AKA: Never piss off Pinkie
On a corner in downtown Canterlot, some kids walked up to an Ice Cream Truck. They had some money and were eager to get some Ice Cream.
What they got was a fire hose of Slime to the face, squealing tires, and no Ice Cream.
It had been about a week since the successful test of the Proton Pack. With help from other students at Canterlot High, the girls were setting up shop in the Bomb Shelter. Twilight was supervising the installation of the brand new Ghost Containment Unit, so she wouldn't have to constantly make new traps. The GCU could store any Ghosts they trap, in theory, allowing them to actually empty the traps safely.
The van got a total makeover. White paint job, Ghostbusters symbol on the side, emergency lights and siren, a few do dads to help track ghosts... in short, it was now the Ecto-Van. Complete with Ecto-Van license plates. Rainbow Dash's contact really was a Miracle Worker.
Rarity had not only made the jumpsuit Twilight asked for, she made enough for everyone and even included name tags.
News agencies around town were already starting to report paranormal activity, which was making the girls worried. They didn't know where to even start. And the worst part was... they didn't know how to take any calls or anything! They were totally making things up as they went!
Outside Canterlot High, Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo were kicking a ball back and forth when they saw an Ice Cream Truck pull up.
“You two want ice cream?” Scootaloo asked.
“Sure,” Sweetie Belle replied.
“Ah could go fer a strawberry,” Apple Bloom said with a smile.
The trio approached the Ice Cream Truck, but felt like something was off about this particular truck. They were about to say something when the window opened up, and the three girls were sprayed with green slime. Pinkie Pie happened to be skipping along the sidewalk as this happened and ran over. The Ice Cream Truck burned rubber to peel out of the parking lot.
“Ohmygosh! Are you three alright?” Pinkie Pie asked the slimed girls.
“Rarity's gonna kill me...” Sweetie Belle moaned, looking at herself and trying to remove the slime.
“That was soooo not cool,” Scootaloo deadpanned.
“Ah jus' wanted a strawberry bar...” Apple Bloom cried.
Pinkie Pie looked up and glared at the departing Ice Cream Truck, which took on a green glow, before helping the girls to their feet. She then guided them down to the Bomb Shelter where they were cleaned up by Twilight and Rarity. But the party girl had a neutral look on her face before moving over to where they had their lockers and pulled out her jumpsuit. The others saw this and looked at each other.
“Pinkie?” Sunset asked. “Did... did you see what did this to the Crusaders?”
“Yea... I saw it,” Pinkie said in a neutral tone before approaching Apple Bloom and putting a hand on the young country girl's shoulder. “I will avenge you.”
With that, Pinkie Pie grabbed a Proton Pack, put it on, and made her way upstairs. The other girls looked at each other before they realized what was going on. They basically just got a call. Their first job. And it had pulled right up to the School itself! After a moment, all six of the remaining girls were scrambling to get dressed and geared up.
By the time the girls caught up to Pinkie Pie, she was already in the Ecto-Van with a serious look on her face. Applejack and the others set their Proton Packs in the back and climbed in, with the country girl in the driver's seat. Twilight was already messing with a screen as they fired up the van and pulled out of the parking lot. Rainbow Dash lamented the lack of awesome reveal via garage opening, before Fluttershy pointed out they didn't have a garage at Canterlot High.
“I got a mobile PKE hit!” Twilight said. “Pinkie, what was it?”
“A demonic Ice Cream truck,” Pinkie said. “Nobody, but NOBODY, makes one of my friends cry!”
Sunset thought about it for a moment before coming up with an idea.
“We're not gonna be able to trap it from the van. Applejack, take us to 5th and Denning. Its a pretty quiet intersection. Drop us off there. We'll set up a roadblock or something. You, Pinkie Pie, and Twilight can find this thing again and drive it to us.”
“Hounds t' the Hunters,” Applejack said with a smile. “Ah like that idea. How we gonna explain this t' the Police though?”
“Uh... not a clue...” Sunset admitted.
