• 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 19: Heated Stare

The cave's ceiling was covered with smoke as it drifted through it and out into the sky. Twilight Sparkle trotted in front of the group, her expression focused and determined.

"Alright everypony, we're here. Rainbow Dash, I want you to clear out the smoke with your wings." The Unicorn instructed, watching Rainbow Dash take off into the sky before turning to face Rarity and Pinkie Pie.

"Rarity and Pinkie Pie, I need you to create a distraction encase things go badly." Twilight stated. Pinkie Pie quickly grabbed a rubber chicken out of her saddlebags and began waving it around for an example.

Twilight held back her confusion and turned to face Applejack and Strider. "Applejack and Strider, I need you two to be ready to throw apples and, whatever that machine does if the Dragon attacks."

Applejack grabbed a pair of apples from her saddlebags and bucked them into a nearby tree with enough force to cause the fruits to shatter on impact. Strider just saluted, questioning why he was following Twilight's orders. It was probably because he didn't exactly have a plan himself.

"But it shouldn't come to that, because Fluttershy will do what she needs to do to wake the Dragon up. With me following, both of us should be able to convince him to find another spot. Now, let's go." Twilight declared, walking into the cave.

Strider stool there for a few seconds, before spotting the unicorn coming out of the cave, a confused look across her face. The trooper then looked over to see that Fluttershy hadn't moved an inch since Twilight finished. Not only that, but she had stuck her head into the dirt completely.

"How the heck can she even breath?" Strider questioned, before kneeling down and removing Fluttershy's head from the dirt.

The others just shrugged, but Twilight's patience was wearing thin. "Come on Fluttershy, we need to go, now!"

Twilight tried to push Fluttershy towards the cave, but the pegasus remained sitting on the dirt, not budging. Next thing Strider knew, the rest of the ponies joined Twilight in pushing, but Fluttershy was only pushed a few inches before she anchored her hooves into the dirt, causing her to stop moving again.

"I-I can't." Fluttershy stuttered, looking at the ground.

"Why?" The group of ponies asked in unison.

"I'm, afraid of Dragons." She stated in a sorry tone.

Strider was about to question why, but quickly remembered that not only was Fluttershy a civilian, but a shy one to be exact. This isn't a place for her. He should have said that before the group began the trip.

"Alright everyone, back it up, give her some room." Strider exclaimed, walking over to Fluttershy.

The group did what Strider asked them, backing up a few feet. Strider knelt down next to Fluttershy, setting the DC-15S to the side. Fluttershy looked up at Strider, but quickly back to the ground.

Strider looked over at the other ponies, before sighing. Doesn't matter if they saw his face or not. He was a clone after all. So he put his hands over his helmet, and removed it, exposing his face to the others. They quickly began muttering to themselves, but Strider tuned them out. Instead, he looked right into Fluttershy's eyes.

"Fluttershy, i've been through a few things, things that sometimes got my bones rattled. But I had to face them to complete the mission, for the Republic, and for my brothers. You can't shy away from something forever, especially when someone you care about needs you." Strider said.

Fluttershy looked up at the trooper for a few seconds, before shying back to the ground. "I-I- I just, can't."

Strider sighed, before putting his hand on the top of her head. "Alright then," Strider said, before standing back up. "Sorry, but you'll have to finish the mission without her."

Twilight was about to protest, but glanced over at Fluttershy, before nodding.

"Ok then, everypony back to your positions." Twilight instructed.

Strider put his helmet back on and picked up the DC-15S. "You can take shelter behind that rock if you want." He exclaimed.

Fluttershy nodded, before trotting behind a massive rock silently. Strider watched Fluttershy until she was hidden from sight, before walking over towards the cave and taking cover right outside the entrance.

Twilight went back into the cave, the other's watching her until she faded once again into the darkness of the cave. Strider made sure the DC-15S was primed, before aiming down the cave into the darkness.

A few minutes passed with nothing different happening, until Twilight emerged from the cave, followed by a wave of smoke.

Strider waved some smoke away from his face with a hand, before looking back into the cave.

"I guess it's my turn." Rarity stated, walking into the cave.

She lasted shorter than Twilight, quickly being pushed out by another wave of smoke.

