My Little Pony Monthly Issue 30 (September 1,
My Little Pony Monthly
Established June 1997
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[email protected] Tabby, I just have to say that these stories are GREAT!!!!!
I love the ones where you write about both Pokèmon with MLPs, and the girl who crossed the
books Thoroughbred with MLPs. It's so-o-o-o cute.
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Monthly. The stories get better every issue!
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I just wanted to say that you are appreciated. All the hard work you do impresses me; and I know
it is "fun", but I also know it takes a long time to do all that you do. We love the monthly
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month. It's a lot of fun to read the stories and they're quite well written. I'm twenty-two and still
A note from Miss Hackney-- What a joy for me to see you fine ponies putting to
good use your knowledge of grammar and composition! It makes all my many years of teaching
so worthwhile! You have found the pleasure of writing, doing it not for jangles or because it was
assigned to you, but simply for the rewarding opportunity to share your talents with others for
their enjoyment-- a true giving of self. I'm very proud of you ponies, and look forward to your
continued creativity. Love, Miss Hackney
Baby Brother Sea Ponies
They all come with nautical-style hair brushes, and their hair changes color in the
water and back in sunlight.
Body: Dark Blue
Hair: Red (turns to white in water)
Float: Bright Yellow and Red Alligator
Body: Dark Green
Hair: Dark Yellow (turns white in water)
Float: Dark Blue and Yellow Turtle
Name: Salt n' Sand
Hair: Blue (turns white in water)
Float: Blue and Dark Pink Fish
Float: Dark Green Boat
Body: Midnight Blue
Hair: Dark Blue
Float: Blue Waves (in the shape of a float)
by Princess Dawn
Symbol: A Sunflower
Symbol: A Carrot
Body: Muddy Green-Brown
Hair: Bright Green
Symbol: Half of a Kiwi Fruit
Species: Big Brother
Hair: Black with White Stripe
Symbol: A Skunk
Bouncy stared in shock at Flutter Valley. Just moments ago it had been a beautiful
garden paradise, but now it was a burning, charred ruin-- much like Paradise Estate, after
Darkness had dealt with it.
Rosedust was the first of the flutters to turn after hearing the loud blast of thunder
that followed the lightning. She cried out in sheer agony at the sight of her home being destroyed
and had trouble continuing to fly in place.
The other flutters heard Rosedust; and turning toward their once gorgeous home,
each cried out in similar pain. The Sunstone wavered in midair as the two flutters holding it
began to tremble; then the stone began to tumble, uncontrolled, to the ground.
Bouncy swooped down toward the glowing jewel as it began to plummet. Before
she reached it, however, it slowed and stopped, its glowing light flashing blindingly. Finally, it
returned to its muted color. Bouncy turned to see Fractal behind her, his face fixed in
concentration as he stared at the Sunstone. Relief flooded Bouncy as she asked, "You saved the
Sunstone, didn't you?"
Fractal responded, but his musical, golden voice was strained from the effort. "I
won't... be able... to hold it... much longer!"
Bouncy realized the gravity of the situation and immediately took charge. "Okay,
Fractal, try and find an open field to land in. I'll guide the flutters down one by one. They're in
no condition to travel any longer today."
Fractal nodded silently, and then began a rapid descent to the ground with the
Sunstone in his wake; it wobbled slightly, but was still in his control.
As soon as Bouncy saw that Fractal had safely landed, she glided over to Rosedust,
and, taking her leg with a hoof, guided her slowly and gently to the ground. Rosedust sat numbly
in the soft grass, seeing beyond the billowing wave of green into the past, to the height of spring
when Flutter Valley had been brimming with a rainbow of splendid blossoms. Bouncy gazed at
Rosedust and knew more than ever that no matter what the cost, Darkness must be
One by one, she gently helped each of the flutter ponies to the ground. Only
Tropical Breeze managed to muster a pale smile and a small "Thank you" for Bouncy.
Bouncy went to check on Fractal. He appeared to be conjuring some sort of stand
for the Sunstone. When the gem, with its muted light, had been carefully placed in what appeared
to be a marble basin, Bouncy and Fractal turned back to the flutter ponies. Each had lifted an
almost lifeless face toward the Sunstone. The golden, shining jewel gave off a warm light that
reflected in the eyes of the flutters.
Bouncy slowly began to speak. "What we have witnessed here today was a
tragedy, pure and simple. To have one's home destroyed is a momentous loss, but to have Flutter
Valley destroyed-- not only was it a home to flutter ponies, but a home to every pony who
enjoyed nature's beauty-- and to say that the garden paradise will be missed is an enormous
understatement. The pony who destroyed your home is called Darkness. He has the ability to
conjure monsters, as well as countless more powers that we have yet to learn about and that I
truly hope we never will. This pony began to lay waste to Paradise Estate this morning, and
destroying Flutter Valley is only the most recent of his crimes. Who knows how many more
ponies have been or will be hurt by this creature?"
