Hello everypony. I'm back. This will be my first crossover story so any advice you have would be greatly appreciated. Also, this chapter should answer most of the questions left from my last story.
I do not own anything from My Little Pony or Naruto. Those right belong to Hasbro and Masashi Kishimoto respectively.
I just got home from another training session with Luna. As I stepped into the kitchen, I noticed that Twilight was sitting by herself and reading a book, again.
I sighed and asked, "Still can't get through to Mint?"
"Nope." Twilight answered without looking up. "She still refuses to be anywhere near me, let alone talk to me."
"Give her time and she'll warm up to you." I replied.
"Shadow, it's been four months and yet nothing has changed. I think you need to have a talk to her." Twilight said as she set down her book.
I started to object, but a glare from Twilight silenced him. I nodded and walked up to Mint's room. I knocked and after a moment, I entered. Mint was lying on her bed with her pillows over her head.
"Mint, we need to talk." I said.
"No." Mint replied simply.
"I wasn't asking." I said before levitating her into the air.
Mint tried to struggle against my power, but it was useless. She may have enough power to rival Twilight's, but she had neither the skill nor focus needed to break out.
"Let me go." Mint yelled at me.
"Not until you settle down and talk with me." I replied.
Mint crossed her hooves and huffed, "Fine."
"Why won't you talk to Twilight?" I asked.
"Because of you." She answered.
I gave a curious stare before she asked, "You clueless aren't you?"
"No, but I want to make sure that my guess is correct." I said.
"It's because you replaced my mother with someone, or in this case, somepony else." Mint blurted out.
"Oh, good. I thought it was something else." I said relieved.
Mint gave me an accusing look before asking, "What did you think it was?"
"That you were coming of age and you were starting your first period." I answered.
"Do ponies even have periods?" Mint asked.
"At the end of every sentence." I answered seriously.
"What?" Mint asked surprised.
"I'm just messing with you. You would have to ask Twilight about that. Anyway, you are being ridiculous. I haven't replaced your mother. I could never replace her. She gave me you and if it wasn't for her, you wouldn't be here." I said.
It took her a minute to recover from her surprise and process what I had said. "But then why did you marry Twilight?"
"Because I love her." I answered truthfully.
"How can you say that you are not replacing mom yet you still married Twilight?" Mint asked.
"Why do you assume that I can only love one person or pony?" I countered. "I love you, I love Twilight, and I still love your mother, even though she is no longer alive. Nothing will ever change that." Mint thought about it for a moment before I said, "Once your done thinking it over, I expect you to go apologize to Twilight."
"Did I do something to her?" She asked.
"You haven't said a word to her in four months. She is worried about you." I explained.
"Oh." Mint said sadly.
I released her from my telekinetic grip and she plopped down on the bed. She glared at me and I returned the gesture with a smile. I turned and left her room heading for the kitchen. Twilight looked up from her book as I entered the room.
She looked at me expectantly and I said, "Give her some time to sort through what I said and she should start talking to you again."
"That's good to hear." Twilight said relieved. "So how did today go with Princess Luna?"
"Uhg." I groaned.
"That bad?" Twilight asked.
"She used me as a guinea pig for her new spells." I said.
"What's a guinea pig?" Twilight asked.
"Oops, I forgot. Different worlds, different sayings." I mumbled to myself. "I was used as her test subject."
"Oh, for what spells?" She asked curiously.
"Polymorphs on others, nerve confusion, mind control, and a few I would rather not talk about." I answered.
"I know the mind control failed." She said.
"Yes and no. It didn't work on me, but one of her guards wasn't so lucky." I explained.
Twilight thought for a moment before saying, "That is most likely due to our linked minds."
"I agree." I said.
"So what about the other spells?" She asked.
"Both polymorphs and nerve confusion were successful, painful, but successful." I said.
"I know how painful polymorphing is, but I'm curious about the nerve confusion." She said.
I shuddered at the thought.
Flashback (Earlier that Day)
I was just recovering from Luna's polymorph spell. The pulling, stretching feeling that accompanied such a spell was quite a shock but I got over it quickly enough.
