It was a beautiful, spring day in Ponyland. The little ponies were busy setting up for a big party Truly and Heart Throb were throwing. They were having a lot of special guests that day, and everything had to be perfect. The Flutter Ponies were coming, along with the Princess Ponies. Megan, Danny, Molly, Julie, Tommy, Anne, and Franky were coming too, but they were bringing their own special guest. Julie was bringing her best human friend, Tina Cooke, to Ponyland that day. Firefly, Medley, Heart Throb, North Star, Paradise, Wind Whistler, Whizzer, and Lofty were flying down over the rainbow. Everybody was at Megan's farm, except Tina. She was still at home.
"Okay hop on," Firefly said.
"Julie, show me and Lofty the way to your friend's house," Medley said. "We'll go pick her up and meet you back at the Estate."
"Affirmative," Wind Whistler said, and the Pegasus ponies took off.
Julie, Lofty, and Medley arrived at Tina's house, and knocked on the window of the second floor. The window opened, and out came a little girl, with long brown hair in two long braids tied in big pink bows at the top of her head. She was wearing denim overalls with heart shaped buckles over a pink shirt, pink and white striped socks, and pink sneakers. Her shirt, socks, and sneakers matched her bows perfectly.
"Hi Tina!" Julie shouted, when she saw her. "These are Medley and Lofty. Two of the little ponies I told you about."
"Hi," Lofty said. "Hop on."
"I don't know," Tina said, a little nervously. "I've never been on a horse before. Much less a flying one!"
"It's okay, Tina," Julie said, as she helped her friend on Lofty's back. "I was scared at first, too. But I got used to it. And Lofty won't go too fast, will you?"
"Nope," Lofty said. "Let's go!"
Tina was still a little nervous, but she held on tightly, and Lofty flew off. Once everyone reached Ponyland, Tommy began running for the Estate. Whizzer flew off after him.
"Is it any wonder why those two get along so well?" Franky asked.
Everyone else laughed. Megan went to go catch up with Tommy. Molly took Julie's hand, and took her and Tina to the nursery to see the baby ponies. Danny went to go see what Surprise was up to. She had to help hang decorations, which was why she couldn't go with the other Pegasi to pick up the ponies' human friends.
As the ponies prepared for their festival, they were being watched from a dark castle past the Haunted Forest. This castle belonged to a witch named Maybelline Hemlock, who was the niece of the great and powerful Enchantra. Enchantra had been defeated from plunging the world into darkness by the little ponies ancestor, Fleur-di-Lis, and Claudius Nelson, and she had been destroyed. Now Maybelline was going to ruin their fun.
"I'll show you ponies," she said. "You'll pay dearly for destroying my Aunt Enchantra's power!"
Maybelline continued to look through her ball. She wasn't exactly sure how she was going to get even with the ponies yet, but something would come to her.
Back in Ponyland, everyone else was busy getting ready for the party.
"Come on!" Gusty shouted. "Let's play volleyball!"
"But we're supposed to help with the decorations," Lofty said. "If we don't do it now, Truly will have our heads!"
"She and Heart Throb want everything to be perfect because of the Princess Ponies," Danny groaned.
Truly heard his comment, and gave out a little "hmph!" Then she continued to put up decorations.
"Oh don't worry, darlings," Heart Throb said. "Go play your game! We have enough hands as it is!"
"Okay," Megan said, waving at Heart Throb.
Gusty ran to get the ball, and served it over a hedge the teams were using as a net. Fizzy gave it a good swat. Surprise flew into the air and sent it back over.
"Hey, that's not fair!" Anne shouted.
"Yeah, no flying and no unicorn magic allowed!" Franky shouted.
"Come on, let's just play!" Gusty shouted, rather impatiently.
Franky picked up the ball and gave it a good whack. Lofty backed up, and clobbered it with her hind legs.
"I got it!" Shady shouted, backing up. "I got it!"
Shady was about to get it, when she tripped over a small hole in the ground, fell backwards, and landed directly onto a cake Cupcake had just put the finishing touches on. It was completely ruined.
"My cake!" she shouted.
"I'm sorry, Cupcake," Shady said, standing up. "I didn't see that hole there."
"Oh, it's all right, Shady," Fizzy said. "I'm sure Cupcake can bake another one."
"Yeah, let's just finish the game," Gusty shouted.
Shady gave the ball a good kick. Once again, Gusty's team swatted it, and Shady went after it. As she ran, he tripped again, but this time, over her own feet. She grabbed a mouthful of colorful streamers Molly, Lofty, and Baby Lofty were putting up. They came loose and Shady crashed to the ground, letting a good majority of the balloons Molly, Lofty, and Baby Lofty had just put up fly away.
"Oh no!" Shady cried. "I'm sorry! I'll help you put them up again."
Shady took a red balloon and began blowing, but it started to get bigger and bigger.
"Hold it, Shady!" Lofty shouted. "I think that balloon's big enough!"
"Yeah, Shades!" Franky shouted. "You don't want it to explode!"
Shady was getting a little more nervous, and just continued blowing. Finally, the balloon just got so full, it exploded. POW! A gust of wind from the explosion just blew a lot of things around. Everyone's hair was a bit messed up.
"Oh Shady," Fizzy groaned.
"That was cool!" Tommy shouted. "Can you do it again, Shady?"
Julie gave her little brother a Look, rolled her eyes, and groaned. Shadt smiled sheepishly and grabbed another balloon.
"Let me try again," she said.
"Don't you dare!" Truly shouted. "I think we've had enough of you and your help for one day, Shady! We'll never be ready for the party now!"
