Twilight Sparkle was pacing around waiting for a few of her friends. It was Nightmare Night, and her friends promised to join in on the celebration. But they are two and a half minutes late getting here. Twilight was about to go and communicate with them to see what is taking them so long, when a giant portal opened up and out they hopped.
Shadow the Hedgehog was dressed this year in a black costume with one wing on his shoulder. To his side is a very long silver blade that Twilight was really hoping is fake. Twilight didn't know what he was dressed as exactly, but she expected that considering that he is from another world.
To Twilight's left and Shadow's right came out Tails, wearing a blue helmet and a blue suit. His right hand is missing and instead there is some random bulky thing that Twilight thought sort of looked like a cannon. Which would make sense becasue knowing Tails it was some mechanical thing or another.
Finally, to Twilight's right and Shadow's left instead of Sonic who Twilight was expecting, there was a white hedgehog wearing a greyish-white shirt. He had a silver device hanging from his hip which once again, Twilight did not recognize. Twilight would normally ask what they are dressed as, but she knows that she wouldn't understand anyways.
"Hey Gandalf!" Tails said jokingly.
The joke was completely lost on Twilight. "Uh
Tails. My name is Twilight Sparkle, not Gandalf."
"He knows" Shadow said. "You're costume just looks like a Gandalf costume from our world. So Tails noted that in a joke even though he knows you wouldn't get it."
"Sounds like he got his jokes from Rainbow Dash," Twilight said.
"Close," Shadow said. "He got his jokes from her counterpart in our world."
"Speaking of which
" Twilight said. She was just about to ask where Sonic is and who the white hedgehog is but before she could a black cloud floated up behind them. Twilight rolled her eyes from her knowledge of what was coming, but before she could warn them, lightning was shot out of that cloud.
Tails and the white hedgehog both screamed and did a flip to face the cloud. Tails pointed his right arm at the cloud, while the white hedgehog grabbed the device from his hip and activated it causing a green sword like beam of light to come out of it. The white hedgehog then pointed his left hand at the cloud, his palm facing it. Shadow of course just stood there and rolled his eyes.
From behind the cloud came laughter and then Rainbow Dash poked her head out. She was wearing her Shadowbolt costume, which she does every year in order to prank everybody. She looked over at Tails and the white hedgehog and said "Man it's fun pranking you guys. It's good to see that my pranks work even if they're from other worlds."
She then noticed that Sonic was not there and instead there was a white hedgehog so she asked what Twilight didn't manage to ask "So who's the new guy and what happened to Sonic?"
"The names Silver the Hedgehog," the white hedgehog said as he deactivated his glowing sword. "And great first impression of this place! I just get here and I'm greeted with a thunderbolt. I was never told you guys have Electrokinesis."
"Electro whatey what?" Rainbow Dash asked.
"Electrokinesis," Twilight and Tails both answered at the same time. "It's the ability to control electricity with your mind."
"Though she doesn't have that," Tails continued. "The Pegasus here have the ability to manipulate the weather. They can push around clouds and hit them to produce rain, lightning, and even snow and sleet in the winter."
"Really?" Silver said impressed. "They managed to do that here without anything bad happening? Because in the future when we tried controlling the weather, it went extremely badly. It took at least 10 years afterwards before nature went back to how it was supposed to be."
"Wait, you're from the future?" Twilight asked.
"Oh boy here we go again," Rainbow Dash mumbled to herself.
Twilight started bombarding Silver with tons of questions about the future, some of which involved herself in the future, some of which involved the state of Equestria in the future, some of which involved future magic, and none of which Silver could answer. "I don't know about this places' future," Silver said, "because I'm not from this places' future! I'm from Earth's future! I didn't know this place existed until Shadow told me!"
" Twilight said. "I got a little carried away." In order to change the subject she asked "So where are Sonic and Rouge?"
" Tails started.
Back on earth a few minutes ago Sonic, Tails, Shadow, and Rouge were each in Tails' Workshop. Rouge was dressed in her spy outfit and Sonic was dressed green cloths and was wearing a green hat. "Well boys you have fun seeing you're girlfriends again," Rouge said, "but I'll stick around here."
