The Death of Princess Luna - 11
Chapter 11 - The Stars Will Aid Her
"Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow!"
"Calm down, Fluttershy! Breathe!"
Fluttershy was laying curled on the ground of the Everfree Forest, breathless and groaning in pain. Minor scratches and cuts covered her legs and the side that she had landed on.
Twilight was pacing around her nervously. "Does anything else hurt? Can you stand up? Here, we'll help you. Come on."
Twilight signalled for Rarity and Dash to come over and help her. With the two unicorns' magic and Dash lifting with the help of her wings, Fluttershy unsteadily got to her hooves. Tears were in her eyes and she gritted her teeth against the pain.
Dash winced. "Ohh, that doesn't look good " she said quietly.
Fluttershy had been galloping at the back of the pack. Her eyes had been darting nervously around at the landscape. As a result, she hadn't been fully paying attention to where she had been running and didn't see the fairly large root sticking up out of the ground.
"Oh no, F
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Chapter 3 - Vale Luna
The large, expansive city of Canterlot sat perched upon the face of one of Equestria's tallest mountains. It was a city mostly designed to be vertical, as validated by its location. There were many levels to the city and many of the buildings appeared to be stacked atop of one another in an effort to fit as many buildings into the cramped space as possible. It seemed like a foal's dream, but the result was a magnificent and impossible city perched upon the side of the mountain.
Despite all of this, the lowermost level of the city was quite expansive, spreading out like a platform embedded in the side of the mountain. To the side of this lower level there was a smaller peak of landmass connected to the mountain, upon which this lower level extended. This was where many of the buildings were located, including the school a young Twilight Sparkle once attended.
The plaza sat at the base of the vertical buildings of Canterlot. It extended over the edge o
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Chapter 1 - Lost in the Night
Luna sat up suddenly.
Her vision was slightly hazy as she awoke, but what it beheld was nothing more than inky darkness. It was not pitch blackness; she could see a few blurry shapes, but it was difficult to make anything out. Everything was murky and concealed.
She had no idea where she was. The crisp feel of the air told her that she was outside. The neatly paved gravel beneath told her that she was in a city, town, or some other place of residence. The silence told her that she was alone.
Her first thought was of self-preservation, as she had just woken up without any explanation. She used her magic to quickly sweep over her own body, looking for injuries or maladies of any kind. She found none, which gave her at least a little relief.
Her second thought was the simple question of what had happened. Just how had she arrived at this particular moment in time? Having lived a long, turmoil-filled life, this was not the first time Luna had awoken in
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Chapter 2 - Shock and Despair
"Spike? Where are you?"
There was a clattering and the sounds of hurried steps across the wooden floors of the library's second storey. A small purple head poked out. Spike glanced down the stairs at the source of the voice. "Right here. Trying to clean up."
On the ground floor, Twilight Sparkle rolled her eyes. That hadn't sounded like cleaning. "How's that going?"
Spike stepped fully into view, rubbing the back of his head absentmindedly. "Uhh well, it's certainly not easy. Why did you have to choose the top shelf's books to leave all over the floor? That ladder's hard to balance on."
Twilight gave a wry look before chuckling. "Well, don't worry about that now. I'll get them later. Right now, I need you to write a letter for me!"
Spike's expression lit up as he proceeded down the stairs. "Oh good! Did you have fun with Fluttershy?"
Twilight levitated her saddlebags off of her back and placed them upon a nearby table. She had just returned fro
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Chapter 1 - The Darkest Night
Princess Celestia walked through the hallways of the massive Canterlot palace. Despite its confusing layout, she never got lost, having lived within its walls for over a thousand years of her immortal life. The old stone walls could become monotonous and confusing to inexperienced visitors, but the Princess had learned to notice the subtle differences between the hallways. The different colours and the different decorations stood out to her.
She turned a corner, passed by a door flanked by two guards, and found herself before two more doors. One, to her right, was white, yellow and emblazoned with a radiant sun. The other, to her left, was black, blue and had a beautiful crescent moon painted upon it.
Smiling, she turned to the door on the left and tapped her hoof against it. There was a moment of silence, and Celestia was about to knock again when she heard a voice on the other side. "Come in!"
The Princess lightly pushed the door open and tilted h
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Chapter 5 - Jigsaw
The expansive gardens of Canterlot were gorgeous and filled to bursting with an unimaginable amount of flora and fauna. Everywhere a pony looked they would find a different spectacle. The colours melded and swirled to form a beautiful array of flowers and other colourful plants. Animals of all kinds moved through the trees and across the ground, chattering to each other as they went.
