For Jenna 'Speedy' Gentry: HAPPY 21ST BIRTHDAY!!!
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: The Mystery of the Forest
Speedy a red unicorn filly with a brown main walked through the forest on the outskirts of ponyville. Speedy was the towns local herbiest, she also studied the useless science of alchemy. She knew it didn't work but she liked the whole idea of alchemy. She liked that fact that you couldn't get anything for nothing. She also found a way to use her alchemy knowledge in making the medicine and potions. Speedy's cutie mark was in fact the symbol for alchemy with a plant behind it. Today she was looking for a special plant to fill an order for Apple Jack, which would guarantee her newly planted apple trees would grow to be big and strong. This potion would be the equivalents to merical grow on Earth. It was a lovely spring day, but she couldn't tell that from the covering of the trees.
"Well it may have taken me all day to find this root but at least I had a day away from all toughs annoying ponies complaining about me putting the Jack's order before theirs" said Speedy as she walked back towards ponnieville. She had on her waste two full saddlebags of a special root that would make her potion and she was going straight home to work on, but fate had another plan. As Speedy walked along she couldn't see the road in front of her, it was getting late in the day and trees coverings were becoming a nuisance to the horse. As she trotted along the road she tripped over what she thought was a log. As she landed face first in the road the log moved.
Before she blacked out she saw a royal blue foot step in front of her. "Are you okay Miss?" the foot said but his voice was drowned out by her brain shutting off.
As she opened her eyes Speedy she discovered that she was in a cave. She looked around for her saddlebags and began to panic when she couldn't see it until she looked towards the back of the cave. There leaning up agents a large rock was he saddlebags, with all the roots still in the bags.
"How did I get here" she said as she looked around the cave. What she saw was just an empty cave she then noticed she was laying on a large leaf. "Where am I?" asked Speedy as she got up and rubbed her head.
"My cave" said a male voice, as Speedy turned towards the front of the cave she saw him, the thing she tripped over. The pony in front of her was a royal blue steed. His main was short, rarity, and brown, his tail was also shorter than the other steeds she saw walking around town. This steed though wore something Speedy had never seen a horse wear. This steed wore what humans would call pants.
"You live here?" asked Speedy as she walked over to her saddlebags and picked them up and sled them onto her back.
"What about it?" asked the steed as he dropped a cloth poach onto the floor. As the poach opened up it revealed to have enough carries for the two of them to eat.
"Why do you live out here?" asked Speedy as she walked up to the steed. "Is the forest your love?"
"No" he said as he sat down and began to eat some of the carries out of the poach.
"Is your cutie mark a tree or bush?" asked Speedy trying to make a conversation with this horse.
"Okay what's your name then, I'm Speedy" said Speedy as she held her hoof out.
"I don't have a name" said the steed as he pushed the carries over towards Speedy for her to eat her share.
"Um okay then, I guess I should start heading home" said Speedy as she began to walk out of the cave.
"No don't" said the steed
"Oh, now you want me to stay?" asked Speedy
"Not really, but if you go out now you're going to be caught in a rain storm" said the steed
"Yea right it's perfectly dry out" said Speedy as she began to left the cave and began to walk towards home. Stupid forest horse, it's perfectly thought Speedy but her thought was interrupted by a thunder rawer. "Well at least it's just thunder" said Speedy but as she looked up the sky opened up. Rain began to poor out of the sky and onto the ground, and with that on Speedy. Speedy ran back towards the steeds cave and as she reached it she shock herself to try and try off.
"I told you" said the Steed who was sitting in the back of the cave.
"Yea, Yea, Yea" said Speedy as she bent down and ate out of the poach. The steed walked over to Speedy as she ate and he placed his pants on her back.
"You'll freeze if you don't try off" said the steed as he walked back to his side of the cave and sat down. Speedy stopped eating and looked back at the pants covering her.
"Why won't you tell my your name?" asked Speedy as she looked over at the steed.
"Because I don't remember it" said the steed
As he sat down Speedy noticed that he had no cutie mark, she had been proud to say that she knew every pony by his or her name just by looking at the cutie mark, but this steed had none. Speedy then remembered a conversation she had once with one of her customers, Doctor Whoovers.
"Have you ever seen a blue horse in the forest when you go to find your herbs and roots?" Doctor Whoovers asked as he grabbed the bottle of pills he had picked up from Speedy's shop.
