(Interviewer's Notes (Earth Pony): Think we should tell him what Baseplate's soldiers told us? About how they were under the presumption that Twilight would try to return to the castle first to search her own library for clues? And how tricky it was for them to figure out where she went without blowing their cover after Spike woke up and informed Canterlot she'd left? And how it was near-impossible it was for them to search Everfree, what with all the wild trees, and flying predators?)
(Interviewer's Notes (Pegasus): No kiddo, I'd like the look on his face, but I think the Baseplate can tell him that himself. Don't forget the bit of about how one of Baseplate's stallions locked eyes with a cockatrice!)
(Interviewer's Notes (Earth Pony): But I wanna forget . . . Turning to stone in the air way UP above the trees and falling all that way down, smashing head first on the hard forest ground.)
(Interviewer's Notes (Pegasus): Hey, at least they kept his statue in the Hall of Heroes.)
(Interviewer's Notes (Unicorn): Yes, they did. Said he made quite an elegant statue, after they... repaired him. I'm surprised his surviving kin consented to that.)
(Interviewer's Notes (Pegasus): That forest eats even elite ponies alive! Dudes should have been assigned as Twilight's help from the start, rather than shadowing them all secretive-like.)
(Interviewer's Notes (Unicorn): Well... for the sake of argument, let's assume Luna's Nightmare self -- capable of fighting the sun herself -- COULD simply be gunned down by artillery or small arms fire. In the grand scheme of things, it STILL worked out for the best that Baseplate's team kept their distance. Remember: The Elements of Harmony don't need just the right Bearers, the Bearers all need to have true camaraderie with each other. If Twilight had traveled with an honor guard, all locked 'n' loaded with Alicorn-slaying über-bazookas, it... would've made a bad atmosphere for bonding.)
(Interviewer's Notes (Earth Pony): Yeah. I hate to imagine how heartbroken Celly would've been if poor Lulu had to be hurt instead of saved. I kinda agree with Celly's thinking: deep down, Lulu did wanna lose, so she set things up so each of them had a chance to make real friends with Twilight.)
(Interviewer's Notes (Pegasus): That's crazy.)
(Interviewer's Notes (Unicorn): Perhaps. But Nightmares are, by definition, insane. We all remember that.)
The version from Shining Armor Part 8 2/2 on the petrified royal guard that is due to be edited due to demands and begging from LZ0.
Nice work, but how are they able to 'talk' to each other while stoned?