'It was in that moment that the world faded to white...'
David took a sip of tea as he sat at a table at one of Ponyville’s local cafés, simply enjoying the peace and quiet that the night brings. His mane was unkempt as it was since he woke up this morning. This was normal, in fact, nothing happened since he arrived in this place.
It gave him a lot of time to think, something he rarely has as he always gets wrapped up in some kind of crazy adventure wherever he goes. He thought back to the simpler days, back when he was with this team: Harmonia; Cain; Dante; and certainly not forgotten, the love of his life;
He’d been lost ever since that blasted portal blew up in his face. He began to wonder how much time is passed since then. He had lost count of the days long ago. It actually made him wonder if they are looking for him. He doubted it; Seven was barred from inter-dimensional travel after an incident involving a Duck and a Pegasus at the Gala. He shivered at the thought of it. That was one mess no one wanted to cleanup.
Harmonia is too busy with the queen to help, Cain doesn’t have the right gear for him to make the jump, and Dante doesn’t care enough to do it in the first place…
He was alone. A part of him prefers this, but there is always the majority of that misses her.
He decided to call the waitress over to order another cup of tea, but before he could finish his order, the scream of a Filly caught his ear, along with some other nearby patrons.
He jumped up and rushed towards the sound, this was just what he needed to take his mind off past events.
He used his acute senses to locate the Filly in a deserted street, surrounded by a small group of ponies. He couldn’t see her very clearly, but he could feel her fear, but that feeling was fleeting.
He noted the ghastly green glow around them. At first glance, it didn’t appear natural, it couldn’t have been, as one of the three ponies was a Pegasus and the other was an Earth pony, but he knew better. These ponies were not ponies at all, but were Changelings in disguise.
It angered him that they would attack town, but even more so a child. He was about to step in when he saw a glint of purple rush past him and towards the group.
“Hey creeps, Lights out!”
It was in that moment that the world faded to white, his gaze focusing on the Gray Mare clad in purple light scout armor as she jumped into the fray and stood protectively over the little Filly.
The trio were surprised by the Mare’s appearance, which she used to her advantage. She quickly wrestled the ‘earth pony’ to the ground before throwing him away and into a small grocery stall that was nearby, causing it to fall on the poor fool.
By then, the others recovered from their shock and attempt to tackle her. Her response was a swift spin in place before knocking the ‘Unicorn’ into next week. David could tell she wasn’t holding anything back on him; in fact the impact knocked the changeling out of his disguise.
She didn’t drop back to the ground fast enough to interrupt the ‘Pegasus’ and slid back a few paces as they collided. David knew she can handle herself, but seeing the armored Mare get hurt rekindled his anger towards the changelings. He rushed over to the Mare’s aid as the ‘Pegasus’ removed its disguise to charge an offensive spell with the intent of killing the temporarily stunned Mare.
The Mare jumped out of the away just as the spell was fired; meanwhile David rose up to strike the back of the Changeling’s neck. In one swift motion, he knocked the Changeling out cold.
Satisfied with his work, he checked on the unconscious Filly at his hooves. The Mare calmly walked up to him and asked, “Thanks for the assist. Is she alright?”
He looked up to see your smiling face, it was almost completely different than how it was mere moments ago, her bright emerald eyes still held that fire she had from before, but now it was a fire of compassion and concern for the child.
David not it before asking her, “Where is your partner?”
His question seemed to catch her off guard, “What?”
Against his better judgment, he snort as he saluted her, “I believe it is common practice to work in pairs, Miss 707. Designation ‘Lucid Pliskin’, Lionhearts division.”
David knew he shouldn’t be talking to her, but this situation was just too good to just let it pass by. 707 returned the salute and said, “Special forces, huh? That explains that outfit, don’t see many Sneaking Suits in the force.”
She smiled at him and continued, “Got a few Sun bros on the way, I was just faster than they were.”
David laughed, “I prefer to go solo too. Never know when time is of the essence. Can’t waste it waiting for our forces to gather.”
“Finally, someone who understands. Being an Lunar guard often means we don’t have the luxury of time. What are you doing here anyway Pliskin, and how do you know me?”
He paled, he didn’t have an excuse ready. It didn’t help that the fact that individual members of any special forces units aren’t exactly common knowledge outside of their respective fields. From what he can remember, 707 is only commonly known in Ponyville and Canterlot, but even then…
She giggled, “Let me guess it’s classified? Don’t worry, let’s just drop the subject. Any idea when the girl wake up?”
With this entire thing going on, he was glad to Filly was fine she was just mildly drained. Odds are, she’ll wake up pretty soon, “Could be any minute now. What are we going to do?”
“For starters we- Hey, look! There’s a guard now.”
Indeed there was a guard. David turned to see him as he rounded the corner, running from one of the dark alleys nearby. The lone Unicorn guard trotted up to them and saluted us, “Thanks for the message. My partner is coming with the Filly’s parents, just wait here a little longer.”
David and 707 returned the salute before she pointed out where the falling Changelings lay, “Got three bugs squashed.”
She looked over at David and said with a wink, “Thanks again for the help Pliskin, but we can handle it from here. Besides, don’t you have
somewhere should be?”
He nodded. This was a nice chat, but he knew he shouldn’t get any more involved than he already was.
As he walked away, he heard the Unicorn whisper, “He’s a Changeling”
David then did what he shouldn’t have done; he froze. Forget running into a brick wall, the shock and disbelief radiating off of 707 made it fall on him.
He heard her whisper, “Are you sure, he knows a bit too much for it to be a simple trick.”
“The scans came back positive… Don’t forget we lost a lot of good ponies to these monsters. B\He cannot be trusted.”
Surprise turned to anger as David spun around. As if on instinct, he blocked her ‘surprise’ attack and was going to counter with a strike of his own, but before he can hit her, he froze. She knocked is hoof away and swung at him again. He blocked once more and tried to strike her again, but to his surprise, he found himself backing away. He knew this wasn’t his 707, the one that he fell in love with, but all the same, he couldn’t bear to harm her, not even in self-defense.
He simply took the abuse, as it was all he could do. After a few tense moments that seem to go on forever, they grappled each other. David was trying to get away her away and she was trying to take him down.
He shouted, “I don’t want to fight you!”
She returned his shout with one of her own, “I’ve never heard a bigger lie in my life.”
As he stared into her large emerald orbs, he did something neither of them expected.
“I could never lie to you Pun…”
Her grip on him softened momentarily a surprise hit her once more, “How… How do you know that name?”
Had his fore legs been free right there, he would’ve facehoofed at his folly. It was then that he noticed the Unicorn Guard and the Changelings that were unconscious moments ago we’re charging another attack, all aimed at her back.
That Guard was a fake, and he played her like a fiddle! He knew 707’s armor had decent spell resistance, but from the looks of things it would sure to fail her under the barrage of spells. He growled as he pulled 707 close to him, causing her to gasp before he spun around, effectively placing his own body in the line of fire.
To green magic projectiles pounded on his back, tearing through his Magic barriers and damaging his suit underneath, no doubt also causing harm to his back in the process.
Apparently, the changelings thought that he was just another pony, either that, or they didn’t expect one of their own to protect her. David huffed as his disguise failed him, revealing his true form for all the see. He muttered in 707’s ear as his vision began to fade, “I’m sorry Pun…”
The last thing he heard as he slipped out of consciousness was a single word, “Halt!”