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The Statement of Randolph CarthorseI assure you, gentlecolts, that your questions are pointless. I shall explain how I came to be here, and the rest, but I must begin at the beginning. Everything I tell you is true, to the best of my recollection, and should I omit anything it is not through deception.
It is true that Bon Mot and I had been the closest of friends for some months, although it now occurs to me how little I knew of the stallion, aside from his admission he had once been expelled from Celestia's School from Gifted Unicorns. Whatever he had learned there served him in good stead in our conversations about the oldest secrets of Equestria, and the mysteries of the Everfree, and the strange tales that came to Ponyville from lands far across the sea, or from times long ago. It is true that my passion, my talent, is for unlocking such enigmas, and in retrospect I should have asked why he was expelled. I will not deny that we had entered the Everfree with the express intent of reaching the Palace of the Two Pony S
The Stars Will Aid Their Escape : Ch. 2"Behold, ponies, the New, Improved, Great and Powerful Trixie!"
Rainbow Dash snorted. "Here we go..."
Applejack sighed and nodded. "Sure looks like she ain't learned a darn thing. I knew she was going to be trouble agin, the moment I saw her on the road. Didn't even have the good manners to say hello to Mac an' me."
There were only a handful of ponies watching. For one thing, most of Ponyville still considered her at least partly responsible for the Ursa incident. And her boasting looked to be as insufferable as last time. For the third...
"Why'd she go and set up way out here, anyhow?"
Trixie had put up her stage in an empty field near the Apple's farm, backing onto the forest.
"Well, you'd hardly expect the Mayor would let her set up in the town square again, or use the stage out by the school, after last time." Murmured Rarity "Even if it was those two colts who were really responsible, she was terribly rude to poor Twilight."
"Where is Twi anyway? You'd a thought she'
The Stars Will Aid Their Escape The GREAT and POWERFUL Trixie was, clearly, the most talented unicorn in Equestria, and just as clearly, the philistinism of rustic ponies like the ones she had rightly thrown off behind her, was no fault of hers. She was, after all, Great and Powerful. She was also lost.
The night was increasingly dark, as the moon sunk behind the mountains, and at some point the road had become a track, and the track a trail, and the trees were growing ever more thick and close around her, but even if her caravan hadn't been crushed to fragments there was no way in hay she would deign to go back and give those amateurs the satisfaction of witnessing her Greatness, ever again.
"The Great and Powerful Trixie is unconcerned by such trivia! No doubt there is some village ahead where ponies will appreciate my sheer. Magical. Talent!"
She snorted. Although ... still having her cloak and wizarding hat would have been nice...
The TrundlerThe waste land behind the fire station is always silent. No birds sing there, and even the wild rabbits and feral cats avoid it. Weedy wildflowers nod their seasonal heads in the breeze. Lying fallow in the midst of housing developments, shopping malls, the new movie theater — the vacant lot stands out like a knife wound on a woman’s placid face, shocking, brazen, ugly.
It is always empty. Except for one thing: a ragged heap of old trash, all nasty black tar paper and vicious snarls of rusted wire, car parts and broken glass and other junkyard jetsam. The embodiment of injury waiting to happen, an invitation to a tetanus shot... the city never hauled it away. No one ever wants anywhere near it; it radiates an eerie sense of calculating watchfulness.
And at night, it wanders.
When darkness falls, and the last cars heading into the hives of tract housing stop illuminating the asphalt with moving-picture shadows, it… unfolds. Bitter, broken tangles, grotesquely mov
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