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An Ordinator’s Tail.
Friday afternoon Methal and GS walked the streets of Manehatten. Most of the morning had been spent looking around for the best spots for photos of the city and its sites. GS had made several suggestions but Methal was looking for unicorn females to take pictures of. So far most he saw were walking with males and he didn’t feel it polite to ask if they were coupled. Methal stopped for a moment to think taking in his current surroundings.
“So when are we going to take pictures?” GS asked, “We’ve been walking around all morning!”
“Patience GS.” Methal said still looking around, “I will let you know when I see something noteworthy.”
Both of their stomachs growled almost in unison. It was nearing lunch after all.
“Well I guess that means time to take a break and eat.” GS said sitting and rubbing his belly, “I know a pretty good place near here.”
“Yes it would appear that taking a break would be a good idea.” Methal sighed, “Show me the way.”
GS nodded and started to walk in the direction of a small café that had a patio.
“The food here is good and its pretty cheap.” GS commented as he entered the patio and sat at a table, “Just sit down the service is pretty fast.”
Methal sat across from him GS used his magic to lift the menu up looking it over. Methal used his hoof and did the same.
“So what you’re going to get?” GS asked raising the menu over his head.
“I am not quite sure yet…” Methal answered looking at the menu intently.
“Well if you don’t know just get the special.” GS said now putting his menu down, “The specials here are always good.”
Methal made a mental note about that. It would make his dining a lot easier and draw less suspicion. But first he had a job to do.
“I think I will get that then.” Methal said looking away from the menu.
After lunch they walked around a little more and eventually found themselves looking over the water toward the large green statue. Methal looked around still seeing couples as they walked the area.
“You want a picture of the mare of liberty?” GS asked looking hopeful.
“hmmm…” Methal uttered as he scratched his head still looking.
“We’ve been walking around all day!” GS finally complained.
“I…wait…” Methal said as he spotted a female unicorn walking with another female earth pony by the edge of the area.
Methal started to walk toward them while GS followed not sure what he was looking at. Methal walked up to them and spoke.
“Hello, I am visiting the city and I was wondering if I could get a picture with the both of you in front of the statue.” Methal said and then turned to GS, “This is GS and he is helping me take pictures of the city while I am here.”
The females looked at each other shrugged then nodded.
“Sure.” The female earth pony answered.
GS looked at him then at the statue.
“It won’t be a good picture.” GS said while raising the camera up looking through it.
“It will be fine.” Methal said while sitting.
GS shrugged and raised the camera while Methal sat raising his head slightly and used his right hoof gesturing toward the statue.
Methal’s expression didn’t change as the camera clicked.
As GS lowered the camera he said, “You know it would have been a better picture if you would have smiled.”
“Thank you for your time.” Methal said to the females, then he walked back to GS, “Now let us see what else this area has to offer picture wise.”
They walked around some more and took several more pictures of some of the buildings and other things that Methal found interesting. After the last picture was taken GS let out a sigh.
“Now I’m no photographer but these are some boring pictures…” GS frowned as Methal started to walk back toward him.
“Well like I said it’s part of the work I am doing here.” Methal stated, “It will pay off in the end.”
“I still can’t believe that they want boring pictures.” GS replied sarcastically, “Now that is a job I could do.”
“Well I suppose it is good that you are helping me then.” Methal said as he started to walk, “Do we still have oh what are they called again…exposures left?” Methal asked stopping.
GS looked at the camera, “Nope all out. Now we have to get them developed.”
“Good lead the way please.” Methal said.
GS lead him through the city past several intersections and finally stopped at a corner. Across the street a store with a sign with a camera hung on the outside.
“The film place is right ther-” GS stopped midsentence the color suddenly leaving his face, “Oh crap…”
Methal looked over and saw the same perlino colored pegasus starting to water to some plants next to the film store using two small grey clouds. GS tried to hide behind Methal but it was too late, her face lit up seeing them. She used her wings to disperse the clouds then took to wing landing next to them.
“Oh good I was hoping you would stop by!” Cloud Pearl said happily, “GS don’t you hide from me! You know it doesn’t work! I could always find you playing hide and seek.”
“Yes ma’am…” GS grumbled stepping from behind Methal.
“And hello to you as well Methal.” Cloud Pearl said giving a big smile, “Did you stop by to check out the new shop?” Cloud Pearl finished with a hint of hope in her voice.
