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Admiral Biscuit


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When a patient is badly injured or in a remote location, the Great North Air Ambulance is there to provide assistance.

Sky Sweeper isn't a paramedic yet, but she's learning, and rides out with the crews.


Trigger warning: contains injuries.

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Man, I love your pony-on-Earth slice-of-work stories. Hope all the patients make a good recovery! :raritywink:

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:trollestia:

You really do quite an amazing job with O.C.'s Biscuit. What's your secret?

FTL

The agent had told her that the room was supposed to be a living room, but what did the agent know? She could put her bed wherever she wanted to, and she’d decided that close to the windows with a view of the sea was where she wanted it.

I can so relate to this. I did this with a place I stayed in up near Moranbah when I was doing an install for a metallurgical coal mine. It was built on a small ridge line and had a great view of the scrubland from the back dining room... this I declared my bedroom and ops room.

... she’d stayed at the airport a couple times, until Dr. Crispen had noticed her on her way out, and insisted on going out of her way to give Sky Sweeper a ride home. Since then, on the few occasions she’d missed the train and hadn’t felt like flying the eighty kilometers home, she’d overnighted in Preston Park. There were lots of trees to nest in, and it was a short flight to the Eaglescliffe train station.

Yup, Sky Sweeper has learnt that most folks would never leave a colleague sleeping at work and have no qualms about driving an hour or more to ensure that everyone gets to sleep in their own bed. If the others find out they may feel guilty that Sky has been sleeping in trees to avoid them helping her.

Right Ponish in your stories is just my native Dutch language. :rainbowwild:

Also you need to fix a few words like girt and Sky Sweper.

The short description is missing a period.

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Man, I love your pony-on-Earth slice-of-work stories.

Thank you!

Hope all the patients make a good recovery! :raritywink:

They do :heart:

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I can so relate to this. I did this with a place I stayed in up near Moranbah when I was doing an install for a metallurgical coal mine. It was built on a small ridge line and had a great view of the scrubland from the back dining room... this I declared my bedroom and ops room.

It’s totally true. Aside from the bathroom and kitchen (and laundry room, if it’s separate) with their fixtures which aren’t so easily moved, there’s no reason to not use whatever other rooms in the house or apartment however you want to.

Yup, Sky Sweeper has learnt that most folks would never leave a colleague sleeping at work and have no qualms about driving an hour or more to ensure that everyone gets to sleep in their own bed. If the others find out they may feel guilty that Sky has been sleeping in trees to avoid them helping her.

And then it would be one of those cute fights where she tells them that she likes sleeping in trees and the only reason she has an apartment at all is because she has stuff she can’t keep in a tree.

Then maybe they could compromise and build her a little nest in the hanger.

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Right Ponish in your stories is just my native Dutch language. :rainbowwild:

That’s headcanon I’m sticking to. :heart:

Also you need to fix a few words like girt and Sky Sweper.

Fixed, thank you!

At least, she didn’t think so; that situation hadn’t yet arisen because apes were dangerous enough to have to be kept in zoos.

Actually, the most dangerous species of anthropoid ape (besides humans) are chimpanzees. They can be vicious. I learned that Dr. Jane Goodall said that chimpanzees had tried to murder her on several occasions. Depending on my mood, remembering this makes me feel either smug or sad.

10411015 He's really a pegasus. It kinda surprised me when I met him at my first Bronycon, like finding out Horizon is a changeling, but it explained a number of things really well.

Excellent read. I love reading about ponies adapting to human style of work.

Patients all reacted differently to trauma, and they had to be ready to deal with it. Each member of the team had their own approach, and none of them were so proud......(as)...... to favor their own method over any other. At the end of the day, results were what mattered. Jane did well with patients who needed mothering, Dr. Sayed did his best when a patient needed a brusque physician, Brian had a no-nonsense approach, and she shined when patients required a physical touch.