"Alright Shadow, time for our next test." Luna said.
"Can't…I…rest…for…a minute?" I said between pants.
"No." She said. "Time to try the nerve confusion spell."
Luna walked over to me while charging up the next spell. When she was just a foot away, she lowered her horn and released the spell. A small spark jumped from her horn to mine and I instantly felt a searing pain travel down my horn and all the way down my spine. The pain was enough to bring me to the ground. Once the pain subsided, I tried to stand, but it was no use. Every time a tried to move a part of my body, a different part of me would move. When a tried to lift my head, my back right hoof would move. My mouth controlled my front left knee and so on.
Luna walked in front of me and laughed at my predicament. "It seems as though my spell works perfectly. When the spell wears off, come see me in the royal throne room." Luna turned and told the guard before walking off, "Take him to the infirmary to recover. Have the nurses monitor his vitals and record how long he is paralyzed for."
"The initial pain feels a though you were just hit by lightning, but the rest of it is emotional." I explained.
"Emotional pain?" Twilight asked curiously.
"Yes, as you know, all the body's functions are controlled by electrical signals. Well this includes emotions. When all those signals were scrambled, it threw my emotions out of balance. That coupled with the fact that I was basically immobile for an hour takes a toll on a pony's emotional state." I explained.
"That explains what I felt earlier. Your emotions went haywire and I couldn't make any sense out of them so I blocked them out." She said. "I'm glad I learned how to do that."
"Well, you can blame Luna for my emotional state." I replied.
"How can you be so informal with the Princesses?" She asked.
"Luna asked me to call her that. I'm still formal with her sister though." I explained.
"Oh, ok." Twilight said.
Before she could continue, a knock was heard on the door.
"I wonder who that could be." She asked.
I walked to the door and opened it. Spike was standing outside with a letter in his hand.
"Princess Celestia sent this. She requests an audience with you, Mint, and the Elements of Harmony." Spike said while handing me the letter.
I glanced over it quickly and handed it back to him.
"Thanks for letting us know. Do you want to come in?" I asked.
"No, I need to go tell the others." He answered.
"Ok, tell them to meet us here. Take care Spike." I said.
"You too." He replied before walking away.
I shut the door and called for Mint and Twilight to meet me in the living room. When they both arrived I started to explain the letter.
"We will be meeting Princess Celestia tomorrow. The other Elements of Harmony will be there as well. I do not know what for, but it seems serious." I explained.
"I wonder what it could be about." Twilight said.
"Who knows?" I said.
I looked over to Mint and saw that she was fidgeting.
"Do you have something to say Mint?" I asked knowing what she wanted to say.
She nodded and mumbled something.
"Mint, you need to speak up." I said.
She looked over at Twilight and said, "I'm sorry for making you worry Twilight."
Twilight smiled and said, "It's ok. I'm just glad that whatever it was, it's fixed now."
"Twilight, can I ask you something?" Mint asked.
"Anytime Mint." Twilight replied.
"Do ponies have periods?" Mint asked.
"I'm out of here." I said before I disappeared.
I reappeared in the secret clearing were I had taught Twilight. I sat down in the center of the clearing, closed my eyes, and started to meditate. I could sense everything that was happening in the clearing. I could hear the wing beats of a butterfly as it lazily flew in the fading light. I felt the wind gently blowing through the clearing. When I finally ended my session, the full moon was high in the night sky. I teleported back to the house to find Twilight asleep on the couch curled around the book she had been reading.
'Figures she would be there.' I thought to myself.
I gently levitated her up and brought her up to our room. I gently laid her down on the bed before I went to check on Mint. She was sound asleep as well. I went back to my room laid down next to Twilight. I soon fell asleep.
The Next Day (Canterlot Throne Room)
"Hello my little ponies." Celestia said. "I'm glad you could all make it."
"Princess, why have you called us all here?" Twilight asked.
"For two reasons. The first is to ask on the progress of your link's development." Celestia said.
"Link's development? Whatever are you talking about?" Rarity asked.
"You haven't told them yet Twilight?" Celestia asked.
Twilight shifted uneasily before replying, "No I haven't. I was trying to think of a way to break it to my gently."
