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/jacky/ IF Scenario I: Independent

By BlondieAnon
Created: 17th April 2022 05:47:20 AM
25th June 2022 01:38:40 PM

  1. >You never had it easy
  2. >Contrary to what most thought about you, growing up was absolute hell
  3. >Chasing some shady con artist and her dense little sister
  4. >Sleeping in mud
  5. >Dealing with the shame of arrests and being stuck in some pig sty of a pen for every mare and stallion to scoff and insult
  6. >Dealing with getting left behind every time you felt the least amount of comfort
  7. >Dealing with being so confused and clueless that you didn't even know how to use magic
  8. >Those were the days, weren't they?
  9. >You look down at the street from your office
  10. >All of them have families
  11. >Friends
  12. >Trustworthy ponies that live their lives to the fullest
  13. >You used to avoid these parts of towns and cities
  14. >They were rich
  15. >Too rich for you
  16. >You could never blend in, no matter how hard you tried
  17. >Even if you were offered something, you didn't know how to grab it with your magic
  18. >Like a nightmare come true, everyone would look at the filly who was gifted an ice cream and let it fall to the ground
  19. >It works better now
  20. >The last time you had an accident, it was covered up
  21. >But you had to change to another town
  22. >You've been here for...
  23. >How long has it been?
  24. >Three months by next week?
  25. >You're a respectable mare now
  26. >You focus on numbers, logistics
  27. >Due to your help, what used to be a little tinder box of a lumber company has grown
  28. >Swallowed up competition and spit out the redundant bones
  29. >You would never admit to it
  30. >You would never show
  31. >But part of you enjoyed seeing stallions and mares lamenting about how they could no longer feed their families
  32. >Why would you care?
  33. >You got by just fine
  34. >You did more than just get by
  35. >Years of crying, fighting, bleeding, stealing, lying
  36. >All of those things made you the mare that you are today
  37. >They even call you "Ms. Shine" now
  38. >No one would ever call you that without your position
  39. >Your power
  40. >That is all that matters now, isn't it?
  41. >Jacky and that "Dashie" of hers...
  42. >You haven't seen them in years
  43. >After that fight with that so-called gang of colts, you were left bleeding on the ground
  44. >That was when your magic first truly came to life
  45. >It hurt more than anything else in your life, to push your chest back out
  46. >But apparently you lived
  47. >They did too, you imagine
  48. >When you came to visit them a few days after, they were gone
  49. >The rags they had
  50. >The bottles of perfume
  51. >Even the food
  52. >All of it was still in that rat's nest of a tunnel
  53. >Of course, you ate all of the food
  54. >You sold the perfume
  55. >Or did your best to
  56. >There's someone always in greater need
  57. >So you exploited that
  58. >Without hesitation, you sold every dram of foul smelling floral liquid to anyone who would give you the time of day
  59. >You wouldn't have
  60. >But thankfully others did
  61. >Once you finally started to accumulate enough bits, you bought yourself a meal
  62. >A real meal
  63. >You couldn't finish it
  64. >No matter how ravenous you were, you left two thirds of it alone
  65. >You never did understand how and why you would so something so wasteful
  66. >They wouldn't come back fo ryou
  67. >They weren't your true friends
  68. >They were never your friends
  69. >But you were theirs
  70. >Why else would you have followed them for hundreds and thousands of miles?
  71. >Why else would you always include them in on your plans and schemes?
  72. >Sure, some went bad and you had to leave them behind
  73. >They weren't useless, they could handle themselves
  74. >And they didn't show hesitation when they were in the clear and you were in trouble
  75. >You look at your desk
  76. >Proper
  77. >Rich, dense wood
  78. >You had it built, custom-made
  79. >When you first got an office, it doubled as your home
  80. >You ate and slept in it
  81. >A hard wood floor was nothing compared to mud, stone and worse
  82. >Others took that a sign of endearment and dedication
  83. >Even where you work right now
  84. >You wouldn't hesitate to burn everything down if it suited you
  85. >Why would you care?
  86. >They paid you
  87. >You did things no one else could
  88. >That was as far as that relationship went
  89.  
  90. >You work until the sun goes down
  91. >Letters and business offers
  92. >Warnings of audits if not-at-all-fake threats were ignored
  93. >A
  94. >A personal letter?
  95. >Who would give a letter to you?
  96. >The last time you had any form of social call or personal letter, it was a suitor
  97. >Your horn went out of whack and burned him when he said that he loved you
  98. >You hadn't even met him before, and after only a few hours of talking he went and said that
  99. >You were mortified but did your best to remain stoic
  100. >You thought for sure that you would be flayed and left for crows to pick at
  101. >...Instead, days later the fool's father approached you and apologized
  102. >He formally apologized for his son's behavior and offered you a job
  103. >The goal, he said, was apparently to have his son married off and to get a company asset, all at once
  104. >You still don't get it even today
  105. >The father has long since been in the ground and the son runs things now
  106. >He apparently never married but also never spoke to you
  107. >Not directly
  108. >Perhaps he knows what's good for him
  109. >You carefully open the letter
  110. >You often rip them apart out of poor control but others view it as anger or frustration
  111. >Compared to what you felt before, this is nothing
  112. >"Bonjour!
  113. >This is Madam Jelly Belly. It has come to my attention that you were once friends with a little filly who called herself "Jacky". Do you remember her? I sure hope so!
  114. >I am reaching out to you in hopes that you have knowledge on where she lives. Ever since she ran away, I have given every bit I could to help find her."
  115. >...of course
  116. >You haven't seen her for years and she's still somehow so much more important than you
  117. >You have the strong urge to stop reading and to just turn the letter to ashes
  118. >But
