chapter 2: party hardno need to bring a gift, being there will be enough! day 2 - time approximately 4:00 p.m. - location:redtrotters ridges, big 52, n. branch usually, wearing a full environmental suitis not considered the cutting edge of equestrian fashion, but anypony has to admit that itbrings some neat advantages. first of all, if you were to survive a direct hit from abalefire bomb, you'd probably live long enough to die of thirst inside the suit before theradiation got you. the other good thing about being inside a hermetically sealed, radiationshielded suit is you'll never want of an umbrella or sunscreen again. oh, and being lemon yellow,it's nearly impossible to go anywhere unnoticed
unless, perhaps, you've been buried underan avalanche of lemons. obviously there are moments in the wasteland where stealth isa virtue. as if puppy even knew the meaning of the word... "hi! i'm puppysmiles!" the foal in yellowbeamed at the two new ponies in front of her. their uniforms, if they could be called that,resembled the trio from the other night's, but seemed cleaner and less ragged. one, aunicorn mare, scanned the road behind puppy with her caravan shotgun, searching for whatwas to her an obvious ambush. beside her, her earth pony partner kept a large spearlevelled at puppy. had the foal been a wiser pony, the two mares' actions might have worriedher
the unicorn was the first to talk, "what areyou doing in redtrotter territory, foal?" "and what the hay is that weird suit?" addedthe earth pony . "i'm looking for my mom!" puppy replied enthusiastically,pointing a hoof more or less in the direction the road was going. "she's that way!" the two tribe ponies exchanged a glance beforethe unicorn spoke again: "okay, and what's your mother's name? is she a redtrotter?" "what's a redtrotter?" the unicorn, her unease flaring into anger,prepared to go ballistic at puppy. sensing this, her partner stepped in: "we are theredtrotters. we control the transequestrian
route 52 from here to salt cube city; if youhave business on the big 52 you do it through us. so, what's your mother's name?" "my mommy is called rainy days! she's supercool and she always sings for me and she's a great cook too! she's the best pony everand when i'm big i want to be like her!" "yeah, alright kid, i get the point," snappedthe unicorn. "i don't know a rainy days; she's definitely not a redtrotter. are you alone?who sent you here?" "mister voice is with me!" "mister voice?" the unicorn warily surveyedthe road again. "yeah! he lives in my space suit and sometimeswe sing together but sometimes he gets grumpy
but it's ok because he's helping me find mom!" "riiight..." the mare lowered her guard. "look,i'm sorry, but if you and your invisible friend want to pass through here, you need to paythe fee." "ah... okie dokie? i have..." puppy startedsearching the many pockets of her suit; she had amassed a small hoard of junk in her shorttravel, mostly broken toys and things she thought were interesting. maybe she had somethingthese ponies would like. after all, you gotta care, you gotta share, right? "what aboutthis?" manipulating things without her teeth wasquite a problem; she had to use her hooves. this task was not made any easier by her bulkyrubber boots, nor having to bend her leg at
an awkward angle in order to reach into hersaddlebags. "just a minute, i've almost... got- no... uh..." "assistance. the suit is equipped with a weakmanipulation spell. access your inventory from the hud and ask for the required item." "wut?" the earth pony watched as puppy mumbled toherself while fumbling out various useless junk from her saddlebags; the filly obviouslycouldn't pay. the spearmare looked at her friend and caught a meaningful glance. shesighed wistfully and after a brief internal prayer to the cruel gods of fate, plungedher spear into the foal's neck. puppysmiles
didn't even see it coming, she was busy listeningto the suit and went down like a sack of bricks. the earth pony let her fall, silently cursingat the wasteland. "you did her a favor. she wouldn't have lastedthe day without her mother and we can't afford to take her in. better that we made it quickthan let her get eaten by a manticore, or worse. you know what happens to foals aroundhere..." said the unicorn. the earth pony noticed the troubled expressionof her companion. "yeah... poor ridge racer..." the spearmare retrieved her weapon from thebody. as she stepped back, pink smoke began to escape from the hole in the suit. the marestared at the phenomenon, puzzled. "hey, boney... what's that?"