“Oh um well ser-”
“We were actually just dropping off some film to be developed and we really, really need to be getting back home.” GS said interrupting Methal giving a nervous smile.
Methal shot GS a dirty look from the interruption while GS gave him back a look of desperation.
“Oh well… in that case I won’t keep you.” Cloud Pearl said looking crestfallen.
“Nonsense we have time.” Methal said to Cloud Pearl then giving GS a stern look, “We would be more than happy to.”
“Oh good!” Cloud Pearl beamed, “I’ll wait for you in the shop then!”
With that she pivoted on her back legs and took flight back across the street and entered the flower shop.
“Why did you do that?!?” GS moaned, “Now we have to go…”
“That was for interrupting me when I was speaking.” Methal said gruffly giving GS another stern look, “Besides it is impolite to decline hospitality.” Methal finished giving a look of properness.
“Fine…let’s get this over with.” GS said giving his own hard look then rolled his eyes.
They walked across the street dropped off the film and then got another roll installed in the camera as well. They exited the camera shop then went next door. As they entered the flower shop the scent of a variety of flowers hung in the air along with the smell of fresh earth. The shop was small but not too busy. Shelves lined the walls all holding flowers in pots while the middle of the shop held a long trough with different flowers and plants. Over some of the plants hung small grey rain clouds that watered the flowers as Cloud Pearl had done outside.
Methal looked around and found himself missing home even more. He wondered if his garden at the back of his house was even being tended too while he was away. Probably not.
“Thank you and do come again!” Cloud Pearl said to a leaving customer. Then she saw Methal and GS standing by the doorway and waved. “Oh good you came by!” Cloud Pearl beamed again as she started to walk around the counter, “Busy day?”
“For the most part.” Methal said looking around, “It is a very nice shop.”
“Isn’t it?” Cloud Pearl nodded, “I’m very proud of my work and shops I’ve set up around these parts.” Then she looked at GS, “I have something just for you! Wait right here!” Cloud Pearl then walked to the back of the store.
“Ok we saw the shop can we leave now?” GS pleaded.
“Mind your manners, she has a gift for you.” Methal said while looking down at some of the flowers in the trough.
They waited patiently for a short time then Cloud Pearl came back out holding a hanger in her mouth, its contents covered by a white paper. She placed it on one of the shelves excitedly then turned to GS.
“When you start working here this is what I want you to wear!” Cloud Pearl then tore the paper off revealing a set of overalls and hat with striped shirt.
GS looked mortified while Methal flinched out of surprise raising an eyebrow.
“Oh you’ll look cuter than a new born foal!!” Cloud Pearl smiled sitting and clopping her front hooves together letting her country twang out again.
“By Star Swirl’s beard, Celestia banish me….” GS said under his breath putting his own hoof to his head.
“I am sure that GS is grateful for the gift and will look forward to showing it to his mother but for the time being I think we should head back home.” Methal said now walking back to the door, “GS take your gift so we can leave if you please.”
GS used his magic and floated the hanger from the shelf and placed it across his back.
“Thank you again for having us sera.” Methal said with a slight bow.
“Thank you for stopping by!” Cloud Pearl said then added, “I’m going to stop by after work. I want you wear it for us to see how you look in it.”
GS rolled his eyes while letting out a small groan at the thought of having to model the outfit.
End Part XVII
An Ordinator’s Tail
GS let go of both his mother and aunt still smiling largely at them.
“Oh my, you can’t be GS!” Cloud Pearl said kneeling down slightly, “You were so small when I left two years ago!”
“The one and only! Mom says the same thing.” GS said standing a little taller now, “Oh look what Methal got today!” GS used his magic to bring up the new camera.
“Methal? Oh, you mean the new tenant?” Cloud Pearl said looking from GS to Cantata.
“Yeah its really neat. He said I could have it too.” GS said lowering it now.
“I said you can have it when it is time for me to leave.” Methal said trotting up.
“Oh you’re the new tenant?” Cloud Pearl asked giving him a good look over.
“Yes sera, and you are?” Methal asked giving a slight bow.
“I’m Cloud Pearl, I run a floral shop in town. Well…it’s still starting up. I want GS to stop by sometime this weekend.” Cloud Pearl said to Cantata Moon giving a strange look from the term, then looked back to Methal, “It was nice to meet you I hope to see you as well.”
