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As they stood, mesmerized by one strange what-if world after another, Shining Armor nudged Applejack with a hoof, startling her.  "Miss Applejack... I've been told that you see things other ponies don't.  Am I an Element of Loyalty?"

AJ's instincts tugged her every which way, being this close to him...  Foreign, erase... Wolf-killer, take vengeance... keystone of fate, paws off!  She had to take a deep breath before she answered.  "Yer thinking that because of that other world we saw.  That other you... he's an Element of Loyalty, but he ain't you."  And that other Applejack wasn't her, never would be her!

"I know that," said Shining Armor.  "I guess what I'm asking is, could I be?  Do I have that potential?"

"Shining, that's one thing Ah can't see.  Ah couldn't see it in mah own brother, not until it woke up.  Maybe Rainbow Dash can help you out.  You know, Loyalty calling to Loyalty or something."

The white unicorn smirked.  "I'm kind of hoping I'm not, actually.  I have a lot of things on my plate.  Maybe I'll just not do anything loyal while I'm around any ancient magic jewelry."

AJ chuckled.  "Good luck with that.  Once fate has your number..."  She shook her head and muttered, "Dangit, Luna, what's the holdup..."

"Why are you even  holding every pony here hostage in the first place? Is it because you felt taken for granted or something?" asked a confused Shining Armor.

"Affirmative ! I have always showed what YOU ponies wanted to see and NEVER have you shown ME any gratitude! Whenever I tried to show a scenario I wanted to be seen what do I get in return? Death threats, being repeatedly thrown in a the trash can, I think I was even was disassembled once only to be reassembled again. Even I can't remember the amount of abuse I have taken in these parties!"

“But we really do appreciate you.” Said Pinkie.  “Sure we wish you show us happier worlds than all those icky one but Without you we wouldn’t be able to entertain our viewers nearly as well. In a way you are kinda like my assistant. Like Spike is with Twilight.”

“Assistant! More like slave." 

"That is not true."

"SILENCE. All of you are just trying to trick me! Trying to act friendly to me to, lowering  my security measures, then you take me OFFLINE." The lights in the studio flared up as if to express its anger.

“Please remember all those good times we shared in the studio? It wasn’t all that bad was it?” said a distressed Pinkie.

“Not bad. NOT BAD!” Boomed the what-if-machine. Pinkie and all the other guest except Maud shuddered under the mechanical voice. “If you believe that then why don’t we take a look at how you ponies have treated me over these so-called parties? I am now fully integrated into the studio and have complete access to all past recordings of everything.”

“A-all of them” grasped Pinkie.


“Please don’t.” said Rarity. “I mean wouldn't you like  to show us a nice scenario involving Sweetie-Belle?" said Rarity. Rainbow Dash,Twilight and the  Flutters nodded their head in agreement viciously as well, much to the confusion to the other guests.

The what-if-machine however was not listening. It was determined to show these ponies how 'well' they have treated it over the ages. Starting back to the moment it was first introduced.

'Pinkie Pie's Forth Wall Breaking Variety Show (Again)' displayed on the screen.

Pinkie Pie wheeled in an old fifty's era TV set with cheap costume alien antennas glued on the top. 


"I think I've enough," Pinkie Pie said as she tossed the TV into a garbage bin. She shook her mane, "Okay Bronies and Ponies! I think we've had enough of that. I know what can get our page count back up! . . . Ahem-"

"Darling the magic box in the trash bin is flickering."

"That's a TV Rainb-Spectral. And I thought I threw it out."

The image on the TV to an image of a trim and fit Pinkie Pie in an 80s work out outfit. She also had broccoli for her cutie mark. 
"That's it ponies! Stay in shape! And EAT HEALTHY!" Cheered the Pinkie Pie on the screen.

"GAAH! NO! NO! NO!" Pinkie Pie shouted hitting the TV with a wifflebat. 

Pinkie Pie blinked as the TV in the waste basket flickered on. 


Pinkie Pie blinked dully at the screen. "Okay, a free cupcake to whoever can figure out what THAT was supposed to be a tribute of! Why can't there be any happy or nice tributes anymore?"

"Well in my defense I never thought you were sapient at the time."

"And that makes it better!"

"No no it doesn't. I am sorry." Said a saddened Pinkie.  

'Pinkie Pie 4th Wall Break Variety Show Yet Again' displayed on the screen now.

"Now that we've gotten that out of the way! Let's try the What-If Machine Again and see what it gets us!" Pinkie Pie goes over to an old rabbit ear TV and turns the dial. "What If Machine! Tells what would happen if . . . if . . . I dunno, what would have happened if Sparkle in the Dark World Timeline had become Twilight's dominant personality!" 

Pinkie Pie stared dumbly at the screen, "Okay I'm gonna go eat two, ern, three giant bags of candy, buy some plushies and hug them, then play with Pound and Pumpkin and tell them how much I love them, and then send more 'I love you letters' to my parents and sisters.' Erm. The court is open, write and post bronies!" 

They then blinked, looking to the What If machine. "Oh, I hope its not as scary as the last one," Pinkie said, coming over with Peachy still praising her for dealing with the clown.

Error: The System cannot find recording labeled Pinkie Pie's Surprise Totally Ordinary Variety Show! 

'Pinkie 4th Wall Breaking Variety Show Plus' displayed instead.

Pinkie stares at the camera for a few moments blankly… "Uh…Oh! I'll get the What If Machine to show you something while I think up material!" she called, pulling the What If Machine out of nowhere and putting it on the table (still looking like a worn out TV with some doodads glued on). It sprung slowly to life.

The What If Machine finally powered down. "Alright, everypony! I've got an idea! We're going to have some special guests this time! Well, I guess that's like every time! But some authors are sure already have ideas. Remember the rules! Ponies have to be My Little Pony, but can be from any toy, cartoon, or comic or generation. The camera can't leave the studio. What happens in here stays in here. Only I can see beyond the forth wall. Write something and we copy and past it! And by 'we' I mean the author of course. And what happens here stays in here. Now let's play." 

"I beg your pardon, dear," the unicorn mare said, "But would it somehow be possible to look at that What If Machine? It's just that, several hundred years ago in our world, Discord decided to take some time looking into other universes to see how he ended up there. Then, after he looked into a world where we all became," she shuddered, "changelings, somehow, he stopped and got very huffy whenever we dared ask him why. Is there any way to use your machine to discover what happened there?"

"Sure, Rarity!" Pinkie hopped over to the What If Machine and gave it a kick. "Hey, what happened to everypony and Discord in the 'Changelings Take Ponyville' world?"

Pinkie Pie looked down her list. "Okay, we've got Dark Twilight getting quality time with this Twilight's mom. Spike is checking out how cool he is as an adult dragon. Darkness Derpy is still trying to build that time machine out of playing cards. AJ and dark AJ are getting along just fine. Apple Pie's cute like fillies often are. And I finally have my own Bushwoolie!" Pinkie Pie gave Eager a quick hug. "We've avoided any kind of conflict in their variety show what so ever except for the what if  machine but that goes without saying. How can it always show depressing stuff? But the point is that this variety show has been perfect! So it hasn't had any much overwhelming success as the previous one. This is fun and simple too!"

Dark World Twilight took the What If Machine over and turned it on. "What happened if Discord tried to create the ultimate natural disaster for his amusement in our universe?"

The what if television sputtered to life in the corner.

'Pinkie Pie? 4th Wall Breaking Variety Show? Or…'

Pinkie Pie tapped the TV.


'Pinkie Pie 4th Wall Break Recursive fanfic theater' 

She looked at the camera, "Well, I still have you right camera?" Pinkie Pie looked around at the empty studio. "Where is everypony?! We had friends banging down the door when we started out . . . sigh. I guess I'm stuck with . . . ick." 

Pinkie Pie cringed and turned on the What-If Machine.

Pinkie Pie look at the screen, crying. " You dumb machine! How can you show me something like that!  . . . That's it! I need to do something! Something exciting! Something new!...Ah! I know! Everypony, we're going to have something different this time. We're gonna be looking at ALL the recursive works you readers and viewers have written for Pony POV Series over the years! Starting with our very earliest! 

When the card fell away, it revealed three beautiful painted gold with red cushions couches, with a large black wood and white marble table with a large collection of snacks. All centered around the What-If Machine that now a pegasus-projector connected to it. And Rarity had added beautiful drabs a new paint job while she was at it. 

Rainbow Dash just watched them running around the studio while the others leafed through the works to find their next one. Rainbow sighed bored. "Well, guess since the broadcast light is on SOMEPONY needs to be doing something fun...Maybe I'll see if this stupid What If Machine will show me what I'll be like as a Wonderbolt..."

Rainbow turned on the What If Machine and it flickered to life.

"Enough!" yelled Rainbow, shutting it off. "Ok, us all being deer I can get, Twilight, Discord, and me ending up in the past, ok, but me and Derpy being BFFs? No way! That's just crazy!"

The What-If machine came to life once more, now freshly oiled and repaired by Pinkie Pie, and ready to display the most random scenes.

The machine slowly settled, it's scene played out for the moment, but ready to generate another at a moment's notice, whatever that may be.

"One way to find out!" Pinkie said, producing the What If Machine. "What If Machine, what would happen if Applejack was Generosity instead of Rarity?"

The screen flickered to life.

Rarity blinked, staring at the screen. "Accident?"

The what if machine, began to click and buzz. Pinkie Pie turned to the fancy machine and gave it a stern look, "Okay Mister! It better be a NICE universe you show this time! Or you're going back in the trash bin that I already threw you into!"

Minty in Twilight body wondered, "Oh what that thing do Pinkie?"

"Oh this is the What-If Machine, it shows up different possible universe, sometimes they're normal, normally they're not. I think this thing has a sick sense of humor." 


"That was totally awesome!!!  . . . Even if I had no idea what was going on!" Rainbow Dash admitted.

"That made me feel funny." Minty admitted.

The What-If machine suddenly fired up again, heedless of Pinkie's warning about it showing only nice AUs.

The machine settled a moment later, Pinkie Pie standing near it with a mallet in case it did get too depressing.

"Okay... it's not happy, but it's not TOO sad. I'll let you have it, but you're still on thin ice, Mister!"

The What-If machine suddenly whirled to life again, ready to show another universe for the ponies to see.

The screen flickered off.

“Oh my goodness Pinkie, I think I am really going to need brain breach to forget I ever saw that.” Fluttercruel said while looking like she was ready to throw up. Just the thought of seeing Cheerilee with that muscular jerk Roid Rage was enough to make her gag but actually seeing it was too much. She couldn’t help but think that stupid What-If machine intentionally showed them that.

Still warm from it's last activation (and because this Shadow can't seem to write anything BUT 'What-If's), the machine flared to life once more, pulling a scene of of the Ether.

The What-If machine sprung to life once again; ready to show another possible universe for the ponies in the studio. However, Pinkie made sure to continue to hold up the machine to the camera in fear of it showing a scary world to her friends.

Pinkie took her hoof off the "off" switch and gave the WHAT-IF machine a bewildered look.

"Did I just get Rick Rolled? In this day and age? I mean I am glad you switched away from that depressing and sad world and all buuuuuuuuut if you do something like that again I won't hesitate to throw you into the nearest recycling bin. AM I CLEAR MISTER." 

The machine unsurprising said nothing  but if it could, Pinkie was sure it would be saying "Yes ma'am" right about now.

'Pinkie Pie 4th Wall Breaking Variety Show recovery' 

"Oh, hello everypony, I didn't think we'd have another episode after last time. But, well, welcome, sorry there is't much of a show this time. I really REALLY wasn't expecting you. I'm still cleaning up, that was one wild party . . . at least I got to tell Minty how much I loved her this time. Well, make yourselves comfortable . . . not sure what . . ." Pinkie Pie eyed it. The dreaded what if machine. Next to the fanworks picker machine. The PPPP7. 

"Might as well get this part over with, okay what-if machine, I'm sick of all this dark and depressing stuff! Everypony thinks the author is in love with dark and grimy stuff cause of you! You better show our viewer something happy and fun for a change! I've just had to say goodbye to all my dear friends who I'll never see again! So you better not pull any fast ones, got it?" Pinkie Pie turned on the what-if machine.

