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Pinkie Pie's Incredible Interplanetary Super Prank

Twilight Sparkle's head shot up, eyes wide. A stray thought had interrupted her reading and struck terror deep into her heart.

Pinkie Pie had been quiet for hours! In a library!

The unicorn rushed from her room and down the stairs to the main floor, then let out a relieved whoosh of air at the sight of the pink pony. Pinkie was right where she left her, reading by candlelight from one of the many open books splayed across the library's largest table.

Twilight watched as Pinkie leaned over a book, eyes flicking side to side. Then the earth pony shifted one big step to the side, flipped the page of the next book, and leaned in close to the words. She only seemed to take around five seconds per book before moving on to the next.

"How do you manage to learn anything like that?" Twilight asked.

"By reading the words, silly," Pinkie replied without lifting her head, stepping to the next book in line. The exchange of words didn't seem to slow her down at all.

"That's not what I..." Twilight shook her head, then stepped closer to look at the different titles. The History of Equestria, Collected Tales of Robin Hoof and His Maney Men, Hay's Anatomy, Astrophysical Phenomena, Vacation in Stalliongrad on 3 Bits a Day, and the latest issue of the Powderpuff Fillies comic book series.

"Pinkie, what could you possibly be researching? What's the connection between all of these books?"

Pinkie Pie lifted her head with a sharp jolt. She walked to the center of the room and pulled a wooden pipe out from somewhere. "Pranks, my good Sparkle." She popped the pipe into her snout, then began pacing back and forth with a soft clop-clop of her hooves. Bubbles swirled above her head, gliding up to pop in mid-air.

"Pranks," Twilight repeated, then checked several more of the books. "But... none of these are joke books."

Pinkie waved her pipe around, sending a few more of the shiny, ephemeral globes streaming into the air. "Oh, I've read all of those."

"You read all the joke books in the library?"

"Nuh uh." Pinkie continued pacing, blowing more bubbles. "In Equestria."

Twilight just stared.

"But, they're no help. I need more than a prank for the big day tomorrow. I can't just pull one pony's leg. Not even if I pull all of their legs. No, I need something that will work on everypony. Everypony! What I need is a... a..."

Pinkie stopped pacing and slowly blew a massive bubble. It dislodged from the pipe and floated upward at a snail's pace, wobbling. "A super prank." The bubble exploded with an audible pop.

Twilight didn't reply, hoping Pinkie would finish connecting the dots, or at least explain what the "big day" tomorrow would be. It was a futile hope, of course. "So, uh, now you're reading about Robin Hoof and astrophysics becaaauuuse..."

Pinkie went back to pacing. "Grannie Pie said that sometimes inspiration comes from the strangest places."

Twilight glanced back at one of the open books. "Yeah, I bet a prank inspired by The Socioeconomic Ramifications of Sporks is sure to be a real humdinger," she snarked, then sighed as she stretched out a leg. "Look, Pinkie, it's pretty late. I need to get some rest. Are you going to be okay alone?"

But Pinkie was staring at her, tail out straight, snout open and pipe dangling from her lower lip. "Inspiration!" she yelled, then zipped across the room to lift Hay's Anatomy and flip through the pages rapidly. She stopped and scanned one particular page for a few seconds, then shot out the door. The book spun twice in mid-air before it landed neatly on the table.


"Wait, what's tomorrow?" Twilight suddenly remembered to ask, but the earth pony was already gone.

"April Foals, duh!" Rainbow Dash shook her head, dropping to the ground near Twilight. "Don't they have April Foals Day in Canterlot?"

The purple unicorn chewed on a warm chunk of croissant, standing at a table outside of Sugarcube Corner. She thought back to her days in Canterlot, spent almost entirely alone or with just Spike assisting her research.

"Yes," she replied after swallowing her mouthful of breakfast, "but I never celebrated it. Spike dropped a bucket of water on me one year, and..." Her voice trailed off.

"You didn't handle it so well?" Dash asked.

Twilight chuckled weakly and took another quick bite of croissant rather than reply.

"Don't worry," the pegasus said with a winning smile, "you aren't on my prank radar today."

"Phew, that's a load off my mind."

