Lee watched the short credits roll by for what might have very well been the 100th time, he smiled as he rewound the movie for yet another viewing when his alarm went off, he looked over at it lazily before sighing.
"I suppose I should go to bed before the sunrises," He was about to take the headphones off when he smiled "I can squeeze in Other friends one more time," He decided as he skipped to the song, humming in almost perfect tune as his favorite song of the movie played, without thinking about it he restarted the song a few more times before finally giving in that he really needed to get to sleep, Begrudgingly he paused the movie, closed his laptop, tossed his headphones on the table and got into his bed, muttering about brushing his teeth in the morning as he curled up, the room was silent for maybe 20 or so minutes before a portal opened on the floor, Discord popping his head out of it as he flipped threw his notes, he looked around the room and shook his head.
"Wrong dimension," He muttered as he retreated, forgetting to close to portal behind him as he headed out, Lee muttered as the Magic of Discords world flooded into his room, Lee muttered as it invaded his dreams and rolled over in his sleep, his hand slipping off his bed and into the portal, the magic began sucking him up and Lee slid into Discords world, Spinels song still fresh on his sleeping mind.
Lee muttered sleepily as sunshine shone threw his eyelids, he muttered about his curtains falling down and waved his hand feebly at them and instead swung his hand through tree branches, the feeling of them confused them enough for him to open his eyes and investigate, upon opening them an apple tree was revealed to be the culprit.
"WHAT THE?" Spinel's voice demanded as she shot up, she blinked as soon as she heard her own voice, she scratched her head and looked around for the voice, catching sight of her hand, she stared at it in silence as she moved her fingers before screaming, her screaming at her hand quickly changed to her screaming about being in a tree,
"I have so many questions," She said as she clung onto the tree in fear, she looked around in silent shock, taking in the bright apple orchard, the barn not too far away, and the red and orange blogs that seemed to be getting closer. Spine took a few breaths before concluding what was happening, "I must be dreaming," She decided and without hesitation slapped herself in the face. "No I'm not," She decided as pain flooded threw her face "not even a little," Spinel rubbed her face as the blobs got closer to her, Spinel looked down at herself and finally realized who she was, she switched from freaking out to geeking out.
"I'm Spinel," She realized as she tapped the upside-down heart, she began laughing, her laugh making her sound a little unhinged but she could live with that, "Oh this is amazing," She was just beginning to try and figure out how to use her stretchy powers so she could get down when a voice came from below her.
"What the heck is that thing," an orange pony demanded as it and a larger Red one looked up at Spinel, who looked down at them, there was a long awkward silence with the three staring at each other before Spinel decided to just roll with what was happening.
"This your tree?" She asked the look she got back indicated to her that the ponies haven't expected her to speak.
"These are all my trees," She said standing her ground "so if you want some apple your gonna have to pay for 'em like any pony else," Spinel squinted at her, the orange mare staring back before Spinel spoke again.
"Any pony?" She asked "Do I look like a pony to you?"
"It's a figure of speech," The orange one responded.
"Eeyup," The Red one agreed.
"Alright whatever," Spinel said not really caring as she looked around.
"Well?" The Orange one demanded "Why don't you get out of my tree, out of my orchard, and back to your home them?" Spinel raised three fingers and counted the reasons why.
"I dunno how I got up here, I dunno where this orchard begins or ends, and I don't know where I live,"
"You expect me to believe that?" The Orange one demanded.
"I Dunno how gullible are you?" Spinel replied as she went back to trying to figure out how her arms worked, she had just managed to get it to extend a little when the entire tree shook, nearly tossing her to the ground as it did so. "Hey!" She called down to the orange pony who was kicking the tree.
"Get.Out.Of.My.Tree!" The Pony demanded, punctuating each word with a kick to the tree.
"I want off this ride," Spinel said as she grabbed onto the tree for dear life.
"Then get off," Orange called back as she gave the tree another kick.
"I think I'd get sick, but I'm not sure if I have a stomach," Spinel muttered to her self as he eyes bounced around like googly eyes with every kick. After what felt like forever Spinel decided she'd accept the face plant to the ground rather than anymore shacking, Spinel waited for a break in the shaking before jumping just as it was kicked, much to her amazement she landed on her feet, much to her terror she landed right behind the orange pony, with a painful twack the orange ponies hooves struck her stomach and pierced threw, hitting the tree one final time, the ponies stared in silent horror at Spinel as she looked down at the hooves in her stomach.
"I already hate this," She decided before exploding, her Gem falling to the ground with a soft thud.
"...and then she just exploded into pink dust and turned into this," Applejack said in confusion as she motioned to the Heart shaped gem on the table, After the incident outside she had and Big Mac had carefully picked it up and moved it into their home, Big Mac was outside at the moment combing threw the orchard to make sure there where no other weird gem things hiding in the trees, meanwhile Applejack was asking Granny smith if she'd ever seen or heard about something like this before, mainly cause she didn't know if walking around with it would attract attention from more of them.
"Hmm..."Granny said as she looked at it, Applebloom, who had been listening to Applejack's story from the other side of the table walked over and rubbed her chin as Grabby poked at the rock with her hoof "I have no idea what this is," Granny decided with a nod "Can't say I know any stories about living gems or creatures that turn into gems when they die," Applejack sighed,
"Guess I better go get Twi-"
"I have an idea!" Applebloom suddenly cried out making her two family members jump "What if it's a Golem?" AJ and Granny smith thought the idea over.
"That's a theory," Granny said as she looked at it "It could be that this gem was used as a catalyst to make a Golem almost entirely out of magic," Applejack nodded as she followed along with the thought.
"Witch is why she exploded into pink dust," She said "but that doesn't explain why it was in one of our trees," While Granny and AJ tried to solve that mystery Applebloom picked up the Gem and rubbed it.
"Maybe it works like a Genie lamp," She said.
"Applebloom don't be-" Granny was interrupted when the Gem started glowing. "Hit the deck!" She yelped as she did just that, Applejack and Applebloom watched as the Gem flew into the air, a White silhouette of formed before snapping into Spinel, who proceeded to fall onto the table.
"oh I hated that," She said as she removed a fork from her back. "Wait why am I in a-" Applejack tackled Spinel and pined her to the floor "Ow," Spinel complained as Applejack looked her in the eye.
"Alright you weird...living rock thing, I want answers,"
"I probably don't have any," Spinel replied as she enlarged her hand and picked Applejack up and placed her on the other side of the room, "Tho that said I would like answers as well"
"You can't just-" Applejack was cut off when Granny Smith got up.
"Alright calm down," She said as she walked over to Spinel "I apologize for her behavior, we've been having some trouble with critters as of late and it's really getting to her, now why don't I put on a pot of tea and we all just sit down and talk?"
"I think I live with that," Spinel said with a shrug before looking over at Applejack "Just don't stab me with your hooves again,"
"That was an accident,"
"That's it?" Applejack asked after hearing Spinels very short story.
"Yup, feel asleep, woke up in your tree, got murdered," Spinel said simply before taking a sip of her tea, without much after thought she decided to keep the, I also turned into a fictional character, part to herself.
"Alright where do you live then?" Applejack asked, "We'd be happy to give you directions,"
"Judging from...basic things I've noticed just from looking around...I'm a say that I'm either on the wrong planet or wrong realty,"
"Why can't things just have easy solutions?" Applejack mumbled before getting up "Well as the mare who technically killed you I guess It's only fighting I'm the one that helps you get home?"
"No need," Spinel said simply as she finished her tea. "I was like one bad day away from losing my job, and lets just say I don't think saying I was stuck in the wrong reality will convince my boss to not fire me, I think I'll just live here," There was a moment of silence before she added "Not, you know, literally here I'm not gonna try and steal your house or anything,"
"Yeah no I got what you meant," Applejack said "But the least I can do is offer you a place to sleep, we got an emergency room in the upper part of the barn for surprise visits from family, it's not the best place to sleep, but it's better than just leaving you to sleep on the streets,"
"I think I can live with better than the worst," Spinel said, shacking Applejack's hoof to accept the deal.
"Alright I've got some work that needs doing, but once that's all said and done I'll give you the tour of ponyville, and just as a heads up, you don't have a job by weeks end your gonna either gonna help around the farm or help one of my friends to pay rent,"
"at least the first week is free," Spinel said "Better than most get," Applejack tipped her hat and headed out, Granny Smith had fallen asleep in a rocking chair, leaving Spinel alone with Applebloom, who was sitting in silence.
"I shall leave now," Spinel said as she got up "I'm gonna go take a nap and hope I don't wake up in another reality," Spinel made to leave when Applebloom spoke up.
"Do you grant wishes," Spinel looked back at her with a raised brow
"That is not a question I was expecting," Spinel turned around and pointed at herself, squishing her face with her large finger as she did so "I am a Spinel, I was made to be someone bestest friend in the whole wide world," She smiled, having decided that since she was Spinel it wasn't technically wrong to steal the characters backstory "And then my bestest friend in the world abandoned me and I went crazy and tried to kill her son," Spinel stood up "And then I tried to kill his planet, then he talked me out of it, then I panic attack and decided he was trying to trick me and tried to kill him and his planet again before I talked myself down, then things exploded and then I left the Planet with three giant ladies," Spinel bowed "That is my backstory, no questions will be answered, have a good day," Spinel turned to leave and was immediately followed by Applebloom.
"How'd you attempt to kill a planet?"
"Bio Poison, a Glowing Scythe, and a horn." Applebloom was about to ask another question when Spinel raised her hand and curled her hand into a horn and proceeded to blow into it "Horn," She repeated as she made her way to the barn, Applebloom asking an endless stream of questions along the way
Spinel looked at the room that was to be hers, it was indeed better than the worst, there was a bed with a blanket and there was hay everywhere, that was about it.
"No Pillow?" Spinel asked.
"harder to get rats and mice out of a Pillow than it is to get them out of a Blanket," Applebloom replied as she climbed the ladder, the area wasn't small but Spinel wouldn't have called it big either. Spinel sat on the edge and swung her feet back and forth as she looked down at the barn. Applebloom made it to the top and sat next to Spinel and looked over the edge.
"Kid why are you following me?" Spinel asked looking over at Applebloom "I'm not exactly what you might call a people person," Applebloom looked over at her and Spinel scratched her chin "I don't know how to make those words both apply to ponies so lets just say I'm not exactly someone who's into socializing, having friends, that kind of stuff."
"But you said you where made to be someone's best friend,"
"And that didn't end well," Applebloom looked at her silently and Spinel sighed "OK yes I do have some friends, but we where friends only at work, they always put stress on that, I could hang when nothing was going on during work, but I wasn't welcome in their social life,"
"Why not?" Applebloom asked, trying very hard to get the mysterious creature next to her to open up a little.
"I'm a bit of an odd ball, I do things like...like re-reading the same book over and over and over again," Spinel looked around the barn as a thought came to her mind "I have Spinels body and powers...hope I don't have her issues to," Spinel was trying to think of a way to test if she did when Applebloom pointed at her.
"Why does it look like you've been crying?" she asked, Spinel blinked, then laughed, Applebloom felt a little put off by the some what crazy laugh as Spinel pointed at the black lines.
"Eternal tears," She said with a smile, Applebloom looked at her in silence and Spinel decided it was time to split before things got weird.
"Welp I'm board," She said a little faster than she meant to as she jumped to the first floor with a squeak before rushing out the front of the barn.
"Hey! You can't just run off after saying something like that!" Spinel poked her head back threw the door.
"I just did," She replied before pulling back out, "Man that was almost as awkward as when...I...hmm..." Spinel tried to picture anytime she had done something weird of unusual as a human and found she couldn't think of anything. "What was my name?" She pondered in silence as her eye's widened "Oh that's a red flag," Spinel stood still for a moment before shrugging "It was probably boring anyway"
Spinel extended her legs and looked around the orchard for anything to do when she noticed that Applejack was talking to some white pony and a purple lizard of some sort. "What's this eye spy with my little eye?" Spinel cupped her eye and extended it to get a better look at the group. It was a White Unicorn and a Dragon with a bag full of gems, Spinel watched as the Dragon looked shiftily at the white mare before pulling one of the smaller gems out of the bag and putting it in his mouth. "Is he sucking on a-" Spinel stood wide eyes as the Dragon chomped the gem in half, quickly shoving the rest of it in it's mouth, Spinel pulled her eye back it and stared wide eyed with a smile as she held her hand up. "Nope, nope, nopity, nope," she decided as she walked back into the barn.
"You better not go back up," Applebloom said as she got off the bottom of the ladder, Applebloom had an irritated look on her face that shifted to confusion when she realized Spinel was smiling, wide eyed, and sweating.
"There's a small purple dragon outside," She said simply.
"Oh that's just Spike, he's..."
"Eating gems," She added, Applebloom blinked as she processed that and returned Spinels wide eyed stare. "Oh...Oh...OH!!" Applebloom ran out the front of the barn to her sister, Spinel held onto the side of the door and looked out, not so much freaking out cause the dragon was eating gems in front of her and more so that it could eat her and end her existence.
"...really fascinating," Rarity said as Applebloom came into ear shot "I've never heard of a Gem Golem before, I'll have to ask Twilight about it, I imagine that having a living gem around could help me when Spike is off playing with Gabby. Spike didn't respond as his mouth was full.
"Hey!" Applebloom said sliding to a stop, cutting off Applejack just as she had start talking.
"Applebloom it's rude to interrupt other's while there-"
"So Spike, you enjoying those gems?" the group looked over at Spike.
"Spike," Rarity chilled "You little sneak I thought we talked about this,"
"Snitch," Spike complained to Applebloom who added.
"So you know about out guest right?" She asked, Spike looked confused.
"The Living...gem?" The entire group went silence when the caught on to what Applebloom was saying and all looked over at the barn, Where Spinel was staring at them in silence, A long awkward silence fell over the orchard as Spinel slowly pulled out of view, dripping with sweat, The silence continued as the three ponies looked slowly over at Spike, who gave a guilty smile.
"So I'll just..." Spike put the half eaten gem back in the bag "...finish this later,"
"Spike," Applejack said calmly "I think we should, very slowly, go to the barn, and apology to Spinel for exposing her to....to that,"
"Ok," Spike said in defeat before Rarity added.
"And maybe avoid eating Gems...in populated areas, just in case Gem golems become a common thing in the future," Spike sighed as the group made their way to the barn,
"I'll go grab her," Applebloom said as she walked into the barn, she walked in and found that Spinel had fortified the small upper floor that was her room, a wall of random farm tools lining the top, Spinel's head poked over the top, a bucket on her head functioning as a make shift helmet. "You work fast," Applebloom called up, Spinel squinted at her.
"Is it still out there?" She asked.
"Just come outside and we can talk this out," Spinel squinted before walking over her wall.
"I'm trusting you on this," Spinel said shaking with Paranoia that she was gonna be handed over to the dragon.
"Alright," Applebloom said calmly "It's cool, It's chill, nothing to worry about," Applebloom and Spinel walked out of the barn door and Applebloom pointed to the side, Spinel looked over and met face to face with Spike.
"Hey..." Spike managed to say before Spinel started screaming.
"I've Been Betrayed again!" She screamed out before compressing her body and jumping to the room of the barn, the 4 watched as she hid on the roof.
"I think she may have trust issues," Applebloom decided before noticing Spike opening his wings. "Wait Spike don't..."
"Don't worry," Spike said as he flew up "I got this," Spike landed on the roof and more screaming followed as soon as Spinel saw him.
"You'll never take me alive!" She screamed as she placed her feet on the slant of the roof and turned her lower body into a spring before shooting off the roof and threw the air. "Suck it Gem eater!" She called as she flew off.
"And she's flying right towards Ponyville," Applejack noted as she flew off "Because off course she is, Come on, lets go get her before something stupid happens,"
Spinel landed on Ponyvilles main street leaving two small craters in the shape of her feet as she did so, dozens of Ponies froze once they saw her, She stood her ground, scanning the crowd to make sure there where no dragons when she felt a light tapping on her feet, she looked down at a smiling Pink Pony who was shaking with excitement.
