As the baby dragon rushed past her to his own tiny throne, the pinkish purple unicorn looked about the room and swallowed as the door swung shut behind her.
"I know there's no excuse for what I did, but I want you all to know that I'm ready for whatever punishment you think is fair."
The purple alicorn in one of the thrones smiled sympathetically. "I've been thinking a lot about how badly Equestria fared without just one group of friends. Because even when one friendship dies, the results can be disastrous."
"I know first-hoof how true that can be..." The unicorn kicked at the floor, eyes downcast.
"And that's why I've asked you here. If you're willing to learn, I'm willing to teach you what I know. You'll have the power to—"
There was a rapid pounding on the door. "Hey! Princess Twilight! Are you in there?!"
The alicorn blinked. "Excuse me a second." She stood and walked over, opening it. "Oh! Hello, Twilight—"
"Sunset says this world underwent temporal fragmentation recently so she sent me to check and make sure that everything's okay—"
"Oh, don't worry, that situation's been dealt with. Mostly. As a matter of fact, we're in the middle of wrapping it up right now."
"Really? You don't mind if I sit in, do you?"
Twilight hemmed. "Well, most of the magical and technical matters have been handled, and what's left is... kind of..." She rolled a hoof, trying to find a good word. "It's... it's a princess thing."
"Politics?" The voice on the other side of the door sighed. "Well.... can you give me your notes on the whole thing? I can head to the library and look over them, see if there's anything we should be worried about."
"Ah, well, I mean, I can see why you'd be interested, but—"
"You did take notes, right?"
"Like you said. Politics. Classified. I don't... It's really complicated and I really am in the middle of something important. I'll have to look through the files to see what I can tell you--"
"Alright, alright. Just... look, as soon as you're done with that, we really need to talk. Sunset's worried about the seven other worlds."
"The other worlds. The ones that sprung up when your timeline fragmented. She's not sure, but it's possible they all connect to the portal on Earth—"
"OOOOOOOOOOKAY! That is important. Good to know. Look, go wait in the library, and I super promise I will explain everything when I'm done here. Okay? Okay." Twilight shut the door quickly, turning back to the assembled ponies. "So! As I was saying—"
"Was that some sort of mutant minotaur?" Starlight asked. "Did you have some mutant minotaur baby?"
"AS. I. WAS. SAYING." Twilight cleared her throat, schooling her expression into a polite smile. "Starlight Glimmer, I'd like for you to become my student and learn the magic of friendship."
"What was that she said about other worlds? Do all those other timelines still exist?!"
"Magic of friendship!" Twilight shouted. "So you don't have to be alone anymore! What do you say?"
"Sweet Celestia, what have I done?!"
Twilight sighed, dragging a hoof down her face. "Okay, Starlight? Breathe. This isn't nearly as bad as the time I almost destroyed the universe."