A Forgotten Trooper

by SonicTeam34


Chapter 15: Magic Tricks

"So, what did you say you wanted?" Fluttershy asked as she and Strider walked through the market.

"A rope to make a pulley system for the damaged wing on the Gunship." Strider explained.

"Oh, ok. I don't really know who would sell that." Fluttershy stated.

"Well that cart looks like a good place to start." Strider claimed and pointed to a nearby cart that had several ropes hanging from the side of it.

The two went over to the cart which was being managed by a Stallion with grey fur and a black mane and tail. He smiled as he spotted Fluttershy head over to him.

"Hello Miss Shy, what would you like today?" The Stallion asked.

"Oh, I don't need anything, but my friend here does." Fluttershy exclaimed before stepping to the side to allow Strider to get closer.

"I'm Strider. I'm working on something that needs a pulley system. I was wondering if you had any 32 ft long ropes?" Strider questioned.

"Well, I do have a 32 hoof length rope over there." The Stallion stated, pointing a hoof at a brown rope resting on a nail.

Strider picked the rope up and examined it. The rope seemed to be tough and was diffidently long enough.

"Perfect, how much?" Strider asked.

"That rope would be around thirty bits." The Stallion claimed.

Strider didn't exactly know what a bit was, so Fluttershy stepped back in front of him and put the money on the counter. The money appeared to be small circular golden pieces.

As the two were walking away from the cart, Strider brought it up.

"Your currency is gold?" Strider asked.

"Um, yes. We call them bits." Fluttershy explained.

Strider was about to reply but stopped when he spotted a crowd gathering in front of the town square building.

"What's going on over there?" Strider wondered out loud.

"I don't know." Fluttershy answered.

"Let's check it out." Strider said, walking towards the crowd.

Fluttershy was a bit hesitant to head towards the crowd, but she followed the trooper around the side of the crowd.

It turned out that the group of ponies were looking at a wagon that was in front of town square. It had a red roof and pale yellow wooden walls. A voice echoed through a microphone from inside the wagon, which suddenly opened up.

"Come one! Come all! Come and witness the Great And Powerful TRIXIE!" The female sounding voice proclaimed through the microphone.

The wagon quickly opened up into a makeshift stage with several other things popping out. This was then followed by a set of fireworks which blasted into the air.

"Wow, a traveling entertainer. I've heard some pretty strange stories about these guys." Strider stated to Fluttershy, who had ducked behind him as the fireworks blew up.

Strider looked back at the stage, now seeing a female pony with light blue fur and a white and light blue colored mane and tail. She was wearing a star covered purple pointy hat and a matching purple cape. Her purple eyes looking out at the crowd.

Strider didn't need to be a Jedi to tell that the pony was probably Trixie, who was talking to the crowd before another set of fireworks blasted into the air.

Trixie raised up her right forehoof and waved it around. Then, a bouquet of flowers appeared out of nowhere and onto her hoof.

That was when Strider remembered something else about this world that he had forgotten completely. It had unicorns, who used magic. Nightmare Moon had used said magic to fight him in that castle, but other than that, Strider hadn't seen magic used before.

"She's got some nice moves." Strider stated to Fluttershy, who had come out from behind his leg and joined him and the crowd at watching the performance.

Strider didn't pick up what a pony had said, but Trixie stopped what she was doing and looked down at the crowd.

"Well well well, it seems we have some neighsayors in the audience." She declared.

It took a moment before the pun registered in Strider's head, before he answered it with a face palm to his helmet. When he removed his hand from his visor, he spotted Rainbow Dash hovering in front of Trixie, frowning at her.

"What makes you so much better than everypony else?" Rainbow Dash asked.

"Why, only the Great And Powerful Trixie has magic strong enough to vanquish the dreaded Ursa Major!" Trixie claimed in a booming voice.

Another set of fireworks went off, but this set was different then the others. This set somehow showed neon glowing images in the sky which made a shape of a bear.

A few gasps escaped through the crowd at the sight, while Strider looked up in confusion. What the heck was an Ursa Major?

Trixie continued to talk about the Ursa Major and how she had defeated it. But Strider was more focused on the lights which faded once the story was finished.

"That was a nice light show, huh Fluttershy?" Strider asked.

"U-Ursa, M-Major?" Fluttershy stammered, her mind racing.

"Yeah, what is an Ursa Major?" Strider wondered.

Fluttershy didn't answer, still visibly shaking a little on her forehooves.

Strider looked back at the stage which had once again had fireworks going off above it. Ok, that was getting a little repetitive now. Even the machines which launched the fireworks began to lose gas.

"That's it. Ah can't stand for no more of this!" Applejack's voice stated as it rang through the crowd.

The Orange pony got up onto the stage and grabbed a rope out of seemingly nowhere and tied it to her tail. She then spun the rope around and around like a lasso and launched it over to an apple tree. The rope wrapped around an apple and was yanked back with the rope back to Applejack. The mare ate the whole apple as it came soaring into her mouth and smiled.

The crowd of ponies cheered at the performance, some clapping their hooves together while others whistled. Strider couldn't help but give Applejack a round of applause as well.

That was, until he realized the lack of weight on his shoulder where he had put the rope. Strider quickly realized that the rope was gone.

"Hey! That's my--" Strider trailed off as Trixie took the rope in her magic and did some strange dancing with it.

Applejack had frozen up, her eyes locked with the rope. The rope slowly tied its self around Applejack, before spinning her out and off the stage. Trixie then looked up at the rope and grinned, before twisting it around a few times and into a knotted pony shape.

Trixie then tried to undo the knot but after a few sharp tugs, just broke the rope around the knots and put it away in a barrel.

"rope..." Strider finished, quickly realizing that the rope was no longer usable due to Trixie breaking it and shortening its length.

Strider cursed under his breath and clenched his hand into a fist. The small amount of respect Trixie had earned from him from her show vanished instantly.

Fluttershy spotted Strider's clenched fist and looked up at him.

"Don't worry, we can get another one," Fluttershy said. "But it wasn't very nice for her to do that to Applejack--and Rainbow Dash----and, Rarity."

Strider looked back to the stage to see Rarity rush off with green hair and Rainbow Dash rubbing her head with a hoof.

Strider sighed, before spotting the crowd break away back into town. His hands still clenched in a fist as he and Fluttershy walked back towards the market.