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Emerald's Struggle - The Zebra Hybrid



A strange unicorn moves into Ponyville for a new life, but will he be welcomed with open hooves? Or will he be turned away like always?

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Chapter 15

Ponyville

"So what were you smiling about when you came in the hospital?" asked a curious Redheart gaining Emerald's attention.

"Oh, nothing important," he replied, "Just something back in Canterlot."

Redheart's ears perked up as she quickly stood in front of Emerald making him stop abruptly. The zebra was going to ask what was wrong until he saw the big smile on her face, "Now you have to tell me! I've always wondered what it was like to be in Princess Celestia's school!"

"To be honest it's just like any other school, except for advanced unicorns." replied Emerald, "and I wasn't the most 'popular' colt in the school."

Redheart nodded, understanding wear the stallion was getting at. She hadn't been to Canterlot as much in her life due to her house back at the Ponyville Hospital, but she heard enough that Canterlot was filled with stuck up snobs that weren't to welcoming of different races. She couldn't imagine the things Emerald went through growing up in a city like that, at least he had a few friends to have his back.

"Pleeease!" begged Redheart giving an adorable pout.

"I-It's not even that interesting..." blushed Emerald as he looked away.

"Why are you blushing?" asked Redheart as she gave off a sly smirk, "Was a mare involved?"

"Y-You could say that"

"Emerald as your friend, you must tell me the details."

"W-well...I did promise Sunburst that we wouldn't speak of it again, but you were one of the first ponies in this town to give me a warm welcome. Alright then, just don't laugh."


Sugarcube Corner

Emerald groaned as he placed his head on the table covering his blush as Redheart AND Pinkie were laughing on the other side of the booth they were sitting at. Emerald had told Redheart everything about the magical incident between him and Twilight, from him being turned into a mare, to Sunburst's crush on him, and then their 'date'. Turned out that somehow Pinkie was ease-dropping on the story and heard the whole thing. Now here he is now with two mares laughing out tears as he felt like casting a spell that would make him cease to exist.

"Come on you two..." squeaked Emerald, "It's not that funny.."

"But it IS!" exclaimed Pinkie as she now fell out of her seat making Emerald groan as now a couple glances were now sent their way.

"O-Okay, I'll stop," replied Redheart as she wiped a tear from her eye as Pinkie also composed herself shot back up in her seat, "Yeah, I can see why you wouldn't want to talk about that."

"Yeah," added Pinkie, "Twilight had made some really big mistakes sometime but this takes the cake!"

"That was one of the worst days of my life. Can we just talk about something else please?" pleaded Emerald.

"Well, if it makes you that uncomfortable I guess we can stop teasing you for now." winked Redheart.

"I have to go back and help the Cakes anyways. I'll see you around Emmy!" said Pinkie as she quickly gave him a quick hug and zipped to the kitchen. The zebra sighed and smiled as Pinkie left the table, only to catch a few stares from the other ponies. It wasn't the same stares that was on them before, but more like the ones....when he was back in Canterlot. The zebra did a poor job of hiding his concern as Redheart gave him a confused look..

"Everything ok Emerald?" she asked as the zebra nodded.

"Y-yeah," he lied, "Couldn't have been better."

Redheart looked around and noticed the stares they were getting and instantly knew why her friend was acting like he was, "Hey, you want to get out of here?"

"N-No, it's fine Red really. I'm used to the stares."

"Emerald, you look like your afraid that one of these ponies are after you. Come on lets go back to my place."

"A-Are you sure? I don't want to intrude."

"It's fine. Plus.....I'm worried about you."

Emerald couldn't help but blush before nodding. Redheart nodded back and the two rose form their seats and left Sugarcube Corner ignoring the stares as they left out through the door. As the two walked down the streets Redheart noticed that Emerald wasn't getting any better, it seemed that his paranoia only had gotten worse with him looking back behind him and jumping at the smallest sounds. Even though they were getting less stares then before the zebra's condition hasn't changed and it worried her.

