A Sweetie Dreamland

by Lucar

Chapter 25: Smile

Kirby sleeps peacefully in his bed, wearing his favorite sleeping cap. A well-earned rest after exploring seven worlds, fighting powerful guardians, and saving Popstar from a giant wish-granting clockwork comet and a mad jester with demigod powers.

But his well-earned rest is suddenly interrupted by a loud noise coming from outside his house, the one of a Warp Star crashing. He has heard this sound enough time to recognize it. And since he's not the one crashing, for once, because of the fact that he's in bed, then this means one thing. That's probably Sweetie Belle.

Why is she here, in the middle of the night? Has something happened? It may be urgent.

With this in mind, Kirby gets out of the bed and runs toward his door, not even taking off his cap, before opening it. Once outside, he looks around, trying to spot the filly, until he hears her groaning. Following her voice, he sees her upside down, back against the bottom of the tree beside his house.

Sweetie then sees him, and waves at him, before saying "Hello Kirby. Sorry for waking you, but you may be the only one that can help me." She then rolls on her side, and gets on her hooves, shaking her head. Kirby remarks that her horn is surrounded by the familiar green light of her magic, and raises an eyebrow.

"Poyo?" he asks.

Sweetie answers him by pointing her right hoof up. "Look up, and you will see."

Kirby does so, and sees floating down a familiar silhouette. It takes him only two seconds to recognize Marx, sleeping and with burns all over his body. His jaw drops.


Sweetie poses Marx slowly on the floor beside her, and says "I know. He survived the explosion of Nova and crashed just a few minutes ago. I was walking outside, talking with Meta Knight -don't ask-, when we spotted him falling. I talked to him when he was still conscious, and I think... I think that I may be able to redeem him, so we don't have to kill him. But now, he needs a bed, but I don't dare bring him to the castle because of Dedede being angry at him, so I told myself that you could help me... And help him.

I know it may sound crazy, knowing what he has just tried to do, and with how powerful he is now, but I really want to try and help him. He may not be irremediably evil, and we may make him our friend... for real this time. So, do you accept, Kirby?"

She looks at him with pleading eyes. How could he say no? Not like he wants to refuse. As long as Marx doesn't try anything again, he will help him without problems. So he nods, smiling widely, saying "Poyo!"

Sweetie Belle smiles at his answer, and hugs him, saying "Thank you Kirby. I knew I could count on you."

The next minute is spent getting Marx in Kirby's bed. The puffball doesn't have any spare bed, but he doesn't mind sleeping on the floor, it's not so different from the times where he naps at the bottom of a tree. He puts the cover on Marx, and turns to Sweetie, smiling.

"You are sure you don't mind sleeping on the floor?" she asks.

He nods.

"And..." She bites her lip. "Is it okay if I remain here too? Don't worry, Dedede gave me the day off tomorrow, and I will sleep on the floor too. I don't mind. I just want to be there for when he wakes up."

He nods again. "Poyo."

"Thank you again." She then looks around and points at the fireplace with a small fire still burning. "Well then, I'm gonna sleep over there."

At this, she goes in front of the fireplace and lies on her side, making sure to face the bed, and using her magic to take off her cape and headband. Looking at the cape, Sweetie wonders how it hasn't been damaged with all the hits she has taken in her adventure. She remembers the same thing happened with Dedede's cloth when they beat him at Dark Castle. She will have to ask what is the material they use, because she is sure that Rarity will want some.

Too busy looking at the cape and wondering about the reasons there are no cuts or burns, she doesn't see Kirby approaches her, and so is surprised when she feels him suddenly sit against her belly, putting his head on her as if using her as a pillow. When she looks at him, she sees that he is already closing his eyes, going back to sleep. Rather than saying anything, she just sighs with a small smile.

That puffball, really...

She decides to let him. Beside, at least, he will keep her warm. Finally putting her headband a little further, she then fold her cape and places it under her head, using it as her own pillow, falling asleep while unconsciously curling around the ball.

