Chapter 1: Rude Awakening
One morning in Ponyville, Twilight Sparkle was walking over to Sugarcube Corner.
"Good Morning, Everypony!" Twilight greeted cheerfully to her peers, Rainbow Dash, Applejack and Fluttershy who were sitting around on a table waiting.
Applejack was the first to notice the purple unicorn, she grinned and replied, "Good Mornin', Twi!"
Rainbow Dash looked in the direction where Applejack was talking and she saw Twilight Sparkle, "Yo, Twilight! So glad you could make it!"
Fluttershy bowed her head and said softly, "Hello, Twilight. I see you're absolutely happy today."
Rainbow Dash interjected quickly, "Say, where's Spike?" the other ponies noticed Twilight's apparent lack of a small purple dragon.
Twilight chuckled and answered, "He'll be here, he just had to run and do something for Rarity."
Applejack rolled her eyes and chuckled, "Oh that Spike! He's still at it, the poor boy." she added after downing a glass of chocolate milk. "Do you think we should tell him he's not her type?"
Rainbow Dash looked at her and said, "Nah. I think it'll be interesting to see what their kids are like. I can picture it now... Five bouncing baby Unigons! No wait! Drunicorns!"
Fluttershy added, "Drunicorns are so rare! I'd love to see one for myself."
Twilight shuddered and added, "Okay, I just got a disturbing image in my head." she shook her head once again, "Say, Where is Pinkie Pie? She wanted all of us to be here. She wanted to discuss something." the other ponies shook their heads, not knowing the answer themselves.
Mrs. Cake who was tending to the shop said, "Pinkie hasn't been sleeping well lately, so she might be getting some rest upstairs. She'll probably be down in like 5 minutes. It's like clockwork." She chuckled a bit, returning to cleaning her glass containers.
Just then, Rarity enters Sugarcube Corner with Spike following right behind her. "Good Morning to you, Darlings." She formally greeted, "Sorry I'm late, I just had to work on my new wardrobe lines for dragons."
Spike of course was the model, "And guess who had to wear them?" the young dragon added, he entered wearing a gem studded bow tie. The other ponies giggled at his appearance, he didn't take it to heart though. "Laugh it up while you can, girls! I have a feeling this will catch on."
He was very tempted to eat the tiny gems that had been embroidered on the bow tie, but Rarity lightly scolded him, "Spike! Those gems aren't for eating, dear."
Spike was frozen in place, holding the bejeweled bow tie in front of his mouth, "Sorry, Rarity. I guess I can't help myself. They do look tasty though." he embarrassingly placed his hands off of the bow tie, hoping he didn't offend Rarity.
"I guess that's one of the drawbacks of this bow tie, edible clothing wasn't really my intention." added Rarity. Spike was unhappy for a moment, his hunger was the reason that Rarity was "But I am glad you helped me out, Spike. I feel so honored to be around such helpful neighbors."
Twilight added, "Well you've done a lot for us, Rarity and such generosity should be returned." Rarity smiles knowing she was among true friends.
Spike was looking down hungrily at his bow tie and his eyes met back up at Rarity realizing he caught himself almost eating the article of clothing, "Uh! Yeah! What she said!" Twilight and the other ponies have a big laugh about it, which was cut short after Pinkie Pie had fell down the stairs out of exhaustion.
Everypony went up to Pinkie Pie hoping she wasn't hurt, "Pinkie Pie!" said Twilight worryingly "Are you okay?" Twilight and Fluttershy were rushing over to get Pinkie back on her hooves.
Applejack rushed up to her, "Pinkie! Tell me, What's the capital of Manehatten?" The ditzy pink pony shook her head and gasped deeply, got up quickly and hugged all of her friends.
"OMIGOSH OMIGOSH OMIGOSH! You're still alive!" Her friends were awestruck by her sudden turn of emotions. She suddenly sprung over to Rainbow Dash and gave her a big hug, "I missed you most of all, Dash!"
Rainbow Dash rolled her eyes at her blankly, "Pinkie, You saw me yesterday with Applejack and Twilight. A.J. needed some help with her Apple Cellar, Remember?"
Pinkie Pie looked up at the ceiling remembering the events, "Oooooh Yeeeeeaaaaah!" But she quickly jumps back into her previous state, "But you were gone forever in my dream last night, Dash!"
Fluttershy gasped and said to Pinkie, "You had a bad dream? Would you like to share it with us?"
