Brief note: This is set in an alternate universe where the ponies mostly all have the same personalities but other things are changed. This chapter in particular tells how the first MLP episode played out in this universe. Also, this story isn't super-overwhelmingly Christian, but I talk about Christianity sometimes. If you are the kind of person who will be extremely annoyed by that, don't read the story.

Oh, and I apologize for giving a shout-out to Fluttershy x Big Macintosh. It seemed like the most convenient way to excuse Fluttershy not living in Ponyville.


Friendship is Magic, part one

"Um… sorry." Dusk Skies bit his lip.

Doctor Whooves blinked. Again. "You… you are… absolutely positive?"

"Yes… I am sorry. We just… the real point of the security agency is that we have portals, so we can arrive at a situation quickly. Ponies often need action quickly, but usually they don't need diplomats quite… that often."

Doctor Whooves tried to summon up all of his diplomatic skill in this time of need. Surely there was something he could say to change his supervisor's mind. "Ah… ah… mimble…"


"You've mentioned," the brown earth pony said faintly.

"We just… don't need you anymore. It's not that you were bad at diplomacy, we just… don't need… Sorry." Pause. "You still have your watch shop, at least. It's what your cutie mark is for, anyways."

Doctor Whooves scowled for half a moment, then sighed. "Do I still get to go to the Summer Sun Celebration?"

"Well, you're no longer our employee, so… um…"

Doctor Whooves stood up straighter. "I was given the assignment to speak briefly on the topic of foreign immigration. I spent a good deal of time and a good deal of effort preparing my presentation. Getting somepony else to do it would be a waste. In addition, the Celebration is the day after tomorrow. There's no time to get any other pony. It would be a pleasure to do this service for you."

Dusk Skies half-smiled. "Can't say no to that, Doctor Whooves."

"Thank you."

"Dad, I'm home."

The gray earth pony looked up from his book. "How'd it go?"


"Technically, it's not really fired. They cut seventy percent of all their diplomats, so you hardly were fired."

Doctor Whooves sighed and plopped down into an armchair. "You're right, of course. I was laid off."

His father turned back to his book. "I believe you are violating protocol."

"Ah, right." Protocol dictated that whenever Doctor Whooves returned from work, he must drink some tea and read a good book. Of course, Doctor Whooves had made up that particular bit of protocol, but rules were rules.

"Teapot's in the kitchen."


After procuring a cup of tea, Doctor Whooves returned to his chair. He picked up the book lying on the end table. He didn't recognize it – oh, it was that one he bought at the used book store the other day. Yes, that would explain why somepony's name was written in the front cover. It was scrawled in ink, so the book would probably bear the name of this pony –a Miss Twilight Sparkle- forever.

Once upon a time, in the magical land of Equestria, there were two regal sisters who ruled together, and created harmony for all the land. To do this, the eldest, Princess Celestia, used her unicorn powers to raise the sun at dawn; the younger, Princess Luna, brought out the moon to begin the night. Thus, the two sisters maintained balance for their kingdom and their subjects, all the different types of ponies. But as time went on, the younger sister became resentful. The ponies relished…

A burst of golden light flashed in the air and a scroll appeared in his lap.

"What does it say?" asked his father without looking up.

Doctor Whooves quickly unfurled it, wondering if it was some courtesy "sorry for firing you, have a nice life" thing. It had to be something special, otherwise it would have been sent by the normal postal system.

Dear Doctor Whooves,

Having received confirmation of your attendance, The Summer Sun Celebration Official Coordinating Council has arranged the time of your speech. You will be speaking near the start of the festivities, from ten o'clock to ten-twenty. Please arrive at the Ponyville City Hall later than eight o'clock to prepare.


Moondancer, Chairmare of Celebratory Appointments

Well, that's what he got from going on third-class portal. The Security Agency management had been less thrilled to let Doctor Whooves use one of their portals to get to Ponyville - they took good unicorn magic, you know! But in the end they let him use one of the interns' spells.

Never put your life in the hooves of an intern. The portal had been quite jarring - and now here he was, in the middle of nowhere.

He squinted. There was clearly a town not too far away, but whether or not it was actually Ponyville was another story.

He should have just purchased a train ticket.

Oh, well. The earth pony adjusted his saddlebag and started walking. The scenery was nice, at least. He seemed to have landed in a farm. After a few minutes, he spotted some ponies lazing about under an apple tree. He ought to talk to them, to make sure that this really was Ponyville and to explain why he, a total stranger, was ambling through their property. Doctor Whooves opened his mouth to call out to them, but a yellow earth pony got to it first.

