Nightmare Granfalloon: Tears of Laughter
A tribute to: My Little Pony Friendship is Magic
Healing Pony POV Series by alexwarlorn
Rainbow Dash had just left in a hurry, leaving Fluttershy alone behind to watch over the still sleeping Pinkie Pie, or so she thought.
Fluttershy was unsure if and how she should tell them about Fluttercruel. The fluttering pony didn't want her to be exiled, imprisoned, or exiled and imprisoned, or worse. She just knew the others would react negatively to Fluttercruel, after everything Discord had done. But somehow it felt so right to have her by her side. The fluttering Pegasus had told her cruel half that she thought about introducing her to Pinkie Pie first but she had to admit she was afraid how she might react, especially after the long exhausting party marathon. Even if Pinkie was one of the most accepting ponies Fluttershy knew, she was still scared how she'd react.
And Fluttercruel did help her to get Pinkie Pie to sleep, even if her method of hitting her with a pie pan was a bit rough. After Rainbow Dash had told them that being mean to others is a sign of uncertainty she was uncharacteristically silent. Fluttershy briefly wondered if she had gone too far in her lessons. Her other half did look angry and hurt for a moment. And the fluttering Pegasus knew how sensitive Fluttercruel was about her name.
"What, do you have another lesson ready? How about teaching something to Miss Loyalty? Maybe how loyal it was of her to abandon you when you fell to your death beneath the clouds?"
Fluttershy ignored it, though she felt a bit hurt at the mention of the event from long ago. "Are you feeling better?"
The voice of Fluttercruel dripped with irony, even her sometimes too literal minded other half noticed it. Fluttershy was just happy washing their mouth out had cleaned her potty mouth a bit.
"Well, it is good to hear that you are still as lively as ever."
Fluttershy wasn't lying. It truly felt good to teach her other side that life was more then just cruelty. It was almost like the lessons led the fluttering pony herself closer to a goal she didn't even know.
Fluttershy had viewed the whole ordeal as a nightmare at first, and she'd never heard Discord address Fluttercruel at all, least of all as his daughter. The fluttering pony wondered how someone could have a child and never pay them a passing glance. Sure, she didn't want to have a child, least of all with a big dumb meanie like Discord, but she had Fluttercruel, and one way or another, she did want to be a good mother for her.
The kind half put the photo album aside and looked for any signs of activity on Pinkie Pie's side. But she seemed so relaxed after nearly working herself to death, then being hit in the head by Fluttercruel to make sure she stayed asleep. Fluttershy was sure that she must have pleasant dreams.
Pinkie Pie's dreams weren't peaceful.
After breaking her soul to pieces more and more personas started to form. At first there was only Pinkamena, she existed purely to feel angry, sad, scared and hurt for Pinkie Pie when Pinkie couldn't bare it. Then Pinky, her unhappy foalhood memories, broke off her. Later when Pinkie Pie left the rock farm Diane, the love for her family, abandoned the main persona. And Pinkie just knew they each held some memory she didn't dare to remember, something she was knew would hurt to remember in its entirety.
It wasn't a healthy situation but thanks to the love and care of her foster parents and the friends she found in Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rarity Belle, Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash it was stable. Pinkamena continued to be forced to take over whenever an unpleasant situation arose and Pinkie Pie took over when it was safe again. The other two personas were either trapped in a peaceful, dreamless sleep or awoke to spend some time with Pinkamena.
And thus it would have continued for her entire life if Discord hadn't happened. He had blocked off Pinkamena and forced Pinkie Pie to encounter the illusion that all her friends were laughing at her and not with her. That she was just a joke to them.
The partying pony had literally no experience with something so horrifying, so painful, and failed miserably. She was corrupted into a laughter-hating angry parody of herself.
Even after Discord was defeated, the anger remained. Eventually it broke off Pinkie Pie and formed its own persona: Angry Pie. This persona wanted to consume everything and become the one dominant personality. At first she absorbed her imaginary friends Mr. Turnip, Madame LaFlour, Sir Lints-a-lot and Rocky to become more powerful. Her next targets were Pinky and Diane.
The battle with her was in the critical phase.
Pinky's face and her front hooves were showing from Angry Pie's gray belly. Diane's back hooves were now embedded in Angry Pie as Diane futilely tried to pull the poor filly free.
