Tanee-Chan Journal: Mystery tales
Journal entry Four: the missing star of the hearth’s warming eve Night
The Artwork above was done by Tanee-Chan
Story written by Thomas the writer
There one thing I learn of being Thomas assistance, there always strange event happening around us and you never know when it going to hit, even on the holidays that you might least expected, especially one particular case we have to deal, during the night of hearth’s warming eve.
Somewhere in the street of Canterlot, Thomas and I were on our way to meet up with a very important client that wanted to speak with us, for a very important case. I was hopping Thomas wasn’t going to accept any work during the holidays, but he did told me this particular client we going to meet, is an old friend of his and he trying his best to help him out, plus he also add, that he call several other ponies and none of them would help, even after the holidays. I ask Thomas why anyone wouldn’t help his friend for, but Thomas could say much, but continue on walking down the street. I stand wondering why he didn’t answer my question, but also notice he was ahead of me and I have to catch up with him quick. I saw Thomas made a quick turn of a corner by a peppermint lamp pole and there I notice something amazing on the pole, I see a poster sign for the next annual hearth’s warming eve play, the very play I been wanting to go see for a long time, but almost every year I try to get ticket for the show, they either sold out or they too book for a special event of high important ponies. I read the sign and it say they got more tickets on sale and maybe this year will be my time to watch the play, I keep on reading the poster and they also added, they will be sold out of ticket, by six o’clock in the afternoon. I look at the nearby store, where they have a clock on the wall, it said two o’clock, which give me plenty of time to help Thomas solve whatever case and try to buy tickets for the show. My mind was still thinking about see the hearth’s warming eve play, but not paying attention and notice that Thomas was carrying me on his back. I finally snap out of it and ask Thomas to put me down, he gently put me down and I was able to stand on my four hooves. I apology to Thomas for not paying attention, but he already accept my apology and told me were able to made our destination. I was a little confuse of what he said, until I look and notice an old theater building in front of us. I never seen this place before, even though I pass by Canterlot now and then, but this building in front of me, was the first time I ever seen. The building was run down and haven’t been fix for so many years. I turn to Thomas and ask him if this was the place we need to be, he nodded and told me to follow him inside, but also add to be careful of walking inside the place. I still have a little issue with old houses like this, since the very first case with the ghost at the old mansion, but I conquer that problem and know nothing going to happen. I follow Thomas up the step to the old theater and we both gone inside.
Once inside the place, I saw a lot of cobwebs on the ceiling and a lot of broke down furniture, while I was walking and looking around the place, I step on something that felt like a piece of broken glass. I look down the floor and saw an old picture frame, with a photo inside of it, I used my magic and levitate it up in the air and look at the old picture. Inside the photo show three ponies that used to hang out this place, but the weird thing with this photo, I recognize the three ponies before. The one of the unicorn is sweetie Belle, Rarity little sister, then the Earth is Apple Bloom, Apple Jack Baby sister and Lastly the Pegasi Scootaloo, a good Friend and a number one fan to Rainbow Dash. I remember seeing those three in Ponyville all the time and they call themselves the cutie mark crusaders, trying their best to find their inner talent and gain there cutie mark. My mind was still in memory lane, but I finally came back to reality and relies I was fallowing Thomas, which once again, he disappear somewhere. I sigh a little, knowing that I have to search for him, I remove the picture from the old picture frame and place it in my saddle bag and continue my way and hope to find Thomas. I search around the different hallways of the old theater and still haven’t found him yet, I was getting tired seeing the same thing over again, then I notice a pony from a distance from me and that pony was entering to some sort of room. My mind is telling me it was Thomas that got inside there, but my gut feeling also telling, it could be someone else, but since I haven’t seen Thomas or anyone else, I have no choice, but to follow my guess and hope it was Thomas I saw. I finally reach the door entrance, where I saw some pony enter inside, I try to read the sign on the door, but the writing was blurry and it was hard for me to read. I pay my attention on the door knob and try to open the door, but for some strange reason, it wasn’t opening, for an old place like this, I was surprise the locks are still working. I try to use my magic to open the lock, but it was a lot harder for me to do it, since I didn’t have any training on lock picking, so I try another approach. I walk a couple step away from the door, just so I have some good enough space, so I can try to charge towards the door and bust it open, by force. I stare down the door, knowing I going to break it down, I make a full charge straight it and when I was a few meter there, I notice