And so you sat in wait with Chrysalis. But a part of you felt...different. You were internally plotting. Scheming even. The ball was in your court. And you had to make sure to paint Chrysalis as a good pony while trying to get what you want. You couldn't play your game anymore. You had to play hers....but you'd tweak the rules.
Spike is the one to open the door however. "Oh hey Anon....woah...who's this?" Spike, the moment he looked at Chrysalis, was nearly smitten...nearly. The spot in his heart for Rarity couldn't be taken. But just looking at Chrysalis made it feel heavy.
"I'm-" Nymous had began to speak. But you immediatly cut her off.
"This is my long lost sister.Everything checked out by Miss Cheerilee and ready for Twilight if need be. She's good and kind and..." You start immediately nuzzling up on Chrysalis. digging your head into her side. "And I love her so much."
Chrysalis, you could hear make a low audible noise of disgust. She didn't expect or even know what the hell you were doing. But she wasn't comfy with the sudden display of affection. She was the taker for food. But not the giver...especially when she could tell there was no love actually coming from you.
"......uhuh.....Anon, are you sure she's your sister. Because she looks kind of.." Spike had to wipe a few beads of sweat from his forehead.
"Yes, I-" Nymous tried to speak, but again you cut her off.
"She's adorably cute? Yup! Isn't she just the cutest? Absolutely contrast to my heroic looks....Hey is Twilight in?" You poke your head past Spike to falsely look about.
"Twilight? Yeah, she's having a look see at the map. Seeing if she could come up with a spell to improve its effects or something like that. Come on in!" Spike opened both doors wide to let the both of you in and started making his way towards Twilight.
"...Excuse me" Chrysalis looks at you. "But what was all that?"
You don't look at her, you just stare ahead with a determined look. Locked on for victory. "Just playing the game Chrysalis, you want to set up your relationship with Twilight? Fine, but I was here first. And we're going to play by my rules."
"Your rules? And when did you suddenly decide to regrow your backbone?" She was now VERY annoyed. "You couldn't have waited until after I was done? That dragon's love was mine to have"
"...Yeah don't bother. Even if you captivate him, it'll only be for like a minute. He could get all kinds of mares at the Crystal Empire and yet he's still dumb enough to go after Rarity." You look towards Chrysalis, still determined. "You came here and immediately started screwing with me. Unfortunately, you chose the one thing that was already driving me up the wall to make worse. And that's my relationship with my friends. And I just came off a week with Twilight. I'm not doing a second because you decided to be "Diabolical". Also...." You lift your leg. It seemed Spike was too preoccupied to notice the bandages. "I owe you for this. You are the queen, you have to answer for your hive's work."
"You dirty little..." Chrysalis looked like she wanted to smash you
"Yeah yeah..." You start walking forward without looking at her. "You're the one who wanted this. You shouldn't have started with a strong game. I told you I was going to show you the good side of friendship....Can't do that unless I actually step up."
Chrysalis started grumbling to herself. She didn't expect you suddenly step up so fast. It worked for her long term goal. But for the short term? It was pissing her off. "Well then..." She growled as she started to walk with you "At least I can say that I did good work as usual. But this is still my game..."
"Good for you...Now smiles. Because Twilight is trigger happy sometimes. Wouldn't want her finding out who you really are. Right?"
Chrysalis let's out an annoyed chuckle "Same with you....don't overdo it Anon. They still expect you to be friendly and wimpy"
"Probably gonna expect the same from you..." You tell her
You both step up to the entrance hall doors and open them, leading to Twilight, who was looking towards the doors. Spike at her side. Spike had already alerted her of your arrival.
"Hey Twilight! I'd like you to meet somepony!" You say with a big smile, Twilight finding the whole thing off already.
"Spike told me...." She looked towards Nymous with suspicion "...You're Anon's sister? Really?"
"Oh yes..." Nymous went looking into her saddle bag for the proof. She put it on the cutie map table, the same array of proof while explaining the same tale to Twilight as she did to Cheerilee. Twilight was looking very carefully at all of it. But she couldn't be absolutely sure.
"Spike, go into the library and get me Anon's old papers. I want to see if it matches up with this." Twilight just wanted to be sure, she wanted to protect you.
