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  • T Feathers of Blue and Gold

    Spitfire and Rainbow Dash come to grips with the aftermath of a thunderstorm gone wrong, crippling injuries, and the struggles of a young relationship in the sequel to Fire & Rain  · Ruirik
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  • 10w, 3d
    Notice of Rating Change

    So this is just a quick update for those of you following Wind and Stone. The story is now tagged mature for violence and sexual themes. It is not turning into some twisted clopfic, but the story does require certain things to happen with very little ambiguity. I will, as always, do my best to ensure everything that happens is tasteful, but given the guidelines for what constitutes a M-rated story, it was really well past time I made the change.

    Thanks to everyone for your continued support!

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  • 16w, 4d
    To Baltimare!


    Hey everybody! Currently I'm sitting in Milwaukee's Glenn Mitchell Airport about 10 minutes away from boarding my flight to Baltimore. For those in the area, I'll be there with LoyalLiar, The24thPegasus, and Skeeter the Lurker for Bronycon! Stop over and say hi if you see us. Until then, I'm leaving on a jet plane, and I hope to see you all on the ground very soon.


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  • 19w, 2d
    A Very Special Announcement

    Why Ruirik, you say, what could be that special about this announcement? Have you found a new song to share with the people? Mayhaps you have finally updated In an Instant, Feathers of Blue and Gold, or Wind and Stone?

    Nay, I say. For this news is of a whole new tier of special. For you see, dear followers, I will be in Baltimore for this years Bronycon alongside LoyalLiar, The24thPegasus, Skeeter the Lurker, and  many more! If you wanna meet me, look for the black fedora (and the decidedly average looking 5'7" human attached to it). For those who are there, I greatly look forward to meeting you!

    You didn't honestly expect me not to add a song, did you?

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  • 22w, 2d
    On Weather Management

    So recently I received this question via PM:

    I've looked through comments in the relevant chapters and was just wondering why the cloud delivery from Cloudsdale was handled in what appears to be a sloppy manner from the depot?  There doesn't appear to have been a manifest for someone in authority to verify and sign for in order to receive delivery from (I'm unclear on how the containers were transported to Manehatten as well).  I was also unclear if there was also a mixed container with both rain and thunderheads.

    Also, if lightning is a hazard as strong as this story illustrates in its relevant chapters, why is there no labeling on cloud containers to indicate which is which?  If they could potentially have a mixed delivery, then pegasi with and without lightning certs could both potentially be handling shipments.

    While I have since answered this question I figured I'd share my response with the rest of the Fire & Rain readers who may have been curious about this as well.

    Often times, from my observations and experience, it takes a series of failures to instigate large scale changes in an industry. These failures are often minor on their own though over time and in combination add up to far greater levels.

    Container clouds, which are made of up condensed cumulus clouds can be shipped via specialized cargo trains or (more commonly) utilize the trade winds that Rainbow mentions occasionally in the story. The method of shipping them via ground based train is only used for rain clouds or common clouds as Thunderheads are more sensitive to kicks that might trigger the reaction. In air shipments teams of pegasi haul the container clouds up to the tradewinds, then a smaller team is able to shepherd the containers to wherever it is they're going. They do have a full inventory of what is in each container, and each container is marked with a color coded flag to denote its contents (yellow being lightning, blue rain, etc.).

    The problem with this system is that the flags are planted on the top four corners of the container, and they're often comparatively small pennant sized flags. This small size is to reduce unnecessary drag for the tradewinds, and also because it is easier to keep small flags attached to the containers. That said it is also not uncommon to lose flags during the shipping process. The strong winds high above Equestria tend to dislodge one or two per flight, though more can be lost based on a variety of other factors.

    It should also be noted that containers never contain mixed cloud types. Thunderheads are always separate from rain clouds which are separate from standard clouds, and so on.

    Upon arriving to their destination, the lead pony in charge of deliveries will hand over his or her inventory to the pony in charge of local shipping and receiving. It's that pony's job to ensure the orders are correct, sign for the shipments, and begin the process of unloading and sorting. While this process normally goes without a hitch, problems occur when ponies adopt a lackadaisical attitude to their work based off a history of monotony. In the case of Fire & Rain, that could be as simple as the manager chatting with the delivery crew, signing the paperwork, and not paying attention. While lightning certified ponies are always on hand in these situations, they do still succumb to (for lack of a better word) human error.

    These sorts of errors lead to events like the climax of Fire & Rain where the rain ponies see tanker clouds with rain flags, though some have been lost in shipping, and in a rush to set up a storm on schedule fail to think about mislabeled clouds. They would also assume that the lightning wranglers on hand would be taking possession of the appropriate clouds and keeping them safe. It's here where the small size and inexperience of the Manehattan team really bites them in the ass.

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  • ...

