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Eldritch Anon in Kinderquestria Ch 2

By Anonstigator
Created: 1st November 2020 12:55:34 AM

  1. >Be Cadence, back in your room
  2. >Be VERY confused
  3. >Anonymous is teaching Flurry Heart the secret sigils known as Cur’sv
  4. >Even Celestia has yet to master those sacred runes
  5. >Yet Anonymous feels confident enough to teach it?
  6. >This fact troubles you, yet you can’t seem to understand why
  7. >Perhaps you should start responding to the foreign dignitaries
  8. >Take your mind off things
  9. >You look down at the list of names
  10. >There was Golden Touch, the Minotaur Princess
  11. >Gale Force, the Gryphon Prime Minister
  12. >Maggie, the Diamond Dog’s current Alpha
  13. >Ember, the Dragon Princess
  14. >Chrysalis, the Changeling Queen
  15. >That’s not even the full list and already your head is spinning
  16. >You take out your official Princess Pencil and being writing letters
  17. >After about two hours of grueling paperwork it’s time to review
  18. >…
  19. >…
  20. >…
  21. >Yes this is good enough, time to mail these letters and get ready for dinner.
  22. >At least now you’ll get to spend time with your loving family
  23.  
  24. >Be Anonymous
  25. >Be giving Flurry Heart a piggyback ride to Knead’s bakery
  26. >Luckily it’s a short walk, so it doesn’t take long
  27. >As you enter the bakery the smell of freshly baked sweets hits your nose
  28. >The bell at the top of the door rings, alerting Knead to your presence
  29. >Knead Love pokes his head up from behind the counter and perks up instantly
  30. >”Anon it’s so good to see you, did you want your usual?”
  31. >You give a warm smile back and shake your head
  32. “I’m not hear for me today, I’ve got this little tyke to treat”
  33. >You jostle Flurry so her head pokes up over your shoulder
  34. >Knead’s eyes go wide as he notices the royal heiress
  35. >”Oh of course Anon, pick whatever you want. It’s on me today.”
  36. “Knead I can’t just take your delicious pastries without paying, I wouldn’t feel right.”
  37. >Knead frowns and stomps his hoof
  38. >”I insist Anon, you saved my life and I need to repay you.”
  39. >Saved his life? All you did was kiss his burn and pat his back.
  40. >It wasn’t like it was a bad burn either
  41. >You sigh. You really don’t want to just take his goods, but it seems like he’s not gonna back down anytime soon
  42. “All right Knead you win, thank you for your generosity.”
  43. >Knead looks a little shocked then blushes a little
  44. >Did he expect you to argue a little more?
  45. >About a minute passes with a silence permeating the room
  46. >You cough to break the silence
  47. “Soooo… about my order”
  48. >Knead snaps out of his trance at your words looking somewhat embarrassed
  49. >”RIGHT… ehm right, what you like?”
  50. >You browse the selection and settle on a raspberry tart and a black coffee
  51. >Knead flinches at your mention of black coffee
  52. >Ponies here can’t handle anything more bitter than a cupcake
  53. “What do you want Flurry?”
  54. >Flurry puts her hoof to her chin before pointing at…
  55. >A cake…
  56. >Please let her only want a slice
  57. “Do you want a slice of that cake?”
  58. >She shakes her head, oh boy…
  59. “So you don’t want that cake then?”
  60. >Flurry frowns at you and points harder at the cake
  61. “Flurry you can’t have an entire cake.”
  62. >Flurry looks as if she’s about to try and convince you when Knead of all ponies speaks up
  63. >”Well why can’t she?”
  64. >Was Knead serious?
  65. >Was he really okay with giving up an entire cake?
  66. >Comped or not you couldn’t just take an entire cake
  67. “She can’t because it’ll ruin her appetite for dinner, plus I don’t feel right taking an ENTIRE cake from you Knead even if you say I saved your life.”
  68. >The air around you suddenly felt really heavy
  69. >You could tell the mood dropped from just a second ago
  70. >Quick say something idiot
  71. >Okay don’t shout at me brain
  72. “Look Flurry you can still have a slice, just not the whole thing.”
  73. >Flurry starts giving you puppy dog eyes
  74. >Don’t give in Anon, be strong
  75. “Flurry what if other ponies want to have some of that cake also?”
