• Published 16th Jan 2014
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Haunted dreams - Violet Emblem X

After the events of 'A Canterlot wedding', the mane six stay the night at the castle. Rainbow has nightmares about something yet to happen, and cannot wake up.

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Chapter 2

Author's Note:

Don't hate on my cheesy writing :( I know this chapter took a long time, but picking my exam year subjects is NOT easy! Anyway, so for the first part I thought it would be more interesting to have it from Rainbow Dash's perspective... problem? :trollestia: Anyway, criticism much appreciated, just don't be mean, and enjoy! Next chapter will be out whenever I get the chance :twilightsheepish:

The blizzard raged on around me. Fog had covered everything, making it impossible for me to tell where I was. The ice cold chill nipped at my body, my hooves weak, and my eyes watery. I still had no clue as to where I was. I didn't recognize this place, from either being here, or even perhaps seeing a photo. Then again, I was glad I didn't recognize this place. It was pretty much a cold, barren wasteland.

Trudging slowly through the snow, I looked for someone. Something. I can't remember how I got here. When did I get here? How long had I been here already? My body shook violently from both the bitter cold snow, and fear. My head hurt so much just above my forehead. I had more important things to worry about just now though

No. Get it together. I can't start feeling scared. I'm Rainbow Dash, I'm never scared! So, if I wasn't scared, then what was this feeling inside me? I felt empty, somewhat lonely, but at the same time, as if someone was just behind me. W-was I being followed!?

In one swift motion, I turned my head to find nothing but more snow, and debris, half buried. No Rainbow Dash. Nopony is following. I just have to find a place where I can keep warm for a while.

crunch crunch

"Hello? I-is somepony there?" My voice echoed all around, as I turned to check. Nopony. My hooves where tired, and I was ready to admit it. I was scared. All alone in the cold with nopony there with me, no means of defending myself, no way of telling where I was. Nothing but a constant nagging feeling in my head telling me to bolt.

crunch crunch

"Who's there!? Show yourself! I-I'm not afraid of you!" My head spun in every direction imaginable, trying to find the source of the noise. Something in the snow did however manage to catch my eye. Several hoofsteps leading up to just behind me. There was only one thing to do in a situation like this.

"AAAAAAHHHHHH" My screams echoed all round while I ran like a mad mare. I suppose though, I was going mad out here. Let's face it. Who wouldn't? No matter where I ran though, the sound followed me. Why was I here!? Why wasn't I home, with my friends!?

I hadn't been paying attention to where I was running, and the next thing I knew, I had ran into a crumbling wall, hitting something on my head. I was cornered. A shadow loomed closer, nearing me, inch by inch. My heart thumped against my chest. I had assumed that by the time the figure had gotten closer, it would no longer appear as a shadow. Still, it remained as much a shadow as it had been a few moments ago. Now two meters away from me, I backed into the wall as far as I could, fluttering my wings, which where by now, covered in a blanket of ice.

The figure was now right in front of me. I was sweating bullets, not sure what too do. The next thing I knew, it was pitch black.

I'm not sure what happened during that time, but I woke up shortly after, away from the bitter cold, and waste. This time though, my hooves where all stretched being strapped against something, that had me facing something. Another shadow. this one was different to the other one though. It was rather tall, and looked vaguely similar the princesses.

I could tell that the tall figure in front of me was speaking, but for some reason, all I heard was white noise. It was as if my ears where dying from the inside out, swiveling round and round, as they went through this pain. A light flicked on, and the whole room was illuminated. The figure still remained a shadow, but my surroundings where now visible. I was attached to some kind of large, metal ring, with many machines surrounding it. The figure walked to a large machine at the other end of the room. Some kind of control panel?

It got to work, rapidly tapping several of the machines buttons, and moving levers. As she did, the room began to shake violently, something at the top of the contraption i was hooked up to, started to glow with a pulsing blue energy.

