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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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Warm Welcomes

Warm Welcomes
November 6th, 2012

I slowly opened my eyes and squinted as they adjusted the brightness of the sun's rays peering through the leaves of the tree. After rubbing my eyes to get rid of my eye crust, I began to slowly climb back down the tree while being cautious of the creature that chased me. I then jumped off the lowest branch and landed with a grunt. Turning my head towards the tree, I discovered these nasty looking gashes or claw marks on the side and huge paw prints that led back in the opposite side of the woods.

“Uh-uh, that ain’t happening.” I said to myself.

I walked back onto the gravel path and looked both ways to remind myself where I was heading to and continued westward. Along the way, I encountered smaller and more friendlier animals such as rabbits, squirrels, birds. Pretty much the common animals you would see in the woods, but I still didn’t let my guard down on that one thing.

I felt like I was walking forever until I came across a T-intersection with a sign that pointed towards Ponyville. I followed the directions and took a right turn. The woods became less dense than it was before and I could actually see through the trees. As I walked onwards more, I came across something new: an apple tree that was filled with bright red apples.

“Alright! Something to eat.” I exclaimed out loud.

I rushed over to the tree and jumped upwards, grabbed an apple, and yanked it on the way down. After plucking it off, I took a big bite into it and my tastebuds were hit with a burst of sweet flavor and a hint of sour from the juices inside. After finishing the apples, I collected two more and continued on the path. However, something seemed different. The sunlight was dimming a tiny bit and then I realized that sunset was near.

“Sunset already? How long was I asleep for?” I questioned myself.

I now needed to hurry because if i’m out here when nightfall hits, i’m pretty sure that thing will not hesitate to come find me again. To speed things up a bit, I began to jog on the path.

I’ve been jogging for a short amount of time and I came across some hoof prints. When I mean hoof prints, I mean the footprints of a horse. The hoof prints were relatively small, could possibly be a small horse or a donkey. This sparked a thought. If there are hoof prints on a path and they go in a straight direction towards that supposed village, then that means there are people with domesticated horses in the area.

“Okay, just gotta follow these prints and they should lead me to somebody….. hopefully.” I said.

As I was following the hoofprints, I noticed the environment was dimming even more. When I looked up, the sun was on the verge of setting. I was now jogging even faster now because I just wanted to get to the end of the trail of the hoofprints before it was too late.

I continued jogging at a fast pace and noticed something up ahead. It was something small, yellow, and red at the top. I started to close in on and realized it was a small pony with a yellow coat and a red mane, it also had bow in its mane. As I got closer, it turned around and its face made me stop dead in my tracks.

First of all, the shape of its face is not like a horse I’ve ever seen. The head more rounded and has this rounded triangular muzzle. Second, its eyes are really big and look exactly like a humans. Complete with a set of eyebrows and eyelashes, but they do fit the size of the head. And lastly, the face, including the body, looks like it was pulled out of a cartoon and put into reality. I’m now questioning whether i’m awake or dreaming. I proceeded to pinch my side and nothing happened.

"Welp, I guess I'm not dreaming." I said, mentally.

Me and the pony made eye contact and I could see it was absolutely terrified by the facial expression it made. The pupils had creepily shrunk a little bit and its mouth wide open. All of a sudden, the pony turned around and got the hell out of dodge.

“Huh. Must’ve scared it off.” I thought.

The pony continued to sprint further away then took a left. Shortly after it turned, I heard a voice in the distance that sounded like a little girl and I could make out what it said. It said "Applejack.” But it was in a shout. The weird thing was that it came from the direction of the pony. Maybe the left turn the pony made was a path that lead to a house and the shout could’ve been the owner of the pony calling for it.

“Yeah, that seems like a pretty legit explanation.” I assured to myself.

I had to figure out if what I just saw was real, so I decided to follow it. As I got to the left where the pony turned, I quickly took notice to the sign above me that read 'Sweet Apple Acres.' No wonder there’s so many apple trees, it’s an apple orchard. Just as I was about to continue walking, the pony came back with slightly larger orange pony…. and they were talking.

“C’mon Applejack! Its right here! Some kind of monkey!” the yellow pony exclaimed in a southern accent.

"Monkey!?" I thought to myself while taking some offense.

“Alright, Applebloom, let's see what this thing i-.” said the orange pony, also in a feminine southern accent.

The orange pony stopped and stared right back me with the same shocked expression I probably had when I saw the smaller yellow one.


The orange pony sprinted over toward the yellow pony and swooped her away from my direction, causing me to back up a little.

“Applebloom, go get Big Mac and tell him to get the rope. I'll hold em off.” Applejack demanded.

"Oh, fudge!" I screamed internally

“But Applejack, now that I think about it, it doesn't look that harmful. It looks rather friendly to me." Applebloom replied in a sympathetic tone.

“Applebloom…. go." said Applejack, sternly.