the door finally open, but there I notice a pony was standing in my way and that pony was Thomas. I try my best to stop, but since I was going really fast and didn’t have enough friction to stop, I accidentally crash into Thomas and we both dog pile each other. Thomas look at with an anger look and I smile and apology to him, but knowing Thomas odd sense of humor, he accept my apology and help me back up from the floor. I dust myself from the dirt and start asking Thomas some question of where he was, but Thomas was asking me the same thing and I told him, I was right behind him, until I found something interesting. Thomas ask me what I found, so I pull out the picture from my saddle bag and show it to him. I explain to Thomas, the picture I found, was part of this old theater, but also added the three ponies in the picture, look exactly like the cutie mark crusaders from Ponyville. Thomas was pickle of what I found and believe what I said, since he did said we was going to find strange things, whenever we investigate together, but was wondering what year this photo was thought. I try to find the year on the picture, but I didn’t see anything that could prove how old the photo really is. So I pull spying glass from my saddle bag and we both look together and see if the picture have any historic belonging to that year. We didn’t find anything yet, except there was a poster behind the crusaders, that look very familiar to me, but I can’t put my hooves to it. So I told Thomas to look at the poster behind the crusaders and he was surprise of what he saw as well. He said the poster was for the hearth’s warming eve play, but the strange thing he also mention, the poster came out the same year as of today. I try to understand what Thomas trying to say, but part of me feel like it was impossible to find an old picture like this, to be the exact year of our time of day. But Thomas started to explain to me, it was possible to happen like that, he read somewhere in his study, that the timeline of the past, present and future, can be connected for a certain period of time, but he also mention, the event like that, only happen once every thousand years. So I said to him, in other of words of this pony theory, this event he mention, is happening right now, Thomas nod his head and explain that we are now right in a middle of a cross time effect and the only way to get out of this cross time effect, is find whatever was stuck in our timeline and bring it back to their proper one. I understood what he said, but there one thing that still trouble me, I ask him about the friend he wanted us to meet about our case, but when I ask him that, he ask me to follow him and show me something that he wasn’t happy to see. Where we stop, he show me a pony that look like a statue, but that statue was actually Thomas old friend. He explain to me that, he found his friend like this and also mention the effect from the time cross, it froze ponies that doesn’t belong in the time cross. I ask Thomas, if this sort of effect will happen to us, he wasn’t sure yet, all he can say to me is that we have to hurry and find what we looking for and fix this problem, but the real question is, how we going to fix it.
Thomas and I started looking around the whole theater, seeing something, that is out of the ordinary. I check a few desk nearby and Thomas start tapping a few walls, but so far, we haven’t found anything at all. Thomas started worry and he keep looking at me several times, he must be worry about my safety and wish he haven’t taken this offer, but he shouldn’t worried about me all the time, I know what I doing and I wouldn’t be able to be his assistance and help solve cases. While I was searching, I found something inside one of the desk cabinet. It was some sort of long red ribbon, that most mare wear around there mane, but then I relies something interesting, the red ribbon belong to Apple Bloom, the same thing that I saw on the picture. I used to remember Apple Bloom always wear her ribbon, but why this one was in this desk cabinet. I walk to Thomas direction and call him and show him what I found, when he try to examine the ribbon, he step on something on the floor and something started to move. The whole area of the hallways started to shake and we both held each other for our lives, we look around and notice one of the walls started to move, after all the commotion, we spotted a secret passage way to somewhere. Thomas head for the secret passage way and I was right behind, we both look and notice some steps, that lead straight up to some place. I pull out a flashlight and put the way for us, Thomas started walking up the stare and I stay behind and keeping the light up. We walk carefully, since this building was still old, I do my best not to freak out, but not able to see where the step lead to, it tend to scared you a little. After walking up the stairs for a little while, we were able to find another door in front of us, I was getting tired of seeing doors and all I want to do, is break it with my magic. Thomas try to open the door but have no luck, he ask me if I have any hair pin on me, which he was in luck, I have a few in my saddle bag, I give him one and place it on his hooves. He used the hair pin at the key hole and start moving it around, he wait for a few minute, until he heard an unlock sound. He open the door and we were able to walk inside, I was amaze he was able to do that, one day I might ask him to teach me that trick, but for now, we need to concentrate what is ahead of us.
