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Bad Therapy Part 11
Bad Therapy
Chapter XI Face Offs
Vinyl Scratch got to her feet and dusted herself off.  A few feet away, Octavia was doing the same.
“How could you, Vinyl?” Octavia said, once she had recovered enough, “How could you let yourself be freed from Mistress Spiral Swirl’s spell?  Especially after you were such a loyal slave and helped bring all those ponies to Mistress Spiral Swirl’s office to be hypnotized.”
“Don’t remind me,” Vinyl said in disgust.
“Now then, are you going to follow me back to the barn to be re-hypnotized and put this unpleasantness behind us?” Octavia said, before pulling out her cello bow and wielding it like a club, “Or am I going to have to get physical?”
“Tavi, put that thing away,” Vinyl said, as she got into a defensive stance.
“Ha, do you think just because you know karate that I’m afraid of you?” Octavia said, before she charged at Vinyl.
Vinyl si
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Literature
Bad Therapy Part 10
Chapter X  Fight Fire with Fire
In the dark Everfree Forest, Twilight found herself practically wrapped around a large tree branch.
Note to self: Teleporting after nearly falling under hypnosis really really messes with my teleportation navigation, she thought, as she freed herself and made her way to ground.
What am I going to do now?  I have to stop her.  But how?  She’s got my friends under her control.  I can’t go to Celestia without the risk of her triggering Luna.  I could go see Cadance and Shining Armor, but she might trigger Luna and have her go to war with the Crystal Empire.  Plus with the baby on the way, I can’t risk them getting hurt or hypnotized.  Uggg.  Who else…Discord?  No, absolutely not.  After he sees what she did to Fluttershy, he might disassemble her molecules, or something else extreme.  Plus, Fluttershy said he’s still out visiting other reality warpers in othe
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Literature
Extra Credit
Extra Credit
By Rathbane
A unicorn filly wandered across a school yard looking for something.  She had a teal coat, long straight navy blue mane, and grey eyes.  Her cutie mark was a pocket watch overlapping a black and white spiral.  Spotting another unicorn filly by some bushes at the far end of the school yard, she ran over to her.
“Hi, Beachcomber,” she said happily, running up to the unicorn, who had a peach colored coat, long pink mane with a starfish in it, green eyes, and a cutie mark that was a bucket and pail and a scuba mask with a snorkel.
“Hi, Spiral Swirl,” Beachcomber said happy to see the other unicorn.
“Did you have a good spring break?” Spiral Swirl asked.
“I sure did.  We went to Palomino Point Beach.  I found this while we were there,” Beachcomber said, as she used her magic to lift a giant conch shell out of her saddle bag.
“Wow!” Spiral Swirl said in awe, “Where did you find
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Literature
Eclipse Bomb
Eclipse Bomb
By Rathbane
A unicorn mare, with a teal coat and short messy navy blue mane, stood on a dirt path that ran along the outskirts of Canterlot.  Her cutie mark was an eye that had an iris colored like a globe of the earth.  She was currently looking up at the full moon; a hoofstep behind her caused her to turn her head towards the source of the sound.
“Some master of observation you turned out to be.  What if I had been a guard on patrol?” A unicorn with a maroon coat and brown mane asked.  His cutie mark was of an open padlock.  Behind him were two other ponies, a unicorn with a grey coat and aqua mane, his cutie mark was an odd assortment of symbols and a Pegasus with a blue coat and purple mane, her cutie mark was a collection of gemstones and she was sporting an eye patch.
“Well, that’s not possible,” the moon gazing unicorn said, “Because the guards only patrol this stretch of road every three days.”
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Literature
Bad Therapy Part 9
Chapter IX Revelations
Twilight and the others sat around the map table in her castle enjoying their weekly pancake breakfast. She smiled as she watched Pinkie attempt to break her own record of most pancakes eaten in a minute.
“So how was your trip to Canterlot, Twi?” Applejack asked.
“It was great,” Twilight said, “We got a lot done, though I’m sorry my trip had to happen at the same time as your party at Sweet Apple Acres.”
“Party? What party?” Applejack said in confusion.
“The one you had last Thursday night,” Twilight said, “I decided to practice my night flying and flew to Canterlot.  I passed right over Sweet Apple Acres.  The barnyard was full of ponies.  I was a little high up to see who they where, but there were dozens of them.”
“Sorry, Twi, but it sounds like you were seeing things,” Applejack said, “There was no late night party at Sweet Apple Acres.  Trust m
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Literature
The Art of Trance
The Art of Trance
By Rathbane
Sweetie Belle and Applebloom looked down at the contents of the envelopes they had just opened, before looking back up at Apple Jack and Rarity.  The contents of the envelopes did little to alleviate their confusion.
“You are invited to a costume party at the home of the artist SS,” Sweetie Belle said, reading from the invitation that was inside the envelope, “Please arrive at Ms. SS’ Oceanside home at 3:00 on Nightmare Night.  Refreshments will be served and a five hundred bit prize will be awarded to the pony wearing the best costume.  Only those that have received invitations will be allowed inside.”
“Who the heck is SS?” Applebloom asked, her confusion growing.
“She’s one of the art world’s top up and coming artists,” Rarity said, “Everyone loves her work, well except for Ms. Harsh Truth, who said, ‘It is so terrible, it is corrupting the very culture of Ponyki
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Literature
For Whom the Bell Tolls Part 3
Chapter III
The Big Show
Twilight and Sunset stood in the lobby with the others after dinner.
“How you doing, Twilight?” Applejack asked, “We heard about the weird day you’ve been having.”
“Yeah, I think I’m okay now, thanks,” Twilight said, smiling at her.
“So should we head to Sonata’s show now?” Rarity asked, “It’s starting soon and we want to make sure we get good seats.”
“Of course, so we can make sure she doesn’t try anything funny,” Rainbow Dash said.
“I’d be more worried about the other two,” Sunset said, “We need to look around and make sure they’re not there.”
“Right!” the others said.
Adagio sat in the room the lodge had provided for the three of them.  She turned when she heard the door open and Aria stepped inside.
“There you are,” she said in annoyance, “Now I’ve been thinking; I couldn’t t
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Literature
Bad Therapy Part 8
Chapter VIII
The Slave Meeting
Rarity walked up the path to Sweet Apple Acres, before pausing to yawn.
Once she was done she opened her black and white spiraling eyes and thought, Though I am excited to attend Mistress’ slave meeting, I do wish she would’ve held it at a more decent hour.
She walked into the barnyard and found it to be bustling with spiral eyed ponies gathered for the slave meeting.
She looked at the throngs of ponies, before she noticed Applejack and the others.
“Hey Rarity, we were beginning to wonder if you had been hypnotized or not,” Applejack said.
“Oh darling, for a big social event like this one must be fashionably late, even if it’s in the service of, Mistress Spiral Swirl,” Rarity said.
“Man, even being hypnotized can’t break you out of being a fancy pants,” Rainbow Dash said.
Rarity was about to retort when Pinkie handed her a muffin.
“What’s this?” she asked, looking down at
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Literature
For Whom the Bell Tolls Part 2
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Chapter II An Awesome Nerd
Sunlight streamed through the window of Twilight and Sunset’s room, finally prompting the hypnotized Twilight to wake up.  She sat up and stretched.  The blue and teal spirals in her eyes faded away as she came out of her trance.
Wow, I feel great. That was one of the best night’s sleeps I’ve ever had, she thought.
“Oh hey, you’re up,” Sunset said, stepping out of the bathroom, “You were dead to the world a few minutes ago.”
“Good morning,” Twilight said, “Yeah, I was pretty out of it I guess.  I actually had trouble falling asleep last night; I guess that walk I took helped.”
“Well I’ll let you get changed, and then we can head to breakfast, “Sunset said.
“Sounds good to me, I’m starving,” Twilight said.
Sunset gave her some privacy while she changed back into her winter outfit.
These goggles are growing
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Literature
Changing Loyalties
Changing Loyalties
By Rathbane
Black Widow walked along the corridors of SHIELD headquarters and entered an office at the end of one.
“You wanted to see me?” she asked Nick Fury.
“Yes,” he said, as he got up from his desk.
 
He clicked a remote and a wall mounted screen turned on.  The screen displayed the head shot of a teenage girl with blue eyes and thick black glasses, her long black hair was tied back in a ponytail.  
“This is Kara Kaden; at fifteen she already has her masters in computer engineering and mechanical engineering.  She also has a minor in chemical engineering.  Officially her IQ is two points below Stark’s, but that’s just to preserve his ego, in reality it’s 20 points higher.  She’s developed quite a bit of tech, but only bits and pieces have found their way into the world.”
“Like what?” Black Widow asked.
“You know that ball thing in the new 'Star Wars' movie
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Literature
Bad Therapy Part 7
Bad Therapy
Chapter VII Time to Obey
Derpy and Dinky sat in their living room working on a jigsaw puzzle of kitten watching a mother duck and her ducklings pass by.   A knock on the door broke them out of their concentration.
“I’ll get it,” Derpy said, getting up, “Save the ducklings for me please, Dinky.”
“You go it mommy,” Dinky said.
Derpy walked through the house and into the Derpymail section, where the knocking was coming from.
“I wonder who it could be?” Derpy thought out loud.
When she opened the door, Dr. Spiral Swirl was standing there.
“Hi there,” Spiral Swirl said.
“Hi, can I help you?” Derpy asked.
“I was hoping you could do an important delivery for me,” Spiral Swirl said, holding up a box with her magic.
“I’m sorry, but we’re closed for the evening,” Derpy said, “If you’ll come by tomorrow I should have plenty of time to do your delivery no p
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The Magic Exam Part 4
The Magic Exam
Chapter IV Final Exam
The swirling blue vertex reappeared in another location and unceremoniously dumped Twilight and the others on the ground.  To add insult to injury, the book Golden Fleece had used popped out of the portal just as it was closing, hitting Twilight in the head.
The group groaned as they got to their feet.
“What the heck were you thinking?!” Twilight shouted in anger at Golden Fleece, “You were dealing with forces you had no control over.  You could’ve hurt or killed somepony!”
“My leg!” Ebony Darkness shouted in pain, as she clutched her front right leg, blood oozed from a gash.
“Don’t worry I’ve got you,” Healing Touch said, as she rushed over.  She levitated some gauze out of her saddle bag and wrapped the wound before she began casting her healing magic.
“Thanks! That feels nice,” Ebony Darkness said, as a shower of green sparkles appeared over her leg.
Once
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Return of the Rainbow Warrior
Return of the Rainbow Warrior
By Rathbane
Two earth ponies walked along a white sandy beach at sunset.
“I’m so glad you talked me into coming here.  This place is amazing.  The sand, the surf, these amazing flowers,” one of them said to her friend, as she pointed to a patch of various wildflowers growing out of a dune.
“I’m glad you enjoy the flowers my native land has to offer,” a voice from behind them said.
They turned to see a unicorn standing there.  She had a dark tan coat and long straight shiny black mane.  She looked at them with her brown eyes.  The unicorn was wearing a pink yukata with floral print on it as well as a lei around her neck. Also around her neck was a necklace with a small tiki idol on it that had jade gemstones in its eyes.  A single flower with purple petals that had a yellow line wrapping around them sat in her mane.
A hummingbird with metallic green feathers and a dark blue throat hovered by
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The Magic Exam Part 3
The Magic Exam
Chapter III The Test Proper
The hypnotized ponies stopped chanting their mantra and stood before Blissful Trance awaiting commands.
“This can’t be happening again.  This isn’t real, this isn’t real,” Blissful Trance whispered to herself.
“Hey, that hypno magic is actually pretty nifty,” Golden Fleece said, walking over to her.
“Huh? How come you’re not hypnotized?” Blissful Trance said in confusion.
“Just lucky I guess,” Golden Fleece said, “You even got the princess…let’s make her do stuff.”
“No! Why on earth would you want to do that?!” Blissful Trance shouted in horror, “Everypony, please wake up right now.”
Responding to her command the spirals faded from the entranced ponies’ eyes and they began to shake off the effects of the hypnosis.
“Spoil sport,” Golden Fleece said in disgust.
“Is…is everypony okay,” Tw
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The Magic Exam Part 2
The Magic Exam
Chapter II Meet and Greet
Sweetie Belle and Rarity walked through the center of Ponyville, towards Twilight’s castle.
“Now Sweetie Belle, there’s no need to worry about the test,” Rarity said, “Especially if you remember these three things: Be polite to the test giver, keep your eyes on your own paper, and if you don’t know the answer to a question on the written portion, nine times out of ten it’s: Star Swirl the Bearded.”
“Got it,” Sweetie Belle said.
They continued to walk along until Sweetie Belle noticed that Rarity had stopped dead in her tracks.
“Why’d you stop?”
“Because I don’t know how meticulously Twilight is following the ‘Test takers only beyond a certain point,’ rule.  For all I know she could’ve thrown up a magical barrier of some sort and I have no intention of walking face first into it.  So this is where we must part ways.  Good luc
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Bad Therapy

Chapter XI Face Offs


Vinyl Scratch got to her feet and dusted herself off.  A few feet away, Octavia was doing the same.

“How could you, Vinyl?” Octavia said, once she had recovered enough, “How could you let yourself be freed from Mistress Spiral Swirl’s spell?  Especially after you were such a loyal slave and helped bring all those ponies to Mistress Spiral Swirl’s office to be hypnotized.”

“Don’t remind me,” Vinyl said in disgust.

“Now then, are you going to follow me back to the barn to be re-hypnotized and put this unpleasantness behind us?” Octavia said, before pulling out her cello bow and wielding it like a club, “Or am I going to have to get physical?”

“Tavi, put that thing away,” Vinyl said, as she got into a defensive stance.

“Ha, do you think just because you know karate that I’m afraid of you?” Octavia said, before she charged at Vinyl.

Vinyl sidestepped Octavia’s first strike, before blocking the second one with her front leg.

“Ow,” she said, rubbing her leg, “That kinda hurt.”

“And it will hurt a lot more if you don’t do the sensible thing and give up,” Octavia said, as she prepared strike at Vinyl once more.

“When have I ever been known to do the sensible thing, Tavi?” Vinyl said, as she focused her magic at the bow.

“Hey! Knock it off!” Octavia said, as she got into a surreal tug-of-war match with Vinyl’s telekinesis magic.  

Vinyl eventually won out, tearing the bow from Octavia’s grasp and flinging it to the side.

“You fool!  You could’ve damaged it!  You’re just trying to give me another reason to hate you right now!” Octavia shouted in a rage, as she resorted to trying to kick Vinyl.

Once again Vinyl was able to either sidestep her blows, or block them.  After a mistimed kick on Octavia’s part, Vinyl was able to knock her off her feet.

“Come on, Tavi.  I don’t want to hurt you,” Vinyl pleaded.

“Oh, but I want to hurt you now.  Especially if it will please Mistress Spiral Swirl,” Octavia said, as she charged at Vinyl like a raging beast.

“Sorry to have to do this then,” Vinyl said, as her horn glowed.  She summoned a bubble with several music notes floating in it.  One by one the notes dissipated, letting off a soft musical tone.  When the last one dissipated the bubble popped and a shockwave accompanied by a loud bass note blasted out of it, striking Octavia and sending her flying.   She crashed to the ground and passed out.

“Sorry about that, Tavi,” Vinyl said, walking over to check on her, “Don’t worry, we’ll get you back to normal soon.”

“You shouldn’t have done that,” a voice from behind her said.

