Standard – Stand Up for Yourself
Twilight was so happy her bike was back at her house when they got back. Not that she couldn't just get another one, but she liked that bike. Apparently, her friends (now joined by Rainbow Dash) covered for her absence, as she got a text message from Pinkie Pie as soon as she got back, asking her to call her as soon as she could.
After talking to Pinkie Pie for a bit, getting her updated on what happened, Twilight took her shower and went to her and Rarity's room. Rarity had taken her shower already and was probably asleep now. Twilight was really worried about Rarity. She hadn't talked much since they returned from Machine. Twilight kept thinking about what Forest Celesta told her about being Rarity's light.
She did think it was interesting that she was a light adept while Rarity was a darkness adept.
Twilight slowly opened the door, but saw that Rarity was still up, looking at the moon from Twilight's window. She was already wearing her pajamas, but she didn't show any sign of going to bed anytime soon.
“I was thinking about going to school tomorrow,” Twilight said walking into the room, “Might be a good idea to see everyone, you know?”
“Mm hm…” Rarity nodded, still not turning to Twilight. Twilight sighed walking over to her.
“Rarity, what's the matter?” Twilight asked, “I haven't known you for very long, but I can tell when you're really upset about something.”
“I'm fine Twilight,” Rarity said, her voice darker, actually giving Twilight a chill. Her entire air was beginning to darken.
“No you're not,” Twilight said, “It's about what we saw in Machine, right? How DASH wasn't able to find your world?” Rarity tensed up, but she didn't turn around, “Rarity-”
“I don't want to talk about it,” Rarity said, the flair in her voice gone, something Twilight noted was a sign that she was really upset, “Just… leave it alone for now, okay?”
“Stop doing that,” Twilight demanded. This time Rarity slightly turned to Twilight.
“Stop doing what?” Rarity asked.
“Pushing me away like this,” Twilight said, looking down and trembling, “I get it, you're suffering right now. You put on a happy face so Fluttershy, DASH, and I won't suspect anything is wrong, but deep down you're in a lot of pain. You're sad, scared, frustrated, angry, all of those things, and it's okay that you feel that way,” Twilight ran over to Rarity, turned her around, and grabbed her shoulders looking her in the eyes, “But what isn't okay is bottling it up like this, and pushing your friends away. I know I'm not your Twilight, but I do care about you. I want to be there for you, but I can't if you keep blocking me out.”
Rarity averted her eyes, and started trembling horribly, like she was about to break down.
“I… I can't…” Rarity said, “If I let it out… I don't know if… I'll stop… or if I'll be able… to… stand…”
“That's okay,” Twilight said, “I'll hold you. I'll hold you for as long as I have to. You'll feel better if you just let it out. Please, Rarity.”
Rarity closed her eyes tightly, and a stream of tears flowed. Twilight immediately embraced her friend, who soon after started wailing, unable to even keep standing. Twilight went down with her, holding her tightly as Rarity lost all composure.
They stayed like that for a good few minutes. Once Rarity calmed down a bit, Twilight took her downstairs and pulled out a carton of strawberry ice cream, which the two of them shared. Rarity hadn't spoken yet, but she also hadn't left Twilight's side.
“I don't know what to do…”
Twilight was started by Rarity's voice, but then turned to her friend confused.
“What do you mean?” Twilight asked.
“When I was alone in that compound, a man called me “Chrono Trigger”, and said that I wasn't from any world,” Rarity said.
“Solaris said something like that too,” Twilight said, “She kept calling you “Chrono Trigger” too. I wonder what that even means.”
“I don't know, but it's sounding like my world might be…” Rarity choked back a sob, covering her mouth and looking away.
“That's what has you so upset,” Twilight said, “Seeing DASH unable to find your world must have been like confirmation of your worst fears.”
“My world, my friends, my family,” Rarity started trembling again, “They're gone…! All of it is gone!” she broke down again, covering her face in her hands, “I'll never see any of them again!”
