Our story begins in Canterlot, which is home to the most elite ponies in all of Equestria. This is also where its rulers, Princess Celestia and Princess Luna, live and watch over the Day and Night.
Canterlot is also the home of Princess Celestia’s star student, Twilight Sparkle. Today, Twilight has come back to Canterlot to retrieve some new reading material from the Royal Library. She plans to study extra hard this week, and learn more than she has before; Maybe more then she can handle, but she never backs down when it comes to studying and learning.
“Need some help there, Twilight?” the Librarian asks.
“No thanks. I can handle it.” Twilight answers as she stands at the top of the ladder, using her magic to levitate a few books off the shelf.
After collecting what she wishes to take home with her, she suddenly notices a small book buried deep in the back of the shelf. Twilight reaches for it with her hoof and grabs it. But once she does, a large collection of dust from it spreads into the air around her.
“Ah….Ah…AHHHH-CHOOOO!!!” She sneezes hard and falls off the ladder and onto the floor. This causes her to lose control of the books she is levitating, and they fall onto her.
The librarian hears the crashing sound and rushes over. Seeing Twilight on the floor with a few books covering her, she helps her up. ”Are you alright, dear?”
Twilight carefully stands back up and nods,” Yes. I’m fine.”
“You should be more careful.”
“I’m sorry Ma’am. Its just….its very dusty up there,” She says as she looks back up at the shelf, noticing the dusty book hanging on the edge.
“Hmm. I guess that spot has been missed a few times.”
“More like a million times,” Twilight replies with a small chuckle, only to sneeze once again.
“I’ll be sure to have that spot dusted next time. In the meantime, you should probably take what you have. I think it may be enough for you.”
Twilight was hoping to collect more, but did not wish make another mess nor argue with the librarian. She takes what books she has and places them in her saddlebag.
As the librarian returns to her desk, Twilight turns her attention back to the bookcase and notices that old book again up on the top shelf. She uses her magic to levitate it down.
“Funny how one little book can cause so much trouble for me. Might as well take it.” She says to herself in her head.
Placing it in her sack, the lavender unicorn trots out, anxious to get home to read them all.
Upon arriving at the train station, the train is ready to leave; The whistle blows, letting all know that it is time to move out. The doors begin to close and Twilight gallops as fast as she can to catch it.
One of the Canterlot Guards stops the door and holds it open for her. She smiles and enters the train, “Thank you so much, Sir.”
“Anytime, Ms. Sparkle. See you at the Grand Galloping Gala tomorrow, if you’re attending that is,” The Guard replies.
“Of course I am. All my friends will be attending too. Wouldn’t miss it for anything.”
The guard smiles and returns to his duty. The train whistle blows once more and begins chugging down the track, making its way back to Ponyville.
Twilight sits in her seat and gazes out the window, admiring the view as she is returning to her other home.
She then looks down at her saddlebag and notices that old book again. She starts to reach for it, but then stops and shakes her head, ”Nah. Too much studying to do to be distracted by that dusty old thing.”
She returns her eyes to the outside of her window, but for some reason, finds it a little difficult to take her mind off that book.
The train finally arrives at Ponyville. Twilight steps off and starts making her way back home. Along the way, she can’t help but notice everypony out and about…enjoying the beautiful day. The weather is great and the birds are chirping happily; This makes her feel like spending the day outside with her friends, but she has too much studying to catch up on.
Twilight reaches her home at Golden Oaks Library, which was given to her by Princess Celestia to live in when she first came to Ponyville. She opens the door with her magic and walks in, calling out to her little dragon, ”Spike! I’m Home!”
Twilight’s number one assistant walks down the stairs and smiles, “Welcome home, Twilight. Did you find what you were looking for?” asks the young purple and green dragon.
“More or less.” She replies. The lavender unicorn empties her saddlebag, placing the eight books on the floor.
“I’m hoping for less…as in less then what you usually bring home with you, which means less for me to clean up,” The baby dragon chuckles.
Twilight rolls her eyes and giggles, “Very funny Spike. Anyway, I’m going to do some studying. I brought a few books you might like. Take a look.”
Spike smiles, ”I might just do that.” He takes a gander at the books to see which one may be interesting to read. He picks up the smallest one and examines it.
“Wow…this book is…really old and…” He opens it and is really surprised.
“Falling apart. I can barely read some of this writing. The ink is faded.”
Twilight gently takes the book from him and looks at it, “You’re right, Spike. Still, might be interesting to try and fix it up. After all, this little thing caused me a bit of trouble today.”
“What kind of trouble?” asks Spike.
She blushes and shakes her head, “It’s not important. Try a different book and I’ll work on this one.”
Spike nods and browses through the rest. He then comes across one on Gems and grabs in quickly and takes it over to his favorite spot to read. Twilight notices the one he chose and rolls her eyes once more, followed by a light chuckle. She begins attempting to repair the book before her.
A few hours pass and Twilight successfully repairs the book as best she can. She starts from the first page and reads what she is readable.
As she reads, she starts to see that this seems more like a journal than a book. Somepony from long ago must have written this, since the language is one she cannot recognize. She thinks maybe it is from Starswirl the Bearded’s time, but the words and style of writing is completely different than anything he ever wrote.
Twilight continues on, hoping to find something she can read. She then comes across a page that is written in a familiar language:
All was well. All was as it should have been. Until that day, when the Darkness arrived. A monstrous creature, leading what minions he had, came to our home.
We were afraid. There was no hope of victory. Until…he appeared, to save us. A pony like no other, stood against the Darkness, with the Light as his sword and shield. He challenged the evil and shouted these words:
"When Brightest Day becomes Darkest Night,"
"Evil shall face a Champion’s Might,"
"By the strength of my Heart shining Bright,"
"Forever I stand…Courageous of Light!"