Pinkamena pleaded to Pinkie Pie to rejoin with her and to stop her all devouring anger. Pinkie Pie hesitated. Pinky was already gone. Diane looked sadly at the struggling pony, doing nothing.
"Please don't forget our family!"
She hesitated too long. Both Pinky and Diane were gone, absorbed by the madly grinning Angry Pie.
Pinkie Pie could only stare, nearly unable to comprehend what she had lost as Pinkamena broke down crying. The serious persona had lost almost everyone she ever knew: Mr. Turnip, Madame LaFlour, Sir Lints-a-lot, Rocky, Pinky and finally Diane.
Angry Pie wasn't sure which one she should devour next. Her new power should make her more than a match for both of them. Pinkamena was the obvious choice; she was weaker than Pinkie Pie. Otherwise the partying persona couldn't have pushed her around like a ragdoll.
Pinkie Pie looked down...then suddenly started to giggle.
It wasn't fair. It didn't make sense. The partying persona still tried to process what she just witnessed.
First Pinkamena told her that she wanted to rejoin with her and sing alongside her. Then she created a monster, which started to devour her mind, all by herself. Finally she had to learn that she had cut off her foalhood memories and her love for her parents.
How could she even do this? This wasn't joyful, this wasn't cheerful, and she wasn't supposed to be like this! She was supposed to be happy! ONLY HAPPY!
Now the two personas were gone, the memories they held beginning to fade from her mind. Soon she will be all alone.
Images of rocks shaped like her other personas, family and friends appeared before her.
They were all going to leave her: Her sisters, her father, her mother, Pinky, Diane, Pinkamena, Angry Pie, Fluttershy, Rarity, Applejack, Rainbow Dash and Twilight.
She could remember that one of her sisters was named Octavia but to her shock the name of her other sister was completely gone. They had spend years together and just like that the memory of all this time vanished.
Her other personalities weren't happy with their role inside her mind, Fluttershy wasn't happy because she couldn't help everypony, Rarity wasn't happy because she almost lost the one being most important to her by her own hoofs, Applejack wasn't happy because she saw how different her life could have been, Rainbow Dash wasn't happy because her guilt was tearing her apart and Twilight still suffered from having to be strong and sane for everyone. None of them was happy. No matter how long her party went, it didn't get better. No one got any happier.
One by one the statues broke apart. She couldn't help them. Just like before. There was nothing left for her.
"No, there will be something that will always be by my side."
The single blue jewel shaped like a balloon floated before her. Black energy circles around it. The partying persona was sure this darkness must be unhappiness she felt.
"But these doubts will soon all vanish."
The black magic surrounding the Element of Laughter intensified and then it entered the jewel. Cracks began to form on it as the symbol of her Element began to reshape itself, becoming a sharp and twisted version of the former item. It started to grow and for one short moment the happy personality thought she saw her own reflection inside starting to change.
"If they are not happy, I WILL make them happy. It is my duty, my very being to spread joy and happiness to everypony. Nothing will stand in my way. Not even myself."
"It looks like the Alicorn that couldn't face reality is falling apart."
Angry Pie rushed over to the seemingly helpless and babbling prey. She didn't care about the statues that appeared and vanished. She didn't care about the strange jewels floating before her prey. She didn't notice that the colors of Sugarcube Corner and every building around Pinkie Pie melted into one ugly mess. She didn't even notice the black tendrils snaking their way around the partying persona. The angry persona was absolutely sure that she would never have to be the Steed anymore. Nothing else mattered.
She would use her newfound power to just absorb her, like she devoured Pinky and Diane. No fancy attacks should be necessary to overwhelm Pinkie Pie in this state.
The partying Pony tossed her aside with one hoof without even looking. Angry Pie flew right through the glass wall and crashed hard into another building of the abandoned rock farm. For the first time since she was born, the angry personality felt pain. The constant giggling could be heard at this part of the mind as well. It was like it came from every part of her fractured psyche.
Angry Pie couldn't understand where this sudden burst of power came from. Nothing had changed, maybe she'd underestimated her in the first place...
Then something rammed into her sending her flying into the dirt outside. It was Pinkamena and right now she looked like she was the real representation of anger.
"Give them back!"