“What if… what if I am your Twilight?”
Rarity stopped sobbing and looked at Twilight confused, “What do… you mean…?”
“Well, what if your world was just shifted into this one?” Twilight asked, “I mean, that would make sense with what DASH saw, right? I don't know,” Twilight sighed looking forward, “I'm just… I don't want you to give up hope.”
“You… really care that much…?” Rarity asked.
“Of course,” Twilight said, “I know how I'd feel if this happened to me, and I'm willing to bet that if I had met you, you'd be the same way. I don't know how we're going to save your friend or find your world, but I do know that giving up hope isn't the way. So… I want you to be strong. Crack a joke, brag about your appearance, and when you see your enemy, say something really arrogant like you always do.”
Twilight felt Rarity embrace her tightly.
“Thank you, Twilight,” Rarity said softly, “I don't know what I'd do without you.”
“You won't have to figure that out,” Twilight said smiling, “I'll be there for you, no matter what.”
As they hugged, their hands met, their fingers interlocked with each other in a very intimate and loving manner.
The next day, Rarity decided to go with Twilight to school. She needed the distraction, and it honestly didn't make sense to just sit around and do nothing for the day. She wasn't much of a gamer herself unless it was Candy Crush, so she didn't see herself spending the day playing video games, and Standard didn't have any monsters to fight, so no training.
Well, unless she ran into this world's Fluttershy.
Everyone was happy to see her. Pinkie Pie kept asking both her questions about their trip, and even Applejewel seemed interested, especially when she heard about the alternate versions of Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash. Dash actually smiled bashfully when she heard that her alternate self was a robot.
When it was time for homeroom, Twilight and Rarity walked in, surprised when they saw Fluttershy. Rarity waved to her, forgetting what this Fluttershy was like. When she scowled at her and turned away grumbling to herself, Rarity remembered.
Right, Standard Fluttershy is a bitch.
That sounds… so wrong.
When homeroom ended, Rarity shot up and ran after Fluttershy as she left.
“Hey, wait!” Rarity called out. Fluttershy stopped and turned to her.
“What do you want, bitch?” Fluttershy spat.
“I…” hoo boy, after a few days being with a more pleasant Fluttershy, standing in front of this version was back to being jarring, “How… are you doing…?”
“Wanna know how humiliated I am after you cheated in our fight?!” Fluttershy asked harshly.
“C-cheated?! Says the one who tried to ambush me with her goons!”
“I saw that stupid goth's video!” Fluttershy said, “I don't know what that black ball was you shot at me, but I'm going to get my revenge, not just on you, but on everyone there! Jewel, Pinkie Pie,” Twilight walked over to them, “Four-eyes over here!”
“Four-eyes?” Twilight asked.
“Oh, and don't think Dash is safe! She's going to get it the worst! I'm going to make all of you fucking bitches wish you hadn't messed with me!”
With that, Fluttershy stormed off to her next class. Twilight looked at her glasses and frowned.
“I haven't been called Four-eyes since elementary school,” Twilight said, “I didn't even know that insult was still a thing.”
“Oh dear,” Rarity said with a sigh, “I might have messed up a bit.”
“What do you mean?” Twilight asked, putting her glasses back on.
“I was hoping Fluttershy would think about what happened and try to better herself, if only a little,” Rarity admitted, “It sounds more like she's even worse now.”
“Yeah… that's just how she is.”
Both Rarity and Twilight turned to see Rainbow Dash standing meekly behind them.
“She hasn't hurt you or anything, has she?” Twilight asked.
“No more than usual,” Dash said, “Pinkie Pie and Applejewel stay with me most of the time, so she doesn't get the chance to try anything, but she still forces me to do all of her homework.”
“Why do you put up with her?” Rarity asked.
“Because I made a promise,” Dash said somberly, “Remember when I said that Fluttershy got bullied a lot when we were younger? I sort of promised that I'd be her friend no matter what.”
