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Every time it snows here, I start thinking of The Beatles song "Here Comes The Sun." Even I'm finding it weird. Although I do love the snow. I even love the rain and overcast days much more than sunny days.

Thankless, dressed in his black bodysuit, slipped quietly through the shadows of Ponyville's back alleys.  He was careful to avoid the open streets whenever he could, because the squares of light dotting the pavement told him that there were still ponies awake in their houses. He knew he couldn't afford to be caught sneaking around in the dark - that would surely mean spending the night in jail, along with a hefty fine for possessing dangerous weapons, at the very least.

He snuck down an alley, his back pressed against the stone wall of a house. He ducked behind a stack of wooden crates and looked back in the direction he had come from. He didn't hear or see anything, so he darted to the other side of the alley and continued down it. He soon came to the place where the alley met the street, and after looking both ways he darted across the road and into the relative safety of another house's shadow. Suddenly, Thankless heard a creak. He froze, and looked into the street where he saw the shadow of a window opening. A pony's head appeared in the shadow and looked around. Thankless held his breath. He had been as quiet as a church mouse crossing that street. Maybe he had been seen. But no, the pony's head withdrew to the interior and closed the window. Thankless wasted no time, he crept into another alleyway and crouched behind a barrel.

He sighed, half with relief and half with frustration. He stared at the cobbled wall opposite to him and thought hard. Find Flash Freeze, the twisted Alicorn had said. A Unicorn with an icicle for a cutie mark, she said. Now that he thought about it, that wasn't much of a description to go by. Thankless had never even seen Flash Freeze in person, he had only just heard stories about him and the numerous times him and his friends had defended Ponyville and Equestria from her enemies. And they must have been quite some adventures, if Thankless had to be evacuated with the whole town more than once, and if Flash Freeze had been given a statue of himself.

But Thankless still loved to hear every word of those tales. They filled him with a sense of pride to be living in the same town as such a hero, but at the same time they made him feel empty inside. Flash Freeze's mighty deeds were made of the stuff Thankless could only dream of. It wasn't like he enjoyed comparing himself with other ponies, he knew it was a silly thing to do, but deep down he wished he could fight and work magic and be as strong and brave just like Flash freeze and all of his friends. But that was something that would never come to pass. Thankless was just a simple, honest and hard-working Earth Pony, living in a rented basement, making his way as a labourer. It wasn't even skilled work, he was just an extra set of hooves to help out anypony who needed it. It was good work, there was no doubt about that. It was just that Thankless often felt there was something he was missing out on. He figured he was envious of the adventurous young Unicorn and all the excitement he got to have.

A noise suddenly snapped Thankless out of his apathy. He peeked out from the alley and saw that the noise had come from Sugar Cube Corner, just down the street. Two young-looking Unicorns had just come out of the building and were heading down the street, away from Thankless' hiding place. But the stallion didn't hide himself again. They were Unicorns, and he needed to check whether they were, or were not, the ones he was looking for. Thankless came out from the alley and silently began to follow. His hooves made almost no sound as he tiptoed along the sidewalk - it was a skill he was very proud of, besides him being a very quiet stallion, he had learned how to do it from one of his books. An adventure story, if he remembered correctly. He stayed close to the buildings and kept just enough distance between him and the Unicorns to remain unnoticed. His eyes has long since adjusted to the darkness and he could make out their appearance. One of the Unicorns was a young mare, her coat, her long mane and tail were all various shades of green. Her cutie mark looked like a bramble vine, and she grasped a staff of some kind in her foreleg. She wasn't the one he was looking for.

Her companion, however, aroused much more interest. He was a young stallion, and his horn curved slightly upwards. His coat, and his scruffy long mane and tail were made up of brilliant blues. His cutie mark resembled a large blue jewel, and a round shield was strapped to his left foreleg. Thankless suddenly realized that he looked very familiar, just as if the Earth Pony had seen the Unicorn somewhere before, and he struggled to think of where and when it could have been. Then he remembered - the brass statue he had been polishing almost a week ago. The young Unicorn stallion in front of him looked just like that statue. Everything was a perfect match from head to tail, right down to his cutie mark. That could only mean one thing -

"That's him!"

