I'm me.”
  759. “Yeah unfortunately.”
  760. >She looks back and forth between your eyes before huffing again and trotting off
  761. >”Fine, enjoy your new toy.”
  762. >Is she okay?
  763. >Eh, whatever she’ll get over whatever this is
  764. >Eventually you are able to drag Tia with a fraction of what she wanted to buy to check out and leave the store.
  765. “Hey Chrys, do you wanna wear any of your stuff?
  766. >”My stuff?”
  767. >She gives you a very confused look
  768. >You lift a couple of the shirts and hoodies out of the bag
  769. “Yeah I grabbed some of the stuff you were looking at.”
  770. >”I...Anon, you...I don't deserve those.”
  771. >You tousle her silky mane and shrug
  772. “Meh, I don't mind buying you some stuff. I knew you wouldn't ask anyway.”
  773. >”Thank you.”
  774. >She gets a little misty eyed but blinks it away.
  775. >She yawns and looks like she’s not gonna maintain consciousness for much longer
  776. >”Ugh, blegh. How about we get some food, I'm starving."
  777. >She sure is acting more like a brat than usual.
  778. "We've got food at home Tia. She looks exhausted."
  779. >Tia sticks out a pouty lip
  780.  
  781.  
  782. >"C'mon Anon we haven't eaten out in ages."
  783. "Yeah, I guess that's true"
  784. >"I'll be okay if you wish to stay out longer Anon."
  785. >"See."
  786. "Alright alright fine, where to princess?"
  787. >Celestia sticks out her tongue at you and blows a raspberry
  788. “Just pick somewhere you brat.”
  789. >She gives you a smile and hems and haws for a few moments before picking a small restaurant near the edge of the plaza you used to frequent but haven't been recently on the account of all the over time
  790. >It's a majority pony ran place so you remove the girls leashes and stick them in your pocket, you even turn off Tia’s ring
  791. >You make it maybe two steps in before you're spotted by your favorite maître d in training
  792. >”Anon and Tia!”
  793. >A sandy brown filly with a dark brown mane sprints over to you and hops up into your arms almost knocking you over
  794. “Ough, you're starting to get heavy Caramel Drop!”
  795. >”Am not!”
  796. >She lets out a few squeal of laughter as you spin around a few times before setting her down
  797. >She wobbles her dizzy self over to Tia and gives her a hug
  798. >Tia happily obliges
  799. >By this point the real maître d; Cinnamon Heart, sees her daughter making a commotion and heads over
  800. >”Long time no see folks, I see Caramel’s already cau- .”
  801. >She does a double take freezes as she sees Chrysalis enter
  802. >She picks up Caramel with her magic and places her behind the nearby counter before bracing herself
  803. >”What’s THE changeling queen doing here?”
  804. >Her voice is loud enough that most of the patrons are now looking in your direction
  805. >Well you certainly didn't think this out
  806. >Did Celestia know this would happen?
  807. >The shit eating grin on her face tells you yes
  808. >Chrysalis immediately slinks behind you
  809. “Hey Cini, it's fine. She’s with me.”
  810. >”That only brings up more questions Anon.”
  811. >You get the feeling this is probably gonna be a common occurrence bringing Chrysalis
  812. “I bought her yesterday and she's…not in the best shape but she's not gonna hurt anyone."
  813. >You absolutely can't prove that
  814.  
  815. >Cinnamon gives you a skeptical look and notices your bandaged hand which you stick in your pocket reflexively.
  816. "Come on, you know I would never bring anyone dangerous around here. Especially not with Caramel here."
  817. >Cinnamon thinks it over
  818. >"I'm sorry Anon, but it's not fair to me, my staff or my customers for someone like her to be here. Almost everypony here has been affected by what she's done."
  819. >Chrysalis droops her head and takes a few steps backwards towards the door
  820. "If it's about my hand, that was my fault. I mean you've seen me in here with worse bandages."
  821. >You can feel your blood begin to boil despite her having a point.
  822. >"I'm sorry Anon but I can't. Not with her."
  823. >The way she says her is filled with a venom you never would've expected she was capable of
  824. "Fine, we'll leave. It was ....nice to see you and Caramel again I guess."
  825. >She gives you a slightly remorseful stare but remains silent
  826. >You make your way out and take a seat on the curb
  827. >Frustration is all you feel
  828. >"Well it's wonderful that we got kicked out of our favorite restaurant thanks to her."
  829. >A storm of a headache starts to crowd your skull
  830. “You knew this would happen didn't you?
  831. >She feigns ignorance
  832. >You should've known better with what Tia said
  833. >But of course you didn't listen.
  834. >"I'm sorry….master."
  835. >You fill a pit growing in your stomach
  836. >And she was doing so well
  837. >You bury your face in your hands for a little bit
  838. >After a few deep breaths you get back up
  839. "We're going home."
  840. >"Oh come on I'm sure we could just leave her in the car or something."
  841. "Tia! I'm not in the mood."
  842. >You say her name a little louder than you want and she jumps a bit
  843. "I'll just...cook us something or whatever."
  844. >It's a very long and silent walk back to the car.
  845. "Are you happy with yourself Tia?"
  846. >"Of course not, I didn't get to eat at my favorite restaurant."
  847. "Dude, what's your malfunction? I'm used to you being kind of an ass but what's this shit?
  848. >She huffs and lays her head down.
  849. >The smug smile she's had up to this point fades away
  850.  
  851.  
  852.  
  853. >"It's whatever, I'll talk to you about it later."
  854. >It's all so tiresome when she gets pouty like this
  855. >Was Chrysalis really that much of a pain to her?
  856. >And even if she was, it doesn't take a genius to see she's not whatever she was before.
  857. "Why not right now?"
  858. >"Hmm"
  859. >Well you're not gonna get any more from her
  860. >You look over and see Chrysalis is slumped against the door fast asleep.
  861. >The ride home is deathly quiet and feels like an eternity but you eventually arrive back at your humble abode
  862. >Celestia is quick to storm off to her room before you can say anything.
  863. >Chrys is still passed out so you carry her to your room and leave her on your bed.
  864. >While you were gone her mattress was delivered so you drag that plus your bags in and get to work in the spare room building her bed frame.
  865. >You throw on some music and revel on how nice it is to have some time to yourself for once.
  866. >What are you gonna do with Celestia?
  867. >Sure she acts like a kid sometimes but she's earned some angst with everything she's been through
  868. >But getting kicked out of her favorite restaurant on purpose is a whole different level
  869. >You decide it's better to just ask her later when she's cooled down, it's not worth getting all worked up about it.
  870. >Probably an hour or so passes and you're mostly done with the frame when you feel a warm body press against your back and a sudden weight on your shoulder
  871. >A pair of feathery wings partially wrap themselves around you
  872. >"Hey."
  873. >Her voice is very low and has a light shake to it like she just woke up.
  874. "What?"
  875. >At this point you're not even trying to hide your annoyance
  876. >She gives you a light squeeze with her wings
  877. >"Oh don't be like that."
  878. >She croons lightly in your making you shrug her wings off your arms
  879. "Celestia stop. What's your problem today?"
  880. >She sighs and magics over your phone
  881. >" Look at the date"
  882. "The fifteenth?"
  883. >"Anon, what exact day is it?"
  884. "April fifteenth, what about it?"
  885. >Tia is starting to get a bit worked up and backs away from you
  886. >"Anon! What happened today ten years ago?"
  887. >Oh
  888. >...shit.
  889. >"You forgot didn't you?"
  890. >You absolutely did till right now but you can't just that
  891. >She huffs and puffs her cheeks out
  892. "I uh...look Tia, it's been a long past two days."
  893. >It's the tenth anniversary of Equestria's complete and utter surrender.
  894. >"I can't believe you forgot."
  895. >Which for Celestia means it was the last time she ever saw her sister
  896. >No wonder she's upset, she can't be as clingy as she normally is
  897. "I didn't forget Tia."
  898. >You turn around to face her as she storms out the room
  899. >Of course you follow her
  900. "Come on Tia, I'm sorry. I've been busy for the last few months working overtime for you, plus trying to get Chrys acclimated to living here. It just slipped my mind."
  901. >She turns around and slowly strides over towards you.
  902. >The somber look on her face is replaced with disdain
  903. >"For me? I didn't ask for you to do any of this for me Anon. I was perfectly happy with it being just you and me."
  904. "Tia, you know that I know that's BS. I see that look you give me everytime I leave the house without you, even if it's just for a little bit."
  905. >She recoils slightly at the last part.
  906. "Look, I'm sorry I forgot okay? And I know this is always a rough week for you, but you can't just keep being a brat in the hopes that she goes away."
  907. >”I can and-”
  908. >Almost on queue Chrysalis walks out of your room rubbing her eyes.
  909. >Unfortunately Tia sees her too
  910. >"I can't even have ten minutes alone with MY Anon."
  911. >Wait
  912. "Your Anon?"
  913. >Not this shit again
  914. “Tia come on.”
  915. >She loudly groans and angrily paces to her room, slamming the door
  916. >Chrys' ears lay back slightly
  917. >You knock on her door a few time to no avail
  918. “Just talk to me Tia.”
  919. >You keep knocking but get no answer
  920. >"Did I interrupt something?"
  921. >You rub your hand down your face.
  922. "Yes...No... I don't know. I fucked up is all Chrys."
  923. >"Hmmm."
  924. "Not a mare of many words are you?"
  925. >A small but cute smile finds itself on her face
  926. >"I just know when I should and shouldn't speak.”
  927. >You pat her on the head
  928. "Teach me that sometime. Oh, wanna help me with your room?"
  929.  
  930. >She gives you a polite nod and follows into her room
  931. >The smile on her face is small but persistent.
  932. >You sit back down and turn on some music
  933. "Alright uh, the screws are in order so just hand me whichever ones I ask for, please and thank you."
  934. >She investigates the pile of screws for a moment
  935. >"Would you prefer I use my hooves or mouth?"
