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Chapter 12: Relations
A few more days passed. It’s been ten days now. The way day and night comes so easily to Equestria seems almost too good to believe sometimes. It’s the same routine. Sun comes up, sun goes down. Moon goes up, moon comes down. And then the cycle repeats over and over again. It’s all too easy.
Sometimes there are a few who believe that the easy-going nature they all live in is to perfect to last. And recently, they had reason to believe it. After the event which ponies are now calling, “The Party of the Jagger”, for obvious reasons, they had started to slightly worry that the same thing would happen again.
Their worry was eased with the thought of the six newest residents. The six Alamantians, the element manipulators, were there to protect them. Ponyville just wasn’t aware how much protecting they were really doing. The only six who knew of that were the other six Elements of Harmony.
Relating to the Elements of Harmony, Twilight Sparkle found herself in a bind. She was on a mission by herself to figure out something that happened to her a week ago in Canterlot Castle. She remembered the spell Gem cast on the Elements of Harmony so they manifested themselves inside their true bearers. Now Twilight was faced with a predicament.
She didn’t know how to make her Element of Harmony appear out of nowhere.
Pyro said to her the element of magic was now flowing through her veins like his fire does for him and as the other elements do for their other friends. The problem was figuring it out how to make the magic come forth. She tried spells, enchantments, potions, some low degree hexes, but nothing seemed to work. With every failure, she started to get a little more worried that she wouldn’t get it at all.
It was a simple day so far. Early morning routines had been all completed be everypony in Ponyville. Well….almost everypony.
Twilight had been up for hours and she still wasn’t done getting ready. She always took longer than most ponies to get through her morning routine. She made lists of things for her to do every morning before she went to bed the previous night. Sometimes they were too big for Spike to carry without straining his back.
Lucky for the still snoozing dragon, this particular morning’s list was extra short. All Twilight put down was get new list making supplies which she did herself in less than twenty minutes. The house was clean, the books were properly shelved, Spike was snoring with his blanky covering his face, all seemed right with the world.
As for the other guest in the house, Twilight assumed he had gotten in from his late night walk last night. She proceeded down the stairs to her basement to see.
“Pyro, you promised me you would teach me long range teleportation today.” She said before reaching the bottom of the staircase.
When she got there, she was surprised to find that he wasn’t there. For the past week and a half since Pyro’s been there, aside from the first night, he was down in the basement every morning meditating. Not this time. Instead of taking time to think about where else he might be, Twilight did something that she is an expert in other than magic.
With a quick teleportation, she was back in the front room of the library. She rushed out the front door and prepared to search the entire town of Ponyville in search of him. But before she could get away from her house, she ran into a few of her friends. Applejack, Rainbow Dash, and Fluttershy were all there with their partners.
“Oh good! You guys are here! Now listen to me! We have a serious problem and we need to act fast if we wanna have any chance at finding him!”
Only Typhoon knew what she was talking about due to her telepathy. Applejack went over to the frightened unicorn and rest a hoof on her shoulder.
“Whoa there, girl. Take it easy.” The farmgirl gently said. “Now what is goin’ on?”
“It’s Pyro. I can’t find him anywhere.” Twilight fearfully said. “He could be hurt! He could be in danger! He could be scared!”
“A guy like Pyro?” Terra thought she was hearing things. “Okay. In danger: maybe. Hurt: most likely not. Scared: Not on your friggin life.”
“Pyro’s not afraid of anything.” Gem added. “And it’ll take something big and I mean BIG to hurt him.”
“Big like Nightmare Moon?” Twilight said. “Nightmare could be anywhere in the night and she could have spotted Pyro all alone. Think about THAT!”
“Wow.” Typhoon was at a loss. “You’ve been living with heem and you obviously know nothing about heem.”
“Yeah what she said.” Rainbow Dash agreed. “Twilight, I think you’re seriously underestimating Pyro.”
“Nonetheless I’ll feel a lot better when I see that he’s okay.” Twilight still wanted to search for him
The door to the library opened up again and out of it came Spike trying to wake up. He walked over to the group of girls in front of him.