“Huh?” Vinyl said, turning to find the source of the voice.  When she did, she saw Octavia’s hypnotized fellow orchestra members, “Oh, this can’t be good.”





Rainbow Dash hovered over the orchard and looked over at the hypnotized Derpy, who was glaring at her.

“You know you can’t win, Derpy,” Rainbow Dash said, “I’m stronger then you, faster then you, a better flyer then you, and I have a black belt in karate.  You don’t stand a chance.”

“I have something you don’t have,” Derpy said, before Dinky popped out of her mail bag, an arrow already loaded into her magical energy bow.

“Whoa!” Rainbow Dash shouted, as she barely dodged the arrow Dinky fired off, “Two against one?  That’s hardly fair.”

“Fairness went out the window the second you chose to betray Mistress Spiral Swirl,” Derpy said, as she bobbed and weaved across the sky, giving Dinky multiple opportunities to get a clean shot at Rainbow Dash.

After dodging the barrage of arrows, Rainbow Dash counterattacked by kicking a cloud, creating a massive surge of lighting that nearly knocked Derpy out of the sky.

“You didn’t let me finish,” Rainbow Dash said, “Two on one might be unfair, but I’ll take both of you on and win!”

Derpy growled in anger, “Two can play at that game!”

She flew to the nearest cloud and kicked it, only for her attack to backfire as lighting arced forth from the cloud and struck her.

“Guess you should leave things to the professions, huh, Derpy,” Rainbow Dash said smiling.

“Maybe we shouldn’t do that again, mommy,” Dinky said, as she looked up at hers and Derpy’s smoking manes.

“Yup, back to the old plan,” Derpy said, as she flew after Rainbow Dash once more, allowing Dinky to take more shots at her.

“You don’t give up, do you?” Rainbow Dash asked, going into a vertical climb.

“Neither rain, nor snow, nor heat, nor gloom of night, nor muffins will keep me from helping my Mistress achieve her goals,” Derpy said, as she pulled into a vertical climb behind Rainbow Dash.

“You left out freezing rain,” Rainbow Dash said, as she flew through a cloud.  Upon doing so, the cloud turned grey and immediately started pelting Derpy with freezing rain.

“Oh no!” Derpy cried, as she found her wings being weighed down by an icy buildup.  She struggled to gain control, but the buildup became too much and she went into a nosedive towards the orchard.  By the time she reached the ground, she and Dinky were encased in a giant ice cube.

Rainbow Dash landed beside them.

“See, what’d I tell ya?” she said in a boastful tone.  She then noticed a strange whirring sound coming towards her, “Really? Come on?”

She quickly leaped into the air, just barely avoiding Scootaloo’s scooter kamikaze attack and in one fluid motion grabbed the hypnotized filly off the scooter before landing.

“Sorry, squirt, but I easily just won a two on one fight.  You didn’t stand a chance going one on one with me.”

“What about a six on one fight?” Scootaloo said.

“Huh?” Rainbow Dash said, before a hypnotized Thunderlane, Rumble, Flitter, Cloudchaser, and Blossomforth emerged from the shadows, “Oh, I see now.  Well you all can bring it!”



Rarity stood in a small clearing across from Doctor Whooves.

“Well well, if it isn’t Unreliable Rarity,” Doctor Whooves said.

Not approving of her new moniker, she shot him a death glare.

“First you weren’t around to alter my suit for Cranky and Matilda’s wedding…”

“I was fighting a bugbear,” Rarity said in annoyance.

“…and now you’ve broken free of Mistress Spiral Swirl’s hypnotic spell,” he continued.

“You say that like it’s a bad thing,” Rarity said, her annoyance continuing to grow.

“It is a very bad thing, and if you don’t come back with me to be re-enslaved, I’ll be forced to break this,” Doctor Whooves said, holding up an hour glass.

Upon seeing it, Rarity burst out laughing, “Darling, that’s not how you threaten somepony.  That thing is so tacky; you’ll be doing the world a favor by destroying it.”

“If I do, then you’ll be frozen in time.”

Rarity stopped laughing, “What?”

“That’s right, when I break this hourglass, you’ll be frozen in time.  Time will go by normally for everypony else.  Sweetie Belle will grow up, seasons will change, new fashion trends will emerge, but you will remain, unmoving, unaging, unchanging…forever.  In fact, I like the sound of that,” Doctor Whooves said, as he flung the hour glass to the ground.

“Noooo!” Rarity shouted, throwing her hooves up in horror as the hour glass broke into a shower of sparks and sand.  After a few seconds though she realized something, “Wait, I’m not froz…..”

Her words was cut off by Doctor Whooves delivering a surprise kick that knocked the wind out of her.

She coughed and hacked as she recovered from the blow.

“That was a dirty, dirty trick.  How uncivilized,” she declared.

“And you fell for it,” Doctor Whooves said, as he attempted to kick her again.

She dove out of the way of the kick, “Hmmph, if that’s how you’re going to play, I guess it’s time to show you a few tricks I have up my sleeves.”

“You, a fashion designer?” he scoffed, “And what ‘tricks’ might those be?”

“Allow me to enlighten you,” Rarity said, as she cast an illumination spell, causing the tip of her horn to glow with a bright ball of light.

“Gah!” Doctor Whooves cried, as he shielded his eyes with his leg.

Rarity took that opportunity to levitate a green ring from her saddlebag and place it around his raised up leg.

Recovering from being blinded by the light, he looked at the ring in confusion.

“What is this thing?” he asked.

The ring glowed and a small length of crystal grew out of it, covering a part of his leg.

“Great wickering stallions! What is this thing!?” he cried with concern.

“Oh, it’s just a little trick of the trade,” Rarity said, enjoying the moment, “A little thing for clients that want a specialized extra radiant look.  It’s called creeping crystal.”

The ring glowed again, causing the growth of crystals to grow larger, encasing half of Doctor Whooves’ leg.  He attempted to punch Rarity with his unaffected front leg, but she dodged the blow.

 The ring glowed again, and the crystals grew to encase his other front leg and part of his chest.
“Gah! It’s creeping faster!” he cried out.

“It does tend to do that,” Rarity said, as the crystal grew to encase his torso, “I wouldn’t use it if my clients had to wait for a lengthy process.”

Doctor Whooves glared at her, as the crystal encased his back legs.  At that point the ring stopped glowing and became inert.

“Now at this point, I’d carve out around my client the look they specified beforehand, but in your case, I think you’re fine the way you are.”

“And you called my trick dirty,” Doctor Whooves shouted at her, as she started to walk away.

“Normally I wouldn’t sink to such a level, but even my generosity has its limits,” Rarity said.
She continued to walk away, before several loops of yarn wrapped around her, attempting to ensnare her.

“I see you’re going for the ironic approach,” Rarity said, before using her magic to blast away the yarn, “Sorry to spoil your plans, Sweetie Belle.”

“Darn it,” Sweetie Belle said, emerging from the shadows, “I wanted to take you back to Mistress Spiral Swirl.”

“I hate seeing you like this,” Rarity said in disgust, “I can never forgive myself for helping her place you under her spell.”

She heard a twig snap behind her  and turned to see the flower trio standing there.

“Oh no, Rarity’s encased Doctor Whooves in a crystal prison and she won’t let her sister take her back to Mistress Spiral Swirl to be hypnotized again,” Daisy said.

“The horror, the horror!” Lily cried out.

“Come on girls, let’s help her experience a little horror of her own,” Roseluck said.

“Oh you have got to be kidding me!” Rarity shouted.



Applejack ran along a path through the orchard, ducking out of the way of another one of Big Mac’s powerful kicks.

“Come on, Big Mac, we’re family.  Doesn’t that mean anything to you?” she said.

“Nope,” he replied, attempting to kick his sister again.

“Golly, I forgot just how deep of a hold she had on our minds,” Applejack said, as she dodged again.

She continued to run along through the orchard, Big Mac matching her move for move.  When he went to kick her again, she met the kick with a buck of her own, causing the two of them to go flying as a result of the ensuing power clash.

“Whoa nelly, that was a rough one,” Applejack said, getting to her feet, “Whoa!”

She dove out of the way of a wheelbarrow Big Mac had kicked at her.  

“What are you trying to do, take my head off?!” Applejack shouted at him.

“Eeyup,” he said, flashing a sadistic grin at her.

Fearing for her life more then ever, Applejack took off towards a specific part of the orchard.  When she got there, she paused in front of a tree to wait for him.  She didn’t have to wait long.

“You know, Big Mac,” Applejack said, upon seeing him approach, “If I were to be perfectly honest, I reckon I was a much better hypnotized slave to Spiral Swirl then you are.”

Big Mac flared his nostrils at her insult.

“Because no matter how deeply I was hypnotized, I’d still be able to recognize what part of the orchard I was in and know not to stand where you were,” she said, before bucking the tree behind her.  The kick to the tree’s trunk resulted in a hail of zap apples falling on Big Mac, each one delivering its signature shock.

When they were all done, he stood in a state of confusion, his mane standing on end.  He then promptly collapsed to the ground.

“Sorry I had to do that.  That rotten Spiral Swirl’s gonna pay,” Applejack said, before she noticed a movement behind her, “Don’t even think about it!”

“Aw, phooey,” Applebloom said, as she stopped mid-kick from hitting the zap apple tree, “Guess we’ll have to this the hard way.”

Applejack chuckled at her little sister’s attempts to sound tough, “Oh really, and what’s the ‘hard way’”

“We are,” Filthy Rich said, as he, Spoiled Rich, Diamond Tiara, and Silver Spoon emerged from the shadows.

“Awww horse apples,” Applejack muttered.



In another corner of the orchard, Lyra fired a magic blast at the ground in front of Fluttershy.

“Yeep!” Fluttershy cried, as she stepped back.

“Alright, Fluttershy, here’s what’s going to happen, ” Lyra said, emphasizing each word with another magic blast directed at the ground in front of Fluttershy, “You’re going follow me back to the barn, you’re going to be hypnotized by Mistress Spiral Swirl again, and you’re going to help us get your friends back under her control.”

Fluttershy looked at the smoldering blast marks in the ground before saying, “I’m sorry, but I don’t want any of that to happen.”

“I’m sorry, but I thought you’d want to be Mistress Spiral Swirl’s hypnotized slave again,” Lyra said, before firing off another blast.

“Yeeep!” Fluttershy cried again, “No, I don’t.  In fact, there are a lot of things I’d rather be, like a tree or even a vampire fruit bat pony again.”

“Oh, and how is being a vampire fruit bat pony better then being a hypnotized slave?” Lyra said in mocking tone.

“Well for one thing, even after I was no longer a vampire fruit bat pony, they still recognize me as one of their own, and right now they don’t like that you’ve been firing magic blasts at me,” Fluttershy said, as she pointed up with her hoof.

“Huh?” Lyra said, as she looked up to see several pairs of glowing eyes in the trees above.
A series of screeches filled the night as a swarm of vampire fruit bats emerged from the trees and descended upon Lyra.

Lyra screamed in terror as she ran off, pursued by the bats.

“They’re in my mane! They’re in my mane!” she screamed.

Fluttershy watched the scene unfold in front of her and found herself chuckling slightly.
“Oh my, I really shouldn’t laugh at something like that,” she said.

“You really shouldn’t,” a voice from behind her said.

Fluttershy turned around and found herself face to face with Nurse Redheart, Healing Touch, and several other hypnotized nurse ponies.

“Alright girls, let us first do some harm,” Nurse Redheart said, glaring at Fluttershy.

“Yeeep!” Fluttershy cried once more.




Pinkie Pie and Bon Bon stood across from each other, any attempt at a stare down halted by Pinkie insisting on making funny faces.

“This isn’t a fight you can win,” Bon Bon said, “I’m a highly trained operative and loyal slave to Mistress Spiral Swirl.”

“Well I guess you’re right and….Oh my, what the heck is that?!” Pinkie exclaimed, as she pointed to something behind Bon Bon.

“What? What is what?” Bon Bon said, as she turned around, only to find herself face to face with Pinkie Pie.

“Hi, Bon Bon,” Pinkie said happily.

“Pinkie? What? How did you?” Bon Bon said in confusion.

“Oh, I just came to warn you I accidentally spilled a bottle of Mrs. Cake’s Sweet Sweet Ooey Gooey Super Sticky Syrup.  It’s super good, but if we put more then one drop in a recipe it might cause a pony’s mouth to be stuck shut! Then they’d have to go around all ‘mmmph mmmph mmmmmmmmphhhhhh!’” Pinkie said, mimicking a pony with a glued shut mouth.

“Thanks for the warning, now let’s go…” Bon Bon said getting annoyed, before she noticed something wet wash over her legs, “What the?”

She turned her head, only to see Pinkie standing next to an overturned bottle.

“Sorry, Bon Bon,” Pinkie said.

“How did you?” Bon Bon said, growing even more confused.  She tried to move her legs, but found they were stuck fast to the ground, “What is this?”

“I told you, I accidentally spilled a bottle of syrup,” Pinkie said.

“I thought you were telling me about something that happened at the bakery.  Not something you did behind me when you were standing in front of me,” Bon Bon said, still confused over just how Pinkie managed to do all this.

“Nope, sorry about that,” Pinkie said, before turning and walking away, “Sorry I can’t stick around.”

“Pinkie!” Bon Bon shouted in anger over the pun.

Pinkie ignored her and walked away humming.  She stopped dead in her tracks when Ebony Darkness shadow jumped out of her shadow and landed in front of her; she was followed by Shadow Dancer.  

“Where do you think you’re going?” Ebony said, as she used her magic to throw a shuriken into the ground in front of Pinkie.

“Whoa!” Pinkie said, backing up only to bump into another pony behind her.  She turned to see she had bumped into Mr. Cake, who was standing next to Mrs. Cake.

“This party’s just getting started,” Mrs. Cake said.

“I don’t think I like this party,” Pinkie said.




Blissful Trance was still back at the barn, looking down at the orchard.  Down below she could hear the sounds of the simultaneous fights going on.

“What should I do?” she said, thinking out loud, “Should I stay here?  Should I go find Vinyl?  I think I’ve recovered enough; maybe I could go and use my Hypno Magic to free another pony from Spiral Swirl’s hypnosis. Should I…gah!”

Her monologue was cut short by a magic blast knocking her off her feet.  When she got back up, she turned around to see an angry Spiral Swirl glaring at her.  Spiral Swirl’s horn glowed as she fired another magic blast at the young filly, sending her flying.

“Owwwww,” Blissful Trance moaned, as she got back up.

“ ‘She doesn’t like the idea getting inside somepony’s head and taking control so she rarely uses it,’ your sister said that about your Hypno Magic when I first hypnotized her.  When she said that, I felt that since you didn’t live in Ponyville and you didn’t like using your magic, you weren’t a threat to my plans.  Now that I’ve seen the damage you’ve caused, I should’ve removed you from the equation as soon as possible,” Spiral Swirl, before she blasted Blissful Trance again.

What do I do? ?What do I? Wait…I need to do what I’ve been doing all night, using my magic to help ponies.  If she thought I caused damage to her plans before, she hasn’t seen anything yet, Blissful Trance thought with a renewed determination, she shut her eyes and her horn glowed, Focus. Concentrate. Project!

When she reopened her eyes, they were once again grey and red spirals.

“What in the?” Spiral Swirl said.

“Please look into my eyes,” Blissful Trance said.

