“Alright, alright, you win, Tavi. You were right, I was wrong. Your thought of a good time..” Vinyl hiccuped. “It was actually a good time.” Octavia giggled.
“Only because you found the mini-bar.” The unicorn sniffed, then stopped her roommate.
“No... It was because I got you to have a few drinks as well. I’ve never seen you loosen up like that.” Vinyl wrapped her in a hug. “Can you believe we were just strangers no more than a few weeks ago?”
“Yes, it’s a miracle I’ve lasted this long.” The earth pony joked.
“Oh, that’s cold.” Vinyl said, bumping into the mare.
“Come on, let’s get to a place where we can rest for the night. No way in Equestria are we making back to our house this late.” The grey mare looked around the streets. “ah! There’s a hotel over there.” The girls started walking to the building.
“I already forgot... Where are we again?” Vinyl asked as they walked in the door.
“Canterlot, silly. Don’t you remember the train ride?” they stopped at the front counter and waited for somepony to assist them.
“To be honest, I don’t.” Vinyl said, pushing her shades up on her nose.
“I’ll be right there to help you.” A voice came from behind the lobby.
“We’re in no rush, take your time.” Octavia responded, then turned to the white mare. “What, exactly, DO you remember?” Vinyl placed a hoof under her chin in thought.
“I remember... Getting a few drinks with you..”
“More than a few, but okay.”
“Then suddenly I’m waking up to you telling me we have to leave.” The grey mare nodded.
“Hello ladies, how can I help you tonight?”
“Hello sir. Can we get one room with two beds for just tonight please?” Octavia turned her attention to the clerk.
“Awe, two beds?” Vinyl groaned.
The white unicorn who had a black mane that had a slight red stripe in the middle, nodded, then looked down at a book.
“I’m so sorry miss, but I only have a room with one bed open for tonight.” Vinyl smiled and gave off a “squee” of happiness as Octavia spoke.
“I guess it’s better than nothing. We’ll take it.” She pulled out a purse from a saddlebag. “How much for tonight?”
“That will be one hundred and five bits.”The stallion said with a bit of strain in his voice.
“Ouch.” Octavia whispered to herself, then pulled out what she had left and placed it on the counter.
“You’re still twenty bits short, ma’am.” The unicorn said after counting. Octavia flinched a little, then looked at Vinyl.
“Can you help a little? That was all I had.” Vinyl walked up to the counter and placed the remaining bits on the counter.
“And I assume you serve breakfast in the morning, correct?” She asked through her shades.
“From six in the morning to about nine.”
“What about room service?”
“What about it?”
“Do you have it, or not?”
“Wake up calls?”
“We can arrange to make one if you wish.”
“Vinyl, you don’t have a computer on you.” Octavia interrupted.
“True. But still, you have it?”
“Yes we do.” the stallion blinked.
“Perfect.” Vinyl slid the twenty bits over to the unicorn. “ I don’t want ANY interruptions in the morning, so no, we will not take a wake up call.” The stallion slid over a key and she took it.
“TO THE ROOOOOOOMAH!” Vinyl shouted at the top of her lungs, grabbing Octavia and walking into the elevator.
“I can’t believe you did that, Scratch.” Octavia said, turning out the lights.
“What? I’m just happy to finally spend a night in the same bed as you.”
“You mean again, right?” Vinyl got under the covers.
“Okay, let me clarify: Happy to be able to remember a night in the same bed as you.” Octavia giggled.
“No funny business though.”
“Wouldn’t dream of it.” Vinyl said, wrapping a hoof around her. Octavia gasped at the warming touch of her roommate. It was starting to get chilly in the room, considering the heater was broken from what looked like a powerful kick. She wasn’t sure if Vinyl was actually coming on to her, or also just felt the chilliness, and wanted to stay warm. Either way, it felt nice. Octavia gave a weak smile, and placed a hoof over Vinyl in return.
“You know, for a while now... I’ve kinda wished we were more than friends, Octavia.” Vinyl broke the long silence in the most sincere tone the grey mare had ever heard. It was a whisper, but Octavia could still hear every word. She opened her mouth to say something back, but was cut off. “It saddens me to know that it won’t happen. For a couple of reasons: I know for a fact your parents would not approve, and I honestly don’t know how you would react.”
