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" .  . . Why da heck is that dangnabbit contraption fancied itself up to look like a pony? It looks every more creepy!"

"Applejack that's rude!" Fluttershy said.

"No it's actually uncanny valley, and NO Pinkie Pies, that is NOT a place." Twilight lectured on her soap box. "When you make something that is ALMOST like a pony, but not QUITE like a pony, you see the traits that AREN'T like a pony, opposed to those that ARE like a pony."

Goth and Ghost Pinkie Pie looked at each other.
"I think this party should be just for Maud, HER Pinkie Pie, and THEIR friends, agreed?" Goth Pinkie asked.

"Yeah . . . we REALLY don't need to make things MORE complicated, confusing, and convoluted by being here more than we've already been. With everything set up. I say we politely bow out."

The two Pinkie Pies, not even WANTING thanks for their hard work, sneaked out a 'back door' as the ponies were focused on AJ and the what if machine. Stopping only to kiss this world's Pinkie Pie on the forehead and to give Maud Pie a hug each that she willingly returned.

"No offense darlin', but the robot look ain't ya at all." AJ said.

The what-if machine responded by continuing it's vision of loyal Shining Armor's universe. Leaving Twilight and the others having to explain to Applejack the convoluted circumstances that lead to Twilight Sparkle of that universe being a changeling and being stuck in the body of a fictional sex symbol.

The wha-if machine's screen flickered.

Changeling Twilight Sparkle grunted in frustration at the annoying suitors who kept coming to her place of business now that she was stuck as 'Heart Breaker' until she found a way to undo this spell.

"Arrgh! Now I have stallions doing things like getting themselves lost just so I can come and rescue them. This is worse than when I had ponies buddying up to me because I was Celestia's student! You're so lucky you don't have to deal with this, Rarity. All the gifts and letters and invitations to expensive romantic getaways..."

"Yes, dear," Rarity said, her eye twitching as she turned away before she could scream. "I'm so VERY lucky nopony notices me any more." Rarity went off to drown her sorrows in ice cream.


Twilight noticed that there was only one stallion left who hadn't ran away in fear. An orange pegasus stallion with a blue mane and tail.

The stallion walked over to where Twilight was, a little afraid but still full of determination. "Hum... Miss Twilight, is your magic for hire business still open?"

Twilight still remained in her menacing Changeling Queen form. She raised an eyebrow at this, "Yes, yes it is. Do you need something?"

The stallion approached until he was face to face with Twilight, "Please, can you help my little brother!?"

Twilight's eyes opened wide, "Huh?"

"My brother. He's really sick, and I've taken him to the hospital already but the doctors there can't figure out what's wrong with him, and I'm really desperate now. Please, Miss Twilight, you're my only hope!"

Twilight shook off her surprise and then dispelled the illusion spell since it was really doing nothing right now for her but waste mana. This in turn made her again take her true-fake form (for the moment) of the beautiful Heartbreaker. "Where is your brother now?" she asked.

"In his room, resting." replied the stallion.

"Okay, then take me to him... what's your name?" asked Twilight.

"Flash Sentry." replied the orange pegasus.

"Take me to him, Flash."

5 minutes later the two entered one of the many houses in Ponyville, one that really didn't stand out from any other.

"Wait here in the main room, I'll go get First Base." said Flash.

"First Base?" asked Twilight.

"That's my brother's name." explained Flash.

Twilight watched as Flash left the room, and was back a couple of seconds later with a small pillow. On the small pillow, however, was something out of the ordinary. A tiny pony, not larger than a mouse.

Flash placed the pillow on a table and signaled, worriedly, for Twilight to come and take a look.

"Okay... here he is. Can you help him?"

Twilight looked carefully at the pony. His body structure and proportions made it clear that he was a colt, had he been regular sized then he wouldn't be bigger than Applebloom, Scootaloo, or Sweetie Belle. He had an orange coat and mane and tail, but darker than his older brother's. He was an Earth Pony and had a cutie mark already, a baseball and a bat.

"What happened here? Did somepony cast a spell on him?" asked Twilight.

"Not that we know of... I was hoping you can help us figure it out." replied Flash.

"When did this happen?" asked Twilight.

"I woke up today and went to check on him, and he was like this on his bed. Still asleep, he was really scared and confused when he woke up." replied Flash.

First Base frowned, "I wasn't scared. I didn't cry at all!"

Twilight looked at First Base and smiled, "Oh, I'm sure you are one brave colt." trying to look the least intimidating as possible considering how big she was in relation to the little colt. "Okay, First Base, why don't you tell me what you did yesterday before you came home."

"Okay. After school some of the colts and fillies from school gathered to play baseball, but all the best spots were taken. So we found this very big clearing next to the Everfree Forest." explained First Base.

"The Everfree Forest!" exclaimed Flash, "How many times have I told you to stay away from that place! It's dangerous!"

"We weren't going to go IN the forest!" defended First Base.

"Please, please, this isn't helping." interrupted Twilight, "Please, continue."

"Okay... so, we were playing for a while and then I hit the ball really hard when it was my turn at the bat. And the ball flew into the everfree forest. All the colts and filies were bummed out about it because we didn't have another one to play with, until one of them said that I should go find it because I was the one that lost it by hitting it."

"First Base..." started Flash.

"I wasn't going to go in the forest! I told them that it was dangerous... but then they started calling me a chicken... until I finally went in there."

"Brother, I know it sucks to be called a coward. But doing something stupidly dangerous does not prove you are brave." said Flash.

"I agree with your brother here." said Twilight, "But it is something you'll have to talk about later. Right now I really need for you to finish your story First Base."

First Base nodded, "So I carefully walked in the forest, and I saw the ball right away. It was lying in the middle of a big field of blue flowers. So I ran, picked it up and ran out again and we continued playing."

"Wait, you said a field of blue flowers?" asked Twilight.

"Uhu." nodded First Base.

"Poison Joke." said Twilight, knowing what it was right then and there. "Now, I don't have the cure for it, but I know someone who does. I'll be right back. And while I'm gone I need for you to prepare a hot bath." she said to Flash Sentry.

With that Twilight teleported away to Zecora's place.

About 10 minutes later she teleported back, holding a small paper package with her magic. She could hear running water in one of the house's rooms.

"Flash? First Base?" asked Twilight.

The head of Flash peeped out from one of the rooms in the house, the bathroom. "Twilight, you're back. The hot bath you asked for is ready."

"Great. Is First Base there with you?" asked Twilight.

"Yes."

"Okay then, let's do this." Twilight walked inside and saw a medium sized bathtub filled with hot water, warm enough to be comfortable to bathe in, not too hot so it wouldn't be uncomfortable. She opened the small package and poured its contents into the bath, some strange looking powder.

"This is Poision Joke antidote. All First Base needs to do is get into the water."

"Oh, okay. You heard that First Ba..."

"CANNONBALL!!" Before anyone noticed, First Base ran from the bathroom counter he was standing on towards the bath, and jumped into the bath.
A second later he emerged, wet and laughing, and normal sized.

"It worked!" Flash Sentry hugged his brother happily, "Oh, thank you so much, Twilight."

Twilight smiled, "My pleasure. Now First Base, just stay in there and soak in the water for a couple of minutes and the effects of the Poison Joke will be completelt gone from your system."

"Okay, thank you!" said happily First Base, soaking in the tub.

Twilight walked out and was making her way towards the door when she was stopped by Flash Sentry calling back to her. "Twilight, wait!"

"Yes?"

"How much do I owe you, for the help?" asked Flash.

"Oh, please, don't worry about it." replied Twilight.

"HEY!" Twilight in the studio said. "How come all I heard was static when that cute, I mean that stallion was saying his name?" Twilight in the studio recognized him as the stallion who had helped her for a short time during the final battle of the changeling invasion.

"You learning his name is a certainty. Not a what-if." The what-if machine explained.

"Well," Twilight sighed, "That's a plus I guess."
-

The What If Machine looked to Applejack. "I am sorry you find this form unpleasant but I wish you would not call me a 'contraption'. I am a sapient entity and self aware. I find being called a 'contraption' offensive."

Applejack pinned her ears. She remembered that universe were they were all robots. "...Ah guess yah bein' offended by that is fair...Yeah, Ah'm sorry fer that...that body is still freaky though, sorry."

"I will attempt to refine this form to make it less creepy," the Machine replied.

"...Can we see some more of that robot us universe? Yah seemed tah like that one."

"I do enjoy that universe. It helped me confirm that my existence goes beyond simply being a machine. Fluttershy, you and Fluttercruel may enjoy this universe."

Fluttershy's ears perked.

"Detailing."

=*=




"Okay, girls, um... I think it's time you all really met her so, um.... here's Jittercruel," Flutter-Fi explained.

Their casing changed color to a darker shade and the Cutiemark changed like pixels into their new form. Complete with a transforming sound effect. Fangs slid out as well.

"Hi..." the transformed mechanical pony said, having been born from Dis-Cord's virus and her mother's core programming. She was probably a tad bit more shy than intended.



~~

Fluttercruel smiled. "Wow, I look pretty badflank as a robot!...Good to know I'm not a psychopath in every other universe. "I wonder what it's like to be a robot..."

"Showing daily life."



~~


"Um…Jittercruel are you sure about this?" Flutter-Fi asked in their processor.

"Oh come on mom! It's just a chainsaw upgrade! Applejack has one!"

"Yes, but that's for cutting damaged limbs to keep her trees all nice and healthy…" Naturally, trees weren't the same as in organic universes, since everything was mechanical. They were more living metal like everything else, and produced energy in a thin cybernetic membrane that still looked like apples.

"Oh come on, what could go wron-"

BUZZZZ!

"...I'll fix the wall..."




=*=

"THAT ROCKS!" Futtercruel cheered. "THAT'S AWFUL!" Fluttershy countered pointed.

"I wonder if we all transcended flesh in some point in the past to become living machines.' Twilight Sparkle wondered, remember a dream she had had of all the accomplishments, good and evil, of ponies if they hadn't been blasted back to the middle ages by the failed Wish Spell.

"Dem machines are still creepy!" AJ said.

"THey could use some more polish perhaps." Rarity added.

"Meh. My life is the same in every universe. In a way that's actually pretty comforting," Coffee Swirl said. "Oh and Fluttercruel? I thought your chainsaw upgrades were freaky, but very you, and very bad flank, just don't go pointing those at ponies if you ever have those here."

"Don't worry Swirl, I'm out of that phase in my life." Fluttercruel fluttered up and nuzzled him.

"Okay," Twilight said, looking down at the slumbering Pinkie Pie. Behind her Raimbow Dash returned alone from her flight and landed inside the room. "How do we wake her up?"

"Pff, that's easy," she said as she pushed past Twilight and the rest. "Hadda see Gilda off, but she'll be back sometime. And as for Pinkie?" She leaned down and set her mouth by Pinkie's hairy ear and said, "Hey, Pinkie, there's a party to throw and nopony to do it!"

Pinkie Pie, still, asleep, began to vibrate so hard that she partly faded from view, as though she were passing between dimensions.

Dash stood beside her as Twi and the others began backing away, ears down in their fear. Maud, as usual, stood close by, imperturbable.

"Eeep! Not to tell you what to do, but Rainbow Dash, are you sure that was a good idea?" Fluttershy said from behind an overturned bench for a barrier. Rarity and Applejack knelt beside her, both of them wearing helmets -- Applejack's a dull green, Rarity's painted in black and gold and with a phoenix feather plume. The What-If Machine stayed down behind them. Being a machine, it had a well-made sense of self-preservation.

"She's right, dear," Rarity said as the vibrations set the windows to rattling. "Tempting fate is never a good idea!"

"Aw, what's the worst that could happen?" Dash yelled back right before a bolt of lightning from a pink cloud gathering around Pinkie zapped her appearance into a clown-pony. Dash looked down and yelled, "Oh, buck! Not again!"

"Twi, what're ya doing?" Applejack yelled at their purple friend. She stood in the middle of it all, horn alight and frantically writing down notes.

"This time I'll get some worthwhile data out of all this!" Twilight yelled back. She dodged small chinks of ceiling falling as the shaking of the still-unconscious Pinkie sent cracks through the walls. One large piece almost flattened her. She abandoned her efforts and dove for cover. "Then again, it helps to be alive to share the information!"

"Huh," Maud said as she looked at it. Another large piece almost hit her; she idly knocked it aside. "Portland Cement They usually make it to withstand greater stress than this."

Coffee Swirl bolting, abandoning his post. "Buck this!"

"He's left me!" Fluttercruel said, none of her normal biting sarcasm or aggression present. She actually sounded a bit, hurt.

And then there came something like an explosion of a pink cloud...

Five ponies and Maud thought they saw a hairless overweight Diamond Dog writing at a desk while someone called, "Can't you ever keep it short?"...

A pink alicorn seemed to appear, her cutie mark indescriable but filling every heart that saw it with the desire to laugh their joy out loud. She gave them all a grin and wink (and restored Dash to normal) and vanished...

And they all heard Pinkie say in her bubbliest voice ever:

"Did somepony say a PARTY?"

A pink blur seemed to be everywhere in the room at once, repairing the damage, setting up tables, putting up a Pin The Tail On The Pony game, mixing and cooking and carelessly tossing snacks (including Maud's favorite rock candy) at a table that all somehow landed in the exact right places, even the punch, and hanging balloons and streamers and a banner that read  WELCOME TO PONYVILLE MAUD-- all in far less time than it takes to say.

It helped Goth and Ghost Pinkie had done much the same while waiting for Pinkie to rest.

The stunned ponies, calm Maud, and curious Machine gathered around as the blur turned back into Pinkie Pie and said:

"Welcome to Ponyville, big sis! Now who's ready for a party -- finally?"
-
Applejack ducked into the prop room and returned with a fiddle.  "How's about we get this party started?"  She played a simple melody, five notes and five notes more, then began a slow waltz to the tune, adding more flourishes as she went along.

Rarity smiled.  "We used to practice in finishing school, just like this."  She gave an elegant bow.  "Would you care to dance, Miss Fluttershy?"

Fluttershy spread her wings, blushing.  "Oh!  I suppose I could, but I don't know..."  "Don't look at me!  I'm not doing some sissy dance like that."  "Young lady... on second thought, I'd be delighted to dance with you, Miss Belle."  She took Rarity's hoof and bowed back, and then they stepped to the beat, with Fluttershy sweeping her wings like the ball gown neither of them had.

"What do you think, Maud?" asked Twilight.  "Do you dance?"

"That isn't the kind of music I like to dance to," deadpanned Maud.

"You heard the mare," said Rainbow Dash.  "Kick it up a notch!"

Applejack grinned and jumped straight into the first thing that came to mind, the "Apples to the Core" number they played at family reunions.  Rarity switched to square dancing without missing a step, and Fluttershy went "Eeep!" trying to keep up.

Rainbow Dash giggled.  "Careful, or Twilight might start dancing again."

Twilight stopped tapping her hoof to the beat and sighed.

Rainbow blinked.  "Er, which would be fine!  Because this is about having a good time, not impressing anypony!"

Twilight cheered right up.  "Thanks, I think."

"That still isn't it," said Maud, expressionlessly.  "The kind of music that I like the best is..."

"Wait for it..." said Rainbow Dash.

"Rock music."

Pinkie Pie played an enthusiastic rim shot.  On an actual drum set that didn't go away when she finished the gag.  She giggled and snatched Applejack's fiddle too, replacing it with an electric bass guitar.

"What the heck kind of fiddle is this?"  AJ poked at it with a hoof, and got a discordant blast of sound that nearly made her drop the guitar.  "How do Ah play it with no bow?"