  936. "Oh, just use your ma….."
  937. >Oh….right
  938. "Uh actually nevermind, just sit tight and hang out if you want.”
  939. >Her smile wanes and her ears droop once again
  940. >”Oh...sorry.”
  941. >Good job Anon
  942. “No...you’re fine.”
  943. >Her eyes drift off and your back to the same silence from before Tia came in
  944. >Only more solemn
  945. >The haunting melody is the only sound filling the still atmosphere of your three bedroom flat
  946. “Hey, hand me one of the B Four screws.”
  947. >You place out a hand and give her a warm but expectant look
  948. >Chrys’ face twists from somber to confusion and her lips part like something is on the tip of her tongue
  949. >”I thought you-”
  950. >A defeated grunt escapes as you exhale and hang your head
  951. >Why are you being so awkward
  952. “Sorry Chrys, I'm a little scatter brained at the moment.”
  953. >She carefully obliges your request gives you the screws
  954. >As you work she diligently hands you what you need
  955. >The song repeats a few time because you're too lazy to change it
  956. >But also you're just kinda feeling it at the moment
  957. >Around the fourth or fifth repeat you notice a very quiet whisper and buzz accompany the music
  958. "Like the song?"
  959. >Chrysalis' eyes widen for a second
  960. >"Oh, I uh...I didn't notice I was doing it."
  961. >There's a slight blush on her face
  962. "You don't have to stop. It's kinda nice."
  963. >At this point you're beginning to blush too
  964. >You are the king of awkward interactions
  965. >But the notion seems to plaster a warm smile across her face.
  966. "Is singing something you used to do a lot?"
  967. >"Not...particularly. A long time ago it was mostly singing cadences for morale or training but..."
  968. >She trails off and gets a glassy far off look in her eyes
  969. "Sorry, I should know better than to ask about your home."
  970. >Without missing a beat she gives you a somber reply
  971. >"Equestria hasn't been my home for a long time, even before the war."
  972.  
  973. >Oh man
  974. "Oh."
  975. >"Sorry that was-"
  976. "No no you're alright.I told you that you can talk to me about that stuff right?"
  977. >"You did but...I think I'd rather not."
  978. >She looks back to the floor
  979. "That's fine too."
  980. >You grab your phone and pause the song before looking at the time
  981. >It's a little before 7:30
  982. >Besides putting on the mattress and bedding, Chrys' bed is basically done.
  983. "You hungry?"
  984. >She tilts her head side to side as she thinks
  985. >"Not for food per say…"
  986. >She nervously paws at the carpet
  987. "Oooookay? What for then?"
  988. >She jolts slightly and her eyes dart around
  989. >"Oh uh, nevermind. I didn't say anything"
  990. >Alright now she's being weird
  991. >Hmmm
  992. >Oh right Tia mentioned something about changelings not just eating normal food
  993. >What was it again?
  994. "Is it about the whole eating emotion thing Celestia mentioned?"
  995. >Chrys kind of recoils into herself
  996. >"Mmmmm...yes but you've done so much for me, I'd feel ungrateful for asking more of you…"
  997. "I bought you Chrys. Providing for your well being is kinda my job, especially if it's a necessity for you."
  998. >Her demeanor fades as her mouth gapes slightly while she tries to formulate her words.
  999. >"Changelings…...require love to survive.."
  1000. >You can almost see the wheels turning in her head as she methodically choses each word
  1001. >"There are many ways to express that, be it…..physical or ambiently. Physical is typically the strongest but-"
  1002. >You visibly recoil at the thought of plowing the poor abused pony er, changeling in front of you.
  1003. "I uh, don't think I'm comfortable having sex with you Chrysalis."
  1004. >A vivid blush sprawls across her cheeks
  1005. >"That's ...understandable, I guess without my magic I can't make myself look more appealing…"
  1006. >She looks down at her hooves
  1007. "What do you mean?"
  1008. >She clears her throat
  1009. >"Well changelings like our name implies, can change our form. Our natural shape isn't very….aesthetically pleasing to most."
  1010. "I think you look fine."
  1011. >Upon hearing that, Chrysalis freezes and the blush returns In full force
  1012.  
  1013. >Did you say something weird?
  1014. >"….A-anyway, physical does not only imply sexual contact."
  1015. "Then like, hugs and stuff?"
  1016. >She nods
  1017. >"Or um, that thing you did….when we were out today."
  1018. >She looks down at your hands
  1019. >Ponies just can't get enough of the magic fingers huh?
  1020. >You cant stop yourself from laughing, earning you a confused look
  1021. “It's not gonna hurt is it?”
  1022. >”It shouldn't.”
  1023. >We’ll that’s reassuring
  1024. >You pat the ground next to you and she carefully drifts closer before plopping down just within your reach
  1025. “You can move closer I won't bite”
  1026. >She flinches a bit at your comment before worming her way a little closer
  1027. >Enough that you can feel her body heat against your leg
  1028. >You reach out, nest your fingers at the base of her ear and gently scratch with your magic touch
  1029. >The tightly wound drum that is Chrysalis begins to unwind just a little
  1030. "Am I doing it right?"
  1031. >Her wings happily chirp and buzz
  1032. >She simply responds by pushing into your hand
  1033. >”Mmmmm.”
  1034. >A warm sensation envelopes your chest
  1035. >Like every hug you've ever received at once
  1036. >This better not awaken anything in you
  1037. >Just as quickly as the feeling comes it subsides and Chrysalis pulls away with a slight shiver
  1038. "Was it good for you too?
  1039. >She turns to you with a furrowed brow but a wide grin
  1040. >"You really are a peculiar one."
  1041. "Says the almost six foot tall bug who just had an orgasm from ear scratches”
  1042. >”Hey! I- I didn't...”
  1043. >You ruffle her mane
  1044. “I'm just messing with you Chrys. Do you feel any better?”
  1045. >She nods
  1046. >”Yes...um, I appreciate what you've done for me.”
  1047. >She looks up at you
  1048. >Her emerald green eyes have a shimmer to them like never before
  1049. “Don't mention it. Now, how’s your cooking skills?”
  1050.  
  1051. >"It's been some time since I've done it but I'll do my best for you."
  1052. "For me eh?"
  1053. >She flaps her wings and has a deeply embarrassed look on her face.
  1054. >You chuckle as you get up and make your way to the kitchen
  1055. >She follows close behind, humming the song from earlier as she goes.
  1056. “Sooo uh, how often do you have to do that?”
  1057. >”Not very. A little bit goes a long way, and you've given me a lot to work with.”
  1058. >Both of you let out an uncomfortable chuckle
  1059. “Oh yeah?”
  1060. >You give her a few head pats which relaxes her a bit
  1061. >”S-Sorry, I wasn't trying to imply anything by that."
  1062. "You're fine, I can handle a little teasing."
  1063. >You open the fridge and scan through what you have.
  1064. >After some hem hawing you throw a big ole bag of cheese ravioli and some ingredients for sauce on the counter
  1065. "Think you can handle this?"
  1066. >She looks over everything you've put on the table.
  1067. >"I think I can handle boiling water."
  1068. >A wide grin finds itself creeping across your face
  1069. >Was that back talk?
  1070. "Well someone's feeling a little saucy."
  1071. >She realizes her tone and shrinks back slightly
  1072. >"Oh I- I didn't."
  1073. "You're fine Chrys, If anything I'm glad you feel comfortable enough to be sassy."
  1074. >You scratch her ear as you dig out a few pots and pans
  1075. "So, what parts do you wanna do?"
  1076. >She puts a hoof on her chin to think for a moment.
  1077. >"Actually, you've done so much these past two days. Let me at least earn my keep."
  1078. >She awkwardly bats her eyes
  1079. >You lean on the counter and raise an eyebrow
  1080. >Please don't be sexual please dont be sexual please don't be sexual
  1081. >”Let me cook for you.”
  1082. >Oh, well that's reasonable
  1083. “You sure you can manage that, without...y’know?”
  1084. >You tap your forehead just about where her horn is
  1085. >She touches the metal ring around her horn very tenderly
  1086. >”I am sure. I promise I'm capable.”
  1087. >She gives you a reassuring smile
  1088. “I promise I'll take it off eventually, probably once you've been around a little longer.”
  1089. >She nods and picks up the knife in her mouth
  1090. >It’s almost scary how well she’s using it to dice up one of the tomatoes you laid out.
  1091. “You sure you're okay making dinner for us all?”
  1092. >She stops for a moment to nod
  1093. "And no spitting in Tia's food, okay?"
  1094. >Chrys gives you a hardy snort of laughter and places the knife down
  1095. >”I wasn't aware that was an option.”
  1096.  
  1097. >You point two fingers at your eyes and then back to her a couple times as you laugh
  1098. “Well if you've got things handled here, I'm gonna try to see if i can patch things up with Tia a bit.”
  1099. >She picks the knife back up and continues with her duty
  1100. >You make your way over to Tia’s door and compose yourself
  1101. >Hopefully the hole you've dug isn't too deep to get out of
  1102. >You knock
  1103. “Can we talk Tia?”
  1104. >Unsurprisingly no answer
  1105. “I'm gonna open the door and if you're in a compromising position it's your own fault.”
  1106. >You wait a few seconds before opening the door
  1107. >To your surprise she’s staring right at you, as if she could see through the door
  1108. “Hey”
  1109. >You give an awkward wave
  1110. >Still nothing, but her scornful magenta eyes bore a hole through you
  1111. >She stays quiet as you approach and sit on her bed
  1112. “Just gonna give me the silent treatment?”
  1113. >You gently reach over and remove her anti-magic ring before tossing it lightly onto one of the bean bag chairs in the corner of her room
  1114. “You really have nothing to say to me?”
  1115. >”I have a lot to say to you Anon, but it doesn't matter.”
