Chapter 5: Schmendrick's Magic
That night, at a campfire site, where a heart shaped carving marked "CC Loves MG" and a sign marked "Down with King Haggard" were shown, some people of different technicolor skins and hair were having their meals with one purple skinned girl with dark purple hair drinking something, coughing and looking disgusted.
Purple Girl: (frowns) Rat soup. Again rat soup.
The yellow girl with pink and a green highlight on her hair glared.
Highlight Girl: At least she could use a different rat. Well the third night, anyway.
Just then, they heard horse riding noises before noticing Jack's group approaching with their hostages.
Schmendrick: (glares) Put me down, you fool!
Long John Silver: Do so or I shall put a cutlass through your vitals, IF I can reach me sword!!
Jack: (shoves them down) Hey, quiet there, you two. You're for Captain Cully herself, you are.
Meowth: (dryly) Captain Cully? Really?
At that moment, a light yellow skinned female with blue hair and some lighter blue highlights wearing steampunk-looking goggles glanced at them with a smirk.
Girl: (smirks) Well, Jack Jingly!
Psycho: THAT is Captain Cully? She looks more like an Indigo Zap to me.
Cully: And who is it you bring us, comrades or captives?
Jack: I dunno what they are is myself. (glancing) What happened, Cully? We were out looking for likely travelers, like always.
She turned as she shouted to someone.
Cully: Add some more water to the soup, chef! There's company!
However, someone with yellow skin and red with yellow highlight hair approached with a glare.
Girl: (glares) I'll not have it, Cully! Not another few mouths to feed! The soup's no thicker than sweat as it is!
Cully: (frowns) Molly, where's your greenwood hospitality?
Molly then glared at the newcomers.
Molly: And who's these long louts? (points to Schmendrick) I don't like the look of her. Slit her wizard.
Psycho: (confused) Eh?
Jane: I think she meant to say either weasand or gizzard or probably said both. I mean I'd say it if I was stuck as permanent chef to the crew at the time.
Molly: That's what I said!
Trixie: (yelps) No, you can't! I love my life! Trixie is-
Schmendrick: (frowns) Allow me to say something before YOU get us in trouble.
The girl hopped off the horse as she spoke.
Schmendrick: I wouldn't do that, because I am the great and powerful Schmendrick the Magician! And you, my dear female companion, you must be the famous Captain Cully, boldest of the bold and freest of the free!
Jim: What?! But I've never heard of this "Captain Cully", let alone figured that Cully's a female in this era of-
Meowth: SHHH! (quietly) Shut up, Jimmy. Don't get us in more trouble than there is!
Cully: (proudly) That I am. He who hunts me for my head shall find a fearful foe, but he who seeks me as a friend may find me friend enow.
Molly: (frowns) He's guessing, Cully, gut him, before he does you the way the last one did!
Cully: Well, that's only Molly Grue's way. But she has a good heart, a good heart.
However, before Cully could touch her shoulder, Molly slapped it away in anger.
Molly: (angrily) Off with you.
Swiper: Yeesh, she must be pissed off at you for something.
Long John Silver: Aye, I know how that feels. I break many hearts meself. But hey, that be the life of a pirate.
Schmendrick: (grins) And this lady, don't tell me, she must be your faithful and beautiful companion. Your best friend.
Molly: (surprised) Maybe she does know.
Cully: (grins) Ha-ha-ha-ha! Yes, splendid woman. You and your friends and horse are welcome here, sorceror.
Trixie: (glares) I am not Schmendrick's horse!
They were dropped to the ground.
Nack: Oh good. I was wondering what we're gonna eat.
Cully: Molly's soup is rat soup, of course.
Most looked disgusted.
Miss Calamity: Oh how awful!
Dr. Viper: Interesssting.
Black Mamba: (grins) Yum.
A few looked awkwardly to the feline members.
Black Mamba: What? We're sssnake AND catsss. What do you exxxpect?
At that moment, the captain glanced at the sheathed sword on Star.
Cully: What's with the sword?
Star: It's a very long story, but to make it short...well...you heard about what happened to the Troll King a couple of weeks ago, right?
Cully: Sort of. Why?
Star: Yeah...we found this wand and sword and this whole trading for a cauldron thing got out of hand and one of my friends died before being brought back to life and well...
She removed the sword, showing the bottom broken half.
Star: (uneasily) I'm trying to find someone to repair this broken sword and where I came from, it kinda got awkward when I found out that the only place that DID have a blacksmith was the same castle that got destroyed.
