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"And with that mind-destroyingly frustrating-" A brief jump-cut flashed to Alex forcing on a smile after playing the first two nights of FNAF 1 and making an attempt on the third. "Lovely genius game... I'm officially done here. If you liked this video, click like. If you want to see more of AJVoiceOvers, don't hesitate to subscribe. I'm AJ from AJVoiceOvers, signing off. Bang..."

 

With his outro done, he ended the recording mode. He felt awful after playing Five Nights at Freddy's, though as annoyed as he was towards the people who continually suggested he play it, he couldn't quite hate them. For one, it would require he acknowledge they were responsible for shaving yet more years off his life and some likely suggested it because they thought he'd like it. Then there were the comments on YouTube and other forums his fans sent him about people saying they liked him better when he covered certain games that he no longer played.

 

But such was life, he was making a bit of money off YouTube, though he hadn't quite gotten there yet. What was most pressing was this scroll with a key that would be arriving this afternoon. Alex was skeptical, of course, refusing to believe the first scroll was real until he saw this key and a good explanation to go with it. After a while of nothing, Alex started to edit his video, taking out chunks where nothing happened and he wasn't saying anything, as well as many of his repeated deaths. Then, in a puff of smoke, the key and scroll appeared for Alex as well, landing on the bed with a soft thud. He turned to look at these things, staring in disbelief as he went to inspect them. "What in the world..."

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Spike took a bag of gems for his trip to the train station and tossed a few into his mouth while he walked through Ponyville's streets with Twilight. He waved to Twilight's friends as they approached the platform.

 

"Hi, girls!" he greeted them. Then, Twilight brought up Rarity and Spike looked around for her, surprised that she was the only Element not there at the moment. Applejack then announced that the princess weren't at the station yet either. "I hope Rarity turns up, too," Spike said. "I don't think she would miss this for Equestria."

 

Spike watched two Royal Guards escort Celesta into town and bowed with the rest of the ponies. Out of the corner of his eye, he thought he could see a yellow hoof reaching for a newspaper in the crowd. He shrugged and turned to face Celestia again, hoping nopony noticed him.

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Rarity had a confession to make: "fashionably late," as long as it applied to her, wasn't actually a proper thing to do. It was more an excuse for her to sleep in and take her time on her makeup to get ready for the day. That meant that she tended to use that excuse more often for early morning appointments than others (insofar as "early" and "morning" applied to Rarity, at least).
 
But then, there also came a point where, no matter the reasoning and excuse, "fashionably late" changed into just plain "late." And Rarity was sure that point was rapidly approaching now.
 
Ponyfeathers, Rarity swore. There were a number of issues that needed to be settled before she could leave. Opal needed her services, her daytrip supplies needed to be gathered, and most importantly, she needed to be presentable for the day. It didn't really help that she woke up late that day, either. Pressed for time as she was, she did manage to feed Opal, and she did gather most of her travel things (at least she thought she did), but she forwent her morning beautification routine entirely. A travesty, certainly, but Rarity was sure she could find a few minutes somewhere to do what she needed to. Her friends would forgive her.
 
Bags of makeup, cosmetics, clothing, dresses, and emergency breakdown supplies (one always needed to be prepared, after all) were tossed into the foyer of her Boutique haphazardly into a small mountain of bags and suitcases. She was only anticipating that she would be gone for a few days; that was why it was not a large mountain. One last check to make sure Opal and her Boutique were copasetic, and Rarity levitated up all her bags behind her and trotted out the door to the train station.
 
The day was outside was bright, and the scant clouds did little to obscure the sun. At least I won't have to worry about the weather today, Rarity thought. The sun was rapidly making its ascent into the sky, already about four hooves above the horizon. It would take a rather generous definition of "morning" for anypony to say that it was still that time of day, but Rarity had woken up not an hour ago. As far as she was concerned, it was still morning, and it was just too early to chasing trains. Regardless, she also knew that her friends were probably waiting for her by now. She quickened her pace, hoping that the train they were due to board was delayed by at least a few minutes.
 
In due time, the station peeked over the horizon. As expected, all her friends were already there, along with Princess Celestia, apparently. Rarity briefly entertained the possibility of asking her to roll back the sun a few degrees to give her a few more minutes to put on some makeup, but alas, the world didn't really work that way. The dull thumps of her hooves on the ground grew sharper as she stepped onto the platform.
 
"Greetings, all," Rarity called out. "I'm here." Thankfully, the train had not arrived yet. The aura surrounding the bags and suitcases behind her faded, and they tumbled to the ground in an unceremonious pile. With that, her hind legs seemed to give out behind her, and Rarity dropped to the ground, panting. "I apologize— —for the delay. I woke up late, and there was simply— —simply so much to do," she said, attempting to catch her breath at the same time. Levitating many bundles of suitcases behind her was tiring, despite how she made it appear. That, and perhaps Rarity was slightly less fit and slightly more marshmallow-y than she cared to admit to anyone.