"Sure Thing Twilight!" Spike salutes and heads off to fetch the papers.
Twilight smiled, already wanting to show Nymous some hospitality for the sad story she had to tell. Twilight wasn't in tears. Her suspicions still raging up that keeps her from crying. That and her logical sense that it should be a happier moment.
"Soo..Nymous. You came all the way to Ponyville to find your brother. That's great, but what are you going to do about living arrangements?" She asks. She had wondered if she had met Discord at all.
Nymous frowns. "Oh...Princess Twilight" She bows "I didn't...think about that actually...it didn't seem important. Oh no...I really don't have anywhere to stay. I doubt Anon's father would let me in his home and yet.....I've nowhere else to go..I just thought about Anon's happiness. I didn't think about my own."
......Hold on a sec...If she didn't expect Discord to take her in..by word of course..then that meant.
"O-oh...well, after I have everything checked out. You can stay at the castle as a guest until we can find you a room somewhere in Ponyville. And I'll of course provide you with a small income until you can find a job" Twilight told her to reassure her. If this was all true, then it meant this mare had suffered greatly. Twilight would normally take this at face value, but when it came to you. She really REALLY had to make sure.
"Y-you would do that..for me?" Nymous says, crocodile tears coming out of her eyes.
Nooooooooooooooooooope. No, NONONONO. You couldn't let her have this. Holy shit..All kinds of nope. "What?! Don't be silly sis!" You wiggle your butt and climb onto her back. and nuzzle on the back of her head. "Dad would love you to stay. He's ALWAYS talking about how I need a playmate. You're perfect!"
You couldn't see it. But Nymous's eye twitched. She wasn't trying to fool Twilight for a revenge aspect. She was trying to fool Twilight so she could have another place to stay. While still being able to go back and check on her hive. She didn't want to go back to the house, to that low quality love. She had a taste of the good and pure stuff. Even the love you had wasn't as pure and tasty as this.
"A-Anon..I'm glad your enthusia-" Nymous stuttered
"Anon?!" Twilight lets out, she notices the bandages on your leg. And as she raises herself with her front legs to look over the table on the both of you. She could see more of Nymous. And sees the bandages around her chest. "What's all that?! What happened?!"
You look at your leg as Twilight hopped up and hovered over. "Oh.." You hop off of Nymous. "It's no big deal. A stupid puppy attacked the school. Me and Nymous took care of it and stopped it from hurting my classmates. Were a.....a...." Wait....don't lose your roll..you were on a roll. HOW DO YOU KEEP THE ROLL!?
In an instant, you felt all the weight of today hit you at once. You could feel some parts of you start to crack. Dealing with Chrysalis, having to let go of Applebloom without hurting her...or even possibly having to hurt her. Diamond Tiara and how she might get attached to Chrysalis. Chrysalis herself doing everything in her power to upstage you and make you angry. Your shell, you tried to keep it together. But it was cracking. And...part of you wanted to let it crack, At least for now, it would hopefully keep you on your hooves. You had to play dirty, because if she convinces Twilight to let her stay, it's all over. You'd never recover, you had flashbacks off nearly being sealed up, and that scared you more than anything else. Chrysalis slipping up somehow would possibly cause that. That's what your mind thought anyway. Even you couldn't believe some of the things you were thinking at the moment. Like when you wanted to choke Chrysalis...you really just wanted to choke her..maybe not to death...but to show her this was your world. Not hers...
"A team! Me and her. And once Dad hears about it...Dad and..." .....shit...Should you?...should you? This was much harder...To directly involve Fluttershy?..Mnnn, Chrysalis did say she would do nothing to her. You had to think logically. You couldn't let Chrysalis stay here. That was a big nope. "Aunt Fluttershy...I'm sure they'd welcome her with open hooves. And..."
Think of sad things...think of the saddest things possible…You needed to start crying
You started to tear up. "And...it's so good to know...that I actually have a sister....Twilight..I really thought I didn't have any blood family. I love Dad and all..but it was still kinda lonely..."
"Anon..." Twilight could feel a tenderness from your words. "...Well, if Discord says yes. Then all the better." Yeah! Clenched it!
