Fluttershy paced nervously around her home. Rainbow Dash asked her advice on Tank. Although that seemed like an innocent thing to her friends, the yellow pegasus knew why Dash really wanted to come over. She wanted privacy. Nopony in Ponyville knew, but Rainbow and her were in a relationship. Fluttershy heard a knock at the door.
“Dash is that you? If it isn’t then it’s ok.”
Fluttershy glanced out the door and was met with the prismatic maned pegasus and her heart skipped a beat. She still couldn’t believe that she was so lucky to be in a relationship with her oldest friend.
“Duh it’s me. I am the most awesome flier in Equestria, you know. Fluttershy, why do we still have to do this? I love you and all and I know that you dislike attention but half the town probably suspects something already.”
Fluttershy blushed heavily. “ I want to tell everyone what we have been doing, but I don’t know how everyone would take the news.”
“Ok, ‘Shy,” Rainbow Dash groaned, “ but after my next attempt at the Wonderbolts you have to come clean and tell our friends.”
“Uh, R-rainbow I really don’t know.”
Then I’ll have to give you an awesome reason to tell the others.” Dash smirked and kissed the yellow mare. Fluttershy reciprocated the kiss and pulled Dash into her house to continue their business in private.
One Week Later
Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Twilight, Rarity, and Applejack had gathered at the town library for a special occasion. They were preparing to cheer on Rainbow Dash when she tried out for the Wonderbolts. Twilight, the leader of the group, called them all here for one reason: she had to cast a spell to let the non-pegasi members of the group be able to walk on clouds.
“Ready Twi’? ‘Cause I reckon that I’ll need to get back to Sweet Apple Acres soon. Applebuck season sure is comin’ up quick, and Big Mac and I need ta get the harvest in ‘fore it gets too late.”
“Applejack, relax darling. Have you ever taken a break a break from that dreadful farm of yours? My offer of a spa date with Fluttershy and me still stands.”
“Rare, you know how much I dislike that frou-frou stuff ya’ll be talkin’ about.”
A pink, hyperactive pony spoke up. “ AJ, you know what you need? A PAAAAAAAAAAARTY! But I’ll need balloons, streamers, party favors, a cake, music, games, don’t even get me started on the portal I’ll have to bake to get the entertainment here in the first place....” Pinkie Pie continued rambling off necessary items for the party.
“Uh everypony, if you don’t mind I think we will be late for the opening ceremony if we don’t speed things up. I mean... if that’s ok with you.”
Right then Twilight finished her preparations for the spell. “ Girls, once I cast this spell we will be off.” Suddenly, Twilight’s magic surrounded all the mares. It seemed all right until Fluttershy felt something speak to her.
I feel we’ll be very powerful together.
Fluttershy looked around. She had sworn that she had heard somepony speak to her, but she only saw her friends standing around the room.
“Fluttershy, are you ok? you’ve been standing there for the last five minutes with a blank look on your face.” Twilight asked nervously.
“Yes. I guess I was just, um, thinking about something.” Fluttershy used her best fake smile to calm down her friends that were almost definitely worried. She was terrified though. How could she have been out for five minutes? It felt, to her, that no time had passed at all.
“Oh well,” she huffed, “At least when Dash wins entry into the Wonderbolts we’ll get to have some fun together and I’ll get to tell the others about our relationship.”
A Few Hours Later
Dash was ready for the last task to get into the Wonderbolts. She felt apprehensive because of the difficulty of the task ahead. She had to perform a sonic rainboom or else her chances for getting in would be much lower. After the wedding in Canterlot, she could now pull it off on command unless she was too nervous.
“No pressure” the cyan mare groaned.
The starting bell rang and she blasted off into the sky.
She began her descent straight down to the ground; and her speed continued to increase.
Dash felt something was wrong. The sonic rainboom wasn’t being activated. She was going to hit the ground at almost full speed; that was certain death and she couldn’t slow down.
The others stared in horror. This wasn’t supposed to happen- not to Dash, not to anypony. The saw Dash plummeting towards the ground without stopping.
Fluttershy was at a loss for words. Her marefriend was going to die right in front of her and she couldn’t do anything about it. Then a voice spoke up
That’s what you think. You just need to believe in yourself and I’ll grant you powers that you wouldn’t believe.
“Who are you?”
I am a part of you. A very special part I might add.
“You don’t sound like me at all.”
That’s because I never had a chance to manifest myself before. But I have to warn you once you gain your powers, others will as well. Call it the butterfly effect if you want.
“Was that supposed to be a joke, because that wasn’t funny.”
No, I do not joke. If you don’t do something then the Prism shall die.
“What’s that supposed to-”
You’ll see soon enough my dear Animal.
And with that the conversation ended.
Fluttershy felt energized. Her body changed immediately Her wings lengthened and her body became covered in scales like a dragon. Her tail and mane became living fire and two horns grew out of her head curving around her mane like a crown.
The others stared in shock. It wasn’t everyday that your friend seemed to become a pony with parts of a dragon and phoenix combined in her as well.
“Twilight I hope that’s Fluttershy, but I never saw such a thing ever in my life.” Rarity said carefully.
“In all my studies I have never seen any creature like that ever. I’m as stumped as you are.”
“Silly girls,” Pinkie Pie laughed,”that’s Fluttershy all right. She just had an internal talk with herself and gained special powers.”
“How in tarnation do you know that Pinkie? Wait don’t-”
“Duh, AJ I have the script of the story”
“-answer that.” Applejack groaned putting the statement that Pinkie just made in her mental box of Pinkie being Pinkie.
“Sorry everypony, but I have to save my marefriend.” And with that Fluttershy zoomed off while trailing fire.
“Wait, did we just hear Fluttershy just say what I think she said?” Twilight said. The others just stood there completely dumbfounded.
Fluttershy, with her new much more powerful wings quickly gained speed. She felt the air condense around her and she felt overjoyed.
“Now this is what Rainbow was talking about when she said how good it felt when flying fast. I thought she was lying, but I guess she wasn’t.” Fluttershy was overjoyed.
She saw Dash falling towards the earth and she became determined to catch her. Then she caused a Sonic Fireboom.
The newly made fire ring made everyone stare in awe.
Fluttershy caught Dash.
A Few Hours Later
“So some voice told ya that it was a part of you and gave you new-fangled superpowers?” Applejack said without hiding her sarcasm.
“Yes, it did and this is what happened.” Fluttershy sighed.
“Well, I say that was the most awesome thing you have done in a while plus the new body and all made you at least twenty percent cooler,” Dash grinned, “plus there’s some things that I’ve been wanting to try behind closed doors if you know what I mean.”
“I guess I do. I wonder what equipment you want to try though because I have all the machines you can think of. When I get bored, all bets are off and I just saved your life so you know what that means-” Fluttershy grinned evilly. Rainbow Dash stood there gaping.
“Dang Flutters’ if I didn’t know that Rainbow and ya’ll are dating I woulda jumped on you and begged you to love me.” Applejack said in a rush.
“Applejack, that’s probably because she seems to be giving out massive amounts of pheromones and her new, more feral nature is the cause of her new attitude,” Twilight said in a matter-of-fact way. “To be honest, I’m more worried about the “butterfly effect” that the voice told her about. If I am right, that means that many ponies will be getting powers like Fluttershy’s. We will also probably all get powers as well because we are so close to her.”
“Twi’ dear, not to be rude but I think we should warn the Princesses.
“Spike, I need you to come down and take a letter.” Twilight called on up to the dragon.
“Alright, I coming as fast as I-” Spike stopped in shock once he saw the new Fluttershy. “Twilight, what happened to her? Did one of your spells backfire?”
“No, Spike it’s a little different.”
Dear Princess Celestia,
I bet you have heard about Fluttershy’s new look by now. If not, well she looks like a dragon mated with a phoenix and a pony. She says that ponies will start gaining powers and I believe that mass chaos will ensue. I believe that this could be more dangerous than Discord was a couple of months ago. I wanted to say that other Elemental bearers including me will probably also be changing and gaining new powers as well.
Your Faithful Student,
Fluttershy felt happy. Her friends seemed to not worry about Rainbow Dash and her being together. Of course, they were more focused on what she had become. Fluttershy looked into her mirror. Plus, she and dash sure had a lot of fun. Fluttershy began smiling as she thought back.
“That was, um, very different.”
You know you didn’t mind it.
“Maybe, but when we were in bed together I thought I was going to hurt Dash.”
You control your flames. Think of your mane and tail as similar to what your Princesses have. You just have a more volatile substance then they do.
“Ok then, but when will my friends start showing their powers?”
My dear Animal, I feel that some will show in a day or two.
“Because they are so close to me? Why do you keep calling me that anyway?"
To your two questions: yes and what should I call you anyway, you seem to be a combination of animals.
“I know that, but please call by my name, I just feel more comfortable with it.”
You asked nicely so- See you soon, Fluttershy.
Rainbow Dash felt weird. On one hoof, she was happy for Fluttershy especially after what happened. She was amazing in bed after that transformation thing. But, Fluttershy didn’t look like a complete pony anymore. Dash thought she looked more like Discord then anything else. She was just jealous. She wanted special powers as well.
Do you want powers?
“Who said that?” Rainbow Dash looked around in fear.
I did. Or should I say you?
“What? This is so not awesome. Pinkie Pie is that you? This isn’t funny anymore.”
My dear Prism, just look into the mirror and all will be revealed.
