Out of the Frying pan and into the Fire
“What do you mean we can’t get out the way you came in!?!” Jinx snapped after hearing Trixie’s brief explanation of their escape plan.
After breaking Goggles and Jinx out of their cells, and getting over the fact that Goggles’ old friend was in fact a Sphinx, Pinkie Pie, Applejack and Trixie were leading them through the same series of corridors they had used to get inside. However due to the methods they used to get inside in the prison in the first place, methods that they are refusing to share with Jinx and Goggles, they couldn’t exit the same way.
“Look, its complicated okay?” Trixie replied, slightly irritated with Jinx’s nagging. “Just go with it for now.”
Goggles and Jinx wanted to argue further but given the current situation he and the others were in, they thought it best to let it go for now.
“Fine,” Goggles sighed. “But could you at least tell us how you plan to get us out?”
Trixie smirked at that.
“It’s funny actually,” she replied. “I never would have thought of it had these two not decided to come along with me with a few extra friends. Me, Applejack and Pinkie Pie may have been the ones who got in, but Rover and his boys are gonna be the ones who are gonna get us out.”
At those words, Goggles’ jaw dropped with surprise.
“The Diamond Dogs?” he gasped, still trying to absorb that fact. “They’re here too?”
“Yep,” Pinkie Pie answered with her usually cheerful smile. “Basically, the plan was to get you out of your cell, then we use one of Trixie’s tracking spells to signal Rover and the others who will then dig an escape tunnel underneath the river and up into the prison to get us out. Then we just hop, skip and go our merrily way all the way home.”
However Jinx only gulped in horror upon hearing this, being a cat she wasn’t that fond of dogs even if she did have wings and was at least double the size, her fear just comes as a second nature to her.
“I’m sorry, did you say Diamond Dogs?” she asked in a panicked, demanding tone.
“Yeah,” Applejack answered. “If our hunch is right then the ponies who built this place never considered any pony associating with any Diamond Dogs before.”
However Goggles choose to ignore Jinx’s small outburst and address something else.
“Since when do you know tracking spells?” he asked.
Trixie blushed at that.
“Since I took the liberty of reading a few of those books you borrowed,” she said sheepishly. “In a nutshell I gave Rover a gem that’s linked to my spell. Once I activate it, Rover can use the gem like a compass to figure out where we are anywhere we go.”
“But if we keep moving about the prison then there’s no possible way he’s gonna be able to find us,” Applejack pointed out seriously. “So we’re gonna have to make it as easy for him and his boys by finding a safe place to hide until they can reach us.”
At those words Trixie regained her composure and once again put on a serious face.
“By our reckoning, we’re gonna have to get as close as to the main entrance of the place as much as we possibly can,” she explained. “That way Rover and his boys can get to us that much quicker.”
While this may have been a well-thought-out plan on Trixie’s part, there was still something that Goggles knew that needed to be pointed out.
“But that means that we’re gonna have to get to the courtroom on the other side of the prison,” he said worryingly, “And to do that we’re gonna have to scurry our way through an entire maze of rooms filled with Gem Foxes, Prison Guards and a psychopathic Queen who wants to kill me! So far, I’m starting to have serious doubts about this plan.”
Trixie and Applejack growled at that, granted they could understand Goggles’ doubts but he could be a little more grateful than this.
“Hey give us a break!” Trixie retorted. “We never broke anyone out of prison before!”
Jinx couldn’t help but roll her eyes upon hearing that, THESE were the ones who were gonna break her and Goggles out? Still she had to admire their loyalty to their friend, and for that she was grateful.
“Look, it may not be the best plan in the world but it’s all we got,” she admitted, causing Goggles to look up at her with awe. “And it’s not like we can come up with a better one right at this minute, I can come up with riddles in seconds but that’s as far as my own imagination goes.”
Goggles sighed at that.
“Fair point,” he said. “And it’s not like my tail is gonna be lighting up for this situation either, even if it did I doubt another gizmo would help us at this point. So what next Trixie?”