“Bye aunt Pearl!” GS called out as he used his magic to open the front door entering the house.
“GS wait for me! I want to see how it terms!” Methal called out as he started to follow him inside. Methal abruptly stopped turned around and gave another quick bow then went inside.
Cantata Moon looked at Cloud Pearl, “You see what I mean? He’s really well mannered.”
“Yeah I see what you mean, no accent…well he has an accent but I’m not sure from where. He might have grown up around horses from another country.” Cloud Pearl speculated raising her wing to her chin then shrugged and added, “Well as long he is good to you and my nephew that’s all I care about.”
“Well since he has paid for the rent for the entire stay I’m sure I won’t have any trouble from him, most try to make late payments.” Cantata Moon said shaking her head, “At least it’s good to know that I have a good tenant this time.”
“I’ll see you tonight after I get out of work, save some dinner for me alright?” Cloud Pearl said giving her friend one last hug.
“I’ll make sure to save some. No guarantee because I have a growing colt and now a new tenant.” Cantata laughed.
“Ok I’ll see you tonight!!”
With that Cloud Pearl released her friend then took to wing flying in the direction of down town. Cantata Moon watched her friend for a moment then went inside of the house.
After stepping through the door, she heard GS and Methal talking upstairs in the hallway. She stopped to listen curious about what they were talking about.
“So you mean to tell me that those paintings are actually called photos?”
“Yeah it just takes a few days to get them back from the developer.”
“Astounding really, I thought they were from a master artist.”
“Well some ponies do make a living from taking pictures. Just make sure you ask to take a picture first.”
“Oh, of course, I wouldn’t want to insult anyone.”
“Hey can I take your picture?”
“Ok just stand right there…alright now say cheese!”
“Why would I want to say cheese?”
“It’s just what you do! Think how weird it would be if someone told you to say pickles or oats. Ok so say cheese!”
Cantata Moon let out a laugh under her breath as she heard the click followed by the flash.
“You’re not very photogenic, are you?”
“Photogenic. It means that you take good pictures.”
“Absurd! I have been told I look quite striking!”
Cantata Moon giggled again then trotted to the music room shut the door then let out a sigh looking at the piano. After all the song, wouldn’t write itself.
After several hours of writing and rewriting lyrics a small knock came to the music room door. Cantata Moon looked at the clock. It was nearing five thirty. She quickly used her magic and folded up her papers and put them on the piano then placed the ink and quill on it as well.
“I’ll be out in a moment! I haven’t forgotten about dinner.” Cantata said cursing under her breath, once again she had gotten tied up in her music and forgot about the time.
Cantata Moon used her magic to open the door and saw GS standing on the other side of it.
“Start cleaning the vegetables I’ll get the rest started GS.” Cantata said to her colt moving past him.
An hour later the food finished she walked out of the kitchen and called for GS and her guest. She watched as GS and Methal walked down the stairs finishing the conversation they were having.
“And you are sure I can get multiple copies err, prints of the photos?”
“Yeah just tell them and they will make as many as you want.”
“I must say that is quite the handy contraption.”
They all sat around the dinner table while both Cantata and GS used their magic to move the food to the table and serve it. They ate and talked about the days’ events. Cantata made sure they saved some for Cloud Pearl.
After they finished eating GS and Cantata started to place the dishes in the sink.
“Now after you finish with the dishes take a bath and go to bed GS.” Cantata Moon said then looked to Methal, “And I nearly forgot to thank you for paying the entire rental early. Thank you.”
“It was no trouble really. I’d much rather pay it in full and not have to worry about it while I’m working.” Methal said standing.
“Besides he’s loaded anyway.” GS chimed in while he washed the dishes, “I bet that was the first time they actually had to see how much gold bars were worth.”
“Gold bars?” Cantata Moon said raising an eyebrow.
“Payment for my services while I am here.” Methal said then shot a look at GS, “Mind your business GS.”
“Sorry…” GS apologized making sure to look extra busy now.
“Well I think I will retire for the evening, thank you for the meal.” Methal said and then left the kitchen.
Cantata Moon waited until she heard the guest door shut then looked at GS.
“What you mean gold bars?”
GS stopped and turned around to his mother.
“Yeah two of them.”
“Were they marked in anyway?” Cantata asked curiously, “Did they have the Equestrian seal?”
