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[Nightmare Night] Day 1 - The Changeling Lair


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Webs and statues adorn the dimly lit cave near Ponyville, creating one of the scariest areas in Nightmare Night history. Ponies in Changeling costumes hide in shadowy crevices, ready to pounce on anypony that passes by. After all, what would Nightmare Night be without a few heart pounding scares? Even with the recent threat to Equestria, everypony has been assured that there will be no real Changelings. But the decorations look so lifelike...

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Apple Bloom was the bravest of all the fillies she knew and considering how friendly of a filly she was, she had no doubt she knew the majority of them. Probably braver than many of the colts too come to think of it, and that was even if she allowed for a few surprises. She figured that living on a farm that bordered the edge of the Everfree cushioned her against the sort of dread that pervaded these sorts of nights. Sudden terrors could grip the heart of any pony, but she felt secure in the belief that no sheer creepiness could do her in.

And this Nightmare Night, she had decided to go in costume as one of the bravest ponies she knew of, the type of pony that would laugh in the face of danger! Well, he hadn't laughed in the face of danger, but once he had broken free of Chrysalis' spell, he hadn't shied away from fighting her. Shining Armor was one heck of a pony and Apple Bloom had admired him since that day and so it was only natural that she decided to go as a royal guardspony this year. It was also why the first place she chose to get involved in Nightmare Night was the new Changeling house.

She was a brave pony, but she had been there when the Changelings attacked and anypony who didn't admit to feeling afraid that day was lying. And, well, as brave a filly as she was, she was just a filly. Maybe those feelings of fear about that day had never fully subsided. But bravery wasn't about not being scared, it was about being scared and still doing something. And in the name of candy- and finally getting over her fears- Royal Guardspony Apple Bloom trotted to the entrance of the lair of the Changelings.

She adjusted her helmet and took a deep breath.

[colour=#ff0000]"Ah ain't scared of ya!"[/colour] She bellowed before charging in, hooves echoing sharply.

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"This looks intresting," There was no real threat that any of the chaglings inside were real. So turns decided to walk on inside the cave.

A little ways inn the first changling jump out and made tuns jump backwards.after a few tense moments turns regained his heart and both the costumed pony and turns started laughing. "wow you got me that time"

After he departed from the first scare zone he heard a filly yell "i aint scared " and heard her charge in headlong. "i should try to scare her." And with that the deep pink DJ was now a part of the haunted cave.

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Apple Bloom charged through the cave, galloping about with the sort of fury that only a simmering fear allowed. A 'changeling' would jump out as meekly as a pony in costume would and Apple Bloom would either laugh, full of nervous energy, or snort and charge past. Where to? She didn't knopw, but the point remained that Apple Bloom was't having none of this creepy lair's stuff! The only thing that got to her were the statues, which were life-like enough to warrant inspection. She slowed down and approached one, a life-size and terrifyingly accurate rendition of Chrysalis.

She had seen the Queen of the Changelings emerge in a blossoming green inferno and had seen her defeat Princess Celestia. Of all the terrifying images that night had smugly implanted in her mind, those two were the ones that blazed the brightest. She could feel the air grow sinister as she approached and her brave facade momentarily faded.

Just long enough for her to get scared when she felt a presence behind her inch closer and closer. Her mind flashed to the images of Changelings pouncing ponies from behind and she reacted the only way she could.

She bucked whatever was behind her in a desperate and powerful way, her legs driven by fear. She didn't even know whether they connected or not as she spun to face her foe!

[colour=#ff0000]"Halt!" [/colour]She bellowed, though her Guardspony persona had less to do(though it had a little to do) with her reaction than the thought that a changeling was trying to get her!

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Snails trotted up to the entrance of the cave in excitement. A "haunted cave" about creatures that are a mix of insect and pony? COOOOL!

This year, he wore a spider costume, with bright colored fabrics and 4 extra legs made of springy wire and feather boas. He also wore a cap with fake glittery fabric eyes above his own.

He looked around to see if his best bud, Snips had caught up with him.[colour=#daa520] "This is gonna be Awesome! Ah cant' wait ta' be scared by them Changelings!"[/colour]

Suddenly he heard AppleBloom's voice in the cave; [colour=#ff0000]"Ah ain't scared of ya!"[/colour]

Snails eagerly trotted in, excited to hear ponies he knows.[colour=#daa520] "Yay! Somepony from school is in there! Lets Goooo...! [/colour]

As he trotted in, a 'changeling ' jumped out and made Snails jump sideways!