"Howdy, there!" The pony leapt up and started cantering towards the doctor. "You're not from around here! Welcome to Sweet Aaaaaaapple Acres! And you're just in time for lunch, too!"

Doctor Whooves had never been invited to lunch by a pony who didn't even know his name yet.

The pony stuck a front leg around Doctor Whooves' shoulders and began an awkward (yet surprisingly fast) three-legged gait across the field. He walked past the apple tree and arrived at a huge set of tables filled with ponies. It must have been some kind of public feast, or maybe an outdoors restaurant.

"This is the Apple family reunion," the yellow pony said.


"Hello, everypony!" the doctor's overenthusiastic host hollered. "Y'all come and meet my new friend! Now, what's your name, mister?"

"Doctor Whooves. What's your n-" His last words were drowned out by cheerful greetings.

"Now, y'see," the yellow pony said, "we're doing the catering for the Summer Sun Celebration, so we decided to make a day of it and bring the whole crowd out. These here ponies are Apple Fritter, Apple Bumpkin, Red Gala, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Yellow Delicious, just-plain-Delicious, Caramel Apple, Apple Strudel, Apple Tart, Baked Apples, Apple Brioche, Apple Cinnamon Crisp, Granny Smith, Apple Bloom, Big Macintosh, and… hey, this isn't even close to everypony! For one, where're Applejack and Fluttershy? No, wait, that would be 'for two…'"

"Fluttershy?" Doctor Whooves said. "That doesn't have a thing to do with apples!"

"Fluttershy? She's not related to us, she's Big Macintosh's wife."

"And they're in the house," Apple Bloom said. "Applejack got a headache."

Doctor Whooves thought that he might be getting one of those.

"Anyways, Doctor Whooves!" the yellow earth pony said. "Take a seat and help yourself!"

"But you… neglected to tell me your name," the doctor spluttered.

"Oh, I'm Braeburn! And let me tell you, it is sooooo nice of you to drop by!" A nearby pony –Apple Tart- heaped some pancakes on the doctor's plate while another poured him some apple juice.

"So, Doctor Whooves," Apple Bloom said, "are you here for the Summer Sun Celebration?"

"Um, yes."

"What d'you do for a living?" Braeburn asked.

"I'm member of the Security Agency." He suddenly remembered that he wasn't. "Ah, actuall-"

"Oh, I heard of them! They're… ponies who do something or another to help someponies, right?"

"Um, yes. You could say that." In fact, you could say that about almost any job. "But actually…" Phooey! If only he had simply not mentioned the Security Agency in the first place! "Well, actually, I'm actually a…" Oh, why can't I stop repeating "actually" already? "I'm a watchmaker. I used to be in the Agency." He couldn't mention his being fired, it's impolite to dump your troubles on strangers, and Doctor Whooves had no desire to do so.

Braeburn nodded. "Watch makin'. That's awful handy when ponies need to know the time, isn't it?"

Doctor Whooves slowly nodded. These ponies were weird.

The brown earth pony cleared his throat, pushing away his half-eaten pancakes. "I'd… better be leaving?"

"What're you going to do?" Braeburn asked.

"Um…" Doctor Whooves seemed to be using that word a lot. "Look around the town, I suppose."

Braeburn's eyes lit up. "Then I could show you around! I love doing that!" He hopped up. "Let's go!"

Doctor Whooves fixed a smile on his face and followed him.

"So, you see," Braeburn continued, as animated as when he started talking twenty minutes ago, "we decided that everypony would really benefit if we started a new orchard. And I have seven siblings, of course, so I wasn't really needed at my home, so I wanted to be the one to go start this new settlement. But with the Apples, we almost always have families go to start these things. I was all set to start this new town and orchard, and I was going to name it Aaaaaaappleloosa! Doesn't that have a nice ring to it? Aaaaaappleloosa! But then when Big Macintosh was married, he decided to go, at least to start it and then come back to Sweet Apple Acres, 'cause of the family thing, so I came to Ponyville to take his place at this orchard. But he didn't even keep the name Appleloosa!"

After being bombarded with more questions than Doctor Whooves ever cared to answer, he had decided to give himself a break by turning the table on his guide.

It had worked well. Too well, to be sure, but one must always be positive.

