Hollow Shades: Preparing for the Princess's Party (IC)

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Hollow Shades: Preparing for the Princess's Party (IC)

Postby krellen » Mon May 13, 2013 12:11 am

Life hasn't been easy in Hollow Shades for the past millennium.

It wasn't that Celestia neglected the town - far from it! The Princess often graced Hollow Shades with her presence on Nightmare Night; something about how the residents celebrated that night always brought a smile to face. She was even careful to ensure the night boasted a full moon just so the ponies of Hollow Shades knew that Luna was watching over them.

It wasn't a matter of trade, either. The delicious dragonfruit of Hollow Shades never faded in demand across Equestria, and the evening primrose was vital to many studies, both mundane and magical. Hollow Shades had prospered over the past thousand years, such that it was no longer the quiet and quaint little village that so loved the night, but now a bustling city rivalling Ponyville in size.

It was the pall of loss and sorrow that made life hard for the ponies of Hollow Shades, for nowhere in Equestria did the ponies understand so well how incomplete their land was with only one sister watching over them.

The first change the town experienced after Nightmare Moon's banishment was the arrival of Luna's Royal Guard; the Pegasi dedicated to her, baring the mark of her favour in the form of their coats and wings, found no place so welcoming to them as Hollow Shades, and there it was they made their home. Outside of Cloudsdale, no place was home to more Pegasi than Hollow Shades.

As the centuries passed, more changes came. Residents of Hollow Shades grew to be viewed as different, even strange; they did not make tributes to Nightmare Moon to stave off her predations, and they did not disguise themselves on Nightmare Night to hide from her gaze. Instead, they engaged in pageantry and celebration of the moon and all its blessings.

The residents of Hollow Shades did not love the sun as did other ponies. They enjoyed the cool night breeze and the twinkling of the stars and, above all, the silvery light of the moon. The Summer Sun Celebration was never held in Hollow Shades (the only place in all Equestria of which that can be said), and residents of Hollow Shades were rarely seen at such Celebrations elsewhere in the land.

By the time of the thousandth Summer Sun Celebration since the banishment of Nightmare Moon, most ponies did not think much of Hollow Shades, if they thought of it at all. No pony would be so crass as to shun a visitor, of course, but everypony knew that "those ponies" were different, with their own ways and customs. Most ponies considered the residents of Hollow Shades to be foreigners, with weird, alien ways that could not be understood - much like the zebras.

Above all, the thing that most defined life in Hollow Shades was a simple fact: they missed their Princess - which has made this the happiest year for the residents of Hollow Shades in over a thousand years, for Princess Luna has returned.

Of course, nopony had actually seen her yet. Sure, it was rumoured that Major Thunderclap and Night Shroud (his wife, and Captain of Luna's Guard) had visited Canterlot to speak with the Princess, but she hadn't been here yet. But that didn't matter, because she would be here - and for the Festival of the Moon, no less! It was all anypony could talk about these days, and everypony agreed: it was wonderful.

And also overwhelming. There was just so much to do to get ready for the Princess's return!
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Postby Kavonde » Mon May 13, 2013 12:50 am

Cool Breeze let out a bored sigh. Her father, his dragon-like wings beating against the cool air, was struggling with a knot that would, upon completion, hang one corner of a midnight blue banner reading "Welcome Princess Luna!" He'd designed it himself, and he was very proud of it, even if the moon he'd painted on wasn't exactly round, and he'd run out of space towards the end and crammed the word "Luna" into the last half-meter. Cool was holding the other end, using her magic to levitate it far enough off the ground to keep the dirt away, and wishing her father would just let her use her magic to finish things up so she could go.

They were at the edge of the town square, which was in turn ringed with tents and booths and the excited murmurs of Hollow Shades' residents. Luna would be turning up any time now, and everypony had turned out in the best and fanciest clothes they had. Cool had dragged out a simple, black dress that covered her torso, flanks, and rear legs, and had tried (without much success) to reign in her uncooperative mane with an old silver hairband. Some of the other young mares were dressed much more fancifully, covered with jewels and precious metals and with their manes done up in style so complex and ornate that Cool couldn't have replicated them with blueprints and an engineering crew. They were there to make an impression, whether it was on Princess Luna or the colts in her royal guard. Cool was there because it was a historical event, one that should be experienced and remembered. And also because her mom kept nagging her about it.

