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I'm Not Bad - ppg1998



Seriously, I'm not! Why do people assume that?

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Chapter 2: Two Days Of Bridle Gossip (Edited)

“Finally a new home for a new life.”

I look at my new home. It was a white, two story house with a scientist style to it. Although it was kinda a mess, I was told the last ponies who owned this place abandoned it years ago and was put up for sale. Unfortunately, do to its position in town being so far near the edge that the mayor nearly forgot about it when I asked for what houses were available. Some of the glass in the windows were broken, cobwebs on every oncer of the ceiling, and somehow a tumbleweed got in there somehow.

“I’ve got my work cut out for me.”

Luckily for me, while my special talent was with technology, I would say I’m pretty good in cleaning. Since the only job I could get was my dad’s shop back in Magestaff, the only task that the townsfolk wouldn’t insult me for was when I kept the shop spotless. They can't exactly say I didn't do a good job if I'm doing it right in front of them. Ignorant jerks.

I take a deep breath and keep my mind off of those people. This is a new town with new ponies and new perspectives. I just need to get settled in and then everything can get better. I start by using both my magic and hooves to get all my bags into the house which only consisted of one suitcase for my clothes, another for some old keepsakes and things to decorate my room, and finally a larger suitcase that has all my tools. It was hard beyond hard to get any form of technology into the town legally, but damn it was a worthy fight. I actually had to get done royal guards and a few canterlot nobles involved.

Say what you will about those snobs, they sure know their way around the legal system. Anyway, I go up the stairs to my room which was down the hall last door in the left. The room was probably the cleanest room in the house, although that's not saying much. Still it's nice to know I won't have to work as hard to clean this room the rest of the house. I leave all my bags near the bed which thankfully came with the house and was the one thing I didn't need to clean or fix. I was going to need to change the plain white bed sheets to more of my style later, but it will do for now.

After I place my bags in near the bed I go back out into the hall and find a broom closet along with a dust pan. Looks like it time to get cleaning. I start by throwing that tumbleweed out of my house.


[---POV Twilight---]


It was a beautiful day as me and Spike walked down the empty street.

“Wow, what a gorgeous day!”

“Rainbow Dash must have gotten up early for once and cleared all the clouds away.”

“I bet all of Ponyville is going to be out enjoying the sunshine. What? Where is everypony?”

I saw as the town was completely empty, a blue mare went up to her wi for shutters just to close it in a hurry. And then of all thing a tumbleweed went by.

“Is it some sort of pony holiday?”

“Not that I know of.”

“Does my breath stink?”

Spike breathed out some air. It didn't smell any more bad than usual dragon breath.

“Not more than usual.”

“Is it... zombies?!”

I couldn't but roll my eyes a bit at that. “Uh... not very likely.”

“Not likely... but possible?”

Before I could give a response Pinkie Pie peaked through the doors of Sugarcube Corner and whispered. “Twilight! Spike! Come here! Come! Here! Hurry! Before she gets you!”

I was curious and worried for my friends so with Spike on my back I went inside.

I was greeted with a flashlight turning onto my face. Which resulted me to cover and rub them a bit. Spike then held on tight to my neck.

“Who?! The zombie pony?”

“Z-Zombie pony?!” Pinkie said already scared.

I replied agitated. “Spike! There are no zombie ponies. Pinkie, what are you doing here alone in the dark?”

“I'm not alone in the dark.”

My eyes adjusted to the dark too enough to see all my other friends and Apple Bloom are in the room too.

I replied a little confused. “Okay then, what are you all doing here in the dark?”

Applejack replied in a worried tone. “We're hidin' from her!”

I look out the window to see a stranger wearing a brown robe. She looks this way with yellow glowing eyes and everyone flips out for some reason.

This is going to be a long day, I can already tell.


[---Blade POV---]


Ok, I admit that I'm no expert in magic, but how does a broom and dust pan turn to dust as soon as you start using them?! Uh, at least I have so bits to spend. There should at least one store in town that sells cleaning supplies. I walk through to town and find suspiciously empty. Ok this is getting weird, hate can handle, but afraid to show their faces is a new one, from adults at least. Oh please don't tell me my reputation has reached other towns as well.

After some walking luck finally appears as I see a mare in a brown robe digging at the dirt, maybe she knows what's going on. I walk towards the mare.

“Hello! Excuse me!”


[---Twilight POV---]


Apple Bloom then spoke, “Did you see her Twilight? Did you see... Zecora?”


“Apple Bloom! I told you never to say that name.”

“Well, I saw her glance this way…” Twilight said.

“Glance evilly this way.” said Pinkie.

