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"One does not care to acknowledge the mistakes of one's youth."
- Char Aznable, Mobile Suit Gundam

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Several Years After The Defeat Of Nightmare Moon...
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The Final Frontier
(Filled With Infinite Magical Energy)

"Space... is... awesome."

Twilight Sparkle's smile was nearly as huge as the celestial body she'd just managed to teleport herself to. Barely able to contain her giddiness, she levitated her communicator out of her saddle bag and spoke into it.

"Mission Control, this is Sparkle One, do you copy? Over."

Some time passed before the communicator crackled to life, and a reply was heard. "Huh? Twilight, is that you? What's a 'Sparkle One?'"

Twilight giggled and sighed. "Oh, Spike. Sometimes I swear you have no sense of atmosphere. But we'll chat about that later. The spell was a success! Mission accomplished! I'm here!"

"Whoa, you mean it? You're..." Spike's voice crept to a whisper. "...you're on the moon?"

Twilight padded the ground with her hoof. "Well, it's large, it's gray, and there are..." She paused and looked around, sighing in awe at the scope and majesty of the space she'd always adored from afar. "...stars all around me. It's beautiful, Spike. I wish you could be here with me right now. I wish anyone could be..."

"Maybe next trip. But congratulations, Twilight. I know how much this means to you. You put so much work into getting this right."

"I did, and it's finally paid off! Thanks Spike--I've dreamed of this day for ages." She looked off into the distance and pointed. "Just imagine... Nightmare Moon could have been right here!" She pointed in several other directions. "Or there. Or there!"

Back at "Mission Control," Spike scratched his head. "I thought she was the 'Mare In The Moon?'"

Twilight froze, and laughed. "You know what, Spike? You're right! Which means she was probably everywhere and nowhere at once! Well, since I'm here, I plan to start exploring in a bit, but first..." Her telescope was soon out of her bag and mounted in front of her, and she started fiddling with its controls.

"Whoa, whoa, hang on," said Spike. "I hear you turning the dial on something you've turned the dial on a million times. You.... oh no. You did not take it with you. Tell me you didn't take it with you..."

"What? Don't tell me you don't have a sense of irony, either!"

Spike shook his head. "Um... not really?"

"Ugh. Okay, that's two talks when I get back. But I look up here from Equestria so much... I figured what better way to celebrate today than to look back down from here? Besides, it's my new model with extra zoom features! I just have to test it out!"

Spike shook his head again. "You can take the geek out of Equestria, but..."

Twilight giggled. "Sort of, yes. Now what can I spy with my little eye..."

She looked through the telescope, finding... a grassy clearing, where absolutely nothing was taking place. "Hmm. Was hoping for something a bit less anticlimactic..." She blinked, and when she refocused, she could see the sun shining in the sky.

...wait. The sun?

Twilight looked up. Sure enough, the sun was in the same space as herself right now! What was one doing on her home planet as well? She began to turn up the zoom on her telescope--and at the same time, the sun moved closer in her field of view, causing her to think better of it.

The earthbound sun was moving as well. Closer, and closer...

Spike's voice came in through the communicator. "Twilight? You're being awful silent over there. Something up?"

"Actually," said Twilight, "I think so..." She blinked once more, and her field of vision was engulfed in flaring orange light, causing to recoil in surprise. "...yikes!"

"Twilight!" said Spike. "Twilight, Come in! Are you all right?"

Twilight gasped for breath. "I-I'm fine, Spike. Was just a little startled, that's all." She looked through the telescope one final time, zooming out to better track the source of the light. "That... that's not a sun at all. That's more like a comet!"

"A comet? Seriously?"

Twilight thought the notion over. "Well, okay, no. Comets usually approach from space. If there was one coming to our planet, I'd've known about it from my nightly research. They're also supposed to be quite cold, yet this one appears to radiate as anything but! I'd classify it a meteor, but it also appears to be traveling along a set radial path proportional to the planet's circumf-"

"English, Twilight?"

"Right. Sorry." The unicorn stepped away from her telescope, which soon shone with her horn's purple light. "Whatever it is, I can't tell from this distance. This is as strong as my telescope gets." Her horn glowed. "In the interest of time, Spike, I'm sending my point of view over to you. Find out this object's position, and calculate its path!"

"On it!" Spike tapped keys on the terminal in front of him. "Looks like its path is taking it straight to Rarity's neck of the woods! Can--I mean should I give her a call?"

Twilight's super-large smile returned. "Nope."

Spike's face instantly fell. "You're a cruel mistress, you know that?"

"Oh, next time, loverboy. I've got to handle this one--Rarity will need special instructions for handling this..."

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Manehattan
Carousel Tower, Top Floor
(Don't Look Down)

Rarity looked out of the window of the tallest skyscraper in Manehattan, surveying the city--her city, she liked to tell herself--while said building, true to its namesake, slowly rotated and constantly changed its view.

As she did so, she relished the silence. It allowed her to meditate and to think--two essential activities for the rare breed of CEO and creative visionary.

"Honestly, sometimes I amaze and disappoint myself," she said to no one in particular. She trotted back to her desk. "Royal endorsement--a wonderful initiative! So why did it take so long for me to put it into practice?" She sent a jolt of magic to a keyboard-free terminal (made especially for unicorns), and brought up several line graphs which spiked and inclined upwards. "Moonglow Fabric is selling by the boatload since its showcase at my celebration ceremony! Truly, I could have retired a wealthy mare by now had I known. I really do owe Princess Luna my most heartfelt thanks..."

She looked at the trophy beside the terminal--which hadn't yet lost its luster--and a picture beside it, showing her with the Princesses and her five other colored ponies, all smiles.

"...as well as all of my friends."

Her phone's intercom beeped loudly seconds later. "Miss Rarity, you have a call."

A frazzled Rarity lashed out in reply. "Well, handle it then! You know that this is my hour of quiet time! I pay you to keep it that way!"

"It's Twilight Sparkle, Miss Rarity," said the voice. "She says it's urgent."

Rarity gasped, snapping to attention. "Twilight? Say these things sooner, love! Very well, put her through."

Her phone rang, and Rarity willed it next to her ears. "Twilight! Oh, dear, it's been ages! Well, okay, just a month. Still, how are you?... Wha-... wait. You say you're calling from space?... A what? Headed where?"

Rarity looked back out of the window, this time skyward.

"Well, then, how can I hel-... I see. Honestly, Twilight, I'm not sure if I can handle such a matter myself."

After a few more seconds of dialogue from Twilight, Rarity's face visibly soured.