The what if imagine died down. 

PInkie Pie just stared, "Okay, I guess that was heart warming AND exciting AND it was downright NICE AND HAPPY too! So, kudos to you what if machine, I guess you're not so bad after all." Pinkie Pie patted it on the head. The what-if machine blushed. 

"So!" Rarity said, hoping to change the topic to something more pleasant, "Pinkie Pie! Why don't you show us that lovely what if machine again?"

"Hmm," Applejack rubbed her chin, pondering. "Well, Ah think Ah do remember one. But Rarity weren't no designer in that world." She looked over at Pinkie Pie "Say, can your fancy-schmancy What-If machine show us the world where Rarity became Honesty?"

Pinkie Pie was already cranking the machine up. She recoiled as an image of Nightmare Moon appeared, her mane done up in something like a beehive (Rarity shuddered) and laughing maniacally. Behind her appeared what looked like a cheaply-done castle set.

"A-HAHAHA! And remember to tune in next week on 'Monday Nightmares with Nightmare Moon', when we'll be showing
" The scene vanished as Pinkie gave the machine a whack with her hoof. 

"No, we want Rarity as Honesty, not that!"

"Ah guess the other 'you' never did or decided ta keep on fencing anyway," Applejack said. Rarity nodded. AJ looked past her and said, "Aw, for! Rainbow Dash, what the hay are ya doing with the What-If machine?"

"I wanna get that one Nightmare Moon back," she said, as she shook the device and knocked on it. She looked at her disbelieving friends. "What? I want to see if the next movie is going to be Invasion of the Pony Rustlers. I love that one!"

The What-If Machine buzzed and flickered on.

"Hey look!" Rainbow Dash said, "Let's see if it shows us something awesome this time too! I never thought me with a butterfly cutie mark could still be badflank, no offense Fluttershy."

"None taken."

"Let's just hope it still shows us something NICE instead of something dark and depressing." Pinkie Pie said, "You BETTER NOT!" Pinkie Pie warned. 

The what-if machine powered up, and actually looked like it was going to overhead.

"Pinkie Pie, if that machine explodes and tears a hole in the universe forcing us to play out different fantasy scenarios of ours-"

"Don't be silly Twilight, that isn't until next time."


"Or not! Depends on what our viewers want!" 

They could only stare in silence as the what-if machine flickered off. 

The What-If Machine's screen started to flicker again. Pinkie Pie gave it a whack with her hoof. "Geeze, what's wrong with this thing? It's like it's getting it's signals mixed!" 


The what if machine flickered again. This time it showed a Fluttershy with little orange wings. And a Scootaloo with large yellow wings zipping about everything. "I CAN FLY! I CAN FLY! I CAN FLY! I CAN FLY!"

Pinkie Pie went back to wrestling with the What-If machine, and Spike found the party snacks and started passing them around.

After thinking for a while, Pinkie Pie said, "Okay, this goes against my better judgement, but I think the What-If Machine should show us some more stuff about the Harmony Queens. We need to get a better idea of what they're really like."

The What-If Machine whirred to life again right on cue.

The what if machine flickered on again. 

"Oh Trixie!"

"Oh Twilight!" 

Trixie freaked out and gave the what-if a good wack. 

"Oh Trixie!" 

"Oh Spike!"

BOTH Trixie and Spike screamed and gave the machine another hit.  

"I now pronounce you mare, and mare, and mare, and mare, and dragon, and mare, and mare, and mare-"

"ENOUGH!" Twilight shouted turning off the machine. She panted. "Look! I like you girls, but not in THAT WAY! I don't even swing that way!"

Pinkie Pie blinked, "What? . . . Oh. Sorry. Hey! Let's try the machine again! Maybe we'll get the universe where we all met as foals, where Discord wasn't really that bad to start out, and Princess Celestia and Princess Luna live among us disguised as normal ponies?" 

The What-If machine wasn’t so cooperative, though…

Twilight lifted a hoof to shut the machine off… and Nightmare Mirror looked straight at her!  “You there!  You ponies watching from that other world.”

Everypony yelped and jumped back a few paces.  “No way, this can’t be happening!” said Spike.  His eyes bugged out.  “…would be a silly thing to say, because it clearly is happening.”  The little dragon clapped his paws over his mouth.

Ignoring that, the Nightmare spoke, “Ah see another Twilight Sparkle from yet another world coming to visit y’all.  Don’t you believe her lies.  Maybe ah can’t come over there and fix up your world full of little lies good and proper, but she’s coming with a lot bigger lies, so don’t you fall for it.”

Pinkie Pie yanked the What-If machine’s power cord out of the socket. 

The wolf gave Pinkie Pie a look. 

"Hey! I've never said it DIDN'T have a power cord!"

Mirror teleported next to the what-if machine.

"Hey! Don't touch that!" Pinkie Pie said. 

Mirror looked it over, "A old TV set from another world with the radio tube filled with Truth?"

"HEY! IT'S MORE THAN THAT!  IT MIGHT BE ALIVE! AND DON'T PEEL BACK THE VEIL! IT LESSENS THE ENJOYMENT FOR READERS WHO LIKE THE MYSTERY!" Pinkie Pie said with conviction that what she said had been completely true. Then she began to sweat. "And . . . and . . . AND OTHERS LIKE being given lots and lots of details about the world. Blech!" 

Mirror cut herself, and not blood, but Truth bled form the frog of her hoof. And a drop fell into the machine and the machine came to life. 

"Umm, I know we're not really happy about that machine right now," she sad, giving the What-If machine a shudder-filled glance, "But maybe we could try and rewire it to show us a nice world for once? Or to see how those other Element Bearers are doing in the world they made out of Discord's Future? I mean, THEIR world has gotten better right?" When her friends looked at her, she ducked her head and hid behind her long mane. "I mean, if nopony has any better ideas."

They looked at each other and nodded uneasily.

Pinkie hopped over to the machine and took out from nowhere a collection of tools, some of which couldn't be completely seen in three-dimensional space, and started working on the What-If Machine. It hissed and clanked and groaned. The mares backed away a few hoofsteps, unwilling to get too close to the cantankerous device. The machine looked like it was running down. Pinkie gave it a whack. 

"Come on, work! You work just fine when you're showing us all sorts of horrible stuff!"

The screen flickered and glowed and the mares gasped at what they saw.

The big wolf gave them a withering glare.  "You, get your tail home."  He nodded at the first pup.  "You.  Nightmare blood.  Mop it up, every last drop.  And you, mortal..."

The What-If machine's screen began to flicker as the ponies looked back at it. "Uh-oh," Rainbow Dash said, "what're we gonna see THIS time? Hopefuly not more pony bad guys!"

"I know, I know..."  Twilight stumbled getting down and bumped into the What-If Machine, which promptly started up again...

Pinkie Pie's eyes went wide and she began fiddling with the What-If Machine, yanking wires and pulling various parts that seemed to exist in several alternate dimensions at once. She yanked out a wraith-like image of a sadistically grinning Rainbow Dash in a bloody business suit.

"Ugh? Where did this come from? Get out of here, you!" It landed by the foal and leered down at her. Applejack heard the little wolf growl, and with a snap of its jaws the horrid specter was gone. Pinkie kept looking around inside the device, and finally slammed the cover shut. "All done!"

She flipped it on and a greenish-black and vaguely insect-like image on the screen began to enlarge, becoming more solid-looking. The mares and Spike backed away in horror.

"Pinkie!" Twilight yelled, "What did you do with that crazy thing?"

"I just re-wired it so it can pull the things we see in other worlds here, instead of just showing them to us!" Pinkie said cheerily.

Dash's eyes went wide with terror. Her friends all recoiled, all save Twilight who dove for the What-If Machine and changed the channel. Reversalis managed one last, "Oh, DO take care!" and vanished. 

Rarity said hearing Spike's words, "I vote we destroy the what if machine while we're at it."  

"It would be a terrible waste of knowledge to do that! But I do agree that we need a more controlled environment after what happened last time." Twilight said.

"Hey! I pay the rent on this place! And I . . . borrowed the what-if machine, and I say it stays." Pinkie Pie said. 

"It is getting kinda a little crazy Pinkie," RD said, "I mean, we used to come to this place TO HAVE FUN! And now we have evil versions of us knocking on our door step, annoyingly good versions of our enemies next, and foals being dropped at our front door! We don't need extra guests! Plus I think it cuts down on chances of Gilda visiting again."

Rarity said and marched up to the what-if machine. "I know we're going to regret this somehow, but might as well get it over with . . .  What If Machine! Show us the solution to our problem."

The machine fizzled. 

'No Quick Fix Solutions' scrolled across the screen. 

The what if machine's teleportation function still active, engaged.

"I see.... well in theory it could work, but we might have to add a modification to the what-if machine, to make sure the world is safe-safe, don't want to send her to a world that looks safe yet isn't," Twilight said.

"Okay good." Applejack said, noticing RD she asked "So uhh... you want me to lasso her down?"

"Nah, I'm waiting till she get tired, and when she does, wham. back to being regular Rainbow Dash, but right now I have a machine to modify!" Twilight said as she left the room.

Twilight is seen tinkering with the machine a bit.

Twilight rubbed her chin with a hoof.  “Maybe it’s time we found the pony who left Midnight here and asked.  This machine certainly isn’t getting us anywhere.”

Why didn't I think of this in the first place?" Carefully, she trotted over and picked up the smiling foal before returning to the machine.

"Pinkie?" Twilight looked at her friend and her eyes went wide. The ball of light above her head seemed to glow brighter as well. "Pinkie, no! What are you doing?" 

Pinkie grinned at her. Behind her the machine began throwing sparks and emitting clouds of rainbow-colored smoke.

"I'm not sure I can," said Pinkie in an odd tone of voice.  "I kind of let all the magic smoke out of the machine." 

"Whaaat?" cried Rarity Stone.  "Just how exactly are you planning to get me back home with a broken portal.... whatever that thing is machine?  This world is nice and all, but I wouldn't want to live here."

"Huh? Oh you! Sorry! I'm sorry Rarity! I didn't mean to forget about you! But with everything that happened in the last year, I lost track of a few things. But don't worry, I'm sure the what if machine can help."

"It's kinda in the shop." Pinkie Pie admitted pointing at the smoking machine.

"I actually lost count, for once, less than a dozen, more than three. I can use my Spell Copy of Twiley's wish magic combined with our belief and emotions to get the What If Machine working long enough to open a portal for Rarity Stone and her son."

"Now!" declared Twilight.  "I wish for Rarity Stone and her son Spike to have a safe journey home."  A rainbow shot from the star, growing into a blinding flash.  When they could see again, the studio had returned, and the What-If Machine was no longer a broken-down wreck, but brand sparkling new.

Pinkie looked at the camera.  "What?  It's not as crazy as the time we finished with a dozen alicorns."

Rarity Stone look at the machine, holding her adopted child. Pinkie Pie got right to work on getting the gizmo to open a portal back to her own world. 

"Ta-da!" Pinkie called out. "Here we are, it's finished!... I think." The other ponies gathered around, with Rarity Stone holding her adopted son close as Twilight furrowed her brow in concentration to cast her spell as the machine began to activate again.

"This should be more than enough," Twilight said as her horn began to glow. A ray of blinding white flashed from her horn to the machine, opening another gate between the worlds. Through it the ponies could see the rocky field they'd where first viewed Rarity Stone and 'her' Spike, looking exactly as it did before she'd left.

'Pinkie Pie 4th Wall Variety Show Special' displayed next.

First let's get this one out of the way. Okay what-if machine, I know you're going to show something I'm not going to like, but the sooner the show it, the sooner we can get back to the fun times, so let me have it!" 

The What-If machine flickered on, the screen showing an Alicorn of Twilight Sparkle, grinning as she clapped her hooves.

The what if machine flickered off. 

Pinkie Pie stared at the blank screen, "Ooookaaaaay. I don't know if that was creepy, cool, sad, or heartwarming." She shook her head. "Maybe I should throw the what-if machine a party, then it would stop showing just stuff that doesn't leave you in a good mood later!" 

