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 Drinking Away the Pain, [Nocturne]
Icefox
 Posted: Mar 2 2013, 12:57 PM
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Two days had passed since Wishing Star had died, and Snowbird still wasn't taking it well. She was on her third hour sitting at the bar, desperately drinking her sorrows away and wondering if she was ever actually going to get drunk. The four empty bottles on the counter were suggesting 'no.'

"Dammit Starry, you don't get to die on me like this..."


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 Posted: Mar 2 2013, 01:02 PM
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Nocturne was sitting in the next stool at the bar, and had been watching Snowbird out of the corner of her eye as she drank as if she wanted to die.

He himself had been slowly nursing the same drink for the past three hours, and when he heard her speak, he shook his head, gesturing to the bartender not to give her any more.

"Y'know, there's better ways to mourn a lost loved one."


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 Posted: Mar 2 2013, 01:10 PM
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Snow shrugged; she didn't want to deal with anything, she just wanted to drink until she passed out. Celestia knew it would be the only way she would be getting to sleep that night.

"And what would that be? Right now, this is the best thing I can think of."
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 Posted: Mar 2 2013, 01:16 PM
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Nocturne sighed, reaching out and grabbing her hoof.

"Look, just stop, all right?" he said.

"You're not helping anyone like this. Nothing will change. I don't know whether this... 'Starry' of yours was a pet, a family member, a friend, or your significant other, but I'm pretty sure they wouldn't want you moping around in a bar trying to drink yourself silly." he told her.

This really struck home with Nocturne; he had lost both of his parents in the war against Tirek six years ago, and he knew for a fact that they would have wanted him to move on and do something productive with his life instead of sitting around drowning himself in alcohol... So he had.

"Look, drink some water, clear your head, go home and get some sleep, okay? And when you wake up tomorrow, think this over. And don't start by drinking."


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 Posted: Mar 8 2013, 03:33 PM
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Snow shrugged and waved at the bartender, who brought her over the water she really didn't want. She tossed it back anyway and made a bit of a face at the aftertaste. Nothing like alcohol at all. She shrugged again and looked over at Nocturne. Who was this guy, thinking he could tell her what to do? But...He had a point. One night without drinking herself into unconsciousness.

"Fine, fine...Do you know where my house is? Ah can't really remember..."
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 Posted: Mar 8 2013, 03:58 PM
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Nocturne shook his head.

"I don't even know who you are; there's not a chance I'd know where your house is." he replied.

Looking her over, it seemed almost criminal to send her off into the streets to wander alone until she found her house- after all, who knew what would come upon and take advantage of her?

Nocturne rubbed his eyes.

"Look, I have a spare room at my place; you can spend the night there. I don't want to leave you walking around Canterlot alone at night." he said, tossing back the rest of his drink and dropping some bits on the counter.


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 Posted: Mar 8 2013, 09:04 PM
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Snow paid off a good chunk of her tab and got to her hooves after a few tries, and ended up leaning on Nocturne to keep her balance.

"Thanks bro...Sorry, I just don't...I loved her, y'know?"
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 Posted: Mar 9 2013, 12:16 AM
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"Yeah, I know." Nocturne said.

He knew well the pain of losing a loved one; after all, he'd lost both of his parents in the war. He, however, had never had a significant other, so while he knew how she felt about losing someone, he didn't know the exact brand of pain she was going through.

Even so, he felt an urge to go out of his way to help her, to help her find her way back to a good frame of mind. It hurt him to see someone moping around like a lost puppy, so...

Nocturne started forward, supporting Snowbird on his shoulder as he made his way out of the bar and into the night towards his home.

"So, what's your name? Mine's Nocturne."


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 Posted: Mar 9 2013, 11:32 PM
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"'s Snowbird. Nocturne? Cool name. Kinda dark, I like it." Whether she knew it or not, Snow was more than a little drunk and generally had no idea what she was doing. She didn't know why she was hanging our with Nocturne, or whether she had anything better to do with her time, or anything at all for the most part. All she knew was that her home was too empty for her to be there if Starry wasn't there with her.

"So, where we headed?"
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 Posted: Mar 11 2013, 12:00 AM
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"Hm... Snowbird... Seems like you'd be an ice queen. Kinda fits." Nocturne said, turning her down another main road.

"As for where we're going, that depends. Do you want a general answer or the specifics?"


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Snowbird
 Posted: Mar 27 2013, 07:55 PM
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"General answer. I probably won't remember by morning anyway." Snow relaxed into his grip, trusting him to not steer her wrong. Of course, if he did she would be completely at his mercy, but at this point she wouldn't much care. Just make the hurting stop.
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 Posted: Mar 27 2013, 10:28 PM
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Nocturne laughed.

"Well then, Miss Snowbird, we are heading in the direction of the Princess Residential Towers. Expensive, but I can afford it." he said, nudging her around the corner and onto another street.

He took extra care to avoid any dark alleys- as adept as he was at dodging blows to himself, he didn't think he could handle a group of thugs on his own while protecting a drunk mare.

Nocturne simply guided her down the street towards his home, keeping an eye out for trouble and humming a little song.

((Song is Garden of Shadows. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-3wp2VVhKQ))


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 Posted: Mar 27 2013, 10:32 PM
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Snowbird chuckled and hummed along slightly off-key, before slowly correcting her pitch. It seemed she was starting to get her bearings again as they came up to Nocturne's tower. She looked up at the monolith and shrugged.

"Not bad, not bad...Still, I wanna show you my place tomorrow, it's way cooler..."
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 Posted: Mar 27 2013, 10:35 PM
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Nocturne laughed.

"Just wait till you see how much of this place I rent out." he muttered with a grin. He led her to the elevator, pressing the button for the penthouse and waiting for it to rise up. The elevator seemed to stop two floors too early, however, but Nocturne simply smiled.

"Well, welcome to my "pad". Guest bedroom is right this way." he said, leading her into the penthouse.


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 Posted: Mar 27 2013, 10:41 PM
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Snow smiled and looked around, trying to gauge just how big his apartment was. At least the size of a normal house in the suburbs, and furnished much more nicely. Of course, that meant it was at most a quarter the size of her manor, but she wasn't going to point that out.

"Mmm, very nice place. Want me to cook you dinner? I can cook, more or less..."
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