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When celebrating early for Hearth's Warming, Carve, Rusty Flashlight, and Pane expect it to be the perfect year. That's until Carina and Aita have to leave early for unknown reasons. However, what Carve finds out when visiting Carina's home is what happens to Carina hits home on the level of the demolition to Rolling Acres.
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16 Oct 2017 Updated:
16 Oct 2017
1. Prologue - Early Decorations by Tempo Quill
2. Chapter 1 - Where Did These Come From? by Tempo Quill
Prologue - Early Decorations by Tempo Quill
Whew... It’s been awhile since anything big happened. By extension, Carina hasn’t been here since Equestria ever befriended Chrysalis. I visited the hive around a week ago, at the beginning of the new month. And Chrysalis was just fine with it. The two of us said hi, caught up to what we were doing, all that stuff.
Right now, Pane’s over at my house, helping the three of us get ready for Hearth’s Warming when Carina comes over with Aita. Chrysalis... really doesn’t have anything to do at the moment, so since she’s been recoronated by over a month now, I notice when at the hive, she was getting ready for her own festivities. I have no idea whether or not it’s for Hearth’s Warming though. She never really went deep into that. I know changelings has their own holidays. Some came into being when I was around. Hell, one came into being when I was a teen. But at least there’s the holidays Equestria has, like Hearts and Hooves Day. and Winter Wrap Up.
At the moment though, at my house is just me and Pane. Rusty Flashlight’s went up to Wisconsin at the moment (I still don’t know what that looks like). Since we’re celebrating Hearth’s Warming a week early, as well as me having spilled out everything Carina knows at some point, Rusty Flashlight wants to do his best to get a recording of a Hearth’s Warming Eve pageant.
So, what’ve I been doing lately? I started reading Power Ponies from the ground up in my spare time. There’s about forty official installments, and I’m on the fifteenth one. However, with decorations starting for Hearth’s Warming, I haven’t had as much free time to read it. For now though, Pane let me off to do my own thing, me having contributed more than she did to decorations within the time I did, an hour and a half, so I’m reading.
But then, something different happens as I read. Well, I guess it gets dark quite a bit earlier now than it did when I last went to... that one demo site. But hey, it’s just what the sky does daily. Well, I set down the comic on the corner and head to my nest for the rest I need. I levitate the switch off and close my door. After ten to fifteen minutes of silence and pitch black, I find myself back in Crater Hall.
“Heheh, no telling who’s going to be in front of me this time.”
“Oh, hi Carve! Long time no see!”
“Yep, I knew it. How’re you Correal?”
“Just fine. So, I hear Rusty Flashlight’s in Wisconsin.”
“Oh yeah, he is. So, did you visit him before he left or something?”
“Well, actually no, I didn’t visit him at all. I went to visit Carina, but got... uh... Jon, I think his name was. He told me about something that he and the pegasus are trying to get. It all went over my head really.”
“Me with the hybrid stairs.”
“Oh, you mean escalators. Eh...”
“Um, what’s drama got to do with stairs?”
“Nothing, let’s just move on. So, Jon also told me about this holiday named Christmas. If you ask me, it sounds awfully close to ‘Chrysalis’.”
“Me with Grease Ellis.”
“Grease who now? Carve, can you please stop deviating from the topic I’m trying to focus on?”
“Oh, uh, sorry about that, Correal. But yeah, I think I can agree on that as well. So, uh, is Chrysali- I mean Christmas, celebrated in Wisconsin?”
“Um, is it on the twenty fifth of this month? Because that’s when Hearth’s Warming is celebrated in Equestria.”
“Oh. Well, sometimes before Hearth’s Warming, it usually takes hours for Pane Fall to come back if she ever needed to buy anything. But hey! Trace Light and Aita will finally meet!”
“Huh, you don’t say, Carve. I’d love to hear how that turns out. Chrysalis is friends with all of Equestria, so I doubt the two would hate each other. Well, I have to go now. It looks like one of your friends is coming to your room.”
“Oh, okay. Bye!”
Correal waves back at me.
“See you later, Carve.”
I wake up to a knock on my room door.
“Pane? That you?”
The door opens, revealing it to be Pane, like I heard from the voice.
“Sorry about waking you up, Carve. I wanted to see if you were alright with me locking the door for the night until I come back tomorrow morning.”
“Actually, that’s fine with me.”
“Okay. I better get going then. See you tomorrow.”
“Wait. Pane... have you ever heard of a holiday named ‘Christmas’?”
“Well, uh, no... I haven’t.”
“Oh. It’s apparently a holiday that Carina celebrates back home. It’s the same day as Hearth’s Warming. That’s all I heard from Correal.”
“Correal? Is she a changeling you spoke to last week? Is that where you heard of this holiday? It does sound-”
“Yeah yeah yeah. I know. But no, Correal visited my dream just now to tell me about this ‘Christmas’ holiday. I’m sure you’ve heard of Correal... have you?”
“No. But hey, at least you have friends in the hive.”
“Um, her note, Va Cutera Solaz? Crater Hall? I hosted a calling about her that got Chrysalis back!”
“Oh, please don’t remind me of the hive mind unit.”
“Carve... what the heck are you saying?”
“Correal’s been gone since the first of last month. Okay, Pane?”
I buzz my wings and droop my head, it becoming clear that Pane hasn’t heard much out of changeling life.