  76. >You hate playing the guilt trip card but it has to be done
  77. >Don’t want her to grow up spoiled
  78. >YOU WILL TEACH THIS FILLY SHARING WHETHER SHE LIKES IT OR NOT
  79. >Flurry looks at you a little dejected but nods
  80. >It hurts you to do this now but it’ll all be good in the long run
  81. >You come up with the greatest plan to get her to smile again
  82. >The old thumb trick
  83. “Hey Flurry watch this”
  84. >Flurry stares intently as you make it look like you tore your thumb in half then magically reconnect it.
  85. >Just as predicted Flurry begins to laugh
  86. >”Here you are Anon, one raspberry tart, on slice of  double fudge cake and one… black…. Coffee”
  87. >Knead had to strain to say that last part but you just smile and thank him
  88. >You grab your order and pick a seat next to a window and let your mind wander
  89. >… Did you remember to tell Cadence what you were doing with Flurry?
  90.  
  91. >Be Mi Amore Cadenza
  92. >And you are FREAKING OUT
  93. >Flurry heart is missing and you’re going to have the butt of whoever was in charge of watching her on a silver plater
  94. >You’re storming off to the guard barracks to question everypony there
  95. >As you’re making your way, you run into Shining on your way
  96. >”Oh hello dear, where are you going? Dinner is this way.”
  97. >He gives you a stupid smile, god you love that smile. It almost makes you lose your anger
  98. >Almost, you have to tell him about what happened
  99. “Shining our daughter is missing and I’m on my way to the barracks to *Talk* with the ponies who were watching her today.”
  100. >Shining’s smile quickly fades into shock and horror as the words leave your lips
  101. >”W-what? She’s missing? Come on I know whose squad was on watch today.”
  102. >Without another word you both rush to the barracks
  103. >In less than a few minutes you both burst through the door
  104. >”GUARDSMARE BRILLIANT GLEAM GET YOUR BUTT HERE THIS INSTANT!”
  105. >A silence sweeps through the barracks as everypony turns to look at one mare
  106. >Singled out, Brilliant Gleam walks forward and bows
  107. >”Good evening princess, captain. What can I do for you?”
  108. >”Brilliant Gleam, where is our daughter? Your squad was in charge of the protection of our beloved child. WHERE IS SHE?”
  109. >Brilliant Gleam looks up without a care in the world
  110. >You are furious
  111. >”Flurry Heart is safe she’s with dad.”
  112. >”SHE IS NOT WITH ME! DO NOT LIE TO US!”
  113. >”But isn’t Anon her dad?”
  114. >You’re stunned, and so is Shining. To think that she thinks Anonymous is Flurry’s father. This time it’s your turn to be angry
  115. “Brilliant Gleam let me be clear, ANONYMOUS IS NOT FLURRY’S FATHER. Do not EVER think otherwise, Shining and I went through Tarturus to have Flurry and I will not have you spreading lies.”
  116. >Brilliant Gleam doesn’t flinch but you can sense her emotions
  117. >She’s torn up inside
  118. >Shining has calmed down somewhat and speaks up
  119. >”Did he at least say where he was taking her?”
  120. >Brilliant puts her hoof to her chin before lighting up as she remembered
  121. >”Right, he said they were going to Knead’s bakery across the street”
  122. >”And you didn’t think to inform us of this?”
  123. >Brilliant lowers her head, her voice almost a whisper
  124. >”I’m sorry.”
  125. >Shining sighs, sensing his emotions you see he’s also torn up inside
  126. >You can understand why
  127. >Brilliant was hand selected by him to join the Crystal Guard, and she was extremely talented too
  128. >But as her commander he had to make the hard decisions
  129. >”Brilliant Gleam, for failure to carry out your duty to watch over our daughter, and then lie to us… I must sentence you to 1 full day time out.”
  130. >Most ponies are shocked, and you are to.
  131. >But for a different reason no doubt
  132. >Shining here was being extremely lenient with her punishment
  133. >It was at this moment you saw Brilliant Gleam breakdown crying
  134. >Even after all she had done, it hurt you to see her like this
  135. >”P-p-please, I c-can’t go to time out. My reputation will be ruined.”
  136. >”You should have thought of that before doing what you did.”
  137. >…
  138. “Darling perhaps you’re being a little… to… harsh?”
  139. >Shining turns to you surprised, you are to
  140. >Shining opens and closes his mouth a few times, but settles on turning to Brilliant
  141. >”Perhaps I was caught up in anger. Upon thinking it over perhaps I was too harsh.”
  142. >Brilliant stops crying and looks hopeful
  143. >”But, you must still be punished”
  144. >Brilliant’s ears drop in sadness
  145. >”Brilliant Gleam your punishment will be amended to one week leave from the guard, effective at the end of your shift. This meeting is over.”