  1116. >You lay back on her bed, letting one leg hang over the edge
  1117. “Tia, what you say always matters. I mean, I can't get rid of her but-”
  1118. >”It's not just about her...”
  1119. >You put a hand out to pet her but retract it
  1120. “Then help me understand Celestia.”
  1121. >Her expression falters slightly
  1122. “Does it have to do with you calling me ‘Your Anon’ earlier?”
  1123. >She stiffens and her ears droop
  1124. >”You heard that?”
  1125. “Of course I did.”
  1126. >You sit up
  1127. "For what it's worth I'm sorry I didn't talk to you about it first, but what do you want me to do now?"
  1128. >She opens her mouth to speak but you stop her
  1129. "Besides getting rid of her."
  1130. >"Why ask then?"
  1131. >A migraine begins to form
  1132. "I'm just trying to be diplomatic. Come on, she's doing her best here and it's not like I'm going anywhere either."
  1133. >"Why her?"
  1134. "Because I figured with how awkward you get around other ponies and I thought maybe if I could find an alicorn you'd be more comfortable. That and I have a very loose grasp on pony anatomy."
  1135. >She smirks slightly
  1136. >"You're telling me."
  1137.  
  1138. “Hey! You never had any complaints back then.”
  1139. >You poke her in the ribs making her squirm and stifle a laugh
  1140. “Please just try, if not for her then for me?”
  1141. >She groans and rolls her eyes
  1142. "Okay fine, why not?"
  1143. >"Because I don't want to be around her, Anon."
  1144. >You rub your temples
  1145. "Give me a real reason."
  1146. >”It doesn't matter.”
  1147. “It does to me.”
  1148. >”It shouldn't”
  1149. “Tia I can't let you just sulk away in your room and bully her for the rest of eternity. Give me a real reason , I’m nothing if not understanding, but I can't understand if you don't tell me.”
  1150. >She sits up with an exasperated exhale and looks you in the eyes
  1151. "You want a real reason? Fine, besides making my life exceedingly hard back in Equestria she's nothing more than a reminder of everything I've lost. I cannot lose you too Anon.”
  1152. “Seriously, is that what this is actually about Tia? You think I have a thing for her and that's why I want you to be nice?”
  1153. >She doesn't reply but gives you an indignant look
  1154. “I don't want you to be nice to her because I have a thing for her, I-”
  1155. >”So you do have a thing for her?”
  1156. >Do you?
  1157. >You haven't really taken the time to consider how you feel about her
  1158. >Her stare feels like daggers on your skin
  1159. “You know what I meant, I just want you two to be happy and comfy. I'm sorry I fucked up but you aren't exactly helping either y’know?”
  1160. >You're not trying to be loud but you can't help it
  1161. >You take a few deep breaths to cool off
  1162. “Just, do you really think that little of me? That I’d just hop into a relationship with some new mare?”
  1163. >”That was why you bought me originally, no?”
  1164. >You feel like your heart stops for a moment
  1165. “Things were different then Celestia. Not to mention I wouldn't so much as touch you without asking.”
  1166. >" Yet you've been all over her."
  1167. >She's got you there
  1168. "It's...a bad habit I know, but I have no desire to do anything more. I've already set her straight on that."
  1169. >"Have you now?"
  1170. "I have. How come you don't trust me?"
  1171. >With a huff she rolls and places her head in your lap
  1172. >"Fine, whatever. I have one condition."
  1173. >If you weren't in dire straights before you absolutely are about to be
  1174. "Oookay?"
  1175.  
  1176. >She pops her head up and gives you a scary smile
  1177. >You feel like you're visibly sweating
  1178. >"If you really have no impure intentions you'd have no problem doing to me whatever you do to her then?"
  1179. >You let out a deep and long groan
  1180. "If I say yes will you be less of a pain in my ass than you are right now?"
  1181. >She takes her hoof and mimes an X over her chest
  1182. "Fine, fine."
  1183. >You get up and walk to the door but the second your hand rests on the knob, you're back on the bed.
  1184. "Can I help you?"
  1185. >"This is a retroactive contract just so you know."
  1186. "I mean, I guess I could tie you up in the back seat and do a few laps around the neighborhood if you want."
  1187. >She laughs and rolls her eyes.
  1188. >Hopefully she keeps her end of the bargain and behaves.
  1189. >"Not that you dork. Scratch my ears."
  1190. "How'd you know about that?"
  1191. >"Anon, the walls in this house are thinner than paper. I can hear you jerk off at three a.m. two rooms away"
  1192. >You can feel the blood rush to your face
  1193. "And you've never said anything?"
  1194. >She giggles and winks at you
  1195. "Anyway! Let's get this over with, dinner is almost ready."
  1196. >She crawls into your lap and you let your hands do their magic
  1197. >Tia loudly coos, probably so Chrysalis can hear
  1198. >After a few minutes Tia seems pleased so you lightly push her off
  1199. “Pleased?”
  1200. >”As punch.”
  1201. >She does genuinely look happier than earlier
  1202. >You get up and open the door, only to be greeted by one Chrysalis sitting patiently
  1203. “Dinner ready?”
  1204. >”Yes. I would've let you know earlier but I didn't wanna interrupt you two in the middle of-"
  1205. >You put up a hand to stop her
  1206. "I promise we weren't doing anything half as lewd as you might think."
  1207. >Almost on queue Tia squeezes by and swats your ass with her tail as she walks off
  1208. "Chrys you wouldn't happen to know how to hide a body would you?"
  1209. >She gives you a surprised look for a moment before realizing you're joking
  1210.  
  1211.  
  1212.  
  1213.  
  1214. >”I’ve dabbled.”
  1215. >”Pfffff. Gotta say not the answer I expected.”
  1216. >”I guess I’m full of surprises.”
  1217. >Chrys pleasantly smiles and you pat her on the head/
  1218. >Tia doesn't see it but you'll pay it forward when you can
  1219. >The two of you catch up with celestia, who is on the couch in front of one of the bowls of food on the table
  1220. >You take a seat next to Tia and Chrys sits on the floor next to you
  1221. "You can sit on the couch, you know?"
  1222. >"I know."
  1223. >Weird
  1224. >You look over at Tia who has a mouthful of the pasta and a pleased look on her face.
  1225. >"This is uncharacteristically good for you Anon."
  1226. >You pat her on the head to keep your promise
  1227. "First of all, ow. Second of all, probably because I didn't cook it."
  1228. >"Huh."
  1229. >She takes a few more bites and you do the same
  1230. >"So then, where'd you order it from?"
  1231. >Much to your surprise Chrys speaks up for herself
  1232. >"Actually, I made it."
  1233. >Tia gives you a betrayed look before turning her gaze to the mare on the floor
  1234. >"You made this?"
  1235. >Chrys gives her a smirk
  1236. >"Is that a problem princess?"
  1237. "Girls, please don't fight."
  1238. >Tia eyes you for a moment before returning her gaze to Chrysalis.
  1239. >”I guess not.”
  1240.  
  1241.  
  1242. >Well...at least she’s not being openly hostile
  1243. >And damn this pasta is good
  1244. "Where'd you learn to cook?"
  1245. >"Changelings are nothing if not adaptable, not to mention it being a necessity with some of my previous owners."
  1246. >As good as an answer as any
  1247. >You shrug and continue stuffing your face
  1248. >The three of you sit in relative silence, enjoying the food
  1249. >Or in Chrys’ case enjoying others enjoying your food
  1250. >The quiet lasts until you get fed up and turn the TV on
  1251. >Quickly flipping past all the news channels celebrating, trying to find literally anything worthwhile
  1252. >To no one's surprise there's nothing interesting so you just put on some music.
  1253. >Why do you pay for cable again?
  1254. >You shovel more of the premium pasta into your mouth
  1255. >"Hey Chrys, is cooking something you enjoy?"
  1256. >She rubs a hoof against her chin as she thinks about it
  1257. >As her eyes squint and dart around, you can almost see the gears turning.
  1258. >"May I ask you a question first?"
  1259. >You nod
  1260. "Sure."
  1261. >"Is my cooking something you enjoy?"
  1262. >Tia groans as you pat both of your ponies on the head
  1263. "You don't have to do something just because I enjoy it, but yeah it's pretty good."
  1264. >Chrysalis gives you a sweet smile and a short buzz of her wings.
  1265. >"Then I would be happy to continue, if that's alright.”
  1266. >She aims the last part at Celestia, who raises an eyebrow but ultimately says nothing
  1267. >Eventually you both finish your food and Tia teleports the bowls into the sink
  1268. >She lays her head on your lap and makes herself comfortable
  1269. >Her mane slowly shifts from its typical ethereal shape into a more traditional tricolored one
  1270. >You run your fingers through her mane
  1271. “How are you tired? You haven't done anything all day.”
  1272. >She looks up at you and her horn lights up.
  1273. >"It's the kind of tired sleep won't fix."
  1274. >A few seconds later you see a honey colored glow out of the corner of your eye.
  1275. >You turn towards the fluorescence and put your hand up to catch the slowly approaching brush.
  1276. "Is there something you want me to do with this?"
  1277. >She gives you a blank stare
  1278. >"I made my mane nice and normal and gave you a brush. So clearly I want you to put it in my butt Anon."
  1279. >You shrug and give her a mischievous grin
  1280. "Wouldn't be the first time."
  1281. >"Anon!"
  1282. >Out of the corner of your eye you can see Chrysalis trying and failing to keep it together.
  1283. >Tia blushes visibly beneath her fur
  1284. >You pat her barrel
  1285. "I dont think I’ve ever seen you embarrassed before."
  1286. >"I'm not one for public performances."
  1287. >Smooth recovery
  1288.  
  1289. >You squirm into a more snug position and oblige Tia’s request
  1290. >Her mane is unbelievably knotted and you can barely get the brush through it
  1291. “Tia, when’s the last time you brushed your hair?”
  1292. >”The last time I took a shower.”
  1293. “And when was that?”