Cully: The only blacksmith that lives closest to where we are is in Haggard's country. (frowns) I hate that guy!
She then motioned them to sit.
Cully: But enough about that. Come to the fire and tell me what you've heard of dashing Captain Cully and her band of freemen.
Bowser Jr.: Freemen? Ugh, don't tell me that jerk from Mother Superior's place is here too!
Cully: What? I said "freemen", not "Freeman".
Mr. Bump: You said the name again.
Cream: She meant free ladies...(looks around) At least that's what I think these people are.
Marine: (amazed) Whoa, bugger...
Cully: So how do they speak of me in your countries?
They were sat down.
Cully: (shows a taco) Have a taco.
Mr. Bump: (happily) Great!
He snatched the taco, preparing to eat it before a rat peeked out, squeaking in fear as Mr. Bump yelped, quickly tossing the rat taco aside. As a few laughed a bit, the Alicorn's group peeked secretly at what they saw and listened.
Schmendrick: We have hear um...have heard that your are the friend of the helpless and the enemy of the mighty and that you and your merry women lead a joyous life in the forest, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor and I have heard the great tale of you and Jack Jingly met and became blood brothers.
Swiper and Br'er Fox both began realizing a bit.
Schmendrick: And of course, we've heard of that wicked king.
Br'er Fox: (glares) Wait just a minute! Ah know what she's doin'! 'Dat 'dere's Rob-
However, the Southern Fox's muzzle was snatched as he struggled to speak.
Cully: (punches her fists) Haggard, rot and ruin him!
The blue girl with purple/pink hair nodded.
Purple Pink Hair Girl: Right, ma'am.
Cully: Ugh, there's not one here but it's been done wrong by old King Haggard: Driven from his rightful land, robbed of his rank and rents, skinned out of his patrimony. Revenge! Mark you, friends, one day Haggard will pay such a reckoning!
Molly: (frowns) He may pay, but not to the likes of you, Cully. (points at her) His castle rots and totters, and his men are too old to wear armor, but he'll rule forever, for all Captain Cully dares!
Cully: (uneasily) You wrong me, Molly, were it not for the Red Bull.
Molly: (scoffs) The Red Bull! You know what I think?! I think the bull's a myth that you give to your cowardice! AND it doesn't give you wings either!
Pinkie: (quietly) That's what I said.
Twilight: We're trying to listen without getting spotted.
They watched her walk away from the thieves back to her cauldron.
Cully: You see? We might as well be more than friends, the way she's going.
Jim: What does she mean by that?
Nephthys: You'll learn when you're older, Jim.
Cully: (to the group) You're lucky guests this evening, magician. (points to glasses girl) My minstrel, Willy Gentle, here, was just about to inspire us by singing one of the adventures of bold Captain Cully and her men.
Purple Pink Hair Girl: (frowns) Nay, Willy! Not that thing again!
Trixie: Willy? She looks more like a Sugarcoat.
Willy: I happen to know all 31 songs...32 if she makes a new one tonight.
Molly: Willy! Sing us a true song! Sing us one about King Arthur!
The Southern fox removed the hand from the caught muzzle as he spoke.
Br'er Fox: Nah! 'Dat ain't gonna fly. Sing one 'bout Robin Hood!
Tails: Robin Hood?
Cully: (angrily) You dumb foxes! There is no Robin Hood!
Psycho: BLASPHEMY! BURN THE WITCH!!!
Swiper: Now that's not true! There really IS a Robin Hood where-
Cully: (glares) You're an idiot. Robin Hood is a myth! A legend! A fake!
Psycho: (frowns) If he WAS fake, then the fat wolf who keeps eying on Sarah wouldn't have existed either, but yet again, (angrily) HE'S leader of the wolves in the underground!
Sarah: (sweatdrops) He-he-he...Psycho still hasn't forgiven him for what happened in Sherwood Forest.
Nack: I would take that back, Cully. These people get pissed off if you talk smack about a great hero like that.
Long John Silver: Aye, I take me inspiration from that handsome man, I do.
Br'er Fox: Man? Where we is fro', Rob's a fox. Ah know 'cuz-
Cully: (to Schmendrick) Oh pay them no heed, none of the songs are in the child collection just at present, but if you may come one day, incognito, and rectify that-
Schmendrick: (stands up) I'm not a literal teenager! I'll prove it! Let us earn lodging by amusing you.
