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Dashie's Snowpony Expedition

By Solaceon
Created: 13th October 2021 04:04:04 AM
20th October 2021 08:24:40 AM

  1. Chapter One: The Great Dash Plains
  2.  
  3. >It's been a few hours since Rainbow Dash decided to carry on without Anon.
  4. >She may have been a little impulsive, but being the fastest pony in Equestria, she was convinced she could easily cover the whole tundra and find the snowponies quickly.
  5. >Anon was going way too slow on his weird snowmachine thing anyways, she could travel 10 times faster with one wing tied behind her back.
  6. >It was better for him to stay put while she went on ahead, he needed the rest.
  7. >"It's not like it's gonna take long to find these snowponies anyways," she thought.
  8. >But now, after flying for what seemed like an eternity and staring at an unmoving landscape for a while, she began to regret her rash decision.
  9. >While she hated going so slow on the snowmobile, she did enjoy Anon's company, he had a drive for adventure few ponies had.
  10. >Now, she was completely alone, the icy plains of the tundra completely devoid of any signs of life.
  11. >It was completely silent, not even the wind was blowing.
  12. >All that could be heard was the sound of Dash's heartbeat, which slowly grew louder as the reality of her situation slowly set in.
  13. >She'd been flying for so long, she wasn't sure how far she actually was from the makeshift base Anon had made for her.
  14. >Or what direction it was in...
  15. >...
  16. >She'd only looked around for a bit to try and find some kind of difference in her surroundings, but it immediately dawned on her that it all looked the same no matter where she looked.
  17. >Now, she had no idea where she'd been flying from, or what direction she was heading.
  18. >"Okay, no need to panic, I'll just keep going in a straight line until I reach something, easy!"
  19. >It made sense, right?
  20. >She had to come across something eventually, it's not like the snow plains went on forever, they had to end at some point.
  21. >Sure, nopony had ever explored this far beyond Mount Everhoof, or even given these plains a name, but there's no way this place could be THAT big.
  22. >Or maybe she'll find the base again.
  23. >The point is, as long as she keeps going, something is going to show up, she knows it.
  24. >Whether it's the snowponies or the base, something will show up.
  25. >It's all she can hope for at this point, that she'll come across something, anything.
  26. >As long as she keeps going...
  27.  
  28. >It has been several hours since Rainbow Dash lost her way, and the sun has begun to set.
  29. >The gradual descent of the sun was the only change she saw since her solo journey began.
  30. >Exhausted, Dash decides to land and give her wings a break.
  31. >The snow was incredibly soft and cool to the touch, but thankfully not unbearably cold.
  32. >The tundra's surface appeared to have never been so much as grazed up until now.
  33. >For all she knew, she may have been the first pony to ever set hoof on these snowy plains.
  34. >Sure, that's a pretty cool discovery, but that doesn't mean much with nopony around to brag to.
  35. >...
  36. >The eerie silence still isn't any easier to deal with.
  37. >She figures she might as well try and fill the noiseless void.
  38. >"*sigh* "I hope Anon made it back safe."
  39. >"I really thought he'd last longer than a few hours, but I guess not everypony is as tough as me."
  40. >"Still, it would have been nice if he tried a LITTLE harder to tough it out."
  41. >"It's not like I'm scared of being all alone, it's just pretty boring, is all."
  42. >"I mean, it's not so bad out here, look at aaaaaall this space to fly around in!"
  43. >She stretches out her forearms as wide as she can to demonstrate.
  44. >"Yeah... all this big, empty space, all to myself."
  45. >...
  46. >"Uh, I should give this place a name to, y'know, honor my discovery."
  47. >"Something like, "Dash's Snowland," or maybe "The Great Dash Plains!"
  48. >"Haha, yeah that's a good one."
  49. >"I can't wait to tell everypony about this place, Anon is so gonna regret not sticking around to help me name it."
  50. >"Not like I need help coming up with cool names, or coming up with anything cool."
  51. >Feeling a bit more at ease after concocting such a brilliant name, Dash lays on her back, hooves behind her head, to admire the sky's fantastic new array of colors.
  52. >"At least the sky still looks awesome here."
