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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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December 6th, 2012

Today I think Twilight finally accepted my choice to take the C.A.M.A training program up in Canterlot. She was more calm and collective when I brought it up during breakfast. And yes, Spike was still asleep at the time, so he still has no idea about my affiliation.

"Do you need to bring any stuff with you?" Twilight asked.

"Yeah, i'm gonna need some clothes and that kind of stuff. Now that I think of it, i'm not sure if I brushed my teeth since November." I said.

"Oh, Celestia, i've never thought of that." Twilight said.

I raised my palm up to my mouth and breathed out, sniffed and comedically gagged.

"If you head down to the dentist office, they should have free toothbrushes and toothpaste." Twilight said.

"That's a relief." I said.

After breakfast, I put on outdoor winter clothes and headed off to the dentist. Fortunately, the dentist office wasn't relatively far, so I didn't have to walk in the cold for long. And so, I found a sign that clarified the building I was at was the dentist.

"Hello." I said as I entered the office.

"Hi there." replied a mare.

"I hear talk that you have free toothbrushes and toothpaste?" I asked the mare.

"Of course. They're right over there," the mare said, pointing at a small chest, "Ran out?"

"Believe it or not, i'm pretty sure I haven't brushed since November. I usually swished water in my mouth every night and morning." I said.

"Oh my. Do you want me to check your teeth quick?" the mare asked.

"Ehhhh." I replied.

"No pay, just a quick checkup." she said.

"Oh alright." I said.

"Come on into the back room." the mare said.

I opened the small chest and took a tube of toothpaste and a toothbrush packed into an average toothbrush package. After that, I headed into the back room where the mare inspected the seat, which was way too small for me.

"We're gonna have to improvise." the mare said.

"What you need me to do?" I asked.

"Just crouch down to my height and i'll shine this light into your mouth to check if you have anything hazardous to your oral health." the mare instructed.

"Alright." I said, crouching down to her height.

The mare slapped one of those dental masks on her muzzle and signaled me to open wide. I opened up and she switched a small light on, illuminating the inside of my mouth. She used her magic to levitate the mirror tool and checked every single one of my teeth, gums, etcetera.

"Your teeth look cavity free," the mare said to my relief, "But I am seeing tiny signs of tooth enamel loss." she revealed.

"Oh really?" I said.

"Mmm-hmm," she replied, taking the tool out of my mouth, "I recommend just brushing as soon as you get home and be sure to floss in between your teeth after eating."

"Sounds easy," I said, "I never got your name."

"Oh, how rude of me. My name is Minuette." Minuette introduced.

"Your name sure fits your career well." I said.

"I know. It's almost as if it was meant to be." Minuette said.

"Cool. I'm Caleb by the way." I said.

"I remember. Everypony here pretty much knows your name." Minuette replied.

"I suppose." I said. "Before I go, I gotta ask. Does this toothpaste rebuild enamel?" I asked.

I asked this because I thought the toothpaste would contain some magic.

"Unfortunately, no." Minuette answered.

"Dang. Well, thanks again." I said as I headed for the exit.

"You betcha. See you around." Minuette said.

I then walked back out into the cold winter day and headed back to Twilight's for the day, or at least that was what I was planning for at first. I was somewhere near Twilight's library when I heard the sound of little girls laughing in the distance, but not far. I followed the laughter and turns out it was on the other block. The source of the laughter came from the CMC pelting each other with snowballs.

"Heyyy!" I exclaimed.

"Caleb!" all three responded.

"Get him!" Scootaloo said.

The CMC began to direct their fire towards me and I was attacked by a barrage of snowballs.

"Ah!" I reacted to the attack.

Even though the snowballs felt like nothing, I played along and fell over into the snow. The three fillies then jumped onto me to playfully pin me down.

"Ah, they've gone completely berserk, help!" I yelled, playfully.

Finally, they decided to ease off of me and I sat up.

"So what was going on here?" I asked.

"We were just having a little snowball fight." Sweetie Belle said.

"Sounds like fun." I said.

"Yeah, but we're getting pretty tired." Applebloom said.

"Oh c'mon, I just got here." I said.

"Well, maybe we can do something that doesn't involved a lot of energy." Scootaloo suggested.

"Good idea, Scootaloo." Applebloom said.

"I got it! We could build snowponies!" Sweetie Belle said.

"Snowponies? Is that the same as snowmen?" I asked.

"Snowmen?" all three asked.

"Back in my world, snowmen are sculptures made out of snow that resembles a human, just like me." I explained.

"Really?" Sweetie Belle asked.

"Really, really." I replied.

"Snowmen are basically the same thing as snowponies." Applebloom said.

"That's great! How about you three build your snowponies and i'll build us a snowman. How does that sound?" I asked.