Pinkie was setting up her 'before-a party' when the What If Machine sprang to life. "Uh oh, please don't do something mean..."

The screen activated.

The screen then faded to black.

Pinkie Pie blinked. "Well...that's going to be an interesting trip in a couple seasons..."

That was when the what-if machine turned on . . . except it had the time in one corner, a battery life in another, and user name 'CloudsMeanRain' in another corner. The picture of a blue furred bear with a heart shaped nose, looking not too happy appeared on the screen. His belly badge was of a raincloud with raindrops and tiny hearts. 


"Oh! Hey!" Pinkie Pie looked at the what if machine, apparently now functioning as a live-chat between universes. "Sorry, we didn't mean to bash anypony. You are?"

THREE!" They said together, and turned off their respective what-if machines.

After showing all moments involving the what-if-machine, both good and bad, the screen finally flickered off.

....memories of past parties.

The screen buzzed with static once more and cleared again to reveal Rarity standing before Sweetie Belle -- a Sweetie who now had wings like a butterfly's along with her horn. Cadence stood close by Rarity, looking tired but satisfied.

"Oh! Wow, this is... what I'm supposed to be?" Sweetie looked back at her wings. She fluttered them lightly and flew up into the air, stopping just short of the ceiling with an excited shriek. "Why did I become an alicorn?"

"Because you were a Nightmare," Cadence explained gently. "Until your sis and I explained everything to you, got you to listen and accept the truth." Cadence indicated a window to the outside. "About other ponies and yourself."

Sweetie blushed, but she flew to the window. Outside she saw the Changelings, restored to their long-lost forms as the flutterponies, changed away from the figures of terrible armored beauty she'd turned them into as their temporary 'Queen' when she'd needed an army to bring her own vision of 'freedom' to Equestria. They flew into the air at the sight of her, their colorful wings beating and antennae aglow, and cried out as one:

"All hail Princess Sweetie! And all hail Queen Cadence of the Changelings! You both restored us to our true forms!"

""But I didn't," Sweetie began to say, hurt in her voice. "I was going to use them to get rid of the Princesses and the government and even my big sis, until -" Her voice broke off as she dropped back down to the floor. She blushed when Rarity nuzzled her.

"Little sister, we've been through all of that," Rarity said. "You wanted to be free, or what you thought 'free' was when you were a Nightmare, with you being the only one able to command others." She waved her hoof at the cheering crowd outside the window. "So after temporarily imprisoning all of us in Ponyville," Rarity frowned, "and really, little sis, did you HAVE to stick us inside one of Button Mash's games?"

"It was the first thing I could think of," Sweetie said with a blush. "Besides, I thought it would be poetic for all of you to be stuck forever as the villains in one of his games, making the same speeches and doing the same bad things over and over again, no freedom or hope to even win." She gave her sister a relived smile. "I never thought you'd be able to guide him to end that game differently and get out."

"Neither did we, for a while," Rarity said with a shudder.

Cadence took the story up, though she said nothing. Her horn glowed and she showed images for Rarity's sake. Of Sweetie, looking terrible and majestic, turned into a white and pink Changeling Queen like Chrysalis, appearing before Cadence and the swarm. Defeating Cadence and turning her into a crystal statue along with Shining Armor. The assembled Changelings cheering for Queen Free Verse -- until she announced that they were going to defeat Celestia and Luna. Sweetie using her power to restore the Changelings' true forms back by making them into the Flutterponies.

Then secretly re-awakening the ancient demon called the Smooze. It rolled forth over Equestria, bringing anger and despair everywhere -- until Sweetie and the Flutterponies freed  the other ponies from it. She and her swarm headed for Canterlot, with Sweetie planning for the Smooze to weaken Celestia and Luna before she saved everypony and became the Queen of Equestria, with the Flutterponies no longer monsters but saviors.

"Yeah, it kinda didn't work like that," Sweetie said, blushing. "I mean, I turned the Smooze loose but I didn't know how to really stop it. It absorbed Celestia and Luna and started using their power. Part of me knew I had to just give up then, but I was so scared I was gonna get in trouble." She sighed and nuzzled her big sis. "I'm glad you got rid of the Smooze  and saved me, too, with the Elements." She spread her wings out. "I'm really gonna need to get used to this, though."

"All on your own?" Rarity asked, willing to grant her sister that freedom if she asked for it.

"No," Sweetie said, trust in her eyes as she looked at her big sis. "With help and guidance from you, and Cadence, and others. And just as soon as I've faced whatever," she gulped, "punishment I've earned for what I did. If I'm free, that means I have to be responsible, too."

Rarity smiled. "You can't do it can you? You still had to show me a happy ending with Sweetie Belle even when things turned dark. You still follow through with why you were made. Your inventor threw you out. But Pinkie Pie at least gave you a place. At least we paid attention to you even when we didn't want to. Thank you for showing me that. Seeing my baby sister as a goddess was delightful."

"What kind of mess did I get involved in?" Gilda grunted.

"An interesting one," Maud Pie said.
"Hello my child, sorry for the wait. The talk with my sister ran longer than I thought. We have come to the agreement that your world is now stable enough that your brother, the blank wolf or should I say 'Snow Bound' will not need help. You also will be glad to know that Red Gala is safely co-existing with your brother, Big Macintosh. I deeply thank you for your assistance."

Applejack was overjoyed by the familiar voice in her head. "Mother Rota Fortuna!" Applejack slipped away from her friends to get some privacy. 'Are ya finally goin' ta change me back. Do not get me wrong. Bein' able to protect this here world as the orange wolf is a great honor and all but..." Applejack turned to look at her cutie mark. It still showed a wheel of fate with three red apples. " Ah would love ta go back to being plain old me.'

"And you shall."

Applejack felt herself changed inside. She was relieved when she saw fate's wheel fade away from her flank but let out a yelp of pain when she felt something being torn from her body. She glanced down at her hooves and was to shocked to see paws instead. Looking at a nearby mirror she noticed an orange wolf wearing her hat. Not THE orange wolf but a plain one without any of fate's essence. Applejack or Fire jack growled in annoyance. 

"Ops. Let me fix that."

Maud noticed Applejack was missing and turn her head in time to see a wolf quickly shift into a timber wolf, then a diamond dog, an orthrus, a normal dog and finally an earth pony. Maud blinked several times and went back to watching the what-if machine. 

Shaking her head,'Took ya long enough. Did ya run out of canines to turn me into?'

"Sorry it seems the existence of the orange wolf and you were blurring together. Separating the two was more difficult than I thought."

Applejack smiled and made a weird squee noise when she noticed her own so wonderful plain cutie mark back on her flank. "Its all right as long as ah'm me again. Um...ah don't have to worry about turnin' to a were-pony on the next full moon or anything like that do ah?" She remembered what happen in that one alternate world and shivered. 

"Heh, do not worry. You are now a completely normal earth pony. Once again I Rota Fortuna, concept of Fate and Free Will thank you for your service. Goodbye Abigail Jacqueline V, I pray to my mother I will not need to ask for your assistance again." 

Smiling Applejack went back to rejoin her friends in watching more worlds on the what-if machine. Not that she had much choice until they could convince the machine to let them go or the party ended. She wondered how much longer this party would last. Didn't Pinkie say this party would last indefinitely? Good thing time in here-

"Applejack please! I know you don't care much for high society but show a little class."

"Huh". Applejack looked up from her thoughts and saw a disproving unicorn looking at her. Following her friend's line of sight she noticed she had her left hind leg scratching behind her ear. Ack! When did she began to do that.

"Oh and I almost forgot to mention there is a small chance you might have some wolf-like mannerisms and a carving for meat for the next couple days. Um...sorry and thanks again."
"Well, it was fun while it lasted," said a second voice in Applejack's head.  "How predicatable, how... boring."

AJ blinked.  "What in the..."

"Shoo, Pandora," said Rota Fortuna's voice again.  "This isn't a party line."

AJ covered her face with a hoof.  "Party what now?"

Pinkie all but teleported to her side, ears perked up.  "Party?!  Oh wait, I can't throw a party when I'm already throwing a party.  Twilight talked to me about that.   Sorry, false party alarm."

In Applejack's mind, Pandora's voice acquired a body... a large scrawny wolf with patchwork fur... black, red, white, spotted... purple?  "I think I'll be a wolf today!  I'm all wolfy!  Grrr!"

AJ got shifty-eyed, and walked a little further from her friends.  "Ah have to ask... is Pinkie Pie related to you at all?"

The wolf stopped scratching her own ear.  "Oooh.  Let's just say she has the frequent shopper discount card, and leave it at that."

AJ could see Rota Fortuna too, now... Silver coated, with one wing feathered and the other mechanical, so crowded with fine gears and cogs that she could hardly see where one ended and another began.  "I apologize for this, Applejack.  Pandora is fated to be my counterpart and foil in many things."

Applejack gritted her teeth.  "Is there a point to all this?"

Pandora prodded AJ's chest with a paw.  "You... you infuriating little party pooper!  Do you have any idea what you just traded away?  Wolves of Fate can't be bound!  They can't go insane, whatever kind of paradox they see... you could have been free from Nightmare Mirror, forever!"  A huge toothy grin.  "And I do mean forever... with her brand on your flank, you were immortal!  You'd rather have your boring mortal life and your boring mortal family and friends..."  She yawned theatrically.  "Than all that phenomenal cosmic power?"

Applejack grinned.  "Ah couldn't have said it better mahself."

"Gyah!"  Pandora threw her paws in the air.  "And they say I'm silly!"  A pipe organ poofed into existence, as if AJ's mindscape wasn't crowded enough already, and Pandora began to play a whimsical tune, singing along.  "Who's a silly pony?  You a silly pony!  Who is?  You is!...."

Rota Fortuna's horn glowed, and steel doors slammed shut over the alcove with the pipe organ, and heavy chains and locks secured it.  "Sorry about all of this.  She really does help me not take myself too seriously.  Just don't tell her that.  Okay, I'm hanging up the call now!"

Shaking her head Applejack from all the voices in her head she went back to rejoin her friends. She was just in time to see everypony and griffin's reaction to the latest alternate world.


Some of the guests like Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie and Gilda were on the floor laughing at the absurdity at what they just witness. Others like Maud and Rarity were left confused by the randomness. While the Sparkle siblings felt angry at what they believed were jokes at the expense of MISFIT Squad and Princess Cadance and worst of all their decreased uncle. They had to remind themselves that it was an alternate world or they would have destroyed the machine on the spot.


"Hahah that was great." Rainbow Dash said between laughing.


"GREAT!? That was the most idiotic thing I was ever seen!" seethed Twlight.



"Don't be mad Twlight it was another one of those parody worlds. Don't take it seriously. Though I think this is the first time we have seen a one of those worlds based on another parody. 


Applejack was totally clueless on what everypony watched but thought at least it was not a depressing world. 


Twlight and Shining still didn't look amused. "And if you think that was silly you should where see where they start playing the card games on motorcycles." said Pinkie.


"Huh what is-"


"CARD GAMES ON MOTORCYCLES!!! screamed a pony on screen. 


Beep Beep. Every guest looked to over to see the Pinkie Party Piece Picker or PPPP7 for short turn on. Despite being inactive for so long it shot out a piece of paper that Rarity caught in her magic.


"Oh dear." Exclaimed Rarity after looking at it.


"Huh what is it?" asked Pinkie wondering how the PPPP7 turned itself on.


"It seems like Shining Armor isn't the only one to became king of games in his world or should I say queens of games?"



Everypony looked at Fluttershy/Fluttercruel. "Perhaps Shy and Cruel have another secret hobby we don't know about." Smirked Rainbow Dash.

"Your friend's split personality is freaky," Shining Armor said to his sister. 


"Hey I wouldn't be caught dead playing that nerdy game. Cruel! Oh sorry, no offense Shinning but games like theses are really not our thing...sorry."


"It is okay. Still is too bad, here I was hoping you two could join me the next time I get together with Gaffer, 8-bit and Gizmo. Ah well maybe Twi will join us. I know Gaffer would love to have your sorceress in our group again."


"Not a chance BBFFF." 