At those words, everyone stopped moving for a moment and looked to Trixie, who then smiled in response.
“Now we get sneaky,” she said with a smirk.
Hearing this Goggles and jinx looked at each other with concern, what exactly did she mean by that?
Half an hour later, Goggles and Jinx learnt what Trixie meant by getting sneak.
“How in Celestia’s name did I let you girls talk me into this?” Goggles complained as Trixie placed a pair of chafing shackles were placed onto his wrists.
As it turns out, Trixie’s big plan was to have Applejack and herself dress up as Prison Guards, while Pinkie keeps to her executioner disguise, and pretend to transfer Goggles and Jinx to the ship in order to get further out of the prison. Neither Goggles nor Jinx bothered to ask where the ponies even got a pair of Prison Guard armours or shackles since they figured that they would probably just give them the same answer when they asked about how they got into the prison in the first place.
“You sure this is going to work?” Jinx asked nervously, as Applejack gently placed a chained shackle around her neck.
“Oh relax,” Trixie said casually as she adjusted her helmet. “It’s the oldest cliché in the book, it’s a well-known fact that all guards are only hired because of their physical strength. In terms of brain-power, they’re completely stupid. Trust me this’ll be a piece of cake.”
“And what about the Gem Foxes?” Goggles protested.
“The smell of your nervous sweat will make them think y’all are on your way to the gallows easily enough,” Applejack said simply. “Ah may not be too confident about this plan either but like your friend said, it’s all we got.”
Goggles sighed at that, at this point he found it pointless to argue with Applejack or Trixie in this situation.
“You had better be right about this Trixie,” he said with a gulp.
That answer to that worry would come to Goggles sooner than he expected, about ten minutes after getting all dressed up for the occasion, the soon came to a corner which led to another door, one that was guarded by a large earth pony carrying a large crossbow and had muscles that came at an extremely close second to Bulk Biceps back in Ponyville.
“Alright,” Trixie whispered “Show time.”
At those words everyone gulped with fear, but it was too late to turn back now, going around the corner, they all walked up to the guard.
“Greetings fellow guard,” Trixie said in a stern tone, trying her best to play her part right. “These two creatures are to be transported onto the ship by order of Queen Icicle, it would appear that she has decided to move up their appointment with the executioner’s block if you know what I mean.”
At first the act seemed to be working, as soon as the guard heard Trixie’s words he looked as though he was trying desperately to think up a response to it, just as stupidly as Trixie had claimed him to be, however…
“You’re lying!” the guard snapped, pointing his crossbow at the group, catching them all be surprise. “They’re not being transferred and you’re not guards.”
Needless to say, Trixie was flabbergasted at what was happening.
“What? But I…” she tried to say, before the guard interrupted her mid-sentence.
“He doesn’t even look like he’s been transferred,” he said, pointing at the Gizmonk with his crossbow. “Look at the way he’s standing, looks like probably just itching to get going. Queen Icicle has specifically requested that only her Gem Foxes are to guard these prisoners so they wouldn’t be transferred without at least one as an escort, and the executioner’s robe is made out of bedspreads.”
At those words Pinkie Pie couldn’t help but smile sheepishly, she never was good at sowing as Rarity was, the others on the other hand could only stand there with their mouths agape, they had been caught out and this was only the first guard they’ve come across.
“Just out of curiosity, did we have a Plan B?” Goggles asked sarcastically.
That was when Applejack lost her cool, with now other way out of this situation that didn’t end with the group being led into their own cells in the prison, the orange Earth Pony turned and delivered one hard buck right into the guards face, sending him flying back into the wall and knocking him out with a goofy grin on his face as several teeth fell out of his mouth. Needless to say, everyone else were surprised by Applejack’s sudden outburst, but none the less grateful for it too.
“Huh?” Pinkie Pie said, scratching her head. “An intelligent guard? Have to admit, didn’t see that one coming.”
