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Everypony in Ponyville likes to think that their Nightmare Night decor is the best in all town. However, none of them have the means to turn their homes into an authentic-looking haunted house; overhead lightning clouds and all. No, it doesn't take any particular expertise to make a yard overgrown with wild plant life in such a short timespan or literally create a horror-inducing atmosphere above one's residence. All that's required is a lot of bits, and who else in Ponyville can afford such a hefty price tag like Filthy Rich, the richest pony in town?

 

It is a tradition of Mr. Rich's that each year, he "spooks-up" his mansion to the thrilling delight of all trick-or-treaters. Every year in the days leading up to Nightmare Night, the wealthy stallion seeks out the finest magic-wielding gardeners, electrical weather specialists, and wind-blowers money can buy to turn the Rich Estate's grounds into an abandoned-looking property that looked like nopony bothered to take care of it for years. Lights from the mansion is never seen on this particular night, save for two eerie lanterns flanking the outside gate (left unlocked and ungreased for maximum creaking) and two more flickering candles at the front door itself.


The end result: one creepy haunted house. Thankfully, all the locals know that the Rich Family are the mansion's current occupants and have not been cursed in any way. Still, one tends to get the chills as they brave the fell winds and sudden bursts of lightning as they walk up to the front porch of the Rich Mansion. With the deficit of lightning around, it was all but impossible to see all the black-clad weather pegasi hard at work to maintain the threatening atmosphere. No sign of life is ever apparent from inside the stately home, but there's always the sensation that one feels like they're being watched from the upper windows by a mysterious figure.....

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Lots of candy for her hoard, yes?

 

Yes.

 

At least her hoard for a while. Food items were not a very good choice to hoard, she had found out the hard way some time ago. They spoiled quickly, let a very a bad smell, and bats seemed to take said smell as an open invitation to move into her cave and hover over her precious opals. All three of them! No, dragons needed something solid to hoard...like books! A collection of tomes to increase her knowledge on herbal medicines and exotic plants, yes. Or piles of black opals to shimmer very prettily in the morning light. Things like that, not things like candy.

 

...except for tonight.

 

Because tonight, candy was free and the ponies were simply giving them away! And they looked very funny as well. So funny, in fact, that one of her precious pony friends had insisted that she look funny to, in order to blend in with the crowd. Hearthstone had even given her a wide hat and some silk to use, and to great effect, if she did say so herself. Plus, her very good pony friend had warned her to be prepared, for this night of nightmares was not only used to give nice dragons free candy, but to also scare nice dragons as well. Ponies would be all over, out and about and scaring themselves silly, and Yuri couldn't have been any happier.

 

Such was the night in Equestria! Ponies and funny outfits and free candy and new pony friends everywhere!

"Ooo-woo-eee!" Yuri shrieked in delight as she nimbly dodged a bolt of lightning, her lithe body twisting and twining itself underneath the dark clouds. The house was very spooky, yes, but the Eastern Dragon was too caught up in the reveries to pay much attention. Even now she could hear the sound of laughter and shouting from the town - none so much from the spooky house, true. But Hearthstone had been very specific, saying that she needed to go up to pony houses and knock on their doors in order to receive the free candy. 

 

Which would be much easier without these silly lightning clouds!

 

Another spasm of her body finally had Yuri settled on the front steps, though she remained hovering in the air as she loudly rasped her claws against the door. "Hello hello!" she called out, "hello pony friend? I am here for my free candy!" Yuri pressed her snout as far up to the door as it would go, her large-brimmed hat squashed awkwardly against the frame as she peered through the tiny hole near the center. There was not much to see, unfortunately, causing the dragon to back up a bit and stare upwards at the spooky house.

 

Maybe she should fly up and find an open balcony? That was how she had made her shiny pony prince friend, after all.

 

  

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With a loud droning creak, the stately door granting access to the mansion opened. Although the porch candlelight was weak, it was just enough for unaided eyes to discern a hideous green-coated butler monster greeting the visitor! He was a sorry creature with naught but skin and bones, giving off an overpowering musty stench; truly the stuff of nightmares. As soon as he — or IT — could be seen, the creature gave off an unearthly moan... which turned into a peculiarly equine scream of fright once it actually saw the bizarre serpentine visitor at the doorstep.

