I do not own Superman or My Little Pony (wish I did; that'd be cool)
Rainbow Dash crept through the hallways of her house, her hooves squishing against the clouds. Her foe was unaware, too wrapped up in her own exploits to know what was approaching. Certain she was not being watched, Rainbow Dash continued along, stopping only to make adjustments to her cape.
The house was furnished enough that she could sneak through it with ease, giving her complete surprise. Her size also aided in her spying ability, as she could easily peak over tables and chairs and stay out of sight. Rainbow Dash smiled; everything was going according to plan, and she would finally have victory over her opponent.
Said opponent was standing inside the kitchen, looking over a collection of old letters. She was a pink mare with a blue mane and tail, but to Rainbow Dash she was the villain, an unspeakable monster who reveled in the grief of other ponies. Rainbow Dash, however, was the hero, a paragon of goodness come to protect the innocent and weak from the horrors of the world around them. She was faster, stronger, smarter than any pony alive, and she feared nothing.
And now the hero must defeat the evil villain! Rainbow Dash thought as she stalked closer and closer. When she was within reach, she let out a cry and launched herself at the other Pegasus, using her wings to glide the rest of the way. She did not hit with a lot of force, but it was enough to startle the mare out of her focus.
“Rainbow Dash,” Firefly asked as the filly began scrambling across her back “What are you doing?”
“Who’s Rainbow Dash? I’m Superfilly! Defender of Cloudsdale, foe of Tyranny!”
“Do you even know what that means?” Rainbow Dash paused from her attempts to overpower her mother.
“Uh... no... But all my friends said that that’s what superheroes are supposed to oppose!”
“And you’re trying to oppose me?”
“Yes!” Rainbow Dash pointed a hoof at Firefly “You are my arch-nemesis, Mom-Lady! You use your evil powers of evil to impose early bedtimes and alfalfa sauce! Well I, Superfilly, will remove your threat once and for all!” Rainbow Dash began to tug at Firefly’s right wing while the older mare laughed.
“So, you want to oppose me?” she unfurled her left wing and used it to reach back towards her daughter “Try opposing this.” she began to gently stroke the tips of her feathers against Rainbow Dash’s side. The filly stopped trying to pry the other wing open and began to giggle.
“H-hey! That’s not fair!” She swatted at the feathers with her hooves, but Firefly persisted and began to brush her daughter faster “S-Stop! Ha ha ha! P-please!”
“I don’t think I will.” Firefly giggled and started to use both wings to tickle Rainbow Dash.
“Hee-Hee, n-no! I-I’m s-supposed to win! C-cut that out!” she began to thrash around before losing her balance and dropping to the floor, the soft clouds causing her to bounce when she landed. Free of her mother’s tickling, she took off running, trying to reach the sanctuary of her room.
“I’m coming to get you, silly filly!” Firefly called before taking off after Rainbow Dash. The filly was fast, but she was still a filly who had yet to master flight, and her stubby legs were no match for her mother’s wings. Rainbow Dash had almost reached her room when Firefly grabbed her and rolled her over, the older mare blowing a raspberry into Dash’s stomach. Rainbow Dash squealed and continued to squirm while her mother continued to tickle her, the two ponies collapsing into a pile of giggles.
When she had finally calmed down, Rainbow Dash rolled over and lay against her mother’s side, the older mare draping one of her wings over Rainbow Dash. The filly smiled, snuggling up against her mother while tugging at the towel tied around her neck.
“Guess I’m not that great of a superhero.” she said, finally managing to pull the towel from her neck.
“You’ll always be a superhero to me.” Firefly said, leaning in to nuzzle Rainbow Dash.
“But I can’t even overpower my arch-nemesis. How can I be a superhero if I can’t overpower my arch-nemesis?”
“There’s more than just strength, Rainbow.”
“But all that other stuff is boring.”
“Well, sometimes we need to focus on the boring stuff, otherwise we go so fast our whole lives go by without us enjoying them. Do you want to leave me and Dad behind?”
“No! Of course not! But... I still want to do all the fun stuff.”
“You can, just remember about everything else.” Rainbow Dash smiled and snuggled closer.
When Thunderhead came home that night, he found his wife and daughter curled up on the floor, sleeping soundly. He walked over to the two and began to stroke Firefly, stirring the older mare from her sleep.
“Fun day?” he asked, trying not to wake the sleeping filly.
“Yes. She was playing superhero and thought I was her nemesis.” she looked down at her daughter “Then she fell asleep and I guess I dozed off too.”
“Well, let’s get the little hero to bed.” Firefly nodded and scooped Rainbow Dash up in her hooves, the filly mumbling something about “Mom-Lady” before rolling over. Once the filly was tucked in, the two ponies exited her room and went into the kitchen.
“Do you think she knows?” Thunderhead asked.
“About... well, what she is?”
“Thunder, this was just innocent playtime. I don’t think she has a clue.” Firefly sighed “I still think we’ve been dancing around this issue for quite some time.”
“Five years is ‘quite some time’?”
“Yes. Rainbow Dash deserves the right to know where she comes from.”
“I’m all for telling her, but we can’t just walk up to her and say ‘Good news! You’re an alien!’ Do you know what that would do to her?”
“Rainbow’s stronger than you think.”
“... Yes, I know. But she’s only five; she’d get excited and tell everypony she met she was an alien, and if that pony happened to be a guard-”
“Thunder, you’re being paranoid again.” there was a pause.
“Sorry.” he said, walking over to Firefly “I just want her to be safe.”
“I know.” she said, resting her head against his neck “I do too.”
So, these stories are going to be whatever did not make it into Mare of Steel either due to awkward pacing or lack of room. I hope you enjoy. Likes and comments are appreciated.
Jor-El is actually a lot harder to write for than it seems (I guess it has to do with him being dead and therefore unable to show up for extended periods of time in Superman's comics). It's really hard to make him seem wise yet not jerkish, which is inevitable when writing really big sentences without being careful.
anyway, I don't own My Little Pony or Superman. Likes and comments are appreciated.
A particularly bad windstorm had hit the frozen north of Equestria, but the crystal walls of the Fortress of Solitude were more than enough to shield Rainbow Dash from the elements. The sound of the wind did cause her to shiver a little, but she passed it off as a normal reaction. Besides, she had more pressing matters than the weather to worry about.
“So, why teach me about freezing things with my breath when I’m in the middle of a snowstorm?” She asked. The holographic image of Jor-El, her biological father, merely shrugged.
“It’s better to learn now than if you were to sneeze and freeze one of your friends solid.”
“... Yeah, I guess you’re right.” Rainbow Dash inhaled before blowing a small cloud of ice particles out of her mouth. The cloud hung in space for a moment before dissipating, droplets of water collecting near Rainbow Dash’s hooves.
“Very good. The exact amount of ice you can project is proportional to the amount of air that passes through your mouth, but like your vision it is not a passive ability, so you do not have to worry about freezing something while you talk.”
“That’s good.” there was a pause before Rainbow Dash spoke. “Why did you decide to become a scientist?”
“Why are you a scientist? I mean, wasn’t there anything else to do besides science?”
“Yes there was. However, even from a young age I had always been attracted to how the universe worked, and when I was old enough I applied to be educated as a scientist.”
“So... You were always this big egghead?” there was a pause.
“If you see it that way, then yes. In the end, it doesn’t matter what you do as a profession, as long as you enjoy it. I enjoyed the sciences, while you seem to be very fond of racing.”
“I was raised by the trainer of the Wonderbolts; that’s kind of expected.”
“Yet there was always a possibility that you could have been drawn to something else. Quite a few of my colleagues had been raised by artisans or merchants, yet they too were attracted to the natural world and how it works. Who knows, you could have decided to be a scientist if you so wished.”
“I don’t think Ponyville could handle two eggheads running around.” Rainbow Dash paused for a moment. “What about my mom?”
“You haven’t really told me about my mom. What was she like... unless I was grown in some weird alien baby-growing machine, then I don’t really want to know about that.”
“Cloning was outlawed on Krypton long before even my father’s father was born.” Jor-El’s image faded and was replaced by a young Pegasus mare. She looked to be a little older than Rainbow Dash, with a long brown mane and grey coat. The mare blushed and shuffled a little, as if she was embarrassed to be seen.
“Her name was Lara Lor-Van. We met soon after I began my education as a scientist, and we courted for ten years before finally marrying.”
“What’d she do? Was she a scientist too?”
