Good news everypony, a new chapter is fresh out of the oven, this time I think I did it faster than the last one, sadly it is shorter but doesn't matter, I present you the arrival into a new land.
For all of you, yes, I'm going to continue doing this and I'll try to work faster and better, so, if you have any doubt, ideas, complains or anythig at all, don't doubt on commenting and writing your impressions, now, allonsy!
“OK, good news and bad news”
“Good news first” Ross stood up dusting himself.
“Good news is that we are on route to Equestria”
“Bad news then?” Ben said still not believing how close he got to be sucked by a hurricane.
“Well… the TARDIS energy is, ah, well, the TARDIS is overloaded” just when Iván said that a control panel exploded sending him backwards, the doors closed and the lights died.
If they thought that the way the TARDIS shook before was hard, it was nothing compared to now.
The light died and then came back, but they didn’t stop flickering in and out giving the ambiance of supernatural, spark flying everywhere and the rumbling of the machine while it transported them from one world to another.
They tried to hold onto anything but their bodies were being tossed around, the console was showing several mauve lights indicating danger possibly.
Outside the TARDIS, the portal finally went open to spit the machine into a world of color and magic. Right now Equestria was being showered by the calm light of the Princess of the Night, it was now the end of the enigmatic storm and the people inside the TARDIS was not aware of the changes and dangers they would be part of.
Right now they were only aware of the feeling of falling, it was clear that their transportation was nowhere ready to fly down in a controlled matter and in a second the ground was there to welcome them into this world.
The TARDIS flew down into the ground, the impact sending debris in all directions and scaring every single creature close to the impact zone and as fast as it arrived it turned into silence.
Consciousness started to come back for someone inside the ship, it felt like if he had been sleeping for 12 hours, so hard to even open his eyes, everything hurt and while trying to move his right arm he was immediately brought back into complete consciousness.
It hurt like never before. The pilot of the ship was right now clutching his right shoulder and screaming at the top of his lungs, he had to blink away tears that threatened to run down his face due to the pain he was in right now, it felt as if his shoulder was dislocated.
Trying to stand up he took a look around, trying to assess the damage around and at first sight it wasn't nice. The whole TARDIS was not rightly illuminated since most of the lights seemed to have exploded in their entry to this world, several panels from the floor and walls were missing and the cables were showing with flying sparks being the proof he needed to know that the damage was more than simply aesthetic.
Still holding his arm so it won't move, Iván stood up trying to find the other members of his bizarre team. Thankfully he didn't have to look too far away because he soon found out the youngest of the four, Ben, standing up too looking not too bad, just a bruise on his face and completely ruffled hair.
“Well, it seems that we won't be using the TARDIS for any more flying for now” Iván said trying to smile but failing miserably with the pain from his arm; for his part Ben simply nodded, he had slight problems trying to concentrate with his ears still ringing from the impact.
“What happened to you?”
“Dislocated shoulder” Ben grimaced not wanting to find out how much that one hurt “probably from the panel that exploded right in my face, grateful that I'm still alive”
“Whatever you say, let's just get the other guys and move out, I don't know if this thing will explode like in the movies”
“Don't jinx it!” Iván almost screamed knowing that bad things happened in the worst of moments and this was definitely that moment.
Thankfully nothing more happened, the TARDIS lights were starting to flicker less and less and by the time the four of them were outside, the energy seemed to be over and the TARDIS went completely dark, inert like when Iván first found it.
“I don't think we will be flying any time soon” Ross said with his hand on top of the doors of the sleeping ship, it was obvious the four were using humor at this time due to the anxiety they were feeling.
Beyond the double doors was the goal, the promised land for them and they still feared that behind them they would only find their old and dark world, but they had to take their chance.
Ross and Joseph nodded to each other, each one holding a door, at the count of three the doors were pulled and in front of them was an image that they will forever hold close to their hearts.
The TARDIS had obviously crash landed against a natural rock wall, probably due to erosion from raining and wind, it could be a place where landslides occurred regularly but it wasn't a problem for now.
Now, the only thing that captivated them was the clear view they had of a fantastic world, behind them they could see the beginning of a jungle like vegetation, vines growing wild tangling themselves on crooked and thick trees with wide leaves making it a perfect place to hide and disappear, but in front of them, they watched the domain of Princess Luna, a land that was being bathed by the soft light of the full moon in the sky, an expanse of green irregular plains that could have come out of any brilliant piece of art that left them speechless, or almost speechless.
“Welcome to Equestria guys” Ross said with the biggest smile he had ever had on his face.
(Cue Doctor Who theme music)
Episode 1: Arrival
Chapter 3: The First Step
It was a quiet night with only the sound of crickets adding to the peaceful atmosphere that soothed the tired and hurt travelers, but of course, it had to be broken.
"We did it! My body hurts, the TARDIS crashed and the portal is closed... but we did it!" the scream, surprisingly, didn't come from Joseph this time, but from Ross who laughed hard and loud at where exactly they were standing.
It was a hard ordeal; they had to survive a hellish trip and were send directly into a crash landing that could have killed them, but just looking at the gorgeous expanse of land it was more than worth the pain and dangers, and speaking of pain.