“Not that I saw. I was just amazed that he actually pulled two of them out.” GS shrugged then continued doing dishes and asked, “Why is that so important?”
“Well for starters he could be a thief. I don’t want you spending a lot of time with him anymore.” Cantata said in a worried tone, “Besides I don’t think he’s from Appleloosa.”
“Mom he didn’t know what a light switch was. He is from Appleloosa. Remember when we had aunt Pearl’s brother over here for a few nights? That pony was amazed that we had an indoor outhouse! Besides he’s nice and he pays me when I show him around town. He’d be lost without me!” GS said matter-of-factly.
“I just don’t want you to get into trouble. There is something odd about him and I can’t quite put my hoof on it.” Cantata said, “Just…just be careful around him alright?”
“Mom I’m nearly grown up!”
“Not grown up enough! And you still live under my roof!”
“Yes ma’am.” GS muttered going back to the dishes now.
“Besides your aunt Pearl wants you to work with her at the shop for the summer and maybe into the school year. I think that would be better for you.” Cantata Moon sighed, “She will be over in a little bit and we are going to talk about it some more.”
“Uugggh I don’t want to work at the flower shop! I have a job already!” GS groaned out tilting his head back in frustration.
“It’s one thing when you offer to tenants to play tour guide! It’s another when you approach somepony on the streets! You look like a hooligan when you do!” Cantata Moon barked, “I’ve raised you better than that!”
“Yes ma’am…” GS groaned again rolling his eyes.
Suddenly there was several knocks at the front door. Cantata Moon turned her head in the direction of the door and started to leave the kitchen. She stopped at the entrance to the hallway letting out a long sigh.
“Don’t forget when you are finished get into bed.” Cantata then turned her head back to the kitchen, “GS I’m saying all of this because I love you. I worry about you.” Cantata then continued down the hallway to the front door.
“I love you to mom.” GS called from the kitchen.
Cantata smiled at hearing GS say that as she got to the front door. She used her magic to open it on the other side stood Cloud Pearl wearing her own satchel a bottle top sticking out of it.
“Oh no…” Cantata said putting her hoof to her head.
“Oh yes! We have a lot to talk about tonight!” Cloud Pearl said as she started to walk into the house.
“Fine, fine just take it to the music room.” Cantata said dismissively trying to hide her smile. Cantata had the feeling it was going to be one of those nights.
End Part XVI
An Ordinator’s Tail
It was nearing the afternoon as Cantata Moon stood in her make shift music room. She looked over the song lyrics she had been feverishly working on for the last month. The big show was coming up and she knew that she needed something to catch the attention of the critics.
As she looked at the lyrics her face scrunched in frustration. It wasn’t bad by any means but it felt it still lacked something. Her attention shifted from the papers held by her magic to the sound of the front door being knocked on. She placed the papers down on the piano that stood against the wall and then trotted out of the room. She used her magic to open the door. A smokey perlino colored female pegasus stood on the other side her face lighting up seeing her.
“Hello Cantata, I didn’t see you at the theatre so I thought you might be here.”
“Well, well, if it isn’t Cloud Pearl!” Cantata Moon said returning the smile, “When did you get back into town?”
“I got back this morning and had to check up on my new floral shop, not to mention I also remembered that I had a friend in town who owed me a lunch.” Cloud Pearl answered giving her friend a hug, “So what do you feel like paying for? I heard they have a new place to eat in town.”
Cantata Moon nodded, “Sure I could use a break. I just need to stop by the bank and get some bits and we’ll be off!”
Cantata Moon walked back inside and used her magic to grab her satchel and then walked outside and locked the door.
They both walked to the bank crossing the final street and entered it. Cantata Moon walked to the first empty teller and asked to do a withdrawal. After a few minutes the teller returned with a bag of bits with the account slip attached. Cantata started to turn and walk away then stopped looking at the amount.
“Excuse me but I think there is a mistake.” Cantata Moon said turning around to the teller.
“Pardon?” The teller asked.
“I think there’s been a mix up.” Cantata said using her magic to remove the slip and floating it back to the teller, “The last time I checked my account I didn’t have that much money in it.”
The teller then pulled a book from the desk and opened it and checked the daily log.
“Oh no mistake, there was a large deposit this morning for you. The memo states it came from a new account holder this morning.” The teller replied.
Cloud Pearl walked up seeing that Cantata was confused about something.