Truth be told, Cool thought about Luna's visit with something closely resembling dread. Not that she feared the Princess, at least not any more than any rational and intelligent mortal pony would fear an immortal being with power over dreams and the night sky, but because she knew she was going to look back at this night with regret. If only she'd finished her new design for a steam-powered whirlybird engine. She could have shown it to Princess Luna, blown her mind at the technological advances made during her absence and the possibilities for more still to come, and maybe even used the opportunity to launch her career in any direction she wanted. But it wasn't done. It wasn't even really close. And sure, she had the plans in her head and could discuss the theories behind her ideas to anypony who cared to listen, but she sort of suspected that Princess Luna wasn't exactly up-to-date on modern scientific principles.

"Cool!" a voice called, snapping her out of her thoughts. She looked up to find her dad hovering overhead, hooves on his hips. The end of the banner he'd been working on had been tied up, and he was giving her an expectant and mildly impatient look.

"Sorry," she said, her horn glowing as she lifted the banner's other end up to him.

He grabbed it against his left foreleg and smiled. "It's fine, honey. I can handle the rest of this, why don't you go have some fun?"

Cool gave him a little smile of her own and inclined her head. "Thanks, Dad. I'll see you."

She turned and trotted away, her steps aimless. She quickly began to feel lonely and a bit awkward. How long had she been back in town? Six months? And yet she recognized almost nopony. Had she really been that much of a hermit? Celestia's love of cake, she thought, I've turned into a weirdo like Twilight Sparkle.
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Postby Akri » Mon May 13, 2013 3:22 am

Night Gazer peered through her telescope. Paleos was bright this evening, it's vertical rings showing clearly through the lens. Well, not quite vertical. They were at an inclination of 14 degrees, which she noted on her chart. A 5-degree change over the last month. But was it just the rings that were tilting, or the whole planet? If she had a more powerful telescope then perhaps she could determine...

Her thoughts continued in this vein for quite awhile. Eventually, though, a nagging feeling that she was forgetting something broke her out of her contemplations. She was supposed to be doing something...Oh ponyfeathers, what time was it? A look at her watch confirmed that she was running exceptionally late. She was supposed to have gotten dressed over an hour ago. She glanced at the powder-blue dress draped across her bed. Intricate lacework decorated it's edges. She's been looking forward to wearing it for weeks.

Too late now she thought. As it was she would be lucky to arrive by the time the celebration started. If she didn't leave immediately she'd miss the Princesses' arrival. Her simple vest would just have to do. Besides, it wasn't as if she would be personally greeting Princess Luna. It wasn't that big of a deal if she didn't look as fancy as everypony else. Right? Right.

She opened the front door and began the long walk to the town square.
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Postby tengokujin » Mon May 13, 2013 8:16 am

"Aw, horsefeathers."

Foggia Foi's frustration came to a head as the seventh (Seventh!) fix he'd put in the net had come undone and had somehow unraveled the entirety of the poor, old thing. He despondently glared at the net, as if it had some sort of sapience which could be shamed by his gaze, which he fully knew was unlikely, seeing as the last sapient fishing net the Navy had used had decided to go off on its own into the deep blue sea, 5 years ago. No pony truly begrudged it, but the loss of more than 400 years of fishing experience was keenly felt across the Navy on its departure. Thanks to its departure, the Navy's training regiment had gotten 20% harder to ensure quality sailors and some regulars actually had to be sent back for retraining. Personally, Foggia found that fairly hilarious, but he did his best to not actually laugh in any pony's face.

In any case, that net wasn't this net, and this net was completely undone and would be unusable for tonight's fishing. To be fair, it wasn't like he was going to get that much fishing done tonight, anyway. The Nightmare Night festivities would've just scared off any fish willing to give him a sporting chance. Sighing heavily, Foggia carefully put away the ropes that used to be a net and stood up to stretch.

