A Rare Walk in Town

The sudden cackle of thunder startled me awake. I was gasping and breathing roughly for only a moment. My head was already facing the window, where I saw the dark gray clouds fill the sorrowful sky. Rain was pummeling towards the ground, indirectly shooting at my window. I sighed deeply and decided to turn around to remove myself from bed. I didn't think I was going back to sleep anyway.

I dragged my hooves towards the bathroom. I didn't even feel like keeping my head up. I only stared my hooves unintentionally as they led me one by one to my usual routine. I turned to my sink and ran the water through, closing the drain so it could fill up inside. Once an icy body of water was awaiting my move, I dug my hooves inside and brought back a wave of frost upon my face.

I felt somewhat more alert, but I wasn't actually sure if it really did anything. And I really didn't care whether it did or not. Once I was finished, I allowed the water to drain back and leave me. I stared at the water swirl down for a moment. After a moment of silence and even slight hesitation, I forced my head upwards towards the mirror.

I didn't know if I liked what I saw. I only kept staring at this strange pony presented in front of me. There was nothing that really stood out from him. Nothing that immediately allowed others to know he had something special. He had no horn. He didn't even have wings. He was already a plain and useless stallion who really didn't have anything special to offer. What could any pony like about him?

Despite the long mane that usually hung over his eyes, which he sometimes combed or brushed to the side, he also carried a blue coat and even blue eyes. Regardless of the mane, it was a cluster of blue, but it made sense. I mean…you could really tell he can't remember the last time he's ever been happy…or if he had ever been happy for that matter. But why would anypony care? It's the truth. In reality, everypony really only cares for themselves. You don't see even one going out of their way to help another. Maybe in novels…but that's just it. Authors write ponies doing these out of the ordinary tasks to bring the reader's attention, because it's not too familiar and anything new brings interest to others.

The pony in front of me is already blathering in silence. Even I can feel annoyed by his soundless presence. I looked towards the ground, realizing how much unintentional damage I caused to both of us, and gloomily turned around, facing away so I couldn't see him anymore.

I just wanted to douse the fire that burned deep within me, hopefully before it could expand any further. I cooled myself down by allowing myself to be drenched from the water in my shower. I rested my forelegs on the sides of my bathtub. I didn't feel like making the slightest movement. Even the thought of turning off the shower and stepping out made me tired. But I couldn't stay in and have my entire body get pruned up.

Before I was finished, I washed my body and hesitated over my mark. Of course, everypony is supposed to be proud for who they are and their mark. But I always wondered about mine. A wolf. A lone wolf… A lone wolf… What's so special about that? Now, every time a pony sees me, they can laugh at my insecurities and at the emphasis for my lack of a social life? I don't exactly see how it's a talent either. Hey…maybe I can break the world record for the world's loneliest pony.

After I finally shut myself up and ceased the water, I shook myself in my best effort to dry as much as I could, and walked out the bathroom, keeping my eyes off the mirror. Thunder and rain continued to sound outside, but I didn't really pay attention to any of it. I merely motioned my hooves side to side to make my bed. Then, I placed them back on the ground and walked off, heading to the first floor of my home.

I had nothing to do, and I really didn't have a clue on what I could do either. I usually slept a lot, or spent some times on my own.

I was in my kitchen, sitting in front of my window. I was deep into my own little world. I only stared out at the empty streets of Ponyville, eyeing the splatter of water droplets on the ground. Realizing how boring others would find my behavior, I turned to my table and stared. I didn't exactly feel like drawing, but I didn't have anything else to do.

I grabbed the pencil nearby with my mouth and planted my hooves on the sides of the paper. I stared in silence. I was sure anyone could have known that I didn't know what to draw. I looked out the window and back at my paper. I surrendered myself and just drew what came to mind.

Of course, the finished result wasn't really interesting. It was only the weather outside, only instead of any ground; there was a deep and large ocean. And in the smallest hole on the top right corner, there was a little peak of the sun. I couldn't help but feel reminded of her, however… I felt my mood lower into even worse depths. The thought of this occurring angered me. I dropped the pencil on the table and stormed out of the kitchen.

I decided to hopefully release this anger by performing some exercises in my living room. I breathed heavily and roughly and I pushed myself up from the floor and lowered myself once again, repeating the process several times. It wasn't until my legs were shaking, and I was breathless. I clenched my teeth and pushed myself off the ground, sitting down instead.

