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Bonbon lead Vinyl out into the theatre hall. Despite the grandeur of the exterior - in all its Neo-Gothic glory - the interior was pretty much the same as any other hall Vinyl had been to. A rare few halls, but she had went on trips to pantomimes as a filly. The stage was a semi-circular plate of perfectly smooth wood, almost as if it were carved from one tree trunk. Beyond it stretched seats arranged in rows all the way to the edge like the old Ponan Colosseum, creating an inclined semi-circle focused toward the stage in its centre.

They found a pair of seats near the front row, there were few other ponies in the hall. Vinyl supposed nopony would want to see a rehearsal or audition, they'd much rather see the finished product. Unless it was like Equestrian Idol, if those sort of auditions were the subject matter at hoof, then Vinyl felt she would enjoy the night.

Bonbon took a seat near the gangway, while Vinyl sat next to her, and the tray of pilfered cupcakes took its socially-acceptable place precariously balancing on the space between them. While Vinyl would have enjoyed to hoard the cupcakes to herself, Bonbon didn't seem to be that bad a pony, and her manners simply wouldn't allow selfishness anyway. Not just because Octavia had told her to be polite and cultured either.

She turned to Bonbon, who she imagined had attended this sort of tirade before, and could probably help her prepare for whatever was coming.
"So, what's this all about then?"

Bonbon coughed politely, pointing a hoof at a quartet of ponies seated alone on the front row. "It's an audition for the Grand Galloping Gala. Very prestigious, Lyra missed out last year for...personal reasons. She's hoping to get a place on the band that plays in the music hall there. It's a great boost for her ponysona."
"So Lyra and Octy are arguing over who gets to play music for the Gala...can't they just both play?"
"Oh, possibly, it's two string pieces, pianist, a brass instrumentalist normally. They could both play, but Celestia help the pony that has to get those two to collaborate."

Vinyl practically drooled at the prospect of some juicy gossip to collect, she lifted the plate of ball-bearing cupcakes to Bonbon's attention.

"Want some of these by the way? Can't eat them all by myself." A blatant lie if there ever was one.
"Oh, I really shouldn't...but hey, my cutie mark is a bunch of sweets." She cursively scanned over the cakes, grabbing the one with the most prolithic spattering of icing sugar. "I promised Lyra I'd cut down on sugary treats, but it's difficult to resist most times."
"I hear ya, filly. Why'd you promise Lyra that, anyway. You two on a diet together or something?"

Bonbon blushed, giggling into a hoof. "A bit more than a diet, we're married."
Vinyl's cupcake somehow found a way to violently lodge itself in her trachea.

* * * * * *

Anticipation welled into Octavia's bloodstream, seemingly giving her heart ten times the work at twenty times the beat rate. She scanned around the room as slowly, one-by-one, ponies filtered out. Ponies she'd seen before, that she knew couldn't best her. However, the one she was wary of still sat nearby, practising on her lyre. The thought had occurred to Octavia to divert her attention through practise, but she felt Lyra would find a catty remark or other if she dared try.

The one thing that had fractured the surface of her haughty facade, was the revelation of the pony presiding on the judging panel. Even thinking his name gave Octavia goosebumps. Hoofz Zimmer had been a lifelong inspiration, the reason she had begged her parents for an instrument on Winter's Moon Day, no less. This iconic composer had been the subject of much lavishly-applied praise from herself over Octavia's lifetime, and the very concept of playing in front of him made her legs feel unstable.

"Oh dear, Octavia. Not going to faint in font of our esteemed guest tonight?" Lyra had stopped practising, glaring at Octavia with that familiar, challenging grin.
"I'm afraid not, Lyra. I imagine he's eager to hear my piece first, hence why you've been placed at the...back of the queue."
Lyra twitched slightly at the jibe. "Saving the best until the last, and getting the trash out as soon as possible."

"Well, if it helps you sleep at night. How was it for work, last year?" Octavia was tip-hoofing the line, waiting for a response to gauge whether she could push onwards. Lyra scowled with a glare that would humble dragons.
"You know full well what happened, Octavia. But I'm not fussed at all, in fact, the only reason you got the position was due to my absence. Your revelry is over now."

"...And now they know how much better they can do. It's a real pity you had to dump an entire career of supposed celebrity for some mare from a backward squalor like Ponyville."

Lyra's mint-green face was cut across with throbbing, angry veins. "You dare say a single word more about Bonbon, and I will wrap that precious little bow around your neck...so then you'll have two bow ties. I'll make sure both of them are extra tight."

Octavia hastily drew herself as far away from the line as ponily possible, without coming across as submissive or defeated. She attempted to consider an apology or reconciliation, but was cut-off in her effort by the portly colt calling ponies onto the stage. It was her turn. Instead, she retreated away from Lyra, unpacking her cello and waving a hoof at the glowering mare. She received all the motivation she expected.

"Break a bucking leg, Octavia. Or your neck."
Octavia prepares for the audition that could make her career, while Vinyl and Bonbon settle in for a little gossip session.

Chapter Sixteen:
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:iconbleeduntildeath:
bleeduntildeath Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
I have to stand by lyra on this one, that was highly uncalled for
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MitsukiAdored Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
OOoOooOOoo Serious threat o.o;;
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Wolfking164 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Octavia, I must say, you kind of deserved that.
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Solar-Slash Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
That married part killed me LOL
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Akamaru01 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Octavia makes fun of Ponyville? Problem? Maybe
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deathnotefan88 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, hearing that from Octavia, and not talking to Vinyl... wow
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ArcticFox501 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
so epic
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:iconbromonn:
Bromonn Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
:iconlyraponyplz:
And thats why i killed her
your honor.