Strider was about to say something, but spotted Pinkie Pie who was now wearing some sort of party suit smile and walk into the cave.

Yeah, Strider expected her to last the shortest. She came out of the cave with all the balloons she was holding popped and one of the flippers she was wearing was missing.

"ALRIGHT, ENOUGH MISTER NICE PONY!" Rainbow Dash declared, taking off into the cave.

"Uh oh," Everypony else muttered, while Strider quickly aimed into the darkness.

Then, out of nowhere, Rainbow Dash was rolled like a bowling ball right into the group of ponies, knocking them against a rock.

That was Strider's cue. The Trooper abandoned his cover and aimed into the darkness, ready to take a shot. However, instead of the cave, he saw a red and yellow scaled Dragon looming above him.

"Oh son of a-" Strider couldn't finish as the Dragon smacked his tail against the Trooper, sending him flying into the same rock the other ponies had hit.

Strider's impact was so fast, that the entire top bit of the rock broke off with him, causing a chunk of the rock to fly over the edge. Strider was about to join it before he spotted a ledge and reached for it. His hands met the ledge, stopping him from suffering the same fate as the rock and the now falling DC-15S.

Strider looked down at the weapon and rock as they fell towards the forest below. Well there goes that blaster.

"Uh girls? Someone? Anyone?" Strider called out, noticing that the ledge was beginning to crumble away.

Right before the ledge gave way completely, a yellow hoof extended out towards Strider. The Trooper grabbed the hoof with a hand, using the other to help himself climb up.

Once Strider was back on the cliff, he let out a deep breath. That was way to close. He looked over at Fluttershy, who smiled warmly to him. Then, the mare turned around, her smile vanishing instantly. She flew away from Strider and right in front of the Dragon.

"NOW LISTEN HERE MISTER," Fluttershy shouted, landing right on the dragon's face. "Just because your big doesn't mean you get to be a bully!

Strider, along with the other ponies stared, slack jawed as Fluttershy stared down the dragon, still shouting.

"Just because you have big teeth and sharp scales and snore smoke and breath fire, but you do not, I repeat do NOT HURT MY FRIENDS!" Fluttershy proclaimed. "You got that?"

The Dragon lowered his head away from Fluttershy, looking up at her weakly. "But that rainbow one kicked me." He stated.

"And i'm very sorry about that, but your bigger than she is and you should know better." Fluttershy exclaimed.

Next thing Strider knew, he was watching Fluttershy SCOLD the Dragon. Fluttershy even managed to get the Dragon to cry a little. After the talk was done, Fluttershy patted the Dragon on the head, before flying down to the ground.

The others quickly recovered from their shock and went over to congratulate and cheer Fluttershy, but Strider was still frozen in place. How, just... how? Strider was expecting them to try and talk with the Dragon, but one single pony managed to not only make the Dragon leave, but caused it to tear up and feel bad.

After awhile, the others noticed Strider's lack of movement and went over to the Trooper. Rainbow Dash waved a hoof in front of Strider but no reaction triggered.

"Strider? Hello?" Twilight asked, wondering if this was normal for his species or not.

Finally, Strider snapped out of it and looked down at the ponies. "Let's...just get back." He said.

With those words in mind, the group began their journey back down the mountain. They spotted the Dragon taking off into the sky which had begun to clear up, the sunlight breaking through once again.

This was diffidently the strangest planets he has been on, but it was also one of the best.

Author's Note:

Wow, I just re-read this and saw several mistakes. I'm sorry about my crazy writing and will re-read all the chapters I wrote and fix them.

This means that the chapters will take longer to make due to me checking over, but I should have been doing that from the start to be honest.

However, I would like to shout out Silver Octave who was kind enough to offer to edit this story. However, I want this story to be my entrance to authorization. Yeah I know physical books also have editors, but I want to set a bar for myself.

Anyways, to end this ramble, Thank you all for the support and getting this story to the features box three times! I Pinkie Promise to do my best to keep this story updated and filled.

Cross my heart and hope to fly, stick a cupcake in my eye! :pinkiesmile:

Oh god, i've just written my pink note doing that didn't I? failure is no longer an option...

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