Earth And Sky - Part 13Part 13 - Connecting Flights
The rich velvet curtains by the doorway rustled imperceptibly, parting and falling closed as the princesses settled themselves on an elegant divan and motioned Twilight, Rarity, and their companions to make themselves comfortable on the richly brocaded cushions scattered about the opulent lounge suite reserved for the royal sisters and their guests.
Princess Celestia gave her prized student an encouraging smile and gave a bob of her tapering horn. "Now, Twilight, what is this matter that you and your friends would like to bring to our attention?"
At her side, Princess Luna sat with a look of guarded interest on her dusky face. "Yeah, lay it on us."
The scholarly unicorn mare smiled back, and her violet eyes began to gleam as her horn sparkled to life. "I'd like to start by thanking your Highnesses on behalf of myself, Rarity, and the employees and friends of Harmony Aeronautics, a new company that we founded under town charter in Ponyville to develop a brea
Windfall - Part 1Caramel's voice sounded from deep in the closet by the door, his mellow tan hindquarters the only thing visible as he rooted about, his brown tail lashing in mild agitation. "Sweetheart, do you know where I put my umbrella?"Windfall - Part 14 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Pinkie Pie's chipper voice called out over a faint clattering from the direction of the kitchen. "You left it hanging on the coat pegs by the back door."
The earth pony stallion backed out of the closet and trotted across the empty tile floor of Sugarcube Corner and disappeared through a swinging door marked "Employees Only". A couple of moments later his plaintive call came from the store room. "Aw, now where did I leave my rain slicker? It was just here yesterday!"
Pinkie's voice in the kitchen chirped in reply. "On the rack in the bathroom, remember? From when Snails brought Gummy over from Froggy Bottom Bog for his weekly bath!"
"Oh right, how could I forget?" Came the stallion's mildly pained reply as he cantered out of the back room shaking his head, an umbre
Windfall - Part 7The ponies gathered in the parlor of the farmhouse at Sweet Apple Acres sat in silence, too anxious to talk but still drawing comfort from each other's presence.Windfall - Part 74 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Caramel shared the love seat with Pinkie Pie, gamely trying to sip his coffee or take a bite of a pfeffernusse without spilling or getting crumbs all over due to his fiancee's relentless oscillations.
The pink mare herself was looking a tad green around the gills, and was uncharacteristically uninterested in any of the apple based baked goods freely on tap in the kitchen.
Rarity huddled on the couch wrapped in a rustic quilt, her mane bound up in a red and white checked towel, a cup of tea cooling on a barrel converted into an end table next to her. She was looking a bit peaked herself, her deep blue eyes never settling for long on any particular point in the room, although whether it was from her recent ordeal or simply from being immersed up to her horn in the Apple family's down home country decor she declined to say.
Windfall - Part 6Spike the dragon lounged in a nearly pony sized basket next to Twilight Sparkle's desk in the office shared by several of Canterlot U's junior faculty and student teachers, seemingly flipping lazily through an advanced and esoteric tome of magical theory.Windfall - Part 64 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
In truth, he was perusing the four color panels of the latest issue of Thunderpony tucked neatly into the pages of the larger book. He'd picked up a lot in his years as the lavender unicorn's assistant, and knew how to choose books to get the best startled double takes from any students or faculty who happened to pass by.
His stomach rumbled a bit, and he glanced at the somnolently ticking grandfather clock that stood by the door, noticing that Princess Celestia's beaming portrait on the dial had been replaced by Princess Luna's shyly smiling visage.
As the comic book he read wrapped up on a cliffhanger, he began to mutter petulantly under his breath. "Is this it for our hero? Will Thunderdragon ever... eat... again... Will the nefari
Windfall - Part 8A pair of pegasi lounged on a terrace outside the VIP suite at Madison Mare Gardens, looking down at the busy street in front of the stadium's main gates. Down below, a cyan pegasus mare with a multicolored mane and tail stood with folded wings amongst a throng of colts and fillies, looking for all the world like a swan swimming in a lake of swirling manes, tails, stubby horns, and small fluttering wings. She was dressed in a sweat stained, form fitting blue and yellow bodysuit with jagged lightning motifs, the signature uniform of the celebrated Wonderbolts Stunt Flying team.Windfall - Part 84 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Shootin' Star popped a grape from a nearby fruit tray into his mouth and cast a scathing glance at the spectacle below. "Just lookit' that show boatin' glory hog down thar." He muttered, his Appleloosan drawl more pronounced than usual. "She just cain't git enough, can she?"
