On a Cross and Arrow: Part 1.
On a Cross and Arrow
By Conner Cogwork
Twilight and her five friends are transported during a botched spell, across dimensions to... Ponyville, Equestria? But not the same one that they knew. Sitting on a bench is Harpsy and Babar. The Doctoress avoids apples from an aspiring Applebuck. And in a library across town, six stallions join their forces as they try to decipher the appearance of filly look-alikes of themselves around Ponyville!
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On a Word Misheard
"Spike, can you be a dear and get me 'Rules of Thermodynamics 101?"
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Princess Celestia and her husband Prince Solaris, the princess and prince of the sun, and the older sovereigns of Equestria, were winding down another very busy day. Between trade agreements with the Griffon Nations to the north and disputes over a rising industrial nation to the east, Celestia and Solaris were about ready to lower the sun and retire for the night.
When the last appointment for the day was led out of the throne room, Celestia and Solairs stood and stretched just as a swirl of green smoke drifted in front of them and coalesced into a scroll. Celestia grabbed it with her magic before it could fall and unfurled it as she sat down. "Look at this, Solaris. A letter just came in today." Celestia said to her husband. Prince Solaris raised an eyebrow and said "Well, who's it from?" His wife looked at the signature at the end. "Why it's from my faithful student, Twilight Sparkle!" Princess Celestia said with a smile. Prince Solaris then sat down n
Bride of Discord: Chapter 6-The Decision"I hope we don't run into any Timberwolves," Fluttershy quivered as she and her friend trudged through the Everfree forest.
"Don't worry," Applejack assured her. "If we come across those critters, I'll take care of 'em."
They approached the zebra's tree and knocked on the door.
"Who is coming to say hi?" Zecora asked as she opened the door. "Why, it's dear Applejack and Fluttershy. Won't you come in with me and have some tea?"
She poured them both a cup of tea, which eased their nerves a bit.
"It is wonderful to see your face, now what brings you here to my place?"
Fluttershy was too nervous to speak, so Applejack explained for her. "As you may have noticed, Discord's back."
The zebra narrowed her eyes and stomped her hoof on the table. "I am fully aware that creature's in town, when I came to find my hut upside-down!"
The southern pony glanced around at the mess of broken bottles and turned over furniture. "Yeah, I can see that. I'm sure you heard of his…demands?"
Camping, Brony style Day 0: Part 1Dusk Shine led the group of ponies up the wide dirt path. Close behind, Twilight read from the map Zecora had given them prior entering the Everfree Forest. According to the map, the forest worked like a storm; the closer to the center you became, the less danger you encountered. Behind them, the rest of the ponies had stricken up a light conversation amongst themselves, except for Rainbow Blitz, who was still pretty ticked that the girls had found a way to come along.
"And I said, "Oatmeal, are you crazy!?!" The ponies all chuckles weakly as Pinkie and Berry laughed hysterically at Pinkie's joke.
"Ok ok, Ah got one," Applejack said enthusically. "Derpy told me this one." She derped her eyes for effect.
"Two muffins are-a sittin' in an oven. The first muffin turns to the second and says, 'Boy, it sure is hot in here' then the second one screams 'Oh mah gosh, a talkin' muffin!'"
They all cracked up laughing. Dusk Shine wiped a tear from his eye as they continued up the path. The sun was
Bride of Discord: Chapter 4-The PropositionDiscord continued to spread his chaos across Equestria. He turned the railroads into red licorice, the buffalos into gymnasts, the trees into candy canes and the birds into oranges. The last one was thanks to Twilight Sparkle. He then switched from night to day every few minutes so he could see his work. He saved Ponyville for last.
"Hmm, let's see," he murmured to himself as he hovered over the unsuspecting town. "What to do? What to do?"
He paused when he heard laughter. He glanced down and saw two ponies having a picnic under a gazebo. He recognized them as Applejack's older brother and the local school teacher. The stallion was wearing a bowtie and dinner jacket, while the mare was wearing a pretty pink dress. Discord perched himself on a cloud and watched.
