Trapped inside of a Book
Pinkie Pie woke up. She stretched and yawned in her bed. The pony looked at her little alligator pet.
"Morning, Gummy!" She said to him. "And how are you this morning?" The alligator, who just woke up, yawned and only looked at her. I was fine until you woke me up. "Great!" She then realized something. "Did I wake you up? Sorry if I did. You know how I get." Gummy rolled his eyes. Oh boy, do I ever? "You can go back to sleep. I'm just going to go to work." With that, she hopped out of bed and began to trot out of the room. She passed by her calendar then halted with a gasp. "Wait a minute!" She reversed her steps back towards the calendar and looked at it, mulling something in her brain. "Something's not right here." She instantly knew what it was. "It's the wrong month! Which means..." She ripped to the next page with something written and circled on the tenth. "It's the beginning of a new month. Gummy, why didn't you remind me?" She laughed to herself. "Oh, right, you can't talk. Silly me!" She was about to go again when she realized the circled date. It said 'Twilight's 10th friendiversary.' She gasped again.
"Twilight's 10th friendiversary! I almost forgot. Thanks, calendar." She looked at her pet."Gummy, can't you believe it's almost been ten whole years since Twilight came to Ponyville and we all became besties? Where had all the time gone? I wonder if my other friends know what's coming up. I better tell them." She was about to go when she remembered something else. "Right after work." With that, she bounced out of the house. Gummy sighed in relief. Finally! She's gone! I can get more shuteye. He went back to sleep.
"I love that you're all happy and bouncy today." Mrs. Cake observed about Pinkie Pie at work. "Mind telling me why?"
"Because in ten days, it's going to be Twilight's friendiversary!" Both Cakes were confused about this.
"What's that?" Mr. Cake wanted to know.
"It will be ten years on the tenth of this month since our friend Twilight came here to Ponyville and we all became friends! I know this because my calendar told me. Well, it didn't tell me since like Gummy, calendars don't talk, that'll be silly. But you know what I mean. Wait, do you?"
"We know what you mean." Mr. Cake replied. "And that's very special alright. Gosh; ten years? Has it really been that long? Where has all the time gone?"
"I know, right?"
"Well, that calls for a special occasion." Mrs. Cake added. "I bet you're planning a party, aren't you?" Pinkie Pie nodded.
"I'm going to all of my friends' houses after work to tell them. Minus Twilight of course, I want her to be surprised. Unless she remembers it from last year, or the year before, or the year before."
"I'm sure she'll be thrilled that you're doing this for her and love her cake." Pinkie Pie nodded.
"Because I'm going to make it. I'm going to make the best cake ever for Twilight!"
After work, Pinkie Pie went to Sweet Apple Acres where she met Applebloom.
"Hey, Apple Bloom, where is your sister?" Pinkie Pie asked.
"In the barn." The little filly answered. "Why'd you ask?"
"Because I have something very special to tell her."
"Oh, well, okay. I just told you where she is. Get on to it then."
"Do you want to know what that something is?"
"I'll tell you! In ten days, it'll be Twilight's ten year friendiversary!" Apple Bloom was confused.
"What's that?" Pinkie Pie was annoyed by this question.
"Does nopony know what a friendiversary is? How can no pony know that?" She looked at the filly who was even more confused.
"Um, am I suppose to know it?"
"Alright, I'll tell you." And so, Pinkie Pie told her.
"Wow!" Said an amazed Apple Bloom after Pinkie Pie was done explaining, "Ten years; how exciting! You have to plan something big for that!"
"I know, right?" Pinkie Pie agreed. "After all ten year friendiversaries only happens once in a pony's lifetime."
"Well, I'll go tell my friends about it."
"You'll really do that?"
"Course. She is part of our lives too."
"That's true. Okay, I'll go tell Applejack and my other friends and you tell your little friends."
"Okay, well, see you later."
"APPLEJACK, APPLEJACK!" An excited Pinkie Pie said as she ran into the barn. Applejack looked at her.