"Oof!"

He accidentally bumped into his dining table, where he'd been working on his net and knocked over food containers which he belatedly noticed were thankfully empty. Cleaning up that mess would've been an immense pain. Slowly coming to a realisation, he quickly checked his cold box and realized that he was short on all sort of potable and edible supplies. Smacking himself in the face for forgetting to resupply before Hollow Shades's biggest festivities of the year, he resignedly pulled on his saddle bags and walked out his front door.

Today was going to be a *fantastic* day to go shopping.
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Postby scowdich » Tue May 14, 2013 3:09 am

Cloud Carver was...annoyed. She and the rest of the weather team had spent the better part of the afternoon clearing the skies over Hollow Shades of any cloud cover, making sure that Princess Luna's moon would shine brightly on the night's festivities. After a few hours of work, skies clear, the team had gathered near town hall to draw straws - short straw to patrol the edge of town for the duration of the Festival of the Moon, making sure that no stray clouds would drift in to spoil the view of the night. It was just Cloud's luck that she drew the short straw, she grumbled, gliding through her third lap around the town. "We'll save some cake for you," her companions on the weather team had said. Small consolation for missing out on the most important night Hollow Shades has seen in years, Cloud thought, as she chased down a rogue puff of stratus. She couldn't resist taking out her frustration on the chunk of vapor, giving it a little more kick than necessary as she bucked it back into the forest.

I guess it was as likely to be anypony on the team as me, Cloud mused. So why am I so bothered that it's me?
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Postby dudecon » Wed May 15, 2013 4:59 am

Tou was waiting for the princess to arrive. Princes Celestia sent Luna to her Moon. That made her sad. But now she could come back because Twilight helped her be good. The moon probably makes her sad now because it reminds her of being sad. Maybe Luna would be sad at the Moon party. Tou would make her some yummy food so she would be happy. She made some apple food with her magic. She also made some chimi food (which means eating it all up).
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Postby Sidda » Wed May 15, 2013 1:51 pm

"Floodlights checked and working? Check. Armor for the aerial team polished? Check. Ribbons and smoke rings ready to go? Check." Sky Dance finished going over her checklist quietly. So much to do! The final full rehearsal for the Royal Drill Team was in just fifteen minutes! This would be the last time the group could work out any kinks before Princess Luna herself would see the display.

And what a display! A smile broke out on Sky's lips just thinking about it. It'll be dark when the group performs, both the ground and aerial teams together, so they improvised a light show. Sky had wanted to add lights to the armor, but the captain nixed that idea. It would've been so cool! However, the ribbons were specially made to catch the moonlight, and they shimmered like all get-out, and the smoke really looked like trails of glimmering mini-stars behind the pegasi. When they spun and dove and circled in the air, the visual was just amazing! Sky couldn't help imagining Princess Luna's reaction to their performance, maybe even inviting the leads of each team over to congratulate them on all their dedication and hard work, mentioning how glad she was to have them as part of the Royal Guard...

"Sky! We're all ready to go."

Sky popped open one eye to see a line of pegasi in front of her; apparently, she had been daydreaming away the fifteen minutes before rehearsal. Whoops! She cleared her throat and stowed away the clipboard.

"Okay, ponies, listen up! I was just...uh...going over our routine in my head, and I think we're all good to go. Just remember your spacing; you don't want to get caught up in the ribbons of the pony in front of you." Ugh, that would be a disaster; Sky didn't want anypony's nerves to get in the way of a perfect performance. "But, honestly, you ponies have worked long and hard, and Princess Luna is definitely going to be impressed and proud!"

