My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Pony POV Series
Dark World Part 28 "All Things In Twilight"
By Alex Warlorn
The heroes circled each other, touching their Elements. Before their inner lights could shine, the walls of the castle’s upper floor fell away, all of them, and the ceiling of the castle broke apart like the sides of a toolbox.
The three immortals felt their Elements stop, both as their hearts and their magic. EVERYPONY was on guard instantly. AJ and Apple Pie felt it, it was like somepony had strong-armed the castle to do so. But...it didn't feel like Discord! Not like Fluttercruel or Rancor either!
Minty Pie yelped as a falling crystal mass nearly crushed her, blocking the way back to the Caverns Of The Seasons. "Okay then, no way to go but forward then, wasn't going turn back anyway." Minty galloped through the crystal caves, wish she at least had some idea of where she was going, but the Windy-Gos and the Lemon-Ponies had avoided the crystal caves right below Discord's Castle of Chaos. "I'm coming, Twilight!"
A black shadowy Minty Pie emerged from one of the cracked crystals, with glowing green eyes with red centers, holding a shadowy version of her own sword, "But can you conquer yourself? Minty Pie? A sober world awaits under an empire of crystal."
*Don't worry, Minty, you're almost there.*
Minty Pie shouted, "OUT OF MY WAY!"
It was still twilight. Twilight hoped that once Celestia and Luna began moving the sun and moon again, it wouldn’t cause panic. Hopefully, everypony would be too happy that their tormentor was gone to care.
'Celestia...Discord. You stole Celestia's memories of me, of her ponies, of her kingdom, you sick bastard. Watch. We'll recover them. Just watch.' That was when it hit Twilight like a thunderclap. 'Why didn't I think to use the memory spell on Celestia when I had the chance?'
*Because you didn't want to hurt her Twilight. Whatever fantasy she was living. She was happy. You didn't want to destroy her by shattering it so soon and when you were in the middle of saving everypony. It wasn't thoughtless, it was thoughtful.*
*You're welcome Twilight.*
"YADDLE-WAA-HEEE-WHOO!" Apple Pie shouted over the edge.
"That was no performance Discord gave us in his last moments. You agree, Rarity?"
"Yes, Applejack, it was no deception. I'm sure of it."
"Then what's going on right now?" Derpy asked.
(Maybe something made to be triggered upon Discord’s death.)
Discord's throne slid to the side. A small pedestal rose up. A single rolled-up scroll sat neatly in the middle. The bow on the top undid itself, the scroll unfurled and floated towards Twilight, she quickly up a small barrier in front of her face that would change the colors to something harmless (hopefully, was untested) if it turned out to be a discording-hypno pattern.
What greeted me instead shocked me so much my bones rattled.
"This is...Starswirl the Bearded's time travel spell. No! Wait a minute, this is, this is MY SPELL, the one I was working on when I wrote that note to myself that Discord found. But how? Discord made me BURN IT."
"Twilight, what spell?" Spike asked.
"When…when Discord kept toying with me, turning me into Twilight Sparkle, then back into Twilight Tragedy, over and over. Me never knowing it wasn't the first time I had awakened. Once I barely managed to realize it wasn't my first time being restored, thanks to my parents, please don't ask. So I wrote a note to myself, and began designing a spell that could send knowledge back in time to another version of yourself as scrolls via dragon-mail. Long story, Apple Pie. But, he found out somehow, and had me just burn the note and my spell without reading them. Along with all the Daring Do books. I STILL don't forgive you FOR THAT Discord! But I never finished it! This spell shouldn't exist!"
(Must have been intended for his minions to use in case he was defeated. He didn't count on not having any minions LEFT, of course. And now Discord has unwittingly handed you the one way to wipe out his horror show.)
We just did.
(No I mean wipe it clean away.)
Wipe it clean away.
(Sure, Derpy is happy now, but wouldn't it have been better if she never had to go through any of that? If Dinky hadn't been a muffin for a thousand years? And Sparkler was still alive?)
Sparkler still alive.
(Maybe you are still friends, but did you have to go through a thousand years of Pony Hell to get here? Wouldn't it be better if none of that ever happened?)
(Sure, the Hippogriffs aren't bad, but they only exist in such numbers because the entire Griffin and Pegasi races fled for their lives from Discord. Is that a good thing? And the Sea Ponies? Yes, a lost tribe recreated, but was it worth seeing the rest of the world tortured for their aquatic utopia? Most of those who willingly became seaponies did so only by losing all semblance of hope. Now they'll never get to know what their lives could've been like before Discord.)