the unicorn scratched her head with a hoof."you must have broken some talisman in the suit... it could be poisonous, best stay back." "we can't just leave her here, it doesn'tfeel right..." the earth pony hesitated, trying to keep away from the pink smoke. "after that funky little smoke show, i'm notgoing near her... the radroaches can take care of it. come on, we still have a patrolto finish." with a final look at the fallen foal the twomares trotted away, leaving the main road before climbing over a low ridge and out ofsight. half an hour passed as the body of the filly in yellow lay alone in the middleof the road. a cold breeze picked up, rustling
the bare trees. despite the wind, the pinkcloud that surrounded her did not seem to dissipate. day 2 - time approximately 4:30 p.m. - location:redtrotters ridges, big 52 n branch the first telltale sign that this story wasstill going on was the automated voice of the suit coming back to life with a seriescrackles. "initializing system. checking version. warning.version number not corresponding. starting in emergency mode. version 0.2. checking equipmentstatus. all systems online. major breach detected. repair spells activated. resuming last session.loading personal data for subject 001: puppysmiles. subject deceased, condition stable. all clear."
puppy's eyes blinked for a moment inside thehelmet, just as if she awoke from a pleasant sleep. the foal yawned and a droplet of pinkglittering fluid fell from her mouth and onto the helmet of the suit, disappearing almostimmediately as it was absorbed by the glass. "uhm... five more minutes, mom..." the fillyturned around, still surrounded by the pink cloud that was now slowly fading. "breach repaired. subject insulated from externalenvironment." lazily, the filly got up and looked around.at first she frowned, then seemed to remember something. "oh, right... mom's not here...what was i doing before going to sleep?" puppy tried to scratch her head but her hoof foundthe helmet on its way. for a moment she frowned
again, shrugged and kept scratching the helmetwith a deep, thoughtful look. "retrieving temporary memory. query: lastperformed action before losing senses. negotiating passage." "negotiating what?" "interacting with self-proclaimed redtrotterponies." fancy words again... "red-who?" "talking with pretty ponies." at last something comprehensible! "oh, right,pretty ponies! now i remember! ah... where are they gone?"
"location of redtrotters unknown. adding findingthe subjects in the active mission list." puppy raised an eyebrow with a stumped expression."we have a to do list? since when?" "list initiated 23 hours ago. objectives onthe list, four." "wow, we have a lot of things to do... fouris a lot, right? what's on the list?" "main objective: reach mom. secondary objective:get rid of space suit. secondary objective: confront count horse tile or keep avoidinghim. secondary objective: find redtrotters." after listening to the list, the filly inyellow tapped her helmet with a hoof, a thoughtful expression on her muzzle. "think, think think...muffins! no wait, it wasn't that... " after several minutes the foal nodded, a new resolveshining in her eyes. "okie dokie, play some
music... ah... the one with the chatty pony."puppy trotted along the road, following the arrow and listening to the radio with a springin her step. the area surrounding route 52 was now a scorchedland dotted with rocks and ridges. it was hard to see very far because of the irregularityof the terrain and this would have been a problem if puppy ever cared; obviously shedidn't. "hey, mister voice, did you say somethingabout picking stuff from my pockets?" "affirmative. this suit is equipped with aweak manipulation spell." "uh... how does it work?" "loading instructions. selecting easy versionfor foals and derpy. name the object you need,
if it is in your possession it will be putin front of you." "ah... muffins!" a box of two hundred yearold muffins floated in front of puppy; she giggled, it looked so silly hovering in theair like that! "hey, this is fun! sarsaparilla!" a bottle of sarsaparilla replaced the muffins."toy cart!" this time a small toy cart in really bad condition floated in front of thefoal. "tee-hee! we need more stuff, i like this guessing game!" "negative. this is not a guessing game. it'sinventory management." puppy took a rock and put it in her pocket."a rock!" the rock obviously floated out of the pocket and listed lazily in front of her."yay! it works!" when it was put away again,
the stone was labeled: the rock of destiny;but since puppy was not so good with reading she didn't notice. trotting down the road, the filly kept askingfor everything she had in her backpack, which wasn't very much. actually she owned justfour objects, but she had big plans for the future. "oh, and we need more music!" i can see that lone star from a thousand milesaway calling me back home though i ventured farastray when i see that beacon shining for me allalong it calls me back to equestria and a home!
day 2 - time approximately 7:00 p.m. - location:redtrotters camp, big 52 n branch the settlement was little more than a dirtybunch of half ruined shacks surrounded by a moat. its barricade looked more like theresult of a road crash between some old carts rather than a purpose built defence. puppywas blissfully unaware of all this as she kept trotting towards the town, singing alongwith the radio until the road in front of her suddenly exploded in a small pillar ofdust. "hey! i told you to stop. right. there!" puppy looked toward the barricade; she couldsee that there was a pony some fifty meters away, and he was pointing a large gun at her.the filly sat down, waved a hoof and smiled.