She just hope the both of them could make it to her house to see if there was anything she could do. If not she's going to have to call Twilight since, from what he told her, is the only pony who is closest to him that he knows form Canterlot. Maybe Starlight also since the two have started to hang around more often. She took another glance at Emerald, who probably noticed her concerned expression, and gave her a fake smile. Redheart however could tell through his eyes that everything was far from ok.


Canterlot Castle
17 years ago

A young Emerald walked beside his mother as she made her way through the halls of the castle. The small zebra was on spring break from school and he had decided to spend the day with his mom. He had thought about going over to Mrs. Fleur's house again but then he heard that Sunset was having her magical lessons today so he had decided to come along. He had a bright smile on his face making his mom, Lemon Pine, giggle.

"And why are you so happy?" she asked with a warm smile.

"Well, Sunset was supposed to be at the castle! So I was hopping that I could have a few lessons with her!" excitedly said Emerald.

"You really like magic don't you sweetie?" Emerald nodded as Lemon picked him up and placed him on her back as they continued to walk through the halls. A few guards would stare suspiciously of the colt on her back but a quick glare from her caused them to back off. Ever since the incident with those colt's chasing emerald after school and Fleur having to pick him up every now and then caused her to become more protective. It made her blood boil just thinking of somepony hurting her a cute little colt, her colt no less. When she found out that it was a Blueblood that was bullying her son, it made her even more angry. The Bluebloods were the most popular family in Canterlot, if not all of Equestria. She remembered the times when those nobles would always flirt with her and the other maids in the castle. Thankfully she had Zan who quickly pushed them away and the Princess who finally took notice and put a stop to it all together.

She thought whether or not she should tell Celesta or not. The Bluebloods were powerful and if anything happened to their blood they might send a pony to 'take care' of Emerald. And she couldn't lose him, not after Zan. The both of them had made it to the throne room to see none other than the princess of the sun herself talking to her student, Sunset Shimmer.

"Sunset!" exclaimed Emerald as he hopped form her back and rushed toward his friend as the filly did the same with the two giving each other a quick hug.

"How about we take a break for now Sunset." said Celestia as the small filly nodded.

"Okay princess," Sunset said before turning to Emerald, "Hey Emerald! I have to show you all the new spells I learned."

As Sunset showed the colt her spells, Lemon walked toward Celestia and bowed before smiling. The two giggled at the filly and colt. "How are you doing today Mrs. Pine?" asked Celestia, "And I'm sure little Emerald is doing ok too?"

Lemon's expression fell a little, going unnoticed from Celestia, "To be honest princess, I'm worried for Emerald. He has been making friends but...he is still being picked on."

"This truly is a problem. Tell me Mrs. Pine, how bad is the bullying."

"Just the other day he was chased after school, if it wasn't for Fleur...he might've been.."

Celestia has a solemn expression as she sees the tears forming in Lemon's eyes. She tried her best not to pick favorites when it came to the staff and guards of the castle. However Lemon and her colt were a special case, it's been a while since she seen a family like her and her son and she knew what it was like to be treated poorly because you were different. The two had already lost Zan. She couldn't imagine the pain Lemon would go through if she lost her son as well, she took a quick glance at the small colt who was to busy having fun with Sunset to notice his mom almost in tears. She put a hoof on the yellow mare's shoulder.

"Let's step out for a bit Mrs. Pine," Celestia offered, "Like you I don't want anything terrible happening to your son. Maybe we can work out an arrangement that's good for both you and him?"

Lemon nodded and followed the princess out of the throne room leaving the two children. Emerald watched his mom leave with the princess and had a confused look. "Where is my mom and the princess going?" he asked as Sunset shrugged.

"Don't know, maybe they're probably talking about royal stuff." answered Sunset.

"Yeah, so are you still going to show me that new spell?"

"Oh yeah! Princess Celestia taught me a teleportation spell!"

"Really!? Isn't that supposed to be one of the advanced spells!"

Sunset nodded as her horn started to glow a bright turquoise, "The trick is to picture of the place you want to go to and then focus the magic right on the tip of your horn."

