• Published 23rd Jun 2019
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A Forgotten Trooper - SonicTeam34

A lone Clone Trooper wakes up in the rubble of a Gunship with his brothers dead around him. The Trooper soon realizes that the Gunship has crashed on an unmarked planet in the galaxy, which is full of ponies, unaware of the war just beyond there sky.

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Chapter 12: This Place Has Dragons, Of Course

A few weeks had passed since Strider had begun working on the Gunship, but it didn't look like it. The ship was still badly beaten up and some parts were hanging by threads or wires. But Strider had managed to reboot the system of the Gunship, restoring power to the NAVA computer and the Communication System.

It had required lot's of patients and tons of precise placements of wires and machinery. But at the end of the day, Strider managed to get part of the job done.

It was around mid day and Strider was currently twisting a screwdriver behind a bent panel in the transportation bay. The panel scraped against the wall as Strider tried to free it. The screws around the panel had all been taken out, but the crash had sent part of the panel into another, wedging it stuck.

With one last pull, Strider let go of the panel and sighed. It was going to take some force to free that panel, maybe a hammer.

Strider reached around for the tool box, but instead found a hammer dangling from the talons of three birds. Then, they dropped the hammer into Strider's hand.

"Uh, thanks?" Strider said, looking at the birds.

The three birds chirped happily at him, before flying away. Strider decided to just go back to work, bringing the hammer down on the panel. The panel quickly gave way, falling to the ground and exposing several wires behind it.

"Haha! That's where you are!" Strider proclaimed, looking at the wires.

It was the central control wiring, the main core of power dispersion in the Gunship. Once this is repaired, the Gunship's power would run through the whole ship.

Strider quickly went to work, unscrewing a mini power box in the wires and tweaking a few strings. It didn't take to long before he had secured a loose wire and managed to reconnect and repair any broken wires. The trooper was about to begin working on the power when a certain pink pony bounced into the transportation bay.

"Hi Strider! When the whole Nightmare Moon thing happened I ended up forgetting about your welcome party! Which rarely happens. I never forget parties. But that just means that this party has to be even better to make it up to you!" Pinkie Pie exclaimed.

Strider put down a tool he was holding and looked at the mare. "Pinkie Pie, I would rather not have a party just because I showed up. I would rather keep working on repairing the Gunship so I--" Strider couldn't finish as the Pink pony grabbed him by the arm and pulled him away from the Gunship.

"I haven't missed a welcome party since the dawn of time and I am not stopping today! It's gonna be fun Strider! I Pinkie Promise! Cross my heart and hope to fly, stick a cupcake in my eye." Pinkie Pie exclaimed while doing several motions in the air.

Strider just sighed, he already knew how determined Pinkie Pie was when she wanted to do something. So instead of fighting, he let Pinkie Pie drag him towards town. Besides, it would be nice to make connections here encase he needed parts for the Gunship.

Strider ended up at the gingerbread looking building which Pinkie Pie had claimed was called Sugar Cube Corner. Inside, it looked like a sweets bakery. Several baked goods were on display in a glass case located in the counter where the cash register was located. A few tables were scattered around the room, some of them had ponies sitting in chairs at them while enjoying a treat.

"Mrs Cake! I brought a new friend over!" Pinkie Pie called out to the room behind the counter.

Strider quickly spotted a light blue pony with a pale crimson mane and tail trotted through two saloon style doors. The pony was wearing what Strider assumed was a pony version of an apron, as well as pink spherical earrings.

"Ah yes, the one you were talking about this morning?" Mrs Cake proclaimed as she went over to the counter.

"Yes sir-re! Mrs Cake, this is Strider." Pinkie Pie introduced, pointing a hoof at the trooper.

"Nice to meet you Mr....." She trailed off when she spotted the trooper, his expression masked by his helmet.

"Strider, ma'am." Strider finished.

Mrs Cake eyed Pinkie Pie, who gave her a nod in agreement, before she looked at Strider. "Well, if Pinkie's ok with you, then I am to." She said, cracking a smile.

"Mrs Cake, do you think I could bring Strider up to my room? I've never thrown a party for a clone trooper and want to know what he would like." Pinkie Pie exclaimed.

"Sure thing." Mrs Cake answered, her fear fading away.

Not wanting to waste anymore time, Pinkie Pie guided Strider up a set of stairs that led to another floor. Right as the two were out of sight, a purple baby dragon entered through the front door.

Mrs Cake quickly identified Spike and smiled. "Good afternoon Spike, i'm guessing Twilight gave you a day off?" The baker asked.

Spike grinned, before answering. "Yep, Twilight thought I deserve a treat for my hard work at organizing the whole library twice." Spike claimed.

"Well then, what do you want Spike?" Mrs Cake asked.

"Hmm," Spike muttered, looking at the display cases in the counter. "Do you have anything with gems?" He questioned.

Mrs Cake brought a hoof to her chin, thinking about the request. Did she even have any gems in the back?

"Sorry Spike, but we don't have any gems." Mrs Cake exclaimed.

Spike sighed. "I wish this town had gems for sale." He said sadly.

Mrs Cake looked looked down at the sad baby dragon, before an idea popped into her mind. "We do have berry bit cupcakes." She said.

Spike's face quickly brightened up at the name of the treat. "Ooh, can I try that?"

"Sure thing, give me a second dear." Mrs Cake stated, before heading into the kitchen behind the counter.

Spike went over to a table and sat down, glancing out the window at the ponies who were passing the building. Spike soon found himself locked in a daydreamy state. He was so zoned out, that he didn't notice Strider who was muttering to himself as he walked down the stairs.

"How can two balloons have several different textures just because it had different colors---" Strider trailed off as he spotted the dragon.

"Wait, is that, no," Strider muttered, walking much more silently down the stairs and towards Spike.

He was about three inches from the dragon before one bad move caused a floorboard to creak loudly. The noise alerted Spike who twirled around 180 degrees and was met face to face with the trooper. The two continued to stare at each other, until Spike began to ask questions.

"Who are you?" Spike asked.

"Um, Strider, clone trooper of the grand republic." Strider greeted. "Are you a dragon?"

"Yep, my name's Spike! Assistant to Twilight Sparkle."

"So this place not only has Ponies, but Dragons?"

"Uh, yeah? Wait, are you some sort of superhero!?" Spike asked, his eyes widening at the thought.

"I'm anything but a superhero. I'm just a clone, another number for the army." Strider said in a low tone.

Spike was about to say something, but stopped when he saw Mrs Cake walking towards him. She seemed to be holding a tray that had a set of cupcakes on it.

"Spike, your berry bit cupcakes are ready." Mrs Cake exclaimed, setting the tray down on the table Spike was sitting at.

The baby dragon smiled with glee at the sight of the the baked goods, before taking one and biting into it. While he was enjoying his snack, Mrs Cake looked over at Strider, who was currently quiet.

"Are you alright Strider?" She asked with a concerned tone.

"Yeah, just--thinking." Strider answered.

Strider was about to head over to the door, but Spike blocked his way.

"Hey, you wanna cupcake?" Spike asked.

Strider let out a weak smile, accepting the treat which was set in his hand, before leaving the bakery.

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