Jinx and Goggles couldn’t help but groan at that.
“So much for your plans of deception,” Jinx complained, as she tore off her fake shackles. “Any other sloppy plans you wanna lay out on us before you get us killed?”
“You really want to start with me!?!” Trixie retorted.
However before either of them could start fighting they were interrupted by a loud rattling coming from the door, turning their heads towards it, everyone noticed that the door the Guard was standing in front of was in fact locked, and someone was trying to get in from the other side. Judging from the snarls and growls that could be heard from the other side, Goggles knew what particular someone it was.
“Oh great, one of the Gem Foxes must have heard the noise,” he said fearfully.
“Where the heck is the damn key!” the fox’s voice growled from the other side of the door.
Upon hearing that, Jinx, Pinkie, Trixie and Applejack began to back away from the door, Goggles however simply stood where he was and raised up his paws in surrender.
“What are you doing?” Applejack asked with concern.
“That’s it AJ,” Goggles replied with gulp. “We’re done for, you guys run for it, it’s me they’ll want.”
Applejack couldn’t believe what she was hearing, even now Goggles was willing to give up over something so small as a setback, that Queen must have broken his spirit severely enough that he’s willing to give up his life. However Trixie wasn’t going to have any of this.
“We are NOT done for!” she snapped, using her magic to grab the unconscious guard’s crossbow.
“What are YOU doing?” Jinx gasped.
“I’m gonna shoot this guy in the foot when he comes in and then the rest of you are gonna slam the door in his face,” Trixie explained rashly, causing everyone to look at her with tension in their stance.
“No, no, no, no, no, that is a bad idea,” Goggles said, nervously taking away the crossbow from the Unicorn and tossing it aside. “You shoot a Gem Fox in his foot and then he and his buddies are gonna come along and eat Gizmonk for dinner. It’s over.”
At those words Trixie growled with fury.
“Alright fine!” she snapped. “You give up then, we’re out of here.”
Suddenly Trixie began scrunching up her face and her horn began to pulsate with her magical pink aura.
“Trixie what are y’all doing?” Applejack demanded, desperately wanting to know what was going on through Trixie’s head.
“I’m teleporting us out of here,” Trixie said plainly, trying desperately to keep her focus.
However while Jinx and Goggles only looked at her with a confused expression upon their faces, Pinkie Pie and Applejack looked at her with horror.
“Ah thought you said you couldn’t teleport out of this prison!” Applejack pointed out.
“And what happened to only being able to carry two at a time?” Pinkie Pie added.
Trixie sighed at that.
“That’s just my limit to how many I can transport without straining myself,” she explained. “And while we may not be able to get out of the prison itself, I might just be able to get us into the courtroom without passing out.”
Now Goggles began to understand, he may not have known much about magic save for a few potion recipes, but he knew enough from Twilight’s books the amount of energy it would take for a Unicorn to teleport. And if Trixie was planning on teleporting HERE then that was going to mean trouble.
“But with all the Magic Dampeners built into this place, it’s gonna be even harder for you just to teleport yourself, yet alone the five of us!” he protested. “And I for one am not willing to let you put yourself in a coma for me!”
However that was when Trixie did something that Goggles didn’t expect, she simply looked down at him and smiled.
“It’s a risk I’m willing to take,” she said gently.
Goggle couldn’t believe it, at this point he felt like he was gonna cry again, Trixie was willing to risk her life for his? He can’t just let her do this.
“Trixie, you can’t…” he tried to say, suddenly being cut off by the sound of splintering wood.
Turning back towards the door, everyone saw that the Gem Foxes had decided to forget using a key and punch and claw their way through the doors instead. At that moments, half a dozen Gem Foxes were all trying to force their way through a small hole that they had managed to make in the door.
“HALT!” one of the screamed. “In the name of the Queen!”
“Oh Scrap-bunnies!” Goggles squealed in terror.
At that moment, before anyone else could protest or do anything to stop her, Trixie put more energy into her spell.
