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A flourish of warm brass echoed over the pristine towers of Canterlot, as the sun descended below the dark layer of clouds that currently obscured the valley and distant Ponyville from the lofty mountain capitol city. An answering call of silvery horns sounded as a bright crescent began its ascent on the opposite horizon.

In an oak paneled lecture hall at Canterlot University, Twilight Sparkle's vivacious voice rang out as she levitated a stick of chalk and drew complicated sigils and runic equations on the broad expanse of green slate. "... and so, by process of elimination, we can determine that the magical field tastes like grape-ade." With that, she emphatically underlined a string of symbols and rounded on her audience, beaming with satisfaction. "Does anypony have any questions?"

Her smile tightened a bit at the corners as she beheld a largely empty hall, with a scattering of undergrad unicorns, half of whom were struggling mightily to appear politely awake while the other half made no such pretense and either slumped forward, their drool pooling on the thick pillow of their open text books, or sprawled back in their seats with their horns pointing toward the ceiling. Twilight's felt a twinge of embarrassment that she'd allowed another lecture to drag on for too long.

The lavender unicorn mare sighed and telekinetically straightened the frilly cravat around her neck as her shoulders slumped a little. "All right, that's all for today. Next week, Professor Presto will be back from that symposium and will be lecturing on Transformational Field theory, so make sure you've read up to chapter five of Dazzlefizz's Dissertations on Dweomers and section twelve of the Codex Regia Alicornaeum. Oh, and don't forget to bring an old sock with you for the lab session."

She turned away and floated the chalk back to its storage tray as the sounds of quiet words exchanged and hoof steps and benches being skidded rustled behind her.

The quiet murmur of the classroom was shattered by the sound of a pair of clopping hooves and a loud, melodic cheering filled the room. "YAAY! BRAVO! BRAVISSIMO! MOLTO BENE, PROFESSORA! WHOO!" Several of the dozing undergrads were jolted awake, as the lavender unicorn's head whipped around in surprise.

Twilight squinted and peered at a pale figure perched toward the back of the lecture hall, a slender young unicorn mare with a two tone powder violet and pink mane framing a porcelain colored face with wide green eyes. It was a face the lavender unicorn recognized at once, shared as it was by one of her oldest and dearest friends, although this variation on the theme substituted a guileless freshness for her older sister's pristine sophistication.

The violet maned mare cocked her head and twitched an ear. "Sweetie Belle? You're not in this class." This gave her pause, and she raised an eyebrow. "In fact, now that I think about it, you don't even go to school here."

The young filly got to her hooves, stumbling a bit as she cleared the benches, and came bouncing down the aisle toward the front, an open smile on her primrose white face. She wore a light gold silk shawl draped across her shoulders with an edge decorated in black and white sequins arranged to resemble musical notation, which offset her gold bell and musical note cutie mark.

She came to a stop in front of Twilight's lectern. "Yeah! No! I honestly had no idea at all what you were even talking about, Miss Twilight, but I could tell you were excited about it and giving it your all. Kind of like I feel when I do the "Aria de Regia Luna" in C minor. Even if the audience doesn't speak Neightalian, they still stomp and cheer when I finish."

Twilight chuckled and a slight blush came to her cheeks as she smiled down from the stage at the filly. "Well, thank you, Sweetie. You never fail to live up to your name." She lifted a sheaf of papers with her magic and tapped them on the lectern to straighten them up. "Now what can I do for you tonight?"

Sweetie's brow furrowed in thought for a moment, then she brightened again and replied. "They got a call at the Bijou from the Carousel Boutique a little while ago. Snips told Miss Bangle that Rarity ran out of the shop with Pinkie yelling something about one of Pinkie's doozys and Sweet Apple Acres and Miss Bangle came up to my room and told me about it and said Snips thought that Rarity would probably want me to come here and tell you about it."

Twilight levitated a briefcase from a nearby table and prepared to lower the sheaf of squared off papers into it as the wheels spun rapidly in her head. "Hmmm. A doozy, huh? At Sweet... Apple... Acres..."

Her eyes grew wide as her pupils shrank to pinpricks, and the papers exploded in a cascading, fluttering cloud. "WHAT!?"

She leapt down off the stage and gripped the startled and confused younger mare by her shoulders. "Sweetie, don't you understand? Fluttershy's foal! She's having her foal! Right now, probably!"

The lavender mare let loose of the younger filly and went galloping up the aisle, bowling over one of the undergrads as she shouted at the top of her lungs. "Spike! SPIKE! I need you to take a letter!"

Sweetie Belle stood with wide eyes and watched the older unicorn recede in a cloud of dust and fluttering papers, the wheels in her own head turning furiously but at a much lower rpm.

Suddenly, a look of ecstatic joy lit her face up and she started jogging in place as an extended note in Triple C escaped her throat, rapidly increasing in volume until cracks started to form on the slates behind her.

She broke into a gallop, leaping lightly over the prone form of the undergrad Twilight had just knocked down as her voice reverberated on the oak panels of the lecture hall. "Fluttershy's gonna be a mommy! Apple Bloom's gonna be an auntie! Miss Twilight! Miss Twilight, can you ask Spike to burp a letter at Scootaloo for me ?! Miss Twilight!"


