• Published 11th Jul 2012
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A Tale of Two Mares - CharmingChaos

Octavia and Vinyl Scratch start a life - and a family - together, much to Octavia's mother's disgu

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Of Tears and the Unbelievable Truth

Kind of a wtf chapter. It's probably very confusing and unrealistic. One of my friends and I wrote it together at two am, which means I was probably delirious, so it's probably really, really weird. Best of luck understanding it.

Octavia sat slumped on the hotel bed, flipping from channel to channel on the tiny tv. Somehow, all the cheesy shows playing mid-afternoon seemed to remind her of Vinyl Scratch.

Octavia sniffed and wiped another tear from her cheek. If Vinyl were here, she would probably have licked it off to make me feel better. Octavia thought sadly. She'd moved out in a hurry, with nothing but her favourite sweater, and a tiny part of her hoped that she would have to go back to get the rest of her possessions. But she shoved that part down and buried it under a huge pile of hurt and disgust and heartbreak that was disguised as anger.


"I can't believe you would do that!" Octavia threw a couch cushion at Vinyl, tears streaming down her face. "I didn't think you were the type to cheat, and with a stallion, no less, but when Dr. Fetlock told us you were pregnant-- well, there's really no other explanation."

"Tavi, I--" Vinyl Scratch started, but she had to duck to avoid another flying couch cushion. "If you'll just listen to me--"

"No!" Octavia screamed, her voice racked with sobs. "There's nothing to listen to, and I won't take some stupid, lying excuse, either. Now I don't even believe that you even have night gigs, you were just running around, or rather, sleeping around and getting pregnant!" Her voice softened, suddenly oddly calm. "You're a bucking whorse, you know that? A whorse and a bitch and I don't even want to know what else. I wish-- I wish I never even saw you!"

And with that last, foalish insult, Octavia turned and ran out the door, not even bothering to slam it behind her. Vinyl had sighed and shaken her head, watching her ex-marefriend storm down the street with tears on her cheeks. "If only she knew..."

Octavia booked a room at the nearest hotel with as much dignity as possible with her tear-stained cheeks and ragged voice. Ponies in the lobby nodded sympathetically-- it was quite obvious to anypony who saw her just then exactly what had happened.

So now, Octavia sat in her lonely room, half-heartedly eating the complimentary apple and watching those ridiculous soap operas that only played in the middle of the week when only the housemares were around to see them. In her current predicament, Octavia found she could suddenly understand the tragedy the characters were experiencing, so she wailed along with the actors all afternoon, even when they didn't speak english.

"What have I done?" she whispered forlornly to herself. "No-- what has she done. 'Tav--Octavia, get a grip on yourself. She's a dirty, cheating scumbag, and she's nothing to cry over. You don't need her. not at all."

Vinyl's cello symphony ringtone made her jump as her phone flickered to life. Cautiously, she set it to speakerphone, then put it on the bedside table, holding her breath as she answered it.

"Tavi?" Vinyl's voice cracked as she spoke. "Tavi, I know you can hear me. I called to say I'm sorry, but this isn't what you think. I can expla--" click

Octavia turned off the phone and went back to her spanish soap opera to see Fernando punch Rodrigo in the face, while poor little Juanita wailed in the corner, her head in her hooves. The screen turned staticky, and then an image of Vinyl emerged from the static. "Octavia, I'm going to find a way to explain to you what happened no matter what, so just listen to me--"

Octavia slammed her hoof on the power button, now crying in earnest again. "Buck her," she sobbed. "Just, buck her."

"Well, that would be nice, and you have, but something tells me you'd kill me if I asked now." Vinyl's voice floated over from the other side of the room.

"Vinyl Scratch, what in the hay do you think you're doing here?" Octavia said quietly, her eyes shooting daggers of hate.

"Octavia, I want to apologize. For the mistake, I mean. But I don't think it happened the way you think."

"I've got two words for you, Vinyl. Get. Out." When the white mare didn't budge, Octavia took a flying leap at her, tackling her to the ground. Vinyl grunted.

"You do know..." She said as she struggled out from under the furious grey mare. "That I... am much stronger than you." Vinyl deftly flipped them ove so she was sitting atop Octavia's stomach, pinning her down. She sat firmly, and after a moment, Vinyl decided it would be safer for both of them if she stopped Octavia's flailing hooves, which were aimed at Vinyl's tender horn. Vinyl batted them away easily, and then pinned them down with her own.

"Octavia..." Vinyl said, still sitting on her. "This isn't what you think. The foal isn't from some colt-- you of all ponies know how much I hate them-- Twilight and I were testing a spell for--"

"Oh, so it's Twilight Sparkle's? Like that makes me feel any better." Octavia said bitterly.

"No! Just shut up, and I'll finish explaining. The spell was designed so couples like us--not two unicorns, but a unicorn and a pegasus or an earth pony-- could have kids, if they wanted to. Remember that day I borrowed your jacket to go to one of my gigs? That was the day it happened. It was because that day I went to Ponyville to help Twilight with a spell she's been working on. Octavia, the foal is yours as much as mine."

Octavia glared at Vinyl, still stuggling to free herself. "Liar." she growled. "I'm not a unicorn. It's impossible unless both the parents are unicorns. You of all ponies should know that."

Vinyl put her hoof over Octavia's muzzle before she continued. "As I've been trying to tell you for the last ten minutes, the whole point of this spell is to prove that wrong. She thinks that with the rigt spell, two non-unicorn ponies could do the same thing with the aid of a unicorn doctor. So, when I took your jacket, it was to get some of your hair, and therefore some of your DNA. Using that DNA, Twilight and I tried to make me pregnant with your foal and mine, the same way two unicorns would. I didn't think it worked, but..." she trailed off

Octavia had had enough. She clamped her teeth on Vinyl's hoof, then spat it out to speak. "So, what you're trying to say is that's why you're pregnant?"

Vinyl Scratch nodded, a tear dropping from her cheek onto Octavia's. It was an extremely difficult thing to believe, but somehow, Octavia sensed she was being sincere.

"I'm sorry. I should have told you what we were doing. It was really, really stupid of me not to, considering it made my own mare friend hate me."

Octavia reached up one of her now freed hooves to stroke Vinyl's cheek. "I don't hate you. I'm still mad at you for not telling me but... I guess for now I have to believe you're telling the truth. If I didn't, I think we would both regret it for a long time."

"I promise I am, Octy. And i swear I'll never lie to you again, except about surprise birthday parties and what I got you for heart's warming eve and our anniversary, okay?"

Octavia smiled. "That's a funny sort of promise, Vinyl. but I guess I can say the same thing."

At long last, Vinyl Scratch rolled off of Octavia and stood up, helping the grey mare to her hooves.

"Come on, Tavi-Babe," she said, throwing an arm around her marefriend's shoulders. "Let's go home."