Chapter 4: A Darkness Reborn
Today was a very beautiful day in Ponyville. The Pegasus ponies had made the sky all blue with not a single cloud in sight. For most folks, that was delightful, but for others who strain their bodies every day for their jobs, the heat piled on them like a heavy load.
On the northern edge of Ponyville, some of the ponies were working hard on a construction site. Earth, unicorn, and pegasus ponies alike were working together to put together a new foundation for a building. Holes were being dug and hills of sand and dirt were rising higher and higher as the excavation grew deeper. The head worker pony was overseeing development. It was a male Earth pony with a dark brown coat, black mane, and a cutie mark of a shovel.
“KEEP AT IT, EVERYPONY! AT THIS RATE, WE SHOULD BE DONE IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS!”
He wasn’t all the good with tools but he could sure get the volume up on that voice.
“Hey Hard Head.” Another pegasus pony with a coat of grey, mane of white, and a jackhammer for a cutie mark came over to him.
Apparently the shouting Earth pony’s name was Hard Head.
“Yeah, Jack. What’s up?” Hard Head said to the Pegasus who was simply named Jack for obvious reasons.
“Me and some of the other guys were about to head out to lunch. You wanna come? We’re buyin.”
“You’ve known me for eleven straight years, Jack.” Hard Head said to the flyer. “And in that time, have you ever known me to turn down a free meal?”
Jack chuckled at him.
“Yeah. I sometimes forget you’re a leech sometimes.”
Hard Head just laughed as Jack went off to tell his colleagues that his boss was in for lunch. But right before he joined him, Hard Head saw something near a big crate of supplies. He wasn’t sure what it was, but it was worth checking out.
H approached the crate, but he never got the chance to investigate. As soon as he took one step towards that crate, something seeped through the cracks of it and rammed right into Hard Head. All the worker pony saw was a poof of bluish black smoke before his vision went black.
Two minutes later, all the ponies at the site were under the same kind of slumber. There was a big bluish black cloud hovering above the site. And a very eerie voice came from the could itself.
“This should lure them out.”
Whoever or whatever it was turned out to be right, because three minutes later, they arrived.
From the sky not far, six orbs of the six elements came down and when they hit the ground, the Alamantians were their normal bodies again along with Twilight and the others. But she and the other Harmony elements took their first few steps away from the nature elements off balance and dizzy. Spike tightened his grip around Twilight’s neck to keep himself from falling off her back.
“Did we just…teleport a long distance?” Twilight asked still dazed.
“Yes you did.” Terra answered. “And quite well I might add. Most ponies tend to puke the first time they do that.”
Rarity grasped her stomach which bothered her now very much.
“I can’t imagine why.” She moaned.
But she and the others were quick to recover for the effects quickly wore off.
“So….what exactly are we looking for?” Rainbow Dash asked as she turned and looked around.
“Anything out of the ordinary.” Pyro responded as he looked around. “Let’s take a look up there.”
Pyro took the lead and led his team and Twilight’s up a small hill of rock. But as soon as they reached the top of it, their eyes just went to terror.
“Would this qualify as ‘out of the ordinary’?” Applejack asked.
Everypony who was a worker out at that site was lying on the ground with their eyes shut tight. But none of them looked like they had any injuries or anything like that to cause such a thing. No cuts, bruises, no nothing. All twelve ponies and Spike immediately rushed to the downed construction workers to see if they were even breathing.
“Are they….dead?” Gem could barely mutter the word as she stood next to Typhoon.
Typhoon herself put her hoof on one worker’s neck to feel for a pulse. And luckily she felt it.
“Non.” She said. “Zey are all fine, Gem. Zair ees no need to worry.”
With that, Gem nodded and then turned back to the rest of them who all happily gave her the same news. But it still didn’t explain what the heck happened to them. The twelve of them stood in a group.
“It’s a relief that they’re all okay. But what caused this?” Twilight wondered.