The characters depicted in this fiction are copyright and trademarks of Hasbro, Inc. This is a work of fan fiction, and the author makes no claim on Hasbro's copyright or trademarks.

A My Little Pony - Friendship Is Magic Fan Fiction.

This story is set several years after the events depicted in Season 1.

Part 5

Meanwhile, at Canterlot University, Twilight Sparkle wraps up a lecture to find an old friend's little sister has arrived with some news.

Part 6 ->[link]
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FireheartTheInferno Featured By Owner Edited Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweetie hit a high enough note to crack slate?
Or did she just hit the right frequency? Ether way--holy smoke!
This is a hilarious scene to imagine! XD

"Miss Twilight, can you ask Spike to burp a letter at Scootaloo for me?!"

Oh lord, I cracked up at that one!
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ShadowLDrago Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
You mean calpping hooves, not clopping, right?
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WarrenHutch Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
No, I meant clopping. Hooves don't clap, they clip and clop.

I imagine you have the fandom's slang meaning of the word partially in mind, but I refuse to let fandom terminology distort the use of a perfectly valid word. :)
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ShadowLDrago Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Ah, that makes more sense.
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NicLove Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:? where was Sweetie-Belle when she got the news?
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WarrenHutch Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
At the Bijou Boutique, which is the second shop Rarity opened in Canterlot. She's living there while she goes to the conservatory to study music.

Looks like you skimmed past this paragraph: :)

Sweetie's brow furrowed in thought for a moment, then she brightened again and replied. "They got a call at the Bijou from the Carousel Boutique a little while ago. Snips told Miss Bangle that Rarity ran out of the shop with Pinkie yelling something about one of Pinkie's doozys and Sweet Apple Acres and Miss Bangle came up to my room and told me about it and said Snips thought that Rarity would probably want me to come here and tell you about it."
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NicLove Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
o..k. but is there a phone or a latter or ...?
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WarrenHutch Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
A "latter"?

Snips said earlier in the story he was going to "get on the horn" to the Bijou.

In this case, it's a hornophone, a recently developed device that allows two unicorns to communicate through the aether from horn to horn in the manner of an old fashioned telephone. You'll see it in use a few times if you read the story's sequel "Earth & Sky"
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NicLove Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll do that is the futer!
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Mark-Firehaven Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
*Ahem*
*Deep breath*
GRAMMAR!
WTF are you saying? I am laughing my butt off while trying to parse that statement! By the way, do you know a certain Scott Pilgrim?
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NicLove Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Derp! L:|L

Yes, I have the movie!
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Mark-Firehaven Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
1. Sweet.

2. I was making a terrible joke at your being Canadian. It was terrible, but I was also probably unmedicated at the time, so my thought process was thought > type down.
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dream-chylde Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
I just had to leave a comment and say how much I'm loving this fiction so far. The characters are really spot-on; their "voices" and mannerisms shine through beautifully. Thank you for sharing this. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna happilly go read more. ^_^
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CodWars Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
go twilight go
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bubblesage Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
... is prof presto trixie?
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WarrenHutch Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
No. He's just one of the tenured faculty at Canterlot U. Twilight is acting as a teacher's assistant for him while she works on her Doctorate.

Trixie will claim to be many things, but I doubt an academic is one of them.
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Skodge Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
"burp a letter at Scootaloo"
I almost DIED!
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Luffy-Kun Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I always wonder how big Spike got since the show says he's a baby but also mentions he only grows when he gets greedy. Confusing.

I love Sweetie Belle in this chapter. She's so cute and posh. You've done a great job with the language in this.
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WarrenHutch Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
In this fic I posited a slow, steady natural growth. Since this is about seven years after the show, he's roughly pony sized. He'll keep growing for decades and decades.

It's also kind of up in the air as to whether he'll develop wings or not, although both examples from the show seem to say he won't (i.e. his magical growth in "Cutie Mark Chronicles" and his greed induced growth in "Secret of My Excess")
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Mark-Firehaven Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Actually, you really only see MagicInducedGrowth!Spike's head in cutie mark chronicles, unless I missed something.
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WarrenHutch Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Well, it's kind of a "pause and step thru the dvd" moment, but when the beam from Twilight's horn hits infant Spike in "Cutie Mark Chronicles" there's a brief "hulk out" sequence before the scene cuts to Celestia standing outside, but I've never stopped it to see if there's any detail visible.
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Ragnarok311 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Great Story so far. Now i need to finish the story.
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DracoDei Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
SPOILER ALERT!!!




"Aria de Regia Luna" in C minor.
-Is this a reference to a specific piece of RL music?

Even if the audience doesn't speak Neightalian
-Nice Lexicon building. Did you come up with this yourself, or find it somewhere?

