Continued from Part 1
Ugh...where...the Mana Collector exploded...Am I in Heaven? At least I went out with a bang in front of everypony. At least my obituary will be noteworthy...No, wait...I...I'm in the magic...
How...how could everything have gone so wrong? I...I just wanted to win for once...to be better than Trixie for once...Why can't I ever be better than she is? Why can't anything go my way just once? Why can't I ever just be the one in the spotlight for a change? Everypony always judged me before they got to know me! They always got the rotten tomatoes ready to throw before I could even start my act!
Wait...am I...absorbing the magic? I...I feel...stronger...this power...I was right! A pony can absorb the collected mana! HAHA! I WAS RIGHT!
Wait...If...if I absorb it...if this magic was strong enough to destroy the Mana Collector...would it be enough? Enough to finally prove I'm better than Trixie? To finally show the world I deserve their attention as much as she does? No...I deserve it MORE!
The world's been unfair to me, so it's only right! Life decided to take everything away from me when I was too young to know I had it, so it's only fair! If no pony will GIVE me respect, then I'll just TAKE IT! Trixie doesn't want it, so that means she won't mind if I take it, right?! That's what she always said!
With all this power, I could do ANYTHING! Ponies pay attention to the one with the most power! Because they HAVE to! Because when you have power they have to take you seriously! When you're the strongest no pony can ignore you, no pony can look down on you!
When you're the strongest, you're the star and no pony can tell you different!
Science, magic power, popularity, stardom, what's the difference? They're all just a way to get ponies to pay attention and respect you! Respect, that's all I've ever wanted. For ponies to take me seriously! To finally have the spotlight for once in my life! No pony will laugh at Twilight Sparkle anymore! HAHAHAHAHA! It's SHOWTIME!
[=Lunar 2: Eternal Blue – Zophar's Arrival=]
Twilight...I watched from next to the Flim Flam Brothers...her little pendant exploded, throwing us all away! Twilight!
Wait...what's going on? That big sphere...there's so much magic in it I can feel it from here, darlings...Twilight, is she okay? Why...why is it turning black? I...I don't think that's a good color...I can feel it, it makes me sick...what's going on?
It exploded upwards into a pillar, ripping through the roof! The blast...it's forming a curtain of energy between us and the stage?! The ground is shaking?! What's going on?! Twilight...
A number like an old fashioned film projector forms in front of it out of black magic, each number giving off a tick.
“What the Tartarus?!” Ah yelled. The roof got plumb blown off the ballroom by some black energy! Why is everythin' bein' lifted inta the air?! The ballroom and everything around it! They're forming into somethin'?!
“Applejack!” Spike yelled, running over and jumping on my back. “That's where Twilight and Rarity went!”
“What?! Twilight?! Rarity?! They're in the middle of that dreadful mess?!”
Granny...you're there too...
Me and Goodguy were eating ice cream at some parlor...I...Rainbow Crash...I...I still have a lot to think about...
Then the ground started shaking. We saw the Canterlot ballroom and the buildings around it start lifting into the air!
“That's where the party's happening!” Goodguy yelled. “The chaos readings are off the charts! Might need bigger charts...”
“The party?! Twilight, Pinkamena, Rarity! They're in there!”
Okay...peaceful thoughts....Calm peaceful thoughts...No stress...Just remain calm...
UGH! Pillars of darkness and an earthquake aren't peaceful! Wait...that's the ballroom, isn't it?!
Me and Starlight were on a train heading out of Canterlot towards Our Town...I...No ponies ever believed in me but Gilda...but...I don't want to let her down, but...can I actually...I want to be better but...
“Don't worry, Rainbow Crash, everypony in Our Town is very nice and kind,” Starlight explained...then gasped. “What's that?!”
I looked out the window...whoa! Why's everything back in Canterlot floating?!
“...That light...I think it came from the Canterlot Castle Ballroom...the party...”
The party...Oh no...
