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When people dream, they never know where they might end up. One's imagination can conjure many amazing things, from far-off lands to exciting adventures. But then, there are the dreams that take us by surprise. The dreams that make no sense. The dreams that scare us. As Twilight Sparkle, personal protégé of Princess Celestia, slept soundly in her bed in her chambers at the Royal Palace Library, her mind was conjuring forth what her waking mind would describe as a most unusual scenario. There was no solid mass here to speak of, no floor upon which to walk. No walls and, for a time, nopony to speak to. All around there were many shades of purple, from dark to bright, shifting and swirling with every passing moment. And in the middle of it was Twilight herself, walking in this place in a wary manner. She was not the kind of mare to be frightened by mere strange images, for deep down, she knew this was a dream. But, even so, her presence in this place disturbed her greatly.

"Hello? Is anypony there?"

Her calls received no answer, and her mind raced with the possibilities of her being here. What is this place? A dream most likely. I remember going to sleep not long ago. That's it then, this is a dream. So there's nothing to worry about. However, regardless of what the more rational parts of her mind might had said, there was nevertheless a sense of foreboding in this place, made worse by the sudden arrival of a very distinct sound. Her ears perking up, Twilight realised immediately that the sound she was hearing was hoofsteps, and, more importantly, that they were getting closer. Looking around, she tried to see where it was coming from, but her surroundings were like fog, obscuring her sight greatly. However, as the sound grew louder still, something began to emerge from the gloom. Squinting her eyes, Twilight looked on to see a figure, clad in a dark cloak, approach her. It was doubtless a pony, though one somewhat taller than most, but it's face was obscured, shadowed by the hood of the cloak.

In time, the figure stopped waking towards the young unicorn, and for a while, there was silence between them. Twilight's nerves grew with every moment, but she nevertheless remained still, growing ever more curious about this new arrival. Her chance to make the first move was soon lost however, as the figure finally began to speak.

"It has been a long time since I have seen that face."

The voice was feminine and, more importantly, very familiar to Twilight's ears, though she could not put a hoof exactly where she'd heard it. Regardless, the new arrival had deigned to speak with her, and Twilight would offer her the same courtesy.

"Um...hello? My name is..."

"Twilight Sparkle."

Twilight stopped at the utterance of her name, looking on with some worry as the mysterious figure remained still before her.

"You...you know me?"

The hood lowered and rose, indicating a nod.

"I do...perhaps better than anypony."

Needless to say, a phrase like that can make a pony nervous. Twilight strained her eyes, trying to catch a glimpse of who or what was underneath that hood. But for now, the figure merely turned away, denying her that opportunity.

"You're frightened. Confused. You have every right to be. But know that I do not come here to harm you, or cause you grief. I merely come...with an offer."

Twilight raised an eyebrow at that. This whole thing seems like one of those fairy-tale stories Mothers tell their colts and fillies, she thought. Stories of mysterious figures coming to offer boons at a price, or something like that. Even a fool would be wary at all this. Narrowing her eyes slightly, Twilight took a single step forward.

"And, if I may ask...what kind of offer are you...er...offering?"

The figure chuckled at the young unicorn's attempt at sounding cautious, but nevertheless gave her an answer.

"Before I make this offer, I want you to know something very important, Twilight. What I am about to do might be the single most dangerous thing any user of magic has ever attempted before. If this fails...then I don't know what kind of damage could be caused."

Twilight felt a pang of fear after hearing that. If this person wants me to take them up to this deal, they’re doing a pretty lousy job of making it sound appealing. But, even with that thought on her mind, Twilight stayed silent, allowing the figure to continue speaking. But first, they let out a sigh.

"As I said, I know you. And as such...I know you will never make an agreement without knowing everything...including...who you are dealing with."

The young unicorn took a step back with those words, and watched with rapture as the figure raised a hoof, placing it on the side of her hood. With one motion, the hood was lowered, and when it did, Twilight stood aghast at what she saw. Or, rather, WHO she saw. The figure was a mare, with lavender fur and a long, dark-purple mane, with a single long horn protruding from her forehead. It...it can't be, Twilight kept telling herself. She's...she's...me?! Indeed, the mare that now stood apart from Twilight was very nearly a mirror duplicate of her. There were, however, distinct differences, most notably their proportions. This other Twilight was quite taller than her, almost by a full foot. Her mane was much longer, and flowed, even in the absence of wind. And then, there was her face. Though identical to Twilight's, it bore a look of both grace and age. The look of somepony who had seen much and knew even more. That...that's the same expression Princess Celestia has!

As her mind raced with this new knowledge, she tried her best to make sense of it all, tried figuring out if this was still a creation of her mind in it's sleeping state, or if this was indeed some other version of her. Eventually, one thought was brought forth in her mind. One thought that was able to make sense of everything she was seeing.

