The Moon Fox can't explain the sensation. The aura from the portal merely consumes her, and now she feels like she's floating in the middle of nothing. She can't tell whether she's moving or not, and doesn't see any sign of Victor, Celestia, or Luna. She's all alone. Did something wrong happen? she thinks. No. It couldn't have. They ran dozens of experiments. They made sure nothing could go wrong, but like Victor said. The slightest mistake could screw them over...
* * *
THUD! THUD! THUD! THUD!
Moon Fox, Victor, Celestia, and Luna all feel something hit them. As Victor groans in pain, he feels the ground. It's concrete. He slowly gets up and looks around. He sees nothing but the concrete platform they're on and a tree arc. The tree arc! He remembers what Twig said. Three gates now exist in each world: Equestria, Earth, and Vremena. As he watches his friends get up, Victor remembers how they managed to get the connection to Earth: him. That's how they got here. They used his energy, his life essence. Same goes for the Moon Fox. Celestia and Luna used her energy to make the connection to Vremena. Victor keeps looking around, and sees another building, peaked high in the sky. It's higher than the one they're on/
"We're on a building," says Victor, feeling interested. "Yeah, this is definitely Earth."
"Concrete," mutter Luna. "Yes, you're right."
"Wait..." Victor examines the building a bit more. He's been on enough vacations to make it impossible to NOT recognize it. "That's the Empire State Building!"
"The Empire what?" says Celestia, confused.
Victor walks to the edge of the rooftop, then turns to his friends. "I think it's best to show instead of talk," he says. Moon Fox, Celestia, and Luna get close to Victor and also look down. They're all shocked by the sight of hundred of cars moving down the streets. They see thousands of humans walking by or across the streets, signs advertising products and stores, and an insane amount of large screens placed on the buildings. They also see dozens more of skyscrapers. They are simply amazed. "Welcome to Manhattan," says Victor.
"Manehattan? That's not Manehattan," says Luna, confused.
"No, no. MAN-hat-tan. We're in New York City. See that place with all the screens. That's Times Square."
"Look at all the humans down there," says Celestia, surprised.
"Apparently, we got sent to one of the largest cities on Earth," says Victor.
The tree arc behind them starts to flicker. They all turn away from the excitement below them and gaze at it. Moon Fox puts up a fighting stance, but the rest don't. Victor tries to explain what's happening, but before he can, three figures fall out of the aura contained within the arc.
"Goddammit, Yellowtail, get off me!" says one the figures. To Celestia's and Luna's surprise, it's a human, and he's on top of two non-humans.
"Hey, I'm not the one who built this weirdass portal," snarls Edward. The human likes to nickname him Yellowtail.
The other non-human gets on her feet and wipes dirt off her clothes. "Anyone know why Twig was so hasty about this?" she asks in an elegant woman's voice.
"Oh my God, you guys!" shouts Victor, very happy. "Corvus, Edward, Jin!"
As the three newcomers get up, Celestia and Luna can see them perfectly. Jin has pale skin and long, jet-black hair, tied into a ponytail. He wears a white undershirt, blue jeans, and a tan overcoat and straw hat. In basic terms, Edward is a dragon, but he shares the same bipedalism concept Moon Fox has. The same goes for Corvus, a cheery friend who resembles a raven.
Edward has yellow scales all over his body, gray and spiky hair and beard. He also has wings, a long tail, and he's only wearing black pants with white cloth covering the top. The rest of his body is bare, showing all his muscles and claws on his hands and feet. He looks just as frightening as Moon Fox when she has the black eyes, but he gives Victor a weak smile.
Corvus' entire body is covered with violet feathers, and her head, hands, and feet are that of a raven's. She's wearing a classy, black suit, while the rest of her body is human-based. She looks as beautiful as the Moon Fox, but actually looks more pleasant, mainly because of her eyes. They're large, purple, and cute. She starts to break down when she sees Victor. Corvus rushes to him and strangles him with a hug.
"Victor, I missed you SO MUCH!" she shouts, shedding tears of joy.
"I missed you, too," says Victor, choking.
"Celestia? Luna?" calls out Moon Fox. "These are our friends: The purple one's Corvus, the yellow one's Edward, and the kid's Jin."
"Hey, I'm eighteen," says Jin, annoyed. Then he looks at Celestia and Luna. He starts to make a huge smile that tops Pinkie Pie's. "Are you being serious? Vic, you went to EQUESTRIA?"
"Guess so," answers Victor, snickering.
"Dude, you just got two bamf ponies right here!" Jin's voice is slightly higher than Victor's, but overall he sounds nice. "Princess Motherbucking Celestia and Princess Frickin' Luna!"
"Wait. You're a brony, too?"
Corvus lets go of Victor and looks at the two sisters. "So who's your friends?" she asks.
"This is Princess Celestia and Luna," answers Moon Fox.
"Oh, so you made friends with ponies..." says Edward. "Yeah, nothing wrong with that."
Jin walks up to Luna and offers a handshake. "Sup. Nice to meet ya," he says.