“Of a sort. She wanted to know how the universe worked as well, but while I was content to study and watch from afar, she wanted to actively go out there, so she studied to become an astronaut.”
“An astronaut?... That’s sounds like it’d be cool, going around in space and seeing all those stars and stuff. I know Twilight would have some big scientific project, but I mean, it’s space. I bet my mom saw a lot of cool things in space, like comets... or aliens! Did she ever visit any planets or moons and see aliens?”
“She suffered an injury to her lungs during a training procedure about five years before you were born, so she was unfit for most potential off world missions.” Jor-El sighed “I tried to help her as best I could, but I am a scientist, Kara, not a doctor; I could explain the entire chemical makeup of a pony, Kryptonian or otherwise, but I couldn’t do something as simple as fix your mother’s lungs. I... well, I felt like I had failed her, that there was more I could do to help her.”
“I know what that’s like.” Rainbow Dash looked down to her hooves “My dad, my adoptive dad, died when I was nineteen. I’d just gotten a job as a weatherpony and... I thought that, maybe I could have done something. You know, paid for more treatment, or a better doctor, or at least a nicer bed for him to sleep on. I had to do something and... I didn’t.” She looked back up at Jor-El, a small tear sliding down her face “I... I kept feeling like it was my fault he was dead, and... and...”
“I know what you are trying to say,” Jor-El said “And know that I felt the same way about your mother’s injuries. But remember: even when it seems as if we are being unjustly treated by the world, we should not allow it to tear us down, for then we can be easily swayed and may turn towards irrational actions. We should learn from these experiences, and allow them to teach us more about ourselves and make us stronger, and if we do endure loss, we should remember those that we have lost for what they were, and cherish those memories for as long as we live.” There was another pause before Jor-El spoke again. “Sorry, I did not mean to get philosophical; I know you’ve stated your displeasure for that sort of behavior.”
“No, it’s okay... I don’t mind.”
“Thank you, Kara. Rest easy tonight, my daughter.” and with that the image winked out, leaving Rainbow Dash alone in the Fortress of Solitude.
Next chapter: Rainbow Dash has a conversation with her mom concerning superheroes.
Rainbow Dash turned left and headed towards the Wonderbolts’ Training Facility. The airspace over the building was unusually calm, with almost no Pegasi to be seen. She did not allow the lack of activity to keep her on edge, but still shot a few glances towards the shadier parts of the building.
I shouldn’t worry, she thought. If I can punch a giant robot across town, I can handle a few thugs. She chuckled a little at the thought of somepony trying to mug her and approached the building, pushing the door open and letting herself in.
No one was there except for a few janitors. Spitfire, Soarin’, Rapidfire, all of them were gone. Rainbow Dash shuffled around a little, unsure of how to proceed, before swallowing slightly and walking further into the building.
“Hey, where is everypony?” she asked.
“Trottingham.” Rainbow turned and saw Firefly walking out of a nearby room, the older mare having tucked a small folder beneath one wing. “Some big businesspony, Mane or something, needed some entertainment, and he hired Spitfire and the others to perform.”
“Well, what are you doing here? Don’t you usually go with them when they tour?”
“They needed someone to watch this place.” Firefly laughed. “So, what brings you by?”
“Well, I was hoping I could talk to you about... something.” Firefly looked concerned.
“Is something wrong?”
“No, nothing’s wrong...”
“Are you pregnant?”
“What? Mom, why is it whenever I talk with you you always ask if I’m getting married or pregnant?”
“Well, considering that you’ve had next to none in terms of relationships with stallions, it’s very likely you’d do something stupid and get yourself pregnant.”
“Thank you for reminding me that I don’t have a love life; that’s doing wonders for my self esteem.”
“Well, if you spent less time racing around and got out a little more then that wouldn’t be a problem.”
“I do get out!”
“Then go out a little more.” Rainbow Dash rolled her eyes before Firefly spoke again. “But seriously, what’s wrong?”
“Nothing, just... Mom, you know about that robot that attacked Ponyville two days ago?”
“Does Princess Celestia love cake?”
“Well, the pony that defeated it, Supermare? That was me; I’m Supermare.” Firefly didn’t answer; she looked at Rainbow Dash for a moment, eyeing her for any signs of emotion, before shrugging and smiling.
“Is that it?”
“‘Is that it’? Mom, I just told you I’m a superhero and you ask ‘that’s it’?”
“Well, what did you expect? ‘Oh Rainbow, that impossible because you look nothing like her’? I raised you from a filly and I know what you can do; It was kind of easy to put the pieces together.”
“Oh.” Rainbow Dash looked at Firefly. “You’re okay with that?”
“Okay? Rainbow, I’m proud of you.” Firefly pulled Rainbow closer and hugged her. “You’re doing something with the gift you have, and you’re using it to protect other ponies. I couldn’t be more happy about your choices in life.” Firefly hugged Rainbow Dash tighter. “You haven’t told anypony else, have you?”
“No. I was going to tell my friends sometime soon.”
“Be careful with that, Rainbow; I know you have good friends, but if you just go from pony to pony telling them who you are then it will only cause trouble for everypony. You wouldn’t be able to be Rainbow Dash any more, and then you’d never be able to be with me or your friends. You don’t want that, do you?”
“No, not really.”
“Good.” Firefly began to lead Rainbow Dash further into the facility. “So, asides from beating up robot dragons, what else have you been up to?”
“Well, Ponyville’s throwing this big party for me... well, for Supermare, anyway. You can come if you’d like.”
“If I have the time. You know that the Wonderbolts are going on tour soon and I’ve got to keep them in shape.”
“Oh... Think I could get some season tickets?”
“Maybe, as long as you don’t show up everypony with your superpowers.”
“Mom, I’m not that kind of pony.”
“Says the mare who derailed an autograph signing because you wanted to race against Spitfire?”
“... I could have beaten her.”
“Mom, I’ve got a lot of big responsibilities and stuff; I’m not going to blow it that quickly.”
“I hope so.”
“And... well, I was thinking, maybe...”
“Maybe... we could, y’know, spend some time together... you know, mother daughter stuff?” Firefly looked at the younger pony, a small smile gracing her lips.
“I would like that very much.”
Rainbow Dash was napping, her first real nap since leaving Canterlot after her fight with Zod. She snuggled into the branches of a tree near Sweet Apple Acres, allowing the wind to brush against her and lull her to sleep. Dreams of flying drifted through her mind, and a small smile spread across her face.
She slept for a few minutes before something fuzzy touched her nose. She scrunched up her face a little and rolled over, but the fuzzy thing landed on her again. She rolled over several more times, but the fuzzy thing kept landing on her again and again. Rainbow Dash grumbled and sat up and found a small butterfly, one of the green and blue ones that Fluttershy was fond of, sitting on her stomach.
“Oh, hi there.” the butterfly looked at her, twitching its antennae a few times. “Hey, can you maybe go sit somewhere else? I want to get some sleep.” The butterfly fluttered up and landed on her head, causing her to frown. “Seriously, I want to sleep. Shoo, get out of here.” Wish talking to animals was one of my powers. “Come on, get out of here, go bother Fluttershy.”
The butterfly fluttered down and landed on her nose, fuzzy legs brushing against her. She twitched her nose several times to get rid of the butterfly, but the insect looked at her and twitched it’s antennae a few more times. “What does Fluttershy do to get rid of... get rid of...”
Rainbow Dash’s nose had begun to tingle, a sensation that grew in intensity the longer the butterfly sat there. She reached up to swat the butterfly away, but something gave out and she sneezed, a massive blast of sound that could be heard as far as Manehattan. Rainbow Dash shook her head and looked around; several apple trees were now devoid of leaves and apples, and a very confused and slightly angry Applejack was looking at her.
“Rainbow, what the hay happened?” She shouted.
“Heh, sorry about that AJ. I can’t really control my sneezes.”
“Well, good thing I had ta pick these apples, but next time I want ya ta sleep somewhere without any crops, ya hear?”
“Yeah yeah, I heard you.” Applejack nodded and went about picking up the scattered apples. Rainbow Dash rubbed her nose and looked around, frowning slightly.
The branch she was sitting on was covered in small icicles, each one growing in thickness and length. Attached to a particularly thick icicle was the butterfly, now a shade of light blue and covered in ice. Rainbow Dash blinked a few times as she realized what had happened.
“... Fluttershy’s going to be mad.”
