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Vinyl had, true to her word, spent the intervening time between Octavia's departure and subsequent arrival eating roughly half her body mass in chocolate fondue treats. It had essentially culminated in a conveyor-belt like motion with the waiter simply depositing a pile of marshmallows, fruit and sweets next to the fountain, and leaving her to it. She was in the very careful process of levitating a stick made of three skewers held together by marshmallows coating every millimetre of it's length into the cascading confectionery goodness. Who would have fruit with chocolate anyway?

It was in this precise zone of concentration that rarely came to Vinyl, that Octavia found her. Or, more accurately, Octavia sidelined in her a full-body-tackle-come-crushing-hug. After recovering the air from her lungs with a few gasping breaths, Vinyl looked up to see the overbearing grin on Octavia's face.

"You..got the...place then?"
Octavia nodded her head in a rapid manner that seemed capable of snapping it off with the force. "Yes! Mr Zimmer said me and Lyra got the place and he wants me to join him next week for a practice session I just can't wait it's gunna be great!"

Vinyl gave Octavia a moment to recoup her breath after the verbal tidal wave. She laughed at the sheer joy across the pony's face, and the massive excitement that caused an uncharacteristic wave of glee through her speech. Octavia soon found herself giggling too, though whether it was giggling at the good news, or giggling at Vinyl giggling, she didn't know.

Inevitably though, Vinyl felt a little uncomfortable with Octavia bearing down on her so much. Although it took Bonbon's interventions to snap her into action. She spied the beige mare out of the corner of her eye, casting a final wink and a wave before leaving with Lyra in tow.

"Hey, Octy. Mind getting off me a sec, the waiter's looking at us funny."

Octavia blushed, Vinyl noticed she seemed to blush quite often nowadays. She carefully stepped off Vinyl, lightly coughing into a hoof to clear her throat. She waited for Vinyl to resettle on her hooves, before tentatively trying the conversation again. This time without the glares from the waiter, who had begun to pat the chocolate stains from Vinyl's marshmallow log with irritated huffs.

"So, what do you wanna do to celebrate, Octy?"
"Oh, ahh..." Octy stared at her hooves, lightly swinging a leg to scuff at the shag-pile carpet. "We could always...go back to my place, if you'd like. I promise to lock those Gargle Blasters away."
"Hey, I'll drink whatever you've got, so long as I don't wake up in your bowtie again!"

Octavia's head shot up, smiling lightly despite the solar heat radiating from her cheeks. "Okay! Shall we..then?"
Vinyl reached out a bent foreleg, taking Octavia's and interlocking them. "We shall, m'lady. Lead the way."

Octavia almost snickered at the gentlemarely gesture, before the pair trotted out of the doorway. The waiter glanced up after them, ensuring they were gone. He sighed, lightly stroking his dark-brown mane before procuring a small, metallic stick from a pocket in his uniform. He clamped the stick between his teeth, releasing a blue light and a buzzing noise from the tip as he set off on his mission.

"Allons-y!"

* * * * * *

Octavia unlocked the door, holding it open for Vinyl to pass through. She followed suit, lightly closing the door behind her, and showing her guest to the living room. The cello was placed on her favourite chair with extreme reverence, while she flung herself onto the couch next to Vinyl. The day had been thoroughly trying, to be fair.

She noticed Vinyl's curious expression, eying the cello case from afar. It took a moment for her to pluck up the courage to ask the question, given what Bonbon had implied to her during the fifteen minute set that had passed in a heartbeat for Vinyl.

"Hey Octy...what song was that you played at the audition, then?"
Octavia once more took up the habit of looking everywhere but at Vinyl. "Oh, it was just...a little piece I wrote. I just felt like writing something...happy."
"I liked it."
Octavia's face turned towards Vinyl with a soft smile. "You did?"
"Yeh...can you...play it for me again?"

