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"I suppose I could hardly have expected an emotionally searching evaluation of last night, then?"
"Aww, come on. When was I ever big with emotions and stuff?"
"True."

Octavia shifted slightly, causing her stomach to quake. It was far later than her usual breakfast time, maybe she should break away from Vinyl for a moment to gather up some food.

"Are you hungry, Vinyl?"
"Sorta, got any Cheerileeos?"
"No."
"Zeco Pops?"
"No."
"Scootabi-?"
"I have pancakes. Will pancakes do?"
"Only if they're the big, flat pancakes. Not those little, fat dumpy ones."

Octavia groaned. "Yes, yes, I will make you some crepes. You'll just need to get off me first."
"Make me."
"As you wish."

Octavia braced herself against the sofa's back, pushing Vinyl onto the floor. She casually stepped over her, before going into the kitchen to prepare their pancakes. Vinyl took a minute or two to realise what had happened, before she regathered her tangled pile of limbs and got back onto her hooves. She trotted over to the kitchen, peeking her head through the doorway.

"That was plain rude, Octy! I never got into this relationship to be pushed around."
"Are you going to help me make the pancake batter, then?"
"Nope. I'll be in the sitting room waiting on my apology pancakes."

Octavia chuckled, pouring the first lump of batter into the pan, before adding a healthy dose of syrup to the mix. "Of course, I'll bring them through."
"Wow Octy, cooking for me and sleeping with me? You're the perfect wife!"

The saucepan did not hit Vinyl, however, as she had already ducked behind the doorway before starting her sentence. She reappeared, grinning, in time to take an egg-whisk to the snout. She covered her injured face with a hoof, vainly trying to rub away the pain.

"Hey, it's not sexist if I'm a mare too!"
"Still, we're not getting married. At least, not so I can be your slave. I'm the one in charge here, anyway."
"And why's that?"
"Because, Vinyl dearest, I'm the one closest to the knife block."

Vinyl retreated back into the sitting room to await her pancake delivery. Her stomach growled at her to just grab something else, and as quickly as possible. She felt that she would have to wait to get to know Octavia a little bit more thoroughly before she could undertake the liberty of raiding her fridge. Especially when she was in the process of cooking her up some pancakes.

At least Octavia had a fairly decent sound system setup. Vinyl drooled over the Ponineer record spinner, gently stroking the Ponysonic speakers with a tentative hoof. She used these for classical music? They must have obliterated her precious little mane whenever she turned them on!

Naturally, Vinyl found herself flipping one of Octavia's less high-brow records onto the deck, and excitedly slamming the power button with expectant glee. The record spun, the display glittered with the faint aura of magic as it counted the tracks, but barely a whisper thrummed from the speakers.

Vinyl put a tentative ear to the bass drivers with extreme wariness. Not even the slightest purr emanated, though the tweeters were also fairly silent. It is worth noting that after several years of nightclubbing and and heavy dubstep, Vinyl's ears were far less capable than a filly of her age from the last generation. Still, fillies of the last generation spent all their time sewing and feeding bunnies. Vinyl was more than willing to sacrifice her top-end hearing for some throbbing bass.

Then again, she wouldn't put it past Octavia to take up knitting. Probably socks, worryingly. She spun up the volume knob, tapped the radio tuner on, and searched through the fizzle of static and white noise for something worth listening too.

Coherent noise began to form as she spun it up, forming into a radio show as she tweaked the tuning.

"-Oood morning, Equestria! The sun is up and so are you! You're listening to K-COLT and it's time for THE VI-."

Vinyl violently spun the tuning knob into a higher frequency. She didn't much like a radio show about talking. What pony'd listen to that? Real music had to be in the higher frequencies. Once more static became sound, and noise fizzled away into light play of some old-school jazz. Not bad, better than most of the stuff she'd find elsewhere. Vinyl delicately turned up the bass while dumbing down the treble. Much better.

The music faded away, replaced by an enthusiastically vocal radio presenter.
"Thanks for listening, fih-lees, this is Three-Colt, ah-whooo, and you're listeni-."

