You are a feminine colt on the run from an abusive history. Can you survive in the world with hunters at your back?
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2016-02-18 06:36:10 No. 26506434


>Emerald grabs a blanket for the passed out Ruby, and decides to wander around the deck a little longer.
>Emerald goes up to the wheel and finds the Captain and chats with him a while about his and Bo's past.
>Emerald also learns that the Captain knew Joyride and Sunshine Sea.
>Emerald goes to sleep.
>Emerald wakes up the next day to find a hungover Ruby.
>While searching for Joyride (who has a hangover cure maybe) Emerald hears that he is on a pirate ship.
>After a conversation with Joyride about this, Emerald goes and teaches Ruby some more reading.
>Emerald and Joyride cross paths again, and Joyride teaches him the "Push" spell.
>Emerald pushes things around for a while.
>Ruby gets pulled away to help in the kitchen.

Continued in the next post...

2016-02-18 06:38:56 No. 26506459

Emerald walks up top and looks around on deck.

It's a nice day and an easy breeze, and there seems to be little in the way of work for the pirates. Those who are off duty seem to be in one corner of the deck playing their dice game.

Looking around some more, Emerald sees who is driving the ship, and comes to find it is Bo.

What does Emerald do?

2016-02-18 07:26:38 No. 26506954

(looks about even, so I'll go with dice game since it was the first one to be suggested.)

Emerald walks over to the pirates playing dice.

One of them is an earth pony with wndswept hair and a handkerchief around his neck, he gives a nod as Emerald approaches. The second is a zebra wearing a bandanna, and gives the colt a quizzical look as he gets closer.

The last is a pegasi wearing a striped hat, and as he gets to them he throws up his arms and says,

"What can I do for you lass? Come to watch our game or join in? No offense met, but you don't look like one who is much for liar's dice. You know how to play?"

What does Emerald do?

2016-02-18 07:53:07 No. 26507233

"Come on Vane, you aren't gonna take money from a little kid are ya?" The zebra says with a slight frown.

"Well if he puts in the money why not?" The pegasus named Vane says.

"We'll play a few rounds before we get into it, how about that?" The earth pony says, "My name is Ale, by the way."

"Piesang." the zebra says, "Pie is fine if you don't want to say the whole thing."

"And I'm Vane, as you know." The pegasus says proudly.

The three teach Emerald the game. He isn't quite sure he understands it, but it sounds like a game of probabilities.

Emerald is handed a cup with five dice in it and after everyone gives them a liberal shake the slam their cups face down and look at their dice.

Emerald's dice read 2, 2, 2, 5, 3.

He looks up to see the others looking at him expectantly.

"Why don't you start, kid, just to make sure you got it." The zebra named Piesang says.

What does Emerald do?

2016-02-18 09:09:10 No. 26507983

(You can increase the amount of dice, the number on the dice, or both.)

Emerald says four fives.

Vane looks at his dice carefully, and after biting his lip he says a bit unsure, "I call liar?"

Everyone reveals their dice, and there are only two fives. The one you have and the one Pie has.

Vane let's out a sigh of relief and says, "Almost got me with that one squirt. Alright, I think you understand what you are doing, toss a die in and let's keep going."

Emerald does so, and after a few rounds he finds himself with three dice left. Not that he's the only one who has lost dice. Pie is at three dice, and Vane is at four. Ale had to leave to work.

Everyone rolls their dice again, and this time Emerald has a 5, 2, and a 4.

As Emerald is looking Vane pipes up, "Okay, how about we make this interesting?"

Vane then throws in five bits. Pie chuckles and does the same.

What does Emerald do?

2016-02-18 09:30:12 No. 26508165

(I have rolled everyone's numbers. Also, may be the last for the night. We'll see.)

Emerald ups the stakes to 10 bits and gives a nod that says he is ready to rock.

Vane grins at the challenge and says to the zebra, "two 1's"

Pie in turn says, "two 2's"

What does Emerald do?