Narrator: But the bitterness would not be quenched now that it had flared up. They might slice each other as wella s them in hatred over lives of tricks...and something flares in Miss Schmendrick as she realizes...they might be right.
Schmendrick: (sighs) Very well...
Psycho: (looks up) And by the way, who are you?
Psycho: That voice I keep hearing.
Narrator: I'm the Narrator, I narrated the story.
Cully: Who are you talking to?
Psycho: That narrator guy thing that's narrating the story.
Nack: Best to pretend not to hear him, Psy. It will interrupt the story if we address the narrator every so often.
Psycho: Good point.
She rose her arms, and as Twilight's group watched, the wind started picking up as she shouted and muttered.
Schmendrick: Magic, do as you will. Magic, magic, do as you will. Magic, magic, do as you will. Magic, magic, do as you will. Magic, magic, do as you will.
The wind blew around as they gasped, many of them looking shocked as the place glowed with Cully, who was unimpressed earlier, preparing to leave. She stopped, looking as the flames began rising upward while Schmendrick dropped to her knees, groaning in agony.
Schmendrick: Magic...do as you will...
Cully: (glancing) And now, lads, with that out of the way-
Molly: (gasps) Look! (points) Oh, look there!
Everyone turned, noticing something approaching as they were briefly appearing.
Betemesis: (quietly) Oh my gosh!
Pew: (quietly) What's happening? (tries looking around) What's going on?
Long John Silver: (rubs his eyes) I don't believe it!!
Sarah: (happily) Oh wow.
The two fainted images of a fox and vixen in medieval wedding clothing approached as Cully grinned, approaching the two.
Cully: (approaching) Sir, madam, I welcome you to my domain! My name is Captain Cully, of the greenwood!
As she bowed, the two foxes in fainted image passed by her, making her yelp in shock.
Molly: Oh wow...it's them!
Nack: (grins) Told you.
Mina: Oh, Robin! And Marian!
Rouge: Can't believe you two are around here and-
Batula: Vait, I never accidentally added in Robin Hood to Camelot's vorld! How can he be here?!
Meowth: Bat Squirrel's right. (shows some papers) I'm still working on trying to finish my Toon of Thieves story here.
Psycho: I don't know about Chicken McPatty in an Alan Rickman role. I mean Patty's more of a Southerner type than Alan type after all.
Long John Silver: (amazed) Th...this is Robin Hood, ain't it, Br'er Fox?
Br'er Fox: (looks saddened) Yup...
Swiper: (grins) Rob...you're here and-
Swiper prepared to hug the image, though the two foxes went through the younger fox, shocking him. As more figures appeared, each of them saw the other animals in fainted image approaching.
Crowd: (randomly) Oh my, it's Little John! Friar Tuck! That's Friar Tuck there!
Willy: (gasps) Oh my gosh! Alan-A-Dale! It's Alan-A-Dale! AHHHH!! What a cool rooster! Look at those changes!
Rouge: They look like they just came out of a wedding or something.
Skaa: (frowns) Hiss would have a field day if he ever saw this.
Mordred: Wait, where's Will Scarlett? Isn't there suppose to be a Will Scarlett there?
Cully: (stuttering) What is this? (glares) This is not happening! Robin Hood is a myth! We are the reality!
Each only looked at the imagery of the animal friends.
Cully: Magic is magic, but the truth is us! Right?
However, the crowd shouted and followed as they each shouted.
Crowd: (randomly) Robin! Mr. Hood, sir! Little John! Tuck! Wait for me! Robin! Marian!
Schmendrick only chuckled a bit as did Discord.
Molly: (worried) Wait! Wait for me! (following) Marian!
The counterpart of Trixie only laughed as soon as most of the forest dwellers left.
Schmendrick: Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! (happily) It worked! (grabs Jim) It worked! (hugs Jane) I said "Magic, do as you will", and it worked!
She laughed more and more before Sleet quickly nudged her to stop.
Schmendrick: Ha-ha-ha? Wh...what is it? What is it that-?
Sleet: (frowns) Oh you've done it all right. (points) Look!!
She looked before gasping with worry, starting to realize as she saw the familiar figure looking heartbroken and slumping in depression.
Schmendrick: So Swiper's sad, so what?
Br'er Fox: (frowns) So what?! He done got no family support an' saw Robin Hood like a father when he met 'im.
Long John Silver: What do ye mean?
Mina: Swiper's got a history of having family issues ever since his grandmother passed away.
Schmendrick: He needs to get over it! He has no family and they are NOT coming back.