Octavia blushed, she wasn't often one for private concerts and had never really played to anypony but herself, and her audiences. To herself, it was more science than art. Perfecting notes, pitches and keys, fine tuning and refining her work. To an audience, it was simply replaying what she had written. Less a thinking pony and more a high-class gramophone. You couldn't intimately play with a theatre full of ponies; the emotion is generalised across the whole, not focused on the one you play to in private.

She nodded hastily, and went to grab the cello case. Carefully unpacking, tuning the pegs, and readying herself. She sat down next to Vinyl, who watched the sheer care and devotion she put into her work with intense fascination. Octavia would have stood, she was more used to it now, but the fifteen minutes of playing earlier had given her achy calves, and she preferred to sit down next to Vinyl this time.

She focused her breath, her heart pounded inside her ribcage, and Vinyl's attempts at motivating smiles only made it worse. She had erupted into a blush that could be considered a biological marvel, scientists would likely comment the pony body didn't even have as much blood in it as Octavia's cheeks appeared to be bearing.

She closed her eyes, recalling the notes, playing them as she did for Hoofz Zimmer, her idol. Yet here she was more nervous, glancing to see the smile on Vinyl's face as she watched her play, those little ruby eyes watching her command the cello. Why did she need the acknowledgement from this mare to play, why did she even care about her opinion?! She was the first pony she had played privately to since her father had taught her the cello, she normally waved most requests away and told them to see her in concert.

But there was something about those eyes, something in them she didn't want to disappoint, never to let them down lest they shimmer over with tears. The very idea of imagining them like that almost choked Octavia, almost prompted tears of her own. Why was she feeling this? The song was supposed to be happy!

She felt a soft hoof on her back, looking to see that the ruby eyes were etched with care. Was she showing her emotions so freely to Vinyl? Did she think she was...weak? Why was she constantly questioning herself like this?

The hoof turned to a caring foreleg across her back, and Octavia instantly found the sensation calming. She found her head naturally leaning towards Vinyl as she played, and was surprised to find Vinyl's shoulder already awaiting her head to lean on it. She gently rested herself on Vinyl's shoulder, still playing on as the other mare gently held Octavia close to her.
Vinyl and Octavia return home to Octavia's place to celebrate, and share a tender moment together.

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:iconprophetwargo:
prophetwargo Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
I'm a musician by trade. this and the last chapter were some of the most powerful story i've ever read. thank you.
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emgrat223 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student General Artist
DOCTOR WHO I CAN'T I'M GONNA CRY OMFG
this is one of the best fanfics i've ever read
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writer-jm Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
I'm getting rather suspicious of Doctor Whooves... No telling what he is up to! But loving how the fillies are falling for each other. Subtle, slow and nuanced. Very good. Might need a little less alcohol though. I'm worrying about brain cells here! LOL
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
I'd worry more about the livers. :P
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:iconwriter-jm:
writer-jm Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
True, true. I'm sure their normal, non-time traveling doctors are great though.
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:iconcoffeegrunt:
CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Hopefully so :D
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MitsukiAdored Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
And this is why I have fallen for Octavia. I just simply love her all around <3
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Wolfyrn Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
DAWWWW!!!
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Christ4fl Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Eeeeeeee! *girly squeal*
Oh I cannot wait to have more time reading the rest...
(i.e. its all good :flutteryay: )
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:iconcoffeegrunt:
CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
I think you'll like the next chapter...
:iconfluttershyyayplz:
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:iconwolfking164:
Wolfking164 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
*checks eyes*

Damnit Coffee, now you got me reminescing about mah memories. You made meh cry!

*manly tears*
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Akamaru01 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
D'awww
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deathnotefan88 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Molto bene!
this is some of the best writing I've read in a while
now: "Allons-y" on to the next chapter ^^
the Doctor ftw
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malanaks Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconsobeautifulplz:
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Layder Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
:icondawwwwplz:
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KawaiiFeather Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
I don't have my fruit with chocolate, I have it with caramel.
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ArcticFox501 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
my god the story its making me teary well done
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VerrucktZeichen Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
"Who would have fruit with chocolate anyway?"
I agree completely, Vinyl.
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unitoone Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
D'awwww...

