• Published 22nd May 2014
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Twisted Metal: Equestria - Lab Matt

Discord is free once again. And he brought back a game he created over a millennium ago, before his imprisonment.

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12. Dark Factory Of Mass Production

"Are you sure about this, Rarity?" Applejack asked while she, Rainbow Dash and Braeburn stood in front of the fashionista's open door.

"I'm sorry, darling, but yes!" she said. "When I still was in Applejack's body, I realized the price one have to pay when playing Discord's game. Many died, others went mad, but let's not forget those who lost precious family members.

"I was dead, yes, but it was the Apple family who lost a precious member, because I possessed her body without even knowing. I don't want the Apples to lose yet another family member, and I also don't want to leave Sweetie Belle without a sister.

"I'm sorry, but that's a no! I wish I could help, and I know we promised the Princesses, but... But I'm scared! I don't want to die again. I don't want my sister to lose me. I don't want to lose my sister. I'm so glad she is not participating of this tournament anymore."

"Yeah, about that..." Rainbow Dash said while rubbing her nape with a foreleg.

"Yes, what is it, Rainbow Dash?"


"Look!" Applejack said, pointing at the road. "Twi is back."

They all loked at where Applejack was pointing at and Twilight was indeed walking toward them.

"Hello, everypony!" she said while waving at them.

"Welcome back, miss Twilight!" Braeburn said. "So, did ya found what ya were lookin' for?"

"I found a few interesting things. So, what did I missed?"

"Other than Rarity wanting to leave Twisted Metal?" Rainbow Dash asked. "Nothing much, I guess!"

"Is that true, Rarity?" the white unicorn simply closed her eyes and nodded. "It's ok, I don't blame you. Things happened there. Ponies died there, we lost friends, family..." Twilight sighed. "I would have already quit as well, but I was weak, betrayed all of you, and was cursed for that." she looked at her wings. "I made a promise; as long as I have those on my back, I will do whatever I can to stop Twisted Metal! And this is a promise I intend to keep until the day I fulfill it."

"Or die trying!" she thought.

"Best of fortunes to you." Rarity said, placing a hoof on Twilight's shoulder. "All of you!"

"Thanks a lot, Rarity!" Applejack said.

"And you don't die, Applejack. Your family needs you. Specially now after so long with you gone!"

"Yer family needs you, too! An' don't feel bad 'bout leaving us. Family always comes first. Always!"

"What are we waiting for?" Rainbow Dash asked. "Let's see what Twilight found about that Trixie, I'm curious!"

"My annotations are in the library." she said. Rainbow Dash didn't wasted any time waiting and dashed toward the library.

"Who is Trixie?" Applejack asked while she went after Rainbow Dash, soon followed by Twilight and Braeburn.

"I'm pretty sure Rainbow Dash wanted to tell me something!" Rarity said. "Well, maybe it wasn't that important, since she completely forgot, apparently."

* * *

Twilight opened the door of the library and entered, walking straight to the center table, which had papers, documents, notes, pictures among other things. The four ponies stood around the round table.

"Ah swear, this thing always freaks me out." Braeburn said while looking at the wooden horse head staring down at him.

"Here's what I found!" twilight said while levitating everything on the table. "Her full name is Beatrix Lulamoon, we were on the same magic classes during most of the last school year. She had perfect grades for most of her time in Princess Celestia's School For Gifted Unicorns, but they suddenly dropped a few months after we started attending the same classes. And here's where things get... Gloomy!"

"What do you mean?" Rainbow Dash asked.

"Her father, Noble Laureate. He was killed not long before her grades started dropping."

The eyes of the three ponies widened, but they didn't said a word and allowed Twilight to keep talking.

"Not much is known about her after she barely graduated from school, except that a few years later she started her career as a showmare and adopted the stage name 'The Great And powerful Trixie'." she placed all the papers back on the table. "She had a rough life, but none of it actually had anything to do with me. None of this explains why she hates me so much!"

