95w, 6dHuman in Equestria
Once again I found myself having the blue cave/swamp dream but this time it was different. The cloaked figure was nowhere to be seen and I felt right at home. The lack of real color was an issue but not something that I could really do anything about. A new difference was the presence of what looked like will o' wisps. Strange blue orbs floating around leaving a ghostly trail behind them.
I didn't really no what to make of the situation, my dreams were weird but having a continuing dream like such just confused me. "What in the world is going on in my head?" I asked myself. As I spoke the world around me started to crumble and I woke up. My body hurt a little as I woke up but not to the point in which I had to react on it.
I opened my eyes and did the basic looked around. Another spear of confusion struck as I looked at Longtrot who had nestled herself up against me. "Why do ponies like sleeping on or around me so much?" I asked myself. I continued my scan and noticed our little group had two new additions.
Rainbow Dash was sleeping up against the god pony Thor of the fedora branch who was lying up against a separate tree. A couple meters away a odd new pony had been spotted. It was a male unicorn pony with grey body and black hair. I momentarily could not look at his flank tattoo because he was positioned in such away that it face me directly.
I removed my arm from Longtrot's doom grasp and stretched. It seemed my stretching almost immediately woke up Longtrot for her peaceful slumber and stretched as well. It was damn cute but still didn't reach the level of cuteness Fluttershy had achieved. "Mornin." I said to Longtrot and her eyes opened.
She looked at me for a moment and then closed her eyes again. About 5 seconds later she shot up like a scared cat as if she had remembered something super important. She turned her head away from me leaving me once more in a confused state. "G-good morning." Longtrot said slowly.
"Sooooo, how'd yah sleep?" I asked Longtrot trying to lighten the awkward mood. "I slept fine, how about you?" Longtrot asked sleepily as she turned back to me.
"Well, aside from a weird dream you could say I slept pretty good myself." I said with a smile. All oddities left aside I was still the kind of person most happy in the mornings. I got up and stretched again. Longtrot gave me a weird look as air pushed out of my lungs, producing my average stretching growl. I checked the time. It was pretty early in the morning and the area was pretty dark.
"I hope this change in sleeping pattern doesn't screw up my body in anyways." I said whilst I put my Ipod back in my pocket.
"What times do you normally go to bed?" Longtrot asked. For some reason I felt as if Longtrot's basic reactions were a little.... off. Here she was starting an average conversation who she only first got reaction on the day before and dealt with the situation as if we had known each other for a while.
Then again, my reaction was not exactly normal either as I stepped closer to insanity by talking to the talking pony. Now I guess one could already assume my reaction would be far from normal considering my uncaring, random attitude. I could act just as insane and friendly towards a group of random people as I would to my friends.
Now, I may have talked with Fluttershy but it felt far more natural to talk with her. Here years of taken care of animals definitely payed off in my case but now I was talking to a less known pony who gave off a more impatient and active vibe which just didn't sit well.
"Hello, anypony in there?" Longtrot asked. It seemed I had once again faded from reality and once again found myself thinking to much. "One question at a time please, could you please repeat the first question." I said.
"What time do you normally go to bed?" Longtrot repeated with a every so ting hit of frustration in her voice.
"Ah yes, the times I get up. Well normally I would go to bed at about 11 and wake up at 4:30ish. For the oddest reason my internal clock broke and now I can't seem to wake me up correctly. Any further questions that I might be able to answer?" I replied sincerely trying to keep my random from forcing its way out.
"Well yes, I have tons of questions for you but I don't know where to start." Longtrot said with her irritation gone. Why don't we change that?
"Well I can tell you where not to start. If you have any question referring to where I come from why I come from and what the answer of life is then please, withhold yourself from asking those questions. I will answer almost all those questions once our lovely little group of female ponies, that guy, this guy and the stoner that lives in my head. I wonder what happened to him... he seems to have shut up for the longest time, oh wait no, there he is. Hello mind stoner, what say you?!"
