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Re: Sweet and Savoury Bakery
« Reply #45 on: August 12, 2015, 03:50:59 am »
"Ahhh yes! Even her accent vill be perfect..." Photofinish murmured to herself before stopping in front of the mare, "But of course you knov me! I, Photofinisch, am one of the most recognized ponies across all of Equestria! Yes, I haf been to Ponyfille before.Ah but madam - vhat vas your name? I must insist! Zis is an opportunity of a life time! Ze stars, ze glamour - just sink of the fans you could haf! Vhy, being one of my models could mean for you to haf food, clothes, accommodation and trafel expenses all paid for durink the week of your employment. Efen for today, I'll haf my accountant organize somethink for you to compensate you so as to make room in your schedule! You may efen brink a friend to vatch if you so vish!"
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Re: Sweet and Savoury Bakery
« Reply #46 on: August 12, 2015, 08:06:14 am »
Nivalia lightly tenses as Photo Finish bursts into the shop, followed by Lyra doing the same thing. She keeps quiet as she's cut off, grinding her teeth in agitation. Deciding to get the coffee afterward, Nivalia pays for the muffin and thanks the shopkeeper for his service. Taking her baked good by the hoof she trots over to a vacant space a bit remote from the other patrons. Looking a little defeated, she places her muffin on the table, reaches into her bag and pulls out several papers. They are filled with scrawled notes and charts as well as a photo of several flora. Before she can even take a bite of her treat, she sneezes again. This time a pair of wings shoot up before immediately disappearing again, not even noticed by the mare herself. Disconnected from the rest of the shop, she begins her reading as her pet rests quietly on her shoulders.

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« Reply #47 on: August 12, 2015, 02:43:16 pm »
Celestia chuckled. "No, things have been quite peaceful. I hope things have been the same at the Crystal Empire, besides general busyness?” Focused on the conversation and her tasty donut, Celestia’s ear twitched at Nivalia’s sneeze, but she did not look over and see the horn that briefly appeared poking out of the mare’s mane. However, the door bursting open did catch her attention as three more ponies entered. Celestia sighed slightly at Photofinish’s rudeness. She knew of the celebrity, of course, but she certainly didn’t view fame as an excuse to demand things in such a manner.

Another pony came in, which Celestia vaguely recognized. She believed she was one of the original bridesmaids at Cadance’s wedding, but she couldn’t be sure. She simply met too many ponies to be able to remember them all. Not to mention that Celestia tried to not think about the day the changelings invaded Canterlot too much. It was a dark day when Celestia could not protect her own kingdom. Thank goodness Cadance and Shining Armor had been able to harness the power of their love and save the day. Celestia, still mostly lost in her thoughts, gave Broadshield an absentminded nod as he saluted her and left. She turned away as Photofinish conversed with Lyra, refocusing on her snack, though her mind was still on changelings.

Just then, she happened to look up as Nivalia sneezed and saw the wings briefly appear. The Princess was so surprised that her levitation faltered and she briefly dropped her donut, barely managing to catch it with her magic before it hit the table. She looked down, still subtly watching Nivalia. Had she imagined it? Perhaps her mind had been so filled with changelings, that she happened to mentally project one of the creature’s characteristics of being able to alter their appearance on an innocent pony. Either way, she had to check. She leaned forward, speaking very softly so no one but Cadance could hear her. “Did you see that?” Celestia asked, ever so slightly tilting her head towards Nivalia.

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Re: Sweet and Savoury Bakery
« Reply #48 on: August 12, 2015, 06:19:35 pm »
"Why is everyone coming in here looking for coffee?" Choc muttered to himself. "It seems that an investment I should make in the future is a better coffee machine. And someone to work it." Choc watched from behind the counter at the busy room. Choc, who was on the lookout for trouble, was keeping an eye on Nivalia. As she sat down and started pulling out files, she sneezed again, and a pair of wings shot out, then shot back in. And it seemed that Choc wasn't the only one suspicious now. Princess Celestia was also eyeing Nivalia with a suspicious look, and was whispering to Princess Cadance about something. If, Choc's suspicions were correct, then it left a few questions. Who is this mare? Is she a changeling? And if so why is she eating? If not, could she be another Shifter? No, the odds of that last one are incredibly few. Choc had no doubt in his mind that Nivalia was a changeling, and the longer she stays in his store, and in proximity to the two Princesses (and Lyra, come to think of it) after the catastrophe at Cadance's wedding, the more likely the shop wouldn't last 'till closing time.
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Re: Sweet and Savoury Bakery
« Reply #49 on: August 12, 2015, 08:35:20 pm »
Lyra gave Choc a bright and cheery smile. "I heard from a lad in here that there was some coffee. Thought'd I might check it out." The unicorn turned back to Photofinish.
"My... accent... you are the first poneh that told me my accent is perfect besides Bonbon. The name's Lyra Hearthstrings. I guess a photo shoot today wouldn't hurt too much, especially if fame and glamour were involved." She paused and got excited. "A friend? Oh Bon would probably love to come and watch! Oh... if she wasn't in Ponyville. Damn, I guess I can show her when I'm done."She took the lyre back out from her bag. "I also play the lyre and a few other instruments. If that means anything!"
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Re: Sweet and Savoury Bakery
« Reply #50 on: August 12, 2015, 08:41:25 pm »
Cadance was slowly chewing and listening to Celestia when she saw Photofinish walk in. After listening to her she rolled her eyes and met them with Celestia's before another pony walked in.
"Huh, I didn't think I would se e Lyra after the wedding." She smiled at her before looking at Celestia. "Did I see what?" The princess whispered back still chewing and turned her head to look at Nivalia.
"No I didn't. Is there something wrong?" She was beginning to feel something strange was happening in this shop.