"We're on it, Caleb!" Scootaloo said.

The three fillies dispersed and began to work on their sculptures. I packed the thick snow into a good sized snowball and began to roll it in the fresh snow. The snowball then began to grow increasingly larger as I progressed forward and the CMC were busy with the construction of the legs and body of their sculptures. The ball had to be at least three feet by then. Once big enough, I stopped pushing and worked on the second ball and so on and so forth.

The CMC had already finished their snowponies by the time I got the head of the snowman started. After getting the head onto the snowman, it was complete. The CMC wow'd in awe at the sight of the mighty snowman bestowed in front of them.

"Something's missing." I said.

"The eyes?" Applebloom asked.

"That, and some stick arms." I said.

"We could use rocks for eyes." Sweetie suggested.

"That'll do. We don't really have much of a choice." I said.

"And we can use the twigs on the tree over there for arms." Scootaloo pointed out.

"I'll get those. You guys go get five rocks. Make sure they're dark ones." I said.

I walked up to the branch of the tree and twisted two twigs off easily with my index finger and thumb. I then jabbed both sticks into the side of the snowman, creating the arms. Moments later, the CMC came back with the rocks I requested and placed them in the specific spots. With that, the first snowman in Equestria was finished.

"I like it." Sweetie Belle commented.

"Me too." Applebloom agreed.

"Me three." Scootaloo said.

"I think we all did a good job." I said.

"We sure did." Applebloom said.

"Gotta admit, the snowman's pretty cool looking." Scootaloo said.

"I say the same thing about your snowponies. They're very well done." I said.

"Thanks!" all three replied.

"Look, you guys take care, i'm gonna get going." I said.

"You don't want to play with us?" Sweetie Belle asked.

"What? No, of course I do. I'm just a little tired today, not as energetic as you fillies." I said.

"Okay." Applebloom said.

I looked at their expression and could easily tell they were bummed out that I was about to leave them.

"But now that I think about it, maybe I could stay for a snowball fight." I changed my mind.

The three fillies faces lit up with happiness at the statement I just made, only to form into devilish grins.

"Oh-no." I said.

Right after I said that, I was attacked once again.

Anyways, later that night, I was packing my belongings into a duffel bag.

"What's the packing for?" Spike asked.

I could see Twilight looking at me in my peripheral vision.

"Spike. You mind getting my cooking book from upstairs?" Twilight asked.

"Sure thing, Twilight." Spike said as he dashed upstairs.

"What are you going to tell Spike when he realizes i've been gone for a couple days, let alone four months?" I asked.

"I'll just simply tell him that you went to some school to learn Equestrian history or something like that." Twilight responded.

"I would buy it." I said.

"Let's just hope that's the same for Spike." Twilight said.

"Hey Twilight, isn't that the cook book right there?" Spike said as he walked back down the stairs.

"Whoops. Guess I didn't see it there." Twilight said.

"So Caleb, you were saying?" Spike said.

"Oh, right. I'm heading up to Canterlot for a school of Equestrian history." I lied.

"That sounds pretty boring. Why are you attending that?" he asked.

"Equestrian history just pipes my interest for some reason." I replied.

"Hmm. Whatever you like." he said before walking away into the kitchen.

I gave a thumbs up to Twilight and she winked back in response.

That night, while I was sleeping, I had the same damn dream again about the Timberwolves and it played out the same way it did before. However, this time I knew what was going to happen, but it still wasn't enough to save myself. I woke up with a gasp and it was loud enough to wake Twilight.

"Caleb? Are you okay?" Twilight whispered in the dark.

"Yeah. Just a really bad dream." I replied.

"About what?" Twilight asked, switching on her horn that acted as a light source, slightly illuminating the room with a purple glow.

"I don't want to talk about it." I said.

"Talking will make you feel better." Twilight said.

"Now that you put it that way." I said.

Twilight sat next to me in silence, anticipating my answer.

"Timberwolves." I said.

"I see." she said.

"I don't know why, but i've had the same damn nightmare last night and it played out the same way." I said.

"It may be from your newly affiliation with C.A.M.A. Stressful situations can cause reoccurring nightmares." Twilight said.

"You're probably right about that." I agreed with Twilight.

"You sure you want to still go through with this?" Twilight asked.

"I have no choice, I signed a contract." I said.

"Oh." Twilight said.

"Yeah." I said.

"Well.... all I can say to you now is to study hard up there in Canterlot, you'll need it for your job." Twilight urged.

"No kidding." I said.

"Are you okay now, or do you want to talk some more?" Twilight asked.

"I think i'm alright now. Thanks for taking concern." I said.

"No problem, Caleb." Twilight said.

Twilight then climbed back into her bed and switched her aura off, bringing the darkness back to the room. I just hope these dreams will stop soon.

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