Chapter 39 – A Message Home
By the time Nyx had finally awoken, it was once again late morning, only this time it was due to nightmares, rather than just her body trying to catch up on the sleep she had lost. For the first time in days, Nyx found herself feeling somewhat refreshed, now that she had faced her fears, she felt like she was free from the nightmares. However one fear still remained… apologising to G, how was he going to react when she finally spoke to him, surely he his feelings must have been seriously hurt when she tried to avoid him, if so then Nyx needed to find him fast. At first she was going to head straight towards his bedroom, however a certain smashing sound erupted from downstairs. As curious as she was Nyx instantly ran down into the living room, where Franky, Goggles, Adagio and Ruby were standing with their arms crossed.
“Hey, what’s going on?” Nyx asked.
“Nothing out of the ordinary,” Adagio sighed. “Luffy’s just doing something stupid again.”
Nyx couldn’t help but roll her eyes at that.
“Oh jeez, what’s he done now?” she asked unamusingly.
“Well he finally figured out that he wouldn’t be able to sneak any late night snacks from the fridge so he tried tasting one of Uncle’s spell ingredients this morning,” Franky explained.
“And THIS is the result,” Ruby added, pointing towards the window.
It was only then that Nyx took the time to look outside, though outside would be somewhat misleading since the area in question was still technically part of the building. To put it simply, while most people have their greenhouses built in the corner of their gardens, G had his build around the entirety of it, with walls of glass standing at least 50 feet high, just below the roof of the house itself and a dome roof that reflected the sun perfectly over the vegetation. The Garden itself was certainly impressive, despite having no one to care for it between G’s visits, it’s certainly grown into an interesting suburban jungle that would make any botanists jealous, and best of all, since the glass was tinted from the outside there was no chance of anyone catching a glimpse of anyone should they decided to take in some sun. However it wasn’t the garden that everyone was looking at, but rather who was in it, specifically a certain Pirate in a Straw hat, his belly inflated like a beach ball and hovering at least twenty feet in the air! Below him was Sonata, who had a worried look upon her face, and Uncle, who had a FURIOUS look on his face and was throwing random objects at Luffy in a fit of rage, only to have them bounce off his belly.
“He’s lucky that he’s made of rubber,” Goggles pointed out, taking a seat on the open Window sill. “That much helium inside a normal person would most likely kill them.”
Nyx’s jaw couldn’t help but drop upon seeing the spectacle before her eyes, granted she had come to learn that Luffy was prone to doing stupid things but this was just taking the cake. With her curiosity peaked, she then used her little wings to fly out of the window and up to where Luffy was hovering, upon arrival she couldn’t help but roll her eyes when she saw Luffy laughing like a maniac at the whole situation.
“Hey Nyx, check me out,” he cackled in a high squeaky voice, most likely due to the helium. “Now I really am a balloon!”
Of course Nyx he what she meant, after all she took it upon herself to learn all that she could about her new friends after arriving in this realm, as such she’s quite familiar with the way Luffy fights, so she was quick to pick up his reference to one of his defensive ones. Obviously she too amused at Luffy’s statement, after all she wasn’t that much like her Auntie Pinkie Pie, even she had limits to how much of Luffy’s humour she could take. Back on the ground, Adagio, Franky, Ruby and Goggles joined Uncle and Sonata on the grassy floor of the garden.
“Ugh, how long do we have to put up with this?” Adagio complained, not wanting to hear another moment of Luffy’s laughing.
At those words, Uncle managed to calm himself down long enough to give the best explanation he could.
“The incomplete potion the stupid boy consumed was combination of Ginko Root and ground dragon bone.” he clarified. “But effects are only temporary, estimated time of deflation will be in five seconds.”
Upon hearing that, Ruby couldn’t help but count down.
“3… 2… 1,” she said, counting down with her fingers.
