"In which more stuff happens."
Ditzy cursed herself as she flew along. The delay at Lyra's shop meant she'd lost sight of Twilight and her dragon assistant. Wings flicked slightly with her frustration she tried to remember who Twilight met next. She made a quick flight out to the apple orchards of Sweet Apple Acres. In the eye showing her the first time she lived this day, she'd made a loop out there to deliver a few letters. The "original" Twilight had still been stuck there being practically force-fed by the Apple clan. Ditzy had to stifle a giggle at the image even as she moved back towards town, trying to focus on this new version. The "new" Twilight wasn't there, not yet anyway. Would she go there at all? Did her entire itinerary change?
She decided she better check the duty roster for the celebration at the mayor's hall. While it was more of an event hall then a true capitol building of any type, it still served as Mayor Mare's home and office. Ditzy carefully picked her way across the light clouds, looking around curiously. Wasn't Rainbow Dash in charge of clearing the clouds today? There was no sign of the multi-hued pegasus and Ditzy shook her head, then continued to pick her way to the heavily decorated hall.
"Excuse me?" called a familiar voice, and Ditzy had to look around for a moment before spotting Twilight. She'd managed to catch up to the unicorn again! Twilight was speaking to a pegasus she recognized almost immediately, having worked with her before to help others move... when she managed to stay awake anyway. In response the yellow pegasus began to lower herself to the ground, yawning widely. Her ear flicked lazily amidst her teal mane, even as she looked at Twilight.
"C'n I help ya?" the yellow pegasus slurred slightly, her eyes half drooped from what looked like exhaustion.
"Yes, I'm Twilight Sparkle, and I'm looking for a pony named " and Twilight paused, looking to Spike.
"Rarity. A unicorn named Rarity." The dragon inserted. Ditzy's head swam. If Twilight met Rarity as she should, maybe things will get back on track!!
"Sorry." The yellow pegasus yawned, "But she took a break to get something to eat. So 'm helpin' out with the decorations." Ditzy groaned softly, so much for that hope.
"Oh, well then if you can just let me see how they're coming, I'll be on my way er ."
"Raindrops." The pegasai inserted, "Sure, I can let you into the hall. She had to recruit a couple of us pegasai to hang up all those banners."
"Oh, I'm sorry if she had you up late for that."
"You look like you're about to fall asleep on your hooves."
Raindrops waved the comment off, "Yeah, I get that a lot. Personally I just think everyone's rushing about too much. Life is so much better when you just take your time." Twilight looked confused, but the pegasus seemed almost literally to fall asleep on her hooves. Ditzy thought the unicorn might have to wake her before Raindrops shook out her mane and put a hoof on the door, "Well, c'mon then Twilight."
Ditzy watched for several long moments from the cloud she was perched on, trying to sort out what just happened. In the time she remembered, Twilight Sparkle met Rarity and was all but dragged back to the fastidious pony's shop, having witnessed part of that on her deliveries. But now Twilight had literally missed Rarity completely. Steeling herself, Ditzy hopped off the cloud in a lazy swoop that brought her by the main doors and to where the itinerary was posted for every-pony to see. She couldn't help but goggle at it a bit, then flicked her wings, taking her back to the cloud, frowning darkly.
The only thing that was the same from yesterday was that Rarity was doing the decorations and Sweet Apple Acres was providing the food, and even that wasn't entirely right. Last time they were the only food providers this time they were one of three: Sweet Apple Acres, Sugarcube Corner, and The Carrot Patch. If her luck held, Ditzy highly doubted that Twilight would end up in the first two without some intervention.
Ditzy stomped a hoof in frustration, accidently dissipating the cloud under her and dropping several feet before catching her wings. Boy did she time THAT poorly, she realized a moment too late, the crosswind was wrong! The grey filly forced herself to focus as she tumbled several times inexpertly before barely managing to level out right above the ground.
"Whew, that was close." She breathed.