The lean, blaze yellow mare reclining on a deck chair next to him shook her head, ruffling her fiery orange mane, and chuckled, fixing the y
Windfall - Bonus ChapterEPILOGUE:Windfall - Bonus Chapter4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
They visited for only a short while, whispering heartfelt congratulations and blessings on the infant foal, before Cabbage Leaf and Granny Smith shooed everyone out so the little family could take their rest.
Windfall was wrapped in a soft blanket and laid in a beautiful crib that the younger Apple sister had constructed out of the family's namesake wood, the fragrant planks sanded to such smoothness that they felt like silk to the hoof. Apple Bloom beamed with pride to see her niece nestle in with another precious sigh, as Applejack smiled and ruffled her little sister's mane.
Big Macintosh and Fluttershy climbed back onto the bed together after the lights in the room were lowered, sharing a kiss as Granny Smith gently closed the door.
The aged matriarch of the Apple Clan said her thanks to Cabbage Leaf and slipped her a bag of bits, that the stocky earth pony in turn cheerfully split between herself, Nurse Redheart, and Zecora. Their business concluded, the midwife, herbali
Earth And Sky - Part 5Part 5 - Getting In On The Ground FloorEarth And Sky - Part 54 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Apple Bloom perched on a step ladder, articulating the wooden spars of the flight harness' redesigned wing, which now bore as much resemblance to the fins of a fish as it did the wings of a butterfly. Satisfied that the hinged attachment points were solid as well as moving smoothly, she gave Twilight a confident nod and climbed back down the ladder, folding it up and flipping it onto her back to move it out of the way.
The lavender unicorn stood on a square platform occupying the center of one of Sweet Apple Acres' hay barns, which had been partially cleared out to give Twilight, Rarity, and Apple Bloom someplace to work. A stout rope connected the harness to a pully, with Applejack holding the other end as a safety measure.
Since they'd arrived on her farm with this new project, the blonde earth pony had been watching their progress with an air of detached bemusement, but when time came to test the latest iteration of the wings she was adamant a
Metamorphosis (Chapter 5)Metamorphosis (Chapter 5)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
When we finally broke from the hug, my hair fell into my face and I groaned in anger. Mom looked at me with concern.
“What’s wrong dear?” I yanked my hair back and snarled.
“I can’t stand all of this hair Mom…it keeps getting in my way.” Mom laughed and ran her fingers through the strands.
“Well, we can’t cut it…but perhaps we can keep it out of your face. Would you like me to do that for you?” I nodded.
“Yeah, anything!” Mom walked me to my bed and sat me down on it. She walked behind me and knelt down on my bed behind me. She wrapped her hands around my hair and pulled it back. She fished for something in her pants pocket and then continued pulling on my hair.
“I haven’t done this since I was quite young…but I think I still remember how to do this.” I glanced back at her in suspicion. What was she talking about? However, I really didn’t want to offend Mom anymore, so I shrug
Metamorphosis (Chapter 4)Metamorphosis (Chapter 4)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
“Is everything alright, dear?” Mom asked. I didn’t answer her right away. I was too busy thinking and trying not to focus on the events of the day.
After what felt like an hour of sitting in a hair salon, mom was finally driving me home. I couldn’t help but feel the weight of my own head as it felt like my hair now seemed so…different. The salon lady had been nice I suppose. When we walked in she was very friendly and asked if I’d ever been there before, and then took me back to get my hair done. I didn’t exactly know what to expect of course, but I wasn’t sure how to feel about the outcome. They pulled on it, washed it, combed it, pampered it, there were times where I thought my hair would be pulled out or something, but in the end, it was not. When they showed me what I looked like, I was kind of in awe. It wasn’t done up in any special way, but it looked a lot cleaner and it looked softer…clearly more feminine. I think sh
Metamorphosis (Chapter 7)Metamorphosis (Chapter 7)3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I was already awake before my mom was. I was anxious and fidgety, I couldn’t have slept if I wanted to. I was going back to school! I’d finally get to see what people really thought of me! The thought alone was enough to excite me…but at the same time I felt a twinge of dread. I was still a girl…and I couldn’t go back to school and try to explain who I was. I would still have to go under the disguise of my cousin Cheryl. The sun hadn’t quite risen in the sky, and I didn’t know if I was excited or terrified of when it finally came up.
