by Ryan Shine


It's hot, humid, and I'm enjoying my new job. Being a weather pony was cool and all, but it just wasn't what I wanted. I began to work on a local farm here in Ponyville. I had just begun last week and I was beginning to enjoy it more and more. I worked on the farm with a couple other ponies, who I was starting to become good friends with. A orange coat, blonde mane, mare trotted down the path towards my direction.
"Almost wrapped up down here? It's getting late..." She gave a slight yawn. I finished the last tree with one last buck, "Yeah! All I got to do is load up the cart, and then take these delicacies up to the barn." I lifted the bucket onto my back and placed it in the cart. "You go on Home Ryan. I'll take this up to the barn." I shot her a questioning look, "You sure? It's kind of heavy..." I watched her try to pull the cart up the hill. I give it to her for trying, it was a heavy cart. "Why don't you let me take care of that..." I gave her a small grin. She looked at me and then gave a sigh, "Alright... You take this here cart on up there." She was breathing heavily. She unhooked herself from the cart, and I hopped on in front. I heaved it up the hill and took it into the barn.
I turn back and wave goodbye to her, "See ya AJ!" She waves back as I continue my way home. I pass by the post office and notice the mail mare headed my direction. "Hiya mister Ryan! How are you?" I nod my head, "Miss Ditzy, I'm doing fine. Thanks for asking! How are you?" I can't help but smile at the wall-eyed mare's enthusiasm, "I'm doing great! Today was such a wonderful day! Oh!" She rummages through her saddle bag, "I got some mail for you!" She hands me a medium sized box and a some letters. "Thanks Miss Ditzy, I appreciate it. I'll see you later!" I begin to trot off. "Bye mister Ryan!"
SLAM! The door shuts faster than I expected, "Oh. Need to remember I oiled that..." I plop down on the couch and place the letters on the coffee table. "Now let's see..." I open up the box, and pull out its contents. I hold the picture of me and Luna as I take out a sheet of paper,
'Dearest Ryan,
I'm glad we got to get together again. I'm sorry for being so late on all the scheduling, I've been stressed out with this constant war against the griffon kingdom, and I haven't much time to relax. It is good to spend time with an old friend. Hopefully I can find some more time to spend with my favorite friend. I'm hoping the new picture of us made it in one piece. I'll see you soon one day.
Your highness and dear friend,
Princess Luna'
I place the letter down and begun to stare at the picture. I was wearing the grey and blue scarf she made for me, as well as my favorite digital urban hat. She was wearing her favorite navy blue, violet, and black scarf. I was sitting on a park bench and she was leaning over my left shoulder, and we both had the happiest smiles we could muster up. I placed it over my fireplace along with a bunch of other photos of us.
She and I had a timeline. Every year, I would visit Canterlot and we would just have fun together. It didn't matter what we did, we were just glad to have friendship...
I sat back down and went through the rest of the letters, "Bills, bills, bills... Equestrian Forces..." I knew what was in the envelope. I didn't want to open it, I already had everything I wanted, but I knew it would be dishonorable...
'Major Ryan Shine,
This letter is a calling. Your service is required once again for a high class operation. Pack your bags and head for Fort Hoof. We will depart on the 13th of November, 1300 hours. We will brief you when you arrive. We are looking forward to seeing you soon.
Equestrian TAC 32nd Div. Frazier Squad'
I set the letter down on the table and sat on the couch. Everything seemed to go in slow motion for a few minutes... Or hours... It felt like hours...