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Good Things Come - Sweet Tale



Human x Luna story - Teen rated.

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15. Ready For Launch (Part 2)

Tonight was the night.

My first day of work in an age. Something new, something fun. I mentally prepared myself last night and I feel that I'm ready for anything! There's just one small problem.

Why do beds always feel so much more comfy when you really need to get out of them? I'd been awake for about 20 minutes now and it had just hit 11. I really needed to get up and get ready for the day but the bed was more like a prison at the time. A comfortable...soft...unable-to-leave prison.

I tossed and turned for a while longer before hauling myself out of the bed. Showering quickly, I got dressed and started to make my way downstairs. I set myself a bowl of cereal and sat at the table, re-reading the cocktail list that Cherry asked me to memorise.

"Right then, let's see. Vodka Sunrise, Manehatten, Maregarita..." I scanned the names of the cocktails and chuckled at the similarity of the names to the Earth equivalents. "1 part tequila, 1 part orange liqueur..."



It was around 12:30 and I was still reading the list, over and over. Needing the knowledge in less than 9 hours time, I needed to cram this into my head and cement it there. I closed the list and tested myself.

"OK, Mojito. 2 shots rum, mint leaves, lime and...2 teaspoons of sugar!" I turned to list over to read and check - I was right. "Yes!" I air pumped and tried the next one.

"Manehattan. 2 shots--"

"Hello? Anypony in?"

I turned to the door and saw a friendly face. "Oh hey Rarity. How are you?"

"I'm fine dear but I was looking for Spike. Is he around?"

"Afraid not. Him and Twilight are in Canterlot till tomorrow night."

Rarity's expression changed to a frown. "Oh bother! Never mind then. Have a good day."

"Yeah you too." Just as Rarity was about to leave, I let out an annoyed sigh as I realised I had forgotten a certain cocktail. Rarity caught notice of this.

"Something troubling you?" she asked.

I held the list up to show her. "It's this cocktail list. I'm working at Vinyl's club tonight and I need it memorised by 9PM. Otherwise I'm gonna mess up. I keep forgetting certain things." I held a hand to my face in exasperation. I heard approaching hooves and I felt Rarity sit next to me.

"Do not panic darling. I will help you with this."

"No, I couldn't have you do that. You must be very busy with your boutique."

"Well, yes I am." she said with a sense of pride. "But one of my friends is in need and I am here to help. What kind of Element of Genorosity would I be if I didn't live up the name, hm?" she questioned with a smile.

I softly placed a hand on her shoulder. "Thanks. I really appreciate it."

"You're very welcome. Now, read that list again. When you've finished, read it twice more. I'll then ask you some questions and we'll see how you've done."

I nodded and set myself upon the list, scanning the cocktails word for word. I was in such a trance that I didn't realise Rarity had gone into the kitchen and made 2 mugs of tea for us both. I started to mumble the ingredients for each cocktail over and over. I then closed my eyes and tried to say it again to see if I remembered.

After about half an hour, I gave the list to Rarity, who had remained silent for the whole time. "OK, I think I'm ready."

"We'll see." She scanned the list and nodded. "What are the main ingredients in a Manehattan? And how is it prepared?"

I closed my eyes and thought hard. "Manehattan. 2 shots whiskey, half shot sweet vermouth...er...3 dashes of bitters. Pour into a mixing glass with ice cubes and stir well. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a cherry."

"Correct. Next one will be...Sea Breeze. Just the ingredients."

"Sea Breeze...um...2 shots vodka, 3 shots cranberry and grapefruit juice, 1 lime wedge and crushed ice."

"Very good."

We continued like this for another 2 hours. I got a few wrong so I re-read the list again and again. Eventually I managed to memorise them all, all 10 of the cocktails. My mood was seriously uplifted when I got them all right.

"Excellent! I can't thank you enough!" I thanked Rarity whilst giving her a hug.

"You are most welcome darling. What will you do with the rest of your time?"

I looked at the clock and noted the time. "It's only 2:30 now, I have another 3 hours before I start. Do you fancy getting something to eat somewhere?"

"Oh. Well I am flattered that you would ask me but I have to go back to the Boutique. I have a very large order of dresses to make."