Spinel kept her eye on the Pink pony as it ran circles around her, asking an abundance of questions so fast that by the time Spinel had answered the first one Pinkie had moved on to welcoming her to Ponyville, the question had been two in one, what and who are you?
"I'm Spinel and I guess I'm a Gem Golem," before Spinel could even try and remember what the next question had been Pinkie moved on and somehow managed to remove her from the snug craters her feet where in.
"So this is main street," Pinkie said as she began dragging Spinel around "It has sugar cube corner on it, the best sweet shop in the world,"
"I don't think I actually need to eat," Spinel said, immediately Pinkie switched from dragging her down the street to dragging her towards the pre-mentioned sweet shop.
"So you don't need to eat but one taste of Sugar cube corners food will make you want to eat every day!" Spinel was unable to make a suitable argument as the Pink pony pulled her into the Store, almost as soon as they had entered Applejack and Rarity turned the corner and made their way down the street,
"Alright she can't be that hard to-ack!" Applejack was interrupted as she stepped in one of Spinels feet craters and fell face first on the ground. "I think I found her landing spot," she said as Rarity helped her back up, the two looked at the holes and looked around.
"Oh darn it," Rarity said as she looked around "She must have ran down a side alley or something, we better get Twilight, maybe she has a tracking spell or something we can use," the duo b-lined it to the castle, meanwhile inside Sugar Cube Corner Spinel was standing in front of the counter while Pinkie made her the sweetest Cupcakes she could, Pinkie took this time to ask Spinel her question list much slower.
"So, have any friends in Ponyville? Moving here? Passing threw?"
"I might have friends here, Dunno I was kind of in to much of a panic over the possibility of being eaten to really figure out properly assess the situation, and I guess if the Apple tree ponies are my friends I'm living in their barn now?" Pinkie poped out from behind with a huge smile.
"Oh one of my bestest friends Applejack is an Apple tree pony, do you know her?"
"Yeah...she murdered me on accident earlier," Pinkie cocked her head in confusion and Spinel added.
"I can come back from that kind of stuff so long as this-" Spinel lightly tapped the upside down heart on her chest "-is not cracked or shattered,"
"What happens if it is cracked or shattered?" Pinkie gasped "Will there be a bunch of tiny you's running around?"
"Oh no I'd just be erased from existence," Spinel said simply, Pinkie frowned.
"Note to self, don't the gem," Pinkie smiled again and presented the Pink Cupcake in the shape of a heart, she offered it to Spinel so that from her view it was an upside down heart. "It's the little things that count" Pinkie said with a smile as Spinel took a bite out of the cupcake and almost choked on it.
"Oh wow," She said as she held back tears.
"What's wrong?" Pinkie asked as Spinel handed the Cupcake back.
"I think your Sugar's been replaced with salt," Spinel said in between coughed.
"WHAT!" Pinkie demanded, she licked the cupcake and had a similar reaction to Spinels.
"Oh Rainbow Dash is so getting a Surprise party at the worst possible moment!" Pinkie said as she ran back into the kitchen. "A getting out of the shower party, a bad mane day party, a you have a zit party!" as Pinkie listed off ideas for her revenge Spinel pulled her tongue out of her mouth and started scrapping at it, the salty taste burning a little.
"...and then she ran off screaming that we'd never get her alive," Applejack and Rarity looked at Twilight expectedly, she meanwhile looked dumbfounded.
"A Golem that only needs a single component to function?" Twilight asked in disbelief, "With Intelligence equal to or greater that a ponies?" Twilight shook her head "That can reform it's body if damaged?"
"Can you help us find her or not?" Applejack asked.
"Maybe," Twilight said, her mind still rushing at the idea of such advanced magic. "Did it have free will?" She asked.
"Nopony asked or told her to throw herself to Ponyville," Applejack replied "And she's certainly a snappy one that's for sure," Twilight tapped her chin before shaking her head.
"Do you know what kind of Gem she was using to function?"
"A Spinel," Rarity said simply.
"Do you have any laying around you Boutique?" Rarity raised an eyebrow at Twilight "Your right, that's a stupid question, Alright once I have a Spinel I should be able find your friends using the Echo spell,"
"Echo spell?" Applejack asked in confusion "How will...?"
"It's like echo location, use it on an item and any items not constructed from the outside world can be found with ease, if that doesn't work then she's either in a building or underground, and then it's just a waiting game," with a clear plan set in place the tree headed out, running past Applebloom and Spike, who had only just caught up.
"Oh come on," They groaned in unison before running after them.
Pinkie smiled widely as she watched Spinel eat the cupcakes with wild abandon,
"So your a living gem?" Pinkie asked, Spinel having told her story while Pinkie had hunted down the sugar.
"Purdy mush," Spinel said as she tried to swallow two cupcakes at once,
"So if your body like, super stretch rocky stuff?"
"My body is made of solid light," Spinel said once she managed to swallow her food, Pinkie opened her mouth to say something and Spinel added "Don't ask me what that means I can't explain it properly," Pinkie closed her mouth and watched as Spinel polished off the final cupcakes, Spinel had just swallowed her final treat when she Pinkie pushed her to her feet.
"Come on there are so many amazing places in Ponyville to show you!" Pinkie dragged Spinel out the door and looked around, "We can go to the castle and introduce you to Twilight, or we could go visit Fluttershy at her cot-" Pinkie was interrupted when a pink ring of magic flew threw the town and, upon hitting Spinel's gem, let out an odd sounding ringing, Pinkie covered her ear and the two looked at Spinel's now glowing gem.
"What just happened?" Spinel demanded looking around in a slight panic. "Why am I glowing?" Pinkie was about to rapid fire theories at her when a voice sounded out.
"Found her!" Spinel and Pinkie looked over and saw Twilight, AJ, and Rarity. Pinkie smiled and Spinel went on guard.
"Hey Applejack!" Pinkie waved and pointed at Spinel "I met your friend, You didn't tell me you knew sentient gems! Maud's gonna flip when I tell her!" The other three ignored Pinkie as they looked at Spinel, who looked like she was about to bail at a moment notice.
"Hey," Applejack said with a wave "I understand your freaking out over seeing Spike...eating Gems..." Pinkie cut her off with a gasp.
"What!?" Pinkie jumped up on Spinel and put her hooves on Spinels Pigtails, mistaking them for her ears "Applejack that sound super traumatic and is not at all a good way to say hello,"
"I don't think those are my ears," Spinel said to Pinkie who looked at her and began moving her hooves around Spinels head.
"Am I close?" she asked when Twilight walked forward.
"Listen, Spinel right?"
"Right," Spinel confirmed, Pinkie now on a mission to locate her ears,
"Listen, why don't you come with me to the castle and we talk this out in a nice calm-" Heavy breathing cut Twilight off as Spike and Applebloom caught up with them, Neither had time to say anything before Spinel began screaming again.
"It's Following me!" She once again attempted to bounce away, but realized to late that Pinkie was still on her shoulder, the extra wait resulted in one of her legs to spring in up in time sending her up and sideways before the second one set off and shot her and Pinkie across the street and into a wall.
"Sorry," Pinkie said as she shot to her hooves and helped Spinel up, Spinel rubbed her head and was about to thank Pinkie when a very unpleasant feeling spread threw her stomach, Spinel looked down and Pinkie followed her gaze and found a metal rod was now in Spinels stomach, the two looked up to see their crash had sent a crack up the wall and sent a piece of a fire escape down and into Spinel.
"Oh son of a-" Spinel exploded and her gem clattered to the ground.
"Oh no," Applejack managed to say before Pinkie began screaming.
The 4 mares, along with Applebloom and Spike, had all joined up and where now in the cutie map room with Spinels gem laying on the map.
"Spike maybe it's best if you left the room?" Rarity suggested "so at to avoid Spinel jumping out the nearest window when she reforms,"
"It's fine," Twilight replied "I'll just hold her in place with magic so Spike can tell her he isn't going to eat her, right Spike?"
"I'm not gonna eat her," Spike said simply in his tiny throne "Tho She should probably avoid Smolder and Ember,"
"That's a talk for latter," Twilight replied.
"It feels like a talk for now," Applejack cut in "I'm with Rarity I think Spike should leave the room, then we tell Spinel she's safe, tell her where going to bring Spike into the room with a magic barrier or something between then and then they can talk things out."
"Applejack your over thinking this, besides that would take to long, easier to get it over with quickly,"
"And what happens if the second you let her go she jumps out the nearest window and high tails it into Everfree or something?"
"Then I just have to catch her before she jumps out the window and hold her in place until she gets that Spike isn't going to-"
"Personally," Pinkie cut in "I think it should just be Applejack, Applebloom, and Me, the ponies she knows,"
"She's known you three for like and hour at best," Twilight called back, "Listen, my way will-" Twilight was cut off when a loud roar cut threw the air.
"Of course," Applejack sighed "A Monster is attacking right now," Applejack stood up. "OK so now we go with Pinkies plan only with Applebloom alone,"
"Don't be absurd," Twilight said as she picked up Spinels gem, levitating a small box to her "I have a backup plan just in case something like this happens," Twilight placed the gem in the box and shut it.
"There, now if she does form she'll have to stay put,"
"Alright now your just being cruel," Pinkie said angrily.
"It's better than bringing her into the fight with us," Rarity said as she got up, the 4 headed out leaving Spike and Applebloom alone with Spinels gem.
"Why are you still here?" Applebloom demanded.
"This is my home, if anything why are you still here?" Spike shot back as he got comfy in his tiny throne next to Twilight's. Applebloom huffed at him.
"You suck," She said before turning tail and marching out of the room, Spike stuck his tongue out and waited for his friends to comeback, he has just found a nice position to sit in when the box started shacking. "And just like that Twilight-" Spike shut up as the top of the box burst open as Spinels Gem floated into the air "-is proven wrong," he said as Spinel formed and landed on the table, she blinked.
"That never gets any..." Spinel stopped talking once she saw Spike. Spike covered his ears just before she started screaming.
"Stop screaming," Spike demanded, Spinels response was to raise her hand, Spike watched as it tripled in size "Oh no,"
Applebloom sat in the hall, muttering in irritation at how stupid Spike was when she heard the screaming,
"And here come's Spinel," She said expecting Spinel to come running out the door, instead she heard Spike screaming and the sound of rushed movement, "What in the-" Applebloom jumped back as Spinel's giant fist destroyed the door, it pulled back into the room and a few seconds later Spike came running out in a panic.
"She's a lot scarier that I initially thought!" he screamed as he ran down the hall, Spinel slid out of the room laughing at him.
"Your turn to run," She said as she turned 2 dimensional and slid after Spike at an alarming speed, Spike bailed out the nearest window with Spinel following him out threw it, the halls where silent as Applebloom stood in confusion.
"hu," she said.
Twilight rubbed her temple as she and her friends made their way back to the castle, with Rarity no longer accompanying them.
"That was a huge waist of time," Twilight muttered as they made their way onto the castle grounds Spike landed in front of them.
"Twilight the box didn't work,"
"HA!" Pinkie laughed.
"Pinkie don't rub it in," Applejack whispered when Spinels laughter began ringing out, the trio looked up to see her standing in front of the entrance of the castle,
"She's freaking crazy!" Spike screamed out, hiding behind Twilight and earning a laugh from Spinel.
"Who's screaming now?" She asked as she held her fist up, they watched as she extended her arm high into the sky before sending it flying down, Twilight put a magical dome up just as her fist came down. Spinel smiled as she brought her arm back.
"Alright girls let make this quick," Twilight said as she light her horn, only for Pinkie to jump in the way.
"You way hasn't really worked out so far has it?" She asked, "I think it's time to do this the Pinkie way!" She looked over at Applejack "or the Applejack way?"
"No I'm good," Applejack said as she patted Spike's head.
"Pinkie way it is!" She declared turning to face Spinel. "Hey Buddy!"
"Hi Pinkie," Spinel replied "Can you ask your...Stevenish friend to lower her bubble," Pinkie coked her head.
"Stevenish?" she asked.
"I dunno," Spinel replied "She made a bubble appear so I just...It doesn't matter can you ask her to drop the dome?"
"Alright, we'll drop the bubble but first hear me out," Spinel squinted at her before running her chin with one hand while wave the other in a circular motion.
"Alright so I know that you think Spike is going to try and eat you, but I have a counter point that he can't!"
"Of course he can't-" Spinel said, Pinkie smiled before she added "-now," She looked at him "he's gonna wait for me to be poofed then he's gonna come for my gem, yeah don't think I didn't notice that you where alone in a room with me hidden in a box you sneak!" Spinel smile "But I realized when he didn't make any move to attack me that he must not be that strong of a dragon, so I'm gonna take him out before he can take me out!"
"OK," Twilight whispered "so not my best plan,"
"No duh," Applejack replied as Spinel began laughing like a maniac.
"It's amazing how fast a solution comes when you stop and think for a second," Spinel's arm began twisting like a spring as her hand got bigger. "Now as a friend I'm gonna ask nicely, please move I'd hate to have to take you out with the dragon,"
"You know," Applejack said as she watched the event before them unfolding "Applebloom was right, she might have some issues to work threw," Spinel compressed the springs and began turning the arm towards the bubble when there was a knock from the inside of the castle, Spinel blinked and undid her arm, turning to the door.
"Who's there?" She asked in confusion.
"Got," Applebloom called form inside.
"Got who?" Spinel asked when the door swung open and clocked her in the face, sending her down the castle steps.
"Got you!" She called from the door, as soon as Spinel hit the floor Twilight enveloped her in her magic and made sure her arms and legs where firmly snapped into place.
"Alright let's go for a mixture of all our ideas," Twilight said as she picked up Spinel and the group moved inside.
"Glad this part of my life is over," Spinel said as she and the Apples left the castle, after several hours an agreement had finally been made that Spinel wouldn't try and kill Spike so long as he didn't intentionally get anywhere near her.
"I don't really feel like anything was solved tho," Applebloom said,
"That is a problem for another day," Spinel replied, Applebloom was about to say something but Applejack cut her off.
"Alright," she looked back at her sister and added "At the moment the problem is solved," Applejack mouthed the word, later, before turning back forward. Applebloom frowned at that before moving onto another topic.
"What's it feel like to explode and reform?"
"Like exploding," Spinel replied simply "as for reforming it's easy but takes some energy to do, that said there are certain items that could prevent me from reforming," Spinel tough for a moment before adding "usually when A gem reforms they look different, but I've exploded twice in the same day so I've had no real life changing experiences to change the way I look." Applejack thought on that for a moment.
"So does that mean every aspect of how you look reflects you personality?"
"Sorta," Spinel said before Applebloom added.
"Like the eternal tears," Applejack raised an brow at that and looked at the now red faced Spinel.
"Last time I explain things to you," She said irritably as Applejack took a good long look at Spinels face.
"Those are tears," She realized in shock.
"Yes woo-who I have tear stains on my face," Spinel said spinning her finger "Let's talk about literally anything else,"
"do they have to do with your mental issues?" Applebloom asked.
"Applebloom!" Applejack said at once when Spinel locked her eyes on Applebloom, who noticed at once that Spine's pupils seemed to have a 2nd layer around them.
"I'm a perfectly fine individual with no issues to speak of," She said with a strain in her voice, "Now if you'll excuse me I think I can make it to the barn from here," Without hesitation Spinel turned her lower body into a spring and set herself off towards Sweet apple acres.
"And while we walk back how about I give you a lesson over what is and isn't appropriate to bring up in casual conversation," Applejack said, the tone of her voice telling Applebloom that it wasn't up for debate.
"Yes ma'am," she sighed as they began the walk home.
"What was that?" Spinel asked the empty space that was her room, as soon as she had gotten home she had gone to the area that was her bed, still decked out with a farm tool wall, and was now sitting on the bed in confusion, "I get what happened with the dragon, but the tear stains shouldn't be that heavy of a subject, I'm just a copy of Spinel, I'm not really her," Spinel looked at her hands and tried to think about what she had been doing the day before, save for her watching the movie and going to bed no memories of her past life came to her mind, her eye began twitching when she realized that the best she could get was that she hadn't brushed her teeth before going to bed, not even her old name came to mind. "Am I?" she asked in confusion. Spinel sighed as she rubbed her face.
