58w, 7hSecond Person Stories
And just like that, the trio heads off to search around the area Rarity described. They don't immediately spot Applejack, so they decide to head deeper into the woods. You take a final look back at Rarity, who was now desperately trying to fix her mane and clean her coat.
As you make your way through the thick branches and thorny bushes, you hear a distant thump, followed by rustling leaves.
"Hey, did you hear that?" You ask your companions.
"Yeah, it kind of sounded like a thump, or a knock, almost." Rainbow replied.
"I think it came from over that ways." She was pointing towards a not so thick part of the woods.
"Come on then, we should hurry, in case somepony's fighting."
With that, the three of you hurry, until the sound seemed nearer. Soon enough, you find a certain orange pony, even if a bit pale looking, kicking trees, and looking up at them with a disappointed face.
"Applejack! We found you!" Twilight called out, with a relieved look on her face.
"Can't talk right now, gotta buck these trees before the time's up. Actually, ya'll mind giving me a hoof or two? Ah could really use the help."
"AJ, what are you talking about? There's no apples in these trees!" Rainbow stated.
Applejack replied with a puzzled look "Are ya'll blind, or is that another of yer childish pranks? Either way, help me get these apples down from there. Ah buck 'em as hard as ah can, but they just won't come down!" She swiftly bucks the tree again.
"Snap out of it, AJ, whatever you're seeing isn't real!"
“Yeah it is! I gotta to buck these apples! I can’t let down Granny Apple or Big Macintosh! I just can’t ya’ll! Now are you going to just stand around lying to me or are ya’ll gonna help out a pony in need?” She again bucks the tree, this time you hear a cracking sound, it looks like the tree is going to fall!
“Applejack look out!” You quickly maneuver yourself to Applejack and push her out of the way from the falling tree, not realizing that Rainbow was still on your back, she rolled off of your back as you set off.
“I told ya’ll that them here apples would need a good bucking!” She starts to smile with delight at the matter, not knowing that there were never any apples to even begin with.
“Applejack, what’s wrong?”
“Well, ah landed in this here forest and Granny Apple told me that ah have to buck all of the apples in time or else we'll lose the farm! Ah just couldn’t let that happen, so I been bucking the trees ever since.” You, Rainbow and Twilight take a quick look around and see a lot of fallen trees, she must have been bucking like this for quite a while, even considering her extraordinary strength. “Ah asked Rainbow for help but she said she had better things to do than help with a few apples and took off. Ah really needed her help and she just left me. Ah felt so sad when she did that…”
“Applejack, this isn’t real. Granny Apple didn’t tell you to do anything, nor did Big Macintosh. This world is making us face our fears and our deepest regrets, we have to pull through this. Together!”
“Wait, ya’ll trying to tell me that ah've been bucking your every day normal trees here, ever since we were pulled in by that dang book and ah wasn’t gonna lose the farm?”
“Yes!” You hear Twilight exclaim from behind you, as she moves closer. “AJ, it’s fine if you can’t buck all of the apples, you have friends who would help you anyways.”
Applejack’s eyes start to swirl around in circles, rapidly changing colours in the process. Eventually, she regained her senses and had a very deranged look on her face, seeming to wonder what’s going on. Especially as her element of harmony now appeared around her neck, starting to light up.
“Uh, what are ya’ll staring at? And what’s with all of these fallen trees everywhere?”
“Ugh, it’s a long story” You retort, “Have you seen any other ponies? We are still looking for Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie, we have no idea where they could-“ You suddenly hear a sound coming from further into the forest. You quickly rush in with Twilight, Applejack and Rainbow following up behind you. “Hey, didn’t that sound like Fluttershy? She sounds like she is in trouble! We have to hurry!”
You zoom through the forest like a static charge, hoping to catch the culprit for hurting your dear friend Fluttershy. As you rip through the bushes and smash through the branches, you finally notice a cowering yellow ball of fur, huddled up in a corner by itself, surrounded by woodland creatures.
