Damn that infernal beeping, you don't want to go to work… just five more minutes… where's that snooze button. Wait, you don't remember your alarm clock feeling so… poofy, nor looking like cotton candy. "Hi!" the pink blob says with a big smile while two blue orbs stare at you. Oh, right, ponies. You aren't on Earth anymore. At least you don't have to go to work… hold up, then what's making those sounds? Are those pads on your arm? And your face? Yup, pads everywhere, with wires sticking out of them. Following the wires, it's connected to some sort of machine making beeps and boops while Twilight stares at the readings. Did she hook you up while you were asleep? "My name's Pinkie Pie!" the eager sounding fluffy maned pony says, drawing your attention back, "Welcome to Ponyville!" She puffs out a bweeeee.
>>393116 >>393121 >>393167 "Hi there, it's nice to meet you." You rub and pat through her fluffy mane since your hand is there anyway.
"If I knew an alien was coming here, I wouldn't of left for my family reunion!" Pinkie continues to sound as chipper as before. "Well, family is important, but a new friend is also important! I tried making everypony happy once, it didn't end well. Maybe I would have gone anyway, but left something for you? Would you be okay with that? Tell me what's okay with humans since there's a WHOLE PLANET of them! Twilight said there's over seven billion of you guys! I don't think all the batter in Equestria could make a cake big enough for that many mouths, but I have to do something! Maybe they could take really really small bites? Could I use some Earth batter too? Do Earthers even eat cake? Psh, what kind of silly question is that, everypony loves cake! You should have seen and tasted all the cake and delicious things at the bakery competition me and my bestest best friends went to! But now that we're friends, me and you are going to do so much fun stuff! I'm soooo sorry, my welcome wagon wouldn't make it down here, but I hope this will make up for it!" Jesus Christ does this pony even breath?
She reaches up and pulls a stri-"AH!" The loud bang followed by a shower of confetti startles you as they descend from the now popped ball. With a giggle, she turns and goes up the stairs… hopping all the way until out of site.
Brushing some colored paper out her mane, Twilight says, "I'm sorry, this is as calm as a welcome I could talk her down to. She wouldn't take no for an answer. It's just Pinkie being Pinkie. Wow, your heart rate really went up." She looks at a screen that displays your BPM.
One thing is for sure, you are fully awake now. That is one crazy pink horse. Taking a moment to calm down and brush the scraps of tissue and streamer off your bare ches-didn't you sleep with your shirt on? Pads are placed around where your heart is, various spots on your upper body, and around your head. "What the hell are you doing? You couldn't wait until I was up?" You knew she would end up experimenting on you.
"Oh, I just wanted to take some readings. You were asleep, so I teleported your top clothing off and now I have your deep sleep cycle recorded. I see a few differences from pony's, but I'm sure with some more samples I can pinpoint if there is anything really varied from ours. Isn't this exciting? Another step closer to better humanology and similarities to share with Earth!" Does this pony have no respect for your personal space? Or do they not have that here?
Forewarning would be nice, although implicit consent would just encourage her to do these kinds of things, be firm.
I can't resist pink pone either, feel free to bless her with the mane rubs and carrying her around under our arm that comes with being a biped with opposable thumbs.
I think we should watch our terminology around the pones, so long as we're firm, we shouldn't need to descend into harsh words or vulgarity. Perhaps a brief explanation that removing our clothes is a breach of social etiquette, of the inter-personal kind. that means rape in fancy.
I don't think we need to be so explicit in how if the tables were reversed our race would do terrible horrible things. Just a general warning that if we hadn't been secretly expecting this we'd have reacted very very poorly.
>>393350 I'd make sure to mention that the act of removing another's clothing when they're not in the emergency room is typically seen as an intimate gesture. Wanted or unwanted, it carries some heavy social implications.
"I think it's great that you're trying to do research and all that, but maybe next time you could explain what you're planning on doing before you strip me down? Yanking off someone's clothes without their consent isn't exactly an "innocent" gesture where I'm from."
Make sure to do the air quotes. That'll really drive the point home.
>>394520 Well either we embarrass her, which is funny, she turns around and tries to outdo us, which is still funny, because ponies flirting. Or we are become Captain Kirk, the irresistible trans-species pimp.
>>393314 "I'd be willing to participate in your experiments, but can you at least let me know ahead of time?" The pads are easy enough to remove. Making sure there's nothing else stuck to your body, you find the only shirt you have and slip it back on. Great, that ball dispensed glitter on you too. "Also, I'm kind of hungry, what do you usually eat for breakfast?"
Twilight pushes a button that shuts the machinery off as it dies mid-beep. "Well, I already had breakfast, but you can help yourself to anything in the kitchen." Her horn glows a purple haze as stacks of paper follow her out of the basement. With nothing else to do, you also leave.
The sun cascades rays of light through the windows and open door as Spike places some books unto the shelves. He notices you, but goes back to what he was doing. "This way." The near mono-toned pony says as she levitates the machine's output somewhere on the second floor while heading in a different direction. Having to duck slightly under the archway, you find yourself in a modest, yet appropriately scaled to pony size, kitchen. As you think about what to get amongst the fruits, veggies, and grains, some sort of force moves your hand. "These are so intricate." While the forearm down is still being enveloped in the tale-tale sign of magic, she bends your fingers along the knuckles and rotates your hand around in the glow while moving her head to see it at different angles.
>>393348 >>393349 >>393350 >>393352 >>393469 >>394056 This has gone on long enough. Giving a tug against the pulling sensation, you free yourself from the magical grasp. "You could at least buy me a drink before you science rape me in my sleep. Ponies have this thing called 'private space' too, right?" You think about how different it would be if Twilight came to Earth, but that's no excuse for treating you like a plaything.
She gives a questioning look. "Well, yea, but I thought you cared about humanology and helping to bridge the gap between the two planets. I mean, you didn't mind answering all those ponies yesterday, and I thought humans might not have such physical boundary constraints… you did touch my horn without asking, like figuring out what it is was more important, so I should be able to do the same. Am I wrong?"