"hi! i'm puppysmiles!" the pony with the hunting rifle peeking frombehind the barricade didn't seem much impressed. "okay, take that goldfish bowl off and showyour face!" "uh... i'd totally do that if i could, buti'm stuck inside!" puppy pondered for a moment, "actually, it's on the to do list!" "great, just great... then stand there wherei can see you and put down all your weapons." "i don't think i have weapons with me... ihave a rock, does it count? i can throw it!" she offered with enthusiasm. the guard pony facehoofed. "hey, doublesize,go and search her! you, with the yellow suit,
just stand there and behave!" "okie dokie loki!" puppy smiled but for somereason her answer startled the pony behind the barricade. "just say okay, don't try anything fun andmaybe nopony will get hurt! do as i say now. don't resist and let doublesize do his work." a big brown unicorn male approached puppy,looking at the smiling filly through the glass of her helmet. the light was beginning tofade and now her eyes were just a bit pinkish, although it was hard to see thanks to allthe pink lights coming from the helmet's hud. "wow, that's a mighty fine radsuit you havehere... never seen one like this before..."
"yush! it's super yellow and it's smart andit can do magics! look! look at this! a-hem... muffins!" the same muffin box from beforelevitated in front of puppy. "wow, integrated inventory management andlesser manipulation spells. this thing must cost a fortune. where did you find it?" "a pretty pony gave it to me in canterlot!" "so... you're from canterlot..." doublesizeseemed skeptical. the filly nodded proudly. "ah-huh!" "the place with a big castle on the top ofa mountain right at the beginning of the big 52..."
"that's it!" replied puppy, smiling. "wow, this explains why you are wearing afull environmental suit at least... ok, let's get back to business... show me your pass." puppysmiles stared blankly at the brown unicorn."my what?" "you don't have a pass? didn't you meet apatrol on the road coming here?" "i met two pretty ponies. one was an earthpony like me and the other was a unir... unisc... unicron! they were super nice and super pretty!" "yes, yes... rattling bones and frozen soda,"said doublesize, cutting her short. "didn't they say something about a passage fee?"
"uh... i don't remember. we were talking fora bit, then they went away and left me alone and sleepy..." the unicorn sighed and called for the ponyat the barricade. "hey! the foals clean but it seems that boney and soda are giving freepasses today! the kid met them but she has no pass... what now?" "just take something from her that's worththe ticket and give her a pass!" "uh... okay..." the earth pony stripped puppyof everything she had but the rock and the suit; actually he tried to unlock even that,but the harness seemed to be sealed shut from the inside. "oh well, i guess it's just howthings go... sorry kid." then he gave puppy
a flattened tin can with a red stain in themiddle. "here you go, special discount for foals." "i'm telling my mom that you've been niceto me, thank you mister pretty pony!" "oh, right, speaking of that... whats a foalin a rad suit doing all alone on the big 52? this is not a nice place..." "i'm going to my mom!" puppy took a look aroundas if she was trying to align herself with something, then pointed a hoof toward a highridge to the south east. "there! ok got to go bye bye!" without waiting for a responsethe foal merrily trotted away. "but the only thing in that direction is thecarnival. wait a second kid! it's dangerous
business going out there!" doublesize raiseda hoof, but stopped himself. this was the wasteland and she wasn't family, why bother? the filly in yellow wandered off the beatenpath and explored among the rocks and the ridges. she found some sort of track, a windingtrail running up and down the landscape just as if somepony had gone around dragging acouple of pointy sticks over the ground. puppysmiles sniffed for a moment at the trails beforeignoring them; for the foal climbing rocks and jumping from stone to stone was a superfun game; so, with a hop, a skip and a jump, the evening became night as the foal ventureddeeper and deeper into the wastes. day 2 - time approximately 10:30 p.m. - location:the carnival, wasteland
a large barn stood at the bottom of a narrowvalley, its once friendly coat of pink paint now faded and cracked. it was protected bya fence that ran all around the surrounding ridges, with an automated turret placed atfairly regular intervals. the building and the fence were in a bad shape and so werethe turrets, but some of them continued to slowly sweep side-to-side, guarding the perimeter. "warning. automated point defense turretsdetected. turrets are set on hostile mode. threat level: medium." the word hostile immediately put puppy onalert; she stopped for a moment, looking around at her surroundings. "the count again? where?that pony is persistent. uhm, better safe
than sorry i guess." the little pony hid herselfbehind a rock and waited to see if mr horse tile was up to something. "shush the music,mister voice: we are hiding..." she held her breath and strained her ears to hear if someponywas moving. "establishing communication bridge with thedefense system. exchanging protocol. asking for clearance. permission granted. the wayis clear, please proceed." "shush i said! there must be somepony here...could be the count, we have to be super sneaky..." puppy crawled out from cover and glanced overher shoulder in case something was creeping up behind her, before slowly moving towardthe fence. the turrets almost immediately pointed in her direction, but their dots onthe compass changed from red to pink and the
guns returned to their default positions. "hey, mister voice... i told you to stop themusic..." "affirmative. the radio has been muted." "so, why do i keep hearing music?" "sound source detected. the music comes frominside the mom building." "from inside? mom's inside that barn? withthe music and everything else? mom is throwing a party? yay!" puppy instantly stopped hiding,got up on her hooves and ran downhill straight to the barn doors. when the filly arrivedshe bucked open the doors, jumped inside and yelled, "surprise!"
