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The door to the prop room opened.  Maud Pie quietly stepped out and closed the door behind her.  Whatever she'd gone to take care of... it was oddly hard to remember now... it had literally taken just a moment. But she did have to shake confetti off of her dress and had a 'I wuv u gramma' card.

Then the studio's front door opened, and *Concerto and Snap Snot* strolled in.  The stallions posed, grinning handsomely.  "So darlings," said Snap Snot.  "What do you think of your new brothers?"

Pinkie's jaw dropped... and then she brandished two pairs of scissors.  Fluttercruel flexed her talons.  Coffee Swirl grabbed his sword from nowhere and started to draw the blade from the scabbard.

The two "stallions" recoiled.  "What... no, wait!" cried Octavia.  "They come right off, see?"  They unzipped their costumes and effortlessly shucked them off. "We put them on while you were out!"

"You Ponyville types and your costume phobia," said Photo Finish, shaken.  "No one is to be cutting this up!  I am saving it for a show!"

The Blank Wolf padded over and sniffed them thoroughly.  Photo Finish and Octavia leaned left and right to see Pinkie around him, without even realizing they were doing it.  "They're clean," he growled.  "Now, I have an appointment with a large mug of cider.  If you should need me for anything else tonight..."  He grinned toothily.  "Feel free to use your bazooka instead."  He faded and melted into the shadows. The 'don't notice me' aura around the foal Pinkie and the wolf had enough in having served its purpose.

Pinkie gave her sisters a big hug.  "Sorry about that, girls.  We had a pretty wacky morning."

Fluttershy trotted over and shook the sisters' hooves, and gave Maud a quick hug.  "It was wonderful meeting you all, but Angel Bunny is going to be ever so grumpy about the late supper."  She gave the larger griffon a hug too.  "Shouldn't you and Coffee get going?  I don't think the party is going to last much longer." She looked at Photo. "And don't worry, we can talk about me finishing my contract later if there really wasn't much time left on it." She winked and headed on out the door.

Fluttercruel and Coffee Swirl blushed. Fluttercruel had the odd sensation of being in two places at once, and found herself wondering how far apart she and her detachment could be. Still, if the party was going to end soon, she was going to enjoy this while it lasted.

Fluttercruel grabbed Coffee Swirl. "Come on, let's not keep your horde waiting. Oh yeah." She flew over to Maud and gave the still pony a pat on the shoulder. "You rock Maud."

"Joke. Funny," Maud Pie said lifelessly. "Nice meeting you. Goodbye."

Fluttercruel pushed Coffee Swirl's coffee bar out of the studio doors.

"Hey." Coffee Swirl said to the guest of honor. "Uh, look, I'm not good at this sort of thing. So seriously, just . . . nice meeting you."

"Enjoy things while they last, no matter how long you live, life is too shot." Maud Pie. "Nice meeting you too."

"Er, welcome."

The pegasus took a good strong look at the inside of the studio. "Ya know . . .  I think I'm actually going to miss all this. Meh. Nothing last forever." He flew out after Fluttercruel to the coffee shop to finally host the hoard of customers.

"So . . . how did my model's split personality end up with a body of her own exactly?" Photo Finish said, confused. "I saw it . . . I think . . . but I can't figure it out."

"Ditto," said Octvaia.

"Spell of Twilight's!" Pinkie Pie said too quickly.

Photo Finish sighed. "Sister, don't lie to family."

"You wouldn't believe me if I told you!"

" . . . that, I am willing to be the believing."

"I just realized . . .  " Octavia said. "It's just us four sisters in here now."
-

Maud's face twitched oddly.  Octavia gasped, and Photo Finish lifted her goggles to stare.  Was that a tear in Maud's eye?  Suddenly, Maud hugged all three of them tight.  "Thank you so much.  For being my sisters."

"Sis..." coughed Pinkie.  "Can't breathe..."

"Sorry."  Maud's grip relaxed at once.  "It's just..."  She sighed, composed and expressionless again.  "I came here because this is the end.  The last variety show.  This was never meant to last.  Just a silly gag world, right?  Nopony would care if it went away.  But now..."

"Sis?" asked Octavia hesitantly.  "You're scaring us.  What are you talking about?"

"Even if there aren't any more parties or shows.  This world shouldn't just disappear and be forgotten."  Maud grasped Pinkie with her hooves.  "Sis, you have to use them."

Pinkie gasped.  "You mean... the Elements of Party?"

Photo Finish yawned.  "We are not going on epic quest walking through haunted forest, are we?  Because I am dead tired and somepony yoinked me through time and space without my luggage again."

Pinkie giggled.  "Nah, I've got them right here."

Octavia grinned.  "In case of party emergencies?"

"In case of super-de-duper party emergencies!"  Pinkie rummaged just out of the camera frame and pulled out a paper party hat marked with colorful balloons, which she put on her own head.  "I represent the Element of party planning and awesome party fun, of course."

"Of course," said a grinning Octavia.

Next, Pinkie pulled out a party whistle on a string and put it around Octavia's neck.  "Tavi's the Element of awesome party music!"  She replaced Photo Finish's goggles with a glittery paper party mask.  "And you're the Element of crazy party costumes and schenanigans!"

"Shenanigans," muttered Photo Finish, but she smiled too.

Pinkie rummaged one more time and pulled out a big floppy nightcap.  The fuzzy ball on top was marked with a six-pointed star.  "And Maud's the Element of going home all warm and fuzzy after a great party and getting a good night's rest!"

Maud accepted the "Element" calmly and blew on the fuzzy ball to nudge it out of her face.

Pinkie grinned extra wide.  "Now, everypony hold hooves and... hehe, make the magics!"

Octavia chuckled.  "Um, Pinkie?  We're all earth ponies here.  I don't think...  oh!"

A sparkling glow surrounded the sisters, lifting them off the floor and making their eyes glow.  The last thing they heard was Maud Pie saying "So that's what this is like..."

Brilliant light poured out of all the studio windows.  Dazzling fireworks exploded overhead, and a soothing rainbow glow settled over Ponyville.
-
Octavia's jaw dropped. "Wait...we...but...how..." she asked, looking at the Party Whistle. "...I suppose I shouldn't question it too much..."

Photo Finish took off her 'Element' and looked at it. "...I have ze feeling this is no ordinary party mask..."

A portal opened and an Alicorn version of Pinkie Pie with a mane composed of bubbly pink, yellow, and blue energy poked her head through. "Hey Past Pinkie! I see you finally found out what the Elements of Partying were for!"

Pinkie giggled. "Yeah! Thanks!"

Octavia and Photo Finish's jaws dropped. "I-Is t-that..."


The Alicorn waved. "Hello sisters! I'm Pinkie's potential, maybe, possibly future self, Three of Cups, Concept of Joy and Nostalgia, Princess Thalia!" she announced, giving a smile. "but you can STILL call me Pinkie Pie!...Or call me Thalie, I don't mind!"

"...I feel like I should faint, but sisterly pride prevents it," Octavia stated, stunned.

"...Sister....er, potential future sister. Your mane, what is it made of? It is majestic," Photo Finish, finding the coloration a good match for Pinkie's fur.

"Happiness!"

"...How is that possible?"

"I have no idea!"

One of the Cat Tribe poked their heads out of the portal next to Thalia. "Meow! Meow Meow!"

"Oh! Sorry Sir Frisky! I forgot!" Thalia replied, then turned back to the group. "I have to go plan a Celestia's birthday party! I have a LOT of candles to find!" The Alicorn of Joy hugged both her past family. "But before I go, let me leave you with a present!"

The alicorn took a deep breath. "Come on, everypony, smile smile smile,
Think back to times in sunshine, sunshine.
All you really need's a smile smile smile,
From memories of bygone time.

The happy past, can you see?
Even if it's been so long awhile
Find joy in your memory
Smile, smile, smile, smile, smile!

Come on and smile!
Come on…and…smile…”


The siblings all found memories of playing the games Pinkie had created while she was still on the rockfarm flooding forwards, happy times of being together surging to the forefront of their minds. By the end of the song, they were laughing and talking about the happy moments of their lives.

"Hope you enjoy it, by past me! You will be me soon!"

With that, the potential future Alicorn waved good bye and returned to her own potential future to let the sisters enjoy their time before the part could end.
-
"Now don't have any sticky or crunchy candies for a day, and you'll recover." Minuette said to Rainbow Dash. "And Miss Rarity is next."

"OW!" Rainbow Dash held her jaw.

"And that's the hypnosis wearing off.

"You okay Dash?" Scootaloo asked.

"I'll be fine squirt."

"Your turn Rarity."

"Oh dear."

"Rarity, you always scolded me when I refused to go to the dentist. You said they're there to help and we shouldn't make their job harder."

"Sweetie Belle do not quote back to your older sister."

"Still Miss Rarity, bless come this way."

"Wow! Look outside!" Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo looked out the window as the night sky was filled with fluttering rainbow sparkles.

-

Applejack, at Sweet Apple Acres with Applebloom while Big was out back fixing the Newly Wed house, looked up at the rainbow colors in the sky. Her next heart beat struck hard within.

All the world had turned still except for Maud Pie, everything was faded and sand colored.

An orange and blond creature appeared in the studio.

"If Ah was mah brother, Ah'd pretend to be Pony Me, and then get ya up close and personal from behind. But Ah've seem too many worlds where Ah'm twisted inta a monster of lies fer that. No stealth or trickery fer me marefriend. Ah respect ya too much as a fellow farmer. So we're gonna do this face to face. Like mares should."

Maud Pie's expression stayed the same, she glanced at her sisters, disconnected from them in this place between moments.

She showed no alarm or surprise at what Applejack had become, or that knew the wolf before her was Applejack.

"Are you sure that's a good idea?" She asked with no sarcasm or irony.

"It's Mah brother that can't touch a concept, even a avatar of one. Ah can. So it's up ta me, whether Ah like being this way or not."

"Why?" Not-Quite Maud asked.

"Answer it yerself."

" . . . I've contradicted the core of my being. I've not only desired a world to continue past its closing date, but I've directly and intentionally helped artificially extend its life," Not-Quite Maud said.

"And all of Thalia's disclaimers about may-or-may-not being Pinkie Pie's future has scrambled things up. Ya can't create a stable time loop and be a 'possible!'" Said the Opaque Wolf/Firejack/Applejack.

"Leave my baby sister out of this," Maud Pie ordered.

"It's big brother's job to handle time space scrunch-ups, my job is to handle the lies of ya. I don't care what my brother said, I will beat you!"

The Opaque Wolf howled.

Maud stood up on her hind legs, balancing perfectly that would make Lyra greener with envy.

-'Leave It All Behind' Metal Gear Rising -

The Opaque Wolf charged at Maud Pie, claws first, and tried to bite her face off, but Maud pushed her back, sending her into a wall. Maud looked at the claw marks on her leg.

"INSECT! YOU DARE TOUCH ME!" Not-Maud hissed.

"!ya'lL disrupT creatioN, nO furtheE" The Opaque Wolf leapt and vanished. Maud turned and blocked the wolf as it appeared besides her, knocking it back, it vanished as it was forced back by the blow. It appeared on the opposite side of her, using that same momentum to come at her claws and fangs bared. Maud Pie got her at hooves' length, but the Opaque Wolf forced her to skid across the floor, smashing her into a wall.

The two rolled over each other, the Wolf relentless in it's clawing and biting of Maud Pie's hide, tearing her dress and drawing blood.

Maud Pie head butted her, sending her spinning through the air, the wolf landed perfectly on all fours on a studio rafter.

The wolf howled. The Opaque Wolf's muscles bulged.

"I'm surprised you didn't summon Applebloom and her friends or you family of THIS as wolves to even the odds," Not-Quite-Maud observed.

".aH maY bE A wolF, buT aH ain'T draggiN' maH familY intA thiS"

"Still an Apple at your core."

".thiS herE iS mY responsibilitY wherE aH likE iT oR noT !sterilizE"

The wolf zig-zagged like lightning, vanishing and appearing at random points. Maud's eyes remained zeroed in at her the entire time.

The Opaque Wolf spun like a buzzsaw, pointy bits ready to dig into Maud Pie's flesh.

Maud Pie caught her with her front hooves, leaving two impressions in the floor as the force traveled through her down her legs.

The wolf's rear claws smashed into Maud Pie's stomach at the same time, she gasped and fell over like a felled tree.

".buckY mCgillycuddY and kickS mCgeE, meet mauD piE"

"Naming your own legs? What a silly pony." Maud Pie pushed down with her front hooves and kicked up with her rear hooves just as the Opaque Wolf came down on top of her, sending it upwards again. Firejack spun in place in the air, dying several laws of inertia, and then came down on top of Maud like a comet, if Maud hadn't rolled out of the way at the last moment, getting blow away just by the shock wave.

Both thought it was a good thing this was happening between moments or Pinkie Pie's insurance would never cover all this. The wolf leapt onto Maud's back before she had even landed, and pushed her into the floor hard.

The wolf reached down to break her neck. Maud tried to move, but it seemed the Opaque Wolf had increased her strength enough to keep her pinned.

Maud Pie understood and didn't understand what was going on. It was like there was a Maud Pie who was bigger than Maud Pie who existed just outside her existence. Like this was an arm or a leg? No, like she was a drop taken from the ocean. And now, this beast that was Applejack's unwanted alter ego, created specifically to take down the avatars and detachments of concepts who were disrupting reality, was going to end her.