Even now, as heavy rain drenched them, the gardens were still amazing. In fact, the downpour of water added a mysterious, almost mystical effect. Water droplets coated the green of the leaves and dewdropped on the flowers. The sound of the rain as it assaulted the various leaves and branches gave it an eerie, otherworldly feel.
Celestia sat in the garden, surrounded by drenched flowers, thick trees, and the droning sound of the storm. Her fur was soaked, and her grey mane hung heavily, weighed down by the water. Her wings were closed firmly at her sides to protect the delicate fea
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Chapter 14 - The Shining Night
And yet, at the same time, a harsh impression of absolute nothingness. Worlds flew by in a blur, unseen and unfocused. The sun remained high in the sky; the moon circling around the horizon sluggishly. Equestria was gone and in its place was blackness. Sometimes shapes could be seen; some bright, some dull.
A feverish pace of everything and nothing, both occurring at the same time. It was dizzying. It was disorienting.
There was the odd sensation of something touching. Prodding and lifting. Too fleeting to notice or analyze. Whipping wind and stale air. Harsh silence and dissonant cacophony. Opposites mixed and clashed, with everything going too fast to notice.
It was a mess, like a fever dream.
Luna couldn't scream. She couldn't run. She couldn't even breathe. It hurt her head as everything happened around her, ignoring her. She felt lost in the darkness, with only fleeting glimpses of a bright, white light to break up the confus
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Chapter 13 - Supernova - Part II
Dash and Applejack's ability to keep the door closed had been waning. Even the two strongest mares from Ponyville were at a disadvantage against three stallions, one of whom was a royal guard.
The two had communicated through facial expressions alone. They had decided that eventually the ponies on the other side were going to wrench open the door and that what they were doing was pointless. They both made a silent decision to suddenly step back away from the door. Their synchronicity was impeccable.
The door fell inward, just barely avoiding Applejack and propelling the surprised ponies on the other side stumbling forward. The two wasted no time in tackling the group and pushing them back into the house's main room. It was a jumbled mess of hooves and shouting, but it ended with the five ponies sprawled on the floor.
Applejack was the first to get to her hooves. She quickly moved back to the door and pulled it shut. During this time, the o
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In the vast, seemingly endless and nearly empty expanse of outer space, there is a single, small, green and blue planet. It sits among thousands of its cousins in the cosmos, standing out with its one unique characteristic; there is life upon it. On this small yet vibrant planet, which contains many continents and thousands of miles of inhabitable land, there is one nation named Equestria. Within the expansive and diverse population of this largest nation, there exists a single city perched on a mountaintop, known as Canterlot. The largest city in the nation, and the capital, it hosts a single, impressive castle.
In the center of this madness and mayhem, standing as a small, seemingly insignificant speck amongst the vast universe, is a single pony. Her name is Celestia; Princess of Equestria and immortal Goddess of the Sun.
From her place within the halls of Canterlot Castle, she controls not only the nation of Equestria, but much of the rest of the planet through sheer
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The atmosphere within the castle walls was quiet and peaceful. There was an air of tranquility that filled the hallways and rooms, nothing but complete silence to be heard except for the soft breathing of a sleeping pony. Everything was completely serene until a blinding white flash revealed a rather anxious-looking pony suddenly standing in the front entryway.
"Twilight! You said that Luna was here?"
"Yes. Shhh! She's here, Princess Celestia. She's sleeping."
Twilight Sparkle motioned for the much taller alicorn to keep her voice down as she whispered. The two stood in the entry hall of the massive new castle that stood near the town of Ponyville, and Twilight did not want Celestia's loud voice to wake Luna who was asleep only a few rooms away.
Celestia visibly relaxed upon hearing this, and continued to speak in a whisper. "Is she all right?"
Twilight turned and glanced towards the doorway that led towards her bedroom and let out a small sigh. "She's fine, Princess."
"What is she doi
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When Celestia awoke, she shot her eyes open and gasped for air. "Luna!!" She flailed a bit, whipping her head around to try to see where she was. For a moment, her vision was hazy, leaving her utterly disoriented and in a cold sweat.
Her chest heaved as she panted. Her mind was in a panic, dreading what she feared she would find around her. She clenched her eyes shut, desperately trying to clear the blurriness she was experiencing upon waking up. She hoped. She prayed. She desperately pleaded that she would find herself in the same hallway, Luna at her side.
Opening her eyes finally, she found herself staring upwards at a broad display of plain white. A painfully familiar ceiling. It felt like her heart had imploded in her chest. "No " She turned her head to the left to find a featureless white wall. "No, no, no " As she turned, she was aware of a nearly transparent barrier surrounding her on top and on the sides.
"No, no, no, no, no!!!" Her voice raised to a f
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Chapter 8 - Waxing Moon
"Ughh Rainbow Dash! It is the middle of the night!"