By this point, all of the flutters were focused on Bouncy, and many had a look of
conviction in their eyes. Bouncy continued, "The only thing we can do at this point is to try to
remove this villain from Ponyland. Whether we must destroy or banish him to be finally rid of his
dangers remains to be seen, but he must be stopped. Darkness did fail in one thing, however; he
wanted ALL of Flutter Valley destroyed, including you and the Sunstone. You are still here, as
well as the life force of Flutter Valley; and once Darkness is gone, I know all of the other ponies
and I will assist in rebuilding your home and helping it reach heights that were never before
The flutter ponies cheered, but then suddenly rose to their feet and stared angrily at
Bouncy. No, not at me, she decided after a moment's confusion, it's something
behind me. She turned and found herself almost nose to nose with Darkness.
Taking a step back, she said, "You failed, Darkness. You destroyed their home,
but you have not destroyed them or their spirit."
Darkness laughed, and then in a rough voice said, "You are right, Bouncy. But
mark my words-- I will destroy you, all of you, yet. Your victory is not complete, much as my
defeat in destroying the Flutter Ponies is only a minor scratch on my plan. I hope you will come
to realize that I am almost omnipotently powerful, and that you have not yet been subject to most
of my powers. Soon, Bouncy, but not now." He laughed again, then faded out.
Bouncy turned to the flutter ponies, who were still all angrily standing and waiting
to face the one who destroyed their home. The yellow pegasus took a deep breath, then said, "It
would probably be best to wait here and spend the night, then fly the remaining distance to
Paradise Estate in the morning."
Rosedust nodded in agreement, and then started directing some of the flutter ponies
to build a fire.
* * *
Later that night, Rosedust and the other flutter ponies began to excitedly discuss
the new plans for Flutter Valley. Fractal and Bouncy sat a small distance away from the happy
talk, the fire casting its orangeness over the two of them, making their coats gleam with sunset
"I'm glad the flutters are feeling so much better," Bouncy said.
Fractal smiled. "They have something to live for now. Hours ago, it was the end
of the world as they knew it; but now, it's only a stepping stone to a brighter future."
Bouncy sighed. "But first and foremost, Darkness has to be defeated. What's the
good of rebuilding when he'll only tear it down again?"
Fractal nodded, then said, "That's why we have to fight. That's the only way, I
think, that he'll understand that he has no chance of winning over the conviction of ponies.
Tearak, the witches from the Volcano of Gloom-- so many other villains with a tyrant complex
have all faced the ponies and lost."
Bouncy grinned and then said, "And now that I know I have magic, we have an
even better chance of winning. And that reminds me, how did you know I had water magic when
even I didn't realize the fact?"
Fractal replied simply, "When you wished me into existence, everything that you
knew-- conscious or subconscious-- became my knowledge. The fact that you had water magic
was only a tiny piece of that."
Bouncy laughed, relieved. "Good! Please forgive me for saying this, but-- well, for
a little while-- I thought you might be Darkness taking a different form."
Fractal's face clouded over. "He is a destroyer of good, a betrayer of all ponies."
Then he turned to Bouncy, the firelight making him appear even more earnest. "I'm your friend,
Bouncy. I would never betray you or any of your friends."
Wow, Bouncy thought, my accidental wish for a friend really came true
after all! "You are a true friend, Fractal," she said. "And now, I really must get some sleep,
or I won't be able to do anything besides yawn tomorrow, much less fight Darkness and try to
save Ponyland!" she added with a laugh.
Fractal smiled. "I should really get some sleep as well. This whole... life thing...
takes a lot of getting used to. But with your help, I should do just fine."
Bouncy curled up in the grass and sleepily said, "Good night, Fractal."
"Good night, Bouncy."
* * *
Bouncy woke on a carpet of lush green grass, blanketed with a pure, clean,
morning dew. She sat up quickly, wondering why she wasn't asleep at Paradise Estate, then
remembered the previous day. She noticed Fractal, still asleep in the soft bed of greenery. As she
watched, he stirred and opened his eyes. "Good morning!" Bouncy said, smiling. "How'd you
He rose to his feet and said in his golden, clear voice that matched the morning air,
"I think I slept well. Last night, I tried to fall asleep, and then I woke up this morning. But there
were these dreams--" He broke off, putting a hoof to his head.
Before Bouncy could ask, the rest of the flutters began waking up. "Good
morning, everyone," she said cheerfully. "Sorry I didn't have the foresight to bring breakfast, but
I'm sure we can get some once we get to Paradise Estate."
Honeysuckle approached Fractal timidly. "Would you mind carrying the
Sunstone?" she asked. "None of us feel strong enough to do so as of yet."
Fractal answered gravely, "I would be honored to carry the Sunstone." He turned
to the Sunstone, and, focusing, easily lifted it into the air.
"Everyone ready to go?" Bouncy asked. "Then let's fly!" She leaped into the air
and began moving her wings, with Fractal and the flutter ponies close behind.
It didn't take long to reach Paradise Estate, but Bouncy was startled when they did.
There was another creature attacking, this time a black gryphon.
