Single parent seeks special somepony, epilogueA full week had passed since the showdown in front of Twilight Sparkle’s library.Single parent seeks special somepony, epilogue by angelofrombelow
The first thing the princess had done was to delay the return of Ponyville’s fillies and colts – she hadn’t known yet whether the changelings could be trusted and she didn’t want to place the young ones in harm’s way.
The denizens of the Zebra Kingdom had been more than a little perturbed by her explanation but they eventually saw it her way. If there was a chance of finally finding peace with a race that was universally seen as dangerous, it should be encouraged.
Princess Celestia was not so easily won over.
Twilight had put off telling her immediately but she couldn’t hold out forever. A couple of days into the changelings’ residence, she went to Canterlot.
Celestia’s first action was to check whether she had been placed under mental control. When she discovered that wasn’t the case, a strongly argued debate began.
In the end, she placed her tr
Single parent seeks special somepony, part 11Surprise was lifted off her hooves as Rainbow Dash ploughed into her, the pony acting quickly to overpower her.Single parent seeks special somepony, part 11 by angelofrombelow
The changeling offered no resistance and within seconds she had been restrained, with Dash sitting atop her and holding her front legs in place.
“I’ve got her!” the rainbow-maned pegasus cried. Behind her, a gathered crowd of ponies watched on and chattered agitatedly about the invader.
Berry tried to fight down the anxiety rising in her chest, suppressing the urge to try to help Surprise. The residents of Ponyville were in such a state that any attempt to assist could end up with her being accused of being a changeling as well.
A quick glance at Chrysalis revealed the queen was also struggling to hold herself back, her concern for her daughter conflicting with her fear of discovery.
Berry sensed movement behind her and stepped aside as Twilight Sparkle came forward, emerging from the library. The princess gasped when she saw what the hubbub was about, but p
Single parent seeks special somepony, part 10Berry took a step forward, disturbed by Surprise’s lack of a response. The changeling looked up at her, her eyes glistening.Single parent seeks special somepony, part 10 by angelofrombelow
“Please don’t go,” she said. “I’m not ordering you, I’m asking you – please don’t go. You’d be throwing away your freedom.”
“You have to make a choice. Either you let me go or you help me talk to Chrysalis,” said Berry.
“But that’s no choice at all. If you break my hypnosis, then I lose you. If we go to Chrysalis then she’ll break it herself, and I’ll lose you. We don’t have a plan, we don’t have anything. I know you’re upset, but you’re about to throw your last chance away.”
“We have to do something!” she said, stomping her hoof decisively on the floor. “I’m not prepared to live like this. Not knowing that my daughter’s coming home tomorrow. Not knowing that soon she’ll… she’ll
Single parent seeks special somepony, part 9Berry’s consciousness drifted as Surprise’s hypnosis took control of her.Single parent seeks special somepony, part 9 by angelofrombelow
She felt distant, disconnected. As if she was trapped in a warm, protective bubble.
It was a sensation that she didn’t want to lose. She felt safe, as if she was a child again. Free from worries.
Unfortunately, it could not last.
Sounds from the outside world came rushing back and her vision returned, blurry at first but quickly regaining definition.
A worried-looking Surprise was standing before her, hoof on her shoulder.
“Berry? Berry, are you back with me? Do you remember me? Please, you have to remember me.”
The earth pony couldn’t respond at first. Something felt wrong inside – she hadn’t had time to guess what being under hypnosis would be like but she wasn’t expecting this.
It was as if she had lost a part of herself.
The changeling was becoming truly concerned now. “Berry, answer me.”
“I remember you,” she said immediately. Then