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Princess Luna

The princess had arrived at the train station, but kept mainly to herself. her inter fears of these...beings still weighing on her nerves, preventing her from falling asleep this past afternoon. Her fears and worries however did not seem to be enough to sway the opinion of those around her that seeming welcomed these visitors with open hooves. Taking a few deep breaths she would attempt to calm herself. She had to appear strong and supportive of their decision, though it went against her own.  After a few moments, she would begin to make her way to the group of ponies that had gathered.

 

"Greeting everypony." she would being. "I hope that we are all prepared for what this day may bring forth." She would give twilight an uneasy smile, masking her true feeling. "I trust that you have today all planned out, as well as a contingency plan if the worst should happen. You have taken my opinion on this matter seriously, correct?" Sighing deeply once more, she would say under her breath, "This is on your hooves dear sister, not mine..."

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Fluttershy was glad to see all her friends have arrived in time. Rainbow had even been up in the clouds waiting before even Applejack and Fluttershy arrived. As they arrived, she gave each a small wave.

 

The one pony that arrived with royal escort was what surprised Fluttershy. Princess Celestia was in town instead at Canterlot. Wouldn't it be better if Princess Celestia was in Canterlot? Not that it's a problem... Fluttershy quickly bowed to the Princess as she approached. "Um, hello Princess Celestia. I was wondering, if you don't mind me asking, um, why you were still in Ponyville? I thought you were in Canterlot preparing for the humans?"

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Late in the evening, while most everypony was asleep, Cadance had slipped out of Ponyville on the last train north. She hadn't intended to make anyone worry, but rather wanted to fill Shiny in on the news from the day. She had left a rather large, visible note at the train station, and had hoped that nobody would take it down, considering who it was to. 

 

She had barely made the last train. It wasn't like it was a plan. Rather she had been up quite late, wondering, worrying about the humans. Long part the time when she had made out faces out of the patterns in the ceiling to amuse herself, she finally made the decision to go home. Relief filled her as the train carried her towards her husband.

 

And so it was that she arrive before anypony else in the group from the day before at Canterlot station, and made her way to the castle hoping for an early morning pick me up. She felt a bit guilty leaving without so much as a word to anypony, but at the same time, Shiny had made her feel a lot better. He usually had the effect on her. She wished again that he could join the group in Canterlot, but understood well that his duties came first. 

 

In the usual din that filled the kitchen, Cadance dodged between members of the staff to make herself some coffee, as well as slipping a danish off a passing tray. Then she settled in to review the Canterlot Times. Chewing slowly she quickly discarded the paper, as it seemed to profess the end times, and a hostile overthrow of Equestria. She rolled her eyes and delved back into her mind, and the conversations she and Shining had had the night prior.

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Princess Celestia

Celestia's sharp eye would catch a number of things, not only that Twilight and her friends were all there though it looked like Rarity was running a bit later then the others. There was also, her sister Luna, and to her surprise she also caught sight of Applebloom trying to blend in with the crowd of ponies. The princess' gaze would fall on her, letting the young filly know that she had seen her.
 
Yet for the moment she would merely smile and offer a brief nod, before turning her attention to everyone that had gather waiting for the train. Offering a few small greetings and nods to those bowing, she would walk over to them with the pair of guards following.
 
“Greetings, each of you,” Celestia would say warmly as she looked to each in turn, though she would pause and offer a look of some concern to her sister as she studied Luna for a moment. The princess would not say anything, not yet, though her eyes would offer and idea of what she was thinking and of her worry for the midnight mare. Looking to her student she would say, “So is everyone here and ready to leave? I hope you are all prepared for what is to come.”
 
Considering her sister's words, Celestia would offer some agreement, “Yes, having a plan may be in order, though she should still make sure our guest feel welcome. We don't want them to get the wrong idea or feel unwanted.” Hearing the words under her breath, she would place a hoof on Luna's shoulder before saying softly so that only her little sister could hear, “I understand sister, please give them a chance.”
 
The princess would chuckle at Fluttershy's question before answering, “Still in Ponyville? I have just arrived recently, I came here from Canterlot. I thought meeting you in Ponyville may be better then simply waiting at the Canterlot train station for you to arrive.”

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Rarity finally arrived with her many suitcases. There were less than Twilight had expected, but still many compared to everypony else. Seeing her friend kind of collapse like that on arrival, it was natural to want to help. She started to levitate Rarity's suitcases into the baggage car a couple at a time while talking.