We walk inside to some strange room and we notice something different of this place. There was a lot of pictures of different ponies from all over of Equestria, there even picture of me and Thomas. After seeing this place, it went from fear to a major creep out. I ask Thomas if we can leave her if we could leave this place, but he said there someone in here and he going investigate. I sigh a little and know I can’t leave him behind, walk further more to the room and notice a light not too far for us to see and Thomas was right, there was indeed another pony was in this place. We notice this pony was searching for something and didn’t notice we even here. We try to see who this pony was, but we were too far and we need to get closer, but without scary him. Thomas have a plan and told me to stand near by the door, wasn’t sure what he going to do, but I follow his lead and stand near by the door. I kept watch and see what Thomas was doing and notice he was sneaking up to him. The pony was still too busy searching around the place, but when he heard a noise, he turn around and notice Thomas and was in a shock surprise. Thomas try to calm down the pony, but the pony was still surprise and try to fly away and head for the door, but before the pony could get out, I used my magic and close the door and the slam towards the door and fell to the ground. Thomas and I finally able to see the pony and try our best, to see who it was. The pony was a young adult looking Pegesi and his cutie mark was a pillow like feather, I know I see this Pegesi before, but forgot his name was. Thomas shake the pony, trying to see if he was alright, then the pony came through and he saw him and jump from the floor and try to get away from us. I try to calm the pony down and let him know that we mean no harm to him. He look at me and back to Thomas and then relies he wasn’t going to get hurt and calm himself down. The Pegesi apology to us and didn’t mean for trying to run away. We both accept his apology and was starting to ask him a few question for a moment. He wish to answer our question, but he was in a big hurry and didn’t have enough time to answer. Thomas ask him why he was in a hurry, then the Pegesi explain to him, that he was from another time period and wasn’t meant to stay in our timeline too long. The Pegesi explain to us, that he travel to our timeline to search for something, that he left here long time ago, we ask him what he left, till he mention two simple items, a picture and a red ribbon. When he mention those two thing, then I relies something and I have to ask him, that big important question. I ask the Pegesi, if he was a close friend to an earth pony name Apple Bloom, he blush a little and then he say yes, but he add something else, that caught me a little surprise. He explain that Apple Bloom is his soon be wife and his name was featherweight. I didn’t believe to see featherweight in person, the little Pegesi that take a lot picture, now a full adult, but I have to remember this little pony is from the future and travel to our timeline. Thomas tap me on the shoulder and ask me if I have the things, which belong to him. I came back to reality and relies that I do have the ribbon and the photo, I grab them out of my bag and hand them over to featherweight. He look at the picture and ribbon and he was happy in joy to have them back, he told us that his soon to be wife Apple Bloom been looking for them such a long time and he wasn’t sure he going to find them for her. Thomas and I are happy that he got them back for him and wish him luck, for him and Apple Bloom. Featherweight want to thank us dearly for helping him and wanted us to reward us something. Thomas told him he didn’t need to, but featherweight assist and hand us over an envelope. I grab the envelope and look inside and there was two tickets for the hearth’s warming eve play, the very ticket I been wanting to get for a long time. I wanted to say something to featherweight, but before I could say something, he was already gone, then I turn to check up on Thomas, he disappear as well, next thing you know, everything started to disappear and before you know it, I woke up.
I started to look around my surrounding and notice I was outside and somewhere in the middle of Canterlot. I was sitting in a carriage and the pony driver was taking us somewhere, which I have no idea. I try to focus everything just happen, until I heard Thomas voice. I look at him and I was happy he was there and not gone. I ask Thomas a lot of question of what happened to us, but all he did was give a confuse face and wonder if I was doing alright. I explain what happened to us and give my best detail of my story, till he told me that all the thing that happened to me, was nothing more but a dream. He explain that we were in a long train ride that was heading for Canterlot, but then I fallen asleep on the long trip. He heard me dreaming and try to wake me up, but have a hard time doing so. I guess I was dreaming deeply, but wasn’t sure why I have that kind of dream for, Thomas said it might be an event, that might happened later one day, but not sure when. I guess I won’t know what it going to be, but for the best I won’t think about it too much. I did ask Thomas one thing, of where we going anyway, since we are in a carriage. He didn’t say anything, except looking at the destination, we finally reach. It was the royal theater, where they having the hearth’s warming eve play. He said he spoken to Princess Luna and ask her a favor for two tickets for the play, which she was able to and we got front row for the show. I was really excited and hug Thomas real tight, I thank him very much for this wonderful gift, but part of me feel bad, that I didn’t have the chance to get him something. But he told me not to bother about it, he just glad to have me as an amazing detective assistance, but as for me, I’m happy to help not only a famous writer, but an amazing friend.
And to all ponies a happy hearth’s warming eve
And to all people alike, a happy holidays.