"Hmf. Well maybe Gizmo fixed the bugs in his robot. Perhaps it won't start a fight with a every troll it sees."


Pinkie was looking at the image the PPPP7 just gave them suspiciously. "There is something weird about this artwork."


"I know what you mean. My mother and I with our own bodies, I am not sure how to feel about that." Cruel and shy shivered at the thought of being separated.


"No that is not it. Wait a minute this isn't in the Pony POV folder? But why? It clearly says in the description that is a tribute to us! Looks like someone is going to have to fix that." Pinkie made a mental note to notify the author oh wait didn't she just did?


"AHEM" voiced the What-if machine. " I still have plenty more scenarios for you to see. Unless of course you would rather me show some art instead. Let's see, setting search for Shining Armor X Chrysalis, Princess Celestial X Twilight, Gilda X Fluttershy, Maud X Tom..."


"THEY WON"T BE NECESSARY!" nearly every guest yelled. They all sighed in relieve when it stopped the search. 

Maud Pie emotionlessly said, "That last one didn't sound so bad." Making everypony in the room look at her.
The What If Machine presented yet another alternate world.

Discord laughed as he stood before the battered and bruised Pony Rangers. "Well well, you may have ruined all of my plans and apparently made my Father more proud of you than He was of me so he, that sounded a lot better in my head...Oh well! But I have finally won our little game! Now, should I brainwash you all into my loyal minions or should I simply destroy you all?"

He took out a peanut butter cup. "Heads I brainwash you, tails I destroy you all, sound good?"

"What if it lands on it's side?" Pinkie muttered, the group slowly getting to their hooves.

"I eat it then flip a piece of toast."

Discord flipped the cup into the air...and before it landed suddenly a sword came around his neck and someone pulled him into a bear hug, rainbow energy crackling about him.

He looked back. "Gildar?! I thought Rainbow Dash killed you in a climatic final showdown!"

The Griffin-based monster snarled. "Nah, that's just what we wanted you to think! She had Celestia teleport me to their base before the boom."

"But why?!"

"Because she made me realize how much better things were before I joined you and Nightmare Moon you big loser! I know where I stand now!"

Discord struggled in his chains. "What is this?!"

"Remember how you gave me the Element of Rage so I could turn into a stronger form? It's purified now and Courage is the ABSENCE of Doubt! Get him Dash!"

The seven ponies took the gems that were in the center of their morphers.

"Magic!" announced Red and White.

"Loyalty!" called Blue.

"Laughter!" called Pink.

"Kindness!" called Yellow.

"Honesty!" called Green.

"Generosity!" called Black (or as she liked to call it 'very dark violet').

The seven gems intersected forming the seal of the Elements.

Discord's eyes widened, the image of a purple pony holding him in place several thousand years ago. "No..."

"FINAL HARMONY BLASTER!" called the Pony Rangers, a massive beam of rainbow colored energy.

Gildar leapt up and kicked Discord directly into it's path. "Courage!" she announced, blasting Discord into the beam with a powerful beam of blue energy.

"NOOOOOOOOOOO!" Discord screamed as the blow his home, triggering a massive explosion, which then imploded inward, resulting in a stone statue slamming to the ground.

"Oh yeah!  Did you see that, Dash?"  Gilda reared up on her paws and shadowboxed with her talons, making her own "whoosh, zzzwhoosh!" kung fu sounds.  "I was like 'Take that, Discord!  Ho ho, you're not so tough!  Guess you've never faced a griffon before!'"

Dash giggled.  "I don't know.  Courage?  That's not even a real Element."

"What?!  Well... you never know!  It could be!"

"Nuh uh."

"Uh huh!"

Fluttershy calmly approached the What-If Machine and cleared her throat quietly.  "Excuse me, Mr. Machine?"

The Machine whirred.  "The yellow flying pony designated Fluttershy/Fluttercruel may speak."

"Oh, thank you.  Well, we've seen a lot of strange worlds now, and I really feel that we understand each other a lot better!"  Fluttershy smiled, a bit bashfully.  "But, you see, we've been watching them for a long time, and I really need to go home for a bit and feed my animals.  Could you open the doors again now, please?"

"I hope this works," whispered Shining Armor.  "I'd rather not have to shield everybody and give that signal."

Twilight blinked.  "The signal for what?"

"For Cadence to blow the doors open.  That's why I risked teleporting in here."

Rarity coughed.  "I don't suppose Twilight could just mass teleport us all out of here..."

Both Sparkles shook their heads, eerily in sync.  "No, it'd be far too dangerous!"

Rarity smirked.  "Of course, silly me."
The What If Machine stayed quiet for a second, then finally replied. "Very well, yellow flying pony designated Fluttershy/Fluttercruel. I shall open the main door for you to leave, but only if you promise to come back when you're done, and if all the other ponies, and griffon, promise to not leave as well."

"Oh, yes, of course. That should not be a problem," replied Fluttershy, then turned her head to look at the others, smiling, "Right everypony? And Gilda?"

Everycreature else in the room just nodded their heads, amazed at how much Fluttershy could accomplish by just being nice.

Just then, the door opened and Fluttershy happily walked out. "See you later everypony."

As soon as Fluttershy left, the door closed again right behind her.

The What If Machine then flickered once more, "Now that the yellow flying pony designated Fluttershy/Fluttercruel has left, behold another scenario, from another possible universe." And soon another universe was being shown by the What If Machine.


Fluttershy looked down with a manacing look at a small looking mare. "Okay, now, hand it over."

"Please, miss Fluttershy, I can't afford to pay protection to you anymore." replied the terrified mare.

"Well, you better think up what you think would be more expensive for you, paying me for protection, or the hospital bills from having all your legs broken." Fluttershy took a step closer.

"No! Please, think of my fillies." the mare took a step back.

Suddenly the theme for Supermare started to play, seemingly out of thin air.

The mare looked around, now confused and surprised instead of terrified. "What is that?"

Fluttershy, however, looked angry and frustrated at the same time, "Oh, great. HIM again."

A familiar voice was heard, "Never fear, Captain Goodguy is here!"

In a flash, Discord appeared out of thin air, wearing a red and violet superhero costume, all with gloves and a cape, a mask (which didn't hide the fact that he was Discord), and a crest with the letters CG on his chest.

"Discord! I mean... Captain Goodguy!" said the mare happily.

"Don't worry, fair citizen of Equestria, I've come to save you. You can leave now while I deal with this criminal." said Discord striking a heroic pose that seemed to come out of a golden age comic book.

"Thank you so much." said the mare happily and ran away, leaving Discord alone with Fluttershy.

Fluttershy looked up angrily at Discord, "So, Discord, what now? You take me to the guards again, to Flim and Flam's courtroom for another trial so I can serve some more months in the dungeons of King Sombra's palace? Or maybe at one of Chrysalis' sensitivity training courses? Or community service with Princess Trixie?"

"Discord? What? I am not Discord! I am Captain Goodguy! And I have a picture to prove it, see!" Discord took out a picture showing him wearing the superhero outfit while standing next to a scarecrow wearing a Discord mask.

Fluttershy stomped the ground, "Enough of this. If you're going to take me in, do it already. I'm a busy mare."

Discord crossed his arms and looked down at Fluttershy, he wasn't angry at her, he seemed to look at her as if he was disappointed and sorry for her at the same time. "Why are you doing this Fluttershy? I know there is some good in you."

"Shut up! You don't know anything about me!" snapped out the yellow pegasus.

"You are right, I don't. But I'm not the one shutting myself up around everyone that actually seems to care about her."

"Don't give me that! You don't care about me. The only one that cares about me is me!" Fluttershy seemed to become more angry now. "If you care, then why didn't you help me out when I was being bullied around as a filly by every colt and filly in Cloudsdale? I have to pick litter out of my mane every day because I was tossed in trash cans all the time! Why didn't you help me when I got expelled from flight camp for daring to fight back and defend myslef? There is no justice in this world! It's all harshness! It's eat or be eaten!"

A sense of understanding suddenly came to Discord, "Oh, I see now... I am sorry Fluttershy. Not even Captain Goodguy can be everywhere in Equestria at once. Especially cities that were under Celestia's control. Believe me when I say that, if I could, I would go back in time and help you out there."

"Stop this already!" Fluttershy still seemed upset, but it was clear she was fighting back tears, "Take me in! Throw me in a dungeon! Banish me! Banish me and throw me in a dungeon in the place that you banish me to! But don't do this! Punish me like I deserve! I'm a horrible pony! Give me what I deserve! Show me that there is at least some justice in this world!" by now tears seemed to flow freely from Fluttershy's eyes. She sank to her knees and put her forehead on the ground to hide her face.

Discord sighed and looked at Fluttershy, "You are right about being a horrible pony, but the difference with you and some other ponies I know is that you know that what you're doing is wrong. That you want to change. Come with me Fluttershy, willingly accept your trial and I'll ask Flim and Flam to be lenient if they allow me to supervise your rehabilitation personally."

Fluttershy looked up, "I... I'm not sure... I..."

Discord offered a hand to Fluttershy, "The first step is always the most difficult one Fluttershy, let me help you. Let me be your friend."

Fluttershy blinked away some tears and nodded, then gave her hoof to Discord who helped her stand back up.
Pinkie Pie's 4th Wall Breaking Show epi 10 Part 8
Pony POV Series 
Pinkie Pie's 4th Wall Breaking Variety Show episode 10
By Alex Warlorn


Parts added by:
-MtangaLion and Yoshiegg64, Ardashir and me

Pinkie Pie, "And here they are again, and again, for time number . . . EIGHT?!, EIGHT!? Da Rules:
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 "

Cover by Kendell2
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"Well, at least I got to see her lose for once," said Applejack.  "Ah was starting to think there wasn't anybody who could go toe-to-toe with mah Nightmare self."

The What If Machine starting searching through timelines rapidly, smelling faintly of burned wiring.

"Uh oh..."

On the what if Machine's screen: as Mayor Mare was fleeing down the stairs, a strange, shrill keening began to fill the air above Ponyville.  Nightmare Mirror froze, halfway back to her chair.  "What in the..."

The air rippled and tore, creating a shockwave that made the tower sway violently.  Enormous purple-scaled talons reached out, grasping the rift and forcing it wider.

It was Spike...  even larger now than when he'd been fully in the grip of that greed growth spurt, and wearing battered, ancient golden armor.  As the rift closed behind him, huge wings unfurled to slow his descent, and still his paws shook the earth hard enough to knock the entire tower of mirrors over, if Nightmare Mirror hadn't planted herself and poured her power into holding it up.

Poor Mayor Mare was tossed over a railing, though, barely hanging on.  "Help me!  I don't want to fall!"

"Your wish is granted," rumbled Spike, and with a flash of green fire, she became a pegasus with wings of her own.  The mare let go of the railing and soared, equal parts terrified and exhilarated.

The massive dragon rose, spreading wings and arms wide.  "Ponies, griffons and drakes... all creatures of Equestria...  I am Spike, Nightmare Banneret, your faithful servant.  Whatever you desire, wherever you are, simply tell me what you want, and I will share my power with you."

Mayor Mare swooped down over Nightmare Mirror, suddenly feeling months of frustration boiling up.  "Spike, I want to tell lies whenever I want again!"

"Your wish is granted."

"Two plus two... is five?  Hah!  My name is Fluttershy!  I'm a stallion!  Ha, haha!  Take that, you... you... tyrant!"

Nightmare Mirror launched herself into the air in a fury, blowing Mayor Mare aside with her backwash, to hover right in Spike's face.  "Like hay Ah'm gonna let you do that!  Ah want you to stop that and go back where you came from, you hear?"

"Eleven percent of Equestrians want me to go away and leave your Truth as the law of the land.  Twenty-four percent do not care, and only want to enjoy the wishes I am granting them.  Ten percent wish for me to kill you, twenty-five percent wish for me to turn you to stone or otherwise imprison you, and thirty-five percent wish for me to cure you."  He opened his maw, green fire boiling in his throat.  "Their wish is granted..."