  53. >It was an an impressive sight, the fiery reds and yellows beautifully illuminated the sky and made it seem full of life.
  54. >Finally feeling relaxed, Dash contently stares at the sky, pondering what the mysterious snowponies they'd originally come to find must be like, and reminiscing back to how she ended up in the Great Dash Plains.
  55. >She didn't ask Princess Celestia when she first tasked Anon and Dash to find the snowponies, because she wanted to find out for herself what they were.
  56. >Not that she would have obtained much information, Celestia was almost completely in the dark as well.
  57.  
  58. >It was Anon who first inquired about the possibility of ponies existing beyond Mount Everhoof, something about an idea he'd heard in a dream.
  59. >Thanks to Twilight's connection with the princess and her own curiosity on the subject, the matter was brought to Celestia, who shared information regarding rumors of a tribe of Earth Ponies who were isolated from the others of their kind long ago, in the age of the Windigoes.
  60. >Seeing as how this would imply they were separated before even Equestria's creation, it was unsurprising Celestia wouldn't know much on the subject, supposedly the divide occurred hundreds of years before she and Princess Luna were even born.
  61. >Nopony was certain, however.
  62. >The only implication of any existence of this tribe was in a journal kept by Clover the Clever, who was informed by a fellow assistant dignitary pony by the name of Smart Cookie that some ponies from their tribe had decided to journey elsewhere, as they lacked confidence in their leader Chancellor Puddinghead's authority to lead.
  63. >Though it wasn't stated in the journal, it was implied the group that broke off headed north, toward the Crystal Mountains and possibly over Mount Everhoof.
  64. >Filled with newfound curiosity, Princess Celestia asked Anon if he wanted to journey to Equestria's most remote location, the frozen landscape beyond the Crystal Mountains.
  65. >Anon eagerly accepted undergoing the journey, and asked for Rainbow Dash to join him on the quest.
  66. >Celestia agreed with Anon's choice, as it made the most logical sense.
  67. >Rainbow Dash was the fastest pony in Equestria, could withstand the chilling temperatures thanks to her wings, and could fly for extended periods of time, not to mention the current wielder of the Element of Loyalty.
  68. >She was also the only one available, as the others were on a separate friendship mission, and Twilight had royal business with some visiting dignitaries, much to her dismay.
  69. >Shortly after, Rainbow Dash was summoned to Canterlot Castle, and briefed on the task given by Celestia.
  70. >Dash didn't care for the specifics, an epic adventure to find something new doesn't happen all the time, after all.
  71. >Though as an Element of Harmony, fun filled adventures discovering something new were par for the course.
  72. >This time, however, it would be a journey to an area unknown to recorded history, so the possibilities seemed endless.
  73. >With the princess's blessing and plenty of supplies, Anon and Dash had begun their journey into the mysterious north.
  74.  
  75. >Nighttime has arrived, and with it an unnerving darkness Dash was unused to seeing.
  76. >The stars are few and far between, and the bright white color of the snow has turned to an ominous black.
  77. >Even the moon is nowhere to be seen, just Dash's luck Luna didn't feel like raising the moon tonight.
  78. >With no cloud in sight, Dash has little option but to stay grounded for the night.
  79. >Thankfully, her wings serve as excellent insulators, so freezing in her sleep isn't a concern.
  80. >The issue plaguing her mind now is how to fall asleep.
  81. >Normally the challenge was keeping herself awake, but in light of her current situation, her lack of sleep was understandable.
  82. >"I can't believe I'm still out here all by myself."
  83. >"No supplies, no company, and no idea where I am."
  84. >"Anon has gotta be home by now, and told everypony what happened."
  85. >"I hope they aren't too worried about me..."
  86. >Dash shakes her head.
  87. >"Nah, they know me, I've been in worse spots and gotten out fine."
  88. >"They know I can handle anything, so they really shouldn't be worried at all."
  89. >"Even though I know they'll worry anyways..."
  90. >Dash sighs heavily, and closes her eyes.
  91. >"I wish I was home..."
  92. >A brief flicker of light suddenly catches her eye.
  93. >Dash instinctively rises up, alert and ready to engage a possible threat.