“HANG ON!!!” she screamed.
Then all within a matter of seconds, a large bubble of pink magical energy formed around the group and burst in a blinding explosion of light.
When Goggles was finally able to open up his eyes again he was met with a throbbing headache, if that was what it was like to be teleported then he would rather take the train any day of the week, suddenly his eyes shot open with realisation at what had just happened. Looking over his new surroundings, Goggles once again found himself in the courtroom of the prison, around him were the stirring bodies of the whole rescue party, all of which were beginning to wake up from their sudden trip across the prison, save for one.
“TRIXIE!!!” Goggles screamed tearfully as he ran towards the limp body of his assistant, instantly followed by Applejack and the others. “Is she…”
“She’s unconscious, but ah think she’s alive,” Applejack reassured him, making sure that she was still breathing. “Looks like she activated her tracking spell just before she teleported us here too.”
At those words Applejack pointed to Trixie’s horn, which as Goggles had finally noticed, was pulsating with a faint pink glow every few seconds.
“Now Rover, Fido and Spot can dig their way to us!” Pinkie Pie said cheerfully. “Wheeee!!!”
Goggles couldn’t help but sigh at that.
“So now all we have to do is wait?” he asked hopefully.
But before Pinkie Pie or Applejack could give him a straight answer, they found themselves cut off but a panicked Sphinx.
“I don’t think that’s gonna be an option,” Jinx said worryingly. “Look!”
Looking over to where Jinx was pointing, the group was met with a horrifying sight, while Trixie was able to teleport them to the courtroom easily enough, it would seem that she had also brought some of the Gem Foxes along.
“A few foxes must have been caught up in the Magic-wave,” Pinkie Pie gasped, only to receive a series of raised eyebrows from the others. “What? I read stuff too.”
As confusing as Pinkie’s explanation was, the rest of the group had to agree with it since it was the only valid one they could think of.
“Man, what a rush,” one of the Gem Fox’s said, rubbing his head. “Where the heck…? YOU!!!”
Goggles couldn’t help back stumble backward as the fox pointed towards him accusingly, the amount of ferocity in the Gem Fox’s glare was enough to make anyone wet themselves with fright. Suddenly the fox smiled.
“So the little Gizmonk is planning another escape attempt eh?” he growled mockingly as he and the other Gem Foxes edged their way closer towards the group. “Well we’ll just see about that, maybe Captain Tod will give us a promotion if we deliver you all to him in pieces.”
At those words the other foxes began to form a circle around the group, in a matter of moments, Goggles’ rescue party found themselves’ surrounded by at least a dozen of them, and with Trixie knocked out, that allowed the foxes to outnumber the group 3 to 1. Everything was happening so fast that Goggles didn’t even have time to think anymore, as the foxes edged their way closer, he could practically smell their rancid breath upon his face. Suddenly the Gizmonk felt something upon his shoulder, looking up he saw Applejack standing over him like a mother protecting her foal, holding him close as though he were made of fragile glass.
“You stay back!” she screamed. “I’m warning ya!”
But the Gem Foxes only laughed at that.
“Don’t make us laugh cow-girl,” their leader chuckled. “Who do you think you’re dealing with, the Chibi Gang?”
“Ah don’t care who you are!” Applejack retorted. “You come near Goggles or any of my friends and ah’ll pull out your teeth and wear them for next Nightmare Night!”
Now Goggles couldn’t help but cry, these ponies, these fantastic friends, they were all doing this for his sake, he just couldn’t help but look up at applejack with awe. However before Goggles could say anything, the foxes’ leader dove right at him and Applejack.
“Look out!!!” Jinx screamed, shoving them out of the way and taking the full force of the fox’s attack.
