Gordon had been forcefully pushed out of the teleporter. He got up, and gazed into the steaming teleporter. He saw something he'd never dream of seeing before in his entire life. Six glowing creatures stood, dazed. The strange, colorful animals in the teleporter were grouped together, obviously scared. Gordon has only seen pictures of horses, but these looked almost just like them, but somehow very different. They were colored unlike anything on Earth, usually dull and gray or brown. No, these tiny horses were red, blue, pink, orange, even purple and yellow! They had strangely colored hair and had an awkward human characteristic. They contrasted the normal the world so badly that even Kleiner was left speechless, until Barney coughed out,
"What in the SAM h- Doc, what are they?"
"I-I don't know Barney. I'm just as confused as you are right now."
"Gordon," Barney looked to Gordon, whom jaw was hanging wide open, "are you seeing this?"
Gordon slightly nodded.
The six horses were shaking profusely, even looked as if they were sweating. Their eyes shifted from Gordon, to Barney, up to Kleiner, then back. The three humans did the same. The horses were quite different to each other though. They all looked very feminine. One was lavender, with a horn protruding out of it's skull. It's eyes were wide open.The orange one slowly lifted off her hat, which confused Gordon even more. How did she lift that? He asked himself. The yellow horse had wings and feathers and it looked terrified at Barney.
"Uh-" The purple horned creature spoke, "Hello?"
Gordon backed away from the teleporter. Barney gave the animals an awkward grin and nudged Gordon's shoulder. "They talk!"
"Can- you tell us- where we are?" She spoke again, her voice was delicate.
"Oh, excuse my manners." Kleiner stepped down the lift from the platform and walked up the horses. He lifted off his glasses to get a real look at the animals.
"Um-" Twilight grew very nervous. "We come- In peace?"
"Could you ah- help us?" The orange asked, slipping back on her hat.
"H- oh right! Help you. What exactly are you?" Issac questioned, about a foot away from Fluttershy's face.
"We're ponies, from Equestria." Twilight stated bluntly, she wanted out and to go home.
"Equestria? Never heard of it." Barney growled.
"Because it's not from here. It doesn't even look like it's from Xen."
"No, we're from Equestria."
"Must be a different universe." Kleiner said. "Certainly not around here."
"Stupid Aliens. Am I right Gordon? Hahe-" Barney nudged Gordon again, "They looked like horses."
"Actually, that's a minor misconception. We're ponies."
"Ponies... Ponies-" Kleiner opened the secret door again and walked through, booting up his computer. He left Barney and Gordon to watch them.
"Hi!" The pink pony jumped down and greeted Gordon, holding out a hoof. He shook it accordingly and couldn't help but grin at the pure innocents of this 'pony'. "I'm Pinkie Pie! What's you're name?"
Gordon just looked at it and pointed at his throat.
"I said, what's your name?"
Again, he pointed at his throat and frowned.
"C'mon silly, don't be shy, just say it!" Pinkie Pie became slightly annoying. Barney was almost on the floor laughing.
"He can't speak." Barney said, "He's a mute. His name is Gordon."
"Ah mute? Well that's ridiculous!" Said the orange pony. "Ah ain't ever heard of such ah thing."
The rest of the ponies followed behind the lavender one. From what Gordon knew from his P.H.D, these were Greek mythic creatures called Unicorns and Pegasi, or singular as Pegasus.
"I'm Rarity." The white pony said, she was a rather soft, warming sight. Her curly, purple hair bounced as she stepped off the metal teleporter.
"And ahm Applejack!"
"I'm Twilight, Twilight Sparkle. That over there is Fluttershy." She pointed towards the cowering, yellow pegasus, She had long, pink hair that Gordon thought of as strange.
"And I'm Rainbow Dash!" A bright blue pegasus flew out from the teleporter. She swooped around until landing next to Barney. "I ain't afraid of no alien!"
Lamarr had been snooping around the lab, and pounced onto Rainbow Dash's head. She yelped in fear and batted at it, flying into the wall and knocking over equipment. The headcrab had a tight grip over her skull, but had trouble digging into her head because it had no teeth, and the head structure of its prey was too irregular. Gordon, seeing the commotion, ran up to the pony and grabbed around the base of the headcrab. He yanked it off and threw it to the ground, gooey yellow residue was still left on Dash's head. She had scratch marks of where the crab tried to puncture her.
"What's going on in there?" Kleiner said, walking into the room. He noticed the ponies had stepped out of the teleporter. The cyan pony was freaking out. "What happened?"
"It's your pet headhumper!" Barney sneered, looking into the vents.
