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《小马镇谜案Ⅳ- 佩利冬惊魂》【官方小说翻译】

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‘这可真是个馊主意,’甜贝儿已经想了几百遍了。她站在无尽之森的黑暗之中,和童子军们一起撒着草药,而莉月和珀月在准备着召唤佩利冬的咒语。甜贝儿心想:‘今晚的月亮算是在阵阵马蹄声的夜晚中最细微的一部分了,空气也似乎静止了,就像是树木都屏住了呼吸。’

当珀月在铺满落叶的地面上完成了闪着银光的三角形图画时,甜贝儿眯着眼睛凑近看了看,在那三角形的正中心是...一个纸杯蛋糕?

甜贝儿问道:“那是咒语的一部分吗?”

“也不算完全是,”珀月皱了皱眉头,“我们没有黯然婶婶的咒语书里所记载的所有召唤佩利冬的东西。”

飞板璐耸耸肩:“你为什么不直接去找黯然婶婶要呢?”

“我们没有经过她允许去借了她的书...”莉月承认道:“书上说我们需要新鲜的醋栗(gooseberries)来召唤佩利冬,所以我们就拿了鹅毛(goose’s feather)和草莓味(strawberries)的杯糕。”

甜贝儿更加担忧了起来,如果说她对咒语有什么了解的话,那就是即便是最微小的变化也会对结果产生巨大的影响。

“现在我们需要跳传统陆马的记忆之舞来召唤佩利冬。”珀月边说边用她发着光的角读着古老的咒语书,其它小马等着她接着说下去,但她并没有。

最终,飞板璐提示道:“所以...我们该怎么做来着?”

珀月承认道:“这本书里没写,我倒是希望小萍花能知道怎么做。”

小萍花有些生气了:“并不意味着我是陆马我就知道我们历史上的每一种舞蹈!”

珀月不耐烦回道:“听着,你究竟想不想召唤佩利冬?”

甜贝儿心想着:‘不想,也许佩利冬噩梦并不意味着什么,也许所有三位童子军做相同的噩梦只是一个巧合。’但就在她这么想的时候,甜贝儿知道这并不合理,她听到的许多事实就摆在那里——就像奥塔维亚在练习时听到的铃声和天琴在花园里看到的巨大蹄印,还有史密斯婆婆看到的有着白色眼睛的可怕生物。

随着她一声叹息,甜贝儿开始又跳又转了起来,其它小马都目瞪口呆地看着她。

她说道:“来吧,只是跳个舞,总比什么都不做好吧。”除了珀月其它小马耸耸肩也加入了进来。

珀月耸耸肩道:“我不会跳舞,再说总需要有一匹小马来施展咒语。”说完她那发着光的角就变黑了。

甜贝儿踉踉跄跄地喘着气,现在的森林里一片漆黑让她什么也看不见,她猜也许这就是要点。

“佩利冬,观察者、指引者、阴影之处的守护者,带着真实的答案来找我们,回应我们的请求,我们召唤着你!”珀月的声音在寂静的森林里响彻着。

什么也没有发生。时间一分一秒地过去,甜贝儿正准备开玩笑说是纸杯蛋糕是糟糕的‘草莓’(berries)替代品......然后她看到了。

两道白光在树林深处闪烁着,它们越来越近。

甜贝儿喘息道:“佩利冬的眼睛。”当它蹄子上发出的铃铛般的响声越来越近时,其它小马都转过身来,它那朦胧的身体在黑夜中闪着银光,是雄鹿和老鹰的结合体。‘它其实真的很漂亮,’甜贝儿心想着,她很好奇为什么以前怎么就没注意到。

当莉月走到生物的面前的时候,那一平静瞬间被打破了。

“佩利冬,为什么你会一直萦绕在我朋友们的梦中?你为什么会来小马镇?你是想传递什么讯息吗?”

佩利冬没有回应。相反地,它张开了它巨大的翅膀拍打着,把莉月的鬃毛吹进她眼睛,然后随着一声吼叫,它开始跳了起来,抖动着鹿角,就在佩利冬尖利的飞蹄即将落在独角兽站的地方的前一会,珀月一把把莉月推到了一边。

小萍花声音有些颤抖道:“这是怎么回事?”

珀月问道:“莉月,为什么它不听你的?”

莉月无可奈何道:“我...我不知道!”

小萍花接着道:“但你的可爱标记!是关于超自然生物的,对吧?”莉月无助地看着佩利冬。

飞板璐建议:“也许我们大家应该赶紧离开这里。”

甜贝儿也同意这个意见,但似乎佩利冬的一些表现让她感到有些不对劲。她认为它并不想伤害她们,相反的它似乎很痛苦或者很害怕,她知道那种感觉,还没等她自己反应过来,她低声唱起了玫瑰之歌。

佩利冬的头猛地抬起,看着甜贝儿。

小萍花对着莉月嘶嘶道:“它现在在干什么?”

