I am so so so so SO sorry for the lack of updates. I started writing this chapter over at my Nana's house and didn't get a chance to finish it till now. Please please forgive me.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic belongs to Hasboro and Lauren Faust.
I only own Melody
"Come on girls, we've got to get to Zecora's." Twilight said as she lead the way into the Everfree forest with the other ponies right behind her. "Hurry!"
"AAH!" Rarity yelped having tripped over her dreadlocks and crashing into Melody.
"Easier said than done Twilight." Melody sang slightly disoriented.
"Sorry Melody dear." Rarity apologized as they got up and continued running.
"Hey! Wait for me!" Rainbow Dash called still flying upside down. She lost control of her wings again and flew off coarse through a bush before crash landing on the ground. She felt something moving in her mouth and then, much to her surprise, Applejack popped her head out of her mouth.
"Rainbow! Thank Celestia! There's no time to lose!" Applejack exclaimed pulling herself fully out of the cyan pony's mouth. Rainbow narrowed her eyes in annoyance but the orange Earth pony ignored her and hurridly built a makeshift bridle using a stick, vine and grass.
"I need to get to Zecora's pronto!" Applejack said as she stuck the bridle in Rainbow's mouth and then hopped on her stomach, flicking the "reins." "Giddyup Pony!"
"Excse me?" Rainbow said warningly.
"YEEHAW!" The cow pony hollered, kicking the Pegasus in the side.
"What the?!" Rainbow asked as she went in the air. She did a loop de loop and then began to fly left.
"No Rainbow Dash! The other way!" Applejack yelped. Rainbow somehow managed to turn herself around and then started to fly right.
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Sometime later, the ponies had traveled into the deepest part of the forest and came upon a spooky looking house in the trunk of a giant tree.
"Ugh! I look horrible." Rarity whined.
"Nopft vis wooks horrippffle." Pinkie Pie spit lifting some of the dreadlocks out of Rarity's eyes.
"Oh my. That place really does look horrible."
"I'd say it looks kinda unique if you ask me, yeah." Melody sang. Very quietly the ponies snuck closer to the window and peeked in.
"Nice decorations." Rarity commented worriedly spotting a weird looking mask on the wall. "If you like creepy!"
Suddenly the door opened and in walked Zecora, carrying a small pot in her mouth. The ponies gasped and ducked down from the window. The ponies watched as she poured the pot's contents in a bubbling cauldron and began to speak in a different language.
"HAF APFT PFFT! SHEEF'S EFIL!" Pinkie yelled jumping back and pointing an accusatory hoof at the window.
"Translation please?" Melody asked.
"She stole your song?" Rarity asked shocked.
"Oh Pinkie, that doesn't sound anything like your song." Twilight said.
"Pfft!" Pinkie scoffed insulted. Her eyes then fell on Melody and the party loving pony leaped down and grabbed the musical ponies front legs. "Ping!" Pinkie then gave Melody the saddest puppy dog eyes ever.
Melody couldn't resist those eyes and after a few minutes began to sing while Pinkie did the dance that went along with the song.
She's an evil enchantress
And she does evil dances
And if you look deep into her eye
She'll put you in trances
Then what will she do?
She'll mix up and evil brew
Then she'll gobble you up
In a big tasty stew
So watch out
"You saw those terrible things. Now do you believe us Twilight and Melody?" Rarity asked.
"No I don't." Melody sang.
"But what about those scary masks?" Fluttershy whimpered.
"So she's got a different taste in house decorations. Big whoop!" Melody replied.
"Twilight?" Rarity asked turning to her.
The Purple unicorn was silent for a few moments before she answered. "Scary looking masks, using uncantations and a great big bubbling cauldron? …..Everything is pointing to Zecora being...bad!"
"Not you too!" Melody cried.
"Or," Twilight added, "What if Zecora's just making soup?" All the ponies just deadpanned and then looked back in the window.
"The perfect temperature for ponies I presume." Zecora said after she taste tested the brew. "Now, where is that Little Apple Bloom?"
"Or what if she's making Apple Bloom soup!" Twilight yelped in horror. Fluttershy, Pinkie and Rarity just eyed each other warily before,
"She'll hear-YEEK!" Melody yelped ducking as Rainbow suddenly flew over her head.
"I'm coming for ya Apple Bloom!" Applejack said as she and Rainbow crashed through the door, startling Zecora, and then proceeded to fly all over the place wrecking it.
"Whoa there! Easy Rainbow Crash." Applejack tried to get control over Rainbow but it was no use. Rainbow flew around out of control crashing into everything, shattering bottles and knocking over shelves, all the while Zecora was shouting at them in a strange language.
At that moment, the door burst open and revealed the five remaining ponies. Four of them glaring angrily at the zebra while Melody hung in the back looking worried.
"What have you done with Apple Bloom?!" Twilight demanded, stomping her hoof on the ground and snorting.