"Darkness," Bouncy muttered. She turned to Fractal and said, "Take the flutter
ponies and find a place for them to hide, then help me battle this thing."
Fractal nodded, and Bouncy landed. Paradise Estate, instead of being a burned-out
husk, was now a pile of rubble, thanks to the black gryphon's sharp talons.
Bouncy took a deep breath, and then soared through the air toward the gryphon.
She passed right over its head, and then kicked it with a perfect shot to its ear. The gryphon
squealed in pain.
Bouncy pulled around, and, flying under the gryphon's monstrous and very sharp
black beak, turned a double-inside-out loop; and with another well-placed kick, she scored on the
gryphon's left eye.
The gryphon cried out in pain again and half-blindly swiped its talons through the
air. Bouncy tried to dodge out of the way, but felt its claws land on her right shoulder. Weak
from the impact, she fell to the ground. She tried to climb to her feet, but winced when her right
foreleg gave out under her. She knew there was something she could do to stop the gryphon, if
only she could remember...
At that moment, Fractal charged up. The gryphon moved its head low to catch him
with its beak, but Fractal turned and landed a kick on its right eye. Blindly, and squealing
horrendously, it began to rage and claw furiously at the air.
Fractal ran over to Bouncy, concern visible on his face. "Are you okay?" Then,
noticing her cut, he checked it over and Bouncy winced again. "That looks really bad. As soon
as we beat the gryphon, I'll heal you. Why didn't you use your magic?"
"Of course!" she said weakly, then equally weakly called out, "Geyser!"
The ground trembled as a spout opened directly under the black gryphon; it then
disappeared as a pillar of water burst into the air. Bouncy lowered her head to the ground; then
everything went black.
* * *
Bouncy stirred and opened her eyes. The sun was directly overhead in the sky,
whereas it had been closer to the eastern horizon when she had defeated the black gryphon. She
slowly got to her feet, and noticed her right foreleg didn't trouble her any more. She checked her
right shoulder. No cut. Did I dream it? she thought, and then saw Fractal walking
towards her with a relieved smile.
"Good, you're awake!" he said. "After you defeated the gryphon, you fell into
unconsciousness, so I healed your shoulder. Do you feel okay?"
"I think so," she said, taking a hesitant step. Her leg gave out, and Fractal dashed
over and supported her.
"Careful," he said. "I healed your shoulder, but it will still be a while until your leg
is up to full strength. Walk on it only when you have to, but right now I suggest you rest."
Bouncy smiled at Fractal. "Thank you," she said softly.
He smiled in return, and his musical voice echoed softly as he said, "What are
friends for?" He pulled back a little and said louder, "Okay, test it again. I think the gryphon's
talons were poisoned, but I managed to equalize it."
Bouncy gently tested her right foreleg again and it held her weight. "Much better,"
Fractal nodded and replied, "Good. Listen, I'll be right back. I'm helping the other
ponies check the rubble to see if we can recover anything or find anyone still in there." He
walked off to Paradise Estate, then disappeared amidst the tattered walls, destroyed furniture, and
other destroyed items that were once a part of Paradise Estate.
Bouncy noticed Glittering Gem walking towards her, guiding a weeping pony. The
pony was a yellow unicorn with pink and blue hair. Bouncy could faintly make out her symbol-- a
line spiraling in a tightening circle.
"This is Curly-Q," Glittering Gem said. "Last night, Darkness came and attacked
her home. Her parents were-- killed-- and Curly-Q barely managed to make it out." Then,
referring to a white pegasus with red hair and a First-Aid symbol that was bandaging some ponies,
she said, "Healer already took care of her injuries, but she needs to talk to someone. Would you
be willing to?"
Bouncy nodded, then brought the sobbing pony over to a patch of grass where they
both sat down. "Curly-Q? Why don't you tell me a little about yourself?"
Curly-Q slowly stopped crying; and, sniffling, she answered, "I-I lived on th-the
outskirts of Dream Val-Valley with my mom and dad. Th-they never told me why they d-didn't
want to live with the o-other ponies, but I always wan-wanted to."
Bouncy said, "Could you tell me what happened last night?" She quickly added, "If
it hurts too much to talk about it, then you don't have to."
Curly-Q shook her head several times in quick succession, and she seemed to regain
a little more of her composure. "Last night, my parents went to sleep as they usually do; and I
w-was on the porch watching the stars, like I have at night for years. I was about to go inside
when I heard this low, rough laugh, and I went to in-investigate. It was a black male unicorn with
dark eyes and black hair, but the oddest thing about him was that he had no symbol. I asked him
what he was doing, and he answered in a p-poem. I think it went like this:
"Revenge, the sweetest gift of all,
"Can make the mightiest powers fall,
"This gift I call on here tonight,
"To burn this building in my sight!