“Your eyes. They’re…”

“How I hypnotize ponies with my Hypno Magic.  Please look into them and relax for me,” Blissful Trance said, making sure Spiral Swirl wasn’t looking away.

“Yes…relax…” Spiral Swirl said, her voice going quiet.

“Please relax more and more for me.  Let my magic wash over you.  Let yourself go into hypnosis for me, please.”

“Yes…I will…NOT go into hypnosis,” Spiral Swirl said in her normal tone, as she flashed a sadistic grin at Blissful Trance.

“What?!” Blissful Trance said, backing up in shock.

“I can’t believe how naïve you are,” Spiral Swirl said, “Here you’ve been gifted one of the most powerful magics known to unicorn-kind, but you don’t know one of its biggest limitations: unicorns that use Hypno Magic, can’t hypnotize other unicorns that use it.”

“Oh no,” Blissful Trance said, her determination fading away to fear.

“Sure they can use their Hypno Magic to counteract other Hypno Magic users’ hypnosis, as you’ve so annoyingly demonstrated, but they will never be able to hypnotize the hypnotists.  Now then, it’s time to remove you as a threat until I can re-hypnotize those that you’ve freed from my spell and finish enslaving Ponyville,” Spiral Swirl said, her horn glowing bright as she charged an extra powerful magic blast.

“No!” Blissful Trance cried, as she shut her eyes and threw up her front hooves in a vain attempt to shield herself.

She kept that position for a few seconds, finally opening her eyes and lowering her hooves when the impact from the blast never came.  Looking around, she noticed a purple magic shield covering her.

“Where’d that come from?” Blissful Trance asked, before the shield started to fade away.  Once it was gone, she noticed a presence standing next to her.  She let out a small gasp when she saw it was an extremely angry Twilight.

“Spiral Swirl,” Twilight declared, “This madness ends, right now!”
Bad Therapy Part 11
Here we are, the penultimate chapter!  Next up the grand finale!

But first, things!

Here we have the big fight scenes of the unhypnotized ponies vs the hypnotized ponies that had been guarding the barn.

I wanted to make the fights unique to the simple attack attack attack method the mane six employed against Twilight back when they were hypnotized, so I decided to play to their unique abilities, as well as weaponize things like fashion and syrup!  And yes, the creeping crystal is a reference to Avatar the Last Airbender.  Unfortunately when their initial opponents are defeated our heroes find themselves dealing with a "cut the head off a hydra" situation what with 95% of Ponyville still enslaved to Spiral Swirl. 

we also get to learn about Hypno Magic, mainly one of it's biggest limitations, one that Blissful Trance as sadly unaware of.  But no worries, Twilight to the rescue!

As always your thoughts and comments are appreciated!
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Chapter X  Fight Fire with Fire


In the dark Everfree Forest, Twilight found herself practically wrapped around a large tree branch.

Note to self: Teleporting after nearly falling under hypnosis really really messes with my teleportation navigation, she thought, as she freed herself and made her way to ground.

What am I going to do now?  I have to stop her.  But how?  She’s got my friends under her control.  I can’t go to Celestia without the risk of her triggering Luna.  I could go see Cadance and Shining Armor, but she might trigger Luna and have her go to war with the Crystal Empire.  Plus with the baby on the way, I can’t risk them getting hurt or hypnotized.  Uggg.  Who else…Discord?  No, absolutely not.  After he sees what she did to Fluttershy, he might disassemble her molecules, or something else extreme.  Plus, Fluttershy said he’s still out visiting other reality warpers in other dimensions.  His last post card said he was done visiting ‘Triangle Boy’ and was now going to visit ‘Old Letter Head,’ whatever that means.

She sat on a nearby stump to think, and then a realization hit her.

Wait!  There was one pony that wasn’t there under her spell.  Zecora!

Her horn glowed and she disappeared in a flash of light, only for her to reappear in front of Zecora’s hut.  She knocked on the door.

“Zecora!  Boy, am I glad to see you,” Twilight said, her voice filled with relief when the zebra opened her door.

“Princess Twilight, you seem stressed, forgive me for not knowing the source of your duress,” Zecora said, as she beckoned Twilight inside.

“Things are bad in Ponyville,” Twilight said, “An evil psychologist named Spiral Swirl, has been hypnotizing the citizens of Ponyville.  She’s turned almost everypony into her hypnotized slaves, the mayor, my friends, even fillies.  It’s all part of her crazy revenge scheme.  She’s also hypnotized Princess Luna, and…she was a split second from placing me under her spell too.”

“I am thankful you didn’t fall under her spell, the consequences of your hypnosis I care not dwell,” Zecora said, calmly taking in Twilight’s tale of Spiral Swirl.

“Thanks,” Twilight said, smiling at her, “Now I just need to worry about the ponies that have fallen under her spell.  They can’t be reasoned with.  They won’t snap out of it on their own.  They’re a hundred percent loyal to Spiral Swirl.”

Zecora and Twilight thought in silence for a moment before Zecora chimed in, “If freeing the hypnotized ponies is what you desire, then perhaps you might consider fighting fire with fire.”

“Fight fire with fire?” Twilight said in confusion, before she realized what Zecora was getting at, “Of course!  We could counteract Spiral Swirl’s hypno magic with our own hypno magic!”

She then hung her head in despair.

“I just wish I knew some.  Usually after I’ve witnessed a form of magic I can pretty much adapt it and use it almost instantly, but I’ve seen and experienced hypno magic from both Spiral Swirl and Blissful Trance and yet I can’t use it. I know the basics of how it works, but I just don’t know how to properly utilize it.  It is one of the most complicated forms of magic out there I guess….wait!  Blissful Trance!  Of course, she can help us!  She can help free the ponies under Spiral Swirl’s spell!”

Zecora smiled.

“Thank you so much.  My head’s a little scrambled from almost being hypnotized by her still.  By the time I would’ve thought of that on my own, it might have been too late.  I’ll go and get Blissful Trance.  No offense, but would you mind staying here?  The hypnotized ponies will probably be out hunting for those Spiral Swirl hasn’t hypnotized yet.  If they catch you and you fall under her spell you could reveal what we discussed, plus ponies fleeing from their hypnotized friends and family might risk running into the Everfree Forest.  If they do, could you take them in?”

“Twilight Sparkle, your words do no offend, protecting fleeing ponies’ free will I will happily defend,” Zecora said.

“Thank you so much.  I hope it doesn’t come to that and I can put a stop to this very soon.”

Twilight’s horn glowed again and she vanished.  Zecora then walked to the window, watchful of any ponies that might be wondering by.



Blissful Trance yawned as she walked through the darkened kitchen.  She used her magic to pull open the refrigerator door.

Maybe getting something to drink will help me sleep, she thought, as she looked though the contents of the fridge, Lets see here, milk, soda, OJ, purple stuff, mysterious flash of light, oooo Celestia D alright! ….wait what?!

She turned around to investigate the source of the flash of light she had seen out of the corner of her eye.

“P…Princess Twilight,” she stammered in her usual quiet voice, she immediately went into a slight bow.

“Sorry to startle you, Blissful Trance,” Twilight said, “But, I need your help.”

“My help?” Blissful Trance said, completely confused.

“Yes,” Twilight said, before recapping what was going on in Ponyville.

“That’s terrible! How could anypony do such a thing?” Blissful Trance said sadly, “She…she just took over ponies minds?”

“Yes, they’ve been turned into her hypnotized slaves.”

Blissful Trance hung her head.

“But that’s why I’ve come here.  I believe you can help break the spell.”

Blissful Trance began pacing back and forth, trying to wrap her head around what Twilight had just said to her.

“When we talked during the magic exam, you said you hoped you would be able to use your hypno magic for good one day.  Well, I think today is that day.  We can use your hypno magic to counteract hers and bring her reign of terror to an end.”

“I…I…I don’t know.  I’m not that powerful,” Blissful Trance said sadly.

“Yes you are,” Twilight said, smiling at her, “Your magic works differently then hers.  Yours is more visual and instantaneous.  Hers is more vocal and drawn out, which should give you an edge.  Plus, I’ve experienced both your hypno magics firsthand and I do believe you have the stronger magic.  Plus there’s one final factor.”

“What’s that?”

“That even though the ponies she’s hypnotized have become her hypnotized slaves, I’m sure there’s still a part of them, even if it’s minuscule, deep down that realizes what’s happening is wrong and would much rather be under your spell then hers.”

Before Blissful Trance could respond, the front door burst open and Vinyl Scratch stepped inside.  Upon noticing the pair, a sadistic smile spread across her face.

“Princess Twilight, I don’t recall giving you permission to enter my home,” she said, her voice filled with malice, “But I guess it’s for the best.  I came here to get my bass cannon to deal with you, but now if you’ll come quietly I’ll take you and Blissful Trance to be hypnotized by Mistress Spiral Swirl together.”

“Vinyl, how could you say something like that,” Blissful Trance said, tears welling in her eyes.

Twilight stepped in front of her.

“Don’t worry, that’s just the hypnosis talking.  I won’t let her hurt you,” Twilight said, as her horn glowed and she fired a ball of magic at Vinyl.  When the ball made contact it absorbed into Vinyl’s body before a series of green electrical streams crackled around her body.

“Hey! What gives, I can’t move!” Vinyl shouted in annoyance.

“What did you do her!?” Blissful Trance cried in horror.

“Don’t worry, it’s just a simple stun spell. It will wear off soon,” Twilight said, as she used her magic to remove Vinyl’s sunglasses.

Blissful Trance gasped upon seeing her sister’s black and white spiral eyes.

“That’s Spiral Swirl’s trademark.  Everypony she’s enslaved has them,” Twilight said.

“And you’ll have them soon too, princess,” Vinyl said, sneering at her, “Along with all the ponies in Ponyville.”

“I…I….I’ll do it,” Blissful Trance said with quiet determination, finally having enough of Vinyl’s brainwashed mantra, “I can’t stand seeing Vinyl like this.  I don’t want everypony in Ponyville to be hypnotized.  I’ll do my best to break the spell.”

Twilight smiled and placed her hoof on Blissful Trance, “Thank you.”

“Don’t worry Vinyl, I’ll free you first,” Blissful Trance said, as her horn glowed.

Focus.  Concentrate.  Project. she thought, as she closed her eyes.  She repeated the mantra again before opening her eyes, revealing them to be red and grey spirals.

“Vinyl, please look into my eyes,” Blissful Trance said.

“Ha!  This will never work.  I am a loyal slave to Mistress Spiral Swirl.  You can’t change that,” Vinyl said, her eyes locking on Blissful Trance’s.

“Please look into my eyes and relax.  Listen to me.  I want to help you.  Let my magic in.”

“Urgh….No!  What’s happening?” Vinyl said, as her body began to relax.

“Please.  Just look into my spiral eyes.  Fall under my spell, not hers.  Go into my hypnosis, Vinyl,” Blissful Trance pleaded.

“I…I…I…I am hypnotized by you Bliss, not Spiral Swirl,” Vinyl said, her eyes turned into black, white, red, and grey spirals for a split second before morphing into red and grey spirals, like those in Blissful Trance’s eyes.

“Did…did it really work?” Blissful Trance said, her eyes returning to normal.

“Yup.  I am completely under your hypnotic spell, Bliss,” Vinyl said, a smile formed across her face.

“I…I should wake her up,” Blissful Trance said, not wanting to keep her sister under hypnosis longer then she needed to.

“Wait, I want to ask her a few things,” Twilight said, “Spiral Swirl may have given her some commands that she might not remember if she comes out of hypnosis.”

“Oh…okay.  Um Vinyl, Princes Twilight has a few things to ask you.  Please answer her okay?”

“Sure thing, Bliss,” Vinyl replied.

“Vinyl Scratch, did Spiral Swirl give you any new commands after I teleported away from the barn?”

“Yes, to hunt you down, along with any other non-hypnotized pony in Ponyville and bring them back to her to be hypnotized.  You were given top priority though. She commanded a few of us to stay behind, but I didn’t notice who volunteered.”

“It’s just like I feared,  all those ponies not under her spell yet being dragged away or chased by her hypnotized slaves,” Twilight said, her anger at Spiral Swirl growing, “How long have you been under Spiral Swirl’s spell anyways?”

“A few weeks, but not all the time.  She gave me and every other pony she hypnotized a trigger phrase to bring us back under her control,” Vinyl replied.

“A trigger phrase? What was it?”

“ ‘Trance time,’ if she said or wrote that, we instantly fell back under hypnosis.”

“That’s definitely a liability.  Blissful Trance, she’s under your spell now, remove that trigger.”

“Oh, um okay,” Blissful Trance said, caught off guard by the request, “Um Vinyl, the phrase ‘Trance time’ no longer works on you.  If Spiral Swirl says it to you, you will no longer fall back under her hypnotic control.”

“Yes, her trigger phrase no longer works on me,” Vinyl said, flashing a satisfied smile.

“Are…are you all done? Can I please wake her up?” Blissful Trance pleaded.

“Yes, of course you can,” Twilight said, realizing how utterly uncomfortable she was with having her sister under her hypnotic spell.

“Vinyl, please wake up,” Blissful Trance said.

The spirals faded from Vinyl’s eyes and she shook off the effects of the hypnosis.

“Whoa!  My brain hasn’t felt like that since I tried that super subwoofer,” she said.

“Are you okay?” Blissful Trance said, running over to her.

“I’m better then okay, I’m free,” Vinyl said, smiling at her, “And it’s all thanks to you.  You broke that messed up psychologist’s hold over me; you’re an even cooler sister then ever.”

Blissful Trance smiled at the compliment.

“But what now?  I can’t possibly do that to everypony in Ponyville,” she said, the lack of confidence returning to her quiet voice.

“I wouldn’t dare place a burden on you like that,” Twilight said, “What we need to focus on is freeing Applejack, Rarity, Pinkie, Rainbow Dash, and Fluttershy from her control.  She might have Princess Luna, but without the other Elements of Harmony as her slaves, we just might have an edge.  Sorry to push you like this, but we need to move.”

“Hold it right there Twilight,” Vinyl said, “I’m gonna have to come along.  Bliss is my responsibility after all.”

“Um, okay,” Twilight said, shocked to hear Vinyl take on an air of responsibly.

Vinyl then put back on her sunglasses

“Plus, I can go undercover if I need to.  All hail, Mistress Spiral Swirl, etc. ect.” she said in a mock monotone.

“Let’s go,” Twilight said, as the three of them set out.




Applejack and Rainbow Dash walked along the darkened streets of Ponyville.

“Hey Twilight! Come out, come out wherever you are!” Rainbow Dash cried out.

“Do you really think that’s going to work?” Applejack asked in a sarcastic tone.

“I don’t see you coming up with any other ideas.”

“Look, we shouldn’t fight.  We should focus on doing what Mistress Spiral Swirl commanded us to do.”

“Right, we must obey Mistress Spiral Swirl,” Rainbow Dash said.

“Pssst. Rainbow Dash, Applejack,” a voice from behind them said.

They both turned around to see Vinyl Scratch standing behind them.

“Vinyl? What’s up?” Rainbow Dash said.

“I found her!  I found Princess Twilight,” Vinyl said.

“Really? Where?” Applejack and Rainbow Dash said in unison.

“Down that alley over there.  She still looks dazed from when Mistress Spiral Swirl tried to hypnotize her,” Vinyl said, “excitement” filling her voice, “If we go after her together we might just have a chance.”

“Sounds good to me,” Applejack said.

“Mistress Spiral Swirl will be so proud of us,” Rainbow Dash said.