"Sorry, Rarity, but Twilight needs to see everypony at the library. Right now. It's important."
Rainbow Dash was at the door of Rarity's boutique. She was hovering in the air to emphasize the urgency of the situation. On the other side of the door stood a tired Rarity with a sleeping mask resting above her horn. Somehow, her mane was still picture-perfect.
"Can't it wait until tomorrow? I need my beauty sleep," Rarity moaned.
"Beauty Sleep? I think you already have plenty of that. Now come on! This is really important."
Rarity groaned in deep frustration. "Fine," she said, dragging out the word, "I'll be there as soon as I can."
"Good." Rainbow Dash didn't hesitate for a second before she turned and flew away, kicking up a back draft. Rarity's mane was no longer picture-perfect.
Seconds later, Rainbow Dash returned to the library and entered. Twilight was pacing in the main sitting
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Chapter 2 - Afraid of the Dark?
"Luna? Are you scared?"
The question hung heavily in the air and made Luna stop and pause. She took a moment to gaze at her dreary surroundings and think about just what kind of situation she had found herself in. The dilapidated town stared back at her, haunting and eerie. The churning darkness glared at her, daring her to venture out into it.
They had been meandering around town for 10 or 20 minutes, and now found themselves at the edge once more. With Sweetie Belle on her back, the constant feeling of companionship had been comforting, to say the least. Her state of mind had drastically improved since she'd found the young filly. The fear engineered by this strange place, however, would not be vanquished so easily.
She craned her neck and gazed back at Sweetie, who was looking up at her with an adorable little frown. The two of them had found each other, and now they were a team. Luna knew not what would happen, and feared for the safety of the
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Celestia awoke to the sound of hooves clopping on the floor.
"Now?? They're there now?!"
She wearily opened her eyes, yawning and stretching from her position on the floor next to the bed. She gazed with tired eyes in the direction of the sounds she was hearing.
"But " Luna's voice was confused and frantic, "But why are- What? What do you mean?"
Celestia slowly got to her hooves, keeping her eyes on Luna. She had made to ask her sister what all the noise was about, but then she noticed the device on the side of her head had its light illuminated. She recalled that this meant Luna was conversing with somepony else.
"But why now?" Luna's face was utterly perplexed, "It's so sudden. You're sure they said 'immediately'?" Luna was pacing back and forth across the length of the room as she spoke. Celestia merely watched in silence, filled with a genuine sense of worry.
"And no reason was given? You're sure?" There was a pause as Luna listened to the response, which
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Chapter 4 - Enigma
Ten Days Later
Rarity tapped her hoof impatiently.
The unicorn was seated in a plush chair in the waiting room of Ponyville's local spa. The bright colours of the room cast a warming and uplifting mood and there were faint smells of soaps, herbs and flowers wafting in from the interior.
It was Thursday, which meant that Rarity and Fluttershy were meant to meet at the spa for their weekly get together. It had been a long-standing tradition that had lasted almost as long as the two had known each other. Since their first visit to the spa, they had not missed a single appointment. It was a special time for the two friends to talk and enjoy each other's company.
The previous week had been the first time that they had missed the appointment. The two had spent Monday at the Princess' funeral and hadn't been in any sort of mood to visit the spa when Thursday came. Instead of merely going on Friday, the two had decided to wait until next week.
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Chapter 6 - Ethereal Illumination
Two extremely soft knocks came from the doorway. Princess Celestia had nearly missed them.
She had been sitting in her bedroom when the disruption had come. Earlier, she had been reading over various reports and legal documents that had needed her attention, but eventually she had grown weary of reading the legalize and had chosen instead to simply sit and be alone with her thoughts.
"One moment," she called to whomever was on the other side of the door. Standing up from where she had been sitting, she retrieved her crown and necklace. She hadn't bothered to take her golden shoes off.
Celestia took a deep breath and composed herself. Deep down, she knew that she was still terribly depressed and was making a slow recovery. However, she always tried her best to keep her poise and composure when around others. She was still their leader and knew that they were all looking up to her.
When she had reached the door, she lightly nudged it open with her
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This Epilogue is optional. If you were satisfied with the ending presented at the end of Chapter 12, then feel free to end the story there. That is where I intend the story to end, but I understand that some of you don't like openly-ambiguous endings.
The air was cold, and there was nary a sound to be heard except for the quiet breathing of two exhausted ponies. Everything was dark, still and quiet. Life had not been easy for these two ponies lately. They had been through so much in the past couple of weeks, seemingly more than they could both handle, and yet here they still were, pressing on.
It had been a personal journey through Tartarus for the both of them. They had gone through so many emotions and so much pain. There were so many times where it would have been easy to simply give up, but they both knew that they couldn't. Throughout it all, they both knew deep down that they had to be brave.