Rainbow did as she was told. She stood there in shock. She was all there, but there was something different. Wings and her prismatic mane were all there. But her coat was different. She seemed to be made of rainbow crystals.
She promptly hit the floor.
Oh boy, Fluttershy won’t be happy when I tell her about this.
Twilight was surprised. She got the answer from Princess Celestia. But, it wasn’t the answer that she wanted.
My dear Twilight,
I had heard about Fluttershy, and while I wonder how others can take her new look I am not worried. Few things can change a pony like you described. Outside of a overall genetic plague or a magical bomb, of course. So do not fret.
Have you taken a break lately, because your letter seems to be fueled by guesswork. Usually, you back yourself up with multiple cases of facts and figures. So while I note your concern my fair student, I have had a few more millennia than you have. I have dealt with matters like this before, and they seemed to work out in the end.
“Ouch, Twilight. I know that you and the Princess have been distant recently, but that was just-” Spike said before he was interrupted by Twilight.
“What Spike? Mean? Dismissed? Short? She always believed me before. This seems too important to just dismiss.
I can help you.
“You must be the voice that Fluttershy was talking about."
Really, there’s more than just me?
“Wait, you aren’t?”
Nope, but I am something better.
“You’ll give me powers like Fluttershy?"
Something like that.
“Ok then. What do I have to do?”
Just sign a contract.
“What’s your name anyway?”
My name is Dark Star, O Miss Elemental.
“I guess I could say yes.”
Sleep, Twilight. You saying yes is contract enough.
“Goodnight, Dark-” and with that Twilight fell into her deepest sleep ever.”
Perfect, my plan is just beginning!
“Sheesh, these ponies are getting on my nerves. Twilight just stood there for a couple minutes and collapsed. I know I’m her assistant and all, but she really needs to take care of herself.” Spike grumbled slowly dragging Twilight to bed.
The Next Morning
Twilight woke up feeling rested. She felt better then she had in years. It wasn’t often that a voice spoke to her. Actually, besides last night that had never happened before. He did say that I would get powers like Fluttershy. She quickly rushed to the mirror and stared in fear. She was made of different materials mainly fire, water, earth, and air. Not to mention that she seemed to have eyes made of pure energy.
Do you like it?
“No. I Do NOT like this at all!” Twilight screamed.
Really? I thought you of all ponies would with all your experiments you do. I even made you able to control the weather and create matter out of nothing. But, there is one way to turn back.
“What is it Dark Star?”
Oh, just gather a band of others like you and help me gain what I want. I feel that the rulership of this stupid little rock is enough.
“What are you exactly?” Twilight asked not hiding the fear in her voice.
I am just a normal alicorn from space. Once you told me about your friend, I knew who she was dealing with. My stupid little brother Morning Star is helping your little Fluttershy.
“How will I know the others ‘cause I really want things back to normal.”
I will tell the others to gather here.
“Well then,” Twilight sighed, “I guess I have things to prepare for. Why is it whenever I cast a simple spell something weird has to happen?
Rainbow Dash woke up with a horrible headache. She rubbed the back of her head and got ready to start the day. “Right, I was going to Fluttershy’s today to help her with her animals.” the cyan mare yawned. “Plus, I now seem to be made of crystal, so I’ll have to see Twilight as well.”
The day was a beautiful one. All the ponies of Ponyville seemed to be in front of Sugarcube Corner for the daily special of Cherry Chimichangas that Pinkie had made. Dash quietly made her way out of her cloud home. She wasn’t quiet enough, because she ran into the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
“Hey Rainbow, why do you look so different?” Scootaloo asked.
“Y'all look like you fell in to Rarity’s box o’ gems.” Applebloom added.
“Oh my gosh, I have to tell my sis about this I bet she’ll get new dress ideas from the thought of Dash like this.” Sweetie Belle said excitedly.
“Yeah about that, don’t be spreading this around, but I woke up like this and I think I have super powers.”
“Like Miss Mare-vel, Thunderpony, Iron Mare, and Spiderpony?” the three fillies asked with grins.
“Yes- I mean no, not like them at all. And don’t be getting ideas about super powers ‘cause they most definitely aren’t as awesome as the comic books make them seem.”
“Ok Dash” the Crusaders said sadly.
Once she was out of earshot though the three fillies had mischievous grins on their faces.
“Cutie Mark Crusaders Crime Fighters!
Dash shook her head knowing that whatever she said; the CMC were going to do the complete opposite then what she said.
“I hope they know what they are going to get themselves into.” the now crystal pegasus said nervously.
A Few Minutes Later
Dash trotted up the path to Fluttershy’s cottage. She wanted to see how Fluttershy was adjusting to being so very different. Also, she felt that she had to talk to Fluttershy about that disembodied voice that scared her out of her mind.
As she approached, Dash heard Fluttershy talking to someone else. And being the marefriend of such a kind pony; she felt it was a great idea to just barge right into Fluttershy’s cottage and see who was speaking. Dash practically lived with Fluttershy anyway, so a broken door wouldn’t mean much to the yellow mare.
“Ok Dash, just break down that door and save your friend.” Dash said nervously.
The crystalline pegasus ducked her head and charged.
“Hello Dash, I know you were going to help me with the animals today, but something has come up. Say hello to Morning Star, the voice that has been talking to us. Oh and Dash,” Fluttershy did her best angry face- which wasn’t that good, “you are going to fix my door or no more fun time for you.”
Dash shook her head and picked herself off the floor. She stood there staring at the newcomer. Morning Star, she noticed, was an alicorn similar in size to Princess Celestia, but was red with a white mane and tail. His cutie mark was a comet.
“Hello Rainbow Dash how have you been since I last saw you? You seem to have dealt with your fear of your new form. I was very worried about you after you collapsed.”
“Yeah, I’m totally fine. Why are you speaking normally anyway?”
Morning Star found the question funny and quickly suppressed a laugh. “Dash, did you believe that I always spoke like that? I was using a spell so you could hear me inside your mind. And if you ask about how you got your powers, I just awakened your potential, nothing more.
“Ok, so why are you even here?” Rainbow Dash fumed.
“Dash, he has very important news about our friends.” Fluttershy said.
“That is correct my little Fluttershy. First, my brother Dark Star has turned your friend Twilight onto the path of wrongdoing. Second, my brother and I represent the ideas of Order and Chaos. Third, your friends will soon be forced to fight amongst one another to end our little feud between my brother and I. Finally, there will be others joining you soon from the surrounding area with similar powers. I hope you do the right choice and create a team of like minded individuals.
“What is this a comic book?” Rainbow Dash yelled.
“Funny you should say that because where do you think the idea of superheroes came from? My brother and I came here a very long time ago and created the first ones. So, if you want to be technical art would therefore imitate life in this instance.” Morning Star grinned.
“Remind me to never buy another comic book ever again.”
Across all of Equestria
Assorted creatures of Darkness, heed my call. Gather your newfound powers and selves and gather at the Ponyville library for a special meeting. Beat the drums and rouse the hounds, for my little brother shall soon be going down.
“Flam, did you hear that?”
“I sure did, my oh so wonderful brother. You know what this means- let’s get a move on.”
“The Great and Powerful Trixie thinks she heard a voice calling her to Ponyville-”
“Gah, that stupid voice is so annoying. If I get back at that stupid pink pony though...” Gilda trailed off in her train of thoughts and continued flying towards Ponyville.
“Ha, this is the perfect chance to get back at the newly wedded couple that kicked me and my loving subjects out of Canterlot. No matter that I will have to work for this Dark Star, because my revenge is payment enough.” the Queen of the Changelings laughed menacingly.
“Run it past me again how Twilight got tricked into goin’ for the bad side again.” Applejack said while glaring at Morning Star. Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Dash, ‘Shy, and her had all gathered at Fluttershy’s new home.
“Sorry everypony, that was probably my brother’s fault. He is well-versed in the arts of deception. As we speak, he is also gathering his troops for the coming war.” the red alicorn sighed.
“B-but Twilight isn’t a bad pony.” Fluttershy stammered.
“I know that, but he preys on the easily confused. Did she have any reason to be like that recently?” Morning Star asked nicely. He was still having issues with Equestrian niceties. Truthfully, he would never understand their strange customs.
“Ooh, ooh, pick me Starry! I know why!” Pinkie Pie said barely holding back her excitement.
“Pinks, if you have something to say, just say it!” everypony said at once.
“Okie, dokie, lokie,” the pink earth pony quickly took a breath, “Well, since the wedding and the changelings; Twi’ and the Princess have had different views on how to deal with invaders in Equestria. Twilight wanted to create a large containment field around the changeling hive. Celestia wanted to treat the changelings as trade partners like she has done with the griffins, dragons, and zebras. Ever since, they have been more distant than usual.”
“How in Celestia’s name do you know all that Pinkie . I never knew you were so knowledgeable about the economy.” Rarity said with a stunned look on her face.
“Silly, I have many things you don’t know about me.” Pinkie Pie smiled.
Morning Star smiled. “Well, it’s time to show you who else you’ll be working with.”
“Hey, y’all.” Applebloom said while walking in the door of the cottage.
“What in the name of hay! They’re just little fillies!” Applejack said, the anger in her voice noticeable to everypony present.
“Oh, I think not anymore.” Morning Star said with glee.
Everypony’s jaw dropped when the three entered. They were no longer the fillies they knew. “When I gave them their powers, this unfortunately happened.” Morning Star said sheepishly. The three looked to have aged ten years in the span of a few hours and they had gained their cutie marks as well. Applebloom’s was a hammer and apple, Sweetie Belle’s was a songbird, and Scootaloo’s was a scooter.