Like before Discord. Princess Celestia. Mom. Dad. Baby Spike. Ponyville. Cadence… Wait a minute! You were totally against me allowing Rainbow Dash to kill me to restore the world!
(No. I said Traitor Dash was a fool for putting her fate into the hands of another. Especially Discord. You KNOW you couldn't trust Discord to keep his word about ANYTHING! He'd have twisted his promise to Traitor Dash or simply gone back on his non-existent word. And look at it THIS WAY: even if the world was restored that way, Rainbow Dash would have remembered all her murders, remembered submitting to Discord's will, remembering killing you, and what would THAT have done for her mental health? No, this is the RIGHT WAY to do things, Twilight. The only way. The proper way. The correct way.)
But the Virgacorns, the Hippogriffs, the seaponies...
(They were never supposed to exist, Twilight. Just like this nightmare world was never supposed to exist.)
The changelings have become a people instead of monsters. The dragons are now a culture...
(They weren't meant to be that way, Twilight. And you know it. Don't be selfish. This entire misadventure has been one fiasco after another. You have the power to undo this mess.)
Undo this mess.
(Yes. A world without danger. If we reset it to the start. Return to the sweet days of being Celestia’s student. Think of Celestia and Luna. Equestria. Canterlot. Ponyville. PINKIE PIE AND FLUTTERSHY! Here you are, like a star, shining bright on the world. Go far and Make evil go away. Save all that you love.)
Save all that I love.
(You're the only one can do it.)
Only one who can do it.
(You have the power. Nopony else.)
I have the power.
Blackness began to cover a jewel.
"Beep!Remote-Server-Download-complete! Welcome to the complete anthology of memories of yours truly, Discord The Great and Really Great Concept of Chaos! Oh, and a couple memories that aren't mine, but I included from the remote server anyway since you seem to be missing them. Due to circumstances soon to be made evident these aren't exactly in chronological order. Brace yourself, Twilight… Twilight.... Twilight Whatever-You’re-Calling-Yourself-This-Run. I apologize in advance, because this is going to hurt. Beep!"
P.S. If a certain somepony happens to be listening to this, your vision will be filled with several hundred pictures of me mooning myself in the mirror, set to play on a continuous loop. Arrevederchi!
(Discord, you bast-
Discord finally found it! Twilight's note to herself; so here’s where she hid it. He wished that he hadn't been pushed so far ahead this loop, otherwise he might have had Twilight deal with those annoying spell scrolls much sooner. Or he could have just stopped the potted plants that were Moonshine Sparkle and Starlight Sparkle from toppling over, bringing her attention to them at just the right moment.
"My Chaos Six!"
"Yes, Master?" They all said.
"Stay still. Screwball!" Screwball pulled the lever, and the giant anvil came down and crushed them all to paste. He collected their Elements quickly. Two days later, Rarity turned out to have been bitten by a vampire. Applejack had been infected by zombies. Twilight had arisen as a ghost. Fluttershy's consciousness had been infused into some random swamp life. Pinkie Pie had been resurrected as a homunculus using forbidden rebel Alchemy. Rainbow Dash claimed she had come back to life after being struck by lightning. None of his reanimated minions were vulnerable to the usual weaknesses.
"I'm going to remind you what pain feels like before we fade into the new world!" She yelled as the chains tear backwards, pulling me off the ground and holding me against a stone wall, arms held out as if I was crucified. "What it's like to be at somepony's mercy! What it's like to feel scared like you make everypony else feel!" She yelled, another of her chains bursting from her chest, from her heart. She didn't care about the stabbing, horrible pain it caused her, it didn't matter.
She took careful aim, pointing the chain right at my own black 'heart.' "Beg…" She say simply as the smell of my flesh burning from contact with her chains enters the air. "Come on, beg for your miserable, no good life!"
Before I could (yes I almost did!), she wrapped one of her chains around my mouth. "On second thought, I don't think I want to hear it, 'Master'..." She spat, the hellfire engulfing her, her flames intensifying. The flames surrounding the chains she have aimed at my 'heart' turns black as pitch. Nice touch. "Now, look forward to Hell," She stated, the chain launching forwards and piercing my chest, flames erupting out of it as I writhed in agony.