Upon reaching zero, a loud rumble began erupting from Luffy’s stomach and the outside of his belly jingled a bowl full of jelly, within a matter of seconds a loud belch left Luffy’s mouth, releasing a cloud of noxious green fumes that both sent Nyx flying into one of the open upstairs windows and sent HIM flying all over the garden like an actual deflating balloon. By the by time Luffy has returned to his normal size and finally fell to the ground with a loud thump, the entire garden was clouded by the green mist he had created and contained within the glass confines of the greenhouse walls, thus making everyone else in the garden heave with disgust as they were forced to inhale the terrible fumes.
“Ugh, that’s disgusting!” Adagio squealed, clasping her hands over her nose and mouth.
“It smells like Chef’s old socks!” Sonata added, grasping her throat and trying desperately not to be sick.
“Nobody light a match in here, for Celestia’s sake!” Goggles yelled, basically choking on the noxious mist that made his eyes water.
While everyone else outside continued to suffocate on the green mist outside, Nyx on the other hand found herself dizzily getting back to her hooves as she recovered from the little blast of air Luffy had sent her flying with. However soon enough she realised just who’s window she was sent flying through as a familiar snore rang in her ears, widening he eyes with shock Nyx turned and saw the dozy form of G as he drowsily began to awaken. At that moment, only one thing sprang to Nyx’s mind as to what to do next.
“Uh… hi G,” she said, nervously giving a small wave in G’s face.
Upon realising whom had just entered his line of vision, G’s drowsiness disappeared in an instant and he jumped to his feet in shock.
“Nyx!?!” he gasped, soon trying desperately to regain his composure around the filly. “Y… you startled me, I wasn’t really expecting you to… what the hell!?!”
It was only then that G caught the scent of the noxious mist that was slowly seeping into his room through the open window, had his sense of smell been at its best he might have woken up sooner but that was beside the point. Upon pinching his nose and looking outside to see the struggling silhouettes of those who were in the garden, G wouldn’t help but groan and roll his eyes.
“Luffy?” he asked, his suspicions confirmed as Nyx gave him a small nod.
Upon that confirmation, G couldn’t help but face-palm as he rummaged through his vest pockets again, only to pull out a small button similar to a remote-detonator, after which he quickly pressed it and the loud sound of gears echoed outside. Taking a peak out of the window, Nyx saw just what G had done when he pushed that button, as several of the top windows opened up from the dome roof a large exhaust-fan to whirl up from the very top of it, thus clearing the green mist in a matter of minutes, allowing everyone in the garden to breathe again… and then beat up Luffy to a pulp. After closing the window in order to get some peace and quiet, G’s worried look returned as he turned to face Nyx, what was he going to say now? Surely there must be something that would allow him to break the ice, after all it was G’s intention to make up with the filly, however before he could get a word out, Nyx beat him to the punch.
“G, I want to say something to you,” she said, catching G off-guard.
Needless to say G was surprised that it was Nyx who spoke first, however in the young filly’s opinion, if she didn’t get what she needed to say out right now then she may lose the confidence to do it at all.
“Oh?” G uttered, wonder where Nyx was going with this strange turn of events.
It was then that Nyx gave G the shock of his life as she said the next two words.
“I’m sorry,” she said, finally getting it out, there was no turning back now.
Of course G’s jaw couldn’t help but drop upon hearing that, SHE was apologising!?! Why? He was the one in the wrong here, wasn’t he?
“Look, I know that the only reason you became all… dark like that, is because you saw me get hurt,” Nyx continued. “So I shouldn’t have acted the way I did, it was wrong of me to shun you like that. I’m sorry.”
At those words the room fell into silence, for the next few minutes neither one of them spoke as they both tried to absorb what had just occurred, now that Nyx just what she needed to all that was left was to hear G’s reaction, would he forgive her for acting so foolishly? But strangely enough, the only thing that escaped G’s mouth after that brief lapse of silence was a small chuckle, much to nyx’s surprise.
“No I’M sorry,” he said, placing a hand on Nyx’s head reassuringly, surprisingly enough she didn’t cringe this time, only look up at G with confusion. “It was ME who’s in the wrong here, I shouldn’t have lost control like that, and I certainly didn’t mean to scare you like I did.”