"I was only trying to help," Shady said.
"It's okay, Shady," Megan said. "We'll handle the decorations."
"Yeah, we'll get everything together before the Flutter Ponies and the Princess Ponies get here," Gingerbread said. "No problem at all!"
By this time, Maybelline was watching the whole thing through her crystal ball. She smirked, and laughed. She finally had an idea to get even with the ponies.
"Now's the time to put an end to all those little ponies and their friends!" she shouted. She waved her hand over her crystal ball.
"Let's see them get past this," she said with an evil laugh.
Back in Ponyland, Truly, Heart Throb, and the others had just finished putting up the decorations, and just in time! The Flutter Ponies and the Princess Ponies had just arrived in Paradise Estate.
"Greetings, everyone!" Princess Sparkle shouted.
"Oh darling Princess Ponies!" Heart Throb shouted. "Have you found my true love yet?"
"We're . . . . . . working on it," Princess Starburst said, a little nervously.
Meanwhile, Rosedust was talking to Megan about an upcoming festival in Flutter Valley.
"We'd really like it if you could come," she said.
"I wouldn't miss it, Rosedust," Megan said. "By the way, where's Morning Glory?"
"I don't know," Rosedust said, looking at the other Flutter Ponies. "She was with us when she left Flutter Valley."
"Megan! Hey Megan!" Tommy called from above. Megan looked up, and saw that her little cousin was riding on Whizzer, and she was zooming through the air as usual.
"Watch me, Megan! Watch me!" Tommy shouted.
"I'm watching, Tommy!" Megan called back.
"Gusty, can you give us more wind?" Whizzer asked.
Gusty nodded, and lit up her horn, creating a little breeze, but it turned into a big breeze. It wasn't even a breeze at all! It was the biggest gust of wind you could imagine! Everyone had trouble staying on their feet!
"Whoa!" Forget-Me-Not shouted as she was blown into the air.
"Wow, Gusty, I didn't know you could do that!" Fizzy shouted.
"I can't!" Gusty shouted.
Whizzer was having a hard time flying. She couldn't control her wings in the wind.
"I think we're in a lot of trouble, yes we are, yes we are!" she shouted. "We're going down! We're going down!"
The wind managed to flip Whizzer, and Tommy fell off her back. Everyone gasped.
"Tommy!" Julie shouted. She covered her eyes, not wanting to look.
"Hang on, Tommy! Hang on! I'm coming, I'm coming!" Whizzer shouted, and she flapped harder than she had ever flapped before. She caught Tommy on her back and then landed on the ground.
"Tommy, are you okay?" Megan asked.
"That was fun!" Tommy shouted. "Can we do it again? Please, please, please can I do it again, Megan?"
Normally Megan would have laughed at this, but the wind was getting stronger. Everyone braced themselves, but it wasn't easy. A large gust of wind ended up picking up Megan, Anne, Franky, Galaxy, Gusty, Wind Whistler, Paradise, Fizzy, Truly, North Star, Shady, and Tina, and they were swept away from the Estate.
"Megan!" Molly shouted.
"Look out!" Princess Tiffany shouted, as her wand began to glow. All the Princess Ponies wands began to glow brightly, and magic shot out of them.
"What's happening?!" Buttons shouted, and her horn lit up. Things began rearranging themselves all around Paradise Estate.
All the unicorn horns began to light up and their powers were activated, but they had nothing to do with it!
"All the magic's going crazy!" Honeysuckle shouted. Suddenly, she and the other Flutter Ponies shifted to Utter Flutter. But unintentionally.
It was a big mess, with the wind blowing and all the magic going completely crazy. Megan grabbed the Rainbow of Light. She was about to open it when a giant gust of wind blew it right out of her hand.
"Oh no! The Rainbow!" she shouted.
"Megan! Are you all right?" Molly asked, as she, Danny, Julie, and Tommy ran for her and the others. They ended up crashing into something hard as glass. Megan, Anne, and Magic Star ran over and hit it, too.
"What the heck?" Anne asked, and she knocked on the glass wall with his hand
"It's a dome!" Tina shouted. "A dome covering Paradise Estate!"
"We're trapped!" Surprise shouted.
"Not all of us," Franky said. "We'll find a way to stop it, but first, we have to find the Rainbow of Light!"
"It blew in the direction of the Mushromp," Wind Whistler said. "Come on, everyone! We'll get to the bottom of this."
"And maybe the Moochick can help us!" Fizzy shouted.
"I sure hope so," Truly said. "Because now the party is just completely ruined!"
The ponies and their friends began to walk towards the Mushromp, using the fastest way they knew to get there. They had to cross a bridge, one that Applejack wasn't too crazy about.
"Why do we have to cross this bridge?" Shady asked. "Applejack said it wasn't safe!"
"It's the fastest way to get to the Mushromp," Wind Whistler said. "You know that."
"At least you're speaking English," Anne said.
The others stifled a laugh and continued walking.
"I agree with Shady," Galaxy said. "I don't like the looks of this bridge."
"So wink across it," Gusty said.
Galaxy winked across the bridge, as did Fizzy. She didn't trust the bridge, either. Gusty continued walking across it. After awhile, she turned around to see how everyone was doing. Unfortunately, she stopped suddenly, and Shady bumped into her. She stumbled backwards and knocked into Franky, and he knocked into Tina. All of them fell to the ground.
"Signal when you stop, Shady," Franky said.
"Sorry," Shady said.
"Come on, everyone," Wind Whistler said. "We must get to the Moochick's immediately!"