"Lamarr is usually not the one to do that."
"Well it did. Now you got these ponies all riled up. Stupid headcrabs."
"I-I'm fine, really. It didn't really hurt me." Dash sighed.
"I was searching the database of Earth lifeforms, and ponies have been extinct for over five years! The last one died in March of 2017."
"What?! Extinct? Wait, Twilight what does extinct mean?" Rarity asked.
"From my knowledge Rairty, its when a species cease to exist."
Rarity's eyes went wide. "This is the worst. Possible. Thing!"
"I somewhat remember horses in my time, though nothing like these." Kleiner stared at Pinkie Pie.
"What do we do?" Twilight asked softly. "Where are we?"
"You're on Earth, in my lab. Somehow, another slight resonance cascade has occurred! This time, it wasn't with the Xen crystal, it was somehow created from you're universe!" He pointed at Twilight.
"I wonder if it was my magic." Twilight said to Applejack, who shrugged.
"Magic? Are you joking?" Barney snickered.
"No, not all all! See?" Twilight pointed at a box in the corner of the room. It was glowing a bright purple, and slowly lifted off the ground.
"How- Wha-" Barney couldn't find the appropriate word.
"They act like they nevah seen that before." Applejack whispered to Fluttershy, whom was still cowering behind her.
"They- they probably haven't." She whispered back.
The clock tower of City 17 crashed again, and made the ponies jump. Barney grabbed his pistol and put it in his holster. "Doc, he has to go now. CP'l be all over here." He pointed to Gordon, "You're gonna have to go on foot to Eli's lab."
"What about us?" Twilight asked, worried at the circumstances.
"Oh, er, well seeing the teleport has gone all wrong, the only way back is Eli's teleporter. You're gonna have to go with
Gordon, I don't know what else to do." Kleiner wiped his glasses, "Now there's six of you, and not all of you can go with him. That's too much."
"Can some of them stay here with you?" Barney asked.
"Well, yes. I think I can house them until you reach Eli's. By then I'll have my teleporter working and I could sent the rest through."
"Then what?" Rarity questioned.
"Then after you're all there, Eli can use the rest of his Xen crystal to send you home."
"Sound like that's gonna work!" Twilight smiled. "How far is Eli's lab?"
"On foot? It's pretty far. Takes a day or two to get there." Barney said.
"Road trip!" Pinkie Pie bounced up and down.
"Wait a minute, who's gonna stay behind?" Kleiner inquired.
"Fluttershy, Pinkie, and Rarity; You think you could stay here until we reach the lab?" Twilight said, but thought about why they needed to stay. "What's CP? Why can't we all go? Is it dangerous?"
"Yes, very dangerous. We have to limit the group."
"Then what if I just go?"
'No Twilight, I'll go." Dash boldly suggested. "Danger is my middle name."
"Rainbow Danger Dash!" Pinkie laughed.
"Quickly, purple horse, you're gonna have to go with Gordon. The rest of you will stay here." Barney said, "Can you handle them all Doc?"
"Yes, I can."
"Ok then, Gordon, pony; quickly." Barney had the two go through the window. it led out towards the train station where they could cross safely.
Gordon and Twilight had left the lab and already were on the way to Eli's lab. They walked out in the courtyard and walked up the steps to the backyard of the lab. Twilight looked around nervously. She probably hasn't seen anything like this, Gordon thought. The sun was high up in the afternoon sky and a cool breeze swept over and frayed the dried grass. A slight humming sound grew louder and louder followed by light mechanical beeps. A city scanner came into view from over the rooftops and flashed in Twilight's eyes. She recoiled and swatted at it with one hoof, the other covering her blinded eyes. Gordon ran up to the scanner and grabbed it, throwing it at the ground. It exploded in a metal concussion.
"What was that thing?" Twilight muttered, blinking profusely.
Gordon said nothing, but instead shook his head and waved Twilight to follow. They led up to a fence that was blocked by wood. Gordon looked up and saw barbed wire. The only way through was to break the wood, which wasn't as easy as it seemed.
"Hey Gordon! " It was Barney, he was up on the balcony of the lab. "The Citadel is on full alert! I've never seen it lit up light that. Get out of City 17 as fast as you can, Gordon. Take the old canals, right? Get to Eli's lab! It's a dangerous route, but there's a whole network of refugees and- they'll help you if they can. I'd come with ya, but I gotta look after Doctor Kleiner and those ponies. Oh, and before I forget; I think you dropped this back in Black Mesa." He held up a crowbar. and dropped it to the ground. It landed with a metallic crash. "Good luck out there buddy."