Chapter 8: Bridal Gossip

It was a beautiful day in Ponyville. Rainbow Dash actually got up early for once and cleared all the clouds away. Unformatted she came that day as well…

The entire town hid from her.

Expect for two…

Twilight and Spike. They were still new in the town.

Then Pinkie whispered for her to come into Sugar Cube Corner.

"What's going on?" asked Twilight, "What are you doing alone in the dark?"

"I'm not alone in the dark." Said Pinkie.

She moved the light to show that they weren't alone, their other friends as well as Apple Bloom and Dinky were there.

"What are you doing here in the dark?" asked Twilight.

"We're hiding from her!" said Applejack.

They pointed to a lone figure outside digging at the ground. The figure turned to them and all but Twilight had Spike hid.

"Did you see her Twilight, did you see Zecora?" asked Apple Bloom.

"Apple Bloom what have I said about saying that name." scolded Applejack.

"Zecora?" asked Twilight.

"She's a Zebra who lives in the Everfree Forest." Explained Everlasting, "Thanks to the fact lives in the Everfree forest and she does who knows what, everypony in town thinks she an evil enchantress."

"I even wrote a song about it!" said Pinkie.

Pinkie began to sing the song, while the rhymes were good the melody was too hectic.

However she this about the song "It's a work in progress."

"Sure it is." Muttered Carrot Top.

They went back to the window and saw Zecora take off the hood.

"Seriously what's with the garish strikes?" asked Rarity.

"She's a zebra, she's born with them." Said Twilight.

"Many are from a land far away." Said Everlasting.

"I've never heard of Zebra's living in Equestria." Said Twilight.

Everlasting stared at her.

"You need to get out more." Said Everlasting.

Twilight stared at Everlasting.

"Never mind." Mumbled Everlasting.

"Wait how do you even know about that kind of pony." Said Rainbow Dash.

"There's a large population back in San Franciscolt…" said Everlasting.

Much like Twilight Everlasting was not originally from Ponyville. The reason why she moved will be explained another time.

"She's not a pony." Mumbled Twilight, "I've never seen her around Ponyville, where does she live?"

"That's just it, she lives in the Everfree Forest!" said Applejack.

Spike had broken away from the group and started rummaging though the deserts, he ended up knocking into pots and pans, which crashed, which sounded oddly like thunder.

"Uh-huh…" said Twilight.

Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash and Applejack gave her reason for why the Everfree Frost was creepy.

"Wait… did you forget the epic adventure we have not to long ago in the Everfree Forest." Said Everlasting.

"It's creepy… but it's not like we've to it before." Mumbled Carrot Top.

"The Everfree Forest is fine to me." Said Derpy.

"See." Said Twilight.

"So I guess you three have tired to talking to her." Said Twilight.

The three looked away from Twilight.

Twilight sighed…

"So what does she do?" asked Twilight.

"Well once a week she lurks by the stores." Said Derpy.

"OOooo." Said Twilight.

"And sometimes she digs at the ground." Said Carrot Top.

"OOOOO Scary." Said Twilight sarcastically.

Carrot Top rolled her eyes.

"Don't you think she might be trying to shop?" asked Twilight.

"Everypony likes to shop." Said Apple Bloom, "I think."

"Quiet Apple Bloom the big ponies are trying to talk." Said Applejack.

Apple Bloom sighed.

"It's okay, they rarely lien to me either." Said Dinky.

"Yeah but your younger than me." Said Apple Bloom.

The Adult Ponies continued to bicker and Twilight brought up the point if somepony was just brave enough they would find out what she's doing.

"I'm brave enough." Muttered Apple Bloom, she began to leave and Dinky followed.

Apple Bloom would have argued that she was too young… well had Dinky not been a foal prodigy and got better grades than her.

The two foals followed the zebra where she was going.

Back at Sugar Cube Corner they were still talking about Zecora.

"I heard she eats hay!" said Pinkie.

Twilight was about to say something to her.

"Don't try to dignify that one…" muttered Carrot Top who knew that one was just stupid.

"Hey! Where did Apple Bloom go?" asked Applejack.

"Muffin where are you?" asked Derpy.

"The door's opened!" yelled Rarity.

"They must have followed Zecora!" yelled Applejack.

The managed to find the two fillies following Zecora. They walked through some blue plants when they found them.

"Apple Bloom get back here!" yelled Applejack.

"Dinky get over here." Said Derpy.

Both of them the two fillies… and them on their backs… well really Applejack's back and Carrot Top's.

"Listen pony folk! Those leaves of blue are not a joke!" called out Zecora.

"Keep that mombo jumbo to your self." Said Applejack.

Most of the other ponies in the group agreed.

"Um… that's the way many zebra talk." Said Everlasting.

"How would you know that?" asked Applejack.

