Shipping and Handling: Watt's bonus chapterAuthor's Note: This chapter is about Watt. If you didn't like chapter 7 in the main story, feel free to skip this one entirely.
Kilowatt Hour in: Imagine That!
To say that Kilowatt Hour was an underappreciated pony was, put quite simply, a gross understatement.
For one thing, Watt was the only electrician in Ponyville, and one of a very small number in the whole nation of Equestria. The earth pony was solely responsible for keeping any and all electrical appliances in the small town working.
Unfortunately, the average resident of Ponyville was unfamiliar with what electricity was, or where it came from. Most ponies passed it off as another easily obtained commodity provided by the unicorns and their magic. And so Watt went unappreciated by most for his long hours of work.
As far as recognition goes, Watt's other job wasn't much better; working at Equestria Speedy Shipping Services had its perks, but the small company remained largely
Shipping and Handling: Cloudcover's Bonus chapterCloudcover in: The Shipping CrusadesShipping and Handling: Cloudcover's Bonus chapter3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Okay students, settle down!" Miss Cheerilee sang as she trotted into the classroom. "You all know what today is, right? It's time for another Family Appreciation Day!"
A few of the foals in class perked up upon hearing the announcement. After all, Family Appreciation Day meant a guest speaker was coming, which in turn meant the day's lecture was cancelled.
Cheerilee smiled. "Good, I see I've gotten everypony's attention," she said. "So today, we'll be meeting a family member of one of our newest students, Pipsqueak."
At the back of the class, Pipsqueak flattened his ears shyly against his head. "Um, Miss Cheerilee?" he piped up hesitantly. "I'm sorry, but my uncle's going to be a little bit late. He dropped by this morning as I was on my way to school and told me he had to take an assignment from work, so "
Pipsqueak trailed off, but Cheerilee
Shipping and Handling Chap. 7"Mister Autumn Breeze, please come to my office. I have an assignment for you."Shipping and Handling Chap. 74 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Looks like the boss needs me," Breeze said. "I'll catch you later, Ditzy. Good luck on your assignment, if you get one today."
He leaned in much closer to the female pegasus. "And good luck with you know who," he whispered, giving his head a twitch in the direction of a certain blue unicorn, who was ignoring the pegasi and flipping through a magazine as usual.
"I hate being stuck here alone with Glow," Ditzy whispered back.
"Don't let her get under your skin," Breeze replied quietly. "You know she's usually just full of idle threats and empty insults."
Breeze got up and trotted over to the door. "Anyway, see ya'."
"Bye," Ditzy replied, watching her coworker trot down the stairs.
Silence reigned for a few moments. Ditzy slowly made her way back toward the side of the room where she and Breeze had been sitting, as far as possi
Shipping and Handling Chap. 11Tick. Tick. Tick.Shipping and Handling Chap. 114 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It was strangely quiet in the employee lounge at Equestria Speedy Shipping Services. The only sounds were the ticking of the wall clock, and the low, vibrating hum emitting from Watt, as was normal for him when he was actually sitting still. Glow and Cloudcover had already been sent on assignment, and, more worryingly, Ditzy hadn't shown up yet at all.
Breeze glanced once again at the clock. "Where in Equestria is Ditzy?" he asked absently to Watt. "She's been a little late before, but she should have been here over an hour ago."
"Maybe she's taking the day off," Watt suggested.
Breeze frowned. "Maybe. But I think she would have told me yesterday if she was planning to take vacation today."
Watt squinted, thinking hard. "Maybe she got abducted by spaceponies, then?"
Breeze stared blankly at his coworker, who apparently was under the impression that spaceponies wer
Shipping and Handling Chap. 5"And checkmate." Cloudcover declared, effectively trapping Breeze's king and ending the chess game. Breeze scrutinized the board for several seconds before sighing and sweeping the remaining pieces of the board with a hoof.Shipping and Handling Chap. 54 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"That's the fourth game in a row you've won," the red pony grumbled indignantly.
Cloudcover grinned. "I've always been somewhat of a whiz at this game. Better luck next time, mate. Shall we set up again?"
"Nah," Breeze replied. "We've been at it all day," he glanced at the clock. "Literally. It must be a slow day for shipping in Equestria."
"Did anyone get assigned a job at all today?" Cloudcover asked.
"Yeah," said Breeze. "Haven't you noticed that we haven't seen Ditzy in a couple hours?"
