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I'm molting! by Baron-Engel I'm molting! by Baron-Engel
So life continues in my Equestria dreamscape, and now spring is coming into full bloom. The land was once again coming back to life after its winter slumber. The trees were sheathed once again fresh greenery, and the fields and meadows around Ponyville were a riot of color as new wildflowers burst back into bloom.

The farms around Ponyville were a flurry activity as ponies once again began planting their first crops of the season and attending to their orchards.

Even at our little cottage we were busy preparing our garden for spring planting. Carousel and I had finally gotten the little Steedebaker garden plow functioning again, and Applejack and Rarity’s assistance had all the tack and harness was ready for use.

Petina had succeeded in roping in Sweet Apple Acres and Carousel Boutique for some initial trials of her skywriting advertising service. What this meant was she would drum up clients, and then go and assign me jobs to do. Petina can be very good at find work for others to do.

Of course she was still busily working on the initial draft of her first novel so she had starting the process of corralling ponies into being pre-readers for it. Some how she’d succeeded into getting all of the Mane Six to at least give her manuscript a looking over.

Now I was bit more jumpy than my roommates because I was just a few days away from taking my first official weather exam. So I was taking every spare moment I had to review my textbooks. If I passed then would put on to the weather pony roster as a reservist and start getting paid for it. I could also begin the next more advanced stage of weather training; if I passed that then could become a full-time weather pony. That would mean a substantial increase in my pay and theoretical if I was to work enough years a pension upon retirement. Yeah, I know it sounds odd thinking about retirement in your dreams, but for some reason that really caught my fancy.

With hindsight it was most likely this concern with getting a good test score that made me just a bit more stressed and wound up than usual.

That’s why when I landed after taking an early morning exercise flight I was rather alarmed when one of my brilliant blue flight feathers fell off. Was I molting? Was I coming down with illness? If I were molting how much would it affect my flying ability? Would it have any impact on my weather manipulation ability since pegasus ponies use their wings as part of the pegasi projection magic. Let’s just say that for a moment I freaked out a little.

After I consulted a couple of books on pegasus pony wing care that I had acquired I calmed a bit. It was a bit unusual but not unheard of pegasi molting this early in the year, and despite some folklore there was no proof that molting seriously effected a pegasi ability to fly or do weather manipulation.

Petina just smiled, gave me a hug and said I was a lovable, lunk but sometimes I was as thick as brick. She then laid claim to any of flight feathers that I dropped. She thought they’d make fine writing quills for her next story.

To be continued.
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:icondgs-krieger:
Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Oh my. If I remember correctly, it was an erotic novel. I would pay to see their reactions XD
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Well there will be postings specifically dealing with Mane Six's response to the novel.
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lordhoyle Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
At first I thought you had feather flu!

Proof reading Petina's novel my ruin books for Twilight for all time.

At least Petina isn't plucking the feathers she needs.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Proof reading Petina's novel my ruin books for Twilight for all time.

Well it will be like nothing she's read before.
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:iconbelvarius:
Belvarius Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Writing quills huh? Well so long as she doesn't try to actively pluck you I think you'll be okay. :)
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YiorYeosa Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I wonder if there is something as colt pattern baldness? :sherlock:
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ds2096 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Wait, you're allowed to cloudwrite without a weather permit?
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well I haven't actually done any yet...for real. Okay I've made some really little clouds and made some words out of them, but then I quickly dispersed them. So I really haven't done it yet. But once I have my permit it should "technically" be legit. So long as I don't interrupt the regular weather pattern. The rules are a bit vague in this area.
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F0xridley Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
I was thinking about pegasus molting not long ago. Also, I like the pose in the bottom right.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Oh, I love that worried look Sky Brush is sporting as he sees that feather drift away.

And Petina is writing a novel? And she has the Mane Six willing to give it a look-over? Oh dear, I think most of the girls may be getting an unexpected education. Maybe even Rarity will get some surprises.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
And Petina is writing a novel? And she has the Mane Six willing to give it a look-over? Oh dear, I think most of the girls may be getting an unexpected education. Maybe even Rarity will get some surprises.

Yes at this point she'd just about finished the first draft of "The forbidden desires of Lady Fairhooves". I have comic planned for it. Also Petina didn't so much get the Mane Six to volunteer as she roped them into being pre-readers.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Oh, this should be entertaining. Just to see the looks on their faces... :rofl:
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ZephyrTheDragonlord Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
as long as none of your feathers got parasitic bugs on em she should be fine to use them.
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
In other words Petina's going to have you help write her lurid tales whether you like it or not? Heh.

And I agree with IroKokoro -- "Steedebaker." A very nice take on "Studebaker" (even if they never made plows).
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Ognimod Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
I heard the sound of a helicopter rotor in my head when I saw sketch no. 2 =D

Question: what's Petina's magic "aura" colored? (the little forcefields around their horn and the objects they're magically manipulating)
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remanlongtail Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, he looks kinda handsome with those flying goggles on. Shame about losing those feathers, though I expect they will grow back.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah they grew back. It was the fact I'd never molted before so I had no idea what to do.
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IroKokoro Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Steedebaker. Very nice. Very nice.
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Osprey-Hawk Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Oh whatta world! Whatta world!
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:iconognimod:
Ognimod Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
"Who would have thought that a nice little natural occurence would ruin feathers like these?"
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