• Published 26th Jul 2013
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Twilight Sparkle and Twilight Sparkle and Twilight Sparkle and... - DayDrifter75

All of Twilight Sparkle's friends have disappeared while five new mares all named Twilight Sparkle appear in town, each having a different special talent, and each claiming to be the true Twilight Sparkle.

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You are me. And you, and you, and you...

"You're... You're me."

Twilight Sparkle, the alicorn, not the mysterious double that had appeared, stared intently and the other Twilight. If there was one thing that Twilight Sparkle knew better than the back of her hoof, it was the rest of her, and this mare was most definitely her. This was not the first time Twilight had dealt with herself. On a previous occasion she had been faced with a version of herself from the future. But this could not have been the result of another time travel mishap, since this Twilight Sparkle did not have the wings that she should have had. The princess did not recall time travelling to the future while she was still a unicorn, nor did she remember ever wearing the same mane-style that her physical double did before her. There was one difference that Twilight found truly astonishing. The cutie mark of this other Twilight was in fact not the same pink star that graced her behind, but in its place was a large tome open and on its side, revealing its unreadable contents for all to see. The dissimilarity of her cutie mark was what threw her off.

"And you're me," Twilight finally responded. "But you're also NOT me."

The other Twilight nodded agreeingly. "I can see that. I mean, where did you get wings? The only alicorns in existence are the Princesses."

Princess Twilight Sparkle blushed. "Well, you see, Princess Celestia made me a Princess after I fulfilled my destiny." She beamed at the other Twilight who was giving her quite a confused look. She returned the same look, asking, "You don't know what I'm talking about?" The other Twilight shook her head back and forth rapidly.

"I'm just a librarian I've- I've never met a princess before." Her eyes widened at her realisation. Instantly, the violet unicorn knelt down and bowed her head.

Princess Twilight looked down at her unicorn counterpart, giving her a confused and embarrassed look. She blushed, drooping her head a bit. "What? you don't need to-"

"You're a princess. I know you're supposed to be me, but... You're royalty. I just-"

The alicorn princess put a hoof on her other self's shoulder and then used it to lift her head up so she could look herself in the eye. "Really, it's fine. You don't need to." She smirked. "Besides, if you're me, then doesn't that make you a princess too?" They both smiled and the standing Twilight picked the other up. "Spiiiiiiike!" she called.

The number one assistant poked his head through the door from the top of the staircase. "Yes, Twili- er, Twilights?"

Princess Sparkle turned to the baby dragon and said, "Spike, take a letter. Dear Princess Celestia..."

The princess brought her librarian twin down into the depths of the library tree's roots, leading her down the stairs and into her laboratory. It had been quite a while since she had last been down there, in fact, she had not been in the dirt walled room since before she had become a princess. Spiders had decided that since nopony was there to keep them from taking over, they would make it their dust-coated home. Now cobwebs were hung across the ceiling, cramped into corners and spread across and between the many unused scientific instruments.

Princess Twilight magically swung a torch back and forth in an attempt to both clear the room of spider webs and to light their way. The Twilight behind her ducked down, wary of any venomous arthropods that may come down on her and inject her with their possibly deadly poison.

"Um," began Twilight, "I'm sorry, but how long has it been since you have been down here? I'm not sure I'd want to face the plethora of insects or creatures that might have sneaked their way in here." Chuckling, Princess Twilight continued to make her way to the other side of the room.

"Don't worry, there aren't any dangerous insects indigenous to Ponyville." Twilight squinted in an attempt to find what she was looking for on the walls.

"Okay, but what about the room? This doesn't look very stable to me. What if the library collapses on top of us?"

Suddenly, the basement lit up, lamps scattered across the high up ceiling warming up with electricity and emanating a light orange glow. Twilight Sparkle blew out her torch and turned away from a large metal lever to face Twilight Sparkle. "Don't worry. I made sure when I moved into the library that this room was stable enough to not cave in while I'm performing scientific experiments. Don't you have a lab in your world?"

The librarian Twilight rubbed her elbow. "Well, I'm not much of one to physically pursue science. I'd rather just stick to books. Books are my forte. The safest place to practice knowledge is in my head and on paper." Princess Sparkle cocked an eyebrow. "Besides, when I moved into the library, there was no basement."

Rubbing her chin, Twilight thought for a moment. "I think you need to tell me more about your world. Tell me bout the other differences. Let's start with your early life. You said you'd never interacted with any of the princesses before. What about Cadence?"