"Speaking of stoners that find refuge within the splits in my mind, could you please refer to me as anyone rather than anypony. The last thing I want is for me to lose my wonderful thumbs do to lack of understand meant. You know how those things work, right? No? Oh well, I'm sure one day you will understand what I'm talking about."
Once again I had rambled off into the infinity leaving Longtrot mindbroken once more. Not only that but It seemed my one-sided talk conversation had woken up the rest of the ponies. "Whats going on?" Rainbow said sleepily. "Do I reply or wait for her to realize the situation on her own?" I asked myself out loud.
Rainbow gave me a sleepy look before her eyes shot open after she realized I had just spoken. "Whaaat?!" Since when can he talk?!" Rainbow shouted right in the ear of god pony Thor of the fedora branch. Rainbow bolted up and charged me for whatever reason. I dodged by the magic of sidestepping, an ability taught from generation to generation without fault or change.
Rainbow crashed right into a tree making a loud thump as her head made contact with the harden wood. "Falling back to my previous statement. Please try to hold back any questions referring my presence in your wonderful little world until we are fully grouped. That way I can answer all the requested questions in one go instead of having to repeat myself." I said this time in a serious tone.
I didn't like repeating myself and having to explain my life story a few times over when I didn't even have near enough details to explain didn't exactly sound like a walk in the park nor did it sound that enjoyable. To my luck Longtrot understood me this time and began to think.
Rainbow Dash got up and looked at me with growing confusion. "What....?" She asked. I facepalmed. "I don't want to talk about my situation just yet. So please don't ask any questions about it." I said trying to hide my irritation.
"Uum... okay? So where'd you learn to speak Equestrian?" Rainbow asked. Longtrot thought were interrupted as she joined me in the facepalm/hoof. Rainbows confusion was reaching max. "Not that I want to be a jerk or anything but do you see these?" I asked pointing to my ears. "There called ears and last I remember, you have a pair of your own. Try and use them before reacting." I said to Rainbow bluntly.
She just gave me a bland look and stared of into the nothingness. "Now with that cast aside, does anyone have any good news?" I asked trying to shift the focus off of me. Of course it wasn't really going to work but the least I could do was try.
"Well we found you." The fedora pony said with a yawn. "That's good news, isn't it?"
"Indeed it is, I was being to feel a bit lonely. The dead don't fill the hole of the living." I said. It wasn't just that fact I had been alone for quite some time but also that fact that I was now able to get out some well needed talking. Even if it did confuse those around me at least I wasn't spending all my time talking to myself.
"Please excuse what I just said, quite a few things have happened since my little disappearance." I said trying to keep confusion from grabbing hold once more.
"Little?! Half the town went up in panic after they heard you had disappeared!" Longtrot shouted. "We haven't stopped looking for you since you disappeared, even the princess ordered that search parties be sent out to find you!"
Now I was really confused. "Why.....? Why would I matter that much to you and a bunch of ponies I've never even met before?" I just couldn't understand it. The biggest memorable reaction of concern I had received up until now was the caring love of my mother during one of my tooth infections. Aside from that no one had every really shown much concern towards me so the idea that half a town would actually start looking for me just didn't sit well.
"Because we care about you, it not like we are going to just let our newest friend just disappear without a goodbye." Longtrot replied emotionally. For this first time in a long time my mind was completely broken. I had no idea how to reply or react to this. The amount of emotion Longtrot had pumped into those world gave my brain the blue screen of death in my mind. No matter how hard I tried to understand it, I just couldn't come up with a *Human* answer to the uproar I had apparently caused.
"And your saying this was because of me?!" I asked after rebooting my mind. "Yes, whats so hard to understand?" The fedora pony asked. "Well for one, I don't know if I should be dearly grateful and happy for the reaction or concerned for your entire towns sanity." I said maintaining a serious voice.