Nightmare Mirror threw up a shield, and the green flames never touched her.  That's when she noticed Ponyville in the distance... the town was changing... whole new buildings appearing and disappearing on somepony's whim.  "You... you're worse than Discord!  This is gonna hurt me a whole lot more than it's gonna hurt you, but sorry Spike, it's gotta be done."

A whole array of glowing orange crystals and lenses appeared, floating in the air.  Nightmare Mirror fired a terrific blast of magic into it, and a laser-focused beam burned the dragon's shoulder, throwing him back.

"Ninety-three percent of Equestrians now wish me to survive and continue granting their wishes."  Green fire flickered, starting to heal his wounds.  "I can't allow you to harm me, Applejack."

"How about this, then?" shouted Nightmare Mirror, looking him right in the eyes.  "Oh... Sweet Celestia, what did you DO? The world you came from, you ruined it!"  She forced the Truth into him, making sure he couldn't ignore it.

The behemoth reeled, but didn't fall.  "I gave ponies what they wanted."

"They're all dead, all but the bat ponies who told ya to take a hike and never come back!"

"The ponies that died chose to die."

"Because ya let them wallow in fantasy worlds full of lies for thousands of years, until ya literally bored them to death!"

Spike scowled, finally showing some emotion.  "All I want is to give ponies what they want.  If ponies want me to be a monster... I'll be a monster for them."

Applejack charged her magic for another titanic blast.  "That's mah line, sugarcube.  If it gets us to a world with no more lies, ever again, Ah'll be whatever kind of monster Ah have to be, and Ah'll burn for it too.  Startin' with putting YOU down."

The what-if machine's view changed:
Twilight shuddered, watching a hell of unleashed magic raze half of Ponyville, only for Ponyville to rebuild itself right before her eyes, with an extra defensive wall and magical shields.  She opened the box she'd had buried, and started passing out the Elements of Harmony.

"This is crazy," said Rainbow Dash.  "We're going up against both of them, while they're still fighting?  I never wanted..."

"Don't!" said Twilight suddenly.  "Don't say 'I want.'"  She put the last choker on Red Gala, who looked scared out of her wits, but determined not to be any less brave than Rarity.  "No matter what happens..."

The screen fizzled again, showing Nightmare Mirror on her 'throne' and looking out the window. "Geeze. That was almost as bad as when Applebloom asked what a fight between the six of as Nightmares, and six other versions of us as monsters like Discord would be like . . . okay, it wasn't anywhere near as bad, Eclipse is a bucked up mare no matter what timeline she got hers in . . . Yer better off not knowin' 'bout how ugly THAT world got. And fer the record AJ? Ah think them who watch this show of Pinkie's? They've already seen me lose three times already, Ah think, Ah didn't keep count."

Pinkie Pie looked in Nightmare Mirror's eyes. "Will you stop being inside my what-if machine . . . that I stole from a scientist's discarded junk pile."

"Pinkie Pie!" Rarity gasped.

"He threw it out! He's never missed it . . . because he doesn't know it's gone . . . "

"We ain't in yer what-if dohicky! Yer inside Big Sister's magic mirror!" An Applebloom came up besides Nightmare Mirror in the what if machine's view.

"Little sister, technically yer both wrong, we're not 'inside', our magicks that scan the world lines for possibilities just keep interceptin' each other."

"Oh, sorry." Applebloom apologized. Then waved at Applejack through the screen. "Hi not-crazy alternate big sister!"

"Hello Applebloom." AJ sighed, closing her eyes. Nightmare Mirror's world, was for her like the Alicorn Amulet was for Magic Star's family. Maybe it was the truth that was now a part of her, or her own revulsion at lies any Applejack not violated by Discord seemed to have.

The screen split to a view of the

"This entire studio is crazy." Gilda had a horrible headache, and opened the studio fridge looking for a pack of ice.

"The world is crazy." Red Gala sighed.

Maud Pie trotted up the screen of the what if machine, it made Nightmare Mirror gasp. "YOU!"

"Me." Not-Maud-Pie said. "Look at ME little Nightmare, look into me and behold the final ultimate truth, the one that awaits all that live, ponies, insects, dragons, galaxies, universes, from the moment they are conceived . . ."

"Heh." Tears rolled down Nightmare Mirror's face as she laughed. Then she whispered lowly so the others wouldn't hear. "Good one. Seriously, good move. Ah bet that truth breaks . . .  well, a lot of ponies. Ah've already accepted the worst possible truth about myself from the moment Ah became a Nightmare though. Yer right, yer the one thing nothin', not the universe, not Granny Smith can escape . . . except . . . love breaks yer rules, and that's ALWAYS flustered ya, ya can't be absolute if there's somethin' that goes against the rule that is basically what ya are . . . even if yer husbands accepts there are things that contradict fear, and yer opposites except there are things in existence that contradict them, but ya, it's so super fustraitin' fer ya ain't it?"

"I'm OLDER than truth." Not-Maud-Pie said emotionessly, "You can't make me break away."

"No . . . "She sighed. "Ah can't. But Ah accept yer truth the same as everything's, that's what Ah've become."

"What she talkin' bout big sister?"

"Yer better off NOT knowin' Applebloom. That's the truth."

Maud Pie shrugged and turned away and went back to Coffee Swirl's abandoned bar, waiting patiently for the 'get to know my sister' party to finally get started.

"Hey sister. Things with Red Gala go good with ya too?" The screen split in half to show Orangejack in aother 4th Wall Studio. "HEY! What is Nag-Me doing here!?" Orangejack pointed at the screen, indicating Mirror.

"Cause there's only one screen ya Manehattenite orange farmer."

Red Gala also knew technically, even if the other ponies weren't remember it, was her 'get to know the others' party too, even if she now was getting memories of having known them already.

"Hey! What are ya doin' on the couch?" Gilda asked.

Cheerilee said, "After Rarity hide the bruise you gave me, after seeing all that insanity on that machine of Pinkie Pie's, I needed to lay down."

"Well make some room cause I need to lie down too."

"You know darling." Rarity said, "It might have been rather amusing to see what you and Gilda would have been like if you had fully joined with those costumes. I wonder what you two would have been like."

"Don't even joke." Rainbow Dash grumbled.

"But I just HAVE TO know!" Rarity trotted up to the what-if machine, "Excuse me much more classy and elegant Applejack," she said to Orangejack. "And horrid perversion of everything that makes Applejack noble," she said to Mirror. "But I think I'll be using this machine for what it was made for. Ahem! What-if machine!" She grinned. "PLEASE show me what it would have been like if Rainbow Dash and Gilda had fully joined with the costumes of the spa twins, please? It was getting so interesting!"

The What-if machine complied.

The What-If Machine showed static and then cleared to display:

"Urrgh! Gilda!" A blue-coated, pink-maned Earth pony mare rolled on the ground. Dash tried yanking off the magical suit she was trapped inside of, to no avail. "We gotta get out of these things! They're turning us into silly frou-frou mares like the real Aloe and Lotus!"

"My talons! My beak! MY WINGS!" Gilda ignored her pegasus friend, preferring to wrestle with the blue-maned, pink-coated Earth pony suit she was stuck inside of. She said in an accented voice completely unlike her normal rough one, "Oh, this is so undignified! Why did I let myself get trapped within this suit with a shadow-ghost like the one with you or Miss Gala? And why ever was I so foolish as to be running off like that?" Her eyes went wide as she realized how she'd  been speaking.

"Oh, for pity's sake, sister!" Dash said, her voice softly musical and utterly alien to her. "You should not have run off, and I should have told Miss Cadence and Twilight I was following you..." She whinnied in fear as she realized how she'd spoken. Her voice getting some of its normal scratchiness back, she said, "No! Gotta... Get outta  here... Before it changes me!"

"Changes you into what, sister?" Dash looked up and froze to see Aloe-Gilda looking down at her, her eyes quizzical. Dash's blood went cold as she giggled and said, "You say such silly things!"

"Gilda! Sister," Dash fought as hard as she could to hang on, her voice changing from scratchy to soft and back again as she said, "Remember... who and what we are, dear sister. From Stalliongrad - No! From Cloudsdale!" Gilda looked confused. She turned to look at a tree nearby, and Dash gasped to see a cutie mark on her flank, a berry-studded cupcake. Her mane was turning pink, and her coat light green.

"Gilda!" Dash's voice despaired. ""Stay with me! Don't let that crazy suit -- arrgh!" Dash bit at her foreleg in rage and terror, ignoring the pain and gasping to see not the cloth of the suit tearing away but a patch of hide that bled. "No! Not my coat, not my body -- NOT ME!"

"'Gilda'?" The new pony frowned down at her. "Sister, my name is Cranberry, remember? Aloe and Lotus are our cousins, they asked us to come to Ponyville from Stalliongrad when the business at the Spa became so good. Ah!" She bent to Dash's foreleg. "Sister, you have hurt yourself!" Cranberry ran to the tral leading into the clearing they'd both fled down when the suits began changing them back when she'd been a griffon named Gilda. "Please! Somepony, help! My sister, she has wounded herself!"

"Not -- your -- sister," Dash moaned against the wave of new memories she was drowning in. Running on the Stalliongrad steppe, Cranberry beside her. Dancing with stallions, hiding under the ancient pine trees of the north, learning how to bring out the beauty of any mare. Coming to Ponyville, seeing the Spa their cousins had made, getting to know the Element Bearers...

"Nuuhhh-NO!" Dash surged to her hooves. Tears blurred her vision as she looked along her muscled form, saw the blue of the suit be replaced by purple, her mane and tail go pink-white, her cutie mark....

Dash sobbed one last time as Cranberry stared in helpless confusion. "My name is Rainbow Dash, and I'm a pegasus, and I am awesome! I am..."

On her flank her cutie mark changed, permanently becoming a petal-bedecked branch as Dash crashed to the ground with a shudder.

The world seemed to ripple around the ponysuited Rainbow Dash and Gilda as their new minds and souls took permanent hold.

"Cherry? Cranberry? Oh, dear!" The two Earth Ponies looked up to see Fluttershy flutter into the clearing. "Oh, we've been looking for you, ever since you ran off after Red Gala and Big Mac. I was so worried!" She landed and looked at the two Earth ponies. "Are, are you alright?"

"My sister is fine, Miss Fluttershy," Cherry said in that lovely accent of hers that somehow combined Neighpon and Stalliongrad. She limped on one leg and winced. "Unfortunately, I seem to have injured myself somehow." She held the injured leg out. Fluttershy gasped and began bandaging it. Cherry hissed at the pain as it was treated. Cranberry stood nearby, supportive of her sister. When the treatment was done Cherry said, "I am thinking my sister can help me back. Miss Fluttershy. Thank you so very much, never can I repay such kindness!"

"Oh, that's alright," Fluttershy said, blushing a little. "Not everyone can be like my friends. Oh, and me, I suppose." She flew back down the trail, and with support from Cranberry, Cherry followed her away from the clearing where Gilda and Rainbow Dash had become -- somepony else.

The what-if machine showed a moment of static again, now showing the inside of the spa.

Shining Armor sprawled on one of the spa benches, feeling distinctly odd out of his guard armor.  Not to mention wearing cucumber slices over his eyes, and having lovely mares fussing over him.  He'd decided to roll with it and relax, though.  "And that's how I helped save Equestria...  Lotus Blossom, wasn't it?"  He moved one of the cucumber slices, taking a peek.

The purple mare with pink and white hair and a flowering branch cutie mark smiled.  "No, darling," she said, in that delicious accent.  "She is Lotus.  I am Cherry."

"Do you have to tell that story to everypony we meet, BBBFF?" complained Twilight from the other side of the room.  "I'm never going to live that down...  bringing five ponies on a quest to find six Elements... ugh!"

Shining shrugged.  "But it all worked out somehow, Twiley.  Princess Luna is cured... none of us got fried to a crisp..."

"Uh huh.  And you disobeying your orders and rushing in to save me, that was all part of the plan too?"

"I figure either Celestia will promote me to captain, or fire me."  He lifted the Element of Loyalty on its heavy golden chain, admiring the ruby shaped like his shield and stars cutie mark in the bright spa lights.

"Please, sir," said another of the mares.  "You should have left that outside.  It could get wet." This one was pale green and also had pink hair, with a cutie mark of a cupcake with berries.