After the initial shock Dash, Rarity, and AJ charged the alicorn.
“Why did you even give them superpowers? Give us our normal friends back!” the three said in unison.
“I am truly sorry, but sacrifices have to be made. This time the battle between me and my brother will end, once and for all. I feel that this shifts the battle in our favor. Time to let the others get their powers.” Morning Star’s horn glowed red and his magic surrounded Pinkie, Rarity, and Applejack.
The room went dark.
Inside the Canterlot throne room
“My fairest sister, has thou felt the olden magicks?”
“Yes, Luna I have. Now I fear that we might have a problem on our hands. The last time I felt that magic, we were both on our home planet. I believe that our brothers have started their little game here. I feel that it is time to intervene in their chess match. Have you selected the guards?” Celestia said, her words echoing throughout the throne room.
“Yes, if thou mayest we shall begin the match. This time it shall end!” With that, Luna stormed out of the room.
“Twilight, I’m sorry. I wrote that letter hoping you would stay out of the way. It seems you have met my brother, Dark Star...if only you had met the other one, I wouldn’t have to call on my little ponies.”
“Princess, you called for us?” Cadence and Shining Armor’s hoofsteps echoed throughout the throne room.
“Yes I did. Have you brought the others?”
“Yes my Aunt, these three were quite difficult to procure.” Cadence said scornfully.
“It’s not my fault that Octy gets on the angry side when you just barge in while we are having a private moment,” Vinyl Scratch appeared beside the couple, “though this is a nice change compared to my usual shindigs.”
“Auntie, I demand an explanation why your idiot Captain barged right in my house and forced me to come out here.” Prince Blueblood angrily walked in the throne room; Octavia followed behind him.
“Good, we seem to be all present and accounted for. What I called you here for that you shall be the protectors of Equestria. I shall unlock your potential using the old magics of the alicorn race,” Celestia said, “do not be worried because I shall explain everything once the spell is complete.”
The room went dark.
Inside Fluttershy’s cottage
“How do you three feel?” Morning Star asked the waking mares.
“Like I jus’ got kicked by a mule” Applejack groaned.
“Well, Morny I feel super-duper okie dokie lokie.” Pinkie pie bounded across the room ready to go.
“Sweet Celestia, I feel positively dreadful.” Rarity quickly brushed a hoof through her mane.
They looked at themselves in one of Fluttershy’s many mirrors.
And everypony, besides Applejack, looked normal.
Applejack looked like Big Mac; if he was a female, orange and made out of metal
“Why in the bucking hay am I the only one that looks any different?”
“Because not all powers change the body structure...my dear Titanium- I mean Applejack.”
“Give the country pony increased strength...” Applejack fumed.
“What’s ours then?” Rairy asked.
“Well, your is shapeshifting and Miss Pie’s is...well, super speed.”
“Why in the name of the Princesses did she ever need that!” her surrounding friends yelled at the alicorn,”
“Psst- Bloom, should we tell the others about our powers?” Sweetie Belle nervously asked.
“Sweetie are you crazy? I don’t like my power at all.” Scootaloo quietly replied.
"And how do you think I feel, I don't enjoy using my voice as a weapon." Sweetie said scornfully.
“At least y’all get noticeable powers. I jus’ got super smart an’ had to build myself a suit of armor.”
“Better Iron Mare than the thing I’m possessed by. Whatever the Eternal Herd is, I don’t like it.” Scootaloo thought to herself.
Inside the Ponyville Library
The group surrounding the table looked on while an alicorn with a black mane and tail, green coat, and a cutie mark of a black hole began talking.
“Hello, my little rogues gallery. I am Dark Star. I hope you all like your powers, I worked very hard on them.”
Flim and Flam spoke up,”You didn’t give us great super powers. What do we even use cloning for?”
“Ha, you got bad powers!” Gilda laughed. “I guess unlocking my potential with martial arts isn’t half bad.”
“The Great and Powerful Trixie thinks that being in control of time is fine.” Trixie said nonchalantly.
“Well, little miss annoying,” Chrysalis spoke up, “I think changing reality works for me.”
Twilight just sat there.
Dark Star coughed. “I believe that we are well acquainted enough with each other. In two days, we shall send Equestria into chaos...”
Inside the throne room
Shining Armor woke up. “Whatever Celestia hit me with sure gave me a headache.”
Then he noticed nobody looked different on the outside. Soon, everypony was awake.
“Oh good, my little ponies are all awake. How was your nap?” Celestia asked with a small chuckle.
“Why don’t any of us look different?” Shining Armor asked.
“Because, I chose you on the basis that your powers wouldn’t change your outward appearance.”
“Yo, Celly what’s the deal. I want to know how I can beat up some bad dudes.” Vinyl said joyfully while Octavia looked on in shock.
“Well if you put it that way, Miss Scratch-,” Celestia stared angrily at Vinyl, “You can shoot light beams to fight your bad dudes, your marefriend here can use her musical abilities to create walls of sound. Cadence can cast disintegration beams, Shining can control gravity, and Blueblood can control his size.”
Everypony stood there quietly until Shining spoke up.
“Ok then, where do you want us to go?” Shining, the leader of the group, asked.
“Ponyville. I need you to stop my two brothers. They both have plans for Equestria that I do not condone. I will be leaving Luna here to rule in my stead. We will move out to Ponyville immediately.”
Ponyville slumbered, unaware that it would be destroyed soon. Nopony, besides the key players, knew that the quiet town would be ravaged by superpowered ponies. Everypony had heard about Fluttershy’s new look and rumors abounded about her friends Rainbow Dash and Twilight, who had not been seen in almost three days. The citizens believed that Celestia would step in if things got worse. But, as the storm drew closer, nopony knew that there would be no respite from the destruction. The night moved ever onward towards the dawn.
In Fluttershy’s cottage
Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy were sharing one heck of an intimate moment. Before Dash’s transformation, Fluttershy was afraid to go all out, but when your marefriend is made of crystal...some liberties can be taken when making love. Finally,she could show what her new body could do. But, before she could Rainbow Dash spoke up.
“Fluttershy, are you worried a little bit about the coming war between those two alicorns? And what if the princesses join in as well.? Rainbow Dash asked, her voice hoarse after what the yellow mare had done to her.
“Well, maybe a little bit, but I think the Princesses would only get in the fight if it was really necessary.” the pegasus said while playing with Dash's rainbow colored mane.
“Ok, if you say so. Want to continue our little fun session, Wild Thing?”
“I thought you, my crystalline princess, would never ask!” Fluttershy said with a widening grin plastered on her face.
Fluttershy attacked her like a madmare. Before Dash blacked out from the pleasure she had one thought. “Why didn’t Fluttershy gain these powers sooner?”
Princess Celestia stared at the countryside whisking by. She knew that her brothers would not mind destroying an entire town to finish their little game, but her worst fears had been realized. Guards from around Equestria had gathered intel on the main players of this chess match. The two sides seemed to be most of the Elements of Harmony and the Cutie Mark Crusaders on one side, and Twilight with a certifiable rogues gallery on the other.
“Blast my brothers and their confounded schemes! We agreed to never have a repeat of happened on Elysium. That was wholesale slaughter, and I still have nightmares about it. The old magics were strictly forbidden because of it and now look what has happened.” Princess Celestia, in all her years since banishing Nightmare Moon, felt worried.
“Princess, we shall be there with the dawn.” one of the guard ponies said gruffly.
The dawn had risen. The ponies of Ponyville greeted the day like any other. But, it would not be one of those days. It would be a day bathed in misery, heartbreak and regret. But, that’s what happens when peace is shattered in such a nice place. By the end of the day much of Ponyville would be in flames.
“Hello, Twilight. how have you been doing? Oh, not answering, to little old me,” Dark grinned, “I feel you should know that your beloved teacher shall be coming to Ponyville to see your progress. Doesn’t that make you happy?”
“Not really.” Twilight answered him with tears in her eyes.
“Too bad, because I am going to make you kill her.” Dark Star said gleefully.
Applebloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo walked towards Carousel Boutique. They were not used to the stares the rest of the town was giving them.
“Y’all see this? It’s like the whole town got kicked in the head by a mule.”
“You know, I guess you're right, but look at us! We aged ten years in a day.” Sweetie Belle replied.
“I think I know why Dash goes for mares. ‘Cause both of you are the most beautiful things I have ever seen.” the orange pegasus thought to herself.
My mistress, I can help you with that.
“If I want to use my powers I’ll call on you, Samael.”
Aww, I really wanted to help.
“You are so not helping right now.”
Whatever you say, my mistress. I shall be waiting to help you.
“Yeah I know already, but I only want to change into that skeleton thing during battle.”
“Scoots, you ok? We’re already here.” the others gently prodded the young mare.
“Yep, just fine don’t worry about me!” Scootaloo quickly replied.
The door above the Boutique chimed as the three entered the shop. On two mannequins were what the the girls had come for.
“Oh girls, you just look absolutely stunning.” Rarity sid while levitating an assortment of supplies
“Thanks sis, I see you finished with the costumes that we wanted.” Sweetie Belle grinned and hugged her sister.
“Yes, Sweetie I had just finished when you three trotted on in. I made yours, Sweetie, have more protective armor to make sure that wouldn't hurt yourself and for Scootaloo’s I did what she asked and, using magic, made her clothes fireproof. I did wonder why Scootaloo and you needed such costumes.” Rarity said with a hint of concern in her voice.