The angry persona quickly regained her concentration and she continued her battle with Pinkamena. Both reared up and kicked each other with their fore hooves. The first one to knock the other down would have the chance for the killing blow.
"No need to feel so lonely, you will soon meet all your friends."
"I will rip you apart until I find them!"
Pinkamena was careless and took one hit on her shoulder. As she fell down, Angry Pie reared up to finish what she had started. But the constant giggling made it hard to concentrate.
Near the still chuckling Pinkie Pie the buildings started to melt.
The serious persona felt a sudden rush of adrenaline and used it to run into the last standing building of the rock farm. As she closed the door behind her, Angry Pie was already waiting outside.
"And you still haven't realized that there is nowhere to run from me in my own mind?"
The angry persona recognized the building. Her parents had never allowed her to play inside. This had always made Pinkie Pie angry, but she just suppressed it. Now it would be different.
Angry Pie ripped the door apart and rushed inside.
Everything was dark. Then one light appeared before her. She could see Pinkamena with a grim look and a single match. The room was filled with the explosives her family used to crack open larger rocks.
The following explosion was loud enough to drone out the constant cackle echoing through her mind. The glass wall separating the mind started to melt away and collapsed into itself.
Angry Pie found herself back into the dirt. Her entire body was hurting; it was covered in dust and scars. She felt the taste of blood in her mouth and vaguely remembered that one of her family members once told her that this can be fatal in short order.
She was still alive, but felt no trace of Pinkamena.
Only now Angry Pie realized that the giggling had become a roaring laughter.
Suddenly she felt something picking her up and dragging her somewhere. As her vision slowly returned she saw the remains of Sugarcube Corner. It didn't even resemble the old building. It was a melted mess, pulsating in regular intervals, almost like it was a twisted organ. Somehow the shape was similar to a tent.
What is THIS?"
Long circus banners grew from the abomination and dragged her closer and closer to it. It was hard to comprehend that something as bright and innocent looking as these banners could grow out of this thing. The laughter seemed to come from every direction at once.
Then she saw Pinkie Pie floating above the hideous construction.
The partying pony had a huge grin on her face. She was wearing rather poorly applied clown makeup and a garish party dress. Somehow she had wings and a horn; both looked like she had drawn them with crayon but against every rule of logic she flew with them. Pinkie Pie had grown two times her size, her proportions had changed as well, becoming more like Celestia and Luna. A wide, creepy smirk spread from ear to ear on her face, as if permanently adorned to the creature.
"Bad foalhood memories are dead-dead-dead! Annoying memories of parents are dead-dead-dead! Pinkamena is gone. Once you are all gone I will be free to spread happiness to everypony. They will all be happy, like they are supposed to be. Now it is your turn to say bye-bye-bye!"
Pinkie Pie's voice had become shrill and high-pitched. For moments Angry Pie could only stare at the monster she had created, for the first time in her existence feeling true fear. Then the nightmare began to sing.
Listen to Nightmare Granfalloon for awhile
Cause I am here to say
I'm gonna make the world smile
And joy will be here to stay.
Everyone will be so happy.
They'll be that way no matter what
That's how the world should be don't you see?
They'll be happy rather they want to be or not!
I'm going to make them smile, smile, smile!
I'll stuff their hearts full of sunshine!
They're all going to smile, smile, smile!
No matter how much they want to whine!
Like a flesh eating plant, the abomination that was once Sugarcube Corner dragged the angry persona to its top and she felt herself sinking down into the mass. Angry Pie resisted, desperately trying to climb out of the slimy structure. But she knew that her strength would not last forever. The Nightmare landed next to her like and stood on the former Sugarcube Corner like it was a perfectly normal ground. Without warning she raised one hoof and started to push Angry Pie down into the mess.
But anger is in my way now.
In my world anger has no place.
So now I'll make this vow
Anger will disappear without a trace!
So say goodbye to anger and sorrow!
Bad feelings can say so long!
When the sun comes up tomorrow
Everypony will be singing Granfalloon's song!
Everypony will have to smile, smile, smile!
Once they hear the sound of my voice, voice, voice!
Everypony will have to smile, smile, smile!
They'll have to, they won't have a choice, choice, choice!"
The abomination Angry Pie was trapped in grew higher and higher, now resembling a pillar of pulsating flesh.
