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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 Human Dimension

The Human Dimension
April 4th, 2014

My lied facedown on a concrete sidewalk and the air felt cooler. As I opened my eyes, feeling drained, I rolled over on my back as my eyesight went in all directions from the amount of spinning I endured while traveling through the mirror's portal.

"Spike... Oh, you little turd. You weren't supposed in the mirror..... Weren't supposed to go in." I dazedly uttered, hoping that the world I was now in wasn't disrupted from both my and Spike's presence.

Once my vision straightened out and managed to recollect myself, I soon noticed that this new world was another Earth. The sky was blue, white clouds drifted in the sky and the atmosphere was breathable. I quickly stood up onto my feet and faced a wide, two-story building that I swore was a palace at first, but something about it felt so familiar.

"Yeah, this is a high school," I mumbled before my mind clicked with what I just said. "Wait."

Turning around to my right, I watched and stared at a red sedan drive along a paved road and passed by at a slow pace.

"Holy shit, am I back on Earth?!"

I ran over to the side of the road and looked in both directions. A subdivision could be seen across the street and the entrance to a town could be seen half a mile to my left. It sure did seem like my homeworld by the looks of it, so I was quite ecstatic.

"Spike! Twilight! Where are you?" I called out.

"I'm over here!" Spike replied, emerging from behind a statue that stood in front of the school.

The sight of Spike truly messed with my head at first, but it was definitely him. Spike, once a baby dragon, had now transformed into a small sized dog. His entire color scheme of purple and green were the same as it would be in his dragon form, most of his fur coat purple while his ears and underbelly was a lighter shade of green, and a tuft of hair on his head that was a darker shade of green. Other than that, his eye proportions remained the same.

"Woah!" I exclaimed, taking a second to process the new appearance. "Spike, you're a dog!"

"I know, right? Nothing happened to you, but you're clothes were swapped, though." Spike said, quickly scratching his ear with his hind leg.

I now wore a fresh, new attire upon entrance to this new world. Instead of wearing my previous outfit, which was a dark purple t-shirt, a pair of black jeans and red sneakers, was now replaced with an unbuttoned brown shirt with rolled up sleeves that exposed a green t-shirt, acting as a second layer, blue jeans, and a pair of mens jet black converse shoes.

"Wow... So nothing on my body in changed?" I reassured.

"It seems like it. I just wonder what's taking Twilight so long to come through." Spike said.

About thirty seconds passed before the statue pedestal subtly started to emit a hum that grew in pitch. At the peak of the humming, the front side rippled like water before spitting Twilight out onto the sidewalk. What Twilight had now become had Spike and I turning our heads back and forth between us and Twilight.

"Oh my God, she turned into a human! Wha- What the frick?!" I wheezed, placing my hand on my forehead due to how confused, exhilarated and humored I was at the same time.

"Twilight. Can you hear us?" Spike asked as I walked away for a short distance, grinning like a moron.

"Yeah, yeah. I'm just feeling a little dizzy." Twilight replied, dazedly.

As I turned back towards Twilight, I awaited with anticipation on how Twilight would react to her new body. She then raised herself up and sat on her knees, extending her arms outward for the first time.

"Oh no." I mumbled.

It only took a second before Twilight let out a loudest shriek of terror I've ever heard expelled from her larynx. Of course, I started laughing my ass off instead of calming her down at first, but I eventually did.

"Alright, alright, calm down for second." I said as I crouched down towards her.

"I'm trying my best to, but look at me! I'm like you now!" Twilight exclaimed, flailing her arms and fingers like a rag doll.

"Okay, well, let's just take this slow for now. How do you feel?" I said.

"I feel fine on the wellness standpoint." Twilight replied, examining her clothing and her corresponding lighter toned skin. It was very fortunate that the portal also gave Twilight her own attire.

"Sooo, are you cool now?" I asked.

"I- I think so," Twilight said, followed by a sigh. "And to think that learning to fly with new wings was going to be a challenge."