Taking a deep breath, you try to pick your words carefully. "Look, it's just a breach of social etiquette, the inter-personal kind. You can't just examine me whenever you felt like it. A forewarning would be nice, but don't expect me to always agree. I wasn't expecting you to treat me like a toy or some animal to study. In fact, anything one would generally NEED to remove human clothes to do is likely a breach of social etiquette. Even science. Ponies might not wear clothing like humans do, but you taking off my shirt and taking readings was not okay. It's like… someone taking away something that makes me feel more secure. You stripped me of that. The act of removing another's clothing, when they're not in an emergency situation, is typically seen as an intimate gesture. Wanted or unwanted, it carries some heavy social implications." Now that you've cooled down, you notice she's looking like a kid who got caught stealing cookies. Be firm, have to stop this before it gets out of control. It's not too bad, you expected her to go overboard. At least she didn't vivisect you while asleep. "I think it's great that you're trying to do research and all that, but maybe next time you could explain what you're planning on doing before you strip me down? Yanking off someone's clothes without their consent isn't exactly an 'innocent' gesture where I'm from. Can you please give me some respect in that regard? With a chance to agree or not?"
The so called mad scientist has a look of guilt and surprise across her face and both ears are pinned back. She stops looking at you and her eyes wander, probably in thought. "…I'm sorry, I just assumed you would be okay with it." Taking her time, Twilight eventually returns your gaze. Her words have a genuine tone to them. "What this could mean, of finding another world rich with sentient life, is so important. It would change everything we know about… everything! I had no idea humans had such an attachment to their clothing, that it meant so much for it not being there. Nor what it could imply. All my observations didn't take that into account." A pause stops her list of justifications. "…but that's no excuse. I get so caught up in things sometimes and get so focused that I forget other aspects. If I'd known I was being overbearing… You're right, those boundaries were breached and I didn't respect your personal space…" She gives a sincere look into your eyes. "Are you still mad?"
>>395087 We are willing to forgive, after all, it did cross our collective mind (and if y'd have listened to me, stuck) that you'd experiment on us in our sleep. However other options were less appealing, after all, we don't have money to afford a room at an inn, and nopony likes hospitals. Now that we've hopefully explained physical interaction we can go on to our priorities! A) Food B) Money (preferably from pulling out weight) C) Skillz
I'm particularly excited about the opportunity to study magic, from where we're from magic breaks the laws of physics! We should have a serious talk about the science of Equestria over breakfast. How do Unicorn horns work, do they vibrate air particles? How does that translate to effects anywhere between manipulation and conjuration? Like how the orbiting sun hasn't incinerated the planets surface. Is gravity any stronger or weaker? Does Equestria spin? Do they have a pony version of the internet? Libraries are obsolete compared to the internet Twilight, don't even go there.
>>395110 Oh, I guess grab a kiwi, an orange or a muffin, maybe some butter and a glass of lemonade. Although maybe asking about the princess would be a better topic. I'm sure Twilight could rant at us for hours, but that's not what the science questions are about.
Regardless, we should ask about potential work. Or inter-galactic visitor stipends
The most important thing to detail to Twilight is our eating habits and medical needs.
We should keep in minds there are alternatives to meat if it's a problem, but we still need our full supply of nutrients if we don't want crippling health problems down the road.
And as much as it apparently frightens our introverted persona, we need human biology to be well known in case we do get sick or injured.
While we're at it, maybe things would go over smoother if this was an equal exchange of information instead of a mostly one-sided one, since I'm assuming most of our apprehension to everything is the fact we still have no idea where we are and change is scary. Maybe it'd go simplest if Twilight explained the difference between us and the average pony after every test we're submitted to?
>>395485 >>395591 >>395148 >>395126 I agree with letting her know she's forgiven. She seems really hurt that she's breached our personal space although I didn't mind too much; I wouldn't be opposed to her studying us more fully
I disagree about the bacon/meat thing. I think if we just immediately ask about it, especially right now, it's going to seem a bit out of place or make us look fishy following up a heated conversation with this subject seems off. We can get protein out of nuts and certain berries, but perhaps we should save the specifics of our diet the meaty part for a time when she asks. Being as curious as she is, she's bound to ask about it eventually. Pushing it as a point might be a bad idea, in my opinion. Let's just grab some fruits.
Maybe we should take a trip over to Sweet Apple Acres with Twilight? Our purple pony might be able to help us land a temporary job at the farm. Am I the only one that wants Applebloom to take us to school for 'Show and Tell'?
>>395906 >>395907 I think we can put up with a high carb diet for a while while we get our ADVENTURE on. After all, we got dropped into a land where magic exists, our first priority should be fulfilling our personal fantasies of being a badass warrior wizard. We should probably check the public demand for warrior wizards.
Hmm, well, back on the subject of magic speculation, maybe we need a wand. I hope the ponies won't take that as mockery of some sort, it's totally a "thing" Maybe a legend has been wrote of magical wands, and staffs, and magic out of fingertips. We might have some sort of magical pre-disposition.
>>395591 Let's save talking about eating habits and nutritional needs for sometime that isn't immediately after a somewhat strongly-worded conversation about personal space, shall we? Not to say we should avoid it if it comes up, we just shouldn't give the impression that we'll up and eat someone if they get us mad.
The idea of an equal exchange of knowledge appeals to me, if just because it might give Twilight some boundaries beyond what's already been established.
Also, seriously, get some food into our face hole.
>>397349 The biggest threat here is that Twilight will spend the entire day trying to science us. We ain't got weeks to be spending hooked up to glorious SCIENCE. We've got a land of magic and alking animals, we need to scratch that ADVENTURE itch
>>395126 >>395148 >>395291 >>395485 >>395591 >>395877 >>395906 >>395907 "Water under the bridge. Let's just not rush things in the future, okay?" You reassure her with a smile, and she returns one with a nod. The ears also pick back up… seeing this new way to express body language is strange, but maybe they think the same about yours. With that topic concluded, you ask the next, "Now, have any bacon?"
Twilight's face goes blank as all her brain power goes to thinking. Seems like this pony has no problem expressing what's going on in her heart nor mind, or she doesn't control it. "…what's a bacon?"
Digging through the cupboards and such, taking mental note of what's there, you say, "I can't keep eating celery and apples, there has to be a better form of sustenance around. Well, I could, but what about protein?"
"Oh, I have some eggs, tofu and other legumes, stuff like that." Taking note of such things, and seeing there's no meat, you grab some eggs.
>>395114 The stove top is shorter than what your used to, but it shouldn't be a problem. Trying to use a fully bandaged arm makes it a challenge, but you do it with the dexterity of the other. Seems like Twilight is still taking interest to how intricate they are. “So, any word from that princess yet? From the things I heard yesterday, she sounds interesting… would she be willing to give me some sort of inter-galactic visitor stipend?”
