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  1. Chapter 21: A Return to Ruin Lee flew for another few minutes until he saw the main gates of Canterlot Castle come slowly into view. Before he landed however, Lee stopped to see four corrupted guards by the gates, making him think about his next course of action. “Gotta get past those guards, but I got to do it without being seen…” As he examined the surrounding area, Lee saw a few items of interest nearby, which included a pile of rocks, a ruined Canterlot banner, a shovel and a long string of rope. “Yeah… that’s a good plan.” After quietly gathering the materials he needed, Lee quickly retreated into the woods to set up a trap for the guards. A few minutes passed and Lee finally finished his trap and wiped the sweat on his forehead away as he looked at his invention with a little bit of confidence inside. “Hope this works…” Quietly, Lee snuck behind a tree with a clear view of the castle gates and the corrupted guards. Lee picked up a hooffull of rocks and started chucking them at the guards to get their attention. The group of corrupted guards saw this and they became increasingly more irritated as Lee continued throwing rocks. The guards started shielding themselves from the rocks as they looked around for the culprit. “Argh! Who is doing that?! Cease this at once!!” Once he got the guards nice and riled up, Lee quickly stood up and started shouting and waving his arms at the guards to get their attention. “Hey! I’m over here! Come and get me!” Lee jumped back when he saw the guards charging towards him and he quickly ran back into the woods. As he continued running, Lee still saw the guards behind him, but smiled as this was all part of the plan. “Get back here, scoundrel! You will not escape!!” When he finally reached the desired area, Lee quickly jumped over the trip rope he set up and just stood still at the far end of the clearing. “Just a bit further, guys…” As the corrupted guards continued charging towards Lee, they all tripped over the rope and suddenly fell into a deep hole covered up with leaves. Lee looked down into the hole to see all of the disoriented guards struggling to get their bearings. Lee gave the guards one last smug look before he covered the hole with the Canterlot banner. “Phew… Glad that’s taken care of. Now, I gotta get into the castle and find Malice!” Lee returned to the main gates of the castle and looked up at what remained of Canterlot Castle with a look of determination. “Malice… you won’t get away with this destruction!” ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— After slowly opening the broken main doors into the castle, Lee first looked around at the remains of the entrance hall and was stunned at all the damage that had been done. Broken stained glass windows, huge craters in the stone walls, the ceiling caved in all around and portraits of various ponies laid in pieces on the ground. “I can’t believe all of this…” Lee sighed as he continued looking around the room, but only felt sadness in his heart as he remembered his very first visit to this castle. “It feels like just yesterday I was here for the first time to see Celestia and Luna…” Lee looked over at a nearby waiting room with a ruined, flipped over couch and his mind flashed back to when he first came to Canterlot with Twilight. “I was so nervous to speak to Celestia and Luna, not knowing if they would even like me or not… Seems like forever ago now.” For a few moments, Lee closed his eyes and remembered his ordeal in the throne room on his first day here, remembering the ridicule and the heartbreak and the absolute meltdown he had at the end of it all. “And that… that is where it all began.” Before he could think about it anymore however, Lee’s attention was soon redirected when he started hearing the sound of laughter coming from the walls and he quickly remained on guard. “What is that?” Lee asked. The whispers in the air then formed into a sinister voice that spoke to Lee, but he already knew exactly who it was that was speaking to him. “Malice!!” “Ahh, if it isn’t our failure of a Knight, continuing to be a thorn in my side. I am surprised you haven’t just run and hidden away from all of this.” “I’m here to stop you Malice! I will stop you, save my friends and all of Equestria in the process!” Malice laughed at Lee’s words, but Lee maintained his look of determination. “Is that confidence I hear in your voice, or is it the sound of desperation? Last time I checked, you could hardly save yourself and you were the one who stood by as I took control of your friends!!” “Be quiet!” “Or do you just refuse to accept the fact that you are the reason for all of this? Because of your weak heart, I was able to control you! Because of you, I took the Soul Scepter and the Essences of Emotion and defeated your pathetic friends!! And now because of you, everything you know and love will soon be destroyed!!!” “I said BE QUIET!!! Show yourself and I will show you my real strength!!” Lee heard Malice laughing at him again, but soon heard Malice speak to him one last time. “If you want me, then come and find me! I promise that I won’t let you miss me…” Just then, the voice of Malice faded away and Lee was left by himself again and yelled in frustration at Malice’s words. “Argh!! He’s just mocking me now! I have to get up to the throne room before he does anymore damage!” Lee then went towards the nearby stone staircase and quickly made his way into the now dark and silent halls of the castle. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— A sense of dread and uneasiness affected Lee as he continued to traverse the desolate halls of Canterlot Castle and he remained on guard for any surprises that Malice might send. “I just gotta be careful… But nothing is going to stop me from getting rid of Malice!” A few minutes later, Lee heard the sound of footsteps nearby and could suddenly hear them coming closer to him, which made him panic. Lee quickly took cover behind a nearby door and he peaked through the crack in the door hinge to see if somepony was coming. The sound of the footsteps suddenly stopped a moment later, which caused Lee to look from his hiding spot and saw that there was nopony in the hallway. “Huh? Could have sworn that I heard somepony out here…” Just as Lee reentered the hallway to look around in suspicion, Lee heard the sound of loud whooshing noises and he was suddenly knocked back by a strong kick to his torso. Before he knew it, Lee flew backwards into the stone wall and the impact made a crater in the stone. Lee winced in pain as he removed himself from the wall, looking around frantically for his attacker. “Argh! W-What?” Lee looked up and saw two familiar ponies approaching him: Princess Celestia and Princess Luna. But they both had the same blackened eyes as every other corrupted pony and nothing but menacing scowls on their faces. “G-Guys!! Stop and fight this! Don’t do what he says, please!!” Luna tilted her head in confusion at Lee’s words, but she only uttered the phrase “Must serve” to him. Lee was in disbelief to what Luna was saying, but he soon saw Celestia do the same thing as her sister. “Must serve… MUST SERVE!!” Celestia and Luna both charged up their magic at Lee and he was forced to quickly jump up to avoid the magical blasts. Lee tried to fly away from the corrupted sisters, but he was soon forced to land once more by a huge surge of electricity coursing through him. Lee tumbled back to the ground and screamed as the pain rocked his entire body, with one of his wings being injured too. From his pained position, Lee saw two other familiar ponies standing ahead of Celestia and Luna and he gasped when he saw them. “T-Tempest… Chrysalis.” Lee could only look in horror as all of his friends stared him down and were all prepared to attack him. He was especially horrified at the sight of Tempest being corrupted, completely soulless, but Lee desperately tried once more to speak to her. “Tempest… Tempest, if you can hear me, please know that I am going to stop all of this and bring you back! I’ll bring you back and everypony else Malice has corrupted!!” Tempest shook her head back and forth at Lee’s words, but Lee suddenly saw a lone tear drop from Tempest’s blackened eye. “L-Lee…” Lee gasped in shock when he heard Tempest quietly whisper his name, but he then heard her scream in agony as a huge dark aura surrounded her. “TEMPEST!!” Suddenly, Tempest’s expression became totally emotionless again and Lee could hear the sinister voice of Malice in the air once more and Lee looked towards the ceiling in anger. “They always try to fight my power, so I sometimes have to enforce my will back into their hearts when they… get out of line.” “Malice, release her!! Release all of them please!!” “What’s this now? Pleading for mercy from your enemy? Quite shameful of you, Knight of Equestria!” Malice laughed in pity at Lee, but Lee growled in anger at what Malice was saying. “Enough of your games!! You will not win, Malice!” “How about I give you a choice, Lee? Either you surrender to me or you can try and fight your dear friends? Which shall it be?” Lee looked at the group of ponies before him and looked at each and every one of them: Celestia and Luna, who were his wise and kind mentors and great friends to him, Tempest, the love of his life and the queen of his heart, and Queen Chrysalis, who has been helping him and Tempest on their journey to find the Essences of Emotion. “I can’t fight them and I will not fight them… Not my friends, not in a million years…” With a final sigh of defeat, Lee finally decided what to do and he got down on his knees and surrendered to his corrupted friends. “I surrender. I surrender myself… Malice.” “What a pure fool you are… All of you, bring this embarrassment to me at once. I will deal with him personally!” Celestia and Luna did as Malice said and summoned a huge rope before they approached Lee and tied him down. They both then picked Lee up with their magic and made their way down the hall. Lee could only stare towards the corrupted Tempest as he was carried away, but he still thought that what he was doing was the right thing to do. “This is the only way…” A/N: The final battle draws near and we are almost at the end of this long journey! Thank you everyone for your interest in my story!