"So tell me more about your family," Braeburn said.

"I… already told you."

"Then don't stop until you tell me every fact about them on the planet."

"Er… Oh, look, we made it to the town! What's this building?"

"That's Carrot Top's house! I don't think she's home. Derpy said that Carrot Top was going to the party early to set things up. I wonder if we'll see Derpy. She used to live at Sweet Apple Acres, too. She left 'fore I got there, though."

They proceeded through the town, Braeburn giving cliff notes on everypony as they passed their houses. "And that's Sugarcube Corner! Mr. and Mrs. Cake run it. Pinkie Pie used to work there for a couple of months, but Big Macintosh invited her family to start a rock farm nearby his new apple orchard, so she left to help her family start the new farm. She was nice. But ponies kept on saying how we were just like each other, and that was kind of weird. Well, I'll be!" The yellow earth pony jerked his head to a white unicorn with a blue mane.

And a purple baby dragon on his back.

"A dragon! Isn't that something! Howdy!" Braeburn trotted up to the two. "Welcome to Ponyville! My name's Braeburn, and this is my good buddy, Doctor Whooves!"

"I just met him this morning," Doctor Whooves explained.

"What are y'all called?"

The unicorn took a step back. "I… I'm Shining Armor, and this is Spike."

"Hey, Doctor Whooves here has hooves, and Spike has spikes! Do you own any shining armor?"

"Um, yeah, I guess. I'm here with the royal guard."

Braeburn nodded so much that his hat fell over his eyes. "The royal guard! Isn't that nice!"

"…Nice," Spike repeated. He adjusted the darkly colored thread-thing that hung around his neck. It was attached by a golden clasp. Who wore a clasp to hold a thread?

Breaburn was still nodding. He hadn't bothered to push his hat back up. "So how's that going? The royal guarding, I mean."

"Well... nopony's been assassinated."

"That's great!" Braeburn said, nodding again. Doctor Whooves wondered if he got many headaches that way. "Anything else noteworthy?"

"I would hope," Doctor Whooves interjected, "that a lack of assassinations would not qualify as noteworthy."

"Okay, then." The earth pony finally fixed his hat. "Is there anything else interesting? And yes, Doctor Whooves, I know that a lack of something unusual isn't really interesting. Could you ask the question?"

And his request wasn't even sarcastic. It was amazing. "Er… how about a simple, 'has anything interesting occurred lately, Shining Armor?'"


"Ohhhhh!" Braeburn said. "You can't possibly say no after we've been through all this trouble!"

"Um, well I guess some important things happened recently. We've um... well... Lemme think."

"Yes?" Braeburn prompted.

"Uh... this isn't actually that interesting, but I guess we've decided to station some soldiers in various towns across Equestria."

"Not anticipating danger, I hope?" Doctor Whooves said.

"Not really. We just decided that some towns could use it."

"Who exactly is 'we', anyway?" Braeburn asked.

Shining shrugged. "Oh, you know, just the ponies in charge. Princess Celestia, the captain of the guard… I'm involved too; they were once going to make me captain. But they ended up not because… Anyways, Ponyville's one of the chosen towns. We don't know who exactly we're sending, though. Don't know why the princess didn't decide yet."

Spike was being remarkably quiet. Who knew, maybe all dragons were like that.

"So I suppose Spike and I will be leaving now… bye."

But at that same moment Braeburn started an overly long spiel about everything that happened that day. He went on for three minutes. "…And so I was just giving the doctor a tour! Can you join us?"

Spike gave Shining Armor a look that clearly said, "Do we have too?"

"Um, sure, Braeburn." Shining Armor took a step back.

"Great!" Braeburn bounced into the air. "Yippee!" He waved a hoof to urge his new best-friends-for-life to follow. "So, you looking forward to the party?"

"Party," Doctor Whooves said.

"Of course! Can't have a Summer Sun Celebration without one, can you?" Braeburn bounced into the air. "And this is Colgate's house! Oh, look, she fixed her chimney. It used to be broken in half, you know. Oh, hi, Berry Punch! And there's a be-a-ut-i-ful willow tree!"

Doctor Whooves, Shining Armor, and Spike exchanged a glance.

"So, Shining-Armor-and-Spike, how did Spike get here? You don't see very many dragons living in Equestria."

Shining Armor coughed. "When my little sister, Twilight Sparkle, was young, she was entering Princess Celestia's school of magic, and the entrance exam was to magically hatch a dragon egg."