"Who?... Ohhhh, no. You know how I feel about her! How all of us feel about her, with the exception of... no. A hundred times, no!... Don't you try to play to my sympathies, Sparkle! As I live and breathe, there is absolutely, positively no way you could possibly ever-"

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"-just so we're clear," Rarity was saying, "I was never okay with this idea."

Manehattan
Miniature Muzzle Theater, Rooftop
(Motto: "Life Is Entertainment!")

"You're acting as if said idea were mine," said the costumed and masked pony in front of Rarity. "T'was Twilight's, wasn't it?"

"Indeed. Trust me, you're only here because she... inexplicably likes you."

"Feeling's mutual. Why isn't Twilight with us, anyway?"

"She's up in space."

The mystery mare snickered. "She usually is. But no, I mean physic--wait, you're serious?" She pointed skyward. "Up there?"

"On the moon," Rarity replied, "meaning it's up to us to investigate the phenomenon heading this way..." She looked at her timepiece. "...and should be approaching here any second now."

The costumed pony assumed a ready stance. "Well, whoever came up with it, it's always a good idea to call upon Watchmare for assistance!"

Rarity rolled her eyes. "Changing the name wasn't part of the deal, you know. All of us felt 'Mare-Do-Well' was more than sufficient."

"Exactly. Which was why I had to change it. I'm the performing artist by day, here--thus, I know which names ring true."

"Ugh. Some things never change, I swear. Few days go by where I don't regret Twilight convincing me to give you that outfit..." Before Rarity could continue her tirade, she spotted an orange dot in the night sky. "There it is!"

"Oh, my," said Watchmare as it grew closer. "It really is a comet! Wait, no... a meteor?"

"Twilight says neither. Whatever it is, though, get ready!"

"Always ready," said Watchmare, intently eyeing the flying object. "Steady... steady... now! Fire!"

Beams shot from Rarity's horn and atop the Watchmare's pointed hat. To their shock, the flying object dodged to easily avoid them both.

"What the..." Rarity did a double-take. "Again!"

More shots, more misses. Eventually the object appeared to take notice, doubled back, and began swirling around the two of them at speeds unexpected by either pony.

"Yow!" Rarity dodged to the side as it just barely grazed them. "That's one hot... whatever this is!"

Watchmare backflipped out of the flying object's path, then stood her ground. "We can't let that stop us! Just get it already!"

Rarity galloped to one side of the roof, then quickly spun around to get the object back in her sights. "Do you not see me trying?"

"No, I see you failing!"

"Grrrr... fine! Let's see you do better!"

"Hah! With pleasure!"

After more darting and dodging, Watchmare was eventually the first to land a hit on the object. "A-ha! Rarity, I've got it! Join me!"

"Showoff." Rarity followed Watchmare's lead, however, suspending the flaring object in the sky. While this took place, the masked pony levitated a small box from her utility bag, placing it under the ball of light...

(...no, not light, Rarity thought as she looked closer. Fire?...)

...that they'd just managed to snare. "Trap it!" Watchmare said as the box flipped open.

The two unicorns pulled with all of their might against the force of the object's travel, and they soon began to make a small amount of headway. Under the strain, the flying object's light faded somewhat, giving Rarity a view of something... recognizable?

(That... Rarity squinted. That looks like...)

The slight distraction would prove to be both ponies' undoing. Flames erupted from the object as its pull became ever stronger, and a tug-of-war ensued--until, with a sound not unlike the shattering of glass, the flying object won, breaking free of both mares' magical tractors and knocking them flat on their backs to boot.

By the time the dizziness left them, the 'meteor' was long gone. Rarity struggled to her feet. "Well, that was embarrassing."

The masked mare stood as well, and sighed. "Somehow, I knew this operation was doomed to failure. Still, what a force! What was that?"

"No..." Rarity looked up to the sky. "...not what. Who."

"Who is what?"

"No, that was a who, not a what, I mean-" Rarity shook her head to clear it. "Oh, curses, now you've got me doing it!"

"This is hardly a stage show!" said Watchmare. "Simply say it straight out!"

"Twilight's right. That thing we just faced wasn't a comet, or a meteor. For that matter, I don't think it was even a thing."

"Then what--or not what--was it?

Rarity closed her eyes. "I think it was a pony."

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Appleloosa
Sweet Apple Farms HQ
(Peace Treaty Still In Effect)

"Objection, your honor!" The suited earth mare pointed straight at her opponent.
"On what grounds?" asked the judge.
"The prosecution persists that just 'cause nopony was around the night o' the square dance, that there's no way to prove that my client was innocent of the assaultin' act!"
"Which is entirely true!" said the prosecutor. "There was indeed nopony around!"
The suited mare smiled. "Oh, I don't deny that, sugarcube. Yet, here and now, I will prove beyond the shadow of a miniscule doubt that the cow in question was absolutely not tipped!"
"Oh, really? How so?"
"'Cause I call as my final witness... the cow herself! Her name's Annabelle, by the way..."

"Ha! Apple Justice, you've done it again!" Applejack smiled as she turned off the television. "I swear, girl, you slay 'em every which way! Welp, I suppose it's time to get the day started."

Suddenly, Braeburn ran in. "Cousin! Got one o' your pals on the phone! Says it's an emergency!"

"This early? Nopony else I call friend really does mornings." Applejack ran to the phone and answered it. "AJ here... Rarity? I say, it's been a mild spel--huh? No, I mean like, a passage o' time spell, not, y'know.... awww, whatever. How's life over in my old stompin' gro--what... who?"

Applejack hung up the phone, looking the worse for wear, which Braeburn noticed. "Somethin' the matter?"

Applejack nodded. "C'mon, Brae. Wake up Big Mac--somethin' speedy's headed this way in the sky, and we'll have to capture it if we can." She hesitated before adding, "Rarity thinks it's a pony."

"A speedster pony? You think we'll be enough?"

Applejack flashed a grin at him. "Three o' the strongest earth ponies in Equestria? Yeah, I reckon there might be a chance..."

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The flying object was instantly visible the second the three farmers went outside. Braeburn was the first to point it out. "Whoa! That thing looks like it's burnin' up!"

"Pretty much what Rarity told me, yeah. Doused our strongest ropes beforehand." Applejack tossed lassos to Big Mac and Braeburn. "Attack Pattern Apple, boys! It's hogtyin' time!"

The three formed a triangle in the field, directly in the path of the flying object--and true to their skills, their lassos were perfectly aimed, perfectly timed, perfectly looped and perfectly tightened.

However, it was all for naught, as they quickly and easily found themselves pulled, screaming, up into the sky upon catching the object--and then fell just as easily as the ropes were eventually set on fire, along with the tops of some of the orchard's trees.

"What the--Braeburn, abort mission! Priority is savin' those trees, pronto!"

"Righto, cousin! Mac, you on it?"

"Ayyy-yup," said the crimson stallion, already halfway to the barn. A hose was quickly brought out, and the trees tended to. When it was all over, Braeburn looked at their singed ropes.

"Been thinkin', cousin--maybe it's high time we upgraded our gimmicks."

Applejack sighed. "I reckon y'all might be right. Still managed to get an up-close look, though. I know what that sucker was, I know where it's headed..."

Applejack looked into the distance.

"...and for who."

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Ponyville
Ponyville Stadium
(Because Towns Grow Over Time)

"Fillies and gentlecolts of Ponyville: presenting... the Wonderbolts!"

Music blared and cheers erupted around the stadium as several costumed pegasus ponies flew around, smoke trailing in their wake. Some were familiar faces, some newcomers, but through daring, looping and twisting tricks set in perfect rhythm and sync, all showed signs of their training as the best stunt flyers in all of Equestria.

Eventually, the Wonderbolts settled in the midst of the stadium, posing with a spreading of their wings in unison. The announcer spoke again.

"And now, Ponyville, I give you the leader of the Wonderbolts... your very own Rainbow Daaaaaaaaaash!"

Rainbow trails arced over the stadium, heralding the arrival of the breakout star of the squad. Rainbow Dash had finally come back to town, and if the crowd had been cheering before, it was close to outright riot as she circled the stands, and met hooves with anypony lucky enough to reach. She then set about drawing multicolored shapes in the air--gigantic hearts, stars, and representations of her lightning-bolt cutie mark. Only after all of this was over did she land in the center of the circular Wonderbolt formation, blowing kisses to all in attendance.

"Good Morniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing, Ponyville! It's so incredibly awesome to be back home, and doubly awesome to have this latest Wonderbolt's Derby in the town where I got my start! So I've got just one question to ask all of you: are you ready for a show?"

The audience yelled in reply. To this, Rainbow Dash did nothing but wave her hooves. "C'mon, this is the Wonderbolts we're talking about here! This is me we're talking about! Hel-lo, hometown hero? I'm gonna ask you again--are you ready for a show?"

The audience yelled back at thrice volume.

"That's more like it! All right, then, it's time to blast o--huh? What're you guys doing here?" Rainbow Dash asked as a very worried unicorn and earth pony ran up on stage. "My good friends from way back when, folks! Give it up for Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle! Gosh, you guys look great!"

Amidst even more cheers, Rainbow Dash muffled her face-microphone. "What's up, girls?"

Apple Bloom pointed to the flaring object in the sky. "That, actually! Applejack just called me about it!"

Sweetie Belle nodded. "And Rarity called me. Said we should warn you just like she and AJ wanted to warn us!"

Rainbow Dash's eyebrows furrowed. "Warn me? About what?"

As if to answer, a new voice screamed out through the sky....

"RAINBOW DASH!"

Rainbow Dash, Sweetie Belle and Apple Bloom all froze as they recognized the voice.

Sweetie Belle's mouth widened in disbelief. "Is that..."

"No way. Not after all this time... get behind me, girls." Noticing the rest of her squad standing ready, Rainbow Dash raised her hoof, her face uncharacteristically somber. ""Bolts... you stand down, too. I'll handle this."

After gritting her teeth and taking a deep breath, Rainbow Dash was skyward in a flash--and seconds later, once she'd built up the acceleration, a yellow light as intense as the orange one heading her way began shining around her.

The two lights approached each other... and then, an entirely new show took place. To the assembled audience, looking up into the sky meant seeing both lights swirling, clashing, and sometimes even ramming each other in the air at high speeds. Sparks literally flew and rained down with every collision, accompanied by thunderous booms which were both heard and felt even down in the stands.

After some time, Rainbow Dash flew back to and landed on terra firma--physically undamaged, but visibly winded and gasping for breath. Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle ran over. "Rainbow Dash! Y'all all right?" Apple Bloom asked.

Rainbow Dash clutched her chest. "Y-yeah... I'm all right, girls. But it looks like you finally get your wish."

"What do you mean?" asked Sweetie Belle.

"I mean, the last member of your team's finally back." She looked up at the orange ball in the sky, just as it finally lost its flaring aura to reveal a pony, just as Rarity had predicted. "Right, Scootaloo?"

The orange pegasus mare sneered as she hovered above them with front hooves crossed. "That callsign's old news. You and the rest can now call me by my flyer's name...

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"...Fireball!"
A My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Fanfiction
Chapter 1 of 5
by Bookish Delight, 2011-2012
All characters and referred properties belong to Hasbro.
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"You know," said Apple Bloom, "even given everything that's happened, I don't think I ever coulda saw this comin'..."

"Yeah, I didn't think she had it in her," said Rainbow Dash.

Sweetie Belle took a step backwards. "I'm not sure I like her mane anymore! Little too short for my tastes. Plus, a neckscarf? Talk about retro!"

Rainbow Dash winked. "Nothing wrong with the classics." She yelled up to Scootaloo, her usual bravado having returned. "'Fireball,' huh? I'll admit it's got a ring to it! I'll think about using it... but you need to give me a reason."

To Rainbow Dash's surprise, Scootaloo matched her confident glare and grin. "Gladly! It's finally time, Dash. Time to show you and the entire world that I don't need you! I never did!"

Rainbow Dash blinked. "...girl's fulla surprises today."

"You're tellin' me," said Apple Bloom, before shouting upwards as well. "Scoots! It's me, Apple Bloom! Sweetie Belle's with me, too! You remember us, right?"

The malice faded slightly--but only slightly--from Scootaloo's face in response as she lowered her head and closed her eyes. "Of course I do. Sorry for making you worry. Had to work through some things. Just about done with 'em all..." She met Rainbow Dash's eyes, her expression turning fiery once more. "...but there's still one left!"

Rainbow Dash rolled her eyes. "Oh, for crying out loud! Look, you sound like you really wanna settle things. So out with it already--how do you wanna do this?"

"What do you think? The same way we speedsters always settle things--a race!"

Rainbow Dash blinked. "What, just one race?"

"Not just a race--the race! The Pan-Equestria Challenge! I challenge you to the whole thing in one shot!"

The buzz from the audience reached a fever pitch.

Rainbow Dash preened. "You sure you don't wanna rethink that? The PEC's a pretty demanding race. Heck, I've ever only flown it once!"