  2. Alexshy

    Adventure The Guardian

    https://www.fimfiction.net/story/370173/the-guardian (C)2017 A common human Alex gets transferred to Equestria. Desperate to return home at first, he starts noticing himself changing. Time comes for him to decide for Equestria destiny. Will he conform? Which path will he choose? Are Celestia's fears justified? Here is the story of a human, despite being an alien in Equestria, not being an outcast, a door mat or a toy for ponies. His misery comes from inside, painfully at first he accommodates. Equestria changes him and time will come to return the debt. 1. Arrival A fierce lightning bolt ripped thick clouds and speared into the ruined castle tower so heavily that it made debris and dust fly in the damp air. When the mess settled a bit, partially taken down by the rain, which became really strong at that moment, it revealed the electric discharge being so strong that it carved a deep notch in the stone floor of what previously had been the upper room of the tower. At least when it had a roof. Now, as the rain poured inside freely, it made the strange curled figure in the middle of the lightning carved pit feel quite uncomfortable. Because seconds later a young man gasped and cringed in pain from the feeling of a bunch of burning snakes slithering through his entire body. “Oh, my…” He wheezed faintly. “What in the name of the creator just happened?” Slowly and painfully he kneeled. Perhaps it was not the best idea, as nausea struck him mercilessly, so he almost crashed back on the floor. But lying on the stone floor in the pool of rain water, which started gathering in the pit he found himself in, was neither. He realized that he started to freeze in the cold wind, blowing through glassless windows of what he recognized to be some sort of a ruin. That wasn’t nearly nice. His skin burned and reddened, as if he had gone through some fire, but thankfully it wasn’t burnt too much, yet it hardly made the feel better. His clothes now looked like a few shreds of the shirt hanging from the collar and cuffs, some remnants of the jeans wrapping around his legs and annoyingly getting in the way, the rest was completely ruined, burned as well. The charred edges and familiar smell spoke for themselves. At least he had his boxers and boots intact, the former simply missed their chance to burn, being under the rest of the clothes, and the latter were well made of thick leather for man’s sheer luck. “Great,” He muttered to himself, shivering as another thunder strike rolled in the sky. “At least I don’t need to go barefoot…” “Go where?” A sudden uneasy thought came to his mind. “And where exactly I should go from?” Still feeling dizzy, he got on his feet and tried to look around. With the bright lightning flash he got an image of a medium size round room full of stone and wooden debris. It could be anything before, totally unrecognizable now as it was hardly the first thunderstorm hitting the unmaintained building. The roof fell in long ago, showing a few broken beams, which couldn’t stop the wind and rains from doing their destructive job. What could be some furniture, books, anything else now lay in decay. The time-worn chandelier, lying on the floor under the large boulder, appeared to be the most durable thing there. The only attention-worthy thing in that room was a square opening in the floor near the wall. Surely it looked like an entryway to a bottomless pit in the darkness, but it couldn’t be really that bad. For all, what he knew about castles… “Castle!” He caught himself screaming that in full voice. “What the flying hell is going on?” “I can’t remember any castles nearby,” He said to himself, calming down a bit. “Damn, not nearby, not in the whole region, hundreds of miles round neither. What has happened to me?” “Well,” He grinned painfully. “One step at a time, Alex, one step at a time…” At least he remembered his name. Seemed not that bad, right? If only it could be worse actually. So… For all, what he knew about castles, they were made of stone and with the priority of safety and stability in mind. So, hardly the owners, builders, whoever stupidly jumped in the pit, there must be stairs under that opening. Hopefully stone ones, which haven’t been destroyed by the time, unlike wooden hatch on the opening – a few planks still hung on the ancient door hinges. With another lightning Alex indeed saw dark, narrow stone stairs made slippery from the rain. He thought it was time to leave the open room – bombs never hit the same pit twice, but it was a lightning storm and… the day was “strange”. So he decided to err on the side of caution. He ripped the rags – which were once his shirt and pants – off his hands, neck and legs. ‘Off you go,’ Alex threw them in a pile on the floor. ‘No warmth from you anyway, yet another chance to stumble or catch something and fall all the way nobody-knows-how-far down.’ He stepped on the spiral staircase, sticking to the outer wall and touching it with his left hand. He didn’t smoke and had no lighter or matches… And even if he did, that wouldn’t have helped him as all he had vanished with his jacket. As he remembered the stairs were not wider than the hatch. God only knew if there were beams, landings or even anything in the middle. He caught himself on the feeling that the wind became chilling in the tube of the tower… or was that staircase itself to blame. Alex was afraid of heights. “I’m not taking any chances,” smirked Alex to himself sticking closer to the wall. * The car ate mile by mile of the empty Sunday road. Oncoming traffic was minimal and Alex could focus on his plans and expectations while driving. Surely not every 25-years-old man could think of a better career – benefits of the well planned and qualitative education, personal determination and, let’s be honest pure luck, but what job doesn’t require at least some luck – an IT specialist in a profit-making company capable of having personal transport, simple but comfortable apartment and no Damocles sword of debts hanging over the head. Well, he really deserved it. Starting from the “ground level”, working with hardware, through endless night shifts, he finally noticed that it naturally started paying back. He could manage everything he came across his daily routines, but sometimes the feeling of completion was slightly tinted with regret. He could have spent more time with parents, with his almost-a-girlfriend. They were neither officially engaged nor limited themselves by any obligations… yet, but Elen was just-the-right-person for Alex. They understood each other wordlessly, they always found time to help each other, they could trust themselves being a stronghold one for another and above all, they both could easily make each other laugh happily or feel safe and serene, when it was necessary. No wonder Alex wanted to give Elen more attention. But living forced him to prioritize. And it was rare chance to get to the next level of personal freedom and gain. He was offered a job in another company. Same IT field, almost the same duties, but in fact it was a direct promotion from the level he currently had. They have practically been ready to give him a whole subdivision to lead, obviously, that meant bigger income and further career opportunities. In common terms, it meant a private house after a short while and an ability to move in with his special somebody, whom he already asked about and got cheerful consent. Truth to be told, Elen would have been happy to join him in the old place without any special conditions long ago, but he didn’t ask and she didn’t find it acceptable to suggest herself. Of course, it also meant moving to another city, but wasn’t it better done, while his parents were not too old and he could freely build his life? Besides, it was a neighboring city, not another country or another planet, it was only a few hours ride. Considering all that Alex took a couple of days off to visit the new place and make the final decision. The new company was ready to give him from a couple of weeks to a month to make all arrangements at his old job and quit with as much dignity as it was possible. So he planned his days off to be Monday and Tuesday, thus having all weekend plus two days for a safe trip and acquaintance. A few raindrops fell, leaving curvy tracks on the windshield. Alex frowned and raised the side window – the wind became stronger and blew some dust inside. He heard the muffled sound of distant thunder, then a bright flash sparkled in the sky. Soon the whole road ahead was barely visible through the heavy rain. Alex slowed down his car and turned on the lights. Thunderstorms were never a rarity in May, but as long as Alex remembered, there wasn’t any in that day prognosis. They promised warm, even hot, for that time of the year, sunny day without any precipitation. The whole cataclysm started all of the sudden. A few seconds ago it was warm and clear and in a moment the storm began… and the car didn’t even cover a mile during that change. Flashes of lightning followed now one by one in a matter of a few seconds and Alex slowed down even more, when one of them lit a road sign at the shoulder – sharp turn. It was even darker here; the whole road was covered by the shadow of an enormous tree on the nearby hill. Alex could swear, he had never seen any of that size in his life. It was shimmering with millions of silvery green leaves on swaying in the wind branches. Alex thought it was very strange that no lightning yet struck that giant tree, despite it was standing as the only lightning-conductor in a few miles radius. He also thought, if that tree was guilty of quite a few road accidents every month, as the whole view was simply marvelous and there hardly was a driver, who didn’t lavish it with an extra amazed look. Next thing he saw were headlights of the oncoming car, which apparently moved considerably faster than reasonable on such a turn, with that kind of weather. The driver managed to swerve past him. Alex took a glance in the mirror and saw the car started sliding uncontrollably on the road, then it hit a smaller tree behind the road shoulder and stopped. Alex pressed the brakes all the way down, risking repeating that driver’s “trick”. He stopped at the wayside and turned off the engine. “Merlin’s pants, I hope the poor bastards are alright,” he thought, when he rushed to the crash site. “What did they think about, when they were driving that fast… or were they just looking at that damned tree mammoth only?” There was a woman behind the wheel in that car, she managed to get out herself. More shocked than hurt. She was still shaking off that dizziness, when Alex took off his jacket and pushed in her hands. “The inner pocket,” he looked in her eyes to ensure that she understood him. “Take the phone and call the emergency.” He already saw that there was one more person in the car, who definitely needed more help. A girl on the back seat, clutching something yellow and pink and evidently terrified and shocked. Alex tried to open her door, then the door on the other side to find both were jammed, while the girl’s mother was making a call. Gasoline trailed up his nose and Alex realized, it was the matter of moments. He climbed into the car through the driver’s door and took out the keys. Still, he could swear, he heard the dreading sound of the sparkles somewhere under the hood. He then turned to the girl and forced himself to smile in the most soothing way possible in that situation. “Hey, hold on, we’re going to get you and your… pony friend out,” he noticed the toy in her hands. “Just a moment longer.” He then climbed over the front seat and unlocked the belt. The poor little one clutched to him hardly less than to her pony. She didn’t cry, only whimpered like a deadly scared kitten. Alex found that it was nearly impossible to get the shocked child out of the car the same way he got into. She was near the panic attack already. “It’s raining, your pony needs some cover,” whispered he in her ear, while pulling girl’s head to his chest and covering her from any damage. He then twisted and hit the rear window with all the strength he could afford. After the second blow the glass gave up and out. Alex grabbed the girl and pushed her out of the car through the opening. “Here, take her and get away from the car,” he breathed out. “Thank you, thank you…” Tears mixed with the rain on the mother’s face, when she got her treasure. She then backed off the car with the daughter in her hands; suddenly Alex saw, how her eyes widely opened in terror. “Please, hurry, get out now!” She shrieked on the top of her lungs. Next thing he heard was a zapping sound and the car got lit from the bottom by inflamed gasoline. And then the world around him dissolved in an unendurable white flash and the sound of thunder. * So the last thing he remembered, when the world around was normal, if being fried and electrocuted in a crashed car could be considered nearly normal (well at least it was real), was bright blinding light. That was the first thing he experienced here. But wasn’t the rest around him real too? Alex stopped. Wondering how silly that idea looked he took a small portion of the skin on his arm and pinched it as hard as possible for the resulting feeling to be enough to tell if he was dreaming. “DAAAAAAMN IT!” The roar rolled down the tower, causing the rumbling echo in the corridors below. ‘Merlin’s pants, that was convincing!’ Alex cringed. He was into RPG and fantasy, so it sometimes came afloat with the strong feelings. Unsure if Merlin had indeed something to do about all that Alex noted that the feeling of burning snakes inside him didn’t go away, it simply faded, muffled by more actual problems. Besides, he realized he was freezing cold already and started to shake. Like if that wasn’t enough, his legs started feeling numb, as the whole way down the stairs wasn’t that easy, despite being only a few minutes long. He saw absolutely nothing and was to proceed really slow, trying to feel the wall with his fingers and stairs with his feet. The tower had no windows and, while it could be lit by some torches (somehow Alex felt that there were exactly the torches or candles, never the electric light), when it was in its full glory, now it was pitch black all over. ‘I must be thankful for being claustrophobic not,’ grinned Alex. ‘Otherwise, I would probably be stuck in the upper room forever.’ ‘So, what do I have now?’ he tried to summarize his score. ‘I was on the ride to a work appointment, when it started raining cats’n’dogs all of a sudden. I couldn’t see the road well enough, so I slowed down.’ ‘And there was that sharp turn. And that tree nearby!’ The memory came so vividly, almost highlighted by a thunderbolt. ‘Yeah, there was the thunderbolt, the flash which made the whole surroundings visible, despite the clouds and rain.’ ‘That tree was enormous, I wondered if it was more than a thousand years old. There were quite a few such trees in the whole country, and that was probably the biggest one,’ Alex also thought that he had wondered exactly, if many drivers got into accidents, being distracted by the mere look of that silver-green giant. ‘Then another car appeared. It was moving too fast for those road conditions, no wonder they noticed me too late.’ As he remembered, that car lost control, as its driver tried to avoid the collision on the wet road. It slid by and crashed into one of the smaller trees at the road shoulder. The woman, who drove it, got out by herself, but the rear doors jammed after the impact. And there was a girl, about eight years old, on the back seat of that car. Alex remembered that he had stopped at the shoulder, and rushed to the damaged car, risking to fall on the slippery ground. He had taken off his jacket and threw it to the woman, who seemed to be a complete wreck. There was a cell phone in the inner pocket. Alex told her to call the emergency and climbed inside her car. Taking the keys out didn’t ease the situation – he could feel the smell of gas quickly forming a pool under the car… and there were those damned sparkling sounds somewhere. Alex tried to calm himself. Panic was nowhere near useful for solving problems. And he was afraid that he could scare the girl even more. She sat there, curling almost in a small ball; she wasn’t crying or panicking, just quietly whimpering. There was hope in her wide opened eyes… He tried to open the rear doors only to find they both were jammed, then he told her to duck, and hit the rear window with his foot. It got covered in the web of cracks, but stayed, damn those tinting films. He hit once more and thankfully the whole glass flew out. Alex shouted to the woman and clicked the kid’s seat belt open. He took the girl and carefully pushed her from the rear window into her mother’s hands. The little one gripped tightly to her plush toy – a pony it was… He remembered it so clearly, perhaps for the rest of his life – the yellow pony with soft long pinkish mane and tail. The woman shouted something, while she was backing from the car with her daughter. ‘Well, at least they are on a safe distance,’ he thought. ‘Time to get out of here before all hell breaks loose…’ ‘And then the nightmare started!’ Alex closed his eyes, cringing at the memories. With another sparkling sound the whole pool of gas under the car turned into the bright oven of doom. But before Alex could think, it was the end and a really ugly one – he started feeling heat almost immediately – he heard the ear-splitting sound of thunder and a bright blinding flash filled his consciousness. Alex shivered. Was he brought here by lightning? By fire? For common sense’s sake, that was breaking the whole world order, he knew and loved. That was simply impossible. Yet it happened. The whole world around him was real. The feeling when he pinched himself was real. And the damnation, he screamed in pain, caused one damn real echo. His foot stepped on a very real small mean stone… And Alex lost his real balance rolling down the real stairs. “FUUUUUCK the castles!” He wasn’t sure, if he shouted all that in his mind or the whole castle was blessed loudly. Most likely mentally, as he was lucky to roll only a few steps. “FUUUUCK the stairs, cars and storms!!!” “… And fuck the ponies!” assumed Alex, when his head heartily “greeted” the floor. With that reassuring thought he fainted. * Darkness fell upon Canterlot, muffling all the activity on the streets. Cicadas, occasional dog barking or hurried hoofsteps of rare citizens on their late way home were the only sounds breaking the serenity of the night. Everypony slept in their comfortable beds, resting from daily routines and even leaves on the trees didn’t dare to break the silence in the complete calm. Nopony noticed the distant and violent storm, which poured tons of water and ripped the dark sky with thunderbolts above the old ruins in the middle of Everfree forest. Even the hardest blast, which could easily compete with the light of full moon rising, was most likely unnoticed by anypony. Anypony but one. “Ahem…” Luna turned one ear to the approaching delicate steps of her regal sister, but apparently her attention was otherwise completely occupied by something else, as she stayed, where she was, observing distance through a telescope. “Luna,” princess Celestia, the Ruler of the Day and Sun, called a bit louder, while she entered the observation balcony on the top of the highest tower of Canterlot castle. She waved her wings in unconscious contraction with a sudden windflaw. “Dear, are you here or several dozens of miles away?” She then approached her younger sister, princess Luna, the Ruler of the Night and Moon, Master of the Dreams. Something was apparently bothering her that much that she decided to abandon her usual patience and extended her foreleg to touch sister’s shoulder. “Oh, Tia! Mine apologies,” Luna turned her head from the telescope. “Well, of course, I’ve heard thee. I’ve been examining our… strange issue in the Everfree and slightly captured by mine thoughts about. So what didst thou want?” “So, you’ve already noticed,” Celestia nodded. “That overly strange and, I’m not afraid to call it that, impossible thunderstorm above the woods.” “Above the old castle ruins to be exact,” Luna rectified with her eyes, returning to the swirl of clouds in the distance, which meanwhile started to fade. “And what do you think about all that?..” “It started moments after I raised the Moon, escalated really fast and now, after half an hour, is fading as suddenly as it started,” Luna touched her chin with the hoof, summarizing. “With clouds so thick and swirling in a compact circle, thunderbolts of that strength and the whole amount of water, which managed to come down in a short time, one might bethink, it needed quite an army of pegasi to stage such a performance.” “Exactly,” replied Celestia with a tiny smile. “But…” “But thither were no pegasi assigned to that wide-scale duty the present day at all,” continued Luna. “I have checked the prognosis twice and thither was nothing alike planned for tonight. Besides, what was the point of pouring tons of water in the middle of nowhere practically?” Her strengthened Old language revealed Luna being a bit excited by the events, as normally she tried her best to accommodate to the modern style of talking. Being properly understood by your subjects was sometimes vital and the Royal Canterlot Voice wasn’t an ultimate tool to reach that goal. There was no point of being loud, while others were trying hard to grasp the mere sense. “The storm started completely by itself,” Celestia emphasized with concern. “And that’s not something we have been getting here for hundreds of years. Not here, in the middle of Equestria. I admit that Everfree lives by its own laws quite often, but still…” “Thou art concerned about some imminent danger,” Luna nodded in understanding. “Or rather somepony. As we hardly got something unruly without somepony’s assistance the last few times.” “Even if they were not ponies,” she smiled mirthlessly. “But I have sensed nothing. Nothing and nopony, possessing any magic at the least, be it malevolent or contrary to that,” Luna’s ears sadly flattened. “I don’t understand, Tia, what are we dealing with?” “Neither do I,” confessed her older sister. “As you said, “sensed nothing and nopony”.” “But we shan’t let it out of our attention. I wonder, if I should send some guards there right now, Luna,” Celestia threw a quick look over the distant ruins, but there was silence and peace over them at that moment, as the storm ended. “I sincerely suppose that we should just wait for a while,” Luna returned to watching the sleeping domain below. “Guards will hardly find any…pony in the middle of the night, despite mine Moon. If thither is anything to look for, I’m unsure.” “I trust your judgment of that, dear,” with a heartily smile Celestia nuzzled sister’s shoulder. “Well, I’m not insisting… but I doubt, we are capable to take any effective steps right now.” Luna leaned back to Celestia. “Have some sleep now, Tia. It’s going to be a long day ahead. And I shall return to mine nightly duty.” “Have it lightly. Good night, sister.” Luna waved her hoof in the air, showing that she returned the wish, while her attention returned again to the old ruins deep amidst Everfree. * “AAARGHH!!!” Absolute darkness of unconsciousness was changed by the slightly less thick darkness of the old castle. ‘It becomes routinely to fall and get hit. Up to no good you are, man.’ Alex sat on the floor and waited, till the walls stopped spinning around him. As he gained normal sight, he noticed that it became less dark around. There was a hallway up ahead and the moonlight patches on the floor noted the existence of windows for once. He got up to be greeted by his grumbling stomach. What a nice change: just when he realized the flaming snakes feeling was still with him, he was almost naked, cold and bruised, his stomach decided to remind that it existed and needed attention. The mere fact that the last decent, moreover any, meal Alex had, was past noon didn’t encourage as well. Trying not to think that he should rather be concerned of not being eaten in that godforsaken place, than having something to eat (the castle seemed to be abandoned for a few hundred years and could be anywhere deep in the wild), Alex proceeded to the hallway. The storm was over during his “blackout” and the full moon looked through the numerous bowed windows of the long corridor with dark regular winged statues standing in the arcs. The night seemed to be young still and Alex noticed that he shivered less here than in the tower. Strangely the storm ended without any sign of it taking place, except water, the air outside was still warm and brought the faint scent of unknown flowers. Alex looked out of the nearest window. ‘Bad, bad idea!’ He managed to notice the green sea of trees, apparently surrounding the castle and shimmering silver in the moonlight and breeze… just before the whole picture doubled or even tripled in his eyesight and his guts tried to make a backflip. ‘I’m too high above the ground,’ he said to himself, accurately backing up from the dreading opening. He then added. ‘Great, I’m in the middle of nowhere and still need to find a suitable way out of that castle.’ He was a bit ashamed to confess, he wouldn’t use the faster exit, even if it was twice lower or there was water below. Back home he was never able to enter a balcony higher than the first floor, here it seemed that he was on the fourth or something alike. And the ceilings were high given that it was the castle. The sudden memory about home was painful. Alex had no faintest idea, how he was supposed to get home without practically anything: the documents, money, his car. The thought that it would be great at the very least to define, where he was and where his home was, didn’t provide much optimism either. Without the phone, map or any clues about the area it wasn’t going to be a game. Alex released a deep sigh. It seemed, he was to stay inside till morning – he couldn’t notice anything outside, which can be used as a landmark, except the very castle, but it wasn’t enough to proceed. He was still uncomfortable about walking around in the wild in underwear only and hoped that perhaps he could find something for the covers. Finally, it was simply stupid to walk through some unknown forest in the middle of the night. ‘So let’s check the other rooms,’ he said to himself, while stepping further into the hallway. ‘If only that annoying pain inside faded, I’d be completely happy.’ The closer look at one of the statues quickly brought the now-almost-native feeling of unease back. There was something familiar in the statue, something that Alex still couldn’t remember, yet making his skin crawl. No, they were not some gargoyles or any sort of other ugly stone abominations so usual for the ancient castles. What stood in front of him was a sculpture of a… unicorn. There was something strange about it: it wasn’t of the size of a normal horse, but smaller, almost like a big pony. However, it was more slender, than a pony any of us could portray, more graceful. In addition to that, the statue was “wearing” the armour. Quick examination made clear that the armour was more like of a soldier, than a battle animal, besides, there were no saddle, no harness, in other words, nothing normally used to ride a… pony. Alex also noticed that not all the statues were the same, as it seemed to him from the first look. Half of them were unicorns, another half had wings, thus being technically pegasi. He giggled nervously. ‘Yet this feeling that I have seen those somewhere…’ “Well, dude,” Alex slapped the closest statue lightly on the muzzle with a cackle. “It seems, there going to be more ponies in my life from now on.” According to his “internal clock” Alex was wandering around the castle for about an hour already. He tried to keep the general direction of getting down to the ground floor, thus walking down every staircase, he could find not ruined. Yet he felt that he was covering much more distance horizontally than actually descending, not mentioning that he was to backtrack twice because of corridors blocked by collapsed walls. Alex completely forgot about his hunger. Now he was concerned about warming himself and getting some safe place to sleep without any risk to freeze completely till morning. He wasn’t sure if it was going to get any colder before the sunrise, considering he had no idea, where exactly the castle was situated. What he saw through the windows clearly showed that it wasn’t some polar region. For which Alex was immensely thankful. But every compartment without windows was noticeably colder; the stone walls didn’t keep warmth like probably they did, when the castle was full of life. He didn’t know if it was bad or good that he apparently was all alone there. Remembering now the yell he gave, when rolling down that stairwell in the tower, he came to the conclusion, that wasn’t the best thing to do. But the sound startled nobody and nobody came to check of the trespasser. So he guessed that tiptoeing wasn’t absolutely necessary, opening the few remaining doors, despite them screeching mercilessly, was safe as well. Next doors Alex faced were large, heavy, built of thick noble wood. Amazing ancient carving, highlighted by the moon light, coming through the high window behind his back, covered the door leafs. When he pushed them lightly, he was amazed by how easily and quietly they opened. It seemed that particular room was of great importance to the castle inhabitants, so they treated all the stuff inside with great care. The furniture stood intact in the dark room, most likely being of the finest quality, so it survived whatever disaster happened. “Gasp!” Alex stumbled in the doorway, as he noticed something deep in the room. A human figure in another passage at the far wall. At first he was worried a bit, but only for a second or two… “Hello!” Alex rushed inside the room. “I’m lost and…” He found himself staring at… Alex, same tired and bruised Alex in his dusty boxers and boots; Alex with quite a stupid look on the face, which already managed to grow some stubble. He extended his hand to touch a giant dimmed mirror about 10 feet tall. Alex gave out a deep sigh of relief and… despair. “Nasty mirror,” he muttered. “I almost thought that I found some help.” He took another look across the room, which, as he noticed, was a bedroom of some regal person most likely. Closer examination of the king-size bed revealed it being of no use, as there was nor sheets neither mattress left (they were probably that pile of dust beneath the bed). The wooden frame survived, but not the delicate cloth. Alex thought, he was going to have no sleep tonight, as other furniture in the room, at least the chairs and banquettes, were somehow not comfortable for him to relax properly. He remembered that every unbroken seat, he found previously, was as well… perhaps too low for his comfort. Other furniture like tables, cabinets seemed to be alright though. Alex proceeded through more and more rooms: spacious halls and small cabinets. Checked more bedrooms and bathrooms with the stone basins built into the floor – all with mostly time worn and broken furniture. He passed an enormous library, thinking that he probably was to wander around that castle till morning looking for the exit. He checked a couple of books (more automatically than hoping to find something helpful) one of which crumbled to dust in his hands. Nothing that could help, some historical stuff that could be interesting, if he wasn’t almost falling asleep on the spot. Well, if he wasn’t, he might have noticed that, despite understanding, what the books were telling, there was no single word written in plain English in them. But his tired mind noticed the content and completely missed, paid no attention to form – the symbols the books were written in. Finally, after one more staircase, he found himself on seemingly the first floor of the castle, in the long high hall of some regal value. High windows on both opposite narrow ends of the hall let enough light inside for him to see columns, chandeliers at the walls and ends of ceiling arcs, more sets of horse… pony armour, standing on their eternal duty along the walls, another single staircase at his end of the hall, going down and most likely to the castle front doors at some point. With the idea that going outside was definitely some daytime business, Alex headed to the opposite end of the hall, where he noticed a stepped podium with two… thrones. After approaching that three steps elevation with two large thrones Alex noticed, they were still in nice condition, not only stone frame, but also the soft seats and backrests. Another sign of those being made for the top-class noble asses, as Alex giggled inwardly. One throne was covered with a large ancient tapestry, also quite well retained. It must have fallen from the wall behind the thrones, as a similar tapestry hung behind the second throne. Alex rose the steps and took the tapestry by its edge to unfold it. The cloth was of amazing quality and lightness, unbelievable for its age, nowhere heavy and rough on touch, unlike almost every common tapestry. This one was made in black, all sorts of blue and silver colours with white outlining. Presumably night sky with stars and bright moon above and a dark blue slender winged horse figurine below facing… flying down. Another tapestry on the wall was generally in blue, white and gold, depicting the sky, sun disc high above and a white slender winged horse figurine flying up. Alex closed his eyes. The same feeling of unease flooded him again. Both images were painfully familiar, he knew he had seen them somewhere already. But they were parts of a single image in his memory. * That was one of those family days, when Alex and his parents were visiting relatives from another city. The latter lived in suburbs, without plenty means of entertaining people, especially younger ones. This and them having two daughters, 12 and 8 years old, practically meant that, while older members of the family were discussing all, what was usually discussed on family meetings, girls were totally Alex’s business. Besides cousins were under the impression of the 19 years old sibling, that sort of impression, which usually leads to looking up to with eyes wide opened, giggles, unintentional innocent flirting and tons of teasing. All harmless, at least until it starts coming at you as a storm… That day wasn’t going to be an easy one, as Alex told himself earlier in the morning. The relatives lived in a cottage with a large garden. So hide and seek, play catch, some more random running around, while both girls contrived to almost run him over a few times, made Alex finally unsure if he had two cousins only or maybe four… or even six already. “Hey, girls,” called he, getting up from the grass. “What about getting inside and having a bit quieter entertainment… before it becomes traumatic?” “Boo, spoilsport!” Older cousin bumped into him and grabbed in a bear hug. “Right when we started having fun.” “Two of you are too much for the “old Alex”,” he stuck out his tongue, teasing her. “You’re not old,” she wrinkled her nose, making her freckles jump. “Just a bit grumpy and into your computer stuff too much. Tell me the point of going to the gym, when you can just have fun outside for free with the same result.” “Yes, yes,” Eagerly jumped the younger, while Alex thought about a dignified answer to the previous question. “We can view some cartoons. Just got a new show on DVD.” She took Alex’s and her sister’s hands and rushed into the house, sweeping away all possible objections. “OK, what will it be?” asked Alex, when they sat in the living room. ‘Girly stuff,’ he shrugged mentally, while younger cousin turned the TV on and set the disc into the player already. It was the new show called My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. As he suspected typical girly stuff. Yet despite pinkish gamma and girly hyper voices, what he watched was fun. It was the first episode, where a few pony girls were searching for some relics to prevent an evil alter ego of one of the two rulers of the land from returning from her 1000 years banishment. The land was called Equestria. ‘So original’, smirked Alex to himself. It was ruled once by two sisters: one reigned over the day and Sun, another – over the Night and Moon. The younger sister – Luna got jealous of Celestia, the older sister, thinking she was getting more attention and love, naturally being the princess of the day. Luna went completely mental, being spoiled by the shadow and turned into Nightmare Moon, who tried to take over the whole land and establish the eternal night by refusing to get the Moon down and let Celestia rise the Sun. It was impossible how Alex could still remember all those names and facts from the show. Celestia then entrapped her younger sister into the Moon, using those relics and started ruling the country on her own, day and night, Sun and Moon, while mourning of her once beloved sister. But after 1000 years certain conditions were met for Nightmare Moon to return and attempt revenge… With the help of the relics, the pony girls (main characters of the show) managed to cast out Nightmare Moon and return princess Luna as former kind and sane self. But those were details… There was the old castle of Two Sisters in that show. And there. Was. That. Sign! Of two regal sisters, rulers of the Moon and Sun. * Alex dropped the tapestry and covered his face with hands. It wasn’t obvious if he was going to shriek, cry or curl on the stone platform in disbelief and despair. ‘That simply can’t be true!’ cried his mind. ‘Come on, it was just a blasted movie, a cartoon for kids!’ Well, last time he tried to check, if he was sleeping or delusional, was painful and real. From all forms of insanity, this could be the least possible, Alex could imagine for himself, if thinking about insanity was his common practice. After a few minutes he managed to bring together, what remained of his trembling, tired and frustrated self. ‘I am regally screwed!’ he gritted his teeth heavily. ‘But, damn it, I’ll deal with this tomorrow!’ ‘I’m too tired for logical conclusions. No ponies or nightmares or else will take away my sleep. And I’ve finally found some “clothes”,’ Alex let out a sad grin. He grabbed Luna’s tapestry… ‘Oh, dear Lord, please, let me be mistaken!’ … and made some kind of toga, wrapping it around his tired body and finding it surprisingly nice and warm. He then climbed with his legs on that throne in front of him and curled, trying to find the possibly comfortable pose. Minutes later overloaded by today’s events Alex passed out. --- Author's note: If 't be true you like the story (and have FimFiction account, otherwise, you can't vote), please, take a minute to support the book hither: https://www.fimfiction.net/story/370173/the-guardian "Thumbs up" are very welcome, comments either. Mine most sincere gratitude in advance!
