Previously on Of Mare and Moon…
“Sure is taking a long time to get there,” remarked Minty.
“We also ain’t exactly movin’ at a high rate of speed,” said Applejack.
“W….wh……what’s that?” stammered Bon Bon.
“It’s coming closer,” said Starlight.
“COCKATRICE, RUN!” yelled Twilight running away with the others following. *The cockatrice follows after them*
“It’s chasing us!” wailed Bon Bon.
“How do we beat it, Twilight?” asked Starlight.
“If only there was a way to beat this thing but I have no idea and we can’t beat Nightmare Moon as stone statues!” thought Twilight.
“I’ll handle this, y’all go find a place to hide,” said Applejack.
“Applejack, you know less about this than I do, “ protested Twilight.
“True but I’ve handled tougher. How bad can a cockatrice be anyhow? Y’all better high-tail it on outta here, this is gonna be ugly. *the others hide* Alright ya varmint, I’ll give ya somethin’ to gaze at! *she twirls her rope and throws it around the cockatrice* *The cockatrice screeches back* I better do this quick without lookin’ *she ties the rope around the cockatrice’s legs but it slips out* Oh no ya don’t get back here! *she twirls the rope again* Ya’ll ain’t getting’ away that easily! *She throws the rope once more and again it lands around the cockatrice* One more try! *She ties the rope around the cockatrice successfully*
“Oh no, what have you done?” asked Fluttershy from nearby.
“I’ve just conquered this here cockatrice,” answered Applejack.
“It’s still an innocent creature, you shouldn’t harm it in any way,” replied Fluttershy.
“Innocent? You call turnin’ ponies to stone innocent?” questioned Applejack.
“Well I guess it’s not totally innocent but it still doesn’t deserve what you’ve done to it, you just need me to show you how to defeat a cockatrice,” answered Fluttershy. *She stares hard into the cockatrice’s eyes and the cockatrice runs away*
“That’s it?” asked Melody.
“Well of course, that’s how I beat it last time,” replied Fluttershy.
“You’ve encountered more than one?” asked Starlight.
“Oh yes and last time I found it was in the Everfree forest with the Cutie Mark Crusaders. They had gotten out and I had to rescue them. That’s also where I found you, Twilight as a stone statue,” told Fluttershy.
“I wish I could’ve gone that adventure, you lucky pony,” said Patch.
“Oh no, no, I’m not lucky at all, that was scary for all of us,” protested Fluttershy.
“Are you kidding? That sounds like that would’ve been a blast for me, I live for danger,” replied Patch.
“I don’t like danger at all. All I think about with danger is the innocent creatures and animals that may get affected by it and that’s only after I think of my friends,” said Fluttershy.
“I guess that’s why I love danger because I have nothing else to fear for except my friends but generally they don’t go when I go so I guess I have nothing to fear,” pondered Patch.
“That’s our Patch, always looking for excitement,” said Starlight.
“Well you’ve got to admit, this is pretty exciting. Wandering around in the dark looking for some evil pony is what I dream of,” said Patch.
“I prefer being safe at home,” stated Clover.
“Being safe at home is certainly one of the best things a pony can do but that requires a bit of knowledge of what all the machines in the house do, or it won’t be any safer at home than outside,” reminded Bright Eyes.
“Gee, I never thought a pony’s house could never not be safe but with my clumsiness I should’ve known that my house would be the least safe,” replied Clover.
“You just have to be a bit more careful about where you’re going, Clove,” said Patch. *Twilight starts shaking and slowly backing away*
“S-s-snake,” stuttered Twilight.
“Oh come on, you’re afraid of snakes?” questioned Melody.
“Oh yes, ever since our Winter Wrap-Up Day, Twilight began disliking snakes but I hope she can conquer her fear of them so we can press on,” explained Fluttershy.