*A while later, Mezmo, the Mane Six, Patch, and Aurora were in the stables, explaining to Blitzen and the other reindeer of the reward Santa had given them*
Blitzen: *eyes widen* WHAT?!?
Patch: That's what the boss said.
Comet: That's crazy!
Cupid: Vixen's friends are nice, but--
Dancer: They don't know the route! They don't have the training! And only TWO of them can fly!!!
Blitzen: *breaking down* Centuries of perfect attendance. A couple of close calls
but we've always made it. And now THIS is our reward?! To watch a bunch of rookies DESTROY Christmas?!
Twilight: Don't you think you're overreacting a wee bit?
Prancer: Overreacting?! It's obvious what's happening!
Dancer: I knew it! It was only a matter of time until we got replaced with a cuter bunch of animals.
Dasher: I don't care what the big man says! I'm NOT losing my job to a bunch of
Pinkie: Losing your jobs? You're not losing your jobs!
Donner: Then why is Santa letting YOU pull the sleigh?
Aurora: Donner, they're not PULLING the sleigh, they're DRIVING it.
Cupid: *pause* Say what?
Patch: Santa's taking the year off as a reward for them bringing Vixen home. We'd never replace you lot, you're family!
Blitzen: SLEIGH TEAM HUDDLE!!!
*The eight reindeer quickly formed into a circle, discussing quietly amongst themselves*
Comet: Can we DO this? We've never pulled seven people before.
Prancer: ONE person, six ponies.
Comet: My point being that the boss may be a BIG man, but he's still just one person.
Donner: Well, they did save the world from Nightmare Moon, Discord AND Queen Chrysalis, so I say we give them a chance.
Dasher: I'm for it, but can we even PULL that kind of weight?!
Vixen: We have to try. They pulled me through blistering winds, high mountains and risked freezing to death just to get me home. I owe them my life
okay, Vixy, we'll try. I just hope Santa doesn't make a habit of this.
Vixen: *kisses Blitzen's cheek* Thanks, old timer.
Donner: Okay, break!
*The reindeer team quickly broke out of the huddle and looked to Mezmo and the Mane Six*
Blitzen: We're willing to give it a try, but you have to take this seriously and do YOUR part in it.
Twilight: We understand, sir. *bows*
Applejack: Honest. *bows*
Rainbow Dash: We'll be loyal to the end. *bows*
Fluttershy: Oh yes, we'll do our very best. *bows*
Rarity: My mane will get frizzy from the journey
but it's a risk I'm willing to take. *bows*
Pinkie: *bows* We will not let you down, oh magnificent antlered ones!
Yeah, what she said. *bows*
Dasher: *smiles* I like the pink one, she's silly.
Patch: And just so they don't get into trouble, I'll be going with them, in order to show them the ropes.
My back is SO gonna be killing me after this
*The next evening, everyone was inside a specially built hanger for the sleigh, working overtime in order to get ready for takeoff. The reindeer were having their fur brushed and hooves oiled as they were slipped into their harnesses. Elves rushed about in last-minute preparations as a huge red velvet sack with golden trim was being loaded into the sleigh*
Blitzen: *deep inhale* Ah! I love the smell of a well oiled Christmas Eve.
Aurora: Blitz, hold still! You want to look your best for tonight, don't you? *returns to filing Blitzen's antler tines to picture-perfect sharpness*
*Meanwhile, Mezmo and Twilight were looking over a map, trying to memorize every note and detail written on it*
Mezmo: Okay, so our first stop will be earth, which means that will be seven continents, one hundred and ninety-six countries, and billions of households
excluding the ones that don't celebrate Christmas or whose cultural beliefs don't include Santa Claus.
Twilight: How does he DO this every year?
Patch: *sees Mezmo and Twilight looking over the map* Nervous?
Twilight: YES!!! We don't want to ruin Christmas for some deserving kid.
Patch: Don't worry, you have all the time in the world.
Mezmo: What do you mean by that?
Blitzen: Time works differently for us than for others. How do you think we get all over the world in one night?
Twilight: *raises an eyebrow* Time travel?
Dasher: More like
time slowing down, turning hours into days. Lotta wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff. Real complicated, but it works.
Blitzen: Okay, everydeer, into your positions.
Mezmo: Wait, where are the others?
Pinkie: *pops up out of nowhere, wearing a Santa costume* HERE I AM!!!
Twilight: Pinkie, where'd you get that costume?