They quietly made their way down the alley.

“She was behind those trash cans.  On three let’s get her,” Vinyl said, “One. Two.”

“Three!” Twilight said, as she jumped out from behind the trash cans and fired off a couple of stun spells, hitting both Rainbow Dash and Applejack.

“What in tarnation is going on? I can’t move!” Applejack said, as the green streams of energy crackled over her body.

“Vinyl, you traitor,” Rainbow Dash said, angrily.

“You can come out Blissful Trance,” Twilight said.

Blissful Trance emerged from behind the trash cans.

“What’s with the kid?” Rainbow Dash said.

“Oh you’ll see,” Twilight said, “Ready, Blissful Trance?”

“I…I guess so,” Blissful Trance said, closing her eyes.

Focus. Concentrate. Project. she thought, as her horn glowed.

When she opened her eyes again, the red and grey spirals were once more present in them.

“Please look into my eyes,” she said, as she looked towards Applejack and Rainbow Dash.

“Erg, no. What are you doing?” Rainbow Dash said.

“Can’t…look away,” Applejack said.

“Please look into my eyes.  You’re both relaxing for me,” Blissful Trance said, “Let the spirals calm you.  Let them loosen Spiral Swirl’s control.”

“No…can’t…” Applejack said.

“I…must…obey… Spiral…Swirl…I must obey…Spi…Bli…” Rainbow Dash stammered.

“Please let me help you,” Blissful Trance pleaded, “Please let my magic in.  Please go into my hypnosis.”

Rainbow Dash’s and Applejack’s eyes flashed black, white, grey and red spirals for a split second, before they morphed into red and grey ones.

“Yes, I will go into your hypnosis,” Applejack said.

“I must obey Spiral…Swirl. I must…I must obey…Blissful Trance,” Rainbow Dash said.

I hate it when they say they must obey me, but I guess I’ll have to make an exception tonight I guess, Blissful Trance thought.

She then breathed a sigh of relief as her eyes turned back to normal, “Um, Princess Twilight might have something to ask you guys.  Please answer her.”

“Of course, Blissful Trance,” the two replied.

“Do you know where the Rarity and our other friends got to?” Twilight asked.

“Rarity said she was going to hunt for you at your castle,” Applejack said.

“And I saw Pinkie Pie heading towards Sugar Cube Corner.  I don’t know why though,” Rainbow Dash said, “I have no idea about Fluttershy’s whereabouts.”

“It’s a start at least,” Twilight said, “Alright, get rid of their triggers and wake them up please.”

“Yes, of course,” Blissful Trance said, “Listen to me carefully please, your trigger phrases from Spiral Swirl will no longer work on you.”

“’Trance time’ will no longer work on me,” Rainbow Dash and Applejack said in unison once more, “If I hear Spiral Swirl say it, I will not fall back under her hypnosis.”

“Thank you, now please wake up,” Blissful Trance said.

The spirals faded from their eyes and they began to shake off the effects of the hypnosis.

“Whoa nelly, my brain feels like it’s been in a stampede,” Appplejack said, “Sorry bout attacking you earlier, Twi.”

“That’s okay, you weren’t yourself,” Twilight said, thankful for her friends being back to normal.

“You did good, squirt,” Rainbow Dash said, tussling Blissful Trance’s mane with her hoof, “Uh hey, Twilight.  How come you didn’t teleport or use that stun spell earlier?”

“Well, I was kind of in a state of shock from learning almost the whole town had been enslaved by Spiral Swirl and then being attacked by my friends,” Twilight replied, slightly annoyed.

“Oh yeah…sorry.” Rainbow Dash said sheepishly.

“Where to next?” Vinyl said.

“The castle,” Twilight said, before the night air was filled with a pony in the distance asking what their family member was doing and where they were taking them.

Twilight restrained Rainbow Dash from darting off to help with her magic, “And quickly.”



Rarity wondered around the map room of the castle.

“Twilight.  Oh, Twilight.  Where are you darling?” she said, before turning her attention towards some approaching footsteps.

Spike walked into the room yawning and stretching.

“Oh hi, Rarity,” he said upon seeing her.

“Oh hello, Spike,” she said smiling, “Have you seen Twilight by chance?”

“Not since she left to go see if there might be some sort of secret party at Sweet Apple Acres,” he said.

“That’s a shame.”

“Uh, what’s up with your eyes? They’re making me a little dizzy looking at them,” Spike said.

“Oh, these are simply the latest trend sweeping Ponyville,” she said, as she focused her magic on the young dragon, levitating him over to her, “I must take you to Mistress Spiral Swirl so she can fix you up.”

“That…that’s okay,” Spike said, getting nervous.

“Put him down, Rarity,” Twilight said, as she and the others entered the room.

“Why, Twilight,” she said, “I do hope you came to do the fashionable thing and surrender peacefully.”

“Sorry, that’s not going to happen,” Twilight said.

“Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Vinyl, would you mind assisting me in apprehending… Wait…you’re not under Mistress Spiral Swirl’s hypnotic spell anymore.  You traitors!”

Her anger caused her to lose her concentration on the levitation spell and Spike fell to the ground.

“Owwww,” he moaned, “Why does that keep happening to me?”

“Well, it looks like we’re going to have to go through another uncouth fight then,” Rarity said, getting ready to fight Twilight and the others.

“Nope,” Twilight said, as she fired off a stun spell.

Rarity attempted to dodge, but it found its mark and rendered her immobile.

“Urgh, what’s going on?” Rarity demanded.

“The end of Spiral Swirl’s reign of terror,” Twilight said, “Blissful Trance, please do your thing.”

Blissful Trance nodded, as she walked towards Rarity, eyes closed, horn glowing, and repeating her mantra in her head.  When she opened her eyes she stared into Rarity’s with her red and grey spirals.

“Sorry darling, but red and grey are out this season,” Rarity said.

“Please don’t say that.  They’re very important and I need you to look into them,” Blissful Trance said.

“I…guess…they are sort of pretty,” Rarity said.

“Yes they are.  Please look into them and watch them swirl around and around,” Blissful Trance said, taking advantage of Rarity now finding the spirals to be pretty.

“Yes…around and around….they’re so…so…”

“Hypnotic,” Blissful Trance said, completing her sentence, “Please let them hypnotize you.  Let my hypnosis into your mind, not Spiral Swirl’s.”

“Yes…yes…let your hypnosis in….it’s….so…much more…fashionable, Ms. Trance,” Rarity said as she slipped free from Spiral Swirl’s control and under Blissful Trance’s influence.

Blissful Trance took a few deep breaths once she finished up.

“Are you okay?” Twilight asked.

“I’m fine,” Blissful Trance said, flashing a shy smile, “I just need to keep ‘doing my thing.’  Rarity, your trigger from Spiral Swirl doesn’t work on you anymore.”

“Of course, Ms. Trance,” Rarity said, “It’s not red and grey that are so last season, it’s ‘Trance time’ that is.”

“Thank you, now please wake up,” Blissful Trance said.

Rarity shook her head as she came out of her trance.

“I can’t believe that horrid Dr. Spiral Swirl,” she said, seething with anger, “Not only did she make me restrain Sweetie Belle so she could hypnotize her, she also made me attack you, Twilight, and she made me make her a dress for free.”

Her last comment caused the others to stare at her.

“Really?” Applejack chimed in.

“I used a lot of expensive materials in that dress, even my generosity has its limits,” Rarity protested.

“What matters is that you’re free from her control,” Twilight said, “Now let’s get moving.  Hopefully Pinkie is still at Sugar Cube Corner.”

“Right!” the others called out.



Pinkie smiled at the creation she had just pulled out of the oven, it was a perfect replica of Spiral Swirl’s pocket watch in cake form.  She hummed and danced as she put the finishing touches on various other hypnosis themed treats.  She paused when she heard the bell ring when the door to Sugar Cube Corner was closed.

“Sorry we’re closed…unless you’re Mistress Spiral Swirl,” she said sing-songally.

“What in the world are you doing, Pinkie?” Rainbow Dash asked, as she and the others entered the kitchen.

“Well…I know Mistress Spiral Swirl commanded us to round up non-hypnotized ponies, especially Twilight.  Then I realized, with so many ponies out there looking for ponies that needed to be hypnotized, this would be the perfect opportunity to prepare for Mistress Spiral Swirls’ victory surprise party.  I feel so bad she didn’t get a proper ‘Welcome to Ponyville’ surprise party, because she commanded me to give her a nice simple one, that I wanted to have a huge surprise party for her when she finished hypnotizing all the ponies in Ponyville.  But since Twilight’s here now, I just absolutely need to obey her and bring Twilight to her,” Pinkie said, talking in her usual rapid fire manor before picking up a spare cake and throwing it towards Twilight.

“Sorry, Pinkie,” Twilight said, as she used her magic to stop the cake mid flight, “But the party’s been cancelled.”

Pinkie picked up another piece of edible ammo to throw at Twilight, but was stopped by Twilight’s stun spell hitting her.

“Are you sure it’s safe to use that on her?  She might explode from to much pent-up energy,” Applejack said.

“I sure hope not,” Twilight said, as she noticed Pinkie was actually starting to vibrate a little, “Uh, Blissful Trance, you better act quickly.”

“S…sure,” Blissful Trance said, as she began to prepare her usual routine, nervous about the vibrating Pinkie Pie as well.

Once everything was in order she looked towards Pinkie Pie with her red and grey spiral eyes.

“Um, Pinkie Pie, please look into my eyes,” she said, her quiet voice having a trace of tiredness to it, “Look into them for me please.”

“Wow!  Your eyes are all swirly and whirly too!” Pinkie said excitedly, “And they’re much more colorful then the ones Mistress Spiral Swirl gave me.  Hey they’re red and grey! Are you a Tolfetano Tornadoes fan?”

“What? Um…no, not really,” Blissful Trance said in confusion.

“That’s a shame, they’re doing really good this year,” Pinkie said.

“Um, please just relax for me, Pinkie Pie,” Blissful Trance said, “Please relax and listen to my voice.”

“Hey, you’re being so nice.  When Mistress Spiral Swirl said ‘please’ she was kinda annoyed with me.  Wait…are you trying to hypnotize me too?”

“Uhhhh…yes,” Blissful Trance said, not wanting lie as well as being unsure how to respond.

“Well, you’re doing a great job, I feel so relaxed,” Pinkie said.

“Th…thank you.  Um, please relax even more.  Let my Hypno Magic take over.  Let me free you from Spiral Swirl’s control.”

“Let….let your Hypno Magic take over? Yes…that sounds like fun,” Pinkie said, as her eyes morphed into black, white, red, and grey spirals before settling on red and grey ones, “…….yup I was right.  I feel so blissful.  Hey! Your name’s Blissful Trance! And I’m in a blissful trance, isn’t that funny?”

“I guess so,” Blissful Trance said, as her eyes returned to normal. She breathed another deep breath as she wiped away some sweat with her hoof.

“You okay, Bliss?” Vinyl said with some concern.

“You can stop at anytime. I don’t want you overexerting yourself,” Twilight said, “You’ve already done so much.”

“I’m fine,” Blissful Trance said, flashing them a tired smile, “Um, Pinkie Pie, your trigger phrase from Spiral Swirl will no longer affect you.”

“Okie dokie loki,” Pinkie Pie said, “Do you want to give me a trigger phrase?  They’re a lot of fun, like a surprise for your brain.  One minute you’re yourself and then boom, you’re a hypnotized slave again.”

“Absolutely not,” Blissful Trance said in horror, “Please wake up from your hypnosis.”

The spirals faded from Pinkie’s eyes and immediately got on her knees in front of Twilight.

“Oh, Twilight, I’m so sorry.   I didn’t mean all those bad things I did to you, it was all meanie Spiral Swirl’s fault.”

“I know that, Pinkie,” Twilight said, “You’re back to your normal self now.  That’s what matters most.”

Pinkie immediately perked up, “So what now?”

“Now we track down Fluttershy,” Twilight said, as she stepped outside Sugar Cube Corner.
 
Her journey was short lived, as something small and furry leaped out of the shadows and latched onto her face.

“AAAAAA! Get it off! Get it off! Get it off!” Twilight screamed, as she stumbled back into Sugar Cube Corner.

Rarity quickly used her magic to tear the enraged creature off Twilight’s face, before stuffing it into a drawer.

“Th….thanks, Rarity,” Twilight said, catching her breath.

“Where the heck did he come from?” Applejack said.

“Good job, Angel,” Fluttershy said, as she stepped into the doorway, “I guess we didn’t need to get Winona after all….uh where did you go, Angel?”

“You were going to steal Winona for your Twilight hunt?” Applejack said in disgust.

“I’m sorry, I would’ve asked if I knew where you had gone,” Fluttershy said, “But had I known you weren’t under Mistress Spiral Swirl’s spell anymore I wouldn’t have worried about asking.”

“What in the world happened to Angel?” Rainbow Dash asked, as she watched Twilight still struggling to catch her breath.

“Oh, I used ‘the stare’ augmented by the spirals in my eyes to turn him into a loyal attack bunny,” Fluttershy said.

“And now we’re gonna use some spiral eyes to return your loyalty to normal,” Twilight said, as she fired off a stun spell, still slightly frustrated at Angel’s attack.

Fluttershy cried out when the spell hit her and she found herself suddenly unable to move.

“I’m sorry; I didn’t mean to make you mad.  I was just doing my best to serve Mistress Spiral Swirl.”

“I’m not mad at you; I’m mad at Spiral Swirl,” Twilight said, “Blissful Trance, please help us out one last time.”

“Of course,” Blissful Trance said.

Focus. Concentrate. Project. Focus. Concentrate. Project. Focus. Concentrate. Project. she thought, finding herself needing to repeat the mantra more then normal due to the draining affect her previous uses had had on her.  Still when she opened her eyes, the spirals were once again in them.

“Please look into my eyes and relax,” Blissful Trance said.

“Oh, my goodness,” Fluttershy said, as she locked eyes with Blissful Trance.

“Relax for me, please.  Let me free you from her control.  Let my hypnosis take hold.”
“I…I…I really shouldn’t, but…it feels so…right…” Fluttershy said.

“Thank you, I want to do the right thing and help ponies.  Let me help you by hypnotizing you,” Blissful Trance pleaded.

“Yes…helping ponies…is the right thing.  Being hypnotized by you….is the right thing.  I will be hypnotized by you,” Fluttershy said, smiling as she fell under Blissful Trance’s spell.

Blissful Trance smiled upon seeing Fluttershy’s eyes become red and grey spirals, right before she passed out.

“Bliss!” Vinyl cried out.

“Oh my goodness, what happened?!” Rarity said, as she and the others went to help the young filly.
“She burned herself out I think,” Rainbow Dash said.

After a few minutes Blissful Trance’s eyes opened back up and she cautiously got to her feet.

“Are you okay, Bliss?” Vinyl asked.

“Y…yes. I think so,” Blissful Trance said.

“That was very dangerous,” Twilight said, “You should’ve told us the multiple uses of Hypno Magic was wearing you out.”

“I know…I just wanted to help…free all your friends,” Blissful Trance said still slightly out of breath.

“We would’ve been fine with just the five element bearers not under her influence. You’ve already done so much for us, you don’t need to push yourself beyond your limits,” Twilight said, “But you pushed yourself for all the right reasons, so…I’m not sure what to feel right now.”

“Well I’m feeling an urge to buck Spiral Swirl in her stupid face right now,” Vinyl said.