  94. >Quickly scanning the environment, nothing appeared out of the ordinary.
  95. >The landscape was still dark and foreboding, with no indication of any change.
  96. >"I could have sworn I saw a light just now..."
  97. >Was that just her mind playing tricks on her?
  98. >She sits down, scratching her head at what she may or may not have seen.
  99. >Suddenly, a green light began to form in the sky.
  100. >"Whoa... I'm NOT seeing things..."
  101. >The sky was soon flooded with numerous beautiful colors, green, blue, and even pink!
  102. >What's more, the lights were actually moving!
  103. >The mesmerizing motions captivated Dash, who couldn't believe what she was witnessing.
  104. >Something in her mind clicked when the lights began to fill the sky.
  105. >That's right, Twilight had mentioned this phenomenon before once, when everypony was traveling to the Crystal Empire.
  106. >She was explaining a rare and beautiful sight that only happened at the northernmost points in Equestria.
  107. >Dash had tuned out most of Twilight's explanation as to how the lights formed, but she at least recalled the name.
  108. >Aurora Borealis, or as she later found out, the Northern Lights.
  109. >They truly were a sight to behold.
  110. >Her fears slowly dissipated as she found herself staring at the lights for a while.
  111. >Something about the mystical scene inspired hope within her, hope that she would be alright.
  112. >It could have been a message from the princess, who knows?
  113. >That was probably what Twilight was saying before, that Luna creates the lights instead of rising the moon here.
  114. >Filled with resolve and reassuring herself of success, she's finally able to fall asleep to rest up for the journey.
  115. >No matter what, she would find the snowponies tomorrow, nothing would stop her.
  116.  
  117. >Be Rainbow Dash
  118. >Morning has arrived, and with it a sudden flood of light.
  119. >Barely opening your eyes, the snow's bright white color is blinding.
  120. >Your eyes slowly adjust, gradually opening in the hope of seeing something new.
  121. >Sadly, it's the same sight as before, big empty blue sky, shining sun, and tons of snow.
  122. >Funny how the night looked more alive than this, thanks to the aurora.
  123. >Your belly begins to rumble, the sound startles you a bit.
  124. >It's been a whole day since you've gotten something to eat, it's a little worrying.
  125. >There was no need to worry about thirst, since you could melt the snow to drink it, but no food means no energy.
  126. >Well, not much to do but keep going, right?
  127. >At least you marked what direction you were heading in the snow this time, so you won't end up wasting time flying Celestia knows where.
  128. >As you get up, you realize you're a bit wobbly on your hooves.
  129. >Even though you managed to sleep after the watching the lights, you likely didn't get the full eight hours of sleep you needed.
  130. >You feel pretty tired, but it's not like you can sleep again with how bright it is now.
  131. >Might as well tough it out and get started flying.
  132. >Alright, ready for takeoff in 3, 2-
  133. >"Excuse me, are you alright?"
  134. >What in the flying buck?!
  135. >The shock of hearing another voice makes you instinctively fly up into the sky.
  136. >Turning around, you look at the last thing you expected to see.
  137.  
  138. >It's a filly, a really fluffy filly at that.
  139. >All the way out here? This can mean only one thing...
  140. >You've done it, you found a snowpony!
  141. >Or rather, looks like she found you.
  142. >Somehow you didn't sense her right behind you, how did she not make a sound moving in the snow?
  143. >Your heart beats rapidly, you never expected to find one this suddenly.
  144. >It's a bit of a struggle to come up with anything to say.
  145. >Eventually, the filly breaks the silence.
  146. >"My name is Meadow Frost, it's a pleasure to meet you."
  147. >She spoke in a calm, rather mature tone.
  148. >Since it was coming from a cute, fluffy filly, it was adorably precocious.
  149. >Surprisingly, she wasn't cautious of you in the slightest.
  150. >Might as well introduce yourself, she's the first pony you've seen since getting lost out here.
  151. >You slowly descend back to the ground.
  152. "I'm Rainbow Dash, the fastest flier in Equestria!"
  153. >Always need to make a strong first impression, no matter the circumstances.