Pinkie Pie looked at Fluttershy and she softly tells her remembering her sensitivity, "Well, I would but I don't want to give you nightmares and we wouldn't want your parents calling in again. That would put Auntie Pinkie Pie in a bad light!"
Fluttershy raises an eyebrow reminding her yet again, "You know I'm the same age as you?"
Rainbow Dash was getting quite impatient and yeleld, "Can you tell us about your dang dream already?!"
Pinkie sprang over to Rainbow Dash, "That's right! Thanks for reminding me!" She turned down the lights for a dramatic atmosphere...
"I had a dream!" She raised her forelegs dramatically "It was more of a NIGHTMARE!" Spike gasped and clung to Rarity, the unicorn just looked at Spike in confusion. Pinkie exaggeratedly moved her arms around, "In my NIGHTMARE..." she suddenly pointed both hooves at Rainbow Dash, "...That Rainbow Dash..." She leaned over to Rainbow Dash, pushing her face over to hers with one hoof, "...was turned into..." using the other hoof, she menacingly made a rainbow colored cupcake rise into view, "...A CUPCAKE!" She then looks at the cupcake and shrieked in terror, "AAAAH! RAINBOW DASH!"
Rainbow Dash wasn't buying it and it felt like she heard this story many times before, "Wait a minute, Pinkie Pie. Is this the dream where you put on 'The Great and Powerful' Trixie's cap, turn me into a walking, talking cupcake and then Banjo the Singing Bear sings a song about the importance of soap?"
Pinkie Pie said, "No! This one is a different one! In this one, I didn't use magic... I used cutlery!"
The Pegasus Pony's eyes widened a bit, "Whoa! That's kinda scary."
The pink earth pony's eyes started watering, "It was so horrible, I saw myself making her into a cupcake, one scary detail at a time! Even my goosebumps had goosebumps! I had a dress made out of cutie marks, unicorn horns and pegasus wings!" They all looked at her incredulously, Pinkie continued fighting back sobs, "What I saw there wasn't me at all! Who would want to put that in my head?" She started to bawl uncontrollably.
Rainbow Dash felt bad and went over to give the bright pink pony a hug. "Don't worry, Pinkie. I've known you for so long! I know you would never want to do anything like that." Fluttershy was also hugging her, trying to get her back to her happy place.
Pinkie who was still sobbing and hiccuping replied, "I've never had any nightmares like that in my life, though. These past few nights have drained my feelings of joy and laughter..." Twilight who hated seeing Pinkie so depressed starts petting her shoulder in a comforting fashion.
"Pinkie..." Twilight stepped in, "You could have told us about it from the beginning if you were really troubled by them."
"You're right Twilight." replied Pinkie. "I should have told you guys from the start instead of hiding it... There's nothing that can make me laugh right now..."
Rainbow Dash was hit by inspiration and she starts to sit in front of the saddened pony. She looks at her blankly for a moment, Pinkie didn't know what was going on and was quite confused about Rainbow's plan. The blue pegasus suddenly starts to stick out her tongue and proceeds to make funny faces and silly noises. Pinkie was laughing and snorting uproariously the moment it was over.
Twilight Sparkle sighed in relief and she asked Pinkie, "So you said you never had any horrible nightmares like that?"
Pinkie, who was catching her breath after all that laughing answered her friend's question, "I did. Normally my nightmares aren't really nightmares that are more like 'Night-scares' but more or less the dreams that involve stuff that never really happen in real life. For instance, I remember this one where Twilight invited me to her family reunion and it turns out she was related to owls and they ran an oatmeal business and then I was all like, 'Oatmeal? Are you crazy?' and then I woke up!" Twilight's emotions were dipping up and down continuously as she was given a sample of the spacey and random subconscious of Pinkie Pie, but she knew Pinkie would never willingly or subconsciously bring up any anything like that in her dreams so she had a feeling that it probably was an outside force.
Twilight looked at Rarity and then at Applejack and she gestures to both of them to come closer in a huddle, "I didn't want to bring this up to Pinkie and upset her." Twilight whispers to the others. "But I think some dark sinister force has been visiting her the past few nights trying to break her..."
Pinkie suddenly popped her head up between the huddle and barked in frustration, "That Meanie Meanie Mean Mean Pants!" Twilight, Applejack and Rarity jumped back in surprise by Pinkie's random segue into the conversation.
"Sorry for keeping you out of the loop, Pinkie." Twilight responded. "But I saw how upset you were and I didn't want to make you worry."
