• Published 24th Jan 2013
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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 16: Are you still looking over my shoulder; making sure everything is ok?

Chapter 16: Are you still looking over my shoulder; making sure everything is ok?

Winter had come and gone in Equestria and I had to say that besides the cold everything about it was awesome. The funnies part for me was that I started to grow a beard and everyone thought I was either getting some kind of disease or turning into a monster. It took me forever to convince not only the princesses, but Shining Armor and a small contingent of guards, a team of doctor in pony hazmat suits, and Twilight that I was able to grow hair on my face. Luckily I was able to bring up the fact that other ponies have beards as well; reminding Twilight about Starswirl was the only reason I got to sleep in the bed that night.

Winter Wrap up was also fun. Although I somehow managed to skip the entire singing portion of the work and was just there for the normal parts. For the whole thing though I was in charge of shoveling duty because of my two appendages.

But now spring was here and it was finally time to get back outside and start having fun. I woke up finding that Twilight as usual had already gotten up. I stretched my arms for bit before scratching my beard; I decided that since the weather was warmer now I had no use for it; time to have a shave. It was a bit clumsy at first since the mirror in the bathroom was at the height for a pony; but I managed to get it all off without any major cuts or blood loss.

Walking downstairs I say Twilight curled up with a book while having some breakfast.

“Honestly that is an adorable sight that never gets old.”

“Oh hey your up I was wondering how long it would take…” she paused after finally looking up at me from her book. “You…shaved?”

“Yeah I thought it was time that I whoa!” I started to say but was jumped on by Twilight who then continuously nuzzled my face.

“Oh you have no idea how long I’ve been waiting to do this.” She said while repeating the cat like action; I didn’t mind her fur was soft and warm.

“You could have done it when I had a beard you know?”

“Yeah but your beard was scratchy and annoying.”

“You didn’t like my beard?” I felt just a little hurt.

“Well I liked that you liked it…and that it wasn’t in any way dangerous.” A flashback of a bunch of needles held in her magic telekinesis played over in my mind. “But it wasn’t exactly easy to cuddle with it. I think we should just stick to me being the one covered with hair ok?”

“And if I grow another one and don’t shave it off?”

“Well you like it when I am all adorable and cute right?” I could see the blackmail coming a mile away so I just gave a curt nod and hung my head in defeat.

“Glad you could see the “bright side” Dan. So what are you going to do today?”

“Well for now I think I’m gonna go for a jog. Have you seen Titanus?”

“I think he’s sleeping in the basement? You know for an ancient dinosaur that has already slept for a couple thousand years he enjoys sleeping as much as Spike and Rainbow Dash.” Said my marefriend as she resumed reading after she gave me the business.

I walked over to the basement door and opened it expecting to get run over…just in case. “Hey Titanus wanna go for a walk boy?” I said to the dim darkness and the shadow that I assumed was my pet. After a couple of seconds the shadow moved and a head on a very long neck reached out of the darkness to greet me. After getting licked in the face by a brachiosaurus tongue I turned and headed for the door.

It was a nice spring say in Ponyville. Sun shining, birds singing and all that jazz. And with everything that has gone on in Ponyville no one felt weird that a human and his pet dinosaur were going for a jog; and also that a human needed to jog. I may have been slightly more in shape then I was when I first arrived; but still was a bit outmatched in some categories by ponies. I kept jogging all the way to the middle of town and was content to go farther when some voices stopped me.

“Well it looks like someone is getting some exercise finally.”


“Huh Twilight was right I guess he does actually look cuter without all the face fuzz.”

I turned to find Applejack, Big Mac, and Rose who were at their stands which happened to be right next to each other.

“Oh HA HA. The human getting some exercise and it turns out he shaved how funny; let’s all laugh at the human.” I said coming to a stop with Titanus right behind me.

“Oh well since you gave us permission I guess we can keep going.” Rose shot back at me.”

“You’re getting a lot better at the whole sarcasm thing.” I said raising an eyebrow at the mare as she searched for something in her booth.

“Well I had an ok teacher…ah here it is” she came out from underneath her booth with a nice sized medium fern. She walked over to Titanus who lowered his head so she could pet him with her hoof.