"So you're not coming?" Tails asked.
"Yeah, I've got government business today. And as much as I'd like to go and sneak a few jewels from Equestria, I've got a job that wasn't handed to me on a silver platter unlike a certain hedgehog here."
"Where are you guys going?" A voice asked. Everybody looked to see Silver and Amy walking in.
"Were all off to Equestria!" Tails said. "It's a world that Shadow found. There having a holiday similar to Halloween there called Nightmare Night and one of the residents asked us to come."
"Of course these guys are just using that as an excuse to see their girlfriends," Rouge said.
"Girlfriend?!" Amy asked accusingly.
"A-Amy it's not-" Sonic said, but he was quickly interrupted by Rouge saying, "Yeah there is a girl there that can actually keep up with Sonic. Looks like you have some competition."
Amy's eyes were on fire and in her right hand she summoned her hammer. Sonic took that as a cue to start running so he said "Tell everybody I said hi!" before leaving as fast as possible.
"Get back here Sonic!" Amy said as she ran after him.
Rouge laughed at the scene before spreading her wings. "Now that I'm done with my prank for the night," she said, "I'm out of here. Catch you boys later!"
"And I decided to join in afterwards," Silver said finishing the story.
Twilight was blushing afterwards and Rainbow Dash looked angry. "She is still going on about that?!" Rainbow Dash said angrily.
"She's just joking," Tails said. "I don't think that she actually believes Shadow and Sonic are dating you girls. She just will joke about it until it gets old to everybody. And sometimes even for a while afterwards."
"Well, let's not worry about that," Twilight said in an obvious attempt to change the subject. "For now let me tell you about how Nightmare Night came to be."
But before she could explain, all light went out leaving the place pitch black and impossible to see in. "Before you can explain how Nightmare Night came to be," a voice said in the darkness, "you must first have to get through me."
that voice," Rainbow Dash said. "It can't be, Ze-"
But Rainbow Dash was swiftly cut off before she could get a name out. 'No no no, you can't tell them who I am at all. Before they must learn that, you will each fall. And then Nightmare Moon will come out of the bend. And this Nightmare Night will not soon end."
After a few screams from Twilight and stuttering from Rainbow Dash, there was complete and eerie silence before the light's turned on again and Twilight and Rainbow Dash were nowhere to be seen. All that was left of them is a note where Twilight once stood, which Shadow went to pick up. He then read it over as thoroughly as he could.
"What was that all about?!" Silver asked while Shadow was reading. "Does this normally happen here?"
"I don't think so," Tails answered. "Twilight and Rainbow Dash seemed really surprised as well."
"Follow me," Shadow said as he put the note away.
"What did the note say?" Silver asked Shadow.
Shadow didn't answer but instead said, "We need to go to Carousel Boutique." Then Shadow walked off not bothering to wait for Tails and Silver to answer.
When they got further into Ponyville they noticed immediately how eerily quiet it was in there. On a night that is the equivalent of a night on earth where kids are always running around trying to get as much sweets as they can, you'd expect the town to be much livelier. But nopony seemed to be within miles of this place, and there were even tumbleweeds being blow around.
"Shadow!" Tails said as he ran to catch up to Shadow. "What do we need that's in Carousel Boutique?"
"A map," Shadow said. "There is apparently a statue of Nightmare Moon somewhere on the outskirts of town, but I can't remember its exact location so I need a map to find it."
"So why didn't you get one from the library while we were there?" Tails asked.
"Because Twilight already disappeared," Shadow said, "and Rarity could be next. So it would be best to head there and warn her while simultaneously getting a map to find the statue of Nightmare Moon."
"Who is Nightmare Moon anyways?" Silver asked from behind.
"Nightmare Moon is a form that the night monarch of this land, Princess Luna, took when she became jealous of her sister. She then formed a rebellion which was quickly quelled by Princess Celestia according to the history books. She was banished in the moon for a thousand years for attempting to make it eternal night. She broke free after that thousand year wait and then once again tried to force on eternal night, but it was once again quelled this time by the Elements of Harmony. Once the Elements hit her, she was transformed back into Princess Luna again and was forgiven."
