Picking up where we left off in my Equestria dreamscape. In my lasting posting [link]
we had dealt Applejack with galloping into Ponyville utterly terrified with her tale of how several farm ponies along with Applebloom had been abducted by some strange shadowy force, and how Applejack had barely escaped a similar fate.
After a flurry of letter writing and emergency meetings things settled down for a bit. At that moment we were able to turn our attention to a closer problem. Poor Applejack. It was particularly gut wrenching to see someone so strong and independent huddled in the corner of the library trembling and crying.
I hate situations like this for always feel as if any I could say sounds either useless, stupid, or totally inadequate. Apparently both Twilight and Petina were feeling the same way to, and we resigned ourselves to giving Applejack hugs while letting her cry on our shoulder. Eventually she stopped crying and shivering.
By this time several letters had been received from Princess Celestia and with Twilight's help the Princess had been able to cast a spell over Ponyville which made everything within the spells radius emit a soft glowing light. Effectively eliminating or reducing any shadows. However the spell only worked on Ponyville and the outlying homes and farms could not benefit from the spell. A frantic flurry of activity then ensued as many of the outlying families were evacuated from their homes and brought into the protective area of the spell before the sunset. However some of the further outlying areas could not be reached before sunset. One of those being Sweet Apple Acres.
There had been no other accounts of ponies disappearing but the onset of nightfall and failure to reach Sweet Apple Acres before sundown sent Applejack into another fit of hysterics. However Princess Celestia's orders had been very clear that she wanted no pony traveling after dark. We just had to hope that Apple family and all the other ponies in the outlying areas made it through the night okay. We had no word of what was happening in Canterlot or any of the other pony towns, villages, or cities. We just hoped for the best.
Dinner was cold sandwiches in the library. I don't think anyone really tasted their food. We all sat and quietly and went through the motions of chewing our food. Finally the stress and exhaustion of the day caught up with Applejack and she effectively collapsed into fitful sleep. Twilight found spare cots for everyone and with our help we were able to get AJ into bed. I think one of most touching scenes of this dream was the sight of Twilight pulling blanket over Applejack. She admitted later that she to was not useful at the moment but she wanted to do whatever she could do to comfort her friend. It was going to be a long night.