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BiE 3: Exposition and espionage.

By Mandroid
Created: 19th December 2020 12:28:04 PM
AIE Safe Anon OC Rainbow Dash Slice of Life

  1. =BiE 3=
  2.  
  3. >Canterlot looked even more impressive on the inside then it did from the outside, and that was saying something.
  4. >Cobblestone streets melded with marble towers in ways you could barely believe.
  5. >You and Mous stood in awe at the remarkable city these ponies had built for themselves as the rest of your new friends filed out of the car.
  6. >Twilight approached the two of you with a smile. "Follow me and stay close you two, we're headed to the royal palace."
  7. >"Understood." Mous answered.
  8. >You gave her a smile of your own "Lead the way Twilight."
  9. >As you all walked, you noticed that these ponies were giving you the same looks as the ones in the town you caught the train in. Most of them were of curiosity or confusion, but you're sure you saw a few looks of disgust in there.
  10. >You glanced at Mous to see that his eyes were darting in every direction. He looked nervous.
  11. >Concerned, you whispered "Something the matter man?"
  12. >He leaned in close to you and whispered back "There's an awful lot of guards in this city, Very City 17."
  13. >You looked up to investigate and saw that, yes, there were indeed many guards at various posts around the city. Some on roofs, some flying through the air, and some on the ground.
  14. >Every guard looked the same, with a pale white coat and a set of golden armor, the only difference being whether they had horns or wings.
  15. >And every last one of them was watching you.
  16.  
  17. >Your concerns about being watched were pushed away however, as you arrive at what could only be the royal palace.
  18. >As you reached the top of the stairs, Twilight stopped to address the guards on duty. "We're here to see the Princess, we've brought...friends."
  19. >She must have noticed everyone staring too, she looked nervous. Luckily, the guard nodded and ended the moment.
  20. >"The Princess is in the throne room, she is expecting you." With that you were ushered into the palace proper.
  21. >You eventually entered into a large room with an equally large throne in the rear of it, a rich red carpet lead up to the throne and stained glass windows displaying various events were on the walls.
  22. >Sitting on the throne was a slightly taller pony of dark blue with a long flowing mane, a mane you swear you could see constellations in.
  23. >In addition to her coloration, you noticed that she featured both a unicorn horn and pegusi wings. You remember from your lesson that "Alicorns" as they were rare, and considered royalty.
  24. >Based on what Twilight told you on the train, you could guess that this was princess Luna. Freed from her thousand year term as Nightmare Moon and returned to rule with her sister.
  25. >Twilight stops short with a puzzled expression. "Princess Luna? Why are you here during the day, where's Celestia?"
  26. >You don't know if it's the acoustics of the room or if Luna was actually that loud, but you almost went deaf when she spoke. "Worry not, Twilight Sparkle. Our sister is away on an urgent matter and has ask Us to hold court until her return. She shall do so soon."
  27. >Placated, Twilight continues to walk towards the throne with the rest of you in tow.
  28. >As you walk, you put your hand to your ear to see if you have tinnitus now, Rainbow must have noticed because she flew over to whisper in your ear. "Hehe. Be glad she wasn't using her royal voice, that's ten times louder then what you heard."
  29. >What? She could go louder than that? You make a mental note to not get Luna to shout, for your own sake.
  30. >As you approached the throne, Luna stepped down to greet you all. Her eye's fell to the two of you and she spoke up again, this time in a more pleasant volume.
  31. >"You must be the subject of Twilight Sparkle's letter, she had written that she was bringing a pair of strange creatures to the palace and we feared the worst." That explains all the guards at least, but you wonder what kind of creature warranted that many soldiers.
  32.  
  33. >"Tell Us creature, do you have a name?" Luna asked as she looked you over.
  34. >"I'm Anon and this is Mous." you said, Mous nodding at his name.
  35. >"It's an honor Your Highness." you add bow as you say it.
  36. >Luna seemed pleased. "Rise Anon, there is no need for that." She turned towards Mous "And you Mous? Have thee anything you wish to say?"
  37. >Mous kept his hands in his pockets as he spoke and put on a small smile.