"Unless I just lied to leave you wide open for a prank." The smile on Dash's face didn't change one bit.

"Uh..." The last piece of croissant hovered a few inches off of Twilight's plate, ready to be delivered to her mouth, but she was suddenly thinking hard. "So if you're lying, then I should be careful. But if you're not lying, then I can relax. But if I relax then that might make you want to prank me because I'll be extra surprised. But... but..."

Twilight shook her head and smiled back, in what she hoped was a disarming kind of way. "Wait, is this the prank? To make me worry all day about if I'm going to get pranked?"

Dash's poker-face smile didn't move. "Maybe."

The unicorn pony was still trying to deduce a way out of the dilemma when she heard a shout and laughter from across the street. Both Dash and Twilight turned to look, watching Pinkie bounce away from a group of ponies, one of whom was laughing while shaking a hoof at the pink pony's back.

Pinkie stopped at another group of ponies who were chatting at the side of the road, interrupting their conversation. Twilight could see that a few of them were peeved at first, but then Pinkie Pie stretched out one of her legs and said something and a few of the other ponies shook their heads, speaking back. Pinkie spoke again, then the others... then Pinkie again with something louder and high-pitched, and she went bouncing off at high speed, shooed away by laughter and even more shaking heads.

"What's she up to?" Rainbow Dash asked.

"I haven't the foggiest... But here she comes."

Pinkie Pie bounced up to the duo and grinned. "Gooood morning, friendly friends!"

"Hello, Pinkie Pie," Twilight replied, slow and wary.

"How did you two sleep?"

"Good?" Rainbow Dash replied, glancing over at Twilight, who just shrugged.

"That's great! I was up aaaall night researching at Twilight's," Pinkie said to Rainbow.


"Uh huh. About stuff. And things! I especially enjoyed the things. And Twilight, do you know what I found out?"


Pinkie Pie slowly stretched her front hooves over her head, closing her eyes as she opened her mouth in a huge, gaping yawn that she ended with a smack of her lips and rubbing the back of a hoof at her eyes.

"That yawns are contagious."

Sure enough, Twilight and Dash found themselves in the middle of a sympathetic yawn, triggered by Pinkie's, and even though they knew it they couldn't stop themselves.

"All you have to do is see somepony yawn..." Pinkie continued.

Twilight's yawn deepened, and Dash started another one, shaking her head.

"... or hear one..."

Twilight felt little tears come to her eyes as she yawned again. Dash butted in with, "Pinkie Pie, you--"

"... or even just talk about yawning or sing about yawning or perform an entire musical number about yawning and you just can't stop yawning!" And then to prove her own point, Pinkie yawned again, shaking it out with a giggle at the end as she saw Rainbow and Twilight were caught mid-yawn again.

"Made you yawn! April Foals!" Pinkie announced with a huge grin.

"Ugh, I think I need a nap," Dash muttered, taking off with slow, lethargic flaps of her wings.

Twilight shook her head to clear the cobwebs that had formed and rubbed tears from her eyes with the back of a hoof. "You got me, Pinkie," Twilight admitted, then chuckled. "And Rainbow, too. But, what makes this a super prank?"

"Wellll, two things. Lookity!" Pinkie pointed across the street. One of the ponies Pinkie had previously pranked walked up to a group and spoke to them, then gave a huge, exaggerated yawn that set off everypony there in a chain reaction of yawns. Even Twilight stifled a tiny one as she watched. "It's spreading like yawnfire!"

"Okay, and what's the second?"

"Remember when I said that it has to work on everypony?"


Pinkie leaned in close and whispered, eyes glinting deviously. "Even just reading about yawning can make you yawn."
Synopsis: Pinkie's search for the perfect April Foals prank turns out to be more than it appears. -- EquestriaDaily link: [link]

I pounded this out in one long writing and editing session on March 30, 2011, for the April Foals Contest. I won Fifth Place, which is rather good considering I've never run a race before!