the barn's inside consisted of a single largehall with two open lofts; one right above the entrance and the other on the opposite,short side of the structure. the floor was made of flattened and pressed ground, coveredsparsely with hay, and the walls were decorated with old streamers and garlands. from theceiling hung some sorry-looking piã±atas, a lot of limp, deflated balloons and otherold and half-destroyed decorations. the barn was barely lit by a couple of flickering lamps.the only thing that seemed to work properly were the speakers that were playing musicat an almost deafening volume. right in the middle of the room there wasa long table prepared for a party, with colored dishes and plastic glasses with names andeverything else. there were plenty of guests
sitting at the table; a bag of flour, a pileof rocks, a bucket filled with something unrecognizable and a chunk of dust, all of which wore a partyhat. oh, and there were skeletons too; no less than a dozen lifeless little ponies sataround the table, wearing festive party hats and staring blankly into empty plates. therewere even a couple of corpses that looked more mummies than skeletons; actually, oneof them might have passed for a very hungry pony. a large pile of white bones lurked ina far corner of the barn. "warning. mild radiation detected. warning.contaminating agent detected in the air. analyzing. nitrous oxide. threat level: negligible." "oh, look, a new guest!" a figure rose fromits seat as the guest of honor. it was a pony
with a metallic, fizzling voice that soundedlike an old vinyl. in the dim light it looked like it was just a pink pony with an evenpinker mane but, when it approached, puppysmiles noticed that it was moving on a set of wheels,like it was wearing motorised roller skates. "well well well, look at you! i guess you'rehere for the masquerade! i'm super sorry to inform you that it was canceled, but you cankeep the costume! it rocks!" weird thing number two: usually ponies moved their mouth whenthey spoke; instead, this pony had an unmoving smile painted on her muzzle and when she talkedher eyes flashed with a creepy blue light. "uh... are you a robot pony?" asked puppywith some hesitation, remembering all the times her mommy had told her that she shouldn'tpoint it out if other ponies looked weird.