"What are ya talking about Twilight?" Applejack asked.
"Well, you see…" Twilight started.
"Shadow and Twilight used a spell that formed a permanent mental link between the two." Luna said as she entered the throne room.
"What?" Exclaimed the five other Elements of Harmony.
"Care to explain?" Rainbow Dash asked.
"We linked our minds together so that we could communicate telepathically instantly no matter how far apart we are. Lately, we have also been able to feel each other emotions. Thankfully, we also know how to seal off our minds from each other since a certain somepony decided to scramble Shadow's emotions yesterday." Twilight said finishing with a glare directed at Luna.
"Sorry Twilight, that was an unforeseen side effect of a spell." Luna apologized.
"Luna, care to explain this." Celestia asked.
"Shadow and I were testing out some new spells we created. The spell that Twilight is referring to was specifically designed to scramble the body's ability to move by disrupting the electrical impulses between nerves. Apparently it also scrambles the emotions." Luna explained.
"Um, what did you just say?" Rainbow Dash asked.
"She messed with my mind so that I couldn't control my body correctly." I clarified.
Rainbow Dash shivered at the thought.
"Did it affect your magic?" Rarity asked.
"I don't know. I didn't want to try using my magic in case I couldn't control it." I answered.
"We will need to test it." Luna said ominously.
"We will after we take a vacation to the moon." I replied.
"Been there, done that. It's too boring for me." Luna countered.
Celestia cleared her throat to get our attention.
"There is still the other reason we are here. Last night I found a map hidden inside a secret compartment in the Starswirl the Bearded wing of the library. This map shows the ever-changing locations of the planets in relationship to each other. My sister and I have decided to have Shadow go to these planets and document what each planet is like." Celestia said.
"What does that have to do with the rest of us?" Twilight asked.
"You all are his friends and loved ones so you have a right to know." Celestia answered.
"I'm going along with him." Twilight announced.
"No, you will stay here. You are the only one who would be able to talk with him when he is in another world. Plus, you are an element of harmony and we would need you here if something happens." Celestia said.
"Don't worry Twilight. If anything happens, I can also teleport back here." I comforted.
"It's settled then, you will leave tomorrow morning for the first world." Luna announced.
"So soon?" Twilight asked.
"Yes, we are very curious about these worlds." Luna answered.
"No sense in arguing Twilight, plus I would much rather avoid one of Pinkie's farewell parties. Speaking of Pinkie Pie, she's been awfully quiet." I said before looking around for her. I soon spotted her stuffing her face at a table filled with cupcakes. "Is that your doing Luna?"
"I have no idea what you're talking about." She said unconvincingly.
"Sure you don't. Come on Pinkie Pie, time to go." I said.
"Okie dokie lokie." Pinkie Pie replied.
The Next Day
"Now you two will need to behave while I'm gone." I told Twilight and Mint.
"We will." Mint replied while Twilight glared at me.
"Take good care of Mint and train her well." I told Twilight.
"Don't worry about us." Twilight replied.
"Shadow," Luna called from behind me. "Here you go."
Luna levitated a box over to me.
"What's this?" I asked.
"It's a cloak to protect you from the weather." She replied.
I opened the box, and sure enough, there was a black cloak covered in very dark blue stars. I put it on, which it fit perfectly, and attached my katanas to the back of it. I put a blank book and some food rations into the internal pockets of the cloak. I then gave my saddlebags to Twilight.
"Thank You, but how did you get my measurements?" I asked.
"I commissioned Rarity to make it for you and she did a wonderful job." Luna answered.
"Twilight, can you thank Rarity for me?" I asked.
"I would be glad to." She replied.
"Shadow, it's time." Celestia called out.
"Goodbye you two. I'll be back soon." I said before walking over to Celestia.
"Here is the map you will need." Celestia said while levitating the map over to me. "Good luck."
I unrolled the map and quickly found Equestria. I decided to go to the planet closest to Equestria. I took a step forward and vanished.
Well that's a wrap for chapter one. For those of you who haven't figured it out, this is a MLP and Naruto crossover.
Hope you enjoy it. Until next time.