You head back into town, noting the daylight is starting to wane. Sunset isn't far off, and your stomach growls as dinner time is approaching.
You head through the slowly closing marketplace. Most vendors are packing up for the day, ready to head home with what remains of their supplies and whatever bits they raked in during the day. One or two sell candles and other goods that might be useful at night, though they seem ready to pack up in a moments notice as well.
You ask one of the nearby vendors if they saw anything strange last night.
"Boy, weird doesn't even describe it," an older stallion says from behind the counter of a glow stick covered cart. "And I've seen some weird things in my time."
"Describe it to me, please, Mr….?"
"Alright, Mr. Ray," you take out your notepad and pencil, "Can you describe what you saw?"
"You won't believe me. Nobody does."
"Try me, please."
"Alright. I saw a mannequin turn into a beautiful young mare. Right here before my eyes."
You stop writing almost immediately.
"Did it have a pole in its back?"
"It was pretty dark by that point, I couldn't tell. Probably?"
"Okay. And, it turned into a young mare, you said?"
"A beautiful one. Like, one second it was a mannequin, the next it was this chocolate coated mare, with luxurious dark mane that flowed like water down to her shoulders. Almost exotic, like."
"And what did she do, Mr. Ray?"
"Took a few of my glow sticks while I was dumbstruck. Not that I mind, the things are ten for a bit or something, and she took maybe five. Put them around her neck like a necklace and gave me a smile that nearly melted my heart, I tell ya."
"Uh huh. And which way did she go?"
"That's the other thing. After she smiled at me, she disappeared. No smoke or nothin, just straight up vanished."
You nearly throw down your notepad in exasperation.
"Now now there, boy," Ray chides, "I didn't say the other part. It'll confuse you even more."
"What other part?"
"The part where she disappeared, but a blue unicorn with big ol' glasses stood in her place, wearin' the same glow stick necklace.">>587125The original cute quest is available here in the archive, under the Aspirant tab. Puff didn't develop relationships with hardly any of the main 6 in the original Cute Quest, but since he's a detective in town now, and fairly well known, assume that they've at least heard of him.