Previously on Kingdom Hearts: Princess Twilight Sparkle...
"It's Princess Luna and Princess Celestia..." The first guard said.
Sora, Donald, Goofy, Jiminy, and Spike decided to take the initiative on this one, "GONE MISSING!!"
"The Everfree Forest is...invading. I think I'm starting to get a pretty good idea who we're up against." Twilight said.
"I'm reformed, don't you remember?" Discord asked while nudging Fluttershy. "Why don't you ask your zebra friend?"
"You can turn the potion from purple to white," Zecora began, "you may see why the sky is day and night."
"Princess Luna!" Twilight exclaimed.
"There can only be one princess in Equestria! And that princess...will be ME!!" Luna screamed as she turned into Nightmare Moon.
"HA-HA-HA-HA-HA! HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!! HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!!!"
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Kingdom Hearts: Princess Twilight Sparkle
The darkened mare continued to cackle until she bared her fangs in anger, making Twilight began to back away in fear as she blasted the ceiling with the magic from her horn. Large fragments of said ceiling came crashing down, nearing crushing Twilight when she jumped out of the way. She looked up from where she laid to see Princess Celestia, sadness in her features which changed stoic. The dust from the collapsed structure began to clear as the dark Alicorn strode into view with an unreadable expression. Celestia flew into the air as her former sister attempted to blast her out of existence, but narrowly missed and left a gaping hole that revealed the glowing moon. As Celestia landed, Twilight ran in front of her former mentor and tried to reason with her sister.
"Luna! Think of how long you were banished to the moon! You'll give us no choice but to send you back there if you don't stop!"
Celestia then spoke, as if Twilight wasn't there, "Luna, I will not fight you! You MUST lower the moon! It is your duty!"
"Luna?" She began, "I am...Nightmare Moon!" Twilight stared at her in horror when referred herself with her former name, "I have but one royal duty now. TO DESTROY YOU!" She flared her horn to life and fired another beam toward Celestia, who flew out of the hole Nightmare created, she smirked as she spread her wings, like she had some sick thrill from chasing her sister in this type of situation, "And where do you think YOU'RE going!?" With that she took off as Twilight quickly gave chase.
Nightmare Moon attempted to blast Celestia out of the sky with her magic, but nearly every shot missed and hit a piece of the city they were in instead; buildings, bridges, even the ground, until Nightmare finally made a direct hit and sent Celestia falling back through the hole she flew out of, screaming in pain.
"CELESTIA!!" Twilight exclaimed as she flew to help her.
Nightmare Moon cackled in victory, believing she has struck down her sister. Her laugh echoed even in the throne room as Twilight landed and gazed upon her former mentor's body, lifeless and unmoving.
Tears came freely from her eyes as she whispered, "No! Why would Luna do this? Why now?" Twilight began to sob uncontrollably. She noticed movement from Celestia and stopped to see that she was okay, "You're alright...you're alright!" Twilight was happy that she didn't lose Celestia, but frowned when she didn't notice her, like she wasn't even there, "...Princess Celestia?"
"Oh, dear sister, I am sorry, but you have given me no choice but to use...these!" Celestia lit up her horn and opened a hidden door in the floorboard, which a strange mechanism raised an unusual podium that held five gems and a stone sphere at its top.
"Are those...the Elements of Harmony?" Twilight meekly asked, "But that's how they looked in..." Her face had an expression of realization, "the past." Celestia flew up to the podium with determination upon her features. "This is the night you banished her."
Celestia horn came to life once more and levitated the Elements to her, especially one within the sphere, which had the appearance of a six-pointed star, much like Twilight's Cutie Mark. When the six Elements were gathered, they swirled around Celestia, increasing in speed as they gave her power; she gave off a rainbow light as the Elements' magic flowed through her, her light was so bright that even Twilight had to shield her eyes with a hoof. She removed her hoof and gazed at Celestia in awe as she took to the sky to face Nightmare once again. The darkened mare's eyes and horn glowed as she prepared another magic beam. Celestia began to shed tears at what she was about to do; she charged her own horn and combined the Elements' to magnify her magic. The two fired their beams, but this time Nightmare Moon was the one being overpowered, Celestia pushed her magic back as her former sister's cat-like eyes narrowed in horror.
