"Man, why can't life be normal for a change?" I mumbled to myself as I backed away from my pet turned vampire. An eagle dived at my back unseen and smacked into me. I stumbled forward from the mighty bird's blow and Fang jumped at me. Instead of stumbling into his leap, I allowed myself to fall over with the blow and hit the ground. I let out a low hiss as the pain from the eagle's talon strike set in, but I didn't have time to think about it. As soon as Fang passed over me harmlessly, the rodents on the ground tried to swarm over me. I sprang to my hands quickly and crawled as fast as I could away from them. As soon as I was a good distance away from them, I pushed myself to my feet and turned back around to face my enemies.
"Hey, be happy you didn't have to fend off hunters while wandering through the wilderness for years!" Blaze retorted. He ducked as the bear took a swing at his head and flapped his wings to try and get away from it. He didn't get very far due to the weight of the emeralds. Fang had already turned around from his jump and was faster than all the other animals in charging at me. I stumbled backward slightly from sheer shock at his raw speed before I raised my sword to block him. As Fang got close to me, I brought the flat of the sword down to hit him. Instead, he jumped to the right so quickly I almost didn't see it and jumped at me again. Instead of trying to block him again, I changed the angle of my swing and let the sword keep going until it hit the ground. It buried itself into the ground. I put my feet on the side of the sword and kicked off of it. I rolled to a stop a few feet away, but Fang crashed into a tree that had been next to me.
"You can be quite a downer sometimes!" The bear kept coming for Blaze, but he turned around and flat out ran away from the bear. Unfortunately running towards me and giving the bear a new target. Me. I ran as quickly as I could over to my sword and ripped it out of the ground. Luckily Fang was still dazed, so I lifted the Buster Sword and brought the flat of the blade down onto the back of Fang's head. I flinched with the impact, and Fang fell to the ground. "Sorry buddy..." I didn't have much time to lament over the injury to my friend, as the bear decided now was a good time to reach me. With a mighty roar, he swung at my back before I had time to react. The force threw me forward into the tree that Fang had hit. I slammed into the tree with astounding force, then bounced off of it slightly. I felt a warm spot on my face, and I touched my upper lip with my left hand to find blood.
"Whoa! You ok dude?" Every single animal stopped in it's tracks and turned to me at the same time. They were all sniffling hungrily and looking at the blood on my face greedily. I raised the Buster Sword defensively and prepared for an onslaught.
"Uh... I'm going to have to say no... I am not going to be ok." The rodents were all on me in a matter of seconds. They swarmed me with more concentration and determination than ever before. Not only were they climbing on top of one another in their desperation, but the were creating a thick enough ring around me to make movement impossible. I was trapped. The birds became more rabid as well. Now they were aiming all their charges at my face. The bear almost seemed to laugh at me, totally immobile and distracted by multiple foes. If that wasn't bad enough, Fang stood up from his previous blow and visibly shook it off. "Oh crap... I never thought I'd be so unhappy to see you unharmed..." I stood there, trapped in vermin and defending myself from vampiric birds. The bear and Fang circled me hungrily, licking their lips confidently. Blaze was nowhere in sight. I sighed hopelessly as I realized this was the end. At least until Unity's magic wore off. Assuming they changed me and didn't just suck all of my blood out...
Twilight was shaking Fluttershy, slowly bringing her to the concious world. All of the sudden, a familiar square of light popped up into her field of vision. Sharky's face filled the square.
"Hi Sharky. Why are you calling? I'm only a little way away from you..."
"Oh, I-- HA! Take that Fang!-- Think I may be about to die. Maybe turned into a blood sucking demon. *Clang* Dang falcon..." The background to Sharky's image was waving around wildly and occasionaly Twilight saw a bird or two in the background.
"Sharky? What are you talking about?"
"Look, I don't have much time! I'm trapped and I need help! Luna seems to have disabled her number somehow, and I'm barely holding off these animals! I'm just outside of Ponyville next to the forest somewhere along the path to Fluttershy's house! I could really use you he--" Sharky's face suddenly disappeared. Twilight stood in place in shock for a moment.
"Sharky needs our help?!" Rainbow Dash yelled furiously. Twilight snapped to her senses and Fluttershy suddenly sat bolt upright. "What are we going to do?!"
"D-did he say animals?!" Fluttershy yelled quickly.
"Oh dear, what are we going to do?!" Rarity wailed helplessly. "He simply can't die! I don't want him to!" Fluttershy shakily rose to her hooves, crouched over like she was still a pony. After looking around confusedly for a few seconds, she realized what was going on and shakily rose to her hindlegs. She stumbled towards the front door.
"Fluttershy! What are you doing?!" Twilight yelled. Fluttershy unsteadily turned to face her.
"I'm going to go help Sharky..."
"What? Fluttershy, you can barely walk like this!"
"I don't care... Sharky needs help and I'm not going to leave him alone."
"... You're right. I'm coming too!"
"Twilight... You should stay here... if you don't mind..." Twilight gave her friend a confused look.
"Why in Equestria would I stay behind?"
"Well, animals are my specialty... Even if they've gone crazy, I think I can calm them down... No offense, but magic might just upset them even more..." Twilight was about to come back with another argument, but she closed her mouth as Fluttershy's logic started making sense in her head. She nodded regretfully.