Thankless almost jumped out of his skin. He was so focused on the task at hoof that was not prepared to hear the twisted Alicorn's voice again. He dove into a wooden barrel and huddled inside to compose himself after his shock.

"What are you waiting for?" the voice in his head asked, "Kill him."

Thankless didn't move. He was too afraid he had been seen. A few seconds passed, but nothing happened. He glanced upwards, but all he saw through the opening was the clear night sky. No-one had come to investigate. The stallion breathed a sigh of relief. He peeked over the rim of the barrel and saw the two Unicorns, not far away and talking with one another. They weren't walking anymore. He huddled inside his barrel again and took several deep breaths in an attempt to calm his nerves.

"You are wasting time. Kill him!"

Thankless slowly and deliberately reached to his waist and drew the knife from its sheath - he had to curl his hoof to his forearm to grasp the weapon - and for the first time examined it closely. The knife had a simple and functional design, no engravings or anything fancy like that. The blade was about six inches long, single-edged and curved, and the yellowish metal gleamed dully. This knife certainly wasn't anything you'd find in somepony's kitchen. Thankless' front hooves began to shake at the thought of what he was about to do with it. He imagined himself, holding the knife dripping with blood, with a pony that looked half his age laying dead on the ground in front of him. He would be responsible for taking the life of one of Equestria's greatest heroes. This Unicorn didn't deserve such a fate. He deserved a bright and prosperous future and have stories and songs written about him, to have his name remembered forever in history and the chance to start a family.

"Kill him! Now!"

A chill set in around Thankless' kidneys at the dark creature's command. He knew what would happen if he obeyed - he would be a murderer, a fugitive cut off from normal civilized life. He would have to run away from Ponyville to escape the law. But sooner or later he would be hunted down like a Diamond Dog and dragged to Canterlot in chains to be tried, convicted and sentenced. The Earth Pony tried to think of the worst penalty. Life imprisonment with no parole. Forced to drink poison. The firing squad. The gallows. Beheading. He wondered what it would feel like to die and how much it would hurt.

"What is wrong with you!?" the creature screamed, "Kill Flash Freeze!"

"No, I can't do it!" Thankless quietly grunted, huddled in his barrel like a terrified foal.

"Be warned, Thankless. I have been patient with you until now," came the dark Alicorn's reply, "I'm tired of your hesitation and your incompetence. You represent a poor investment. I shall tell you again, kill Flash Freeze."

The Earth Pony gripped his chest in a futile effort to stop his body from shaking. He was too afraid to even move.

"This is your last chance, you miserable excuse for a stallion. Kill Flash Freeze, and maybe I'll forgive you."

Thankless plucked up just enough courage to peek out of his barrel and at his target once again. Flash Freeze was standing in the middle of the street, watching his mare friend walk away.

"Those who disobey me, die! Kill Flash Freeze! I command you!"

Now Thankless climbed out of the barrel and set his hooves on the pavement, gripping the knife at the ready. Stifling his heavy breathing, he slowly and silently advanced on the young Unicorn. He had already thought about the consequences if he obeyed the creature's order, but if he didn't, there was no telling what she might do to him. He began to realize that he just might be dead no matter what he did. He paused. Flash Freeze was only a few feet away, still with his back to Thankless. The Earth Pony examined his target a bit more, and decided that he still had a chance of escape after stabbing the Unicorn. Just a few more steps and the job would be done. He would just sneak up, stab him, and run away before anypony knew what was happening. A simple plan, and simple was just the way Thankless liked to do things. He took another step. This was it. Thankless raised the knife, and...

