• Published 12th Jul 2017
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Sunset on the Golden Age - Lucky Seven

When Spike is kidnapped by a gang of pirates, Twilight takes it upon herself to venture the high seas in search of him.

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The Quest

It had been a few days since the Elements—minus Twilight Sparkle—had set off to Fillydelphia on a friendship mission. An upcoming meeting with some royals from Trottingham prevented Twilight from accompanying her friends. Of course, something told her that conflict would still find its way to Ponyville.

“Starlight?” Twilight called out. “Have you seen Spike? He wasn’t here when I woke up.”

“I thought he was still sleeping!” Starlight shouted back from her room. A few moments passed before the former villain trotted into Twilight’s chambers. “I didn’t see him on my way to the bathroom or back, is he not in here?”

“Not to my knowledge,” Twilight replied. “Maybe he’s just really dug up under his covers.”

Shifting around the sheets on his little bed revealed a crumpled up piece of paper. Using her magic to bring the paper eye level, she could see clearly that someone had hastily scrawled some words onto it.

“I think it’s a letter.”

“Well what are you waiting for?” Starlight shimmied her way over to read along. “Read it.”

Twilight Sparkle considered herself a pretty level-headed mare. It took a lot to get her mad, and even more to make her downright furious. As her eyes scanned over the letter left behind in Spike’s bed, she discovered that this could certainly qualify as ‘even more’.

Greetin', Princess Twilight,

If ye wish t' see yer precious dragon alive, then meet us at th' docks southwest o' Las Pegasus wit' no less than ten thousand unmarked bits.

If you’re not here by tomorrow afternoon, then we be goin' t' maroon th' wee drake 'n leave 'im t' rot. Or maybe we'll skin 'im alive 'n make ourselves some dragon leather boots!


th' Golden Age Pirate Crew

“Oh my Celestia, this is awful…” Twilight muttered, one of her hooves moving up to cover her mouth.

“You’re telling me! They took Spike!” Starlight cried out in agreeance.

“Not that,” Twilight shook her head. “Spike can definitely handle himself until we find him, but did you see how illegible this note is? Whoever these pirates are, they could certainly use some tutoring!”

“Really?” Starlight deadpanned. “I think we have bigger issues at hoof, Twilight.”

“Right, right. Alright, let’s think this over logically.”

“Well, we know who took him,” Starlight offered. “Why don’t we see if there’s anything in the library about this ‘Golden Age Pirate Crew’?”

Twilight nodded. “Good idea. And while we’re there, I can grab a few dictionaries to lecture them with!”

Twilight galloped off towards her library, leaving Starlight to sigh.

“Found it!” Twilight called out, waving a hoof at Starlight. “‘Full Sail: A Comprehensive History of Pirates in Equestria’.”

“Of course you would have a book like that,” Starlight chuckled, making her way over to her friend. “But is there anything about that gang that took Spike?”

“Hmm…” Twilight’s horn lit up, and the pages of the book rapidly began to turn. The unicorn watched in awe as her mentor quickly scanned over every page. With a thump, the book was closed again. “Nope, nothing about them here. Of course, this is just the first edition.”

Starlight smacked a hoof to her face in frustration. “Maybe we could just do what they said? I doubt Mayor Mare wouldn’t be willing to help save Spike.”

“Actually…” Twilight blushed, “Mayor Mare and Spike aren’t exactly on the best of terms.”

“What do you mean?”

“Well, a couple years before we met you, Spike sort of grew into a giant dragon and wrecked the majority of Ponyville,” Twilight explained. “There were a lot of lawsuits, but we managed to settle them out of court.”

“Great, there goes that idea…” Starlight muttered dejectedly. Her gaze fell to the floor, a morose look cast across her face. “What are we going to do then…?”

Twilight idly kicked her hoof across the floor. Rescuing Spike wasn’t going to be easy, that much was certain. Finding a way to reach Las Pegasus by tomorrow would be difficult enough, but procuring ten thousand unmarked bits? These pirates were demanding a hefty price, one that she wasn’t sure she’d be able to pay.

Still, she couldn’t simply give up on Spike. Would he ever give up on her?

“I’ll tell you what we’re going to do,” Twilight smiled, brimming with newfound confidence. “We’re going to round up a crew of our own and take these pirates head on. They may outnumber us, but the magic of friendship is undefeated!”

Starlight perked up a little at her friend’s speech. If there was one thing Twilight Sparkle was good at, it was instilling her own confidence into her friends. There was just one question.

“Who will we round up?”

Starlight rapped her hoof against the weak wooden door of her friend’s wagon. She could hear a bit of shuffling on the other side, followed by a shout. “Who is it?!”