Around the structure the other buildings were in even worse shape and had melted into nothing but black slime. Then the ground began to crack around this goo and everything started to sink deeper and deeper. The entire mind began to fall apart as Nightmare Granfalloon was still busy drowning Angry Pie.
"I need to come up with a fitting subtitle. What do you think about 'the eternal laughter' or 'the most infectious laughter'? I have to admit it is a work in progress."
The mind looked like a giant grey sinkhole, with only the a few floating platforms and the giant twisted pillar, that was once Sugarcube Corner, left over the gigantic abyss below them. A gigantic pink circus tent appeared over the fleshy pillar, covering this entire madness as circus music began to play.
"Stop this at once, Pinkie!"
The attention of the Nightmare turned to the darker shaded Earth Pony with a straight mane and tail, clinging to one of the remaining platforms.
"Pinkamena! So glad-glad-glad, that you are still here. I will make you smile-smile-smile. Your wish will come true. Now it is time for you to sleep FOREVER!"
The circus music became fast-paced as the Nightmare flew up into the air and started to circle the pillar. Then she concentrated her power in her new horn and hit the platform with a blast of pink-colored magic. As it began to fall apart and sink into the abyss below, the serious side of herself jumped over to the next structure.
"I will not disappear until we have finished our talk!"
Then she started to rush into Nightmare Granfalloon's direction, jumping from platform to platform. Always one step ahead of the insane pony trying to let her fall. The laughter continued to echo around her, even when the Nightmare realised her opponent got closer and closer.
"Oh that's silly! Just plain silly! Silly-silly it's so silly!"
This time the insane pony started to blast the platforms around herself apart. There was no way left to reach her, floating around the transformed Sugarcube Corner.
Pinkamena stopped at the floating structure closest to Nightmare Granfalloon. It resembled Twilight's library. The insane pony was around 20 metres ahead.
"Pinkie you can still stop this madness! What will your friends think?"
"They will love the new me-me-me! I will make everypony smile-smile-smile. That is what the doctor had ordered after Mr. Discord made them unhappy-happy-happy. I'll make sure to draw a big-big-big smile on his statue too!"
"I will not allow yourself to hurt you any further!"
The serious pony took all the run-up she could get and jumped the impossible distance. She got far but eventually she started to fall. A familiar voice echoed through the mind.
"I will not allow you to forget our family! None of it!"
With a sudden burst of bright light Pinkamena began to change and white pegasus wings grew from her back. While their color clashed with the rest of her body, she gladly accepted them and flew up to the Nightmare.
Nightmare Granfalloon kept smiling as more and more of the last pieces of her mind began to fall into the abyss. But now her serious side hovered before her.
"You look so silly! Just like I did once, but nopony believed me when I told them."
Suddenly Pinkamena looked at the Nightmare like she had grown a second head. Then the lower lip of the serious pony quivered. She knew that under all this darkness there was still the same partying pony she grew up with. Something left to save.
Both rushed at each other head first. Nightmare Granfalloon began to charge up another blast of magic, but Pinkamena was faster and gave her the strongest head-butt she could muster. The impact was strong enough to break the horn of the insane pony.
Color started to bleed out of the stump and began to reshape itself into a horn. Pinkamena knew she had to act fast. She rammed into the Nightmare's side, knocking her off balance. As Nightmare Granfalloon tried to regain her balance the serious pony landed another hit. She put her entire strength into it and it sent the Nightmare crashing into the twisted pillar.
Dust and smoke covered everything. The laughter stopped suddenly. But the circus music could still be heard.
Carefully Pinkamena flew closer to talk with her other side. But she wasn't careful enough as the same banners, that trapped Angry Pie, suddenly charged at her out of the smoke and wrapped themselves around her new wings.
The laughter restarted to echo around her, now it just sounded mocking.
As the dust began to vanish, she could see Nightmare Granfalloon standing next to the still struggling Angry Pie. The pillar pulled her closer and closer.
As always the Nightmare grinned at her.
"Do you know a good final punchline-line-line?"
She was pulled closer and closer and saw the fear in Angry Pie's face. The Nightmare was standing just before her. Pinkamena didn't blink and stared at the lost persona.
"Do you think StarSong would be proud?"