“Hey, Fluttershy, you home?” Rainbow Dash landed outside Fluttershy’s cottage, the frozen butterfly tucked under one of her wings. Fluttershy was with some of her otters, the butter yellow Pegasus helping them with a small pile of fish. Fluttershy paused from her activities and looked up.
“Oh, hello Rainbow Dash. What can I help you with?” Fluttershy finished helping the otters and flew up to face Rainbow Dash.
“Yeah... I’ve got a problem...”
“Is something wrong with Tank?”
“No, he’s fine. It just... well... Something happened to one of your butterflies.”
“Oh dear, you didn’t knock one over when you were out flying, did you?”
“No, I... I kind of froze it, a little.” Fluttershy gasped.
“Oh Rainbow, of all the things you could have done you had to stick some poor little butterfly in a freezer.”
“I never did anything like that! I just... sneezed.”
“Yeah... Wait, I never told you guys about the freeze breath, did I?”
“Yeah... I can freeze things with my breath if I really wanted to. I usually can control it, but... well, not when I sneeze.”
“Has this happened before?”
“No, of course not. I just never had... never had...” Rainbow Dash’s nose began to tingle again.
“Rainbow, is something wrong?”
“Fl-Fluttershy, you should... get...” Rainbow Dash’s body spasmed as she sneezed again, knocking the butterfly out from under her wing. Rainbow Dash rubbed her nose and looked up, seeing that Fluttershy was now covered in small icicles, her eyes wide with surprise and her mane swept back.
“Oh come on!”
“What is it Rainbow Da-” Twilight frowned as Rainbow Dash dragged the frozen Fluttershy into the library. “Rainbow Dash, what’s wrong with Fluttershy?”
“I froze her with my freeze breath.”
“I have freeze breath and I sneezed on Fluttershy, okay? I was going to tell this to you sooner, but it slipped my mind.” Rainbow Dash placed Fluttershy on the ground before Twilight. “Can you unfreeze her?”
“I think I have a spell that may work. Just stand back.” Twilight’s horn shimmered as Fluttershy was enveloped in purple light. There was a flash and the ice around the Pegasus melted, and with her limbs free Fluttershy collapsed to the ground shivering.
“Hey, Fluttershy,” Rainbow Dash said, pawing at the ground sheepishly. “Sorry for freezing you.”
“Th-Th-That’s-s-s-s O-k-k-k-kay R-R-Rainbow.” Fluttershy stammered, pulling herself back to her hooves. “I kn-kn-know y-y-you didn’t m-m-mean to do th-th-that.”
“Yeah, I’ll try not to do that again.” Rainbow Dash wrapped a leg around her friend. “Come on, I’ll take you home and you can lie down.”
“O-O-O-Okay, Th-Th-Thanks.” the two Pegasi turned to leave while Twilight conjured a mop to clean up the melted ice.
“Rainbow Dash, I think I need to make a list of your powers so we know what to expect and how to deal with problems like this.” Twilight said.
“Uh, what if somepony else finds it?"
“I can memorize it and make a spell so that we all know what they are, then we could destroy the original copy so nopony else gets ahold of it. Does that work?”
“I... I guess it would be okay. Can I get Fluttershy home first, and then we can talk more?”
“Of course.” Twilight waved goodbye as Rainbow Dash carried Fluttershy away.
“I’m still sorry about freezing you, Fluttershy. Is there any way I could make up for it?”
“M-m-maybe if you come w-w-with me t-t-t-to the next b-b-b-b-b-butterfly migration?”
“I... I guess I could do that.”
Princess Cadence stood on one of the balconies of the central spire of the Crystal Empire, waiting. Behind her was a small table, on which sat a teapot and two cups, and a very nervous Shining Armor.
“Are you sure that you don’t need anything else?” he asked, pawing at the ground nervously.
“You’ve asked me that ten times in the past five minutes, and yes I am sure I don’t need anything else.” She shot her husband a smile. “I’m surprised that you’d be so nervous over one pony.”
“Well, yeah, but she’s still, you know, a superhero and all. I have a right to be nervous.” Cadence chuckled and turned to face Shining Armor.
“Shining, there’s no need to be nervous; she may be a superhero, but she’s still a pony.” Shining Armor nodded in agreement. “You know, this reminds me a lot of our first date.”
“You were so nervous that you’d mess something up you accidentally set your napkin on fire.”
“I know, no need to remind me.”
“Still, I thought it was cute.” Shining Armor blushed. Cadence giggled at his misfortune and looked back across the Crystal Empire. A minute passed before she saw a blue speck flying towards the spire, gradually growing until it took the shape of a tan-coated mare in a blue suit and red cape. The mare slowed and pulled up, hovering over the balcony for a moment before landing with a small thump.
“Princess Cadence.” She said, nodding her respects.
“Supermare.” Cadence returned the nod. “On the behalf of all my subjects, I want to welcome you to the Crystal Empire.”
“The pleasure is mine.” Supermare smiled and looked past Cadene towards Shining Armor. “Your husband?”
“Oh yes, almost forgot.” Cadence turned slightly. “This is Shining Armor, Captain of Equestria’s Royal Guards.”
“It’s an honor to meet you face to face, Supermare.” Shining Armor said, bowing slightly.
“Not many people get that chance.” Supermare looked at Cadence. “Will he be joining us?”
“No, I have some administrative work that has to be done. I’ll just leave you two alone for now.” Shining bowed again and left, Cadence blowing a kiss to him before he vanished from sight.
“He’s always been like that around visiting dignitaries.” the princess chuckled. “Come, make yourself at home.” Supermare nodded and made her way towards the table. Cadence took a moment to look the superhero over; Supermare did not carry herself like a noble, preferring to be more loose and casual with her movement, but she did seem to walk carefully, her steps barely making any sound against the floor. Cadence could also see traces of strong magic radiating off the mare, but she passed it off as merely leftover power from coming through the barrier surrounding the Empire. She walked over to the table and sat down, pouring tea for herself and her guest as she did so.
“So,” Cadence began. “I wanted to ask you a few questions.”
“I’ll answer them to the best of my ability.” the superhero responded, taking a small sip from her tea.
“Will you be making any further trips into the Crystal Empire to do... heroics?”
“If it’s a problem, no, but I promise to not interfere unless extremely necessary.”
“Oh, that’s a relief.” Cadence sighed and finished off the last of her tea. “When I first heard about you, I was reminded of one of my friends from my childhood years. She was a bit... hot blooded, very passionate about protecting ponies by any means necessary.”
“And you were afraid I might have something get to my head and I’d turn into some kind of vigilante or, Celestia forbid, overthrow you?” Cadence nodded. “I am a protector of ponies first and foremost; while I do believe in justice I won’t take it upon myself to become a one-pony justice department. Also, I think you are capable of being a very good ruler, and you’ve been nice to a couple of my friends and I don’t want to betray their trust as well as yours.”
“But wouldn’t that help you in the long run?”
“Yes, but I tend to see myself as a guide, not an administrator. How you run your nation is up to you, and I promise that I will not try and usurp your authority unless you become a threat to the ponies of Equestria and the Empire.” Supermare took another sip. “Is there anything else you would like to ask?”
“A few things, yes. When I first arrived here, I noticed a few sources of magical energy to the west. You wouldn’t have anything to do with that, would you?” Supermare was silent for a moment before chuckling.
“That’s nothing to worry about, just some background radiation from the explosion in Canterlot. A lot of magic does tend to collect up here, so you shouldn’t worry if more spots pop up.”
“Very well. One final question.” Cadence paused, looking around at the Crystal Empire. “Are there... are there more of you?”
“... No. I am the last Kryptonian; the others died when Krypton was destroyed, or... I don’t really want to talk about the others.”
“I didn’t mean to pry, I just...” Cadence sighed. “I grew up amongst alicorns and other powerful beings. When my aunt brought me to Canterlot for magical training, I couldn’t imagine what she had to go through with... no one. It scared me and made me feel bad, thinking that She had no one to help her through Luna’s banishment.”
“What about those that you grew up with?”
“They never left my home, and Celestia never visited. She never did tell me why, but I rarely saw her as a filly.”
“I see.” Supermare finished the last of her tea. “You shouldn’t worry. Celestia is a strong mare, and I think we all have to go through times where we need to know that we are alone; it helps us grow closer to and be more thankful for our friends and family.” Cadence looked at the superhero. “My father told me that.” Supermare explained.
“I thought you said you were the last Kryptonian.”