"Whoa, calm down, Pinkie Pie." She said to her. "What got you all excited?"
"It's Twilight's 10 year friendiversary coming up." Applejack was confused.
"Friendi, what now?" Pinkie Pie sighed and explained.
"Well, we need to think of something to do that'll knock her hooves off." Applejack said as soon as she understood.
"I know, rig...wait, why are we going to knock her hooves off?" Pinkie Pie wanted to know.
"It's just a figure of speech, Pinkie Pie. It means we got to go all out to assure her this will be the best party she ever gone to."
"Oh, well in that case, right! Exactly what I was thinking."
"Well great minds do think alike." Pinkie Pie was confused about this.
"Never you mind about that. You tell all of our other friends and I'll tell my family."
"Apple Bloom already knows."
"Well, the rest of my family then. We'll meet with all of our friends later to discuss what we plan to do."
"I'll do that. You can count on me! Oh, I won't tell Twilight though. I want her to be surprised."
"And surprised she'll be." Pinkie Pie then thought of something.
"Gosh, I hope by not inviting her to plan her own surprise party and other stuff leading up to the party won't make her think that she's not our friend anymore."
"I wouldn't worry about that. She knows better then that." But Pinkie Pie wasn't so sure.
"But what if..." Applejack was annoyed.
"Again, I wouldn't worry. Spike should know so that he can help us keep her distracted until the time arrives."
"Okay, I'll tell him too."
Pinkie Pie told Rarity, Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash about the party. She even got Spike alone to tell him.
"I promise not to tell Twilight and keep her distracted until the time comes." The little dragon promised Pinkie Pie.
"Thanks, Spike." Pinkie Pie said to him. "Because she can't know the surprise because it'll ruin the surprise."
"I know, but, gosh, ten years? So much has happened since then. Cadance got married, Twilight got her wings and became princess, the Cutie Mark Crusaders got their Cutie Marks, I got my wings, Twilight began a school for all creatures and a bunch more." Pinkie Pie gasped in amazement at this.
"You're right, Spike! We should incorporate all of that somehow."
"Well, we can just remind her of all of those memories."
"Right! Well, there's a lot of stuff to do between now and when the time comes. You should rest up. I'll tell you when you should start distracting Twilight."
"Not tonight. I got to get to sleep."
"I know not tonight."
"Okay, night, Pinkie Pie!"
"Night, Spike," Spike went back inside with Twilight.
"What did Pinkie Pie want?" She asked.
"Nothing." The dragon lied. Twilight was suspicious about this.
"Hmmm, I'm sure it's not nothing..." Spike began to sweat. Is Twilight on to him already? "...but I won't ask any more questions. It's none of my business." Spike sighed with relief.
"You're darn right it's none of your business!" What was he doing? But luckily for him, Twilight stayed true to her word and didn't question it any further. He was so happy and relieved with that.
Applejack had gathered Spike, Fluttershy, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, and the Cutie Mark Crusaders in her barn the next day.
"Why did you gather us all here, Applejack?" Rainbow Dash wanted to know. "I just got to the good part in The Hexed Colt."
"Sorry, Rainbow Dash." Applejack apologized to her. "I think this is a bit more important then your reading." Rainbow Dash scoffed.
"What could be more important?" Applejack looked at all of her friends.
"As you know, soon it will be Twilight's ten year anniversary since she came to Ponyville and became all of our friends."
"Friendiversary." Pinkie Pie corrected polity.
"I knew that." Rainbow Dash said. "Pinkie Pie wouldn't stop talking about it yesterday."
"Did you get her anything yet?"
"I'll get to it."
"I know what I'm getting her." Rarity spoke. "I'm making her a lovely dress. I just started it this morning and was in the process when I remembred you called us for this meeting."
"You can resume after this meeting."
"I was planning on it."
"Anyways, my sister came up with an excellent idea on what to give her." Applejack looked at her sister. "Apple Bloom? The room's all yours." Apple Bloom stepped up with her friends by her side. She looked at everyone and cleared her throat.