"Alright the time for soul searching in not now, now...now is time to put all this stuff back," Spinel turned and set to work putting the junk she had hurriedly shoved into a pile back, cleaning the mess took a while longer than making it as, by the time she had finished, the Apples had made it home, she noticed their arrival thanks to Applejacks angry voice
"...not to mention above all else that it's just flat out rude to blurt something like that out,"
"I said I was sorry," Applebloom muttered.
"I'm not the one you should be apologizing to," Applejack said simply, Applebloom sighed and, with her head lowered, made her way to the barn, knocking on the barn door before walking in.
"Spinel?" She asked, Spinel elongated her neck and greeted Applebloom at the door.
"Yes?" She said with a less than happy tone.
"I'm sorry about...commenting on your-"
"It's fine," Spinel said before whispering "Just keep the I tried to destroy a planet thing to yourself and all is forgiven,"
"Can do," Applebloom said hugging Spinel's head.
"OK, we good, you can go now," After a moment Spinel added "Leave please,"
"Right sorry," Applebloom said as she released Spinels head and headed into the house with Applejack, pausing to call out out. "Goodnight Spinel,"
"Goodnight small one," She called back as she lay on her bed "I stood in place for a few thousand years, I think, I can wait out the night." Spinel didn't know how long she waited for the night to end before it finally did just that. She heard noises and heard the sound of Applejack.
"Alright Big mac try not to wake out guest,"
"I ain't sleeping," Spinel called back, the sound of falling metal telling her she'd scared one or both of them "so make all the noise you want," after a minute Applejack made her way up the latter.
"Well not often there's an early riser on this farm that isn't woken up by me," Applejack gave an awkward smile "You sleep well?"
"Hmm?" Spinel blinked then shook her head "Oh no, I'm a rock Applejack, I don't sleep unless I want to, and I really didn't feel like it," Mentally she added "I'm scared of what I might dream about,"
"What?" Applejack stared at her in silence "You didn't think to mention that at any point yesterday?"
"I did not," Spinel said with a shrug "Why?"
"Just would have been nice to know," Applejack replied, mentally thinking "Now I want her to work for us, just the idea of a worker who never gets tiered," from the look on her face Spinel guessed what Applejack was thinking and said clearly.
"Hey you gave me a week until I have to work, you can't go making me do stuff for another 6 days," Applejack squinted at her.
"Oh you better believe I'm not gonna forget that," as Applejack made her way down she added to herself "Once I teach her how to properly buck apples I'll have her work all night, harvest times 'll be cut in half, maybe more if she's good at it!"
Spinel was just kind of waiting for something to happen as she lay in her bed when she heard voices, one belonging to Applebloom with two new ones, Spinel moved for the first time in hours and looked over the edge of her living area and watched as Applebloom lead her two complains into the barn.
"...and she can jump like, super far," Applebloom said to her friends.
"I dunno," The orange one said scratching her chin "Jumping isn't that impressive, certainly doesn't make her a cool as Rainbow Dash,"
"Scootaloo I think we really need to talk about your worship of Rainbow dash," The white one said, with Applebloom agreeing.
"What? I don't worship her," Scootaloo snapped back.
"Hey Scootaloo did you like the movie?" the white one said in a mocking tone "Oh it was OK but I bet if Rainbow dash had been in that situation she would have won that race in half of the time," as the two argued over weather or not Scootaloo was obsessed with Rainbow Dash Spinel jumped down and startled Applebloom.
"Oh geez," She said taking a deep breath to calm herself "You scared me," Spinel looked down at Applebloom and silently pointed to her still arguing friends. "Oh yeah, Hey!" Applebloom screamed the last part and her friends looked over at her, shutting up once they saw Spinel. "This is Scootaloo, and Sweetie Belle,"
"Oh wow," Sweetie said as she looked up at Spinel in awe. Scootaloo stared in awe for a second before coughing.
"Yeah, she looks kind of cool," Spinel raised a brow.
"Kind of?" she asked before Applebloom jumped in, looking at Spinel with puppy dog eyes and earning a squint back.
"What do you want from me?" she asked in suspicion.
"Well I just thought, since you don't seem to be doing anything, I'd be nice to come invite you to come with us while we help solve a Cutie mark problem," Applebloom shook her front hooves in what Spinel took to be the pony version of Jazz hands. "What do you say?" Spinel put her hand on her chin and put the other on her side before nodding.
"Alright I'll bite, whats a Cutie mark?" the three stared at her blankly.
"I can't...I can't...I just can't," Scootaloo said in disbelief.
"What do you mean what is a Cutie mark?" Applebloom demanded "It's what a pony gets when they find out who they are!"
"Once again I am forced to ask this," Spinel took a deep breath before pointer to herself and saying loudly "Do I look like a pony to you?"
"Well no, but even non-ponies know about Cutie Marks,"
"Well I hate to burst your pride in your own species but save the fact that your race seems to come in 4 variations I don't know jack diddly anything about Ponies," Spinel shrugged as she added "tho I assume your herbivores,"
"How can you not know anything about Cutie Marks? Eveypony knows-" Spinel cut Sweetie off with a simple.
"Not a pony," She patted the upside down heart on her chest "I'm a Gem," Spinel pointed at Applebloom "And you have peaked my interests so I shall be joining you on this Cutie mark thing on the condition that you give me a better explanation as to what they are," Applebloom grabbed the hand Spinel was using to point at her with and shook it merrily.
"...and that's about it," Spinel and Applebloom where sitting outside the home of the filly the CMC was helping, Appleblooms explanation had taken longer than she had thought it would, mainly due to the sheer number of ponies that had been gawking at Spinel.
"Alright I can see why this might be...important to ponies, seem's to represent maturity...I think," the two got up and walked into the home, inside was a filly who had a book for a cutie mark and was in mid dialog.
"... this powerful force of death tried to take the princess souls and only failed because of a unnamed intruder," The Filly turned the page and was about to continue when Scootaloo spotted them and jumped at the sight.
"Oh look Applebloom and the living cartoon are here," Spinel squinted at that as Applebloom made her way towards Sweetie, who was talking to the fillies father.
"So what's the problem?" Applebloom asked as the filly in question flipped threw the book to what Applebloom assumed was the spot she had left off at before starting over for her audience.
"Code blue" Sweetie said, a look of irritation apparent of her face, Applebloom sighed and looked over at the father, sharing Sweeties look of irritation.
"The number of time's I've had to say this is ridiculous," Applebloom rubbed her temple before saying clearly "We help ponies find out what their cutie mark is or help them adjust to a cutie mark they didn't want, we don't help the parents convince their children that they got the wrong cutie mark,"
"But it's not the right one," The father said angrily "I've spent countless bit's on Piano lessons, my Daughter is one of the best Pianists in her school, she's suppose grow up and be a famous musician not a...a...a Librarian!"
"Well did you ever stop and ask you daughter if she enjoyed playing the Piano? or if she only did it cause you wanted her to?"
"Who cares if she enjoyes it or not, She's good at it!"
"Oh for the love of..."As Applebloom and Sweetie belle set forth on the long and repetitive task of a parent who had tried to live their dreams threw their child and failed Scootaloo and Spinel stared silently at each other.
"You really pink," Scootaloo said, breaking the silence.
"So is Pinkie," Spinel replied simply, "What's your point?" Scootaloo shrugged.
"Pink isn't exactly the coolest of colors, now blue, blue is a sure fire sign that your awesome, pink on the other hand..."
"I get the feeling your trying to start a fight with me." Spinel said leaning down and getting very close to Scootaloos face "I can assure you that a fight is the last thing you want from me," Scootlaloo scoffed.
"Please, if you try anything Rainbow Dash will bash you into the ground faster than Pinkie can say Party," Spinel glared at small orange Pegasus but before she could do anything Applebloom screamed out.
"We are leaving!" The two looked over to see Applebloom glowing red with Sweetie matching her as they left the Father who followed them with desperate pleas.
"There must be something you can do! I'll give you anything you want!" Applebloom turned on the spot and pointed to his daughter, who was to lost in her book to notice or care what was going on.
"I want you to ask her what she wants to do, not what you want her to do!" With that Applebloom stormed out of the house, once the CMC and Spinel had all filed out of the home Applebloom took a deep breath before deciding on what to do to take her mind of how much of her and her friends time had once again been wasted.
"Honestly," Spinel said as she looked at the small tree house while nodding. "I wasn't expecting a tree house, don't know what I was expecting but it wasn't a tree house," Applebloom blushed slightly before making her way up the ramp. "This is the Cutie Mark Crusaders base of operations, the CMC Clubhouse, it's where we hold our meetings, and it houses in it a lot of Cutie mark finding activities, tho fair warning you might end up covered in tree sap during-" Applebloom cut herself off with a cough "Sorry, typical opening speech, kind of a habit at this point." Applebloom shook her head as She headed up the rap, "Sweetie can show you around the area while me and Scootaloo work out some...crusader stuff," Applebloom made her way to the house with Scootaloo following behind her, Spinel looked down at Sweetie and was unable to tell is she was worried about the task or about being left alone to deal with her, Spinel made her way up the ramp with Sweetie right behind her,
"We don't really have much going on around the tree house, we do have a stump but that's about it," Spinel looked around the baloney area around the house before turning to the door
"Well this is smaller then I expected." Spinel said as she squeezed her way inside the tree house.
"In our defense it really wasn't made with some creature of your proportions in mind." Sweetie belle replied as she moved past her to get to her other friends.
"I wonder though you seem pretty squashy and stretchy, couldn't you turn into a pony or something?" Scootaloo asked. Spinels response was to glow, the three watched as she shrunk down and, once the glowing was gone, found she was now a Pink Applebloom. "Oh what the!?" Scootaloo fell back, her friends having similar reactions. "I was joking!" Spinel looked at her hooves and tried prancing in place.
"Well I hate this," She decided before shape shifting back into her normal self "I'll just settle for being cramped over not having hands," Spinel looked at the trio and noticed their shocked faces "what?"
"You can just do that?" Applebloom demanded "You just turned into me, not to mention that you turned into light!" Scootaloo looked like she was about to say something before recomposing herself and saying.
"Yeah, that was kind of cool," she said coldly "But not nearly as cool as Rainbow Dashes sonic Rain-boom," Spinel looked over at Scootaloo in silence but before she could say anything Sweetie cut in.
"Why do you always do this?" She asked "no, oh wow you changed to shape of your entire body, no all you have to say is, oh but Rainbow Dash did this," Sweetie rubbed her temple "I don't remember you being this obsessed with Rainbow Dash!"
"I'm not obsessed with Rainbow dash, I just have a great appreciation for how amazing she is and I have just accepted the simple fact that she is the coolest pony in the world,"
"I am not a pony," Spinel said irritably "I have said this in your presence at least twice,"
"This is ponyville, and here we use the term everypony," Scootaloo replied "It's just a figure of speech,"
"Tho Twilight has been pushing that we switch to using everycreature,"
"Well I haven't heard Rainbow Dash-" Scootaloo was cut off when Spinel extended her neck and looked Scootaloo in the eyes.
"Stop talking about Rainbow Dash," She said angrily "I dunno who she is and frankly your constant blathering of how everything I do isn't as good as what she does is starting to tick me off just a little,"
"Alright Sweetie," Applebloom jumped it, sweating a little "Why don't you show Spinel around the room," Applebloom turned to Scootaloo "While I have a quick chat with Scootaloo," Scootaloo scoffed and made her way to their meeting area with Applebloom in tow. "Alright what's up?"
"I dunno what your talking about," Scootaloo replied stubbornly "I'm just being honest,"
"Well your honesty is starting to sound a little berating," Applebloom shot back "Just in case you forgot what I told you this morning before we went to get Spinel, while I don't know the details I do know that she defiantly has some issues to work out and all you seem to be doing is trying to push all her buttons, It's like you want to set her off,"
"Well if she did go off-" Scootaloo muttered something and Applebloom stared at her friend in confusion.
"What?" She asked, Scootaloo gave no reply "Scootaloo I don't know what you think will happen if you push Spinel over the edge, but I can assure you that if you do, you will not enjoy the end results," Scootaloo rolled her eyes before looking over at Sweetie and Spinel, who was banging the gavel on the stand.
"I can see why you enjoy this," Spinel said as she began hitting it faster.
"Alright easy down on it, don't wanna break it," Spinel slowed to a stop before setting it down.
"Alright so what else do you guys do here?"
"Oh well sometimes..." Sweetie was cut off when a little coo-coo clock went off "...oh no I'm late!" Sweetie began rapidly tapping in place "Spinel I'm sorry but my parents are coming over for lunch today!" Sweetie ran towards the door "Sorry!" She called back as she rushed out the door, Spinel stood in silence for a moment.
"So do I leave now?" She asked,
"Oh no, no it's fine," Applebloom said quickly "I'll be right back, I'll ask Granny is she can make us a few snacks and then we can play a few board games," Applebloom ran out of the door, she was almost home when she realized what she had done. "Did I just leave those two alone!?"
Scootaloo sat in silence as she watched Spinel once again bang the gavel at nothing.
"You know we're not suppose to use that unless there's a meeting going on,"
"Sweetie belle let me use it," Spinel shot back as she kept going. "And Applebloom didn't really seem to care,"
"Look you seem like an okay...gem golem thingy," Scootaloo waved her hoof in a small circle "But I don't really get the hoopla about you?"
"Hoopla?" Spinel asked, no longer banging the gavel.
"I get Applebloom want's to make you feel welcome but past that you don't seem all that...special,"
"Not special?" Spinel shape shifted in Scootaloo "You don't think this is special?" Spinel turned back into herself and stretched one of her arms to say the word ,Cool, and the other to say the word ,Gem, "I'm at the very least unique,"
"eh," Scootaloo said with a shrug "Your OK, but Rainbow Dash is cooler than you in like every way," Spinel frowned at Scootaloo, her eyes gaining an extra pupil as she returned her arms to normal.
"I don't like you," Spinel said irritably "And I don't think I like this Rainbow Dash, mostly due to association I might add," Spinel leaned over and looked at Scootaloo in silence "I don't appreciate you shoving your worship of some random pony onto me,"
"Hey Rainbow Dash is not just some Random pony, she is the-" Scootaloo was interrupted when Spinel increased the size of her hand and picked up Scootaloo.
"Stop Talking about Rainbow Dash," before Scootaloo could say anything Applebloom burst threw the door, she look at the two of them and shook her head.
"Spinel Ah've known Scoots a while and she can often say things without thinking." Applebloom said as she slowly walked into the room If Scootaloo had anything to say the pressure of Spinels grip stopped the words from forming.
"Is that so?" Spinel thought on that for a moment. "I knew a couple people like that back home, best to always have one around." She decided as she uncleaned her fist, Scootaloo drooped to the floor as Spinel added, "But one with a obsession is never good, Decisions made because of obsession can lead to serious trouble," Scootaloo grumbled as she walked out of the door,
"Alright, how about you come back to the house with me and-" Applebloom was interrupted as Scootaloo looked back threw the door.
"I don't have to worry about trouble form you, Rainbow Dash would wipe you to Manehattan and back faster than you could say ,don't call me a pony," Scootaloo went down the ramp and Applebloom looked back at Spinel, who now had three pupils.
"Nope!" Applebloom decided as she rushed out of the way "Scootaloo sorry," She called as Spinel ran out of the door, Scootaloo was now sitting on the stump smugly.
"I'm impressed at your stupidity," Spinel said as she jumped from the door to the ground "I expected you to either be heading for the hills or flying away," Scootaloo turned red and fluttered her wings silently.
"That's none of your business," She spat back, earning a laugh from Spinel.
"Oh what's the matter? Little bird hasn't left the nest yet?" she asked as she drew her hand back, Before Scootaloo could reply Spinel's hand sprung forward and she grabbed Scootaloo.
"Oh wow," Scootaloo said with an eye roll "What now you gonna shake me until I go limp?"
"I think I'm gonna see how high you can go before you start crying," Spinel smiled back as she turned her arm into a spring and made it so Scootaloo was looking down at her as she compressed it.
"Wait what are-"
"GOING UP!" Spinel screamed out happily as she released the coil and sent her fist with Scootaloo firmly in her grip flying high into the sky, Scootaloos scream ran out as she flew into the sky, Applebloom was panicking from the house.