"The blacker the heart, the hotter my flames burn, the more agony they inflict! Every unrepentant sin is fuel for the fire that now consumes you! This is your own personal purgatory that you've created with your own hands. I hope you like it!" She shouted. She starts laughing! Laughing as we begin to fade! Watching the fires burn around my skin, flesh, and bone in the most agonizing manner possible! "The sick buck's finally getting what he deserves! Hahaha!"
I saw the other me turn away from the mirror. Why wouldn't he? After all, he was as much a prisoner as me, in his white void, but his Fluttercruel embraced the chaos he was teaching her. He realized she existed right at the start. He had her love and she his, and so long as they dealt with their final boss, they'd keep it. He had everything I could ever dream of. He didn't see me write, "!em evaS" on the glass.
"Mad Tiara! Screwball!"
"Yes, Lord Discord?"
"You two are now my chief minions! The Chaos Six are under your direct command!"
"Yes Master!" "Woo-hoo! You got it, Grandpa!"
Nine hundred and ninety years later, I watched helpless as the deep purple Alicorn toss aside Screwball and Mad Tiara’s broken bodies.
My own Twilight Tragedy took my creed to its logical conclusion. My own fault, really. I was getting sloppy; making new chaos that kept getting erased. So she sealed me in the moon, made the others unable to comprehend disobeying her, and began to spread chaos in its purest, most randomized form. I watched from the moon. She was always saying how the chaos was all for me. Sweet thing. Then I let it slip I was proud of her, and from there, things went SOUTH...
YES! Yes! I'm free! I feel three thousand years younger! I could kiss that wannabe Element of Magic, now Tarot Queen of Wands, and Cadence! Heh.
I'm free of my sins! I'm so happy! Fluttercruel's left on a journey to figure out who she is, I can't bring myself to stop her, she has a right to.
Then a new Nightmare appeared.
What boring disappointments these six all are. I created a duplicate of me to cause routine, bland chaos over and over, just to keep them busy. Oh look! The good Valeyard’s time machine. Unreliable. Erratic. Capable of taking you anyplace. Anytime. Anytime. Time to correct the mistake I made a thousand years back of starting this mess!
Huh? Time storm? Try again.
Huh? Time traffic jam?! Try again.
Time road construction?!
HEY! Stupid Dalek Caan! Watch where you're time traveling! Seemed to have knocked him into that Thestral Dance Club, oh well, won't hurt him too badly, I think. They're even having a BBQ right now. I'm sure he'll be fine!
Here we go! Now! Holodeck?!
Virtual Reality Equestria singularity? Giant AI Celestia? You're BORING compared to MY Celestia! Nya-nya!
Now! NOW I've got it! ACK!!!...Broke...my neck...I tripped on a paper clip?!
Okay! I've had enough. Evil sucks. Time to turn over a new leaf.
"Attention, everypony! From now on! I've decided to be a NICE Overlord! Can anyone here teach me niceness, please?"
A little orange filly with green hair and wearing a absurd white bonnet trots forward. Her cutie mark is a slice of apple and slice of orange. "Sure, Ah'll teach ya! First ya gotta-"
I black out. I come to.
Uh…why are my claws covered in blood? No!
(No breaking character.)
The blue and pink Alicorns crashed into the ground, pushing up dust clouds from the impact.
The dark purple Alicorn in bone armor gracefully landed. "Even as an Alicorn you're still a talentless farce, Trixie."
"Trixie, I, didn't mean it to end this way," Cadence whispered, her wings broken.
"No, thank you Cadence, you saved me." With her cracked horn, Trixie fired off a shot, catching the dark purple Alicorn by surprise. It shattered her bone helmet and burned half her face.
"AGH! That's the last spell you'll ever cast!"
"Please stop! I don't want this! I don't want to be this way!" Rarity screamed at the top of her lungs as the black threads choked her.
(I need my Nightmare Charity and you're going to become it!)
"NO!" Rarity's horn shinned bright.
While Twilight Tragedy's conditioning had rendered the other Elements of Chaos unable to comprehend the idea of disobeying any order she gave them, deep down, they still would have fought for their friend.
Somewhere in her, something came through, and Twilight Tragedy was confused when she realized she was crying at the sight of her battered and broken teammates.
"This absurdity has gone on long enough. Time to get things back on track." The dark Alicorn before her behind the image of Master sealed in the moon where he could see all the chaos Tragedy brought to the world.
I pull out a revolver, forged by the will of Justitia, the fires of Venus, the harmonics of Cadence, and the steel of their Old Man. I put in my mouth and pull the trigger. Dangit. Still alive.
