The Equestrian Express Train Station.   Posted by Equestria.Group: 0
Starcrasher
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Fri 26 Apr 2013
at 11:50
Re: The Equestrian Express Train Station
--> From: Ponyville Business District - Widget Whatsis' Wondrous Works -->

Starcrasher came running to the train station, hoping she was still on time to wave Twilight off. After breakfast she had helped Widget clean up, after which there had been some other tasks she felt needed doing, and had ended up losing track of time to the point where she had had to gallop in order to make it to the train station on time. Going by the assembled crowd however the train itself hadn't left yet, so she tried to edge to a place she could at least see the train leave. It was the least she could do.
Fluttershy
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 "I'd Like To be A Tree"
Tue 30 Apr 2013
at 11:50
Re: The Equestrian Express Train Station
The mare promptly got onto the train with everypony else, blushing lightly at Loose Leaf's insistence. "I suppose it couldn't be too bad." She admitted, embarrassed that one of her best friends was being brought into this. It was so difficult being a model. Fluttershy wished she could get out of that couple months but her centerfolds were everywhere back in the day. It wasn't a surprise that Photo Finish's training would come back to bite her in the flank at most turns. Thankfully the citizens of Ponyville proper got over her fame quickly, especially since they knew just how shy she was after all of that.

"It's just been so long since I got in front of... an artist." She'd done a few painting sessions. Photo had dragged her around all sorts of places, after all.
A Series of Events
Wed 1 May 2013
at 05:33
Re: The Equestrian Express Train Station
As all the Ponies filed onto the train, Twilight lingered behind a few moments longer.  She gave Princess Luna a soft smile and stepped up to the other Alicorn to leash her wings around her in a feathery hug.  "Relax Luna, I'm sure this is all going to be taken care of in no time at all.  Spike should be at the library, so if you need anything or need to send us a message, go to him."  Despite the confidence in her tone, Twilight was mostly trying to reassure herself of the very notion.

It said a lot about how familiar and comfortable Twilight had become with Luna that she could speak to her so informally, not even using the Princess title.  Of course, since she was a Princess herself, it was sort of redundant... but all the same, she truly saw Luna as a friend.  With one last smile she turned and trotted off to join the others in the train car.




On the opposite side of the station, Merriweather looked about as her little troupe boarded the train to Manehattan, obviously searching for something in particular.  She smiled as she spotted it -- the waving hoof of one gray Pegasi saving seats for the lot of them up at the front of the car.

"Wow, you really did walk here from Canterlot, didn't you Wordsmith?" Merriweather gently teased as she gestured for them all to follow the wall-eyed mare's direction.  "The trains only bother with assigned seating if there's a big crowd, but it looks like it's pretty open today.  It's a pretty long trip to Manehattan, so let's all get comfortable."

"I packed snacks for everypony!  Sandwiches, and juice boxes, and muffins!"  Derpy chirped as she held a picnic basket up over her head, though she very nearly dropped it as she wobbled off balance into one of the lounging seats.




With all the trains eventually boarded and passengers settled, the two locomotives blew their whistles and chugged off in opposite directions, rolling down the long tracks away from sleepy little Ponyville.  Twilight caught sight of Starcrasher waving goodbye to them from the platform and leaned out the window to wave as well, though she was practically smooshed into the frame as Pinkie Pie also thrust her body out halfway to flail both hooves in the air in a frantic farewell herself.


-=All Players involved in Adventure Zones exit to their respective threads=-

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Shai Ni
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Wed 1 May 2013
at 05:52
Re: The Equestrian Express Train Station
Shai felt herself lift into the air and then land once again after being tumbled a few times.  She had just gotten comfortable, too!  Ah, well.  At least she wasn't stuck with Opalescence, right?

... Right?

Because something felt rather warm and fluffy.  She hoped it wouldn't turn out to be a blender in disguise.

