• Published 24th Apr 2016
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The Nightmare Reign - Cartoonlover13

Nightmare Moon defeated Celestia and imprisoned her in the moon. Nightmare Moon took the role of Empress and all must serve her...or else. Now the fallen princess, Celestia has returned.

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The Student

A mulberry unicorn with a sapphire blue mane, violet and rose streaks through her mane, and violet eyes, was galloping down a path to her private study, but was stopped by a voice "There you are, Twilight!"

When Twilight looked to where the voice came from she saw three mares. All were unicorn mares with presents on their backs. The one who called her out has a white coat was Twinkleshine: curly pink mane and tail, bright blue eyes, cutie mark of three blue stars. Another—medium blue coat, two-tone blue mane and tail, deep blue eyes—was Minuette, and the yellow one—curly medium blue mane and tail, red-violet eyes—Lemon Hearts. Her tail had a stripe of lighter blue that was not present in her mane.

"Moondancer is having a little get-together in the west academy courtyard. You want to come?" said Twinkleshine happily.

Twilight bit the inside of her cheek "Oh, sorry girls–" Twilight eyed her bag "–I got a lot of studying to catch up on." Twilight gave the trio a quick big grin then galloped off.

Twinkleshine sighed, disgruntled. "Does that pony do anything except study? I think she’s more interested in books than friends." The three mares then went on their way.

"Friends later. The Lunar Empire's fate now!" Twilight said to herself.

She raced past two other ponies, up a few flights of steps, and into a tall tower. On a balcony outside its top level, a small, light violet dragon—a shade darker than Twilight’s coat—walks upright toward the doors carrying a present. The spiny plates running from head to tail are green, his underbelly is a pale yellow-green, and he has darker yellow-green ears shaped as tiny bat wings. This is Spike, Twilight Sparkle’s assistant. Before he reached the doors, they burst open and throw him backward; Twilight emerges from inside."Spike! SPIIIIKE! Spike?"

Spike was flat on his back; he sits up with his green eyes spinning.

Twilight sighed "There you are."

Twilight gallops past as he clears his head. Inside, is a library, with various scientific instruments inside. The woozy little dragon comes up the stairs, with the present now impaled on his tail.

"Quick! Find me that old copy of Predictions and Prophecies.," said Twilight who had a puzzled look on her face. "What’s that for?" Twilight said as Spike, her assistant pulls the box loose.

Spike had a displeased look on his face "Well, it was a gift for Moondancer, but…" The bottom then felled out, dumping a damaged teddy bear that squeaked when it hit the floor.

Twilight let out a deep displeased breath "Oh, Spike…" Twilight knocked books off a stack with her head "…you know we don’t have time for that sort of thing."

Spike bit his lip "But we’re on a break!"

As Twilight eyes a book lying on the floor; her horn flares brightly and one on the top shelf floats free and down to her. Using her telekinetic abilities, she uses to summon several more in time on the next line.

"No…no…no…no, no, no!" Twilight let out a frustrated groan. "SPIKE!!" Twilight screamed to the dragon on a ladder at another high shelf, holding a book.

"It’s over here!" said Spike. Twilight's telekinetic powers drag both the book and him.

Twilight grinned "Ah!"

All the others hit the floor and she trots off, levitating this one alongside. As Spike reluctantly starts to pick up the books, Twilight lets her magic do the walking through the one he found.

"Mare in the moon, Mare in the Moon, M, M, M...aha!"

"Mare in the Moon?" But that’s just an old ponies tale," said Spike on a latter now re-shelving books while slowly losing his balance on the ladder.

Twilight began reading again “Legend has it that on the longest day of the thousandth year, the stars will aid in her escape." Twilight gasped "Spike, do you know what this means?"

Spike tilt his head in confusion. "No." causing Twilight’s ears to flop. Gravity takes him and the tomes down with a yell; he lands on Twilight’s back and collects the scroll and quill pen she now has in her mouth.

"Take a note, please," said Twilight snapping tail out straight. "To the Empress.”

Spike bounced off the floor "Okey-dokey."

Twilight instructed him to write what she says “My dearest teacher, Empress Nightmare Moon: My continuing studies of pony magic have led me to discover that we are on the precipice of disaster.”

"Hold on," said Spike "Preci…preci…" Spike gave Twilight a lost look—clearly he is not familiar with the word—and she thinks for a second.

Twilight rolled her eyes "threshold."

"Thre…" Spike again had a lost look on her face.

Twilight sighed "Uh…brink?" Spike still had a lost look on his face, she groans. "That something really bad is about to happen!"

Spike writes this bit down quickly and she resumes her pacing.

Twilight cleared her throat “For you see, the mythical Mare in the Moon, is the dark, evil tyrannical pony, Hellion Flare is about to return to The Lunar Republic. Something must be done to make sure this terrible prophecy does not come true. I await your quick response. Your faithful student, Twilight Sparkle.”