“Wait, you actually consider Fluttershy your friend?” Twilight asked, mirroring Rarity's shock.
“Of course I do,” Dash said as if it were obvious, “I know why she's really like this, and I'm not going to let her attitude destroy our friendship.”
“As loyal as that is,” Rarity said, “And believe me, I think that's really loyal of you, that doesn't give her the right to push you around like that. You need to stand up for yourself.”
“I… can't…” Dash said sadly, “I don't want to hurt her anymore than she is right now. I need to get to class. I'll see you at lunch, okay?”
Dash pushed past them and walked to her next class. Rarity folded her arms and pursed her lips as Twilight sighed shaking her head.
“If this keeps up, Fluttershy's just going to keep bullying Rainbow Dash,” Twilight said, “What should we do?”
“Leave it to me,” Rarity said.
“What are you going to do?” Twilight asked nervously.
“Dashie here can't see herself as strong,” Rarity said, “So I wonder what would happen if she saw a stronger version of herself.”
“Hold on,” Twilight asked, “You're not about to do what I think you're about to do, are you?”
“I am,” Rarity said walking off, “I'll be back in a bit.”
“Rarity, we don't know how the time space continuum would be affected by that,” Twilight said, “We've been lucky so far, but what if we cause a paradox or something.”
“Back in my world, my Twilight once met another world's Twilight and they had a full on conversation,” Rarity explained, “The world didn't implode on itself then, and I don't believe it will do so now. Besides, Dashie needs this.”
Rarity walked out of the school, thankful that she didn't run into any teachers on the way. She walked over to the statue in front of the school, looked around, and then pulled out the gate key. She held it up, and then walked through the base.
When Rarity arrived in Machine, she saw DASH-379 sitting at the computer right where they left her, still working. Nearby she saw Fluttershy lying on a table sleeping. She smiled and walked over to DASH, touching her shoulder.
“Rarity,” DASH said turning to her, “It is good to see you. I apologize, but I have not finished my analysis.”
“That's alright,” Rarity said, “Actually, I need your help with something in Standard.”
“Eh, sure,” DASH said swiveling her chair around, “I can assist you. What do you need?”
Rarity explained to her the whole situation in Standard, about her alternate self's timid nature, and how she was enabling Standard's Fluttershy. When Rarity finished, DASH-379 considered the situation carefully.
“Huh… that is serious,” DASH said.
“I know that this really isn't your business,” Rarity said, “But Dashie is also a good friend of mine, and I want to help her. I figured if she spoke to you, she might get a burst of courage.”
“Well, it is worth a shot,” DASH said standing up, “Allow me to borrow the gate key. If you are willing to stay here with Fluttershy, I will talk to my alternate self and be back soon.”
“She should be heading to her next class soon,” Rarity said, “Thank you, DASH.”
“I could use the break anyway,” DASH said standing up and stretching. Once again, Rarity couldn't take her eyes off DASH's chest. She really wanted to know if Standard Rainbow Dash or her Rainbow Dash for that matter was this built.
Rarity handed her the gate key, and DASH through the warp gate. Realizing that DASH might be a minute, Rarity sat down in the chair and spun around, immediately regretting not bringing some sort of entertainment.
Okay, next time I'm asking Twilight to borrow her hand held or something.
DASH-379 stepped out of the monument and looked around, scanning the environment.
SEARCHING FOR SIGNS OF AUTOMATON LIFE FORMS
SEARCH COMPLETE: NO AUTOMATON LIFE LOCATED WITHIN THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY
INITIATE STEALTH MODE?
Before DASH could figure that out, she heard someone gasp in shock. She looked and saw two students looking at her pointing. When the students ran away, DASH rolled her eyes.
STEALTH MODE WOULD DO NOTHING TO ALTER THE SITUATION
DASH sighed to herself, and then sauntered through the school. As she walked through the halls, a lot of the students and a few teachers were giving her odd looks. She even heard someone actually whistle as she passed by.