 

Just like that, the "butler monster" was now cowering away behind an unseen corner. Meanwhile, the sound of badly accented laughter came from inside the manor, getting closer to the front entrance. "Muahahahaha!!!" an earth pony stallion (who looked kinda like Filthy Rich) with the white lab coat and messy hairdo of a mad scientist could barely be seen inside walking down a grand set of stairs; "It zeems our first guest has arriffed, Igor! Ve need to giffe zem... a varm-"

 

*CRACKLE*

 

A flash of lightning provided an all-too fleeting moment of illumination, allowing the "Germane" mad scientist to see what was going on with his ponyservant. “Randolph?” the stallion dropped his cheesy accent; “What’s the matter with-?"

 

"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

 

Also spotting the strange creature, he neighed loudly and reared up in supreme startelement. It wasn't everyday that a pony, even a Rich one, saw something so utterly unfamiliar like this! Anypony in that position would get frightened in that instant!!!

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Perhaps she misunderstood the purpose of this night of nightmares. Wasn't she suppose to be the one screaming?

 

Maybe she hadn't screamed soon enough? And this sickly looking pony friend - Yuri had to remind herself that it was a simple costume, and not a poor pony fallen ill and rotted - had taken it upon himself to initiate the screaming. Which wouldn't do at all!

 

"I am sorry!" the white Eastern Dragon cried out, "I will join in the screaming now. Aieeee!" Yuri screeched in symphony with the sickly pony, though she had to scream a bit louder because said pony dashed behind a corner inside the house. Why, she wasn't sure - were they suppose to be playing the hide and seek while they screamed? And he hadn't given her free candy! Yuri was about to invite herself inside when, all of a sudden, a wisp of movement revealed itself on the stairs, startling a sharp gasp of genuine fear from the dragon, though it was quickly followed by a giggle of delight.

 

Being scared was fun, yes!

 

As was talking, and Yuri eagerly listened as the new white pony friend - with very fuzzy hair, the kind her claws itched to pet - finished walking down the stairs, talking all the while with some very funny words that she only half understood. Though that hardly mattered in the end, for the new pony began screaming as well, and Yuri promptly joined in with another screech of glee. She didn't hesitate this time to move inwards, her long body immediately encircling the new pony until he was sharing the space under her wide-brimmed hat, her own snout almost squashed against his face. 


"Aieeee!" Yuri cried again, though her scream was somewhat broken by chortling guffaws working their way through her voice. She couldn't help it, this was just too much fun! "Aiee-haha, ai! I have screamed the loudest, so now I get free candy yes?" the Eastern Dragon surmised, one claw shaking the bag Hearthstone had given her, insisting that ponies would be expected to drop free candy into said bag. Her other claw was already moving over her new pony friend's hair, patting it up and down to see if it was as fuzzy as it looked.

 

It was. 

  

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With the initial shock of encountering a talking serpent fading, the "good doctor's" startelement morphed into bewilderment as the laughing creature encircled the stallion with her body. The mad scientist felt a bit weirded-out from having his personal space violated so flagrantly, but the weirdest thing of was how... normal the serpent behaved. It was almost as if Filthy Rich was face-to-face with a fun-loving filly trapped in a monster's body, and said filly didn't realize that fact at all. Or maybe she did, and was quite happy with her new transformation. Who knows?

 

Recalling all the strange visitors Ponyville "played host" to over the years, one theory about the hat-wearing creature suddenly flashed in Filthy's mind. "Say now," the awkwardly chuckling pony scratched the back of his head; "Aren't you one of them draconpony- draconhorse- err, dracon-something..... you don't happen to be Discord's little kid, do you? Ha ha, you look... a bit like him!" The color schemes between the two beings were wildly different, but they did share some general traits: snake-like bodies, two sets of limbs, and manes running down the neck. Come to think of it, that theory wasn't that much of a stretch.