2016-02-19 07:27:49 No. 26517500

(You have about 2.1k. A little less now with the bet.)

Emerald bets three fours.

Vane rubs his chin and then grunts, "Three fives."

"Three 6's" the zebra says.

Emerald calls it, and everyone reveals their dice.

There isn't a six among the dice at all.

"Bah!" Pie says, "I'm out for this one. Too far behind."

"Well, well!" Vane says with a grin as the zebra walks away, "You want to keep going?"

Emerald is having a bit of fun to be honest, and he has a healthy stack of bits, so losing these wouldn't be that big of a deal. However maybe it's better he stops? Vane eyes the small stack of coins in the pool greedily, and it's pretty obvious that he needs or perhaps wants the coin more than Emerald does. It'd be easy to back out now.

What does Emerald do?

2016-02-19 07:53:18 No. 26517744

Emerald acts like he is thinking hard on it, but then claims that Vane is just too good at the game and he doesn't want to loose more bits.

He then pushes the money towards Vane with a fake disappointed look on his face.

Vane scoops it up with a giant grin and says,

"Thanks, lil' missy! Emerald was it? Any time you want to play give me a shout!" Vane says, and after putting the money in his pocket he flies up to the crow's nest. A few seconds later a pony starts to make his way down from it, but Emerald ignores that and walks up the stairs to the wheel.

He sees Bo there, steering and occasionally making turns to correct the boats movements. He looks a lot like his father, now that Emerald gets a good look at him.

Emerald walks up shyly to Bo and says hi.

"Oh! Hey there Emerald. How you enjoying the ride?" Bo asks with a smile.

What does Emerald do?

2016-02-19 08:46:12 No. 26518256

Emerald gulps down his shyness and says that it's quite enjoyable. He asks if the sea is usually calm on this route.

"Yeah, it's always nice. The west side of Zebralands and the East side of your continent are way worse. Of course the water is also much more open there."

Emerald asks what sort of ships he's worked on.

"Oh, mostly cargo ships, occasionally cruises working as a waiter. Those are always fun." Bo says smiling down at Emerald.

Emerald asks if he's seen any sea monsters or had many sea battles.

"Sea battles yes." Bo says, and Emerald thinks he senses a hint of guilt at admitting that, "As for sea monsters, no. I wouldn't be surprised if they existed though. A lot of the sailors on this boat have claimed to see some."

What does EMerald do?

2016-02-19 09:38:36 No. 26518754

Emerald asks what kind of monsters.

"There are all kinds of tales. There are those that are proven to exist, such as the sirens, the mermares, and water dragons, but then there are the ones told only in tales... Such as the giant squids, the giant whales, and the ghost ships." Bo says, listing things off.

Knowing what he knows from the conversation in the captain' cabin, Emerald asks if there should be any sort of battle because of "sea creatures" what should he do?

"Our crew should be more than enough to handle anything that comes by. Just try to stay out of the way. The best place to stay would probably be your room." Bo says, sternly.

Emerald asks what Bo thinks of the war.

"It's not my problem, and I'm quite thankful for that. Neither my dad nor I or the crew have any particular attachment to our home countries. Though dad thinks we could make a lot of money off of the war being- err... Well, just doing business." Bo finishes quickly.

What does Emerald do?

2016-02-19 10:19:06 No. 26519069

Emerald asks if Bo is okay, making sure not to allude to what he knows.

"Yeah, just uh... Nevermind." Bo says, with a smile.

Emerald asks what his favorite adventure on the high seas was.

Bo thinks for a second on this, and then says, "It's a rather long story. I'd have to tell it to you some other time. It involves hidden treasure and a pirate cave!"

Emerald has to shut his mouth tight at the mention of pirates, just to make sure he doesn't say anything. Emerald instead asks how he became a sailor, and a cruise worker.

