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PostSubject: Re: The Lights of Harmony III   1/8/2013, 12:59 pm

Lightning nodded. "They might try to hurt your friend if you don't do this carefully. We are going to forge your pictures."

She lifted the camera and looked at Mist. "Gather them around and make sure they start something they have no aptitude for. Make it look like we're struggling to get anything done."

Lightning looked back over to Flash. "What does your mare do in town?"

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PostSubject: Re: The Lights of Harmony III   1/8/2013, 1:13 pm

As Fas quickly went over to Dalila to tell her what the plan was, Flash was now giving a confused expression to Lightning.

"S-She's a cook for a restaurant. I'd say she's the best in Canterlot..."

The pegasus suddenly shook her head.

"What are you planning? If I leave the apartment with my stuff and don't get the bits, I'll have nowhere to go!"

Mist tapped a hoof.

"Now calm down, calm down. I'm sure that Lightning's got a plan for this..."

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PostSubject: Re: The Lights of Harmony III   2/8/2013, 1:50 am

"I'll pay her the same wage plus more to work for me. There is a brand new town going to be made tomorrow, which the Princesses are moving, I'm sure you heard." She pointed to the camera. "The Platinum House knows that stepping hooves in that town and sneaking around will be too dangerous, which is why he sent you now. Take the pictures with a fresh roll, grab your marefriend and all of your belongings and move there with us tomorrow. I will help you build a house for the two of you. I'll make sure Brimstone and Null make their way over tonight to make sure they don't try to bait and grab you. If they do, they'll show that they want nothing but a fight."

She smiled softly. "If you don't want to, just take those pictures you have back. I'm not afraid of them anymore. If they're too scared to come themselves, then they aren't worth my time, and certainly don't deserve my respect."

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PostSubject: Re: The Lights of Harmony III   2/8/2013, 4:36 am

Flash stared at Lightning for what felt like forever, trying to see if there was some kind of ruse or joke at her own expense, but she wasn't seeing one.

She smiled and small smile for the first time since she was there.

"Thank you Lady Hurricane....thank you so much...."

She grabbed her camera from Mist and opened it, pulling out the roll of film inside it and putting it into her saddlebags, then grabbed a fresh roll and put it into the camera. She put the strap around her neck and slowly stood, the camera dangling from her neck.

"Alright.....strike a pose, and I'll get your best angle."

She flashed a cocky smile at that and flapped her wings, hovering in the air with her camera in her hooves, ready to take a few 'pictures'.

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PostSubject: Re: The Lights of Harmony III   2/8/2013, 10:38 am

Null was shaking in her horseshoes as she stood in front of the guard shed that evening. Even after a shower and a little while to calm her nerves, she was sweating and worrying. A mission? While a trainee? Sure she would have graduated if she hadn't joined the Hurricane Household, but a mission so quickly seemed strange.

She looked around for somepony else to come out to greet her. She didn't have to wait long. Brimstone trotted out with Inferno in her armor following along. Brimstone had a package over his back for the Princesses - their cover as to why they were in the city. Of course it came attached with a note for Luna, but that was beside the point. Starting near sundown, they'd arrive within an hour of nightfall.

She glanced anxiously at Inferno before turning back to pawing at the ground.

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PostSubject: Re: The Lights of Harmony III   2/8/2013, 11:13 am

Inferno was calmly standing about as she shifted her helmet, trying to get a better view.

"Geez, never expected to get a mission like this. Gotta say it'll be much more interesting than walking around though."

She flashed a small smile at Brimstone and Null before shuffling around her armor.

"And that stallion, Axel I think, sure can make some good armor. Doesn't chafe and feel as overbearing as the armor at the castle. Feels stronger, yet lighter."

"Because unlike most, his family roots trace back thousands of years of smithing metal."

Inferno turned her head to see who was speaking, seeing a familiar unicorn standing there.

The vermillion pegasus immediately stood taller and straighter.

"Oh, uh, Ms. Negus-"

"Just 'Mist' is fine Inferno. You can be a little more informal around me."

The pegasus nodded before looking around.

"Where's this mare we're supposed to guard?"

Mist wave a hoof as she spoke.

"She's getting a cloak to wear. Fas didn't think it would be safe to have her easily recognized, so we're having her wear a simple black cloak, make it look like you're escorting a noble or something."

Inferno nodded as she sighed, staring out over the field.

"....To think that Platinum House would do this....I knew some of the Elites played dirty, but to have a House do this? That's outright saying that you're wanting something."

Mist smirked.