Hanging. Worthless. Holy-water bath, tried it. Throwing self into a black hole, can't reach one. Blow up the planet. Didn't work out either.
Where am I? When am I? Maybe she's gotten bored? Meh. Not likely. She's like me that way, but opposite. Hmmm. That filly looks familiar. Did she just laugh at my joke?
"Twilight stop!" Rarity shouted as they stood on the top of the defeated Discord's Castle of Chaos. "I won't let you just erase Tom!" She put a hoof over the shoulder of her stone son.
"Mother," Tom Bell meekly protested, his Element of Loyalty shining, "if it's really for the sake of Equestria-"
"NO! I threw away Sweetie Belle! I won't throw away you too!"
"Half-Light, don't you care about us?" Apple Pie asked tearfully.
The Element of Kindness looked two ways with her yellow wall eyes, feeling conflicted on which side to take. Sparkler hugged her mother for support.
Twilight indifferently pushed aside the broken, but still breathing Fluttercruel like she was debris. "Spike," She said emotionlessly, "Keep them away."
The dragon obeyed.
"All of you refuse to see. This world is WORTHLESS. We must repeat, retry, restart, until this world is set RIGHT.”
I sighed as I sat here on at the top of Mount Shady, turning any pony who spotted me into mimes. After all, that's what the evil overlord was supposed to do. "There is no redemption for ones like me."
The throne room was completely silent except for my heavy breathing. I was alone. My four hooves were shaking.
Dead. All dead. I was alone.
Discord had massacred Sweet Rock Acres for helping us. Sky Ocean and Cloudsdale had fallen for Traitor Dash's failure. Ponyville had slaughtered themselves in madness. Tiamat and her dragons had fallen, fighting to wear Discord down. The changelings had been hunted to extinction.
I was alone. I had stopped just short of killing Pinkie Pie, only to watch her age straight into dust.
Fluttercruel had boasted how she had devoured, assimilated, and completely annihilated Fluttershy's soul. She didn't boast for long.
Spike and Luna had died keeping Discord busy as we charged up the Elements.
Applejack had wielded two Elements of Harmony at the same time, but one mortal pony was not meant for that without the Element of Desire, she paid with her life as her body gave out.
One by one I watched them die. Some died for me. Some died fighting me. Some died betraying me.
Then the Elements were used. Those of us who remained. Discord was defeated. AJ gave up her life for us to win. The world twisted and turned. So many died as the world was forced back to 'normal' but they no longer fit the old world's definition of 'normal.' Derpy aged into dust, Discord's curse no longer there with him gone.
With only Rarity and I left. She gave into her greed, attacking me, determined to have my Elements for herself. Celly turned out to be alive, she tried to help, she wasn't able to help for long. We clashed atop the ruins of a remade empty world. In the end, she was dead, and I was not. I wonder who the victor was.
The absolute, pure, single truth struck me.
"There's nothing…There's nothing left for me. No place to return to...nopony to love...and nothing to believe in...Nothing...but..."
Twilight gasped, the scroll fell to the floor. Twilight shook her head. The images, so confusing, so conflicting, then again, they were Discord's memories, but all she was shown, all she saw, it didn't make sense. Not at all! Or maybe it did?
"No." Twilight whispered.
"I said no. As in, ‘not going to happen.’"
"Twilight? What's wrong? You were staring off into space there for a second." Spike asked honestly concerned.
"I saw Discord's memories." She stood tall. "And I'm not going to erase this world. The Virgacorns, the Hippogriffs, Seaponies, Queen Cadence's Changelings, Dragons, Breezies, they have a right to exist as they are."
(You'd spare this timeline just for some mutant freaks?)
"They EVOLVED! Like life is supposed to! Erasing OUR world to make way for another world? That's genocide. These are ponies in this world with LIVES, FAMILIES, these is NOTHING hopeless about it!”
"It would be like if I made a hundred clones of myself, then killed them all or locked them away like animals when they got to be a nuisance or I felt my individuality threatened."
"Auntie Saint Applejack, is Half-Light okay?"
"Ah think she's gone into super-lecture mode. Look out fer rainin' soap boxes."
(In the new timeline, Discord can be PUNISHED for his crimes instead of cheating justice by dying, is that good ON TOP of all those lives?)