--> To: A Wild Pitch AZ
Starcrasher
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Wed 1 May 2013
at 14:39
Re: The Equestrian Express Train Station
Starcrasher waved as the train left the station, and redoubled her efforts when she spotted Twilight waving back at her. Eventually, the train went off too far to make out anything specific, so she frowned for a moment, thinking on what she was supposed to do for the next couple of days. Sure, Twilight had left her with plenty of lessons to follow -- enough of them, in fact, to pass the time if the trip lasted somewhere around, oh, six months -- but honestly, it occurred to her that she hadn't actually seen a lot of Ponyville since moving in. Oh sure, she arrived in the middle of a festival and everything, but aside from the library and the workshop, she'd spent more time walking around the Everfree Forest in comparison.

Hmm... Wasn't there something about a dance she'd spotted in a flier on the way here? That'd be a pretty decent opportunity to get to know ponies, and she could pass the time until then just walking around to explore the town a bit. She'd catch up on homework tomorrow, or practice her telekinesis along the way picking up small pieces of trash or something that no one minded if they'd get roughed up a little in the process should she lose control. Yes, that sounded like a good idea!

[To: Ponyville Town Square Business District - Widget Whatsis' Wondrous Works  ]

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Loose Leaf
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Thu 2 May 2013
at 01:11
Re: The Equestrian Express Train Station
To AZ: A Wild Pitch --->
Princess Luna
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Sat 18 May 2013
at 07:04
Re: The Equestrian Express Train Station
Luna smiled a little to Twilight at her worm reassurance, and put a wing around the young Alicorn in return. "Yes. Be safe, Twilight. Simply send Spike any messages you have for me." The royal mare let the Alicorn go and watched the trains depart briskly, leaving her pretty much alone on the platform.

Watching them all departing, Luna smiled warmly. Everything would be fine, with them at the job. "...Be safe, all of you..." The quiet air was kind of stifling, once the trains were all gone. Now what to do?

Discord could still be missing, and  he needed to be helping the others back in Canterlot... If she could find him, that would be a good plan. But Luna had other things on her mind. Greenwood's situation, her own ...  troubles... from the previous evening...  There was a lot going on for her here in Ponyville.

Making her way slowly back toward the Square, Luna stretched her wings and yawned. She hadn't had a lot of sleep, last night...

Exit to: Town Square
Nightwatch
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 I need Coffee
Tue 11 Jun 2013
at 22:22
Re: The Equestrian Express Train Station
As Nightwatch laid sprawled on the seat next to the window, his wing acting as a shield to protect his eyes from the bright sun. He would have flown to Ponyville any other night but because he doesn't do so well staying up in the middle of the day it was a safer bet to take the train. Besides, it gave him some time to lounge inside and relax on the cushioned seats, where a sizable puddle of drool stained itself next to his face. When the train car slowed to a halt Nightwatch wasn't braced and as the car lurched to it's station he fell out of his seat. Springing up to his feet Nightwatch looked around surprised and now fully awake. "Huh! Wuh!? O-oh..." Some ponies riding the same car as him stifled their giggles and lined in an orderly fashion to exit the car.

Nightwatch gave a hefty yawn as he stepped off the train. The bright sunlight stung at his eyes and he lifted a wing to shield his face. "Ok... First things first. Coffee." Looking around the area, Nightwatch came to a realization, he doesn't know where anything is. "Ah, well how hard can it be to find a cafe. A town this small how hard can it be?"

[TO Ponyville Business District - Summer Song Cafe]
Winter Mint
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Fri 23 Aug 2013
at 01:28
Re: The Equestrian Express Train Station
Winter took a few deep breaths as the train pulled into the station. It had taken a couple long train rides and quite a few bits but here she was, Ponyville. She shifted in her seat, butterflies filling her stomach. She stared out the window, this town was to be her new home. She was all on her own now, no big brother or parents to fall back on. A sense of panic gripped her heart, maybe this was a bad idea. Maybe she could buy a ticket back home? No, if she went back now with her tail between her legs her family would never let her hear the end of it! She gathered up her courage, she was here now and she was going to stand on her own hooves. The train lurched as it pulled to a stop, Winter nearly fell from her seat. Her wings shot out to catch her balance. It was a very good thing no pony was sitting next to her, otherwise they would have gotten a face full of wing. It would have been a very awkward start to her new life.