"It was nice of you to plan a picnic, Big Mac," said Cheerilee.
"Yup," her date nodded.
The draconequus had to duck as she looked up at the sky. "Beautiful night, isn't it?"
Big Macintosh looked in her direction. "Yup."
Bride of Discord: Chapter 2-The GalaThe Grand Galloping Gala was next week and Twilight had called all her friends to help with the preparations, except for Rainbow Dash, as she and the Wonderbolts were part of the entertainment anyway. Applejack was to be in charge of the food, Fluttershy was to bring her songbirds, Pinkie Pie was to decorate and Rarity was to make every pony's dresses.
The four approached the palace gate and were let through, as the guards already knew them. Instead of Twilight, they were greeted by her brother.
"Hello, girls," Shining Armor said. "We're so glad you could make it. Twilie and the others are already having dinner. They asked me to escort you."
Applejack sighed in relief. "Thank goodness! I'm starved!"
Pinkie Pie bounced down the hallway. "I love having dinner with the princesses!"
"You love having dinner with any pony, darling," Rarity chuckled.
In the dining hall, Celestia sat at the head of the table, Twilight and Spike on her right, Luna and Cadence on her left. When she saw her frien
Bride of Discord: Chapter 9-The SparkDiscord watched the pegasus from his bedroom window as she fed her animals. He had distanced himself, as his presence disturbed the critters. Besides, he did not want her to notice him staring.
He was fascinated by how well she was able to tame every creature, calming them down and nuzzling them. Even the large bear posed no threat to her. She even allowed it to lick her mane.
How did she do it? How could she be so kind that even the fiercest of creatures were enchanted by her? Ironically enough, that was exactly what he thought of her: enchanting.
He shook his head. "What's happening to me?"
His reflection responded, "You're turning into a sap, and all for that wimpy pegasus!"
"Hey!" Discord exclaimed, glaring at the mirror. "Don't talk about her that way!"
"See? You've even stooped so low as to defend her honor! You've fallen for your own act!"
"I have not! I just…" he twiddled his fingers, "happen to find my fiancé…slightly attractive. What's wrong with that?"
CMC Matchmakers: Fluttershy
It was one of those days where it felt like the sun was shining just for him. There was no real reason why Big Macintosh was in such a good mood except for maybe the idea that all these silly dates were almost over and he could get back to life as normal. Not that he hadn't enjoyed himself; Big Mac learned more about the ponies Applejack called her best friends in the few hours he'd spent with each of them than he had in all the time he'd known them. Granny Smith always said to never judge a book by its cover but the meaning behind the cliché little saying had finally come into perspective for him.
As he walked the familiar path from Sweet Apple Acres to Ponyville, a picnic basket hung from between his teeth and a red checkered blanket lay draped across his back. He was meeting Fluttershy for lunch and couldn't help but wonder what he would find out about her. With only the timid pegasus left the Crusaders had already deemed themselves failures at matchmaking and were off helping
Golden Crests and Apple Pie 4"Um... Rainbow Dash? Are you sure that idea's safe?"
"Eh, safety's overrated." The cyan pegasus replied, waving a dismissive hoof in the air.
Fluttershy struggled to keep up with her friend, her yellow wings beating as hard as they could in a simple effort to not fall behind. "Oh... Well, I mean, if you don't mind me saying... don't you think it's a little... extreme?" She cringed at her own choice of words. "... I'm sure Soarin' will like the tricks you can already do." Rainbow braked in mid flight, and Fluttershy yelped when she almost slammed into her.
