Twilight Sparkle jumped up to her hooves in a panic. She thrashed her head about for only a minute before her memory caught up to her. Right. Ponyville had been falling, and then she had… what had she done again? Ponyville certainly didn’t look destroyed.
“Oh good. You’re awake. Things have taken an interesting turn.”
She craned her neck to get a look at the pony speaking to her. It was her. Oh, right. Time travel.
The lavender mare waved a hoof dismissively. “Yeah, you’re from the future, got it. We can get back to that mess later, but first I need to know what just happened here. Ponyville was falling out of the sky, and it was going to crush Ponyville!”
“The future? What are you TALKING about?”
“Okay, so you’re from the PAST then… but then why don’t I remember this happening? What is going on here?”
“That’s what I’d like to know!”
“Okay, let’s back up and start over. I was here in the library, when suddenly an exact duplicate of Ponyville fell out of the sky. What about you?”
“I was over there in MY library,” Twilight Sparkle pointed a hoof, “when suddenly there was a huge impact, not entirely unlike what you’d expect from a gigantic object crashing into the ground. So that explains THAT, but how did my Ponyville get up in the sky above your Ponyville? And why are there two of everything?”
“I’m still working on that one. I’m also not sure why I’m not a pancake. You were directly above us!”
“Well we definitely aren’t now. Both Ponyvilles are on the ground next to each other, relatively unharmed. I’m actually surprised everything held up as well as it did.”
“Next to each other… which one is where it should be?”
“Oh yeah, I had noticed your Ponyville seemed a little off.”
“But that’s impossible! Ponyville should be right where it always is, unless somepony just MOVED the…” She remembered an instinctual need to move out of the way, followed by the only solution she could think of. She wouldn’t have been able to run fast enough, so she teleported. Even with no time to think, she knew her friends were in danger as well. She knew she couldn’t leave them behind... Had she? But there was no way. No pony, except maybe the Princess, was that powerful. You can’t just pick up and move a whole town in the blink of an eye. It’s impossible! Then again, impossible had described time travel until recently…
Right – there was a more important matter to attend to. The other Twilight seemed confused at the mention of coming from any time other than the present. Neither of them knew how she, or Ponyville, had gotten up in the sky. Everything was enough of a confusing mess when all involved parties knew what was going on, and this could only be worse. She doubted she would like the explanation when she found out.
She was right.
“Okay, Dash. This is the last one. You go start a light storm over Sweet Apple Acres before you get there, and then you and Applejack have your big talk in the barn while you fly back to me. That wraps up the ridiculous romantic subplot and brings us back to the big problem.”
“What big problem? You and me switch with the past you and me, er, present I guess, who are in the future right now. We’re supposed to be there, and they’re supposed to be here. But that’s the last of it. We do one more and then everypony is when they’re supposed to be.”
“Not exactly. You see, I’m still not sure how we got you back for your tip to Hoofington.”
“Whaddaya mean? I already went back. I brought Applejack with me, and she… well the important thing is that it worked. Did we screw it up somehow?”
“Yes and no. You didn’t do anything wrong, but I’m not sure how we were able to get you there. It was the first and only time we’d gone back that far. There WAS a spell signature for me to track, and enough energy for the other half of the spell, but YOU weren’t there. I have no idea how that spell signature got there or where that energy came from, and that worries me. We have to tie up all the loose ends and close all the loops, but no matter how simply it fits we can’t finish the puzzle if we’re missing the last piece!”
“And what the hay are we supposed to do about that? We just wrapped everything up in pretty little bow, and now you want us to go back and ruin it all?”
“NO! No. No, we’re not going back or forward any more after this last one. Never again. Never, EVER again as long as I can help it. But I do have an idea. Before we go back, I’m going to need you to take me to Canterlot so I can see the Princess.”
“Awesome. So you go tell the Princess what’s wrong, she fixes everything, and then we’re done. And maybe you just get a liiiitle bit banished. You’ll be fine. I’ll come visit you!”
Scootaloo was in one piece. She hadn’t fallen far enough to suffer any real injuries, but her whole body throbbed with a dull ache and her head swam in circles. Not knowing what else to do, she decided to just go home and rest. Scanning her environment, the orange pegasus found it difficult to get her bearings straight. She didn’t know the outskirts of town all that well, but she could’ve sworn Ponyville was over that way behind those trees. But there it was, in the opposite direction. With a sigh and a shrug, she trotted toward the town. Once she had made it into Ponyville proper, she knew exactly where she was going. She could make it home with her eyes closed, if she wanted. It would be nice to just rest her eyes for a minute… She clumsily bumped into another pony and fell backward onto the ground.
“Sorry. I was just…” All the fatigue and ache left the filly instantly. “OHMYGOSHRAINBOWDASH!”
The pony she had run into turned around. “Oh, hey Scoots. I’m sorry, but I’m still busy. I swear I’ll show you that Sonic Rainboom I promised. Just… later, okay? C’mon Applejack, we need to get to Twilight’s. I’m sure she’ll know what’s going on.”
The two mares turned and cantered off at a brisk pace, their concern showing in their hoofsteps. Scootaloo sat still with a pleased, but puzzled, look on her face, muttering quietly to her herself.
“Rainbow Dash didn’t promise to show me a Sonic Rainboom…”