The ponies and their friends continued on their way to the Mushromp
Meanwhile, Maybelline (who was unaware that she didn't trap everyone at the Estate under her dome) was having a ton of fun playing around with the little ponies' magic. She was controlling the unicorns' horns, and the Princess Ponies' magic wands. Of course, it only applied to those under her dome. Even the baby unicorns were having troubles. Baby Gusty's horn blew the strongest wind ever, and combine that with Princess Primrose's magic wand (she could make the north wind blow), you had one pretty strong wind.
"Me can't stop!" Baby Gusty cried. "Me no like this!"
"I don't like it, either," Danny said.
"Me want Mama!" Baby Gusty cried.
"This is terrible!" Lofty shouted. "What are we going to do?"
"We can't control all this magic!" Princess Tiffany shouted.
"We have to get out of this dome," Firefly said. "The double loop should take care of this!"
"Be careful, Firefly!" Medley shouted.
Firefly backed up to gain enough speed. Then she flew towards the side of the dome, intending to crash right through it. She ended up crashing right into it. BONK! Then she slid to the ground.
"Not your best loop, Firefly," Moondancer said.
"Medic!" Firefly shouted.
"How are we ever going to get out of here?" Julie asked.
"We'll find a way," Danny said. "At least I hope so."
"That's right," Gingerbread said. "Megan and Anne and Franky are still out there. And so are Galaxy and Magic Star and Wind Whistler. Everything's sure to be all right."
In the meantime, the little ponies and their friends continued along their way to the Mushromp. It wasn't a very easy trip. Shady kept tripping over things, due to her nervousness. Truly was getting pretty fed up with her.
"I thought Sundance was the klutz!" she shouted.
"I don't mean to be so clumsy," Shady said, quietly.
"Hmph!" Truly shouted, sticking her nose in the air.
"Enough arguing, everybody," Magic Star said. "We're on a mission here!"
"That's correct," Wind Whistler said. "We desperately require to locate the Mushromp or else Ponyland could be done for, what with the enchantment going fanatical."
"What'd . . . ." Anne started.
"I said that we need to find the Mushromp or else Ponyland is doomed," Wind Whistler said.
"Is that what you said?" Anne asked.
"There's the Mushromp," Megan said.
"Mr. Moochick!" Fizzy called out. "Are you home?"
"Mr. Moochick, we need your assistance!" Wind Whistler shouted.
"I don't think he's here," Franky said.
"Darn that Moochick," Anne grumbled. She wasn't particularly fond of the Moochick.
"But he never leaves the Mushromp!" Fizzy shouted. "Wind Whistler said so herself! I think."
"Indeed I did," Wind Whistler said. "He never leaves the safe confines of the Mushromp."
"Well, where can he be?" Paradise asked.
"It doesn't matter," Truly said. "We've got to find the Rainbow of Light. It blew over here, and now we've got to find it. It should be around here somewhere.
"Maybe it's over here," Fizzy said, looking around. She began digging around, and finally grabbed something. "I found it! I found it!"
Fizzy then held a big, green hat in between her teeth, grinning confidently. A very familiar looking round shaped green hat. It dragged the ground as she carried it. The others were looking at her as if she were completely crazy.
"That's no rainbow," Anne said. Fizzy's smile faded, and looked to see what she was holding. The green hat was very familiar looking to her.
"What is the meaning of this?" the Moochick asked, coming over. He grabbed his hat away from Fizzy and put it on.
"Oops," Fizzy said, sheepishly. "Sorry."
"What are you little ponies doing here this time?" the Moochick asked.
"A lot's been going on in Ponyland," Megan said. "All the magic is going crazy at Paradise Estate."
"And a big glass dome closed over it!" Magic Star shouted. "We can't get in, and the others can't get out."
"And when we left, the magic was still going bonkers," Anne said.
"Oh dear," the Moochick said. "That's bad. Very bad, very bad indeed! I think I have a book that will tell us what's going on."
"This I gotta see," Franky said.
The group followed the Moochick into his cottage and watched as he began pulling books off the shelf.
"Maybe a couple of us oughta look for the Rainbow while he's making a mess," Anne said.
"Good idea," Megan said.
Anne nodded, and she, Paradise, Magic Star, Galaxy, and Shady went to look for the Rainbow while the others staid inside and watched the Moochick make a mess.
"I hope we find the Rainbow soon," Paradise said. "It could be the only thing to set things straight again."
"I hope so," Anne said, as she looked around the ground. "But I get the feeling this might be more than the Rainbow of Light can handle."
As Shady searched, she tripped over a patch of mushrooms and landed flat on her stomach. SPLAT!
"Ow!" she shouted.
"Are you okay, Shady?" Galaxy asked.
"Yeah," Shady said. "It only hurts when I laugh. Ha, ha, ha, oooh!"
"Hey Shady!" Magic Star shouted. "Look! The Rainbow's right by your hoof!"
"Huh, what do you know?" Anne asked, picking up the heart shaped locket.
"That was pretty lucky that you tripped, Shady!" Magic Star shouted.
"I don't feel so lucky," Shady said.
Shady pulled herself up, and she, Magic Star, Paradise, Galaxy, and Anne walked back into the Moochick's cottage. He was busy looking through a book.
"You won't believe it," Gusty said. "He found the book in under five minutes."
"You're right, I don't believe it," Anne said.
"Yeah, someone call Mr. Ripley," Franky replied.
"Now, explain to me what exactly happened," the Moochick said. "From beginning to end."
