The Time Machine Discovery
Tabby and Merry Treat
Tabby and Merry Treat were hanging out at the Pokèmon Center. Tess, Spearow,
and Tarquin had gone to escape from the "other species" for a while.
"Gosh, this is boring! Where is everyone today!?" Merry Treat commented in an
"I don't know. Maybe everyone went to your gym, and they're waiting for a
Pokèmon battle," Tabby murmured as she typed something in an e-mail.
"You think? I doubt it. I've battled just about all the Pokèmon trainers in
Ponyland," Merry Treat replied and read casually over Tabby's shoulder while the unicorn was
typing. "You made a spelling error."
"Whoops! I can't type today..." Tabby quickly backspaced to fix it, and hit the
"send" button. "Okay, now what do we do?"
"Why don't we just gossip for a little bit?" Merry Treat suggested, and leaned up
against the counter.
"Okay!" Tabby said cheerfully, and signed off the internet. She and Merry Treat
loved to gossip.
"What's been going on lately?" Merry Treat asked almost as soon as her friend had
spun back around in her chair.
"Tiffany has decided she's come down with a rare eye disease," Tabby said.
"O-o-o-oh, an eye disease! What happened?" Merry Treat questioned, curiosity in
"Nothing, I believe. I think she's making it up so she'll be able to go to the
hospital more," Tabby snickered.
Merry Treat nodded in understanding. "Ah, to see Toby."
"Uh-huh," Tabby nodded.
"I wonder when those two are finally gonna stop stalling and get married," Merry
Treat said offhandedly.
Tabby shrugged in reply. "I don't know, myself. I do hope it's soon, so Tiff'll
stop bragging about the expensive engagement ring Toby's supposedly gonna get her."
Both ponies giggled. Somehow, they found it easier to talk about their friends
when their Pokèmon weren't around. They had known each other since sixth grade, and had
become fast friends.
"Spike and Friendly each got a new Furby!" Tabby squealed excitedly.
"Cool! What do they look like?" Merry Treat grinned.
"Spike's is green, and her name is Loo-Loo. Friendly's is a bay-you-tay-full light
brown one named Toh-Loo. She's Ah-Loh's one true love," Tabby said, using her southern
"Cute!" Merry Treat smiled.
"So, what's been going on with you lately?" Tabby asked to change the
"Not much. Dad's putting a new addition to his and Mom's house. There's a big
hole in the backyard," Merry Treat explained. "It looks like they're trying to put in a swimming
pool!" she giggled.
"Just like what Quarterback is doing," Tabby commented.
"I do hope they get finished before winter," Merry Treat shivered. Already, the
leaves on the trees outside had turned color; and many of them had fallen to the ground. The
crisp scent of autumn was in the air, and Halloween was coming.
"Yes, I'd imagine it'd get rather cold," Tabby agreed, and gazed out the clear door
of the Pokèmon Center.
"Oh, yeah!" Merry Treat nodded in agreement and followed her friend's gaze out
"Did you hear about the ruins Cleve Clove found in the Dark Forest, MT?" Tabby
asked after a few minutes.
"Oh, no. I haven't. Do tell," Merry Treat said with interest.
"He hasn't begun excavating yet, but wouldn't it be cool if they were somehow
related to that burial site of that skeleton king dude?" Tabby said excitedly.
Merry Treat shivered again. "O-o-o-oh, from what I've heard about that dude, it'd
be rather creepy..."
"It's fun arguing with him, though. The skeleton king and Cleve Clove, actually,"
"You two sound like Raye and Serena when you're going at it," Merry Treat
remarked with a grin. She had somehow convinced Tabby to start watching Sailor Moon, and by
now Tabby knew a lot about those famous arguments.
"Nah, more like Ash and Misty," Tabby corrected.
"I had the most delicious pink fruit drink earlier," Merry Treat changed the
"Cool!" Tabby said as she lifted a magazine off the counter and relaxed in her
chair. She handed another magazine to Merry Treat.