"No! NO!" Zecora shouted distressed. Rainbow flew passed her and lassoed Zecora's ear with a rope. Applejack then flung herself over and then began to wrestle Zecora's ear. Melody face hoofed herself.
"AAAAAHHHH!" Ranibow screamed as she crashed into another shelf.
"Ponies, what is this-" but the zebra was cut off as Rainbow Dash flew between her and the ponies, knocking over the cauldron and spilling the green brew on the wooden floor.
"NO! You know not what you do! You've gone and spilled my prescious brew!" Zecora cried.
"Were onto you Zecora! I didn't want to believe that you cursed us, but the evidence is overwhelming." Twilight stated defiantly.
"ENOUGH!" Melody sang/shouted. She stormed to the front of the group, being careful not to step in the spilled over brew, and glared at her friends. "I'm dissapointed in all of you. Zecora didn't do this! I don't know why all these weird things are happening to us but we shouldn't blame Zecora just because she is different than us!"
"But-But she made me look ridiculous!" Rarity defended.
"She made me and you sound ridiculous." Fluttershy added in her deep man voice.
"Meh ma me pfft reebifulous!" Pinkie spat.
"She ruined my horn!" Twilight added.
"How dare you?!" Zecora scoffed rightfully angry. "You destroy my home! Destroy my work! And now you accuse me of being a jerk?!"
"You put this curse on us and now your gonna uncurse us!" Rainbow commanded temporarily gaining control of herself and was now standing next to Pinkie, Twilight, Fluttershy and Rarity while Melody stood next to Zecora.
"It is unwise to venture down this road." Zecora warned taking a step towards the ponies who shrunk back slightly. "Your actions will cause my anger to explode!"
"Where is Apple Bloom?" Twilight said in a deadly tone before she ran head first into Zecora. The two head butted and began pushing against the other when Twilight suddenly found herself surrounded by a purple aura suddenly felt a force pulling her away from the zebra.
"Melody! What are you doing?! Let me go!" The purple unicorn shreiked steuggling against the magic.
"I'm stopping you before you do something you'll regret!" Melody explained struggling to keep her magic sustained. Just when things looked like they couldn't get any worse though, the unexpected happened.
Everypony froze and whipped around to the door and were very surprised to see Apple Bloom happily trot in wearing a small saddle bag.
"I think Ah found all the things ya asked for." the bow wearing filly chirped as she entered the house but her orange/gold eyes grew wide upon seeing the chaos that had occurred in her absence. "What in Ponyville is goin on here?"
"I told you guys she was alright." Melody smirked as she released Twilight from her magic spell.
"Apple Bloom! Yer okay!" Applejack cried relieved.
"Why wouldn't Ah be?" Apple Bloom asked like it was a silly thing to say.
"Becuase Zecora's an evil enchantress who cursed us and was gonna make you into soup." Twilight explained as she ran infront of the youngest Apple family member and took a protective stance in front of her.
"I might as well be talking to the wall." Melody sighed rolling her eyes.
Zecora and Apple Bloom just stared at Twilight for a few minutes before they both erupted into loud howling laughter.
"Oh Twilight," Apple Bloom sighed getting control of her laughter. "Did those silly filly's finally get to yer head? You know there's no such thing as a curse."
"Apple Bloom sweetie, you can't just stand there and tell me this isn't a curse." Twilight scoffed gesturing to herself and the others.
"This isn't a curse." Apple Bloom smiled as she trotted up next to Zecora.
"If you remember back when I spoke my words were quite exact." Zecora said.
Melody flashed back to yesterday when she and the others were in the blue flower field. "Beware, beware you pony folk. Those leave of blue are not a joke."
"It was a warning about those blue flowers." Apple Bloom explained. "It's called Poison Joke."
"That plant is much like poison oak, but it's results are like a joke." Zecora explained.
"What in the hay does that mean?" Applejack asked, still on the zebra's head.
"It means that this plant does not breed wrath. Instead this plant just wants a laugh." Zecora clarified.
". . . . . . . . Will somepony please talk normal?" Applejack asked.
Well she tried to clarify anyway.
"She's saying that when we ran in to save Apple Bloom, we ran into the poison joke. It was the flowers that did this to us." Melody explained.
"Melody's right." Twilight said with realiziation. "All of our problems are just little jokes it played on us."
"LITTLE JOKES?!" Applejack scoffed. "Very funny."
"Okay fine, but what about the cauldron?" Rainbow asked.
"And the chanting?" Fluttershy asked uneasily.
"And the creepy decore?" Rarity finished.
"Treasures of the native land where I am from." Zecora explained as she looked at two masks that had fallen on the floor. "This one speaks, "Hello" and this one, "Welcome."
"Not welcoming at all if you ask me." Rarity shuddered in disgust as she warily eyed one of the masks.
"Actually, I think they look pretty cool." Melody smiled as she admired the mask that spoke "Hello."