A pony entered the car and said something, she was too far away to read his lips. She looked around at the other ponies in the car, they were all gathering their luggage and preparing to disembark. It must be the conductor announcing that they've arrived. She folded her wings against her body and climbed off her seat. This was her stop. After retrieving her saddlebags and suitcase, it was time for one last check before she got off the train. Saddlebags? Check! Suitcase? Check! Tool bracelet and tools? Double check! Everything was accounted for. She flung the suitcase onto her back, using her wings and saddlebags to help keep it balanced. Winter quietly waited her turn to disembark, doing her best not to be in anypony's way.

Finally, Winter stepped off the train. Her ears were flat against her head as she felt the warm sunlight on her face. It was certainly much warmer than Stalliongrad, she could get used to that. She took a deep breath then released it. She really did it, part of her couldn't believe it. Then she came to a horrible realization... now what? She had arrived at her destination, she had spent nearly the whole trip worrying about it, but she hadn't quite figured out what she was going to do once she got here. A sigh left her lips, she berated herself in her own head, how could she have been so thoughtless? No place to stay, no job... she felt her stomach growl, well that was a place to start. Maybe if she was lucky she could find a good cup of tea as well. She started off to find a cafe, but the thought of being homeless sapped her appetite. Maybe she could get an idea of how expensive it was to live in Ponyville by visiting the Town Hall?

>>Exit to Town Hall>>

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Game Master
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Mon 24 Feb 2014
at 03:20
Re: The Equestrian Express Train Station
-Soft Reboot-

Three months have passed.

Shai Ni
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Fri 28 Feb 2014
at 06:38
Re: The Equestrian Express Train Station
It had been three months since the incident at the castle, with moments of excitement showing up here and there as they were wont to do in Ponyville, and Shai Ni was looking forward to picking up her own little bundle of excitement at the train station.  Her parents had sent her a letter (as well as the bolt of undyed, untreated silk she'd promised Rarity, which she had delivered to her friend as promised!) telling her that her cousin was in need of a place to stay while her mother, Shai Ni's aunt on her mother's side, and also the Chineighs ambassador to Equestria, traveled around the country to perform her duties.  Her parents had, of course, immediately volunteered Shai Ni as the hostess for the young filly, and Shai had no oppositions to the idea.

In fact, she was so looking forward to it that she had arrived at the train station the evening before and stayed up all night, eagerly awaiting the arrival of her cousin.  They had not seen one another in a few years, and the anticipation of seeing Xing Ming again made Shai very, very excited, which the lack of sleep only compounded.

Somehow, she was still prancing nervously in place as she waited for the train, just as she had been since midnight chimed.  Because after midnight, it was morning!
Xing Ming
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Sat 1 Mar 2014
at 08:03
Re: The Equestrian Express Train Station
Frankly, it was too early in the morning for Xing. But then again, any time before noon was early for the tiny night owl. Ever since she was old enough to speak, and even more since discovering her special talent of studying the magic of stars and astrology, the little Chineighs pony had been staying up almost until dawn to study the movement of heavenly bodies. Now that she was somewhere else in the world and the stars looked completely different, it was even harder to get any sleep! But it was a lot easier to stay awake with the burning excitement she was feeling at finally, after such a long time, getting to see her cousin Shai Ni at last! Her mother had sent her here alone... but Xing, as teeny tiny as she was, was rather self sufficient. She even knew how to cook her own rice.

