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Navypony is a submariner in the US Navy, but he earns his name for his understanding and love of ships and shipping. Yes, that's shipping ponies.


Some Canterlot entertainers aren't just musicians... and some ponies fall in love with them anyways.

When one of Equestria's most popular cellists appears at Twilight's birthday party, it's just another gig for Octavia, but a shock for Twilight and the rest of the party-goers. She arrives, wishes Twilight a happy birthday, wows them with her beautiful music, wows them with her musical beauty, and doesn't leave until after everypony else has left. So when a few ponies suggest that this 'entertainer' might be more than just a musician... some eyebrows are raised, but nothing more. Twilight is beyond reproach, after all, and Octavia can earn her living however she wants. When she sticks around Ponyville, however, it becomes a slightly different story - Twilight is romantically-naive, after all, and Octavia is... most certainly not.

The romance of Twilight Sparkle, Celestia's protege, and Octavia van Clef, Canterlot's most famous entertainer.

Rated 'Teen'. Per FimFiction's rating guidelines, this story contains some 'more adult themes', but has no 'graphically adult content'. Rated primarily for sexually suggestive material, but also (in later chapters) alcohol use and adult language.

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Interesting story. It'll be nice to see if Rarity's words are truth or if it's just a rumor. I can see Celestia hiring her for either reason, really.

One small nitpick, does Lyra mean Unicorn ponies instead of Pegasus in regard to musical talent? That would make a little more sense, with the magic, I think.

And next chapter we get a VERY large dose of naive!Twilight.

dl.dropbox.com/u/31471793/FiMFiction/emoticons/misc_TwilightWut.png : "What are you talking about?"

*Aside to readers of comment*: See what I mean?

Anyway, great story so far. I'm looking forward to reading more of this!

Twilight's gonna miss the mark completely on what Rarity's trying to say. I wonder if it's just a rumor though and if not the how exactly did Rarity find out? Maybe she did a bit of gem hunting if ya know what I mean. *nudge nudge, wink wink*

Exactly what kinds of get-togethers have you been attending in Canterlot, Rarity?

A very entertaining party so far, and a welcome possible pairing that doesn't come up too often. I'm looking forward to seeing how this unfolds.

Ok, so far this story leaves me really hopeful.
Good Twilight, good Rarity. Now we just a little bit to make this story work.

Now, we only need a careful dissection of social perceptions, misconceptions about people involved in adult entertainment, about this position and how to attain it, about different constraints. And don't forget psychological ramifications of other people making wild fabrications about your social station. Internal conflicts of a person, whose job is seen as adverse to everything sacred on Earth. And as your choice of occupation raises alarms, even though you mean no harm and maybe would rather work on a rock farm, you still take pride in your work, with all its hardships and quirks, reaching out even to the greatest of jerks, and making them feel safe and accepted, something they never expected.

If ponies think it just takes a flank, to take this check to the bank, than they are not fit for a think tank. It takes careful perception, perfect recollection, near perfection in all things intimate, before you spring into action. So while lots of ponies have been in the act, it's a simple and obvious fact, that due to hesitancy to react, a general lack of tact or due to some knowledge they lacked, they performance is usually less than stellar - whether in bedroom, boudoir or a barn cellar.

An entertainer can't afford such blunders, she has to strike as lightning and thunder, tearing client's reservations asunder, both booty and pirate hungry for plunder. And as she leaves the premises, feeling professional and generous, for better or worse, leaving her client dumbfound, staring with a grin at the ground, filled to the brim with happiness given - not found.

Something like it :)

P.S. I might have listened to Tim Minchin's Storm a little too much recently... :)

Interesting portrayal of Octavia. Very much looking forward to seeing where this goes.

However, it does/will contain topics with which not everyone may be comfortable

:pinkiegasp:An author utilizing proper preposition placement? (lol alliteration:derpytongue2:)
I'm okay with this.:pinkiehappy:

Oh, one suggestion to the author - if you will be moving the story to "Mature", could you notify us somewhere?
I've got the "Mature" check box clicked off in my profile, I'm afraid your story will just vanish from my favorite tabs if you do it without warning.


1582092 it's funny...i wonder what face celestia would have while ordering this... entertainer.

Lyra means pegasus ponies; if their numbers were included it would hurt her argument - pegasi tend less towards music than earth ponies and (especially) unicorns.

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I'm not going to comment on Rarity's personal knowledge/familiarity of/with Octy. Not yet, at least. However, I will say that Rarity does not have to be a customer to know about this sort of thing. She did, after all, spend a lot of time in with certain parts of high society, and may have observed more than she experienced.

I don't really know what would happen to one's fave tabs in that case... but if I do change the rating, I'll send you a PM if you want.
The same offer applies to everyone else, by the way, as long as they say so in the comments or some such.

1583996>>1585838 Just so both of you know, if you're on a computer (and this setting is computer-based rather than account-based) that is set to hide mature content, anything with a mature tag will simply not show up in a list of any kind (favorites, read it later, etc.) or the featured box; you can however, still manually go to something by searching for it.

I have the most intense love/hate relationship with cliffhangers. :twilightsmile::twilightangry2:

I am pretty sure the filter applies to search results also.
But either way - not a problem.