"Or they're scared of what we are all capable of. Trust me when I say that House Platinum has been under.....'watch' for some time now. Don't ask how I know and why I know, but you'll understand some day."

Inferno pursed her lips, but nodded as she looked over at the others, waiting.

It was only a few minutes later that Flash finally arrived with Fas and Lightning with her, a large black cloak covering most of her features, mostly because the hood was down. Fas was even wearing a cloak as well.

Mist looked at Fas.

"I hope you don't plan on following them. This should be easy enough without drawing attention to them."

Fas sighed and nodded before looking at Lightning.

"I gave Flash here a really old cloak from my earlier times in the Vigilate. It has a magical cancellation spell weaved into it, like most recruit cloaks. It could even change her appearance if needed."

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PostSubject: Re: The Lights of Harmony III   2/8/2013, 12:59 pm

Lightning nodded. "The intention isn't to follow them, its to have them be nearby for the meeting. Null won't be able to be seen by magic since she simply cancels the spell around her. You two will have to walk by when they start negotiating. I don't expect any problems, but it is imperative there is no conflict. Our presence should spook them. I want them to know that I'm not playing games with them anymore."

Null nodded, a little frightened. "What happens if they start it?"

"Disengage and take Flash with you. If the night guard comes by as well as Luna requests, they should be more intent on not disrupting the guards. By the morning, you and your mare friend with your belongings should be safely at my mansion."

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PostSubject: Re: The Lights of Harmony III   2/8/2013, 1:15 pm

Flash took a deep breath, then let it out slowly, her eyes seeming to shine with excitement.

"Haven't had this much excitement since I was hired to take pictures of Blueblood for Trot magazine. Had to sit in that tree for three hours until he came out of that mansion."

Mist eyed her before shaking her head, seeming to grin.

"Well, we can talk about that later...."

Flash gave a smile.

"Nothing too important. Though he never found out how the pictures were taken..."

Fas flexed her wings.

"If we're doing a trade off, I'll be hanging back about four blocks away in case things get really bad. I had to pull guard duty for a few ponies, so I can handle this."

Mist sighed and nodded as she grabbed Flash's cloak, giving it a good tug to make sure it stayed in place.

"Alright, good luck to all of you."

She gave a small smile as she looked at Inferno, then Brimstone, then finally at Null.

"You'll do great in the mission..."

She stepped back as Flash sighed, then gave a small smile as she idly toyed with her camera before putting it away.

"I'm ready to go. I want to get the hell out of Canterlot and run away with my mare into the sunset, living happily ever after."

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PostSubject: Re: The Lights of Harmony III   3/8/2013, 7:26 am

Obviously, Null was terrified that this plan would not work out well for them. Sitting just inside one of the crates at the appropriate spot for their meeting was making her nervous. The evening was quiet so far, even as she watched Flash pacing in the alleyway.

She knew Brimstone and Inferno were near by just in case things went south. Right about now they were having a cup of tea at the cafe on the corner, listening in and watching the side road for the meeting to start. Her marefriend had been convinced rather easily to move on to an employer that didn't exploit her talents, as she put it. She could understand that.

Almost a half an hour passed by with no change. Perhaps Lady Lightning had been too cautious? That rewarded her with a trio of ponies entering from the other side of the street. One of them had his magic active, while the others scanned for any obvious intervention. She could sense that there was something fishy going on.

They stopped in front of Flash, leaving some distance between them. "Do you have the film?"

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PostSubject: Re: The Lights of Harmony III   3/8/2013, 8:40 am

The pegasus turned her head and looked at them, her shaggy mane covering part of her face. She did her best to imitate her nervous tone.

"Y-Yes, I do."

She tapped her saddlebags before pulling out the roll, but she pulled her hoof back a little, her eyes becoming firmer and steely.

"B-But I wanna see the bits first. I won't get shanked out like another deal I had."

She sighed.

"We can do a good trade off. You pull out the bits, I pull out the film, and we do a simple hoof off."

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PostSubject: Re: The Lights of Harmony III   3/8/2013, 9:21 am

The lead stallion nodded to the one on his right. His horn lit up with magic as a sack of bits floated out of his pack. He tossed it to land in front of her, the full weight causing it to roll to a stop. It certainly looked like it held the agreed to amount.

"The film."

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PostSubject: Re: The Lights of Harmony III   3/8/2013, 11:44 am

Flash narrowed her eyes at the stallion before slowing pulling away her hoof to reveal the film. She tossed the container to them, her face set in a small scowl.