"What do I do,What do I do?" Applebloom tried to think of something when she noticed something coming closer. "Oh no Spinel!" Spinel looked over and saw Applebloom pointing, she looked over just in time for a Blue hoof to hit her in the face, sending her flying into the tree that held up the clubhouse, the pony that had hit her flew straight up, catching Scootaloo before she could really begin falling.
"You OK squirt?" She asked.
"Thanks Rainbow," Scootaloo said breathing hard. Spinel frowned at the name for a moment before laughing.
"This is the famous Rainbow Dash?" She asked with a giggle "You defiantly don't look like much,"
"Oh we starting out with the trash talk?" Rainbow asked as she set Scootaloo down and flew towards Spinel "I've heard about you from Pinkie, she mentioned you tried to lay the smack down on Spike for eating gems, so what's your excuse for trying to do the same to my friend?"
"She was talking trash!" Spinel replied as she reeled in her arm "and hitting every one of my buttons!" Spinel extended her arm and struck at where Rainbow was standing, she intern took to the sky and moved out of the way, dodging as the onslaught of flying fists began, Rainbow flew threw the air as Spinel hit and missed after a fair number of punches she switched from punching to trying to snatch Rainbow out of the air. "Why don't you land and fight me like a-" Rainbow suddenly went from dodging to attacking and flashed forward, giving Spinel a hard smack across the face as she flew past her and into the tree's. Spinel stomped the ground angrily as Rainbow landed on the ground, leaving a long trail in the dirt as she skidded to a stop in front of the tree stump.
"Alright," Rainbow said calmly "How about we calm down, you apologize to the kid, and we talk this-"
"She started it!" Spinel said before turning her body into a twister and hurling herself at Rainbow, Rainbow flew up and over the twister, letting Spinel hit the tree stump and ending up with Spinel falling flat on her face. Rainbow landed and looked at where Applebloom had been and found she had ran off, meanwhile Scootaloo was cheering.
"Way to go Rainbow!" She called with a smile, one that melted when she saw the look on Rainbow's face.
"Kid," She said with exhaustion "Please don't tell me you actually started a fight just so you could watch me wipe to floor with somepony again, I thought we-" Rainbow was cut off when Spinels Hands clamped down on her.
"I AM NOT A PONY!" Spinel screamed out as she began twisted, bringing Rainbow with her "And you haven't wipe the floor with me!" She added before letting go of Rainbow and sending her flying into a tree.
"Ow," Rainbow managed to say as she picked her self up, she got up just in time drop back down as Spinel sent a fist at her face, instead it broke the tree that Rainbow had hit in half and sent it tumbling to the ground, Rainbow took to the sky.
"Alright time for the Rainboom!" Spinel mistook Rainbows increase in height as her running away and began screaming.
"Come back here and fight me!" Spinel turned her lower body into a spring and sent herself rocketing up. Rainbow looked down and stopped as Spinel flew past and above her. "Lets see who's better than who!" Spinel tripled the size of her fist and coiled her arm into a spring, before she could compress it she was covered in magenta magic, she blinked before frowning. "Oh not again," She managed to say before the source made itself known.
"Hello again," Twilight called from the ground, panting next to her lay a sweaty Applebloom. "I think it's time you and I sat down and had a serious talk,"
"Oh not again!" Spinel repeated as Twilight pulled her down to the ground, Scootaloo seemed put off when Rainbow Dash landed next to her.
"I think you and I need to have a chat to," She said looking down at Scootaloo with a serious look in her eye, Scootaloo sighed.
Spinel found herself once again sitting in the barn that was her home, only this time instead of being in her room area she was stuck to a chain with magic, Applejack had set up a small table and chairs, Pinkie had brought snacks and a banner that read ,Talking things out party, sitting next to Spinel was Twilight on her left and Scootaloo on her right, the later of whom seemed to be panicking slightly as she looked at Rainbow, who was currently standing outside the barn talking to two other ponies who seemed irritated.
"Oh I'm so gonna get grounded," Scootaloo muttered.
"Wow," Spinel said looking at her "I don't like you but burying you seems kind of harsh," Scootaloo and Twilight both looked at her and she smiled. "I'm joking," She amended before adding "Unless that was right, in which case that was the joke," Twilight rubbed her temple and wrote something down in a notepad, Before Twilight could explain what grounding was The two mares walked into the barn with Rainbow Dash following behind them.
"Hey," Scootaloo said nervously.
"Scootaloo," The Blue one said with a hit of disappointment in her voice "we've talked about this, how many times have we talked about this?"
"4 times," The 2nd Aunt replied.
"4 times," The first one repeated "Scootaloo we've talked about this 4 times, you can't go getting into fights just so Rainbow Dash-" the 2nd aunt jumped in.
"Not that there's anything wrong with Rainbow Dash,"
"Oh heavens no, Rainbow Dash is a great pony to look up to, but your taking this way to far, your gonna get yourself or Ms.Dash here hurt," Scootaloo scoffed.
"Rainbow Dash 'll be fine, she's undefeatable,"
"Hey!" Spinel chipped in, getting a jump from the aunts "I was about to win before Princess dearest froze me in place," Scootaloo turned in place.
"She was wiping the floor with you, if the Princess hadn't jumped in you'd be a crater in the ground,"
"Scootaloo," Twilight jumped in, noticing Spinel had developed an eye twitch. "Please stop before you set her off, again,"
"I'm just being honest," Scootaloo replied.
"More like lying to yourself," Spinel replied simply, Twilight turned to her.
"You are not helping," She said irritable, earning a confused look from Spinel.
"What gave the idea I was trying to?" Twilight fell back in her chair rubbing her head.
"The worst part about this is I couldn't bring Spike her to help me take notes so I have to try and calm things down while also keeping thorough notes of what set's you off," Twilight began muttering as Scootaloo's aunts continued.
"Scootaloo I'm sorry but you grounded for a month," The 2nd aunt gasp.
"Holiday we have to put our hooves down if we want this behavior to stop,"
"But isn't that a little much, how about a week?" there was silence for a moment before adding "two weeks?" Lofty sighed.
"Fine, Scootaloo your grounded for two weeks, but if this happens again It'll be a month," Holiday nodded.
"See now that's fair,"
"Two weeks!" Scootaloo demanded "How is that fair!?"
"Cause I can still bump it back up to a month," Lofty replied "And I will if you don't turn around and apologies for antagonizing Ms. Spinel," Spinel smiled at that, and looked down at Scootaloo who smiled back.
"I guess if I have to apology to Somepony if might as well be you," Rainbow ears shot up and she snapped her attention to Spinel, who had gone from a gloating smile to a three pupiled death stare.
"Oh no," Rainbow Said loudly as, with a crack, Spinel broke threw Twilight's un-concentrated magic, knocking Twilight to the floor as she did so and Screaming out.
"I AM NOT A PONY!" her arms sprung out to grab Scootaloo but failed as she was body slammed by Rainbow Dash. "Ground her for a month!" Rainbow managed to call out before Spinel's arm's wrapped around her and held her hard before hitting the ground, Spinel's legs turned into one large spring and just as she came to a stop she was launched out the front door of the barn with Rainbow in tow. Twilight picked her self up and shook her head as she watched Pinkie and Applejack rush outside to both help Rainbow and to try and calm Spinel down.
"Meet in the middle," Twilight suggested before rushing out with them, Scootaloo looked up at her aunts with a guilty laugh.
"I uh...I didn't think she'd do that," her aunts looked at her in silence. "I'm the full month aren't I?"
"You better believe you are," Lofty said as Holiday sighed.
"I deserve that," Scootaloo said as she and her aunts moved to watch the short fight, Rainbow had managed to throw Spinel off, the group watched as Spinel hit the tree, knocking all the apples off as she used it to bounce back at Rainbow. Applejack immediately lost interest in the fight and stating going nuts over how masterfully Spinel had bucked the tree without even trying to. Pinkie was running around below Rainbow and Spinel with the mattress from Spinels room tied around her middle to catch either Spinel if she fell or Rainbow if Spinel knocked her out of the air. Twilight however was writing something down.
"Aren't you going to stop them?" Pinkie demanded as she tried to stay under both of them at the same time, resulting in a strange figure 8 maneuver.
"I'll let Spinel cool off a little, I'll jump in when she does that giant fist spring, I'm worried that might do some serious damage." Above them Rainbow watched as Spinel launched herself at her for the third time, Rainbow dropped a little, and immediately realized her mistake as Spinel shot her foot down at her, with a squeaky thud Rainbow hit the mattress and splatted Pinkie.
"I'm OK," Pinkie called from under the mattress, before Rainbow could reply Spinel's arm shot down and grabbed Rainbow around the middle,
"WHOA!" Rainbow yelled as Spinel threw her up and landed on the mattress, Spinels laughed as pulled her free arm back and positioned Rainbow so she was facing her before pulling her arm in fast, her fist held out to meet Rainbow when she arrived, Rainbow was halfway there when Twilight used her magic and froze Spinel in place.
"I hate you," Spinel called back to the princess as her hand was forcefully opened and Rainbow fell to the ground breathing hard. "I win by default!" Spinel called out.
"No yo-t," Scootaloo was cut off once her aunts covered her mouth.
"Yes you do!" Every other pony called out at once.
Spinel muttered irritably as she looked out the barn door, the sun was setting and there was a nice cold breeze, Spinel took a deep breath and sighed.
"I'm so unbelievably bored," She flopped onto the ground and she looked at the roof "Maybe I should try pretend sleeping?" she thought as she stared blankly at nothing "I didn't really have any dreams when I woke up in that tree after all," Spinel was laying on the ground thinking of what to do when a knock sounded at the door, Spinel extended her neck and looked at Applejack who waved.
"Grannies decided that since you live here now you should join us for dinner," She turned to leave before adding "and your not aloud to say no,"
"Of course I'm not," Spinel replied as her feet dragged her still laying body across the floor and after Applejack.
"Do that and Grannies gonna make you take a bath,"
"just poof me and I'll be fine," Spinel said before rocketing up straight "Don't actually do that it sucks,"
"Stop dragging yourself around and we got a deal," Applejack replied as she opened the front door, Spinel walked in and frowned.
"I haven't been inside an actual house all day," she muttered just loud enough for Applejack to here.
"You know we could set up the guest bedroom for you, it'd take a few minutes to set it up but..." Spinel waved her off.
"No it's fine, as a gem I'm made to spent day's to years outside, the barn's already a step up." Spinel gave Applejack a thumbs up "Besides I'd feel bad to let you guys go through all that trouble when I don't even sleep," Applejack nodded as they made there way into the room where the rest of the Apples where setting the table for dinner.
"Spinel," Applebloom said as she put plates down "Your seats set up right here," Spinel stretched over the table and took her seat, sitting silently as the Apples finished setting things up, at the head of the table sat Granny smith, Applejack and Big mac sat on one side while Applebloom and Spinel sat on the other, Spinel was met with the problem on being bipedal in a non bipedal house, the chair she was sitting on was more of a step stool for her and her knees where above the table.
"Why don't you make yourself smaller?" Applebloom suggested.
"It takes a lot of energy to do that," Spinel replied as she looked at the spread on her plate, she was expecting something to do with apples, instead she found a plate of nachos.
"You came in on a good day," Applebloom added "It's Surprise Sunday, every other day of the week we have apple related foods but Granny mixes it up today," Applebloom seemed to be enjoying her meal Spinel looked at her plate and though on how to go about eating it when she heard whispering, her eyes shot over and she started at Big mac, who shut up the second she looked at him.
"Hey Spinel?" Applejack asked politely "Not to be rude or anything but-" Granny spoke up.
"You should probably take those gloves off, won't want to stain them," Spinel looked at her hands for a moment before looking back up.
"But I'm not wearing any gloves?" there was a moment of silence as the Apples looked at her. "What?" She asked, the Apples went back to eating at once and Spinel went back to staring at her food, as she did so Applejack continued whispering to Big mac.
"Why did you bring that up?"
"Technically Granny did," he replied pointing to Granny smith as she ate.
"It was your idea," She shot back.
"You where the one who was going to say it," Big mac replied before eating some of his food. Applejack went to her plate, after a few minutes Applebloom was the first to notice that Spinel wasn't eating.
"You have a big lunch?" She ask getting the attention of the rest of the table.
"No I didn't eat lunch," Spinel replied with a shrug "I was busying trying to beat Rainbow Dash,"
"That's a pretty good reason to miss lunch," Applejack said with a nod.
"Huge breakfast?" Applebloom tried.
"I think the last time I ate was right before the last time I poofed,"
"Yesterday afternoon?" Applebloom asked her eyes darting from Spinel to the plate "Are you felling ok?"
"I'm a rock," Spinel said tapping her gem "I don't need to eat or sleep."
"What!?" Applejack demanded making Big Mac jump "How? What?" Applejack rubbed her temple "Imagine how much work I could get done if I never had to stop!"
"That's the general idea," Spinel said before adding "Tho typical Spinels are used for entertainment not hard labor,"
"You mean to tell me," Applejack said now standing up "That your body is build better for labor than mine, and your not even the best example of it?"
"Pretty much," Spinel said with a shrug, there was a long moment of silence.
"How pray tell does one get a gem?" Applejack asked in curiosity "Some kind of magic,"
"You could say that," Spinel said as an image of an Injector came to her mind, "Lets just say that making a gem such as myself is very...damaging to the world,"
"That sounds bad," Applebloom said, the entire table now looking at Spinel.
"What kind of damage is done?" Granny asked "does it mess with the soil, make things grow slower, mess with the weather?"
"Well to make a gem,um...oh lets say these chips represent the magical energy of your world," Spinel picked put her hand in the food as she talked "This part where my hand is at is the place where they use the injector and pump the...magic that makes gems into the ground, the gem then takes the magical energy," Spinel took a large handful of chips off the plate, leaving a chunk of the plate exposed "To give it self life," Spine pointed to the empty spot "and the magical energy it took stays with it, as such anything that was living in that area like plants or animals, will wither away and die, and due to the magical energy no longer existing there nothing will ever be able to grow from that spot ever again," Spinel shoved the chips in her mouth and started chewing them before looking at the Apples, who where staring at her in silence.
"Oh don't worry," She added once she swallowed "that was like 6 thousand years ago I thi-"
"Your 6 thousand years old!?" Granny demanded "And I thought I was old!" There was a long silence before Spinel got up.
"Well I feel I've been my daily does of random education, I'm gonna go back to existing in your barn, See you to-"
"Wait," Applejack excused herself and made her way into the house, waving for Spinel to follow, "Here we go," Applejack had lead Spinel to the living room, it had Granny's rocking chair, a sofa, a bookshelf with books ranging from farming to a few action novels, there was a small TV with a Box of VHS tapes next to it. "Since you can't sleep, you can spend the night in here, you can read or watch Grannies favorite TV show from when she was younger, she has all 9 seasons," Spinel put her hand in the box and pulled out one of the tapes.
"Camp Pining heart," She blinked as she stared at the VHS for a long moment "I feel like I've heard that name before,"
"Here," Applejack said pulling one of the VHS tapes out "This is the first episode," Spinel watched as She put the tape in and started backing away "I hope you like it," She made her way out of the room before adding "I really do, Granny always makes us watch that with her," as Applejack made her way back to the table Spinel sat in silence as the episode played.
Discord was floating down the road in a hurry, as per Fluttershy's request he was picking up an Apple pie from Applejack for their tea at noon and had attempted to teleport to the farm with a snap, only to end up in his own world, after several other attempts ended with similar results Discord had taken the novel approach and was now heading to Sweet Apple acres via air
"It's been three days," Applejack said as she and Granny looked at Spinel who now had a blanket wrapped around her. "And what's worse, I put the Color war 40 minute special event video in by accident and I don't think she'd changed videos since," Spinel proved her right when they heard her say.
""it's the color wars Paulette, doesn't that mean anything to you?" Applejack pointed at her while looking at Granny who nodded.
"I see, you're feeling bad that you didn't show her the first episode first," Applejack groaned and left the room.
"I can't deal with either of you right now," Granny watched as she left before walking over to Spinel. There was a moment of silence before saying.