Suppressed memories broke free and images floated around them: StarSong desperately fighting against the Draconequus Anarchy, the Pegasus screaming and leaping at his face, causing him to accidentally erase her instead of Pinkie Pie and finally StarSong vanishing before she could sing her final song. They continued to circle the Nightmare.
"Starsong gave her life for yours, would she be proud of what you're planning to do with it?"
More and more images of two long forgotten lives began to appear.
The friends that suffered under Discord when the pink pony was a white Pegasus known as Surprise: Galaxy, Wind Whistler, Spike, Star-Reacher, Mimic, Applejack, Firefly, Posey, Shady, Celestia and Luna.
The friends that perished when the world was ended by the Draconequi and the Alicorns: Rainbow Dash, Cheerilee, Princess Rarity, Scootaloo, Wysteria, Sweetie-Belle, Kenbroath Gillspotten Heathspike "Spike" The Fourth, Sky Wishes, Thistle Whistle, Toola-Roola, Star Catcher and StarSong.
They all locked at the incomplete Nightmare. Everyone seemed so sad.
Nightmare Granfalloon suddenly stopped smiling. The banners began to wrap themselves closer and closer around her until Pinkamena fainted.
Everything became darkness.
She could still hear something.
It wasn't laughter. It sounded like someone was crying.
Slowly she could see her surroundings.
Pinkamena was on the top of the pillar. Instead of the flesh-like structure it was before, it had turned back into stone. The pink circus tent was gone. Angry Pie was still alive but completely spent from her fight against drowning in this mess. Her lower half was still struck in the remains of Sugarcube Corner. Both the laughter and the circus music had stopped and the serious pony could see pieces of the banners, that almost choked her to death, laying on the ground. Something very powerful must have ripped them apart.
The base of the tower broke off and fell deep into the giant grey sinkhole that was still her mind. But something kept the upper half from falling into the abyss: The memories that still continued to circle around it. A voice interrupted her.
"I am sorry StarSong. I am sorry Diane. I am sorry Minty. I am sorry Pinky
Then she saw the Nightmare. She did weep bitterly. Her clown make up had almost completely melted away and the garish party dress was in pieces. The wings and the horn had melted off leaving only a bit of crayon behind. But Nightmare Granfalloon was still two times her size.
Pinkamena looked at the broken persona, rushed over to her and hugged her. In turn the being froze in place.
"So you finally remember. And I was worried I had lost you as well."
"How can you
Why do you still
Pinkie Pie returned to her regular size and nearly fainted from exhaustion. The struggling pony leaned against her serious personality.
"I am so sorry, Pinkamena. I should have listened to you. Both Pinky and Diane could still be alive. I
I don't deserve to be the main persona anymore
You could take this role and whenever you need to make a joke I will be there for you
For a second Pinkamena considered accepting this offer. For years this was everything she could ever dream of. She would be the Alicorn instead of the Steed. But she always wished that Pinky and Diane would be by her side.
"Pinkie Pie without laughter being the main part? Now you must be joking!"
And for second time in her entire existence, Pinkamena laughed. Two seconds later she was serious again.
"It may not be too late to save Pinky and Diane. I can still remember all the events on the rock farm that made me to feel angry, sad, scared and hurt."
"And I can remember whenever I was happy there. It's getting foggy, but I can."
Both ponies tried to focus their thoughts.
Pinkie Pie remembered the times when she played with her two sisters. The partying pony recalled the hours when she awaited the arrival of Granny Pie and the precious time she had spend with her. She reminded herself that her family genuinely enjoyed the first party she ever had after she saw the sonic rainboom.
Pinkamena remembered the moment Octavia came to her aid when she fell into the river. She reminded herself when she thought she was all alone at her fifth birthday, only for her entire family including Granny Pie finishing work sooner so they could spend some time with her. The serious persona recalled the moment when she was absolutely horrified what might have lurked in the darkness but Granny Pie taught her to confront her fears in song.
Bright energy started to flow from both and joined together before them. Two familiar shapes began to form but then the energy fell apart.
It was not enough.
Pinkamena jumped over to Angry Pie, grabbed her head and stared at her.
"You are responsible for this entire mess and you will try to remember the times we were angry back then!"
"Why should I do that?"
"You can hardly move and there is a very deep abyss nearby. You do the math."
"Nice try. You even healed this monster; you don't have it in you."
