• Published 15th Oct 2014
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Perception - Xz Hacker

An accident leaves Rarity's mind moving faster than ever.

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“The True Adventure Begins”

Chapter Nine: “The True Adventure Begins”

Twilight and Celestia stood next to Luna's bed, slightly before the eight hour mark of Luna's spell. Twilight's face gave away her concern and Celestia looked at her with a bit of pity. “It's OK Twilight, my sister can handle herself.”

“I can't help but think of this as my fault.”

“I told you, accidents happen, and fixing it is the only way to make amends.”

“Yes, but...”

Twilight was interrupted as Rarity and Luna stirred at the same time. Rarity leapt from the bed first, landing perfectly straight while Luna slowly rose behind her stretching. Twilight levitated some paper and began to write, but Rarity shook her head and raised her hoof. “No need for that Twilight.” Rarity said, slightly fast.

Twilight and Celestia stared in shock. Luna stood up tall and smiled at them. “We have been working on her ability to speak at normal speed.”

Twilight blinked. “But... I mean... how?” She stammered.

Rarity smiled. “Let's just say we had a lot of time to develop some interesting skills.”

Celestia nodded. “I would imagine that three years would give you some practice.”

Luna shook her head. “Actually by my count it was almost five, it seems that the length was extended by the same amount normal dreams are.”

Twilight still stared at Rarity. “So Rarity... you are OK?”

“If by OK you mean back to normal, then no, not one bit, but if you mean am I able to function in this state, than most definitely.”

Celestia looked to Luna. “You seem to have done a wonderful job sister.”

“Indeed, though I must admit it was quite a journey.”

Celestia stared at Luna as hard as Twilight had been staring at Rarity. “You... you said 'I'.”

Luna smiled, then blushed as she bowed her head slightly. “Oh yes, I may have picked up some habits from Rarity.”

Rarity smiled. “Some?”

They both erupted in laughter simultaneously. Luna wiped away a tear and looked at Celestia. “Sorry, five years in somepony else's head will do that to you. I assume you two have been working on a spell to fix dear Rarity?”

Twilight nodded slowly, still in shock. “Yeah... I... uh... I had an idea that could work. You see, a large part of traveling to other dimensions is syncing yourself to your destination. I think that if we sent you to another dimension, you could, theoretically, be back to normal speed. Then you could come back with no problem.”

Celestia shook her head. “I think that would be too dangerous, if we just take some time we can isolate which part of the spell...”

Rarity interrupted. “Dimension hopping? What do you think Luna, up for some fun?”

Luna laughed. “Always the adventurous one.” She turned to look at Celestia. “Dear sister, allow me to go with her, I am more than capable of bringing us back if a problem arises.”

Celestia looked between Luna and Rarity. Rarity's face never broke from the smile she had worn since she had awoken. Celestia sighed. “This is against my better judgment.”

Rarity smiled broadened. “You heard her Twilight, that means do it.”

Twilight walked a little closer to Rarity. “Are you sure about this? I'm only going on a hunch here, I'm not sure what will happen.”

Rarity looked directly into Twilight's eyes. Twilight nearly shuddered from the intensity of the stare. “Any chance is worth taking to escape a never ending nightmare.”

Twilight stepped back and took an uneasy breath. “OK, so you want me to try and send you both?” She said looking towards Luna.

“Is that doable?”

Twilight sighed. “Actually, I think I could send us all, four shouldn't be difficult.”

Celestia nodded. “I would feel better going with you sister.”

Rarity looked around impatiently. “We all want to go, so let's just go.”

Twilight nodded and began to cast the spell. A small bubble engulfed them all in a shroud of purple, before a bright flash blinded them all. Twilight slowly opened her eyes to see Luna still in front of her, and Celestia still beside her. They were still in Luna's bedroom, but Rarity had vanished.

Luna looked around. “Twilight, what happened?”

“I don't know... that should have sent all of us, not just her.”

Celestia looked intently at Twilight. “Try again, we will help.”

Twilight began casting her spell again, as Celestia and Luna aided her with their magic. Another bright flash. Still they remained in Luna's bedroom. Twilight was breathing heavily. “I don't... understand... it's like... something is... blocking us out.”

Rarity began to open her eyes, from having shut them in preparation for the spell. She seemed to be on the outskirts of Ponyville. Midway through opening her eyes she could make out the shapes of four ponies standing in front of her. It only took her a moment to identify the silhouettes. Standing in front of her was a beaming Pinkie Pie, a inquisitive looking Twilight, a serious looking Apple Jack, and a sad looking Rainbow Dash.

