A Forgotten Trooper

by SonicTeam34


Chapter 25: Learning Road

"That was definitely not as I thought, but rest assured Apple Bloom that it wasn't your fault." Zecora exclaimed before trotting over to a shelf.

Apple Bloom sighed and put her hooves over a small table. Strider thought about what Apple Bloom had stated about what happened to the others. So Fluttershy wasn't the only one who had gotten affected by something. But what was that something?

Strider let that thought circle around his mind for a while until Zecora returned with a green book. She then flipped the book open to a page with a few images of plants.

"As it says in the paragraph below, the reason behind their changes is because of Poison Joke." Zecora stated.

Strider looked at the description, then to the illustration of a plant next to it. It was that plant that had caused the Timber Wolf that was chasing him to stop.

"To reverse the effects of this particular plant, all you need to do is mix up a special bubble bath." Zecora claimed.

Sure enough, another paragraph below exclaimed what to do and what ingredients were needed.

"So all ya need ta do is put that stuff into that cauldron and then have mah sister and her friends take a bath with it?" Apple Bloom questioned.

"That is the basics of-" Zecora was cut off as Strider sighed.

"Wheres the catch?" Strider asked.

Zecora glared at Strider for a few seconds, before continuing.

"what we could do, but I lack some of the ingredients to start the brew." She finished.

"Called it." Strider muttered, knowing from past experience that nothing was that easy.

"So what do ya need?" Apple Bloom questioned.

Zecora grabbed a blank sheet of paper from another shelf and set it down on the table. She then wrote down the names of the items she needed, before showing it to Apple Bloom.

Apple Bloom looked at the names for a few seconds, before passing the paper to Strider. The Trooper picked the paper up and glanced over the names.

"Hmm, and where would we find these? Half of them don't even sound like real things." Strider asked.

"Some items might catch your suspicion, but most could likely be in your very own kitchen." Zecora exclaimed.

Strider put the paper into a container in his utility belt, before glaring at Apple Bloom.

"Come on, I would like to have a talk with you while we leave this forest for this stuff." Strider stated. Apple Bloom followed Strider out of Zecora's hut, shutting the door behind her.


The two soon ended up back on the trail which would lead them to the entrance, Strider breaking the silence between them.

"Now that were alone, can you tell me what in the force were you thinking?" Strider questioned.

"Ah was just try'n to fix ah mistake ah made." Apple Bloom claimed in a low tone, her eyes locked with the path.

"I understand that part. I was talking about rushing into this dangerous place blindingly without any source of weaponry." Strider exclaimed.

"Ah can defend myself! Ahm not a defenseless little filly!" Apple Bloom proclaimed, looking up at Strider with anger.

"Your mind might be telling you that, and you did prove that you aren't afraid to fire a Z-6 at that Ursa Minor. But if a group of attackers spring up around you and you don't have a weapon, your a droid lined up to the shooting range." Strider stated.

Apple Bloom's eyes emptied of anger while she processed the troopers words. Then, she returned her gaze to the ground.

After a few minutes of walking, Apple Bloom spoke up.

"You sound just like mah sister..." She muttered.

Strider looked down at Apple Bloom for a few seconds before replying.

"What do you mean?"

"Ya tell me that ah need to stay out of the bigger situations, claiming that it's to dangerous for ah little filly. But ah know all that and ah know that some situations would be out of mah hooves. But this ain't one of them, almost none that mah sister states are one." Apple Bloom exclaimed. "Ah just wanna prove that ahm not just a little filly and can handle mah self."

Strider was caught off guard from Apple Bloom's explanation. Yet again, he never really needed to prove himself that he was good enough to handle something.

Well, except for the training on Kamino. Now that he thought about it, Apple Bloom's situation was closer to his training than he had thought. Strider had wanted to prove to the rest of his squad that he was a good soldier and teammate.

His squad which back then had been called the indigo squad, they had managed to run the Citadel Channel right behind the Bravo Squad. That squad had gone to become ARK troopers, but sadly, theirs didn't make that cut.

They weren't as nearly as bad as the Domino Squad, but ARK trooper Colt's words still remained in his mind.

"Not bad, but there is room for improvement." Those words had nearly crushed Rust. Their leader had worked so hard to get the squad up to the top, but his efforts fell on deaf ears.

Strider still remembered that one training session where he had tripped over part of the ground and had accidentally shot Cosmo in the foot with his training DC-15A. And how furious Rust had been with him, even throwing down the YOUR NOT EVEN A GOOD TARGET! card.

Strider had managed to prove himself to the squad on the final test when he had managed to hit every single shot he had fired as well as grab the end pole. But that had only been because of his squad and other troopers encouraging him.

Apple Bloom was just trying to prove herself to be able to handle responsibility, like how he tried to prove to his squad that he was a good soldier.

"Apple Bloom, you might not believe me on this, but I have been in your situation before." Strider claimed.

Apple Bloom looked up at Strider, surprise and confusion in her eyes.

"My squad that I fought with had to go through training before we could start fighting for real. During that training, I wanted to prove to everyone that I was capable to do anything needed on the battle field. But when I focused to much on that, I ended up firing at one of my brothers." Strider stated.

"Your mind might claim that your ready and try to prove something, but you need to make sure that you don't end up doing something that could end up proving them right or end up with you in danger. If I did that same mistake on the battlefield, my brother would have most likely died by my hands, not the enemy. That is the worst thing you could ever do, endanger someone you care for." Strider exclaimed, trying not to groan in annoyance at how cheesy this was sounding.

"So what your saying is that if ah try and do something just to prove mah-self then ah might end up causing more damage than proving a point?" Apple Bloom summarized.

"Basically. No one who cares about you wants you to do something that could end up hurting yourself." Strider said.

Apple Bloom stopped trotting, causing Strider to halt himself. The filly looked up at Strider's helmet, before smiling.

"Thank ya for tell'n me that, your a great friend, ya know." Apple Bloom claimed.

Strider's helmet hid his expression from Apple Bloom, but he was smiling under it.

"Let's go get that stuff Zecora needs for that antidote." Strider exclaimed, beginning to walk down the path again. Apple Bloom followed with a slight spring in her steps.