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In the Morning by Baron-Engel In the Morning by Baron-Engel

Slowly I rose out of sleep and gained consciousness in my Equestria dreamscape. With my eyes still closed I started taking stock of my situation.  I was lying in bed on my right side. It was warm and the bed felt really good. As I digested this information several new questions began to pop into my semi-functioning brain.

 

One, why did this not feel like the bed I was use to? It wasn’t a bad bed but it was not the one in the bedroom of my cottage.  Two, if this was not my bed where was I and how did I get there? Three, where was that steady rumbling, whistling sound I could hear coming from?

 

Faced with a need to answer these questions, and an increasing urge to use the bathroom I slowly opened my eyes. Cool early morning sunlight drifted through arched windows that were framed by faux Greco-Roman style columns. On the wall directly across from me was a poster with a stylized formation of Wonderbolts tearing across the sky. I was still trying to get my brain to engage as I processed these new pieces of information. Who did I know that had a poster like that? Then the rumbling sound happened again and suddenly I was wide-awake.

 

Cautiously I lifted my head and looked over my shoulder. Haphazardly sprawled across her own bed in that fashion the only young can do was Rainbow Dash. She was lying on her back and her limbs were flopped in random directions. As her chest rose and fell the room filled with the sound of her snoring.

 

Gingerly I slipped out of bed and headed for the bathroom. Upon completion of that most important task of the day I took a moment and looked at myself in the mirror. A still somewhat sleepy-faced, sky blue pegasus stallion stared back at me. As typical for me in the morning my mane and tail were a tangled mess. Remembering again why I had been forced to spend the night at Dash’s place link I slowly extended my left wing. It was a bit sore but nothing like it had been last evening. On the water basin stand was the tin of Foalsmane, by force of will I compelled myself to chew and swallow a couple of the foul-tasting leaves then quickly washed the taste from my mouth with a glass of water. Have purged the worse of the taste from my taste buds I borrowed a random brush off the counter and got the worst of the tangles out of my mane and tail. Looking a bit more presentable I went and checked on status of my gracious host.

 

In my absence Dash had rolled over in her sleep and was now lying on her belly. In the process she’d succeeded in scattering the blankets to one side of the bed. Her snores were muffled now by the fact that she had her face buried in the pillow. Face down, haunches up with her tail flopped to one side I got a view of my boss that I usually did not witness. I decided it might be best if I went out to the living room and did my morning stretches there.

 

I was almost done with my morning routine when I heard the sound of the bathroom door closing. A few minutes later there was the sound of toilet flushing and a very sleepy Rainbow Dash came wandering out to the living room. With somewhat bleary eyes she stared at me.

 

“How ya feeling Brick?” She grumbled still not quite awake. “Think ya can fly?”

 

I gave a few quick flaps and rose off the ground and then settled back down again. “Yeah, as long as I don’t push it I should be okay.”

 

“Good.” Said the mare. “I’m not scheduled for weather today and neither are you. So I guess I’ll see you sometime time tomorrow. Now I’m going back to bed. You know where the door is.”

 

As she turned to retreat back to bed I smiled. “Thanks for everything Dash.” The prismatic mare looked back over her shoulder and smiled.

 

“No problem. Take care.”

 

I stepped out on to what passed for Dash’s front porch, snapped my goggles into place and then launched myself into the morning air. Hedging on the side of caution I took my time flying home; no rushing things and took every chance I could to glide. Even so within a few minutes I was turning into the wind to land in front of our cottage.  There was smoke coming from the kitchen chimney but nopony came out to greet me. I trotted up to the front door and went to open it with my mouth.

 

The front door flew open and two mares tackled me. Ouch! Fortunately I did not land on my bad wing; still I found myself lying on back staring up at Petina and Carousel. For several seconds it was hard to understand what they were saying since both of them were talking quickly at the same time.

 

Petina: “Brick where have you been all night?”

 

Carousel: “Are you all right?”

Petina: “I was about to start a search party!”


Carousel: “Nopony had seen you since late yesterday!”

 

Unison: “We were worried about you!!!”

 

Recovering from the verbal onslaught I slowly climbed to my hoofs.

 

“I’m sorry I worried you mares so much. With hindsight I probably should’ve had Dash deliver a message to you last night while she was getting dinner.”

 

Petina ears perked up. “What does Rainbow Dash have to do about this?” I could already see the gears grinding in her head.

 

 “Well yesterday I put in more continuous flight hours in one day than I have ever done.” The mares nodded their heads.

 

“Yes.” They said in unison.

 

I sighed. “Well at the end of the shift Dash offered me a drink at her place.” Petina leaned forward with a very intense look in her eyes.