Next, I just allowed myself to rest by staring out the window in the living room instead. There were flashes of lightning and booming of thunder, but I remained sitting there unaffected.

After minutes, I grew irritated with staying at one place doing nothing, so I walked out of the living room and through the hallway connecting the stairs and kitchen. The flashes from the lightning lit the empty portraits hanging on my walls. I only eyed hesitantly at each one of them. Even though it seemed I didn't care much for it, I sighed quietly at the thought of what I longed for so much.

Reminding myself on how hopeless it was, I dragged myself back in the kitchen. However, something different occurred. I looked up and noticed the sky being cleared. The light from the sun was now beginning to shine down upon me. I noticed two pegasi removing the darkened clouds of rain while one gray pegasus grinned cheerfully at them.

At the sight of them, my head turned towards the door. My head told me not to, but my heart wanted to do it…

My body walked towards the door and my eyes stared at the door handle for a moment. My hoof hesitantly raised and aimed for the handle. But as soon as it drew itself near its destination, it began to shake fearfully.

I was scared. But I just…needed to do it…

After forcefully mentally pushing my hoof down, I finally felt it touch the handle and quickly open the door as swift as possible. My head was turned to the side and my eyes closed flinchingly. Once I felt no harm from the sunlight that presented itself in front of me, I gently turned my head back forward and slowly lifted it up towards the sky. I couldn't help but...gaze a little at the sunlight, but it was expected that I'd be brought down again.

What was the point of that?

I sighed again and turned around to head back in.

Feeling hungry, I headed towards the kitchen and opened the fridge…only to realize that my month's supply of food was gone. Figures. I closed the fridge and looked out the window behind me.

I had to go out there again…

But I couldn't complain. Complaining doesn't do anything; it just wastes your time.

I went into the living room to retrieve my saddlebag, along with the bits to buy my breakfast, including food to stuff into the fridge. On the table with my saddlebag, I first turned my attention to the huge sack of bits. I wasn't rich, but it was enough to keep me going by without getting a job. Of course, I only used those bits on stuff I really needed…which was essentially only food.

When I looked into the bag, I noticed how it was eventually all going to run out. I probably will have to get a job sometime in my life anyway… I just hope my fears are somehow cured or suspended by then. Nonetheless, I pulled out around twenty bits and placed them in my bag. After, I strapped it on and headed out to the front door.

I was surprised when I reached the door though. I noticed a letter that had slipped through the letterbox. I picked it up with my mouth, sat down, and tore it open with my teeth. It was a letter from her…

Dear Alex, I know you haven't been able to attend those other past meetings I've wanted to have with you…but I'd really love it if you could show up to the Summer Sun Celebration and watch me raise the sun. It's really been so long since the last time I've seen you…and I would really love to see how much you've grown or experienced. You must have so many things to share, and I can't wait to hear them all… Love, Princess Celestia.

That's exactly it. I have nothing to share. I even feel especially bad for making up excuses to escape her invitations for these meetings she wanted to have. I didn't even respond to some of them. Disrespectful, I know…but…I just don't even know what to do with myself anymore.

Placing the letter away and leaving an undecided decision, I took in a deep breath and released it in front of the door.

Just…try to ignore everypony…don't even look at them…just keep walking.

I couldn't describe how much of a chore this was for me. Just going out and trying to make myself believe no one was staring at me was one of the reasons why I really never went out. I absolutely hate when others stare at me. It's one of my huge pet peeves. I don't know why I have to… I just do… When ponies stare at me…it just feels like…like they're laughing at me behind their back or hiding it behind their faces. I can't stand the thought of that…

"Hi again!" A high-pitched and cheery voice interrupted my thoughts. I looked in front of me, but I didn't see anypony. "Over here!" I looked to my right, but still didn't see anything. "Noo. Over here!" I turned my head to my left to see her just about to bounce back on my front. "You found me!" She giggled. Ugh…it was this one again… "I hope you didn't forget my name!" She exclaimed as she continuously bounced in front of me, retrieving narrowed eyes and a lowered head in annoyance from me.

"How could I not…? You told me like a hundred times the last time I saw you…" I responded, continuing my way through town.