Rarity: *walks in behind Pinkie Pie* Well, I couldn't resist making us some suitable attire for this endeavor.
Mezmo: Did you make me one, Rarity?
Rarity: *looks nervous* Um
well, you see
Mezmo: Oh, that's okay. I got it covered. *takes out his baton and raises it over his head* Colaris Roho! *in an instant, his blue clothes had now become red *Ta da!
Rarity: Humph! Show off
Mezmo: Now for the finishing touch. *takes off his wizard hat and replaces it with a Santa hat* There! That should do it.
*A little while later, the reindeer had arranged themselves into four rows of two. A group of elves lifted a set of connecting straps covered in silver jingle bells and attached them to the harnesses, connecting the team to the sleigh. The Mane Six, now dressed in Santa hats, coats and belts, climbed into the driver's seat of the sleigh, along with Mezmo and Patch*
Patch: Alright, beginning pre-flight check. *takes out a checklist* Rudders?
Blitzen: *shakes his antlers* Check.
Blitzen: *paws the ground with his hind legs* Check.
Patch: Landing gear?
Blitzen: *stomps* Check.
Patch: *sighs* If at first you don't succeed
try, try again.
*Just then, Santa Claus and Susan entered the room and walked up to Mezmo and the Mane Six in the sleigh*
Twilight: Santa, Susan, anything you want to share with us?
Santa: We just came to watch you take off.
Susan: And to wish you the best of luck, dears.
Blitzen: We're wall-to-wall and treetop tall, Santa. Everything checks out holly-jolly.
Rainbow Dash: Okay, now you're just makin' this stuff up!
Santa: *chuckles* Nah, that's just North Pole talk.
Fluttershy: I have to admit, sir, I'm a little
scared about this takeoff.
Santa: No worries, young lady. You're perfectly safe. Falling out of the sleigh is impossible.
Rainbow Dash: Besides, we can fly, remember? *fans out her wings*
Fluttershy: *looks at her own wings* Oh
Dooley: We are at T-minus one minute to takeoff. All ground crews, please clear the runway.
Blitzen: *paws the ground* This is it.
Vixen: *snorts* This is it.
Mezmo: *grips tightly at the reins* This is it
Fluttershy: *hides her eyes behind her forehooves* This is it
Pinkie: This is it
OH!!! Can I PLEASE say it?!
Twilight: Say what?
Pinkie: Now Dasher, now Dancer, now Prancer and Vixen! On Comet, on Cupid, On Donner and Blitzen! From the top of the porch, to the top of the wall, dash away, dash away, dash away all!!
*The reindeer just stood in their positions as the ponies just stared Pinkie, puzzled as to what she just yelled out*
Rainbow Dash: Uh, Pinkie
what was that?
just something I read in a book once
*blushes out of embarassment*
Vixen: Hey Pinkie. Try saying
Pinkie: *raises an eyebrow* Yo?
*Suddenly, all eight reindeer began to gallop as fast as they could out of the hanger, pulling the sleigh behind them and alarming the Mane Six and Mezmo. Patch on the other hand, was laughing all the way*
Patch: HA HO!!! Feel the wind in your faces, girls!!
Rainbow Dash: YOWZA!!! These guys RUN faster than the Wonderbolts can fly!
Applejack: I KNEW I should'a brought my goggles!
Mezmo: Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh!!
Rarity: OH DEAR!!!
Patch: HANG ON, EVERYBODY!!!
Blitzen: Okay, team! Let's take these rookies for a ride to the top of the world!! TO THE SKY!!!
*As one, the eight deer leapt from the ground and took to the air, pumping their legs as though running on wind rather than ice*
Mezmo: *laughs* Holy cow!! We're flying!!
Rainbow Dash: *eyes widen* They're doing it! They're REALLY doing it!!
Twilight: *eyes widen* Wow
I have no words to describe this! This is the most wonderful thing I've ever seen!
Patch: Ha! Thought you'd like it! I was just as excited as you were a thousand years ago when Santa went on his first flight!
Comet: Attention passengers, we have officially reached cruising altitude. The captain has turned off the "Fasten Seatbelts" sign and you are free to move about the cabin.
Cupid: *sarcastically* Ha ha
That was funny the first one hundred times you said that.
Comet: Oh, candy canes, I have a fresh audience for the first time in centuries! I gotta try it.
Applejack: *looks down the side of the sleigh* Land sakes
Everythin's so tiny from up here.