  3. Chapter 20: Retaking Ponyville A few days later... Lee and Storm walked down the main road out of Hydrea and they made their way towards Ponyville, but after an hour of walking, Storm stopped to see a huge storm system boiling overhead. Lee looked at the same dark clouds and started to hear rumbles of thunder in the distance. "Hold on. I'll get a view from above." Lee said. Quick as he could, Lee took off from the ground and flew up above the trees, but he felt his heart sink as he looked at what laid before him: All of Ponyville had been reduced to grey fields, buildings which were now rubble and fires were burning out of control, but Lee’s horror only increased when he looked towards Canterlot and saw that the royal castle was now in ruins. "I-I don't believe it..." As he tried to focus on the matter at hand, Lee heard Storm yelling at him from below and asked him if everything was okay. A moment later, Lee flew back down and landed next to Storm, who saw the saddened look on his face. "Lee? What did you see?" Storm asked. "It's worse than I could have imagined. Everything has been destroyed..." Storm looked towards the direction of the storm system and had a concerned look on her face for a second before turning back to Lee with a look of confidence. "This is only temporary, Lee. We will fix all of this once we defeat Malice and now... now we have everything we need to do this!" A moment later, Lee watched as a huge group of ponies gathered behind him and Storm. Each one was armed with ropes and traps and everypony was also wearing armor from the Hydrea barracks. "I am so happy that you all are here. Together we will put a stop to this evil and take back our lands!" As everypony heard Storm say all of this, they all stomped their hooves in determination, with Lee joining in a moment later. Lee got his confidence back as Storm patted him on the back and all the ponies looked towards him. "Alright, here is the plan: We're gonna start by retaking Ponyville. Now remember, all of the ponies there are under Malice's control, so do not hurt them whatsoever. We just need to trap them and make sure that they don't go anywhere." "We need someplace to hold them, where they can't escape. Any ideas, Lee?" Storm asked. "Haven't thought that far ahead... Let's just get in there and work with what we got right now." Everypony agreed with the plan and they all followed as Lee and Storm led them towards Ponyville. Lee stopped when he made it to a hill and got a better view of the destruction and chaos below, with Storm feeling the same sadness as she approached the hill too. "This tyranny will not last, Storm! I'm going to make sure of that! We got this if we stick together, right?" "You are absolutely right, Lee. We fight for Tempest, we fight for everypony and we fight for Equestria!" Lee smiled as he turned to the army of ponies behind him and placed a hoof over his heart, knowing exactly what he was fighting for. "FOR EQUESTRIA!!!" The entire crowd erupted in applause and Lee signaled for everypony to follow him into the heart of Ponyville. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ As the forces of Hydrea entered Ponyville, everything was eerily quiet and all that could be heard was the sound of a lonely wind. All of this emptiness around only made everypony feel uneasy, especially Lee. All around were burned out buildings, but Lee looked ahead when he saw a huge structure toppled over before him. Lee looked closer at the rubble and saw a purple star insignia shining faintly, which he recognized instantly. “Twilight… That’s her castle.” Just beyond the remains of Twilight’s castle was a pile of rubble that used to be Sugarcube Corner, but Lee looked away from this site to focus on the matter at hand. “Where is everypony?” Storm asked. “I don’t know. Keep your guard up…” Everypony did as Lee said and they all scouted the area as Lee and Storm flew into the air to get a better look. Storm looked all around the remains of Ponyville, but still saw nopony around. After a few minutes of searching however, she and Lee suddenly heard screaming coming from below and they both hurried to investigate. At the remains of a bridge going over a river, Lee and Storm saw a lone pony from Hydrea running from the bridge, but Lee saw another pony on the bridge facing the water and he landed next to the pony. “Hey! Who are you?” Lee asked. The pony only tilted their head a bit before they faced Lee with a pair of blackened eyes and fur turned to grey. Lee jumped back at the sight, but he then heard the pony whistle loudly. “What the-“ Lee was interrupted by Storm calling his name and saw that she was surrounded by more ponies with blackened eyes. Quick as he could, Lee joined Storm and he recognized the seven ponies before him as the Mane 6 and Starlight Glimmer, but Lee looked towards the lead pony with the purple fur and star cutie mark. “T-Twilight… Twilight, can you hear me? This is Lee.” Twilight and her friends simply stared Lee down and Twilight tilted her head at him. “Lee? I know that name. You are a threat to the Master…” “W-What? No! Twilight, snap out of this! You have to fight his control!” Lee continued to plead for Twilight to fight Malice’s influence, but Storm had to stop Lee from getting any closer to Twilight. “Lee, we can’t help her or any of them right now! Let’s just get out of here!” Before the two of them could take off though, they both saw a huge army of corrupted ponies massing behind Twilight and her friends. Both Lee and Storm backed away but Twilight only laughed at the two of them as they remained on guard. “You dare resist the Master? You shall perish!” Before Twilight could do anything, she was surprised when she saw the ponies of Hydrea gather behind Lee and Storm. As the two of them witnessed this happen, Lee and Storm looked towards the Hydrea army and nodded to them all in confidence before they both flew into the air and looked down upon the two armies. “Whatever you guys do, do not hurt them! Just find a way to keep them distracted long enough for me and Storm to stop Malice.” The crowd agreed with Lee’s words and they all faced the army of corrupted ponies. A moment later, Twilight commanded the corrupted towards the Hydrea army and both groups ran at each other. Both armies clashed and the corrupted ponies tried blasting the Hydrea army with magic, knocking them down and kicking them away. At the same time however, the Hydrea army used a combination of ropes, luck and cunning strategies to fool the corrupted ponies into various traps set up all over the town. “Lee, let’s go!” Storm said out loud. Lee did as Storm said and they both took off into the sky, making their way towards Canterlot. ——————————————————————------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- High up in the clouds, Lee and Storm remained vigilant for any other ponies who might hinder them, but they both seemed to be in the clear at the moment. As they both continued flying, Storm suddenly heard the sound of coming closer to her and looked towards Lee. "Lee, watch out!!" Before he could react however, a huge blast of magic whizzed past Lee's head and he quickly stopped and rolled to avoid the blast. Lee then looked behind him to see a huge group of corrupted Pegasus ponies, led by the corrupted Twilight, chasing him and Storm. "Well, that's not good! Storm, let's go!" Twilight surged forward and tried to get ahead of Lee and Storm, blasting at them along the way, but Storm blew her back with a huge thrust of her wings and sent her hurling into a patch of clouds. Twilight quickly recovered however, and told the Pegasus ponies to stop Lee and Storm. At that command, more Pegasus ponies chased after Lee and Storm and Lee recognized the Pegasus pony with a rainbow colored mane leading the pack as Rainbow Dash. "No way we're gonna outfly her! Storm, we can't dodge these guys forever!" Storm dodged another magic attack from Twilight, as well as a few attacks from Rainbow Dash before she spoke to Lee. "Well then, now's a good time to think of a plan, don't you think?" Lee twisted his way through the oncoming attacks and he desperately searched the land below for anything they could use to trap the ponies. "Lee! Now means now!! What do we do?" Storm asked. "I don't know! Give me a minute, will you?" Just then, Lee gasped when he saw a huge red structure below and he pointed Storm towards the structure, but only had a confused look on her face. "Lee, that's a barn!!" "I know, but it'll have to do for right now! Just follow me!" Lee dived down below the clouds with Storm beside him and the army of Pegasus ponies close behind him. The two of them then came closer to a large field of apple trees and the huge red barn close by to the fields. "Uhh Lee, we got more company!" As he heard Storm say these words, Lee looked off in the distance to see a huge group of unicorns and earth ponies closing in on the apple fields, but also saw some of the Hydrea ponies in front of them too. Storm had a worried look on her face, but she looked over at Lee to see how determined he was at that moment. Lee rushed ahead and quickly stopped to speak to the group of Hydrea ponies below. "All of you, listen to me: lead those ponies over there to that barn and keep them cornered in there!" The Hydrea ponies did as Lee said, even though some had very confused looks on their faces. Lee flew ahead towards the barn, but Storm quickly joined him after seeing what the Hydrea army was doing. “Lee, what are you doing?” “Trust me, Storm. I’ve got a plan!” Lee landed next to the barn and he and Storm quickly opened both doors. Lee looked inside and was relieved with how spacious it was. “This’ll do! Alright Storm, get ready!” Storm looked above to see all the Pegasus ponies coming towards them and looked off in the distance and saw the Hydrea army leading all the corrupted unicorns and earth ponies. “Uhh Lee?” “Hold on, not yet!” As the army of corrupted ponies closed in on them both, Storm became increasingly panicked while Lee held his ground. “Lee?!” “Almost there…” The Hydrea army then came towards Lee and Storm with the corrupted ponies close behind them, but Lee still stayed put for a few more moments. “LEE!!!” “NOW!!!” Lee, Storm and the Hydrea army all moved out of the way in an instant and the huge mass of corrupted ponies flooded into the barn. As the last of the corrupted ponies finally herded into the barn, Lee and Storm quickly closed the doors and the Hydrea ponies surrounded the barn to make sure that nopony escaped. “That’s not going to be enough. We need something to reinforce the barn..." Lee looked around the area for something that might help and he suddenly fixed his eyes upon a huge metal water tower nearby, which gave him another idea to work with. “Unicorns, with me!” A group of unicorns joined Lee and they made their way over to the water tower as the rest of the army and Storm kept the barn secured. “Hurry up Lee! We can’t hold it much longer!” Lee made it to the water tower and waited for the unicorns to gather around him before he told them of his plan. “I need you guys to use your magic and take all that metal. Use as much as you can to reinforce the barn and make sure that nopony can escape.” The unicorns did as Lee asked and they all worked together to take the water tower apart. As the unicorns took all of the metal away, Lee gasped when he saw a huge stream of water pouring out of the tower. Just before all of the water inside fell onto the unicorns, Lee used his lightning powers to quickly vaporize all of the water and turned it into a warm steam. “Phew! That was too close!" A couple minutes later, Lee led the unicorns back over to the barn, who were carrying loads of steel and metal together. Once they reached the barn again, the unicorns started setting up steel bars around the outside of the barn and putting metal plates against the doors and windows. Everypony lended a hoof as the unicorns stretched out the steel to make it fit over the entire barn, the Pegasus ponies put metal plates on the roof and earth ponies tied the steel bars down deep into the ground. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Once the barn was tightly secured, Lee took a moment to catch his breath and thought to himself. "That won't hold them for long, but it's the best we can do to delay them..." Lee jumped back a bit when he saw the barn shaking violently and hearing all the ponies inside trying to break out. The Hydrea army and Storm kept all of the corrupted ponies inside, but Lee knew it was only a matter of time before they all escaped. "I can't let anypony else get hurt. Storm..." As he tried to figure out what to do, Lee looked towards the horizon and saw the ruins of Canterlot, making Lee think about the evil hiding there. "Malice... I won't let you hurt my sister!" Frantically, Lee constantly looked back and forth between Storm and Canterlot before he closed his eyes and slowly decided what the best course of action was now. "I have to do this... This is the only way to protect her!" Before anypony else could witness it, Lee took off from the ground alone and looked back at Storm for a moment before he quickly made his way towards Canterlot with a look of absolute determination. "I'm coming Malice..." A/N: The battle to take back Ponyville begins! What will become of Lee and Storm? Find out next time!