WHISTLE IS PROBABLY A SIGN OF ATTRACTION DUE TO UNIT'S PHYSICAL FEATURES
CHANCES OF AWKWARDNESS FOR STANDARD ALTERNATE SELF
Well, she wasn't really phased by it. For one thing, she wasn't programmed to be bashful about her appearance. Also, she was hot, and her armor did a great job of showing that off. Why shouldn't people enjoy the show?
She walked over to another student and tapped her shoulder. When the black haired student turned to her, she stepped back in shock.
“Whoa! Um… Rainbow Dash…? Is that you…?” the student asked.
“I am looking for a girl about your age that favors my appearance,” DASH said, “It is of the utmost importance that I speak with her.”
“Um… this is weird,” The student said, “But… if you're not Rainbow Dash, you're probably looking for the gymnasium. I think this is a free period for her, and she spends that in the gym.”
“Thank you for your assistance,” DASH said with a bow. She then walked off, doing her best to locate the gymnasium.
It took a bit, but she eventually found the gym. Just as the student said, her alternate self was sitting on a bleacher by herself watching students play basket ball. DASH was a little taken aback by how delicate this version of herself looked. She was very pretty in her own right, but she didn't look very strong physically.
DASH walked over to Rainbow Dash and sat down next to her, waiting for her human self to notice her. It only took maybe a second.
“Ahh!” Rainbow Dash screamed in shock. DASH turned her human counterpart and smirked.
“Hey, you are this world's version of me, right?” DASH asked. Rainbow Dash's eyes were wide.
“Oh my God… you're the alternate version of me that Rarity met!” she cried, “The one who's a robot!”
“So you know about me. That makes things easier,” DASH-379 said.
“W-why are you here though?” Rainbow Dash asked nervously, “This isn't like the Terminator, is it?”
“The… Terminator…?” DASH-379 asked confused, “No no no, I am here on Rarity's behalf. She asked me to talk to you.”
“Rarity asked you…?” Rainbow Dash asked.
“She told me about you and this world's Fluttershy,” DASH-379 said, “How she bullies you.”
“She's… difficult…” Dash said, “But she's not a bad person.”
“I did not say she was,” DASH-379 said, “But she does bully you, correct?”
Rainbow Dash tried to deny it, but she sighed looking shamed, “Maybe a little…”
“Do you know why she targets you so much?” DASH-379 asked.
“It's because… I'm her friend,” Rainbow Dash admitted, “She goes after everyone a bit, but when it comes to me, I'm the main one she attacks.”
“Why do you allow her to do that?” DASH-379 asked, “Why do you not stand up for yourself?”
“Because she needs someone…” Rainbow Dash said sadly, “I don't like the way she is now. Actually, I hate it. She used to be so nice, but after her friend died, she was crushed. If I don't stay with her, she's going to be alone…”
“You value her as a friend,” DASH-379 stated.
“I do,” Rainbow Dash said, “That's why I…”
“That is why you have to be the one to face her,” DASH-379 said, shocking Rainbow Dash.
“Uh, yeah. You claim that you value her as a friend, but right now all you are doing is enabling her. You want her to go back to the way she was before, right?”
“More than anything,” Rainbow Dash said.
“So how is what you are doing now helping her with that? How does being her punching bag, doing her homework, and letting her crush your self-esteem bring her back to being her old self?”
Rainbow Dash looked down seriously, gripping the skirt of her dress tightly, “Um… you know another Fluttershy, right? What's she like?”
“She is a wonderful person,” DASH-379 said, “Kind, strong willed, maybe a little slow when it comes to machinery, but she always means well. I am assuming that is more like the Fluttershy you remember?”
Rainbow Dash nodded, “She was so sweet back then. When we were kids, she never hurt anyone. She liked animals, mainly bunnies. She cried a lot, but that was okay, because she had Rarity and… me…”
At that moment, almost on cue it seemed, Fluttershy stepped in. DASH-379 had to admit, seeing Fluttershy like this really messed with her head, but she didn't let it show. Fluttershy turned to them and stormed over to them.
