The morning arrived in its usual glorious fashion awaking Twilight from her slumber.
“Aaaaah, boy, I had the strangest of dreams, the human went crazy and the Great and Powerful Trixie was here.” Twilight
said to herself as she began stretching.
Glancing over at the clock she saw it was already noon and decided to make a late breakfast to wake up Spike. Twilight
walked down the stairs and saw the human Robert laying oddly over the couch with one of his legs standing straight up and his head on the arm rest while he snored.
“Must be a human thing….” Twilight commented to herself as she checked the back room for her favorite
cookbook. “Wow, I guess that all really happened.” Twilight told herself as she noticed the backroom was in disarray and a light blue mare sleeping in the back room.
Not wanting to awaken either for fear either might be like Spike when awoken, she decided to just make more hay-
Cave south of the Portal.
After five hours worth of fire fighting the SS troops were able to stop the burning chemicals and re-enter the cave to judge the damage to the cave. Meanwhile other SS soldier began to count their losses in men and equipment.
“I have fought in the freezing cold of Russia, and worked in the many camps around the Reich; but I have never seen such a horrendous sight.” von Falst commented as he overlooked the mass carnage within the cave.
“Sir, “a soldier ran up to him and said.
“Yes?” von Falst replied back.
“The wounded have been taken back to Germany, reinforcements will arrive in a week.” The soldier responded.
“So we are to build a base still, I would assume.” the officer said back.
“Yes sir.” The soldier returned before returning a salute and heading back north.
Regimentskommandeur von Falst then looked back to the cave and frowned knowing this would take awhile.
Two more soldier approached him with clipboards and gave him a salute and “Hiel Hitler”
“Hiel Hitler!” he returned.
“We have the tentative numbers on our losses sir.” the one soldier said as he gestured at his clipboard.
“Ok, tell me them.” the officer said bracing himself for the numbers.
“355 wounded, over 500 KIA. Also there’s at least 35 MIA which we assume are likely dead.” the soldier said as he read off the numbers.
“An entire brigade of the Fuhrer’s best taken down by an oversized lizard! This is an embarrassment to the Reich!” the officer yelled as he began clenching his fists.
“Logistically, we lost three months worth of rations and at least 30 crates of assorted ammunition. Also we lost some weapons in the cave due to the melting.” the other soldier spoke up. “But we will get more supply within the hour; the SS is making this base a priority.”
“Alright then, then go get it, and bring some panzershrecks.” von Falst said withholding his sheer rage.
With that the officer made his way back to his temporary tent HQ just outside the cave’s outer clearing. When he entered he slammed his fist onto the table and yelled incoherently due to he now knew that a promotion had just left his outlook after four years of clawing.
The smell of hay-pancakes spread about the house causing a baby dragon to practically float out of bed following the delectable aroma. Likewise a lighter-blue mare began babbling about her mother and giving her a few more minutes. But in the main room, one gray pony continued to snore.
“Yuuum….. hay-pancakes…..” a small dragon said as he floated in through the separating doors alerting Twilight.
“Well good morning my little dragon.” Twilight said with a motherly tone.
“Hey Twilight, you made delectable pancakes. Where are they?” the drooling dragon stated as his eyes perked up and began looking about the kitchen.
“There right here Spike.” Twilight replied as she floated a plate of steaming pancakes from behind her.
Quicker than light, Spike darted and grabbed the plate of pancakes along with syrup and sat back down with a massive grin.
“Almost forgot something Spike.” Twilight giggled as she floated a fork and a butter knife to Spike.
“Oh, thank you Twilight.” Spike said as he grabbed the utensils and began to dig in.
Before Twilight could leave the kitchen to check on her guests, one walked in the door with a mane which looked as it had gone through a war of its own.
“Good morning Trixie.” Twilight said suppressing her giggles desperately.
“Good morning” Trixie said as she slowly regained here senses.
Spike’s blitzkrieg of the pancakes was delayed when he saw what appeared to be a pony with a troll’s haircut walk in the door. He then let out a massive laugh waking up Trixie entirely and causing Twilight to succumb to her giggles as well.
“Spike……that…..is no way…… to treat…. a guest.” Twilight attempted to scold Spike while attempting to suppress giggling.
“But her hair.“ Spike commented as he fell out of his chair in hysterical laughing.
Trixie meanwhile glanced at a window and saw what appeared to be a large hairy creature taking residence upon her head. Then blushing she slowly backed out of the kitchen again and headed to the bathroom for some much needed hair taming.
“Where’s the Cutie Pie Crusader Hair Stylists when you need them.” Spike said as he slowly got back up off the ground.
Twilight seeing that Trixie was going to need some time remembered her “foreign” guest in her main room and decided to check on him to only find him snoring as loud as before.
“Would you like to wake up sir?” Twilight said as she nudged the bed-time contortionist’s flank.
Robert rolled over with a small grumble in response.
“I made pancakes.” Twilight added hoping to peak his interest.
He continued to grumble and occasionally glance at the ceiling.