"Hey Twilight! Got the papers!" Spike put them down on the table as he returned from the library. "Gonna see if they match up?"
"Exactly.." Twilight looks to Nymous and apologizes. "I'm sorry if it seems like I don't trust you, it's just a precaution. You'd be surprised what kind of crazy things go on with your brother."
"O-oh..no no. Of course, check away." Nymous nervously chuckled. She then moves up next to you and whispered angrily as Twilight put her attention on the papers. "What are you doing?! I don't want to stay in that house any longer!"
"Too bad..it's too early to just let you walk around,doing whatever you want. I want to help you, but I can't let you have what you want. As a friend, I have to moderate you" You whisper to you
Telling her that...it actually...felt good to stand your ground. You always kinda felt bad when someone overruled you. But the feeling that they cared was nice....but..this was nice too. Even if you felt bad that you were keeping Chrysalis out of the freedom she wanted. You couldn't let her out so much without reforming her first.
"Moderate me?! MO-" Nymous was about to yell when Twilight said something out loud. Not realizing what was going on.
"Nymous. After examining and comparing your official papers with Anon's. I can happily say that it's all true. So as the princess of friendship" Twilight gets up from her seat and steps up to the both of you to properly greet her "Welcome to Ponyville, and I mean that. If you ever need anything, do not hesitate to come by. My door is open to anypony who needs my help." She then moves in close to whisper to her "And err...good luck with Discord. He's become much better. But you're going to need a little more patience than usual. If it doesn't work out. Just stop by...ok?" Twilight moves back and smiles cheerfully at the both of you "I bet Fluttershy is going to be happy that she has a niece too. Especially one as brave and sweet as you are Nymous"
Nymous chuckled nervously "O-oh I'm sure"
The game was on. You didn't exactly know What Chrysalis had planned. But you were driven by both the madness she caused and the fear of losing everything you worked for. It had been awhile since you felt these feelings. And all you knew was that to help Chrysalis. You had to show her that ponies were not to be controlled and manipulated. Of course, you didn't come to the full realization yet that you were going to have to play dirty yourself to win. Chrysalis actually had multiple goals. Only one being to toughen you up. But she didn't realize that a human, even in pony form, always has the tendency of bouncing back. As a T.V. medical doctor once said. Nobody truly changes.
"Actually..Princess Twilight" Nymous steps forward. "There's something I'd like to say. I'd like Anon to hear this too...it's about a family issue"
A family what now?
"An issue? Oh Nymous, you shouldn't be shy about Anon. He's very loving. There's no issue" Twilight says, jumping to conclusions.
"..No. I mean a family wide issue. You see..." She makes a crying little pout. "The males in our family, including our father. They tend to be deceitful, they tend to lie to others, even to their friends and family. Now...I know Anon is probably not like that. But has he ever lied? Or done any kind of trickery before?"
"What?!" She was pulling out shit from her ass "I'm not like that at all! That doesn't even sound right!"
"He's right Nymous, but...." Twilight was considering your past behavior. "The things Anon has done..well, they can be attributed to his upbringing...And his father..and other things. You can't just say something like that right when you come into his life"
"I know I shouldn't....but our father...No..." Nymous turns her head away in shame "I shouldn't say anything more...you're right. But it's just hard"
"I think you're over exaggerating, sis" You say in a way that sounded annoyed. Something Twilight notices.
"Maybe, maybe not. But I think you shouldn't worry about that now Nymous. You're here in Ponyville, with your brother. And I can guarantee he is not like that. In fact" Twilight had a little plot of her own. "You two should definitely spend all day together. All the way into the night. Nymous, you don't need to worry about a place to stay. I'll definitely let you stay the night..no questions asked. But you have to report to me everything that's happened during the day with Anon. As for you Anon, you should return home once the day is over and ask your father if Nymous can stay with him. That way we can get Nymous situated right from the get go. Is everypony ok with that?"
Nymous smirked for a quick half second before smiling sweetly "I'm ok with that Princess"
"I'm not! You can't just let her stay in the castle!" You just...blurted that out....wasn't even thinking. You weren't even being careful.
And that struck Twilight as....really off. She thought maybe you knew something she didn't. maybe something...even sinister about Nymous. "Why not?"