“No use waiting around, I guess.” I muttered to myself. I walked to my drawers and pulled out some clothes. I was still wearing a bra and panties but I needed to find something suitable to wear to school. The truth was that I was starting to get used to girls clothes. They weren’t that odd to put on anymore. With that said, I still wasn’t fully fond of putting them on. If I was going back
Earth And Sky - Part 3Part 3 - Research, Experimentation, Testing, More TestingEarth And Sky - Part 34 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Over the following week, the usual sketches and fabric swatches of high fashion dress designs that lined the walls of the Bijou Boutique's workroom were rapidly covered over with a profusion of diagrams and drawings of different wing shapes. A chalkboard filled with magical equations stood in the corner, with disused ponikins shoved behind it looking as if they were taking shelter.
Twilight Sparkle reached up to pull a pair of goggles down over her eyes and skimmed over her notes for the umpteenth time, calling out to the adolescent dragon stationed in the corner with a quill and clipboard in his claws. "Okay Spike, lets start recording the proceedings now." She cleared her throat, assuming an official tone of voice. "Sparkle/Belle Personal Flight Harness, Mark One, Test One."
She stood on the turntable platform, decked out in a stripped down version of the Princess Celestia costume comprised of the basic harness attached to a c
The Turning of the Screwball 3Soon, Rarity stood before the front door of Button Stitch's notions shop. The "closed" sign was hanging in the window at an angle, and she peered over it into the shop, her sapphire blue eyes trying to focus past the bright reflections from outside and see what was going on in the darkened interior.The Turning of the Screwball 34 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
From what she could see, it looked like a tornado had blown through the little store, with shelves and bins toppled and every little bit of merchandise scattered and piled on the floor among a veritable birds nest of unspooled thread and ribbons.
At the center of it all, the huddled form of an earth pony mare sat with her back to the window, her brown mane unbound and tangled, her tail unbraided and in disarray. Her shoulders shook, and Rarity could hear her whimpering.
The elegant unicorn tentatively reached up with a hoof and rapped on the window, her brow furrowing with concern. "Button Stitch! Button dear, are you all right?"
She shook her head and pursed her lips, chiding herself. It w
Daring Do and the Pyre of PerilDaring Do felt the tropical sun beat down upon her wings as she soared over the trackless expanse of jungle, following the barely visible path of a winding river that glinted and glimmered in glimpses through the dense canopy of trees.Daring Do and the Pyre of Peril4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
In her wake, a balloon from the Globe-Gallopers Society coasted along at full sail, barely managing to keep up with its heroic guide and guardian. An old friend and frequent patron, one Dr. McMonocle, gripped the craft's wheel in his hooves and a finely ground lens in his eye socket. The grizzled, grey whiskered earth pony scanned the horizon with a gimlet eye, trusting the intrepid pegasus mare to lead him to his current quarry: the world famous ethnologist, equinopologist, and explorer Professor Wander, who'd been missing for well over a week.
He drew himself up expectantly as Daring banked and traced a wide soaring arc, like a wheeling falcon, and circled back toward his conveyance. She came alongside the gondola, sheltering from the boiling sun under
Raised Again (Chapter 1)Raised Again (Chapter 1)2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
James was sitting silently on the park bench. The weather was sunny and a light breeze was blowing silently past his face. He had a habit of always keeping his surroundings in mind, as he could never tell if something could be happening that he’d want to see or be a part of. James stretched and leaned back a little, and looked around again, to see if he could spot Rachel. Rachel was his really close friend who was in college with him. They used to hang out all the time, but due to all the work they’ve had, he’s been unable to see her. Today would be the first day in a few weeks that he’d gotten to see her.
“James!” James spun around to see Rachel standing behind him, smiling kindly. She was a little shorter than James with long dark hair and an oriental look to her. She had dark, almond shaped eyes, and a friendly expression.
