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Having your housemate call the plumber is pretty normal.

Having a changeling show up as the plumber is significantly less normal.


Inspired by Admiral Biscuit's writing challenge.

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This was a very cute story--and buggy!

Awesome story, I hope we get more

You know you have a clog when you have to remove bricks to access the pipe to cut it out because all the joints are either soldered or glued together or the bolted flange shatters when you look at it.

Even if it wasnt his origional name, Im sure he would change it to be As Happy As Larry?

I was half expecting Tails Of The Unexpected. :duck:

Nicely done. Have a fave.

Twenty-six different words for "go die"? That makes sense for hornets. How many such words do yellow jackets have, I wonder...

Also, a delightful read!

“They really should’ve known better than to let Princess Twilight eat haunted lettuce…”

Oh man, sounds like there's a heck of a story behind that. An unpleasant one too, I'm sure...but still a heck of a story. :rainbowlaugh:

This was a cute tale. Don't see many changelings in the human world stories like this (or at least not in the purely slice-of-life style). :twilightsmile:

I developed a tolerance for poo when I was growing up on a dairy farm, but it was *really* challenged in college. See, our toilet never flushed right in the basement apartment (it 'burped' when the landlord upstairs flushed, and yech), so the plumber came out, made expensive noises, took the king nut off the main pipe (which was in our bedroom, by the way), then went out to his truck to get a snake. At that point, the City decided to backflush the sewer system in our area. We wound up with about 3-4" of sewage in our bedroom, yes. And my roommate, the nephew of the landlady, got to clean it up, along with his best friend and roommate. Yech.

Well, the other difference is that the plumber wasn't a changeling. I think. I never saw him.

Could you have been sure even if you did see him?

So... I'm going to read the story but before I do that... May I ask Why not put the tag 'changeling' in the story?

Thinking about this further, there's an interesting fridge aspect to this story...

Larry went out of his way to be helpful, approachable, and friendly. The human was grateful, apologetic, and . At no point did he mention the whole "changelings feed on love" angle. He didn't lie, though - it just never came up. And he made sure there were enough other subjects to talk about.

It's almost like the whole thing was a calculated ploy to farm love from the human. And returning the tip at the end leaves a positive impression, increasing the odds of being able to steal more love in the future.

But if the client does get everything they needed and are happy with the arrangement, is it still stealing?

“Oh yes. Well, I’d rather not eat bees. Earth bees are very polite, if a little dense, and they usually agree to let me move their hive if I ask nicely,” he said with a chuckle. Then, his smile twisted into a scowl. “Hornets, on the other hoof, I don’t mind chowing down on. They’re rude as Tartarus, and your Earth ones have twenty-six different words for saying ‘go die’. Pardon my Prench, but buck those buckers.”

Know the difference
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There's also the part where he was freely offered "a drink".
More and more I'm liking the various headcanon that changelings were engineered as some kind of servitor race that got out and out of manipulator limb end.

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:pinkiegasp:

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Whoops. Forgot to add that tag. Fixed!

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Oof. Please tell me it wasn't a carpeted floor. That sounds like the kind of cataclysm that the room will never recover from. And did the plumber flee the scene or did he just wash his hands of the whole situation?

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*Scheming bug noises*
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I'll leave it to folks to decide whether Larry's actually sincere or calculating. Or both. :trixieshiftright:

Read the story and is good... Somehow it make me think of Harry Potter House Elves

“Oh yes. Well, I’d rather not eat bees. Earth bees are very polite, if a little dense, and they usually agree to let me move their hive if I ask nicely,” he said with a chuckle. Then, his smile twisted into a scowl. “Hornets, on the other hoof, I don’t mind chowing down on. They’re rude as Tartarus, and your Earth ones have twenty-six different words for saying ‘go die’. Pardon my Prench, but buck those buckers.”

Just wait until this bug sees Aussie bees the fact that they are independent and don't make hives would probably be a shock to him

9958787 The carpet was scrap, of course. You can't clean that enough. We steam-cleaned everything else twice or more, and we needed a new carpet anyway. But the toilet worked from then on.

A precious encounter mixed with a unique premise. :trixieshiftright: Good stuff. Though I have to say I was expecting him to refuse payment in favor of-

“I could use a hug.”

I blinked. “Oh. That’s it?”

“It’s a changeling thing.” He shuffled on the spot and grinned sheepishly. “Hugs are a big deal in Equestria, but we don’t get them very often because of how we look.”

Nevermind, there it is. :trollestia:

¡HA! Wonderful

Very fun little read. Plumbing would be just one of the many things a changeling would be uniquely suited to do.

What he said about bees and hornets. Truth. Buck those bucking hornets.

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I would almost view it as a symbiotic relationship. The human gets a service, and the changeling gets love. Heck, it even sounds like the human gets a nice rest out of it, too. Bonus!

Actually, changelings could probably make a fortune as prostitutes. Your average human would probably give away their kidneys, in addition to all their worldly possessions, to be able to sleep with everyone they've ever fantasized about.