Slowly Rarity's ears adjusted and she began to hear Pinkie Pie's voice “...she would be here.”

Twilight shook her head. “Fine, I'll admit you got this one, but how you knew she would end up here at this exact time... I wish you could just tell me.”

“It's pretty hard to describe, I just kinda know... ya know?”

Twilight looked over at Rarity. “So if the pattern holds true, she is the only element to the glitch from that world?”

Pinkie Pie nodded enthusiastically. “Yep! It was the whole world, but it corrected itself to her! Kinda like you.”

Twilight stared at Rarity. “Well... do you speak?”

Rarity nodded. “I do, but would you care to explain who you are?”

Twilight shook her head. “Forget everything you just left behind. I'm not the Twilight you know, these aren't the friends you know.”

Rarity stood up straight. “I've been through a lot today, I'm pretty sure I can't be surprised any more.”

Twilight took a step forward. “I am the combination of a Twilight Sparkle from another dimension and the remnants of the creator of the multiverse in which all of our universes preside. Behind me is a collection of glitches caused across reality by a massive destabilization in the grand machine that is our multiverse. In an effort to prevent a total breakdown in the machine, and the destruction of what remains of reality, I hunted each of them down and brought them together .”

Rarity smiled. “And I'm one of these glitches?”

Twilight looked towards Pinkie Pie. “Do I have another telepath here or what?”

Pinkie Pie shrugged. “Not a clue, I can't read her mind at all, it's all buzzy.”

Rarity laughed. “No, I'm a little more complicated than a mind reader. I perceive time at three thousand six hundred times the rate of normal ponies.”

Twilight mouth hung open. “And you can still talk?”

“Admittedly it took a few hours to master.”

Twilight shook her head and looked back at Pinkie Pie. “All right, two more, which one next?”

Pinkie Pie frowned. “That's a toughy, both of these next ones are real doozies!”

“You said only the last one was going to give us trouble.”

“Things have... changed...”

Author's Note:

I would like to thank my editors. Without them this wouldn't be nearly as polished as it is now. Special thanks to Adam and Alice, the dynamic editing duo. Without Adam my dialogue would be clunky, and without Alice my grammar would be atrocious.

I would like to take a moment to talk about the upcoming crossover I have all but slapped you in the face here. Yes, I am, and have been for quite some time, intending for several of my works to crossover together. Actually everything I have published so far (except the ESP) will be included in this crossover. I have been hinting at it in the end of my other works, but now I'll finally come out and say it.

If you are interested in the story arc of the multiverse series, here is the links to the others in chronological order:
Breakdown: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/72683/breakdown
Discord's Resignation: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/52102/discords-resignation
Commutatus and Retexo: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/45955/commutatus / http://www.fimfiction.net/story/45960/retexo
Time Dash: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/131296/time-dash
Perception (What you just read)
Fluttershy's story (Name TBA)
My Little Multiverse (The Crossover)

Comments ( 9 )

Awesome song, thanks for showing me that. Not sure if it's a compliment that you posted it as a comment, but I will take it as one!

You know.. Celestia really needs to have Twilight see a therapist about that OCD.

I rather felt that all the content presented was necessary to really appreciate the story.

I mean, I wondered about it myself, slogging through questions after introspection. "This is taking forever!" I thought to myself.

And then, I got it.

This is true.

Quite frankly I'm jealous. Maybe its my insane idealization of any form of immortality, but I think I would get used to it. An yeah it did drag, but that really was to impress on the reader just how slow this is, and how it felt.

Reading you say that makes me really happy. I'm glad to see that people other than my friends think it was well delivered.

Well, this was cool. Love the time displacement idea. Not sure if I'm going to stick around for the rest, because the idea that Rarity is still stuck waiting hour after hour after hour for every word she hears or speaks just kind of depresses me. Plus, I haven't read any of these other stories, so I'd be lost.

Enjoyed it for the most part, though!

Finished the story.
I may check out the other stories later, but I've got a lot on my plate at the moment.
You may want run this through a pre-reader or three to catch the things that even editors can miss.

You repeatedly use retaliative in the place of relative. They don't mean the same thing.
Also, there are quite a few typos throughout the story.

Still, the story took a turn that was rather unexpected, and I'm not sure if that was a good or a bad thing for me. I'll let ya know when I get around to reading the other stories. I'll just not assign a like or dislike for now.


Yeah, you should see it before I get people to correct it! Thanks for the corrections, when I get a bit of time I will go correct those. The use of the word retaliative is entirely the fault of the stupid spell check in open office. I'm glad to see you kinda enjoyed the story.

Glad you liked it!

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