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Land of Equines - Daddy Joe

Who would've thought that being at the wrong place at the wrong time would bring something so surreal.

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The Surprise

The Surprise
November 8th, 2012

When I arrived back at Twilight’s home, the sun was already on the horizon and night was near. The sunset made the sky have an orange color and the silhouette of the castle that protruded from the mountain mixed with the sky was a beautiful sight.

Twilight’s library had no lights on for some reason, maybe she's not home right now. I then opened the door and the lights immediately switched on. I barely had time to react when many voices yelled out “SURPRISE!” as confetti blew everywhere and those party whistles, or whatever blew their sounds. I jumped in the air as I finally reacted to these sudden commotion.

After I collected myself, I looked arounds and a banner was spreaded out on the wall that stated: “Welcome to Ponyville!” There was also lots of balloons and tables with refreshments also laid out.

“Aww, thanks you guys!” I said.

“We didn’t do this. You can thank Pinkie Pie for this.” Rainbow stated in the background of many other ponies.

“Oh yeah! Where is she?” I asked.

“Hiya!” said a high pitched voice below me.

I looked down and saw the same pink pony I saw yesterday.

"So you're Pinkie Pie?” I asked.

“Yep, that’s me! When I saw you yesterday, I just knew I had to throw a welcome to ponyville party for you! Sorry for having the party be so late.” she stated in a very fast pace.

“Thank you very much for doing this! The name’s Caleb by the way.” I said.

“Ooooh, nice name.” she said as I shook her hoof.

When I grasped her hoof, she shook so fast that my entire body shook with each rapid movement. Just from her doing that made me dizzy for a short time. After shaking my head to get the dizziness to fade away, I looked around at the crowd of ponies inside.

“Looks like everyone i’ve met in Ponyville are here” I noticed.

“Yep! Earlier today I asked everypony in Ponyville if they knew you well and these ponies did.” Pinkie said.

I looked at the crowd again and noticed Lyra, Bon-Bon, Junebug, Cup Cake along with a taller orange stallion, Fluttershy, Rarity, Twilight, Spike and Rainbow Dash.

“Well everypony, i’d like to thank you all for coming for my welcoming party. It really shows how you guys care for me, but let's not get all sappy here. Now how about we get this party started?” I asked in a loud tone causing the others to cheer in response.

“You betcha! Spike, crank it up!” Pinkie shouted in a sing-song voice.

Spike then placed a needle on the record player and a pretty catchy tune started playing. If you could hear the record player, it would sound more like a stereo. Everyone in the room started to dance to the music and I joined in with them. I started working arms and legs with dance moves that were inspired by Michael Jackson. Lyra caught eye of my moves at this time.

“Alright, Caleb! You got the moves!” Lyra exclaimed.

Now everybody was watching me and chanting my name while I picked up the pace of my movements. I finished off with quick three-sixty spin and yelled “Woo!” in a high pitch. Everyone started to clap or what should say; clop their hooves to my dancing.

“Thank you. Thank you very much.” I responded.

After everyone was done clopping, I noticed that one tall orange pony again. So I decided to go over and talk to him.

“Excuse me sir, who might you be?” I asked.

“This is my husband, Carrot Cake.” Cup Cake informed me.

“Ohhh I see. Nice to meet you Carrot Cake.” I said.

“You too, Caleb. Cup Cake here you came to the bakery the other day.” Carrot Cake said.

“Yeah, I was looking for Pinkie Pie." I said. "So get this, I say hello to her, and she just lets out this loud gasp and ZOOM, she just flings right out the door.” I said.

“That definitely sounds like Pinkie Pie.” he said while laughing.

“Is she always this hyperactive?” I asked

“Its part of her personality. You’ll find to like it.” Carrot said.

“Mmm. So are you guys here parents?” I asked.

“No. We let her bunk with us. So in return, she works with us. She’s one heck of a baker.” Cup Cake said.

“Oh, I see. Nice to meet you Mr. Cake.” I said.

"You too. Enjoy the rest of your welcome party." he said.

I looked over to my right and noticed Fluttershy, Rarity, Rainbow, and Twilight talking to each other while Pinkie was chatting with Junebug. I walked over to the four mares.

“Hey what’s up guys?” I asked.

“Just chattin.” Rainbow replied.

“Have any of you seen Applejack? She’s not here.” I asked.

“She’s preparing for cider season tomorrow.” Rarity replied, sipping on a cup of punch.

"I never heard about that. You guys going?" I said.

“Heck yeah, we go every year! Sweet Apple Acres makes the best cider, but you gotta get up early to get a cup before they run out.” Rainbow said.

“How long does that line get?” I asked.

“Depends on the amount of ponies. One time it stretched out for about one-fourth of a mile.” Twilight said.

“Wow, that’s a loooong wait.” I said.

“Don't remind me.” Rainbow replied. "Say, Caleb. You ever have a foreleg wrestle?" Rainbow asked.