“No, but I wouldn't doubt it if the response came soon. I wrote something about bits, but I don't think it's needed considering you'll be going back to your planet. And yes, she is amazing. Everything she says is filled with wisdom and knowledge of unmeasurable time. I always learn something when around her, as hard as that is considering her responsibilities.”
The smell from the pan makes the anticipation of eating worse. “Well, I want to pay back the kindness that was shown to me, so is there some way I could? Potential work or something?”
Giving a somewhat surprised look, she responds, “Why would you need to? All the things that would be gained from humans and ponies coming together will easily surpass that.” Giving it some thought, you don't really know why either. You guess it's just the kind of person you are, to pay things back personally.
>>395110 >>396082 >>396972 The more you ponder, the more you try to list what to do. Food is being done, and you'll have to figure out which skills could be applied for jobs. Since you have the company of the purple unicorn, the wanting of knowing how magic works and the science of Equestria comes up. “How do Unicorn horns work, do they vibrate air particles? How does that translate to effects anywhere between manipulation and conjuration? Like how the orbiting sun hasn't incinerated the planets surface. Is gravity any stronger or weaker? Does Equestria spin? Do they have a pony version of the internet? Libraries are obsolete compared to the internet Twilight, don't even go there.”
“…something that makes libraries obsolete?!” Sounds like that part overshadowed the others. “What could be more important than the ability to pass down what civilization needs to exist?” Giving her a smug look, she continues. “Well, I guess there's more to look forward to! Oh, and the whole magic thing, I have many books on the subject you can read. I can't wait to read human books…”
Whether an Earth-Equestria meeting goes badly or not really depends entirely on who from Earth are the ones to greet the ponies.
The governments of most actually successful countries would probably try to keep things civil while attempting to get an upper hand on trade. Meanwhile only the dregs of society are probably actually going to cause shit. And it'd probably only be a complete catastrophe if we opened a portal directly into the middle east or North Korea or something.
When remembering all the media on how awful humanity is, it may be important to note that we wouldn't have lasted so long if things were actually that bad.
Not to say we shouldn't still be cautious, of course. Next time we talk to anyone about that subject we should try to give a view from both perspectives.
Anyways, on that 'getting a job' thing, we should note to Twilight that we're indebted to Applejack and Rarity so far, and should at least pay them back.
>>397554 >it may be important to note that we wouldn't have lasted so long if things were actually that bad. That logic is kind of flawed. We've been on the edge of nuclear war for the past 30, 40 years. Not to mention one war after the other for who knows how long.
>>397558 All joking aside, we should explain to Twilight >>397553 >>397554 >>397555 >>397556 >>397557 That is probably the worst possible thing to do in this situation. Humankind is a segmented and volatile race. Something as ground breaking as a new species, or a new planet, or magic, are things that would lead to chaos and destruction, even despite intentions or efforts otherwise. If a magical portal to a land of gumdrops and magic opened up in the middle of a city, I don't know what would happen, but a safe bet is you'd have an hour, maybe two before an army showed up, quarantined the area, and set up a barricade. Things would only go downhill from there. It's like a political and economic Everfree Forest, if you're lucky.
>>397551 "Oh, humans don't have books. We engrave all of our useful information on big stone slabs and put them on public display. If you want a personal copy you have to write it down yourself."
This makes the hamster running in it's wheel powering her brain speed up. "…is that what the internet is? A wall of written works? That doesn't sound feasible nor efficient." You can see she's trying her hardest to imagine it.
"The way we write is sort of extra dimensional. Something written later can change the meaning of something earlier, or the entire structure. It takes years to understand, and each slab looks like some sort of abstract art to those who don't understand, but a single tablet can hold a library's worth." With this, it's obvious that the hamster has had a heart attack as Twilight looks with a thousand yard stare, standing like a statue. Giving it some time while the eggs finish, it's obvious she doesn't catch on. "…it's a joke. Yes, we have books."
Blinking a few times and mentally backtracking, it finally hits home. "…oh." This is too fun.
>>397552 Let's see if she'll catch something that isn't about the human world. "So, you wrote to Celestia about bits?"
"Yes, I didn't know what would be required for you to exist, so I said that there might be something needed later."
"Do you like writing about bits?" You giggle at yourself at the subtle joke.
"I've read a lot about bits." Oh boy, here we go. "Bit exchange, how bits function, even about bit growth." It takes a lot to keep a straight face. "Are you interested in pony bits? I could teach you."
With the cooking done, you shut off the stove and start grabbing other things to eat. "Yes Twilight, I am interested in your bits." She probably doesn't even catch on. "I told Applejack and Rarity that I would pay them back, maybe I could give them my bits. When you wrote Celestia, I sure hope you left 'some of my bits' out of mention."
"…but you don't have bits." Unable to contain it, you start to chuckle. "What? I thought that's what you wanted, to go out and earn some bits. There is probably somepony out there who would give you their bits if you worked hard on it." With this, your attempt to keep it subtle is gone as you laugh out loud. "What's so funny?" Trying to think of more ways to make her get the joke, you hear somepony yell something in the library. "Oh, I have to go now. I hope it's not that new shipment, my bits are starting to get low… why are you laughing?" Giving you a confused look, Twilight leaves the kitchen.
>>397553 >>397554 >>397555 >>397556 >>397557 Now that you're settled down, you grab a muffin with a glass of lemonade and begin to chow down. Are all ponies this way? Hopefully there are those out there that can pick up humor better. Remembering that she's still hung up on an idealistic view of peaceful cooperation between Earth and Equestria, a bad feeling stirs. Maybe if it was done right, it won't go badly. With any luck, they can choose where a portal will pop up. Gotta pick someplace good, not North Korea or something… they would test their nukes on it. Ponies seem peaceful, so the worst that could happen is that humans open trade and the rates are too lop sided… a few religions might go crazy about more sentient races and magic, but that's not important.