"Ah OK. Once again, thanks very much for helping me with this."

"Have a good day!" Rarity said exiting the library.

I read the list just once more to be absolutely sure I had them all down - I had. Knowing I had about 2 and a half hours before I really needed to leave, I looked outside for something to do. The weather was beautiful; pure sunshine and not a cloud in sight. Knowing I couldn't be inside on a day like this, I got my shoes on, picked up my Ipod and vacated the library.

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This time, I walked in the opposite direction of the centre of the town. I really didn't know what was this way but I ventured onwards. Before long, I cam across a small stream which led further and further out of Ponyville. Following it, I came across a pile of mess. Wooden mess.

I approached the pile and picked up a few of the pieces of wood, trying to see if there was anything underneath. Unknown to me, the sound of wood clashing together had attracted a group of young ponies, who were approaching me from behind.

"Owen?"

I jumped slightly and turned around to see Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle staring up at me. A third pony was there as well - an orange pegasus with a purple mane.

"Hey Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle and...?" I leant down and extended my hand to the unknown pony. She quickly retreated behind her friends and ducked.

"Scootaloo! Ah said he's safe." Apple Bloom said with annoyance.

"Yeah. Rarity told me he's really nice." Sweetie chimed.

The unknown pony, now identified as Scootaloo, approached me slowly and tapped my knee with one of her front hooves.

"I'm Scootaloo." she said, looking me in the eyes.

"Hi. I'm Owen. Nice to meet you."

"What are ya doin' out here anyhow?" Apple Bloom asked.

"Well I've got some time to kill before I go to work and I thought I'd explore a bit more. What used to be here?" I asked, looking at the pile of wood.

"That was our clubhouse." Scootaloo glumly said.

"That...was your clubhouse?" I stared at the pile of rubble. I leant down and observed it. "So this is where I crashed...where you and Fluttershy found me."

The three young ponies stood close to me and looked upon the rubble. Scootaloo held a hoof to her chin and hummed whilst in thought.

"I GOT IT!" she shouted, surprising us all. "Ehehe...sorry. I got an idea for how we can get our cutie marks!"

"Excuse me?" I asked.

All three of them looked at each other and nodded. Apple Bloom stepped forward. "Ah suppose we never told ya what we do. We three always spend time together to try and get our cutie marks! Together..."

"We." Sweetie said.

"Are." Scootaloo added.

"The Cutie Mark Crusaders!" they bellowed.

'Aw, that's cute'.

"So what's your idea Scootaloo?" I asked.

"Why don't we build our own clubhouse? We can get our cutie marks in construction!" she happily stated.

"Yeah!" Apple Bloom and Sweetie responded.

"Cutie Mark Crusaders Clubhouse Builders YAY!" they all chimed.

I couldn't help but chuckle at their childish routines. Althought it was adorable and clever that they managed to think of a scheme like this on their own, I couldn't help but think this could be dangerous for them. That's when an idea of my own surfaced.

"Listen girls. Construction can be dangerous and I really wouldn't want to see you three get hurt." The three each frowned and kicked the dirt with their hooves. "But, back on my world, I was a construction worker. If I can find the tools and the supplies, how about we all try and build a new clubhouse?"

"You want to help us?" Sweetie asked.

"Of course. It's my fault that your old one was destroyed anyway." The three fillies started giggling and jumping for joy. "OK. This is what I want you to do. I want you three to draw up some designs for your clubhouse. Draw whatever you want and I'll see what I can do. Sound good?"

"Yeah!" they all responded before running off back towards Ponyville.

"Cute little things." I got up to leave but a glimmer in the corner of my eyes caught my attention. The gleam came from a small opening in the rubble. I began to scour through the pile before the shining object was found. Picking it up, I was surprised to what it was.

"My keys! What are they doing here?" I began to think why they would be there. "Wait...Twilight found my Ipod and my keys were here. What else did I have on me when I went out that night?" I thought hard for a second and then it came to me. "My phone! I'm sure that'll be here...somewhere. It can survive anything." I was being serious there; I owned an old Nokia, i.e. the brick.