"My friends and I had a meeting in the clubhouse this morning." She began. "We all suggested some very good ideas. But the idea we all loved was that we can make a collage."
"You want to build a college and name it in Twilight's honor?" Pinkie Pie asked. "Aw, that's sweet. But building it will take time, not just a few days."
"No." Scootaloo said to her. "A collage, meaning an art piece."
"Oh, that's a good idea too."
"And since Twilight's been here for ten years," Sweetie Belle continued. "We thought it would be a great idea to gather all of the pictures of her and us over the years and to have all of them together for her to see and cherish the memories."
"Hey!" Spike pointed out. "Pinkie Pie said something similar to me just yesterday."
"I did?" Pinkie Pie questioned, then remembered. "You're right; I did! Wow! I guess, great minds do think alike!"
"But did you think of putting all of the pictures together in the form of a statue?" Scootoloo asked. "And not just any statue, a statue of Twilight!"
"No, I didn't. But I like it, no, I love it, no, I adore it, no I, love and adore it at the same time!"
"Uh, those two words mean the same thing." Rainbow Dash explained to her.
"Oh, well, I still love and adore it."
"It will take some time to make a statue out of pictures." Applejack began. "But if there's a will, there's a way!"
"And there's a way all right." Scootaloo said. "After all, we have to make this the best and most coolest party Twilight has ever been too!"
"Hey." Spike put in. "Who's idea has to make a Twilight statue out of pictures? Because that is very creative." Scootaloo smiled to herself.
"That would be me." Spike gave her a thumbs up.
"No kidding!" Rainbow Dash agreed. "That's awesome! But that's why it came from an awesome little pony that thinks outside of the box." She and Scootaloo both did a hoofbump to each other. Pinkie Pie was confused,
"You thought outside of a box? What box?" But no one answered her question for they went on in the discussion.
After the meeting, Pinkie Pie was on her way home when she spotted a library. Since Twilight's a book lover, she thought, I bet she'll love a book! With that thought in her head, the pink pony trotted in.
She looked and looked in the entire library. Lots of the books were good, but she couldn't decide on what to give her. Hmmmm, I can't give her the whole library, can I? No, I can't. That'll be silly. A lot of ponies use this library. I'm sure Twilight would understand.
"Can I help you?" A pony asked. Pinkie Pie looked at her. Her name tag said that her name was Buttercream, a cream colored pony.
"Yes." She stated. "I'm looking for a book for my friend."
"I see. Perhaps I can help after all. Do you know what you friend likes? That might narrow things down."
"She likes books." She then laughed at what she said. "Of course you know that she likes books. That's why I'm here. Pinkie Pie, you sure are silly." But Buttercream seemed to be not amused by Pinkie Pie's foolishness.
"Anything else? What is she like?"
"She's very nice and friendly." This interested Buttercream.
"Aw, so she likes her friends, does she not?" Pinkie Pie nodded.
"Uh-huh. She values her friends very much. Friends are the most important things to her, next to books I imagine."
"I think I might have the perfect book for her then." Pinkie Pie beamed.
"Really?!" Buttercream nodded.
"Just stay here. It's in the back room. I'll go get it for you."
"Wow; it's not even with the other books? You have to go to a special room for it?" Buttercream nodded again. "Okay! I'll wait. Wow, Twilight won't believe how I got this for her."
"Your friend is very lucky to have this book and you as a friend. She'll be glad at what you went though to get it. I'll be right back." She then left. Pinkie Pie sat on her rear end to wait.
Buttercream looked all around the back room to make sure no pony else was there. Then she looked at a book titled Black Rose Makes a Friend. The cover had Black Rose's, a black colored pony, picture on it.
"Black Rose." She spoke. "I think I found you another friend." All of a sudden, the image of Black Rose from the book came to life. She grinned evilly.
"Excellent! It's been so long."
"I know. Now I must warn you, the pony that's taking you home, isn't keeping you. She's giving your book away as a gift to her friend." Black Rose looked disappointed but seemed to cheer up quick.