Pinkie Pie replied to Twilight reassuringly, "Don't worry, Twilight. If you feel that this is a big deal, You should probably consult with Princess Celestia about this!" Twilight blankly stared at Pinkie because once in a while, she would pop up with a random but useful idea.
"...Thanks, Pinkie!" Twilight then looked over to Spike with concern, "Spike! Take a letter!" he jumped to service, he then took a scroll, a quill and began writing a letter.
"'Dear Princess Celestia,
Sorry to disturb you but something of major importance had come up. I believe that some outside force had invaded the peaceful slumber of Pinkie Pie and attempted to scare her into never laughing again. I apologize if this sounds random and crazy, but I feel this should be brought to you attention. I request an audience with you shortly to discuss this further.
Your Faithful Student,
Spike quickly rolled up the magic scroll, spewed green fire on it and it was sent over to the Princess to read. "Don't worry, I'm pretty sure we'll get a response--" Before Twilight finished hers sentence, Spike belched his face lands on her head. "Well that was quick!" Spike opens up the scroll as Twilight nervously anticipated what her teacher had to say:
"'My Faithful Student Twilight Sparkle,
One week after the Discord incident, I too have noticed strange phenomena around Equestria. The animals in the garden haven't been sleeping well, plants are wilting and there are slight tremors around Canterlot. I have some free time to discuss this right now so please bring your friends over and I will be able to inform you on what is happening.
Spike was amazed at the quick response and responded to Twilight, "Did you hear that?! The Princess believes you! And when that happens, It's quite urgent! We don't have enough time call for a cab!"
Twilight knew this and she was about to attempt something she never tried before. "Everyone! Huddle together! I'm gonna get us to Canterlot but I don't think I've ever winked out with more than two people before."
Applejack placed a hoof on Twilight's back, "Twilight, I firmly believe that you"
Rainbow Dash nodded in agreement, "I know you can do it, Twilight. You are the greatest Magician in all of Ponyville."
Pinkie Pie smiled at Twilight, "Twilight. I know you can pull it off! You vanquished an Ursa Minor!"
Rarity steped in and, "If you need any spare energy to pull it off, I'd be more than willing to give you some of mine."
Fluttershy looked away and said, "Sorry I can't be of much help but if you mess up, I won't be mad at you."
Twilight smiled in appreciation, "Well thanks everyone, Especially you Fluttershy." the shy pegasus smiled meekly. Twilight
Suddenly a burst of light appeared in a strange place that wasn't Sugarcube Corner... Twilight was burned out from all that concentration, "Is everyone here?" She asked groggily.
Applejack responded rubbing her eyes, "I'm right here, Sugarcube."
Rainbow Dash tried looking at her back, spinning around as she did so. "Are my wings still here?!" She spotted them and she sighed, "Yep! All of me is here."
Pinkie Pie jumped up, "Wow! That was fun! Can we do it again?" The other ponies just looked at her with a blank expression. "Here..." she added sheepishly.
"OH NO!" cried Rarity. "Spike has fused to my Flank! How could I live like this?!" Spike opened his eyes and realized he was holding on to Rarity's backside and he let go sheepishly.
"Sorry, Rarity... I got scared" the small dragon said in defense as Rarity narrowed his eyes at him.
"Thank you Twilight." said Fluttershy as she tried to brush the static out of her hair after wearily getting back up.
Princess Celestia win the grand hallway to see who had arrived, "Hello, Twilight." She greeted her faithful student.
They all bow, "Hello, Princess Celestia." Twilight greeted her mentor back.
Celestia chuckles for a moment, "You don't have to be so formal around me, girls."
Applejack scratches the back of her head for a moment. "Sorry. Force a' habit, Ma'am."
Princess Celestia saw that everyone was present and accounted for, "I see that you've improved since your last visit, Twilight."
Twilight humbly replied, "Well I couldn't have done it without a little faith in myself and the faith of my friends." They start to walk down the great hall.
"Why don't we discuss this over tea and cake in the garden? I'm sure all of you must be hungry after the trip. Especially you, Pinkie Pie." asked Princess Celestia, who was being a gracious host.
Pinkie Pie answered giddily, "You betcha!" who was skipping along happily as if the nightmares of last night never happened.
Fluttershy's eyes widened, "Th-the garden?" she nervously said to herself as she still remembers her little outburst at the gala.
"I'll bring you all up to speed on what's going on here." the Princess said cheerfully, as she was about to explain to Twilight and her friends about the crazy turn of events that had happened before her time.