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My New Life in Equestria: Helping Has Its Ups and Downs - HAZESHIFT

Waking up in a tree usually doesn't mean its gonna be a good day...today on the other hand I find it to be the opposite...at least in the short run as i find myself in a world of ponies

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Chapter 11: And The Beat Goes On

Chapter 11: And The Beat Goes On

Ok so first I was shocked to find out that Fancy Pants was Twilight’s uncle. It took me a bit to process things but I eventually got over it. But now I was given another piece of information that blew my perspective on things; Spitfire of the Wonderbolts was Scootaloo’s aunt. I’m not totally sure how my body manages to keep up with me let alone keep working at a fine pace.

Hey Scootaloo I thought you said that this guy was cool? All he’s doing is staring into space quietly…does he always do this?” the orange mare with the fire like hair looked at the human with a bit of annoyance; she had heard from her niece about this awesome new creature that had save her life; and now her she was staring at it while it stared blankly at her.

“Excuse me Ms. Spitfire.” Rarity stepped up to the pegasus to get her attention. “I’ve seen him make that face before tonight and it was when he learned of someone being related to my friend Twilight Sparkle. So I think this might just be his of showing shock and trying to put all the pieces together.”

“Oh is that so? Well I can relate to that; I had one of those moments when I was in your town when your Pegasi made the tornado for the rain water; oh and you can just call me Spitfire no need to be formal Rarity.”

“Oh you know my name?”

“Well I do remember you from that time at the Best Young Fliers competition…” Spitfire shot Rarity a sly smile at which she blushed remembering that time. “And also Rainbow talks a lot about her friends whenever we have had a chance to hang out…uh Scootaloo what are you doing.” Spitfire paused to ask her filly niece a question.

The filly in question had managed to somehow climb up Dan like some kind of Wanderer who climbed massive colossi to slay them for some quest. She managed to get to his arm which was positioned horizontally while he held his drink.

“I was gonna see if I could snap him out of his trance.” The filly said as she lifted an orange hoof in front of the human’s eyes. “Dan…are you in there…DAN!!!”

The shout was enough to bring him back to the land of the living. His arm kept in place while he blinked and shook his head to bring himself out of the fog.

“What; what’s going on?”

“Well I introduced me to my aunt Spitfire and then you went all bugged eyed and spaced out; so we’ve been waiting for you.” Dan looked at the filly on his arm as she gave him an explanation of the past three or four minutes.

“Ah ok then; sorry about that Spitfire just some things here are a bit different than I thought.” I said to her.

“You don’t need to give me an apology; not since I still owe you a thank you for saving scoots life here.”

“Ah it was nothing I’m sure somepony besides me would have done it.” I tried being modest.

“You doused yourself in water and then jumped through a window into a burning building…most ponies would have at least thought about that for a minute; not to mention the building crashed on top of you and you managed to shrug that off.” Spitfire was going to take no for an answer.

“Yeah I’m still not sure how that happened; it was kind of a blur when that all happened.” I said laughing a bit; it was true though; after the roof came down the next clear memory I had was waking up in the palace. “Hey but if you’re gonna be dumb you gotta be tough; if you get knocked down you gotta get back up.”

“Wow that’s a weird saying but I guess it works for heroes like you and acrobatic daredevils like me.” She agreed with what I said

“not only that it works for Rainbow Dash as well...” I said and then looked down to Scootaloo as memories popped into my head. “And for some fillies desperately trying to earn their Cutie Mark.” I got a blush out of Scootaloo because she knew I was right in how some of the activities that her, Applebloom, and Sweetie Belle did might seem a bit dangerous.

“Did someone say my awesome name?” the group of four turned to see their multicolored acquaintance making her way toward us.

“Rainbow Dash!!!” Scootaloo squealed as she basically jumped at her idol. “I was going to go and find you but I wanted to introduce aunt Spitfire to Dan first.” She pointed to the human and the smaller yellow orange pegasus.

“Oh hey Dan; How’s it going Spitfire?” she walked past me to Spitfire and held her hoof out; which Spitfire returned as they bumped hooves.