Only then did both of them realise just how idiotic both of them were, granted Nyx was certainly scared and rightly so but even she had the common sense to trust G’s character, as for G himself, he probably should have made more of an effort to make up with Nyx sooner. At that moment, both of them couldn’t help but laugh.
“Oh man, we really are a pair of clueless clots aren’t we?” G chuckled. “But still, I feel that I should be the one to make the biggest apology here.”
“Hey it’s okay, really,” Nyx said hearteningly. “I mean I know what it’s like to…”
However Nyx had to force a hoof over her mouth to keep herself from saying that last part, after it was a secret that she could never share with anyone in the group, especially Goggles or G, however now that she let something slip the said Living Genre couldn’t help but feel curious.
“What it’s like to what?” he asked, making Nyx feel even more nervous.
“It’s nothing!” Nyx quickly said, trying desperately to change the subject. “Forget I said anything!”
But G wasn’t one to back down so easily, especially since he had a rising suspicion as to what Nyx was trying to hide
“…To be the one others are afraid of?” he asked, much to Nyx’s surprise. “Am I close… Miss Nightmare Moon?”
Upon hearing that name, Nyx felt like her whole world was going to break apart, for that was one part of her life that she hoped would never return or even mentioned again, especially since she was now around a group of friends who had absolutely no idea who Nightmare Moon was… well, possibly with the exception of Goggles but he clearly overlooked the resemblance. But G, the one person in the group that she believed saw the best in everyone he met, even the Dazzlings, knew the whole time who she was.
“How did you know!?!” she squealed fearfully.
“I know everything kid,” G answered casually, before taking a moment to think about his answer. “Well, MOST of everything.”
Of course he did, he was a Dimensional Jumper for crying out loud! He probably knew that she was just the result of a botched up spell too, still she had to make sure her secret remained as such.
“Please don’t tell anyone!” she begged desperately, hoping that G was enough of a friend to actually keep her secret.
“Who do you think I am, Gabby Gums?” G replied, almost offended that Nyx would actually believe that he would let a secret like that out, after all he has his own secrets and he certainly wasn’t going to tell anyone those, so keeping Nyx’s secret should be no problem.
Upon hearing G say that Nyx allowed herself to let out a sigh of relief, however there was still a question on her mind that she needed an answer to.
“So you knew, huh?” She asked, almost afraid of the answer G was going to give her. “And you wanted to help me all the same?”
At those words G let out a sigh of his own, he should have known that Nyx would be sceptical that anyone who knew anything about someone as evil as Nightmare Moon could ever think of helping her even if she was only an innocent filly now, still now that she knew that G was complete aware of her own secret, the Living Genre believed that it was only fitting that he show the same courtesy she was willing to show him. Besides, he didn’t really care about the whole evil background anyway.
“What can I say?” he chuckled. “I’m a sucker for anything cute.”
Taking that joke as a sign of good faith, Nyx allowed herself to smile again and give G a playful kick to the shin.
“Goofball!” she chuckled.
After that, the two simply sat in G’s bedroom and laughed, happy in the knowledge that everything now seemed to be as it should be.
By the time, Chef had finished cooking up lunch for everyone, a fair few smiles of approval were shared between several members of the group, particular Laura and Aria, who were both glad that Nyx and G were finally talking to each other again, better yet she actually chose to sit next to him at the dining table. Of course the news as to why Nyx was so nervous around G these last couple of weeks spread like wildfire, mainly due to the fact that Ruby couldn’t keep her mouth shut for long about something like that, luckily everyone was understanding of the situation by the time everyone sat down for lunch, all of course except for Uncle, who was still doing research in his makeshift lab and Jenny who still remained in stasis upstairs. After finishing off what remained of the Ramen Chef made for him, G finally taped Nyx’s shoulder to grab her attention.
“Hey, I got something for you,” he said, pulling something out of his pocket.
