-The next morning-
At the Ponyville Marketplace, AJ and Spike were on top of an awning, getting a watermelon at the watermelon stand. "Ok, Spike. Go!" AJ said. "You got it!" Spike said as he climbed down. "Try this, your taste buds will dance and sing." An earth pony named Carmel said trying to sell watermelon as Spike took one of them. Carmel caught Spike red-handed, and said "Hey, get your claws off that!" Spike just made faces at the earth pony, making him angry. "Why, you!" Carmel said as he grabbed at the watermelon and pulled at Spike who pulled back while AJ grabbed another watermelon while Carmel wasn't looking. "Get away from here, you cursed filthy dragon!" Carmel said as he took the watermelon from Spike. He was about to put it back, but he discovered that another watermelon was missing. He turned to Spike in confusion, who just said "Good-bye!" Spike then climbed back up to AJ. "Nice going, Spike." AJ said as he split the watermelon in half, and gave one half to Spike. "Breakfast is served." They then began to eat their watermelon halves.
Meanwhile, Applejack who was wearing a cloak with a hood on it,was looking around through the Ponyville Marketplace, and looking at different stands. "Pretty mare, buy a pot!" An earth pony named Meadow Song said selling pots. "No finer pot in brass or silver!" Applejack shook her head no, and went to another stand where another earth pony named Lucky Clover was selling food. "Sugar dates, sugar dates and figs!" Lucky Clover said. "Sugar dates, and pistachios!" Applejack shook her head no again, and looked at another stand filled with jewelry, and an earth pony named Caesar was selling them. "Would the young mare like a necklace?" Caesar asked. "A pretty necklace for a pretty mare." Applejack once again shook her head no, bu she was startled when a fish came up in her face. "Fresh fish!" An earth pony named Bill Neigh said selling fish at the fish stand. "We catch'em, you buy'em!" Applejack backed up and said "Ah don't think so." She accidently bumbed into a fire-eated unicorn named Rare Find. "Oh, excuse me!" Applejack said.
Rare Find then gulped, and then belched out the fire much to the dismay of Applejack. Feeling better, he tapped his stomach. Hearing something going on, AJ turned from his watermelon, and looked over to see Rare Find and Applejack. He suddenly became more focused on the runaway princess. "I'm really very sorry." Applejack said putting her hood on her head. "Wow." AJ muttered smiling. "She looks just like me! Well not exactly like me, but if Ah were a mare, that's what Ah would look like! Her mane is longer, and she's a few inches shorter than me, but we have the same eyes, cutie mark, everything!" Spike noticed AJ acting weird, so he jumped on the lovestruck pony's back, and said "AJ? Hello? Hello?" He waved his claw in front of his friend, but AJ was too focused on Applejack who stopped at an apple stand where a little filly named Apple Bloom was looking at a bunch apples.
"Oh, ya'll must be hungry." Applejack said as Apple Bloom nodded. Applejack then took an apple, gave it to Apple Bloom, and said "Here ya'll go." As the filly ran off, and Applejack started to walk away, an earth pony named Dr. Caballeron who was selling the apples looked at the runaway princess, and said "You'd better be able to pay for that." Applejack turned to him in confusion, and said "Pay?" Dr. Caballeron grabbed her, and said "No pony steals from my cart!" "Oh, Ah'm sorry, sir." Applejack said trying to get away. "Ah don't have any money." "Thief!" Dr. Caballeron yelled as he pulled Applejack over to his cart. "Please, if ya'll let me go to the castle, Ah can get some from the ruler of Equestria!" Applejack said feeling scared. AJ who was watching the whole realized that Applejack was in danger, and he had to do something.
"Do you know what the penalty is for stealing?" Dr. Caballeron as he pinned Applejack's hoof he grabbed down on the table, and lifted a sword intending to chop it off. "No, no, please!" Applejack yelled as the sword started to drop, but before the sword touched her, AJ grabbed Dr. Caballeron's hoof, took the sword from him, and gave it to Applejack. "Oh, thank ya'll kind sir." AJ said shaking Dr. Caballeron's hoof. "Ah'm so glad ya'll found her!" AJ then turned to Applejack who quickly hid the sword behind her, and said "Ah've been looking all over for ya'll!" "What are ya'll doing?" Applejack whispered as AJ was pushing her a little. "Just play along." AJ whispered back. Dr. Caballeron placed a hoof on AJ's shoulder, and said "You uh, know this mare?" "Sadly yes." AJ answered. "She is my sister. She's a little crazy." Applejack scoffed, feeling offended.
Dr. Caballeron grabbed AJ and said "She said she knew the ruler of Equestria!" AJ chuckled and said "She thinks the dragon is the ruler of Equestria." Spike was picking a pocket, but when he heard somepony mentioning him, he immediately straightened up. Playing along, Applejack knelt down, bowed to Spike, and said "Oh, wise ruler of Equestria. How may Ah serve ya'll?" Spike smiled and said "Well, there is really no need to do anything for me." As Spike patted Applejack's head, AJ leaned forward, picked up an apple with his back-hoof, and said "Tragic, isn't it?" He then tossed the apple to Dr. Caballeron, and said "But, no harm done." He walked over to Applejack, picked her up as she stood on her hooves, and said "Now come along sis. Time to go to see the doctor." Pretending to be dumb, Applejack said to a bunny in front of her "Oh, hello doctor. How are ya'll?" "No, no, no. Not that one." AJ said moving Applejack away from the bunny. "Come on, 'ruler of Equestria.'" "I will take my leave!" Spike said bowing as the coins, jewels, and apples fell out of his bag. He yelled getting AJ, Applejack, and Dr. Caballeron's attention. "Huh? What is it?" Dr. Caballeron said as Spike took his stuff, and ran with AJ and Applejack. "Come back here you little thieves!" Dr. Caballeron yelled, but the trio just kept running.