“What’s going on?” the young dragon asked very much curious.
“Oh good Spike! You’re awake! Listen, Pyro’s missing and we gotta find him right now! I mean who knows? Nightmare Moon could have gotten him last night while we were all asleep and he was awake the whole time because of that insomnia spell! Spike, our partner could be hurt! Dead! His fire could have been blown out!”
Nopony knew how this was actually possible, but Twilight right now, was acting more like a drama queen than Rarity ever had.
“Let’s all split up and search everywhere for him. If he’s alive, he should be nearby.”
“Applejack, you and Terra take the north part of town.”
“Fluttershy, Typhoon, you two look on the west.”
“Rainbow Dash and Gem, you two go and-“
Spike quickly got fed up and raised his voice. Fortunately it was enough to make Twilight stop talking.
“You don’t have to look anywhere. Pyro’s right up there.”
His hand pointed at Twilight’s house and upwards. There are two balconies on the library. And on the highest one, there was the red stallion Twilight was worried about. She took a huge sigh of relief in seeing he was okay and unharmed.
“You were about to search the whole town. Didn’t you check inside your own house first?” Terra asked.
Twilight was now blushing huge out of total embarrassment. She felt so stupid not checking the library first.
“Whoops.” Was all she could say.
Spike rolled his eyes and leaned against Applejack’s front hoof.
“Ten days Pyro’s been here and he shows no annoyance at Twilight’s behavior. I should ask him how he does it.”
“Oh stop it, Spike.” Applejack muttered so Twilight wouldn’t hear. “We all know how much Twilight can overreact to somthin’.”
“I already knew he was up zere.” Typhoon confessed. “I would have said something, but Twilight was talking too fast.”
“Right. Mind reader. Not creepy at all.” Rainbow Dash murmured. “What’s he doing anyway?”
The viewing ponies sat in silence viewing the unicorn of fire. He took in some air through his nose, then a few flames flew out his nostrils as he exhaled.
He then performed a single jump and landed on his two front hooves putting himself in a hoofstand. It wasn’t as much that part that got Twilight and the others impressed. It was more the fact that Pyro was doing a hoofstand on the railing of Twilight’s balcony.
Twilight was about to rush up there and make him stop but somepony bit on her tail to stop her.
“Shhhhhh.” The pony who did that was Terra. “He needs to focus.” She whispered.
Wondering exactly what he was doing, the seven mares sat down on their haunches and watched Pyro in silence. The stallion looked like a perfectly balanced statue. No sudden movements, no indications of losing balance.
About a minute later, something else finally happened. A few meters out from Pyro’s face, a small ball of fire formed from the air. It was a small orb about the size of an oversized marble. Then a few flaming rings formed around the orb resembling an artist’s rendition of an atom.
The little atom of flames then shifted into one slightly bigger bundle. At a steady speed, it went over to its master and began to swirl up his hoof planted on the railing. It whirled around his head and began to make its way up and down his body.
A few more rings formed around Pyro blazing bright orange, red, and yellow. Three rings in total. Slowly, the rings merged together to become one bog one encircling him. Then the ring broke off into one stream of flame and flew away from the house. When a few meters out it was, the stream changed shape into that of a serpent dragon. It breathed out even more fire into the sky.
“He didn’t even move a single muscle.” Rainbow dash said in awe.
“Sometimes, ze mind can be more powerful zen ze body.” Typhoon whispered.
Typhoon had seen this routine before. He was now finished with this practice move. Slowly, his eyes opened up and he looked straight down at the ground. He slightly smiled at the sight of his friends and his adoptive siblings.
“Hello all.” He said ever so softly.
“Um…are you sure that’s safe, Pyro?” Fluttershy asked very concerned.
“I know it’s not really safe, Fluttershy.” Pyro answered raising his voice a bit to reach her. “But I can take a high jump.”
“Where did you even learn how to do all this anyway?” Rainbow Dash floated up to his height so she wouldn’t have to raise her voice.