"No," Maud Pie grunted.

Maud Pie banged her head into the floor as hard as she could, her forehead bled and she suffered a horrible headache . . . and the floor gave way before her skull ever would. The two fell into the mostly unused basement. This was due to it being more in a 'gray area' than the rest of the studio, since Pinkie Pie had accidentally dropped the camera down there once and it had turned out to be a time portal.

As such, Pinkie Pie didn't trust to keep anything down there. It might end up in season six or in the Japanese dub of Equestria Girls Friendship Games.

This grayness was more disorienting for Firejack than the smashing through the floor with her head was for Maud Pie who took advantage and grabbed her opponent with her two hooves.

"YOU ARE THE ONE WHO WON'T ESCAPE ME!" Not Maud Pie said. "I!!!! I!!! These are my sisters!" Not-Quite-Maud said. "And I love them too much to leave them yet." Said Completely Maud Pie without emotion.

"The goddess of naught should have no attachments! This will corrupt creation!"

Maud Pie said nothing, she twisted in the air with the Opaque Wolf, unable to teleport away, and she proceeded to punch into her like her hooves were jackhammers, not stopped even when they hit the bottom, not stopping even when the wolf stopped moving, only stopping . . . when Maud Pie told herself, "Stop it. This isn't the kind of party Pinkie Pie wanted, this isn't the kind of party any of my sisters wanted, this isn't the kind of party I want. Stop it."

"Please Maud . . . ya can't let this happen . . . please . . ." Firejack pleaded in a whisper.

"Maybe this isn't corruption, maybe it's something else," Not-Quite-Maud-Pie said. "Any other answers . . . heh, as Pinkie Pie would say, would be spoilers." Not-Maud said, "I thought Rota Fortuna freed you of your service."

"She did . . . this was . . . this was all Firejack . . . we wolves, we don't ANSWER to any concept, it's how we're kept form being used as attack dogs instead of cleanin' up tumors and infections like the two of us were made ta do."

Not-Maud-But-Completely-Maud-Doing-The-Choosing gently stroked her hooves along the Opaque Wolf . . . the damage to her fading, as it faded the gold and blond wolf became a palomino pony with a simple three apples cutie mark.

"Don't worry, we won't have any other corrupted avatars or corrupt gods to deal with for a long long time. Just get some rest Applejack . . . you've earned it."

Maud Pie looked around, and realized the space between moments was fading. "Best get out of here before we slip back into forward moving time and we slip into whatever portal is buried under here." Maud Pie took hold of the hat-less pony, and jumped up through the floor as time began to move forward again.

The damage from the battle, since it had happened in the space between moments, faded, and Applejack, faded back to Sweet Apple Acres where her little sister was waiting for her.

The transmission feed switched to a black and white camera that flickered on, the perspective being that of a foal, as Applejack reappeared on the farm house's couch.
-
At the dental office, for how Rarity dared to allow the Diamond Dogs to come anywhere near her with hooks, pliers, needles, or drills! . . .

"I feel so much as a TWINGE, and I will be selling dogskin coats in my Boutique. Got it?!?"

"Yes, Miss Whiny Pony." They gulped.

Mineutte sighed. "Please don't threaten my assistants. I'll be doing the major work."
-
TIMELINE A

The studio monitor continued to display the grainy black and white camera footage, even though no one was there to watch it...

A candle flickered. The shadows in the Apple family home twisted, and the Blank Wolf sprang out of them, racing to the couch. "Applejack! Are you well?" He panted, then hung his head. "I warned you! Why did you not listen?"

The farm pony's eyes were open, staring at nothing.

"Please, speak to me," he urged her. "Can you not see me?" He gritted his fangs and shifted, becoming the pony Snow Bound once again, with the same wheel and slashes cutie mark as before. He shook her gently and waved a hoof in front of her eyes.

"Ah see *them*," said Applejack softly. "Snow, Ah can see Wolfville. Twilight Glimmering... Fluttergale... Rough Cut, Thunder Dash, Honey Mead... Everywolf is there, waiting for me. Ah should be there with them!"

Snow Bound shook his head. "You chose to be here, remember? With your pony family." He leaned over to where the Stetson had fallen, picked it up in his teeth, and placed it firmly on her head. "You are Applejack of the Apple Clan. That was more important to you than immortality and all the power in the worlds."

A sleepy Apple Bloom yawned where she sat on the floor, stirred awake by voices. She gasped, seeing her big sister and a white stallion being all friendly-like on the couch, then grinned and made sure the camera was aimed right at them, not making a sound.

Applejack snorted. "Darn right it was. So why..." She blinked. "Hang on a sec... Did you know Ah still had the wolf in me?" She struggled to sit up, looking into Snow Bound's eyes. "You fuzzy rascal, you did know! Why the heck didn't ya say anything?"

Snow Bound coughed, hiding a smile. "I should NOT be telling you this, but blast it all... If SHE is going to go breaking all of the rules... Yes, of course I knew. Applejack, I saw how the Opaque Wolf was made. Firejack is not a thing that anyone could carve out of your soul and take away. She will always be part of you." He pointed a hoof at her flank. "There, see the Truth with your own eyes."

AJ turned her head, dreading what she might see. "Huh? It's the same!" Three good solid reliable red apples, no wheels or slashes or any other nonsense.

Snow Bound grinned, as well as he could with flat pony teeth. "Yesss. You have the likeness and memories of Firejack, and the power of the Opaque Wolf... though I believe you will find that greatly weakened for some while. They are yours to use as you wish. They do not change *who you are*."

"Then what was all that with Fate wanting me to choose!?" asked Applejack, happy and terribly confused all at once. "Why make me pick between the power and mah friends and family if Ah already had both?"

Snow Bound leaned closer. "What was that you were shouting at Maud? Something about it being wrong for the goddess of naught to have attachments?"

Applejack thought about it for a while. Her ears drooped. "Aw, ponyfeathers..."

"Aw, ponyfeathers, indeed," said Snow Bound dryly, waggling a hoof. "Mother Fate is going to be cross. You've slipped your leash. Had your cake and eaten it too, as the Pink One would say. Well? What are you going to do now? Can you use your power fairly and impartially, even though you love your family?"

Applejack considered it... and changed. Snow Bound smirked and followed suit. Fur rustled, growing wild... tails and ears floofed out, fangs gleamed. The orange and gold wolf nuzzled the white wolf. "First things first," said Firejack. "Cider!"

Snow Bound licked his chops. "And then?"

"Then, how about we go howl at the moon a while? ... That's not a euphe-mise-whatever. Ah always wondered what all the fuss was about."

"Well, then." He followed her to the kitchen, chuckling to himself.

After a while, the camera started to move. Apple Bloom carried it back to her bedroom and turned it around to record herself. "Cutie Mark Crusader's log, pony date 0145-a. Big news! Mah big sister's secret special somepony is a werewolf!"

Then the camera's battery ran out, and the picture went black.
-

TIMELINE B

The studio monitor continued to display the grainy black and white camera footage, even though no one was there to watch it...

A candle flickered.  The shadows in the Apple family home twisted, and the Blank Wolf sprang out of them, racing to the couch.  "Applejack!  Are you well?"  He panted, then hung his head.  "I warned you!  Why did you not listen?"

The farm pony's eyes were open, staring at nothing.

"Please, speak to me," he urged her.  "Can you not see me?"  He gritted his fangs and shifted, becoming the pony Snow Bound once again, with the same wheel and slashes cutie mark as before.  He shook her gently and waved a hoof in front of her eyes.

"It's all slipping away," said Applejack softly.  "Twilight Glimmering...  Fluttergale...  Rough Cut, Rainbow Blaze, Honey Mead...  Ah can't remember their faces any more."  She finally met Snow Bound's gaze, her eyes haunted.  "Firejack?"

"Gone," he said, reluctantly.  "Extinguished."

Her expression hardened.  "It don't seem right.  The Opaque Wolf... she did what she had to do, what she was made to do, and Maud killed her for it?"  Applejack slammed a hoof down on the end table.  "Ah guess there wasn't any good way outta this... she could have killed Maud instead, and Ah probably would have lost Pinkie as a friend forever, but... it's not right!  Is she really gone for good, Snow?"

He considered.  "No, and... yes.  Maud did not erase the *idea* of an Opaque Wolf.  A new Opaque Wolf Pup will be born, when she is needed... but you will not be her, Applejack, and she will not be you."

A sleepy Apple Bloom yawned where she sat on the floor, stirred awake by voices.  She gasped, seeing her big sister and a white stallion being all friendly-like on the couch, then grinned and made sure the camera was aimed right at them, not making a sound.

"So, that's it, then?" mused Applejack.  She noticed her Stetson on the floor, laying where it had fallen, and picked it up, turning it over several times in her hooves before she put it back on her head.  "Ah'm just a pony now?  No more crazy wolf stuff, ever again?"  Snow's face fell.  "Ah'm not talking about you, ya fuzzy rascal."  She bumped noses with him, nuzzling lightly.  "Ah said you were my friend before Ah was ever a wolf, and you're still my friend now... if ya have time for a plain old mortal mare like me.  Ah know how hard your job is, a lot better now than before!"

Snow Bound grinned, as best he could with flat pony teeth.  "My friend, I will make time."

Before he could do anything else, the one candle in the room flared.  Both turned their heads, startled.  The shadows in the room swarmed and ran together, forming a small four-legged shape.  Snow Bound blinked, eyes wide.  "Oh no, she didn't..."

"Didn't what?" demanded Applejack.  "What's going on?!"

The figure shook like a youngster just out of the bath, flinging shadows every which way instead of water, revealing an orange and gold wolf pup with big fluffy paws.  "Howdy!" she barked.

Applejack probably would have fallen right over if Snow Bound hadn't steadied her with a hoof.  "But... how?"  She glared at him.  "Explain, mister."

"Ooh, what's this do?" wondered the wolf pup aloud, padding here and there and nosing around all over the kitchen.  "Ooh, what's in here?"  She bumped into Winona and giggled.  "Hi!"

Winona growled and chased her own tail, looking for the other canine that she knew was there, but couldn't see.  She started barking loudly.

Granny Smith banged on their ceiling.  "What's all the commotion?" came her voice from upstairs.  "Ponies are trying' ta sleep!"

The wolf pup yipped! and scrambled onto the couch, trying to hide behind Applejack... only when she did, Applejack found not a pup but a foal... orange coat, scruffy blond mane and tail, and already wearing a cutie mark on her flank... a large red apple with two black slashes, one on either side.

Snow Bound coughed awkwardly.  "Clearly, this is the second Opaque Wolf.  You were her template.  I suppose it's up to you, whether or not you believe that makes you her mother."

The grainy black and white view lurched to one side with a clatter... Apple Bloom had dropped the camera.  "Sis...  does this mean Ah'm an aunt now?"

Applejack stared, open-mouthed, and fainted on the spot.

Now Back To Timeline Pinkie Pie And Her Three Sisters At the Studio
-
The camera tilted towards the telescope, which zoomed into Minuette's dental office, where Rarity was still being treated for her hurt jaw. Rainbow Dash, had loyally remained for moral support, though she had to keep Scootaloo with her since she didn't have a babysitter. Scootaloo was BORED BORED BORED, though Sweetie Belle was with her, so that balanced things out a little. Rainbow Dash also had to make sure that the two of them didn't think of trying to try their dentist cutie marks on poor Rarity. True, individually the fillies weren't so bad, but put them together . . .

There was soft knock on the door . . . "Oh my, can I come in?"

"Fluttershy?" Rainbow Dash asked opening the door to the dental office.

"Fluttershy!" The two fillies greeted the mare who had saved them from the cockatrice.

"Hello girls." She smiled and looked back at Rainbow Dash. "Angel wasn't happy about his late supper, but then I remembered how Rarity and you were here at the dentist, and the dentist can be so scary! Well, I know they're only doing it for your own good, but foals can get so scared, and-"

"I'm not a filly Fluttershy."

"Oh, sorry, I know! But, it's so confusing! Futtercruel she . . . Maud Pie did this . . . odd thing, she said something about geodes, that let Fluttercruel . . . uh, erm." Fluttershy whispered. "It's let her create a griffin body out of magic that lets her act independently of me, and, her spirit is still with me, but . . . I have this odd feeling of something missing and-"

"Wait. Fluttercruel, has a magic twin of herself going around that looks like a griffin?" Rainbow Dash said lowly least the CMC hear.

"No, she's with Coffee Swirl helping all their customers."

"Oh. I see." Rainbow Dash grinned slightly. "Heh."

"Oh Rainbow, your teeth are better."

"Yeah, I, er, already had my turn, Rarity is inside with hers."

"Oh, is she okay?"

"Remember those three diamond dogs who kidnap her? Mineutte is apparently using them as hired help."

"!  . . . Excuse me Rainbow Dash, I'll just be stepping in now."

"Fluttershy? What are you doing-Hey! Wait!"

Fluttershy stepped into the office.

"HEY!" Mineutte said, "Excuse me, is it an emergency? I'm already with a patient, can it wait?"

"Another of the whinny pony's friends!"

"'e''er 'y?" Rarity tried to get out with the mental tools in her mouth.

"Hello Rarity. And oh nothing for me, thank you. It's just . . . when I was a little filly, before I realized how much I loved animals, I was studying to be a dentist!"

" . . . Is that so?"

"Oh yes! I bet I could even make a good assistant. I . . . I think have more education than your assistants."

