Twilight grunted and stretched, turning her head into her pillow in a last ditch effort to catch just a few more seconds of sleep.
"Um . up yet?" Rainbow's voice cracked a bit with the upward inflection of the question, to which she already knew the answer.
Twilight nodded as she continued to stretch, eyes still closed.
Rainbow didn't feel the need to allow Ms. Sparkle to awaken any further to let her in on the good news. "Hey Twi, guess what."
Twilight's eyes blearily opened, one just before the other, in attempt to acknowledge the impatient pony who had been so kind as to steal her away from her slumber. " Yeah?"
"We have a reply. It must have come when we were asleep." She could tell her friend, due to her current lack of any real sense of consciousness, wasn't nearly as excited as she was. "So you wanna read it?"
Twilight nodded, sitting up in her bed. She located the scroll nestled in the blankets covering her lap. She used her magic to levitate it in front of her, and then unwrap it.
She cleared her throat, and groaned a little more, still very obviously groggy having only woken up a few seconds ago. "Let's see."
My Dearest Twilight Sparkle,
I am extremely happy to hear Rainbow Dash has agreed to have an audience with me in Canterlot. I've sent one of my royal carriages to Ponyville, which will shuttle the both of you here to my castle. I expect it to arrive at the Ponyville library by noon.
Before you arrive, I ask that the two of you discuss what Rainbow Dash truly wants in preparation for my interview. You see, this type of spell is permanent. He will undergo many changes, and needs to be made aware of those changes before I can consent to performing the spell. Along with this letter I've included a brief outline of the spell, how it works, and the changes one should expect. Please review it thoroughly.
Rainbow tilted her head in confusion. "Wait, so what's happening?"
Twilight skimmed over the letter once more. "It looks like The Princess wants to interview you, so she can be sure changing is what you really want. After all, she says the spell's effects are permanent."
"Permanent? Um isn't that the point?" Rainbow asked. "I mean, why would I want to go back to this."
She gestured to her entire self.
"Hmm," Twilight thought aloud. "But, the fact you won't be able to go back to the way you are now is something to consider."
Twilight stopped for a moment, forgetting the world around her. "She won't be able to go back to the way she is? But that means she'll be a forever?"
The thought took over her mind, if only for a moment. If Rainbow was going to transform into somepony else, then she would never be the same. Twilight could not help but to think about the hug she was given the previous day. The warmth, the sincerity, the tenderness.
What would she do if Rainbow wasn't 'herself' anymore? She continued to stare blankly through Rainbow as the thought plagued her mind.
Dash couldn't help but notice she had somehow completely lost her friend. She waved her hoof in front of Twilight's face. "Hey, Earth to Twilight!"
"Huh? Wha-?" Twilight snapped out of it. "Sorry, just thinking to myself."
Rainbow laughed. "It's okay. So, let's check out this list. I can't wait to hear all of the awesome changes I'll go through."
" Right." Twilight could not help but worry how different Rainbow would become. She took a moment to study her friend, who was still sitting at the foot of her bed, so very close, staring right back at her. " Why would you want to be anything other than what you are now?"
She repressed the selfish thought, and began to read down the list, hoping to find at least one thing which would be enough to change Rainbow's mind.
"Please; there's got to be something."