"Ah don't want to stick mah nose where it doesn't belong, but why do ya care so much about why Trixie hates ya?" Applejack asked.

"Because I have this strange feeling that if I don't set things right, something will happen in the future. Something bad!"

"Whaddya mean?"

I never told anypony, not even the Princesses, but ever since I turned into an Alicorn, I've been having... Strange dreams."

"What kind of strange are we talking about?" Rainbow Dash asked.

"I'm not sure how to explain. They're just... Dark, and overall scary! Specially darker after the last tournament, when I last saw Trixie. I had this dream where I'm being suffocated by a cloud of darkness. Then, suddenly, a pair of bright, red eyes appeared right in front of me. That's when I woke up!

"I don't know what that means but, after checking a few books, I came to the conclusion that it could possibly be an omen or maybe a vision. Princess Celestia told me she had a few of those, that it's a normal things for Alicorns. That's how she knew Nightmare Moon was coming back."

"So, does that mean an evil shadow monster will attack us in the near future?" Braeburn asked.

"They aren't literal visions, Braeburn." she explained. "It's more like... A hint. Some kind of riddle!"

"Oh, Ah get it!"

"But anyway, enough of that. We should go get ourselves ready for next Twisted Metal."

"Twi is right!" Applejack said. "So, about mah request..."

Twilight smiled. "Don't worry, Princess Celestia got you a new car. It's in your barn!"

"Thanks, Twi! Yer great."

Twilight blushed at the compliment. "It was nothing, really! I was just helping a friend in need."

"Thank ya, anyway! Let's go, cousin. Time to go meet our new car!"

"Sure thing, cuz!" he said.

"So, are you guys working together now?" Rainbow Dash asked.

"Darn tootin'!" Applejack said. "The Apple family likes to do things together." she punched him playfully on the shoulder. "Not to mention that this big colt right here is a fine shooter!"

He chuckled. "First place four times in a row."

Sweet Apple Acres. Braeburn and Applejack opened the doors of the barn together. Once the doors were fully open and the light of the setting sun could illuminate the inside, Applejack grinned and Braeburn whistled.

"Now that's what I call a car." she said.

"Ayep!" Braeburn agreed with a nod. "What should we call it?"

"Ah was thinkin' bout 'Hokuto'. Whaddya think?"


"Mah exact same thought!"

* * *

Cars were parked outside a big and old abandoned factory. Among those cars were Friendship Report, Rainboom and Cutie Mark Crossroader V2. Rainbow Dash was looking around, looking for Applejack and Braeburn.

"Where are those two?" she asked. "Twisted Metal is about to start!"

"Don't worry, Rainbow Dash, they will come!" Twilight said. "They're probably just finishing the customization of it!"

"I hope so."

Not too far away from them, the three Cutie Mark Crusaders were inside their car, checking the inside of their car to see if everything was in order. While they were distracted, a pink F1 car with two seats parked right beside CMC V2. The three fillies heard snickering and looked at the car, immediately frowning.

"Well, well, well. If it isn't the Snooty Snark Evaders and their boring car!" Diamond Tiara said.

"Yeah, ours is, like, much cooler!" Silver Spoon said.

"Not them..." Apple Bloom muttered after facehoofing.

"My daddy's engineers worked day and night to build me this!" the pink earth pony said while tapping the side of the car. "It's the fastest car ever created, just for us to play this silly game."

"Twisted metal is many things but silly." Scootaloo said.

"If you think it's silly, then why are you two here?" Sweetie Belle asked, pointing her hoof at them.

"Because you three are here." she explained. "And if you think you will look cool just because you're playing a game for grown-ups, think again!"

"Yes, the title of coolest ponies is, like, already ours!"

"Ya think we're here just to 'look cool'?" Apple Bloom asked, her anger slowly raising. "Ponies die here ev'ry month! It's dangerous and a stupidity to just play it for fun. We're here 'cause we have a reason, not 'cause we're just brats who have nothin' better to do with their money an' time!"

