• Published 28th Apr 2018
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Light and Magic - Allenator05

Sunset Shimmer has made mistakes in her past that she's trying to move on and learn from. What happens when she meets an iron-willed Guardian with a similar past?

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Meeting New Ponies

The next train from Ponyville to Canterlot didn't leave until the next morning, so Hildr and Sunset stayed with Twilight at her castle. "Where exactly are we?" Sunset asked while looking around.

"Oh. After the…well…you know, Princess Celestia moved the crystal mirror to my castle, and I keep it in my library," Twilight said.

"Oh," was all Sunset could say. She looked around and saw the vast shelves of books and wandered about in awe. "Are all of these yours?" she asked.

"Well, most of them," Twilight replied sheepishly. "My old house was the Golden Oak Library before Tirek destroyed it. Some of the books were recovered and the rest were donated from other libraries and ponies. Quite a few came from Princess Celestia in Canterlot."

"Is that how you found the journal?" Sunset asked, pointing to a particular book. The mirror itself was hooked up to a strange contraption with wires and components hooked up to it. To the side of the mirror was a leather bound book on a stand hooked up with wires that connected to the mirror."

"Yes, but I think Princess Celestia arranged for me to have it," Twilight said.

A wan smile crossed Sunset's face. "Always mysterious, that one," she muttered. Sunset slowly walked up the stairs and took note of some of the book titles. "You know, the last time I was here, I didn't get a very good look at your castle. I must say, it's pretty impressive."

"Thanks! It still feels a bit too big for just me and Spike, but it's started to feel like home," Twilight said.

Sunset grew silent as she stepped out onto the balcony. Twilight's smile faltered a bit as Sunset disappeared outside. Hildr watched all of this without saying anything. Clearly being back in Equestria was weighing heavily on Sunset's heart. She then turned to Twilight and saw the lavender alicorn was grinning from ear to ear and practically vibrating with excitement. Hildr rolled her eyes and sighed. "I take it you have questions?" she asked.

"Only if you don't mind," Twilight said.

Hildr glared at the young pony and huffed. "Fine. I have a feeling this is going to take a while. Do you have anyplace we can sit?"

"Oh! Yes! Of course!" Twilight jumped in the air and zoomed out the door in a blur. Hildr rolled her eyes. Several moments passed before Twilight returned carrying two large cushions and a tray with drinks and snacks with her telekinesis. Hildr noticed the aura surrounding them was light purple. "We can do it here if you like, or we can move to a different room that's not as big," she said.

"This is fine," Hildr replied evenly.

Twilight eagerly put the cushions down and set the tray on a table. "Okay!" she said, plopping down on a cushion. A notepad and pen quickly appeared. "Now, Sunset has told me a little about you. First I would like to ask, are you really from a different world than the one through the mirror?"

"Yes," Hildr replied.

"That. Is. AMAZING!" Twilight giggled. She flipped through her notes and said, "Based on what I've learned about the mirror, I theorized that it is possible to connect to other worlds besides the human one that Sunset Shimmer currently lives in." Twilight looked back to Hildr and asked, "Is Equestria the first world you've ever visited?"

"No," Hildr replied.

Twilight's eyes grew even bigger as she scribbled her notes. "Fascinating! Did you use a portal to visit these worlds?" she asked.

"No," Hildr replied.

"I see," Twilight said with a frown. "Then how did you visit these worlds?"

"A spaceship," Hidr replied.

Twilight started to write the reply, then stopped. "So far, all you've given me is one word answers," she said.

"You asked, I answered," Hildr said simply.

"But I need details!" Twilight whined. "I don't know if this will be the only chance I'll have to talk to someone like you, so I need to get all the information I can."

Hildr let out a long breath and a growl rumbled in her throat. "If that's the case, just talk to Raven," she said.

"Why?" Twilight asked.

"Because it seems I'm not giving you the answers you want and I'm starting to lose my patience with all this," Hildr said.