"So if Princess Luna is no longer Nightmare Moon, then how is Nightmare Moon supposed to come back?" Silver asked.
"I don't know," Shadow said. "Though I've been getting a few ideas about what exactly is happening here."
Everybody made it to Carousel Boutique and was relieved when they saw the lights were still on inside the Carousel Boutique. When they got inside Rarity was at a sowing machine working on a costume and there was a bit of pink under the table from Fluttershy's mane.
"Fluttershy! Rarity! You're ok!" Tails exclaimed.
"Of course darling," Rarity said without taking her eyes off her work. "Why wouldn't we be ok?"
"Something strange happened to Twilight and Rainbow Dash," Silver said. He looked over to see that Shadow was looking around for the map. Weren't you the one who said we needed to come here and warn them? Silver thought but he didn't say anything to Shadow. Instead he continued warning Rarity. "They were captured suddenly by somebody who only spoke in rhyme and mentioned something about Nightmare Moon."
"Somebody who only speaks in rhyme?" Rarity asked. "Well the only person here that speaks in rhyme is Ze-"
Suddenly the lights once again went out and everything went pitch black. Fluttershy screamed in terror before it was cut suddenly and silence ensued. Even Rarity's sewing machine suddenly stopped with no warning.
When the lights turned back on, Rarity and Fluttershy both were gone like the last time. The costume that Rarity was working on was still half sewed in the sewing machine. This time unlike Twilight leaving a note, there was no note to be found anywhere in the Boutique. But Shadow did manage to fine the map of Ponyville and was already scouring it for the location of the statue of Nightmare Moon.
"So where are we heading next?" Silver asked.
"The outskirts of Ponyville right outside of the Everfree Forest," Shadow said as he put away the map he was using. "Let's go." Shadow once again walked off without worrying about whether Tails and Silver are following him or not.
En route to the statue of Nightmare Moon Tails asked Shadow "So what exactly are we going to do when we get there?"
"Whatever the situation calls for," Shadow answered. "If me and Silver have to, we will fight."
"What about me?" Tails asked.
"What about you?" Shadow asked. "It's not like your weapons are real. And you don't have many machines to tinker with here so what are you going to do?"
"I could try using the Chaos Emeralds again," Tails said hopefully.
"NO!" Shadow and Silver both said at the same time.
"Ok, Ok I get it," Tails said. "You don't have to gang up on me."
After a few more minutes of walking they made it to the statue of Nightmare Moon. Standing in front of it were Pinkie Pie and Applejack who were both staring at the statue for some reason. Shadow, Tails, and Silver picked up the pace to get to them as fast as possible.
When they got close Tails was just about to call out but all light once again went out leaving everything in darkness again. This time the lights came back on quickly and where Applejack and Pinkie Pie used to stand now stands a zebra. The zebra looked at the statue for a few seconds before turning it's head 90 degrees to face Shadow, Silver, and Tails.
"It looks like you were a bit too late," the Zebra said, "so now your friends will suffer a terrible fate."
"Who are you," Silver asked, "and what is going on here?"
"Zecora, is what is my name," Zecora answered, "and if you'll look to the statue, you will see my game."
As Zecora said that, a bunch of midnight blue fog started swirling around the statue. It eventually lifted up around the statue and covered it completely, still swirling and going even faster than before. Eventually the fog suddenly dispensed from the statue, and what was standing where the statue was, is Nightmare Moon laughing maniacally. Zecora was also joining in the laughter.
Nightmare Moon?" Silver asked.
"T-that would be my guess," Tails said.
"Ok then." Silver regained his composure and tried using a psychic grab in Nightmare Moon. But before his grab had the chance of hitting Nightmare Moon, she vanished into the midnight blue fog which went in the direction of Ponyville.
"Where is she going?!" Silver asked Zecora.
"She is going off to town hall," Zecora said, "in order to show the residents who rules them all. And now that I have paid my due, I bid you all a fair adieu." With that Zecora disappeared in a puff of green smoke.