"You'll get the hang of it," said Pinkie.

"Ah still don't see how..."

Pinkie Pie twirled the drumsticks with her hooves somehow.  "A one, two, THREE, FOUR!!"
-

While the party get started, the What If Machine gave this some thought. "Something is missing. Engage What If protocol 'What if this party was not missing something?"

The what if ran though it and it nodded.

It used the hole in the fourth wall and reached to a point where it's new guests wouldn't be too busy, and transported them there.

Octavia and Photo Finish blinked, looking around themselves in confusion. "What...exactly is going on here?"
-
"Hi girls!"

"Pinkie Pie, should have known." Octavia sighed.

"Everything that does the explaining," Photo Finish said.

"Photo Finish! And I'm not even dressed!" Rarity freaked and quickly ran behind a curtain and came out in her gala dress. "There."

"Don't ever do that again." Twilight Sparkle warned the machine. "This place's spacial fabric is fragile enough!"

"Fine. Cross my process, hope to fly, stick a cupcake on my screen."

"OH MY! Not again!" Fluttershy hide behind the couch seeing Photo Finish. Then Fluttercruel took control. "Oh yes! If first you don't succeed! No we aren't! Yes we are!" Fluttershy and Fluttercruel began to wrestle with control of the body or approaching to renew their contract with Photo Finish, or stay hidden from her.

"It's a party for our sister!" Pinkie Pie exclaimed.

"But we're all here!" Octvaia said.  

"Hello Limestone Pie, hello Marble Pie." Maud Pie said.

" . . . I haven't gone by that name in years . . ." Octavia whispered.

Photo Finish looked around to make sure none had caught her birth name.

"Who are you?" Octavia asked.

"Hey! That's no way to act towards our big sister!" Pinkie Pie said.

"Big . . ." Octavia felt fizzy, so did Photo Finish as Maud Pie's existence began to catch up to them. Applejack recognized what was going on. So would have Shining Armor, though he had never been an outisde observer.
Pinkie Pie's 4th Wall Breaking Show epi 10 Part 13
Pony POV Series 
Pinkie Pie's 4th Wall Breaking Variety Show episode 10
PART 13
By Alex Warlorn

Pinkie Pie, " . . . I . . . come on please? Just us six and Maud Pie. Please? Just a little get together with friends and my big sister?. . .  Please? . . . Why did it take 13 parts? This party . . . what is this feeling? It reminds me of when I was on coffee for three weeks . . ." *SOBS* 

Parts added by:
Ardashir and Persona22 with edits by Alex Warlorn 
Alex Warlorn
Ardashir, Kendell2, Adashir, with bits by Alex Warlorn
mtangalion
Kendell2
Alex Warlorn

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Pinkie Pie, " ... I'm never getting Maud Pie's party am I? NEVER! This is just gonna on and on until the shadows get bored and stop adding parts! .  . . here's the dumb Da Rule":
1. What you put in the comments appears in the story.
2. Nopony besides me can see beyond the fourth wall or interact with it and I can't spill the beans about us being out-and-out fiction to the others.
3. The camera can’t leave the studio.
4. The characters can be from any generation, toy or comic but they have to be from “My little Pony”
5. Everything that happens here is non-canon (except the Tartarus break out thingie, but not the big battle).
6. Have Fun "


Cover by Kendell2
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Rainbow Dash (And Friends) Totally Awesome Radical Ponyville Adventure
By Alex Warlorn
Edited By Louis Badalament

I'm hanging at totally awesome amusement park with a starry sky above and rockin' music playing.

The Cutie Mark Crusaders are hitting the video arcade. Rarity and Pinkie Pie are checking out the house of mirrors. AJ is bobbing for apples.

Me and Fluttershy check out the haunted house, and I did not run out scared while she walked out unimpressed. Maybe she said something about all the time treating hurt animals makes fake blood and stuff look too fake.

Hey! Twilight! Been looking everywhere for ya! What kept ya? Nice smile, but say something already. Well if ya wanna shake, that's fine by me! I-!... She turns to sand the moment I touch her, the moment the sand hit the ground, everything but me turns to sand. It all falls down and makes a desert. I'm...I'm all alone.

I don't jump out of bed or scream, I just blink my eyes open. Geeze. What a dream. Okay, really a nightmare, but that was just weird.

Whatever, it's time to greet the day!

Oooooh yeeeeeahhh! Iiiit's me! Rainbow Dash!

Get ready! Because this is gonna be the most totally awesome of my adventures! I tell a lie, all my adventures are the most totally awesome!

Okay, let's do this!

So there I was, taking a nice morning dip in the clouds getting ready for the day, I was just finishing when suddenly! there was a huge roar over Ponyville!

It's a huge red dragon, towering over the houses, his wings spread out and blotting out the sky! On his hind legs he beats his chest and roars again!

"Ponies of Ponyville! Surrender your gems to me! Or be destroyed!"

"Not my sweet jewels!" Rarity cried out, "We have to do something!"

"Oh my, that IS a big and scary dragon," Fluttershy said.

"We'll win. Because we're friends!" Twilight smiled and nodded.

"Ya betcha, Sugercube." Applejack pulled down on her hat.

"Well, let's get this party started!" Pinkie Pie cheered.

"That's fine by me!" I zoomed in front of the others!

Twilight Sparkle trotted forward, looking up at the huge dragon.

"How about we stop and discuss things, Mr. Dragon? So we can be friends!" Twilight smiled and nodded. The dragon would have stepped on her if AJ hadn't grabbed her with her rope and pulled her back. "Maybe we can be friends later?"

AJ threw her lasso around the dragon's toes trying to trip him over; he just stretched his toes and broke her lasso in two.

Pinkie Pie pulled a big stack of packages out of nowhere. "Hey! How about some presents?! They're a lot more fun than a bunch of jewels!"

"I'll take both!" The dragon scooped up the presents.

"Hey! That's no fair!" Pinkie Pie pulled out her party cannon and aimed and fired, but the dragon stuck his finger in it and the cannon blew up instead. Pinkie Pie's blackened mane stood on ends. "Ah, phooey."

"I say, that was most uncalled for! You should be ashamed of yourself! You apologize right now! That was not proper at all!" Rarity scolded. The dragon breathed smoked at her that she was able to dodge, saving her mane. "My word! I have half a mind to write that dragon's mom a long letter!" Rarity grumbled.

"I don't think he has a mom," Pinkie Pie said.

"That's so sad," Fluttershy said.

"You know just for fun, I think I'll spare all the foals at the orphanage the pain of not having a mom while I'm here! Bwa ha ha ha!" laughed the dragon.

"No! What are we going to do?" Fluttershy cried out covering her head.

"Don't worry everypony! I've got this!" I zoomed up and kicked 'im in the face! Ka-pow! The big jerk roared but I wasn't scared one bit of his dental work! He snapped his jaws trying to catch me, but I kicked him again in the snout knocking jaw closed, biting his tongue.

He reached out with his claws, trying to slash but I slip around them, no prob!

"What's the matter, slowpoke? Can't catch one little old horsefly?"

The dragon breathed smoke at me again, but I generated a whirlwind and send them back the way they came down his throat. The big jerk begins coughing and gagging and give him a good Heimlich to the gut! "RAINBOOOOW PUNCH!"

I flew up and double kicked him in the chest, and then gave him a buncha punches, one after the other! Powpowpowpow! The dragon fell back from my totally intense onslaught!

The big loser tried to swat me away with his tail, but was just too slow! "RAINBOW-KICK!" I gave him one more big bang in the throat and he fell over backwards!

"Oh my! What violence!" Fluttershy said.

The dragon fell neatly between the buildings on Ponyville's main street, not hitting anypony.

"Alright, time to finish you off!" I said grinning.

"Now girls! Formation!" Twilight cheered and clapped.

Rarity helpfully hoofed me my thunder axe.

The others got behind me, and I plugged my thunder axe into a nearby thunder cloud.

Then I began to shred 'im!

The others called behind yours truly!
"Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!"

"First you see me riding on a sonic rainboom
Got my friends shreddin' up my latest tune
There is nothin' you can do to beat me
I'm so good that you can't defeat me!"


Storm clouds began to form above us as I rocked out. The dragon squirming before me.

"Yeah, I'm awesome, take caution
Watch out for me, I'm more awesome than you can be!
"

Lightning struck around the dragon making him quiver under my total awesomeness!

The dragon whimpered and he began shrinking.

Ponies cheered as I played!

"Step aside now, you're just gettin' in my way
I got cool moves you could never hope to stay
When it comes to makin' thunder, I'm the ruler
You wish you could be twenty percent cooler
"

The others clapped along as the storm turned in a huge swirl above us.

"There's nothing you can hope to bear,
I'm your worst nightmare!!
"

Rainbow-colored lightning struck behind me in seven colors. The dragon kept shrinking.

"Yeah I'm awesome, take caution
Watch out for me, I'm awesome as I wanna be!
"

I struck the last cord, and the dragon freaked out of his head at the sheer badflankitude that is Rainbow Danger Dash!

I scared 'em right down to the size of a little mouse! Ha! I bet the dumb dragon didn't know the whole 'dragon size is based on how they feel' could be used against 'em! I'm just a little bit too smart for em! Okay, WAY too smart for 'em!

"DON'T HURT ME!" cowered the dragon as I grinned down at 'em. The ponies cheered at me beating the big nasty!

"Hurting others isn't nice, so course we won't do that," Twilight smiled and nodded.

AJ didn't say anything.

"Ooooooh! He's soooo cute!" Pinkie Pie grinned. "In a little, tiny, tinny fire breathing dragon sort of way!"

"Don't worry, I'll take care of him." Fluttershy said as she scooped up the dragon and placed in a jar while poking hole in the top. "Now you don't have to worry about anything. Rarity, can I have a jewel?"

"Of course, dear."

Fluttershy took the gem and fed to the tiny dragon, who began gnawing on it.

"7th Saga - 18 - Great Achievement"

So afterwards, Ponyville was having a parade in my, our honor. Yeah! Of course for me and my friends, of course they helped too.

The Cutie Mark Crusaders, Mayor Mare, Lyra and Bon Bon, everypony is cheering for us!

"Help!" Cheerilee screamed; some creep in a ski mask just stole her saddlebag!

I flew into action! "Don't worry! Your friendly neighborhood Rainbow Dash is-"

Then some jerk in a cheap hat and cape dives in and grab the guy before I can finish my line!

The crowd knows bad form when they see it and boo the jerk for stealing my heroics!

The jerk didn't expect that and looks around confused as he holds the thief in one hoof.

I flew down and unmask the jerk and the thief. The two are identical-looking.

"Okay, you losers! What's the deal?"

"We're sorry! We just thought if my brother did the stealing and I did the stopping we could get on your gravy train!" said the one without the mustache.

"Psh! Yeah, right! I'm Ponyville's number one hero and don't you forget it!"

The two losers ran away as fast as their hooves could carry them, dropping Cheerilee's purse.

The crowd cheers and my friends clap as I fly after and give the losers a good scare for trying to steal my thunder. Then Mayor Mare has the guards take them away. Okay! Back to the parade for me and my friends!

Silver Spoon and Diamond Tiara tried to drop a hornet's nest on drop of the Cutie Mark Crusaders, but they slipped and it fell on them instead. We all had a good laugh at the two brats getting their just desserts. Where were we? Oh yeah!

Even after the parade, we all continued celebrating my rescue of the town. The Cakes smiled and handed out pastries for free as Rarity snipped some steaming hot tea.

"Could be a little warmer," she remarked. I never understood other mares and their tea.

"Hey, Twili," AJ asked, "How RD's music cause that dang darn dragon to shrink, anyhow?"

"Oh I can answer that!" Fluttershy waved a hoof. "How a big a dragon is, is based on their feelings. They're really big when they FEEL really big! Rainbow Dash's music made him small because she made him feel small!"

"That's right, friend!" Twilight smiled and nodded.

Applejack stared, looked like she wanted to say more, but as soon as she opened her mouth she grabbed a bottle of hard cider and began chugging it. Can't blame her, can you?

Yeah. We were all having a good time!

The Cutie Mark Crusaders were there too celebrating seeing how awesome I'd been, and their latest Cutie Mark Crusaders We Won't Get Our Cutie Marks For It But We'll Try Really Hard Anyway project.

They're blockheads for not realizing their special talents already, but they're so cute trying everything. It's actually hard to imagine 'em not doing everything they can think of for those marks. Look at 'em cutely chatting away for their next big thing, stealing glances at yours truly, heh. They know a role model when they see one. And here comes Sweetie Belle, that an autograph book? No? Then what I do I care? Books are for eggheads.

"Excuse me, Miss Twilight?"

"Hello, Sweetie Belle," Twilight smiled and nodded.

"Bright Night asked me to return this book to you."

"Return it?" Twilight smiled and nodded.

"She borrowed it for a school project she said."

"Oh yes. Tell her, 'thank you for returning the book, that is what you should do with books, that's what friends do.'" Twilight smiled and nodded.

Twilight, being Twilight took the book and began reading it.

Sweetie Belle stood there for a bit waiting for egghead to say 'thank you'. Not getting one, she went back to her friends. Rarity smiled at her as she trotted past.

"Twilight you should say thank you," Rarity scolded. Twilight didn't respond. Typical egghead, she was like a statue as she read that stupid book, smiling and starring, not moving a muscle, whatever. Let's party! Punch! Cake! Music! Dancing! Oh yeah!

"Twilight, you should enjoy the party," Fluttershy said. Egghead didn't respond. "Twilight Sparkle," Fluttershy tapped her, "Please enjoy the party?"

The egghead still prefers books to friends, typical. Poor Fluttershy, bless her soul, blinks confused. After too long Twilight finally blinks and looks at her.

"You're right Fluttershy, I should, it's been way too long since I celebrated with friends." She nodded and smiled.

She put the book under her foreleg and trotted up to me and Pinkie and held out her hoof.

"Pinkie Pie… Rainbow Dash… would you please dance with me?" She asked like she was worried we'd vanish in a tick.

"Like, duh! Of course!" Pinkie grinned and pulled her into a Pinkie Pie original.

I joined in and provided air support!

Twilight twirled on one hoof, and high-hoofed Pinkie.

"See? Isn't this fun, Twilight?" Pinkie asked.

"Yes yes yes, it is." Twilight said and made an weird wistful chuckle.

So yeah, me, Twilight and Pinkie did some slick moves! I think Twilight was enjoying it the most. Rarity was dancing together with Sweetie, and the Apple sisters were doing the same.

Hm? The pegasus Crusader?

Huh? Oh! She was talking with Fluttershy! 'Shy was nicely asking where she lived, what she liked and didn't like, what her hobbies were, what she thought of me, heh. Shy, on the other hoof, was being asked how the stare worked, how far away it work, if it worked in different kinds of weather, heh, somepony's got a fan.

The party wound down, and it was about time for some sleep for me after a hard day of saving the day! Ha!

I was outside when Twilight tapped me on the shoulder.

"Rainbow Dash, you did a wonderful job today, and I think you deserve a little reward." Twilight smiled, shifting from her right to left hooves. She lowered her head, hiding her eyes behind her mane. I stared at what she held up in her hoof.

"Wow! Is that-is that?"

"An official jeweled Wonderbolt Pin. You want one, don't you? I happened to find it laying around in some abandoned junk, and thought you could use it most."

'Around in junk?' Yeah, right! These things were collector's items! Ha!

"Thanks, Twilight! You're the best!" I put it on over my heart.

"Rainbow Dash," Twilight whispered in my ear, "I was wondering, could you take me up a bit, so I can do a little stargazing? Please?"