"Oh. I'm sorry. I'm just excited. I tend to get that way when studying new things," Twilight said. Her face fell and she sagged a little into her cushion.

Hildr almost felt bad for being curt with her. "Look. Clearly I am not used to this sort of thing, so it is going to take a little time to adjust to everything," Hildr said, and wiggled her front hooves for effect.

"I see," Twilight said. She put her notes down and picked up a small treat.

Hildr watched as she took a small bite, looking like someone had rained all over her parade. "So. Why does this Princess Celestia want to meet with Sunset Shimmer and I?" she asked.

Twilight swallowed her bite of food and shrugged. "Honestly, I don't know. I was writing a letter to the princess to keep her updated on what was going on, when I received a reply saying she wanted to meet you."

HIldr's eyes narrowed. "Have you ever been to the human world?" she asked and Twilight nodded. "When Sunset Shimmer first stole the Element of Magic, I followed her to get it back."

"How long were you there?" Hildr asked.

"About a week, I suppose," Twilight said. "And there was this other time when the Sirens showed up and started making trouble. I went back to try and help, but Sunset Shimmer was the one who saved the day."

"And that was the last time?" Hildr asked.

Twilight nodded. "I heard about the incident at the Friendship Games from Sunset. I wanted to help out, but I was a little busy at the time taking care of things here."

Hildr looked around the inside of the library. The floors and walls sparkled, as if they were made of some kind of crystal. The afternoon sun shone through the window, casting an orange glow over everything. The light reflected off the crystal surfaces, creating a dazzling display. "Is that a normal occurrence for you?"

"Is what?" Twilight asked, slightly confused.

"I haven't seen very much of your world yet, but it doesn't seem like very much happens here," HIldr said. "Just what kind of problems do you have to deal with?"

Twilight frowned. "I'm not sure what you are trying to say, but I don't think I like it. It is true that Ponyville is a quiet little town and not much excitement happens, but I have seen and dealt with things that no pony should ever have to face."

Hildr sat up straight and narrowed her gaze at Twilight. "I am not trying to diminish your accomplishments, however, I will say that the worst thing you've ever seen is a normal day for me."

At this, Twilight became angry. "How can you say that? You don't know anything about me or Equestria! If it wasn't for me, this place would have been taken over and burned to ash. Everything we've ever known would have been destroyed!"

Hildr rose to her full height and towered over Twilight Sparkle. She glared down at the young alicorn and asked evenly, "Did you not hear what I just said? I am not trying to belittle you or demean you. I simply said that whatever you have seen, I have experienced far worse."

Twilight jumped to her feet. "I refuse to be intimidated and looked down upon in my own castle!" she said angrily. "I don't care if you are bigger than me. You can't threaten me like this!"

Hldr leaned her head down until her face was inches away from Twilight's. "I am not threatening you," she said quietly. "If I were, you would know it."

Twilight flinched and took a step back. "What does that mean?"

Hildr sat back down and took a long breath. She had been in this place less than an hour and already had the inhabitants mad at her. She could feel her anger starting to rise and she tamped it back down. Hildr didn't want to cause any trouble since she wasn't familiar with her new body and didn't know if she'd be able to defend herself if things went badly. "So. I heard from Sunset that you are the Princess of Friendship. What does that mean? How does that work?"

Now Twilight was confused and it showed on her face. "What are you doing? What game are you playing?" she asked.

"I'm not playing any game," Hildr said through clenched teeth. "I am a stranger in a new land, trying to figure out how all this works. What good would it do for me to run around like a crazy person and cause trouble? That would be incredibly stupid. I don't know anything about being a pony."

"So is that what this is then?" Twilight asked, "Just some big experiment? Why are you here? What is your goal?"

HIldr sighed. "I thought Sunset Shimmer made that clear when she wrote to you in your journal."

"Well, yes, she did say some things, but I want to know why you came to the human Equestria in the first place," Twilight asked.