Flash Freeze suddenly jerked his head to one side, as if something had caught his attention. Thankless froze in surprise, and made a big mistake: he gasped. In the silence of the night it sounded as loud as a firecracker. Thankless' mind went completely blank in panic and confusion. Flash Freeze spun around and kicked Thankless square in the chest. He went sprawling backwards on the pavement. Dazed and surprised, he tried to get up but he felt like his lungs had exploded. He broke into a coughing fit, and his eyes began to water. Every gasp was almost too painful to bear. After several minutes, Thankless' coughing finally subsided enough for him to wipe his eyes and look up. He saw Flash Freeze standing over him. Remembering that he had just tried to stab this Unicorn in the back, Thankless tried to roll out of his way, but Flash Freeze bent down and got hold of Thankless' mask with his teeth and it was torn from the Earth Pony's head, along with a chunk of his mane.

"Yeow!" Thankless rubbed the sore spot on his head, "Careful!"

"Who sent you?" Flash Freeze asked, raising an eyebrow. 

Thankless got to his hooves. "S' nothin' personal mate, I gotta job to do." He reared up on his hind legs and reached for his... dagger. Horse feathers! thought Thankless. He had dropped his dagger when Flash Freeze had kicked him. Now what?

"Use your sword, stupid." The Alicorn's voice rang in his head again. Thankless checked, and saw that he did still have his sword. He drew it. It wasn't very long, but very straight and narrow. He rushed forward and took a swing at the Unicorn's neck. Flash Freeze simply raised his shield. Thankless' sword clanged into it. The impact sent a painful jolt down his arm, and he accidentally dropped his sword. Recovering from his mistake, Thankless threw a punch. Flash Freeze expertly dodged out of the way, and with little effort, pushed Thankless over. The Earth Pony lost his balance and fell face-down.
Thankless growled. He hadn't imagined he would down so easily, and he was getting angry. He turned onto his back and all of a sudden, his frustration quickly faded. Flash Freeze was standing with the edge of his shield just inches from Thankless' throat. He was pinned!

"Who sent you?" asked Flash Freeze again, "Why are you trying to kill me?"

"I-I-I..." Thankless stammered.

"You foal! Be quiet!"

Thankless' head began to pulse as he tried to blot out the Alicorn's screams. He wasn't very good at listening to two voices at once - it gave him headaches.

"You have a choice. You can talk to me, or would you rather go to jail?" Flash Freeze glared down at the helpless Earth Pony.

"I can't, she'll kill me!" Thankless protested.

"What do you mean 'she?'" Flash Freeze tilted his head in interest.

"Don't you dare betray me!"

Thankless screwed his eyes shut tight and desperately tried to think of an answer. It was all becoming too much.

"I can protect you." said Flash Freeze

"Don't listen to him! He's lying!" The Creature's voice wasn't so commanding anymore, but Thankless was too confused and frightened to notice. He couldn't know who to believe - the Alicorn or the Unicorn. Would he stay quiet and go to jail for attempted murder? Would he talk and be killed for failing his mission? Would he just try to run to run away from everyone? What to do?

Thankless could stand it no longer. He clamped his hooves over his ears and screamed to the heavens, "NOOOOO!!!"
The Earth Pony suddenly felt himself being dragged across the ground, but he didn't care what happened to him anymore. Soon enough he felt himself come to a stop, and someone tapped him on the shoulder. He cautiously opened one eye, just in time to see the magical light around Flash Freeze's horn fade away. He lowered his hooves and glanced around. He was in an alley, and out in the direction of the street he could see a lot of lights in houses had come on, and several ponies were looking out of their doors and windows.

"I think you had better explain yourself," said Flash Freeze. Thankless gritted his teeth and waited for the Alicorn's voice again. But it didn't come. There was just silence.
"Did someone send you to kill me?" Flash Freeze asked again.

"...Yes," Thankless answered meekly and he stood up.

"Who?" inquired the Unicorn.

"I... don't know. She didn't say her name." said Thankless.

"What did 'she' look like?"

Thankless thought for a minute. "Uh... some kind of black Alicorn, with a blue mane, and her legs were full of holes."

Flash Freeze suddenly looked very angry and turned away from the Earth Pony. Thankless just stood there in surprise as the Unicorn muttered something under his breath. He turned back to Thankless.