“Is there something wrong?” Cloud Pearl asked.
“Oh no just wanted to know where the extra money came from.” Cantata said showing her the slip, “You know what this means don’t you?”
Cloud Pearl smiled deviously, “That new dress you have been considering for the show?”
“That and a good restaurant to celebrate in!” Cantata smiled back.
They spent most of the lunch time catching up on events in their lives. How Cantata became the new diva for the theatre. How much GS had grown since Cloud Pearl had last seen him. Cloud Pearl told Cantata about how successful her floral stores had become. And the newest one was now open in Manehatten. Having finished eating they walked back to Cantata Moon’s house.
“I can’t wait until you see GS he’s gotten tall.” Cantata said as they walked.
“Speaking of him, where is he?” Cloud Pearl asked.
“He’s been hired by my new tenant as a guide to the city.” Cantata said giving a smirk.
“Well, let it never be said that he didn’t have his mother’s sense for making money.” Cloud Pearl said with a chuckle, “I was hoping to hire him for the summer and maybe on the weekends at the shop. That is if you don’t mind of course.”
“No I don’t see an issue with it, but I’m sure he might object.” Cantata said.
They both walked in silence for a short time, then Cloud Pearl asked,
“So how is your new tenant?”
“So far quiet, but I don’t think he’s from Appleloosa though.” Cantata said giving a slight frown.
“Really? What makes you say that?” Cloud asked.
“Well he doesn’t have the accent that most have. He doesn’t seem to conduct himself as some of the country folk do.” Cantata said, “He just comes off as…well…refined.”
Cloud Pearl laughed.
“You also forget that I was raised in Appleloosa for most of my life, how do you think I feel? Every single time I have a customer in a store I have to explain that a pegasus is good at growing flowers and all sorts a crops.” Cloud Pearl complained with a slight country tone.
“Yeah but I also remember that when we were in college how hard you would practice getting away from that same accent.” Cantata said giving a snarky smile, “Besides it slips out occasionally.”
They laughed as they both rounded the corner to the street leading to the house.
“Well if we meet I could probably tell you where he’s from.” Cloud Pearl said, “My family knows just about everyone from there.”
“Well that is if he is back at the house, I’m only concerned that he follows the rules of the rental. But as you can see from the bank statement I don’t think that will be a problem.” Cantata Moon sighed out, “Besides I’m more worried about this song I’ve been working on for the last month.”
“It’ll be alright.” Cloud Pearl said stopping using her wing to block her friend, “Just give it your best and I’m sure it’ll work out.”
“Thanks, it’s just that…well…” Cantata Moon said stopping suddenly.
“Well what?” Cloud Pearl said stopping as well.
“I’ve been in a slump with my music and I’m not sure why.”
Cloud Pearl looked at her friend and put both wings around her.
“I know your stressed about this new title, I could see it when we talked about it during lunch. But I know you’ve got this! You beat out every one of the other singers for the job and now you just have to show them that you are the right choice.”
“Thanks. I knew buying you lunch was the smart thing to do today.” Cantata said while returning the hug.
“No you owed me lunch from a few months ago, now I suppose I’ll have to buy you lunch at some point again so we can talk about our college days.” Cloud Pearl said as she stepped back looking at her friend fondly.
As they continued to the house Cantata Moon asked,
“So how long do you think you’ll be in town for?”
“I’ll be here for the first few weeks since the store just opened, I’ll leave again after that, but I will be making trips from here to my other stores as well.” Cloud Pearl said with a slight hint of exhaustion, “The store in Ponyville is doing well but not as well as it started, so I’ll be heading there first then back home to check on the store in Appleloosa then back here again.” Cloud Pearl then used her right wing to scratch her head, “Both my parents were right when they told me running stores would be tough, but like I told them I wasn’t going to stay in Appleloosa forever.”
Cantata Moon looked at her friend and laughed, “Well it seems that both of us have come a long way since we met huh?”
“I still can’t believe that you managed to stay in classes even with a newborn at home, now that was an amazing feat.” Cloud Pearl said, “I don’t know who was more proud of you me or our class mates and instructors.”
“Well I’m just glad that I found a filly that was good enough to help me by foal sitting while I was doing my music classes.” Cantata Moon replied, “Well…you all helped out in some way. Remember when I had to do a recital and I handed off GS to my instructor and he wore GS in his carrier and still managed to conduct at the same time?”
