The night has come to an end, and Princess Celestia is now raising the sun with her power…bringing forth the day. Everypony all over Equestria awakens to the sounds of the birds chirping and roosters crowing.
Today is going to be a beautiful day for many…especially when the big event later on this evening.
Twilight Sparkle yawns and get out of bed. She then walks over to her dresser, and starts to brush her mane. While she does, she notices Spike was still sleeping, and decides not to wake him…yet.
After finishing with her mane, she levitates Spike out of bed and carries him downstairs, “Time to get up Spike. It’s morning already.”
Spike yawns and refuses to wake up. Twilight sighs and releases him, causing him to fall softly onto a pile of books.
“Twilight! What gives?!” said the baby dragon, who was only half-awake.
“Sorry Spike, but we have a big day today. No time for sleeping in.”
As he gets up from the pile, a knock from the front door is heard. Twilight makes her way there, “I wonder who that could be.” She opens it and is excited to see her good friend Applejack, an honest hard-working earth pony, “Good Morning, Applejack.”
“Mornin’ Twi. Glad ta see ya’ll up and about.”
“Thanks. So what brings you here so early?” Twilight asks as she walks back into the library, with Applejack following behind.
“Well, I needed ta pick up a few supplies from town, and I thought I’d stop on by ta check up on y’all, seein’ dat the Gala is tonight.”
Twilight chuckles and smiles, ”I appreciate that. Don’t worry, Spike and I will be ready. I just need to find that spell to turn an apple into a carriage, and mice into horses.” She turns her attention back to the books on the shelf, “If only I can remember where I put it.”
“I’m on it…“ Spike sighs as he helps look for the book.
“Alrighty den. I guess I better be gettin’ on back to da farm. Need ta help Big Macintosh with harvestin’ some apples before da end of da day,” Applejack explains.
Twilight nods, ”Okay. Thanks again for stopping-”
Suddenly, a blue Pegasus flies through the window and crashes right into Twilight and Applejack.
“What in Tarnation?!” Applejack shouts, who is now lying on the floor in a daze.
The blue pegasi, Rainbow Dash, gets up off her friends and chuckles nervously, ”Oops, sorry. Guess my landing didn’t go as I planned.”
“I would think not,” Twilight replies sarcastically as both she and Applejack get back up on their hooves.
“What’s da big idea…comin’ in like that when da door was wide open, Rainbow Crash?!” the annoyed orange earth pony snaps.
The Pegasus dashes right up to the Applejacks face and glares, “That’s Rainbow Dash!”
The two glare at each other for a bit, which is no surprise to Twilight, since they are friendly rivals.
Rainbow then backs away and answers, “If you must know, I came by to return the new issue of “Daring Do” that Twilight let me borrow.” She pulls out said book from her sack and places it on the table.
“Thanks Rainbow. I hope you enjoyed it.”
“It was so AWESOME!” Rainbow Dash squeals
“I guess that’s a “yes“ then,” Twilight giggles.
“So, got any other awesome stories I could read before the Gala tonight?”
The lavender unicorn points over to the pile of books she brought home with her the other day, ”Help yourself.”
“Thanks.” Rainbow Dash flies over to the pile and starts looking through them.
Applejack makes her way to the door and says, “I’ll be seein’ ya’ll tonight.”
“See you later, Applejack,” Twilight says as she waves goodbye.
Once Applejack left, Rainbow Dash sighs with disappointment, ”Not much here. You sure this is all that you have?”
“Sorry. I can only carry so much with me.”
Rainbow sighs once again, but then notices another book nearby; The same one Twilight read last night, “What about this one?” she asks after picking it up.
Twilight gasped and snatches it from her with her magic, “Careful! This book is really old.”
“Sheesh Twilight, I didn’t know. I was just asking.”
“I’m sorry. It’s just…I worked hard last night trying to fix what I could. Besides, there isn’t much in it. Trust me,” Twilight assures as she apologizes.
Rainbow Dash gets up and hovers a little, ”Well, I gotta dash. See you tonight!”
“Okay. Sorry again for yelling.”
“Don’t sweat it,” Rainbow Dash reassures her best friend as she flew on out the door.
Twilight smiles and is happy to have such a loyal friend as Rainbow. But as she turns back to the library, she noticed the mess Rainbow left when she crashed in, making her feel not-so-happy now.
“Looks like we have a new mess to clean up, Spike.”
The baby dragon groans, knowing he is probably going to be kept busy all day until the Gala.
Later that afternoon, it became time to prepare for the Gala. Twilight starts making her way to the Carousel Boutique, with Spike riding on her back, carrying the book with the spell they will need for the trip to Canterlot.
As they near the Boutique, a pink pony appears alongside Twilight, hopping as she goes, ”Hey Twilight! You ready for the Grand Galloping Gala? I know I am. It’s going to be so much fun! I wonder what I will do first? Maybe I’ll try some of the food! Or maybe get some party music going?! Oh, there is so much to do. But, I know all my friends will be there with me, so it’ll be Fun, Fun, Fun!!”
Twilight rolls her eyes and smiles, “Good to see you too, Pinkie Pie.”
The two ponies and dragon arrive and walk into the Boutique, where a white pony with a stylish purple mane is waiting for them…impatiently.
“Hello Rarity. Sorry for being a tad late.” Twilight apologizes.
“Well, at least some ponies know when to arrive on time, “ She says as she points over to the changing room, where their dear friend Fluttershy is sitting.