"It was pink, tasted like bubble gum, and I loved it. Vixie was shocked that I could
drink it!" Merry Treat laughed as she took the magazine. "Thanks."
"She was at your place earlier?" Tabby asked as she began flipping through
"Yeah, she was visiting. She bought the stuff first, but said it was too sweet, and
gave it to me," Merry Treat explained. "Gosh, they got some weird stuff in here..." She, too,
began flipping through pages.
"It gets annoying when relatives stay too long... like Tamara..." Tabby muttered
under her breath as she began to study something on one of the pages. "This is
"She still hasn't found herself a home?" Merry Treat asked, momentarily glancing
up from the article she was reading.
"Nope. She's always too busy dressing up for her dates with Tex," Tabby said and
rolled her eyes.
"I wonder when those two are gonna stop stalling and finally get married..." Merry
Treat trailed off, just realizing what she had said.
"You say that a lot, don't you?" Tabby asked.
"Uh-oh... don't hurt me!" Merry Treat shielded her head with the magazine.
"Oh no, I'm not thinking of hurting you. Won't she ever get sick of Tex?" Tabby
"I promise I'll never mention Tamara and Tex getting married again!" Merry Treat
"But what if it happens, MT?" Tabby worried.
"Congratulations to both of them. They deserve each other. They will be a very
happy couple," Merry Treat declared as she looked back at the article. "Tex isn't so bad, Tabby.
He's actually kinda cool!"
"That's what everyone says about him that didn't have worms in their lunchbox,"
Tabby sniffed. "What would the present world be like if that incident had never happened?"
Merry Treat rolled her eyes. "Oh, Tabby, haven't you forgotten about that yet!? It
was in sixth grade! Even though you did throw a fit..."
"I don't like worms," Tabby said simply.
"...and Sugarberry and I could hardly keep you from destroying him with your
horn..." Merry Treat continued.
"I despise worms," Tabby repeated herself venomously.
"...and we've never heard the end of it. Hmm, you hate worms, but you love
Caterpies and Weedles. Strange, you are..." Merry Treat said slowly, like Yoda.
"Well, Caterpies, yes. But Weedles..." Tabby trailed off nervously.
"--are cute!" Merry Treat finished for her.
"If he had packed my lunchbox with Caterpies-- well, just one Caterpie-- it
wouldn't have been so bad," Tabby said.
Merry Treat rolled her eyes. "Maybe we could find a time machine, and fix
everything," she said very sarcastically.
"Nah. Who knows what could have happened if those worms never ended up in
my lunchbox?" Tabby questioned.
"It would be terribly exciting to find out..." Merry Treat said slowly.
"That's true. We gotta find a time machine, MT!" Tabby suddenly
Merry Treat got a crazed look in her eyes. "Yes, yes, yes! We gotta!"
"Ooh, we could have lots of fun, couldn't we?" Tabby said with an evil grin on her
"Wait, what would Sugarberry say if she knew we were plotting this?" Merry Treat
paused in thought.
"She would say... hmm... that we shouldn't mess with the past?" Tabby tried.
"Hmm... yeah, she probably would... let's do it!" Merry Treat cried gleefully.
"We could always try to get her a higher-paying job. Hey, you sounded just like
Max in that last line!" Tabby said, and started giggling.
"I did? Cool!" Merry Treat giggled as well.
"How are we gonna find a time machine, though?" Tabby asked.
"Hmm... does Spike have any metal detectors?" Merry Treat pondered.
"Maybe. He does have dominion over all of Paradise Estate. Are time machines
made of metal?" Tabby wondered.
Merry Treat shrugged. "I dunno. If they are, we'll be ready with a metal detector.
Spike can come with us, if he wants."
"Oh, no. Let's just keep it between us two," Tabby said quickly.
Merry Treat started laughing insanely. "Bwahahaha! Okay!"