When morning comes, Kirby is the first to wake up, rubbing his eyes from the dust and yawning one last time. He then sees that he is not on his bed, but on the floor, but it doesn't take him long for him to remember what happened last night, Sweetie Belle bringing Marx alive but unconscious to his home in the hope to give him another chance. They have let Marx sleep in the bed while they have slept beside the fireplace on the floor.

He can feel her hooves around him, and he understands that he is being hugged like a teddy bear by the filly. As nice as it is, he decides to slowly remove her hooves before going up, instead giving her his sleeping cap which should do the job in his place. Letting the filly sleep, he approaches the bed to look at his unexpected guest still sleeping in it. He is still in a really bad shape, maybe he should go search a Maxi Tomato to heal him when he wakes up.

But first, breakfast. He takes two strawberry shortcakes from his food stock, gobbles one, and lets the other on a plate in front of Sweetie for when she wakes up. Once done, he walks to the door and exits his house, searching the healing fruit.
When he comes back with the fruit, none of his two guesses have yet opened their eyes. No, scratch that. Marx is just waking up. He can hear him groan while he start moving, and before long, his eyes slowly opens. Kirby rapidly goes beside the bed, putting the tomato in his right, before raising his left arm and saying "Poyo!"

This startles Marx who tries to sit up in surprise, only to lie back down groaning in pain. Yeah, they got him good... Kirby wants to give him the tomato, but he is not sure he should give it now, not if it's for him to go back into his 'crazy bat jester' mode. Even if they could probably beat him again, especially now that they know his moves, he wants to make sure that he can heal him without regret.

Marx then looks at him, and after a few seconds of silence, smiles and says "Hey... hey... hey..."


Marx looks around, and says "I didn't expect to end in your house. It seems nice by the way, cozy, but a little boring. Where is Sweetie Belle?"

Kirby points at the sleeping filly.

"Oh here she is. Look at her. isn't she adorable? She is such a sweetie," Marx says before laughing at his pun. "I don't believe her. Despite what I have done, she decided to let me live. She is either too nice, too naif, or too crazy. Maybe the threes at the same time. Well, I'm not gonna complain. I love living."

At this, Kirby gets his head close Marx's and looks at him right in the eyes with the most serious stare that he can give. He then points at his eyes, then at Marx's, shouting "Poyo!"

"Hey! Back off, or we are gonna kiss! And do you really think you scare me?"

Kirby opens wide his mouth, as if ready to inhale Marx.

"Come on! Nobody told you that it is bad to eat your guests? Especially when the guest is hurt and can't defend? What would say Sweetie Belle?"

Kirby closes his mouth and stares at Marx. Then, he smirks, and takes a feather from... somewhere. He slowly approaches the feather to Marx, his smirk getting bigger at each seconds.

"Hey now... Are you really gonna do this?" says Marx, looking at the feather and sweating, as if seeing his doom coming.

It gets closer.





"Stop! Alright! I get it! I will stop!"

"Poyo!" Kirby nods, smile wide and eyes closed. He then takes the Maxi Tomato and gives it to Marx. "Poyo!"

"You are really giving me a Maxi Tomato?" says Marx, surprised. "Just like that?"

He nods. "Poyo!" He then glares at Marx and point at him, shouting "Poyo!" and he smiles again, saying another "Poyo."

That is the moment that Sweetie Belle chooses to wake up. The two balls hear her and look in her direction, seeing her stretching like a cat. She then gets up, rubbing her eyes, and sees them. Seeing them, she smiles and speaks.

"Good morning you two ! I'm glad that you are awake Marx ! And Kirby, it's so nice of you to give him a tomato to heal!"

"Hi!" shouts Kirby before pointing at the strawberry shortcake beside her. "Poyo!"

Sweetie spots the cake and takes it in her magic. "Thank you Kirby. So, Marx, how are you?"

"Like I'm having the time of my life!" he says happily. Too happily. Yeah... That's hidden sarcasm.