莉月道:“它在...听着甜贝儿唱的歌。”

甜贝儿震惊了,安静了下来。佩利冬又激动地昂起头,用它爪子般的后腿直立着。

珀月嘶嘶道:“继续唱!”

甜贝儿接着唱了这首歌,她把所有的爱和安慰倾注她的歌声里,就像瑞瑞经常这样给她的妹妹唱着一样。

“玫瑰有刺可以护己,然而小马并不如此;野玫瑰在成长处绽放,而小马仍在找寻阳光。(A rose has thorns to keep it safe, but ponies have not one. A wild rose blooms where it is placed, but ponies seek the sun. A rose is sweet and beautiful…)正如甜贝儿所唱的那样,给佩利冬带来一片祥和感,它慢慢地俯下身来,安静了下来,这也鼓励甜贝儿接着唱了下去。“若朋友与玫瑰需选其一,我必抛弃玫瑰护你至终。(So if I had to choose between a rose and pony friend, I’d throw away the flower quick and keep you till the end.)”

当佩利冬向她低头时,甜贝儿露出了微笑,她能看出来那生物是在感谢她。

云宝黛西的声音响彻了整个森林:“飞板璐?你在那吗?”

瑞瑞的声音紧随其后:“甜贝儿,亲爱的?”

阿杰的怒吼也响起:“小萍花!你最好挪动你的马蹄子赶紧回来,听见了吗!”

这对高度紧张的佩利冬来说有些太过了,它一跃而起,跳进了森林,只留给她们一片漆黑的夜色。

小萍花低声对莉月和珀月道:“那是我们姐姐!我们快躲起来!她们不让我们和你们待在一起!”

珀月冷冷道:“可真不错哦。”

当五匹小马蜷缩着躲到一起的时候,甜贝儿不禁想着莉月的可爱标记。当佩利冬出现的时候并没有起到帮助,但为什么呢?小萍花似乎想得跟她一样。

“莉月?我不是有意要刺探什么,但...你确定你的可爱标记是让你和佩利冬这类的生物交流的吗?”

莉月肯定地回道:“我就是因为这个而得到的!我在帮家里研究佩利冬,然后它就出现了。那还能是什么呢?”

但可爱标记童子军在可爱标记上研究的时间比一般小马要多得多,莉月的故事对于甜贝儿来说并不是很相信,它很确信她们还没有摸清全部的真相,她想知道莉月究竟在隐藏着什么。

 

英文版:

This was a bad idea, Sweetie Belle thought for probably the hundredth time. She stood in the darkness of the Everfree Forest, scattering magic herbs with the other Crusaders while Ambermoon and Lilymoon prepared the rest of the peryton summoning spell. The moon was the tiniest sliver of a hoofshaving tonight, and the air was still, almost as if the trees were holding their breaths, Sweetie Belle thought.

As Ambermoon finished painting silvery, glowing triangles on the leafy ground, Sweetie Belle squinted to look closer. At the center of the biggest triangle was…a cupcake?

“Is that part of the spell?” Sweetie Belle asked.

“Not exactly.” Ambermoon frowned. “We don’t have all the ingredients Auntie Eclipse’s spell book says we need to call a peryton.”

“Why didn’t you just ask Auntie Eclipse for them?” Scootaloo shrugged.

“We kinda didn’t ask permission to borrow her book…” Lilymoon admitted. “The book says we need fresh gooseberries to call a peryton. So we’re using a goose feather and a strawberry cupcake.”

Sweetie Bell’s worry deepened. If she knew one thing about spells, it was that even the tiniest change could have a huge effect on the outcome.

“Now we need to summon the peryton with the ancient Earth pony Dance of Memory,” Ambermoon said, using the glow of her horn to read from the ancient spell book. The others waited for her to go on, but she didn’t.

Finally, Scootaloo prompted her. “So…how do we do that?”

“It’s…not in the book. I was hoping Apple Bloom would know what it was,” Ambermoon admitted.

“Just ’cause I’m an Earth pony doesn’t mean I know every kinda dance in our history!” Apple Bloom said, miffed.

“Look. Do you want to summon this peryton or not?” Ambermoon said irritably.

Not, Sweetie Belle thought. Maybe the peryton nightmare didn’t mean anything. And maybe it was a coincidence that all three CMCs had dreamed the same thing. But even as she thought it, Sweetie Belle knew that was wrong. Too many other things she’d heard were standing to remind her of her dreamlike Octavia hearing bells while she was practicing and Lyra noticing hoofprints in the garden. And Granny Smith seeing a creature with white eyes.