"You...you've travelled through time?"

The other Twilight though, merely shook her head.

"Not in the traditional sense. I am still where I was before, which, as I'm sure you've guessed, is in your future. But my mind...THAT I was able to send back."

The younger unicorn shook her head at that.

"And you entered my dreams too?"

A sly smile crept onto the face of her older self.

"One thing you'll come to learn, my little pony, is that entering a pony's dreams is not quite as unprecedented as you might think."

Twilight, still struggling to come to terms with all of this, was only able to get out one question.

"But...why? Why have you done this?"

The older Twilight looked away, as if not wishing her younger self to see her. For a brief moment, Twilight could have sworn that she saw a look of conflict upon the older mare's face. In time, the latter finally answered.

"I never thought I would say this...but you'll understand when you're older. You come to look back on all the things you've done in your life, and wonder if they were the best choices. You'll come to regret missed opportunities, missed chances to say and do the things that truly mattered."

Turning again, the older Twilight looked straight into the eyes of her younger counterpart.

"And that is why I'm here...to make that offer."

Twilight took a step back, her mind finally putting all the pieces together.

"You...you want to change history? Are you crazy?! It completely...!"

But she didn’t have the chance to finish, as the older mare raised a hoof, much like how Celestia might do to make herself heard. And, much like with her beloved mentor, Twilight instinctively sopped talking, and simply listened.

"I know. Like I said, it's a risk. It goes against every law of what we know of time travel. But you need to trust me when I say that it's important that this be done."

Twilight, still unsure about all this, cleared her throat a little before speaking.

"So...what is it you want to do, exactly?"

Seeing that her younger self was beginning to open up to the proposal, the older Twilight let out another sigh before speaking.

"A spell. One very complicated and very powerful. A spell that, at you current level, you could not even hope to cast yourself. A spell that, when finished...will let you know everything I know. And I do mean EVERYTHING, Twilight."

The young unicorn let out a gasp at hearing that.

"Everything?! You...you mean...?"

The older Twilight gave a serious nod.

"Yes. You will be granted complete foreknowledge of everything that is going to happen between now and the time you grow to be my age. As you've probably guessed, this will also allow you to learn all of the magical tricks I've picked up over the years."

Upon hearing that latter part of the offer, Twilight's inner student practically leaped in joy. The chance to gain potentially decades of magical knowledge in an instant? How could I say no to that? However, the more serious parts of her mind quickly shouted down the more enthusiastic. But...I have to think about the potential consequences! I'd be made privy to everything that's going to happen to me in future, and possibly everypony else close to me too! I can understand why she seemed so worried about this, it could change everything! But then...if she is me...then she wouldn't be doing something this risky unless she...I...we...unless we were absolutely sure it was the right thing to do. At least, I hope I wouldn't. The older Twilight stayed silent, watching her younger counterpart mentally wrestle with the enormous opportunity that had been offered to her on a silver plate. Sensing the worry and hesitation, the elder mare cleared her throat, gaining the younger's attention. The former gave a small but reassuring smile as she began to speak in a calm, almost motherly tone.

"Twilight...if you say no to this, I will understand. What I'm asking of you is no small thing, and it will no doubt completely change the course of your life, though I cannot say how much. I will not force you to do this if you truly don't want to. All I ask...is that you trust me."

The way she'd said those words, it made Twilight feel like a little filly again. A little filly who was worried about something, only for Princess Celestia to come in and help her in whatever way she needed. It did much to alleviate her fears and concerns, and as such, Twilight was left largely with the earlier excitement at getting the chance to learn so much in so little time. Besides, she told herself, if I say no, I’ll probably come to really regret it once I get to being her age. Looking up, Twilight looked deep into her counterpart’s eyes, trying to see any hint of deception, of malice, or perhaps even trickery there. But, after a time, she was content that there was none, and so let out a sigh. Putting on a small smile, Twilight gave a single nod to her elder self, to which the latter smiled even wider than before, as well as letting out a sigh of relief. Wow, Twilight thought, she was really hoping I would do this. Staying still, Twilight watched as the older Twilight began to step forward.

"If you accept, then I'll begin the spell. We need only touch her horns for my knowledge to pass to you."

The young Twilight nodded at that, starting to walk forward also. Eventually, the two were just a few feet away from each other, and the elder lowered her head to bring it to the younger. Taking a deep breath, the young Twilight tried calming herself, readying herself for what was about to happen. A glow began to form around the elder's horn, and Twilight immediately felt a tingle from it. The aura was most familiar to her, as she had felt it many times before. Definitely mine, she noted. If ever there was doubt as to who this elder mare was, they were now gone. So, calmly, Twilight stayed still as her elder version concentrated hard, her magic glowing brighter and brighter with the passing moments. In time, Twilight began to feel something in her mind. Images, faces she didn't recognise, which was undoubtedly the new knowledge that was being offered. As time passed, the images came faster, and more intensely, and it was here that something else happened. The elder Twilight raised a hoof and unclasped her cloak, letting it fall to the ground. The young Twilight opened her eyes, which then widened with shock as she saw, to her amazement, that her elder counterpart now stretched out a par of magnificent wings. Utterly awe-struck by the sight, Twilight did not have the words to say.