  4. Chapter 19: Something Worth Fighting For… Both Lee and Storm continued to process the revelation between the two of them in their heads and they both just stared at each other. “Y-You’re my sister?” “My… brother. I never thought I’d see the day.” Once they had both finally got the information through their heads, Lee and Storm embraced each other and tears of joy ran out of Storm’s eyes. “It’s you… it truly is you. 20 years… a whole 20 years it has been since I have seen you.” “I-I don’t believe it either… I actually have a sister! This is so awesome!” Lee and Storm released each other and they examined one another to get a good look at each other. “Y-You’re all grown up, Little Light!” “Little Light?” Lee asked. “Oh right, that was the nickname our parents gave you and I used it too because you were my little brother and you and I played together all the time!” “I had no idea… You know all this about me, but I don’t remember anything about my parents or you.” Storm tried to recall the events all those years ago regarding what had happened to her little brother, but she unfortunately couldn’t remember much. “You were… sent away as I said. Our parents just told me that they had to protect you and took you away from our hometown and I… I never saw you again after that.” “Right… I was raised by other ponies and they gave me the name Lee. I never questioned anything about it then because I was so young, but now…” Lee could only feel sadness for not knowing more about his family before and he wondered if things would have been different if he tried looking for them. "I should have tried to find you and maybe you wouldn't have to go through the things that you did..." Storm smiled a little bit as she saw Lee's look of worry, but she reassured him all the same. “Don’t blame yourself, Lee. You had your own life and our parents assured me that you were safe. And by the time I was on my own, I was already settled here in Hydrea and well… you know the rest.” “Right… Tempest.” “I wish I had gone to try and find you… You were my brother and I just forgot about you because of my personal vendettas.” Lee saw Storm look away from him with a look of sorrow on her face, but Lee quickly placed a hoof over Storm’s and smiled happily towards her. “You don’t have a thing to be sorry about, Storm. Having you here right now… it’s one of the greatest moments of my life now. I actually have a sister and it makes me feel so good inside!" Storm hugged Lee again and Lee welcomed the warm feeling in his heart again. As Lee finished his hug with his sister, he suddenly began to think about somepony else special to him. “I wish… she was here to see this. Oh Tempest, I wish you were here.” Just then, Lee looked towards the front door and began mumbling to himself as he went towards the door. “Lee? Lee, where are you going?” Storm asked. No response came from Lee as he walked outside, but Storm trailed after him and continually called out his name. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As Lee continued walking into town, a couple of ponies gave him some concerned looks, but he went past them and made his way to a large fountain in the middle of the town. Storm saw Lee stop at the fountain and she quickly approached him. Lee heard Storm saying his name, but he simply stared at his reflection in the water. “Tempest… What do I do? What can I do?” Lee tried to think about Tempest’s beautiful eyes and face, but every memory was interrupted by Malice corrupting her and turning her against him. A final flash of Tempest appeared, but her eyes were completely black and a blast of lightning appeared before Lee opened his eyes again. “No!! No no no!!! ARGH!!!” Lee held his head in agony and he stomped the water in a fit of rage. Storm told everypony around Lee to back away and give him some room before she quickly tried to calm him down. “Lee!! Lee, are you okay? What happened?” “I-I saw her… She was right in front of me and I couldn’t save her. Argh, why didn’t I save her?! I just... I just don't know what to do anymore." After seeing all of this happen, Storm disagreed with Lee's words and laid his hooves down to try and get his attention. "That's enough, Lee. You are no failure and I will not let you just give up!" "But Tempest... she was the one who gave me my strength to fight and now... now she's gone." "She is still a part of you and her spirit is calling to you. Tempest would want you to fight for her and for every other pony who has been corrupted by this evil menace." Lee looked to the side for a bit to think about everything that has happened, but Storm made him face her again and she asked him to look at her. "Look at me. You are better than this and I know that you are stronger than this! I know this because you didn't give up on me when I lost my way... and because you’re my brother." Suddenly, Lee's mind thought back to how he helped redeem Storm and the good that he brought to her. Lee then thought of Tempest once more and he saw her beautiful face before she started to speak to him. Fight, Lee. Fight for me, fight for Equestria and fight for yourself... I know that you can do this because I love you. "Tempest... Thank you my beautiful unicorn!" After hearing these words from Tempest, Lee found his strength and his will to fight returning to him and he placed a hoof over his heart. Once he finally got his newfound strength ready, Lee looked back at Storm with a huge look of clarity on his face. "Y-You're right, Storm. I have to try... I have to fight for Tempest and all of Equestria!!" Storm helped Lee to his feet and he felt a new sense of hope in his heart as he looked towards the shining sun above. Storm patted him on the back and he looked back at his sister with a smile on his face. "That's the spirit! So tell me, what's the plan?" Storm asked. Lee paced around the fountain as he thought of a plan, but he remembered all of the ponies that Malice had corrupted would be a problem. "It won't be that easy, I'm afraid. Malice has everypony in Canterlot and Ponyville under his control..." "Hold on a moment. You said that he had a scepter, right? If that's the source of his power, why don't we just try and take that away?" "Easier said than done. He has an entire army surrounding him and there is no way we can take him ourselves." Lee was at a loss at what to do now, but Storm looked around at the group of ponies surrounding the both of them and an idea popped into her head. "Then we'll get an army of our own..." Before he could even react to Storm's words, Lee saw that Storm was already gone and talking with some of the other townspeople before she came back to Lee a minute later. "Follow me!" "What? Storm, what are you talking about?" Lee asked. "Just follow me. You'll see..." Lee shrugged his shoulders in confusion before deciding to follow Storm towards the main gates of the village. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A few minutes had passed by and Lee stood up on a wooden platform next to the village gate, with Storm beside him waiting for all the ponies of Hydrea to gather. Lee looked in awe as many ponies surrounded the gates, but Storm stepped forth to get the attention of the crowd. “Everypony… I need to say a few words to you all and we need your help with a very urgent situation!” All the ponies in the crowd mumbled to each other about what Storm was talking about, but Storm silenced them and began to speak. “Something dreadful has happened to the city of Canterlot and the town of Ponyville… An evil creature known as Malice has taken control of these places and has turned everypony there into his slaves, which does include the princesses!” Everypony then started to panic at this news and some looked around frantically too. Storm tried to calm them, but she knew that the situation was only worrying everypony. “All of you, listen to me!! I know it is hard to hear, but-“ Suddenly, Storm was interrupted by the ponies in the crowd, who began to speak in fear about what has happened. “W-We’re all doomed!!” “The princesses are gone too?!! NOOO!!!” “What do we do? We have to hide NOW!!!” As the chaos continued to brew, Storm was at a loss of words and looked to the side as she thought about what to say next. Lee looked over at Storm with a worried look on his face, but he soon remembered the words she and Tempest said to him earlier and changed his look to one of determination. Just then, Lee stepped forth and looked towards the panicked crowd below. “ENOUGH!!!” The crowd then finally quieted down as they looked at Lee, who jumped down from the platform and stood face to face with the crowd. “This monster has taken everything from me! My home, my friends and… the love of my life, but I will not stand by any longer and let him destroy everything else!” Storm looked at Lee as he spoke and smiled in happiness at his words. “The only way to stop him is to fight and I need your help to do so! Because if we don’t try, there won’t be anything left to save…” A couple ponies then stepped forth and spoke with Lee. “We are not fighters! How do expect us to go up against such an army?” “How can we possibly be any match?” “There’s nothing we can do!” Lee silenced these ponies after they finished talking and suddenly heard Storm speak to them from above. “Together, as a team, that’s how we win!” “Storm is absolutely right! Because we all have something that Malice will never understand: Friendship, loyalty, love, trust and companionship.” “These things are all that you need and it is stronger than any weapon and more powerful then anything else!” All of the ponies then started to nod to each other in agreement to Storm’s words and they all then looked back at Lee. “Together we are unstoppable, together we are stronger and together we will be unbreakable!!” Storm then took over for Lee and spoke from the platform. “We can do this, because we will be fighting together as one! And together, we will stop this evil and take back our land!” Everypony shouted in triumph towards Lee and Storm and some of the ponies stomped their hooves for them too. “So, who’s with me?” Lee asked. Storm jumped down from the platform and stood right next to Lee and looked at him in confidence. “I am with you, Lee! I’m with you until the end!” After Storm, other ponies stepped forth and told Lee that they would fight too. Half of the crowd soon joined Lee and Storm and they all patted Lee on the back. “For Hydrea!” Storm and the crowd shouted together and Lee looked around in disbelief at all of the ponies on his side, but smiled nonetheless. “For Equestria!” Lee then placed a hoof over his heart again and thought about the one pony who gave him his strength. “For Tempest…” A/N: I FINALLY got this chapter done! Sorry for the wait, but it will be full speed ahead from here on because we are finally at the climax now!
  5. Chapter 18: Light in the Storm A few hours had passed by since Storm had brought her friend Lee to the hospital and she was pacing outside of his room as she waited for him to wake up. As Storm continued to think, her mind began to race about everything that Lee had said before he passed out. "He said something about Tempest and Canterlot... Is everything okay there? And why isn't Tempest with him?" Then Storm stopped as she repeated the other word that Lee mentioned: Malice. Storm thought about this word but couldn't quite place what this word meant to her. "Malice... Malice... Where have I heard that before? I swear I've heard it somewhere..." Just then, Storm's attention went immediately to Lee when she saw him bolt up and let out a large scream. The nurse ponies came in to calm Lee down, but he jumped back the second they touched him and Storm saw him fall onto the ground. "W-Where am I?! Where is Storm?!" Lee held his head as he tried to get his mind straight again, but all he could see was everything spinning and very blurry. The nurse ponies tried to approach Lee again, but Storm quickly came in and told them stand back. "I got this. Let me handle this, okay?" The nurse ponies did as she said and they both walked out of the room. Storm knelt down beside Lee and softly said his name, but Lee only gasped at this pony knowing his name. "W-Who are you? I can't see anything... What is your name?" Lee asked these questions frantically, but Storm shushed him and asked him to calm down. "Lee, it's okay I promise... This is Storm Breaker and you just need a few moments to get your bearings." "S-Storm? You're really here?" Lee felt around the room and Storm watched as he placed a hoof on her face and squished it a little, which made her laugh a little, but she grabbed his hoof and gently put it back down. "Yes, I swear that I'm here my friend. Just take a deep breath, clear your head and collect your thoughts. I am right here for you..." As Storm continued watching Lee, he closed his eyes and took that deep breath to make the head pain go away. After another deep breath, Lee's heart rate finally decreased a lot and he soon felt his breathing go back to normal. "Good, that's good. Now... open your eyes." Once he felt himself ready to do so, Lee slowly opened his eyes again and everything around him came into crystal clear focus. Lee looked around the hospital room for a moment before he looked ahead of him and indeed saw the face of his friend, Storm Breaker. "S-Storm... It really is you! Thank goodness you are okay!" "Worried about me? I could very well ask you the same thing, Lee." Storm helped Lee to his feet and he stumbled around a bit before finally regaining his balance. Lee sat down on the bad as Storm looked at him with much concern, but she quickly poured him a glass of water and she handed it to him. "Thank you." Lee slowly drank the water and took another deep breath as he felt the cool water go down his throat. Storm sat down next to Lee and looked over his bandaged up body, noticing all the other bruises and burns he had sustained. "Lee, I know that you just woke up, but you have to tell me what's been happening... How did you end up like this?" At first, Lee found difficulty finding the words to describe the things he had been through and he slowly turned his head away in sorrow. "I don't... I don't want to talk about it. It is just too painful for me to even think about." Storm looked at Lee and tried to get him to talk to her, but she knew that what had happened really did trouble him. “I know what to do… Lee, can you walk?” “Y-yeah, I’m good to walk. Why?” “Could you follow me? We’ll go somewhere a little more quiet so that we can talk about this.” Lee did as Storm asked and slowly walked alongside her as they both exited the hospital. Lee was caught off guard at first by the blinding sun, but Storm looked towards him to make sure that he was okay. “Lee, you know you can talk to me right? It’s better than bottling up everything…” “I… can’t Storm. I just can’t. Thinking about it would just make the pain worse and… and I’ve been through enough.” Storm sighed a little as she thought about Lee’s predicament, but she saw her house at the top of the hill and decided to talk with him more there. ——————————————————————------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Once Lee got himself settled in Storm's house, he saw Storm walk into the kitchen as he sat down on the couch. Lee held his still aching sides as he saw down and could feel some more pain in his head. "So much... pain. Tempest, I'm sorry that I was too weak..." Storm peaked around the corner and listened to Lee mumble to himself and then saw him put his hooves over his face. Seeing Lee in such distress made Storm feel upset, but she knew that the only to help him was by getting him to talk to her about his situation. "I have to do this... No matter how painful it is, he has to tell me!" Lee looked up suddenly when he saw Storm peaking at him and this made him face away from her and hold his head down. Storm approached Lee as he did this and she said his name aloud. "Lee, you have to tell me what has happened to you... please!" "No... no, I can't! I don't want to relive all of that pain!" "And the only way to be rid of that pain is for you to tell me! Please, all I want to do is help you and I can't help unless you tell me the truth!" As Storm continued pressing Lee, he felt more pain in his head and he stood up to get away from Storm. Lee felt as everything that had happened race into his mind and the pain only increased. "S-Stop... Stop please!" "I know that it hurts, but you have to tell me! Lee, please just tell me the truth!" "I FAILED OKAY?!!!" Storm was taken by surprise with this response and she saw as Lee fell to the ground and started shaking with the overwhelming sadness inside of him. "What? Lee, what are you talking about? Failed who?" "Everypony... I failed all of them! Tempest is gone, Celestia and Luna are gone and everypony in Ponyville and Canterlot are gone too." "Gone? How is that possible?" Storm asked. "It was that creature, that Malice! He took over my body and used me to get a hold of this ‘Soul Scepter’…” “That can’t be!” “You weren’t there, Storm. You didn’t see what he did to all of my friends… He forced me to fight them and then he corrupted him with that scepter.” As Lee continued with his story, his anger at his own weakness increased, but Storm remained by his side to help calm him down. “Lee, you don’t need to beat yourself up over this. What happened isn’t your fault…” Lee laughed at those words and stood up to face Storm. “But it was! It was my fault! I could have stopped him if I was stronger, but all I could do was watch as he turned everypony against me!” “If that’s true, then there was nothing you could do for them. At least you escaped to fight another day, right?” “You don’t get it, Storm! It was my responsibility to protect them and I failed them all! I failed them and now all of Equestria is doomed because of me!” Storm remained silent as Lee only looked up and sighed in defeat. “Because of me…” ——————————————————————------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- After telling the whole story, Lee slammed his hoof against the wall in a fit of rage, but he accidentally made a couple of pictures fall off of the wall as a result. The pictures fell to the ground and one of them shattered loudly, making Storm gasp and hurry to pick up the broken pieces. Lee realized what he did and quickly apologized to Storm. “It’s okay. It’s an old picture anyway…” As Storm picked up the picture, Lee was surprised when he recognized the group of four ponies in the picture and stopped Storm. “Wait a second… That picture, where did you get that?” Lee asked. “This? Oh, it’s just an old picture of my family. My mom and dad up top and me and my little brother on the bottom. Why do you ask?” “Because I have the same picture at my house. Somepony sent me that picture and the note said that it was of me and my family… but I didn’t recognize anypony else in that picture. “Really? You have the same picture? How is that possible?” Lee thought about this and decided to ask Storm about it, but Storm remained confused about Lee having the same picture. “Tell me something: Your little brother, what do you remember about him?” “Not much unfortunately… because he had to be sent away when we were both very young. My parents told me they sent him away to protect him and make sure he would “survive”” Lee looked closer at the picture and glanced at the two fillies hugging each other. “I don’t remember much about my mom and dad, but all I can remember is a name that a relative of mine told me when I was young… What was that name again?" As he tried to remember the name, Lee continued mumbling random words in his head, but soon came to a word that he was stuck on. “Light… Light. All I can remember is the name Light.” Storm gasped when she heard this name and looked back at the picture to point at the brown Pegasus filly. “Light? That’s the name of my brother there. Light Bringer…” Both Lee and Storm then looked at the picture together and looked at the two young fillies. Lee recognized the blue Pegasus pony and he looked back at Storm with a huge look of confusion, wondering if this was who he thought it was. Just then, Storm realized the same thing as she looked at the brown Pegasus pony in the picture and both Lee and Storm looked at each other in surprise. “L-Light Bringer… Brown Pegasus pony… black-red mane… M-My brother…” “M-My sister… dark blue mane… Blue Pegasus pony…” Lee and Storm finally realized the truth of this matter and spoke to each other at the same time, completely taken in shock by the revelation. “We’re… family?” A/N: A new chapter is done and some new information is revealed about Lee and Storm! We are getting close to the climax of the story so stay tuned everyone!
