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Hello. I'm BillyColt. In real life, I'm a dweeby music student from California. Here, I write Pony fanfiction.http://billycolt.tumblr.com/


Stoic. Calm. Unflappable. And above all, Professional. These are attributes that the pianist Frederic Horseshoepin likes to pride himself on.

But sometimes it's difficult to stay professional. Frederic finds it difficult to maintain a veneer of stoicism when he has to deal with his own feelings. What can he do when he's in love with a mare that he cannot hope to have?

Chapters (6)
Comments ( 192 )

Amusing, I'm intrigued slightly.... Nyes... I shall follow along..

Checkin off that Tracking box~!

Definitely excited about this one. Finally I see an Octavia story where the author has a musical background and thus an understanding of how the classical music world works (more-or-less).
I completely agree with the sonata vs. concerto argument; sonatas are definitely more intimate. Though concertos have a mystical grandeur surrounding them that isn't always present in sonatas.
And interesting spin on "Brahmas". Creative title is creative.
I'm looking forward to reading more; keep up the solid work.

Poor Frederic. :(

I'll give this a few more chapters before reviewing. I'm just stopping by to say that you have an interesting scenario here and I am hooked into wanting to know more. I can only hope that you deliver.

Keep writing.

Professionals have standards. :twilightsmile:

Found a Couple of Typos for ya. First one came up in Chapter 2 I think:
"...a cello that missing a string..."
The other one was in chapter 3:
"Well" he thought "Time to get a new gig" he thought.
Repeats "he thought" once too many times

Otherwise I love the work so far. Reading it in a British accent gives it a feeling of *posh* and *fancy*

Keep up the good work!

Poor Frederic. :( I want him to get the girl~!

I'd just settle for Frederic to get A girl!

Maybe Fredric can play the opening piece of Wooden toasters nightmare night rap
Here's the song what do you guys think?

101618 Balancer thank you for that song. I'm curious what song Vinyl's using those samples for.

Reading this makes me sad, dammit. I do love it though, and so hope you keep it up! :pinkiehappy: although, I really wonder where you're going with this story :applejackunsure:

If this is going to end sadly i will track you down and molest you. Its nice now tho :twilightsmile:

Very very cool to see a fanfic about Frederic. Good effort so far, keep up the good work :twilightsmile:

This should be on EqD, dangit. It's a nice change from all the usual OctaScratch fics.

This should be on EqD, dangit. It's a nice change from all the usual OctaScratch fics.

I hope he gets the girl. Or any girl for that matter. I'm rooting for him!

Awesome story, plus major points because Frederic is a Deadpan Snarker.:trixieshiftright:

I really like this fic, but this I cannot abide: "dubstep"

WTF is this? It's dubtrot.


i have read so many Octavia/Scratch fics now, pretty much my favorite pairing.
so seeing her referred to as "Octa" and not "Octy"..... is going to take some getting used too.
I am enjoying this (despite that minor pet peeve) and have tracked it.

Keep up the great work!

93890 Be polite, be efficient, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.

Apart from that, this is looking to be a fun read featuring side characters that don't get enough love. Poor Frederic. I look forward to more.

Hey Fred. Welcome to the Friendzone. Let me show you around.

Over there's the cafe where we go to have coffee with our Friends on a strictly non-romantic basis.
Here's the store with emergency supplies that we buy things for our Friends because they "desperately need a physics textbook to borrow".
And over that way is the mall where we go to watch movies. The armrests are specially designed to facilitate the mare stealing your popcorn, but to protect hers.

Everypony in the friendzone exchanges phone numbers. It's so that after you drive your Friends home after she's had too much to drink, you can call one of us and catch a ride. We're usually available until 5 AM. That's when we wake up to get coffee for our respective Friends.

We look out for each other here, man.

Only thing that sounds weird in the fanfic is Octavia's nickname; Vinyl usually calls her 'Octy' :derpytongue2:

Moar plz. I don't usually read fanfiction, let alone shipping fanfiction, but this stirs something in me and essentially hammered in the final nail on a terribad, self-destructive day. Nice work. Do go on.

*creates an account and sets it to email-track this story* so yeah. Not a guest anymore.

"Son, can you play me a memory? I'm not really sure how it goes. But it's sad and it's sweet and I knew it complete, when I wore a younger mare's clothes." Excuse me while I let out a fan-squee... Sqqqqqqqqqeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

Pretty cool. :3 Keeping an eye on this one~
But I thought Vinyl was a white/off white pony, not light yellow? -shrugs-
:moustache: Because I can.