Rarity: *looks down the side of the sleigh with Applejack* It certainly is
Vixen: Lovely view, isn't it? Now, hold on tight. We're about to cross the dimensional void.
Applejack: Dimensional what?
Dancer: Think of it as a wall separating our world and the human world. We need to cross it to bring gifts to the children of Earth.
Twilight: And how do we cross it, pray tell?
Donner: Let's kick in the afterburners and show these rookies a ride they'll tell their grandfoals about!
Mezmo: Oh boy
*slides down the seat*
*As the sleigh began to fly faster and faster, space seemed to warp around it, forming into a swirling tunnel of light and color*
Twilight: *eyes widen* WAAAHHH!!!
Rarity: *eyes widen* OH MY!!! This pattern would be STUNNING in silk!! I must remember that!
Fluttershy: *eyes widen* SLOW DOWN, PLEASE SLOW DOWN!!!
Rainbow Dash: *eyes widen* WHOA!!!
Pinkie: *eyes widen* Ooh
Prancer: It feels a little weird the first time, but after a while, you get to like it! WAHOO!!! G-Forces!!
Mezmo: *nervously singing* There's no earthly way of knowing
Which direction we are going
Vixen: Alright, everyone, here comes our exit!
Rainbow Dash: Exit?
Twilight: You mean that bright light at the end of the tunnel?
Vixen: Yeah, that's the one. Hold on and brace yourselves for extreme deceleration.
Fluttershy: Oh, thank goodness!
*The team thrust their hooves forward and the sleigh immediately slowed down, space returning to normal around them. Everyone looked around to see that they were just above London, England. Big Ben, the clock tower stood out against the skyline as it chimed twelve o'clock, midnight. Smoke lightly rose from the chimneys of various English households and pigeons flew through the air, some of them circling the sleigh*
Blitzen: Mark it down, Patch. First stop is London, England. Right on schedule.
Patch: *checks off the list with a quill* Check.
Twilight: London? I don't think we've ever been here before.
Fluttershy: *looks over the side of the sleigh at the vast city* Oh my, it certainly is a beautiful city. *sees the pigeons* Hello, pigeons. Merry Christmas.
Dasher: We can set down anywhere, Blitz.
try for the Houses of Parliament. That's a good, flat roof.
Pinkie: Where's that?
Blitzen: See that huge clock tower? It's built right on the end of the houses there.
Twilight: *looks to see Big Ben* Oh, I see it. It certainly is
Mezmo: Yeah. People mistakenly call it Big Ben, but that's actually the name of the enormous bell inside that chimes whenever the clock strikes the hour.
Twilight: How do you know?
Mezmo: My ancestors came to Mareheim from London over a thousand years ago.
*The sleigh descended and came in for a landing on the snowy roof of the Houses of Parliament*
Blitzen: Ok, what's the list say?
Patch: *unrolls the scroll in his hands* Hmm
First stop in the city is the Cratchit family.
*The reindeer jumped down with the sleigh and amazingly, landed on the roof of a posh Victorian-style house*
Mezmo: Okay, so which one of us is gonna go down the chimney?
Pinkie: ME FIRST!!! *jumps down the chimney legs first and sticks halfway* Hey! What happened?!
Applejack: Looks like yer stuck there, partner.
Rainbow Dash: *chuckles* What's the matter, Pinks? Chimney too small for ya?
Pinkie: *struggles to get free* Ugh! How does Santa DO this?
Patch: Simple, he puts his finger aside his nose.
Pinkie: OOH!!! I know this one! And gives a nod
*puts a hoof to her nose and disappears in a flurry of sparkles that are sucked down the chimney*
Rainbow Dash: And down the chimney, she goes
Pinkie: *from down in the house* Now what? The bag's still up there with you guys!
Mezmo: I got it. *grabs the bag and walks to the chimney* Here you go. *drops the bag down the chimney*
Pinkie: *from down in the house* How do I tell who gets what?
Patch: Don't worry, the bag knows. Just pull the gifts out and stick them under the tree.
*Down in the house, Pinkie was in Heaven, looking at all the decorations. On a table across from the fireplace was a plate of cookies and a glass of milk*
Pinkie: Ooh! Milk and cookies! *gobbles down the cookies, leaving plenty of crumbs on the plate as evidence, and drinks down the milk* Wouldn't you know? Store-bought dough. Oh, well. Santa can't be a chooser. *drags the bag over to the tree*
Mezmo: *from up on thereof* Pinkie, hurry up!