Upon seeing what was in G’s hand, Nyx couldn’t help but stare in awe. What he held had to be one of the most beautiful gems she had ever seen, even her Auntie Rarity would have been jealous of its splendour, it was a light transparent blue gem the exact same shape and size of a golf-ball, and what’s more it had a slight sparkle to it like a star. Needless to say the fact that G was giving her something so beautiful was simply astounding, but WHY was he giving her this? Was this to make up for scaring her? If so then he needn’t go through all the trouble. However before she could give it any thought, or even hear what G had to say about it, the gem was seized from G’s hand by another that literally stretched across from the other end of the table.
“Hey, what’s this?” Luffy asked, taking a break from his massive pile of pork to inspect the blue gem that he had snatched.
Needless to say G wasn’t happy with this sudden occurrence, so much so that he stomped over towards Luffy with his eye twitching in anger.
“Luffy!!!” he snapped, only to be ignored by the said pirate.
“Is this some kind of treasure?” Luffy asked, sniffing the gem as if it were food. “Looks kinda like a blueberry.”
“Give me that!” G barked, snatching back the gem before Luffy could eat it, and chances are that was a strong possibility. “If you must know, this is VERY important relic, a Magic Lacrima.”
Of course G didn’t meant to blurt it out the way he did, but of course now that he has, several ears perked up.
“Did someone say magic?” Adagio asked aloud, a wicked smirk spreading across her face.
“Leave it alone Adagio,” Aria retorted, having a very clear idea as to what was going through her sister’s mind.
Upon seeing the sudden interest in the conversation he and Luffy were having, G couldn’t help but sigh.
“And thus the moment was ruined,” he said sarcastically under his breath, he was hoping that the gift he gave Nyx would have been part of something special.
Of course it was too late to turn back now since he became bombarded with questions, thankfully the first one came from the very filly he wanted to give the Lacrima to in the first place.
“So what IS a Magic Lacrima?” she asked, her curiosity now peaked up to it’s limit.
“Aye, what’s it for exactly?” Spud added.
Before another word can be said, G put on a wide grin and clicked his fingers, as the sound echoed throughout the room, the Lacrima in his hand gave off a faint glow, displaying the small amount of Magic that resided within it.
But even while in that particular realm there was curiosity and awe, far across the Multiverse of creation, there was only sorrow, worry and desperation, and all of them were mashed up in the exhausted body of one certain lavender Alicorn.
“Mmmmust… find… a way,” Twilight Sparkle groaned, forcing to keep her baggy eyes open as she continued to skim over page after page of the book she was reading. “Gotta… find… Nyx.”
After seeing Nyx disappear into a crack of light that appeared out of nowhere, this was all her mother could think about doing, for the past couple of weeks she had never left the library of her castle. And during such time she was skimmed through every possible book that could help her find her daughter, books on tracking spells, portal spells, communication spells, any kind of magic that would help her, however no matter how much she search or how many of her friends helped her, she simply had no luck. Little did she know that no matter how much she tried, there was nothing aside from G’s interference that could help her now, after all whatever knowledge she had in her books was strictly tied to her own realm of creation, of course even if she knew that, Twilight wouldn’t have cared, she would risk everything to find her daughter again. At this point in time she was alone in the library, with her assistant, Spike, and her student, Starlight Glimmer, taking a few moments to get some rest, something which Twilight herself wasn’t going to allow herself to enjoy at any cost. However even as she continued to read, both Spike and Starlight remained standing outside the library, soon joined by two more of Twilight’s friends, Applejack and Rainbow Dash, both of whom were Nyx’s honorary Aunts.
“This doesn’t look good girls,” Spike pointed out, peeking into the gap in the library doors with a worried look upon his face. “She’s been like this for days,
“Barely eating or sleeping, not to mention the stress,” Starlight added, a shared look of fear spread across her own muzzle. “It’s a wonder she hasn’t put herself in hospital yet.”
At those words both Rainbow Dash and Applejack looked at each other with anxiety, granted they understood why Twilight was going through such lengths, heck, they probably would be doing the same thing if it was their daughter who disappeared, but at the rate she was going she was going to end up killing herself in the process.
“Ah’m glad y’all brought us here when ya did,” Applejack commented as she too peeked into the library. “Ah never seen her this bad before.”
