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Are They or Aren't They? Vinyl and Octavia have been best friends and radio co-hosts for years, and despite everypony thinking they're together, Vinyl insists they aren't . . . but Vinyl may just need a good push. Good thing Derpy comes along with a game of Truth or Dare!
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Edit: Featured 12/17/14

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That was fun.
I always enjoy watching a fun ship of Vinyl and Octavia, and they're really nice in this story. It's a good spot for them to be in, and the radio show idea was great.
All-around enjoyable, even though I honestly did skim through a couple things, but that's just personal things.
It was fun, and if you could come up with more like you said you might, it would be interesting to see what happened next.

Only one word to describe this wonderful story: Cute!

Y'know, usually, when people write Scratch 'n Tavi stories where too much is said, you don't hear this.
Luna damn it, Octavia! :rainbowlaugh:

Is this humanized at all? Cause, ya know, ponies don't wear underwear, at least (as far as we can tell) in public. That's really the only thing that struck out to me as odd.

The rest of it was great, though, and I can't wait for more!

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Honestly, in my head all ponies wear clothes normally. It's the same for all my stories, so they have clothes on which is why they have underwear lol. Clothes make the world better :raritystarry: Rarity says so.

Octavia clears her throat, and there’s a tiny, smug smile playing on her lips, damn her. “Hi Lyra, this is Octavia. Vinyl’s telling you the truth, we’re not married or dating. We’re just good friends.” She pauses to take a sip of her coffee and Vinyl thinks she’s safe so she shoves about half a doughnut in her face like the classy individual she is.

But then Octavia - the traitor - is turning back to the mic and she says, to Vinyl’s complete and utter horror, “But we have slept together.”
Vinyl chokes on her doughnut.

It was chaos. “I KNEW IT!” Lyra crows triumphantly over the line, and Colgate screams a muffled “WHAT?” through the glass, her eyes bugging out as she stares back and forth between Octavia and Vinyl.

You magnificent bastard, I can't stop laughing :rainbowlaugh: :rainbowlaugh: :rainbowlaugh: :rainbowlaugh: :rainbowlaugh: :rainbowlaugh:
I look forward to more
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:ajsmug: Beg pardon, Rarity, but, uh, we don't normally wear clothes
:duck: This coming from the pony almost literally always wearing a stetson?

Truth or Dare between "just-friends" Vinyl and Octavia, what could go wrong?

Well, they could be lesbian vampire musician ponies. That's always a distressing possibility.

This one looks fun! I love the idea of the two being radio hosts, so this is going to be a nice ship.

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I get the feeling that you are, or would be, a fan of My Roommate is a Vampire

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I get the feeling you don't know just how many shitty fapfics My Roommate is a Vampire has inspired.

OctaScratch usually has me worried because of it.

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The original fic isn't affiliated with someone else's inspired story other than being where they got the idea.

As long as you read at least the interrogation scene in it, I have no problem with your opinion of the story.

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Right, but in this fandom when someone has an original idea it gets flogged so hard there isn't a dead horse left to beat by the time they're done.

All I'm saying is that cloned stories piss me off. Not that this is a cloned story or anything, it's just that I had some initial trepidation about it. Carry on.

So, I was listening to Imagine Dragons, particularly Bleeding Out, for that whole conversation and the song ended a little before the part where Vinyl announced that the song playing was Imagine Dragons.

Good job, you scared the shit out of me. Are you a wizard?

But then Octavia - the traitor - is turning back to the mic and she says, to Vinyl’s complete and utter horror, “But we have slept together.”

Vinyl chokes on her doughnut.

Vinyl: "And speaking of sleep, I'm going to strangle Octavia tonight. And not in a kinky way."

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Well, sure, that happens a lot with good ideas. Then again, there are also times when more than one person likes the same base idea (i.e. vampires/lycanthropes, mane 6 characters being changelings, there are probably hundreds of variant shipping charts for romance fics...), but they write it in different ways because different people view the same idea with different perspectives.

Yeah, there are a lot of people who write Scratch 'n Tavi ships poorly--or shipping in general--but I'm willing to read first, shoot down later; it gives me time to load the gun.

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That's fine and all. Me, I just always stay cocked, locked, and ready to rock.

low blow octavia far too low... honestly i hope there is at least some bad karma her way for that one.

And in this next chapter, they totally bang and both parties know it was incredibly awesome and they continue to bang love each other for many years, right?

Because they should.

That was funny, I'll have to check back and see if you write more. Nice job though, really liked it :twilightsmile:

I always like the co-host radio stories about these two. This one sounds like its going to be more lighthearted but that's just my guess. Can't wait for more. If your writing more that is.

This needs a new chapter. Badly. Cliff hanger for two months.

Pooh. I was expecting pony based innuendo.

then again I'm just happy knowing Someone is ridin the pony in that town, buncha candy coated prudes

www.trotter.com

Anyhoof, I really need the next part soon! I hope they're happy in the end!

Well since Twitter is suppose to be the sounds birds make an acceptable horse related thing could be Whinny. -shrugs-

Also glad this updated. Eventually Octavia will ask Vinyl why it all matters so much to her. If not well... I'm sure something else will happen.