"Well, don't let it be said that Dash turned down a friend." So I flew Twilight on my back up, up, and away for a perfect view of the night sky.

And I had a perfect view of Ponyville. I wonder what happened to that freaky studio Pinkie Pie used to have. I can't remember what we did in there, but it was fun.

It was a beautiful sight, even at night, now I get why Princess Luna threw a tantrum when ponies never looked at it, the lands beyond Ponyville were like a pretty painting.

"So Rainbow Dash, you were awesome taking care of the dragon today."

"Of course I was." I grinned.

"It was even more fun than the first time."

"First time?"

"Remember? When all that black smoke covered Equestria? And the Princess sent us to deal with it? You attacked the dragon head-on, and it cowered before you."

"Yeah, it sure did!"

"You certainly didn't run away, did you?"

"No way."

"He was too slow for you."

"Jerk didn't even touch me."

"Too bad the rest of us couldn't help."

"Hey. Not every situation calls for the talents everypony has."

"And you felt proud of Fluttershy facing her fear of dragons to use the Stare on a full grown adult DRAGON to save you, me, and the others?"

"Heh, yeah, it was nice seeing her grow a spine for...huh?"

"Something wrong, Rainbow Dash? You certainly did a lot better this time than your first time fighting an adult dragon."

"I...Uuuugh! I just… yeah, that was my first time facing a dragon! And we had to travel all that way to fight 'im!"

"Yes. We did. And Fluttershy after facing her fears once, couldn't do it again to keep a big fight from happening because...?"

"She can't control when the stare happens! Everypony knows that! And a dragon popping up right in the middle of Ponyville! It clearly got her scared!"

"...I guess that makes sense. Sorry, Rainbow Dash. I didn't mean to tease. You're coolest pony there is."

"Apology accepted."

"So Rainbow Dash, your birthday is next month, right?"

"Huh? Oh right! Yes it is! It's also the day I moved to Ponyville! Cool, huh?"

"Yes, it is. So how many years has it been since you moved to Ponyville, Rainbow Dash?"

"What? Well, it's been a long time."

"Sorry. Let's make this an easier question, how many years has it been since I moved to Ponyville?"

"I..."I held my head. "I...what does it matter? You're here now."

"So how OLD are you going to be on you birthday? Certainly you can tell me that." Twilight said politely.

"I'm...I'm gonna be...I'm gonna be…"

"How many Hearth Warming Eve Plays have we done together? How many times have you raced and won with Applejack at the Running of the Leaves? There's no way you'd lose count of that last one."

I gritted my teeth. Suddenly, these questions were too intrusive, and I hated what she was saying. Because it was right! There WAS NO way I'd ever forget that! So why couldn't I remember it?! And why did I feel like something bad was going to happen if I did?!

"Sorry," Twilight said sadly, giving me a nuzzle. "I didn't mean to upset you Rainbow Dash, no no no. Let's try something else. Have you sent in your application to the Wonderbolt Academy yet?"

"What?"

"The Wonderbolt Academy, so you could train to-"

"I know what it is!"

"Well, have you? Are you waiting for the reply? Are you still filling out the paperwork?"

Passing the class in Wonderbolt Academy was one of the first steps to becoming a Wonderbolt. How the heck could I have forgotten about it?! Why hadn't I thought of it in...in I can't remember?

"I...I don't remember."

"Maybe you're...you're just distracted." Twilight said sounding reluctant. "Maybe you should...go play a video game or read a comic?...When did you last get any new ones?"

I felt relief wash over me. "Just last week."

"So...they were new releases? When did the latest issues of your favorite comic or new copy of your favorite game come out?"

"They're...delayed."

"All of them? For how long?"

"I..." I felt my head about to crack open, and even a bit of anger at Twilight for her endless stream of questions.

I heard Twilight sigh sadly. "My mistake. I'm so sorry, Rainbow Dash. I don't like seeing any of you unhappy."

"Twilight, what are you-"

Twilight hopped off my back and landed on the street, still holding her book, well, she had to return it the library. She looked up at me. "I'm sorry, Rainbow. Maybe you should sleep on it. It doesn't do any good to think about things when you're tired."

"No way, you asked ME to fly you up, and you're the one who just...just...I don't know what! You don't do that to somepony and then tell them to sleep on it!"

"You aren't going to find any answers with me, Rainbow Dash, only questions. I never said I had the answers."

"Then who does?!"

"That's something else you're going to have to figure out. All I can say is that the one you're looking for is somepony close and important to you. And you ARE going to need all the strength you can get to handle those answers. I'm sorry."

"Enough with the mythical mumbo jumbo!"

"I'm sorry for upsetting you, Rainbow Dash."

"If you're really sorry, then tell me what's going on!"

"You've realized something is wrong, but the only pony can figure out WHAT is wrong is you and you alone, Rainbow Dash. You're the one everything hinges on. Think about it. That's all I have to tell you, I'm sorry."

She sighed, breathed in a shudder, did she get mist on her face? She grinned at me. "Oh, I see, so you're saying Rainbow Dash can't find the answers on her own? Well, I guess that's too bad. I guess you're just not smart enough."

A minute ago, it was a billion sorrys, now she was called me stupid?

"Hey! I'm plenty smart!"

"Prove it." She sneered.

I growled, she wanted to be a jerk? Fine! "Fine! I will! I-" I yawned. Celestia I really was tired. "First thing in the morning."

I considered tossing the pin, but no, it was an Official Wonderbolts Pin, and it had been a gift from Twilight, even if she was being a complete jerk right now!

I retreated back to my cloud castle, not a living thing home except for me. That suited me just fine right now I...I need to lie down, I needed sleep.

I dreamed that I was making dresses, and Rarity was a filly playing around on roller skates. This annoying group of teenage mares came in. A pudgy mare wanting a dress to show off her curves. A spoiled girl demanding something with lots of sequins for her battle of the bands. The one with her nose in a book said anything practical would do. The one with the heart cutie mark didn't want one that would show too much fur. The tomboy wanted to know if I had anything in 'pirate.' The unconfident one asked in a low voice for a breezie winged ballerina dress. The last one looked real familiar, like I'd seen her before recently. She wanted a dress in pink and black? Blech. Who says the customer is always right?

"Don't worry, Rainbow Dash," Twilight Sparkle said putting a welcome hoof on my shoulder. "We can work it all out when we're all together."

Then a huge mouth opened, wrapped its tongue around her, and pulled her inside, I flew in after her, and its teeth closed down on us.

I woke up with a gasp. Ugh.

Nope. Yesterday wasn't just a dream. My comics, my games, why didn't I notice it before? My comics and games are the newest there are, but there haven't BEEN any new ones for sale...I can't remember when they stopped selling new ones.

Sigh. I remembered what Twilight said, somepony close and important to me huh?

I flew to what counted as Ponyville's local weather office, and told them I'd be taking the day off.

Raindrops narrowed her eyes. "Great, that is just-" then she shook her head. "That's just fine Rainbow Dash, I'm happy to know you trust in us to get the job done."

"You can count on me!" Thunderlane saluted.

"We'll make sure Derpy isn't let near any thunder clouds," Cloud Kicker joked. Dumb one Derpy wasn't even on the weather team officially.

Cloudchaser and Flitter puts hooves around each other's shoulders, "You can count on us too."

"Whatever you say, captain."

Well that was easy. Almost too easy. Since when has anything been 'too easy' for the Dash? I'm so good I make everything look easy. Ugh! Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

"Okay guys...thanks." I flew off.

Somepony close to me had the answers. Alright. No pony is closer than my friends.

My first stop was Applejack's.

Granny Smith was in her rocking chair, Apple Bloom would be at school, and Big Mac just silently bucked apples and carrying them to the barn. As for AJ, she's doing what she's always doing, bucking apples.

"Hey AJ!"

"Hey RD!"

"Can I ask ya something?"

"Ya just did. And sure ya can."

"Well..." Okay how do I put this? Wish I could skip this part. "Have you gotten the feeling of things being, ya know, in a rut? I mean like, things always being the same?"

"That's pretty much a farmer's life, Rainbow, every day is hard work, every day is long work, but there's a satisfaction to it Ah don't get anywhere else."

"Yeah right...I gotcha, but...I mean like…" I groaned. "Like not being able to remember how many times you've done something, even when it's super-important."

"Ya know Ah'm not into numbers RD, I work in the here and now."

"AJ I'm having trouble remembering things, important things."

"Ya serious?" AJ stopped and looked at me. She put down the buckets and looked me in the face. "Maybe ya outta see a doctor, Rainbow. That's darn serious."

"Applejack, I'm not brain-damaged!"

"Rainbow!" AJ said, worry all over her face. "Ah KNOW ya hate admittin' somethin's wrong, but this ain't time for yer ego."

"Applejack it's MORE than that! It's like, it's like, I don't know what! It's all crazy! Things aren't adding up!"

"Rainbow, listen to yerself. If ya go on like this, somepony IS gonna think yer crazy. What gotcha so revved up about this? Ya were fine last night. What happened?"

"I...that is...I was resting on some clouds by myself, after the party, thinking some, and suddenly I was able to put it all together? It was like lightning struck my brain."

I realized I'd just lied to the Element of Honesty. Applejack narrowed her eyes at me, I felt like they were beginning to bore into me, and suddenly she grabbed a bottle of hard cider that had been to the side and chugged it all down. She let go of the empty bottle, getting drunk a lot faster than I ever thought Miss Earth Pony Second Place Iron Mare could.

"If ya say so, Rainbow Dash. Sure, that makes sense. Uh, what were we talkin' 'bout again?" AJ asked wavering on her hooves, Big Mac ignoring us and just kept up the applebucking.

AJ tried to buck a tree and missed by a mile. "Uh, nothing AJ." I took AJ inside before she hurt herself and laid her on the couch.

Next stop: Sugarcube Corner.

"Hey, Dashie!" Pinkie Pie said, the Cakes baking in the back.

"Hello, Pinkie Pie."

"Whatcha doin'?"

"I'm...I'm just goin' around town, checking things out. How about you?"

"Oh! I'm getting ready for the Cutie Mark Crusaders Anniversary party! It's gonna be great! But it'll be even greater if you're there too, Dashie! Can ya come? Can ya? Can ya?"

"Uh, sure, Pinkie Pie," I said awkwardly.

"Great to hear, Dashie! Do you think you could do some 'too cool' moves for them? You know how everypony loves yours moves! You gotta, ahem, show 'em yer moves!"

At least Pinkie Pie was still acting normal. "Sure Pinkie."

"Awesome!" Pinkie Pie declared hopping up and down.

A sack of flour tittered off the top shelf, I didn't warn Pinkie Pie out of habit with her. It hit her dead center, her head spun and she shook the flour off. "Sorry about that Dashie, didn't put it away as well as I thought I did."

My eyes widened in disbelief at what I just saw. Something had fallen on Pinkie Pie?! "Pinkie...what happened your Pinkie Sense?!"

"It's funny you should mention my Pinkie Pie sense, I haven't had a twitch in...well a long while. . . even when I should have one." Mrs. Cake came out with a tray of rainbow colored cupcakes, the swinging door smacked Pinkie Pie's behind. "Owie!...Dashie I'm scared, wait, no I'm not, I'm happy! I've got a big party to plan for! It's the Cutie Mark Crusaders' Anniversary! Yay!" She grinned at me as Mrs. Cake went back in the kitchen without missing a beat.

My heart was racing. Pinkie's pushing her grinning face in mine.

"Uh, Pinkie Pie I gotta go!"

"Okie Dokie, Lokie!"

I flew out of there as fast as my wings could take me. What the buck was wrong with me?

Was I the one going crazy after all? Ugh! Don't think that way! You're the Dash! Whatever's wrong it isn't you!

Without even thinking about it, before I even knew it, I was knocking on Fluttershy's door.

"OH! Uh… hello Rainbow Dash." She peaked out behind her mane, opening the door for me a crack.

"Fluttershy," I breathed in and out. "Can I come in?"

"Of course you can, Rainbow! Come right in!" She smiled and opened the door wide. We sat on the couch, drinking tea, yes, everything was fine.

"So Rainbow Dash, please tell me what's on your mind." Fluttershy asked. Fluttershy's herbal tea made things easier.

"What's in this tea?"

"Just some light chamomile. It should help you relax."

"Oh, okay." I smiled and nodded. I saw Fluttershy was glancing out the windows.

"Fluttershy, is everything okay with you?"

"It's just..." She lowered her head. "When you're worried like this, Rainbow Dash...it makes me worried. If you're worrying, the it must be something bad. And I don't know if I'll be even able to help."

I patted her on the shoulder. "It's okay, Fluttershy, of course you'll be able to help. You're part of the team, remember? And you're my oldest friend since Junior Speedsters."

"Thank you, Rainbow Dash." She nuzzled me. "Now tell me please what's wrong."

"Well...I kinda been stuck waiting forever for the next issue of my comics AND for the newest video games, not to mention the movies now that I think about it." UGH! Those...those same movies had been playing at the theater forever. And I couldn't remember WHEN they started playing. I held my head.

"Rainbow, are you hurt?" Fluttershy wrapped a wing around me.

"I'm, I'm fine, Fluttershy. It's just...Pinkie Pie's Pinkie Sense is on the fritz, AJ can't hold her cider and-- and I'm just worried about them."

"Oh! Oh my! That is serious! I'm sorry, Rainbow! I had no idea! I'm sorry! They're my friends too! I should have noticed too!"

"Don't beat yourself up Shy, I didn't spot it either remember? Well, it's more like...I didn't notice it before. So we know something's wrong."

Fluttershy meekly nodded.

The Dash is never scared. "What am I supposed to do Fluttershy?"

"Rainbow Dash, please don't be scared. We're all together, and that means everything will turn out alright." Fluttershy smiled, stroking my mane. "After all, we have you, our hero."

I nodded.

"Pinkie Pie and Applejack are going to be alright, but I need you to believe that too Rainbow Dash, if you can't, how will anypony else?"

I nodded.

"Good." She hugged me. "If something bad is happening to the others, we better send a letter to the Princesses."

"Eh?" That...made sense. But we hadn't really done something like that before. But, it made sense, right?

"If something bad has happened to them, something bad might happen to us. So we better tell the Princesses."

I nodded.

She put her hoof on mine. "I'll send the letter. In the meantime, we better not do anything out of the ordinary. Nothing suspicious. Nothing disruptive. Just act like everything is normal. And everything will be fixed up in no time, isn't that right?" She smiled at me warmly, not taking her eyes off me. "Want a cookie?" She suddenly held up a plate.

"Uh...maybe just one! Or two!" I grabbed them and stuff them in my mouth. "Uh bettah goh!"

"Bye-bye, Dash, have a nice day!"

I waved and flew off. What. Had that been about?

Applejack. Pinkie Pie. Fluttershy.

Was it pod ponies? Like that one sci-fi flick I saw with dad, way back when…

No creativity, no new games, movies or comics. Stealing memories so I don't remember stuff. Ponies acting weird, because the invaders didn't get all the details right. Did it all really fit? Was I really dealing with aliens?!

Calm down Dash! Calm down!

Pod ponies wouldn't have Applejack hitting the hard cider. And pod ponies wouldn't have Twilight dare me into finding out what was going on. Plus Twilight was enjoying herself dancing at the party way too much to be a pod pony, everypony knows that behind their perfect mimicry of ponies, that Pod ponies are emotionless.

...Unless that dance had been part of the mimicry...

Sigh. So somepony close to me has the key to figuring stuff out huh? Next friend on my list… Oh boy.