“Can you really blame her?” Rainbow Dash asked. “I mean, she basically lost her kid without any knowledge as to what happened.”
“Ever since Nyx disappeared, she’s never left the library,” Starlight added, a look of sorrow upon her face. “Spike and I have been trying to help, I even sent a letter to some of my own connections AND the Princesses but so far there’s nothing.”
Of course that bit of news only made Applejack and Rainbow Dash feel even worse, for the first couple of weeks after Nyx had disappeared, both of them along with their other friends had pulled out all the stops they could in helping Twilight find her. Some stayed in the library to help Twilight research, others spread out throughout Equestria to see whether their other friends in any neighbouring towns, villages and cities had any indication of what to do, even Spike asked his friend Princess Ember in the Dragon Lands for help, however each and every one of them came to a dead end. To put it simply, many, much to their shame, had already given up on the search. But Twilight still refused to do so, it was HER little filly she needed to find, she won’t stop, not for anything!
“We better get in there then before she hurts herself even more,” Spike suggested, earning a nod from all three ponies around him. “I miss Nyx too but I can’t stand to see Twilight like this.”
And with that, all four of them opened the doors and entered the library, catching twilight’s attention for a brief moment.
“Oh… Hey girls,” Twilight muttered, a loud yawn escaping her mouth as she returned to reading. “Come on in.”
At first neither pony nor dragon had any idea as to what to say next, they wanted to help but they had no idea had word their concerns without upsetting Twilight. Still something had to be said for the sake of their friend’s health.
“Twilight,” Applejack began. “We need to…”
But before another word could be said, a familiar sound echoed in Twilight’s ears, causing her to shoot her head up from her book and look at the ceiling above her. As she anticipated, and yet was also surprised, another crack of light appeared, however this one was far small than what she had witnessed before and emanated a blue light instead of a purple one. Suddenly something shot out of the crack, hitting Rainbow Dash smackdab on the forehead.
“OW!” The Pegasus yelped, rubbing her aching head with a hoof.
Then as quickly as it had appeared, the crack vanished, leaving everyone jaw-dropped in astonishment.
“What in Equestria was that?” Starlight exclaimed, completely baffled by what had just occurred.
“What’s this?” Rainbow Dash pondered, carefully picking up the item that struck her head. “A… Gem?”
Needless to say this sudden event certainly causes each and every one of their minds to puzzle, however there was one pony in the group who didn’t have a look of confusion, but rather realisation.
“That light,” Twilight gasped. “It was the same one that took Nyx!!!”
Upon hearing those words, everyone else stared back at Twilight as though she had suddenly caught on fire.
“You’re sure?” Starlight asked, her mind reeling about this bit of news asTwilight took the gem away from Rainbow Dash with her magic.
“Absolutely!” Twilight replied, her face plastered with the first real smile she had in days. “Maybe this gem a key to finding her!”
However while this sudden new development was something that needed to be looked into, no one else wanted Twilight to start jumping the gun, especially if this gem lead to another dead end. As everyone watched Twilight start to inspect the gem with careful detail, her friends knew they had to do something before she hurt herself.
“Now hold on there Sugarcube,” Applejack said, trying to calm the Alicorn down. “We don’t know that for sure.”
“Look Twilight, we’re all upset that Nyx is gone but…” Rainbow Dash added, only to be cut off by yet another familiar voice, one that no pony had heard in weeks,
“MOM?” it cried, seemingly out of nowhere.
Upon hearing that single word Twilight almost dropped the gem, fresh tear welling up in her eyes as the voice echoed in her ears, the tiny voice of her little filly.
“NYX!?!” she screamed desperately, shooting her head in all directions to see where the voice was coming from “Where are you!?!”
At that moment, Spike’s eyes went wide with awe.
“Twilight!” he yelped. “The gem!”
At those words all eyes fell onto the blue gem that still resided in Twilight’s magic, only this time it began emanating a magical glow of its own. Before long Twilight couldn’t help but let go and the gem continued to hover in mid-air at the centre of the room, after which Nyx’s voice was heard again, only this time far more clearly.
