Little Stars

by Shadowmane PX-41

Chapter 1: "Why not the Dazzlings?"

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Author's Notes:

I just came up with this idea on the fly when I saw this artwork in the Drawfriends section of Equestria Daily. A picture really IS worth a thousand words, isn't it? And besides, what better way to re-introduce the Dazzlings into FIMFiction popularity than with a cute little fic of the Cutie Mark Crusaders cosplaying as them to try and win the Fall Formal?

If you like this idea, then be sure to leave your comments below, follow me if you're new to my stuff, and try to share the word with your friends. But most of all, enjoy this story for what it is.

Have a nice day.

Ever since the events at Camp Everfree, the students at Canterlot High had been more abuzz than ever. Even with magic slowly being interlaced with the rest of the world, they quickly resumed their everyday lives as high-school students. As once in a lifetime it was, they all came to the agreement that magic would not overtake all their other thoughts and dreams.

Posters were being hung up all around the school by Sunset Shimmer and her friends, advertising the Fall Formal once again. Over a year had passed since the fateful day since Twilight Sparkle first came to the human world and dueled with her for the crown and everyone still couldn't shake off the events of the past. Even saying the words didn't feel satisfying anymore for them.

"You know, I don't get why we're having the Fall Formal again." Rainbow Dash stapled a poster to the walls and looked over at the rest of her friends. "I mean, everyone's already forgiven Sunset, but none of them seem as excited as they were last year."

"It's quite obvious why they're all upset, Rainbow." Applejack wiped the sweat off of her brow. "Wherever we go, magic just seems to follow us. They're all worried that something like Midnight Sparkle or Gaia Everfree's gonna happen all over again and disrupt the Fall Formal like it did last year."

"Don't worry, girls." Sunset Shimmer walked up to Rainbow Dash and Applejack. "If magic shows up at the Fall Formal again, we'll be right there to contain or stop it."

"Yeah! I mean, we've fought against Crystal Prep Academy, three evil sirens, and three evil demon girls!" Pinkie Pie popped up and blurted out. "I think we've got this whole magic stuff under control by now."

"I just hope so." Fluttershy finished putting up another Fall Formal poster and joined the girls. "I don't want to have to deal with just magic for the rest of the year."

"Don't worry about a thing, Fluttershy." Rarity added some lace to the border of her poster. "I'm sure that no matter what comes our way, we'll face it head-on and win against it. We've done so before, haven't we?"

"And besides, this year's Fall Formal is going to be entirely magic-free." Sunset nodded. "I've had a talk with Celestia and Luna about it and we've all agreed that we can contain and control our own magic, as well as any that might try and ruin the evening. Just consider us magical security guards for the night."

"Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! Do we get to wear little uniforms?" Pinkie pulled a curtain out of her locker and rapidly dressed herself in a black tuxedo with an earpiece and black-tinted sunglasses. "Sorry, magic. You're not comin' in." She crossed her arms and spoke in a gruff accent.

"Not exactly, Pinkie Pie." Sunset held onto Pinkie's hand. "Just dress up like you would for the formal and be on the lookout. Other than that, have a good time there." She turned to the others. "Same goes for the rest of you. You can be as flashy and extravagant as you want, but just make sure that you don't let magic slip under your watchful eyes."

"I'm sure we can do this." Pinkie Pie changed back into her original clothes just as quickly as before, slipping the bouncer clothes she had back into the locker. "Magic's not gonna ruin the night. Not ours, not theirs, not anyone's."

"Let's just get back to putting them there posters up." Applejack took the rest of the posters that she had been assigned to and walked down the corridor. "I'll see ya'll at lunch."

"Yeah. See ya." Rainbow Dash took her remaining posters and walked down another corridor.

The remaining girls all dispersed to get on with their work, waving each other off as they departed.

Later, the bell rang, signalling the end of another period at CHS. Students poured out of their classrooms, chatting with their friends or looking up websites and images on their phones. They all had smiles on their faces as they walked towards the cafeteria for their lunch break.

Among them, the Cutie Mark Crusaders were looking at their latest video on the internet and looking at all of the comments and constructive criticisms that they had collected. There were two earbuds that the three of them were sharing between each other, taking turns one who listened to what their songs and what the people had to say about them.

"Hey, girls. Check this out." Sweetie Belle looked over at one of the posters and tapped on the shoulders of Applebloom and Scootaloo, attracting their attention immediately. They stopped what they were doing and read what was on the poster aloud.

Canterlot High Fall Formal

Buffet, friends, music from both the charts and from the students at Canterlot High will be provided on the night. Dress however you want to, but make sure that you're classy and well-groomed.

Plus, we're once more giving you the chance to become the Princess or Prince of the Fall Formal. Win over the crowd and get their votes through a series of events and you could be crowned on the big night.

The Fall Formal is on the last Friday of the month from 7PM to 9:30PM. Have fun!

"Hmm. What do you think, Crusaders?" Scootaloo asked her friends. "Do you think we've got a chance of winning the crown?"

"I dunno." Applebloom shrugged and looked away. "The Fall Formal isn't really exciting anymore after what happened last year. Plus, given what happened at the Battle of the Bands, Friendship Games, and even at Camp Everfree, I'm worried that magic's just gonna ruin it all over again."

"Applebloom, you worry too much sometimes." Sweetie Belle looked back at the poster. "Anyway, going back to the formal, I think we'd look great in the crown, don't you think?"

"It says a series of challenges." Scootaloo tapped the part of the poster she was referring too. "What does that mean? Home Ec? Fashion show? I don't really know."

