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“W-why are you thanking me, Twilight?” I said with confusion and surprise at the mare in front of me.
I was in Canterlot Castle’s yard not too long after the memory at Twilight’s house. I had been brought by a royal carriage sent by Celestia after receiving a letter from Spike which told her about my wing problem. I did not know about Spike’s letter until the carriage arrived.
…He’s not a bad dragon after all… just a little… annoying?
After arriving, I saw Luna. She had a concerned look in her face that lightened up as soon as she saw me. Suddenly, a whole medical team surrounded me and checked my temperature and my pulse rate, then, they proceeded to examine my wing. They concluded that my wing would heal fast, specially because of my power as an alicorn. When the doctors left, I asked Luna for Dawn, she just smiled and took me to the yard.
The yard was, indeed, worth of royalty. Adorned from right to left with flowers of countless colors and shapes, all of them releasing a sweet aroma.
In front of me was Twilight Sparkle, or Dawn Shine. She had a soft smile in her face while she nuzzled Celestia, who covered her with her wing. Both of them had a subtle blush.
“It’s… a little complicated” said Twilight with a sheepish smile
“No it is not” Luna interrupted “you are in love with my sister”
“Oh, yeah, that’s obvious” I said calmly
“You… knew?” Twilight had a surprised look
“After Spike told me about your recent behavior, yes” I gave a step forward as I saw Twilight give a light chuckle at the mention of his assistant “but I still don’t understand how you could switch from Luna to her… sister…”
Ok… this is starting to sound sick…
“Oh, well that’s…”
“Dear, how would you feel if you fell in love with your own almost mother and mentor?” Celestia interrupted Twilight, folding her wing and looking serenely at me. I imagined myself falling in love with Celestia.
I shuddered at the thought and quickly dismissed it.
An awkward silence followed Celestia’s statement. I thought deeper into it, and remembered my mother… and I would have felt terrible, but anybody would fall for such a mare. The lack of a spontaneous memory made me release a sigh of relief; I wasn’t crazy enough to fall for my mother when being a filly.
“…So I was a… shield to hide the truth, right?” Luna finally said, breaking the silence and my thoughts
“I’m sorry princess…” Twilight said with a depressed tone.
“It is all right… Twilight Sparkle” Luna answered. I noticed she gave me a wink; I knew what she was trying to tell me.
“Um… can you excuse us for a moment?” I requested the couple, who instantly agreed. We were a few feet away from them when the question that I feared the most was asked.
“But, wait! …who are you anyways?”
Twilight’s voice made the same echo from before, which lowered in the exact same way, going through my ears and entering my head; I had to do it. I had to tell her the truth…
Or perhaps ‘show’ her the truth…
A nod from Luna gave me the necessary strength to turn around, recite the memory spell and approach Twilight slowly…
“…What are you…?”
“Relax…” I said with a subtle smile; an attempt to resist the tears that began to well in the corner of my eyes.
She had a confused look in her face, but I could sense fear in her eyes. I widened my smile lightly, trying to reassure her, which I saw worked.
The same wave of emotions hit my heart as I gave each step… She was there… my big sister was finally there… I could only hope the spell would work… that she would recover her old memories… but that she wouldn’t lose her new ones.
The worst thoughts came into the surface of my mind… the pain she would feel when she realizes her parents weren’t her parents, her brother wasn’t her brother, her life… wasn’t her life… and, to tell the truth, she seemed happy with her new life…
But the past comes back sooner or later…
As soon as my horn touched her forehead, an intense flash came out of it…
Millions of memories ran through my head; memories I already saw, and memories that were yet to be seen…
It wasn’t like I had given her my memories, in fact, quite the opposite, she was giving me the memories that the memory spell unlocked, like opening an old chest full of long forgotten objects…
The light faded when we opened our eyes. We were in shock; we had just seen the tale of our lives in 5 seconds. We stared directly into our purple eyes, literally paralyzed. We remained like that for what seemed an eternity… until I spoke up…
My voice was breaking and my respiration and heart beats increased their pace. I was expecting an answer, an answer that confirmed that pony was still there…
My heart skipped a beat at the sight a smile forming on her face… and a gentle movement I identified as a nod…
The small amount of space between us broke when he both leaned on a warm embrace. I buried my face in her neck, inhaling the relaxing and familiar lavender scent that came from her coat. I knew the scent was natural; she has always had this sweet aroma coming from her, however, in my past, every time my nostrils sensed it, I knew nothing good was coming, but that childhood trauma was about to change.
Dawn broke the embrace, holding my right shoulder with a forehoof and caressing my hair (I had just noticed was still covering my left eye) with the other one. She stared directly into my eyes; I noticed her joyful expression changed to one of concern. She put her hoof under my chin and pulled it slightly closer to her face, move I now thought looked a little… ‘weird’… I was mentally pleading for Luna not to think what I was thinking.
“…Your left eye…” her eyebrows curled in concentration as she now stared exclusively at my left eye.