The sound disappeared as Vinyl slammed the radio tuner off. It was a dying format these days anyways, what with horn music downloads taking off so well. She grabbed the first record she could find, dropped it on the deck and spun the vinyl. Maxed out the bass, before turning the treble to a bare minimum. Marching away, she planted herself on the couch.

The music began, thrumming powerful bass with only the barest hint of actual instruments. Just like Celestia intended, Vinyl thought. She was surprised at how good Mozcart sounded with maximum bass, maybe she'd have to grab a couple of his albums when she headed home.

It was then that she noticed Octavia trot in the door, two plates of pancakes balanced delicately on her hooves. She acquired the source of the earthquake-like blast waves. Her own sound system. Panicking, she dropped the plates onto the coffee table before dashing over to the Ponineer record player. She scanned the knobs, every setting out of place; completely wrong! It had taken her months of careful refinement to acquire the optimum listening conditions for Beethoofen's work, emphasising the string instruments at the top end while deferring to the double bass and cellos near the bottom.

All of that picked up and cast out the window by the white unicorn bulldozing her way through the pile of pancakes levitating before her. Vinyl raised another forkful of syrupy, doughy goodness to her lips before she noticed Octavia glaring at her from across the room. She carefully ate the pancake fragment, before delicately placing the plate on the table. Just in case she needed to run.

Octavia's left eye twitched slightly as she subconsciously tried to fix the system with a stray hoof. Her voice came in a passive-aggressive growl that would have put Vinyl's hair on end if the gel wasn't already doing the job for her.

"What, did you do, to my record player?!"
Pancakes, Ponysonic and potential pummellings, oh my!

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:iconmedlimakar:
medlimakar Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Because, Vinyl dearest, I'm the one closest to the knife block."
:iconvinylstareplz::iconsays3plz:Your point is well seen.
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:iconcoffeegrunt:
CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
A rare show of intelligence there, for Vinyl to stop!
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:iconfeatherthefurry:
Featherthefurry Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist
u had it coming tavi, leaving vinyl unattended with a sound system XD
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:iconmitsukiadored:
MitsukiAdored Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
Uh oh o.o;;;;
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:iconcafante:
Cafante Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Dat reference! :D
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:iconcoffeegrunt:
CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
Which one? :P
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:iconcafante:
Cafante Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Student General Artist
"Thanks for listening, fih-lees, this is Three-Colt, ah-whooo, and you're listeni-."
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:iconcoffeegrunt:
CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
Oh yeah, that one. xD
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:iconcafante:
Cafante Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Student General Artist
:D
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Fetch26291 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
"-Oood morning, Equestria! The sun is up and so are you! You're listening to K-COLT and it's time for THE VI-."

How could Vinyl have tuned that in, AND not recognized her own voice?

Now I know why the Doctor was around. Tiny little paradox there.
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:iconcoffeegrunt:
CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Dunno, but the VAs for the Tapes are very different to the voices I have in my head.

And it was early in the morning...
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:iconakamaru01:
Akamaru01 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh shit. RUN!
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:icondeathnotefan88:
deathnotefan88 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
never buck with a musician's player settings, unless you want to be knocked senseless, I know if you mess mine up, you'll be in for... not as much as what you would have gotten before I became a brony, but enough to knock some sense in your head
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Wolfking164 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Hehe. Some guy messed with the settings on my guitar.


Short story ever shorter, I now have a new guitar and a police record. (What? I beat him over the head with a $300 guitar? What do you expect?)
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deathnotefan88 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I almost strangled a guy with my power cable when he messed with my sound system settings, he didn't press charges cause he was a good friend and knew I was in a bad mood (back when I was psycho... FiM saved me from clinical psychosis, and either suicide, jail time or being in a psych-ward), and he violating a restraining order by being at my house (my next door neighbour put it on him a year before for harassing her daughter, I didn't know until that day), but safe to say, I apologized, and we he's never touched it again, and we still hang out whenever his school work and my job search don't get in the way
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Wolfking164 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Musicians, artists, writers, etc.

We're all crazy like that. ^___^

I'm glad FiM did that for ya. If not, I would have gladly helped ya. I'm like that. I can't stand for bullying and I can't see people harm themselves.