I dug for a bit longer but couldn't find anything. Giving up, I walked away from the rubble and followed the stream uphill. Walking for a bit longer, I came across a small bridge and a cottage in the distance. The calls of many animals filled the air. I didn't want to intrude the resident of the cottage so I saw myself down on the edge of the stream and took of my shoes and socks, dangling my feet into the running water.

The water was cool but not freezing. This was a perfect way to relax before the night ahead. I leant back and lay down on the grass. The lack of ponies around made the place very peaceful and quiet, save for the sounds of animals and running water. I got my Ipod out and put on some Verve, putting the headphones in my ear.

Closing my eyes, I started to drift off. Not the smartest thing to do since I was on a time limit. I began to sing along to any of the songs that came on. I was in my own little world, my own music, my own rhythm and my own pressure on my chest. Wait, what?

I looked up to see a white rabbit sitting on my chest, tapping his foot. "Hey there, little guy." I said, raising my hand towards it. The rabbit quickly swatted it away with force. "Ow. Son of a..."

The rabbit raised it's paw and pointed at the cottage behind the stream, then pointing to his chest as to say 'That's my place'. It then pointed at me and shook his paw violently as to say 'Stay the fuck away'. It hopped off my chest and made it's way to the cottage. I stood up to watch it hop back to it's home, which it did by knocking on the door. The door opened slightly and it entered, with the door closing afterwards.

The behaviour of the rabbit intrigued me so I decided to approach the cottage. Getting close to it, the sounds of many birds filled my ears. I looked to the side of the cottage and saw a wide variety of animals, from birds to rabbits and mice. I knocked on the door. The door opened slightly to reveal a pair of eyes, but nothing else.

"Um...can I help you?" a familiar voice asked.

"Fluttershy? You live here?"

The door opened fully to reveal said pony. She hid most of her face behind her mane but continued to look at me with her uncovered eye. "Oh yes. How are you today?" she asked sweetly.

"I'm good thanks. I was just taking a stroll along here and I was...greeted by a white rabbit which came back here. He didn't seem that pleased to see me."

Fluttershy turned around to find said rabbit. "Angel Bunny! Come here, right now." she said with annoyance. Angel hopped down from a perch and stood in front of Fluttershy, looking nervous. "What have I told you about being nice to my friends?"

Angel folded his paws and looked away from Fluttershy. She cleared her throat to get his attention, which it did. He turned back around and immediately cowered under an amazingly stern stare from Fluttershy. Angel hung his head, hopped over to where I was and rubbed my leg with his paw.

"Thank you Angel." Fluttershy said before Angel scampered off.

"You've got some serious power there. Does that stare always work?" I asked

"Most of the time. I only use it on rare occasions."

For the next hour or so, Fluttershy showed me around her home and introduced me to her wide variety of pets. Seriously, there were so many animals, I couldn't imagine how she coped.

"You look after all of these animals?" I asked

"Oh yes. I take care of sick animals and nurse them back to health. Most of the time, I let them go back into the wild but sometimes they don't want to leave so I adopt them."

"That's amazing. Looking at how many animals you take care of and what such good condition they all look in, you must be a hell of a great carer."

Fluttershy giggled quietly and tried to hide her face. "Oh um...thank you."

I looked at the clock on her table. "It's 4:30. I should make my way home, I've got to work tonight."

"Oh ok. Thank you for dropping by."

"Any time. If you want, come by the club tonight. That's where I'll be working. There's a big party going on."

"Oh...um...I'm not too big on clubs. I don't think I will...if that's OK with you." she sheepishly said.

"No worries. I'll see you again some time." I said to her, walking out of her cottage. I then began the trek back to the library to prepare for the night ahead.

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5:30. Time to go.

I had dressed myself in a black t-shirt with navy blue trousers. I was going for the dark colours as I was going to be in a club all night. I exited the library and locked up. I made my way to the club and soon enough, it came into view. The scaffolding that I saw yesterday now made sense. The front of the club was adorned with neon lights, advertising the club and shining into the skies.

I approached the club and tried the door - it was locked. I knocked on it twice. Soon after, an earth pony opens the door and he greets me.

"Hey Owen. Just in time."