“Hey, Rachel!” James beamed, turning around and hugging Rachel happily. “How’re you?”
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“Wake up, dear.” Mom whispered, shaking my shoulder slightly.
“I’ve been awake, mom.” I answered groggily. The truth was that I had gotten very little sleep last night. My mind had been full of upsetting thoughts and nightmares. Ever since that afternoon when I had come to the conclusion that I had brought my whole predicament down on myself, I had been wondering if there was any way for me to be a boy again. It’s not like this was some kind of scientific thing, or some odd sickness that could be treated…this was something that I couldn’t comprehend or understand. Was it the work of God? Was it karma? Could it be some mischievous fairy had been flying by and just wanted to mess around with me? Whatever it was, I didn’t know.
I had been up all night praying and wishing until the tears running down my face, dripped onto my bed sheets and stained them. I begged for whatever had done this to me to change me back…and though I wai
Luna's Best Night Ever: 3Luna pulled the last of the confetti from her mane and tail. She sighed and tossed it over the side of the chariot, watching the colorful paper drift away. Celestia had given her a proper sending off, complete with banners saying things like "Do your best!" and "Go, Luna, go!" Luna wondered whether her sister was using her pranks and outrageousness as a coping mechanism or a punishment. Possibly both, she mused, a hoof resting on the suitcase where her own coping mechanism lay. She had insisted that Abby's suitcase remain by her side for the duration of the trip and managed to keep even Celly from seeing inside it.Luna's Best Night Ever: 34 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It was somewhat saddening to think about for too long at once and Luna attempted to distract herself with mental games. She counted the clouds and imagined what object their shapes represented. Surely there was an artist among the weather patrol, because each fluffy lump of white was carefully sculpted into a delicate floral arrangement. The trails of vapor connecting each o
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Author's Note: This is a sequel to the story "Neko". A link to that story can be found in the description.
Soft mewing sounds filled the air around me, and I couldn’t help but smile. I gently licked the heads of my kittens as they happily fed from my milk. There wasn’t a runt in my litter, and I had no greater desire than to continue being a mother to my sweet, sweet children.
Yet… something felt off. Why did I have kittens? Wasn’t I a woman? The world began to distort as I brought a paw to my eyes…
Luna's Best Night Ever: 4The punch was cool and refreshing, if a little bland. Luna sipped it slowly and watched the other ponies at the party as they chatted and played. The music, some new style called "pop" that she had never heard of, was playing loudly and served as the backdrop for the event. The cheerful melodies reflected the happiness that everypony else was feeling. Luna finished her glass and refilled it for the third time, taking another bite from one of the cupcakes forming a neat stack on her plate. They were much too sweet for her taste but she continued to eat them in small, refined nibbles.Luna's Best Night Ever: 44 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The moment everypony had seen her enter Luna's instincts told her to run. Instead the sudden shock of being in the spotlight had frozen her in place, sitting on the floor and unable to budge.
"Luna? Are you OK?"
She needed a way to escape the situation or shift focus away from her. Her mind searched for answers while her eyes scanned the room.
"Is something wrong? Oh! I didn't ask if you have a heart cond
Luna's Best Night Ever: 5Luna spent the rest of the party with her eyes glued to the necklace. Neither of the other two Elements present at the party had manifested a focus for their power, which made it all the more troublesome that the pink mare had apparently called hers forth. Luna hoped that it was instinctive, a reflex action. The Element of Laughter had told her to lighten up, perhaps it was just something that happened whenever they were embodying their nature to its fullest extent. The troubling part was that nopony besides her seemed to even notice it existed.Luna's Best Night Ever: 54 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
She decided to ask Twilight once she had the nerve again. After having studied the Elements for so long under Celestia's orders she'd surely have some sort of explanation for it, especially if it was innate magic like that of a unicorn. She was so lost in thought that she collided with something soft and purple. She blinked and found herself face to face with Twilight's flank. Twilight turned to look at her, eyebrow raised. Luna let out a soft,
Neko: A Feline Finale - Part 2/3Neko: A Feline Finale - Part 2Neko: A Feline Finale - Part 2/33 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
After an enjoyable day at school, I managed to get enough sleep that night to be able to walk to John’s house with him the next day. Just like my house, his was within walking distance, but from a different direction. Occasionally, we’d meet in the middle on the way to school and finish the journey together.