“Hey Rainbow Trash, the teacher said that my math homework was wrong,” Fluttershy fussed, “You better do a better job next…” she noticed DASH-379 sitting there and stepped back, “What the fuck…? Who are you supposed to be?”
“That is not important,” DASH-379 said, “I believe Rainbow Dash here has something to say to you, right?”
DASH-379 turned to Rainbow Dash, and looked at her intently. Rainbow Dash stood up, looking down trembling as Fluttershy got closer to her, looming over her.
“Is that right, Skittle-Head?” Fluttershy asked, “You have something to say to me?”
“You… you…” as Rainbow Dash stammered, DASH-379 looked up at her nervously, and Fluttershy narrowed her eyes at her.
“What?” Fluttershy asked harshly, “You got something to say apparently, right? So come out and say it, if you've got the guts that is.”
Rainbow Dash tightened her fists, shaking uncontrollably thinking about what Rarity and Twilight said to her, what DASH-379 said, and also how badly she wanted her Fluttershy back. What happened next shocked everyone, as Rainbow Dash took a deep breath.
“YOU CAN DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK!!!”
Everyone stopped what they were doing, all eyes on Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy. DASH-379 smiled proudly, but Fluttershy was shaking in rage.
“W-what… did… you… say…?!” Fluttershy seethed.
“Y-you h-heard me…!” Rainbow Dash said, still trembling but now looking Fluttershy dead in the eyes, “I've… put up with you… for years… because you're my best friend… but this… stops… NOW! I'm not going to be your victim anymore!”
Fluttershy started breathing heavily, her face starting to turn red she was so angry, “You… talked back… to me…?! I WILL FUCKING WRECK YOU, BITCH!!!”
“Go on!” Rainbow Dash said, “Instead of threatening to do it, just do it! Maybe that's what I need to stop putting up with you! To see that my best friend is really gone!”
Fluttershy raised her hand as if to slap her, and Rainbow Dash flinched in fear. The hit never came though, as Fluttershy looked like she was struggling with herself. She stepped away from Rainbow Dash trembling as tears fell from her eyes.
“I hate you…” Fluttershy said, “I FUCKING HATE YOU!!!”
She then turned around and ran out of the gymnasium. Everyone was silent for a few seconds, until someone started clapping. Soon, all the students in the gym started clapping. DASH-379 stood up and patted her human counterpart on the back.
“You did good, Rainbow Dash,” DASH-379 said.
“You heard her though…” Rainbow Dash said sadly, “She hates me now…”
“That was a lie,” DASH-379 stated, “She is resisting, but she felt what you were saying. Hearing her best friend call her out on her bad behavior might be the wake-up call she needs.”
“I… I don't know where any of that came from,” Rainbow Dash said, “I'd never be able to do that before…”
“You could, you just did not know you could,” DASH-379 said putting her hands on Rainbow Dash's shoulders, “You and I are the same. That means deep down you have the heart of a warrior,” she smirked, “Besides, I refuse to believe anyone with my face is weak. As far as I am concerned, you are a DASH unit like me, and that means you are the best in your line.”
“I'm… the best…?” Rainbow Dash asked before smiling more confidently, “Yeah. I guess I am pretty cool. Thanks robot me.”
“Do not mention it human me,” DASH-379 said, “Oh, do not be surprised if your popularity shoots up a good sixty percent. See ya, DASH-380.”
“Popularity…?” Rainbow Dash asked, “What do you mean by that?” she stopped when she noticed how her robot counterpart walked, unable to take her eyes off her hips. As she started blushing, she noticed two of the boys playing earlier behind her watching too.
“So uh… just how similar do you look to that?” one boy asked. Rainbow Dash looked down sheepishly, blushing even more now.
Yep, she was now a superstar in the school.
Outside the gym, DASH-379 thought back to what she just did and smiled.