“Rainbow Dash you aren’t doing anything that would ruin your dress are you?” Rarity brought her friend’s attention to herself.

“No Rarity I’m being as behaved as I can; even though this Gala is a lot better than last year.”

“I’m with you on that Rainbow Dash; it’s better to hang with more normal ponies than all the stuffy nobles.” She said getting a laugh out of the group. “But as I recall we have to wait till the end to see if six mares do anything “special”.” She said obviously referencing the last gala.

Everyone fell into a bit of a silence after that; I thought that I should try to start up some new conversation.

“So Scootaloo you got a Wonderbolt for an aunt and the fastest pegasus in Equestria who can do a Sonic Rainboom for an idol; I bet your going to be an even better flyer than them when they stop gloating and help you.” I thought I would try to make Scootaloo happy and maybe get a blush out of the two pegasus mares.

“….oh yeah sure…” Scootaloo said weakly; it wasn’t the response I expected from her. I looked down and saw that she wasn’t smiling anymore. I looked up and saw somewhat saddened faces on all the mares’ faces in front of me.

“Something I don’t know?” it may have sounded like a question; but I knew that I was missing something.

“Well…” spitfire began. “I took Scoots to the doctor two weeks ago and he gave us some kind of bad news.”

“It turns out that the kid might have a wing condition where when she grows into her full wings that flying would make it painful for her and maybe not even possible.” Rainbow finished.

The three mares looked downtrodden and Scootaloo seemed even sadder; I wasn’t going to let this mood take hold though.

“Oh is that all?” I knew those weren’t the exact right words to start off with but I had to say something. I got wide eyed stares from everyone and also saw a flash of anger in Spitfire’s eyes. I sighed and picked up Scootaloo as I found a seat.

“Scootaloo…and present company; let me tell you a story.” I said as I out Scootaloo on my lap. “There once was a boy that when his mother took him to the doctors one time; and the doctor told her that there was a problem with her son’s legs and because of that it would also affect his back. So they put braces on his legs which made him walk funny and also made him not able to run. But he lived with it for as long as he had to; and during that time he made a friend named Jenny. One day a couple of bullies started throwing rocks at him; now he wasn’t a really smart guy…kinda of like how Snails can be. But since Jenny was with him she told him to run and so that’s what he did. Now he ran funny in those braces of his and the bullies had bikes with them so they could easily catch him.”

“So did they catch him and beat him up for being different?” she asked me with those big eyes of hers. I looked up quickly and saw that Spitfire, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity were also quite drawn into the story I was telling.

“No they didn’t, it turned out that some kind of miracle happened that day. While he was attempting to run his braces started to brake. And sure enough after awhile they broke fully off and the boy started to run; and he was really fast; he outran those boys on the bikes without even thinking about it. And from then on wherever he went he ran there; even when he was fully grown. Heck he grew up to be as tall as I am. And also at one point he ran from one end of the country I live in to the other end multiple times.”

I could see from the look on her face that Scootaloo really liked what I was telling her.

“So my point Scootaloo is that never think that you can’t do anything; you got to move forward with everything you got. I’ve heard a story once about a soldier during a war that had his shins blown off. The doctors told him that he might never walk again; so you know what he did?”

“What?” I heard not come from Scootaloo but from Rainbow Dash.

“Well first he wasn’t exactly a nice guy so he punched to doctor in the face; then while he still had time had his feet attached to his knees. He walked out of a hospital about two weeks later.”

“The looks I got from the four girls was astonishing. I wasn’t sure if they actually believed me or not.

“And another thing Scootaloo; back on my world there have been tons of people who have had disabilities who have gone on to do great things; heck some of the best musicians that have ever heard have been blind and deaf.” I looked down to see the filly giving me a smile; I thought that this moment might turn out ok before another voice interrupted.

“HA!!! As if any kind of beastly monster like you could create art or music!!!” I looked up to find that Prince Blueblood had come back; and he was slightly drunk. Not drunk off his ass to the point where he didn’t make sense; but more just drunk enough to make horrible insults.