  38. >"My companions words mirror my own Princess Luna, it is a pleasure to meet you." he answered with a slight nod of his head.
  39. >Princess Luna looked over the lot of you and spoke "It seems thou hast found two rather intriguing beings Twilight Sparkle. Not only are they unrecorded, but they show proper etiquette in the presance or Royalty."
  40. >"However, We would recommend that we refrain from deeper questions until mine sister arrives." Luna added.
  41. >"That will not be necessary Sister, I am here." came a voice that reminded you a bit of your mom.
  42. >If Luna was larger than most ponies, then this one must be massive. In walked an alicorn of at least five feet, her horn pushing her well past six. Her wings were out and appeared to be equal to her height in terms of wingspan. Her mane, like Lunas', had an almost ethereal quality to it and seemed to flow despite their being no wind.
  43. >If this was Luna's sister, then this must be the one and only Princess Celestia, ruler of Equestria and bringer of the sun.
  44. >Twilight got an excited look on her face and bounded up to her "Princess!" as she reached her they both placed their necks in each others. Some sort of pony greeting you guess.
  45. >The princess approached you both as her eyes darted back and forth between the two of you, though her warm smile never left.
  46. >"You must be the creatures my student wrote me about, I welcome you to Canterlot. I suggest we find somewhere more comfortable where you can indulge our curiosities." she said.
  47. >Oh hell. First Twilight on the train and now her teacher in a palace, this was looking to be a long day.
  48. >You heard an exasperated sigh over your shoulder before Mous spoke up.
  49.  
  50. >"Let me save all of us some time. We are Humans, male, in our mid twenties with a life expectancy of 80. We come from a planet called Earth where there are billions of others like us. Our diet is omnivorous and our species evolved from apes millions of years ago. We have absolutely no idea how we came to your kingdom save that it involved a bright white light and a lot of spinning. We are grateful for your hospitality and are of no threat to you or your kingdom and its inhabitants."
  51. >The room was silent as all eyes were on Mous standing there with his arms crossed. "Anything else you wanted to know, your Highness?"
  52. >Celestia's eyes narrowed as she stared at the both of you. "You say that the way you arrived here had a bright white light?" she asked.
  53. >"It got through our thick blinds enough to light up the room like the sun." you answered.
  54. >A "Hmmm..." was all you got from Celestia as she paced for a moment before looking at her student. "Twilight, your letter said that these humans arrived with a building of some kind, were there scorch marks on the outside?"
  55. >What? Scorch marks? You didn't see any scor-
  56. >"Yes Princess, as well as a lot of magical residue. The curious thing was that I didn't find any on Anon or Mous at all." Twilight responded.
  57. >"Wait a second." You say. "I didn't see any scorch marks."
  58. >Mous put his hand on your shoulder and turned you to him. "I saw em dude. They were going up from the underside of the house. You probably missed them what with the weirdness of the moment." Mous looked around the room. "No offense." he said quietly.
  59. >"None taken." said Celestia. "This is a rather strange situation. It almost sounds like a Waygate brought the both of you here, but there would be residue from it on the both of you. Unless..." Celestia turned towards the both of you.
  60. >From her horn erupted a white light that lanced towards Mous, he raised his arm to protect his head only for the light to hit his stomach and cascade off as if it were water. You cringed as some of the light raced towards you but it did the same thing when it hit your outstretched arm. Splintering over it and hitting the walls behind you.
  61. >You looked at Mous. He looked pissed.
  62. >"Grrr...What the hell lady!?" he shouted as his eyes went wild and his arm went to the back of his belt.
  63. >Celestia was quick to diffuse, however. "I apologize but I had to rule out the possibility that you two both had a way of disrupting magic that could only take effect if you were aware of it. That does not appear to be the case."
  64. >"So what is the case?" Mous asked, his head low.
  65. >"Tell me human, do they have magic on your world? she asked, standing her ground.
  66. >"No" you responded. "No, we don't have magic."
  67. >The Princess lowered her head and shut her eyes for a moment. "So that's what it is..."
  68.  