Twilight continues to read on, becoming completely drawn into it, all while forgetting about her studies.
Most of the pages are too worn out to read and repair from that one, but she keeps going. Eventually, Twilight comes to the last page, and she sees a drawing of that very hero described in the book:
It is an ink drawing of a winged pony; a pegasus to be more exact. She stares at the drawing and can’t help but admire it. Twilight then looks closer at the Champion’s head and notices something else….
“A horn? He was…an Alicorn?“She wonders, which peeks her interest even more.
With nothing left to read inside the journal, she closes it and decides to lay her head down for a while. As she did, the little lavender pony begins to daydream, about what she read…and…about this Champion of the Light.
“He sounds so cool, and….” She sighs and begins thinking on things she never has before, “I wonder if I will ever meet a pony like that...”
“Twilight!!!” Shouts a familiar voice.
The little lavender unicorn jumps at the voice yelling at her, and falls backwards.
“Twilight…you okay?” asks the baby dragon named Spike.
“Spike?” she asks as she tries to get back on her hooves.
“Sorry for yelling, but you were not responding when I was calling you. You seemed to be off in your own little world again.”
Twilight rubs her head and sighs,” Sorry Spike. I was just…thinking on…stuff.”
“What kind of stuff?”
Twilight looks at the old journal and just walks away from it slowly,” It’s not important.” she says sadly.
Spike wonders what is on his best friend’s mind, but does not wish to upset her further by asking, ”Oh…well…okay. Anyway, it’s getting late. We should get some sleep, Twilight.”
Twilight smiles a little and heads upstairs, ”You’re right Spike. The Grand Galloping Gala is tomorrow. I shouldn’t be up all night studying when-” she comes to a halt and remembers, ”Oh no! I never got to my studies! If the Princess finds out I wasn’t taking my new lessons seriously-”
“Twilight, I’m sure it’ll be alright,” Spike interrupts.
The panicking pony suddenly calms down, ”You’re right. I’m sure it’s no big deal.”
Spike is surprised to see her accept it so quickly, but does not bother thinking on it; He is too tired and needs his sleep.
“Well, goodnight Spike,” she says as she climbs into bed and falls asleep.
“Goodnight, Twilight,” says the exhausted baby dragon as he crawls into his basket and does the same.
Twilight sleeps soundly throughout the night, but then she awakes and finds herself out in a grassy meadow with hills in all directions, underneath a moonlit night. She is no longer in Ponyville. In fact, she has no idea where she is.
“Where am I…?” she worries, “Spike…anypony…?” Twilight begins to panic. “Somepony please answer me!”
Suddenly, Twilight feels a warm glow of light from behind. The worrying lavender pony turns around and covers her eyes from the glow…but for some reason it is not hurting her eyes or blinding her.
The bright light disappears, and standing before her is a pony…wearing a cloak and hood. Twilight cannot see the pony’s face, but what she does notice is that it is a unicorn.
“Who…who are you?!” She asks, powering up her horn with magic in case the mysterious pony tries something.
“Please…do not be afraid. I am not here to harm you, Twilight Sparkle,” the cloaked figure speaks…which is that of a male.
“Where am I? Did you bring me here? Also, how do you know my name? Answer me!“ Twilight demands.
“You are merely dreaming…and yes, I did bring you here.”
Twilight powers down her horn, but still stands her ground, “What do you want?”
The mysterious pony just stands there and answers her, “ I just wanted to meet you.”
“That is correct.”
Twilight seems a little confused, but then chuckles, “Oh I get it. This is some practical joke, and you are the one responsible. Well, I am not falling for whatever it is you are planning, mister!”
The mysterious pony gives a small chuckle.
“What’s so funny?!”
“I assure you this is no joke. You really are dreaming, and I came here to see you, and tell you something very important, Twilight Sparkle,” he says.
Twilight decides to play along, “Alright then, tell me what is so important.”
The hooded unicorn walks towards her, then turns a little to the left and walks until his back faces her. He comes to a halt and sits down.
Twilight watches him and wonders.
“My time here is short, so I will tell you as much as I can.” He takes in a deep breath and speaks, “Your world…your home…is in danger.”
“Danger? From what?”
“A great evil…one I thought defeated for good long ago, will soon return. If he is not stopped, your home will fall into Darkness…and all whom you know, will become servants of evil…forever.”
Twilight is shocked by what this unknown unicorn is saying. She found it hard to believe at first, but for some reason, she believes him a little, “How do you know of this?”
“Because I do.”
“That is not much to go on.”
The cloaked unicorn sighs, “I leave it up to you to decide whether to believe me or not. But I know you are not one for denying what you see with you eyes nor feel in your heart.”
Twilight is shocked again by what this pony is saying, “Who are you? Please tell me.”
The hooded pony turns around to face her. His eyes, which are hidden within his hood, glow brightly. There is some movement from his sides, which indicated he has wings.
Twilight see this and gasps a little, “ It’s…it’s you…you’re…you’re..” She finds herself unable to finish.
The mysterious pony begins to back away slowly, “Be ready, Twilight Sparkle. Be ready for what is to come. Keep your heart strong.” The pony suddenly vanishes, but not before saying, “I will see you again soon.”
Twilight is alone again in this valley at night, “No!! Wait!!” She yells, but receives no answer, “Wait!!!!”
Twilight awakes and finds herself within her own bed again, inside her home. She tries to calm herself after what happened. It is still late outside, and sees Spike still sleeping.
Twilight lays her head back down and tries to go back to sleep, “Was that…real…or just…a dream?” she wonders as she drifts back to sleep.