“I think she will be just fine,” DASH said to herself, “I have to do my best too. Rarity is counting on me,” she looked down at her hand and tightened it into a fist, “Even if I am malfunctioning, Rarity is my friend, and I have to do whatever it takes to help her.”
With renewed spirit, DASH-379 made her way back to Standard's warp gate. She felt something within her change, almost as if she gained a new power of some sort. When she checked the list of elements she knew, she saw a new one present.
When DASH returned to Machine, she saw Fluttershy was now awake, sitting in front of Rarity who was applying make-up.
“And there,” Rarity said, “Take a look.”
Rarity held out a mirror and pointed it at Fluttershy, who looked mesmerized.
“I pretty like you now?” Fluttershy asked. Rarity giggled.
“Oh darling, you were already gorgeous,” Rarity said, “This just calls attention to how gorgeous you are.”
“Looks like you two are having fun,” DASH said smiling. Fluttershy immediately shot up and ran over to DASH hugging her.
“DASH! You come back! I scared when woke up and you not here!” Fluttershy cried. DASH looked Fluttershy in the eyes intently, “DASH…? You okay…?”
“Y-yeah…” DASH said softly. She smiled and pulled Fluttershy into a tight embrace, “I am fine Fluttershy. Just… promise me you will never change, and we will always be friends, okay?”
“Promise,” Fluttershy said immediately, returning the embrace, “I never change, and I always your friend.”
DASH released Fluttershy and walked over to Rarity, “I believe this belongs to you.”
Rarity took back the gate key and smiled, “Thank you DASH. Is everything okay now?”
“Everything is fine,” DASH said, “My human counterpart has taken a major step to becoming stronger, and I feel that I have become stronger as a result.”
“Wonderful,” Rarity said, “I feel better then. But… are you sure you're okay, darling? You have a sort of… odd look in your eyes.”
“I… guess seeing a version of Fluttershy and I that were not so close just… affected me,” DASH explained.
“What matters is how close you are with this Fluttershy,” Rarity said, “No matter what, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy have been, and always will be best friends. I think that's just something that has to happen in any world.”
“Perhaps so,” DASH said returning to her chair, “I will work overtime to get the information on Lavos, and anything that can locate your world.”
“Thank you…” Rarity said, somewhat surprised by how far DASH was going for her, “That… means a lot to me.”
DASH-379 nodded to her, and put her focus back to the computer. Rarity turned to Fluttershy and took her hands.
“I have to go for now, Fluttershy. I'll be back tomorrow though, okay?”
Fluttershy nodded smiling and embraced Rarity lovingly, “Bye Rarity. I see you tomorrow.”
Rarity used the gate key, and went through returning to Standard. She was anxious to see what the aftermath of that would be.
When Rarity walked out to the portal and went back to the school, it was lunch time. She picked up her lunch and met up with her friends in the library. She only saw Applejewel, Twilight, and Pinkie Pie waiting for her.
“Well look who reappeared,” Applejewel said, “You missed somethin crazy.”
“Oh did I?” Rarity asked sitting down.
“This scantily clad robot that looked like Rainbow Dash just walked through the school like she owned the place and talked to her!” Pinkie Pie said excitedly, “Then Fluttershy came in being a bitch like usual, and Dashie told her off!”
“Is that right?” Rarity said, feigning ignorance, “Sounds like things got exciting while I was gone.”
“Are you sure this was okay Rarity?” Twilight asked, “DASH really called attention to herself with that,” Applejewel and Pinkie Pie turned to her, “I'm talking about the robot Dash.”
“Oh,” both girls said at the same time.
“I'm sure it'll be fine,” Rarity said, “Speaking of, where is Dashie?”
“Probably runnin away from all the boys givin her rhythm,” Applejewel said, “Poor thing is so shy, she's probably afraid ta leave the bathroom now.”
