The Night that Never Ended p3The Night that Never Ended p34 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Pinkie jumped excitedly in her home, though her face betrayed no emotion. Outside, somepony was yelling in the town center, but Pinkie paid them no heed. Adjusting the party hat on her new friend, she looked at the table before her. A ball of lint, a sack of flour, a bucket of turnips, an old book, and her new friend Rocky Slide sat attentively. "Oh thank you all so much for coming," she said, trying and failing to force a smile out, "I just felt so alone all of a sudden. I know we will all be the best of friends from now, and we won't ever, ever leave eachother! Now we can all be happy again, just the six of us, forever and ever." To her horror, she found that not even her delusions could make her smile. Maybe if she just believed they were real a little bit harder
Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash sat in the bush, each holding a space open with their hooves. Ahead of them, Fluttershy's cottage stood looking dark, but not abandoned. No light shown from the windows, but ne
The Night that Never Ended p16The Night that Never Ended p164 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The sky flickered with the few remaining stars, their lights disappearing one by one as day descended. Though the sun should have been rising, bathing the forest below in orange radiance, instead the last points of light were winking out, laying a darkened twilight over the rotted limbs below.
But although the stars above gave in to the relentless advance of day, a beacon on the ground shone as bright as ever. From afar, a twinkle among the forest may have looked like a fallen star that refused to die, but for Trixie it was blinding agony.
She should have felt relief, her deity's spell somehow failing to reveal the warrant officer's lies. She should have felt pride at the alicorn's obvious unhinging. She should have felt confidence in the doomed nature of her latest spell. But all that filled Trixie's mind was panic, the burning light of the goddess searing her eyes, even closed and averted as they were. Trixie knew she had screamed at least once, maybe she still was, but she couldn't
The Night that Never Ended p9The Night that Never Ended p94 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Spitfire held Frostburn's head in her arms, crying softly. Next to her, the limp body of her colt Blizzard lay motionless. The floor vibrated from another explosion, but Spitfire didn't notice.
She looked down at the scorched face of her filly. It was unrecognizable to any eye but a mother's, but Spitfire knew that somewhere deep down her child was smiling. She was at peace with this horrible world, and Spitfire was left to pick up the pieces.
I should be angry, she realized, but I'm not. It wasn't the Shadowbolts or the rebels or Nightmare Moon that caused this. It was all of us, everypony. If I hate anyone, it should be myself for not trying to stop it sooner.
The ceiling groaned ominously, the apartment building warning of its imminent collapse. Spitfire looked around her home, wondering what she should do now. What was there left to live for? Why not just lay down her burdens, here and now?
A voice floated to her over the sound of creaking metal, and she
The Night that Never Ended p13The Night that Never Ended p134 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
In all of New Ponyville, there were 45 time-telling devices. Of these 45, exactly 26 were watches. Of the remaining 19, six were grandfather clocks. Of those six, there was, of necessity, one largest clock. And as the largest clock, it naturally had the loudest tick. Furthermore, as would befit a leader, this clock was located in Rarity's bedroom.
The largest clock with the loudest tick was currently in very real danger of being smashed to silent pieces by Rainbow Dash. The only thing stopping her was that in order to break the infernal device, Rainbow Dash would have to take her eyes off the bed.
Not even for a second, she reminded herself again. She looked stoically at the two unicorns lying on top on the purple covers, each resting peacefully on their back. The clock ticked away the seconds as Dash sat in the backwards chair, her chin resting on the back of it. In the otherwise silent room, the sound was maddening. Given the additional circumstances of her friends, it was do
The Night that Never Ended p2The Night that Never Ended p24 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The doors to the throne room flew open before Nightmare Moon. The palace guards were arrayed before her by the dozens, honed wings outstretched. "I will give you one chance," boomed Nightmare Moon, "to surrender yourselves before my mercy. Celestia is gone, which makes me the rightful queen of Equestria!"
The expressions of the guards never softened, and as one they charged forward, loyal to their beloved ruler. Nightmare Moon laughed as her mane flicked outward again and again, their bodies crumpling to the floor.
As she strode past their corpses, she looked around the empty hall. Plans for her new order began forming in her mind as she finally sat upon her throne.
"But Pinkie Pie, we aren't dead!" Dash said for the hundredth time, hovering beside the grim faced Pinkie. She cantered in a beeline into the darkness, Twilight hurrying behind to keep her in sight. Pinkie only ever stared directly ahead with a mouth full of singed papers, ignoring Rainbow Dash and Twilight alike. Tw
The Night that Never Ended p17The Night that Never Ended p173 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
In the silence of the Everfree Forest, near a dry patch of ground that barely counted as a path, a low rumbling began. With relative smoothness despite it's girth, a slab of stone as wide as two ponies and half again as tall began to swing outwards. From the darkness inside came the sound of cranks and levers creaking, as well as the soft clop of hooves on stone. The cold night air carried with it the stench of rot, but the captain still found it welcoming. Beneath the decay and decomposition, there lay the rosy scent of freedom.