"...Ok. That was a dumb question. Sorry," says Sweetie, laughing sheepishly and approaching the bed. She sits down at Kirby's right, and starts eating the shortcake. "At least, you will get better once you eat your reds," she continues, giggling.

Marx laughs. "I would throw that tomato at you for that joke, but I need it."

"If you do, then make sure to target my mouth."

"Right now, I'm targeting MY mouth!" he says, taking a bit of the tomato.

"Well, you could still target my mouth, giving it to me like Kirby took the habit to do."

"How so?"

"Mouth to mouth."

This causes Marx to spit some of the tomato before coughing, which leads to Sweetie guffawing. Once he stops coughing, Marx glares at Sweetie Belle for two seconds before rolling on the bed laughing too. "You got me!"

Kirby tilts his head, not sure he understands why it's funny. It's alright to give food from mouth to mouth, it helps everyone being healed equally.

"Wait!" continues Marx. "Kirby really gives you food like that?"

"Only when it's necessary, like with the invincibility candies."

"Now I have to tell this to everyone!"

Sweetie smirks at the attempt to get at her and sticks out her tongue. "Too late." She looks away, blushing. "One Waddle Dee saw us in the action and told it to everyone at the castle. Now everyone tease me about it sometime." She then crosses her hooves, mumbling something about Kirby not being her coltfriend or something like that. Thankfully nobody saw the two of us sleeping together, or I wouldn't hear the end of it.

"Bummer. Oh well. when can I expect to animate your wedding?"

"Eep! Not you too!" she shouts, as red as a tomato. "Beside, I'm too young for that!"

This makes again Marx rolls on the bed from heavy laughter. "Got you!"

Sweetie continues to glare at Marx before laughing too. "I should have kept my muzzle shut."

And yet again, Kirby doesn't understand what is going on.

"And deprive me of such a good laugh? Please no!"

"So it's fun, uh?"


"Laughing together like that, telling jokes, teasing each other. Don't you find it fun?"

"I... find it fun. Yes."

"See?" Sweetie says. "It's nice." She then loses her smile. "All of this wouldn't have happened anymore if you had won. You would have laughed, but you would have been the only one laughing."


"Didn't you like it, when you were making others smile with your jokes?"

"I... liked it... But I wanted more..."

"For a jester like you, there shouldn't be anything better than making others smile. You know, back in my homeworld, there is this pony named Pinkie Pie, and she has a song that is perfect for you."

"Sweet. I love songs."

"Then let me sing it to you. She sings it so much that I remember it entirely." She then clears her throat.

"My name is Pinkie Pie
And I am here to say
I'm gonna make you smile and I will brighten up your day
It doesn't matter now
If you are sad or blue
'Cause cheering up my friends is just what Pinkie's here to do

'Cause I love to make you smile, smile, smile
Yes I do
It fills my heart with sunshine all the while
Yes it does
'Cause all I really need's a smile, smile, smile
From these happy friends of mine

I like to see you grin
I love to see you beam
The corners of your mouth turned up is always Pinkie's dream
But if you're kind of worried
And your face has made a frown
I'll work real hard and do my best to turn that sad frown upside down

'Cause I love to make you grin, grin, grin
Yes I do
Bust it out from ear to ear let it begin
Just give me a joyful grin, grin, grin
And you fill me with good cheer

It's true some days are dark and lonely
And maybe you feel sad
But Pinkie will be there to show you that it isn't that bad
There's one thing that makes me happy and makes my whole life worthwhile
And that's when I talk to my friends and get them to smile

I really am so happy
Your smile fills me with glee
I give a smile I get a smile
And that's so special to me

'Cause I love to see you beam, beam, beam
Yes I do
Tell me what more can I say
To make you see
That I do
It makes me happy when you beam, beam, beam
Yes it always makes my day

Come on everypony smile, smile, smile
Fill my heart up with sunshine, sunshine
All I really need's a smile, smile, smile
From these happy friends of mine "

She points her hoof at Marx. He understands and starts to sing with her.

