• Published 25th Aug 2019
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The Twilight Alarm - Jay David



Twilight discovers that Spike has come up with a rather unconventional response to her occasional bouts of craziness

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The Twilight Alarm

To say that Twilight was feeling confused would have been something of an understatement. Oh, to be sure, she'd had her fair share of strange plans over the years, but she was usually the one giving them out, or thinking them up. Rarely did she have one of her close social circle use her as the one on the receiving end of some hair-brained scheme like this. And yet, here she was, sitting in her study while her lifelong colleague, Spike, stood beside her. The young dragon was, at this very moment, tying a bizarre-looking device to her foreleg, like a watch, though far from as normal-looking as that. It bore, right in its middle, a shining red gemstone, not unlike the kind Spike would have happily munched on at breakfast. And speaking of Spike, when the drake was happy that he'd secured the odd object to her, he took a step back and gave a firm nod, satisfied with what he'd done.

"There we go," he declared proudly.

Twilight blinked, looking down to him, then to the device he'd just put on her, before looking straight back to him.

"And this would be...?"

Spike shrugged.

"Just a little something I decided it was high time we got for you."

Slowly, Twilight arched an eyebrow.

"And that is...?"

Spike chuckled.

"It's the Twilight Alarm."

The way he'd said that made it seem like it was the most obvious thing in the world, yet as soon as Twilight heard it, all she could do was giggle.

"A Twilight alarm? What, you think I'm suddenly some natural disaster that everypony needs to be warned about, Spike?"

Spike smirked to that remark.

"Well...kinda, yeah."

Instantly, Twilight frowned, glaring down at the gem of the alarm.

"And what, pray tell, makes you think that something like this is needed?"

Spike gave her an incredulous look.

"Not to put too fine a point on it, Twilight, but you do have a history of going crazy over little things that don't go according to plan. Figured we ought to get something to make sure everycreature knows you're having a meltdown."

Naturally, Twilight looked a little indignant at that, looking away and giving a quick huffing sound.

"Humph! I do not 'go crazy' over little things, Spike!"

The young dragon opened his mouth to speak, only to have it shut again when Twilight reached forward and covered said mouth with her hoof.

"And before you bring up the want-it-need-it spell, please know that I've heard that excuse a million times already and I'm pretty sick of it by now."

After a moment, Spike shrugged, acknowledging her point.

"Fair enough. But that wasn't the only time. You seriously get worked up over lots of little things that don't really matter in the long run."

Folding his arms, he gave her a somewhat analytical stare.

"Like a certain trivia game or overdue library book?"

Hearing about some of her more recent examples, Twilight at least had the decency to blush. But, ever the professional, she utterly refused to allow such things to be viewed as anything even remotely as bad as Spike was making them out to be.

"For your information, I do not overreact to these things. I react exactly the right amount, thank you very much!"

Spike rolled his eyes, but said nothing as Twilight looked down to the device adorning her foreleg.

"Besides, what's this thing even supposed to do?"

Walking close beside her, Spike tapped the gemstone at the heart of the alarm.

"It monitors all sorts of stuff, like heart-rate, breathing frequency, you know, all the stuff that usually spikes when ponies stress out?"

Twilight afforded herself a quick giggle, patting her number one assistant on the head.

"And just where did you manage to make something like this? I didn't know engineering was one of your specialities."

Spike looked to his hand and started counting off his claws.

"Well, the basic theory was worked out by Sunburst, who took it to Torque Wrench to get the main setup going, and then we brought in a couple of other ponies in to fine-tune it, like AJ and Starlight. Oh! And I think we also got some of your old Canterlot friends for it too, like Moondancer, since they have a pretty good idea of what kinds of stuff sets you off."

Twilight's smile had vanished now, replaced with an utterly shocked look instead.

"...Exactly how many ponies have been told that I need an alarm to warn others of my apparently going nuts?!"

Spike counted his claws again, then muttered under his breath, before giving a somewhat sheepish look to her.