"Let's go find Spike!" Tabby gushed, and the two scribbled out a note for their
Pokèmon, bolted from the Pokèmon Center, and dashed to Paradise Estate.
* * *
Soon afterwards, the two ponies stood in front of the large pink building that was
Paradise Estate. Merry Treat knocked on the door. "Hey, Spike! It's Tabby and MT! You
here?" she called.
A few moments later, the door was answered by the small pink and green dragon.
"Hey, guys! Come on in!" he welcomed his friends.
"Hey, Spike! MT n' I need to ask you something of upmost importance," Tabby
"Sure! What is it?" Spike asked with curiosity in his voice.
"Do you have any metal detectors?" Merry Treat questioned almost immediately
after the dragon had finished talking.
"I think so. Why?" Spike said, furrowing his brow.
"MT n' I are gonna go see if we can find a time--" Tabby started, but was quickly
silenced by a jab from Merry Treat.
"A what?" the pinkish dragon questioned.
"She means that we need the metal detector to find spare change in the park, and
we don't have time to waste," Merry Treat quickly explained.
Spike eyed the two suspiciously. "Why do you need change?"
"Well... er... we gotta find more money to buy more My Little People," Tabby said,
trying to sound as believable as possible.
"You want more of them!? Don't you each have about a hundred of them
already?" Spike laughed and turned to head down a hallway. He motioned for the two ponies to
The three walked a short stretch of hallway before Spike stopped in front of a door
and heaved it open. "This is my junk room. I don't know if you'll find any metal detectors, but
this room is your best shot at it. I'm busy doing something upstairs, so you're on your own. If
you need anything, just holler," the baby dragon quickly explained as the trio peered into the dark
"Okay, thanks, Spike!" Merry Treat said and fumbled around the wall with her
hoof, searching for a light switch. The lights clicked on, revealing a room full of a wide
assortment of miscellaneous junk.
"Good luck!" Spike smiled and headed up the stairs.
The pair of ponies watched as the dragon disappeared up the staircase. "Well, let's
get started!" Tabby exclaimed, grabbing Merry Treat's foreleg and pulling her along with her as
she pranced into the room.
They split up and began digging through piles. "Gosh, I had no idea that we left
this much stuff here when we went to live in our own houses," Merry Treat commented as she
tossed aside an old-looking book. She wasn't looking where she was throwing, and it ended up
hitting Tabby in the head.
"Ouch! MT, watch where you're throwin' stuff!" Tabby cried and rubbed her
"Sorry, Tab," Merry Treat blushed. "I'll be more careful," she promised.
"I didn't think everyone would have had this much stuff, either. You'd think they
would have taken more stuff with them when they moved into houses," Tabby mused.
"That's right; your mother owned that huge mansion, and you were living there
long before the big move out of Paradise Estate," Merry Treat recalled.
But Tabby wasn't listening any more. She was looking at an old picture she'd
found. "MT, isn't this our old school picture?"
"What? Lemme see!" Merry Treat walked over to where her friend was kneeling,
and took a look for herself. "O-o-o-oh, interesting."
The picture was of twelve baby ponies, and a teacher that they couldn't remember.
"Is that Miss Hackney?" Tabby said as her eyes grew wide.
"Yeah... I think so... oh my gosh, she was pretty!" Merry Treat exclaimed. "She's
our age now in that picture!"
"Yeah... it's hard to believe that Miss Hackney was actually twenty once!" Tabby
giggled as she scanned the picture over again. "Let's see... there's me... there's Tex,
unfortunately... there's you... there's Sugarberry..."
"There's Lofty... there's Surprise... there's Firefly... there's Fizzy... there's
Mimic... there's Medley... there's Moondancer..." Merry Treat took over. "Hm, I wonder who
that pony is!" She pointed at a pink female baby pony with golden hair and a rose symbol.