"Come on everypony smile, smile, smile
Fill my heart up with sunshine, sunshine
All I really need's a smile, smile, smile
From these happy friends of mine "

She signs Marx to continue to sing the refrain while she sings.

"Yes the perfect gift for me
Is a smile as wide as a mile
To make me happy as can be "

She then signs him to follow what she says.

"Smile, smile, smile, smile, smile

Come on and smile
Come on and smile"

They end the song, Sweetie hugging Marx with her left foreleg, under Kirby's applause.

Marx laughs before saying "That was fun!"

"I know, right? She loves having fun. And for her, having fun means giving fun to the others. And everypony love her for that, even if she can melt our brains with her crazyness. Not literally, of course. Even if she did give Twilight a meltdown once." She laughs at this.

"I understand..." says Marx. "I..." he sighs. "I'm sorry... I have been stupid. Thank you Sweetie Belle."

"You are welcome. Friend?"

Marx nods. "Friend."

Sweetie then bumps his right foot to seal it. At the same time, just as the hoof and the foot are hitting, Kirby bumps them too, shouting "Poyo !"

"But I still wouldn't mind freezing alive someone and use them to slip down a slope!"


Twilight is in her library, reading dozens of sheets of notes and formulas about how to use magic to successfully open a portal to another world without using a mirror.

And this leads to nothing!

"Arg!" She throws the notes above her head in frustration. "Why is it so hard to open a portal without a mirror?! I have been able to send somepony in another dimension by accident, so this is not my power that cause problem!"

"You know, maybe you should try to create a portal with the help of technology rather than magic. A Star Gate, a portal gun, whatever, I'm sure it would work."

"Not now Discord..." says Twilight, rubbing her forehead.

The draconequus then pops just before her, a plate with a chocolate cake on his claw. "Here is some cake. You have been at it for hours."

Twilight looks at the cake before sighing. "You are right... I won't mind a piece." She materializes a knife and pokes the cake with it, intending to cut a piece, when it suddenly explode like a balloon, because it has been a balloon! The explosion surprises Twilight, causing her to jump in shock before falling on her back, under Discord's laughter. She groans. "Discord..."

"Oh come on. This is just a little prank to lift your spirit. Pinkie would do the same."

She can't help but smile. "Right... Thanks." She gets up. "But I'm sure you haven't come just for that. You have some news about Sweetie?"

"Yes! Sadly, I have opened the window a little too late and missed her lattest adventure, arriving just at the final battle. But what a battle! However, I wouldn't have liked to be at Sweetie's place. Fighting someone that love spamming Teleport? No thanks! But wait! I haven't told you the best part!"

"Then tell me."

"She reformed her first villain!"

"Really?!" shouts Twilight, smiling widely.

"Yesterday, they were fighting each other to the death. This morning, they were laughing together! If I didn't know better, I would think she was your apprentice."

"And how did she reform that villain?"

"She first had to almost kill him by sending him colliding with a planet-sized robot cat comet, making it explode. Then once he crashed back in Popstar half dead in the middle of the night, she talked to him, learned that he pretty much wanted to be like I was before, so she told him my tale, and choose to do like you and gave him another chance. And this morning, she has reminded him that he loves making people smile, and so she sang to him one of Pinkie's songs, about making ponies smile making her happy. And now they are friend!" He materialises a Sweetie plushie with a mortarboards and a diploma with written on it 'friendship', letting a tear fall from his left eye while looking at it. "They grow so fast."

"I'm so glad to hear this. Rarity will be so happy too. Maybe I will make her my protégée once we bring her back. Wait..." She looks at Discord in disbelief. "What was it about a planet-sizet robot cat comet? And sending the villain colliding with it, almost killing him?"

"I have not seen this adventure, but I heard her recounting it to that king penguin, and I'm not sure you are ready to hear it. Your brain would just shutdown. Trust me, you are not ready to hear that they had to stop the living sun and moon from fighting each other by invoking that giant cat robot that could grant a wish by exploring seven differents planets, only for the villain to come and wish to conquer Popstar. Oopsie! Did I say that? Twilight? Twilight?"