 

Meanwhile, the serpentine creature's request for candy had not yet been acknowledged.....

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Yes, very fuzzy, like a sheep. Or like the feelers of her jellyfish friends she used to play with back home. 

 

Her new pony friend was no longer screaming - which was good, for she had been proven the victor - but his words still caused some confusion in the white dragon, her head tilting thoughtfully to one side. "Discord's little kid?" Yuri parroted back, heedless of the way her body quivered unconsciously as she mulled over the question, "I do not know..." Which was terribly sad, if there was another dragon nearby that was not her friend. One she looked like, even! She had made some very nice dragon friends last year, and even blue Rivulet who had explored the land of ponies with her for a time, but it had been a while since then, and flying through the skies on her own got very lonesome. 

 

Sometimes. Mostly.

 

Although...well, last time she had happened to luck upon Rivulet, twisting high in the sky. She had yet to have such luck again, with the silly lightning clouds in the way...but if her fuzzy friend knew a dragon like her was around somewhere...

 

"Where is this Discord?" the white Eastern Dragon asked earnestly, her claws dropping off from their absent petting of his fuzzy hair - only to settle around his middle as she bodily picked her new pony friend off of the floor, her long body already beginning to unravel itself as her head turned towards the doorway. "You can lead me too him," Yuri decided, giving the fuzzy pony in her grasp and cuddling squeeze 'round the middle, "and also to my free candy for my hoard, please!" 

 

  

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Well, it was a nice guess while it lasted. Filthy Rich however would regret his line of questioning for an entirely unanticipated reason, as the serpentine creature lifted the stallion's body right up off the floor! "Whoa-whoa-WHOAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!" Helloooooooo vertigo; an extremely unorthodox method of inducing fright on Nightmare Night!

 

If he'd been wearing boots, the mad scientist would be shaking in them right now. "Heh heh heh heh heh," a teeth-grinding Filthy jittered in terror, not cognizant that the monster's squeezing embrace was actually quite secure; "How 'bout you put me down lil' missy, and I'll- I'll give you ALL the candy you want! Doesn't- doesn't that sound good?" Any longer in the air, and Mr. Rich was going to throw up!


PS: Probably not a good idea to bring Discord and this girl together.

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A small head poked out from behind the door. A brown colored filly walked in past the doors left open hesitantly but soon looked at around at the impressive display of decorative prowess! This was one of the first times that Bebop had gotten to participate in Nightmare night: She even put on a costume and everything. Tonight this little filly wasn't Bebop of Ponyville. Tonight she was a vampiric stalker of the night! On her chest was a small cravat, a small hoof made ornament made of clay with several ripples coming from the center of it with a small star in the center. Her back was covered by a silky black cloak with a blood red lining on it, the collar of it was popped up in the most intimidating method she could manage. She'd bought a really convincing pair of fangs for the costume and even some really cool contacts that gave her orange eyes the appearance of a cat like slitted pupils. The only thing that didn't match her outfit was the small brown saddlebag on her side that held her notebook and pencils... and also a moderately filled sack of candy.

 

She looked back to the friend right behind and gestured for her to follow! This was going to be so much fun! Bebop had come along with one of her best friend's in Ponyville: Wind Walker! HEr reasons for inviting her friend was in part the more obvious ones: Trick or treating and the like, But she also had been hoping to show her something. That something being: Her cutie mark! She'd finally got it during a very unusual adventure in Ponyville's new castle with some friends of hers who decided to explore it. A sparkle and six soundwaves  radiating out from it. 

 

Bebop was still pretty excited, and so initially forgot to wait for her friend to catch up. She got far enough in to see something that made her Jaw drop. A ... dragon wizard?! Dragons had wizards?! Only a wizard could wear such an awesome looking magical hat like that! Wait wait... Dragons can't do magic at least not Equestrian Dragons. Maybe she was one of those Eastern dragons she'd heard had been coming to Equestria lately with their Dragonpony friends? Only one way to find out that though. Before she could write down a question for her, Bebop watched in shock as she caught a mad scientist looking stallion (who kinda looked like diamond Tiara's dad) in her coils! Bebop quickly wrote down something on a small Notebook and with a spart of her horn brought the small piece of paper up to the dragon, hovering it a few seconds in front of her face. The note said, "Put him down, please?"

