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“If the youth are not initiated into the tribe, they will burn down the village, just to feel its warmth.” — African proverb



This story is a sequel to A Trip Through the Mirror

For a changeling, love is magic, and magic is love. They are one and the same within the changeling body. To share magic is to share love. And we all know what happens when an unreformed changeling shares love. Unfortunately for Chrysalis, she got caught up in the moment and forgot for just a second. But a second was enough...

A "what if?", alternate ending for "Frenemies".

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Ha, not the way I expected it to go.

Though this chapter made me wonder; why have Tirek absorb Chrysalis's energy? Why not just, you know, have them both blast the shield at once?

Eh, maybe it’s like bulletproof glass. One high-caliber bullet can break through what two lower-caliber bullets can’t.

Ha, great ending. Chrysalis is so confused.

Okay, this was pretty hilarious from start to finish! A part of me wouldn't mind seeing Chrysalis go full "reform" mode in the show, especially if she was grumpy and complaining about it. On the other hand, I like her as she is and would love to see her, Tirek, and Cozy remain as a sort of "Team Rocket" of the MLP universe.

At any rate, very amusing story good sir. :rainbowlaugh:

That is a great way to end a letter. I'll have to try that someday.

Dear Chrysalis,

I'm sorry that you feel that way, Mother, but I hope that one day we can grow past this and move on with our respective lives. I will, however, remain on guard against your plots for retaking the throne, as will my brother, General Pharynx, whom I have also alerted to your message. As to your questions:

1: As far as I am aware, you remain the only changeling with actual hair when in default form. Some of my subjects have been experimenting, but thus far their results indicate that their hair takes on the properties of the creature they are imitating. I'm not sure if this helps, but there you go.

2: Glossy Coats & Manes is a fairly popular brand among changelings at the moment. I've used it myself and find that it does the job admirably well. You're friend minion should be able to mail order a supply via catalogue.

3: As near as we've been able to determine so far, while we no longer feel hunger, constant or otherwise, for love, the upper capacity varies from changeling to changeling, with a hard limit on the upper capacity to store stolen love. We're not sure what, if any, upper limit applies to freely given love, only that if there is such a limit, it is higher than our upper capacity to hold stolen love. Or so I am told, given that I have not stolen love myself since Operation Canterlot Wedding.

4: According to Princess Twilight, biologically speaking, both Pharynx and I are male, thus I am a king and he is a prince. Granted, either of us can change gender on a whim, so the point is probably moot in the grand scheme of things. However, to answer your question, my wings while in my current base form are three and one quarter standard horns long from base to tip.

With Love and Regret,
King Thorax

Yo, Old Hag,

General Pharynx here. Thorax showed me the letter you sent.

Seriously!? You reformed!? You!?

I gotta find out how that happened!

Still, reformed or not, I trust you about as far as I can throw Dragon Lord Ember's dad, so don't expect any sympathy from me.

With mutual contempt,
General Pharynx

That was kind of silly and fun.

Oh, Chrysalis. Never change.


Go get yourself a cookie. In fact, go get two cookies.

Annoyed Chrisse is hilarious.
This is pure gold

Now I really want a sequel where a reformed Chrysalis shows up at the new hive and almost immediately tries to kill Pharynx after he falls over laughing.

…and Chrysalis changed .


Cozy looked back at her, as did Tirek. “Uh…” the centaur ventured, holding up one finger. “Chrysalis…what did you do to your mane?”

Hey, he noticed. Can't always expect a dude a notice a new hairdo.

“Did you know that your eyes are blue now too?” Tirek asked.

Good observation skills Tirek!

Mistakes may have been made..

*grins evilly*
She deserves it.

I feel like... Tirek could be a secret fashionista..

...I..Actually pity Chrysalis, sorta.

I think Flurry would take to pouncing quite happily.

Trick them. Say you reformed.
Trick the poniiiiiiieeees.

It’s awesome/amazing.

Forget just two cookies!
Take ALL the cookies..