  146. >As the verdict leaves Shining’s mouth, a sigh of relief wafts through the barracks
  147. >One thing is clear; you need to talk to Anonymous.
  148.  
  149. >Be Anonymous
  150. >Be walking a contented Flurry Heart back to the castle
  151. >You still felt bad about taking that order for free, but every time you brought it up Knead just shot it down
  152. >Ponies here seem to be very generous
  153. >Like scarily generous
  154. >Back when you first arrived here you stayed at Twilight’s treebary
  155. >She told you how friendship is magic and you had assumed it was just something like a saying
  156. >Doing a little research quickly told you that it was actually literal
  157. >And when Twilight told you about the elements of harmony, she told you about how the elements influence the everyday lives of ponies
  158. >You thought that too was just hyperbole, but it seems that from your recent encounters it’s true as well
  159. >It’s funny, maybe that’s why everything is so kid friendly here
  160. >As you approach the castle gate you’re greeted by a flustered looking Cadence and Shining
  161. >Shit, guess you owe them an explanation
  162. “Hey Princess, Shining. Sorry I kind of ran off with Flurry, she wanted to hang out so I took her to get some cake.”
  163. >You hand off Flurry to Cadence who breathes a sigh of relief
  164. >”It’s all right Anonymous, were just glad to see she’s safe”
  165. >Cadence hands Flurry to Shining who walks back into the castle
  166. >”Anonymous can I talk to you for a minute”
  167. >Ah shit here it comes
  168. >”Anon, the Guard who was looking over Flurry today told us something really mean.”
  169. >Wait, does she just want to rant?
  170. “Well what did they say? Can’t be that bad.”
  171. >”Anon, she called you Flurry’s Father.”
  172. >Wait what? You, Flurry’s father?
  173. >Sure you spend a lot of time with her but you don’t remember banging Cadence
  174. “Uh… sorry, I’m not sure I heard you right. Did you say she thought I was her Father?”
  175. >”Uh-huh, right in front of Shiny too”
  176. >Well… shit, you kind of feel like shit now
  177. “Well what happened after that?”
  178. >”Shiny sent her home for a week, though that was after I talked him down”
  179. >Really? Only a week of leave? Are the punishments here kid friendly too?
  180. “What did he want to give her a time out?”
  181. >You say half joking
  182. >”Yeah, he did. Brilliant may have lied to us about where Flurry was, but she’s still only a pony.”
  183. >This fucking place
  184. >Wait did she say Brilliant?
  185. “Uh what did you say her name was?”
  186. >”Brilliant, Brilliant Gleam.”
  187. >Ah crap, now it makes sense
  188. >This is gonna be hell to explain
  189. “Listen, Cadence I think I know why she called me Flurry’s dad. A lot of ponies, especially those I’m friends with, consider me a father figure. So I think she may have gotten confused.”
  190. >”What if Flurry sees you as a father figure too, more than Shiny her actual father?”
  191. >Fuck, it’s not looking any easier
  192. “I’m certain Flurry knows, and sees Shining Armor as her father.”
  193. >”But how can you be sure?”
  194. “Just trust me.”
  195. >There’s a long pause, as the weight of the matter hangs in the air
  196. >”… okay Anonymous, I’ll trust you”
  197. >Phew, crisis averted
  198. >You gotta talk to Brilliant when you get back to your apartment
  199. >”Oh and Anonymous… could you maybe not babysit Flurry next week. I know I said I trust you, but…”
  200. ”I understand, you and Shining enjoy your time with Flurry.”
  201. >Cadence gives you a smile
  202. >”Thank you… I’ll make it up to you.”
  203. >You wave goodbye to Cadence and head back home
  204. >Since you and Brilliant have the same week off, she’s not gonna get away from your little talk
  205.  
  206. >Be Brilliant Gleam, citizen now
  207. >Your life is over
  208. >One week of leave, what’s next? They fired you in all but name.
  209. >You should be thankful you won’t have a… time out record at least
  210. >That’ll help you get another job later
  211. >But the guard was your life
  212. >You lifelessly go through the motions of making your dinner
  213. >Pull the tab off a can of ravioli, and dump it in a bowl
  214. >The food is magically kept warm while in the can for ease of consumption
  215. >The perfect cry food
  216. >You weep while shoving the warm cheese filled ravioli into your mouth
  217. >It makes you feel a lot better actually
  218. >Still what are you gonna do with your time now?