"You don't know that because Ponyville doesn't have a Zebra history month." Said Everlasting.

"Beware! Beware!" shouted Zecora.

"You and lame curses better beware!" yelled Rainbow Dash.

"I don't think it was a curse… I think she was trying to warn us." Said Everlasting, she sighed and muttered to herself, "If they're not going to listen me before why would they now…"

"Cures aren't real." Said Twilight.

"Oh and this is coming from Ms Magic Pants over here." Said Rainbow Dash tapping her horn.

Twilight began to explain the differences between her magic and curses, saying they were just "old pony tales" of course Nopony in the group cared.

With Applejack giving a cryptic "Some pony tales are real."

Sadly it turned out applejack was right. The next morning Twilight found her horn covered in blue spots and was all floppy.

The next morning she and Spike decided to look for what was happening.

That was when Pinkie came in and her tongue was in a similar condition as Twilight but swollen, she tried to talk but couldn't as it came out muffled.

"What is trying to say?" asked Twilight.

"I have to agree with Pinkie Pie." Said Rarity as she came in, all of the fur on her body had grown extra long and ratty.

Spike tired not to laugh but couldn't help himself.

"Well at least Rarity's better than mine." Said Carrot Top, who's mane and tail were now literally carrots.

Spike looked at Everlasting, Derpy who arrived with Carrot Top as well as Dinky.

Everlasting sighed.

"I evah on aedi tahe m'I neve gniyas… s'tahw esrow si ym gnitirw si detceffe oot…" said Everlasting with a heavy sigh.

"I belie what she's saying is another language or something else we haven't seen yet." Said Derpy in a slight accent, "We just need to figure out what she trying to say… do you know morose code by the way."

Everlasting stared at Derpy.

"Mommy's acting really weird." Said Dinky.

That was when Rainbow Dash crashed in because her wings were upside down she began crashing everywhere in the library.

"Look was Zecora did!" said Rainbow Dash.

"Rainbow Dash is right!" said Applejack who came in on Apple Bloom, because she was tiny now.

"But what about Fluttershy?" asked Carrot Top.

Fluttershy looked normal but refused to say anything. Even when they tried asking.

"It's entirely possible that it effected her speech much like Pinkie Pie and Everlasting Imagination." Said Derpy.

Fluttershy nodded.

"Will you try to say something?" asked Derpy.

Fluttershy shook her head no.

"Did you lose your voice?" asked Derpy.

Fluttershy shook her head no.

"Ho, I dluohs evah htguoht fo taht." Muttered Everlasting.

"Fluttershy… please say something so we could judge your curse." Said Derpy.

Fluttershy sighed and said "I don't want to talk…"

It should be pointed out that her voice was a very deep voice that somewhat resembled the dragon they encountered not too long ago.

Spike couldn't take it any more he burst out laughing.

"Okay we have Spitty Pie, Rainbow Crash, Smarty Hooves, Actual Carrot Top, Flutterguy, Hairity, Gibberlasting Imagination, Appletini and… and…" said Spike he sighed and said "Twilight Sparkle, how can I work with that."

"That was very rude of you Spike." Said Derpy, "Now apologize."

Spike groaned.

"We need to find the cure." Said Twilight.

"Twilight's right! And I bet that cure is that Zecora's!" said Rainbow Dash.

"It's not a curse."

"S'thhiliwT thgir! S'it ton a esruc. Esoht eulb stnalp did ti!" said Everlasting.

"I don't know what Everlasting said, but I do know it's not a curse!" said Twilight.

'Rainbow's right! Need to remove this hex." Said Applejack.

"It's not a hex either." Said Twilight.

They all began to fight. Dinky and Apple Bloom looked.

"This is our fault…" whispered Dinky, "I it wasn't…"

"We're going to fix this." Said Apple Bloom.

"Okay." Said Dinky.

However only Applejack was the one who saw them leave and hid in Apple Bloom's tail.

During the fighting they noticed Applejack was missing.

"It's time to pony up and find Zecora!" said Rainbow Dash, "Who's with me."

Pinkie said something which they assumed was a yes.

"I will as well." Said Rarity.

"Minds as well." Muttered Carrot Top.

"I don't know, sounds awfully dangerous." Said Fluttershy.

"Even if she is not the one who did this, perhaps she does know of a curfew…" said Derpy, "Just in case…"

"I wonk s'tahw yllaer gniog, tub enon fo uoy nac dnatsrednu em, os enif." Sighed Everlasting.

"Isn't that right Applejack?" asked Rainbow Dash.

When they didn't get a response from Applejack.

Of course this led to a freak out thinking one of them stepped on her then relaxing that Dinky and Apple Bloom were gone.

And so they left… well they had to free Rainbow Dash who was stuck in the library's ladder.

"Fi ruoy sgniw rea ekil taht, uoy dluohs klaw." Said Everlasting who then sighed forgetting no one could understand her.

