Daring thought about Aerohead’s letter the whole way to ponyville. She couldn’t stop thinking that he needed to track down a thief who stole something valuable. Or at least stop him from doing so.
“Stopping a thief isn't exactly the most fun adventure, but it's been so long I’m up for anything.” she thought out loud.
As she flew closer towards ponyville, she saw the small town increase in size over the horizon. Doing so, she felt excited to see her friend with his important news.
“Wonder what he needs my help for... it’s just a thief.” she pondered as she landed in the center of town. She began to trot toward Rarity’s home, since he lived with her. As she headed toward the other end of town she took notice of a tall, well dressed pony wearing a hat, and round glasses. He seemed to be staring at her, but she ignored him. She arrived at the other side of town at Rarity’s home, knocked on the door, hoping somepony would answer.
Rarity opened the door, seeing Daring, happy to see her husband’s friend she said. “Hello Ms. Do, are you here to see Aer--
“I need to see him now!” she interrupted “I’m sorry, it’s just I got a letter from him, and he tells me a thief is trying to rob you.” daring apologized
“Excuse me dear, but a thief? I don't recall Aerohead telling me about a thief.” Rarity retorted. Daring wondered why Aerohead didn't mention a possible thief to his own wife. Aerohead saw Daring through the doorway, he was laughing.
“I knew that would get you to fly over here as fast as you could.” he joked. daring looked angry as he continued to laugh.
“Aerohead why did you get me to come all the way out here? To make fun of me?” daring said angrily.
“No, I brought you here for a reason.” he responded, halting his laughter at last.
“Come in, I need to show you something” he said as he walked into the living-room. Daring walked in with an annoyed look on her face, Rarity couldn’t help but laugh as well. She tried to hold back her laughter as daring passed her through the doorway. She let out A few giggles, Daring overheard her, and looked at her, still annoyed. Daring just continued trotting to the living room. she noticed that a large map and old books were scattered around the coffee table. She approached the couch he was sitting on to sit next to him. As she sat on the couch she took notice of what the map was.
“A map? Of Las Pegasus? Aerohead, what's going on?”
“come on, isn't it obvious at this point? you remember king Orion, right?”
“Yes but what does that have to do with anything?”
“He wore a necklace, with a blood ruby. The legend says its the last thing his enemies ever saw.” Aerohead explained. daring’s eyes lit up, she had finally understood what he was getting at.
“You’re telling me that King Orion was buried somewhere with his blood ruby? But I thought all of his precious belongings were kept in a separate tomb.” Daring questioned Aerohead.
“Yes, so did everypony else. But think about it, anypony who knows about ancient history knows that the blood ruby went missing.” He explained to her. Daring look angry again. “Damn daring, I knew you were getting rusty but this is--”
“Just shut up and tell me where we need to go.” Daring interrupted him.
“Calm down Daring I was only kidding.” Aerohead tried to calm her down.
She then looked disappointed, with a sigh she said.“Sorry it’s, just been too long, my nerves are just getting to me.” Rarity walked into the room hearing the argument.
“Would you like some tea, Daring?” Rarity politely asked. Daring nodded her head. Aerohead patted Daring on her back, hoping it would calm her nerves, even a little bit.
Rarity returned to the kitchen to make the tea, while in the kitchen she yelled over to Aerohead.“Oh I’m sorry Aero, did you want some too?”
“No thanks.” he replied.
“What are all these books, Areo?” Daring asked picking up one of the dusty old books.
“They’re old documents, from a museum.” he answered hesitantly.
“Did you steal these, aerohead?” Daring scolded
“No, I had a friend of mine stole them.” he said sarcastically
“Fine Aero, fine. just tell me what's in them.” daring said in a frustrated manner.
“They’re documents that other archaeologists who have been looking for this very ruby wrote.” As he responded, Daring flipped through each page, taking in the notes written on each page, even a few graphs and maps were drawn.
Rarity finally returned with Daring’s tea, “One lump, or two?” she asked.
“Two please” Daring responded. Rarity nodded and placed two lumps of sugar into her cup of tea.
“Thank you” Daring said, as she picked up the teacup and took a large sip. “So you know where his tomb is then?” Daring said trying to calm down.
“Uh, not actually. That's where you come in. I can't exactly find where it is. I was hoping with your knowledge of history, you might know.” Aerohead said nervously.
“Well if you say you know where it might be then I’m in, it should be fun.” daring replied with a smile on her face.
“Alright then! That’s the spirit!” Aerohead said with excitement.
“Are there any clues to its exact location?” Daring asked. Aerohead grabbed one of the dusty books and tossed it to her.
“Look on the last page of that book.” Aero told her as she caught it.
“My blood lies under the crescent moon, and with my blood, you shall find the stone of blood.” Daring read aloud. “Seems pretty vague if you ask me.”
“You’re telling me” Aero replied.
Suddenly There was a knock on the front door, as if someone were pounding on it as hard as they could.
“I’ll get it.” Rarity said as she walked over to the door. She opened it to find that a tall, well dressed unicorn, wearing round glasses, and a hat was standing there.
“Güten tag, I am Heinrich Ponyzeit. I have come to speak vith, Miss Do and her associate Aerohead.”
“I’m sorry but, do I know you?” Rarity replied. She felt intimidated by the colts big and frightening build.
“Nein, but the two pegasie do, or at least they should.” he had a gritty and deep voice. Rarity glanced at Aerohead and Daring, both of them shook their heads, almost in unison.
“I’m sorry but you must have the wrong--”
“I think it would be in your best interest to let me in your home. Now!” he interrupted. He levitated something from behind his back, something large, and metal. Rarity knew exactly what it was.