"What's your name?" Thankless looked at Flash Freeze, puzzled.

"Thankless."

"Thank you, Thankless. You've helped a lot." said Flash Freeze. "You can go now."

"What? You're letting me go?" Thankless was even more confused.

"Yes," Flash freeze answered.

"But, aren't you going to..."

"No," Flash Freeze interrupted, "Just go home, before somepony sees you and that Cutie Mark."

Thankless looked back and realized the awful truth. There was a great big hole in his bodysuit and his hammer Cutie Mark was clearly showing. He must have torn it when he had fallen over. Flash Freeze was right, if anypony saw his face and his Cutie Mark...
Thankless turned and galloped away through the shadows as fast as he could.

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A few minutes later, Thankless charged through his door, slammed it and locked it behind him. He rushed to a window and checked outside through a chink in the curtain. The street was still empty, no-one had followed him. Thankless tore the bodysuit off of him and shoved it into his trash can. Then he went to his pantry, rummaged around a shelf and pulled out a block of salt. He licked it. He made a face.

"Ugh, why do I even keep this stuff?" he wondered to himself.

"Traitor."

Thankless dropped the salt block. She was back.

"It seems I underestimated you, little stallion. I didn't think you, of all ponies, would betray me. No matter, your worth is done. Soon I and my forces will arrive in Equestria and you... You will suffer most of all. You've never seen a punishment like I have in store for you."

The voice once again fell silent. Thankless looked around in fear. Then he slowly and methodically went through all the rooms in his place, turning on all the lights, checking inside all the cupboards and cabinets, looking under all the furniture, and locking all the doors and windows. When he was certain he was alone, he turned all the lights off, crawled into bed and lay there until he dropped off to sleep.
A Dangerous Job - Part 3
Part 3 of this fanfic-of-a-fanfic is finally done! Just one more part to go. 

OC Flash Freeze and MLP: Nature is Magic fanfic series belongs to joni9908.
OC Thankless belongs to me.
MLP FIM and all characters belong to Hasbro and Lauren Faust. I own nothing.
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Character for joni9908 by liammw8
Character for joni9908
Made in MapleMe character simulator.

Name: Fredrick Goodwin
Nickname: "Old Fred"
Age: 64
Gender: Man
Personality: This wise old sailor has seen his fair share of adventure, but is always ready for more. He has plenty of old stories to tell.
Family: His sons and daughters, which are now his fellow crew.
Theme: None
Weapon: A sabre
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Smile Motivational featuring Ringo Starr by liammw8
Smile Motivational featuring Ringo Starr
I felt inspired to make this after remembering a similar poster I saw years ago featuring a tiger. The slogan was easy, but finding a picture to put in there was kind of hard. I thought of Pinkie Pie, or an MLP character, or even a 1980's cartoon character like He-Man or Lion-O or Bravestarr. But after listening to The Beatles' song 'Octopus's Garden' there remained no doubt about who should go in there.
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Good Morning by liammw8
Good Morning
Base provided by SecretMonsters fav.me/d5fp0e9. Thankless OC is by me. Aerial Shell OC by joni9908. MLP FiM and all characters and likenesses by Hasbro and Lauren Faust.
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Every time it snows here, I start thinking of The Beatles song "Here Comes The Sun." Even I'm finding it weird. Although I do love the snow. I even love the rain and overcast days much more than sunny days.

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joni9908 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
hi, how have you been?
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liammw8 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
Hi there Joni, Happy Birthday.

I've been alright, just been keeping busy with work and fighting off the flu. I made a pirate character for you, did you see it?
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joni9908 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
yeah, its awesome! thanx! ill download and re-upload it on my page, of course giving you credit ^^
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liammw8 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
I saw it. You're welcome, my friend.
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joni9908 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Happy B-Day!
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liammw8 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Thank you.
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esther8332hotmail Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student Filmographer
Sweet:D (Big Grin) 
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liammw8 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Thank you. :) (Smile) 
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esther8332hotmail Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Student Filmographer
your Welcome:)
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joni9908 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
thx for the llama
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