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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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Sorrowful Truth

Sorrowful Truth
April 4th, 2014/ September 27th, 2013

Now that it was quarter after eight, everyone in the school was gone for the day. I've been hiding out in the men's bathroom for quite sometime, so I decided to head back to Twilight and Spike, who were inside the school's locked library. Wiping my eyes with the back of my right hand, I pushed the bathroom door open and walked down the dimly lit corridor of the school's east wing, into the main lobby, and up the stairs that led to the second floor. And right near the top of the stairs was the library's entrance.

I then peered through the glass door as I tried to locate either Twilight or Spike. The east-side of the library was well-lit because of how the light shaft created by the moon diagonally shined through the roof's glass dome, but the rest of the library was just pitch black. Thankfully, I made sure Twilight left the door unlocked, so I headed inside for the night.

"It's just me." I said.

"Welcome back, Caleb." Twilight's voice replied somewhere up on the library's second level.

Once at the top of the stairs, I could hear Twilight and Spike chatting about the human counterparts in this world. Apparently this world is basically Equestria, but it's replace by a modern human society. Twilight met Applejack, Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie's human doppelgangers earlier, but I still have yet to meet them. I really don't care wether I do or do not.

I turned the opposite direction of Twilight and Spike just to recollect myself for a moment, but the night sky caught my attention. Frankly, I was captivated. Much like the Equine dimension, the sky was a mix of purple, blue, and a hint of blackness. I let out a silent sigh as I mesmerized at the young moon and the trio of distinctive, twinkling stars that accompanied said moon. But, I started getting a familiar sentimental feeling as I brought my attention at the vast amount the less prominent stars. It just reminded me about how far away I must be from home and everything, so there were tears building up inside. I try to get over it, but it truly is hard. And so, I lowered my head, raised my inner portion of my brow and let a small amount of tears run down both my cheeks, soaking into the carpet. I then heard footsteps from behind but didn't turn around to see who it was.

"Hello, Twilight." I said.

"Are you going to be okay? I know this is hard on you." Twilight said.

"Ahhh, I don't know," I sighed. "Would you mind sitting with me for a little bit and talk with me?"

"It is what friends are for. I would know, of course ." Twilight said as she pulled a chair out from a study table.

"You sure would, Princess," I chuckled, wiping my eyelids again.

"So, how are your feelings in regards to this world? I can't imagine them being too good after learning the truth." Twilight said.

"I don't like this world. If I had to compare it to something, it would be a punch in the gut." I replied.

"Why so?" Twilight asked.

"Because it's so similar to my world, but it actually isn't. It's just a parallel universe of Equestria. My family and friends don't exist and the United States and the other counties are nothing. Twilight, if I ever got questioned about my identity by some authoritative figure, I would have nothing to say because there are no records of me here." I said.

"I see what you mean. You technically wouldn't exist at all, so that could be problematic depending on the situation." Twilight said.

"Yeah. But you, well, you're counterpart exists in the world somewhere, so you're probably okay." I said.

"I never really thought about that until now." Twilight realized.

"Maybe you'll see her tomorrow." I said.

"Possibly. However, I'm not sure wether to consider that exciting or mildly terrifying. Probably both." Twilight said.

"I'd say." I said.

"Anyways, you were saying that this world is like a punch in the gut?" Twilight brought back up.

"Yeah. I wish I could just get over the fact I'll never get back...." I said, followed by a period of silence.

"Do you ever wish you could take it all back? Not getting near the portal and staying inside your home that night." Twilight asked.

"I try my best not to. Although I technically made a risky decision and lost a lot, I somehow managed to receive something that deserves to be cherished... And that is, well, true friendship." I said as Twilight warmly smiled.

She then delicately placed her hand on my right hand that rested on the study table. Might sound a bit weird, but it was nice to feel such a caring touch by a human once again.

"Here's my best advice I can give you," Twilight began as her hand retreated. "Do your best to let go of the past. Learn to forget the fears that cause such anxiety and misery. If you never do, those feelings will always haunt you." Twilight said.

"But how? Maybe, like, thinking more about the future and what more good can be brought to me in my time in Equestria?" I asked.

"That's perfect! Think more positive feelings and develop aspirations for the future. That's what I learned from my parents when Shining Armor had to go away." Twilight said.

"Huh. Okay. I mean, nothing really bad is happening in my life right now, so that's a start." I optimistically shrugged.

"Absolutely. And if you ever want to talk more abo--" Twilight said before looking downwards at Spike, who was pawing her leg.

"I hope I'm not interrupting something super important, but there's someone at the library door." Spike said.

"Is there?" Twilight asked.

Twilight and I then peeked through the opening of the metal railing and checked out the front door. It was so dark on that side of the room that we couldn't even see the entrance.

"How can you even see the door?" I whispered to Spike.

"Must be my dog vision." Spike replied.

"Is the person still there?" Twilight asked.

"Oh," Spike said, confused. "Well, uh, I guess they must've left. Whoever that was, they were just as tall as Caleb."

"That's a little weird. And you're sure someone was there?" Twilight asked.

"Yup." Spike replied.

"And they didn't see you, right?" I asked.

"I don't think so. I didn't see any eyes, so they must've been looking in a different direction." Spike replied.

"Maybe the school has someone who walks the hallways or something." I guessed.

"In that case, maybe we should get back to our hiding place for the night." Twilight advised.

As we slowly shuffled our way to the back of the upper floor, I took one quick look at the library's entrance and stared. Like before, I didn't see anything but I got this gut feeling that I shouldn't be looking back, so I didn't stick around. And so, we made it to our makeshift book beds and hit the hay for the next day in this new world.

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