Noticing that you're nearly done with breakfast, you decide to get your head back in the now. You practically have free reign to do whatever you want today. Wasn't there some things you thought of last night before sleeping? Whatever, let's see what you can plan…
Mission 1: Learn Magic -Step 1: talk to Twilight again and ask about magic -Step 2: ??? -Step 3: Magic
Mission 2: Find Adventure -Step 1: Inquire around town about adventure -Step 2: Gather adventure supplies -Step 3: Adventure
Mission 3: Become the Pony-Pimp Daddy -Step 1: Talk sexy like to any pretty pony -Step 2: Invite pretty pony to harem -Step 3: Repeat Steps 1 & 2 until satisfied
Mission 4: Find your Special Talent -Step 1: Join the Cutiemark Crusaders -Step 2: ??? -Step 3: Profit
Mission 5: Conquer Equestria -Step 1: Gain evil powers, preferably including the ability to summon dramatic lightning -Step 2: Abuse said powers against Twilight and anyone else you've accidentally been friendly towards. This is to establish yourself as an irredeemable tool that cannot be… redeemed. -Step 3: Overthrown Celestia -Step 4: Cackle maniacally
>>397629 >>397633 I vote mission 3. Let's get our social anxiety gone, boost our confidence, then go 2.
We've gotta find ourselves a pony that'll be hip to our innuendo, though. Maybe if they catch our suggestive jokes, they'll open up to us a bit. Twily doesn't seem to catch a 'bit' of it… Any suggestions on who to mack on? All of the ponies seem to be curious about us, so we shouldn't scare any of them for being human.
>>397636 >>397633 Now now, We don't NEED to lust after the ponies, they might not even have genitalia. After all, they've been walking around naked the whole time and we haven't had anon stare, or even really notice their 'bits' at all
>>397643 >implying Anon would be hot on to stare at a pony's genitals without the voices in his head suggesting he give it a try Anon isn't weird… yet. Besides, he was hungry and battered up pretty badly up until he got some food and some rest. He hasn't had a chance to give them a good look. The tails probably cover up everything anyways…
Hey, let's find out right now, shall we? Twilight's at the door still, right? Let's turn around and take a peek while we finish up the last of our breakfast. Just to sate a curiousity, of course. Might not be able to see anything if her tail's down, but it wouldn't hurt to look, would it?
After that, let's get a real game plan down. Maybe we could help a few ponies around town with some random chores? We could get a few new buds and potential pones to mack on and possibly get money to buy some adventuring supplies later
>>397669 >>397665 Ew you got your Rom-Com in my ADVENTURE! Mainly I don't want to slow the adventure down or imperil the pretty pones while we're questing, both side effect of mixing the genres, although i guess it'd give the OP more filler to write in >>397673 It's not beta to want a throne to sit on before getting your wenches, you can't inspire the same respect if they saw how scared you were trying to get it
>>397615 I propose that we keep up this joke with Twilight as long as we possibly can and see how much time it takes for her to realize she was talking about genitals.
>>397629 Mission 2, obviously. We need that sort of action in life as a human.
And for the time being, I also propose we just keep it on the level of dirty jokes. They are horses, we are humans. Even if something were to happen, these things take time. And it's much more amusing to make ponies flustered than to just rut them.
Just to let you guys know, any response here is supposed to be in Anon's head and will be accounted for, even if seemingly obvious that it isn't supposed to be. You can use the meta thread for out of character stuff and general discussion. If you want to talk in the quest thread, I ask that you use spoilers so I can tell what is part of the game and what isn't.[/s] >>>/qt/50932
>>398009 [spoilers]You fool! You didn't put it in spoilers, now Anon is going to literally think that! The whole mission thing was really meta, but never too explicit. A harem doesn't mean you have SEX with them all, it just implies it heavily ;D! [/s]
Hmm… what is possible in a place like Equestria? No internet to waste time on, and you can't read their language, so it's sort of boils down to self projects, personal responsibilities, and talking to the ponies, as far as you can currently think. There's magic and supernatural beings that are commonplace, and those are definitely interesting. Oh man, how awesome it would be to go on adventures. All those stories you've heard and games played could become a reality. Who knows what kinds of quests lie in wait for an adventurous sort to just sweep in and take them. All the chicks would practically throw themselves at you… if there were human chicks, that is. All these mares are nice to talk to, but you can't see yourself with one… too alien. They don't have any problem having their genitalia out in the open, but it's like looking at an animal, not appealing at all. Sort of makes you uncomfortable to look at it, so you just pretend it isn't there.
Anyway, back to the plan, let's see here. There's that forest with ruins in it. Has to be something worthwhile, considering all the things you saw preventing access. You could be some sort of forest ranger mage knight! Gather some supplies, learn some skills, get treasure, repeat. Why, considering you have opposable thumbs and a better stature than these ponies, you can be the greatest hero ever! Rarity said something about gem hunting, so there must be more treasure to find. …but how to start?
Well you could get some weapons, but you don't know how to use them. And you can guess there's not going to be any armor that could fit. What about magic? Not knowing anything about it could be deadly. Money to start seems too important to overlook. Not to mention there might not even be any treasure to loot. Looking down at your overly bandaged arm, you remember what you have faced being lost there, and that it probably needs to be changed. Of how you almost died so many times, and how miserable and bored you were the during the entirety. It could be done, but not without a lot of preparation and training. Why are you even thinking about this? You'll be going back home to your own planet soon enough, definitely not so long that you could procure everything necessary.
All this daydreaming is getting you nowhere, need to do something that fits the current reality. Ideas are nice, but you need to find a way to execute them. Don't want to become a guy who lives in a fantasy again… wait, you are in a fantasy world… back to the now. There's a sense of wanting to personally pay back AJ and Rarity, but you just don't really know how to. Maybe a walk will help…
Clearing off your plate and downing the glass, you wash it and place them in the drying rack. No need to be a lousy guest. Ducking once again through the archway and making toward the door, Twilight and some other dark blue pony talk. They are so engaged with whatever it is they're talking about that you go through the front without hindrance. Taking a moment to breath in the fresh air and looking around, you pick a random direction and just start walking.
It's better than last time. No guard to escort you gives a sense of freedom, and the ponies don't avoid you like before. There's still looks of curiosity and whatnot, but a few even wave a hoof at you and say good morning, along with other pleasantries. There always seems to be something going on somewhere, from ponies going in various directions about their lives to a few huddled together in conversation. Perhaps without electronic entertainment, they more or less enjoy the company of each other the most. From what happened yesterday, from the chasing crowd to the large group at the town hall gathering to hear you, it shows that they are very social creatures. The fact they seem to be enjoying just doing what they're doing makes you wonder what daily life is like.