"Hey Minute." I said, walking into the club. The insides looked completely different than they were 24 hours ago. The walls were covered in a kind of material that reflected UV light. Neon lights and spotlights were scattered around the ceiling and walls, all pointing in every direction. It wasn't long until Vinyl appeared with a group of ponies, all of different types. She wasn't wearing her shades as she normally would.

"Owen! Glad you made it! Ready to have some fun?" she asked.

"Absolutely. Nervous but ready for it."

"Nah, don't be nervous. You'll do fine. Here, take this." Vinyl levitated a lanyard with a card on the end of it. "This is your staff ID card. Wear it at all times."

I looked at the ID card which showed my name and a picture...

"Hey, when did you get that picture of me?" I asked

"Yesterday when you were doing your training. You were so immersed in it, you didn't realise."

"You sneaky little...nice one."

Vinyl winked at me and walked onto the dancefloor. "Right everypony, gather round." We did so; everyone stood but I sat on a chair. "Here's the shifts for tonight." Vinyl levitated a clipboard in front of her and read out the names of staff and their assigned positions for the night. Eventually she mentioned me. "Owen. From 9 to 11, you'll be on the door. From 11 onwards, on the bar." I nodded at her request.

"OK. Now listen up. Tonight is gonna be huge. The busiest night you will have probably ever worked here. All tickets sold out within an hour and there's gonna be more ponies queueing at the door. It's gonna be busy, it's gonna be hot and it's gonna be tough. But you are all push through it and give it your best! Am I right?"

"YEAH!" we all cheered.

"Nice! Great team spirit here! Now, the club doesn't open till 9 and we still have stuff to set up so let's get to it." Vinyl finished.

For the next two hours, the club's interiors were set up to Vinyl's orders. I helped carry parts of her mixing station to the right position as I had upper body strength. Glasses were set up behind the bar, fridges were stocked and surfaces were cleaned.



At 8:55, the club was ready to open. Everything was ready. Vinyl gathered us all once more for another quick talk.

"OK everypony...and Owen." Everyone chuckled at that, as did I. "That's gonna get old soon. Anyway, we're ready to open. Are we all ready?" We all nodded. "Great. Then let's this party started! Owen!"

I looked at Vinyl who was levitating her shades onto her eyes. "As this night is all thanks to your music, I'm giving you the honor to open the club for me. Open those doors and start this show!"

"Yes Sir!"

Me and Minute walked to the door, ready for our duty. Every part of me was screaming in nervousness but my exterior only portrayed confidence and determination. I put my hand on the door handle and pulled them open, revealing a 2 very large queues of ponies.

"Bloody hell..." I mumbled.

Even Minutes was surprised. "Wow, I've never seen this many ponies before. Right, I'll take the ticket queue and you handle the paying queue."

"Right. So how is this gonna work?"

"The ponies who bought tickets get to go in first. I'll be checking all of the tickets and keeping track of how many are going in. Once they are all in, you can slowly let in the paying customers."

I nodded and made my way to the front of the queue, standing in front of the entrance. A light green earth pony smiled at me as I approached the queue.

"Hey there. I haven't seen you around here before."

"I'm new here. Only been here for about 2 weeks."

"That would explain it. I'm Neon Burst."

"Owen." I said, hoof-bumping her.

"So when can me and my friends go in?"

"When those ponies over there are all in. They bought tickets ahead of the night and they sold out really quickly. We'll start letting you all in soon enough." I said with a smile.

Whilst Minute was busy letting the other ponies in, I got into chatting with a few ponies who were at the front of the queue. I found out they were all from a place called Fillydeplhia and they know all the clubs. A few times, a pony further back would shout out why they are not going in which I responded to the same way every time.

About 9:30, the other queue was empty and Minute approached me. "We've got 132 inside at the moment. Only another 68 can be allowed in for the time being."

"OK, cheers mate." I unhooked the velvet rope that was stopping the ponies entering and stood in front of the queue. "OK everyone! I'm going to start letting you in, small groups at a time. Please don't push forward as you will all get in soon enough." I motioned for Neon and her friends to enter. Followed by another group of ten and another. Eventually, the maximum was reached and I stopped the approaching ponies.