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"ack!" Turns shouted reeling from being kicked in the nose, "I was gonna try and avoid that happening this year, thats a pretty good kick you got there." Turns couldnt quite remember the ponys nae, though he was sure he had seen her before.Instead of trying to apoligize all he could think to do was rub his nose with a large pink hoof.

After a minute Turns remembered that he had probebly scared the poor filly. "I apolizize if i scared you, i heard a mare outside hollering and i thought you were quite a bit older."

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[colour=#ff6600]Shades on top of his head, Teddy swaggered through Ponyville. True to his name, his ears with adorned with a couple of slip on replica bear ears. His tail was curled up in a bun, dyed brown just like his mane and coat. It had taken awhile to prepare, but it would be worth it. Fillies couldn't resist things that were cute and cuddly. And right now, Teddy looked like a giant teddy bear.

But what did girls like better than a guy who was cute? Bravery, of course! His blue eyes shone mischievously as he entered the spooky area. He shivered, looking around, and feeling a bit fearful himself once he was inside. Still, he put on a brave face, walking through slowly as he searched for a damsel in distress. Once he had a clinging to him in fright, he would feel better.[/colour]

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Greenshot had once again decided to come to Ponyville in celebration of Nightmare Night. Too old to be receiving candy, but not to old to explore the festivities and costumes other ponies had on. Greenshot's costume was a black cloak with red linen on the inside, fake fangs in his mouth which made it hard to speak and a black hat that made it hard to see his eyes from a distance.

Trotting up towards what looked to be a lightly lit cave where cobwebs and statues caught his attention. Not fearing many things really, Greenshot enjoyed the thrill of walking alone, hoping not to be spooked by the simpliest thing, he continued onward inside to see what could be at the end and to have a fun experience. His horn gave a short glow as he fixed his hat on his head and placed the vampire fangs in his mouth, Greenshot was ready.

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It took a full two seconds for Apple Bloom's frayed nerves to settle, absentmindedly pulling the helmet back up from it's slowly collapsing position which threatened to blind her. She had really just kicked somecolt square in the face like he was a wayward tree in need of some punishment. He was lucky that she hadn't been properly set for a nice buck or else his head would be bouncing around the lair like some sort of beach ball.

[colour=#ff0000]"Ah'm sorry. That thar satue of tha Queen got me good, Ah reckon," [/colour]Apple Bloom took her helmet off and scratched her mane, which was only slightly slick with nervous sweat. She nodded to the colt as she placed the helmet back on.

[colour=#ff0000]"Whatcha doin' sneakin' up on ponies? Well, if ya're part of tha show 'ere, ya did a good job,"[/colour] She offered with a laugh, turning back to the statue, this time with an observant eye.

[colour=#ff0000]"Wow, they really got 'ere good. Ah was sorta hopin' it wouldn't be so close ta tha real thing, really, on account of that being a pile of images Ah'd rather not recollect," [/colour]She placed her two front hooves on the base of the statue, only now noticing a rather glaring flaw.

[colour=#ff0000]"She has more holes in 'er leg, though."[/colour]

[colour=#ff0000]Celestia knows Ah've seen it 'nough in mah nightmares,[/colour] she thought easelessly to herself.

[colour=#daa520]"Yay! Somepony from school is in there! Lets Goooo...!"[/colour]

Apple Bloom perked up and turned around. A familiar voice was always a comfort in the dark, even if it was Snails.

[colour=#ff0000]"Howdy, Snails! Ah'm deep in tha lair!"[/colour] Apple Bloom shouted. She had ran past many of the scares and decorations in her bid to overcome her fears; chances are that Snails would need a friendly aid.

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[colour=#696969]Snips trotted up behind his orange friend. The shorter colt was looking around a little nervously. Part of him was excited that is was Nightmare Night! Snips had decided that this year, he'd go as Copper Field, a famous pony illusionist and escape artist. He was all dressed up in a suit coat with tails and a big top hat. The coat was old, and a little moth-eaten, and the hat had seen better days as well, but it worked for a costume.[/colour]

[colour=#696969]But another part of him was apprehensive. When he and Snails had gone out for Nightmare Night last year, things hadn't gone so well. Not once, not twice, but three times the colts had gotten dosed with poison joke from someone who looked suspiciously like Discord. Snips didn't know who was running the events this year, but he really hoped that the strange blue plant was not involved.[/colour]

[colour=#696969]Snips stepped back to survey the made-over building they were entering. The decor made it look like a cross between a pony dwelling and an insect's hive. Leave it to Snails to want to go into an insect nest. Snails was all excited and ready to run in; Snips wasn't so sure. "I dunno about these 'changelings' Snails," he said, uncertainly. "They look weird. Lookit' all of the holes in their legs! You sure these are real creatures?" [/colour]

[colour=#696969]Real or not, Snips jumped into the air in fright as one of the costumed changelings jumped out at them. He rushed ahead in a momentary panic, nearly colliding with a pony in armor. "Oh, hey Applebloom! Nice armor!" he said when he finally recognized the filly.[/colour]

[colour=#696969]Snips looked at Applebloom with disbelief as she talked about the tall statue next to her. "Oh come on," he taunted, "These bug-pony things aren't real, are they?"[/colour]

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Snails shook on his hooves for a moment after being scared by the changeling costume.