Luna tries to put up a little smile as she raises her hoof and connects it with Jin's hand. "Charmed," she says.
"Uh, Victor. Does he also watch the show?" asks Celestia.
"I honestly didn't now," responds Victor. "I've been with him for like, months, and he never told me."
"Why didn't you tell me?" asks Jin.
"Wait, if I met you in Vremena, then how could you possibly know about the show?"
Jin thinks for a moment. "I'm not sure. Somehow I do..."
Edward walks up to Princess Celestia and puts his hands on his as he stares down at her. He snickers a bit. Edward is very tall. Victor only reaches up his upper torso, while Celestia can only reach up to his shoulders when her neck is upright. Celestia bends her neck back to meet with the eyes of the dragon. "So you two are talking ponies?" he asks. "You don't even look like real horses..."
"You don't even look much like a dragon," says Celestia. "You're more human-like."
"You should see all the monsters I gotta fight. Believe me. Where I'm from, we got these hugeass dragons that just wanna tear you apart. You'd get melted into a bowl of molten marshmallow."
"I could handle your dragons with one hoof tied behind my back," gloats Celestia, "the name's Celestia. Princess Celestia."
"Oho! Watch out guys! We got a badass here!" jokes Edward. He holds his hands up, snickering. "Damn, how can something that looks so girly exist? It's like you're from a cartoon."
Celestia scowls. Victor notices and says, "Edward, they are..."
Corvus also listens to Victor. The happiness and laughing from Edward and her is replaced with shock. They keep staring blankly at the two sisters. Victor, Moon Fox, Jin, Celestia, and Luna all stare back, but with confusion. Then Corvus and Edward break out into hyena laughs.
"Uh, guys? He was being serious," says Jin. Corvus and Edward immediately stop laughing.
"No joke?" says Edward.
"That's actually pretty interesting," says Corvus, in an optimistic mood. She crosses her arms and keeps looking at the two princesses, mainly at their flowing manes and tails. "There's actually a world out there that comes from a television show."
"Wait," says Victor, thinking. "If My Little Pony is an actual world, then..." A smile grows on his face. "Jin! Pokemon could be a real world!"
"Awwwwww yeaaaaaaah!" shouts Jin.
"Now's not the time for Poke-whatever," commands Moon Fox. "Haven't you all forgotten why we even CAME to Earth in the first place."
"Oh yeah," says Edward. "He said something about warnings and danger coming here."
"In New York..." says Victor, annoyed. "God, everything happens in New York!"
"But the city looks fine," says Luna. "Speaking of which, we shall settle in somewhere to prepare for this threat."
"You two? Fight?" says Edward, starting to snicker again, then laugh.
"Edward, stop it!" says Moon Fox, right at his face. "These two are the strongest of Equestria. They're immortal, and have an extraordinary amount of power."
"Are you serious?"
"Do you want them to demonstrate?"
Edward looks at Celestia and Luna, who are both glaring at him. "I'll just take your word for it, Fox," he answers, nervously.
"Good. Now let's go find a place to stay."
"Shouldn't we cover this up?" asks Corvus, pointing at the tree arc. It's currently morning, but at night, it would glow like a Christmas tree. Who would miss it? Moon Fox sees a large sheet of cloth near her. She grabs and hovers over the gate, covering it with the cloth.
"That works," says Jin.
"But we still got issues," says Victor, looking at everyone except Jin. "How are we going to get you guys around without being seen."
"I don't care if any humans see me," says Edward. "I'll just walk down there like that."
"No!" yells Jin. "Dude, these are Earth humans. They're not used to seeing creatures like you, let alone everyone here but Victor."
"I don't care."
"They're gonna call the frickin' military on you!" says Victor, starting to get angry.
"Oh. That doesn't sound good..."
"You're all gonna have to stay hidden. Jin and I will take care of the food and shelter. Wait...FUCK!" Victor puts his hands on his head, quietly swearing to him. "We don't have any money!"
"Oh, that's bad," says Jin. "We're gonna have to beg for it on the streets."
"Screw that. I'm not going near the bums." Victor looks off the edge. He scans the city, looking for places to get money.
"Then it probably was a bad idea to bring bits," says Luna, laughing nervously.
Everyone turns to the covered portal. It glows beneath the cloth, and with a flash, a few bags zoom out of the bottom of the cloth. Edward picks one of them up and opens it.
"Nyxx," he says. "Twig just gave us some money."
"Yeah, but we need dollars," says Victor.
Edward digs through the bag of golden coins and finds an old parchment. "Hello, what's this?" he says. He mutters the words as he reads the parchment, then smiles. "It's a money converting spell."
"Really? Sweet," says Jin, feeling relieved.
"Lemme see that," says Corvus as she takes the parchment from Edward.
Victor walks up to Celestia, smirking. "And humans were supposed to be myths," he says, feeling clever.
Celestia laughs softly. "If I jump down there right now, they're going to be freak out," she says, still laughing. Victor and Jin join in the laugh while Edward, Corvus, and Moon Fox keep reading about the spell.