Trying to remain calm Rarity backed away and said, “I’m sorry but I’m afraid you're going to have to leave.”
“Why so soon fräulein? We have much to discuss!” he yelled as he revealed the weapon from behind his back. As he fired the gun, Rarity let out a shriek of terror. Daring quickly grabbed the map and a few of the books, and flipped the coffee table on its side. Aerohead quickly flew to Rarity and grabbed her before she was shot. As he tried to get back to the the coffee table for cover he felt a sudden pain in his left wing, the pain was so great he couldn’t fly anymore. He fell behind the coffee table and told the two mares
“I...I’ve been shot, I can't move my wing.” his voice was weak and fading, they could barely hear them over the gunfire. Rarity started to panic, as did Daring. Rarity kept talking to her husband try to make sure he didn't pass out or even die. Daring looked around hoping she'd find something, anything that could help.
“Daring. Daring!” Aerohead shouted, trying to get her attention. Finally she looked at him, he was still breathing, but he was bleeding, as he continued to bleed, he told her.
“Go into the kitchen, there should be a first-aid kit in there - grab it and bring it here. Rarity, you know how to sew a rip in clothing right?”
“Why, of course I do, you shouldn't even have to ask.”
“Good, sewing this up should be like the same thing.” As he told her, Rarity looked surprised.
“You want me to--”
“Yes rarity, but for now keep your hooves pressed on the wound. keep pressure on it, it’ll stop the bleeding.” Daring dashed into the kitchen to look for the first aid, thankfully Heinrich didn’t notice her. He instructed. Finally the constant gunfire ceased, Heinrich threw the Tommy gun he was levitating aside, then pulled out a handgun. he approached the coffee-table, and aimed the weapon at Rarity.
“Now, let us discuss your retirement.” he said with a disgusting grin on his face
“Don’t you dare touch her!!” Aerohead shouted. He then jumped and tackled Heinrich. They tumbled across the room, Aerohead then punched Heinrich in his face several times. During so Aerohead knocked off his glasses. Before he could continue, Heinrich pointed the gun at his head.
“I’ll make you pay for zat.” he said with a very angry voice, he fired the gun, it just narrowly missed Aerohead.
“Shiza! My glasses!” Heinrich yelled. Seeing this opportunity Aerohead jumped from on top of him and hid back behind the table. Grabbing his glasses, he approached the table, levitating his weapon
“I’ll kill you both, Du Hurensohn!” he shouted. without thinking, Rarity kicked the table with her back legs, Sending it flying into the other direction. trying to dodge the table flying at him, Heinrich jumped to the left, he was hit however. The table knocked him down, before he got up, he looked around searching for his handgun. He had found it, but too late. Aerohead grabbed it with his mouth, and threw it out of the window.
Heinrich growled and said “I’ll see you again, dummkopfs” realizing he was out numbered. He ran off leaving Rarity’s home a derelict. Daring came back with the first aid kit, she noticed the destruction and ran to aerohead who looked like he was in even more pain than before.
“Aero, you ok?” she said as she ran over to him.
“Other than the fact there's a bullet in my wing I’m fine.” He replied. She opened the kit and looked for the proper tools. She took out the bandages, and a disinfectant ointment. She continued to look through the kit for a needle and thread to sew the wound.
“Rarity, look for a needle and a thread, you’ll need them to close the wound.” Aerohead instructed. Rarity ran to her work room and grabbed the first needle and thread she saw, a relatively small needle, and a pink-colored thread. Rarity then rushed over to aerohead, who while winning his fight with Heinrich, was still bleeding, and in a lot of pain.
“Sorry Aero dear, but this pink thread was all I could find.” She explained
“Its fine. we’ll bang it up anyway. Before you even try to sew anything thought, we need to get the bullet out.” Aerohead explained.
“You sound like you’ve done this before.” Daring said. Aerohead chuckled while rarity tried to levitate the bullet out of aeroheads wing, slowly and gently.
“When you’ve traveled around as much as I did, you tend to meet some... unfriendly ponies.” He replied. Rarity had finally got the bullet out of her husbands wing and threw it aside, and began to start sewing his wound.
“Talk to me Aero, that way we’ll know if you pass out” Daring said.
“Who was that colt, he really wanted to see us dead?” Aerohead asked
“Heinrich Ponyzeit, I was hoping that if he had the wrong address he would leave, but he seemed to recognize me right away. He’s a greedy stallion, he doesn't care who he steps on to get what he wants, he’d probably kill Celestia herself if it meant he would get money out of it.” Daring explained to him.
“Sounds like your typical crime lord.” Aerohead retorted.
“He is one, he probably owns the biggest crime syndicate in Ponyville, he's got connections from here all the way to Canterlot. hay, he’s even got connections in Appeloosa!” Daring continued to describe Heinrich and his crime family. At last, Rarity finished her effort, and let Aerohead stand on his hooves.
“If he’s looking for us, then we need to leave ponyville now.” he said wrapping the bandages around his wing.
“Rarity, I need you to go into hiding, his goons might be looking for you, and I couldn’t forgive myself if anything happened to you.” Aerohead told his wife.
Rarity shook her head and said “No I’m going with you and I--”
“Rarity, if anything happens to you I will never forgive myself. Besides, we’ll be walking in the desert. Do you really want to walk in a desert?” Aerohead interrupted.
“Fine, just please be careful.” she said.
Daring stood by the front door and said “Aero, come on! we gotta go!”
Aerohead turned to her, nodded, turned back to rarity, and gave her a kiss good bye. Finally he turned back to Daring and ran with her out the front door. they quickly went out the east exit of Ponyville and went straight for, Las Pegasus.