 

"It's nice of the elder princesses to accompany us to Canterlot, isn't it? I had wanted to plan the day out with a schedule actually, but since nopony really knows for sure what activities the humans would enjoy, the best we can do is make sure they feel welcome." Twilight then turned to Luna, wishing to confirm she had at least taken the warning seriously. "Though I think your concern is a bit over the top, I'm taking it seriously. I still think there's nothing to worry about though, and I'm looking forward to making a study of them." She said with a smile to Luna as she finished moving the last of Rarity's suitcases into a neatly arranged and organized pile. By color, size, and weight of course. Right next to her's and Spike's.

 

There was something she needed to confirm with Princess Celestia though. "Just wondering, where will we be staying while in Canterlot? At the castle? The tower I sometimes borrow? A hotel? Somewhere else perhaps?" It would be a good idea to know ahead of time, to gauge how much room there would be for the inevitable scrolls and notepads filled with her observations of the humans.

 

Wouldn't be long until they were on the Express.

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"Hi, girls!" Spike said as he waved to his friends. Applejack managed to get in a quick " Howdy, Spike!" before Twilight mentioned Rarity, causing the farm pony to snicker a little at the baby dragon's reaction; He looked adorable whenever he looked around for his love interest. "I hope Rarity turns up, too. I don't think she would miss this for Equestria."

 

Spike wouldn't have to wait long, for the errant Rarity finally arrived, albeit looking uncharacteristically raw and panting hard.

"Greetings, all," the Unicorn began, still panting, "I'm here." Rarity's luggage unceremoniously fell to the ground as she released it from her magic. "I apologize— —for the delay. I woke up late, and there was simply— —simply so much to do." she explained. The poor dear looked utterly ragged, so Applejack stepped forward, looked for the heaviest looking suitcases, then grabbed one and hefted another onto her back and took another into her mouth as Twilight levitated the others and loading them into a baggage car.

 

"It's nice of the elder princesses to accompany us to Canterlot, isn't it?" Applejack heard Twilight say.

 

Wait, what?! Applejack whipped her head around to see the goddess approach the platform, accompanied by two guards. It only took a second for Applejack to compose herself and bow deeply to Celestia, mentally cursing for not spotting her earlier.

 

"Um, hello Princess Celestia." Fluttershy said in that soft voice, "I was wondering, if you don't mind me asking, um, why you were still in Ponyville? I thought you were in Canterlot preparing for the humans?"

 

“Greetings, each of you,” Celestia responded, looking over to a rather short pony pulling out a newspaper before returning. “So is everypone here and ready to leave? I hope you are all prepared for what is to come.”

 

"Ready as we'll ever be, Princess!" Applejack chirped. "Ah'm gettin' more an' more excited just thinking 'bout them arriving! Ah wanna see what they're like!"

 

Looking over a bit, Applejack noticed that not only had Princess Celestia joined them, but Princess Luna had arrived as well. "Greetings, everypony."

 

Applejack bowed to the Lunar deity as she addressed the group of Ponies.

 

"I hope that we are all prepared for what this day may bring forth." Luna then turned to Twilight and flashed her an uneasy smile before adding, "I trust that you have today all planned out, as well as a contingency plan if the worst should happen. You have taken my opinion on this matter seriously, correct?" Luna the sighed and muttered something under her breath, decidedly less enthused then the others.

 

“Yes, having a plan may be in order, though we should still make sure our guests feel welcome. We don't want them to get the wrong idea or feel unwanted.” Celestia said then moved over to her sister, and whispered something into her ear.

 

"I still think there's nothing to worry about," Twilight responded, seemingly unfazed by Luna's tone; in fact, she seemed more excited than usual... "I'm looking forward to making a study of them."

 

"Easy, there Twi." Applejack said, leaning in to whisper into the young princess' ear. "We're every bit as excited as you are, but Ah'm sure they'd like their space and would like to get used to us first!" Applejack then straightened up and plastered a big smile on her face. "Well, everypony but Cadance is here, but other than that--"[/color]

 

The whistle blast of the Friendship Express cut AJ off as it approached the station. Oh no! Cadance wasn't here just yet! Frantically looking around, AJ spotted a note attached to a post. She raced over and grabbed it.

 

"Canterlot! Express train for Canterlot! All aboard who's coming aboard!" the conductor called out. "Come on, everypony! Cadance'll left a note sayin' she'll meet us there!"

 

With that, AJ loaded her cart into another luggage car, then stepped onto the train alongside Rarity. "You alright there, sugar cube? Ah've never seen you without yer makeup!"

 

Applejack quickly found a seat as she awaited her friend's reply, motioning for her to sit next to her.

 

This was it. They were on their way to planning the biggest party Equestria's ever seen yet! AJ could only hope that the humans found it as entertaining as the ponies no doubt would...