“Fluttershy?” You call out, and she quickly responds with a very high pitched squeal, tears streaming down her face, “Are you okay, Fluttershy?”
“Meep!” She lets out another squeal, even higher pitched; you feel your ear drums wanting to explode in agony, “Somepony, help them!”
You look at all of the animals, bears, rabbits, beavers and ducks alike. They stare back at you, their faces turning from one of anger to one of fear as they look upon you and your friends. You give them a narrow look and move up close to them, not breaking eye contact from the biggest one that sits in the middle, a very large bear. As you come closer to the bear, the fear in its eyes grows, and it shudders away, rushing back into the forest like a scared rabbit. Slowly, the other animals follow up behind it until they are all gone. You turn back to the ever so scared Fluttershy to make sure she is okay, with her head in her hooves, curled up against a tree, while crying her eyes out.
“Well uhm, you see uhm…” She takes in a deep breath and looks up at you, her eyes wide with sadness, “I uhm, I was trying to tend to the bunnies, but they wouldn't get any better. I tried it with the bears and the beavers, too, but they just kept getting more and more ill. It was like I was doing more harm than I was doing good. I felt so bad about it, I couldn’t help a poor, defenseless animal back to health and that’s all I ever wanted to do, but I just couldn’t.”
“So you huddled up against this tree?” You ask in disbelief.
“Well uhm yes, I was just so terrified, the animals started to get madder the more I treated them, and I got too scared to even try in the end."
“Fluttershy… You have to accept that you can’t help every animal, you can only do your best, and if your best isn’t good enough then at least you tried, right?”
“Well… I guess so uhm, I just feel so bad about it…”
“You don’t have to, we will help you. Applejack, go round up those critters, please. We have to make them speak to Fluttershy.”
“Aye aye, captain!”
“Fluttershy, you have to tell the animals that you did your best, you can only do that much, okay?”
“Uhm, I guess I can do that...”
Twilight intervenes, “Speedster, how do you know this will work?”
“I don’t, we can only hope, to snap her out of it.”
Using her skill in herding animals, Applejack comes bursting through the trees with the critters in front of her. They come to an abrupt halt as they see you, but they hold their ground and don’t run away. “Alrighty then, I got the animals ya’ll ordered.”
“Come on Fluttershy, you can do this, we believe in you.”
Fluttershy shakingly stands up onto her hooves and wills herself in front of the animals, preparing to tell them. “Uhm, hello uhm, I am so so so sorry that I can’t help you all, I tried my best and uhm.. I am just so sorry…” All of the animals slowly start to smile, their eyes filled with joy, they run over to Fluttershy and start hugging her, her element of harmony appearing as quickly as it did with Applejack before. “Did I- uhm, did we do it?”
“We sure did Sugarcube! Ye-haw!”
The animals start to scurry away, happily.
“So uhm, where is Rarity?"
Rainbow speaks up for a change, “Rarity didn’t want to follow because she would mess her coat up, and she is so obsessed with her look, sheesh. Oh and Pinkie Pie? We still need to find her, do you happen to have seen her?”
“Yes, uhm, follow me. Uhm, this way.”
You all follow up behind Fluttershy as she leads the way, almost all of you finally grouped back together. Fluttershy stops moving and you all collide into one another one by one.
"Ouch, give us a warning, next time you do that, okay?" Rainbow said, somewhat annoyed.
“Is this it by any chance, sugarcube?” Applejack was staring up at a big building… It’s a giant cupcake!
“Whoa” You speak out, “I’ve never seen such a big cupcake before, wow.”
“Yes, uhm, she will be, uhm, in here.”
Twilight and Applejack hastily enter inside, leaving you, Fluttershy and Rainbow outside, “Rainbow, can you go get Rarity and bring her here please?”
“Sure thing, I'll be back in a minute!”
