Jeff's Equine Misadventure

by Jeff Belinger

A Vacation

"Your cutie mark, you silly goose, the mark you get once you find out your special talent" Twilight said in a mildly mocking way.

"Here I'll show you mine" Twilight said as she lifted up her shirt a slight bit and lowered the waist of her skirt a tiny bit, revealing a purple six-pointed star over a white six-pointed star surrounded by smaller white six-pointed stars.

"Okay, first you didn't need to do that and second, the closest thing I have on me would be my initiation tattoo from the Brotherhood of Steel that has my serial number as well, but that's completely different nature of thing from your... Cutie mark"

"What's so different from your tattoo and my cutie mark", asked Twilight

"Well, as much as this tattoo has a meaning to me and the Brotherhood of steel, other people can get other tattoos for a variety of different reasons, like most Raiders will have tribalistic tattoos related to their specific clan, or other will have tattoos because they just feel like body-modding themselves" Jeff explained to Twilight who still didn't seem to quite grasp what Jeff meant to convey

"Ok, let me explain it to you another way: we don't earn these tattoos for finding our special talent in life, we get them because we either want to or have to, and most pay up in currency their tattoos" Jeff explained.

"Oh, that makes sense now. I'm still curious about your tattoo, may I see it" Twilight asked with a large smile on her face.

"Sure, here, it's on my left shoulder, standard practice for the Brotherhood of Steel", Jeff agreed. He lifted up the small sleeve of his green T-shirt, revealing the medium sized symbol of the Brotherhood of Steel and codebar underneath it

"There was one recruit that wanted his tattoo over his left butt cheek, but we forcibly told him it would be against standard protocol, although I think our elder has his over his heart, which isn't too much against standard protocol", Jeff added as Twilight studied the tattoo closely.

"I'd like to know more about the symbology behind the crest of your brotherhood" Twilight asked the Scribe.

"Ah, now this is something every member of the brotherhood of steel is taught from the very beginning. The gears represent our combined scientific and engineering knowledge, the sword represents our strength and will to defend ourselves," Jeff went on. "The wings represent the hope through the acquisition of lost technology that mankind will one day return to a semblance of civilization, the circle represents our fraternal unity that makes us a true brotherhood"

"And through combat and pain do we tighten our bonds to one another" Jeff added.

"So essentially you can go on through life thanks to friendship and love, that's admirable" Twilight said.

"Come on, I want you to meet my friends, Jeff" Twilight said as she walked toward the door to the hallway.

"Are you sure, I mean, I'm not a Pony like you, I'm not going to go unnoticed by the rest of the population" Jeff said with worry in his voice

"Don't worry, no one will be bothering you, maybe a few curious looks, but you're with me and everyone knows that if there's strange things going on, me and my friends are always on the case" Twilight told Jeff as they left the room and went through the hallway down to another room.

Twilight knocked at the door "Starlight! I have somepo- huh, well, in this case not really a pony... We have a guest and I want you to meet him" Twilight said. The door opened up and Starlight answered the door

"Hey Twilight, I was just going through some spellbook again, so who's this-" Starlight tried to say as she saw the man next to Twilight.

"Okay, that's new, who's this? He obviously isn't a pony at first glance, well, maybe some odd earth pony, but no, his head is too different to be as a pony. He looks almost like... A hairless monkey?" Starlight said full of questions

"Okay, thanks for calling me a monkey, I mean, mankind descends from the chimpanzee, but you didn't need to express it that way" Jeff deadpanned.

"Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to convey that you were a monkey, oh my gosh now I look like a fool" Starlight said embarrassingly.

"No offense taken, I've been called a whole lot worse by people" Jeff said casually.

"What do you mean by that", questioned Starlight.

"I can tell you all of these things a little later, Twilight said she was going to gather her friends so I could meet them", Jeff answered

"That's right! It won't take too long, I'll start by getting Rainbow Dash so she can get Applejack, then I'll get the rest of the girls" Twilight said to the two, "Starlight, can you show Jeff the Cutie Map room for me? We'll be gathering there as per usual".

Starlight agreed and lead Jeff into the room while Twilight teleported to the front of the castle in a flash of purple and white light.

"Did she just blink?" Jeff asked Starlight.

"How do you know that's the name of the spell?" Starlight said surprised.

