The pain was gone.
My body was gone.
But my mind wasn't.
Slowly, I opened my eyes to find out where I was. Looking around, I couldn't see anything as the place was covered in complete darkness. Come to think of it, what was I standing on? I wasn't able to get answer to that question, as the whole place was engulfed in light so bright that I had to turn away and shield my eyes with my palms. I saw from the slits of my finger openings how the darkness crept away and was replaced with a fog of smoke-kind of substance.
It took me a while before I lifted my hand from my face and this time I wasn't struck with a light. Instead I saw how the whole place had turned into a big light show of goodness. I felt kind of sick as the lights started to flicker around faster than in amusement park ride. Still I couldn't bring myself to throwing up as I would have pleasantly done.
I got spooked and my skin got Goosebumps.
Someone or something else was here besides me.
I rapidly looked the whole place up, but no matter how hard I tried, I didn't find the person who spoke to me. I tried to calm myself down, as by now I had started to hyperventilate and I had started to get exhausted.
It was kind of funny actually. Just sometime ago, I had been run over by a van, left to die in the road with immense pain and here I'm being tugged around by some kind of higher being while waiting to be able to throw up.
By now, the entities voice had gotten much more clearer but it still sounded more like a whisper than an actual full out shout.
"SHUT UP!" I shouted from pure anger, even shocking myself as I very rarely showed any signs of it and at this amount. Shivers went down my body as my fists clenched shut on my sides and I felt like a need to punch something. But then the light shone over me from above once for an fraction of an second and all of my anger just... vanished, just like that.
My knees gave up on me as my mind flickered from hearing this. Touching my face, my palms became wet with tears from the sadness of realising that my friends faced the same fate as I did.
"What's the point? They're dead like me..." I said before looking down, silently weeping while the light around me shone its normal value before starting to diminish very slowly.
After saying that, the substance below me vanished and I fell to the darkness below me. I screamed like I never had before, but after a minute the speed of the falling started to gradually slow down. In the end, when I hit the next level of dark substance, it felt more like an elevator ride but without the annoying music. I tried to prepare myself for what would come next and in the end I still was struck with a wave of disbelief.
The ground below me suddenly burst into life as grass began to rapidly take over while flowers began to pop up as well. Soon even bushes and trees began to appear, making the world shiver a bit around me. After all activity had settled down, I just turned to to look around only to see myself being in little field that had trees covering all the sides while some sort of sun like object hovered above me, giving the needed light to the area.
My crying had stopped by now and instead an expression of disbelief dominated when I walked off to the center of the field while looking around. Suddenly ground began shaking again for a minute but as it stopped I just saw that large pilar had appeared in the center of the field. It appeared to be made out of stone, but nothing like what I had ever seen as it seemed to glitter as if light reflected from the surface but still appearing to be tough enough to withstand earthquakes or any other hazards.
What caught my eye though was the object at the top of the pilar.
"No... it can't be." I muttered after silently staring at the sculpture of an large pony that had an horn. From the looks it seemed to be representing an male as it had little bit archaic look to it as its hooves were laid open while pointing the horn towards. The face however was covered in shadows, as if it seemed to regret something. Without thinking, I looked around the flank of the creature only to see that the whole body was being covered in robes and some sort of cape.
The world began shaking again, but this time I was staring at the pillar that was now moving slowly. If it would have been anatomically possible, my jaw would have hit the floor at the point when a bolt of some sort of energy erupted from the sculptures horn to the side. My eyes clenched shut as the place was once more covered in light that seemed to want vaporize everything in existence.
Still unsure if it was safe to look, I opened the eyes a little bit to see that the light had faded away and where the bolt had struck now stood a door right between the trees
I turned back to look at the oldish looking door with some carvings on the sides. From what I could see the carvings represented some kind of equine creatures while vines stretched upwards the sides. Right middle on the door there was an two of these equine creatures in circle that had sun and moon in the middle.
The door opened itself as I got to it, but by now I had gotten used to surprises so I wasn't bothered. Before entering though, I turned to look behind me to the statue, only to find it back to its original place.
Taking a deep breath, I entered through the frame only to find myself falling in the deep darkness below as the light from the door began to fade away every second that passed by.
My lungs suddenly emptied out of all air.
Somewhere in the falling I had lost my consciousness yet again, but this time the post-traumatic rage wouldn't happen. As I finally grasped the reality, the first thing I would get was a smell of the grass. For some odd reason, my body felt a lot lighter than usual and my head felt like it was hit with a sledgehammer. It didn't also help to find out that standing up was out of question as if I was back to baby style of crawling around. Without even noticing, I had threw up quite a lot and very rapidly.
"Easy there pal. It soon passes over, I promise"
I tried to respond, but instead I found myself throwing up even more so I decided to stay quiet. But enough soon the vomiting stopped, but it left an unpleasant taste to my mouth. I could hear him chuckle.
"See I told you so. I also had the same thing when I woke up."
I felt a lot better now as I was able to raise my head and I tried to open my eyes. At first my vision was quite blackened, most likely due to trip to the Limbo, but luckily my eyes soon adjusted. What I saw turned my eyes into big round saucers.
From the looking the place seemed to be a forest as there were trees scattered here and there, with some tall grass hedges covering the ground in irregular patterns. I was lying next to a quite small pond that had crystal clear water and what seemed to be a small pier on the other side shore with a small rowing boat tied to it. But it wasn't the fact that I was in the most beautiful patch of land I had ever seen. It was the colours and the shading that caught my attention as it seemed like the god was quite an artistic fellow when he created this place. The colours and the shading looked like they were straight from children's weekend cartoon shows.
A little bit like....