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The princess would nod to each pony as they greeted her, a small smile slowing appearing on her face, though that smile would quickly go away as she listened to their conversations. It would appear that not many shared the fear and concerns that she harbored inside her. "..To me they are uninvited..." she would mutter so only she could hear. Looking to Twilight once more, she would say. "Please be careful in your studies of them. Do not do anything that could be taken the wrong way. We do not need a repeat of the Yak incident from earlier this year."

 

Forcing a smile to her sister, she would say, "I know big sister. It is just that we have not had the best track record as of late with visitors. Many things I have learned through the dreams of our subject, and I can assure all of you that not everypony is excited as our group seems to be." Sighing, Luna would lower her head. "Not only do I fear for our subjects, but also our visitors well being...."

 

Luna would be interrupted by the train's whistle. Luna would enter the car and make her way towards the rear of the car. Taking her seat, she would close her eyes as if in meditation.

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Apple Bloom felt her stomach drop when Celestia's eye fell on her. Does she.... Does she know?! If she does, will she tell AJ?! 'No, Celestia! Please don't tell AJ! She'll have Granny Smith ground me forever!'

 

Celestia seemed to read her mind, as she offered a smile, then addressed AJ and her friends, but not once did Applejack look her way... Apple Bloom wiped a bead of sweat from her brow and breathed a sigh of relief at that. Arrow dodged!

 

Surprise caught Apple Bloom again as not only Celestia joined her sister and her friends, but Princess Luna as well. 'What's she doing here?! If she's here, then--!' Apple Bloom took a few steps back. As much as she wanted to run up to her and say hi, she knew she would be caught. 'Gotta stay here!'

 

"Canterlot! Express train for Canterlot! All aboard who's coming aboard!"

 

"Finally! Ah'm dyin' in this coat!" Apple Bloom muttered to herself. She watched as her sister and her friends board the train, subconsciously adjusting her lapels and sunglasses before boarding the car behind the party. This was it. She was about to be the first filly in her class to see the humans! 'Maybe if I'm lucky and sneaky enough, I'll be able to even meet them before the others! Then I'll be the coolest filly in school for sure!' Apple Bloom quickly found a seat near a window and removed her sunglasses and coat as the train departed for Canterlot...

 

~*~*~*~*~*~

 

Apple Bloom's eyes widened as the capital city came ever closer, the many towers of the Princesses' castle coming into more and more detail. "Ah can't believe Ah'm here again!" Apple Bloom breathed, taking in the sights. "Ah'll never get used to this place!"

 

Apple Bloom watched as Applejack and her friends departed their car, slipped her sunglasses and coat back on, and exited her car once she surmised everyone was far enough ahead.

 

She raced over to the first thing she could hide behind, which happened to be a large cart, and peeked around. Nopony was looking back.

 

Okay. She accomplished getting to Canterlot. Now to find where the humans will arrive!

 

~*~*~*~*~*~

 

Applejack noticed Luna's quickly fading smile, but said nothing. Seems like she still harbored some negative feelings for the visitors...

 

"Please be careful in your studies of them. Do not do anything that could be taken the wrong way. We do not need a repeat of the Yak incident from earlier this year."

 

"But it all worked out in the end, Princess Luna... Pinkie worked a miracle and Prince Rutherford left Equestria all smiles!" Applejack interjected.

 

Luna had moved on to address her sister, however, stating that not everypony was as enthused as they were. To be fair, that was to be expected! But perhaps Pinkie's party will give both the otherworldly guests and Equestrians a change to really form a bond!

 

 

The whistle doubtlessly caught everypony's attention as the train pulled into the station. Applejack wasted no time in boarding the train, sitting next to Rarity as soon as she was able to spot a seat.

 

~*~*~*~*~*~

 

"Canterlot! Next stop, Canterlot!"

 

"Whoo-whee! We're finally here, y'all! Let's get on over to the castle and get that party started!" Applejack said, rearing up and rolling her forelegs from excitement. She walked alongside Rarity once again as she pulled her cart toward the castle, feeling more and more giddy. 'Why, Ah could even pull a Pinkie Pie right about now!'

 

This was it. In just a few hours, Equestria would receive visitors like no other!

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Spike waited until Twilight levitated his luggage along with her own onto one train car. Then he accompanied her in walking Applejack onto another car for the passengers. Applejack and Rarity took one row of seats and Spike sat in the next row forward, motioning for Twilight to sit next to him.

 

"At least I don't have to bring any pets with me this time around," he admitted with a bashful grin.

 

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The whistle and sudden slowdown of the train drifted Spike awake from his nap, stretching on his seat as he saw the station come into view. When the train made a complete stop, he slithered off the row and joined Twilight in her friends on disembarking the car.

 

"You'd better hope the visitors like partying as much as Pinkie Pie does," Spike told Applejack.