“G, I can’t see her,” she said, as though she were talking to someone other than Twilight.
It was then that another voice began echoing in the library, one that no pony seemed to recognise.
“One second,” it said. “Stupid thing, always conking out at the… YOW!!!”
Suddenly a blinding flash of light erupted from the gem, forcing everyone to shield their eyes for a brief moment before it faded again. Once everyone finally managed to readjust their eyesight again, they were surprised to see that something else was floating above the gem, an image of some kind, like an illustration in a book that had been sculpted out of the same blue light the gem was emanating. An image of a strange mismatched creature that resembled Discord in a way, one that seemed to be standing in an awkward position with his eye twitching in pain and smoke protruding out of his clothes.
“That should do it,” he uttered, before comically falling back and out of sight.
Obviously this display instantly confused everyone watching, however where the creature once stood, came another image, one that upon seeing Twilight felt no shame in letting her tears flow, and image of a filly, a filly that never left her heart.
“NYX!” she cried, her cheeks now drenched with tears of joy upon seeing her little filly.
Of course the feeling was obviously mutual as the image of Nyx began crying the same tears.
“MOM!” she wailed, her little hooves reaching out in front of her.
But of course no matter how much they tried no real contact could be made, granted both mother and daughter and see and hear each other, but alas the limited communication they had did not allow them to touch, which in turn made their hearts break. Still even with that terrible setback, the joy of seeing each other again was wondrous for both Nyx and Twilight.
“Oh my darling girl,” Twilight sobbed, desperately wanting to hug her child. “Are you okay?”
Hearing those words, Nyx’ image wiped away the tears that flowed down her cheeks and tried her best to answer.
“I’m fine Mom,” she said. “Really.”
“Nyx, where are you?” Twilight asked in response, that being the first thing that she needed to know.
Of course that particular question Nyx found a little bit more difficult to answer.
“It… It’s hard to explain,” she admitted, thinking hard to come up with the best choice of word. “But… well, I’m kinda in a different world.”
As soon as those particular words reached their ears, everyone yelled the only thing that popped into their heads in response.
“You’re WHAT!?!” they all yelled simultaneously.
“Don’t worry, I’m safe!” Nyx quickly replied, wanting everyone to be as calm as possible, perhaps changing the subject would be a good tactic. “How is everyone? Is Spike doing okay?”
Upon hearing his name, the little dragon couldn’t help but smile as he jumped up onto Twilight’s back in order to allow Nyx a better view of him.
“Hey Nyx!” he cried, desperately trying to hold back his own tears of joy.
“Hi Spike!” Nyx squealed in response. “It’s so good to see you!”
Not only did seeing Spike again add to Nyx’s happiness, but as soon as Nyx caught a glimpse of her Aunts, Applejack and Rainbow Dash, her heart felt like it was about to burst, even seeing Starlight Glimmer, a pony who only just came into her life recently, gave her a true feeling of home. Still even as she and the others crowded around the gem, their thoughts riddled with questions and longing, there was one that Twilight felted needed to be asked.
“Nyx, honey, please tell me how to find you!” she said desperately. “Do you know where you are?”
“Not exactly,” Nyx answered, her face clearly showing that she wished she could say different. “We’ve kinda been hoping around from place to place so I can’t really give you a good description.”
Of course hearing this Applejack couldn’t help but raise an eyebrow.
“We?” she asked. “Sugarcube, are ya saying you ain’t alone out there?”
At those words Nyx gave a gentle smile.
“Yeah, I’m not the only one that this has happened to,” she explained. “But don’t worry, everyone here has become amazing friends to me, some might even give you quite the surprise. There’s even one who’s trying to get me back home.”
Hearing that last part, Twilight’s eyes widened with anticipation, as did her longing heart.
“Is there anything I can do to help?” she asked.
Nyx couldn’t help but sigh at that.
“I’m afraid not,” she said sadly. “G said that the only way for me to get back home now is to follow his plan of action.”