A ripple of excitement ran down the line, and Sky knew this was going to be a great practice. "Okay, let's get in position and take to the skies! The ground team is waiting, and we should be getting their signal any second."
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Postby tengokujin » Fri May 17, 2013 10:01 pm

Foggia was rather surprised at the seemingly lack of activity as he walked into town. He'd thought that everyone would be rushing around, getting everything done, but apparently, the section he'd walked into was done and abandoned for the day. The banners and streamers and balloons were hung up, and there was the distant noise of activity, but there was no one around him as he walked into the town. Internally shrugging off the mild oddity, he headed towards the town center, where Hollow Shade's general goods proprietress had her extensive supply of anything a pony could need (and then some).
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Postby Kavonde » Fri May 17, 2013 10:25 pm

Cool Breeze trotted along listlessly, not really sure what to do with herself. The Lunar Festival was generally considered a serious affair, but even moreso tonight. There were a few game booths set up for the fillies, but even those were more subdued than she remembered from her own foalhood. Everypony was waiting for the big arrival, Princess Luna herself, and air was thick with apprehension and anticipation.

She was about halfway around the town square, her eyes unfocused, her mind idly cycling through a dozen trains of thought at once, when she suddenly collided with a large, brown wall that smelled intensely of fish. She blinked and staggered back, her purple spectacles askew, and got a better look: a stallion, older than her, wearing a pair of saddle bags and a distinct lack of finery. "Oh, sorry," she stammered. Her horn lit up with a faint, orange glow as she straightened her glasses. "Wasn't really paying attention." Her voice rose an octave as she strained to express something similar to enthusiasm. "Princess Luna, you know? Really exciting."
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Postby tengokujin » Fri May 17, 2013 11:00 pm

Looking down at the tiny unicorn that had bounced off of him, Foggia stifled a snort of laughter as he saw her adjust her spectacles and recover from her gaffe.

"No worries. Happens more often than you- wait. What was that about Princess Luna?"
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Postby Kavonde » Fri May 17, 2013 11:17 pm

Cool's eyebrows rose in surprise, and she cocked her head to the side. "Uh, Princess Luna? Coming here, tonight? For the first time in a thousand years? Freed from the shackles of the dark presence that warped her mind and turned her to evil through the power of six ancient, magical artifacts infused with the very essence of harmony?"
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Postby tengokujin » Sat May 18, 2013 5:44 am

Foggia had been planning (since all of an hour ago), to spend a relatively quiet night eating and drinking at the bar.

This... changed things.

"What? She's coming here, tonight? But I don't have anything ready!"

Foggia had actually managed to miss hearing most of the news about this year's Nightmare Moon festivities, thanks to various mishaps that had occurred down by the lake, the latest of them being the ropes that used to be a net.

"What am I going to do?"

Panic never looks good on a pony. On one as big as Foggia, it was fairly ridiculous.
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Postby Kavonde » Sat May 18, 2013 6:29 am

Cool tried and failed to fight down a grin. "Wow, I thought I was out of the loop lately."

To tell the truth, though, the stallion's comment about not having anything ready stung just a bit. She made her smile as reassuring as possible and put a friendly hoof on his foreleg. "Hey, don't worry. She's probably only going to be here for a bit, you know? Stop in, shake hooves with the town bigwigs, give a little speech thanking us for being so hospitable. So you don't have anything nice to show her, it's not like it's the only chance you're ever going to have to impress royalty and make your career and get your Mom to stop harassing you all the... uh." She put a hoof to her mouth and coughed delicately. "But seriously, you'll be fine. I, um, might recommend a quick shower, though. You're a bit... um. Well. You've got a really strong... olfactory presence."
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Postby tengokujin » Sat May 18, 2013 11:56 pm

Fighting his growing panic at having nothing for the patron goddess of the night on the night dedicated to her, Foggia finally realized what the little grey unicorn said.

"Hey! I work with fish! It's good, clean work!"

Foggia took a sniff of himself.

"Besides, I haven't actually caught anything for the last few days."

No, that blasted mess of ropes had been occupying his attention for the last few days.

When *had* he last cleaned up properly, anyhow? Foggia fell back into thought. Well, yesterday, he'd gotten up and jumped in the lake to wake up properly before applying the last fix, which had taken most of the day to apply. The day before had been a sunny day with no real breeze as he'd worked on his roof all day. He'd fallen asleep right after that. Three days ago, the fix applied to the net had caused him to fall out of his boat. And-

With a bit of start, Foggia realized he hadn't washed in days.

