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Metool Bard

A weaver of tales who enjoys a good story. What more is there to say, really?



This story is a sequel to My Little Investigations: Wonderbolts Under Fire

My name is Octavia Melody. I play the cello for the Canterlot Ensemble, and I co-host a talk show on K-COLT Radio. I feel that music is a very important part of my life. It's how I express myself creatively, and while I can't speak for every musician out there, I know quite a few ponies who feel the same way. Which is why I was very excited to be given a chance to perform at the Manehattan Music Festival; an annual event where musicians from all walks of life gather to practice their art and enjoy the work of others. It is truly a music-lover's paradise, regardless of which genre you prefer. And as somepony who can appreciate all sorts of music (yes, even dubstep. Don't, tell Vinyl I said that), I was sure that this was the opportunity of a lifetime.

Then I get a mysterious letter delivered to my hotel room saying that if I so much as play a single note ever again, my life is forfeit.

At first, I thought it was a joke (and a poor one, at that). Nopony in their right mind would take a letter like that seriously. But then, a terrible accident occurs at the festival in the middle of Vinyl's set. As it turns out, she got the same letter I did. In fact, the only reason she's still alive is because she was rescued by a mysterious mare dressed in a rather bizarre costume. I couldn't make this up if I tried, though Celestia knows I wish I did.

Now, I'm no detective, but I know a rat when I smell one. I can say with a good amount of certainty that Vinyl and I weren't the only ones to get that letter. But what lunatic would go to such great lengths in order to hold every musician in Equestria hostage like this, and to what end? I don't have an answer to this, but one thing is for certain. Whoever it is, they won't get away with it.

The story I'm about to tell you is real (but again, I wish it wasn't), although some details may be open to interpretation. For the sake of clarity, I have decided not to change any names. Also, I feel it's fair to warn you that this is not a tale for young foals, the faint of heart, or the easily offended. If you fall into any of these categories, I highly advise you to turn back now and find something a bit more pleasant.

((Case 2 of the Mare-Do-Well Files.))

Chapters (31)
Comments ( 168 )

Ooohhooo, Squee! Holly baffling blogs of intrigue batpony! I has a new fic to read!

Oh shall i put it. MOAR :flutterrage:
Please :fluttershysad:

We need Octavia smilies

The Stallion Room and the Roller (or Lope) Theater.

Also, great story so far.

3240679 Roller and Lope? I, don't get it. :rainbowhuh:

Otherwise, touché. :trixieshiftleft:


Eh, it's what I had. Not great.

Another good chapter. I've actually never read an MMDW story before.

I love Sapphire Shores.

Best pony.

Another good chapter. I'm enjoying this quite a lot.

Symphony can eat me.

Great chapter.


This story would need some extra love though, upvote peps!:pinkiehappy:

3309530 Honestly, I'd be happy with just more views and feedback. :twilightblush:

I have a lot of respect for people who write mysteries, because you have to almost write backwards for the darn thing to make sense (my own attempts to write them as a kid never went over well). I consumed Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys at a rapid pace as a little girl.

This story ranks among Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon, in my own opinion. Can't wait for more! :scootangel:

3323135 I'm, actually not familiar with those authors. Nevertheless, I'm glad you're enjoying my story thus far. :twilightsmile:

They're the authors of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, respectively.

I assume too much, just because I was enthralled with mystery novels as a kid doesn't mean everyone else was. I do suggest you check them out at any rate. :scootangel:

3337563 Ah, I see. I'm actually more into Jasper Fforde, Agatha Christie, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle when it comes to mysteries. Oh, and the Phoenix Wright series. :twilightsheepish:

DAT cliffhanger :pinkiehappy:
Octi better not get hurt pulling the first string! :duck:

There have not been not enough comments for this story :applejackunsure:

I really enjoy this story! You have a very unique writing style that is very entertaining! I look forward to the next update :yay:

There are so many suspects at this point, I don't know what to think. And yes, I'm trying to investigate as well and see if I get the same conclusion at the end. It's more fun to read mysteries that way. :scootangel:


Hmm, perhaps its just me but Star Maker seems suspicious...

Yay! I'm not the only one thinking that!

This shaping up more and more :twilightsmile:
If i to guess, we are at 1/3 if not 1/2 of the story, unless you throw in some nice twists :raritywink:

From the beginning I suspected Star Maker, but now I'm not sure. For some reason I think it may be Mike Check...

might continue reading........ though only if that dark mark means only mild darkness rather than grimdark, and thus we find a mutilated lyra or something.......... cna imagine a pony trying to kill another pony, but only as the peultimate option, when all others are used and failed....... unless lyra is the the culprit and faked her own abduction....

3383806 I won't spoil anything, but let's just say the lack of a Gore tag should put your fears to rest. Well, some of them, anyway. :pinkiecrazy:

honestly the culprit here makes me more angry than in wonderbolts under fire which is a good thing makes me cant wait to see the identity motive etc. still is someone really that uptight that theyd try to snuff out ALL musical talent?

3384001 a musical pony that, through some accident, lost his or her ability to do their special talent?

Interesting theory, I will admit that never occurred to me. However, I think the only reason she would to so is to scare off the competition, but she doesn't want to be famous, or so she says... would be a great twist though! :twilightsmile:

I really wish more people knew about this story so that I had others to be excited with me when it updated.

Impressive, especially that Lyra is suspicious here, and that Pan had a note to Bonny, a "Suprize" well it sure was a surprise for our heroes. More goes toward Pan and his magic with music, just play music very quietly off somewhere he can see things and can snap the string then drop a bomb in the form of the sand bag weight, also if he can levitate with that, he can sneak the device too, into Vinyl and Neons set after they checked it up and without anyone be wiser. And Pitch perfect could notice the said disturbance in the "Force" so to speak.

I mark Pan here as suspect :moustache:


No more needed to be said then this above ^

"Oh, please!" Star Maker said with a snicker. "That's the most ridiculous think I've ever heard! There isn't a creature alive who doesn't like some form of music!"


3451415 Whoops! Thanks for catching that, mate. :twilightblush:

Musicians of Ponyville, right?
Well, at least you made it plausible and not just some random reference.

3457275 Yeah, that's the one. And by the way, the reason I regret nothing is because I was trying to make it plausible. So, yeah. :twilightsheepish:

"Well, unless I'm planning on fighting Discord, this thing's way too powerful." said Vinyl.

This reference made me smile :pinkiehappy: No regrets! :yay:

I love (and also hate, but in a good way!) how you leave each chapter in a cliffhanger. Cheers for another good one, mate! :scootangel:

3497075 Heh, yeah. Truth be told, you're not the first one to notice that about my writing. :twilightblush:

A one does not simple reference? I do believe I approve :duck:

3520404 That's a reference to something? I thought it was just a common phrase. :rainbowderp:

Metool, you really need to read/watch Lord of the Rings. :facehoof:

3521549 Oh~. Right. Sorry, it's been a long time since I've seen the movies/read the books. :twilightblush:

Comment posted by Flora Spectrum deleted Nov 24th, 2013

Something about this smells fishy, and I think that it's because you're throwing us a red herring, Metool. It almost seems too perfect, and from what I've read of your work so far, I know you're not going to make this anything simple.

I concur.
This almost seems like a "butler did it" situation. I think Octavia's gonna need to get his photo, because I think he's being framed.

Okay, now I'm crying. That was beautiful. :rainbowlaugh:

3532227 Um, I strongly advise the use of spoiler tags, please and thank you. :unsuresweetie:

3532232 Perhaps it's a red herring; perhaps not. Either way, you're right. It's far from simple, and Octy really has her work cut out for her. :trollestia:

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