"No why?" asked Speedy
"If you ever see and blue horse in the forest with no cutie mark stay away from him"
"He's crazy, back when I was a young buck he was being teased for not having his cutie mark and he destroyed the entire school house and ran off into the forest" said Doctor Whoovers "We know he's still alive because some people still see him from time to time"
Speedy's thoughts fade out and she saw the steed sleeping on in the dirt on the other side of the cave.
"He's just a social Outcast" said Doctor Whoovers in her mind.
"Outcast" said Speedy, when she spoke a lightning bolt hit not more than a mile from the cave
"What?" said the steed as he lifted his head
"I know you name" said Speedy with a smile
"Oh yea" said the steed as he yawned and placed his front hooves under his head "What is it?" he asked
"Outcast" she said with a smile, and then she heard a noise which scared her more than thunder and lightning. Outcast began to snore. Speedy smiled and shook her head and lowered it "Goodnight Outcast" she said as she closed her eyes and listened to the sound of the rain.
In the morning Outcast was woken up when his head it a rock that was along to path back to ponyville. Speedy had used her horn pull him along behind her. He looked forward, or in his case backwards and saw that his tail had a red sparkling magic surrounding it.
"What on Earth are you doing Speedy?" asked Outcast as he tried to stand and pull away but he just fell back onto his face.
"Good morning Outcast" said Speedy as she kept walking, she had a smile on her face and was as happy as any of the other ponies.
"Where are you taking me?" asked Outcast
"To my house, I'm going to help you find you're cutie mark" she replied with a smile
"Yea, well maybe I don't want my stupid" and he was going to continue, but then Outcast finally realized that his pants were missing. "Where are my pants?" he said in an unamused voice.
"Back at your cave hanging up" said Speedy "You don't want them to get all mildewy do yea?" she asked as she kept dragging him.
"But everyone will see I don't have a"
"What?" asked Speedy as she stopped and turned to look at Outcast "You said you didn't care about your cutie mark?"
"I don't care if I don't have it, but other ponies do" said Outcast as he sat up and looked sadly down at the ground "You see back when I was a mere"
"Yea, yea, you ran away from home I already know that" said Speedy as she looked at Outcast. "Now are you going to come with me or not"
"I choose not" said Outcast as he stood up and began to walk away. As he walked he closed his eyes, but what he didn't notice was that he was walking, just moon walking. Speedy still had hold on his tail and she was walking in the other direction.
"Fine, we'll just have to do things the hard way" said Speedy as she kept walking.
As the two of them walked through town, all the other ponies stopped what they were doing and stared at the two. As Speedy entered her home and place of work she closed the door after Outcast was safely inside. Outcast stopped walking and opened his eyes when he heard the door close.
"Where did you bring me you witch?" asked Outcast as he got close down to the floor, trying to hide.
"I'm not a witch" said Speedy as she placed her saddlebags down behind her corner and walked over to Outcast "I'm a unicorn"
This made Outcast look up at her head and he said "Oh" and he sat up and Speedy closed the drapes on her windows. Outside on her door lied a sign that read closed, then the sign glow and it switched back around to open.
"Here try this" said Speedy as a bottle of green liquid floated over to Outcast "I made this for the Cutie Mark Crusaders once" she continued as she began to move around bowls and other mixing objects.
"The who?" said Outcast as he held the bottle in his front hooves.
"Oh, they're a group of young girls that go around trying everything to make their cutie mark to appear"
Outcast grabbed the cork with his mouth and pulled it out of the bottle, the liquid stuck to high heaven. "Well did it work?" he asked as he held his noise
"Well no, but maybe it has to be an older horse" said Speedy as she began to mix her root in with other ingredients to make Apple Jack's formula.
Outcast drunk the liquid and when he did he felt his hindquarters burned and Outcast made a noise and looked at it. Speedy looked at his hindquarters with excitement, but nothing happened.
"Great this dang thing a dud" said Outcast as he tossed the bottle to the floor but before it broke Speedy caught it with her magic.
"Well maybe it has to take some time to take effect?" said Speedy as she kept mixing her formula.
"Nah, I'm going to see if I can sneak out of town before anyone notices me" said Outcast as he pulled the curtains aside to see if the streets where still full of other ponies.
"You know you can always go with me to deliver this to Apple Jack" said Speedy with a smile as she held up the now completed formula.
"Nah" said Outcast as he let go of the curtains "I think I'll just go back to my cave" and Outcast walked out the back door of Speedy's house.
