Fox backed away a step as she tried to work out what in tartarus was going on. She looked at the three ponies and frowned. "Quill is my friend, I'm only here to help her.
She moved a little closer to the ponies, mostly to keep Quill out of the line of fire in case the ponies started something, her horn starting to glow as she started to summon magical energy just in case. "I don't want to start a fight but Celestia help you if you try and stop me helping her".
The strange ponies turn themselves towards Fox more fully and take a stiff step forward. Their movement is jerky and unnatural, more closely resembling an old machine's movements than a living pony's.
"Your place. Is not here." Their ears twitch to the sides. "You do. Not belong. Here." They take several more steps forward, always in complete unity, hooves making strange sounds on the roof beneath them. As they draw closer, it becomes more clear that they are not ponies at all. Quill studies them closely and realizes they are shadow; solid, standing shadow. Their perfect unity suggests they might be controlled by somepony else. If they were indeed puppets as she suspected, that would make them a bit less dangerous than she had thought. Even so, she takes a step closer to her friend.
"This is. Not your. Dream." This statement confuses the young pegasus and she frowns.
BIC: Fox glanced at Quill and smiled. "You're dreaming Quill. You fell asleep in Ponyville and didn't wake up. Princess Luna was asking for volunteers to go into the dreams of the ponies who couldn't wake up and I volunteered to help you"
She looked at the shadow ponies and frowned, making the light from her horn steadily brighter. "I'm guessing these ponies are something to do with it. I guess I'm going to have to do something about them". She concentrated and created a burst of bright light from her horn, hoping it might effect the 'nightmares'.
"I'm dreaming?" There is a familiarity in the notion, as if she's been told this before. She struggles to remember, but strangely finds that her memory leading up to this point is blank. She still does not remember how she knows the unicorn beside her, or how they arrived on this roof. She isn't even sure she knows what Ponyville is, though she assumes that if she is dreaming then that must be where her physical self is.
Then Fox Fire is discharging light into the void ponies. The spell goes straight through the middle one, but the shadows only move to avoid it. The next moment, they reform into the pony just as it was before. The trio takes one forceful step forward and a booming voice echoes out:
The words themselves seem to produce a shockwave which slams into Fox Fire at full force, but leaves Quill unaffected.
Fox got back to her feet, forcing herself to remember that she was in a dream and the pain she had felt being blown away from Quill was fake. She looked over at Quill and smiled. "Quill, you're dreaming. You have to fight what is happening or you'll never wake up".
She looked at the void ponies and started firing magical bolts from her horn, glad of the fact that being in a dream seemed to mean that she could do almost anything she needed to. "If you want her to stay asleep you'll have to do more than try and blow me away".
The Fun Has Been Doubled! is a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic moderate-to-advanced forum roleplay. Set after the events of the fifth season, we currently have no overarching plot. Instead, we simply have created the world of Equestria for you as a giant playground to have fun in and to explore the magic of friendship. Canon characters and original characters are available for you to play as, both ponies and non-pony species alike! Just remember that we are account-per-character and we'll be fine!
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