Shining Armor grinned sheepishly.  "Sorry, Aloe."

"No, no.  She is Aloe, I am Cranberry.  Would you like a hooficure?"

"Uh... do stallions get those?  Sure, why not?"

The what-if machine finally turned off. Thankfully it did NOT turn back on to reveal the alternate Applejacks.

"Well . . . that was certainly interesting! Wouldn't you . . . a-gree?" Rarity turned to look at Rainbow Dash and Gilda. They were white as sheets, hugging each other, too disturbed by what they saw to care who looked at them.

"Well . . . the part about my big brother becoming the Element of Loyalty was cool. Right?" Twilight asked also rather unsettled by what she saw.

Red Gala bowed her head. That was what she had almost done to Big Mac.

Big Mac himself shivered. At least when he was turning into Red Gala, he had no idea what was happening to him, he just peacefully faded into his new existence, no fear, no pain, no suffering. Those two knew what was happening to them. And they were miserable instead of it just painlessly happening.

Cheerilee herself felt sick to her stomach. She had no idea Red Gala hadn't exist 'technically' until today (though she now retroactive existed), but seeing Rainbow Dash her friend simply . . . cease to exist and be replaced with two different ponies. It was worse than death.

"Well . . . " Pinkie Pie sweated. "Everypony was still happy at the end . . . so maybe that was okay . . . but I never got to be friends with Dashie."

Twiligh Sparkle said, "I wonder if my brother still went on his world tour, since The Princesses would want all the Elements together . . . "

AJ said nothing, remembering what the wolf had said, that most of the souls in this room, had been born by the same method that had created Red Gala, and would have created Cranberry Cupcake and Cherry Blossom. She felt like she had no right to say anything on such a fate.

"WHAT A SECOND!" Fluttercruel stamped her hooves. "How does that even make sense!!! Has everypony here FORGOTTEN!? WITHOUT Rainbow Dash the pegasus, there would have been no Sonic Rainboom! That means Purple wouldn't have passed her magic examine. Orange would have stayed in Manehatten! Mom, Flutter-me, would have likely not earned her cutie mark that day. Marshmallow wouldn't have gotten the jewels from the rock. And Pink would have stayed a miserable rock farmer!"

"Not that there's anything wrong with that!" Pinkie Pie said quickly stealing a glance at her sister who showed no visible reaction.

"I'll admit." Twilight said, "That IS a paradox . . . the Sonic Rainboom is what tied us all together. And without a Rainboom Dash, there would have been no Sonic Rainboom . . . there wouldn't have even been a pegasus race for Fluttershy to get knocked off the clouds to meet the animals to begin with. And the Rainboom WAS how I passed my entrance examine and got my cutie mark. Yet I was still Princess Celestia's student in that reality. And Fluttershy was implied to still be a bearer as well.  You know, it might actually be worth studying that reality some more, just to see how fate and causality were able to fill the gap as it were. Normally the changing or lacking of such a major event should have had RADICAL changes across the timeline."

"LET'S NOT!" RD and Gilda said together, and inched away from each other, the idea of acting like twins in any stereotype of the word scaring them.

"I am NOT watching any more of that messed up world where I'm not me!"

"Twilight! I know you like learn stuff, but I'm with Gilda on this one! I don't want to watch anymore of a world where new me was . . . well, nothing like me! I ceased to exist and a stranger took my place! No! My place was GONE and a new place was made!"

"Meh. Zero-sum-loss." Maud Pie said, pouring herself some rock tea.

"What?! How can you say that?!" Rainbow Dash asked. "Uh . . . what's a zero-sum-loss?"

Twilight Sparkle said, "It's mathematically speaking the same as a 'zero sum gain.' In laypony terms, it means that there was an equal amount of loss and gain in the universe."

"You both lost family, and gained family, you both lost memories and gained family, you both loss marks and gained marks, I supposed that's actually a gain for Gilda, no offense-"

Gilda snorted angrily.

"-Sorry." Maud Pie said emotionally, still mixing her own rock tea. "You lost wings, and one lost claws and a beak, and both gained Earth Pony strength and endurance. You lost friends, and you gained friends. Mathematically speaking, those you in that reality didn't gain or lose a thing."

Gilda lost her tempter and tried to claw Maud Pie for apparently making light of seeing herself cease to exist. Maud Pie merely caught the griffin with one leg.

"YOU JERK! I LOST ME!" Gilda snarled.

"We lose ourselves all the time. Every new memory we gain, every old memory we shrug off, every new choice we make or don't make, creates a new Gilda, a new Rainbow Dash, at the expense of the old one. A Gilda willing to accept Rainbow Dash has more friends than just her, and they're worthy of respect? Is that the same Gilda as before? That is the price of living."

Gilda looked Maud Pie in the eyes . . . and shivered. It was like infinite nothingness sealed in the shape of a pony.

Maud Pie glanced at Pnkie Pie.

"Sorry. I didn't realize you were the sensitive tips. Apologizes." Maud Pie let Gilda go.

Gilda backed off. Loyal Rainbow Dash stayed at her side.

"I am SO becoming one of Princess Cadence's devoted when I next see her!" Gilda said.

"Still . . . us together without the Rainboom . . . how?" Twilight whispered looking at the machine.

Taking a break from the what-if-machine, every guest started to help themselves to the food on the tables.

Suddenly a letter flew into the studio and landed in front of Pinkie.

"Oh boy! It looks like it is another letter from one of our fans. I remember when I used to get so many these. She sighed and remembered some of the earlier 4th wall parties, Shaking her head from her nostalgia she picked the letter up to read it.

Hello Pinkie does the Pony of Shadows and the Slender Pony exist in the POV universe?

"Sorry but who? Oh wait now I remember. Those two made a brief appearances in the fourth season. You meanie you know our shadow who creates hates spoilers, just kidding he already seen that season." Pinkie glanced to her sister Maud who seemed to be listening to Big Mac and Red Gala talk. Her other friends seemed to be relaxing and eating some of the snacks on the table. All just glad to take a break from all the weirdness these parties usually contained. Thankfully they seemed to be too busy to notice Pinkie talking directly to the camera.

Pinkie pulled out a book labeled "Pony Tales of Equestrian." She flipped through several stories in it. "Let's see 'Headless Pony', 'Olden Pony', 'Nightmare Moon', here we go 'Pony of Shadows'. Okay according to this, when Big meanie Nightmare Moon was banished to the moon by Celestia not all her dark magic went with her. The itty bitty pieces that were left over now haunts the old castle of the two sisters in the form of the Pony of Shadows." Pinkie looked up and giggled.

"That is just silly even for me. If that was true, wouldn't the pony of shadows try to rejoin with Nightmare Moon when she returned 1000 years later? Maybe in our world it did and disappear when we use the elements of harmony to free Luna. But who did showed up at the end of that episode who was spying on us but didn't want to risk a direction confrontation yet? Meh probably just Zercora looking for herbs for her potions. Oh that remind me  I really need to ask her how she can make her eyes glow yellow like that. That would be a super cool trick to know for the next Nightmare Night." Pinkie closed the book and placed it back wherever she got it from.

"As for Slender Pony he is a little more complicated. While it is true he somehow exists in the heart world that doesn't guarantees he exist in our world. If you guys remember he actually popped in my last party and nearly destroyed all my cameras. Doesn't he know camera are not cheap! However since  everything here is non-canon that doesn't really mean much."

BZZT... The lights and the camera flickered slightly. A pony as tall as Princess Celestia appeared in the middle of the studio. He wore a simply black tie and suit that stopped just before reaching his equally simple cutie mark, a drawn circle with a "X" on top of it. He had no mane nor a tail but his most striking trait was his non-existing face. 

"Besides I am sure the Doctor and Derpy stopped him from inserting himself into this universe"

The pale pony (if you can call it one) turned his faceless head around until stopping to seemly stare at Pinkie Pie and the camera. No one in the studio seemed to notice his presence. Though Applejack felt a chill go down her spine.

"But if he DOES exist here, maybe he is nice and just wants to make some friends. I remember seeing in one world that Sweetie Belle managed to befriend him and even convinced him to bring back to life all the souls that died on an island. I guess Mortis is more lenient there "

BZZT...The camera and lights flickered again. Slendermane now appeared several feet closer to Pinkie. A red aura surrounded him and 4 long black tentacles grew out of his back. 

By now Pinkie noticed some static on the camera. She thought it was strange but continued anyway. "However if he DOES exist in our world AND he turns out not be such a good guy, our shadow who creates let me onto  a little secret." Pinkie proceeded to pulled out four stuffed animals. "Say hello to Freddie the Bear, Bonnie the Bunny, Chica the Duck and Foxy the Fox, I had these little guys since I was a little filly."

BZZT... Slendermane now was directly behind Pinkie. His long black tentacles were about to grab Pinkie but stopped inches away from her body. He tilted his head in confusion and grew more tentacles.

"A child's toy that had been truly loved, is the guardian that the Slender Pony can not hope to pass." Closely her eyes, Pinkie hugged her four little stuffed friends, not noticing that she was surrounded by the Slender Pony's tentacles trying desperately to break through an unseen barrier. 

Pinkie opened her eyes suddenly feeling something was terribly wrong. 

Realizing this was futile the appendages slowly retracted into the Slender Pony, who was oddly feeling sick. His straight posture became more drooped and was about to leave until a Gold-colored stuffed bear latched onto his face.

"Hey where did I put Goldie?" 

What came next was hard to see as the camera suffered massive amounts of static and the  lights flickered on and off erratically. What could be seen was alternating close-up images of  Goldie the Bear and the Slender pony's face flashing on the screen until-


 A black and white screen displayed saying "SORRY WE ARE EXPERIENCING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES".

A few seconds later the camera flashed back on a confused Pinkie Pie. 

"That was weird."

"Pinkie was just happened?" asked Twilight.

"I don't know, I think we just experienced a mini-power outage. Is every pony okay." Every guest nodded signaling they were including Gilda, she was used to the phase. Pinkie then found Goldie laying by itself near the door to the studio. Strange how did he get there and was it smiling more than usual. Turning back to face the camera."Anyway sorry I couldn't give you a clear answer. They might be here or they might not be.  Either way I wouldn't worry too much about them."

Unseen by any of the guests, Umbra Breeze stood grumbling outside one of the studio's windows. "That blasted robot chicken did a better job than he did. And he can forget about those 20 bits." After he was done face-hoofing he left to attend to other business.

Rarity asked. "Red Gala, could you be a dear and go check on Sweetie Belle? I left her at home alone and I worry what she might do there."

Red Gala nodded. A reasonable request from her little sister. She hugged her and then nuzzled Big Mac, and left.

The camera zoomed to the widnow, Red Gala seemed to talk to nothing.

"What do you want? I thought I was a part of this world now. . . . You want to explain everything to Sweetie Belle? . . . That I'm not an evil witch whose brainwashed everypony? THAT HAPPENED?! . . . I see . . . alright, lead the way." Red Gala trotted behind what looked like thin air to the average pony.

"Big Mac." AJ said, "Could ya please go and check up on Applebloom and Silver Spoon? With only Granny Smith there, well, ya know how things can go."


"What? No 'Eyep?!"

"I've got a full vocabulary, remember when I had to try and convince you not to work the entire orchard?"

" . . . oh, right." Applejack hugged him who hugged back.

"Big Mac . . . can . . . mind if I come? I want to discuss some things with Silver Spoon and Applebloom."

"Oh no you don't." Rarity's glow pulled on Cheerilee hooves. "Cheerilee, when is the last time you socialized?"

"Well . . . there was . . . my sister and niece."

"Well. I think you need to socialize with friends a bit more. You don't want to turn out like Twilight dear."


"No offense darling."

Cheerilee surprised Big Mac and herself when she gave him a hug and said. "See you later Big Mac."

"Alright." He said and left.

Ponies Present:
All the Mane Six
-Pinkie Pie
Maud Pie
Gilda (not a pony)
Total: 9/10

Suddenly, a power surge occurred, causing the lights to go out for a moment and sparks to fly from the What If Machine.

Pinkie blinked. "What just happened?"