A voice from behind startled them all. They turned around to see a pony there. It was Hard Head. They all took a sigh of relief upon seeing it was just a worker.
“What are you kids doing here?” he said as he rubbed his head as if in pain.
All of them were now even more relived to see that one of them was awake. Fluttershy then came out of her hiding place behind Typhoon and decided to speak herself.
“Umm…..would you have by chance happened to see what happened here?”
Hard Head looked at them all, and then looked around and shrugged.
“Sorry kiddo. I don’t remember a thing.” He replied.
But just as they were all about to leave and do something else there, Hard Head spoke up once more.
“Wait a sec.” The worker pony said. “Do you think it maybe looked something like this?”
Then that pony became something else entirely. What SHE truly was. Her colors changed to dark blue and black. The eyes transformed into those of a cat. And she grew both a horn and wings. Her cutie mark was a crescent moon on a dark purple cloud. Her mane and tail looked like a waving dark cloud. And she grew a few feet in height.
Twilight, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy, and Spike couldn’t believe who it was. They thought they had vanquished this being some time ago. But as for Pyro, Typhoon, Gem, Cryo, Agua, and Terra, they were clueless on who she was. All they did was raise their dukes in a bipedal stance knowing she was a threat. Their new friends hid behind them.
“Well, that was weird.” Gem commented.
The dark figure raised her hoof after laughing and waved at them.
“You’re too kind. Allow me to introduce myself to those of you who don’t know me.” The alicorn said. “I’m locally known, globally feared, universally despised.”
The six Alamantian ponies shared glances with one another still not getting her name. And then it came.
“They call me Nightmare Moon.”
She expected it to send shivers down their spines. It did for Twilight and her friends. But it strangely didn’t for Pyro and his. Agua only pointed his hoof at her.
“Well pack your bags, bitch. Cause we’re sending you right back where you came from.” He said in an angry tone.
Now Twilight and her friends were scared as to what Nightmare would do to him after an insult like that. But Nightmare only lowered her head to look closer at the group of twelve.
“Well well well.” Nightmare said. “Alamantian adolescents with big mouths.”
Agua growled at being called adolescent.
“I suppose not much has changed in Alamante ever since that beautiful war broke out.” Nightmare added.
“You really don’t know who you’re dealing vith, Shady.” Typhoon said.
“Oh is that so?” Nightmare wasn’t scared one bit.
“Yeah.” Pyro said. “We’re the six chosen ones.”
Now Nightmare was laughing at them.
“Oh my! Where’s my autograph book? This is too good! HA!” She finally stopped laughing and then glared at them. “Chosen ones huh?”
Then she turned away from them and took a few steps forward while the others behind her followed her actions. Although Twilight and the others wanted to be nowhere near her.
“So that old fool Ma still has a bunch of kids doin his work for him, huh?”
That line got all of their attention now. She said Ma. It was in the form of a name. But how could she possibly?
“How do you know Master Ma?” Pyro demanded to know.
“He and I have…danced together…quite a few times in the past.” Nightmare replied.
Everyone got what she meant by that. Master Ma and Nightmare have apparently been fighting with each other for some time. But then, that only meant one thing. She knew where he was.
“You tell me right now! What have you done with him?” Pyro shouted.
“Oh he’s safe…..for now.” Nightmare taunted with a bit of laughter.
Pyro was about to make a move and attack her, but Typhoon stopped him. It wouldn’t do any good to have her burned to a crisp. They still needed information out of her. That and…he was unaware that he couldn’t burn her effectively even if he tried.
But it was clear she wouldn’t talk willingly. When she turned around again, she took notice of the ponies behind the Alamantians. And once again she laughed.
“Well lookie what we have here.” She muttered. “Twilight Sparkle is it? And the rest of the Elements of Harmony. You have NO idea how long I’ve wanted to see you all again. So I can return the favor for what you did to me not too long ago!”
Then the Alamantians looked back at Twilight ant the other five ponies who were all now a bit scared.