  219. >As you’re about to eat another spoonful a knock at your door draws your attention
  220. “Just a minute, I’ll be right there”
  221. >Getting up you drop your spoon back in the bowl
  222. >Opening the door, you’re wondering who it could be at this hour when
  223. “ANON?”
  224.  
  225. >Be Anonymous
  226. >And you think you’re going to go deaf from how loud Brilliant yelled your name
  227. “Hey, Brilliant. We’ve talked about this, just because I’m tall doesn’t mean I can’t hear you.
  228. >”Oh… sorry Anon, I was just surprised to see you at this hour.”
  229. “That’s all right Brilliant, just remember next time.”
  230. >Brilliant giggles
  231. >Fuck that’s cute
  232. >Wait Anon, remember why you’re here
  233. “Hey Brilliant, I was at the Castle today and were you in charge of watching Flurry today?”
  234. >Her demeanor instantly shifts
  235. >”O-oh, uh yeah I thought you recognized me”
  236. >Things are getting kind of akward, man this is gonna be hard
  237.  “Hey Brilliant, you mind if I come in?”
  238. >”Oh, sure thing Anon. Make yourself at home.”
  239. >Stepping inside you take stock of Brilliant’s room
  240. >Yup, just like you remember it
  241. >Minimal furniture: A couch, a table, and a bookshelf.
  242. >On the left there’s a little kitchen den, and on the right a door that presumably leads to her bedroom
  243. >You say presumably, because you’ve never been in there
  244. >Brilliant walks over to her couch and sits            
  245. >She gestures for you to sit next to her, which you do
  246. “Brilliant, this is going to be tough to say so I’m just gonna ask. Why did you tell Cadence that I’m Flurry’s father?”
  247. >”But Anon, aren’t you her father? After all you’re with her so often, and I saw cursive in her room. You’re the only one I know who can write cursive.”
  248. >God damn this is making you uncomfortable
  249. “Brilliant, I’m going to say this only once, so pay attention.”
  250. >Brilliant turns to you gazing intensely
  251. >Fuck it good enough
  252. “Brilliant, I. AM. NOT. FLURRY’S. FATHER. Just because I spend a lot of time with her doesn’t mean I’m Flurry’s father. I’m just her sitter, okay?
  253. >”Oh… okay Anon. Sorry I made trouble for you.”
  254. >Her ears droop and you feel like shit
  255. >You knew this was gonna be hard but it’s for the best
  256. >”Hey Anon, I know I made trouble for you but… I lost my job today… could you maybe stay a bit?”
  257. >Lost her job? She’s on one week leave. She’s basically on a forced vacation.
  258. >Still by the standards of this world that might be much more vicious of a punishment
  259. “Sure Brilliant, I can stay for a bit.”
  260. >Brilliant nods sadly and goes back to eating her… is that ravioli?
  261. >As you sit on her couch you begin to absentmindedly pet Brilliant
  262. >As tough as Crystal ponies are, they’re surprisingly pleasant to pet
  263. >Brilliant finishes up her ravioli and begins to does off
  264. >She curls up on your lap and starts to sleep
  265. >Fuck you really don’t want to wake her up but you’ve got to get her to bed
  266. >You look down at the pony napping on your lap… Maybe just a few more minutes
  267.  
  268.  
  269. >Be secretary Anon
  270. >And you are fucked
  271. >Seriously Mayor Mccheese got into a huge scandal regarding Birdie and a certain golf game
  272. >And now, because you’re his secretary, people think you were in on the whole thing too
  273. >You have to find any record you can about this, anything at all
  274. >If you didn’t come out and show how against this you were, you could kiss your political career goodbye
  275. >You’re rummaging through your desk when someone enters your office
  276. >you quickly look up to try and see if you can pretend you’re not here
  277. >Strange she looks familiar… wait
  278. “Princess Luna?”
  279. >The princess of the night smiles at you
  280. >”Indeed Anonymous, we are flattered thou has not forgotten us.”
  281. >You calm down a bit
  282. >Given that Princess Luna is here it can only really mean one thing
  283. “I guess I’m dreaming aren’t I.”
  284. >Princess Luna smiles and the scene around you fades leaving you both in an empty void
  285. >Knowing that you are dreaming you conjure up a couple of chairs offering one to Luna
  286. >She graciously accepts the offer and you both sit
  287. “So, any particular reason you came here tonight?”
  288. >”Of course not Anonymous, I simply wished to see you, after all we see each other so rarely these days.”
  289. “Uh-huh, you do know we just saw each other today right”
  290. >Luna seems taken aback by your words
  291. >”Doth thou truly despise my presence so?”
