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[ANON IN EQUESTRIA] Commando

By Nebulus
Created: 17th December 2020 05:18:27 PM

  1. Originally uploaded to Pastebin: November 29th, 2012
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  4. >Day War is Hell in Equestria
  5. >Wake up in the shower with the shower-curtain covering you clutching a serrated edge knife.
  6. >Stand up and crack your back
  7. >Damn good nap, that was
  8. >But you can't rest for more than 3 hours at a time
  9. >God damn ponies will get you
  10. >Sneak downstairs, watching for booby traps and pitfalls the enemy may have planted
  11. >Nothing
  12. >All good so far
  13. >Stop just outside the kitchen
  14. >Take out a notepad from the clothes you haven't changed in a week
  15. >"Day 452, made it to the kitchen without any contact, I don't like it. It's like the walls are watching me"
  16. >Put the notepad away and grip the knife harder
  17. >Stay low and move silently into the kitchen
  18. >Lock eyes on the target: Cereal
  19. >Make your way towards it, being sure to watch out for any suspicious activity
  20. >The sole of your boot squeaks on the tile
  21. >The noise pierces the silence
  22. >Perform a combat roll under the kitchen table and ready your knife
  23. >Remain still for 35 minutes
  24. >Emerge slowly
  25. >Check the clock
  26. >7:35
  27. >Damn, you're running behind. They could be closing in as you speak
  28. >Run to the cereal and prepare it as fast as you can
  29. >Down the entire bowl, milk and all in 4 gulps, not even bothering to chew.
  30. >When it reaches your stomach, the pain you'll no doubt feel will remind you that you're still alive
  31.  
  32. 1/12
  33.  
  34. >Finish up and "dispose" of the evidence that you were here
  35. >Can't leave any traces
  36. >Sneak to the front door
  37. >Listen closely for a while
  38. >Reach for the doorknob ever so slowly
  39. >Just as your trembling fingers touch the knob someone knocks
  40. THE MISSION'S BEEN COMPROMISED
  41. >Tear the door off it's hinges and tackle the hostile forces with your shoulder
  42. >Carry them a few feet before slamming them on their backs as hard as you can
  43. >Hold the knife to their throat
  44. WHERE ARE THE PRISONERS, SCUM?
  45. >"W-what?"
  46. >Realise you just tackled Fluttershy and are holding her at knifepoint
  47. >Fluttershy has proven to be an effective spy, watching the enemy from afar and leaking plenty of information without revealing her location
  48. >They don't train 'em like they used to
  49. >Get off her and sprint back inside, watching for anyone who might have followed
  50. >Coast is clear, but you make out shapes moving down below in the enemy camp
  51. >Damn, they're out in force today.
  52. >Like a well oiled machine they rise every morning and patrol the borders diligently from dawn till dusk.
  53. >No way of getting in or out without being seen
  54. >Unless you happen to be a Guerilla Fighter hardened by 20 years of unspeakable horrors that would make a lesser man cry
  55. >Which you are
  56. What news from the camp, Eagle Eye?
  57. >"Oh. Umm. There's a celebration on tomorrow, the summer sun celebration. You remember it, right? You were here for last years... why... d..."
  58. >You've zoned out
  59. >As soon as she said "Summer Sun" you remembered the last time these savages performed that unholy ritual
  60.  
  61. 2/12
  62.  
  63. >One year ago
  64. FLUTTERSHY WE GOTTA MOVE NOW, WE'VE GOT HOSTILES CLOSING IN ON OUR POSITION
  65. >"What? Mr Anon they just want to get inside the library"
  66. EXACTLY, THEY HAVE US SURROUNDED AND WE CAN'T LET THEM BREACH THE PERIMETER OR WE'RE BOTH DEAD.
  67. >"They just want to see if Twilight's ok"
  68. >You look at the purple unicorn
  69. >She's out cold and tied up with 45 different kinds of knot
  70. >You should have known she was important to the enemy, damn ponies and their gang leaders
  71. >She was a tough one to bring down, too
  72. >Suddenly the sky lights up outside
  73. >EXPLOSIVES
  74. JESUS CHRIST THEY'VE OPENED FIRE, THE INTEL WAS OFF, THEY HAVE ACCESS TO EXPLOSIVES AND ARTILLERY
  75. FLUTTERSHY HIT THE FUCKING DECK
  76. >"Anon they're just firew-"
  77. >You tackle her and protect her body with yours
  78. >"Oh... my~"
  79. >She nuzzles closer to you chest
  80. >You both remain huddled together for 9 hours while the enemy continues to bombard your position
  81. >Bloody good engineers, these ponies. Not a single shell breaks through the roof.
