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The midnight moonlight crept through the curtains, illuminating the room within. Eerie protrusions burst forth from the floor and walls, casting grim and wavering shadows that seemed to stalk their way across the room. Octavia had never enjoyed nighttime, her night sight had never been something to shout about. Sadly, Vinyl's room was full of all manner of debris, casting irregular pony-shaped shadows onto her imagination.

The problem being, of course, that Octavia couldn't sleep. But an hour ago, this had been something of an advantage during the nighttime activities. Now though, it kept her mind turning over the same niggling doubts, snowballing them into overbearing worries and trepidations. She glanced at her...partner. She supposed that was the correct term, was it not? It had been a worryingly infrequent label that she had been unable to apply to many other ponies. Yes, the insufferably idiotic- yet practically saintly - mare laying beside her was her partner. Octavia felt assured of this fact.

She shifted once more, moving into a more comfortable sitting position, as opposed to awkwardly laying enveloped in Vinyl's embrace. It had started as being perfectly comfortable, but in Octavia's current fitful mood, she soon found the itch to constantly readjust her posture to remain comfortable. She stared out of the window, the curtains that were hastily pulled closed before the lesson began were still hanging ajar, fluttering softly in the breeze.

Of all the sky available, the moon had taken the lion's share. It hung in the ethereal blackness, softly glowing amongst its confederacy of glimmering stars. She sat for a moment longer - or so it felt - watching the celestial body's imperceptibly slow movement across the sky. A half hour bled away as Octavia gaped at the stars, trying to surmise the shapes and intentions behind them. Maybe Luna herself had hidden the answers to her subjects' questions amongst the stars, if Octavia only took the time to search them thoroughly.

"Hey Octy...trouble sleepin'?"

Octavia sharply turned, barely containing a surprised hiss. Vinyl almost leapt out the bed at the sudden movement, caught halfway through blearily rubbing her eyes with her forehooves.

"Oh, sorry. I didn't mean to wake you."

Vinyl chuckled, still groggy with the stupor of sleep. The moonlight caught her eyes at a sharp angle, bouncing their image in all their scarlet beauty to Octavia.

"You had no problems with keeping me awake a little while ago. Why you still up? Thought you'd be the early to bed type."

Octavia playfully dug a hoof into Vinyl's stomach, eliciting a soft "oof" from the other mare. She toyed with her hooves for a moment, until Vinyl's characteristic impatience overtook her less characteristic manners. Octavia found a concerned pair of eyes cresting the horizon of her sight, as Vinyl crawled over to sit next to her.

"Octy. Are you okay?"

Octavia slowly turned to Vinyl, unaware that her worry was so evident to the outside world. She wasn't shivering, nor were her eyes particularly dulled with the pallor of her trepidation. However, despite her almost poker-winning facade, Vinyl could identify the signs. The subtlest twitch in her left ear, the most minimal pause before each sentence, the way in which her eyes would drift from their target for but a second before being snapped back in place.

Vinyl had - much like flocks of birds who foresee incoming disasters - found the clues, and took the necessary action. Octavia felt the uncertainty in the hug, and returned it without hesitation. She almost crushed Vinyl's ribs with the sheer pressure of the embrace, not releasing her for any feasible period of time.

"I'm just...I, I want to ask you a question, Vinyl. I...need, your answer."

The embrace slackened ever so slightly, before Vinyl redoubled her efforts. She leaned closer, whispering her reply into Octavia's ear.

"Anything you need, Octy, I need."

"Where...where are we going with this, Vinyl?"

Vinyl's brain froze, barely able to work her own counter-question into her sentence out of a sludge of foal babble.

"I don't get what you mean."

Octavia released the hug, furiously jabbing a hoof at herself and Vinyl.

"Where are we going with this? Us...where are we going Vinyl?"

Vinyl experienced something rare, that night. For every argument there was a counter-argument, no matter how simple the comeback was. For every joke, a chuckle and a compliment. For the first time in her admittedly short memory, Vinyl had encountered a sentence she had no immediate reply to. One that she felt required far more thought than she could give in such a short timespan.

"I...I don't know, Octy."

Octavia's breath caught in her throat, attempting to seal off any access to her lungs. She glanced at Vinyl accusingly for a moment, mouth agape with superfluous shock.

"But...I thought you had been here before. You said you'd been with countless fillies and colts in your younger years."

Vinyl gave a small laugh, more out of necessity than mirth. A short, sharp, almost tragic laugh.

