Ghosts and Glass"Deep breaths. Cool. Calm. In through the snout, out through the mouth."
Dancer shouldered his rifle, laying prone amongst the fallen leaves of the oak tree that shrouded his presence. He lined up his sights, seeing the first of his targets emerge. A group of the dumpy primates stumbled from out of the distant undergrowth across the field, he lined up his first shot on the forehead of their leader.
"Patience. Why kill one when you can kill four? You'll know the right moment when it comes."
A light winked on his Muzzle-Up Display. His comrades were in position, the welcome mat was laid out and waiting. He chinned a button in his helmet, flashing his acknowledgement in response.
The primates had fanned out, and Dancer could see them more clearly now. They were bipedal, but crawled on four legs more out of laziness than any real biological intent. He could see them raising their snouts to the air, snuffling through their masks. The very same masks were piped to pyramid-shape
Whispers in the Dusk - Chapter OneThe air carried the soft, floral aroma of spring as Summer wandered through the garden. On one night of all the nights in the year, the flowers of all the plants burst forth into bloom. The arms of the sun's influence gently stroked the land one, last time before it fell away into a glorious, crimson sunset. Summer sat in the centre, smiling in an almost delirious manner with the sheer breath-stealing beauty of it all.Whispers in the Dusk - Chapter One3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
She tilted her head back as she sat cross-legged, letting the last sighs of the warm, sun-caressed winds soothed her cheeks. A beautiful day. For just one day, at least.
A familiar figure emerged from the treeline to her right, stopping a few feet shy of her meditative resting position. He coughed lightly, causing Summer's eyes to snap open onto the new world that had evolved around her as she sat with them closed. The plants and grass were gone, merely a grim sludge beneath her feet. Trees had lost all their leaf and flower, and were merely frozen in place by the simple
For PonykindThe sunlight bore down from above, casting fleeting shadows as the train glided along its track. Gracefully and effortlessly, it hung in the air, streaking forward in a manner no corporeal object should be capable of. Twilight had ensured she left home with her goggles on, the cloud cover today being especially thin, making the sun more overbearing than usual.For Ponykind3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Skyscrapers the car passed by reflected the sun across the car's surface like a mirror ball, dazzling anypony disorganised enough to not have brought the proper protection. The leviathans of glass and steel dominated all that Twilight could see, Salt Lick City was certainly a progressive place to live, especially in terms of what was left of Equestria.
Speakers in the ceiling of the car burst into a fit of electromagical noise, with a hint of classical music blended in. A voice rose from the midst of the chaos, cool, sassy, practically exhaling confidence with each word.
"Gooood morning Salt Lick City, you're on air with the mare
Heartstrings and Gumdrops: Part TwoLyra closed the door behind her with something of a dejected slam, half-heartedly attempting to send the door to a crashing oblivion, but not really feeling up to the task of putting in the required effort. She decided to make up the excess by slamming the keys on the table in the hallway, pricking her ears as she heard a voice from beyond the door at the end of the hall.Heartstrings and Gumdrops: Part Two3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Is that you, Lyra?"
Lyra sighed, slowly treading her way up the carpet to the door. She nudged it open a crack, spotting her mother sitting at the table, nursing a cigarette that was well on its way to the afterlife.
"No mum, it's a burglar. Have we got any mail?"
"Yes, over there on the counter. Just one for you. How did your chat with your agent go, by the way?"
Lyra picked up the pile of letters, several addressed to Miss Hyacinth Bouquet, and one for herself. She opened it to find a leaflet for free horn extensions. Hyacinth noticed a sudden brightening in the room as Lyra channeled her current frustra
Heartstrings and Gumdrops: Part ThreeBreakfast was a rapid fire affair. Lyra emptied the bowl of Cheerileeos down her throat in a manner that would have made the most gluttonous of ponies feel somewhat queasy. She devoured the bowl's contents in a matter of seconds, throwing it into the sink before she assaulted it with a sponge and towel. She perched the bowl on the dishrack at the side, breaking into a light canter as she picked up her lyre case in a mint green aura of magic. Her hoof was on the door handle as she heard the light, airy call from the kitchen she had attempted to abandon.Heartstrings and Gumdrops: Part Three3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Where are you galloping off too, young lady?"