"This doesn't mean I forgive you, you know." The captain didn't know why she said it, maybe just because it all seemed too good to be true.
"I don't expect you too," came the lilting voice from behind her. Soft hoofsteps brought Rarity up to her side, both ponies gazing at the darkened skeletons of trees before them.
The captain felt like she was pushing her own luck, but she had lived her life by having an explanation for every action. There just had to be a
The Night that Never Ended p1The Night that Never Ended p14 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"The spirits of these five ponies got us through every challenge you threw at us!"
Twilight Sparkle glared at Nightmare Moon, her five friends at her back. The shards of the broken elements hovered about them all, radiating with awakened power. Honesty, Laughter, Generosity, Loyalty, and Kindness had gotten them this far, and now all but the final element lay in their grasp.
"But you still don't have the sixth element!" scoffed Nightmare Moon, with only a twinge of worry on her face. "The spark didn't work!"
"But it did," continued Twilight, "a different kind of spark." She turned towards her friends and continued, "I felt it the very moment I realized how happy I was to hear you, to see you, how much I cared about you. The spark ignited inside me when I realized that you all are my friends!"
Nightmare moon stood visibly shaken, and as twilight turned away from her friends their eyes sharpened from humility to confidence. They knew now that the Elements of Harmony were in their gras
The Night that Never Ended p14The Night that Never Ended p144 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Rarity sat in her new office. The air still smelled faintly of paint as she brushed a hoof across her spotless desk and sounds of hammers floated in from her window. The ponies had been lucky to find this cave just a few days ago, and were quickly constructing their new homes.
Rarity's thoughts were not on the progress being made around her, however, as she looked down at the report before her in disbelief. A hundred times a day since coming here, she had counted her blessings. So many of her friends had escaped, so much had been saved. Who cared about a few buildings lost when lives and families remained intact? And now their new home was rising up, board by board, one day to stretch into the darkness of the cavern above them.
Rarity knew all this. She was happy that they had gotten away with so much, but some ponies apparently couldn't see how lucky they were. She let the report fall limply from her grasp, her eyes tearing up. How could they be so ungrateful, she wondered
The Night that Never Ended p4The Night that Never Ended p44 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Fluttershy grabbed the bucket in front of her with her teeth, pulling it forward before retching loudly into it. The mess in the half full bucket looked and smelled like mushrooms, all that she had eaten for weeks. Her eyes and nose ran as her stomach tightened again, pouring more of its contents forth. Some mushrooms weren't edible at all, and finding which ones were and were not was a painful process of trial and error for everypony.
As her stomach finally calmed, she raised her head. The walls of her cottage were lined with dozens of mushroom specimens that had begun growing recently in the forest. Her friends from Ponyville needed a varied number of nutrients, and Fluttershy prayed that enough types of these fungi were edible to fully replace their lost crops.
She reached up and took down another bottle, popping the bite-sized stem into her mouth. She refused to abandon her friends again, whether it was leaving them to fight Nightmare Mon alone or the slow death of starvation.
The Night that Never Ended p5The Night that Never Ended p54 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Nopony could remember a time when it had rained so hard, but Fluttershy barely paid it any heed. She walked out of the stable with the squirrel behind her, shutting the door gently. Picking her way through the rotted vegetation of the Everfree Forest, she arrived at a wet stump. Leaning down to the squirrel, she said, "Alright Mr. Squirrel, I just know I saw some nuts up here. It's amazing that after so many months of no sun, some things can still survive." Indeed, she and most of Ponyville had survived in the months following Nightmare Moon's triumphant return, eating the mushrooms that sprang up on the husks of the rotted plants. They were the only thing that would grow with no sunlight.
The squirrel excitedly jumped up on the stump, slipping slightly. It had been so long since he had eaten any real food, and squirrels just weren't meant to eat mushrooms. Fluttershy cleared her throat and the squirrel looked at her quizzically, puzzlement in his eyes. He was met with The Stare, an
The Night that Never Ended p10The Night that Never Ended p104 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The throne room of the palace had changed much in the last few months. The once sunny and pristine white walls and floor were now permanently shrouded in shadows. Moonlight streamed in from the vaulted windows crisply, keeping the darkest of the shadows locked to the corners. A deeply purple carpet ran from the double doors to the foot of the throne, where Trixie was currently prostrating herself.
Trixie looked up at her queen standing above her. Much taller than any other pony, except maybe Celestia, Nightmare Moon glared down at her. The purple and black flames of her mane flared to suit her mood, casting their own version of light through the room. Any sort of artificial light was strictly prohibited in the throne room, but none was needed in the presence of the goddess pony.