"...Like? LIKE?! Fluttershy, he has to LOVE them!" She turned on her friend with the most panic-stricken, serious face that Fluttershy had ever seen on her. "If he doesn't love them, how could he ever consider me a good candidate for the Wonderbolts?! Or..Or worse! What if he doesn't want to hang out with me because he thinks I'm too lame?!! What if the other Wonderbolts find out and not want me to join because of my lameness?! What i
What Hurts the Most Part ConclusionIt was easier for her to move through the thick underbrush in the forest than it was for Big Macintosh. He lumbered through clumsily, just keeping her in sight. And then just like that she was gone. He stopped to look around, panic rising. She was still crying somewhere up ahead. And so he pushed on, breaking through to the more sparse part of the forest, just before it turned back into a field on one side and Ponyville on the other. She was crouched down at the edge of the stream, legs tucked under her, wings folded tight against her small body. Her turquoise eyes were locked on her own reflection, watching herself as the rain fell down around her.
The ground had to have been cold underneath her and Big Macintosh felt the need to scoop her up and protect her from the elements. She looked so much like Fluttershy that this past year had made it hard to look at her for long, let alone be a real father to her. Her yellow coat that faded to orange then red at her ears and the tips of her w
CrushesHe smiled when he looked at her; My idol and my crush. Cheese Sandwich was no doubt in love with Pinkie Pie. He looked at the clock. It showed that it was 10:00 Pm. Holy Celestia! I got to go! Cheese thought. But, he couldn't leave Pinkie Pie. She had a
"Surprise" to show him. He loved surprises; Especially from Pinkie Pie. He heard a quite little trot hear and there from the kitchen, intill..
"Surprise!" That caught him be surprise even. He looked at Pinkie Pie, which, she was wearing a cute little nurse's costume. Cheese tried to hide his red flush on his face, but, Pinkie noticed and did her cute little giggle snort,that Cheese loved. "So.. Cheesie.. Do you like my costume?" Pinkie grin got bigger by the second. "No.. I don't like it.. I LOVE IT!" He smiled. "Yay! I'm so happy!" Pinkie hugged Cheese.
Cheese pushed Pinkie back from the hug and Pinkie rose a eyebrow. "What's wrong,Cheesie?" He moved her mane back from her face. "W
Bride of Discord: Chapter 3-The ReturnSo far, the Gala was a success. Even the snobbiest of ponies were enjoying themselves. While Pinkie Pie kept the entertainment going, Rainbow Dash and Applejack were hanging with the orphans, who were eager to see them both.
"I wanna be just like you!" they kept saying to either one or the other.
"Aw, shucks," Applejack blushed.
"Think big, kids," Rainbow said. "With a lot of practice and guts, you can go anywhere!"
"Girls," Twilight interjected. "Have either of you seen Fluttershy? It's almost time for her to go on."
"She wasn't in her room?" Applejack asked.
"No, I've checked."
"She's probably in the garden. Ya know how she feels more comfortable with the critters."
"I'll go get her," Rainbow volunteered.
Indeed, Fluttershy was in the garden, warming up her voice. She was so nervous, she felt like it was going to crack.
"Oh, what am I doing?" she muttered to herself. "I can't go up in front of every pony and sing."
"Why not? We all know you're great."
She turned to see Rainbow Dash i
FlutterMac 5: Nightmare Night"Ow" Big Macintosh grunted as the comb pulled at a tangle.
"Well maybe if you brushed your mane a little more often you wouldn't have so many knots." Fluttershy teased as she lightly tapped his head with her brush.
"There ain't no need to when applebuckin'." he grumbled as she resumed straightening out his unruly mane.
Once again it was Nightmare Night in Ponyville, not Fluttershy's favorite night of the year. It had always seemed so dark and scary to her even though she knew that the costumes and special effects were fake. They had spent the better part of the evening together at Fluttershy's cottage preparing for the night. The two had made plans for that night that Big Macintosh was to stay with her and help pass out candy to the trick-or-treaters; but at the last minute the Mayor had asked him to pull the hay wagon this year and, reluctantly, he had said yes. So rather than preparing for visitors they were preparing his costume for the night.
With his hair straightened out and his