‘He died beaten. Alone. Betrayed. Brutalized. Conquered. Lonely. Weak. Wretched. And we stood by and watched as he was shunted away to a family of STRONGER Draconequui who don't even like him. Only a monster would look at everything we put him through and call that ‘cheating justice!’ And trading in innocent lives for other innocent lives is inequine!"
('Change the world! Defy fate! Crush destiny and make your own! Force the world to be what YOU want it to be!' That's what a hero is!)
"No that's what a monster is! Life is about recognizing what you can change and accepting what you can't!"
(Life is about throwing the lemons back!)
"All you end up with is empty hooves."
(A pony who does nothing to change the world is as alive as a rock!)
"And a pony who forces the entire world to change is as constructive as a tsunami! I'm not going to 'unmake' everypony! I'm going to change what I can, and accept what I can't!"
(And condemn millions before us to those lives under Discord?")
"And WHAT? Condemn millions not to be born at all? Condemn millions to cease to exist when they can finally learn what happiness is? Turn them into those shadow monsters we saw?! Create a PARADOX that could damage reality? No. Princess Celestia and Princess Luna didn't just reset the clock after they beat Discord. And neither will I."
--"Apollo Justice's Theme (with vocals and lyrics)"--
(((You stupid foal! How can you be content with this fake world?!)))
The ponies and dragon all shuddered and looked around. They had all heard it. And the knew each other had heard it.
"You're right...I was like a foal. I've always rushed to cover up or undo my mistakes, never facing the consequences. But no more. I accept my weakness, my sins, my crimes, my failures, I won't run away from my mistakes."
(((THIS ISN'T ABOUT YOUR MISTAKES! IT'S ABOUT DISCORD'S MISTAKES YOU MORON!)))
"NO! You hear me!? I won't kill Apple Pie! What are you?... And why... why does simply asking that QUESTION... feel like the psychological equivalent of lifting a castle up from its foundations?"
(((...Because it shouldn't be in your context to be even able to ask about my identity.)))
It was as if a dam had burst.
"Ya can all hear it too?”
“You mean the Voice-Lady-thing?"
“Who IS she?”
“She’s visited your head too?”
“She’s spoken to us so often... why haven’t we discussed her before?!”
'Who are you?'
(((Sunshine, sunshine, ladybugs awake, clap your hooves, and do a little shake.)))
"… … C-Cadence?"
(((Who's my favorite filly?)))
"… There's NO WAY Cadence would be so casual with the lives of others! When she became Queen she loved all her changelings, all those she protected, like her own foals! Cadence learned from Celestia the same as me! And even to her worst enemies and dangerous radicals she refused to murder in the name of the greater good! Even Cadence at her worst wouldn't become what you are! A being consumed by bonds CAN'T dedicate themselves to breaking them anymore than Nightmare Moon could dedicate herself to making eternal day!…
"There's only one pony with so much brains and still be so arrogant and narrow minded! Twilight Sparkle!"
"WHAT?!" The other five echoed.
"WE ARE ARROGANT! I'VE DONE NOTHING BUT TRY TO CHEAT FATE TO GET WHAT I WANT! I'M JUST LIKE DISCORD!"
(((NO! WE ARE NOT!!!)))
"Twilight! YOUR SHADOW!" Rarity cried out.
Twilight turned, against the twilight sun, her shadow grew, and grew, and grew, extending and widening. Then it stretched and curled like a snake eating its own tail. The others inched away from it as it slithered along the ground still connected to Twilight.
Rarity had a sick feeling in the pit of her stomach. Spike felt his dragon blood freeze. Derpy took a step near Apple Pie -maybe for her own comfort-, her coat and feathers bristled. Apple Pie felt like she was watching a wagon wreck, wanting to look away, but her body not obeying, a grim fascination holding her. AJ closed her eyes, just looking at it made her ill.
(Bad filly. Forcing me to fix this mess myself.)
Twilight's shadow curled around the dead blue pegasus mare. It engulfed it, covering it, seeped into it. The shadow condensed pulling into it. Still Twilight and the shadow were connected.
Like crude oil from a pipeline the shadow rose from the ground, the body with it, now like a smudged black outline. The corpse's eye snapped open, glowing a deep violet as it stared at the group.
The corpse shadow grew, becoming larger, sleeker, with long legs, swan like wings, a horn grew from the head, extending longer and longer. The mane and tail began to move on their own in an invisible wind. And grew bigger, taking the familiar shape of an Alicorn.
I hate you.
(Naturally. You hate me because you know you can't stop me. You can't do ANYTHING to stop me. How many times have you tried? What iteration are we on?)