"It was an accident," Hildr said simply.

Twilight frowned. "What do you mean, it was an accident?"

"Instead of explaining myself dozens of times to different people, why don't I just wait until we meet with your Princess Celestia and all the other important people and explain it all at once?" Hildr asked.

Twilight thought for a moment and nodded. "I suppose that would make the most sense." She started to pout and added, "I'd still want to know about your world."

Hildr made a hmph sound. "No you don't."

Sunset Shimmer put her front hooves up on the railing and sighed. Twilight's castle was located on the edge of Ponyville near the Everfree Forest. From here, she could see the land of Equestria and it looked as majestic as she remembered. Sunset sighed and rested her chin on her hooves. Everything looked the same, but everything was different. Years had passed since she left. Ponies had grown older, started families of their own, or even passed on. Did any pony remember her or what she had done?

Susnet wasn't sure how she felt about returning to Equestria. Sure, there was that one time not too long ago where she had come through to pick up a new journal from Twilight, but that didn't really count in Sunset's mind. Honestly, she didn't know what to expect. Maybe she would meet with Celestia and there would be a big, happy reunion with lots of hugging and crying and everypony forgiving everypony. Sunset shook her head to rid herself of those thoughts. What was this, some kind of sappy romance novel?

She heard footsteps behind her and saw Spike approach out of the corner of her eye. "Hey Spike," she said.

"Hi Sunset. What are you doing out here?" the baby dragon asked.

Sunset shrugged. "Just…looking…at everything," she replied.

Spike was barely tall enough to see over the railing, so he jumped up and sat next to Sunset. "You know, I've been to the human world twice now, and I don't think we've ever talked."

Sunset turned her head to look at Spike. "What are you trying to say?" she asked.

"Nothing. You looked lonely so I thought you might like someone to talk to," Spike said.

Sunset narrowed her eyes. "So you're taking pity on me then?"

"No, no, no, nothing like that!" Spike said quickly and waved his arms. "You just looked like you needed someone to talk to."

Sunset giggled and rubbed Spike's head with her hoof. "Relax. I'm just teasing you," she said.

Spike folded his arms and pouted. "You're just like everypony else," he grumped.

Sunset turned to look back over Equestria. "So. What would you like to talk about?" she asked.

"Oh. Well I was just wondering what living on the other side was like. I mean I've been there, but not for very long. And I was a dog," Spike said.

Sunset sighed. "It's both similar, yet very different. The most obvious of course is the whole humans and ponies thing."

"Oh. Right," Spike said.

Sunset thought about the best way to say what she was thinking. "I don't expect you to understand, but humans think and act differently than ponies do."

"In what way?" Spike asked.

"For starters, there is no magic in the human world, so they have had to make do with technology," Sunset said.

Spike nodded. "I noticed the humans have a lot of things we don't have here. Cars, electricity, indoor plumbing, and all kinds of stuff!"

"Humans can also be very violent and warlike," Sunset said. "Their history is full of conflict, mostly against each other." She saw Spike about to open his mouth, but she held up her hoof to stop him. "I think I know what you are about to say, but the things ponies have done in the past are nowhere near what the humans have done." Sunset turned to Spike and smiled. "Humans are the most interesting creatures I have come across. They are capable of both great good and terrible evil. I'm not saying that ponies aren't capable of the same, but the differences are more extreme with humans."

"Wow. That really is interesting," Spike said. He scooted himself closer to Sunset and said, "But when we were there, things didn't seem all that bad. Can the humans really be as bad as you say?"

Sunset sighed and closed her eyes. "Oh yes. I've experienced it firsthand, er, hoof rather. But you remember how I used to be right?" Spike nodded. "Well I learned what it feels like to be on the receiving side."

"What happened?" Spike asked. Sunset shook her head. "I don't really want to talk about it. Twilight knows. Maybe you should ask her."