 

“And?” Said the white unicorn mare. Carousel nodded her head.

 

“Well we had few drinks at her place and it was getting late.”

 

“Aanndd?” Both Petina and Carousel were staring at me very intently now with curious expressions on their faces.

 

“But when I went to leave I discovered I had strain a flight muscle and couldn’t fly.”

 

“Aaaannnddd?” Both of them took couple steps forward.

 

“So Dash gave me a back rub.”

 

“AAANNNDDDD?” 

 

“But even after a massage and preening I was still was unfit for flying, so Dash decided to put me up for the evening at her place.”

 

“AAAAAANNNNNDDDDD?” Both mares had impish grins on their faces now.

 

“ So I slept at her place last night.”

 

“AAAAAAAANNNNNNDDDDDDDDD?” Petina was practically hopping up and down wanting to find out what happened next. Even Carousel was very interested.

 

“So this morning I woke up and found I could fly again, so I said goodbye to her and came straight home. And here I am.”

 

For several seconds the two mares stared me without saying a word. Then Petina stuck her tongue out and blew a raspberry at me.

 

“Ppfffttt! That’s it! We stayed up all night worrying about you! You spent the night with one of the hottest mares in Ponyville and you come back home with a boring tale like that!”

 

Petina promptly turned around and trotted back into the cottage muttering something about pearls and swine. Carousel stood and watched the white mare vanish back into the dwelling. Then she turned to me.

 

“I’m happy you’re home safe.” Said the golden earth pony mare. I nodded my head.

 

“Thank you Carousel.”

 

“But I fear Petina was hoping for something of a more “juicy” tale from your adventures last night.” Then she smiled at me.

 

“Why don’t you come inside? There is a fresh pot of coffee and I made blueberry coffee cake this morning.”

 

I nodded my head and followed her inside.

 

To be continued.

 

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:iconggb667:
Ggb667 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
Love her pose and his awkward face.  
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It was an awkward moment in the dream.
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Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Sorry to dissapoint you, Petina, but Baron here is a gentleman. He doesn't do that. XD


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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes she is rather dissapointed with me at times.
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
Naughty, naughty sleeping pose, heheh.
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bbasco2 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
"But I fear Petina was hoping for something of a more “juicy” tale from your adventures last night." Then she smiled at me.

"Fine! Do you really want to know? We made sweet love, had sex, rutted! Hot, sticky, steamy sex all night long!

We did things that would make your hooves curl, things they do not have names for and would get you banned from 3 major religions and 6 minor ones. They will have to invent new similes for this level of exuberant rutting! We made rabbits look inadequate!

It was so passionate the neighbours smoked a cigarette when we were done. We ploughed each other so vigorously, so thoroughly, I am surprised we can see straight, let alone fly!

IT. WAS. AWESOME!"

"..."

"Really?"

"Nah. She just brushed my mane out and then we went to bed."
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:iconshaleclaw:
Shaleclaw Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh gosh, this is rich! I can't stop laughing! xDDDDDDD
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Bwah ha ha!!
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That reception when you got home.... :D

Personally, I'd love to get a welcoming like that. You're really lucky to have Petina and Carousel.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It is one of the things I treasure about being married. Knowing that you have someone in your corner when things get rough.
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:iconbenherrin:
BenHerrin Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013

Nice!  Say, it seems as if everyone is calling you “Brick” now including Petina.

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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks to Dash her nickname for me has become fairly well known around Ponyville.
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:iconthanos-san:
Thanos-san Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well... Looks like you got a good view at least. And Petina jumping to conclusions xD
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah Petina's overly active imagination can sometimes come to the wrong conclusion.
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:iconearlmcclaw:
EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
It seems you got a "Calvin and Hobbes" greeting when you got home.

I wonder -- is Carousel the type to have added, "So let's make sure you have something juicy to tell Petina. Breakfast first, bedroom second."?
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It seems you got a "Calvin and Hobbes" greeting when you got home.

That is a good way to put it.

I wonder -- is Carousel the type to have added, "So let's make sure you have something juicy to tell Petina. Breakfast first, bedroom second."?

At this time in my dreamscape the answer would've been no. However later events in my dreamscape have created a situation where the answer now be yes if same set of circumstances were to occur again. I'll leave it at that.
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Admittedly the way you told the story didn't exactly dissuade their opinion of what "might" have happened until the very end either... I'm pretty sure that was intentional.

