MMMystery on the Friendship Express-Missing SceneAs she looked out of her window and saw the crowd of ponies gather in the gardens below, she could not help but feel more than a little excited. After all, it was not every day that she got to witness such an event.
Princess Mi'Amore Cadenza, or Cadence as she preferred to be called, was watching the gathering crowd with great anticipation. Like many of the annual Canterlot events, ponies from all over Equestria would gather to this city. And although her work often took other all over the principality to meet such ponies, seeing them all gather together in one place was always a rare treat.
This day was the annual dessert contest and many had pulled out all the stops this year. Treats and cakes of all shapes and sizes lined the gardens, waiting for the judges to come by and pass their verdict. She had to admit, it was an appealing sight.
Under normal circumstances she would have loved for Shining to be here today so they could both enjoy it. Unfortunately for the both of them he'd bee
A Canterlot Wedding - Missing ScenesThe ponies were all hard at work. Pegasi went about repairing roofs and ceiling ornaments, unicorns spent their time seeing to the restoration of the more complicated features of the palace, and all others busied themselves with the myriad other tasks that needed to be done to get everything back in top condition.A Canterlot Wedding - Missing Scenes2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The recent attack brought about by the unexpected and hitherto unknown changelings and their Queen, Chrysalis, had left much of the city damaged. By some miracle there had been no casualties, only a few injuries here and there. Of course it made sense. The changelings were, after all, using the ponies as a food source. It made no sense that they'd want them harmed.
Ponies all about the capital were grateful that the attack had left only structural damage. Damage which was easily rectified. But for one lone unicorns, the damage was far deeper.
Walking along the red carpet of the main hall of the Canterlot royal palace, Captain Shining Armour was looking uncharacteristically fo
Hearts and Hooves Day - Missing SceneThe sun was shining brightly today. The sky was a clear blue and everywhere you went in the parks of Canterlot, ponies were smiling and laughing.Hearts and Hooves Day - Missing Scene2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
But then, they had good reason to be happy. For this was hearts and Hooves day. And on this day, like it was every year, love was in the air. Mares and stallions alike spent the day with their "very special someponies". You could not go two steps forward without laying your eyes on some happy couple enjoying each others company.
But sitting on a grassy hill in the middle of the park, was one pony who did not have a smile upon his face. A white stallion with a blue mane, wearing a rather ornate red uniform of a captain, who sat there on the top of the hill, and was experiencing worry like never before.
Over the course of his time as a member of the royal guard, he had been against many things that might cause other ponies to quake with fear. He had faced down raiding parties of dogs without hesitation. He's fended off hydras and manticores. He
Hearth's Warming Eve - Missing ScenesPonies everywhere were darting left and right in a desperate attempt to be ready for the big event. The rooms backstage were awash with chatter and excitement and dread over the upcoming performance, and in the audience that now gathered in front of the stage, the anticipation was even greater.Hearth's Warming Eve - Missing Scenes2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
For this was the Hearth's Warming Eve recreation play. A tribute to the founding of Equestria itself and the ponies who had made it happen. Everyone in the city wanted to be here to watch it. And judging from the mass of crowds pouring through the hall's gates, it would be easy to assume that everyone was.
But for one stallion, this upcoming play gave him even greater joy. Shining Armour, using his authority as captain of the guard, had managed to convince those backstage to let him in so that he could visit one of those who would be performing tonight. Somepony he hadn't seen in too long a time.
Twilight Sparkle, his sister.
He went from group to group backstage, describing his sister to the ot
Mi'Amore's LessonThe doors were tall. Taller than any doors she had ever seen before. They were inscribed on either side with gold-trimmed markings. On the left a mark of a pegasi. And on the right, a unicorn. But even the sheer size of that door was nothing compared to the building it was attached to. The royal palace of Canterlot. She'd always seen it from afar, but never this close. Given recent events, it was clear she'd be seeing a lot more of it in future.Mi'Amore's Lesson2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Mi'Amore Cadenza her parents had named her. Cadence as she preferred to be called. A young filly, a child. Her hair tied back into a ponytail. A filly who had no idea how much her life was about to change.