Continuing, feeling the ground underneath your bare feet and seeing how many colors you can pick out amongst them, you stop when there's some sort of sound. Coming around a corner, you begin to notice there's a pattern to it as it gets louder. A sort of twanging music becomes your beacon as it leads you to a park. Amongst the ponies going about their daily activities, you see a minty green one on a bench with a string instrument surrounded by a golden aura. You've seen her before, Lyra, if you recall yesterday correctly. She was one of the talkers that stayed the longest after the conference. There's another that you recognize too, though you don't know her name. The rainbow maned one currently playing with a ball asked all sorts of questions about what kinds of "cool" things you could do, but lost interest and flew away. A few stalls that look like they are easy to put up and take down scatter the pathways, with ponies scattered about. One yellow with a pink mane walking a tiny alligator catches your attention… wait, alligator?
Whatever. The music is nice to hear as you just stand there, taking everything in. This stroll helped get you out of that library, but what to do… you don't have to stand here and just people watch. Erm, pony watch…
>>398595 I second this response. She seemed the most interested in us out of all the ponies from the little gathering yesterday. Perhaps she could become a good friend of ours? Maybe she could help us get a job?
"That's really nice music. It's got such a lovely melody line… Lyra, was it?" Take a seat next to her and listen to some sweet tunes.
>>398499 Alligator is worth investigating It's Pinkie Pie in her Fluttershy Costume! >>398501 I'm not so sure apple-picking is to our forte, but we could probably do handy that pun earned me a ticket to hell jobs around a farm. >>398502 With no money maybe we could sweet first class seat please talk our way into some candy. >>398600 >>398595 It'd be great to have a pony chilling with us, she knows more about the town, and might even have monies she's willing to splurge on candy. It'd suck to owe ANOTHER pony a favor though, and do we really need candy? Ask Lyra about jobs if we do go over to her, there might be some obvious thing we could do that ponies can't they're willing to pay for. Maybe back-scratches.
>>398498 >A few stalls that look like they are easy to put up and take down scatter the pathways, with ponies scattered about. Caught my attention, maybe we could set up a hand job station. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH OH GOD, SOMEONE STOP ME
>>398499 The “reptile on a leash” is too prominent to ignore. Making your way toward it, you go past the pony that has the most colors you've seen so far. The ball bounces up and down, from her head to the air, and you notice the sound it makes falls in rhythm to the music. Because she's concentrating on keeping the sphere from touching the ground, you go unnoticed. Plucks and strumming fills your ears as you approach the musician. Gold shimmers both from the magical aura and the lyre, as the strings move seemingly on their own. Lyra has her eyes closed, focusing on her instrument, with a soft look of relaxation across her minty face. The song ebbs and flows as time feels like it comes to a standstill. It's like you can't help but let it melt away your inner self. She must have been playing most of her life to get her tune so captivating.
The feeling clashes when you notice the pony in the stall has her eyebrows furrowed at you underneath her poofy bi-colored mane of cobalt and fuchsia. There are chocolates and other sweets on the counter top, but you press on toward the yellow pegasus. It doesn't appear that the owner noticed your presence, and the gator has an unreadable expression as it stares off into the distance. You say something to grab attention. “Nice alligat-” That's as far as you get before she turns around and sort of hunkers down and away with a quiet yelp. Green eyes look upward at you since she's at such an awkward angle.
Waiting to see what's going to happen, it's evident that you're going to have to make the first move. “That's a nice alligator you have there, never really thought ponies would have one as a pet.” Slowly, a yellow hoof reaches around and scoops up the small animal close to her chest. A pair of wings unfurl and with a few flaps, she's in the air, hovering in front of you at a safe distance. She seems too scared and on the edge, even having part of her mane cover half of her face doesn't help. You've told yourself to try and be more social, perhaps you just need to try a little more. “…can I pet it?” With hesitation, the meek pony stops clenching the tiny green reptile so close. Taking that as a yes, you reach out.
>>398607 >>398644 Well now you've done it. Got your other hand damaged and now it'll need bandages too. Wait… this alligator doesn't have any teeth. Your reflexes sure are dull, because if it did have teeth, this would have been messy considering how powerful their closing jaw muscles are. In fact, you're having some trouble freeing your digits. Tugging slowly as not to hurt the little thing nor scare it's owner, you sort of drag her through the air like a kite… made of a pony and a reptile. A reptile that is slobbering like you are a tasty piece of candy.
>>398605 >>398612 >>400673 “…huh, well that didn't exactly go according to plan.” You try to make this situation less awkward by conversing. "Isn't it weird for an alligator to have no teeth?" Twisting your arm and hoping the rotation will give some sort of advantage, the pegasus follows suit. It seems like she isn't helping in your struggle, but rather she's not letting you get the upper hand. While she is negating your strength and attempts at leverage, you wonder why this is happening or what she's trying to accomplish. Almost like some strange dance since there is music still being played in the background of all this. The flyer even almost stalls a few times correcting a lopsided angle. Your hand is soaked and the tongue writhes at the palm and between the fingers. “So… my name is Anonymous.” Giving up on having your hand back, you stand there and pretend this isn't happening.
For awhile, the both of you just stop moving, except for her wings that flap to keep the peculiar opponent in this atypical game of tug-o-war aloft. The song is still in the air, and each note makes each second feel like forever in this ungraceful situation while it flows into the next. She avoids eye contact, looking at your current captor instead. You can't help but think she is silently pleading it to let go. “A toothless alligator. How fortunate.” Once again trying to get a conversation going. “Does he have a name?”
“…Gummy.” Her voice is quiet and nearly drowned out by Lyra's continuing melody. Still not engaged in communication as her gaze is away and what you see of her is the top of her head. “My… my name…” She takes a deep breath an exhales, as if in defeat. “…name i-is… Fluttershy.”
>>401199 "Fluttershy? That's a pretty name. I'm guessing our little friend Gummy here is your pet?" Keep a smile on your face and try to maintain eye contact. Having your hand jammed into an alligator's mouth might be kinda weird, but let's just keep pretending everything is normal. Given that we're in pony land… Equestria or whatever, stuff like this could very well be the norm.
Try to get a conversation going, then maybe try to lighten the mood up a bit. Tell her about that pet snake we had when we were 13 and how big he got. Leave out the part where we had to give him up for adoption. Maybe we can use a common reptile owning experience to try and relate with her?
After that, maybe we can find out what she does and if she needs a set of hands to help her. Could be a paycheck involved you know, so we can start buying our crazy forest ranger adventuring gear?