Well this was adorable, and slightly sneaky as befitting a changeling. Definitely fun to see a changeling in the real world for a, ahem, change.

“Less often than you’d think, more often than I’d like,” he muttered. His eyes then turned a little glassy as he gazed at nothing in particular. “They really should’ve known better than to let Princess Twilight eat haunted lettuce…”

Bonus points if it started singing opera.

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What did the haunted poo say to the first pony it saw?

"poooooOOoooo"

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I'm putting my money on "both". :trollestia:

Really nice story, with a very interesting character/premise, it was good on itself but the way you handled the ending really sell it out. :D

I want to see a sequel to this.

Larry is a fun character and the premise is a goldmine for comedic situations.

Both with Larry doing his job and in his off time.

I’m serious by the way, plumbers do a lot more than clearing clogged drains. The lay/reroute pipes for water and gas lines, fix appliances related to those lines, and are involved quite heavily in construction. From small home repairs to mega corporation skyscrapers, plumbers are needed everywhere.

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here here!!
maybe try different professions such as landscaper or carpet cleaner or mechanic?

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Or at least have Larry work through the different aspects of being a plumber.

Awesome! :-)

You also made it to the top of the featured list :-)

Well that was fun and interesting. And cute.

Bug was calculatedly adorable.

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that could work... although there is not that much to being a plumber, maybe carpenter and/or electrician added to the mix?

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Did you miss my first post to the story?

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sorry my bad, just read the first line.

That was friggin' adorable. Honestly, changelings would be the best species to ever come out of Equestria, especially the reformed ones, but the old ones were nice, too.
Also... and I feel like I'm going to get a LOT of flak for this, but...:

The whole thing must’ve choked up the drain completely, because the lumps were moulded into the dimensions of the straight pipe, and to top it all off, the lumps of whitish matter remained separate even when pressed together, so that it looked like someone had pushed a pale, hairy turd through a pipe.
“That’s what you get when you have a few years’ worth of calcified soap scum mixing with a hairball.”

Even though it was the sink he was working with... calcified soap scum wasn't the first thing I thought of... :twilightoops:

That was absolutely adorable.

Side note, now I really want to know more about Princess Twilight and the Haunted Lettuce.

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Me too. I mean, it sounds like an interesting story.

Then, he frowned at the toilet bowl and said, “Right, the blockage isn’t clearing up. I’m going in.”

I half expected him to shapeshift into something small and dive into the bowl with his whole body :twilightoops: :rainbowlaugh:

I could really use a changeling plumber, the 20yr old shower leaks and I've all but stripped the cold line trying to get the spigot off without success. The seal around the tub and wall is going too, leading to water getting to the floor and god only knows what kind of damage there is behind it all.

Ah, the many joys of utility powers.

An excellent little story though.

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Twenty-Seven -- the 26 wasps have and the one used when speaking to lesser wasps.

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But the toilet worked from then on.

Thank God for small mercies. :twilightoops:

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I’m serious by the way, plumbers do a lot more than clearing clogged drains. The lay/reroute pipes for water and gas lines, fix appliances related to those lines, and are involved quite heavily in construction. From small home repairs to mega corporation skyscrapers, plumbers are needed everywhere.

That's a fair point. I've never actually thought about it that way.

I mean, it's obvious that they're involved at some point, but I think people just tend to relabel them as engineers if they happen to work in construction.

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Unfortunately, I don't think anything I can come up with will be as good as the Noodle Incident that readers would have in their heads. :derpytongue2:

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The original draft involved something similar.

I was going to have Larynx transform his head into a reptilian-shaped, organic gas mask with an angler fish's light stalk, on a very flexible and elongated neck. He'd then thrust his head right into and past the S-bend to find some obstruction really deep down, and he'd breathe through vents that he'd opened up directly on his back.

I scrapped that because it felt way too elaborate and unnecessary for finding a stuck toy when he can just keep stretching his leg and groping around until he found it. And anything serious enough to warrant such invasive exploration would probably undermine the simplicity of having the two of them chatting and bonding.

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Indeed! 'Mundane utility' is one of my favourite tags on Derpibooru.
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Now I see why this is at the top of the feature box! This fic is darn adorable. I want a changeling for a plumber.................

This was a nice, short, and wholesome little story. I really like what you've written here, and I hope to see more from you!

A changeling as a plumber in the real world? Most fascinating.

“Hornets, on the other hoof, I don’t mind chowing down on. They’re rude as Tartarus, and your Earth ones have twenty-six different words for saying ‘go die’.

Only 26?

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This fic is darn adorable.

Your avatar is darn adorable. :heart:

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Hornets aren't as assholic as red wasps. Those things come into the world in a homicidal psychotic rage, and they go out the same way. I expect every other word in their language to be a variation of "murder" and/or enraged screams.

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I have had to do battle with red wasps.
Eventually I decided the best solution was the .22 rifle from very far away.

I was wrong.

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You're thinking along the correct lines. The only thing wrong was the lightweight caliber. I would suggest something...heavier. Explosive. Flammable. Flamethrowers might be in order. Nothing beats the cleansing power of fire.

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