 

 

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The Mayor wasn't always a bell bottoms type of mare but she'd make an exception to her life of polite decorum on Nightmare Night. White and blue bell bottoms stretched out along her body with a glittering top and platform shoes with the puffy afro to match a time in her life she could try, but never fully succeed, on pushing away from her. Besides, it was fun to be a little goofy on a night like this. All the fillies and colts of Equestria looked forward to today as one of the greatest nights of the year. Who was she to not join in?

 

Good times were had even by the Mayor of this lovely little town on this merry night as she decided to go as a disco mare. The disco mare? No, just a disco mare. She was going to hold a town raffle later in the evening but for now she was going to partake in the thrills and chills of the evening's festivities, and what better way to start than with one of the town's leading citizens and his most delightful trick or treat opportunity? To visit Filthy Rich's place of residence the night of Nightmares was a real treat.

 

As much of a treat as it was a trick on the poor sap who had to total up the cost of cloud cleanup and their effect on normal weather patterns. Poor colt!

 

It really was a wonder. Nopony went all out like he did. And as she walked on up she saw Filthy, an Eastern Dragon, and lots of screaming. She saw it- she could swear she saw lines of audio crack against the air. Her ears peeled back as she approached. "Well, let it never be said that the eastern dragons don't have pipes on them," she said with a laugh, before dramatically striking a disco pose.

 

"Disco Mare is here for the treats, yeah! Nightmare Night, what a fright, give me something sweet to bite!" She swished her legs around, striking a new pose.

 

It really, really hurt and it showed in her strained smile.

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Hurray for Nightmare Night! The one night where ponies could dress up in silly costumes and get free candy! There were also an assortment of parties and events going around Ponyville that everypony was invited to.  After a few not-so happy Nightmare Nights, from one where a recently returned Princess Luna had a bit of a hissy fit to one where those horrible changeling monsters attacked town, this holiday was hopefully going to be spooky, but safe. Knock on wood.
 
For this year's Nightmare Night, little Wind was dressed as the 'bestest', smartest, wisest, prettiest, friendliest and most awesome of all ponies, Princess Celestia! With a little help from her mother, the two ponies managed to put together a rather cool little costume. Unlike the dreaded sheep costume from a few years ago, this was something she was happy to be seen in!  When sheep meet monsters, they get gobbled up! But when bad guys try to mess with the best princess, they get their fannies whooped.
 
After meeting up with her friend Bebop Slide, the pair decided to do a little 'trick or treating' before checking out the parties. Their first house, was probably the most impressive building that was not a giant crystal castle. The stately Rich Manor. While Wind was not too keen about the little filly who lived there, she heard good things about her father, Filthy Rich, who ran Rich's Barnyard Bargains. Surely this house would be hoofing out the BEST candies. None of those 'fun' sized candies in Filthy Rich's house. There were bound to be full sized SBLOUNSKCHED! bars there. However, instead of a bowl filled with assorted candies of  Darkium Chocolatium, there wasn't anything. It was obvious that something Nightmarey was going on since the house was properly decorated.
 
Hokey Smoke! Mister Rich was being squeezed by what appeared to be a dragon... "Wow. She's very pretty.", the filly gasped. Right away, the little pony knew she could not possibly be a villain. She had a kind face better suited for smiling than frowning. And while she was probably trying her best to be friendly, it seemed Mister Rich wasn't enjoying her hug. Bebop or 'Blah-Bop' had a good idea, but there was always a chance the dragon would not be able to see her sign in time. So it was time for Wind Walker to step up! Do what Princess Celestia would do!
 
The small filly quickly made her way by Bebop's sign, "Miss Dragon. Please.", she tried her best to get the majestic creature's attention, "I know you're being friendly and all, but maybe you could let Mister Rich go. He can't hoof out candy if you got him all hugged out."  From the corner of her eye, she could also see the town's mayor, wearing a silly costume. After a little dance move, she made a face that resembled her parents when her big brother Punk Walker got involved in his usual shenanigans.
 