"well yes, i am! what a smart pony you are!recreational pinkbot mk ii prototype 03 and this is my birthday party! want to join? ican free some seats, you know, some of the guests are getting a bit grumpy and they don'tparticipate very much..." the robot rolled over to one of the skeletons,picked up the whole corpse and tossed it in the corner with the others, keeping just theparty hat. "here you go, what's your name?" asked the pinkbot putting the hat on top ofpuppy's helmet. "uh... i'm puppysmiles... i... uh... i'm lookingfor my mom... she's supposed to be somewhere in this place..." "fantastic! maybe she will join us when shearrives! now sit down, would you like some
cake?" puppysmiles wasn't in the mood for a party;she was supposed to find her mom in this place, not a stupid birthday party... but maybe therobot pony could help her if she just played along for a bit. so the foal took her seatand looked around at the other guests. they were creepy to say the least; there werethese skulls looking at her, all those inanimate things dressed as guests, those two superskinny mummies and- wait a moment. a mummy was returning her glance?"please -giggle- make this -giggle- end..." and she was speaking, too! the little mummy was a unicorn foal with apale yellow coat and an orange mane, she was
losing hair and seemed very ill. the fillywas giggling but it wasn't a happy sound; it was like she couldn't help it. her eyeswere swollen, and fresh blood dripped from her nose, deepening the red streaks that randown her muzzle. "please... -giggle- i want to go home..." she was muttering those wordsas if she had said them a million times, like if she said them enough she would wake upand this nightmare would be over. puppy felt a chill running down her spine;it passed from her shoulders to her tail and back up again. this place was wrong, she wantedto leave. but mom could be here, she could be... one... of those... bone... heaps. a surge of panic threatened to overwhelm puppy.this was just like that horror story where
the super nice robot goes boing and startshurting ponies! way too many ponies had already suffered in this carnival of horrors, andanother wasn't far from sharing their fate! not to mention that her mom could be on thelist, especially if she was heading here... and what if she had already arrived? no wait,the robot had said something about her not being there. but the robot could have lied!could she? who cares! that pink thing was baked bads and puppy didn't want to play hergame anymore! for a moment, puppy's eyes met those of thegiggling foal sat at the table. that little pony missed her mom too, this barn was a badplace. "run away. now. go home." puppy didn't stop looking into the other pony's eyes untilthe young unicorn nodded and tried to leave
her seat. the pinkbot moved to intercept her,but puppysmiles was planning to take up all her attention. "where's my mom?" she asked, raising fromher seat. "we will go looking for your mom when theparty is over, okie dokie? would you like some sarsaparilla?" the little unicorn fillystaggered away, toward the entrance of the barn. "excuse me, the party is not finishedyet, you can't leave!" "where is my mom?" puppy walked toward thepink pony droid, turning its attention back to her. "now, now, please behave, don't spoil theparty. how about some pin the tail on the
pony?" puppysmiles eyes flared up with pink flames."where is my mom? what did you do to her?" "error. mom object not found. please, do notget angry. i'm sure that your mommy will be here to pick you up very soon!" the unicornstopped for a moment, leaning against the door to keep herself upright; she could barelystand, walking almost seemed like a torture. the pinkbot rolled purposefully towards her."stop right there! you can't leave without the permission of an adult!" "don't ignore me! she was supposed to be here!stoopid robot! you are not going to hurt my mom or anypony else!" puppy snarled and loweredher head, assuming an aggressive stance. "rock,"
she muttered in a deep and menacing tone. "please don't use the s word. suppressivemeasures ineffective. subject immune to toxins. brute force required. activating sec-" clank! "where!" puppy's eyes were burning so brightthat the helmet was filled with pink flames. the filly in yellow jumped at the robot'sface, hitting it repeatedly with the rock of destiny. "is!" with a feral snarl, puppy wrapped herhooves around the robot's neck and headbutted it as hard as she could. the force of theblow created a spiderweb of cracks that ran across the helmet, but it also broke off thepinkbot face plate, revealing the circuitry
and mechanisms inside its head. "my!" with one hoof puppysmiles kept her holdon the robot's neck, while with the other she struck repeatedly at its exposed face.with each strike she tore cables and vital components from the machine, until she hita talisman. the robot exploded as if it was filled with pink and yellow fireworks, launchingpuppysmiles across the room. "mooom!" puppy's flight ended rather abruptlyas she collided with one of the automated turrets that had popped up after she had decidedto get medieval on that robot. the impact severed a power cable, causing it to shutdown with a plaintive whine. the remaining turrets locked on and unleashed a barrageof colorful beams that scorched puppy's suit
but were unable to penetrate it. "stop it! tell me where my mom is!" the fillycharged a nearby turret head-on, slamming into it hard enough to knock it completelyoff target. the turret continued to fire wildly, now hitting the roof, and proved to be farmore effective against the barn's already weakened load bearing structures than it hadon the magically resistant environmental suit. puppy turned and finished it off with a buckthat was so strong it tore the turret off its mount, silencing the machine but not beforethe ceiling began to crack and fall apart. "mom! mom where are you? moom!" ignoring thebarn that was collapsing all around her, the foal ran towards the bones stacked in thecorner. "mister voice, do you see my mom?