"Well, we were throwing a party for the Flutter Ponies and the Princess Ponies," Truly said. "And after Shady ruined all the decorations, they arrived!"
"Anyway," Magic Star said, giving Truly a Look. "Gusty created a little breeze."
"And that little breeze turned into a large hurricane!" Truly shouted. "It completely ruined my hair, and wrecked the entire party!"
"And then the Rainbow of Light blew out of my hand and over here," Megan said. "Anne, Franky, Tina, the little ponies, and I were blown from the Estate, and then the dome closed on the others."
"They can't get out and we can't get in," Anne said. "And now the magic is startin' to go haywire."
"I see, I see," the Moochick said. "Oh dear. That's not good. Not good at all. I was afraid of this."
"What?" Franky asked. "What's the matter?"
"Enchantra," the Moochick said.
"Wasn't she destroyed?" Fizzy asked. "A long, long, long, long, long time ago?"
"Indeed she was," Wind Whistler said. "Fleur-di-Lis, the first queen of Ponyland did it. The unicorns of Ponyland put their horns in concert and Enchantra was completely shattered after they generated enough enchantment."
"I'm not even gonna ask this time," Anne said.
"Well, this is the work of her niece," the Moochick said. "Maybelline Hemlock."
"How do we stop her?" Megan asked.
"With the Rainbow of Light, of course!" Gusty shouted.
"I'm afraid it's not as simple as that," the Moochick said. "The Rainbow of Light isn't powerful enough to stop Enchantra, or any of her relations."
"Well, what if we break the dome and get the other unicorns . . . ." Gusty started.
"That won't work either," the Moochick said. "The dome can only be broken when Maybelline is destroyed. You need to reach Maybelline's kingdom. There, you should find a bell."
"A bell?" Franky asked.
"How will a bell stop her?" Tina asked.
"It worked for Tambelon," Magic Star said with a shrug.
"Well, then, let's go," Megan said. "Thanks, Mr. Moochick!"
"You're quite welcome," the Moochick said. "But be careful! Once Maybelline finds out you're coming, she'll stop at nothing to stop you!"
"We'll be careful," Fizzy said. "Don't worry about a thing!"
The Moochick handed Anne a map to lead them to Maybelline's kingdom, and they were off. Of course on the way out, Shady tripped over another patch of mushrooms and landed on her stomach again.
"Oh really, Shady!" Truly groaned.
"Something tells me it's gonna be one of those days," Shady said, standing up. She started off, and ended up running head first into a tree branch. BONK!
"Klutz," Truly grumbled, and walked ahead. Shady shook her head out, and looked as if she were about to cry.
"Forget her, Shady," Magic Star said. "We've got more important things to worry about."
"Gotcha," Shady said with a nod.
Unfortunately, the Moochick had been right when he said Maybelline would stop at nothing to stop them when she found out. And was she ever mad when she found out that some of the ponies and their friends had escaped her dome!
"That blasted Moochick," she said. "Well, they won't get past me! I'll send my Snap Dragons to stop them!"
Maybelline's Snap Dragons weren't ordinary Snap Dragons. They were a cross between dragons and snapping turtles. Hence the name, Snap Dragons. They flew out of their perch in Maybelline's tower, and swooped down into the woods where the little ponies and their friends were walking. They saw the shadows and looked up.
"Yikes!" Anne shouted.
"What are they?" Fizzy asked.
"I don't know, but they're coming right at us!" Gusty shouted.
"Everyone run away!" North Star yelled.
"Duck and cover!" Franky shouted, diving to the ground. The Snap Dragon missed him by half an inch.
Everyone was in a panic. The unicorns lit up their horns, trying to use their powers to scare off the Snap Dragons. Megan, Anne, Franky, and Tina were hiding behind the trees to stay out of sight.
"Use the Rainbow, Megan!" Franky shouted.
Megan immediately opened the Rainbow of Light. It shot out and began to fend off the dragons. It worked for a little while, but the Snap Dragons were too much for it. They began snapping at the Rainbow, until it retreated into the locket.
"That didn't work?!" Anne shouted. "That should've worked! Why didn't it work?!"
"Don't worry, Anne, I have an idea!" Galaxy shouted. "I'll give this thing a hot foot!"
Galaxy lit up her horn, and heated up the Snap Dragon's foot, resulting in a hot foot. It screeched and began hopping up and down until it ran away.
"Way to go Galaxy!" Fizzy shouted.
"Come on, everybody," Anne said. "Let's keep going!"
As the group continued going, Shady tripped once again, and bumped into Truly. Both of them hit the ground with a THUD!
"You're such a klutz, Shady!" Truly shouted.
Shady just stood there. Tears filled her eyes, and she ran off. Nothing was going right for him that day. Magic Star ran after her.
"Shady, wait up!" she called. "I know you're having a string of bad luck, but everything should be getting better soon!"
"I doubt it," Shady said. "I've had bad days before, but never a day where everything goes all wrong!"
"Well, I'm sure things will get better," Magic Star said. "Come on. We've got work to do."
Everyone kept moving. Maybelline growled.
"You won't get away that easy!" she shouted. "You'll have much more to worry about before I'm through with you!"
Maybelline was about to clobber them, but then she decided to check in at Paradise Estate. She decided to fool around a little more.
"How long could they take?" Medley asked.
"I'm on pins and needles waiting here," Glory said. Then suddenly, sparks began flying from her horn. "Oh no! Not again!"
"Everyone look out!" Score shouted.
All the ponies and their friends began screaming and running to avoid getting clobbered by flying sparks.