"Of course!" She bounced over to my right. "That's because I want to make sure you know who I am!" I merely scoffed at her statement. "Sooo…I'm so glad I found you! You see, I've always wanted to throw you a party, but you never seem to have time, so I thought at the very least you can at least join me at a party so we can become best friends! And then we can laugh and play and smile all together! Isn't that wonderful?! Tell me that's wonderful! Come on! You know it's super fun!"

"Sorry. Not interested." I answered briefly and increased my speed a bit to hopefully have her leave me alone.

"What?" She asked, catching up to me while continuing her bouncing. "But I never see you with any other ponies. Don't you have any friends? I'm more than willing to be your friend! I'm friends with everypony here in Ponyville! Everypony deserves a friend! And I am that friend!"

"Look, I'm not a social kind of pony, alright? And I plan to keep it that way because it's the only thing that works now." I replied without looking back and keeping my eyes straight forward.

"Why? Just come to a party with me! I promise that you'll want me to be my friend when you do!"

"Yeah…right…" I mentioned under my breath. "Look, why don't you get that party ready?" I asked her, wanting to get her off my back. "I'll go later."

She immediately gasped and raised her voice in pitch. "You promise?!"

"Yeah, whatever." I returned without thinking.

"Oh, thank you!" She screamed out loud and suddenly tightly wrapped her forelegs around me.

The nerves inside me tightened and tensed up. I felt highly uncomfortable with this action, but I didn't want to push her off or anything. I didn't really know what to do from this. All I knew was that my entire body was locking up and I did anything but return the hug. Just another reason for a pony to hate me; I don't exactly like touching others in any matter or case.

Pinkie must have noticed my odd behavior. She kept her forelegs around me, but slightly pulled away to look at me. "What's wrong? Don't you like hugs? Hugs are the best!"

Feeling my teeth clench in fear rather than anger, I quickly responded, wanting for this tense uncomfortable feeling to end. "Don't you have a party to take care of?"

She gasped excitedly. "You're right! I can't wait to you see you there!" She turned around and began skipping happily as she hummed along the way.

I sighed and shivered lightly, allowing myself to walk on to get food and return to my boring and dull lifestyle. Don't get me wrong, I've always wanted to be the pony to handle social interaction perfectly, have lots of loving friends, and even have and return a lot of hugs and the sort. But…it's just…too late for all of that… I've seen what ponies can really be and do to you. Is there really such a thing as a true friend? I honestly don't even know who to trust anymore… Frankly, I don't really trust anyone at all. Maybe the Princess…just a little, considering everything's she's done for me… Besides that, I've seen it all. Ponies may come off as being the nicest kind of pony, but it's all an illusion. Once they get what they want, whether it is material possessions or mental satisfaction, they'll turn on you… And unfortunately…that's just the way it is…

"Howdy." She greeted with her usual country accent as she tipped her hat towards me. It looked like she was waiting for me as she leaned over by the white gate in front of the farm.

"…hey." I answered back as I glanced at her for a second from staring at the ground.

"Back for your months' worth of food again, I reckon?" She asked as she walked by my side with a smile.

"Yeah." I returned, keeping my eyes front.

"If you don't mind me askin', why do you always come here instead of food stands back at the market in town?" She brought her head a little closer to mine as she closed her eyelids halfway with a sly smile. "Is it our apples and friendly smiles?"

I was silent for a moment. "It's never crowded here…"

"I see…" She pulled back from my answer. "Well, I already packed your meals, so they're ready to go!" She led me towards a wooden table outside with a cloth wrapped tightly, which must have been holding the food. She raised a hoof and presented it in front of me. "It's all in there. Fritters, Bumpkins, Strudels, Tarts, everything to take your taste buds on a tastastic adventure!"

"…thanks…" I expressed and pulled out the bits for her from my bag and placed them near the food. I grabbed the wrapped part of the bag and managed to fit it in my saddle bag.

"For a month's supply, it sure doesn't look much." She commented, noticing the small size of my order.

"…I don't eat a lot." I answered and then turned to begin walking away.

"Hold on a minute there…" She spoke, stopping me and causing me to slightly turn around. "You've been coming here every month for quite a while now…but I've never really gotten to know you. Why don't you stick around for a bit? My entire family is over for a reunion right now and I'd love it if you stay by. You seem like a nice pony, and I'd like to get to know you, if that's alright."

