Project Transcendence Chapter FourteenFor The Greater Good
Nalik's airship landed on an airfield, just outside his castle.
"Ah, home, sweet home." Nalik smirked. He turned to the leader of the attack squad. "Captain Slink, escort our guests to the castle. All of them."
"Yes, your highness." Captain Slink bowed.
Down in the hold, the group turned as the door opened. Slink and his fellow Agents entered the room, all wielding electrified spears.
"We've touched down." Slink declared. "We have orders to escort you to your new lodgings."
"Over mah dead body!" Big Red yelled.
"That can be arranged, old timer." A burly agent sneered.
"Stand down, Agent Sartorius." Slink snarled. "We have strict orders not to harm our guests unless absolutely necessary."
"Orders?" Shine asked. "From who? Who's behind all this?"
"You will learn soon enough, Prince Paladin." Slink told him. "In the meantime, it would do you all well to co-operate. I'd prefer not to inflict lasting damage if I can help it."
"How charitable of you." Daring scowl
Project Transcendence Chapter ThirteenThe Enemy, Revealed
Unaware of the threat approaching them, the group on the sanctuary were finally finished with their preparations, and all set to depart.
"Okay, everypony ready?" Shine asked.
"I know I am." Eclipse declared.
"Oh, yeah." Huckleberry nodded. "Next stop, civilization!"
"Not that this wasn't a fun trip, but I can't wait to get home." Globe admitted.
"I think we all feel that way, Globe." Daring smiled.
"I know I do." Caboose smirked.
"Attention passengers, this is yer captain speakin'." Big Red announced, putting on his best "announcing" voice. "We are now boardin' fer the mornin' flight ta Canterlot. All aboard!"
"To be honest, I'm a little sad." Shine admitted. "Our big adventure is essentially over now."
"That's just how I felt after each one of my expeditions." Daring nodded. "But we'll always have the memories."
"And maybe we can come back here sometime." Caboose grinned. "Whattaya say, big O?"
"We'll see..." Osiris grunted non-committedly.
"So, we'll going
Project Transcendence Chapter TwelveReady For Departure
True to his word, Shine didn't tell the others about anything he and Osiris had talked about, attributing the amount of time it took to get back to him simply being due to finding the best berries he could. Nopony (especially Globe) could argue with that, instead enjoying the bounty he'd brought for them.
"Mm-mmm." Globe smiled. "These are some really great berries."
"Yeah, Shine always did have a gift fer pickin' the best cherries, back on the ranch." Big Red grinned. "Good ta see livin' in that fancy castle with all them servants hasn't made ya lose yer touch."
"Thanks, Big Red." Shine beamed.
"This stuff's good, but it doesn't compare to the cherries back home." Eclipse admitted.
"No question." Huckleberry added. "There's nothing better than a slice of one of Ma's classic pies."
"Ah miss her too, ya know." Big Red declared. "But we'll be heading off soon enuff. Jest gotta hold out until then."
"Easier said then done." Daring sighed. "I'm really missing the
Project Transcendence Chapter ElevenWithered Blossom
Later that afternoon, Shine decided to take a trip to get some berries. As good as it was, having Big Red and the boys around (especially Eclipse), he felt he needed a little time to himself after the excitement of the last couple of days (not to mention all the time they'd spent cramped in the airship). As he flew over to the berry trees, he thought of Celestia and Miracle. With a pang of longing, he wondered if they missed him as much as he missed him.
'Of course they do.' He told himself. 'And I'll be seeing them again soon. Boy, it's been hard being without them for so long. After I get back, I'm never going to leave them again.'
Thoughts of his wife and daughter kept Shine's spirits up as he continued his trek.
Meanwhile, Discord and Isis were by the lake, soaking in the water. Discord was giving her the massage he promised her.
"Ah, that's the stuff." Isis sighed. "Who knew such mismatched appendages could work such magic?"
"Oh, I'm just full
Project Transcendence Chapter NineThreats And Fights
Back at the grove, the others were still enjoying their 'lazy day'. Globe had feasted on some juicy fruit, his lips splattered with red and purple, while Huckleberry was still catching some rays. Daring and Caboose were still snuggled together, while Big Red sat by the pond, dipping his hooves in its cooling waters.
"Ah, that's the stuff..." He sighed.
Moments later, Shine and Eclipse landed, exhausted from their flight.
"Well, that was fun." Shine smiled. "Nice moves, kid."
"Thanks." Eclipse grinned. "You weren't so bad yourself... for a Pegasus."
"Oh, really?" Shine smirked.
"Nah, just kidding." Eclipse chuckled. "You were pretty awesome up. All those moves were amazing. How'd you learn 'em all."
"Years of practice." Shine smiled. "Give it time, and you'll learn too."
"Sure hope so." Eclipse smirked.
"Boy, this is such a great day." Daring nuzzled against Caboose.