“I’ll second that,” Applejack said.

“Let’s focus on beating up Spiral Swirl when Fluttershy’s back to normal,” Rainbow Dash said, pointing to the smiling spiral eyed Fluttershy.

“Oh no, how long was I out? How long was she like this?” Blissful Trance said, worried about having a pony under her spell longer then necessary.

“Only a few minutes,” Twilight said, “And remember what Sweetie Belle said, being under your spell is a very pleasant experience.”

“I know, I just don’t want them to be under it for too long,” Blissful Trance said, “Um, Ms. Fluttershy, your trigger phrase from Spiral Swirl will no longer work on you.”

“I understand.  I am free from the effects of the phrase ‘trance time,’” Fluttershy said, her quiet voice now a monotone.

“Please wake up for me,” Blissful Trance said.

“Oh my goodness,” Fluttershy said, as the spirals faded from her eyes, “That may have only been a few minutes, but I definitely liked being hypnotized by you a lot more then by Dr. Spiral Swirl.”
Blissful Trance smiled at her compliment.

“Alright, let’s go get the ‘good’ doctor,” Applejack said.

“What about Bliss and I?” Vinyl said.

“I’m sorry, but even though she’s worn out, it might be best for you two to come with us.  You could be attacked for not being hypnotized anymore, and if word gets out about what she’s been able to do, there could be real trouble,” Twilight said.

“I understand,” Blissful Trance said.

“Then let’s go!” Twilight said.



The trek to Sweet Apple Acres was long and slow, since they had to slip into a hiding spot every so often to avoid the occasional hypnotized pony passing by, searching for Twilight and other victims for Spiral Swirl.

Eventually they made it to the farm and up to the barn where Spiral Swirl was waiting on word from her slaves.

“Looks clear,” Applejack said, as the group approached it.

“Not so fast,” Lyra said, as she, Bon Bon, Octavia, Derpy, Doctor Whooves, Big Mac, and Bulk Biceps emerged from the shadows.

“Vinyl, I’ve known you to be many things. Loud, messy, but I never figured you would be a traitor,” Octavia said.

“Okay, even though it’s because I’m not a hypnotized slave anymore, I’m kinda getting sick of being called a traitor,” Vinyl said.

“Twilight, just stun these guys so we can get this over with,” Rainbow Dash said.

“Right,” Twilight said, as her horn glowed.

Before she could cast the spell, the hypnotized ponies let out a collective, “Rargah!” as they performed a flying leap.  Each one tackled their own target and they all proceeded to fly or tumble down into the orchard below.

Having found herself spared by ducking out of the way, Blissful Trance turned to look for any signs of life.

“Vinyl? Princess Twilight? ….uh oh,” she said.
Bad Therapy Part 10
And so we enter part ten where there is at last a bit of light in the darkness.

Blissful Trance steps up in a big way to let her good hypnosis finally start freeing ponies from Spiral Swirl's evil hypnosis.  I wanted to make her hypnosis seem as pure as possible, with her over abundance of saying "please" to her hypnosis subjects and not wanting them to be under her power for too long.  Even though she can counteract Spiral Swirl's hypnosis, she's still just a filly and gets burned out easily as you can see.  And yes I did have her reenact that old Sunny D commercial XD

Plus I gave Twilight a new powerful spell in the form of her stun spell, that I tried to give some unique flare to.

With the mane six now free along with Vinyl the showdown will soon commence, though not before them having to deal with Spiral Swirl's hypnotized "elite guard, in the form of the hypnotized background ponies. 

I wanted to bring in Zecora too, but not to be hypnotized, but to be more like a mentor style figure to Twilight as she sets about undoing what Spiral Swirl has done.

As always please comment and let me know your thoughts my friends.
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Extra Credit

By Rathbane


A unicorn filly wandered across a school yard looking for something.  She had a teal coat, long straight navy blue mane, and grey eyes.  Her cutie mark was a pocket watch overlapping a black and white spiral.  Spotting another unicorn filly by some bushes at the far end of the school yard, she ran over to her.

“Hi, Beachcomber,” she said happily, running up to the unicorn, who had a peach colored coat, long pink mane with a starfish in it, green eyes, and a cutie mark that was a bucket and pail and a scuba mask with a snorkel.

“Hi, Spiral Swirl,” Beachcomber said happy to see the other unicorn.

“Did you have a good spring break?” Spiral Swirl asked.

“I sure did.  We went to Palomino Point Beach.  I found this while we were there,” Beachcomber said, as she used her magic to lift a giant conch shell out of her saddle bag.

“Wow!” Spiral Swirl said in awe, “Where did you find that thing?”

“On the ocean floor while I was out snorkeling. Did anything exciting happen to you on your break?”

“Well….” Spiral Swirl started to say.

“Oh my gosh!  You got your cutie mark!” Beachcomber said excitedly, finally noticing the pocket watch with spiral mark on her friend’s flank.

“Yup, I got it the second day of break.”

“It’s pretty neat looking.”

“Thanks,” Spiral Swirl said, smiling, “And not only did I get my cutie mark, I awakened a rare magic within myself.  It’s called Hypno Magic.”

“Hypno Magic?” Beachcomber said in confusion, “What’s it do?”

“Well, with it I can put ponies into a state called hypnosis.  Once they’re under my spell, they will pretty much do whatever I tell them to do.”

“That sounds kinda evil,” Beachcomber said, unintentionally backing away from her friend a little.

“I know, but I want to use it to help ponies.”

Beachcomber breathed a sigh of relief, before adding, “So when is your Cuteceanera?”

“Next week, but my mom, sister, and I did a family celebration last week.  Mom got a huge bonus on her last research paper, so we went to a nice restaurant and she gave me this,” Spiral Swirl said, as she lifted a gold pocket watch out of her saddle bag with her magic.

“It’s so pretty,” Beachcomber said, “It looks just like the one on your cutiemark.”

Spiral Swirl smiled at her compliment, as she put the watch back in her saddlebag.

“I did some research and apparently a pony uses a pocket watch in her entertainment hypnosis shows in Las Pegasus, so I’m going to use this with my Hypno Magic.”

“That’s pretty neat,” Beachcomber said, her nervousness over Spiral Swirl’s Hypno Magic having given way to curiosity.

“I practiced on Inside Scoop the other night, I helped her get over being so nervous when she interviews ponies for the school paper….and I kinda told her she’d share her frozen fudge bars with me from now on.”

“You got your sister to share her fudge bars with you?” Beachcomber said in shock, “You really can make ponies do anything you tell them.”

Before Spiral Swirl could reply, a colt with a blue coat, green mane, and a barbell cutie mark crashed through the bushes, startling them.

“Well well, if it isn’t nerd squad,” he said.

“Go away, Iron Hoof,” Beachcomber said.

“I’m just here for what’s mine, your lunch money.”

“It’s free pizza day, we didn’t bring any lunch money.  Nopony did,” Spiral Swirl said.

“Well I guess I’ll just take something else then,” Iron Hoof said, as he snatched Beachcombers saddlebag and took out the giant sea shell, “Like this stupid looking thing.”

“Hey, give that back!” Beachcomber shouted, trying to pull the shell away from him with her magic, but his grip was too strong.

Spiral Swirl watched the scene unfolding in front of her, scared for her friend’s safety she thought, I guess it’s time to start using my Hypno Magic to help ponies, mainly us.

“Hey, Iron Hoof, I think I have something you might like better,” Spiral Swirl said.

“Oh yeah, what?” Iron Hoof said, releasing his grip on the shell.

“Check this out,” Spiral Swirl said, as she used her magic to levitate her pocket watch out of her saddle bag.  This time she levitated it by its chain, so that it swung back and forth in front of Iron Hoof’s eyes.

“Heh, you’re right.  That looks a lot more valuable then some dumb shell,” Iron Hoof said, his eyes locking on the swinging watch.

“That’s right.  So just keep looking at it.  Look at it swing back and forth.”

“What…what are talking about?   I don’t want to look at it.  I want you to give it to me.”

“And I want you to watch the watch.  Watch it swing.  You can’t look away from it.”

“Can’t…can’t look away,” Iron Hoof said.

“Watch the watch and listen to me.  You can only hear my voice.”

“Only hear…your voice,” Iron Hoof said, all the emotion draining from his voice.

“You’re falling under the spell of my Hypno Magic.  You’re going into hypnosis.  You’re hypnotized in three….two…one,” Spiral Swirl said, finishing up her slightly improvised induction.
At her count of one, Iron Hoof’s eyes morphed into black and white spirals.

“You’re now hypnotized.  You must do what I say,” Spiral Swirl said, putting away her watch.

“I am hypnotized.  I must do what you say,” Iron Hoof said in unison with another voice.

“Huh?” Spiral Swirl said in confusion, before looking around and seeing Beachcomber standing beside her with spirals in her eyes too.

“Oh no, Beachcomber!” Spiral Swirl said in a panic, as she turned to her friend, “Wake up, Beachcomber!”

“Huh, wha?” Beachcomber said in confusion, as the spirals faded from her eyes, “What happened?”

“I guess I accidentally hypnotized you too.  I’m so sorry,” Spiral Swirl said.

“It’s okay.  I looked at your watch when you were swinging it by mistake.  You’re right, when I fell under your spell; all I wanted to do was obey you.”

“I’m so sorry,” Spiral Swirl repeated.

“Sooooo, what are you gonna do with him?” Beachcomber said, pointing to the hypnotized Iron Hoof, “Are you going to make him leave us alone.”

“Hmmmm, actually I have a better idea,” Spiral Swirl said smiling, “Iron Hoof, we’re sick and tired of being scared of you.  So from now on, you will be scared of Beachcomber and me.  Do you understand?”

“Yes, I understand,” Iron Hoof replied.

“Then I want you to forget what happened to you and wake up,” Spiral Swirl commanded.

The spirals faded from Iron Hoof’s eyes and he shook his head, attempting to shake off the effects of the hypnosis.

When he was done he looked at Beachcomber and Spiral Swirl and gasped.

Before he could fully react, two more colts burst through the bushes.

“Hey good job finding the dweeb duo,” one of them said.

“Yeah, let’s have some fun with them.  Three on two sounds totally fair,” the other said.

“Are you guys nuts!?” Iron Hoof said, “That’s Beachcomber and Spiral Swirl you’re talking about.  They’re the two scariest ponies in school.  I gotta get out of here.”

Spiral Swirl and Beachcomber giggled as he ran off in a panic.

“Did…did he just say those two are scary?” one of the colts said.

“Yeah, he did,” the other said, before sighing in annoyance, “Looks like we’re gonna have to beat him up now.”

Beachcomber and Spiral Swirl watched them run after Iron Hoof.

“Looks like today got a lot more interesting,” Spiral Swirl said.

“Yeah, they’re in for a surprise when they realize that he’s still the same tough pony even though he’s scared of us now,” Beachcomber said, “So what do you think the rest of the day will be like?”

“Probably pretty easy….except…history…ugh.”

“Ugh…you’re right.  I definitely didn’t miss Ms. High Standards.”

“I wonder why she has it in for me?” Spiral Swirl said, “I can’t afford another bad grade.”
“Me either,” Beachcomber said.



The ringing of the school bell prompted them to head into the school for the start of the day.  Spiral Swirl’s prediction of the rest of the day being easy came to be pretty true, unfortunately so did her dread about the last class of the day, her history class.

While she and the other students sat in their desks, a unicorn mare with a red coat, purple eyes, a long, slightly unruly mane, and a cutie mark composed of a pencil and a piece of chalk, paced back and forth in front of them.

“Students, I have graded the tests you took before spring break.  I am impressed by some of you.  Others….not so much,” she said, as she used her magic to hand the tests back to the students.

Oh no! Spiral Swirl thought, as she saw her grade.

It was a D plus, with the added insult of a note saying ‘see me after class!’

How is this possible? Spiral Swirl thought, I studied like crazy.  I know some of these answers have to be right.

Acting as stealthily as possible she double checked her answers with her text book during Ms. High Standard’s lecture.  To her shock all of her answers were right.

What? Spiral Swirl thought.


Once class was over, Spiral Swirl stuck around.
 
“Come here, Spiral Swirl,” Ms. High Standards said.

Spiral Swirl got up and nervously walked up to her teacher.

“Well, it looks like you did poorly on another test,” Ms. High Standards said, “And that means even with your high GPA in your other classes, your grade in here will be low enough that you have to be held back a grade.”

Spiral Swirl hung her head.

“And that’s such a shame.  I was so looking forward to having you in my class when I start teaching the next grade next year.  Oh well, I guess my replacement will have to deal with you,” Ms. High Standards said, her voice a mix of condescension and mockery.

“Um, Ms. High Standards, I think you made a mistake on my test,” Spiral Swirl said nervously.

“What did you say?!”

“I, um, uh…looked through my book during class to check my answers.  They’re all correct,” Spiral Swirl said, holding up her test with her magic.

“You mean you weren’t paying attention during my lecture?” Ms. High Standards said, shooting her a death glare, “I guess I’ll just have to dock you another five points…oh and what’s this, you didn’t put a comma in this sentence.  That’s another five points.  So you didn’t get a D plus.  You get….an F!”

Ms. High Standards gleefully levitated a pen and changed Spiral Swirl’s grade.

“Why are you doing this to me?” Spiral Swirl asked, tears welling in her eyes.

“Because you and your family shouldn’t be allowed to succeed.”

“What?!” Spiral Swirl said in shock.

“My thesis in school was on the history of the royal guard, and guess what I found in old log book? The details of your criminal grandmother’s attempted theft of a dangerous artifact.  Something so dangerous they locked her up and shattered her horn.”

“My grandmother wasn’t a criminal.  She was tricked!” Spiral Swirl said, anger and sadness welling her.

“I think I’ll take the word of the royal guard over some little child any day.  I can’t believe her three legged spawn was able to find success.”

“Don’t talk about my mother like that!” Spiral Swirl said in anger.

“See, you’re just an angry little third generation criminal.”

“No I’m not!”

“Yes you are, and with your permanent record besmirch by you being held back, you’re gonna have a hard time attempting to claw your way up from the bottom, where little criminals like you should stay.”

“I’m not a criminal!” Spiral Swirl said.

“Yes you are.  You and your whole family are, and no force on earth will get me to change my mind.”

Change her mind…wait…I can change her mind, Spiral Swirl thought.

She levitated her pocket watch out of her saddle bag by its chain and let it swing in front of High Standard’s eyes.

“What…what are you doing?”

“Changing your mind.  Now, just watch my watch and relax.”

“Is this a prank? Did you steal that watch?” High Standards said, her eyes locking on the watch.

“No, it’s mine.  Isn’t it pretty?  You can’t take your eyes off it, as you relax for me,” Spiral Swirl said, doing her best to remember one of the more advanced inductions she had read about the performer in Las Pegasus using.  Ms. High Standards was an adult after all, the first adult she’d tried to hypnotize.

“It…it is very pretty. So shiny.”

“Yup, just keep looking at it. Watch it swing back and forth.  Relax for me, Ms. High Standards.  Relax and listen to me.”

“I…I shouldn’t listen to a thief like you…but…but…I do need to relax,” Ms. High Standards mumbled.

“Yes, please relax.  Relax your whole body.  Your legs, neck and head.  Relax them for me,” Spiral Swirl said, as she continued to swing the pocket watch, her confidence growing.

“Yes…relax my body.”

