The next morning the Cutie Mark Crusaders all met in the club house, which stood in a small opening somewhere deep in the apple orchard. Scootaloo looked exhausted. Under her eyes were dark like shadows and her eyelids were half shut. They all put on their logo'd capes on and then began their meeting. "Scootaloo, did you you bring the map?" Applebloom said.
"Yeah I brought the map." Scootaloo said angrily and then yawned. "I was up almost all night last night making it." She tossed over to Applebloom a large rolled up sheet of poster paper.
"Yeah, sorry 'bout that." Applebloom said. Applebloom unrolled the map and hung it up on the wall with a couple of push pins. The map displayed the entire town in brief detail. It showed Sugarcube Corner, the library, some of the homes of Ponyville, Sweet Apple Acres, the Carousel Boutique, and the park. "Alright Crusaders, now that we've got our map, shovels, and our capes, we can go out and look for that treasure."
"Yeah, only one problem." Scootaloo spoke. "We don't know where she buried the treasure. Ms. Cheerilee said Black Mane randomly buried it in the area and that only she knew where it was buried it."
"Well," Sweetie Belle began. "Ms. Cheerilee said Black Mane came in from the Everfree Forest so why don't we start near there and just move our way up the town."
"Sounds good to me." Scootaloo said and then yawned.
"Well it's settled," Applebloom spoke with much enthusiasm. "operation Cutie Mark Crusaders Treasure Hunters is ago." Applebloom and Sweetie Belle cheered. Scootaloo was asleep. A bit of drool fell from her mouth as she snored quietly.
"Umm, Scootaloo?" Sweetie Belle said. The orange pony continued to sleep standing up.
Applebloom was becoming a tad impatient with Scootaloo so she grabbed the young pegasus on the shoulders and shook her until she woke up. Scootaloo woke quickly and for a moment she was freaking out. She calmed and apologized
On the other side of town, just outside the Everfree Forest and right behind Fluttershy's cottage, the Cutie Mark Crusaders were digging a large hole. Sweat ran down their faces as they dug. By the time the hole was nearly four feet deep Scootaloo stopped working and took a moment to wipe the sweat from her forehead. "Man, who'd knew digging holes would be so much work." Scootaloo said. Her throat hurt a bit for she had't had water in a while and her throat was becoming very dry.
"Come on Scootaloo," Applebloom spoke with heavy breaths in between syllables. "we need to keep digging."
"The treasure is obviously not here." the orange pony said. "Maybe we should try digging in another spot."
Applebloom took a moment to think and then nodded in agreement. Scootaloo and Applebloom jumped out of the ditch, holding the shovel handles in their mouths. They dropped the shovels onto the grass and then Applebloom spoke. "Now, where do ya reckon we should dig?"
"Umm, Applebloom. Scootaloo." Sweetie Belle called from in the ditch. Applebloom and Scootaloo turned around and looked down at her. She made an attempt to jump and pull herself out, but she was unsuccessful. "A little help, please." Applebloom and Scootaloo giggled and then each held out a hoof to Sweetie Belle. Sweetie Belle picked up the shovel with her mouth. She grabbed both of her friend's hooves and they hoisted her up out of the ditch.
"Why don't we try digging separately?" Scootaloo suggested. "That way we can cover more ground faster."
"Great idea Scootaloo." Sweetie Belle said.
"Okay," Applebloom said. "I'll dig over by the chicken coop."
"And I'll dig over by the pond." The young pegasus announced.
"And I'll...umm, I'll did over there." the white unicorn said, pointing her right forehoof at a clear patch of grass.
Half an hour past. Sweetie Belle was singing a sweet tune to herself which helped past the time for both her and her friends. "Find anything?" Scootaloo shouted out to the rest of the gang.
"Nope." Sweetie Belle responded.
"Nothin' here but rocks and earthworms." Applebloom shouted. The gang hopped out of their holes, moved a few feet away from it, and began digging three new holes. The digging lasted for a good thirty minutes before they moved on to start another hole. This process went on for many hours and it wasn't till around three in the afternoon when the Cutie Mark Crusaders agreed that the treasure wasn't buried here and moved on to another location in Ponyville.
It was dinner time for all of Fluttershy's little creatures. Fluttershy gave Angel, her white pet rabbit, a big salad bowl. Angel was being picky about his salad, but Fluttershy eventually 'convinced' him to eat his dinner. After feeding Angel, the yellow pegasus filled up the large bird feeder, which hung on the ceiling, with organic bird feed. "Eat up everyone, you don't want all this food go to waste, do you?" Once all the animals in the cottage were fed she went over to the kitchen and lifted up a large bag of chicken feed onto her back and carefully made her way out into the backyard.
"Alright my little chicken, time to-" Fluttershy there in shock as she gazed upon hundreds of deep holes, including one by the chicken coop where the chickens were escaping from. "What...what happened." She said. Chickens ran wild all over the backyard. One fell into one of the holes and began jumping frantically, trying to escape. Fluttershy ran over to help the chicken out of the hole. After helping the chicken out of the hole she began chasing the chickens back into the pin.
"Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness." Fluttershy repeated to herself. She chased them down for a good fifteen minutes before all the chickens were back in the coop. She quickly filled in the hole before any of the chickens could re-escape. "I don't understand, where did all these holes come from?"