• 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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15. Dropouts

Twilight Sparkle was strolling down the streets of Ponyville, looking around at all the residents of the small town. Although that afternoon was quiet and peaceful, she couldn't stop thinking about Twisted Metal and what would happen to her current home if the tournament got out of control. She only got her mind out of the problem when she crossed the park and saw a group of colts forming a circle and playing some kind of game, which brought a smile to her face.

"Well, at least Twisted Metal isn't bad enough to suck the joy out of an afternoon of fun and games with your friends." she said as she approached the group of six colts. "Hey there, little ones!"

Pipsqueak, one of the colts, waved at her. "Good afternoon, miss Twilight!"

She looked at the middle of the circle those colts were forming and saw toy cars. She also noticed that each colt had a controller on their hooves.

"Remote control cars." she thought. "What kind of company would think that it would be a good idea to make profit out of toys inspired by Discord's game?"

But the alicorn wasn't planning on ruining the fun of the young colts, so she pushed her thoughts aside and asked with a smile:

"So, what are you playing with those cars of yours? A race game?"

Another of the colts, a light grey pegasus named Rumble shook his head. "No, miss Twilight. We're playing Small Brawl!"

"And what's this?" she asked.

"It a game of battle and destruction which only the bravest of the adventurers dare to play!" a third colt, a brown earth pony named Button Mash said. "Created by yours truly."

"The last car standing is the winner." Snips said.

"We bet candy in our cars, and the losers give all the candy they have to the winner." Snails explained while licking his lips.

"Just like in the real deal!" Featherweight said.

"And by real deal you mean..." Twilight started, afraid of the answer.

"TWISTED METAL!" all the colts shouted at the same time with both forelegs raised up in the air, making the mare flinch a little.

"My mom say I'm too young to play it, but one day I'll be all grown up and nothing will be able to stop me." Button Mash said with an evil grin growing on his lips. "No game is safe from Button Mash!"

"They say the big prize is anything you wish!" Pipsqueak said dreamingly.

"I would wish for Snips to not be so fat!" Snails said.

"Oh, yeah? Then I'd wish for you to not be so... So... Tall!" the chubby colt said, puffing his cheeks and poking his friend's chest with a hoof.

"Ohhh, you'd really do this for me? Thank you, Snips, you are my best friend in the world."

While the colts were still discussing about the things they would wish for, Twilight silently sneaked away from the conversation and sighed.

"Even young foals are being seduced by Discord's worm tongue. They can't grow up thinking that it's ok to hurt others in order to get what they want! We must put an end to this. If only Discord would stop cheating his way into throwing me out of the competition before things get hot, I could at least try to do something!" she sighed again. "There's no use into just rambling about it and doing nothing." once she crossed the park, she walked down the road that led to Sweet Apple Acres. "Might as well go find the others and work on new plans and strategies!"

On her way to the apple farm, Twilight saw Scootaloo on the sidewalk, polishing her scooter. She waved at the alicorn, who waved back.

"Hi there, Blank Fla-- I mean, Scootaloo." a filly said while approaching her.

Scootaloo groaned. "What is it, Diamond Tiara?"

"You know, I was been wondering... Wow, your scooter sure looks... cool! All... Shiny and stuff!"

"Stop that."

"Stop what?"

"Faking interest. It annoys me! Just tell me what you want or leave me alone!"

"Alright, alright, how can I put it? Hmm... We need you!"

"Say what?"

"It's painful to admit it, but Silver Spoon and I would never be able to win Twistd Metal by ourselves. And since you already won once, I was hoping that you could give us some hints or advice. Or maybe even join our team!"

"After all you've made us go through? I owe you nothing, Tiara!"

"I know, I know, but... I have an offer for you."

"Not interested! Also, we promised we wouldn't play Twisted Metal ever again!"

"No, Sweetie Belle and Apple Bloom promised. You didn't said a thing!"

"So what? In my heart, I promised as well."

Diamond Tiara turned around, pretending to be ready to walk away. "Well, then I guess Rainbow Dash will be very disappointed."

Scootaloo finally looked away from her scooter and at Diamond Tiara.

"What do you mean?"

She smirked, but wiped the smirk off of her face before turning around again. "It's just that I accidently happened to hear her friends mention they were going to leave the competition, which means that Rainbow Dash will have to do everything by herself. Isn't that awful?"

"Why do I even listen to you? Of course that's a lie!"

"Do you really think I would lie about something like that? Fine, do it your way. But, in case you want to check, they're all in Sweet Apple Acres right now."

Scootaloo looked at the road, then at Diamond Tiara, and then back at the road. She then got up on her scooter.

"I still don't believe you! I'm just doing it to prove you're lying."

And, with that, she was gone.

"And she takes the bait like a dumb salmon." she said before trotting after her.

* * *

"Hey, everypony!" Twilight said while waving her hoof at Applejack, Fluttershy, Big Macintosh, Rainbow Dash and Braeburn.

"Howdy, Twi!" Applejack greeted. "So, what brings ya down here?"

"I decided to come here see how you're all doing, and maybe work on some new strategies before the next Twisted Metal starts. What do you say?" Big Macintosh, Fluttershy, Braeburn and Applejack looked at each other with a concerned look on their faces and Rainbow Dash closed her eyes and shook her head, making Twilight raise an eyebrow. "Is anything wrong?"