“Honestly I don’t see why you would lie to a child like that; as if something as useless and ugly as you could add to any kind of culture.” getting angry. “I mean a deaf musician; who has ever heard of that? Honestly I bet I sounded like a bunch of cockatrices fighting over food!!!” officially pissed off. “As for anyone who could say that they could make music or art while being blind, deaf, or human for that matter…well I say their work wouldn’t be fit enough to even wipe my ass with!!!” ok now hulk smash.

“I didn’t say anything as I slowly picked Scootaloo up and set her back on the ground. I stood up slowly thinking exactly of what I could do. Unfortunately was not the answer since Blueblood drunk rant had drawn a bit of a crowd. I thought that maybe it should do the same thing as when I had ordered my drink.

“I finished what was left of my drink before I said “Rarity you wouldn’t happen to have a white glove on you; would you?” I kept my eyes on Blueblood while speaking.

“Oh why yes I do. She had actually been wearing them. “What do you need it for exactly?” she asked as she levitated the glove into my hand.

I grabbed the opening of the glove so that the rest was hanging out of my slightly clenched hand. I stepped forward towards Prince Blueblood; who flinched as I moved closer; drew my hand back a little and then brought the glove forward with what strength I could muster that wouldn’t hurt him. The smack could be heard in most of the Gala. Many ponies stopped what they were doing just so they could figure out what had transpired.

Meanwhile where I was standing I was now looking at a Prince who had a nice red mark across his face. Ponies gasped at what I had just done. I turned around and handed Rarity her glove before addressing Blueblood again.

“CHALLENEGE ACCEPTED!!!” I shouted much to the surprise of all the ponies around me. I looked around real quick before I saw the stage where a grey friend of mine was playing her instrument. I started walking and on my way to the stage Rainbow and Rarity caught up with me and started yelling.

“DANEL ALLEN!!! What do you exactly think that you are doing!?!?!” Rarity used my full name; which I found oddly funny.

“I’m with Rarity one this one big guy. Not that you slapping Blueblood wasn’t awesome but you could get into trouble.”

“Well Rainbow Dash and Rarity; I’m simply going to beat me at his own game…and me slapping him wasn’t nearly as bad as what I wanted to do to him.” The stares I got from the mares seemed to indicate that they knew what I was going to do.

After wading through a small crowd I found myself at the stage. I also noticed that I wasn’t alone at the front.

“Oh hello Dan; can you tell me why I have been hearing whispers about you slapping my nephew with a white glove?” Celestia asked me as our gazes met. Everything stopped for the time that we simply just stared at each other.

“He insulted my human culture and I am to prove him wrong…and make him look like a bit of an idiot.”

“Oh is that all? Ok then have fun. But was the white glove really necessary?” Celestia seemed fine with everything else but that.

“Let’s say it’s an old human tradition.”

“I can accept that; oh you need to hurry before Twilight gets here to give you a lecture.”

“That sounds like a good idea.” I said climbing onto the stage quickly as I saw the lavender unicorn and the rest of the group move towards me.

“Dan what do you thi…” Twilight started to say but was cut off as took the microphone on stage.

“Ladies and Gentlestallions!!! For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Dan. Now you’re probably wondering why I’m up here on stage. Well to give you the short answer; Prince Blueblood has insulted my race saying that we couldn’t possibly know anything about music or art; despite the fact that he knows absolutely nothing about me or my people. So I intend to prove him wrong and make him look like an idiot.” Apparently many ponies didn’t like Blueblood since I got a nice amount of laughter out of the last bit of my statement.

I left the microphone and headed towards the piano. The stallion on the bench looked at me with wide eyes as I approached him.

“Mind if I borrowed this?” I said as I gestured towards the piano. I took his scrambling out of his seat and basically running off stage as a “yes” and sat down. I thought about what song to play while I flexed my fingers; I had played a bit of piano but I didn’t know much. That’s when I remembered that I had literally beaten one song into my head and memorized the entire thing. I guess it would be interesting to see what the ponies thought if this.