The figure took a few steps closer to me, as my mind spun. Okay, situation analysis. I was currently in some sort of... laboratory? Yeah, a laboratory. A mad pony that looked a bit like one of the princesses stop a few feet away from me, presumably the one who had me hooked up to this metal piece of garbage. I was totally helpless here.

Situation analysis complete. Results are not good at all. I'm screwed.

I looked up as the thing above me made a crackling noise. It was now glowing an electric blue, and giving of small sparks. The electricity shot directly at me, and my shrieks filled the air.

"WAAAAAA!" Rainbow Dash screamed as she jolted upright from her bed. Her eyes opened, only to reveal that they where now, instead of magenta, totally white. Her breathing was ragged, as she processed the fact that she could not see. She could stil hear, smell, feel, and if she was to take a guess, she would probably still be able to taste, but at the moment, her white eyes could not see. Pain grew in her whole body, but none of the pains she felt where as bad as the one she had in her head. Her chest pains where rather close however, but nothing like the pain she had felt a minute ago.

"Hello? Is anypony there?" Rainbow Dash frantically called for somepny to help her. A large door could be heard opening, and the sound of hooves on the tiled floor could be heard. "Hello!? Somepony!?" Rainbow Dash clambered onto her aching hooves, and took a step forward, falling face first into the floor, due to falling of f the bed. "AAGGHH! Somepony!? ANYPONY!?" The sound of hoofsteps got even closer to Rainbow Dash.

Rainbows head jerked up, and her face turned too one of pure terror. "No no no no NO! Not this again!" She dragged herself across the floor, as a nurse walked into the room upon hearing the noise.

"Miss Dash!" She gasped, seeing her patient on the floor, scared senseless. She dashed to her side, and attempted to help Rainbow back to her bed. Rainbow shook herself away from the nurses grasp, shaking violently, her hooves swatting away anything that came close too her.

"N-no! Stay away from me! Not again!" Rainbow backed into a corner, scared of everything around her. She didn't know who she could trust.

The door opened once again, and two ponies entered the room. Princess Celestia, and Twilight Sparkle.

"Rainbow Dash!" Twilight looked at the mare cowering in the corner, who was by now sweating, and trembling. "Rainbow Dash?"


"R-Rainbow... it's me, Twilight. Look, the princess is here too!" Twilight said, trying to wrap a hoof around her friend.

"GET AWAY! I don't even know where here is!" Rainbow sniffed, tears streaming down her face.

"Rainbow Dash, I can assure you, that you are nowhere near any kind of threat. You are in Canterlot castles medical ward." The Princess said, her face showing sympathy. "There is nothing here that can harm you. You should get back into bed, we can discuss what is going on in a few moments"

Rainbow Dash slowly nodded, stood up, and opened her eyes, showing everyone her empty eyes.

"Princess! H-her eyes!" The nurse who had tried to help her, gasped, upon seeing her empty eyes. Everypony stood, with her eyes fixed to Rainbow Dash, who was looking around the room blindly, for a bed.

"Everypony outside."

"B-but Princess-" Twilight started.

"Everypony out, now." The princess said. While she did not raise her voice, the tone of her voice said everything.

"Y-yes princess!" The nurse said, Twilight walked out the room, the nurse following behind her, The last thing the princess heard them say, was Twilight asking if the nurse knew what was going on.

"Guards, I need you to wait outside please." The princess commanded, waiting for the guards to take their position. The princess sighed, and walked over to Rainbow Dash. She wasn't ready to tell her this. It wasn't fair! This wasn't supposed to happen just now. Yet, it was happening right before her eyes. There was nothing she could do to even hold this back. No, it was now or never. The princess sighed one more time, before setting herself at the foot of the bed. Here goes.

"Rainbow Dash, tell me. Can you see anything at the moment?" The princess asked. One answer would sum up all of her suspicions. A simple question, yet such a life altering one.

"Well I- No. No princess, I can't see anything."

"Okay." The princess said sadly. Her eyes where beginning to water and her voice was getting a little croaky. "I know what is happening to you Rainbow Dash, but first I need to know. What had you so scared?"

