Princess Celestia was having a hard day. Her sister walked into the room and said, “Get thee off thy lazy butt and make my bed!”
“Oh dear Luna, you know your maid does that every night after thee leaves to rule the skies...” Ceslestia replied, but Princess Luna stamped her hoof so that cracks opened on the floor.
“THE ROYAL PRINCESS CAMMANDS THEE!!!”
“I too am a royal princess.”
“If thee say so.”
And so cointinued one of the semi-hourly arguments between the two royal sisters. After a few more paragraphs of yelling and shgouting in the royal voice, Princess Luna marched out of the room saying that if Princess Celestia wouldn’t make her bed then she would fight her all over Canterlot.
Princess Celestia knew that such a battle would destroy lots of innocent ponies wandering through their simple little lives in the streets of Canterlot so she just went to make Princess Luna’s bed.
When she got to Princess Luna’s bed, Princess Luna’s maid was already almost finished making it.
“You really shouldn’t let Princess Luna boss you around like that, Princess Celestia,” said Princess Luna’s maid.
“Aren’t thee also ‘bossing’ me around by saying so in such a tone?” asked Princess Celestia. She was having a hard day.
“I over heard Princess Luna’s evil plan to destroy Equestria and take over the entire country,” said Princesss Luna’s maid.
Princess Celestia sighed.
“Yes, she wants me to send her to the moon where she can more easily gather her powers and practice her magic to conquer this lovely place. I’m so afraid to, becuase of the future, but for right now at least all of my little ponies in Canterlot would be safe from her. “
“Perhaps there is some way to send her there and prevent her from coming back?” said Princess Luna’s maid.
Princess Luna’s maid was having a hard day too.
Princess Celestia nodded. “Yes, she said the key to her return would be in the elements of harmony. I think they are some little gem stones that she keeps some of her powers in. I know we’ve used them before but think with them here she will be able to return. So if I just send her to the moon and then destroy the elements of harmony she will never be able to retrun!”
“I HEARD THAT CONNIVING SISTER PRINCESS CELESTIA YOU!!!!!”
“Uh oh,” said Princess Celestia, “I think Princess Luna heard us talking.”
At that very moment in time Princess Luna walked into the room.
“Now I know thee’s evil plots to trap me on yonder high moon!!!” snapped Princess Luna. “Now I’ve just put a spell on the elements of harmony so that you can’t touch them ever! I’ll be safe to return!!”
Princess Celestia glared at Princess Luna. “You are just too evil! It’s...it’s a nightmare!!”
“Yes!” screamed Princess Luna, “Call me...Nightmare Night!”
Princess Celestia and Princess Luna’s maid gasped.
“Now send me to the moon!!” screamed Princess Luna at Princess Celestia. “Do it!!!!!!!!!!”
Princess Celestia sent Nightmare Night to the moon. Then she and Princess Luna’s maid looked at eachother sadly.
“I know!” said Princess Luna’s maid. “Why don’t you have somepony else destroy the elements of harmony? Princess Luna only made it so that you couldn’t touch them.”
“That’s a really good idea!” said Princess Celestia, and she hurried away and had a guard try to smash the elements of harmony but he couldn’t touch them either and everypony that was readily availably tried to smash them but they couldn’t. The only person that could get even close to them was Princess Luna’s maid, which was probably because she was closest to Princess Luna so some of her essence had rubbed off on her maid.
After awhile, Princess Luna’s maid had baby ponies, and when they had grown up it was discover that the baby ponies could get even closer to the elements of harmony.
When Princess Cwelestia and Princess Luna’s maid realized that, they set up a plan So that all the ponies born from the line of Princess Luna’s maid would get closer and closer to destroying the elements of harmony.
“Ok,” said Princess Celestia to Princess Luna’s maid, “You take your little ponies away to a safe place, and raise them safely so that one day maybe your grandponies or great grandponies can destroy the elements of harmony.”
“Ok.” said Princess Luna’s maid. “I’ll take my little ponies far away. We can take over my old aunt’s rock farm. She’s dying anyways.”
“What is thy name, oh brave maid of Princess Luna?” asked Princess Celestia.
“My name is Vilhamina Pie. Some ponies call me Ham Pie.”
“Alright, Ham Pie,” Said Princess Celestia, “ Go raise your babies!”
So Ham Pie moved away to the rock farm and eventually one of her daughters had a baby ponie called Pinkamina Pie. Some ponies called her Pinkie Pie.
At around this point Princess Celestia realized that Princess Luna was going to try and come back. So she secretely visited the rock farm where Pinkie Pie lived and asked Pinkie Pie’s mother, “Is Pinkie Pie ready to destroy the elements of harmony?”
Pinkie Pie’s mother said, “Yes, I think she is. We haven’t told her about the past yet, but I think it’ll be ok. Things come very naturally to her.”
Princess Celestia nodded and flew back to Canterlot, where she was preparing a student who would hopefully be a good back up in case Pinkie Pie couldn’t smash the elements of harmony. That student was Twilight Sparkle!!
Then one day Princess Luna returned.
Things weren’t quite ready when she returned, but Princess Celestia did her best in recruiting Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, and Apple Jack. Princess Celestia hoped Pinkie Pie’s instincts would take over and she wuld smash the elements of harmony, but things didn’t go quite that way, and Princess Luna smashed them instead! Of coures, it was too late by then ahyways.
