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She did this to me! by Baron-Engel She did this to me! by Baron-Engel
Luna joined the zebra again on the floor in my Equestria dreamscape.

There is another matter I wish to discuss with you.”

“Yes, what would that be?” Asked Luna.

Zecora looked deep into Luna’s beautiful jade green eyes. “I am concerned about you Princess. I believe that there are things hidden deep inside you that have not yet been truly addressed but to have to be and the sooner the better. “

Luna sat silently and listened .The zebra continued.

“Princess I wish to perform a ceremony from homeland called the Singer’s Path. It is an ancient technique used to reveal things in the patient’s mind that normal methods cannot discover. It was how I first determined that something was truly amiss with Applebloom.” link

Luna looked slightly indignant but before she could speak Zecora raised a front hoof. “No Princess, I don’t believe you are possessed by a being from that accursed Kingdom. Neither do I fear that Nightmare Moon still lurks within you. But I sense a terrible burden weighing upon you. Since you returned from exile you’ve tried your best to be a proper role model for every pony in Equestria. Still I sense a dark shadow upon you. Will you let me help you by performing the Singer’s Path?”

Luna closed her eyes and for said nothing for several seconds. Then softly she spoke. “Yes.”

Zecora smiled and then gave the princess a brief explanation of how the Singer’s Path worked. The zebra would begin a song and then ask Luna to join in. As song the evolved Zecora would start introducing random words and phrases into the song. Hopefully Luna would slowly fall under the song’s effect and her mind would open up and discuss things that usually it would’ve been unwilling to speak of.

Zecora asked Luna to close her eyes; slowly the zebra began chanting the first verses of the Singer’s Path. After a few minutes she asked the indigo alicorn to join her in the song. The princess joined and as the song evolved Zecora could see Luna begin to relax. Over the next half hour the zebra guided Luna along the path.

Zecora now began weaving questions into the lyrics of the chant. She was in the middle of question when suddenly Luna stiffened. Her eyes remained closed but Zecora could see the muscles in the alicorn’s neck tense. Suddenly Luna spoke in a gasping voice.

“I have brought pain to those I have sworn to serve, from greatest to the smallest I have wrought only despair. The horrors I must now endure are the rewards for my failings.”

“What are these failings you speak of o Princess of the Night?” Asked Zecora. Luna reminded silent.

“Speak!” Commanded the zebra. “What are these wrongs you feel you’re accused of?”

Luna suddenly let out a horrific howl and her eyes snapped open. They were now two glowing white coals. On the ground in front of her a sickly green fire erupted. The flames coalesced into grotesque floating phantom form of a Deception possessed Applebloom.

Zecora jumped to her hoofs and muttered several words from her homeland that were inappropriate for polite company; she’d never seen anything like this before. The Phantom looked around the cottage then it saw the zebra; slowly it spoke in voice that chilled the Zebra heart.

“She did this to me.”

The voice was that of Applebloom’s but it made the hair on Zecora’s coat bristle. It was a voice that dripped with violence and anger.

Zecora challenged the phantom’s claim. “Oh dark stain upon Luna’s heart, why do you accuse her of this crime?”

“By her carelessness and rash behavior she became Nightmare Moon and threaten all who live on this planet!” Growled the phantom. “Her reckless behavior drove one her subjects to engage in a dangerous and desperate magic ritual that unleashed a perilous foe into Equestria.” link

The phantom floated toward Zecora until it was mere inches from of the zebra’s face. The alchemist took several steps back from the apparition.

“That foe abducted several of her subjects, in particular one innocent filly who unwittingly became the host to a deadly servant of this new foe. That filly was I, and because of it I was tortured, tormented and turned into a monster by this servant!” Roared the phantom. link

“Even after its master had fallen this servant planned the demise of this world for its own designs! It craved a power no rational mind should ever seek! To sate its hunger it was willing to break the vaults of heaven and plunge the world as we know it into chaos!” link

The phantom pointed a front hoof at the motionless figure of Luna. “None this would’ve happened if she hadn’t been weak! If she hadn’t been naïve! If she hadn’t been brash and irresponsible! This is her legacy, her inheritance! That is what this so called princess is guilty of! That is why she has this ‘dark stain’ upon her heart!” Howled the phantom.

Zecora was amazed. While on the Singer’s Path there is often a moment of revelation and confession where the thing that has bothered the patient is exposed to the light, but never had Zecora seen such tangible, and lucid manifestation before. Not even Applebloom’s session had produced such dramatic results.

Maybe it was because Luna was an alicorn. Maybe it was the weight of a thousand years weighing on her heart. No matter, Zecora had what she’d been looking for, time to break this spell. She did in the most simple and straightforward way possible.

