• Published 3rd Apr 2014
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The Purloined Pony - Chris



When a young foal goes missing, it's up to Carrot Top to step in and save the day.

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It takes you a few minutes, but you carefully load the panes of glass into your wagon. It will be difficult to maneuver your cart through the forest, but it’s the only way you have of transporting so much material in a single trip.

You head into the forest, moving slowly so as not to tip the cart. Since you don’t know exactly where you’re going yet, you decide to stay on the main road. With any luck, you’ll bump into some of the other ponies who are out searching for Applebloom.

As you make your way down the path, you hear sounds of the forest all around you; the trilling of birds, the rustle of the wind in the trees, the heavy breathing of—

You turn in your harness as best you can, and see a terrible sight. Slinking onto the trail behind you is a giant rat, at least three times your size. Its eyes glinting with hunger, it squeaks and moves forward.

You take off down the trail as fast as you can, but the cart slows you. The rat gives chase, gaining on you with each stride. You hear it suck in its breath and leap, and you hurl yourself forward as hard as you can.

The rat lands squarely on top of the cart, shattering it and the greenhouse windows alike. At once, the creature lets up a terrible shriek; you can see that its belly has been cut by the shards of broken glass. It flees into the forest, leaving you alone with the wreckage of your wagon.

“Anypony there? We heard something... do you need help?” calls a voice from above. Looking up, you see Rainbow Dash come flying in overhead. “Oh hey! What’s up, Carrot Top?” She frowns. “And what happened to your cart?”

As Big Mac and Applejack come trotting out of the forest, you tell them about your discovery, and the encounter with the giant rat. Then you look sadly at the broken chunks of glass. “So much for that plan,” you sigh. With your cart destroyed, you can’t even carry the shards to the boggie lair.

“Aw, don’t go giving up just yet,” Applejack tells you, “Dash here thinks she’s found the spot where the boggies are hiding!” She chuckles, “I admit, when Twilight told me about them, I thought she was just... well, just being Twilight. But Dash saw one with her own eyes!”

“Yeah! It was all short and ugly and it dressed like something out of Rarity’s nightmares!” Dash interjects.

You smile at the good news. “Well, maybe we can still do something, then.”

Applejack nods. “I s’pect we can. We’re gonna head down to the spot where Dash saw the boggie right now. Twilight mentioned they don’t stay in one place long, once they’ve been found out, so we’re gonna have to hurry.”

Together with your friends, you set off to stop the boggies. You wish you still had the glass panes, but hopefully together you’ll be able to rescue Applebloom anyway.

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