"D-D-Die?" Silver Spoon stammered, then looked at her friend. "T-Tiara, I-I think we should--"

"Are you chickening out now, Silver Spoon?" she asked. "Afraid of taking risks?"

"W-Well, I--"

"Well, then I guess you're just not as cool as I thought you were. What a shame!"

Silver Spoon shook her head. "I am cool. Cooler than those... Those..." she grinned. "Snooty Snark Evaders!"

"You three better get ready to be smacked!" Diamond Tiara said. Silver Spoon laughed.

"You're the ones who are going to be smacked if you don't turn your car around and drive away from here." Scootaloo said.

"She's just trying to scare us, Silver Spoon, don't mind her!"

"Alright, I won't."

Silver Spoon, who was the driver of their car, drove away from CMC V2.

"Did you see any weapon in their car?" Sweetie Belle asked.

"Nope!" Apple Bloom said. "They ain't gonna last long."

"Should we go after them?" Scootaloo asked.

"Why should we?" the Apple filly asked. "They've been tormentin' us for years! If somethin' happen to 'em here, it's their own fault."

"I guess."

All the drivers heard the loud roar of an engine; approaching them was a red Monster Truck with the outline of an apple crudely drawn with white spray paint on the hood. On the driver seat was Applejack, with Braeburn sitting beside her.

"YEEEEEEHAAAAAW!" both Apple farmers shouted at he same time.

"Oh... My... Princesses..." Rainbow Dash said, not believing at the size of the car she was looking at.

"Do you like it?" Twilight asked with a smile.

"It's perfect, miss Twilight!" Braeburn said.

"Much obliged, Twi!" Applejack said.

"Well, looks like the Apples got themselves a new toy." Discord said, suddenly appearing on top of the Monster Truck. "It's a shame it won't be put to good use today."

"Whaddya mean?" Applejack asked.

Discord pointed at the entrance of the factory; it was big enough for most cars to go through, but Hokuto's wheels were too large to fit. Applejack groaned.

"Can't ya make the entrance jus' a lil' bit larger?" Braeburn asked.

"Sorry, Braefire, but no last minute changes on my Twisted Metal! Don't worry, next time I'll make a bigger entrance, but what is done is done."

"Yer just afraid of us, ain'tcha?" Applejack asked. "That's just an excuse for ya to find a way to get rid of our beautiful car next contest!"

"What makes you think that, young Applejack?" he asked with the most innocent look he could create before disappearing. The doors of the factory were opened and he was now standing in front of the entrance.

Applejack sighed. "Sorry 'bout that, gals. Guess Ah won't be joinin' ya this time!"

"Don't worry, Applejack!" Twilight said. "It's not your fault."

"Yes, I wonder whose fault is it?" Rainbow Dash asked sarcastically, glaring at Discord, who had a halo floating above his head.

"Twisted Metal starts now!" he said before disappearing again. "Go for it, drivers!" his disembodied voice said.

All the drivers went in, except for Friendship Report, Hokuto and Rainboom.

"I'm sorry for getting you a car so big, Applejack." Twilight said. "I wish I could teleport you inside, I truly do! But I don't have enough experience with teleportation spells, so I can't teleport something as large and as heavy as your car. But I promise you that I'll train so this won't happen ever again!"

"No problem, Twi, Ah still like it! An' thanks for the dedication, yer a good friend! Now ya and RD go inside there and show 'em who's the best team!"

The Alicorn smiled. "Thanks!"

"Yeah, we'll do that." Rainbow Dash said. "See you soon, Applejack!"

The mares then accelerated and went inside the abandoned factory.

"They'll be fine, cuz!" Braeburn said, placing a hoof on Applejack's shoulder.

"Ah know they will, but... After bein' gone for so long, Ah wanted to do this with 'em, ya know? Ah'm part of the team as well!" she rested her chin on the steering wheel. "'Tain't fair..."

"Ah understand ya, cuz. Ah understand ya!"