The first order of business upon their return to Teeside was restocking the supplies on the helicopter. The second order of business was lunch. The regular crew had a rotation of who made lunch; she made her own most of the time, since the crews really liked eating read (red) meat with their meals.

really liked eating read meat with their meals.

Wait, when did Twilight become a paramedic?

“And that little ditch that runs around the airport hasn’t got any worthwhile fish in it at all

I was going to say that that got me thinking about kingfisher-ish pegasi, but it seems you beat me to it.

Now I’m wondering whether Pegasi would make better fishers than the cormorants some places use. Not that that is likely to be commercially viable beyond tourism purposes, but still.

But that’s not like when two aircraft run into each other. We just rub our muzzles and apologize.”

Hey, I remember this bit! :pinkiehappy:

That aside, I’m curious how pegasus air traffic might be managed in super-high-density areas where the number of pegasi in the air might be too high for an individual to keep track of. Would they eventually settle on a system similar to ours, with clearly delineated travel corridors and/or directions? Or might they be able to spread out their landing/takeoff areas so the pegasus density never gets that high (pegasi VTOL capability helps a lot here)?

Sky Sweeper could wash her own plate, but the rest of the crew insisted that she not

Do I want to know?

She dropped off the skid, faltering in the rotor wash before she regained her balance

About strong would the rotor wash be for the helicopter in this story?

she held her caribiner in her mouth

Minor typo

“If you could have any one of these, which would it be?”

“GPS is nice, I’ve got a watch that has that.”

And now you have me thinking of homing pegasi or of other birds with uncanny navigational skills.

“But storms come in from the sea, nor’easters and hurricanes and sometimes . . . you gotta go out; you don’t always come back.”

Wonder how feasible it would be to hunker down on top of the storm to rest. Or just how many pegasi it would take to properly handle gigantic storm systems like that.

A fascinating story as usual! Thanks for writing this!

The helicopter was already out on the apron, and she gave it a friendly nuzzle,

Did the helicopter ever nuzzle back?

For now, it just said “Air Ambulance,” but when she finished training, it would say “Paramedic.”

Still hoping for pegamedic.
But I guess the world simply isn't ready for that.

She’d even served as a portable IV stand once, which had required precision flying.

Wow. But hey, as long as it works...
But seriously: Just where do you get ideas like this, Admiral?

Sky Sweeper shifted around, neatly blocking Chloe’s view of the doctor at work. Not having to see the unnatural twist in her leg, the blood, or the bone jutting against the fabric of her riding pants would help relax her.

A pony is definitely the cutter option.
But that doesn't say much, since a pony is always the cutter (and probably better) option.

“I can see it now. ‘National Geographic Presents: Fishing with the Pegasi’.”

I would watch it.

Sky Sweeper got the task of squeezing the plastic bellows

Did she use hooves, mouth or wings for it?


Good story!
I enjoyed reading it.

Yup, really am glad I stumbled upon your works and gave 'em (and this whole genre of stories) a chance. Otherwise I would've missed this gem, too! Really didn't expect to see a pony nomming on any kind of meat, though... :rainbowderp:

She’d learned that the plate got quite hot, and while human-style oven mitts weren’t much use, the little square potholders they had fit in the mouth easily enough and kept her from burning her lips as she removed her food and trotted into the ready room.

There are little rubber grippers that are designed to be used as potholders -- they would be nearly perfect for ponies:

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Sky Sweeper's coworkers must really like her if they put up with her microwaving fish on a regular basis.

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When she does that she sleeps in a public park, right? Has enough of the novelty of ponies worn off that a YouTube video of her snoring in a tree won’t necessarily go viral?

10411270
It depends. A fair number of bronies go with the idea "pegasi eat fish". In the show, there were a couple of scenes over the years of ponies fishing.

& of course, it's canon that at least some of them eat eggs.

10411015

You really do quite an amazing job with O.C.'s Biscuit.

Thank you!

What's your secret?