I like the idea for this fic, but the execution is rather lacking. In terms of writing, you switched tense quite a bit, slipping into present briefly before returning to past. Your inclusion of both the idea that ponies always wear clothes and pop culture references without even the slightest attempt to pony-ify them simply makes me cringe. Honestly, if you want to presume the existence of human pop culture icons and human clothing mannerisms while still having fully pony ponies, you should tag this as an AU, cause none of that is canon, and is, at least in regards to the clothes, deliberately acanonical.
I also have to ask why you would represent ponies as wearing clothing. Not only is it directly different that canon, it also removes one of the more fascinating ways in which the MLP universe can be shown to be alien.

Am I the only one who thinks that it's Vinyl who has every right to be pissed, not Octavia?

Hmm, tenses are a little weird, and not really to my taste.

Also, FYI, the insult neanderthal really only applies to homosapiens, being the "higher evolved" of the homo genus. Not sure if it would really be an insult to ponies.

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You made good points, so I tried to fix the issues you mentioned. I should really stop posting these things late at night :twilightsheepish: I'd love it if you took another look and gave your opinion.

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Thank you for you suggestion, I ended up going with Trotter :pinkiehappy:

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Why does it feel like Vnyl and Octavia's personalities are reversed?

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Hmm, how do you mean? It honestly doesn't seem like that at all to me. Though I admit I haven't read a lot of OctaScratch, so maybe people portray them differently?

5396809 Vinyl has every right to be mad about everything.

I wonder why neither has asked Derpy to stop especially Vinyl if she's uncomfortable with it?

darn I forgot what I was gonna say earlier

The photographer had caught Octavia mid eye-roll, her arms crossed over her chest in a typical moment of exasperation.

her arms crossed over her chest in a typical moment of exasperation.

her arms crossed over her chest

arms

The upper sections of the front legs are called 'forearms', but ponies don't have actually have arms.

Also, if Octavia's hints are right, Neon Lights is one of the nicest ponies ever for trying to make Vinyl realize that she loves Octavia, despite his own feelings.

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Completely agree. Honestly, Vinyl's reaction was pretty mellow.
First Octavia brings up feelings Vinyl tried to suppress (by telling the entire world about it. Neon Lights pointed out that ponies had thought that about them before, but they had never been straight-out told "yep, we [censored] [censored] so much [censored] with [censoredcensoredcensored]". And Vinyl had obviously been seriously upset over that reveal--then Octavia comes along and kisses her for the camera.
The same Octavia who has a marefriend that Vinyl actually likes (really looking forwards to seeing Cherry Spice's reaction if the billboards alone were enough to shake her up), and who just completely dismissed the kiss as nothing. Octavia already knows Vinyl objects to it, but she basically gives the media exactly what they need to run a billion "they still [censored] and [censored] every night!" articles that no amount of denial would ever stop.
And who is for some reason pissed off at Vinyl.

There are still a few ways this could be resolved that don't paint Octavia in a bad light... or at least in a less offending color. She could be trying to not-so-subtly hook up with Vinyl (in which case I hope her relationship with Cherry Spice has already ended! It's easy enough to lie and say its still going). Cherry Spice could just be a friend Octavia got to help her to try to make Vinyl jealous. Octavia might be unaware of just how viciously the media can jump on something like that, or she might be utterly blind to Vinyl's continued discomfort over the incident. Or she might be trying to make Neon Lights jealous enough to make his move on Vinyl.

I can't wait to see the fallout from this.

Finally--goddamn it, Derpy!

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Finally--goddamn it, Derpy!

While we're damning things...
Luna damn it, Lyra.

There are still a few ways this could be resolved that don't paint Octavia in a bad light... or at least in a less offending color. She could be trying to not-so-subtly hook up with Vinyl (in which case I hope her relationship with Cherry Spice has already ended! It's easy enough to lie and say its still going). Cherry Spice could just be a friend Octavia got to help her to try to make Vinyl jealous. Octavia might be unaware of just how viciously the media can jump on something like that, or she might be utterly blind to Vinyl's continued discomfort over the incident. Or she might be trying to make Neon Lights jealous enough to make his move on Vinyl.

The least offensive of those is the first; lying about status quo is pretty common, whether jobs or relationships.

The second and fourth make her seem very manipulative, while the third paints her as naive as well as blind to the emotional turmoil she's giving to her closest friend.

You know I feel a little bad for Neon, unless I'm wrong the mare he never got the nerve to ask out was Vinyl, and I don't look like he's ever going to get the chance now.

Is it me, or is a crapton of detail/focus placed on the state of Octavia's lips? For some reason I believe that it is. :/

Comment posted by Phxntxm deleted Dec 29th, 2014

Wouldn't have minded a wee bit more, but a good read overall. Was nice to see Vinyl as the flustered one for once.

Ive been waiting FOREVER!!!!! But I was checking throught the feature box around the time you posted it.... It wasn't there... But anywhoo.... LUV, LUV, LUV!!!!! I'll be on my way to finishing up next chapter! It better be Good! :heart::derpytongue2::heart:

YUSS!!!!!!! PERFECTNESS..... I Need to see MORE of your stories Goddamitt!!!!

GO Octavia GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This grabbed me quite suddenly and just wouldn't let go.

I love it.
10/10 would read again.

So good. 10/10. Fantastic. Oh. And Derpy, you smart, smart, mare..

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