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This very cute pic of Bebop and Wind was created by the always awesome Spicydemon, who is also doing special NIGHTMARE NIGHT COMMISSIONS! Wooh! http://www.deviantart.com/art/Nightmare-Night-Commission-for-Tacobob-640381516

 

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This evening was just getting better and better, for now there were even more new pony friends to meet. 

 

And even better than new pony friends - tiny new pony friends!

 

"Babies!" Yuri gasped, completely forgetting about the fuzzy pony's offer in the face of the tiny ponies, and couldn't even properly address the floating sign nor the words from the blue baby's mouth, too caught up in her excitement. For babies were not a common sight among the dragons, not at all. For creatures that lived and grew for centuries, millennia, even, newborn infants and tiny babies were far and few in between. Each new baby was a treasure to behold, and despite the fact that the pony kind seemed to have more babies running around than she was used to, she herself had seen none of them. 

 

At least until now. 

 

"This is the best free candy!" the white dragon exclaimed, dropping the fuzzy pony from a height of a half a meter towards the floor, in favor of zooming forward towards the babies. A new pony friend, one dressed in stylish colors and undoubtedly performing the articulate dance of her pony brethren, became swept up in her wake as she mimicked her movement from earlier, entrapping all three of the new arrivals in her coils. "I am finding so many new pony friends and babies for my hoard!" Her claws had, without much thinking on her prompt, swept up the nearest baby - the blue one with a mane of many rainbows - allowing her to settle it as much as she could in her candy bag. This wasn't by much, mind, considering her candy bag was much smaller than the blue baby, and the entire ensemble ended with said baby on its back on the mouth of her bag, little legs sticking upwards rather adoringly. 

 

She needed to find a bigger candy bag.

 

Though, Yuri realized a bit belatedly that her unthinking motions had unwittingly left the fuzzy pony friend out of her clutches...a fact that she immediately sought to rectify through use of the tail end of her body, carefully attempting to curl it around the white-wearing pony. "You have more candy, yes?" Yuri questioned her fuzzy friend, though her eyes were already speculatively roving across the other baby. 

 

"And a bigger bag?" 

 

  

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"AWWWWAHHHH!!!!!!!......" *THUMP!*

 

Probably a little melodramatic considering the drop wasn't that far, but it was enough to give the fuzzy-haired scientist an uncomfortable landing on his rump. Busy recovering and groaning, Filthy Rich wasn't able to provide the two arriving fillies and Mayor Mare the friendly attention they immediately deserved. By the time the stallion got himself back on his hooves, the creature was already asking for more candy.

 

It was at that moment when the grotesque green-pelted butler monster returned, pushing in a cart brimming with candy. Eying the hyperactive monster's attempt to curl around him, Filthy hastily instructed without thinking; "O-oh heh heh, get the missy a bigger bag at once!" With an eerie moan, "Igor" return whence it came to do as commanded; little did the ponyservant or its mad scientist master realize what plans the serpentine creature had in store for the bag and those two little ponies.....

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Was that Mayor mare in a disco suit? Apparently mom and dad's stories about that era of Equestria's history were true. It made a good costume despite the questionable fashion choices made by the ponies of that decade... well at least in Bebop's opinion. It still struck her as strange that noone was panicking from the presence of a dragon in the house. Was she part of the attraction or something? It still made her uneasy though. Flashbacks of that one time that gigantic wingless purple dragon started tearing apart Ponyville filled her mind: She'd gotten a long distance view from her grandparent's cottage out of the edge of town. She still couldn't help but feel like welcoming a strange one without question seemed at all weird. 

 

Thankfully Wind Walker soon arrived, bringing an actual audible statement to the table. The brown vampire carefully moved up beside her friend while she spoke, still scribbling down something in her little notebook. She held up the little book with some of the pages flipped to show she was agreeing with her celestial friend at her side. 