"Why in the world would YOU need to be concerned?" The fedora pony asked with an irritated voice as if I had said something very wrong. "Well think of it from my point of view. An entire town went in an uproar over my disappearance and you two are acting very emotion for someone that you don't know the slightest thing about. Sure I could understand if a large group of people had gone looking for me if I was 7 or something, but no were near an entire town nor would any random people go to such an extent to find me."
"Not that I want to be a jerk or anything but technically, you have no right to even act so concerned towards me. You don't know me and only now even communicated with me. We have known each other for less than a week and your acting like you've known me for years." I finished.
We sat there more a good long time without a word being spoken. It seemed once again my truthfulness had lead to my downfall as I spoke how I felt about the situation. Longtrot was the first to break the silence. "So your saying you wouldn't do the same thing if one of us disappeared?" Longtrot asked with a heartbreaking voice.
"For one of you, yes. I would cross the highest mountain and the deepest seas in hopes of finding one of you if you had gone missing but the thing is, I am an exception and would never had expected the same to be done for me. Where I come from only those closest to me would really do much looking around and I think that only my little brother would put in such an effort to find me."
"I'm sorry if I have hurt you feelings or made you think negative of me. I just don't understand is all." I said trying to break the sad mood. The last thing I wanted was for the little pony to feel hurt because of my stupidity. I proceeded to do an act most rare. I walked up and gave Longtrot a nice hug. Not the bone breaker I had earlier intended to do but and soft warm hug. "Thanks for your concern. I promise I will make it up to you." I said softly. Those were words that I never spoken before and it made my heart feel all fuzzy inside.
I let go of her and smiled. "Well that was a nice and somewhat depressing event. Lets not dwell on that, it will only bring later harm." I said cheerfully. Though I wasn't actually that happy. Sometimes my truthfulness would hit me hardest and everything I just said made me wonder just how much people really cared for each other.
Though this had been a very awkward morning things quickly cheered up. We had a decent chat and on many occasions I had to keep from answer more and more of Rainbow's *Lets ask Gunnar what he specifically told not to ask.* questions. We ate some fruit and Longtrot as even kind enough to bring some nuts with.
I didn't really have much to talk about which was odd considering I could tell a story based off one little question but I was trying to talk about things that did not refer to me in anyway leaving my audio options rather slim. Suddenly a question popped up from Rainbow that I could answer. "Say Gunnar, do you like racing?" She asked with extreme curiosity.
"Well I guess it depends. I don't like and simple sprints or basic flat running but once you involve obstacles then hell yes! Why, do you have something in mind?" I asked mimicking Rainbow's curious voice.
"Do you want to have a race?!" Rainbow asked with a sudden explosion of energy. I swear I could see a sparkle in her eyes for a moment. "I think I smell a challenge. I would love to race one such as you but now is not the time to be racing. Once we have returned to the pony town then I shall race you." I said. Rainbow was first disappointed but that quickly turned into excitement.
kiouiu. (A message from my cat walking over my keyboard.)
"Then what are we waiting for?! Lets get going!" Rainbow yelled. Our little group decided it was best not to argue with the hyper pony and we collected our stuff. Longtrot happily lead the group as we made or way back to the pony village. "Didn't I hear the name of the pony village a couple times?" I thought to myself. If I had I couldn't remember it.
As we walked I slowly started to increase the distance between me and the leading people group. Walking was my version of meditation is a sense. Unlike a shower or when I listened to music, when I walked my mind was no longer extremely random. I could think straight but at the same time my mind would wide up somewhat empty.
The ponies started a collective conversation about who knows what. I used there lack of focus on me to let the distance grow even further until I was a good distance away from the ponies.
I let my reflexes take over to follow the ponies and avoid incoming objects and started to drift into my thoughts. I didn't think about anything that had happened to me or the ponies around me. Instead I started making up little stories in my head. They all followed the same basic storyline, a silent protagonist going to battle. Whether it was because he was part of a military unit or just protecting someone he cared for, it would always involve him.