Before Pinkamena could think of everything else to say, Angry Pie heard Pinkie Pie giggling behind her. Shocked Pinkamena stared at the happy persona, only to find her smiling a normal pleasant smile. She stopped Angry Pie from seeing this however.
Angry Pie desperately tried to remember everything she knew of the rock farm. She remembered how her parents had forbidden her to play near the house with the explosives. Angry Pie hated to admit it but now she knew from personal experience that they were right. The angry personality recalled when Octavia told her not to play this close to the river, only to jump after her without hesitation when she fell inside. Finally she reminded herself at the anger she felt when she left the rock farm. But she wasn't angry at her family, she was angry at herself for leaving without saying goodbye.
Bright energy started to leave her and joined with the other two shapes. The forms became clearer and clearer until the restored Pinky and Diane stood before them. Pinkamena cried for joy.
"Pinkie Pie, you are a genius!"
"A genius? Maybe I could go as one at the next Nightmare Night."
Diane's first reaction was to hug Pinky.
"You didn't forget
Then Pinky looked at Pinkie Pie with her big eyes.
"Will we all be together?"
Pinkie Pie looked back at her, at Diane and at Pinkamena. They all still wanted to be with her. After everything she had done.
"Yes, I won't fail you anymore."
The four of them moved next to Angry Pie. Normally the angry persona would have fought until the very end against this idea but now she was just tired and the thought of becoming a full part of Pinkie Pie was much more pleasant than drowning in whatever Nightmare Granfalloon tried to drown her into.
"Is everyone ready?"
All five personalities nodded.
"Let's thank Angy for her help
okay, here we go! The Grand Pinkamina 'Pinkie' Diane Pie Unification!"
Uplifting music began to play and confetti fell from the heavens as all five came into contact with each other. Bright light covered the entire world and the abyss imploded into itself. Grass started to cover everything and houses popped into existence: The library, Sugarcube Corner, the Carousel Boutique, Town Square, the Sweet Apple Acres farm and finally the rock farm. It wasn't abandoned anymore.
As the memories surged back in, Pinkie didn't fight them, no matter how sad they may be...But at the end, after watching Minty die right in front of her...she saw herself take what was left of Minty's light and put it in one of the hurt shadows...And recognized who it became.
Pinkie Pie opened her eyes, had the strange urge to watch out for pie pans, and slowly sat up in bed.
Fluttershy was standing next to her bed but something about her body language was different, that and she held a stool in her hoofs and seemed ready to hit her over the head with it. Then Pinkie Pie noticed that her bed had broken apart and several pieces of a horribly familiar dress were laying on the ground. There was a hole through the headboard as well, looking like a unicorn's horn had gone through it.
"I get it! This was one of those dream sequences where everything that happens to you inside the dream appears outside. But I kinda wished I got to keep the dress I was wearing in one piece. It would have been a great Nightmare Night costume."
The fluttering pony blinked and now her stance was gentle and kind.
"Pinkie Pie! It is you!"
The fluttering Pegasus hug-tackled Pinkie Pie within seconds.
"Yes Pinkie Pie?"
"I . . . I want to say I'm sorry for making you all worry about me. That isn't what friends are supposed to do. They're supposed to be there for each other, like you were for me or Pinkamena was there for me when I needed her the most."
Pinkie Pie looked at her friend. After everything she had seen with the partying pony briefly shifting into her Nightmare form, she deserved an explanation.
So Pinkie Pie told her everything. About the talk with Pinkamena, the battle against Angry Pie, her own corruption into Nightmare Granfalloon and how her serious side was able to cure her. The entire time Fluttershy listened to her intensely. She didn't brush it off as just Pinkie Pie being Pinkie Pie.
The fluttering pony in turn started to think about her own later activities. She wondered if she was too pushy with Fluttercruel. There was no doubt that her other half needed her help but maybe it was also the other way around. Without Fluttercruel's help they would have never caught Rainbow Dash. Without the rather unorthodox use of a pie pan, Pinkie Pie could still continue her party.
Then Fluttershy decided to trust her friend.
may I talk to you about a child I am taking care off?"
"Sure, I am listening."
The pink pony calmly sat on the remains of her bed and awaited her story.
"Her name is Fluttercruel and I met her after one of your parties."