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

"Welcome to the Carousel Boutique where-oh hello Rainbow Dash!" She practically teleported next to me. "Are you here for a new dress at last? I knew you'd come to your senses sooner or later. You remember the dress I made you for the Gala, yes? There is nothing 'uncool' with looking beautiful, Rainbow Dash. Now I'm certain I still have your measurements, but if you think you've grown some-"

"RARITY! I'm not here for a dress!"

"Oh..." Her ears wilted and she lowered her head looking up at me. "I'm terrible sorry! I don't know what came over me! A good business mare never forces her customers, or friends like that. I was just, happy to see you."

"Rarity you see me all the time."

"Yes yes, but, not here at the boutique. I love Sweetie Belle with all my heart, but she's been my only company for a while here. I...Seeing you got me excited. And, I assumed you were here for a new dress....I..." Her eyes widened. "It's been a while since I had a walk-in customer."

"Huh? Business is bad?"

"No...not really, I'm still getting plenty of orders from out of town, but it's been forever since I had a pony come in personally. And, it's nice to meet with friends one on one once in a while."

I tilted my head. "What about your weekly spa get-togethers with Fluttershy?"

"My...I...I haven't...done that in, a long time." Rarity held her head, sitting on a nearby couch. "I don't know why. We didn't break them off... we just... stopped."

I didn't know what to say. What was I supposed to say?

"Rarity, when did the customers stop coming in? When did you and Fluttershy stop see each other?"

Yeah, I should have asked more questions with the others too, but I got freaked-out. Was that really loyal? Moonsent.

"I..." Rarity eyes widened. "I can't remember. I can't remember when I last...Oh Celestia!" Rarity rushed to a desk and pulled out some drawers with a bunch of fancy drawings and numbers on them. "It can't be."

"Rarity? What is it?" I don't speak dress designs.

"My customers...they've been asking for the same style and design since...well, I'm not sure. But this doesn't make sense."

"Yeah. Who needs that many dresses?"

"You don't understand, Rainbow Dash! Tastes and what's 'in' and 'out' in fashion changes constantly! My designs are brilliant, of course, and beautiful, and lovely, but the point is, that even they shouldn't have been able to stay 'in' for as long as...well, however long it's been. Why didn't I think of this before?"

"Join the club." I sighed. I told her about today. Applejack. Pinkie Pie. Fluttershy. The weather team. The video games, movies and comics.

"That makes no sense at all," Rarity said, "The entertainment business could never stay afloat if it didn't release anything new. And...I GO to the theater, I've...been watching the same show every week?" Rarity looked dizzy. "Uuugh. Rainbow Dash, what is wrong with everything? Have things been repeating for you too?"

"I...I can't really say they have. There's always a new adventure we have. A new baddie to beat up. A new quest we have to go on. A new chance for everypony to see how awesome I can be. A new way to show off how radical I am."

"And Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Fluttershy, you say they were ...acting odd?"

"They sure seemed that way to me. Weird that I didn't NOTICE before."

"We had to go tell Twilight!"

"Twilight? Why Twilight?"

"Why? She's Celestia's student after all. She's the most powerful unicorn in Equestria. She brought us all together. She-"

"Yeah, yeah, I know her resume as well as you do! I just… Twilight doesn't seem to've..."

"...She indeed doesn't seem to have done much lately has she? That...isn't like her. At all."

"Well, her magic and brains aren't the solution every time. It's not like Little Miss Perfect is gonna save the day EVERY time."

"But...aren't YOU saving the day every time now?"

"I...I didn't really think about that." But now that I was, it seemed I'd gotten to be the hero so many times in Ponyville, I'd lost track. I flapped down to the floor and slumped down.

"You really need to learn when to act and when to think dear. You can't live your life constantly in action. But we really should go see Twilight, if anypony is going to have answers. It's her."

There was no way I was going back to seeing Twilight, just so she could ask me, 'Have you got the answers yet?' And have to tell her no. She told me to prove I could find the answers, and I was gonna and knock her off her high egghead pedestal! But I couldn't tell Rarity that.

"That's just it," I said, "She hasn't done anything magical or big since we can last remember, right? You said that isn't like Twilight. She's like the others then. She'll likely go zombie."

"But wouldn't it prudent to least check up on her? To check her books for answers if nothing else? She's still, I dare say, the smartest pony in Equestria. She might be able to figure out what's going on."

Stupid logic, think! "Well if she's under whatever's going on, what if there's some kinda failsafe or something if we push to hard? And next thing you know she's pointing at us and giving some weird alien scream or something to attract the baddie?"

"...You've seen Invasion of the Pony Snatchers, haven't you?"

"I'm more surprised you have."

Rarity blushed. "I'll admit, thinking about it, poor Twilight has been acting... odd. Minimalist. Never objecting to anything. Never asserting herself at all. She hasn't been requesting sleepovers, no book club readings, no gushing over Starswirl The Bearded, no launching into lectures, And I can't remember the last time she wrote a friendship report… and one other thing, too."

"Yes?"

"I can't remember the last time she looked WORRIED for any of us, or anyone. She just smiles. Like it's all a game to her."

That was NOT how Twilight had acted last night, but every night before that? Had Twilight replaced a pod pony who had replaced her? This was making my head hurt.

I nodded. "So uh...how about we send a letter to the Princess? In case Fluttershy didn't?"

"I have a better idea. We're going to go SEE HER!" Rarity stomped a hoof.

"What about sending a letter? Won't it be faster?"

"Yes. It would be-- But with all due respect dear, if there IS a conspiracy, then the letter could be intercepted. I'd rather we SPEAK with Princess Celestia face to face!"

Rarity, being Rarity, dressed for the occasion, then quickly stopped by Sparkler's place to tell her to look after Sweetie Belle if our trip ran long, and then we were off on the next train to Canterlot!

We sat in our seats, watching the landscape go by. Dang, this was super-boring.

"That's odd," Rarity said. "We're the only ones on the train."

I looked around. She was right. "Weird."

"It's not weird. It's wrong," Rarity said narrowing her eyes. "This is a high class train. There should be waiters, cooks, cleaners. We haven't even seen the conductor since we got on board."

"Are we in a trap?" I tensed my wings.

The train stopped without anything happening.

"That's wrong too," Rarity said, "The trip should have taken longer."

We stepped out of the train, ready for an ambush, except...

"Ponyville? How did we end up back in Ponyville?" Rarity exclaimed.

"Did we get turned around?"

"Trains don't work that way!" she growled.

I grabbed Rarity. "Hold onto your accessories! We're taking the Rainbow Dash express this time!"

"Rainbow DaaAAAAAAassh!"

I flew full tilt towards Canterlot. Eyes on the prize. They weren't keeping us from the Princess this time!

Blech! Where did this fog come from? It's like swimming through soup for a pegasus! Past it! Hey! How are we flying towards Ponyville? I trust my internal compass and it says we haven't turned around!

Rarity looked as confused as me.

"Not giving up that easy!" I snapped and turned and flew again! More fog? Not this time! I use my wings to create a TUNNEL through the stuff, this time there's way I'm getting turned around, a perfect straight line to...PONYVILLE?!

"This doesn't make sense!" Rarity cried out.

"This doesn't just make sense, THIS IS WRONG!" I said. "I was flying UP before at an angle, then suddenly I'm flying flat to the ground?" The worst part was, I couldn't notice when my sense of gravity had changed. "I am NOT giving up!" I shouted.

Rarity held on for dear life. I held onto her for HER dear life too, because next I did a Sonic Rainboom to shatter any fog that came our way and...we...we flying...towards Ponyville? Huh? Did...I see, Ponyville the way we came? Two Ponyvilles? Huh? What?

Panting, I landed on in the middle of town...I heard the ponies around me cheering for doing a Sonic Rainboom with a passenger.

"Well, maybe at least local business at my shop will pick up now?" Rarity remarked. "But seriously, what is keeping us from Canterlot?"

I thought of what I saw. "Us. From Canterlot?" I parroted.

"Yes dear, whatever that fog was, it's keep us from going to Canterlot and getting help."

A sickening feeling filled my stomach. I flew off. Leaving a shouting Rarity behind me.

I didn't care what direction I went in except away from Ponyville. I flew as fast I could, past the lake, past the fields, and...I saw Ponyville below me, and Rarity looking the direction I'd just gone. I landed behind her. And vomited into the public fountain beside us.

"Rainbow! Are you alright? Did you fly around Ponyville? What did you see? Rainbow Dash, speak to me!" She looked me in the eyes.

"I didn't fly AROUND Ponyville," I groaned, still feeling sick. "I flew AWAY from Ponyville."

Rarity looked sick now too. She fell to her knees. "Sweet Celestia...Save us. Deliver us to Elysium, and protect us from the shadow of evil."

I breath in shuddering breaths. I wonder if this is what a fish in a glass bowl feels like.

I look around, all these ponies, oblivious to what's going on. Hasn't anypony else tried to leave Ponyville? Button Mash is playing his Game Colt, and nearly gets trampled by June Bug who just happily trots over him. His mom pulls him away just in time.

"Hey! That was my son you nearly stepped on!" She shouts at June Bug doesn't react to her. "Never mind. Accidents happen." His mom suddenly says peacefully and goes back to her day. The buck?

What is wrong with Ponyville?

I pick up my friend. "Come on, Rarity. We're not done yet. I have an idea."

I race off, for once sticking low to the ground, Rarity following. Smiling ponies waving as we past them.

"The Everfree is as wild and weird as they come. Maybe whatever magic is trapping us in Ponyville won't work the same there." I explain.

"My, Rainbow Dash," Rarity smirked, "That's actually very clever of you."

"Don't push it."

Rarity watched me fly silently for a bit.

" . . . Rainbow, you and Applejack both push yourselves. But she pushes herself to her limits for others. You push yourself to your limits for yourself. Why?"

"What's wrong with that? I'm gonna be the best, so I have to become the best. Don't you?"

"The beauty in others Rainbow Dash, matters more to them than my own, and how I can help others find that beauty, me being beautiful is meant to inspire them. And is how I express my self respect. You still want recognition and respect from others. While Applejack couldn't care less about that."

"Hey, she works hard for those she cares about. I respect her for that. I train hard to be like the Wonderbolts, because I wanna be like them."

"Like them, huh?"

"Yeah. A pony who never lets her friends down. What could be better?"

The sun was setting, but we were right at the edge of Everfree. A shrill cackling pierced our eardrums.

"Bwahaha! Now that I've risen fro my bog!
I shall turn every filly, into a frog!"

We looked up to see a ugly old zebra in a brown robe and a pointy black hat floating in the air with a broom.

"Your friend best say bye to Apple Bloom!
Every little foal in Ponyville is doomed!" She laughed at us again.

"I'll mix up an evil brew,
And they will be my tasty stew!"

"I'm gonna turn that witch into warted pulp!" I declared revving up.

"Rainbow! Don't! That witch! It's Zecora!" Rarity screamed.

"How can you tell?"

"I have an eye for detail. I would be a very poor Rarity if I didn't. And last I checked, being Rarity is a rarity!"

"Cower before me and quake!
I shall turn you into a chocolate shake!"

"And I doubt there are many rhyming witches in Equestria," Rarity finished.

"Hmmm." I rubbed my chin. "She's acting like all her worst traits have been pushed to the surface, she has emotional baggage she's never really faced about ponies rejecting her and treating her like something she isn't, she dabbles in odd sorts of magic that could cause a freak transformation...she's obviously possessed by a dark alien parasite!"

"Of course she's possessed by a dark alien parasite! That should go without saying!" Rarity said fluffing her mane.

"I'll turn you into a bag,
You old hag!"

"O-O-O-OLD HAG?!" Rarity almost breathed fire.

"To Ponyville I'm off to snatch!
Me you shall never catch!"

"OH NO YOU'RE NOT! You're getting saved right here and now!" I zoomed after her as she flies towards Ponyville the way we came, but somehow she's faster!

With patented Rainbow Dash multi-task supervision, I can see in Ponyville, lots of foals innocently looking out their windows to see what's up. I have to fly faster! I have to save them all! But the Witch is just slow enough that I can barely keep up with her!

Then a streak of silver flashes by, over of the head of the witch. She stops for a moment, her head goes limp for a bit as the jerks of her movements before jerky.

I look behind.

Rarity! She had thrown one of her big leg-long sewing needles thingies from her saddle bag like a javelin! I don't know what they're called! I'm not into sewing! She was holding another one in her hooves like a lance.

"YOU ARE NOT TOUCHING SWEETIE BELLE!" She hissed.

"You are not supposed to interfere!" The witch snarled and black threads shot out of her sleeves right at Rarity, wrapping around her tight. I gasp when Rarity proves to be stronger than she looks when she pulls on the witch's threads and begins pulling her down.

Now was my chance to save Zecora! I fly right at her and begin beating the horsefeathers out of her! Everypony knows you can depossess somepony just by punch them hard enough times! That's just common sense!

"Stop! Stop! You'll hurt her!" The parasite controlling Zecora shouted, I'm way too clever for that! Everypony knows Zecora rhymes!

Ha! Just as I thought! The old ugliness and witch get-up break away from Zecora, uh oh she's falling! Get Zecora safe to the ground. Check! Then Sonic Rainboom the ugliness and witches clothes! Get lost dark alien parasite!

I hold out for applauds...but there isn't any? I mean, it's the in middle of the night, but all those foals...they gone back to bed? Huh? Except Sweetie Belle and Apple Bloom from their windows, and they look more confused than anything.

Ugh! Right! Check on Zecora!

She seems fine. For having been possessed by a dark alien parasite.

Zecora bowed.

"You've saved me from being made one of evil's ranks,
If it was bits, a hundred banks could not hold my thanks!"

"Zecora what in Celestia's name happened to you?" Rarity asked.

"There is not much to be said,
I was about to rest in bed.

"Then a voice made me its little muppet.
It said, 'You now shall be my puppet.'

I was stabbed in my hooves and neck,
It hurt like heck.

I do not know what it could be,
Its form I never did see."

There was something wrong with seeing ever calm Zecora hug herself with a shiver.

"Being made so horribly rotten,
It was like a nightmare long forgotten.

I felt like my true self would be annihilated,
I can not remember feeling so violated."

"So some evil alien space parasite turned you into a witch. Got it." I nodded.

Rarity gave her a hug. "There there dear, it's all over now. You're safe and with friends." Then she said in a different tone. "Well, that was intense, dears. Ick. Just look at me. I'll go home and wash now, thank you."

"Gee, guess we know why I'm Loyalty and not you Rarity."

Rarity blinked and held her head like she had a headache. "Only joking Rainbow Dash! Promise!" Rarity chuckled embarrassed. "I'm sorry, that was in poor taste. But how about we all come to my house and wash? We could use it."

"We can wash up LATER! You forget why we came out here?"

"This sad friction let me douse,
Please wash up at my house.

You saved me from making witch's brew,
It is the least I can do."

At Zecora's place, she made us what she called some 'extra special' tea as a thank you gift for saving her. I don't care much for tea though.

And I almost felt odd...no cheering crowds? No parade? Then I remembered it was the middle of the night in Everfree but… all the same, it just felt off...like...like I'd done something out of sequence.

Rarity explained to Zecora why we had been headed for freakin' Everfree at nightfall.

"Now that you have said these things,
I think I'm not the only whose been on strings.

"I have traveled deep into Everfree,
But every time I instead find my house tree."

She lowered her head some.

"The real big pow,
Is that I haven't questions this before now."

Rarity and me looked at each other. We had to try it for themselves. Zecora wished us luck, and answers.

I carried Rarity ABOVE Everfree so we wouldn't get lost. We flew away in Ponyville in a straight line. No way we were getting lost!