"OK, please stop there. You'll have to wait for a bit until some ponies leave."

"You serious? I've been waiting for at least an hour to get in!" an arrogant red earth pony shouted at me.

"Please lower your voice Sir. You will get in soon enough."

"Always happens when I'm right at the front..." he mumbled to himself.

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10PM

An hour has passed since the club opened. The music pulsed and shook the building much to the amusement of the queuing ponies. A few ponies had gotten restless and started to become rude and obnoxious. Myself and Minute quickly saw to them and asked them to leave the queue.

Minute and I had swapped places so I was covering the door while he did the queue. It wasn't long until I was greeted by a familiar sight.

"Hey Rainbow. Decided to check this place out?"

"Sure did? You gonna be inside later?"

"Yeah, I will be. Around 11. See you in there."

Rainbow walked into the club and disappeared into the crowd. I looked back outside to notice Minute staring at me, grinning intensely.

"I told ya. She likes you." he said.

"Yeah I can see that now." I retorted.

We both went back to manning the doors and the queue.

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11PM

As I was about to go inside to start the bar work, I heard a bit of a heated arguement.

"Get your hooves off me!"

The club doors swung open violently and another bouncer was holding a pegasus in a bear hug whilst pushing him out of the club. The pegasus was struggling with all his might and swearing at anyone he saw. Just as the bouncer set him down a safe distance away from the club, the pegasus swung a hoof at him, hitting him in the stomach, making him fall to the floor in agony.

Minute and I rushed over and held the offending pegasus down while the other bouncer got to his hooves again.

"Weight! You alright?" Minute called to him.

"Yeah...I will be." he replied, holding his stomach.

"Owen, can you hold him down while I get the police?"

"Sure." The pegasus was flat on the floor, on his stomach. I placed my knees either side of him and held him down, one hand on his back and one on his head, completely immobilising him.

"Get off me! I didn't even hit him!" the pegasus shouted at me.

"Calm down Sir. The police will be here shortly." I said in a calm tone. The pegasus continued to try and struggle but he couldn't shift my body weight. Eventually a small chariot arrived with some uniformed ponies exiting from it.

"Evening Sirs. A pony giving you trouble?" one of the officers asked me.

"Yep. This one here. He was causing trouble in the club and was evicted by Weight over there. Once he was released, he punched Weight in the stomach."

"Dear me, not a good night for you is it?" he sarcastically asked the pegasus. One of the officers, a unicorn, levitated the pegasus into the chariot and locked it shut. "Any more problems, don't hesitate to get us."

"Thanks. Have a good night." I replied.

The chariot pulled away and the three of us returned to the club doors, to the applause of the crowd. Weight relieved me of my duty and I made my way inside the club.

Good fucking lord. The place was packed, the temperature was boiling and the music was deafening. Yep, this is a real nightclub. I approached the bar and Cherry was working behind it.

"Hey! Time to swap!" I shouted over the music.

"Oh hey! Good timing! Not busy at the moment!" Cherry replied, walking away from the bar, leaving me to run it myself.

'Right. Here goes. I damn sure hope I don't fuck up.'

For 10 minutes, no-one came to the bar so I started cleaning up the mess left on it. Many glasses and bottles lay strewn over the bar. The glasses were put into trays which were then taken by a unicorn into a back room, which I assumed is where they were washed.

A large group of mares approached the bar and eyed me curiously. One of them decided to speak up.

"Can you serve drinks?" she asked, confused as to who or what I was.

"Sure can. Otherwise I wouldn't be here would I? Now, what can I get for you lovely ladies?" They all giggled at my remark and all ordered cocktails...oh great. At least it will give me the chance to test my memories.

"2 Manehattens, 2 Mojitos and 3 Vodka Sunrises!" the assumed leader ordered.

I nodded and set up 7 glasses along the bar. I knew Vodka Sunrises so I made those first. I then prepared the Manehattens and the Mojitos at the same time, at a fast speed, which I didn't realise I could do until I did it. Once the seven drinks were made, I took their payment and they all tried their chosen drinks. One of the mares looked up at me with a smile.

"This is really good! Thanks!"