where is she?" "error. destination reached. ministry of moralehub already found." "what are you saying now? i want my mom! yousaid she was here!" with a last, deep rumble muffled by centuriesof dust filling the air, the barn fell on puppy's head burying her alive. as the first lights of dawn tried to piercethe ever-present curtain of cloud, a small emaciated unicorn filly crawled out of thedefensive perimeter of the former mom structure. the turrets lay still, having lost their powersource; even the music had fallen silent, it's two hundred year lament finally over.small patches of flame burned among the debris,
failing to consume the remains as rotten woodprovided inadequate fuel. day 3 - time approximately 9:15 a.m. - location:the carnival, wasteland even now, the cursed place couldn't find peace. "i didn't ask you to find this party of horrorsplace, i told you to find my mom!" said a muffled voice from under the ruins. "negative. you asked," the suit launched anaudio file with puppy's voice, "mister voice... where is mom?" "that's exactly what i'm saying!" "affirmative. ministry of morale's nearestfunctioning hub was located and marked on
the map. it was set as primary objective andreached eleven hours ago. then it was destroyed." "yeah i remember that part, it exploded twice." "negative. it is impossible to explode twice.major damages repaired. systems fully functional and ready." puppysmiles went silent for several minutes,trying to think. going harsh on mister voice was useless, mostly because there wasn't anythingto hit, so she had to be smarter. she was a smart pony, right? that pinkbot had saidso, after all. "okie dokie loki... it's useless to cry overspilled milk, i mean, under spilled barn. mom wasn't here but you said there are otherplaces. so, what's next?"
"warning. despite the perfectly clear explanationsthere is still a major misunderstan-" "aw, shut up! what's the next mom's placewe have to check?" really, mr. voice could be all work and no play at times... dumb suit... the voice went mute for a moment. if it hadhad a more complex artificial intelligence it could have said something else, or at leastfelt frustrated, but this wasn't the case; this program was designed to be effectiveand to obey, so that was all it could do. "next mom location marked as primary objective.location set as target on the compass." a new pink arrow appeared on the compass aspuppy finished pulling herself free from the rubble. the filly jumped down from the ruinsand shook herself trying to get rid of the
dust that coated her suit. "see? everything is easier when you collaborate!" "affirmative. cooperation is magic." a metallic chuckle interrupted the conversationand caused puppy to turn around and see the buzzing spritebot she had met a couple ofdays ago. "oh it's you, questioner. hi!" the filly smiled. "it's watcher... anyhow, that was quite random,wasn't it?" "what? you mean the party? trust me, you didn'tmiss anything. worst. party. ever. everypony was dead. uh, quite literally."
"so, did you find your mom?" "nopey mopey." puppy frowned for a moment,then she smiled again. "but we have a lot of places to check, so it's okay! she mustbe somewhere, right?" "uhm... yes, i guess..." the bot paused fora good while. "and, may i ask where are you going now?" "there!" the filly pointed with her hoof,then added: "this time i feel lucky!" "so, you're going to check the next locationof 'mom' in that direction?" "sure!" the robot took another long pause before speaking."and you feel lucky about that?"
"yup!" "oh well, why not, at this point... very well.puppy, i've got to go, have a nice trip and try to stay out of trouble." "sure, mister question! have a nice day!"the spritebot turned and floated away, proudly broadcasting the march of the paraspritesas it did so. "oh, right! mister voice, put on some music!" i don't want to set equestria on firei just want to start a flame in your heart day 3 - time approximately 2:00 p.m. - location:redtrotters flats, big 52 n branch puppy was back on route 52. she had left therocky area behind her and the landscape ahead
was now mostly flat, dotted with the occasionalruin of an old farm. the silhouette of a big city began to emerge from the dusty air somekilometers in front of her; she could see skyscrapers in its center and a large half-collapseddome to one side. along the road there were carcasses of old carts, some were fast littleracing carts while others were big hulking cargo trucks. all of them shared the samefate; left alone to rust in the middle of nowhere. "hey! hey you, wait!" puppy turned towardthe pair of voices that had called out to her. the filly in yellow stopped to see who wascoming and recognized the two mares from the
other day. she smiled and waved a hoof. oneof them stopped a little more than thirty meters away and readied an assault rifle,while the other drew near, assuming a cautious stance but leaving her power lance sheathed. "ok, little miss miracle, stay put and noponyis going to get hurt." "uhm... are we playing a game?" the unicorn kept her rifle aimed at puppywhile the other pony answered. "yeah, something like that. wanna play?" "great! can i start? huh? huh? huh?" puppyhad already begun to jump in place like the hyperactive foal she was.