"Technically I do all the real work, you don't just let amateurs near a pony's teeth after all. But . . . I could use an extra pair of hooves."

"Oh thank you!" Fluttershy squeed.

"But seriously, let me do the dental work."

"It's alright. I just want to be here to help."  
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Octavia was sharing another story from back on the rock farm when someone knocked heavily on the studio door, three times exactly.  "I wonder who that could be?" mused Pinkie, trotting over to find out.  

When Pinkie opened the door, she found a pony in a black, hooded cloak.  "Wait a minute... are you here to tell me the way to happiness?"  Pinkie grinned.  "Cause I kind of have that figured out already!"  Then the ominous figure lowed her hood, making Pinkie gasp.  "Starlight!?  What are you doing here?"

"Congratulations!" said Starlight.  "Your world has officially been upgraded to full afterlife services!"  She held out a clipboard stuffed with important-looking papers.  "I'll just need your hoof-mark here... and here, and here."

Pinkie did so, in a bit of a daze.  "Afterlife... er, shouldn't you be talking to the Princesses about this?"

"Why?  You're the one who placed the order."  She saw Pinkie's blank look and smiled reassuringly.  "There's nothing to be anxious about, Miss Pie.  The service is backdated for the whole..."  She scanned the clipboard.  "...three years this world has been in operation, and my team is already here, locating the dead and guiding them to their eternal rewards."

Pinkie gulped.  "Really?  I don't remember a lot people actually dying during one of my shows..."

Another pony in a hooded cloak walked by just then, leading the ghost of a carnivorous pony-eating plant.  "... so that's why we're sending you to Pony Hell, where you can enjoy gnawing on bad ponies who completely deserve it..."  The ghost plant rustled happily.

"Oh right, that one time..."  Pinkie rubbed her chin with a hoof.  "Wait, did that actually happen?"

"You should also expect a call from Rota Fortuna later this week," said Starlight brightly.  "She'll want to discuss any ideas you might have on future of your world, now that it has... well, more of a future than it used to.  It's been a pleasure talking to you, and I'll be seeing you...  hmm..."  She peered at her clipboard, then flipped to the next page, and the next after that.  "Well, maybe I won't be seeing you!"  She winked and flew off.  "Goodnight!"

-

"And there we go, now try to avoid biting into cakes that don't belong to you and you'll lead a healthier life." Minuette said helping Rarity out of the chair.
-

"And it barely hurt!" Rarity smiled at her reflection, displaying all her teeth. And froze to see one on the side shaped like a canine fang.

Minuette wheeled on her assistants.

"Rover! What did I tell you about doing that to customers?" She pointed at Rarity's new fang. "No giving canine caps to pony teeth!"

"It give whiny pony touch of class," the Diamond Dog said with a sniff, his two sidekicks nodding.




Rarity gasped.  "How dare you!  You.. you ruffians!  I demand that you fix this at once."

One of the dogs gulped.  "We fix!"

"We give pony matching fang on other side!" said the second one.

"You certainly will not!" cried Rarity.

The third dog scratched his nose.  "Why not?  Rainbow pony liked."

Rainbow Dash grinned, revealing two pointy fangs.  "The way I figure, this makes me at least *thirty* percent cooler."

Scootaloo gasped.  "Ooh, me next!  Make me just like Dash!"

Rarity gritted her teeth, flinching when the unfamiliar fang poked at her lip.  "Fluttershy!  Fluttershy, darling, how could you?  Weren't you paying attention?!"

Fluttershy stumbled out of the back room, blissfully not looking where she was going.  "Oh my...  Oh my!"  Everyone else in the room fell silent, leaning closer to hear better.  "Oh my!!"  Fluttershy gave a happy little squeal and whispered, "They're holding hooves!"

Minuette facehoofed.  "Why?  Why didn't I stick with conquering the universe?  I could have been good at that..."  

Rarity groaned.  "I simply cannot deal with any more nonsense today.  I need some air..."

Sweetie Belle watched her sister head for the door, stamping her hooves.  "I'll come with you."

"Pony should wait," said one of the dogs.  "Laughing gas not worn off yet."

"Stay here, please.  I'll be right back."  Out in the moonlit streets of Ponyville, Rarity took deep breaths of the refreshingly chilly air.  "Goodness gracious, it's late..."

And then, a strange howling froze her in place.  "What... what was that?"  A second howl joined the first.  Over there, on the trail leading towards Sweet Apple Acres... two large, shaggy shapes.  Rarity almost turned and fled back into the dentist office, then stopped again, blinking.  "Why should *I* run away?  I faced down a mad goddess just this morning.  I'm not afraid of wolves.  Oh, ho ho!"  She grinned, her one fang gleaming, and quietly trotted closer.

What Rarity was seeing didn't make any sense, though.  One of the wolves was wearing Applejack's hat!  The wolf finished howling and said "Ah still don't get it."  She even sounded like Applejack.  Then an ear flicked, and she turned her head.  "Well look who's here.  Howdy, Rares!  Heh, if she could see me now..."

Rarity gawked, then fell straight over onto her fainting couch, murmuring about laughing gas and fangs and lawsuits.
-
Rarity woke up in her home. Found the fang not there. Wondered if the day's antics had been a dream, until she spotted the dental bill from Minuette, paid in full as an apology for the Diamond Dogs' foolishness.

"Oh my, is Sweetie Belle home? I hope Sweetie Belle hasn't gotten bored and gone midnight crusading. Or worse, tried to cook dinner!"

Rarity wondered, if had brought her home? But a little crayon drawing told her who. Rarity admitted, in the year Sweetie Belle had been staying with her, it had jut become NATURAL to have her nearby.

Rarity smelled something from the kitchen. "Oh no!"

Rarity ran straight to the kitchen.

She found . . . a perfectly good meal set up (if a little heavy on the sugar), being set up by Sweetie Belle.

"Who are you, and what you done with Sweetie Belle?" Rarity asked at once.

"Huh? Rarity it's me!" Sweetie Belle said.

Rarity tilted her head. "But-But-since when can Sweetie Belle, I mean! This isn't her, your, uh . . . normal cooking style."

"I found this neat cook book in the cupboard, it had lots of dust on it, it helped a lot." Sweetie Belle held up a book, entitled. 'Self-Past-Life-Regress For Dummies.'
-

After Applejack and Snow Bound hastily became ponies again and helped Sweetie Belle get her big sister home, they paused at the gates to the Apple farm.  They could see a lit lantern in the distance.  Big Mac was working late, hammering nails into new planks for the newlywed cottage.  One of Pinkie's security cameras, inexplicably attached to her fence, whirred and focused on them, but they ignored it as best they could.

"So," said Applejack.  "You wanna explain what happened back there?  How come Rarity saw me?"

"Allow me," said an unexpected presence, stepping into the moonlight... Rota Fortuna herself, in person.

"Mother," murmured the Blank Wolf, eyes wide.  It took him a moment to remember to bow.

"Snow Bound..."  The alicorn paused, smiling faintly.  "It's a fine name.  I tried for literal ages to persuade you to once again take a name, after..."  Snow Bound didn't argue, but he did seem rather puzzled.  "But I digress."  She turned to the farm pony.  "I do not often explain myself, Applejack.  I dislike spoilers."

AJ coughed.  "Ah kinda figured."

Rota Fortuna nodded.  "Then know this.  Your instincts about the danger posed by 'Maud Pie' were correct.  When she broke the Opaque Wolf, she broke time itself.  In another world, your wolf aspect actually died.  In this one, she was left weak enough that I was able to separate the Opaque Wolf's power from Firejack entirely."

Rota's horn glowed, and a golden jeweled box lifted into view.  Inside lay a choker like the Element of Honesty, but with Rota Fortuna's own symbol on the gem.  "Snow Bound was incorrect.  You do not get to have your cake and eat it too.  You chose a mortal's fate, and I will hold you to that.  Unless, you actually have changed your mind..."

Applejack didn't hesitate for even a second.  "No, m... ma'am."

"Very well."  Rota Fortuna closed the box and locked it tight, then teleported it away.  "The Opaque Wolf fought well, and her battles are finished.  She will not be coming out to play again, unless I myself deem the need sufficiently dire."

AJ nodded slowly.  "And... Firejack?"

"She is, and remains part of you.  I leave you one other gift."  The alicorn glanced towards the house, her natural wing fluttering in the breeze, while the mechanical one creaked slightly.  "In your storm cellar, you will find an enchanted mirror.  Beyond that mirror lies... Wolfville."  Applejack and Snow Bound exchanged surprised glances.  "If you venture there, go with the caution and good sense that I hope you've learned by now...  my little wolves.  Also, do not attack Maud Pie again.  I will deal with her myself.  At the appointed hour."

Rota Fortuna walked past them into the shadows, and with a gust of wind she was gone.
-

The What If Machine activated. "I have a situation to show that should be amusing:"

The screen turned on.

"Ow! Ow! Mother!" cried the white deer with golden antlers...as Mother Deer pulled him before Ponyville with his ear in her telekinesis.

"Apologize to these ponies for attacking them for something they had nothing to do with."

"But Mother, that'd be humiliating!"

"Are you talking back to mother, young buck?"

"...I'm sorry I attacked you for something you didn't do."

"Apologize for treating our allies like they're beneath you."

"You can't be-OW!" the deer king bowed his head. "I'm sorry for treating you like you were beneath me..."

"That's better, I raised you better than that, Aspen."

"...Do I have to apologize to the Minotaur too?"

"No. He was the only one your people hurt who'd actually wronged anyone. Now come on, we're going to be visiting Sweet Apple Acres."

"What?! Why?!"

"To show you how 'little ponies really care about the environment' by letting Applejack introduce you to each and every tree by name."

"But mothe-OW! Why the ear?!"

The scene ended.

Outside the studio, there came a clattering of many hooves.  The studio doors swung open, revealing Prince Blueblood and the pegasus-drawn chariot that he'd just stepped out of.  He adjusted his courtly vest and overcoat, then flashed a winning smile at a mirror held by an attendant, checking his mane and teeth.  Thus prepared, he stepped into the building.  "Miss Pinkie Diane, good evening.  I wondered if I could have a word...  Auntie have mercy, are you *still* filming?"

Pinkie dropped her karaoke microphone and bounced right over.  "Hi, Bluey!  How's Arcane and Neatly?"

The Prince stiffened.  "How dare you address me as..."  He blinked.  "You know..."  Then he chuckled.  "Fine.  Just for you, the Prince of Canterlot shall answer to Bluey.  You've earned it.  Arcane and Neatly are doing much better, and I'm certain they'll appreciate your concern."

Pinkie beamed.  "Did you come to party?  There's plenty of leftover cake!"  With speed that Rainbow Dash would have called "not bad," Pinkie flung Blueblood into a chair, tied a napkin around his neck, and plunked a dish with a slice of rich cheesecake in front of him.  

Blueblood sniffed haughtily, then inhaled again.  "That does smell mouth-watering... ah, no... focus...  I came on business."  All at once, he seemed to notice that Pinkie had other guests.  "But I have not greeted your charming companions!  Good evening, Miss Octavia.  Your performance at the concert last Thursday was superb."

Octavia blushed.  "You remember?  Why, thank you, your highness."  She glared at the karaoke machine, which had just eaten another tape.  "I'll just put this back in the prop room..."

"Of course.  Ah, and this would be Miss Photo Finish.  I'm looking forward to your next spring fashions event."

"You are being too kind," said Photo Finish, suddenly glad to be wearing her trademark shades.

"And of course..."  Blueblood stopped, staring at Maud Pie, who stared back at him impassively.  "I... Pardon me, I have no idea who this pony is...  ah, but surely you do, Miss Pinkie, you knowing every pony in Ponyville, after all."

Pinkie giggled, covering her mouth with a hoof.  "Silly Bluey, of course I know!  This is my sister, Maud Pie!"

Still, the Prince stared, completely drawing a blank.  "Sister?"  Something clicked.  "Oh...  Yes, I see!  One of your relations from the rock farm where you grew up."

"You should attend a Gala several thousand times," said Maud in a dull monotone.  "It builds character."

Prince Blueblood started to make a snarky comeback, something along the lines of "Ah yes, what else could you be but a Pie, spouting such random drivel." ... but strangely, he felt his finely honed sense of self-preservation tingling.  Any noblestallion who lived under the same roof as two goddesses learned to heed that.

So instead, he cleared his throat and said, "Some would say that I'm quite a character already!  After all, I did manage to rescue my royal cousin from vile imprisonment, with the aid of some extraordinary good fortune, and a certain extraordinary young mare...  Where was I?  Ah, it was a pleasure meeting you."  He turned to Pinkie.  "Now then, about your variety show."

Pinkie blinked.  "What about it?  Aren't you having fun?"

Blueblood sighed.  "I thought that we'd come to an understanding, Miss Pinkie.  The Crown is, as you know, a major sponsor of this program, and you agreed that costs needed to come down.  That strange machine of yours consumes more electricity than the entire rest of the town put together, even when it's working properly and not trying to take over said town.  Granted, using more electricity than all of *Ponyville* isn't that difficult, but the fact remains.  Now I find that your show is turning into some sort of marathon!  If you can't bring this production under control, then the variety show... might have to be cancelled."

Dah, dah, daaaaah!

Everypony turned to look at Octavia, who'd just played those three dramatic notes.  "Look, I found a tuba!"