"Ohhhh, what's that?" Scootaloo cackled, flying around the blue pegasus. "Is the great and powerful Rainbow Dash turning chicken? Actually, it looks like you finally became a Wonderbolt--and what's this I heard on the way over? You lead the squad now? Awesome! Hope you can live it down when you get completely stomped and lose the respect of everypony worldwide! Your little club might even kick you out! Wouldn't that be totally fitting? Me destroying your dreams..."

Her jovial attitude instantly disappeared as she hovered directly in front of Rainbow Dash's face.

"...just as you did mine."

To the surprise of the gathered, Rainbow Dash said nothing in reply, maintaining her stoic stance and stare.

"Glad to see you're not trying to defend yourself. Not that you have any legs to stand on. But what you do have, Dashie, is a day to get ready. See you back here in 18 hours--or believe me: everypony's finally gonna know just how much of a rat you truly are! I'll make sure of it."

With that, Scootaloo took off in a streak of orange.

"Why you... hey! Get back here!" Rainbow Dash called out, taking off after her. However, Scootaloo had already gotten a head start, and after a minute of proving quite tough to catch, the Wonderbolt leader decided to get back to her squad's show.

"'Fireball,' huh? She one of yours?" Soarin asked as the orange light disappeared into the distance.

Spitfire shook her head. "No... and I think it hurts more by the second."

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Ponyville
Sugarcube Corner
(Same Snacks, New Management)

"C'mon, Ultramare! Smack'em! Kick 'em!"

"Use your beam! Auntie Twist, you always know the most awesome shows!"

The young bespectacled earth pony behind the counter took her eyes off of the television long enough to smile back at Pound Cake and Pumpkin Cake. "Awwww, thanks, you guys! I always say, a helping of justice a day keeps the boredom away!"

"I hope you're getting work done in the middle of flaunting all of your geek cred."

All eyes were quickly on the doorway where a pink pony now stood, a grin on her face and eyes full of determitarion.

"P-P-P-Pinkie Pie!" Twist saluted hastily. "Completely on the job, boss! Sales are great and we've got fresh pastries to spare!"

"Great! Could you change the channel to the Wonderbolts Derby , please?"

"Awwwwwww...." the youngest ponies moaned instantly.

"Now remember, kids, Auntie Pinkie runs this store while your parents are away, and she's going to take over someday. So what she says goes."

"Thanks, Twist! Finally, an intern who gets the natural order of things!" Pinkie nodded happily.

Twist smiled and saluted again. "Heh heh! I live to serve."

The channel was changed, and was soon showing footage of an orange pegasus with an even brighter orange hue around her.

Pound Cake gaped at the sight. "....whoa. Awesome."

"Why's she glowin' like Ultramare?" Pumpkin Cake asked.

"Don't you remember?" Pound Cake replied. "Rainbow Dash does that too!"

Twist looked intently at the screen. "Yep. But pegasus ponies can only do that when they get that good at what they do," said Twist. "If that's Scootaloo... wow! I wonder if Rainbow Dash kn-" She stopped when she saw the footage of yellow and orange lights sparking against each other. "-never mind."

"Yeah," said Pinkie. "From what I've just seen, it's absolutely on between those two! You know what this means?"

"Yeah!" Twist grinned from ear to ear. "It means Scoots is back! And she really did it. She's rivaling Dash, just like she said she would all those years back!"

Pinkie thought about this. "...okay, yeah. But more than that--she's my ticket to stardom! Twist, anything baking right now?"

"Nope!"

"Good! You know where I'll be! Keep things running!"

"You got it! Hey, kids! Want me to turn the channel back?"

"Yeah!" said Pumpkin Cake.
"No way!" said Pound Cake.

"...uh-oh."

---

Galloping into the kitchen, Pinkie Pie pressed the numbered keypad on the oven at its very rear. "Five-hundred-fifty-five degrees.. and... go!" She opened the oven, jumped inside...

...and fell through a long twisting tube which eventually plopped her into an underground room filled with terminals and screens--one of which showed Twilight Sparkle singing and dancing in low-gravity on the moon.

"Spike!" Pinkie called out. "Spike, you here?"

Spike snapped awake. "Oh, hey, Pinkie, you're back! How was the Derby?"

"I'll tell you about it on the way."

"On the way to what?"

"Spike, this is it. I've finally got a mission in life again. A story worth covering that could change Equestria as we know it! But if I'm going to succeed, I need my cohost!" She smiled straight into his eyes. "How about it, Cohost?"

Spike sighed. "Pinkie..."

Pinkie sighed as well. "...I know, I know..."

"I'm just not sure if it's worth it anymore. You've been banned from anchor duties from every station twice... you've been kicked off of every newspaper three times..."

"But I haven't been banned from reporting or announcing as concepts, Spike! Total difference! C'mon, this is the story of a lifetime here! Pleeeease?" Pinkie looked at Spike, widening her eyes. "I'll make you the biggest cake when it's over, I promise!"

"I don't think I can do it, Pinkie."

"It'll be loaded with tasty jewels from top to bottom--heck, it'll have jewels inside, too!"

Spike wavered. "I... I dunno...."

"...and I'll ask Rarity to jump out of it for you."

"Wha-" Spike spun his head around so fast it almost snapped.

Pinkie grinned wider. "That a show of interest I see?"

"I... no!" Spike turned back around and crossed his forelegs. "C'mon, I work with Twilight. You think I can't tell a cheap ploy when I see it?"

"You sure?" The pink pony stepped behind Spike's chair, wrapped her front legs around him from behind, and gestured forward. "Just think of her--still half-inside your huge dessert, smiling and winking, dotted in frosting, all the while knowing just how hungry you are..." Pinkie moved closer, now whispering in his ear. "...and waiting for you. Gosh, I wonder what dear old Spikey-wikey would want to devour first--the cake, the jewels, or-"

"...all right, all right!" A now starry-eyed Spike sighed one last time. "I hate you, Pinkie Pie. Let's get ready."

"Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay!" Pinkie hugged the dragon. "Thanks, Spike! You won't regret this!"

"Yeah, yeah," he muttered, burying is head in his claws. "I'm so weak."

---

In ten minutes' time, Sugarcube Corner--building and all--was splitting open from the middle. Once its halves fully separated, a large pink jet rose vertically from its foundations.

A voice sounded from a nearby loudspeaker. "Thanks for clearing the area, everypony! Pinkie Flyer Version 17 is hereby launched and ready for its test run!"

"Wait, Pinkie," Spike said. "Did you build this thing?"