Sometimes, though, it was hard to be brave through all the tears
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This was a moment that Celestia was not prepared for. She had never, ever put more than a passing thought into the end of her beautiful little planet. It had seemed so far off, thousands and even millions of years away. Truly, without any idea of what to expect, she hadn't even been sure if she'd still be alive by this point.
Yet, here she sat, gazing at the lifeless scorched planet with a volatile, dying sun above. It was painfully hot, and she was sure that if she hadn't been an immortal alicorn, then she surely would've perished. She found that she didn't quite know how to react. She couldn't think of anything to say, and barely had any poignant thoughts in her mind. The only show of emotion she could muster were the tears flowing down her face.
She looked around in silence for a few more moments. She breathed slowly and evenly, taking in the dead expanse around her and trying to process what she was seeing. Looking down for a moment, she saw that she was sitting in
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The prison that holds her isn't a place. She herself isn't a pony. At least not anymore...
Bound by the most powerful spells, she floats like silvery mist, scattered and whole, awake and asleep..imprisoned in the very same symbol and source of her power and pride.
Is she part of it? She is not sure. Her thoughts aren't clear. She can't feel her heart beat and emotions are difficult to grasp. Who is she? Who was she? Why does it hurt?
When was it? When did this sorrow and bitterness first start?
She didn't use to care. She felt pride holding such a great responsibility.
Raising the moon. Lighting up the stars. Making them shine and flicker like precious little gems. They hold the wishes and hopes of our beloved subjects, her big sister used to say. It is your duty to protect them from now on. Soothe their dreams, ease their worries and fears and help them face the difficulties of life.
Such wonderful duties were more than welcome when she became the princess of night. But most of all sh
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Another peaceful night had passed for the citizens of Equestria. All ponies were sleeping, and the rising of the sun was drawing ever closer. However, one pony, or should I say alicorn, was not asleep. It was Princess Luna, and she had been pacing back and forth in her room for most of the night, as she was unable to sleep. She walked over to her window and looked up at the night sky. "Well, it is almost time for the moon to go down so the sun can rise," she sighed, "We wish just once the ponies of Equestria could spend a night awake, so they can see how wonderful the night looksbut, we guess that day will never come..." Luna lowered her head in sadness, thinking to herself, "Why? Why does it have to be the sun the ponies stay awake for? Why??" Luna frantically paced back and forth even more whilst thinking these thoughts, and then she suddenly collapsed onto the floor with distress, and the distress growing ever more in her heart, e
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Chapter 10 - Veil of Darkness
"Will you be careful, Rainbow Dash?! I just finished pitchin' that tent!!"
"Oops. My bad, Applejack "
Applejack sighed and trotted over to the tent that Dash had carelessly knocked over. The sun was shining brightly in the sky overhead, halfway in its journey across the sky. The group had stopped to set up temporary camp as exhaustion began to set in. None of them had gotten a full sleep the previous night and everypony's stamina was beginning to run out.
"How am I supposed to get to sleep in the middle of the day?" Rarity protested.
"It's better than waiting until nightfall when we're all so tired that we can't move." Twilight responded.
The decision to get a few hours of sleep at this time of the day had been debated earlier. In the end, everypony's growing fatigue had convinced them that they would prefer to sleep now rather than later.
"We're not going to rest for too long, remember," Twilight said.
"I'm probably not going to rest at all! O
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Chapter 1 'Unexpected Encounter"
by Kendell2 and Raikou Artist
"Well, it's nice to be back in Canterlot; so much has changed!" Twilight said as she continued walking, excitement in her voice. Sure, she'd been here a few times since she'd moved to Ponyville, but this was really the first time she'd been there just to relax and reconnect with her roots, as opposed to a party or being called to save the world from an ancient evil that escaped its prison. She remembered Rarity's friendship report after Twilight's birthday; don't be ashamed of your roots. That's what had compelled her to come do a little reconnecting with where she'd come from. "Isn't that right, Spike Spike?" she asked, looking back at her assistant to see him falling quite far behind.
Spike panted, struggling to keep up. "Yeah, Twilight," he panted, stopping to catch his breath. "Can I... Can I please ride on your back?" he asked, unable to keep up with the excited Unicorn mare. "I know you're excited, but I can onl
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Why Am I Crying?
by Rated Ponystar
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The crack on her ceiling had gotten bigger again. Sometimes she wondered if one day it would be too much and a part of it would fall on her head while she was sleeping. The last thing Scootaloo needed was a hole in her ceiling and a trip to the ER. Again.
Struggling in her bed, Scootaloo tried to close her eyes and focus on something other than the new revelations she had learned today, but it was futile. All she could think