  1294. >All you get in reply is an incoherent mumble
  1295. "Have you showered this week at all?"
  1296. >"Define 'this week"."
  1297. >You sigh as you hit another pocket of matted hair
  1298. "Take care of yourself more Tia."
  1299. >"I have you to do that for me."
  1300. "I can't take care of you forever Tia."
  1301. >She stretches out her legs and lets out a groan
  1302. >"We'll see about that."
  1303. >You laugh and poke her in the ribs making her squirm and giggle.
  1304. "You keep saying that, yet I'm still getting older. Listen, if you're gonna make me immortal please do it before I'm out of my prime."
  1305. >"Maybe I like my men a little more distinguished with a little gray to their hair."
  1306. " You've given me enough gray hairs as it is."
  1307. >You rake through another patch of knots as gently as you can and Tia winces a little
  1308. >"That may be true but you still love me."
  1309. >Such a pompous brat
  1310. >You look over at Chrysalis who's been quiet this entire time
  1311. >She's watching the brush intently, as it combs through the step above a rat's nest that is Tia's mane.
  1312. "Celly, I mildly tolerate you."
  1313. >Your voice causes Chrysalis to look up at you
  1314. >As soon as her eyes catch yours she looks away with an embarrassed expression
  1315. >Heart_palpitation.exe
  1316. "Enjoying the show, Miss Chrysalis?"
  1317. >She jumps slightly and blushes even deeper
  1318. >"I- um just thought it looked very saccharine and peaceful."
  1319. >Tia huffs
  1320. >"It was."
  1321. "Hush, you."
  1322. >”Mmm.”
  1323. >Tia squirms around to make herself more comfortable
  1324. >”What time is it?”
  1325. >You check your phone
  1326. “A little after nine.”
  1327. >She yawns
  1328. >You yawn
  1329. >Chrysalis yawns
  1330. >You yawn again
  1331. “God dammit guys quit it.”
  1332. >It happens again
  1333. >The girls both snicker which makes you smile
  1334. >Looks like they CAN agree on something
  1335. “Alright we gotta do something about this, I'm not letting today be a total bust.”
  1336. >Tia squirms in your lap
  1337. >”Yeah but I'm tired and my hair is still messy, can’t we do whatever it is tomorrow? Plus everyone is probably y'know, out celebrating."
  1338. >She lets out a deep sigh and rolls on her back
  1339. >Think Anon think
  1340. >There's gotta be something to salvage today
  1341. >"Don't think too hard."
  1342. >Tia taps you on the bottom of your chin with a hoof.
  1343. "You're insufferable."
  1344.  
  1345. >Chrysalis’ light humming makes you look over
  1346. >She gives you an innocent smile
  1347. >”You two are very interesting.”
  1348. >”How so?”
  1349. >Tia’s voice has a measure of genuine curiosity for once, but a some smugness still remains
  1350. >You can see panic on Chrysalis’ face for a moment but she steels herself
  1351. >”Well um...you two have both assured me you aren't in a relationship, yet-”
  1352. >She pauses for a moment to read your faces before continuing
  1353. >”You two seem much closer than you say.”
  1354. >Tia gives you a pouty face
  1355. >”Yeah Anon, why is that?”
  1356. >Oh no they're ganging up on you
  1357. >Uhhhhh
  1358. "You girls wanna watch a movie?"
  1359. >Supreme deflection
  1360. >They both quietly stare at you
  1361. >You quietly stare back
  1362. "I uh, it's...it's nothing."
  1363. >"Really, it's nothing?"
  1364. >Tia sits up from your lap
  1365. >"I'm sorry, I pried into something I shouldn't have."
  1366. >You slide down into the couch and scratch Chrys on the chin
  1367. "You're fine
  1368. >Her somber expression lifts a little
  1369. >You try to do the same to Tia but she lazily ducks your hand.
  1370. "Really, you're that mad?"
  1371. >"I'm not mad."
  1372. "You're acting like you are."
  1373. >She blows a few loose strands out of her face
  1374. >"I think I'm gonna go to bed."
  1375. "Did I say something wrong?"
  1376. >"Night."
  1377. >With a dim flash she disappears
  1378. >You look over at Chrysalis
  1379. "What did I say?"
  1380. >She clambers onto the couch and pats you on the back
  1381. ”Welp, anything you wanna do?”
  1382. >”I’m fine just sitting here and, um... sorry for ruining the night.”
  1383. “You’re fine, she’s just huffy cause of what today is.”
  1384. >You rustle her mane which makes her grin
  1385. >”You should probably go talk to her.”
  1386. “And get myself in more trouble?”
  1387. >She gives you a half hearted smile
  1388. “It's probably better if I just leave it and apologize tomorrow when she’s less upset.”
  1389. >Chrys stays quiet with a neutral expression
  1390. “Okay okay fine.”
  1391. >You get up and make your way to Tia’s door
  1392. >You knock a few times and get no reply
  1393. “Hey, I know you're not asleep already.”
  1394. >No reply
  1395. “Tia?”
  1396. >You wait a little but but still no reply so you open the door
  1397. “Hey I-”
  1398. >She’s not in there
  1399. >Uhhh
  1400. >Let's not panic just yet
  1401. >You check your room next
  1402. >No sun horse either
  1403.  
  1404. >Panic time?
  1405. “Yeah, it’s panic time.”
  1406. >Wait, did you say that last part out loud?
  1407. >”Something wrong Anon?”
  1408. “Ummm, Tia is gone?”
  1409. >Chrys gives you a very confused look
  1410. >”W-what do you mean she’s gone?”
  1411. “She's not in my room or her room.”
  1412. >You open Chry’s room and peak in
  1413. >No such luck
  1414. “Hey Chrys, ever seen a panic attack before?”
  1415. >”No but I don't think I want to.”
  1416. >Come on dont think just move Anon
  1417. >You quickly run over to the door and grab your keys
  1418. “Come on, we're leaving.”
  1419. >She quickly trots outside with you
  1420. >You slam the door behind the two of you and help Chrys into the car as fast as you can
  1421. >And the search begins
  1422. >A couple laps around the neighborhood prove fruitless
  1423. >Come on Tia
  1424. >You swing by the shopping center from earlier.
  1425. "See anything Chrys?"
  1426. >"Hmmmm no. Is there somewhere important to her that she could've gone to?
  1427. "Not that I can think of. What did I even do for her to pull a stunt like this?"
  1428. >Why would she even do something like this?
  1429. >"You two were once an item right?
  1430. "Yeah, but that was a while ago and things are complicated now. What's it got to do with this?"
  1431. >You pull off to the side of the road and put the car in park
  1432. >"Well, you kinda sorta implied your current relationship is nothing to you."
  1433. "Oh."
  1434. >You bend forward and rest your forehead on the steering wheel
  1435. "I'm a dumbass aren't I?"
  1436. >You sigh and sink into your seat a little
  1437. >A couple fireworks explode in your peripheral vision, off in the distance
  1438. >"I've only known you for just over a day so I can't really say... but I think you mean well."
  1439. "Pfff, thanks. God, where the hell is she?"
  1440. >"Don't most ponies have tracking chip implants?"
  1441. >You're an idiot
  1442. >To your credit youve never had to use the app before so you completely forgot you even had it
  1443. >You quietly slide your phone out of your pocket
  1444. >She's at a nearby park
  1445. "I could kiss you right now Chrys."
  1446. >She lets out a small giggle.
  1447. >"I appreciate the sentiment but I'd rather not get you in any more trouble."
  1448. >You can't help but return a laugh
  1449. "Yeah that's fair."
  1450. >You put the car back in drive and use the speed signs as mere suggestions
  1451.  
  1452. >It doesn't take long to arrive at the park
  1453. >You see a few groups of people scattered around watching the fireworks
  1454. "There's way to many people here for Celestia to just be hanging around unnoticed."
  1455. >Chrysalis hums in agreement
  1456. >"She doesnt have her ring on right?"
  1457. "No, I took it off before dinner. Why?"
  1458. >You pull into the closest parking spot and continue looking.
  1459. >"Well, Celestia is no fool. I don't think she'd waltz around as a pony."
  1460. "Your point?….oh"
  1461. >Right as it clicks you see a lithe young woman sitting on a fence looking opposite of the rest of the crowed.
  1462. >She's not very far so you can easily make out her rosy pink hair and the little bit of ambient light gives you a clear enough view of her face
  1463. "Found her."
  1464. >Chrys follows your gaze to your target
  1465. >"What are you going to say?"
  1466. >You think for a moment as you lean back and close your eyes
  1467. >Really what can you say?
  1468. >Well besides 'sorry' and 'please come back'
  1469. >What if you can't convince her?
  1470. >You can't drag her kicking and screaming
  1471. >"Are you alright?"
  1472. >You look over at chrysalis who is lightly tapping you on the shoulder and has her head cocked to the side slightly.
  1473. >A half hearted laugh escapes from you.
  1474. "Yeah... yeah. I think I'm just gonna wing it."
  1475. >You open the car door
  1476. "Uh, stay here and uh, enjoy the fireworks I guess"
  1477. >She gives you and affirmative nod
  1478. >"Good luck."
  1479. "I need it."
  1480. >You shut and lock the door before casually strolling over to Tia from her blind side
  1481. >You feel like you're visibly sweating
  1482. >Once you're about a yard or two away you take a seat against the fence
  1483. >Prismatic flashes illuminate behind you every few seconds
  1484. >You look up at Tia, you dont think she's noticed you but if she has she hasn't said anything
  1485. >She probably doesn't have anything to say to you anyway.
  1486. >She just stares up at the increasingly hard to see moon thanks to the firework smoke and intermittent clouds
  1487. "Kinda getting hard to see it huh?"
  1488. >Your conversational skills are unmatched
  1489. >"Yeah."
  1490. "Still mad?"
  1491. >She sighs and swings her feet.
  1492. >"I'm not mad."
  1493.  
