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Hard Stone's Pov: The rest of my day from that point on went rather smoothly I guess you could say. After, I had met Starswirl, and the teacher had finished giving us a lesson about magic, she had assigned every pony homework, well every pony except me that is, and when I asked the teacher why she hadn't assigned me any homework she told me that since I was new that I couldn't handle the lesson, but none of the less I eventually convinced her that I could handle it by myself, and with that the school bell ring for lunch to begin. I left the classroom along with every pony else, and I sat down at a lunch table all by myself, and then using my magic I sat down the paper lunch bag that my parents had packed me earlier that day onto the table, but just as I was about to eat lunch some ponies had decided to sit with me, and the ponies who had decided to sit with me were none other than Starbella, Starswirl, and Trickster. "Hey there, mind if we sit here?" Starbella asks me as she and the other ponies approached the table that I was sitting at, and I just simply replied saying, "Oh no, of course not, I don't mind at all" I replied sarcastically as I said this to her. "Great" Starbella said smiling, and with that she sat down at the table along with every pony else.
"So, that's an interesting cutie mark that you got there, how did you get it?" Starbella asks me this with a curious tone in her pony voice as she asks me this. I just glanced at her as I said, "It's not really that important" I replied sarcastically as I said this to her. "Oh please, tell you what, if we tell you how we got our cutie marks you tell us how you go yours, deal?" Starbella asks me smiling. "Alright, sounds fair enough" I said smiling. "So, who's going to go first, and tell us how they got their cutie mark then?" I asked as I glanced at every pony waiting for a response from them.
"We really don't know who should go first" Starbella said glancing at me. "I suggest that we draw straws then, and whoever draws the shortest straw gets to go first, sounds fair enough?" I asked as I glanced at every pony. Every pony seemed to nod agreeing with me, and then Trickster got out some straws, and then we started to draw them one by one, and the pony who drew the shortest straw was Starbella. "Well, it looks like I'm going to go first" Starbella said nervously as she glances at every pony. "It would appear so, so why don't you start us off by telling us how you got your cutie mark?" I asked her curious as to how she was going to tell us how she had gotten her cutie mark.
Starbella's Pov: Oh jeeze, I don't even know where to begin I thought as I glanced at every pony nervously. "Well, you see I became very interested in magic ever since I was a young filly, but my parents told me that there has never been a female pony wizard in the history of all of Equestria, and I knew that it was going to be a challenge, but I was willing to take on any challenge that comes my way" I began. "Yes, please do go on Mrs. Starbella" Hard Stone said encouraging me to go on with telling the story of how I had gotten my cutie mark. "Well, you see one day some young colts made fun of me saying that a mare such as myself would never be able to make it as a great pony wizard" I continued. "So, then what did you do?" Hard Stone asks me curious as to what I did next, as he asks me this.
"Well, I was determined to prove them wrong, so I planned to throw a magic show in order to show every pony what I was capable of" I said as I continued to tell them the story of how I had gotten my cutie mark. "I had practiced very hard and before I knew it, the day of the magic show came, and I was very nervous, but then I remembered to have faith in me, so I did, and on that day I had proven them all wrong, and I had accomplished something in life, and I knew that from that moment on that I was doing what I was meant to do" I continued. "Let me guess, that's when you got your cutie mark?" Hard Stone asks me smiling. "Yes, Hard Stone, that's when I noticed that I had gotten my cutie mark, and from that moment on, I knew that I was doing what I was meant to do" I replied smiling. "That's such an interesting story Mrs. Starbella, Trickster why don't you tell us how you got your cutie mark next?" Hard Stone asks as he turns to face Trickster as he says this to him while doing so.
Trickster's Pov: Every pony seemed to turn towards me as they waited for me to explain how I had gotten my cutie mark. I just gulped and sweated for a moment or two. "Well, you see I don't think that you really want to know about that, it's quite an embarrassing story really" I began as I glanced at every pony nervously. "No really, I insist that you go next Trickster, please do tell us how some pony as great and powerful as you got their cutie mark" Hard Stone said as he insisted that I should tell the story of how I had gotten my cutie mark. I hesitated for a moment or two as I glanced at every pony in silence as I hesitated for a moment or two while doing so.