"You know personally I think Percy and Pierre are the most suitable for each other,"
"Whaaaat!?" Spinel snapped up "There both garbage, Paulette has them both wrapped around her figure and distracts both of them to the point that the only reason she didn't win the war was because she wanted to make sure she kept them in line, heck Pierre even split the prize with her and her team!"
"Hog wash!" Granny said standing strong "She ain't nothing but a ditsy air head,"
"Oh you want to make this a thing?" Spinel demanded "Get me some paper and I'll illustrate my point,"
"Your on!" Granny snapped back.
"I don't need this today," Applejack muttered as she left the house, the sound of Granny and Spinel arguing filling the house just as she shut the door. "Maybe if I give them an hour It'll work it self ou...oh for the love of," Applejack sighed when she noticed Discord inspecting the trees along the entrance road. "What now?" She muttered as she walked over to him "Discord," She called, he waved at her without looking as he examined the trees, "I'd ask if your here for the Pie but it's never that simple with you,"
"Weird question," Discord said looking over at her "You haven't found anything weird in your trees in the past, oh 5 days or so have you?" Applejack stared at him in silence.
"I found Spinel in my tree,"
"A gem in a tree is odd, "Discord said as he looked back at the trees "but not quite the weird I'm-"
"What is the gem was also a functioning talking creature who might have some sort of mental issue," Discord turned to her and flew closer.
"That's the level of weird I'm looking for, How dangerous would you say she is?"
"Twilight's been able to stop her without fail with a simple levitation spell, tho I imagine she'd cause some serious damage if left alone for to long in a bad enough mood," Applejack squinted at him "Why do you ask?" Discord gave a guilty smile.
"Long story," He replied.
"I have time," AJ Replied.
"...and I was running late and really needed to find the last ingredient so I just started jumping from dimension to dimension and I...may have left one of those dimensional portal's open and forgot about it completely and your new friend may have fallen threw and ended up in your timeline" Discord gave her a guilty smile.
"You could have just said that I didn't need the first 90 minutes of story!" Applejack practically yelled back.
"You said you had time," he replied with a shrug as Applejack rubbed her temples.
"So your telling me that Spinel is from another Dimension?" She looked at him and shrugged.
"Possible side effects of forced dimensional travel may include having your memories scrambled and or night terrors," Applejack grumbled before turning back to her home. "Find your stupid portal thing and close it,"
"What about this Spinel?"
"She said she liked it better here than her home and Granny likes her so she's fine here, just do what I asked you to do please," Applejack headed back to her house as Discord tried to find the dimensional hole.
"You know," He said to no pony in-particular "Having a creature from a different dimension could cause chaos..." Discord smiled "Maybe if I brought one or two more over I could even bring in enough Chaos for me to have a fun time watching it," Discord noticed an small light in one of the trees and with ease pulled a small vortex out of it, it was less of a doorway and more of an exit only kind, Discord looked at it and smiled as he sent it to his home. "I'll look into that latter, but for now!" Discord snapped and the pie he had been after appeared in his arms "It's tea time!"
Applejack walked back into the house and froze, the halls where full of papers, she picked one up and found a scribbled out chart, the sound of arguing hit her ears and she snuck threw the paper and looked into the living room and found Granny and Spinel has set up smart boards, charts with strings hanging around them and even some crudely drawn art works. Applejack dropped into a sitting position in shock as Granny and Spinel debated who was right.
"As you can see," Spinel said as tho she was talking to a court, "by the scene before you," Spinel pointed to the TV "in witch Percy swims to the bottom of the lake to receive Paulette's friendship bracelet, witch might I remind you is the reason his team lost the canoe race, the very same bracelet that she put on at the beginning of the episode, not only did it fit snugly but it also barely went around her arms, but when Percy grabbed it it was undone, proving that it didn't fall off but that Paulette un-clipped it and dropped it into the water so Percy would come and be her savior while also losing his team the race! Proving once again that Paulette is the best,"
"But!" Granny jumped in "Paulette didn't win the race, Pierre won the race!"
"If you'll turn your attention to scene 14 I will prove how this was part of Paulette's plan,"
"I Can't...I just..." Applejack made her way up the stairs as the two continued debating on who's ship is the best"...I'm going to bed,"
Pinkie skipped merrily to the front door of Applejacks home and had just made contact with the door when it swung open and spilled out enough paper to cover the porch, Applejack had dark circles under her eyes and her mane was a mess.
"Oh thank Celestia," She sighed once she saw Pinkie, "I need your help!"
"I'm up for anything!" She said striking a pose "But maybe you should take a nap first, you look exhausted," Applejack shook her head.
"No, no I tried doing that first, but they just got louder and more out of hand," Applejack rubbed the top of her head and Pinkie realized her hat was missing.
"Hey where's you-"
"Somewhere in this mess," Applejack replied "I thought if convinced them to move to the barn it would make things easier but now there trying to move the TV while still arguing and...oh," Applejack pulled down on her face before shaking herself. "Pinkie I need you to take Spinel to Ponyville and do literally anything to keep her away from the farm until the TV has been moved to the barn and this mess has been cleaned up," Applejack shook Pinkie "Anything you hear me! if you have to take Spinel to Griffin stone and meet and actress who probably isn't even still alive then do it!" Pinkie gave Applejack a smile when she heard that.
"She started watching Granny smith's VHS collection didn't she?" She asked "Is that why I haven't seen her in days?"
"She's only watched one episode!" Applejack replied "This disaster came from one episode focusing on three of the 9 main characters," Applejack shook Pinkie violently "Pinkie there are 9 season and 23 specials for Camp Pining hearts, the shortest season has 35 episodes and the longest on has 67!" Pinkie moved out of the way and Applejack started mindlessly swatting at the papers on the ground, Big Mac poked his head threw the door, dark circles under his eyes as well,"
"So I'll just go get Spinel then?" Pinkie asked, Big mac nodded.
"Eeyup," he said with an exhausted voice, Pinkie jumped over Applejack and made her way to the sound of voices, she found Granny writing on a board, looking as tiered as the rest of the Apples but still going strong, and Spinel who looked like she was trying to find a way to keep the TV running while she moved it while also arguing with Granny.
"Not to mention," Granny said "That Pierre is without a shadow of a doubt the strongest of the three,"
"For the 9th time!" Spinel snapped "I am not disagreeing that Pierre is the strongest, but that doesn't change the fact that Paulette is just using him as a pawn!" Before Granny could retort Pinkie jumped in.
"Hey!" She said getting their attention "I understand you two are deep in debate but I'm afraid I must call a recess,"
"Isn't that a court thing?" Granny asked.
"Well it's a debate thing now," Pinkie replied, "Spinel I haven't seen you in three days and I'm beating you haven't eaten anything yummy without me here to make sure you got something sugary," Spinel looked over at her.
"I guess I haven't eaten since the night I started watching-" Spinel was cut off.
"Great, I call a recess until such a time that I bring Spinel back!" with that Pinkie pulled Spinel out of the room, Granny waited until they where gone before going and collapsing in her chair.
"Oh thank the stars," She said in exhaustion "I ain't had a debate like that since Applebloom finished season one,"
Big Mac was helping Applejack up when Pinkie bounced past them with Spinel in tow, Spinel waved at them as she walked past and they watched as they headed out.
"Quick!" Applejack yelped "Move the TV to the Barn NOW!" The Two rushed inside before Spinel could turn around, Spinel dragged her arms behind her and Pinkie went from skipping ahead to skipping circles around her as they walked.
"So what do you want eat?" She asked "We have Cake, Cup cakes, Muffins, Pie, Cheese Cake witch isn't a type of cake, oh we have some candy, we also have Ice cream and Cookies! or if you really want to have some fun," Pinkie stopped skipping and Spinel stopped walking as she got really close.
"We could go surprise Fluttershy and Discord with a special tray of cup cakes!" Pinkie smiled in anticipation for Spinels answer.
"Should I know who either of those people are?" Spinel asked Pinkie let out a loud and long gasp and Spinel just waited for her to get to the point.
"You don't know who Fluttershy is?" She looked appalled at the very thought "She's like the sweetest sweet heart! She's helps animals big and small, and Discord is the living embodiment of chaos,"
"Sound like a fun guy," Spinel said as she started walking again with Pinkie now on her back.
"Alright lets go to Sugar Cube corner, get you some sweets, get some to deliver to Fluttershy and Discord while also introducing you to them," Pinkie held her hooves up "But first," she began poking around Spinels head "I shall find your ears! Tell me if I'm getting close,"
"Pinkie I don't think I have ears,"
"That is one thing I can't believe," she replied as she began rubbing her hooves all around her head in search of the missing body parts.
"Alright good luck," Spinel replied as she made her way to the bakery.
"I'm find them eventually!" Pinkie declared as she used her free hoof to rub around Spinel's head, the two had made it to Fluttershy's cottage after getting Spinel some snacks and making some for Fluttershy's tea Pinkie had managed to deduce that Spinel's ears where not in her hair. "Alright act cool," Pinkie said as she made her way to the door "I'll do all the talking," Pinkie cleared her throat and held her hoof in front of the door before beating on it madly.
"Fluttershy I brought a living gem and cup cakes and also Discord owes me 24 bits!"
"I only owe you 23 ½ bits!" Discord called threw the door before it opened on it's own Pinkie walked in and Spinel poked her head in after her. Pinkie put the tray down and it started floating in the air with Discord.
"Allow me to introduce you to...Spinel!" Spinel stayed where she was with only her head in the door way.
"Hey," she said before sliding out of view.
"Hello," FLuttershy said quietly before clearing her voice "I heard about her from Twilight actually,"
"Spinel come in and met Fluttershy," Pinkie said as she walked out and dragged Spinel in, Spinel looked less like she was shy and more like she just really didn't want to do anything at the moment.
"Hey" Spinel said before Discord made a chair appear underneath her and sent her into the air.
"Why hello," Discord greeted with a sparkle in his eye "I have been dying to meet you,"
No one can escape the calming void that is the stare
Discord watched in silence as Angel made himself at home in Spinel's lap.
"I don't know what this thing is but I love it," Spinel said as she scratched him behind the ears. Angel stuck his tongue as she did so and blew a raspberry at Discord.
"Hate that guy," Discord muttered quietly before looking up at Spinel "So no memories at all?"
"None," Spinel replied as Angel began thumping his leg "Oh did I find the sweet spot?"
"I hope no one's missing you," Fluttershy said before blushing "oh but that makes it sound like you have no friends, I hope they are missing you, oh but..." as Fluttershy went on a tangent on witch was the nice thing to say Discord watched Spinel play with Angel.
"No memories is good, that means if I pull more gems threw I can make sure they behave enough so they don't trash equestrian but are rowdy enough to cause the occasional entertaining row," aloud Discord asked
"So Spinel any plans for the future? I heard you had a incident with Rainbow Dash a few days ago,"
"I had an incident with the tiny orange one...who's name I either forgot or never really knew," Spinel scratched her chin, doing the same for Angel as she did so.
"It was awesome!" Pinkie chimed in as she finished her 9th cup of tea "I got to catch Rainbow on a Matrices and Spinel accidentally bucked like 4 trees while trying to grab her and Twilight was just watching and taking notes,"
"Oh, Twilight was taking notes?" Discord asked "Why has something happened to Spike?"
"I tried to kill the little gem eater," Spinel said simply.
"oh I hadn't even thought of that!" Fluttershy said as she was pulled out of her confusion rut "Dragon's must be supper scary for you, I guess your lucky all you saw was Spike," There was a moment of silence as Spinel looked at her in silence before asking.
"Why is that lucky?"
"Casue Spike is just a tiny baby dragon," Pinkie said simply, they watched as Spinel went wide eyes "And you didn't know that,"
"How big do they get?" Spinel demanded.
"Oh I'd say Spike is about the size of a full grown dragons Pinky nail," Spinel sat in silence.
"But don't worry!" Pinkie jumped in "We don't have any adult dragons here and Spike will be the only one here for another month and a half, and when the students of the Friendship school come back I'll just tell Starlight to...hey have you meet Starlight?" Pinkie scratched her chin "I never threw you a welcome to Ponyville party!" Pinkie feel out of her own chair. "I MUST THROW ONE AT ONCE!" before any other words could be said Pinkie turned into a Pinkie shaped cloud and the door flew open, after a moment the cloud dissipated and revealed Pinkie was still there.
"What just happened?" Spinel asked as Pinkie skipped out the door.
"I have no idea," Discord said as they watched her leave, this resulted in Angel noticing he was no longer getting attention and attempting to get it again by climbing up to the top of Spinels head and pulling on one of her pig tails, this got him more attention than he wanted as Spinel's arm shot up and slammed threw the room in an attempt to strike her attacker, Angel drooped the Pigtail and ran for cover. Fluttershy had missed the events preceding the roof punch but Discord had seen it all. Spinel looked around wildly as she went from sitting on her chair to having one foot on the seat and one of the back.
"Alright who's picking a fight!" The animals in the cottage all did their best to hide from view as she looked around with her fists enlarged for a hard punch.
"Discord," Fluttershy said coldly making him jump "Did you-"
"Heavens no!" he said at once as Spinel looked back at him "It was Angel," Spinel turned on the spot.
"Your telling me you pulled my hair just to make the bunny look bad?" She demanded "what did you want me to scratch you behind the ears or something?"
"He does typically enjoy that," FLuttershy replied before noticing Spine pull her fist back to throw a punch, "Hey now," She said firmly ,getting Spinel to look at her "No punching!"
"But he-" Spinel started when Fluttershy used the stare and looked into her eyes, Spinel froze. "-I don't know what's happening but I don't like it," Spinel said as she her pulled back fist fell limp onto her seat.
"Now Discord," Fluttershy said "Apologize,"
"But I...oh Fine, I apologize for pulling your hair," Fluttershy nodded.
"Good, now Spinel apologize to Discord for trying to Punch him,"
"But I don't feel-" She started when Fluttershy frowned "-What kind of weird power is this!?" Spinel demanded as her other arm fell limp into her seat and her legs began wobbling.
"No one can escape the calming void that is the stare," Discord replied calmly as he sipped his tea, they watched as Spinel tried to fight the look in Fluttershy's eye before crying out.
"DicordI'msorryItriedtopunchyou!" She took a deep breath and her legs gave out, resulting in her falling into her chair, Fluttershy smiled and Spinel pulled herself back together. "Your the most adorably scary creature I have ever met," Spinel whispered just quiet enough for Fluttershy to not hear it, Before anything else could happen Pinkie ran threw the door and, once she got to Spinels chair, Started rapidly tapping on the floor.
"Hey Spinel wanna go-"
"I don't care where were going just make it not here!" Spinel replied immediately as she jumped onto Pinkie's back, Pinkie took off like a rocket and the two watched as she headed out.
"Fluttershy please do excuse me," Discord said as he got up "But I have a few questions I want to ask Spinel and I feel a party is the best time to get close without her going berserk and trying to kill me," Discord bowed before teleporting away.
Fluttershy took a sip of her drink in her now empty house before getting up and closing her front door.
"I'll have to talk to Spinel and Pinkie about closing doors," She said before going about her day.
"Welcome!" Pinkie screamed out in joy as she pushed Spinel into the center of the party, her cheer was quickly followed by the residents of Ponyville all copying her with the same cheerer
"Welcome!" with a loud "Yeah" mixed in, Spinel looked back at the crowd to question the yeah when Pinkie pushed a cake in front of her with the word welcome to Ponyville on it with one big S shaped candle in the middle, Spinel took a deep breath and proceeded to lick her fingers and pinch the flames out, there was silence for a moment before Pinkie poped up and called out.
"CAKE TIME!" earning cheers from the crowd as Pinkie cut a slice for Spinel before whistling for the Cakes to set up the Rest of the Cakes and other treats, Pinkie leaned into Spinel and whispered "Don't worry I'm paying for the party, Have fun mingling," Pinkie skipped off, calling everypony to come get their when Spinel heard it again.
"Yeah!" Spinel turned on the spot.
"Alright who's yelling yeah?" without hesitation a Large White pony jumped on his back hooves and flexed.
"Yeah?" Spinel replied.