-

Suddenly, a hole opened in the universe behind of Pinkie Pie and Apple Pie poked her head through. "Hi Aunt Pinkie!"

"Oh, hi Apple Pie."

"Hey, meh and mah friends are making our own show like yers in our world, wanna come over like that one time we came fer one of yer shows?"

Pinkie frowned. "Sorry, but we're kind of in the middle of a crisis right now..."

"Oh..."

"But I can send some of the shadows over to check it out, okay?"

Pinkie Pie pointed to the bottom of the screen causing a link fav.me/d8mi1ne to appear on it.

"Okay! but please come over sometime, okay?"

"Wouldn't miss it!"

And with that Apple Pie returned home.

Blueblood blinked in confusion. "What was that?"

"I think some shameless self promotion by somepony else's show."

Octavia and Photo finish were staring confused. Maud didn't seem to care.
-
“Great! What are we supposed to do now? Ze distraction has left the building!!!” Photo Finish said dramatically now that Apple Pie was gone.

“Please don’t use up all exclamation marks. I begin to run low with the show going on so long.” Pinkie Pie whispered to herself.

“It is okay, I have brought us some time. I could convince the Blueblood to share some of the leftover cake with the guards that flew him here.” Octavia still sounded worried. Those pegasi wouldn’t need long to eat all of it.

“Nothing lasts forever but I enjoyed every moment of it, no matter how insane it got, you were there with me.” Maud Pie added calmly. Their bond was an undenyable fact.

“We need to come up with something to keep our costs low. Where's a light bulb moment when you need it the most?” Pinkie Pie looked around hoping for any idea.
-
The What If Machine clicked on. "This machine shall shall distract him, think of something."

Pinkie nodded. "With what?"

"The most distracting thing one can find on the internet."

Pinkie Pie gasped. "You don't mean-"

"Yes, I do."

"...I guess this situation calls for the big guns," Pinkie Pie said, putting on a helmet.

The What If Machine came over to Blueblood. "Hello, your highness, I have a video to show you."

"Huh?"

~*~

Diamond Tiara was presently sitting at a tea party, a black cat with a blue collar sitting across from her with a tea cup in his paws.

"Meow?"

"No, Dazzle, you've had enough sugar for today. You remember what the vet said."

"Meow!"

Diamond sighed at the sad eyes her pet flashed her. "Why do you have to be so cute?"

~*~

Blueblood blinked. "....I don't know what I'm looking at...but for some reason I can't bring myself to look away and have the strange urge to say 'daaaaw.'"

Octavia blinked. "So it meant..."

Pinkie Pie nodded. "Yep; funny cat AND foal videos. That should buy us at least an hour, depending on Blueblood's cuteness threshold."
-
Octavia yawned. "Pinkie Pie it IS getting late and I have practice early in the morning, and I know Maud will have to get up early for farm work, not to mention the travel time for us getting back home or to Canterlot. Maybe if you end the show right now, they'll forgive how long you've gone over your limit?"
-

"Look at that!" cried Prince Blueblood, looking disturbingly like Big Mac with that old Smarty Pants doll.  "Look at that adorable kitten falling asleep!  Just look at it!"

"Oh, I love those too," said Pinkie.  "But I'm afraid we're out of time."

"Out of time?  But... there are more of the little blue words that I haven't clicked on yet!  Equestrian Rap Battles of History?  What's that all about..."

"Now, now, your Highness," said Octavia.  "You're the one who said we were way over time."  Pinkie reached and clicked the web browser closed, lightning quick.

The Prince sighed, massaging his forehead with a hoof.  "You drive a hard bargain," he declared.  "Very well, I shall recommend that the Crown fully fund its share of the show's expenses.  I... don't suppose you could get me one of these terminals for the palace, hmmm?"

Pinkie smirked.  "Maaaaybe!  But for now..."

An orchestra started up from nowhere, playing a slow happy-sad sort of song.  Pinkie stepped into a spotlight.

"It's time... to say goodnight..."

Prince Blueblood chuckled, and provided the next line in a surprisingly good singing voice.

"For...... the sisters Pie."

Everyone joined in, except for Maud.

"We didn't want the show to end.
But maybe we'll turn up again......"

The orchestra played the chorus again without words, while the camera faded from one scene to another, all around Equestria:

An impromptu Cutie Mark Crusader sleepover.  Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo were holding different drawings on paper over Apple Bloom's flank, trying different cutie marks on her.

Applejack, Snow Bound, and Big Mac, looking up at the stars.

Coffee Swirl and griffon Fluttercruel, sipping coffee on moonlit clouds.

Fluttershy, smiling, fast asleep in her bed.

Cheerilee in her bedroom, drawing a sketch of Big Mac in her diary with lots of floating hearts.

Twilight Sparkle, groaning and cramming a pillow over her head because the heart song had woken her up.

Zecora, and her new sister Bareedina in Zecora's hut sharing tea and zebra voodoo.

Kifuko and Half-Light Midnight sleeping peacefully in their cradle with Shining Armor and Cadence watching, tired but happy.

Ponies having another round of cider at the pub in Canterlot:  Red Gala hugging Rarity (clearly confused as to how she got there), with Rainbow Dash (sloshed), Minuette, the three diamond dogs, Moondancer, Lemon Hearts, AND Celestia and Luna (also sloshed)

The camera pulled back and split the frame to show all of the scenes at once, and everyone sang:

"We had... a really great time.
New brothers and sisters, hearts all joined in rhyme
But before we turn out the lights
It's time to say... goodnight."


The camera started to iris out, but Pinkie caught it and stuck her head through.  "Goodnight, everypony, and thanks for watching!  See you at the wrap party!"  She waved a hoof, then ducked out of frame and let the screen iris to black.
-


Pinkie Pie blinked, feeling a tap on her shoulder as the iris popped back out. She turned as time stopped and found an Alicorn with one clockwork wing standing before her. "Oh...hi..."

"Hello, my potential sister," Rota Fortuna said, giving a nod. "You might have closed out your show, but your business is not yet done."

Pinkie Pie blinked. "Huh? What do you mean?"

"This universe is now a timeline of it's own, with a potential future. A future beyond your show's continuation or ending..."

"Yeah, I know!"

"...Which means, there is one dangling thread from the prime 'POV World' left to wrap up."

Pinkie's ears drooped. "The finale."

"Indeed. But...as that moment and the events surrounding it have not been referenced in this world, they are abstract, not concrete. Discord and his allies endgame plan to twist this world in a knot has not yet come to pass. While they COULD happen here, so far they haven't."

"So...they don't have to happen?"

"Have to? No. Should? That is what is up in the air."

Rota Fortuna formed a series of moving screens around them. "You were the one who rendered this world's existence concrete, so as a...'happy this timeline has a future' gift, I will leave this in your choice."

"Oh..." Pinkie looked at the screen.

"Also, should you choose to leave things as they are in the Prime world, you will forget the knowledge of the key events that lead to it."

"I figured that...Okay...Well, I definitely don't want Discord's big meanie plan to happen. This world already HAD a big fight to give it it's own unique, one of a kind existence, no offense to the prime world, but we don't need another fight!"

"I believe we are both in agreement on that."

"...But if Diamond Tiara doesn't leave, then Silver Spoon wouldn't be the Crusaders friend..."

"Also true. If Diamond Tiara was not tempted away by Discordance, then Silver Spoon would never have been reformed." The screens showed Diamond and Silver still bullies.

"So...is there a way for them both to be happy?"

Rota Fortuna shook her head. "Happiness isn't my department. Consequences are. Happy paths are consequences of good choices, unhappy paths for bad choices."

"...Right...So...the only way for neither to happen is if Diamond left, but didn't let that big meanie Discord loose either!"

"But Discord and Diamond also sabotaged Chrysalis' rune and delayed it. If Discord is not released, then it may mean Chrysalis' scheme ended quite differently, and potentially in her favor. And Miss Golden Tiara would still be insane."

The screens changed to a Screwball still insane and in the hospital.

"Right...So that means Discord needs to be free, but...but if he's free and a bad guy, that means that what happened in the main world will happen here."

"Also true."

"...So that means the only way Discord could be free, Diamond could still have left, and Golden Tiara could still have been restored to sanity...is if...Discord turned good before he did his big meanie thing with Diamond Tiara, or after and fixed it."

Rota Fortuna's horn glowed. "You are correct."

"But...is there a way for me to DO that?"

Rota Fortuna was silent.

Pinkie thought about it. She made Diamond never leave, then Silver would lose her happy ending. If she made Discord never escape, then Golden Tiara would stay insane and in pain, and Chrysalis would probably make others miserable and suffer even more. If she just made Golden Tiara sane somehow, no one was there to help prevent Chrysalis from hurting ponies.

"...I..." Pinkie's mane deflated. "...Do I have to choose?"

"As things are now, it appears so."

"So if I do one thing, a lot of ponies get hurt, if I make another my friends get hurt, if I make another fillies get hurt? That isn't fun..."

"That seems to be true. I'm sorry, my job is to providing both good and bad outcomes for all, not ONLY good or ONLY bad. If bad choices could have no consequences, then that would be just as terrible if good choices couldn't have good consequences."

Pinkie Pie held her hooves to her head. "I...this...this isn't fair, there's no way to make everypony happy?!"

"The world isn't fair, Pinkamena."

Dark tendrils began to climb up around Pinkie Pie. "Not fair?!...I..."

Pinkie growled, her fur turning black.

"I'll make it-"

Pinkie stopped in her tracks, her eyes falling on her frozen in time siblings still enjoying the afterglow of their closing number. Frozen in happiness. Blueblood happy as well. The images of all her friends being happy depicted on the screens around them.

"...If I do that, I'd make them unhappy...I'd ruin their fun..."

Pinkie Pie thought back on everything. On all the things that have happened here...On all the times she just tried to make someone happy. That was the entire reason this place EXISTED...to make the Shadows and everypony happy.

"...It might not be fair...but...I can still make my friends happy, right?"

"And?"

"...And if I can't make everyone happy...that doesn't mean..."

"What doesn't it mean?"

The shadows erupted off her and was replaced by beautiful white hands, encircling her like a hug.

"That I can still make everyone I CAN happy!"

Rota gave a smile. "Yes! You've done in Pinkamena! That's the answer!"

"...It doesn't matter if I can't make the world happy...because smiles are contagious! If I make one person smile, they might make someone else smile, and someone else! If I make everyone I can happy, maybe they'll make everypony THEY can happy!...So I'll just help make everypony I can happy, and maybe someday the whole world happy too. Maybe some day everypony will CHOOSE to be as nice and happy as they were in my world!"

In a bright explosion of magic, the white energy flew off of Pinkie Pie, and she stood with a horn atop her head. She spread wings out from her sides dramatically...and for some reason fireworks went off and cheery party music started playing.

"I-I'm an Alicorn?..."

"You discovered the true path to it, Pinkie Pie: a Nightmare disregards the rest of the world for their own desires, an Alicorn tries to use that which their concept represents FOR the rest of the world. To be truthful, you were surprisingly close as it was."

"Oh...COOL! I'll need to throw myself a big coronation party after this!...Hey, why isn't my mane all energy...y?!"

"You're still young," Rota reassured. "Your ethereal mane will grow in with time."

"Oh...What's yours made of?"

"The threads of fate."

"Oh...must be hard to comb..."

"...However, you may find new doors HAVE opened for you."

"...Huh?"

Rota smiled. "You said it yourself: you will help make everypony as happy as you can...and an Alicorn CAN help far more than an Mortal, Princess Thalia."
Pinkie Pie's 4th Wall Breaking Show epi 10 Part 17
Pony POV Series 
Pinkie Pie's 4th Wall Breaking Variety Show episode 10
PART 17
By Alex Warlorn

Pinkie Pie, "Okay . . . it's fun a ride . . . but . . . I think it's time to say goodbye to this studio . . . maybe we'll have an after party when the fanfic is done . . . maybe not . . . but it's sure been fun hasn't it?"

P.S. "I need to apologize to Trixie for forgetting she DID visit earlier in the episode!"

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Pinkie Pie, " . . . this may be the last I ever say this, so .  . . here's Da Rule":
1. What you put in the comments appears in the story.
2. Nopony besides me can see beyond the fourth wall or interact with it and I can't spill the beans about us being out-and-out fiction to the others.
3. The camera can’t leave the studio.
4. The characters can be from any generation, toy or comic but they have to be from “My little Pony”
5. Everything that happens here is non-canon (except the Tartarus break out thingie, but not the big battle).
6. Have Fun "


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Again.

Rarity fitting Rainbow Dash for a dress.  Rainbow, trudging through the dismal, rain-soaked streets of Ponyville.  Twilight treating Rainbow like trash, worse than Trixie ever did.

"Do you like it?" crooned Nyarlathotrot.  "I made it especially for you."

Amicitia shuddered, trying to ignore him...

Blood on Rainbow Dash's hooves, in her throat.  Again.  Pinkie Pie, trying to lure Rainbow into her basement.

"Don't go!" Amicitia urged her friend.  "Something's not right.  It's awfully dark down there."

Rainbow Dash fled back out into the rain instead.

"Good!  You should go and find some help for her."

Rainbow Dash decided to visit her friend Applejack.  Her friend, and maybe something more.  Just one lick.  It would taste like cinnamon.

"This is what I'm going to do to your world," said Nyarlathotrot.  "It's a work in progress, I'll admit.  I actually left ponies too little hope... the fun is over far too soon!"