“It looks like the buildings are...forming a stage?” Starlight asked.
Twilight, Rarity, Pinkamena...Gilda...
“Rainbow Crash, wait!”
The curtain flew up, before exploding into magic that rained down around us.
The hole in the roof looked like a spotlight...shining down on...Twilight?!
[=Undertale OST – burn in Despair! Extended=]
Where Twilight had been...was now a dark lavender Alicorn... No....she had a dragon's eyes. Her mane and tail seemed to be made out of purple starlight. She was wearing a flowing purple dress that made me think of a lady...except the black highlights...Normally I'd say they were gaudy (or does that depend on the season...I think 'being terrifying corrupted Alicorn outclasses that!), but here I think they just made me scared. They did go with her fancy black horseshoes though...Her tiara looked like Trixie's, only made of black metal with a dark, almost blood colored jewel in the center. Her glasses had been replaced with magic that seemed to be imitating a masquerade mask.
Her cutie mark...I...it's covered but she has a necklace with it on her dress. It was inverted, and now it looks like the big star is projecting a spotlight down from it...
I...I'll admit...It took a great deal of effort not to wet myself right now...
“No... It can't be...” I heard Celestia say, backing away in horror. “Sister, we have to do something!”
“But the civilians in the other buildings!” Luna replied. “They could fall!”
They fly off...Twilight...what's happened to you?
“HAHAHAHAHA!” I laughed. This power...Well, all eyes are on me now!
I grabbed Trixie in my telekinesis, Chrysalis and Tirek are too weak to do a darn thing about it!
“Hello Trixie! Sorry for the wait, but I had to switch into something more comfortable!” I said, grabbing her and flying up high above. I use bits of rock to form a defense grid around us, simple enough to do with this much power and the proper knowledge of physics! Add a few crystals and a little magic equal's instant laser grid! I knew that laser pointer from earlier would inspire me later! Why not just make a wall? Simple, because what good will this be without an audience? And I can angle the lasers to act as special effects!
“Twilight...what...what's happened to you?!”
I laugh. It feels so good to see her FEAR me! Finally taking me seriously, now Trixie?! “Like it? I had theorized the magic from the Mana Collector could be used to power up a pony, but I never realized it could do THIS much!”
She looked around, seeing how high my grand stage was. “Stop this! Ponies are going to die!”
“So what?” I asked. “I've been ignored for this long, so why should I pay them any mind?”
“...This isn't you, Twilight, you're not this oblivious!”
“Hmm... You're right, I'm not invisible old Twilight Sparkle anymore...” I replied. After all, this IS a new me! So a new name would make sense! Who would want to be dumb old Twilight Sparkle?! “Hehe...everypony's worst nightmare is to be overshadowed, so that must make me a big one for everypony! How about Nightmare Spotlight, the Ever Rising Star?!”
Trixie tries to get away from me, but I grab her by the leg, give her a quick kick to a very painful part of her anatomy to stun her, and throw her into a piece of floating rock with just enough force to break it, then form some magic chains and tie her down to it. She's not going anywhere, they're made of Orichalcum! Yes, I can make that now, I know the recipe and can now rearrange molecules on the subatomic level! “Now, now, why run? The show's just starting!”
I use my magic to levitate cameras being used to broadcast the party and hovered them around us, forming a podium in front of Trixie. I fed my magic through them, managing to hijack the broadcast, something I'd picked up this one time I tried to upgrade our TV to get more channels only massively amplified! I can't believe I'm able to apply all this knowledge I've gathered with a thought! Amazing! Oh yes, I'm going to enjoy this!
“Hello everypony!” I call, waving into the cameras. “This is your new idol, Nightmare Spotlight, coming to you live from my stage in the sky! If you're in Canterlot, you can probably see it! In fact you can probably see it everywhere, which is the entire point! And today we're going to be playing a little guessing game! Today's special guest is Princess Trixie!”