Officer Silver Badge was leaning back as he sat at 5th and Denning waiting for a call. He really wanted to find that blasted Ice Cream Truck that had assaulted his little girl, but every time a Police Cruiser tried to pull it over, it just... it was unbelievable! It would pass right through solid objects to get away! They already lost two cars that way.
The Canterlot Police Department had been getting swamped with calls about ghosts for the last week, and there was just nothing they could do!
Silver Badge sat up as a large white van pulled up. The whole thing looked like something from some low budget sci-fi movie with all the gadgets on the roof. The side opened up, and four high school girls came out with some equipment. Getting out of his car, Silver Badge approached them as if this wasn't suspicious behavior, he didn't know what was.
“Good afternoon girls,” he called out. The redhead turned and bit her lip.
“Uh... hi...” she replied.
“What's all this?”
“Well... its kinda hard to explain...”
“We're on the trail of an ectoplasmic vehicle that was recently at Canterlot High,” a purple haired girl said from inside.
“Uh... short version... we're trying to catch a ghost Ice Cream Truck that had just slimed three of our classmates,” the redhead said.
Silver Badge blinked. They just pretty much described the Truck and what it had done to his daughter! And they seemed to think they could actually stop it!
“Look... I don't know if you...”
“At least we're tryin' somethin'!” the girl with the Cowboy hat in the van called out.
“Well... if you're talking about the same Ice Cream Truck... Canterlot PD's been frustrated by it. And that thing assaulted my daughter. If you girls think you really can stop that thing... I'll do what I can to help. Things have been going crazy around the city and... we're not trained for it,” Silver Badge said.
“Well... then let's see if we can make a dent,” the redhead said. “Could you call ahead and let others know not to pull over our van? We're gonna try and drive the Ghost Truck here. I'm thinking of setting the trap in the middle of the road.”
“Right now... I'm willing to try anything.”
“All units, be advised. Suspect Vehicle sighted on Center Street, proceeding east bound. Vehicle described as a glowing, green Ice Cream Truck. All units in the vicinity of Center Street respond.”
“This is Baker-22. Recommend belaying that response call. We got a... specialized unit about to respond. Responding unit is a white Ford E-350 with blue lights and... sci-fi stuff on the roof. Recommend setting up roadblocks from Center to 5th and Denning. Hard to explain, but they might be able to actually catch this bastard.”
“Say again Baker-22?”
“We got teenagers with a van and some fancy gear about to go hunting that Ice Cream Truck. I'm suggesting we let them try.”
“We're from Canterlot High,” the redhead said.
“Uh... They also say they're from Canterlot High School.”
“Uh... roger Baker-22. All units, go on standby. Allow special unit to proceed.”
With a nod, they closed up the van. Applejack flipped a couple switches, and they were rewarded with the blue lights going off, and a rather unique siren. With a call of good luck, the Ecto-Van pulled away and went down the street.
“Well... lets get set up,” the redhead said as she pulled a box off her belt. “I'm Sunset Shimmer. And... I guess you can call us the Ghostbusters.”
Applejack stuck her tongue out the side of her mouth as she drove through traffic to get to Center Street. Twilight was in the back, manning the PKE Tracker and calling out directions to get them closer. They did attract attention with their lights and siren, but they weren't concerned with the rubber necking people. They were hunting an evil Ice Cream Truck. Surprisingly enough, it looked like the Police were setting up roadblocks to clear a path for them through downtown.
“Got a hit!” Twilight reported. “Keep going forward!”
Soon enough they found the Ice Cream Truck rolling down Center, and pulled in behind it with sirens blaring. Pinkie undid her seat belt, rolled down the window, and pulled herself out so she was pretty much sitting on the door.
“PAYBACK TIME YOU DEMONIC ICE CREAM TRUCK!” she yelled as she primed her Proton Pack. “LOK'TAR OGAR!”
“PINKIE! WHAT TH' HELL YA DOIN' GIRL?!” Applejack yelled just as Pinkie unleashed a Proton Stream. She managed to hit the fender, but the Ghost Truck actually swerved to evade. She tried again, only to miss entirely. But Applejack noticed something. The Ghost Truck would swerve in the opposite direction Pinkie was shooting. And that gave Applejack an idea. They could use that to their advantage and actually actively drive it to 5th and Denning!