 

Bebop was seemingly stunned as she was swept up into the coils of the serpentine dragon. The filly's eyes widened to saucers and her pupils and irises looking like pinpoints she was swept up.  It's okay... It's okay. The big dragon was just being affectionate! That's right It's not like she was going to take them away and add her and Windy to some great hidden trove of trea- 

 

"I am finding so many new pony friends and babies for my hoard!" 

 

Well.

 

Okay. 

 

The Little filly began to shuffle about the contents of her saddlebag. It took a bit of digging but she soon found what she was looking for: A pack of sticky notes. With some quick flicks of her pencil she stuck four of them on the side of the dragon's coils. 'I'll. just. be. going.' They said. Soon She began to try and pull herself free. It didn't work, So she tried again! Still nothing. Soon things just devolved into frustrated struggling as she tried to escape this Dragon's hold and hopefully find a way to get Wind to join her in leaving this crazy place.

 

 

 

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Wind Walker smiled back at the dragon who seemed to be rather happy to see the two fillies. However, one thing she said confused the Pegasus pony. “Babies?” She saw a few foals with their parents while leaving her house, but had not see one at Mister Rich’s house. Just not yet. Curious if there were any behind her, the filly turned her head, only to be snatched up by the strange serpent and stuffed head first into a rather not so pony sized bag.
 
“HEY!”, she yelped, “What’s the big idea?” What was this devious dragon up to? A prank? Even with her head covered, she could hear what the surreptitious serpent was saying....
 
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Sweet Baby Celestia! This gal wasn't looking for Sonickers, Apollo bars or Ton-Tounge Toffees, she was out for ponies to snatch up and gobble! Oh the horror! And while she was just a filly, she was a proud member of a very long lasting family of R.E.A officers and other heroes. She was not going to just stand there with a silly bag on her head! She was going to take of the bag and give that very large, possibly magical dragon a good...erm. talking to? Yes! This would give Mister Rich and the Mayor enough time to alert the guard and possibly her father to save the ponies from being turned into sweets. And there was also Bebop. That scaly pony snatcher was probably coming from her now!
 
Wind Walker quickly removed the bag from her head and darted up away from the dragon. What the heck was Diamond Tiara's dad talking about. "No! Don't get a bag! Get the guard! Or Rainbow Dash, or SOMEPONY that can help us." she made sure not to stay in one place for long so the nasty beastie couldn't stuff her into another sack. "And for the record.", the filly glared back at Yuri, "Neither of us are babies..And it's also very wrong to put us in bags!" She really wanted to give the big meanie a hoof punch to her snout, but still could not make herself go through it. She was just too darn pretty to hurt!
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The Mayor lived her life with a glass half full sort of mentality. It was the only way to handle the myriad disasters that straddled this town like a determined rodeo pony. So when the Great Eastern Dragon decided to take her up along with some other...unfortunates...in her great coil, the Mayor didn't panic or even let go of her smile. Not even when the young one was tossed in the candy bag, and it was all because she had looked on the bright side: Being brought into the coil and tightened in such a manner really did relieve the pressure she had been feeling on her lower back after. All in all, not terrible.

 

She would be more upset at the situation if she didn't have a working knowledge of Eastern Dragons and how they worked. They were different from the dragons Equestrians were more familiar with and luckily when she was growing up her aunt had a collection of histories and sociological texts, so Eastern Dragons weren't new to her. This gave her a baseline understanding of how not to react to one. She seemed like a very friendly sort- overly friendly perhaps, but not ill intentioned. this would work well for all involved as long as it was understood, and the Mayor reacted reasonably.

 

"Why hello there, friendly dragon!" She said, subconsciously sheltering the other foal, "it's so nice to meet you! I'm Mayor Mare and welcome to Ponyville!" She said joyfully before reaching into her own candy pile, "I always enjoy sharing some of my candy this night with friends new and old, so here is some!" Smile, "but if you could be so kind to let the little baby out of your bag, because it is actually considered rude in Equestria to take babies. I know you didn't mean anything by it- aren't babies just so adorable?"

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Oh...she hadn't actually considered physically taking the babies back to her cave underneath the waterfall. 