"Look into the water" Mike said behind me.
With some fear, I tilted my head down, looking at the water.
I kept silent for a minute, staring down at the water, as my mind was struggling trying to compress the information. At last, I muttered silent swear, followed yet again with a silence.
What was the information?
I wasn't in my normal body.
My body had been changed into a pony form.
My pony body was quite fragile looking, but it still had a little puffed look to it. Only knowing little about pony anatomy, I couldn't know how tall or short I was compared to the normal height, but that wasn't currently my top priority.
My coat was a silver grey colour which was quite fitting to my personality. My mane and tail were both copper brown, with the mane being medium in length and curling down my neck, leaving the forehead bare. My iris was an unknown mix of sapphire blue with some light green mixed in. For some odd reason, I still had my glasses on. Mike informed me that I had them on when he found me.
The most noticeable part of my new body was a horn that stuck out of my forehead, and I could feel as my... hoof... touched the hardened surface of it.
This cannot be...
I turned a bit in my base in order to get a look of my behind. The tail was also brown, but very short as it didn’t even touch my rump that was bare.
How...Just what is this, why am I a pony?!
Wait... if I am a pony, then...
I turned round in my place and my face dropped as I saw a dark blue pony grinning at me past the unruly black mane. My eyes traced along him, catching the pair of wings curled up, past the blank rump and ending at a black, stretched out tail.
Mike sighed and trotted over, coming face to face with me.
"Look, we don't have time to glare and be amazed at our new bodies. There is a problem."
Looking back at him, I asked "Problem? What problem?"
Mike sights yet again, but this time it sounded more sorrow as he points his head to a tree in a distance.
Walking down the field of grass my mind is puzzled as it tries to understand the situation. It has only been one hour from the accident if I trust what Mike stated to me. I had been the last one of us to wake up, so a lot had happened. Mike was the first one to wake up and he was soon followed by Alex. From what I had understood, Alex hadn't said a word since he woke up. Mike tried to get him to talk, but Alex had just gazed to the distance with a glassy vision. This had happened some half hour ago and by then Alex had moved to the tree, perhaps to get some alone time.
I argued with Mike that what could I do, but Mike insisted that I at least give it a shot. In the end I had agreed to try, so we parted our ways, as Mike started to look for some firewood as the sun was soon to set down.
I sighed yet again, as I was now only few feets away from the tree and I could now see the pony Alex.
He had turned into maroon brown earth pony with blond mane and tail. He was little larger than what me and Mike were, as opposed back on Earth where he was the smallest of us. His iris were green coloured, which matched quite well with his coat.
By now, I had stopped a foot away from him, but he still keeps watching the horizons.
"Hey.." I said, trying to get his attention but with no luck. Alex turned to see me, but soon started to look back on the horizons. I sighed, sat down and leant my back to the trunk. We must have sat there for some time, as the first stars started to appear on the dark sky. Luckily it was full moon, so there wasn't any light problem.
"How long it took you?"
I looked at Alex and asked;
"What do you mean?"
By now, Alex had turned his head to face me. I could see he had cried long and hard some time ago.
"How long it took you to die?" Alex said and I could see he was on the edge to cry yet again.
I tilted my head down, trying to remember what happened after accident. It took me a while, but finally I had the answer
"About ten minutes. And you, how long it took you?"
My eyes were yet again big saucers. Two hours!? Now I knew why Alex was like that.
"D-do you want to talk about it?"
Now it was my turn to hear a sight as Alex leant back on the trunk. I assumed he was finished talking to me, so I stood up and was ready to walk back to Mike. But I was interrupted.
"After the van hit us, we were thrown on the sides of the road. Mike...... he was the first one the van hit, so he died instantly."he said plandly.
I stopped dead on my tracks.
"Y-you were the second one the van hit. You didn't die instantly, but not long enough for the ambulance to arrive.. The doctors said you had internal bleeding and that you're lungs had been filled with blood." he said, with his voice starting to crack up.
I trotted back to Alex.
"By the time the van hit me, it had lost some of its power. But it was still enough to throw me around and cause internal bleeding."
I stopped next to Alex.
"Someone had seen the accident so ambulance soon arrived, but I was the only one of us alive. I...I had massive p-pains that not even the pain medication would make go away."
I put my left hoof on Alex's shoulder.
"By the time I was in the hospital, I was s-suffering with so much pain I couldn't even scream. I was immediately put in room for extra-monitoring, but what the doctor told me was that I..I wouldn't live for long."
I stood there quietly.
" T-then they called my family of what had happened. I was told that they were on the way, but my condition got far worse in a short amount of time."
By now, I had shed a single tear, as I knew where this was going.
" I-I promised to myself and to my family I would stay alive for them to arrive. B-but even though I tr-ried..."
Alex turned to me and started to cry on my shoulder. I just stood there, still keeping my hoof on him. He cried for some time, until settling down. I felt like a jerk. I didn't have any right to complain about my pains after hearing what Alex had suffered. We sat there for a while, staying quiet and watching as more stars appeared on the sky.
Watching back, I saw a dim fire on the distance. For the first time in the day, I grinned. That bastard actually got the fire started. I stood up and offered my right hoof for Alex
"Come. Mike must be waiting for us." I said and Alex nodded. As he grabbed my hoof, he asked;
"Tom.... Do you know where we are?"
I laughed a little and then turned back to look at the horizon where I saw the looming, vast forest close by to the diminish fire, and to the dark silhouette currently waving at our direction. As I pulled him up, I waved my hoof at the sky and at glowing full moon.
“Yes, and I’m happy to inform that we’re currently in the land of Equestria. Just don’t ask how or why, that I don’t currently know...