"Not this time," Pinkie replied. "This version was a liiiiiiiittle beyond my abilities. But there's an earth pony by the name of Gearloose in the next town over--she and her team built it for me. I just designed its super-sweet look! Hop in!"

The two entered the plane, and Pinkie went to the control seat. "We'll have a trained pilot tomorrow, but tonight's a speed test." She flipped switches, then held onto the stick. "Hold onto your lunch!"

The plane shifted modes, and both screamed as it took off into the skies.

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The Moon
(Infinite Millennial Time-Shares Available)

Several hours later, Twilight Sparkle woke up with a refreshed yawn.

"Hoo boy. So that's what it's like to spend a night on the moon..." She shivered. "Kind of cold. Not sure I could see myself having another four hundred thousand of these. Well, time to go back. Spike? Spike, are you still there?" Twilight Sparkle spoke into her communicator, but with no results. "Hmmm... guess I'm on my own."

She stepped back into line-of-sight with her home planet, concentrated, and whisper-chanted at a high speed. Before long, numbers and mathematical symbols swirled around her body, giving off an ever-brightening glow, until...

"Three... two... one... now!"

...and she vanished.

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Ponyville
Subterranean Communications Center
(Multipurpose)

A minute later, Twilight reappeared where her mission had started. "What the... he flew the coop?" She grunted. "For what reason could he ever-"

Suddenly, every monitor in the room lit up, showing Pinkie Pie's smiling face.

Twilight groaned. "I should have known."

"Goooooooooood morning everypony!' boomed the monitors' speakers. "Pinkie Pie here, broadcasting live from Ponyville Stadium--and broadcasting over all frequencies whether you like it or not!"

"What the-" Twilight's hooves slammed onto a nearby table. "All frequencies? You mean my frequencies?"

"Yep, that's right! We're here to cover the race of the century! It's Rainbow Dash, the Queen of Flight, versus Scootaloo, her now ex-biggest fan--and believe me..."

Pinkie's smile drew in for a close-up.

"...you won't want to miss a minute."

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To Be Continued...
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Part 2: [link]

Original Synopsis:
Several years after Nightmare Moon's defeat, a meteor is seen hurtling across the sky. Its presence heralds a reckoning for Rainbow Dash... as well as the greatest spectacle Equestria will ever witness!

What Is This?:
Chapter 1 (of a planned 5) of Fireball!, where we take a trip to a possible future timeline of Friendship is Magic!
What is this force that takes Equestria by surprise?

Dear Princess Celestia:
...is "anime" a writing style? Can you even do that? I suppose this is my earnest attempt, then. :)

Dear Princess Luna:
Let's just say... I suddenly know exactly how you feel every Nightmare Night. Too late to back out now, though. It's showtime.

Text by Bookish Delight, 2011-2012. My Little Pony belongs to Hasbro, not to me. This is done completely bereft of profit.
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soIIux-captor Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012   Writer
Thank you. :D
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thelovelypenguin Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Wow, this was really something else. First of all, I gotta agree that it's awesome to speculate what the future will be like, with the CMC and baby Cakes and such growing up, and characters realizing their dreams. I am very curious as to the backstory behind Dash's and Scoot's rivalry.

I have to admit, just about all of the references mentioned in the comments were lost on me, as I'm not familiar with the source material. That didn't hamper my enjoyment of the story, of course, but I am wondering about them now.

All in all, a very interesting fic. You've built a captivating world that more or less realistically progresses from the present-day Equestria we know and love, and you've set the stage for a thrilling adventure in the chapters to come.

Can't wait to see more! (Also, that cool thing you did with the title card in the middle of the story was sweet. I love it when people paint the fourth wall like that.)
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012   Writer
Thanks a lot!

Future-fantasizing can be fun! It takes a lot of work, though, especially since one has to place themselves entirely within the world while imposing as little of themselves into it as possible.

As an example: I often see stories where the ponies either go to or have gone to university (likely because a lot of the fic-writing fanbase is college-aged so it relates to them). While there's nothing inherently wrong with that (it opens up lots of character possibilities!), there's little to no canon discussion of a structured higher education system within Equestria, so it's very easy for that sort of thing to appear out of place--personally as a reader--without the greatest of explanations. That last part's the key--making the reader believe it. ^^;

(For all I know, "It's About Time" will completely change this. Ah, the perils for writing for a show in-progress!)

Anyhoo, I'm actually really glad to hear that you were still able to follow and enjoy the story while getting none of the references. It lets me know I've still got something that can stand on its own! Worry not, a reason is in place for the rivalry that's been presented... and as a tease, the race isn't the only plot. :)

(Heh. Messing with the title sometimes is fun. ^^)
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thelovelypenguin Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
:D Yup, instilling suspension of disbelief in readers is key to a good story.
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DPV111 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Awesome work, just one question:

"'Fireball,' huh? She one of yours?" Soarin asked as the orange light disappeared into the distance.

Spitfire shook her head. "No... and I think it hurts more by the second."


I'm not sure I understand what's going on with this exchange between Soarin' and Spitfire. Will this be elaborated on later?
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012   Writer
...probably not? That one-off dialogue exchange was mainly brought about by the fact that by the time I'd finished fantasizing what an older Scoots at the peak of her abilities would be like, I suddenly remembered this show already had a sort-of-fire-themed pegasus speedster. Oops. ^^;

Thanks overall!
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DPV111 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Ah so the "it hurts" was a reference to her being 2nd best fire themed?
Seems legit.
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Starlight-Flux Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Good work! Can't wait to read more!
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Icarfish Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
FANTASTIC cant wait to read more
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metapsionic Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Sounds fun, and very anime-ish. Can't wait to see where you're going with this
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012   Writer
Indeed, I had anime spectacle in my mind while planning this out. Still do now, actually! Expect more of this style in future chapters, with some (some!) added drama, and a few... kinetic surprises I don't want to reveal quite just yet. :)
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Saskyou Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Student
Wow, I heard all the lines in my head in their owner's voice. You really got their styles, brilliant!
Umm... Where's Fluttershy?
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012   Writer
Thanks!