"Ah, right," said the white pegasus, scanning the room to confirm that the mare was not present. "Sorry, it's hard to concentrate with those two always yelling."
He pointed th
Shipping and Handling Chap. 12" And the next thing I knew, the spaceponies were on top of me! They captured me with their immobilizing ion ray, hoisted me on to their mysterious whirring spaceship, and strapped me to a table! I had to just lie there while they probed me with their-"Shipping and Handling Chap. 124 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Watt," Cloudcover interrupted. "By any chance, are you making this up as you go along?"
"Well, yeah," Watt said. "But I really did get abducted by spaceponies one time! It's just, instead of spiriting me away to their ship and performing horrific experiments, we just went out and got pizza and saw a movie. But c'mon, what kind of freaky science fiction story can I make out of that?"
Cloudcover had no response, so instead he changed the subject.
"Oh look Watt, we're here."
The sun was already ducking behind the horizon as the two stallions once again trotted up to the door of Equestria Speedy Shipping Services. A note was tacked to the outside.
Shipping and Handling: Candyfloss's Bonus ChapterDr. Candyfloss in: Operation CadenceShipping and Handling: Candyfloss's Bonus Chapter3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Ponyville was not a town full of early risers. Usually, when the sun had barely poked its upper rim over the horizon, the small town's residents were still fast asleep. But, as usual, one aging white unicorn was already wide awake, and humming contently to himself as he trotted through the front door of the small business he owned.
Dr. Candyfloss, owner and C.E.O. of Equestria Speedy Shipping Services, had always enjoyed the peace that came with the early morning. By nature, Candyfloss was a calm, level-headed type of pony, but in a town like Ponyville, excitement was never far away. At least, not once its residents had awoken.
Candyfloss settled into the large, comfortable chair in his small office and checked the clock. It would still be a short while until his employees arrived, and possibly a lengthy amount of time after that until the first call of the day came in. So, as
Shipping and Handling Chap. 6"Happy Birthday, Dinky!"Shipping and Handling Chap. 64 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The tiny unicorn squealed with delight as she gazed upon her surprise party. The backyard of the little cottage had been transformed into a veritable filly's wonderland. Several tables were laid out, covered in festive tablecloths and adorned with balloons. A mountain of colorfully wrapped gifts was piled in on one of them, and the rest were laden with large amounts of sweets. There was even a huge custom birthday cake, a real one, professionally prepared at Sugarcube Corner, instead of the muffin topped with a candle Dinky was used to receiving on her birthday.
Many of the fillies and colts from Dinky's class at school stood in the yard as well. Dinky immediately recognized the trio who called themselves the Cutie Mark Crusaders, as well as Pipsqueak, the new colt who had moved from Trottingham a few months earlier. Twist, the geeky but friendly filly who sat next to Dinky in class,
Shipping and Handling Chap. 4"Attention employees. It is now five o'clock. Your shift is over for the day. See you next week."Shipping and Handling Chap. 44 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Breeze stomped his front hooves in satisfaction upon hearing the intercom message, and quickly cantered out of Equestria Speedy Shipping Services' Headquarters. Once outside, he bent down and extended his wings, ready to take off.
"Hey Breeze! Wait up!"
Breeze turned to face the source of the familiar female voice, looking up as Ditzy Doo descended and (for once) landed successfully.
"I just got back from a job," Ditzy panted. "Are we done for the day?"
"Yep," Breeze replied. "Candyfloss just announced it was closing time. We're done until Monday."
"Alright, I guess I'll head home then," Ditzy said.
"Which way are you headed?" The male pegasus asked. "Towards Cloudsdale?"
"Well in that general direction," Ditzy replied.
"Cool. We'll fly together."
The two pegasi took to the a
Shipping and Handling Chap. 10The next three or four months were some of the happiest times Ditzy had had in years. With the cat finally out of the bag about her job, the mare found herself able to be honest with her daughter more fully than she had since beginning her employment there. Breeze was promptly invited to dinner once again, and this time, the three ponies were able to have a proper conversation, in which the two adult ponies discussed some of their funniest and most memorable moments in the business. Dinky had laughed herself almost to tears by the time Ditzy finished her story about her visit to Pinkie Pie's imaginary world.Shipping and Handling Chap. 104 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Ditzy still often found herself wondering about Glow's strangely sound logic that countered Candyfloss's theory of shipping. But the generally positive nature of her home life, combined with continued support from her friends at work and her still phenomenal success rates at her assignments left her with little reason to dwell on it.