“Ok then; this song…this song goes to Princess Luna.” I gave a wave to the other diarch who had come to the stage. She was surprised by my actions and blushed a little at the notion of someone dedicating a song to her. “Also this song was written by a deaf guy.”

I moved my hands over the keys trying to remind myself on where to start. I played some notes that I knew were wrong. The sounds were unpleasant but necessary to get my bearings. Out of my peripheral vision I could see ponies wince at the noises, and look at me like I was making an idiot out of myself instead of Blueblood. I could also see him with a smug look on his face. But luckily for me I figured my problem.

I took a deep breath closed my eye and laid my head over the keyboard on top of the piano and began to play. It was a song that just seemed to enchant me every time I heard it. It was slow and deliberate. With my eyes closed I just felt the music come out of me; I didn’t care what anyone thought while I was playing it was just me and the piano.

After several minutes of playing I ended the song. I opened my eyes and looked to see ponies look at me with shocked expressions on their faces. I guess it had gone well judging from the smiles on the princesses’ faces. I stood up from the bench and was met with rounds of applause. I gave a quick bow seeing as how it seemed courteous to the ponies cheering me on. Most of my group clamored onto the stage to give me congratulations. We celebrated on stage for a moment after the applause dies down.

“Dan that was simply incredible!!!”


“I thought that since you had more digits than a pony that you would be able to play a better melody but I had no clue that it would sound anything like that.”

And the praises kept coming for awhile before the group broke away to let the Princesses through. Luna was the one to speak this time.

“Dan that music was simply extraordinary; you must tell me though; why did you dedicate the song to me?”

“Well it has more to do with the name of the piece; it’s called the Moonlight Sonata.”

“Well whoever the composer was; surely he was great.”

“In my opinion he was the best; despite the fact that he was deaf.” Luna was about to say something else but her sister joined the conversation.

“Sorry Luna but I think that Dan’s harshest critics want to talk to him.” She said pointing behind me. I turned to find Lyra, Octavia, and Vinyl all smiling at me.

“So did I do good ladies?” I just decided to be forward and ask.

“Oh I thought it was lovely, a great piece of classical music.” Octavia said.

“I had no clue human music could sound so incredible!”

“It’s no exactly my cup of tea but that doesn’t mean it was bad.”

“That’s just Vinyl’s way of saying that she would have preferred something with more…what is it you call them Vinyl?”

“Wubs; Tavi; I call them wubs.”

“If you like I could do a song like that Vinyl?” I mentioned to the mare. Who seemed to turn towards me with a speed that Pinkie Pie could be proud of.


“Oh I believe he can.” Vinyl and I turned to see Princess Celestia behind us. “And if you are Dan I believe I have a request.”

“Um sure princess what do you have in mind?” I was puzzled as to what she was coming up with.

“Well when we went through your mind I came across a certain song…I believe it was called a remix or something like that and it was made by a person known as….tombstone or something I believe.”

It took me a minute to put everything together but I knew what song Celestia wanted for me to perform.

“Oh sure no problem princess; hey Vinyl come here for a second.”

“What’s up do you know what the princess wants.” I said pulling out my phone from one of my pockets. “Listen to this for a second.” I loaded up the song real quick and let her listen; as she did I saw her mouth go from a horizontal line to a wide smile.

“That is awesome…we are so going to pull that off.”

A few minutes later we were at her little DJ booth and a sizeable crowd. It turns out that the word spread quickly that I was going to be doing another music thing on the orders of the princess and apparently people really wanted to see that.

“You almost ready Vinyl? We got some ponies waiting.”

“Just one more minute; here take the mic and warm up the crowd.” a microphone wrapped in her magic aura came towards me; I grabbed it and began to speak.

“Hey everybody; if you haven’t heard my name is Dan.” I was given some applause and cheers. “Well I did the piano thing and now apparently I’m also going to be doing some techno, electronic, whatever music you caller it here. Now I’m not sure how known it is but where I come from we do know about you ponies and a lot of us do like you. We also do know what happened with Discord awhile ago.” I got both boos and applause for everything I just said; and also a bit of confusion too.