"Men" said Speedy as she placed the formula into her saddlebags and pulled them on and left through the front door.
As Outcast walked through the streets of Ponyville he tried not to draw suspicion to himself and it would have worked but he bumped into a horse that knew him.
"Hay do I know you from somewhere?" asked the green filly.
"Ah no, I'm just leaving" said Outcast and then he bumped into Doctor Whoovers
"Hay, you're back from hiding in the forest" said Whoovers with a smile "You're parents will be so happy" he said as he put his one hoof around Outcast shoulders.
"Hay I just remembered I have to go and help a friend" said Outcast as he lifted his one hove and pointed back towards Speedy's house. Outcast got free from Whoovers grip and ran back towards the house of the herbiest. As he entered the house he noticed that Speedy was gone. "Oh yea I forgot" said Outcast as he looked down at the floor, as he did he spotted a note Speedy had left him.
"Dear Outcast" said Outcast out load as he read, he read very slow and very poorly because he had read anything in so long. "I'm going to the apple ranch outside of town, I knew you'd be coming back so I left you the directions to it" "Yea right" continued Outcast as he tossed the note to the ground "Like I wouldn't know where the Jack's apple farm, it's been there for forever" said Outcast as he ran out the front door.
"Well here's your formula" said Speedy as she handed it to Apple Jack.
"Well shucks there Speedy that sure was fast" said Apple Jack as she began to poor the formula onto her newly planted apple trees.
"Hay Jack" asked Speedy as she helped Jack poor "Have you ever heard of the blue forest horse?"
"Yea" replied Apple Jack "He's just a social outcast that ran off into the forest, why?"
"Because I have him sitting in my house right now"
"What?" said Rainbow Dash as she came flying out of the sky "You have Outcast in your house?" asked Rainbow Dash
"Ah yea" said Speedy
"Dash you where ease dropping" said Apple Jack and Speedy just smiled and let the two ponies argue.
"Is that who I think it is" said Apple Jack as the two ponies stopped fighting and saw Outcast standing at the farms entrance.
"Thief" yelled Apple Jack's mother as she came running up to Outcast
"What?" said Outcast and Speedy at the same time
"He stole and entire barrel of pickings last night!" yelled the old horse
"No I did not" said Outcast as he looked at the old horse then back at Speedy "You see this is why I didn't want to come back here because I would be used as the scapegoat!"
"He stole our apples!"
"No he didn't" said Speedy "Last night he was sleeping in a cave with me" Dash and Jack both looked over at Speedy with a grin and Speedy continued "He slept on one side, I was on the other"
"Well if he didn't do it who did?" asked Jack
"Did you bother to look for foot prints?" asked Outcast as he looked at the small group of fillies.
"Well did you mother?" asked Apple Jack
"There wasn't any" said Mrs. Jack
"There are always prints" said Outcast as he walked past the fillies towards the barn house "You still keep them in the barn?" asked Outcast as he walked towards the barn
"Yea" said Apple Jack
"Why do you know where we keep out apples?" asked Mrs. Jack
"Because I used to work for you" said Outcast as he walked into the barn.
"Only blue pony we ever had work for us was
" and the name she said was covered up by the sound of the doors opening.
"You see these?" said Outcast as the fillies all came and looked down at where Outcast was pointing, what they saw where two little lizard feet walking two and two out of the barn. Outcast pressed his hoof on one of the prints and lifted it up "My feet aren't that small" said Outcast, he then smelt the prints and said "You're cooperate were probably the family of monitor lizards that live in the forest that came here looking for food" said Outcast and he began to sniff the ground and fallow the smell into the forest.
The four other horses fallowed him.As they finally came to a big oak they saw a group of apple cores lying at the base. "See" said Outcast as he pointed at the lizards eating what was left of the apples way up in the trees.
The Jacks just looked up at the lizards and Apple Jack said "Well mama I guess we'll just have to get a lock for our barn now"
"I'm sorry" said Mrs. Jack "I'm sorry I ever doubted you Mystery"
"Mystery?" said Speedy confused as she looked at Outcast
"Oh yea" said Outcast in a smile "That was my name Mystery" and then his butt started to glow and he turned his head to see what his cutie mark would be. Speedy and the others all watched in amazement and then a red question mark appeared on Outcast's hindquarters.
"Well Mystery" said Speedy with a smile "I guess you're purpose in life is to solve mysteries"