Shipping and Handling Chap. 9A warm, cheerful summer morning always succeeded in lifting the spirits of the residents of Ponyville, and this morning was no different. The sunlight bathed every inch of town with its soothing rays, signaling to everypony the start of another carefree summer day. It seemed there wasn't anypony for miles who was anything less than perfectly content.Shipping and Handling Chap. 94 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Anypony, that is, save for a certain grey pegasus, who was slowly being consumed by her own anxiety.
Ditzy trudged silently toward the front doors of Equestria Speedy Shipping Services. She opted not to fly for once; her distracted state of mind combined with her already poor vision had led her to several aerial accidents this morning alone, leading to a few hundred bits of property damage, and a splitting headache for the pegasus.
Ditzy couldn't understand what was holding her back anymore; a whole month had passed since Breeze had visited for dinner, yet the mare still hadn't told Dinky the truth about her job.
Shipping and Handling Chap. 3"Muffins!"Shipping and Handling Chap. 34 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Ditzy burst through the door of the employee lounge, leapt into the air, and flew straight across the room to the breakfast table. An entire muffin was already in her mouth before her hooves even touched the floor again. The grey pegasus chewed contently for a few moments.
"Hungry today, are we?"
Ditzy snapped out of her muffin trance, and turned to glance at the pony who had addressed her.
"Hi Breeze!" she greeted cheerfully after managing to swallow the large quantity of muffin she had been chewing.
"Hey." Breeze replied, flashing a friendly smile. "So, how'd that first job go yesterday? Did you manage to fulfill your client's request?"
Ditzy nodded enthusiastically and proceeded to tell her co-worker all about the previous day's assignment.
"Well, sounds like an easy one, but I bet Candyfloss planned that, it being your first assignment and all" Breeze answered when her story had concluded. "But still, you
Shipping and Handling Chap. 8Dinky Doo trotted back and forth in front of Twist, like a military sergeant addressing a private.Shipping and Handling Chap. 84 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Alright, Twist, let's go over it one more time. I know we can figure out what's going on."
Twist sighed and flipped back to the first page of the notebook yet again. "Dinky, are you sure we're not just on a wild goose chase?"
"Yes, I'm sure!" Dinky replied, pounding her front hooves for emphasis. "My mom's hiding something; that much is obvious. You and I need to find out what it is."
Twist rubbed her chin with a hoof for a moment as she thought. "You know, Dinky, usually parents have a good reason for doing what they do. Even if you're right, and your mom really is keeping something from you, maybe it's for the best that it stays that way. Did you consider that?"
Dinky's gaze fell. "I I did think that," she said softly. "That's why I've been feigning ignorance, even though it'
Shipping and Handling: Breeze's Bonus ChapterAutumn Breeze in: The Greatest GiftShipping and Handling: Breeze's Bonus Chapter3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Ah, good. I'm right on time."
Autumn Breeze alighted on the train station platform. Judging by the position of the sun, the train carrying from Canterlot would be arriving at Ponyville station at any moment. The pegasus folded his wings against his back and leaned against a pillar.
It had been a few months since Autumn Breeze had started dating his cheerful coworker, Ditzy Doo. Everything was going wonderfully between them so far, and Breeze was happy to do favors for her. Like, in this particular instance, picking up the mare's daughter as she returned from the academy in Canterlot.
After a few moments, a plume of smoke appeared over the next hill, signaling the arrival of the train. It pulled into the station with a loud hiss, the doors popped open, and Breeze smiled as a grey-purple unicorn filly hopped out, carrying a travel bag in her magic's grip.
"Hey Dinky!" Breeze call
Shipping and Handling Ch. 13Dinky Doo wasn't sure what to feel. For one thing, she was kind of afraid of the unicorn standing only a few feet away, constantly barking threats and insults even while the magic held her down.Shipping and Handling Ch. 134 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
On the other hoof, she wasn't listening to half of what the malicious mare said anyway, because she was too busy being proud and amazed at herself for suddenly being able to perform a true spell; she'd never even attempted such a thing before, and now here she was, locked in a paralyzing face-off with a unicorn with far greater age and experience.
But in that same vein came a large dollop of confusion. Why, exactly, was she able to do what she was doing right now, with no prior experience? Not only had she replicated her first spell, but she was able to use that knowledge to analyze Glow and produce a whole new spell.