"I don't know... I think she moved away. I've never seen her since," Tabby said.
She thought for a moment before exclaiming, "Oh, wait! Now I remember! She was Miss
Hackney's niece. I don't remember much else."
"Oh, yeah! I think I know! She transferred to another school a few years later,"
Merry Treat said as the memory came back. "At least, I think that's what happened..."
Tabby shrugged and set the picture back in the box. "Oh, well. We can worry
about that later. We still need to find a metal detector."
Merry Treat nodded in agreement. "Okay. But I think I see one over there." She
pointed at a nearby pile.
The two rushed over to the pile Merry Treat had pointed at, and furiously began
digging to uncover the item they thought they had spotted. "Ah-hah! I found one!" Tabby cried
triumphantly and held up the device.
"Wha-hoo! Let's go on our search for a time machine now!" Merry Treat squealed
"Yeah, yeah, yeah! Let's go tell Spike we're leaving!" Tabby cried in the same
After calling up the stairs to their friend that they were leaving, Merry Treat and
Tabby didn't bother to see whether Spike had heard them or not as they excitedly left the
* * *
Tabby seemed to have an idea where to head on their search, and several minutes
later she and Merry Treat stood on the path leading into the Dark Forest. "You think we're
gonna find anything?" Merry Treat glanced at her companion.
"Of course! Where else would someone put a time machine?" Tabby said
cheerfully and switched on the metal detector. "The Dark Forest is the perfect place to
"Alrighty! Let's go!" Merry Treat strode boldly forward with Tabby following
It seemed like they hadn't gone far when the metal detector started beeping. "Hey,
I... I think it detected something!" Tabby breathed, and the two abruptly halted.
"Where's it picking up the signal?" Merry Treat asked excitedly.
"I don't know..." Tabby slowly moved the detector back and forth. The signal got
stronger as she moved it towards the left. "It's coming from... that way!" she declared after a
"C'mon, let's go!" Merry Treat exclaimed, and the two walked off the path and
continued deeper into the forest, with the beeping of the detector their only guide.
The further they went, the louder the beeping got, until Merry Treat and Tabby
reached a clearing with a large, strange-looking machine in. It was circular-shaped, and looked
like it had been squashed by something big.
"Whoa! What is that thing!?" Merry Treat gasped.
"I... I think it's a time machine!" Tabby breathed in an awed whisper.
"Wow... but it's smashed. We won't be able to use it!" Merry Treat sighed with
"Don't give up, MT! It's probably still functional! We just need to fix it!" Tabby
said encouragingly. "I told you we'd find one in the Dark Forest. It's no bother that it's a bit
"But how are we gonna fix it? It looks like a dinosaur stepped on it!" Merry Treat
said in an agitated voice.
"Well... eh... I don't know... hmm..." Tabby appeared to be deep in thought. "Hey,
maybe it's an Atlantean time machine!"
Merry Treat went up to the machine and began inspecting it. "Hmm... what's this
button do?" she said curiously, mainly to herself.
"What's what button do?" Tabby prodded and walked up to the white pony.
Merry Treat was eyeing a small red button on the outside of the hull. There was
something written above it, but it was undecipherable. Tabby squinted. "Let's see... it says...
something about ‘Emergency Repair'."
"Emergency Repair!?" Merry Treat exclaimed.
The two ponies looked at each other, and both hit the button at the same time. The
time machine-- so they hoped-- glowed for a moment, and began to vanish. Merry Treat and
Tabby let out a shriek and dashed for the safety of the trees.
"What did we do!?" Merry Treat shouted in confusion.
"I don't know! All we did was hit a button!" Tabby cried in the same frightened
The machine suddenly appeared again... looking just like new. "Well, what d'ya
know! We fixed it!" Tabby said in amusement and laughed.
"C'mon! Let's see if it works!" Merry Treat gushed and breezed up to the machine
with Tabby close behind.