  6. Chapter 17: Lost and Found Back up at the ruins of the royal castle at Canterlot, Malice entered the remains of the throne room and his corrupted forces walked behind him as he looked at the murals depicted on the glass windows. "The entire history of Equestria... nothing but conflict and chaos and hatred. It was from this hatred that I was born from, to make sure that the true cycle of the world kept on spinning..." Malice looked at one window that showed six ponies and above them was six different symbols that represented the Elements of Harmony. Only a laugh sounded as Malice thought about the Elements. "And then... these two princesses happened. Celestia and Luna... bringing peace and prosperity to the land and creating these cursed Elements of Harmony. They thought they would be safe from harm by a couple of rocks and a band of foolish ponies?" Malice blasted the window with the Soul Scepter and he then held the scepter in front of him. "What they failed to realize is that chaos is eternal and it cannot be truly destroyed! As long as there are those with hatred in their hearts, darkness will always be there to cast its shadow on everything..." As the power of the scepter enveloped him, Malice saw waves of energy slowly escaping from the Essences of Emotion. Just then, Malice thrusted the scepter skyward and he yelled in triumph as the energy erupted all around him. The energy escaped from the castle, which destroyed the walls and made the tall spires crumble to the ground, but Malice stayed put as the ceiling collapsed all around him. Quickly and fast it could, the dark energy traveled away from the remains of the castle and everything caught in the path was turned to gray and structures were reduced to smoldering piles. At the bottom of the ravine, Ponyville was impacted next and the entire village was blown apart by the power of the scepter, including Twilight's own castle, which toppled over and crushed a few houses and Sugarcube Corner as well. Malice looked down upon the destroyed Ponyville from the remains of the castle and he smiled in victory. "This... this is the truth and soon... soon the entire world will know this truth." Celestia and Luna landed next to Malice and they both bowed to him before he told them to speak. "Master, we searched for miles but we did not find the one who escaped... What do you wish to do?" As he thought about Lee, Malice only smirked as he looked at the scepter before him again. "He played his part and soon there will be no escape for him anyhow... Let him go. He's no use to me or anypony else anymore..." Malice then sat down on one of the ruined thrones and he planted the scepter on the ground before him. He then looked at his army of corrupted ponies and laughed as he looked at the scepter. "Besides... who is going to stop me now?" ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ In the peaceful village of Hydrea, a calm and breezy afternoon swept over the land and many ponies were outside enjoying the weather. However, a certain Pegasus pony was still having trouble getting up out of bed at first. Inside of her hilltop home, Storm Breaker slept rather loudly as she snored and drooled onto the floor, but she soon heard the sound of her alarm clock next to her. Storm awoke with a startled look, but grew annoyed when she looked at the clock and she quickly turned it off with her hoof. "Alright alright... I swear I'm getting up this time." Storm got up from her bed and stretched out before she made her way to her living room. The first thing she did was open the windows and her eyes were assaulted by the bright light of the sun. "Agh... Sun, forgot they had that. But I really needed that rest after that crazy day yesterday..." Inside the kitchen, Storm brewed herself some coffee and she smelled the sweet aroma of the coffee fill the air. Once the coffee finished, Storm sighed as she sipped the coffee and she looked out the window towards the main square of town nearby. "Everypony going on about "cursed" ponies... I do what I can to ease their worries, but there's only so much I can do for them." After a few more minutes of silently sipping her coffee, Storm sighed as she felt the same worries inside her mind. Storm shook of these worries a moment later and groaned a little. "Now I'm getting myself all worried! I need to do something to get my mind off of this... Ooh, and donuts will do exactly that for me." Storm smiled a little as she thought about donuts and she could only lick her lips in anticipation. She then went back to her room and grabbed her money pouch before running back towards the front door and heading outside. "This will definitely get my spirits up. And it is such a nice day too, so what can possibly go wrong?" As quick as she could, Storm went down the hill and went towards the center of town, where she saw many ponies waving at her and wishing her a good afternoon. Storm had been back in her hometown for a year now and the villagers all welcomed her back with open hooves and she returned the favor by helping out her fellow ponies whenever they needed it. "I am so very happy... that they didn't forget about me, even after everything I’ve done. It really does feel so good to be home again." Storm finally reached the bakery shop called Muffin Mare and smiled as she made her way inside. The baker behind the counter heard Storm come in and she greeted Storm with a happy smile and a warm greeting. "Ahh, Storm. It is so good to see you again! Are you here for some of my famous donuts, I'm guessing?" "Oh, you read my mind Doris! I will take five of those glazed ones..." The baker got the fresh donuts off of the rack and she put them in a box for Storm to take with her. Storm looked at the donuts and was in awe of the wonderful smell and the way they looked. "Ooh, I just love donuts!" Storm paid for her donuts and brought them outside to sit down at a nearby table. She took a donut out of the box and smelled it a bit more before she went in for a bite. Before she could even get a bite however, Storm heard the sound of somepony shouting her name and this is only made Storm groan in annoyance. "Darn it all, why now?" A pink unicorn pony approached Storm and she took a moment to catch her breath before speaking to her. "Bloom, what is it? Is something wrong?" Storm asked. "S-Storm I’m so sorry to bug you, but there's an emergency at the main gates. There's some stranger pony there and he was asking for you." "A stranger you say? Did you get his name by chance?" "No, we tried to ask him but he's been freaking out about something and we can’t get any useful information from him. All I know is that he wants to see you..." Storm looked towards the gates and sighed as she got up from the table. "I will look into this at once then. Please do not touch my donuts while I’m gone..." ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ As Storm approached the main gates of the village, she saw a huge gathering of ponies surrounding the gates, but she quickly stepped in front of them and asked them all to stand back. "Alright you guys, let's not crowd this stranger shall we? Give him some room." Once she managed to get everypony back, she looked towards the gate and saw a brown Pegasus pony covered in injuries limping towards her and breathing heavily. Storm gasped when she saw this pony and immediately recognized who he was. "L-Lee?! Lee, is that you?" Lee saw Storm before him, but he suddenly started feeling himself losing consciousness and stumbled all over as he walked. Lee only managed to say Storm's name before he stopped in his tracks and fell to the ground. “C-Canterlot… Tempest… M-Malice… F-F-Failed…” Storm quickly went over to Lee and knelt down beside him, shaking him a bit to have him talk to her, but no response came from him. “Lee?! LEE!! SOMEPONY CALL THE DOCTOR NOW!!” In a panic, Storm heaved Lee onto her back and quickly ran back towards the village and everypony around her looking at Lee in both confusion and worry. “Stay with me, Lee… Please, I beg you, stay with me! I’ll get you to a doctor right away!” Lee looked around him slowly as his vision began to fade, but he managed to get a good look at Storm before everything went dark. “S-Storm… Storm.” A/N: I finally got this chapter done! The return of Storm Breaker from the previous story though! Hope everyone enjoys this new chapter!
  7. Pilot Episode of Equestrian Tales- (Click below link for story) Equestrian Tales- Tallest Tale Part 1 Screenplay (Note before viewing) this is a full episode in screen time, so not the lightest of reads, done in a traditional screenplay format as it was intended to be seen in) On an expedition to the castle of the Two Sisters, Twilight and Starlight Glimmer discover an abandoned section of the castle, containing the living quarters of the former residence. Here they make a discovery that would reshape their understanding of the history of Equestria lost to time, left to decay with the happy memories of Celestia's time after Luna's banishment. "A young group of adventures journey across a changing world, to discover the secrets and tales, in a time and land before Equestria.” This story spans the lost years between the founding of Equestria and the coronation for the Princesses. This story will take time to get out, but I hope the first part interests you enough to continue reading installments in the future. Please note this story is not about the main six, Twilight and Starlight are only here for a send off, these events and stories are of a new cast, but some familiar faces and names will return throughout the series including some sisters at a much younger age o-O. Please note this story contains a fully finished song posted in this same posting (see attachments), Singing talents of Caleb Hyles, Wub Cake, we also recently added Gabriel Brown and Claire Corlett to the team and around 17 mins animatics, nearly 70% of this story was build in storyboards, and voiced. I can and will post those here (or else where with a link) for those that would like to see them. Our hopes are that we can continue this story in written form, we still have our main voice talent team as well, so audio version version of this story is still possible, but we have made the decision as a team to rebuild the story into an original series, that is currently in production. The story is very different and I wanted to share the original story in its pure form with those that I hoped would enjoy it the most. Thank you, and hope you enjoy.