“Hold up. You guys know her?” Terra asked.
“Unfortunately.” Rainbow Dash replied. “It’s a long story.”
“You guys are the Elements of Harmony?” Gem asked.
“Yes. We are. What’s it to you?” Rarity asked.
The Alamantians went silent on the spot. And that made it clear to the six Equestrians and their dragon friend that there was something to be explained.
“Can we just please kill this bitch and move on, please?” Agua demanded.
“My my.” Nightmare looked at Agua. “Such hostility. Master Ma was a fool to think you kids could stop me. But I think I’ll have MY kids take care of YOU instead.”
Nightmare’s horn began to glow and then sparks of energy flew out of it and landed on the ground beside her. As she cackled away, that same energy formed into the shape of ponies. And then they gained colors.
“Rise my Shadowmares!”
Those ponies were the exact same ones the Elementals have fought before. But none of them knew how that was even possible. All they knew now was that they were called Shadowmares.
“Soon now my name will be the one that everypony worships as a god!” Nightmare boasted. “Welcome to my nightmare!”
She laughed evilly once more as she became enveloped in a black cloud and disappeared.
“She’s gone.” Cryo muttered.
“Um…but THEY’RE not.” Rarity timidly pointed out.
The Shadowmares were still there and they did not look to friendly.
“What now?” Twilight asked anyone.
Terra looked behind her and over the ledge they were near. It wasn’t that big a jump.
“I think we’ll have more room down there.” The pony of earth said.
Pyro immediately agreed.
Pyro rushed for the Shadowmares while the others jumped. Terra got hold of Applejack and Rarity was grabbed by Cryo. The four of them jumped down together and landed nicely on their feet. Agua and Gem followed while carrying Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie. And then Fluttershy was grabbed by Typhoon and the former screamed while Typhoon jumped down the ledge and also landed nicely.
Pyro was able to punch a few Shadowmares before he looked and saw that his friends were safe. Then he ran the other way, got hold of Twilight and Spike and then followed them all down the ledge. After he landed, he looked at Twilight.
“Twilight, take your friends and get to somewhere safe. We’ll handle these guys.”
Knowing she had no clue on how to beat a group of Shadowmares she decided to listen to Pyro and get the hell out of the way. She and her other five friends ran and hid behind a rock, leaving Pyro and his team to fight. All six of them got on their hind legs and raised their dukes.
“Let’s take these guys!” Agua shouted eager to fight.
“Everypony spread out!” Pyro commanded.
The six of them all ran in separate directions, and Pyro spotted a shovel wedged in between some rocks. Thinking of an idea, he went to the shovel, and pulled the long handle off the actual shovel part.
As the Shadowmares jumped down the ledge themselves, Pyro twirled the handle like a staff and got ready to fight.
“Welcome to MY nightmare, bitch.”
As the Shadowmere’s closed on him, Pyro decided to act. He swung the staff at one and sent it on its back. Another one tried to throw a kick at the fire pony and all he had to do was duck and swing the staff upwards. The momentum of that swing caused him to spin and then he jumped.
He threw an airborne spin kick with his back hoof into the face of another Shadowmare sending it spiraling to the ground.
Twilight and the others were completely dumbstruck and cringed when they saw him do that.
“These guys are brutal.” Spike observed.
“They might be a bit assertive, Spike. But they’re GOOD.” Rainbow Dash added.
They then looked over in Terra’s direction. She jumped over a boulder, somersaulted, and landed running from a single Shadowmare. Then she spotted a big rock the size of her head. She decided it was her time to throw some punches. She put her hoof on the rock.
“Hey shady. Ever play pony soccer?”
Terra kicked the rock to the Shadowmare distracting it enough for her to rush for it and then roll over its back. The Shadowmare dropped the rock and threw a backhanded swing at Terra. But Terra leaned backwards and threw her own hoof into the mare’s stomach. Then she spun around with her hind hoof and swept the Shadowmare to the ground. Then she turned around and grabbed another Shadowmare by the front hoof. Then she spun around herself and threw the Shadowmare into the rocks.
