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There was silence, nothing but the sounds of crickets, the wind in the trees, and Spike's snoring as Twilight Sparkle lay in her bed, curled up with a book. Her eyes followed the words. Syllable by syllable, line by line, page by page. However, her mind did very little to process what her eyes were taking in.



Her thoughts were elsewhere. She could not stop worrying about Rainbow Dash, and what she had confessed earlier that day.



"A boy? A… colt? How could anypony born a mare feel that way?" Twilight thought, trying to come up with anything at all to explain why her friend seemed so tormented.



She let out a heavy sigh, and closed her book, which by then was going completely unnoticed anyway.



It hurt, knowing such a dear friend was in so much pain. Even worse was the fact this friend had confided in her only to be met with absolute ignorance, and not a single thing to say which could have made her feel even slightly better.



She let out another sigh, to which a still unconscious Spike replied via a belch, which in turn produced a plume of smoke and green fire.



The scroll fell from the air, landing just in front of Twilight.



"A reply? At this hour?" She half-whispered, half-thought to herself, her hooves already at work unrolling the scroll.



She cleared her throat, but began reading to herself as not to wake Spike.



Dear Twilight Sparkle,



I apologize for my slow reply considering the difficult circumstance your friend is in. However, you have no need to worry. Rainbow Dash is perfectly healthy, and is not stricken with any sort of ailment. What plagues him is a genuine need to live his life as a colt as opposed to a mare as he was born. In my years I have come across other ponies with the same problem a number of times.



This problem he has is not something which can be dealt with easily, but it is possible. Please, let Rainbow Dash know I am able and willing to help him. He is free to visit me in Canterlot at any time.



Respectfully Yours,



Princess Celestia



Twilight read over the scroll a number of times, feeling it necessary to prove such a reply from The Princess even existed.



"This must be serious," she thought, "I need to find Dash and let her know there is something she can do… somepony who can help her."



Twilight Sparkle lay awake for a few more hours before drifting off to sleep. The wording The Princess had used to describe her friend had sparked a plethora of thought and worry which prevented her from sleeping with any notion of comfort, or ease.



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Alone in the sky, the pony with rainbow hair lay curled up on a cloud drifting above Ponyville, quietly crying herself to sleep. She let go of her dreams as the waking world gently let go of her.



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I give you chapter five, which centers around a still very confused Twilight Sparkle. The rest of the Mane Six will be making appearances as they fit into the story, which should be within the next few chapters.

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TheElegirl Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Very interesting and intruiging. A thought provoking story, and the fact that it relates to you on a personal note makes all the more heartfelt. More more! (Also, I really hope there is a bit of TwiDash! :D :D )
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shynodoka Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
these pages are so short -_-
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olihmajor Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Interesting so far : D
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Inkymint Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish everyone was as understanding and accepting as Princess Celestia. I love this story so much
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Ddraigtanto Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I second that notion.
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much. More of the mane six will show up in later chapters.
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LadyAuth Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great story very interesting idea!



Although in this line "She half-whispered, half-thought to herself, her hooves already at work unrolling the scroll." I feel she wouldn't really use her hooves to undo the scroll she would use her magic(usually how she unrolls and holds scrolls) just a small thought that occurred to me....
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought about this, actually. My reasoning for writing this line the way I did is this, describing Twilight physically doing something better encapsulates the reader into the story than letting them she is using her magic for such a simple task.

It puts the reader into Twilight's hooves for a moment, helping them to better understand the sense of urgency she must have felt.
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Magicponixtutu Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Just one Question: the part about where princess celestia wrote "In my years I have come across other ponies with the same problem a number of times" Did you have that in mind when you started or did I happen to help with that because it does seem relevent to an earlier coment that i had made before on a previous chapter. No matter the answer THe chapter is great. I can't wait to read what comes next!!!
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't want to take credit for something you were the first to publicly say, but it was only logical Rainbow Dash wasn't the first transgender pony in Equestria.

Since coming out, so many others in my little bitty nothing town have opened up about their identities to me. The LGBT community is a LOT larger than I used to think it was, really.
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Magicponixtutu Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Well no matter. If i had offended you in any way by asking that question then i appologize from the bottom of my heart. That was asked for my own piece of mind. Like i said before, No matter the answer to that question, the chapter is great!! i can't wait to read the next part!!
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supergeek17 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Princess Celestia's letter is definitely the highlight of the chapter. <3
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Nayru-Dragon Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks for posting! I hope Twilight can save Rainbow in time before she gives up on her true self. ^^
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You'll have to be patient just at least a little bit longer to find out. :D
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Nayru-Dragon Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Student General Artist
='(
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MageCeleste Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
I believe what moved me most about this piece is that Celestia used the correct pronouns of "him."
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I couldn't think of any other way for her to say it.

She's so understanding.
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Magicponixtutu Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
I agree that that dose sound like somthing that celestia would say!!
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, thanks. :D
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shining-armor7 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
you really have a talent for writing
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much. :D
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shining-armor7 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
:)
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ChordCatcher Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
t'was definitely worth the short wait to read it! What a story line ... and greatly portrayed in the characters own persona's. Keep up the awesomeness, can't wait to read more :D
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much. I hope to have new chapters out soon.
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Eatingdembabies Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, this is AWESOME. It's so ponies.
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, thank you very much, and thank you for reading.
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hopefox Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I really like this chapter! Also all the other chapters, but this is the first one I've been able to comment on.

I think it's very true to character for Twilight to want so desperately to help, but just not know what she's supposed to do. I think Rarity and Fluttershy would help too if Rainbow Dash would just let them, but after his reception from Twilight, I don't blame him. I really feel sorry for him, especially with trying to make himself into a "proper mare". And full marks to Princess Celestia here - she always knows what to do.

Very much looking forward to seeing what happens next! Also, well done for writing about something so close to your own experiences - that can't be easy.
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much. :) I'm glad to know I have another reader following one of my stories.

And, thanks again. I really do try hard to make sure every pony is in character, so hearing somepony say they seem correct is nice. And yes, I've learned from personal experiences the friends around somepony can only help if that person allows them to. Fluttershy and Rarity are doing their best, but as you said, Rainbow Dash is going to have a difficult time letting them in after what happened with Twi.

As far as writing about personal experiences goes: it's something I honestly don't mind. My life is quite literally an open book at this point, so if I can share my experiences, even the bad ones, as a means to entertain or even help somepony else, then I will gladly do so.
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Burnheart146 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
These are so amazing! You really have a talent for writing :)
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much. :)

These are really fun to do.
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MandyB82 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
Yay Celestia! :heart:
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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MandyB82 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
:squee:
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Takodaa Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, how I want more of this.
This is amazing, wonderful job. :3
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much. I've been having trouble decided where I want to take the story next, but writing in short bursts like this really allows me to do more without planning too far ahead.

Keep watching for more installments. :D
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Takodaa Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm eagerly waiting. :D
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll keep that in mind.
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beatophone Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this chapter may have been short, but it's extremely interesting. I need to make sure I read the previous chapters. <3
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Go for it. :D
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beatophone Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oki <3 WHEN I'M DONE CHECKING MESSAGES XP
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penguinprotecter Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome. Let me know what you think. :D
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beatophone Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's fantastic! I'm simply hooked to the story now. :XD: I can't wait for the next chapter. <3
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