“You’re so relaxed now.  Relaxed and drowsy.  My Hypno Magic is making you feel sleepy.  Very sleepy.”

“….I’m…very…sleepy.” Ms. High Standards said, as her eyes began to droop.

“You’re very sleepy.  You can’t stay awake anymore.  I want you to fall into a deep sleep for me,” Spiral Swirl said, stamping her hoof on the ground.

Ms. High Standards’ eyes blinked shut and her head drooped forward.

Did…did that actually work? Spiral Swirl thought, as she stopped swinging the watch.

“Um, can you hear me, Ms. High Standards?”

“Yes I can, Ms. Swirl,” Ms. High Standards said, her voice devoid of emotion.

“Okay, um, since you’re under the spell of my Hypno Magic, that means you’re deeply hypnotized.  You need to do what I tell you,” Spiral Swirl said, finding her ability to hypnotize her teacher much more surprising then putting the schoolyard bully under her spell.

“I am deeply hypnotized.  I must obey you,” Ms. High Standards said.

“Okay, first I want you to stop being mean to me.  You believe me now that my grandmother was tricked and that my family isn’t full of criminals.”

“Your family is perfectly innocent, Ms. Swirl.”

Spiral Swirl smiled, “Does that mean you be mean to me in class anymore?”

“Yes, Ms. Swirl.  I won’t be mean to you in class anymore.  I must obey.”

“Um, please open your eyes, Ms. High Standards,” Spiral Swirl said.

Ms. High Standards eyes blinked open, revealing they had turned to black and white spirals.
Spiral Swirl then levitated her test over to Ms. High Standards.

“Please change my grade to what it’s supposed to be.”

“Of course, Ms. Swirl,” Ms. High Standards said, as she X’d out the F and her note and wrote an A plus on the paper.

“Thank you,” Spiral Swirl said.

A smile spread across Ms. High Standards face, she was happy to receive praise from the small filly currently in control of her mind.

Spiral Swirl then walked over to the teacher’s desk and levitated a grade book off it.  Scanning through it she came across her name and the multitude of Ds and Fs associated with it.

“I want you to also change my other grades to correct ones,” Spiral Swirl said to her entranced teacher.

Ms. High Standards obeyed the command, and when she was done the grade book now had several B’s and A’s next to Spiral Swirl’s name.

“Thank you,” Spiral Swirl said, as she looked at the grade book some more, “And why does Beachcomber have so many bad grades too?  She’s great at history.”

“I’m punishing her for being friends with you, Ms. Swirl.  If she’s friends with a criminal then she must be one as well. Though, she comes from a good family so she doesn’t quite deserve to be as punished as much as you were.”

“But, I’m not a criminal.  Remember?”

“You’re perfectly right, Ms. Swirl,” Ms. High Standards said, as she quickly altered Beachcomber’s grades as well.

“Thank you,” Spiral Swirl said, before putting the grade book back on Ms. High Standard’s desk.

“How else may I serve you, Ms. Swirl?”

“I think I’m all done now,” Spiral Swirl said, “When I count to three you will come out of my spell and forget all about what happened.  One..two…three.”

At her count of three, the spirals faded from Ms. High Standards’ eyes.

“What are you still doing here, Spiral Swirl?” Ms. High Standards said, “I thought our meeting was over with.”

“I was just packing up my things,” Spiral Swirl said.

“Alright then…have a good day.  See you in class tomorrow,” Ms. High Standards said, as her hypnotically altered perception of Spiral Swirl began to take hold.



Once she had packed up her things Spiral Swirl walked out into the hall deep in thought.
That really worked!  I changed her mind and got her to stop being so mean to me.   Hmmm I wonder.  Could I ever change the minds of other ponies that were mean to us? Like those ponies from that bad town called Ponyville that were so mean to mom and grandma.

Her thought process was interrupted by a girlish scream.  When she looked up, she saw a panic stricken Iron Hoof.

“It’s Spiral Swirl!” he said in absolute horror.  

Spiral Swirl watched him turn and run away in a haphazard fashion.  She winced when he slammed into a row of lockers.

Maybe my Hypno Magic worked a little too well, she thought.
Extra Credit
Well here's a fun little distraction :)

This actually came about from a fun little image in my head of Young Spiral Swirl using her Hypno Magic on her teacher to change her grade, and it just sort of evolved from here.

Plus we get to see a young, slightly dorky, but still really powerful filly Spiral Swirl.  Complete with best friend, school yard bullies (who's minds are quickly altered) , and a previously unmentioned sister who now shares her fudge pops with her. 

While she is powerful, her Hypno Magic is still a little unwieldy, since she accidentally hypnotized her friend and keeps on having to remind ponies they're not just hypnotized but under the spell of her Hypno Magic.  Though she doesn't seem to bat an eye at somepony saying that they must obey her.

Also looks like the citizens of Ponyville have to thank one super mean teacher for planting the genesis of Spiral Swirl's revenge plot in her head thanks to her mistreatment of her student.

Hope you enjoyed this cute little bit of hypno fun.

As always your thoughts and comments are appreciated.
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Eclipse Bomb

By Rathbane


A unicorn mare, with a teal coat and short messy navy blue mane, stood on a dirt path that ran along the outskirts of Canterlot.  Her cutie mark was an eye that had an iris colored like a globe of the earth.  She was currently looking up at the full moon; a hoofstep behind her caused her to turn her head towards the source of the sound.

“Some master of observation you turned out to be.  What if I had been a guard on patrol?” A unicorn with a maroon coat and brown mane asked.  His cutie mark was of an open padlock.  Behind him were two other ponies, a unicorn with a grey coat and aqua mane, his cutie mark was an odd assortment of symbols and a Pegasus with a blue coat and purple mane, her cutie mark was a collection of gemstones and she was sporting an eye patch.

“Well, that’s not possible,” the moon gazing unicorn said, “Because the guards only patrol this stretch of road every three days.”

“Hmmm, touché,” the maroon unicorn said.

“I’m Fine Detail,” she said, “Nice to meet you.”

“I’m Locke, and this is Ruinic and Hunter,” the maroon unicorn said, before pointing to the other unicorn and Pegasus respectively.

“What were you doing staring at the moon anyways?” Hunter asked.

“Well, I’ve noticed that the Mare in the Moon seems to be getting more pronounced every year,” Fine Detail said, “It’s eerie, almost like she’s trying to get out.”

“The Mare in the Moon is just some old tale told to frighten young fillies,” Locke said, “Now enough banter, let’s get to work.”

“Thank you again so much for hiring me on to help with this test,” Fine Detail said.

“Test? Oh yeah..right,” Hunter said, his voice momentarily filled with confusion.

“I haven’t had much master observer work since little Birdsong was born, but to be asked to help the princess with your security consultation in testing the royal vaults is a real honor.”

“Like I said, enough banter.  Let’s go,” Locke said.


The quartet of ponies walked along in silence, as the path eventually took them around the rear of Canterlot Castle.  It eventually started to descend down to the cliffs below the castle.

“Wait, the patrol,” Locke said, as he motioned for the others to hide behind a large rock.

“We should be able to sneak by them in a few minutes.  Their patrols in this area cover the back half of the castle every other hour,” Fine Detail said.

“How do you know that?” Ruinic asked.

“I did my homework and observed them in advance.  This is a test after all,” Fine Detail said, smiling sheepishly.

The others rolled their eyes.

“Shouldn’t we be seeing them start to move towards the front of the castle?” Locke asked.

“Yes, maybe something’s caused them to change their routine.  Let me check,” Fine Detail said, as her horn began to glow.  She lifted a pair of binoculars out of her saddle bag and looked through them, “Hmmm I don’t see them anywhere.  They must be behind one of the towers.  I’ll check.”

The lenses on the binoculars glowed green, and suddenly the solid brick forms of the towers lining the castle walls became clear to Fine Detail.  She could see a pair of guards leaning against one of them, eating some sandwiches.

“The guards are taking an unscheduled snack break.  We’d better move fast,” Fine Detail said.

“How did you do that?” Runic asked.

“I enchanted the lenses on these to let me see through solid objects.  It helps with my master observer skill,” she said, before she and the others made a quiet, yet hasty move past the castle walls.

Once they were clear of the walls they descended even further down.  The dirt path eventually ended at a cliff face that sat below the castle.

“Huh?  It’s a dead end,” Ruinic said in annoyance.

“This is actually an old service entrance to the castle,” Locke said, “It hasn’t been used for years.”

Hunter walked over to the cliff face and brushed her hoof over it, knocking several years of dust off it, revealing the outline of a door.

“I’ve never seen a lock like that,” Fine Detail said, making note of the seven strange indentations in the doorway.

“It’s a septuplet gem lock,” Hunter said, “They used to be all the rage back in the day, until ponies realized it was more convenient to use just a simple key rather then carting around seven specific gems with them. Fortunately I came prepared.”

Fine Detail watched in amazement as Hunter reached into her saddle bag and methodically pulled out gem after gem and tried each one in one of the slots.  When one didn’t fit she tried again and again until she filled all seven slots.  When the final gem was placed the door swung open.

They then stepped inside, the unicorns illuminating the room with their horns.  Even though it was dusty and covered with cobwebs, the old service entrance was as beautifully decorated as the rest of the castle.

“So, where to now?” Ruinic asked.

Locke pulled out a crudely drawn map of the castle and looked it over, “The vault is on the floor above us.  We just go up those stairs, turn right, and then go straight.”
“Where did you get that?” Fine Detail asked.

“I bribed a guard,” Locke said.

“Looks like our test found another flaw in the castle security’s,” Fine Detail said, enjoying the excitement.

“Just use your magic binoculars to check for patrols,” Locke said.

“Oh…okay,” Fine Detail said, slightly put off by the scolding.

She climbed the stairs and stopped at the top.  She pulled out her binoculars again and activated the x-ray vision mode.  With the doors and walls now clear, she could see the guards patrolling the halls.  She observed the movements for what seemed like an eternity to the others, before she walked back down to enjoy them.

“The patrol that walks nearest the vault goes along a set route.  In a few minutes they’ll be on a route that’ll take them the farthest from the vault.  If we head upstairs now, we’ll get to it when they’re at peak distance.”

“Then let’s not dawdle,” Locke said.

The four of them made their way up the stairs and out into the castle corridors.  They walked along the quiet moonlit corridors, their hoof steps being the only thing disturbing the silence; off in the distance they could hear the hoof steps of the guards getting fainter.  Following Locke’s map, they soon found themselves in front of the large vault door.

“This thing is amazing,” Fine Detail whispered, looking it over, “It’s made of Foal Mountain Steel, and that keyhole is definitely for a custom made key, probably to prevent lock picking.”

“Yes, but they probably never planned on somepony like me,” Locke said, as his horn glowed red.  He fired a laser like beam out of his horn into the lock and after a few seconds the keyhole, deadbolt, tumblers, and other internal mechanisms melted into slag.   He then used his magic to swing the door open.

“Wasn’t that a little excessive to test out a security flaw?” Fine Detail asked.
Locke didn’t respond, as he and the others were already gathered at the entrance of the vault.

“What do you see?” Locke asked.

“A nice little crossbreed of fourth and fifth level security ruins lining the floor,” Ruinic said, “Hardly the challenge I was expecting.”

Fine Detail watched as his horn glowed, causing an array of runes to appear all across the vault floor.  One by one they faded away, almost as if they were made of chalk and an eraser was running over them.  Once they were gone Ruinic chuckled to himself.
The four of them stepped inside the vault.  Fine Detail was surprised to see the only thing within it was a couple of barrels filled with red gemstones.

“There they are,” Locke said, a smile creeping across his face, “The extra gems for the soldiers’ payroll in case things really do devolve into war with the griffins.”

“Dragon’s Blood Rubies,” Hunter said, her speech slurred slightly, as she had begun to drool.

“Alright, load them up,” Locke said.

“Whoa, whoa, whoa, isn’t this taking the test a little far?” Fine Detail said, as she watched the trio of ponies begin to fill their saddle bags with the rubies.

A sense of dread washed over her as the other ponies burst out into laughter.

“Some master observer you are,” Locke said, “When you couldn’t even tell when you were being lied to the entire time?”

“What…what do you mean?” Fine Detail said, her panic increasing by the second.
“I guess it’s time to properly introduce ourselves,” Locke said, “I’m Locke Pick, this is Ruinic the Ruiner, and that’s Gem Hunter.  Together we are the Terrible Trio.  Though now that you’re going to be joining us, I guess we’ll be the Criminal Quartet.”

“No…no I can’t join you.  I’m not a criminal.  How could I be so stupid? I shouldn’t even be near you!” Fine Detail said, as she turned to run.  She was stopped by Locke Pick shooting his magic laser out of his horn, carving a line in the vault floor in front of her.

“Sorry, membership into our group is mandatory,” Locke Pick said, as he flashed an evil grin at her.”

“Hey, I think there’s something more to this vault then we thought,” Ruinic said, as he looked over at the far wall of the vault.

“What do you mean?” Locke asked, as he kept his glowing horn aimed at Fine Detail.

“I think something’s hidden behind this wall.  Something important, though they got sloppy trying to keep it that way.  I can see a part of a level ten security ruin peaking out from the wall,” Ruinic said.

“Well then let’s just have a look-see,” Locke said, “Hunter, keep an eye on our new recruit.”

“You got it,” Hunter said, as she walked over to Fine Detail, using her wing to smack the terrified unicorn.

Locke fired his magic laser again, carving out a section of the wall that he and Ruinic then lifted out of the way.  Inside was another section of the vault.  They could make out a large object inside.

“Wow, I’m not used to dealing with level tens,” Runic said, grunting as he focused his magic on the security runes.  The ruins glowed, ready to activate, but were disabled by Runic at the last possible second.

“Whew…that was close,” he said, wiping the sweat off his forehead.

Fine Detail watched as Locke and Runic walked into the sealed off vault portion, their horns glowing.

“Hey Hunter! Get in here and bring the newbie with you!” Locke shouted a few seconds later.

“You heard the man,” Hunter said, prodding fine detail along with another wing smack to the face.

When they entered the sealed off vault their mouths dropped in astonishment.

Standing on a pedestal, cordoned off by velvet ropes, was a large dark blue sphere, a crescent moon ornamentation sat on top of it.

“What the heck is that thing?” Hunter said.

“I unno,” Runic said, “Sign says it’s an ‘Eclipse Bomb’”

“Feh, pass,” Hunter said, joining the other two beside it, “Who needs weapons.  I want treasure.”

“I wouldn’t go near that thing,” Fine Detail said, noticing several words etched into the stone walls around the Eclipse Bomb, “There are warning labels in dozens of languages.  There’s even some Changling and Ka Lio.”

“Then there’s nothing to worry about. Because we’re not going to use it,” Locke said, as he rested his hoof on it.  Instantly though, dark shadows formed under his eyes and a wicked smile formed on his face, “We’re going to sell it.”

“Sell it?” Runic asked.

“Yes.  We don’t know how to use something like this, but I know some potential clients who could. If war breaks out with the griffons we could give them this Super Weapon as an edge.”

“I dunno,” Runic said, before placing his hoof on the bomb.  Dark shadows instantly formed under his eyes, and a wicked smile spread across his face, “I think you’re thinking small scale.  Why stop at selling a weapon of war, when we can look forward to the aftermath.  So much destruction and so much abandoned and destroyed property that we can dig through to get the riches left behind.”

