"A HUNTING MISSION ALREADY?!" I exclaimed. Luna flinched.
"Yes, we apologize... A pack of timber wolves has been ravaging Appleloosa. All of our other monster hunter knights are busy on other missions, otherwise we wouldn't ask you so soon after your battle with... yourself." She said suprisingly humbly. It was then that my body decided to remind me that I had recieved some severe burns from evil me's magic blasts.
"Ah crap..." I grabbed my chest and fell to one knee. Well, this is unfortunate... but I've gotta go help.
"Sharky?! Art thou alright?!" Luna yelled. I stood back up. If I was the only one able to help, I had to be strong.
"Yeah, I just got some bad burns from my fight. I'll be fine though. So, point me to the Timber Wolves." I said. Luna frowned at me.
"Sharky, thou art injured. Thou should stay and heal."
"No princess, every second I'm not heading to Appleloosa, somepony could be dying!" I exclaimed. "I have to go!"
"If... If thou insists..."
"I do... After I say goodbye to my friends and Unity of course..." Luna nodded.
"Yes, of course." She agreed. "Let me escort you to their chambers."
"Thank you." She leapt off the bed and started walking towards the exit door. I followed after her through another series of hallways and random rooms.
I really should start memorizing these paths... I thought to myself. Luna stopped at a familiar door.
"If memory serves, this is where you placed Rarity and Twilight." Ah, that's why it's familiar. I knocked. There was no answer. I knocked harder, and waited again. For a few more minutes, I still didn't get an answer. I slowly opened the door. The lights were off, and I heard whispering. All of the sudden, I knew what was happening and I quickly closed the door.
"Okay Luna, nevermind. Let's go. NOW." I said with a strained voice. I started walking away as quickly as I could.
"What? What about thine friends?!" She asked.
"They were in the room. LETS GO!"
"Why art thou running away?!"
"BECAUSE I REALLY HATE PARTIES. TAKE ME TO UNITY AND HELP ME LEAVE BEFORE THE PINK ONE FINDS ME!!!" I shouted in terror. Luna nodded in understanding. We started running down the halls Luna led me back to the room Unity was sleeping in. I opened the door, and the room was in negative color. Of f***ing course it was. I ran over to Unity and hugged him in his sleep. "See you soon buddy..." I muttered to him. He smiled in his sleep. I smiled back and walked back over to Luna.
"Ohhh Sharky!?! Where are you!?!" Pinkie yelled from the hall.
"OH GOD TELEPORT ME NOW!!!" I yelled.
"I HEARD HIM GUYS! HE'S OVER HEEEEEEEREEEE!!!" Pinkie yelled. Luna's horn glowed and I disappeared in a flash of black light. As soon as I was gone, the mane six burst into the room carrying all sorts of streamers, hats, noisemakers, and a cake.
"Oh hi Luna, have you seen Sharky? Pinkie said he ran in here." Twilight asked.
"Oh, sorry girls, he just left on a mission." Their mouths dropped open.
"H-he's already g-gone to hunt monsters?" Fluttershy asked. Luna nodded slowly.
"H-he didn't even bother to say goodbye..." Twilight said with tears in her eyes.
"Uhh... No, we told him to leave immediately. We barely let him say goodbye to Unity. We apologize." Luna lied.
"Ok... if you say so... So, what is he hunting?" Rainbow Dash asked.
"A pack of Timber Wolves that have been attacking Appleloosa. He accepted immediately." Luna explained.
"That's cool of him..." Rainbow Dash sniffled. Then Rarity had a thought.
"Umm... How many wolves are we talking dear?" Rarity asked. Luna hesitated all of the sudden.
"No number of consequence..." Luna mumbled.
"Princess, how many?" Twilight asked firmly. Luna sighed.
"The last report from the previous hunter said 59..." She admitted. The girls' jaws dropped.
"Ahm' sorry, did ya just say 'previous hunter'?" Applejack asked.
I opened my eyes, and I had appeared on the train platform in Appleloosa. I sighed in relief.
Whew... dodged a bullet on that one... I thought to myself. Then I felt really guilty. Ah crap! I didn't even say goodbye! I'm freakin' terrible. I lamented. I smacked myself a few times for my stupidity. Then I sighed and walked into the town. I remembered everypony would most likely freak out when they saw me, so I started ducking into cover and moving as silently as possible. Then I spotted a pony sitting on a corner. He looked out of place because one, he was outside in the middle of the night. Two, he looked like a city pony. He wasn't wearing a hat, and he just didn't look like he was country. I can't really explain it. He was a Pegasus colt with shaded gray coat, brown eyes, and a black and ice blue mane. He had a black heart with a white dove filling the inside of it as a cutie mark. He looked really sad. I snuck around some more until I was near enough for him to hear me.
"Hey! Hey you!" I hissed. He jumped up and looked around.
"W-who's there!?" He shouted. "Why can't you just leave me alone?!"
"Easy, easy friend. I'm here to help. What's got you so upset?" I asked. He narrowed his eyes.
"If you're here to help, come out and show yourself!" He challenged.
"I... I don't think that's a good idea..." I sighed.
"Then how can I trust you?!"
"Fine, fine, fine. You have a point... Just... promise me you won't freak out?" I pleaded. He looked more suspicious.
"Fine, I promise..." He said. I sighed and removed myself from the bush I'd been hiding behind. The pegasus gasped and fell back.
"No no! Don't freak out, don't freak out! I'm a good guy ok?" I soothed. He managed to stand back up, but he still looked terrified. "Look, I was sent by Princess Luna to help you guys with your Timber Wolf problem." I tried. Luckily Luna had inculded her royal seal in the design of my armored pants, one on each hip like a cutie mark, so I pointed to them to prove I worked for Luna. His eyes lit up.
