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Fall Weather Fiends

By PrincestFag
Created: 8th March 2022 12:57:15 AM
8th March 2022 11:34:55 PM

  1. >Remember "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic"?
  2. >It was a cultural phenomenon, surprisingly. Who knew that such a childish cartoon could receive the love and admiration of thousands of 20 somethings?
  3. >It was a crazy time. I remember having a "brony" phase myself. Those colorful equines brought me so much joy a few years back.
  4. >My favorite pony was always Applejack. I loved her countryisms and hardworking values.
  5. >Sadly, as all fads do, it came and went. The cheerful songs and wholesome plots soon became a distant memory for me.
  6. >However, something as big as MLP once was can never truly stay buried, at least not for everyone.
  7. >I was walking home from my menial job, bagging groceries at the local supermarket. I never was an overachiever, and it puts food on the table.
  8. >About a block away from my house, I noticed one of my distant neighbors was having a yard sale.
  9. >Strangely, I've walked past this house countless times and I've never noticed any signs of life coming from it.
  10. >A frail looking lady, at least in her 70s, was rocking back and forth on a chair on the porch.
  11. >Curiously, I decided to see what was for sale. Maybe I'd find some neat antiques of yesterday, begging to be resold for a markup.
  12. >I asked her if I could comb through the boxes of merchandise she had for display. She of course said yes.
  13. >She was a sweet old thing, offering me a cup of tea and some cookies. I politely declined, since I recently had lunch.
  14. >I began sorting through the various items in the boxes. Lots of useless looking ceramic knick-knacks and old, dusty toys.
  15. >Nothing seemed to be of any value or interest.
  16. >Just as I was about to leave, I noticed a box full of old video tapes.
  17. >My interest was piqued once more, and I began looking.
  18. >Shrek, Road to El Dorado, The Never Ending Story...
  19. >All signs of a grandson who's since started his own adult life.
  20. >Then, at the very bottom, I noticed a peculiar tape.
  21. >It had no case, just a very hastily placed label that just read:
  22. >Applejack
  23. >I recognized the name of the rural orange pony immediately. For memory's sake, I had to take it home.
  24. >I inquired about the price. Two dollars. Score.
  25. >I gave the old lady two wrinkly 1 dollar bills, thanked her, and went on my way.
  26. >I'm surprised at how excited I was to rewatch the pony show. I guess I needed some wholesome joy to spice up the repetition of my day to day life.
  27. >Soon enough, I was at home and ready to dust off my old VHS player.
  28. >I tossed some popcorn in the microwave, grabbed the bag, and planted my ass down to begin watching.
  29. >The episode began as normal. Rainbow Dash and Applejack were playing horseshoes, followed by some playful bickering.
  30. >Fall Weather Friends! I remember loving this one.
  31. >Giggling like a little girl, the intro began to play.
  32. >My Little Pony....My Little Pony...
  33. >Some bronies hated the intro. I always thought it was cute.
  34. >I hummed along to it. I felt silly, but I was enjoying myself.
  35. >Don't you know you're all my very best frieeeends?
  36. >Classic.
  37. >The episode continued playing as normal, Applejack and Rainbow Dash trying to one up each other in various activities.
  38. >I never liked Rainbow Dash's constant bragging, so just like before, I was rooting for Applejack.
  39. >The episode got to its major conflict, the Running of the Leaves.
  40. >Rainbow Dash wasn't allowed to use her wings, and the challenge was a footrace- or should I say, hoofrace, to the end against Applejack.
  41. >The scene changed to Pinkie Pie in a hot air balloon announcing that the race will begin soon.
  42. >I felt stupid at how hyped I was.
  43. >However, at this point, the quality of the VHS began to decline. It was unusually grainy.
  44. >I paid no mind, probably just an old tape.
  45. >The audio quality was going down as well, Pinkie's voice sounded like it was being played through an old radio.
  46. >This kept progressing. At the scene where Twilight Sparkle was talking to the ponies at the starting line, I could barely make out what she was saying.
  47. >The race began. The audio quality was incomprehensible.
  48. >What normally sounded like hooves running across the ground sounded like garbled nonsense. It was almost frightening.
  49. >Applejack and Rainbow Dash were running next to each other, trying to take the lead over the other.
  50. >However, something wasn't right. The scene was looping very poorly, over and over.
  51. >This went on for a few minutes. I was almost ready to take the tape out and continue my day. Must be busted.
  52. >Right as I was about to get up from the couch, something horrified me.
  53. >The incomprehensible noise that was the hoofsteps began to distort even further.
  54. >It almost sounded like...screams?
  55. >I was unsettled, but I continued watching.
  56. >The animation's frame rate was slowing down. It almost looked like a slideshow.
  57. >A reddish filter appeared over the scene. It almost looked like blood splatters.
