I woke with a start. Why? I wasn't sure. Perhaps I just had a nightmare I can't remember? Either way, I woke up suddenly, in an unfamiliar place. I looked around me. The walls and floors appeared to be made out of a fluffy white material, as was the furniture.
"Where am I…?" I muttered to myself, sitting up. "What happened?" I did my best to recall.
The final class trial was all a blur full of Junko's creepy smiles and, at the last moment, blood splattered everywhere. I shuddered as I remembered her excitement as she pressed the button that ended her own life. Then, I remembered standing by the door of the school… everyone's smiles… and Kirigiri's words. Finally, we left that school. All I can remember after that… is darkness. Just like the darkness that had ended my happy, peaceful life.
"What… happened?" I repeated to myself.
"Oh, you're finally awake," a voice snorted. I turned my head to see what appeared to be a cyan pony with wings and a rainbow-colored mane, smirking at me.
I involuntarily scooted back.
"Ah, right, allow me to introduce myself," she said. "My name's Rainbow Dash, fastest flyer in allll of Equestria!" She announced proudly. "What's yours?"
Still, the only reply I could give was a stutter in surprise at a talking, candy-colored pony with wings.
"What's the matter?" she asked, tilting her head. "Cat got your tongue?"
"I… How… Where…?!"
She sighed. "I guess I should explain everything…" Then she smiled cockily. "But I won't! I'll just leave the explaining up to Twilight!" She then clapped her hooves together, as if to resemble snapping. "That reminds me! We need to go meet her and the others at the library!"
"C-could you maybe explain anything?!" I waved a hoof I realized I had in the air. "Maybe you could explain why I'm a pony?!"
"Like I said," She said, waving her hoof dismissively. "I'll leave the explaining up to Twilight. C'mon, the library isn't too far." She walked toward the door, and then turned her head toward me. "By the way, you still haven't introduced yourself."
"U-um…" I muttered, trying to find the right words. "My name is Makoto Naegi… but you can call me Naegi."
Rainbow grinned again. "All right, Naegi," she said, opening the door. "Just follow me to the library for an explanation of the situation. Twilight's good at explaining things."
"Um, okay…" I muttered, steadying myself on to the squishy floor. "What is this, anyway?"
"It's cloud, duh." Rainbow remarked, already walking outside.
I opened my mouth to argue that walking on cloud should be impossible, but I closed it when I remembered I was talking to a rainbow pegasus while being a pony myself. Instead, I decided to focus on walking with four hooves.
"Just put one hoof in front of the other," Rainbow instructed.
Doing my best to follow her instructions, I was soon walking steadily, if not a bit awkwardly.
"Good job," Rainbow said, leading me toward the door. "The next step is… flying!" I looked out the door to see that we were, in fact, dozens of feet off the ground.
I instinctively stepped several feet back. "Are you crazy?! There's no way I can fly!"
"Sure you can," Rainbow insisted nonchalantly. "After all, you have wings." I groaned with annoyance, but she just continued. "Now, first you have to open your wings." I managed to do so easily. "Now, you have to flap them until they lift you off the ground!" I did as she said with surprising ease.
"Woah!" I cried as I managed to lift myself up and out the door.
"Nice job!" Rainbow said. "Now, let's get to the library."
On the way, we talked about the town (apparently called Ponyville), and Rainbow's friends (who we were apparently supposed to meet with for some reason).
Eventually, we came to a stop at the library, which was apparently inside a tree. Rainbow walked up to the door and knocked with her hoof.
"Twilight, it's me! Rainbow Dash! The guy who was with me woke up!"
The door cracked open, revealing a large, violet eye. "Rainbow Dash?" The door opened wider, also revealing a lavender-colored muzzle and dark indigo mane. "Oh, thank goodness! I was beginning to get worried since nopony had shown up! Well, come on in!" She said, ushering us inside. "Hello, my name is Twilight Sparkle! And you?" She gave a wide, worried smile.
"My name is Naegi," I answered. "Um… where's everybody else?"
"Like I said," Twilight sighed. "They're taking a while to get here. You two are the first to arrive."
Before I could continue trying to make small talk, there came a knock on the door.
Twilight opened the door again, this time revealing an orange pony with a straw-colored mane and a brown hat. "Howdy, Twilight," She said with a thick southern accent. "Mah friend Hagakure just woke up, so Ah figured Ah should come and meet y'all here."