"Then the whole house caught on fire, but it was this strange blue fire. And I
started screaming at him, asking w-why he did that, and he said, ‘If you see a pony named
Bouncy, tell her this is only a token of power I have, and that I will destroy everything she holds
dear.' Then he disappeared, and I tried to stop the fire; but I couldn't, and the house was burned
too badly for me to go in; and it's a-all my fault that they're gone!" Curly-Q covered her face
with her hooves and started to cry again.
Bouncy began to gently soothe her. "No, no, Curly-Q; it's not your fault. There
was no way you could have put out that fire unless you used magic. The pony you talked to is
called Darkness, and ever since yesterday he has been trying to destroy all of Ponyland. Did you
see anything else that could help us?"
Curly-Q shook her head and said, "Hold on; yeah, I forgot something. Before he
left, he changed forms. The other form looked like--"
At that moment, Fractal walked over, smiling and carrying a stack of books. Curly-Q
screamed out and cried to Bouncy, "It's him! It's him! Oh, please, get him away!"
Bouncy traded a confused look with Fractal and said, "No, Curly-Q, this is my
Curly-Q started crying, and in between sobs, she managed to say, "That's the other
form he changed into. Please, keep him away!"
Bouncy stood up, then guided Fractal away from Curly-Q. "What is she talking
about? You told me you weren't Darkness."
Fractal, bewildered, answered, "I'm not. But--" He shook his head; and despite
the fact that Bouncy was desperately trying to get him to say more, he didn't utter another
As Bouncy began to walk away, Fractal finally spoke. "Maybe I should talk with
her. You know, privately. Maybe she was hallucinating, or maybe Darkness changed forms to
look like me."
Bouncy smiled, relieved. "That must be it. I'm sure if you talk to her, everything
will get straightened out."
Fractal nodded, then walked toward Curly-Q. She backed away, scared; but
Fractal said, "It's okay; I'm Fractal. I'm not going to hurt you. I would like to talk to you,
though." She let herself be guided to an outcropping of trees, and the two disappeared amidst the
Bouncy stood for a moment, thinking about the events of the day. Why is
it, she thought, that the little ponies recover from their home being destroyed much better
than the flutters do? Perhaps because, to us, Paradise Estate was only a building, where Flutter
Valley was the flutter ponies' entire life? That must be it! she decided, and then had a flash
of insight. Butterfly Gardens... She wanted to tell Fractal immediately, and headed
toward the trees.
Bouncy started in among the trunks when she heard Curly-Q crying and a rough
voice speaking to her harshly. She crouched behind a tree and peered between the branches,
watching what was happening.
The first thing she saw was Curly-Q, sitting numbly on the ground and crying into
her hooves. Then she saw Darkness, speaking to her roughly. His face was twisted in rage.
Where's Fractal? she thought. She leaned forward and concentrated, try to hear what
Darkness was saying.
"...and if you tell Bouncy any more about that night, I WILL eliminate you. I don't
want you to say another word about anything. Not the stars, not the fire, not the poem, and
ESPECIALLY not about when I changed forms. Got it?" After that, Darkness added in a growl,
"And you are not to speak a word of what happened here. You are to tell her that I explained
that I'm your friend, that I'm not who you thought I was. Understand?" Curly-Q, still crying,
nodded. "And stop crying!" he snarled. Curly-Q lifted her head from her hooves; and, with
obvious effort, managed to stop crying. Darkness smiled and said, "Much better. Now, come on.
We're going back out to see Bouncy, and I want you to look relieved." He began to guide
Curly-Q, while he changed form...
Bouncy felt numb. She sat against the tree, feeling tears run down her face and not
caring. She didn't care if the world collapsed at that moment, or if Darkness (or Fractal?) knew
she had overheard most of the conversation. She sat, her back to the tree, tears rolling down her
face, her eyes staring through the world.
Moments later, she heard Fractal say, "Oh, no," and felt a hoof on her shoulder.
"Bouncy? Are you okay? Bouncy!!" a light, golden voice asked her, and she managed to turn
her head to look at him, a bleak look in her eyes. Tears still poured down her cheeks.
"You heard the conversation, didn't you, Bouncy?" Fractal said, his voice
bordering on frantic. He got to his feet, then ran from the forest. Curly-Q stood there, unsure
what to do.
Bouncy ignored the young unicorn, thinking, She can take care of herself.
Then she chased after Fractal. "Fractal!" she called out.
Without looking over his shoulder, he leaped into the air and began to fly away
from Paradise Estate. Bouncy took off after him, trying to get his attention, and noticed he was
heading toward the Boundary Woods. He's following the landmarks to the Wishstone,
she thought. Look, there's the mountain. Her thoughts came calmly to her, like ripples
on a smooth lake, and she knew what he was going to do.
Fractal landed and dashed through the stone entryway to the Boundary Woods.
Bouncy followed after him and called, "Fractal! Listen to me!"
He ignored her, and began chanting a rhyme. Bouncy recognized it immediately,
and mouthed the words, "By the powers of goodness and darkness mixed,
"I ask for the Wishstone to use betwixt!" Just like she thought, Fractal was calling
on the Wishstone.
