Saten: *Enjoying music on his record player while sitting in his couch, and drinking a glass of water* This is how you enjoy a summer morning. *Hears a doorbell, and walks to his door*
Tareq: *Watches Saten open the door* Hi Saten. I would have called but my line's down. Can I hang out with you?
Saten: Come on inside.
Tareq: *Closes the door* Buddy Holly. Good choice.
Saten: I just bought it a few days ago. How did your run with Jake go yesterday?
Tareq: Not bad. I actually got him to sit down, and shut up.
Saten: Thank god! How did he react?
Tareq: He stayed silent once I told him about that pony I saw in '55, who wrecked his mail train.
Saten: I wish I could have seen that, just to make him quiet.
Tareq: You can do that if you pronounce his name wrong. It gets funny too, because you can see him get angry.
Saten: He gets angry?
Tareq: I called him John. He did not like that one bit.
Saten: Hm. I'll remember that, and spread the word to the others in L.A.
Half an hour later, Saten and Tareq walked to the station.
Tareq: I gotta cover somepony in San Franciscolt so I'm gonna be one of your passengers today.
Saten: You know I have to go to L.A. You'll reach San Franciscolt later than scheduled.
Tareq: No I won't. They ordered me to get on your train.
Engineer: *Blows the horn as he drives The Super Chief. He gently brings the train to a complete stop*
Jake: *Walking towards the two stallions*
Tareq: Oh christ, I'm gonna get on board before he does anything. Good luck. *Runs onto the passenger train*
Saten: *Watches the engineer climb from the cab*
Engineer: Hello Mr. Twist. Have a good run to Los Angeles.
Jake: Hi Saten. Let's go back to The City Of Angels.
Saten: Of course John.
Jake: *Gets very angry* It's Jake!
Saten: I thought you told me it was John.
Jake: *Calming down* I'm sorry. It's Jake.
Saten: Let's get on board. *Climbs into the cab with Jake*
Most of the trip was silent. By the time they entered the state of Alicornia, Jake started a conversation.
Jake: I thought you said you remembered my name.
Saten: Hey, nopony is as perfect as you. What are you, part British, or something?
Jake: I'll take that as a compliment. My family is actually 100% Equestrian.
Saten: No kidding. Your relatives have lived in this country forever, huh?
Jake: You know it.
20 minutes later, they stopped in LAUPT.
Jake: *Takes a deep breath, enjoying the fresh air* Nothing like driving the greatest passenger train in all of Equestria.
Saten: What worries me are the airlines. Railroads in the east coast aren't doing so well because of them.
Jake: What are you talking about?
Saten: You didn't hear? Fewer ponies are travelling by train. You know what happened to the Neigh York Central's 20th Century Limited?
Saten: It got downgraded. There's more station stops, and no first class service.
Jake: Will that happen to us?
Saten Twist: As much as I want to say no, I wouldn't be surprised if that were the truth. Keep doing what you're doing, and maybe we'll have a chance.
2 B Continued