"There. I got your pictures. Hope you get what you were hoping for."

She took a step forward and grabbed the bag with her teeth, rolling her head to toss it into an open saddlebag.

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PostSubject: Re: The Lights of Harmony III   3/8/2013, 1:44 pm

The stallion snorted. He turned on his hoof and walked back down the alley. A light white dust fell in their wake and in the alley. Null looked at it strangely as it seemed to disappear into the air. It was a spell, that much she knew. But it seemed like it had no effect on either of them.

Null waited a moment before popping out of the crate. "Nice job, Flash. Let's get to your place so we can help you pack."

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PostSubject: Re: The Lights of Harmony III   3/8/2013, 2:06 pm

She gave out a breath and quickly nodded as she started trotting, with Inferno bringing Brimstone with her.

Flash gestured ahead to an old looking apartment building, some of the lights on.

"There's my place, luckily it wasn't too faraway. From the looks of the lights, the deadbeat that owns the place is still up. Be prepared to hold yourselves back from kicking his greedy ass through the window."

Inferno gave Flash a confused look as the pegasus trotted through the door, her eyes immediately locking with the grey earth pony stallion with a balding mane that sat behind a counter. He gave a toothy smile as he heard a jingling noise.

"I see you finally brought me my money. Judging by the jingling I'm hearing, it might just get you through til next month."

Flash gave him an unamused look.

"I'm leaving this shit-hole. I'm just here to take my stuff back. You can have your garbage back."

He stood and moved to block her way to the steps, his mouth in a smile that showed his yellowed-teeth.

"Now now Flash, you do remember that I told you not to come back and that you can't get into the room without paying the rent, correct?"

Flash glared.

"What are you getting at you crook?"

He chuckled.

"Nothing my dear Flash, just pay me the rent and I'll let you back up into your room to grab your things. That is, unless you want me to call the Guard and tell them that you're trespassing..."

Flash gaped.

"You're joking! Out of my way Check."

She shoved him back and made her way up the steps, the stallion immediately trying tochase after her.

"I said-"

A vermillion hoof grabbed him and shoved him against the wall, Inferno's eyes set in a neutral glare.

"Unless you want to rot in the Canterlot dungeons, you will not interrupt the business of the Guards. We are on a mission with that mare and you will not be in our way."

He sputtered as he tried to get Inferno to let him go, but Inferno glared.

She quickly gave a look at Brimstone and Null, a look that told them to play along with the ruse.

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PostSubject: Re: The Lights of Harmony III   4/8/2013, 10:14 am

"Inferno. Please."

Brimstone glared at her and removed her hoof from the gentlecolt in front of her. "That is unnecessary. He knows full well that not allowing somepony to their room is a criminal offense, even if they are unable to pay for their room. Princess Celestia passed that law when a lot of the high scale apartments were intentionally stealing from middle class ponies a few years ago."

He looked at the landlord. "Sorry for the issue. Inferno's family had the same issue. But you aren't one to break the law like her landlord was."

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PostSubject: Re: The Lights of Harmony III   4/8/2013, 11:09 am

Inferno snorted from where she stood on the side.

"Bastard was thrown in the dungeons."

Meanwhile, Flash had a large satchel sitting in the middle of the floor, nearly overfilled with everything ranging from a few hats to hundreds of bits worth of camera equipment. She was hoping to grab everything that was of meaning to her.

She stopped at the small ebony case that was sitting on her sidetable.

Flash stared at it for what felt like minutes before grabbing it as well, holding it to her chest and resting her cheek on it.

This was hers.

This was from her favorite mare, and she would not let it go.

She put the box gently on top of the other stuff in her satchel and zipped it closed.

The pegasus flipped the bag onto her back, clipped her saddlebags into place on the sides, then flipped a fedora onto her head, the hat itself a bright tan with the band black and laced with silver thread.

She ran down the steps and used her wings to glide the rest of the way down, landing with a thud from the excess weight. Her cloak even fluttered a little.

"Let's go, I'm done here."

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PostSubject: Re: The Lights of Harmony III   4/8/2013, 1:07 pm

Null and Brimstone nodded. "Thank you for your patience. I'm glad that you are a law abiding citizen unlike that other landlord."

Brimstone pushed them through the door and onto the street. As soon as they were around the corner of a nearby street, Brimstone finally let go a sigh of relief. "Who are we picking up next?"

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PostSubject: Re: The Lights of Harmony III   4/8/2013, 1:21 pm

Flash readjusted her satchel before looking back at Brimstone, Null, and Inferno.