At that moment, the angered foxes punched her down.
Br'er Fox: Ya don't know what he's been through, ya idgit! How dare ya say 'dat 'bout Swiper!
Long John Silver: Normally, I'd let the insults to someone slide, but when it comes to the fox lad, I should slice your tongue out for such talk!!
Cully: (motions) Uh let me and Jack handle this, you two.
The girl was snatched up with a knife pointing to her neck.
Cully: (glares) That was a dangerous diversion, Lady Witch Girl.
Schmendrick: Hey, come on. You wouldn't hurt a lady! Anyway, what I meant is that Swiper should move on, not let having a lack of family get him down!
Br'er Fox: (glares) 'De way ya said it sounded like a threat, though!
Jack: First of all, witch, me and Cully are ladies as well. Secondly, you're no real magician. Witch yes, magician no.
She yelped as she was dragged.
Jack: (glancing) I don't know what she is, ta tell you the truth. Tie her up, and do you guard her tonight, Cully.
She was pulled toward a tree as she struggled.
Schmendrick: You're no lady, Jack! You should've at least changed your name to Jackie because yours sound like a guy's name!
Jack: The name's short for Jaqueline, plus another was already named Jackie in the group, stupid.
Schmendrick: Oh, that makes a bit more sense then.
Cully: (ponders) Still, Robin Hood's a classic example of the heroic folk figures synthesized out of need. John Henry's another. Men and women have to have heroes, but no one can ever be as big as the need, and so a legend grows around a grain of truth, like a pearl. Not that it isn't like a remarkable trick, of course.
Schmendrick: It is NOT a trick! The pony girl that sounds like me performs tricks!
Cully: Oh for crying out loud, stop digging yourself deeper in the hole, lady! You're in enough trouble as it is!
The two finished tying her up.
Jack: Now in the morning, we'll see what's to be done with a wizard who can call up Robin Hood! Should be worth something, eh, Cully? He-he-he.
Cully: Yes indeed! We'll sell him! We'll both be ladies of leisure in a month's time!
Both laughed a bit before turning to the others.
Cully: The rest of you can sleep at the tree tops. Plenty of room there, just avoid the birds.
As soon as the laughing two were gone, the others glanced back at Trixie's counterpart.
Schmendrick: I don't even care!
Nack: Well, maybe if you haven't mocked Swiper even when you "misword" it, you wouldn't be tied up at the moment.
She struggled as she shouted.
Schmendrick: Gotonius basni varsinisn basti gumtina crosti stormily hasti!
She zapped the tree she was stuck on before the tree began moving.
Nack: (scoffs) Oh, her performance is so wooden.
Shirly: (notices) Uh oh.
Trixie: What's going on?
They watched, to their notice, the tree coming to life with a face before hugging the tied Schemdrick, making her yelp.
Tree: (hugs her) Oh. Oh. Oh, I love you. I love you. Love love love love love love love love love.
Schmendrick: (panics) AHHHH! Oh, what have I done?
Tree: Always, always. Faithfulness beyond anyone's deserving. I will keep the color in your eyes when no other in the world remembers your name.
Psycho: Okay, I've heard of tree hugging, but this is ridiculous!
She yelped in agony.
Tree: There is no immortality but a tree's love.
Schmendrick: Oh, no, I'm engaged to a Douglas fir. (panics) Discord, Alicorn, anyone, save me!! Rat Badger, where the hell are you?!
At that moment, lightning flashed as the alicorn's group approached, making the tree notice.
Pinkie: Hey, is that Whispy Wood she created?
Tree: (yelps) Ooh, galls and fireblight! She shall never have you, the hussy! We will perish together!
Skaa: (annoyed) Oh for crying out loud! Just burn the stupid tree already so we can get out of here!!
Schmendrick: I take back what I said about the fox's family, now someone help me!!
Swiper: What's the magic word?
Schmendrick: I'm sorry! Please!!
Long John Silver: (pauses) That will do, lass.
The ropes were slashed off with the magic from the unicorns and alicorn glowing, hitting the tree, causing it to turn dead once more.
Twlight: You okay?
Schmendrick: (groans) Just...never again, please.
They lifted her up as Sonic frowned.
Sonic: On second thought, let's not stay here.
Tails: Yeah, I don't feel right being here anyhow.
Meowth: At least no one tried the rat soup.
Pew: (disgusted) Ungh...disgusting, even for my standards.
They began to depart with Dingo frowning.