>>401231 >>401312 >>401314 >>401670 “Fluttershy? That's a pretty name. So I guess your pet alligator slobbering over my hand is some sort of welcome ritual? Not that I don't like the sensation of wet, warm, slimy things around my fingers, but could you convince Gummy here to give me my hand back?”
The yellow and pink pegasus looks up at you, then back down. “Gummy, could you please let go of Mr. Anonymous?” It's hard to read what expression the reptile has since it has the same face all the time. “…please? For me?” With that, it lets go and you move your hand out of the way, least it returns. The air makes your hand go from warm to cool, but a few swipes on your pant leg helps somewhat.
She lands and places the little green pet down, but doesn't talk. You try to find some common ground with her. “I don't know if alligators are common pets in Equestria, but I had a pet snake once.” With this, she actually gives eye contact. “A sort of test from my parents to see if I was ready for a pet that needed more maintenance. Didn't get too awful big, about the size of this guy, but it was fun. Always kind of liked animals, you know?”
“…Gummy is Pinkie's pet. I'm guessing you've met her… because of… glitter.” Oh yea, there's still some on you from her near heart attack inducing surprise. “I was there when you were talking yesterday… at the town hall… I was going to ask about human animals, but there were too many ponies talking…”
Sounds like she is an animal lover, so maybe this can catapult the conversation. “So, you like animals, is that what you do? I've been looking for a way to earn some money, so maybe I could help out a bit?”
Fluttershy looks down at nothing in particular. “…yes, I live next to the forest and help the animals, but I can't think of anything… I don't get that many bits as it is… I'm sorry, maybe somepony else can help.”
>>403423 "Do you think I could keep a small pony as a pet like a dog?" After giving a moment reassure her that it was a joke. Also tell her that you are not used to horses that could talk, since back where you came from horses and ponies were usually kept to be ridden and look completely badass in the process.
>>403423 >"I was going to ask about human animals, but there were too many ponies talking…" "If it's any comfort, it took a lot of effort to put myself up in front of the crowd like that. You could ask them now, if you like."
She might open up a bit if we give her time to talk. Also could you fucks contain your meme spaghetti for once jeez.
>>403425 >>403426 Tilting your head to the side, you attempt to get the glitter you think is there and try your best to make it looks natural. Regal, even. "That's no problem at all. Honestly, outside of food, I don't know what to spend money on around here anyways." Checking your hands, there's a few speckles, so hopefully it's not too bad. Running what she said through again, something catches your attention. "You live next to… 'The Forest'?" Giving air quotes for emphasis, but you think that maybe they don't use that kind of punctuation after the fact. "Like, the one full of man-eating plants and wooden wolves and perpetual darkness?"
"Yes, in a cottage next to it." Fluttershy looks at your left arm, then back up. "I heard about what happened to you… it's not so bad if you know what not to do. Sometimes ponies ask me about what's in there, but I don't like it." She picks up one of her hooves and the leash falls away to stop tangling since Gummy has been walking around. "There are animals everywhere, not just in the Everfree." Now that she's talking, you notice how soft her speech is. "Does it still hurt?"
>>403427 >>403428 "No, it's fine." Taking your left arm with your right hand, you prod it to make sure for yourself but it's difficult considering how much there is in the way. Nurse Reheart said to come by for a check up, maybe then you can explain that you didn't need so many bandages. Let's see if she can take a joke. "Do you think I could keep a small pony as a pet, like a dog?"
"I remember you saying that ponies are different on your planet, that they couldn't talk and were ridden. If you're talking about Equestrian ponies, then no." She looks over at Pinkie's pet and moves his leash around some more. "…it would be weird."
Perhaps she's not one for jokes either. "I was kidding around, and yes, the horses were ridden and it was badass." You think you've found a way to get her more involved. "If it's any comfort, it took a lot of effort to put myself up in front of the crowd like that, but since it's just us, you can ask those animal questions now."
With that, you and her talk back and forth primarily about the animals and wildlife of both planets and how they differ. There's some questions you don't understand nor know how to answer. From the sound of it, she could spend all day talking to a zoologist. The animals here are apparently smarter and can even hold conversations, although you need to learn their language to do so. You get some basic understanding of the Everfree Forest, but it seems like there's a whole lot that will take time to learn. It's pleasant, considering the music and nice weather, even though Gummy interrupts a few times gnawing the two of you.
The pony with the rainbowed mane walks up to apparently join in. "Hey Fluttershy, this guy isn't bothering you, is he?" Fluttershy looks to you, back toward the blue pegasus, and shakes her head no. "Good, just making sure… so, whatcha talking about?"
"Well," she begins, "we're talking about how different things are. Did you know the human's animals can't talk?"
"I was there at the gathering, and it still sounds like a boring planet. Thought that an alien would be more interesting, that there would be all sorts of cool stuff, but it just sounds so…" she tries to find an appropriate word, "bland. I had to leave, was going to fall asleep if all he was going to talk about was that stupid place."
>>405144 Shrug nonchalantly at the rainbow cunt. Human master race must prevail. "Oh, then I guess you don't want to hear about jet fighters that can fly faster than the speed of sound and rockets that we use to get things and sometimes even people out to space. There's also computers, mobile phones, all sorts of technological wonders, none of which you have. Really, it seems the one who has the boring, stupid world is you. The only amusing thing in it are ponies who can talk."
>>405292 Do you have unresolved anger issues, anon? Let's try a different approach.
>>405144 >"I was there at the gathering, and it still sounds like a boring planet. Thought that an alien would be more interesting, that there would be all sorts of cool stuff, but it just sounds so…" she tries to find an appropriate word, "bland. I had to leave, was going to fall asleep if all he was going to talk about was that stupid place." "Different people have different ideas of what's cool and what isn't, y'know. Twilight thinks books and learning are cool, and I'm pretty sure that Fluttershy here thinks animals are cool. It'd be boring if everyone thought the same things were cool." Now there's an idea, since she seems somewhat confrontational. "Tell you what. Name something you think is cool, and I'll try and think of something cool that humans have done in that field."
You shrug at her decision. “Well sorry, can't really help that all our mythological creatures either died or never existed in the first place. Besides, our planet is plenty awesome, if you don't mind the dangers.”
“What dangers?” The skeptical pony continues to not believe it. “It sounds like with so many humans, there isn't anything left. Where's the adventures into unknown lands? Where's the spellcasters that become powerful and it takes courage to overthrow them? What about ancient civilizations leaving tests of prowess and riddles? Where is… anything?”