  1494. >Huh
  1495. "What do you mean you're not mad? You ran away like... like an upset teenager."
  1496. >She hops down from her perch but maintains her line of sight on the celestial body in the sky
  1497. >"I mean exactly what I said Anon, I'm not mad. I'm just...I dunno, hurt? Disappointed?"
  1498. >You shimmy a little closer along the fence line
  1499. >"And I didn't 'run away' I had- er, have every intention of going back home."
  1500. >The timing between the fireworks gets a little shorter
  1501. "Then why'd you up and disappear without saying anything?"
  1502. >"I didnt think youd notice, you're a 'leave it till tomorrow' kinda guy so I figured I could just go. As for why, I just wanted to be alone for a bit."
  1503. >You feel a pang in your chest when she says the first part because she's absolutely right
  1504. "And you couldn't be alone in your room?"
  1505. >She visibly tenses up for a moment before relaxing and pointing up at the sliver of a moon hanging in the sky
  1506. >"I can't see it from my room, and the street lights muddle the sky too much to appreciate it."
  1507. >Tia puts her back against the fence and slides down to a sitting position
  1508. >She finally looks over at you
  1509. >Her soft pink eyes are a little puffy and slightly bloodshot.
  1510. "I'm sorry Tia."
  1511. >"Do you know what you're sorry for or are you just saying it?"
  1512. >You start to scoot a little closer but she scoots back an equal amount
  1513. "I'm sorry for...implying that whatever the hell our current relationship is, is nothing."
  1514. >She looks up at the sky for a few seconds before looking back at you.
  1515. >"She told you why I was upset didn't she?"
  1516. >Really hitting all the nails on the head tonight
  1517. "No! I looked deep in my heart and after some soul searching….yeah, yeah she did."
  1518. >You give her a half smile and she gives you a little one back.
  1519. >She makes her way over to you and sits between your legs
  1520. >"I guess while we're throwing out apologies then I'm sorry for earlier today."
  1521. "I'm not the one to apologize to."
  1522. >She gives you a low pouty groan.
  1523. >Baby steps
  1524. >It's been a long time since you've last been in this situation
  1525.  
  1526.  
  1527. >"Hey."
  1528. "What?"
  1529. >She pushes her back against you
  1530. >" I want a kiss."
  1531. >Here we go
  1532. "Request denied."
  1533. >"Just one?"
  1534. >As fun as it could be you have to steel yourself
  1535. "Tia."
  1536. >"Why not?"
  1537. >You try to scoot back but she's pinned you between herself and the fence
  1538. "This is why."
  1539. >She lets out a loud huff
  1540. >"Why do you hate me so much?"
  1541. >Her voice starts to tremble a little
  1542. >You wrap your arms around her shoulders and close your eyes
  1543. >Sometimes you forget how warm she is
  1544. >You’re heartbeat quickens a little
  1545. "You know I don't hate you Tia, quit being dramatic."
  1546. >She sighs
  1547. >"I know…"
  1548. >You both sit there quietly for a moment as the finale starts
  1549. >Neither of you turn to look as you'd rather focus on the moment.
  1550. >"Hey, do you think we uh...could try again sometime?"
  1551. >Well she's nothing if not persistent
  1552. "Ask me again when I'm not so upset with you."
  1553. >You can almost hear her smirk
  1554. >"You didn't say no."
  1555. "I know exactly what I said."
  1556. >You ruffle the top of her hair
  1557. “C’mon, let's get back home. Plus Chrys is in the car and I don't want her to accidentally put it in drive and mow down an innocent bystander.”
  1558. >“Ugh you brought her?”
  1559. “Hey, I wouldn't have found you without her.”
  1560. >”Fine, fine.”
  1561. “No complaining, now come here alley-oop.”
  1562. >You pick her up and throw her over your shoulder causing her to squeal with laughter
  1563. >You chuckle to yourself as you carry her to the car
  1564. >You're just happy she's safe and sound
  1565. >You set her down and she makes her way over to the passenger side
  1566. >Much to your surprise she doesn't react when she sees Chrysalis in the passenger seat and hops in the back
  1567. >Maybe she’s had the smallest change of heart
  1568. >Baby steps are important
  1569. >As you get in Tia poofs back to her natural state and lays across the back seat
  1570. "Thanks for the help Chrys."
  1571. >"Oh I really didn't do much."
  1572. >You can hear her tail swish against the seat
  1573. >"And I guess....I'm glad you made him realize he's an idiot.”
  1574. >Is that?
  1575. “Well how's that? A thank you from queen brat herself. Enjoy it because you’ll never get another one.”
  1576. >”Hey, I'm plenty grateful and that's princess to you”
  1577. >You all share a snicker
  1578. >It almost make you feel like family for once
  1579. >The car ride home isn't long but by the time you pull in the driveway Tia is out like a light and snoring loudly
  1580. >Chrysalis quietly snickers and shakes her head with a smile.
  1581. "What's up?"
  1582. >"Oh nothing, just thinking about how even when she's asleep she's still obnoxious."
  1583. "Yeah, it's funny how she pulls that off isn't it. Poor thing, must be exhausted."
  1584. >You get out, scoop Tia into your arms and carry her inside
  1585. >You have a mini heart attack when the door isn't locked but quickly remember you didn't lock it when you rushed out
  1586. >Chrysalis follows behind you and takes up residence on the couch as you put Tia to bed.
  1587. >Once Tia is tucked up in her blankets you make your way over to the couch and plop down next to the cute bughorse
  1588. >Decompression time baybee
  1589. >"Not tired?"
  1590. "Oh no, I'm exhausted but I'm not ready to sleep yet."
  1591. >"Ah."
  1592. >You both sit there quietly for a bit
  1593. >"So um...are you two together now?"
  1594. >You scratch the back of your head
  1595. "No...at least not yet. I think."
  1596. >She gives you a perplexed look.
  1597. >"Yet?"
  1598. >She twitches a little when you raise your eyebrow but quickly relaxes
  1599. >"I'm sorry, I wasn't trying to-"
  1600. "You're alright."
  1601. >You sigh and slide deeper into the couch
  1602. "I dunno, plus I hate to just dump my issues on to you as a captive audience."
  1603. >She stretches herself into a more comfortable position
  1604. >"I honestly don't mind. It's really the least I could do for you."
  1605. >Well if she's offering it couldn't hurt to let a few little things off your chest.
  1606. "Things with Tia are...complex. When we were a thing, during the good times things were great. On the other hand she's basically the reason I have no friends besides her."
  1607. >"Oh."
  1608.  
  1609. "Don't get me wrong, I love the girl and I'm just as much to blame for not putting my foot down till it's too late."
  1610. >"What do you mean by that?"
  1611. "Which part?"
  1612. >"Mmmm, yes."
  1613. >You rub your tired eyes
  1614. “Tia is….needy. Like, really needy. At first it was kinda cute, convincing me to stay in bed for a little longer, calling off work every now and again to lay in bed all day. Y'know cute relationship stuff, but after a while she got more and more fussy about it and I'd feel bad so of course I'd oblige."
  1615. >"So you had no time for friends?"
  1616. "I barely had time for work."
  1617. >Absentmindedly you lightly scratch along her spine making her chirp quietly
  1618. >It's a sound you've very quickly come to appreciate, it kind of makes you feel like everything's at peace.
  1619. "Can I ask you a question for a change?"
  1620. >"Go ahead."
  1621. "Is that chirping thing some kind of like...changeling calming noise something?"
  1622. >A deeply self conscious look is plastered across her face
  1623. >"I um...it's uh...kind of a new thing for me too."
  1624. >You quickly pull your hand back
  1625. "Oh, I'm so sorry Chrys. I don't mean to."
  1626. >She gives you an earnest, if not a little bit awkward smile
  1627. >Her toothy grin reveals spots that were once empty now nestle sharp little teeth poking through the gums
  1628. >"I really don't mind, plus I get something from it too you know?”
  1629. >You both share a chuckle
  1630. >For being some terrible evil queen she’s surprisingly personable
  1631. “That's fair.”
  1632. >”So about Ti- er, Celestia. What are you going to do?”
  1633. >You smile at her little mistake
  1634. “Same thing I've done my entire life, wing it and worry about the consequences later.”
  1635. >”Hmmmm.”
  1636. >She scrunches her mouth and stares off at nothing particular
  1637. “What are you scheming about over there?”
  1638. >”Is it that obvious?”
  1639. “I’ve lived with scheming royalty for almost 5 years, believe me I know the look.”
  1640. >She chuckles
  1641. >"While I still don't fully believe that you truly want nothing from me, I suppose helping you with your mare problem is the least I can do to repay all you've done for me."
  1642.  
  1643.  
  1644. >The full weight of today starts to hit you all at once and your eyes are getting feel pretty heavy at this point.
  1645. >You stretch and yawn
  1646. "You really don't have to Chryssi."
  1647. >A light blush creeps across her face.
  1648. >"I know I don't. Finally tired are we?"
  1649. >You smile and playfully wave off her comment
  1650. "Nah, I've never been more awake than I am right now."
  1651. >You're minutes from completely crashing
  1652. >"Is that right? Well, if it's okay with you I think I'll retire to my room."
  1653. >Wait, did you finish her bed?
  1654. "Oh dammit, I forgot I didn't put your mattress and sheets on."
  1655. >Chrysalis clambers off the couch and begins to walk to her room.
  1656. >"I think I can manage that much myself."
  1657. >She puffs her chest out proudly with a smile to show you she's capable.
  1658. >The heart palpitation you just had was almost audible.
  1659. >That smile better not awaken anything in you
  1660. "Good night Anon...um, rest well."
  1661. >With that she trots off to her room and shuts the door behind her
  1662. >Well that was awkward
  1663. >And cute
  1664. >No, bad Anon
  1665. >No falling for another horse while your patching up your relationship with the first one
  1666. >You groan once for your thoughts and again as you climb out of the Anon shaped dent in the couch
  1667. >A thought crosses your mind to give Tia a visit/ extra "pillow" but that's a rake you aren't ready to step on
  1668. >You meander into your room and collapse onto the bed
  1669. >It smells kinda nice, it's almost like pollen.