At last the train pulled up into the Ponyville station. At least the train squealed to a stop. At last the door opened, and at last, Xing stepped from the train. Always so timid and quiet and shy, Xing lit up like a Hearth's Warming tree at the sight of her favourite cousin, and jumped to grasp the tiny mare in an embrace. "您好,表哥!我很想念你 (Nn hǎo, biǎo gē! Wǒ hěn xiǎngnin nǐ)!"
Shai Ni
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Sat 1 Mar 2014
at 08:13
Re: The Equestrian Express Train Station
The excitement at their meeting was returned in equal measure as Shai Ni also ran forward to meet Xing Ming halfway, catching the little filly and hugging her happily.  "我已经错过了你呢! (Wǒ yǐjīng cugule nǐ ne!)"* she replied, squeezing Xing tightly before releasing the tiny filly and taking a step back so they could look at one another.  "How is your Equestrian coming along?" she asked with a smile, knowing full well that the best way to learn a language was constant practice.

*I've missed you, too!
Xing Ming
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Mon 10 Mar 2014
at 03:53
Re: The Equestrian Express Train Station
"Um... Good, I think," Xing replied with a bright but extremely shy smile. "I have been... practicing... as hard and long as can... The last thing I wanted... um, to do was to... ah, come here and in... insult Equestrian ponies by... not speaking right... um, correctly. Is it, um, any well? Um, good?" she asked, her eyes wide and shy and nervous. She had always been more nervous than a cat in a rocking chair factory, but she seemed even worse here in this foreign land.
Shai Ni
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Mon 10 Mar 2014
at 06:45
Re: The Equestrian Express Train Station
Smiling at her cousin, Shai Ni listened patiently before giving her a nod.  "Yes, that was very good, Xing Ming!  I do believe you are at a conversational level!" she replied honestly, a smile on her face like she was a big sister full of pride.  "If you feel too uncomfortable, or do not understand something, you may speak to me in Manedarin.  I will to my best to help you."

She then looked around, still a bit hyper from her excitement and anticipation build-up the previous night, and asked, "Did you bring anything on the train?"
Xing Ming
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Wed 19 Mar 2014
at 04:33
Re: The Equestrian Express Train Station
"Oh... um, yes... I've brought... um, a few things. My trunk..." As if on cue, the conductor tossed a bright purple and blue trunk onto the platform. "...And my saddlebags..." A set of midnight blue, star studded bags was haphazardly thrown down on top of the trunk. "... And my... my... my t-t-t-telescope," she finished with a horrible squeak. The black case was in the hooves of the impatient conductor and hoisted back, but he paused at the look of horror in the girls face, glanced down to read the giant red stickers that clearly state "FRAGILE" in both Equestrian and Chineighs, before he grinned sheepishly and set the telescope down carefully near her trunk. She let out a breath of relief, and smiled up at her cousin. "O... okay... I think I... I am ready to go."
Shai Ni
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Wed 19 Mar 2014
at 06:15
Re: The Equestrian Express Train Station
Shai Ni's face matched that of her younger cousin's as the conductor started throwing the bags out of the train casually, as if he was moving bales of hay.  It also did not help that both herself and Xing Ming were very small, and thus not exactly the strongest ponies when it came to moving large objects.  However, they did have one advantage.

They were unicorns.  Dirty, cheating unicorns.  As such, Shai's horn lit up as she righted the trunk, carefully levitated the telescope case onto the aforementioned trunk, and then very, very carefully lifted them both.  Had she brought a cart, they would still have to pull it, and the last time she tried that, she nearly passed out, face buried in a bowl of oats, in the Summer Song Cafe.

With a strained smile, she requested of the even smaller pony, "Carry your bag, please, and follow me."  With what she hoped was a cousin and said cousin's bag in tow, Shai Ni turned away from the train and levitated the trunk and telescope (very carefully!) beside her, walking back to her clinic.  As she walked, she spoke excitedly in Manedarin, regaling her cousin with tales of what has been going on in Ponyville since Shai Ni first moved in.

--> To: Ponyville Busines District - Harmony Clinic
Xing Ming
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Wed 19 Mar 2014
at 15:11
Re: The Equestrian Express Train Station
Like most unicorns her age, cutie mark or no, Xing's magic was hardly impressive. She could barely levitate her own small saddlebag onto her back without trouble, much less assist with the massive trunk and telescope. Still, she looked relieved when Shai managed both the heavy things and left just the light saddlebag for her ti slip on, and follow her cousin out of the station.