Currently, the flames simmered low, a sure sign of rising anger. When Nightmare Moon spoke, the voice was lighter than one would expect from such a dark figure. "Trixie. This report is disturbing. You went
The Night that Never Ended p15The Night that Never Ended p154 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Throughout New Ponyville, barely a sound was made. Few ponies roamed the street, and those that did kept their heads down and their hooves moving quickly. In their homes, unicorns, pegasi, and earth ponies alike either spent time with their family or gathered their belongings together. A few grabbed a large tool or heavy object that could be used as a weapon, and fewer still strapped old pieces and scraps of armor to their flanks.
The announcement by Trixie had reached everypony's ears, and the atmosphere was grim. Some clung to hope of victory, but most settled for hope of survival as they gathered what sparse food they had left. The calm before the storm lulled the town into silence, if not inactivity, as everypony prepared for the coming night.
For Rainbow Dash, the calm was already over. She g
The Night that Never Ended p11The Night that Never Ended p114 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Rarity brushed a hoof across her desk, sweeping most of the papers to the floor. Slowly and delicately, she smoothed out a pristine page before her, the only one remaining on her table. She read it twice, committing the words to memory, and picked it up with her magic to be placed in her desk drawer. With it safely tucked away, she sat back and smiled.
I've done it, she thought triumphantly, rereading the page over and over in her head. Ten months, Celestia knows how much death, but I did it. A grin began to form across her face as she strode to the curtained window. I've given and given and they've finally accepted.
Her horn lit up as she pulled the curtains back, stepping up to see the sight before her. Her office overlooked the center of the town, and below her ponies went about their lives. To a casual observer, they looked little different than they had two days before, but to Rarity's eyes the world had changed.
A teal earth pony walked down the street with a
The Night that Never Ended p6The Night that Never Ended p64 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The Great and Powerful Trixie stood before Her Royal Majesty Nightmare Moon. Only last week had she triumphantly returned from her exile, but already Trixie had risen through the ranks of prospective students and now stood before her. Trixie smiled and gave her a formal bow, which she had designed herself of course, and rose to make her report. "My most gracious queen and mistress, I have just recently returned from Manehatten. The riot leaders have been dealt with, just as you ordered. Sadly, one of our members was mortally wounded."
Nightmare Moon looked down from her throne, towering over the lowly unicorn. "Funny, I seem to remember sending a certain other unicorn with you, one who had shown as much promise as you. I dearly hope she wasn't our casualty."
Trixie flourished again, avoiding the gaze of her master. "Sadly, my most regal mistress, it seems she let her guard down. An opportunistic citizen caught her while her back was turned. Though I tried my hardest to save her, she
The Night that Never Ended p8The Night that Never Ended p84 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The captain awoke to a hard kick in the side. Doubling over reflexively, she opened her eyes in a dark room, her muscles cramped from the cold stone beneath her. I guess I shouldn't be surprised she thought, bracing herself for another impact, they've already beaten me once.
But despite her expectations, no other blow came. Her eyes adjusting to the gloom, she looked up at the face of her lieutenant, who was scowling fiercely at her. "You foal! You damn, bloody foal! Why the hell did you come back for me you daft, bloody, incoherent !"
The captain coughed raggedly, trying to catch her breath as her lungs recovered from the kick. She braced herself against the wall as she stood shakily to her feet, her lieutenant screaming at her all the while. She looked around the cell, taking in her surroundings. It seemed to be the dead end of a natural tunnel, with the only exit being a heavy wooden door with a small, barred window allowing one to look through. Three ponies could
The Night that Never Ended p7The Night that Never Ended p74 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Rarity looked down at the report in front of her, Spike and Applejack standing nervously to the side. She read it twice, letting her mind linger on the numbers. Silently, she put the paper down and picked up a pencil with her magic, scrawling some notes on the side.
"84 days." She said to spike. "84 days and 36 deaths. What is happening, Spike, we were supposed to be safe here."
"I I don't know, Rarity. I'm not really an expert on ponies."
"I know," said Applejack, "and I know how to stop it."
Rainbow Dash sniggered to herself as she peeked out behind the rock, watching the approaching dragon. She tensed herself, preparing to jump out, when over Spike's shoulder she saw a shadow moving among the trees. Before she could turn to tell Soaren, something bumped into her flank hard.
Dash caught herself from stumbling and turned around to reprimand Soaren, but instead came face-to-face with a pair of yellow goggles. For a moment, both ponies stared at eachother in surprise, but th
Philosophy_A Lucid Dream(2/03/2012)Philosophy_A Lucid Dream3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
I went to bed around 10:40 PM, but my body woke me up a few times in the middle of the night. First around 5 AM, then again around 6. Then I shut my eyes and dozed off once again at 6:23 AM, and I experienced an unusual dream as I slept for another half-hour:
~ I woke up lying in the backseat of my dad's car. It was nighttime, or so it seemed, yet everything was clearly visible and not very dark through my eyes. I heard a familiar voice and identified it as TobyMac. I looked out and watched from the back window of the car and saw TobyMac singing his song, "Hey Devil", while standing behind the car in the driveway with a microphone in his hand, getting into the song as if it were a music video.