"But I don't want to hear it from her. I want to hear it from you," Spike said. "I have no problem with hearing things from Twilight, but she makes things sound so…neat and tidy. When she tells stories, it's like she's giving a report. It's not very exciting to listen to. I know I'm not very old, but even I know stories aren't so simple."

"Yeah, that's true," Sunset agreed. "I tell you what. We're probably going to be here for a few days. I don't want to talk now, but maybe later okay?"

"Okay," Spike said. He was disappointed Sunset wouldn't share her story. The look on her face said she had a lot on her mind and didn't really want to talk. Twilight sometimes got like that and Spike learned the best thing to do was simply be there. He reached over and gave Sunset a little pat on the shoulder.

Just then, they both heard a loud CRASH followed by angry shouting. Spike quickly jumped down and ran inside while Sunset Shimmer gave a tired sigh. She had left Hildr alone with Twilight and could only imagine what was going on. After a moment of hesitation, she walked back inside. The sight that greeted her was quite astonishing. A table had been knocked over, spilling tea and snacks all over the floor. That was probably what caused the crashing sound. Twilight looked extremely upset and was yelling at Hildr. Hildr appeared to be ignoring her, concentrating instead on a light-blue pony with wings and a rainbow colored mane. She was lying on the floor by a bookshelf with a dazed look on her face.

"What was that all about?" Twilight shouted.

"She came at me with intent to harm. What did you expect to happen?" Hildr asked evenly.

"Certainly not that!" Twilight replied.

Sunset Shimmer sighed and rubbed her face with her hoof.

Spike ran down the stairs and up to Twilight. "What happened?" he asked.

"She attacked Rainbow Dash for no reason!" Twilight shouted and pointed at Hildr, who continued to ignore the angry alicorn. Insead, she made her way to the downed pegasus. "What do you want?" Rainbow Dash asked angrily. She tried to stand up, but collapsed as her left foreleg gave out.

"Raven, scans please," Hildr said. Raven appeared and started scanning Rainbow Dash's body.

"Hey! What's it doing? Make it stop!" she insisted. She glared at Raven and tried to knock him away.

"Lie still!" Hildr hissed and stamped her hoof on the floor. The sound echoed through the library, getting everyone's attention. Satisfied, Hildr said, "Stop moving or you'll make your injury worse."

"Why should I listen to you?" Rainbow Dash asked. She managed to stand up, but winced in pain when she tried to put weight on her injured leg.

Hildr rolled her eyes and growled. "Do you always ignore people who try to help you?"

"Help me? This is all your fault!" Rainbow Dash shouted.

"What happened?" Sunset asked.

Before anyone else could answer, Rainbow Dash spoke up "Well I was out doing my thing, you know, being awesome, when I remembered I had to come to the castle because I forgot I was going to talk to Twilight about a friendship thing because Scootaloo has been actin' kinda funny recently. So I came in the castle and I heard this really loud crashing sound, like KABLAMO!" She smacked her hooves together to emphasize the sound, forgetting about her injury. "So I burst in the room all, 'What happened? What happened?' And I saw Twilight on the ground with the table knocked over and stuff, and YOU were standing over her!" Rainbow Dash stuck her hoof in Hildr's face. "So then I was all, 'No pony messes with my friends!' So I zoomed in to get revenge for Twilight because, no offense, she's kind of a pushover in a fight. So I came in and I was going to do this totally awesome move I saw in a movie one time." Rainbow Dash then struck an action pose. "And it totally would have worked but SOMEPONY had to just move out of the way and ruin it." Rainbow Dash glared up at Hildr. "So then I was super bummed out, and the next thing I knew I was lying on the floor and books were falling on me and my leg hurt." Finished with her story, Rainbow Dash was now huffing angrily.

Sunset was taken aback. "Is that what happened?" she asked.

Twilight nodded her head. "I didn't quite see what happened, but I'm pretty sure Hildr did something to Rainbow Dash."