“It’s Starlight. May I come in?”

The wagon door swung open, and Starlight peered inside. It was messier than usual, with bits of clothing and various magical items strewn across the floor. “Why didn’t you just tell Trixie! You are always welcome, Starlight. Come in!”

Starlight crossed the threshold into Trixie’s rather humble abode, being careful not to step on any potential valuables. “The place certainly looks… different, than I remember.”

“Hehe, sorry about that,” Trixie blushed. “I haven’t cleaned up since my performance last night.”

“It’s alright,” Starlight smiled. This was her first friend, so a little messiness wasn’t going to come between them. “I actually came to ask you a question.”

Trixie trotted over to her mirror, adjusting her mane a bit as Starlight spoke. “Mm… what is it?”

“You like Spike, right?”

“The little purple dragon?” Trixie recalled, running her brush through her hair. “But of course. He is one of Trixie’s most avid supporters now. Actually, he was at my show last night.”

“Right, well… here’s the thing,” Starlight coughed nervously. “You’d never want to lose one of your biggest fans, would you?”

Trixie span her chair about to face Starlight, all the while magically running that brush through her hair. “Of course not, why?”

Starlight chuckled, trying to alleviate the tension she felt. “He was kinda, sorta, um, foalnapped by a pirate crew.”

The brush that had been so gracefully running through Trixie’s mane found itself yanked hard in her surprise, ripping out a bit of hair. “Ow…” Trixie moaned, rubbing her head to alleviate the pain. “What do you mean he was foalnapped?”

“Exactly what it sounds like. We woke up this morning and all they had left behind was a letter telling us to meet them in Las Pegasus.”

When Trixie was sure the pain was finally gone, a look of anger shot across her face, and she nearly growled. “NOPONY is going to take away one of my fans!”

“Right!” Starlight shouted. “So, you’ll help us, then?”

“Help you?” Trixie laughed, hopping out of her chair. Within moments, the magical mare had retrieved her entire getup. “No, Trixie is doing this for her greatest fan!”

Awesome, Starlight thought, I just hope Twilight can convince him to help us too.

“Now, I know that you’re not exactly the biggest supporter of harmony—”

“Try not at all,” Discord yawned.

Twilight sighed. This was going to be frustrating. “... Okay, I know you’re not at all supportive of harmony, but there’s an emergency.”

Discord finally rolled out of bed, quite literally. The moment he smacked into the floor, he disappeared in a flash, popping back up beside his former nemesis. “Tell me, why is it that the fate of Equestria always seems to be in your hooves?”

Twilight tried to speak up, but quickly found herself interrupted. “That’s not—”

“And then,” Discord snapped a talon mid-speech, shrinking down enough to stand on Twilight’s nose, “you ponies always come to me. Tell me, what did you do before I was freed of my prison as a bird toilet?”

“Well, we—”

“Used the Elements of Harmony?” Discord guessed, flashing out of existence for a brief moment, only to appear back in front of her. In his hands, he held what looked to be replicas of the original stone elements. “Let me tell you, these things were far more trouble than Celestia let on.”

Twilight stamped a hoof down. “And just what is that supposed to mean?”

“Oh, just that the burden of being an Element far outweighs the benefit. Sure, you can save Equestria time and again, but is that really how you envisioned your life?” Discord asked.

Normally, Twilight would have had no issues getting into a philosophical debate with Discord, but now just wasn’t the time. “We don’t have time for this. I’m not here to ask for your help saving Equestria, Discord.”

“Oh?” Discord paused. In a flash of light, the mock elements were gone. “Then why are you? Hasn’t Fluttershy told you that I need my afternoon naps to recharge for work?”

Twilight cocked her head curiously. “What work do you even do?”

“Lots of things,” Discord chuckled. “Mostly selling practical jokes to ponies, which reminds me. How would you like to see Rainbow Dash’s home turn into a raincloud and vanish for a day?”

“That’s awful!”

“I know!” Discord’s chuckling turned into full-blown laughter. “Just imagine the look on her face, it would be priceless!”

Well… that much was true, and Twilight couldn’t deny it. Still, Discord’s antics were far too distracting. “Alright, look. Like it or not, you’re our friend, and friends are there for each other.”

“Fine,” Discord finally relented. “What do you need, Twilight?”

“Spike’s been kidnapped by a crew of rowdy pirates,” Twilight explained. “We need your help in case the situation goes south.”

“Oh, wait, this is about Spike? You should have said that from the start, Spike is my bro!”

Twilight deadpanned. “‘Bro’?”