Yet I want to be in the military. Ironic, eh?
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deathnotefan88 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Eeyup, we are...

the ironic thing was, during my depression I helped 4 other people out of depression and gave advice to about 30 others that helped them day to day...

I myself cannot tolerate bullying and some intolerance, especially within our community

it sort of is... ^^;
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Wolfking164 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
I know what you mean. Well, just don't reference a tuba and things will be fine. ^^;

*tuba appears*

:nuu::nuu::nuu:
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:icondeathnotefan88:
deathnotefan88 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconmlpoctaviaplz: No... not the Tuba...
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:iconwolfking164:
Wolfking164 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
IT IS BACK! :nuu::nuu::nuu:

I think Octavia is glad that they don't have a tuba in that performance they're doing.
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TheDrifter777 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
INTRUDER ALERT! INTRUDER ALERT! SMALL PINK PONY DETECTED IN QUADRANT 7! CONTAINMENT BREACH OF FOURTH WALL IN SECTOR 3! I REPEAT! CONTAINMENT BREACH OF FOURTH WALL IN SECTOR 3!

Somebody Jam that Radio Signal! We can't afford a paradox! Not this far into the series!
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:iconluckylulu51:
luckylulu51 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
when you mess with octavias speaker system
SHIT
GOES
DOWN
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:iconlayder:
Layder Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
three-colt, MLP FiM, All you need to know...
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:iconkawaiifeather:
KawaiiFeather Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Oh no. More craps bout to go down. Scratch better eat her pancakes quickly, and not get cramps while running....
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ArcticFox501 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
... still awesome
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:iconrtty21:
Rtty21 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I;m loving this tight shit! keep it coming!
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:iconcoffeegrunt:
CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
Another five chapters left. :D
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:iconverrucktzeichen:
VerrucktZeichen Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
...Wait.

Vinyl Scratch hosts The Vinyl Scratch.

Paradox? Doppelganger? Evil twins?
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:iconcoffeegrunt:
CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
The Doctor is involved somehow...
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:iconone-seven-one:
One-Seven-One Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Vinyl Scratch tapes AND a Fallout reference?

You. Are. Awesome!
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:iconcoffeegrunt:
CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Am I now? :P
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:iconone-seven-one:
One-Seven-One Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Probably! :D
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UltimatheGod Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Doctor Whooves and now The Vinyl Scratch Tapes in the span of two chapters?


I love you.
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:iconcoffeegrunt:
CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
I love you too.
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UltimatheGod Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
:iconbrohoof1plz::iconbrohoof2plz:
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rockman08 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Pans were the pain bringers to scratches peversion as she piqued her interests in the playing of classics at penultimate setting of volumes. Perfect!
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:iconcoffeegrunt:
CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
A pretentiously pitiful piece.

:P
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:iconrockman08:
rockman08 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Preposterous! this piece is presumably posh considering the prissy octavia, of course, but Vinyl's powerful bass beats pound this possession into a perfect pique-er of my interests due to your perspiration in making it work!
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:iconunitoone:
unitoone Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, I hate to see friends fight =(
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:iconcoffeegrunt:
CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
They make up...and out...
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unitoone Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ookay.
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SpmSL Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
My only disappointment in this chapter are the implications that Octavia listens to Mozart. Octavia knows what the score is, I bet that bitch listens to Beethoven and Bach, like any sane person should.

Great chapter man, I was away for a week, the first thing I did upon arriving back was read the 2 new chapters. Thanks again for updating so much :D
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:iconcoffeegrunt:
CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
I couldn't think of a ponification for Bach. :|
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:iconspmsl:
SpmSL Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Ah, right. Johann Sebastian Bach.
...
Yeah, I can see there's fuck all to work with there =\
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:iconcoffeegrunt:
CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Yeh, it'd be something rubbish, like Stablebastian...
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TheUnrealChrichan Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Three-Colt! XD
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:iconcoffeegrunt:
CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Ahhhhh-whoooooo!
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BDassassin Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
first dr. now fallout. good taste man
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:iconcoffeegrunt:
CoffeeGrunt Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Typical nerd's joys. :D
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drake-rex Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I hope that you know how to fix that Vinyl, or else............
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