They opened the door of the contraption and looked inside. The interior of the
thing looked like a typical spaceship out of a movie. There were seats for the pilots, some sort of
a control board with lots of miscellaneous knobs and buttons on it, and a front mirror; everything
was in shades of gray and brown.
"Well... this is interesting," Merry Treat commented as the two stepped
"Terribly bland colors, though," Tabby remarked offhandedly.
Merry Treat seated herself in one of the seats. "Hmm..."
Tabby sat down on the seat next to her. "What do all the knobs and buttons do?"
"Well... there's this little wheel thing. Hmm... ah-hah! You turn the wheel to what
year you want to go to!" Merry Treat exclaimed after a few minutes of studying the control
"And here's a thing for the day of the week! And here's another one for the
month, and the day!" Tabby cried and pointed to the appropriate knobs. She looked over the
board a moment more. "And a ‘Go' button, too!"
"All right! Tabby, what day was it when Tex put those worms in your lunchbox?"
Merry Treat asked, her hoof poised, ready to turn the wheel. "Hmm... I think I remember the
year, anyway," she thought for a moment. "Let's see... if I was born in nineteen seventy-four, and
we were both eleven or twelve when that incident happened..." she calculated on her
"Well?" Tabby asked anxiously.
"Nineteen eighty-six," Merry Treat confirmed. She spun the wheel to that
"I remember the day now! It was the fifteenth of August!" Tabby exclaimed in
remembrance. "That's Callie's birthday, too."
Merry Treat set the date. "Alrighty! You ready?" She placed her hoof over the
Tabby thought for a second. "Yes, but we'd better write down today's date so
we'll be able to come home okay."
Merry Treat nodded in agreement and took out a scrap sheet of paper from her
pocket. "What's today's date?"
"It's the seventeenth of October, nineteen ninety-nine," Tabby confirmed.
Merry Treat scribbled this down with a pen, and stuffed the piece back in her
pocket. "Ready to go now?"
Tabby nodded quickly, and Merry Treat hit down on the "Go" button. There was
suddenly a strange glowing all around them, and everything seemed to turn white.
"What's going on!?" Tabby exclaimed, suddenly afraid.
The clock on the dashboard (which they had just then taken the time to notice)
started going backwards. They watched the forest outside the window of the pod as it went from
night, then to day, then to night, then to day, then to night, then to day, then to night-- they lost
count of how many times this happened. After what seemed to be only five minutes, the clock
The two ponies sat in silence for a few moments, stunned. "You all right, Merry
Treat?" Tabby breathed, wide eyed.
"Yeah... yeah, I guess so. Did it work?" Merry Treat glanced at her friend with
"I'm... I'm not sure. Let's... let's take a look outside," Tabby said in a shaky
Cautiously, the pair opened the door and slowly stepped outside. The air was a hot
summer temperature, and the trees were full of leafy green leaves. "Well, I guess it worked,"
Merry Treat said after a few minutes of looking around.
"Wow, everything looks pretty much the same..." Tabby trailed off.
"Yeah, no kidding," Merry Treat said in agreement. "Let's go see if Dream Valley
looks the same as in the future."
The two wandered around the forest for a bit trying to find the well-known path.
They eventually found their way out, but still found no path. "Hmm, let's see... in sixth grade, we
were still living in Paradise Estate," Merry Treat figured. "Well, you weren't, Tabby, but most of
the rest of the town was. So that means the town's gonna look a lot different."
Tabby nodded in agreement. "Yes, but the school's still gonna be in the same
"Yup! We'd better try to find it," Merry Treat declared, and the two trotted
forwards in an attempt to find their way to the landmark.
* * *
About an hour later, Merry Treat and Tabby appeared in front of the school. "It
looks exactly how I remember it!" Merry Treat marveled.
"Yeah... creepy!" Tabby agreed.
They heard shouts from baby ponies on the playground. "C'mon!" Merry Treat
grabbed her friend's foreleg and pulled her along behind her.