Braeburn's eyes widened. "What? They just thrust dragon eggs to random foals who hardly even knew magic and had them take a crack at it?"

"Yeah, basically."

"I'll never set hoof into a public school again!"

"Um, go ahead and do that. Anyways, Twilight did the spell and hatched Spike."

"Well, at least it didn't end in disaster. Is your sister here in Ponyville with you?"

"No," Spike and Shining Armor said at the same time.

"Oh." Braeburn's smile shifted to a sheepish one.

"Wait a minute," Doctor Whooves said. "Did you say her name was Twilight Sparkle?"

"Right," Spike said.

"Well, fancy that!" Doctor Whooves reached into his saddle bag and pulled out his book. He showed them the inside of the front cover.

"Twilight Sparkle!" Spike read. "Wow! Where did you get it?"

"I bought it from a used book store in Trottingham a month ago."

"Trottingham?" Shining Armor blinked. "How did it get that far away?"

Doctor Whooves shrugged.

"Thanks for finding it," Spike said. "We wondered if someone stole it; it's really rare."

"I only bought it for a few bits." Doctor Whooves shrugged again.

"I wonder how it got lost then, if whoever took it didn't know what it was worth," Shining said. "I guess things do get misplaced… Around a year ago, after Twilight died-"

"She died? Oh, dear, dear, dear. That's so sad; I'm sorry."

"You don't have to–" Shining Armor started. Then he appeared to realize that it was a new voice."Hey, wait! Who are you?"

"Oh, I'm Derpy. Derpy Hooves."

Everyone stared at her. She was a pale blue-gray pegasus with yellow hair and eyes.

But her eyes didn't look in the same direction.

"I… didn't see you there," Doctor Whooves said.

"Sorry. I just saw that Braeburn was talking to you, and I was like 'wow, cool, new ponies to talk to' and so I walked up and was just kinda hanging around. Sorry. No, wait, I already said sorry. Sorry about that." Her eyes crossed. "Rats, I hate it when they do that!" She gestured to her golden eyes.

"Hey there, Derpy," Braeburn said. "These are Doctor Whooves, Shining Armor, and Spike."

"Nice to meet you." She shook each of their hooves in turn. "And I am super sorry about Twilight," she added to the two.

"Er," Doctor Whooves said.

"Well, um…" Braeburn turned to a building carved out of an oak tree. "That's the abandoned library."

"Why's it abandoned?" the doctor asked.

"See, the librarian died a year ago," Braeburn started, "and then our mayor retired."

"Then nopony ran for mayor this year," Derpy added. "The new mayor was supposed to see to it that the library was reopened, but, yeah."

"…Nopony ran for mayor," Shining Armor said. "In your entire town."

"Nope! That's what makes Ponyville small, I guess," Derpy said. "Princess Celestia is supposed to set something up until we get a new one. Dunno what she's going to do once she gets here."

"And there's a soap stand!" Braeburn waved his hoof at it as if it was a grand monument. "It looks like Feather Dawn left to go to the party early, and forgot to put the stand into the shed again." He took this duty upon himself and pushed it for the next several minutes until they reached a small shed where it presumably went. He fished a key out of his vest pocket and unlocked it. "She gave me the key since I put it away so much," he explained. "Now would you look at the pretty yellow she painted the door!"

"How nice," Shining said politely.

"Oh, yeah, I helped Dawn with it!" Derpy nodded enthusiastically. "But I broke my paint brush and had to use one of my feathers."

Doctor Whooves took a long look at the paintwork; never before had he seen a door painted with a feather. That must have taken some time.

"And those are the clouds!" Braeburn said. "Aren't they pretty?"

Spike gazed at them. "Yeah, but I thought that the sky was supposed to be clear on the Summer Sun Celebration."

"Oh, yeah, Thunderlane missed a few. The weather team's been having a hard time adjusting; their leader, Rainbow Dash, only quit a few months ago. Now Rainbow's traveling 'round Equestria, doing stunt flying. She's trying to get into the Wonderbolts, ya know. Just last week she got this gig..."

"Oooh, pretty streamers!" Derpy squeaked, jumping into the air. The group had just arrived at the party

"Here!" Braeburn waved them toward the snack table. "These are the apple cupcakes, apple ice cream, apple slices, apple drinks, and apple pies!"