"Naegi, this is Applejack," Rainbow introduced.
Applejack tipped her hat at me. "Nice to meet yah, partner." She stepped in, allowing a burnt orange pony with a crazily sticking up brown mane inside. "And Rainbow Dash, this is Hagakure."
"Is that you, Naegi-chi?!" Hagakure cried, nearly tackling me with a hug. "This is crazy! I mean, we're ponies!"
I shook my head with a smile. "It is crazy, Hagakure-kun..." I answered, trailing off.
The three mares looked at the two of us in confusion. "You two know each other?" Rainbow asked.
Before we could say "yes", another pony, an ivory unicorn with a royal purple mane, walked through the open door.
"Forgive me for interrupting, dear," She said. "But I came to meet up with everypony!"
Another dark green unicorn followed her inside. "Could somebody please explain why I am a colorful unicorn?" he demanded.
"Just as soon as everypony meets here," Twilight answered, relieved that more ponies were showing.
"Everypony, this is Byakuya Togami. Togami, this is Applejack, Rainbow Dash, and Twilight Sparkle." She turned to me and Hagakure. "My name is Rarity; a pleasure to make your acquaintance."
"I'm Naegi," I replied. "And this is Hagakure."
After introductions, we all chatted a bit while waiting for the next pony to come, which happened sooner than expected.
"Hey, everypony," a pink pony cheered as Twilight opened the door. "Sorry we took so long; Hina and I made some donuts!"
"Hey, guys," a red pegasus with a gravity-defying brown ponytail said in the same manner as the pink pony. "I'm Aoi Asahina, but just call me Hina!"
"A-Asahina-san?!" I cried in surprise. "You're here, too?!"
Hina turned to me in surprise. "Naegi?! Is that absolutely adorable big-eyed pegasus you?!"
I turned a bit pink at that statement. Everyone but Togami's face shows they were thinking the same thing.
"Anyway, I'm Pinkie Pie, super-party-pony extraordinaire! I-,"
"Kyaaaaaaaaaaaaahh!" A shrill cry came from outside.
"T-that sounded like Fluttershy!" Twilight cried.
The nine of us rushed out of the door of the library. Rainbow flew up to get a bird's-eye view. "She's near her cottage! C'mon!"
We galloped as fast as we could in the direction Rainbow directed us, and before long, we saw butter yellow pegasus with a pink mane rush by, shrieking. "Somepony help meeee!" She cried, running as fast as her hooves would carry her.
A few seconds later, we found who she was running from. "If you don't get back here right now, I'll stab a thousand holes into that little pony body of yours!"
"I-is that…?" Hagakure stuttered in shock.
"Genocider," Togami called after the serial killer. "Come over here."
"Hmm?" the dark gray pony said, stopping in front of Togami. "Who the hell is this pony?" Her eyes widened. "Byakuya-sama? ! Could that be you?!"
"Why were you chasing that pony?" Togami demanded.
Syo just shrugged. "I dunno. She just started shrieking and running as soon as I woke up."
"Well… you do look pretty scary," Hagakure said, shrugging.
"C'mon, Fluttershy," I heard Rainbow Dash say. I turned my head and saw her walking back toward us with the pony that had been running. I didn't even realize she had gone after her!
"I-I'm so sorry for worrying everypony," She said, tears in the corners of her eyes. "I was just… so frightened when I saw that pony."
"D-don't worry about it," I assured her. "I mean, Genocider Syo would scare anyone." I turned to Syo. "But we would appreciate it if you'd turn back into Touko Fukawa."
"Ugh," Genocider groaned. "Do I really have to turn back into her?"
"For introductions, at least," I explained.
"Ah-choo!" She sneezed before she could respond. "Huh?" She looked around at us, then suddenly squealed in horror and backed up several feet. "Wh-wh-what the-?!"
"Fukawa," Togami said coldy. "Calm down."
"B-B-Byakuya-sama?!" Fukawa cried. "Is that really you?! Why are you a-?!"
"I was wondering that as well." He glared at Twilight, who shrunk back in his gaze.
"I-I'll explain everything as soon as that unicorn who's staying at my house wakes up," she answered. "Ack! That reminds me! We should probably get back!
"Hey Naegi-chi, if there's one more pony here…" Hagakure muttered. "Considering the ponies already here…"
"Right," I said, finishing the sentence. "It has to be Kirigiri-san!"