"That does make sense Fluttershy... Please, bring him back safe..."
"Yeah... Not that I'm worried about him handling it on his own or anything..." Rainbow Dash added.
"And do come back safely dear!" Rarity shouted after her before Fluttershy turned and left the library.
*click* The door closed with the same timidness as the one who closed it. The remaining three friends shared a quick look.
"Did... we really just let Fluttershy go alone?" Rainbow Dash asked. In a flash, the remaining friends all ran out the door as fast as their wobbly new legs would let them.
With my legs pinned and my phone in the possesion of a theiving raven, there wasn't much more I could do to defend myself. Luckily the bear was deciding to take his time taunting me. He hadn't moved forward to strike yet, but was patiently waiting just outside of the range of my sword. After Fang had jumped at me the first time and gotten smacked out of the air, he decided to stay next to the bear. The smaller animals were all clearly dumber than them though. They were still swarming my legs and mercilessly diving at my face. As more rodents added themselves to the swarm, they got closer and closer to being a tall enough pile for them to bite into my sides. I beat another robin out of the air as it dived at me. This time the bird got a talon locked onto the cloth inbetween the metal plates on my glove. He pulled it off and flew away, leaving my left hand armorless and less dangerous. I was left with only my right blade and my sword. Then, a huge plume of flame came out of the forest behind me and scattered all of the animals around me. I took a burn on my back, but it was much better than what would have happened.
"Blaze! You're still here! Not a moment too soon either! I was just about to accept death!" I cried out happily as I ran in the direction of the flame. Blaze was crouched down in the undergrowth, coughing his lungs up.
"*Cough cough* What did you *cough* expect? I wouldn't j-*cough*-ust leave a friend b-*cough cough*-ehind..." The wild animals seemed to be thinking twice before charging at me again. Blaze still had his emerald suit on, so he still wasn't in any real danger. His cough was a little odd though.
"Blaze, why are you coughing? You're not sick are you?" He rubbed his throat with a forehoof.
"Nah, I'm not *cough* a full dragon, so the fire *cough cough* really hurts my *cough* throat." The animals were regaining their wits and a brave few were approaching me, Angel leading them.
"Right... Well, like I said, good to see you still here. Now, if you'll excuse me..." Never before had somepony taunted me like that bear since the bullies in elementary. He was going fucking down. I braced my sword out in front of me and let out a low growl. "Grrr..." I sprinted forward, and with a low swing from my sword, the brave approaching vampires were thrown to the side. I kept up my sprint without losing any momentum. The other little vampires decided to go after Blaze now, avoiding my berzerk charge. I was ten feet away from the bear when Fang leapt at me. I brought the Buster sword around in a powerful arc, slamming the flat of the blade into the top of his head. He was quickly sent downward, making a cartoon-style dent in the ground on impact. The bear grinned at me and slammed a massive forepaw into my side while I was trying to regain my balance from my swing at Fang. I was thrown with the force of the blow. I rolled to a stop about ten feet away from him.
"Sharky!" I turned to look at the source of the yell. A short distance away from me, on the path back to Ponyville, a half-human Fluttershy was yelling at me.
"Hey! What are you doing here?! Go! I got this!" Fluttershy either didn't hear me or was totally ignoring me. She stumble-ran down the path to me.
"Graaaaaghhhh!!!" My attention was brought back to the bear who had kept coming at me while I yelled at Fluttershy. I lifted up my sword just in time to block another swing from him. The brute force still sent me sliding about another three feet. I quickly got back on my guard and swung at the bear's head. The flat of the blade connected with his torso, but it seemed to have no effect. The bear jumped at me and tackled me to the ground. My lower body was trapped by his weight, and my sword was knocked away from me. I balled both of my hands into fists and started giving the bear's face a beating. He backed off of me and I scrambled to my feet. Before I could prepare myself, he took another swing. Without my sword to absorb the blow, I flew away with the swing. I landed about 25 feet away this time. I could do little more than sit there in a daze.
"Bad boy! This isn't how you're suppose to act! Very bad boy!" Fluttershy had finally made it to the bear and she was... talking to him firmly. I looked up from where I hit the ground to look at her. I took one look, and all I could see were her eyes. In one single moment, that little pony-woman sucked my soul out through my eyes and held it in her hands. I knew that everything she said was law and must be obeyed. Then I lost eye contact and my head cleared.
"Whoa, so that's the stare. That's freaking amazing." I pushed myself back up and stumbled to my feet. RD, Twilight, and Rarity all appeared from the same place Fluttershy had ran in. RD and Twilight ran towards Fluttershy, but only Rarity saw me. She ran right to me. I finally managed to stand up straight right as Rarity hug-tackled me down to the ground. I landed on my back, momentarily dazed. When the daze finally wore off, I was even more shocked to find Rarity's lips pressed against mine. She was full-on kissing me, and I had no idea how to react. Soon she removed her mouth from mine and I felt a tear from Rarity hit my cheek.
"Oh Sharky! I'm so relieved you're ok! I thought you were truly going to d--"
That's when I fainted.