Rainbow Dash stared at the unicorn.

Everlasting face hoofed.

Rainbow Dash tried flying out the building but crashed several times.

"Spike are you coming?" asked Fluttershy.

"No I'm fine." Said Spike, "Going to study a bit more."

Rainbow Dash got separated from the rest of the group thanks to her upside down wings and soon the group arrived at Zecora's. It was creepy and covered in tribal masks.

Of course there were comments on the place and how creepy it was.

They looked through the window and saw that Zecora was over a bubbling caldron saying something in another langue.

Pinkie began to say something that sounded like "She stole my song"

And Pinkie proved it by having Fluttershy sing it for her…, which sounded not as bad a Pinkie's version.

"I think I like that version better." Said Carrot Top.

"I wonk, thgir." Said Everlasting.

"Oh Twilight, now can you see the truth?" asked Rarity.

Twilight sighed and realized everything pointed to Zecora being evil.

"But she could be making soup." Said Twilight.

Then they heard Zecora say this.

"The perfect temperature for ponies, I presume. Now, where is that little Dinky and Apple Bloom?"

"Oh maybe she's making pony soup." Said Twilight.

While Derpy had become much more intelligent she was still Dinky's mother and became slightly irrational.

"The Daleks call me the Golden Eyed Destroyer! And now Zecora will know why!" said Derpy.

"I knew you had something to do with those things…" said Carrot Top.

"There will be a time for me to explain but it is not today…" said Derpy.

Before they could break in Applejack (who had gotten ditched by her sister and Dinky) rode Rainbow Dash into the hut and made a mess of things.

Of course they followed soon after to watch as they ruined her house.

"We're on to you Zecora." Said Twilight, "But the evidence is over whelming!"

"You made me look idiocies." Said Rarity.

"What she is." Said Carrot Top.

"You made sound Ridiculous." Said Fluttershy.

Pinkie said something muffled.

"I wonk er'uoy ton ot emalb, os m'I tsuj yas siht, snoollab elots ym kcitspil!" said Everlasting.

Derpy looked at Everlasting, "Why do I feel that you just said a non sequitur?"

"Esuaceb I did…" said Everlasting who realized she said most that sentence correctly, "Huh… os woh ti skrow."

"You made Everlasting Imagination speak backwards." Said Derpy.

There was a chorus of "Ohs…" from the ponies.

"I do not know what you did you me." Said Derpy, "But I will not have you cook my only child!"

"How dare you! You destroy my home, destroy my work. Then rudely accuse me of being a jerk?!" said Zecora.

"Un-curse us now!" said Rainbow Dash.

"It is unwise to venture down this road. Your actions will make my anger explode!" yelled Zecora.

That was when Dinky and Apple Bloom came into the hut, with Dinky holding a book and Apple Bloom with a saddle.

"Zecora! We're back with the rest of ingredients." Said Apple Bloom.

"Drawkwa." Said Everlasting.

As it turned out it was all a misunderstanding it was the blue plant that did it them and it was called poison joke, which had a magical poison that effected with little jokes, and that the cure which is what Zecora was brewing was a bubble bath.

What's worse is that Twilight had the book the whole time and brushed it off because of the title which is "Supernatrals"

Zecora will you be kind to rebrew the cure." Said Twilight.

"Mix it up I certainly will. Yet I am missing an herb from Ponyville." Said Zecora.

"Whenever she goes to Ponyville the shops are always mysteriously closed." Said Apple Bloom.

"Ta eht txen nwot gniteem m'I gniog ot tseggus ew ezingocer arbez yrotsih htnom…" sighed Everlasting.

They went to Ponyville and thankfully Twilight managed to talk to the flower trio and cleared things up.

They all went to the spa and got the cure.

"Wow! Was acting that way! WEIRD!" said Derpy.

"I know right!" said Everlasting writing something off to the side, "This whole thing gave me an idea for a b-plot in the latest book."

"You're not going to write something to vent your rage about us not understand you." Said Rainbow Dash.

"Not in any stories you guys are going to read." Said Everlasting.

"What?" asked Rainbow Dash.

"Do you think Carrot Top is okay, she hasn't resurfaced." Said Pinkie.

That was when Carrot Top resurfaced, thanks to a side effect of her "Joke" having to with her mane and tail reverted them to their natural color.

"I'll fix that later." Said Rarity.

"Thanks…" mumbled Carrot Top.

"Wait where Applejack?" asked Apple Bloom.

They saw she was in a tea they gave her and all right.

And so Zecora became a friend of the town's and everything is all right….

Well for now…

Next Time: Fluttershy finds a strange litter creature on the outskirts of the Everfree Forest and little does she know she's dooming the town! What's worse is that Princess Celestia is coming over for a visit! What will happen? Find out next time!