“Twi! Get yer pack ready and hang out th' other side!” Applejack called out.
“What?!” Twilight shrieked. “Are you insane?!”
“That thang's swervin' to avoid Pinkie's shots! If ya get on th' other side, we can control where it goes! Even make it go straight!” Applejack explained.
“WAAAGH!!!” Pinkie yelled as she unleashed another Proton Stream, actually striking the Ghost Truck again.
“Pinkie can't hit around its left side,” Applejack said as she took a hard left after the Ghost Truck. “You can!”
After a moment, Twilight nodded, got some goggles to help keep her glasses from getting blown off, and made sure she wouldn't fall out before getting into position herself. Applejack's idea was insane, but actually a good one. If it was actively avoiding Proton blasts, they could use that to their advantage.
You can imagine the sight of a glowing, green Ice Cream Truck being chased by a white van was enough of a sight, but the fact that said van had two girls hanging out of it, one of which was yelling out random battle cries, made quite the sight indeed. It wasn't long before a news helicopter was above them tracking their movements, even spotting the occasional Energy beam from one side or the other of the white van, which seemed to be driving the Ice Cream Truck somewhere. And... they were going over the speed limit.
While it was a little messy, it took Pinkie Pie and Twilight Sparkle a bit to work out a system. With Applejack calling out directions, they started to actually direct the Ghost Truck where they wanted. It wasn't long before the girls were taking potshots to make the Truck go in certain directions. And while it was a little crazy and dangerous, Twilight had to admit that it was kinda fun. Pinkie Pie was still yelling out battle cries like an Amazon Warrior out for blood. Twilight made a mental note to never piss off Pinkie Pie. The party girl could certainly hold a grudge from the looks of things. And it looked like if Pinkie Pie swore revenge, it wouldn't matter if you were alive or not. She would get her revenge.
“We need radios...” Rarity said as they waited.
“No kidding,” Sunset agreed. “I don't even know where they are right now.”
“Man... for all we know, Applejack's got that thing on the Interstate fives states over! And I'm not there to see it!” Rainbow Dash groaned.
They had come up with a plan to basically use the Ghost Traps like a Spike Strip. Wait until the Ghost Truck arrived, then toss 'em out active. They actually practiced a bit with Silver Badge, picking up a few new tricks in the process.
It wasn't long before they heard something in the distance. It sounded like... the Ecto-Van's siren and... Pinkie Pie? Shortly after that, they spotted the Ghost Truck turning down 5th's with the Ecto-Van right on its tail. Fluttershy brought up some binoculars, and gasped.
“Pinkie and Twilight are hanging out the windows with the Proton Packs!” she said.
“What?!” Sunset exclaimed before taking the binoculars for herself. Sure enough, there was Pinkie on the Passenger's side, with Twilight hanging out the opposite side further back.
Tossing the binoculars to Silver Badge, Sunset called for the girls to get into position. The plan was for Fluttershy and Sunset to toss Ghost Traps, while Rarity and Rainbow Dash got ready with Capture Streams. If the Truck tried to break free, the girls would wrangle it.
At the right moment, Sunset and Fluttershy tossed the traps into the middle of the street, one in each lane, and triggered the traps. The Ghost Truck ran over Sunset's trap, got caught in the vortex, and came to a screeching halt. The Ecto-Van stopped a few feet back as the Ghost Truck struggled to break free. Rainbow Dash and Rarity blasted the offending vehicle with Proton Streams until it actually got sucked backwards towards and finally into the trap.
“Yea! We got it!” Rainbow Dash exclaimed as Pinkie Pie came out and glared at the trap. After a moment the pink haired party girl broke out with the “Can't Touch This” dance, getting everyone to laugh.
“Not bad for our first actual catch huh Sunset?” Rarity asked.
“Can't believe we actually did it,” Sunset replied.
“That's what you get!” Pinkie Pie exclaimed, pointing at the trap with both hands. “And I just wanna say one thing.”
Pinkie Pie then looked up at the news 'copter and waved.
“HELLOOOOOOOOOOO CANTERLOT! THE GHOSTBUSTERS ARE HERE!”