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Re: Sweet and Savoury Bakery
« Reply #51 on: August 12, 2015, 10:02:42 pm »
"Okay so for the last quarter, budget versus actual has gone up 2.4% compared to last year..." Nivalia says to herself as she reviews another report. She scratches her head as she brings up another form, "Nirnroot supplies have been ordered. I still gotta submit that invoice; better mark it down." Still looking either down or at her papers, Nivalia's eyes lightly glow as a pen levitates from a pocket in her bag up to her hoof. The mare jots down some notes as her eyes return to normal, not at any point looking up to see the suspicious looks directed towards her. "Ugh, I gotta get replacement UV bulbs for the indica tables. There goes my contro- contr- achoo!" Nivalia sneezes sending a few papers off the table. Most she manages to catch by hoof; as for the last two, they suddenly glow green and are lifted back to the table with ease as the mare covers her nose with another tissue. Although her eyes would be glowing from the usage of magic, they remain closed this time due to their irritation from the sneeze.

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Re: Sweet and Savoury Bakery
« Reply #52 on: August 13, 2015, 12:35:25 am »
The earth pony grinned and clapped her front hooves together, "Ahhh, brilliant! I knew you vould see sings my vay! Right after vee finish up 'ere, you and I schould be on our way to create 'Zee Magics'!" she replied in a rather dramatic fashion, even stooping into a theatrical pose at her last two words.

Photofinish then huffed a bit as she looked to her watch, the career-focused pony was feeling even more pressed for time. Who knows, maybe this mare can be very kind and considerate when she has a day off, but during the time of work she is like a freight train. So focused to stay on track of things  and bulldoze through everything according to schedule, meeting deadlines, cramming in as many photo shoots as possible at once, meetings, more meetings, more photoshoots and more often than not she comes across as brash and rude. Seemingly not taking consideration for others when she is so tunnel-visioned in the middle of the excitement of her work.

The Fashion Photographer tapped a hoof while she waited for her order to be ready and once she was, the mare left a small bag filled with bits on the counter before taking her order. If couted there was a fair bit of a tip in it as well. Whether Photofinish was being generous or maybe she really didn't have the time to count her Bits, no one knows.
"I, Photofinisch, thank you." she told the employee before taking a seat at a table with her back to the princesses - surprisingly she still hadn't noticed them yet.

Seconds later an all too familiar irritated noise came out from Photofinish's mouth; quickly drawing the attention of the Make Up Artist accompanying her.
"Ugh, I said to make schure zat zer vere not too many almonds!" she complained with a frown.
The Make Up Artist pony, Powder Rouge, then quickly moved to her side to remove some of the almond toppings.
"Not enough!" Photofinish cried out.
So, Powder Rouge put some back on.
"Too much!"
Some were taken off again.
"Not enough!"
Some more were put back on.
"Too much!"
Once again more were taken off.
"I said not enough!"
More almonds were put back on again, this time, it was quite possible that these were the exact amount as there were on originally.
"Perfect!"
The Make Up Artist sighed a little, using every bit of her will power to not roll her eyes. She found her self feeling a sense of De Ja Vu, back when she did Fluttershy's make up some time ago.

Meanwhile the pale pink Manedresser had approached Nivilia with an apologetic look. She brushed her short, sharp mane out of the way from her eyes. She blinked with surprise when the papers scattered and motioned to help until the Changeling-in-disguise had gathered them all back up in her green magic. It was then she finally spoke up to her, "Excuse me. My name is Vidala Swoon, I just wanted to apologise on her behalf for earlier. Photofinish has just been really stressed as of late and has a tendency to be rather short to other ponies at times... well a lot of the time. Are you okay? You seem to have some allergies - it's not because of the perfume I am wearing, is it?"


