If you’re having trouble keeping up with the story, than go read the crossover. His story is a really good read. He and I worked on both of our crossovers together! Please go read his story and enjoy it as much as I have!Subject 27
( Daimon is in Italics, the "associate" is in bold italics )
“Hey Cloud, check and see how close we are.”
Cloud lifted off the ground and flew towards the sky once more.
“We’re about a four hours out from Ponyville, but it’s getting dark pretty quick, we should set up camp somewhere for the n-”
“I FUCKING HATE CAMPING!” You yell in anger.
“Why? You scared of the dark?” 27 teasing you as he pokes you with a stick.
“That and insects always seem to gravitate towards me.”
“That’s an easy fix, best way to keep bugs away is having a fire and creating a lot of smoke. And I would suggest making camp for tonight, I don’t know how well you two handle yourselves in the dark.”
As soon as 27 mentioned fire, the voices in your head became loud and clear,
“LET IT BURN!” You yelled as you created fire.
“Colt... How can you manifest fire like that?” 27 asking when a concerned look on his face.
“The voices tell me things.”
“I-I see... Well these voices be causing us any problems tonight?”
“Nah, he isn't like me, but he is a bit of a fire bug.”
“I see... Daimon how many more voices does Colt have?”
“You don’t wanna know.”
“Okay then.... As long as they don’t cause any problems while we’re traveling together then I’ll trust you on that, Daimon... Now let’s set up camp for the night, Cloud, you gather some wood, Colt you do... I don’t know, you go do something. I’ll go and try to gather some food.”
You say nothing as you had found a stick and began poking the fire. Cloud returns after a short while with some fire wood. She stops and looks at you as you poke at the fire, entranced by the dancing flames. The night finally falls and 27 hasn't returned yet.
“Hey Colt... Have you seen 27...?” Stopping as she sees you poking at the fire, still.
“N-Never mind... I’ll leave you two to your fire..”
After about an hour since night fell, you hear some movement coming from behind you. You turn around and try to see what is causing the noise. You see a good sized manticore, but something seemed off, you then see why, it was dead.
“Hey Colt, mind giving me a hand with this? This son of a bitch is really heavy.” 27 carrying a dead manticore on his back as he tries to make it back to the camp fire.
“MEAT! I got a stick that would be perfect for roasting that thing!” You walk over to your firewood pile and pull out a very large stick and impale the manticore to roast him.
“27 you’re ba-” Cloud stopping mid sentence as she see the body of a manticore on the stick.
“W-What do you plan on doing with that 27?” Cloud cocks her head to the side with curiosity filling her voice.
“I said I was going to get us food, and well, I found this big guy and thought it should be more than enough for us for tonight.”
“2-27... Y-You eat meat?” Her face stricken with disguise.
“Yeah... Humans are omnivores... We eat pretty much anything … Do ponies not eat meat?”
“N-No... W-We don’t... I didn’t know that you ate meat....”
“Oh, sorry about that Cloud, here I’ll be back in a few minutes. I saw a few bushes nearby filled with berries.” Saying this 27 quickly vanishes once more under the cloak of the night.
You stand there, drool coming out of your mouth as you watch the manticore roast over the fire. You watch as the fur burn off, leaving only the flesh of the manticore as the fire licks the body.
“Almost done, lucky for you guys I can cook.” You say trying to evenly cook the manticore.
27 reappears once more from the dark veil of the night, holding mixture of berries and random edible vegetables.
“I’m sorry about that Cloud, hopefully this is more to your liking.”
“Thank you 27!” A smile breaking across Cloud’s face as she see 27 returning once more from the darkness.
You all sit around the fire to eat; you and 27 share the manticore, and Cloud has her veggies. As you and 27 begin to devour the manticore piece by piece, Cloud stops eating and just stares.
“Whatcha’ starin at Cloud?” 27 asks as a piece of meat hangs from his lip.
“I don’t see how your kind can eat meat... It seems so unnatural.”
“Nothing is more natural then killing! I mean, we all die eventually, meat eaters just speed up the process.” Daimon says as he appears next to her.
“Cloud, Daimon does have a very valid point. Where we come from, it’s either kill or be killed for the most part. War is in our nature, some born to fight, and some born not to.”
“Don’t do that to me Daimon!” Cloud jumping back a little as Daimon appears next to her.
“But 27, is your world always so brutal? Your kind always killing each other?” Cloud says in between bites of veggies.
“Yes and no, Cloud, there has always been fighting going on in our world, no matter what. But for the most part of it, there is peace throughout the world. We only fight to keep our friends alive from others who seek to do them harm.”
“What does that make for you and Colt then?” Cloud asking as she continues to eat.
