Queen Mary 2, Atlantic Ocean, New York...
Dawn in New York. As Simon laid eyes on the Statue of Liberty, he took a photo of her. He told his brother that he'd say where he went, and this would prove it. All he had to do now, was to get a SIM Card. And he had to wait until he was safely ashore for that. And by the look of it, that wouldn't be long.
When the ship landed, and Simon safely disembarked, the first thing he did was hail a cab.
The cabbie said "Where'd you wanna go, buddy?"
"Do you know Ms. Magus' place, at 4th Avenue and Bay Ridge Avenue? I'm expected."
"You're expected? We'll be there in around 20 minutes. She tends to take a hands-on approach to uninvited guests, you know?"
"I know. I've actually fought alongside her. You see that gaping hole in Queen Mary 2's hull over there? I helped her beat up the ghost who made it!"
"Whoa! You fought a ghost?!"
"Oh yeah! About 4,000 witnesses can't be wrong! Oh, before I forget, do you know where I can get a SIM card for my phone?"
"There's a 24-hour store just around the corner of Ms. Magus' place. You can get a cheap pre-paid SIM in there."
The Lodge, twenty-five minutes later...
As the cab came to 4th Avenue and Bay Ridge Avenue, Simon noticed that Cass' neighbourhood looked a bit nicer than his own, and all the shops were much nearer. She didn't even need to cross the road if she wanted to take the subway to Manhattan.
After Simon paid the driver and got his hold-all out, he knocked on the door.
When it opened, Simon saw that it was staffed by a mannequin with Cass' face. The mannequin said "What's the matter now?" In Cass' voice.
Simon replied "You certainly looked like flesh and blood the last time I saw you!"
"Oh, this is one of my Mannequin manservants. I'm a bit busy unpacking at the moment, Simon."
"Alright if I come in? I'd already be inside, but I heard that it's a bad idea to enter a magician's house without their invitation."
"Sure, the Mannequin will take you to your room. All of the Mannequins in my house are enchanted. I use them as manservants and as the intercom system. They'll all make a sound and glow red if I need to speak to you. Just touch the nearest one or verbally address it to open the connection."
An hour later...
While Simon was in his room, he sent a message to his brother, Tom.
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The message was the photo of the Statue of Liberty he took earlier, with the words "Guess where I am now?"
All of a sudden, the Lodge shook! A Mannequin walked into Simon's room, and it was glowing red. Simon said "Yeah, Cass?"
The Mannequin said in Cass' voice: "Simon, get over to the basement now, we've got a problem! The entrance is under the first floor staircase. You need to see this for yourself!"
"I'm on my way, Cass!"
Two minutes later...
When Simon made it to the basement, he was surprised at what he saw.
Ponies. Six of various colours. And given how they were positioned, they certainly expected to be somewhere else. A purple unicorn was the first to break the silence. "Where... where are we?"
Cass said "This world is called Earth. How did you get here?"
The unicorn said "I was trying to cast a mass teleport spell to go to our Princess, and it seems that I... miscalculated."
A blue pegasus with a rainbow-coloured mane said "Miscalculated?! I don't think even Celestia knows where we are, Twilight!"
Cass cleared her throat and said "I'm Cass, and this is Simon. Tell me, what are your names?"
The purple unicorn said "I'm Twilight Sparkle, but you can call me Twilight."
The blue pegasus went "And I'm Rainbow Dash!"
An orange pony said in a Southern accent "I'm Applejack."
A white unicorn said "I am Rarity. How do you do?"
A pink pony bounced over and said "And I'm Pinkie Pie! But you can call me Pinkie!"
Simon said "And who's that over there?" pointing to a yellow pegasus who's looking seriously freaked out.
Twilight said "That's Fluttershy. Be careful with her, please."
Simon walks over to Fluttershy and says "Fluttershy, I know that it's hard being somewhere you don't want to be. But I assure you, I mean you no harm."
"Absolutely." He then extended his arm, saying "Come on, I'll look after you while you're here."
Griffin gets a HP for successfully getting Fluttershy to open up.
Twilight said "I guess I'll have to make the portal to get us back."
"Not quite," Cass replied. "As you've landed in a magician's house. I can help you get back home. I have most of the stuff needed to make a portal, but I need to concentrate in order to make it work. And having six ponies in the house will make it much harder."
"I can help with the concentration problem," Simon said. "Fluttershy, Rainbow, please take to the air at about my shoulder height. Applejack, Rarity, Pinkie, Twilight, stay close. We're going out."
Cass said "You're taking them outside?"
"Yeah," Simon replied. "You get the ponies out of your hair long enough to get the portal sorted out, and they get to see a whole new world!"
"I'll... stay here to help with the spell." Twilight said.
Cass said "Yeah, having a native of the destination would help make it much easier to calibrate the portal. Simon, you should take the R Train on the Subway around the corner to get to where I know you're taking the ponies. It takes about a hour, each way."
"Thanks, Cass. Now then, who wants a trip to the city?"
All the ponies except Twilight put their hooves up.
"Let's go, then!"
End of Part One...