“Ooooohhhhh. That had to hurt.” Applejack pointed out.
Over with Typhoon, two Shadowmares came at her from both directions. When they jumped for her, she ducked down and the two shady henchmen collided with each other. Then two more came for her and she too stood up on her back hooves and grabbed both of their heads.
“Kiss and make up, mares.”
Typhoon made the two Shadowmares butt their own heads together knocking them out. Then she let go and threw her front hooves forward. When she did, two big blasts of wind were made and they blew the two henchponies back away before skidding on the ground.
Cryo flipped past her and then ran into another one. He then began to front kick it many times in a row before the Shadowmare went down. Then he saw three more were running for him. His horn began to glow a cyan color like his mane, and then a beam of the same color blasted out. The ground underneath the Shadowmares’ hooves froze solid. And Cryo walked away and into another Shadowmare. He blocked the kick that black henchpony threw at him and then did a quick backflip. As he flipped, his hind hooves struck the Shadowmare in the underside of the chin and made it fall down hard on the dirt.
Gem saw two coming for her on both the left and right. She jumped up and did a split kick showing off her flexibility. Then she ducked down to avoid another Shadowmare’s punch. And her timing was great because that Shadowmare ended up punching another one in the nose. Then Gem uppercutted the other one in the chin and sent it sprawling on its back.
There was one lone Shadowmare who was seeming to have one hell of a time with Agua. Every punch got blocked no matter how many were thrown and how fast they came. And then Agua decided it was time for offensive maneuvers. The blue pony of water threw his weight back and began somersaulting like he was a gymnast or something. When he began to get farther away, the Shadowmare ran after him. Just like Agua wanted. When the timing was just right, Agua went airborne for his last back flip and landed on his two hind hooves. Then when the Shadowmare was close enough, the water pony threw his hooves both front and hind into the Shadowmare at least eight to ten times before giving it a good kick to the chest sending it crashing into a rock.
Now from behind the rock they were all hiding behind, the mane six had their eyes glued on each and every one of the six fighting ponies. The way they moved around and beat the living daylights out of these black henchponies was both super amazing, and a little scary at the same time. Even though she was already hiding behind a rock and none of the Shadowmares were after them, Fluttershy still felt the need to protect herself even more by burying her head in the dirt. Something Rainbow Dash thought was stupid.
“Oh come on, Fluttershy. You’re missing this!” the multi-colored pony said. “This is so AWESOME!”
“I’m fine, thank you.” Fluttershy’s muffled voice came.
But even though Rainbow thought she was an idiot for not wanting to see this, Rarity was the one who grabbed Fluttershy’s mane and pulled her head out of the dirt. She used her magic to do so.
“Darling, I will NOT let you ruin your mane by burying it in this filth!” she flatly stated.
Fluttershy just groaned and decided to watch the fight like the rest of them.
“Oh wow. I’m a black belt in karate and all, but I never learned any moves like THOSE before.” Rainbow was still awestruck.
Rainbow had her eyes set on Cryo for the time being. The way the white and cyan unicorn moved and jumped around looked almost as if he were…dancing. But nonetheless, his moves were quite useful in a fight and he was doing very well.
Then things went a little north when the same Shadowmare he was fighting against split into two. That thing just cloned itself. As a matter of fact, ALL the Shadowmare were cloning themselves at a very rapid pace. Everypony was staring to get a bit overwhelmed and freaked out. But they did their best to remain calm.
“What do we do now? There’s too many of them!” Gem shouted.
“Don’t give up, Gem!” Agua shouted. “Just keep beating them as they come!”
Agua was trying as hard to fight them all off. But as soon as they began to crowd him, he jumped backwards, backflipped and landed on top of a hill of dirt. And he looked to his left noticing there was a large boulder nearby. Thinking of an idea, he looked down at his enemies.
“Let’s see if you guys can play catch.”