“For...battle?” Sweetie Belle said weakly.
The ponies from Canterlot had just landed. Shining Armor was worried. His sister and her friends were on the wrong sides it seemed. Princess Celestia told him and the rest of the team that neither of her brothers were good for Equestria. But, he was conflicted. Shining had to choose between his sister or the Princess...and choosing one meant hurting the other.
“Why can’t I have easy decisions to make?"
Sweet Apple Acres
Applejack sighed to herself. Thinking back on the last week still boggled her mind. It was one thing when all of her friends gained weird powers. That seemed to be a normal occurrence by now But, what about the new versions of the CMC? That was definitely not normal. “I guess that means one o’ those talks are in order. I hoped I wouldn't have had to do it...but with her like this, I guess I have no choice.”
“Hey sis, what’s up.” Applebloom asked.
“Applebloom, do you know about the birds an’ the bees?” AJ asked nervously.
“Sis, ah course I do. I read all the books I could get my hands on once this happened. I inadvertently learned about it while researching how to build my suit.” the once small mare said with a laugh.
“Ya do? Wait, what suit?” the farm pony asked in shock.
“My Iron Mare suit! Once I figured out how smart ah became, I modified the blueprints Mornin’ gave me. First I outfitted the body armor to a jet propulsion system based on magic principles that allows me ta fly; then I jus’ outfitted it with lasers, some machine guns, and a whole lot o’ atomic-power missiles.” Applebloom grinned.
Applejack soon realized she would have to talk to that alicorn about the difference between a good idea and recklessness.
Morning Star stared out the cottage window. He knew his sister’s presence was right outside of Ponyville She and her little team of heroes were approaching. It wasn’t his fault Dark Star wanted to rule this place; it also wasn’t his fault that ending this battle meant either Order or Chaos would permanently end.
“Well, I guess I have to call the team. Celly isn’t prepared for what Ponyville shall become.”
Everypony head out to the entrance of Ponyville. We need to protect Princess Celestia from what my brother has planned.
Twilight walked down the street towards where Celestia was. Because Chrysalis had used her power, she finally looked normal for once in a week. Behind her the rest of the group followed silently. They were all ready to bring the battle to the Princess and get this madness over with.
The eight ponies coming from the cottage wanted the exact same thing.
Celestia could see the others converging on where she stood.
“Everypony get ready because here they come.
A few minutes later
Everypony stared at each other.
“Look, it's one of those blasted Apple family members.” Flim and Flam spoke under their breath.
”Oh, goody. I can destroy those little newlyweds that ruined my plans!” Chrysalis laughed.
“Great’ there’s Dash and Pinkie Pie.” Gilda growled.
“Pinkie, Fluttershy and I will take down Gilda. You take down Trixie.” Rainbow Dash said to the pink pony.
“Y’all think we can take down Twi’? Applebloom said nervously.
“Yo, if you three good looking mares need help, we can team up.” Vinyl Scratch said jokingly.
“That seems like a good idea” Sweetie said.
“It’s time to use my power I guess.” Scootaloo sighed.
“Yes you stupid horse, I did!”
Anger management issues seem to be your problem.
“Whatever, I call on the powers of the Eternal Herd.”
Why didn't you just say please?
Scootaloo didn’t know what was going to happen next. She felt the changes begin. Two large horns began to grow out of her head and her eyes became blood red. She felt her skin falling off and she became a skeletal pony. Her mane became one of cold fire.
“Oh boy, does it feel good to be back on the mortal plane. Hey, Celestia your mom says hello. How’s everyone doing, with the whole powers thing? Oops, everypony's gone quiet. Well,I feel just dandy!” the now possessed Scootaloo laughed wildly.
Celestia glared at her brothers. They both looked absolutely terrified.
“Morning Star why did you release Samael? You know that if he is even outside the realm of the Eternal Herd; he can infect the world with death. He isn’t called the Doombringer for nothing. This is why the magics were banned in the first place, so an innocent pony wouldn’t be possessed! Don’t you remember Elysium?”
"I didn't mean to!"
“Maybe we should join together?” Dark Star asked quietly. The three alicorns agreed unanimously.
In the distance storm clouds raged with the fury of the approaching army. The town was in store for one hell of a party.
Twilight spoke up, “Princess, why is this Samael such a menace to ponykind?”
Princess Celestia sighed. “I guess it is time to tell about the beginning of everything. My little ponies, my sister and I were not always on the mortal plane-we were, and still are, members of the eternal herd.”
“Our mother, Queen Eterna, ruled over a large empire stretching from one end of Elysium to the other. All the alicorns that she ruled were created by her to embody everything in the universe. Her five strongest though were us: Luna, me, Dark Star, Morning Star, and Samael.”
“Once she created Samael, she was told by Forethought, her Royal Seer, that he would bring destruction to the land. Such a prediction by her seer meant it would come true at some point, because he had never been wrong before. So, she banished her new son to the Barren Wastes.”
“Mother, always regretted her decision to banish Samael. She only did it to protect the rest of her subjects. She worried that if he stayed, her creations would be plagued by death. But, she still loved him like her son- a walking skeleton, true- but a son nonetheless. We all thought that by banishing him the problem would be lessened, but we were wrong.”
“He returned after ten years with the now forbidden magics and an army of abominations. Creatures of the darkest rings of existence that he created to spite the beauty of my mother’s creation. The sheer sight of the creatures can bring many ponies madness. Their writhing, hulking masses and unnatural screams brought many of the Elysian Guard death and disorder.”
“When Queen Eterna heard about the loss of half of her creations through such methods, she decided to stop Samael and return the world back to normal. They fought for days and days but our brother was too strong. With the last of her still immense powers, she sealed my brother and his creations into Tartarus and, using Elysium as building materials, created the dimension of Equestria. And that is why Samael is called the doom bringer. He slaughtered all of Elysium and will do the same to Equestria.”
Samael grinned evilly as he scanned the things the Queen had created. All of these pastel dolts would see true destruction and suffering.
“I feel that letting out my creations would be useful enough; I just need some sacrifices.”
“Samael, you did not tell me that your plans would involve destroying all that I hold dear.”
“Why Scoot, you never asked what I would do once I granted you power. If Cloudsdale suffers; just blame your Princesses and new Princes.”
The doombringer flew on to Cloudsdale.
Cloudsdale went on with its business as usual. Most of the pegasi were either at the rainbow factory or the flight academy. Most of them were there because their jobs and livelihoods depended on working. Cloudsdale’s rainbow factory, while housing the weatherponies and being the main hub of weather for all of Equestria, also had another purpose. It stabilized the entire city in order to let the city stay in the air. Without it the sky would be falling. And most horrifying of all- the weather would be like the Everfree Forest: wild, uncontrollable, and unnatural.
But other than that...
“Hey Scootaloo, sorry for deceiving you.”
“Oh really! The Skeleton wants to apologize for taking over my body? I didn’t think you had a conscience.” the orange mare said with sarcasm dripping off her voice like honey.
“I don’t. I was just distracting you so I could find out where the best place was to unleash my friends. I just needed to dive in to your memories to do it.”
“Those are not yours!”
“Yeah, they are sacred like your family. Wait, you don’t have one. So that’s why you idolise your Dashie so much. You want her as a sister. That is just so precious!” Samael began laughing uncontrollably.
“Ok... I guess. Just leave me alone.” Scootaloo began to cry.
“We’re here. Now using the memories from my host I can teleport in the factory basement where that machine is. Here goes”
Samael’s horn glowed white for a moment.
“Oops too much power. At least I’m now in the basement. Now where’s the self destruct button?”
On his left he noticed a button that said “Never ever press this button” and Samael pressed it.
“Countdown to failure of main reactor in thirty seconds...twenty-nine-”
“Well, time to wake up my friends...Time is at hand, wake up. Let’s destroy the order of this world!”
Far away, the doors of Tartarus exploded. Abominations crawled out and headed towards Ponyville.
With that the town of Cloudsdale exploded and began falling towards the earth.
Rainbow Dash stared at the sight in the sky. Her mind began racing. Cloudsdale could only fall if that happened- very bad. All the pegasi knew that the machine, once destroyed, could not be put back together since the knowledge had been lost. Now clouds were just clouds. Cloudsdale was the beacon of pegasi magic and without that pegasi lost some of their abilities.
What that meant...no Sonic Rainboom...pegasi resilience against crashes had been lost.
Celestia stared up at the sky.
“So that’s the first strike. Such a move will leave many of my subjects in poverty or at least a change in their lifestyle. I know where you are going now- straight to Tartarus. Everypony we will follow him to the jail of Tartarus.”
Everyone grudgingly began heading west.
Samael headed to his army.
Remorse, guilt, sadness...he felt none. Yet somehow he was crying.
“Why am I crying? I am the embodiment of death I shouldn’t feel bad for these mortals.” he said angrily.
Fluttershy felt sick. Truthfully, she had felt sick all day. Before going to the meeting to stop Dark Star’s group she had felt something akin to morning sickness.
“I can’t be pregnant. Dash and I are both mares, that makes it impossible for that to happen.”
Right then she ran to the bushes and threw up.
Dash ran straight to her. “Fluttershy, you ok?”
“No, she is not,” Morning Star looked worried, “Fluttershy have you had any...intimate moments with anypony?”
“Maybe...a couple, ok...everyday since this happened.” the yellow pegasi said weakly.