Pinkie: Ya want this done fast or ya want it done right?! *opens the bag and reaches in* This would easier if I had thumbs. Oh well. *begins to pull out gift after gift to be set under the tree* There we go! *reaches back into the bag and feels something* Huh? What's this? *pulls out a package in the shape of a large bone* Who is this for? *reads the tag* Oh. "To Percy". Aww
Even the doggie gets a present. *slips it under the tree* There you go, Percy. *looks up the chimney* Uh, guys
the bag's empty. What do I do now?
Patch: *from up on the roof* No sweat. That just means the delivery is done for this house. Get back up here and we'll head to the next stop.
Pinkie: Okidokee, artichokee! *puts her hoof to her nose and disappears in a flurry of sparkles that are sucked up the chimney*
*Back on the roof, Pinkie magically reappeared in the sleigh with the others, along with the bag*
Applejack: *startled* Whoa, Nelly!
Pinkie: That was fun!
Patch: *climbs into the sleigh* Good job, Pinkie. Next house, here we come!
Mezmo: *grabs the reins* Alright, fellas! Yo!
*The reindeer jumped up back into the air with the sleigh and then came down onto the roof of an apartment block*
Mezmo: *sighs* This is going to be a very long night
*A few hours later, the sleigh was flying over Paris, France. Rarity was in awe at the sight of such a beautiful city, admiring its monuments such as the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, and the Eifel Tower*
Patch: Welcome to Paris, everyone! Art Capitol of the World!
Rarity: *eyes sparkle* Ooh! Tres jolie!
Patch: Ah, I see you already know the language, Rarity!
Rarity: I'll handle the deliveries here, thank you.
Mezmo: All of them? Rarity, Paris is too big of a city for just one little pony to handle.
Rarity: *telekinetically lifts the sack* You make it sound as if it's going to be hard.
Mezmo: *sighs* Alright, go ahead. *looks to Patch* What's our first stop here, Patch?
*checks the list* Ah! It's the home of the Rousseau family. It's just on the end of the Champs
the big street near the Eiffel Tower.
*Soon, the reindeer and sleigh landed on the roof of a stylish townhouse near the Eifel Tower*
Rarity: *looks down the chimney* Ugh
Applejack: Oh, for Pete sakes, Rarity! Yer not gonna get dirty!
Rarity: I should hope not. *takes the bag, puts a hoof to her nose and disappears in a flurry of sparkles that are sucked down the chimney*
*Down in the house, Rarity was amazed to see a shining pink artificial Christmas tree. The family clearly spared no expense for their decorations*
Rarity: Oh, everything's so wonderful. This house just screams "FASHION"! *gasps as she notices a little girl on the sofa* There's a little girl asleep on the sofa.
Patch: *from up on the roof* Um, yes. Angelique. Age five. Probably fell asleep trying to catch a glimpse of Santa. We get those all the time. Don't worry, she won't wake up.
Rarity: I hope not. *magically lifts the gifts from the sack and carefully stacks them under the tree* An awful lot of them, aren't there?
Blitzen: *from up on the roof* Monsieur and Madame Rousseau are blessed with four children.
Rarity: What do they do to be able to afford a house like this with that many children?
Cupid: *from up on the roof* They're fashion designers. Currently, they consult for various design companies throughout Europe, but they're trying to start their own line.
Rarity: *eyes shine* People after my own heart. *turns back to the fireplace and notices a fashion doll in Angelique's grip* Oh, Sweetie Belle would look WONDERFUL in that dress. *walks on*
Comet: *from up on the roof* Don't forget the cookies and milk! The kids'll think you don't like 'em if you don't eat 'em.
Rarity: Oh, if I must. *inspects the cookies and milk on the table* Yum! Ginger Snaps. *crunches down on one of the cookies*
*Just then, Angelique yawned, quickly alerting Rarity to her*
Angelique: *sits up and looks around the room* Bonjour? Est-ce que quelqu'un ici? Père Noël? *sees Rarity and gasps*
(Hello? Is someone here? Santa?)
Rarity: *smiles nervously* Uh
Angelique: *smiles* Un poney! Père Noël m'a apporté un poney! *jumps off the sofa and hugs Rarity's neck*
(A pony! Santa brought me a pony!)
*wraps a foreleg around Angelique's back and nuzzles her affectionately*
Mon poney est si doux et chaud.
My pony is so soft and warm.)
