"Now careful, everypony. A little to the left." Rarity called out to the construction crew as a large claw eased a sign that read "The Shining Mare" onto a ledge of the front of a large building.
"Perfect!" She yelled in delight. "It looks like everything is properly positioned, and not a moment too soon." She trotted over to Fancy Pants, who was signing a piece of paper on a clipboard.
"Yes, and the payment has been made. I must say, Miss Rarity, we make quite a team, you and I." The tall, unicorn stallion spoke with an airy accent.
"I'm glad you think so." Rarity stumbled on her words, giggling in between. The building was a magnificint sight, the architecture seeming almost Victorian with its old-fashioned stone finish and lamp posts. On the top of the building stood a golden statue of a pony holding a book.
"Oh yeah! It's gonna be fantastic!" Pinkie Pie jumped out of a box of party favors, nearly giving the two unicorns heart attacks.
"Goodness, Pinkie, a little warning next time?" Rarity stumbled back into Fancy's forelegs, which caused her to blush slightly.
"Oh oh! I had this thought. Twilight's brother married a princess, right? So that makes him a prince, but then wouldn't Twilight be a princess too?"
"Oh heavens no, Pinkie, Twilight wouldn't-"
"Actually, it does seem likely, Miss Rarity." Fancy Pants interrupted her. "You see, by Canterlot law, all members of the married party are included into the royal family, but whether this means Twilight and her parents have royal titles I do not know. However because Twilight is not only in the same generation as her brother, but is immediate family, Miss Sparkle could have the title of Princess or Duchess of Canterlot." Fancy Pants finished explaining.
"Huh? Really?" Rarity looked at him with large, wide eyes as though in shock.
"Looks like Twilight will be calling the Princess Auntie Celestia from now on!" Pinkie squeeled to everypony's amusement as they laughed.
"How one Pegasis could damage that many buildings is beyond me." Doctor Whooves put his face in his hooves as Derpy flew behind him.
"I'm sorry Mister Doctor, I just don't-"
"What went wrong? Don't worry about it, Miss Hooves, you're still my number one assistant." He winked as her, causing her to blush. A siren blared out of the machine he had recently shown Twilight as a large, white blob began moving around the vicinity of Canterlot on its map.
"There it is again!" Derpy cried.
"Interesting, it seems to be condensing onto one spot. But where?" He began to fiddle with the machine until the map zoomed in on the city.
"Great Caeser's goats!" He exclaimed, stepping back. "That thing is condensing onto Twilight!" Derpy gasped.
"We gotta get to her, first!" Derpy flew out of the room as fast as she could.
"Allonsy!" Doctor Whooves raced after her.
"Hey Twilight, are you feeling ok?" Applejack had joined her and Rainbow Dash as they walked around Canterlot, her task with the catering company finished. Twilight looked a little pale, not much different, but a little less purple than what she usually is.
"Of course, guess I'm just a little tired, that's all." She smiled.
"Well no reason to be tired on your big day, sugarcube." Applejack winked. "We got all kinds of good eats down at the place Rarity's-"
"Twily!" A grey Pegasus dashed down and collided with her, knocking her back into a food stand. "Twily, thank Celestia, Mister Doctor has some news for you, come quick!" Rainbow Dash pulled Derpy off of Twilight and pushed her away.
'What do you think you're doing, Derpy?!" Dash was quite annoyed. "You could have knocked her head off!"
"Rainbow, I'm fine!" Twilight picked herself up off the ground and shook the dirt and crumbs from the bread on the cart out of her mane. "I'm so sorry for your bread, I'll pay for it." She reached into her saddlebag for some bits.
"No need, Miss Sparkle, this one's on the house." The stallion smiled. "Or should I say, on the coat?" He started chuckling as he tossed her a loaf of bread.
"What is wrong with you, Derpy? Isn't it enough that you nearly crashed into the delivery cart this afternoon?" Applejack scolded her.
"I'm sorry, Mister Doctor needs to see Twily really soon. He's on his way now."
"Mister Doctor?" Applejack looked confused.
"Doctor Whooves, from Ponyville." Twilight and Rainbow said simultaneously.