"Whoa, hold it, everybody!" Tex shouted, trying to restore some order. "There's no need to panic!"
As Tex was trying to stop the panic, a spark from Glory's horn flew out and got the yellow Big Brother Pony in the hoof, resulting in a pony hot foot.
"Yeeeeeeeooouuuuccch!" he shouted, and he began jumping up and down. "Doggone it, Glory! What are you tryin' to do?! Give me a hot foot?!"
"I'm sorry, Tex!" Glory shouted. "I can't help it! It was an accident!"
"Everybody just calm down!" Slugger shouted. Then he felt himself being lifted into the air. "Whoa! Buttons! What are you doing?!"
"I'm not doing it, Slugger!" Buttons shouted. "It's like my horn has a mind of it's own!"
"Mine too!" Glory said.
Suddenly, it began to snow and hail. Everyone looked over at Princess Royal Blue who was trying to control her glowing magic wand, and at Powder, who's horn was lit up like Times Square on New Year's Eve!
"Cold!" Baby Heart Throb shouted. "Really cold, Mama!"
"Oh don't worry, darling," Heart Throb said, cuddling next to her baby to keep her warm from the wind, hail, and snow that was falling around the Estate.
"I feel like I'm in a gift shop snow globe," Danny said.
"Someone cut off the snow!" Cherries Jubilee shouted.
"We can't!" Princess Royal Blue and Powder shouted in unison.
"I'm cold!" Julie shouted, shaking, and her teeth were chattering. Both Medley and Cupcake ran to her sides and enclosed themselves around her.
"I wish Megan was here," Molly said, shaking a little herself.
It stopped snowing as suddenly as it started. Powder breathed of relief.
"About time," she said. "I was starting to get a headache!"
"Boy, the others better get back soon with a solution," Steamer said, as he felt himself being lifted off the ground and turned upside down. "I don't know how much more of this whacked out magic I can take! And besides which, all the blood's rushing to my head!"
"Sorry, Steamer!" Buttons shouted. "I can't control my horn!"
"Well, just turn me right side up before you put me down," Steamer said.
Buttons sighed. She couldn't guarantee that, and she had a feeling Steamer was going to be hanging upside down for quite sometime.
In the meantime, Megan, Anne, Franky, and the others reached a dead end. A giant wall blocked their path.
"It will be effortless for North Star, Paradise, and myself to get over this obstruction," Wind Whistler said.
"And Galaxy, Gusty, and I can wink to the top and back down," Fizzy said.
"I guess, Truly, Shady, and I have to climb it, though," Magic Star said.
"It's pretty high up," Tina said.
"No worries, Tina," North Star said. "You can ride on me."
"Any other takers for riders?" Paradise asked.
"Franky, you and Megan ride up," Anne said. "The rest of us will climb."
"You sure?" Franky asked.
"If you can't climb the rope in gym class, Franky, how are you gonna climb a wall?" Anne asked, getting a little impatient.
"Well . . . ." Franky started.
"Then shut up and climb on," Anne said, pointing at Paradise.
Franky knew never to mess with Anne when she was mad. He climbed onto Paradise, and Megan climbed on Wind Whistler. The three Pegasus Ponies flew into the air, while the three unicorns winked out.
"Just stay away from me, Shady," Truly said, as she began to climb the wall. "I don't want you knocking me off it!"
"Truly, give it a rest!" Anne shouted.
Shady actually let Truly and the others get a good head start before she started up. Truth be known, she didn't want to knock anyone off himself, which she had a feeling she would have if he got too close. North Star flew up to Truly.
"I say, you're not being very nice to Shady!" she shouted.
"I'm a Southern Belle!" Truly shouted, indignantly. "I don't have to be nice if I don't want to!"
With that, Truly continued climbing. Paradise and North Star looked at each other.
"She could really get on my nerves," Paradise said.
"Indeed," North Star said. "But I wonder . . . . . . would you believe me as a Southern Belle?"
"No, but I believe you as a Northern ding-dong," Franky replied.
North Star giggled. She didn't take it personally. She knew Franky was just kidding. Once the ponies and their friends were at the top of the wall, they surveyed the land.
"Looks like we've got a long way to go," Franky said. "There's nothing over this wall but forest, forest, and more forest."
"We'll just have to keep going until we find what we're looking for," Gusty said, and she winked out. Galaxy and Fizzy followed, and the Pegasus ponies flew down. Truly, Franky, and Anne began climbing.
"Shady, are you okay?" Magic Star asked, as Shady was slowly inching her way towards the top. She slipped a couple of times, and nearly fell, but she managed to hold on.
"It's just going a bit slow, Magic Star!" she shouted. "I'm fine!"
"With all that slipping you're doing, I'd say you're lucky you haven't fallen off!"
"I don't think it's luck. If you ask me, Magic Star, whatever good luck I have has gone bad on me!"
By that time, Shady had made it to the top of the wall. She leaned back, and ended up falling off the wall, directly into a mud puddle.
"Shady!" Magic Star shouted, horrified.
"Oh Shady, are you all right?" Tina asked.
"Fine," Shady said, leaning up. "Just covered in mud. Honestly, I don't know how some people can pay a fortune for this kind of treatment!"
"You were pretty fortunate, Shady," Wind Whistler said. "Envisage what would have happened if you hadn't landed in that mud puddle."
"I don't even want to think about it," Shady said, as she shook the mud off her. "And I don't think I was lucky. If I were lucky, I wouldn't have fallen!"
"You're pulling a Sundance on us," Truly said. "She used to be very clumsy. Only I think you're a lot more clumsy than she ever was!"