"Don't worry, I'll help you out with the basics of walking and everything. Consider me a professional." I said.

"Lucky her. I had to figure this all out on my own." Spike said in regards to his canid body.

"Thank you, Caleb." Twilight grinned.

"Yeah, sure. So first, you have to get up on both your legs. Use your arms to help push yourself upwards." I said, giving Twilight a physical example.

"Okay. I got this. You got this, Twilight." Twilight mumbled to herself as she awkwardly got onto her hands and knees before planting her feet flat on the pavement and pushing upwards. She managed to stand upright, but gradually started falling forwards. However, I caught her before she could preform a face plant.

"That's not how humans move around, Twilight." I teased, pulling her back upright by her shoulders.

"Sorry," Twilight said, embarrassed. "I guess I involuntarily felt the need to go all quadruped again."

"Of course, of course." I understood.

"Ugh, this is going to take a bit of time."

With a few more minutes of my help and Twilight getting used to her human body, she was now walking like a somewhat normal human. But, she is a smart individual, so she's learning quick. And so, once ready, we began our walk up to the school's entrance.

"What is this place?" Spike asked.

"It's a high school." I replied.

"How did you know that?" Twilight asked, staring downwards as she walked to keep her footing correct.

"I just got that wave of the high school signals; stomach ache and sweaty palms," I replied. "And I'm going off a long shot, this world we're in might be mine."

"Your world?!" Twilight gasped.

"It seems just like it. I mean, I saw a bunch of vehicles drive by in the road over there just before you came through the portal!" I explained.

"Did you see any other humans?" Twilight asked.

"Just you. But the weird thing is that you kinda resemble your pony form. You got the light-purple skin, your eyes look the same size, and your clothing matches your persona." I said.

"That's interesting. I wonder why you look the same and Spike's a dog." Twilight said.

"I wish I knew, too." Spike commented.

"Yeah. I don't know... But if this is in fact my home world, then I need to call my family and let them know I'm okay." I said.

"Oh! If that's the case, then you should definitely go ahead. Spike and I can handle locating the crown if the time comes." Twilight said.

"We'll have to see. For now, let's just get inside the school and find this Sunset Shimmer," I said, walking up a set of stairs to the front door. "And take your time with the stairs, Twilight. Use that hand railing if you have to."

"Spare me on that statement." Twilight said, confidently smirking as she easily walked up the stairs. "Piece of cake."

"You've taught her well, Caleb." Spike remarked.

Upon entering, we entered into the school's main lobby, which was void of any students or faculty. Of course, there was the familiar scent of walking inside a school for the first time. It was quite nostalgic.

"Canterlot High School..." I slowly read off a banner that was strung across the wall.

"As in the Canterlot back in Equestria?" Spike asked.

"I kinda hope not." I replied.

Twilight then walked over to a large window in the corner of the room that stored various amounts of prizes and awards.

"What do you think about this, guys? Other artifacts she's stolen from Equestria?" Twilight asked, followed by a gasp.

"I don't think so. Those are just trophies on display that the school has won during events," I replied, now besides a bewildered Twilight. "What?"

"Dear sweet Celestia. Look at me. Even my wings and horn is gone!" Twilight muddled while inspecting her own reflection.

"Us humans don't exactly need magic and wings." I said.

"It's just so weird yet so fascinating at the same time..." Twilight droned.

"It'll grow on you. Hey, I'm gonna go check the other showcase window over there. I remembered that I've been wrong before about some things." I said.

"Okay." Twilight said.

Inside the second glass window was the same as the first; trophies, ribbons and even photos of the winning team. The photos made me deeply worried because of how the players looked. They were human, of course, but their appearence wasn't fitting the description of an actual human. Their skin colors were technicolored, they had the big eyes, everything.

"Oh, no," I mumbled, upset by the possibility that I was not even in the correct dimension. I say possibly because I wasn't entirely sure on the matter, but I would find out the truth soon enough.