The stone appeared, hovering in midair with its ever-changing light. Fractal
grabbed it in his mouth and concentrated. The stone disappeared, but nothing happened.
Bordering on despair, Fractal said, "I knew it wouldn't work. After all, the book
does say that ‘a creature must run the ordinary length of a lifetime'. I've only lived a day so far,
so there's no way I can unmake myself." Fractal collapsed on the ground, putting his face in his
Bouncy knelt beside him, and, moving his hooves so she could look in his face,
said, "Why, Fractal? Why did you wreak havoc on Ponyland? Why did you betray me when you
promised not to?"
"It wasn't me!" he said frantically, his eyes searching hers. "It was Darkness! I
tried to stop him-- really, I did-- but he wouldn't listen!"
Bouncy, confused, could only think of one thing to say, "What do you mean?"
Fractal, still frantic, said, "You know how the poem says that you ask for the
Wishstone to use with the powers of light and dark mixed? Well, that's me! I'm the good part,
and Darkness is the bad part. And I can't make him stop, just as he can't make me do anything I
don't want to do. But he can take over when I don't want. He's been using me, though, don't
you see? He wants Ponyland to himself!" Fractal started laughing hysterically.
Bouncy yelled, "Stop it! You're not making any sense!" Fractal continued to
laugh like a lunatic, so she conjured a bucket of water and dumped it over his head.
Soaked, his violet hair streaming in his eyes, Fractal stopped laughing and said
quietly, "Thank you."
"Now," Bouncy instructed, "explain what you mean! You're not making any
Fractal sighed and began to explain. "When I came into existence, I was created to
be good, to be your friend, and to stop the drought on Dream Valley. Unfortunately, the
Wishstone always has unwanted side effects, ones that counteract the wish, in a sense. That's
how Darkness was created. Since I was created to be good, Darkness had to be created as an evil
being, to be a continuous adversary to you and to destroy Ponyland. Together, Darkness and
I create one pony in eternal balance, called Lifestream."
"Can I see and talk to Lifestream?" Bouncy asked.
Fractal smiled. "Certainly. Although for any other pony I would not present us in
the complete form, for you, Bouncy, I will."
At that, he closed his eyes, and he seemed to separate into two ponies-- Fractal and
Darkness. Then the two combined into one pony. The pony had wings and a horn, with gray fur
that was almost silver and a mane with light and dark blue interspersed. The pony opened his
eyes, which were an incredible shade of unnatural green, and said in a voice that was both harsh
and musical, "Hello, Bouncy."
Bouncy took a deep breath and said, "Hello, Lifestream. Tell me something,
please-- is there any way to separate Fractal from Darkness?"
Lifestream smiled sadly and said, "I'm sorry, Bouncy, but there is not. To take part
would mean not only destroying the whole, but destroying all parts."
Bouncy nodded, equally sad. "Thank you, Lifestream. "That's what I thought."
Lifestream gave another sad smile and replied, "Fractal would like to be separate
from the whole, if it makes you feel better. Darkness, however, just feels malice toward you. In
fact, he is planning another attack on Dream Valley; and this one, I fear, may be harder to
Bouncy said, "Thank you, Lifestream. May I talk to Fractal now?"
Lifestream nodded. "Certainly. Call on me when you need my help."
"I will," Bouncy said.
Lifestream said, "I am eternally grateful for you wishing me into existence, although
what I have caused is not what I would have wished."
"Nor I," Bouncy answered.
Lifestream closed his eyes, then separated into Fractal and Darkness again, both
with their eyes closed. The two merged into one, with Fractal overlapping Darkness.
Fractal opened his eyes. He looked sad, but happy also. "Thank for trying to save
me," he said.
Bouncy looked at him, regretting having to say her next words, but finding it
necessary. "I'm going to have to banish Darkness from Ponyland."
He nodded, his eyes showing of stars and dewdrops. "I know," he said. "And,
Bouncy, I'm sorry."
She smiled, crying again. "I'm sorry, too," she said, and Fractal closed his eyes,
prepared to be banished with the whole.
Bouncy began to recite a verse. "To banish one from the world above,
"From light, from hope, and even love,
"To stay in the depths of the darkness far under,
"Lest the world as we know it should fall asunder.
She was suddenly cut off by a harsh laugh. It was Darkness. "Nice try, Bouncy;
but I can't let you banish Lifestream, no matter that Fractal is willing to give himself up to be rid
of me. I won't let you."
Darkness grew a pair of huge black dragon wings and launched into the air, heading
towards Paradise Estate.
"I'll get you yet, Darkness, " Bouncy muttered, and leaped into the air, following
close on Darkness' tail.
They reached Paradise Estate almost simultaneously, and Darkness landed on the
ruins of the building. "Can I have your attention, please!" Darkness announced to all the ponies,
triumph in his voice.
Curly-Q ran up to Bouncy. "What's going on?" she whispered. She seemed in
much better condition mentally, Bouncy noted. She whispered back, "I don't know. He's about
to tell us, I bet."