"Aha! Found you! Twilight, you must come with me, you're in danger." Doctor Whooves ran up to them, out of breath. "Dear Celestia, Miss Derpy, you're lucky you can fly."
"What do you mean she's in danger?" Applejack asked.
"I knew it! I knew something was wrong!" Rainbow Dash exclaimed. 'We're getting Rarity and we're heading back to Ponyville right now."
"No!" Twilight yelled.
"I swear, Twilight, if I have to carry you unconcious, I will get you home." Rainbow Dash stood firm in front of Twilight, pushing her head against Twilight's and moving forward. Twilight dug her hooves into the dirt and held her ground, pushing Rainbow back. Rainbow's eyes grew cold as her wings flared like she was about to take off, raising off the ground onto her hind legs as Twilight's horn began to glow, readying a spell.
"That's enough, you two!" Doctor Whooves and Applejack pulled them apart. Rainbow looked at Twilight with anger in her eyes.
Anger and tears.
"I'm sorry." Rainbow's voice cracked.
"Rainbow..." Twilight eased towards her, but Rainbow brushed her aside and turned her back to her.
A loud neighing sound filled the air as the ponies looked up at the darkening sky, the clouds closing in on the city until the tallest tower was the only thing that measured how high the clouds stretched into the sky. Three large, spectral ponies raced down onto the streets of Canterlot, freezing everything they came in contact with with their breath.
"Windegoes!" A random pony shouted as screams of fright filled the air. The Windegoes were joined by several others, each one neighing and freezing everything in their path.
"Come on Rainbow, we gotta do something!" Twilight yelled over the commotion.
"I agree completely. Miss Derpy, if you would?" He held out his hooves.
"Okie dokie!" Derpy Hooves grabbed him by the forelegs and lifted him up into the air at breakneck speed.
"I'll dispel the clouds and bring the sun back, you three focus on distracting the creatures until the Canterlot guard gets here!" The Doctor shouted as he became enveloped in the unnatural clouds.
"Well you heard 'em." Applejack produced a long rope and lassoed one of the beasts by its front legs and pulled it down. "Yeehaw!" She yelled as it pulled her up with it.
Twilight's horn flared as she shot a series of spells into the Windegoes that flung them back. The air itself cracked as she continued to fire heat spells into them as Rainbow Dash barraged them with a series of bucks at high speed.
"Come on, I'll take you all on!" Rainbow Dash shouted as she flew straight into the crowd of Windegoes, knocking them all back with her wings and forelegs.
"Whoooaa!" Applejack flew around attatched to the Windegoe, her rope still her her mouth. "A little help here?" She said through her teeth as the creature flung her around.
"Applejack!" Twilight aimed her horn at the rampant beast, preparing a spell that would knock the thing down. Something was stopping her, though, a fear of hitting Applejack instead. She stopped her concentration as the Windegoe continued to fling itself about.
Do it. A voice entered her head.
You have the power, dear, use it. The voice grew louder and louder as Twilight's eyes turned from their usual purple color to pure white.
Send them to Tartaros. It said again as Twilight lowered her head as her horn flared even brighter and louder. She looked towards the Windegoe that was carrying Applejack and fired a spell that rattled the space around her. Applejack's eyes widened as the unthinkable happened that caused Twilight's eyes to change again. The spell slammed into both the Windegoe and Applejack as they both came crashing down into the ground.
"No! Applejack!" Twilight screamed as her friend slammed into the earth with a loud crack.
"Got it!" A loud crash sounded through the sky as the clouds dissipated, exposing the Windegoes to the sun and the incoming Canterlot guard.
"This way men!" A familiar voice sounded as a large unicorn stallion ran across the ground towards her, the guards fending off the remaining Windegoes. The unicorn was white, with a blue mane and wore purple armor as opposed to the golden armor of the others. "Twily!" He shouted.
"Brother?" Twilight whimpered as tears filled her eyes. Applejack, how could she have hit her too. The world began to spin around her as her eyes became heavy. Finally her eyes closed and her horn stopped shining as she fell to the ground, out cold.
Now you're mine, Star Swirl.