Sunset slowly turned her gaze to Hildr, who was still standing menacingly over Rainbow Dash. At that time, Raven floated up to Hildr and said, "I'm done scanning. I can't be too sure, since pony physiology is different than a humans, but it appears she has a sprained ankle."

"Will painkillers still work?" Hildr asked.

"I believe so," Raven said. "I'd be careful about the dosage though."

"More or less you think?" HIldr asked.

"I'd start out with less, but it's just a sprain," Raven said.

Hildr nodded in reply. "Right. Normal procedure then."

"Hey! I'm still right here," Rainbow Dash insisted.

"Unfortunately for me," Hildr shot back. Raven's eye blinked and Hildr's medical bag appeared on the ground.

"What was that?" Twilight shrieked. "Where did that come from? Where do you keep it?"

"Enough!" Hildr roared. She pointed at Rainbow Dash and said, "You! Lay down and stop moving!" She turned on Twilight and said, "You! Stop talking!" Spike opened his mouth to speak up for Twilight and Hildr quickly glared at him. "You. Don't even think about it." Spike's eyes went wide and he gulped nervously before hiding behind Twilight. Hildr then turned to Sunset and said, "You. Help."

"With what?" Sunset asked carefully.

"I can't properly wrap her leg with these," Hildr said, indicating to her front hooves. "And I don't know telekinesis magic."

"Oh. That's true," Sunset admitted and carefully stepped up next to Hildr. "What do I do first?" she asked.

"Open the main pouch," HIldr instructed. Sunset focused her magic and her horn started to glow bright red. Next, she imagined grasping the zipper with her magic. At first, the whole pack briefly glowed red, and after a bit of adjustment, Sunset pulled the zipper tab open. "Okay. What's next?"

"Find the elastic bandage and tape," Hildr instructed. Sunset peered inside the bag and moved things aside until she found what she was looking for and levitated them out.

"Good. Now start wrapping the leg, just above the hoof and up to the second joint there," Hildr said and pointed with her hoof. Using her telekinesis, Sunset carefully wrapped Rainbow Dash's leg. "What do I do with the rest?" she asked.

"Keep wrapping up and down and make sure you keep it tight," Hildr said. Rainbow dash watched as Sunset finished her task. She was still fuming, but her anger started cool as she sat under Hildr's withering gaze.

Once Sunset was done with the wrapping, Hildr pushed the roll of tape next to her. "Put a couple of wraps of tape at the bottom, middle, and top to keep the bandage in place," she said. As Sunset did so, Hildr looked through her bag for the pain killers. "I'm done," Sunset finally said. Hildr found the right bottle and without thinking, she reached in the bag. Her cheeks flushed when she realized what she had done. As the seconds ticked uncomfortably by, Hildr's face twisted with annoyance. Finally, she dipped her head in the bag and pulled the bottle out with her mouth. She put the bottle on the floor and said, "Take the lid off and give two pills to the pegasus."

"I have a name you know," Rainbow Dash said sourly. Sunset opened the bottle and took out two pills. "What are these?" Rainbow Dash asked uncertainly.

"Medicine to help with the pain and swelling," Hildr said.

Rainbow Dash made a face and shook her head. "No way! I ain't taking any medicine."

"Or would you rather suffer the pain and aggravate your leg further?" Hildr asked. "It might look like nothing, but if you don't take proper care of your injury, you could hurt yourself even worse. And for such an awesome pony as yourself, I don't think you'd want to go lame at such a young age."

"You're right, I am awesome," Rainbow Dash huffed. "But there's no way I'm taking that stupid medicine."

"Fine," Hildr growled. She went back to her bag and pointed to one of the outer pockets. "Open that," she said. Frowning, Sunset did as she was asked. "Pull those out if you would," Hildr said. Sunset reached into the pocket and pulled out the items with her magic.

One of the objects looked like a long tuning fork with a wooden handle. At the open end of the fork was a metal circle. The other object looked like some kind of plunger. "What are these?" Sunset asked.