It had been merely a day since the letter had arrived from the palace. She'd only reached schooling age but rather than having arrangements made to attend some local school, that letter had arrived instead. Her family had read it several times over, with looks of both pride and concern on their faces. They'd explained to her what it meant, th
Sweet and Elite - Missing SceneHe sat there at his desk, with his hoof to his chin, pondering with all his might. It had been several days of careful consideration and despite all the time, he still hadn't come any closer to an answer. Things were getting rather stressful for him as he knew the deadline was fast approaching. He hated to think of what might happen if he missed that time. But he couldn't dwell on what might happen. All he had to concern himself was that all-important question.Sweet and Elite - Missing Scene2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
What should he get for his little sister for her birthday?
Shining Armour was sitting in his office in the royal guard tower adjacent to the royal palace. His schedule had allowed for some free time today but he'd spent much of it simply trying to figure out what to get for Twilight on her birthday, which was tomorrow! Even if he could figure it out, he'd have to get the gift to Ponyville, which would eat up even more time.
He started poking the side of his head with his hoof.
"Come on! Think! What to get her?" He said to himsel
The HoneymoonOn and one their journey took them. It had been hours since they'd left the gates of Canterlot and still their trip had not come to a stop. Wherever it was that her aunt had planned for them, it was clearly out of anyone's way.The Honeymoon2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Princess Cadence, still in her wedding gown and hairstyle, was sitting comfortable in her wedding carriage. Her mind brimming with ideas about where it was they might be going.
She looked out of the window of her carriage, looking upon the countryside as they passed by. Tall grassy hills. Rivers and streams which glistened in the moonlight. It was without a doubt, a beautiful sight. She'd spent much of her life travelling around Equestria, visiting many places. But she'd never taken enough time to simple enjoy the places around her. Here thought, she had plenty of time to do so.
And the aforementioned moon was also impressive to behold. Auntie Luna had certainly outdone herself tonight. No doubt in an attempt to make their night perfect. It was something she kne
Mare in the Moon - Missing ScenesDespite her usual tendency towards cleanliness, Twilight's room was currently a real mess. Books were laying about all over the floor, waiting to be put away. What little clothing she'd prepared for her journey was neatly folded and ready to go in her bag.Mare in the Moon - Missing Scenes2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Despite everything going smoothly, Twilight was still upset. She'd been positive that the Princess would take her message seriously. Instead, it'd been dismissed like a foal claiming to it's mother that there was a monster under the bed. Still, a command from the Princess was not something to be ignored. So, being the dutiful student she was, Twilight was busy preparing her things for the trip to this Ponyville place she'd heard about.
She walked over to her window and looked out. The royal city of Canterlot. The jewel in the crown of the nation of Equestria. Any pony in the world would give everything they had to be able to live in a place like this, and Twilight had been fortunate to be born here herself. It was a centre of learnin
The Best Night Ever - Missing SceneThe night was young and the stars were just coming out. The royal city of Canterlot glistened in the light of the moon and the stars. Tonight perhaps more than any other night, this city was a centre for Equestrian society.The Best Night Ever - Missing Scene2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
For this night, was the Grand Galloping Gala. One of the most anticipated events of the year. Everypony worth their salt wanted to be invited to this prestigious event. A time when the elite of Canterlot gathered in one place. Those found at this celebration truly were the best of the best. The cream of the crop. An event that any single person would give their own right hoof to be a part of.
And he hated every minute of it.