Celestia used the power of the Elements of Harmony to banish her to the moon, which with a rainbow shockwave, magically obtained craters that gave off the appearance of a horned pony.
A flash was seen and another vision came to be, only it was an area that nopony, not even Twilight was familiar with.
"What is this place?" She asked.
Out of the corner of her eye, she saw a certain spiky-haired boy in his human form, running over to two distorted figures in the distance.
But he did not respond, he still continued his trek.
"Riku! Kairi! I found you!" He exclaimed as he put his hands on his knees, panting.
"Riku? Kairi?" Twilight questioned.
Sora's friends turned around and stared at him blankly, until they became distorted.
"Huh?" Sora said.
Then, out of nowhere, two unknown individuals took their place; one male, one female.
"Ven." The male said.
"Ven." The female said.
Sora didn't notice it himself, but his appearance had changed, making him look like somebody else.
"Huh?" He said as looked at both of them.
"Roxas!?" Twilight exclaimed, but then took a closer look, "No...it's different."
They held their hands out to him, as if they wanted him to come with them. He was hesitant at first, but then tried to grasp them, only for the two unknowns to distort, making him retract his hands. They turned around and walked away, becoming Riku and Kairi once more. With a determined look, Sora, regaining his normal form tried to chase after them, but somehow becoming super slow.
"What is going on?" Sora asked, his voice slow and echoing.
He kept running, grunting as pushed himself to go faster, but to no avail.
"Sora! Don't! You've gotta wake up! Sora!" A mysterious voice spoke, it was barely audible, but Twilight heard it.
"A voice? Is it one of Sora's friends? And what does it mean by 'wake up'?"
Sora barely paid attention to the voice, he was just focused on getting to his friends, who had turned into the two unknowns again, then they just disappeared and world around Twilight and Sora twisted itself until Sora was running toward a strange skyscraper.
"Wait!" Sora called as he reached his hand out.
He kept running until a small light appeared and shone brightly, engulfing Twilight and Sora. When it died down, Twilight found herself on a beach with the sun setting. She jumped when she saw Sora and Riku as kids running past her.
"What the hay is going here?" She asked no one in particular.
Then the female unknown was walking along a bridge just above the two children and jumped down to them. They conversed with each other, but Twilight couldn't hear a word. The female unknown patted their heads like they were her little brothers and smiled.
"What..." Was all Sora could say.
Then, everything became wavy and the unknown changed into a man with long, silver hair, deep tan skin, and wearing black and silver clothing. When he began to turn around, Sora was forced into the air as white flashed into his and Twilight's eyes.
Twilight found herself on a bridge of broken buildings when she saw a light falling out of the sky and crashed into the bridge just in front of her. The light dimmed to reveal Sora and in front of him, a certain eyepatch-wearing gunslinger.
"YOU!" Twilight shouted, but it went completely unnoticed.
"Oopsy-daisy." He said, sarcastically, "Wasn't easy putting you into a second sleep, and he almost woke you up."
"He? Second sleep?" Twilight then realized something, "This was Sora's adventure in the 'Realm of Sleep' I think he called it."
Sora was now wearing an entirely different outfit as struggled to stand up, "So then, all that stuff I just saw—did you put that in my head?"
"No. That wasn't 'stuff'. It was a dream. The falling asleep part was definitely our bad. But we can't put stuff in your head. Hey, I got an idea. Ask your heart. See if it's got a clue." Braig replied.
"Well...my heart was aching. That's why I kept going."
"Ohh...thank you, Sora's heart, for pushing him right into our clutches. Aren't hearts great? Steer us wrong every time."
Twilight grit her teeth at Braig's words, "You...you jerk!"
"You know, right? Because you all have hearts! Axel and Roxas and Naminé and that other girl!" Sora said.
"Naminé? Other girl?" Twilight inquired.
"I felt what Roxas felt and...they laughed together, got mad, and they grieved. You have to have a heart to cry."
Braig chuckled, "It's about time you noticed."