"Well that was
interesting," Silver said.
"Yes, it was quite informative. We now know all the residents are in town hall," Shadow said.
"But who was that zebra?" Tails asked. "Shadow, did you ever hear of a Zecora at any point in time while you were here?"
"Not really," Shadow admitted. "I heard about zebras being here while looking through some of the books I read, but not much focused on that topic. But for now our primary concern should be Nightmare Moon, and not the zebra. Let's head to town hall immediately."
And once again Shadow ran off without bothering to see it Tails and Silver were following him. Man Shadow really needs to stop doing that! Silver thought. You'd think if he wants us to follow him then he would actually wait for us to follow him. By the look on Tails face, he was thinking the same thing as Silver. They both nodded to each other in confirmation and then went off to follow Shadow.
Shadow this time was skating at a fast pace so it took Silver and Tails a while before they could catch up with him. Once they did, Shadow was already standing in front of the town hall, looking at it. The place looked like it existed for a few decades without ever being renovated with how run down it looks. That and it was surrounded by the same midnight blue fog that surrounded Nightmare Moon's statue before she appeared.
All three of them entered the building. Inside at first appearance there seemed to be nothing there. They walked further in and it wasn't five steps in when the floor gave way beneath Tails and Silver. They both screamed as they fell, both forgetting they had the ability to fly. Shadow rolled his eyes as they fell, but continued walking forward.
"I know you're here somewhere!" Shadow announced. "Come on out 'Nightmare Moon'"
Silver and Tails both hit the ground of the basement at the same time with a resounding thud. "OW!" They both said at the same time.
Tails got up and twirled his two tails around to make sure they were ok when her realized, "We could have just flown back up couldn't we?"
"We still can!" Silver said, looking up at where they fell. "Let's get up before
But before they could do anything both of the trapdoors that Silver and Tails fell down in closed and with it their only light source. Now they both stood in complete darkness as they felt things move around them.
"W-who's there?" Silver asked.
"We are the ghostly servants of Nightmare Moon. Soon you and your friends will join our ranks and together we shall serve our queen throughout her eternal Nightmare Night. Do not struggle, for your powers have no effect on us."
"Silver, can you do something?" Tails asked.
"If I can't see my Psycokinesis won't help us," Silver said. "It's no use!"
"That's right! Now join us quickly so we can get started with Nightmare Moon's coronation party!"
" Tails thought. "It can't be
But before Tails could finish that thought, four faces suddenly flashed around Tails and Silver causing them both to scream. After they screamed, the light's turned on to reveal that the faces were just Twilight, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, and Rarity all four of whom were laughing. At one of the sides stood Applejack looking unamused, and Fluttershy looking scared.
"Are ya all done scaren' them now?" Applejack asked. "You've scared those poor guys half to death."
"Wait what?!" Silver asked. "This was all a prank?!"
"Well yeah, this is Nightmare Night," Rainbow Dash said. "What did you expect? Don't you guys prank each other during that Halloween on your planet? Hay, it's one of the reasons I wanted to see Sonic here, so I could see the look on his face when he screamed."
"But what about that zebra and Nightmare Moon?" Tails asked.
"Zecora is just a shaman that lives in the Everfree Forest," Twilight explained. "She wouldn't hurt anypony. And Luna can still take on the form of Nightmare Moon. She just has left her vengeance and jealousy behind."
"Oh, but I can't wait for Shadow to have his encounter with Nightmare Moon," Rainbow Dash said. "It'll be so awesome seeing Mr Tough All the Time scream like a little girl! In fact it should be starting right now. Let's head upstairs everypony!"
"This I have to see," Silver said. "Though I'm still annoyed at your little prank. Way to make a first impression."
"Sorry, but we were expecting Sonic over you," Rainbow Dash said as she flew upstairs. "You just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time."
"Come on everypony! Let's see how Shadow is faring against 'Nightmare Moon' and her 'ghostly servants'." Twilight said. Everybody nodded and walked upstairs.
