The trials and tribulations of managing your own personal pony village.
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!F9CBa509ak 2018-05-15 10:34:14 No. 32375926

"I don't expect it to. But maybe knowing she will never need to worry about me again will help her heal faster. That's all. I'll let you think about it a bit, okay?"
> With that, you gather up the scattered papers and fold them back into a stack.
> When you leave, the cell door slips shut just as soundlessly as when you had come.

> You wait until Anonymous' footsteps are out of earshot before speaking up.
"He's not as bad as he used to be."
> A grunt and the jangling of chains is Shining's response as he drops back to rest on his belly - forehooves crossed beneath his chin.
> You sigh softly as well.
> You hadn't lied to Anonymous; this stallion, in some ways, did scare you.
> If Megan had been hurt... if Flurry had been hurt...
> Everything you had - Rumble, Vapor Trail, Sunbreak - everything would be gone.
> But at the same time, you don't see a better way to disarm the danger he represented than this.
> And that would mean facing him.
"Shining. I get why you're angry. We - we shouldn't have to do this. I shouldn't have to put this uniform, carry out his orders, just to keep my brother safe."
> "But you do. You whipped that pony too."
"Yeah. I did. I..."
> You hold up a hoof, watching to see if it will tremble.
> It doesn't, and you aren't sure what to make of that.
"...what are we supposed to do, Shining Armor? Like he said, there's two thousand ponies here. One pony starts getting ideas about rebellion, it spreads, and we all lose. I lose my brother, my marefriend, she loses her foal - and Anonymous' idea crashes."
> "Do you actually like what he's doing?"
"No. I don't like being a slave. I don't like-"
> Your voices trembles.
"I don't like any of this. But if there was a rebellion, we'd all be off to the worst kind of camp. The kind of place you were. I couldn't put Rumble through that, or Vapor Trail. Or Sunbreak."
> Putting a hoof on the edge of the cot in an almost supplicating gesture, you add:
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