*one more*
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askesalsa Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
"something in them she didn't want to disappoint, never to let them down lest they shimmer over with tears" I almost felt Rick Roll'd here XD

Celestia it's well-written. I stand by my "start making actual publishable stories" remark. The way you mix emotions with actions is simply first-class. Not to mention your careful picking of words like "command the cello" or "verbal tidal wave" and such. I mean "verbal tidal wave" isn't just an amazing way of describing Vinyl's way of seeing Octavia's happy resume of what happened, but even works poetically, with the dual use of -al ending words.

I wouldn't be able to write like this in a million years, but Luna be damned I'll try XD
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
She's never gunna give her up, never gunna let her down... xD

I just write ad lib, apparently I had a good day when I was writing this. xD
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askesalsa Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Tis a gift.
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BlockComment Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
I feel that shipping stories in the short form you often encounter miss out on the amazingly tender relationship progression that you have so wonderfully depicted up to this point. This is so adorable, I can hardly stand it without giggling or tearing up or both. I'm grinning all over the place here. I love this stuff, keep up the excellent work!
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
I plan to, or at least, I'll try! XD
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Majora26 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
This is so cute I DON'T EVEN!!!
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Rysonn Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student Writer
I fucking lov it, "Allons-y!"
i swear to god, i laughed for a good ten minutes!!!! damn thats rich! well done!
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EvilPaladin11 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
David Tennant is best pony/Doctor
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:iconrysonn:
Rysonn Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Student Writer
Deffinitely!
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BDassassin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Lol love the " HEY LOOK AT ME IM DR WHOOVES" part in this one.
It would be very hard to play chello while moving even just enough to lean on someones shoulder, I can barely mange to do that with my sax and chellos are much more delicate
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Octy's skilled, all I'm sayin'.
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PaperCamm Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dr Whooves, eh? The world could always use more of him. You know it's funny, Ny Little Pony has introduced me to Dr Who through the fanfics, and I quite possibly like it even more. It's fantastic!
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
I loved it since the rebirth a few years ago. Tennant is definitely my favourite Doctor.

Haven't read any Whoofian fics though, I'm afraid. :S
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PaperCamm Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Daleks in equestria, even though they're all gone. I'm torn between Eccleston and Tennant. If I may offer some advice, a lot of whoof stuff relies on allons y too much.
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
I knew it was an instant point of recognition for fans, so it was easier. It was only a cameo, but he has a larger place later on.
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Charlesdeleroy Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
A larger place? Oh dear, this bodes bably for the poor ponies! When the Doctor shows up, they're always a terrible crisis of absolute DOOM coming! D:

Dear me, the Cyber Ponies aren't to appear and start converting ponies, are they?

I mean, I don't it's allowable anywhere in the multiverse for the Doctor to appear and then nothing potentially world-ending happens. ;3
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
Something...different.
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Charlesdeleroy Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Doctor Whooves: What? I'm just here to record the music! That's all!

Derpy: Sure, Doctor. Which alien baddies is it this time? The Slitheen? The Silurians? Are the Sontarans going to show up?

Doctor: I swear, I'm just here for the music! *shifty eyes* And maybe a Dalek...

Derpy: AH-HA!!!

;D
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PaperCamm Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Allons y is a great identifier to fans of dr who, and especially those outside it's fandom, if only there was a converse equivalent for ponies
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
20% cooler?
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:iconpapercamm:
PaperCamm Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hell yes
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Tuume Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011   Writer
Very sweet. It's just so good to see their relationship progressing, with all the tenderness, and slight fear and trepidation.
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
It's even more fun to write than read. Warm 'n' fuzzies.
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MarvelousQueen Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I had squee'd I would have woke the entire neighborhood.
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Did you squee?
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MarvelousQueen Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I certainly did in my mind.
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
:iconfluttershysqueeplz:
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EveMonsta Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
...I think I just squee'd... out loud... so... fricken... adorable ;~; I love it :')

I love Dr. Whooves, btw :XD: Allons-y! :')
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
*Octa-cuddles.* :D
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EveMonsta Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Is so cute :'D
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
:iconfluttershyblushplz:
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