Spike wrote slowly “Twi-light…Spar-kle.” He finishes writing "got it!"

Twilight beamed "Great! Send it."

Spike raised an eyebrow "Now, Twilight?"

Twilight looked confused "Of course!"

Spike looked uneasy "Uhhh…I don’t know, Twilight. Empress Nightmare Moon may be little busy getting ready for the Summer Moon Celebration in the capitol New Pony City, and it’s, like, the day after tomorrow. And she has a temper and hates when ponies interrupt her."

Twilight got into Spike's face "That’s just it, Spike. That’s just it!" Twilight looked at the glimmering moon with the image of a mare with a horn. "The day after tomorrow is the thousandth year of the Summer Moon Celebration. It’s imperative that the Princess is told right away!"

Spike then began writing again "Impera…impera…"

Twilight groaned in annoyance "Important!"

This word spoken by Twilight comes with enough oomph to throw him off his feet; The dragon quickly gets up.

Spike rolled his eyes at Twilight's need for perfection "Okay, okay! He takes a deep breath, holds the rolled parchment in front of his mouth, and blows a burst of green fire over it. The message burns away, leaving only a tendril of sparkling pink smoke that snakes out a high window.

"There! It’s on its way," said Spike to Twilight as she paces. "But I wouldn’t hold your breath.

Twilight had a smug face "Oh, I’m not worried, Spike. The Empress trusts me completely. In all the years she’s been my mentor, she’s never once doubted me.

Spike’s cheeks bulge as if he is about to vomit; instead, he belches up a burst of green fire that forms into a sealed scroll. This drops to the floor.

Twilight smiled "I knew she would want to take immediate action. Spike opens it and clears his throat.

"My dearest, most faithful student Twilight…You know that I value your diligence, and that I trust you completely.”

Twilight grinned "Mmm-hmm."

“But you simply must stop reading those dusty old books! Don't interrupt me! When I put that MARE in the moon my magic will keep her there forever. You heard me, forever don't listen to those myths and rumours!"

Twilight gasped "b-but I-"

"Be real, Twilight," interjected Spike. "The Empress isn't the nicest pony. She's strict, but keeps The Lunar Republic safe. She single handedly defeated Sombra and Chrysalis and her changelings. Even if this 'Mare in the Moon' came back I'm sure she'll be able to defeat her before it gets out of hand."

Nightmare Moon threw the ink and quill pen across the room startling her assistant. "Do ponies not know DON'T INTERRUPT ME!"

Her assistant quietly whimpered and backed away from the enraged Empress, hoping she wouldn't take her anger on her.

"WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU STILL DOING HERE! GET! OUT!" screamed Nightmare Moon. The assistant quickly ran out of the throne room.

Nightmare Moon was very angry that her student would think she would be stupid enough to think the spell she did on her sister would not last forever. That so called prediction was just a rumour made up by somepony years ago. That damn rumour was blown way out of proportion. How many times must I say that The Mare in the Moon, Celestia will stay there. Why would I use a spell which would not last forever?

Nightmare Moon train of thought was cut off by a cyan pegasus with buzzcut rainbow colored mane with her tail having the same color. Her eyes where a magenta color and her cutie mark was of a cloud with a rainbow streak. The cutie mark was sewn on to her Shadowbolts uniform. This was Captain Rainbow Dash of The Shadowbolts who abruptly came into the throne room.

"You better have damn good news, Captain Dash," said Nightmare Moon in a cold tone.

"Your Highness, Lyra Heartstrings and Bon Bon were in tracked down and were taken into custody for breaking into the castle and stealing documents."

"What do you mean by were!?"

Rainbow Dash gulped "A unicorn, which we didn't see her face, but we do know she's a mare and a powerful spell caster. She defeated the squad who had the two fillyfoolers in custody. Before backup came the unicorn mare and Heartstrings and Bon Bon were gone."

Nightmare Moon bit her lip so hard it drew blood making her even scarier. "So your squad was defeated by a mere unicorn! And you didn't even STOP THEM!" Nightmare Moon in a fit of rage took Rainbow Dash's neck with her telekinesis she slowly choked her while holding her in the air.

Rainbow Dash struggled and squirmed in the Empress's grip. Before Rainbow Dash fell unconscious she was thrown to the door of the throne room.


"Y-y-yes...Your H-Highness," Rainbow croaked out.

“Go now, if you ever disobey me…well, you'll regret it, like many treacherous ponies before you.”

Rainbow Dash nodded and holded in the tears forming in the corners of her eyes.

Author's Note:

Well I hope this is a good start and I'll get into this as the story progresses.

If you don't get it (which I'm sure you will) New Pony City is a pun on New York City. :trollestia: I feel so unclean :pinkiesick: