Authors note: There will be a fairly gory( in my opinion, as I was slightly nauseated while writing this) Dream in this chapter. I will warn where it begins and ends if you wish to skip it. It is in here to help you all understand a tad bit more of what Tread had seen in the trenches.
"You lied!" Rarity was furious. Rainbow Dash began snickering "You don't have a cutie mark?! And your fifteen?!" She had been flying but she fell to the ground, full on laughing. I was extremely red. "I-I..." I let my soldiers sense take over. My eyes began scanning the area and possible spots to hide. then Applejack stamped a hoof on the ground and looked at Twilight. "Ah knew he was a lying fool Twi'. Ah knew it." My face was getting very deep red from embarrassment. I turned and bolted off. "He's running!"
"Well catch him!"
"What?! This guy is really fast!"
Shit. Forgive me Princess Celestia. Tears were running down my face and my embarrassment was keeping my hoofs pounding at the road. I ran straight into the Everfree Forest.
"He ran in!" Rainbow Dash stopped at the edge of the forest. Applejack shook her head "He's ah fool." That is when Twilight spoke up. "Well we can't leave him in there!" Rainbow Dash turned toward her and began arguing. "Twilight. He is a freak of nature! He is fifteen and he doesn't have a cutie mark!" I sauntered away. I kept walking deeper and deeper into the forest. When i reached the ravine cliff I sighed and laid down under a nearby tree. " I can't go back now."
"And why is that Tread?" I turned to find Celestia right next to me. "C-Celestia?!" She smiled and laughed.” Yes. That is my name. Now why is it do you think you can't go back to Ponyville?" I sighed. "I-I.... I don't have a cutie mark. When the girls heard me talking to myself outside of the party, Rarity and Applejack called me a liar. Rainbow Dash began laughing." Man, I was beyond depressed. "There is more." Celestia had put a wing around me. "When I ran into the forest, Applejack called me a fool and Rainbow dash called me a freak of nature. Twilight... she tried to convince them to help her find me." Celestia nodded. "Sleep now Tread. You will need your strength." I raised an eyebrow then nodded then closed my eyes and drifted to sleep.
Celestia raised her head and called out back. ”Twilight I have Tread with me." Twilight ran through some brush and came into the clearing to see Celestia holding a sleeping teary eyed Tread under one of her wings.
"Princess, why are you here?" Twilight was confused as to why Tread was sleeping at Celestia's side and why Celestia was in the Everfree forest. Celestia smiled, "I have been following Tread to make sure he was adjusting to normal life. Sit down my student, and I will explain Tread's strange case." Twilight nodded and sat down.
The Princess looked at Treads sleeping body and sighed. “Tread is an extraordinary pony. He excels at almost any task." She paused and shifted. "When you were chasing him, was he not faster than Rainbow Dash?" Celestia looked at Twilight for an answer.
She nodded her head. "Yes. He-he was faster than Rainbow Dash."
Celestia smiled in the fight on the train; did he not take down the aggressors by himself? One even had a gun." The Princess let that sink in. "He can walk on clouds without spells, yet he is an earth pony.” She paused before continuing “He has on occasion, used magic. Although that has only happened twice. Both occurred during the war." Twilight was speechless. The Princess smiled "I guess you could say he is the literal jack-of-all-trades."
Twilight looked an him with regret. “We should bring him back to his room." she whispered quietly as she walked over and nuzzled him. The Princess levitated him onto her back and folded her wings around him to protect him. "Good Idea. You go first." With that, they started back to Ponyville
NOTE: This is Tread's Nightmare involving the war. THERE WILL BE AN SMALL AMOUNT OF GORE!!
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED
******* BEGINNING OF DREAM!*******
"Incoming!" Charcoal ran down the trench yelling as artillery fire rained down upon us. I grabbed the closest recruit and pushed their mortified heads down. An artillery shell landed right in front of me, the blast wave and screams of my men piercing my ears. I ran to the nearest wounded stallion and began administering what aid I could. "Medic!" I began yelling as I placed both forelegs on the wound to control the bleeding.
"I need a Medic!" I threw the already filled field dressing away and tore open a new one. The stallion was shaking. "Come on mate stay with us." A medic unicorn had rushed beside me and levitated a pair of rabbit toothed grips. "On three remove the dressing and I will clamp the artery."
I nodded. "One, two, THREE!" I removed the dressing and put pressure above the wound to slow the bleeding. Blood squirted past up and the Medic clamped the artery. I applied two dressings to keep the clamp still. We patted him and moved to the next one.
"Oh Luna!" Cries of the wounded and dying were filling the air. The medic and I had worked through the closest of the wounded and came across the worst of them so far. The stallion’s entrails had spilled in the trench. We rushed to him and we both knew he was beyond saving. I diverted the stallion’s eyes and the medic, managing some how to keep his breakfast, washed the entrails off and placed them back in their cavity. As he tied a large field dressing on the abdomen, I gave him a shot of morphine to ease his pain.
"M-m-m-m-Mama... M-MAMA!" He was screaming in fear. I tipped his head up and gave him a drink from a canteen. I sat back as the medic took over. I was exhausted. Charcoal rushed over to me and checked me out. He removed my helmet then pulled my canteen out and poured it over my head, making sure to wash out my mane. I stared, emptily into the trench floor as the red and black liquid as it ran off my body and pooled on the trench bottom.
*****END OF DREAM! ********
*Gasp* I was panting and sweating. "Damn. It was just a dream Tread." I murmured to myself as I clambered out of the bed and walked to the bathroom. “Damn I look like a mess.” I mumbled to my self after a quick glance in the mirror. I turned on the shower and stepped in the cold water. I sat down and began crying as I washed the sweat off of my body. After turning the water to warm and washing myself, I turned off the water. I sat there for a couple minutes pondering my life before I heard a knock.
"Tread? It’s Twilight. We need to talk."