  1670. >Oh right, Chrys slept in here slept in here
  1671. >You haven't actually taken the time to sniff her as you aren't a pervert......you aren't THAT big of a pervert but she smells nice if this is from her
  1672.  
  1673. ______
  1674. >You are
  1675. >A bug
  1676. >A very big bug who has risen every so slightly after the sun
  1677. >In your very own bed nonetheless
  1678. >You curl up and try to fall back asleep for a while to no avail
  1679. >Begrudgingly you eventually get up and strut around your room
  1680. >You almost trip over a set of bags that contain the rest of your bedding and..
  1681. >Oh right Anon bought you clothes
  1682. >Clothes that YOU wanted
  1683. >Your heart strangely flutters and your wings flap at the thought
  1684. >You’ll have to work on getting a hold of that
  1685. >Anon is a strange one for sure
  1686. >He’s done a lot in the past 2 days yet he asks for so little >It's a tad perplexing
  1687. >Even when you hurt him he took the time to comfort you
  1688. >Not that you're complaining
  1689. >You're practically bursting with excess love
  1690. >It's a good thing you’ve got enough plenty of old wounds to patch up
  1691. >You dig through the bag and wiggle your way into a black hoodie with a torn green heart on the front
  1692. >Something about it just feels on brand
  1693. >It’s strange having things to call your own for once, it's been quite some time
  1694. >Clothes, a bed, a room
  1695. >Huh
  1696. >It suddenly hits you that this is YOUR room and not just a room you happen to occupy.
  1697. >You revel a little over the fact you have your own small domain again after so long.
  1698. >The strange fluttering feeling fills your chest again
  1699. >After it passes you creep out into the living room
  1700. >You look around and take in the most serene morning you've had in centuries
  1701. >Just you, the morning birds and the occasional sound of cars passing
  1702. >Reflecting on the past day makes you smile
  1703. >However fleeting this hospitality is you'll enjoy it while it lasts
  1704. >Looking around for something to pass the time you notice a decent pile of dishes in the sink
  1705. >Couldn't hurt to earn some more brownie points
  1706. >...or head pats and scratches...those are really nice too
  1707. >You saunter over and get to work on cleaning
  1708. >Cleaning plates turns into cleaning the counters, the floor, the cabinets
  1709. >Oh yeah, you're gonna be drowning love and affection from Anon after this
  1710. >.....
  1711. >........
  1712. >Surely you aren't that reliant on his approval already because he's done a few nice things for you, right?
  1713. >.....right?
  1714. >"Oh great, we've got bugs in the kitchen again."
  1715. >The sudden voice pulls you from your thoughts
  1716.  
  1717. "Good morning Celestia, awake so soon?"
  1718. >"Mmmm."
  1719. >Her horn glows softly as a medley of coffee supplies float around the room
  1720. "No witty come back or insulting statements?"
  1721. >The objects stop in place for a moment as she blankly stares at you
  1722. >The only response she gives are a few long blinks before she returns to her task
  1723. >Well at least she's being 'nice' for once
  1724. >Suppose it wouldn't hurt to be nice in return
  1725. "Would you like some assistance?"
  1726. >"Don't patronize me, bug. I...appreciate your assistance last night but that's all.”
  1727. >You give her a pleasant if slightly fake smile
  1728. >”As you wish. I take it once Anon awakens, you won't want breakfast from me either?”
  1729. >She quickly gives you a side eye from staring at the timer on the coffee pot
  1730. >”We’ll see.”
  1731. >Well, it at least seems like progress
  1732. >You decide to leave her alone and take roost on the floor in front of the couch, quietly humming to yourself
  1733. >Some time passes and Tia surprisingly joins you in the living room, taking her roost on the couch and turning on the T.V
  1734. >She’s the first to break the silence
  1735. >”So uh, what's up with the whole sitting on the floor thing?”
  1736. >She takes a light sip of her coffee before wincing and whispering a curse
  1737. >You do your best not to smile
  1738. “I know my place is all.”
  1739. >”That right?”
  1740. >She sips the coffee again, repeating the same mistake as a few seconds ago
  1741. >She places the mug on the table
  1742. >”So what's your game then?”
  1743. “Hmm?”
  1744. >She sighs
  1745. >”You know what I mean.”
  1746. >She speaks very dryly and sparingly makes eye contact
  1747. >You chuckle
  1748. “No games. Anon is a veritable fountain of love, I wouldn't throw away someone so precious for some silly game.”
  1749. >The ground disappears beneath you as Celestia levitates you in front of her.
  1750. >She looks less than enthused
  1751. >”So what, you plan to bleed him dry?”
  1752. >She asks the question very flatly, void of any anger or malice
  1753. >In your many years you've learned that calm Celestia is far more terrifying than angry Celestia
  1754. >But for once you have an ace in the hole
  1755. “Well for one, absolutely not. With as starved for love as I've been, I wouldn't dream of discarding such a steady supply. Secondly, I don't think I could even if I wanted to.”
  1756. >She lets go and you’re able to get your hooves down in time to stop your short fall
  1757. >The room is silent aside from the quiet sounds of the television and occasional sipping noises from Celestia but after a show or two she looks over at you briefly and squints before returning her gaze to the TV
  1758. >You're starting to sweat a little, her silence is unnerving
  1759. >”I think trusting you is a massive mistake but...you at least seem genuine so I’ll cut you a little slack. Only a little, don't make me regret it.”
  1760. >She’s not looking your way but you give her a polite smile
  1761. >The one chance you get shall be all you need
  1762. >Besides, the happier she is the happier Anon is
  1763. >”Now, what’s for breakfast?”
  1764.  
  1765. >Be
  1766. >An all powerful sun goddess
  1767. >Or rather you used to be
  1768. >Typically you go by Tia or Celly now.
  1769. >A slave to your human but only in the loosest possible terms
  1770. >You could almost call him the slave sometimes
  1771. >Sometimes
  1772. >Back to the problem at hand
  1773. >At this moment one of your archnemesis is making you breakfast
  1774. >Voluntarily
  1775. >How....odd
  1776. >She didn't even have to be hit with a orbital friendship cannon
  1777. >While you have no trust in her, Nonny does.
  1778. >Sometimes you feel like that boy would trust a toddler with a gun
  1779. >Nonetheless she helped patch up your relationship with Anon a little...maybe a single chance couldn't hurt.
  1780. >Worst case you can squish her like the petulant bug she is
  1781. >On the other hoof maybe she could even be useful as servant of your own
  1782. >You can feel a smirk spread across your face
  1783. >Delightfully devilish Celestia
  1784. >You levitate the remote over and flip through the channels aimlessly
  1785. >Unsurprisingly nothing good is on
  1786. >As if there ever is
  1787. >Even with so much time on earth you have to wonder how human entertainment is so tasteless
  1788. >Well, shows like Jerry Springer and Dr.Phil can be hilarious
  1789. >But CAN is really the operative word there
  1790. >Hopefully Anon wakes up soon so you can get back to wooing him with your irresistible feminine wiles.
  1791. >Unconsciously you poof your chest out a little
  1792. >It's only a matter of time till that boy is all yours again
  1793. >You chuckle to yourself
  1794. >Its surprising he's not up already
  1795. >Usually he’s the one to drag you out of bed much to your chagrin
  1796. >It's not like you have anywhere to be besides the couch or your bed
  1797. >You get up and stroll over to his room and peak in
  1798. >He’s passed out and curled up like a baby
  1799. >His bed is a mess and his covers are flung around the room like a hurricane hit
  1800. >You walk over, place the blankets on him and tuck him back in before planting a kiss on his forehead
  1801. >He’s so precious and handsome
  1802. >Even if he makes you sad sometimes
  1803. >His soft relaxed face makes you feel just a little flushed in the cheeks
  1804.  
  1805. >Oh what you wouldn't give to hop in there with him right now, but he deserves his rest
  1806. >You really hope me meant what he said last night
  1807. >You may not be a perfect marefriend, but who is?
  1808. >Plus you definitely have a lot more to offer than Queen stick bug
  1809. >Or do you?
  1810. >She's definitely filled out disturbingly quickly for the amount of time she's been here.
  1811. >What did Anon do with her?
  1812. >Really gotta hammer home that the human is yours and yours alone
  1813. >You look back at your royal rump which admittedly is not as full as it once was.
  1814. >This being rejected thing has hit you a little harder than you'd like to admit, but nonetheless you've got the inch on her
  1815. >Maybe if he sat you down and talked it out like an adult you'd be less hurt by it all
  1816. >But he didn't
  1817. >And here you are
  1818. >Who wouldn't wanna be special someponies with THE Celestia
  1819. >You’ve only been a single mare for….well, always
  1820. >Not that its your fault
  1821. >You chase out the sad thoughts with ones of him accepting you back with open arms
  1822. >The thought of his warm, soft skin against your fur sends a shiver down your spine
  1823. >With a renewed constitution to get back the only thing you have left in this world, you trot back out into the living room
  1824. >You watch as Chrysalis sits your plate down onto the coffee table and takes her place on the floor next to the couch
  1825. >You stare at the plate
  1826. >It’s piled high with pancakes and littered with various fruits and whip cream
  1827. >You're slightly taken aback
  1828. >It's missing the pony motif but it's definitely your favorite breakfast to a T ingredient wise
  1829. >Rather suspicious but it's no surprise that she'd have spies so close to you.
  1830. >Clearly she's trying to win you over so she can claim your prize
  1831. >Aha there will be none of that my little insect
  1832. >She notices your stunned face and smirks
  1833. >”Surprised, are we?”
  1834. >A look of smug satisfaction blatantly plasters itself across her face
  1835. >You could reduce her to ash right here and now
  1836. >You won't
  1837. >But oooo you sure could
  1838. “Lucky guess.”