Lyra cursed under her breath, lightly stroking the door handle as she decided to opt for distance rather than direct confrontation. She called down the hallway, hoping her mother would maybe, just maybe, not bother to ask any more of her.
"Just...going on a vacation from work. Only a week, mum!"
"And when were you thinking of telling me about this?!"
Lyra took the opportunity presented by th
MLPFiM: The Stars of Darkness pt. 1MLPFiM: The Stars of Darkness pt. 13 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
EDIT:I rewrote a good portion of Part 1; I simply wasn't happy with it... and now I am! ^_^ I hope you all enjoy it!
From the book Predictions and Prophecies: The Mare in the Moon-
" Legend has it that on the longest day of the thousandth year, the stars will aid in her escape, and she will bring about nighttime eternal."
The Moon shone down brightly on the mountains and plains of Equestria as it sank lower into the western sky. The night was wearing on, and soon the stars would begin to fade; the eastern sky would brighten, and the Moon would be brought to her rest as the sun rose. The endless cycle of day and night would continue on, as it had for longer than even the most long-lived ponies could remember; but for right now, at this moment, during this night, the Moon continued to shine her soft, silvery light down upon the land, smiling b
Tales of Equestria - Chapter FiveIt was dark in their home. They stayed close, mother and daughter together.Tales of Equestria - Chapter Five3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Earth ponies, both of them. The mother was a light green with a white mane and whilst her daughter shared her colours, her mane was blue, like that of her father.
A father she missed so very much.
The doors and windows of their home had been bolted shut. But they knew it's was only so long before he got to them. Like how he got their neighbours. Their friends.
And even the girl's father.
The two huddled in the corner, in the dark room, hoping that they could make it through the night. These days that was the most anyone could hope for.
They'd spent much of the night fearful for their lives but now that fear was heightened by something new. A sound. Footsteps. A sound which started beyond one wall but was slowly making its way all around the house.
The two ponies held each other closely. The demon knew they were in here. He must do. But like so many others before them, he was taking his time, making it unbearabl
Heartstrings and Gumdrops: Part OneLyra slammed the copy of Equestria Daily on the desk, nearly unsettling her agent's cup of coffee from its precarious position where it was standing in her warpath. She leafed through the pages, as her agent watched with an abject mixture of fear and nonchalance. Finally, Lyra found the entry, and spun the newspaper towards the agent, who regarded it from underneath a pair of racing shades.Heartstrings and Gumdrops: Part One3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Look, Heartstrings. I know you're getting all beat up 'bout this review, but let's keep things in perspective, a'right?"
Lyra leaned forward, staring into the face of her employer. She had been finding it so extraordinarily difficult to resist the urge to force a hoof through his face in the week just past. Now his carefree attitude with her career was exactly the sort of treatment she wanted to avoid.
"Perspective?! That's the third one this week! You can't say they're a 'one-off,' or 'some cranky mare who got an uncomfy seat.' These ponies are what get ponies coming to my concerts, you can
MLPFiM: The Stars of Darkness pt. 18MLPFiM: The Stars of Darkness pt. 183 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The air seemed to grow cold in Ponyville; the noonday sun overhead seemed to fall behind a huge, dark cloud, even though the day was perfectly clear. Everypony noticed it, even if they weren't aware of why; but for the bearers of the Elements of Harmony, the reason became abruptly and horrifyingly clear.
Next to Falling Star, a dark shadow gathered, sucking in all light and warmth, all happiness and joy as it formed into a pony-shape; the dark blue Pegasus took a step to the side as darkness burst out from it, sending everything into blackness for a split second before revealing a tall black unicorn clad in black armor and wearing a sword at his hip.