"You...I'm...you mean we...?"

The elder, seeing the amazement of the younger, merely smiled.

"Be calm, Twilight Sparkle...for your second chance...begins today."

And with that, there was a blinding flash of light, causing Twilight to shield her eyes. But, rather than the light dying down, Twilight instead woke up from her dream, immediately sitting upright in her bed with a cold sweat running down her face. Snapping her head around, she saw that she was once more in the safety and familiarity of her sleeping chambers in the Canterlot Royal Library. She looked around, seeing all of her books and furniture, and, more importantly, her travel bags, all packed and ready for her journey tomorrow. A loud snoring to her left caused her to turn, seeing the still-sleeping form of her number one assistant, Spike, laying peacefully in his basket. But, Twilight knew things were different now. Her mind was flooded with new thoughts, new ideas. Memories of things that had yet to happen. Faces of ponies she hadn't met yet, but now felt as if she'd known them her entire life. She felt it all. Excitement, relief, confusion, and so many other feelings that came with this great change. An entire lifetime had been given to her. A lifetime that she now had the power to change, for the better. Looking down at her assistant, she began to smile in a truly affectionate manner.

"I...I know what I need to do."
A Second Chance
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As usual with my reviews, it will contain spoilers. Those of you who have not seen the episode yet, you have been warned.

The basic premise of this episode is that Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie are sent, by way of the magic map, to the city of Griffonstone. However, the two soon become at odds with one another as to what their mission actually is.

The first thing I'd like to note about this episode is that it’s the first time since the season premiere that we have the story thread of the magic map, or even have it mentioned at all. I like that we still have episodic adventures like we've been having the last month or so, but I would have assumed that such a big element of the season would be getting more attention that it has. Still, it's nice that we get another story featuring it, and what strikes me as interesting is that we have only two of the main six participating in this mission. When it was first introduced, I'd assumed that it would be sending all six of them to various missions at once, like in the premiere. But that turns out not to be the case, and instead, we have a situation where only a few of them may be needed, depending on their personal skills. This is an interesting concept for me as it means that we may be given a lot more episodes where only one or two characters go on missions like this, which could lead to a lot of good character dynamics.

As this is a focus episode for both Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie, I'd like to talk about their characters for a little. This is a pairing that doesn't usually get focused on all that much in the show. It was given to us a few times back in season one, most notably in "Griffon the Brush-Off" and "Over a Barrel", and when those two were put together, I actually rather liked the dynamic between them. What I notice especially is how being around Pinkie tends to affect Rainbow's personality and character. When it's the usual main six together, Rainbow tends to come across as a fairly laid-back and even jokey kind of person, contrasting with some of the more serious natures of characters like Twilight or Applejack. And yet, when it’s her and Pinkie, she comes across as being far more serious than normal, becoming more-or-less the straight-man of the group. I don't know whether this is because she just seems more serious when compared to someone like Pinkie, or if she just steps up and becomes that way when an even more comedic character is around, but either way, it's always an interesting shift in her character to see.

The basic theme of this episode is how people can come into conflict when they interpret something differently. This actually surprises me at how deep a message it is. At some point in our lives, we've all heard stories about times in history when differing viewpoints or interpretations of events and messages has caused rifts between people and friends. Something mysterious happens, perhaps a strange image is seen, and immediately there will be two or three opposing ideas on what it could mean. And it makes sense that such a thing would happen to the ponies given the circumstances they've found themselves in. They now act as agents to this magical map, going all over Equestria to solve problems, and yet, all it does is tell them where to go. As such, it's up to the characters themselves to figure out what needs doing, which isn't going to be an easy thing to do. In fact, it's actually something that was touched upon in the season premiere, with Rainbow assuming they'd have to fight some big monster before discovering what their real mission was. I'm actually wondering if this is going to be a recurring theme with this storyline, having them sent something, only to misinterpret their purpose, because it'd lead to a few interesting story turns if they did that.

Now it's time to look at what is most likely going to be the most talked-about element of this episode, the return of Gilda. Ever since season one, Gilda has been one of those characters that, like Trixie, has generated massive amounts of fan discussions and speculations. However, unlike Trixie, Gilda has often received more outward dislike by watchers of the show because of her bullying nature. While I myself have shared in the fandom's general dislike of her, I've nevertheless wanted a return of her, if only to understand how she could have gone from the kind of person Rainbow could be friends with, to an outright bully. This episode does that well, which is always great to see. I'm an absolute sucker for episodes that take tertiary characters and put them in the spotlight, so this kind of thing is right up my alley. The explanation given here is that Gilda’s attitude is largely because of the environment she grew up in, which makes sense. We look at Griffonstone and what we see is a society that has long since passed it's prime, where everybody is bitter because they know things have slipped since the old days. As such, it's easy to see how someone lie Gilda could come about.