"Yeah, and think how long they probably lasted. Sure, I had some fun, but I never remembered any of their names afterwards...never even found out half of them in the first place. Those...those weren't the same. Not like this. Not like what I have with you."

Despite herself, Octavia smiled. Her worries were still there, though for but a moment there were set aside in her mind.

"Look, Octy. I'll hold my hooves up, I've been playing it by ear. Most ponies I get close to find some other filly a week later, and go post-to-post all their lives. I don't have a plan, and that's most of the fun with you. I get to take each day at a time, be happy I got them, and be happier I got them with you. It's like...exploring, except now we can do it together, and face what's out there, together."

Octavia snuck the tip of her hoof into the corner of her eye, deftly removing a tear before any attention was brought to it. She leaned forward, lightly pecking Vinyl on the lips. Even in the pale light of the moon, Vinyl's white coat reddened noticeably.

"Well, I suppose we'll have to search this all out ourselves, then. I should have known coming to you for advice and closure would be a fruitless effort."

"I dunno, I got some apples in the kitchen. Too late to eat though, Octy."

Octavia chuckled, finally settling down muzzle-to-muzzle with Vinyl. She brought her body close, loosely embracing her with a free foreleg. A posture she could remain comfortable in, thankfully.

"Good night, Vinyl."

"Night Octy, make sure you grab some beauty sleep, you could use it."

Octavia suppressed her gasp, eyes flicking open to find a wry smile rendered on Vinyl's face in the faltering moonlight. She shut her eyes, burrowing her head further into the pillow to gather more comfort. Her own little smile flickered over her lips, an early warning to the wary Vinyl.

"Says the pony to whom beauty is as prevalent as intelligence."

"You know, Octy. It's nicer if I pretend that one's a compliment."

"Whatever helps you sleep at night, Vinyl."
No clop for you. PG-13 only here.

Seriously, though. Clop will never happen...ever.

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GreyVinyl Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Clop or no clop, doesn't matter in my opinion. I'll enjoy the story just as much as I do now. (And for that fact I hope it doesn't end.)
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writer-jm Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
I'm cool with non-clop. I like being able to look my favorite ponies in the eye... LOL
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MitsukiAdored Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
I actually am glad you are keeping this pretty clean.....in a way. It makes the story cuter for me ^_^
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johnnylime88 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
If there was clop I would skip it.
But, that is probably because I have no real attrition to women.
For me that's a positive because it lets you enjoy a story for what it is and not SEX SEX CL0P PR0N.
Also, this story is so cute!(I'm totally the bar-stallion in disguise)
Au Revoir, mon ami!
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Yeah, clop is just cheap in my opinion.

Also, I know how you feel on the women front, there... xD
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johnnylime88 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
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El-Jorro Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
You know what...It's really good that you don't do clopping. Sex scenes can be fun, they can be a bit beneath a true artist. A true writer knows that implied is much more satisfying than explicit. It leaves it to the readers imagination, where it is much more gratifying.

Where did the term "clopping" come from anyway?
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
I don't really like the idea of writing it anyway. Feels so...awkward.

I really dunno. Probably Ponychan...
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Wolfking164 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Coffee, its actually really good that you've kept things PG-13

I don't see how other bronies could complain about it. I know the suggestion is there, but jeez, I normally don't try to fantasize what happens. If the author doesn't include it, he/she did it for a reason. I stand by that too. The suggestion is there, but no need to go into detail. We can just guess as to what they did.

As long as those things don't include a tuba. ^^;
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Akamaru01 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No clopping = good thing. if you did that, I would leave and never come back here. I am serious
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Extaticus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Not even minor clop? Not even just a little foreplay? ;_;
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
Nein.
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Extaticus Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Le sigh :P

I'll just have to write some, then, won't I? And you haven't posted on SSMB in a while... ;_;
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
I know, I haven't really posted anywhere in a while. Not even on GTP or here so much. Real life has been getting busy lately.
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Extaticus Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Tornado begins to run wild without you. :P

Oh, and how's part 33 of Allegrezza going? I'm almost done with the first chapter of my fanfic, but I can't finish it this weekend due to my laptop having been seized. :P
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Fuckin' AppleDash everywhere! xD

Slowly. Problem is it's already three times normal length and only half done. I also have hardly any free time to work on it. D:

Why'd your laptop get seized?
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Extaticus Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm sure it'll be fantastic no matter how long it is - that's usually the case with Allegrezza.