“... And then a bunch of you flip out for no good reason.”

“No good reason? You call protectin' yer kin no good reason? Why, as soon as my sister saw Zecora ridin' into town, she started shakin' in her lil' horseshoes.”

“Did not!”

“So I swept her up and brought her here.”

“I walked here myself!”

“For safe keepin'.”


Apple Bloom complained to her big sister. “Applejack, I'm not a baby! I can take care of myself!”

Applejack replied sternly. “Not from that creepy Zecora.”

Fluttershy spoke. “She's mysterious.”

Rainbow Dash spoke next. “Sinister.”

Finishing with Pinkie Pie. “And spoooooky!”

I groaned. Then Apple Bloom spoke up as she looked out the window. “Hey! Some mare is walking up to Zecora!”

All of us rushed to the window, and there, clear as day was a new mare I've never seen before going to her to get her attention. It's nice to know not everyone in this town is not so quick to judge.

Then pinkie gasped in fear. “Oh no! The flower girls were right!”

Me and the other girls looked at pinkie confused. Applejack beat me to ask her.

“What are ya goin’ on about Pinkie?”

“Earlier today, one of the flower girls told me that her cousin’s friend told her which told the flower girl which told me that the Tech Witch was heading toward Ponyville! I didn't realize it would be this soon or now if all times! If those two join forces who knows what kinda bad things those scary ponies could do!”

Suddenly all my friends gasp as I made a facehoof.

Ok, now this is just starting to get ridiculous. “Ok, before this gets anymore of hand, could tell me what is a Tech Witch?”

“They are mean mares that don't like magic and think that technology is superior to magic and will use her whatchamacallits to think like the way she does until all the magic in Equestria is gone.

I felt like I needed to slam my head against something. This was getting from weird to just plain stupid.


[---Blade POV---]


The mare turned to me and she pulled down her hood to see it's a Zebra. There is something you don't see everyday. I walk to the Zebra mare and speak as she smiles herself.

“Hello miss. I hope I'm not disturbing you or anything. I was just wondering where if you know why no one is around?”

“I'm afraid I do not kind mare, every time ponies to I do know where. You are the first to actually speak to me, why is that to be?”

“I actually just moved here to get a fresh start, and I'm sorry that this is happening. Believe me, I know what it's like to be an outcast to a whole town.”

“I thank you for your sympathy and I am sorry that happened to you, I can assume that is why you came here too?”

“You assume correct. The reason I came into town however is to pick up some cleaning supplies for my new home. It is a bit of a mess at the moment. You wouldn't happen to have anything I could borrow to help me with that?”

“It would be cruel not to, come on back to my home after all it is the neighborly thing to do.”

We start walking toward the Everfree Forest.

“Thank you… oh I'm sorry I never caught your name.”

“Zerora is what you may call me, what is the name that I may call thee?”

“Blaze Blade, but I prefer Blade if it's not too much to ask, now let's get to your home so I may finish my task!” I couldn't help but giggle.

Zecora joined in on the laugh. “Your rhyme was perfect on the time. Most ponies question my dialogue before they might try to imitate my line. How did you know that my culture stance on other trying to rhyme was fine?”

“Simple, I’m actually part zebra myself. You didn't seriously think my black and white mane wasn't a little suspicious?”

“That is something I didn't think I would hear today, I have to say that you sure made my day.”


[---Applebloom POV---]


Twilight spoke. “Ok how was that evil? They were just talking?”

Pinkie replied. “Maybe they were discussing evil plans together to put a curse on the town! Maybe they are going to make zombie ponies!”

Spike then quickly held onto Twilight’s leg as she hits her hoof to her face.

This is stupid. I'm just going to go talk to them. There is no way those two are as bad as everyone says there if they have never talked to them.

I'm not a baby anymore. I mean what's the worst that can happen?

[---5 minutes later---]

I am so lost. Applejack is gonna kill me.

I had tried to follow Zecora and that new mare, but at one point I took a wrong turn and now I don't know where I am. So far the only thing I've been able to find besides the scary trees are some weird looking blue flowers every once and awhile.

After some time of traveling I hear something call out to me.

“Hey kid! What are you doing out here?”

I turn to the voice to see that new mare that was talking to Zecora earlier. She approached me with a concerned expression on her face. While also carrying a small bag in her magic.

“What are you doing out here all by yourself?”

“Ah’m sorry miss, I was just curious and I wanted to talk to Zecora since everyone else was too scared to talk to her. What are you doing out here?”

“I was just talking to Zecora and kindly asked for some cleaning supplies for my new home. She showed me to her home and gave me what I needed. Judging by how smooth it went I think I can say I made a new friend today.”