"Because...." You hold out your hoof to put emphasis on...something. "...Because...she's...I.."
"Yes?" Twilight waits for your answer
"I'm sorry if I offended you in some way...my brother..." Nymous hangs her head in shame. "
.....I..Can't think of a reason.." Not a good one anyway
"...Anon, are you just worried over the fact that she just came by? She is your sister, these papers prove it. And I think she deserves a chance. Considering the way she explained things...she's going to need one. Please, don't shun her away. You both seemed to be getting along well when you came in here." Twilight had no idea why you suddenly 180'd, but she wouldn't scold you. She just wanted you two to bond.
"...Yeah...that's it" You had to give Chrysalis this win. You could just reveal her and get it over with...but… "Nymous, I'm sorry."
She pulls you in close and gives you a hug. "It's no trouble Anon, I just want to be there for you"
"Awwwww" Twilight found the moment sweet "I just know you both will have a good time."
"I know we will too!" Nymous nuzzles into you
"Yeah...me too" .....Ooohhhh Looorrdddd
You and Nymous bid Twilight a farewell, leaving the castle and walking out to the open fields. Your mind was racing. Chrysalis was plotting. You knew she was. She wanted access to Twilight and her castle. But for what purpose?! You had to figure it out. As you both step out however. Chrysalis snarls at you. "Why do you feel the need to try to interrupt my plans?!"
"Your plans?! I knew you were up to something Chrysalis!" You bark at her
"Of course I am. You should have realized that I am planning my full return. And you know Twilight might have the means for it."
And wut? "...And you're telling me this why? Look, as a villain. Explaining your plan always scre...wait, why am I giving you advice now?! I can't let you do that!"
"You will...unless you want to ruin our friendship" She gave you a royally stern look, to show she meant business.
But you stare right back. "I will stop you right here If I have to. If you threaten my friends...then I will put a stop to you."
"I don't get you Anon....Discord was practically on a meltdown over how wimpy you became. And when I came here, I could smell it on you. Now you're suddenly up in hooves ready to be the little hero. What nerve did I strike to cause this change? Hmmm?" She was actually curious to know
"....You struck every nerve. You just came in here and are starting to unravel everything I worked for just so you can plan another takeover. You don't care about me....I don't think you ever cared, And that's enough for me to step up to stop you. You're a problem I created, I know that. And you're right...if I don't step up. Equestria will be lost....to someone like you"
"How quaint...But remember. I can crush you right here, right now. I may not have wings or magic, but my physical prowess is still based on the love I consume....and..." Chrysalis slams her front hoof onto the ground. creating a tiny crater. "...I can assure you, I'm much stronger than some Chimera..."
Was that true?
You may have overdone it. You couldn't run now. You may have just entered your final boss fight. "....I still have to stop you."
"...Then try...." She challenges you
The both of you start staring each other down. Any movement, any strike, it could come down to one blow. The area around you was silent. Not even the wind made any noise… Actually....there was a sudden booming noise. A noise so foul Nymous was blown back, and was instantly finding it painfully annoying. "What?! What is that atrocious noise?!"
....It was atrocious. It was worse than any chalkboard scratching that could exist.
It was… "..Oh...god...Is that dubstep?"
"Dubstep? I don't even know what that is. This sounds more like Discord's records...urgh..DISCORD! WHERE ARE YOU?!" Chrysalis couldn't stand it. She wanted to immediately kill the source.
Hell, it was even giving you a headache. You look back towards town and see that some sort of event was going on. You could see large speakers playing dubstep...the worse of all kinds of music. "s-shut up, Chrysalis...I s-still have to take you down."
"...ugh.....later..." Chrysalis started to march forward towards the noise "Come Anon, we need to put a stop to that infernal sound."
"What?! But...weren't we?" wut?
"Yes..." She rolls her eyes as she casually passes you. "You were about to get torn limb from limb, but then a much bigger threat arrived. Now are you coming or not? I can tell you also hate this "Dubstep"."
....Wut? "O-ok...ummm....coming" You step up to her side and follow her. half to stop the music. and half to keep an eye on her......the hell just happened?