“Well, from what I’ve seen of Colt and Daimon so far is that they had a troubled life, but are not a soldier like myself. I fight to make sure people like Colt can sleep peacefully at night or have a place to call home.”
“That you do my friend, but I don’t just sit on my ass either.”
“Be that as it may, Colt, you make sure that there is someone for me to protect.”
“No problem. I prefer not to kill, though, but that's why Daimon is here, although he enjoys it a bit too much.”
“27, do you enjoy killing as much as Daimon? And don’t you want to return home and continue fighting for your loved ones?”
27 stays quiet for a short while before answering the question.
“Cloud, I fight because it’s the only thing I know how to do... I-I.... I barely remember anything from my past... I can only tell you this though... I was an orphan after I did something very bad... I lived in the streets hand to mouth, horrible things happened to me until the day a stranger came and took me in and made me who I am today.” 27 says as a tear runs down his cheek.
“Ah, so I am not the only one with a fucked up history. Good to know.”
“I-I’m sorry 27... I didn’t know...” Cloud says, looking up in shock after hearing the grim life 27 had.
After an awkward silence Daimon speaks,
“Alright, well fuck this, I am going to bed,”
“You guys get some sleep, I’ll keep watch to make sure nothing happens.” 27 says as he stands up and walks over to Cloud and hugs her good night
“Good night Colt, don’t le-,” he said as he looked over to you, but you and Daimon had fallen asleep sitting straight up still clutching onto a piece of manticore meat.
“Huh, didn’t know humans could sleep like that.” Cloud says as she stares at Colt.
“Yeah, humans can sleep pretty much anywhere they fall.”
“Your kind is a strange one...”
“Cloud try to get some sleep, we have a big day ahead.”
“What about you 27? Aren't you coming to bed?”
“No, I can’t sleep while my friends are asleep in dangerous areas. Old habits die hard. So get some shut eye and I’ll make sure nothing happens over the night.” 27 says as he pets Cloud’s mane.
“O-Okay... Well, good night 27.” She says as she lays down next to the fire to sleep.
Midnight approached in the Everfree forest. So far, it’s been uneventful for 27.
“Subject 27....” Fade whispers into his ear.
“Yes Fade? What’s on your mind?”
“We didn’t find the unicorn in the facility... Any ideas on where we should start looking?”
“No, but when we go see Princess Celestia, I’ll confront her about the facility and ask her about the whereabouts of the unicorn.”
“Do you think she’ll honestly and openly say anything about the facility?” Fade sounding a little annoyed.
“I don’t know, but it’s better than not asking her, right Fade?”
“You do have a good point Subject 27... If anything I can just enter her mind and find the answers I’m looking for.”
“You’ll do no such thing, last thing I need is to get arrested for trying to assassinate the Princess. And we can probably find a more peaceful solution than trying to consume her soul.”
“Doesn't that defeat the purpose of being an assassin, Subject 27? And lass, don’t you remember what happened the last time you tried to consume someone?” 27’s friend chimed in to the conversation.
Both Fade and 27 stay quiet after 27’s friend stateed the obvious.
“He does have a good point Fade... You’ll need to become stronger before you try to consume a powerful soul... Just make sure it isn't anyone I know.”
“And you best not pick anyone in Ponyville. . . . that’s my turf. Or shall we have another play date, my precious?” Daimon says as he materialises in front of 27 looking him dead in the eye with a malicious grin on his face.
“Agreed, Ponyville is off limits Fade. You’ll have a chance to become stronger once we get somewhere without friendly locales.”
“How about I just nibble on your soul, Subject 27?” Fade says in a playful whisper.
“Careful lass, don’t you try doing that, you nibble on his soul and I’ll toss you out of Subject 27’s mind and let Daimon have you.” 27’s friend threatens.
“Oh boy! Can you kick her out? I always wanted to try something with bamboo shoots and rusty nails!”
“Only if Fade tries anything that would threaten 27’s contract with me. But if she plays nice with 27, then I’ll allow her to stay.” 27’s friend says.
“You guys are no fun.” Fade now pouting in a corner.
“Fine... But if she ever breaks that little rule of yours, you know where to send her... I even added a cage to keep her in, plus my associate would love to test her out as well...”
“Daimon... How many “associates” do you have in there with you?” 27 ask with a concerned look on his face.
“As of now, the other has yet to show, but let’s just say I am not alone anymore...” He says as he disappears.
Fade stays silent for the rest of the night, not speaking to 27 or his friend. It was past midnight now, the dead of night approaches, when all the interesting things come out to play. 27 stays vigilant as he kept watch over his sleeping friends.
“Hey friend, what are your thoughts on Colt and Daimon?”
“I don’t know, and that’s the fun part!” His friend’s insane laugh echoes through his mind.