"Spike! SPIKE! I need you to take a letter!"
-I wonder how big he is?

the wheels in her own head turning furiously but at a much lower rpm.
-Very appropriate given their respective intelligence levels.

a look of ecstatic joy lit her face up and she started jogging in place as an extended note in Triple C escaped her throat, rapidly increasing in volume until cracks started to form on the slates behind her.
-Character emphasis is good...

can you ask Spike to burp a letter at Scootaloo for me ?!
-Can he even do this?
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WarrenHutch Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
"Aria de Regia Luna" in C minor.
-Is this a reference to a specific piece of RL music?

It's from a famous libretto by Wolfgang Amadeus Horsecart :)

Even if the audience doesn't speak Neightalian
-Nice Lexicon building. Did you come up with this yourself, or find it somewhere?

I came up with it, but I'm sure others have come up with this gag as well. There are only so many horse puns out there.
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bubblesage Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
burp a letter. :-) also, sweetie bell grows up to be opera elvis nice
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HolyCross9 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Would Sweetie Belle have an older voice by this time?
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WarrenHutch Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
I'd imagine so. She's in her late teens by now, and has been studying vocal music at Canterlot Conservatory. She had a pretty strong set of pipes on her when she was a little filly, and you notice in the narrative that she's capable of cracking the slates on the walls of the lecture hall with her voice.

If she opted for a sultry tone she could probably melt the horseshoes off of any stallion she met just by saying "Hello.", but she's still far too innocent and sweet natured to ever play the vamp. She'd be a heck of a torch singer, tho.
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HolyCross9 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Sultry as in the kind Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit used when she sang? And I can imagine her singing voice would sound similar to Linda Ronstadt's too.
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WarrenHutch Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
If singing is her special talent, I imagine she'd eventually develop a wide range of tones, from crystal clear to low and smoky, as needed for whatever style of music she was performing.
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HolyCross9 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
Indeed. By the way, I've also written a MLP:FiM fanfiction (but's also a cross-over with a cartoon known as Tom Slick). Here's the first page: [link]
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RandomRedneck1990 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
Futurama reference. Awesome.
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Buckykatt42 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
I am really liking what I have read so far and I am excited to see how things turn out. On to part 6!
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MEMJ0123 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
I am loving this story so far! It's so cute, I'm completely hooked. :D There was only one thing that made me pause. "Triple C" ? I've studied music for a long time now, and I don't recall hearing the term. I even looked it up, to make sure I don't just need to brush up on my music theory. I don't think such a term exists. Perhaps if you describe what you were aiming for with Triple C, I can help you find the right term for it. :) Otherwise, awesome job!
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WarrenHutch Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
What I was thinking of when I wrote that is a very high octave note in C, I guess based on what I'm skimming from wikipedia it would be three octaves above middle C.

If you've ever listened to the trumpet player Maynard Ferguson, he was supposedly able to hit a Triple B on the trumpet (which is about in a dog's hearing range)I guess I was thinking of that but one note higher.

In other words, Sweetie was sounding a glass shatteringly loud high note in her excitement.
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MEMJ0123 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Ah ok, I see now. I did think of that possibility when I read it, but as I recall it, three octaves above middle C is referred to as C7, since it is the seventh C on the keyboard (middle C is C4). Also, since Sweetie Belle is singing (or singing up to) a single note, it's not really described as being IN anything, that is usually reserved for key registers (as in, "the piece was in C major")a note would be described as a single object (ie - "She sang that D sharp perfectly", "She hit a C seven with a shrill shriek", "The third C above middle C is an impossibly high note" you get the picture, and pardon my poorly written examples :P ).

I looked up Triple C a bit more, and I've seen one instance where the term "triple" was used to describe octaves, but it sounded more like a suggestion for naming octaves. I wouldn't trust Wikipedia entirely, those articles can be edited by anyone. You can describe the note as a general "three octaves above middle C" which doesn't specify the note, but readers still get the idea that she's singing freakishly high. :P

Hope this helps, I know it's a pretty tiny detail to fuss over, but if it caught my eye, then it might catch someone else's. Anyway, again, awesome story! Loved every bit of it :)
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kamenriderculamon Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Haha..I was wondering why that grape-ade line sounded fimiliar.
So Sweetie's a virtuoso and Applebloom's a handymare, can't wait to see what Scoot's is up to. Let alone Spike.
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MagicaITrevor Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
YAY! Sweetie Belle! 8D CUTIE MARK CRUSADER LETTER WRITERS! YAY!!!
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jbleichman Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Hey, Twilight's teaching the Mathematics of Won Ton Burrito Meals!
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WarrenHutch Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Well spotted, sir!

"Dammit, Fry. I'm a unicorn. I don't know how to teach!"
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BradNeko14 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
I wonder what they will do with the old sock in the laboratory... mmm maybe old school coffee??
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TempestRunner Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Oh gods, what in the name of Notch is Spike gonna be like?
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Lurks-no-More Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
So, Sweetie is attending a conservatory in Canterlot?
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WarrenHutch Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Yep.
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Lurks-no-More Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
She's my favorite CMC, and I really liked how you handled her as a bit more grown-up pony here. (Applebloom and Scootaloo, as well!)
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WarrenHutch Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Thanks. I think Sweetie's my favorite of the CMC's too. I love that they made her a bit of a ding-a-ling. :)
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