One Of Us
Moondancer's Dilemma Alternate Ending:
Moondancer arrived at the front desk and asked the librarian where the spell books are on reappearing. The librarian checked the check out cards to see if there were any that were still available, and saw that all of them were checked out. After she was told this, Moondancer groaned and slammed her head on the desk in disappointment. Confused, the librarian asked her why she wanted a book that badly, the barefooted girl hesitated and tried to come up with a lie so she won't feel embarrassed as to the real reason why. She told her that she's been practicing some spells and wants that book so she can bring some valuable items back like personal belongings. Fully convinced, the librarian told her that she'll have to wait days or even weeks for a book to be returned, but she asked her if she wanted to be put on a waiting list. Distraught and with no other options, the poor girl flatly said yes and gave her her library card. After that was done, she started to walk away towards the front door with sadness in her face and the librarian could only watch in pity until she saw her barefeet and her face turned to confusion and then realization.
Outside the library, Moondancer sat on the stairs in sadness and a bit of anger that her only option on getting her shoes back was pointless unless she waited, which she didn't want to do. She looked down at her feet and sighed at the thought that she was going to temporarily be a barefooter, which further embarrassed her. Then, another thought came into her mind as an alternative, buy all of her shoes again. Seeing no other choice, she looked down at her bag which contained her money and saw that she had the right amount for at least a few pairs. She began to angrily grumble that she had to purchase all of her shoes again after clumsily making her original ones disappear. Not wanting to sulk around any longer, she stood up and waited at a cab stop to take her to the nearest clothing store, grateful that there wasn't anywhere else. Unfortunately for her, that didn't stop passerby from walking by and looking down at her feet in confusion, which once again turned her face red and simply wave like nothing is out of the ordinary. Finally after about five minutes of waiting and enduring judgmental stares, she got on and told the driver to take her to the nearest shoe store. The taxi began to move and Moondancer let out a deep breath and reclined back on her seat, wanting it all to be over. As she was relaxing, she began to feel the carpeted floor of the car and it reminded her of home, albeit with crumbs and other snack residue scattered, which sent a shiver down the spine and raised her legs in disgust.
Arriving at her destination, she paid the driver, gave him her thanks and got off. As she stepped off, her feet felt the transition from carpet to sidewalk, almost causing her to lose her balance. As the car sped away, she surveyed her surroundings and saw that she was dropped off at a shopping complex. She groaned at the thought that once again, she has to endure others looking at her like she's a poor pony in the middle of a busy place. Regardless, she began to walk to the entrance and again in the span of a minute, her soles changed from hot and rough terrain to cold marble floor, another chill going down her spine. Her face immediately went to shock as she saw that the inside was filled with groups of different people, all walking around. She fumed a bit that fate today had to embarrass her at every direction, angry at herself for not cleaning her own floor that would've avoided this whole mess. She calmed herself down and knew that it was now or never so she took the first step to her personal hell and into the sea of ponies and different creatures. All the blood rushed towards her face as she saw that the ones passing by her looked down at her feet, some quickly glancing, others staring for a couple of seconds and those whispering to others while some ignored her and continued on. With her hands in her mouth, she wanted to run and just leave the crowd, feeling the most embarrassed she's ever felt in her entire life. At the same time, the floor felt cool and good on her soles just like with the library, alleviating a bit of the embarrassment.
She scanned the store names and was happy to see a shoe store so she walked at a quick pace to get inside. She got greeted by an employee who looked at her feet and Moondancer embarrassingly told him that she was looking for shoes and the worker reassured her that she was in the right place. With his help, she looked at the section containing her shoe size and found a pair of sneakers that fit her. She grabbed the box and before she would put it on, she looked down at her soles and was disgusted to see that under her feet it was light gray with pebbles and dirt everywhere. She requested for a cloth to clean off the dirt and grime and finally in so long, her feet slipped into the pair of sneakers. She breathed a massive sign of relief as her soles felt the leather and her toes touched the front of the shoe, happy to finally have something cover her feet. She went and bought three more pairs and went to the front desk to pay for them. As she was leaving with shoes on and a bag with more pairs, she told herself that she was never going to make a mistake like that ever again. At the same time, another thought came onto her mind that even though the episode was embarrassing and her blunder was foolish, she did have a new experience in feeling the different floors that wasn't her house beneath her soles, and felt a little bit of an appreciation for it. Still, she reaffirmed to herself that barefooting isn't for her, but it's surely an experience that was mind opening to her and one that she'll never forget.