“The alicorn magic we cast on you has some consequences. For one, it makes any intercouse certain to create a foal. Everypony who has done that at some point in the last two days raise your hand.”
AJ, Rarity, Dash, Fluttershy, Twilight Pinkie Pie, Cadence, Shining Armor, Vinyl, Octavia, Applebloom, and Sweetie Belle all raised their hands.
“Ok, we have a problem.” Morning Star groaned.
Rarity and AJ were stunned. “ ‘Bloom, Sweetie...you're eight years old! You don’t know how to care for a baby” AJ yelled at the Crusaders. Rarity outright fainted.
“Sis, we jus’ wanted to try it...really.” Applebloom blushed heavily.
Morning Star walked in between the two mares. “AJ you will just have to deal with it and the whole aging thing is permanent, so...I guess your sister is an adult in the sense of the word.”
Applejack walked away fuming.
“That’s mah sister you idiot.. I wanted to keep her little fer now...now I have to deal with this. Why did all this happen?”
Twelve hours later
Everypony walked towards the army of released monsters. ready for battle.
A few would not make it out in one piece.
The two armies charged. The writhing masses were being pushed back and killed. Dash noticed from the corner of her eye Flim and Flam creating an army of clones and they were singing.
“We’re the World famous Flim Flam Brothers! We got opportunity in this community.”
She looked around again. How was everypony else?
Twilight created golems using her powers. They were fighting with something that looked like an octopus crossed with a bear. They were holding their own against it.
Fluttershy...was using the Stare on the things. And breathing fire.
“Ok, she’s fine. Remind me to never get her angry.”
Then she saw Scootaloo. “Don’t worry I’m coming Scoot. I hope you can forgive me for what I’m going to do.”
She ran straight towards the demon in the middle of the battle. But, before she could, she felt a blinding pain in her back. “That’s new...when did my legs stop moving? Dash said weakly before collapsing in pain. “If Cloudsdale hadn’t fallen, would this battle be different?”
Her friends began screaming in pain. The tide of battle had turned.
“My little ponies, let us retreat and regain our losses.”
Dash felt extreme pain and tried to open her eyes but couldn’t. Everything was in a haze. She could hear only snippets of her friends arguing about somepony. “Am I dead? ‘Cause this doesn’t even feel awesome. I thought dying would be kinda peaceful- a nice long nap."
“Bloom, can you fix Dashie?”
“Damn it AJ, I’m a scientist, not a miracle worker. You’ seen the extent of her injuries. Samael severed her spine so forcefully Ah’m surprised she’s still alive. Her back legs were found ten feet away from her body. By then, Samael’s necrosis had set in an’ Ah couldn’t save them. Y’all should count her lucky I could even connect her replacement body parts to her...have you ever heard of transplant rejection? She isn’t Supermare anymore...pegasi have lost their connection to magic. She more like you o’ me than y’all can believe."
“Wait, severed my spine? What’s this about a surgery?"
The room spun.
Dash woke up again. This time she didn’t know how long she had been out. She heard light hoofsteps approach her bed.
“Hey, D-dash, I just want to say that things haven’t been as good as we thought they would go. W-While we did stop those...monsters we didn’t get off without problems. We found the bodies of Gilda, Trixie, Flim, Flam, and Chrysalis. Celestia believes they had been cornered by those things and k-killed.”
“But, I don’t know what I would do without you...I already almost lost you once, I can’t lose you again. Dash...you’ve been asleep for six months. I wanted to tell you before, but you can’t respond. Equestria has changed for the worse.
Dash was shocked awake.
Somewhere in a future
A telescreen flickered to life. A newspony stared into the camera rattling off news.
“ Hello my fellow Equestrians six months into the reign of Our Emperor. Watch your step because Our Emperor is always watching. The Cloudsdale ruins have become pegasi slums. The Ministry of Plenty in planning to give rations to the dispossessed. Canterlot is in ruins after those traitorous ponies, against the Will of Our Lord, attempted to storm the gates of the palace. Thankfully the Ministry of Love has showed them the error of their ways. After the death of Nightmare Moon by the hand of Samael, Celestia and her ragtag band of anarchists have gone into hiding. The homes of the Bearers of Harmony have been burned to the ground. Current whereabouts of their family members are unknown and are currently being searched for...”
Near Canterlot in the recent past
“My Dear Scootaloo, just think about how by saying yes to me once- this has happened.” Samael said gleefully. Truthfully he had stopped caring what she actually said and just messed with her for fun.
“I still can’t forgive what you did to RD. Isn’t it bad enough that I have to watch? You have taken it too far.”
Samael just laughed.
The bonds of possession between Scootaloo and Samael finally began to weaken. His magical font began drifting towards Scootaloo.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Dash still hadn’t come to terms with how her friends looked. First of all, seeing her friends pregnant took her aback. If sompony had told her months ago that her friends were going to have foals of their own she would have laughed in their face. But here they were looking like they were going to have the foals any second now.
“Hey everypony how are you guys doing?”
“Totally fine, Sugarcube. Just we have to deal with all this an’ I don’t know where mah family is. We’re being hunted by the gov’ment and I get weird food cravings every day.”
“AJ, you know that isn’t happening we’re just here to show what Rainbow Dash dreams about and you are doing a horrible job.” Pinkie Pie said with a serious face.
Wait- Pinkie being serious...this has to be a dream. Dash hit herself in the face hard.
The room spun...and became focused.
Dash woke up.
“I hope I’m actually awake this time.”
Dash groaned and tried to move but she couldn’t. “Maybe some of the things they said were right.” She looked around. All of her friends were sleeping around her.
“I...guess everypony was worried about me. Psst...Fluttershy wake up.”
The yellow mare was shocked awake. “Omygoshomygoshomygosh....everypony wake up! She’s awake!” Fluttershy said excitedly. She quickly jumped onto the bed and covered Dash with kisses.
“Fluttershy, ya need ta get off mah patient. She ain’t ready fer any shenanigans.” Applebloom said angrily.
“Oh, Bloom you are totally being a downer. Take a break.” Pinkie said jokingly.
Celestia walked into the room. “Ah, I see you are up. We already have wasted a week for your recovery and that included time spent on your modifications.”
Dash looked down at her body. Her legs which used to made of crystal were now made of some sort of fluid-like metal. She gently tried to move a hoof and it responded as a usual limb did.
“Ah made it so your legs respond to your brain. Therefore, if you think of something you want yer legs to change into- the legs will transform.” Applebloom said with a widening grin on her face.
Dash thought about what it would be like to have another pair of wings. She felt a warmth emanate throughout her body before the feeling became centered in her legs. As she watched, her legs lengthened and thinned before adding a new covering of wing feathers. Dash thought about how she could use her new legs with Fluttershy later... and all four wings promptly stood at attention.
“Oh my...that’s very nice of you Bloom. Thank you.” Fluttershy said while blushing. Dash grinned sheepishly.
Inside the pregnant mares
Life stirred and became sentient. The six babies shared a mental link created by the alicorn magic that inadvertently created them.
My friends and comrades, we will soon have to help our mothers in the coming battle. I feel that the final battle will soon be drawing near and, for that reason, I will be acting as leader-if nopony minds that is.
I will defer my royal judgement until after we are born. I hope you have the best course of action in mind for both Equestria and the Crystal Empire, if so then all shall be well.
If we lost that would be positively dreadful y’all. I wouldn’t be able to help either of mah parents stay fashionable in their own way.
Ah agree neither of mah parents would be able to help with their familial obligations. I wouldn’t be able to help you at all, cousin. And if there is one thing us Apples treasure the most it is family.
I am okay with anything you ponies come up with. I just want to get this over with- my parents have a lot of soirees and shindigs to get to and I just want to see the nightlife. Oh yeah everypony- ready for me to spin this record? It’s just a mix I came up with. Classical and ponystep- no biggie.
You guys almost forgot me- the second-best party planner in Ponyville. Ooh, I have a great idea- I’ll throw all you guys a party once we get out. Now, if I only knew where I put my books about parties. I definitely need to triple check the list that book has before I plan the party...
Well that settles it- everypony help your ponies by getting into their dreams. That seems to be the most direct method to contact them. Now, if you ponies don’t mind I’m gonna take a nap on a non-existent cloud.
With those words the six baby ponies projected themselves into the dreams of their parents. Everypony was sleeping in their beds blissfully dreaming of their day.
Inside the head of Fluttershy
A little pegasus filly with a long multi-hued mane walked through the dreamscape. She was searching for her parents asleep in their own dream beds. She found the only building in the wasteland- a cottage. She gently tapped a hoof on the door, and with no answer she barged right into a scene that brought a blush to her yellow face. Fluttershy was having a dream of Rainbow Dash at that moment.
Ok, never barge into a dream ever again- especially when my moms are involved.
She cleared her throat and said, Umm... can you stop doing that...I need to talk to you.
Fluttershy jumped out of her bed. “Who are you and why are you in my dreams?”
I am your daughter and I hope to warn you about Samael. He plans to attack here in Ponyville soon and you need to be prepared.
Fluttershy frowned. “Now, relax. Why don’t you stay a while and have some tea? I haven’t even learned your name.”
It’s Chroma...and, uh, I gotta go. I really don’t like all that girly stuff. You know...I like racing and stuff. Totally dislike tea parties. She tried to fly off as fast as she could.
“Oh really? I can tell you're lying from over here. It’s ok to like them...you are a girl. Anyway, I’ve always wanted a foal of my own. I take care of most of the pets in Ponyville, yet I never had somepony to love until Dash...” Fluttershy continued to ramble on and she left few details out of her story.