Cloud Pearl laughed thinking back the scene, “Oh I remember.” Cloud Pearl then stopped and took a tall stance, “You want me to do what young lady?” Doing her best impression of the former teacher, then added, “If I can conduct the entire Canterlot orchestra while providing the effects for the music, I’m sure I can hold a foal and conduct the recital at the same time!”
They both laughed from how serious the teacher looked during the show but also how ridiculous he appeared when he walked out to the stage with the carrier harness on. As soon as they could stop laughing they finished the trot to Cantata’s house.
They stopped at the door step and Cantata used her magic to open the door.
“Do you want to come in and get some tea before you leave?” Cantata asked.
“I wish I could but I have check up on my store and see how it’s doing but I’ll be back later tonight if that’s alright?” Cloud Pearl answered.
“Good what time should I expect you?”
“Oh around seven or so, I should be done by then.” Cloud Pearl said while giving a hug to Cantata, which was quickly interrupted by a quick flash and audible click.
Both mares startled turned to see GS using his magic holding a camera. He lowered it and gave them both a big smile.
“Aunt Pearl!” GS called out running over to his mother and friend giving them both a hug.
End of part XV
An Ordinator’s Tail
Methal stirred at the sound of small knocks on his door. He pulled himself out of bed, cursing under his breath. He didn’t get much sleep from the night before due to not being able to find out how to turn out the light in his room. Methal opened up the door and saw GS standing on the other side giving him a smile, which turned to shock at his apparent state.
“Well I would say good morning but you look like you were up all night.” GS said.
“I couldn’t sleep well due to the infernal light being on last night.” Methal said walking back to his saddle bags pulling out a brush and slipping it on his hoof, “How do you turn it off?”
GS looked at him and started to laugh and then pointed at a small switch next to the door frame.
“See its right there. Just push the button to turn it off and on.”
Methal finished brushing his hair and then put on his necklace then put on his saddle bags.
“C’mon breakfast is ready.” GS said as he left the room and headed down stairs.
Methal started to walk out then stopped and pushed the button on the wall. The light turned off. Methal looked around and pushed it again and the lights turned back on.
“Now that is amazing. I wonder if it is powered by some sort of soul gem like some of the Dwemer constructs…” Methal murmured amazed at the novelty of the device.
Methal pushed it one last time and then headed downstairs to breakfast.
After eating both Methal and GS were on the way to the bank. Methal still questioned him about some of the other areas of the city. GS told him that he stayed around his housing area and the park. His mother didn’t like him to wander too far.
“It doesn’t seem dangerous around here.” Methal remarked as he walked with GS, “Not like where I’m from.”
“Well the police keep the bad guys in check and also if we ever really need help the Canterlot royal guard will come, kinda like when Tirek attacked and destroyed most of the city of Ponyville.” GS added as they walked, his tone taking on a more somber note with that last sentence.
“Tirek?” Methal asked.
GS stopped giving Methal a quizzical look.
“You are from Appleloosa. You should remember when Tirek stole all of the powers from the earth ponies.” GS said giving a surprised look again.
“I was…in an area that was well hidden I suppose. What happened?”
“It was bad…really bad. Tirek somehow got out of Tartarus and started to drain all of the ponies of their powers.” GS said as he started to walk again, “Pegasus couldn’t fly or control the weather, earth ponies like yourself couldn’t even pick up the smallest thing. And us unicorns…he stole our magic.” The colt’s voice wavered as he finished.
Methal couldn’t believe what he was hearing. The being that did all of this sounded like a Daedric Prince. Methal didn’t want to press the subject further from how GS was reacting.
“I...I don’t want to talk about it anymore.” GS said his small voice holding an edge to it.
Methal understood all too well. Daedric Princes of the House of Troubles were bad enough but when angered…terrifying doesn’t do them justice.
They walked in silence the rest of the way to the bank. When they arrived the building was large and stately looking. Two large doors adorned the front and a flag stuck out from the front of the building suspended by a pole. It bore the mark of the local government. It contained a sun over a moon, one unicorn and pegasus mix on either side. One was ivory white with rainbow colored hair the other dark like the night with hair to match. Both appeared to be circling each other.
“Well here we are.” GS said his tone sounding a little more upbeat, “Best and only bank we have in the city. Everypony brings their money here, even my mom.”