Sometimes I would call him Siege and other times I would call him Quva or Quvain. More than often the names would not make the slightest bit of sense but that's just how I liked it. Normal he would be a somewhat overpowered and very intelligent warrior defeating a multitude of different things at once. I guess you could consider him the person I dreamed to be but in todays society it had been impossible to be anything like him. The dutch government was firing soldiers instead of hiring and even if I moved back to America not only would it be close to impossible to move back to the Netherlands but in my eyes, America was a dying empire and I doubted it would last much longer before becoming a poor war hungry country.
Sense I was little I always wanted to join the army. The idea that I was fighting to protect my country had always been something I admired. That's I liked it here in Equestria. With these new powers and the lack of a true dominating species meant that I would get a chance to prove myself against one of the many dangers this world held. Its kind of ironic that a land inhabited by colorful ponies was more dangerous than and world full of war and hate.
Come to think of it, I guess I could understand why. It is thanks to war that humans became the most powerful species on earth. Our greed and hunger for more lead us to great discoveries. We made contraptions to aid us in or strifes, whether is be on the battlefield or off it. For humans being better than the rest is what the most strive for, not as individual but as a whole and as long as we don't destroy ourselves thanks to our ill reasoned wars then one day we might rule far more that earth.
Those this did worry me somewhat, thanks to the zombies I had now confirmed that humans did once inhabit Equestria which meant that they could also return. I was the living proof of that. Even if a large group of humans were to pop up and at first be friendly with the ponies, it would only be a matter of time before on of them would rally the rest for more. Once these humans had rallied, which could take from days to years, they could turn against Equestria and it inhabitants. It could take only one man or women to cause a domino affect. Even if all demands were granted us as humans would urge for more soon after and as our power and ingenuity grew conflict would once more follow with more dramatic results. It is human nature and even if it took thousands of years to happen, if humans came to Equestria in mass then the once peaceful land would be doomed to follow that path of conflict.
I stopped thinking about the humans and what could happen later in time and returned from my thoughts. I looked around me and realized we were no longer in the forest and had made our way onto a long path that seemed to stretch for miles. Rainbow was flying around probably trying to get rid of her energy as she waited for us slowpokes to hurry up.
I noticed so movement next to me and found that the fedora pony had been walking next to me. She seemed to be trapped in the same thought that I had been trapped in but she was probably thinking about something completely different that I was. "What is the one way I get snapped out of my thoughts.....? Oh yeah, pedestrians." I said to myself. It had come to my attention that I didn't know the fedora pony's name aside from god pony Thor of the fedora branch and this might just be my chance to ask her without having to enter a large conversation with the others.
I walked diagonally away from before turning back and walking up in front of the fedora pony. She bumped up against me and look at a me with a confused look. "What did you do that for?" She asked. "Did what? All I did was walk up infront of you and suddenly stop." I joked. "But I do have a reason for it. You have a name right? I don't think that referring to you as fedora pony or god pony is going to tie over well."
"Oh, my name if Hammerstrike." Hammer said with all seriousness. "Damn... You have one badass name. Hell if I were to choose between my name and yours, I think my brain my explode." I responded. "I hope you don't mind if I just call you Hammer, feels more natural. I mean imagine if suddenly every started calling me Gunnar A. Berge all the time.
"You have a weird name. Where in the world did you parents come up with a name like that?" Longtrot asked.
"Well you see the thing is if you somehow popped up on earth then people would think that your name is weird. And to answer your question, my parents named me that in honor of one of my uncles. He had a name of oddity that ours to shame so they just went with Gunnar instead. Don't know were the Anthony came from though... its always been a mystery to me. Speaking of mysteries, how did you spawn that pie from your hat?" I asked.