  82. >It was the worst incident of your whole deployment here.
  83. >"Anon?"
  84. >Blink
  85. >"Aaaaaaanoooon?"
  86. >Snap back to the present
  87. >Fluttershy is waving a hoof infront of you
  88. >Jump and ready the knife
  89. >She flinches but tentatively raises a hoof
  90. >She touches your shoulder and smiles
  91. >Lower the knife and offer a small nod in return
  92. >You're sort of glad she's here for you
  93. >Filthy mudraking pony, but she was ready to betray her people for you
  94. >Either dedication or cowardice on her part
  95.  
  96. 3/12
  97.  
  98. >"S-so do you want to come into town today? Do you need anymore food?"
  99. >Your stomach rumbles at the thought
  100. >Last meal was 3 days ago
  101. >Hardly a problem, you once went 1 month without food
  102. >The guys at the barracks didn't believe you though.
  103. Yeah, food sounds good. I want us 5 meters apart at all times and I want us to move low. You watch my back and i'll watch yours. If done right, we'll make it out of this alive
  104. >You hate going into the enemy camp that you've come to know as "Ponyville". It puts you on edge
  105. >Spend 30 minutes preparing camouflage
  106. >Grip your trusty knife and homemade spear
  107. >Nod to Fluttershy
  108. Let's move
  109. >Take off at a sprint towards Ponyville, Fluttershy close behind
  110. >Damn ponies won't know what hit them.
  111. >10 minutes later
  112. >DAMN PONIES KNEW WHAT HIT THEM
  113. >You're hidden down an alley watching patrols move by slowly
  114. >They're smiling and laughing
  115. >Sadistic fucks must love their job
  116. >Torturing and killing innocent civilians no doubt
  117. >Fluttershy speaks up behind you
  118. >"So how long are we going to be here-?"
  119. >You shush her
  120. Quiet... We only just lost them before, and I don't want another "incident"
  121. >You nod your head to the unconcious pile of ponies behind you
  122. >You and Fluttershy broke into a house to evade a patrol, it was filled with soldiers having a party
  123. >One fight and a couple of bruises later you and Fluttershy managed to take down about 25 ponies.
  124. >Not bad for some early morning exercise, and no casualties.
  125. >Fluttershy speaks up, more quietly this time
  126. >"So are we going to get some food then? It's midday and i'm hungry..."
  127. >She said that so quietly even you had trouble hearing her
  128. >She would have made one hell of a scout
  129. >You're glad she's on your side
  130.  
  131. 4/12
  132.  
  133. >She motions a hoof over to a congregation of ponies
  134. >"They're setting up the food stalls. We should get something to eat"
  135. >You take a moment to figure out 10 different entry and exit points, as well as coming up with 5 different plans for incase things go wrong
  136. Ok, move out.
  137. >Head through a winding path of back alleys and gardens
  138. >Approach the food stand cautiously
  139. >Nestle down in a bush, watching the food vendor and the produce closely
  140. >Your stomach rumbles at the idea of eating the enemy's food.
  141. >Hear a noise behind you
  142. >Snap your head around to look for the source
  143. >Nothing
  144. >False alarm
  145. >Look back at the food vendor
  146. >She's talking to..
  147. >Oh dear god no
  148. >Fluttershy is chatting to her
  149. >They both laugh
  150. >Has she given away your position?
  151. >A whole year of loyalty only to sell you out on the busiest day of the pony calender?
  152. >Of course... Sneaky little bitch.
  153. >Still, you feel hurt.