This story is only around 1500 words, and its flavor carries just a hint of cotton candy...
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TheNerdytimes Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015
I managed this by breathing deep by my nose and then speaking. No yawn for you!
MasterBrattan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015
Curse you Pinkie! You made me yawn! Though to be honest, that was not to bad a prank. Could have been a whole lot worst.
SShadamy-fan Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
Honestly, it didn't make me yawn. And it was 10 p.m. when I was reading it.
catluvr2 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Pinkie, it's not fair if it's late.
Mizzmissy13 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Very worth the click! ^-^ Thanks for showing me!
Miss-Awesomeness11 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student General Artist
XD I yawned!
collaborational Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sarcastic-Fox Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
I tried, I really tried, but it got me. I can't stop now. Curse you Pinkie~!
superomar99 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student General Artist
:iconnope3plz: Nope.
TammyHybrid21 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Found this with a link... not even April yet this year... man now I'm yawning.
Darkton93 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Dangit, you got me.
Nitrogen-92 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I was so close to yawning myself when I suddenly realized what was happening and I was like; "No! I will not yawn. I mustn't yawn!"
So sorry Pinkie I caught it.. But you did almost get me. xD
UnreturnedLove Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That was so awesome! XD
Emperordaniel Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Someone help me...I can't stop yawning!
maniakmastah Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
When i saw the punchline at the end, my reaction

CupcakesNom Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Mwaha... Pinkie strikes again~
fearanger Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
I just let out a long breath after reading this but after a while I.... PINKIE YOU SON OF A-*Please stand by*
va-wanderer Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
This has to be the only fanfic that's made me sleepy AND happy about it. Normally, it's from boredom..
Mousse1243 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
It didn't work. Sorry Pinkie.
GamerJay Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Whoa, I'm...yawning...

You're a GENIUS!!!! :nod:
SpyroCool Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
My God... I can't stop yawning!
krourou2 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy crap. That IS the ultimate prank;I actually yawned a few seconds after I read that last word!
CupcakesNom Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
And I yawned reading your comment, too... Pinkie!!
krourou2 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Darn it, Pinkie!
Ovni-the-UFO Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Strong giggles. No yawning though. >:
Omnigeek6 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
This story made me yawn.
Scootlink Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What kind of April Fools joke was that? It didn't eve... even... work...
Raetekusu Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Yawned a grand total of four times. Damn you Pinkie Pie.
Letrune Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
That was a really cool and cute story, I do love it! :)
Axquirix Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
I didn't yawn, but I can feel on coming. Damnit Pinkie!

Got here from TVTropes, btw: [link]
CupcakesNom Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Wow, I accidentally made TVTropes! I'm glad you told me. That's pretty sweet.
Axquirix Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
You're welcome!

And I actually yawned several hours later while practicing aikido.
CupcakesNom Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
... Mwahaha~
xMetalBahamutx Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
I yawned five minutes after reading this.
BronnSellsword Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Ha, I got to the end of this and was like "Nyah nyah I didn't yawn!" ... and two seconds later, I did, and quite the big one, too. Damn you Pinkie! :D
Venterake Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
... DARNIT, I KNEW the second I yawned (right when she said Yawns are contagious) I already knew the ending!
CJCroen Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
CupcakesNom Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
richfiles Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
It works!!!
ForlanceAbice1 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
Okay, that was NOT cool Pinke Pie.
I have already been annihilated by your Pinkamina version shattering the forth wall.
grogert331 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
2) I felt(feel) a strong urge to yawn.
3) Pinkie has cracked the 4th wall

Fantastic story! I might just try this on some friends on April fools! XD
:yawn: .......... -_- dang it
CupcakesNom Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Awgh, now _I_ want to yawn, too! It's been a while since I've thought about this story.

I'm really glad you enjoyed it. Pinkie would be excessively proud if you did actually try this out on your friends. If you do, pleeeease let me know how it turns out!
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whysoseriouss Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
I love you beyond all reason you are genius
CupcakesNom Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Usually I'll take all the credit for my stories, but in this case I almost feel like I'm just the messenger. Mostly you should blame Pinkie for this one!
vkri Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
This was fantastic:D! I almost yawned but managed to hold it back. I'll definitely do something like this IRL to freak all my friends out
CupcakesNom Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Haha, yes, spread Pinkie's prank everywhere! That's what she would want. :D
Santafer Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist
I think you go time, though I can't say if my was truly a yawn...
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