“I am. It’s a long story that I don’t really have time to explain.” Supermare smiled. “I would love to stay and talk, but I have other duties to attend to.”
“Oh, of course.” Supermare rose up into the air and prepared to leave, but something held her back.
“Two things before I leave.”
“Your friend, what was her name?”
“Diana, huh? I’d like to meet her sometime.”
“I’m sure she’d like to meet you as well.” Supermare nodded. “Was there anything else you’d like to ask?”
“Yeah. Does Shining Armor know?” Cadence frowned.
“You know what I’m talking about. Have you told him yet?” Cadence blinked before she realised what exactly Supermare was talking about.
“No, I haven’t told him yet.”
“You should. It’s the kind of thing that anypony should tell their spouse.” Supermare nodded and took off, shrinking into the distance before vanishing entirely.
Brainiac was in his evil base doing evil things that are evil. All around him were various machines and computer stuff that were helping him perform his evil plans, which had been stored away in his evil safe of evil.
Did I mention that he’s evil? Because he is.
“Mwa ha ha!” Brainiac laughed evilly, because he is evil. “Those fools don’t know that I, Brainiac, am just moments away from completing my evil plan! Soon all of Equestria shall be mine! Mwa ha ha!”
“Not if I have anything to say about it!” said a tan mare in a red cape and blue suit before smashing through the wall of Brainiac’s evil lair.
“Oh no! It’s Supermare!” (cymbal crash).
“Yes, it is I, Supermare, and I was able to pick up your evil plans with my super-hearing and now I have come to stop you in the name of truth, justice and the Equestrian Way!”
“Really? Well, you are too late, Supermare! As we speak, my evil machines of evil are already completing my evil plan. Soon the entire water supply of Ponyville will be contaminated, and there will be extra fat in the drinking water!”
“Oh no! Not the drinking water! Then all of Ponyville’s citizens will be unable to live healthy and fulfilling lives. You can’t do such a thing!”
“Yes I can, because I am evil. Mwa ha ha!”
“You cannot win, Brainiac; you may be evil and smart and stuff, but you are evil and I am not, so you must be defeated!” they fought, and Brainiac lost because he is evil and Supermare is good. “Now, I’ll use my super-drinking skills and my super-metabolism to drink all of the contaminated water and Equestria will be saved!”
And she did.
“Curses, foiled again!” Brainiac said.
“Now it’s off to jail with you.”
“Aw maaan.” and so Brainiac went to jail and the day was saved.
“Thank you Supermare for saving the day!” all the ponies in Ponyville said.
“No trouble at all, citizens! I am here to serve you, after all.” Everypony cheered, except Pinkie because she was screaming.
“Oh no! Silversmith just stole forty cakes!”
“Not forty cakes! That’s as many as four tens!”
And that’s terrible.
“Fear not, citizens. I, Supermare, will go and save the day!” and off she flew, with everypony cheering, to stop the evil forces of evil once and for all.
Rainbow Dash tore through the skies over Baltimare. Behind her, smoke rose from an old warehouse she had been fighting in, but she had set that issue aside for the moment.
Catching the pony responsible was higher on her list of priorities.
“You just can’t allow me to retake that which is mine, can you, Supermare?” The Great and Powerful Trixie shouted from an oncoming rooftop.
“When you put ponies’ lives in danger, Trixie, we are going to be in conflict.” Rainbow Dash stopped in front of the deranged showmare, folding her forelegs and glaring down at her. “You care only about yourself, and you don’t care if anypony gets hurt.”
“If they do then it’s their fault that they got in my way.” Trixie’s horn shimmered. “You could have stayed out of this, but no, you had to show up and ruin everything I had worked so hard to create!”
“Staging a fire just so you could appear heroic putting it out? You really need to focus, Trixie.” Trixie growled and fired a blast of magic, but Rainbow easily evaded and dove towards Trixie. Trixie tried to attack again, but Rainbow fired a short blast of heat vision and knocked the unicorn off the building. Rainbow considered diving after and saving Trixie, but the unicorn managed to teleport to a second building.
“So you have your superpowers,” Trixie scoffed. “They are nothing compared to my magic.”
“Says the unicorn that can’t even lift a good sized cart with her magic.” Rainbow Dash dodged another blast from the enraged Trixie. “Look, why don’t you just give up and turn yourself in, and I can get back to saving ponies. I think we’d all be happier.”
“No, I will never surrender to the likes of you!” Trixie’s horn glowed again. “You may be able to dodge most of my spells, but I assure you that you will suffer greatly with this!” Trixie released her spell, a white wave of energy rushing towards Rainbow Dash. The Pegasus tried to dodge, but the wave was just too large and she found herself slammed against another building. A few chunks of masonry broke loose and collapsed on her, pinning her to the ground.
Okay, weird spell, but I don’t think it did anything. Rainbow Dash shuffled her hooves around and pushed up, attempting to throw the rubble off her back. She strained for a few moments before collapsing, more rubble being added to the pile.
“... Okay, this is bad. My powers aren’t working properly.” Rainbow Dash pushed up again, but to no avail. “Maybe I should ask Twilight to make some telekinetic thingy just in case things like this happen.”
“Maybe you just need to push yourself harder.” Rainbow heard a voice that sounded a lot like herself say. She looked up and saw, sitting on a fallen beam, a red version of herself in a red bodysuit.
“Uh... where’d you come from?”
“If my theory is correct,” a second voice said, and Rainbow saw a navy blue Pegasus in a blue suit land next to her other doppelganger. “Trixie’s spell acted as a limited-range duplicator, separating us from your natural reserve of magic and giving us physical forms.”
“Uh... could you explain that with less egghead talk?”
“She means that we’re you.” the red one said before looking to the blue one. “Right?”
“Technically speaking no. I do not know the exact deviations between us, but aside from physical variances I cannot determine what sets us apart.”
“Even Twilight would know...” Rainbow Dash muttered before failing once more to remove the rubble. “Hey, can one of you give me some help here?”
“Pssh. Screw that!” said the red one, Rainbow deciding to call her Red Dash, before taking off. “I’m going to have another go at Trixie. See you losers later!” and with that Red Dash was gone. Rainbow Dash muttered a curse and looked to the other, Blue Dash.
“Okay, I’m sorry for calling you an egghead. Could you help me?”
“No.” Blue Dash prepared to leave. “Rescuing you does not gain me anything. There are more practical uses of both my intellect and strengths, and helping you does not assist either?”
“How do you know?”
“How do you know I’m useless? I mean, you don’t know how Trixie’s spell works, so you might need me and... Red to study it further.” Blue Dash paused for a moment, mulling over what Rainbow Dash said. The other mare shrugged before raising a hoof, a small beam of blue light encircling the rubble and raising it high enough for Rainbow Dash to squeeze out.
“I have assisted in freeing you. Now I must go and subdue my counterpart so I may begin tests on our connection, if any.”
“Sure, go ahead.” Blue Dash nodded and took off, Rainbow Dash following behind. I’ve got to find a way to get my powers working again... Maybe these two might be my answer.
There was a crash up ahead and Rainbow saw Red Dash circling Trixie, an aura of power surrounding the Pegasus. Around them were the remains of several carts and buildings, blown apart by energy blasts from either of the two combatants. Blue Dash moved forward to try and intercept Red, while Rainbow Dash hung back to avoid getting hurt without her powers.
“You call that an energy blast?” Red Dash yelled at Trixie. “I could do something like that in my sleep!”
“You have no control whatsoever. I am in complete control of what I am doing.”
“Eh, who needs control? I’m still stronger than you!”
“Actually,” Blue Dash said. “You only seem to possess a limited amount of power, and upon seeing Trixie’s displays of power yours are not all that strong.”
“What?!” Red Dash turned to face Blue Dash.
“That is not to say you aren’t strong, but I would say your powers are closer to that of an average unicorn.”
“Trixie is not average!” the two Dashes ignored her.
“How would you know this, egghead?”
“I only observed the destructive capabilities of both you and the unicorn; based on the energy expenditures and the blast radius of a standard spell and one of your energy blasts, they are roughly the same.” Rainbow Dash smiled a little; Red and Blue arguing with each other had provided her with a distraction to get at Trixie, and she was now sneaking up behind the showmare with a large brick in her hooves. Before Trixie had a chance to turn around, Rainbow Dash had slammed the brick down on Trixie’s head, knocking the unicorn out cold.
Okay, now I just have to get rid of those two.
