Seconds from Disaster: Holiday Horrors
******This fanfic is based on National Geographic’s Seconds from Disaster TV show and contains facts mixed with speculation******
"Ponyville at Christmas is a time of joy and love with those you care about as you help others decorate the town for the holidays. Suddenly, the town tree's top ornament falls and breaks, leaving Ponyville without its usual beacon for Santa. What caused the ornament to fall? What makes the ornament so special and how can they save Christmas in time? Disasters don't just happen. They're triggered by a chain of critical events. Unlock the clues in those final Seconds from Disaster. Ponyville. Cotton Candy Café. Cotton Candy Café is an area where ponies can order delicious treats. It is also home to planning for the holidays. 8:10 AM. Ponies Triple Treat and Sweetberry are deciding on ideas for their tree's top ornament, the Here Comes Christmas Candy Cane. 8:40 AM. With the ornament decided, they work together and place it on top of their Christmas tree. 9:00 AM. Minty drops by and marvels at its appearance but can't help but feel something is off. 9:25 AM. Minty finds a balloon and flies up to try and fix the candy cane, which is not standing straight. 9:30 AM. The weight of the candy cane is too much for the special holder on top of the tree and it falls out, leaving Minty helpless as it shatters on impact with the ground. Christmas is over as far as Minty is concerned."
"Now by rewinding the events of that day and going deep into the investigation, we can reveal the chain of events that destroyed the Here Comes Christmas Candy Cane" and why no one stopped Minty from tinkering with it. The first question on the investigators' mind is why no one was around to stop Minty in the first place." *Sweetberry comes on screen*
"We were all so busy putting up decorations that we weren't even aware Minty was even gone. Plus we probably thought that if Minty needed our help, she'd come to us," explained Sweetberry.
"Although this explains why no one came to help, it doesn't explain why Minty decided to fix the leaning candy cane in the first place." *Minty comes on screen*
"It's kind of my nature. If I see something that isn't quite straight, I attempt to fix it and the Here Comes Christmas Candy Cane wasn't properly straight. I didn't know it'd eventually fall out," said Minty.
"The next question investigators have to answer is what the candy cane is made of that makes it so easily breakable, even in snow," *Triple Treat comes on screen*
"Well the material had to be light so we could carry it. It's going on the top of Ponyville's tallest tree so it was pretty much a giant edible candy cane. It was also pretty fragile because of this," admitted Triple Treat.
"Now investigators need to understand why Minty never told anyone what she did so it could've been fixed," *Sparkleworks comes on screen*
"Minty tried to tell me something but she was clearly somewhat hesitant and while I wanted to listen, it was again due to how busy we were. Obviously had we known, we'd definitely stop to fix things," stated Sparkleworks.
"Now we can finally reveal the chain of events that left Christmas in ruins. 1 hour until disaster. Plans for the Here Comes Christmas Candy Cane take shape. 45 minutes left. The candy cane made from edible ingredients is placed on top but it's lightweight material makes it prone to tipping. 20 minutes left. Minty's desire to fix anything that isn't properly straight kicks in and Minty takes to the skies to correct the candy cane. Disaster strikes. Tinkering with the candy cane proves to be too much for it to stay in place and it falls out, shattering on the ground."
"After the disaster, the ponies have added ribbons around their candy cane so that it remains straight and less likely to fall out. Minty has agreed to be much more careful about what she tinkers with and the town has agreed to have one pony watching the ornament in the hours before Christmas to ensure that their beacon of Christmas never goes out again."