Trixie finally caught her breath and gave me a glare. “What happened to science, Twilight?”
“Oh, I plan to do that too! Science, magic, shows! Everything! By the time I'm done, Equestria will take notice of me!” I replied. “Now, ready for some questions, Princess? Better answer them well! Your life depends on it! The more questions you get wrong, the more of you I'm going to freeze! Won't this be fun?!”
I hear the crowd below gasping. Good, they're reacting! I make them some seats to sit in, whether they want to sit down or not!
“Alright, first question...why did I get kicked out of the School for Gifted Unicorns?” I questioned, giving a smirk, letting her see my new, sharp, pointy teeth! Hmm, am I a carnivore now?
She looked shocked. “I...I heard it was destruction of property.”
“Ha-ha! Of course! Of course that's what they'd say!” I laughed.
You want to know my backstory? I think everypony else does too, so let's let everypony know it, shall we?! Origins stories always get attention!
“No...That's not what happened at all...well, from a certain point of view...” I gave a laugh. Wow, my laugh sounds intimidating...I like it! “You see, Trixie, back then I was a very knowledge happy filly, very magically talented. My family were nobility, so I was never overlooked...but everypony expected so much from me as a result! I mean I was a Sparkle! My family line has been big names in Canterlot for ages, my parents are nobles, I had all the reasons to be a great mare!...Then my brother flunked out of the Junior Guard for being a coward with no backbone, so my parents naturally put a lot more weight on MY shoulders. After all, somepony had to carry on the family name, didn't they? And that somepony was me. I was fine with it, I mean all eyes would be on me, what could be better? Except for one thing...”
“...You got kicked out...” Trixie said, eyes going wide.
I got close to her face, my long horn knocking her crown off in the process. “Hehe...I wasn't kicked out. You see, when my parents naturally signed me up for the School for Gifted Unicorns, I got the same test as everypony else: hatch a dragon egg...and at first I couldn't do it. Well, I thought, it must be a simple matter of amassing more energy! So I charged and charged and charged...and then a loud noise came from outside! The sound of...oh, I don't know, a little unicorn filly practicing a fireworks spell in a magic exercise?!”
Trixie's eyes go wide as dinner plates. “I...I didn't know...I'm...I had no idea...They moved my test to the next day because of the damage, I...I didn't even see you...”
“No, you didn't...But point is, I got distracted and lost control. My magic went berserk! And guess what the judges' reaction was when my power finally burned out?”
Naturally I'd turned them into fruit during my magic surge, but they got fixed! And I did hatch Spike, so that's a plus! Hmm, I wonder if dragons can become like this...
“I...I don't know...”
She screams as I freeze her up to her ankles.
I looked Trixie right in the eye. “They said 'that much power in the hooves of somepony without proper focus is dangerous' and tossed me out the door! Here's my question, about that, Trixie: isn't TEACHING the right focus what a school is FOR?!”
I floated back, looking to the camera. “Isn't a child with a talent that needs refining the entire point of the School for Gifted Unicorns? If I had all that power and no focus, wasn't it your job to teach it to me?! I was a FOAL! Of course I couldn't control it!”
Bitter? Oh yes. But doesn't the story of a little filly getting screwed over get everypony's recognition?
I gave a happy chuckle. “Oh, and by the way? If my judges are watching this: you're my next guests!” I've had so many fantasies! Too bad I have to pick one now that I can make them a reality! I turned back to Trixie. “And guess what, Trixie? My parents weren't happy! Not at all! Another failure in the family! Another disgrace to the family name! So I dedicated myself to studying science if magic wouldn't get me in. Science would get me to the top, right? But then we get to question number three: who became King Sombra's personal student not long after my test?”
Trixie gave that timid little look everypony finds so endearing. Maybe I should try it. Oh, is that guilt I see? “...Me...”