Twilight felt her mouth go completely dry, and in spite of her best efforts, she could not keep her own knees from shaking as the black stallion opened his golden eyes and turned them directly on her. The power she felt from him the absolute power washing off of his amulet was enough to drive a stake of fear int
MLPFiM: The Stars of Darkness pt. 9MLPFiM: The Stars of Darkness pt. 93 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
In his life, Falling Star had done many things. He'd flown dangerous missions for the Princesses; he'd escaped ambushes by angry griffons, dodged irritated dragons and even faced other pegasi in duels to the death, something that had long since passed out of style in modern Equestria. He had been one of the fastest fliers in all of Equestria in his day, and had even been asked by the leader of the Wonderbolts, an organization that traced its roots back even before Falling Star's time, to join their ranks. He had done many things, and most everything that only a Pegasus could do but he had to admit that working as a weather-pony was not something he had ever done before. Rainbow Dash seemed to thoroughly enjoy her job, as much as she could enjoy work, at least, and Falling Star had to admit that as far as jobs went it was about as straight-forward as you could get. Don't want clouds around? Kick them with your hoove
MLPFiM: The Stars of Darkness pt. 16MLPFiM: The Stars of Darkness pt. 163 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
It's funny how half of a week can change your life. Five days ago, Wild Star had been a force to be reckoned with; a member of Nightmare Moon's personal guard, the bearer of the Element of Anger, one with fury, one with the wind and now he stood in a barn, staring down at the thing that had given him all of that power, wishing that it would just go away and leave him be.
"You feel it too, don't you," Wild Star said as he touched the amulet hanging from his neck with his hoof. "It's like there's something calling to the amulet. Like it's coming to life on its own."
Falling Star nodded and gave the pouch tied to his left shoulder a glance. "Yes. I can feel it." The two pegasi stood together in the barn at Sweet Apple Acres as the sun rose higher into the sky; most of the other ponies were still sleeping soundly after the late-night festivities, but the gray Pegasus had been awoken by a familiar and decid
In Search of the Sun Ch1In Search of the SunIn Search of the Sun Ch13 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Twilight's eyes fluttered open as the delightful scent of breakfast swam into her senses. Brushing her mane from her eyes, she sat up in bed, stretching off the dense relaxation of heavy slumber. "Morning, Spike," she yawned out. Hearing no response, she peeked over the foot of her bed. Spike's basket was empty, and with the aroma of eggs and pancakes coming from downstairs, she could only assume he was busy cooking the early meal.
She glanced out the window, prepared to meet gaze with her mentor's golden sun as usual, but was instead met with the night's darkness. Odd, she thought, even for the early Spring months. A quick eye at her alarm, however, revealed the hour to be earlier than she thought: just after 5.
"Why in Equestria is Spike up this early?" she asked herself as she stood from the bed. The dragon was no early riser, more often sleeping in well past sunrise. She even remembered that once in the past winter,
MLPFiM: Of Thistles and Honey Part 1 For the longest time, there was only white; fluffy, nonexistent whiteness that filled his vision and muffled the frantic beating of his wings, thudding in and out of time with the pounding of his heart in his ears. Silence filled his thoughts as his mane gathered moisture from the clouds around him; he forged ahead undaunted, his hooves held before him as he screamed forward, heedless of what lay before him or behind him. He was getting closer, he knew he was. Any moment now… He could feel the change in the air around him; it grew abruptly less cold, and he felt himself smile broadly in anticipation.MLPFiM: Of Thistles and Honey Part 13 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Suddenly there was a flare of bright white light as the gray and black form of Wild Wings burst from the tall cloud bank into the open air; he felt his heart swell in his chest as the land of Equestria
On the Summer BreezeThe summer wind is a fickle friendOn the Summer Breeze3 years ago in Romance More Like This
So brash and gay and free,
But I owe my world to him because
He led my heart to thee.
The sun rose over Ponyville much as it did every other day; the sky was a pristine, cloudless blue that promised a beautiful summer day for the ponies who lived there, but it had been that way for nigh on a week, and nopony thought much of it. As the sun crept higher, ponies emerged from their homes and went about their business as they did everyday: baking and building and singing and laughing, each taking full advantage of the fine weather but few thinking that today would be anything but average and ordinary, anything but special; and for the majority of the ponies in Ponyville, they would be right.
But for one pony who lived on the outskirts of Ponyville, it would be a day he would never forget.
