Spyra, part oneTwilight Sparkle slowly climbed the winding staircase, casting frequent nervous glances behind her to check whether she was being followed.
Canterlot was always busy no matter what time of day it was, but right now the only activity within the castle would be the royal guards on their nightly duties. It was 2am and the young unicorn had had one hell of a day, but this was the only moment when she had felt something approaching fear.
Actually, fear wasn't the correct word anxiety was a better term. If she failed in her mission here, then she was certain that Princess Celestia would be disappointed with her. The alicorn had been her tutor and mentor for most of her life and the one thing she strived for was to make her proud.
But her chances of success were about to take a sudden turn for the worse.
There was a sudden, almighty crash and she spun round to see one of the shields that had been hanging on the wall bouncing down the stairs. She winced at the sound of every metallic cl
Spyra, epilogueTwo weeks had passed since the near-cataclysmic battle on the grounds of Canterlot castle and the scars still ran deep.Spyra, epilogue2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The area beside the courtyard was scorched and infertile, and it would be some time before the lush grass that once grew there could be planted again.
Not much had changed in the courtyard itself the statues remained, the princesses undecided about what to do with their frozen enemies. And if Discord had been able to break free, there was a chance they could as well.
Celestia could not bring herself to impose a sentence of execution upon them, yet in her current state she would not be able to effectively protect Equestria if the worst happened. Potential disaster lay right outside Canterlot's back door.
But other matters were taking precedence tonight.
A ceremony was being held to recognise the efforts of everypony who had averted disaster. To thank everypony who had helped to stop the creature who once stood in the garden, whose empty plinth had since been rem
Spyra, part twoThe unicorn known as Heartstrings woke late the next morning.Spyra, part two3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
She rested in bed for a while, keeping herself tucked in up to her neck and enjoying the warmth. She could hear the other ponies in the corridor outside her door, leaving their rooms to catch the airships back to Ponyville.
As she had already said all her goodbyes, she didn't much feel like going out there to go through them all again. The first time had been difficult enough.
Today was the first day of the rest of her life. She had lived in Ponyville for the past year on a surveillance mission, under the direct orders of Princess Celestia. With the defeat of Discord, her mission was over and she could finally resume her original identity.
She had been born in the city of Canterlot, which was separate to the castle itself, to overly pushy parents. They had always driven her to be the best she could be and took pride in her achievements, but she had always had the feeling that she was battling for their approval and never ful
Spyra, part threeIt was a strange quirk of fate that Ponyville's celebration for the six heroes was a much more refined affair than the one held in Canterlot.Spyra, part three3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Many of the guests had already partied themselves out on the night before and were content to enjoy a slower, quieter event in the town hall. The mayor made a speech early on to congratulate the Elements of Harmony and then everypony was free to do whatever they wished.
There was a modest spread laid on by the staff at Sugarcube Corner and four members of the Canterlot orchestra attended to provide a genteel soundtrack to the evening.
Applejack left soon after the speech, claiming that she was feeling a little "under the weather" when in fact she was still nursing the mother of all hangovers, leaving her five friends to chat with the other guests.
A couple of hours into the event, Fluttershy and Twilight caught Rarity alone and began regaling her with tales of what had happened last night.
"Oh my," she gasped once their story was done, "Thank goo
Spyra, part fivePrincess Celestia stood on the palace balcony, closing her eyes in concentration as she summoned the sunrise to signal another new day.Spyra, part five3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The spell she used was incredibly complex and only possible for a being as powerful as her. There were only two other creatures on the planet that were capable of it one was encased in a stone prison and the other was her sister.
It was a common misconception that she actually moved the Sun itself to bring the dawn. Although she had the ability to direct and manipulate the life-giving energies of the massive star, its mass was far too much to physically shift though magic. Besides, if she performed such an act then the other planets in the solar system would be catastrophically shunted out of orbit.