"I'm sure there's something about that somewhere on here." Sweetie Belle put her eyes to the poster and looked around at the edges for something that she had missed. She picked up Rarity's lace border and noticed some miniscule writing with a little star next to it. "Ahah! Here we go."

There will also be a cosplay section that will count in the voting process.

"So all we gotta do is dress up? Doesn't sound hard." Applebloom nodded. "I'm sure that Applejack can hook me up with something nice for the night."

"Applebloom, she'll probably pick our Granny Smith's old wedding dress or something." Scootaloo put her hand on Applebloom's shoulders. "What we need is something special. Something flashy and chic. Something that the school wouldn't expect for us to wear."

"Not to mention that there's a cosplay section as well." Sweetie Belle pointed out the tiny writing once again. "Everyone's going to be on board if there's cosplay involved."

"Yeah, yeah. You're right." Applebloom scratched her chin and slowly paced away from the others. "What could we possibly cosplay as for the Fall Formal?"

"Witches?" Scootaloo raised her finger.

"Nah. Too close to Halloween." Applebloom shook her head. "That's not until the end of next month at least."

"Magical girl?" Sweetie Belle slowly stepped forward and tipped her hand.

"Too anime. And Applejack hates that for some odd reason." Applebloom lightly tapped Sweetie's hand, causing it to flop back down to her sides.

"Why not schoolgirl cosplays?" Sweetie Belle showed a picture of some girls dressed up in uniform, working at desks. "Everyone loves schoolgirl cosplays."

"Again, that's far too anime. Plus, Crystal Prep'll have already done that to death." Applebloom paced once again. "Something new. Something new. Something new..."

The other Crusaders were deep in thought about what they would dress up as for the Fall Formal. When they thought they had an idea, they then shook their heads when they envisioned the scenario of each outfit. Either their friends would laugh at them or they would look plain ridiculous.

After a long silence, Scootaloo finally gasped and shot her hand up into the sky. "I'VE GOT IT!"

"Huh? What is it, Scootaloo?" Applebloom ran over to her.

"Cosplay is all about dressing up as your favourite celebrity, game or movie character, or someone from your own imagination, right?" Scootaloo brought the other girls into a huddle. "So why not dress up as someone who really won the hearts of everyone?"

"Who exactly are you talking about, Scootaloo?" Sweetie Belle raised a brow.

"Well, cosplayers play as all these different characters, so why don't we cosplay as the Dazzlings?" Scootaloo showed off a picture of the sirens that had come to Canterlot High in the past.

"No way, Scootaloo." Applebloom broke off from the huddle and waved her hands in front of her face. "The Dazzlings divided us all over again. Plus, Sunset Shimmer and her friends would kill us for it!"

"I don't think they'd kill us, but they would be pretty disappointed with us for your choice, Scootaloo." Sweetie Belle shook her head but couldn't look away from the photos. "That being said, though, they do have good looks. And in the Fall Formal, image is everything."

"Sweetie Belle! They're the Dazzlings!" Applebloom threw her hand towards the picture. "They played dirty and caused us all to fight against each other for their own personal gains! Applejack told me that they were the worst 'social paths' that she'd ever seen."

"I think you mean sociopaths, Applebloom." Sweetie Belle put her hands by her sides.

"What are you, a dictionary?" Scootaloo raised a brow and put the phone away. "But anyway, that's not what we're talking about here. If we cut out that social-whatever nonsense, I think we'd be a shoo-in for the cosplay vote. Maybe even the rest of the Fall Formal if we work hard enough on the outfits."

"And besides, you can't knock something up until you try it, Applebloom." Sweetie Belle stepped next to Scootaloo. "Who knows? Maybe this idea to cosplay as the Dazzlings will win us the Princess of the Fall Formal title and the crown that comes with it."

"Have you two lost your minds?! They're THE Dazzlings!" Applebloom threw her arms downward with her jaw agape and her eyes bulging wide. "Need I remind you that they single-handedly brainwashed everyone at Canterlot High—us included—and made us fight against each other over a silly musical competition?!"

"But we're not going to make each other fight, Applebloom." Scootaloo shook her head. "Besides, we're not freaky siren seahorse ladies from another world. We're just three teenage girls with a website channel and lots of videos. There's no way that we could brainwash anyone with our voices."

"But we'd still be ostricized by the entire school for acting and dressing up like them." Applebloom made a mental image of what would happen at the Fall Formal. "Sure, we'd look good, but no-one else would appreciate us. We'd be hated and get run off-stage, like the actual Dazzlings were."

"Sweetie Belle was right, Applebloom. You worry too much." Scootaloo brought the phone back up and zoomed in on the images of the Dazzlings' clothes. "Sweetie Belle? Do you think Rarity could sew us some clothes like this?"

"Sure!" Sweetie Belle chirped and walked down the corridors with her. "But she'd have to make some certain changes here and there so that we're not just trying to rip off their styles."

"Yeah, yeah, I know." Scootaloo nodded and wrapped her arm around Sweetie's back. "Hey. I've got a great idea. Why don't we get a hairstylist to re-model our hairs so that they're the same as the Dazzlings' actual hairstyles?"

"Ooh! Yes! That'd work great!" Sweetie Belle nodded vigorously. "Accuracy is key when cosplaying nowadays. The closer it is to the real deal, the better the feedback from the audience. At least, that's how I see it in conventions nowadays."

"Hey, Applebloom, you comin' or what?" Scootaloo called back to Applebloom, who was still just standing there with her jaw wide open.

"Uhh..." Applebloom choked on trying to get her words out. "Yeah. I'm coming." She slowly chased after the girls and followed them towards the cafeteria. Why in tarnation are they going to cosplay as the Dazzlings?! she thought to herself. This is not going to work...

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