"Tell me... all about this place... about Equestria!"

>>> To: The Harmony Clinic
Starcrasher
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Wed 17 Jun 2015
at 18:27
Re: The Equestrian Express Train Station
--> From: A faraway place -->

As the train slowed down until a full stop, Starcrasher had top take a few deep breaths to steady herself enough and calm her nerves, proof of how she was doing being a few beading drops of sweat forming on her face. She had only intended to stay away fro like a week or so, but one thing led to another and another and another and that somehow ended up with her fighting a big centaur thing in Appaloosa and... Oh crap how was she going to explain this to Widget? And Twilight? And... And her parents?

Closing her eyes, she took a few breaths again before the ponies behind her that wanted to get out and were far less nervous about it nudged her, causing her to step out on the platform. Well... They were right, no sense in delaying the undelayable. Right then... Twilight lived in her library, so she figured that was pretty much a good place to start. She had a better way with words and a somewhat reassuring tone, she'd know what to do. And say. She hoped she and Widget were still getting along okay.

--> To: Ponyville Residential District - Golden Oak Library -->
Shai Ni
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Wed 1 Jul 2015
at 10:05
Re: The Equestrian Express Train Station
-Soft Reboot-

Three months have passed (before the previous post).

It had been been over a year since she had last seen any of her family, so the letter that had arrived recently telling her that her cousin was coming to town made Shai Ni rather excited indeed.  So it was that the tiny unicorn found herself standing at the train station, buzzing from a combination of far too much tea1 and a lack of sleep the night before.  She did not know on which train her cousin was arriving, but she was pretty sure it was today.  Not having any appointments for the day just made it easier for her to wait at the station for an extended period of time.

It wasn't as if she'd watched the sun set the day before and rise again this morning from the same platform.  Oh no!  That would be excessive.

She had swapped platforms during the night.

1Everypony knows one cannot have too much tea.  The mere thought of such an idea is preposterous.
Xing Ming
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Wed 1 Jul 2015
at 20:08
Re: The Equestrian Express Train Station
At long last, as the sun was just creeping up toward middle morning, the long, low whistle of an approaching train rang out in the distance, billowing steam into the air. Pulling up to the station, the brakes hissed out softly, and the conductors disembarked first to pull bags out of the luggage compartment. By now, of course, Shai was not alone on the platform; several other residents had come out to meet their arriving friends and relatives coming on the train. However, there was no immediate sign of the purple coated, teal mane and tailed cousin Shai was there to see...

One of the conductors pulled a large, thick wooden case from the lower compartment of the carriage, and let it drop heavily to the platform, despite the huge red stickers all over it that said FRAGILE! in both Equestrian and Chineighs.

"嗨" A purple figure appeared at the doorway of the passanger carriage, glaring daggers at the conductor that had dropped the case. In her anger, it seemed that Xing had forgotten that the conductor could not understand Chineighs... "小心!这望远镜是价值超过你!" she shouted angrily at him, but turned her head up before he could question or reply. Her eyes widened and expression changed completely. "Shai Ni!" she squeaked, and bolted straight for her cousin. (Hāi! (Hey!) Xiǎoxīn! Zh wngyuǎnjng sh jizh chāogu nǐ! (Be careful! That telescope is worth more than you are!))

Xing was maybe two inches taller than Shai, though by mass she was actually a little smaller; all her height was in the legs! She gripped her cousin tight around the neck. "表妹! 我错过了你这么多!" She pulled back from the hug but kept her hooves on her shoulders, taking the moment to look her over and still grinning widely. "你看这样好不好! 你在 Equestria 做得很好?" (Biǎomi! Wǒ cugule nǐ zhme duō! (Cousin! I have missed you!) Nǐ kn zhyng hǎob hǎo! (You look so good!) Nǐ zi Equestria zu d hěn hǎo? (Has Equestria treated you well?))
Shai Ni
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Wed 8 Jul 2015
at 06:15
Re: The Equestrian Express Train Station
"它已經太久太久!"1 Shai Ni replied excitedly as her cousin stepped back from the very welcome hug.  "Equestria一直對我很好,真的,"2 she adds with a tired smile before asking, "Have you studied your Equestrian?  If you are going to be working with the Princess, you will need to become fluent in this language.  Just... be careful.  Sometimes the meanings you learn are not the full meanings of things you say."