The two dashed behind the building, and ducked behind some bushes. They could
see Baby Tex digging up worms out of the dirt in one corner of the playground.
"There's the little brat!" Tabby said menacingly. "He's gonna put those in my
lunchbox! That-- that-- creep!"
"Shh! He might hear you!" Merry Treat hissed and clapped a hoof over Tabby's
mouth. Baby Tex, however, appeared to be too engrossed in his task to even be aware of the fact
that he was being spied upon.
"But we gotta stop him!" Tabby jerked her friend's hoof off of her mouth in anger.
"O-o-oh, that little jerk makes me so mad!"
"He's not going to do it if we can help it! C'mon! We gotta somehow convince
him not to do it!" Merry Treat grabbed Tabby's foreleg and hurried over to the bushes behind
where Baby Tabby and Baby Sugarberry were just setting their lunchboxes down. Baby Merry
Treat was sitting by herself in the corner with her lunch. She was eating quietly and gazing off
"Gee, MT, you look pretty lonely," Tabby commented.
Merry Treat was gazing at the small figure that was her past self. Pain washed
over her face and sorrow filled her eyes. "Yes, I was extremely lonely. Almost no one wanted to
be my friend..." A small tear fell down her face.
Tabby looked at her friend sympathetically. She had been an acquaintance of the
Christmas-themed pony at the time, and had rather liked her. Almost without thinking, Tabby lay
a hoof on her friend's shoulder. "I'm sorry."
"It's all right." Merry Treat turned and smiled at Tabby. "I have an idea as to how
to get Tex not to put those worms in your lunchbox."
"How? How?" Tabby's eyes lit up eagerly.
"Just a simple matter of changing shape..." Merry Treat took out her special
disguise pen, granted to her because of her position as Sailor Fauna, one of the Sailor Scouts. "I
did have quite an imagination at the time, so this should work!"
Tabby eyed Merry Treat suspiciously. "What are you going to do?"
Merry Treat winked at Tabby. "You'll see!" She held the pen up. "Disguise
power! Change me into a song bird!" In a flash, Merry Treat had transformed into a small
Tabby gazed at the robin with wonder. "Whoa!"
"I'll be back!" Merry Treat chirped, and fluttered up into the branches of the tree
that Baby Merry Treat was leaning against. Baby Merry Treat bit into an apple and continued to
gaze off into space. She hadn't heard the bird land above her.
From the safety of the bushes, Tabby watched with interest. "What are you up to,
MT? You didn't tell me," she muttered under her breath.
From the branch, Merry Treat chirped something out to the baby pony. "Baby
Baby Merry Treat stopped gazing for a moment, and looked around with
excitement in her eyes. "Hello? Who's calling me?"
"Baby Merry Treat, I can't tell you who I am, but you must listen. Something
awful is going to happen if you don't."
Baby Merry Treat stood up and nodded solemnly with her mouth open in wonder.
"I'll listen. What is it? What's going to happen?"
"Baby Merry Treat, look over there, where Baby Tabby and Baby Sugarberry are.
They have identical lunchboxes because they are best friends. You must switch around the name
tags on each box when they go off to play on the playground," the robin that was Merry Treat
Baby Merry Treat began looking for the source of the voice. "Why? They'll
remember which lunch is whose, won't they?"
"Yes, they will; but it'll be much better for both of them if you do as I say," Merry
Baby Merry Treat nodded solemnly, believing in this mysterious voice. As soon as
Baby Tabby and Baby Sugarberry had scampered off to the swingset, she saw her
* * *
The adult Tabby watched with interest as Baby Tex walked over to the spot where
the two unattended lunchboxes sat, clutching a handful of wiggly, slimy worms in his hoof. Baby
Merry Treat had already done her job of changing the name tags on them.