“Alright then, I’ll bring them to you. Last thing we need is a hungry pony or human.” Twilight said as she walked back into the kitchen, grabbed some pancakes and a plate, and brought them back to the table next to the couch. After doing so she poked Robert in the flank again, before heading back to the kitchen.
After two minutes of aroma therapy, the Oberst rolled over and grabbed one of the pancakes with his hooves and devoured it. After eating the full plate of pancakes he felt parched so he slowly staggered into the kitchen for water.
“Good afternoon Robert.” Twilight said looking up from her plate.
“Hey.” Spike greeted without looking at him.
Robert nodded in response and continued towards the sink. As he began to fill up the cup with water the other door swung open to reveal a blue mare now less disheveled. Seeing Robert, Trixie then backed back out of the kitchen.
“I couldn’t care less, come back in. I am only here in this accursed situation for a few more hours anyway.” Robert said sitting down his cup on the counter.
“I am very impressed in you Oberst.” Twilight said with great cheerfulness.
“Why?” Robert retorted in confusion.
“Because you forgave Trixie. And due to that, you may begin your healing process against your inner-demons.” Twilight said trying to sound like some psychologist.
“I haven’t forgiven her; I just know that she isn’t the reason I’m angry.” Robert replied.
“Oh, well I guess that’s a start.” Twilight optimistically returned.
“Germans are supposed to be civilized people, not barbarians like those Bolsheviks out east. Twilight, you reminded me that I am no barbarian, but a German officer, like my father. “the Oberst declared as he stood on his hind legs and gestured.
“Is that good?” Spike questioned as he glanced over to Twilight.
“Yes, it is Spike. For unlike some of my peers, I feel it is my duty to be honorable at war, and murdering unarmed civilians at the slightest reasoning is no way to behave.” Robert said as he thought of the SS men back in Metz.
Spike nodded in agreement thought not really knowing what had been inferred.
“I apologize again to you three, Twilight I am greatly ashamed of my actions in wrecking parts of your back room, along with freezing you in a block of ice.” he looked over to Twilight with a stern but saddened look.
“It is ok Robert, I am done all sorts of things to as it is. Plus it showed me that your magic, well “my” magic also influences a unicorn’s ability. Since not all unicorns could even hope to freeze another unicorn with little effort involved. Then again, you were enraged which can cause your powers to seem more potent than usual…..” Twilight trailed off as she thought about it.
“As I was saying, I apologize to you Spike, not only because I spun you like a top, but I also scared you in what I did to your mother or sisterly figure.” Robert continued as he drowned out Twilight’s tangent.
“It’s ok, I have dealt with worse over less “serious” matters.” Spike said emphasizing the end as he glanced over to Twilight who blushed and rubbed the back of her neck.
“As for you Trixie, I apologize for attempting to kill you as I did; but aside from that, I just would like to say you are lucky to be alive. I still am not happy about what you tried to do, but since you have no memory of the occasion I will let it pass, for now.” Robert finished as he ended the apology with a scowl.
“I well, me before, or whatever, apologizes for trying to hurt or capture you.” Trixie replied.
“Now that I feel less angry, Twilight would you mind getting all of your military history books on Equestria and this world. I may not want to stay much longer, or understand all of this world, but military history is a passion of mine.” Robert said as he thought about his many books back at his house in Kiel.
“Ok, Spike and I will get every military history book we have and let you read them as long as you are in Equestria.”
Twilight agreed with a smile. “It will be nice to have a fellow book-worm around here aside from the occasional visit from
Rainbow Dash.” Twilight added.
“Umm, well I had hoped to read them back at my camp once I’m human again. Also the rainbow one reads books. Who would of thought……” Robert said in a dry sarcastic tone.
“Oh, well what if you need help with something?” Twilight quickly replied.
“I’ll come back with questions then.” he returned.
With that the four finished eating and drinking before Twilight washed the dishes with her magic.
Robert then left the kitchen and headed back to the main room with Spike to begin their book search.
Cave south of Portal
With the initial cleaning finished, Regimentskommandeur von Falst sent squads of troops deeper into the cave to insure safety. After four hours had passed one of the six groups returned with a sack slung over one of its soldier’s backs.
“Sir, you’re going to want to see this.” said the tallest of the soldiers pointing to the sack on the blonde haired soldier’s back.
“Unless it will impress Himmler, I don’t care.” von Falst spat at the soldiers as he resumed writing letters to the deceased.
“We aren’t sure, sir.” another of the soldiers replied.
“Then do away with whatever it is.” the officer said as he gestured to leave.
“Yes, sir!” the soldiers said in unison before leaving the tent.
The five soldiers walked over to a tree before sitting down and discussing what they should do.
“I say we destroy it.” said the blonde haired soldier who had carried the sack.
“I concur!” agreed the black haired soldier with three large scars.
“We could cook it?” questioned the short brown haired soldier as he rubbed his belly.
“Is that all you think of Hans? Your stomach?” replied the tall soldier with a hardy laugh.
“Well, it is an egg after all.” retorted the hungry soldier.
