Location: Haly´s circus
Interactions: The Team
Ambience: Flora vs Fauna
Daphne sat in the audience and watched the act of the Bearded Lady and the Tiny Man. A couple of jokes went over her head but she found herself laughing quietly during most of the show. She got herself a new small sweet popcorn and iced tea. Her thoughts went back to her own act. They really did a great job, the audience loved it. They rehearsed only once and despite improvising some of her lines she didn't miss a beat. It was really similar to playing pretend, just with grown ups. Daphne had a baby sitting job before joining the initiative, looking after two six year old siblings. Their favorite games were playing dress up and fighting imaginary monsters. They would probably love her new job. If they knew she was a superhero now they would freak out!
She felt her phone buzzing and checked to see the message. It was Zach. She texted back what she discovered.
"It's not the firebreather guys, I searched his room backstage and overheard he's leaving the circus after this run is over"
"I couldn't find anything linking him to being an operative for Kobra"
Daphne conveniently left out the part where she needed to be rescued by Talon after the firebreather had unknowingly locked her into the room while she hid in his closet. Hopefully that would stay between Talon and her, she couldn't afford any more failures. He promised he'd keep it a secret and she trusted him.
Daphne eyes shot up from her phone when she heard screaming, it wasn't easy to distinguish at first between the laughing, but people were definitely screaming outside. It was getting louder too. Small horses burst through a tear inside the tent and galloped into the ring. Daphne's body tensed up and she got up from her seat, ready to run, but she suppressed the urge. She was a hero now. Daphne tried to stay calm and figure out what they were up against. There was something seriously wrong with the ponies, they looked unnatural. Their behavior made no sense either.
The crowd started to panic once they realized what was happening. People were scrambling to get out of the tent, running and pushing against each other. Everyone needed to get to safety first. Daphne rushed down the rows of seats to the front. Parents were already grabbing their children, yelling their names. One of them was crying, seeing the others around him being swept up by their moms and dads. Daphne couldn't see his parents anywhere and the ponies were galloping dangerously close.
"Come with me!" She called out. The boy held up his arms so she could pick him up.
Daphne ran to the nearest safe exit carrying to boy. A high pitched scream caught her attention and she stopped and turned to find the source. One of the kids was being pulled by her ankle into the center of the ring. Immediately Daphne's heart got stuck in her throat and panic set in.
She was going to get trampled!
Daphne handed over the boy to a teenage girl making her way outside, instructing her to help him find his parents once they were safe. There was no time to come up with a plan or hide out somewhere safe so Daphne quickly transformed throwing off the costume she was still wearing. She jumped into the ring, evading one of the ponies. Grabbing one of the toy weapons which were left behind after her act she threw it at the pony dragging the girl. The animal didn't even flinch.
Daphne searched around frantically for something else while trying not to get attacked by the other ponies. In between the trash she spotted a bent half pipe. She grabbed it and flung it as hard as she could at the pony, careful not to hit the girl. It collided with its head, drawing its attention to Daphne.
"RUN!" She yelled. The girl got up from the floor but her ankle injury prevented her from running.
The animal was galloping towards her. Daphne jumped out of the way. A second pony came out of nowhere and ran straight into her. The sheer force of the muscled animal sent her crashing into one of the stage obstacles. During the impact something sharp cut into her side, she felt a numbed sting. She got up from the floor, holding onto her head. Everything was spinning. A piece of wood stuck out of her left side, green sap leaking from around it. Her vision sharpened and she gasped.
If she hadn't transformed this would for sure have killed her. The bruises on her plant body started to form into bark until she was completely covered, aside from her head and the small spot on her side. Maybe she should have done that earlier.
She had to get to the Team. The pony had actually kicked her much further than she realized, nearly all the way across the ring. Daphne drew in a sharp breath and stumbled through the curtains, holding onto her side. She wasn't experiencing any heavy pain, but she definitely felt light headed. Backstage there was also chaos. She walked as fast as she could. Zach's room was closest. Daphne pushed through the door entering her teammates room.
"Zach, something crazy just happened. We got attacked by a bunch of wild ponies. I don't know where they came from, I think I saw about six of them. We have to do something, but I couldn't stop them. They are freakishly strong."