"Oh, then I guess you don't want to hear about jet fighters that can fly faster than the speed of sound and rockets that we use to get things and sometimes even people out to space. There's also computers, mobile phones, all sorts of technological wonders, none of which you have.” You stop before making an attempt of calling her planet boring. No need to get aggressive and fight fire with fire.
“I don't even know what half those words are. For all I know, you're making it up. If you are radical, then do something radical.” Seems like a see to believe mentality.
"Different people have different ideas of what's cool and what isn't, y'know. Twilight thinks books and learning is cool, and I'm pretty sure that Fluttershy here thinks animals are cool. It'd be boring if everyone thought the same things were cool." An idea comes to light, since she seems somewhat confrontational. "Tell you what. Name something you think is cool, and I'll try and think of something cool that humans have done in that field."
She puts a hoof to her chin and hums while looking around. Some time later, Fluttershy answers for her. “Um, Rainbow Dash likes flying and sports…”
“Yea! Humans can't fly, and are probably too weak for real competitions. The Wonderbolts would easily outdo anything a human could. I heard you couldn't really outrun those ponies that chased you yesterday, that was pure luck you got away.” She is somewhat right, you aren't in the best physical shape. Probably could have done better if you kept up your fitness. “And if none of them have magic, how do you decide who's the princess? Whoever is the least scared? Anything you can bring up, I know ponies can do better.”
>>409687 "We have carriages that can fly and carry hundreds of humans. They can fly all over the globe, without doing anything, just sitting and relaxing. Humans also have the Olympics where the best of the best compete in all sorts of sports. It's usually a pretty big event."
>>409687 "Humans aren't really built for going fast. We're better at long-distance running. Back when we were still wandering hunter-gatherers, we would catch our prey by chasing it at a leisurely jog until it simply got tired and passed out from exhaustion."
>>409813 Actually that's offtopic, i take it back I'm sure there's something being a bipedal creature with opposable thumbs gives us an advantage with… We're out of shape, so a marathon is out of the question, I doubt we'll be able to re-invent anything groundbreaking from scratch. Magic makes anything requiring fine manipulation a breeze, so they'd just get Twilight to stomp us on that. We could probably use our HAX of collective intelligence OOC to beat anypony in a game of puns and jokes. I assume everyone here is good at those! I also just remembered ponies probably do have internal combustion engines, or at least steam engines, because trains
>>409687 I'm not sure we need to show off to impress Rainbow Dash, thinking about this has just reminded me we really need to stop Twilight from joining our worlds, unless we want to find out how well radiation and magic mix. If there weren't 100 awful HiE fics based in Fallout Equestria, I'd be interested
>>409687 "What you have in magic and physical prowess we have in creativity and ingenuity. We can look at ourselves and realize 'hey, humans can't fly', then dream a way to make it possible.
And then, we make it so.
We have the ability to see our faults and radically compensate for them through miraculous design and technology. It's what makes us, as a species, essentially boundless, my little Rainbow flyer. While ponies may have natural abilities, you also have natural boundaries. There's just so much you'll be able to manage with those little feather dusters." >Cue smarmy smile as she snorts.
"In the meantime, human scientists will be creating new jet engines that continuously break our current notions of 'possible' and 'impossible'. We have vehicles that can travel over 7 times the speed of sound. Do ponies have anything like that?"
Cross your arms and give her a nice, big, smug smile. Hold that smile for as long as it takes her to ask you to build such a vehicle yourself
Retort with: >>410313
"Oh… and.. uh… as for leaders, it depends on where you're from. In America, we get to pick one ourselves."
>>409687 Humanity doesn't have princesses, and you know, you're probably right, ponies have it pretty easy. Wings and magic powers? If humankind had that we'd probably still be living in castles shooting bows at each-other. Instead we invented things to make up for our individual weakness; the wheel, fire, stone tools. Of course it took over two thousand years to pick up, but in the last hundred years, we've gone from inventing parachutes and stainless steel, to wireless mobile phones, to the greatest invention of our generation… Okay, so what should it be; some new disgusting soda? 3d printers? Whatever it is, It should be something Anon will cry over not being able to have anymore because he's in Equestria and they can't make it.
Let's see here. One of the most obvious things you think of is all the technological progress humans have made to overcome their environment. These ponies seem to have other ways to do that, with their magic, ability to fly, and who knows what else that you haven't discovered yet. The thought of what could happen if and when the two worlds make contact comes back with the reminder to somehow get this across to Twilight. Maybe you could surprise them if you brought something. You're pretty sure you had your phone when they took you into the hospital, perhaps it's still there? Couldn't hurt to check and maybe get these bandages off. The sensation of feeling the wind everywhere except your entire left arm is a strange one.
“I knew it, ponies win.” Rainbow Dash says in a victorious manner.
“Sorry, I was spacing out.” Giving it some thought, you throw some ideas out. “The Olympics, where the best of the best compete in all sorts of sports. It's usually a pretty big event with the whole world watching their representative for their nation.”
“Then how do nations of aliens fit into a single stadium?” She retorts, “Or even get there?”
Remembering how she didn't understand jets, you pick your terms differently. “We have carriages that can fly and carry hundreds of humans. They can go all over the globe, with the people inside enjoying the ride. Also, we use television.” Both of them look like they don't understand the word. “It's another piece of human tech.”
“That's your answer for everything. If it's so great, show us some.” You had a feeling she was going to want a demonstration.
“Sorry, but I left my lab coat and clipboard on another planet.” Perhaps if you explain it in detail, she'll understand. “Look, what you have in magical and physical prowess, we have in creativity and ingenuity. We can look at ourselves and realize 'hey, humans can't fly' so we think of a way to make it possible. For example, humans aren't really built for going fast, but we're good at long distance running, so we migrated all over the planet. We have the ability to see our faults and radically compensate for them through miraculous design and technology. It's what makes us, as a species, essentially boundless, my little Rainbow flyer.”
“While ponies may have natural abilities, you also have natural boundaries. There's just so much you'll be able to manage with those little feather dusters. In the meantime, human scientists will be creating new jet engines that continuously break our current notions of 'possible' and 'impossible'. We have vehicles that can travel over seven times the speed of sound. Do ponies have anything like that?" you finish the description of human possibility.
This long winded explanation seems to have confused the little blue pegasus. “Yeah, well, then uh… show me!”