“Yes, and I’ll have you know that the term ‘bro’ is nothing to be made fun of,” Discord harrumphed, crossing his arms over his chest. “It is an endearing term, one which you wouldn’t understand.”

“I suppose you’re right,” Twilight said. “So then you’re on board?”

“I never said I was ‘on board’, Twilight. I’m going to need something from you before I agree to anything.”

Discord smirked, scaring Twilight. “Just tell me what it is, Discord.”

His smirk slowly grew, and his hands rubbed against one another deviously. Laughter rose from his lungs, and Twilight knew she was in trouble.

Twilight sprinted through the main market of Ponyville, constantly looking behind her. Noticeably absent from the alicorn was the appendage that allowed her to manipulate magic.

“Help, goblins stole my horn!” She shouted. Almost instantly, everypony in the market fled in panic and terror. Once they were all gone, Twilight’s horn reappeared on her head. “There, are you satisfied?”

“Absolutely,” Discord laughed, appearing at her side. “Did you see how those flower ponies just sprinted away? Classic.

“Yeah, that’s certainly a word you could use to describe it,” Twilight frowned. “Now, what do you say we meet Starlight at the train station?”

“After you,” Discord bowed mockingly.

Starlight and Trixie had been waiting for about fifteen minutes, and the latter was beginning to grow impatient. “Must we really wait for them?”

“If we want to have any chance of rescuing Spike, yes.”

“Come on. The two of us would be more than a match for any pirate crew!” Trixie shouted.

“That may be,” Starlight giggled, “but Twilight is counting on us.”

“Well, Trixie thinks that—”

“There they are,” Starlight cut off her friend, pointing a hoof out towards the distance. Sure enough, Discord and Twilight could be seen making their way to the pair. “Alright, let’s get ready to go.”

The two raised from the bench they’d been waiting on, regarding their friends.

“So, I see you managed to get that… weird snake thingy, to help us,” Trixie spoke. “I’m not sure what use he’ll be of when you already have the three greatest magicians in Equestria.”

“Trust me, Discord will prove his worth to you,” Twilight smiled.

“Not that I need to,” Discord muttered.

“Well, now that the gang is all rounded up, what do you guys say we get this journey underway?” Starlight spoke up, attempting to get the troops in order. “It’ll be a long journey to Las Pegasus.”

“That reminds me… Why didn’t we pack any luggage?” Discord asked. “It feels strange going on a vacation without having packed.”

“Um, because you can just use your weird snake powers to make anything you want?” Trixie guessed.

“Plus, this isn’t a vacation,” Twilight added.

“Oh, please, an adventure through the high seas, and you don’t call that a vacation?”

“I doubt it’ll come to that,” Starlight answered, making her way into their train. The rest of the gang followed suit. As the doors shut, Discord chuckled.

“We’ll see about that.”

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Comments ( 35 )

Pirates, adventure, comedy and Spike? You sir, are a genius.

This is giving me some Shanghai'd! vibes.

Hopefully Discord doesn't drop Trixie into the... Fly of Despair.

There is literally no piece of fiction in existence which would not be improved with the addition of pirates. Heck, even some periods of actual history seriously want for a good pirate adventure. :twilightsmile:

Now that the SomethingEmoAndEdgy goose can lay no more golden eggs (rest in peace you mysterious, tortured genius), there is little on FiMFic I'm more excited for than the next chapter of this.

*pirate noises intensify*

I can only smile because I haven't actually read any of Shanghai'd.

“Did you see how those flower ponies just sprinted away? Classic.

I did just read Roseluck's Realization, though.

You asked for a comment. Oh dude, you're getting it.

There's plenty of potential already. You've got a good line of characters, all of whom have some sort of connection and relationship—and they're all fairly snarky and all, so there will be many snark fests to be held. And the exchanged dialogue already shows you're doing well in that department already.

I found it super funny how Starlight knew to slowly interest Trixie into joining the mission. It doesn't surprise me that she can be somewhat manipulative—you know, for good reasons! And god, I can see Discord trying to say 'bro.' He's already said 'besties' in an episode (I cringed) so that's nothing new, but it's also a nice connection to that one episode where he and Spike became friends (still haven't seen that >.<).

I will mention drawing caution to the fact that Discord is on this team. AKA in issue that can be questioned in many stories where he's featured because he's an OP as hell dude. Since you have Discord, you really don't need anyone else in this rescue mission. This doesn't need to be addressed because hey, it's fanfiction, who cares? Still, I can't help but bring it up, and as long as he isn't wasted potential, it should be fine.

Also, I do hope they spared a letter for the girls when they get home. I am actually pretty cool for the circumstances that they can't join—they can't get them now, for example, because time restraints—but if Rarity figured out, oh boy!