I do hope Baby Sugarberry doesn't have a heart-attack and die when she sees
those worms, Tabby thought in concern. She momentarily considered walking out there and
disposing of the worms completely, but she didn't want to get near those creepy things, or risk
being seen. Oh, well, she consoled herself, I'm sure Baby Sugarberry will take it
better than I did. Tabby recalled that afternoon spent in the principal's office after screaming
at Tex about those worms.
"What's happened so far?" Merry Treat asked anxiously, crouching down by her
friend again after changing back into her proper pony form.
"Baby Tex placed the worms in Baby Sugarberry's lunchbox a few minutes ago,"
Tabby whispered. "The creep."
"And here come you and Sugarberry," Merry Treat noted.
"Woah, it's weird seeing our past selves," Tabby breathed. "It's, like, totally
Baby Sugarberry and Baby Tabby seated themselves on the ground, and each
reached for her lunchbox. Baby Tabby nonchalantly opened hers. "That test today was really
awful, wasn't it, Baby Sugarberry? How good do you think you did on it?"
Baby Sugarberry did not reply, however. The white earth pony had just opened the
lid of her lunchbox. Her eyes opened wide. She screamed.
Baby Tabby, in turn, screamed as well. That was normal for her; whenever another
pony screamed, she would scream along with them, even before she knew what was upsetting
them. Baby Sugarberry continued shrieking as her lunchbox clattered to the ground. She ran
across the playground, and cowered behind the bars of the swingset.
"Oh, gross, worms!" Baby Tabby said in disgust, backing off, too.
Behind the bushes, Tabby began talking to Merry Treat. "Now, I started
screaming my head off, and Baby Sugarberry didn't know what to think until I threw my lunchbox
into the bushes." She paused. "Gosh, I'm glad that didn't happen this time. Anyhow, once I got
collected again, I confronted Tex, and then I started screaming at him, and then the teacher came
"Baby Sugarberry, Baby Tabby, what's going on here?" The teacher in charge of
monitoring the playground, a pale lavender pegasus with vibrant aqua hair, came over.
"There's worms in my lunchbox," Baby Sugarberry stuttered. "Somebody put
them there. Oh, they're so ugly!"
"That's what happened," Baby Tabby affirmed.
"Worms, you say?" The teacher raised her eyebrows. "Baby Tabby, are you sure
you didn't have anything to do with this?"
Baby Sugarberry's eyes opened wide at the possibility that her best friend had done
this to her. "Baby Tabby..."
"Hey!" Baby Tabby looked indignant. "I would never touch such hideous
creatures. I'd die before I did that. Baby Sugarberry, I didn't do it! Please don't be
"Who else was in the area when this occurred?" the teacher said sternly.
"Well... there was..." Baby Sugarberry searched her brain slowly.
"There was Baby Merry Treat," Baby Tabby said after a moment of thought. "But
she would never do something like this."
"It was me," came a meek voice as a yellow baby brother pony stepped forward.
"Don't blame Baby Tabby. I did it."
"Baby Tex," Baby Sugarberry whispered, still wobbling from her fright. "How
"Yes," the teacher said sternly, "this was very bad behavior on your part, Baby
"I thought I put the worms in Baby Tabby's lunch," Baby Tex further
"What?" Baby Tabby shrieked.
"But why would you have done that?" Baby Sugarberry gasped.
"Probably because I said his Texan accent was really stupid earlier," Baby Tabby
"Well... yes, I did do it to get back at you for that," Baby Tex admitted.
"That wasn't nice to either of us," Baby Sugarberry protested. "I hate
"So do I," Baby Tabby agreed.
"But I didn't think it was fair that Baby Tabby was getting accused," Baby Tex
"That's a nice thought," the teacher said seriously, "but Baby Tex, you and Baby
Sugarberry will still have to go to the principal's office to talk over this incident. Come on, I'll
take you there now..."