Then Agua’s right front hoof became enveloped in clear water. His hydrokinesis was finally being put to use in this fight. Then he threw his hoof out at the boulder and blasted a stream of water out at a pressure so high, there was a good chance it could have torn through a brick wall. But he instead blasted the ground that was below the boulder. As it vanished, the boulder than began to roll downhill right for the Shadowmares.
And as soon as Pyro saw, he was horrified. Why? Because as much as he hated the bad guys, he had no intention to actually kill any of them. But apparently Agua felt differently.
“AGUA WHAT THE HELL?” Pyro shouted. Then he looked over to his yellow friend. “TERRA! THAT ROCK!”
Terra was a little too busy with her own fight right now to even think about that rock. So everyone watched in terror as the boulder crushed the Shadowmares.
But the thing is, it wasn’t as horrific as they thought it would be. Instead of a gore filled and bloody scene, the Shadowmares just…poofed.
The Shadowmares got crushed and then poofed into black smoke. Upon seeing that scene, Applejack remembered something. How the Shadowmares got there in the first place. Nightmare Moon didn’t summon them, she created them with her evil magic. So that meant one thing. She jumped out from behind the rock and shouted as loud as she could.
“LISTEN UP Y’ALL! NIGHTMARE MOON WENT AND CREATED THOSE PONIES! THEY’RE NOT REAL!”
Not real. That changed things in their eyes. Maybe not Agua’s but still. This was a turning point as all of them realized just what that meant.
“So zat means….” Typhoon started.
“We don’t have to hold anything back with these things.” Agua finished.
Pyro smirked and threw away the wooden stick he was using for a weapon. Then he addressed his team.
“Alright siblings! Show em’ what we can do!”
That was the cue to unleash everything they had in them. And they gladly did. They hardly ever got a chance to. And it was right here when for the first time ever, Twilight, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, and Spike all saw what these guys were truly capable of.
Terra looked at her oncoming group of Shadowmares and raised herself up with her hind legs. Then her front hooves began to glow with a yellow energy as she focused her mind on the ground she stood on.
“As sturdy as its soil!”
She brought her hooves down and as soon as she did, a loud bang was heard a huge crack opened up in the ground where the Shadowmares were standing. After all of them fell into the crevice, Terra used her powers to close it back up.
“The element of Earth!”
Over with Typhoon, she grew a smirk as she stood contently and began to twirl her left hoof in a slow circle before eight of her own dark ponies.
“As ever changing as eets breeze!”
Before the Shadowmares even knew it, they were sucked up into a huge tornado courtesy of Typhoon. And then the pink pegasus made the twister thinner and faster in spin velocity. The Shadowmares all dissolved inside it not being able to withstand the spinning and the tornado died down.
“Ze element of wind!”
Agua was smiling huge as he prepared to do in his group of henchponies. His front hooves were becoming surrounded with water as he stood on his hind legs.
“As fluid as its waves!”
He threw his front hooves forward and two giant streams of water game gushing out of them. He then used his power to surround the Shadowmares in the water and enclose them in it creating a big sphere of water hovering in the air. Since they weren’t real, Shadowmares didn’t breathe any air. But drowning them isn’t what Agua had in mind. He then used his mind to make the sphere smaller. Crushing their bodies together until they dissolved. After they did, Agua released his grip and the water sphere fell to the ground splashing on the dirt.
“The element of water!”
Gem got ready to unleash her power as well when she found she was surrounded. Both her horn and hooves became enveloped with a purple glowing energy like substance.
“As complex as its form!”
Her whole body then became the same glow. Then she literally split into fourteen different pieces. One for each Shadowmare that was near her. Those pieces made contact with the mares and they dissolved on impact. When they were gone, Gem’s body came back together and her purple furred body was seen again.
“The element of plasma!”
Just a few more to go. Cryo had the pleasure of going next as ten more Shadowmares charged him. The cyan part of his front hooves began glowing dimly.
