Welcome back, gore fans. Are you ready for today's horrortastic experience? I'm going to assume you said yes. Anyway, today's maniac of choice is… Wait, hold on a second.
Author: Script mode! What is it Rainbow Dash?
Rainbow Dash: Author, I know you've been pretty peeved lately with how things have been turning out, but there's no need to fear! Rainbow Dash is here!
Author: Fear is all I'm experiencing now. So, what did you have in mind for your crazy spree? Are you going to give everyone freaking hugs or something?
Rainbow Dash: Hugs? Bleh! Rainbow Dash doesn't give out hugs! What I'm going to give you is lots of gore! Blood spraying, ribs cracking, the whole works!
Author: Well, gee, that's just… Wait, really? That's great! Finally, a pony who understands what I'm doing! So, I was thinking about how you should be crazy…
Rainbow Dash : Brony, just leave it all to me! You take care of the writing and the plot, and I'll handle all the gore and stuff!
Author: Sweet! Alright, let's get this show underway! (Claps hands)
Spike: Your classy spinner, sir.
Author: Thank you. I got a jade and an emerald, take your pick.
Spike: Both? (Sheepish grin)
Author: (pause) Why not? I got more. Now, for the spin! (Spins spinner) It's… Ah hell, Rainbow Dash. Again.
Rainbow Dash: But I'm the designated villain for this episode, I can't scare myself.
Author: No problem, I'll just give it another spin, and… Rainbow Dash. Why, oh why… Wait, idea! Spike!
Spike: Um, yeah?
Author: You're Rainbow Dash now!
Spike: B-b-b-but, I can't be her! What if she gets…?
Rainbow Dash: I'm not going to be angry!
Spike: I don't want to be the victim! I'm just a baby dragon! I have so many years I haven't lived yet!
Author: Guess what? Don't care.
Spike: But I have no idea what…
Author: Start story!
"…Rainbow Dash will do to me." Spike looked around, confused by how he was now in Twilight's home. "Oh man, I'm in the story! What if Rainbow Dash is hiding around the next corner?" Spike slowly tiptoed around the house, warily glancing around bookshelves and doorways, as though a mass murderer was going to leap out and stab him to death. "She could be anywhere…"
Just then, a great and powerful voice boomed down from the heavens, a voice belonging to a being wise and powerful, a being absolutely flawless. It said; "Dude, Spike. Stop freaking breaking the fourth wall. Tell you what, just roll with it, and all give you a big old diamond when we're done, alright?"
Spike thought this over for a second. He sighed. "Okay. I'll go along with it."
Spike took a step out the front door, and was greeted by a curious sight. Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash seemed to be in a race, zooming through the sky at breakneck pace. At least, Rainbow Dash was. Fluttershy was far slower, taking her time.
Rainbow Dash looked back over her shoulder. "You can't catch me!" she laughed. "I'm the fastest flier in-" Her sentence stopped short, as did she, as she flew smack into a pole. Her taunting had been her downfall. She hit the ground with a thump, while Fluttershy slowly passed her, not to mention also passing the finish line.
"Better luck next time." Fluttershy called out softly. But Rainbow Dash couldn't hear these words. She could only hear the laughs of the assembled ponies that had been watching the race. Cries of "Equestria's worst flier" and "can't win anything" were among the few hurtful things that echoed through the town square. Spike watched as Rainbow Dash began to sob, tears of embarrassment and shame flowing from her eyes.
"Please, everyone, be nice!" Fluttershy tried to calm the rowdy gathering, but her tiny voice couldn't stop the cascading waves of insults.
Spike also watched as Rainbow Dash seemed to snap. Her tears halted suddenly, and were replaced with pure rage. For a mere moment, the un-distilled anger shone, but then was blanketed under an expression of nothing, a mask covering her true feelings. Spike began to run over to Rainbow Dash. Maybe he could try to comfort her. But Rainbow Dash had already taken flight. She headed over to Fluttershy and whispered something in her ear. Fluttershy nodded, and Rainbow Dash was gone. The target of their insults gone, the crowd dispersed, leaving just Spike and Fluttershy.
Spike ran over to the gentle pony as she landed, and asked, "Is Rainbow Dash okay? I mean, she seemed pretty angry. What'd she say to you?"
"Oh," Fluttershy frowned. "Rainbow Dash was really upset. I understand, since she lost to me, and I'm not very fast… You know how much Rainbow Dash wants to win anything she does. She just told me to come over to her house. That we were going to play a little game."
"That sounds like fun!" Out of nowhere Applebloom appeared. "Great race Fluttershy! I thought Rainbow Dash was gonna win, but that just proves you shouldn't count your chickens till they hatch!"