"YEAH!" he retorted as he walked forward
"Yeah!!?" Spinel called back as she walked to him
"YEAH!" He yelled loudly.
"YEAH!" Spinel screamed back, the crowd watched as the two continued yelling yeah at each other, Spinel stretching herself in threatening poses as the White pony Flexed harder and harder. After a moment the crowd started cheering them both on. As the Yeah off was happening Pinkie met up with Twilight and Discord, who where having a talk.
"Are you serious?" Twilight asking as Pinkie joined the talk.
"serious about what? That Spinel is from another dimension,"
"Ah I see Applejack told you," Discord said with a nod,
"Oh Applejack knows to?" Pinkie jumped in place "how exciting, you think more Spinels will come looking for her?"
"Judging from what Discord just told me," Twilight turned back to the Draconequus slowly "Her being her is all because of his stupidity,"
"So I left a portal open and she got sucked in," Discord blew a raspberry "Her being here is 100%, with out a doubt, probably OK,"
"Probably?" Twilight demanded "Why don't you just send her back?"
"First, she doesn't want to go back," Discord replied honestly before adding the lie "And I couldn't even if I wanted to, due to her being sucked threw my dimension I have no idea where her home dimension is," Twilight processed that.
"You said you closed the portal,"
"I closed the exit, my portal's track me and open, on their own, into my world and then suck what ever I sucked in into Ponyville, so relax, worst case scenario you get a few new friends who could potentially wage war on Dragons," Discord scratched his chin "actual I can see how that could go over poorly," Discord mumbled under his breath, the only words Twilight caught was "....so long as they don't run into the queen..."
"Who's the queen?" Twilight asked in confusion earning a glow of blush from Discord at being overheard.
"No one!" He said fastly "Nothing, just talking to myself, god stuff!" Discord gave her a thumbs up before turning to Pinkie, only to find she must have gotten bored and split a while ago. "Anyway I'm here for Spinel, just want to ask a few questions,"
"Same," Twilight replied "We can ask her together," she added, giving Discord a suspicious look. The two found Spinel pretty quick as her Yeah off had started getting out of hand!"
"Yeah!" Bulk screamed as he lifted a bench with several ponies on it.
"Yeah!" Spinel replied as she started juggling weights.
"What the-" Twilight light her horn and pulled the weights out of the air.
"Hey!" Spinel said before slapping her mouth "No fair I call cheating!"
"Yeah!" Bulk agreed point to Twilight and giving her a slow head shake. Twilight muttered before Pulling Spinel out of the circle.
"I need to borrow Spinel, you two can do...whatever this is, later."
"Yeah!" Bulk yelled out.
"Yeah!" Spinel agreed as she was dragged off.
"Interesting way to make friends," Discord said with a nod. "That a gem thing?"
"No," Spinel replied "I think that's a...what ever that guys name is thing,"
"Whatever," Twilight put Spinel in a sitting position, Pinkie skipping by and dropping a plate of cake next to her.
"You forgot that," She call before hopping away.
"Thanks," Spinel said aimlessly as she picked up the plate and dug in happily as Twilight asked the first question.
"How many other...Spinels are there?"
"Ton's but I'm the only Spinel like this," She replied, "Every other Spinel is basically...a squeaky Pinkie Pie," Discord jumped in for his question.
"If you had to chose one, who would you say is the most entertaining Gem besides yourself,"
"Peridot," Spinel said without hesitation "Easily,"
"Are all Gem's like...you, or are some...better?"
"Well Bismuth's are great at building things, and Lapis lazulis are Terraformers, Pearls are I guess maids or something," Spinel scratched her chin as she tried to think of more examples when Discord asked.
"Do gems have any...things I guess, you know like carts, houses, weapons,"
"Oh yeah, most every gem has a weapon they can pull out of their gem," Twilight blinked at that.
"Do you have a weapon?" Spinel opened her mouth, closed it as she scratched her chin, then decided.
"Let's see," Spinel put her hand up to her gem and it started glowing, Spinel pulled out what looked like a Laser pointer.
"Wow," Discord said in disappointment "That's kind of-" he was cut of as Spinel started screaming at it.
"Why do I have a Rejuvenator?" She demanded as she attempted to put it back, instead it was taken out of her grasp by Twilight who looked at it in interest.
"Rejuvenator?" she asked "Interesting, what does it-" Spinel tried to snatch it back and in trying to pull it out of Twilight's magic accidentally pressed the button, the rod shot up and in a flash of Pink light Spinel was holding what looked like a magic scythe. Twilight looked at in in shock and Discord whistled.
"Alright that is pretty cool looking," he maid to touch it when a horrible feeling shot up his spine and he jumped away from it, "question," Discord asked sweetly "Why do I get Tireck flash backs when I got close to that?"
"Who?" Spinel asked in confusion.
"A Centaur who ate magic," Twilight replied as she looked at the Rejuvenator.
"Oh, well this is made to reset a Gem, so there's a chance, if magic is a close enough match to a ponies magic, that it could reset a pony," Twilight backed away slowly and Spinel took her chance to deactivate it and put it back in her gem.
"Reset?" Twilight asked.
"Oh yeah, if I got hit with that everything that made me, me would be erased and I'd become a basic gem, I guess since Ponies are organic the worst that would happen is that you'd lose your magic, or ability to fly, or your cutie whatevers, you'd probably still have your memories," Spinel shrugged "If your magic is similar to what makes me, me,"
"Why do you have that tho?" Twilight asked, "That sounds like a serious weapons,"
"Oh I use to be crazy evil," Spinel said simply "I tried to kill a planet with...well that's besides the point," Spinel gave Twilight and Discord a solute. "now if you'll excuse me I'm going to take this cake," Spinel took her plate "And I'm gonna go back to the Apples and watch more Camp Pining hearts," With a wave Spinel walked away from a stunned Twilight and a Discord who was laughing himself silly.
"Marvelous!" He laughed out "Absolutely Marvelous!" With a snap he disappeared leaving Twilight alone, after a few second Twilight found her voice.
"You're just gonna drop that bomb and walk away!?" She demanded as she began running after her.
Twilight was breathing heavily as she landed at Sweet Apple acres, she found Spinel talking to Applejack, who was missing her hat.
"-unless it's in the Barn!" Applejack was saying angrily "And you have to clean it up next time you two do-" Applejack was cut off as Twilight levitated Spinel and made her float 8 feet in the air.
"Oh come on," Spinel cried our in irritation "I'm getting sick of levitation," Twilight marched up to Spinel steaming.
"Don't think for a moment that we are done-" Twilight was cut off when Applejack marched to her looking just as, if not more, irritated.
"Twilight I don't know what's going on but if you start a fight with Spinel so help me..."
"I'm not here to fight," Twilight replied calmly "Spinel just give me the Rejuvenator and..."
"Absolutely not!" Spinel snapped back "Get your own Lazer Scythe!" Applejack looked up at her in shock.
"You have a Lazer Scythe,"
"It's dangerous and need to be put in a safe place," Twilight said calmly "Now give it to me so I can send it to the princesses for..."
"Twilight that is a terrible idea," Applejack said bluntly turning to her friend "Not to be rude but when was the last time Celestia actually did something," Twilight let out a long gasp.
"Applejack," She said in shock "We can't talk about that out loud she'll hear us,"
"And what exactly is she gonna do about it?" Applejack asked, Twilight opened her mouth, closed it, and scratched her chin.
"I'll get back to you on that," She said before shacking her head "But anyway I am not leaving a powerful weapon in the hands of...well her,"
"If she was going to use it, she would have used it already,"
"Actually I didn't know I had it," Spinel called back "I've have totally used it on the Dragon if I knew I had it,"
"Your not helping," Applejack called back.
"Who said I was trying to?" Spinel asked in genuine confusion as she looked around "I'll give them a bop on the head like no other," Applejack sighed before turning back to Twilight.
"Listen Twilight, I'm sure the only reason Spinel would use her laser scythe is...is...wait...scythe?" Applejack lost interesting in Twilight and turned back to Spinel. "You have a farming tool, just like as a part of you?"
"Yeah," Spinel called back "I'm not showing you tho,"
"Really?" Applejack asked "Your gonna be a child about this?"
"No," she replied "Twilight'll steal it, then I'll get mad and attacker her, then she'll probably use it on me, then I'd be reset and you'd be stuck with me basically functioning as Pinkie Pie only I never have to sleep, you'll never be able to get away from me, and every time I take a step or move I will squeak and there will be no stopping, after a while of that you'll either kill me or kill Twilight for turning me into that," Applejack stood in silence before looking back at Twilight.
"Twilight if you so much as touch that scythe our friendship is over," Twilight held up her front hooves and Spinel dropped like a rock.
"OK," Twilight said as she took a few steps back "Let's just calm down and think things out,"
"I will not have an eternally squeaking Spinel who acts like Pinkie on this farm!" Applejack looked off to the side as she added "I'm gonna have nightmares about that idea,"
"Alright fine," Twilight said as she started backing up, "But you and I," She pointed at Spinel "are going to have a long talk about this after I get back from my trip,"
"oh I love trips!" Spinel jumped over Applejack and pulled Twilight to her, Twilight blinked multiple times in shock as she looked at the now grinning gem "How about a deal?"
"What kind of a deal?" Twilight asked suspiciously.
"You take me on this trip, don't care where were going, and I'll explain not only the Rejuvenator, but that other thing I told you about in great detail,"
"You mean you being a ref-" Twilight was cut off as Spinel forced her mouth shut
"Hey now," She said "You do not have my permission to share that information with anypony else besides Discord and Applebloom,"
"You told Applebloom?" Twilight asked, confusions filling her mind.
"Indeed," Spinel replied "Now Pinkie Promise-"
"How do you even know what that is?" Twilight demanded.
"during the three days I was watching Camp pining hearts Pinkie started sending me letters and she told about the Pinkie promise in one of them, I read them while the tape was rewinding,"
"But-" Twilight tried.
"Promise me or you'll learn nothing and leave you pondering my weird magical secrets,"
" I cross my heart and hope to fly, stick a cupcake in my eye that I won't tell anypony the secret you shared with me or try and steal you Rejuvenator,"
"oh, I didn't even think of adding that last part," Spinel said before smiling "Nice way to butter me up, ok stand back!" Spinel put her hand to her gem and Applejack watched it glowed as she removed the Rejuvenator from it.
"That's it?" She asked "It looks like a pen or-" Spinel pressed the button and it extended "-oh Farming Gods in the sky," Applejack said as she looked at it in awe "It's beautiful,"
"It's actually insanely dangerous," Spinel replied merrily "It's like the 2nd most dangerous thing I've ever owned,"
"SECOND!?" Twilight screamed from behind her.
"All and any questions will be answered during or after this trip, whenever it is,"
"Tomorrow at around 7," Twilight replied "I'm visiting my brother in the Crystal Empire, and like it or not Spike is coming since he's family,"
"Oh no," Spinel said as she turned off the Rejuvenator due to Applejack's slow advance to try and touch it, Applejack kicked the ground angrily as Spinel put it back into her gem.
"Well I already hate this," Spinel said happily "Time to calm my nerves, come get my whenever you said you where coming, I'm gonna watch the color war's," Spinel made her way to the barn and Applejack waved goodbye to Twilight before running after Spinel.
"Spinel if your gonna be a crazy addict as least watch the actual show and not the season 3 special!" Twilight watched as Applejack closed the barn doors and sighed.
"I already hate this," She said to the empty air before teleporting home.
Twilight made her way down the dirt path that lead to the Apple family home and barn, Once she made it to the barn she gave the door a loud tap, waited a few moments, and tapped again, after about three minutes she opened the door and blinked, Spinel has tricked out the barn with some of the Apple's old furniture, a Table with a broken lamp stood next to the door. a large pile of rugs, welcome mats, and old carpet pieces was underneath the upper floor area, their old cart that had lost a wheel stood lopsidedly against the back wall, Spinel was using it as a chair as she watched the TV that Applejack and Big mac had set up. Twilight shook her head and knocked loudly on the door again, Spinel either didn't hear it, or didn't care enough to check what the noise was.
"Hey!?" Twilight yelled.
'Wha?" Spinel asked without looking away from the TV. Twilight grumbled as she walked threw the barn and to Spinel, she looked at the TV and rolled her eye.
"Hey!" She said again, Spinel gave her a side glance.
"I already said ,wha," She said simply as she reached out and pushed the pause button on the TV "What do you want?"
"The trip?" Twilight replied, Spinel gave no reaction for a moment before jumping up and patting Twilight on the back.
"Well why didn't you say so, let's go!" Spinel bounced out of the barn with Twilight coming behind her and closing the barn door behind them. Spinel was ready to get walking when Twilight light her horn.
"Alright to the train station,"
"You better not pick me-" In a Flash Twilight teleported them to the station.
"What did you-oh wow," Twilight watched as Spinel's eyes rolled around in her head with no synchronization as she sway back and forth, he hands holding her head in an attempt to stop the spinning "Are you OK?" once Spinel's eyes stopped spinning one ended up looking up and one was looking down.
"Hey good looking," Derpy said with a wave as she walked past them. Spinel waved back dizzily before shaking her head, her pupils dropped to the bottom on her eye then, after blinking a few times, she got them back under her control, she smiled for a moment before grabbing Twilight.
"Never do that, again,"
"Interesting," Twilight said as Spinel let go of her "It seems the standard Teleportation spell makes Gem's dizzy," Twilight scratched her chin "I wonder if other spells have side effects," Spinel was about to say something to that when she saw him, he was starting at her in silence, and she returned the stare with equal silence.
"Spinel," Spike said in a stained voice as he thought back to when she had tried to kill him.
"Spike," Spinel replied as she thought back to him eating gems, there was a short silence.
"YEAH!" Bulk yelled out as he walked by, making both Twilight and Spike jump, Spinel held up her hand as he walked past and he gave her a high five before continuing to work.
"I like that guy," Spinel said as he walked off "He's fun,"
"And loud," Twilight replied with an ear twitch "Anyway Spinel our train leaves in about 5 minutes so come on," the three made their way to the train, Twilight gave the conductor her tickets and the three boarded Twilight and Spike took their seats at the front and Spinel continued walking. "Hey were sitting here,"
"Yeah," Spinel replied "And I refuse to stay in close quarters with him," The two watched as Spinel sat in the farthest seat from them. After a few minutes the train started moving and Twilight looked around the empty train car.
"I think this is the first time I've seen the train this empty," Spike said in surprise.
"This is the morning train," Twilight replied "Most of the passengers get off by Ponyville, since the next stop is the Crystal empire in about 4 and a half hours.
"Well this isn't the worst wait I've ever had," Spinel called from the back row.
"Alright Spike I'll be back in a few minutes, or hours, depending on how cooperative Spinel is," Spike handed Twilight a notebook and several quills along with an ink bottle, she took them in her magic and made her way to Spinel, who was kind of just playing with her own body, when Twilight got to her Spinel was trying to turn her hand into a Balloon animal, she stopped once she noticed Twilight had arrived.
"So what can I do for you?" She asked sweetly.
"You said you'd explain-" Twilight started before being cut off.
"Yeah I know, you want the information on the Rejuvenator or the backstory on the time I tried to kill a planet?"
"You did what?" Twilight demanded.
"Oh planet it is then. Well first I got the Rejuvenator and A Bio-Poison Injector,"
"A Drill full of Pink Liquid made to end all life on a planet, I don't know under what circumstances it's suppose to be used under, but I just kind of stole if for revenge,"
"Revenge?" Twilight asked as she started writing things down.
"Oh my best friend lied to me and left me standing in place in a garden for...I dunno I think it was 6 thousand years," There was a snap as Twilight broke her own quill.
"I'm sorry," Twilight replied, taking a deep breath "Your best friend left you standing in a garden...for 6 thousand years?"
"Yeah," Spinel ran her finger along her cheek "almost makes you wanna cry don't it?" Twilight looked in silence as Spinel repeated the action three more times before sighing.
"I'm making a reference to the fact that these black lines on my face are eternal tears," Twilight's ear's went flat. "K good, anyway so I stole the Bio-poison injected and went to a planet called earth, home to humans..."