* * *

"I command you to eat our dust!" Diamond Tiara shouted as Silver Spoon drove past several drivers.

"She ain't makin' things easier for 'em." Apple Bloom said.

"Teasing others is just asking for trouble!" Sweetie Belle said, shaking her head.

"How about we take 'em outta the competition? Y'know, as a revenge for all that bullyin' and name callin'!"

"Sure, why not? Full speed ahead, Scootaloo!"

"Sure thing!" Scootaloo said before engaging the 4th gear so Apple Bloom could accelerate, which she did. "But there's one little problem."

"What is it, Scoots?" the unicorn asked.

"Their car is too fast, I have no idea where they went!"

"Don't worry, girls, well find 'em. The tournament won't end until there's only one car still runnin'!"

Twilight and Rainbow Dash pressed against a car from both sides. The mare inside tried to free her car, but she couldn't. The mare screamed when she saw her car being led toward a column. The car smashed against it, destroying the engine.

"Another one down. Good work, Twilight!" Rainbow Dash said.

"Thanks, Rainbow Dash." Twilight said. "Do you see another car around?"

The pegasus stuck the upper half of her body out of the window and looked around. "I spy with my little eye... A car with a pair of spears on the hood! I wonder what those spears are used to for."

"Maybe stab cars?" the Alicorn asked.

"Yes, probably stab cars! And it's also coming this way. You can probably guess who the driver is."

"I'll guess 'Fluttershy'! Am I right?"

"Ding, we have a winner." Rainbow Dash went back into her car and closed the open window in time to dodge the yellow car's spear attack. "We meet again, Fluttershy!"

"And guess who's going to win this time?" Fluttershy asked.

"The best of us, no doubt!"

"And the winner is going to be the one who will wish my big red apple back to life, am I right?"

"Maybe. Maybe not! How about we battle to see whose wish will come true?"

"It is so on, Rainbow Dash!"

The pegasi accelerated their cars while bumping on each other's. Twilight drove after them.

"So, what make you think you will be the last standing, Fluttershy?"

"Love always prevails. Always!"

"You're not the only here trying to revive a loved one, you know? So, which kind of love will prevail? The love of a mare for a stallion, the love of a sister for a sibling or the love of a friend for another?"

"The one who deserves the most. And Big Mac deserves all the second chances in the world!"

"And so does Scootaloo! And you're not staying between me and my little sister."

"She's not your little sister!"

"She's like one to me!"

"Pretend as much as you want, Rainbow Dash. But pretending doesn't make things real!"

Rainbow Dash chuckled. "Your words are harsh, Fluttershy. But that's just the confirmation I needed!"

"Confirmation of what?"

"You are not crazy, Fluttershy! I thought you were, and I'm sorry about that, but you are not. Discord did something to your brain. Just like he did to Twilight and Scootaloo!"

"What do you mean?"

"You're mean! Fluttershy is not normally mean. Even if she ever lost her mind, I doubt she would ever say the things you do."

"You mean, he... I... No! No, you're... You're lying! Discord said he would help me because he is generous! More generous than the Element of Generosity herself. You're just judging the poor guy!"

"Sure, of course. Believe in what you want to believe." she smirked. "But, as you yourself said, 'pretending doesn't make things real', eh?"

"Shut up, shut up, shut up, SHUT UP!"

Rainbow Dash braked one moment before Fluttershy turned her car, making the angry pegasus miss Rainboom and hit a machine that was part of the still running assembling line, making the spears get stuck between gears, stopping the machine. Due to the strong impact, Fluttershy hit her head on the steering wheel and fainted.

"Another one down." Twilight said. "Now we just have to--"

Suddenly the trunk of Fluttershy's car opened, revealing several thin pipes, which shot several small syringes filled with an yellow liquid in several directions. Most of them missed their cars by far, but a few of them hit their targets. Two of them hit Rainbow Dash in the foreleg and neck and one hit Twilight's chest. Rainbow Dash quickly removed them.

"Ow, what are those?" she asked.