"She sent a giant to get rid of those horrible wolves?!" He hissed excitedly. He seemed pretty angry, which didn't seem to fit him somehow. Like when a kid that's sad all the time starts acting really happy. It was really wierd.
"Whoa, why are you so hyped up?" I asked. He gave me a hard stare.
"Because those wolves need to go down!" He hissed. I'd never seen anger like this from a pony!
"Why are you so upset with them?" I asked. He calmed down instantly. He looked down and his mane covered his face.
"Oh... I'm sorry, I didn't mean to react like that... It's just... Those wolves... killed my brother..." He looked up at me and there were tears running down his face.
"That's terrible!" I exclaimed. "How did it happen? You don't look like you're from here. What were you and your brother doing here anyway?" He sniffled and wiped his eyes with his hooves.
"We came here a few weeks ago, we were trying to offer our services to the people of Appleloosa, but they weren't really accepting us." He started.
"Ok, what are your services?"
"My brother and I made our own sort of magic elixer. It keeps trees healthy and alive, even during the winter! We offer it to any farmer we cross, but so far ponies only treat us like it's a hoax..."
"Oh... I'm sorry... If it helps... I believe you." I offered. He sniffled.
"Really?" He asked. I laughed.
"Yea, really. I've seen stranger things happen. Anyway, how did your brother get attacked?" I asked.
"Well... I had been making progress in a deal with this one fellow named Braeburn, I think he was almost ready to give our elixer a try, but then these blasted wolves started showing up! The townsfolk blamed their apperance on my brother and I... I wanted to stay, but my brother convinced me that these people would never accept us now... We set out to leave just last night, but we were jumped by those wolves... My brother held them off so that I could escape... I haven't seen him since..." He was crying again as he finished his tale. I sat down next to him and draped an arm over his shoulders.
"Wow... I'm so sorry..." I offered. He only sobbed harder. It made me angry to see him so hurt. "I'm gonna get those wolves ok? I'm gonna avenge your brother!" I shouted angrily. I have a bad habit of working myself into a rage, and this was one of those times. "POINT ME IN THE DIRECTION OF THOSE DAMN WOLVES! THEY ARE GOING TO PAY!!!" I raged. The pegasus stopped sobbing and sat up straight.
"I-if you're going a-after them... I want to help." He said firmly. He had a no argument tone, so I knew I didn't really have much of a choice.
"Are you sure? You don't seem like much of a fighter..." I tried to dissuade him, but he didn't lose his determination.
"I don't care! I want to help! At the very least, I can heal you. I'm really good with herbs and stuff." He offered. I sighed.
"You aren't going to take no for an answer, are you?" I asked. He shook his head determinedly. "Fine, fine. What's your name?"
"Shadow Breeze, and you are?"
"About to kick some timber wolf ass." I answered. "And for the non-sarcastic answer, my name is Sharky White. Now point me to the wolves." I hissed. He gave me a worried look.
"Shouldn't you get a weapon first?" Shadow asked. I looked down at myself and realized my only weapons were my hands.
"Good idea..." I responded. "Where can I find a blacksmith?" I asked. He pointed at a rather large building in the corner of the town. He walked straight towards it, but I continued my sneaking thing.
"What are you doing?" He asked.
"I don't want anypony to see me if I can avoid it. They tend to not react well."
"Good point." He nodded. We continued in silence until we reached th blacksmith's place. Suprisingly, he was still open. We entered.
"Welcome, welcome!" A large stallion said from behind a counter. He was tan with a black mane, and he had a flaming hammer for a cutie mark. "What can I do for y-- WHOAAA!" He whinnied. He'd seen me.
"No, no! Calm down! I don't want to hurt anypony! I just need to buy a weapon!" I explained.
"Why, so you can kill me quicker?!" He shreiked.
"NO! I WAS SENT BY LUNA TO KILL THE WOLVES DAMMIT!" I pointed to the mark on my hips. He calmed down.
"Oh... Good... Sorry 'bout that. You're just... well I'm sure you know."
"I do." I agreed. "Now, about that weapon..."
"Oh, it'll be no problem! Since you're getting rid of the wolves, I won't even charge you!" He offered. "Now, whaddya want?"
"Oh... an ax would be best, but you don't have to do it for f--" He was gone the moment I said 'ax'. I sighed. Well, I didn't expect free stuff to come with the job. To be honest, I don't really like free things. I know I'm wierd. After only a few seconds, I heard banging coming from the back of the building. I turned to Shadow. "Well, that went better than usual..."
"Sharky, what's it like where you live?" He asked. His random question caught me off guard a little, but I answered nonetheless.
"Well, Ponyville is a really cool place..." I started.
"Oh! You're from Ponyville?! That was my next stop! What's it like there?" He asked. I smiled and dove into the details of Ponyville. I told him about all of my friends and all the places to go in Ponyville. He seemed especially interested in the farm, but he had a lot of questions about it that I couldn't answer. It was the place I spent the least time at after all. Eventually the banging in the other room stopped, and the blacksmith trotted back in balancing a fairly large double-headed ax. He trotted over to me.
"Here ya go!" He exclaimed. I lifted the ax off his back. It was suprisingly light, and I could lift and carry it with relative ease.
"Thank you sir!" I nodded at him. He grinned back and trotted off. "You ready to go Shadow?"
"As I'll ever be."
"Don't you need a weapon too?" I asked.
"Nah, I'm just healing you. I should be fine." He answered.
"Alright." I grunted. "Let's go!"