Pyro found that convenient seeing that he didn’t have to raise his voice either now.
He frowned as he gave his answer.
“Master Ma taught me everything I know from blasting fire to meditation and everything in between. This particular exercise helps me with focus…and balance.”
“Well I can see that.” Rainbow Dash observed. “You’re standing on a balcony on one front hoof. I think your balance is pretty good.”
Pyro sighed. Apparently he wasn’t clear enough.
“Not just that kind of balance, Rainbow. Balance between my inner energy and my mind. It takes great concentration for the two to be in perfect sync with each other.”
Rainbow comprehended it a little bit.
“When the mind and inner force become synchronized, the end result…”
Before he finished his sentence, Pyro moved his whole body. He sprung himself off his front hoof then landed back on the balcony rail standing on his two hind hooves. As soon as his hooves touched the rail, he threw a punch to the sky and blasted a good size stream of fire heavenward.
“…is total control.”
Easily they were impressed by his strength and words. Twilight found them to be a bit familiar. She remembered lessons Princess Celestia gave her. She said magic works almost in the same way. It takes great focus of both the mind, and horn. Twilight has always thought of her horn to be her inner energy. That was before she became one of the Elements of Harmony. She then figured it out it wasn’t her ability to do magic that was her inner energy. It was the magic inside her heart that empowered her. Her friendship. Ever since that first fight with Nightmare Moon her ability to perform magic amplified significantly.
She only hoped it would be powerful enough to take Nightmare on a second time.
Tired of slightly shouting at her brother to talk, Terra pounded the ground with her hoof and made the ground she and the others were currently standing on raise up in a giant pillar. After they reached Pyro’s height, the red stallion and Rainbow Dash chuckled at seeing the others except for Terra a bit dizzy.
“Could you give some warning before you do that?” Twilight asked as she rubbed her head.
Then she redirected her voice to her partner.
“I wish I could do that with MY element as easily as you can with yours.” She complained. “I’ve been trying for days to figure out how to make my weird crown thingy appear and I’ve come up with absolutely nothing!”
Pyro jumped off the railing and on to the pillar of rock. Standing back on all fours, he looked at his partner with a calm look.
“Master Ma told me the Elements of Harmony work almost in the same way as those of nature. It takes great focus and balance to conjure up their power at will. Perhaps if your mind was a bit calmer than it is now, you would have more success.”
“How can my mind possibly be calm?” Twilight pressed her nose up against his. “Nightmare Moon attacked us at Pinkie’s party! Who knows when she’ll try again? I need to figure out how to make our elements combine like that prophecy said in that book! How can YOU be calm?”
After taking a few seconds to pop his ears, Pyro placed a hoof on Twilight’s head and nudged her away from his own.
“Your heart is in the right place, Twilight. But you’re trying to advance yourself too quickly. You need to slow down. Pace yourself.”
“Slow down? How can you say something like that? How can you possibly be so easy going about this?”
“Because I have faith in you and everypony else. Have patience, Twilight. I’m sure in time you’ll discover the key to this whole element uniting thing. But don’t try to rush it. Let it come to you naturally. Only then will it truly be clear.”
The voice of reason came to Pyro so naturally. After years of being under the wing of somepony who talks that way all the time he learned more than just moving fire.
“I bet if you grew a mustache and beard, you’d look just like Master Ma.” Terra joked.
Pyro sighed and smiled as he looked down at the ground from the pillar.
“I’ve known Master Ma ever since I was three years old. When I turned five he became my teacher. I tend to talk like him sometimes.”
The stallion jumped off the pillar of stone and fell straight for the ground. His hooves impacted the dirt and Pyro didn’t seem the least bit phased. Terra lowered the rocky pillar and it fit right where it was before.
“He’s sort of like my father. But he isn’t really. He’s just the closest thing I’ve ever had to one.”
“You mean you didn’t know your real father?” Twilight asked.
“Do you at least know who he is?” Terra asked.
“Do you have any clue WHERE he is?” Rainbow Dash took her turn.