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"At least I don't have to bring any pets with me this time around," Applejack heard Spike mutter. Now why would Spike say that...? Applejack couldn't remember a time when anypony asked him to do that...

 

"You'd better hope the visitors like partying as much as Pinkie Pie does."

 

"Ah hope so too, Spike..." Applejack replied. "for their sake more than our own. Otherwise, Pinkie'll wear 'em out!"

 

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Applejack made her way down the street alongside her friends, waving every now and again to anypony who waved to her first; she felt that she'd never truly get used to the fact that she and her friends were so well-known, despite saving Equestria time and again. Looking around, Applejack took in the sights, finding herself being unable to help but be reminded of when she went to Manehattan all those years ago; the ponies and buildings exuded sort of "fanciness" that left a bit of a bad taste in her mouth... Rarity must be having the time of her life, though!

 

~*~*~*~*~*

 

"Finally!" Applejack breathed as the posse made their way through the massive doors of Canterlot Castle. "Come on, everypony! Let's find Cadance and get ready!"

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Twilight enjoyed the ride with Spike and her friends. She wondered if there was something Spike wasn't telling her about the pet comment. It was probably nothing. Probably. The ride was nice and uneventful. She was left with her thoughts on the upcoming meeting and a treasured book. She had made sure to pack a couple of them just in case, and she wouldn't have time to read once the humans got here so the train ride was a good time. She levitated their suitcases along behind her, which would be placed in their room. Probably one of the towers like usual.

 

Off the train everypony went. Twilight strolled through the city with her friends, exchanging greetings with those she knew. A nice change from Ponyville, but she had lived here a long time before moving so it wasn't all that new to her.

 

As they walked through the hallways Twilight turned to Applejack. "Oh yes, Cadence's letter. Should we get her before we meet the humans? Do you think there's time AJ?"

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Princess Celestia

“Onto your question from before Twilight,” Celestia would say to her student Twilight, there being a calm as they made their way to Canterlot, “you will be staying in the castle with my sister and myself.” To the timid yellow mare the princess would say, farther shaking the thought distracting her mind, “We went back home dear and returned today, we did not stay in Ponyville.”

 
Everypony had gotten onto the train just fine, and Celestia suspected as did a certain young filly that she suspected Applejack did not know was on the train. If she got the chance, the princess promised herself that she would find a moment to speak with Applebloom alone and out of sight of the others to learn why she was going to Canterlot without permission.
 
On Luna, she would worry somewhat but the older sister trusted the youngest not to do anything that would later be regretted. Celestia know her sister felt this was all one big mistake, but believed the lunar princess would merely watch and wait for trouble, not act without cause or reason.
 
The ride to Canterlot was quiet, leaving Celestia feeling guilty in not having conversation with others except for small greetings and smiles. Though she would whisper to Luna with a nuzzle, “Your worries and others are understandable, please trust me when I say I have considered them and prepared in my own way any trouble that might come.”
 
When exiting the car, the princess would look back to see if she could catch sight of the stealthily filly she expected to leave the train herself. On seeing her, Celestia would smile and look away before being noticed by Applebloom.
 
Looking to Applejack, the older sister, as she spoke Celestia would agree,  “Getting to the castle is important, though I need to step away for a moment. Go on ahead, I will catch up in a moment.” With such words, she would begin heading in the general direction she had seen Applebloom but making sure to wait until the others left without her before getting too close to the filly’s hiding place.
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Pinkie giggled and rattled off several of her party plans, ranging from a welcome party on the level of the Grand Galloping Gala to a smaller one like Twilight's birthday that one time, not really paying attention to what the others were saying just yet. By the time they got to Canterlot, she had too many plans, but she felt there was a piece missing. A piece to give it a more personal charm to make the humans feel welcomed.

 

Upon arrival, she burst out of the train car, full of energy and vigour. "Let's meet the humans! When are they arriving? Where are they arriving? Do we know what they're gonna be like? Do they like ponies? Oooh, wait, I bet they like balloons, right?" She asked, her usual excitable nature masking the simple act of asking for information on their inbound guests.

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*~*~*~*Early that morning*~*~*~*

 

Spell Caster, a brown middle aged Unicorn stallion looked back to his hooded bipedal charge once more, frowning. "This way." He said, "And don't dwaddle! We still want to surprise the others!"

 

The creature snapped back to attention and picked up its pace. "Yeah. Right behind ya!" The creature adjusted the grip of the strangely shaped cases in each strange appendage; should anypony catch sight of them, they would see that one was silver gray and read"Epiphone" and other black and read "Musicman". Spell Caster looked back once more. "Must you keep those with you??"

 

"Yes." the creature replied flatly. "They're my most valuable treasures, and I don't want to even think of letting them out of my sight." Spell Caster sighed but kept moving forward, cursing his luck that the portal had to be in the castle, instead of at the university. 'She'll be spotted for sure!'