"That's fine. I waited this long. I can wait some more. Thank you for this, Buttercream. I really appreciate you doing this for me again. You're a true friend." Buttercream smiled.
"Of course. What are friends for, right?"
"Exactly." Black Rose turned into her mindless state as Buttercream went out of the room.
"Okay." Buttercream talked to Pinkie Pie when she returned. "Here it is. I hope your friend likes the book."
"I'm sure she will." Pinkie Pie answered. "If not for some strange reason, at least it'll be a thoughtful gesture. She can't be mad at me for that."
"Right." Pinkie Pie saw the title. "Black Rose Makes a Friend! Twilight will surely like this."
"I bet she will." Pinkie Pie then noticed that Black Rose was all alone on he cover. "Wait, why is she all alone? The title clearly states that..."
"She makes a friend. Trust me."
"Okay. I'll take your word for it then." She bid farewell before leaving the store. After she left, Buttercream sighed to herself sadly.
"I'll miss you like always, Black Rose. Hope you keep this one for a long time." She then left to resume with her work.
The day had come. It was Twilight's party. All of Twilight's friends were getting prepared while Spike was keeping an eye on Twilight.
"I appreciate you staying with me, Spike," Twilight said. "You're nice company and all but you don't have anything to do? Anything at all?" The little dragon shook his head.
"No." He replied. "Are you tired of me already?"
"No, I'm not. I'm just saying if there's something that you want to do, then go ahead and do it. My feelings aren't going to be hurt."
"I know your feelings aren't going to be hurt, but I want to stay with you. Is that so wrong?" Twilight beamed.
"Aw, not at all. You're so sweet, Spike."
"Well, that is what they call me; 'Sweet Spike'. Uh, actually that's a lie, they just call me Spike. But 'sweet Spike' wouldn't be bad." Twilight laughed.
"I know what they call you, Spike. I've been with you for gosh, how many years has it been? Ten? Nine? Help me out here Spike."
"Uh…" The dragon was thinking of what to say.
"Oh, it doesn't matter. It's been years. My, how time flies."
"Yeah." The walkie-talkie that Spike had went off.
"Spike, are you there, over?" Applejack's voice wanted to know.
"Is that Applejack?" Twilight asked. "Why is she calling you on a walke-talkie? And I didn't know you owned one."
"Spike, are you there, over?" Applejack repeated.
"You better answer her." Twilight spoke to Spike.
"Uh.. look!" Spike pointed ahead in the distance. "Is that the famous author of your favorite series off in the distance?" Twilight beamed.
"Oooh, whoever it is, I have so many questions!" Twilight galloped off. Spike turned to the walkie-talkie.
"This is Spike, over!" Spike talked into the device.
"You can send Twilight on over to our barn, over." Applejack said. "The party is all ready for her, over!"
"We'll be there, over and out." Spike hung up and went towards Twilight. Twilight turned to him.
"I don't see any author here that I know of." She said to Spike.
"Oh, my bad." He faked. "It must have been somepony that looks like the author from one of your books. Sorry to get you excited over nothing."
"Oh, it's okay. I mean, I'm kind of disappointed because it would be neat to see somepony that I like, but it's okay."
"Twilight, I need you to come with me to Applejack's barn." Twilight looked concerned.
"Why? Is something the matter? It is Applejack? Apple Bloom?" She then gasped. "Is Granny Smith okay? Please tell me that Granny Smith is okay."
"Granny Smith is fine. Come with me and see for yourself." And with that, the two flew off.
"Okay, Spike," Twilight said as soon as they landed in front of the barn. "What it is that you have to show me?"
"This!" Spike replied, opening the door. Twilight looked all around.
"An empty barn? I don't get it. Why did you take me here?" Spike was about to answer when their friends all jumped out of their hiding places, Pinkie Pie lit her party cannon and it fired confetti everywhere.
"SURPRIZE!" They all shouted in unison. Twilight was shocked.
"What is this?" She questioned.