  154. >"Equestria? I've never heard of it, is it far from here?"
  155. >Guess what they said about these ponies separating from the others long before Celestia's rule was true.
  156. >You could explain how this is technically Equestria, but it would probably lead to a whole lot of confusion.
  157. "Yeah, you could say that, I've come a pretty long way to get here."
  158. "So hey, what are you doing out here all by yourself? Are you lost?"
  159. >Meadow puffs up her cheeks.
  160. >"N-no! I made it here all on my own-"
  161. >She stops herself and takes a deep breath.
  162. >"I mean, I've been tasked to gather supplies for our village, I simply went on ahead of the others."
  163. >Aww, she kinda reminds you of yourself as a filly, headstrong and determined to prove herself.
  164. >If she's anything like you used to be, then...
  165. "That's pretty impressive for a filly your age."
  166. >"Hey, don't think I can't handle myself just because I'm young!"
  167. >She pouts fiercely, trying her hardest to glare at you.
  168. >You can't help but smile at the resemblance to your past self.
  169. >Best save the teasing for later, though.
  170. "Heh, sorry about that, so how's the gathering going?"
  171. >"It's going just fine. I'm already done gathering, actually, I just came here to do some exploring."
  172. >She must have left her supplies somewhere else, since there's nothing else in sight and she doesn't have anything on her.
  173. >"What about you? You're definitely not from around here, how did you get here?
  174.  
  175. "I flew for a reeeeaaaally long time, pretty much the whole day yesterday."
  176. "I actually came with a friend of mine, but he had to head back home."
  177. >"So you've been alone this whole time? Weren't you scared?"
  178. >Terrified, actually, but she doesn't need to know that.
  179. "Of course not! I can handle anything, even on my own."
  180. >Meadow nodded her head.
  181. >"We have that much in common then, I'm used to being on my own as well."
  182. "You are? Don't you have anypony looking after you?"
  183. >"There's no need, I'm perfectly capable of fending for myself, even here in the Southern Reaches."
  184. >That's what this place is called? The Great Dash Plains is a WAY better name.
  185. >"It's an important responsibility for all villagers to do their part in ensuring the survival of our village."
  186. >"From a young age, we're taught that only by working together can we succeed."
  187. >Meadow proudly puffs up her chest and stomps her hooves, almost like she's imitating somepony in particular.
  188. >"Every pony has a role to play, and my task is apprenticing under my older sister, Tundra Tracker, our village's main gatherer."
  189. >Her eyes are shimmering, she must really look up to her sister.
  190. >"Tundra is the strongest, most resilient pony I know, she's always on the move, looking out for our home."
  191. >"She's also one of the few ponies who can handle trekking through the blizzards that divide our village and our sister tribes further north."
  192. >Sounds like there's far more snowponies than anypony could have expected.
  193. >To think they'd gone unnoticed for so long without being discovered.
  194. >"In fact, she started on a journey not too long ago, with a small group to meet with the village of Snowpitt, our closest neighbor."
  195.  
  196. "I getcha, so she hasn't been around lately then, huh?"
  197. >"She's been gone for a while, but we received a letter saying she would be coming home soon."
  198. >"In fact, she was supposed to be coming back home today, I wanted to find something to surprise her with."
  199. "So that's why you're out here exploring then?"
  200. >"That's right, the south is unknown to all of us, even Tundra, so I was hoping to find something unique to bring back."
  201. "Looks like you lucked out then, kid, cause you found the most unique pony ever!"
  202. >"Hey, you're right, you are pretty unique! I've definitely never seen a pony with wings before, or with such bright colors."
  203. "Well, my wings and my color aren't so uncommon back where I'm from, but what is unique is my speed!"
  204. >"Oh yeah, you said you were the fastest flier in Equestria, right?"
  205. "That's right, I'm kind of a natural when it comes to going fast."
  206. >"That's pretty neat, I could use some practice when it comes to searching quickly, it took me a while to get here."
  207. "I'd be happy to give you some pointers, flying is my specialty but I'm a pretty good runner, too."
  208. >*grumble*
  209. "But first, I'd really like something to eat, I haven't eaten in days."