Dingo: Besides, most of them save for Molly looked like a bunch of whores anyhow.
A bit later, at another part of the forest, as they kept walking, Schmendrick looked at Twilight's group for a moment.
Schmendrick: Did you see me? Were you watching and did you see what I made?
Alicorn: (nods) Yes. It was true magic.
Schmendrick: (sighs) Yes, it WAS true magic. Yeah. It's gone now, but I-I had it. It had me, but it's gone. I-I couldn't hold it.
She then looked at the foxes.
Schmendrick: Sorry if that Robin Hood thing affected you.
Long John Silver: Wait, tell me how'd ye know about-?
Bowser: (points) Uh oh, look.
At that moment, the familiar red hair yellow skinned girl approached as she glanced.
Molly: Leaving us so early, magician and pals?
The alicorn yelped, trying to hide futilely.
Tyke: Uh don't worry, I doubt she can see what you are. I mean only those that know the truth believe in alicorns, much less pegasi and unicorns, anyway, right?
Star: Hey, I believe in them! (happily) And I'm glad I'm going to journey with it!
Molly: Alicorn? Unicorn? Pegasi?
She then noticed the horns and wings on the unicorns, pegasis, and alicorn each as Trixie removed her hat to show her own horn.
Trixie: Yes, it's true. But I don't know if you can-
She looked surprised with tears.
Molly: (gasps) No. (shakes her head) Can it truly be? (angrily/to the alicorn) Where have you been? Where have you been?! (snaps) Damn you, where have you been?!
Applejack: 'ey, watch 'de cursin' in front o' the young'uns.
Schmendrick: (glares) Don't you talk to (points to the alicorn) her that way!
The yellow girl shoved Trixie's counterpart to the side.
Alicorn: I am here now.
She laughed a bit bitterly.
Molly: Oh? And where were you twenty years ago, ten years ago? Where were you when I was new?! When I was one of those innocent, young infants you always come to? What good is it to me you're here now?! (snaps) How dare you, how dare you come to me now, when I am this?!
She pointed to herself, crying in tears before the alicorn looked at her for a moment, placing her head on Molly's lap.
She held her head gently.
Molly: Alicorns...Unicorns...Pegasi...all these mystical things...
She hugged the Crusaders as well with the ponies walking to her.
Molly: You're all here...even though I'm 20, I-
Pew: Can you really see her?
Betemesis: (surprised) Do you really know what she is?
Molly: (sighs) If you had been waiting to see a alicorn as long as I have...
Schmendrick: She's the last alicorn in the world.
Molly: It would be the last alicorn in the wourld that came to Molly Grue. (sniffs) Alicorn...
Molly: (hugs them) It's all right. I forgive you all.
Clove: (sighs) Well, it's time for us to go now.
Cassia: And we need to go now.
Molly: (gets up) I had some things I wanted to take, but they don't matter now. I'm ready.
Nic: Ready for what?
Molly: To go with you, of course.
Sticks: No way! You can't come with us! We're on a quest thingie! Questie to actually stop whatever it is and get out of here!! (shouts upward) Let me out! I got things to do!
Discord: Uh Camelot doesn't allow you out UNTIL it decides to.
Tron: Yeah, don't you get it!? We need to finish the quest to get out of this place or we're never gonna get home!
Meowth: But I got things to do! I got gambling to go to tomorrow!!
Pew: (annoyed) Meowth, we all know you're as poor as a bloomin' beggar.
Allegro: Main thing is, Signora Molly, you can't-a come with us.
Molly: Can't I? Ask her.
Schmendrick: (glares) Never! I, Schmendrick the Magician, forbid it! And be wary of wousing a wizard's wrath-uh rousing a rizard's-(yelps) Agh, rou-(pauseS) Be wary of making a-a magician angry! If I chose I could turn you into a frog-
Molly: Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! (grins) I should laugh myself sick. Have sense, kid. What were you going to do with the last alicorn in the world, keep her in a cage?
Trixie: Oh, you don't even know where we're going!
Molly: Do you think it matters to me?
Sonic: (stretching) We'll make it short: We're journeying to King Haggard's country to find the Red Bull!
Tails: And if we run into Arthur and the others, we could use all the help we can get.
Mr. Bump: And that Tyke guy is searching for a home, thanks to Star.
Mordecai: Yeah, we gotta head off soon.
The girl watched a few walking to a direction.
Molly: Well, you're going the wrong way.
A few face faulted.
All: NOW she tells us!!
(End of Chapter 5)