The next day Moonwing awakens to animals with curious looks on their faces, it was the break of dawn, he could hear Fluttershy waking up and moving around upstairs Moonwing yawns and stretches, revealing his fangs. All of the animals darted back to their little hiding places, in the process making a lot of noise running into things. Fluttershy was now on her way downstairs.
Moonwing:* feeling horrible thought to himself* you blew it, that fast, I guess I really do look like a monster…
He looks around the room and sees something that gives him hope, one white bunny was in a corner, he was still scared, but apparently not as scared as the rest. He reaches out a hoof to make contact with the bunny, only to have it smacked away. The bunny dashed for the stares to Fluttershy, who saw the what he had done.
Fluttershy: Moonwing, is everything ok?
Moonwing: *holding back tears* yeah, everything’s fine… The animals were just in the wrong place, at the wrong time…
Fluttershy: *Stares at the white bunny* Now Angel, go say you’re sorry to Moonwing, he may look like somepony to be frightened of, but he’s actually very nice.
Angel marches over and hugs Moonwing, and holds out a paw.
Moonwing: Apology accepted *gently shakes Angel’s paw*
Fluttershy: *walks over and pats Moonwing’s head* See he’s just a big softy. *giggles*
All of the animals rushed out and jumped on Moonwing, who was now rolling with laughter on the floor. They were all showing affection in some way, this continued on for a while. Then we heard somepony knock at the door Moonwing got up, to see who it was, but Fluttershy already answered it. It was a Blue pegasis pony, with a rainbow mane. Moonwing started walking toward the door, and then like a train, BAM! He found himself belly-up, pinned by the mare.
Rainbow Dash: Fluttershy you’re lucky I came here to give you that invitation to Pinkie’s party, or this guy would have gotten to you. *looks down at the scared and shocked Moonwing* Not so tough now, huh?
Fluttershy: Rainbow! Stop! He’s not a bad pony.
Rainbow Dash: *looks back and forth between Fluttershy and Moonwing a few times* … Seriously!? Because he just seems so…. Dark, you know, red eyes, slit shaped pupils, bat wings, and not to mention the fangs?...
Fluttershy: yes, but looks really can be misleading...
Rainbow Dash: …. Ok, I’ll trust you Fluttershy. *takes Moonwing to a corner* I don’t trust you though, so you better not make me regret letting you up, I have my eye on you pal. *leaves*
Moonwing: Well… she’s a ray of sunshine…
Fluttershy: yeah, that’s Rainbow, normally she’s really nice, but she’s just being protective of her friends, once she sees that Twilight and Apple Jack trust you she should warm up to you.
Moonwing: *smiles* so, I guess that is the “Welcome to Ponyvill party” Pinkie mentioned…
Fluttershy: yes, it is… are you nervous?
Moonwing: very, now that you mention it…
Fluttershy: everypony is nice, I understand if you are nervous, but if you don’t go, then she’ll bring the party to you… believe me, I know. The party is at noon, in the center of town… It is 8:13 now… I guess I could show you around a bit.
Moonwing: I’d love that. *smiles*
They walk around ponyvill for a couple of hours meeting lots of new ponies, two that stuck in his mind were Ditzy Doo, who he has also heard her being called Derpy, he thought it was a cute nickname she wasn’t really that dumb though, he assumes that it was mainly due to her eyes not exactly being centered. The other pony that really stood out was a stallion she introduced him, mainly because he never would say his name. He just said he was “The Doctor” and kept mumbling. I caught something about a “TARDIS”… He seemed a bit nutty, but nice all the same.
It was now time for Pinkies party Fluttershy brought Moonwing there, but when he turned to say something to her, but then Pinkie Pie was right there, not even an inch away.
Pinkie: Oh, you made it! Yes! Then again, why would you not show up to your own party!?
Moonwing: yeah, that’s why----
Pinkie interrupted and stated pushing Moonwing around everywhere introducing him to everypony
Moonwing: umm… exactly how many ponies are here Pinkie?
Pinkie: … Bon Bon, Colgate, Lyra,… The whole town! isn’t it great?... and this is Carrot Top, Rose Bud Berry Punch, Cheerily…
Moonwing: *pupils shrink and he has a worried look on his face* Yeah… that’s one way to put it…
Pinkie: and that’s Vinyl, Octavia, and the Mayor.
She shoves Moonwing on to a stage, and yells “Hey everypony! The guest of honor is finally here!” Of course everypony looks up at the stage. Moonwing feels so nervous, that he faints. When he comes to he sees the mane 6 along with the mayor in a circle around him.
Fluttershy: Is he ok?
Twilight: I think so… look his eyes are starting to open.