“Besides that, what do you think about Daimon? Is he like you?”
“By me, do you mean another ‘friend’? No, he is not, he’s just a creation of Colt’s mind. Some trauma most likely caused Daimon to manifest himself to bury any bad memories of life.”
“You do have a good point there. What do you think about Daimon’s power? The increased regeneration when Colt is in control, or the increased power or animal instinct that Daimon brings to the table?”
“Ah lad, I was wondering when you’d ask me that. To be honest, the regeneration is something not to worry about, he can still be killed. Hell, even you can. When Daimon is in control, his tactics change, he is more of a primal fighter, using anything from his fists to his teeth.”
“Yeah, I came to that same conclusion myself... As long as I don’t turn my back to him, I can easily take him on if I play it out.”
“Still having trust issues lad? That’s my boy, trust no one and you’ll stay alive a lot longer, what was that little saying that you adopted?”
“What, ‘Be polite, be efficient, have a plan to kill everyone you meet?’ Is that the one you’re talking about?”
“That’s it lad! Fantastic saying if I do say so myself!”
27 goes over to the fire to restock it when he hears the bushes start to rusle nearby. He stands there, his eyes fixated on the bushes as they move, waiting to see what comes out. After a few seconds, a bunny rabbit jumps out from the bush, it stands there staring at 27 as he leans over to stir the fire, both of staring at each other until the smoke from the fire blows into 27’s face causing him to cough and scare away the rabbit.
“I hate rabbits.” Coughing as he waves the smoke out his face.
The dawn approaches as the fire starts to die down. Slowly but surely, the sun peeks up as the moon drops down. The birds start to chirp as the sun rises. Cloud wakes up first and yawns as she stretches out. You look over to see Colt still sleeping while sitting straight up.
“God, his back is going to be stiff and sore when he wakes up...” 27 says to himself trying not to laugh at Colt.
“Good morning 27.” Cloud yawns after she starts to rub the sleep from her eyes, stretching out her legs and wings.
“Good morning Cloud, sleep well?” 27 says with a smile on his face.
“Yes I did, thank you. Did anything eventful happened last night?”
“Nothing too exciting.” 27 says as he walks over to wake you up.
“Wakie wakie, Colt.” 27 says as he pushes you and causing you to fall over, still fast asleep.
“Sigh, looks like I’ll just have to carry him. Cloud, mind checking to see how far we are?” 27 saying this, Cloud nods her head and takes off into the sky.
She comes back down to earth with a smile on her face as she lands.
“Good news everypony, we’re only a few hours trot from town!”
“Fantastic, now let’s get a leg up.” 27 walks over and picks you up, still fast asleep, and they start the walk while you are on 27’s back.
“Isn't he heavy to carry 27?” Cloud keeping pace with 27 as he carries you on his back,
“Nope, I’ve carried a lot heavier payload then him before. If anything he’s a lightweight.” As 27 carries you, you start to drool on his back.
“Awesome... He’s drooling now...” 27 says with a nope.avi expression on his face.
Cloud starts to laugh after she hears 27 say this, and she looks up to see a rather humorous expression on his face which causes her to burst out laughing.
“Come on chuckles, we need to get to Ponyville soon before he starts to gnaw on my shoulder like it was a marshmallow.”
27 and Cloud keeps on walking through the forest, every so often Cloud flys up to see how close they are from Ponyville. Just about an hours trot from the town, 27 picks his pace. Cloud stops trotting and starts to fly, keeping pace up with 27 as they both start to haul. After a short while of power walking, 27 starts to jog, causing you to flail about on his back, making his drool run down 27’s back.
“Jeez, this guy sleeps like the a log. You keeping up with me Cloud? Do you want me to slow down a bit?”
“Are you kidding me? I can fly, if any thing you need to keep up with me.” Cloud says as she starts to fly circles around 27.
After Cloud says this 27 kicks up his speed, now going from a steady jog to a full on sprint. Cloud doing the same, going from a glide now to a lazy fly. After ten minutes of constant sprinting, sweat starts to bead up on 27’s body.
“It’s been awhile since I had this good of a work out.” 27 says in between each breath.
“This is a work out for you? Wow, you humans are really strange.” Cloud says sarcastically.
“What, do ponies not work out?”
“They do, but not while carrying somepony on their back while sprinting through the Everfree forest.”
After another ten minutes of sprinting, 27 and Cloud break through the tree line of the forest, running into the town known as Ponyville. They come to a stop, 27 breathing heavily as Cloud lands on the ground. 27 stands there with you on his back, looking at all the other ponies walking through the small town, some stare at him but don’t pay too much attention to him. That is, until a light blue unicorn spots you and goes berserk. She yells something that 27 can’t quite make out as she charges him.