"Twilight broke out into loud, painful sobs into the small dragon's shoulder, her hooves holding him as close as she could."
"Well girls, what did you think of this one?" Twilight (the designated reader) asked as she turned away from her laptop to look at her friends who were all currently lounging around Fluttershy's comfy cottage interior.
"I think you're being a total crybaby, Twilight." Rainbow Dash mocked, laughing at Twilight's fictional breakdown. Flying to the center of the room, she struck a purposefully overdone dramatic pose, and, as melodramatically as possible, moaned, "OH NO! It was ALIVE!" Dash threw her forelegs and towards the sky, her head following as she yelled the word alive. "But now it is DEAD!" At the word dead, she took own an exaggerated droopy posture. "I, Twilight Sparkle, egghead extraordinaire, HAVE KILLED IT! Oh, woe is me, I am a horrible, TERRIBLE, pony! Oh, this is just the WORST. POSSIBLE. THING!"
"I'm never going to hear the end of that, aren't I?" an unamused Rarity dryly stated.
Rainbow Dash let herself float down to the ground as she laughed her own performance, Pinkie being the only pony to join in. Everypony else just rolled their eyes. After they calmed down, Dash said "Sorry Twilight, but really? The think was trying to eat you, or whatever. And it's not like you haven't ever killed a pesky fly or mosquito or anything like that. I mean, who are you, Fluttershy?"
Everypony gave a chuckle at that, except for the demure pony herself, who instead opted to hide beneath her mane and let out an adorable little "Eeep!"
"I don't think I even reacted like that when I killed that cupcakes crazy (pun intended) version of me!" Pinkie added.
"You know what, Rainbow Dash? You're right. I don't think I'm quite that sensitive myself... probably." Twilight struck a nervous glance, as she was actually rather unsure how she would react. "Anyway, moving on."
"If everypony doesn't mind I have something I wanted to say..."
Twilight continued. "I personally found Princess Luna's speech patterns in chapter one rather perplexing, as she was speaking only with Princess Celestia. I'm fairly sure that around her sister, if not everypony else, Princess Luna speaks normally. Then again, I've never actually seen their interactions... hmm. What do you all think?" Getting nothing but shrugs from her friends, Twilight paused to think for a moment. "Oh, I know! I'll just ask Princess Celestia herself!"
"Girls, could I say something please?"
Twilight produced a quill and parchment, and said aloud as she wrote, "Dear Princess Celestia, I know this is a rather silly question, but my friends and were wondering if Princess Luna speaks in the 'Royal Canterlot Voice' when it's just you two talking in private. Your Faithful Student, Twilight Sparkle."
"There was something I'd really like to say about the story before you go get Spike, Twilight..."
"Alright, now just let me get Spike to send this for me. I'll be right back girls." Twilight departed to the kitchen where Spike was preparing some food for everypony.
"Does anypony else think it's rather rude to bother the Princess herself with such a fatuous question?" Rarity asked after Twilight was out of earshot.
"Meh. I just wonder who even would care about something so stupid." Dash replied.
"Well, you know Twilight. She has to know like EVERYTHING EVER or else she's not happy. She's such a silly pony!" a certain boisterous pink pony exclaimed.
Twilight stepped into the room, already carrying a letter from the Princess. Rarity seemed rather shocked that the Princess bothered to respond at all. "My, that was quick."
"Well, the Princess is quite a quick scribe! Or so I would assume, since she always replies in such a timely fashion whenever I make a request or have a question."
Twilight began reading the letter aloud, "My Most Faithful Student, while that is indeed a rather silly question, my dear sister Luna is a rather silly pony. She has of course had to adjust, and it has been quite amusing to hear her use the old ways of speaking. And yes, she does indeed occasionally use that voice when it is just Luna and I speaking with one another. Right afterwards, she blushes most adorably. Your Mentor, Princess Celestia."
"GIRLS!" Everpony turned to Fluttershy, who began to blush most adorably herself after yelling in the confined space of her living room. "Oh, um, sorry. If you don't mind, could I please say something?"
"Of course! Why didn't you just say so?"
"Well, anyway, I just wanted to say that it was really sweet how much you were caring for Spike in the story, Twilight."
"Uh, thanks, I guess."
Rainbow Dash threw up her hooves. "Ugh, you guys are so boring! Why don't we talk about something cool, like the monsters? I mean, those solider guys' armor sounded awesome! I want a set my self, since the only thing that could make it more awesome would be if I was the pony wearing it!"
"Yeah Twilight, what did you think about the monsters? What do you think they mean?" Pinkie Pie chimed in.
"I don't know. I saw a lot of Royal Guards as a filly, and I thought they were kinda scary for a while, but it's not like I would have some foalhood trauma that they were involved in, just like your sister wasn't actually murdered and Fluttershy's father wasn't really a fillybeater. Maybe after more of the story is released I could hazard a guess though."
"What do you think your chances are? So far, I have to admit you've done pretty good for an egghead." Dash quipped.
"I'm sure I'll do just fine, as these stories always end well. Well, at in least one of the endings they do, but those are the canon endings so the point still stands."
"I'd do even better if I was using my teleportation spell. Although for story purposes, I would most likely be prevented from teleporting at all, but the author hasn't mentioned that. I mean, come on. I would have tried it by that point of the story. I've still enjoyed the story, but really?"
"Still, I have a sword, so that's nice."
"You know, I better get some sort of weapon when I get my own Silent Ponyville."
"Uh... I'm pretty sure that Jake said that he wasn't planning on writing one with you as the main character, Rainbow."
"Well that's lame! C'mon, you could totally tell from the last story that I've got some sort of issue with my parents. I want a story of me being awesome, as I always am, in Silent Ponyville so I can show you guys how it's really done! Jake, get your act together and show everypony how awesome I am!"
"That's nice, Rainbow."
"Ladies! And Rainbow Dash-" Rarity began.
"Just getting back at you for earlier, dearie. As I was saying, I believe the real point of concern in this story is that we are all stuck in that dreadful plane of existence! With all the filth and decay it comes with! I can't imagine how terrible that would all be for my- I mean our- complexions!"
Another mass eye-roll took place, this time directed at Rarity. "Hehe, maybe our complexions wouldn't be our biggest concern, considering the situation. Another thing is, just think of the timing! I don't think Silent Ponyville was really the honeymoon our Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash were hoping for."
"Yeah, fighting for our lives is awesome and all, but it's totally not as good as getting it on. Too bad for Fluttershy, because I am awesome in bed."
At the thought of sleeping with Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy's cheeks again matched her mane, and she did her best to become as diminutive as possible. Everypony else just gave Dash a look that said "Did you really just say that?"
"Hey, don't give me that look! It's not like I meant I want to have sex with Fluttershy." Against all odds, Fluttershy managed to become even smaller.
"We wonder sometimes, Dashie." Pinkie joked.
"Ugh, not the fillyfooler thing again." Dash said, now in a huff on the floor, as everypony, even Fluttershy laughed.
"You asked for it, Dashie!"
"Heh, yeah, I guess I did."
After a moment, the laughter died down, and Applejack decided it was here turn to finally say something. However, just as she was about to speak up, Spike walked into the room, carrying a platter of fresh cupcakes.
Pinkie Pie of course jumped up to claim her share immediately, shouting "CUPCAKES!" as if it were a battle cry. Now that there was food to be had, the discussion was was over, and Applejack still has said not a single word.