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Always connected- Aftermath- Chapter 11
Applejack turned as the sounds of Spike's deep screaming stopped. The door upstairs opened and DuskDrift made her way out. Applejack galloped to her as DuskDrift fell down the stairs in a pile. Her nose was bleeding and her eyes were bloodshot. Applejack carried her to the couch and laid her down, scared that her breathing was so shallow. DuskDrift smiled very weakly, looking at Applejack.
"I .I think I did it." She said, before passing out. Applethunder placed a blanket on her. Applejack and Applebloom stared intently at the door, waiting for Spike to make his way down. Applejack could see Applebloom getting worried as time went on. A sound made Applebloom take a deep breath, as a dark shape filled the doorway. Spike walked down the stairs and Applebloom gasped. Spike was indeed a pony, just as DuskDrift promised. He was lavender in colour, with a green mane that featured a light green stripe along the sides. Spike opened up his wings and Applejack smiled, which promptly disappea
Always connected- Aftermath- Chapter 10
Rainbow galloped to the main tent, quickly throwing her armour on as the screams and shouts from the front got louder. Out of the corner of her eye she could see Pinkie and Twilight sharing a quick kiss and it made Rainbow worried. She strapped her sword to her back, adjusting it until she was able to fly at the same time. The last thing she put on was her helmet, which promptly slipped over her eyes, as Rarity hadn't finished making Rainbow her armour yet, meaning that Rainbow was stuck with a spare set that didn't fit her properly. She followed Pinkie and Twilight out of the tent, meeting up with Black Diamond and Twilight's second in command; Lightstar as they headed towards the shouting. Rainbow unsheathed her sword as she heard the distinctive sounds of griffins, an eagle's screech mixed with the roar of a lion. She took off, trying to get perspective on the situation and saw that the griffins had blasted through the defences and were laying waste to the camp. She landed beside Tw
Always connected- Aftermath- Chapter 9
Rainbow Dash headed towards the training grounds at the back to the pony camp, where Black Diamond was waiting. She smiled, catching the wooden sword he threw her way. Rainbow took a deep breath, holding the blade just like he had showed her. She tried to calm her mind, to anticipate his moves, but her thoughts kept wandering. Not to anything in particular, just wandering. Black Diamond caught her in a moment of day dream, hitting her in the side. The air rushed out of Rainbow's lungs and she coughed as Black Diamond shook his head.
"What's going on Rainbow? You just haven't been concentrating during our sessions lately." Black Diamond asked. Rainbow said nothing, still trying to catch her breath. Black Diamond sighed.
"I'm sorry about that Rainbow, but I really am trying to save your life. Out on the battlefield, its chaos, constant chaos, where just taking a step and not being ready can cost you your life. You know what Rarity told me? She said that you were brash, always looking for
A Cold heartI take my coat off and walk into the freezer, the negative twenty degree air latches onto my skin but to me, it feels comfortable. I lift up the first box and place it on the shelf. Some frozen blood falls out of the box and shatters on the concrete floor. I sigh, irritated, both at my job and the fact that I'm hemophobic. I clean it up, the plastic brush and shovel, brittle from the time spent in the immense cold begins to fall apart in my hands. I finish stacking the boxes and leave the freezer. I walk through the killing floor of the abattoir where I work, keeping my eyes firmly focused on the exit, tying with all my might not to look at the blood. I finally make my way through and enter the boss' office.
"Did you get the boxes stacked?" he asks, not looking up from his work.
"Yes sir, is there anything else you need me to do?" I ask him, really not caring. The boss shakes his head and hands me an envelope. I open it to find this week's pay and a letter. Reading it, I get angry I sl
Always connected- Aftermath- Chapter 8
Applejack sat back and watched the show, eating an apple as Twilight and DuskDrift practiced magic together. She could see that Twilight was trying to prove her superiority over DuskDrift, simply by one-upping DuskDrift whenever she used a difficult spell. Applejack marvel as she studied how a Pegasus such as DuskDrift used magic. Because she didn't have a horn, DuskDrift had to actually say these strange words in a language that Applejack didn't understand to make the spell work. When she did, her eyes glowed white and the intended effect occurred. Applejack could notice DuskDrift tiring out, but knew that she was trying to prove her abilities to Twilight. DuskDrift's mouth opened, ready to say the words necessary to copy Twilight's spell. But she closed it, and looked at the ground.