He looked to his best bud, who was dressed as the most awesome Escape pony and Illusionist ever!

[colour=#daa520]"Well of course those have ta be illusions cast on th costume. They probably got the Totally Awesome Twilight Sparkle ta cast that effect on th costumes, eh? It's not like any o' dem bugs would dare sneak inta Ponyville where Twilight and her crew would totally kick their flanks, right?"[/colour]

Snails swallowed nervously. He hoped that was a really cool illusion on the costumes...

Just then, he heard Apple Bloom and charged ahead[colour=#daa520] "Yay! This way Snips!"[/colour]

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Nightmare Moon has returned! But as her shadowy form steps from the shadows, you see that it's actually just Princess Luna. Phew! The Princess of the Night has embraced this holiday with all of her heart, and wishes to reward those who, on the night dedicated to herself, show their courage greatly. Finding her results in gaining her respect—but more importantly, two pieces of candy!

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Apple Bloom rolled her eyes at Snips. He was a nice enough colt she reckoned but that didn't stop him from saying things that Celestia knows he shouldn't be saying, especially regarding matters which were completely outside his wheel house. Was he really going to doubt pretty much everypony who had been there and said the same thing? She would have bucked him across the face due to him being such a dummy but she figured that she'd already accidentally bucked one pony and that was just about her limit.

[colour=#ff0000]"They're really scary, Snips. Ah saw this here Queen at tha weddin' and lemme tell ya, they're as real as you an' me,"[/colour] She shot him a look before she eased up and knocked on her helmet.

[colour=#ff0000]"It is pretty cool, right? It took a while but-"[/colour] And it was at this moment that Luna appeared, Apple Bloom jumping up in the air due to nerves that were still on edge. After she saw the reward, however, her mood brightened considerably.

[colour=#ff0000]"Well, hot diggety, this is off ta a great start!"[/colour] She neighed and pronked in position a few times.

[colour=#ff0000]"Where ya headin' ta next, Snips?"[/colour]

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[colour=#ff6600]Teddy heard voices coming along the path towards him. It was hard to tell just how many were in the group, but the important thing was that there was a group. Scaring multiple ponies at once was a lot more fun than waiting for individuals. He glanced around, noticing plenty of shadows and crevices in which he could hide. Those would do fine, but they were so obvious...

Ah ha! He caught site of one of the fake statues. Galloping over, he examined it, before popping its head off. Great, it was hollow. He fit it snugly on his head, happy that it had convenient eye holes. He ducked into a shadow, trying to be absolutely still, even though he was excited. His unsuspecting victims grew closer and closer, until—

“BLARGHHAAA!” He jumped out as three foals were about to pass, making the scariest noise he could think of and flailing his front hooves dramatically. He let out a few snarls for extra measure, before setting his hooves on the ground and taking off the mask. Teddy hoped his plan had worked.

It was just then that Princess Luna appeared in a glittery cloud of blue smoke. Teddy gasped, tossing the mask away, glad that she has just missed his recent escapade. He smiled politely, bowing before the princess of the moon. She was there only for a few moments, presenting all those around with two extra pieces of candy. Then she was gone in another cloud of blue and a flash of light. Teddy sighed with relief once she was gone. It wasn't that he would normally fear her, but he did fear the possibly consequences of his actions if royalty were to discover them.[/colour]

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Greenshot was enjoying the decor throughout the path. All the changeling decorations and pony who were dressed up like them attempting to scare him, looked just like the creatures his parents had encountered back in Canterlot. He himself had not seen such a creature, but this must be how they looked; Scary and not to harmless. Greenshot had noticed the smaller ones close together, but he wasn't going to mess with them. He was having a good time as it is and nothing was going to ruin it.

A cloud of glittery smoke suddenly appeared in from of the path and out walked Princess Luna. She was giving out candy to the younger pony and walked up to her after they were finished. Greenshot gave Princess Luna a bow showing respect to a fellow Canterlot pony and Princess. Standing erect, watched as she gave him candy as well, he took it of course and placed it in the pockets of his cloak and spat out his fake vampire teeth to say "Thank you Princess, have a wonderful Nightmare Night"

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