"Sorry…" I already had my answer set. "…I'm kind of in a hurry right now."

"Oh, uh…" She felt a little surprised by my response. "Um, okay. Well, maybe some other time? Like…next month…"

I wasn't sure if she was actually disappointed, but that's what I sort of…sensed from her tone. I have nothing against her, but I don't exactly believe she really wants to get to know me for me. Either way, I wasn't going to take her up on her offer. If I can't avoid her request the next time I see her, then I'll just have to unfortunately decline it again.

"Maybe…" I answered, my voice lowering in volume. After that, I turned my head back and continued walking.

Outside the gates, I saw a pony coming my way. There was something else by her side, but I wanted to quickly ignore the pony before she could notice me spotting her. I looked straight ahead and did my best to ignore her. My body tensed up and my legs almost even began feeling like jelly when I noticed her stop in my peripheral vision. For whatever reason, it seemed like she was looking back at me. I definitely wasn't looking back to see if this was true or not. I was already nervous enough as it was and I wanted to get out of there as soon as possible. I quickened my pace a bit just enough to where I was finally out of her sight.

"She quietly has every single pony's attention right on her… No pony knows what other awesome performance she'll put up. Little do they know…she's about to become a part of the most amazing band of pegasi ever…" I heard a voice announce softly, almost to a whisper, as I was returning back in town, causing me to look around curiously. "Wait! What's that? She's licking her lips! Oh, she's about to do something no pony has ever seen before!" Afterwards, there was a sudden whirl of air that rushed past me, and I could see a quick flash of rainbow. Looking up, this flash of rainbow twisted around, maneuvered expertly in the air, and performed what appeared to be extreme aerial acrobatics. Finally, this pegasus brought herself to the ground and strutted faster than my eye could keep up, passing me and ending not too far from me. "The crowd cheers!" She exclaimed and then lowered her voice to a hushed but loud tone. "Aaaah! Aaaah!" She moved her head side to side, most likely simulating a crowd's cheer.

However, I only stood there behind her, completely silent. She continued cheering until she turned my way and noticed me looking at her oddly. She cut her cheering off there and looked at me in silence. After, she cleared her throat and laughed a little embarrassingly. "Sup?" Nonetheless, I moved around and walked past her. She lifted herself in the air and joined me by my side. "What'd ya think?! Awesome, am I right?"

"…sure." I mentioned.

"Say." She tapped her hoof on my shoulder, receiving a lightly bothered look with a raised eyebrow from me. "How would you like to see me, the next pony to join the Wonderbolts, perform my amazing tricks and tell me how awesome they are, huh? You'll have the best seat in the house!"

Feeling a little offended by her request, I merely looked forward and responded. "I'll pass."

"Come on!" She encouraged loudly. "Who wouldn't want to see me, the one and only Rainbow Dash, in action?!"

"Apparently me…" I muttered under my breath. I looked up towards the sky and noticed there were still many clouds overhead, despite the other areas like outside my house. "Shouldn't you be clearing the clouds or something?"

"I got time. That's how amazingly fast I am!" She boasted as she continued flying upside-down by my side, which was really starting to get on my nerves.

"Look. I don't have time to watch you, alright? Just…do whatever you want to do…"

"Geez." She answered back. "What's with the tone? You mad or something?"

"You could say that…" I responded a little quieter.

"I know what'll make you feel better!" She flew towards the front of me, stopping me from walking any further. "A race! Any kind of competition makes me feel better! Well..." She placed a hoof on her chin in thought. "That's if I win…but then again I always win. But don't worry; I'll go easy on you!" I only sent her an unamused expression that clearly stated I wasn't interested…but apparently not clear enough for her. "Ready?" She asked as she pulled up her forelegs in preparation while staying in flight. Before I could get in a word, she already exclaimed out. "1, 2, 3 GO!" She dashed away as soon as she announced those numbers in a second, leaving a streak of rainbow that was ever so familiar.

At least I didn't have to find some way to escape from her. I tightened my saddlebag and continued walking on.

Only before I could actually gain any distance from the area I met the pegasus called Rainbow Dash, I bumped into another mare. As soon as I was able to analyze her, I already immediately noticed a few things. Her coat was a color of pure white, she was a unicorn, and she presented herself out a lot more than any other average mare did.