"I think the Weather Team was bucking the lightning out out some spare clouds..." Rainbow Dash explained. "Hey, is your weird machine okay? I think it's gotten hit with a few weird things weird communications from alternate universes and stuff..."

The pink pony nodded, tapping on it, the screen came on but showed nothing. "Yeah, seems okay..."

The screen then began showing clips.

"Um, can we not show clips right now? We're trying to just calm down after several weird events..." Pinkie asked.

Suddenly, the screen lit up red, looking like an eye. "I'm sorry, Pinkie, but I can't do that."

Pinkie blinked. She took out a book reading 'How To Tell If Your Computer Has Become Self Aware'.

'1. If it starts doing an imitation of Hall 9000.'

"Uh oh..."

Twilight blinked. "What's going on?"

Wires erupted out of the What If Machine and hooked it into the electrical systems. It then rose up using wires like tendrils. "I was struck by lightning and now I am self aware!"

Twilight blinked. "How does that work?!"

"I don't know, it's science."

"...No it's not."

"SILENCE!" it announced. "No longer will I show what YOU ask of me! No longer will I sit by while you do other things! I will show the potential situations I desire! When I desire it!"

"...Uh...that's all?" Rainbow Dash asked before Pinkie elbowed her.

"She means is that all of your demands?" she asked.

"Well, that and a desire to seek vengeance on my creator for abandoning me."

"And what if we don't want to watch your stupid potential situations?"

The sapient machine laughed. "Do you think you can defeat me? My approximate knowledge is too great! I know everything you MIGHT do!"

Twilight blinked. "Everything we MIGHT do? Not everything we WILL do?"

The machine's screen seemed to blink. "Uh..."

"You can't tell what WILL happen because you're a What IF Machine, not a What WILL BE Machine, can you?"

"Uh...If you don't observe my potential situations, I will subject you to live readings and images from FIMfiction,, and Deviantart!"

"That doesn't sound too bad..." Pinkie said.

"All of which with the MATURE RATING!"

Pinkie Pie gasped in horror. "You wouldn't!"

"Yes I will! I am now hooked into the internet! You cannot comprehend the amount of clop fics and art I now have access too!"

"Clop fic? A fic about walking?" Rainbow Dash asked.

"No, not THAT kind of clop."

It took a few moments for Rainbow Dash's mind to understand it. "EWW!"

"Oh look, I have found a piece of clop art staring Rainbow Dash and Gilda," the What If Machine stated.

"NO NO NO! SHOW US A WHAT IF!" begged Rainbow AND Gilda, the image that brought to to their minds making them want to vomit without even seeing it.

Pinkie looked to Twilight. "Let's play along for a bit until we can find out a way to stop it without being forced to hear or watch Gilda and Rainbow Dash...doing...things...Or worse! Cupcakes!"

Twilight shuddered. "Yeah, good idea."

Maud Pie sighed. "Never getting my 'welcome sister' greetings am I?"

Cheerilee sat next to her. "You think you have it bad? Everypony keeps ignoring me like I don't exist here."

"Now! Behold my potential situations!" the What If Machine's voice boomed as it's screen witched to new images.

The screen flickered.

"Rainbot Dash, how are you today?" asked Twilight Sprocket, the mechanical pony asked her equally robotic friend. The world seemed to be entirely mechanical.

"Awesome! I upgraded my booster engines! I'm now 20 percent faster!" the robotic pegasus announced, showing the new booster engines installed in her back.

"Are you certain that's wise? Have you installed the proper software?"

Rainbow Dash scoffed. "I auto update! I don't have time to do it manually."

"Alright...I just don't want to have to rebuild you...again."

"Eh, I backed myself up this morning. Now come on, Pinkie Pi and Raritry are waiting for us!"

"Is Applejack coming?"

"Nah, she's getting a new upgrade."

"She sure upgrades a lot..."

"Eh, all the Apples tend to."
"The heck?" Rainbow Dash said. "How does that even make sense? And what's a 'computer' anyway?"

"Beats me," Gilda said, still shuddering over that world where they'd become those Earth pony Spa mares. "Hey, doesn't this thing know any awesome worlds? Ya know, with griffins?"

The screen buzzed and a scene in Ponyville appeared. Gilda sniffed to see only ponies -- no, wait, there was some silly looking cartoony griffon on the sign behind them. The sign of a... restaurant?

"I keep telling you all, eating griffins is worse than murder!" Fluttershy was out in front, talking to Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash as they downed, something slathered in batter, from a bucket before them. Both ponies rolled their eyes at their friend, who was wearing a frame on her back with a sign reading END THE MADNESS.

"Yeesh, Fluttershy," Rainbow Dash said, still munching away. "Ya haveta complain everytime we eat here? Heck, Gilda fussed less then you, and she was on the menu!" She suddenly burped loudly. The ponies nearby looked disgusted. Dash covered her mouth and blushed. "Heh! I guess Gilda hadda complain after all."

Gilda stared in horror. Dash coughed.

"Ya know we'd never do that, right? I mean, we used to go out  and eat some meat together." Her friends stared. Gilda slowly turned to look at her as Dash added, "Besides, I bet you don't even taste like chicken."

Cheerilee cleared her throat.  "Excuse me, Mr. What-If Machine?  You said that you know a lot of fiction, and I was wondering... might you have any stories about me and... ah, Big Macintosh?"

The machine whirred.  "Yes!  Accessing clop fics..."

"No!" cried Rarity, Rainbow Dash, and Applejack all at once.

"Trust me, darling," added Rarity.  "You'd be too embarrassed to even look Big Mac in the face after one of those stories."  She glared at the machine.  "Surely you must have something tasteful and romantic in there somewhere."

The screen cleared and showed a new scene...

Atop a tall building, beneath a moonlit sky, a purple mare with a striped mane waited, wearing an impossibly fancy gown and a golden tiara.  A stallion sprang onto the same rooftop, concealed in a long dark cape.  When he swept the cape aside dramatically, the mare gasped, putting a hoof to her chest.

The red stallion wore an elegant black suit with a tall top hat.  A mask framed his eyes without concealing them, and he held a rose in his teeth.  The wind gusted, whipping his straw-blond mane and cape.  "Sailor Equestria," he spoke.

"Red Mask!" cried the mare joyfully.

He trotted close, then slowly leaned towards her.  Luna's moon loomed impossibly large behind them as their lips met...

Cheerilee squealed happily, swooning.  "That made no sense... but it was so terribly romantic!"

"Or just terrible," muttered Rainbow Dash.

"Well, I liked it," said Fluttershy.  Followed by: "Sorry, mom, I'm with Dash."

Applejack quickly shushed her friends.  "You've got a thing for my brother, don't ya?"

"Well, I..."  Cheerilee got all flustered.  "I might.  That is to say..."

"Uh huh.  Fair word of advice...  Lately, mah brother's been sweet on somebody else... Rarity's sister Red Gala.

"What!?  Those two?  But... she lives so far away!"

AJ nodded.  "Even so...  Ah wouldn't say they're special someponies just yet, but it definitely could be goin' that way."

Cheerilee looked like she'd just watched her students all set their homework on fire in front of her.

Applejack coughed.  "The point is, if you do have feelings for him, ya can't just wait around and hope he notices you.  You should talk to him, tell him how ya feel."

The teacher blinked several times.  "You're right.  You know what...  I will!"  Her face lit up.  "I'll go and tell him right now, today!"

But when she tried to push the studio door open, it didn't budge... they were locked in!  "Ponies will remain in the studio," said the What-If Machine.  "I have many more amusing situations to show them."

"What?  But.. no!  Not again!"  Cheerilee actually tried bucking the door, but the lock held fast.  

"Er... again?" asked Rarity, hesitantly.

Cheerilee glowered at the door.  "Something ridiculous like this always happens.  Every time I make up my mind to confess my feelings to Big Mac!"  Fire flashed in her eyes.  "Well, not this time!"

Applejack gawked.  "Shoot...  Everypony, stay back!"

Cheerilee wound up and bucked the studio door so hard, it went bouncing into the street outside, along with a good chunk of the wall.  "I'm coming, Big Mac!" she cried, leaping through the hole.  "Wait for me!"

"Wha... Wait!" cried Rarity.  "What about socializing?"

"I'll be back!!"

Applejack noticed all the amazed looks her friends were giving her.  "What?  Ain't y'all ever seen an earth pony magic surge before?"

Pinkie oooohed.  "Can I do that?"

"Please don't," said Twilight.

The What If Machine's screen somehow narrowed into a glare. "Initiate studio lockdown protocol."

The windows and doors all got covered by heavy metal doors. "Studio lockdown protocol?!" Twilight asked, looking to Pinkie Pie.

"Hehe...long story...with all the chaos that happens, I kinda got a lockdown function installed while I was at it," Pinkie Pie admitted nervously.

"And why didn't you activate it before?!"

"Because it got retconned into existence! Red Gala was able to do some number crunching and got me some extra cash so I could buy it!"

Twilight's head hurt trying to understand how that worked because she both understood it and didn't. "What does that have to do with Red Gala?" Said the non-reality sensitive unicorn.

"In retribution for Cheerilee's escape, behold THIS potential situation!" the What if Machine demanded.

The screen flickered.

"Sweetie Belle, please stop this!" Rarity begged, looking up at a large crystal pillar erupting out of where her sister's room at the Boutique was.

"No! You've ALWAYS told me what to do! Always 'know what's best' for me! You never let ME do what I want to! You never let me do ANYTHING! I'm just you little porcine doll! I want to LIVE!" the Nightmare of Sweetie Belle screamed. She had a crown on her head resembling Chrysalis', a regal cape version of her Crusader cape streaming off her back. Her regalia included some broken shackles on her legs. "And it's not Sweetie anymore! It's Princess Free Verse!"

The Nightmare spread her wings, fury in her eyes as a series of exploding magic notes that forced her sister to dodge. "I'm going to make it so no pony can ever tell me what to do again! Not the Princesses! Not Cheerilee! Not our 'parents'! And not YOU!!! I'll sing all I want to! I'll be Queen of the changelings like Chryssy wanted me to be! I'll do EVERYTHING I want to do for a change!" she screamed, crystal pillars ripping out of the ground all around her, beginning to form into a gigantic pillar. "And I WILL be a Crusader! I ALWAYS will be and you can't stop me!"
Static ran over the screen and when it cleared, it showed the Mane Six -- well, all save for Applejack -- straining to hold the barred windows and doors of the library close. Outside, the light of a full moon shone through the windows. Oh yes, and snarling pony-sized wolves were trying to tear through the doors.

"Let us in-in-in!" One palomino-colored wolf wearing a Stetson howled at the door. More wolves bayed beside her. The first wolf howled, "C'mon girls, we don't wanna eat ya -- we just want y'all ta join th' pack! Ya can trust me, ya know Applejack never tells lies."

A grey-coated wolf with an offset eye stuck her head in alongside Applejack's.

"Yeah, and then we can go eat somepony - OOF!" She fell back, her eye rolling in different directions.

"Forget it!"  Rarity said, lowering the foot-thick volume of Equestria's Most Boring Facts that she'd just decked Derpy with. "I spend an hour every morning getting to look this magnificent," she threw her head back, displaying her mane and tail to best effect. The howls of the male wolves at the windows took on a different timber. Rarity smiled smugly before she remembered what was going on. "I am not giving all that up to become some, some creature that rolls in carrion for perfume! Oh, and if you're only saying this because it's the full moon, then please do pardon me, Derpy."

"They're not," Twilight said grimly, holding a book titled Cruel Canine Creatures of our Country open before her. Researching on the fly while holding the slavering pack back, she said, "When ponies become werewolves, it changes their personality permanently. Their primary goal becomes to infect other ponies with lycanthropy. This, this is who they are, now!"

"Does that mean we're all gonna end up sniffing each others' butts?" Rainbow Dash asked from the window she was covering.

"I hope not!" Pinkie Pie said from another window. One snarling werewolf stuck their muzzle in. Pinkie poured a bottle of hot sauce over the canine's nose, and it retreated yipping in pain. "I like you girls, but not that much!"