"She dialed him about 6:00 pm / She checked her hair in the mirror and she stepped through the door like this / Three flights down and she's out on the streets / Walking brick sidewalks lined in grey concrete..
Essay: Double StandardsEssay: Double Standards3 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Essay: Double Standards and "Shoving Them down My Throat"
This stamp can apply to anyone, but I am particularly addressing this to certain members of the atheistic community who make the rest of them look bad.
Some things that need to be said up front:
This is not meant to be a statement against atheism in general, nor is it intended to incite hatred against the atheist community. Many if not most atheists I've met are people for whom I have great respect.I am among the first to admit that the Christian community has many shortcomings of its own, and this stamp is not an attempt to deny that fact. The words and actions of fellow Christians are often just as offensive as the words and actions of those challenging Christianity.In this essay, I am referring mainly to the extreme, militant atheists. When I simply use the term "atheist" in this essay, it is not from an intent to generalize: merely a shortening from "extreme, militant atheist" for the sake
Tired Of This PlaceEach scar is because of you.Tired Of This Place3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
You're the one to make my blood bloom.
The empty pain I feel inside,
foreshadows my deep demise.
I'm sick of crying,
I'm sorry for trying.
I should have ended when I was born,
then maybe no heart would be torn.
I wish my breath did not start,
and maybe even my heart.
Growing up is the hard part,
I really didn't want to start.
I wish it was easy to say goodbye,
so then maybe I could die.
The Night that Never Ended p12The Night that Never Ended p124 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The captain really didn't like magic. Perhaps it came from her dislike of Trixie, perhaps it was because it was something that she'd never be able to do, or perhaps it was just some innate pet peeve. Usually, it was just a general aversion that defied explanation. Today in particular, though, she could very firmly put her hoof on exactly why she didn't like magic.
Four Royal Guard ponies stood facing eachother, their hooves digging into the soft dirt. Their eyes were closed and their teeth were gritted as their horns shone brightly in the night. Standing in the middle of the diamond they formed, Trixie's eyes shown bright white as she gazed unseeingly forward.
Unsurprised, the captain figured out what was happening. She has a good portion of Nightmare Moon's power in her, but she's making them do all the work. Over a hundred ponies are being teleported a distance that I could fly in less than a day, and she's not even helping.
The Captain shifted her weight and was pushe
End of Innocence, ch. 1This is a new Ruby Gloom fic, written in collaboration with/as a commission for Shadows in the Light. See comments below for details.End of Innocence, ch. 15 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"Do you know why Ruby wanted to meet us all in the living room tonight, Frank?"
"Len, you asked me that question just thirty seconds ago!"
"I know, but I thought maybe you'd heard some news in the meantime."
"It's gotta be important."
"I'm sure that if it was that important, Ruby would've told me in advance."
"Maybe she just wants to arrange another party, and needs our help to come up with an excuse?"
As Ruby heard chatter coming from the stairs and the corridors, she finally put away the books and brochures.
Iris was wrong; it wasn't about another party. Poe was wrong; when she had something important to tell her friends, she would tell them all at the same time. And this was important; Skull Boy was right about that.
In fact, this might turn out to be the most important announcement she had ever made. It was a decision that could very we
A Christian girls prayerLord,A Christian girls prayer8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I want a tender heart
A peaceful mind
A caring and fufilling soul
I want to be a beautiful person
A loving daughter
A great follower
A gifted leader
A broken heart for the lost
And to not look away from the prize
And to be a friend
To all who need a friend
To live a life worth living.
RebelBe a rebelRebel8 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
A rebel for God
A new person in Him
Make a stand
Everywhere around you
And help them up
Let's have a revolution
A new independence
Why be humdrum
Why be late
To the party we will be
Don't be left out
Live for Him
And you will find
For you too
Putting Him first
Is right you see
Try it and you will
Know what I mean
Be a rebel
A rebel for God
A new person in Him
Make a stand
Everywhere around you
And help them up
Broken wings won't flyBroken wings won't fly4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
The pain inside me makes me,
tells me who I really am.
In silence I suffer, locked myself up
to feel the peace I once had.
I got strangled in my thoughts.
I know that what is left only is to suffocate.
They take my breath away slowly
only there to share the fear.
And i'm all that is left.
I cannot tell what is fake and what is real.
Caught in my own world
I spread my wings they hit the walls
Take my broken wings
Let me learn to fly again
and teach me how to swim
bring me please my speech
now matter how long I stumble and stutter
let me fall
because the pain inside me makes me,
tells me who I will become.