At this, you hold up your fingers and wiggle them. “With these, I can build anything. Also, humanity doesn't have princesses, we usually elect the rulers, and you know, you're probably right, ponies have it pretty easy. Wings and magic powers? If humankind had that we'd probably still be living in castles shooting bows at each other. Instead we invented things to make up for our individual weakness; the wheel, fire, stone tools. Of course it took over two thousand years to pick up, but in the last hundred years, we've gone from inventing parachutes and stainless steel, to wireless mobile phones, to the greatest invention of our generation… the internet.”
Rainbow Dash gives a blank look. “I got you figured out. All you do is talk about what other humans have made, but what have you done? I want to see something that you can do, right here, right now.” With that, she waits. Even Fluttershy, who at this point has let the more assertive pony do all the talking, stands in anticipation.
This >>451160. Explain that while some of the coolest things are the most complicated ones, some of the best things are the simplest, like hands that can give caring massages. You were always good at giving massages anyhow. She's really got no way of one upping you without a set of hands of her own unless her wings are just that dexterous.
If that fails, we'll need papier mache, baking soda, and vinegar. I have a foolproof backup plan.
“Well, I know I can do something that you can't,” you say while picking up a rock, “tada…” Rolling it around your fingers and tossing it back and forth between your hands, Dash gives an annoyed stare. With a flourish, you throw it off into the distance. Fluttershy turns her head with it through the air to watch it until it lands and makes a small smacking noise that somehow goes in beat with Lyra's music.
Her expression remains. Noticing Gummy rubbing against Fluttershy's leg, you get an idea. “Okay, but here's one thing I'm really good at.” Waggling your fingers in the air, making Dash follow them, you point out your index finger and boop her on the nose. “Petting,” you say while giving your best smile.
She pushes your hand aside and says in a perturbed tone, “Don't touch me. You going to stop not answering me or should I find something better to do?”
You know, making an ass of ourselves while trying to trick someone else into making an ass of themselves doesn't seem like something very becoming of a person whom is not only deeply concerned with first impressions but may also be the impromptu ambassador of humanity.
Now, assuming this is AFTER we somehow convince her to actually do one of our suggestions, how about something like: "Well, it seems as though it's rather easy to lose yourself in foolishness when the honour of your entire species is questioned. I'm willing to put that behind us, though; especially considering I shouldn't try to make any enemies before I'm certain I have any friends. Truth is, I can't back up many of my claims right now because science takes time and one man can not hope to rebuild the entirety of a civilization. And if you're looking for feats of physical ability, you may need to come back when I'm not walking around in a cast. In the mean time, all I can do is answer with words. I think I heard mention that you're an athlete; I could tell you about our own sports if you wanted."
Apologies to other questers if this seems like it's entirely out of the left field, but it's easy enough to have a post be ignored with a simple string of "DON'T DO THIS" right?
“Baby, there is nobody better to do than me.” You say with a dazzling smile. She rolls her eyes at the lame joke, but you follow it up with that thumb sliding trick. Fluttershy raises her eyebrows in slight awe when she sees your finger disconnect and go back, but the blue pony looks bored. You decide to come clean. "Truth is, I can't back up many of my claims right now because science takes time and one man can not hope to rebuild the entirety of a civilization. And if you're looking for feats of physical ability, you may need to come back when my arm isn't heavily bandaged from being chewed up by a carnivorous plant. That should be a little bit impressive, right? In the mean time, all I can do is answer with words. I think I heard mention that you're an athlete. I could tell you about our own sports if you wanted… or maybe you could show me something cool. No flying, I don't have wings.”
With that, Rainbow Dash blinks a few times before going and fetching her ball. A few kicks later, it rolls in front of you. She forces it straight up by an angled hit, then it bounces from her noggin to her butt and back again. It even gets tossed behind her and a swift kick from the hind leg sends it high. Dash continues to play with it like something between hackey sack and football. It's strange watching a quadruped pony move in coordination like this. By the time you are memorized, she says with a smug grin, “Now let's see you do this…” A bonk from her head sends it seemingly straight up before you realize it's coming down right on top of you.
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>>458583 >>458133 What if we had something useful, like, engineering. Or at least helped out in the workshop of someone to know how to fix cars, bikes and stuff. Heck, with a few parts and help of ponies we could even make a bicycle for ourselves.
>>459098 And if we want to be a wizard, why couldn't we have a hobby-level knowledge of (Mundane) magic tricks too! That'd help explain our deftness of fingers. Although we probably want to avoid picking skills just because they'd be useful. We'll end up as jack of all trades, master of none.
The ball hits your noggin, making a small point sound as it falls to the side and rolls a bit before stopping. Your hands are stuck in mid motion in the attempt of catching it, so you just kind of stand there in an awkward posture. Hearing Rainbow Dash laugh breaks your frozen state. “Phahaha, you sure showed me.” She lazily walks over to her star spotted sphere and continues showing off, all while having a grin on her face.
“Um, Dash, don't you think you might be a little… mean?” Fluttershy meagerly asks. “Not everypony can do that.”
“Psh,” she scoffs while doing some butt bounces, “I'm just having a little fun, he's not hurt or anything. Besides, he's not a pony, so I had to see if he could back up what he said about 'how awesome humans are'. Those hands sure didn't help any.”
Regaining your composure and lightly rubbing your head, you three stand there since you can't think of anything to say. Fluttershy breaks the silence, “So Anonymous… what are you doing today? I hope Ponyville is fun for you. It's not as big as Canterlot or Manehattan, but it's nice. You could move somewhere else if you really wanted to, I guess.”
>>460411 "I haven't really been around long enough to get a sense of things around here. I'm hoping to see if I can make some friends or learn more about ponies in general before I go- wait, Canterlot? Manehattan?"
>>460411 "Ponyville's a really cool place. I mean, I wouldn't mind visiting Canterlot or… Manehattan…"
Stop to think about all of these horse puns for a brief moment, then continue, "…but Ponyville kind of feels like a home away from home to me. Everyone here has been so nice to me since my little 'blackout' episode in town earlier. Heck, you guys even patched me up. You little horses are pretty cool. Even Rainbow Dash over there."
Rub the side of your head. "I don't have too much going on today… well, not yet, anyways. Mostly, I'm just visiting with the other ponies in town, trying to get a feel for who my new 'neigh'bors are." Put an emphasis on 'neigh' so that they know you're trying to do a horse joke.
"Hey, uh… Fluttershy, was it? Do you mind if we hang out for a bit? Maybe you and Gummy could show me what a typical pony day is like here in Ponyville."