Paying attention to the little guy, reading a lot, watching documentaries about the subject, internet research, asking pointed questions, thinking like a pony but also remembering that stories about ponies are stories about people, and I guess years of practice.

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Actually, the most dangerous species of anthropoid ape (besides humans) are chimpanzees. They can be vicious.

And if they throw you, it’s more of a yeet.

Dr. Jane Goodall said that chimpanzees had tried to murder her on several occasions.

I believe that. I hadn’t heard that about her, but I’ve heard horror stories from other people who’ve worked with them.

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Excellent read. I love reading about ponies adapting to human style of work.

Thank you! :heart: I enjoy writing ‘em.

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Corrections made; thank you!

10411205

Wait, when did Twilight become a paramedic?

:P Correction made; thank you!

I was going to say that that got me thinking about kingfisher-ish pegasi, but it seems you beat me to it.

Swoop down and grab ‘em before they can get away.

Now I’m wondering whether Pegasi would make better fishers than the cormorants some places use. Not that that is likely to be commercially viable beyond tourism purposes, but still.

Probably not. I don’t think that most of them know how to dive all that far below the surface to get fish (coastal pegasi might). And it’s a specialized skill . . . I was reading up on the fishhawk (I think that’s what it’s called), and it’s even got a special talon arrangement so it can turn the fish nose-forward to fly ‘em back to the nest (they’re more aerodynamic that way).

Hey, I remember this bit! :pinkiehappy:

:heart:

That aside, I’m curious how pegasus air traffic might be managed in super-high-density areas where the number of pegasi in the air might be too high for an individual to keep track of. Would they eventually settle on a system similar to ours, with clearly delineated travel corridors and/or directions? Or might they be able to spread out their landing/takeoff areas so the pegasus density never gets that high (pegasi VTOL capability helps a lot here)?

I would assume that in general, it’s see-and-avoid. Probably in busy cities, yeah, they’d have travel lanes or altitudes that would be preferential to them, but I would imagine that just like geese don’t need air traffic to keep them from colliding with each other most of the time, neither do pegasi.

Now, when other aircraft are introduced to the picture, you might have a problem. [I actually wrote a story some years back in the style of a NTSB report, covering a collision between Cherry Berry’s helicopter and a pegasus-towed moving wagon.] Night flights and flights in storms could also be an issue, since visibility would be low.

Do I want to know?

Well, she’s going to take it to the sink in her mouth, wash it off with a hoof-held washcloth, and then pick the clean plate back out of the sink with her mouth and put it in the dish rack to dry. . . .

About strong would the rotor wash be for the helicopter in this story?

I don’t have exact numbers, but here’s a YouTube safety video about helicopters blowing things off oil rigs, and according to that video, downdraft can be 50kts (57mph, 92km/hr) below the helicopter. One of the incidents flung a 200kg (440 pound) box off the deck of the oil platform . . . Sky Sweeper doesn’t weigh nearly that much.

(that’s a bigger helicopter than the Dauphin, but even the Dauphin’s gonna have some strong downdraft)

Minor typo

Correction made; thank you!

And now you have me thinking of homing pegasi or of other birds with uncanny navigational skills.

I don’t personally see them having heightened navigation skills, but it’s a reasonable headcanon. It’s possible that if they do, it won’t work on Earth, since the magnetic/magical/gravitational/whatever fields would be different.

Wonder how feasible it would be to hunker down on top of the storm to rest. Or just how many pegasi it would take to properly handle gigantic storm systems like that.

Totally possible to hunker down on it--maybe not the top; some of them are high enough that I don’t think a pegasus could fly that high.

I don’t think that they have enough pegasi in all of Equestria to stop a storm system; the energy involved is way too high. But, if they manage their weather well and set up counterstorms, winds, etc., they can potentially steer them away from important stuff.

