Brony Trek, Chapter 1 -by Gail Gerard @AvgSupermom
Captain’s Log, stardate 2445.5
We’ve come upon a planet which resembles Earth in many ways. Like Earth, it is mostly covered by water and it has a variety of different environments, from grassy plains to mountainous regions, a desert and even polar regions that are covered by ice and snow. For the past three months, Starfleet has had a scientific survey team down on the surface, studying the equine-like sentient beings that live there. They are small creatures, no taller than a man’s knee, according to the survey team.
Data, fascinated as always by new life forms, stared out of the viewport in the duck blind that the survey team had set up not far from one of the larger towns they had discovered on this planet. The beings that lived there called it “Ponyville”. Presently, one pony, who he’d discovered was called Pinkie Pie, came bouncing into view. She was one of his favorites… always bouncing around like a mad thing, a goofy grin on her face.
“Do you ever get the feeling you’re being watched secretly, and that the person watching you doesn’t want you to know they’re watching you, but you know they’re watching you, and you know they know?” Pinkie gushed, the way she almost always did. Half the time what she said didn’t make any sense to anybody but herself. Applejack tilted her head and pushed her straw hat back off her forehead with a forehoof.
“What in tarnation are you talking about?” she said, her voice drawling a bit.
“According to my Pinkie-sense, somebody’s been watching us in seeecret!” Pinkie cooed, drawing out the last word as she tried to sound a bit spooky. Applejack stopped dead in her tracks.
“Now, why on earth would somebody be watching us in secret?” she asked her friend, and Pinkie Pie shrugged.
“Beats me,” she said, and walked forward… right into the duck blind, which was being hidden by a holographic generator. There was a clanging of metal and she bounced off, shaking her head.
“Ow! I didn’t know air could be so solid,” she muttered. Applejack walked up to where Pinkie Pie had just run into an invisible something. She tapped the air with her hoof, making the same metallic clanging sound that Pinkie’s head made when she ran into the… whatever it was.
“There’s something there, alright. You didn’t just run into solid air, Pinkie. I dunno what it is, but whatever it is ain’t right. Why don’t you come with me and we’ll go get Twilight. She’ll figure this out.” the orange-furred pony instructed her bright pink friend. Pinkie Pie nodded, rubbing the sore spot on her head. “I hope she can figure this out because I sure can’t,” the pink furred pony grumbled.
“That is not a desirable outcome… ” muttered Data, who’d physically recoiled when Pinkie ran into the duck blind’s wall, even though he knew she couldn’t see him. He knew that the unicorn ponies and the ones they called alicorns (who seemed to possess all qualities of all three species, and were perhaps some kind of hybrid) possessed some kind of ability that seemed like magic. If she turned her magic on the duck blind, it was entirely possible that Twilight Sparkle would uncover their operation and ruin the whole thing.
“Well, well, well… what have we here?” crooned a familiar voice. Data spun on his chair to see Q standing behind him, grinning. The other two members of the science team groaned… . this was the last thing they needed right now.
“We have been studying these equine beings and now, it seems as if they are on the verge of discovering our secret operation.” Data informed him.
“Equines? You mean ponies, Data. Why must you always be soooo pedantic?” Q groaned, rolling his eyes. He slid into a chair next to the android, his chin resting in one hand, a devilish look on his face. “I could fix this little problem for you, you know. With one flourish of my hand, I could make you ALL ponies. That way you could study them without having to resort to this… mess,” he said, indicating the machinery and equipment with a wave of his hand.
Data started to open his mouth, but closed it quickly. Sometimes it was better to say nothing at all, especially where Q was concerned. Q stared at him.
“Well… I’m waiting,” he said, tapping his foot impatiently.
“It might not be such a bad idea… ” suggested Moskevitz, a tall, lanky ensign with pale skin and a short shock of curly dark hair.
“Done!” cried Q happily, and with a snap of his fingers, the duck blind had vanished and all three members of the Enterprise crew had been transformed into ponies very much like the ones they’d been studying. Data turned in a circle,trying to get a good look at his new form. He was covered in snow white fur, and like the ponies he’d been studying, he had what they called a “cutie mark” on his flanks. It looked a lot like a floppy disc, the kind they’d used on Earth in the late 1980s. He tossed his head, because his long, jet black mane had fallen into his face. The other two members of the team… Moskevitz and Rand had been transformed as well. Moskevitz had been transformed into a Pegasus with pale gold fur and a long, wavy mane of a brown so dark it was almost black. Upon her flank was a dark outline that resembled a mouse, seen in shadow. She flapped her wings experimentally, rising off the ground a few inches. “Wicked… ” she whispered, grinning at her new found ability. The third member of the team was a Vulcan named S’Jenes, and he found he’d been transformed into a pale silver unicorn with reddish gold hair and pale green eyes. On S’Jenes’ flank was the image of a microscope. “Interesting… ” S’Jenes commented upon being informed of the form his cutie mark had taken. But before they could discuss a plan of action, Applejack, Pinkie Pie and Twilight Sparkle were returning.
“Uh… howdy. Did y’all see anything unusual around here? Maybe run into something that wasn’t there?” Applejack asked them. S’Jenes and Moskevitz shook their heads.
“No… we have not.” Data replied, his voice sounding oddly wooden to Applejack’s ears.
“You guys weren’t here before. Did you just come out of nowhere or maybe fall out of the sky or oooh did you rise up out of the ground like zooooommmmbiiies?” Pinkie said, lurching at them with a spastic giggle. Data stepped back a few paces.
“My name is Lieu… er… Data. We are… new in town.” he explained hastily. S’Jenes and Moskevitz nodded. “Do you know of an inn where we might stay the night? We are in need of lodging.”
“Well, y’all could always stay at the Golden Horseshoe… they always got room,” Applejack said with a smile. “Name’s Applejack, and this here’s Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie,” she said, introducing her friends. “Nice to meet you, Lew Data.”
“Please, just call me Data. This is Moskevitz and S’Jenes. I would be pleased if you would show us the location of this Golden Horseshoe.” Data said with a courteous nod of his head.
“Go on, Applejack… you and Pinkie show them where they need to go. I’m going to work on this problem of the solid air you told me about. “Twilight said, the tip of her horn beginning to glow. She had a feeling this was going to be quite a thorny problem to solve, but she liked tough problems.