Deft Quill sighed and reluctantly opened his eyes as the sunbeam that had been creeping steadily a
MLPFiM: The Stars of Darkness pt. 17MLPFiM: The Stars of Darkness pt. 173 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
It had been a thousand years since Luna had seen any kind of combat, and as she listened to the chaos around her, she knew that she would never get used to it. The sounds were horrible; screams of soldiers as they fell wounded echoed across the valley and mixed with shouts from squad leaders rallying their troops in a cacophony that filled Luna's head, making it difficult to think. Bursts of magic exploded randomly around her; small compared to what she knew Dark Star could manage, but more than enough to seriously wound a pony if they were caught in one. A fire spell exploded off of a small magic shield put up by a nearby unicorn, sending a wave of fire outwards that licked the grass around their hooves, causing it to burst into flames almost instantaneously. Luna raised her head, and just below where her helmet obscured her vision she could see a squadron of gold-armored pegasi swoop low over the battlefield, the whoosh of their wings driving a
Trails and Trials - Ch. 1Trails and Trials Chapter 1: The Mystery PrizeTrails and Trials - Ch. 13 years ago in Drama More Like This
Most ponies simply could not understand how difficult the mail service industry can be. With its complex infrastructure and endless hoards of parcels flowing through its highly organized chain routes, the system indeed was something to be admired. Of course, most ponies didn't even spare a cursory glance, being far too absorbed with what they were receiving and not how it got there. It was all part of the job for Ditzy Doo, one of the most diligent workers in the Ponyville Postal Office. To her, the act of delivering mail was a challengeNAY, an art form; one Ditzy completed with great pride and humility.
The job required split-second decision making and ample patience. At any one time a package could require an overnight, speedy delivery to the far reaches of Equestria. Ditzy lived under constant stress that a parcel might need to get to Trottingham by the next morning, or Manehattan by the f
MLPFiM: The Stars of Darkness pt. 13MLPFiM: The Stars of Darkness pt. 133 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Luna's moon was rising higher into the sky, almost to its zenith by the time Morningstar made her way to her room and shut the door with a sigh. She felt drained, physically and emotionally, from the long day with Rarity; she'd stayed at home with her the entire day, helping her where she could around the Boutique. Rarity had seemed especially eager to use her as a ponyquin, and Morningstar had spent the majority of her day standing very, very still while Rarity pinned yard after yard of different fabrics around her; soon, no less than seven actual ponyquins had been decorated with potential new outfits that had their inspiration in what Rarity called "le Morning Mist physique." The white unicorn sighed and shook her head; her magic sparked to life and pulled at the ribbon in her mane, which had kept it up and out of the way while Rarity worked. She had tried to give it back to Rarity, but the other unicorn told her to keep it as a gif
MLPFiM: The Stars of Darkness pt. 14MLPFiM: The Stars of Darkness pt. 143 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Morningstar didn't know where she was going, and frankly, she didn't care; all she knew was that she had to get as far away from Twilight Sparkle and her friends as she possibly could. Her hooves flew over the ground as she ran, her mane flying behind her as she made her way down one of the many empty streets in Ponyville, but no matter how far or how fast she ran, the vision of Twilight Sparkle, her hoof extended in friendship, haunted her and so did the realization that more than anything in the world, Morningstar had wanted to accept it.
She couldn't believe this was happening; it couldn't be happening. She'd never in all her life felt the way she did when she'd left that library- a sickening mix of happiness and horror, of hope and despair that had threatened to sling her into delirium. The ribbon tied into her mane bounced along her shoulders, whipping her along faster than any torture that ponies could conceive; that ribbon, that stup
My Little Pony - Hospice IMy Little Pony - Hospice I3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Before diving into this, I think some background would be useful. When she was young, she had dreams. Dreams of shining and of making others shine. She made herself and others look beautiful; for that initial interim she held high. When she fell (south of Ponyville, Old Manehattan-land) her dreams became nightmares, seizing her by the hoof and never letting go. She was taken and put into a bed of rust and red crosses. I was one of the few who had the time to give. She wanted me dead but it pained her to see me walk out those sliding doors.
Now, I won't pretend I understand. I never will know what she went through for those ten months and two days. She had a constant sting in her side that she claimed she could only numb by sticking her head in the stove. Her nightmares became easier during this time. And I like to think that I did my best in the time that she had to make her comfortable, even when the sting became too painful to breathe.
But let it be known that this w