 

The guest looked around as she continued to follow the scholar down corridor after corridor, gasping every now and again this and that, awe overtaking her. "As much as I hate to interrupt this moment of discovery, I have to remind you that they'll be here any minute now! We need to get to the carriage!"

 

"I know!" The creature protested, but picked up the pace once more, doing its best to keep pace with the stallion.

 

The duo rounded another corner, and Spell Caster froze, breathing out a discouraged "oh, no." They had reached the kitchen area, and despite the early hour, the cooks were already busying themselves with the meals for the day, making their way in and out.

 

"We wait for a break in the traffic, then make a mad dash." The guest suggested.

 

"That won't be enough... unless..." Spell Caster gasped as a lightbulb went off in his head. "Wait here a moment. Wait for several ponies to pass, then make your way to the door." he said. The complied without hesitation as she pressed her back to the wall, and the Unicorn trotted into the kitchen.

 

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"Good morning everypony!" He began, his voice unusually chipper. "Is the head chef in? I hear that large orders of crystal berries and crystal corn were just delivered, and the mailpony needs the order to signed off right away!".

 

The head chef, an older but excitable mare raced forward, eyes wide. "Whaaat?! I was never made aware of this! Crème Brûlée, Panna Cotta, come with me! The rest of you! Double time it! The humans will be here soon! I'd better see that Tiramisu done by the time I get back!" The three ponies then raced out of the kitchen, racing past the cloaked guest and failing to spot her.

 

Spell Caster then spotted Princess Cadance and bowed deeply and uttered a quick "Pardon me, your majesty!" before departing the kitchen as the cooks set about their tasks with redoubled resolve. Spell Caster galloped past the door only a moment later, accompanied by a very tall hooded figure; its face was completely obscured by the cloak it wore, but from what could be seen were a pair of long denim clad legs, strangely shaped black boots, and a complete lack of a tail...

 

~*~*~*~*~*~*

 

The duo made it outside, where a rather stocky Taxi pony stood waiting by his taxi cart. He looked up and stared slackjawed at the tall hooded figure, who only nodded back. "Get in." Spell Caster instructed the guest, who obliged without a word. The Unicorn then turned to the taxi driver, levitating a few bits in front of his face. "To the outskirts." He instructed. "Remember our arrangement. Tell nopony that you saw her!"

 

The guest sat back and sighed as Spell Caster climbed in beside her.

 

"How far is this place? I'm dying in this thing!" She said, only loud enough for the Unicorn to hear.

 

"It's not far. Just keep it on until we get there!"

 

"You couldn't get one a' those covered wagons?"

 

"No. The carriages were all reserved by the elites once news got that you two were arriving."

 

"Fantastic. Speaking a' him, where is he?"

 

"We don't know. My colleague's waiting for him by his portal. I hope he didn't back out!"

 

the guest groaned, but didn't argue against it. She sat in silence for a moment, before something dark blue and down the road caught her eye. "Woah!" Withdrawing a strange device from her cloak and holding up in front of her face, she exclaimed, "Ho-lee shit, that's the biggest pony I've seen!"

 

The device was enveloped in a white aura before being wrenched from the guest's grasp. "No! Somepony will see!" Spell Caster hissed. "Not until you're summoned!"

 

~*~*~*~*~*~*

 

The rest of the ride went by without further incident. Spell Caster held onto the device, alternating his focus between inspecting it and looking for their destination. "Stop here." Spell Caster paid the driver handsomely as the guest hopped out, grabbing the cases and following the scholar once he sent the driver off.

 

"The rest of your belongings are inside," he explained as he opened the door. "Your rooms is upstairs, and the bed is already made." Spell Caster was leading the guest further into the home now, going up said stairs. "Here we are! Try to get some sleep for now, because you're in for a busy night! I'll be back by tonight to pick you up. Hopefully, the other human will be here!" Spell Caster frowned before shaking his head. "I've got to return to the university. This is your home now, so feel free to have a look around and unpack later." With that, Spell Caster stopped at a door, opened it, then turned to leave.

 

"Make sure you wear your finest dress tonight. You'll be meeting that large pony, along with the other princesses."

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Fluttershy enjoyed trips to Canterlot, the train rolling down the tracks with the scenery passing by always calmed her. As the train arrived in Canterlot, she got her bags prepared and walked to the castle with the others. Some ponies seemed to recognize the Element of Kindness and stared a bit, but Fluttershy shied away from their gazes and stuck in the middle of the group.

 

Oh I hope my animal friends are doing okay, she thought as the castle doors opened to allow everypony in. The interior of the castle never lost its majesty and Fluttershy was amazed at the preparations that have commenced already. With Pinkie involved, this party will be very big, hopefully not too big.