"It's a party just for you, Twilight." Applejack answered. "It's been…"
"Ten whole years today since you came to Ponyville." Pinkie Pie interrupted. "And we all became the best of friends!" She looked at Applejack. "Oh, sorry. Were you going to say that?"
"I can't believe it." Twilight said. "Has it really been ten years? I mean, I know it's been a long time, but ten years is just so unbelievable. I thought it's been eight years, nine years tops."
"Well believe it." Rainbow Dash told her. "Because that's how long it was. We had so many awesome adventures together, and it is so unbelievable but true." Scootoloo then spoke up.
"And we have something even more awesome that you'll love." The little Pegasus stated.
"Wow, really?" Twilight asked. "I already enjoyed what you did. What could possibly top it?"
"You'll see." Twilight screamed like a filly.
"Ooh! I can't wait."
"Follow us!" Apple Bloom instructed. "It's right this way." She and the others followed her.
"What's under there?" Twilight asked as she was lead to something covered up by a blanket.
"Just something we whipped up together." Applejack explained. "Now, would you like to do the honors?"
"Oh, yes, most certainly." And with that, Twilight lifted the blanket off of the enormous horse statue. Twilight gasped in awe. It was a paper mache statue of her with pictures of her and her friends during the last decade.
"Do you like it?" Pinkie Pie questioned. Twilight pretended to frown.
"No, I don't like it." Pinkie Pie frowned as well.
"I don't understand. We all pitched in and worked really hard. What did we do wrong?"
"Nothing because…" She beamed. "I love it!" All of her friends sighed with relief.
"Knew there'd be a twist." Scootoloo said. "You'd be crazy not to love this!"
"I know, right?" Apple Bloom agreed.
"We worked our butts off of this thing." Sweetie Belle added. "She better have some appreciation knowing that."
"Do you see all of the pictures, suger cube?" Applejack questioned Twilight.
"Hello?!" Rainbow Dash butted in. "Of course she does. It'll be impossible not to see them. You have to be completely blind not to see them."
"Each photo is a memory of what we all did in the last decade." Applejack continued. "Like the time we all built this here barn."
"And the time I joined the Wonderbolts." Rainbow Dash put in.
"And when we all got our cutie marks!" Sweetie Belle, Scootoloo and Apple Bloom chimed in together.
"When you first moved in." Pinkie Pie said. "And when I overpowered Cheese Sandwich as party planner and Cadance's wedding."
"And when we both got our wings." Spike concluded. "As well as a bunch of other precious things we did over the years. Want to see?"
"Of course." She took some steps further and observed every picture more closely.
The party continued with games, punch, cider, food, music and presents. Twilight enjoyed every last minute of it.
"You have one more present." Pinkie Pie exclaimed, giving her her gift. "Mine. I hope you enjoy!"
"I bet I will." Twilight stated. "I can't wait to see what it is." She opened it to reveal the book.
"Oh, boy" Rainbow Dash said in a sarcastic tone. "Another book. Who could have guessed?" The other ponies gave her looks. "What? It's not that I'm ungrateful. I am. It's just that most all of the gifts are all books, that's all."
"But this book is special." Pinkie Pie told her.
"How? That's it from the heart?"
"That and this book had to be brought to me from the back room. They didn't have it out in the main area." Rainbow Dash sighed.
"Yay, lucky you. That is special!" She got looks again. "Sorry." Twilight developed happy tears in her eyes.
"Aw, Twilight!" Pinkie Pie said, sadness in her voice. "We never meant to make you cry. We just wanted you to be happy and have a fun time."
"Those aren't sad tears." Granny Smith assured her, "Those tears are filled with happiness." Pinkie Pie was confused. "How do you know the difference between happy and sad tears?"
"You guys!" Twilight said. "What you have done for me today is beautiful! And to think I never expected to make any friends when I first came here. You guys are really the best friends that a pony could ever ask for."
"You know it!" Rainbow Dash said.
"Come here, suger cube." Applejack said. "This is a wonderful opportunity for a group hug." Twilight nodded with agreement and the main six and Spike all did a group hug together.