Hammer quickly tackled me and crushed my head underneath her pony body. Longtrot turned her head to see what all the commotion was about. "What going on back there?" She asked only to realize that the only one walking next to her was the silent grey pony who had magically popped up behind her. Wait how do I know this? I have a pony covering my face!
"Oh nothing." Hammer said with a bad poker face. Once again I was stumped that I knew this considering the face full of pony I was receiving. "Maybe I'm breaking some kind of dimensional wall allowing me to witness things in a 3rd person view. Come to think of it, would a pony call it 3rd pony view or would the call it something completely different?" I thought as Hammer removed her marshmallow fluff from my squishy face.
"Please don't talk about my hat to the others. Its a special hat and I don't want anyone to find out about it." Hammer whispered. "Okay, I'm sorry for bringing it up. I let you in on own of my own super duper uber omega unbelievable unthinkable undeniable secretes as repayment." I whispered back. Hammer listened intently. "I think your a better pony than Rainbow." I whispered before looking around with a somewhat panicked look to make sure Rainbow hadn't caught on to it. Of course the panic was fake but I enjoyed acting like it was real
Hammer just gave me a dead look before getting completely off of me. I stood up and stretch for whatever reason, I guess it could be considered a reflex. "Well, once again we are left in an awkward situation shall we continue with a less touchy chat?" I asked removed all false panic.
Hammer was just about to say something before Rainbow shouted. "I can see Ponyville from here, I'll go on a head and tell the others that you are coming." Rainbow said before dashing off. Once again Hammer tried to say something but this time she was interrupted by non other than me. "Is it just me or did we arrive way to fast?" I asked remembering how the cowardly pony said that he could run to here in half a day. Well it had not even been over 3 hours and the town was in sight.
For the third time Hammer opened her mouth but no words came out. She froze for a moment with mouth wide open before moving her hoof to her pony chin and closing her mouth. "I forgot what I was going to say." And at that moment the great search for Hammer's missing words had begone.
As we walked I continued to guess what she wanted to say, "Did it have anything to do with gold fish?"
"Lack of realization?"
"Rapping wizard spider monkey pirates that speak fluent English?"
And like that it went on until we too could see the town up ahead. It looked as nice as ever aside from the sun which seemed to be ticking. "Wait... why am I looking at the sun?" I quickly realized that my eyes felt like the were on fire and covered my eyes. "Why in the world do I do this to myself?!" I yelled. I rolled around on the ground for awhile with Hammer just standing there trying not to laugh.
After my newest defeat against the battle with the sun was over I stood up and picked up Hammer. "Until further notice you shall lack the basic ability to make forward, backward, lefty, righty, uppy, downy, twisty, turny or John Bananan moment. Gratz." I told Hammer. She tried to wiggle free but my grip was to strong.
Noticing that we were a great deal away from Longtrot and the magical *pop up out of no where* so I decided to jog up to them. After a quick jog and an awkward stare from Longtrot we found ourselves making the last steps towards the pony town. Though something was off. The town was void of living thing unless you count birds as living things. I don't, birds are the source of all evil and used to wake me up all the time.
"Sooooo.... were exactly are we supposed to go to now?" I asked.
"Well, I guess it would be smart to go see Twilight in the library. She'd be one of the first ponies that would want to see you." Longtrot replied with a crack in her voice. "Riiiiiiiiiiiiiight.... Okay lets be on our way." I said taking lead. We started on our newest journey to the library of messy books everywhere."
[Another chapter done late meaning my eyes bleed for being tired, Hooray! Thanks for reading yet another one of my random chapters inwhich I can't seem to maintain a proper track of thought. I hope you liked reading it. I will not be updating this story for the rest of the week as I am going to work on a story for that whole competition thing. I doubt I will get anywhere close to winning it yet I shall use my most powerful weapon in the hopes of coming close to a reasonable placement. The power of RANDOM!! queue evil laugh.
Anyways goodnight every phony pony.]