I nodded to her and my mind screamed 'YES! GET IN THERE!'. I guess the lessons this morning with Rarity really paid off.

The time rolled by and by midnight, I had served a huge amount of drinks to many different ponies. The till was full of bits and there were satisfied ponies everywhere. For once in my life, I had provided a service to others which benifted them and I could have not have felt better.

"Hey Owen!"

OK, maybe a little. Rainbow approached the bar and sat on a stool. "Hey Rainbow! How you enjoying it?"

"It's pretty awesome...and I-I have had a few drinks, haha..." she slurred at the end.

"It sounds like it! Have you seen Pinkie here? I was hoping she'd turn up!"

"Oh yeah...she's around here some...somewhere. No id-dea where she is now...I...I gotta go to the bathroom..."

Rainbow hopped off the stool and drunkenly made her way to the toilets. To pee or to throw up, no idea. My guess would be the latter.

The amount of ponies in the club had dwindled slightly and was at about half capacity. Still pretty busy but not as bad as earlier. A quiet spell went over the bar and I was leaning on it, tapping my fingers to the beat of the music Vinyl was playing. She looked awesome on that mixing deck. She was in her element and enjoying every minute of it. The track changed onto a favourite track of mine.

"Good evening Sir. Can I trouble you for something?"

I turned to see a hooded pony, a large one at that. The voice was female and sounded somewhat familiar.

"Of course. What can I get you?"

The pony leant closer so I could see inside her hood.

"A kiss would be nice."

"Anything for you Luna." I leant closer to her and kissed her softly. "Why are you covered up? I'm pretty sure that ponies here would love to see a royal princess in a club, having a good time."

"The townsfolk here are still scared of me. They all still think I'm Nightmare Moon..." she quietly said to me.

"Right. So they'd all freak out if they saw you."

Luna nodded. "Nightmare night is coming up soon and I'm coming to visit then. I'm going to show the town that I'm not who they think I am." she defiantly said.

"Good. They need to meet you, the real you." Luna leant in and gave me another kiss.

"I need to go back to Canterlot. I shouldn't have left in the first place but I just had to see how you were getting on." she said with a smile.

"Alright then. I'll see you soon then, yeah?"

Luna nodded and sunk back into the crowds, eventually making her way out of the front door. I was staring so much, that I completely blanked the stallion in front of me trying to order a drink.

"Sorry mate. What can I get you?"

"Me and my friends here all want a load of beers. Make it...twenty!" he asked.

20 beers? Well this guy's out on the lash ain't he? I eventually got all of his beers out and he levitated them to his friends, who all cheered as they got them. Another 40 bits into the till.

Another quiet spell hit the bar and I was once again re-stocking and cleaning. The music suddenly got quieter and feedback was heard.

"Hey everypony! Are we having a good time!" Vinyl shouted to the audience who all screamed and cheered in response. "I'm sorry, what was that?" A even louder cheer erupted from the crowd, something that I didn't think was possible.

"Great! I want to thank you all for coming tonight to the launch of my new music! Well, I say it's my music but none of this could have been possible without help from a certain someone in here!"

Oh no.

"It's thanks to him that this night is going ahead in the first place!"

Please don't.

"Please give a huge cheer to my friend, the one and only human, Owen!"

A spotlight shone in my direction, illuminating me for everyone to see. Everyone cheered at the sight of me and Vinyl put on some of her own dubstep music, mixed with a bit of mine. She got down from her mixing deck and approached me behind the bar.

"Hey! You alright?" she asked.

"Yeah I'm good. Thanks for the recognition!"

"Not a problem. I had to make ponies aware of how awesome you are!" I chuckled at her remark. "I gotta get back but give me a beer, I'm choking over there." I passed her a beer which she levitated and walked back towards her deck.

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1:30 AM

The music was still pulsing but there were only 3 ponies on the dancefloor. The rest of the club was empty. For the past half hour, I had re-stocked the bar, cleaned everything down and had only served a few more drinks.

Soon after, the remaining ponies had left and the club was empty. Vinyl toned the music down to a quiet volume and changed the music to something more mellow and slow. She then walked over to the bar and sat on the stool.