“Right, you! The little nobody from nowhere who came out of nowhere and somehow got the king's good graces after distracting me at my chance! Despite having JUST as much raw power as I did! Who was just as capable of everything I was, and who was just as young!” I didn't break eye contact. “So let me get this straight: they took YOU in and not me because I was MORE WORK than you were?! Because you had focus I was too YOUNG to have?! Tell me Trixie, is that FAIR?!”
Little Miss Humility looked down. She was silent for a few moments.
“...No answer counts as a wrong answer!” I exclaimed and she screamed as I froze up to her knees. “So next question, Princess,” I flew around her and landed next to her. “What happened when I was barely a teenager? You know with my brother?!”
Trixie rose her head and looked me in the eye. “...He ran off and eloped with Empress Cadenza.”
“Right, right, and another question,” I give a dramatic laugh. “What happens to the family of a traitor?”
She looks horrified. Good. “...They're treated like them too...”
“Exactly! Our family name got ruined by what my brother did!” I replied. “We're the laughing stock of Canterlot! Thanks to him! And guess who had to 'redeem' the family name?”
“...I'm sorry you went through all that...” Trixie replied, still looking down. “I'm sorry my practice caused that...I never meant to...”
I just laughed. “See?! Now you respect me, because I'm a threat!” I turned to the cameras. “And now the whole world will respect me!”
I turned to her. “But what?”
Trixie looked up at me with a sad look. “I'm sorry that happened to you, you're right, they should have tried to do more for you...but ever since then ponies have tried to help you...you keep turning them down. I've tried, Sunset's tried, everypony else has tried!”
I snarled in rage. How dare she!
“Help? If you need help to get somewhere big it doesn't count! The one who helped you can say you owe them! That THEY'RE the ones to thank!”
“...And just because you're hurt...doesn't mean you have a right to hurt ponies, Twilight,” she replied, struggling against her chains and...How did she break the ice?! She's not an Earth Pony! “...And I admit, sometimes even I don't think I'm worthy to lead...but I'm not going to let you hurt my subjects!”
Gah! She just blasted me in the face! Ugh, whatever, it didn't hurt that much!
Ah! Where did those boulders come from?!...Maud?! How did she get up here?!
“How did you get through the laser grid?!”
Maud gave a smirk to me. “Derpy figured out the trajectory...even if I didn't get a thing she said!”
WHAT?! She broke the chains?! “How?! Those are made of Orichalcum!”
“Rock farmer!” she replied, giving a smirk. “I may not know mathematics, but you bet I know how to find imperfections in anything! Let me guess, mass produced with magic from a sample ya got?”
“UGH! Fine, no more Miss Nice Mare! It's showtime!”
Oh, you still want to hear my story? With this much power I guess I can multitask!
You see, after my sorry excuse for a brother tarnished the family name and it fell on me to restore our honor, I set out to do just that. I studied so much, I tried to make myself a well-known scientist. I made so many inventions and ideas...but none of them got me anywhere. They were always “too dangerous” or didn't work like they should.
So, I admit I tried to go and get my brother to come back and dump his “wife” to the curb. Of course that'd restore our family's honor, why wouldn't it? Big mistake. I can't say he didn't get what he deserved, Empress Cadenza is the very antithesis of a loving wife. You reap what you so, don't you?
But of course, the “Tyrant of Broken Hearts” decided I'd make a fantastic slave! Thankfully, I was smart enough to escape, but my brother still loves that devil and tried to help her catch me when she asked! I don't know why. Guess he chose whose side he's on. I'll have to have them on for an episode some time, a very special one. After all, wouldn't the defeat of Equestria's biggest remaining threat get great ratings!
So now I faced an impasse: what to do? My parents where naturally ashamed of me at home, my brother couldn't be talked out of his bad choice, so what next?
Well I decided to travel the world, studying everything and anything I could! Learning everything I could about science and technology. Trying to develop everything I possibly could! I made so many inventions, so many ideas...but none of them worked. Something always went wrong! It's not my fault I ended up making my inventions too well! It's not my fault there's so many interesting things I can't focus on one at a time!
