Chapter Two: Mail Call
"Come on Sketch time to start working" You hear Vinyl's voice call as you rub your eyes and look around staring at her without her glasses. "Her eyes are just like Rainbow's..." you softly say. She grabs you "I wanna see what you can do for some cover art" she grinned slightly. "What time is it?" you yawned and walked downstairs with her. "Around two in the afternoon, already went to the market and got some food to last us both, also got you all the art supplies I could find" she pointed at the table, she wasn't lying. There were about twenty different pencils, all different lead sizes, around five pens of each shade you could think of varying from fine-point to ball-point, and the paper...So many different sizes and colors... "Vinyl don't you think this is a bit...much..." you blush ever so slightly as you say. “Well just wanted my employee to have the best selection, I mean you are going to be living with me and I figured why not?" Your jaw dropped "L-living with her?" the thought swarmed your head you had only just met her....
"You're so kind Vinyl...." you said as you hugged her without thinking then blushed brightly "Oh sorry about that..." She chuckled "It's no problem, I mean I can tell you needed it" she smiled happily and stared at you as a knock came from the door. "Come in, it's open" she said as a gray pegasus with a blonde mane and tail came in. "Oh hey there Vinyl! I brought those uhm..." "Stabilizers?" Vinyl said. "Yeah! Those things" she pulled a small box out of her saddlebag as Vinyl tossed her a muffin "I'll pay you soon Ditzy, just spent almost all my bits on my new friend her" she said happily as she looked over at you. "Oh Kay then Vinyl! And thank you so much for the muffin! You know they're my favorite" she said as her eye drifted off "See you later" she flew away quickly then Vinyl shut the door behind her. "Poor Ditzy...Everypony makes fun of her" she sighed and walked over to her turn tables. "What do you mean? She seems really nice" you said as you sat down as you grabbed the smallest tipped pencil with your mouth and started sketching. "Yeah but she's different from everypony, her eyes make everypony think she's 'retarded' or 'stupid' some even call her 'Derpy' instead..." She said as she opened the box and started messing with the turn tables. You set down the pencil and said kind of shakingly "Uhm...Vinyl....When should Octavia be getting back?" "Oh she'll be back in about an hour" You froze. "T-today..? Where will I sleep then, I would hate to take her bed..." She laughed then said quietly "I should've thought of that..." "Hm what was that?" You said looking up. "Oh you can sleep on the couch if you want, I would offer my bed but I'd figure you'd be a little uncomfortable with that" she smiled as a loud bass started playing. "I....I'll be back soon Vinyl, need some fresh air" you said and walked out the door stretching your wings. The small drawing you did got engulfed by light blue magic as it floated towards Vinyl she just stood there "He really can draw...." She said running out the door.
"Hey Applejack!" you waved and trotted up to her apple stand. "Well hey there Sketch, nice seein' ya again. Ah take it Vinyl gave ya that job?" She smiled brightly. "Yeah, she did and she's letting me stay at her place" you said and picked up an apple. "How much?" "Aw have it for free, least ah can do since ya got that concussion. Oh there’s Vinyl right there! Looks like she's in a hurry to get somewhere" Vinyl stopped next to you breathing heavily "I saw your little picture...” Your face quickly lost all of its color and you started shivering. "I uh-" She cut you off hugging you tightly and softly whispering in your ear "I take it you won't mind sleeping in my bed?" You blushed brightly "Look at the time Vinyl! Octavia should be getting here any minute, let's go wait for her" you smiled sheepishly and walked off with Vinyl. "Them ponies sure do got a somethin' goin' on....." Applejack sighed and started walking away from the apple stand to get something to drink.
"YO OCTY!" Vinyl yelled as a gray mare stepped off the train and looked around. "Hello....Vinyl...” She sighed and looked at you "And who is this!?" "Don't worry" she grinned "He's my new artist, he'll be staying with us" Octavia sighed "Fine Vinyl, but I’m quite tired so let us go home and try to stay quiet while I rest..." The three of you started walking home. "Vinyl, how much did all the supplies cost?" You said softly. "It's no big deal Sketch, nothing I can't handle" she smiled. "What is your name, dear? I'm afraid I didn't quite catch it." 'Octy' said looking towards you. "I'm Sketch, Vinyl's new cover artist" you smiled brightly as she examined you then softly whispered in Vinyl's ear so you couldn't hear as her face turned as red as an apple "NO OCTAVIA!" She giggled as Vinyl got flustered then went inside followed by Vinyl and you as you closed the door.