I liked going to John’s house, for more reasons than just him. He owned many pets, although only his Rottweiler and three cats had free reign of the house. In various cages throughout the house, I’d found a hamster, a ferret, a snake, two birds, and even a couple of mice! I’m proud to say that I’ve resisted my urges to try and eat them. His dog, however… sometimes scared me to death. He was one of those rare dogs that got along splendidly with cats, and I knew that, but something about dogs just made me want to run for the hills. Or the nearest door.
When we finally got inside the front door,
Neko: A Feline Finale - Part 3/3Neko: A Feline Finale - Part 3Neko: A Feline Finale - Part 3/33 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
When I finally woke up, everything instantly snapped into focus. I was in my bed, still wearing my dress. Was I really that out of it last night? The events of that night replayed in my head as I slid myself out of bed. Kate kissed me… no, it was more than a kiss. So much more. But then she ran away! Tears began to fill my eyes as countless fears about our friendship surged into my head. I stumbled my way downstairs, not even bothering to get out of my wrinkled dress. I just needed a hug. A lot of hugs. Mom didn’t even have time to say good morning before I crushed myself into her. She stopped whatever she was doing to gently hold me as I cried.
“We were so worried about you, Nicole,” she cooed, “you were so unresponsive last night…”
“I’m sorry,” I choked.
“Do you think you can finish telling us what happened?” she asked softly.
“Kate kissed me…”
A World Without RainbowsA World Without Rainbows5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
A World Without Rainbows - Act I: The First Breach
Chapter 1 - Entrada
The voice carried authority. It was the voice of a pony who had the situation under control, who knew what she was doing at all times, almost laughter in the face of peril. But it was also an honest voice, one of compassion and loyalty, one whose softness came not from weakness, but from kindness. It was a magical voice. Most of all, it was a voice of royalty, and it spoke again.
"Twilight Sparkle," said Princess Celestia. "Pray tell, what do you think you are doing?"
In the middle of the large chamber, the unicorn pony Twilight Sparkle searched desperately for an exit, but the royal guards had already blocked them all. The question gave her reason to pause, and she wondered what she was doing. She didn't remember how she had gotten here, only that she needed to escape.
One of the guards, an earth pony named Silver Shiel
The Scout and the Crab Chp.5Chapter 5 - Meet the Spycrab.The Scout and the Crab Chp.55 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Scout let out a groggy moan as he opened his eyes, only to be blinded by the fluorescent lights of the medical bay. The side of his neck ached from the needle the Medic injected him with and his head throbbed with a splitting headache. He tried sitting up, but he ached all over and just let himself fall back into the bed.
"What the heeeeell?!" he groaned loudly, rubbing his temple to relive the headache.
"Oh!" It the Medic who responded, appearing momentarily by his bedside. "You are awake. How are you feelink?"
"What the hell did you do to me, doc?" demanded the Scout as he turned his head to face the older man. The Medic didn't reply immediately; he was almost hesitant. He tried to speak, but would stop, almost like he was trying to find the right words.
"Exhaustion!" he announced. "You have exhausted your body and mind, Herr Scout.
Luna's Best Night Ever: 7The front door was locked and Luna felt awkward standing there in the long silence between knocking and Twilight finally opening the door. Luna ached all over and smelled vaguely of sweat, blood and dirt. She could still feel the chill along her horn from the black fire, and although she supposed it was keeping a splitting headache from forming it was uncomfortable in its own way. She smoothed out her mane and tail as best she could and was in the process of wiping her horn down a second time when the handle turned.Luna's Best Night Ever: 74 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Welcome back, Luna."
Twilight was absolutely beaming and Luna momentarily forgot where her hoof was rubbing until Twilight's cheeks began to turn pink, then light red. Luna's face lit up scarlet as she released her horn and her hoof made an audible thud as it struck the ground. Both of them attempted smiles that did little to make the situation any less embarrassing for either of them. The silence dragged on and Twilight gave a small cough. Luna faltered for a moment befor