Needless to say, Twilight found those particular circumstance rather suspicious, granted she was more than willing to do anything to bring her daughter home, but this G character was someone, or someTHING that she had never encountered before, clearly he was that creature that had appeared before Nyx did. Just what was he exactly?
“And you’re sure you can trust him?” Starlight asked, voicing everyone’s thoughts on the matter.
At first Nyx didn’t respond, turning her head away in deep thought, after a moment of silence she then turned her head back to everyone with an even bigger smile on her face.
“Yeah…” she said, the tone of confidence strong in her voice. “He’s my friend.”
Granted Twilight may have been sceptical, but the way her daughter said those words and showed her little smile, she knew that there was a bond between her and this G person, a true friendship if she ever saw one, perhaps following along with the idea could be the only way to have her daughter back. Suddenly the light from the gem began to flicker, almost as though the flame upon a candle was about to go out, not only that but the image of Nyx suddenly began to flicker too, flicker and fade.
“Nyx?” Twilight gasped, her eyes staring in horror as the image of her daughter began to disappear. “What’s happening!?!”
However judging by whatever expression everyone was able to make out through the now-blurred image of the little Alicorn, it was clear that Nyx didn’t know what was going on herself. Suddenly the voice from before echoed again.
“Dammit!” it snapped. “The stupid Lacrima is losing power!”
Upon hearing those words, whatever was left of Nyx’s image gasped and focused her gaze upon her mother as long as she possibly could.
“I’m sorry mom, I gotta go,” she said desperately. “I love…”
But before the sentence could be finished, Nyx’s image disappeared into nothing and the light faded from the gem, it’s magic now depleted as it fell to the ground, luckily Spike managed to catch it before it could smash upon impact. After taking a moment to absorb what had just happened, Twilight’s smile returned as a fresh stream of tears rolled down her face.
“I love you too Nyx,” she whispered, knowing exactly what her daughter was trying to say.
With those final words, Twilight’s eyes gently closed and her hooves collapsed beneath her body as she fell to the ground, the exhaustion and sorrow finally catching up to her as she lost consciousness.
“TWILIGHT!” Starlight cried, catching her in her magic before she really hurt herself.
“We better get her to the hospital STAT!” Rainbow Dash added, picking the Alicorn up onto her back as they all raced out of the door.
However little did the realise that while Twilight may have been out cold from her ordeal, what they didn’t notice that the whole time Rainbow Dash carried her… she was smiling.
Back at G’s house in Denmark, the same light faded from Nyx’s gem as it fell onto the carpet in front of her. She just couldn’t believe it, after several weeks of being separated from her she was finally able to see her mom again, granted she could reach out and hug like she truly wanted, but it was her MOM she was seeing, the one pony she cared about more than anyone.
“I miss you mom,” she whispered, another tear flowing own her cheek.
She may have been trying to avoid being so sappy nowadays, especially given her most recent circumstances, but even with a good number of the group watching her she didn’t care, she needed those tears to flow, and there was no shame in it. Taking a moment to lift her head, Nyx then couldn’t help but notice G picking up the Lacrima he gave her, upon seeing him her smile couldn’t be wider.
“Damn thing must have timed out,” G grumbled with a heavy sigh. “It might take another day for it to fully charge for another…”
At that moment G stopped in mid-sentence as he suddenly felt a pair of tiny hooves wrap around his neck. As he looked down at the little filly tightly embracing him, G could easily feel the tears soaking into his vest, so much so that he couldn’t help but return the hug, fearing that he may have upset her with his gift. But surprisingly enough as soon as Nyx looked up at G’s face, he was met with a small smile.
“Thank you,” she uttered, the tears of joy still streaming down her face.
Hearing this, G couldn’t help but smile back, as did everyone else who was watching. After spending several minutes in each other’s embrace, Nyx then finally jumped out of G’s arms and wiped away her tears, her eyes completely cried out. Seeing that now was as good a time as any, Laura then walked over towards Nyx and tapped her shoulder.
“Come on sweetie,” she said. “Let’s get you an ice-cream or something.”