"Humans!" Twilight suddenly went from silently processing what she had just been told to sounding worried. "Walk on two legs, have hands and hair instead of manes, Look kind of like hairless monkeys?"
"Oh so you've heard of them, anyway I went to earth to try and kill a Human Gem Hybrid," Twilight was about to ask something when Spinel pointed at her. "And no more questions till the end of the story," Twilight nodded and Spinel began to tell her the story of Spinel.
"Yes, they are a sub race that evolved from a group of ponies that moved to the area that became the Crystal empire a long time ago, After a few generations of being in constant contact with the Crystal heart's magic their flesh turned to stone, with some exceptions of course."
"I must see these ponies," Spinel decided as she bounced up and down in her chair in excitement.
"You think all that stuff was true?" Spike whispered once Twilight took her seat next to him, Twilight looked at Spike in surprise "What? she wasn't exactly whispering her story, It was honestly hard not to listen,"
"Honestly I'm not sure," Twilight replied "Tho it would defiantly explain some of her...problems," Twilight opened her note book and read some of her theories, "High possibility of PTSD, Definitely has Abandonment and Anger issues," Twilight flipped threw the pad and tore a page out "Can you send this letter to the Princess?" She asked "I'm going to request she come over for tea next time she's available so I can...talk to her about Spinel," Spike rolled the paper up and, after opening a window, blew it into magical dust with his fire. with the letter sent Twilight was about to start going over her notes when the train slowed down, not to a stop but it noticeably lost speed, followed by Spinel screaming.
"What?" Twilight demanded jumping up, Spike just chose to ignore her and continued reading one of the many comics he had brought. Twilight rushed to Spinel only to find her scream had been one of joy,
"IT'S SNOWING!," She cheered "Oh I love snow, I was watching the Camp Pining Hearts Heart's warming Special and-" Twilight shook her head as Spinel started going into great detail about how a griffin named Paulette manipulated the entire camp into a snow war by ,accidentally, drooping a present and picking the wrong one up and handing it to Percy, who was then blamed by Pierre to be a thief for stealing his present, Spinel kept going but it was at that Point that Twilight had found her noise canceling headphones and decided to wait out the remaining 20 minutes of the train ride in silence.
Twilight was packing her stuff when Spike's ears suddenly perked and and he jumped up and started yelling something at Spinel, Twilight looked up to See Spinel counting down on her figures, she removed her headphones just as Spinel reached one.
"You didn't say anything!" Spinel said as she opened her window "That means you think it's fine,"
"Spinel wait!" Spike called, but to late, without hesitation Spinel jumped out the window, there was a long moment of silence as the train started slowing to a stop at the train station. Twilight opened her note book and added a note. before packing all her bags and getting up.
"Spike get our stuff and if Shining is waiting for us at the station tell him I'll be right there," Twilight light her horn and teleported herself outside the train, she took flight and looked for the speck of Pink in the white land and found Spinel pretty fast due to a sudden onslaught of Snowballs being thrown at her. Twilight bubbled herself and landed next to Spinel, who was not in anyway deterred by the bubble as evident of how many Snowballs she was still throwing, after a minute she finally stopped "You done?" Twilight asked.
"Yeah," Spinel said as she looked around.
"Good, now how about we go and-"
"I'm gonna make a Snownado now!" Spinel cried out in.
"A what?" Twilight managed to ask before Spinel set to work, and turned herself into a twister, Twilight watched, somewhat amused, as she Spinel's plan failed almost instantly, she had clearly hoped that her spinning would cause this snownado thing, instead it had caused snow to clump up around her and caused her to trip, in about 5 seconds Spinel was stuck in a Giant snow ball.
"Well this was unexpected but I can work with this. Twilight, throw me at Spike!"
"How about no," Twilight decided as she picked up the Spinel snow ball and began the walk to the Train station.
"Kill joy," Spinel replied.
"She'll be her in a second," Spike said as Shining took the bags from him in confusion.
"What happened?" Shining asked "was there a fight or..."
"Discord accidentally sucked a weird gem creature out of it's world and brought it here," Spike replied simply "and Twilight's trying to figure out what's wrong with it since it...very obviously has issues, and it, it's name is Spinel btw, jumped off the train so she went to grab Spinel...and here she comes with what might be the largest snowball I've ever seen," Shining looked over and watched as Twilight walked to the station with a Snowball about 4 times her size.
"Shining!" She cheered as she hugged her brother happily "It's so good to see you,"
"It's great to see you to Twily but what's with the..."
"Oh, Spike did you tell him about..."
"Yell this is Spinel," Twilight rolled the ball and showed Spinel's head sticking out of the snowball with a pouting face.
"I wanted to be thrown at Spike," She complained.
"I hate you to," Spike replied simply.
"Um," Shining pointed to his brother then the gem, then looked to Twilight for an answer,"
"Spinel saw Spike eating a gem, and she's a gem-"
"And say no more," Shining replied as he patted his brother on the head. "Look on the bright side bro, this is just the kick in the pants you needed to start that diet," Spike blew a raspberry at him in response.
"Ha,ha very funny" He said as Shining walked up the the Snowball that held Spinel and offered her his hoof.
"How nice," Spinel said looking at it "but I'm currently immobilized by magic so..." Twilight placed Spinel Snow ball down and released her, the results where immediate, Spinel pelted the living snot out of Spike with the snow surrounding her until Twilight focused her magic and pulled Spinel out of the snow, with her pouting once more. "I hate magic,"
"Shining looked at Spike and found a Snow dragon in his place, he lightly tapped it's nose and Spike's head was free.
"I hate her so much," Spike said with a shiver as Shining pulled him out and placed him on his back.
"I think she might hate you to," Shining replied simply. "Now what say we get ourselves to the Empire and get you all some hot co-co?"
Spinel wasn't sure how she felt about the empire until she saw the Spike statue.
"I hate every about this place," She decided as some on the crystal ponies asked fro Spike's autograph. "Everything," She repeated, Twilight kept her firmly in her magic just to make sure she didn't punch the Spike statue or something, Shinning lead the way into the castle, after a short while they arrived in the throne room, where Cadance had set up a nice tea party set for 4.
"Twilight!" Cadance called happily.
"Cadance!" Twilight dropped Spinel who landed headfirst on the floor, the trio watched as the two did their special song and handshake.
"sunshine sunshine ladybugs awake clap your hooves and do a little shake" Spinel watched in silence as they did this.
"You know," She said as she put her hand on her cheek, "I feel like this place just gets worse the longer I'm here, Can I just go back to the frozen wasteland till you two are done here?"
"I guess they didn't tell you that their spending the night?"
"As I said this place gets worse and worse, please throw me back into the snow,"
"Oh my who's this?" Cadance asked as she noticed Spinel.
"This is Spinel," Twilight said as she used her magic to make her stand on her feet, Spinel's reaction was to stare Twilight in the eye as she switched back to standing on her head with her feet in the air "And she's a serious pain to be around,"
"Well hello Spinel," Cadance said politely "I'm Princess Cadance," Spinel looked at Cadences horn, then her wings.
"My god their duplicating," She said in shock. "How many Princesses are there?"
"5" Shining replied. Spinel blinked as an image of Cadance and 4 Twilight's came to her mind.
"Dear lord," she said as she stretched her legs back to the ground and swung her body right side up "Someone call Discord, this worlds a bust, third time's the charm,"
"What?" Cadance asked in confusion.
"You got like an hour for me to explain?" Twilight asked
"Oh you poor thing!" Cadance was hugging Spinel hard and Spinel was just existing through the event.
"6 thousand years alone, I can't even begin to image that, Even Luna was only banished to the moon for a thousand," Shining was talking to Twilight as Cadance did this.
"...she sounds a little dangerous if I'm being honest,"
"She's gotten into a few fights, tried to Kill Spike,"
"For eating gems," Shining looked at her brother "Not a particularly smart move,"
"I wasn't thinking about it!" Spike shot back as he sipped his Co-co "I was just hungry,"
"Like I said, this is the push you need for you diet," Spike squinted at Shining as he took a drink, Shining giving him a smile in return. Cadance put Spinel down and patted her head before turning to Twilight, with all of them distracted Spinel went 2D and slid across the floor and out the door, she popped back up and stretched.
"Ah, Snow here I come," She turned and was met with two guards "Pardon me but where is the exit?" Spinel asked before pointing to window "Never mind there's one," Spinel turned to book it only to find her arms pinned to her side and her legs pinned to each other by magic, "Oh great this again," She expected to hear Twilight instead the Unicorn guard lifted her and the headed out with her in tow "On wait, am I getting kidnapped right now?" She asked before a Gag was stuffed in her mouth
Twilight and Cadance where talking about Spinel when Shining noticed who was missing.
"Um...Spinel's gone," he noted, The two Princesses looked to where she had been sitting, Spike finished his drink and pointed to the door.
"She went that way,"
"Spike did you seriously not think to tell any of us she just walked out of the room,"
"Technically she slithered out of the room," he replied shacking his cup, the Crystal Butler immediately refilled his cup and added Marshmallows, "Besides this means I don't have to deal with her for a while,"
"Fine," Twilight replied as Cadance and Shining headed out "but if she breaks your statue it's your fault," Twilight ran out of the room and was met with an odd sight, two of Cadences guards where in nothing but their underwear, one had a black eye and the other was missing some of his teeth.
"You mean to tell me that the two guards who where guarding the door where impostors?" Cadance demanded, the two guards nodded in agreement, Cadence turned to Twilight as Shining ordered the two to the Infirmary for medical attention and pants.
"So Spinel ran out the door and the two fakes disappear?" Twilight asked as she scratched her head "It was a rush job but even then,"
"It would seem Spinel's been taken by somepony, oh this is bad,"
"It'll be very bad if they tick her off and she gets away, she might level the Empire, and I Image that could cause problems for her in the future,"Cadance nodded and turn to the guards that had been proven real,
"You remember the creature that Twilight brought in with her?" Most of the guards confirmed what she looked like. "Find her, and find her fast, Use magic to contain her and bring her to me or Twilight or my Husband," there was a moment of silence.
"The heck you all waiting for?" Shining yelled out "A kiss on the cheek? GO!" The Guards scrambled.
Spinel started complaining as soon as the gag was removed from her mouth. "Hey! Let me go already you stupid ponies, If I get free on my own I'll-"
"You'll what." A deep voice asked, Spinel looked away from the duo dresses as guards and up at a curtain, it parted to reveal a blue crystal unicorn, he was wearing a black dress with a grey upside down cross on the chest, and was sitting on a throne, Spinel looked at him for a moment, then began to laugh like a idiot.
"What are you laughing about?" He asked in a confused voice.
"Your wearing a dress HAHAHA!!" Spinel laughed harder causing the guards to drop her, as soon as she was free she started slamming her hands on the ground in laughter.
"And your point is." His asked, sounding unamused as he used his magic to hold her in place.
Spinel stopped laughing for a moment. "Ehh fair point. So who are you and why did you bring me here?"
"I am Crystal Topaz and we brought you here because we want your gem."
"Nice place," Spinel noted as Topaz used his magic to keep her in place "What is this, is it like a cave, an abandoned mine maybe, old castle that sank beneath the ground perhaps?" Topaz gave no response as he flipped threw the pages of his book "Stop Ignoring me," Spinel called down with a sour expression.
"For the love of the queen do you ever shut up?"
"No I don't ever shut up," Spinel replied "And who is this queen you speak of?"
"An ancient force of nature that we will soon be sending you to,"
"So this is an old castle then?" Spinel asked earning a groan of irritation from Topaz as he looked up at her.
"The queen has many names, but the one we all know her as is death,"
"Oh I see," Spinel replied "So how exactly are you going to be deathing me today?"
"The proper word would be killing," Topaz replied simply "and most legends say we must simply shatter the gem in your chest beneath the Crystal Heart at Midnight,"
"I have legends? I had not heard," Spinel waited for some sort of response from Topaz and gained none, "Alright ignore this," Spinel hacked for a moment then spat a loogie at Topaz, nailing him between his ears.
"You disgusting demon!"
"You evil queen you," Spinel replied with a smile.
"I am not a queen!" Topaz spat back holding up the hems of his dress "This dress is traditional,"
"Oh come on, you look like an old queen, your mane even has glitter in it,"
"That was from an accident at my day job,"
"Oh I didn't know that cult queens had day jobs,"
"Listen here you Bi-" the door to the chamber they where in swung open and cut Crystal Topaz off, "Speak fast," he demanded looking at his two followers.
"Sir the Princesses have called out a search and retrieval mission for the Anti-Heart,"
"The who now?" Spinel called from above,
"I see, the Princesses must have been corrupt by it, we may need to put them down should they interfere, but never fear I shall be the hero's of the empire once we shatter the Demon and expose her evil-"
"Sorry," Spinel called out cutting him off "I hate to just cut you off mid sentence, but how exactly do you plan to, put down, two princesses? and might I ask why my name is now Anti-Heart?"
"The princesses hold no special powers, they simply use simply tricks and basic illusion magic to fool the simple minded commoners of the world, but me and my minions-,"
"Oh no the three evil amigo's what ever will they do?"
"I'll have you know there are 6 of us!" Topaz snapped back, Spinel blinked at him and started laughing at him.
"Are you for real?" She asked "I was just kidding cause I've only seen 3 of you so far, are there really only 6 of you guys?"
"We are few but strong, and together we-"
"-will get beaten so fast that I might not even get a turn," Spinel called back laughing hard.
"My father's father founded the protectors of the heart, and never once have we failed in our duty to protect the Crystal heart from-"
"What about that Sombra guy Twi told me about?" Spinel called back.
"We where all sick, it was out of our control, and even then that was Princess Amore fault, if she hadn't gotten in the way-" Topaz grumbled angrily.
"Yeah I don't know who that is," Spinel replied as she continued to try and unpin her arms from her side. "So my new name?"
"oh yes I've heard you'r calling yourself a Spinel," Topaz scratched his chin "interesting choice I must say, I always imagined you to be a fire ruby,"
"Well when you said Topaz I thought of a Topaz but I must say they typically look cool, you just some weird queen with a cult,"
"I am not a queen!" Topaz called back.
"Yeah," On of his minions called back "He'd be a King,"
"Wrong kind of queen," Spinel called back. Topaz pointed at her and his Minion used his horn to take over holing Spinel.
"Find someplace to keep her," he said as he opened his book "I still have preparations to make," the two saluted as Spinel called down.
"Hey you didn't answer my question!" the minions headed out and took Spinel out the exit, there was a loud slamming sound and Spinel screamed in rage as her face collided with the top of the door.
"Oops," The Unicorn carrying her said as he turned her upside down and slammed her head to the floor "My bad,"
"When I get out of here your the first one I'm gonna use the Rejuvenator on," Spinel replied as the unicorn dragged her threw the hall, making her hit the roof and floor in repetition.
"Twilight," Spike said as she circled around him.
"Who would want Spinel, She hasn't really left ponyville since she first arrived-"
"Twilight," Spike repeated.
"-Maybe she had enemies that followed her here?"
"Twilight!" Spike repeated, yelling this time. Twilight turned to him "Echo Spell?" Twilight blinked at him then face hoofed herself.
"Echo Spell, of course Echo Spell!" Twilight light her horn and teleported Spike and herself outside the castle, and levitated the same Spinel gem she'd used to locate her last time out of her saddle bags "Alright let's hope she's somewhere easy to find.
"Here we are," The Unicorn said as he forced Spinel into an X position and strapped her to a table with metal binding around her wrists, ankles, one around her neck, and one around her midsection, he locked them all with a key and made a big show of putting it around his neck "Hope you enjoy your stay," The Unicorn called as he closed the door and laughed with his friend, Spinel lay in silence, trying her best not to laugh at him.
"Yeah OK," She said as she extend her left hand out and brought it to the key hole keeping it down, she turned her finger into a key and unlocked it, "I think I'll start enjoying myself real soon," she said with a smile as she began unlocking the rest of the locks.
"Why do I always get the boring tasks?" The Guard outside Spinel's holding room asked, he was a Yellow Earth pony with a brown mane and looked terribly bored "Do the dishes, mop the floors, guard the anti-heart while we all party," Her rubbed his temple "My mom would be so disappointed if she found out I dropped out of collage for this,"
"Frankly I'm disappointed and I don't even know you," Spinel replied as she walked out of the room.