“Hey there Tity Whitey how’s my big dinosaur today? Would you like a nice fern?”

Her answer was a tongue to the face; to which she giggled before Titanus started eating. I watched them for a bit before Applejack said something to me.

“Well it looks like your pet dinosaur is doing pretty well; and it’s not like anypony in town really minds him.”

“Probably because he was smaller than when we first found him and because he isn’t the type of dinosaur that won’t eat things like you and me. And the kids seem to really like him to. Oh and speak of the devils.” I said catching three little blurs out of the corner of my eye.

“CUTIE MARK CRUSADER DINOSAUR CLIMBERS YEAH!!!” the shouted as they jumped and started climbing all over my brachiosaurus.

“Girls!” Applejack was about to start saying something.

“It’s ok Applejack he’s a lot heavier than pretty much any pony so with the girl’s weight and their little hooves; it’s pretty much like he’s getting a back massage.” I told her.

“Oh…well I guess that’s alright then.”

“Ah I almost forgot he learned a new trick too. Girls get down from there I’m gonna show you something cool.” Applebloom and Sweetie Belle hopped down quickly; but Scootaloo who was on top of Titanus’s head did something I didn’t expect. She jumped up landed on her back two hooves and slid down from the head to the tail of my dinosaur

“YABBA DABBA DO!!!” she cheered as she ended with a flip of the end of his tail.

“Nice one squirt. I give it a nine point five out of ten.”

Thanks Dan; now what did you want to show us?” Scootaloo said as she joined in line with her friends.

“One second.” I said turning to Applejack. “My I have an apple please?” I said.

“Three bits.” She replied. I reached into the pocket of the shorts I was wearing and pulled out the coins which I traded for the apple.

“Can’t blame you AJ; knowing what’s about to happen.” I said getting a firm grip on the apple. I flung my arm upwards and threw the apple as high as I could.

“Titanus pull!” I said to the dinosaur as the other looked at me. Within a second or two long tubes magically flipped out of Titanus and hung over his shoulders aiming upwards. After looking he looked at the apple flying upwards the hole on the end of the tubes on Titanus’s shoulders began to glow. And then with a sound like Pinkie’s party cannon a blast of light launched out of the tubes up into the air hit the apple and exploded in cascade of bright colors.

I looked down to see that everypony around me as well as anypony in the part of town we were in had their jaws literally on the floor; mostly cause them were in the duck on cover position.

“Yeah it looks like my favorite dinosaur is packing some magical artillery. From what Twilight and I have discovered I only harmful if you get him angry at you; otherwise it’s just basically fireworks.” I said but looking around I saw that everyone was still dumbstruck. “Really now?” I sighed.

“Oranges are better than apples.” I shouted hoping that it would have the intended affect.

“NO THEY AREN’T” was the shout that came at me from a trio of siblings.

“Good; that was enough to bring you out of shock.”

“Oh sorry bout that Dan I think that nobody expected your dinosaur to make a big boom like that.” Applejack apologized.

“At least it’s not worse than finding out about it when it happens inside.”

“Is that why Twilight seemed a bit miffed that one time we came over?”

“Yeah.” I was about to say more when the Crusaders interrupted me.

“Dan that was so awesome with the cannons and the lasers and explosion!” Scootaloo being the more action oriented of the group started off with.

“Yeah and they explosions were so pretty I bet if Rarity saw that; then she would try to make some kind of fashion line like it.” Sweetie Belle was next.

“Yeah and it was loud too I bet if you wanted you could pass it off as a fireworks display for the town or something.” Applebloom suggested.

“Now now just hold on girls you know we got a fireworks thing set up for when the summer starts. I mean heck it’s only March second; you just gotta have a bit of patience.

I agreed with Applejack and I was pleased to know that nobody thought that my Dinosaur had shoulder mounted magical laser cannons…wait what was the date she mentioned?

“Applejack what did you say the date was?”

“Oh it’s March second Sugarcube; why got a date tonight?” she said giving me an elbow in the leg.

March 2nd, the date played over and over in my head for some reason as if I was trying to remember something but yet suppressing it. And then like a brick to the head; it hit me.