"Yeah." Caboose held his wife tightly. "Hopefully, Discord and Isis are having as much fun as w
Project Transcendence Chapter EightLazy Day
The next day, the crew of the S.S. Cherryblossom gathered in the galley for breakfast.
"So, how much longer are we going to be hanging around here for?" Eclipse asked.
"Yeah, don't get me wrong, it's great up here and everything, but I'm starting to get a little homesick." Huckleberry agreed.
"Me too." Globe sighed. "I'm really missing ma's cherry pies."
"Relax, young un's." Big Red smiled. "We won't be here fer too much longer. ...Right, folks?"
"Right." Shine nodded. "You kids aren't the only one who are missing home, you know."
"And the family at home." Daring smiled wistfully.
"First thing I'm gonna do when we get back is give Hurri and Mikey the biggest hug ever." Caboose pledged.
"But for now, I think we could find the nicest spot on the sanctuary, and just relax." Shine suggested. "Get our batteries all recharged before we head for home."
"Great idea." Daring smiled. "We could ask Isis where the best relaxation spot on the island is, then head there right
Project Transcendence Chapter SevenHistory Lesson
Miraculously, Discord had managed to evade Osiris until the Deity had grown tired of the chase and departed.
"To Faust with this." Osiris spat. "I have more important things to do..."
As Osiris flew away in the opposite direction, Discord (still in the form of a bird) landed on a tree branch.
"Phew." He wiped his brow with a wing. "I thought he'd never give up."
After taking a moment to catch his breath, Discord flashed back to Isis.
"There, job done." He declared bluntly. "I just hope you appreciate all the trouble I went through..."
"Of course I do." Isis placed a claw on Discord's shoulder. "Thanks, Discord. You did great."
"No problem." Discord grinned, suddenly pleased with himself. "I was pretty incredible, wasn't I? I had that brother of yours chasing my tail all over this island. Not bad, if I do say so myself."
"Well, well." Isis smirked. "Looks like there's still a little of the old Discord in there. You always did like to brag about your accomplishments
Project Transcendence Chapter SixIn Spirit Only
The next morning, everypony woke up and had breakfast together.
"I could barely sleep last night." Shine admitted. "I still can't believe we actually met the full-fledged Deities of Life and Death."
"Me neither." Daring admitted. "In all my years of adventuring, I never dreamt I'd come across anything like this."
"I'm just happy I helped big D find his lady friend." Caboose said proudly. "And what a nice lady she is."
"I know." Huckleberry admitted. "Who'd have thought a giant flying serpent would be so... friendly?"
"Too bad her brother isn't the same." Globe frowned.
"He's a little on the stern side, I'll admit." Shine declared. "But maybe he'll come around. He seems to respond to respect. We just have to give him that."
"If you ask me, respect has to be earned." Daring frowned. "I don't care if he is a Deity, he's gotta show us some common courtesy before we do the same."
"Fat chance." Huckleberry snorted.
"Besides, I don't think we have enough time to wait for
Project Transcendence Chapter FiveDeath Comes To Dinner
The group stood in horror, utterly mortified at the titanic beast above them. Shine's terror was mixed with a twinge of awe, while Daring had the explorer's curiosity going for her, being just as much intrigued by the creature as scared. Caboose, on the other hoof, was just plain scared. He wanted to run, but couldn't.
'Stupid legs!' He berated himself. 'Work already!'
Big Red glanced at his boys. Despite his fear, he was ready to protect them. Eclipse, not wanting his fear to betray him, flared his wings in a display of fortitude. Globe and Huckleberry, however, were practically frozen in fright.
"I wanna go home..." Globe whispered. "I wanna go home..."
Discord was just as scared as the others, as the memory of his first meeting with the creature flashed into his mind.
One afternoon, several weeks after meeting Isis, Discord was lounging in his own personal hot chocolate spring.
"Ah..." He sighed. "Nothing like a little m
Project Transcendence Chapter FourReunion
The S.S. Cherryblossom descended on the sanctuary, heading towards a small clearing on the east side.
"Steady as she goes, mon capitan." Discord told Big Red. "For all we know, Isis isn't the only one here. We don't want to spook them."
"Aye, aye." Big Red turned the wheel.
"This is it." Shine said solemnly. "No turning back now."
"Feel that tingling on the back of your neck?" Daring asked Caboose. "That's the thrill you can only get from exploring an uncharted land."
"Or from putting ice cubes on your back." Caboose added.
"I can't believe we're really here." Eclipse declared.
"Me neither." Huckleberry grinned. "Look at this place..."
"You, er, think the natives are friendly?" Globe asked.
"Eh, probably." Eclipse shrugged. "But like Shine said, there's no turning back now."
Once they were close enough, Big Red dropped anchor, and the airship landed.
"Passengers, prepare ta disembark." He declared, as with a flick of his hooves, he swapped his aviator's cap