However, after a few short breathes, I realized that I had no choice, but to tell them how I had gotten my cutie mark. "Well, alright, if you really want to know how I got my cutie mark, then I suppose I should tell you my tale" I finally said as I glanced at every pony while doing so. "Great, let's get on with it then" Hard Stone said chuckling while doing so as he whispers something into Starbella's ear. I sighed for a moment as I thought of where I should begin with telling my story, and then finally after a long time of thinking I knew where to begin as I said, "Well, you see my family has been in the entertainment business for many generations, you see my father is a puppeteer, and my mother is a fortune-teller, and my family has been in the entertainment business for as long as I can remember" I began. "How interesting, please do go on Trickster" Hard Stone said smiling.
"Well you see my parents wanted me to be in the entertainment business as well, so I decided to give juggling a try, but while I was practicing juggling some ponies came up to me, and they started to make fun of me, and I remember being so mad that I wanted to get even with them" I continued. "Interesting, and then what did you do?" Hard Stone asked me. "I remember that I pulled a prank on them, and then I realized that my talent had something to do with that, and that's when I got my cutie mark" I replied quickly as I sighed in relief. "Very interesting story Trickster" Hard Stone said smiling. "Well, all that leaves is you Starswirl, so please tell us how you got your cutie mark, Starswirl" Hard Stone said turning to face Starswirl.
Starswirl's Pov: So, they want to know how I got my cutie mark, well, I suppose that I should tell them I thought as I stared at every pony in silence for a moment or two. "Well, I suppose that I should tell you, but it will have to be quick, I have more studying to catch up on" I said as I glanced at every pony. "Alright, let's get on with it then, Starswirl" Hard Stone said to me. Hum, now let's see where should I begin I pondered. "Well, you see just like Starbella here, I became very interested in magic at a young age'' I began.
"Oh yes, please do go on" Trickster said yawning as he pretended to be interested in the story that I was telling as he interrupted me while doing so. I glared at Trickster, but I ignored him, and I continued on with telling them my story. "Anyway, I became so interested in magic that I started to study magic both day and night trying to learn everything about it" I said as I continued to tell them my story. However, as I was telling them the story I noticed that Hard Stone seemed to be the most interested in the story that I was telling, but I didn't think much of this at the time, so I simply dismissed it, and I continued to tell them my story. "So then, after a few days of studying magic I decided to create my own spell, so I did, and upon doing that I realized that's what I wanted to do with my life, and that's when my cutie mark appeared" I said as I finished telling them my story.
After, I had finished telling them my story, Hard Stone told us his story, and I couldn't help, but notice how similar his and my story was as he was telling us the story of how he had gotten his cutie mark. After, Hard Stone had finished telling us his story the bell rang for us to return to class. We all separated from each other, and then we all started to walk back to class together, when suddenly Hard Stone walks up next to me, and then he smiles like some creepy stalker dude as he smiles at me. I turned to him as I said, "Um hello, can I help you?" I said as I asked Hard Stone as I started to feel nervous around him. "I just thought that we could talk while we are on our way back to class" Hard Stone replied smiling as he said this to me.
No One's Pov (Third Person): Starswirl glanced at Hard Stone as he said, "Look, I don't mean to be rude, but we just met, and I don't have that many friends, and you're starting to freak me out" Starswirl said as he tried to say this nicely to Hard Stone while doing so. "Oh, we have a lot more in common then you think, my friend" Hard Stone said casually as he said this to Starswirl. Starswirl just looked at him as he said, "I don't even know you that well dude" Starswirl said as he tried to create some space between him and Hard Stone. However, Hard Stone quickly apologizes to Starswirl saying that he just reminds him of an old friend of his, and Starswirl accepts his apology saying that it was alright. "Look, it has been nice talking to you, but I need to get to class" Starswirl said as he tried to walk past Hard Stone.
"Wait please; I just want to ask you something!" Hard Stone said catching up with Starswirl. Starswirl growled as he said, "Look I do not have time for silly ponies who want to make friends, I am very busy, and I have so much studying to catch up on, so whatever it is you want, make it snappy!" Starswirl said as he snapped at Hard Stone. "I was just wondering if maybe we could study magic together since, that's what we're both into" Hard Stone replied nervously. Starswirl glanced at him as he said, "So, you want to form a partnership between us, very well then, but we'll only be known as acquaintances and nothing more understood?" Starswirl asked Hard Stone explaining this to him. Hard Stone simply nodded as he thought I think that this is going to be the start of a beautiful friendship, what could possibly go wrong? He thought.
-Ten Years Later-
End of Part 1! To Be Continued!