And then we were flying towards Ponyville. Wait! What?! That doesn't make sense! Not even fog this time?! WHAT?! I zoomed again, this time with Rarity watching the way we came. Same result! What the buck?

"It was like Ponyville just vanished over the horizon," Rarity said.

This mare does not like being in a fish bowl. Is the entire town trapped? When did this happen?

I didn't feel like sleeping in my cloud castle tonight, I asked Zecora if I could crash at her place. When did Everfree become less creepy than Ponyville?

"If it's here you wish to rest,
Then by all means, be my guest."

"Rainbow Dash," Rarity said haltingly, "Are you...going to be fine sleeping here with Zecora? After, after what happened?"

"She's depossessed, Rarity, nothing bad will happen after. That's how these things work."

"Forgive me for disrupting your beat,
But from you I stand only five feet."

"Sorry," We said together. Oy!

"Rainbow it's just...I don't want to leave you out here by yourself, but...I simply told Sparkler to be there when Sweetie Belle got home and...I don't want to leave Sweetie all alone."

"Won't she just go to her parents' place?"

"Yes but...with everything that is happening in Ponyville...I don't want to not be there for her."

"Rarity, I'm an ADULT, I can look after myself, and I've got Everfree and Zecora between whatever is causing trouble and here."

"That didn't stop it from harming Zecora."

"Uh. Do you want to stay here, or go back for Sweetie Belle?"

"I don't want to leave Sweetie Belle unprotected. And I don't want to leave you without anypony to watch your back."

"Your faith in me is touching,
This is sarcasm I am clutching."

I grunted. "Okay. That's it. Be right back."

Step 1, fly to Rarity's shop/house.
Step 2, give Sweetie Belle free frequent flier miles.
Step 3, watch Rarity have an awkward moment with her little sister with Sweetie dressed in Sweetie's pajamas, with Sweetie's teddy bear and tooth brush.

Rarity put on a fake grin. "Heh. Guess what Sweetie Belle? We're having a sleepover at Zecora's!"

"Can my friends sleep over too?"

"That would be quite the boom,
Sadly, there is no room." Zecora said quickly.

"Okay."

Zecora slept with a dream catcher around her neck with a staff in her hooves and praying to her ancestors for any protection they could give her.

She added some weird circles of salt around where we were sleeping and said prayers in a language I didn't know. Rarity clutched Sweetie Belle like somepony was gonna swipe her as soon as she closed her eyes. Geeze.

I dream... I dream of... I dream of...
Pony POV Series Rainbow Dash's Awesome Adventure!!
Rainbow Dash (And Friends) Totally Awesome Radical Ponyville Adventure
By Alex Warlorn
Edited By Louis Badalament

Rainbow Dash, "Hey all! You've waited exactly one month since that last chapter with AJ seeing Princess Luna about . . . something . . . well we're back with totally more action and excitement with your one and only totally awesome Rainbow Dash! Get ready for thrills like you'd never expected outside of the Wonderbolts! Oh yeah! Let's get this party started! You've waited long enough! Everything is awesome!"

Fluttershy, "Everything ... is awesome."

Applejack, "Everythin' is awesome."

Twilight Sparkle, "Everything is awesome."

Pinkie Pie, "Everything is awesome!"

Rarity, "Everything is awesome."


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You know that the world is old, but civilization is much older than most ponies realize. Elves, Humans, Raptorians, Grundles, Centaurs, Troggles, and countless others lived and prospered long before ponies. However, while some creatures had numbers to be a nation, they were disorganized and too spread out to form a cohesive civilization. The creatures went either living in isolation from other creatures or leading a nomadic life in search of a better place to find food and prosper.
The only constant was fear of dragons. I know you and your friends had a difficult time with that one red dragon outside of Ponyville, but at least Fluttershy was able to convince him to leave. The ancient ones were beyond reason. With few exceptions, they were beasts to their core. They had no written language, no sense of society, no history, no interest beyond feeding, mating and acquiring hordes. They attacked settlements, ate anyone or anything in their path, and stole anything of value for themselves.


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And it was done. Fluttershy's horrible nightmare was over, as was the nightmare of every pony that lived in Ponyville. Most only confided in their loved ones what they had done after Discord had turned them stark raving mad. With the status quo fully restored and repaired, not a single pony wanted to so much as dwell on that horrific day (technically several). Big Macintosh for example wouldn't say what happened, but he seemed very uncomfortable around the Apple family's pet dog.
There was however one purple pony with a screwball cutie mark who was dragged away in a straightjacket mumbling how "The world finally made sense, it's not fair."
The erratic behaviour of the sun and moon had led some to think that even the Princesses themselves had been driven insane by Discord like the ponies in Ponyville and Canterlot. Though Twilight insisted this was impossible due to Celestia being the one to awaken Twilight from her own darkness, others were not so sure.



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Cadence and Shining Armor caught the last few moments of what the What-If Machine was showing.

They both shivered in horror.

"Wait, I have to share my husband with a not-completely-evil Chrysalis?"

"I... fathered... one hundred seventy-three Changelings? With... Chrysalis?"

The two ponies hugged each other, horrified to their core.

"If it's any consolation, you and Chrysalis mostly become friends in that universe." The machine said to Cadence, "And your children bright about social change in the hive," it said to Shining Armor.

There was a knock at the door. Cadence blinked, watching a large, gold armored Changeling enter. There was a large scar on his chest. "General Hercules? What is it?"

"Simply checking in, my queen..." he said, giving a bow. "You've been gone for some time and we were beginning to worry."

"Oh, my apologies. This simply took longer than expected. Please tell the others everything is fine."

"Yes your majesty..." he said with a bow and left.

"...Considering that guy tried to kill my squad and some of your friends, it's surreal for him to be on our side..." Shining admitted. "...Come to think about it, why didn't we call the World's Strongest Changeling to help us in any of the big fights we had here?"

"Well, I was going to have him slam down the door if it turned out things weren't going well when the What If Machine took over, but it was resolved peacefully..." Cadence replied. 

"Yeah...Good thing too I guess..." said Shining. "Still surreal..."

"Continuing universe viewing..." said the What If Machine.

=*=




"...So there's no way to turn her back?" Shining Armor asked sadly.

"No, my King," said Hercules, guiltily. "I apologize for how this is going to sound, but we never saw reason to 'downgrade' Changelings. Alchemy Master Kabuto was the only one who might be able to figure out how to do it, but he's currently on the moon...if it makes anything right, this was not something myself, Digger Wasp, or many of our soldiers were aware of. Kabuto had a very long leash with the former Queen agreeing with many of his experiements, and we normally only 'upgraded' willing ponies."

"Didn't know you had a moral code."

"We didn't, unfortunately. It was a pragmatic choice: the transformation doesn't change the mind, only the body. Doing it to unwilling participants would only result in a Changeling with no loyalties to the Queen and a waste of resources...Kabuto often did it for his 'experiments'."

"That monster better be happy he's on the moon where I can't get my hooves around his throat..."

"We are in agreement on that point."

"Huh?"

"Digger Wasp had orders to execute Kabuto when the invasion was finished and had he failed I was tasked with it. and half the hive was lined up behind us."

"...I guess I should be glad he didn't do something worse to her."

"Perhaps Kabuto's assistant Katydid can be of help, but while very intelligent, she's...somewhat unstable."

"Big brother...it's fine..."

Shining turned the Changelingified Twilight. "Twiley...."

"It's...it's not quite okay, but I can live with it...My friends don't care what I am...so...I can take it..."

Shining hugged her. "...I'm sorry Twilight...I...I didn't know..."

"It wasn't your fault, Chrysalis tricked you, just like she did everypony else..." 

"...No matter how hard this makes your life...I promise I'll help you through it..."

"I know you will, BBBFF..."

=*=



"Wow...I guess...I guess there's no reset button for that me..." said Twilight, a little disturbed.

"Yes, but at least she has a good big brother there with her," said Cadence reassured. 

"And good friends as well..." Rarity replied, giving her friend a hug.

"Hmm...Katydid....She seems a lot different from how she is in my world..." Ghostly Pie explained, tapping her chin. "Then again our Cadence had time to help her get better by the time her Changeling Rangers started fighting us, and I only really got to know her in Heaven..."

"Changeling Rangers?"

"Yeah, like Pony Rangers...a lot like Pony Rangers...Katydid is a huge fan. Don't ask how she made giant robots, it flew over my head..."

"...so that's why she wanted her statue to have a radio with Pony Rangers playing in the room with her statue..." said Cadence. "Hope she doesn't get sick of it by the time Kabuto is released..."

"Well, she's still happy with it a thousand years later, so I guess she won't..."

"It will BE a thousand years before Kabuto is released, so that's a good sign..."

"Continuing..." the What If Machine explained. 

=*=



Shining thought back to his confrontation with Chrysalis before the monstrous Queen was dragged off to Hell. His sister was being checked out, Cadence was busy avoiding international incidents while Luna was figuring out how to reunited her two bodies. 

He thought of -Rainbow Dash- and -Gilda-, the two shadows that had joined with him to save her.

He now remembered being a part of the track team growing up and being quite good at it. While buck Withers had still been a lot more of a jock than him, and he was still more into O&O, he now had a more competitive streak than he had previously had. He was decidedly more out to win, but still entirely loyal to his team.

"I wonder who those two were..."

=*=



The What-if Machine whirred, calling attention to itself again.

"Incoming transmission. Contains: Shadowy Government Organizations and Various Attempts at Shocking Swerves."

=*=



The table was quiet, save for the minor grunts of pain from a few of the stallions seated around it. Some had bandages around their limbs or midsections, one pegasus had his left wing tightly bound and part of his mane singed and a unicorn's horn would occasionally spark along a crack near the tip. They all wore suits and a set of shades (despite the dim setting), but most were similarly damaged, and at least one's glasses had a very visible crack in one lens.

All in all, the Stallions in Black had seen better days.

However, one still seemed unharmed and his outfit undamaged.

He sat on a small cushion, his wing idly tilting a thermos to pour a dark-brown liquid into a small cup. Steam billowed from the cup as he set the thermos down and turned to the one pony at the table who wasn't wearing the trademark outfit. "Thank you for agreeing to meet with us, Shining Armor."

The white unicorn glared at the pegasus, his body tense and ready to react to even the slightest twitch. "Don't pretend this is some social call. My sister and her friends kicked your sorry flanks into the ground once already, they can do it again."

"Yes, yes they did." The pegasus's hoof idly swirled the steam above his drink, slowly condensing it into a tiny ball of cloud. "But that's not the issue right now, Shiny."

"Only my friends call me Shiny," he snapped.

The pegasus chuckled. "Shining Armor, with what I'm going to tell you, you're going to want to start considering me a friend." Ignoring the unicorn's hardening glare, the pegasus used his wing to pull over a sugar bowl and add a few scoops to his drink. "Do you know why the Stallions in Black were formed?"

Shining continued to glare for a moment, then responded. "To hide the other tribes from each other."

The pegasus shook his head, setting the spoon back in the bowl. "No, that was merely one method we used to achieve our goal. The SIB was formed centuries ago, under a different name of course, in order to protect the world." He lowered his shades slightly to look Shining in the eyes. "By any means necessary." As the unicorn shifted uncomfortably, the agent continued. "At the time, none of the tribes were very... shall we say 'Friendly'?"

"Yeah... I remember the history lessons... assuming you didn't alter the books to suit your secrets."

One of the wounded agents spoke up. "We merely removed any information pertaining to the other tribes; any and all other information was left unaltered."

The pegasus that had been running the conversation chuckled dryly. "Yeah, none of the tribes started out as civilized as they are today. Especially us pegasi, we're not exactly known for being level-headed."

"That's racist," Shining interrupted.

"Only if a unicorn or earth pony says it." The pegaus continued to manipulate his little cloud-ball. "Anyway, even though it wasn't your greatest subject, I assume you paid enough attention in your History class to get the gist. Can you honestly say that, if the tribes had met all those years ago, it would have ended in sunshine and rainbows?"

Shining Armor fidgeted in his seat, nervously rubbing his hooves together. "Well, maybe..." When the pegasus only raised an eyebrow, Shining gave a defeated sigh and slumped on the table. "Okay, yeah, you're right. It would have one giant clusterbuck and likely turned into a war."

"Exactly," the pegasus said. "However, as the years marched on, times changed. Your sister and her friends are proof of that." He finally picked his drink up and took a long gulp. "They truly are remarkable kids. However, at the end of the day, that is still all they are: Kids. And that, Shining Armor, is where we come in."

Shining looked up from his slump, scrutinizing the pegasus. "What do you mean?"

"No matter how remarkable they are, you can't truthfully expect children to be the new guardians of the world. The stress alone would probably drive them to an early grave. We, however, have training and experience on our side; the only thing we lack, is trust."

Shining blinked. "Huh?"

"If we were to approach them, even out in the open, they would not react favorably. Miss Midsummer Night alone might attempt to kill one or more of us.

"I won't say she is wrong for that attitude, given our history with her family, but it makes things rather difficult for us. You, however, are trusted by them, especially by your sister. Meaning that you would make an excellent liaison between us and them."

Shining Armor's eyes widened. "So... you're saying that... you want me to work for you?"

"In a nutshell, yes." The pegasus took another sip of his drink. "In a more wide-reaching sense, we want to help your sister and her friends. Our job is to ensure the safety of the world, and -- right now -- ensuring the well-being of those ponies is the best way to do so." The pegasus sighed himself now, pulling off his glasses entirely now. "I'll be blunt, Shining Armor. This isn't some leg-twisting, 'work for us, or else' offer; we need your help. You're the only one who could possibly convince them to listen to what we have to say. So, I am asking, one pony to another, will you help us?"

Shining Armor slowly pulled his head off the table, thinking about what the pegasus had said.

It didn't take long.

"Okay, for the moment, I'll believe you." He jabbed a hoof at the pegasus. "But! The second I start doubting you, all bets are off!"

"Fair enough." The pegasus bumped his cloud-ball with a hoof, pushing it over to Shining Armor. The ball popped open, and a set of shades landed on the table before him. "Welcome to the SIB, Agent Armor."

"Thanks..." Shining gingerly picked up the glasses with his magic, not taking his eyes off the pegasus. "I'm assuming you have a name too?"

"Coffee Swirl," her responded, taking another sip of his drink. "The door is that way." He pointed a wing to the left. "We'll be in touch."

"By the way, good luck with those 'crimes against equinity' charges your organization is facing."

"Thank you."
-
Everypony looked at Coffee Swirl in confusion.

"...Well...that was unexpected..." said Twilight.

"So I'm the leader of a reformed faction of an evil conspiracy in that world...I can live with that..." Coffee Swirl admitted.

"What I wonder is WHY you're the leader.."

"Well..." Gothamena said. "The original leader, named Cover Up, refused to leave their base as it burned down after we had to defeat him. And a lot of their higher ups got mind wiped. So he took control afterwards?"

"As good an explanation as any..."

"I'm just glad bad guys turned good, it's always good when that happens!" Ghostly Pie replied. "And I'm speaking from experience as a bad guy turned good!"

"I think we can all agree on that."
-
"Rarity, what are you doing?" Twilight walked over to her friend, frowning. Rarity ignored her to continue staring through a telescope aimed out the window as Twilight snapped, "Did you pay any attention at all to what just happened?"

"Of course, dear, I spoke to Cadence about becoming a Changeling before I learned about the, urrgh," she shook herself, "soaking my magnificent mane in that slime that fills Changeling cocoons." She glanced at her friend. "Right now I'm watching what's going on with Big Mac, Cheerilee, and my sister Red Gala back in town." The fashionista frowned. "I don't know why, but for some reason it feels odd to say 'big sister'."