They heard the library door open, and all four of them looked out to see who it was. They saw Rainbow Dash walk into the library with a boy. They couldn't hear what was being said, but he smiled sheepishly rubbing the back of his head, and Rainbow Dash giggled. The boy waved to her and left, and Rainbow Dash squealed happily before running to where her friends were waiting for her.
“Hi girls,” Dash said, more enthusiastically than usual.
“Hey… Dashie…” Twilight said, “You seem to be in good spirits.”
“Ever since my robot self appeared, I've been getting so much attention!” Dash said happily, “Before no one noticed me, but now I'm one of the most popular girls in school!”
“And… yer okay with that…?” Applejewel asked.
“I was surprised too,” Dash admitted looking down, “I was scared at first, but after a while, something inside of me lit up. I realized everyone in the school was talking about me and well, I think I like that.”
“That's wonderful,” Rarity said embracing Rainbow Dash, “I'm so happy for you. Now, what about Fluttershy though.”
“I'm not worried about her,” Dash said honestly, “She had a chance to attack me, but she didn't take it. I'm sure now, deep down my best friend is still in there, and I'm going to keep fighting for her. But…” Rainbow Dash opened her lunch, “she's doing her own homework from now on.”
Everyone laughed at that, Rarity the hardest and happiest. Somehow, she seemed just a tad more like her own Rainbow Dash.
“So… question for the blog,” Pinkie Pie asked pointing her camera at Rainbow Dash, “Who was the boy you came in with, and what were you talking about?”
“Oh, that was Soarin,” Dash said, blushing madly and smiling, “He… asked me out on a date this weekend.”
Turned out this was the break that Rarity needed, as she felt so much better now when she woke up next to Twilight the next day. The two of them showered, got dressed (Rarity taking extra time with her make-up) and they made their way to the warp gate early in the morning.
They arrived in Machine shortly after, immediately going over to DASH-379 and Fluttershy.
“Hello friends,” Fluttershy said happily.
“Hey Fluttershy,” Twilight said hugging Fluttershy, “It's seriously great to see you again.”
“Did you discover anything?” Rarity asked DASH-379.
“Concerning your world's location, I am afraid not,” DASH admitted, “But, I did discover something very interesting concerning Lavos.”
“That's a start at least,” Twilight said, “What did you find?”
“It turns out, Lavos gives off unusual temporal energy,” DASH explained, “It is the same temporal energy that comes off of Rarity.”
“Really?” Rarity asked looking at her hand.
“DASH, tell them other thing,” Fluttershy urged.
“Ahh, right. So once I discovered that, Fluttershy suggested looking for that energy signal elsewhere. Sure enough, I did not have to look very far either. Turns out, there are two locations that give off this temporal energy. The first one being here in Machine.”
“And the second one?” Rarity asked.
“In the third and final registered world,” DASH said, “We have code named this world “Medieval” as it seems to favor more of a medieval style.”
“You mean that other world we saw,” Twilight said, “I think we should go there next.”
“I agree,” Rarity said, “We can come back here and investigate anytime, but if there's a new lead we need to follow it.”
“So… we go to new world then?” Fluttershy asked.
“Yes,” Rarity said, “We're going to Medieval.”
“Then we should depart immediately,” DASH said, “Solaris told me that she is monitoring this area, so we can leave this in confidence.”
“Then let's not waste any time,” Twilight said.
The four of them walked over to the warp gate, standing in front of it. Rarity held up up the gate key, and led her new team through the warp gate, making their way to their next destination and newest horizon.
Next stop, Medieval.
Deep in a lush forest, a group of knights were camped out. They were making their way back to their kingdom of Canterlot, sadly not with good news. Their queen was still nowhere to be seen, but after the rough time they had, their leader felt it was time for them to return home to regroup.
Said leader stood on a hill looking out at the horizon. Clad in silver knights armor with a flowing red cape, they tightened their fists.
“Even if I have to go alone, I will not rest until I find my queen,” the knight said, “That's the mark of a knight of the queen, right teacher?”
The leader drew their sword and held it up, red energy briefly shining through it.