  154. >In another life, you might have called her friend
  155. Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal, Fluttershy...
  156. >You've lost good men over the years, but nothing stings as bad as one you trust turning against you
  157. >She starts flying back over
  158. >No one follows her
  159. >"Here you go, Anon! I got us something while we wait. Eat up mister!"
  160. You... Got this? For me?
  161. >"Yup."
  162. Using your connections to get food from the enemy... I will admit, I wasn't expecting you to pull through, Eagle Eye. Nice work.
  163. >You pat her on the back and her wings stiffen slightly
  164. >Goddamn horse
  165.  
  166. 5/12
  167.  
  168. >You both lie in that bush eating enemy rations until nightfall
  169. >Fluttershy looks tired, but she stays awake and by your side throughout it all
  170. >Smile to yourself
  171. >She's so loyal.
  172. >Exchange words about enemy supply lines and munitions
  173. >She doesn't understand any of it
  174. >She's just a grunt in this army, if you need any information you'd have to infiltrate the compound and interrogate someone higher up
  175. >Lights flicker on as the sun goes down and more and more guards start coming out
  176. >Start to get uneasy
  177. >Fluttershy notices your discomfort and places a hoof on your shoulder
  178. >"It's ok. Breathe"
  179. >Take a deep breath
  180. >It clears your head a bit
  181. >So many things could go wrong, but you're glad you have Fluttershy watching your back throughout it all
  182. >She shuffles closer to you and nuzzles you a bit
  183. >She's warm
  184. >You need to stay warm or you might freeze out here
  185. >Grab her and hold her close
  186. >Feel her body heat flow into you
  187. >She sighs happily and buries her head in your chest
  188. >Let go after a few minutes
  189. >She seems disappointed
  190. >But you don't have time for that
  191. >You need information, and the large building in the centre of the camp seems to be a hub of community around here
  192. >You bet there's an officer or commander of sorts running this operation in there
  193. >That's where you're going
  194. >Start to plan your attack and retreat routes
  195. >Don't notice Fluttershy leave
  196. >Lie on your stomach in that bush and plan for about an hour
  197. >Content with a plan, you look towards Fluttershy, who is now surrounded by food
  198. >She looks at you with a mouth full of apple
  199. >"wut?"
  200.  
  201. 6/12
  202.  
  203. >Chuckle at her resourcefulness
  204. >Take an apple and a few sugary treats and munch on them
  205. >The sugar will keep you going for hours
  206. >This mare knows how to keep a soldier happy
  207. >Explain your plan to her
  208. >"But why can't we just walk in? Your plan seems a bit excessive..."
  209. >Sigh
  210. If we just go walking in there, they'll be on us in seconds. I'm good, but I can't take on that many ponies at once.
  211. >She stares at you
  212. >You stare at her
  213. >Nod
  214. >Get up slowly and prepare to go
  215. >It's night now, and the stars are out
  216. >You prefer clouds. Stars make you feel like you're being watched
  217. >Move into Ponyville and stay close to the walls incase things go south
  218. >No one seems to have noticed you yet
  219. >Look up at the pole you identified
  220. >A large rope extends from the pole to the top of the Command Structure
  221. >A couple of flags dangle from it
  222. >Turn to Fluttershy
  223. You have wings, so you don't need to do this, but keep watch while I get inside, once i'm in, follow me, go it?
  224. >She salutes
  225. >"O-ok"
  226. >Nod
  227. >Start climbing up the pole and hang upside down from the rope by your legs and arms
  228. >Begin moving along the rope, hoping that you're dark enough to blend into the night
  229. >None of the ponies notice you
  230. >Excellent
  231. >Continue to move along the rope until you reach the end
  232. >Hop off onto the roof and signal Fluttershy
  233. >She smiles and waves excitedly back at you
  234. >Sneak in through an open window and look around the darkened room
  235. >You're in.
  236.  
  237. 7/12
  238.  
  239. >Look around the room
  240. >The hairs on the back of your neck stand up
  241. >Start to poke around, watching for alarms
  242. >Go over to a large, expensive looking desk.
  243. >It's polished and made of a hard, dark wood.