((I only found out today that these two accompanying Photofinish actually have names! That's pretty cool! :D ))

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Re: Sweet and Savoury Bakery
« Reply #53 on: August 13, 2015, 12:36:29 pm »
Celestia continued speaking softly. “That mare over there, she had wings for a moment, before they disappeared.” She was about to go on as she continued watching Nivalia, when several things happened in quick succession. “Did you see that?" she asked quickly, her voice going even quieter. "She used magic. An Earth pony. And her eyes, I’ve seen those type of eyes before….” She looked back at the pink alicorn.

“Cadance, that mare is a changeling. I’m sure of it.” She faintly heard Photofinish’s antics but ignored them, focusing on the problem at hoof. How was the changeling here? Cadance and Shining Armor’s love had blasted them all to distant lands. Or so she had thought. Celestia watched out of the corner of her eye as Photofinish's Manedresser approached Nivalia and spoke to her.

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Re: Sweet and Savoury Bakery
« Reply #54 on: August 13, 2015, 06:04:52 pm »
"What?!!" Cadance said out loud but quickly brought her hooves to cover her mouth looking around. "Are you sure?" She whispered leaning in again. "What should we do? If it isn't causing trouble we can't just attack it..."

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« Reply #55 on: August 13, 2015, 06:14:12 pm »
Choc walked over to the Princesses, despite his best instincts, because he needed to keep up appearances as a simple baker. "E-excuse me Princesses, is something wrong?" Choc asked, despite already knowing the answer.
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Re: Sweet and Savoury Bakery
« Reply #56 on: August 13, 2015, 09:19:21 pm »
Nivalia looks up to Vidala, placing her papers down as she spoke. When the manedresser asked about her and her allergy, the changeling couldn't help but warmly smile at the gesture. "Oh your perfume is fine, lovely actually. My allergies are from work, sniffles are something a botanist could do without." Nivalia glances over to Photofinish, "You don't need to apologize. I've gotten like that at t-" Before she can continue, she pauses as another sneeze looms ahead. After a moment of silence, she takes a deep breath, "Ok, sorry. Anyway I w-" An even louder sneeze erupts from Nivalia, the mare turning away just in time to avoid hitting Vidala with it. Under the table, her hind legs quickly erupt in a green flame, revealing her channeling anatomy for a brief moment before changing back to her disguised self. "Sorry again. But yea, don't worry about it."

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« Reply #57 on: August 14, 2015, 05:03:25 am »
Since Photofinish was being surprisingly quiet for the meantime, Vidala Swoon guessed that she was currently enjoying her croissant and coffee for the meantime... still she was prepared to suddenly rush out the split second Photofinish wanted to leave.

The pink mare sighed from relief, "Oh good, thank you. Oh, Botany? Must be quite a rewarding career, is there a particular focus on the type of plant that yo-" she began but stopped abruptly upon seeing her true form for a brief moment; causing for her lower jaw to drop quite generously. She shook her head in disbelief before her knees started to wobble and her heart race as fear took over her.

The mare cleared her throat, "Er- well, I was going to ask how you did that magic trick with the papers but now I realize that it isn't my business. Hee. Hee. Bye, bye now!" she squeaked with a nervous laugh before rushing back to the two other ponies she was with. Vidala was clearly nervous, perhaps the sudden surge of fear and panic started to show on her face as she whispered to Photofinish.
"Yes, yes vat is it?"
More whispering from the Manstylist.
"Uhuh... vat? Can you be schure?" she prodded, casting a glance at Nivalia from the corner of her eye.
"Yes, positive. Can we go now, please? We are... running out of time finding more models right?" Swoon pleaded with a forced smile.

The blue mare narrowed her eyes behind her thick lenses as she watched Nivalia closely, a stream of thoughts running through her mind. Her eyes and head turned about the room and it was only just now that she noticed the princesses and she nearly fell off of her chair. She exclaimed a phrase in a foreign language to express her surprise, "Ah! Since ven ver Princess Schelestia and Princess Cadance here?" she muttered to her co-workers through gritted teeth.
"They have been here the whole time, Photofinish." Powder Rouge replied simply, looking over to the royal ponies and giving a courteous bow; followed by the other two Earth Ponies with her soon after.

The trio walked away from the princesses a bit towards the direction of where the Changeling was - Vidala being at the back of the three.
"Changeling you say?" Photofinish whispered.
"Y-yes." Vidala whispered back.
"Zen zis is quite zee opportunity! Just sink about it! Hafing any aeshzetic of any pony visin the one Contractor could profe for her to be a faluable asset!"
Powder and Vidala exhanged looks.
"But, Photofinish, don't you remember what they did in Canterlot?!"
"I nefer look back, Povder Rouge, it dishtracts from zee now." Photofinish finalized before finally stopping in front of Nivala and spoke to her, keeping the same, surprisingly hushed tone as before.