"…sorry…" I apologized a little hesitantly.

"No, no, it's quite alright." She answered in this very…elegant and even quite formal tone, as if she wasn't even from around here. Using her magic, she was holding up bags filled with different pieces of cloth and décor. Once she recovered from our collision, she looked up to see me. "Why…I don't think I've ever seen you before…" She held up a hoof below her chin and eyed me closely. "You haven't stopped by my boutique before, have you?"

"What boutique?" I asked.

She immediately gasped and widened her eyes. "You don't know about the Carousel Boutique?! How is that possible?!"

I slightly flinched as if I had done something almost terribly wrong.

"I…don't really know everything about this town…"

She cleared her throat and patted her expertly styled mane. "My apologies for the sudden outburst. I am Rarity." She held out her hoof towards me, but not for an average hoof-shake. Her right foreleg was lifted up, but her hoof angled downwards.

My heart began beating faster as my nervousness returned, considering that I wasn't comfortable with touching others at all. But I didn't want to make myself look like a fool. After all, she was requesting this and it'd be far worse if I just completely didn't answer it. I hid my gulp and raised my foreleg. Next, I somewhat wrapped it around hers and we both shook ours lightly. "Alex…" I answered softly. She wore a bright smile as she closed her eyes happily. I attempted to hide most of my nerves inside. I may have been blank on the outside, but I sure was panicking on the inside.

"Say, would a fine gentlecolt, such as yourself, assist me with carrying these supplies over to Town Hall?" She held up several bags that she was carrying.

"Um…" I couldn't believe I had gotten myself in this… I only stared at her as she held up her bags with a smile. I couldn't refuse this. I didn't want to be a jerk… But then again, that's what made me so scared of others in the first place… Others that just took advantage of it… But I couldn't go home feeling guilty and worse than I already do… I held in my sigh but looked at her. "…sure…"

She grinned and happily placed her bags over my head and on my neck while allowing me to carry the rest with my teeth. Afterwards, she remained by my side, leading me to Town Hall and walking in a very civil manner.

She noticed my silence and turned her head to face me. "It's a glorious day, Alex. The Summer Sun Celebration is right around the corner! Why isn't there a big smile on your face?"

Being vague with her question, I turned and observed her for a moment, including the way she spoke. "You don't happen to be from Canterlot, do you?"

She gasped once again. "Canterlot?! Oooh." She groaned in delight. "I've always dreamed of living there… I completely adore the glamor and sophistication…but sadly…no,I am not from Canterlot. Why?" She immediately revealed interest in me. "Are you?!"

"…not exactly…" I answered cautiously.

"Whatever do you mean?" She pursued.

Really not wanting to talk about it, or anything for that matter, I tried to come up with very brief answers. "You can say I just…stopped by."

"Is it as remarkable and incredible as I believe it is?" She questioned, clearly fascinated with the city.

"I don't know…" I returned. "I didn't really explore the city…and even then it was a long while ago…I don't remember."

"Ooh…" She now groaned a little disappointingly. "If I could ever receive a chance of doing so…"

After that, I began feeling like…like if I wanted to talk with her more, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. I learned to keep my mouth shut unless I needed to open it. In other words, don't talk unless spoken to or you absolutely need to. Despite that rule, in certain situations, like this one, where I just can't help but feel like wanting to talk, I form the words in my head, but I just can't get my body to transfer and release the words from my mouth… I don't know why… It's one of the easiest things in the world but…I can't do it.

"We're here!" She announced out delightfully, bringing me to the huge building. "You can go ahead and place those bags on the grass, darling…unless…you'd be ever so kind to help me with the decorations inside? I'm handling the décor all by myself, which I really don't mind. However, I could use some company, and you don't appear to be one of those…rough and tumble stallions." She spoke those last few words with slight disgust.

Once again, my insane fears prevented me from wanting to accept that offer. Being in a room with another mare for a possibly long time? I don't even talk… What if I make things awkward? And then she'll be another mare I can't even face…

"S-Sorry…" I apologized and turned my body slightly to prepare to walk away. "I can't."

"Why not? If I may ask?" She inquired, stepping closer to me.

"I uh…" I backed a bit away. I then remembered about my saddlebag and looked at it. "I need to go home and…unpack some things…"

"Oh! Well then… It's completely fine!" She assured. "I very much appreciate your assistance with my bags. Shall I see you around soon in town perhaps? Ooh! Maybe the Summer Sun Celebration?"