Just then, the hour bell rang throughout the empty lobby and Twilight jolted to the sudden sound.

"Here comes the horde." I alerted Twilight.

It was a very brief moment of silence, but the lobby soon flooded with at least forty or fifty students as they came and went to their next class. I received a lot of stares and mutters as I watched everyone walk past. I could probably tower over the entire student body in this school. Despite my height, I managed to lose sight of Twilight and Spike through the flood of students. As I began to make my way through, I ran into a short student who wore thick bordered glasses and suspenders. He appeared to be the personification of the school nerd.

"Whoa, sorry, man." I said, nearly ramming into him.

"Oh, no worries at all, my exceptionally tall friend. I can't say I've ever seen your face around here in school." the student replied.

"First day, actually. I'm Caleb Barlow." I introduced.

"And I am Micro Chips. Pleased to make your aquantince." Micro replied, followed by a pause.

"So... you haven't possibly seen a crown anywhere, have you? My friend was making it for a, uh, project and she lost it. It had a redish-purple star at the top." I asked.

"A replica of the Fall Formal crown?" Micro replied.

"Uh, yeah. It's a shiny one." I said.

"Hmm. I can't really confirm that I've seen your friends crown at all." Micro said.

"So you haven't seen it?" I asked.

"Not at all." Micro replied.

"Dang. It should've been right outside by that statue, but it's gone now." I complained.

"Quite the illusionary object of eternity, don't you think?" Micro asked.

"I guess." I scoffed.

"Well, the best answer I could give you is to check the lost and found area. If not that, someone most likely stole it for their own profit." Micro suggested.

"Alright. Thanks for the help, man." I said, looking down the opposite hallway where Twilight was being helped up blue haired guy.

I hastily made my way through the crowd without trampling anyone over and made it over towards Twilight, Spike and the other guy.

"Twilight! I thought I lost you for a second." I called out.

"So did I." Twilight said.

"Who's your friend?" the guy asked.

"Oh. Um, this is my friend Caleb. We, um, transferred together, if you know what I mean." Twilight stuttered.

"A new guy, huh? Say, I'm really digging that eagle design on the back of your shirt. The name's Flash Sentry, by the way."

"Hey, thanks. And this is Twilight Sparkle and her dog named Spike, but you've already met them." I introduced.

"I have. She kinda bumped into me trying to get out of the lobby." Flash said.

"Sorry about that," Twilight blushed. "We're, um, looking for a crown we lost. It's got a little star thingy on top." Twilight half-assedly explained.

"A crown? Anything else that would make it stand out?" Flash asked.

"Um... nope." Twilight said, kinda shying away for some reason.

"Here, if one of you two give me your number, I'll text you if I find it." Flash said as he pulled out his smart phone.

"Sorry, dude. We don't actually own one of those. If you happen to find it, just try to find one of us." I said.

"Sounds good, bro. See you around. Oh, and you too, Twilight." Flash said before departing into the lobby.

"Bye." Twilight quietly replied, returning to her normal mood.

"I like that dude. He reminds me of one of my friends." I said.

"Yeah, he's cool." Twilight said with her forearms crossed.

"Alright, so I got an idea on where the crown could be at." I said, bringing the task back to hand.

"Where at?" Twilight asked.

"The lost and found area. You're best bet at finding the lost and found is by the offices." I replied.

"Aren't you coming?" Twilight asked.

"You want me to? I mean, I was kinda thinking about trying to figure out wether this is the correct human world or not. The thought just came to mind, so.... But I can still come with you if you'd like." I said.

"I got this, Caleb. You do what you need to do to clear your concious. After all, it is my responsibility to retrieve the Element of Magic." Twilight said.

"Okay. Thank you, Twilight. I'll definitely come back for you later once I get the time." I said, parting in the opposite direction

"Good luck!" Twilight said.

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