The third no in a row got them all a bit confused and a little worried.
“Pyro…do you even at all care about your father?” Fluttershy squeaked.
“Not one damn bit.”
He could have just said no. But the words he used to deny this matter for the fourth time made it clear to all of them he was not comfortable talking about this.
They should have just ended it right there.
“How could ya not care? It’s yer father. Yer kin.” Applejack reasoned.
He could take a few questions, but now Pyro’s blood began to boil even more than it already does when he’s NOT mad.
“He is not my kin nor do I consider whoever he is to be my father.” He growled.
“Well then…what DO you see him as?” Twilight asked.
Pyro just wanted them so badly to stop. He took a chance and figured they would stop if he answered one more question honestly.
“I only view him as the bastard who had sex with my mom, and bailed when he found out she was pregnant. So there. You happy now?”
They were not the least bit happy. They felt guilty for pressing the matter. After the first no he said, they should have just let it all go. But they didn’t. They pressed and now he was mad.
“Okay. So you’re father made a mistake in leaving.” Twilight tried to calm him down. “But that can’t mean you’ve never been curious about him.”
“Well sure I have. When I was just a colt. But the more I grew up, the more I realized he never cared about me. If he did, he would have stuck around.”
“But you can’t…”
She got interrupted.
“Twilight…remember when you and I both agreed that we didn’t need to know every single detail about each other?”
“Well….this is one of MY details. I beg of you to not dig further into it.”
That was the last thing Pyro said on that matter. After that, they all headed out to Rarity’s place.
“Pyro, you said you would teach me long range teleporting today.” Twilight reminded her partner.
“And I intend to hold my end of that promise.” Pyro assured her. “Have patience. The day has just begun. I want to check in with Agua and Cryo to see how they are doing.”
Twilight agreed. That was the second time today Pyro told her to be patient. She didn’t think of herself as that much of an impatient mare but apparently everypony else says otherwise.
With one knock on the door to Carousel Boutique, the shop’s owner opened it.
“Oh good morning, Pyro. And hello everyone!”
Everypony else said hello to Rarity as she let them all walk inside.
“And why have you come?” Rarity asked.
“Just wanted to see how things were going.” Pyro told her. “Maybe you can give us the report.”
The only response Pyro got was an icy glare from the fashion lover.
“That bad, huh?”
“Pyro what on earth were you thinking when you made him my partner?” Rarity growled. “He is nothing but a rude, vile, always angry pony who makes life very unpleasant! Why I ask you! Of all the ponies you could have put me with, why HIM?”
A deep breath was all it took for Pyro’s wise words to come back out.
“Rarity, trust me on this. I of all people know how difficult Agua can be. He and I are total opposites when it comes to elemental traits and more. It took a while to get to know him, but I give you my word of honor. Give it a bit more time and you will discover a side of Agua that is softer than you’ll know.”
“Your word of honor? That’s all I have to go by?” Rarity still wasn’t convinced.
“Hey, in our country we take honor VERY seriously. So when we say we give you our word of honor, we aren’t screwin’ around.” Terra sternly backed up her brother on this.
“Eet’s true.” Typhoon added. “Honor is ze most sacred zing to Alamantians.”
That little fact was indeed worth respecting. Even after being away from Alamante for three years, the six of them still hold their honor dearly sacred.
Rarity thought about her situation for a bit. If honor was what these guys are all about, and they gave her their word of honor that Agua would come around, she felt obligated to believe them.
“Well…alright. I’ll try HARDER to be friends with him but it’s just so darn hard already. He dug a hole in my backyard without even letting me know.”
Fluttershy, Typhoon, Pyro, and Twilight were the ones there who didn’t already know that. All four of them looked outside Rarity’s window to view the hole the off-white unicorn spoke of. It wasn’t a hole as much as it was a pond.
To get a better look, they all went outside. In retrospect, the pond wasn’t actually that bad. In fact, it was quite beautiful. The light gleamed off the surface nicely and underneath the water the plants Agua placed swayed back and forth.