Which, I never really considered before your comment, but if we imagine Equestria being the same as the US, there might be wide channels on the East Coast--especially the southern end of it--where they don’t build anything, and that’s where the weatherponies try and corral the hurricanes. Sort of like how some smart countries only put fields in flood plains--if they’re underwater for a little bit in the spring, it really doesn’t matter. I used to live in a small town that thought of that--there was a nice, flat spot alongside the river, and they put a park there. One spring it was under sixteen feet of water, then the water drained out, they cleaned the mud off the pavilion and nothing that mattered was damaged all that much.

A fascinating story as usual! Thanks for writing this!

You’re welcome! :heart:

10411234

Did the helicopter ever nuzzle back?

It hasn’t yet.

Still hoping for pegamedic.
But I guess the world simply isn't ready for that.

The world isn’t ready, and that’s a shame.

Wow. But hey, as long as it works...

There was an episode in the show where they were rescuing a guy who came off his motorcycle and landed in a hedge, and they’d stuck the IV bag to a branch on the hedge . . . you gotta do what you gotta do.

But seriously: Just where do you get ideas like this, Admiral?

Well, the somewhat long and convoluted story for this one is that there’s a guy on FimFic with the user name Pegasus Rescue Brigade, and that got me to thinking how pegasi on Earth would be naturals at search and rescue, and then that if they wanted them to cover more area more quickly, put them on a helicopter and have them fly out when they get to a person or people who need rescuing. That particular story’s been on the back burner for a while, but I’d already done a fair bit of the groundwork for it.

I’d also been watching a British documentary about British air ambulances, so when the contest came along, I thought that having a pegasus paramedic (in training) would be an interesting entry, and since it was a speedwriting contest, I’d have the advantage of having already done most of the groundwork and such for the story, so . . .

The shorter version is that I often look at something and imagine a pony being there, and work from that. What would a pony think about this, how would a pony deal with this, etc.

A pony is definitely the cutter option.
But that doesn't say much, since this applies to most things.

Let me tell you, if I was in that situation, being comforted by a pony, if the doctor said he was gonna cut my leg off, I’d be like, “sure, fine, whatever,” and go back to petting the pony.

I would watch it.

Everybody would watch it.

Did she use hooves, mouth or wings for it?

Mouth.

Good story!
I enjoyed reading it.

Thank you! :heart:

10411270

Yup, really am glad I stumbled upon your works and gave 'em (and this whole genre of stories) a chance. Otherwise I would've missed this gem, too!

:heart:

Really didn't expect to see a pony nomming on any kind of meat, though... :rainbowderp:

As 10411316 said, It’s questionable canon (we’ve seen ponies fishing, and why are they fishing if they aren’t planning to eat the fish?) and fanon among some authors and artists. Usually, it’s limited to the pegasi.

Also, as a bonus fact, some IRL horses have traditionally been fed fish in the wintertime, and I’ve heard that some Icelandic ponies have learned how to get fish on their own (stomp on them in shallow water). In general, IRL horses will eat some kinds of meat if they can get it, but they’re typically not very good predators. I’ve seen a video of a horse stomping on baby birds and eating them, and I’ve heard of horses eating McBurgers and other human food that’s set down where they can get at it. Sgt. Reckless ate bacon and loved beer (that’s how you know she was a proper Marine).

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There are little rubber grippers that are designed to be used as potholders -- they would be nearly perfect for ponies:

You’re right, something along that design would be perfect. Ideally a bit larger, to fit her mouth better.

Sky Sweeper's coworkers must really like her if they put up with her microwaving fish on a regular basis.

Of course they do, she’s adorable. Plus, they’re British, and from what I remember of the UK, people’s diet consists of fish and chips, kebab, and sausage sandwiches. :rainbowlaugh:

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When she does that she sleeps in a public park, right? Has enough of the novelty of ponies worn off that a YouTube video of her snoring in a tree won’t necessarily go viral?

It is. Best I can tell from interneting, it’s only open from 10a to 4p (although those might be reduced COVID hours); if she missed the last train, she’d probably get there around 9pm. And there’s enough woods that she could probably find a secluded tree outside the view of humans, if she wanted to.