No, what she was actually doing was maintaining her planet's orbit and ensuring it kept spinning on its axis. For this, she used a spell that lasted for a full 24 hours once cast, the day's natural cycle would take care of itself until the tim
Spyra, part fourLyra trotted at a steady pace along the pathway that led from Ponyville to Sweet Apple Acres.Spyra, part four3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It was early morning: the sun had just risen from the horizon but had not yet taken its uppermost position in the sky. The air was pleasantly warm, with little to no wind.
Her wordless encounter with Berry Punch had put her on edge for the remainder of the party last night, though it had not swayed her from her mission. She had managed to confirm that Carrot Top was targeting Noteworthy, though the reason why was still unclear.
There was a chance she could find that out this morning.
Lyra was an observant sort and she had learned the daily habits of many of the residents of Ponyville. Noteworthy was an early riser and was keen on keeping himself fit he earned his money through manual labour. He also had a bit of an ego and an eye for the ladies, so making sure he remained buff was a priority.
He always took the same route first along the path to the Apple family's farm, then left
Spyra, part thirteenThe four spies made their way through Canterlot castle's corridors, with Lyra and Berry Punch walking side by side while Carrot Top rolled Noteworthy's wheelchair behind them.Spyra, part thirteen3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Princess Celestia had summoned them as a matter of urgency, so soon after Twilight's disappearance that only Noteworthy had heard about it by the time of contact.
Lyra couldn't see the point of coming all the way to the castle she wanted nothing more than to join the search parties and try to find her friend. They had had to sneak out of Ponyville to avoid having to excuse themselves from the task.
They greeted the guards outside the princess's throne room, then moved past them and went inside.
It was a long walk through that large, open chamber. Celestia watched them approach, looking down from her elevated position on her throne. As they came near, she descended the stairs to greet them.
The four ponies held themselves upright like soldiers awaiting inspection, growing increasingly uncomfortable as the s
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"And then what happened?"
"Then, the beautiful princess summoned all her magic, and blasted the diamond dogs back to their kingdom!" The older pony fussed about with the little foal's blankets, tucking them in here and there. The filly clutched her little doll tightly in her tiny hooves. "Equestria was safe again, and everypony lived happily ever after. The end."
The small pony yawned. "Was the princess Princess Celestia?"
A cheeky grin. "Maybe."
Cadance and Twilight stifled their giggling, their muted amusement echoing down the stairs and through the empty lower level of the home. The little unicorn's parents were out for the evening, and Cadance had leaped at the opportunity to foalsit for the filly she considered a sister. Her horn briefly glowed
Windfall - Part 1Caramel's voice sounded from deep in the closet by the door, his mellow tan hindquarters the only thing visible as he rooted about, his brown tail lashing in mild agitation. "Sweetheart, do you know where I put my umbrella?"Windfall - Part 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Pinkie Pie's chipper voice called out over a faint clattering from the direction of the kitchen. "You left it hanging on the coat pegs by the back door."
The earth pony stallion backed out of the closet and trotted across the empty tile floor of Sugarcube Corner and disappeared through a swinging door marked "Employees Only". A couple of moments later his plaintive call came from the store room. "Aw, now where did I leave my rain slicker? It was just here yesterday!"
Pinkie's voice in the kitchen chirped in reply. "On the rack in the bathroom, remember? From when Snails brought Gummy over from Froggy Bottom Bog for his weekly bath!"
"Oh right, how could I forget?" Came the stallion's mildly pained reply as he cantered out of the back room shaking his head, an umbre
Dawn Of A New BeginningDawn Of A New Beginning3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
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Spyra, part sixPonyville's library was a mess books were strewn across the floor, left to lie where Twilight had dropped them as she searched for the one she was after.Spyra, part six3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
She had woken up early that morning, shaken out of sleep by another nightmare. It was the second one she had experienced since Discord's defeat and had been more frightening and vivid than the first.
