Fluorescent Dreams Wax Cylinders - New story: "Death of a Mailmare"

12th of December, 2011

6:21 - New story: "Death of a Mailmare"

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Death of a Mailmare

At 3:37pm, a package at the Ponyville Post Office and General Delivery Service exploded. The explosion spread flame and heat. Fire licked at the envelopes, charred letters, burned papers, melted stamps, blackened books, invalidated forms, destroyed labels, and consumed packages. The flames devoured paper and attacked the more solid pencils, wooden desks, and mailboxes. The heat shattered windows and let in more air. The once-small fires engulfed the wooden structure, burning everything from ceiling to floor.

When the package exploded, no customers were in the store. Only one employee was there; all others were delivering mail and packages. The blast killed her instantly: a mail mare pegasus with a grey coat, a light yellow mane, and two eyes that had rarely focused on the same object.

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It's a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic story. I hope that you enjoy it!

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From:merle_
Date:2011-Dec-12 05:33 pm (UTC)
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The flames devoured paper and attacked the more solid pencils

What, man? Have you never heard of flair pens?

(actually, upon thinking about it, I cannot recall seeing a pencil in a post office, them tending a bit towards more permanence when writing addresses)
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From:chipuni
Date:2011-Dec-12 06:22 pm (UTC)
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I didn't think about that...

I wonder how well Victorian-style pens burn (before the mass use of plastic.)
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From:merle_
Date:2011-Dec-12 06:49 pm (UTC)
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That's an interesting question. Before plastic it would have been either heavily oiled wood (to prevent ink from seeping out) or metal. The latter would of course not burn well, but the former might. Experiments would need to be performed, unless you can manage to google up answers to questions likely not asked during the last century.
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From:kensan_oni
Date:2011-Dec-12 10:58 pm (UTC)
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Fountain Pens were kind of rare, weren't they? I mean, they were still using Ink Wells and Quill Pens well up into the early 20th century.

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From:zenicurean
Date:2011-Dec-15 08:11 am (UTC)
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... wait, where do they do that?
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From:kensan_oni
Date:2011-Dec-15 08:58 am (UTC)
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Long Beach School District, I would suppose. That's where the desks I am referring to were.

And I'm not saying they are doing that *now*. I am saying that the desks I sat at were designed to for that, and they were pretty old desks.
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From:zenicurean
Date:2011-Dec-15 11:03 am (UTC)
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School desk seem weird like that! I'm in North Europe and I know some school desks were, for whatever reason, entirely capable of accommodating ink wells only a decade or two ago.

Which is actually pretty interesting to me. To the best of my knowledge, proper quills had already gone into a noticeable decline in the first half of the 19th century. (With local variation shuffling things about a bit, obviously.)
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From:kensan_oni
Date:2011-Dec-15 04:36 pm (UTC)
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I always assumed it was left overs from the quick transition from semi-rural to suburban environment, I admit, this is pure speculation. Where I grew up as a child, there literally were cow farms surrounded by city . Where the Cerritos Automall is right now, used to be about two blocks of cow fields. While they went away by the early 80's, a lot of the homes that my grand relatives lived on were old farm houses that sold their farms out when the cities moved in.

As a perspective, you can't blame Disney for destroying the Orange Groves of Orange County. Just about everyone was doing it, too. They just didn't know how important it was to people that there were until it was all said and done. (Although, I believe Irvine still has a few hold out Orange Groves).
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From:mejeep
Date:2012-Feb-19 03:14 am (UTC)
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I'm surprised that no artists have replied: metal nibs replaced feather quills long ago.

According to wikipedia, steel nibs finally gained popularity in 1822
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nib_%28pen%29

My elementary school's old desks had the holes/holders for ink bottles but nobody them anymore. The carmine drawing ink in art class was in a large bottle that didn't fit in the hole.
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From:kensan_oni
Date:2012-Feb-19 05:00 am (UTC)
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I didn't mean Feather Quills per say. I just have taken to calling the metallic nibs quills. I apologize for the confusion.

I wonder if you ever tried a Higgin's bottle? They seem to be the right size...
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From:chipuni
Date:2011-Dec-12 08:58 pm (UTC)
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Err...

Uhmm....

*points to the mare who just dropped the bomb*

SHE did it! It's all HER fault!

*the mare runs off*

Follow that mare!

(P.S. It's a crime story.)
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From:telbert
Date:2011-Dec-14 11:22 am (UTC)
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Very descriptive so far =0)

Speaking of mail: Could you please email your current postal address to trainskunk@hotmail.com ? I'd like to send you a holiday letter =0) Thanks
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From:chipuni
Date:2011-Dec-14 05:33 pm (UTC)
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*grin*

The rest of the story is at Death of a Mailmare. I hope that you enjoy it.
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