From her hiding place in the bushes opposite where her older counterpart was
couched, Baby Merry Treat heaved a sigh of relief. "Phew! Thank goodness none of them
Baby Tabby watched as the three headed inside the school building, her eyes
shining. "How perfectly honorable of him," she sighed blissfully, "even if he does have that
"Does she like this guy, or what?" Baby Merry Treat commented after hearing
Baby Tabby's romantic remark.
The adult Tabby and Merry Treat, however, weren't aware of the last part of the
incident. They had taken off right after the teacher had appeared on the scene, for they had
noticed an older baby pony coming dangerously close to their position in the bushes.
"Want to check out any place else?" Merry Treat questioned as the two walked
past Paradise Estate.
Tabby shivered without thinking. "Let's go back home-- that is, the present-- that
is, the future-- that is.. oh, you know what I mean. This time travel is making me feel really
"Yeah, you're right," Merry Treat agreed. "I'd be happy to be hanging out with
the gang at the Satin Slipper Sweet Shoppe right now."
This decided upon, Tabby and Merry Treat headed back to the time machine in the
* * *
The process of getting back to September of nineteen ninety-nine was much the
same as it had taken to get to August of nineteen eighty-six. Merry Treat still had the correct
date with her that she had written down, and she carefully adjusted the dials. The same white
light filled the world; and when it went away, the window they looked out showed the ominous
trees of the Dark Forest with their bright orange and yellow leaves falling to the ground.
"This feels a lot better," Tabby said in relief, stepping outside. "But isn't this a
different part of the forest than before?"
Merry Treat shrugged. "Who can tell? Especially with time travel."
"Let's just head back to Dream Valley," Tabby said eagerly. "I can't wait to get to
the Satin Slipper Sweet Shoppe."
"It looks like it's about the right time of evening for that," Merry Treat agreed.
Tabby and Merry Treat took off running on the familiar path of the Dark Forest,
and in what seemed to be no time at all they were standing in front of the door of the Satin Slipper
"Hey, are we gonna tell anybody about this?" Merry Treat questioned before
turning the doorknob.
"I don't know..." Tabby said slowly. "Oh, let's just not worry about it."
"Alrighty then." Merry Treat strode up to the counter. "A chocolate sundae for
me," she requested of Scoops.
"And a strawberry sundae!" Tabby added quickly.
Scoops smiled at the two. "Hi, Merry Treat and Tabby! I thought you just left,
"No-o-o..." A shadow of confusion crossed Tabby's face. "We just got
"Oh. Maybe it was Tamara, then... but..." Scoops furrowed her brow. "Never
mind. That'll be three jangles."
Each taking her sundae once Scoops had placed them on the counter, Tabby and
Merry Treat looked around the shop for any of their friends. At one of the center tables, they
spotted Sugarberry, Chocolate Chip, and Steamer.
"Hey, Sug!" Tabby greeted her friend. "Anything interesting happen at the clinic
"The clinic? You mean the veterinarian clinic?" Sugarberry queried. "Well, of any
of us here, Merry Treat would probably know the most on that," she winked at the Christmas
Merry Treat was slightly confused by this last comment, but pushed it to the back
of her mind. "Yeah, Sug, and what's Steamer doing here?" she said jokingly. "Have you been
secretly seeing him all this time?"
"You two are certainly in a good mood tonight," Chocolate Chip commented,
raising an eyebrow.
Sugarberry just laughed at Merry Treat's question. "Don't tell me you've
forgotten about Steamer since last evening!"
"Sugarberry and I have only been married five years now," Steamer added in a
"And, Tabby, didn't you just leave with Tex?" Chocolate Chip interrupted.
"That's right! Nothing happened, did it?" Sugarberry asked, changing to a
"Tex?" Tabby echoed. "What are you talking about, Sug?"
"Yeah, Tabby would never stand to be seen alone with Tex!" Merry Treat
The three at the table exchanged confused glances. "Did we miss a break-up or
something?" Steamer said skeptically.