Shai blushes slightly as she says, "Asking to see Miss Fluttershy's favorite rooster by using another word for male chicken, for instance."

1"Tā yǐjīng ti jiǔti jiǔ!" or "It has been far too long!"
2"Equestria yīzh du wǒ hěn hǎo, zhēn de" or "Equestria has treated me quite well, indeed"

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Xing Ming
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Fri 10 Jul 2015
at 03:27
Re: The Equestrian Express Train Station
She gave a soft laugh, looking slightly embarrassed. "Yes, I've studied hard," she said, her voice still much heavier accented than Shai's. In time that would likely wear away, but for now, she wasn't used to Equestrian being spoken besides in class. She had been better in her youth. She'd spent too much time in Chineigh. She looked back at the conductor still unloading bags. "Sorry I yelled at you in Chineighs!" she said to him. He looked up at her with a smile. "Don't be to happy, I still should have yelled at you for dropping my telescope, I just should have done it in Equestrian!" The conductor's brow furrowed darkly, but Xing laughed. "I'm joking, I'm joking!" She looked back to her cousin.

Shai's comparison made Xing bit down hard to stifle her giggle, which didn't work all the way. It finally burst out into a full and uncontrollable laugh that lasted a good few minutes. "Ah, yes, my teacher warned me about Equestrian euphemisms, and how different euphemisms are in Equestria than they are in Chineigh. He would say something like, in Equestria, a chicken really is just a chicken." Another fit of giggles struck the tiny purple pony.

Her truck and her telescope were soon gathered nearby, and she magicked them carefully onto a cart waiting near the ticket box. "Shall we go? I'm very hungry, and I would love to see some of this town you write to me about!" she said eagerly.

(As a note, to say someone is a chicken or a duck in Chinese is a euphemism to say they're a prostitute, and that's why Xing is laughing so much at 'Fluttershy's favourite male chicken'.)
Shai Ni
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Fri 10 Jul 2015
at 04:30
Re: The Equestrian Express Train Station
Rolling her eyes at her cousin's laughter, Shai Ni let out a resigned sigh as if she had been through this many times before.  Which, in truth, she had, both here and at home.  She had been gone from Chineigh for so long that she had managed to forget a bit of the less savory slang from her homeland.  "Yes, yes, I seem to be 'putting my hoof in my mouth' rather often as of late.  Why not do it because of our own euphemisms having rather amusing and exciting connotations when translated?" she said with a tiny smile, letting her cousin know no harm has been done, "Come, I should show you my clinic.  It is the second one I have opened here, and I can tell you the story of what happened on the way.  You should carry your telescope, though.  I am afraid I may have forgotten to sleep during the night."

Despite being as tiny and tired as she was, the littlest mare in town still had plenty of pep left in her due to a mixture of sheer force of will and the excitement pumping through her now that her cousin had arrived.  "I did manage to get a bed for you delivered last night, so that, at least, is ready, but we will have to finish picking out furnishings for you later."

--> To: Ponyville Business District - Harmony Clinic

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Xing Ming
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Fri 10 Jul 2015
at 04:58
Re: The Equestrian Express Train Station
Xing pushed her cart with her trunk and telescope via magic before her, following at her cousin's side comfortably in the glow of purple magic and sunshine. "Well, I know how you feel. I don't usually sleep at night at all," she said with a nod. "But try telling that to the conductors on these Equestrian trains. So noisy all the time!" She sighed and shook her head. "That is likely why I found what you said so funny. I am sorry," she said, smiling a little sheepishly in her apology.

"Oh, yes, you had mentioned something happened! I'd like to hear all about it," she said brightly, eager to hear the story of what became of Shai's last clinic.

>>> TO: The Harmony Clinic >>>