chapter 1 the nightmare
Fire… fire all around me as I lay on the cold hard floor. I slowly look up, and right in front of me, right in my vision, was my friends. Lying motionless, I tried to get to reach out to them, but my hooves was tied to a ring bolted to the marble floor. As I look for reason, I notice a light at the end of a long hallway. In that instant, I see her. I see the one who did this to me, the one who killed my friends, the one who killed my teacher...
'Why, why would she do this?' I think as I suddenly flip around, standing right beside me. I slid back and gave a scream. The grey pegasus softly lay her hoof upon my dry lips saying "Hush now little Twilight, it will all be over soon." My eyes grew wider, my mind now racing with thoughts. From her side, the pegasus pulls a knife. I knew this would be it, that this was going to be my end, but before she did what she was determined to do, I had to ask her one thing. "Why?" Her only response was, "Because of you..." The sharp blade lunged through, my thoughts become nothing, and my body growing limp. I took a final glance at the pony that brought this pain upon me as all I thought... was how this was all because of me.
Darkness filled me, coursed through my entire being as I see nothing but the void. Then, from nowhere, I her a voice coming from the dark. "Twilight, this is not your end. You must go back, you must fix what has been broken."
"But... how? How can I do this? It was because of me that it came to be this way." I reply to the voice.
"No, it was another who brought this upon us all. You will need the help of all your friends to defeat this mighty foe."
"My friends... but my friends are all dead" I felt a tear escape my eye as a flash of light flowed around me. There was a loud bang, like thunder cracking in the night as I slam down in a field. I stagger to stand, the sight before me almost unbeliveable. I was at Sweet Apple Acers! I almost cried at the sight, the beautiful, wonderful sight of home, back to the way it was, but another even more important thought struck my mind. "My friends!" I gasp as I turn and head for the Apple residence.
As I gallop up the trail towards Applejack's, I noticed her sleeping under her apple tree. I suddenly burst to tears and started moving even faster, now at full speed towards my most honest of friends. I slowly came into her view, her head poking up to see what the disturbance in the distance was. She looked at me with a smile. "Hay there sugarcube." I slam in to her without holding back, wrapping my hooves around her and clinging tightly with tears pouring from my eyes. She asks me what’s wrong, a confused look across her face as I try to explain what was going on. I hesitate when I reached to the part about all of us and how we... die. She looks away, seemingly hurt by the thought of how this could just be a cruel joke of some sort, but she knew I would never do such a thing. With a grim look, she slowly turned back around.
"How do I die?" she asked, a sense of slight hope barely visual. My head dropped, my knowledge of her skepticism almost making me want to just walk away. It really pained me to say I don’t know, that I was unconscious the whole time. My apologies didn't seem to matter much, here reply when I finished being "It ain't your fault."
Applejack looked at me with a feeling of determination. "Now what is it we need to do?"
"Well, too change things, we must go get all our friends and get ready."
"Ready for what?"