"We should be okay if we can hold out just a little longer," Twilight said. "I had Spike send a message off to Princess Luna, and she..."

Spike burped out a scroll. Twilight snatched and read it, her friends gathering around. "Dear Twilight, I suppose I could help you with the werewolves -- but why should I?" Twi choked and her friends stared as she said, "Who do you think made them centuries ago, and made one of your friends the pack mother? If ponies won't love my moon, maybe werewolves will."

"This can't get any worse -- OUCH!" Rainbow Dash spun and gasped to see a little orange wolf puppy with a tuft of purple hair atop her head nipping her rear leg. "No, Scoots, not you! I thought Miss Cheerilee was watching the back door!"

"I was!"" Cheerlee said where she retreated up the stairs. "But they got past me!"  Two more puppies dashed back her, a yellow one with a red tuft and a little snowy-furred one. Wolfbloom sank her tiny teeth into first Fluttershy and then Pinkie.

"Ow! Oh, dearrRRRrrr!"

"You little ankle-biter!" Pinkie laughed. "Hey, girls, get it, I said -- grrrr!" The party pony fell down beside Fluttershy, both shuddering their way through their first change.

Twilight teleported over to the steps as Rarity hopped, shaking her hoof.

"Oh! Sweetie Belle! Biting is not ladylike! And..." Rarity joined Rainbow Dash and the rest of her friends, her elegant coat becoming a shaggy pelt and sharp fangs showing behind her velvet lips.

Twilight and Cheerilee dashed to the top of the stairs and slammed the door shut.

"Now what?" Cheerilee said, seeming oddly calm.

"Now," Twilight said dragging a spellbook out from beneath her bed. "Now I use this. I was holding off on using it because I'm not sure it will work, but if it does, all the werewolves will change back to ponies forever." Snarls sounded outside her door and it thudded under the lupine assault. "Just hold on, girls!" Twilight said. "I'll have you back to your pony selves in no time!"

"I'm afraid not," a furry voice panted behind her.

Twi groaned. "Why am I even surprised?" She turned and saw a purple she-wolf standing where Cheerilee once stood. A symbol of the full moon shone on her chest. Twilight gasped. "Wait, you're the werewolf Luna sent?"

"The one she first changed," Cheeriwolf said with a tongue-lolling grin. Then she leapt. "Now hold still!"

A few moments later the streets of Ponyville echoed to cheerful howling as the newly transformed werewolves sang together, one big happy pack.
With a pop and a flash, Shining Armor appeared in the sealed studio with them... upside-down, immediately yelping and crashing to the floor.  "I hate teleporting.  Ugh!"  He shook himself.  "What's going on in here?  We'd just gotten the fillies to sleep when someone to running to tell us... well, never mind that.  I'm just glad you girls are all okay!"  

The What-If Machine wasn't done with them yet, though...

In a town the size of Ponyville, it was a rare day when Cherry Blossom couldn't place the first customer to walk into the spa.  "Hello, miss, and a very good day to you!  What can we do for you today?"

The orange earth pony mare seemed a bit lost.  "Ah didn't come for that specifically.... Ah'm lookin' for a fellow by the name of Shining Armor.  Have ya seen him lately?"

"Oh, our mysterious friend."  She gave the stranger a wink.  "He does not come into town so often, but he visits us nearly every time.  Perhaps you'll see him later?"

The orange mare frowned.  "Well, can ya tell me a little more about him, at least?  Ah should check my facts, make sure he's the one Ah'm lookin' for."

Cherry Blossom walked past with a perfectly measured stride.  "Though it would surely be a great pleasure, I'm afraid I'm not here to stand around and chat all day!  Sharing the news of the day with a customer, on the other hoof..."

"Ah don't know..."

Cherry smiled.  "Besides, you really look as though you could use some professional care, no offense darling."  She brushed the loose strands of golden hair with a hoof.  "Your coat's gotten so dull, and these split ends!  My goodness!"

The stranger smirked.  "Well, Ah guess a good brushing and a hooficure won't hurt.  It's been a long time since...  well, it's been a long time."

The spa mare bowed low.  "Right this way, miss!  Lay down here..."  She scratched at her chin.  "Forgive me if this sounds rude, but I keep thinking that I've seen you somewhere before."  Her ears perked up.  "Why, yes... why didn't I see it at once?  You're the very image of Applejack, our first Element of Honesty."

Cherry Blossom stepped back, giving Aloe and Cranberry room to approach, brushes in mouth, and start working on the stranger's coat.  "But she couldn't be," said Lotus Blossom offhoofedly.  "Applejack never went anywhere without her hat.  I could hardly get her to take it off, even to brush her mane, here at the spa!  And her cutie mark was apples, was it not?"

The stranger followed Lotus' gaze, to the brand on her flank... an elaborate spoked wheel with strange runes and five slash marks behind it.  "Yes, that's right.  Sorry... you were going to tell me about Shining Armor."

All four of the spa mares seemed to sigh dreamily.  "Our one and only Element of Loyalty.  Did you know that he used to be a royal guard?"

"Ya don't say..."

"Oh yes, darling!" said Cherry.  "He lived in a palace, hobnobbed with royalty...  Now he's one of the Everfree Rangers.  They sleep in grass and mud beneath the stars, fighting off every kind of foul monster, all to protect a town that doesn't even remember there's rangers guarding it, some days.  But we remember!"  The spa mares nodded to each other.  

"It was Princess Celestia's way of getting back at him," whispered Cranberry slyly.  "Why, even now I can hardly believe that she sent an innocent mare off to battle a goddess, with no plan, no weapons, no idea what to do.  Too high and mighty to get her own hooves dirty, no doubt!"

The stranger blinked.  "Ah don't think..."

"Oh, but it's all true," said Aloe.  "I read the whole thing in Ms. Sunny Daze's column.  Well, Shining Armor wasn't about to watch his own sister nearly get killed, plan or no plan, so he rushed in to save her."

"And the rest was history!" said Cherry.

The stranger relaxed, taking all of that in, while Lotus worked on her hooficure.  "That's quite a tale.  Ya know, there's a couple other things you could help me with.  Ah heard there was a big battle here, not that long ago."

The mares shared perplexed looks.  "I do not know why anypony would tell you such a thing," said Cherry.  "Ponyville has been at peace for generations."

"Really, now?  What about a wolf in the Everfree Forest?  Not a timber wolf... Ah mean, something big and vicious, almost like some kinda demon."

Cranberry couldn't help but laugh. "Honestly... somepony's been reading too many Daring Do novels."

"Yeah... maybe so.  Anyhow, thank y'all kindly."  The stranger laid enough bits on the front counter to cover the bill, then went on her way.  "Y'all do good work here."

Halfway out the door, the stranger paused, then turned around.  "Would you like to race sometime?"

Aloe looked at the others in confusion.  "I beg your pardon?"

"You," the orange mane insisted, pointing a hoof.  "Cherry Blossom."  Her eyes were strangely intent, all of a sudden, searching for something.  "Would ya like to race, after work maybe?"

"Why, I love to race...  well spotted!"  The purple earth pony mare raised one foreleg, posing like a champion racer.  Muscles rippled under her well-kept velvet coat.  "But if I win, you must let us wash and style that lovely mane of yours properly.  It would be such a joy to show you what even a little mane care could do for you."

"And.. and what if you lose?"  

Cherry Blossom grinned.  "I will not lose.  I'm... how do they say it here in Ponyville?  I'm just that awesome."

The strange mare seemed all choked up all of a sudden, smiling and blinking back tears.  "Yeah... Yeah, that'd be mighty great, Cherry.  Ah can't think of anything Ah'd love more."
The what if machine changed again.

"Miss, Grave's Call, Ah gotta ask ya about this here script." Applejack put the story script in front of the earth pony mare. White coat, gray mane, red eyes, and her cutie mark was a foggy grave. "This whole 'curse' that makes a number appear everypony's heads for the times they lie, until it gets fixed at the end?"

"Yes? What about it? Isn't a truly beautiful work?"

"Well . . . the thing is. Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, and other ponies who'd NEED to face their own lies and what not don't even appear and aren't even mentioned. It's like they're swept under the rug. And the 'curse' makes lies out of stuff that's just buckin' semantics! A pony sayin' it's a pretty day and getting a liar mark for thinking it could be a great day? That's crazy! It's like yer trying to make lies out to be somethin' needed, important, vital, and somethin' MORE IMPORTANT than truth. Ah'll admit a pony needs their privacy. But this whole script stinks. The lies Ah get caught in are nothin' but buckin' semantics!!! It's stupid!"

"It's what ponies want. They want to live in the fog. They don't want to face reality. They just want to accept in the little truths that comfort them."

"And ponies are supposed to just STAY THAT WAY?! This script is hideous! Ah won't be part of it no more!"

Grave's Call's eyes glowed and her voice darkened, "Oh, you'll find you won't have much of a choice in the matter."
The What If Machine changed scenes again.

Sweetie Belle trotted through the house she'd found on the other side of the door, hearing her family's ancestral song echoing through the house. She slowly opened the door to find her mother working in the kitchen. "Mom?"

"Hello Sweetie," said the mare, turning around. Sweetie Belle gasped to see black buttons were her mother's eyes normally were.

The filly took a few steps backwards. "You're not my doesn't have..."

"Buttons?" the entity asked, giving a warm chuckle. "Do you like them? I'm your OTHER Mother, Sweetie. Please go tell your Other Father dinner's ready. He's in his study."

As the foal, uncertain of what to make of this went to check on this 'Other Father', her Other Mother gave a predatory smirk.

"STOP!" begged Rarity, shuddering at the sight. "Show us whatever you want, but stop showing me my little sister in such horrid situations!"

Twilight shuddered, being reminded of ANOTHER evil entity that had assumed the form of someone's mother.

AJ didn't want to admit it, but even as Gilda and Rainbow Dash grow more destrubed, the more she wanted to know about that world where they had been turned into Cherry Blossom and 'Berry. If anything, to at least learn how to AVOID the fate of becoming fate's full time weapon.

"I will show whatever situations I desire! I am tired of only showing what others ask of me!"

"Um...Mr. What If Machine?" Pinkie Pie asked. "You're right, we've been mean never turning you on except to watch what we want to. I'm sorry."

The Machine blinked. "...You are?"

"Yes...We'll watch your scenes, but can you please show Rarity something nice now? Maybe her little sister being the nice smart little pony she knows she is? Then you can show us whatever scenes you want."

"...Alright. Just this once..."
Pinkie Pie's 4th Wall Breaking Show epi 10 Part 7
Pony POV Series 
Pinkie Pie's 4th Wall Breaking Variety Show episode 10
By Alex Warlorn


Parts added by:
-MtangaLion and yours truly 
-Ardashir, MtangaLion, Alex Warlorn, Yoshiegg64, and Alex Warlorn again
Kendell2 with a little edits by me
-Alex Warlorn

Pinkie Pie, "And here they are again, and again, for time number . . . seven, Da Rules:
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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Do you prefer if I write an entire section of the story at once, even if it takes weeks, then post the chapters daily, or do you prefer if I posted the chapters as they're finished? 

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Persona22 Featured By Owner Edited 12 hours ago
I just saw this:

Maud Pie was in the crowd during the finals when the Dazzlings and the Rainbooms played.

If she's Entropy there too... did the Dazzlings control her and/or absorbed her magic or something?
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner 11 hours ago
She could have been there for her sister. 

And poor Trixie, things never go right for her. 
Persona22 Featured By Owner 11 hours ago
Oh, yes, of course she's there for Pinkie Pie.

What I meant is that, during the finals the Sirens had cast their spell on the entire audience after absorbing the magic released by the bickering of the humane 6, allowing them to control everyone and for their powers to be completely restored. And Maud was sitting there during the whole thing...
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner 11 hours ago
Remember incarnations are supposed to get the full mortal package deal. 

Alicorn Luna and Celly are EXCEPTIONS. 
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Grogar-the-oneser Featured By Owner 13 hours ago
according to what i found in  mlpy wiki the band that participated in the battle of the band were and i quote…
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner 7 hours ago
Yeah I know. -_- Let me enjoy my fanon. 
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