Fluttershy: really, so he’s fine?
Twilight: Yes, It was just too much excitement for him.
Pinkie: Hi, again
Rainbow: You really had us, er, I mean them worried.
Moonwing had forgotten about the crowd, so he sits up and is overwhelmed by cheering coming from them. He instantly looks over the crowd, and feels a warm, welcome, friendly feeling. He can’t help but smile. Rainbow Dash helped Moonwing to his hooves, she was smiling now. He doesn’t expect an apology from her for earlier that day, but the fact that she is now smiling and helping him is apology enough for him. Then Rarity jumped into introducing herself.
Rarity: You took quite a tumble there darling, are you sure you are alright?
Moonwing: Yeah, I’ve been through way worse.
Rarity: Well that’s great to here, what do you say to coming down to the Carrousel Boutique tomorrow, I may have a little something cooked up for you.
Moonwing: Oh, no thanks, I don’t want you to go out of your way for me.
Rarity: Nonsense, I insist.
Moonwing: alright, but I don’t know if I’d be comfortable, just taking it.
Rarity: Oh, I can cook something up for you to do.
Moonwing: Good, I’ll have to swing by tomorrow.
Mayor Mare: Come on umm… Oh Moonwing, say a few words to your new, and soon to be friends?
Moonwing: Umm… I guess I can.
He walks to the podium, time seemed to slow down as he made his way there. When he got to the podium he looked upon what seemed like a sea of ponies, all were cheering, but now were silent, intently listening. Every single one of them now has a cheerful expression on their face. He felt oddly warm and exited, rather than nervous, or fearful. Moonwing looked back to see the mane 6 behind him, he assumed it was in case he went out of it again, He smiled and turned back to the crowd.
Moonwing: … I’m not a stallion of many words, and this is the First time that I have ever done anything like this, so this will not be a long speech… I just want you to know that I appreciate the show of concern for somepony like me, a pony you just met… I can tell that you are all a kind; caring community. I hope I can become great friends with all of you. You all make me feel so welcome, thank you, thank you all.
As he walked away he heard all of the ponies in the crowd clapping, and cheering. Pinkie Jumped up on to the podium.
Pinkie Pie: Hey, I thought this was a party, let’s get it started! *points to Vinyl*
Vinyl: *pulls out a record* Let’s do this thing!
When the bass dropped everypony stared partying, dancing, and head-banging. Moonwing climbed down off of the stage, and found himself lost in the sea of ponies. He quickly climbed back up and went to the other side away from all the partying ponies. He went to a table and sat down, and looked around, while tapping his hoof to the wubs and bobbing his head. He noticed another stage set up directly across from Vinyl’s DJ set. Everpony was facing away from it because of Vinyl’s wubs. Moonwing got up to see why it was set up. As he walks over he notices there is a grey pony with a black mane looking over sheet music, with a cello in its case alongside her.
Octavia: *jumps in surprise* Oh, hello there, it’s … Moonwing right?
Moonwing: yeah… sorry I startled you… I know Pinkie introduced me to you, briefly, but I’m horrible with names…
Octavia: It’s alright, I’m Octavia.
Moonwing: Ah, I’ll try to remember. *smiles* … So you play this instrument?
Octavia: yes, It’s a cello, I was just going over some of my music.
Moonwing: could I hear a song?
Octavia: you will, after Vinyl is done spinning her records and making her wubs.
Moonwing: I’ll be looking forward to hearing it.
Octavia: glad to hear it, but I need to practice, it was a pleasure to meet you, bye for now.
Moonwing: Good bye it was nice meeting you too.
He turns around, forgetting about the other ponies partying behind him, and walked into somepony. He had not seen who it was, at least until she spoke.
Rainbow: Hey! Watch where you’re going! you… Oh, it’s you
Moonwing: Yeah, it’s me… I didn’t mean to run int…
Rainbow: What was that!? The music’s too loud, come with me! *flies straight up to a cloud and Moonwing followed close behind *
Moonwing: *lands on the cloud next to her* I was trying to say sorry for running into you like that.
Rainbow: Oh that!? Its ok, Everypony is running into everypony down there. *looks around making sure nopony is hanging around* Look… I don’t usually do this… and I won’t repeat this… I’m sorry about earlier at Fluttershy’s… *playfully hits my shoulder with her hoof* hopefully I didn’t ruff you up too bad *laughs*
Moonwing: oh, that’s fine you were only protecting a friend, I understand, and forgive you.
Rainbow: glad to hear it, this conversation never happened, do you understand?
Moonwing: What conversation?