  210. >"Oh, that's no problem, I've got some food stored away not too far from here, I'd be glad to share with you."
  211. >Oh thank Celestia, it's only been a day but I feel like I haven't eaten in years!
  212. "That'd be great!"
  213. >"Alright, we'd better get going then, the sun won't last too much longer."
  214. >...I thought it was morning and the sun was still rising.
  215. >Guess I really am a heavy sleeper.
  216.  
  217.  
  218. >"So you were just flying non-stop the whole day?"
  219. "Yeah, I figured I'd hit something eventually, so I just kept going until I tired out."
  220. >"I suppose to somepony not used to seeing the landscape, it can all look the same."
  221. "How could it not, just look around here! It's all just bright untouched snow everywhere you look!
  222. >"I can understand that, but there are always subtle differences in the snow and the air, no two places are ever exactly the same."
  223. >"That's what Tundra always told me, anyways."
  224. "So what makes this place look any different from where we met up?"
  225. >She cocks an eyebrow.
  226. >"You mean apart from the hoofprints I made earlier that we're following?"
  227. "Oh, uh, y-yeah..."
  228. >That was kinda silly of me not to notice.
  229. >Guess I'm still a little distracted, it's just nice having somepony to talk to again.
  230. >"Aside from my hoofprints, I can't blame you for not noticing anything different in the area."
  231. >"When you can't distinguish using your eyes, you have to rely on other factors to help get your bearings."
  232. >"For example, here the snow's texture is different, have you noticed you've been leaving deeper hoofprints?" ​
  233. >Am I? Let's see...
  234. >Hey, she's right, looking at my hoofprints from before, they aren't as deep as the ones I'm leaving now.
  235. >"The air here is also chillier, I'm guessing it's going to start snowing pretty soon."
  236. >"We're getting close though, so we should be fine."
  237. >It's such a huge relief not feeling lost anymore, or being alone.
  238. >Yesterday was pretty stressful, I don't know if I would have made it if Meadow didn't find me out here.
  239. >She's pretty capable for a young filly, but it's still really odd that she's even out here all by herself.
  240. >You'd think somepony would be out here with her, y'know, just in case.
  241. "Hey, how long have you been out here, anyway?"
  242. >"I left the village two days ago, it was only supposed to be a quick exploration, but I really wanted to see how far I could go."
  243. "So we're pretty far from your home then, huh?"
  244. >"I guess you could say that, but I'm not worried, I know how to get back."
  245. >I bet 20 bits I know how she'll react to my next questions.
  246. "Does anypony know you're even out here?"
  247. >She freezes up a bit.
  248. >"Um, they know I went out exploring, I made sure to tell the elder at least before I left."
  249. "Did you tell the elder you would be gone for more than a day?"
  250. >She stops walking, and looks down at her hooves.
  251. >"I... might have failed to mention it."
  252. >Classic filly behavior, she's probably gonna get the scolding of her life when she gets back.
  253. >"I guess I might have gotten a bit carried away with exploring, I really didn't plan to come this far."
  254. >She sits down, her face is riddled with guilt.
  255. "Hey, I've been there, I totally get it."
  256. >And I really do, if any of the others were in my place, they would have started scolding her for being so reckless.
  257. >But it's just a natural thing to do, wanting to go out and find new things, we don't always think these things through.
  258. >"You get it?"
  259. >Aww, she looks so guilty, and I'm not even scolding her.
  260. "Sure I do, sometimes you just have to answer the call to adventure, that feeling of inspiration to want to make your mark on the world."
  261. >"Wow, you really do understand what I was feeling."
  262. "Sure do, and I can tell you from experience your family won't be happy to hear you've been wandering by yourself for days."
  263. >That's one impressive sigh she just let loose, hope they won't be too hard on you kid.
  264.  
  265. >"Tundra is probably back home by now, I'm sure she'll be really upset once she finds out I've been gone."
  266. "She's your big sister, it's only natural she'd be worried, don't ya think?"
  267. >"Well sure, I understand that, but I'm more than capable of trekking on my own, I did make it all the way here, after all."
  268. >Meadow's got a point, she's not some helpless filly, she knows what she's doing.