"You mean my old foalsitter? What does she have to do with any of this?"

"In my universe, she's a princess and an alicorn. What about you?"

"Cadence was always a pegasus. I'm not sure what I'd think if she were a princess."

Twilight Sparkle turned to her equipment and began searching through boxes and piles of metal, continuing to shoot questions at her doppelganger. "Never mind then. What about Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns? How did you get your cutie mark?"

"Oh, I was never that magically inclined. I'd never be able to get into a school as big and exclusive as that. As for my cutie mark? Well, when I was little, I was always at the top of my class, the teacher's pet, the smarty pants in the school." Twilight nodded, recalling similar events happening in her own universe. "I also kept to myself. I lived nearly every day in the library reading all of the books, more than once even. Most of which I could commit to memory, but now that you mention it, I hadn't bothered much to commit to memory the ones on magic. I suppose I simply wasn't able to put them to use.

"But one day, when I was reading in the deepest corner of the library, A large crash came. I could see it for only a second, but through the window was a wave of colours, like a sonic boom crossed with a rainbow." The sonic rainboom, Princess Twilight remembered." It shook the whole building, knocking down shelves and books. Everything was disorganised and knocked over. I ended up placing every book in their rightful place, partially to get back outside, but also just for fun. I just get lost when I'm doing anything with books. Reading them, even just cataloguing and organising them. When I emerged, I came out with this." She motioned towards the mark that graced her left flank. The open tome, glistening with hot pink sparkles, representing, Twilight assumed what was her love for books.

"And that's how I got my cutie mark. I'm actually surprised you somehow got your cutie mark in magic since I'm not that good at it myself. But anyways, I ended up wanting to move somewhere that wasn't big bustling Canterlot, and ended up coming down here to Ponyville."

Before the librarian could go any further, a large metal cap was slammed on her head, cutting off her eyesight completely. "Gah!" she screamed. The unicorn lifted the bowl just high enough that she could see the other Twilight tinkering with a large metal box that she only assumed was the device she was hooked up to. "What was that for!?" she asked.

"Don't worry," Twilight assured her, "This is purely for scientific purposes. Just sit still and let science work its magic." The helmet was replaced over top of Twilight's eyes and she sighed.

"I suppose one of us has to do it, and you seem to have more experience with the active side of things."

After a few moments of sitting still in pitch blackness and many mechanical sounds and beeping noises, the helmet was finally removed from Twilight's head to reveal alicorn Twilight holding up what looked like a heavy duty curling iron hooked up to a machine via a multitude of technicolour cables. and a very long sheet of freshly printed paper. When she turned around, Twilight could see that she was wearing a strange pair of large goggles with swirling green lenses, through which she stared at her and looked back to the print-out.

"Hmmm... This is exactly what I expected. We're exactly the same," the princess stated, sighing. "I was hoping I could find some sort of anomaly I could go off of, something to trace how you got to my world and how we could get you back to yours." She sighed once more and her ears drooped. "I'm sorry."

"Don't worry," her mirror replied, "I'm sure we'll figure something out. You should go get some fresh air while I do some research."

"No," Twilight declined, "I don't want to put that kind of pressure on you. You're away from your home, I need to do this."

The other Twilight stomped her hoof. "Too late. I'm helping, and you're going out and that's final. There is nothing you can do to stop me." She started to push Princess Twilight towards and up the stairs, not allowing her to exert any force back. Soon enough, the violet princess simply gave up and began walking up the stairs of her own free will, though she could not help but crack a smile.

"Bye, try to stay inside the library. And if someone comes looking for me, you know what to do,Spike."

"Sure thing, Twi" Her dragon assistant saluted. "Come on other Twi, I guess we have some work to do!" The door shut behind Twilight Sparkle as she continued to trot away from the library into town. She did not know where she was going, just that she needed a walk. She needed somepony to talk to about the whole situation. It was strange though, that she couldn't seem to find any of her friends. Even as she passed through town she couldn't find any of her friends around their usual preferred locations. Fluttershy and Rarity weren't at the spa, Applejack wasn't in the open market area, and the clouds seemed especially dark that day. She recalled that there was an announcement earlier that week saying it would be clear skies. But she couldn't spot Rainbow Dash anywhere.

"Maybe Rarity's back at the boutique. I better check, just to be sure" she decided. Twilight travelled back in the direction from which she came, since Carousel Boutique was on the way back to the library. But when she arrived, she felt something was off. The door was open, but all of the lights inside were off. It was as if somepony had gone to sleep without closing up shop. But Twilight could see that the windows upstairs were open, and from where she was standing, nopony seemed to be in there. It was like she had just vanished off the face of the planet.