"I've done arm wrestles before." I said.

"What are arm wrestles like?" Rainbow asked.

"The way it works is that you grasp anothers hand and try to exert enough force to push your opponent's arm down onto a flat surface surface." I explained.

"Huh, just like a foreleg wrestle." Rainbow said.

"Why?" I asked.

"I challenge you to a foreleg wrestle! You look pretty jacked yourself and I like a challenge." Rainbow said.

"Alright, I accept." I said.

"I don't know, Caleb. Rainbow is pretty strong." Twilight warned.

"Yeah, you'll get destroyed." Pinkie added, bluntly.

"I got this." I said, confidently.

Me and Rainbow Dash walked over to a wooden table and everypony began to gather around. I grasped Rainbow's hoof tightly and Rainbow gave me smug look. I responded by giving her a smug look back at her.

"Ready?" Rainbow asked.

"Bring it." I replied.

"One, two, three!" she declared.

Immediately, my arm was sent downwards and slammed right on the table. Rainbow had won in just one second.

"Okay, I wasn't ready." I said.

"Excuses, excuses." Rainbow said.

"Let's go again." I said.

"Whatever you say, muscles." Rainbow said.

Me and Rainbow got ourselves in the ready position once again.

"One, two, and a three!" Rainbow counted.

This time I managed to push Rainbow's foreleg down half-way and I thought I had it won.

"Y'know, i'm only using half effort, right?" Rainbow asked, devilishly.

"Shit." I thought.

Rainbow than used all of her strength and sent my arm the opposite way, landing on the table again.

"Okay, I admit it. You're pretty strong." I said.

"Nopony can beat me!" Rainbow said, triumphantly.

"Yeah, yeah, yeah. But still.... good game?" I asked.

"Good game." Rainbow said with sportsmanship.

I was still pretty amazed of how strong Rainbow is. I mean, shit, she's gotta be like three feet tall and she outdid me in strength. After we shook hooves, Spike said something which led to the next event.

"Man, I'd hate to see Caleb go against Pinkie in a cupcake eating contest." Spike said.

"Cupcake eating contest? Great idea, Spike!" Pinkie said.

"Goddamn it, Spike." I thought to myself, but went along with the idea.

"I'm up for it, we've got plenty of cupcakes left." I said.

"Yay!" Pinkie exclaimed.

"Hey Bon Bon, how many cupcakes do we have left?" I asked.

"Fourteen left." Bon Bon informed.

"Good. Seven for me and seven for Pinkie. Whoever finishes them first wins." I said.

"Sounds easy as can be." Pinkie said.

"That's the spirit." I said.

Pinkie Pie got two plates and placed seven individual cupcakes on each one. She then setted the plates on one side of the table and we got on each others sides. I examined the cupcakes and they were covered large amounts of pink frosting, so they were going to be very rich.

"GO!" Pinkie shouted without warning.

I hastily grabbed a cupcake and stuffed it into my mouth and that rich, sweet flavor of the frosting flooded onto my tastebuds. The crowd gasped as I looked over at Pinkie and she was shoving one individual cupcake into her mouth and swallowing whole with an audible gulp. I knew I was going to lose and started comically shoving cupcakes into my mouth. When I ran out of room in my mouth, I started to punch the fourth cupcake into my mouth, causing everypony to laugh. And so, within about half a minute, Pinkie Pie had finished her cupcakes while I still had three left.

"Done!" Pinkie exclaimed.

"Dang it!" I said as I swallowed the mashed up cupcakes.

"Wow! You nearly beat me there!" Pinkie said.

"Barely. Want these two?" I asked.

"Sure! Throw em'." Pinkie said.

I grabbed both cupcakes and chucked them over towards Pinkie, who caught both with her mouth and chewed.

"Nice catch." I said.

"Thanks!" she replied.

Around eleven o'clock is when everypony decided to head home and get some sleep for cider season tomorrow. Now that I think about it, I didn’t really hear Fluttershy make a peep at all tonight. Well, she does live up to her name.

I consider tonight one of the best nights of my life by far and I admit that this party beat my high school homecoming dance by a longshot. I'm not even exaggerating. After the library was cleaned up and everything was packed away, it was time for bed.

"Wanna head over to Sweet Apple Acres for cider season tomorrow?" Twilight asked.

"I don't know. Is cider season a day where you get to have cider?" I asked.

"Three days to be exact, but yep, that's the premise." Twilight said.

"Okay, i'll go." I said.

"We'll have to get up real early if we want a good spot in line." Twilight said.

"Fine. I guess I can handle that." I replied.

"Great! See you in the morning." Twilight said.

"Yeah.... six o'clock in the morning." Spike muttered.

"Okay then. Night." I said as Twilight and Spike headed up stairs.

I was pretty beat, so I had no problem falling asleep. These three days were really a good, fresh new start for my new life here in Equestria. I could learn to like this place.

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