  244. >Look at a few of the pictures on the desk
  245. >By moonlight, you can make out the image of a tan coloured mare with a grey mane smiling back at you
  246. >You've seen her before
  247. >She struts around the camp like she owns the place
  248. >Look at the desk header
  249. >"Mayor Mare. Mayor of Ponyville"
  250. >Oh sweet Jesus
  251. >You didn't just end up in any old office.
  252. >You're right slap bang in the enemy headquarters
  253. >Your eyes widen
  254. >This changes everything
  255. >If you can capture the mayor, you can hold her and get as much information as you can, and then cut off an important figurehead in this operation
  256. >Hear a noise at the door and then voices
  257. >SHIT
  258. >Look around frantically
  259. >See a cupboard
  260. >Bolt for it and squeeze yourself inside
  261. >Shut it just as the door opens
  262. >The light come on
  263. >There she is
  264. >The "Mayor"
  265. >She walks up to her desk and frowns at the open window
  266. >She shuts it
  267. >You watch the door to the office
  268. >Closed, and looks solid
  269. >Look back at the mare
  270. >Old, frail. An easy target
  271. >Crack your knuckles
  272. >She looks up upon hearing the noise
  273. >Showtime
  274.  
  275. 8/12
  276.  
  277. >"Is anypo-"
  278. >She doesn't even finish
  279. >You explode out of the cupboard brandishing your knife
  280. >Tackle her to the floor and clasp a hand over her mouth
  281. >Her eyes are filled with terror
  282. >You're sat on top of her, pinning her down
  283. >Lean in close, pressing the knife closer to her throat
  284. Alright, you bastard. I'm gonna ask you questions and you're gonna answer nice and slow. We clear?
  285. >She nods fearfully
  286. Good
  287. >Slowly remove your hand
  288. What's the purpose of this operation?
  289. >"W-what operation?"
  290. >Grip her face and pull her right up to your nose
  291. You know damn well what I mean. This encampment is huge, unlike anything i've ever seen. You "ponies" patrol it every day, so many guards and watches it's like you're protecting something. Now i'll ask again. What is the purpose of this camp
  292. >"T-this is a town! Ponyville! We live here! We aren't a camp or anything like that!"
  293. >Shake your head
  294. >Even at knifepoint she lies through her teeth at you
  295. >She's made of tougher stuff
  296. >Press the knife harder into her throat
  297. I won't ask again.
  298. >"PLEASE! Please.."
  299. >She starts crying
  300. >"We're just a simple t-town... Please don't hurt me..."
  301. >Tears are streaming down her face
  302. >Relieve a bit of the pressure
  303. >She doesn't look like she's lying. Or it might be an elaborate lie to trick you into leaving
  304. I've been in that house watching this place for over a year, and you expect me to fall for this act?
  305. >She stops crying
  306. >"...over... a year?"
  307.  
  308. 9/12
  309.  
  310. I've been here for 452 days. Watching this town. Trying to learn what it's all about. And I got nothing. Even got one of your people to get intel for me.
  311. >She manages a smile
  312. >"O-oh! You must be Fluttershy's friend! She mentioned you, says you don't like to be disturbed and moved into that derelict house on the hill! I remember now..."
  313. >Fluttershy mentioned you?
  314. >She betrayed you after all!
  315. >But... why hadn't they moved in and taken you down?
  316. >This is getting more and more confusing
  317. Alright, Mayor. Let's say you are just a "peaceful town". How do you explain what's going on outside? You're mobilising for something. Last time I was here you opened fire on me and launched so many shells it would make a beach jealous. How do you explain that?
  318. >She's fully relaxed now and looking you in the eye, despite the knife to her throat
  319. >"Tonight is the annual Summer Sun Celebration. It celebrates the longest day of the year. We stay up late, launch fireworks, get drunk and regret it the next day!"
  320. >She chuckles to herself
  321. >"Oh... last year I drank so much I forgot I was the mayor!"
  322. >While she's laughing the cogs are turning in your head
  323. >This whole time
  324. >The town wasn't after you
  325. >You get off her and she sits up
  326. >Stare into space while she grabs something from her desk
  327. >She sits back down with her back resting on the desk like you and offers you a small glass
  328. >"Brandy?"