Rarity: *to herself* She must think I'm one of her presents. Oh dear, how can I tell her that I'm not without upsetting her? If only I spoke her language! *eyes widen* Wait a minute, I CAN! Oh, I hope those lessons mother insisted on pay off. *clears her throat* Angélique, s'il vous plaît être une bonne petite fille et de se rendormir en ce moment.
(Angelique, please be a good little girl and go back to sleep right now.)
Angelique: *gasps* Vous pouvez parler? C'est incroyable!
(You can talk? That's amazing!)
Rarity: Oui, je peux parler. Assez bien, aussi. Maintenant, vous devriez être au lit. Il est beaucoup trop tard pour si peu de chose pour être sur pied.
(Yes, I can talk. Quite well, too. Now, you should be in bed. It's far too late for such a little thing to be up and about.)
Angelique: Mais je veux jouer avec vous.
(But I wanna play with you.)
Rarity: Ce n'est pas la récréation. Il est temps pour tous les enfants bon petit être endormi. Le plus tôt vous retrouver au lit, le plus tôt Noël arrive et vous pouvez jouer avec vos cadeaux.
(It isn't playtime. It's time for all good little children to be asleep. The sooner you get back to bed, the sooner Christmas comes and you can play with your presents.)
Angelique: Mais n'êtes-vous pas un de mes cadeaux?
(But aren't you one of my presents?)
Rarity: Je crains que non, ma chérie. Je suis juste aider de Santa soir. Mais je vais être votre ami.
(I'm afraid not, sweetie. I'm just helping Santa tonight. But I will be your friend.)
Angelique: *looks down in sadness, but looks back up at Rarity* Vous promettez?
Rarity: *smiles and nods* Je le promets.
quand vais-je vous revoir?
when will I see you again?)
Rarity: *touches her glowing horn to Angelique's forehead* Je serai toujours avec vous, ma petite. Dans vos rêves.
(I'll always be with you, little one. In your dreams.)
*Angelique then flopped down on the couch and fell fast asleep as Rarity pulled the covers over her*
Rarity: *kisses Angelique's forehead* Bonne nuit, Angelique. *grabs the sack, puts her hoof to her nose and disappears in a flurry of sparkles that are sucked up the chimney*
*Back up on the roof, Rarity magically reappeared next to the others in the sleigh*
Vixen: Very nicely handled, Rarity.
Rarity: Thank you, Vixen. Oh, you all should've seen her. She was adorable!
Blitzen: *scoffs* They're all cute when they're little.
Mezmo: Come on, gang, next house! *snaps the reins* Yo!
*The reindeer team then jumped into the sky again, pulling the sleigh with it*
*A few hours later, the sleigh and reindeer were waiting atop the roof of a small house in Frankfurt, Germany. Inside the house, Fluttershy was setting up the presents underneath the tree*
Fluttershy: This is really quite a nice job. *turns and notices a pair of dog bowls sitting on the floor* Hmm? Wolfgang. Amadeus. Aww, what sweet sounding names for a couple of little doggies.
*Just then, two large Doberman Pinchers entered the room and spotted Fluttershy. These were Wolfgang and Amadeus. They then began growling at her and showing off their sharp teeth, ready to attack when necessary*
Fluttershy: *eyes widen in surprise* Oh! Uh, you're BIG dogs. I guess you're wondering why I'm in your house. See, it's a very funny story
Well, not "ha-ha" funny.
*Slowly, the two growling Dobermans approached Fluttershy, backing her into a corner*
Fluttershy: I hate to do this, but
*gives the two dogs the stare*
*Immediately, the dogs ceased their growling as they lay down on the floor and stared at Fluttershy with sad puppy dog eyes and whined in fear*
Fluttershy: Oh, dear. I think I gave them too much. *pats one of the dogs on the head* There, there, it's alright. You were only protecting your house, and you did such a good job doing it, too. Yes you did, yes you did!
*Amadeus panted happily and rolled over onto his back, while Wolfgang stood up and happily began licking Fluttershy's face*
Fluttershy: Oh, you're sweet. Oh, that's wet. Oh, that's enough. *pulls away* You two be good watchdogs now, okay?
Amadeus: ROWF!!! ROWF!!!
???: *from the bedroom* Wolfgang! Amadeus! Halten Sie ruhig, ihr zwei! Du wachst auf und das ganze Haus so!
(Wolfgang! Amadeus! Keep quiet, you two! You'll wake up the whole house that way!)