(Where, indeed...? ;))
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Paqu Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
An Annabelle's Wish reference!?
I think I love you.
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012   Writer
Hehehe. I was trying to remember why I used that name. Thank you. :)
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Paqu Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
No problem, not enough
people know that movie!
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AveryRaccoon Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is....somethin else O_o
and I like it!
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Catharsis25 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Huh. I was sorta expecting a G Gundam thing, though I don't know why.
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012   Writer
Oh, I know exactly why, and apologize if you found the extra tags on EqD misleading. I'm... a sucker for references. ^^;

Hopefully you still found what's on display here somewhat enjoyable? :)
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Clockwork-Canter Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Writer
All those references. Love it love it LOVE IT. Can't wait for Part 2.
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SurfingCA Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What he said

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Gojira007 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
You have no idea, none, how hard it was for me to compose an honest-to-goodness comment for this instead of just going through a checklist of all the awesome, awesome, awesome things you cram into this opening chapter. Case in point? I was ready to :+fav: this the moment you opened with a flippin' :iconcharaznableplz: quote; by the time we got to "Apple Justice" (and, because I so love pushing puns even further, might I suggest "Apple 'o' Justice"? 8B), I was frothing with :+fav:-hunger, and you keep dropping little tidbits like that all throughout the story, from "Ultramare" to this Gearloose filly (wonder if she's related to Gyro ;3). But of course, this chapter deserves a :+fav: for more than just clever and well-integrated fan-service and references. Consequently, it deserves a more fully-fleshed out explanation of why we're off to such a rip-roaring great start to what is sure to be a masterpiece of Pony 'fic.

First and foremost, your dialogue and characterization here are spot-on. As I told you before, your Spike has already improved by leaps and bounds, and his opening banter with Twilight hits all the right notes in just the right ways, and you keep demonstrating that same keen grip on voice and character throughout. Likewise, you demonstrate that same "the more things change, the more they stay the same" balance with the whole cast. Twilight's scientific aspirations and facilities have clearly increased in scale and complexity, but she's still ultimately that same knowledge-hungry young pony we've always known (right down to face-hoofing at Pinkie co-opting her equipment XD); Rarity's a full-fledged businesspony now and behaves as such, but has lost none of the zealous spark that drove her in her youth; the Apple Family...well, they're still the Apple Family, right down to always looking out for the welfare of their farm, but that stability is itself a clever sign of understanding these characters and how they progress (especially in light of Applejack's most recent letter to Celestia from the show X3). Pinkie Pie, meanwhile, is every inch the bouncy bubbly party-pony we all know and love, but she too has clearly done some growing up, with a mind ever so slightly more geared toward responsibilities and jobs; she just approaches those things in a very Pinkie Pie fashion (right down to making a promise to Spike I will sincerely love to see her try and fulfill XD). Everypony's lines, everypony's lives, feel right, and well-realized, and I love it.

Secondly, given that your stated intent here is to try for a more Epic-scale story, you should know you're doing it pretty right so far, and have demonstrated a clear understanding of one of Epic-scale storytelling's best rules: a place for everypony, and everypony in their place. Seriously. We've assembled a gigantic cast of characters here; in fact, I think the only mane pony who's missing thus far is :iconfluttershyplz:, and given how prevalent Pegasus Ponies are to this particular story, I'm pretty confident we can expect to see her soon. Still, the point is, while the central focus is clearly on the rivalry between Rainbow Dash and Scoot...er, I mean, Fireball, every other character seen here clearly has a purpose, or gets a solid moment, or otherwise contributes something to helping realize the story's plot, its vision of Equestria in the future, making the whole affair more enjoyable, or all three at once. I particularly enjoyed seeing what's become of Sugarcube Corner; Pinkie Pie setting up to take over, Twist (one of my favorite side-characters) helping to run things, and Pound and Pumpkin growing up right in front of them...it's heartwarming, it's clever, it helps show how Sugarcube Corner is changing, and it explains exactly why Pinkie is so eager to return to hosting duty. I also very much enjoyed the cameos from :iconbraeburnplz:, The Great and Powerful :iconmaredowellplz:, and of course the Wonderbolts themselves, :iconsoarinplz: and :iconspitfireplz:. The sum effect is that this is a story that really does feel like it's happening all across Equestria, and thus involves, to one degree or another, everypony who lives there, and consequently the whole thing has a fantastic sense of scale and gravitas built right into it.

And that brings us to the final, most crucial element. The stakes and momentum of this story are both set up fantastically here. We've got a mystery in the form of just what Fireball's talking about when she refers to Rainbow Dash "destroying her dreams", we've got action and excitement in the form of seeing just how powerful Fireball has become over the years, and indeed just how intense a clash between Pegasus Ponies at their peak can be; it's brief, but that clash between Rainbow and Fireball really drives home what we're dealing with here. Indeed, the path that Fireball blazes from space to Equestria to Rainbow in general spells out exactly the scope and shape of the conflict in exuberant fashion. But even more important than that, Character lies at the center of all of it. The emotions between Rainbow and Fireball, between Fireball and her former Crusader team-mates (the brief moment of calm she shows to :iconapplebloomplz: and :iconsweetiebelleplz: is just perfect, inserted just right into the flow of things and tragically evaporating just as quickly, just as effectively), within Rainbow, within Fireball...we get so much out of it, such a strong, vibrant sense of it, that you find yourself aching to learn more. Because what we do know is, whatever drove this wedge between Rainbow and her former admirer, it's pretty serious to get this kind of reaction out of Fireball. The intensity of their stare-down is just fantastic all around, and the chosen venue by which they aim to settle things is itself a clever premise that promises further more satisfying intensity.

I remain deeply impressed at how well you're always able to bring something new to each story you do, how every project ultimately shares many strengths in common but is driven by its own distinct goal, with its own particular nuances, and "Fireball" is absolutely in keeping with that. All the better, it's doing so in a genre and style that I am particularly fond of. Pinkie Pie has it exactly right: I don't want to miss a minute, and I can't wait to see more. :D

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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012   Writer
At last! A spare block of time! The usual apologies apply--I've been swamped with work since Sunday and it doesn't look like it's going to slow down anytime soon. I'll do my best. Let's jump into this, shall we? :D

- I really do appreciate you taking the time to write out a full-fledged review; I know I crammed a lot in here (and the other four chapters), to the point of near-exhaustion. So you know, your giant wall of text has helped me to recuperate. :)

- It seems to have all been worth it so far, though! While this piece hasn't gotten a large amount of exposure yet (it's still working its way through the EqD Prereading Mill) it appears to have floored everypony who has laid eyes on it. I can only hope that continues, but for the moment it appears to be mission accomplished!

- Fun Fact: The lawyer-mare started out as "Country Justice"; during edits I changed her to "Apple O' Justice," then felt the pun might have been a little too overbearing, so I nixed the "O'". Heh.

- As for :iconcharaznableplz:... well, now you know why it this called "Project Comet" in the first place. His quote's the basis for all of this, on both sides. Well, okay, that and also because this new Scootaloo's top speed is just over three times faster than your average pegasus. Seriously, look it up. :D

- I'm not much for creating original ponies aside from my ponysona; but there are two originals I would create if I ever felt like indulging in the practice, and Gearloose is one of them. Yes, the reference is exactly what you think.