When Goggles managed pull himself back up again, he was met with a horrifying sight, with jinx shoving him and Applejack out of the way, Pinkie Pie and Jinx were taking on the whole group of Gem Foxes by themselves, and while Pinkie Pie was able to fend them off easily by pulling her party canon out of Celestia-knows-where, Jinx on the other hand was having trouble fighting of just one due to her old leg wound playing up, even with every successful swipe of her claws landing into one of the foxes, another would simply takes it’s takes to try and overwhelm her.
“OW! MY TAIL!!! She screamed as one of the foxes managed to land a bite from behind her.
At that moment, something inside Goggles snapped, never in his life had he EVER been this angry, the Queen can frame him for theft, her foxes can beat him to a pulp, but no one, NO ONE hurts his friends and gets away with it.
“THAT’S IT!” he screamed, flames literally spurting out of his ears and nostrils with how much fury he was feeling. “THAT IS IT!!! I’VE JUST ABOUT HAD ENOUGH OF THESE DAMN FOXES!!!”
Needless to say Goggles sudden outburst managed to grab everyone’s attention, especially the Gem Foxes, using the speed of his Gizmonk species, Goggles then dove into Trixie’s saddlebag and pulled out his Bo-staff, thankfully for him Trixie had told him about it when the group was releasing Jinx from her cell.
“Yippee-ki-yay you flea-bitten jerks!” he screamed, fire still burning in his eyes “Come at me!!!”
But once again the foxes merely laughed.
“Oh this keeps getting better and better,” their leader sniggered. “The little Gizmonk is itchy to fight us!”
Applejack however had a different reaction.
“Goggles, what are you doing!?!” she gasped.
“You guys are willing to risk your lives to save mine,” Goggles answered. “How can I do less?”
Applejack would have protested but there was no arguing with Goggles now, he was filled with so much anger that he had lost all reason in his mind. He was framed for theft, stolen from his home, and now after risking themselves to them him, his friends are being hurt because of it, there was no amount of tea in the world that could calm him down now. And if the rules of the Animal Kingdom had taught anyone anything about monkeys and apes, it’s that one should never push their anger too far under any circumstances, otherwise one would be met with one of the strongest and most ferocious of creatures one could ever encounter. This was a fact that the Gem Foxes would instantly come to learn within the next few seconds.
“You say you wanna hurt my friends!?!” the Gizmonk growled, his jaws salivating like a rapid dog. “WELL, I WON’T LET YOU!!!”
At that moment, Goggles launched himself directly at every Gem Fox he could see, catching all of them with surprise at the amount speed and ferocity he was aiming directly at them. Within moments, the foxes who were going for Jinx and Pinkie had no choice but to leave them be and aid their comrades since Goggles was causing for much carnage. Neither Applejack, Pinkie, nor even Jinx had ever seen Goggles this infuriated, the amount of savagery he used with every strike of his Bo-staff on each Gem Fox made him appear to be a completely different Gizmonk, furniture was flying all over the place, he was screeching like a high-pitched bat, at certain points he even bit the Gem Foxes like a ferocious beast. But his methods aside, Goggles knew he was doing the right thing, not only were his friends willing to risk everything to break out of prison but Trixie had also knocked herself out to bring him that much closer to freedom, as he said so himself, how could Goggles do any less than that for them. After about five minutes, almost every single Gem Fox was either out cold or licking their wounds from the bites Goggles gave them.
“Alright then!” Goggles growled, breathing heavily from all the fighting. “Who’s next!?!”
However what Goggles didn’t realise at the time, was the fact that the leader of the Gem Foxes had somehow managed to sneak up behind him, and was now edging his way closer towards the unsuspecting Gizmonk.
“Goggles, look out!!!” Applejack screamed.
But before anyone could do anything else, the fox then launched himself directly at Goggles and picked him up by his head, Jinx, Pinkie Pie and Applejack would have done something to save him but they soon found themselves stopped by the Fox’s threatening glare.
“Keep your distance!” he yelled, turning towards them. “Or I’ll pop his head like a blueberry!”