"Don't' start, Truly," Anne groaned. "We're in a hurry, you know."
"Let's just keep going," Megan said, trying to restore a little order.
The group continued on. They had a very long way to go. Maybelline was watching them through her crystal ball and laughed.
"Let's see you get past this, ponies," she said.
Maybelline waved her hands over her crystal ball. The ponies and their friends just continued walking. Magic Star stopped after a little while.
"We must be near a river," she said. "I hear rushing water."
"Doesn't sound like a river to me," Franky said. "Sounds more like an ocean."
"I agree," Anne said.
"I'm getting a bad feeling about this," Galaxy said.
Paradise felt a little spray on her neck. She turned around and her eyes grew wide.
"Whoooaaaaa boy," she said. "Guys, you might want to take a look!"
The others turned around and were just as surprised as Paradise.
"Ho boy," Gusty said.
"Mama mia!" Anne shouted.
"Good gravy Marie!" Franky yelled.
"It's a tidal wave!" Tina shouted.
"Let's get out of here!" Megan shouted.
Megan, Tina, and Anne jumped on Wind Whistler, North Star, and Paradise and the Pegasi flew off. The three unicorns winked out. Everyone else wasn't so lucky. They began to run, but ended up getting hit with the wave.
"Oh no!" Fizzy shouted, from a nearby rock.
"We're okay, Fizzy!" Magic Star shouted.
"We won't be if we don't get out of here!" Truly shouted.
"No, really, it's fine," Franky said. "Just a regular, ordinary flood. No problem."
"How can you say that?!"
"Because I can, Truly! Get off my case about it!"
Another wave washed over the swimmers. They all knew exactly what was happening. Maybelline was trying to drown them, and it looked like she was going to succeed. Franky grabbed onto a piece of a tree, and stood on it, using it as a surfboard. Since he had moved to California, he had picked up on surfing and was a natural.
"Surf's up!" he shouted.
"Cowabunga!" Magic Star shouted with a giggle. She climbed onto Franky's "surfboard" and rode it with him. Shady spied a tree branch, and grabbed onto it. She held on for dear life.
"I don't know how much longer I can hold on," she said, teeth clenched tightly around the branch.
"What about me?!" Truly shouted.
"Hang on, Truly," Megan said from the sky. "I have an idea!"
Megan reached into her pocket, and pulled out the shell the Sea Ponies gave her. She threw it in just as a giant wave knocked Franky and Magic Star off their "surfboard."
"Wipe out!" Magic Star yelled.
"Well, nice to see someone's up to date on surfer lingo," Paradise said from the sky.
"Shoop-ee-doo, shoop-shoop-ee-doo!" sang a chorus of voices. "Shoop-ee-doo, shoop-shoop-ee-doo!"
"The Sea Ponies!" everyone shouted.
"Hold on, everyone," Wavedancer said. "We'll take you somewhere high and dry!"
Shady let go of the tree branch, and followed the Sea Ponies down the newly formed river. The Sea Ponies led them to a spot of land. The Sea Ponies then swam off, not to be seen again until someone called.
"What a ride that was," Truly said, shaking the water out of her mane and tail.
"I wouldn't mind going through it again, knowing you can live through it," Franky said.
"You wouldn't be able to live through it twice," Anne grumbled. "Where are we anyway?"
"Well," Megan said, looking at the map. "This place isn't on the map."
"You mean we're lost?" Tina asked.
"Looks that way."
"What do we do now?" Truly asked.
"Beats me," Anne said, shrugging. Truly groaned and turned to Shady.
"This is your fault, Shady!" she shouted. "You're bad luck! Nothin' but bad luck!"
"Truly's right," Shady said. "I am bad luck! I'm ruining everything."
"Oh Shady, you're not bad luck," Magic Star said, nuzzling her friend.
"Yes I am," Shady said. "I'm sure everybody thinks that. I know you do, Gusty."
"Yeah, well, that was mostly the Smooze talking when I said it," Gusty said.
"You even said I was bad luck before you were Smoozed," Shady said. "I just know somehow this is all my fault."
Shady leaned by a nearby well, and sniffled. A stray tear or two fell from her eyes, and into the well. The others didn't know what to do or say. Shady had such low self-esteem, she usually believed it was all her fault when things went wrong.
"Hello?" a voice from the bottom of the well said. "Is anybody up there?"
"Hey, I think somebody's down there," Franky said. He grabbed the handle of the well and began turning it. Out came Morning Glory.
"Hi everybody," she said.
"Morning Glory, what are you doing in that well?" Gusty asked.
"I was on my way to Dream Valley with the other Flutter Ponies," Morning Glory said. "I stopped to take a drink, fell in, and my wings got wet so I couldn't fly out. What are all of you doing way out here?"
"Looking for a witch named Maybelline Hemlock," Anne said. "We got knocked off the trail and now we're lost."
"I know where her castle is," Morning Glory said. "Follow me!"
"How do you know where it is?" Truly asked.
"I've seen it before," Morning Glory replied. "All the Flutter Ponies have. Maybelline Hemlock is bad news!"
"We could use all the help we can get," Megan said. "We'll explain what's been going on."
The group got moving and started to explain to Morning Glory what was happening.
"That's awful!" she shouted. "Don't worry. We'll put everything back in it's place."
"I hope so," Shady said, and he tripped over a rock, and crash landed again. "Because I don't know if I can take much more of this!"
"Are you okay?"
"Fine. I'm just having a bad day, that's all."
"She's just very clumsy," Truly said. "Very, very clumsy!"