"Indeed." A voice spoke; a Corridor of Darkness opened behind Sora and out came a man with long, but spiky silver hair and deep tan skin, wearing a familiar black coat, it was Xemnas' voice. "A heart is never lost for good. There may have been variances in our dispositions, but a number of us unquestionably showed signs of a burgeoning replacement." Sora turned to face Xemnas as he continued. "Once born, the heart can also be nurtured. Our experiments creating Heartless were attempts to control the mind. And convince it to renounce its sense of self."
"W-What...!?" Twilight whispered.
"But understand, one can banish the heart from the body, but the body will try to replace it the first chance it gets, for as many times as it takes. And so I knew, even after we divided into Heartless and Nobodies, it was just a temporary separation."
Sora put a hand to his chest, "Why, then?" He asked. "Why did you lie to them and tell them they had no hearts!?"
"Xemnas and Xehanort formed the Organization for a specific reason—round up a bunch of empty husks, hook them up to Kingdom Hearts, then fill them with the exact same heart and mind." Braig answered. "Translation—they were gonna turn ALL the members into Xehanort."
"Make more Xehanorts?"
"N-No...! That's not possible!" Twilight denied.
"You tricked your friends to..." Sora shook his head, "but you—aren't you scared of just turning into someone else?"
Braig sneered, "Me? I'm already half Xehanort."
Twilight took a closer look and saw Braig only eye; it was a sickly yellow. Maybe Xehanort had the same eye color. A swift chill ran down Twilight's body when she thought of that possibility.
"That's nuts..." Sora uttered.
"However—" Xemnas spoke, "through weakness of body...weakness of will...or weakness of trust—most of the original members we had chosen for the Organization were inadequate. Thus, naturally, they never had a chance to attain their goal. Yet, even this was to be expected."
Sora gasped, then grit his teeth as he slightly growled.
"We have learned of the heart's folly, and we have achieved our other goals. This last excursion has proven to be a worthy closing assignment for the Organization."
"Monsters..." Twilight muttered, then raised her voice threateningly, "YOU'RE MONSTERS!! EVERY LAST ONE OF YOU!!"
Still no response.
"Just stop it!" Sora said to Xemnas, "You treat people's hearts like bottles on a shelf, but they're not!" Sora summoned his Keyblade as he entered his battle stance, Xemnas just stared at him, "Hearts are made of the people we meet, and how we feel about them—they're what ties us together even when we're apart! They're what...make me strong."
Twilight looked at Sora, "The rules of Sora's world are similar to ours; the power of the heart AND the Magic of Friendship."
Braig stared at him for a moment, then he had an idea to weaken Sora's spirits, "Duh! You're strong because of the ties you have with other people. As if the Keyblade would choose a wimp like you." Sora turned to face him as he finished.
"W-What...!? The Keyblade didn't...?" Twilight couldn't find her voice.
"But no pouting. We see much bigger and better things in your future...once you side with us." Braig held his hand out to Sora.
Sora looked back at his Keyblade and gripped it tighter, "I know the Keyblade didn't choose me, and I don't care. I'm proud to be a small part of something bigger—" Sora looked back at Braig, "the people it did choose." Braig gasped in shock at his words. "My friends. They are my power!" Then out of nowhere, a bunch of people appeared beside Sora, Twilight recognized some of them as Donald, Goofy, Roxas, and King Mickey, but he's wearing black clothing instead of his usual attire and wielding a star-based Keyblade. There are also some people she doesn't recognize; the three unknowns, two girls, one in pink and one in a familiar black coat, and a boy with silver hair.
Xemnas stood undeterred by Sora's words, as if they meant nothing to him, but Braig on the other hand is completely surprised.
"Those are just are words. You've lost." He says, then grits his teeth and growls before speaking again, "Fine. See where your power gets you here." Braig turns his attention to the man behind Sora, "Xemnas! He's all yours!" Then disappears in darkness.
Sora turns around to face Xemnas, who raises his arms and two pieces of the abnormal bridge, which look like buildings split in half, hover into the air and by his side as he hovers with them. Both he and Sora get into their battle stances as a bright light over takes Twilight.
"SORA!" She shouted.