"Well, I wanted to follow in my father's footsteps the second I heard that he was a sailor, and the first job I ever managed to get was on cruise lines. Man, it's a fun time, I tell ya. Though, perhaps I shouldn't say too much. Might not be appropriate for you."

Emerald grimaces slightly, considering what he has done to Emerald it's pretty rich for him to talk about appropriateness.

Emerald asks how he knows Joyride.

I've known Joyride my whole life pretty much since she lived above the tavern that my mother worked at. Joyride and my mother were friends, along with um... Along with Sunshine Sea." He says in an odd manner, "She always had tales of one sort or another, and I always wanted to hear more. Though I'm sure my mom kept Joyride from spilling the really juicy ones!" Bo says with a laugh.

What does Emerald do?

2016-02-19 10:58:23 No. 26519333

(Last for the night.)

Emerald asks what the sailors do to pass the time.

"Oh, all sorts of stuff. Drink, gamble... Tell tales. Sometimes the boys get out their instruments and everyone has a little dance. The ones that know how may even write a little. You get used to it." Bo says, nodding.

Emerald asks what Joyride was like back then, and about Sunshine Sea.

"Hmm... She was quite a bit warmer. Not that she was mean or anything, but she feels a bit more distant now." Bo says.

Emerald waits for him to talk about the other half of his question, and when he doesn't he asks it again.

"Sunshine was... She was great. The greatest mare you could ever meet." Bo says, staring off into the distance.

The awkward silence returns. Wanting to break it, Emerald ducks under his front legs and grabs the wheel of the ship. He asks if he can steer it, and asks how it works.

Bo begins to talk about how the wheel is essentially connected by a chain to the rudder, but Emerald finds himself a bit distracted. Bo is pushing himself closer to Emerald, and occasionally brushing his hoof, or his hair. Emerald can feel him all around, and it makes him blush.

"You seem... A bit distracted Emerald. Is everything... Okay?" Bo says, giving him a warm smile.

What does Emerald do?

2016-02-20 10:26:52 No. 26529024

Emerald says that he's just excited to see him again is all, plus he's never steered a ship before.

"I'm happy to see you again as well." Bo says, embracing Emerald closer, "We should talk again later... When things are a bit more private."

Bo then leans off him a bit as the wheel pony starts to walk up the stairs from the deck. He's an earth pony. Old, with a short gray mane and long beard.

"You are doing a great job Emerald. We'll make a helmspony of you yet!"

"I ain't that old, Bo. Don't go replacing me yet!" The wheelpony says with a raspy chuckle.

Emerald and Bo then leave the helm and walk back down to the deck.

"I've got to go speak with the Captain. I'll catch you later, alright?" Bo says.

What does Emerald do?

2016-02-21 11:42:31 No. 26534059



(Yeah, I passed out. Sorry bruhs. Today will probably be a short day too as well.)

Emerald takes a few deep breaths to calm down. He then quickly looks around the deck to make sure Joyride isn't there. She probably wouldn't like what just happened.

Emerald then decides to go practice magic downstairs in the cargo hold again. However after pushing a few boxes around he finds himself still... Distracted.

Emerald then decides to go check up on Ruby, and maybe quiz her a bit on what she has learned.

Emerald peeks his head inside the kitchen door and sees the chef at a pot boiling something, and Ruby sitting nearby peeling potatoes.

She has a look of concentration on her face, only broken when Emerald approaches and says hi.

"Oh, hey!" Ruby says, giving him a quick smile before returning to her task, "What's up?"

What does Emerald do?

2016-02-21 12:14:39 No. 26534453

Emerald asks how much longer Ruby thinks she'll be.

"Oh, I don't know. I was hoping to get to watch him do some cooking as well. Why, something going on?"

Emerald says that he wants to test out her reading skills to see how much she has learned.

"Jeez, you think I'm ready for that already? I just got all of the alphabet down, heh." Ruby says with a smirk.

What does Emerald do?

2016-02-21 01:10:51 No. 26535115

Emerald asks how the cooking is going.

