In Canterlot. The group is getting ready to invade the lair of the Mares in Black. HurryupAnn, in a mask, hooks up a grapple and zips down an incredibly deep hole. Realizes her lockpicks got left behind, zips up and back down. Unlocks the door, opens it and sees Joneigh hovering there “You know that I could just carry you down, you didn’t have to practice.” They are just outside Aurora’s parents’ house.
Autumn spends time wandering around the house looking at all the family portraits. All the unicorns and magic and oh! that is where she gets her fashion sense. There is one that keeps drawing her back. A family portrait; mother, father, foal that is all black (fur, & horn) with silver mane & tail – seated at mother’s right hand, and mother is holding a black baby blanket that has silver fringe in her left hand. Mother’s eyes are very light blue with black mane and body is darker blue than her eyes; foal’s eyes are a darker blue, and dad’s eyes are indigo with black body and varied shades of blue in mane/tail. Borealis comes upon Autumn staring at the portrait. She askes if this is the Kimblewick side of the family. No, that is grandfather (Sir Carbonado Buckminster), and our Great-grandparents (Sir Adamantine & Hyalite Splendor). Why is there a blanket in his mother’s hand. Is she missing a foal? Perhaps his twin? Borealis says maybe. He mentions a portrait of Aurora… that he soon remembers is hidden in a store room (the oh nevermind room). The group decides to go check it out. Find Aurora standing by a closed door that has smoke creeping out from the door jams.
Aurora suggests it might be time to get to work. The group agrees and they head to the café where the entrance to the headquarters are located. Joneigh creates a fogbank and Aurora surrounds them in a bubble so they can traverse the waterfall. There is a sign denying access, but it goes ignored. Rusty chains are avoided. The sign goes up with levitation (thanks Sunny). Hurryup notices a slightly different rumble (than the waterfall), like a big rock rolling toward them. Joneigh goes UP, Jimmy grabs his ax handle and charges ahead. He jams the ax handle into the ground – like a wedge – for the ball to stop or go to the ceiling. Autumn is looking for a side passage. The thing that is coming must be as big as the cave! Hurryup checks the other side of the passage. Aurora poises to make a divot in the ground for the group to hide in as the boulder rolls over. The boulder hits the ax handle and shatters. Everyone ducks and dodges and all the bits fly past and hit the waterfall. Hurryup falls through an illusionary wall/door. Autumn runs across to her and calls to all the others.
They are in another cave, that opens to a bigger chamber. There is an enormous box with a huge stick holding the box up that has a string attached… going into the darkness. Under the box is a file folder under the standing box with a big TOP SECRET stamped on it. Joneigh is holding Shucks with Autumn’s help. Sunny levitates the file and the box drops down trapping the file inside. As soon as the box hits the ground, the group hears alarms and a SLAM from behind. There is now white goopy stuff falling from the ceiling. We trail the rope. Shucks tries to turn about to go back for the file and takes Autumn and Joneigh down into the marshmallow goo with him. Their forward motion carries them into the rest of the group. At the end of the rope is a machine with a winch. They look around for an off valve for the marshmallow and a drain. Jimmy tries to lift a side of the box to see if there is an out under it. Marshmallow leaks into the box (Sunny levitates the folder, just in case). There is a valve under the folder, Borealis turns the valve with magic. Just after the nozzles stop delivering marshmallow, the other nozzels start raining water down. There are now grates on the sides walls, now that the water is on. Aurora has been working a magical umbrella to divert the marshmallow and then the water. Hurryup points to the back of the box where there is a painting of a door (with painted doorknob). They cut the cable, put the stick back and Autumn is gone in to examine the painting. Joneigh pulls a broken cane (stick) out of her bag and a piece of paper comes out with and floats to the ground, she makes a puff of air under the paper and looks at it. She mutters “Oh not again.” Autumn taps and pokes and it sounds like a door. She says “Hurryup Ima open this!” and she does. There is a room behind the door with a big grey pedestal that has big shiny apple red button in the middle of it. Joneigh grabs Hurryup by the tail and hauls back, keeping Hurryup out.