  69. >Celestia turned and looked Twilight in the eye. "It would appear that these two are immune to the direct effects of magic." She turned back to the two of you. "Most likely from being from a world where it does not exist."
  70. >Mous relaxed a bit and asked "You mean that everyone in Equestria is magic in some way?"
  71. >Celestia canted her head to the side as she spoke. "All of My little ponies are, along with several of the other species that inhabit out forests." she walked over to the other five ponies and spoke again.
  72. >"Unicorns are the primary users of magic due to their horns, which act as a focus." After she spoke, Rarity's hair was enveloped in a light blue aura and as it re-arranged itself into a better shape.
  73. >"Pegusi have a more inherent connection to magic, one that allows them to walk on and interact with clouds." Rainbow Dash spoke up with that "Yeah, it's what lets us change the weather to whatever we need."
  74. >Celestia came up to Applejack last "Earth Ponies have a special connection to the land itself. One that makes them ideal for agriculture." Applejack smiled and nodded at that last part.
  75. >"So...magic can effect ponies because they all have some magic inside them? Like a current?" you asked.
  76. >"Precisely." Celestia said. "What's more, even species that cannot use magic themselves are affected by it, as the land of Equestria itself is magical. Their time here causes them to absorb some of the latent magics into their bodies."
  77. >"But you two..." she continued "You two seem to be blocked off to all magic. Direct or latent." she finished.
  78. >Huh. Blocked off from all magic in a world where it was prevalent? That was kinda cool, almost like a super power.
  79. >Celestia picked up again. "However. There is one more test I would like to perform, with your permission of course." she said as she bowed her head.
  80. >"Uh...sure." you said, curious as to where this would go. You turned to your bro "Mous?"
  81. >Hr seemed to think for a minute then relaxed from his defensive stance and spread his arms. "Whenever you're ready, your majesty."
  82.  
  83. >Celestia nodded and caused her horn to glow, followed by your shirt starting to glow.
  84. >You felt your shirt move on its own and saw that Mous was dealing with the same thing. Your chest leaned forward as you tried to hold your ground before the glow receded, taking the pulling sensation with it.
  85. >"It seems that you are, however, effected by an environment manipulated by magic." she said with a smile.
  86. >You guess every super power has a weakness. Here's hoping no one gets mad enough to play "the floor is lava" for real.
  87. >"So what does this mean?" you hear Mous ask.
  88. >"Why it means that we're just going to have to try that much harder if we're to send you back!" said Celestia "That will take some time, however, therefore I invite you to stay in Equestria as a guest of the crown."
  89. >This princess was nice, accommodating you at the same time as she worked to fix your situation without asking for something in return? You wish some people back on Earth were like that.
  90. >"Thank you your majesty, you're too kind." You bow after you finish, even Mous bows with you albeit not as deep.
  91. >"Now, you'll need a place to stay. I understand that your home came with you when you arrived here?" she asked with a grin.
  92. >Twilight answered for you. "Yes Princess, it landed in a field on the outskirts of Ponyville."
  93. >Giggling at a town called Ponyville seemed rude at a time like this, so you silenced yourself.
  94. >Wait, your home got wrecked when it landed.
  95. >"Excuse me Princess, but our home was damaged when it landed, all of our power and plumbing was severed. The house is rather inhospitable right now."
  96. >Twilight turned to look at you, "Oh don't worry, I can fix that by just altering the ley lines in town a bit. That's how the rest of the town takes care of utilities. We can help you fix any structural damage too."
  97. >Wow, these ponies were practically saints by your standards.
  98. >"So...now what?" Mous asked as he returned he hands to his pockets.
  99. >Twilight puts a hoof to her chin. "Hmmm...I was planning on us being here longer, the train back doesn't leave for a while."
  100. >Luna speaks up for the first time in a while. "We fear that the citizens of Canterlot may not be as open to the prospect of unknown creatures walking around its walls. We offer you free passage to this floor of the palace until you may take your leave, but venture no further."
  101.  
  102. >Luna's words made sense, just because you were permitted to stay didn't mean you should go and announce it.
  103. >"Thank you Princess, I'll take you up on that." you say.