“As fury as its frost!”
Underneath the hooves of each Shadowmare, a circle of cold cyan energy formed. Then the circles took the forms of ten giant ice made spikes that stabbed the henchponies and made them puff into black clouds of smoke then vanish.
“The element of ice!”
Twilight, Applejack, Rainbow, Fluttershy, Rarity, Pinkie, and Spike were all blown away by what they just saw the five ponies do. But they still had one more to witness. Pyro looked at the remaining Shadowmares with a flat look on his face. Then he too stood up on his hind legs, and jerked his two front hooves forward. His hooves both lit up in flames.
“As fearsome as its burn!”
Three balls of fire formed from his hooves and hovered above his head.
“The element of fire! HYAA!”
He threw his front hooves forward unleashing the full fury of what he was doing. Those three balls transformed into long streams of blazing fire. Just by waving his hooves, Pyro controlled those three streams to attack every last remaining Shadowmare by going through their bodies. That took about ten seconds total.
When the work was done, Pyro closed his hooves together and the fire vanished. All of them then retook their original stances and stood on all four hooves again. All breathing a bit heavily after working themselves like that.
When everything was calm and the coast was clear, Twilight and the others all came out of their hiding spot with their jaws dragging in the dirt. Pyro, Terra, Typhoon, Agua, Gem, and Cryo all looked back pleased to see they were alright. But their looks said differently. Physically they were fine. Mentally….right now, not so much.
“What? We didn’t scare you, did we?” Cryo asked.
“Scare us? No. Of course not.” Rainbow assured him. “We’re just a little...uuuhhhhh….what’s the word I’m looking for here?”
“Shocked?” Fluttershy said.
“Yeah that’s it. Shocked.” Rainbow answered.
Pyro nodded at the girl’s words.
“Well I must say I’m not surprised by that. We don’t often meet Equestrian ponies really often. Actually to be honest…you’re all the FIRST Equestrian ponies we’ve met up close and personal. So our powers are somewhat unknown of around these parts.” The fire pony explained.
“I can see why that is.” Twilight said to him. “My special ability is being able to do magic period. And I’ve never seen anything like that before. I didn’t even know earth ponies and pegasus ponies could do things like that. Unicorns maybe. But still.”
“We can do a lot more than what you saw us do.” Terra said.
“Alright enough of this!” Agua shouted which wasn’t really necessary. “What do we do now, oh great leader?”
“First off, YOU can cut the sarcasm.” He shot.
Agua growled back at him, scowled, then looked away.
“Second, we need to head back to the hideout and take a minute to think about who or WHAT the heck this Nightmare Moon character is, and what she has against us.”
“Why?” Gem asked. “You think maybe she’s the one who started the war back home?”
“Not sure, Gem.” Pyro responded. “But as of right now, she’s the only suspect we got AND she seems to have some hatred towards us. We need to find out who she is and what she’s capable of.”
“Ummmm…..we might be able to help y’all with that.” Applejack said.
The six Alamantians turned their heads and looked at their new Equestrian friends with confusion. They then remembered before the fight started that they had mentioned they had a run in with Nightmare Moon before.
Maybe they weren’t as expendable as the Elementals thought.
“You know who she is. How is zat?” Typhoon asked.
“Maybe we should go somewhere where it’s safer to talk.” Twilight suggested.
A good suggestion it was indeed. All of them grabbed their teleporting partner like they did before and one second later, they all felt that tingling sensation return to their bodies as they teleported away in the form of an orb of the respected element.
A few seconds later, when everyone regained their sense of sight, they were back in the hollowed out rock that made their base.
And then the questions began from both sides.
“That was so awesome.” Rainbow Dash started. “Where did you guys learn to fight like that?”
Those were the type of questions that began to go back and forth between both groups. But then Agua got quickly fed up and asked the six Equestrian mares the right question.
“How do you know that Nightmare Moon character?”
It was the question that indeed needed to be both asked and answered. And Twilight was the one to give it and a long explanation.