“I bet I could take you on easily!” Red Dash said, taking a fighting stance while Rainbow returned to them.
“Given your headstrong attitude and lack of any tactical insight, I highly doubt that I could be troubled by some insignificant peon such as yourself.”
“Heh, I find that hard to believe.” Rainbow Dash muttered. Both Red and Blue looked to her.
“... What did you just say?”
“I don’t think either of you guys are really that great.” Rainbow turned to Red. “You are too impulsive and careless; yeah, you chase the bad guys, but you also cause a lot of collateral damage, which might get a lot of ponies hurt and make you seem like some thug.”
“At least I get results...” growled Red Dash.
“As much as your analysis is amusing,” Blue Dash began. “There are other issues I must deal with, and since you are here together I can-”
“No, no experimenting.” Rainbow snapped. “You’re no better; you’re so wrapped up in logic that you don’t care about what’s going on around you, unless it has something to do with you. How are you supposed to protect ponies if all you care about is expanding your ‘vast’ intellect?”
“... Did you just insult my intelligence?”
“Yeah, pretty much.” Both Blue and Red glared at Rainbow, auras of energy enveloping them.
“I say we deal with this... annoyance, and then we can decide where our paths will lead us.”
“Whatever you say, Egghead.” Red and Blue raised their hooves and fired their energy blasts at Rainbow Dash, both attacks connecting at the same time and sending her flying. She struggled in the air for a few moments before righting herself, but not after she clipped the top of a building, sending several chunks of masonry falling towards the ground. Rainbow raced after them and managed to knock them out of the way, slowing them down enough so that they caused no further damage.
Okay, things are getting back to normal... Rainbow Dash turned and raced back to Red and Blue Dash, the two Pegasi generally surprised that she was still flying.
“Hmm, interesting.” Blue Dash said. “It seems that your durability is still very high. I suppose that striking you with a higher concentration of power may overcome that.”
“Sure it will.” Rainbow Dash rushed forward, one hoof out to strike Red Dash. Red had little time to react before Rainbow slammed into her at full speed, the force of impact knocking the clone half way across town. As Red recovered, Blue fired a blast of energy at Rainbow, but the attack bounced harmlessly off her as she tackled her doppelganger. She struck as fast as she could, landing several hits before she was grabbed from behind by Red Dash. Rainbow allowed herself to drop, slamming Red Dash into the ground and knocking her out cold.
“This... this is impossible!” cried Blue Dash. “You shouldn’t have your powers back!”
“My guess is that you two blasting me was enough to fix whatever Trixie did.” Rainbow raced forward and grabbed Blue Dash. “And now, time to get rid of you both!” Rainbow pitched Blue to the ground, somehow managing to hit Red in the process. Both doppelgangers began to glow before exploding into a shower of light, the force of the explosion knocking Rainbow around as she tried to maintain altitude.
“Okay, that was interesting... Now to go get Trixie to jail, again.”
Rainbow did not like doing heroics in Trottingham. There was something about the city that got to her; there was an inherent wrongness that Trottingham possessed, and try as she might Rainbow could not shake the feeling that she was being watched.
Still, several dangerous ponies had escaped to Trottingham, and as Equestria’s protect she needed to make sure that they did not do any more harm. She looped over the dark buildings, scanning the streets for any signs of criminal activity. After one unsuccessful sweep, she found a rooftop and sat down, flicking her ears to pick up any sounds.
“Hmm... I think somepony might have tipped them off that I was coming.” she said to herself. “I guess I’ll have to look a little harder if I-” she stopped talking when she heard something, a whipping sound growing closer to her. She had little time to react before the bolas wrapped around her legs, knocking her off the roof and causing her to tumble to the ground below. She was unharmed, but the bolas left her unable to move very far, even when she applied more force against them. She twisted around, trying to get a good view of the bolas so she could burn them away with heat vision, but as she did so she spotted a second pony behind her.
The pony was silhouetted against a nearby streetlight. It was a colt, a unicorn dressed in a black cape and gray body armor. His face was hidden behind a black cowl, the only sign of emotion being two white slits for eyes. Rainbow would have used her x-ray vision to see who it was, but her confusion was doing a wonderful job at clouding her judgement. He stopped two meters away from Rainbow Dash before pulling out a small device, and with a quick flick the bolas dropped away from Rainbow’s legs.
“I am surprised to see you of all ponies down here at this hour.” he said, grabbing the bolas with his magic.
“What, is there a law against it?” Rainbow got back to her hooves and faced the newcomer. “Why did you attack me?”
“You were a distraction, and I was forced to neutralize you before you screwed something up. Here,” the pony ducked back into the shadows before returning, the criminals Rainbow had been pursuing grasped in his telekinesis. “I believe these belong to you. Take them and leave.”
“Uh, thanks?” the other pony nodded and began to walk away. “Hey wait! You can’t walk away just yet.”
“Yes I can.”
“But... Hey, maybe we could work together or-”
“No. I work alone.” and with that the pony disappeared. Rainbow scanned the buildings and alleys with her vision, but she could not find any trace of the unicorn. She looked down at her prisoners, then back at the spot where the colt had vanished.
Who was that guy?
“Hey Twilight,” Rainbow called as she entered Twilight’s library. “Do you have any newspapers around here?” Twilight poked her head out from one of the bookshelves, a notepad clutched in her magic.
“I think so, but I haven’t gotten new editions in a few weeks.” she set her notebook aside and trotted over to Rainbow Dash. “Why do you ask?”
“Well... I had a weird encounter with a pony last night.” Twilight raised an eyebrow.
“A pony? What do you mean by ‘weird encounter’?”
“He was dressed up in some kind of costume, but he was all creepy and said he worked alone.”
“And what does that have to do with newspapers?”
“I just want to know if there’s been anything about him in a newspaper or something.” Twilight nodded and walked off to another section of the library. Her horn shimmered and several papers were pulled out from the shelves, and Twilight passed them off to Rainbow Dash.
“These are a few issues of Trottingham’s newspaper published within the last year. They might have what you’re looking for.” Rainbow nodded her thanks and began looking through the papers. Most of it was useless, focusing on mundane goings-on around the city, and she was surprised that she did not see any mention of herself.
However, the paper at the bottom of the pile caught her attention. The front page had a prominent picture of a masked pony, identical to the one from before save for a few changes in costume design. Above the picture was the headline “Bat Themed Vigilante Defeats Major Crime Boss”, and the article was filled with small tidbits of information and speculation as to who the mysterious pony was. If she had Rarity’s eye for detail she probably could have figured out who it was, but she was not so lucky.
“Twilight, do you think I could borrow this for a few days?” she asked.
“Hmm? Oh sure, whatever you need, Rainbow.” Twilight responded before ducking behind another shelf. Rainbow picked up the newspapers in her mouth and left the library, turning towards Sweet Apple Acres so she could find somewhere quiet to read.
She was unaware of a shadow beneath one of the nearby trees.
Rainbow Dash was back in Trottingham, and had found a nice high building from which she could survey the entire city. The more immoral side of her said to start some trouble and see if that would draw him out, but she reminded herself that she was Equestria’s protector, not it’s destroyer. She opened up all of her senses as far as possible, although she avoided using her x-ray vision in case she spotted something... unpleasant.
“I’m surprised you actually came back.” a voice said from behind her. It took quite a bit of fortitude for Rainbow not to jump in fright, but she composed herself and turned to face the unicorn once more.
“How did you do that?” she asked.
“I can’t answer that question.” he said, the white slits of his eyes being the only thing she could see clearly. “Why are you here?”
“I’m just curious.” she said, taking a step back to try and draw him out into the light. “I just want to know more about you.”
“I would appreciate it if you would stay out of what I do here.”
“Why? Don’t you trust me?”
“To a point. While I appreciate the work that you do, you are a bit naive when it come to less savory aspects of Equestrian life.”
“And I suppose you’re not?” the unicorn’s eyes narrowed.
“I have spent most of my life in this city. I know how it works, what goes on in the alleys and back roads. That experience makes me more effective, and to be honest, your over-reliance on your powers has caused you to become detached from Equestrian society.”
“No it hasn’t!” Deep down, there was a hint of truth to what he said; ever since taking up the title of Supermare, Rainbow had been spending less and less time with her friends, not to mention the change in her speech patterns. “Okay, maybe you have a point, but you still don’t have to shut me out like this.”
“Well...” Rainbow pawed at the ground for a moment as she thought of the right scenario. “Suppose some big alien monster comes and starts destroying the city. What then?”