“Oh?” I removed some tears from my face with my hoof “it is now healed! I am already used to not seeing through it so I didn’t notice the hair and…”
“No, it's of a different color…”
“Is something wrong with Passion?” a worried sick Luna asked while approaching us. She positioned herself besides Dawn; as soon as she saw my eye, her look changed to one of shock. Soon, Celestia joined, though she was able to hide the feeling of surprise more efficiently.
“…Remember Chrysalis?” Dawn asked.
“Why in the HAY do you remind me to that...”
“BECAUSE it is necessary!” Dawn interrupted with her stern ‘older sister’ tone before any ‘inappropriate’ word escaped my mouth “and…” she muttered something none of us could understand, safe for Celestia, whose attempts of hiding the shock failed.
“…You… are joking… Twili…”
“I am not Twilight” she turned to face Celestia “and unfortunately, yes, it is true, but that was long ago”
It seems the memories of her past have returned her part of her… old behavior…
“COULD YOU JUST TELL ME WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?!” Luna yelled with her old Royal Canterlot Voice, her eyes burned with frustration. However, no matter how loud The Voice was, the mares did not pay any attention to the angry princess.
The Voice was sure familiar. Memories of when Celestia and Luna took me to Equestria soon filled my head. I could remember when they spoke with their subjects with The Voice and the Royal ‘we’ in some of the events I could witness.
I changed my concentration from The Voice to what Dawn muttered. I replayed the sound (or what I could remember from it) in my mind and identified the words ‘that’, ‘girlfriend’, ’once’.
“Luna, what does my eye look like?” I whispered to Luna.
“it looks like Chrysalis’ eye” she answered, her eyes were fixed on her sister.
“I refuse to believe this…” Celestia finally spoke up
“…That is... not up to me…"
The past, the past, the past… which DAMN past?!... Wait… Chrysalis…
I explored the memories of my childhood to find the answer... which was unexpected...
You… you MUST be kidding me… of all mares… why HER?!
My filly version walked alone through the silent hallways of the Nicardia Castle with a ton of books telekinetically; this was my daily routine. I was walking in front of my sister’s room when I heard a soft giggle… it came from my sister… I intended to ignore it until I heard another giggle… it was definitely not from Dawn…
Curiosity got the best of me; I approached the door and opened it until the hole was large enough so I could see what was inside without being noticed. I saw two mares: my sister and… an alicorn-like mare that was slightly taller than my sister… It was black and it had holes in its feet. Its horn was… simply… deformed, and her wings resembled those of a fly. It had dark green hair and eyes of the same color. A pair of fangs could be seen as she smiled seductively at my sister as she closed the distance between her face and my sister’s and…
…Planted a soft kiss in her lips…
The scene… made me want to vomit…
Both mares had their eyes closed… the mare opened her eyes and stared with her green shiny eyes at me… I ran as fast as I could from the place...
I stood there… staring at nothing with a blank expression…. I looked up at the starry sky… and spotted a dark cloud… an army of Changelings… lead by Chrysalis…
Not this again…
“Tell me you broke with her…”
“I thought you would also remember that…” Dawn said while looking at the terrible sight that resided in the sky with a calm expression.
Ah… I had no childhood…
I was, again as a filly, at the library studying the anatomy of the horn when I heard two voices coming from behind a bookshelf. I approached the bookshelf and looked around its corner to spot my sister and Chrysalis again. I was expecting another ‘scene’, but what I saw was totally different; they were arguing.
"What are you planning to do?!” Dawn said with an angry expression at the Changeling princess.
“Don’t you see the grand opportunity we have right in front us?!” Chrysalis’ younger version said to my sister “Nicardia could be ours! What your father calls glory can be turned into something better! We can conquer ANY kingdom using the technology we have here… including Equestria…”
“…How are you planning to do that?” Dawn’s tone showed a slight interest.
“Getting rid of your parents of course” Chrysalis could smell victory and power coming her way; her attempts on persuading my sister seemed to be a total success.
“…No… you can do anything you want to my father… but you leave my mother ALONE!”
“SHE WOULD TRY TO STOP US IF WE LET HER LIVE!” she stomped the ground emphasizing each word “…then, my efforts would go to waste…”
“…Your efforts?” Dawn gave a step backwards “so… you are with me only to take my kingdom?”
“N-no! of course not!” it didn’t take time for her to notice the mistake she made “you are thinking that after everything I have done for you?!”
“EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DONE TO FOOL ME!” it was the first time I saw my sister heartbroken; tears ran freely through her lavender cheeks “IT IS OVER!”
I saw my sister run into my direction. With fear at being severely punished for spying, I dashed into my seat and pretended to be studying. I could hear Dawn’s sobs as she left the library; however, the changeling princess was still there. Fear overcomes my mind. My heart raced and sweat ran through my forehead. A chill ran through my spine as I heard a whisper…
“If you really appreciate your life… you should keep your mouth shut…”