With a sigh, Sweetie Belle began leaping and twirling. The others gaped at her.

“C’mon, just dance. It’s better than nothing, right?” she said. With a shrug, the others joined in, expect Ambermoon.

“I don’t dance. Besides, somepony has to invoke the spell.” Ambermoon shrugged. And with that, her glowing horn went dark.

Sweetie Belle gasped and stumbled. The Forest was now so dark, she couldn’t see anything. Which was the point, she guessed.

Peryton, watcher, guide. Guardian in shadow-hide. Come to us with answers true. Head our call, we summon you!” Ambermoon’s voice rang out across the silent Forest.

Nothing happened. As the moments stretched on, Sweetie Belle was about to make a joke about the cupcake being a “berry” bad substitute…and then she saw it.

Two white lights flickered deep in the woods. And they were getting nearer.

“The peryton’s eyes,” she breathed. The others turned as the bell-like chimes of its hooves grew nearer. Its shadowy body glowed silver in the darkness, a blend of a proud stag and a powerful eagle. It was beautiful, actually, Sweetie Belle thought, surprised she hadn’t noticed before.

The moment was broken when Lilymoon stepped forward into the creature’s path.

“Peryton. Why have you been haunting my friend’s dreams? Why are you here in Ponyville? Do you bring us a message?”

The peryton didn’t answer. Instead, it opened its massive wings and flapped them, blowing Lilymoon’s mane into her eyes. Then with a roar, it began to buck and shake its antlers. Ambermoon shouldered Lilymoon out of the away a moment before the peryton’s sharp flying hooves landed where the Unicorn had been standing.

“What’s happenin’?” Apple Bloom said, a quaver in her voice.

“Why isn’t it listening to you, Lilymoon?” Ambermoon demanded.

“I…I didn’t know!” Lilymoon said helplessly.

“But your cutie mark! It’s about supernatural creatures, right?” Apple Bloom continued. Lilymoon stared helplessly at the peryton.

“Maybe we should get out of here,” Scootaloo suggested.

Sweetie Belle agreed. But there was something about the peryton that made her feel sorry for it. She didn’t think it wanted to hurt them. Instead, it seems as if it as hurting. Or scared. She knew how that felt. And before she knew it, she was singing the rose song under her breath.

The peryton’s head snapped up to look at Sweetie Belle.

“What’s it doing now?” Apple Bloom hissed to Lilymoon.

“It’s…listening to Sweetie Belle,” Lilymoon said.

Shocked, Sweetie Belle went quiet. The peryton tossed its head in agitation, rearing on its taloned hind legs.

“Keep singing!” Ambermoon hissed.

So Sweetie Belle did, pouring all the love and reassurance into her song that Rarity always did when she sang it for her sister.

A rose has thorns to keep it safe, but ponies have not one. A wild rose blooms where it is placed, but ponies seek the sun.” As Sweetie Belle sang, a peace came over the peryton. It slowly sank to its knees, resting. Encouraged, she continued. “So if I had to choose between a rose and pony friend, I’d throw away the flower quick and keep you till the end.

Sweetie Belle smiled as the peryton bowed its head to her. It seemed as if the creature was thanking her.

“Scootaloo? Are you out there?” Rainbow Dash’s voice rang out through the Forest.

“Sweetie Belle, darling?” Rarity’s panicked call came a moment later.

“Apple Bloom! You get your hooves home right now, y’hear?” Applejack bellowed.

It was too much for the high-strung peryton. The creature leaped to its feet and bounded away into the Forest, leaving only the black night behind.

“It’s our sisters! We gotta hide,” Apple Bloom whispered to Lilymoon and Ambermoon. “We’re not s’posta be hangin’ out with you!”

“Good to know,” Ambermoon said drily.

As the five young fillies huddled in hiding, Sweetie Belle couldn’t help wondering about Lilymoon’s cutie mark. It wasn’t helpful when it came to perytons. But how could that be? It seemed that Apple Bloom was thinking the same thing.

“Lilymoon? I don’t mean to pry or anythin’, but…are you sure your cutie mark is for communicatin’ with creatures like perytons?

“That’s when I got it!” Lilymoon said defensively. “I was helping my family study perytons. Then it just showed up. What else could it be for?”

But the Crusaders had spent more time thinking about cutie marks than anypony, and Lilymoon’s story didn’t quite ring true to Sweetie Belle. She was sure they weren’t getting the whole truth. And she wondered what Lilymoon was hiding.

(P.S. 本来昨天更的,f站登不上来,只能现在补上了:ftemoji_facehoof:)

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