“Really? Ha! I knew she wasn't what everypony thought she was! Uh, do you know where she is? I at least want to talk to her myself. I'm interested in meeting her.”

“Sure, just go down that path, continue on for a few minutes, it should be easy to see on your right, if you find yourself near a pond you've gone too far.”

“Thanks miss.”

“Please call me Blade.”

“Thanks miss Blade!”

I took miss blades advice and took the path and started heading for Zecora.


[---Blade POV---]


Good kid. No doubt she will be in trouble after this, but then again what kid doesn't at some point or another. At least I put her on a safe path. I would never forgive myself if I purposely put a child in danger.

Zecora gave me these special potions and brews that when I use basic levitation with them it can get things clean in no time. One day here and I've already made a friend. That's a lot more than I was expecting on my first day.

I start walking toward my house through the Everfree and after a while I notice these blue flowers as a walk by. They looked interesting so I decided to pick one up in my magic and bring it home.

Today was a good day all things considered. It could have been a lot worse.


[---The Next Day---]


“Ok, this is not good.”

When I woke up this morning I saw that my horn was active with magic without me doing it. This had me a little worried when I tried to turn it off. I even tried that easier trick where you lick your hoof and put on the tip of your horn and even that didn't work.

Maybe this won't be a big deal, I got up out of bed and walked to the door and tried to turn to reach for the doorknob, but my hoof went through it! It kept happened every time I touched, but somehow the door remained solid. Ok, what the buck is happening? I got agitated and I tried bucking the door open, while in mid buck I was teleported to my stairs and with my buck combined with gravity made fall.

It safe to say what resulted hurt a lot. I need to figure this out now! Someone in town has to know-

I didn't get to finish that thought as my magic came up again and I soon found myself in mid air above a fountain.

“Oh come on.”

I fell in and got very wet. Ok, whatever is doing this is really trying to piss me off. I moved my head up out of the water and spit some water out of my mouth. Some nearby ponies who saw the display were trying their best not to laugh.

“Uhhh. Can something give me a sign as to why this is happening?”

I should have been more specific because I got exactly what I asked. In the form of an out of control upside down blue Pegasus crashing into me and give me a terrifying ride through town.

As we flew I was eventually accidentally thrown off as the Pegasus was sent to a window of a treehouse. As for mean, I landed on the roof, luckily the leaves softened my impact to it. Unluckily, my magic came up again and I fazed through the roof and landed on top of of some purple unicorn.

“Uhhh. Pain, you can go buck yourself.”

I saw a pink pony jump in fear and then try to talk, but I couldn't understand anything she was saying because of what happened to her tongue. I saw the purple mare under me and I blush embarrassingly and quickly got off.

“I am very sorry, I swear I didn't mean to do any harm.”

The purple unicorn got up to her hooves. “It's fine, you're not the only one with a problem like this. I was actually just trying to figure out what's wrong with us, so far, I've found nothing. My name is Twilight Sparkle.”

“Blaze Blade, pleasure to meet you. By the way, why is the pink one looking at me like that?”

“Oh that's Pinkie Pie. She apparently heard a rumor about you being some kinda tech witch.”

Oh that's just great! No wonder why Zecora was the only one in town that didn't run from me. Before I could say anything the Pegasus from before came through the door accidentally busting it down and crashed into a bookshelf.

“See! Zecora put a curse on us! I told you.”

Soon more showed as a white mare with a purple mane walked in looking like she was the worst bad hair day in existence.

“I'm afraid I have to agree with rainbow.”

Then came the kid from yesterday along with a tiny orange mare with a cowboy hat speaking with a high pitched western accent. It was trying very hard not to laugh.

“I hate to say I told you so twilight, but I told you so!”

Must. Resist. Laughter. Soon the last one to show was a yellow Pegasus who seemed pretty normal. Maybe she managed to avoid whatever is responsible for this.

“It's a curse I tells ya!”

Twilight spoke as she looked at Fluttershy. “But, Fluttershy seems just fine.”

The purple mare replied. “It's true, there doesn't seem to be a thing wrong with her.”

Twilight Sparkle replied. “Fluttershy? Are you okay? Is there something wrong with you? Would you care to tell us? So... you're not going to tell us? Yes you're not, or yes you will?”

Through that whole conversation fluttershy was replying with head gestures. That is until the tiny orange mare spoke.

“Good gravy, girl! What's wrong with you?!”

Fluttershy then spoke in a deep male voice. “I don't want to talk about it.”

Well I tried.

“HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!”