I like Frederic, I like Piano Man (Colt?), I like Octavia and I even like Vinyl, even though she seems to be the antagonist. (Not the villain, however). It's sweet how Frederic at least tries to hide his feelings, and I'm looking forward to the next chapter.
Thank you for making my day more enjoyable.

I lovely change of pace from my usual reads on this site, I'd like to see more of this.

Judging by Vinyl's line in this story, I'm going to assume your username is meant to parody Billy Joel. And I'm not sure if you've heard this in the past, but I'd like to let you know (for future reference) that, in my eyes, the better alternative is Billy Foal.

No offense, of course :3

142804 And let me add that I, like others here, rather enjoyed the Piano Man reference.

Oh dear... Quite the addition to plot, there was so much you could do with this situation and by adding this theres still so many ways it could turn out. Keep me guessing what will happen 'till the end!

For a second thought you were going to ship frederic and wish! But you didn't! Great chapter can't wait for the next!:rainbowkiss:

Frederic is really one of the few OCs I can truly stand. What puts him away from the rest of the peasants is that you describe him with an air of lasting endearment. You make me feel hopeful that Frederic may actually find happiness in his life, whatever form it may be. Your writing style, especially, is worth noting, using simple descriptions in a way that is intelligent and interesting to read at the same time. When you delve into his mind, describing Frederic's surroundings from his point-of-view, you remind me, eerily, of Joseph Heller's similar writing style in Catch-22. Your opening sentence, especially, got me thinking of Heller for some reason. "Frederic sat alone at a table, poring over the menu. Breakfast, breakfast, and more breakfast. Then the next page had things that weren't breakfast." That line itself described the menu so curtly and to-the-point, exactly what I'd expect from your character.

I am overjoyed that you updated. The day I read your first three chapters, I found myself immediately re-reading them, hoping to find something else that I missed, something that could cool my desire for another chapter.

BTW My offer from earlier still stands. Based on Frederic's name, I am guessing that you based him off of Chopin, correct? It would be extremely satisfying if you made Frederic Polish as his human counterpart was. With horse and human, I see a delicacy of soul and body, a delicacy that could easily be shattered if pushed too far. If you do happen to make Frederic Polish, I'd give another half-star, solely out of your devotion to your fanbase.

im fairly sure Freddy's a background pony.

Also, yummy story yum yum

>Background Pony
Jeez, looked like I made an ass out of myself. As usual.
But seeing as though he's a background pony, he never really had any character in the actual show, so I still consider him to be an OC in my mind. Still, it would be cool if he were Polish...


I'm there right next to Octavia ;) So yeah not really an OC but I do see your point. But then again no background pony really has a character anyway including Vinyl and Octavia

Aw, Vinyl. Why'd you go and do that? Why?

This is excellently written. I'd put it on par with Two's Company, honestly. You have a slightly different take on Vinyl and Octavia that's really entertaining.

*sigh*.... it hurts me to see my favourite character like this...
I need to cheer myself up now, didn't think something like this would bother me so much.
Its a really Good story so far and everything....this just hurts me.

Been waiting for this. <3 Great stuff, even if I've already seen half of it before chapter completion. X)

Very well written chapter, I very much enjoyed this one. Keep it up, I had almost thought that this story had lost it's inspiration and was going into hiatus. But I'm glad it's back.

Eeeeeyup, still rules. :eeyup: Keep at it please.

Frederic is a true vision of acceptance and calm. I love how this story is forming. I feel it will probably end on a bittersweet note with Frederic. Keep up the fantastic work!

145037 I was halfway through writing my own comment when I read this one... It's almost the same, so I'll just say that I quite like "Freddy" and I love how this story is coming along.
I have a feeling that Vinyl isn't cheating though :raritywink:


Wonderfully written and full of charm. Seems like a romantic drama that could be straight out of the movies.
Your musical knowledge continues to amaze me :pinkiehappy:

Im definitely gonna be following this one. Its fantastic! :pinkiesmile:

Yeah, the musical aspect of things is well presented, and is probably partly responsible for how fiercely the story struck me. This is the only piece of fan fiction, regardless of origin, that I give a damn about. In fact, quite a few damns are being given, moarplz. By the way, for now I don't see an option that can lead to this ending happily for Frederic...

You, sir, are clearly a musician, and, as a fellow musician, I must say I very much appreciate the music jokes you throw in. You had me laughing at 'concert-O' and nodding in approval at the line about trumpet players. Which is so true. And I would know, since I am one.

"Click" You Have been tracked! :pinkiehappy:
I feel bad for Fredric but its a great story nonetheless, cant wait for more :D

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