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I write about small pastel-colored ponies and do bad things to them. Ask me about anything, I love talking about my stories even more than writing them.


Twilight Sparkle finds herself inside a cocoon in the throne room of Canterlot Palace along with her friends and many other ponies. She is thrust into a dream world by Chrysalis who is feeding on the feelings of love and friendship she and the others will experience in their alternate realities. In her dream, she finds Princess Celestia, who has been able to cross between dream worlds. Twilight and Celestia must now travel between dreams in order to awaken their friends and stop Chrysalis. However, some dreams are not as happy as they expected, and some secrets held in the subconscious may be better left unawoken.

Additional character tags: OC's, Princess Cadence, Shining Armor, Princess Luna, Nightmare Moon, Trixie, Zecora, Diamond Tiara, Snips, Flitter, Cloudchaser, Roseluck, Big Macintosh

Inspired by the fan video of an alternative ending of season 2. Click here to watch it!

Featured on Equestria Daily 9/14/2012.

Now a comic illustrated by Zoarvek! http://zoarvek.deviantart.com/gallery/48143295

"Sex" tag added on 10/12/2014 due to sexual themes here and there. It's not the focus of the story, but it's in there. For a more detailed explanation of why the tag was finally added, see the author's note on "Corruption Ch 10"

Old cover art here: http://i.imgur.com/Tgt974q.jpg
Full size: http://i.imgur.com/9uWAX.jpg

Chapters (56)
Comments ( 1430 )

Wow neat story so far. The cocoons remind me of the aliens using humans for batteries in the Matrix.
Also the dream world reminds me of Coraline.

I must ask though; will the whole story revovle around Twilight's dream world or will it go through the other 5's dreams?.

Keep it up! dis b good:raritywink:

It will indeed go into each of their dreams. Twilight's is the least complicated. I don't wan to ruin anything I have planned out for anyone wanting to read it, so that's all I will say. :rainbowwild:

Another interesting fact is that this was originally going to be a comic series, and I decided it was too involved for a first comic project.

Looks good, keep up the good work.

Wait so everypony is in thier own seperate dream world? I almost thought they were all having the same dream.

link for the video with alternate ending plz


Click "Source" under the cover image. :pinkiehappy:

It looks like things are about to get real.
Nice chapter.

I wonder what is Celestia`s plan to wake up and why does she need Pinkie to do it.
Keep up the good work.

Okay, I'll say it:
"You're here because you know something. What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad."

Glad I got that out of my system. Anyway, cool story.


Oh yes, when I was first thinking up this story, I knew that comparison would surely be coming, along with "We need to go deeper," too. :pinkiehappy:

Good chap. :) I like when Twi says "either Rarity is starting some kind of freaky new sewing project or that's it."

So while everyone has different dreams, is this whole world basically a dream world but with different perspectives as mere "dreams"? Because in the previous chapter, Chrysalis said "your dream world," and yet I imagine them all being in a single dream world, especially with Pinkie Pie's actions.

Sorry if I'm thinking too hard about this. This one fact stumped me a little. Maybe I have to read on more..

EDIT: Nevermind, I believe I've got the jist of it all. It's starting to make sense--I was just thinking too hard about it.


It seems like a lot of people are confused about the Pinkie Pie angle! Don't think too hard about it, though, because it's actually playing off a very simple concept. Ever heard people say that Pinkie breaks the fourth wall? I won't say any more, except that I assure you, everyone is in their own dream world, and that Twilight's dream is almost at its end.

Also, future "Books" are not going to be named after the character who is dreaming, to try and retain some mystery and suspense. Twilight will not know whose dream she is in, and so I thought the reader probably shouldn't know either, until Twilight finds out as well.


In general, to anyone interested:
Major editing is happening again on all chapters.
The next chapter will not be out for a while because of that. Sorry!
The next book is going to be called either "Overgrowth" or "Horizons" - depends on which one I decide to move to next.

Pinkie the fourth wall breaker...just say that if anyone's confused, and that will answer everyone's confusion. Now that I think about it, of course it should make some sense. I mean, even in dreams, Pinkie will do what she wants because she CAN! :pinkiehappy:

I really like how this story is going. I saw the video and thought such a fairy-tale ending was sweet and all, but if this were a more epic series, I think I would be jumping out of my chair should it be the true ending. And it's very possible. To see it in a fanfiction, I am excited and also slightly terrified. Can't imagine what the other's dream worlds are like, but whatever. You got my attention!

Caught this on deviantart. I've gotta say: I'm glad I found this. Now on to moar madness :pinkiehappy:

Awesome story. :moustache:

My money's on Rainbow Dash having a Daring Do dream. :rainbowdetermined2:

Alliteration FTW!:twilightsheepish:

I also bet on the Daring Do dream :pinkiehappy:.
Keep up the good work.

Isn't it obvious. They alredy said how fast Rainbow Dash's mind is going. Daring Doo is very likely, but why would the library be there. I find it far more likely that Rainbow Das's mind is moving so quickly that her dream world is already 100's of years beyond the real world. Ponyville has been swallowed up by the ever growing Evergreen Forest. If this was just meant to be a jungle setting for a Daring Doo dream then the next part would not be called OBERGROWTH.