Fluttershy smiled in that nervous way she always did. "Thanks Applebloom. But really, Rainbow Dash should've won. I just got lucky…" Then Fluttershy's face lit up, an idea seeming to pop into her mind. "I know! How about you two come with me to help cheer up Rainbow Dash? I'm sure what she really needs is some friends right now!"
Applebloom bounced with joy. "That sounds like a great idea!"
Spike gulped. "I dunno Fluttershy… Rainbow Dash seemed pretty angry. Maybe we should give her time to cool off…" Thoughts of the promised diamond entered Spike's mind. How could he resist fulfilling his end of the bargain when a wonderful prize was the reward, especially a prize from such a mighty, wonderful, fantastic…? "Okay, okay, I get the point. Let's go."
"Rainbow Dash?" Fluttershy called. The door into Rainbow Dash's house was open when they arrived. "Anyone home?" Spike and Applebloom followed Fluttershy through the dark rooms of Rainbow Dash's house. "C'mon, Rainbow, where are you?" The trio entered another room, this one empty except for a single bench, and two doors, both directly across from each other. And as they entered the room, the door behind them swung shut.
"Um, Fluttershy?" Applebloom was anxious, now, glancing around nervously. "Is this how Rainbow Dash normally treats her house guests?
"I am freaking out." Spike muttered. What was Rainbow Dash planning?
All Fluttershy said was, "Oh no… Not again."
The door opposite from where they entered slammed open, with Rainbow Dash standing in the doorway. "Well, Fluttershy. Good freaking job in the race. I'm so," her eye twitched. "Happy for you. You want a Celestia-damned muffin?"
"Rainbow Dash, please…" Fluttershy whimpered. "You know I hate this… I thought it was a different game, I thought you got over this…"
"You're LUCKY you got out alive that time!" Rainbow Dash snarled. "This time, we're playing to the death…" Her gaze shifted to focus on Spike and Applebloom. A smile enveloped her face. "Well, well, well… I can have even more fun."
"NO!" Fluttershy positioned herself in front of Applebloom and Spike, taking a protective stance. "I won't let them play your sick game!"
"I'll… I'll go." Spike looked over at Applebloom, who began trotting up to Rainbow Dash.
Rainbow Dash grinned, narrowing her eyes as well. "Isn't that cute. Well Applebloom, I'm afraid this game is… Let's just say it's rated M for Mature. But I think you'll be just fine."
"You don't have to do this!" cried Fluttershy. Then to Rainbow Dash, "At least let us come in with her!"
"No. No help." And with a final jeer, Applebloom and Rainbow Dash disappeared as the door swung shut.
Fluttershy slumped to the ground, starting to cry. She's not going to help me get out, thought Spike, and he tried the door they entered from. No matter how hard he tugged at the handle, it wouldn't budge. "Come on!" he yelled.
"It's no use…" whispered Fluttershy. "Even if you were to get out, Rainbow would find you, and still make you play… That game."
Spike walked over to her taking a seat with her on the ground. Spike had to proceed carefully. Fluttershy already seemed like a broken pony, and he didn't want to go smashing the pieces. "What is this… game?"
"It's… horrible. One of the worst things I've ever experienced. I barely survived last time I played it with Rainbow Dash, but that was barely… I didn't want to say anything. Even afterwards, she was still my friend. Dashie assured me she'd gotten better. She'd moved on…" Horrible screams came from the next room. Spike couldn't help but shut his eyes, as though that would stop the noise. Oh poor, Applebloom… Spike thought. She was so young… So full of life… A final scream echoed, and then the door slowly opened.
"She went down quickly. It's not easy to crack ribs, but I think I heard at least 5 snap…" Her gaze turned to Spike, an intense gaze. "You next, kid?"
"No…" Fluttershy stood up. "I won't let you force him to play your sick game… If I win, will you promise not to play him?"
"Sure. I won't lose."
Fluttershy gave Spike a final, nervous smile, tears still flowing from her eyes. "Wish me luck…" And she was gone.
Spike was alone. So utterly alone. Sitting in the corner, he curled up, wanting the world around him to disappear. For everything to go back the way it was… Of all the ways he'd imagined himself going, death by Rainbow Dash was pretty low on the list. More screams and crunches came from the neighboring room. It seemed like an eternity passed as Spike sat there. Fluttershy was fighting, not just for herself, but for his life… Hey, she won once, maybe she could win again?
"My heart!" came the shrill cry, and all fell silent.
The door slowly, so slowly, opened. Spike looked up from his corner. "Fluttershy…?"