"So which book are you going to read first?" Rainbow Dash questioned. "Mine because it's a fantasy adventure and the others are all nonfiction?"
"I don't think Pinkie Pie's book is nonfiction." Sweetie Belle pointed out. "And our book is a scrapbook. It's every picture from the statue, only in book form."
"I don't know." Twilight admitted. "They all look so good. I wish I could read them all at once so I don't disappoint any of you, but I can't."
"You don't have to read any if you don't want to." Fluttershy put in. "I don't want to put any pressure on you."
"I appreciate that, Fluttershy." Twilight said to her. "But I do want to. I want to read them all because they all came from my best friends in the whole universe." Every one awed at this. "I just figure out which book I'm going to read first is all."
"You can figure that all out on your own later." Rainbow Dash stated. "Right now, let's resume the coolest party in all of Equstria!" They all agreed and partied on.
It was late by the time Twilight and Spike came home. It was a long party, but well worth it. Twilight had fun. Now it was time for bed.
"Are you going to read a book before bed, Twilight?" Spike asked her as they got ready for bed.
"You bet." Twilight answered.
"Are you going to read any of the books that your friends and I gave you?"
"You read my mind. That's exactly what I'm going to do."
"Okay. Don't stay up too late. You have to resume your duties tomorrow.'
"I know that Spike and don't worry. You just get some sleep yourself." The tiny dragon yawned as he crawled into bed.
"Will do." He closed his eyes and slept. Twilight looked at all of her books given to her at the party.
Now, let's see. She thought to herself. What to choose? She looked at each and every cover. They all look so good. Oh, why does this have to be so hard? Come on, Twilight. Think!
All of a sudden Twilight had a sudden urge to read Black Rose Makes a Friend. It was if the book was calling to her. She wondered why, but didn't think much of it. She put the rest of the books away and got comfy in her bed and began the first chapter. She read and read.
When Twilight got to the point where they introduced Bettercream, she was confused as the picture only showed Black Rose. Maybe she's in another picture. She thought.
However when she turned the page, only Black Rose was shown. She read through page after page. Buttercream was no where in sight.
Maybe some careless pony is pulling a prank and inked out all of Buttercream's pictures. The princess thought. Yeah, that must be it. That's the only logical explanation I can think of.
When she was done with the whole book, she was even more confused then ever, What kind of pony would do this? Who would go though all the trouble and purposely white out all of Buttercream's pictures? This isn't funny. Maybe I can get another copy of the book at the bookstore. I have to ask Pinkie Pie which bookstore she went to, Poor Pinkie Pie. I bet she didn't even realize that one of the two main characters were missing. She'll be so upset, but she'll understand and want me to experience the whole story with every single character in it.
She looked at the clock on the wall and couldn't believe it. It was after midnight. She had stayed up for four hours and ended up reading the whole story. She looked back at the book. She was about to close it and put it away when a voice spoke.
"Don't close the book!" The voice pleaded. Huh? Twilight looked all around, then at a sleepy Spike. No one else was with her. She was about to shut it again when the voice came back. "Please, I'm lonely. I need another friend to play with." Twilight looked all around again. "It's me talking, Black Rose. From the book." Twilight looked down at the picture of just Black Rose and shook her head. I must be dreaming.
She gasped again when a portal appeared. She then felt a heavy wind and tried to hold onto something as she was sucked into the book. The portal closed. And the book closed itself on its own.
Twilight awoke and looked all around. She was outside in a flowery field. Where am I? She thought. I don't think this is Ponyville anymore. She then saw a pony, but it wasn't just any pony.
"Black Rose?" She questioned out loud.
"In the flesh." Black Rose told her.
"But I don't understand. How is this possible? You're a fictional character in a fictional story. This is a fictional place. So why am I here?"
"Because I want more friends." Black Rose answered.
"I still don't understand. Where are we?" Black Rose smirked.
"You're in my book. Twilight. The book sucked you in and you're with me now and I'm so happy that you are. I hope you can stay."