“What’s gotten into you guys?” Hunter said, walking over to talk some sense into them, only to inadvertently brush her wing against the bomb.  The dark shadows formed under her eyes as well, “You’ve finally decided to start speaking my language.  Let’s hear it for war with the griffons!”

“You’re…you’re all crazy.  Well crazier.  That’s war profiteering.”

“I know.  Isn’t it great?” Locke said, before firing his magic laser cutter at her hoofs, “Now help us get this thing out of here!”

Fine Detail whimpered as she used her magic to levitate the bomb in tandem with Locke and Runic.

They made their way slowly out into the halls of the castle and started working their way back to the service entrance they had come in.

“I can’t believe how stupid Celestia was, leaving only security runes around this thing,” Hunter said, “You’d think they would’ve put in some other warning sys….”

His speech was cut off by him passing out on the spot; an arrow was sticking out of his rear end.

“What the?” Locke said in anger.

“That’s far enough,” a voice from the top of a staircase said.

Two unicorns were standing on top of it. They were dressed in Royal Guard regalia.  One had summoned a scimitar constructed of magic, while the other had created a magic bow.  She was in the process of loading another arrow into it.

“Surrender now, or you all will be receiving a dose of lamia venom,” the one with the sword said.

“Fat chance!  Let’s do this!” Locke shouted as he and Hunter charged at them.

Fine Detail looked on in horror as they were quickly felled with drugged arrows the other unicorn fired off.

“Wait! No! I’m not with them! I’m not with them!” she shouted, as the unicorn focused her aim at her.

She winced in pain as the arrow struck her and then her whole world went black.




She wasn’t sure how much time had passed when she came to, but it was now daylight, and she was sitting in a small chamber.  Her legs were shackled and two royal guards were on either side of her.

The door at the end of the chamber opened and another royal guard stepped out.

“She’s ready for you,” the guard said, “Go on.”

Fine Detail gulped as she slowly shuffled into the door.  She winced as it slammed shut behind her.

“Greetings,” a voice said.

“P…Princess Celestia,” Fine Detail said in awe, as she quickly bowed before the princess.

“Please rise,” Celestia said, “Now, my guards report that you were shouting that you were not with the trio that was attempting to make off with the Eclipse Bomb.  Tell me what you meant by that.”

Fine Detail quickly relayed how she had been duped into thinking she had been recruited to help with the supposed vault security test.

“I see,” Celestia said, her voice laced with sadness, “That is quite unfortunate.  I’m terribly sorry to say, that even though you were lied to about the circumstances in which you entered the castle and Royal Vault, you are still going to be punished.”

“What!? Why?” Fine Detail said, anger and annoyance filling her voice.

“Perhaps I should explain what exactly the Eclipse Bomb is.  It is a magical weapon of mass destruction created by my sister Luna, who after being corrupted became the being known as, Nightmare Moon.  Sadly I was forced to banish her to the moon.”

“Then the Mare in the Moon is not just a legend?” Fine Detail said in amazement.

“Yes. Though Luna knew I might someday be able to overpower her, so she created magic weapons, the Nightmare Weapons, as a contingency should I do so.  I was able to round them up and lock them away before any pony could stumble upon them and use them.  They are as dangerous as ever after over 900 years, since the only one that can disarm them is Luna.  They also have a terrible enchantment on them, that whoever touches them will become instilled with a desire to use them, or find somepony that can use them to incite conflict and war.  Violence will fill their hearts.”

“That’s what happened to Locke and the others isn’t it?” Fine Detail asked.

“Yes, you were lucky and were spared the corruption.”

“But if I didn’t take it, and I wasn’t corrupted by it, why am I being punished?” Fine Detail asked, her desire for answers growing.

“It is due to a decision made in haste.  After was Luna was gone and the weapons secured, I was exhausted, saddened, and filled with a sense of betrayal.  We all were.  So the Law Council and I wrote up that whoever attempts to take or use the weapons will be met with the ultimate punishments.  In addition to locking them up, any earth pony would be stripped of their connection to the earth, any Pegasus would have their wings permanently plucked, and unicorns would have their horns broken.”

“No!  You can’t break my horn!  You can’t lock me away! I’m not a criminal!  Please!” Fine Detail pleaded, tears streamed down her face.

“I’m sorry,” Celestia said, lowering her head, “But when we forged the punishment decree, in our haste we made an addendum that should we falter in punishing those involved with Nightmare  Weapon crimes it would be a sign that the kingdom had grown weak and would fall, right then and there, struck down by massive storms and blasts of magic energy.  And even though you were duped, you are still considered part of the crime in that decree’s eyes.”

“That…that’s insane!”

“Yes.  Yes it is,” Celestia admitted, “But like I said, I fear our overwhelming exhaustion, mixed with the betrayal we all felt, led to us making overly harsh decisions that we normally wouldn’t dream of doing.”

“Please, isn’t there some sort of loophole? Some sort of way you can go easy on me.”

“I can reduce your prison sentence to just be for trespassing on forbidden royal property, but I cannot prevent the ultimate punishment from happening.  I am so sorry,” Celestia said, as a tear rolled down her cheek.

“It’s time,” a voice said.

They turned to see a trio of guards standing behind them.

“I’m sorry.  I’m just, so sorry,” Celestia said, sadness filling her voice, as the guards led Fine Detail away.

“Please no! I’m not a criminal! I’m not a criminal! I have a daughter! I have a daughter!” Fine Detail screamed at her.


A growing sense of terror and dread filled her as the guards led her down into the dungeon before leading her off to a smaller room.  Inside was a small table with a vise-like device on it.  The guards shoved her forward before placing her head on the table, locking her horn in the vice.

“Don’t move,” a guard said, as he levitated a silver sledge hammer with runes inscribed on it.  

He smashed it down on her horn, shattering it.

“Nooooo!!!!” Fine Detail screamed.

A few sparks of magic emerged from her ruined horn, before the magic faded from her, forever.

They then led her to her cell.  After the door slammed shut behind her, she collapsed on the bed, thoroughly traumatized.

I can’t believe this is happening.  This has to be a nightmare.  With a broken horn I’ll be looked upon like I’m one of the worst criminals there is.  No pony will trust me again.  I’ve let you down Birdsong.  Birch I hope you’ll raise her right, she thought, thinking of her family.

Will I ever be able to trust any pony again?  I can’t believe I was duped into this madness.  Locke, Hunter, and Runic. I hate them.  I hate them so much, She thought, before looking out her window at the moon, And I especially hate YOU!
Eclipse Bomb
Here's something a little different from me.  A heist story.  A story that I kinda alluded to in "Bow Blade and Bow" with mention of a heist being stopped by Dinky's Ancestors.


Even though it's set in the past this story had a lot of impact on the future timeline of Stories I've written.
Pluse I like the idea of Luna Having developed contingency plans in the form of evil weapons while she was nightmare moon.
I hope you enjoyed it.

I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions.
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Chapter IX Revelations


Twilight and the others sat around the map table in her castle enjoying their weekly pancake breakfast. She smiled as she watched Pinkie attempt to break her own record of most pancakes eaten in a minute.

“So how was your trip to Canterlot, Twi?” Applejack asked.

“It was great,” Twilight said, “We got a lot done, though I’m sorry my trip had to happen at the same time as your party at Sweet Apple Acres.”

“Party? What party?” Applejack said in confusion.

“The one you had last Thursday night,” Twilight said, “I decided to practice my night flying and flew to Canterlot.  I passed right over Sweet Apple Acres.  The barnyard was full of ponies.  I was a little high up to see who they where, but there were dozens of them.”

“Sorry, Twi, but it sounds like you were seeing things,” Applejack said, “There was no late night party at Sweet Apple Acres.  Trust me, if there was we would’ve woken up and given our uninvited guests a very special Apple Family greeting.”

“Yeah, if you’re not used to night flying, you might see something that’s not there,” Rainbow Dash said.

“I guess that makes sense,” Twilight said, becoming more and more unsure of herself as she nibbled on her pancake.



Later that night she was pacing back and forth in front of Spike.

“What if they’re right?” Spike said, “What if there was no party and you were just seeing things?”

“I’ve thought about that Spike,” Twilight said, “I know I saw ponies down there, the light was on in the barn.  It was one of the most well lit areas I passed over that night.”

“Didn’t Applejack say if there had been a party, she and the other Apples would’ve kicked everyone off the property?” Spike asked.

“Yes, but what if they couldn’t wake up?  What if those party goers were an unscrupulous bunch?  All it would take to let them party unnoticed is a sleep spell cast on Applejack and others.”

“You’re over thinking things, Twilight,” Spike said, trying to talk Twilight back from her paranoia.

“Well, if I’m not maybe they’ll return to the scene of the crime,” Twilight said, “If they’ve pulled off a party once, they might try it again.  They could’ve made it a weekly thing, and if they have they’ll be there again tonight.  Do you want to come with me?”

“Sorry, but I think I’d better get some sleep,” Spike said, “If you’re going to be up all night, I need to be awake enough to keep you awake tomorrow.”

“Alright then, suit yourself.” Twilight said, as she turned and left.



She approached Sweet Apple Acres as quietly as she could, lest she reveal herself to any illicit party goers too soon.

Hmmm, there’s no pony here.  But there are tons of fresh hoof prints. So there was definitely a gathering of some sort here, she thought, as she examined the barnyard, Where could they have all gone though?  Wait the light’s on in the barn.

She cautiously approached the barn and looked in.  What she saw made her gasp.  Inside was a standing room only crowd of ponies, all facing forward.  A unicorn mare was standing in front of them.

What…what in the world is going on here? Twilight thought, her confusion turning into a sense of dread, There’s Pinkie, and Rarity, And Applejack.  There’s the mayor.  Wait that pony at the front.  I’ve seen her before.  She’s the new psychologist in town.

“Hello, my hypnotized slaves,” Dr. Spiral Swirl said, “It’s so nice to see all of you here tonight.”

“Thank you, Mistress,” the enslaved ponies replied.

Mistress?! Hypnotized slaves?!! Twilight thought in horror.

“I just wanted to say, your suggestions from the last meeting were a huge success,” Spiral Swirl said happily, “In just a week, I’ve gone from having sixty five percent of Ponyville under my hypnotic spell to ninety five percent.”

Ninety five percent!? Twilight thought, her horror growing by the second, How is that possible? Almost the whole town hypnotized?  How did she manage to do something like this without anypony finding out?

“That’s why I’m happy to announce that this will be our last Slave Meeting,” Spiral Swirl said, “Unlike last time, whenever I say the meeting is over, you won’t go home and go to bed with no memory of what happened while you were in your trances, you will instead scour the town and bring any non-hypnotized pony to me.  Your friends, your family, or any random pony you find.  If they haven’t been hypnotized by me, you will bring them to me by any means necessary.  Do you understand my slaves?”

“Yes, Mistress,” the hypnotized ponies said in unison.

No!  I can’t let her do that? Twilight thought, I’m outnumbered, but if I leave to go get help, helpless ponies will be grabbed up by their friends and loved ones.  What should I do?

She mulled over her options for a few seconds, before letting out a deep breath.  She stepped into the barn.

“I’m sorry, but I can’t allow that to happen,” Twilight said in a forceful tone.

“My, my, Princess Twilight, I’m humbled you honored my little Slave Meeting with your presence.”

“Release these ponies from your control at once,” Twilight demanded.

“Hmmm, revealing yourself even though you’re outnumbered and had the element of surprise,” Spiral Swirl said, ignoring her, “You’re either very brave, or very stupid.  Let’s find out which one it is.   Get her!”

“Yes, Mistress,” the hypnotized ponies replied, as they turned and glared at Twilight.

“Uh oh,” Twilight said, before she turned and ran.

She ran across the barnyard, but was stopped in her tracks when a figured literally jumped out of the shadows, growling, and latched onto her face.

“Let go of me, Ebony Darkness,” she shouted, as she rapidly shook her head back and forth, causing Ebony Darkness to go flying.

Recovering from Ebony’s assault, she barely had time to sidestep the Cutie Mark Crusaders as they came at her at full speed on Scootaloo’s scooter.

“You missed her!  Turn back around,” Sweetie Belle called out.

“Don’t worry, I won’t let her get away,” Scootaloo said.

“Mistress Spiral Swirl will be so proud of us,” Applebloom said.

“Yeeesh,” Twilight muttered, upon hearing how far their minds had been warped. A sound caught her attention and she dived to avoid being hit by and arrow.

Derpy was hovering above her, with Dinky sticking out of her saddlebag.  Dinky had activated her magic bow and was loading up another arrow.

Since when did Dinky become such a good shot?  And what mad pony gave her real arrows? Twilight thought.  She quickly dodged another arrow, It’s dangerous on the ground, better take to the skies.

She took off and began flying away from Sweet Apple Acres, when Fluttershy stealthily flew up beside her.

“Um, Twilight, could you please turn back around and let Mistress Spiral Swirl hypnotize you? If it’s not too much trouble?” she asked quietly.

Twilight ignored her, and increased her speed.

“That’s not how you get her to stop,” Rainbow Dash said, as she flew up next to Fluttershy, “Let me show you how it’s done.”

Twilight flinched, as Rainbow Dash flew by her at a high rate of speed.  She watched as Rainbow Dash flew further and further away, only for her to swing back around.  

As a result of Rainbow Dash’s super sonic U-turn, a massive shockwave struck Twilight, knocking her out of the air.

No! No! No! Twilight thought, as she fell to ground in a crash landing.

“Owwww,” she moaned, as she got up and shook off the effects of the crash. She turned to run; only to find herself face to face with a spiral eyed Pinkie Pie.

“Hi, Twilight!” Pinkie said happily, before pulling out her party cannon.

“Pinkie, wait I….” Twilight started to protest, but Pinkie fired off the cannon sending the poor Alicorn flying.

“Bye, Twilight!” Pinkie said happily.

Her injuries becoming more and more numerous, Twilight took a little longer to shake off the effects of Pinkie’s party attack.

“What am I going to do?” she said aloud.

“You can do this the easy way, or the hard way, Twi,” Applejack said, as she emerged from behind a tree.

Twilight immediately put up a magic shield around herself.

“Hard way it is then,” Applejack said, as she ran over and began bucking the shield.

“Guys, please! I don’t want to fight you!” Twilight shouted.

Applejack’s assault on the shield eventually caused it to fail.

“We don’t want to fight you either,” Rarity said, as she came upon the scene, “Which is why I’m going to end this barbaric display as quickly as possible, by quoting you.  Look out, here comes Tom?”

“Here comes Tom?” Twilight said in confusion, before the realization hit her, “Oh no!”

She didn’t have time to react, as Rarity had used her magic to fling a large boulder at her.  Upon impact, Twilight’s world went black.



She didn’t know how long she had been out, but when her eyes opened she found herself in a nightmare.

Spiral Swirl was standing in front of her, smiling.  Behind her, stood all the other ponies she had hypnotized.

“Welcome back,” Spiral Swirl said mockingly.

“I won’t let you get away with this. I…I…I can’t move!” Twilight said in horror.

“Don’t worry; it’s just a small dose of cockatrice venom.  A small precaution until we’ve had a little therapy session, princess.”

“Why are you doing this?” Twilight asked.

“Hmmmm, you know what, you’re the first pony to ask me that,” Spiral Swirl said, slightly surprised, “It’s usually, ‘I won’t let you do this,’ or ‘Please don’t hypnotize me.’ That is, if I give them a chance to.”

Twilight glared at her, angry over her mockery of her victims.