"Not if I can help it!" said Amicitia, teeth gritted.  But every time she started making some headway, that awful ringing in Rainbow's ears pushed her back.

"Help it?"  Nyarlathotrot laughed horribly.  "You won't even remember."

Again.  Scootaloo starving, digging through dumpsters.  Just one taste, that was all Rainbow needed.  Going into a burned-out building to save Fluttershy, only to find her cutting herself, hanging herself...

"Burned out buildings in Ponyville?!" cried Amicitia.  "Since when?!"

"There's nothing in this world worth saving," said Nyarlathotrot.  "You should just end it all.  Pull the whole bucking world apart!  You know how."

Rainbow Dash decided that just one taste wouldn't hurt.  No one would know.  It would taste like cinnamon.

"No!" snapped Amicitia.

No! echoed Rainbow Dash.  She had to get away, find help...

Rainbow Dash changed her mind.

Blood on her hooves.  Make it stop! Rainbow begged.  I don't want to do this!

"Yes, Amicitia, make it stop," Nyarlathotrot taunted her.  "Why, you could even go into the world yourself and save her.  It's not as if the Wolf can do anything about it now."  He showed her the moon, where the Blank Wolf lay cruelly chained and muzzled, forced to watch everything, his fury and power growing until he was feral, practically mindless with rage.

Nyarlathotrot laughed hysterically.  "You don't even need to destroy it yourself.  When the Wolf finally bursts those chains, he's going to eat that world down to the bedrock!  Go on, break them now.  It'll be our little secret.  No one needs to know that Twilight Sparkle deemed another world unfit to exist, and ended it with her own hooves."

Again.  This time, Rainbow Dash somehow flew all the way to Canterlot, only to see it all blow up in her face.  She plummeted back into the mud-soaked streets of Ponyville.  With Scootaloo.  She needed her.  Just one taste.  Just one... bite.

Amicitia was silent, wings folded, head downcast.  "I won't."  Her head snapped up.  "Do you hear me?  Never again!"

...

"I won't do it," said Rainbow Dash suddenly.

Rainbow Dash decided to stop being a silly filly and do it already.

"No, I won't!!"

Rainbow Dash realized that it was useless to...

"I won't hurt Scootaloo!" screamed Dash.

The storm clouds overhead rumbled with thunder.  Half the town stood around her, staring ominously.

"I don't care if you make me do this a hundred times more, or a thousand, or bucking forever!  I won't hurt Scootaloo any more!  Never again!"

A massive bolt of lightning struck Rainbow Dash dead.  The other ponies turned and went about their business, not caring at all.  They left her blackened body where it fell, ashes washing into the gutter.

But... that wasn't the end.  Rainbow Dash heard a scythe, digging.  Helping hooves found her, pulled her up out of the earth.  The rain still fell, but it no longer seemed to touch the pegasus.

Two ponies in black hooded cloaks stood watching her, and Rainbow knew one of them.  "Twilight?"  She dared to hope, just a little.  "Twilight, is that you?"

Amicitia smiled.  "It's me."  She nodded to the other cloaked pony.  "This is Starlight.  It's over, Rainbow.  You're safe now.  It can't hurt you any more."

Rainbow Dash picked herself up, tried to get her bearings.  "So what's the plan, Twi?  We're going to save the rest of our friends, right?  Then we can use the Elements to..."

Amicitia's face fell.  "Rainbow..."

"She hasn't realized," said Starlight somberly.  "Rainbow Dash, you need to understand.  We're doing what Reapers have always done.  We help ponies die."

Rainbow drew in a sharp breath, as if the Reaper had physically slapped her.  "You're kidding... right?  I can't be...  Tell her, Twilight."  The pegasus kept talking, even though tears were running down her cheeks.  "Seriously, this world was so sick, I had to *die* to get out?"

Amicitia blinked back her own tears.  "Rainbow, please..."

"I mean, can you just imagine my tombstone?  Rainbow Dash, killed by a bolt of lightning.  How lame was that?"  And then Amicitia hugged her tight, while Rainbow Dash, the most awesome pony in Ponyville... sobbed, holding onto her like a little lost filly.    

"Yes, this world was sick," said Amicitia.  "All of this was created to make you suffer... not for anything you did, but to hurt *me*."  Rainbow blinked at her, not understanding.  "The point is, now that you're free, Starlight and I can end this.  We can make this world shine again."

Starlight gave Rainbow a reserved smile.  "You died bravely, Rainbow Dash, and you'd be surprised how seldom I see that.  You've done more than enough...  Your place in Pony Heaven is ready and waiting."

Rainbow managed to smile, just a bit.  It had been so long...  "Do I have to go right away?  I'd... I'd like to help."

"Told you," said Amicitia.

Starlight nodded, then held out another cloak and a scythe for Rainbow.

As Rainbow was suited up as a reaper, the aether began to rumble.

"Nytholotrot," Amicitia growled, turning, the form of a pitch black pony wearing a white, full face mask and ever changing Cutie Mark stood behind them.

The mastermind of darkness snarled in rage. "You...you....you..."

"Freed your victim, just like I said we would," Amicitia replied, then gave a smirk. "And this world: I think your master for this world has already left in huff now that the entire point of it is gone, and you've already twisted everything else into a puppet for your will to the point there's nothing left to torture."

Discord's cousin glared daggers. "Then I'll just drag her kicking and screaming back to where she belongs!"

Rainbow Dash gave a glare. "So you're the one who did THIS to me? No thanks, I'm not going back. EVER. And I'm going to help my friends escape to."

Nytholotrot began laughing. "You think you can escape? Maybe you could escape this mask, but I amthe god of thousand masks!"

=Devil Doom - Shadow the Hedgehog.=

Nytholotrot ripped the mask from his face and his form pulsated like billions of things where crawling inside it. Wings erupted out of his back, spraying blood and puss all over, talons erupting out of his hooves in the same fashion. Rainbow would have vomited at the sight.

With an unearthly screech, what was left of the pony guise tore apart, a blotted, bat-like monstrosity emerging, a single, three lobbed burning eye opening.

The Haunter of the Dark

"Let's see if you can outrun the darkness!"

The two reapers and one Goddess exchanged attacks and blows with the avatar of Grim Dark itself.

Amicitia had to block a beam of swirling darkness with a barrier while Starlight sliced her scythe across a leg, sending black blood pouring from the wound that resealed as quickly as it'd formed. 

Rainbow Dash attempted a slash of her own, only to barely escape being caught in it's massive jaws, red blood dripping from the nightmare's fangs.

Starlight slammed into The Haunter of the Dark's back, swinging her scythe and cutting open a wound...which promptly sprouted black tentacles and wrapped around her, pinning her front hooves to her side. Her fur began to smoke like acid was touching it.

Nythy's head spun around 180 degrees and spread its jaws wide like a snake in an attempt to swollow her whole.

"Shine, Slipknot!" 

Her scythe reconfigured itself into a sword and she used it to cleave herself free and barely evade the snapping jaws of the demon.

Amicitia opened fire with a beam of magic from her horn. "You made a mistake binding the Wolf, Nytholotrot!"

Starlight nodded. "And you've made a mistake tampering with death! You're not taking her back to that Hell!"

Nythy dove down, dodging the strike. He roared, calling down pitch black lightning bolts from above at the Alicorn, singing her fur as she just barely evaded them. "And you all made a mistake messing with my masterpiece!"

Nythy spun around, generating a massive cyclone, swinging the three heroes around and slamming them into the 'ground' (so to speak).

Diving down, the trio barely evaded another wide mouthed snap of it's jaws, specifically aimed at Rainbow Dash. "You're coming back with me, Rainbow Dash! You're never getting away! Your purpose is nothing but to suffer, that is all the Shadows desire of you and all you exist for!"

Rainbow threw a series of rapid kicks into his jaw, but doing very little but annoying him and barely escaping more tentacles. "No...You're never taking me back, and I'm NEVER going to let you hurt Scootaloo again!"

The battle raged on for quite some time, both sides taking damage, but Nythy healing quicker.

"I'm...never going back," Rainbow Dash muttered, having several wounds on her spiritual body. Her eyes fell on Starlight's sword. Something clicked. "...Fly...Scootaloo."

=Loyalty-Avators =

Rainbow Dash's scythe glowed, reforming itself if into long spear that crackled with lightning right as the Haunter of the Dark dove at her, mouth open wide...and was stabbed in the snout, thunder forcing him backwards. "Hold him off, I've got an idea!"

Rainbow Dash took off upwards. 

"No you don't!" The winged horror screeched, preparing to give chase, only for Amicitia to flash freeze him for the faction of a second it took for Starlight to slash off one of his claws before he broke free.

"No, no YOU don't!" Amicita replied.

Rainbow Dash stopped and focused, a red lightning bolt lighting up over her heart. "You took everything...you took all my friends...well now I'm lighting this world back up again! And I'm not letting you stop me!" 

Rainbow flew around in the shape of an infinite symbol until first one Sonic Rainboom went off, then a second at the other end of the loop, sending a rainbow colored shockwave radiating outwards.

The Haunter of the Dark screeched out, shielding its eye with its wing, the positive energy infused light seeming to BURN him.

"What's wrong, Nythy? Afraid of the light?"

The beast lowered its wing...just in time for Rainbow to pierce its eye with her spear, which was crackling with the same light as her Element of Loyalty. "Scootaloo, Applejack, Twilight, everypony! This is for you!"

The momentum of the Double Rainboom continued her on THROUGH him and erupting out of his back before coming to a stop, Loyalty colored lightning crackling about its form. 

"...My purpose is to be loyal to my friends, not be someone's chew toy...Now leave my friends alone, you're never touching them again," Rainbow stated, sliding to a stop and looking over her shoulder.

The Haunter finally burst into red colored flames and burned away into ashes that blew away in the wind, the fires streaking along innumerable invisible, dark puppet strings extending from him and incinerating them as well, until finally leaving Nythy floating in the middle, glaring daggers Amicitia as the red flames burned over him. "...This isn't over...It never will be. You've won in this world, but there will always be another world," he stated, his voice picture perfect, icy HATRED. 

Nythy himself burned away, his avatar reduced to ashes and his connection to this line severed.

Rainbow collapsed, but was caught by Amicitia and Starlight. "...You did it, Rainbow... you saved this world."

"...I did? But..."

Amicitia smiled. "...I wasn't lying when I said the old Shadow left. He threw a temper tantrum and I think smashed his controls."

"...So?"

Starlight chuckled. "I'm not as 'in the know' as a god, but an unfinished story can't continue with NO Shadow Who Makes, and the old one quit in the middle."

"...So another?"

Twilight nodded, looking up at the spiritual sky as lights streaked across it, heading back to the world below as everything became brighter. "...And they want a happy ending. The old Shadow helped Nythy steal the free will of this so his will could replace it...looks like the new one helped you set them free."

Rainbow Dash's eyes teared up. "So... my friends... they're?"

"They're free Rainbow," Starlight smirked. "Thanks to you."

Amicitia trotted over to the chained Blank Wolf. "Rainbow returned this world's light to it, but you still have work to do, big guy," she said, snapping its chains.

The Blank Wolf snarled and dashed off to finish the purging of Nythy's taint from the world that Rainbow Dash defeating Nytholotrot has began.

"...So what will happen to me?" Rainbow asked, struggling to stand up, her wings sore.

"...That depends... if the Blank Wolf is erasing what's left of Nytholotrot's taint and a new Shadow has taken over," Twilight explained, giving a smile. "...So I know one thing... it will be happy."

-


And then the sun came out.  Rainbow blinked and squinted... out of habit, not physical need, and saw Equestria looking like a black and white photo of some war zone.  Almost at once, though, the world around them began to change again.

Color flowed out over the hills.  New trees and grass began to sprout up, right before their eyes.  Amicitia smiled.  "Looks like Princess Celestia and Princess Luna are awake."  There was more... All over Ponyville, in the houses and streets and alleyways, ponies were stirring, awake and in their right minds for the first time in years.

Twilight Sparkle burst out of the Golden Oaks library, with Spike stumbling along behind her, still yawning profusely. Little Nyx right behind him. "Rainbow?!" she called out.  "Oh no...  Has anypony seen Rainbow Dash?!"  It was always so strange, thought Amicitia, seeing another version of herself with wings.  This was one of *those* worlds, where Alicorns were born hardly any more magical than a unicorn, and took centuries to grow into their full power.

Rainbow turned slowly to stare at Amicitia.  "You said *you* were Twilight."

Amicitia blushed.  "I am Twilight Sparkle... and more.  I'm not from around here."  She fumbled for words a bit... she was trying to keep it short, knowing that she didn't have much time.  "I owe someone a great debt, and this is how I'm repaying it, by helping other worlds in need."

Rainbow gulped when her friends eventually found her body... she refused to watch that part.  "So, they remember, huh?  I was hoping they wouldn't have to."

"Have you ever had a nightmare that seemed to last for ages and ages?" said Starlight.  "And then when you awoke, you realized that it made no sense, and you wondered why you were even scared?"

"Kinda like that, huh?"

"Would you rather everypony wake up and have no idea what happened to the world, or where you had gone or that you had saved them all?"

Rainbow scratched at her mane.  "Hey, I'm not *that* proud.  All those... things that happened.  Nopony should have to remember that."  

"You mean well," said Starlight.  "But how can ponies grieve and heal, if they don't even know what they have suffered and lost?  This is one of the things that you will learn, Rainbow Dash.  Ponies *need* this."