The group moves into the room, and Joneigh lets go of Hurryup and rushes through the door. The button has large letters Do Not Push. There is a speaking tube with a bell pull. It is right next to the door on the inside. On the other side of the door is a painting of Celestia. Borealis leans close and says “the password is Swordfish” and the painting says “No it isn’t, I tried that and it didn’t let me in either”, giggling. Autumn looks at the painting sideways and tries to step through, but falls into the room. Aurora jumps in behind her. Jimmy is trying to keep Shucks and Hurryup away from the inviting button (unsuccessfully) and Joneigh just is frozen looking from one group to the other stammering “no” “wait” “don’t” “OhDear”. Sunny jumps through the painting. Borealis says “but we shouldn’t split up!” and Hurryup is waiting for what the button does. The group in the button room, cannot hear or see the others; those in the painting room cannot see or hear the group in the button room. In the painting room, there is no pedestal with a button, but there chains coming down from the ceiling, each with different color ring on the end. Autumn chooses a ring that has her coloring and she disappears (along with the chain). Aurora tries to peek through the painting at the other room and says “hey you guys, stop”. Autumn is gone. Did she push a button? No, but something and she is gone. Celestia says “Don’t push the button”, Hurryup says but but but, and a sign drops down that says “We’re serious, don’t push the button”. Joneigh gives up and goes through the painting, telling Hurryup to go ahead and push the button, I’m going through. Hurryup follows her. Jimmy & Borealis keep Shucks from the button and drags him through the painting. Once everyone is through, Borealis pokes his head back through the painting and there is a Zap. Then he pulls it back and says “That was boring”. Did you push the button? Yes, and all that happened was a sign popped down saying “Don’t push that again!”.
They all admire Celestia’s butt. Aurora describes what happened. Joneigh and Hurryup have grabbed their rings and disappear. Aurora is looking at all the rings to see what colors are available, Sunny helps her. Aurora pulls Agent Hay’s color and she vanishes, but the chain doesn’t. Sunny grabs the same ring that Aurora did and vanishes. Borealis grabs the same one Aurora and Sunny did. There are 3 Jimmy/Shucks colored rings. Jimmy sniffs at each of the rings. Two of them smell like a corn field, the other one smells like a pantry. Jimmy says to Shucks “he’s here” and grabs the one that smells like ‘him’ and disappears.
Aurora materializes in a big control room, of the Mares in Black. Agent Hay fixes her with a glaring look. “What are you doing here?” “Looking for you, you sack of shit. Get over here.” Hay’s horn starts to shimmer. Sunny appears above Aurora and lands atop her. Then Borealis appears and lands atop the two. Autumn appears inside what looks like the world’s largest filing cabinet repository. Joneigh materializes next to Autumn about 30 seconds later. “Oh good, I was hoping one of you would show up!”. Hurryup materializes in the guard room where one Mare in Black is watching all the magic mirrors watching all the prisoners. “Ah Ha!” “Where did you come from?” “Silence Cad!” and wallops him. She wants to steel his keys with walloping as a distraction. She wallops him. Jimmy materializes right in front of Egg White’s cell. Hurryup sees this. She misses the guard, but hits the alarm button. The guard tries to counter but what she burgled was a flashy-thing and he is frozen starting at her slack mouthed. She tells him to give her his keys and silence the alarm. He hands her his keys and gets on the calling tube, calmly explaining that he hit the alarm by accident. Meanwhile, Egg White is alarmed by Jimmy appearing in front of his cell. “Did you get the crown?” “We just got here”. Jimmy inspects the door, and Hurryup says “It looks this strong” and tosses him the keys. Jimmy opens the door. He looks at all the other prisoners. Jimmy asks who they can trust. Egg White points to a few. They all move toward the exit, Hurryup puts the flashy-thinged guard into the cell and to think about all the things he has done. [Hurryup hides the neutralizer in one of her braids] One of the crazy prisoners (Reinfield) goes galloping up the hall and Egg White says they should follow him. So they do.
In the File Room, Autumn and Joneigh look around and they see a tiny pony going through a file and making notes in a notebook. Autumn whispers “I don’t want her to see us” “No talking in the library”. When she lifts her head they see she has moth wings, antennae where ears should be. Joneigh creates a windstorm at the file pony’s desk, papers scatter everywhere. (No one knew she could be this evil.) The file pony is now very occupied. Autumn goes to see if the file cabinets are in alphabetical order, looking for the beginning. Joneigh goes to look for the Os.