“Dan are you ok?” I snapped my head and shocked Applebloom who had asked me the question.

“What? Oh yeah I’m fine…hey I just remembered something I got to do; Applebloom do you think you and the girls could watch after Titanus for me?”

“REALLY!?!?!” the girls squeaked in unison.

“Dan are you sure that’s a good idea?”

“Yeah sure what could go wrong; ok thanks bye!” I said turning around and bolting suddenly back towards the library.

“Well that was kinda weird don’t cha think Big Mac?”


“Well I’m gonna make sure the girls don’t do anything to dangerous. You okay watchin the booth Mac?”



“Uh oh looks like that’s my queue; see ya later Mac…GIRLS SLOW DOWN!!!” said Applejack running after the three fillies riding on the back of a large dinosaur.

Outside the library…

My mind had been racing as I ran back; how could I have forgotten a day like this; I guess being here and being more relaxed than usual had put me a little off… and today was looking to be so happy too. I stopped outside the door to calm myself so Twilight wouldn’t worry about how I might have acted.

As calmly as I could I opened the door and went inside. Twilight was still in the position she was when I left; although the amount of books next to her had grown.

“Hey Twilight I’m back.”

“Oh hey… Where’s Titanus?” she said looking up and noticing that it was just me.

“I left him with the crusaders for a bit; I think they really like his cannons.”

“Are you sure that was a safe idea?” I could see the worry on her face from hearing the words “crusaders” and “cannons” in the same sentence.

“Oh Applejack is with them so it’ll be fine; I’m just stopping back to grab something anyway.” I said going down to the basement and grabbing what I would need.

“I’ll be back later Twi…also make sure you get up and stretch every once and awhile ok?” I said giving her a quick kiss on the head.

“Yes mom?” she said sarcastically back at me; I laughed as I closed the door.

A few hours later…

“Now I’m not saying that it wouldn’t be a bad idea girls; but it’s just not the right time.” Applejack said walking the crusaders and a dinosaur towards her friend’s library.

“Well what is the right time Applejack?” Applebloom asked her sister.

“The time to see how powerful Titanus’s cannons are is when something is coming to attack us not in the middle of a peaceful day like this…and don’t think that gives you permission to go looking for trouble either!”

“Yes Applejack.” The girls said in unison as they got to the library and found that Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy, and Pinkie Pie were there as well.

“Hey Applejack about time you showed up.”

“Yeah yeah Rainbow; I’d like to see how fast you’d be going if you had to take care of three fillies and a giant dinosaur.”

“Wait Dan wasn’t with you?” Twilight interrupted the two friend’s little friendly argument.

“No I haven’t seen him since he bugged out a little and then left me to watch the girls and the big guy.” She said pointing to the dinosaur that made his way back to the basement to rest.

“That’s weird I thought that he would come back with you. Nobody else here has seen him the whole entire day; even Pinkie Pie.” Twilight sounded a little worried.

“Yeah it’s true I haven’t seen any part of him around town all day.” said the pony bouncing around the room and yet still showing some worry on her face.

“Oh my well if Pinkie hasn’t seen him then I think we can skip all the other stages and go straight to the “something is obviously wrong and we should call in reinforcements” stage; don’t you thinks so dear?” Rarity said looking towards Twilight.

“…What do you think Fluttershy?” Twilight asked her introverted friend.

“I… I think that if he accidently went into the Everfree Forest that something could have happened to him…I think.” She said with all the confidence she had for the moment.

“Ok girls I guess it’s time to call in the heavy artillery then.” Twilight said walking over to her desk and then wrote a quick note which she handed it to Spike who teleported it. The girls were mystified for a minute as to what Twilight was doing; but it all became much clearer when there was a bright flash and then the princesses as well as Shining Armor and Cadence were standing in the library.

“Twilight.” Her mentor began sharing a quick nuzzle. “Can you tell us what has happened to Dan?”

“Well princess he went out for some exercise with Titanus earlier today and that’s when he met up with Applejack.” Twilight pointed to her orange friend who then continued the rest of the story. It wasn’t very long but after a couple of minutes everyone was caught up on what had already happened.