As soon as every pony was turned toward Darkness, he began to chant. "The
blackness that covers the land by night,
"Will once again be in my sight,
"Let it cover the land, let it touch the shore,
"And let daylight vanish forevermore!
All at once, from the direction of the Boundary Woods, the sky began to be
covered by a rolling black shape. It covered the clouds, the sun, even the blueness of the sky.
Several ponies screamed as the Eternal Darkness drew slowly nearer, and they began to try to
run away from the approaching blackness.
Bouncy galloped up to the ruins of Paradise Estate and faced Darkness. He was
gazing at the Eternal Darkness with a distracted look as it inched ever closer. "I dreamed last
night that I was two separate ponies. I was both Darkness and Fractal, and I remember thinking,
‘Wow, if only it could truly be this way, to be able to always have control of yourself.' But I
know now that that dream is impossible. A mere flight of fancy." He turned to Bouncy and
grinned, returning to his normal evilness. "Not much longer now," he sneered. "Ponies cannot
stand evil, which is why you fight me so hard. My blackness-- my Eternal Darkness-- is evil in its
"Even with that, you can never win, Darkness," Bouncy said quietly. "Ponies don't
Darkness laughed and said with conviction in his harsh voice, "You thought you
could win? You can never win! I will always prevail!"
"That's where you're wrong, Darkness," Bouncy said, equal conviction in her
"And what are you going to do?" he mocked.
Bouncy walked away, looking at the sky and the blackness that grew continually
nearer. "I don't know," she muttered. "But I'll do something!"
Recalling her earlier thoughts, she pushed a strand of dirty, blue hair out of her face
with one hoof and quickly took out a piece of paper and began furiously drawing. After her
apparent scribbling was done, across the top she wrote "Butterfly Gardens". Then, folding it, she
went to Curly-Q and gave it to her. "Curly-Q," Bouncy said, "hang on to this. It may be the
future of Dream Valley."
Curly-Q nodded and said, "I'm not sure what you're going to do, Bouncy, but
Bouncy nodded in return and walked back to Darkness. He stared at her, amused.
Bouncy looked over her shoulder and saw the Eternal Darkness beginning to cover the sky near
the copse of trees where she had overheard Darkness and Curly-Q. She turned back to Darkness,
and with a steady voice chanted, "In this moment, when all ponies may fail,
"Let lightness and goodness for once prevail!"
She saw Darkness' face twist in anger before he turned into Fractal. She checked
over her shoulder, and the Eternal Darkness had disappeared.
Fractal, smiling sadly, said, "Goodbye, Bouncy. It was nice being your friend."
Bouncy said, "Goodbye, Fractal. It was nice having a friend as good as you."
Then she chanted the verse she had started earlier, "To banish one from the world above,
"From light, from hope, and even love,
"To stay in the depths of the darkness far under,
"Lest the world as we know it should fall asunder.
Behind Fractal a spinning black hole opened, and Fractal slowly began to be
dragged into it.
Suddenly, Darkness was in Fractal's place. "You won't win that easily, Bouncy!"
Darkness snarled. He grabbed Bouncy's left foreleg with both of his; then, as he was dragged in,
Bouncy was slowly dragged in as well. They both fell in, and the vortex closed silently behind
Identify the name of this pony:
mint green body; lavender mane and tail; pink and white striped ice cream cone
And once you figure out who it is, also answer the following questions about her:
What breed of pony she is--
What year she came out--
If she was ever featured in the MLP cartoon series--
What other ponies were in the same series with her--
If you can come up with the name of the pony described and answers to all four
questions, please e-mail me at [email protected]! I'll correct your answers, and if they're all
right, you'll be mentioned in the next issue.
Congratulations to the Winner!
Pacifica ([email protected]ne.com) was able to correctly answer all the questions
on Sugar Belle, an earth pony from last month's mystery pony-- she was released in 1997; the
other ponies in her series are Berry Bright, Petal Blossom, Sky Skimmer, Morning Glory, Clever
Clover, and Cupcake; and she was never featured in a cartoon (unfortunately).
Silver Swirl's Chase
by Princess Silver Swirl
Princess Silver Swirl was in her castle tower, looking out one of the many
windows. That was nothing new. What was new was the furry shape the unicorn saw on the
main roof of Friendship Castle.
"Look, Jade!" she called to her dragon. "Princess Twinkle Star's cat, Cataline, is
on the roof. I think she can't get down."
Jade fluttered over to see, and then looked at Silver Swirl. What are you going
to do about it? the little dragon asked telepathically.
Silver Swirl frowned and considered. Had Cataline been any creature other than a
cat, it would have been a simple matter for Silver Swirl to wink onto the roof, pick Cataline up,
and wink to safety. However, Silver Swirl was violently allergic to cats. Not the sneezing and
nose-blowing kind of allergic; the kind where if she so much as touched a cat she would break out
in awful rashes. Not wanting to go through that horrible experience again, Silver Swirl came up
with an alternate plan.