And on top of the water’s surface, as if it were solid ground, Agua stood there in bipedal stance. His back was turned so he noticed not the ponies behind him. A few orbs the size of bowling balls revolved around him as if they were in orbit. As he closed his hooves, the balls all became one orb and streamed around him similar to what Pyro was doing earlier.
Rarity stepped forward.
The stallion’s eyes shot open. Without even thinking, he spun around and shot the stream of water he had a grip on right for them.
Reacting quickly, Pyro jumped forward lighting up his fire moving skills. A thick wall of flames erupted from his hooves and blocked the shot. The water stream turned into steam.
“Calm yourself!” he shouted at his brother.
The wall of flames dissipated. When it cleared, everyone saw Agua’s face.
“Jeez, Agua! Do you shoot at everypony who says hello?” Rainbow shouted.
Agua was gonna scream back, but instead, he took a deep breath and looked down at his reflection in the water.
“I apologize. I was just a bit startled.” He said.
It shocked them all to hear him apologize. Rarity especially.
“Yeah well cool off. We’re all heading over to Pinkie’s and Cryo’s place. You want in?” Pyro asked.
As simple as walking on ground, Agua walked on top of the surface of the water with the most ease. When he reached land, he stood back on all fours and joined his adoptive siblings and new friends. More like acquaintances for him.
To get to Sugarcube Corner from Rarity’s house, there’s a bridge over going river one needs to cross. When they got to it, Terra began to sniff it. It was an old stone arch bridge. Made of her element of earth.
“Solid granite. Very sturdy foundations.” She noted before crossing it.
As they crossed the bridge, they passed by two Ponyville mares. Fluttershy recognized them as the two mares from the asparagus stand who cut in front of her before she met Iron Will. One was blue in the coat and a dark blonde mane adorned with bows. The other one was pink with blue hair and lightning bolt earrings.
When the ten secret heroes got to the end of the bridge, they were stopped when those two mares spoke to them.
“Hey! Nice head band! I didn’t know the hippie look was a fad in your country!”
That sentenced was followed by laughter. Terra froze in place. She was the only one out of all of them who wore a headband. So the taunt was directed to her.
“Where did you get it from, your grandmother’s closet?” the pink one added.
“Why don’t you go buy a tye-dye shirt and go live in the park with a guitar, you freak?” the other one teased.
Even more laughter followed after that. The other nine ponies saw Terra’s face. She was hurt by their words. She may have a rough texture but there were some things that could really get to her.
What she wanted to do to those snobs. First, she would wait until there was no one else around to see them, then she would bury the two in the ground never to be seen again.
But she couldn’t. She was under instruction from Pyro to keep her powers restrained when in public. As much as she hated it, she knew she had to abide by it.
However, Pyro had other plans. His voice directed towards his sister, he spoke three words.
“Just this once.”
Her eyes sparkled bright with glee as she heard those words. Smirking deviously, she plotted out her rebuttal to the taunts.
Before Rarity saw her smirk, she walked over and placed a hoof around her back.
“Don’t listen to them, Terra.” Rarity comforted her. “You may like to roll around with dirt and rocks but you are still beautiful.”
“No no no no no no. She’s right, Rarity.” Terra then turned around and faced the two snobby girls. “Head band hippie look! Hilarious! HA HA HA! But uh….you wanna know what I find worth laughing at?”
Before those two bullies could even think about responding in another taunt, Terra smacked her front right hoof to the ground. The smack sounded a bit louder than it normally would for anypony else. Around the two snobs, a small cloud of dust arose in a perfect circle. Then not even one second after that, the ground they stood on fell down leaving a circular hole in the bridge.
The two bully mares gave a small yelp as they splashed into the water. Agua laughed a bit before walking over to the hole and looking down into it. Both the girls were soaked in a body of water that was only knee deep.
“Now THAT…was funny.”
The two dripping mares only growled as they began to stand back up. But they didn’t know their ride wasn’t over yet.
“One more thing. Don’t ever talk to Terra that way again.”