But it turned out the elements of harmony hadn’t had any of Luna’s power after all, so when she smashed them it didn’t really do anything even though she thught it did. Instead, her power had been floating araound looking for good vessels to go into, and it went into Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Twilight Sparkle, Apple Jack, Rainbow Dash, and Fliuttershy.
Nightmare Moon was destroyed! It turned out that since Princess Luna had accidently missed the elements of harmony when she was trying to put her power into them, and her power was just floating around, it had made her kind of crazy and evil and Nightmare Night had been created.
Pinkie Pie, Fluttershyu, Rarity, Apple Jack, Twilight Sparkle, and Rainbow Dash were happy to have helped, even though Pinkie Pie never knew what her ancestors and Princess Celestia had been planning.
Luna sat down carefully on the ground, old habits making her check the spot over first.
She had never been the type to be overly concerned with her clothing, but still, being a princess called for some decorum.
She thought she was sitting on the ground.
Memories carried her back to when she would often lounge on castle grounds with her sister, Celestia, at twilight. They would enjoy the sunset in those times snatched from the cares and duties of princess-hood.
"Now Luna..." Celestia's voice floated back to her from the past, "You mustn't muss thy tail! It was brushed and combed not an hour ago..." Then Celestia had made a mock severe face before the two burst out laughing.
Lots of small things had made them laugh together.
Luna took a deep breath.
Nightmare Moon took a deep breath.
Luna screamed and beat her head upon the ground, loathing the presence around her, within her, that was her. If only she could beat the presence from herself altogether she would be back with all the ponies in Canterlot, her faithful guards, caring friends, loyal subjects....loving sister...
Nightmare Moon beat her head upon the ground, anger welling forth from the indignity of being cast away like an annoying insect. Fits of rage weren't her thing, but here there was nobody to see the display, and she gradually fell into a rythamic banging of her forehead against the dirt.
She was lying on the ground now, almost in childlike tantrum.
Through the stinging, calming pain, more memories came. Her and Celestia fighting side by side for Equestria, Her and Celestia walking through the corridors, even remembering the royal squabbles was dear now.
But things had changed.
Had her sister gone mad?
Had she gone mad?
Had Luna gone mad?
She felt disconected, wanting to be as far away from the evilness crawling through her, and yet...
Through it all...
A part of her enjoyed it.
This power that had not left her, as her sister had. The abilities, though tainted, were almost pleasurable.
Nightmare Moon raised herself from the ground.
Was she on the moon, or part of it?
Events had seemed to cycle out of control, those last few days at Canterlot. It seemed like the insanity had taken over everyone, even her faithful maid Miss Pie, even her closest friend.....her sister.
Her betraying sister.
She stood firm now, focusing her mind's eye on Canterlot. She would be back one day. And then they would pay. Her sister would pay. They would all pay. Celestia would pay!
After she had left the moon's exile.
Was she on the moon?
All Luna knew for now, as she let ripples of power surge through her hooves, up her legs, and wrap itself around every inch of her body was...
She felt like she was on top of the moon.
Once upon a time there was a filly born in Canterlot.
Her parents weren’t the richest ponies the city, but they were well off enough to have a comfortable life.
Like most young ponies, one of her biggest concerns growing up was her lack of cutie mark. During her first few years, it wasn’t too much of a bother, but when her friends were one by one discovering their talents the term blank-flank came up several times.
That’s not to say the other ponies were cruel, rather, they never even mentioned the blankness out loud. But in the pony’s own mind, she heard voices constantly echoing “Blank-flank...useless.....blank-flank...”
She pushed on with forced optimism and support from family and friends. After quite a few more years, all of her friends had discovered their talent in life, and settled in their own special niche. Still, no cutie mark.
One day, a pony mentioned three other ponies her age, all three had no cutie marks. They called themselves the cutie mark crusaders, and what had started out as three friends hanging together had turned into a much wider group. The three ponies offered help, support, and advice for young ponies who were searching for meaning.
The pony considered traveling to ponyville where the cutiemark crusaders were located, but opted out, making excuse after excuse. She was too old.
More years passed. Even though the cutie mark crusader original leaders had discovered their own true talents, they still helped out the younger crowd. A trip to consult with them gave momentary hope, but not an actual mark.
The pony’s life passed. There seemed to be no disease, rhyme, or reason for the lack of cutie mark. She tried many activities, arts, hobbies, crafts, sports, anything she could lay her hooves on. Even though she was passable at most of the things she tried, she excelled in none.
Middle age began to near. She fell in love, a stallion who loved her for who she was married her.
They had a young filly, a joy.
Always, the voices saying “Useless...blank-flank....”
Finally, one day the voices were too loud.
The mailpony came that day with a package, and knocked on the side of the open door for a signature.
After no response, he peeked his head into the entrance and saw the pony in the room, about two feet off the floor. Her hooves dangled limply, as did her head, mane, tail, entire body. The mailpony’s shocked eyes traveled upwards, along her body to the rope tight around her bruised neck on one end and firmly tied to a ceiling beam on the other.
News got around quickly, and when her distraught husband rushed home he discovered that she had finally got her cutie mark: on her cold flank a dark gray skull and crossbones were glazed, symbolizing that after all the only thing she was good for was death.