“Alright then my little ponies I suggest we spread out in groups. Spike you can come with my sister and I and Twilight you can go with Cadence and your brother; that way incase we need to send messages we will be all set.” Celestia declared and as quick as they had gathered at the library everyone left in search for their favorite human.

Twilight, Cadence, and Shining Armor choose to go more towards the woods in hope that Dan had went to some place with more solitude than the town or the Everfree Forest.

“Why do you think he just disappeared Twilight?” Cadence asked trying to console her sister-in-law.

“I…don’t know I never really asked him if anything was bothering him; he seemed a bit off but no more than usual.

“Maybe he’s cheating on you.” Shining said emotionlessly staring straight ahead as he walked ahead.

“SHINING!” his wife yelled at him as Twilight almost fell over from hearing our brother’s words.

“Hey I don’t like the implication either; but we have to be ready for any circumstances though. Right Twily?” he said looking at his sister.

“Your right Shining I guess…did you guys hear that?” she said stopping and with her they also stopped. They stood still for a minute before they heard the sound of something hitting stone. Slowly and quietly they made their way towards the sound. They got really close to where the sound was coming from and found some bushes to hide in. On the other side of those bushes was the human that they had been looking for. He had a hammer and a chisel with him and was working on something that they couldn’t see from their perspective.

“What do you think he’s doing?” Cadence was the first to speak in a low whisper.

“I’m not sure but I think we should message Princess Celestia and the others to tell them that we found Dan.” Shining said.

Twilight maneuvered some parchment and a quill out of the bags she brought and wrote a couple of notes. She passed them to her sister-in-law who teleported them to everyone else. Within a couple of minutes the group had gathered and was secretly watching Dan from their hiding place.

“Well princess we found Dan now what do we do?” Twilight asked her mentor who had been watching Dan the whole time; never taking her eyes of him.

“Well maybe we should wait to see if he finishes what he is working on. And then you can go ask him Twilight.” She said after taking a moment to think.

A few minutes later Dan stopped working on whatever it was he was doing and in exhaustion he sat down to catch his breath. He sat there for awhile before he finally said something.

“Hey…it’s been awhile…I’ve missed you.”

To Twilight these words did nothing but conjure up plenty of fears. She didn’t know if he was going crazy or talking to somepony else or another mare. Without anypony but the princesses noticing she started creeping closer

“It’s been a long time since we talked like this. Let’s just say things are…different.”

“Dan?” Twilight said her voice low and scared. She was still a bit scared when he turned so quickly to look at her.

“Twilight what are you doing here?”

“I should ask you the same question Dan. Nobody knows where you went; you were gone for awhile; and now I find you out here talking to whatever; and I don’t know if it’s another pony or another mare or…or.”

“Twilight slow down. Sorry I didn’t realize I was gone for so long. As for the talking well… I was talking to this I guess…” he said gesturing his hand in front of him.

Twilight looked to where he was pointing to find a stone; It was smooth on the top of it the was sticking out of the ground at an angle. Dan had taken the chisel to it and had written something into the stone itself.

“Marie G Blanken…grandmother…William Blanken….grandfather…Dan; what is this?” Twilight was very confused.

“Well before I explain I think it would be better if everyone came out.” He said to the surrounding area; slowly the whole group came out and gathered around Dan and the rock.

“I don’t think I was even going to remember it until Applejack said the date. I’ve been here so long I forgot almost forgot about events from my home. And as to answer you question your question Twilight; the names of the two people are my grand parents.” There was a gasp or two as Dan gave them the information.

“March second was the day that my grandmother passed away. And a couple of months after that my grandfather followed her. It was the hardest time of my life and there were so many times I just wanted to lose all hope and sanity. It was also around the time I found your show. But every year though I always try to visit their grave and talk with them; even if they can’t talk back.” He said while he kept staring at the rock. The thing that broke his concentration was the soft feeling of hooves moving around his neck and Twilight giving him a hug.

“Why didn’t you tell us?” she asked.

“I just got so wrapped up with everything that I completely forgot everyone else. All I kept thinking about was them; and everything that happened afterwards…and how my life slowly went in a downwards spiral…until a little miracle happened.

“What happened?” twilight said; she looked like she was about to cry.