  1839. >Your reply only emboldens that stupid smugness
  1840. >You take your seat on the couch and dig in
  1841. >Damn her
  1842. >It's good
  1843. >Like, really good
  1844. >If you close your eyes for a moment you could almost believe you’re back home
  1845. >Ushering your exhausted sister to the table for her dinner
  1846. >She was always far more worn out at the end of her 'day' than you were but she always indulged in your antics and mediocre cooking
  1847. >That first and last hour of your day, when the two of you could just be happy normal sisters really kept you grounded for all those years
  1848. >You open your eyes and blink away the strange blurriness
  1849. >With a deep inhale you calm your stuttering breath
  1850. “You're an adequate cook."
  1851. >"Only adequate?"
  1852. >You give her a deadpan stare as you shovel another bite into your mouth
  1853. >She should count herself lucky to see any praise from you at all.
  1854. >Smug ass bug
  1855.  
  1856. >You are Anon
  1857. >And you have just returned to the land of the living after a long day and equally long night
  1858. >Or at least it felt long
  1859. >You pick up your phone and are greeted by the usual old image of you with your arm wrapped around Tia
  1860. >You see it a million times every day but something about it makes you feel a little different for once
  1861. >Not sure if its a good or bad feeling
  1862. >But it's a feeling
  1863. >You could also just be hungry
  1864. >Looking at the time shows it's far later than you'd like it to be
  1865. >Noon
  1866. >Ugh
  1867. >Stupid late nights
  1868. >The girls are probably awake
  1869. >Hopefully you don't find a corpse in the living room
  1870. >You doubt you will, Tia is well behaved enough
  1871. >...right?
  1872. >Yeahhhh it's fiiiine probably
  1873. >You get up and make your way out of your room
  1874. >You double take as they're both watching TV
  1875. >Well this is….a development
  1876. >Chrys is sitting on the floor and Tia on the couch
  1877. >Looking around it seems like you missed breakfast
  1878. >There's a few utensils and dishes left out
  1879. >Tia probably made herself something
  1880. >But back to the more pressing matter
  1881. >Those two mares are a mere foot or so apart and aren't fighting
  1882. >Clearly you're still asleep
  1883. "I must be dreaming."
  1884. >The girls both look over at you and smile
  1885. >Oh god you could get used to see both of those bright smiles every morning
  1886. >Chrys is the first to speak up.
  1887. >"Good morning. Did you sleep well mast- Anon?"
  1888. >"Yo!"
  1889. "Yeah I slept just fine. You two are...getting along?"
  1890. >They look at each other for a moment before looking back at you
  1891. >Suspicious
  1892. "I see. Celestia, are you bullying the poor girl?"
  1893. >"Is it reeeeeally bullying if it's deserved?"
  1894. "Tia."
  1895. >She scoffs and pouts
  1896. >"I haven't done anything to the bug"
  1897. >She looks mildly offended as she turns back to the TV
  1898. >Chrys speaks up again
  1899. >"Are you hungry?"
  1900. >Her voice is rather earnest and sweet sounding
  1901. >Why can't Tia be this nice and sweet all the time?
  1902. "Ah, so you’re the one that did the cooking?"
  1903. >She gives you a prideful look with her chest puffed out
  1904. >"I did, and even the princess here couldnt resist my talents."
  1905. >She gestures towards Tia with a hoof
  1906.  
  1907. >Celestia gives her a look that you've seen many times before
  1908. >It's like the horse equivalent of a middle finger
  1909. >If Chrysalis notices she doesn't show it, rather she just sports a pleased yet mischievous grin
  1910. "I’d hate to have you dirty up all the pots and pans again."
  1911. >She canters over to the kitchen gives you her best puppy dog eyes
  1912. >"I don't mind honestly."
  1913. >Critical hit right to the vital organs
  1914. >A look like that could stop a weaker man’s heart
  1915. >Hmmm, maybe you've been single for too long
  1916. >Or maybe you just have a really cute bug in your house
  1917. >Either way you can feel Tia’s gaze burning a hole through you
  1918. >Or she actually is burning a hole through you
  1919. >There are worse sights to see in the moments before your demise
  1920. >After a few seconds you fail to notice any new burn marks or holes in your body so she must be merciful today
  1921. "Alrighty then. I'm not super picky so whatever you make is fine."
  1922. >She gives you a smile and a nod before pooling together what she needs.
  1923. >You turn your gaze to the ever attention starved Celestia and take a seat next to her.
  1924. "And how are you?"
  1925. >She's quick to squirm her way into a comfortable sitting position on your lap with her chest against yours.
  1926. >"Better now that you're awake."
  1927. >It's a little early in the day for intimate contact like this
  1928. >God it's not heat season is it?
  1929. >It's like april
  1930. "Damn, isn't it a little early in the year for you to be this feisty?"
  1931. >She gives you a sly smile
  1932. >"I'm a princess not a cat."
  1933. >You laugh and give her a hug
  1934. "Yeah, a cat wouldn't be trying to get in my pants this early or at all really."
  1935. >The gift of gab was not bestowed to you upon your birth
  1936. >She pretends to be hurt and lazily falls off your lap
  1937. >She might as well be a giant cat
  1938. >If cats could harness the power of the sun
  1939. >It's probably for the best they can’t
  1940. >You scratch at the floof on her chest
  1941. >Much like her mane it's a knotted mess
  1942. >You should really give her a once over
  1943.  
  1944. "Hey Tia?"
  1945. >"Mmm Yeah?"
  1946. >She looks up at you and her smile fades a little when she sees the disappointed look on your face.
  1947. "Lemme see a wing."
  1948. >She shamefully avoids eye contact
  1949. >Please don't make this hard
  1950. "Gimme."
  1951. >You hold out your hand expectantly and she reluctantly complies
  1952. >They're arguably worse
  1953. >Feathers are bent awkward angles and some fall out if picked at lightly
  1954. >You sigh
  1955. >This week seems to really be messing with her particularly hard this year
  1956. >Although you're sure you have a hand in this
  1957. "Celestia."
  1958. >She shrinks into herself a little at your tone
  1959. "Seriously? Tia, when's the last time you've preened, or cleaned yourself at all really?"
  1960. >She looks pretty dejected
  1961. >"It's been a bit…"
  1962. "Just 'a bit'?"
  1963. >More nervous squirming
  1964. >"Couple...months."
  1965. >Oh
  1966. "Since we…?"
  1967. >She nods
  1968. >Internally you groan
  1969. >You thought maybe if you just never brought it up she'd just let it lie
  1970. >But it's not like you've ever broken up with anyone before so you really weren’t sure how to even go about it
  1971. >You look over at Chrys who appears to have your breakfast ready but didn't want to interrupt
  1972. >She stays silent
  1973. "I've gotta take care of something with Tia really quick. Just uh...just sit it on the table for now and thank you."
  1974. >She nods with a curious look on her face
  1975. >You pick up the white mare, make your way to the bathroom and close the door behind you.
  1976. >She tightly clings to you as you carry her
  1977. >That’s the Tia you know
  1978. >You sit her down on the tile and you take a seat on the brim of the tub
  1979. " Still mad at me?"
  1980. >She sighs and scrunches her mouth
  1981. >You reach over and turn the water on”
  1982. >She gives a long dejected exhale
  1983. “Nothing?”
  1984. >You rub her mane and stare into her eyes for a few seconds
  1985. >She pulls away from your light grasp and climbs into the shower before messing with the knobs till the water is to her liking
  1986. >You take off your shirt and throw it in a far corner in hopes it doesn't get wet
  1987. >You figure you might as well start at the top and work your way down
  1988. >With a generous dollop of her shampoo you lather up her mane and get to work
  1989.  
  1990. >It's a good thing you already brushed a good chunk of the knots out or this would take forever
  1991. >"You know, this reminds me of when you brought me home for the first time."
  1992. >You scrub down her sides and forelimbs
  1993. >What an adventure that was.
  1994. "You're not gonna give me a black eye again are you?"
  1995. >You share a snicker
  1996. >"As much as I want to, I think I'll refrain. Although, I should ask you the same."
  1997. >A cheeky smile hides the frown she's been maintaining
  1998. "Thank you oh great one. Wings up please."
  1999. >She obliges your request and lifts her wings up and out so you can get her sides better
  2000. "And that wasn't my fault, you made me drop the shower head."
  2001. >You both laugh at the somewhat dark yet fond memories of her first few months.
  2002. >Despite the scars and trouble you'd do it again in a heartbeat
  2003. >She takes a deep inhale and give an even deeper sigh
  2004. >”Hey...”
  2005. “What's up girly?”
  2006. >You carefully scrub down her back, avoiding her wings
  2007. >You can see her tilt her head curiously out of your periphery
  2008. >"You know, you never gave me a real answer Anon…"
  2009. >Oh boy you are in shitsville USA now
  2010. >As you should be
  2011. >Taking the easy way out is always the hardest in the end
  2012. "Yeah…."
  2013. >You regret it but it's a little late to say sorry
  2014. >”Well?”
  2015. >She deserves an answer
  2016. >Ugh
  2017. “Because…”
  2018. >How do you word this...tactfully?
  2019. >Is there a way to say ‘You smothered me and ruined every semblance of a relationship I’ve had in the span of a year or so’ tactfully?
  2020. >Probably not
  2021. >But you give it your best
  2022. “Tia you’re…. A lot to handle.”
  2023. >She furrows her brow and scrunches her mouth to the side
  2024. >”Are you calling me fat?”
  2025. >What
  2026. “What?”
  2027. >There’s no way that’s all she got from that
  2028. >She gives you a pitiful smile at her bad joke
  2029. >You cup her face in your sudsy hands
  2030. “Tia... I really do love you but you're just too…”
  2031. >”Beautiful? Loving?”