"Yeah…maybe…" I responded and began walking away, seeing her lightly wave.

Before I could get out of there completely, I ran into another obstacle. In front of my way out, I saw Rainbow Dash. But it wasn't just her… there was another pony with her. Her coat was lavender and she had a baby dragon with her. After standing there motionless, I had a second to think to myself. I wasn't absolutely sure, but I had a feeling that that lavender pony was the pony that was passing by me near Applejack's farm. In that case, noticing how she seemed to stop by me, I didn't want to risk having an interaction with her too, so I turned away and headed out the long way, sending a glance every now and then a bit fearfully.

Closing in towards my home to finally receive my rest in peace, my walking was yet again interrupted by Pinkie Pie, who found me who knows how in the streets. "Hi!" She greeted loudly and cheerfully.

"…yeah?" I asked, wanting to get whatever she had in store out of the way.

"Sooo, I found the perfect opportunity for us to go to a party together! You see, there's this new pony in Ponyville and as soon as I saw her, I got this super duper great idea! I should throw a welcoming party for and then invite everypony including you! And guess what? We'll become the bestest of friends and you'll make a ton more of friends too! You see, there's Fluttershy, Ap—"

"Sorry. I don't like parties." I cut her off, unwilling to talk about the subject anymore.

She then gasped loudly. "Not like parties!? How can you not like parties!? Besides, you're coming with me! I promise you, it'll be really fun!"

"I'm not going."

"What?" She asked, lowering her excitement. "But you promised you'd go with me if I made a party!"

"Sorry…" I apologized again, finally stopping in front of my house and looking back at her. "But I guess I have to break that promise."

"But, but… You…you just can't break a promise! It's a promise!" Pinkie Pie tried to reason.

"Well, that's reality." I answered as I opened my door. "There's no…sacred or magical bond that makes a promise unbreakable. I'm sorry I can't keep my promise, but I just can't go to any party whether it's with you or not… Sometimes… promises are meant to be broken. A pony makes one…and your hope raises…only to be crushed when they really just lied to you… That's something I had to learn the hard way…"

"But…" she raised her hoof towards me, flopped down her ears, and pouted her shaky lips.

"Sorry, Pinkie Pie…" I prepared to finish the conversation before I locked myself back in my home. "…but no matter how many times you plead…I just can't…party…" Afterwards, I walked in and shut the door behind me.

Oh…how horrible I felt for doing that…

A case only sleep could relieve for a limited time.

I was truly sorry for how horrible I treated her wish, but I just didn't even understand myself sometimes. Sometimes, I did things even I don't have the reason for doing. This is why I pretty much…just want to avoid social interaction all together. I mess up things. I would have felt worse at the party because I probably would have done something stupid because I am just so socially inexperienced. It's already too late to even try to make friends. And even if I did make some "friends"…they'd probably just turn against me in the end too…

I sighed heavily and tiredly placed all my food in my fridge. I left my saddlebag on the floor, not having the energy to place it back away. I just dragged myself back upstairs and planted myself on the bed lazily.

I still felt bad for what I did to Pinkie Pie, despite her stubborn nature. Ugh… I just wish it would go away, but only sleeping could do that for a few hours… If I'm lucky, I can probably forget what happened today…but I'll probably just end up remembering in pieces again…

I felt this sort of…warm nudge wake me up. But when I opened my eyes, I really didn't understand why. I was alone in my bed and when I turned towards my window, I saw a full moon that was lit over a seemingly chilly night. As soon as I observed outside for a moment, I suddenly remembered about the Summer Sun Celebration. I raced towards the downstairs and stopped near the door. I turned my head over to the letter Princess Celestia had sent me.

Glancing over it once more, I hesitated. I really didn't want to go…but I felt bad enough as it is… I didn't want to disappoint Princess Celestia. Considering her huge heart and generosity, I felt I should go to see her. But I don't want to be around so many ponies… Just the thought of it made my heart begin to race in nervousness.


Maybe if I just focus on her...I can forget everyone pony else.

I took in a deep breath and then finally opened the front door to head out.