"Excuse me, I'm curious as to why somepony, such as yourself, is shtill vandering about Canterlot efen after zee recent invasion..." she glanced back at the princesses again and then her watch, "Ah let's cut to the chase schall vee? My co-worker has told me zat your schneezes betray you, Ms Changeling, I haf a proposition for you so that you can benefit more from your talents. I aschume zat you knov vho I, Photofinisch, am, yes? Yes. I am looking for more models to schine across all of Equestria and you seem to fit zee bill. You efen get to live it up vith many benefits and expenses paid off within the district vhere the Canterlot Elites reside, hmm~? Not only that, it also provides you vith a vay out from the scharp eyes of zee Royals... vhom don't look fery calm at zee moment. Vhat do you say, Miss-?"

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((Since there were so many cues, I'm guessing that you wanted Nivalia's true form to be known... Later on I'm going to start up a thread with some dramatic photoshoot sessions with a couple of other RPers. So it's up to you if you want Nivalia to join or not, I don't mind. :D ))
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Re: Sweet and Savoury Bakery
« Reply #58 on: August 14, 2015, 12:02:32 pm »
“I’m positive,” Celestia whispered. “You’re quite right. Not to mention that if we did attack, we don’t know how she’d react… and under no circumstances will I risk the safety of the ponies present.” Referring to the changeling as “she” was automatic- Celestia had long learned from diplomatic missions that it was rarely wise to refer to a sentient creature as an “it”. Something she may have to rethink, she reflected, since she couldn’t tell for sure if the changeling was male or female. Or she could possibly be some third previously unidentified gender that was specific to changelings. She thought a moment, considering. She finally spoke quietly.

“We must take stock of the possibility that she merely lives in Canterlot and is doing no harm whatsoever.” Celestia hoped with all her heart that this was the case. “However,” her expression turned grim. “We must also consider the possibility that she is impersonating another pony who is imprisoned somewhere, and draining love from Canterlot’s inhabitants.” Celestia took a deep breath. “Quite honestly, I think our best chance is to talk to her. Find out what she’s doing in Canterlot. If she is innocent of any wrongdoing, she should have nothing to fear from us. However, to be the safe side, we should either persuade her to come with us to somewhere more private or subtly evacuate the bakery. But your counsel is very important to me, what do you think we should do?”

Just then, the baker walked up, asking if something was wrong. Celestia straightened up and gave him a calm smile. It was of utmost importance that they did not cause a panic. “Oh no, we are quite alright. Just enjoying these delicious donuts.” Out of her peripheral, she continued watching Nivalia closely. Her eyes widened every so slightly as the changeling’s true anatomy was briefly revealed. Things were getting out of hoof. It was only a matter of time before somepony else noticed… oh no. Temporarily forgetting about Choc, Celestia's head swiveled to look at Nivalia full-on. She watched as Photofinish approached the changeling and spoke to her, her words too quiet to be heard. Did Photofinish know? What could she possibly be speaking to Nivalia about?

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Re: Sweet and Savoury Bakery
« Reply #59 on: August 14, 2015, 11:04:27 pm »
'Oh no, she found out. Have I been revealing this the entire time?' Nivalia asks herself as she sees the manedresser's obvious reaction. Slowly she stacks up her papers and puts them away as she watches the group of fashionistas talk across the room. She packs her things just as Photofinish approaches her. As she speaks, the changeling's mind begins to race. 'Oh nuts, they know! I need to find a way out of here! What if she calls the gu- wait, a proposal? Modeling? I've never done modeling before, and what Royals are she talking about...' Nivalia turns her head slightly, finally spotting Celestia and Cadence in the corner of her eye. Immediately she looks back to Photofinish, her adrenaline spiking as she struggles to remain calm. She knew of the invasion, and imagines that the two leaders of Equestria may not take too kindly to her type; their Royal Guards certainly havent, something she learned the hard way. "Uh, N- Nivalia." the mare answers as her hind hooves begin to tremble from anxiety. "I can't do anything right away. But I'm certainly interested in your proposal." Her eyes close as a small pocket on her bag opens up, a professional business card emerging in green magic. It hovers over to the stylist, "Here's my contact information. I should have some time later this week if that's alright with you." Nivalia's stare quickly passes Vidala, her ears tilting back slightly, "I'm sorry ahead of time if my... " she pauses for a moment as she thinks of the right word, "physique causes any trouble with your associates or clients."
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