Gah! Nice shot, Trixie, have a boulder!
Where was I? Oh yes. My life. I admit, at first...I honestly didn't care about Trixie, I only knew her from seeing her practicing her magic outside the school when I got booted out. Oh I was mad, but well we were foals, I had more important things to go after...but then she kept showing up in the newspaper. She kept becoming more and more well-known and famous. She got wings! And all without seeming to CARE! She had the life I always wanted, the life my parents wanted me to have! And she didn't care! She just took everything like it was the most normal thing in the world! You could say I may have gotten a little bit bitter.
Ugh! Maud just punched me in the stomach, why does she hit so hard? Well I can too! Enjoy being embedded in the wall!
I felt insulted, slighted...Everything my family wanted from me, she was able to do. Everything I NEEDED she had without wanting after she ruined it for me! I felt like this was some cosmic trick!
Humility. That's what she's so famous for. Being humble. And yet for some reason the one who wanted nothing gets everything!
It burned me up inside. And then my parents... They never stopped. They always wanted more and more while everypony worshiped the ground she walks on! And it should have been me! Those rotten judges, if they hadn't kicked me out, it would've been me! Is it so wrong to want to be special? Well now I AM special! And all of Equestria will know it!
Huh, what's that rainbow explosion in the dist-GAH!
[=Undertale OST – Battle Against a True Hero Extended=]
Maud just tackled me through the window! Maud and Trixie try to follow me, but I just slam them both into the ground that was pulled up along with my stage. I'm barely bruised, they're both barely able to stand.
I converge all my cameras. “I'm bored with this, and I'm pretty sure so is the audience. Time to say goodbye to Princess Trixie!”
She tries to fight back against my beam, but I'm clearly stronger than her, after all I have so much more magic than her!
“Twilight, I think you need to chill! I get you had a rough go of things, but there's always a silver lining!”
Maud...Maud is bracing her? Where did that blue beam in Trixie blast come from?! Why did it just get stronger?!
I pull my laser grid projectors to me and have them converge on my beam, pushing back!
No matter. I'm still so much stron-gah! Who's hanging onto me?!
“Twilight, stop! I'm the one who's supposed to screw everything up!”
“Rainbow Crash?!” But she's supposed to be half way to Our Town by now!
“Twilight, darling! The evil overlord look doesn't look good on you! Stop this!”
“Rarity?!” But she'd be too frozen about rules to do something like this!
“That much evil magic in you can't be healthy!”
“Twilight, stop this right this minute!”
“I am supposed to be the rotten apple on purpose, Twilight! Not you!”
“Spike?! Applejack?!” But they were back at the club house!
“Stop it egghead!”
Gah! Wait...it can't be...
“The truth is...I've always felt like you were hurting yourself with this mad scientist stuff, but thought it was YOUR problem...I'm sorry...”
Fluttershy...apologized? Not...not logical!
How did we all get up there? Let's just say my new friend with a cape was happy to give us a lift.
...I...Twilight...Now her problems became my problems...I'm sorry...
They're...they're fighting me? Why? They're my friends!...wait...Trixie. She's trying to steal them just like she steals everything else from me!
"I'LL DIE BEFORE I LET YOU STEAL THEM TOO!" I screamed, intensifying my beam. I'm not letting her steal my friends too!
"Wake up already egghead!" Fluttershy yelled, grabbing onto my neck. "We're doing this for YOU!"
"This can't be good for you, Twilight," Pinkie yelled, hanging from my leg.
"I don't have many friends, Twilight, I don't want to lose you!" Rainbow Crash admitted, looking...scared as she hang onto my back.
"And if I don't try to pull you back, who will?!" Spike questioned.