*The two dogs backed down and returned to their baskets in the corner of the living room*
Fluttershy: Well, I gotta go now. Merry Christmas, Amadeus, Wolfgang! *grabs the sack, puts her hoof to her nose and disappears in a flurry of sparkles that are sucked up the chimney*
*Back up on the roof, Fluttershy magically reappeared next to the others in the sleigh*
Twilight: Fluttershy, are you okay?
Mezmo: We heard growling down there.
Fluttershy: It was just a sweet pair of puppy dogs who thought I was a burglar.
Patch: Puppy dogs? Those were full grown Doberman Pinchers!
Fluttershy: A puppy's a puppy.
Applejack: Well, that takes care of Germany. *checks off the list with the quill*
Rarity: *looking at the map* Which leaves, Italy, Austria, and the rest of the world left.
Patch: We're making pretty good time.
Twilight: I'll say.
Blitzen: Yeah. Not bad
for a bunch of first-timers.
Mezmo: Thanks, Blitzen.
Blitzen: Don't press your luck, kid. We got a long way to go before dawn.
Rainbow Dash: And we still have our world to do, too.
Mezmo: Then let's get going!
Pinkie: Ooh, ooh! Could I say it this time, please?
Twilight: Sure. Go ahead, Pinkie.
*The reindeer team then jumped into the sky again, pulling the sleigh with it*
*Soon, there was a montage of the Mane Six and Mezmo delivering presents to homes all over the world. In Italy, Twilight came out of the chimney of a house in Venice and stared at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In Russia, Pinkie posed for a joke picture of her appearing to lick one of the domes of the Kremlin in Moscow. In India, Applejack was sneaking out of a house in New Deli, only to be blocked by a cow sleeping right in front of the door. In a house in China, Rainbow Dash kung fu kicked a group of presents right into their proper places under the tree. In Japan, Mezmo climbed out of an apartment window in Tokyo while the Mane Six stared at Tokyo Tower*
*In Australia, Rarity was shaking dust out of her mane while she delivered gifts to a home in the outback. In Argentina, Applejack was making deliveries to a ranch house out on the Pampas and paused to look at the young boy's rodeo trophies. In Canada, Fluttershy was delivering gifts to a house in Toronto with no trouble and stopped to wrap a scarf around a snowman out in the front yard. In the United States, the Mane Six and Mezmo delivered gifts to homes in various cities such as San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, Orlando, Washington D.C., Annapolis, and New York*
*As the sleigh flew over Manhattan after finishing up delivering presents, the Mane Six, Mezmo and Patch looked out over the side to see the Statue of Liberty as they passed over it*
Pinkie Pie: *waves at the statue* Merry Christmas, Ms. Liberty!!
*About an hour later, the sleigh was flying over the Kansas countryside, passing over acres and acres of snow covered farmland*
Patch: Okay, everyone. Last stop.
Twilight: Hey, wait, I thought we were finished. Where are we now?
Patch: Well, according to the map, we're right over the Kansas countryside.
Fluttershy: Kansas? I've been here before! *looks down the side of the sleigh at the farmlands below* Looks a lot different with all the snow on the ground.
Pinkie: *looks down as well* It sure does!
Rainbow Dash: Wait, why is Kansas the last stop? Shouldn't we have gone here before the east coast or something?
Patch: I don't make the schedule, I'm just here to help. *points down* Ah! There it is, that small ranch down there.
*The Mane Six and Mezmo looked down to see a large white farmhouse set in the middle of a patch of farmland. There was a large red barn not far away and a chicken coop in the backyard*
Mezmo: Hey, that's Megan's farm!
Rainbow Dash: *eyes widen* Whoa, he's right!!
Fluttershy: Oh yes, I'd know that farmhouse anywhere!
Rarity: Oh, this is simply delightful!
Patch: She and her family are the last stop on our list, and then we head back to our world.
Twilight: I can't wait to see Megan again! Won't she be in for a surprise!
Blitzen: WHOA!!! Drop that thought, cadet. You cannot be seen!
Fluttershy: But we know this human, we've all met her a few months ago.
Pinkie: Yeah, she's a friend of ours.
Blitzen: Need I remind you that it is the middle of the night and everyone in that house is probably asleep?
Vixen: Maybe not, Blitz. Look, one of the lights is on inside.
Blitzen: *sighs* Just great. That's all we need. A night owl. Okay, standard silent run. No foolishness. Get in, leave the presents, and get out before her dad knows we're here.
Mezmo: He's met us, too.
Blitzen: URG!!! Fine!! Do what you want! I don't care!!