Oh Celestia please save me.
Inside the head of AJ
Sweet Apple Acres appeared over the horizon as a unicorn filly appeared. She had a light orange coat and a curly yellow mane. She noticed AJ bucking apples on the family farm. She teleported in front of the farm pony.
Hello, mother would you like some help with those apples? Although I may look like a lady; I understand the importance of hard work.
“Uh, hay there...why ya speaking all fancy. If you actually are related to me ya must have some sort of accent. It kinda runs in the family.” Applejack smirked.
Uh...ok I’ll show you my accent. The filly groaned and cleared her throat. Hay there mother, how may ah be of assistance. If you don’t get help ya know what yer stubbornness gets you to do. ‘Cause such a travesty would be the Worst Possible Thang. As Celestia as mah witness, I shall be helpin’ ya pick these-a here apples or mah name ain’t Zap Apple.
Applejack stared blankly. She always wondered what Rarity would sound like with her accent and it was wonderful. Rarity’s ideas of fashion and all things fancy turned off AJ when speaking to her marefriend, but it was cute when she got all dramatic. So, seeing their kid got the personality from Rarity and her own work ethic and accent...it was adorable.
“So Zap Apple’s your name. Ah guess that’s a decent name and I don’t believe its taken by any relatives. Would ya like ta help me in this here dream? ‘Cause I want to finish early so I can spend some time with ya.”
Would ah ever!
Inside the head of Pinkie Pie
A small unicorn colt with purple hair and a flat pink mane walked through the never ending party that was Pinkie Pie’s brain. Few ponies could survive the onslaught of parties and desserts, except this was not a normal pony. He was part of her bloodline- a bloodline of courageous party ponies that stretched back into antiquity. Or, at least that’s what his books said and books were never wrong...except when they had to be revised.
He trotted happily towards Sugarcube Corner. When he arrived he knocked heavily on the door and dodged. A party cannon shot at where he was standing previously.
I knew I felt my Snack Sense going off...let’s see she has to be around here somewhere.
“Hey, Snacky how are you doing?” Pinkie Pie said while appearing from under a table.
Mom, I know this is sudden...but I need a favor. From one party pony to another, can you help me with that party I mentioned earlier. I’m stuck on the second list of things I have to get.
“Snacky you remind me so much of Twilight. I remember when she wanted to make a party and she got stuck on the list of things to get for a party.And then robots burst in and shot lasers into the cake....and that's how I learned how to walk.”
Mom, first that story makes no sense whatsoever and secondly my name is Midnight Snack. It is not Snacky!
“Whatever you say...Midnight. Let us commence with the plans!” Pinkie ran into Sugarcube Corner with Midnight Snack following behind.
Midnight Snack shrugged. He loved parties, but if he had to do this every time with his mother...
At least I have a fun mom.
Inside the head of Applebloom
A yellow unicorn colt with a purple mane walked towards the Apple Barn. He quickly passed the rows of apple trees looking like they had to be bucked. From what he could tell from the mindlink, Zap Apple was doing that job.
Good, I can focus on what I came here fer.
He barged into the barn and woke up his sleeping mother. Near her lay blueprints and parts to build a robot to help on the farm.
“Wha- who are ya bargin’ in mah barn?” Bloom said while partially asleep.
Ma, I came here to say howdy. Can I help ya with yer project?
“What’s your name anyway?” Bloom was curious. It wasn’t everyday something like this happened.
Mah name’s Apple Cider. The best of the Apple Clan in regards to kitchen duties. Plus, I think I’ll try brewin’ some creations at some point.
“Not if ah have anything to say about that. Even if yer name’s Apple Cider.
But Mom, please I would be good at it. I wouldn’t try any of my creations- y’all could use them fer family gatherings and such. Apple Cider tried to look as helpless as possible.
“Fine, whatever you say. BUT if I hear of any illegal parties or ANY drunken underage ponies caused by your brews before you are of age; so help me Celestia- Ah will ground you fer so long ya wouldn’t even remember what the sun looks like.” Applebloom stared down at the colt with a motherly rage.
Ok, maybe I can start with making non-alcoholic drinks. Apple Cider stammered before running further away from the barn. Maybe telling Ma about mah skills wasn’t the best idea I’ll ever had.
Applebloom just shook her head at the diminishing colt hastily running off into the distance. “Ah’m gonna have to keep an eye on that boy.”
Inside the head of Octavia
A unicorn filly with a light brown coat and blue spiky hair walked towards the sound of a cello playing in the music hall for the Royal Canterlot Symphony. Octavia was practicing for the upcoming performance in Canterlot.
Man, mom I just love what you do with your cello I know I could never do that.
Octavia looked up after being startled from hearing another voice. “Why are you here? This is my dream you can’t enter into them. What should I even call you?”
Duh, mom the alicorn magic thing sorta put the whole privacy thing of yours outta whack. And for my name- it’s Scale Harmony...kind of an embarrassing name in my opinion.
“Well I like it a lot; if you want I could teach you how to play this instrument.”
Nah, I’d rather not. It’s not my style. I’d rather be more like mom. Or be a rock star. Don't get me wrong, I like Classical music a lot...but I don’t see me choosing it for a living. Partying is what I long for.
Octavia sighed. She knew that any child she had with Vinyl would probably turn out like this. Really, she was prepared for anything. Ponies with musical talents, if they became a couple, created other musical ponies. Just sometimes their offspring liked playing different types of music. She looked back up at Scale Harmony.
“Whatever you do dear, I will support your decision completely. Just be sure to be careful in the world out there. Music can be a beautiful thing but, musicians can succumb to the famous lifestyle. That, in its own way, can be very dangerous.”
Ok mom, I promise that I’ll be careful and...uh, can you teach me how to play your cello? I...just want to see what it's like.
Octavia looked incredulously at her daughter but then smiled. “Of course I would. Now, you start by picking up the instrument like this...”
Inside the head of Cadance
A small alicorn colt with a white coat and blue mane walked toward the Palace of his mother. He walked past the numerous statues of his noble ancestors that ruled the Crystal Empire before his mother. He knocked on the doors leading into the throne room.
“Come in my son.” Princess Cadence was sitting on the throne in the back of the room.
Hello, my dearest mother. I just wanted to tell of my royal presence and exchange the required pleasantries necessary of Your Royal Highness.
“I believe you sound way too much like Luna,” Cadance smiled. “Learn to lighten up. A prince needs to know how to relate to his subjects.”
Thank you kindly mother for the advice. I shall keep it in mind for our next encounter. Can you teach me how to relate because I know not how.
“First tell me your name and I will help you.” Cadance looked down at her son who was currently bowing to her. “Also, please stop doing that- I’m your mother, you don’t need to be bowing to me.”
Sorry I am just used to showing my respects to the Rulers of any country. My name is Eros. Now may we get into the teaching of social norms?
“Yes we can. One of the first things I’m going to teach you is a normal way of speaking...”
Near Sugarcube Corner
“Scootaloo, doesn’t it feel great to be back in Ponyville?” Samael grinned as her said this knowing full well that she would hate him even more as the night progressed. He quickly lit his horn and aimed it at the bakery. The Corner quickly burst into flames; the Cakes only barely getting out alive. They watched as their hard work all went up in smoke.
“One down, five to go!” Samael laughed. This was why he loved his job. Causing misery and death to the Queen’s creations filled him with happiness and joy. His laughter echoed ominously throughout the town.
That night, every house owned by the Elements of Harmony burned.
Inside a small shack outside of Ponyville, the Bearers slept blissfully unaware of the destruction.
The Next Morning
Fluttershy woke up after that joyous dream of her filly. She felt happier then ever. Chroma was such a cute pony that it brought a smile to her face. “Funny how she acted after I told her about how Dash and I met...it couldn’t had been that bad.” The yellow mare frowned after attempting to get out of bed. She felt heavier than normal and she looked into a mirror near her bed.
She looked like she was going to have her foal any moment now. And as luck should have it, her water broke. She heard the other five mares experience the same thing she was. She heard a small voice speak to her.
Mom- it is time. I hope to see your face in real life soon.
Fluttershy panicked. This was not supposed to happen so suddenly. She wasn’t ready at all. She only could do one thing- call for help. “Dash! I Need Your Help NOW!” Dash, who was experiencing a nice and calm dream, quickly woke up. “What’s wrong...” The cyan mare attempted to speak but was at a loss of words. “And I thought I could relax today.”
Fifteen Minutes Later
The whole gang ran past the burning buildings caused by Samael. One of the few buildings still standing was the Ponyville General Hospital.
“Nurse Redheart we have six pregnant mares waiting for the Emergency Room!” Twilight said. Her mane was completely askew and she was an emotional wreck. Truly, nopony in the room was faring much better.
Nurse Redheart sighed, “Who are the fathers? I need to know for the files.” Everypony was nervous until they begrudgingly raised their hands. Redheart stared blankly before regaining her composure. “You aren’t stallions! How did this- Not another case of magic induced pregnancy! That’s the twentieth one this week.” The Nurse stormed off muttering under her breath.
Eight Hours Later
Fluttershy was angry. Angry at the world, angry at herself, and especially angry at the rainbow-maned pegasus sitting to the left of her. Once she started feeling the contractions, it was only natural to lash out at the pegasus next to her.”
“You did this to me!” she screamed at the top of her lungs.
Dash was in tears. “Just a little more ‘Shy. You’re doing great.”