"I know," The Guard said, earning a snick from Spinel "She'd be furious!"
"Well why don't you go back?" Spinel asked once she checked that he was not a unicorn and there for had not done anything to upset her personally "I'm sure if you applied yourself you could still get a degree,"
"Yeah...Yeah!" The Guard stood up "Why don't I go back? I've got the bits, and my sister's always said I was welcome to send a few months with her if I needed to!"
"Then what are you waiting for?" Spinel asked.
"NOTHING!" Spinel watched as the Guard booked it "Topaz can suck it!" Spinel watched as he ran off.
"Wow," She said with a head shake "It's nice that I was able to help somepony out," She smiled as she reached into her gem and pulled out the Rejuvenator "Well I have 5 jerks left, I'm sure I can test this on one of them," Spinel began whistling as she walked down the hall, swinging her Rejuvenator like a cane as she did so. Most of the room's where caved in, she walked into the first one that wasn't a rocky mess and found a total of 8 burned booked, none of the books where readable but one had a note that was just legibly enough for Spinel to get the words
"Summoning her from th...ill see you again mot....bra," Spinel nodded as she read it.
"Well this is of no help to me," She decided as she crumbled it up and tossed it over her shoulder, once she had checked that the rest where pointless she groaned and walked out of the hall, and directly into a set of three of the cult members, there was a long awkward silence.
"Sup?" she asked once she checked and confirmed that none of them where unicorns. They all screamed and ran away. "Ah no, I already let one of you punks get away," She said as she stretched out one of her arms and grabbed the one in the middle, he screamed out for help and the other two slid to a halt and ran back, still screaming as they tried to grab him, Spinel pulled him to her and frowned, he started stuttering something that sounded like he was begging her not to eat him or something. "Alright listen," She said firmly getting the three to shut up "One question, answer correctly and I don't use this on you," She help up her Rejuvenator and they whimpered as the glowing blade, she had no doubt that they had no idea what it did but where scared of it's general shape. "Alright?" the three nodded. "Where is the Unicorn that isn't Topaz?" She asked, the three all said in perfect synchronization.
"Down the hall, left side, door with a giant three leaf clover on it,"
"Alright," Spinel said as she let go of her hostage "That was very convincing, you may all now run that way," She pointed to the way she had come from "And leave, ever come back and I will use this, any complaints?" The Three looked at each other, and proceeded to run past Spinel at full speed.
"This place sucks anyway!" One of them called back.
"True dat," Spinel agreed as she walked down the hall, whistling as she looked for the clover door, it took her about three minutes to find it, she knocked and was met with yelling.
"Go away you peon's, if my brother needs you he'll freaking call you,"
"Oh your his brother?" Spinel asked before stepping away from the door, A blast of Magic blew it off it's hinges and the Unicorn who had busted her face against the wall, floors and ceiling ran out looking cocky, his smile faltered when she saw she had moved out of the way. She waved and he smiled as he cast the levitation spell,
"Aw what's the matter, did you miss the ceiling?" He asked as he tossed her face first back into it, Spinel looked down at him with a look of rage and blinked when she realized she could still move, he to blinked and together the two looked at the Rejuvenator as it sparked for a moment, then without warning his levitation spell cut out and Spinel landed on her feet, there was silence before she started laughing.
"It does disrupt magic!" She squealed in glee, "Oh I wonder what it does to ponies?" She looked to the unicorn and found he was running at full speed down the hall. "Oh Clover horse, come back and playeay!" she called as she gave chase, she very quickly started gaining on his, he shot a spell at her and she swung the Rejuvenator, it cut the spell and it dissipated.
"Get away from me!" He screamed as he shot another spell. Spinel smiled when she noticed his mistake, he was keeping his eyes firmly on her as he tried to hit her with magic, Spinel slashed his spell and pointed forward as she slid to a stop, he looked ahead of him just in time to run face first into the door that made up the end of the hall, there was a loud crunching sound as he flew threw it and skidded to a halt on the floor, groaning in pain as Spinel hopped threw the door whistling. She placed the Rejuvenator next to him ran the blade threw his torso, Pink electricity ran threw his body and he made several noise of discomfort of the electrical blade went threw him, leaving weird trails of electrical lines threw him before they dissipated, she gave him a once over and watched with some amusement as his cutie mark went from a solid picture of a clover to glitching in and out of existence.
"Alright so more of a Steven effect," she said with a smile "I guess Magic is close enough to the energy that makes gem's that this can effect them, tho I guess, suppose even, that there is still a chance it might just wear off with time instead of them having to relive past stuff, but eh, this'll do for now," Spinel stood up and looked around the empty hall, this had been where Topaz was, but at the moment it was empty, "Oh no," she groaned "Now I have to look for him?"
"No need beast," A voice replied, Spinel looked up just in time for Topaz to shove sword threw her middle, Spinel frowned as she turned off the Rejuvenator and returned it to her gem, She took a deep breath and looked at Topaz.
"You suck," She declared before poofing, her gem hitting the floor with a dull clattering sound.
It was late at night, Twilight was exhausted from her search, her friends had all shown up to help with the search and so far no sign of Spinel had been found. Twilight was practically asleep on her hooves, not so much from the time but more so from keeping her echo spell active constantly for over 8 hours.
"Twily maybe you should take a break," Shining suggested.
"Spinel is dangerous," Twilight replied sleepily "If the pony who took her uses mind control or tricks her into attacking us she could hurt a lot of ponies, especially if the one who took her comes with her, what if it's Chrysalis, or Maybe Tirek found a way to use her to amplify his own power, or what if-"
"Twily," Shining cut in "Stop making theories, you gonna make the guards panic,"
"Why shouldn't that be? I am!"
"That's cause your suffering from over use of Magic, you need to shut down the spell, get a cup of coffee, maybe take a nap-"
"I am not taking a nap!" Twilight replied crankily, as she said this her horn went form a dull glow to glowing bright and then dimming and started repeating this as she continued talking. "If Spinel enters the empire-"
"Uh, Twily?" Shining said pointing her horn, Twilight looked up for a moment, then jumped to her hooves.
"I FOUND HER!" She screamed "Follow me and gather every guard!" Twilight didn't wait for an answer as she teleported to the area the Crystal heart was kept, she extended her wings then froze as the echo spell illuminated Spinel's gem she could see the glow heading towards her. Twilight stood her ground as she cut the Echo spell and sent out a magical flare, she almost fell to her knees when she did so.
"Spinel," She called out "Please tell me your not gonna go psycho crazy and try and kill me or something," She called, she received no answer. "That doesn't bode well for my imminent future,"
"Indeed it doesn't," A voice she had never heard before replied, Twilight stood in silence as a colt in a dress came into view, in his magic he had what looked like a steel spike, and in his hoof he was casually tossing up and down Spinels gem.
"Oh for the love of Celestia," Twilight groaned. "Are you the weird dress guy who's always surrounded by 5 ponies in cloaks?"
"I see you've heard of my," Topaz replied "I am-"
"-an idiot who better drop the gem if he knows what's good for him," Rainbow dash called from above as she landed next to Twilight. She stood her ground before breaking her serious expression and trying not to laugh "I'm sorry is this guy wearing a dress?" she looked around like she expected some pony to jump out and tell her she was being pranked. "What is this?" She asked Twilight while motioning at the dress, Twilight just shook her head.
"I am to tired to care," She replied simply.
"What's with the queen?" Pinkie asked as she and Rarity joined the two.
"Not that there's anything wrong with being a queen," Rarity jumped in "It's just...they usually make it work, this gentlecolt-" Rarity caught eye of Spinel and changed what she was going to say "-seems to have murdered Spinel,"
"What!?" Pinkie demanded having been to caught up in the dress to look at his hands "Oh heck no, I'll be right back I'm gonna throw so many pies at this guy..." Pinkie grumbled angrily about how nopony explodes her friends as she went to get some pies.
"So I take it Spinel's been poofed?" Applejack asked as she and Fluttershy made it to the scene "Oh, yup there she is," Fluttershy frowned as Topaz tossed the gem haphazardly around.
"Um sir," She asked kindly "I don't mean to alarm you but that gem is actually alive,"
"Oh yes I know," He replied simply "That's why I have this," he replied holding up the steel pike "I'm going to shatter it,"
"And no longer funny," Rainbow decided.
"Oh?" Topaz asked as he pulled his arm back "Move and I'll shatter it here, it might not be quite where I am suppose to I'm willing to test if the ritual will work while I am here,"
"do you know what he's talking about?," Rainbow whispered to Twilight, Twilight shook her head "Hey!" Rainbow called "We don't know what your talking about,"
"This here is the Anti-Heart!" Topaz said simply "It is said in stories of old to have been created to destroy the Crystal heart,"
"That is not right," Twilight replied simply "Spinel only tries to destroys things that make her mad and the Crystal heart has yet to do that,"
"I'm willing to bet you have tho," Applejack added pointing at Topaz.
"Oh yeah, honestly I'm just gonna let her kick your can for a while when she reforms,"
"And how do you plan on taking her from-" Topaz was cut off by screaming and Rainbow moved out of the way as Pinkie landed where she had been and began to trow infinite pies at Topaz, Topaz was knocked onto his rear and dropped both his spike and Spinel, Rarity used her magic and stopped Spinel from hitting the ground and brought her over to her.
"Wow," she said as she looked at the gem. "She's flawless,"
"Rarity give her to me," Rainbow demanded "before your instincts kick in and you turn Spinel into a necklace or something." Topaz light his horn and forced Pinkie to turn with his magic, hitting Rarity with a pie before she could stop, Rarity dropped the gem and Topaz tossed Pinkie aside and took Spinel back only for Rainbow to grab her, he shrugged and took Rainbow as well.
"Oh crud," Rainbow managed to say before he threw her face first into a wall.
"Oh you simple minded fools never-ack!" Topaz was cut off as Applejack just kind of walked up to him and punched him square in the face.
"Who's simple minded now?" She asked as Rainbow walked away from the wall dizzily, years of crashes had made her pretty durable, tho it had still hurt. Spinel lay against the wall, Rainbow having taken the full force of the hit, Topaz laughed as he used his magic and sent the spike hurtling at Spinel, Twilight tried and failed to light her horn, she made to run at it when Fluttershy, who had already been walking to the gem, picked Spinel up, the spike embedded itself in the wall and Applejack began hitting Topaz again, after her second strike he used his horn and threw her at Fluttershy, who had been walking back to Twilight, Fluttershy was hit dead in the side and she and Applejack where sent flying across the ground.
"Oh my gosh Fluttershy are you OK!" Applejack demanded as she got up.
"Ow," Fluttershy replied as she got up "I think I scraped my knee,"
"The winner is I," Topaz yelled as he managed to pull the spike from the wall and sent it once again at Spinel, just as it was about to hit Spinel's gem it started glowing and rose in the air, sending the spike into another wall, Topaz watched as Spinel took form and landed on her feet looking down, there was silence for a moment before she looked dead at Topaz.
"I am so tired-" Spinel said as she pulled her arm back and enlarged her hand, turning her arm into a spring, she coiled it and turned it to Topaz "-of being stabbed in the stomach," Topaz made a barrier and Spinel opened her hand and sent her arm flying, grabbing Topaz's bubble as she did so, Topaz blinked when he realized she had him, them her arm dropped and proceeded to crush Spike's statue.
"That was just petty," Applejack called to her.
"I need that," Spinel said simply as she pulled her arm back, Topaz firmly stuck in her grip, she reached into her gem and pulled out the Rejuvenator.
"You think you have won?" He asked dizzily, his nose was bleeding and he was missing a tooth "I am the great Crystal Topaz!" as he was talking Topaz used his magic to remove the spike from the wall, he aimed it at Spinels back who smiled.
"No," She said simply, he smiled and sent it flying at her, Spinel dodged and smacked Topaz across the mouth, sending him tumbling out of the spike's path and right into her Rejuvenator. Topaz freaked out for a moment and his cutie mark went glitchy, he jumped back.
"This is not the last you'll see of me!" he yelled as he light his horn to escape, only for it to spark and so nothing, he blinked as the mane 6 and Spinel looked at him. "Time out?" he asked.
"I'm going to start beating you now," Spinel said as she put her Rejuvenator back in her gem "I don't know when I'll stop" the mane 6 turned to the entrance of the castle as Spinel began pummeling Topaz.
"Alright the guards are gathering as we-" Shining began.
"It's all good," Rarity said as she made her way into the castle "Spinel's back, she's broken Spike's statue-"
"OH COME ON!" Spike cried out as Rarity ushered him back inside with her.
"-and Spinel's beating the colt who kidnapped her to a pulp,"
"I'm gonna go stop that," Cadance said simply, she walked over to the act "Spinel stop." Cadence yelled in her most motherly voice causing Spinel to flinch and look back at her, the was a moment of silence before she punched him again.
"Fine." She released him with great reluctance.
"You, your the decent of that traitor Amoura." Topaz coughed as he stubbornly stood up. "Your ancestor doomed the Empire to that monster Sombra." Cadence blinked a couple times in confusion.
"No, no I'm pretty sure she didn't." She said calmly.
"Lies, I am the only one who knows the true history of this country," He said firmly as he tried and failed to stand up straight.
"Can I hit him one more time?" Spinel pleaded.
"No," Cadance said simply "just cause he's crazy-"
"Where is your proof them?" Topaz demanded "Show me the proof of your ancestors innocence,"
"I'm kinda curious as well seeing as I'm seemingly at the center of this mess." Spinel said, keeping her eye on Topaz. Cadence nodded "Follow me, it gonna be a short hike." Cadence then looked at Topaz's bruises. "You may have to carry him."
"Make up your mind," she mumbled as she hoisted the battered pony over her shoulder and followed the pink princess into the castle. She was not kidding about it being a hike as it took them five minutes to reach their destination which was the very top of the castle. Even higher than where Sombra hide the crystal heart. Inside the room was the remains of a very old ritual and two fossils lay on the floor, one was that of a pony while the other had pony like features but defiantly wasn't a pony, "Wow." Spinel was the first to speak
"What is this?" Topaz followed up.
"I don't know the full story but from notes I found and the history that followed I believe Amoura sacrificed her life to try and stop him." Princess cadence explained.
"Well I-um..." Topaz looked at the fossilized remains of what was clearly an Alicorn "...oh no," Topaz rubbed his head "I can't believe this, I feel like the worst kind of pony,"
"As you should." Spinel said as she shapeshifted her nose away "It's really dusty in here," She muttered
"I'm going to jail now aren't I?" Topaz asked looking at the princess
"Man," Spinel said as she sat down on the train seat and sighed. "I can't wait to get back to Camp Pining hearts," as she put her feet up she felt a weight on her lap and looked down at Rarity, who was examining her gem. "Hey," She said and Rarity jumped away.
"Oh, I'm sorry I just hadn't noticed how...perfect your gem is,"
"Back up!" Pinkie declared making Rarity jump back and Pinkie took the seat "I got dibs on sitting next to Spinel, I'm gonna make sure nothing sharp gets close to her!" as this was going down in the back Applejack and Fluttershy were having their own conversation.
"...and she wasn't even trying to buck the tree!" Applejack was smiling ear to ear "Her time limit is almost up, oh I can't wait to have her working for me, and when Apple cider season comes along her help might double our cider output."
"Oh I think that sounds wonderful," Fluttershy said sweetly, "I think kicking tree's will be an excellent outlet for her anger issues, speaking of witch I should look into getting her a support animal, I think a Phoenix would be nice, they live forever and she doesn't age, It's a match made in heaven," at the front of the train car Twilight was sleeping to the side while Spike and Rainbow played a game of cards.
"It's kind of ridiculous that they already rebuilt your statue," Rainbow said as she placed a card down.
"It really is," Spike agreed.
"Rarity back off!" Pinkie demanded as she hugged onto Spinel "no non-Pinkies within touching distance of Spinel!" Twilight groaned as she looked at the loud mess of a train car filled with her friends.
"This is gonna be a long 4 hours," She groaned as she flopped back into her seat, the train only just beginning its departure.