ALSO also, I'm gonna bitch about the letter, bud. While I get what you were going for, got to be honest, no one ever really writes like that. You can absolutely write in grammatical errors or messy sentence structures to piss her off, but adding accents feels off. I know why you did it, but it's also the stream of logic many people have when putting too much emphasis on accents when writing dialogue for a character like Applejack.

Otherwise, good so far, dude!

Twilight, Starlight, Trixie and Discord team up to find and free Spike from pirates?
I am interested!

Does this take place before Trixie, Starlight, and Discord help Thorax become king? Because Trixie acts like she barely knows Discord at all. She calls him a weird snake thingy instead of by his name, or by his "clutzy" nickname.

Also, why not ask King Thorax for help? Or ask Celestia/Luna/Cadance for the bits? Or Ember?

How did a crew of pirates manage to kidnap Spike while he was sleeping in the castle and make it all the way to Las Pegasus in less than a day? (Then again, the Changelings kidnapped the princesses, Shining, Spike, and the Main 6 in just a day or two from their castles without hardly anyone aside from Sunburst noticing, so...)

Heh, nice that Spike likes Trixie's magic shows, though.

Here's more Alestorm, because there's no such thing as too much Alestorm.

This was pretty fun, and I look forward to pirate shenanigans to come. :twilightsmile:

Off to a pretty good start. Can't wait to see their antics on the high seas!

There better be wenches, plunder, ridiculous consumption of rum and a nonsensical reference to Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

Its really good keep up the good work

I'm more scared of the Perfume Department personally.

Can't discord just teleport them there?

He could, but Discord has more sense for adventure than that!

Oh, I can tell. This is going to be fun. :pinkiehappy:

I just bought another one of their CD's a few days ago! I seem to be missing one or two of them, because in the second Leviathan-related song he makes mention of defeating ninjas, but none of their songs that I've heard included ninjas.

Man this looks like fun. The only thing that would make it better is if Twilight's horn were actually stolen by goblins.

8291842 Agreed. The only thing better in a story than regular pirates are sky pirates, and the only thing better than them are space pirates.

please somehow allow 'yarg' to be said at least once, love that word

Like I love pirate stories.

I feel like Pipsqueak would love a pirate adventure.

I wonder if Celestia and Luna are aware of their little gem Spike was kidnapped by pirates?

New pirate's first rule: Never put a fire breathing dragon on your wooden boat.

I desperately hope there won't be a severe lack of saucy wenches and cheesy yoho-ing.

This feels really lazy. Twilight is an Alicorn princess but doesn't even consider calling on the guard to deal with this? At least PRETEND to have an excuse for the pirate misfits adventure instead of something reasonable.

Why would she let guards have all the fun. When villians attacked, Celestia didnt call her guards to go deal with them in the actual show.

I understand your point of view, but at the same time, a plot has to have an element of fun to it. It'd be like complaining about why Spike isn't in every adventure or scene involving the Castle. He lives there, but his presence isn't always critical to the telling of the story.

Or asking why Discord didn't just snap his talons and solve everything in the season 4 premiere. That would have deprived everyone of a valuable, fun adventure, as well as a lesson in friendship.

She concludes that they should fight them, but calling in the actual fighters is too obvious for a kidnapping to just ignore in a text format without at least a JOKE reason.

Honestly the writing thus far was bland, and I feel the story is coasting on the crowd-pleasing topic and great cover image, though in fairness the adventure hasn't started yet.

You definitely have a right to whatever opinion you choose. I'm just saying you should definitely give it a chance once the adventure starts, because that's where things kick into gear, I would imagine. Either way, it's very kind of you to explain your distaste as opposed to just dropping a downvote and saying "you suck", lol.

with those tags, characters, and pirates, i vibrated with excitement.

“Not that,” Twilight shook her head. “Spike can definitely handle himself until we find him”

do i sense wacky hi-jinks with spikes actual kidnapping in the back round, maybe cut a ways showing him doing humiliating pirate things, and the meat and potatoes their vacation?

im interested in how you're going to handle discord. remember, he's got a scheduled tea time with fluttershy. i don't think he'd miss that.

also, with "sunset" in the title, any change of bacon horse showing up?

Any chance of the rest of the Main 6 finding out because it's unlike Twilight to have an adventure without them by her side

Also, I hope this story continues

Some time soon, I'll continue it c:

And I do have plans for other characters, but life has gotten in the way of writing lately.

Totally understandable. updates to my own story have been slow as my job is getting more and more hectic

Eagerly awaiting a chapter

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