In central Ops, the three ponies are surrounded by unicorns, all but one in dark glasses. Aurora goes into berserker fight mode, causing as much havoc as possible. Sunny will help. Borealis says “I’m here to make a citizen’s arrest!”, aiming his sword at Agent Hay. Sunny has gone to flame thrower mode and aims at control panels that are maned by a couple dragons. Hays manages to stop Borealis as he lunges, but he was feinting and his horn blasts. Same time as Sunny’s and Aurora’s horns blast. Stuff is exploding all over the place. Borealis’s blast hits the horn of the unicorn to the left of Hay and it goes to the next and the next and the next, but the only one he doesn’t hit is Hays. “What a stallion” What a guy” “TING” Blam, Boom, Crash.
In other parts of the building, the explosions are heard. Autumn is trying to grab files that seem appropriate to the group’s interest. Joneigh is searching for all her family’s files. She hears “Alright, stop right there and put down that file folder.” The mothpony is behind her, with a wand that has a large glittery pink heart. “Those files need to be checked out. We have a system, but you don’t look like you are authorized.” She pulls out a badge holder and flashes it at the pony “I am authorized, I have higher clearance that you do.” “I commend your diligence, now get out of my way.” “Oh, your disguise is slipping.” She waves her wand at Joneigh and flies off toward Autumn. She tries the same line as Joneigh. Autumn says “I am following orders, you know, for HER.” “Your disguise is very good.” The mothpony waves her wand and file drawers open and files start flying at Autumn. “Mistress, mistress, I need the one bag.” Joneigh flies back toward Autumn. “On my way, Agents!” The mothpony files up and starts to wave the wand around, then she turns and sends files at Joneigh. “Get her out, hurry! They may have seen her!” Joneigh is zooming to Autumn. “Let’s get out of here. I don’t know where it goes, but there is a door!”
Hurryup, Jimmy, Egg White and the prisoners are continuing to follow Reinfield and it seems like they are running toward the explosions that just started. Some Mares in Black appear calling over headsets, “Prisoners escape, prisoners escape!” Jimmy sprints at the Mares in Black as they run toward Reinfield; trying to shoulder them aside to clear a path. He knocks one aside and is fighting the other. Reinfield runs right over them and continues on. Hurryup runs up and puts her hoof to the one knocked aside. They get them down and run on, and as the approach where Reinfield they hear “Why did you flashy-thingy him” “But I thought” “But it is HIM” and Reinfield is on the pony that fashy-thinged him and biting at his neck. The others are trying to pull him off the guy on the bottom. Hurryup runs up and says “I know how to fix this!” The MIB all look up and she flashy-things them. She nullifies 2-3 of them. “You need to go to the locker room and get ready to deploy on your 4 day vacation”, she says.
Autumn and Joneigh run out the exit and up the stairs (the only option). They figure their friends are where the explosions are, so they hurry in that direction. Joneigh nods at Bone and says “Howdy.” They come up to Hurryup and Jimmy fighting MIBs. As they run by the knocked out MIBs, they grab sunglasses for Autumn and Bone. Egg White says “Have you got the Crown?” “Not yet” “What is the crown” “You know, with all the unicorn horns! We can’t let them keep it!” They help and say “We need to get to the others.”
There is chaos and havoc all around the Ops room Aurora is trying to get a shot at Hay. Her group keeps shooting and blasting. Hay blasts Borealis, who flies over Aurora and across the room. Aurora blasts Hay in the face and he flies back across the room and embeds in the wall. She follows after him to finish him off. “Alright Aurora Jane, I think you have have done enough.” It is Grandfater Sir Carbonara! “I’m not really sure that it is.” “Do you know what he did to me?” He is wearing the harness/crown with the unicorn horns… with Egg White’s horn added! “That is just Sick!” Aurora says. Then she notices he has no horn. There is more posturing and then he says, “You don’t know who I am, do you?” It is Aurora & Borealis grand uncle, their grandfather’s evil twin. “We will have to return the prisoners to their cells and remove your membories again.” About that time, Reinfeild bursts into the room and attacks Agent Ed. The rest of the group is following him.