• Published 12th Oct 2012
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Bits and Games - Brian Jacko

Twilight Sparkle gets an unusual birthday gift.

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The Surprise Gift

"Shhh! Pinkie Pie stay down or she'll see you! We all have to keep quiet," Rarity warned the party pony.

The five mares and Spike were crouched low, hiding in Twilights library.

Twilight Sparkle woke up from her sleep. She stretched her legs and looked out the window. It was a beautiful day outside and she couldn't wait to enjoy her special day. She skipped down the stairs with excitement. Once she reached the bottom of the stairs, all of her friends popped out and yelled "SURPRISE!" Twilight fell backwards in surprise.

"Wow!" she said. "Thanks for remembering that it was my birthday today! Pinkie, it looks like you really out did yourself with all the balloons and party streamers!"

Pinkie Pie giggled and said, "Oh Twilight, you know when it comes to parties I'm always on the ball! Here, have a cupcake!" Pinkie Pie stuffed a cupcake in Twilights mouth.

Suddenly, Spike hunched over, holding his stomach. Twilight looked at him as his cheeks puffed up a bit. He burped out loud and out came a letter. Twilight used her magic to levitate the letter in the air. It was from the Princess. The letter simply read, "Happy Birthday!" Out from the bottom of the folded letter fell out six small pieces of paper that fell to the ground. Twilight looked at each one.

"It looks like these are some kind of gift certificates to a place called...." Twilight paused for a moment. "Bits and Games? Have any of you girls heard of such a place before?"

None of her friends had an answer. They all simply shook their heads no.

Twilight scratched her mane with her hoof and said, "I wonder what kind of games this place has?"

Pinkie Pie shot up and yelled out, "Maybe they have pin the tail on the pony!"

"Or maybe it's some kind of indoor sporting place!" Rainbow added.

"Maybe they have farm games like horse shoe tossin' or somethin'," Applejack said.

"I don't know girls," Twilight said. "The Princess left us a good chunk of bits for each of us. Fifty bits for each one of us. That's an awful lot of money. It sounds like this might be an all day event or something. Maybe the Princess knows something about this place that we don't know, or even better, maybe she's going to throw a surprise party for me there!"

Pinkie Pie folded her front legs in protest and said, "No pony throws a better party than me!"

Applejack adjusted her hat and replied, "Aw, come on Pinkie! We really should go and see what it is that the Princess wants us to enjoy. Why don't we all just go out and see what the big fuss is about this place and if we still have some energy left the next day, then you can throw us an after-party party. Sound fair?"

Pinkie Pie nodded yes in agreement.

"How about before we go, we all get something to eat for breakfast? I am just starving right now," Twilight said.

The other five mares agreed and trotted off to get something to eat.

When they finished eating, they decided to go to this place called Bits and Games. There was only one problem. No pony knew how to get there. They asked around town, but no pony had an answer for them. They searched all over the place and eventually gave up.

Twilight leaned against a building that she was standing next to, she was tired and frustrated that no pony in town knew anything about this special place that the Princess wanted them to go to.

"Why would the Princess send us to a place where no pony has even heard of before? You would figure that if the Princess were sending us away to somewhere special, that it would be very well known. This all just doesn’t make any sense to me," Twilight said.

Rainbow giggled a bit and said, "Hey Twi! I think you found it. Look behind you."

Twilight turned around and to her surprise there was an old, beat up sign that read "Bits and Games."

The building was very old and looked like it had seen better days. The funny thing about this place was that it was right in the center of town. There was a small window in which Twilight peaked through. She could see some kind of snack bar and some lights in the background, but no pony appeared to be inside.

"Is this place even open?" Applejack asked.

"The sign says open," Fluttershy nervously added.

"Well what are we waiting for?" Rainbow said. "Let's see what this place is all about."

Fluttershy studied the building with caution. She opened the door gently only to fall back from being blasted by a cacophony of noise from inside the building. Fluttershy gasped in fear. She ran and hid behind a nearby tree.

"What in Equestria was that all about?" Rarity asked.

"I don't know," Twilight said. "But it looks like we have to get Fluttershy to calm down."

The five others had to pry Fluttershy from the tree and drag her back to the building.

"But I don't want to go in there. Whatever is in there is loud and scary and I'm so scared of loud noises. Please don't make me go back in there," she said with tears in her eyes.