  2032. >Her smug face tells you she’s pleased with her interruption
  2033. “Overbearing”
  2034. >Her smirk disappears
  2035. >“Oh”
  2036.  
  2037. >Her playful demeanor deflates a little
  2038. >"I'm not overbearing."
  2039. >You can almost hear the wounded pride in her voice
  2040. >You pat her gently on the back
  2041. "I'm not trying to mean Tia, but you are. When's the last time you've seen or let me talk to anyone but you?"
  2042. >You can see a tinge of regret? Or maybe its desperation in her eyes
  2043. >You feel bad laying it out
  2044. >”But despite that, you still wanna try right? You said you would.”
  2045. >Wellllll you never said it with total certainty
  2046. “I said I would think about it, Tia.”
  2047. >.....
  2048. >That came out a little harsher than you wanted it to and her face reflects that.
  2049. “It's not a definite ‘no’.”
  2050. >You try to recover your fumble but it's too late
  2051. >She sighs and leans against the cold tile as your hand is batted away by a winged appendage
  2052. >Words have never been your strong suit
  2053. >She's leaning too far away for you to keep cleaning, plus it would probably be inappropriate to continue.
  2054. >She’s hurt, you're hurt. Dropping it is probably the easiest option
  2055. >She flips her mane out of her eyes
  2056. >"You know you're supposed to let a mare down easy right?"
  2057. >You suck your teeth and sigh
  2058. >She levitates the soapy rag out of your hand and sits it on the side of the tub
  2059. >You stay silent at the risk of making things worse.
  2060. >"Nothing?"
  2061. >Any thoughts or comments you had prepared disappear against her scrutiny
  2062. >What is there to say?
  2063. >"I just...didn't want to lose all I had left you know?"
  2064. >She loudly huffs
  2065. "I was never going anywhere Tia."
  2066. >"It doesn't feel like that."
  2067. >A jolt of guilt shoots through your heart
  2068. "What does that mean?"
  2069. >Her mouth and brow scrunch as she takes in a deep hitched breath.
  2070. >She looks around at anything that's not you
  2071. >"I dont know."
  2072. >You can see in her downcast eyes that she knows but no reason to push it
  2073. "I just figured it'd be for the best of both of us if I cut things off."
  2074. >" Master always knows best."
  2075. >Once again a pang of guilt forces its way through your heart
  2076. "Don't be like that. Look I'm sorry Celestia, I really am."
  2077. >"Are you sorry for real or just because you feel bad?"
  2078. >Harsh but she's got you there
  2079. >You do feel bad
  2080. >Both that it had to happen and that you don't have a way to make it easier for either of you
  2081. >The short silences between this cold conversation feels like ages
  2082. "Both?"
  2083. >If you could stuff those words back in your gullet you would
  2084. >She gives you a weary stare out of the corner of her eye
  2085. >"I think I can get it from here."
  2086. “Tia.”
  2087.  
  2088.  
  2089. >She maintains the sad yet scornful side eye, enforcing her request
  2090. >Might as well grant her wish and leave
  2091. >You dry off and quickly throw on your shirt
  2092. >You stop as you get to the door and look back
  2093. "I still-"
  2094. >"Save it, you've done enough for now Anon."
  2095. >You step outside and close the door behind you
  2096. >You dramatically throw your head back and accidentally bust it on the door
  2097. >It certainly doesn't feel good
  2098. "Agh, fuck."
  2099. >Unsure if the tears welling up are from the pain or the mess you caused, you wipe your eyes and make your way to the couch
  2100. >You plop down and lean back as far as you can
  2101. >Your appetite is absolutely ruined.
  2102. >How are you going to fix this?
  2103. >You're in too deep to just relent at this point
  2104. >Meanwhile standing your ground is just as bad of an idea.
  2105. >You look at the stack of pancakes sitting on the table and pick up the fork neatly placed next to it.
  2106. >Might as well eat something
  2107. >Being hungry isn't gonna help anyone
  2108. >You dig in and despite getting a little cold, it's still some of the breakfast you've ever had
  2109. >What the hell is she putting in this stuff?
  2110. >Whatever it is, hopefully she keeps it up.
  2111. >Speaking of Chrys, you look around and see no trace of her
  2112. >You swear she was just here
  2113. >Finishing off breakfast takes no time at all and you're left by your lonesome.
  2114. >You get up and place your dishes in the sink before returning to a puddle-like position on the couch.
  2115. >As you do you can hear the bathroom door open, and a few seconds later you see Celestia slinking out from the hall
  2116. >She stops and stares you down with a weary gaze
  2117. >Is this the part where you say something profound and fix your relationship?
  2118. >Her horn glows softly and with a small flash produces a collection of small pills on the table
  2119. >They quickly segregate themselves into two neat piles
  2120. >One for each of you
  2121. >A bottle of water pops into existence within her magical grasp before she walks out the back door
  2122. >You can see her through the window as she finds a nice comfortable place to bask/pout in the noon sun
  2123. >How exactly do you even process what just happened?
  2124. >If anything thinking about it just makes you feel worse
  2125. >You grab your phone and begin the Ye Olde coping mechanism of listening to sad music
  2126. >Opening up YouTube you see the song you were listening to with Chrys yesterday
  2127.  
  2128.  
  2129. >You shrug and tap play before softly tossing your phone next to you on the couch.
  2130. >Shame that today is already a bust and you've hardly been up an hour
  2131. >After the song loops a time or two you hear a door creak open.
  2132. >You look over to see Chrysalis peeking out of her room with her ears perked up
  2133. >"Hey Chrys."
  2134. >You give her a limp wave.
  2135. >For once misery would prefer to not have company.
  2136. >Sha makes her way over to the couch and hops up next to you
  2137. >"You seem rather...morose."
  2138. "Morose?"
  2139. >You don't have the energy for big words currently
  2140. >She covers her mouth with a hoof and chuckles
  2141. >"Crestfallen."
  2142. >You know what that one means but you puff up your cheeks in a playful annoyance
  2143. >You get a smile and eye roll in response
  2144. >"You look sad."
  2145. "Eh, it happens a lot."
  2146. >Her silky mane glides through your fingers.
  2147. >Wait, when did you start petting her?
  2148. >Weird
  2149. >Whatever, the cool strands feel really nice in your hand.
  2150. >”Is that so?”
  2151. >You shrug in response and rub her ears,she lowers her head a bit, letting it rest just above your lap.
  2152. >Looking down you can see a collection of scars and gray hairs.
  2153. >Thinking about it you haven't really given her a closer look till now.
  2154. >Situating your hand under her chin, you raise up her head a little bit.
  2155. >Her horn is in pretty terrible condition for starters
  2156. >The material that makes it up looks rather brittle
  2157. >It reminds you of when you used to chew your nails
  2158. >Looking a little closer you can see it’s actually grown around the magic dampening ring slightly
  2159. >That can’t feel good
  2160. “Hey, I gotta ask. Does it hurt?”
  2161. >With your free hand you very lightly you poke her horn, causing a few little black flecks to shed from it
  2162. >You can see an emerald eye trying to focus on what you're doing.
  2163. >”My horn?”
  2164. >She lets out a deep sigh
  2165. >”Just my pride mostly.”
  2166. >You give her a pity scratch under her chin
  2167. >"How is your hand?"
  2168. >Oh right you forgot about that
  2169. >Looking at your hand you notice the lack of a bandage
  2170. >Must've fallen off while you were asleep.
  2171. >Now that you're aware of the scab, your hand itches like crazy
  2172. >It sucks
  2173. "Itchy but I've had worse."
  2174. >You chuckle and rub her back
  2175. >The quiet peacefulness doesn't last long as Chrys decides to lick your hand leaving a long dark smear across the back
  2176. >You'd almost be turned on if you weren't so confused and kinda grossed out
  2177. >What the hell was that?
  2178. "Dude!?"
  2179. >She jumps slightly
  2180. >"I apologize. I probably should have explained first."
  2181. >You pick at it lightly but it's on there rather good, and the itching has stopped
  2182. >"Don't pick at it. It will help it heal better."
  2183. >Huh
  2184. >Her voice is a little snappy but
  2185. "Uh huh?"
  2186.  
  2187. >At a bit of a loss for words here
  2188. >It's not everyday someone just licks you without permission
  2189. >Let alone leaves behind a weird blackish green trail when they do
  2190. "So uh...how exactly does that work?"
  2191. >She lightly lays her head against the outer side of your leg
  2192. >Weird, but cool!
  2193. "How come you aren't covered in this stuff yourself?"
  2194. >She lightly laughs
  2195. >"Changelings are able to heal themselves, albeit slowly with the same love they'd use to keep themself sustained. On the other hoof, say we...I wish to assist others I would normally just use magic…"
  2196. >Her voice trails off near the end
  2197. >"But without it, food may be converted into necessary materials."
  2198. >Kinda gross but still neat
  2199. "Huh"
  2200. >You flex your hand a couple times
  2201. It feels weird but not in a bad way
  2202. "Thank you?"
  2203. >Giving her a scratch between her shoulder blades earns you her wings buzzing in response
  2204. >You bump the music’s volume down abit and just relax
  2205. >A small bit of warmth permeates in your chest as you just relax next to your big bug
  2206. >It's a lot like when you and Tia were together
  2207. >Not that you're head over heels for the mare or anything
  2208. >Just something about being around her feels nice
  2209. >You're not falling for the bug horse mid messy fight with your ex
  2210. >Absolutely not
  2211. >Haha…
  2212. “So uh...Is there anything you wanted to do, or anything you wanna talk about?”
  2213. >Her head lifts off your leg ever so slightly as she hums and rolls her head back and forth
  2214. >Eventually she lays her head back down and shrugs
  2215. >”I’m not sure, I've never had the autonomy to pick before.”
  2216. >Another round of scratches where her neck meets her back brings back her signature chirping
  2217. “Well, let's change that.”

/spg/ Black Honey (WIP)

by Sunksi