“Yeah, but it was found in a cave over 30 km inside, I doubt it’s edible.” added the blonde haired one.
While the four soldiers argued, the fifth soldier, a man with black hair and a full mustache, interrupted the group. “I’ll destroy it, we can’t eat it, and I know you two will just do something stupid with it….” he said as he pointed to the soldiers.
“Alright I guess.” replied the tall one.
“Why do you think I would do anything stupid…… oh alright.” concluded the one with the scar as he remembered a certain fiasco in a Norwegian government building.
The other two nodded grudgingly and handed the egg over to the mustached man. He then quickly walked out into the forest toward the portal, fired three shots into the ground, then he stashed the egg under a bed in a tent near the portal before running back to the cave. All awhile dreaming of assorted riches he could receive for the egg’s contents.
“It’s finally time.” the gray unicorn said as he walked into the center of a contraption.
“Mirrors, check! Gemstones, check! Robert, check! Robert’s clothes, check!” Twilight shouted as she went down her checklist while waiting for the Princesses to arrive.
“I guess I won’t need this any longer.” Robert said as he took the gray cloak which had been keeping him covered for the past day. “Hmm, what is this called again?” Robert questioned as he looked at his flank.
“Cutie mark.” Twilight replied. “Uh what is it?”
“Hmm, well it looks like my Iron Cross on something.” Robert said as he strained to get a better angle.”Twilight, could you tell me what it is on top of.”
“Sure” Twilight said as she trotted over to Robert and looked at his flank. “Well, it looks like a piece of paper with lines on it.”
“What sort of lines? Writing? Music? Topographical?” he questioned as pondered what could possibly be there.
“It’s just oddly placed lines and oh, there’s an arrow too. “ Twilight exclaimed as she pointed to it.
“A strategic map, that’s interesting. I never thought of myself as much of the strategist, more of a leader on the ground sort of officer.” the Oberst commented as he put his hoof on his chin.
“Maybe you just haven’t quite done the entire feat yet.” Twilight replied as Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy arrived.
“Flutter…shy…what is …… all this…. Stuff?” the cyan pegasi gasped out as she carried six large first aid kits and what appeared to be Robert’s equipment.
“Well I was scared he might catch a cold, or the flu when he changes back. Since that is not ok with me.” Fluttershy explained as she took one of the kits off Rainbow’s back.
As the two pegasi set up a medical tent and a bed. Robert quirked his eyes and asked, “Umm, what is that all for?”
“It’s so you don’t catch a cold…..” Rainbow Dash responded sarcastically before promptly being stomped on by Angel the bunny.
“Fluttershy, you do know that I will only be naked about two minutes, right?” Robert continued.
“Yes, but I don’t want anypony to get sick. That is if you don’t mind all of this.” Fluttershy stated before going back to be submissive.
“Umm, well I guess since it’s already here…” Robert finished as he turned and then rolled his eyes.
Suddenly a flash of light blinded the ponies and the two Princesses appeared.
“Hello, Princess Celestia, and Luna, I am ready to be turned back. It is 18:00 hours.” Robert said gesturing to his hoof as if there were a watch on it.
“Art thou sure?” Luna replied
“Very much so, now do your magic…” replied Robert as he facehoofed knowing the saying really didn’t make sense to the ponies.
Both alicorn’s horns began to glow and the gems began to float; then they began spinning and a bright flash of light appeared along with a brief scream from Robert. After about five minutes the light cleared to show a naked officer flexing his fingers.
“I would like three celery stalks please.” a mint colored pony said.
“That will be……ah what are you doing?” the shop keeper asked as the mint pony began to stare at her hooves.
“Somewhere, a pony just received fingers!” the mint pony yelled.
“Umm, ok….” the now confused shopkeeper replied.
“Here you are sir, seven bits, six for the celery and one for your troubles.” A cream colored pony with a multi colored mane said as she handed over the bits.
“Thank you.” the shopkeeper said handing over the celery.
“Now, Lyra what are you doing?” the other pony asked.
“Bob-Bon I’m checking how much money I still have, we need supplies so I can find this now fingered pony, or better yet, a human!” Lyra said as she jumped into the air causing many ponies around her to stare.
“Oh, not this again…” Bon-Bon said as she followed the ecstatic mint pony.
“My knee works, it’s a miracle! Thank you, Celestia!” Robert said as he bent his former injured knee without feeling pain.
“Well, it was actually Twilight’s studies on your other knee that allowed us to achieve those results.” Celestia added.
“Oh, well thank you very much! Now it’s time for a jog. Then I can get back to my tent and dump water on my head.”
Robert said as he dressed.
“Hmmm?” Luna pondered aloud.
“Then I can wake up from this dream and move on with my life.” Robert said before dashing off toward the forest.
“I guess someone’s in for a wet surprise.” Rainbow Dash commented as she began to laugh.
“Who said surprise…. I like surprise parties!” Pinkie said as she dodged Applejack’s hoof.
“Oh brother…” Twilight said as she watched the human practically skip into the forest.