Applejack let go of her tail and said, "Relax sugar cube, ain't nothin' gunna hurt you inside that place. We're all here and we won't let nothin' bad happen to ya. Ya hear?"

Fluttershy gulped and nodded her head slowly.

Rainbow rolled her eyes and bucked the door open. Loud sounds came out that made the rest of the girls cover their ears in disgust.

Fluttershy let out an "Eeeeep!" and hid behind the others.

"What is this place!?" Twilight yelled out.

Rarity took her hooves out from her ears and said, "It sounds absolutely awful inside there. Those sounds are just terrible. Why, I can't imagine why the Princess would send us to a place so loud inside! Why don't we all just go home instead?"

"No," Twilight said. "That isn't right. The Princess sent us a lot of money and wanted us to come here for a reason. I know it's loud and sounds terrible in there, but the least we can do is check it out."

Rainbow Dash led the way inside.

Applejack grabbed a hold of Fluttershy's tail and dragged her along as well.

Once inside, Twilights mouth hung open in surprise. She tried to talk, but no pony could hear her. She eventually gave up and gestured for every pony to stand over in the corner of the building. Finally, they were able to hear each other more clearly.

"Oh no, no, no, no, NO!" Twilight said. "The Princess must have gotten things mixed up and sent me the wrong gift or something."

Applejack scratched her chin with her hoof as she looked around. "What in tarnations is this place? I haven't seen anythin' like it," she said.

Rarity began to whine. "Oh this place is just awful! It smells bad in here and I'm worried I'll have to wash my mane when I get home. This is obviously not a place where a true lady would hang out." Rarity turned her head and sniffed her mane. She didn't look too happy.

Rainbow scratched her mane with her hoof and said, "I thought this place was going to have sports and be, you know, cool."

Fluttershy nervously squeaked, "Oh my, this place is so loud and scary and all the bright lights could give some pony a seizure. My animal friends would be terrified of such a place like this. I want to go home."

Pinkie bounced over with a confused look on her face and said, "Where exactly are we, Twilight?"

Twilight stepped back as she examined the place and said, "We must be in an arcade! I have heard about these places before, but have never been in one. This is absolutely ridiculous! There is no way the Princess would ever step hoof inside such a filthy, dirty place like this. She must have meant to send those gift certificates to a colt or something."

"There were six tickets," Applejack added. "And it is yer birthday. I reckon the Princess wouldn't make such a careless mistake like that considerin' that yer her favorite student and everythin'."

Twilight sighed and said, "I just won't be able to enjoy myself here. Let's all just go home and send the gift certificates back."

Pinkie Pie tilted her head in confusion. She walked over to one of the machines and stared at it. Her eyes lit up as she gawked at the flashing lights atop the arcade cabinet. She bounced on over to another machine. She began to stare at the monitor and giggled madly. She looked back over to Twilight and said, "Oh my! These colors are amazing Twilight! They make my head feel like there are explosions and rainbooms inside my brain!"

Twilights face turned red with anger. "Come on girls. Let's go home!"

Pinkie Pie bounced over to them with a frown and said, "But wait girls! There must be something each of us can enjoy! Can't we at least try something before we leave? I bet we'll find at least ONE game that we'll enjoy playing. Just look at all of these games and the bright colors on the screen! Oh, that game looks like fun, but so does this one and this game..."

Twilight Sparkle put her hoof to her mouth and silenced the pink mare. "Fine," she said. "We'll stay a while and play a FEW games, but I certainly am not going to spend a long time here. Video games are for little immature colts that have nothing better to do with their time, and I certainly have better things to do in life like reading books and doing scientific research! Why don't we all split up and find some games to play for now."

The other mares nodded in agreement, except for Fluttershy. She was hiding in the corner with her hooves covering her eyes. "Let's um, not go?" she whimpered, but it was too late. She was left all alone in the corner of the arcade. She uncovered her eyes and began to panic. Every pony was gone. "Girls? Girls? Eeeeeep!" Fluttershy cried out. Fluttershy put her hooves back over her eyes, when she noticed the bright flashing lights coming from one of the arcade cabinets.

The rest of the girls went over and cashed their gift certificates in. They were each given a small bag of bits to spend on the games.