“It was about a year ago when I first moved to Ponyville from Canterlot. The prediction that Nightmare Moon would escape from her thousand year imprisonment was about to become a reality. When it did, my friends and I harnessed the Elements of Harmony for the first time and used them to defeat her.”
“Wait. The first time?” Gem asked. “You mean you’ve used the Elements more than once?”
“Yeah. The second time was not too long ago.” Twilight said. “It was when Ponyville went all crazy because of a new enemy called Discord. It took some effort put we were able to turn him back into a statue ending his terror.”
“I remember that.” Terra said. “We had to use all the elemental power over nature we had in order to shield this rock from his evil magic.”
It was silent for a few more seconds until the next question was asked.
“If you guys really are the Elements of Harmony, how come you just didn’t take her out when you saw her back there?” Cryo asked.
“Well it doesn’t work that way.” Applejack said. “We’re not the elements themselves. We just have the power to use them. The actual Elements of Harmony are locked away in a vault in Canterlot Castle.”
“But I don’t get it. How is she even alive? I thought we destroyed her.” Rainbow Dash said.
“I don’t know Rainbow.” Twilight answered.
But then she grew a smirk on her face thinking of an idea. She looked over at Pyro and spoke again.
“But I think I know somepony who might be able to help us.”
“Really? Who?” Typhoon asked.
“I’ll explain on the way.” Twilight said. “But we need to go to Canterlot Castle right now.”
“Right now?” Cryo muttered. “Um…Twilight, I’m all for research and everything and I would just LOVE to see the castle in Canterlot. But that fight completely wore me out. Can’t we just take a short rest and go in a few hours or something?”
Twilight thought about that. She and the rest of her five fellow Elements of Harmony were all fine because all they did was watch. But Pyro and his team had to be a little tired due to the fight they were just in. So letting them rest up a bit seemed fair.
“Yeah I guess we can all rest a bit.” Twilight said. “Get to know each other a bit better.”
They seemed to like that idea. Everyone except Agua that is. That blue pony never seemed to like anything. He went off alone to his room where his small pond of the purist water anyone would see waited for him.
Rarity wanted to know if Typhoon’s hair was natural. So she went with her to her room. And it was stereotypically girly. Pink on the walls like her coat and fashion and beauty products everywhere. Rarity LOVED it. Especially the furniture made out of clouds. And there was even a fashion magazine that featured Rarity’s designs in it. But as thrilled as she was to meet a fan of hers, Rarity’s mind went elsewhere on this question.
“You have a magazine subscription? How is that even possible? You live in a rock.”
Typhoon looked back and smiled as laid down on her bed.
“I was in Ponyville almost three years ago when I first came here. I was cloaked to hide of course. But I found mare who was actually willing to deliver mail out here in ze woods. Her name escapes me. But I do remember she had ze strangest of eyes.”
Rarity knew there could only be one pony she was talking about. Strange eyes and a mailmare who would be crazy enough to drop magazines off in front of a rock can only lead to one pony.
“Was her name, Derpy Hooves?”
Typhoon smiled upon hearing that name.
“Oui! Zat was her.”
With a smile and a laugh, Rarity went on to say how much she was flattered that Typhoon was a fan of her clothes and of beauty in general.
Spike wanted to know if Pyro could teach him to breathe fire and move it around. Pyro only responded with a light chuckle and pat on the head thinking he was kidding. But as the rest of them went on to enjoy the next few hours, outside the rock, they had no idea they had been located and were now being watched by a puff of black smoke.
“They are more powerful than I had expected. I must remember not to underestimate them next time. Otherwise they ALL could become a serious problem.”
Nightmare flew off to find someplace of her own to hide. But she was nowhere near done with them. For the Elementals, this was just a normal day for them other than the whole meeting Nightmare Moon thing. But Twilight and her friends had no idea what they were about to get into was gonna take something much more powerful than friendship to overcome. They just hoped it wouldn’t come to that.