The light in Twilight's eyes began to fade as she came back to reality, she looked around and saw her friends, as well as Zecora, gazing at her worriedly.
"Why are you all looking at me like that?" Twilight asked with a quizzical expression.
"It's jus'...you were mumblin' to yerself..." Applejack began.
"Oh! And don't forget the uncontrollable sobbing!" Pinkie added.
"We were really worried about you." Fluttershy said.
Discord popped on top of one of the plants laying down on his belly, "I, for one, found it dee-lightful! Sort of a one-pony theater piece, if you will." He moved next to Twilight and unraveled a poster of Twilight bawling her eyes out with sounds of a crying baby, "You should really consider taking it on the road."
"Did you find who's rump we need to kick, and where we can find 'em?" Rainbow asks while striking a karate pose.
Twilight was about to speak, but Sora interrupted her as he, Donald, and Goofy returned from their battle, "No worries for now, guys, we took out the Heartless. So, what did we miss?" Twilight furrowed her brow and stomped over to Sora, "Twilight? What wro—" she slapped his muzzle before he could finish. "Ow! What was that for?"
Her anger didn't falter, "The Keyblade didn't really choose you, did it?" She asked, bluntly.
A collective gasp came from the entire group, even Discord, except his sounded more exaggerated.
Sora went wide-eyed and was at a loss for words, with his demeanor changed, Twilight took it as her chance to continue, "When I drank the potion, I saw two visions, one of them being you in the Realm of Sleep; Braig said the Keyblade didn't choose you and you even admitted it."
Sora became sad and lowered his head.
Twilight used her magic to pull his ear toward her, "Tell me the truth and stop lying to me." She growled.
Sora sighed, but complied and told her what he knew about his reason to wield the Keyblade, despite the fact that it didn't choose him. Twilight was surprised, but retained her angered expression.
Sora looked Twilight in her eyes, "Twilight...I'm sorry. I should've told you the truth from the beginning. I feel like the worst friend in the world for lying to you."
Twilight sighed as she softened her gaze, "Just...promise you'll never lie to me again, and you'll tell me the truth about anything else you're hiding from me."
They smiled as they looked into each other eyes, anger and betrayal forgotten. Until a certain cyan Pegasus clears her throat in annoyance.
"Can we stop with the mushy stuff and get back to what's important?"
"Oh! Right, sorry." Sora said.
Twilight turned her attention back to the group, "About the other vision, I saw something from a long time ago, but it didn't explain what's happening now."
Zecora and Spike walked up to her as the former spoke, "Perhaps farther back still are the answers you seek," she held out her hoof holding the vial to Twilight, "another sip of the potion will give you a peek."
Twilight levitated the potion as Spike voiced his question, "Are you sure about this?"
She looked at everyone else for their take on the matter, but they were as unsure as Spike was. Throwing caution to the wind, she proceeded to take a sip of the white liquid once again. Discord appeared out of nowhere wearing an old-timey director's outfit with a beret on his head, a long, thin moustache adorning his upper lip, and using an old film camera.
"Oh, I do hope she breaks into a song this time!" He says.
Sora turns to the girls with a confused look on his face, "Guy's a broken record."
Twilight's eyes flash brightly as she enters another vision.
The light in her eyes dim down as she comes face to face with another vision; for some reason, a school of fish were swimming in midair instead of water, the ground's appearance had all kinds of multicolor checkerboard patterns, the sky was purple, and several homes sat atop floating islands. In the distance, Celestia and Luna of the past were walking towards a strange throne at the top of a hill, but they weren't alone: a boy in his teens with black, spiky hair and wearing white and silver robes walked beside them.
"Who is that?" Twilight asked aloud.
They stopped in front of the hill as the throne's back was turned to them, Celestia craned her head down to briefly talk to the boy, "Be ready, young Eraqus." He nodded and summoned his Keyblade. Then the throne spun around to reveal Discord of the past.
"Oh, ho, ho, ho," he chuckled, "this is SO much fun! How about a game of 'Pin The Tail On The Pony'?" He emphasized his point by pulling a ethereal tail out of thin air, which turned out to be Celestia's tail, seeing it made her turn around and gasp when she found that her tail was actually gone.