Dinky wasn't stupid; it was pretty obvious that this kind of thing didn't happen to normal fillies.
What are you doing, wondering about that?
Shipping and Handling Chap. 2 The next thing Ditzy remembered was waking suddenly. She would have immediately taken the opportunity to pass the whole incident off as a dream, had she not looked up to see Autumn Breeze standing over her.Shipping and Handling Chap. 24 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Hi." Said Breeze bluntly. "You passed out, so I put you on the couch. I'll give you a second to collect yourself, in case coming to grips with your situation makes you faint again."
He chuckled a bit, but Ditzy hardly heard him; her head was positively swimming with thoughts as everything Dr. Candyfloss had said and done began to make sense. Dr. Candyfloss was glad to hear I wasn't separated from my husband... she thought, ...because that would mean that there had been poor choices of romantic partner made. He wouldn't hire a matchmaker that had failed to match herself up!
One after another, the rest of Candyflos
Shipping and Handling Chap. 1"That is the last straw!"Shipping and Handling Chap. 14 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The bulky brown Pegasus slammed his front hooves down on the desk so hard, Ditzy Doo feared it would split in two. He positively glowered at the grey pegasus, his face just inches from hers.
"I I'm sorry, boss " Ditzy mumbled, shrinking back a bit. "Uh it won't happen again?" Her apology was phrased more like a question.
"Oh, right. Sure. That's believable " the larger pegasus snorted, twisting his black baseball cap haphazardly. "I mean, what are the odds of Ditzy Doo screwing up another delivery? I mean, that never happens..."
Ditzy winced at the harsh sarcasm in her superior's voice. Still, she managed to work up the nerve to ask the inevitable question.
"So " she began, trying her best to focus both her eyes on the angry pony in front of her. " Um how much are you gonna' dock my pay this time?"
Shipping and Handling: Ditzy's Bonus ChapterDitzy Doo in: Flashbacks, Fillies, and Finishing SchoolShipping and Handling: Ditzy's Bonus Chapter3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"And there you go," said Vinyl Scratch, handing the now autographed saddlebag back to the giddy fan who had asked her to sign it.
"Thanks, DJ! You're the best!" the appreciative mare squealed. The turned quickly and galloped off down one of Canterlot's narrow side streets, eager to show her prize to one of her friends.
Vinyl chuckled as she watched the fan go. She never got tired of that kind aspect of her job. Making fans' dreams come true was one part of the celebrity glamour that she really enjoyed.
Of course, fans are fans. What Vinyl really craved was more time to spend with somepony who wanted to know her as regular old Vinyl Scratch, not the legendary DJ PON-3; somepony who she could start a conversation with on the less exciting things in life, without losing their attention. And, thanks to the clever aid of a mare named Ditzy Doo, sh
Shipping and Handling: Glow's Bonus ChapterWelcome to the "Shipping and Handling" Bonus Chapters! Please remember that these were written as bonus content for a reason. Skipping them entirely will not harm the overall effect of the story for you. These chapters contain extra content that builds upon a few loose ends from the main story. It's nonessential stuff; if you don't like the topic of any one of these chapters, just skip it! These are just for fun anyway.Shipping and Handling: Glow's Bonus Chapter3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
So if you're sticking around to read anyway, then enjoy! There will be six of these chapters total, one featuring each of the six shipper characters.
Cosmic Glow in: That's Karma for you!
The sun peeked over the horizon. The alarm clock on the bedside table began to ring. The grumpy blue unicorn moaned and staggered out of her bed.
It was an average morning in Ponyville, but
My Little Muffin - Part 1 Soft, classical music echoed through the halls and rooms of the humble abode that night. It was a gentle tune, violins and bass bringing forth a powerful, yet emotional crescendo. For some reason, ponies liked playing Posh Ball's 'Canon in D Major' at weddings, possibly to reflect what they hoped the future would bring. Meanwhile, Derpy Hooves busied herself with fixing her dinner: she was not nearly conceited enough to play this sort of thing while reading.My Little Muffin - Part 14 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The amber-eyed pony hummed along with the tune as she chopped up some celery to put in her salad, looking out her window and into the night sky. Although it grew warmer in her house by the minute, she didn't dare open the windows or else succumb to the horrid stench that came when hundreds of ponies expelled the contents of their stomachs. Derpy shook her head at the thought, dumping the chopped vegetable into her salad.
