A Semi-Normal Day
Rainbow Dash zipped around Ponyville, kicking clouds and causing them to dissipate. Blade followed close behind, kicking and clearing clouds at his own rate. “I can’t believe so many clouds came floating in.” Rainbow Dash said in frustration, “Why aren’t we just going in and kicking Zeral’s butt?” to emphasize her point, she reared back and kicked a cloud with just one of her back legs. It seemed as if Blade wasn’t going to answer as he kicked a set of three clouds that surrounded him, “Because Princess Riida is still hatching a plan to defeat him. Trust me, I want to get back to the Genesis Ark more than you, my family has lived there for generations.” he told her when he was done. “I still don’t understand why we can’t just barge in and stop him, at the very least warn everyone.” she said as she kicked another cloud. “We have no way of communicating with the Genesis Ark, none of our NanoPacks have that feature.” Blade responded as he kicked two more. “What about Pinkie Pie?” Rainbow Dash asked as she kicked two clouds at once. Blade closed his eyes in thought, “She does, but the communication center isn’t responding at all.” he said and opened his eyes again to buck a rather large cloud. Again he kicked another set of clouds, “I can see how this would be a great job opportunity for a pegasus, but do I actually have to keep up with you?” Blade asked. It was the mid day of the day after he had been changed into a pony, and Rainbow Dash was working him hard, teaching him how to use his wings and the new ability of manipulating clouds. “Yes it does.” Rainbow said in a cocky attitude, and was just about ready to take off when Blade spoke back up, “I don’t mind if you and Breeze go out on a date, so you don’t have to wear me out to get there.” Rainbow Dash stopped in her tracks, floating there with a blush on her face brighter than Fluttershy’s fur. Blade simply flew past her and kicked the final cloud, “That’s what I thought.” he said and flew off to get paid for his service.
Pinkie Pie trotted through the town, humming happily as she walked. The rest of the day had been given to her for whatever she wanted, and she wanted to make others happy. She saw Fluttershy walking into town with a saddlebag on her back, “Hey Fluttershy, how ya doing?” she asked happily. “I’m fine Pinkie Pie.” the yellow pegasus said happily. “You sound like something good happened.” Pinkie responded when she saw the smile on Fluttershy’s face. “Oh, really?” she asked shyly, “I didn’t know.”
“Oh, you can’t fool me.” Pinkie said as she zipped around her, stopping at random points to look her in the eyes, “It has something to do with Blade, and that makes you happiest of all.”
“Well…” Fluttershy was about to say and whispered the rest. “Eh?” Pinkie asked. The whisper this time was accompanied by a deep blush, “You’re making dinner for him tonight?” Pinkie asked. Fluttershy silently nodded, her face as red as the beet she had in her bag. “That’s great!” Pinkie said and passed by Fluttershy, “You two behave yourselves.” This caused Fluttershy to stiffen up with embarrassment, yet a smile somehow found itself to her face and her wings stiffened out. “She’s so in love.” Pinkie whispered as she continued to walk.
Pinkie kept on trotting down the road, she decided that it would be a great idea to try to get Blade to smile, though she knew she’s have to be delicate about it. As she neared the rickety house, she spied Rainbow Dash and Breeze, both standing there in front of what looked to be a couple of tents and some sleeping bags. “Ok,” she heard Rainbow Dash say, “That should be everything…I think.”
“Hey Dashy, what are you doing?” she asked as she happily trotted up to the two of them. “Dashy?” Breeze asked with a smile on his face. “Breeze asked me to go camping today since it’s supposed to be a clear night.” Rainbow Dash responded to Pinkie, almost completely ignoring Breeze’s comment. “Dashy.” he repeated to himself, “I think that’s cute, wonder why I didn’t think of it.” Rainbow Dash proceeded to blush at that comment. “Oooh, ooh, can I join you guys?” Pinkie Pie asked as she bounced up and down. “Well, we were going to find our spot now and set up…” Rainbow Dash tried to explain, mostly as an excuse, but Pinkie Pie dashed off at speeds that made Breeze look around as if she had disappeared, and then came back again with her pink tent, her sleeping bag, a back pack full of snacks and a red and white striped umbrella, open over her head. “What’s the umbrella for?” Rainbow Dash asked, unphased by the random burst of speed. “Oh you know, picnics in the woods.” Pinkie explained and stick the base into the ground before jumping on top of the umbrella and attempting to close it. “Pinkie, we really don’t need an umbrella.” Breeze said politely, and the umbrella opened up completely, launching Pinkie out of her camping gear and into the air. “WEEEEEEEEEEEEEE…” they heard her shout as she flew straight up. “Hey I just had a thought,” Rainbow asked as she and Breeze watched her fly, “We still need fire wood.”
“…EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!” Pinkie screamed happily as she fell through the roof of the boys’ house. “PINKIE PIE!” they heard Blade shout and Pinkie promptly zipped out of the house, leaving the door open. Blade chased her to the door, wrapping his hoof around the knob and glared in her direction with a growl, right before the entire house collapsed behind him. He lowered his head with a sigh and just let go of the door, letting it fall to the ground, “Found some.” Breeze said in surprise as he turned to Rainbow Dash with her jaw nearly hitting the ground.
Zeral looked down upon the world of Equestria, his seat, the High Councilor chair, his scythe at his side and his smile filled with madness. “Ah, the throne I have yearned to have for so many years, the kingdom, the power…what a nightmare I dreamed up for myself.” he told himself. He quickly rose from the seat, and stepped over a fallen body, “I have so much more potential than she does.” he told himself as he weaved his way through the maze of the fallen, “So much more of a destiny than I realized. The Reaper was always trying to tell me this, yet I just ignored it this whole time. Now the words are true, the words are out loud.”
“We will become the angel of death for the entire universe.” his NanoPack said to him. The voice was deep and gruff, almost spooky in nature. “Yes,” Zeral agreed, “And we will start with the planet below us, Equestria.”
“Their magic cannot compare with the technology on this ship, perhaps it is time to charge the main canons and demolish the planet slowly.” the Reaper suggested. “NO! I want this planet and all of its inhabitants destroyed as an example to the rest of the universe.” Zeral said as he suddenly let an idea form in his head, realization encompassing his face before a wicked smile appeared, “It’s time to start charging the Ark Canon.” He finally exited the maze of the dead and the Councilor’s Sphere, marching his way towards a separate part of the ship he was on.
Night fell as Blade made his way to Fluttershy’s cottage, flowers of all colors sticking out of a saddlebag he was wearing on his back. He opted for a black one with a white six point star on the outside. He lifted his eyes as he approached the door, ‘Hair, check.’ he thought to himself, and was about to look himself over when Fluttershy opened the door while he was standing there. She had a pink and green apron, and he noticed that the rest of the house was spotless and rearranged a little so that the table was set up just for the two of them with a candle in the middle. “Uhhhhh…” he tried to say, but found that words completely evaded him, she shined with beauty in his eyes. “Oh, Blade, I just finished preparing dinner. You can come in if you want.” she said with a bright blush on her cheeks. Blade shook his head, regaining his composure, “Uh, sure, I’d love to.” he said and walked into the cottage, completely unaware of the danger that would arise only days later.