Rainbow Dash flies back down and Moonwing follows and goes back to mingling with the others, trying to force himself to get over his shyness. When Vinyl Scratch stopped spinning her records, Moonwing started toward her DJ station. All the ponies were conversing, and crowding together now that there was no music. He couldn’t walk though, well not without being rude to everypony. He wanted to lay low, but he would hate to make a bad impression, so he flew over to the station, and saw that she was putting the set away.
Moonwing: Need any help?
Vinyl: Nah, It’s all good, but if you want to, I won’t stop ya, just be careful.
Moonwing: ok *starts unplugging wires from the speakers and putting them away as neatly as possible* so, you make these records yourself?
Vinyl: Yeah, who else could make wubs this awesome? *laughs quietly to herself*
Moonwing: Well, you are the first I know of who plays these “wubs”, so I was just curious.
Vinyl: *smiles* It’s ok dude
Moonwing: Well I enjoyed the music, it is different, in a good way.
Vinyl: thanks, I know a lot of ponies like my wubs, but nopony has thanked me like that. *hoof-bumps Moonwing*
Moonwing: I would love to stay longer to chat but I want to get to where I can hear Octavia play her music, I told her I’d be there…
Vinyl: I understand, do you thing man, I’ll see you around. Ponyvill isn’t that big of town.
Moonwing: *smiles* yeah, I know, I’ll see you around.
Moonwing flies over to listen to Octavia’s music, he sits down next to two mares. He remembers the one on his right is Cheerily, on the left is Berry Punch. They introduced themselves and asked if Moonwing was ok, because he fainted on stage, he insisted he was fine and for them not to worry. He noticed that something was weird about Berry Punch, she kept falling over and talking weirdly, she was also hitting on Moonwing, this he was well aware of. He assumed it was the drink she was drinking, of which she kept offering to him, and he kept resisting, after seeing what it did to her. Eventually Octavia began playing, and it was beautiful music. It was slow and classical, the complete opposite of Vinyl’s work. Moonwing may have enjoyed it more if he didn’t have a drunken mare passed out on him, but he was too considerate to impose. He sat there with Berry Punch on his lap for the whole performance and for a big portion of the day. He noticed that there was a glass of that purple stuff setting next to him. And it was making him more and more curious as time pressed on.
Moonwing:* thinks to himself* I wonder what it is made from, and what it tastes like, It looks like it would be worth a sip, to see what it is like, but now do we want to deal with the aftermath of it and wind up like her? *gets an idea* what if I don’t swallow it, I should be fine then… *picks up the glass, and looks at it for a moment, then he pours the whole thing into his mouth at once. The glass wasn’t even a mouth full. Moonwing liked the sour taste of the drink, but there was something off about it, it had a weird kick to it…*
Just as he was going to spit it out in the grass, because the party was over for a while, and he thought everypony had left, he felt a hoof hit him in the side, not hard, just a playful tap, but it caught him off guard, and he swallowed. He looked back and saw that Rainbow been the culprit, she had done it.
Rainbow: So that’s why you’ve been setting over here the whole time, Berry Punch passed out on you. Why didn’t you just push her off?
Moonwing: I didn’t want to be rude, or wake her up….
Rainbow: *laughs hysterically* you obviously don’t know about aged drinks, or her, she is out cold, you couldn’t wake her up if you tried, watch. HEY WAKE UP!... *nothing happens*… You didn’t drink that stuff, did you?
Moonwing: Umm… *starts feeling the effects of the wine* What if I had?
Rainbow: well you will, start stumbling around, and flying, it’s not an option, you may have some speech problems … and if you have too much you get sick, or pass out.
Moonwing: well … I may have drank some by accident, I was going to spit it out, but you surprised me, and I swallowed…
Rainbow: Eh, I’ll just have to keep a close eye on you until you get home, or well to Fluttershy’s place anyway… come on, we gotta get you to Fluttershy’s before you get too far gone.
Moonwing: Ok *stands up, is a little wobbly but can still walk*
Rainbow: Do think you can make it?
Moonwing: Yeah, I think I-- *face plants into the ground*
Rainbow: on second thought I’ll carry you there, less chance of you getting hurt that way.
Moonwing: I think that’s a good idea.
Rainbow Dash picked the intoxicated Moonwing up and flew toward Fluttershy’s cottage. It was not an easy thing to do because while normally Moonwing is shy, caring, and kind. When he is like this he is fun loving and care free, so the whole time he wanted to get free for no reason. He was flailing his wings and legs around, and they were really high up, he was lucky she was determined, because dropping him would be all too easy. They finally got to the cottage, but by this time Moonwing had passed out, not from the drink, from the exhaustion. Rainbow Told Fluttershy what had happened to me, placed him on the coach and flew away. Fluttershy watched over him for a few minutes before falling asleep herself.