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Disharmony: Gods Among Ponies - Mr-Astounding

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Intermission 2

Chapter 4.5

Back in the Equestria we all know and love, Sweetie Belle had woken up from her coma...and even if she hadn’t, she’d certainly be awake now, given the news she’d just heard. “You found my sister?!”

Celestia couldn’t help but give a light smirk in reply. “And Rainbow Dash, Applejack, and everypony else.”

“Technically, Ember’s a Dragon, but hey, good news is good news.” Little Strongheart said with a grin.

Starlight nodded. “From what we can tell, they were somehow pulled into another dimension, not completely unlike the one with Canterlot High. Similar, but different at the same time.”

Here, Pinkie Pie couldn’t help but frown slightly. “You mean that they're enjoying one of my parties without me?”

Sunset did her best to snort in amusement. “Technically, if we’re right, you are there: it's just not the ‘you’ they're used to, not really.”.

Pinkie could gasp, gaining a large grin shortly afterwards. “Quick: how can we get there? I want to give myself a hug!!”

Silver Spoon looked to the Crusaders, concern written all over her face. “Could either of our worlds handle two Pinkie Pies?”

“Considering what my sister told me about the Mirror Pool...I have no idea,” Applebloom admitted.

Luna simply smiled. “We understand your curiosities and your concerns, young ones. Having heard some of the stories of our human counterparts, my sister and I have often had similar thoughts. Still, as we don’t know what lies within this other world, it might be safer to simply pull them back here.”

Celestia nodded in agreement. “Indeed: we don't want to accidentally send an away team into some unseen danger.”

“Still raises the same problem, though.” Braeburn declared. “How do we do it?”

“Way ahead of you on that front,” Sunburst declared. “Sunset?”

Celestia’s former student nodded as she levitated a mirror that she was intimately familiar with. “Sunburst, Starlight, and I are going to attempt to synchronize the Crystal Mirror with the energy we found in Celestia’s castle and reverse the polarity. Pull everypony back at once.”

Celestia just gave the young unicorn a proud smile before nodding to everypony else in the room. “We've got some work to do…”

Meanwhile, back with the Lunar Republic, Prince Blueblood looked on with pride as he gazed upon the rising moon, a sigh escaping him even as he heard somepony approach from behind him. “Beautiful, isn't it?”

Lunar Lightning Dust simply chuckled even as she sat beside “Canterlot’s Most Eligible Bachelor.” “The moon or it's light shining off your 20 karat smile?”

Lunar Blueblood just shook his head in amusement, even as he mentally grumbled about how it was actually 30 karats. “Joke all you want, but you have to admit that their skills are improving…”

Lightning Dust nodded as she briefly looked towards the setting sun. “I'll say. We won’t know the full extent of their abilities with absolute certainty until Celestia’s taken down for good, but that’s for the best, really. The less the Empress knows about the unicorns being trained in raising the sun and moon, the more likely they’ll be to get the chance to actually do it once we’ve won this war.”

Prince Blueblood smirked by way of reply. “You're really that surprised? They did it before Celestia and Luna’s rise to power, so there’s nothing saying that they can’t do it now. Besides, Starlight Glimmer and Trixie themselves selected those ponies. Trust the student of the Element of Magic and her student to find exceptional talent.” He shared a quick chuckle with the ex-Wonderbolt trainee before facing his companion “Speaking of exceptional talent, I'm pleased to hear that you’re ready to rejoin the team full time.”

Lighting just shrugged. “Yeah, well, I owe the Empire some payback for the torture session. Besides, you know the only reason I tried the solo act for a while was because I needed to throw Celestia off the scent of Sweetie Belle and Storm Chaser. Those two have been through enough pain as is. Figure now is as good a time as any to try my hoof at being a team player again. It’s what Rainbow would’ve wanted, you know?”

Here, Blueblood quirked an eyebrow. “You know, I've actually been meaning to ask you about that for some time now. As I recall, a little over five years ago, you outright hated the late Element of Loyalty. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that you were the type of pony who would be one of the first to jump on the Solar Empire’s bandwagon. Don’t get me wrong: I’m glad that you’re helping us, but all these years and I still haven’t quite figured out why.”

Lightning Dust just sighed, taking off her handkerchief and gazing at the rainbow-colored fibers. “I never hated her: I realize that now. If anything, I was jealous of how easy being Wonderbolt material was for her. We both had the same dream, but she was perfect for the job. I knew that even back then.” She looked towards Blueblood, her face full of regret. “Did you know that I had a friend sew a few of her hairs that survived her last mission into this handkerchief? I figured if I kept a piece of her close by, I’d have an easier time remembering.”

“Remembering what?”

Lightning Dust simply gained a steely expression even as she placed the handkerchief back around her neck. “That I owe her, and the Lunar Republic, a debt that I can never repay. That I was supposed to be the one who died that night four years ago.”

To be continued