"I'll just tell Twinkle Star that Cataline's up there. Then Twinkle Star can fly up
and get her." Silver Swirl nodded in satisfaction and winked to Twinkle Star's room.
When she materialized there, the only living creature in the room was herself.
Sighing, Silver Swirl trotted over to the room next door-- Princess Trixiebelle's room.
"Hi, Silver Swirl," said the jester. "You're here just in time. I need more funny
songs. Could you teach me one?"
"Hmm," said Silver Swirl. "Do you know the ‘Pigs in a Tree' one?"
"Hmm... how about this one?" Silver Swirl went on to recite, "Oh, I went to
Cincinnati and I walked around the block,
"And I walked right into a bakery shop,
"And I picked up a doughnut and I wiped off the grease,
"And I handed the lady a five-cent piece.
"Well, she looked at the nickel and she looked at me
"And she said, ‘Hey pony you can plainly see
"There's a hole in the nickel; there's a hole right through!'
"Said I: ‘There's a hole in the doughnut too!' "
Trixiebelle laughed. "That's great! Now, what was it you came about?"
"I need to find Twinkle Star," explained Silver Swirl.
"Oh," said Trixiebelle. "She left to visit the Bushwoolies this morning."
Silver Swirl quickly thanked the jester and winked to the Bushwoolie holes. Lots
of Bushwoolies were rushing around in the grassy meadow and the air was filled with excited
Eager noticed Silver Swirl and scurried over to her. "Silver Swirl!" he exclaimed.
"We need your help; yes we do."
"Sure, I'll help you," Silver Swirl agreed. "What do you need?"
"Well," explained Eager, "there's a big baseball game coming up and we
Bushwoolies wanted to cheer for it. But we can't make the pyramid part work."
"I'll see what I can do," promised the unicorn. "First, gather up ten Bushwoolies--
four really big ones, three medium-sized ones, two small ones, and one tiny one."
Eager rounded up the required participants, and Silver Swirl showed them how to
balance on each other's backs. After a few rounds of practice, the Bushwoolies managed to make
a pyramid that didn't fall down. Eager was full of thanks.
"No problem," said Silver Swirl. "Have you seen Princess Twinkle Star?"
The Bushwoolies said that they had. "But she left to take Jolly and Mirthful to the
Satin Slipper Sweet Shoppe," added Wishful.
"Oh, thanks, guys!" exclaimed Silver Swirl, and winked away.
"But, Wishful," Cheery protested, "that was hours ago!"
"Oops," said Wishful. "I wish I had a better memory."
Silver Swirl winced when she winked into the Satin Slipper Sweet Shop. Two baby
ponies were screaming their lungs out at each other.
"I want the green and pink ones!" yelled Baby Surprise.
"But I want those two! You can have the red and purple ones!" retorted Baby
"The red and purple ones are ugly! You take them!"
The two youngsters were sitting at a table with Tall Tales, whom Silver Swirl
trotted up to. "What happened?"
"I'm baby-sitting them," the other pony explained. "I got four ribbons for them so
they could each have two, but they both want the same two."
"Well... I remember something I read in a book that might work. Let me talk to
them," Silver Swirl replied. She approached the two antagonists.
"Hey guys, I think we can solve this problem of yours."
"How?" asked Baby Glory sullenly.
"Well, how about this: Baby Glory will divide the ribbons into two groups. Then
Baby Surprise will decide who gets which group. Does that sound fair?"
Both youngsters considered for a moment and reluctantly decided that it was fair.
Baby Glory ended up with the red and pink ribbons and Baby Surprise with the purple and green.
When the problem was settled, Silver Swirl went to talk to Scoops.
The busy store owner said that Twinkle Star had brought the Bushwoolies to the
shop, and then she had left for the Pokèmon Center.
Silver Swirl sighed and winked to the Pokèmon Center. She arrived and looked
around for Twinkle Star. She didn't see the other Princess, but she did spot Twinkle Star's
friend, Dazzle Glow.
"Hi, Dazzle Glow," she greeted the other pony.
"Hi," Dazzle Glow replied sadly.
"What's wrong?" asked Silver Swirl.
"Well, it's my Catterpie's first battle today, against a Nidoran. I'm kind of worried
that it might be too much for him; but if I cancel the battle, it'll look like me and Catterpie are
both wimps," Dazzle Glow sighed.
Silver Swirl thought about this. "Well, if you really think it's too much for him,
you shouldn't force him, especially if it's his first battle. On the other hand, you can't hold him
back forever-- he has to get experience sometime. Maybe you should talk to the Nidoran's trainer
"You're right-- I'm not going to put Catterpie in danger just to look good. I'll ask
Nidoran's trainer to have Nidoran go easy on Catterpie. Thanks so much for the advice! How
many Pokèmon do you have?" Dazzle Glow questioned.
"Actually," replied Silver Swirl, "I don't have any."
"You don't have any?" Dazzle Glow sounded astonished. "Hey, how would you
like a Mew?"