Shining Armour, Captain of the Equestrian royal guard, stood there, decked in his usual purple armour, alongside two of his guardsmen, both unicorns, and watched the new arrivals to the party step up the city steps one by one. It was among his duties as captain to oversee that security for such a newsworthy event ran smoothly. Of course as the c
Friendship is magic - Alternate endingShe almost couldn't believe her eyes. After what seemed like a night that would never end, the sun was finally rising. Twilight stood in the middle of the ruined castle, surrounded by the friends she'd made. Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Fluttershy, Rarity and Pinkie Pie. All of them had, much to her surprise, become incredibly important to her, and together, they'd achieved a great victory. Not only had they discovered the long-lost elements of harmony, but in doing so, they had also vanquished the mare who had threatened the land with eternal night. Nightmare Moon.Friendship is magic - Alternate ending11 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
But now that they had won, the sun's first rays were creeping over the horizon, and with them came a familiar voice. To her friends, it was strange, but to Twilight, it brought a smile to her face. She knew that voice well, and the pony it belonged to. As the sun rose, another light approached the window of the ruin. There was a blinding flash as the six mares covered there eyes. But when the light dimmed, they looked on in joy
A mother's regretIt was as silent as the grave right now. Twilight sat there, at the other end of the table from Celestia, staring at her beloved mentor with her mouth hanging open. It felt like an eternity since Celestia had spoken, but no amount of passed time could make what she'd said any easier to swallow. It wasn't true, Twilight told herself. This was some sort of joke. There was no way that what Celestia had said could possibly be real. Maybe this was a dream, or even a nightmare.A mother's regret1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
But deep down, she knew that it wasn't. No matter how much she might wish it to be untrue, she had to face reality, however terrible that reality might have become for her. Not wanting to spend the rest of the day with her mouth hanging open, Twilight finally broke the silence.
The words had been hard to get out, almost as though her mouth refused to register them. Celestia meanwhile, merely sat on the other side of the table and quietly nodded. She said nothing, merely waited for Twi
Luna eclipsed - Missing SceneThe sun was beginning to set. He looked out upon the horizon from his place on the royal balcony and admired the sight. Given his very busy schedule he very rarely allowed himself moments to enjoy simple things like this. But he was always grateful for the opportunity.Luna eclipsed - Missing Scene2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Once the sun had set, the moon began to rise. Seeing that celestial body rise into the night sky reminded him of tonight's festivities. All the security arrangement had been made. The people were gathering in the various public palaces in the city, getting ready for the upcoming parties and general merriment. Much like the Grand Galloping Gala, Shining Armour had never been one for parties. But at least this one he was more tolerant.
One night of the year that did not celebrate the rich and powerful but instead the common pony. All around Equestria would be celebrating this night in their own way, so there was none of the pomp and arrogance that Shining hated so much in the Gala.
Looking away from the ni
Family visit"Spike! Have you found those tablemats yet?" She asked.Family visit2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Twilight Sparkle was standing in the middle of the main room of the library, waiting for the young dragon to come out of the kitchen. Soon enough, he arrived, carrying the tablemats she'd been asking for.
"Yep. They're right here." He said.
She smiled as Spike began placing them around the large table twilight had conjured up soon before. She looked around and admired her work. She, Spike and Dusk had spent the last few days making sure everything here was clean and orderly for the big upcoming visit. And she was confident everything would go right.
"I still can't believe it. Shining AND Cadence! Here together for the first time since their wedding!" Twilight exclaimed happily.
It had only been declared a few days ago, but she was still happy about it. Shining Armour and Princess Cadence had managed to find space in their schedules to visit her in Ponyville. She'd been looking forward to it all week. Her smile vanished however as
The Return of Harmony - Missing ScenesFaster and faster, he ran. His lungs were close to bursting with the sheer effort of maintaining his speed. But he knew he couldn't stop. Not now. Not while she was at risk. he'd only heard she had arrived in the city moments ago. Upon hearing this he knew exactly what would happen and raced towards where he knew she would be.The Return of Harmony - Missing Scenes2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Captain Shining Armour, still clad in his uniform, ran as fast as his four legs would carry him. Running down the long and elaborate halls of the Canterlot royal palace. Many guards that saw him run past always asked the same thing. "What's the matter Sir?" And he'd always panted back the same response. "Stay at your post!" He'd wished he hadn't sounded so harsh with hi men. He knew they were only becing concerned for him. But right now he had a far greater worry on his ming.