However, as to your second point, in the context of the story enough of the novelty of ponies has likely worn off to the point where a video of her snoozing in a tree isn’t guaranteed to go viral, but there’s still a high probability it would.

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we’ve seen ponies fishing, and why are they fishing if they aren’t planning to eat the fish?

I always figured the fisherponies fed their haul to their pets or sold them to the pet food industry. I mean... Rarity has a cat, for example, and everyone (well okay, almost everyone) knows that cats are obligate carnivores. And I think Fluttershy feeds fish to some of her animal friends at some point?

Usually, it’s limited to the pegasi.

Yeah, I figured if anyone would eat fish, it would be the pegasi.

Also, as a bonus fact, some IRL horses have traditionally been fed fish in the wintertime, and I’ve heard that some Icelandic ponies have learned how to get fish on their own (stomp on them in shallow water). In general, IRL horses will eat some kinds of meat if they can get it, but they’re typically not very good predators. I’ve seen a video of a horse stomping on baby birds and eating them, and I’ve heard of horses eating McBurgers and other human food that’s set down where they can get at it.

Well damn... My collection of "Random Horse Facts I Didn't Know Before" keeps growing. I didn't know before, for example, that an equine's body temperature is in fact higher than a human's. I think it was one of the Cuddles stories that made mention of that and so I had to go and google it for myself. You sly git, you made me learn something! :rainbowlaugh:

The Silver Glow is strong in this one!

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I always figured the fisherponies fed their haul to their pets or sold them to the pet food industry. I mean... Rarity has a cat, for example, and everyone (well okay, almost everyone) knows that cats are obligate carnivores. And I think Fluttershy feeds fish to some of her animal friends at some point?

That is a reasonable conjecture. Certainly, the episode where Magnum’s fishing, that could be the reason (and yes, Fluttershy got them for her animal friends). I want to say that the Apples were fishing/had fishing equipment in one episode as well; I’m less sure if dogs are obligate carnivores. Of course, they could also be exporting the fish to the griffons or something like that. I don’t think we’ve ever seen ponies eating fish in the show (which is a shame because based on fanart, it’s adorable)

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Well damn... My collection of "Random Horse Facts I Didn't Know Before" keeps growing. I didn't know before, for example, that an equine's body temperature is in fact higher than a human's. I think it was one of the Cuddles stories that made mention of that and so I had to go and google it for myself. You sly git, you made me learn something! :rainbowlaugh:

Somebody else complained that I was sneakily making them learn things in my fics. I’m totally okay with that :heart:

Here’s another two fun facts for you, IRL equines have canine teeth (stallions normally have all four; mares have 0-4), and stallions don’t have nipples.

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The Silver Glow is strong in this one!

It is, isn’t it? :heart:

Nuzzling the helicopter was adorable.

Overall, this story was cool and fun.

Interesting and nice as usual; thanks for writing. :)

Dr. Sayad/Sayed's name seems to be spelled inconsistently, though.

Also, what is that big orangish thing in the cover art?
edit: Ah, answered in the story notes blog post. :)

I know it was a pun on the cramp, but the horse named Charley just makes me think of Charlie the Unicorn. :rainbowlaugh:

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I was reading up on the fishhawk

TIL another name for the osprey. Wasn't aware of their unique talons, either.

but I would imagine that just like geese don’t need air traffic to keep them from colliding with each other most of the time, neither do pegasi.

And now I have it in my head that pegasi flock like birds and at some point there's a very confused pegasus trying to figure out how to explain flocking behavior to some very excited ornithologists.

I actually wrote a story some years back in the style of a NTSB report, covering a collision between Cherry Berry’s helicopter and a pegasus-towed moving wagon.

I remember this one, too!

Well, she’s going to take it to the sink in her mouth, wash it off with a hoof-held washcloth, and then pick the clean plate back out of the sink with her mouth and put it in the dish rack to dry. . . .