"You know...it's probably best you don't know the answer to that."

Twilight slapped her own forehead, then let out a long sigh.

"Spike...I appreciate you looking out for me like this, but I promise you, you have nothing to worry about."

Spike raised his eyebrow again, prompting Twilight to continue.

"I mean it. I may have had a history...okay, a long history of maybe going slightly off the rails when things stray from my expectations. But going this far is a little bit overboard."

Spike sighed.

"Look, just...just wear it for a day, okay? For me? If you can go one day without going crazy over little, unimportant things, I'll believe you and take it away, okay?"

It was a reasonable request, she had to admit, and so she smiled sweetly to him, giving him another friendly pat on the head before giving her answer.

"I accept those terms, Spike."

Spike smiled and nodded to her, glancing instead to her desk, which was currently covered from one side to another in papers from the school that had yet to be graded.

"So...you gonna get started on those?"

Twilight nodded proudly to them.

"Indeed I will. So..."

She gave a "shoo" gesture to him, which he immediately understood, nodding to her before turning around and making his way out of the room. Once he was gone, Twilight giggled over that entire encounter, then turned her attention to her papers. She sighed, ready to get down to the kind of work she loved best. But, as she reached for her quill and inkwell, she noticed, to her slight worry, that those objects were nowhere in sight. Confused, she looked in the drawers of her desk. No, they weren't there either. She gulped, turning around and looking on many of the surrounding shelves and tables, only to discover that they were similarly quill-less. Then, as she looked back to her unmarked papers, her eyes widened and a single drop of sweat started to roll down her forehead.

"Oh...oh no! What's going to happen if I can't grade these papers?! The students will be expecting them back any day now! What'll ponies say if I can't even fulfil the simple Headmare task of grading papers?! And the students! They'll spend their whole day stressing over the absence of their clearly-defined grades! They'll panic! They'll think I'm deliberately trying to torture them by making them wait longer than usual! They'll..."

But barely was she able to finish that train of thought when, all of a sudden, the gemstone on her wrist glowed brightly, and a booming voice called out from it.

"ALERT!!! ALERT!!! TWILIGHT SPARKLE IS GOING NUTS!!! I REPEAT, TWILIGHT SPARKLE IS GOING NUTS!!!"

Twilight stared down at her alarm, then, through the corner of her eye, she noticed a familiar figure leaning against the door of her office. Turning, she saw that it was Spike, who just so happened to have, in his claws, a certain quill and inkwell. After staring at him for a few moments, she coughed, blushing slightly and scratching the back of her head.

"Okay...maybe having this thing around might be worthwhile."

Author's Note:

Let's be honest, having Twilight go nuts over little issues has been one of this show's most entertaining things over the years :raritywink:

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Comments ( 45 )

I wonder why Spike hasn't done anything like that in the show already?

"ALERT!!! ALERT!!! TWILIGHT SPARKLE IS GOING NUTS!!! I REPEAT, TWILIGHT SPARKLE IS GOING NUTS!!!"

... hilarious!

I think a blaring siren would've been even funnier.

"ALERT!!! ALERT!!! TWILIGHT SPARKLE IS GOING NUTS!!! I REPEAT, TWILIGHT SPARKLE IS GOING NUTS!!!"

:moustache::rainbowlaugh::facehoof:

Hilarious!

Something like this should be canon. Really.

:rainbowlaugh: Oh man! I agree, Twilight's freakouts are some of the best moments in the show! Remember when she went Rabidash in "Pinkie Keen"?! That's my favorite! The freakout at the start of "The Crystal Empire Part 1" is a close second! Spike actually needed armor for that one!:pinkiehappy:

And this is the mare Celestia hoofpicked to replace her as ruler of Equestria. :trollestia::twilightsheepish:

"ALERT!!! ALERT!!! TWILIGHT SPARKLE IS GOING NUTS!!! I REPEAT, TWILIGHT SPARKLE IS GOING NUTS!!!"