“I’d find a way to defeat it... But if I really deemed it necessary, I’d find a way to contact you.”
“Okay.” Rainbow looked out across Trottingham. “Glad we’re able to agree on some-” she stopped talking when she looked back. The unicorn was gone, again, and all that remained was a small slip of paper. Rainbow frowned, her ears flattening against her head. “How does he do that?”
Rainbow turned her attention to the piece of paper. She shifted into every possible type of vision she had to search for traps, but found none. Still, she approached cautiously before picking the paper up, turning it over and finding a note on the other side.
I know where you live, Rainbow Dash.
“Wha... How... He-” Rainbow blinked, looking first to where the unicorn had disappeared and back to the note. In a fit of anger she set the letter on fire with her heat vision before taking off, sweeping the city in search of the other pony.
He can’t hide forever... He can’t just know who I am and expect to get away with it.
Normally Twilight was awoken by the sun beaming down in her face, but now she was denied that simple pleasure. She blinked and rose from her bed, looking out the window to see what was obstructing her view. She blinked again when she saw Rainbow Dash, still in her Supermare outfit, sitting on a cloud and staring off to the southwest. She hurried over to the window and flung it open, but Rainbow remained focused on the southwest.
“Rainbow!” Twilight hissed, trying her best not to wake up Spike. “What are you doing?”
“Wha-” Rainbow looked over at Twilight. “Oh, hey Twilight. What’s up?”
“Don’t try and deflect my question! Now get in here before somepony sees you!”
“You’re not my mom; you can’t just order me to do things.” Twilight’s eyes narrowed.
“Get. In.” Rainbow Dash disappeared, and Twilight was about to call after her when she felt a tap on her flank. She turned and saw Rainbow Dash standing behind her, no longer wearing her suit. “How... How did you do that?”
“I flew back to my house, but there were some ponies nearby so I hid my suit in my sock drawer, and then flew back here before you realized I was gone.” Rainbow Dash said. Twilight blinked.
“You have a sock drawer?” Twilight asked.
“Don’t you?” Twilight was about to respond before Rainbow cut her off. “Never mind. What was it that you wanted to know?”
“Uh, well... What were you doing? You never wear your costume around town, and you blocked my sunlight. Is something the matter?”
“... Kind of.” Rainbow fluffed her wings before continuing. “Last night I flew down to Trottingham to find that guy who dresses up like a bat, and not only did he get away, but he knows who I am.”
“Well, why wouldn’t he? You do tend to make a lot of headlines-”
“No, he knows that I’m Supermare. Me, Rainbow Dash, Supermare.” Twilight took a step back to put distance between herself and the increasingly frantic Rainbow. “What am I supposed to do?”
Twilight shrugged. “Go and confront him about it?”
“How? He’s all mysterious and brooding; I go and confront him and he’d probably just blow me off and disappear, again.” Twilight’s raised an eyebrow, as if asking Rainbow to explain. “He just shows up and disappears whenever he likes. It’s kind of freaky.” Rainbow added. Twilight rolled her eyes before speaking.
“Rainbow, I’m sure if you just talked with him, even for a little, you might be able to convince him not to tell other ponies who you are. I mean, unless he’s actively threatening you then you can assume that he’s-”
“Twilight, this guy dresses up like a bat. A bat. Even Fluttershy would think he’s a little out there.” Twilight opened her mouth to object, but Rainbow cut her off. “Look, I know you want me confront this pony and try to find some kind of peaceful solution, but I’m not really sure if that’s an option.”
“This is coming from the mare who talked down a dragon from burning down Appleoosa?”
“Hey, Fluttershy helped with that.”
“That doesn’t matter. Rainbow, remember that you’re not a hyper aggressive pony, and you shouldn’t just look at every problem and try to solve it by beating it into pieces.”
“But it’s my identity, Twilight.”
“I know, but maybe convincing him to stay quiet will help you in the long run.” there was a pause before Rainbow sighed.
“Okay, we’ll try it your way. And if he still acts all hostile, I’ll-”
“Try to talk him down before anything bad happens.” Rainbow raised an eyebrow at Twilight. “Let me guess, you were going to say ‘punch him across Trottingham’, weren’t you?”
After finding a high spot where nopony could sneak up behind her, Rainbow had opened up all of her senses to Trottingham. Every sound, sight, smell, she could detect it, and she waited for any sign of the bat-pony. She would have kept an eye open for any ongoing crimes, but the city was quiet for now. And I always thought they had problems in Trottingham... maybe this batguy is more effective than I thought.
She spotted something out of the corner of her eye. A ripple of fabric on a nearby rooftop, a shadow. There he is. Pulling her senses back under control, Rainbow rose into the air and dove down into the city, pulling up just as her target turned to face her. “Found you.”
“Took you long enough; I spotted you on that building five minutes ago.” the unicorn responded, causing Rainbow to frown. Does he always have to be so high and mighty?
“... Never mind. We need to talk.” the unicorn’s eyes narrowed as Rainbow continued. “You know who I am, and I have no idea if you are trustworthy or not.”
“You’re worried that I might leak the information to someone that would use it for their own gain?” he said.
“... Yeah, something like that.” there was a pause before the unicorn spoke again.
“I merely wanted to know who you were that, should you decide to go rogue and attack ponies, I would have some sort of advantage.”
“... That’s kind of paranoid, isn’t it?”
“I operate out of Trottingham; paranoia is a very useful thing to have. As such you don’t have to worry about the possibility of me telling anypony about who you really are.”
“Why?” Rainbow raised an eyebrow. “Do you expect me to trust a guy that dresses up like a bat and... does whatever it is you do?”
“Believe whatever you like, but I am very good at keeping secrets.” Rainbow Dash raised an eyebrow again, but something told her that the unicorn was being honest with her... as honest as possible.
“Actually... You do have a point.” she said after a pause.
“Yeah. I mean, if I ever went nuts or something then somepony would need to stop me from killing ponies... but I still don’t like the idea of you being that pony. I mean, I have no idea who you are.”
“Says the pony with x-ray vision.” the unicorn smirked before snapping his head to one side. “I need to go; the city needs me. But if you ever come back here, I’ll be waiting.” the unicorn turned to leave, fading into the dark as he departed. Before he got too far out of sight, Rainbow shifted her vision to see just who was beneath the mask.
“... No. How could he-... but-” By the time Rainbow calmed down, he was gone. She raced through the streets, trying to find where he had gone, but once again he had disappeared into the dark. Once she was certain he was nowhere to be found, she stood there in silence for a very long time, trying and failing to find an explanation for what she had seen.
Somehow, against all reason, Blueblood was still alive.
Rainbow had spent the last few days in the Fortress of Solitude, trying and failing to come up with an explanation for what she had seen in Trottingham. If it really was Blueblood beneath the mask, then either Zod had somehow managed to survive blowing himself up, or he had lied to Rainbow about Blueblood’s death. The rational side of Rainbow told her that the second option was a bit more plausible, but the other part of Rainbow’s mind was not ready to give in that easily.
Despite her best efforts, logic lost in the end, and Rainbow decided to do something really stupid.
As she neared Trottingham, she checked the small lead box dangling around her neck. She had been meaning to get rid of the box, and more importantly it’s contents, but something had held her back, possibly the idea that she might need it in the future.
I need to take a break from this; I’m starting to get paranoid... and sound like Twilight. Rainbow shook her head and continued on through Trottingham, scanning the roofs and alleys for any sign of the bat-pony. At first she found nothing, but after an hour of searching she finally spotted a familiar silhouette among the rooftops.
“For all your initial hostilities, you really seem persistent in coming back.” the unicorn said. “It’s getting annoying.”
“This time it’s actually important.” Rainbow landed a few feet away from the unicron, making a small adjustment to the box before speaking again. “Do the names Jor-El or Zod have any meaning to you?” She opened her senses up again, watching the other pony’s eyes and pulse for any indication that he was lying.
“No. Never heard of them before.” Rainbow blinked as the unicorn raised an eyebrow. “Are they supposed to be important?”
“... Sure.” Rainbow took another step closer. “So, You ever been to the Summer Sun Celebration?”
“I assume there’s a point to this?”
“Yes there is.” another pause.
“... Whatever. To answer your question, yes I have, and to answer your potential follow-up question, the last time I went was seven years ago.” Rainbow’s eyes narrowed and her ears flattened against her head.