Nobody said anything else. They just walked along until they reached a dark castle in the dark part of Ponyland.
"There it is," Morning Glory said.
"It gives me the chills. Brrr!" North Star said.
"So where's this bell the Moochick was telling us about?" Franky asked.
"I don't know," Tina said. "Oooohhh, I knew I should have staid at home today."
"Don't worry, Tina," Megan said. "Everything's going to turn out all right."
"It sure will," Morning Glory said.
"I think we should just turn around and go home," Shady said. She took one step backard, and tripped, landing flat on her stomach once more.
"Oh brother," Truly grumbled under her breath.
Shady got up and followed the others. They had to find that bell. In any case, Maybelline was looking into her crystal ball. She wasn't happy with the recent turn of events.
"You've come farther than I thought!" she shouted. "No matter. The Moochick may have told you how to defeat me, but you never will! Not if I can help it, bucko!"
Maybelline waved her hands over her crystal ball to create another monster to sic on the little ponies and their friends. As they were walking, they ran across it. And it was another dragon. It looked exactly like the kind Tirac turned Applejack, Bubbles, Cotton Candy, and Moondancer into the first time the ponies met Megan.
"Eeek!" Fizzy shouted.
"What is that?" Gusty asked.
"A dragon!" Truly yelled. "What's it look like?!"
"How do we get rid of it?" Shady asked.
"Leave that to me," Franky said.
"Are you nuts?!" Anne yelled. "That thing'll barbeque you! You don't have anything to fight it with, anyway!"
"Details, details!" Franky shouted, waving Anne off.
Anne shrugged, and ran back to the others. Franky rolled up his sleeves, and picked up a big stick. He began waving it at the dragon, but the dragon just stared at Franky.
"What exactly are you trying to do?" Truly asked. "If you're trying to scare him off, it's not working!"
"Truly, will you please cut me some slack?!" Franky yelled, turning towards her.
That turned out to be a big mistake. The dragon gave him a good smack with his paw, and Franky was hurled over to a tree. WHACK! The stick flew through the air and landed in the dragon's eye. The dragon screamed and retreated, scratching at his eye trying to get the stick out.
"Not exactly as I planned, but it worked," Franky said.
"Yeah, great, Frank," Anne said. "But what's he gonna do when he yanks the stick out?"
Franky was about to answer when the dragon managed to yank the stuck out. Everyone turned around to look. He was blowing up like a balloon and smoke was coming out of his nostrils and ears.
"I've never seen a stick in the eye cause a reaction like this," Galaxy said.
"What in the world?" Gusty asked.
"I don't like the looks of this," Wind Whistler said.
"Everybody duck!" Franky shouted.
The dragon grew bigger and bigger, until finally, KA-BLAM! Purple scales rained from the sky. Everyone was disgusted at that.
"Ewww, gross!" Tina grimaced.
"Bleah!" Anne shouted, shaking the scales out of her hair and orange baseball cap.
"Look what you did now, Shady!" Truly yelled.
"What did I do now?" Shady asked.
"Yeah, Franky was the one who threw the stick," Gusty said.
"That doesn't matter!" Truly yelled. "Everything that happened on this mission, it happened because of you! You're giving us all your bad luck! And you started this whole thing with that wind storm!"
"I had nothing to do with that!" Shady shouted.
"So what?! You're nothin' but bad luck! And you're too clumsy to even do anything about it!"
Shady was about to respond, but she didn't. Instead, she turned around, and walked away to be alone. She didn't go too far. He just stood about fifteen steps away, lay down, and sniffled. She didn't want to start crying. That wouldn't accomplish anything. Megan, Galaxy, and Magic Star glanced at each other. Truly had been giving Shady a hard time since that volleyball game. They had enough of it.
"Truly, can we talk to you?" Magic Star asked.
"What?" Truly asked, sounding annoyed. "We're in a hurry here. I want to salvage what's left of the party. Shady's ruined it so much already . . . . ."
"Truly, stop," Megan said. "This can't go on. It's not all Shady's fault."
"Yes it is!" Truly shouted. "She's ruined our party, and she's gotten us into this mess! How can she possibly do anything without tripping and falling on her face?!"
"Oh Truly!" Anne shouted. "Can't you think of something else besides that stupid party?! So the party got a little out of the control because of some witch wanting to get even with you guys, big deal! That is no reason to take it out on Shady, who doesn't have anything to do with this entire mess and you know it!
Truly looked over at Shady, who was still laying there trying unsuccessfully not to cry.
"I guess you're right," she said, and she walked over to Shady.
"Shady," Truly said. "I wanted to apologize. I was just frustrated about the party being ruined by this witch, and I took it out on you. Just because you're having a bad day doesn't give me the right to do that. I'm sorry."
"That's okay, Truly," Shady said. "But right now, we've got more important things to do."
"Yeah, if we don't find the bell, we're in some serious deep sludge here," Anne said.
"What are we going to do?" Fizzy asked.
"Find the bell," Paradise said. "That's what. I'll go look for it. "The rest of you, if you should happen to see Maybelline, distract her."
"I want to look for the bell, too," Tina said, climing on Paradise's back.
Instead of arguing, the group just decided to let Tina go for it. Paradise flew off. The others were watching them leave.
"And just how are we supposed to do that?" Franky asked.
"Improvise!" Paradise called from the distance.
"How does she do that?" Gusty asked.
"Wonder about it later," Magic Star said. "We've got to figure out what to do while Tina and Paradise are looking for that darn old bell."