  269. >I doubt Tundra's first thought will be how impressive that is, though.
  270. "Hey I hear ya, you've got the guts to take on a risk, and clearly the skill to be successful. "
  271. >She's jumping up and down in pure joy, nice to see her pep back.
  272. >"You understand me perfectly! If only the others could see it that way as well."
  273. "That being said, I can't fault them for being worried you might be trying to take on a lot on your own." ​
  274. >"But I have to! For years now we've had few ponies capable of embarking on the long expeditions to the north."
  275. >"Tundra has nearly always been the one who has to leave the village when we run out of supplies, she never gets to rest."
  276. >"She may be the most resilient pony in our village, but she's only one pony, and she's nearly always off on expeditions."
  277. >"The other ponies capable of enduring the journey can't navigate very well, the blizzards make it near impossible to see anything."
  278. "Are blizzards common around your village?"
  279. >"Yes, it makes it difficult to leave our home, but when I once traveled with an expedition led by my sister to Snowpitt, I was able to see pretty well through the snow, which surprised the rest of the ponies."
  280. "Sounds like you've got a real talent then, just like your sister."
  281. >"You really think so? Thank you, that means a lot."
  282. >"It's more than just wanting to prove myself though."
  283. >She looks toward the horizon.
  284. >"I want the village to be able to rely on somepony else for a change."
  285. >She's got a pretty determined look in her eyes now, she's serious about this.
  286. >"Our village is very small compared to the other tribes, we don't have many ponies capable of exploring the land."
  287.  
  288. >"Also, a lot of the ponies in our village are newborn foals, and they can't really help with gathering food."
  289. >"Since they're so young, the adult ponies can't forage too far from home because the foals need to be looked after."
  290. "What about the expedition groups? They've gotta be bringing back a lot of food with them, right?"
  291. >"There's only one real expedition group, and they can only bring back so much with them."
  292. "Oh..."
  293. >" It hasn't been easy, and it would be even worse if we didn't have Snowpitt to help."
  294. "That's the village closest to you guys, right?"
  295. >"That's the one. We're very fortunate they're so willing to help us, even when we aren't able to offer much to trade."
  296. "That's pretty cool of them, the villages are pretty tight with each other, huh?"
  297. >"Yes, if it weren't for Snowpitt, our village certainly wouldn't last, and since most ponies can't cross through the blizzards to go elsewhere..."
  298. "Yeah, I get the picture."
  299. >Wow, I had no idea.
  300. >It's really a world of survival out here, to think any part of Equestria could be this rough...
  301. >"We're doing okay for now, but the thought of running out of food is something everypony has on their minds."
  302. >"With more mouths to feed than ponies able to feed them, our supplies keep shrinking every day."
  303. "Isn't there anywhere close by to get supplies while the expedition crew is out?"
  304. >"Our home isn't as abundant in resources compared to the tribes by the rivers or the mountains, the plains don't provide very much."
  305. "I guess that's not surprising, I haven't seen much of anything out here myself."
  306. >"The snow hides a few things we can make use of, but out here there's very little to find, it's why we aren't advised to come this far south."
  307. >"I came anyways to practice foraging, there really isn't much but I was able to find some plants before I came in too deep, I've got them back at my base."
  308. >What a trooper, I can't imagine being just a filly and having this much to worry about.
  309. >These snowponies are something else, being able to survive out here like they do.
  310. >"Anyways, I'm sorry to bother you with all this, I'm not sure what came over me."
  311. "No worries Meadow, it's good to express how you feel about things, sometimes you just need to get your thoughts out in the open."
  312. >"Really? I usually just keep my thoughts to myself, but I guess it did feel pretty good to have somepony hear how I was feeling."
  313. "I'm glad to hear it, if you ever wanna share anything else, feel free. I'm always ready to lend an ear to a friend."
  314. >Her adorable smile is back, I just can't resist giving her a hug.
  315. >"Thanks a lot, Rainbow. Oh, we're almost at my hideout, I really hope you like what I've got!"
  316.  
  317. >"Finally, we've made it."
  318. "We have? But... there's nothing here."