“Okay... So, if you weren’t at the Summer Sun Celebration, where were you?”
“Neighpan, and before that a prison in the Griffon Kingdoms.”
“How’d you end up there?”
“The pony you think I am knocked me out and threw me on the first ship out of Equestria, saying I was a wanted terrorist... at least, that’s what others told me once I woke up.” Rainbow paused. Somepony would have recognized what Blueblood looked like, but from what little she did know about Kryptonian magic Zod would have been able to plant a mental suggestion in another pony’s mind to make them think that Blueblood was a criminal (perception filters might also have been used).
That’s just too coincidental... I need to be sure.
“Okay... well, what do you have to say to this?” Rainbow pulled the box off her neck and opened it, angling it so that any and all radiation from the Kryptonite would reach the unicorn and not her. The other pony blinked a few times at the new sensory input, but otherwise did not react.
“Nice rock. You might want to put it away before somepony gets hurt, though.” Rainbow’s ears flicked up and she took a small step back. He’s not affected by the Kryptonite... but Zod wasn’t affected either... but he was using magic... Rainbow growled in frustration and closed the box, turning away from the other pony.
“Why can’t you just be dead and I won’t have to worry about this?”
“I can’t believe that you haven’t been in Equestria for five years. Either you’re lying to me, or you’re using some kind of mind-blocking magic to keep me from seeing if you’re telling the truth.”
“I’m actually fairly weak when it comes to magical power.”
“You really expect me to believe that?” Rainbow spun around, glaring at the unicorn. “I almost died because of you-”
“Because of the pony that impersonated me.”
“No, it was you! It had to be you!”
“Because...” Rainbow stopped herself. She had seen Zod explode, but she did not see the real Blueblood die. And Zod used whatever means necessary to get what he wanted; lying about killing some pony would have been trivial to him. “Because...”
“I’ll let you think on that for a moment.” the unicorn turned to leave, but Rainbow Dash recovered before flash stepping in front of him.
“We’re not finished here!”
“Would you like me to say that I really was the pony who tried to kill you? If it will make you go away, I’d be more than happy to help.” Rainbow started to say something, but her hearing picked up something on the other side of town.
“Why are we doing this again?” Griffon, male. Probably early twenties.
“Shut up! He could be listening in on us.” Pony, also male. This might be trouble.
“I, uh... I need to go.” the unicorn raised an eyebrow again before he seemed to understand what she meant.
“Where are they?”
“Couple blocks over.” the unicorn nodded before moving towards the edge of the building, raising his hoof and firing what appeared to be a grappling hook over at the next building. “Hey! Wait a second!”
“If you’re still worried about me being the pony that attacked you, I really-”
“I know. Look, why don’t we just call a truce and deal with the problem at hoof, and then we can get back to arguing about this later.” the unicorn was silent for a moment, and Rainbow half expected him to just leave without answering.
“Fine.” With that, he tightened the grappling hook and leapt off the side of the building, easily landing on the next rooftop before sprinting towards the potential crime. Rainbow let him get a head start before taking off, racing past the unicorn at high speed.
Okay Rainbow, just keep a level head; see if this guy is the real Blueblood, and then beat him into a pulp when he’s not... yeah, I can do that. She eased up on her speed and found a rooftop near where the suspects were, using her x-ray vision to pick them out from the darkened streets. The griffon and the pony were standing beneath a lamp post across the street from her position, looking around as if they were expecting trouble. It was a different experience from what she had seen in canterlot or Manehattan, where the common thugs and thieves were a bit more confident.
“Think maybe we should get on with this?” the griffon asked.
“Not yet...” his comrade responded, checking a nearby box that Rainbow could see had a crossbow and some light explosives. Where do ponies get all the explosives? “Just want to make sure we don’t have any intrusions.”
“Is everyone in this city so paranoid? I thought Canterlot was bad, but then you guys keep going off about this ‘Batpony’.” This earned a glare from the pony.
“Be careful with what you say.”
“Why? It’s a big city; what are the odds that one pony is going to be right here watching us?” Pretty good, actually... Rainbow crept closer to the edge of the building as the two kept talking. “Look, I don’t think he’s here; let’s just do this and get on with it.”
“... Fine.” the pony reached into the box and tossed the griffon the crossbow before fishing out the explosives. “We do this quick, we can get back just as the others are finishing up.” And that’s my cue. Rainbow took a step forward and was about to approach the criminals, but stopped when a grey clad hoof touched her shoulder.
“Not yet.” the unicorn whispered, sounding even harsher than normal. “The suspects are too spread out.”
“Remember how I said you rely on your powers too much? You’re doing it again.” he reached for his belt and pulled out a small bat-shaped device. “Go for the griffon; I’ll take care of the one with the explosives.”
“Sure.” Rainbow adjusted her angle as the unicorn threw the device at the lamp post. It lodged itself into one of the seams on the post before sparking, and immediately after the light from the lamp disappeared. Sensing that was her cue, Rainbow jumped from the top of the building and landed right behind the griffon.
“Hey, you know it’s dangerous to carry crossbows around in the dark?” she asked. The griffon whirled around, and Rainbow could see that he was very freaked out by this turn of events. “You might end up hurting someone.” With a cry the griffon fired, and Rainbow watched as the bolt struck her forehead before splintering. She stepped forward and swatted the weapon out of the griffon’s talons before pulling him up into the air, hoping that it might stop him from struggling and making things difficult.
The light turned back on a few seconds later, and she saw that the unicorn had subdued the other pony. He dragged the suspect over to the lamp post while Rainbow landed and tossed the griffon towards the others. “Well, that wasn’t so bad, now was it?”
“Perhaps. Watch that one for a moment, will you?” the unicorn kept walking until he had reached the wall, at which point he slammed the suspect against the wall and locked eyes with the other pony. “Where to street thugs like you get ahold of military-grade explosives?”
“I-I won’t tell you...” the pony whimpered, causing the unicorn to lean in closer and intensify his glare.
“Would you care to repeat what you just said?”
“Hey,” Rainbow took a step closer, drawing her “partner”s attention. “You’re not going to hurt him or anything, right?”
“He’ll live, if that’s what you’re worried about.” he turned back to the pony. “Would you care to answer my question before I have to change my mind?” Every part of Rainbow Dash told her to break up this “interrogation” before it went too far, but the other pony ended it before she had to.
“Our... our boss gave them to us.”
“He said we should go and cause some trouble and try to draw you away from the real job.”
“I... I don’t know.” the unicorn whacked the other pony’s head against the wall.
“One of the warehouses near the river! Don’t ask me what they’re doing, ‘cuz I don’t know!” the unicorn nodded before pulling another device out of his belt. The criminal spasmed when the device contacted, lapsing into unconsciousness shortly thereafter.
“This should knock them out until somepony comes to fetch them.” Rainbow Dash stepped aside as the unicorn stunned the griffon and began to tie the two to the lamp post. “In the meantime, we’ll have to find a way to get to the river before the others have a chance to get away.” he paused before looking at Rainbow. “Can I get a lift?”
Trottingham’s waterfront was just as dirty and run-down as the rest of the city, with trash covering the ground and the water having been tainted slightly green. Rainbow had heard that certain parts of the river could be set on fire if you were not careful, so she made a point not to use her heat vision anytime soon in case that was true. She and the unicorn landed near one of the bigger warehouses, looking around for any sign of activity.
“There are dozens of warehouses along the waterfront,” he said, stepping closer to the building. “Our ‘friends’ could be at any one of them.” Rainbow nodded before opening up with her x-ray vision, scanning the numerous buildings until she found the targets.
“Four buildings down. About a dozen of them, mostly Earth Ponies.”
“What are they doing?”
“Uh...” Rainbow squinted to get a better picture. “Moving some barrels of... stuff. I have no idea what it is.”
“Might be explosives of some kind. I’ll need to get a better view of who it is. Until then, keep an eye on them and make sure they don’t-”
“I have superpowers, and they don’t seem to have anything that can hurt me. I should take them out now so we don’t have to waste a lot of time.”
“Remember what I said about over reliance on your powers?”
“... Fine. We’ll try it your way.” Rainbow went back to looking at the ponies the unicorn disappeared into the shadows. She could just barely pick up the sound of his hooves as he moved closer to the crime scene. She shifted around on her hooves a little, waiting for some kind of sign.