Flushing ever so slightly, he added, "Well, I suppose being surrounded by fishing equipment every day might impart a bit of odor. However," he interrupted himself, "I do need to go get some supplies, so that'll have to wait a bit."
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Postby Kavonde » Sun May 19, 2013 4:45 am

Cool waved a hoof. "Hey, don't worry about it. I spent a semester rooming with a filly who thought bathing would inhibit the flow of her natural energies, I've smelled worse. But as for getting supplies, well... I don't know how much luck you'll have. I think everypony's been closing shop early to get ready for the big event."
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Postby tengokujin » Sun May 19, 2013 5:26 am

Foggia saw the truth in the little unicorn's words and hastily excused himself.

"All the more reason to get going, excuse me!"

He began cantering towards the general goods store.
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Postby Kavonde » Sun May 19, 2013 6:17 am

"Good luck," Cool called over her shoulder as the stallion trotted off. "Nice to meet you!"

She paused for a second to breathe in the cool, clean, un-fishy air, then continued along her circuit. Oddly, she felt a little bit better after the brief conversation. Whether it was from simply having equine contact outside of her family, or meeting somepony who was even more of a hermit than she was, she couldn't say. What was that word she'd learned, from that filly from Germaneigh? "Schadenfreude?" Yeah, that was it.

Actually, once she remembered what the word meant--happiness at the misfortune of others--she started to feel a little bad about it. I wonder if they have a word for that, too, she thought. Ah well. Once Princess Luna showed up and she'd had her chance to gawk, she could go back home and study foreign languages to her heart's content. She cast an impatient glance up at the rising moon and sighed.
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Postby Akri » Sun May 19, 2013 7:04 am

Living on an isolated hill on the outskirts of town had definite advantages. It staid dark at night, even if every other house was lit up, making the stars more visible. Noisy neighbors were never a concern. It offered a lovely view of the surrounding countryside.

Star Gazer had to remind herself of these advantages several times during her trek into the town proper. When taken at a leisurely pace the journey typically didn't bother her, but when rushing it was another story. Fortunately she had enough sense not to try and gallop the whole way--that would have made her late, under-dressed, tired, and sweaty. Three out of the four was bad enough.

The town was virtually abandoned, as everypony had already gathered in the town square. Some spectacular decorations had been put up around houses and shop windows, and Gazer was torn between lingering to admire them, and hurrying on to the celebration. She settled for taking the roads that sported the most colorful streamers and balloons, and gawking as she trotted past.

As she neared the town square she saw a small white unicorn and a large brown stallion talking. Gazer was a tad happy to see that the stallion didn't look the least bit dressed up. At least I won't be the only one, she thought. ....And then the stallion immediately turned and trotted away, presumably to get changed. So much for that thought.
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Postby Traiden » Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:00 pm

Trent gazed at his work with no small amount of pride and gave it a quick nod. With the school house closed for the special celebration Trent had plenty of time to prepare and supervise his own contribution to the festivities.

The marked off landing zone was currently covered with a dark tent, set up two days prior, and decorations were shaping up quick nicely as the fungi grew to its required height. The dark colored Lactarius Indigo mixed with a crescent shaped patch of white Agaricus Bisporus to represent the moon would (he hoped) be quite stunning for anypony to look at once the Princess Luna came to town. The best part about the patch of mushrooms was that after the arrival ceremony was over the fungi could be collected washed and eaten, Trent favored his lightly grilled with onions and peppers, two contrabutions for the price of one!

Yes, things would be perfect so long as the Tent stood and shielded the growing fungi until the guest of honor arrived.
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Postby RedSun » Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:33 am

Mort stood to the side of the now-gathering crowd. It was chilly, but any cold the night had to offer was easily combated by the spark that sizzled through the air, the electric anticipation that flowed through the festival, whispering "It's coming. Any minute now...". Mort wore his grey cape, signifying his occupation as an emergency physician, and his medpack was fastened to his side; no one was officially on duty tonight, but the Director had asked that the staff stay vigilant and be ready for deployment on a moments notice, and either way, the nature of Mort's talents meant he was never officially off duty.