"Sorry, kid." Rainbow Dash strode slowly into the room. "She put up a good fight. But I've played this game many times; I'm practically a licensed killer." She laughed. "I have to win Spike. I NEED to win. If I don't…" A moment of silence. "You're next."
Spike followed Rainbow Dash slowly into the next room. He was trembling. How could he beat Rainbow Dash at her own game? If only…"
"Wait a second." Spike stopped. The room he was in wasn't a place for death games, an arena of blood and guts. There was a large couch, positioned in front of a large, flat screen TV.
Rainbow Dash shoved something into his hands. "Pick your character, kid, but I got dibs on Noob Saibot!"
"No!" Spike took another look at the couch, which he now realized held the very much alive and well Fluttershy and Applebloom. It was Fluttershy who shouted. "His teleporting specials are so unbalanced! Spike won't stand a chance!"
"Come on, all he really needs to do is block at the right times! It isn't that broken!"
"But one mistake and it can be the end of the match right there!"
"Hold on!" Spike shouted. "Fluttershy! I thought you said we were going to play some sort of sick game? It's just Mortal Kombat!"
"Exactly! I hate this game! I'm a Street Fighter pony. The controls in this game are far too rigid. And some of the characters are way too broken." She closed her eyes. "When I first played this, I swore I'd never let any friend of mine experience this piece of trash…" She looked up at Rainbow Dash. "I thought you'd moved onto a different fighter game, Dashie…" Rainbow Dash rolled her eyes.
Spike hopped onto the couch smiling. "Speak for yourself, Fluttershy! I love this game! Oh, Rainbow Dash, I was pulling on the door in the other room, trying to open it, but I think it's stuck."
Rainbow Dash settled next to him on the couch, laughing. "You idiot, you Push on the door to open it; not pull!"
"Well, how was I supposed to know? Anyway, I'm being Johnny Cage! He's so cool!"
"Meh. He needs to be about…"
Author: Script mode. (facepalm)
Rainbow Dash: So? What did you think?
Author: … You tricky bastard.
Rainbow Dash: What? You wanted gore. What game is bloodier than Mortal Combat?
Author: … You were supposed to cause blood and gore amongst the OTHER PONIES. Not in video games!
Rainbow Dash: Well, be more specific next time!
Author: For the love of…
Spike: Can I have my diamond now?
Author: Here. Take your damn diamond.
Fluttershy: I, for one, was very confused. Why did you set all this in Rainbow Dash's house?
Author: It seemed like a logical choice.
Fluttershy: The house floating in the sky that only pegasi can get to?
Author: … It was her summer condo on the ground, okay? Happy now?
Fluttershy: (tears start to form in her eyes)
Author: What…? Oh, please don't cry! If you start crying, then I'll (sniff) start crying! Um… Rainbow Dash. You seem like a fan of horror movies and stuff… Why didn't you go axe crazy like I wanted you to?
Rainbow Dash: Not my style, brony! That's not-
Author: Staying true to your character. I know. (sigh)
Spike: I was kind of confused by the story too. How does Rainbow Dash have electricity up in a cloud? Even with the natural electricity from lightning (not sure how that would even work), she'd end up fried or something.
Fluttershy: And why would I ever race Rainbow Dash? Sorry, but that setup seems a bit week…
Author: Hell, not his again…
Applebloom: And why didn't I have any lines at the end? I just sat there!
Author: Look, I…
Spike: And why did me and Fluttershy sit on the floor? There was a bench in the room.
Author: Hey, cloud flooring is comfy…
Fluttershy: I thought we were in her summer condo?
Author: Oof... I did say that, didn't I?
Rainbow Dash: Sorry author, but this just wasn't well thought out. I mean, the whole reason I go crazy is because I lose, right? But that's just stupid! I lose all the time, I'm not just going to freak out like that!
Author: …Heh. You ponies think you're so clever. Well the jokes on you, assholes! You think you're all high and mighty because you're poking holes in my plots… Well, it just so happens I purposely picked Rarity, Applejack, and Rainbow Dash for my first three chapters; it's so I could save the three craziest ponies for last! So enjoy this "love" and "friendship" while you can. Because soon, so soon, you'll see the true ugliness underneath those perky personalities! Ha ha ha!
Rainbow Dash: That's nice.
Author: … End story.
Okay. This was a little better. There was some… videogame gore. Yeah. Look, I know some of you may be annoyed at how this is playing out. I understand. Trust me; you're in for a treat next time! Fluttershy is gonna go all Flutter rage on these bitches! With all that repressed anger, we're sure to see some blood fly!