Standing back up on his hind hooves bipedal, Agua made a few circular motions with his hooves, and then he lashed them both forward as if he were violently pushing somepony. The water those two mares were standing in began to move. A few meters away, a large wave formed and the two were picked up in it and washed away. They shrieked as they got farther and farther down the stream.
“SURFS UP BIG KAHUNA!” Agua shouted at them.
After they were out of site, the river’s water calmed down to normal. The big stone Terra cut out of the bridge didn’t budge from Agua’s mini tidal wave. Raising her hoof, she raised it back up and slid it back into place. But she couldn’t let go yet. If she did, the giant chunk of granite would simply fall back down into the river. So she took care of it. Nopony could see it, but the edges of the rocky disc sprouted out pegs that dug deep into the bridge itself. After she let go, Terra rubbed her hoof on the bridge to see if it was sturdy enough. It was and she was satisfied.
As Agua rejoined them all, all of them looked quite surprised by what he did to those two mares who made fun of Terra.
“You didn’t have to do that.” Terra said to him.
“Yes I did.” Agua sternly said. “The only one who’s allowed to rip on you….is me.”
He walked on without another word for Sugarcube Corner leaving everyone there quite surprised.
“That’s the nicest thing he’s ever said to me.” Terra noted.
“Well Pyro….I suppose I can take you up on that word of honor of yours.” Rarity admitted.
With a nod from the stallion of fire, the rest of them made their way to catch up with Agua. As they walked, they conversed more.
“Why do you wear that headband anyway, Terra? Is it a fashion choice you like?” Fluttershy asked.
Terra’s face went soft and her eyes looked up at her forehead.
“It used to belong to Dunehopper.”
By now, everypony knew who she was talking about.
“Your older brother?” Rainbow Dash asked to be sure.
“Yeah.” She replied. “All soldiers are given these headbands in the Geo Tribe to signify their graduation from training. He gave me his right before he left to fight in the war. It’s the last thing I have left of him. I haven’t taken it off since he gave it to me.”
“You’ve been wearing that thing on your head for three straight years?” Rarity thought it to be a bit unsanitary. “Darling you had to wash at least once.”
“Nope. For years this thing has been attached to my forehead. I’ll always carry my brother with me no matter where I go.”
“But Terra, it must be filthy!” Rarity would not have it. She turned on her horn.
Terra’s headband began to glow blue like Rarity’s horn. Slowly, it began to slip off her head. Angrily, Terra put her hoof on the headband and violently pulled it back down to her forehead.
“DON’T. TOUCH. THE HEADBAND.”
That was a very stern warning aimed right for Rarity. The glare she was shot made her release the headband from her magical grip instantly. Clearly Terra cared about that elastic band on her head very much. They thought it was sweet how Terra wanted to carried her brother wherever she went.
It made Applejack a bit concerned however. She knows how strongly one can feel about an older brother. The way Terra holds on to that headband however makes it look like she’s not really moving on from his death at all. She’s just trying to hold on to him as much as she can and it didn’t seem like a god thing.
Applejack didn’t dare say that out loud to her.
“I wouldn’t even begin to imagine how much pain I would be in if something happened to my own brother.” Twilight confessed.
“You have an older brother?” Pyro asked.
“Yeah. His name is Shining Armor. He just recently got married to Princess Celestia’s niece, Cadence.”
“Cool. So…your brother married a royal family member. So she’s your sister in law.” Pyro pointed out. “Wouldn’t that make Celestia part of your in-law family as well?”
Twilight’s eyes bugged out right there upon realizing Pyro was right. Now that her older brother was married to Princess Cadence, Celestia was now tied to her by a family bond.
“Yeah. I…..guess it does.” She murmured. “Huh. Weird.”
She would send a letter to Celestia later about that. For now, she wanted to see how Cryo and Pinkie Pie were doing. A short minute later, they all arrived at the front door of the bakery. Once inside, they stopped at the front counter where Mrs. Cake passed by.
“Hi Mrs. Cake. Have you seen Pinkie or Cryo?” Rarity asked.
