Chapter 17: The excitement, fun, and opportunity of the Unexpected
Eight days later, the friends find themselves sitting in the airship’s forward observation lounge. The airship is flying above the clouds at night. Lantern light is making contrasting shadows on the walls, objects, and ponies. Twilight is sitting on a padded chair, uses her magic to bring their friendship journal to her and opens the book to the first blank page.
Twilight’s eyes lit up as she says to her friends, “The Cutie Mark Crusaders are going to love these descriptions of how the ancient ponies earned their first recorded cutie marks to appear on pony flanks.”
Sitting next to Twilight, Applejack appears happy playing her banjo for everypony’s enjoyment. Spike appears content listening to Applejack’s music. Rainbow is busy sorting a big pile of Pegasus pony merchandise based on none other than Rainbow.
Twilight starts writing in her friendship journal. “After one memorable farewell party - my airship crew, my friends, and I have settled in our airship for the weeklong voyage back home. While I’m happy to return home, I also feel sad to leave all my new, Dream Valley friends.”
Twilight smiles at a photograph of the farewell party, her pony and dragon friends, along with the Dream Valley friends she has made. Standing on Twilight’s right side is Cameo Moderator while standing on Twilight’s left side is Spiffy van Hoosier. Standing next to Spiffy is Newsie Newsworthy and Panorama, both wearing formal dresses.
Twilight continues writing, “First, this unexpected adventure and all the excitement and enjoyment we have encountered would never have happened if the Cutie Mark Crusaders hadn’t ask a question about how ancient ponies got their cutie marks, if Cheerilee hadn’t asked me to investigate the library of the Royal Pony Sisters, and if my friend Spike hadn’t suggested that we take an airship journey to Dream Valley. We all owe Ponyville’s Cutie Mark Crusaders, Cheerilee, and Spike our thanks for finding unexpected friends and unexpected opportunities in Dream Valley.
“Second, I’ve learned that the unexpected can surprise and sometimes frighten a pony. Yet, while our intended goal was to rediscover lost Equestrian history for Cheerilee’s textbook project; during our adventure to rediscover lost pony history, my friends and I found unexpected friends and unexpected opportunities. It is funny that the unexpected things you find are often more valuable than the things that you intend to find.
“Third, while it was unexpected that my friends and I would purchase Pony Digital Assistants, we will be donating our wonderful tools and the rest of the Dream Valley technology we have purchased or were given to us, to Princess Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns. I’m sure that Celestia's students can and will make much better use of Dream Valley technology than we ever will.
“Also, I propose trading Dream Valley coal and their skill in building canals for Equestrian friendship engines and our skill in building railroads. Most trade agreements are written in boring adult talk. To make these talks more interesting for all involved, I suggest that Princess Celestia should hire Trixie Lulamoon and Cheese Sandwich to complete these complex trade agreements. Who can tell what unexpected things could happen if we pair those two professional entertainers together to write out these trade agreements.
“In conclusion, I wonder what other unexpected friends, undiscovered civilizations, and unidentified opportunities remain hidden on, above, or under the unmapped lands and seas of our world? Whatever my friends and I discover during our future adventures, we will bring the magic of friendship to friends that we haven’t met yet.”
Twilight yawns, and then concludes her entry with, “But, for me it is time for this unexpected pony ambassador to return to my cabin. Tonight I need to get some much needed sleep. My friends and I will work to solve tomorrow’s problems tomorrow.”
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Copyright © 2010 Lauren Faust, Hasbro Studios, and DHX Media