"You'll do absolutely nothing!" Maybelline shouted, appearing in a puff of smoke in front of the little ponies and their friends.
"What do we do now?" Megan asked.
"You heard Paradise!" Anne shouted. "Improvise!"
Improvising was going to be harder than everyone thought. Megan opened the Rainbow locket and let the Rainbow of Light fly out. Maybelline merely waved it away. Gusty, Galaxy, and Fizzy lit up their horns and used their unicorn magic. Maybelline just popped Fizzy's bubbles, and mixed Galaxy's warmth with Gusty's breeze, which felt pretty bad when put together since Maybelline made it stronger.
"Now that you all are helpless," she said. "Prepare to see the power of the all mighty Maybelline Hemlock!"
Maybelline held her hands into the air and blasted lightning out of her fingertips. Everyone ducked and dodged to avoid getting hit.
"Oh boy," Magic Star said. "I hope they find that bell soon!"
"Welcome to the club!" Anne shouted.
Maybelline laughed and continued shooting her magic out at the little ponies and their friends.
"I wonder how Tina and Paradise are doing," Gusty said as she ducked.
Tina and Paradise were wandering around the towers of the palace, looking for the bell.
"It should be around here somewhere!" Paradise shouted.
"Let's turn here. I thought I saw something," Tina said.
Paradise made a sharp turn, and Tina nearly fell off her back. She grabbed onto her mane and held on for dear life.
"PARADISE!" she screamed.
"Oh, Tina! I'm sorry!" Paradise shouted. "I didn't mean to turn so hard. I forgot you weren't used to it. Are you okay?"
"Yeah, actually," Tina said. "Actually, I'm better than okay. I found what we're lookin for! Look in there!"
"You found the bell!" Paradise shouted.
"Yeah! If you hadn't made that sharp turn, we never would have found it! Now all we gotta do is ring it! Come on!"
"Not so fast!" a voice shouted while a lightning bolt blocked Tina and Paradise from the bell. "Get away from there!"
"Look out!" Tina shouted.
Paradise flew upwards and dodged a bolt of lightning.
"What do we do now?" she asked.
"Fry, baby, fry!" Maybelline shouted, laughing like crazy.
Paradise continued ducking and dodging. Every time they did, they got further and further away from the bell.
"They'll never be able to ring it now!" Fizzy shouted.
"Never say never!" Anne shouted. "Come on! We've gotta help them!"
"Indubitably!" Wind Whistler shouted. Anne jumped on her back, and the two of them flew up towards Maybelline.
"Come on, everyone!" Truly shouted. "We need to give Tina and Paradise some encouragement!"
"Right!" Morning Glory shouted. "They've just got to ring that bell!"
Wind Whistler and Jerry flew right at Maybelline, and managed to knock her off her feet.
"Whoa!" she shouted.
"That'll teach you!" Anne yelled.
"Thanks, guys!" Tina shouted. "Come on, Paradise! We've got work to do!"
Tina and Paradise flew at the bell. The others began cheering, but the cheering was short lived. Maybelline threw out a piece of magic, and it was a direct hit on Paradise. She fell from the sky. Tina let out a scream until North Star flew up, and grabbed the back of her overalls.
"Thanks, North Star," Tina said.
"You're welcome," North Star replied, through gritted teeth.
Paradise's landing wasn't so smooth. She crashed. The others ran over to her, concerned.
"Paradise, are you okay?" Franky asked.
"I'm fine," Paradise said, standing up. "But I don't know how we'll get to the bell now."
"I think I might have an idea," Shady said. "Stall her."
"Shady!" Megan shouted. "Shady, come back!"
Shady ran off and went to the tower. The others looked at each other and shrugged. Megan climbed on Wind Whistler, Anne climbed on North Star, and Franky climbed on Paradise. The three Pegasi flew into the air, and circled around Maybelline. They weren't going as fast as Whizzer usually goes, but they were moving fast enough so Maybelline couldn't hit them.
"Stand still so I can blast you!" she shouted.
That gave Shady enough time to get up to the steps of the tower. She saw the bell, and she knew she had to jump.
"I wish Bow Tie, Sundance, or Lickety Split were here," she said. "They're the best jumpers in Ponyland. But . . . . I've got to try anyway."
Shady backed up for a moment, and crouched down. Then she took a leap, and hit the bell as hard as she could. That was enough.
BONG! BONG! BONG! BONG!
"Nooooo!" Maybelline shouted, as she felt her powers dissolve. Once that happened, all the magic in Ponyland was restored. Everyone began cheering loudly. Maybelline screamed. She grabbed a broomstick and began to take off.
"I'll get you little ponies yet!" she shouted. "You haven't heard the last from me!"
Shady ran down the stairs to join the others. Everyone was cheering.
"We did it!" Morning Glory shouted.
"Hooray!" Fizzy cheered.
"Now let's get back to Paradise Estate and make sure everything is back to normal," Megan said.
The group practically ran to the Estate. The dome around it was gone, and everything was restored to normal.
"You guys did it!" Julie shouted.
"We sure did," Magic Star said, smiling. "But actually, it was Shady who did it."
"Yeah, Shady, you were great," Gusty said.
"I do declare, she's the hero of the day," Truly said.
"Now we really have something to celebrate!" Magic Star shouted. "Race you back to the Estate, Shady!"
"You're on!" Shady shouted, and she began to race Magic Star to Paradise Estate. Unfortunately, she tripped over a small rock and landed flat on her stomach. Everyone around her gasped. Shady leaned up and sighed.
"Well," she said. "Nobody's perfect."
Everyone else burst out laughing.