“I’m sorry. I thought you would’ve gotten the message by now... about Correal.”
“I understand, Carve. Now, I’m going to get home. It’s been a long day decorating for Hearth’s Warming. Rusty Flashlight is going to be home tomorrow, so I’ll be here as soon as I can come.”
The conversation ends with Pane Fall wrapping her left hoof around my back and rubbing it briefly. Soon after, the door to the house opens, closes and gets locked, letting me sleep for the rest of dark.
Chapter 1 - Where Did These Come From? by Tempo Quill
Well, another day, another visit from Pane. She isn’t here yet, but when I wake up, the sun looks to have been up for a little while. I guess I was awake for a little longer than I remember.
Looking at the clock in my room, I notice that it’s currently about eight thirty. Well, I can’t be too surprised Pane is here. But it does raise the question of whether or not she’s on her way now, just getting up or what.
Hmm... I didn’t recall any dreams when sleeping for the second time. Must’ve slept a lot better after that talk.
Hey, wait a minute. ...as soon as she can come... so does Pane have other things to do at the moment?
Suddenly, the main entrance’s lock starts to make a few sounds for the door opens. Pretty sure that’s Pane.
Yep. I levitate my door open and dash into the living room. But then, it looks like Pane is levitating a piece of well rolled paper.
“Hi Pane. So, what’s that you have?”
“Well, I don’t know who it’s from, but the writing looks about on par with the Foal Free Press in Ponyville.”
“Hey, let me see that.”
I use my horn to take the paper out of Pane’s aura and unveil it.
To Carve, or whatever your name is:
Hi. It’s Roman. Carina probably told you about me, because she just told me about you, so I thought I’d have her send this letter to you. I wanted to see how you felt about coming to my friend’s house for Christmas. According to my niece-in-law, Sophie, it’s about the same day as Hearth’s Warming. Apparently, Aita’s been excited for quite some time about you coming over for Christmas. Well, I hope you do have the time this year to come to Wisconsin. Everybody’s looking forward to seeing you.
“...Roman Bagley... I recognize that name.”
”Jon Vibe, Roman Bagley, Sophie Handy, Dan Bell...”
“That was one of the names Carina listed when we gave Chrysalis her hive back.”
“Really?!? Who’s Roman Bagley?” Pane asks.
“Roman must be one of the members of Carina’s makeshift family... and so must Sophie.”
“So, let me get this straight. Aside from Aita, Carina doesn’t have her own changeling family? And has to rely on those we once called ‘earless creatures’ to fill that gap?”
“Well, I don’t know about her changeling family. No one ever told me about that back when I lived in the hive. And that was because it was no one’s business.”
“But what about the Wisconsinian tribe that’s Carina’s other family is a part of?”
“Oh, like Roman and Sophie?”
“They’re kind of humans,” a familiar voice interrupts into our conversation.
The both of us rush over to the stoop when we see the pegasus we know. For a lack of better words, we have a moment of reunion unlike any other in the past.
Suddenly, I’m the first of us to notice a strange item Rusty Flashlight has in his saddle bag.
“Hey, what’s that?”
“Oh that? This thing?”
His wing unveils the saddlebag, prompting Pane to levitate this mysterious item over to the front of my hooves. So, when I put it in a studyable distance from my eyes, I notice that the silhouette on what I presume is the top depicts a sort of card that’s a little torn at the flat end. On the other end of this “card”, there’s a bit of a slit in the form of a half circle, although I wouldn’t really know what the slit is for. Below that card, there appears to be a saying of four words. WOW! what a difference!
“Hmm... what is this? Where’d you get it from?”
“Oh. I got this from a rental store up where Roman and Jon live. But that’s not all I got. I mean, what’s the use of this baby, without this!”
Rusty Flashlight pulls out a sort of case. It says on the front: Blockbuster Video. Containing the name is exactly the shape I saw in the silhouette of the other item he brought home.
“So, uh, what are these?” I ask.
“These babies I got from Roman and Jon are actually from a VERY rare store. As you can probably guess, it’s Blockbuster.”
I study the case a little bit more and find a sticker near the top of the front, as if it’s a label.
“So, is this case an actual recording of a Hearth’s Warming Eve pageant?” I inquire.
“Well, not the actual case itself. But one of the segments of the case’s content contains that.”
“Content? Rusty, that doesn’t really give us an idea of what this really is, since neither Carve nor I have never seen anything like this before.”
Pane levitates the case over to her and opens it, revealing something somewhat similar to a vinyl disc, at least in shape. However, unlike the minimal aesthetics I’ve seen of vinyl discs, this kind of disc has absolutely amazing artwork, and it’s unbelieveable how much of the artwork can fit. It depicts Pinkie Pie, joined by Rainbow Dash and some random baby alligator, in front of a background within Equestria. And in that background, the Equestria train can be seen moving to the left. On the left, below the train, a bunch of logos can be vaguely seen, all under “Disc 2”. Finally all of that is under a perfectly readable logo, named My Little Pony.
“Whoa. So this actually has a Hearth’s Warming Eve pageant in it?”
“Sure does, Carve. It’s the entire reason why I got all this for the six of us in the first place. But this is a one week rental, so once we finish the festivities here with Carina and Aita, I’ll have to go with them back to Wisconsin.”
“Thanks for solving the whole pageant problem up there. Carve and I owe a lot to you.”
Couldn’t have said better myself, so I decide to join in on a hug.
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