"I I can't" She said, her voice broken as she started to cry. DuskDrift looked into Twilight's eyes.
"I'm sorry; I tried so hard to live up to your standards. I just wanted you to see me as a friend
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Applejack awoke to shouting. She ran out of the tent with Rainbow and the others. Twilight was already awake and had her armour on. Applejack peered into the darkness and could see small flickers of fire at the front lines. Twilight spotted a pony that was carrying some water towards the fire.
"What happened?" she asked, the fear in her voice was unmistakable. The pony dropped the bucket. Her eyes were darting around in panic.
"Griffins I think Midnight attack . Lit tents on fire . Have to help." Said the pony, before picking up the bucket and galloping towards the flames. Applejack was the first one to follow her. She dodged the frantic ponies as they dashed around, trying to get organised. Out of the corner of her eye Applejack could make out Rainbow flying beside her.
"Rainbow, grab a nice rain cloud and put out the flames." She ordered and Rainbow saluted before disappearing into the sky. Applejack gasped when she saw them, about ten tents had already burnt dow
Lemon Tree memoiresJesse hands me the lemon, freshly picked from Mum's lemon tree. I put the sharp knife to it, cutting it in half. Jesse, with a smirk on his face that starkly contrasted with the atmosphere of the occasion, suggests that we relive our childhood, now gone in my eyes, and eat a whole lemon. I smile despite myself and cut two more lemons, one for each of us. As I bite into the lemon half, I can't help but marvel at how certain tastes and smells can make you remember events of your past. The bitterness assaults my tongue and my mind is thrown back to the day that started my evolution from a fifteen year old to a thirty year old in the space of a moment.
We came home from school that day, Jesse, Jana and I, to find both of our parents gone. Not unusual, they didn't work per se, but were always busy. Our house was constantly in need of repair, through no fault of anyone's but Father Time, which kept my father busy, and my mother was a full time homemaker, and there were always chores that nee
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Applejack and Twilight walked towards the unicorn command tent, with Applejack hoping that one of Twilight's magic books could help her gain control of her powers. Twilight walked happily along, happy to have her friend with her to do research, while Applejack was just more interested with finding the answer she wanted. They entered the tent and found Princess Luna and another pony Applejack didn't recognise. She was a Pegasus with a pale black coat and her mane and tail were the same colour as Luna's. Her cutie mark was a dark blue star and she also had one on her face, right in between her eyes. Luna looked up at them both and smiled.
"Oh Twilight, what wonderful timing, I'd like you to meet DuskDrift. She is to be my apprentice." Said Luna. Applejack looked at Twilight, whose face had changed from a look of friendliness to one of utter shock.
"Your apprentice Luna? How is that even possible? She is a Pegasus, she can't even use magic." Said Twilight, her voice had the slightest unde
Always connected- Aftermath- Chapter 5
Rainbow Dash lifted herself off the ground, stretching her wings for the first time in ages. She flew high above the camp, keeping her eyes trained on the ground in search of Applejack. The orange pony had galloped out of the special ops tent, crying her eyes out. Rainbow wished that she hadn't asked her friends to relive such painful memories on her behalf. She spotted Applejack and Pinkie in the training grounds and flew down to meet them. Applejack held a sword in her hooves, and Pinkie was instructing her to swing it as hard as she could at a wooden dummy.
"What is going on here?" asked Rainbow, surprised to see Applejack with a weapon after her decision to not fight. Applejack didn't look at her, and just kept swing the sword at the dummy.
"I realised that if there is even the slightest possibility of us having to end the war, than I had to be prepared." Said Applejack, grunting as the sword hit the hard wood and got stuck. She wiggled it out, as Rainbow walked over to Pinkie and
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