And this is how Twilight finally broke the habit before the last Summer Sun Celebration! :rainbowlaugh:

Well played Spike, well played! :moustache:

Going to be real awkward if she wears that during anything involving a workout.

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Yeah, but we all know Twilight doesn't actually work out.

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She does have to run to deal with the occasional crisis.

What'd be even funnier is if the booming voice turned out to be Celestia or Luna, and they had been on the recording.

Well this was funny. (Obvious observation is obvious) :facehoof:

Rarely did she have one of her close social circle

This is word soup.

Let's be honest, having Twilight go nuts over little issues has been one of this show's most entertaining things over the years

Especially since that's actually the whole reason I became interested in the show (My first episode was Lesson Zero).

Ah yes, Twilight getting the new Verb Alert system installed on herself will certainly make the whole world better!

We ever have one for Applejack.

Applejack is apple jacking, Applejack is apple jacking, Applejack is apple jacking!

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It's actually made me stop and wonder if Celestia might've been much the same way in her own youth... :trollestia:

What’s with the publishing date being 6th of August?

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Because it takes away the most of used source of conflict with Twilight's character and thus most of the plot.

Seriously Twilight literally got her start by freaking out over Nightmare Moon's return. She got her cutie mark by freaking out over the sonic rainboom. Her literal special talent is having freak outs.

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Indeed...and that's not accounting for the massive implication that twilight sparkle's victories are the direct result of her freaking out for the sake of others.

The fate of equestria literally rests on twilight's ability to panic.

And after a few seconds, the Twilight alarm works. That's a new record!

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well, then I guess the ponies are in good hooves

:rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh:

Most Excellent.

9800050
An hour after the Twilight Alarm, patents pending, went online preventing Twilight from having a freak out the whole of Equestria fell to another thousand year old villain Celestia forgot to mention. Hmmm there needs to be an alarm for that.

Maybe it's the fact that I'm used to twenty-two minute long episodes, but I felt like Twilight capitulated pretty quickly about that. So it felt a little anticlimactic. I guess the weight of evidence was too much, huh Twilight?

The day after that, Spike is forced to take out the alarm because it awakened everypony five times that night f

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Let me guess: either a centaur returned, a blue ram reappeared from the annals of history, or the caribou invaded.
...At the very least, one of those has a pleasurable ending.

Now this is original and fantastic! Better than any lame-ass follow-up story to an episode or special that you normally write about.

Truthfully-hilarious content like this that earns respect from me... maybe even Regidar's one day if you keep at it. Have an up-vote and library add:raritywink:.

But barely was she able to finish that train of thought when, all of a sudden, the gemstone on her wrist glowed brightly, and a booming voice called out from it.

Wrist?

Predictable but nonetheless entertaining

It is kind of funny. When Twilight has to save Equestria: She can handle that just fine. But when she's late on her homework: She panics, and magics ponies into rioting over a doll.

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So that's why her cutie mark is a burst

"A Twilight alarm? What, you think I'm suddenly some natural disaster that everypony needs to be warned about, Spike?"
Spike smirked to that remark.
"Well...kinda, yeah."

Consider making one for the other princesses, too.

Man, I really like this story. Especially considering that Twilight's freakouts over the years have been rather entertaining over the years.

Twilight stared down at her alarm, then, through the corner of her eye, she noticed a familiar figure leaning against the door of her office. Turning, she saw that it was Spike, who just so happened to have, in his claws, a certain quill and inkwell.

:moustache: See? Told you it would work... Now, if you excuse me, I need to write a letter to my partners.
:twilightoops: P-partners?
:moustache: Why of course. Sunburst and everypony else would want to know how the first trial run went.
:twilightoops: H-hold on... TRIAL RUN!?!

And then the alarm goes off again
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I would think that Cadance would order one on the off chance that Flurry Heart gets the freakout habit from Aunt Twilight

I feel like this alert will simply drive Twilight even more nuts.

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You mean the one where chrysalis enlists the help of Tirek to drain the love out of the other changelings thus allowing returning them to unreformed states, is foiled by twilight's affection for her students, the existence of Occelus, and her ability to eat love.