Tavi dropped the bomb. Will Twilight's shields of obliviousness hold? Find out next time on the Justice League, I mean Private Gig.

Twilight, get ready for a sudden epiphany.... :twilightsheepish:

"Hmm, well since Spike is gone I guess you can help me reorganize the shelves." :twilightsmile:

"Oh no, Miss Octavia, you are putting vocabularies together with thesauri! :twilightoops:That's SO inappropriate!:twilightsheepish: And just what are you planning to do with that anthology? No-no-no, not in the bibliography section! It just DOES NOT GO THERE!:twilightblush:"

dl.dropbox.com/u/31471793/FiMFiction/emoticons/misc_Octavia.png :"So, did you have any other requests? Musical or... otherwise?"
:twilightsheepish::"Ooh! How about some more Hayndel?"
dl.dropbox.com/u/31471793/FiMFiction/emoticons/misc_Octavia2.png :"Are you sure? I mean, we have all night, perhaps you would care for something more... active?"
:twilightangry2::"...Are you saying I'm fat?"
dl.dropbox.com/u/31471793/FiMFiction/emoticons/misc_Octavia_O_O.png :"Wha-NO! Nonononono, you are beautiful in every sense of the word! It's just, I noticed you eyeing me before, so I thought that you might want to..."
dl.dropbox.com/u/31471793/FiMFiction/emoticons/misc_Octavia.png :"huhhh..."
:twilightblush::"Oh. Oooohhhhhh. Twilight likes..."


:trollestia::"And that's what I got for Twilight's birthday present."
dl.dropbox.com/u/31471793/FiMFiction/emoticons/shrug_Luna_apple.png :"Hmmm. I fear, dear sister, that Ms. Clef will have a harder time of getting that idea through to Twilight than you think."
dl.dropbox.com/u/31471793/FiMFiction/Luna_lolface.png :"We should go help her."
dl.dropbox.com/u/31471793/FiMFiction/emoticons/lolface_Celestia.png dl.dropbox.com/u/31471793/FiMFiction/Luna_lolface.png dl.dropbox.com/u/31471793/FiMFiction/Twilight_Sparkle_lolface.png dl.dropbox.com/u/31471793/FiMFiction/emoticons/misc_Octavia_cake.png

Oh my. Please, do make more of this! I really like the story. Keep up the great work! :heart:

"Good night?" Really? When are they going to get it on? But seriously, though, good work. This one's coming along really well. Looking forward to more.

Octavia is damn sexy, and I'm not even into classical music. :twilightsmile:
Then again, I despise dubstep and Roctavia is win soooooo . . .
I approve of this ship. :twilightsheepish:

Loved it. I hope Octavia gets feelings for Twilight soon. I can't wait to see how that would work out... Anyway, great job, everything was in character. I really like how you depict Octavia, and can't wait to see another update! :ajsmug:
By the way, there was an error I found.

Princess Celestia set it up for me when I moved here, just a little bit back. I moved to Ponyville on special assignment from Her.

'Her' shouldn't be capitalized. Anyway, good job! :twilightsheepish:

I'm loving this story so far. Twilight's obliviousness is a perfect contrast to Octavia's composure. It'll be nice to see how Octavia will take things from here.

Never seen a Octavia/Twilight pairing. Please keep it going!

“They’re simply so… naïve. They’re teenagers who mee each other at a party, and despite knowing nothing about love, they decide that they’re soulmates and that death is ultimately preferable to life alone?”

you missed a T in meet. Great story so far can't wait for more. :twilightsmile:

It's intentional; depending on the reverence the speaker is showing for the Princess(es) I capitalize the word. After all, this isn't just her. This is Her - the God Empress of Ponydom. Sorta.

Innocent Twi is innocent and hilarious. Good work!

I wonder what's going through Octavia's head. What's she think of Twilight? I guess we'll find out later.

Ohh, okay. I understand. I was thinking of it as a common noun, but it can also be a proper noun due to context. My bad. :twilightoops:

This would kill you (and probably several others) in tMiaHM. It certainly screws with my prereader(s).

Faving to track for later. Looks good, and nice to know this ins't a clop-fic. :3 (Hate it when a fic that looks like it'll be good is mostly clop, or has copious amounts of it.)

I dont really like romance stories but im gonna give this one a shot just because of the novelty of the pairing.

:yay: Yay, another story with best Twilight X Background Pony ship. Which makes two now.

It was a sad day when Strings and Sparks was cancelled...


That is because this is only the second story to do it.


Strings and Sparks. It was cancelled. :fluttercry:


And deleted.

You can find links to the chapters on the author's page. http://www.fimfiction.net/user/valaris

Hrm interesting personality for Octavia

Since the story has been deleted then wouldn't that mean that Private Gig automatically becomes the first Octavia/Twilight fic?


Depends on how you look at it.


You can find the cover art it used at: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&global=1&q=Twilight+Octavia#/d48evu5

It is a very nice piece.

I would have to disagree, this feels more like it despit the fact they're human in the pic.

A romance with Octy and no Vinyl....the lack of Vinyl is....disturbing....Jk, just needed a star wars reference. looks interesting.

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