Grogar looked Chrysalis up and down. It was a lot to take in. And she clashed worse with his décor than even Cozy Glow did. “Chrysalis, you’re my minion, and as my minion I should tell you that I don’t care about you or your problems. Where’s my bell?”

That seems fair.

Ooh, pretty. And shiny. And floof. Long day, hard to words.

“How was I supposed to know?” Cozy demanded. “I’m just a kid! I don’t know about changelings.”

Didn't you, like, go to school with one? A school where I'm pretty sure this was on the curriculum? Well, perhaps it was before you transferred in.

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What a coincidence, I just happen to have some nice, soft, freshly baked ginger molasses cookies right here. Since I haven't quite worked out teleportation to unknown destinations, I'll just eat them for you. :twilightsmile:

And Thorax, reasonable changeling that he is, happily wrote back with all the answers. Then Pharynx slapped him.

Thus a can of worms has been opened...

Chrysalis shines resplendently with beautiful eyes


9653295 I chuckled at that line. Also, true.

I do like that detail about Chrysalis using hunger for motivation. I figured she would've used the whole 'It's better to take love from others' reason.

9653307 Well, he's just more observant than his peers. He has lived longer than Chrysalis and Cozy. That, and I'm sure he'll need a hobby :derpytongue2:

Ah, so Chrysalis is a millennium old here, like Tirek...The dialogue is funny.

9653310 She's in a dark place. And the halfway point of the 5 stages of grief, no less :rainbowlaugh:

God, I enjoy Chrysalis in this chapter :rainbowlaugh:

I like how Grogar just takes Chrysalis' change in stride, despite her annoyance.

What an end. Chrysalis is still struggling with her new identity. Won't be long until her hate of Thorax fizzles out.

9653072 That was beautiful! Do as RDD said and get you those cookies that you deserve.

What's this? A comment continuing a fic someone else wrote? And it's not in Never the Final Word, Volume 2? A PM to FanOfMostEverything ought to put a stop to that! </drbeesreference>

Another way of looking at it is the need for the right kind of magic frequency, wavelength, etc., in that Tirek's magic is uniquely suited to breaking other spells.

It probably wouldn't have worked if both of them had blasted it together, or if Chrysalis had somehow taken all Tirek's magic and blasted it on her own.

She shape-shifted herself a little extra body fat to keep out the cold.

That's her story, I just think she had a few to many cup cakes


Maybe a bit of a crush there?

It is obvious that Starlight is going to reform Queen Chrysalis. They have been following that story arc for going on 4 seasons now. It would really make the show look bad if they suddenly ignored CONTINUITY in its last season. It would become no different than Game of Thrones last season.

I accept the comics as canon except where they grossly violate the show. In the comics, Chrysalis is a contemporary of Star Swirl (who actually accidentally played a role in her creation). So, yeah, about 1,000 years old, or actually slightly older.

Yeah, this one’s my favorite.

Oh! Oh! Here is what I have been expecting for two weeks after watching the episode.

Edited: And only after reading this did I realise that I could not write something alike now. Not a short and easy one-shot, at least. [Insert Sad Pony Noises]

And PM'd FanOfMostEverything with the submission. Thanks!

Yeah that's my feelings about comic canon too, good unless the show says otherwise...or is really stupid (I'm looking at you, cattle bandits story whose proper title I can't remember).

I actually started a version of this that had Chrysalis hiding her reformation from Cozy, Tirek, and Grogar, then flying off to some beach resort to try and think and find a way to fix herself and figure out what Reformation means. But Cozy noticed and followed, and learns that Chrysalis changed, and she is sooooooo gonna tell Grogar!

Meanwhile, at the School of Friendship, Ocellus’ elytra and Gallus’ crest feathers start glowing...their first Friendship problem needs solving!

Or would that be FIENDship?

But anyway, I realized that it’d be drawing out the joke for way too long and bringing in too many unnecessary characters. So we got this instead.

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