She hugged Luna.

For several seconds Luna failed to acknowledge Zecora’s embrace, then the glow vanished from her eyes. The phantom slowly faded away and Luna collapsed into the zebra’s embrace and began to cry. For several minutes neither said a word. Then in a soft soothing voice Zecora spoke.

“Oh my, fair princess does your heart truly believe what this phantom said? Do you secretly view yourself with such contempt? Are you truly blind to the tears of joy your sister and others cried upon your safe return? Are you so consumed by this unnecessary doubt that you’re deaf to the cheers of praise raised in your name? ”

Zecora released Luna from her embrace and stared her in the eyes. Zecora looked past the trappings of office, duties and history and stared into a soul that while over a thousand years old was still in many ways was nothing more than that of a young, confused lady.

“Do you really believe that princess?” Asked Zecora.

To be continued.
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ChaoticNote Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Your writing shames mine.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well my writing still has a long ways to go to. It is not nearly as polished as my drawing skills but that is not surprising. At the moment I am still stumbling around getting feel for it.
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ChaoticNote Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Relax. It's amazing. ^_^
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yue-luv-art Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
whoa nice story!!
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you are liking it.
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ZephyrTheDragonlord Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
LUNA!!! DO NOT SELL YOURSELF SHORT! YOU HAVE MANY SUBJECTS WHO CONSIDER YOU THE BETTER PRINCESS BECAUSE YOU WERE SAVED FROM THE DARKNESS! Only those who have felt the staining touch of corruption may truly understand the strength of the forces that work to destroy the good.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah she could use that written down and stuck on the mirror in her bathroom so every time she looks at herself in the mirror she can read that.
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ZephyrTheDragonlord Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

I give Skybrush (or Petnia) permission to give a note like that to her addressed from "Those who care about you" to her.

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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor Luna. :(
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
She is on the path of dispensing these demons, but she'll have to run the gauntlet before it gets better.
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NegativeFade Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing. This made me sit down and read it, and that's saying something. :3
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well hopefully my attempts at writing are not too weak compared to my drawing skills.
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NegativeFade Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I liked it. I'm surprised you haven't turned this into a blog or something.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I have thought about it, and since I have recently been asked about some compilation I'll need to give it some more thought.
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NegativeFade Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neato.
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NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
:)
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Aramis-Dagaz Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
I'm reminded of a line that I wrote for a story involving the Princesses when they were still little fillies:

“As Princesses of Equestria, you have to remember that everything you do, even something as trivial as this, will have consequences far beyond just the two of you.  Everypony will notice what you do, and you have to take that into account before you act, even just to raise and lower the sun and moon.  Do you understand?”

Seems like Luna took those words to heart a bit too well.
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welltheponiesmademe Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
By Luna I love this.
Keep up the Amazing work :heart:
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
There is responsibility, there is fault, and there is guilt. They are not the same thing, nor do they always appear together. Telling the difference can be difficult, but it's very needed to avoid injustice and self-hate.

The "Singer's Path" sounds almost like a magical version of word association.
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Belvarius Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Now that is a great piece of wisdom!  Gonna have to remember it.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Telling the difference can be difficult, but it's very needed to avoid injustice and self-hate.

And that is what Celestia, Zecora and eventually even Applebloom are going to be helping Luna with.
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Ognimod Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
I think this may lead into something I've long believed about Celestia...
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
And that is.
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Ognimod Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
That she feels guilty of what happened to Luna also, that if she had made some sort of effort to help her feel appreciated, she wouldn't have been jealous, and she wouldn't have turned into NMM in the first place... I think you hinted once that we might see that, but I can't remember the exact posting.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
I love the horrified reactions Zecora and Luna have! The poor frightened mares.
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Belvarius Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Yikes, Zecora certainly got more than she bargained for with the song!  Still, now maybe something can be done to help Luna address her feelings of guilt for her past actions.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yikes, Zecora certainly got more than she bargained for with the song!

Yeah considering the last two times Zecora has used the Singer's Path she's gotten "exciting" results, she may reconsider when and how she uses it in the future. At least when ponies are involved.
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I can see that. This whole conflageration was sparked by her... it's only natural she feels that she is responsible, even when it was not her deeds...

- Polecat
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Osprey-Hawk Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
For a pony, she's surprisingly human.
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EKSegerstrom Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
... well, that made me tear up.  wow

*sniffles*  Amazing work Baron.  I love your EqDreamscape drawings and story.  thank you for sharing them with us
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Luna has some baggage she needs to unload. This purging Applebloom is almost much about Luna as it is about little Bloom.
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EKSegerstrom Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Certainly seems that way, poor Luna.  the hardest part is loving yourself as those around you love you.

Luna needs lots of hugs.
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