An Extended Performance
Jordan S. Bassior
Chapter 1: Bait and Switch
Never trust other ponies
For far from the first time in her life, Beatrix Lulamoon, better known across the entire land of Equestria as The Great and Powerful Trixie, reminded herself of this well-learned truth, as she confronted her Manehattan agent, Bottom Billing.
"What do you mean," she said in a slow, measured tone, only the very slightest flicker of pale purple radiance playing about her horn, "by 'not quite Bridleway?'"
She was not threatening Bottom. The Great and Powerful Trixie did not make idle threats, and the last time she had made a non-idle threat she had been forced to vacate a small desert town two steps ahead of an angry mob. She had learned from that. Grown. Matured, even. Besides, she wasn't entirely sure whether or not the sheriff had gotten a warrant out on her, so she considered it advisable to avoid any similar troubles in the future.
Though it had been an overreaction on their part. The glow had been purely illusory, it had not been directed at the audience, and who knew that the tired old cliche about not shouting 'fire' in a crowded ... well, anyway, nopony had really gotten hurt. Some ponies just couldn't deal with a truly spontaneous performance.
"Now, Trixie," Bottom said in a placatory tone, sidling around behind his large faux-oak desk (the stain was clearly off the plywood on the lower right front corner, oddly enough in the shape of a hoof-print), "ya gotta to understand that only the most popular acts are gonna play Bridleway in Manehattan during the Summer Sun Celebration ..."
Will Trixie encounter any unpleasant surprises at this routine gig? How much trouble could one little show-mare get into peforming until dawn at the Summer Sun Celebration of the year 1000? Find out in An Extended Performance!