This episode, in many ways, serves as a kind of redemption story for that character, having her open up to others and even reconcile with Rainbow Dash. Again, this is something I like being able to see in this show. Even though, as I said before, I disliked her back in season one, I nevertheless found it sad that a childhood friendship like the one between her and Rainbow would end on such bad terms. By way of a flashback, we're given an insight into how they got together in the first place, with Rainbow protecting her from bullies in much the same way she protected Fluttershy at that age. We can assume from this then that Rainbow was really the only friend Gilda ever made, casting her earlier possessiveness of her in season one in a whole new light. Given how few of her own people she could be friends with, it suddenly becomes understandable why having other ponies, like Pinkie, try to interact with her would make Gilda as aggressive as she was, even if that doesn't really justify her aforementioned bullying behaviour. Having her become, essentially, an ambassador of friendship for her people struck me as a surprising thing, but after the change she went through here, I think it's an intriguing road for her to be going down.

Time to discuss the humour of the episode now, and as you might expect, a lot of the funny moments tend to come from Pinkie Pie. Any episode with her in it is always guaranteed to have a few laughs here and there, and in a focus episode, that is doubly so. The way she interacts with some of the more serious characters of the story is always a hilarious thing to see, especially when contrasted with some of the things Rainbow wants to do. Pinkie's usual fourth-wall-breaking moments were great, as was her interactions with her pet at the start of the episode. But by far the funniest moment was her talking to herself by way of the old griffon statue. I don't know what it is exactly, but that whole exchange just made me smile.

When it comes to songs, this week there's none. However, unlike other non-musical episodes, this one manages to avoid disappointing me because of how well it explains why there’s no song. This leads not only to some great humour, but also a very funny fourth-wall-breaking moment for Pinkie. So, for once, I'm actually okay that there's no "random musical numbers" this time.

As for the moral of the episode, this weeks it seems to be a message of learning to work together when trying to figure stuff out. Much like the aforementioned theme of misinterpreting messages, I think it's a pretty good thing to teach. In fact, it reminds me of a story I once heard when I was younger. A King from long ago heard stories of a creature called and elephant, and so sends his three most trusted advisors, all of whom are blind, to go out and figure out what it is. They find the creature, but because they only feel a different part of it, like its belly, trunk and legs, they all come back with differing views on what the creature is. That seems to be what's going on here, that Pinkie and Rainbow have to learn to discuss these matters together if they're going to get the whole picture, which is a lesson that, quite frankly, even some adults could stand to learn from time to time. On top of that, there's also the lesson that sometimes people can be greater if they allow friends into their lives. Like Rainbow said, it's a bit sappy, but nevertheless, it's a heart-warming message all the same.

So, how did the episode fare overall? Honestly, I really enjoyed it. Episodes that only focus on two of the main six interacting with each other have always been personal favourites of mine, and it gave us a chance to see a dynamic between two mares who don't get as much time together as they probably should. The message was good, the humour was up to the show's usual standards and the character interactions were, as always, nice to watch. After the last two episodes of the show, I've been feeling less than enthused about what we'd been given, but with this episode, I can safely say that they seem to be back on the right track. The continuation of the magic map storyline was great to watch, and overall, I found the episode as a whole to be thoroughly entertaining. Gilda's return and eventually reformation into a more friendly character was great, and it provided much needed development for a character that has been in desperate need of some for several years now. A welcome return to form for the show and a highly-recommended episode.

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hawaii42612 Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
YOU'VE BEEN HUGGED!! Tackling hug 
Spread the DA love around! (you can copy and paste this MESSAGE on their userpage!)

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saber360 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
DUDE, I just realized something: have you ever considered writing a story starring or at least including Zecora?
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
Though about it, but I'm terrible at coming up with rhymes, so I've just never used her.
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saber360 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
you can always google rhymes for each word
that's what I did when I had Zecora be a part of my story, "Bullseye of the Tiger"
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
Interesting. I'll take a look.
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bcmorgan96 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Student Writer
Could u write a story about a romantic redemption date between human sunset and flash?
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
Sorry, but I don't do requests. I may do something like that at some point in the future, but not today.
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bcmorgan96 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Student Writer
Okay. Thnx anyway.
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teh-j0ey Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
Have you seen Kingsman: The Secret Service yet? If not, do you plan to see it at some point and review it?
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
I've never really been a fan of spy movies, so I wasn't planning on seeing it.
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