"It's going good! Though all I've really done is peel potatoes and cut vegetables..." Ruby says.

"Hey!" The chef says looking over and pointing a spoon in Ruby's direction, "Correctly preparing the ingredients is an important part of cooking, remember that!"

"Oh, uh r-right!" Ruby says, taken aback.

Emerald says he'll keep it simple and just stick to the alphabet. He asks her what is after 'C'.

"Erm..." Ruby says, thinking. Emerald can almost see her singing the alphabet song in her head, "The D?"

Emerald says that's right!

Emerald and Ruby carry on doing this for a little while longer, Emerald throwing in the additional short, three letter word to see if she can spell it. She seems to have learned rather well!

What does Emerald do?

2016-02-22 10:44:21 No. 26544068

Emerald congratulates Ruby on doing well with the quiz, and tells her to keep it up. Language has to be practiced or it will be forgotten!

Ruby beams, and then goes back to her potato peeling.

Emerald takes a second to chuckle at the fact that he has had fun being a teacher. He could see himself doing it in the future, maybe. He kind of likes magic too though. Maybe a magical/language teacher?

Emerald shrugs to himself and then asks the chef what he is making.

"Mashed potatoes and vegetables." The chef grunts.

Emerald then asks if he is having trouble with pests, and asks if there is anyway he can help get rid of or capture them. He makes sure to leave out the part about casting magic on them since he isn't sure how the chef would respond to that.

"Nah, not yet. A few more days out and we'll have flies everywhere though." The chef says again, not turning away from his pots.

What does Emerald do?

2016-02-22 11:49:05 No. 26544412

(Also I should note that Tuesday and Wednesday might be short days for updates... Maybe even today as well. Bleh, is this what it's like to have friends and acquaintances? I think I was having more fun by myself.)

Emerald leaves Ruby and goes down to his bed. He pulls out the books he has on him and looks at them.

Currently he has a book on Goat history, the cookbook that Ruby used earlier, and his focus.

Emerald opens his focus and writes down what he can about the push spell he just learned. Now it's completely up to date with the spells and potions he knows.

What does Emerald do?

2016-02-22 01:03:31 No. 26544950

(Alright, time for errands. No, I don't have work today. I don't work Mondays or Sundays. You can tell when I do my lunch updates because I have no idea how to fix the pictures so they aren't sideways. I'm actually quite bad at technology. Also, I do believe I'm an introvert, so I guess that does make sense I'd be feeling tired.)

Emerald closes his book and starts thinking about how cool it would be to be a wizard teacher. He starts to concoct an eloborate fantasy about how he is accepted into some sort of secret magical academy, and that Joyride, Hope, and Bo are all teachers who were scouting him out to make sure he could make it there. Ruby is in the school too as well, but just as a student.

Emerald snaps out of it and puts his focus back in his bag. It's at that point he notices his... Other focus. Emerald glances to the door and notiecs it has a lock on it.

What does Emerald do?

2016-02-22 10:13:33 No. 26550031

Emerald hears some jingling at the door he locked before he started going at it. Causing Emerald to jump and hide quickly under his sheets.

There are several loud knocks and then Emerald hears what is Ruby's voice say, "Huh, the doors locked."

Another few knocks and then Joyride's voice comes through the door saying, "Hey, Emerald? You in there?"

Unsure of what to do, Emerald bites his lip and stays quiet.

"Guess he isn't down here." Ruby's voice says again.

"Then who's inside? Back out a bit, I can open this." Joyride says.

Emerald suspects she is probably going to use magic to open the door.

What does Emerald do?

2016-02-22 11:23:11 No. 26550561

(Last for the night.)

Emerald attempts to remove the focus, and says to hold on and that he is getting changed.

"Oh no, we'll see you naked. Who cares?" Joyride says, and Emerald hears the lock click on the door.

Emerald pulls the sheets closer to himself and tucks his tail between his legs, hoping full well that they don't expect anything.