It all started out innocently enough. The town
My Little Muffin - Part 2 A rhythmic click echoed through the kitchen early the next morning, reminding him of just how empty his home felt before noon. Ever since the day of her return, Spike noticed something a little... off about his friend and caretaker. It almost seemed like she could no longer trust herself with any magic bigger than a simple levitation spell. Sure, she still went outside and laughed with her friends, but even then, they would be all she would associate with.My Little Muffin - Part 24 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The baby dragon sighed and pushed himself away from the table, mentally bracing to give it another try. His claws clicked lightly on the wooden floors as he walked up the stairs to the purple pony's bedroom. Eventually reaching the second floor of the library, he knocked loudly on the right-hand door at the top of the landing. "Twilight!" he shouted. "Wake up! It's almost ten in the morning and you got another letter from the princess!"
Pressing his ear to the door, he heard a moa
My Little Muffin - Part 3 The doors to the court opened with a click, a bailiff pony dressed much like the guards outside approaching the grey Pegasus and her friends and beckoned them forward. It was an impressive room filled with intricate and dark wood paneling, etched with elaborate designs that would not look out of place in Celestia's personal chambers. Over a hundred ponies jammed the seats in front of them as they approached the central aisle, all eyes on the three mares.My Little Muffin - Part 34 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Presenting to the court," spoke the stallion after clearing his throat, "The plaintiff, Ms. Derpy Hooves of Ponyville, her personal translator, Ms. Pinkamena Diane Pie, also of Ponyville, and her attorney, Lady Twilight Sparkle of Canterlot." Murmurs echoed through the room as the last name was read aloud. In fact, even Derpy found herself at a loss over the announcement. Since when had Twilight been known as "Lady"? The blonde Pegasus had a sneaking suspicion about what caused the sudden pomp, but
My Little Spike Ch.2Twilight was racing through Ponyville, running around sharp corners and weaving past every other pony as they start the day. At her current speed, she could've easily competed against Applejack and Rainbow during the last Running of the Leaves.My Little Spike Ch.24 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
On her back, sat Spike, who was temporarily back to his dragon appearance and holding on to dear life.
After Twilight deemed that spell had actually past the certain point that Spike would've changed back to normal, she tried changing Spike back to normal herself, with only temporary results. She ended up draining a good portion of her energy just trying. She tried requesting help from Princess Celestia, but Spike couldn't do his fire breath so he couldn't send it and Owlicious was only for the night.
Now running through the town, Twilight was hoping if anything she'd get to Sweet Apple Acres before the spell on Spike wore off. Just as she was turning the corner to the barn, she bumped right into Applejack, throwing Spike right off her back.
Love Interruption Ch. 1Love InterruptionLove Interruption Ch. 13 years ago in Romance More Like This
Written By Closer-To-The-Sun (Joseph Noblit)
Chapter 1: Rotten Apples
It was a warm and pleasant day at Sweet Apple Acres. On the farm, there was an orange mare working hard amongst the grove of trees. She seemed to not be performing at her peak. It was if something was bothering her, and yet she didn't seem to know what it was. With a sigh, she continued and got lost in her work.
Her attention was turned from her work when a friend of hers trotted by on the nearby path.
"Hello there, Applejack!" a cheerful voice called out.
"Oh, howdy, Twilight. An' same ta ya, Spike," Applejack replied, looking up to the purple unicorn and the purple dragon that was riding on her back, "what brings ya'll to this neck of the woods?"
Twilight answered, "I need to pick a few apples for later."
"Alright. Well, Big Mac should be up at the farm ta help ya out," the orange pony stated, trying to force a smile.
"Can I stay here with Applejack?" Spike asked.
"Well, as long as she's fine with
Young Love - Part OneThe young unicorn flipped through the pages, looking for it with growing frustration.Young Love - Part One3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Sweetie Belle had for some time now, had a thought on her mind. And not just the usual thoughts like how she and her friends will get their cutie marks. This was something new. It was something that had popped into her head a few months ago and had since become something she could not shake out. After much time in trying to ignore that thought, she eventually decided to simply accept that that's the way she felt.
And so here she was, sitting on the edge of her bed and looking through this old photo album. It was a collection of photographs taken during the party and the wedding in Canterlot. She and her best friends had all been flower fillies at that ceremony and it had been a lot of fun, aside from the near conquest of the city and all.
Eventually, after turning the final page, her face lit up. She'd found what she'd been looking for. She took the photo from the album and placed it in the palm of he