Mort was tenser than he had any right to be. Granted, that was normal for him, but this was the event of a lifetime; the comeback of the town's patron saint! Still...the last appearance the princess had made had involved creating perpetual night and summoning demonic flunkies. Suppose she disliked the state of her town? And even if she was in no way a threat, tonight was a still metaphorical powder keg of...things. Hollow Shades was far from being a quiet little backwater, but it still wasn't a place where things happened. Tonight, Mort was certain, was a night for things , or perhaps even stuff; or maybe, just maybe, events. He most disliked events.

Silently, he shuffled off into the stall, hoping of a safe night and a decent kebab. He doubted the crowd would provide him with either.
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Postby krellen » Sun Sep 22, 2013 7:30 pm

Given the peculiarities of the residents, life in Hollow Shades often did not really get started until noon, or shortly thereafter. The few whose livelihoods depended on sunlight were always up early - in relative terms - to take advantage of the few hours of sunshine they could gather in the noontime, but most of the populace were night-owls by nature, whose lives and loves thrived best in the darkness. Thus, afternoon was still rather early in the day, and the festivities were not scheduled until moonrise, which was around the time most sun-loving ponies went to bed.

Still, the streets were still unusually vacant as Foggia made his way towards the store. He could hear the commotion from the square, which told him where everypony was. Fortunately for him, the store owner had not yet closed up shop to make way to the festivities herself. She was a shrewd businesspony, and knew there'd be others like Foggia in need of last-minute purchases. A bell rung as he pushed open the door, and the storekeeper's voice followed soon after: "Welcome! Let me know if you need any help finding anything!"

Cloud Carver could take small solace in the fact that there was one advantage to drawing the short straw: she had an unparalleled view of the skies, and thus of the spectacle that the Royal Guard would be putting on to herald the Princess's arrival. And, now, of their practice, which seemed to go well enough but obviously lacked something without the moonlight to play off the ribbons and such. And then a cloud got in the way; it seemed even the clouds were eager for the Princess's return.

Night Shroud was waiting when the practice ended, catching Sky a bit by surprise - she had supposed to be arriving with the Princess. She was early! The other Leads were already there, taking congratulations from her for their hard work, and were headed back to take the praise to their teams when Shroud approached Sky. "Very solid work out there, Dance. Tightest formations I've ever seen the team hold. You've done an excellent job with them."

The crowd gathered in the town square was the largest Hollow Shades had ever seen. In addition to nearly every pony within a five mile radius being there, there were also several visitors from Celestia's court in Canterlot, as well as all members of Luna's Royal Guard not currently accompanying the Princess herself. The mixture of darks and lights, of posh and simple, of reserved pomp and unfettered joy made for a raucous gathering indeed. Though it would still be a few hours until the moon topped the mountains - the moment scheduled for the Princess's arrival - most of the city was already gathered, getting the celebration started early.

And, of course, enjoying the free refreshments provided, courtesy of the Princess.
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Postby Sidda » Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:10 am

Sky Dance froze when she saw Night Shroud speaking to the other leads. ohmigosh! I can't believe she's here already! How do I look? I bet I'm covered in dirt and dust, and my mane is probably a mess. Ohhh... Sky ducked behind a pack of ponies to do a quick primp; licking her hooves, she tried to smooth out her mane and forelock. Of course, they were in windblown knots, and she groaned as she flicked her tail into view. Sure enough, complete mess.

Sky's heart started racing when she saw Night Shroud glance and begin to move in her direction. Figuring she had better make an appearance, Sky came out from her hidey spot as her boss neared. Sky opened her mouth to say something, but Shroud beat her to it.

"Very solid work out there, Dance. Tightest formations I've ever seen the team hold. You've done an excellent job with them." Shroud gave an approving nod with her words, and then turned to head for the ground team. Sky felt like she could have done a few aerial somersaults combined with some negative-g dives-into-spins combos, but instead, she straightened herself up, hid her big grin, and turned to relay the accolades to her team.

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