Donner: Sheesh, Blitz, you know you should watch your blood pressure. My cousin, Izzy, he just keeled over one day, mid-carrot. Stress, it's a killer.
*A while later, Mezmo and the Mane Six magically appeared in the family living room. It wasn't the best decorated of all the houses they've been to, but seemed the most humble. A medium sized tree was set up in the corner next to the fireplace, which had a small strand of garland strung on the mantle, and a model of Santa and his reindeer driven sleigh was seen on the coffee table in the center of the room. All the lights were off, except the one coming from underneath the door to the kitchen*
do we look or not?
I don't know, to be honest.
Rainbow Dash: With our luck, they just forgot to turn the light of.
Mezmo: That doesn't sound like something they'd do, though.
Applejack: Let's just deliver the presents and be on our way. We still got deliveries to make in our own world.
*Just then, a quiet female voice was heard singing from in the kitchen*
???: *singing* I really can't stay
I've got to go 'way
The evening has been
So very nice
Mezmo: Shh! You girls hear that?
I hear it.
Applejack: It sounds like
Pinkie: THAT'S MEGAN!!! THAT'S MEGAN!!! THAT'S-- *is buried under the five other ponies*
Rainbow Dash: Pinks, quiet!! You'll give us away!
Mezmo: It IS Megan
*walks toward the kitchen* You girls go hide
I'll lead her into the living room. We're gonna give her a Christmas surprise she'll never forget!
Pinkie: I love surprises!
*As Mezmo approached the kitchen, the singing began to grow louder with each step he took. When he arrived, he opened the door slightly and saw Megan, dressed in a pair of pajamas, sitting at the kitchen table, drinking a mug of hot cocoa, and singing to herself*
Megan: *singing* My mother will start to worry
And father will be pacing the floor
So really, I'd better scurry
Well, maybe just a half a drink more
*Mezmo silently opened the door wider and watched Megan as she sang, quietly sighing to himself as he listened*
Megan: *singing* The neighbors might think
Mezmo: *singing quietly* Baby, it's bad out there
Megan: *singing* Say, what's in this drink
Mezmo: *singing quietly* No cabs to be had out there
Megan: *singing* I wish I knew how
Mezmo: *singing quietly* Your eyes are like starlight
Megan: *singing* To break the spell
Mezmo: *singing quietly* I'll take your hat, your hair looks swell
Megan: *singing* I ought to say no, no, no, sir
Mezmo: *singing quietly* Mind if I move closer
Megan: *singing* At least I'm gonna say that I tried
Mezmo: *singing quietly* What's the sense in hurting my pride?
Megan:*singing* I really can't stay
Mezmo: *singing quietly* Baby don't hold out
Mezmo and Megan: *singing* Ahh, but it's cold outside
Megan: *eyes widen* Wait a second
*turns to see Mezmo standing in the doorway to the kitchen, dressed in red clothes and a Santa hat* MEZMO!!!
Megan: Hi, Megan.
Megan: *runs up to Mezmo and hugs him* What are you doing here? How'd you even GET here?!
Mezmo: Oh, let's just say a friend gave me the keys to his sleigh. *points to his Santa hat*
Megan: What? YOU'RE doing Santa's job?
Mezmo: Yup! But that's not all. *grabs Megan's hand* I've got a surprise for you! But first, you gotta close your eyes.
Megan: *raises an eyebrow* You didn't bring a dragon down the chimney or something, did you?
Mezmo: Just do it, please.
Megan: Okay, okay!
Mezmo: Alright, good. *pulls Megan into the living room*
Megan: *follows Mezmo into the living room* Now what?
Mezmo: *turns on a lamp* Okay
*Megan uncovered her eyes to see the Mane Six standing in her living room, dressed in Santa outfits and with wide smiles on their faces*
Mane Six: SURPRISE!!!
Megan: *gasps* Girls!! *runs up and hugs them all* I can't believe it, you're all here!
Pinkie: Hiya, Megan!! Merry Christmas!!
Megan: Merry Christmas, Pinkie!
Rarity: Where's your father?
Megan: Oh, he's in bed. Don't worry about being too loud, he'll practically sleep through anything.
Fluttershy: Such a shame. I really wanted to see him again.
Megan: *chuckles* Don't worry, I'll tell him you were all here.
Fluttershy: Oh, thank you.
Applejack: We brought y'all somethin'.
Megan: Really, where is it?