- Ultramare can't do it alone. She needs your help.

- Once we're further into this project I'm thinking of giving away all of the references packed into it. You caught quite a few, but haven't listed them all! (Some are far-reaching, though...)

- Glad to hear Spike and Twilight sound better this time around! I decided to rethink the two after "Twilight Switch" and came to the conclusion that perhaps I was Trying Too Hard(tm); thus I decided to go for the "leader-girl/snarky sidekick" trope. If you place Twilight in Kim Possible's shoes and Spike in Ron Stoppable's, it'll likely become a lot clearer. :)

- I'm so very glad to hear that this future overall feels "right." This'll be covered in the (definitely-months-away) post-mortem, but Time Travel/Timeskipping is my absolute favorite plot device in the universe. *_* It's also one of the trickiest things to pull off.
I've always felt that creating a believable futurescape requires taking everything we know about the world in the present, tracing the logical progression of all of its aspects, building a new/modified world around those, and then adding lots of little twists to make it interesting. The whole process took me roughly two months before I even started scripting! ^^; There are traps that are easy to fall into, but I'll get to those at a later date, this reply's already getting way long--and geeky!

- The Rarity!Cake was a last minute spur of mischief on my part. Unfortunately, the way things are going, eventually Rarity's going to find out about it, and then I--I mean, er, somepony may well be in big trouble. All I'll say for now. :D
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- I've wanted to write a clash such as a one between Scoots and Dash here for nearly a year now. I so often fantasize about these ponies at the peak of their friendship-fueled powers, and creating this futurescape finally gives me an excuse to do it. You've seen previews thus far, but it'll only heat up from here. This will indeed be an Equestria-wide spectacle! :D

- As a pony design, I've always been in love with Twist. As a voice? Um... less so. ^^; However I'm glad I could finally put her into something! I think she's got great possibilities overall, so I'm strongly thinking of filing her for future use.

- By the way, we haven't seen the last of the cameos, either! I hope I can keep everypony straight in my mind and on paper. Fun Fact The Second: Diamond Tiara almost made it into this chapter; at the final hour I decided the part I originally was going to have her play wouldn't suit her character. The Baby Cakes, however, were an absolute gift from Celestia--just when I was racking my brain regarding how to flesh out the new Sugarcube Corner, shazam! I love this season! :D

- Finally... Fireball herself.
If you want a hint as to where this is going (and don't worry, this spoils nothing)... you know how I've said every story of mine this time around is/was inspired by a separate Season 2 episode? This is the story that was inspired by "The Mysterious Mare Do-Well." Specifically, the fervent worship Scootaloo lays upon Dash... and how Rainbow Dash acts during it all. This contrasts later on when Mare-Do-Well steals all of RD's fame--including Scootaloo's. I plan to play on both of these instances... but again, not in the way you'd expect. :)

- And now I'm quickly running out of steam, so I'll close here. As usual, I really appreciate the in-depth feedback, and I hope Fireball can live up to the standards it's so far set! Take care, good sir!
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Gojira007 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Let's jump into this indeed! I do so love sinking my teeth into your replies; there's always so much juicy, authory goodness in them. <3

- Always glad to help. ;3 We've talked about it before, but it's generally a good sign when a story takes a lot out of you like this, because it tends to mean in addition to content, you've put real energy into it, and that's almost always a plus. ^3^

- I only hope it keeps getting more and more attention, as do you; it's always nice when good authors receive good attention. Of course, no matter how popular it does or does not become, I'd say the story's quality speaks for itself, so... <3

- Great minds think alike, and so do you and I. ^_^ I also have to ask, have you seen the YouTube fan-animation series, "Turnabout Storm"? If you haven't, I highly recommend you do.

- Ah yes, "The Red Comet"...wonder if I can ever hope for a story inspired by his latter-day counterpart "The Lightning Count". ;3 And oh? There are people who've actually measured the hypothetical speed of Pegasus Ponies? This, I really DO need to look into. 83

- Glad to know I caught the Gearloose reference correctly, though I’m admittedly now curious to know more about both her and this other OC Pony you mention. And yeah, I’m not much for making OC’s myself; I know some great ones made by friends, but the instinct to make ones of my own doesn’t really seem to exist in me.

-Larger than life, Ultramare! (Much as I do kind of like that opening theme, that dub can seriously bite me; though what else would you expect from 4Kids? I3; )

-Wheels within wheels of references, eh? Looking forward to seeing ‘em all laid out in the open when this is over, and intrigued indeed to find out just how “far-reaching” some of them are.

- Quite a fine partner template to use. ;) As I say, it’s definitely worked out well so far. Just don’t forget, there are layers to be found in the Kim/Ron dynamic too. ^_^
- Agreed, 100%. Exploring the Past or the Future becomes just so fascinating, because it requires you to think not just in terms of what IS, but also what WAS/what WILL BE, and that adds a whole new creative dynamic to explore. Half the fun of “Castle Midnight” for me, after all, is finding compelling intersections and connections between the History of Equestria laid out in the show and the concepts about its past I myself have come up with, as well as finding ways to have canon events from the show feed into and strengthen my overall narrative. Particularly given that Season 2 just keeps giving us more and more to work with, both in terms of exploring the past AND looking to the future, I can see how that’d become a real energy drain, but I bet it was a pretty fun one too.

- Why do I get the creeping sensation this is leading to a “The Cake is a Lie” joke? XD

- All the more reason to anticipate future chapters, then! As a life-long :icondragonballzplz: fan, I confess the idea of ever-increasingly spectacular show-downs of the kind seen here is most appealing indeed.

- I do hope we get to see more Twist from you in the future (particularly since the medium of literature eliminates the voice problem, though I personally find her lisping voice kind of adorkable x3). I always kind of wished we got to see her and Apple Bloom as friends more often, rather than her presumably getting “dumped” for finally finding her Cutie Mark. XD;

- By the way, we haven't seen the last of the cameos, either! I hope I can keep everypony straight in my mind and on paper. Fun Fact The Second: Diamond Tiara almost made it into this chapter; at the final hour I decided the part I originally was going to have her play wouldn't suit her character. The Baby Cakes, however, were an absolute gift from Celestia--just when I was racking my brain regarding how to flesh out the new Sugarcube Corner, shazam! I love this season!