Now the three of them stood near the edge of town, where a great crowd of ponies and griffons and more had gathered around a small stone monument.  Applejack finished carving the inscription, then stepped back, removing her hat respectfully.  "For Rainbow Dash, the most daring pony in Ponyville."  All of her friends were there.  The Wonderbolts, Gilda, they were all there.  The Princesses were there, so weakened that they stood no taller than Twilight or the others, but they had come.  A pint-sized Discord floated beside Fluttershy... Discord, of all people.  Even Scootaloo was there.  The orange filly sat straight and tall, right in the front row, and she was wearing the Element of Loyalty.

Rainbow Dash held out of a hoof, reaching towards them.  "I... I don't want to go!"  The pegasus slumped, defeated.

"You need rest now," said Starlight soothingly.  "Rest and healing.  Later, we can talk about whether I need a junior reaper."

"Really?" asked Rainbow, brightening up at once.

Starlight chuckled.  "Really."

A cold gust of wind blew, and the Blank Wolf appeared before them, a towering mass of shadow with vicious claws and fangs and gleaming eyes.  ".thanK yoU," he growled at Amicitia.  ".noW geT ouT"

Amicitia nodded.  "It's selfish, but I'm glad you stayed for a little while, Rainbow.  Where you're going, I can't follow."

Rainbow Dash blinked.  "What, never ever?"

Amicitia hesitated, then smiled.  "Well... never is a really long time."  She spread her wings and launched herself into the air, soaring towards another world in need.
-
Rainbow covered her eyes, a bright light appearing before her. When she opened them, what looked like an exact copy of her before her and Starlight, except a white butterfly shaped mask on her face.

Remembering Nythy, she took a fighting stance. "Who are you?"

The entity smiled. "Do not be afraid Rainbow Dash. I am Fillimon, Nytholotrot's sibling and opposite number."

"Opposite...number?"

She nodded. "Yes. Where he represents all things Grim and Dark and the very worst aspects of the Shadows Who Make, I represent all things Happy and Bright, the very best aspects of those Shadows. Where my sibling seeks only destruction and suffering for ponies, I seek life and happiness for them."

Starlight put a hoof on Rainbow's shoulder. "You can trust her, Rainbow."

Rainbow nodded slowly. "So... why are you here?"

"My sibling forced you to see all the evil he has wrought on this world. I feel it is only proper that before you move on, you are shown all the good you have restored, and all the good that the New Shadow intends to do."

Fillimon turned into a swarm of golden butterflies and flew around the group, teleporting them away. When she reformed, they stood in Twilight's living room.

Twilight naturally had a can full of tissues and her eyes were somewhat bloodshot, but she looked down at Nyx. "So...you want to grow up to be a guardian?"

The little Alicorn nodded. "Yes...Rainbow Dash protected all of us, right? Somepony needs to protect us from now on..." the little filly looked like she was on the verge of tears, and Twilight hugged her, but her spirit remained resolute.

"In Nytholotrot's world, heroes can do nothing but die and fail, or pay such a horrible price that the victory feels like a defeat, but in the world you've brought? They can once more inspire."

They teleported once again.

"You want tah what?" Applebloom asked.

Scootaloo was currently on the balcony of the CMC's club house, flapping her wings rapidly and managing a little lift. "I'm going to be a Wonderbolt! Simple as that."

"Where did..."

Scootaloo looked back. "...Rainbow can't do that anymore...I...I want to do it for her...somepony needs to do it for her even if...she's...she's gone."

Rainbow Dash's eyes misted up. "Scootaloo..."

They watched Scootaloo's training for some time.

"For you Rainbow!" she yelled, jumping off the balacony for the millionth time (she'd mastered gliding, but not flight).

Fillimon looked to Rainbow Dash, producing a simple book. "The Shadow writes 'it is possible for Rainbow to speak some words of encouragement to her pupil.'"

Rainbow Dash blinked. "It's ASKING?"

"Well, less asking and more writing 'this thing is possible' and allowing your own character to take it from there, as a GOOD Shadow Who Makes does."

Rainbow Dash smiled.

Scootaloo.

Scootaloo blinked as she glided down. "Rainbow?"

I know you can do it! Never give up, Scoots!

Scootaloo's wings spread and she finally flew. And a Cutie Mark appeared on her flank.

Fillimon smiled. "Do you wish to see more?"

"...Scootaloo's an orphan, isn't she? Isn't she alone now?"

"Not anymore."

Fillimon pointed over to show Gilda waiting for Scootaloo to come down, cheering all the way.

"What?" Rainbow Dash asked in confusion.

They teleported again, showing Gilda still at the grave, long after everypony had left.

"Dash...I...I know I can't take it back but..." the proud griffin actually started crying. "I...I shouldn't have...I'm sorry...and now."

Fillimon looked to Rainbow Dash. "Gilda's last words to you when you were alive and she was not under Nytholotrot's control were words of anger and rage...words she never got to apologize for. And she never got to say goodbye. But with your death, she decided to never make that mistake ever again. And to take your place as Fluttershy's friend and Scootaloo's mentor."

"...And the Shadow wanted this to happen?"

"That is the secret of the Shadows Who Make, Rainbow Dash. Some do sow destruction and suffering...but most wish to sow goodness and light. They wish to allow friends to grow, ponies to be inspired, and 'villains' to find redemption the right way. Heroes are allowed to be beacons of hope and villains are allowed to have long buried hearts that can be dug back up. This is the light I exist to foster to dark the dark my brother sows, the good to his evil. And the light will always be stronger than the dark."

Rainbow smiled. "...Thanks...can you take me back to where we were? With Gilda?"

Fillimon nodded, teleporting the group back there.

Gilda...thank you...

Gilda blinked, looking around. "Huh?"

I forgive you, thank you for being there for them.

"Rainbow?"

"Gilda! Did you see me?!"

Gilda turned back and smiled as Scootaloo landed in front of her, ruffling her mane. "Yeah, squirt! You did great!...I'm sure Rainbow Dash would be proud of you."

"...Yeah...I think she would..."

Fillimon looked to Rainbow. "Come, I have much more to show you."

"...And if it's half as good as this, then I'll be glad to see it."

And so Rainbow headed off to see the world she had ushered into being.

And I, Amicitia, couldn't be happier to see it.
-
%Shadows live for the thrill of seeing the innocent corrupted. It is how they offload their mental sewage and are able to live their lives in sanity. These are the words of the crawling chaos, and why I exist.%
-

In several loops, Discord did manage to force Ecllipse to show herself while he had yet to be defeated. But even with Eclipse's fall, Discord rarely defeated her himself, after all, if there was one foe she knew best how to deal with, it was the one she'd fought since the beginning...but there was one way I found that Discord had to blindside the monster I used to be.




Discord looked up as Eclipse stood over them. Preparing to strike down this world, and him, as she had every loop.

'Maybe I should just have her kill me now...end this quick,' Discord thought

{She'll kill Fluttercruel first, she always does.}

Discord naturally looked at his daughter in sorrow.

'...I know...'

{But...there IS one way this can maybe end without her death. A way to finally end this nightmare...but...well, you know how much of a price that will come at...Are you willing to pay it for her? For your daughter and everything else? Are you willing to do the one thing Eclipse will never expect from you?}

Discord gasped, looking to Fluttercruel thoughtfully. '...'

Discord finally snapped up. "Fluttercruel, stab me through the heart!"

"What?!" Fluttercruel looked at her father in shock.

"Do it!"

The demi-draconequus stares at him with shock. "But...I...I"

"If you love me, PLEASE DO IT!"

Eclipse tisked, rolling her eyes, "Suicide? Haven't we tried this already? It never works. Silly Discord..."

Fluttercruel picks up the rod and looks at it in confusion. "But...I..."

"I'm your father, do it! That's an order!"

Fluttercruel, tears streaming down her face, finally drives it through his heart.

Discord smiles. "...Thank you...Ugh...there goes several vital bodily functions."

Eclipse chuckles. "Well, this is a fun little twist, but I can't let you go until next loop withou-"

Discord uses the last of his strength to teleport and grab Eclipse in a bear hug. Black hands erupted from his wound and wrapping around both of them. "What?!"

"...Cruelty is my daughter...she can kill me in a way to send me back to My Parents...and you're coming with me."

Eclipse's eyes widen in shock and she struggles to break free, but the hands won't let go. Shadows of Existence began to reach out, grabbing her as well, all screaming for her blood. "What?! But that means you have to face your family! You CAN'T want that!"

"..." Discord looked to his daughter. "...Cruelty...listen to me...Live your life. Don't make my mistakes. Be a good girl...I'm doing this so you can."

"...D-Dad? I..."

"I love you Cruelty, now PLEASE listen to Twilight and their friends! Be better than I was...oh, and drink your exploding chocolate milk young lady! You need it for strong bones!"

Eclipse stares in disbelief. "For her?...You....You...You CAN'T DO THAT! You're not supposed sacrifice yourself! What's your plan?"

"...Letting my daughter have a future...now come along, Twilight, it's time you met my parents!"

Eclipse screams in rage as both implode into Discord's wound, sucking them to Entropy's realm of Oblivion.

Twilight and company could only stare in disbelief throughout the whole scene. "Discord...let himself die to beat her?...that..." Twilight sees Fluttercruel crying her eyes out and trots over to her... "Fluttercruel..."

"...I...I don't know what Dad wants me to do...I...I killed him but...he asked me too...he wants me to be good...I don't know what he means..."

Twilight took a few moments to process what just happened...then offered her hoof to the broken Demi-Draconequus. "...Then let me show you like he asked ME too..."


The one thing Discord could do that Eclipse would never, and could never see coming was to sacrifice himself for another. Be it to save Queen Apple Pie's life in one world or his daughter in several, the idea of Discord giving his freedom and life for someone else was simply alien to Eclipse. After all, since when is 'evil, rotten Discord' capable of selflessness?
Pony POV MORE Amicitia Light visits to Grim Worlds
Didn't expect this to be so popular that it needed a second entry, but here we are. 

I was going to post another chapter, but it turns out due to a miscommunication, the chapter I spent today editing, Louis was ALSO reediting on his own. So there are now FOUR versions of the next chapter in existence! (0-0). 

So here enjoy Amicitia's endless and tireless quest to give stories a happier ending under their own power. 

MORE OF Pony POV Princess Twilight Lightly visits to Grim Worlds


This is a record of other pony fanon worlds visited by Amciitia that came to a bad end. And her attempts to nudge things to a brighter future. 


Anyone can write one. 


Parts Added:

-MtangaLion  And Kendell2
(That ".out.of.character." fic someone linked, that was well-crafted and horrifying... I was afraid I'd dream about it.  I wrote this to get it out of my system. -MtangaLion
Continued from Lion's. Note, the incarnation he starts in is the one from The Stars Will Aid In Their Escape, the later form is inspired by some of his forms from the Cthulhu Mythos: --Kendell2
OOC: Gonna let someone else write if Rainbow Dash is allowed to return or not.--Kendell2)


-MtangaLion
 

-Alex Warlorn

- Alex Warlorn

-Kendell2 (Found something I showed Alex once and never had a good place for it until now.)




Amiticia's rules:


1) She can not 'assume direct control' of anyone under any circumstances. 


2) She can not physically manifest unless it can be passed off as a hallucination or trick of the mind, and may NOT physically meddle. 


3) If a deity who is not native to that universe has already intervened or taken part in things, Amicitia can perform much more blatant miracles to help others.


4) She can manifest as a pony's 'shoulder angel', conscience, voice of reason, voice of courage, voice of inspiration, what have you to others at critical moments. (She's able to bend this rule a little when it's that reality's Twilight Sparkle she's speaking to since she's speaking to herself.) 


5) She CANNOT give information that person couldn't logically know. 


6) She can speak more directly to the pets (Gummy, etc), but they CAN NOT act out of character, nor can they give information they wouldn't logically have or act in ways that don't make sense in story. 


7) If something has been established as how the laws of magic or physics works in that world, Amicitia CAN NOT change it. 


8) Amicitia can arrange things behind the scenes that are improbable, but NEVER impossible. 


9) Amicitia once provided Applebloom and Sweetie Belle in the Friendship is Oppression verse an anonymous vision to inspire them to find the Element of Chaos, she is strictly forbidden from helping that world further under penalty of violence. 


10 )Above everything, it must be like from the story's own narrative that Amicitia was not there at all, like a ghost. (Like how REAL ninja made a point of no one knowing there WAS a ninja.) 


11) If Amicitia become an Insert (for example, appears, hands Applebloom the Master Sword when Bloom cornered by zombies, or blasts the zombies to ashes herself), the Blank Wolf of that timeline will erase everything she's done and she can not try again. 


12) TL;DR Amicitia can not break the suspension of disbelief, create a plot hole, violate anyone's free will, or make it seem like she was there at all from the perception of the characters or the narrative.


Detailed version here: alexwarlorn.deviantart.com/jou…


Covert art by leffenkitty.deviantart.com/art…

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Two MLP comics released in one day? Maybe they are trying to clear out the bad taste of that last arc. 

 AJ has the yoke on and pulling the plow instead of her brother (it's rather outsized to her IMHO), and AJ DARES TEMPT FATE! By saying how nothing could ruin this lovely morning. 

Seriously, AJ should have known better. She has none to blame but herself. 