The pain had intensified after laughing alongside his friends, he had to do something about the dislocated shoulder or he won't be of any use in the next few hours.
Walking in the direction of a close tree, Iván stood watching the sturdy bark, with his non-injured hand he knocked a few times on it and prepared for an experience that could possibly be the most hurtful of his life.
“Ah… Iván, what exactly are you doing?” Joseph said stopping laughing for a second to watch the person they owned the travel with an arched eyebrow, the aforementioned pilot simply smiled at his friend.
“Have you seen a movie called Lethal Weapon?” Joseph simply rolled his eyes.
“Just one of the most epic action movies ever, why?” and then it clicked while his eyes grew to comical proportions understanding immediately what his comrade was planning to do “oh buck”
“Indeed” Iván said before slamming with all his strength his injured shoulder into the tree's trunk to pop it back into place “AAAAAAAaaaaaauggghwhat the hay?” Iván had a confused look on his face while he examined his shoulder. Yes, it hurt, but it was more like a sting than the tremendous pain he had felt for a second, it was disconcerting how fast the pain had turned from a nightmare to a dull throbbing, it was like a miracle “it… it stopped hurting, what the buck?”
“Not only that, but there is something wrong with us” Ben said looking at his own hands, making his other friends to start doing the same, checking their own bodies, their clothes, their hair, something was wrong, they could all feel it, there was something different that they weren't paying to “that's it! We look kinda cartoonish”
“Is not kinda… we are cartoonish, our bodies changed after we arrived, well, not that it was any surprise, we look like in the telly… wait a minute, why did I say telly?” Iván was getting more and more curious about this bizarre chain of discoveries.
“You're not the only one, Joseph said that word too when we were on the other world” other world, it felt weird for Ross to say it, but it was true, they were in another world.
“But I don't say telly, I never use any silly british word… no offense guys” Joseph answered back turning to look at his friends from the other side of the sea while they simply waved his worries away.
“Now I remember, you said telly… and he said hay instead of hay… hay… hay! I cannot say it, I can't curse! Buck! Flying feather! For the love of Celestia! What the buck is going on?!” To see Ross so altered due to the change of his vocabulary was simply hilarious but it didn't change the fact that their words were obviously being changed.
‘Let see if this works, fuck, okay, that does it’ It was obvious to Iván that they could at least think those words, so their brain was unaffected b the vocabulary change.
“I don't know if it is this place, or maybe the TARDIS is doing some extra translation, but something is true, we look cartoonish but we are also still human beings, we weren't being changed into ponies magically”
“Auh, what's wrong with being ponies?” Joseph said making Iván feel as if the traditional sweat-drop appeared on his head, thankfully this wasn't the case physically, that only happened in animes… and Teen Titans.
“For starter, no hands, so yeah, I'm partial to fingers and the like, second, no matter how much I love these ponies, I prefer to stay my own way”
“As interesting as this debate could be” Ross interrupted his two friends turning to look at the inert TARDIS “I think we need to prepare, is clear that wherever we landed, this is obviously the outskirts of the Everfree Forest and I for once don't want to try to sleep so close to it with no protection“ He was right, from their position it was clear that the ominous place could be nothing else but the forest and neither of them were very happy with the prospect of having to walk across it. Manticores, hydras, fog, poison joke and many other dangers were waiting for new and inexperienced explorers like them, it was suicidal to go across it without any idea of what awaited them inside, but also it was clear that the town they knew so much could be at the other side.
For this side they had no view of either Ponyville or Canterlot so that left the four of them with only two choices, either they walked across them or they traveled across the edge of it making a huge detour across the forest until they arrived to any town, which will obviously take a long time.
“Whatever we do we better be prepared, go for your own bags and try to get anything valuable on the TARDIS, I don't think we will come back here any time soon until we get help from other people... ponies… have to get to the idea that we will be soon meeting ponies, multicolored ponies that can talk, fly and cast spells… oh Celestia… we could meet them” at last the full force of what they were going to do settled to the four of them, they were in Equestria, real Equestria, no wonder they were cartoonish, their bodies adapted to this new environment.
Each one of them started to watch closer their clothes realizing that Joseph's hoodie had changed; he was the only one of the four that was wearing something with ponies, in this case, the hoodie had a picture of Fluttershy with the slogan SWAG on it, now it only showed the word in rainbow colors.
“That's… definitely weird” sadly, they didn't have any chance to comment further when the sound of footsteps… hoofsteps? Came to their ears.
Looking at the source of the sound they quickly saw lights from the road that led further away from the Everfree Forest and in matter of seconds they watched a group of earth ponies trotting in their directions.
Just when the ponies where close enough to watch the bizarre (form their perspective) creatures that walked on two feet one of them threw the flashlight it had in on its mouth due to the shock.
“Ah… we come in peace?” Iván would have probably used the classic Vulcan salute if he wanted to scare them more and because he wanted an excuse to finally use it, in answer to his words instead he got a wail of screams.
"They are MONSTERS!" One of them, obviously a female due to the cherry colored mane and blue ribbon on the right side of her head, screamed while three more started to run in circles while another one simply fainted.
“Okay… I think they are talking about Joseph” Ben said pointing at his friends.