 

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"I think we should get Princess Cadence before we meet the humans, there should be time, I think..." Fluttershy commented. 

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Luna would look to her sister as she spoke. An uneasy smile on her face as she tried to show that she was glad Celestia had taken the time to comfort her, though the feelings in side her on this matter where very clear. "I hope that you are right dear sister," returning the nuzzle. "...I too have a plan as well....." as she tail trail off, hoping that her plan would never be forced to see the light of day or dark night. Throwing on a fake smile, she would look to Celestia. "I shall see you at the castle. I am sure you would like to rest as well during the journey."

 

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Exiting the train, she would fallow Celestia's steps. "Do not worry sister. I shall accompany AppleJack and the rest of Twilight's friends to the castle. I would much like to get a gimps of the preparations for myself, and secure the cake." She would grin as her jest at least brought some joy to an otherwise stressful and worrisome day. A day which had yet to fully begin. Looking to AppleJack, Luna though of how best to word her question for the mare. After a few seconds of Awkward silence, the princess would finally ask her question. "Tell me AppleJack, how can one be so calm in such a situation? I know that my thoughts on this matter may be grim at times, but after our strings of recent events, how can one not expect the worst?" Luna would look to Fluttershy as well. "The same question goes for you as well Fluttershy."

 

Looking around the castle, She was taken a bit by the way the castle looked.

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Alex stared at the note and the key, reading it over and taking in all the information it held about Equestria. During this time, he felt conflicted and unsure. On the one hand, he really didn't want to go and only ever promised to enter the contest. He never promised to actually go. But on the other hand, he wouldn't really be holding to the spirit of his word. He was broken out of his deep thought by a knock on his door. "Ah! Uh, come in?"

 

His dad walked in. "Hey, kiddo. Y'all okay in here? Ya look down about somethin'"

 

"Just...You remember that contest a while ago?" Alex asked.

 

"Eeyup. Ah remember ya made a fuss about it. Complained that ya had ta watch...What was it again?"

 

"Transformers: Dark of the Moon... Well, I won the contest. I get to go to some crazy made-up place called Equestria, and...well, if I start saying this, everyone's gonna think I'm crazy. Plus, I don't really want to go anyway. It's not the kind of thing I'm interested in. But if I don't...well, I'll never live it down if I refuse..."

 

Noticing how Alex felt conflicted and torn over this decision, his father pulled him into a comforting embrace. "Ah'd say to give it a chance. Y'all can always ask to come home if it's too much, rahght? Just be sure of your decision and make sure it's what you want."

 

Alex nodded, returning the hug. "Thanks, Dad...I'll miss you..."