She entered.

It was the only thing she could think to do at the time. It was just very strange for Rarity to be gone from her shop and home unattended with the door wide open. "Hello?" she called, hoping a familiar voice would echo back to her. "Rarity?" she tried once more, entering through the door. Everything was as it normally was. Many fashionable clothes (including a certain pair of boots that may or may not have caught her eye on more than one occasion), were in there places, either in boxes or displayed beautifully on hangars. But nopony was there.

The princess continued to move through the store, repeating herself once more. "Rarity? Hello? Are you there?"

No response.

Upstairs she went, being careful not to trip herself up. She decided to check on of the extra bedrooms Rarity had in her house, just in case. The wooden door creaked on its frame, the hinges not having been used for a long while. When it was wide enough for her to peek in, Twilight saw a small cot, decorated with fine pink lace and clothe, making even the small mattress seem like a luxury, but unfortunately, nopony was there. Rarity was nowhere to be found.

Twilight Sparkle turned and left, slowly trotting down the singular staircase when the voice of another pony came from the front.

"Rarity? Hey, Rarity?" It was Sweetie Belle. She trotted down a little more, sneaking a quick peak. With her were both Scootaloo and Apple Bloom. Of course. They were there for Scootaloo's surprise party, though nothing had been set up at all due to the mysterious disappearance of her friends. Of course, she walked down the stairs, revealing herself to the three fillies.

"Hello, girls," Twilight said.

Scootaloo was the first to speak up. "Hey Twilight, is Rarity there? Sweetie said Rarity was supposed to bring her back home today." Sweetie Belle winked from behind.

"I'm sorry girls, but I can't find anypony today. She looked at Sweetie Belle for a moment, frowned and shook her head slowly. Sweetie returned her frown, recognising that the party was off.

"Hey, Twilight," Apple Bloom said. "Weren't you wandering 'round the school earlier? I think you said you were supposed to be a teacher or somethin'? What was that about?"

Twilight was thoroughly confused. She knew there was a dimensional duplicate of her running around all day causing problems, but she was sure the other Twilight had not yet been to the school. "Don't worry girls," Twilight assured them. "Maybe you three can go ask Applejack for help, I'm sure she'd be more than willing to walk you home, Sweetie Belle." No she wouldn't. She probably wasn't even at the farm. But Twilight thought this to be the most logical choice at the time.

Apple Bloom hopped for a moment. "Sure thing, Twi!" she exclaimed. "My sis is sure super reliable." The three fillies said heir goodbyes and thanked Twilight for her help, disappointed that they didn't get to throw Scootaloo her surprise party.

Twilight thought long and hard about what Apple Bloom said. The Cutie Mark Crusaders had seen Twilight at the school, but Twilight had not been there all day, and as far as she knew her other self had not been anywhere other than the library. She decided to check it out. It might have been nothing, maybe the other Twilight had wandered past there and that's what the fillies saw.

She trotted back through the town in the direction of the school, not exactly expecting to find anything since school had ended some time ago. When she finally reached the building, she saw a few younger fillies still wandering about and waiting for their parents to arrive and walk them home. Twilight scanned the field, making sure to inspect every pony in sight. Nothing seemed very out of the ordinary. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw something. It was a quick swish of a familiar looking tail going through the main entrance to the school. It was it was a dark colour with streaks of moderate violet and brilliant rose running down it. Exactly what Twilight was looking for.

She galloped full speed into the school, collecting glances from the various ponies around her. She threw open the door with her magic and saw exactly what she expected. It was the other Twilight, now letting her hair down to look more like herself, and a different pair of ruby red glasses. She whipped her head around to look at Princess Twilight Sparkle.

"I thought I told you to stay in the library," the alicorn mare told her. The other Twilight gave her a look that was a mix of confusion and shock. She stuttered, unable to get any words out of her mouth. That's when Twilight noticed something. This wasn't the Twilight that was currently researching back in the library. This was an entirely new Twilight. Though she was also a unicorn as the first Twilight was, this one had a new cutie mark. An image of the planet with various pink stars surrounding it. Twilight brought a hoof to her face and sighed. "Not again..." she muttered.

The Twilight in front of her lowered her glasses with a small bit of magic and said, "You're- you're me. I can't believe this! It's me, but it's not!" Her eyes flew to her wings, and to her horn. Twilight sighed as the unicorn her zipped up beside her to examine her wings. "You're an alicorn! How? You must tell me, this is the most fascinating thing I've ever seen!"