From seemingly hating each other to joining forces to stop the evil of "Dubstep". Actually, that was quite frightful. As the both of you started to come up to a gathering of colts and nerdy stallions, all who seemed rather excited, a stage with curtains in front, projection screens up despite it being daylight, and Vinyl Scratch on the side providing the sickening beats.
"....What is all this? Why are they so excited? They should be bawling in agony. This is too much" Chrysalis was getting near her limit on the dubstep.
"Come on..it's not that bad...it's bad..but not that bad....it's...just really bad. Look, I was ok with stopping the music. But how exactly do you propose to do that without causing a scene?" What was even going on?
Chrysalis groans. "No idea...But I have an image I need to build....let's see..." She started to look around. "And all these nerds are just waiting to have their pent up love released. They don't even seem to know what a fine mare such as myself looks like"
They all were pretty nerdy...what the hell was going on?
Then suddenly, there was explosions on the front of the stage. "HELLLLLO ARCADE PLAYERS OF PONYVILLE! ARE YOU READY TO SCORE BIG?!?" You hear a familiar voice coming from behind the curtains.
The entire crowd lets out a cheer, actually startling Nymous.
"ARREEE YOU REAAADDYYYY TO SEE THAT SWEET SWEET HIGH SCORE?!"
Meanwhile as the crowd cheered again. You were trying to put a face to that voice...of course...as the curtains opened up. You didn't have to. There, in a nice suit and holding a microphone, was a familiar blue minotaur....Iron Will?...Daaa ffuuuuuccckkk?
"IRON WILL HERE! FROM MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER TO MOTIVATED HOST OF THE "SUPER ALICORN BLASTER II" CHAMPIONSHIPS! BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FINE PONIES OF BARNYARD BARGAINS AND ITS AFFILIATES. AND ULTRACRASH GAMES!"
Iron Will flexes as he strikes a pose "NOW IRON WILL KNOWS WHY YOU'RE ALL HERE. YOU'RE ALL HERE FOR FAME, FOR GLORY, FOR IMMORTALITY IN THE HALLS OF EVERY ARCADE ACROSS EQUESTRIA! OHHH YEAAHH! IT IS SOMETHING TO BEHOLD. BUT IT WILL NOT BE EASY. NOPONY IN EQUESTRIA HAS BEEN ABLE TO BEAT THIS GAME. NOT ONE SINGLE PONY. SO ULTRACRASH HAS BEEN HOSTING THIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR EITHER THE HIGHEST SCORE OR COMPLETION OF THE GAME! ALL PONIES CAN COMPETE BUT ONLY ONE CAN BE CROWNED THE WINNER! WINNING WILL NOT ONLY WIN YOU THE PRIZES OF FAME AND YOUR OWN ARCADE CABINET OF THE GAME. BUT YOU WILL BE OFFICIALLY CROWNED THE KING OR QUEEN OF ARCADE GAMING! YOUR REIGN WILL BE FORETOLD THROUGHOUT THE HALLS OF EVERY AND ALL ARCADES. NOPONY WORTH THEIR BITS WILL NOT KNOW WHO YOU ARE AMONG THE ARCADE ELITE! NOW! BEFORE WE BEGIN, ANYPONY WHO WISHES TO PARTICIPATE.." Iron will points to the right, there's a small booth with a cute green maned, peach coated mare, her mane messy as hell, waving with a cheerful smile "PLEASE SIGN UP OVER ON THAT BOOTH, AND AFTER THAT!" Iron Will snaps his fingers, raising the curtains behind him revealing thirty arcade cabinets and many unicorns standing side by side, standing straight and looking serious.
"WE CAN GET READY TO RUUUMMBBLLE, OHHH YEEEAHH! IRON WILL IS PUMPED TO SEE WHO WILL COME OUT ON TOP IN THIS COMPETITION. AND EVERYPONY WILL BE ABLE TO SEE IT. THANKS TO THESE UNICORNS, THEY HAVE A MAGIC THAT CAN PROJECT THE GAME SCREENS ONTO THE LARGER SCREENS AROUND US WITHOUT THE SUN BLURRING OR COVERING THE VIEW! NOW....LETS....GET...ROLLING!...also anypony having issues with being assertive, you can come see me after the championship......YEEAHHHH!" Iron Will let's out another flex as he steps off stage.