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Askireet - The Morning Mail

Jul 31st, 2014
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  1. >The sun had come up. It was about time for bed but she always got a burst of energy a little bit before she got tired.
  2. >She has been balancing on her forehooves along the village boardwalk and composing a tap dancing sonata in her head, working her way merrily toward the side of town where Moon Dust, Reverie, and Anon all lived.
  3. "H-h-hey!"
  4. >Squeak stopped.
  5. >It occurred to her: she wasn't sure if you could actually tapdance to sonatas or not. Were sonatas too slow for it to work, really?
  6. Sharply: "Hey!"
  7. >Finally, she looked toward the voice, still upside down at this point.
  8. "*I'm* expecting a letter and you treat your mailbag like THAT?"
  9. >The dark-colored moth accosting her, who was upright, pointed with a forehoof.
  10. >Squeak's head tilted.
  11. >She looked at her mailbag which was strapped to her.
  12. >Nope. The zipper was firmly shut, and *no* mail was spilling.
  13. >Her tan-colored mail-delivery hat was balanced soundly a one hind hoof.
  14. >Squeak looked at it confusedly, assuming it probably had something to do with the hat.
  15. "SQUEAK MOTH WHAT ARE YOU DOING UPSIDE-DOWN YOU LOOK LIKE AN IDIOT!"
  16. >She took a moment to think about this.
  17. >She considered first whether it was Hexferry who was actually upside down and playing a joke, but she then distinctly remembered that the entire set of village buildings only ever became upside down on weekends, and it was soundly in the middle of the week - a Wednesday. Squeak concluded now that she was herself upsidedown, and let out a single, thoughtful syllable as she realized this.
  18. "Huh."
  19. >Hexferry stared crossly at her.
  20. >Squeak had a moment for a thought, here.
  21. /This is no good./
  22. >Hexferry still kept her ground.
  23. >Slowly, with a an ease that came from what was likely an obscene amount of practice (or maybe just mindbending levels of semi-useless talent, or potentially somewhere in between), Squeak transferred all her weight to one forehoof and reached out with the other.
  24. >She bopped Hexferry's nose firmly.
  25.  
  26. >The hawkmoth's eye twitched.
  27. "SQUEAK MOTH YOU ARE MAKING AN UTTER FOOL OF YOURSELF!"
  28. >Somewhere across the way, one or two mothponies shut their windows, having already lain down to sleep.
  29. >Hexferry lunged at the balancing mothpony, but - astonishingly - only ended up flinging herself to the ground, with no Squeaky prize in her hooves to shake any sense into.
  30. "Here,"
  31. >...Squeak said, bending down with a hindhoof some and removing the hat from it with her still-free forehoof.
  32. >She placed the pith-hat onto the now fairly-embarrassed pile of hawkmoth who was infrontof her.
  33. "It gets lonely being up so high for too long."
  34. >The explanation of the temporary lending of the hat was so odd that Hexferry forgot to fling it away in anger.
  35. >Instead, it just stayed atop her head, which she had tilt at a sharper angle now so the brim wouldn't block her vision of the other pony, who - she saw - wore a hopeful, tentative smile.
  36. >As soon as Hexxy sprung up from the ground, Squeak had taken to the air and was wearing a pouty look as Hexferry was yet to look satisfied with her new accessory.
  37. >They were still....
  38.  
  39. >Some of that cottonwood seed fluff drifted by, floating downward and gently between them before a breeze picked it back up and carried it off.
  40.  
  41. >Then, both ponies accelerated to a full speed, Hexferry at a gallop along the boardwalk, and Squeakmoth at a flying sprint.
  42. "SQUEAK YOU IDIOT I DIDN'T ASK YOU FOR A HAT YOU ARE A THE MAIL-CARRIER FOR THIS TOWN THE LEAST YOU CAN DO IS ACT DIGNIFIED YOU KNOW YOU ARE THE REASON THIS TOWN HAS SO FEW STALLIONS AND THAT'S BECAUSE YOU NEVER TAKE ANYTHING SERIOUSLY SQUEAK YOU COME BACK HERE I AM TALKING TO YOU-..."
  43.  
  44.  
  45. >Hexferry chased Squeak all around town as she finished her mail-route.
  46. >The mail had never been delivered more promptly than on that day.
  47.  
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  49.  
  50. >Hexferry huffily regretted the extra chocolates which had come from Virgo. She'd called him an idiot, but had "- to Virgo's expectation -" taken the box he'd offered her despite this. The timing of her eating them a few days later of course precisely coincided with her current necessity to catch up with Squeak. It was the damndest luck.
  51.  
  52. >Squeak had been scared at first but figured out that Hexferry couldn't quite catch her. After that it was a fun challenge trying to get all the letters in without being grabbed. Squeak later concluded that Hexferry had only pretended to get mad so she could burn off the extra few calories she'd taken on.
  53.  
  54. >Delivery of the mail was so expedient that day that Caramel later suggested to the both of them the next evening that they should do the mail route together every morning.
  55. Simultaneously:
  56. "Yeah, that sounds grea-"
  57. "CARAMEL THAT IS AN AWFUL SUGGESTION SQUEAK ALWAYS DOES THE DUMBEST THINGS WHEN SHE DELIVERS I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT THIS CARAMEL STOP LAUGHING I AM SERIOUS-..."
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