  58. >The screaming noises became more intense. I could almost make out what looked like the skull of a pony in the background.
  59. >The skull like object became more and more apparent as the loop kept playing. It was covered in what looked like blood.
  60. >The screams were almost deafening. I was about to shit my pants in terror, but I couldn't look away.
  61. >After about 5 minutes of this loop, it cut to Pinkie and Spike in the balloon, playing like normal.
  62. >But that was only for a few seconds.
  63. >Right after Pinkie's joke about fudge, it began to distort once more.
  64. >The stuttering was almost like that of a Youtube Poop.
  65. >Pinkie began convulsing faster.
  66. >The stuttering was so fast that it was giving me a headache.
  67. >Why was I still watching?
  68. >Pinkie's erratic movements then froze and it cut to black.
  69. >Thank god that's over.
  70. >Once again, I moved to remove the tape.
  71. >The moment I got up, as if it was trying to catch me off guard, the black screen flashed into a screencap that I can only describe as "demonic".
  72. >Pinkie's eyes were black voids, with blood dripping down from each socket.
  73. >Spike...his head was on a stake. His eyes and face were covered in tears.
  74. >The horrifying image of Pinkie Pie was looking directly at the screen. Smiling.
  75. >I was shaking. What the fuck did this old lady possess?
  76. >I had to finish it. I couldn't look away.
  77. >Two minutes of Pinkie's horrifying grin passed. It cut back to the loop of Dash and Applejack racing.
  78. >This time, the red filter was way more intense, if you could even call it a filter. It looked like the screen was covered in blood.
  79. >Skulls of ponies littered the racetrack and background. They looked like they were in a perpetual state of terror.
  80. >Applejack's face began distorting. Just like Pinkie, her eyes turned into black holes, and blood was raining from her face.
  81. >Her skin began to peel away, in frightening detail. Her skull was revealed on various parts on her face, and a gruesome smile began to form.
  82. >Still running together, Rainbow Dash's head began to turn to look at her rotting friend. She looked terrified.
  83. >Applejack's face was now facing me, as if it was the world's scariest fourth wall break.
  84. >The smile got even more deranged looking. Whatever was possessing this tape was having fun.
  85. >It cut to black, but only for a split second.
  86. >When the image returned, the screams were eardrum blowing.
  87. >The face of the cheerful, hardworking apple pony was almost completely rotted off.
  88. >Her skull was almost completely exposed. Hyper-realistic blood and brains poured out of her face.
  89. >I couldn't take it anymore, I had to stop.
  90. >Once again, I got up to take the tape out of the player. I was planning on smashing it with a hammer soon after.
  91. >Then, the screaming stopped.
  92. >Somber piano music began playing. It cut to a grainy shot of Applejack's barn, and the camera slowly moved towards the door.
  93. >What came next shook me to my core.
  94. >Rainbow Dash was on the ground, dead. Her wings looked like they had been gnawed off.
  95. >Hanging from the ceiling from a noose was poor Applejack.
  96. >Swaying back and forth in a depressingly realistic manner.
  97. >Words flashed on the screen. "Dead". "Sugarcube." "Why didn't you save her?"
  98. >I popped the tape out and the screen cut to black. I was emotionally scarred from what I just witnessed.
  99. >As I promised to myself, I grabbed a hammer from my toolbox and smashed the tape into pieces.
  100. >I cleaned up the debris and put it in the trash.
  101. >I should have just watched some ponies on the internet instead.
  102. >I spent the rest of the day rewatching non-corrupted pony.
  103. >The pony episodes I watched cheered me up.
  104. >I watched most of season 1, reliving good times.
  105. >Ticket Master, Party of One, all classics. I even watched the actual version of Fall Weather Friends.
  106. >Still holds up.
  107. >I was still emotionally damaged from the horrors from earlier in the day.
  108. >However, I'm a grown man, and tried to put it past me.
  109. >I went to bed and had trouble falling asleep.
  110. >I didn't have good dreams. The tape may be destroyed, but it was still very much alive in my subconscious.
  111. >Horrifying flashes of Applejack hanging on a noose played in my head, over and over.
  112. >I woke up in a cold sweat.
  113. >6am, time for work.
  114. >I got up, made coffee, and threw on my clothes.
  115. >Perhaps the menial tasks of the day would take my mind off of it.
  116. >I grabbed my sack lunch, and walked out the door.
  117. >What I saw next almost made me scream at the top of my lungs.
  118. >A ripe, juicy looking apple was planted right at my doorstep.
  119. >I panicked and threw it as far as I could, right into the street.
  120. >That was 1 week ago. Every morning, I find fresh apples at my doorstep.
  121. >I constantly look over my shoulder in terror.
  122. >The only thing that seems to take my mind off of it at this point is watching more pony.
  123. >However, I make sure to avoid any episodes involving the sweet farmer mare.
  124. >Applejack was my favorite pony, now she's my worst nightmare.

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