About the laptop: my school have had problems for a few years now with their Wi-Fi password being stolen from the system and re-distributed around all of the pupils. They've found the root of the problem. Tomorrow night, I'll let you know how my talks with the senior management team have gone. :D
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
I just don't want it to get bloated. It's gunna get a full-on proof reading focus group thingy before I release it.

Absolutely shameful, young man. :P
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Wistan Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I do approve of the no-clop. It's completely unnecessary for this story.

I'll happily admit that I've read a few fics that contain sexual content, and sadly the fics that doesn't have it as a "main" feature often get too caught up in that, and suddenly everything is about that, everything else is forgotten...

It seems that suddenly introducing it to a story that doesn't need it is like building a wall, and forgetting to put a door in it.
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
I just treat it like excessive gore. I have yet to write a scene where I feel it's necessary.
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Wistan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
So, you're suggesting that it's not impossible that one day you'll write it? :P
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
I have yet to find a scene where I need it. All I'm sayin'.
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Wistan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
To be honest, I don't think it's ever really needed unless the entire story revolves around that.
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deathnotefan88 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
good, no sex scene, just implications and innuendo, that is probably one of the best aspects of the story, up with it being about Octavia and Vinyl, and the musician speak ^^
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Sketchl Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love Allegrezza so much, I would [PG-13] then I would [PG-13] until you [PG-13] and [PG-13]. But yeah, I'm totally glad you didn't involve clopfic here, how else would I have read it? :)
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
I dunno, you probably wouldn't have.
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malanaks Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So good...
I appreciate the lack of clop, that kind of thing can totally ruin an otherwise good story imo, and this one deserves better.
I await many more chapters with all the patience of vinyl scratch.
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Not very much patience, then?
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malanaks Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe nup xD
hey, I'm not an impatient guy, it's just a really interesting read.
I'm countin' on ya Coff
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xX2WolfFeather1Xx Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
DARN YOU!! Making me addicted to this. xD Kidding kidding but seriously, I am so hooked on this story. And on this pairing. You have some amazing writing skills! ^^ ....and now I'm likely going to be staying up into the wee hours of the night reading this story. xD WOO!
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
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xX2WolfFeather1Xx Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
O.O.........-insert putting on helmet- FOR EQUESTRIAAAAAAA!!!!!!! -a waits patiently for the next exciting episode of DRAG-.......chapter- xD


Hehheeehe.....>>;
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washboardchaz Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
whens the next one coming out?? :D
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KrippleStix Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
Coffee why do you insist on writing this stuff? My sleep schedule is so messed up!

But seriously thanks a lot for writing all this. Love the story so far and the personality you've given all the characters. The only thing I can truly gripe about is how I need to wait for the next chapter ^_~ Keep up the awesome work!
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
Sleep? We do not deal in sleep here!
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KrippleStix Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
True it seems that we don't! 3 hours just isn't quit enough for me though >.<
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
I can live with that... xD
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kakashinobaka Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
*sigh* This brings back such sad memories for me, and yet, I feel ridiculously happy. Coffee, I think your chapter broke me. lol
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Error 404: Emotion Not Found.
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kakashinobaka Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
haha Its probably for the best
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Fyre-Medi Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Well I read chapter one quite a while ago and enjoyed it. A friends comment brought me back to it and i just read 2 through. I find I do not have the words to express how much I enjoyed your writings.
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Glad to hear you've enjoyed my little tale. :)
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BDassassin Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
beautiful imagery in the beginning and touching at the end. Bravo
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xXriffmasterXx Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
YAY I LOve pg 13
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LNR-Shrike Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
need. Moar. DEEPZ! I don't usually read something for 3 hours until 2am, and then get up at like 8am to continue, but this is...... *head explodes due to a lack of being able to express the D'awww fast enough* HNNNNNG!!! Looking forward to more :D And i'm loving how most ppl here (myself included) are using shizz like 'clop' so casually :L Oh praise Luna for MLP and the internet!
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Nice to hear I've completely destroyed your sleeping schedule. ;)

More will come soon, don't worry. Gotta get past Christmas, it's been pretty hectic for me.
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20-PercentCooler Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
I don't see where this story can go but can I presume Lyra and Bonbon will resurface as Teh Beeyaches?
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
P'rhaps...
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MrMildMan Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
For the record, did they have sex or make love? Sex is sex, but making love is a passionate expression of the intense feelings between partners. One is emotional and the other is physical: Both of which I'd imagine would be awkward for Octavia.
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CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
I dunno, best to draw in the blanks yourself. :P
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