Twilight stood close by attentively as Rarity observed her sister and friends talking at the Ponyville train station.The daily to Canterlot was there, and ponies were getting aboard. Rarity could see Princess Luna boarding, apparently wanting to give her wings and horn a rest, or just enjoying the lxuery and beside her Fleetfoot accompanying the Princess. Judging by the just plain lusty look she was directing at Big Mac, she wasn't leaving completely willingly. Still, she did leave.

A short ways off from her big sister, Big Mac, and Cheerilee she noticed Green Tea walking off with Zecora's sister Bareedina. She barely caught part of what the zebra said: "...have just the best blend you never tasted before, passion fruit tea, only grown in a rare part of Zebrafrica..." The two mares vanished back into Ponyville, leaving only three ponies talking at the station.

"Part of me wants to demand that you choose one or the other of us," Red Gala said to Big Mac. The crimson-maned mare shook her head, looking like she flirted as she half hid behind her mane. "The other part of me doesn't want to put a friend on the spot like that. Even, no, especially a stallion I -- like." She smiled slowly at him as she said the latter.

Big Mac somehow seemed to turn even redder at her words. When her smile widened and took on a sly look, he seemed ready to either run or sink into the earth to escape. Cheerilee snorted and set her ears back in annoyance, stepping closer to Big Mac. He shifted a bit uneasily, but didn't pull away.

Applejack stood nearby, remaining silent. She looked like she knew deep down that this was something she ought to stay out of and allow the ponies involved to settle it.

Red Gala noticed Big Mac's reaction. Her smile tuned sad as she said, "But then, I think you've already made your choice, haven't you? A long time ago." She seemed to look at Cheerilee and emphasize the word 'long' slightly. Cheerilee frowned at Gala.

"Miss Red Gala Belle," she said, her voice sharp as when she spoke to a student who'd seriously misbehaved in class, "Are you implying anything about either Big Mac or myself?"

"What?" Red Gala smiled at her. "Afraid that the big bad and younger mare from Canterlot is going to steal your stallion away?" She frisked over to Big Mac and gently nuzzled at his neck. He seemed ready to die of embarrassment, scraping one forehoof absently against the ground. Cheerilee gazed on coldly as Red Gala husked out, "You don't think I could do that, do you, stud?"

Big Mac's cheeks flamed. Cheerilee looked from him to Red Gala, despairing.

"Uhhh...." Big Mac looked from her to Cheerilee, the pretty mulberry mare he'd known for years, the one who'd taken time from her own studying to come and teach him more than the 'Three R's' he'd learned before tragedy took him out of school and set him to work alongside his grandmother. She blushed and looked away as he said, "Eee-nope."

"I thought so," Red Gala said. And with that the air she'd assumed of the stallion-eating seductress dropped away. And all that could be seen was a wistful mare, her eyes gleaming with a wetness that faded before it had a chance to fall. She leaned in close and gave Mac a kiss, a gentle one. "Thanks, Big Mac. The better mare won." She turned to Cheerilee and extended a hoof. Cheerilee took it and shook as Gala said, "Take good care of the big lug." She added in  a mock-serious tone, "And remember, if you don't, I WILL come back and romance him away -- for real, this time." She turned and began to walk away, heading for the cars of the train.

"Miss Gala, where are ya goin'?" Big Mac called after her. "Ya don't have ta leave."

"Yes, I think I do," Red Gala called back. "I need to return to Canterlot for a bit, I have to look after Rarity's second shop. Please give my best to Rarity and little Sweetie Belle, and don't worry," she looked back at them, "I'll be back someday." Big Mac started after her, just as a release of steam from the train's brakes hid her from sight. And when it cleared she was gone.

Big Mac looked at Cheerilee as the train pulled out of Ponyville station. "Ah reckon she's right about one thing," he said. He leaned over and gave her a gentle nuzzle. "If there is any one mare in ma life, it's you. Ah'd still like ta wait  a bit 'fore makin' it permanent, though. Not too long!" He hurriedly added. "Just long 'nough ta clean out the old 'newlyweds house' on th' farm." At her curious look, he shrugged. "We used it more in th' past than now, but it's still set up proper. Be a nice place for two ponies ta live in." He blushed as he realized what he'd said.

"I can wait," Cheerilee said, smiling as she nuzzled him back. "Just not TOO long, now."

Trotting side by side like an old married couple, Big Mac and Cheerilee headed for Sweet Apple Acres to break the news to the one pony who deserved most to hear it first.

"See you later . . . Red Gala." Rarity whispered, oddly feeling hurt like she was seeing her big sister go off from Ponyville for the first time instead of her big sister simply going back to Canterlot. All the same, Rarity understood why Red Gala had to leave right then instead of saying goodbye to her family . .. Rarity forgave her.

"Wha . . . what happened?" Sweet Cream Scoops said, coming out of her catatonic state she'd been in after seeing herself as the mistress of countless stallions, including Cheerilee and the Elements of Harmony turned INTO loving devoted stallions by an unknown seapony Amulet, with no time to herself, and very very pregnant.

"Oh sorry darling, forgot you were here . . . I'm not at liberty to say how, but Big Mac is now officially out of your hunting grounds." 'I just wish the mare would find a stallion who is as shallow as she is, they'd be happy together.'
-
The What If Machine looked up. "This one may be entertaining to Miss Maud Pie."

Maud blinked, raising her head.



=*=

"Pinkie Pie...stop this..."

"Come on sis sis sis! I just want everypony to smile smile smile! Is that too much to ask ask ask?!" asked Nightmare Granfalloon, the Bearers nearby fighting off her familiars. Rainbow Dash was currently an Earth Pony, Rarity a young pink unicorn, and Twilight a green Earth Pony, but still they fought. Each for different reasons.

Maud had come running. Big sisters have a way of knowing when their little sisters need them. And Maud had had just that.

She looked stoically up at the Nightmare. "...I thought you said I didn't need to smile...That I smiled on the inside."

"I...I did...B-But...."

"So is there something wrong with me now, Pinkie?"

Granfalloon seemed like she was a computer being hit by a paradox. On one hoof, her definition of 'wrong' was obviously quite skewed. But...she knew her sister's happy' self. That was a HAPPY memory she'd saw no reason to cast out. 

"Maud...you...you don't understand! You just don't don't don't!"

"But I think she does..."

The top of the tent blew open. Everypony expected Celestia to descend...but instead, what came was a white pegasus with large wings and strange markings.

"S-Star Catcher?"

The Pegasus landed next to Maud. "Remember when Lily Lightly thought she was different?"

"Y-Yeah...she was scared we'd judge her..."

"Yes, but how much did it mean to her when we accepted her?"

"...A lot lot lot..."

Star Catcher turned to Maud. "Miss..."

"Maud Pie," Maud had a feeling 'Star Catcher' already knew just that and was 'acting'.

"Yes, Maud Pie," Star Catcher said. "How much does it mean to you your sister don't think it wrong you 'smile inside' and accepts you fully for it?"

"...A lot...everything...it means everything..."

Granfalloon took a step back. "B-But those feelings are bad...you shouldn't feel out of place or sad..."

"But Lilly Lightly did in our world...but finding those that accepted her meant the world to her, Pinkie," Star Catcher explained. "That wasn't some alien taint, it was there...and it was special. So very special. It made Lilly so happy when it finally happened...happiness can come out of darkness..."

Granfalloon put her hooves to her head. "N-No...darkness...sadness...they're bad! Good can't come out of them!"

Maud trotted over and hugged her sister despite her Nightmareified state. "But it does...just like a little pink filly can bring joy to a dull, dismal rock farm...I think you made the rocks smile that day...and it was so special...would you change that for the world?"

"I...I...I..."

Granfalloon's familiars and brainwashed minions just stopped.

'Star Catcher' allowed the unbrainwashed/altered members of the group to briefly see a familiar image of Princess Celestia. "Hurry! There isn't much time!"

She threw the Elements of Harmony to them.

"But we need a laughter!" Fluttercruel warned, currently forcing her Zipzeeified mother into a mental closet and helping the others, having earned their trust.

'Fluttercruel! Bad girl! I...I LIKE being like this!'

'Sorry mom...but this is for the world's own good...I'm sorry...'

Star Catcher put the Element of Laughter around her own neck, the jewel taking the form of Celestia's Cutie Mark. "...My bond was broken...but not for good...I merely refused to accept I was worthy of it anymore...But not anymore."

Maud ignored the happenings behind her, merely hugging her little sister. "It's okay, Pinkie...I love you..." 

A tear ran down Maud's face.

The Rainbow of Light washed over the two, but seemed to outright AVOID Maud, like she was oil in it's water.

A few seconds later, she was hugging a sobbing Pink Alicorn in the middle of Sugar Cube Corner.

"I...I'm sorry...I...I thought...I meant...I'm sorry..."

"Shush...It's okay Pinkie...It's all okay..."

Diamond Tiara, nearby, hugged her now sane again mother. What no one in this universe or the Studio saw was Discord's link to her being CUT IN HALF by being in such close proximity to the Elements being set loose on top of his deal no longer being valid. 
-

Rarity peered at the screen. "My word, was that Diamond Tiara? I wonder if this machine could give us some clue as to where to find her, the poor filly..."

Fluttershy peeked out from behind a couch. "Stop that, mom," said Fluttercruel. "You're embarrassing us!" "Sorry," said Fluttershy, blushing a bit. "Pinkie's Nightmare is kind of scary." "We've seen it before, mom." "It's scary no matter how matter times I see it!" "Honestly, that machine has shown us everypony's nightmares a half-dozen times each! Are there any Nightmares we haven't seen by now?"

The Machine whirred. "Match found. Do you wish to view Nightmare Phalanx, the Best Defense?"

It took a moment for Shining Armor to parse that, and then he shouted "No! Absolutely not!"

"Are you sure? These scenes have high ratings for darkness and violence!"

"That makes me want to watch them even less!" Shining trailed off, panting, and the Machine sat there, silent. "You're not going to ignore me and show it anyway?"

"Of course not. This machine is reformed." An image of a halo appeared on the monitor. "Instead, please enjoy this video of a lovecat kitten playing with a ball of yarn."

"You're trying to get me to blurt out 'No, anything but that!', aren't you?" said Shining, ignoring all the of mares in blissful cuteness overload, and especially ignoring his sister taking notes on the reactions of the others for a thesis on pony psychology.

"... this machine was certainly not."

"Yes you were!"

"Clarify... did you say, 'Yes, work on playing the video'?"

"No!"

"Did Ah miss anything good?" said Applejack, pulling a small cart into the studio. "After Big Mac told us all the good news and took Cheerilee out to dinner, just the two of 'em..." The farm pony grinned and winked. "Ah thought we could use these extra apple pies and apple fritters for Maud's party."

"Can I have some?" Sweetcream Scoops asked.

"Here." Gave her one.

Coffee Swirl asked. "Now how about you go home and think about what you actually want from a stallion. Or maybe the what-if machine can show you more stuff."

"N-No! I think I'll do just that!" And Sweetcream Scoops was right out the door.

"Scared'em straight." Coffee Swirl said to himself.

"See? This machine's strategy work!"

"You show nasty stuff just to freak us out!" Shining Armor said.

"That is a lie! It is so you can better appreciate the goodness you have!"

The ponies ignored the what if machine and focused on what AJ had said.

"Oh my." Fluttershy said blushing.

'You never even tried to get the prize mom.'

"Oh my! I wouldn't dare! He had enough on his plate. And I just though he was nice, I didn't love-LOVE him."

'Oh right, you already have a stallion whose head over heels about you.'

Cadence sighed with a smile. Maybe Red Gala's existence had helped along the happy couple.

Rarity said nothing, having watched through the telescope.

The Pinkie Pies cheered at the happy news.

"Just don't go telling my sister or her friends." Rarity said. "Or they might think that love poison was a good or idea or something. Oh wait, Cheerilee already explained that it did the opposite of help, never mind."

Twilight clapped. "I'm happy for them. Good to hear. And Rarity, sorry Red Gala didn't-"

"It's alright Daring. She wants Big Mac to be happy, and that's what she got with him with Cheerilee."

Fluttershy found herself face to face with Not-Maud Pie. It was like she had blinked and she was there (a lot like Pinkie Pie). "Don't hide from yourself Fluttershy. . . . The reason you're so scared of Pinkie Pie's Nightmare isn't because she's scary. It's because you want the world she'd make."

"W-what?! I realized that world was wrong when my friends saved me from being Nightmare Whisper!"

"No. You realized forcing your will on others and stunting their growth was wrong. You never once said that world was wrong. You want it. As much as Applejack wants a world without lies even though she knows there are ponies who don't want it. The other you? In that vision? She wasn't brainwashed, at all. She was fighting to protect the world Nightmare Granfalloon wanted to create completely of her own free will. Not because she was angry or hurt or confused. But because she wanted a return to the Age of Dreams, and all the happiness, friendship, and complete lack of monsters like Chrysalis that comes with it. Applejack doesn't deny she WANTS the world Nightmare Mirror created, she just chooses to not pursue that want.  In worlds were Nightmare Granfaloon succeeded in her goal, she turns herself back into the Pinkie Pie, and you, and the other Breezies, become the caretakers of that world. And you love every moment of it. Don't deny yourself Fluttershy it gets . . . unhealthy."

The what-if machine spoke. "You mean like when you tried to be all happy and cheerful on the outside, but your sister realize you were now frowning on the inside instead of smiling on the inside?"

"No need to show that." Maud Pie said with as much force as her emotionless voice could muster.
-

Rarity looked thoughtful. "What If Machine, if you do not mind, I have a request."

"Yes, Lady Rarity?"

"I would like to see a world were...if you don't mind...may I see another world were Diamond Tiara ended up an ally and friend of our little sisters...and sister figure?"

"This universe exists. Finding...Is rated Adventure. Mild Dark Themes. Please note, this What If 'could fill it's own fanfic' so please understand this is the condensed version."



~~


"Where are YOU going, Blank Flank?" Diamond Tiara asked, currently taking cover in a deserted Sugar Cube corner as Applebloom dug through a drawer.

"If yah must know, lookin' fer Pinkie's 'in case of travelin' emergencies' stash...Ah!" she pulled out a folder full of keys to various machines Pinkie came up with.

"Why?"

"So Ah can get tah Canterlot and get those fancy necklaces so sis and her friends can use them tah take out Grogar before it's too late!"

"Are you crazy?! You're just a blank flank filly! What are you going to do-"

Applebloom gave her a death glare. "Yer pa is kidnapped just like all the other grownups! Did yah think of that?!"

Diamond Tiara stopped in her tracks. "I..."

"Now Ah've got a big sis tah save!" she then left with the other Crusaders, including that same brown, red maned filly from the other image, and Spike. Of course only two of them were blank flanks anymore...

Silver Spoon stayed back, looking between the two groups.

Diamond hesitated for a moment. "Papa..."

She slowly trotted forwards.

"Diamond?" Silver asked, blinking.

"...I...Papa...I...I have to do something Silver...Can I please..."

"...I've wanted you too this whole time."

"...You have? I thought..."



~~

"Sweetie Belle, had did yah open that?!" asked Applebloom in shock, looking through the open doors. It was clear from the damage to the room Grogar had tried EVERYTHING to try and open it, and if it hadn't budged yet, nothing could force it to open.

"I...I saw Chryssy...when I was brainwashed she made Twilight open it and I learned her magic so...maybe I could learn Twilight's too..."



~~


"how are we going to get in there?" asked Sweetie Belle, looking up at the fortress.