"We're looking for a mare named Citrus Zest. Judging by the time of day, she should be off work right now and at her apartment."

She was now looking around as she gave a quick shake of her head.

"Look, let's just get going a little faster. I feel like I'm being watched right now, and it's not really settling in my gut that well."

She gave a small cough to almost punctuate the statement before shaking her head again.

"I'll lead....just don't get too far away from me...please..."

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PostSubject: Re: The Lights of Harmony III   4/8/2013, 1:38 pm

"Our orders are to protect you and your mate and lead you back to Ponyville. Lightning has been working with Twilight Sparkle and Applejack to build you a house before the Princesses move the town over tomorrow. I hope Zest was alright with this when you spoke to her?"

Null looked at Inferno and smiled. She wasn't really sure what to say to her, or if she should just continue being quiet until they got back to the mansion.

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PostSubject: Re: The Lights of Harmony III   4/8/2013, 1:53 pm

Inferno was trudging on as they neared an apartment complex.

Flash spoke again for Inferno could reply to Null.

"Zest was a little...shocked, but she seemed alright. I think a fresh start in a new town is just the thing we need. Besides, that boss of hers was underestimating her abilities. She'll achieve her dreams a lot faster and easier by working with Lady Hurricane. I want what's best for her, and I'll go to hell and back to make sure she's happy..."

She let the words sink in as she saw a familiar mare standing near the front door of the apartment building.

Flash shed her satchel and quickly made her way to the mare, pulling her into an embrace and pressing her muzzle into hers before she could say anything.

Flash held it for a bit before pulling away and sighing.

"I'll explain later Zesty, but please come with us to safety..."

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PostSubject: Re: The Lights of Harmony III   4/8/2013, 2:06 pm

Zest was a rather small pony, even for her age. Her height suggested she was still a teen in High School, but it was clear from her education that she was older than she looked. Her coat was a dull lemon color with a long brown mane and tail. Her green eyes were deep in color, but dulled in appearance. She was overworked and under-appreciated. Quitting the job at Canterlot's High Rise Restaurant was easier than she had imagined. It wasn't like the staff welcomed her with open hooves.

She cast a rather tired but happy look on her marefriend, blushing slightly. "That got me in trouble the last time you did that."

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PostSubject: Re: The Lights of Harmony III   4/8/2013, 2:15 pm

Flash gave a relieved smile as she nuzzled her marefriend and turned to look at the bags she packed. She nodded herself and straightened her fedora.

"I won't let us get in trouble again, no more. We're going to have a fresh, new start, and everything will be sunshine and rainbows and all that other frilly stuff you hear in fairy-tales."

Inferno cleared her throat, getting their attention.

"I hate to interrupt the love going through you two, but we have to get moving. Let's go you two."

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PostSubject: Re: The Lights of Harmony III   4/8/2013, 2:26 pm

Zest nodded and peeled off her apron from the evening's shift. With her magic, she stuffed it away into her saddlebags and smiled. "Sure thing, boss."

Her hoof brushed away her mane from her face and her ear, showing six earrings in one of her ears. "Let's roll."

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PostSubject: Re: The Lights of Harmony III   4/8/2013, 3:03 pm

It had been a long train ride for Flash, and it had not been fast enough for her, but she stopped caring the moment she had fallen asleep in the guest bedroom of the Hurricane Household, her mare wrapped up in her forelegs and close to her.

Meanwhile, Mist was sitting at a desk in a room that was unmarked, the lights dim as a lamp was shining on the cloak Flash had worn. Her eyes were glowing as she looked over what was on the cloak.

She sighed and picked it up in her magic, walking out of the room and down the halls with the cloak beside her.

Mist found Lighting talking with Inferno, Brimstone, and Null.

The unicorn sighed as she spoke up, getting their attention.

"I remembered what you three said about a weird magic in the alleyway. I did a magical scan over the cloak Flash wore."

She gave a small scowl.

"It was a spell meant to put them asleep, and they did a shoddy job at masking it. The only reason it didn't do anything was because Flash wore Fas's cloak, Null cancelled it out, and while Inferno and Brimstone were not targets, they were too far away."

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PostSubject: Re: The Lights of Harmony III   5/8/2013, 3:16 am

Lightning frowned. "That doesn't surprise me. Some of the girls at my school used a similar spell on me in class so I'd be caught sleeping in class. Though it would have lasted only a minute or two, its hard to learn, and harder to maintain. Only ponies with a talent for magic or healing can manage more."

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