Upstairs Shadow made it to the middle of the building before Nightmare Moon appeared. When she appeared she said "Looks like only one of you managed to make it to face me. It matters not either way; you shall join your friends soon as one of my Ghostly Servants!"
When she said "Ghostly Servants" several transparent ponies suddenly appeared throughout the area. Shadow recognized a few of them as the residents of Ponyville, though there were also a few new faces to him. Looks like the finale is just about to begin. Shadow thought to himself as he reached one of his hands to the hilt of his sword.
Nightmare Moon laughed and then said "Do not think you can intimidate me with your weapon. I already have been informed that you mentioned it is a fake so it is no threat to me."
Shadow smiled as he pulled out the sword and said "I don't recall saying whether my sword is a fake or not. I only recall reminding Silver and Tails that their weapons were fakes."
"What?!" Nightmare Moon asked just as the same time Shadow heard a very soft from distance "What?!" which only confirmed what Shadow was thinking.
"So are you ready Nightmare Moon," Shadow said, "because it's time for you to see just how fake this sword of mine I'm carrying is!"
"No!" Shadow heard from a distance as he dashed forward holding his sword with both hands. He didn't get very far however, before Twilight and Silver burst through the door and Silver grabbed Shadow with his Psycokinesis. "Shadow stop!" Twilight screamed. "It's just Luna!"
Shadow gave Twilight a "you think?" look before warping out of Silver's Psychic hold. "Thanks for the information," Shadow said, "but I figured that out a long time ago."
"Wait," Rainbow Dash asked, "so you knew you guys were getting pranked this entire time."
"It wasn't exactly hard to figure out," Shadow said. He then pulled out Twilight's note and said, "You aren't really convincing if your note that you apparently only had seconds to write is written very neatly. Try not to skip over a few details if you want to convince me. Oh and just in case you were wondering
" Shadow wiped Silver in the head with his sword and Silver's head wasn't cut open, "this sword is a fake."
"Well looks like we got pranked inside of a prank!" Pinkie Pie said. "It's prankseption!" Pinkie Pie then lowered her voice and said "Yo Dawg I heard you like pranks so I put a prank in your prank so you would get pranked while trying to prank."
what the heck is Pinkie
?" Tails and Silver both asked at the same time
"You don't question it when it's Pinkie Pie," Shadow said.
"Can I change back now?" Nightmare Moon asked.
"Yeah," Twilight said, "and I better end the spell that makes everybody look intangible."
Twilight left and a few seconds after that Nightmare Moon turned back to Princess Luna and then spit out some fake fangs. At the same time every one of the ponies became solid again. Twilight came back a few seconds later, looking dead.
"So how did you manage to make everybody intangible?" Tails asked Twilight. "I'd imagine that would use up a lot of power."
"I didn't," Twilight said still looking drained. "I used a spell to make them look like they were intangible, which still took a lot of energy. I don't think I have it in me to even make half of these ponies intangible. It takes less energy to make illusions than it does to change somepony's physical structure."
"So basically, if Shadow were to have actually attacked the Ghosts," Silver said.
"I would have actually made contact," Shadow finished for him, "which is why I didn't attempt to do so."
"Well I guess we lose in this prank," Rainbow Dash said.
"Don't try and prank me again," Shadow said, "You will most likely once again fail. I'm not so gullible to fall easily to pranks."
"Well then you win Shadow," Twilight said. "So how about we actually enjoy the Nightmare Nigh celebrations."
Most of the residents murmured their agreement and everybody piled out to go off and put up their attractions. Tails went off to join the CMCwho were wearing costumes that made them look like the three musketeersand they all went out trick-or-treating together. Silver joined in the game of throwing the spiders on the web, using his Psycokinesis to grab the spider and then throw them. But he kept on missing because Luna was using her magic to push it away.
Shadow himself joined in andeven though he wouldn't admit that to anybodyhe had fun. He even managed to get one more prank in on Rainbow Dash in retaliation for her once again trying to strike lightning to scare him by knocking the cloud she was on away causing her to fall and then used his Chaos Boost form to scare her into thinking that he was going to use Chaos Blast to everybody's enjoyment.