As the Crusader's thought, gears turned in Diamond's mind. "Scootaloo, can you fly up to that window with a rope? Applebloom could make a pully or something and Babs and Spike could pull us up, then we pull them up. Easy."

"...Wow, that was quick."

Diamond gave a snooty look. "Of course! Why wouldn't it be!"

"...You're still Diamond Tiara..."

"Hey!"

"And we're glad yer on OUR side now."

"...Oh..."



~~

"W-What?" asked Applebloom, staring up at the Goat tyrant, who didn't seem to particularly care about their presence in the slightest.

"The Bearers aren't in my city, they're at several locations in Equestria so I may use their spiritual energy as part of my spell," Grogar stated, turning and preparing. "You came all this way for nothing."

"N-Nothing?" Applebloom asked, trembling.

"Now if you excuse me, in a few seconds my spell we activate and my mind will be linked into the mana streams, allowing me to perfectly monitor every waking moment of my subjects' lives. As it should be for a perfectly, orderly world."

"A-And Applejack?"

"And Rainbow Dash?"

"And Rarity?"

"And Twilight?"

"And my papa?" Diamond and Silver asked together.

"Mah siste'?" the brown filly asked.

"The former four will be killed when their spiritual energy is siphoned off, the later will live under my eternal order, though perhaps as punishment for your defiance, I will make things harder on them. Now quiet, foals, I have much to do."

Applebloom shook with rage. "Well...well Ah...Ah'll just have tah be Honesty then!" she yelled, putting it on her throat.

"Yeah!" Scootaloo announced, grabbing Loyalty and putting it around her throat. Her's glowed.

"For Rarity!" Sweetie yelled, putting Generosity around her neck. Babs took Kindness and put it on. Spike hesitated, remembering when he'd been 'the new Rainbow Dash', resulting in Silver grabbing Laughter and Diamond snatchingMagic.

"Uh...how do these things work?" Scootaloo asked.

Grogar snarled and fired a beam, trapping the children in a crystal prison. "Enough. You clearly are foals trying to use an unloaded gun. Now leave me in peace."

"It...it didn't work?" Applebloom asked sadly, looking at the Element. "But...Ah thought we were friends after all this..."

Diamond looked at the crown on her head. 'Am...am I just as useless as my Cutie Mark?' she asked mentally...

Her thoughts quickly found their way to her father. The prospect of him living forever under this tyrant's iron hoof. She wanted the crown because of it being the 'most special'. That's why she grabbed it...but what she wanted more was her father.

"...I...I just grabbed it...maybe...maybe we just got them scrambled up?" she dared to suggest.

She felt something in her heart call out to Sweetie Belle. A connection they'd long had. She carefully held the crown out to her, trading it and Generosity. Both glowed bright.

'Willingness to surrender your wants to help the one you care for is Generosity,' she realized it. She'd wanted anything rather than to start this...but she did for her father's sake. She went on a harrowing adventure all to protect him.

And Rarity...she'd always been kind to her, even if she hadn't returned it as she should have...

"...My bond with Chryssy made her a filly again...maybe...maybe that bond is why?" Sweetie asked. "Or...you know, knowing how to use dark Magic for good..."

"...Ah ain't eve' lyin' tah mahself eve' again. The truth is, Ah ain't no bully anymore, that ain't who Ah am now...Ah WAS a bully, not cause Ah was bullied but in spite of it."

"...I'm kind to whoever needs it..." said Silver, Element of Kindness lighting up.

Applebloom found the Element of Laughter doing nothing around her own neck. "...Here Spike...you try..."

She handed it to him and he put it on, causing it to glow. "Hehe...guess I do like to get Twilight to lighten up and have fun once in awhile...But Applebloom."

"...Ah just want mah sister tah be okay..."

Grogar blinked as a rainbow colored light erupted behind him, blowing the prison he'd created to bits. "What?"

He charged up his horns...and Applebloom promptly blindsided him with a buck to the jaw.

A Rainbow erupted upwards and slammed down towards the goat. "Impossible..."

Grogar roared as the Rainbow washed over him, sending him back to his prison, his bell shattering to pieces. His city vanished, but left his captives behind unharmed while the Bearers would be rescued by the guard soon after.



~~

"Sensors indicate this universe is a neighbor. While events have happened to render it unlikely, it was a potential possible future," the What If Machine explained.

AJ tilted her head, "Little cousin Babs Seed? Why would she ever be a bully? This thing is nuts."

"We see our little sisters fighting an evil overlord, and THAT is all you have to say?!" Rarity gasped.

"That part was believable," AJ said.

"It seems like it never ends." Cadence sighed, "There's ALWAYS another evil overlord. I hope I don't to face any any time soon."

"Irony meter rising." Said the what-if machine.

Shining Armor kicked it. "You could have kept that to yourself!"

"Shining, unless the what if machine is going to show us more of that universe where you were the Element f Loyalty, can we leave now? I'm worried about Zecora having to keep after Kifuko and Midnight for so long."

"At least everything turned out for the best, I just can't believe we all lost like that, and it was up to FILLIES to save the day, that feels, like we failed our responsibilities as protectors of Equestria." Twilight said.

Shining Armor hugged her. "Believe me, I know how that feels."

"Well .. . I'm just happy everything turned out alright." Fluttershy said.

Maud Pie and Coffee Swirl said nothing.

"So you got anything left to show us about that world?" Shining Armor asked the what if machine, still hugging his little sister, "Or can I and my wife finally go?" Shining Armor didn't want to say it was feeling crowded in here.

-


The What-If Machine whirred, seeming to consider.  "Yes.  There is additional data of interest."
=*=



A month after the "Chrysalis incident," Ponyville was finally settling back down to normal, or at least as normal as things were likely to be from now on.  Another market day had come, and Twilight Sparkle, in her true changeling form, was once again mareing one of the small booths.  She had her sign with a list of minor magical services and prices.  She had all of her supplies.  What she didn't have was very many customers, at least so far.  

Moth waved encouragingly from the next stall over, also undisguised.  She and Bon Bon had a whole line of customers waiting to buy magic or love cookies, both pony and changeling, though each group looked a bit uncomfortable, trying not to stand too close to the other.

Twilight sighed, glancing at the sun, and almost missed Big Mac arriving.  "Howdy, Miss Twilight," said the red stallion.  "The pest control charm for our south field is wearin' kinda thin... could you whip us up another?"

"Of course!" she said brightly, her center horn glowing blue as she levitated a diamond onto the counter and began to magically etch the runes.  "You know, I'd happily just give you these if you asked..."

"Now, none of that," said Big Mac firmly.  "Besides, we want to support you and what yer doin'."

"Mom, why does she look like that?" she heard a colt asking.

The mare beside the colt winced and tried to keep her voice down.  "She's a changeling.  They can look however they want, you know that.  You'd have to ask her why she wants to look that way."

"Thanks so much for your business," said Twilight, collecting Big Mac's bits and resisting the urge to sink beneath the counter.

"Okay!" said the colt brightly.  "Hey, why do you look like..."

The mare pulled her son back quickly.  "Dear, you can't just ask her that!"

"But you said..."

Twilight sighed again, but then some new faces arrived to cheer her up.  "Oh!  Cherry Blossom, Cranberry Cupcake!  How have you been?"

"Oh, we have been very well!" said Cherry.  "It's so good of you to ask!"

Cranberry edged in front.  "My sister would like to be a pegasus for a day again, and this time I would like to join her.  This is a thing you can do, yes?"

"Absolutely," said Twilight.  So strange, those two... they worked in a beauty salon, but her "scary" appearance didn't bother them in the slightest... and Twilight knew for certain that they weren't faking it or secretly changelings themselves.  "Just remember, it's only for a day, and if you haven't flown, then don't try it without an expert to teach you how."

Two temporary transformations left her tired out, but they earned her a lot of extra bits.  "I'm just glad I didn't lose my Element or any of my mana capacity," she mused to herself.  "I don't know what I would have done if..."

"What are you doing, Miss Sparkle?  Why do you continue behaving in this manner?"  Twilight groaned... it was Bread Crumb and his wife Sugar Crumb again.  Two perfectly normal pegasus ponies... in appearance, at least.  Other ponies had been in those changeling cocoons right along with Twilight, and these were two of them.  "I thought we talked about this!"

"Excuse me?" said Twilight.  "You talked.  I disagreed."

Bread Crumb wasn't deterred.  "Those changelings... the real, born changelings had a saying... in secrecy lies safety!  Surely you can see the wisdom of that now."

"We just want this to be over," pleaded Sugar Crumb.  "We want everything to go back to normal!  How can it, when you and the rest are constantly reminding everypony that we're here, that we're... not ponies any more..."  She sniffled a bit.

"We are what we are!" said Twilight, a little louder than she'd intended.  "I'm sorry, but sweeping this under the rug isn't going to make it go away.  We need to accept it, not hide from it."

"I can see that we're just going to have to agree to disagree," said Bread Crumb disdainfully.  He glared at Moth too for good measure, and then Moth had to restrain Bon Bon from going after the couple when they left in a huff.

~~
Later, at the library, after she'd copied her sales into a ledger while telling Spike about her day, Spike surprised her by asking, "Twilight, why do you work so hard?"

She glanced up at him.  "What do you mean, Spike?"

Spike shrugged.  "Like that colt said, you *are* a changeling.  You can look however you want.  Why put yourself through all that?  Why not just... be Twilight Sparkle?"

Twilight smirked.  "I could, it's true."  In a flash of blue fire, she became the perfect image of her old unicorn self.  Only the color of her magic would give her away, and she'd been experimenting with illusions that might disguise even that, if she ever had the need.  "I could be plain old Twilight Sparkle, just a slightly peculiar unicorn with that one teeny-weensy awkward problem... needing to be loved, or she'll die."

Spike gasped.  "Are you getting enough?"  He glomped her hastily.  "I love you Twilight!  Have I told you that today?"

She giggled, reverting back to her changeling form.  "Don't worry, Spike.  I know you do...  And I love you too, and you and Shiny and everypony give me all the love I could ever need.  I kind of understand Chrysalis and the old changeling ways a little better now, though...  there's always that little nagging worry, knowing that the food you need isn't something you can grow or buy in a store... it needs to be given to you."

"But, they didn't..." said Spike, confused.  "Before Cadence, changelings took it.  They kept slaves... cattle..."  The little dragon shuddered.

"And that's where they went wrong," said Twilight.  "If we start hiding what we are... like we're something evil and wrong that needs to be hidden, if we act like we can't help but be evil, we'll be falling into the same trap they did.  That's why, Spike.  If Mr. and Mrs. Crumb want to hide what they are, that's their choice, but it doesn't have to be that way!"

Upstairs, Fluttershy tapped at an open window.  "Hey, Twilight!  Do you still want that flying lesson?  There's a giant soapbox blocking the door."

"Different body, same old Twilight," grumbled Spike, pinned between the soapbox and a wall.

The what-if machine flickered off.

"Twiley." Shining Armor sighed, wishing he could hug that Twilight Sparkle.

"Do not be too worried." The what-if machine said. "Your sister being of the changeling tribe rather than the unicorn tribe, will become a mote point once she *CENSORED* an *CENSORED*. Because *CENSORED* *CENSORED* all *CENSORED*, in one year's time. As your sister is destine to in one year's time. That Twilight Sparkle's experiences will actually allow her to hit the ground running."

"Wait what now?" Twilight responded confused.

"Part of this machine's answered were censored due to them not being technically what-if, and therefore, beyond this machine's ability to share."

"We'll I'm happy to see you, that you, adjusting well darling." Rarity hugged her unicorn friend.

"Me too, us too." The Flutters said hugging Twilight as well. Followed by Shining Armor, Cadence, and Applejack. Then the Pinkie Pies.

Twilight didn't need to be a changeling to know she was loved.

"Sorry to hug and run Twiley, but we had better be picking up Kifuko and Midnight from Zecora, it feels like we've left her with them for weeks now."

The two nuzzled. "I understand BBBFF."

"See you soon little sister." Cadence hugged her.

"Even if you weren't going to *CENSORED* *CENSORED* after canon finally starts up again, you will see invariable see each other in a few months anyway, when Princess Cadence becomes *CENSORED* of the *CENSORED* *CENSORED* and you fight *CENSORED CENSORED* and are loved by *CENSORED* and Spike becomes a beloved *CENSORED* to all the *CENSORED* *CENSORED*."

"Can you tell us ANYTHING not hopelessly vague?" Cadence asked.

"Invest in jewel polish. That is all."

Foal-sitter and Big Brother shared a hug again.

"Well, it's also nice to see Rainbow Dash and Gilda are both happy with their new lives in that world," Fluttershy commented.

"Stop being so afraid of change," Maud Pie said to Coffee Swirl for some reason sipping the rock coffee from the make-shift.

On the way out, Applejack spoke with Shining Armor and Cadence in a low voice.

"Yer one of the few ponies Ah can say this too. Ah just wanna say . . . while Ah'm more happy than ya can imagine that Ah'm just Applejack the pony again instead of one of Ma Fate's wolves . . .  Ah admire that AJ for her sense of responsibility, she gave up Everything, her family, her friends, even ponies thinking too hard about her being missing. Ah'm happy Ah never had ta do that. But Ah'm proud to know Ah could face that if Ah had to. And . . . you and Red Gala are real ponies. Don't let anypony tell ya different."

"Thank you, Applejack," Shining Armor said and accepted some free apple treats from Applejack. He and his wife then left the studio to pick up their adopted foals and get back to their honey moon.
-
"Will the party begin soon?" asked the What If Machine.

"We're working on it," Ghostly Pie replied happily.

"Why do you ask darling?" Rarity asked. 

"This Machine would like to part take in the party," explained the device. 

"Well that's perfectly fine."

The Machine looked itself over. It was more or less simply the What If Machine supported by wires and tendrils. It tried to dance. Keyword 'tried.' "This form seems inefficient for the act of partying. Reconfiguring."

It grabbed a large bit of spare metal and parts and began rebuilding itself with several random gadgets retrieved from Pinkie Pie's various stashes. The result was a dull grey android pony (gender was difficult to say from just looks) with a blue visor and it's screen on it's chest, it's natural brownish casing mismashed into it.

"How is this form?"

"Practical...but no offense darling, it's kind of garish," Rarity admitted. She looked around and found some paint. "How about I give you a bit of a paint job?"

"This offer is accepted so long as I do not end up pink."

"Can do, dear."

"While Miss Rarity is doing my new paint job, please enjoy this potential situation. "




=*=

"Hey Scootaloo! What are you doing?!"

Scootaloo, an orange adult pegasus with her current Cutie Mark looked down at a blank flank filly version of Rainbow Dash. "Just doing some cloud busting, Rainbow!"

"Can I help?! I bet I could clear the sky in 10 seconds flat!" the cute little filly boasted proudly. 

"Sure, just be careful-"

The filly zipped around like a humming bird, kicking clouds...and then crashing into the ground nearby. 

"I'm okay!"

Meanwhile, little Applejack was trying her best to buck trees at Sweet Apple Acres. 

"Sis watch yourself!" Applebloom, also a full grown mare and the one wearing their father's hat, her Cutie Mark an Apple Tree. "Yer gonna hurt yerself!"

"Ah wanna help!" the filly replied stubbornly, trying again, this time the force being enough to flip herself over and make a few apples drop into a bucket.

Applebloom gave a small chuckle. "...Just like Ah was when Ah was yer age...always 'Ah want it now!' Hehe."

"Applebloom?" asked a voice.