To make his point, the fox then squeezed Goggles’ head hard, so much so that he was forced to drop his Bo-staff and try to grip at the fox’s paw with pain. Not having any other choice, all the others could do now was stand there and watch as the Gem Fox turned his attention back towards Goggles, his eyes blazing with fury out of what the Gizmonk just done to him and his goons.
“Go on,” he growled, squeezing the Gizmonk’s head even harder. “Call for help, squeal! No one is gonna save you now.”
At this point Goggles believed that the fox was indeed right, his outburst aside, there were still plenty of foxes left standing and his friends were now helpless to do anything about it. As he felt the blood begin to flood his eye sockets, Goggles felt like he was going to pass out from the pain, however that was when what the Gizmonk would consider a miracle occurred.
“OI!!!” shouted a loud, familiar voice. “Take your paws off that monkey! He’s with me!!!”
Hearing this, everyone in the room turned to face the source of the voice, sure enough from the sound of it, Goggles saw the trio of Diamond Dogs who he had come to call friends standing right behind the group of injured Gem Foxes.
“We’ve just had about enough of you stupid foxes!” Fido growled, cracking his knuckles.
“Yeah, you give the rest of us canines a bad name!” Spot added, doing the same.
At those words, Rover face acquired a large toothy grin that showed all of his sharpened teeth.
“Come on boys!” he said, putting on a pair of gem-studded knuckledusters on both his paws. “Let’s give these mutt a ruddy good kicking!!!”
The Gem Foxes gulped at that,
“Uh oh,” one of them said.
And needless to say the fox’s concern was well within reason, they may have been able to gang up on one of these guys back in Ponyville but that was by catching him off guard, now they were facing all three of them with a few injuries sustained during their fight with Goggles. Sure enough, the Diamond Dogs hit them hard, both literally and figuratively, as soon as they had managed to get Goggles out of harm’s way, the amount of violence they inflicted was so brutal that it was too vivid and horrible to even describe other than the painful howls the Gem Fox was letting out during the fight.
“OOOWWWW!!!!! OOOOOOOHHHHH!!!!!” one of them screamed.
“Mommy make it stop!” yelled another.
“No wait, I don’t think it’s supposed to bend that way! WAAAAHHHH!!!!” their leader squealed.
By the time rover and his boys were done, every Gem fox was piled up into a crumpled mess on the Courtroom floor.
“I… I think I have a concussion,” their leader dizzily groaned in pain. “Is it a bad sign when you smell burnt toast and everything looks like its underwater?”
On those final words the fox then fell out of consciousness along with the rest of his cohorts, leaving Goggles and the rest of the group stunned at what the Diamond Dogs had just done.
“Wow, you certainly make good on your threats,” Goggles admitted, still rubbing his head from having it squeezed.
“Well what do you expect?” Rover chuckled. “We can’t have our little buddy popped like a berry, can we?”
Goggles couldn’t help but smile at that, even Jinx seemed impressed with the Diamond Dog’s actions, even if she did feel a little nervous around them.
“Come on y’all, we gotta get moving,” Applejack said, trying to make sure everyone got back on track with the plan. “Rover, is the tunnel close?”
“It’s underneath the Judge’s bench,” Rover said, pointing towards the broken pieces of timber behind them.
“Then let’s grab Trixie and get going!” she said with a nodded, trotting over to the unconscious Unicorn.
“Woohoo! Freedom!!!” Pinkie Pie cheered happily and she bounced her way towards the hole.
Goggles couldn’t believe his luck, granted he knew things were gonna get complicated after he gets out of here, but for now he didn’t really care, for freedom was now only one small jump away. However just when things were finally starting to look better, fate decided to make a U-turn in the form of a blast of ice magic shooting up from behind the group and freezing Jinx, Pinkie Pie and the three Diamond Dogs to the wall.
“Going somewhere?” Queen Icicle sneered as she stepped out of the shadows and blew out the steam from her horn.
“Oh Scrap-bunnies,” Goggles gulped, knowing full-well what was going to happen next.