  329. >It's been so long since you go here...
  330. >So very... very... long...
  331. >Close your eyes and sigh
  332. >Open them again and accept the drink
  333. >You both sit in silence for a while nursing your drinks
  334. I think... I think I'd like to stop being scared now.
  335. >She looks at you with a puzzled expression
  336. >"What do you mean?"
  337.  
  338. 10/12
  339.  
  340. >Sigh again
  341. Before I ended up here, I was a commando in the military. I served for over 25 years fighting some of the bloodiest wars that no one's ever heard of. I've killed more men than I can count, lived off the corpses of anything from wild animals to my own brothers in arms.
  342. I was on a mission with a group of rookies, showing them the ropes when we get ambushed
  343. >Accept another drink
  344. We get pushed deep into the jungle while everything around us goes to shit. Enemy starts bombarding our position and I watch as the most promising rookie gets blown apart.
  345. I tell them to spread out and stick together but when I look at them I realise that they're all dead and I'm the only one left.
  346. I keep running for what seems like hours when I fall off a cliff and into some river down below
  347. When I come too I'm in an underground cave in front of some ancient panel
  348. I go to touch it and when I do I black out and wake up here.
  349. >Another drink
  350. The first thing I see is a pony staring at me. I think it's some kind of sick genetic experiment so I run.
  351. I run as far as I can but they're everywhere. I made it to the house on the hill and barricaded myself inside.
  352. For the next year and a half I slept with one eye open in the shower clutching this knife for fear of my life. I'm terrified of the world around me, in all it's wonder and beauty, all it's curious creatures and seductive landscapes and I'm just so scared.
  353. It's so pleasant and warm, the people so seemingly peaceful, hell I even made friends with one.
  354. >The mayor is looking at you slack jawed
  355. I've lived so long in the dark, Mayor. I've lived over half my life in the blackest places on Earth and when I'm confronted with paradise I just don't know what to do.
  356. And you know what?
  357. >"W...what?"
  358. I'm sick of it. I just want to wake up one morning and not be scared any more.
  359.  
  360. 11/12
  361.  
  362. >The Mayor is silent for a while then places a hoof on your arm
  363. >Flinch
  364. >"You're a long way from home, sir. I think it's time you took a break from it all."
  365. >Look at her, you feel emotions you haven't felt in nearly 3 decades resurface
  366. >"You'll always have a home here in Ponyville. You don't need to be scared any more"
  367. >She leans in and hugs you
  368. >You hesitate then hug back
  369. >Silence for another couple of minutes
  370. >The Mayor breaks the hug and smiles at you
  371. >"Come on. Follow me, we're gonna go get you drunk"
  372. >Smile at her and follow her out the room
  373. >The rest of the night is a blur of socialising and drinking
  374. >You haven't felt this happy in years.
  375. >The ponies don't care about what you are, only who you are
  376. >They laugh at your jokes and listen intently at your stories
  377. >They offer you food, and drinks, and sing along with you
  378. >You head back to the house at the end of the night when Fluttershy stops you
  379. >"H-hey Anon. I'm glad you got out at last! It only t-took you over a year!"
  380. >You both laugh
  381. I'm uhh. Gonna head back to the house now, Eagle E-... Fluttershy. I got a lot think about.
  382. >"I-I'll walk you there."
  383. >She hovers alongside you as you make your way home
  384. >Through the silence of the country road and away from the noise in town, you hear her humming to herself
  385. >You haven't heard a voice that sweet in so long
  386. >Get to your front door
  387. Well... This is my stop. Thanks, Fluttershy. For everything.
  388. >She smiles at you
  389. >Then hovers up and pecks you on the nose
  390. >"G-goodnight, Anon."
  391. >You lie in the bed that's been untouched for over a year and sleep like a log
  392. >It's finally over. The fear of death, the fear of betrayal and suffering. It's all gone
  393. >You feel happy
  394. >You feel free.
  395.  
  396. 12/12
  397. The End.
/AIE/

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