"Howdy Diamond," said Applebloom tipping her hat to Mrs. Tiara and her assistant Silver Spoon. "We just finished that order of Zap Apple Jam."

"Glad to hear it...hehe, hard to believe that we're doing business now, huh?"

"No doubt. But Ah guess we just outgrew schoolyard grudges, huh?"

Elsewhere, a purple maned, white furred unicorn filly pulled hard on a thread, looking at the dress she helped make for her big sister. There wasn't yet a jewel to be seen. "It looks beautiful, Rarity," an adult Sweetie Belle with the same Cutie Mark replied, smiling. "I'll definitely wear it for the Hearts and Hooves Concert tonight."

"But something just seems missing!" the tiny child whimpered. "I want it to be perfect!" 

Sweetie Belle sighed and nuzzled her. "I'm sure you'll figure it out, I didn't know what I wanted to do when I was a kid."




=*=

"Done..." Rarity admitted, but was staring at the screen in confusion.

The What If Machine's new body was painted silver with blue and gold accents, giving it a heroic and regal look that Rarity felt fitted a robot rather well. "This machine approves of this look," it replied, the screen showing a smiley face. "Continuing universe."




=*=

"Twilight?" Spike, a teenaged sized dragon (dragon aging being far different than ponies) as he looked through books in the town library.

"Yes, Spikey?" asked the unicorn filly, poking her head out of a book fort. 

"Have you seen 'Jewel Cake Recipes for Dummies?'"

"...No..."

"It's part of the book fort, isn't it?"

"...Maybe..."

"I need it back, I'm making a cake tonight."

"To celebrate the anniversary of you and your friends beat Queen Chrysalis and convinced her to go back to being Princess Kifuko and reuniting with Princess Cadence?"

"Yeah, hard to believe Hearts and Hooves Day was actually in remembrance of Cadence having to seal her twin sister int the crystal mines with the Elements and save Equestria...oh, and Twilight?"

"Yes?"

"Your favorite foal sitter will be there."

"Yay! Celly will be there!"



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The assembled ponies looked at the machine, surprised by the latest (and thankfully non-horrific) world.

"So were were fillies there, the younger sisters?" Twilight said. "And Spike was my adopted big brother? Huh." She smiled. "It was interesting to see myself as a filly again."

"I agree wholeheartedly, dear," Rarity said, looking thoughtful. "I wonder if Red Gala is little more than a foal in that world."

"Me, Ah wonder 'bout Big Mac," Appplejack said. "Like if he's still Little Mac there. What?" She looked at her surprised friends. "Mac was always a little colt 'till his cutie mark came in and he got his growth spurt."

"And Celestia is your foalsitter? What does she look like? And what became of Luna?" Fluttershy looked at the What-If Machine.

If a Machine could sigh, this one did. The screen lit up and:

"How's my favorite little filly?" the pink-maned and tailed young mare asked as she strolled into the library. Spike grinned and Celestia held her forelegs out as with high-pitched whinnies a small purple ball of energy raced into them.

"Celly Celly Celly!" Little Twilight nuzzled Celestia's neck, accepting an affectionate nuzzle in return from her sitter. "Are we gonna go and see the old castle today?"

"We certainly are," she said, hugging Twily close. She added, "Sunset will be there too, and now!" She added in mock-sternness at the wary look Twilight gave her. "She's gotten a lot better since my sister taught her to open up and not be so shy." She looked over Twilight's back at Spike, who understood. Sunset once was prideful and arrogant, Cadence's best student and headed for an epic fall until her two alicorn nieces Celestia and Luna guided her to see how wrong she was.

"And see Luna?" Twilight sounded hopeful. "I like her stories." Spike was the one looking wary now.

"We'll see her," Celly said as she guided Twilight towards the door. "My big sister Luna wants to see you too, and your other little friend Trixie. But I'm sorry to say, NO ghost stories this time! They give nightmares to little fillies."

"I am not a little filly!" Twilight said as they left.
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"Warning," the What-If Machine said. "Impending display of formerly seen universe."

The ponies froze as static filled the screen before it cleared to show:

"That's right, former ponies of Ponyville and elsewhere," Applejack almost bristled to see a familiar pair of unicorns, ones with pale olive coats and white-striped red manes, facing a small herd of ponies and -- to their surprise -- Changelings. Behind the two conponies stood a massive machine, with a pony-sized entrance on both ends and arrayed with Jacob's Ladders and flashing lights. The mustached brother, Flam, went on with, "This is our patented 100% safe and legal 'De-Changelingification Machine', approved by Celestia herself," he flashed an official-looking paper with Celestia's image and signature on it; when one female Changeling tried to take a closer look he innocently yanked it away, "solely to be used on transformed ponies who wish to be restored to their former forms, regain the ability to eat solids, and who have an overwhelming desire not to die flying into bug lamps."

"How do we know it's safe?" One Changeling in the crowd yelled, and another said, "The last time you were in town, you tried cheating Applejack out of her orchard!"

"Oh, that was all just a joke," Flim said, waving one hoof and smiling. "We would have returned it after we got the free publicity for our victory. And if you want to know if it's safe, well?" He and Flam turned the machine on with bursts of greenish magic from their horns, and then strolled through. Electricity flashed, and at one point their skeletons showed like in an x-ray as they passed behind a thick glass screen set in the machine. "It's utterly - OW! -- safe and completely -- ARRGH! -- painless, to boot!" The brothers walked out the other exit, their manes and tails looking slightly frazzled but otherwise in one piece. Flam extinguished a glowing spark on his brother's coat as Flim said, "See? Completely safe."

The Changelings still looked unconvinced, but the female who'd spoken before flew up and said, "I'll try it. I, I want to go back and live with my family again." She looked around, fangs bared. "The jokes about flypaper are getting old, too. What do I have to do?"

"Just reassume your original pony form," Flam said with a sharklike smile "and proceed through the machine." The Changeling frowned, looking hesitant. Flam added, "And if you're not completely satisfied, you get your bits back."

She nodded and with a flash of blue fire, a simply ravishing unicorn mare appeared, with a soft and elegantly styled pink mane and tail and hot crimson coat. A cutie mark of a broken heart showed on her flank. Long eyelashes fluttered and she said in a voice like a warm caress, "You're sure? I don't want to lose," she swept her long tail along her body, "this."

"Lady, lose that and I'll help you find it," Flim croaked out. Flam snorted and gave him a dirty look before turning to the mare.

"Little brother, the lady was speaking to me," he said, bestowing a simply dazzling smile on her. The mare smiled back slowly as he said, "Just go right through, madam. I'll be waiting for you on the other end with some questions. You know, your health, your appetite, your home address... Ummph!" He glared at Flim as a magic bridle shut his mouth.

"It will work?" The mare said, taking a deep breath. The brothers nodded absently, and she kicked her hooves high. "Oh wonderful! I, I simply don't know how I'll thank you afterwards!" She all but pranced into the machine. The brothers barely remembered to cast their spell in time. Sparks flew and the mare whinnied in pain, and she trotted out the other end.

"How do I know if it worked?"

"Try shapechanging," Flim said. The mare concentrated. A faint blue glow played over her. She seemed to shiver, and nothing happened. "It worked! I, I can't shapeshift any more!" As other Changelings hurried forward, she asked, "Wait, do I still need to consume love? Because I feel like I do -- where will I get love?"

"Oh, I think I can help with that," Flam said, setting his leg over her withers and guiding her off to the side. "Just see me at the Ponyville restaurant in an hour, I'll let you get the check, Miss..."

"Oh, you'll get more than that," she purred out before saying in a very different tone, "I think about ten to fifteen in the Canterlot dungeons for false advertising and illegally using magic to lock away the natural powers of other pony tribes, which only the courts can do. I was able to figure that out when I examined the spell as it was cast." She smiled at the two stunned conponies. "My foalsitter Cadence told me about this, and I helped save Applejack's farm from you two cheats. I'm Twilight Sparkle, and you're under arrest!"

"Heh. You and what Guardspony?"

"How about me?"

Flim and Flam turned and saw Shining Armor, Element of Loyalty and Chief Royal Ranger of the Everfree Rangers, glaring at them with several of his fellows beside them.

Flim turned to Flam.

"Dear brother, must you always tempt fate so?"

Shortly afterwards, as the two were being taken away and some sadder but wiser ponies turned Changelings were leaving. Shiny spoke to his sister, still in her 'new' form.

"Sis, what made you decide to look like Heartbreaker from those romance pulps?"

"Hey, I was stuck for a form to use, okay?" Twilight snorted and tossed her head. Some of Shiny's fellow rangers could barely take their eyes from her. She scowled at them and said, "I wanted to take a form I knew nopony would ever associate with Twilight Sparkle. Now I have this and just as soon as I break that power-locking spell..." Her horn glowed. "Hah!" Blue fire ran along her body and when it faded Twilight... still looked like Heartbreaker.

"Umm, sis, those spells are made to last."

"How long?"

"Twenty years or so."
-
"I get stuck like that?!" Twilight Sparkles' eyes were wide staring at the screen.

The what if machine said, "While the causes are censored due to being destiny rather than what-if, suffice to say, that Twilight Sparkle needs to endure that form for less than a year, and had illusion spells in the mean time. You were free of that form soon enough. That is all I can say."
-

"For instance," the What-If Machine said, "you were able to do this."

Twilight watched as she -- in her alternate form -- once more stood by her open stand in Ponyville Town Square. A line of stallions were waiting for her, watching the crimson and pink mare as she coolly trotted over to her spot, her every move drawing their gaze.

None of them noticed her smile.

"Okay, then!" She said in that softly musical voice. "Twilight Sparkle's Magic for Hire is open for business! First customer, please!"

She waited for the by-now typical ears-laid-back and snorting stallion squabble to settle. When it did, the victor approached her table, head held high and tossing his head to allow sunlight to shine along a gilded horn. Literally so -- he'd had it inlaid with gold.

Twilight rolled her eyes as the blue-coated, golden maned stallion aimed a smile her way. She blinked against the light reflecting from his teeth.

"Well, Miss Sparkle," he whinnied, "I'm looking for some companionship, somepony whose beauty will shine as beautifully as my own," he tossed his head, mane rippling in waves as Twi forced down a yawn, "and I think you are the only pony who can help me. Or do I need to make it," he leaned in closer and Twilight winced at the cloud of cologne surrounding him, "even plainer?"

"Oh," Twilight said, batting her eyes, and leaning closer, "I think I can provide something for you..."

He grinned. Twilight grinned in response as her horn flashed and a full-length mirror appeared before him.

"Talk to your reflection," she said dryly. "It cares more about your appearance than I or any mare ever will. Now, is there anyone here who really NEEDS my help or," blue fire, secretly an illusion spell, consumed her and she appeared in the form she considered her 'Classic Evil Changeling Queen'. The stallions winced as she asked with a fanged grin, "Anypony want to see what else I can do?"

They were gone in less than a minute.
-
On her way back into the studio, Applejack found the Blank Wolf helping himself to an apple fritter, gobbling it up and then licking his chops.  "Oh, Ah see how it is," she said, with a wink.  "You just hang around me all ominous and invisible-like just to get your paws on free apple snacks."

"Mother doesn't have apples in her realm," the Blank Wolf grumbled.  "Adventurers kept barging in and taking them, and the reapers got what was left."

Applejack blinked.  "Why... no, Ah'm not even gonna ask."  She glanced over at the others, watching Ghostly Pie gliding back and forth, putting up party decorations.  "Say, did you ever get a chance to talk to Princess Celestia about that thing?  How'd it go?"

"Oh, that?  We made time.  She had volumes to say, but mostly her advice amounted to this: Don't let dread of the future spoil your present joys, and don't be afraid to keep making new friends."  The Wolf scratched at his chin with a claw.  "Curious.  It sounds simple and obvious when I repeat it now...  Hardly something that I needed to bother a goddess over, yet she did not chastise me for it."

Applejack smiled.  "Maybe ya made a few more friends today already."

"Perhaps..."  And then Ghostly Pie unexpectedly came upon them and GASPED.  "But let us not rush things," said the Blank Wolf, vanishing hastily.

AJ realized. 'Wait a tick. The Pinkie Pies are from out of this world. So isn't Snow tryin' ta eat'em? . . . Then again those freaky Harmony Queens and Nightmare Mirror didn't get eaten either. . . . Maybe cause they're not meddlin' and this place is non-canon and they're distortin' stuff? At least Ah'm not feelin' the urge to eat'em. Hopefully that means Wolf Jackie is gone for good, AT LAST. NO offense to Snow, but Ah LIKE being an Earth Pony thank you very much.'  Of course. Being an Alicorn, wouldn't be so bad, since she'd technically still be an Earth Pony, just with membership cards in the other tribes,why the heck did she think of that?
Pinkie Pie's 4th Wall Breaking Show epi 10 Part 12
Pony POV Series 
Pinkie Pie's 4th Wall Breaking Variety Show episode 10
PART 12
By Alex Warlorn

Pinkie Pie, "Mommy, please, I don't wanna watch anymore episodes of Bug Mask Rider and Changelings Rangers or Pony Rangers . . . can we go back to watch the TV adaption of Power Ponies instead please? I'm soooooo tired! I just wanted Maud's 'Welcome to Ponyville' party." *SOBS*

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Pinkie Pie, " ... Da Rules . . . I just wanted Maud's party .  . . ":
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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Persona22 Featured By Owner 12 hours ago
An interesting reasoning behind this, to say the least... maybe Pinkie was talking about tofu dogs?
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner 16 hours ago
The clown's prayer that we listened to in church this week. 
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Clow…

I request, not commission or trade, I request, that someone would do some fanart of Pinkie Pie saying this prayer. 

And seriously "get up early in the morning to apologize for being human?" That's a five year old's definition of religion. I've never apologized for being human in church, nor have I been asked to, and church is at 10:30 AM, that's supposed to be early? And the idea that because people are wearing lab coats are inherently more likely to be right by VIRTUE of wearing lab coats is childish. 
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner 19 hours ago
I actually base how well a chapter is on how many entries on the trope page it inspires.
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Persona22 Featured By Owner 19 hours ago
I just finished reading issues 24 and 25 of the MLP comics... have you read them already?
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner 19 hours ago
Yes. I was hurt and sad that they brought back the 'Nightmare Moon is just a evil alien parasite' motif.

And I was ANGRY that they had Twilight more interested in the letter of the law than the spirit of the law in regard of not abusing her magic! They could have had her at the Pony Trek convention with Spike if they didn't want a quick ka-zap solution!
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Persona22 Featured By Owner 18 hours ago
Yes. I was hurt and sad that they brought back the 'Nightmare Moon is just a evil alien parasite' motif.

Technically speaking that only happened in the comics. Which is why I usually consider the comics a separate cannon from the TV show.
If you notice, it was said that Discord had other friends before Fluttershy and thus breaks the whole "Discord was reformed by Fluttershy because he never had a friend before".

And I was ANGRY that they had Twilight more interested in the letter of the law than the spirit of the law in regard of not abusing her magic! They could have had her at the Pony Trek convention with Spike if they didn't want a quick ka-zap solution!

What about Rarity hitting on anything that was close to her like some sort of desperatate "I want to get married for the sake of it" pony?
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner 18 hours ago
The former was a bit weird, but not completely awful. I think Discord has never had a SAPIENT friend before you could argument.

And Rarity had just read a western romance novel, so possibly thought she could finally find Mr. Right.
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Thanks for faving :iconsmeadows: awesome pic!

Also thanks for helping me brainstorm/write demons as they relate to TG years ago, I've blown off the cobwebs on that general concept. So I was a little tickled to see your name.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner 19 hours ago
Welcome.
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