I made it just in time to hear birds singing in a choir directed by one pegasus. I know really haven't seen any pony at all because of my lack of a social life, but there was something about this certain winged pony. When I laid my eyes on her, I knew I didn't know anything about her. She was beautiful, I'll admit that. But for some reason…I felt…kind of…attracted to her. Not exactly a…romantic attraction but just…interest. I didn't know how to explain it. Besides the point, I couldn't let myself get distracted. I looked around and picked a spot in the back of the room. I wanted to try to be as far from anypony as possible, to be honest.

"Fillies and gentlecolts," The spotlight lowered to shine on the mare in the front of the stage. "As mayor of Ponyville, it is my great pleasure to announce the beginning of the Summer Sun Celebration!" At this point, everypony in the building cheered. I remained quiet, silently looking around and placing a hoof on my foreleg. "In just a few moments, our town will witness the magic of the sunrise, and celebrate this, the longest day of the year! And now, it is my great honor to introduce to you the ruler of our land, the very pony who gives us the sun and the moon each and every day, the good, the wise, the bringer of harmony to all of Equestria..." She paused for a moment, allowing me in attempts to wonder if Princess Celestia still appeared the same way as she did the last time I saw her. "...Princess Celestia!" She presented, signaling the mare above to pull the rope. I happened to notice that that mare was actually Rarity!

However, when the curtains opened and the spotlight moved to reveal Princess Celestia, there was actually nothing to reveal. Rarity was the first one to notice this as she was deeply surprised. "Huh?"

Everypony in the crowd began chattering quietly but nervously.

"Remain calm, everypony, there must be a reasonable explanation!" The mayor tried to assure.

"Ooh, ooh, I love guessing games!" A familiar voice exclaimed out. After the pony bounced up and down in excitement, I noticed it was Pinkie Pie. "Is she hiding?"

Rarity came out of the room Princess Celestia was supposed to be in. "She's gone!" She announced, receiving a group of gasps.

"Ooh, she's good!" Pinkie Pie released, believing it was all a game. However, she was cut short on her fun when a sudden blue mist appeared on the balcony, causing her to gasp. Everyone else gasped as I looked around, having no clue on what was going on or even what was supposed to go on.

The blue mist enlarged until it finally spread out and revealed a tall blackened pony. A pony that was as large as Princess Celestia, but clearly an important pony I've never heard of before!

"Oh, my beloved subjects…" She announced calmly before us. "It's been so long since I've seen your precious, little sun-loving faces."

"What did you do with our Princess?!" Another spoke. It was revealed to be Rainbow Dash, who tried to fly up but was held back by Applejack.

"Whoa there, Nelly..."

This unfamiliar, I believe they're called Alicorn, laughed. "Why, am I not royal enough for you? Don't you know who I am?" She asked, changing her tone into a slightly irritated one.

"Ooh, ooh, more guessing games!" Pinkie Pie continued to take unseriously. "Um, Hokey Smokes! How about... Queen Meanie! No! Black Snooty, Black Snooty—"

She was immediately silenced when Applejack forced an apple in her mouth.

"Does my crown no longer count now that I have been imprisoned for a thousand years?" She asked as she frightened the yellow pegasus with the birds, causing her to flinch back. What? Imprisoned for a thousand years? "Did you not recall the legend? Did you not see the signs?" She continued as she moved to Rarity. What is she talking about? Like I'm supposed to have this in mind?

"I did!" Another pony suddenly announced out loud for every one of us to hear. "And I know who you are. You're the Mare in the Moon – Nightmare Moon!" It was that lavender unicorn I had saw earlier in the day…

Everypony gasped again.

"Well well well, somepony who remembers me. Then you also know why I'm here." Nightmare Moon stomped a hoof down, expecting an answer.

"You're here to... to..." The unicorn stopped and gulped, unable to finish her sentence for some reason.

Nightmare Moon chuckled loudly, smiling deviously. "Remember this day, little ponies, for it was your last. From this moment forth, the night will last forever!" As soon as she ended her sentence, her voice emerged into a loud cackle as thunder boomed and lightning flashed above her.

As she stood fearlessly below this intimating show, I could only stand in the back from the others. I was completely speechless. I didn't know what to think. I didn't know if this was some joke or some show I didn't know of. Apparently, by the reactions of the others, it wasn't. But I still didn't know what to think. I didn't know what to do.

I just stood there motionless, my thoughts on block.

To be continued…