"W-well I was suddenly in this freezing cold place. I'm not sure where, all I do know is that it was foggy, and there where so many destroyed buildings. I couldn't tell one place from another. A-and there was something following me. I was running for my life. I don't even know what was chasing me. I got backed into a corner, and this shadowy figure came over. I-it was just a shadow figure, but it knocked me out." Rainbow exclaimed, thinking back to the horrible events.

"I see. Just a shadow?" Rainbow Dash nodded her head. "What happened when you woke up?"

"I woke up not long after in a dim room, with all sorts of machinery. A-and I was strapped to a large metal ring." Rainbow Dash stopped to wipe her tears away with a hoof. "There was somepony in front of me. Th-they looked a bit like you. They set off the machine I was strapped to. A Lightning rod above me started, charging with some kind of energy. A-and then it zapped me, -a-and the pain. I-it was horrible!"

Princess Celestia was now openly crying, no longer holding her tears back. The fact that somepony had to feel so lonely, and scared was horrible.

"Well, it's over now Rainbow. It was just a nightmare." Princess Celestia said, nuzzling Rainbow.

"If it was a nightmare, then... why did I feel all that pain? I felt it Princess, each and every single thing I mentioned! The freezing cold snow, the ice covering my body, a-and most of all, the thing that zapped me. I know dreams can't cause real physical pain princess, and I know what I felt. Was it a dream?"

Princess Celestia was at a loss for words. Rainbow Dash was right. This was like no other type of dream she had heard of. Her sister couldn't even enter Rainbow Dash's dream in an attempt to wake her, so what did this mean? Was there even a logical explanation for this?

"You are indeed correct Rainbow Dash, I have never heard of a dream that can cause pain like this, nor am I even sure as to how that is possible, bu-" The door burst open, one of the guards that had been stationed outside ran to the princess.

"Your highness! We have urgent news for you!" He yelled, saluting the princess.

"Please, continue."

"There s an army of changelings surrounding the castle. There s no sign of their queen, but they did fire this at the castle."

Princess Celestia picked up the object in her magical grip. There was a scroll attatched to a rather large black stone. Out of curiosity, the princess quickly untied the scroll and opened it.

The princesses eyes widened, as she unceremoniously dropped the scroll from her telekinetic grip. Her body had froze up entirely, her eyes seemed distant. A good minute later, the princess finally moved and using the voice her sister and her used back many years ago, she yelled out in the royal canterlot voice.

"GUARDS! COVER EVERY SECTION OF THE CASTLE! I WANT AS MUCH GUARDS AS POSSIBLE TO STAY HERE AND GUARD RAINBOW! NOW!" Celestia, sprung to her hooves and was just about to exit, when Rainbow Dash spoke.

"Princess what's going on?" Rainbow was worried, having never seen the princess like this wondering why she of all ponies needed to be protected.

"Rainbow Dash, it's noth-"

"There is something! I can see the scroll! My vision is coming back, everything may be blurry, and I can't read it, but I know it's there! Even without my sight, your voice would be able to tell me everything anyway!" Rainbow was breathing heavily, her eyes filling with tears again.

"Rainbow, I promise to explain everything later, but for now, I have duties. Goodbye Rainbow Dash." Celestia closed the door, and turned to the group of guards whom had gathered there by her command. "I need as many of you as possible to guard Rainbow Dash, it is a matter of importance. Do not question this, and do not disobey this. The fate of Equestria could well lie in this task. Now hurry!"

"Yes Princess!" Every guard said this simultaneously, and situated themselves inside the room, and outside the room. Celestia having forgotten she had left the scroll, galloped down the marble hallway, to ready herself for battle.

The scroll sat on the floor, nopony even giving it a second glance. Rainbows sight was gradually returning, but her pains increased. The words on the scroll, where unknown to anyone, but the princess, and whom had sent it.

Her new found powers shall belong to us soon.