“Vinyl.” Octavia whispered very quietly
“And I’m scared of rejection. I want to be yours... But I’m scared what will happen to our friendship if I ask too early.”
“Vinyl.” she said a little louder. It was apparent the unicorn was now just gushing her feelings.
“I don’t want to loose somepony as awesome as you. I want to hold on to you for as long as I possibly can. I want-” Octavia turned quickly in the bed and landed her lips on the white mares.
“I want to love you.” Vinyl finished as they separated. Octavia could see, even in the dark room, Vinyl had tears running down her cheeks. She wiped what she could see away from the white mare’s eyes. Vinyl’s red eyes seemed to glow in the darkness.
“You’re right about a few things, Vinyl. My parents will probably disapprove, but I think that I’m old enough I don’t need their permission for any of my choices.” She felt Vinyl fidget next to her.
“So, what’s your choice?” She asked in such a way, she sounded like a filly again.
“Honestly, I want to say yes. I really do, but I’m gonna need a little bit of time to think this over.” Vinyl leaned forward and kissed the grey mare’s cheek.
“I’m not gonna push your decision.” She said, smiling. “I just had to let you know. It was eating me up inside.”
“And thank you for telling me, Vinyl.” She nosed her. “But for now, how does sleep sound?”
“Sounds like a fantastic idea.”
Vinyl slowly opened her eyes the next morning, looking around the room, confused. Where was she? What was she doing here? Then it came back. She was in a hotel with... OCTAVIA!
“Oh no... I told Octavia how I felt about her last night. I spilled it all... How did she react? I bet she hates me, or thinks I’m disgusting, or... Or.. Or she kissed me.” She relaxed a little bit, then looked over to see the grey mare still sleeping, mane a mess. Vinyl sighed happily, then carefully got out of the bed, careful as not to wake the other pony. She slipped into the bathroom and then got in the shower. Endless streams of water and thoughts filled the room. She let the warm water soak her slowly, as she stared intently at the wall. A smile slowly found its way to her face.
“She didn’t reject you. She said she just has to think.” Vinyl let her happiness overwhelm her as the rest of the shower continued. She stepped out sometime later, not even worrying about her wet mane, which was dripping all over the floor. She opened the bathroom door and walked a little bit to see Octavia, still on the bed with the covers half over her body. She was facing the direction Vinyl was coming from.
“My my, you look different with your mane down.” She said, smiling. Vinyl couldn’t help but smile back. She used her magic to place a towel on her head and she dried her hair.
“I didn’t wake you, did I?” She asked, tossing the towel back into the bathroom.
“No, I’ve actually been up for a long time.” Vinyl froze.
“Any reason why?”
“Mind has been racing all night. I got some thinking done.”
“About?” Vinyl slowly turned to the grey mare, she had a feeling of what she was thinking about, and she honestly was scared to hear an answer. Octavia just giggled as she stood. She slowly made her way over to the still wet unicorn and hugged her.
“I’m sure even you can figure that out, Vinyl.” They both smiled.
“So, you come up with an answer yet, then?” Vinyl flinched upon letting that out. “Not trying to force you to decide, that is.” Octavia laughed.
“I will admit, the pros outweigh the cons so far, but I still need some time to think. That okay, Vinny?” Vinyl nodded eagerly, almost breaking out into a jumping circle.
“Vinny. I like the sound of that.” She thought to herself, hugging Octavia.
“For now though,” The grey cellist smiled. “Let’s go check out and go back home.” Vinyl cleared her throat and grabbed her shades with her magic.
“Agreed.” She said, placing the shades on her face.
“Besides, don’t you have a gig tomorrow?” Octavia bumped the unicorn out the door.
“SWEET CELESTIA! We have to go! NOW!” Vinyl yelled and bolted down the hallway to the main lobby.
“Vinyl Scratch.” Octavia laughed to herself. “You are one strange pony.” she turned and locked the room. “But I love that, and I love you.”
Hey readers! Just giving you something else to read for a little bit while I continue working on this and something else.
what's that other thing? well, turns out I also have a Tumblr account. Perhaps you would like to Check it out?
Chapter 11 is probably gonna be longer. I'm trying to push past the 1K word limits I've been doing. so Chp. 11 might be about 3K if I play my cards right.