And Our First Step Into The Unknown

by Father Pie

What's your name?

"5... 4... 3... 2... 1... We have lift off!"

Twilight felt a sudden weight lifted off her shoulders, after years of planning, her dream had come true. Tears had welled up in her eyes as she watched the rocket carrying the deep space probe Horizons into the planets' atmosphere.

'I wish spike were here to see this' Twilight somberly thought.

Twilight turned to face her friends, all of them had been given invites to watch first hand with Twilight. Their expressions were of awe. Sunset walked over to Twilight and smiled at her.

"Twilight this is amazing! When do you think the probe will reach a target?" Sunset asked Twilight.

"Sunset... We won't know, I don't we'll ever know... But I do know this; Someone or something will eventually figure it out, that they weren't alone in our universe. Excluding Equestria though!" Twilight answered Sunset.

The rest of her friends had moved further back into the observation room and were talking amongst themselves. Sunset had turned back to the window and was watching the rocket as it disappeared among the clouds. Twilight moved up beside Sunset and spoke to her.

"It'll take about 50,000 years for Horizons to even leave our Oort Cloud, Sunset it's very possible that the probe could end up leaving our galaxy, get sucked up by a black hole, pulled into a planet, or even collide with an asteroid—" Twilight smiled softly at Sunset. "But I'm happy knowing we've tried reaching out to other possible civilizations, how do you feel about this?"

"I don't know Twilight, but... I'm kind of sad that all your efforts could go to waste because of the unknown. I mean, why couldn't we chart out a route?" Sunset asked Twilight.

"It would be impossible Sunset, there are too many things we can't see in space, too many small asteroids, heck even the Oort Cloud isn't observable. We just have to believe that we'll get there, can you do that for me Sunset? Can you believe with me?" Twilight looked hopefully at Sunset.

Sunset looked back out of the window, the rocket was gone, it would never be returning. Sunset turned back to Twilight.

"I can try Twilight," Sunset gave a small smile.

In the dark void of space, there was a faint blink of lights that disturbed the calm. The probe Horizons floated through space, it's destination never to be known; Inside there were pictures of the local species of animals, locations, clothing, and writings from various authors inside the probe. The information was kept safe inside a high-tech vault.

The probe had finally passed the Oort Cloud, and it's journey now had finally begun. All around the probe there was only the faint orbs of distant stars, some having died out billions of years ago, some still burning their fuel. The probe had a faint colouring to its hull, it had been given a rainbow colour scheme by one of its creators.

The inside of the vault was decorated with party supplies, on a module sat the ingredients to make a cake. Across from the cake ingredients sat a stuffed bunny wearing a jacket, which was topped off with a small hat. Next to the bunny was a drawing of apple trees; across from the mountain of books in the center of the vault was a poster of the Wonderbolts. At the very back of the vault hung two pictures, one was of Twilight and all her friends after the friendship games had ended, and beside it was a photo of Sunset and Twilight in wedding dresses.

"I wish I could see their faces when they find out that they aren't alone, What about you Sunset?" Twilight asked Sunset.

Sunset was sitting on Twilight's couch watching T.V.

"I mean, I wasn't surprised when I came through the portal, so maybe they won't be surprised," Sunset answered.

Twilight frowned slightly before it was replaced with a mischievous smile.

"I bet you were blown away when you came through that portal Sunset, I mean you came into an entirely new reality; Cars on the street, in a new body, and in a world without magic!" Twilight smiled at Sunset.

"Okay... fine, I was a little bit surprised at the technology around me, it was amazing. Though I got over that in about a week..." Sunset smirked at Twilight's expression of annoyance.

"Do you Twilight Sparkle, take Sunset Shimmer to be your lawfully wedded wife?"

"I do," Twilight looked Sunset in the eyes, a smile on her face.

"Do you Sunset Shimmer, take Twilight Sparkle to be your lawfully wedded wife?"

"I do," Sunset smiled back at Twilight.

"Then by the power invested in me, you may now kiss the bride."

Twilight held Sunset's hand before leaning in and kissing her. The crowd stood and applauded the newly wed couple.

Twilight planted a flower on the grave in front of her. She smiled wistfully, memories of all the good times she had in her younger years came rushing back to her.

"I wish you were still here my Sunset, I miss our long talks, our debates... But most of all I miss you. Our daughter is following in our footsteps, can you imagine that? Even after all that talk that science was boring. She couldn't make it this time. Something about a friendship problem," Twilight stood above Sunset's grave, she looked into the sky.

Another memory came back, this one made Twilight smile a little broader.

"It should be in interstellar space now, how far in? Oh I don't know that, but its journey hasn't even started yet... I know you didn't think it was worth the effort I put into something that may very well fail, but some one needed to reach out, Don't you agree Sunset? Kind of like how you reached out for me, it was sweet of you, and I can never repay you for that chance. I love you Sunset," Twilight started to walk away from the grave. "I'll be back next week, okay?"

Twilight lay in a hospital bed, she knew that her time had come. Twilight was looking out of the window that sat across from her bed. The sky was had splotches of soft white clouds that were drifting slowly by. She smiled softly, she liked clouds; Twilight could only imagine what it felt like to drift slowly away, never to be seen again. A gentle cough got her attention.

Standing at the door was her daughter, Solar Flare, she walked over to Twilight's bed and broke into tears.

"I can't lose you too!" Solar cried into Twilight's shoulder.

Twilight stroked her daughters back, she was not scared of death, she was curious.

"Honey, look at me, You'll be fine; Can I tell you something?" Twilight smiled at Solar Flare.

"What is it mom?" Solar's voice cracked.

"Look outside the window, can you do that for me?" Twilight asked.

Solar walked around the bed and stood in front of the window. Not seeing anything she turned to face Twilight.

"Very funny mom, what am I supposed to see?" Solar frowned at Twilight.

"I want you to look at the sky for me," Twilight point towards the open expanse of blue.

Solar looked towards the sky.

"Solar... I'll be around longer then you think, there is a piece of me in space, along with your aunts and mother. I'm looking forward to finding out who finds us out there. In the mean time, can you do that as well?" Twilight looked at the back of Solar Flare's head.

"You're talking about Horizons right?" Solar replied.

"No, I'm talking about our future, I need you to help guide the next generation of scientists, do you think you can do that for me?" Twilight smiled at her daughter.

"Of course mother, I can do that, I just wish... It doesn't matter, mom?" Solar Flare turned to face the high pitched whine coming from the cardiograph. "Mom!"

In the void of space, a small probe floated through, its destination never to be known. Inside the probe sat a high-tech vault, inside the vault were invaluable objects, and inside the vault a faint voice could be heard speaking.

"Hello, my name is Twilight Sparkle... and it's my great honor in being able to extend my— Our hands in friendship. Girls this is ridiculous, even if this probe reached another race of beings, there is no guarantee that they speak any of our languages! What was that Pinkie? No! Why would I even say that!? No Rainbow Dash, they won't know who the Wonderbolts are! Fluttershy do you have anything to add? What was that? They probably have pets of some kind. Rarity there is no way to know what their possible fashion choices might be, and Apple Jack apple trees are an Earth plant... Maybe they do have a plant that is similar. Sunset, do have anything you want to say? Yeah that's good. Hello, my name is Twilight Sparkle, and my friends names are Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Apple Jack, and Sunset Shimmer... What's your name?"