Ruby and Joyride walk in, and seeing Emerald on the bed the filly asks, "Where you sleeping?"

Emerald quickly stutters out that he was and that he was tired after practicing magic so much that he decided to take a nap.

"Hey, what're you-" Ruby says as Joyride starts to scoot her out the door.

"Didn't you hear him? He wants to take a nap. Maybe he's getting sick! We should let him have his rest. Dinners almost done by the way, that's why we were looking for you." Joyride says, succeeding in pushing her out the door.

She leans through the half closed entryway and says, "Hey now, if you are that restless I'm sure I can find you some work on the ship here, if you'd like. I also brought the 'machine' with me. I can set it up and have a potion ready quick."

Joyride then gives a wink and shuts the door. Emerald hears a click of the lock, hoofsteps going upstairs, and then silence.

What does Emerald do?

2016-02-23 09:31:50 No. 26558746

(Agh, so not only do I not get to study with hot co-worker, but I get off of work late. Time to draw.)

Emerald attempts to go back to doing what he was before, but he's lost the mood a bit after that interruption. He has to admit that that was pretty cool of Joyride. Maybe he'll have to thank her later for that.

Emerald slow pulls out his focus, hoping that he is stretched enough for any activity that might occur later in the evening.

Emerald goes upstairs after cleaning up a bit and grabs a bowl of the food Ruby made. She is quite proud of it, and makes Emerald eat more and more of it. Which he is fine with because it's quite delicious.

"Are you feeling better, Emerald?" Ruby says, scooping more mashed potatoes into his bowl.

Emerald nods and smiles, continuing to eat.

He starts to notice that throughout the meal Joyride gets a larger and larger smile, as well as closer and closer to Emerald. He can tell she is excitedly waiting to say something. Emerald can only guess what sort of embarrassing thing it will be.

What does Emerald do?

2016-02-23 10:37:19 No. 26559362

Emerald tries ignoring her at first, continuing to eat and telling Ruby how good the food is. However this doesn't seem to deter Joyride.

Emerald thanks the unicorn for letting her rest.

Joyride doesn't seem to respond to this at all, so he starts booping her on the nose.

She still doesn't move.

Emerald asks her a variety of things to try and make her speak. He asks her how her day was, what she wants, asks if she wants his food, but still nothing.

Eventually he just puts his food covered spoon on her snout.

"Hey, I just realized after I talked to you that I had a extra vial of THAT potion stored away, if you are still feeling a bit frisky." Joyride says with her same smirk.

A vial with a familiar white potion appears from under her mantle and taps Emerald on the head.

Ruby has been watching this whole exchange rather bemused, and looks questioningly at the bottle.

What does Emerald do?

2016-02-23 11:25:20 No. 26559696

(Last for the night. Not sure how many updates there will be tomorrow.)

Emerald says thanks but no thanks. Not tonight.

Joyride shrugs and says, "Okay, fine. I'll just have fun somewhere else tonight. Maybe some blackjack with the sailors."

Joyride gets up and walks over to the other table where some of the sailors are sitting. Emerald only recognizes Ale among them.

"So what was that potion?" Ruby asks.

Emerald turns back to Ruby, unsure of what to say.

What does Emerald say?

2016-02-24 10:35:58 No. 26567920

(One update today. I was supposed to be helping a friend move out from her place, but she ended up deciding she was too tired to do it and we just hung out. Jeez...)

Emerald says that the potion is part of his deal for Joyride teaching him magic, and that it tastes pretty terrible and that's why he doesn't want to drink it.

"Oh..." Ruby says, not completely convinced, "Okay!"

Emerald and Ruby dine together for a little while longer before Ruby decides she is tired and wants to go to bed.

Emerald looks around after she leaves. He sees Joyride sitting and gambling with some sailors at the other table, playing some sort of card game.

Curiously, he hasn't seen Bo down at dinner yet.

What does Emerald do?
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