Ah, fair point. I assume you might not see many non-unicorns as restaurant dishwashers, then?

according to that video, downdraft can be 50kts (57mph, 92km/hr) below the helicopter. One of the incidents flung a 200kg (440 pound) box off the deck of the oil platform . . .

Yikes :twilightoops: I'm impressed Sky can manage to maintain altitude there. Guess it helps that the wash is relatively narrow, though.

I don’t personally see them having heightened navigation skills, but it’s a reasonable headcanon. It’s possible that if they do, it won’t work on Earth, since the magnetic/magical/gravitational/whatever fields would be different.

And now I'm imagining overconfident pegasus tourists who managed to miss the relevant warning in So You Want to Go To Earth and then get hopelessly lost on their first flight here due to the environment messing with their navigational senses. GPSs would be the new register-side item at gas stations across the world due to the chance a very lost pegasus family turns up in the middle of nowhere.

Or the Equestrian government would eventually mandate pegasi carry them around after having to launch one too many search-and-rescue missions.

You're too good at putting these brain worms in my head :twilightangry2:

I don’t think that they have enough pegasi in all of Equestria to stop a storm system; the energy involved is way too high. But, if they manage their weather well and set up counterstorms, winds, etc., they can potentially steer them away from important stuff.

Almost like a high-stakes game of curling or billiards. Certainly a smarter way of dealing with storms than what I had in mind at first.

if we imagine Equestria being the same as the US, there might be wide channels on the East Coast--especially the southern end of it--where they don’t build anything, and that’s where the weatherponies try and corral the hurricanes.

Wonder if the weather service could charge for access to the hurricane corridor in case any daredevil pegasi (or especially foolhardybrave earth ponies/unicorns) wish to fly in some real wild weather.

Or how many applicants they might get for pegasi hurricane hunters.

Another excellent story. I immediately thought of Silver Glow by the fourth paragraph of course. Great job with the interactions too. Really got the feel that they're a cohesive team.

Nice story. Since I live in the area that the Great North Air Ambulance covers this is remarkably realistic (for a pony on Earth story).

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...from what I remember of the UK, people’s diet consists of fish and chips, kebab, and sausage sandwiches.

Don't forget beer...

These are our four major foodgroups.

:pinkiesmile:

If my leg broke, I’d always pick Sky.

That being said, I thought this was in Canada until I read the story notes. I guess it’s what I think of when I hear “Great North.”

Wow... Ponies in Gateshead? Fantastic!

This is the first pony-in-human-world story that I really liked! (I'm a fan of both aviation stuff and reality shows, so I completely get both inspirations.) Sky Sweeper is a wonderful character and the rest of the air ambulance crew are dedicated professionals. I also very much appreciated the attention to flight details and medical details. Definitely keep this world around for sequels and further stories!

Great stuff as always. It really shows that you've done your homework here!

I suspect with ATC for pegasi it's probably only restricted near airports and MOD sites. Probably would have altitude restrictions in a lot of areas and would need a transponder, radar reflector and radio to go high so they can get maneuvered around traffic but most pegasi wouldn't go that high even commuting long distance anyway.

After reading this, I had the thought that pie-and-mash shops would become favorite pegasi hangouts. And I had a story idea, but...damn that carpal tunnel! It's already severely restricting my weekly word count on what I'm already doing!

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I thought of Silver Glow after reading the synopsis. But the tacos, Sky being so considerate about being polite, and the general style solidified it beyond all doubt.

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Nuzzling the helicopter was adorable.

And totally a thing a pony would do. :heart:

Overall, this story was cool and fun.

Thank you!

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Interesting and nice as usual; thanks for writing. :)

You’re welcome! :heart:

Dr. Sayad/Sayed's name seems to be spelled inconsistently, though.

It is, isn’t it? I finally fixed that. Thought I had them all, and didn’t.

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