“Oh good then I will deposit the rent and get money to spend.” Methal said walking to the bank.
Methal pushed open the doors and entered. The bank’s foyer was large with a female pegasus standing in the middle. The floor bore the same mark as the flag outside, tellers were doing business with customers. The air seemed to buzz with activity as business was conducted. The female pegasus took to wing and gently glided toward him and smiled brightly landing just short of them.
“Welcome to the Canterlot bank and trust, how can I help you today?” The pegasus said in a pleasant voice.
“I would like to open an account sera.” Methal said giving his own smile.
“Oh good! Please follow me.” The pegasus said giving a strange look from the last word then trotted off in the direction of an empty teller.
Both Methal and GS followed her. The pegasus walked around to the other side of the booth and picked up papers and set them on the desk.
“And how much will you be depositing for you today?” The pegasus asked.
Methal reached around and opened his saddle bags and pulled out a bar of gold then retrieved another placing them both neatly next to one another. Both the teller’s and GS’s widened.
“How much are these worth in the local currency?” Methal asked.
“Oh well, we will have to check for weight and purity. I’ll be right back.” The pegasus stammered slightly then composed herself. Then she gave another warm smile and quickly left.
“YOU’RE RICH?!?” GS exclaimed his jaw agape looking from the bars to Methal.
“It’s a modest amount for services I’m performing while I’m here. Mind your business.” Methal said now sitting.
A few minutes later the pegasus came back with a male unicorn. The unicorn gave the bars a good look over used his magic on them then gave a nod to the pegasus.
“They are pure. Each bar is one pound so that’s just under thirty thousand.” The unicorn said then used his magic to pick up the bars and walk away.
“Well now that’s settled, how much would you like to deposit today?”
“I would like to deposit all of it except for five thousand four hundred, I would that to be deposited in the account of Cantata Moon. And an additional six hundred for personal use.”
“Very well. I’ll be right back with the deposit slips and your money.” The pegasus said happily.
End part XIV
An Ordinator’s Tail
Methal followed the young colt through the city until they crossed a bridge that opened up to a small island. The park was full of activity. Several ponies were sitting on blankets having picnics while others walked and talked on the trail that appeared to circle the park. GS stopped at the end of the bridge and was looking around anxiously. Methal walked up now standing next to the young colt.
“Now this is where all the fun is in the city!” GS said then turned to Methal, “So what do you want to do first?”
Methal looked around for a short time not quite sure what to do. There seemed to be a lot to do, though his main concern was the mission for Prince Sky.
“It’s very nice, I guess a lot of ponies come here?” Methal said looking to the colt.
“Well…This is the most active place other than some of the business areas, folks like to come here and relax and have fun.” GS said looking from Methal to the park again, “You did say you were doing research on the city so I took you to one of the places where most folks go.”
“Do a lot of girls come here?” Methal asked looking around again.
“Girls?” GS said sounding surprised, “A few I guess but the main attraction here is the snacks and fun stuff you can do.” GS answered as he started to walk further into the park.
Methal reluctantly followed him still looking around for prospects to speak to. The colt was right though this area did seem to be highly active and it would be easy to speak to someone here instead of bothering them at work or while busy running an errand.
They both walked on the path until they came across a playground. Several dozen young colts around the same age as GS were busily playing, or on some of the equipment.
“Well tours over for now. I’m going to go and play for a while I’ll meet up with you later alright?” GS said as he darted off.
Methal watched for a few seconds as the colts were busily playing some sort of game with a ball kicking it back and forth. He then turned his attention to the park attendees. Then he thought about whether or not the Prince would approve of his selection. He would have to find a way to show the Prince before he would engage in a lengthy conversation. Suddenly this task seemed more daunting than expected. Fighting Daedra and criminals was one thing, making sure to please royalty was certainly another. Methal decided it might be best for now to make a plan on how to get portraits of the females to the Prince. He would contact the Prince tonight and get his assistance. Never the less it was his task to complete, his way back home depended on it. For now, he sat and watched as the colt played with the others.
Later that night Methal and GS walked back to the house. GS took him on another quick tour of the city, after stopping at something called an “ice cream parlor”. GS was good enough to get a bowl for him as well. It was like nothing he had tasted. Sweet, cold and creamy. Methal found it delicious, and wondered what other delicacies they had as well.