“Oh, hey there Fluttershy,”
“Oh…hello Twilight…Pinkie Pie…Spike. Glad you could…make it,” the timid, yellow Pegasus pony greets.
“Enough chit-chat you two. We need to get ready, and I simply will not wait another moment,” Rarity says, who is a bit annoyed for them being late.
“Alright Rarity. But shouldn’t we wait for Applejack and Rainbow?”
Suddenly, the door bursts open and said ponies enter Rarity’s home, “Sorry for bein’ late, Rarity. There were more apple ta pick then I thought.”
“Yeah, and I was busy practicing my new moves that I plan to show to the Wonderbolts.”
Rarity sighs and says, ”Well, now that everypony is here…“ the beautiful unicorn gave them all a serious look “…into the dressing room…NOW!!”
The five ponies jump at Rarity’s voice and rush over into the dressing room as fast as they can, leaving both Spike and Rarity alone.
“Uh…what should I do, Rarity?” asks the young dragon.
“Oh...for you, my little Spikey-Wikey, your outfit is right over there. Change as quickly as possible. It would be rather rude to keep a lady waiting,” She implies in her usual tone, while rubbing his head gently with her hoof.
Spike blushes and bows, “Anything for you, Lady Rarity.”
Rarity smiles, then makes her way to the dressing room to join with up with her friends, leaving Spike to change into his new suit that she made for him.
The sun is starting to set over the horizon, and Spike is waiting outside for his friends. He is all dressed up in his new tuxedo and has already set up the apple and mice in place, so when they comes out, Twilight can perform her spell.
“Wonder what is taking them so long? The Galla will be starting soon.”
The front door of the Boutique opens up, and out come Twilight and her friends, wearing the same dresses they wore at the last Gala.
Spike’s eyes widen when he sees them, “Wow. You six look….amazing.”
“Thanks, Spike,” Twilight thanks her dear friend.
“Thank ye kindly, Spike,” Applejack replies.
“Thanks!” the hyperactive Pinkie Pie says.
“Yeah, Thanks,” Rainbow Dash nods.
“Thank you, Spike,” Fluttershy kindly thanks.
“Thank you ever so much, Spike, and I must say, you look very dashing in your new suit,” the beautiful Rarity compliments.
Spike blushes a little and smiled, “Thank you, Rarity.” He then turns and points at the apple and mice, “I set everything up, Twilight. It’s all up to you now.”
Twilight nods and opens up the book she brought. She then aims her horn at the items before her…and casts her spell. In no time, the apple becomes a carriage, and the four mice become horses.
The other ponies, plus the one dragon, are in awe at the sight of their transport. This time it went right, because Rarity took the liberty of locking her cat, Opal, in her cage before leaving the Boutique.
“Well, shall we be on our way, girls?” Twilight ask her best friends.
The others all nod in agreement.
Spike opens up the carriage door and bows politely, allowing them to enter. Once they are all in, Spike closes the door, jumped up in the front seat, and takes hold of the reigns, “Giddy-up.” The mice-horses start trotting their way towards Canterlot, pulling the carriage along with them. The Grand Galloping Gala awaits them.
Meanwhile, far off in the uninhabited lands of the world beyond Equestria…deep within the mountain…lies the Gates of Tartarus. This is where many evil creatures are imprisoned for their wicked deeds. Just on the inside of the massive door, its three-headed guardian dog Cerberus, sleeps.
Further into the prison, there are a number of cages, holding some evil creatures the likes of which the world has never seen before…or has seen and wishes to forget. But down in the deepest chamber, there is one cell that is being held together tightly with some of the strongest magic and chains ever created. For this prisoner, who’s name they dare not speak, is considered to be the most evil and most feared of all that are kept in Tartarus.
Inside the dark cell, the ancient creature sleeps…unable to act, unable to move; Not a word can be heard from his mouth.
Suddenly, the eyes of the creature shoot open.
The monster growls and yanks on the chains that hold his arms. He manages to break the bonds and set his arms free. He then moves forward, snapping the chains that hold his four legs tight, and moves forth his claws in front of him…which makes the cage door break off and fly across the floor in front of him.
He starts to make his way towards the exit. Along the way, the many creatures see him and start shouting, praising the one they called The Master of Darkness…and his escape after all these years. The monster hears their cheers, but ignores them as he continues walking towards the exit.
Cerberus hears the cheering, and jumps up…ready to guard the gate from whatever it is that was attempting to escape. The three-headed dog can hear the massive, thundering steps approaching. But when all three of them see what is coming, they cower in fear…for the one that was getting closer, was too powerful for them.
The creature, whose form is hidden by the shadows, arrives at the Gate. He notices that its guardian has run off, leaving nothing to stand in his way of escaping.
The Gates of Tartarus open, and out walks the first creature to escape this prison in a very long time. The monster looks all around and see before him one thing only: The world he will soon rebuild his Kingdom of Darkness upon.
“FINALLY! AFTER 4,000 YEARS, I…AM…FREE!!!!” He laughs sinisterl, and then merges into a mist of shadows, and moves up into the sky. There, he gazes across the distance, and soon sees before him the one place he will invade and begin his reign: Equestria.
As he departs to the land far from where he is, a massive dark storm forms and follows him, spreading all over where he roams.
“SOON…THE WORLD WILL TREMBLE…AT THE VERY MENTION…OF MY NAME!!!!!!!!!!!”