Applejack sighed. "Yeah, listen now, Twi. We've been discussin' a few things, an'... Well... We've, uh... We decided that..."

"They're dropping out, Twilight!" Rainbow Dash said.

The alicorn gasped. "Are... Are you serious?"

Applejack removed her hat and pressed it against her chest, closing her eyes. "We're sorry, Twi. Really sorry, but... Well, the Apple family isn't exactly small, but it's just the four of us down here in Ponyville ever since... Ma an' Pa..."

"Forgive me for interruptin'..." Braeburn said. "But we all know that Applejack would never admit it herself; she's afraid." the mare turned her head around, blushing both of anger and shame. "She lost her parents, she almost lost her lil' sister an' also lost her brother, who now walks among us again thanks to miss Fluttershy an' her kindness. Ah may not know the entire history of the Apples, but Ah do know one thing: to us, since the early years, family comes before ev'rythin'. So, if Applejack decided to participate, then Ah would want to participate, Big Mac would want to participate, even Fluttershy would want to participate. Since y'all know that Applejack is as stubborn as a mule, we all know she wouldn't want us followin' her back there, afraid to lose us. Ya understand, right, miss Twilight?"

"I... I..." Twilight sighed right before smiling a sad smile. "Well, if that's what you all want, then I guess there's nothing I can do, huh?"

"Really sorry, Twilight. Really, really sorry." Applejack said.

"No, it's ok. Really!" she then turned at the blue pegasus hovering above them. "And what about you, Rainbow Dash? Are you leaving the team as well?"

"Like hay I am!" she said before landing right in front of Twilight. "I made a promise and I intend to keep it! Besides, I only have two things to lose there: my life and/or my friends. And since most of them are no longer participating and both you and the Wonderbolts know how to take care of yourselves, I got nothing to worry about." she looked up at the sun. "Oh! Almost forgot. We have a meeting today. Sorry, everypony, but Dash gotta dash!" and with a wave of her hoof and a couple of flaps of her wings, she was gone.

"Well, so I guess I should be going as well." Twilight said. "Lots of planning to do, not enough time."

"Ah'm sorrry 'bout that, Twi!"

"Ok, you can stop apologizing now, Applejack. I understand what you're saying. I would be completely crushed if I lost my brother too!"

She raised an eyebrow. "Ya have a brother?"

"Of course I do. Did I never told you about him?"

"Ah don't think ya did."

"Applejack is right, Twilight." Fluttershy said. "In fact, now that I think of it, you never told us much about your family."

"I didn't? Oh, well! Next time we have a get-together, we can swap family stories. Oh, by the way, Fluttershy?"

"Yes, Twilight?"

"It's good to have you back."

She smiled. "It's good to be back, too."

"Oh! One more thing! When Braeburn said you'd join the competition for Applejack..."

"Well, I don't really think he was talking about Applejack there."

"Then he was talking about...?"

Big Mac wrapped a foreleg around Fluttershy, none of them looking at each other, but blushing profusely.

"Oh... Oh! Right, right, yes, I get it. Congratulations, you two!"

From the bushes, Scootaloo watched as Twilight walked away and the Apples and Fluttershy returned to their home. She felt two hooves touching her shoulders. She turned around and saw Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon.

"Still don't believe me, Scootaloo?"

"What do you want?"

"I already told you, we need your help."

"I mean, what kind of wish do you have? If you want my help, you'll have to convince me first."

Diamond Tiara clopped her hooves. "Good, good! Now listen closely, because I have this awesome plan."

"I'm listening."

"We're gonna wish... For more wishes!"

Diamond Tiara stared at a very unamused Scootaloo.

"Really? More wishes? The most cliché wish somepony can think of? That's your big plan?"

"But it's fair, don't you think? We can all wish whatever we want to wish instead of us having to agree on one wish that, while it's beneficial for all of us, I doubt it would be what all of us really want. If we do it like this, you can help Rainbow Dash, I can help my father, and... I just realized that I never asked you what your wish is going to be, Silver Spoon."

Silver Spoon smiled. "Well, I would wish for--"

"Fine, whatever. So, Scoots, you're coming or not?"


"Think about Rainbow Dash. Do you really want her to go all by herself?"

"She is not by herself! Twilight is with her, remember?"

"Oh, yes, Twilight! Because she only betrayed all of her friends when the chance to be more powerful was dropped on her lap in a gift box, it was no big deal, we can totally trust her credibility."

"Well, when you put it like this..."

"So, are you in or not?" Diamond Tiara extended her hoof to Scootaloo. She looked at it for a few moments before hoofbumping her. "Welcome on board, Scootaloo!"

Author's Note:

Hey there! Your host again, bringing you part 15 of Twisted Metal: Equestria. Sorry if it took so long, but I'm getting really low on ideas for this fanfic - which didn't stopped me from concocting ideas for a new fanfic, and I'll be working on it for a while - not to mention all that college work, but fret not, my faithful followers, for I will not put TM:E on hold! I'll just write new chapters as often as a college student can.

Sneak peek: my next fanfic will make the writers of Devil cry rivers. Take that, Shyamalan!

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