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Breakthrough by Baron-Engel Breakthrough by Baron-Engel
To all my readers, if you are expecting pages of more Zecora rhyming I’m afraid you will be disappointed since my subconscious seems to have used up all of its wittiness in the last posting. link Sorry this is a big posting.

After a late night soaking in a forest pool in my Equestria dreamscape, Luna and Zecora had returned to the zebra’s cottage in the Everfree Forest. First order of business was getting dried off and brushed. This was performed in a relatively quick fashion, especially with the two mares helping each other with the process. Fortunately in spite of its extravagant length and nature Luna’s mane and tail are not prone to tangling or knotting.

While the two mares attended to personal hygiene, a copper kettle slowly heated on the fire. Soon it was cheerily boiling away. From a simple crock of glazed ceramic Zecora scooped several teaspoons worth of herbs and spices into a cast iron teapot. Within the a few minutes the cottage was filled with the sweet, spicy smell of the herbal tea steeping.

Tea was served in simple cups of varnished wood along with a tray of mixed dried fruits, nuts and shortbreads that Zecora baked the day before. Laying on the rug-covered cottage floor the two mares began discussing the current state Applebloom’s condition. Not surprising Zecora was as horrified as Luna had been about the discovery of spell seeds and how they were powered. The zebra could clearly see that princess was under a lot of strain to find a palatable solution to the problem. However there was something more than just the complexity of task confronting Luna that wore heavily on the princess’s mind.

Unfortunately Zecora had very few immediate answers to Luna problem, but she was a good listener and she had Luna go through all the steps she was doing to remove the spell seeds. Luna was in the middle of explaining a particular step when Zecora raised a hoof and stopped her mid-sentence.

“Princess Luna you put a shield spell around yourself and the seed so little bloom does not experience the horror of the spells is that not true?”

“That tis correct.” Said Luna.

Zecora stared into the fire for a moment. The firelight made her brass bracelets and chokers glow in the darkness. “Are you only able to cast one dream shield spell at a time?”

Luna shook her head. “No, in theory I can cast as many of the spell as I desire. However there tis a practical limit to how many spells I can effectively execute at one time.”

Zecora tapped a front hoof on the floor in a nervous fashion.

“If you were to cast a small dream shield spell around an object, say this cup.” She pointed to the one in front of her. “Would the shield spell anchor that object to that exact location, or could you move or levitate the object and spell together?”

The Princess of the Night levitated her own wooden cup and took a long sip, savoring the warm taste of cinnamon, orange peel, cloves, cardamom, ginger, star anise and honey. She closed her eyes and let the warm elixir glide down her throat. After a couple seconds she replied.

“Since I was the creator of the spell I would still be able to manipulate the object and the spell. Pray tell why do you ask?”

Zecora smiled at Luna. “Once you had cast the small dream shield spell on an area or object, can you perform magic inside that shield?”

Luna crunched on a couple glazed walnuts for a moment before replying.

“I might be able to but why would I…” Luna went silent as possibilities started to dawn in her head. “If I could envelope the seed in small shield spell, then I could remove it from the dream fabric.”

“And you wouldn’t have to endure its horrible effects.” Said the grinning zebra. “Also Princess Luna wouldn’t the shield spell also keep the spell seed from magically tapping its host life force, since it was trapped inside the shield?”

Luna suddenly jumped to her hoofs and began pacing around the cottage. Her ceremonial war-boots made a dull thumping sound on the rugs and rough, wooden planked floor.

“Yes! It should! It’ll be tricky casting spell around the seed since they are very sensitive but not impossible! By the Moon! Zecora this tis the answer I have been searching for! Thank you! I am in your debt!”

Zecora smiled and nodded her head making the brass chokers jingle on her neck. “You are welcome oh Princess of the Moon, but there is another matter of great importance that I wish to discuss with you.”

“What would that be?” Asked Luna.

“You.” Said Zecora.

To be continued.
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:icondgs-krieger:
Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
It's amacing how explaining a problem to somebody can help on solving it c:
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Sometimes you just need to discuss with someone.
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hooray for solutions!

Also, "brushie brushie". ;)
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, much brushie brushie.
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:icondjnuclear:
DJNuclear Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Good Job. Bounce 
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Halpthiuian Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Zecora's common-sense wisdom finally gives us a possible solution. Now all Luna needs to do is watch out for those pesky anti-tampers when she tries it out.
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
I want to brush her mane, too.Heart Heart Heart Heart 
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep, so would a lot of other ponies, but don't despair! you can make reservations today! Just talk to Petina for details and rates.
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
*giggles*
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Ask...

Only if the subject pony has agreed to that arrangement -- and I'm not taking Petina's word on that. Unless it's Petina who will be getting brushed.

...

Dang, I just gave her another money-making idea, didn't I?
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Unless it's Petina who will be getting brushed.

Petina comes trotting over levitating a day planner with her.

"Well Earl, I am usually available in the late afternoons or early evening, so would any of those times work for you? If you prefer Carousel she's only available in the early evenings most days. Will this be a half hour or one hour session? Also will you just interested in grooming myself or Carousel or would like to add any premiums to this like hoof washing, full body washing, warm oil body rub, or fashion role-playing and accessorizing?"

"Oh and if book more than three sessions at one time you get a 15% discount of the cost." She smiles at you. "So are you game?"
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
As Petina recites her spiel, the griffon looks at her wide-eyed, his beak trembling slightly.

He beings his reply with, "Um, Miss DePony..." and blushes slightly. "I guess I didn't state myself clearly. What I meant was that I wouldn't take your word that another pony -- such as Miss Carousel -- had agreed to being brushed, particularly for pay. For such a -- personal situation, I would want to hear it from the pony in question, thus you could say if you agreed to being brushed.

"As for requesting the brushing, I..." and his blush deepens. "As I am not a professional groomer, I think I'll pass. I guess I'm just cautious about whom I brush, or who brushes or preens me."
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
"As for requesting the brushing, I..." and his blush deepens. "As I am not a professional groomer, I think I'll pass. I guess I'm just cautious about whom I brush, or who brushes or preens me."

Petina just smiles. "Well you won't get any better without practice now will you. I'm sure I can instruct you in the essential details." She gives you an even bigger smile. "And you know that grooming skills you learn for ponies should apply to large part of a griffon's body to. Except for the feather parts. Sooooooo!"
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
McClaw's eyes narrow slightly. "If it were just a matter of skill, I'd have no objections."
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Petina just grins and swats your side with her tail. "It is all a matter of whatever you want to take away from the experience! However education and entertainment need not be mutually exclusive."
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Aramis-Dagaz Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
A Faustian deal if I ever heard one, and I'm not talking about the good kind of Faust, either.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Petina glares at you and makes some marks in her day planner. "Well somepony is getting taken off my Hearts and Hooves Day card list!"
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Thanos-san Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oooh, exited Luna! I hope this works :P
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:iconbelvarius:
Belvarius Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Hope this solution works out for Applebloom. 
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unique perspectives almost always help with troubleshooting when you're stuck. but I wager that Celestia said more to Zecora than JUST wanting a meeting...

- Polecat
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I wouldn't put it past Celestia to do that.
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:iconearlmcclaw:
EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Ah, Zecora. You see not only the immediate problem but consequences from both problem and solution.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes now it is question of how delicate of task will be handling the seeds.
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:iconearlmcclaw:
EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
And that depends on a detailed examination (dare I say "dissection"?) of one of those spells. If one can be removed more or less intact instead of destroyed outright, that might produce valuable clues.
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jujulupe Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Love how you captured the moments! 
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