With that, Applebloom took one more look at me before she ran off towards the other direction.

Now it was just me and Applejack. She began to scrape her hooves against the dirt, kicking dust behind her, indicating she was about to charge. I was still somewhat lost in a trance of bewilderment due to seeing two ponies talking in perfect english. Before I knew it, Applejack was running towards me. Quickly, I dodged to the left avoiding the tackle. But Applejack quickly bucked me in the abdomen with her back hooves. The force sent me flying upwards a good distance and I landed on my back. The wind was knocked out me and I had a sharp pain in my abdominal area. I desperately wheezed trying to suck oxygen back into my lungs while clutching my abdomen with my hands. Fortunately, I was able to regain my breathing.

Just as I was about to pick myself up, Applejack had pinned me down by holding down my arms with her forelegs. I tried to lift my arms up, but she was too strong. Applejack’s strength was absolutely terrifying and astounding at the same time, she was putting so much pressure on my wrists that I felt the blood circulation stop in that area. Suddenly, my wrist joints started to hurt. Finally, I spoke up.

"Ow! Hey, ease off! You're hurting me!" I cried in pain.

I then felt Applejack take some pressure off my wrists while looking surprised.

“What in the hay? You can talk?!” she asked.

“Yes! And I mean you no harm! Please get off me! I feel like my wrists are about to break!” I exclaimed, frantically.

With that, Applejack quickly got off me, still staring me in surprise. Instantly, I sat up while looking at my wrists. The sweet relief on all that force caused the circulation to start flowing again. Applejack rushed over to me and checked out my wrists.

“Ah, horse apples! I’m sorry for hurtin yah’ there.” said Applejack, compassionately while looking at my wrists.

“Ahhhh, don’t worry about it.” I said in a angry tone, but I was still sort of thankful for the apology.

“You okay?” she asked.

“Yeah. Thanks for a warm welcome.” I replied, sarcastically.

“Hey, I said I was sorry for gettin’ to rough on yah’. I just took you as an intruder at first” retorted Applejack.

“Yeah, you’re right. Guess you’ve never seen anything like me before.” I said.

“Never in all my days.” she replied while examining me.

Suddenly, a big red pony that was much more bigger than Applejack came around the corner with a rope in its mouth while lassoing it.

"H-h-hey! Stop him!" I exclaimed to Applejack.

Applejack ran over to him to intervene the pony.

“Hold up there, Big Mac! Turns out he ain’t no threat.” Applejack confirmed.

Big Mac quickly came to a halt and stared at me with this look as if he just saw a ghost.

“Howdy.” I said, calmly.

“Howdy to you too.” replied Big Mac in a deep southern voice.

Shortly after, Applebloom came sprinting around the corner.

"You see, Applejack? I told you it was friendly.” exclaimed Applebloom.

“Well, you sure did prove me wrong, Applebloom.” Applejack admitted

The small filly gazed at me in amazement and excitement rather than the shocked expressions of Applejack and Big Mac.

“So i’m guessing this little filly’s name is Applebloom?” I asked.

“It can talk too?! I can’t believe it! And it said my name too!” cried Applebloom while jumping up in place. “I can’t wait to show you to Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo!”

“Who are they?” I asked.

“Oh, they’re just Applebloom’s little friends.” replied Applejack. “And Applebloom, you can’t just take...... by the way, you got a name?” Applejack asked me.

“Oh, right, my name is Caleb.” I answered.

“Nice name ya got. As I was saying, you can’t just take Caleb around as some show and tell item.” said Applejack.

“Oh, don’t worry about that Applejack. If i’m gonna be new around these parts, I might aswell make myself know” I said.

“Well you do have a point there, Caleb.” Applejack agreed.

“So... you’ll stop over again?!” asked Applebloom, eagerly.

“Sure. I’ll make a deal with you. Give me two days to check out the local area and i’ll come back when i’ve got time. Deal?” I proposed.

“It's a deal!” Applebloom agreed while extending her foreleg for a handshake or hoof shake. I extended my arm in response and we shook on it.

“So, uhhh, I best be going. Really nice to meet you kind pony folk. Have a nice evening.” I farewelled.

Right when I turned to walk away, I was suddenly stopped by Applejack.

“Caleb, wait!” Applejack yelled.

“What’s up, Applejack?” I asked.

“Look, we can’t just let you out on your own this late.” said Applejack.

“Would that be because of a certain pair of glowing green eyes?” I asked in curiosity.

“Yep. You may be quite the shocker to us, but not to Timberwolves. You would just be a snack to them.” said Applejack in a convincing voice.

“Yeah, I had a close encounter with one last night.” I said.

“Well in that case, you should stay for the night. In the morning, we’ll give ya directions to Ponyville. How does that sound?” Applejack offered.

“That sounds great! Thanks a lot, Applejack” I said, gratefully.

“No problem. Follow us.” Applejack instructed.

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