“If you come any closer to me I will strangle you with your own mane. I don’t know how but I will.” Fluttershy said in a semi-delirious state.
“Miss Dash, if you tell your marefriend here to push I believe that the baby will come right out.” the doctor sad tiredly.
“Ok...F-fluttershy just one more push.
“FFFFFFFFUUUUUU-” Fluttershy screamed in pain.
A moment later a high pitched wail was heard throughout the room. Dash and Fluttershy turned to look at their child. It wasn’t hard to do really when she was flying towards them. “How is she flying?” Dash looked at Fluttershy.
Hello, my mothers...ooh you must be my awesome mom. Fluttershy told me all about you and truly I’ve totally wanted to meet you. Oh right, my name’s Chroma. Chroma flew to Dash and buried herself in Dash’s mane. Now this is what I call a comfortable bed. Much better then where I was, and its almost as good as a cloud.
Fluttershy laughed wearily. “Rainbow, look she likes you.
“Well I guess it's because I’m just so awesome. Actually I seem to like her. Some of my greatness seems to have rubbed off on her.” Rainbow smiled and gently held the filly. “Now who wants to learn how to do the Sonic Rainboom!”
“Dash-” Fluttershy facehoofed. There was no teaching her. It was possible. In theory, Dash’s ability could... Fluttershy realized something. “Wait, Dash you can’t. Remember Cloudsdale?”
“Oh yeah right.” Dash looked sadly at the filly. Cloudsdale controlled pegasi magic. Without it, the Rainboom was much harder to pull off.
Chroma looked at Fluttershy and grinned. Really mother? Did you forget who you were talking to? Rainbow Dash could teach me the Sonic Rainboom- at least when I’m older.
Dash was worried. If Chroma was going to be anything like her- the next few years were going to be a nightmare for Fluttershy and her.
After the Hospital
The group was beginning to get prepared for the final battle for Scootaloo. They just had to find the perfect babysitters. Their problem...they were none. Outside of their own group with Pinkie, Celestia, and Luna nopony knew of how to deal with these foals. So they went to the best alternative.
They used their past enemies.
“Ah don’t know Sugarcube leaving our kiddos with those ponies and those others I think is a bad idea.” Applejack said hesitantly.
“I know AJ, but we have no choice this is what we had to decide.” Twilight said with a hint of fear.
The group continued walking onwards- not hearing the screams of terror coming from their current base.
The babysitters were having a hard time keeping up with the foals. Chrysalis was attempting to calm down Eros very unsuccessfully. She finally turned to the one thing she could use to shut the colt up- the story of getting kicked out of Canterlot.
“Do you know you little cretin that I once tried to impersonate your mother? I used it to help my Changelings get our one needed food source...love.” She stared down at the colt. Surprisingly, he was staring intently at the Queen.
Tell us more about our parents exploits. The Prince demands it, strange lifeform.
“How can it hurt? Ooh evil idea! Maybe I’ll just twist some facts about the encounter.” Chrysalis grinned. This was going to be fun.
“First of all, I am the Queen of the Changelings. And I felt there was evil magic in Canterlot...so my army and I headed off to the city...”
Gilda was fairing much better with Chroma. The two were laughing about how Gilda had first met Rainbow Dash. “It was during Cloudsdale Flight School, and I was the only griffon there...”
Flim, Flam, and Blueblood were having a different experience with their foals. Apple Cider and Zap Apple were teaming up to attack the three caretakers.
Apple Cider, Ah’ll be going after Prince Blueblood? Do ya need help with those ruffians cause I’d be happy to help my dear.
No thanks cousin, Ah need no help wit’ these two.
The cousins began to smile evilly.
Hey Prince Blueblood, remember the Gala? You messed with one of ma mothers. I reckon you didn’t get enough punishment ‘cause the Apple Clan sure is very protective of our family.
Howdy, Misters Flim and Flam how y’all doin’ I think you two are the most low-down idiots in all of Equestria fer messing with mah family.
The two foals closed in on their prey.
“No, not the face- not the face! Aaaah! Help us!”
Zap Apple and Apple Cider smiled at a job well done. The two quickly high fived.
Woo hoo! Apple Protectors- Family Division!
Trixie and Midnight Snack, surprisingly, were having a party.
“You know, kid, you aren’t that bad. True you are related to Twilight Sparkle but...”
The colt just smiled. And from the stories I heard of you, I could say the same. Want another cupcake?
Trixie looked down at Midnight Snack. “Well, if you don’t mind.”
On the other side of town
Samael stared at the group. He was going to have fun with these ponies.
“No you aren’t. Not if I have a say about it.”
“What are you going to do? Stop me from moving? Remember i’m immortal. I can’t die, and if I do what will happen...hmmm? Oh yeah! I just come back!”
Scootaloo laughed. “Oh really? ‘Cause I got a great little plan here. I’ll just use my magic here to strip you of that.”
“Your magic? Pegasi don’t have that sort of magic- and if you did...I destroyed Cloudsdale!” Samael grinned. There was no way that little Scoot had an answer to that.
“Not my magic, it used to be yours. Actually, I seem to have taken most of your magic.”
Samael became pale. There was only one way that could happen...his powers were transferred during the mind takeover. And, it only happened when...oh shit.
It only happened when the possessed entity lost everything they lived for.
Cloudsdale, hurting Rainbow Dash, Ponyville.
“Uh...hehehe, Scootaloo if you just let me go-”
Samael felt like his whole body was on fire. He knew what was happening next. Partial transfer of alicorn powers
Five Minutes Later
The group of ponies happened upon the scene of the final battle.
“What happened...is that Scoots?” Rainbow Dash looked at the alicorn.
“Uh, if you don’t mind my askin’ what happened?” AJ looked at the new alicorn with a worried eye. Her whole thought of the Princesses being the center of Equestria had been overturned in the past few weeks. Not to mention all the weird stuff that happened because of it.
“Oh, my head. That hurt.” Scootaloo got up on her feet. “Oh, hey guys. How’s everypony doing? Wait, why am I so tall?” Scootaloo ran to the nearest mirror-like surface, which was Applejack, and looked at her reflection.
“I’m an alicorn! How is this possible!” Scootaloo quickly made she wasn’t dreaming.
Samael got up. His flaming mane was blazing now. “Because you bucking filly took some of my powers! I want it back, NOW!
Samael charged toward the alicorn.
“Ready, everypony? This ends now.” Twilight said quickly before quickly charging into battle.
Fluttershy was ready to end Samael. Few ponies ever saw her angry, and besides the Gala and after Iron Will was she ever angry. Well. those weren’t the only times...there were numerous others. But, the anger never got out of hoof. Unless somepony did one thing.
If they ever hurt any of her friends. If that ever happened, Fluttershy would come after them.
“Wait, everypony!” Fluttershy yelled. Everypony stopped charging. For there was one unspoken rule between her friends- When Fluttershy yells, you have to listen to her.
“What do you want ‘Shy we were going to stop him.” Rainbow Dash said with a hint of fear. She knew what was going to be coming next.
“I’m going to stop him.” Fluttershy said coldly.
“Ha, you little pony thing think you can stop me? I’m the embodiment of death! You have better luck staring a cockatrice in the face then killing me.”
Everypony just stared in shock. They realized what he didn’t. He used the worst example ever.
“You know, Mr. Samael, that I did stare down a cockatrice and a dragon in a contest of wills.” Fluttershy said in the nicest voice possible.
“Ah don’t know what’s goin’ on. Rainbow can ya please explain?”Applejack nicely asked.
Dash was as far away as possible from the fight. “Everypony run away now!”
Samael didn’t waste time, he charged the yellow pegasus.
Fluttershy waited for the perfect time to activate her powers.
“Three, two, one...now”
Fluttershy let go of her instincts she had long kept hidden. With her powers came a great responsibility to keep. Her animal instincts had increased. Since she was part dragon and phoenix, the two most dangerous predators in Equestria...well she had predatory urges.
She pounced onto Samael.
Fluttershy used her claws to rip a hole in the demon. Her true strength was unleashed. She had only let this part out when she was with Dash. She actually scared Dash the first time she used this form. Fluttershy was happy though, because she could finally protect the cyan mare.
Samael used his magic to toss Fluttershy off of him.
She quickly recovered and used her wings to speed over to him again. She used her dragon breath to shoot flame at Samael. He dodged but Fluttershy changed direction and bit him on the wing.
“Aah, that hurt.” Samael groaned. He realized that he would probably lose against this mare.
Near The Battle
The group of ponies looked on in horror. They had never seen Fluttershy get this angry. So they turned to the only one who truly knew Fluttershy well...Rainbow Dash.
Everypony turned and stared. “What?” Dash looked nervously at them.
“Tell us how Fluttershy got from the pony we know that can’t hurt a fly- to that.” Twilight said with a worried look towards Fluttershy. Fluttershy, in the meantime, was trying to rip off Samael’s leg using her teeth.
“You know how Fluttershy...overreacts sometimes.” Dash attempted to laugh but all that came out was a squeak.
“No ah don’t not why don’t ya tell us what’s really happening to her, sugarcube.” Applejack frowned.
Dash sighed. She had to tell them.
“I think...she wants to kill him.”
Everypony gasped. There hadn’t been a murder in Equestria for at least a hundred years. Usually, Princess Celestia’s guards kept the peace. Besides the arrival of NightMare Moon and the Changeling Invasion, they had kept Equestria safe for years. But, the Bearers of Harmony were the final defense against the Princesses’ Enemies. And without the Elements...Equestria would be almost defenseless.