  119. >You continue to read
  120. >"Through my team's investigations, we have found out through numerous guard reports that you were a known associate of her. I hope this means you were a friend as well?"
  121. >As if
  122. >She wasn't your friend
  123. >Just as you apparently weren't hers
  124. >"If so, please write me back! I feel foolish for letting her run like that. If she is in trouble, or has found her family, or whatever the situation may be, allow me to help! I promise that I will do everything in my family's power to help. She doesn't need to keep running."
  125. "Fat chance, lady..."
  126. >The first words you've spoken all day
  127. >Bitter and quiet
  128. >"For your assistance, I have sent an unmarked but signed cheque. To show me your support, please write whatever number you wish and cash it. Upon cashing, I will be notified of your bank of choice and we can talk further.
  129. >May every day bring a new blessing!
  130. >~Jelly Belly"
  131. >You turn the letter over
  132. >Apparently it is a check
  133. >Signed and dated too
  134. >All that is left to fill in is the amount
  135. >What a silly mare
  136. >Doesn't she know that someone could openly rob her?
  137. >What does she have to gain, by risking so much?
  138. >If the thought were more humorous you might have smiled
  139. >Instead, the letter ignites in a white-hot blaze
  140. >You watch the fire dance and consume
  141. >The fire used to be a dark, bloody red
  142. >But it brightened up, the more you learned to control it
  143. >Then it turned to orange
  144. >Then yellow
  145. >Blue
  146. >Now, from blue to even white
  147. >You hardly recognize it anymore
  148. >When there are only remnants of ashes that remain, collected in a little red ball
  149. >It blinks away
  150. >Outside of the smell of burnt paper and the ambient heat that turned part of your desk black, no traces remain
  151. >Just like what happened to those two
  152.  
  153. >You finish your day only when the sun goes down
  154. >Without moving from your spot, you directly affect the lives of dozens of ponies
  155. >Some are letters of resignation
  156. >Letters for assistance or for bonuses
  157. >Some that are almost legal threats about their businesses getting devoured
  158. >So much is affected
  159. >And you can't bring yourself to care
  160. >If they were smarter, they would surely be in your position
  161. >If they had friends, they would surely find other work, or have support
  162. >If they were willing to do what you did, they would surely not be so pathetic
  163. >But there they were
  164. >And here you are
  165. >"Miss Shine?"
  166. >The faintest smile you could have drops at the sound of some office filly tapping her hoof against your door
  167. "What."
  168. >You don't mean to be mean
  169. >You don't care if you are, granted
  170. >But the fear in her eyes when she looks at you
  171. >Part of you knows exactly what that is
  172. >You can't hate someone who is so clueless
  173. >You aren't a monster
  174. >The filly flinches at your cold reply
  175. >"O-oh, uh, I... ah..."
  176. >She looks down at the floor, disengaging from your empty stare
  177. >If you were still that little trash pony, would she still be so cowardly?
  178. >Probably not
  179. >The passing thought makes you blink
  180. "Speak."
  181. >The idle annoyance in your tone makes her jump high enough to nearly knock her head on the ceiling
  182. >"AH! I-I'm catering for today's dinner b-because my parents ahum... we r-run a cafe! Would you like some... food? Please?"
  183. >This is probably a ploy to get you on their good sides
  184. >Even here, you aren't a nobody
  185. >You glare at her
  186. >Rather, it's more like you stare right through her
  187. >Does she have friends?
  188. >How will she recount this situation with you?
  189. >Of all of the things she would says, she probably wouldn't dare badmouth you
  190. >Because she knows that with a signature and a quickly drafted declaration, you could kill her family
  191. >...
  192. >'s business
  193. >You blink a few times at that thought
  194. >It doesn't impress you
  195. >You really don't feel anything at all from it
  196. "Yes. Thank you. I think I have had them before. My usual."
  197. >Relieved that you have finally given her an answer, she salutes for a full second before fleeing at full speed
  198. >"Yes thank you I'll be baaaaaaa..."
  199. >It's obvious you've frightened her
  200. >You didn't mean to
  201. >In record time, the filly and two delivery mares stop by
  202. >Without moving, you watch the night sky take over while the meal is set up
  203. >It's a feast, frankly
  204. >More than enough to feed three
  205. >"T-thank you for choosing us Miss Shine! P-please come again!"
  206. >The filly and her two cohorts leave
  207. >Funny
  208. >You have more than enough money than you care to count
  209. >And yet they haven't charged you
  210. >You paid them exactly once
  211. >After that, they refused to take your money
  212. >They came up with excuse after excuse, until the father outright begged that you eat for free
  213. >The cafe was his grandmother's and he wished to see it flourish long enough for his daughter's foals to run it
  214. >The notion was hilarious to you
  215. >At the time, you didn't understand it
  216. >The mere concept
  217. >You laughed at him
  218. >You howled with manic jubilation at his request
  219. >Much to his horror
  220. >You could see it in his eyes
  221. >The look that he was going to die if you said "no"
  222. >You left, still cackling
  223. >You never did answer him
  224. >But apparently he took it as a good sign and always had some pony deliver food right to your office
  225. >Twice a day, without fail
  226. >Every breakfast was simple enough
  227. >Your stomach and body had grown enough that you no longer felt ill by eating an entire plate by yourself
  228. >And for dinner...
  229. >Three plates
  230. >Three separate orders
  231. >You don't remember what they used to like to eat anymore
  232. >You have memories
  233. >But they aren't clear
  234. "You two better be grateful."
  235. >You mumble to yourself
  236. >You eat in silence, watching the two other plates
  237. >This probably looks pathetic, but no one has ever said it
  238. >You would feel ashamed
  239. >But you really just can't feel anything at all

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