"Look," Twilight said, "I'm just as surprised as you are, and this has already happened once today. I don't know what's going on, but I'll tell you about everything if you'll come with me to the library." The other Twilight nodded silently, trying to keep her excitement under wraps.

"The Golden Oak Library?" she asked. "I've been their on occasion, but I don't go there very often. Please, lead the way." As Princess Twilight turned and trotted out of the school house, she followed closely, taking much interest in the two feathery appendages her other self had.

"What do you mean there are two more!?"

Spike flattened himself against the wooden door of the Golden Oak Library in a seemingly failed attempt to avoid the force of Twilight Sparkle's explosive voice. "Hehe..." the baby dragon nervously chuckled to himself. "I don't know what happened, they just both showed up!" He snuck a peak over Twilight's shoulder at the newest addition to the Sparkle group, who's eyes were still shining with delight of her alicorn carbon copy. "You got another one too?"

Twilight growled and said, "Yes, I found her at the school. I think she might be a teacher where she comes from. That's not important. What is important is why there are so many different versions of me. Quick, Spike, what do the other two look like?"

"Well, one of them has a scale as a cutie mark and is wearing a pink bow tie with her hair curled going down one side and the other has messy hair and a piece of paper with a smiling mask on it as a cutie mark. The second one was telling really bad jokes when I left them."

A scream.

A crash.

Then laughter.

Twilight perked up at the sound of this. It sounded like somepony had broken something. There were many breakables in the library that Twilight wanted safe, and if those three had destroyed something priceless, Twilight didn't know what she'd do. Swiftly, the princess zipped through the door to see for herself what had happened. Inside, she saw the first Twilight sitting next to a new Twilight, the one in the bow tie that Spike had described to her. A few feet away from them was the third Twilight that Spike had told her about. Thankfully, what she had broken was not of great value. A small vase with a single tulip lay shattered upon the floor with the messy-maned Twilight upside-down with her eyes spinning in her head. All Twilights in the room turned their heads to the original with the exception of the dazed-on-the-floor one.

The Twilight that Twilight had met at the school house entered at this moment and looked back and forth between all of the Twilights in the room. She fainted. Spike then wandered into the room and up to the princess. "Um, Twilight," he whispered to her. "Do you have a plan?" She shook her head and sat down on the floor.

"I don't know Spike. All of this just seems impossible. If one more of me walks into this room right now, I might just scream," she replied. Suddenly, Spikes eyes pointed in opposite directions as his cheeks bloated up. When he opened his mouth, a burst of green flame sprayed out, producing a small scroll that fell onto the floor in front of Twilight. She levitated it up at read it.

Then she screamed.

Author's Note:

Dear Princess Twilight Sparkle,

I am afraid I too am facing a problem of similar circumstance. As I write to you, a pony stands by my side clad entirely in armour matching that of the captain of the royal guard, a set of armour that should seem familiar to you, seeing as that was the previous position of your brother, Shining armour. This new pony is a version of you, claiming to be the current captain of the royal guard. She does, in fact have a different cutie mark representing this. I would like you to bring your friends and the version of you that has shown up in Ponyville to come here to Canterlot. We may require the Elements of Harmony to fix this problem. I fear we have yet to see the worst.

-Yours truly, Princess Celestia

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Comments ( 11 )

Gonna go out on a limb here (Is that the proper expression.)
The other Twilights are an different element of harmony in the universe they came from.
I'm enjoying this story immensely by the way.

But what would armor twi be?

why was the letter put into the author's notes?

Things are getting interesting. I can't wait for the next chapter (but I will anyways).


You'd better. I wouldn't want you reading it before I write it.

May the real Twilight Sparkle please stand up?

Lame puns aside this story looks interesting. The first chapter was a bit rough with errors while the second one was better to read. If I may give an advice: You may need something to avoid confusing the reader which Twilight is wich otherwise the confusion might end up annoying and would disrupt the reading. But for now I'm looking forward for more. :twilightsmile:

On hiatus since 2013? Damn :ajsleepy:

So where did those other twilight's come from and what happened to mane five?

Awww, so no time travel?

as soon as i saw this
i wanted to read it
and as soon as i saw the word Cancelled
i knew that i would be sad

"Cadence was always a pegasus. I'm not sure what I'd think if she were a princess."

Ah! You’ve done your research!
...or it was a really lucky guess.

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