  292. >You know Luna is only joking, but still, guilt tripping?
  293. “Come on Princess, you and I both know dream walking takes a lot out of you. You wouldn’t come if you didn’t have a good reason.”
  294. >Luna looks at you like she’s genuinely hurt
  295. >Okay maybe you took it a little far
  296. >”Is talking with us truly so terrible”
  297. “Come on, I didn’t mean it like that. If you just want to talk, that’s fine. What did you want to talk about?”
  298. >She looks a little tired, and sighs.
  299. >”Anonymous, we wish to ask you a… personal question.”
  300. >A personal question? If one of the highest powers in the world is asking you something personal, it’s gotta be serious.
  301. “What’s up Luna?”
  302. >She pauses for a second before leaning in
  303. >”Anonymous… what was your previous life like?”
  304. >Was Luna serious, your world?
  305. >To be honest it had been a while since you had thought about your previous life.
  306. >Twilight had been pestering you since you first arrived in Ponyville but after seeing just how kid friendly this place was, you knew better than to ruin it by telling her just how fucked up Earth is
  307. >You look at Luna. Maybe she could handle it? After all she’s almost as old as Celestia, so she should be able to handle a story more graphic than Cinderella.
  308. “To be honest Princess there isn’t much to tell. I lived day to day, working at my job, hanging out with the few friends I had, just trying to keep my head down while the world kept on spinning.”
  309. >You pause to gauge Luna’s reaction but so far she seems to be invested. So you continue.
  310. “My job wasn’t anything special either. I worked at a bowling alley. I fixed the machines mostly, but also helped the porters clean up every now and again before the leagues, or a big party came in. After words a couple co-workers would invite me to get drunk.”
  311. >You felt something wet roll down your cheek. Are- are you crying?
  312. >Can you even cry in a dream?  
  313. >You look to Luna who seems a little shocked at a rare display of sadness from you
  314. “Sorry, sorry… gimme a sec here.”
  315. >”We are the ones who should apologize Anonymous, we did not wish to make you relive bad memories.”
  316. “No… no these aren’t bad; I just… didn’t… realize how much I missed my old life.”
  317. >You wipe away some of your tears and take a couple breathes before continuing
  318. “I wasn’t really in contact with my family anymore, we were too far apart for a visit and my parents were too busy for a call.”
  319. >”Enough Anonymous we have heard enough.”
  320. >You look up to Luna who’s crying now.
  321. “Everything alright Princess? Do you need a minute?”
  322. >”Anonymous, *sniff*, we are… so sorry to hear you could not be with your family. Did you even get to say goodbye.”
  323. >Shit probably shouldn’t mention family to the goddess who was banished by her sister
  324. >What’s the best move here? Should you lie…?
  325. >Fuck it, no use in lying
  326. “*Sigh* no princess I didn’t get to say goodbye to my family, we actually parted on somewhat of a sour note.”
  327. >You turn away from Luna before you feel her hooves wrap around you
  328. >She softly sobs into your shirt as you see the dream fading before you
  329. >Probably wasn’t a good idea to tell her all this
  330. >Guess even Luna isn’t that mature
  331. >You pat her back
  332. “Luna, it’s time for me to wake up.”
  333. >She rises from your shirt and clears her throat
  334. >”Very well Anonymous, should thou ever need a shoulder to cry on we shall be here.”
  335. >She gives you a weak smile
  336. >Yeah no, if you ever tell her about the rest of your life she’d need your shoulder
  337. “Sure Luna, I’ll keep it in mind.”
  338. >”Promise?”
  339. >You smile
  340. “Promise.”
  341. >And with that your vision fades to white as your eyes open
  342.  
  343.  
  344. >Be Princess Luna, Goddess of the Night
  345. >You are very worried
  346. >Anonymous’ story hit you harder than you thought
  347. >But that should have been obvious since it made even Anonymous weep
  348. >From the criminally small time you have spent with Anonymous, not once have you seen him show sadness
  349. >Once you witnessed as he was mortally wounded by a clumsy guard
  350. >You were certain that was the end for him
  351. >Yet he got back up and attended to the guard
  352. >Yet when he recalled his home, he wept
  353. >He claimed it was in reverence, yet…
  354. >His family, when he recalled them you sensed a shift in his mood
  355. >Something is wrong with him and he needs help
  356. >You hope your sister shall agree to let you take more action
  357. >If he is to ascend, he must be protected from this
  358. >You shall be the one to protect him
  359. >You must
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