Cue one scene pegasus with light violet coat, blond mane, brown eyes and sash that says 'City Official' and a paper and pencil cutie mark.

And it's established that yes, AJ is responsible for Sweet Apple Acres.

And AJ is told that the barn is three hooves too tall according to Ponyville's height limits on buildings. She owes the city fifty bits for it. 

Instead of say, just paying the stupid fifty bits and being done with it, AJ throws a temper tantrum about the barn being OLDER than the laws of Ponyville, in spite of how often it was built from scratch. 

Inside Ponyville city hall, which the Doctor was apparently the contractor (bigger on the inside). 

Cue pony with swirlie glasses, buck teeth, bow tie, Melvin like hair, and a pocket protector cutie mark. 

AJ outright demands the guy at the front desk use power and authority he doesn't have to make a exception to the law because the Apples are Ponyville's oldest family and therefore above the law. 

He lays down on her enough questions to make a tax form blush (speaking of which I haven't done my taxes yet, uh-oh). AJ IS TICKED at how the questions don't seem to be going anywhere (IE where she WANTS them to go, getting the fine nulled just because she says so). 

The desk pony . . . an hour later, comes back with the forms for AJ to fill out. They're their own mini-tower, it should get a 50 bit fine. 

Cue next page.

It's like Pinkie's board game from her and Twilight's friends forever. Only this time it's a maze. 

Unlike Pinkie's 'game' however, it 'ends' with 'Surprise! There is no end! Go back to start!' (Sounds like how normal red tape works.) 

Finally, the pony admits he forgot one last form, but AJ stops him, and demands he A) null the fine, B) gives her someone who can or C) she tears down the entire city hall. 

Okay, Applejack is threatening violence against a faceless humble office worker, I know this is supposed to be funny, and show how off the edge AJ's been pushed, but if one of the bad guys did this, it would count as kick the dog. 

Mayor Mare arrives, and the two formally introduce themselves, and Mayor Mare admits she knows the Apples and asks how Granny Smith is doing. 

Mayor Mare promises she CAN get AJ's request done with a swift favoritism of power, and leads her along. 

First down a hall of history showing all of Ponyville's mayors, past AND present (striking the pose of her own picture!). 

Mayor leads her first to the department of building management. 

Sit Down, John - 1776 

A third pony is sleeping with drool between two FURIOUS ponies. 

(One who has a bird in her mane.)

"No, this is all wrong!" 

"No, YOU'RE all wrong!" 

One pony is scared and timid standing on top of a filing cabinet. 

What is the argument? . . . Where to put the paper clips. 

"Sit down, John!" 

Mayor Mare says to put the two boxes of paper clips in the two desired spots, and which one runs out first is the new designated spot.

AJ coughs and Mayor Mare, her smile never breaking, says NOW she remembers where they need to go. (YOU can see where this is going.)

AJ wonders if all these ponies are actually needed to keep Equestria running.

Mayor Mare says all have a role to play. 

"Hoggle" (a clear labyrinth reference) for instance is in charge of making sure the public water fountains are neither too hot nor too cold. "How goes the temperature Hoggle?"

"Not sure Mayor."

"Good job Hoggle."

AJ, "But… but… that's what I'm talking about! That pony wasn't doing ANYTHING helpful… at all!"

"Wasn't he though, when you really think about it?"

"NO!" 

Mayor Mare KEEPS smiling as she says things are esoteric, but everything has a purpose here. 

"Now, follow me! I'm sure solution to your problem is just down this hall. Possibly to the left. If not there, then certainly on the third floor."

AJ looks tuckered out behind her. 

Then a page of pictures framed by paper with red stamps and office supplies. 

Photo op with the CMC (Scoot grinning). 

Spike is 'Department of Dragon Relations' apparently, and is "schnoorr"ing. 

Mayr Mare shows the town record, holding a classic torch, with outlines of very realistically done rats, and AJ has a bug spray exterminator canister. 

AJ in a hamster wheel.

And Fluttershy with the Melvin-like pony, happily writing out a pet registration form. 
(Slot, kagaroo and kit, nice, goofer, pig, geese, squirrel). 

AJ has Mayor Mares happily bouncing arund her head. 

AJ's fury peak BUCKING AND HAIR FLAMING AND HAT FLYING. 
"THAT IT'S! I CAN'T TAKE A SINGLE DANG MOMENT MORE OF THIS! EVERYTHING AND I MEAN -EVERYTHING- ABOUT THIS PLACE IS BACKWARDS, CONFUSING AND JUST PLAIN -POORLY FUN!-"

"FILL OUT THESE TEN BILLION FORMS!" AJ grins like a ghoul. 

"GO TO THIS OFFICE BUT NOT BETWEEN THE HOURS OF TEN AND THREE OR NOT AN ODD-NUMBERED DAY OF THE MONTH!" Derpy face. 


"Forge to change your referral number if there's ten chickens in a tree!" AJ has an 'out of lunch' sign hanging around her neck, need I say more? 

"I GIVE UP!" AJ pushes her hat down in defeat. 

Mayor Mare laughs. 

AJ wants to know what's so funny. 

Mayor Mare admits AJ reminds her of HERSELF once upon a time. Mayor Mare ADMITS Ponyville's government "can appear a litte… unorthadox at times." And ADMITS things could be done faster. 

*Melvin like pony seen in background now with crush on Shy*

Mayor Mare fast talks AJ into bringing some of her 'no-nonsense wisdom' to the playing field for the day and drags her along before AJ can reply.

First it's the Ponyville Business Council. 

It's our hippy pony stoner. 
Carrot Cake.
The owner of Quills and Sofas.
Filthy Rich. 
And Rarity. 

They are NOT happy about the tax spike, as it's cutting into their customers' willingness to buy. 

Mayor Mare, nervously reminds them they AGREED to raise taxes this year to balance out last years tax cut that was to ease the pressure off business who were healing from the 'great termite fiasco' (is that what happened during Mare Do Well?). And without the tax money, theres no way to fix Ponyville's water pipes. 

Filthy Rich considers opening his sporting good shop ELSEWHERE (much to Mayor Mare'd dismay). AJ admits she ALSO got stung by the raise spike, but she admits she DID get the tax cut last year. 

AJ suggests a month long with no sales tax, that'll encourage customers from EVERYWHERE, it'll boost sales, create new customers, and balance out any losses from the tax spike. 

"We could call it 'Stinking Rich Days!' (named after his grandfather). 

Next comes the first statue to be unveiled of Princess Twilight tomorrow. Except the artist recently had eye surgery and bungled the face. 

I don't know if the 'ugly' statue of Twilight is meant to be a mule or a take that against G3 (again -_- I'm honestly surprised the breezies didn't bashed how much G3 is smacked). 

AJ grabs Mayor Mare's day planner and puts it over the statue's face, saying that it fits Twilight perfectly now. 

He also calls them 'Mr Cow.'

Next comes three almost identical mares who are Mayor Mare's reelection committee in seven months. (Who would even run against her?).

The first two have a graph and the other a pie-chart for cutie marks the next has the @ symbol for her cutie mark (she is also off her rocker and only been on the job for three days counting this one). 

Apparently ponies who don't like raisins are increasing their like of Major Mare. The pie carts shows favored pie slice sizes. And the third is nuts. 

AJ says to listen to early ponies at the picnic promenade next week, then a some meet and greet at Alonzo's pretzel store and to create an official marmalade: ponylade. 

AJ admits she appreciates more how much Mayor Mare does in a day. But she still thinks City Hall is a big mess. 

"I know that there's lots to do, but it's no different from anything else. Hard work and a lick of common sense, and the job gets done! No pony should have to go through what I did this morning!"

"I does seem frustraiting at times, I know, I suppose that's why I took you along today. I wanted you to see-"

Then Melvin-pony comes declaring Ponyville has a crisis on its hooves. 

Ponies are turning into talking fruit and veggies with faces left and right! One farmer is given attacked by his own pig. And we see a radish that MIGHT be Scootaloo. 

We get one panel of a horrified Sweetie Belle wearing a fruit basket hat, CRYING, her horn clearly suffering a magic surge, and declaring she's made a huge mistake. 

Applejack thinks it's time for the main characters to save the day. 

Except this is a spotlight story, so the mane six are already turned into talking fruit (Pinkie is a grapefruit, Shy is a banana with lemon legs, Twilight is an eggplant, Rarity is a white cauliflower, Rainbow Dash is a zap apple for the record, and yes, we've all seen that fan comic, yes that one) except for Applejack.

"APPPLEJACK! SAVE US!"

AJ begins to lose it. Swirl eyes to show she's having a panic attack. "Uh okay. Aplejack, keep level-headed. Maybe if we just got a big… bushel, and then put everyone in the bushel?" 

Strangely, I don't feel the same RAGE I did when the villain sue of the pets issue took out Twilight off camera-- I wonder why. 

Since this story isn't about the mane six, Mayor Mare and his crew are allowed to hold the competency ball instead of being world experts in being useless. And basically Applejack is the one HELPING instead of leading the charge. 

Mayor Mare barks precise and direct orders at her staff on how to keep the ponies from harm, and to quickly find a way to fix the mess! 

the crisis is listed as simply 'once big giant crisis later…' everypony back to normal, with Mayor Mare giving a speech about the disaster. 

Mayor Mare says the Great Cornucopia Castastrophe source is unknown. It's not known if it's really unknown, or whether she's lying for the sake of keeping one filly from becoming the town pariah when she doesn't have the protection of Princess Celestia. (Sweetie belle is shown with a nervous grin). 

AJ apologize to Mayor Mare for everything she said, and says when the chips are down, MM really knows how to inspire ponies. 

MM and AJ then sit on a bench, and MM shares her story. She wasn't always inspiring. Just the opposite. 

One day, an event inspired her to run for Mayor. She was determined to win and had everything to prove. She worked hard. She made buttons, gave speeches, and shook lots of hooves.

Except. . .  she was the fresh new blood, the exciting new young dynamic candidate, why should SHE have to listen to ANYONE? 

She didn't pay any attention to the problems of the ponies "I aimed to represent."

Her entire campaign WAS ABOUT HERSELF! 

She lost BIG TIME . . . in the rain, NO ONE showed up for her on election day. 

"I was crushed by that defeat, I felt like a failure."

When she remembered her inspiration, "and realized that nothing had changed. I still wanted to help Ponyville be the best town it could be."

This time she got involved in the community, LISTENED to what their concerns were, and what they wanted for Ponyville, and GOT TO KNOW THEM! 

This time her campaign was about what Ponyville wanted, not her. 

"That time spent getting to know Ponyville, I realized something important… this town is made up of all sorts of different types of ponies. Each and every one of us our own strengths and weaknesses. Together we can get through anything.

"I could demand that everything be done how I want it. But I learned the hard way that's not always the way to do things. Ponyville can get a little crazy, but we're a team… no matter what! 

"That's why I'm still excited about this job. I get to go out and meet and work with ponies. The job's not about me, it's about Ponyville. And I don't think I'll ever loving Ponyville."

Then Mayor Mare gives AJ her citation negated on the spot. 

She could have done it at any time. 

But AJ reminded her so much of herself at her age, she wanted to show AJ the other side of Ponyville. 

In other words, if she HAD just done it for AJ on the spot, what would she have LEARNED? 

AJ asks what inspired Mayor Mare to get into politics. 

She got a citation for having a cookie jar too large. Mayor Mare thought it was ridiculous because that cookie jar had been in her family for generations. She was sure if she became Mayor could stop those sort of silly things from happening. 

Mayor Mare says that, (after she retires of course) AJ could make a good Mayor herself one day. 

This comic reminds me of the fanfic 'Mayor For a Day' as Mayor Mare gives the mane six a chance to see the realities of logistics and bureaucracy and it MEANS to be Mayor of Ponyville. 

The only real and TRUE flaw of this comic as a whole critically speaking is that Applejack never once learned that just because she was first, doesn't mean she should be granted an EXCEPTION to the rules. I mean, if Carrot Top demanded that citation be removed, or Rarity, or Filthy Rich, what right would they have it? And Applejack has bucking rebuild that barn from scratch time and time again, her having it be that exact high every time she's rebuilt it even when it's no longer within zoning laws feels like a BIG CASE of Protagonist Centered Morality. That is my only real complaint tis issue. 

Next month it's Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon… let's hope we don't get another "Look! See! Here's ANOTHER reason to hate these two!" -_- Seriously, it's gotten boring! GIVE US SOME PERSONALITY OTHER THAN MORE REASONS TO HATE THEM ALREADY! 
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Two MLP comics released in one day? Maybe they are trying to clear out the bad taste of that last arc. 

 AJ has the yoke on and pulling the plow instead of her brother (it's rather outsized to her IMHO), and AJ DARES TEMPT FATE! By saying how nothing could ruin this lovely morning. 

Seriously, AJ should have known better. She has none to blame but herself. 

Cue one scene pegasus with light violet coat, blond mane, brown eyes and sash that says 'City Official' and a paper and pencil cutie mark.

And it's established that yes, AJ is responsible for Sweet Apple Acres.

And AJ is told that the barn is three hooves too tall according to Ponyville's height limits on buildings. She owes the city fifty bits for it. 

Instead of say, just paying the stupid fifty bits and being done with it, AJ throws a temper tantrum about the barn being OLDER than the laws of Ponyville, in spite of how often it was built from scratch. 

Inside Ponyville city hall, which the Doctor was apparently the contractor (bigger on the inside). 