"Playtime is over for you, Discord!" Celestia declared as she returned her attention to him.
Discord brought a bag of black seeds and started spreading them around while had a bored expression, "Oh, I doubt that." He plucked one of the seeds as they fell out of the bag and shuddered in the delight when he ate one, "Hungry?" He offered. One seed bounced off each of the three's heads as they maintained their serious demeanor. Discord shrugged, "Suit yourselves." And he kept eating and spreading the little specks.
Celestia and Luna focused their magic and levitated the Elements out of their saddlebags while Young Eraqus readied his battle stance.
Discord took notice and dropped the bag, "Ohh, what have you got there?"
"The Elements of Harmony." Celestia answered as said Elements swirled around them and formed a pink barrier.
"With them, we shall defeat you!" Luna added.
"And bring harmony back to this world!" Young Eraqus declared.
Twilight walked a little closer to the scene, "This must be when they turned Discord into stone. But who is that boy? And what part does he play in this? Celestia never mentioned him before."
Discord laughed uproariously as he slumped in his throne, then sat himself upright, "You should see yourselves right now! The expressions on your faces! So tense! So sure of yourselves!" They narrowed their eyes as Celestia and Luna put their horns together and Young Eraqus crossed his Keyblade with them and created a giant rainbow headed toward Discord as he continued laughing.
"Hilarious!" Was the last thing he said before he laughed one last time as he morphed into a stone statue in a flash of light.
Twilight's eyes glowed again and shook it out of her head as she came to yet another vision and gasped at what she saw; a lit up cavern with a massive crystalline tree within, which held the Elements in its branches. Celestia, Luna, and Young Eraqus, who was riding on Celestia's back, made their way into the cavern.
Luna gasped, "The Tree of Harmony!"
Twilight appeared confused, "The Tree of Harmony?"
She took a closer look and noticed the markings on the tree, a moon, a sun, and a six pointed star in its center.
"My Cutie Mark!" She quietly exclaimed.
Celestia flew up to the tree with Young Eraqus in tow and used her magic on the tree.
Luna looked a little shocked, "Are you sure?" And flew up with Celestia and Eraqus.
"We have managed to discover the only means by which we can defeat Discord, and free the citizens of Equestria," Celestia levitated the Elements from their branches, "even without these Elements, the Tree of Harmony will possess a powerful magic," the center of the tree opened to reveal the Element of Magic, altogether the mystical gems circled them as they float in Celestia's magic, "as long as that magic remains, it will continue to control and contain all that grows here."
"Does this mean we can purge the darkness from this world, your highness?" Young Eraqus asked.
Celestia giggled, "Oh, Eraqus, you have a lot to learn about being a Keyblade Master."
Twilight stared at them until the light shone once more in her eyes to signal the end of the vision.
Twilight shook her head as she returned to reality once again, Spike ran up to her and asked, "So what did you find out?"
"I still don't what's happened to Princess Luna and Princess Celestia," everyone looked worried, except for Discord, who was sitting in a floating recliner with movie theater popcorn, a drink, and wearing a pair of 3-D glasses, "but I think I know why the Everfree Forest is acting this way," Discord lowered his glasses with interest, "something's happened to the Tree of Harmony!"
Now, they all looked confused at the mention of a new Equestrian artifact while Sora, Donald, Goofy, and Jiminy just responded by saying, "Huh?" simultaneously.
"The Tree of What-now?" Rainbow asked.
"It's where Princess Celestia and Princess Luna found the Elements, I think it's in danger!"
"Well, all right, then!" Applejack declared, "Let's go save a...tree. Uh, where is it, exactly?"
Twilight pointed in the direction past Applejack, "I think it's in...there!" Which was the Everfree Forest, and within, the Heartless stared them down as the plants kept growing.
Everyone was shocked that they had to go into a monstrous forest to save all of Equestria, including Sora and his friends.
Well, except for Discord, who chuckled at the scene, held out his bear claw, and lightly shook his container, "I'm going to need more popcorn!"
Donald deadpanned, "You're even more goofier than Goofy. And that's saying a lot."
Goofy looked confused, "Uh, it does?"
To Be Continued...