Twilight removed the syringe from her body as well and inspected it closely. "Oh, no..."

"I won't like the answer of my question, will I? Is it poison?"

"Thankfully, no! But this is a somnifacient drug. A very powerful one!"

"Great! Now put it in words that I will understand."

"This will put us to sleep for several hours."

"How long are we..." Rainbow Dash began to lose balance. She shook her head to keep herself awake. "How long, exactly?"

"I only got one dose, so it will last for five to six hours. But you took two, so I'll say... 20 hours!"


"At least!"


Twilight blinked a couple of times, her blinks lasting longer than usual. She shook her head as well. "And it works quickly!"

"This has Discord's paw all over it!"

"I guess there's no point in hiding it anymore." Discord said, his face appearing on their rearside mirrors. "Yes, you got me, Rainbow Dash, I indeed turned Shutterfly into my little pet. What fun there is in making a game when no one is on your side? My last pet was sent to the nuthouse, so I needed a new one. Thanks for that, by the way! She kind of got too comfortable. Specially when she dared to take my throne from me!

"But this one is just soooo willing to do my bidding. Oh, the things a pony will do for you when you can grant them what they wish the most! Anyway, I don't want her sent to the nuthouse as well, so I'll protect Flutters from you ponies. This is why I added this little contraption hooked to my little yellow pony. It was supposed to activate the moment she lost consciousness and, as you can see, it's a success. What do you think of it?"

Rainbow Dash fell asleep halfway through Discord's speech and Twilight was struggling to stay awake.

"We will stop you, Discord. Just wait and... And see, we... We'll... Sto... Stop..." Twilight lost consciousness and slammed her head on the honk, sounding it.

Discord simply chuckled while his face faded from the mirrors.

* * *

"Catch us if you can!" Silver Spoon teased while gaining distance between her and Diamond Tiara's car and the Cutie Mark Crusader's car. Both fillies turned around to make silly faces at them. Scootaloo frowned at them, but she then noticed where they were heading to.

"Eyes on the road, Silver Spoon!" she shouted.

"Huh?" Silver Spon turned around and screamed before braking her car, which was heading toward a pit with boiling hot melted iron in it. She slowed their car enough to not fall in the pit, but they weren't safe yet, for the front half of the F1 car was on the air and the only thing between Silver Spoon and Diamond Tiara and their imminent death in a pool of fire was the fact that two small grey hooves were pressed against the brake with all the strenght the owner of those hooves could summon.

"Go back, GO BACK!" Diamond Tiara screamed.

"I can't!" she screamed back. "If I let go of the break, we're, like, toast!"

"Then do something!"

"What do I do, Tiara? What do I do? Tell me! Something! Anything!"

"Just stop being useless and do something helpful for a change!"

"I-I-I'm trying, but--"

"Oh, wait, for a moment I kind of forgot who I'm talking to." Diamond Tiara stood up and jumped out of the car.

"D-D-Diamond Tiara! Help me!"

"Forget what I said, Silver Spoon. I'm sorry, you are not useless! This is why you'll find a way out of this situation on your on, correct? You can do it!"

The car slowly started to move forward. Tears were streaming down the grey filly's face. "T-T-Tiara! I don't want to die! Pl-Please!"

The pink filly simply smiled and waved at her. "See you outside!" She then ran away from the scene.

"T-TIARA! MOMMY! DADDY! HELP!" she screamed as the car tipped forward. That's when she felt something wrap around her waist. She looked down and saw a pair of grey hooves holding her. When she looked behind her, she saw Scootaloo holding her. Sweetie Belle was holding Scootaloo and Apple Bloom was holding Sweetie Belle, making a "pony rescue rope".

"Don't worry, I got you!" Scootaloo said. "You two can pull now!"

Sweetie Belle and Apple Bloom nodded before pulling the fillies. Thanks to Apple Bloom's earth pony strenght, they were able to quickly pull Silver Spoon out of the car before it fell in the pit. The four fillies watched the F1 car slowly sink in the pool of melted metal, panting lightly.