"I didn't, it's what scientists in my world call it when something or someone teleports from one place to another instantly" Jeff answered.

Starlight nodded and the two continued to talk about what some links between the science of his world and the magic of this one. It took about twenty minutes, but Twilight came back with her friends in tow, Rainbow dash lazily flying above the group and pinkie pie skipping as per her usual. Jeff had spawned office chairs from his Hammerspace Prop menu for himself and Starlight as the assigned thrones around the map were not theirs.

"Ooooh, who's this new friend of yours Twilight", Pinkie asked.

"My name is Jeff", Jeff answered

Pinkie Pie's face turned into a huge grin, unable to contain herself, she exploded into laughter.

"AH! His name is Jeff" Pinkie continued on laughing at the seemingly invisible humor of Jeff's name continuously hit her like a hammer.

"Pinkie, what is so funny about Jeff's name", asked a perplexed rarity.

"Yeah, I mean, it's a weird name, but I don't see what's funny" Rainbow Dash said as she landed next to her seat.

"Oh, nothing, the readers will understand the joke, though" Pinkie answered as she winked towards no particular pony.

The rest of the ponies took their assigned seat. Twilight cleared her throat to gather the attention of everyone.

"So let me explain how Jeff came into this world-", Twilight tried to say as she was interrupted by Pinkie Pie.

"Oh! Oh! Did he come through an inter-dimensional portal from another universe where ponies don't exist and there's gratuitous violence and pain everywhere", Pinkie chirped.

"That would sum it up nicely, yes", Jeff said dumbfounded. "How do you happen to know so much about my world".

"I don't, It's just Pinkie Sense" Pinkie answered.

"Pinkie-what now?" Jeff asked.

"Don't worry about that" the rest of the ponies said in unison, to the surprise of Jeff.

"Alright then, I guess it's time for me to explain where I'm from and how I got here", Jeff said and explained his circumstance to the ponies. After he was done talking about the particulars of how he ended up in Equestria, he explained a few things from his perspective about the world he was from and how things worked for people.

"Wow", Said Applejack, "Life is terrible where you're from, especially when you arrive in the area, deprived of any belongings or essentials like that, I don't think a lot of ponies, uh, I mean people would make it out like you did Jeff".

"No, not everyone makes it to a decent living standard, heck I still survive on beans and water for the most part, some poorer people only live by watermelons and oranges", Jeff added.

"Listening to your story made me realize how much better we have it in Equestria compared to Earth" Fluttershy said.

"Yeah, but Earth wasn't always like that, before The Great War, The world was doing better, but not by that much. Countries were contesting every resource they could. Metal deposits, fuel, even solar energy", Jeff explained. "Anything that could grant an edge to some opposing nation, or sometimes even an allied nation, was meant to be contested".

"When the last bit of oil in the world was discovered in Alaska, China attacked America to contest it. America retaliated in full force. At first, the Chinese were hard to fight against due to their superior numbers and stealth technology, but we persevered and broke through thanks to power armor, turning trained men into walking tanks with weapons normally serviced by crews of men now held by a single man"

"Was that what you were wearing when you came through the portal", Twilight asked.

"Yes, although this was a lighter, more agile suit of power armor, normally power is much more heavily clad in steel alloys and ceramics than my own power armor", Jeff answered

"So how long are you going to be here?" Rainbow asked.

"I'm not entirely sure, I have a quite a bit of my own food and water, so I won't be taxing on your own food", Jeff answered.

"Nonsense, you can eat all the foods you want here", Twilight said.

Jeff nodded. For a while more, Jeff talked about his experiences through the Wasteland and some curious encounters, also deals he ended up doing with other people. He also explained that somehow, death wasn't the end of someone's life in his world, that you could reappear in some places, but with equipped gear missing and the only way to truly end one life was to simply vanish into nature, never to be seen again. He then went on about the various factions and groups in the Wasteland. Time went by and Jeff grew tired of explaining the many various things in the Wasteland.

"Well, if I can trust my watch, it's almost four in the afternoon, you girls probably want to head home for dinner soon, so I'll let you be and enjoy the rest of the evening fiddling with my guns and do inventory management", Jeff concluded

The girls went home and the night came. Jeff went to his room and layed down on the bed

"I wonder how long I'll be here".