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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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Ordering the Suit

Ordering the Suit
December 3rd, 2012

Along the way to Carousel Boutique, I got many perplexed expressions from the ponies of Ponyville that walked around. I suppose because they’ve never seen technology like this before. But anyways, after driving around for a while looking for the damn place again, I found the boutique. Rarity must’ve noticed the headlights because she was looking out the window. I waved at her through the windshield and she waved back with a smile. I climbed out and noticed the temperature dropped significantly. The wind only made it worse from the wind chill and snow blew into my face. It was misery.

I speed-walked to the the door and Rarity opened the door for me. I walked in and the inviting warmth of the indoors embraced me.

“Thanks Rarity.” I said.

“Anytime.” Rarity replied.

I took my coat off and hung it on a coat hook and left my boots, hat, and gloves to the side.

“What brings you here?” Rarity asked.

“Believe it or not, I got an invitation to meet with Princess Celestia and Luna.” I said.

“Oooh! Lucky you! Canterlot is the most beautiful city in all of Equestria!” Rarity said while doing daydream like voice or whatever.

“Sure sounds like it, considering the fact it’s attached to a mountain.” I said.

“Oh yes. Celestia wanted it to stand out.” Rarity explained.

“I bet. Anyways, I need to ask you a little favor that should be easy for your suiting. You have no idea how much you’ll be helping me out.” I said with emphasis.

“What will it be?” Rarity asked.

“Could you perhaps make a some sort of tuxedo or something. I just want to look good for the meeting.” I asked.

“Why of course, Caleb. When’s the meeting?” she asked.

“Really?! Thank you so much!” I exclaimed.

“Yes, yes.” she said while smiling and hinting me to answer her question.

“Oh right, the meeting is in two days. December 5th.” I said.

“Ha! I can get it done by tomorrow!” Rarity declared.

“Oh that’s fantastic!” I said in delight. “You still have those measurements you took on me, right?” I asked.

“That I do. You wanted a tux?” Rarity asked again.

“Yeah, that’s pretty mu-.” I said before I was cut off by by Sweetie Belle.

“Caleb!” Sweetie Belle exclaimed as she ran down the stairs.

“Sweetie? Wait…. are both of you sisters?” I asked.

“Why, yes we are. Sweetie was telling me about this so called freerunning you showed her.” Rarity said.

“Yeah, she and her little friends have this club called the Cutie Mark Crusaders; a club in which they try to figure out ways to earn their cutie marks.” I said.

“She tells me about it all the time. It can also be a little annoying too.” Rarity said while leaning closer towards me and whispering loud enough for Sweetie to hear.

“Oh yeah? Well, guess what Caleb? Rarity can be quite a drama queen. She overreacts from just getting dirt on her hooves.” Sweetie said while repeating her sister’s actions.

“Well…. dirt is dirty and filthy, that’s that.” she said while pointing her head upwards and closing her eyes.

“Okay, I can see both of you have that sister rivalry, so i’ll just leave you guys too it. And Rarity, thanks again, you’re very generous.” I said while slipping on my coat.

“Your welcome. After all, generosity is my element.” Rarity said.

“You got that right.” I said. “Okay, i’ll see you guys tomorrow or some other day.” I said.

“Bye!” they both said as I walked out the door.

"And be sure to clean off your carriage, it's filthy." Rarity reminded.

Sweetie looked at Rarity and looked back at me with an expression that said: "See what I mean?"

"Don't worry, I took notice. Soon i'll clean it off and all your cleansing needs will be fulfilled." I said to Rarity.

"Oh, thank Celestia." Rarity said.

With that, I headed out the door. It was now nighttime and the moon was shining bright in the sky. Snowflakes could be seen in the light as they floated across the sky. Although it was cold as a freezer, it was a beautiful sight to witness.

That’s something that seems to reoccur in Equestria often because frankly, Equestria is a very beautiful place. But I digress. When I got to the Land Rover, it was once again coated by a thin layer of fluffy snow. I groaned in frustration because I was only in there for eight minutes or so.

I arrived back at the treehouse and parked the Land Rover on the right side of the house. The wind died down a little bit over the drive back, but still cold like an ice cube outside. I quickly ran to the door and headed inside.

“Brrrrr. It’s freezing out there.” I said.

“We can tell from over here. Close the door.” Spike said as he hugged himself for warmth.

I shut the door and took off my winter gear and took notice of Twilight and Spike eating soup.