Hildr glared at Rainbow Dash replied, "These are for stubborn ponies who won't take their medicine."

Rainbow Dash blanched slightly and said, "I don't know what that is, but I don't think I like it,"

"I agree," Twilight said. She stepped forward and placed a sympathetic wing over Rainbow Dash. "C'mon Dash. You need to take the medicine."

"But it doesn't even hurt," Rainbow Dash insisted. She walked around to prove her point, but the grimace on her face said otherwise.

Twilight looked warily at Hildr's tools. "Dash. I don't like the looks of those things, but I believe taking the medicine is for the best."

Rainbow Dash rolled her eyes. "Ugh, this is SO uncool. If anybody finds out about this, I'll never hear the end of it." Twilight smiled and handed her a cup of tea. Rainbow Dash swallowed the pills, made a disgusted face, and quickly drank the tea. "Blegh. That was so gross."

Hildr carefully walked around Rainbow Dash and looked her over. "Stay off of your leg for the rest of the day. When you get home, put ice on it and keep it up on a pillow or something."

"But I have stuff to do today!" Rainbow Dash whined.

Hildr stopped moving and stood threateningly over Rainbow Dash, who shank under her gaze. "Are you stubborn or just stupid?" she asked.

"What?" Rainbow Dash asked uncertainly.

"Are you a fool?" Hildr asked louder.

"Um, no?" Rainbow Dash replied.

"Really? Because you certainly look like one to me," Hildr said. "Only a fool would argue with someone who is trying to help them."

"Help me? This is all your fault!" Rainbow Dash insisted. "None of this would have happened if you would have just stood there and let me show off my awesome moves!"

HIldr's mind actually went blank for a second and her mouth fell open. "I…I can't even begin to comprehend what you just said," she finally managed to say. She walked away and added, "Get out of my sight. I can only handle so much stupid in one day."

Rainbow Dash was confused. "What? What did I say?"

Twilight and Sunset shared a look and Twilight shook her head. "Dash, would you expect to simply stand there and let someone attack you?"

"Of course not! That's just silly. Why would I stand there and do nothing?" Rainbow Dash asked.

"But it's okay for someone else to do nothing while you show off your 'awesome moves?'" Sunset asked.

Rainbow Dash opened her mouth to speak, but then thought carefully for a moment. "Well, I guess not," she said sheepishly.

"In any case, Hildr is right," Sunset said. "You really should go home and rest. It might not feel like much now, but if you ignore it, your leg will only get worse."

"Okay, fine," Rainbow Dash sighed. "I guess we'll talk later Twilight." She spread her wings and gave a few powerful strokes, rising into the air. "At least I don't have to walk on my leg," she said with a grin and slowly flew out of the castle.

After Rainbow Dash left, Twilight quickly turned on Hildr. "Like I was saying before, there was no need to do what you did," she said angrily. "Rainbow Dash may be a bit of a hothead, but that is no excuse to hurt her."

Sunset shook her head. "Wait. Back up. Start over at the beginning. What happened before Rainbow Dash showed up?"

"Well, we were talking and got into a bit of an argument," Twilight explained. "Hildr got up, saying she wanted to walk around a bit and stretch her legs. She slipped and knocked the table over. Of course, the tea was hot and spilled everywhere, so I ducked to avoid getting splashed. About that time, Rainbow Dash burst in the door and saw me on the floor. By that time, Hildr managed to stand up and Rainbow Dash assumed she was hurting me. Rainbow Dash, being Rainbow Dash, tried to attack Hildr in my defense. And that would have been fine, but Hildr intentionally injured my friend!"

Sunset turned to Hildr, who looked unimpressed. "She attacked me. I moved out of the way and gave her a little push is all. That was enough to send her head over heels into the bookshelf."

"Is that all?" Sunset asked. Hildr stared down at her and said. "Why would I lie? She came at me screaming bloody murder. What did you want me to do, stand there and take it like a fool?"