And with that, Laura led the little filly out of the living room and into the kitchen, followed by several other members of the group and leaving G alone with Edward, Franky, Aria and Goggles, who felt that they needed to stay for the moment. At that moment, G couldn’t help but notice Goggles giving him a small smirk.
“What?” he asked, raising an eyebrow.
Goggles couldn’t help but chuckle at that.
“That is without a doubt, THE nicest thing you could have ever done,” Goggles replied, giving the Living Genre a thumbs-up. “Nyx really needed that.”
“You said it dude,” Franky sobbed, waterfalls of tears flowing down his face as he blubbered like a baby. “I’M NOT CRYING!”
Even Aria couldn’t help but smile as she crossed her arms and leaned up against the wall.
“Gotta hand it to you G,” she sighed. “While I may be new to this whole nice-thing, you’ve actually earned my respect with what you just did.”
Now it was G’s turn to be dumbstruck, granted he wanted to do something nice for Nyx but he never actually thought everyone else would be happy about it, especially given the fact that none of them had the same privilege. Still G appreciated the support.
“Thanks guys,” he said, taking a seat on one of the armchairs.
“I don’t suppose you have any more of those Lacrimas do you?” Goggles asked hopfully, the thought of his own family rushing through his mind.
At those words, G let out a solemn sigh.
“Afraid not,” he admitted sadly. “I only had the two, and trust me that connection wasn’t very easy to make even with one on either side of the void. Phones are one thing but this is a whole other story.”
Needless to say hearing that came as a great disappointment, sure the Gizmonk certainly wanted to see his own family again, but he also knew that if anyone deserved the chance more than anyone it was a lost child missing her mother, a sentiment that he felt was shared with everyone else. Of course it’s not like G LIKED singling Nyx out for the opportunity to contact home, but given the circumstances he felt that it was the right thing to do. After all it was like he said, he only had the two connecting Lacrimas and even if he could adjust them like he did Chi’s phone anyone else’s method of communication was seriously lacking. For example, Ruby’s scroll has been down since a recent incident with communications back in her own realm so it wouldn’t work even if she tried, Franky and Luffy’s only method of communication was a transponder snail and unfortunately aside from all other piece of junk in his pocket, G never found it necessary to carry one on his person, Uncle was just too stubborn to modernise past anything without a cable attached to it, and chef left his own cell phone back in his own realm, everyone else was either without anything in regards to communication, or in the Dazzlings’ case, don’t have anyone to contact anyway. G didn’t even WANT to touch the subject on Laura’s circumstance, especially since she was supposed to be dead in her own realm. In any case everyone else seemed to understand to some extent why Nyx was given the opportunity, especially given recent events.
“I guess it was only lucky that the walls of creation were just weak enough to send something small through,” Aria commented. “At least that’s how YOU put it anyway, I’m not too understanding when it comes to that sort of thing.”
G nodded at that and let out yet another heavy sigh.
“Shame the seal repaired itself just as quickly it was broken,” he pointed out, much to his own disappointment. “It could take ages for it to get a lifeform through.”
At this point, Goggles jumped up onto G’s shoulder and gave him a playful noogie.
“Hey, you’ll figure it out,” he said, reassuringly.
“You always do,” Edward added with his own smile, repeating what he had stated before the journey had even begun.
Seeing that everyone was looking at him, not with resentment, but rather respect, G couldn’t help but smile. Even Goggles seemed to have finally forgiven him for the little spat they had back at Bodega Bay, it was nice. At that moment, Franky finally stopped blubbering and pulled out a six-pack of cola from behind the sofa and handed everyone a bottle with a toothy grin, Edward being having more difficulties and needing a straw put in his.
“Until then I say we each have a small drink,” he said, finally pasting a bottle to G.
“To all of us getting home,” Goggles declared, raising his bottle to make a toast.
Following the Gizmonk’s example, everyone’s smile widened, and they too raised their bottles of cola, however G was a little more hesitant than the other were. But after taking another moment to contemplate the situation, he finally raised his bottle with a smile and added to the toast.
“To the journey ahead.”