"So, how are--" Scootaloo began to speak, but was interrupted by Silver Spoon's sudden hug.

"You saved my life. Thank you so much. So much! All of you, thank you!" Silver Spoon said between sobs.

"We just couldn't leave you to die." Sweetie Belle said. "I mean, we don't like you or your Diamond Tiara, but a die into liquid fire is just cruel!"

"Specially after that scene a few moments ago." Apple Bloom said. "Ah mean, Diamond Tiara simply hightailed outta there, hopin' that ya could save yer own hide! Well, Ah'm not really sure if she actually cared if ya would get outta there alive or not."

"No no no no no, you're wrong!" Silver Spoon said. "She... She was just, like, scared! Yes! We're friends since I can remember, we're closer than, like, sisters. If she left me there, then it's because she really knew that I could, like, handle the situation!"

"Then why would she leave you?" Scootaloo asked, raising an eyebrow.

"To... To... To not slow me down! Yes, that! Without her for me worry about, I could, like, focus on saving myself!"

"This filly is more blind than Winona's mama when she was still alive." Apple Bloom whispered to Sweetie Belle.

"Congratulations, little ones!" Discord said while floating above the pit, holding a banner which had the three Cutie Mark Crusaders crudely drawn with "Congratulations, ScoutScootaloo, Sweet BellSweetie Belle and Applebloom Apple Bloom" written below them. "You are officially then youngest ponies to ever win my contest. You really surprised me!"

"We... We won?" Sweetie Belle asked.

"WE WON!" the three fillies shouted at the same time.

"Yes, you did." Discord said while removing earplugs from his ears. "Now, to your wish. I can already guess what you want!"

The fillies looked at each other and nodded.

"We wish for Scootaloo to have her body back!" Sweetie Belle and Apple Bloom said.

Discord chuckled before pinching their cheeks. "How could I say no to such cute little faces? You want her body back? So be it!"

Discord snapped his fingers. After that, all Scootaloo could see was white. Everywhere!

"Where... Where am I?"

"You're here. With me."

Scootaloo turned around and saw herself sitting behind her; she was a little thinner, her mane and tail were longer and her eyes were foggy, but she was sure of one thing: it was certainly her body.

"You're... I'm..."

Her body smiled. "Well? Are you ready?"

Even though she was still a little confused, Ghost Scootaloo nodded. Body Scootaloo's smile grew wider and she stretched her orange hoof toward her. Ghost Scootaloo stretched her grey hoof toward her and they hoofbumped. Slowly, her tail began to fade, followed by her flank, hindlegs, torso, head, left foreleg and finally her stretched right foreleg. Body Scootaloo closed her eyes, still smiling.

"So, your soul has entered you, huh?" Discord said while sitting a few feet away from Body Scootaloo. "Are you ready to go back now?"

Body Scootaloo opened her eyes, which were no longer foggy. She nodded. "I am!"

Discord grinned. "I am Discord and I thank you for playing Twisted Metal." he snapped his fingers.

Author's Note:

It's funny because the title is a Yu-Gi-Oh! card.

Also, I intend on working on a very interesting project soon enough. Stay tuned! :pinkiehappy: (Because if I decided to work on said project once this one right here is over, it would take forever, because TM:E is barely halfway done!)
And yes, in my headcanon, Noble Laureate (that blue stallion who was one of the judges at Twilight Sparkle's entrance exam) is Trixie's father!

And in case you're wondering why Applejack named her car that, the record of heaviest apple in the Guinness World Records belongs to a Hokuto apple, with 1.849 kg (4 lb 1 oz). Fits, don't you think? :rainbowwild:

P.S.: I totally didn't stole that final scene from Fullmetal Alchemist. Nuh-uh, no chance! Hiromu Arakawa was the one who stole it from me! :trixieshiftright:
And I also like some attention so, if you could just leave a comment for me to read, even the smallest comment, I would love you forever...

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