*off to the side*
:iconmlpbonbonplz:
You did that for ME!!!!
xoxoxoxoxoxoxo
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:iconjoefox3272:
joefox3272 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student General Artist
YOU ARE EVERYWHERE!
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:iconbromonn:
Bromonn Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
As you're reading this, I'm sneaking my way under your bed.

Pleasant dreams ;)
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:iconjoefox3272:
joefox3272 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Are you a boy or girl?
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:iconbromonn:
Bromonn Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
I'm the Shadowcreeper.
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:iconjoefox3272:
joefox3272 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Close enough
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:iconbromonn:
Bromonn Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
That's the spirit.
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:iconjoefox3272:
joefox3272 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student General Artist
I WANT MOAR PONIES
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ArcLightKey Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bonbon blushed, giggling into a hoof. "A bit more than a diet, we're married."
Vinyl's cupcake somehow found a way to violently lodge itself in her trachea.

I must create a picture for that.
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
I won't complain if you do. xD
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ArcLightKey Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good, cause I would need more to know more of where they were sitting, and I mean it when I ask you not hold back on the details. Add everything, how they were sitting, the amount of light, what the seats looked like inside the theater. Please give as much detail as you can!!
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
Well I can imagine it much like a cinema theatre with that style of seat. Lighting would mainly be from the front, not obtrusive as it would focus on the off-frame stage rather than the audience area.

Bonbon would be leaning casually over the armrest, probably a light smile or grin on her face. Vinyl would be full-on head flung forward coughing up cupcakes crumbs.
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ArcLightKey Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, now I have something to do this month! :dummy:
It takes me a long time to do these things
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:iconcoffeegrunt:
CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
I wish I could be slow and delicate with stuff. :S
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:iconarclightkey:
ArcLightKey Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But the amount of detail that can be read in all twenty-five parts suggest otherwise. You really shouldn't doubt your talents as a writer, and even as an artist.
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
Heh, I'll doubt it as an artist anyway. :P
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Crystal-Eclair Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'd hate to get in Lyra's way, she seems like a hostile little filly when pissed
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:iconcoffeegrunt:
CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
She can force choke a filly if needs be.
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Crystal-Eclair Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
eep!
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EvilPaladin11 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
It's a real pity you had to dump an entire career of supposed celebrity for some mare from a backward squalor like Ponyville."

Oh snap! Shit just got real!!
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unitoone Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Grand Galloping Gala auditions!
Lyra and Bonbon...oh sh**! You did it xD

*okay, one more chapter*
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
I did what? xD
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:iconunitoone:
unitoone Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah, nothing, nothing.
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askesalsa Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
My my, so gay marriage is legal in Equestria? They're lightyears ahead of us -.- Still, I love Lyra's reaction. Nopony insults the love of her life >:D
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:iconcoffeegrunt:
CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Gay marriage is legal in Canada. :P

Silly America and it's Christian-majority society.
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askesalsa Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Indeed. Go Canada ^^ Although, I think that Gay Marriage is legal in New York state now, isn't it? :D
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Dunno, I'm British. :D
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:iconaskesalsa:
askesalsa Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
I'm Danish. Hi there neighbour :P
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:iconcoffeegrunt:
CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Howdy!
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VerrucktZeichen Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
And I'm German.

My state is attempting to pass a law that would officially make it illegal for gays to marry.
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
That...that sounds pretty assholish.
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Rysonn Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student Writer
wow, youre making me hate Lyra! shes turning out to be wuite the bitch! Hoofz Zimmer... you truly are the product of wisdom and genius!
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Axehurdle Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
Octavia clearly plays the bass in the show. I find this trend among the fandom to be particularly disturbing and infuriating. Nothing indicates that she plays the cello except insanity! in every other way the story is pretty good.
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
She play the bassello. :P

In honesty, I like the idea it's a custom-made piece. It fits her to have a unique instrument just for her.
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Rysonn Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student Writer
I like the idea as well, yet the fact remains that there is no fucking way that is not a double bass. I played double bass for 9 year, and that is no bassello. But im not gonna hate on you, you write well, and are entitled to your opinion.
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
Fair enough, I just sorta went "stringy instrument thingy that's classical," and went from there...
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Rysonn Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student Writer
it makes sense, i guess.
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IFoldBooks Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Argh, putting ponies together with music, confound you! All those ponified prominent artists, then you threw in Hans Zimmer and you got me :XD:
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Aha, the ol' Hanz Zimmer...

[link]
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IFoldBooks Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Surely you enjoy Clint Mansel and Two Steps From Hell as well?
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
...

Never heard of them. :S
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IFoldBooks Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Clint Mansell is a composer somewhat in the same league as Hans Zimmer. Clint was the composer for probably one of the most overused songs on Youtube, Requiem For A Dream. Further works include soundtrack for Moon and The Fountain. Recently, he's entered the video games soundtrack industry by composing the soundtrack for Mass Effect 3.

tl;dr, Clint Mansell is awesome. Since you're probably familar with RFAD, Here's getting you started [link]

Two Steps From Hell, on the other hand, is a music production company dedicated to making epic trailer music. Founded by Nick Phoenix and Thomas Bergersen (I think this name was mentioned somewhere before in your comments), their music have been used in trailers so varied I don't even know where to begin.

Here's a couple to get you started. [link] [link]
[link]

Problem is, their genre is so varied I can't possibly give you the briefest taste of what they've done.

Sorry for going into such lenghts :P I tend to rant when it comes to music.
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Ooohh, that Moon soundtrack is very good. Subtly dramatic in an intriguing way...

I'm somehow looking forward to ME3 even more now...

And TSFH...epic...so epic. That first song is so familiar. I'm listening my way through the "Invincible" album now. :3
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