Then they have to deal with Tirek and surprise they run into scorpan and after some confusion they join up with him to beat him using his connection to Cozy Glow to prove Scorpan's point. As well as finding out that cozy is Way older than she looks. Cozy gets away though.

They find her assisting a mare who claims to have lost her lover due to actions of the Princess of the Crystal Empire and how he was not actually a unicorn but an Umbrum and if this sounds familiar to you are more well read than Twilight who tries to show her she's mistaken and revives king Sombra by mistake. Sombra seeing how twilight was betrayed by her friends after all this becomes rather patient and chills out telling twilight about his mother Rabia, also known in some circles as Hydia, and her plan to merge equestria with a dimesion called the shadow lands and he's managed to sate her desires while buying time in hopes someone figures it out. Together the defeat Rabia, save the Umbrum and the Empire and finally find out about Grogar.

However at this moment Celestia shows up pissed that twilight pretty much uncovered the equivalent of the Japanese internment camps times five along with so many other secrets that endanger her little ponies.

Her friends show up and help her contain new daybreaker and twilight decides it's time to beat Grogar into a pulp.

They do that with a sound proofing spell and a large hammer proving that the more time hasbro spends hyping the villian the easier the show down between the them and the heroes go.

I could sure use one of those! I freak out over anything.

*2 days later*
Twilight secures a green gem at Spikes tail.
"And what is that now?" he asks.
Finishing her work to her satisfaction, Twilight looked up, grinning, "well... since I have to wear an alarm when I go apparently crazy," she stated, glancing down at the gem, "I figured you may have one as well."
Raising an eyebrow, Spike glanced at the gem now secured to his tail, "but I don't freak out... like... ever..."
"No, you don't," Twilight stated happily, trodding behind her desk and bringing forth her grading papers, "but you tend to overeat, skip your chores, or do other silly and unnecessary things like sleeping in and stuff. It brings you behind schedule or makes you sic. So, as long as I have to wear this," she pointed at the gem at her hoof, "you have to wear this," she pointed at the newly secured gem at his tail.
Blinking, Spike shook his head, "what? why? I am not that bad! Besides, this is insulting!"
"So is this," Twilight pointed down," so when you want me wearing your little invention, you will have to wear this," she stated, defiantly, "it is only fair."
Considering her words, Spike glanced once more at his tail. Thinking for a moment, he sighed, "fine, but if I can prove I can do without, you're gonna take it off, right?"
Shrugging, Twilight sat back in her office chair, "sure, why not," she said, already half ignoring Spike to get a headstart on her grading papers.
Herumpfing once more, Spike turned around and walked out of her office.
Glancing at the clock over her door, Twilight started to count the seconds.
3
2
1
"ALARM SPIKE IS ATTEMPTING TO STEAL GEMS RESERVED FOR LUNCH, ALARM, SPIKE IS PRONE TO EAT OFF MEAL."
"I YIELD!" a young dragon voice shouted through the halls, "I TALK TO STARLIGHT TO GET YOUR GEM REMOVED!"

And then a gem is made for Starlight to signal when she's lapsing back into evil thoughts...

Over the incessant alarms, Spike puzzles, "Gee, Starlight. I don't know what's wrong with the thing. It won't stop saying you're up to something."

Starlight eyeshifts nervously, "Yeah, imagine that. Must be faulty!" :unsuresweetie:

"You know...it's probably best you don't know the answer to that."

:twilightangry2:... Five minutes later shows up at the Legion of Doom's lair. "Oi, Grogar! Can we talk?

Chrysalis: "How did you find this place?

:facehoof: "I'm a goddess. How do you think?"

Tirek: "She has a point."

Cozy Glow: "Why should we let you?"

:twilightsmile: "Because I can have Celestia and Luna here in five minutes, and you three wouldn't survive that. Plus I know where a certain bell is."

Legion of Doom:...

Equestria never knew what it.

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