“During my grandmothers funeral; on my way to the graveyard I listened to the radio; hoping it would cheer me up a bit and by chance my favorite song happened to play; and then fast forward to my grandfathers funeral right before I’m about to leave the graveyard in my car the song starts playing again on the radio. I know it may not seem like much; but for me then when I was standing on the edge of that mental cliff I took it as a sign that everything was bad. And heck; soon after that I found your show and I began to brighten up a bit.” I said looking into Twilights eyes before I gave her a kiss on her forehead. Nobody besides Twilight and I had said anything; they simply encircled us listening to everything I had to say.

Twilight and I just sat still for awhile before either one of us said anything. She was the first to break the silence.

“Can you sing it for me…the song you heard those times?”

“Heh I don’t think I can ever say no to you…” I said before taking a breath and remembering the lyrics I sang to myself for a long time to make myself feel better.

Hey Jude, don't make it bad.
Take a sad song and make it better.
Remember to let her into your heart,
Then you can start to make it better.

I remembered all the good times I had with my grandparents; from being a kid to being an adult. I felt emotions I hadn’t thought about since coming to Equestria bubble up inside.

Hey jude, don't be afraid.
You were made to go out and get her.
The minute you let her under your skin,
Then you begin to make it better.

The sadness that plagued me; that threatened to bring me down at any moment; and that for awhile affected my life and made me feel alone.

And anytime you feel the pain, hey jude, refrain,
Don't carry the world upon your shoulders.
For well you know that it's a fool who plays it cool
By making his world a little colder.

But in this case I wasn’t alone. I finally had a girlfriend; and she really cared for me. And I was also surrounded by a great group of friends that I had made including two goddesses. And as it turns out that now they were singing with me.

Hey jude, don't let me down.
You have found her, now go and get her.
Remember to let her into your heart,
Then you can start to make it better.

Now I could act like I have always wanted to act; they knew enough about me to know how I really felt in this situation. And instead of trying to act calm like I did all two years ago; I simply broke down and cried while singing. Just letting everything come out because now I had ponies who would help me at every turn because that was what they did.

So let it out and let it in, hey jude, begin,
Youre waiting for someone to perform with.
And don't you know that it's just you, hey jude, you'll do,
The movement you need is on your shoulder.

They helped me just like I had and would help them.

Hey jude, don't make it bad.
Take a sad song and make it better.
Remember to let her under your skin,
Then you'll begin to make it
Better better better better better better, oh.

Na na na na na ,na na na, hey jude...

I belted out the rest of the song like I knew how it should be done. And afterwards there was a giant hug; plus a bunch of smaller hugs and consolations from singular ponies. Princess Celestia and Princess Luna took some time before we left to do a better job with their magic than I had a chisel; they even took the picture I had of my grandparents in my wallet and engraved its liking in the stone; as well as magically grow their favorite flowers around the marker.

Later that night I sat in bed thinking about a lot of things. The thing to break me out of my thinking was Twilight walking into the room; I say walking because she was in her human transformation.

“What’s’ with the magic?” I asked

“Oh I just thought I try something tonight” she said back playing with her silk pjs that Rarity had given her; making sure they were flat and non-wrinkled.

“Oh and what is that?” I was still curious.

“Lie down and find out.” She teased. I complied and lied on my back. She in turn also got into bed and instead she wrapped what she could of her arms around me.

“I thought that tonight you should be the one to find out what it’s like to constantly like to be hugged in your sleep.” She smiled at me before turning the lights off magically. I think I could tell what she was trying to mean with this; and it warmed my heart to think that she cared enough.

“Thanks Twilight…”

“Your welcome Dan; goodnight.”

Author's Note:

i actually wanted to write this awhile ago but couldn't think of a way to fit it in...btw based on true events

TO be honest this song and this ridiculously awesome fandom probably did save me from a more serious depression than i am in right now...so i guess thank you


btw i also am trying to submit this story to the groups

The good HiE list
Fan Fiction Documentary

so...yeah..stay tuned things get a bit edgy as we start the lead into the arc i have been waiting to write..but not the final arc yet though...whats happending is anyone guess except for mine cause i know whats going on

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