Doctor Whooves helped himself to a piece of pie. "What would happen if somepony came who didn't like apples?"

Braeburn blinked. "I… never really thought about that. All of you like them, right?"

They all immediately assured him so. It was a good thing that Doctor Whooves enjoyed the fruits in question, because he couldn't have endured saying no to the suddenly profusely worried yellow pony.

"You might want some coffee," Derpy commented. "You have to stay up all night on the Summer Sun Celebration."

"Oh, I love coffee!" Braeburn said.

Doctor Whooves, Spike, and Shining all flinched as the earth pony grabbed a mug.

"Why don't y'all try the darts?" Derpy asked. "I'd play them, but they banned me after the last party. Eyes, you know." She waved a hoof at her derped eyes.

"Um," Doctor Whooves said. "That's… too bad."

"Oh, it's fine. I wouldn't want to chase out any more princesses."

"Princesses?" Spike said. "Whoa. What did you do?"

"Hit her wing with a dart. But it wasn't Princess Celestia, it was just Princess Cadance. Ever heard of her?"

Shining Armor nodded. "We know her quite well. In fact, she foalsat for Twilight back when they were younger.

"Wow, royal foalsitter," Braeburn said.

"So, here are the darts!" Derpy flung a hooffull at Doctor Whooves.

He threw himself at the ground.

The darts whizzed over him and landed in the apple muffins, knocking them onto the floor.

Derpy's cheeks turned pink. "Oops. My bad. Let me go pick those up." She trotted over to them. "Ooh, muffins!" She stuffed eight into her mouth and then retrieved the darts.

"Um, thanks." Doctor Whooves brushed the muffin crumbs off them and took one in his mouth. Then he threw. "Blast!"

"You missed the target," Spike said.

"You should use your hooves!" Braeburn suggested. "Here, let me try." He flung one.

"Yay, you did it!" Derpy cheered.

"If 'it' is actually making contact with the target, then yeah," Shining Armor said. "He got one point."

"Let me try." Spike took one in his claws, aimed, and threw.

"Wow, that was a good one!" Derpy said. "Just left of the bullseye."

"Good job!" Braeburn said.

Spike smiled. "I guess it's because I don't have hooves."

Time passed. It has a habit of doing that, you know. Doctor Whooves had finished meeting up with the officials to go over the details of his speech. Everypony was enjoying themselves, even Shining Armor and Spike.

"Look," the doctor said. "Do you want Twilight's book back? I could finish reading it right now."

"Really?" Spike looked at Shining Armor.

"That would be great," the white unicorn said.

Doctor Whooves snapped open the book. "Now, where was I?"

"Ooh, what's it about?" Derpy asked.

Doctor Whooves tilted the book towards her. "I don't mind if you want to read over my shoulder."

Derpy blushed. "No, I'd… I can't really read very well. At all. Whenever I try my eyes jump around and I can never find my place. And I always either read the same line twice or skip a line. I'd only finish the first few paragraphs by the time you want to turn the page. No, thanks."

Doctor Whooves shrugged. "I could read it out loud."

"You really don't have to do that. But thank you very, very much for offering."

"I don't mind. Shall I read where I left off, or start over?"

"Don't start over just for me!"

"Alright, then. 'But as time went on, the younger sister became resentful. The ponies relished and played in the day her elder sister brought forth, but shunned and slept through her beautiful night. One fateful day, the younger unicorn refused to lower the moon to make way for the dawn. The elder sister tried to reason with her, but the bitterness in the young one's heart had transformed her into a wicked mare of darkness: Nightmare Moon. She vowed that she would shroud the land in eternal night. Reluctantly, the elder sister harnessed the most powerful magic known to ponydom: the Elements of Harmony. Using the magic of the Elements of Harmony, she defeated her younger sister, and banished her permanently in the moon. The elder sister took on responsibility for both sun and moon and harmony has been maintained in Equestria for generations since.'"

"It's a neat story!" Derpy said. "I wonder if the guy who wrote that based it off that Mare in the Moon legend thingy. You know, the story of the evil pony who tried to conquer Equestria but was stopped by the Elements of Harmony and vowed to return on the thousandth year of the Summer Sun Celebration or something like that."

Braeburn laughed. "But this is the thousandth Summer Sun Celebration! Watch out, the Mare in the Moon is coming!"

Derpy giggled.

"Hey, this says that this is a history book," Doctor Whooves said. "I suppose that it isn't based off that story, then, if it's real."