(I think we've both lost count. Well guess what? How you feel now? That powerless helpless feeling? That's exactly how you made me feel in the maze, when one by one you turned them into twisted shells of what they used to be, and gave Fluttershy's body to that devil of a daughter.)
(...When I realized I could do nothing to stop you from having your way with the world. Its how everyone felt that day, Discord. It's how Twilight always feels. How we both always felt when you snapped your fingers and switched us back to Sparkle and forced us to see the living hell you'd made the world!)
(How you feel when you watch that little piece of garbage you gave Fluttershy's body that you've come to care about die is exactly how I felt when you and your little puppets murdered Cadance right in front of me!)
(Enjoy this big spoonful of your own medicine. Again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again. Forever, never to end. As I watch you squirm for my entertainment. Just like I had to suffer for your amusement with no end in sight!)
Discord looked in the mirror.
Hello Twilight Sparkle, Unicorn, erm, pony. I apologize. It doesn't change what I've done and it doesn't fix any of it, but I apologize for everything. Guess that makes it more about me doesn't it if it doesn't fix anything doesn't it? But I apologize to you. I apologize to Applebloom-"
*1,165,318,604 Names Later*
"-And I'm sorry to Zecora. I had Screwball keep notes one time. Feeling sorry now doesn't excuse any of it though. I wish I was given a chance to make amends. If I could have, I'd have made amends for every life and soul I've ruined. The most sucky part is that I mean every word of that."
"The crimes I've committed against the innocent and Equestria are beyond measure of your laws to punish. And I know this isn't enough. I can't rectify my wrong choice. So please. Just know I apologize. I don't expect nor deserve forgiveness. But I've also been forced to see too after so long that my own torture and misery doesn't amends anything either, as astounding as that is. I mean, I used to think revenge made EVERYTHING better. Just know if I could make up for even one billionth of a drop of it, I would. Just know revenge is a pit that you can never fill."
Rage contorted breathing shuddered from the mass. Derpy knew that sound perfectly well. It was the sound her heart made when she realized Sparkler's fate.
Spike shuddered, something inside him telling him to cower and beg for forgiveness.
Apple Pie shook her head. This wasn't a wrongness like Pinkie Pie being old or Discord being stabbed. This was the wrongness of a dear friend acting a way you know they'd never act, but not being able to deny what was right in front of you. 'Is this here what ya felt Half-Light? All them years ago?'
Applejack said, "No way, no how, this is just wrong. Dangit. Haven't we EARNED our happy ending yet?!"
Twilight felt a strange sense of numbness looking at it, feeling faint. "If first you don't succeeded, try try again, then throw lots of raw magic power at the problem and brute force it," she said faintly.
"Twilight!" She startled at the echo. She looked around her, her friends were with her. She felt herself warm again. Apple Pie and Spike nuzzled her.
"Come out," Rarity whispered defiantly.
The darkness took the shape of an ouroboros before it explosively shattered, the shadow split from Twilight.
Her mane and tail were black-purple and magenta flames. Feathery wings that resembled tongues of fire spread out to their full length dramatically. She was a few inches taller than Celestia. Her coat was a deep purple. The air temperature around her rose, it made Derpy sweat.
Her champron, peytral, armored horseshoes, her alicorn armor, were sparkling white, a complete contrast to the rest of her. It was designed to be orderly and functional with a hint of ego to match.
On the front of her armor, on the peytral, was the symbol of a solar eclipse.
Covering half her face was a piece of armor engraved with the sun and the moon.
Far too familiar violet eyes slit like Nightmare Moon's glared at Twilight.
Her cutie mark, was a white six pointed star, in front of a magenta star, and five smaller magenta color stars surrounding the larger one. Twilight looked at the opposite colored cutie mark on her flanks, and shivered.
Magic, undo this woe.
Punish evil for his crime.
The sands of time traverse.
Bring back what once was mine.
Undo all this hurt
Break from fate's design
Restore what has been lost.
Bring back what once was mine
Bring back what once was mine," it sounded as if a half dozen different voices sung along with her, like a choir heralding the arrival of a mighty hero…but there was a certain wrongness to it they couldn't describe as she finally looked down at them.
"Now let's try this again," her voice sounded ghostly, like a banshee almost one moment and from a deep pit the next, holding a sophisticated and mature tone.
Apple Pie asked not taking her eyes off her. "Half-Light, who…who is she?"
"…She's…me… my… Nightmare."