“Dear me, we have to stop her.” Rarity groaned.
Everypony agreed and charged towards Fluttershy.
Samael was in extreme pain. Pain was a new sensation to him.
“Did Scoots take my healing powers? I don’t seem to be healing my wounds at all. Let’s see...what are my injuries?”
Samael quickly took stock of his wounds. Fluttershy had disabled one of his legs, took a chunk of his shoulder, broke off one of his wings, punctured his lung and burned his face. Samael grimaced.
“I think I’m done for. I hope death doesn’t hurt.”
Fluttershy closed in on him.
In Fluttershy’s Mind
“I want to kill.”
“NO, we are the Bearer of Kindness. That goes against our nature.”
“Silly mare, you know you want to let out all your rage. Come on it will feel great...trust me.”
“No, I won’t listen to you!”
“Come on, it will set you free. Freedom is what everypony wants- it makes you happy.”
“True happiness doesn’t involve killing ponies....”
“But Fluttershy, he hurt Dash, took out Cloudsdale, and set fire to Ponyville. It isn’t wrong to seek vengeance for his crimes and, knowing the Princess, she won’t do anything to him. It’s our chance.”
“Really? It isn’t that bad to seek vengeance? Well...if you say so...I’m in.”
“Perfect, you’ll love it. I know you will...because you’re me.”
At The Same Time
The group of ponies were too late. They could just watch in horror as Fluttershy grasped Samael’s head and twisted until she beheaded him.
Finally, Fluttershy snapped back to reality.
“Hey girls, what you looking at me like that?” Fluttershy looked down. “Oh my...are you going to tie me up?”
Twilight looked sadly at the ground. “After what you did, Fluttershy, there has to be an investigation. I sorry, but you just murdered somepony...even though he was evil.”
Fluttershy began to cry. “Ok, take me away.”
Celestia appeared in a flash of light. “Twilight, we can do the investigation now...”
Eight Hours Later
Twilight sighed. They had tried everything. Truth serum, psychological tests, checked Fluttershy’s motive...everything, yet no reason why Fluttershy carried out the deed had been found.
Therefore, case closed.
Celestia thought it best not to punish Fluttershy; the yellow pegasus would punish herself enough.
Fluttershy laid in the hospital just thinking back on today. She was definitely worried about her behavior. She had never killed anypony before...she was the Bearer of Kindness after all. At least she was supposed to be. The battle of Discord didn’t count; he forced her to become mean. There was no way that was her true self, right?
“Oh, Fluttershy don’t conceal a part of yourself. That just isn’t the way to have fun. We both know every one of our friends has a side of themselves they don’t want to show others. I believe that your anger issues aren’t that bad.”
“You didn’t tell me how I would feel afterwards.” Fluttershy moaned to herself.
“My dear, you never asked. Didn’t you feel great after seeking vengeance? I know you did! Whatever you do...I will always be a part of you- a much darker part. We’ll be in touch.”
Scootaloo was still in shock. Being an alicorn was not easy. Celestia helped give pointers on how to act towards other ponies. She might have had a fun time, but Celestia had to do a press release.
“My dear citizens, you may have realized that the scourge of Equestria, Samael, has departed towards an unknown location on the globe. But, before he...uh, left he gave all of his power towards this mare.
Celestia pointed straight towards Scootaloo. She said the only thing that came to mind. “Please don’t hurt me! I didn’t mean to...”
Celestia quickly quieted the orange alicorn. She had to. “Hahahaha, see? Samael gave her his duties as well...so she’s the new alicorn of death. Now, I know that is alarming, but...”
Celestia couldn’t finish that sentence. The newsponies began to hyperventilate while just staring at Scootaloo.
Scootaloo groaned. “This is going to take some getting used to."
A/N at end of story
Six Months Later
Equestria had changed. Depending on who you asked, some said for the better...some said the opposite. But, there would always be ponies that resisted change.
Scootaloo had become used to the looks in the months following her change. After Samael’s death, she had gained all the power Everypony had at first stayed away from her in fear of an early death. But, as she got used to her job ponies realized that she wasn’t killing ponies like Samael used to.
Celestia had to keep up appearances, and since every alicorn up to Scootaloo had been royalty...she made her a princess. And with that came the name she used while holding court.
Celestia gave her a name from Ancient Equestrian...Fortuna. The Princess had told her something about how it meant justice....blah,blah,blah. Scootaloo had tuned her out after the first sentence.
She realized the time. She had an appointment to keep. She flapped her wings and flew off to Ponyville
Sweet Apple Acres was extremely busy today. Everypony had gathered for two reasons. One was to party and the other was to celebrate the opening of Ponyville’s newest business. The party had been planned since the month after things settled down. They were getting ready to open Applebloom’s new business that she opened using money she had invested from the Equestrian stock market.
Applebloom beamed. She noticed the orange streak coming closer. “That must be Scoots coming here to congratulate me on opening Bloom Industries. Ready everypony...”
Ponyville had changed as well. It had become a booming town because of the influences of the mares who saved Equestria. Pinkie Pie had finally rebuilt Sugarcube Corner and was planning to expand her business to Canterlot as well. With Twilight’s help with the accounting side of things the Cakes had never seen a better business year. Sweet Apple Acres had bought a large share of Bloom Industries and the Carousel Boutique. Now, with their holdings throughout Equestria, the Apple Clan were the richest in Equestria. They still acted like normal...even money couldn’t change their values. Vinyl and Octavia opened a music school together. Now, if only they could see eye to eye on musical taste...
Fluttershy was a different story though...
Fluttershy had shut herself in her cottage for a month afterward. She was afraid of what she had done...if she did it again she wouldn’t be able to live with herself. Finally, she told Rainbow Dash about the voice in her head. Dash only said one thing.
“We will get through this together.”
With that, Fluttershy began to get help from Doctor Whooves, the town's resident psychiatrist, and had learned to tune out the other voice. Just sometimes...she needed Dash's help to get through the day.
Five Months Later
Fluttershy still had nightmares about that day. She would never forget how everypony looked at her afterwards. She heard Dash walk through her door after a day of work at Sweet Apple Acres. Dash walked towards Fluttershy and embraced her. Fluttershy began to heal.
Out of the corner of her vision she noticed the mirror.
Her reflection was smiling evilly. Fluttershy became worried. She wasn’t smiling with her reflection...
She wasn’t smiling at all.
“Oh Fluttershy did you think you beat me? You can never beat me. I AM A PART OF YOU! Here’s my warning, count your blessings with your family ‘cause everything will someday end. And I will make sure its your fault. HAHAHAHAHAHA!
Dash noticed Fluttershy stiffen. “Fluttershy you saw her again didn’t you? Remember she isn’t real. And if she was, I would protect you from her. Anyway, I know you can never become like that person again.”
Fluttershy tried to smile. “Thanks Dash, I needed that.”
Dash pulled her out the door. “Now let’s go get Chroma and get ready for the party that Pinkie has been telling us about.”
Everypony else that fought Samael were spread across Equestria. Trixie was currently on a nationwide tour. But whenever she had the time, she sent Midnight Snack letters asking how he was doing on his studies. Midnight Snack and her had a strong connection. He saw her as an aunt. She saw him every time she stopped in Ponyville. Flim and Flam had set up a shop in Appaloosa selling their inventions. They competed with Bloom Industries with their technology. They still feared that little colt related to their competitor. Any time they heard the words Apple Cider they nervously ran away.
Gilda and Chroma hit it off as well. After the babysitting experience, Gilda realized that maybe she was wrong about Ponyville. Just maybe. She apologized for her behavior from before and moved to be closer to Chroma, Dash, and Fluttershy.
The Princesses, using Prince Blueblood, Shining Armor, Cadance, and Eros, created a trade agreement with the Changelings...with some unforeseen consequences. Namely, Blueblood and Chrysalis got married. As a surprise to everypony, the new king was very good at leading his new subjects.
Now what about Cloudsdale and the pegasi? Their plight was a hard one to fix. Without their special magic created by the Weather Factory many pegasi were out of a job. The weather was no longer controllable by magic. The Princesses had to use economic protocols to keep unemployment to normal levels...which was zero percent. To do this, they called for everypony that had a farm to help the pegasi adjust to their new lifestyle. Both the Apple Clan and Sugarcube Corner answered the call. With their help, the pegasi were able to work normally with their new neighbors in the town of New Cloudsdale.
And with that Equestria was saved once again thanks to the Elements of Harmony. Someponies had changed. Most for the better...some for worse. But, the country had regained the peace the ponies were accustomed to.
Now, you might ask, what happened to the fillies and colts of our beloved characters? I shall leave that to another time because time has to pass before they become their own ponies. For another time perhaps...
With that my first story is complete. I wanted to continue it, but outside constraints (college) will keep me from writing a sequel anytime soon. Thanks to all my readers- your comments of “Don’t kill Character X, what the heck happened to this story? and my personal favorite “Is everypony pregnant?”
That one put a grin on my face for a long time. Actually, I changed my story because of your comments, In the beginning, before the “Don’t kill Trixie” comment I wanted to kill off the other two groups besides the Mane Six. In that story, Dash’s dreams in chapter 6 would have all come true. Then I thought,”Wow, what a depressing idea...so I scrapped it. So, thanks to you, my dear readers, we have finished this story for now.
But that doesn’t mean Chroma and her buddies are going to end here. Far from it, actually.