“Alright, since you’re the first, I’ll be happy to answer you,” Spiral Swirl said, as she began pacing back and forth in front of Twilight, “You’re a well read pony.  Let’s see how well you know your lesser known Canterlot crimes.  Have you ever heard of an attempted theft of something called an Eclipse Bomb?”

“Yes, I read about that.  Four criminals attempted to steal a magic super weapon created by Nightmare Moon.  They were all caught and punished.  That was over fifty years ago, what has that got anything to do with you?”

“Well first of all, your sources are wrong.  Very wrong,” Spiral Swirl said, anger building in her voice, “It wasn’t four criminals.  It was three, and one innocent unicorn that had been duped into helping the others under the assumption she was helping test the security of the royal vault.”

“So you mean an innocent unicorn had to have her horn shattered?” Twilight said, shuddering despite the paralysis.

“Yes, that was my grandmother, Fine Detail.  Now tell me, did your source tell you what happened to the ponies involved with the crime after they were punished, especially the innocent ones?”

“No…it didn’t,” Twilight said, not liking where things were going.

“Then allow me to enlighten you,” Spiral Swirl said, her anger growing, “After spending four years of her ‘lenient sentence’ in the Canterlot dungeons, my grandmother returned home.  Only instead of finding her husband happy to see her return to him, she found him with another mare.  They wanted nothing to do with a unicorn that would be looked upon as the worst criminal element with her broken horn, so they handed my mother off to her and kicked her to curb.”

“Oh Mistress, that’s so sad,” Pinkie said, tearing up.

“Don’t interrupt,” Spiral Swirl commanded.

“Yes, Mistress. I’m sorry, Mistress,” Pinkie said, kneeling before her.

“Now then, where was I? Oh yes, with no place to call home and a four year old filly to watch over, my grandmother began her long journey to her sister’s home in Las Pegasus.  Because of her broken horn, no carriage or train would take her on as a passenger and inns charged her exorbitant amounts of money.  The small stipend she had received from Celestia upon her release as ‘compensation’ quickly ran out.  Now bitless, she depended on the kindness of strangers to help her get by.  It was easier in big cities, as they were more sympathetic to her plight.  However she couldn’t stay long, since sympathy only went so far, before fear of being associated with a ‘broken horn’ outweighed it.  So she and my mom moved further and further along, until they came to a small town call: Ponyville.”

Twilight gulped.

“She found no sympathy there,” Spiral Swirl said, practically hissing with each word, “They were all too concerned about maintaining their perfect ‘nice small town’ identity.  There was no place for a ‘criminal element’ there.  On top of that, the Pegai in charge of Ponyville’s weather decided to beat out Canterlot for coldest winter that year.  So my mother and grandmother were forced to walk through the area with nopony offering them shelter in that extreme cold.  That was the end of their journey.  That cold killed my grandmother.”

Spiral Swirl paused momentarily to breath heavily, trying to rein in her anger some.  Twilight remained stunned, while a few of the hypnotized ponies began crying over their Mistress’ family’s plight.

“Of course once the so called ‘criminal’ unicorn was gone, ponies were more then happy to offer up shelter to my mother, but by that time the cold had given her some bad frostbite, and she lost her leg.  Despite her hardships though, she went on to become a celebrated ornithologist, met a nice stallion and had two fillies.  One of whom, went on to go to school and get a degree in psychology to help supplement the hypno magic she had developed.  That filly then went on to start her own practice, before she moved it to little old ‘nice small town’ Ponyville.  Now you know the rest of the story.”

“I’m sorry about what all your mother and grandmother had to go through,” Twilight said, hoping she could now try and talk some sense into Spiral Swirl, “But that was almost fifty years ago.  A lot of ponies that lived in Ponyville back then are no longer living here or…uh living.  Why take out your revenge on the ones living here today?”

“Oh it’s not just the ponies, it’s the town.  It’s that small town mentality that I’m worried about.  Sure they say things have changed over the years, but they haven’t.   I know deep down they’d still reject a unicorn with a broken horn in a second.  That’s why even the ponies that live here now must pay.  By turning every pony in Ponyville into my hypnotized slave, I’ll create a heaven where no member of my family will be denied anything by them ever again, and as far as the rest of the world goes, the hypnotized citizens of Ponyville will serve as the most extreme reminder ever, to never judge a book by its cover.”

“You’re insane,” Twilight said, realizing that there would be no reasoning with Spiral Swirl.

“No I’m not,” Spiral Swirl said in offended tone.

“Then you’re a sociopath.”

“I’m not that either, but points for having a good backup insult.”

“I won’t let you get away with this, and neither will the princesses.”

“Oh, I think they will,” Spiral Swirl said, as she flashed a wicked grin, “Especially once I utter Princess Luna’s hypnotic trigger.  The war she’ll have with Celestia will make their fight when she was Nightmare Moon look like child’s play.”

“You’ve hypnotized Luna?” Twilight said in shock.

“Of course, you didn’t think I’d forget one of the root causes of my grandmother’s misery?  It was quite simple; all I had to do was dream about having a therapy session with Princess Luna, every night.  Once she dream walked into that dream her curiosity got the better of her and she played along.  Let’s just say having a hypnotherapy session with her was very cathartic,” Spiral Swirl said, chuckling slightly.

I can’t believe this is happening!  The fact that she has my friends and almost all of Ponyville under her control is bad enough, but Luna’s been enslaved by her too! Twilight thought, her despair growing.

“And even if I didn’t have Luna under my control, the Princesses wouldn’t be able to stop me, especially since I’d have all of the Elements of Harmony acting as my hypnotized protectors.  Speaking of which, I think it’s high time we began our therapy session, Princess Twilight,” Spiral Swirl said, as she directed her magic at her saddle bag.  She levitated her pocket watch out of it and let it dangle in front of Twilight’s eyes, “Now just relax and watch the watch.”

“No,” Twilight whispered.

“Just relax and watch the watch.  Watch it swing back and forth. Back and forth.  Let your eyes follow the movement of the shiny gold pocket watch,” Spiral Swirl said, as she began her induction.

No, I won’t let her hypnotize me, Twilight thought, as her eyes locked on the watch, I’m exausted and  used up so much magic trying to get away from my friends.  I just need a little more time.

“Watch the watch.  Relax.  Relax. Relax, and listen to my voice.  Let my voice calm you.  You’ve had a stressful day, Princess Twilight.  Let that stress melt away, as my voice and the swinging watch relaxes you.”

Her voice is pretty relaxing to listen to.  No!  And her watch.  It’s so pretty.

“You’re doing very well, focusing only on the watch and listening to my voice.  Your eyes are glued to the watch, as you relax more and more for me.  So relaxed.  Your legs are relaxing.  Your stomach and chest are relaxing.”

She’s right.  This is so wrong, but it feels so good, Twilight thought, as waves of relaxation spread through her.

“Now your wings are nice and relaxed.  Now your neck and head are relaxed.  Your whole body is the picture of relaxation.  All your muscles are relaxed.  All your stresses and tensions are fading away.”

Yessss…they are…it’s so nice to let go of all the stress of finding out my friends were made into her hypnotized slaves and fighting with them,  Twilight thought, as a blissful smile formed on her face.

“That’s right, you’re enjoying our hypnosis session, Twilight.  You love this feeling of relaxation.  You love watching my watch.  You’re so relaxed now.  You’re starting to feel sleepy.  And the constant swinging motion of my watch is making your eyes feel heavy.”

She’s right…I do feel sleepy, Twilight thought, fighting the urge to yawn.

“I’m going to count from five to zero.  At zero your heavy eyes will lock shut and you will fall into a deep hypnotized sleep for me.  Five…you’re doing so very well. Four…you’ve been a good patient, following all my instructions.”

I…I feel it… I’m so sleepy…can’t fight much…longer.

“Three…your eyelids feel like they’re made of lead.

Yes…they’re so heavy, Twilight thought, as her eyes started to droop.

“Two…so ready to be hypnotized.”

I…Can’t believe it.  I’ve let everyone down.  My friends.  The princesses.  I’m not ready…but I feel like I don’t have much of a choice.

“One…Feel the hypnosis start to wash over you.”

No! No! No! No! No! NO!! Twilight thought, as the fog of hypnosis started to consume her mind.

“Zer….”

“No! NO! NO! NO! NO!” Twilight shouted, as her thoughts manifested themselves into screams.

Her outburst caused Spiral Swirl to halt the induction. As she stepped back in shock, the pocket watch clattered to the ground due to her lapse in concentration.

Twilight stood there breathing heavily, as she regained her bearings for a split second.  Her horn then glowed and she vanished in a flash.

Spiral Swirl stared at the spot Twilight had stood at, before she turned to face her hypnotized slaves.

“Why didn’t anypony tell me she could teleport?!!” she demanded.

The enslaved ponies backed away slightly at their Mistress’ anger.

“Well, we kinda thought you knew, Mistress,” Pinkie Pie said, “It’s kinda her thing.”

Spiral Swirl face hoofed.

“Alright, listen up,” she commanded, “She probably didn’t go far.  She probably didn’t want to abandon the town after knowing what I have planned for it.  She also is probably paranoid about my story of triggering Luna, so she most likely didn’t go to Canterlot.  That being said, your orders are as follows.  One, go into Ponyville and bring me back any pony that isn’t hypnotize.  Two, while hunting for non-hypnotized ponies, Princess Twilight is your primary target.  Three, I want a few of you to stay here in case she comes back.  Do you understand?”

“Yes, Mistress.  I hear and I obey,” the hypnotized ponies said in unison.

“Good.  Now go!”

She watched as a few ponies took their positions guarding the barn, while the others marched towards Ponyville.

This is but a minor setback.  All of Ponyville will be under my hypnotic control tonight, she thought.
Bad Therapy Part 9
Well here we are.   The darkest hour.  Twilight's escaped for now, but Ponyville is in even more danger then before.

I hope you guys liked finally learning Spiral Swirl's motivations.  Sure it's revenge but it's probably the craziest form of revenge by proxy ever.  This and my story Eclispse Bomb were going to be tied in together from the very start. 

We're now into the final quarter of Bad Therapy.  I  hope you enjoyed this chapter.  The origins.  The fight sequence.  The almost hypnotized Twilight. 

As always let me know your thoughts and opinions.
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1. Real Name: I prefer the anonymity the internet offers plus my screen name is cooler sounding then my real name XD 


2. Nickname: See above XD

3. Favorite Color: Blue...no teal...no purple.  uh Blurpleal

4. Male or Female?: male

5. Elementary/Primary School: Yes

6. Middle/Secondary School: yes

7. High school/College: yes

8. University: yes

9. Hair Color: brown

10. Tall or Short?: tall

11. Sweats or Jeans?: Khakis

12. Phone or Camera?: Phone

13. Health or Freak? uhhhh Health maybe

14. Orange or Apple: orange

15. Fucked off Elsewhere: Once almost.

16. Guy Friends or Girl Friends?: both

17. Piercings?: nope


18. Pepsi or Coke?: Rootbeer

19. Have you been on an Airplane?: Yes 

20. Have you been in a relationship?: yes

21. Have you been in a car accident? yes

22. Have you been in a fist fight?: no

23. First piercing?: N/A

24. Best Friend(s)?: my friendo out in Arizona

25. First Award: T-ball trophy

26. First Crush: Long long long time ago.....so long can't remember her name lol

27. First Word: mama

28. Any talents? uh writing. remembering useless trivia

29. Last person you talked to?: mom

30. Last person you texted?: my friend

31. Last person you watched a movie with?: mom and dad

32. Last thing you ate?: chicken

33. Last movie/TV show you watched?: Face Off the reality show not the Nick Cage movie

34. Last song you listened to?: Riding a black unicorn down the side of an erupting volcano while drinking from a chalice filled with the laughter of small children by Voltaire.

35. Last thing you bought?: gas, beef jerky, and a lotto ticket

36. Last person you hugged?: my mom

Favorites:

37. Food: Baked chicken and mashed potatoes

38. Drink: Lemonade

39. Bottoms: Khakis

40. Flower: Snapdragons

41. Animal: Cat

42. Music: rock

43. Movie: Airplane!

Have you ever...

45. Fallen in Love with someone?: Yes

46. Celebrated Halloween?: Yes

47. Had your heart broken?: Yes

48. Went over the minutes/texts on your phone?: no

49. Had someone like you?: Yes

50. Hated the way someone changed?: definitely 

51. Got pg?: ???

52. Had an abortion?: N/A

53. Did something you regret?: Yes many times

54. Broken a promise?: Yes

55. Hid a secret?: Yes

56. Pretend to be happy?: yes

57. Met someone who has changed your life?: Yes

58. Pretended to be sick?: Yes 

59. Left the country?: Yes 

60. Tried something you normally wouldn't like and liked it?: Yes

61. Cried over the silliest thing?: Yes

62. Ran a mile?: Yes.....took me 13 minutes and I walked most of it but i "ran" it

63. Gone to the beach with your best friends?: no

64. Gotten into an argument with your friends?: yes

65. Disliked someone?: Yes.

66. Stayed single for two years since the first time you had a bf/gf?: yes


Currently:

67. Eating: String cheese

68. Drinking: Water

69. Listening to: TV

70. Sitting or laying?: sitting

71. Plans for today?: Work and laundry

72. Waiting for: An app to update

73. Want kids?: maybe someday

74. Want to get married?: maybe someday

75. Want to travel?: I want to go to Easter Island

What do you look for in a partner?

76. Lips or eyes?: eyes

77. Shorter or taller?: everyone is taller than me

78. Younger or older?: doesn't matter

79. Romantic or spontaneous?: Uhhhhh 

80. Sensitive or loud?: Uhhhhh

81. Hook-up or relationship?: Relationship


82. Looks or personality?: Personality 


Have you ever...

83. Lost glasses?: no

84. Snuck out of the house?: Yes

85. Held a gun/knife in self defense?: no

86. Killed somebody?: I unno.  I could have crazy latent Steven King style mind powers and not know it yet.

87. Broke someones heart?: Maybe?

88. Been in love?: Yes

89. Cried when someone dies?: Yes


Do you believe in... 

90. Yourself?: Yes

91. Miracles?: Yes

92. Love at first sight?: Never happened to me so no

93. Heaven?: yes

94. Santa Claus?: No

95. Aliens? Yes

96. Ghosts/Angels?: Both


Truthfully 

97. Is there one person you really wanna be with right now?: Not just one, but several 

98. Do you know who your real friends are?: yeah

99. Do you believe in God?: Yes

100. Post as 100 Truths and tag 5 people

Sorry if you didn't want to be tagged. Your not obligated to do this.
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Visrack Featured By Owner 20 hours ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers for the watch friend!
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monajenkins Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student General Artist
Wait do you accept requests?!?
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princescrollfinder Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2017
I saw the hypno commision with fleur. 
Ponies and Hypnosis, two of my favorite things.
good to see someone shares interests with me. 
Nice OC you got too. 
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Rathbane Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2017
GLad you like Ms. Swirl yup hypnosis and ponies. WELCOME to my world
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princescrollfinder Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I have no outlet for my ideas....
but at least i'm not alone 
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Rathbane Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Welcome to our little world friend.
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StarVagrant Featured By Owner Edited Jul 7, 2017
I have something to show you: Art Request for StarVagrant
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Rathbane Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2017
NIce. Very nice.
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YangIsCool Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017
Just curious, but is there a reason you can sometimes take a while to reply to notes?
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Rathbane Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017
Sometimes due to being busy SOMETIMES due tothinking about the response
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