Soon enough, he arrived at his destination. A massive wooden door, the connection between the palace and one of the most important buildings in Equestria. The Hall of the Elements. He stoppe
Wedding preparationsAs she trotted along, she couldn't help but have a big smile on her face. Twilight walked along the streets of Canterlot with joy in her heart. The day was great, with the sun shining, the birds chirping, and everything seeming just as cheery as she was.Wedding preparations2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
It had only been three days since she and her friends had arrived in the city, and thus only three days since her colt-firend, Dusk, had asked her that very important question. Twilight decision was not something that she regretted. On the contrary, it made her all the happier. But now that she'd made her decision, there were many things that needed to be sorted out. And one of those things was exactly why she was walking down the city's main street.
For as she continued down the road, she eventually came upon her destination. The royal palace of Canterlot. This place had, during much of her upbringing, been like a second home to her. And it always made her happy to see it. Walking up the main stairs, she eventually came upon the massi
Twilight's regretShe had worked hard this week. As much as she'd grown used to it, she still felt tired at the end of every day. Twilight Sparkle, Princess of Equestria. It had been many years since she had ascended to the role of Princess, becoming an alicorn in the process, and still the change had never stopped shocking her. The level of magic she had been able to achieve since her transformation was astounding. And not only that, but ponies from far and wide came to view her as a teacher. It brought a smile on her face to see young colts and fillies come to ask her questions and learn from her. It reminded her very much of how she was when she was their age, learning from her own mentor.Twilight's regret1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
But it was not merely new experiences that this title had afforded her. In her years since her coronation, she had also experienced many physical changes that came with being an alicorn. The most obvious of which was, of course, her size. She had grown quite tall, towering over almost any other pony in Equestria, m
Wonderbolt Academy - Alternate endingAs she approached the blue door, she hesitated. Ever since Rainbow's denouncing of Lightning Dust, which occurred in front of not only her friends, but her entire squad of recruits, this was something she knew she had to do. But that didn't mean she had to like it. She'd been practically trembling on the approach to Spitfire's office. What she planned to do here, and what consequences that might emerge from it, were things she did not care to think about. But she also knew that if she didn't do this, if she simply kept quiet and went along with what had been going on, she'd never forgive herself for it.Wonderbolt Academy - Alternate ending2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
She lifted her hoof and pushed the door open. Once open, Rainbow saw within the office. Spitfire was there, continuing to do what she'd been doing the last time Rainbow had visited her, signing autographs. It was understandable of course. Being as famous a flier as she was, Spitfire probably had to spend half her day doing this. Though it was clear from the look on her face that she did
Magical mystery cure - Alternate endingThey were happy. Happier than they'd been all day. The six mares embraced each other in the middle of the street, not wanting to let go of each other. Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, Rarity and pinkie Pie. Six friends who had grown so close to each other, had now saved each other from a very miserable end. They had been through a very unpleasant ordeal recently as their cutie marks, the symbols of their roles and destinies, had been changed. But, thanks to Twilight and the bonds they'd forged with each other, they had undone that change and were back to normal.Magical mystery cure - Alternate ending1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
Twilight, right in the middle of the group hug, gave a long sigh of relief. She more than any of them had bared her share of pain throughout this time, mostly from the guilt she felt over her part in the event. For you see, it was her spell that had caused all this. A spell sent to her by her mentor, Princess Celestia, to try and solve as a part of her studies. Being the dutiful student she was, she tried
Griffon the brush off - Alternate endingThe entire mood of the party had changed almost immediately. A few moments ago, the ponies attending this get-together were all happy and enjoying themselves. Now, the whole things seemed to have turned into a disaster. And all because of an outburst caused by the guest of honour for the party.Griffon the brush off - Alternate ending1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
Gilda the griffon, and old friend of Rainbow Dash, had been invited here to attend this party in her honour, thrown by Pinkie Pie. Although Pinkie was famous around Ponyville for parties of all sorts, the fact that she was willing to throw one for Gilda had come as a surprise for many, considering that they hadn't seemed to be on friendly terms during the latter's short time here. But as bad as things were between them, they seemed even worse now. For Gilda had been the victim of a number of practical jokes that had occurred throughout the evening. And even though the other ponies attending had laughed at the spectacle, Gilda did not.
The latest prank, which involved the griffon sliding into the
The BirthThere was frantic chattering all over as the nurses and doctors kept wheeling the patient through the doors.The Birth2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Princess Cadence was lying on a wheeled table, being moved quickly down the hallway of the hospital, her belly swollen over the last few months. Today was the day. Alongside the doctors was her husband, Shining Armour, who had her hoof in his as they kept moving.