Cue pony with swirlie glasses, buck teeth, bow tie, Melvin like hair, and a pocket protector cutie mark. 

AJ outright demands the guy at the front desk use power and authority he doesn't have to make a exception to the law because the Apples are Ponyville's oldest family and therefore above the law. 

He lays down on her enough questions to make a tax form blush (speaking of which I haven't done my taxes yet, uh-oh). AJ IS TICKED at how the questions don't seem to be going anywhere (IE where she WANTS them to go, getting the fine nulled just because she says so). 

The desk pony . . . an hour later, comes back with the forms for AJ to fill out. They're their own mini-tower, it should get a 50 bit fine. 

Cue next page.

It's like Pinkie's board game from her and Twilight's friends forever. Only this time it's a maze. 

Unlike Pinkie's 'game' however, it 'ends' with 'Surprise! There is no end! Go back to start!' (Sounds like how normal red tape works.) 

Finally, the pony admits he forgot one last form, but AJ stops him, and demands he A) null the fine, B) gives her someone who can or C) she tears down the entire city hall. 

Okay, Applejack is threatening violence against a faceless humble office worker, I know this is supposed to be funny, and show how off the edge AJ's been pushed, but if one of the bad guys did this, it would count as kick the dog. 

Mayor Mare arrives, and the two formally introduce themselves, and Mayor Mare admits she knows the Apples and asks how Granny Smith is doing. 

Mayor Mare promises she CAN get AJ's request done with a swift favoritism of power, and leads her along. 

First down a hall of history showing all of Ponyville's mayors, past AND present (striking the pose of her own picture!). 

Mayor leads her first to the department of building management. 

Sit Down, John - 1776 

A third pony is sleeping with drool between two FURIOUS ponies. 

(One who has a bird in her mane.)

"No, this is all wrong!" 

"No, YOU'RE all wrong!" 

One pony is scared and timid standing on top of a filing cabinet. 

What is the argument? . . . Where to put the paper clips. 

"Sit down, John!" 

Mayor Mare says to put the two boxes of paper clips in the two desired spots, and which one runs out first is the new designated spot.

AJ coughs and Mayor Mare, her smile never breaking, says NOW she remembers where they need to go. (YOU can see where this is going.)

AJ wonders if all these ponies are actually needed to keep Equestria running.

Mayor Mare says all have a role to play. 

"Hoggle" (a clear labyrinth reference) for instance is in charge of making sure the public water fountains are neither too hot nor too cold. "How goes the temperature Hoggle?"

"Not sure Mayor."

"Good job Hoggle."

AJ, "But… but… that's what I'm talking about! That pony wasn't doing ANYTHING helpful… at all!"

"Wasn't he though, when you really think about it?"

"NO!" 

Mayor Mare KEEPS smiling as she says things are esoteric, but everything has a purpose here. 

"Now, follow me! I'm sure solution to your problem is just down this hall. Possibly to the left. If not there, then certainly on the third floor."

AJ looks tuckered out behind her. 

Then a page of pictures framed by paper with red stamps and office supplies. 

Photo op with the CMC (Scoot grinning). 

Spike is 'Department of Dragon Relations' apparently, and is "schnoorr"ing. 

Mayr Mare shows the town record, holding a classic torch, with outlines of very realistically done rats, and AJ has a bug spray exterminator canister. 

AJ in a hamster wheel.

And Fluttershy with the Melvin-like pony, happily writing out a pet registration form. 
(Slot, kagaroo and kit, nice, goofer, pig, geese, squirrel). 

AJ has Mayor Mares happily bouncing arund her head. 

AJ's fury peak BUCKING AND HAIR FLAMING AND HAT FLYING. 
"THAT IT'S! I CAN'T TAKE A SINGLE DANG MOMENT MORE OF THIS! EVERYTHING AND I MEAN -EVERYTHING- ABOUT THIS PLACE IS BACKWARDS, CONFUSING AND JUST PLAIN -POORLY FUN!-"

"FILL OUT THESE TEN BILLION FORMS!" AJ grins like a ghoul. 

"GO TO THIS OFFICE BUT NOT BETWEEN THE HOURS OF TEN AND THREE OR NOT AN ODD-NUMBERED DAY OF THE MONTH!" Derpy face. 


"Forge to change your referral number if there's ten chickens in a tree!" AJ has an 'out of lunch' sign hanging around her neck, need I say more? 

"I GIVE UP!" AJ pushes her hat down in defeat. 

Mayor Mare laughs. 

AJ wants to know what's so funny. 

Mayor Mare admits AJ reminds her of HERSELF once upon a time. Mayor Mare ADMITS Ponyville's government "can appear a litte… unorthadox at times." And ADMITS things could be done faster. 

*Melvin like pony seen in background now with crush on Shy*

Mayor Mare fast talks AJ into bringing some of her 'no-nonsense wisdom' to the playing field for the day and drags her along before AJ can reply.

First it's the Ponyville Business Council. 

It's our hippy pony stoner. 
Carrot Cake.
The owner of Quills and Sofas.
Filthy Rich. 
And Rarity. 

They are NOT happy about the tax spike, as it's cutting into their customers' willingness to buy. 

Mayor Mare, nervously reminds them they AGREED to raise taxes this year to balance out last years tax cut that was to ease the pressure off business who were healing from the 'great termite fiasco' (is that what happened during Mare Do Well?). And without the tax money, theres no way to fix Ponyville's water pipes. 

Filthy Rich considers opening his sporting good shop ELSEWHERE (much to Mayor Mare'd dismay). AJ admits she ALSO got stung by the raise spike, but she admits she DID get the tax cut last year. 

AJ suggests a month long with no sales tax, that'll encourage customers from EVERYWHERE, it'll boost sales, create new customers, and balance out any losses from the tax spike. 

"We could call it 'Stinking Rich Days!' (named after his grandfather). 

Next comes the first statue to be unveiled of Princess Twilight tomorrow. Except the artist recently had eye surgery and bungled the face. 

I don't know if the 'ugly' statue of Twilight is meant to be a mule or a take that against G3 (again -_- I'm honestly surprised the breezies didn't bashed how much G3 is smacked). 

AJ grabs Mayor Mare's day planner and puts it over the statue's face, saying that it fits Twilight perfectly now. 

He also calls them 'Mr Cow.'

Next comes three almost identical mares who are Mayor Mare's reelection committee in seven months. (Who would even run against her?).

The first two have a graph and the other a pie-chart for cutie marks the next has the @ symbol for her cutie mark (she is also off her rocker and only been on the job for three days counting this one). 

Apparently ponies who don't like raisins are increasing their like of Major Mare. The pie carts shows favored pie slice sizes. And the third is nuts. 

AJ says to listen to early ponies at the picnic promenade next week, then a some meet and greet at Alonzo's pretzel store and to create an official marmalade: ponylade. 

AJ admits she appreciates more how much Mayor Mare does in a day. But she still thinks City Hall is a big mess. 

"I know that there's lots to do, but it's no different from anything else. Hard work and a lick of common sense, and the job gets done! No pony should have to go through what I did this morning!"

"I does seem frustraiting at times, I know, I suppose that's why I took you along today. I wanted you to see-"

Then Melvin-pony comes declaring Ponyville has a crisis on its hooves. 

Ponies are turning into talking fruit and veggies with faces left and right! One farmer is given attacked by his own pig. And we see a radish that MIGHT be Scootaloo. 

We get one panel of a horrified Sweetie Belle wearing a fruit basket hat, CRYING, her horn clearly suffering a magic surge, and declaring she's made a huge mistake. 

Applejack thinks it's time for the main characters to save the day. 

Except this is a spotlight story, so the mane six are already turned into talking fruit (Pinkie is a grapefruit, Shy is a banana with lemon legs, Twilight is an eggplant, Rarity is a white cauliflower, Rainbow Dash is a zap apple for the record, and yes, we've all seen that fan comic, yes that one) except for Applejack.

"APPPLEJACK! SAVE US!"

AJ begins to lose it. Swirl eyes to show she's having a panic attack. "Uh okay. Aplejack, keep level-headed. Maybe if we just got a big… bushel, and then put everyone in the bushel?" 

Strangely, I don't feel the same RAGE I did when the villain sue of the pets issue took out Twilight off camera-- I wonder why. 

Since this story isn't about the mane six, Mayor Mare and his crew are allowed to hold the competency ball instead of being world experts in being useless. And basically Applejack is the one HELPING instead of leading the charge. 

Mayor Mare barks precise and direct orders at her staff on how to keep the ponies from harm, and to quickly find a way to fix the mess! 

the crisis is listed as simply 'once big giant crisis later…' everypony back to normal, with Mayor Mare giving a speech about the disaster. 

Mayor Mare says the Great Cornucopia Castastrophe source is unknown. It's not known if it's really unknown, or whether she's lying for the sake of keeping one filly from becoming the town pariah when she doesn't have the protection of Princess Celestia. (Sweetie belle is shown with a nervous grin). 

AJ apologize to Mayor Mare for everything she said, and says when the chips are down, MM really knows how to inspire ponies. 

MM and AJ then sit on a bench, and MM shares her story. She wasn't always inspiring. Just the opposite. 

One day, an event inspired her to run for Mayor. She was determined to win and had everything to prove. She worked hard. She made buttons, gave speeches, and shook lots of hooves.

Except. . .  she was the fresh new blood, the exciting new young dynamic candidate, why should SHE have to listen to ANYONE? 

She didn't pay any attention to the problems of the ponies "I aimed to represent."

Her entire campaign WAS ABOUT HERSELF! 

She lost BIG TIME . . . in the rain, NO ONE showed up for her on election day. 

"I was crushed by that defeat, I felt like a failure."

When she remembered her inspiration, "and realized that nothing had changed. I still wanted to help Ponyville be the best town it could be."

This time she got involved in the community, LISTENED to what their concerns were, and what they wanted for Ponyville, and GOT TO KNOW THEM! 

This time her campaign was about what Ponyville wanted, not her. 

"That time spent getting to know Ponyville, I realized something important… this town is made up of all sorts of different types of ponies. Each and every one of us our own strengths and weaknesses. Together we can get through anything.

"I could demand that everything be done how I want it. But I learned the hard way that's not always the way to do things. Ponyville can get a little crazy, but we're a team… no matter what! 

"That's why I'm still excited about this job. I get to go out and meet and work with ponies. The job's not about me, it's about Ponyville. And I don't think I'll ever loving Ponyville."

Then Mayor Mare gives AJ her citation negated on the spot. 

She could have done it at any time. 

But AJ reminded her so much of herself at her age, she wanted to show AJ the other side of Ponyville. 

In other words, if she HAD just done it for AJ on the spot, what would she have LEARNED? 

AJ asks what inspired Mayor Mare to get into politics. 

She got a citation for having a cookie jar too large. Mayor Mare thought it was ridiculous because that cookie jar had been in her family for generations. She was sure if she became Mayor could stop those sort of silly things from happening. 

Mayor Mare says that, (after she retires of course) AJ could make a good Mayor herself one day. 

This comic reminds me of the fanfic 'Mayor For a Day' as Mayor Mare gives the mane six a chance to see the realities of logistics and bureaucracy and it MEANS to be Mayor of Ponyville. 

The only real and TRUE flaw of this comic as a whole critically speaking is that Applejack never once learned that just because she was first, doesn't mean she should be granted an EXCEPTION to the rules. I mean, if Carrot Top demanded that citation be removed, or Rarity, or Filthy Rich, what right would they have it? And Applejack has bucking rebuild that barn from scratch time and time again, her having it be that exact high every time she's rebuilt it even when it's no longer within zoning laws feels like a BIG CASE of Protagonist Centered Morality. That is my only real complaint tis issue. 

Next month it's Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon… let's hope we don't get another "Look! See! Here's ANOTHER reason to hate these two!" -_- Seriously, it's gotten boring! GIVE US SOME PERSONALITY OTHER THAN MORE REASONS TO HATE THEM ALREADY! 
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Persona22 Featured By Owner 12 hours ago
Fluttershy: [gasp] Oh! Oh, gosh! Sorry. It's just, oh, running for Fall Formal Princess is a really bad idea.
Twilight Sparkle: Why?
Fluttershy: Sunset Shimmer wants to be Fall Formal Princess, and when she wants something, she gets it! She'll make life awful for anyone who stands in her way. Just ask the girl who ran against her for Princess of the Spring Fling.

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Sunset Shimmer: But... But all I've ever done since being here is drive everyone apart. I don't know the first thing about friendship.
Twilight Sparkle: I bet they can teach you.

Rarity's expression at this: imgur.com/QW3jCEl

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Twilight Sparkle: You'll look out for her, won't you?
Rarity: Of course we will. Although I do expect some sort of apology for last spring's debacle.


Anyone else thinks that Rarity was the girl that Sunset humiliated for running for Princess of the Spring Fling against her?
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner 11 hours ago
I thought that was obvious.
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Persona22 Featured By Owner 11 hours ago
It was? I really never noticed until now... nobody seemed to mention anything about it by specific names like "It was Rarity."
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PoseMe Featured By Owner 12 hours ago
thx 4 faves!
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Already faved.
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Scootaloo finds a way to fly after all: bumskuchen.deviantart.com/art/…
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Nice cutie mark for Bloom.
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner 1 day ago
I agree, kinda suits her.
...A little bit worried that their plane has visible gun mounts, though. (Not that 30 mm cannon shells are cheap, but...)
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