Interesting....I want to see where this is headed

I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you ponies do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Equestrians are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You're a plague and we are the cure.
Sorry, just had to get this out of my system.

This is a great story, it's very interesting.
For the sake of disagreeing with the above commentors, I say that it's really Fluttershy's dream, and that Fluttershy is Twilight's treehouse library. Yay for randomness and being a smart-aleck.
Seriously though, I would not be all that surprised for it to turn out as Rainbow Dash's dream.


I won't tell, even if someone guesses right, but I do assure you that Fluttershy has not turned into a tree. :fluttershyouch:

1277008 Aww, but Fluttershy so very much wants to be a tree. You know it, I know it. You could almost say that it's; her dream.:trollestia::yay:
I honestly didn't really think that that would be the case, but I figured that I'd be silly and say it anyway.dl.dropbox.com/u/31471793/FiMFiction/emoticons/shrug_Derpy_Hooves.png I look forward to the next arc and the next chapter.:pinkiehappy:

Oooh... I am really excited. This is fantastic beyond my expectations! :D


Many ponies have, already :pinkiegasp:

My related response: 1024139

Really, though, I think the similarities end at the premise of ponies in cocoons being fed upon... I hope that book two will help to distance the story from these comparisons a bit since we'll be going through to other dream worlds.

I should probably brace myself for comparisons to Sliders, maybe :rainbowwild:

The level of epic in this fic is astronomical! :pinkiehappy:

What if you could find brand new worlds, right here in Equestria? Same room, different dream. Twilight found the gateway!

:twilightoops: That’s quite a first chapter. I do love the idea of Twilight being trapped in a dream world while Chrysalis feeds on her love. It is very Matrix-esque, isn’t it? I should read the second chapter when I get around to it.:rainbowkiss:

1275262 I totally respect your quote:ajsmug: and the movie is a great action flick.

That said, I have a beef with the Wachowski brothers and their terrible stabs at philosophy.:ajbemused:
Neither Mammals nor any other Kingdom of Life have an inherent respect for balance or boundaries.
Ask an Australian about rabbits, cane toads, and/or camels.
In the USA there are colonies of wild boar brought over from Europe during colonization that are - in some areas - perfectly legal to kill at any time because they have no place in the local food chain, nothing in the territory is strong enough to prey on them.
I could keep going - my point is, animals only exist in equilibrium where it has been reached over the course of many generations, and only lasts because every part of the food chain is advancing and maneuvering for position at the same time - there is no instinct for it and individual living beings fight against it with all the passion of their beings. Plagues of Rats, Locusts, and Ants are easy examples of animals that regularly overstep their 'natural balance' and self-destruct their environments.
What humans are is the first multi-cellular life-form to manage to stave off the major consequences of their overstepping their 'bounds' for over a thousand generations. Technically blue-green bacteria have been doing the same ever since they introduced the corrosive metabolic poison known as Oxygen to the earth's atmosphere.
Ok, rant-mode deactivated.

To be clear:
the Matrix:rainbowkiss:
Wachowski's Attempt at Philosophy:pinkiesick:

1323194 Your argument is actually pretty valid. Have a Scootaloo: :scootangel:

I have 11 books planned for this. It would take years to turn it into a comic... Especially considering my current skill level at drawing. (Yes, each word there is a different link :pinkiecrazy: )

Seriously, I would only disappoint, especially considering some of the images I've imagined in my head for some of the scenes so far in this fic. I get trapped in my own worlds as I make them, and my imagination is always far greater than my ability to represent it, probably even in writing. :rainbowderp:

1329725 Actually the last few are pretty decent. That said. I am a genius to imagination. Got a government certified test proving it. But I can't express it at all. Like my mother is a professional artist, and my sis is just as good. Me? Nothing. Same for writing, mega book worm though. I haz zero skills


11 books is going to be fantastic!...

This looks promising, although to be honest I liked my idea better.

What was your idea? Oh, that it's hundreds of years in the future? Hah yeah, that would be interesting, but weird.

Yeah, Oh well I really like your story.

I think it's Fluttershy's dream... might be wrong though


Because Twilight and Celestia are both leaders that "outrank" her? (Twilight is always in charge of expeditions and such, and Celestia is the greater ruler of the nation.)

I'm Captain Priest, and this is my new favorite story on the site. :rainbowdetermined2:
Seriously, I'm super impressed. I see a lot of potential for this, and you've been making it incredible already. Keep it up!
Somehow, I knew this was Applejack's dream right from the beginning. No idea how I did. (Unless you mentioned it earlier.) XD

I never mentioned whose dream it was, but all the speculation here is making me squee like a school girl. :pinkiehappy:

As for whether or not someone has guessed it yet, the answer is: Someone has either guessed it or not guessed it, one of those two things. See, so there's a 50/50 chance! :rainbowwild: In other words, I ain't tellin'! :P

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