"It's okay honey! Everything's going to be fine!" He said reassuringly.
Cadence smiled back at him. She opened her mouth to reply to him but suddenly winced and she placed her free hoof over her midriff. This clearly caused the doctors some worry.
"Her contractions are getting more frequent! Call in more nurses!" One of them ordered.
A nearby nurse nodded and ran off to carry out the order. Meanwhile, the rest of them had finally arrived at their destination, the delivery room. They opened the doors and moved the table and princess inside. As they moved in. One of the doctors stepped aside and stood between Shining and
The love of a parentShe looked out among the starry sky and let out a sigh. Applejack was resting her hooves on the windowsill of her bedroom, enjoying the evening. It had been a very busy day with the reunion and all, and admittedly there had been a few bumps along the way. But through it all, she and her family had come together to make the whole thing a truly memorable experience. While things may not have turned out the way she planned, she was still grateful that the whole thing didn't end up a complete mess like she feared it would.The love of a parent2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Looking up, she saw two shooting starts trail along the night sky, much like they had done some hours ago. The sight of them made her smile, as they always did. She closed the window and moved towards her bed, ready to get some well-deserved rest. Building a barn in one day can certainly take it out of a pony. But before she reached it, she turned as she heard a knocking on her door.
"Come in." She said.
The old door creaked open, and there, standing on the other side, w
Too many Pinkie Pies - Alternate endingIt was cold in this place, she thought to herself. Of course, it was a cave after all, so coldness was expected. Looking around she could tell that this place had been hardly touched in all the years that it had stood. At least until the events of the last few days.Too many Pinkie Pies - Alternate ending1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
Twilight Sparkle sat at the edge of what was known as the mirror pond. An ancient and, until recently, fairy tale place that dwelt within the Everfree Forest. She herself had heard of the tales, though only in passing as a child. It was not something she'd ever given much thought to. But, her friend, Pinkie Pie, had come here herself and, through the magic of the pond, made many copies of herself. She had done it in an effort to make sure that she was able to spend time with all of her friends.
The purple unicorn could not help but chuckle to herself. As always, she was just being Pinkie Pie. Only the energetic earth pony could come into a magical place like this and casually cast a spell on herself for the simple purpose o
Newcomer - Epilogue"Are you sure you don't need me to help? I promise it won't be a problem to help you along." She said earnestly.Newcomer - Epilogue2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Twilight was walking down the main street of Ponyville alongside Dusk, who himself was walking at a fairly slow pace compared to how he usually walked. His mind had recovered but his body still bore many of the injuries of having that chamber collapse on him. His torso and a couple of his legs were still heavily bandaged.
"I'm fine Twilight. You're beginning to sound like those doctors." He replied jokingly.
"To be fair, they're right to worry. It's only been a few days now. You should have had longer to recover."
Dusk shook his head.
"Not at all. I feel fit as a fid-ARGH!"
He clutched at his side, leading to a very worried Twilight rushing over to him to help in case he fell over. But all that happened was that he stood tall once more and began walking again. He looked over to the purple mare beside him. She had a look that practically screamed "I told yo
ForgivenessAs she stood on the marble balcony, gazing out on the setting sun, her thoughts began to wonder. Princess Celestia, guardian of the day and co-ruler of Equestria, had been sensing the rising darkness for some time now. It had been small at first, not worth thinking about. But as time went on, it began to grow in her mind and began to trouble her to no end. She knew that sooner or later she would have to address it. But how to do so?Forgiveness2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
She raised her head and looked out on the brilliantly orange sun touching the horizon before her. She sighed and closed her eyes. Her horn began to glow it's usual yellow as the glowing orb moved further down. A few minutes passed and soon enough, there was darkness across the land. Celestia opened her eyes and looked up at the sky. Darkness but no moon. No stars. She hated seeing the sky like this. Her sister always made it so beautiful. But before she could work the night sky, it always looked so lifeless to her, so dead. A sentiment Luna herself shared.