 

...Why hadn't she considered it? The idea of flitting underneath the warm spray and entering a moss-strewn cavern filled with little babies running around and throwing opals into the air was...strangely appealing. 

 

But oh yeah, that would have been stealing, and stealing babies was a big no-no - not baby ponies, not baby dragons, not baby anythings. That was why she wasn't considering it right now.

 

Um...had never considered it. Ever. Never.

 

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"Oh I know that," the white dragon said brightly - and then paused, forehead furrowing slightly. "I know," she repeated, and whether the repetition was for the dazzling elder pony's benefit or her own was unclear. "These babies are for my pony friend hoard," Yuri piped back up after a moment, voice brightening again as she slowly unraveled herself from around the female and the baby she had picked up. "I am collecting them, you see. I already have a shiny prince pony friend, a fire-maker friend, and a smelly brown one that rides on metal dragon ships!" The two pony friends were counted off on her claws as a warm smile spread over Yuri's face, fondly remembering her time with Rivulet and the pony friends she had made. 

 

Yes...a giant cavern for her entire hoard to run around in...

 

Yuri didn't have time to contemplate the image again, though, as the blue baby she had placed in her bag began acting very cranky, causing the dragon to frown slightly. "But the pony kind put their babies in bags they carry around," she asserted, though her voice trailed off like a question as she glanced over to the two older ponies in the area. She had seen them, she had - large bags that the parents carried around, hooked on their forelegs. Though, they often looked much sturdier than the thin plastic bag she had, and much more comfortable, filled with blankets and the sort - but her bag wasn't that bad, she was certain.

 

Maybe it just needed a bit of sprucing up.

 

Unfortunately, she didn't have any nice materials to spruce up her candy-baby bag with, and Yuri, rather reluctantly, turned her bag sideways against the floor so that the baby could slide out of it. Fortunately, however, she got herself back up to a hover in time to see a treasure trove of free candy being pushed in on a cart, causing a happy squeal to escape Yuri's lips as she uncurled herself from the three ponies with voracious speed, a rustling of wind accompanying her relocation alongside the cart. "Yes, thank you!" Yuri exclaimed, immediately setting to push some of the candy from the top of the pile into her bag, gathering a rather nice score, before she surged forward to pick up the brown fuzzy-haired pony one more time. 

 

"Thank you for the free candy! Goodbye new pony friends!" A last squeeze around the elder pony's midsection, before Yuri dropped him to hover over the entire assembly, one claw flapping rather wildly in the air. "Goodbye babies!" And that was enough of that, as she zipped out of the doorway, once again streaking up towards the sky to squeal in delight with every crash of lightning she writhed around.

 

Because now she had the free candy to add to her hoard!

 

Except not all the free candy. Just the ones she would not be eating right now at this very moment. 

 

[[ Exit ]]

 

  

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A dragon, Mayor Mare said? Sure looked like no dragon Filthy Rich had ever seen before! Where were the wings? The spikes running down the back? The ghastly snot brimming with teeth? The reptilian eyes? Other than possessing scales and a horde, Mr. Rich would have said that this was most likely a different creature altogether... although who was he to argue with a mayor who most likely had a more informed opinion on the subject?

 

In the end however, the situation resolved itself without any foalnappings as the serpentine dragon grabbed its candy and left. This just left the three costumed ponies with the mad scientist. "Come along now!" the stallion bade the guests towards the pile of candy; "Scoop up all you can grab in one hoofful!" One advantage of being rich: being able to stock up on TONS of candy for everypony!

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Was... was that a dragon with a wizard's hat? And a dragon from home no less... unfortunately, she seemed to be leaving, so he couldn't talk to her at all. Oh well, maybe they would see each other at a later date. 

 

In any case, Xiêyè was now faced with what looked to be an abandoned house, aside from a small group of ponies. It felt like there were more around, but he couldn't see them. The longma stayed at the gate a moment longer before he walked up to the group and looked around at them all. 

 

"There is candy here?" He asked the stallion that seemed to be in charge. He wasn't quite sure  what the point was here, there were no obvious games or tasks to complete like the other two places...

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