In her dream, Celestia had been gravely disappointed with her. Twilight could not remember what transgression she had committed to earn the princess's wrath, but the punishment she received was still clear in her mind.
Celestia said something about making an example of her and then it started: Twilight felt the slow prickling of her skin as it began to solidify into stone, the effects of the spell creeping up her legs towards her head. She had screamed for the princess to stop but was shown no mercy.
The young unicorn became just another statue in Celestia's garden, a warning to others not to fail her.
Twilight knew what was causin
TwiDash I Can Wait ForeverTwiDash/RainbowSparkleTwiDash I Can Wait Forever3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
~~~I Can Wait Forever~~~
A lone cyan Pegasus mare had just reached home from her usual job as the Weather Patrol Leader, closing the door behind her; she let out a long sigh as she let out a single tear that flowed down her cheeks and landed on the floor beneath her slowly making her way to the shower room, she turned on the shower tap and water began to wet her fur.
~I know distance doesn't matter, but you feel so far away~
~And I can't lie, everytime I leave my heart turns grey, and I wanna come back home to see your face~
"I miss you." She said softly to the air around her, "When are you coming back to me?"
~And I, cause I just can't take it, another day without you with me, it's like a blade that cuts right through me, but I could wait, I could wait forever (I could wait forever), when you are call, my heart stops beating, when you are gone, it won't stop beating, I could wait (I could wait), i could wait (I could wait) forever~
Not bothered to fight the urge
Shipping and Handling Chap. 1"That is the last straw!"Shipping and Handling Chap. 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The bulky brown Pegasus slammed his front hooves down on the desk so hard, Ditzy Doo feared it would split in two. He positively glowered at the grey pegasus, his face just inches from hers.
"I I'm sorry, boss " Ditzy mumbled, shrinking back a bit. "Uh it won't happen again?" Her apology was phrased more like a question.
"Oh, right. Sure. That's believable " the larger pegasus snorted, twisting his black baseball cap haphazardly. "I mean, what are the odds of Ditzy Doo screwing up another delivery? I mean, that never happens..."
Ditzy winced at the harsh sarcasm in her superior's voice. Still, she managed to work up the nerve to ask the inevitable question.
"So " she began, trying her best to focus both her eyes on the angry pony in front of her. " Um how much are you gonna' dock my pay this time?"
Spyra, part fifteenTwilight froze, her heart thumping so hard in her chest that it made her body tremble. A dozen guards stood at the entrance to the castle garden, accompanying Princess Luna and her brother Shining Armour.Spyra, part fifteen3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
She didn't move a muscle, hoping against hope that they would believe they had got it wrong, that she wasn't out here. She was still cloaked by her invisibility spell the only way they could have discovered she was here was by the aura given off by her magic, when she attempted to free Discord. Perhaps, if she stayed quiet, they would believe it was just a trick of the light.
Princess Luna stepped out onto the lawn, her expression stern. "Twilight, please make yourself visible. We are not going to hurt you. We know you are here because we heard you talking."
She felt the last flicker of hope fade away. They had heard her? That was impossible. The main castle building was several feet away from the courtyard and she had whispered as quietly as she could.
"Twiley, please," said S
Spyra, part twentyIt was if time was standing still. He was too stunned to do anything other than sit, staring straight ahead but looking at nothing.Spyra, part twenty2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Noteworthy's bug in the library had still been active and he had heard everything. Dr Whooves' confession as to who he really was, the plan he had devised to steal power from Princess Celestia and the fate he had dealt to Twilight.
The blue earth pony had been too shocked to move as the story unfolded, but then, what would he have been able to do anyway? He was a disabled stallion, stuck in his wheelchair, while Whooves was a centuries-old remnant of an elder god. Even if he had been able to get there before Twilight had been turned into stone, he would doubtlessly have ended up joining her.