Sunset then turned to Twilight Sparkle, who wrinkled her face. "That's not what I say," she muttered.

Sunset sighed and said, "I think we've had enough excitement for today." She looked to the window and noticed the sun growing late in the sky. Hildr saw the pained expression in her eyes, but said nothing.

Looking around, Hildr said, "I think I will take a walk outside." She turned to Twilight and said, "I apologize for what happened to your friend." With that, she walked out the door.

Twilight watched her leave. When she was gone, she turned to Sunset and said, "Now I see what you mean. I don't think I've ever met anyone like her."

Sunset stared after Hildr. "Remember, she's not from the human world or a pony for that matter. Her life is vastly different than ours, or even the humans on the other side of the mirror." Her face became sad and she looked to the floor. "She's right you know."

"In what way?" Twilight asked.

Sunset turned her gaze to Twilight, who took a step back in surprise. "Hildr has seen terrible things. The world she comes from teeters on the brink of destruction. Everyone she ever cared about is either dead or she left them behind. Hildr has no one, but her Ghost."

Twilight stared at Sunset in shock. "How do you know that?" She frowned and added, "How did you know that's what we were fighting about?"

Sunset sighed. "I accidently used my Empathy Touch and saw some of her memories. Trust me, they weren't happy. And she has told me a little about her world. And as far as your argument, I made an educated guess."

Twilight simply nodded. "You're right. We shouldn't judge someone simply based on our own life experiences. No matter how bad things get, someone always has it worse." She looked to the ground. "It was wrong of me to assume Hildr was looking down on us."

Sunset placed a sympathetic hoof on Twilight's shoulder. "Don't worry about it too much. That's just the way Hildr is."

"But I have so many questions!" Twilight whined and fell to the floor. "Where did she come from? What is it like? Did she really go to the Moon? What was the moon like? How many worlds has she visited? What were those worlds like?"

Sunset rolled her eyes. "I swear Twilight, you get worked up over the strangest things." She looked up and frowned. "Where did Hildr go?"

"She said she was going outside," Twilight said.

"I heard that, but what exactly is outside your castle?" Sunset asked.

"Well the castle is on the edge of Ponyville, near the Everfee Forest," Twilight replied.

The two ponies shared a look and their eyes grew wide. "You don't think…" Sunset started.

"I don't know, but we have to go find her!" Twilight said. They both ran out the door.

"Hey! Don't forget about me!" Spike called out and hustled to catch up.

Dearest Twilight Sparkle,

I tried to warn you about Hildr, but some things need to be experienced in order to truly understand. Now that you have met her, what do you think? At first, I didn't like her much either, but since I've gotten to know her a little bit, my opinion is slowly changing. Granted it hasn't changed by much, but that's a start right? Anyway, I think it's best if Hildr doesn't meet any more of your friends for now. I'd hate to have a repeat with what happened to Rainbow Dash. Can you imagine what Hildr would do to Pinkie?

So far, I've noticed there are a lot more similarities between this Equestria and the human one. For starters, your Rainbow Dash is pretty much the same as mine; proud, stubborn, and doesn't always think things through. I imagine the rest of your friends are pretty much the same.

I had an interesting talk with Spike. I know he's still just a baby in dragon terms, but I think you are doing an excellent job raising him. He is smart, thoughtful, well-spoken, and always willing to help. You should be very proud of him. It's not my place to say, but I think it would help if maybe you didn't treat him like a child and more like an equal. He's going to grow up eventually, and the more you prepare him for that, the better off he'll be.

Sorry if I'm rambling a bit, but I'm still apprehensive about meeting Princess Celestia. I know she will be willing to forgive me for what I've done, but deep down, a small part of me feels like I don't deserve her forgiveness. Sometimes it's hard to keep those tiny voices in check, but that's what I have you and the others for. I know that you will look out for me and keep me in check. I only hope that I can return your kindness.

Today has been a long day. I'll see you in the morning.

Always your friend,

Sunset Shimmer