"I think that's it for the night. There's nopony left." she said, lifting up her shades.

"Suppose so. It's been a good night though right?"

"Sure has. Hey! You lot, close up and come over here!" she called to the door workers. They closed the door and locked them up. The bouncers approached the bar along with the rest of the staff.

"Right! Now that you're all here, there's something I've got to say. This has been one of the most amazing club nights I have ever put on and you all worked amazingly well."

"Same as always boss." Minute chimed.

"Nah, no way. Not the same, way better. Seriously, I'm really impressed with all of you. Especially you Owen."

"Aw, thanks." I said.

"This was your first night and you worked the door, the bar and you stopped an attack. Great first day in my books." The rest of the staff all nodded in agreement. "OK, everypony. Here's your payment." Vinyl levitated various envelopes to us that all had a weight in them.

Opening them up, they were full of 10 gold coins. Each coin had a 10 on them. "100 bits? Thanks Vinyl!"

"Deserved payment that is. Now, how about we--" The front door opened again to reveal a pony beginning to enter.

"Sorry, we're closed." Minute stated. "I thought you locked the doors Weight."

"Not cool." a familiar voice replied.

"Wait! Is that you Rainbow?" I asked. Rainbow entered the club and walked up to the bar. "Hey you. I thought you passed out somewhere."

"Psshh, no! I left about an hour ago and sat outside to get some air."

"How you feeling?"

"Pretty good. Not so drunk as earlier."

This emitted a laugh from a few staff members, including Vinyl. "Seeing as you're here Rainbow, how about we all have a drink? Anything you want."

Most of us went for a beer but Rainbow had water, to help her sober up. We all stayed in the club for a while longer, chatting about how the night went and of any upcoming events. I was asked to work Wednesday night for a few hours, which I agreed to.

Around 2AM, we all decided to call it a night and started to head home. I was just about to leave when Rainbow tugged at my shirt.

"Hey, what's up?" I asked.

Rainbow looked nervous. "I can't fly back home because I've been drinking. Can I stay with you tonight? If it's OK with Twilight..."

"She's not here, neither is Spike. Sure you can stay." Perfect. This'll give me the chance to talk to her about that issue.

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We both walked side by side back to the library. A few times, she would kind of rub up against me whilst we walked and nuzzle my leg. This confirmed it, she was into me. Well, in my mind she was. I just had to be sure.

We entered the library and Rainbow immediately began to make her way upstairs. "I know where Twilight's room is. I'll see you in the morning."

"Wait Rainbow. Can we...talk about something?" I asked. Rainbow nodded and returned back down the stairs, sitting herself down on a cushion. I pulled a cushion in front of her and sat down, looking at her.

"There's something I've got to ask you and I want you to be honest with me, OK?"

Rainbow scratched the back of her head nervously. "Uhh...yeah sure."

"Rainbow...do you like me?"

"Of course I like you. You're a great friend!" she said, quickly looking away.

I took one of her hooves into my hand and got her attention.

"Rainbow..." I stared into her eyes.

She hung her head low and sighed. "OK fine. Yes...a little. It's just...I couldn't say it to you before because you were always around somepony else." She leant forward to try to kiss me but I pulled back to prevent it. "What's wrong? You never stopped me before."

"I know but..." I sighed, resting my hand on my forehead. "Look Rainbow, I think you're a really sweet girl and I really like you, as a friend, but...I can't. I can't be in a relationship with you."

"Why not?" I could hear a change in her tone of voice. It was hinted with anger.

"Because...I'm already in a relationship."

Rainbow gasped and hung her head once again. "Who with?" she mumbled.

"I'm sorry?"

"WHO WITH?!" she shouted at me, raising her head to show tears in her eyes.

"It's with Luna. The Princess."

Rainbow stared at me with her mouth agape. She started to sniffle and I raised my hand towards her, which she slapped away with her hoof before running upstairs.

"Wait, Rainbow! I'm sorry!"

"Don't talk to me!" she shouted back, slamming a door in the process.

I lay back on the hard floor, contemplating the actions of what had just happened. I tried to talk to her but only ended up making it worse. I put my hands behind my head and sighed heavily.

"Damn it..."

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