The story continues to unfold in my Equestria dreamscape. Since I am taking my initial flight training out at Sweet Apple Acres [link]
I am getting more chances to see the Apple family. In particular I have been interested in how the littlest Apple has been doing.
While the whole messy adventure with the Lord of Shadows was not enjoyable on our end it was nothing compared to what little Applebloom went through [link]
. Being abducted and physically drawn into his realm had to be a terrifying experience and it is been very fortunate for her that she has had such a supportive family to help her through the ordeal.
After her return to Equestria, Applebloom was of course given a medical examination and magical exam to try and determine whether she had any unknown injuries, diseases or spells lurking in her. The results were negative but there is so much we will never known about the Kingdom of Shadows. This has left this nagging feeling that something could have been missed.
While there is a desire to ask what happened to her and the other farm ponies in the Kingdom of Shadow, Celestia has asked that we don't press any pony for details. "When they feel ready to talk about they will." was her declaration. Still recent events have made Apple family's desire to know what happened to their little Applebloom in that horrible place more acute.
After her initial emotional outburst from being reunited with her big sister and family [link]
, Applebloom has become very withdrawn and remote to her family and friends. This is not unusual for someone who has undergone extreme duress for an extended period of time, but there are other things that are bothering the family.
Applebloom has found it almost impossible to sleep her room at night without a light in the room, and she does not like going into down in the basement or any place where it is dark and she can not see. Once again this is not unreasonable considering where she was taken to, but the family feels there is something else that the little filly either won't or can't say.
She has been having nightmares almost every night even with the light in her room. These to are understandable considering the stress she has undergone. The other members of her family have heard her screams, cries and sobbing and even having big sis Applejack sleep in the same room with her has done little to stop the episodes. What alarms the family is that she won't say what the nightmares are about even though they are pretty certain she is remembering at least parts of them.
Further AJ has described Applebloom as now being "evasive". She doesn't like making eye contact with other family members or her friends and classmates. She complains that everything she eats tastes bitter and her appetite has greatly diminished. All the Apple family can do now is there for her.
At this time I did not realize that I was seeing the beginnings of what would become the third dream/ story arc in this dreamscape. No one had any idea how bad little Applebloom's plight was or how dangerous it would become for not only her but every pony around her.