After laughing hysterically for about five minutes straight. I was cut off. My own magic cutting my fun by making me teleport again, this time in mid air above above the treehouse stairs. Which in pretty sure I hit every step on the way down with at least one part of my body. I got a bit of my own medicine when I heard some of them were trying not to laugh themselves.

Somehow I got up without a scratch and dusted myself off.

“Sorry.”

The purple mare then spoke. “Apology accepted.”

Apple Bloom then spoke. “Oh hey miss Blade!”

The tiny orange mare then spoke. “Wait? You know this mare?”

“Of course. I meet her in the Everfree Forest after I got some cleaning supplies from Zecora. She was lost so I gave her directions.”

Rainbow then spoke. “Wait you know Zecora! Tell us where she is!”

“I don't think that's such a good idea.”

“Why?! You're working with Zecora aren't you?! I bet you're the one who did this! You were the only one to talk to her! Are you a spy?!”

I gave the biggest deadpan I could make.

“Ok, there are a few thing I need to clear up. First of all, Zecora is not a bad mare and I think I have more a right to be mad at you for blindly assuming that. Second of all, I doubt she would do this, at least not intentionally. I may have only meet her the other day, but I know a good mare when I see one. Third of all, even if and that is a pretty big deal if zecora was responsible for this and I was a her partner in crime, why do I have the same problem as the rest of you? And lastly, why would you think me or zecora to be a bad when none of you have even got the courage to talk to either of us?! And you think I’m the bad mare here.”

You could just feel the amount of guilt in the room from me chewing them all out. While my anger was mostly focused on Rainbow, I made sure it was directed at all of them.

Spike was the only without a guilty expression.

“Ok, because I know all of you feel like crap right now. How about we all start over. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Blaze Blade. Technology is my special talent and I just came to this town to get a fresh new start and I hope that's not too much to ask.”

While they all looked less guilty they all decided to share their names.

“I’m Rarity.”

“I’m Rainbow Dash.”

“I’m Twilight.”

“I’m Fluttershy.”

“Ah'm Applejack.”

“I’m Applebloom.”

The pink one tried to speak, but I didn’t really understand it.

Rarity spoke for her. “That’s Pinkie Pie.”

I spoke. “Ok, now that is out of the way. Lets all go to zecora and simply ask her what is wrong and see if she has anything to say about this.”

They were all reluctant, but it seemed they were willing to follow as I went out the front door.


[---1 hour later---]


“Ahhhh, see, see what happens when you treat ponies how they want to treat you.”

After we all stopped by Zecora, she told us about the cure in a copy of the one book that Twilight purposely didn’t read because it was supernatural. It’s never a good idea to throw out any solution on the table in my book. After she gave us the recipe we stopped by the Ponyville spa to get fixed.

Currently we were all in a hot tub with the formula to cure us. Ahhh, there is nothing like a hot bath to make your worries go away.

Applejack was the first to speak. “Ah’m sorry Blade, I really didn’t mean to be a jerk, I was just looking out for ma family.”

“Don’t sweat it Applejack, I know you were just trying to do the right thing for your sister. Just as long as you don’t make the similar mistake again, we’re square.”

We shook hooves and went back to relaxing in the tub for a bit longer. After about twenty more minutes we all decided to get out and head home.

Today while kinda hectic, but was better than I expected nonetheless. I set some ponies straight and possibly made some new friends. I wonder if anything else will come my way.

After a few minutes I make it to my house. As I open the door I notice it is unusually dark. As soon as I close the door the lights turn on to a bunch of ponies in my house.

“SURPRISE!!!”

I was surprised.

So much in fact that the next thing I knew I was hanging onto the ceiling by a light bulb.

I didn't like surprises.

“Huh, and I thought Fluttershy was the only one to do that.” I heard Rainbow speak.

I then blush embarrassingly and then Twilight used her magic to help me down.

I then speak. “Uh, what are you all doing in my house?”

Pinkie then spoke. “It's your welcome to Ponyville party! Didn't get a chance to do it yesterday because of the plot. But now that we made up, we get to give you the best super duper party ever!”

Wait plot? Oh wait, what did her friends say? It's Pinkie, don't question it. Yeah I'll just go with that.

After that I got a truly awesome party. It may have felt sorta like a kids party, but hey it was fun so why should I care? It's my party!

Something tells me that I'm gonna like it here in Ponyville.

Author's Note:

Chapter 2 is out. Man it feels so good to write again. I hope you enjoy. If there is any professional editor or proofread reading this. Please PM me to help me out. Ok have a nice day. Have a Trollestia! :trollestia:

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