 

~~~

 

3 days later, Alex was preparing to leave for Equestria. As the note had warned him, he'd packed for summer and winter climates, familiarized himself with the customs, and taken in as much of the extra notes and information as he could. The part about no meat was...regrettable, as Alex loved his meat and wasn't looking forward to a vegetarian diet for the next several months, but it was understandable. Ponies were, after all, plant-eaters. He'd even put in for time off and set his affairs in order. With him, he brought just a few things relating to his job as a YouTuber, namely his laptop and some recording gear. And finally, he'd informed his viewers that his gaming content would be sparse for the next few months and limited to whatever he had on his PC. Naturally, the top requests were the Five Nights at Freddy's series. He sighed and waited for the portal to open. He had to admit...he didn't feel joy or excitement at this. If anything, he only felt sad that he had to leave his home.

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Applejack looked back to Princess Luna every now and again as the train made its way to the capital, frowning in thought each time. Was there any way to get the Lunar Princess to see their side, if even just a little? She smiled as Celestia nuzzled her sister, then turned back to Rarity.

 

~*~*~*~*~*

 

"Oh yes, Cadence's letter. Should we get her before we meet the humans? Do you think there's time AJ?"

 

"There'd better be. If not, we'd better make time!" Applejack replied. "The humans arrive today!"

 

"Let's meet the humans! When are they arriving? Where are they arriving? Do we know what they're gonna be like? Do they like ponies? Oooh, wait, I bet they like balloons, right?" Pinkie said as she erupted from the train. "They should be arriving sometime tonight," AJ answered again with a bit of a sigh. "No clue on how they look or what they like, though. We'll just hafta go in blind." AJ gulped a little at that. If they were anything like the Yaks, they were gonna have a time finding out what entertained them...

 

"I think we should get Princess Cadence before we meet the humans, there should be time, I think..." Fluttershy commented, more than likely concurring with the farm pony.

 

“Getting to the castle is important, though I need to step away for a moment." Celestia added. "Go on ahead, I will catch up in a moment.”

 

Applejack turned back to the Solar Princess to ask what she was about to do, only for her Lunar sister to make an inquiry.

 

"Tell me AppleJack, how can one be so calm in such a situation? I know that my thoughts on this matter may be grim at times, but after our strings of recent events, how can one not expect the worst? The same question goes for you as well Fluttershy."

 

"Well, Ah can't really speak speak for Fluttershy, but Ah can remain calm 'cause like we said last night - we need ta give the humans a chance and show 'em friendship like we would anypony else. If that don't work, then we show them the Magic of Friendship ain't ta be messed with!" Applejack responded, smirking.

 

The party had reached the castle at this time, and Applejack couldn't help but gasp. The already resplendent castle was already being decorated to the nines in preparation for the humans' arrival. Pillars were bedecked in ribbons and streamers, and tables were being set up in the ballroom and dressed in fine cloths, and the castle staff were cleaning, polishing, and scrubbing everything that could be cleaned. "Looks like the castle staff got a head start on ya, Pinkie!" AJ teased.

 

Upon reaching the kitchen, Applejack immediately spotted the pink princess and waved to her. "Ca-!" she was now trying to make her way to the princess, only to be cut off by a chef. "Sorry 'bout that. Pardon me!" Applejack weaved and dodged this pony and that pony before finally reaching Cadence at her table. "Found yer note at the station Princess Cadance," she began, bowing. "We're all here and Pinkie's just rarin' ta set that party up! You ready ta go?"

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Those works of her sister bothered her a bit, that Luna had a plan of her own, yet Celestia would smile before saying, “Yes, you will see me at the castle soon enough. I will trust that you will take care of things for me until I arrive.” The eldest sister continued on her way but call as the youngest mentioned cake, “Save a few slices for me!

 
Celestia waited until her sister, Twilight, and the other had all moved out of sight. She would consider for a moment how this would all work out, especially with Luna's concerns and doubts. This could play out in many different ways, but in her heart the princess knew things would work out. She trusted her little ponies, particularly that of her student and those she called her dearest friends.
 
Having given enough time, the princess would draw her attention to a certain hidden filly by saying, “I must ask young one, does anyone know you are here? I wonder perhaps what brings you here, is it the anticipated arrival of the humans?” Celestia would walk into sight of Applebloom, smiling softly in amusement yet with the same warmth she offers all her subjects.

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Ruby couldn't sleep that night. She was just in front of two princesses and almost all of the Elements of Harmony! Also, she had a little conversation with two of them! And if that wasn't enought, a new species was coming to Equestria. A lot of things were gonna change soon. "Some rubies are gonna change soon" She thought. She was exited and she knew the hu-manes were coming that same day, but she was already tired with all the stuff that happened in Sugar Cube Corner and the Diamond Dogs thing. She just wanted to sleep (or at least try to sleep) and wait for the next day to come.

 

 

 

 

(( OOC: Ok, I'm gonna leave this for now, so I can have more time to catch up with the story ))

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Spike's eyes bounced up and down as they followed the bundle of endless energy that was Pinkie Pie, then stopped when Applejack told her exactly when the humans would arrive. "I wonder if humans like the color pink," he deadpanned to himself.

 

He then heard Princess Luna asking how Applejack and Fluttershy could be so calm, pumping his little heard with excitement. "I agree, Luna," Spike said. "I can hardly contain my excitement meeting these humans. I can't take the suspense anymore!"

 

Out of the corner of his eye, he saw Applejack cantering to meet Princess Cadence. He bounded after the farmpony and tried to divert her attention away from Applejack when he came close enough. "Hi Cadence!" he greeted her with a wave. "How are things at the Crystal Kingdom?"

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"Finally! Thought they'd never leave!" Apple Bloom said as she put the menu down; she since moved from the cart to walking closely behind a Unicorn couple for a bit before managing to slink over to an unoccupied table at a cafe moments after.

 

She divided her attention as best she could between any approaching waiters and her sister's quickly vanishing posse for a few moments before getting up from her seat and trotting over to a parked chariot-- or rather, she would've had a large white mare not appeared seemingly out of nowhere. “I must ask young one, does anypone know you are here? I wonder perhaps what brings you here, is it the anticipated arrival of the humans?”

 

"Princess Celestia!" Apple Bloom squeaked, nearly jumping out of her skin. She recomposed herself and bowed to the solar princess, then rose to her full height. "No and yes, ma'am," Apple Bloom began. "No, Applejack doesn't know. And yes, Ah snuck onto the train to see the humans. Ah told Applejack that Ah could help, and Ah won't get in the way, but she said no, but Ah really, REALLY wanna see 'em, princess!" Apple Bloom bowed again, this time not rising back up. "Please, Princess Celestia! Don't tell mah big sis! Ah wanna see the humans just like everypony else!"

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