"sure, why not. i will ask you a questionand you try to answer. if you don't reply you lose, got it?" "yay! guessing game! i lovelovelove guessinggames! ask me something, ask me anything!" "great. question number one: how comes you'restill alive and unhurt after getting a power lance in the throat?" "a what where?" this one was hard. puppy hadno idea of what a power lance was but it seemed that there was some way to swallow it andto not get an owie by doing that. "uhm... pass?" the two mares exchanged a glance again. "maybe...maybe she's just a retard?" offered the earth
pony. the unicorn sighed. "well, at leasttry asking something else." "okay, kid, so... why did you go to the carnival?" "you mean the old barn? well, this stoopidmister voice told me that my mom was there. guess what? she wasn't, and in her place ifound the worst party ever. there was this mad pink robot that wanted to hurt my momand i got upset but the robot exploded and a strange thing started throwing nasty lightsat me then i don't remember very well what's next but i think that the barn fell on myhead. that happens to me a lot, lately." puppy stopped for a moment, pondering. "i hope thatskinny filly is safe..." "ridge racer will live, and that's the onlything that keeps my friend from pulling the
trigger." the earth pony took a long breath,"so, you resurrected, trotted all the way to the carnival, destroyed that cursed placeand saved boney's sister, just by accident?" "i... i don't remember doing all that, butif you say so..." "and you were just looking for your mom...all the time..." "yes, do you know where she is?" "yeah, she's a retard." the earth pony facehoofedwhile the unicorn behind her couldn't hold in a snicker. after a short laugh, the unicorn's expressionbecame more serious. "but she saved my family. i'm in debt to her."
"so, what now boney?" asked the earth pony. "i don't know..." rattling bones lowered therifle and approached puppysmiles, who smiled at her. somehow that enthusiasm and innocencestole a little smile from the hardened unicorn, and she placed a hoof atop puppy's glass helmet. "i'm not sure if you are good or bad news,but i owe you one... so, thanks." rattling bones took a rectangular scrap of metal witha white half-eaten apple painted on it, offering the object to the filly in yellow. "here,take this: it's a pass. if you're going to salt cube city, show it to the guards andthey'll let you inside. understood?" puppy eyes widened with glee as she staredat the gift. "wow, thanks! a present! i love
presents! thank you super much miss prettypony!" the unicorn continued. "you put an end toa nightmare for our entire tribe and gave me back the only thing i cared for. i hopeyou'll find what you're looking for, little ghost." "d'aaaaaw, aren't you guys cute?" mocked theearth pony mare. "oh, just shut up and let's keep moving, soda.we have a patrol to finish." "hey, are you crying, boney?" "aw, just shut up! and don't you dare laughor tell this story to anypony!" "guess what? now i feel sorry for killingher."
the two ponies left, heading in the oppositedirection to the pink arrow. puppy watched them trotting away and waved her hoof as theydisappeared behind a ridge. "i like pretty ponies, they are pretty!" puppysmiled, before setting off in the direction of the big city. "hey mister voice, can i ask you something?" "affirmative. please state your request." "when we find my mom, are you going away?i mean... i don't want you to go away." "negative. as an effect of the littlehornagent this piece of equipment is irremediably fused with you."
"uhm... this means that we are together forever?i can keep you with me when we find mom?" "affirmative." puppy smiled, listening as always only tothe part of the explanation that she wanted to hear. "alright mister voice. you already know whatwe need to do now, don't you?" "affirmative. analyzing the previous interactionsyour request is predictable with 95% accuracy." the radio began playing music and puppysmilesstarted to sing along. there was still a lot of road to trot, andshe was by herself as always, but puppysmiles was a filly on a mission and she had thatstubbornness that can only come from ignorance.
besides, she wasn't really alone; she hadone friend that she was well aware of and maybe a couple that she didn't even suspect. you and me together will beforever you'll see we two can be good companyyou and me yes together we two... footnote: lvl up. i think we already discussedthis. negative. lvl up is mandatory in foe canon.ok ok, gee, i can understand puppy's frustration... ok then...quest perk added: lvling is mandatory - now you can gain lvls! yay!
link to chapter 1 link to chapter 3 this fanfiction is based on fallout equestriaby kkat; a familiarity with the source material may aid your understanding.foe can be found on equestria daily edited by usea and silfir additional thanks to anonsamurai and llamallumps for reviewing and a big help with some basics in english i completely missed.My Little Pony Derpy Hooves Coloring Pages