“I know you can hear me from here.” the unicorn said, his voice a low whisper. “Move closer and get in position to attack. Wait for me to put out the lights first.” Rainbow nodded, spread her wings and jumped into the air, gliding the rest of the way before landing near the edge of the roof. The ponies below had not seen her, so she took a moment to sneak a little closer and observe her quarry better.
The ponies were loading the barrels onto a large cart. Progress was slow, as they lacked unicorns to lift the barrels, but they still possessed a level of efficiency that Rainbow had to admit was admirable. She still could not get a good look at what was in the barrels, so she made a point to open one up to find out what they were so interested in stealing.
Unfortunately for her, as she leaned forward one of the roof panels split. She stumbled but was able to recover, but the sound caused the ponies below to stop working and look up. Rainbow blinked a few times before realizing that she was standing right in the open.
“Hey!” one pony cried. “You’re not supposed to be here!”
“Well... Neither are you.” Rainbow Dash leapt down to the ground and approached the other ponies. “Now, I ask you to give up before somepony gets hurt.” the ponies looked at her, then looked to each other before laughing.
“You- you’re joking, right?” the first pony choked out through his laughter. “You think you can just dress up like Supermare and scare us into doing what you want?” Rainbow glared at the pony, her ears flattening against her head.
“I am Supermare.”
“You’re too thin to be Supermare.” a second pony replied. “And your mane’s the wrong color.” Rainbow blinked again. Do I have to take a picture of myself and put it up on every wall in Equestria? She set that thought aside before flash-stepping over to the pony and lifting him into the air with one hoof.
“Would you care to repeat that?” she asked, just before another pony found himself hogtied by a pair of bolas. Rainbow knocked out the pony she was holding with a small swat before jumping at the next pony, the unicorn leaping out of the shadows and knocking out a third pony.
“I thought I told you to wait for my signal.” he said, pitching one of the criminals over his head and into a wall.
“Yeah, that didn’t work out so well.” Rainbow Dash swatted away another pony, trying her best to hold back her strength so as to not hurt anypony. Their attackers tried to stay as far away from her as possible, instead going for the unicorn behind her. Fortunately he was a skilled fighter, and the two were able to overcome the other ponies with ease.
Once the suspects were subdued, the unicorn busied himself by tying them together so they would not get away, while Rainbow Dash walked over to the cart to inspect the barrels.
“I’ll need some time before I can figure out who they were working for.” she heard the unicorn say as he stepped away from the other ponies and walked over to the cart. “The jury’s still out on what they were trying to steal.”
“Maybe it has something to do with who they’re working for?”
“Maybe...” Rainbow took a step towards the barrels, reaching out to open the nearest one. “Careful, you don’t know what could be in there.”
“I’ll be fine.” Rainbow reached out and swatted the top off the barrel. There was a rush of steam, but otherwise nothing happened and Rainbow leaned in closer.
The barrel was filled with mud. Nothing special; no lead, no Kryptonite, not even weapons, just mud. Rainbow shifted her visions several times to see if there was something she had not seen, but all she found was more mud. She opened the other barrels and it was the same; mud.
“See? It’s just some mud.”
“Yes, mud. Now, we should probably go get those guys off to-” she never finished, because the mud in the nearest barrel sprang up, grabbed her by the face and slammed her into the ground. The other barrels began to shake as the mud oozed out, each part combining together to form one giant blob. The blob quivered and pulsed before taking on an equine shape, two white eyes leering down at Rainbow Dash.
“I was hoping for the Batpony.” the monster growled, a sneer spreading across its face. “But you’ll just have to do.” the creature raised up its right foreleg, which morphed into a large spear as it aimed for Rainbow’s head. Rainbow struggled to throw the monster off, but every time she shifted mud would flow into the crevasse her movements left behind.
The monster would have attacked, but stopped when one of the bat-shaped devices entered its head and exploded. The creature roared in anger as it turned to face this new threat, and as it turned Rainbow was able to free herself from the mud.
“Is this what you have to deal with around here?” she asked as she pulled away from the beast.
“Normally, no.” the unicorn leapt into the air as the creature attacked, vaulting over the mud-monster while throwing another explosive at it. The creature swiveled around and lunged, forming its hand into a large mallet as it tried to crush the unicorn.
“That’s more like it.” the thing said as it swung its weapon, reducing the cart to splinters. “Now hold still so I can kill you for what you did to me!”
“I didn’t do anything to you!” the unicorn shot back as he threw another explosive.
“Guess you forgot about the changeling and the chemicals. Brain surgery should remedy that.” the monster morphed again, both of its forelegs turning into massive scythes as it pursued the unicorn. Not wanting her ally to get hurt, Rainbow raced down and swung at the beast, but only succeeded in knocking off a chunk of mud that the creature quickly absorbed. She tried using her heat vision, but other than getting an angry roar from the monster it had no effect. The thing kept advancing, its attacks ripping through steel and concrete as it tried to kill the unicorn.
“Nothing’s working!” she grumbled after another failed attempt to use her heat vision. The unicorn ducked under another attack and ran towards Rainbow.
“If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them.” he said as he turned to face the creature.
“Oh, so now you’re asking for my help? Whatever happened to working alone?”
“I think I’ll make an exception for now.” the two backed up as the monster neared, Rainbow looking back at the slowly approaching river. “Now would be good.”
“... I think I’ve got something.” Rainbow turned and flashed-stepped passed the creature, grabbing one of the empty barrels in her hooves. She took off and raced towards the river, flying low and scooping up a large amount of water in the barrel. She turned around and flew back towards the monster, stopping short and allowing the water to leave the barrel and splash the creature.
“How is that supposed to work?” the unicorn asked. “If anything, you’ve made him harder to beat.”
“Watch this.” Rainbow took a deep breath before breathing a stream of ice at the creature. It roared in anger and tried to advance, but Rainbow’s freezing breath reached the liquid aspect of the monster and began to freeze it solid. The creature’s advance slowed as more ice built up inside it, its weapons stopping inches away from the unicorn. When she was certain the creature was frozen, Rainbow stopped her attack and took a few more breaths.
“Freezing... I should have thought of that.” Rainbow gave a small chuckle before landing.
“That thing said you were responsible for this.” she looked to the unicorn. “What did it mean?”
“It used to be a pony. He starred in several older horror films, and I guess you can say that he became his most famous role: a monster called Clayface.”
“How does that explain the mud?”
“I pursued him to a chemical factory last year, during the changeling scare. He was captured by one, but before I could stop it or he could break free the two fell into a vat of a chemical called SM-0023.” he nodded towards the frozen monster. “The chemicals mutated him into this thing.”
“Ah...” Rainbow looked to “Clayface”, then back to the unicorn.
“So, do you still think I’m the pony that tried to kill you?”
“... No.” Rainbow sighed. “You... you don’t seem like him. You could have betrayed me anytime you liked, but you didn’t... I still don’t trust you, though.”
“I can live with that.” there was a pause before Rainbow spoke again.
“So... Batpony, huh?”
“That’s what everypony else calls me. I’m not going to stop you if you feel like calling me that.”
“What do you call yourself?” the only response Rainbow got was a more intense glare.
“You best leave before somepony sees you and makes a scene.”
“And what about you?” Blueblood pulled something out of a pouch on his belt, something Rainbow could not see clearly.
“I need to follow up on some leads.”
“You realize, that this is a very grave matter you’re presenting?” the pony fidgeted around, trying his best to remain calm as his boss paced in front of him. Yes, he had managed to get away from Supermare and the Batpony, but now he was wishing he had gotten captured instead.
“W-we almost got away-”
“Oh sure. And then you had to go and get Batpony on your tail, and now I seem to be short one mud monster.” the other pony leaned in closer. “I knew I should have picked some other guys; they at least would be careful to avoid dirtying my image.”
“I-it wasn’t our fault! Supermare showed up and she-”
“Wait... Supermare?” the pony nodded before his boss backed up. “Well, that changes things. Tell you what.”
“I’m willing to let all of this go, wipe it clean, as it were, in exchange for that little piece of information that Stupidmare is working with the Bat.” the boss held out his hoof. “C’mon. Just shake on it and everything will be fine.”
“Uh, okay.” the pony reached out with his hoof, and had little time to react before his boss grabbed him and sprayed a cloud of green gas into his face.
“Oh, I’m glad to see that you’re so happy about this.” the boss giggled. “Guess they were right when they said that mud was good for your complexion.” the last thing the pony heard before dying was a low chuckle that grew into a horrific cackle as the victim's face twisted into a rictus grin.