"The rules changed, Twilight...the world isn't dog eat dog anymore..." Rarity called, looking like she was trying to breakdown a wall in her own head. "I was told the rules are flexible! I...I don't care if a lady wouldn't help you, I'm your friend!"
"And...and...you're one of the only ponies that make me feel important! I do not want to lose you!" yelled Applejack, hanging off my hind legs. We all looked at her in shock. "Well...I...Ah got pulled away from Uncle Rich! Ah ain't gettin' pulled away from yah too, Twilight!" Was she crying?!
“Maud, it was unwise to engage her before we could catch up!”
“I'm sorry, Miss Sparkle, I love you...and everything, but you have to be stopped!”
“Trixie, let me help you! And Twilight too!”
“Rainbow, keep holding her! But be careful!”
Where did...they must have come to help her while my friends had me distracted...why...
They brace Trixie, each one causing another color to join their beam! It's a rainbow now!
No, no, no! Stop! I can't lose! This was my moment! Stop!
No...No, no, no...
I'm now in a crater...No wings...and...no dark magic...just reality...
I...I'm sorry...I...I never meant for anypony to get hurt...I never...I could have...
I just wanted to be somepony for a change...to finally make my parents proud, that's all...why? Why did everything go so wrong? Why...By King Sombra, what have I done? What did all of Equestria see me do?!
I'd always fantasized about stuff like that, but...they were just petty little fantasies...I...I never meant for them to come true...maybe deep down I always wanted them to and didn't want to admit it...I wasn't a big pony...I was just a five year old living out her power fantasy...they're not as fun in real life...
“Twilight, you gave us quite the scare,” Rarity tells me. She looks...less confused...
“...Actually helping...feels good for a change...” Fluttershy admitted. “Glad you're okay, egghead...”
Pinkamena was too busy checking me over to see if I was hurt to say anything...
“Don't ever scare me like that again!” Spike yelled...he's...he's crying...
“Yah were doing too good of a job being the bad guy, even fer me, Twilight,” Applejack stated, giving me a look of...is that concern? “Glad yah snapped out of it...”
Rainbow Crash just hugged me.
...They care about me? Yeah...we're...we might take our shots at each other...but...
“I'm...I'm sorry...I'm so sorry...”
I'm...crying...it's been so long since I let myself cry...
My stage starts falling without me to keep it up...but Captain Goodguy and King Tirek (back to normal thanks to whatever that was they used to snap me back to reality) caught it and lowered it back...then Captain Goodguy snapped his fingers and put the parts back where I got them from.
“Alright, North Canterlot is where South Canterlot was and half of Canterlot is now orange, and I'm pretty sure Healthnut Joe's is now in the upper class district, but no pony died,” he explained. “But oh boy that was a doozy! I may also have misplaced a bit of stone, still some repairs you're going to need to do by hoof.”
I...I...my parents live in Canterlot...I could have...Canterlot would have collapsed with everypony in it...I...
Applejack's grandmother comes over and says something to her...and....hugs her?!
Ah! Starlight Glimmer?! She just teleported in here!
“Rainbow...Rainbow Crash...” she panted. “I think...I think you broke the sound barrier!”
Rainbow...she blushes. “Uh...I...I don't know...I...”
“I think you just forgot you were 'supposed' to fail...”
She...she actually broke the sound barrier?!...At least she'll be happy...
… I didn't resist when the guards came for me...I...I never wanted THIS...
Celestia and Luna watched the events before them. “...This didn't end as intended...but...they did come to her aid...” Celestia said, the duo having saved the ponies caught in Spotlight's rampage from falling to their doom. “Do you think they can really change?”
Luna smiled. “Sister...the link between worlds is no more...the merger caused many unexpected changes...but now that it's gone, those six...their future is theirs. As is ours...”
The Day Princess gave a small smile. “Indeed...then may it be a bright one...for everypony...”
End of Tales from the Dark Side of the Mirror.
To be concluded in Legends of the Dark Side of the Mirror. See the heroes' side and the full battle.