Emerald covered his eyes as a bright flash engulfed Sunset. When he opened his eyes he was surprised to see the the filly was gone, he was about to call out to her when a sudden tap on his shoulder made him let out a small yelp. He turned around to see Sunset with a huge grin on her face.

"Wow! That's amazing! Do it again! Do it again!"

"Alright l'll try. " Sunset focused more magic and again disappeared in a flash of light and appeared across the room. The zebra colt watched in awe as Sunset teleported continually around the throne room. He didn't know his best friend was this talented in magic! he couldn't wait to get to the level that she was at, and he was going to study hard to be one of the best magic users in Equestria! It was then he noticed that the flashes seemed to have stopped but Sunset wasn't to be found.

"Sunset?"

"Emerald! Help!" came a shriek from above as Emerald saw the small filly on the chandelier. Sunset hung on tightly to the hanging ornament as it swayed back in forth. She tried to teleport back down to the floor but she was to afraid to focus as tears began to form in the corners of her eyes. Emerald, seeing his friend in distress, sprang in to action as he called up to her.

"Don't worry Sunset! I'll get you down!" called out the colt as he tried to form a plan in his head.

"Hurry Emerald! I'm getting scared!" called back Sunset.

He could try to learn to the teleport, but it was too advanced of a spell for him and if he did manage to get up to her there was a chance that he might get stuck also. He obviously couldn't fly and casting a levitation spell on himself was more advanced than the teleportation spell. It then clicked in Emerald's mind, it was going to be a huge risk and his timing would have to be perfect but it was the only way he was going to save his friend.

"Sunset! you have to jump!" shouted Emerald.

"What!? Are you crazy!?" she exclaimed back.

"Sunset just trust me! You'll be fine I promise!"

Sunset bit her lip before nodding and then let go of the chandelier, she felt the air rush past her face as she fell. Tears flowed from her eyes as she was to scared to scream. Emerald grit his teeth as his horn started to shine a bright yellow, praying to anyone that was listening for his plan to work. Sunset watched as the ground got closer and closer as she shut her eyes and waited for the impact.

And waited.

And waited.

She opened her eyes and was surprised to find herself just a few feet from the marble floor, floating in a golden magical aura. She looked over to Emerald who had a strained smile with his horn glowing brightly. The zebra gently placed her down as the aura around her and hiss horn dissipated. Emerald was exhausted from the amount of magic power he just used but he still had the strength to brace himself for the sudden hug that Sunset was giving him.

"Th-Thank you so much Emerald!" she cried in his shoulder as the zebra patted her back.

"I-I'm so sorry Sunset." said the zebra colt as Sunset gave him a confused expression.

"Wh-Why are you apologizing?"

"I-If I've never of distracted you during your lessons none of this would've happened."

"Emerald, it's not your fault. It's mine for pushing too far with the spell, but you saved me so thank you."

"Yeah, that's what best friends do right? We look out for each other. No matter what happens we will always be there for each other right?"

"Right, and thank you." said Sunset as she placed a light peck on Emerald's cheek making his face go completely red.

"Y-You're welcome." he stuttered in embarrassment making her giggle, causing him to laugh as well. Not knowing the peaking eyes of Celestia and Lemon from afar.


"Sunset!"

The orange skinned girl was snapped from the memory, by the sound of Rarity's voice. The two were sitting in front of a coffee shop after a long day of school. Why did she have that memory now of all times? She felt a familiar ache in her chest as she thought of her friend long ago, she wished that they didn't separate the way they did. She looked over to Rarity giving her a concerned expression.

"S-Sorry Rarity," said Sunset, "I was spacing off for a bit."

"Sunset dear," started Rarity, "Are you doing ok? You haven't touched your drink. Not to mention your crying."

Sunset put a hand to her cheek and didn't even notice the tears that was flowing down her cheeks. She thought when she came to this world that she would be ok. That she didn't have to think about her old best friend but for some reason something triggered some old memories making her feel terrible and filled with guilt. She looked to Rarity and noticed her concerned expression.

"No Rarity....I'm not." she said as Rarity was now focused on her friend.

"What's the matter, darling?" she asked.