  104. >As both Luna and Celestia nod you make your way over to the stained glass windows you saw.
  105. >Out of the corner of your eye you see Celestia talk to Luna and leave the room, royal duties probably.
  106. >"That's a nice garden out there." your turn to see Mous standing at the window next to you. "Are we allowed out there?" he asks.
  107. >Luna nods her head and points towards the door you came in. "Head down that door and take the stairs on your right, they will take you to the garden."
  108. >Mous nods his head in thanks and walks off as you turn your attention back to the window.
  109. >You're so engrossed that you don't notice Twilight walk up beside you. "Enjoying yourself?" she asks causing you to jump.
  110. >She giggles a bit at your expense before she looks at the window, her face dropping. "This window shows what a horrible place Discord made Equestria before the Princesses stopped him." she said.
  111. >The window show some sort of creature that seemed to be an amalgam of several others controlling ponies with puppet controllers.
  112. >"Hold the phone, I thought you said that you and your friends beat Discord?" you asked, starting to lose the nice little history you had in your head.
  113. >"That was after he got released." she answered, putting your mind at ease.
  114. >You continued looking at the window until a thought entered your mind.
  115. >This window overlooked the garden where Mous was and you couldn't see him.
  116. >That made you nervous.
  117.  
  118. >You are Mous and you are enjoying a nice walk.
  119. >This garden was as nice as you thought.
  120. >It was quiet here.
  121. >Save for the birds.
  122. >The setting sun cast harsh shadows over the statues.
  123. >You heard something behind you.
  124. >You turn and see a small hallway leading into the castle.
  125. >You can hear voices coming from it.
  126. >Curious.
  127. >You start walking through the hallway, hoping to find the source of the voices.
  128. >You are careful to make as little noise with your feet as possible.
  129. >No easy task in boots.
  130. >Snake makes it look easy.
  131. >The voices are getting louder, but not easier to decipher.
  132. >The echo in here was distorting them.
  133. >You could hear one male and one female however.
  134. >You heard a laugh from the female as you reached the corner it was coming through.
  135. >You took a quick peek around to see who was there.
  136. >To your surprise, it was Celestia, she seemed to be talking to a guard.
  137. >"So that's where you went." You think you yourself.
  138. >You listen in.
  139. >"You did well at your "post" earlier Corporal." Celestia said, in a voice you could only describe as sultry.
  140. >The corporal responded with a voice that spoke of gratitude. "Thank you for allowing me to take that "post" your highness."
  141. >"It was my great pleasure." cooed Celestia. "In fact...I was hoping to see you at that post again." she said as she move closer to the guard. "Perhaps, tonight?"
  142. >You were spying on two ponies talk about their sex life.
  143. >Gross.
  144. >Let's keep going.
  145.  
  146. >The guard grew a wide smile on his face. "I will serve with great pride, your highness."
  147. >Celestia looked at him with lidded eyes. "Very good Corporal, now perhaps you should return you your current post before you are missed?"
  148. >"Of course, your majesty." the guard said as he galloped down the hall.
  149. >As you stood, you saw that Celestia hadn't moved an inch.
  150. >From the look of it, she was staring at the guards ass.
  151. >"I wondered why you were late earlier."
  152. >Celestia whirled around so fast you could hear the wind break.
  153. >"Now I know."
  154. >"How much did you hear?" she asked with her eyes wide.
  155. >"Enough to guess that this palace doesn't seem to have an HR department."
  156. >Celestia regained a bit of her composure.
  157. >"Why are you here? I thought you were waiting in the throne room." she asked.
  158. >"I took a walk in the garden and followed some voices I heard."
  159. >You started walking towards her.
  160. >"A nice palace like this, you never know what kind of conspirators could be lurking about. I felt it was my duty to protect my new monarch."
  161. >She narrowed her eyes.
  162. >"I shall have to install a door down here." she said.
  163. >"Or you could just talk about fucking your guards someplace where there aren't any other ponies. Try carrier birds."
  164. >She got a small grin as her eyes narrowed more, a glint of mischief sparking in them
  165. >At least she could appreciate your sarcasm.
  166. >You were a few feet apart now.