“Well in light of that happening. One of the things that happened is that another human made some music about it and it became really big; so know Princess Celestia has asked that we play it for all the ponies to hear it; so with Vinyl on the table and me doing vocals I think…” I looked back to Vinyl who gave me a nod for confirmation. “I think it’s about time we…HIT IT!!!”

With that Vinyl started the beat playing and I waited for my queue; and when my time came I sang.

“I'm not a fan of puppeteers but I've a nagging fear
someone else is pulling at the strings
Something terrible is going down through the entire town
wreaking anarchy and all it brings

I can't sit idly, no, I can't move at all
I curse the name, the one behind it all...

Discord, I'm howlin' at the moon
And sleepin' in the middle of a summer afternoon
Discord, whatever did we do
To make you take our world away?

Discord, are we your prey alone,
Or are we just a stepping stone for taking back the throne?
Discord, we won't take it anymore
So take your tyranny away!”

The crowd loved the song; ponies were jumping and dancing by the time we hit the second part of the lyrics. And I was pretty sire I saw a certain unicorn shaking her groove thang.

I'm fine with changing status quo, but not in letting go
Now the world is being torn apart
A terrible catastrophe played by your symphony,
what a terrifying work of art!

I can't sit idly, no, I can't move at all
I curse the name, the one behind it all...

Discord, I'm howlin' at the moon
And sleepin' in the middle of a summer afternoon
Discord, whatever did we do
To make you take our world away?

Discord, are we your prey alone,
Or are we just a stepping stone for taking back the throne?
Discord, we won't take it anymore
So take your tyranny away!

We hit the break in the song and I let Vinyl do her thing on the turntables. It was awesome to see how the ponies reacted to this. Everyone was having fun and even a few of the nobles were getting into the music.

Discord, I'm howlin' at the moon
And sleepin' in the middle of a summer afternoon
Discord, whatever did we do
To make you take our world away?

Discord, are we your prey alone,
Or are we just a stepping stone for taking back the throne?
Discord, we won't take it anymore
So take your tyranny away!

I sang the last of the lyrics as the music finished and stopped to breath before accepting applause from the ponies; apparently I wasn’t as tone deaf as I thought. Now usually I would have stepped down but I thought that one more song couldn’t hurt. After I had let Vinyl listen to the first song I asked if we could do one more; then I let her listen to what it was and she immediately agreed as long as I talk to her dad after the gala about music.

“Alright folks I know you thought that there was only going to be one song but fortunately for you I am a crafty guy so my and the infamous DJPON3 got one more for you!” I said retreating behind the turntables with vinyl. We heard cheers coming from below where everything was set up.

We stopped and rested for half a minute before pulling something’s out from underneath the table setup.

“But this song requires us to wear some specific items so bear with us here. The crowd murmured and waited as Vinyl and I both strapped on a sort of helmet; I was even surprised that they would be in this world; but I was grateful for it at the moment.

Vinyl showed off hers first which looked like a normal unicorn head except it was basically pure chrome with a black strip of a visor where the eyes should be. Mine was basically wall of black going down the middle of my face while the outside of it was rainbow colored.

Ponies looked at us weirdly and I could see Rarity almost keeling over from what we were wearing. But unfortunately music wait for no pony so we started to play. The song started slowly and built up. There weren’t many words; but the reason for that is that the words suited as part of the beat too. And just like the last song all the ponies like it all the same.

As the music came to a close and I took off my helmet I just kept thinking to myself. “This is a pretty awesome night I really hope it keeps getting better.

Author's Note:

this chapter souded a lot easier to write in my head...but i got it done

there will be more music in future chapters but mostly for story reasons
i got one more ggg chapter to get through...and i recently had a breathrough about how to connect another part of the story....which honestly was so much better than the piece if crap i originally came up with....but it is much farther down the road

as always thanks to all my follower and favers
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