  319. >It's still just a whole bunch of snow, anywhere you look.
  320. >"Looks like I did I pretty good job then."
  321. >What is she-
  322. >"I'll just be a minute, I need to clear the snow away."
  323. >"Ah, so your hideout's underground."
  324. >"That's right, the weather can get pretty fierce, so we build bunkers underground to hide in when things get bad."
  325. >...
  326. >Deep underground, looks like. This could take a while, I'd better step in.
  327. "Let me give you a hoof, squirt."
  328. >"Thanks, I guess I dug it in deeper than I thought." ​
  329. >I've been wondering, what kind of food even grows out here?
  330. >I haven't seen a single plant since I arrived, not even any grass.
  331. >Just how do ponies survive out here?
  332. >"Okay, one final layer, aaaand..."
  333. >It's a giant room, hard to believe this was hidden under what looked like a perfect layer of snow.
  334. "Whoa, you really dug this cave on your own?"
  335. >"Sure did, I had to make sure it was deep enough to hide in, and had enough room to store my supplies."
  336. "You were planning to be out here for a while, huh?"
  337. >It's almost full to the brim in there, I can't tell what's what but looks like the only thing it's lacking is space.
  338. >"I MIGHT have overpacked a bit for what was supposed to be a short trip."
  339. >How'd she even haul all this out here? Guess she's way stronger than she looks.
  340. >"Well come on in, and make yourself at home."
  341.  
  342. >It's actually pretty cozy in here, nowhere near as cold as I expected it to be.
  343. >"There we go, found the berries."
  344. >I've never seen berries like these before, they're kinda beautiful.
  345. >"This is one of my favorite foods, they're called cloudberries."
  346. >It's got a really nice orange color, and a killer name to boot.
  347. >"Go ahead, help yourself."
  348. >Don't mind if I do.
  349. >*munch*
  350. "Yum, these are real tasty!"
  351. >"Great, I've only got a few though, I'll get the fish out to complete the meal."
  352. "Sounds good, I can't wait."
  353. >I'm starving, I'll eat anything, even-
  354. "Uh, hold on a sec, did you say fish?"
  355. "Yep, I'm guessing you don't have any back home?"
  356. "As in the animal that swims around in water?"
  357. >"Oh, so you do have fish back in Equestria, that's good."
  358. >"I'm sure you find it surprising that I have some with me, but Snowpitt has large rivers nearby where there's plenty of fish, and they're all too happy to share with us."
  359. >It's surprising alright, surprisingly WEIRD that ponies here eat fish!
  360. "The thing is, we do have plenty of fish in Equestria, but we don't actually eat them."
  361. >That caught her attention, she's looking right at me in disbelief.
  362. >"You have fish but don't eat them? Are you serious?"
  363. "Fish aren't really considered food there, at least not for ponies."
  364. >"That's unbelievable, fish are integral to our survival, everypony depends on fish to get us through the winters when we don't have many plants available."
  365. "I've never thought of fish as something you can eat, but what the hey, I'm up for trying anything once."
  366. >"Oh good, because there's plenty right here, one delicious fish lunch coming right up!"
  367. >I know I just said I'd try it, but I'm not seriously going to, am I?
  368. >No, that's crazy talk, fish aren't for eating.
  369. >I mean sure, other creatures eat them, but...
  370. >"If you've still got doubts, you don't have to eat it if you don't want to, I think there's enough berries to last until we get home."
  371. "No it's cool, I'm... I'm fine. I can eat it, no sweat!"
  372. >"How about I cook it? Maybe it'll look more appetizing that way."
  373. >She's digging around for something else now, does she actually have something to start a fire?
  374. >"Some ponies enjoy eating the fish raw, but personally I like cooking them."
  375. >"That's why I brought this bow and some kindling with me."
  376. >She's no slouch when it comes to her preparations, that's for sure.
  377. >"A friend of mine who's really good at starting fires taught me how to best cook them, it's all about timing."
  378. >Ugh, I know she's eager about this but I'm still uneasy about actually eating a fish.
  379. >"Okay, let's head back out now, I'm pretty hungry now too, the sooner I cook them the sooner we can eat."

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