His secret basement was a small, cramped space with room only for his desk and the equipment on it. This consisted of a metallic device, about the size of a cake box, which was powered by the magic his cousin Blueblood had imbued it with.
There was a series of switches
Spyra, part nineSilence pervaded the cellar as the two ponies awaited Berry Punch's return. Ruby Pinch stood as rigid as possible as she stood guard at the foot of the steps, while Lyra tried to make herself as comfortable as she could. Her forelegs were starting to ache in their position behind her back and the pipe she was tied to was pressing awkwardly against her.Spyra, part nine3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The young filly flicked a nervous glance at her. Their eyes met briefly, and she quickly went to back to staring dead ahead of her.
Lyra sighed. Now she knew Berry was on her side, the problem was convincing them she was on theirs.
"So how long has your mum been working for Princess Celestia? What does she do for her?"
Ruby's gaze didn't flicker. "Mum says I'm not supposed to talk to strangers."
"Well, I'm not a stranger, am I?" she said, full aware this was a long shot, "You know my name. I'm Lyra."
"Mum also said I'm not supposed to talk to strange ponies."
"I'm not a strange pony," she said. Ruby looked her up and down, clearly unconv
Ponies meet Boy Part 1Ponies meet Boy Part 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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All was as it usually was at peace in Equestria. Discord had been stopped and recovery was coming along nicely as what had happened that day had only become some bad memories. What was different this day however was that the residents of Ponyville were to have a new Pony among them. A few miles away from ponyville there was a slow moving wagon making its way down the road. It was an old looking but stable wagon that sort of looked like a moving carriage. This pony was fairly large, only slightly shorter then the likes of Big Macintosh, he wasn't particularly muscular more along the lines of slightly heavy. Even so, this pony was strong enough to pull that big thing all by himself. The pony was a deep dark blue from his head down to his hooves, his mane was brown, short and kinda messy. His cutie mark was an open book being written with a quill. On his face he wore a pair of glasses which along with his deep blue eyes po
Spyra, part twelve"Are you sure you're up to this, Noteworthy? You've only been in hospital for two days, after all," said Carrot Top.Spyra, part twelve3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The blue-coated stallion didn't respond straight away but the determination on his face was enough to make his intentions clear.
"Thank you for your concern," he said, "But you need my help if we're going to find out who did this to me."
She was still uncertain. It was true that her conversation with Zecora yesterday hadn't done much to move their investigation on the zebra had told her that none of her species were capable of the magic used in the attack of Noteworthy. Their skills were based entirely on potions and remedies.
They had been told about Celestia's treatment of Twilight last night and this had also given them cause for concern. For the first time, they found themselves beginning to question the princess's behaviour.
Nurse Redheart brought in a wheelchair, with Dr Whooves following her into the room. She parked it up next to Noteworthy's bed.
Spyra, part eightHer eyes took some time to adjust to the gloom. She was still groggy from her enforced sleep and her head ached.Spyra, part eight3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Lyra tried to move but found herself prevented from doing so. She closed her eyes, which helped to control the nausea she felt. It took a moment for her thoughts to get themselves in order.
She had been placed in a sitting position, her back against the wall and her forelegs tied to a water pipe behind her. The rope was also looped around her stomach and was too tight to allow any movement.
She was still dressed in her black lycra outfit, her tail squashed underneath her.
The room was poorly lit but instantly recognisable as a cellar. Barrels of alcohol were lined up against the wall. There were also a number of bottle racks, but they were empty. Berry Punch had obviously cleared away anything that could be easily lifted by magic, to ensure the unicorn spy didn't have any weapons available.
The only light came from the opposite end of the room, where a set of wooden steps le
Spyra, part seventeenPrincess Luna flew out of Canterlot castle and into the bright light of the morning.Spyra, part seventeen3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The night had passed without incident she had kept herself occupied by handling diplomatic affairs. The Griffin Kingdom was still waiting to hear from them after her sister overturned their agreement to pay compensation for the trouble caused by Discord.