- Polecat
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Now why would I do that? Wink/Razz 
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:icontcpolecat7:
TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No comment. ;)

- Polecat
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Jet-Maepa Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Student Writer
*chuckles* Your girls are quite funny and endearing, I must say.  They must keep your dream life from getting boring.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah unless I am having a boring day at work dream my sleep is rarely dull.
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Shaleclaw Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey now, Sky Brush! It's not polite to stare! xD
lol, gotta say, Dash's pose is hilarious. With her limbs all splayed out like that, it looks like she's crashed... literally.
And that look on your face is priceless! Hopefully you kept those rising wings of yours under control (assuming that little theory about pegasi wings is true), otherwise getting through the doorway without getting stuck might have been a challenge... =P
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
otherwise getting through the doorway without getting stuck might have been a challenge... =P (Razz)

That is a problem I have encountered on couple of occasions.
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Shaleclaw Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lol! Hopefully this occasion wasn't one of them! Otherwise I can picture some desperate mutterings to yourself and some straining against the doorframe to escape before your boss wakes up and sees your predicament (that was her fault to begin with, even if she was sleeping)! You would have been hearing about that one for awhile, me thinks. Or maybe not hearing about it at all--just awkwardness at work, depending on how she took things.

Sounds like you managed to avert disaster and make it outside for your morning stretches, though. Lucky colt! xD
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:icongilhin:
Gilhin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Well, the important thing is, YOU didn't snore~  ;)

In retrospect, with no phones available to call home, sending RD back to the cottage to give Petina and Carrol an update would have been good idea.



...Also, I'm now wondering how a flushing toilet works in a cloud house.  O.o
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, the important thing is, YOU didn't snore~  ;) (Wink)

In retrospect, with no phones available to call home, sending RD back to the cottage to give Petina and Carrol an update would have been good idea.

Of course one of my watchers has pointed out that she could've found a small cloud, had me rest on it and then flown down to the ground. Then I could've walked home which wouldn't have been too far. However she either decided not to, for several possible reasons, or she forgot about that option.

...Also, I'm now wondering how a flushing toilet works in a cloud house.  O.o

At the time I didn't care. The toilet made the stuff go away, but it will be something that will learn about when I go to Cloudsdale in a few postings.
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Gilhin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Yeah, that cloud idea would probably have been the best solution.  X3  Although, judging by RD's reaction while preening you, she MAY have wanted the excuse to keep you around for a bit...
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The thought that she just wanted some company has crossed my mind several times since then.
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:icongilhin:
Gilhin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Also, she's literally and figuratively trained you from the ground up; She taught you to fly, she taught you how to be a weather pony... she's seen you come a long way under her wing.  It might have just been an unintentional blow to her confidence/ego when you talked about getting something relating to flight (preening) from someone else.  By making the comment Carrol or Petina ~could~ do it, there's the unintended implicit meaning that RD can't, or isn't as good at it.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Maybe. Maybe not. I will admit I just realize that it is interesting that the current dream arc I am having involves myself and RD and there is lots of talk about relationships and what they mean to different ponies. Also we're spending lots of time together with no other ponies around.
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:icongilhin:
Gilhin Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Indeed.  Sometimes it's only in retrospect that we really understand what's going on around us~
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Osprey-Hawk Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
I think it would work much like how some airplanes take care of their toilet waste. BOMBS AWAY!
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
No that does not seem to be the solution since Dash's house floats over the same location in Ponyville and there is not a large, festering, decomposing pile of pony waste under it. Besides Dash would not find that awesome.
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Osprey-Hawk Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Then there must be some clouds that act as septic tanks that are drained every so often.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
I so love that picture Dash manages to look both lovely and adorable all at once.

And oh Petina! This has been covered before, but I still wonder how the ponies of Ponyville are dealing with her. And I shudder to think what will befall once she meets Dash (and maybe the rest of the Mane Six) and starts in on the 'But really, you and Sky Brush did do it, right? He's just being a gentlestallion? I mean, neither of you could turn a chance like that down..." Resulting in a stunned Dash and her shocked friends.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Petina can be a bit more tactful than that, although she did grill me over the next couple days just to make certain I wasn't holding out on details.
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:iconardashir:
ardashir Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Good to hear that she has some restraint. Though I do remember you commenting on AJ warning her to stay away from Big Mac.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah that come back up again as a topic in a few postings.
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:iconardashir:
ardashir Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Oh dear. Poor Mac and AJ.
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NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
:D
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SkullCroos Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bow chiki wow wow :3
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes that is probably the sound track that was going through Petina's mind. Then I gave description of the evening and it was like someone dragged the needle across the record. Skerreech!
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SkullCroos Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad your replied, Sure Dash got tired trying to "help" baron X3
you are a great artist, keep it up mate, don't lose hope :)
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.
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:iconognimod:
Ognimod Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
You should have said "Yeah, she's one of the hottest, but she isn't you" ;)
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Good one need to remember that.
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