Now it was Silver Swirl's turn to be surprised. She knew that Mews were rare and
therefore valuable. They were certainly cute, though, she reflected. And it would be nice to have
her own Pokèmon. "You really wouldn't mind giving it up?" Silver Swirl inquired.
"Not at all, especially since you were so nice to me. Here." Dazzle Glow fished a
PokèBall out of her bag and handed it to Silver Swirl. "I know you'll take good care of
Silver Swirl thanked Dazzle Glow and asked, for the fourth time, the whereabouts
of Princess Twinkle Star.
"Oh, she was here," the other pony affirmed. "She left a few hours ago."
"Did she say where she was going?" asked Silver Swirl.
"Nope," replied Dazzle Glow.
Silver Swirl moaned and winked back to her tower in Friendship Castle. She
looked out the window, expecting to see Cataline. To her surprise, the cat wasn't there. "What
happened to Cataline?" she asked Jade.
Twinkle Star came and got her, the dragon replied casually.
"What? You mean all of this searching was for nothing?" Silver Swirl almost
Jade shrugged and asked what was in the ball. Silver Swirl remembered the Mew
and opened the PokèBall. A lovely, cat-like creature popped out.
Silver Swirl spent the next ten minutes getting to know the Mew, whose name was
Melisande. As she talked to her new friend, she thought of everyone she'd helped, and concluded
that the day hadn't been wasted after all.
Life According To Applejack
Story One: Poetry Schmoetry
As the clock got closer to noon, my mind got farther away from my literature book
and Miss DePony's lecture on Emily Dickenson. Boy, she's boring, I thought.
Daydreams of sun, sand, and waves fogged my head, blocking basically eveything Miss DePony
was trying to say to me.
But can you blame me? I'm in summer school, for Pete's sake! Well, I should
have been paying more attention in English class during the school year... maybe I would've
passed instead of the whopping fifty-seven average I had in English last year.
"Ahhh, Miss Applejack, you look like you're riveted by this lecture," Miss DePony
said, and I swear by the freckles on my cheeks she smirked at me. She doesn't like me too much.
I sat up very quickly very straight.
"When was Emily Dickenson born?" Miss DePony continued.
I sat up even straighter, fishing my brain; I came up empty and I just stared directly
in front of me. "I-- I'm sorry; I don't recall, Miss DePony..." I said, defeated, my humble ego
"Applejack, you never recall; you haven't payed attention since the day you walked
in here. You prove it to me by the sunglasses you're wearing," Miss DePony said
Okay, I'll give her that I was wearing sunglasses. I should have taken them off
when I got to class; I forgot to. My head was so cloudy I couldn't take it anymore. It's tough to
be a fifteen-year-old pony...
I took the sunglasses off and put my reading glasses on-- gosh, I loathed these
things. I looked over at Salty's book and turned to the correct page. I was afraid to continue
daydreaming, so I payed attention. It didn't improve my opinion on poems, though. See, I
couldn't write very well. That's one of the reasons I failed English class the first time
Miss DePony then said something that made me want to scream. "You will have an
assignment that will count for two-thirds of your grade in this summer class. If you fail this, you
will fail this class and consequently re-take it next year."
My ears perked up and I dreaded what she'd say next. "I want you to write a poem
about how you feel about the world around you. Make it very personal."
I sighed and wondered how I'd get through this with a passing grade. I didn't go
to the beach or park that day; I went to my room and tried to write things; nothing would come.
Anything I did write was either corny or cliche.
"O-o-o-o-o-o-o-oh! Poetry schmoetry!" I threw my pad of paper on the floor and
flopped on my bed. I buried my head in my hooves and fell asleep.
* * *
I don't know how long I slept or why I'd even fallen asleep. I wasn't tired. I
opened my eyes, and the house was quiet; everyone else was asleep, I guessed. I looked out my
window at Dream Valley. In the distance, at Dream Castle, I saw a single light on.
Now, don't ask me why I did this, because I just don't know. I quietly snuck out
of the house and trotted towards Dream Castle.
The drawbridge lowered when I arrived and I saw a younger male pony come out.
"Hello. May I ask if you're okay, miss?" the young stallion said.
To tell you the truth, I was struck by how pretty his eyes were and I stumbled on
my words. "I... uhh... yes, I'm fine," I stammered .
He smiled shyly and almost giggled at my answer. "Nice to meet you; I'm Prince
Chandler. Please call me Chandler. I don't like being addressed as royalty. It makes me feel
higher than everyone else, and I'm not."
"My name is Applejack." I tried to say that as coolly as I could, but it came out
"It's a pleasure, Applejack." Chandler smiled again .
"I... uhh... uhh... I'm sorry to bother you at this hour of night. I saw a light on over
here and I walked over. I'm... I'm not a strange stalker, Prince Chandler, or anything," I said,
jumping and tripping over every word I uttered.
"Forget the royalty thing. You didn't bother me; I was in my chamber writing a bit
"Oh, I'm terrible at poetry."
"No one is. They just don't realize they're good. I can help you, if you would
fancy a lesson."
"Okay," I answered in a small voice that I didn't recognize.