"It...has something to do with Equestria....." Sunset started as she started to tell on how she applied for Celestia's Magic School to meeting Emerald, to their crazy adventures in Canterlot......and to their fight in the library and her making one of the biggest mistakes of her life. She couldn't help but let out a sad laugh as she remembered Emerald, his love for magic, how shy he would be, but the most thing he admired about him was how he loved to help people even it it had nothing to with him.

"It seemed that this guy was really special to you." said Rarity as Sunset nodded.

"He was.....and I think deep down he still is. We were best friends and....I messed up when I let my jealousy get to me."

"That was back in Equestria right? So shouldn't there be another Emerald here also?"

"Yeah, but he doesn't go to Canterlot High, Too be honest I don't know where he is. It'll bring up too many memories if I saw him again anyways."

"Sunset, are you telling me that you don't want to be reunited with your best friend?"

"I-I do! Trust me I would love to see Emerald again! And Sunburst also! It's just....what if he's still mad at me? Zebra's aren't really treated well in Equestria, what if I go there and.. he's....gone?"

Rarity stood up and slammed both of her hands on the table snapping the orange skinned girl form her thoughts, "Sunset Shimmer! You are not the same person or pony that you were before. You changed and i'm sure that this Emerald Crescent would love to see you again. If he's as much of a gentleman as you say he is you don't have much to worry about and if things don't go as planned, you have me and the girls to always be there for you."

Sunset taken a back by Rarity's outburst smiled and nodded, "Thanks Rarity, you're right."

"And correct me if I'm wrong. It sounds like you and this emerald were more than friends once."

Sunset blushed and looked away, "W-Well, we never officially dated. He was too shy when it came to romance but i would be lying if I said I wasn't thinking about us being together sometimes."

"Then you should go to him."

"I-I don't know..."

"Sunset you are not going to feel any better if you keep these feelings bottled up inside you. You need to be face to face with this......stallion and work things out with him."

"Y-your right..." Sunset answered before going in her backpack and pulling out the journal she uses to contact Twilight, "Twilight and Emerald used to be study partners, maybe she has an idea where he is."

"You are doing the right thing Sunset, darling."

"I hope so." answered Sunset as she started to write in the journal.


Zebrafrica; Savannah Palace

"Are you certain this is a good idea?" questioned Princess Sahara as she walked back and forth in her chambers with Zooma standing by the door.

"I am," Zooma answered, "My brother gave his life protecting him and if they find my nephew before I do...."

"It won't come to that my friend." assured Sahara, "Shaman Zecora is keeping a close eye on him. She had never failed us yet."

"I'm still going to Equestria, he should at least meet his aunt for the first time."

"Alright...just be careful. you know how some ponies are in Equestria."

"Don't worry....I still remember when Emerald was a baby. Lemon and Zan was so happy, to be honest I was quiet jealous but it pains me that I had to stay away from them for so long."

"I understand your pain. Take as long as you need. And not to worry I have Arbez and Rayas to keep me company."

Zooma nodded before giving the zebra princess a quick hug before exiting her chambers and making her ways through the halls of the palace. She was afraid to see Emerald again, he most likely wouldn't remember her personally but it's better than never. She would have to stop in Canterlot and see how Lemon is doing, it was always a treat seeing her again. She gave a chuckle and looked out the windows, gazing at the plains of Zebrafrica.

"We'll bring him home. For you Zanzabar."

Author's Note:

Hey guys! I thought it was time to get he plot started already! So a lot of stuff happened this chapter!

Who was Zan protecting Emerald from? What is wrong with Emerald in Ponyville? How will he react to his Aunt's and Sunset's return?

The next one should be out soon! I hope....

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Comments ( 6 )

Ooooh...:twilightsmile: Things are really getting interesting on many front's...

Well, this certainly is interesting: not only are we looking at the story from Emerald's perspective, but also from Sunset and Sahara's. If only Emerald knew what Sunset was thinking right now.

Hopefully we can see those plans of your soon

I'll bet Zan was part of the Zebrafrican royal family which is why Emerald Crescent needs protection.

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OK. I'm starting to get worried.

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