  167. >She was staring into your eyes, not an angry stare, but a cold one.
  168. >"What will you do with this information then?"
  169. >That question sounded like a test to you.
  170. >You keep staring at her in silence.
  171. >If she was gonna pull that crap then she was gonna sweat it out for a bit.
  172. >"Nothing." you say flatly.
  173. >"Nothing?" she looked a bit taken aback.
  174. >"From what I understand, you're over a millennium old. To think that you've gone without for this entire time is idiotic. That guard seemed consenting enough, though I doubt he is the only one."
  175. >You keep staring, your expression changing to one of slight boredom.
  176. >"Still, you seem on the level. I also owe you a debt for letting Anon and I stay in your kingdom. I have no problem keeping my mouth shut."
  177. >Her eyes widened but she kept her grin.
  178. >"Well then we have an accord. Shall we return to the throne room?" she asks.
  179. >You step aside and extend your hands down the hall.
  180. >"Lead the way Princess."
  181.  
  182. >You walked next to the princess for a ways until she spoke up again.
  183. >"Your demeanor strikes me as odd, Mous. Many ponies would try to keep the fact that they heard what you heard hidden." she asked, not looking at you.
  184. >You keep walking.
  185. >You weren't going to make eye contact if she wasn't.
  186. >"I'm an odd kind of guy."
  187. >"Odd enough to try and sneak a knife into the home of royalty?" she asked.
  188. >Shit. She knew about that? Okay play it cool.
  189. >"I didn't know you then and I had to watch out for myself and Anon. If I had known what I know about you now, I probably wouldn't have bothered."
  190. >She looked at you with a devious grin. "Why Mous, whatever do you mean by that?"
  191. >"You're kind. At least to the people you've never met."
  192. >She chuckled. "I'm rather kind to those I have met too."
  193. >Keep it deadpan.
  194. >"I've noticed."
  195. >You keep walking, letting that bit of innuendo die.
  196. >"But suicidal overconfidence isn't the only reason I'm odd."
  197. >"How so?" she asks playfully.
  198. >"Oh, I'm sure you'll find out Princess. I don't exactly hide it."
  199. >She nodded as you both kept walking.
  200. >Eventually, you reached the throne room from the same entrance as Celestia came into earlier.
  201. >She stopped you before you walked in.
  202. >"You are quite a unique individual Mous." She asked through lidded eyes. "I have one more question if you'll allow it."
  203. >Shit. You'll bite.
  204. >"Shoot."
  205. >She leans close and whispers in your ear.
  206. >"Do you like bananas?"
  207. >You're almost certain that statement has some meaning, but damned if you can figure it out.
  208. >Oh well, when in doubt, play it off.
  209. >You put on your best mock offended face and look her in the eye.
  210. >"Why Princess, I certainly hope that you aren't implying that I enjoy bananas simply because my kind evolved from monkeys. I would think such speciesism above you"
  211. >You start to walk away and leave her there before stopping.
  212. >You look at her over your shoulder with a grin.
  213. >"Besides, bananas are gross."
  214. >With that you keep walking.
  215. >You can feel her own grin on your back.
  216. >You ignore it.
  217. >You catch Anon's attention and he approaches you.
  218. >"Where'd you go dude? I couldn't see you out the window."
  219. >No reason he should know what you saw.
  220. >"I got a little sidetracked in a hallway and got lost, the Princess found me and was kind enough to walk me back."
  221. >He looks over your shoulder and makes a face.
  222. >"That Princess?" he asks.
  223. >You look over your shoulder and see Celestia staring and grinning.
  224. >If she's trying to rustle your jimmies, it isn't working.
  225. >"That's the one." you turn back to Anon.
  226. >Anon takes his eyes of Celestia and shakes his head.
  227. >"Well, let's go. The train leaves in twenty minutes." he says.
  228. >"Right. Let's roll."
  229. >As you and your friends both old and new walk out, you hear the princess call out to you.
  230. >"Goodbye everyone, feel free to come back whenever you please."
  231. >You could find something sinister in that phrase if you looked.
  232. >Fuck that, it's late and you've had a hell of a day.

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