- Oh yes, Season 2 is absolutely :love:. <3 Curious to know more about what Diamond Tiara would’ve been like had she appeared here; we got to see a bit of nuance out of Silver Spoon in “Family Appreciation Day”, after all, so who’s to say the “lead” bully couldn’t have a hidden side to her as well? Still, no complaints here; as I said, I adored getting to see the baby Cakes in this story.

- Your plot-teasing has me most excited, unsurprisingly. :D
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012   Writer
Significant answers in bullet-point form:

- Okay, I've got Turnabout Storm loaded in a window here right now, and my gosh this is lengthy! It'll have to wait until a little later today when I'm taking a break. Looks like a great concept, though!

- The Lightning Count, eh? Well, considering how long it's taking me to slog through Gundam Wing (that show is slooooooooooow going in its early stages!), I'd say the chances are slim. ^^;

- RE: OCs: It's... usually more that I like reading more about the characters I know and love. Usually I enter a fandom or start writing fanfiction for it because I want more of the show I just watched! If I inject too much myself too much into something, it becomes... well, not that thing anymore.
Am I making sense? I can never tell.

- [SUPER-GEEKY TOKU TALK ON] Honestly, while I love referencing the Tiga dub's opening, I've never actually watched it! In fact, I wasn't formally introduced to Ultraman until the recent movies starring Ultraman Zero, which in turn inspired me to check out some Mebius. Fun times, and I approve! [/END SUPER-GEEKY TOKU TALK]

- Ahhh, I see! You're like a series archaeologist! I salute you, for I could never spectulate about a world's origins in any great detail, but I absolutely love speculating about what their futures hold based on present evidence. :)

- Overexposed joke-memes from famous Western video games will almost never make it into anything I write, ever. In my line of work, you get burned out on those things before they hit the ground. ^^;

- I will, however, totally abuse Dragonball Z cliches, because I too love that series like nothing else! :)

- ...if we get more super adorable Twist moments like the ones in this week's episode, she'll probably shoot up in my priorities list pretty quickly! Get to it, showrunners.

- I was originally going to make Diamond Tiara (or Silver Spoon) Rarity's secretary as a dash of amusing irony. In the end, I allowed reason to triumph over personal amusement. :)
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Gojira007 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
- Yep, it's pretty big so far, and I imagine it's only going to get bigger as it continues (which is to say, the first episode's about half-an-hour long; the second is twice that length). Thankfully, YouTube has a cool feature where you can leave a video that's over ten-twenty minutes (I'm guessing, admittedly) and, when you open it up again, it'll start at the same place you left, so you're free to digest "Turnabout Storm" in chunks as big or large as needed. Though, to give you a good, small-length sample of what to expect: [link]

- XD Fair enough. "Wing"'s definitely a hit-or-miss show in a lot of respects, so I wouldn't worry about it. ^_^ that said, i do love zechs, and noin too for that matter, from start to finish.

- Yeah, that's my mentality vis a vis OC's too. It's a big reason why, most of the time, when I make any at all, they're usually villains. Villains provide an obstacle for the characters I love to overcome, rather than take any of the focus away from them they'd normally get.

- [SUPER-GEEKY TOKU TALK ON] Sadly, my situation's the reverse; I have very little exposure to the "Ultra" franchise at large outside of the "Tiga" dub, which is a painfully-unfunny "joke" dub with characters who frequently poke fun at the show's production budget and special effects or break the fourth wall in the most cloying manner possible. lP; Thankfully, it's not my only "Ultra" experience: I watched the original from time to time as a kid, and I've watched some cool clips from some of the show's more recent incarnations. :) [/END SUPER-GEEKY TOKU TALK]

- :nod: Yes, I think that's about right. There is a real fascination to me, the way in which details from this episode or that flashback can be fit together and expanded upon to create a real picture of a full world with a real history.

- ...so no "Arrow in the knee" jokes, I take it? X3;

- This pleases me deeply, especially since finally getting my hands on "Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3" has put me in a very Super Saiya-jin mood. <3

- It really is worth noting that Twist's stands out, given that this week's episode was back-to-back super adorable moments, IMO. X3 <3

- XD Probably for the best, but an amusing idea even so. ^_^
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jragin Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
...baha....BAHAHAAAHA!!! XD This was absolutely brilliant! I've barely read fanfiction in a while. But this. This is somin' i'd love to see visually. Especially Scootaloo/Fireball! This just seems so bonkers but awesome.
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012   Writer
(laugh) Glad you liked it!

Indeed, part of why I started this project was because it's also something I'd love to see put to moving visuals by an anime studio--or whoever does Avatar: The Last Airbender. I'm not picky. :)

The chances of that happening, however, are... well, I prefer not to think about it. ^^;
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jragin Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Oh my. If there was an MLP anime (with scootaloo as the focus)
This would so be the theme music (well, what i'd pick) [link]
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012   Writer
...wow. I really like this!

I admit to living under three rocks when it comes to Pony-inspired music... but perhaps I should make an effort to change that if it's turning out things like this.

That said, I'm not sure the song fits this particular story (it's a little too happy :D) but thanks just the same!
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thelovelypenguin Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
While we're on the subject of awesome fan-made pony themes, this one is my absolute favorite: [link] .
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jragin Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Happy? Maybe. I felt it was more uplifting that generally happy, but yeah i see your point.
a general happy pony song would definitely be this! [link]
Or this [link]
Oh...i think THIS should be the proper theme if MLP ever got Anime'fied.....diddly? [link]
Sorry. Too many links ^^;
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Lurks-no-More Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
I don't know about "anime" as a writing style, but damn you make a game attempt at it!

Now I'm very curious to see what's driven Scootaloo to renounce her name and return as a flaming ball of seething vengeance, where she gained her new fiery powers, and how the ultimate untold grudge match between her and Rainbow Dash will play out! (Also, how Pinkie's going to narrate it all.)

(Also also, you really got me with Pinkie's "Rarity inna cake" spiel. She knows how to push Spike's buttons, she really does.)
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012   Writer
Thanks very much! And good news--all those questions have already been taken into account and absolutely will be answered by the time this story's run its course. :)

(Oh, and I simply have no idea how a Rarity!cake could have gotten here. Yes, Pinkie's made a huge far-reaching promise that she eventually will have to attempt to keep. There... will probably be consequences. :D)
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masterofgames1987 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Well... it HAS been a few years, Spike has grown up a little bit, maybe Rarity actually likes a slightly more mature man with scales. Also, purple is in this year, so that helps.
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BookishDelight Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012   Writer
Exactly! Who's to say that Spike can't-

Wait, purple is part of Rarity's colorscheme too! Now my brain is all topsy-turvy :D
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