Twilight: In the bag over there. *points to the bag*
Megan: Ooh! Is that Santa's actual bag?!
Twilight: *goes over to the bag and pulls out a package with gold ribbon tied around it* Here it is.
Rainbow Dash: You wanna open it now or wait till morning?
I don't know.
Mezmo: Oh, go ahead, open it right now. I'm sure Santa won't mind.
Megan: Oh, okay. *tears the paper from the box, yanks off the lid and lifts out a golden pendent in the shape of a heart* Oh, it's lovely!
Rarity: *eyes widen* Oh my, it certainly is.
Patch: *from up on the roof* Um, I hate to break this up, but I must remind you that we ARE on a schedule.
Megan: Who was that?
Rainbow Dash: Uh
kind of our escort to make sure we don't screw up Christmas.
Mezmo: Wanna say hello?
Twilight: Alright, then. Everyone huddle together.
*The Mane Six, Mezmo and Megan huddled together as they all put a hoof or finger to their nose and disappeared in a flurry of sparkles that are sucked up the chimney*
*Back up on the roof, the group magically reappeared next to the sleigh. As they broke away from the huddle, Megan was amazed to see the sleigh, the reindeer team and Patch*
Megan: *eyes widen* I don't believe it
I just don't believe it
Prancer: You find talking reindeer any stranger than talking ponies?
Megan: N-No, it's just that
you're Santa's reindeer! And this is his sleigh!! He's real! Santa's real! I always knew he was!
Blitzen: Oh, sure. Just tell everybody. *sighs* I am going to have such a headache tomorrow
Megan: Oh, I won't tell anyone, I promise! Besides, no one would believe me, anyway.
Donner: Well, that works out okay for us.
Megan: Okay, uh
Which one of you is which?
Blitzen: That's easy. Flyers, roll call!
Blitzen: I've worked for a thousand years to whip this sorry bunch into an elite force of holiday magic.
Cupid: Aww, gee, Blitz, we didn't know you cared.
Megan: A-A-A t-thousand years
Blitzen: That's correct!
Patch: *extends a hand* Hi there, Megan, my name's Patch.
Megan: *shakes Patch's hand* Wow! A real Christmas Elf!
Patch: In the flesh, if I do say so myself. Anyway, you like the pendant I made you?
Megan: Yes, it's amazing.
Patch: Well, why don't you open it?
Megan: *opens the locket and a golden key drops out* Huh? *picks up the key* What's this?
Twilight: It looks like a key.
Patch: Not just any key, a magic key. Any time you want to pop over to Equestria and visit your friends again, just use that key in any door. We hear your wishes, you know.
Mezmo: *eyes widen* Get out!!
Pinkie: You mean Megan can visit us any time she wants?
Patch: *nods* Indeed.
Rainbow Dash: That is so cool!
Patch: Hold your applause until you've seen me do a Cloak of Phoenix Flight.
Applejack: Beg pardon?
Patch: Oh, just a piece of magical clothing that lets its wearer fly.
Megan: Wow, really?
Patch: Indeed. Pretty hard to make, since phoenixes are so rare and only molt every few hundred years. The feathers are a PAIN to gather.
Blitzen: Um, not to be rude, but we DO have a schedule to keep.
Patch: Oh, right. You'd better get Megan back inside her house. We have a whole other world to visit.
Mezmo: I'll take care of that. *looks to Megan* Sorry, Megan. Duty calls.
Megan: I understand. I'll drop in soon for a chat, okay?
Mezmo: *smiles* Okay
*hugs Megan* Merry Christmas.
Megan: *hugs Mezmo back* Merry Christmas, Mezmo. *looks to the others* And you, too, everyone!
Applejack: Thanks, Megan.
Rarity: Hope to see you soon, darling!
Fluttershy: You be good now.
Pinkie: You gotta come and see the twins! They'll absolutely love you!
Rainbow Dash: Take care of yourself, Megan.
Twilight: See you when we see you.
*Mezmo then put a finger to his nose and he, along with Megan, disappeared in a flurry of sparkles that were sucked down the chimney. A few seconds later, Mezmo magically reappeared in the sleigh with Patch*
Patch: Alright. That's Earth done. Now we just have to do our world.
*The Mane Six then piled into the sleigh next to Mezmo*
Twilight: Then what are we waiting for? Homeward bound, and step on it!
Mezmo: You heard her, gang! *snaps the reins* Yo!
*The sleigh and the reindeer then took off into the sky and once again vanished into the swirling tunnel between dimensions*