"See you in a little bit Octy!" Vinyl exclaimed as she looked at you happily. "So wanna start getting some cover art started?" You asked as she grew closer "Uhm....Vinyl?" "Huh? Oh yeah, sorry kind of zoned out, I do it alot hehe" she said softly. You picked up the same pencil as before and sat down as she sat next to you, you noticed she was nearly on top of you as you slightly blushed. "Alright so let's see....I think maybe I should be on the cover with some turntables, maybe a record or something?" You nodded and started Sketching out the cover, I mean seriously your name kind of gives it away.. She sighed and laid her head on you causing you to blush for a second as you kept drawing until she gasped "Sketch, I think I know what we should do!" You raised an eyebrow finishing up the rest of her mane on the drawing until setting the pencil down. "And what would that be..?" You said staring into her eyes..."Those eyes, they're like beams that just pull you in..." You thought as Vinyl kissing your cheek snapped you out of it "We should go out, ya’ know? Eat out somewhere all fancy, Octy might want to come too." You smiled and said "I'll go ask her, I’ll be right back" as you started climbing the stairs and listened as you hear Octavia weeping. "H-hey Octavia...?" you say as you softly knock on her door. "Yes, Sketch?" She says opening the door still weeping. "Are you ok...? Vinyl thought you might want to come with us to eat somewhere." "Yes, I’m fine and I’ll come just give me a few minutes to...Tidy up" She said sighing and wiping her eyes. "She said she'll come" you say walking downstairs. "She was crying though....I hope she's ok..." "Don't worry about her, she'd just a little down over something that happened at Canterlot while she was gone" Vinyl chimed in as Octavia walked downstairs and went out the door followed by both of you.
You look up at the restaurant and open the door for the two fillies as they walk in followed by you. "Sure this is the place Octy? I want you to have a nice time" Vinyl said sweetly. "Yes, it is fine Vinyl just please get us a seat..." She said sadly. "So," Vinyl said while we were walking to our seats "How about you tell us about yourself once we get settled in?" "Y-yeah...I guess...." You say sighing. "I'll have a slice of cheese and daffodil pizza" Vinyl said to the waiter as he looked towards you "I guess I’ll have the house salad" he nodded as Octavia sighed "I'll have the salad as well...And also bring us a bottle of your finest wine." "Octy, I’m worried about you, since when did you drink…Even if it is wine" Vinyl softly said stroking her friend’s mane "Ever since I was forced to play the Pony Pokey...And my career was ruined..." I noticed the fear growing on Vinyl's face "It's ok, you can play Still, I’m sure if you see one of the princesses they'll help you with it, I mean I am personal friends with Princess Luna if you want me to help" Octavia looked up and smiled slightly "Thank you, Vinyl.." She said as the waiter brought our food and wine. “So Sketch, tell us about yourself we barley even know you!” Vinyl said smiling happily as she started stuffing her mouth with the pizza. “Well I was kicked out of flight school, so I never could get a job that a pegasus should have” you said softly “And when I got back to my home where my parents lived…” You looked down as your eyes starting tearing up “The house was burned down…There were people investigating it and when they realized I was a member of the family they showed me to the bodies of my….Parents…” Vinyl and Octavia both stared at you shakily “After a year of roaming the streets stealing what I could to survive I decided to leave Trottingham, and I ended up in Ponyville a few days ago” you said as you laid your head on the table covering it with your hooves. “I-I’m sorry Sketch…” Vinyl said softly “If I had any idea I never would’ve asked about it.” “It’s alright, I had to tell you eventually” You said pulling your head up and smiling. “Besides the past is the past and the future has more to behold” Octavia got up and yawned “Let’s get going, I’m quite tired.” Vinyl nodded as she paid the waiter and the three of you left the restaurant.
You yawned as we walked into the dark house "Vinyl, I’ll see you in the morning" Octavia said as she walked up the stairs as Vinyl made a dim blue light shine from her horn. "Thanks" you smiled shyly. "Now where am I going to be sleeping?" She looked at you smiling and laughed slightly "With me of course." You froze in place as the words hit you like bricks and you could feel your face burning "I..Uhm...Vinyl...?" She laughed more as she pushed you towards the stairs making you go with her. "You'll be fine, I don't bite" she opened a door revealing a room about twice as big as Octavia's with DJ equipment all over and a bed on the edge of the room as she trotted off to it yawning "You coming Sketch?" She smiled and laid down peeling back the violet blanket with her magic as you slowly walked over. "Uh...Yeah...Just er...." You blushed and laid down not facing her "It's fine, I know you have that crush on me" she laughed and slowly her breathing slowed until it was rhythmic as your heart rate just kept rising "Okay" you thought to yourself "In bed with your boss, which you are almost sure you love..." You quickly drifted off to sleep.
You slowly opened your eyes and blushed brightly at what you saw. Vinyl was still sleeping she managed to wrap her hooves around you while you were sleeping. "Great, trapped until she wakes up" you said softly and stroked her mane with your hoof as she nuzzled you in approval making you blush brighter. "I love you...Vinyl" you said quietly as you kissed her forehead before she started nuzzling you more and sighed happily. She mumbled softly "Please stay Sketch...." You looked at her and noticed she was talking in her sleep as you moved her closer and yawned, slowly drifting off.