The muffin incident

by SaltWriter the leviathin

First published

A short story taking place before project friendship. learn how Derpy found herself involved with the Tinkers plan.

The Tinkerer has been doing experiments for a long time, and one of his old colleagues finds one of there old DNA works. Otaku, one of the Tinkerers assistants, suggests they discard them in the swamp near the Everfree. and how does he suggest getting them down to Ponyville without getting caught? A basket of assorted desserts, of course. Things go smooth till an accident with a certain muffin mare. Hi-jinks ensues.

A strange encounter

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The Tinkerer was laying down on the couch in his living room. The morning rays of light came through the large glass door that led out to the balcony. Looking at the rising sun, he sighed and opened the newspaper to look at what was happening in Ponyville. He was wanting to have a simple day today, without the antiques of his usual large experiments. As he was reading over the paper, his com starting vibrating, and sadly, he pulled the headset on and prepared for what was to come.

“This is the Tinkerer, what is it?” his voice went through the speakers with a hint of sadness. Whatever it was, he hoped to finalize a solution quickly to get back to relaxing.

“Morning Doc, I thought I should inform you about something.” Otaku’s voice came through the headset, a little unclear from where he was in the base, but still legible. “I was looking through some of our old logs, and I found some potions from our DNA tests dealing with cross pony creation.”

“Well, that is a problem. We were supposed to have removed them awhile ago. How many potions are there?” the line went static, and a few mute sounds of movement were heard on the other end, before his voice came back through the speaker.

“Not too many, about a dozen or so.”

“I see, give me a moment to think.” The Tinkerer looked out at the rising sun, trying to get inspired. Then, he turned to look into the kitchen, and found something he could use on the counter.

“I have something we can do with the potions. Bring them here and we can discuss what we can do with them when you arrive.” a smile began to grow across his as he got off the couch and grabbed a small gift basket.

Otaku made his way through Ponyville, an uncomfortable look on his face as he walked to where he was supposed to go. He had flown down from the outskirts of Canterlot to the edge of Ponyville, walking the rest of the way to the Everfree forest. The gift basket of contaminated desserts was in his mouth, the potions had been mixed into the desserts to make sure they weren’t obvious.

As he walked through town, a grey pegasus was walking down the street as well, carrying a basket of muffins in her mouth. She wasn't paying attention to where she was going, humming a cheery tune as she walked, and ran into Otaku because of this. With a thump, the two fell to the ground, spilling the contents in their baskets.

“Ohh, i’m SO sorry mister.” Derpy said, quickly scooping up her basket and grabbing the spilled muffins on the ground.

“Well, it’s fine dearie.” Otaku replied, grabbing his own basket and placing the assorted desserts back inside. “I should have been paying attention myself.”

“Still, i’m sorry about that, I was just so happy about this new batch of muffins that I wasn't paying attention.”

“Sorry, can’t stay and chat, I have to get these desserts to the edge of town. Bye.” with that, Otaku took off, carrying his assortment of desserts with him. He was unaware however, that a muffin from his basket had ended up in Derpy’s basket, and he was carrying a simple blueberry muffin instead.

Otaku made it to the swamp on the outskirts of town, and quickly dumped the contents of the basket, including the basket itself, into the mud of the swamp. He watched the sweet treats sink into the liquid, and with a nod, made his way back to the lab. At the same time, Derpy was enjoying a late dinner of muffins with Dinkey, with the young unicorn eating a special muffin.

It was late in the night, and the Tinkerer was relaxing in his bed, having a dreamless sleep. As he slept, his maid companion, Buttercup, tapped him awake, handing him his headset as he struggled out of his stupor.

“Hello, what could you need me for at THIS hour?” the Tinkerers voice was groggy from a lack of sleep, but he quickly snapped out of it when he heard what the pony on the other end said.

“We have a special case sir, a mutant has been spotted on the edge of Ponyville.” at this, the Tinkerer shit out of bed, no longer feeling sleepy. He quickly grabbed his gear which was beside the bed and ran out with Buttercup to see what it was. Using the remote for the tv, he quickly set it to the camera feeds around the Ponyville area.

He cycled through the cameras to see what this thing was, and soon enough, he found it on the feed near the forest. A grey object was seen on screen. It seemed to have a horn, with matted strands of yellow hair visible in the light. It had both fur and scales, and it's eyes seemed to be a reddish-gold. It looked at the camera, before jumping at it with claws that seem to jut out from hoofs.

“Buttercup, go get Otaku for me.” The Tinkerers voice was cold, and the maid quickly made her way out of the room to get the pegasus. He came in soon after, followed by the maid pony. He was nervous, as seen by his left wing twitching and sideways glances.

“I thought you said you were going to DISPOSE of ALL the potions.” Otaku gave him a confused look, curious as to what he was talking about. The Tinkerer quickly rewound the film, back to the point where the creature was first seen. Otaku had to squint to see what he was talking about, but then his eyes widened at the sight of the weird thing.

“Ohh, I guess I didn’t then, huh?” Otaku squeaked out nervously, but knowing that would get him nowhere, he quickly shook his head and began to rack his brain at what he had missed. Before long, his face lit up and he snapped a hoof.

“That muffin pegasus, she had bumped into me when I was walking through Ponyville. She must have grabbed the muffin from the gift basket I had when we knocked into each other.”

“Well that explains why we have THAT thing.” the Tinkerer motioned to the TV, before turning back to his friend “So, what potion was IN that muffin?”

“That one was the dragon potion.” Otakus eyes lit up, and he looked at the Tinkerer with a shocked express. He simply nodded, and the two went back to their rooms, with the Tinkerer making a call to his colleagues down in the lab.