GS took him to the main market area which was still busy even though the sun had set. Another thing Methal found amazing was how the tall metal rods with glass bowls were lit up bathing the area like the sun were still shining. Most of the shops were closed as they walked past but Methal was amazed at the sheer amount of ponies that still walked the area carrying bags. The next area that he was shown was the business district. The streets empty, all of the companies closed for the day. GS told him that its busier during the day and if he wanted he would bring him back to show him. Methal agreed and would like to see what the companies would have to offer in services.
The last area they walked through was the bridleway theater district. The populace seemed busy here as well looking at posters and all lining up to a building with a large sign that was lit up with more bulbs that flashed at different intervals.
“This is where my mom works.” GS said proudly as he walked, “She’s the new theater diva.”
“Really?” Methal said taking in the sights and bystanders.
“Yup, the other mare got hired out in Las Pegasus. So my mom got promoted.” GS said, “You should come and see the show some time it’s pretty cool.”
A singing horse, Methal thought. Magic use, speaking and singing…I could fetch a small fortune for them both! I’ll have to make sure I can take them both with me.
They finished the traveling past the theater and crossed a couple of streets and soon found themselves back at GS’s house.
“Hold on let me knock first.” GS then used his magic to knock on the door.
The door opened and Cantata Moon stood on the other side and gave them both a welcoming smile.
“Just in time! Dinner is ready.” Cantata Moon said stepping back from the doorway the smell of the home cooked meal flowing out, “I put your things in your room, just let either of us know if you need something.”
“Oh..uh of course thank you.” Methal said following GS inside of the house.
They all sat at the table which was set with a large steaming pot of vegetable stew with a side of oats and candied apples for desert. The smell of the food made Methal’s stomach growl loudly, which caught the attention of the others. Methal could feel his face go flush.
“Well it looks like you worked up an appetite! I hope you enjoy it.” Cantata Moon smiled giving a small laugh.
“So how was your first day in the big city?” Cantata Moon asked as GS served the bowls.
“It was good. We spent most of our time at the park.” Methal answered then started to eat.
“That’s good. I’m sure you will find Manehatten has a lot to offer.” Cantata Moon said happily.
They finished eating and GS showed Methal to his room. GS opened up the door and walked into the dark room. With the sound of a small click the room lit up. Methal looked around stunned.
“B’vek…” Methal uttered.
“B-what?” GS asked looking confused.
“Uh, never mind I was just expecting candle light.” Methal answered walking over to another metal post with a glass bulb on top.
“Where are you from again?” GS asked raising a tiny eyebrow.
“Appleloosa.” Methal answered giving a nervous smile.
“Oh well that explains it!” GS said letting out a laugh, “You must have grown up without power, don’t worry though we don’t have out houses here. The bathroom is next to your room. I’ll see you in the morning mom likes to sleep in so expect a late breakfast.”
With that GS left the room and shut the door behind him using his magic.
Methal let out a sigh and scratched his head.
“Of all the places you chose to tell these creatures you are from you had to pick the most backwards out of an already backwards world…” Methal quietly chastised himself.
Methal took in the room which was clean with a large bed against the wall. A small desk sat under a window with ink, quill and paper. His saddle bags sat at the foot of the bed. Methal walked over to his bags and opened the bag on the left. Methal pulled a small item wrapped in a cloth and then placed it on the desk. Methal then unwrapped it revealing a small mirror and then tapped it twice on the top. The mirror first showed his reflection then went cloudy. Methal waited until the clouds cleared and Prince Sky appeared.
“Methal! It is good to see you.” Prince Sky said, “Is everything alright?”
“Yes serjo I was just letting you know that I have gotten accommodations for the time and I did have some questions.” Methal said keeping his voice down, “I know choosing a future bride for you is quite a daunting task now and I was wondering how would I get a portrait to you without the council knowing of our activity here. I want to make sure before I engage the mare that you would approve of the selection.”
“You could get a camera.” Prince Sky said, “Get the film developed and then show the pictures via the mirror.”
“Oh of course. I will get one tomorrow and begin at once serjo.” Methal said giving a nod.
“Good. I will expect another meeting with you in seven days. Good luck!” Prince Sky said.
The mirror went cloudy again then went back to showing Methal’s own reflection.
Methal rewrapped the mirror and left it on the desk and prepared for bed. As slipped into bed one thought did occur to him…. what is a camera?
End Part XIII