She had more pressing matters on her mind, however. Now her night's duties were complete, she had to confront Celestia about her increasingly malicious behaviour before the worst happened.
The guards told Luna that her sister had recently left her chambers, though they did not know where she was headed. She had last been seen going outside.
Luna found her in the courtyard and she was shocked to see the state she was in. The princess's physical condition had deteriorated massively over the past day her mane had lost its lustrous sheen and her eyes had dark rings underneath them, almost appearing sunken in their sockets.
She was walking tow
Spyra, part eighteenAn emotional numbness passed through Lyra's body, momentarily deadening the pain from her crushed leg.Spyra, part eighteen3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
She looked down helplessly at Berry, who had a sad, defeated expression on her face. She appeared to be resigned to her fate.
There was no sound save for the rustling of the wind and the gently crumbling of earth from the overhang Lyra was lying on. There was no other fully sentient life around, no-one who could help them.
Lyra tried to speak but couldn't find the words. She was too much in shock.
"Now, listen to me," said Berry, her eyes closed and her voice quiet. "You have to make me a promise. I need you to look after Pinchy for me."
Her words shook the unicorn to the core. Made her realise this was actually happening, that her friend didn't have long to live. Her breath started coming in short gasps as she tried to stop herself from breaking down.
"I know it'll be difficult, but you won't be alone. My friend Colgate often babysat for me and Pinchy likes her. She might even be wil
Spyra, part fourteenThe walk back to Ponyville took longer than expected, mostly due to the trepidation Lyra felt.Spyra, part fourteen3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The pain from her attack by Twilight had passed. Berry had given her comfort in the quarter of an hour it took her to recover but there was nothing she could do to calm her nerves.
Her secret identity had been blown right open. A bit of misplaced paranoia on Twilight's part had revealed it all, and in the worst possible circumstances. Now the unicorn was more afraid of Celestia than ever.
The thing that had frightened Lyra most of all was the ferocity of her sudden assault. She had never seen that side of Twilight before in fact, she wouldn't have believed she was capable of violence, if she hadn't been the victim of it.
And Rainbow Dash had been there to witness it all. There was no way she would keep a secret like that to herself, especially after the upset it caused for Twilight.
The town came into view. Lyra stopped walking, too nervous to go any further.
Berry nuzzled against her
Spyra, part nineteenMuch happened in the few hours since Berry Punch and Lyra left Ponyville on their quest to find the Elements of Harmony. This is the tale of Twilight Sparkle.Spyra, part nineteen2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The unicorn sighed unhappily as she looked out into the Everfree Forest, her brother by her side. The two spies had left just seconds ago and she couldn't help feeling concerned.
The two guards who had been posted outside her library door had also gone, heading to Canterlot to assess the situation and ascertain whether Celestia had truly been taken over by the malevolent spirit of Nightmare Moon.
Pinkie Pie was out gathering their friends so they would be ready to use the Elements, once they were discovered. There was little else to do now but wait.
"Come on Twiley, let's head inside," said Shining Armour, "We need to work out a contingency plan."
She complied, following her brother and his deputy Valiant Shield into the library, with her faithful assistant Spike not far behind. The four assembled in the main room, their expressi
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Octavia groaned as she lifted her head off her pillow. It was the night after the Gala, and Octavia had been playing her double bass all night, virtually without break. Virtually. There had been several interruptions of her performance; however, she could not remember what exactly happened yet. She could not remember why she could not remember, until she winced in pain as her head throbbed. It all started coming back to her.
The Gala had begun like it always had; posh ponies from all over Equestria flocked to socialise. Though, not all of them were quite as posh. As that night was drawing to a close, a pink earth pony had walked in and subsequently began to dance around like a lunatic, and jump onto stage where Octavia played. She did her best to continue playing as this annoying pony continued her misdemeanours throughout the crowd.
By now she could tell that this Gala was not going to