Braeburn abruptly stopped laughing. "You mean that the Mare in the Moon really is returning?"


Spike compulsively grabbed the thread around his neck.

"Don't worry!" Shining Armor said. "I'm sure that everything will be fine."

"Right!" Doctor Whooves shook his mane. "If these facts are common knowledge, then somepony must have realized something earlier and warned Princess Celestia."

"But they're not common knowledge!" Derpy's wings quivered. "I've mentioned the Mare in the Moon story to other ponies before, and even if a lot of them heard of it, almost nopony really knows it. And that book you have is really rare, remember?"

"Um... how rare, exactly?" Braeburn asked.

"We-ell..." Shining Armor furrowed his brow. "It was written before there were printing presses, so only about a dozen were ever made. We had one in a Canterlot library, but the library was burned... that was how Twilight died, actually. The library was experimenting with these new lamps fueled by gas, and somehow they literally... blew up. So that copy can't have survived... well, then again, I guess I don't know for sure if the book was ruined. Everything in that area of the library was completely destroyed, so it wasn't like they could find a scrap of the cover or something in the wreckage – for all we know somepony could have removed it. But in all likelihood it's gone. And… I don't have any idea what happened to the other copies, but they've had centuries to get lost."

"So... pretty rare," Braeburn said.

They all fell silent for a full minute.

Spike shook his head. "We can't seriously be invaded by the Mare in the Moon, right? I mean, it's an old pony tale."

Nopony replied.

"Right?" Spike whispered.

"Oh, my! I'm going to be late for my speech!" Doctor Whooves hurried to the backstage area.

"How did I do?" Doctor Whooves trotted up to his new friends.

Spike snored, fast asleep on Shining Armor's back.

"It was a good speech. Nice job," Shining said.

"Why, thank you!" Doctor Whooves glowed.

"Yeah, it was great!" Derpy said. "But... I didn't really understand it."

"That can be fixed! What didn't you understand?"

"Um, well, I'm not all that great at understanding things..."

"Sh!" Braeburn said. "Applejack's about to announce Princess Celestia!"

"Howdy, y'all! It is my great pleasure to announce the beginning of the Summer Sun Celebration!"

"That's Applejack," Braeburn whispered. "My cousin, y'know? Since we don't have a mayor, we let her do the honors of the announcin'. It reminds me of that one time when-"

"Shh!" somepony hissed.

"In just a few more seconds, our princess'll be raising the sun, and starting the longest day of the year- let's hope that it's a good one! And now, here she is... Princess of Equestria, Mare of the Daytime, Empress of Canterlot, Bringer of the Sun and Moon, Lady of Sunlight, and Queen of the Blue Sky... Princess Celestia!"

Doctor Whooves nervously shifted and leaned forward.

A teal unicorn pulled back the curtain.

The alicorn wasn't there.

The Princess of Equestria, Mare of the Day, Empress of Canterlot, Bringer of the Sun and Moon, Lady of Sunlight, and Queen of the Blue Sky wasn't there.

Everypony gasped.

"W-whoa, there!" Applejack said. "I'm sure that there's some kind of explanation!"

"There is!" a voice boomed. "I am the explanation!"

There was a burst of bright blue light. Applejack fell off the stage and stumbled away. Then, a black alicorn appeared on the platform, her blue mane whipping about behind her.

"Nightmare Moon!" Doctor Whooves gasped.

"Oh, my beloved subjects. It's been so long since I've seen thine precious, little sun-loving faces."

Shining Armor leapt to his hooves. A ray of light flew from his horn at the mare, but Nightmare Moon, laughing slightly, raised a wing and deflected the shot. The beam ricocheted off the pillars before singing a tapestry.

"Am I not royal enough for thee? Does thou not know who I am?" The alicorn reared onto her hind legs. "Does my crown no longer count now that I have been imprisoned for a thousand years? Did thou not recall the legend? Did thou not see the signs?"

"We know who you are!" Doctor Whooves said. "Nightmare Moon!"

The mare's ice-blue eyes gleamed. "Well, well, well, somepony who remembers me. Then thou also knows why I'm here."

Derpy flattened her ears against her head. "Probably not to wish us a happy Summer Sun Celebration."

"Sun? Sun? I should think not, puny pegasus! Remember this day, little ponies, for it was thy last. From this moment forth, the night will last forever!"

End of part one.