When Spitfire finds herself grounded on the team injured list just before a show in Manehatten, she prepares for her life to crumble around her.  The experience leads her to come across Rainbow Dash, temporarily managing the Manehatten weather teams.  The two fliers will discover that sometimes it takes the darkest moments of our lives to find the brightest ones.

The Sequel: Feathers of Blue and Gold is out now!

Video Review by Goomba Brony!

Edited by the wonderful Taxus, Sorren, and Sojourner.

I do my own cover art.

First Published
23rd Oct 2012
Last Modified
2nd Jun 2014

You've got me interested. I'll be waiting for more.


Thank you for the comment!  More will be on the way soon, this is my project when I need a break from my other story.

Hm....  I like how this reads.  Story seems solid, and I can't see many (If any) grammar problems.

Fav'ed and tracked.  Keep it going.


:moustache: Please good sir, go on and bring us more.

A couple of errors: I saw one instance of Soaring and strait should be straight.

She drifted to the inside of their aerial track, --> comma should be semicolon

where-with-all --> wherewithal

half-to-death --> half to death

his grip loosening as he let her breath. --> breathe


Thanks very much!

Eagerly awaiting the next chapter!:pinkiehappy:


Has plenty of potential. Will keep an eye on this one and see how it develops.

Good luck!

interesting, interesting...

I'm excited to read more :raritystarry:

One Last Thrill - Slash with Myles Kennedy

Will read later - Too tired.


Great story u just got a like and a fav

Not bad, pretty well written, can't wait to read more.

Damn. I keep coming in on good stories and have to wait ages for them to be updated. But this is bound to be good, so i eagerly await the next chapter.

nice, veary nice.  I like sing the bo;ts more layed back like this. but i dont think Dash is all that younger then spit.


I see your One Last Thrill, and I raise you Night Train :moustache:


It's only the best ship ever :eeyup:


Thank you very much! :twilightsmile:


Soon :rainbowdetermined2:


It's all just guesswork, but I'm kinda running on the general guess of a 3-5 year age difference.  By the way, loved Time in Equestria :twilightsmile:

>>1493809 personal opinion, twidash is best. but this is third. behind rarispike. you never see spitdash anywhere...


Twidash is my very close second, but good DashFire (hard as it is to find) I prefer by a hair.

>>1493826 very good sir... i like rarispike second because it usually has tragedy to make them see the romance. i love those types of fics :twilightsmile:


If you enjoy more sad romance stories (pardon the shameless self-promotion) I'd recommend you check out my other story In an Instant if you haven't already.


Hope you enjoy it! :twilightsheepish:


Hope you enjoyed it!  And funny enough it took me all day to realize the Dune reference in your name :rainbowderp:

This story is............. AMAZING I LOVE IT Can't wait for the next chapter .... Kudos to you :pinkiehappy:

Definitely a very solid start :twilightsmile: From a grammatical standpoint, the only thing that stood out enough to detract a little from it was one instance of "In case" being in one word. Aside from that, it's a very good setup, I'll be tracking to see where you take it.

man, and I thought Rainbow's accident was bad. not a bad start, keep up the good work. (as much as I'm embarrassed to say it, when will the sappy stuff happen?)

Yes. Just. Yes. This has my like, and if I could spam the upvote button, I would, but I can't, so sorry, no over 9,000 thumbs for you. But I'll be watching this... closely. :twilightsmile:


Thanks so much!  And Chapter 2 will be up tonight!

Why is Rainbow always in Manehattan?


Plot device I'll explain in part 3: extreme: the revenge

ohhh i can't wait to see how the convo between RD and SF goes. hopefully this ponyrazzi keeps away from them long enough

>>1507100 Massive epic point, dude(tte)!!! You have received :moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache:


All them manly mustaches!  And I am indeed a dude

Because RainbowFire always seemed hot in my head... :rainbowderp:


Welcome to the club, we have jackets!


:yay::yay::yay:I'll wear mine proudly!:yay::yay::yay:

Darn, well done! But really, the author needs to write faster!


I go as fast as I can :fluttercry:


Nah, take your time, it's worth ever bit of it! Nice cover art btw! :twilightsmile:


Thanks very much!  And for the record, I'm just finishing up the next chapter of my other story.  After that I plan to write chapter 3 of Fire & Rain.  It should be ready this weekend unless I get derailed by writers block :twilightsheepish:

I'm loveing this story so far. Its well writen and not rush as I've seen all to often with fan fics. I need to stop reading these stories befor they're finished. I hate waiting. But don't rush it. Like Lazerace said its worth it.:derpytongue2:

This is exciting! I can't wait to see what comes next!

Ok, see what you meant. Well the long road is nice too. I'm gonna watch where you take this :twilightsmile:

Have to say though: I'm not a fan of cliffhanger :trixieshiftleft:

It's a very good build up and I wonder what reason you will give them to go out


Thanks much for the comment, I'm actually about halfway into chapter 3 now.  Hopefully I'll get that uploaded sometime today or tomorrow morning.

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