"The words I chanted were from olden times. Something that you call a nursery rhyme." Zecora further explained. Twilight blinked and then held her head down in shame for accusing Zecora of being evil. She then looked up and said quietly, "But the cauldron? The Apple Bloom soup?"
"Perhaps she was making the soup FOR Apple Bloom?" Melody suggested.
"Actually Melody, that pot of water wasn't for me. It was fer all these herbal ingredients." Apple Bloom explained as she pointed to an open book. "The cure for poison joke is a simple natural remedy. Ya just gotta take a bubble bath."
Twilight went over to the book and studied it for a moment. "But I tried to find a cure in all my books and couldn't find anything. What book has this natural remedy?"
"Here is the book you see." Zecora said as she went over and closed the book, revealing it to the the very same Supernaturals book that Spike had had earlier. "Sad that you lack it in your library."
". . . . Actually I do have this book." Twilight said quietly. "But I didn't look inside because the title was so...weird."
Zecora just simply opened the book and pointed to a page.
"Supernaturals: Natural cures and remedies that are simply...super..." Twilight read. She mentally facehoofed herself and looked at Zecora with apologetic eyes. "I...I'm so sorry Zecora. I had the answer the whole time if only I had bothered to look inside. The purple unicorn then turned and looked toward the aqua unicorn. "And apologize to you Melody. You were right about Zecora not being evil and you stood by her when no one else would."
Melody just smiled and shook her head. "Don't apologize to me Twilight. Apologize to Zecora."
Again the purple unicorn looked to the Zebra. "We are so sorry Zecora. We shouldn't have jumped to conclusions like that." The other ponies voiced their own apologies and Zecora quietly chuckled.
"Maybe next time you should take a second look and not judge the cover of the book."
"Zecora, would you be kind enough to mix up another bath?" Twilight asked quietly.
"Mix it up, of coarse I will but I am missing a special herb from Ponyville." Zecora explained.
"But whenever Zecora comes to town all the shops are mysteriously closed." Apple Bloom said.
"Oh well, I think we can help you with that." Twilight smiled.
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Back at Ponyville, the residents were out and about doing their own business.
"Look at that, Rose." A pinkish/purple pony with lime green hair and white daisies for a cutie mark exclaimed pointing out in the distance where the silohettes of Zecora and the seven other ponies could be seen approaching the town.
"How awful! That wicked enchantress has cursed them all!" Rose, a pale yellow pony with red hair and a rose for a cutie mark said.
The horror! THE HORROR!" A pink pony with yellow hair and wearing a white lilly in her ear yelled. The town went into panic mode and everypony quickly ran and hid in their shops and homes.
Melody shook her head in disgust and Twilight approached a door and knocked on the door. The door opened up a tiny bit and the pinkish/purple pony peeked her eye out at Twilight.
"Daisy," Twilight sighed, "We need to talk."
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Melody took a deep breathe of fresh air as she raised her head above water and broke surface. She, Twilight, Rarity and Fluttershy were all soaking in an oversized bath tub at the Ponyville spa.
"Ah! I can finally talk normal again." the musical unicorn sighed. As much as she loved music and singing, having to sing everything that you say could get pretty tiresome after awhile. A shadow fell over her and everypony leaped back as Pinkie Pie dive bombed into the tub. She and Twilight popped up and began to laugh as they realized that Pinkie's tongue and Twilight's horn were back to normal.
Zecora, Apple Bloom and Rainbow poured some green seed looking things into the tub and Rainbow flew into the tub and joined her friends.
"Miss Zecora," Lotus, one of the spa owners said as she approached the zebra. "I'd love to get the recipie for this bath. It's simply luxorious."
Zecora opend her mouth to reply but Apple Bloom's paniced voice interrupted her. "Applejack! Where's Applejack?!"
The six ponies in the tube began to panic as they sloshed around in the tub checking their hoofs and rumps fearing the worst.
"Ah'm right here little sis."
Everypony froze and looked down relieved to see a normal sized Applejack sitting in a bucket. "Ah ain't tiny no more."
"Phew!" Melody sighed with relief.
"Oh I have never felt so lovely in all my life." Rarity sighed.
"Oh my gosh!" Pinkie gasped suddenly popping up out of the water next to the fashionista unicorn. "I never realized how horrible it is not to be able to talk! I mean I love talking and when I couldn't talk anymore and my tongue was all eeeehhh! It was the worst! Don't you agree Fluttershy."
". . . . . . . .Yes." the yellow Pegasus said in her normal shy quiet voice. Everypony then shared a laugh.
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Dear Princess Celestia,
My friends and I all learned an important lesson this week; "Never judge a book by it's cover."
Someone may look unusual, or funny, or scary; but you have to look past that and learn who they are inside. Real friends don't care what your cover is, it's the contents of a pony that count. And a good friend, like a good book, is something that will last forever.
Your faithful student
I apologize for any spelling errors but I got to leave and can't proof read right now. I will however look over this chapter later and fix any mistakes.
Merry Christmas everypony!
Until next time, please review! Bye! Bye!