“What kind of soup you got cooking?” I asked.

“Not soup, vegetable stew.” Twilight confirmed.

“We left a bowl for you.” Spike said.

“Thanks, guys.” I said while sitting down.

I took a spoonful in my mouth and immediately spat it out while gasping from the sudden burn to my tongue. Spike began to snicker slightly while covering his mouth.

“Got something you need to say?” I asked him.

“Maybe.” Spike rasped.

“Okay, Spike. Just eat up.” Twilight interjected.

“Yeah. Wittle Spikey needs his veggies, don’t you?” I teased.

“Alright, I guess I deserved that.” Spike said while taking a sip of the stew. We remained silent for a minute or two before I broke the silence.

“So Twilight, I hear that Celestia has a sister.” I said while chewing my vegetables.

“You never knew that?” Spike asked.

“Maybe i’ve heard about that before and forgot, but I did learn it today in Celestia’s letter. Princess Luna, right?” I asked.

“Yep. That’s her name.” Twilight confirmed.

“So, what’s she like? I already know Celestia’s personality through her letters, but not Luna.” I said.

“Princess Luna is a bit different from Celestia.” Twilight said, vaguely.

“What do you mean by different?” I questioned.

“Sorry. What I meant to say is that Princess Luna is much more kind and less insecure than what she used to be.” Twilight said.

“Could you elaborate on the phrase; used to be?” I asked.

“Well, what would you say if she was once called Nightmare Moon?” Twilight asked.

“Nightmare Moon sounds a bit more dark. Are you hinting that she was previously evil?” I asked in suspicion.

“Let me explain. It was a thousand years ago, Celestia and Luna ruled Equestria in The Castle Of Two Sisters in the Everfree and they both performed their duties of raising the sun and the moon. However, Luna was fed up of having the night being the time of the day where everypony slept. Luna grew much more angrier and bitter until she refused to lower the moon. Celestia tried to explain to Luna that she must do her duty and lower the moon, but Luna once again refused. During that time, all of Luna’s bitterness and hate eventually turned her into a wicked mare that overtook her, who was dubbed “Nightmare Moon.” After Luna transformed into Nightmare Moon, she casted eternal night on Equestria. Celestia then had to make a hard choice for both her and the fate of Equestria.” Twilight said, dramatically.

This made the whole story sound very interesting.

“What happened?” I asked in extreme interest.

“Celestia banished her to the moon. Nightmare Moon was there for a thousand years until she eventually returned two years ago.” Twilight said.

“Oh, so her return was actually quite recent?” I asked in surprise.

“Definitely. But believe it or not, I and the other five stopped her.” Twilight said.

“You’ve got to be pulling on my leg.” I said in denial.

“It’s the truth.” Spike said, backing up Twilight’s claim.

“C’mon. Six average ponies can’t take on somepony as powerful as Nightmare Moon.” I denied once again.

“I can see your standpoint, but there is an important magic that assisted us in her defeat.” Twilight brought up.

“Really? What was it?” I asked.

“I’ll leave that for you to ask to the princess yourself.” Twilight said.

“Me? Why do you have to be so secretive about it?” I asked while starting to get annoyed.

“I’m not secretive. I just think it’s a good topic for you and Celestia to discuss.” she explained.

“If you say so.” I said.

So from what I could gather, Princess Luna was someone who made a terrible mistake, and I bet she had a lot of remorse in what she did. But I still wonder what Twilight and her friends used to defeat Nightmare Moon. Was it pure luck, or was it some sort of magic?

“So, Princess Luna is all good now?” I asked.

“Mm-hmm." Twilight hummed. "She did have trouble adjusting back to regular life.” Twilight noted.

“I suppose. Being stuck on the moon for a thousand years with no one to talk to.” I added on.

“A good example of this would be this year's Nightmare Night. Luna nearly went back to her old ways.” Twilight said.

“Eternal night?” I asked.

“Nearly, but she changed her mind.” Spike said.

“That’s good.” I said.

After all three of us finished our stews, I yawned, feeling rather drowsy.

“Guys, i’m going to bed.” I announced while yawning again.

“Night.” both Twilight and Spike said.

“And make sure Little Spike gets to bed on time. He gets cwanky-wanky without his sweep.” I teased again.

“Ha-ha-ha-ha.” Spike said, sarcastically.

“Nah, i’m just messing with ya.” I said while heading upstairs.

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