“Thanks. Fluttershy, aren't you coming inside?”
“Oh me? Uhm I guess so…”
“Well then, lead the way.”
As you both enter the giant er… cupcake, you see Applejack and Twilight standing still, staring at something in front of them, you shift into place to see what horror they must be looking at. as you get a good look at it, you notice it’s Pinkie Pie. Before you start to rush over to her you see her hair is no longer puffy, but instead is now straight and depressing, she has a very sad face , like someone just told her something utterly terrible. “Uhm, guys? What’s wrong with Pinkie Pie?”
“Then why don’t we do something about it?”
“You’ve never seen Pinkie Pie depressed, have you? It’s one of the most saddening things ever. it’s just wrong… She won’t nudge, she gets stubborn and won’t do anything.”
“We’ll see about that.” You scoot over to the depressed Pinkie Pie, hoping to try bring her around and raise a smile on her face. “Pinkie Pie?” You touch her shoulder with your hoof. You notice she has been crying. A lot. She looks up at you with a very sad face, her eyes still watering like Niagara Falls.
“No one likes my parties!” She bursts into even more tears and throws her hooves around her snout, “Why does no one like my parties! I try so hard but no one appreciates them at all, it’s just no fair!” You lean into Pinkie Pie’s ears and whisper something very personal into her ear. Her hair slowly starts to come back to life, it even gets it’s puffiness back almost instantly. You notice a sudden glow around her neck, her element now starting to shine. “Wow really?!”
“Wow! That’s so funny! But are you sure?”
“Everyone loves your parties Pinkie, a party wouldn’t BE a party if it wasn’t for you, it wouldn’t be the same.”
“Oki doki loki! Hey guys! Are you up for a partaaaay!?”
“When we get back Pinkie, we still have to get out of this place first.”
“Oh okay, so how do we do that?”
Rainbow suddenly barges in with Rarity on her back, “I got Rarity!” She then drops her on the floor and slowly descends.
“Ooh you scoundrel! You’ve gotten cupcake all over me!” She suddenly realizes what she said, she must have not noticed that the building was actually made from cupcake. “Wait, cupcake?” She stands on her hooves and walks close to us, as does Rainbow dash.
"Okay everypony, I think I have I idea!" Twilight says with a confident look on her face. Her horn starts to glow immensely bright, and the confident look turns into a strained one, as she attempts a powerful magick.
All of the elements start to glow, brighter than they ever have before, a light connecting each of us, with you and Twilight in the center. Light sprouts from both your eyes, encasing you all in a giant light bubble. The bubble expands and everything starts to be engulfed in the light as well.
As the light starts to fade, you notice that you are back in Ponyville. You start to practically kiss the ground as you land on your hooves, not knowing that Princess Celestia and Princess Luna are stood before you. “Princess Celestia! Princess Luna! Why are you here?!”
“Well my young one, it seems you passed your second test, but I believe that there is something that you wish to tell the rest of my little ponies, don’t you?”
“I guess I do, but why is Luna with you?”
“Ah, she is the one who created the world you were all just in. I needed to see if your friendship could hold together, and if you could take charge as a leader Speedster, which you proved. You used your own past to help Pinkie Pie, you even stood up to your father while you were there, something that many people only wish to do.”
Twilight’s face, just like the rest starts to perk up, “What’s a ‘people’, Princess?”
“Well, I will leave Speedster to explain all of that to you. Me and Luna will take our leave, now. Have fun. Oh, and, Speedster?”
“Well done, I knew you could do it.”
“Thank you.” Both Princesses slowly turn around and start flying back to the castle in their charriots. As you turn around, you are greeted by confused faces staring at you, wanting an explanation. “Ah, I guess you want me to explain then?”
“Duh!” Pinkie Pie shouts with excitement.
“So what is a ‘people’?” Asks Twilight.
“Sigh, all of you should take a seat and make another s’more, this is going to be a very… VERY long story.”