“They’re both upstairs.” Mrs. Cake answered her before rushing off to complete her task.
While the cakes worked, the other ten ponies proceeded upstairs.
“I wonder how Cryo’s been dealing Pinkie Pie’s randomness.” Spike wondered as he rode Twilight’s back.
“Oh the poor guy.” Rainbow just remembered how Pinkie is. “He must be starting to go insane right about now.”
Applejack gave Rainbow a playful bop on the shoulder.
“Oh don’ you go and be that way, Rainbow. Ah’m sure Cryo is doin’ just fine with Pinkie.”
As they got closer to the second floor, a noise came upon their ears. With each step closer, it got louder and louder.
“The hell’s that noise?” Agua wondered.
“Sounds like Moves Like Jagger to me.” Gem answered.
Everypony listened closer now. They heard Cryo’s and Pinkie Pie’s voice singing together.
Take me by the tongue and I’ll know you
Kiss me till you’re drunk and I’ll show you
All the moves like Jagger
I got the moves like Jagger
I got the moo-oo-oo-OO-oo-oo-oo-ooves like Jagger!
“Well I’d say they’re getting along just fine like you said, Applejack.” Fluttershy agreed.
They stood in front of the door ready to open it up. But right as Twilight was about to do it, the music halted and the two ponies on the other side of the door began to talk.
“Whoo! Pinkie I’m getting tired. You’re wearing me out.”
“Aw come on Cryo. We’ve only been going for an hour. I just have a couple more moves I wanna try out with you.”
“Well….alright. But don’t go too fast this time. I don’t want you getting a cramp or anything.”
“Oki-Doki-Loki! Now crank up that tune!”
Two seconds later, Moves Like Jagger began to blast through the house once again. But the ten ponies along with the baby dragon cared not for their ringing ears. Because the words they just heard spoken got their minds all stirring.
“What….?” Terra muttered.
“…the...?” Agua added.
“…hell?” Typhoon finished.
The noise continued. The grunting on the other side of that door seemed to intensify with every passing minute. The only reason nopony would open the door as because they were afraid of what they would see on the other side.
“Does this…happen often?” Terra asked.
“Not for Pinkie.” Applejack answered. “What about with Cryo?”
“I once walked on him….you know what? Forget I said that.” Gem started but cut herself off.
Everyone else’s faces seemed more disgusted.
“Oh how I’ll try.” Rarity whined.
More voices came from the door.
“Cyro! You’re going too fast!”
“Try to keep up, Pinkie! This DOES require both of us ya know.”
“I know I know. The only way to get better is to practice.”
All ten of them were jaw dropped. Twilight had covered Spike’s ears not wanting him to hear.
“Alright! That’s it!”
Rainbow Dash couldn’t stand it anymore. By the sounds of it, Pinkie was being taken advantage of. And Rainbow was gonna stop it.
She bucked the door open and charged through the doorway.
“What do you think you’re….!”
She finally saw what the two ponies were doing and froze.
Cryo and Pinkie were indeed not doing what everypony else thought. They were both standing on their hind hooves embracing each other. Pinkie had one hoof around Cryo’s back and the other one latched onto his own hoof. Cryo had his other hoof around Pinkie’s back.
“Um….hello.” Cryo muttered.
Everypony in the doorway gave a small wave to the two ponies caught in the bipedal embrace.
“What’s going on here?” Rainbow Dash asked.
“What’s it look like?” Cryo asked back at her.
“Well its sure better than the image we had in our heads. That’s for sure.” Terra added.
Cryo knew Terra’s mind very well. And by the looks of it, everypony was thinking what she was right now. Cryo was taken aback.
“Oh come on, guys! You know me better than that!” Cryo was offended.
“Yes we do, Cryo. We’re sorry.” Twilight apologized. “And Pinkie, I’m sorry if we offended you too.”
“Of course you didn’t, silly! I thought it was funny! You thought Cryo and I were doing things we weren’t! Hilarious!”
The five Alamantians who WEREN’T living with her found Pinkie’s laughter here to be a bit out of place here. They didn’t know her like the rest of them had. They were totally unaware of the bizarre things she could do with pretty much anything around her.
They would learn in due time.
“Pinkie wanted to learn how to dance like I can. So I offered to teach a few things. Is that so wrong?” Cryo said to them.
“Of course it isn’t, Cryo.” Twilight answered. “We just heard you two talking on the other side of the door and we just misunderstood.”
Cryo nodded at her and smiled.
“It’s okay. I guess we should be a little less vocal.” He admitted.
“You should be a little less gay, frost-face.” Agua teased.
He was only teasing but everyone glared at him anyway.
“What do you want from me? So I like music.” Cryo defended himself.
“I’ll say.” Spike said as he viewed the records in his hands. “I mean look at all these. “Moves Like Jagger”, “Raise Your Glass”, “New Divide”, “Hungry Like the Wolf”, I’ve never even heard of these songs.”
“Where did you even get all this music anyway, Cryo?” Rainbow asked as she looked closer at the bin overflowing with records.
“It’s kind of a long story.” Cryo started. “But I think I can make it shorter.”
Then Cryo gave everypony a story and everypony listened carefully. Cryo’s five brothers and sisters already knew the story.
“The six of us were here in Equestria for probably a few months and already living in the rock. Out of all of us I was probably the most comfortable with Typhoon. Don’t know why. But I was intrigued by her telepathy and asked if she could teach me how to do it.”
“Apparently he thought anypony could learn how to be a psychic.” Typhoon said as she rolled her eyes.
“Anyways,” Cryo went on. “She read my mind while I tried using some of my magic at the same time to learn it. But something else happened. Our powers created some kind of reactions. A tear in time and space.”
Twilight’s attention was now unbreakable from Cryo’s story.
“A tear in time and space?” she asked not grasping hold of the idea very well
“Yeah. I don’t know what my magic and her telepathy tapped in to, but I think we ended up accessing another dimension or something.”
Twilight rolled her eyes.
“Another dimension? Oh come on, Cryo.”
“As crazy as it sounds I believe it to be true. I don’t know what the world was like or what lived there, but all I had on my mind was music. With my mind focused on it, that’s what I got from that world.”
“You mean all this music….is from another world?” Applejack didn’t believe it.
Everypony now looked at the bin of records with much more interest.
“Yep.” Cryo answered. “I was able to get my hooves on enough vinyl records to transfer the music into listening form.”
“And thus began the many nights we got without sleep.” Agua groaned.
“Oh shut up, dude.” Cryo snapped. “Or should I mention the number of times I caught you in my room listening to it and dancing along?”
“SHUT UP! THOSE NIGHTS NEVER HAPPENED!”
Everypony else couldn’t help but laugh at him now. Agua wasn’t one too blush. He was more of one to smack himself in the face.
Cryo however stopped laughing when he took a gander at the clock.
“Oh crud! I’m gonna be late! Sorry, Pinkie. We’ll pick up lessons later. I gotta go.”
He started to make his way out but then his sister spoke to him.
“Where ya goin’?” Terra asked.
“To the school.” Cryo answered. “Cheerilee asked me to come into her class as a guest speaker and I said I would.”
“Are you sure that’s such a good idea?” Twilight asked.
“What’s the harm?” Cryo asked back. “I’m just gonna talk to a few kids about Alamante. It’s not like I’m gonna freeze the school in one big block of ice or anything. You guys wanna come?”
“Wait. Will those two kids, Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon be there?” Agua asked.
“I’d assume so.” Rarity answered him. “They’re in Sweetie Belle’s class.”
“Then I’m in. It was fun scaring those two little brats at the party. I wanna see their faces when we walk in.”
“Agua, NO. SCARING. KIDS.” Pyro warned him. “I better go too to keep an eye on you.”
That was how everypony in the group ended up agreeing to go to the school. After straightening up her room a little pit, Pinkie Pie joined the others outside the bakery and they all made their way to the school.
There, Twilight and her fellow Elements of Harmony would learn the biggest thing about their partners ever.