  8. Kujamih

    Adventure Into Limbo

    The Land of Equestria, where mythical creatures live. A land blessed by magic, ruled by powerful creatures, who rule among their kind. Balance was achieved not so long ago, but it’s past seems to hunt them now… Meanwhile in Equestria. There lies a forest filled with lustrous vegetation and flora. Hidden within these forest, lies a hidden infrastructure that resembles a forth or encampment made of cement and concrete, protected by a wall made of chains. Within these walls, creatures of equine descent, seems to occupy and lightly guard this forth. Inside these encampments, lies within a team of equine, monitoring multitudes of screens which seems to be spying the whole civilization within the realms of Equestria. But because the land of Equestria is at peace and found it’s balance, these equine’s life of spying has become mundane and boring. No one within these facilities has taken their job seriously for years now. Most have already left the spy business and started their own new life now. Some are just stuck there for they have no idea what to do with their life. Truly peace had made them complacent and careless. One specific equine seems to be taking his job lightly and is drinking what seems to be tea. For unknown reasons, equine hooves have the ability to grasp objects similar to hands. The Equine noticed that one of the plugs are disconnected. Bored and nothing to do, the equine went near the plug and scanned the area where it might have somewhere to connect. Near by, he spots what seems to be the other end for the plug, in which he plugs it in. Because of this equine’s actions, their boring ordinary day of spying would change. For one of the machine’s signal started to blink red. Every equine within that room were stunned by the sight of the red light, not because it was too bright that one can’t look away from it, but because that signal never happened before. Not a single Equine was able to move or do what was necessary for this kind of situation. Luckily. One equine, who seems to be in charge of that facility took action. The Equine stood up from his table and commanded. “Quickly! Get me the manual for this machine!” The other equines under him frantically searched the manual for this machine which is named,(MFFR) Magic Flow Fluctuation Radar. One equine was able to find this dusty book inside their shelves. “SIR! This book has the same name as that machine… I think it’s this one?” “Well hand it over!” As soon as the equine handed the book to it’s superior, they quickly searched the book for answers. The others waited nervously for their superior for answers. The room’s atmosphere has become silent and tense. Others are phasing at where they stand, some are biting their hooves, while others are just there wondering to what’s going on. But before the boss could find out what has happened from their mundane life, one of the workers from outside barged inside hastily. “ BOSS!!!” the stallion shouted. “ Holy cow! Have you no manners! Can’t you see this blasted machine keeps on blinking on and off and on and off none stop! It’s driving everyone here crazy!” The equine in charge scolded. “I’m so sorry chief but the other departments are having the same problems as well. Our MFFR is also running wild of signals and Look!” The pony presented a photo to the chief. “One of our S.m.i.l.e. representatives in Yakyakistan has reported a strange anomaly on the northern most parts of Equestria.” The photo shows a strange tear or portal appeared on the outskirts of Mount Everhoof. Suddenly a gust of wind blew the manual to a certain page which the chief caught sight of. As he reads the chapters, his complexion starts to go pale. He looks at the many monitors of their screens and saw that some of the secluded places of Equestria has tears or portal popping in and out. “Quickly! We must warn Princess Celestia!” As his words echo through the halls, the place has gone silent. Only the beating ambiance of red was not silenced. “…Well!? What are you ponies waiting for! Did you ponies not hear what I said!?” The equines looked at each other in shock and confusion. It seems no one wants to point out something to their boss and is just waiting for someone else to point out the reason why everyone is just standing around doing nothing. Luckily the scrub, who also found the book answered the chief. “Umm… boss? Our organization doesn’t exist anymore, remember? Princess Celestia wants no connection and liability with us since that bug bear incident. “ S.M.I.L.E.(Secret Monster Intelligence League of Equestria) should always remain a secret. And besides, we don’t even know where she went sir. Plus Princess Twilight is our ruler now and she hates us for some reason…” “Tsk, Agent Sweetie Drops… Such a disappointment.” The chief angrily replied while slamming his table. “ Contact the Manehattan, Pizzeria Branch now! Our best operatives there can handle this situation!” sadly another pony would give the bad news to the chief. “Sir that place was closed down. The princess found out that we unofficially joined her into SMILE, and named their group to FROWN (Friendship Ranger of Worldwide Neighgotiations), which the princess was not too keen on…” “ I guess that’s the reason,” the scrub replied. “BLAST IT ALL!!!” The chief’s reply to his situation. “We can’t just sit here and do nothing!... Yes I know we’ve been doing nothing for years, even when Equestria was invaded before… But this time! This time is different. We must send word to the Princess! Who in our agency can we send, that has a close relationship to the Princess? ” One of the equines who was looking at the list of their agents, raised her hoof and answered. “Agent, Lyra Heartstrings is a close friend to the princess.” “Thank Celestia for this blessing! Quickly! Contact the agent and pass the information post haste! Equestria is in a level 10 threat.” “Is that high?” the scrub asked. “The highest threat Equestria ever faced was only at level 8, and that was King Grogar.”
  9. Chapter 16: The Great Escape At first, Lee could only see darkness all around him and he figured that he perished at the hands of Malice, but he soon heard a voice cut through the darkness and this voice came ever clearer to him. "Lee!! Lee, can you hear me?!" Once Lee reopened his eyes, he first heard the sound of whooshing wind and he then saw sparks and flares flying all around him. Lee then looked above him and saw a figure standing between him and Malice. This figure was none other than Queen Chrysalis. Chrysalis deflected Malice's magic with her own magic and sent it towards the ceiling, making it cave in and make a huge pile of rubble separate Malice and Chrysalis. Lee watched Chrysalis run over to him next and he shook him to help get his mind right again. "C-Chrysalis?! Is that you? What are you doing here?" "Here to save the day apparently! Come on, we have to get out of here!!" A huge rumble came from the rubble behind Chrysalis and she soon saw Malice walking towards her and Lee. Lee tried to stand up, but he had taken so much injury that he barely had the strength to stand up. "Gah! I-I can't... I-I don't know what to do..." Chrysalis quickly caught Lee before he fell back down and she helped him by letting him lean against her. Malice laughed as he looked at the two of them and he readied the Soul Scepter and his corrupted forces, but Chrysalis only glared at Malice. "Ahh, so you're still around are you, Queen Chrysalis? I figured you run back to your dark little hole and crawl back into the neverending loneliness you so rightfully deserve!" "Hardly! I'm here to put a stop to you once and for all!" "Haha haha!! That is quite hilarious coming from you, your majesty! Last time I checked, you could hardly keep your hive in order... What makes you think you have ANY chance against me?" "ARGH!!! SHUT UP!!!" Chrysalis let out a burst of anger and tried to blast Malice with her magic, but he simply deflected it with the scepter. Malice laughed once more as he came closer to Chrysalis and Lee. "And what about this fool here? You are all in this mess because of him... Why even bother helping him?" As she heard Lee struggling to catch his breath, Chrysalis looked over at Lee and had a concerned look on her face before it changed into a look of determination. "Because... because he is my friend!" "Oh, how cute... You have a pet now? Perhaps somepony should... put him down?" Malice charged a huge ball of energy and sent it towards Lee, but Chrysalis put up a magical shield around Lee and the energy bounced off of Lee. "GET THEM!!!" The corrupted rushed Chrysalis and Lee at Malice's command, but Chrysalis quickly lifted Lee and put him on her back before taking off from the ground. Chrysalis swiped every corrupted pony with her magic and they were all thrown to the ground, which allowed Chrysalis to finally get away from the dining room ruins. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Chrysalis flew all around the outside of the royal castle, but she soon saw multiple beams of magic fly past her and she looked behind her to see Celestia and Luna chasing her. "The princesses... Usually I don't particularly care for them, but this is the one time I'll say that I need to help the two of them!" Just then, Chrysalis quickly turned around to escape the castle, but Celestia cornered her and they both soon locked horns, letting Chrysalis see the corruption in Celestia's eyes. "Even Celestia isn't strong enough for his magic? How am I supposed to fight that?" Suddenly, Chrysalis gasped when she saw Luna charge at her as well, but Chrysalis quickly pushed Celestia away before moving out of the way of Luna and watching her crash through a window. Chrysalis quickly pinned Celestia to the wall and used her magic to put ropes around her to keep her from moving, but was forced to stop when Luna tackled Chrysalis and they both crashed onto a balcony and into a bedroom. As quick as she could, Chrysalis threw Luna off of her and slammed her against the bed, which destroyed it to splinters. Before Luna could get another chance to attack, Chrysalis tied her up with her magic and Luna struggled to get free at that moment. Celestia then returned to attack Chrysalis, but Chrysalis grounded her by casting a very powerful spell at her and sending her flying towards one of the drawbridges into the castle. Chrysalis then quickly tied Celestia down before breathing a sigh of relief. "That won't hold them, but it'll do for right now!" Lee groaned as he tried holding onto Chrysalis, but he looked over the side as Chrysalis dived down below the castle and she made her way to Ponyville. Lee looked all around him and saw burning buildings, ponies fighting one another and nothing but utter chaos. "T-This... This is a nightmare!" "Don't worry about them! Let's just get away from here!" Suddenly, Chrysalis was impacted by a huge blast of magic and this made Lee become separated from Chrysalis and they both went flying away from each other. Lee yelled as he hit the trees and rolled along the ground until he finally stopped in a puddle of mud. Lee winced and moaned in pain as he stood up slowly and looked around the area for Chrysalis. Lee limped towards the direction of Ponyville and he suddenly heard Chrysalis yelling for him, but he soon panicked when the yelling turned to into screaming. "Chrysalis!! Hold on!!" Despite the pain he had, Lee quickly made his way to where Chrysalis was and was stopped in his tracks when he saw Tempest walking towards her. "Tempest!! Tempest, no!!" Chrysalis tried to have Lee leave the area and save himself, but he still ran in between and he held a hoof up to protect Chrysalis. Tempest only continued to stare both of them down and her dark black eyes only made the situation more heart-wrenching for Lee. "I won't let you hurt anypony, Tempest! You gotta fight this, please!!" Tempest stopped right next to Lee and she only continued staring blankly at him. Lee reached a hoof out for her and she slowly did the same for him. "You would never hurt me and I am still here for you... my unicorn." Before their hooves could meet, Tempest shook her head and tears suddenly filled her eyes. Lee started breathing heavily as he saw Tempest's magic start up again, but he still tried talking her down. "Tempest..." "N-no... no. M-Must... serve. MUST SERVE!!!" A huge streak of electricity suddenly erupted from her horn and Lee was quickly thrown back against the trees and he screamed as the electricity surged through him. Chrysalis shouted at Lee when she saw this, but was soon distracted when she heard a sinister voice fill the air again. "Malice..." Malice landed next to Tempest, with Celestia and Luna and all the other corrupted ponies standing behind him. Chrysalis glared at Malice and he slowly walked towards the vulnerable Chrysalis. "No where left to run, your highness. Now you will serve me just like all the rest..." Chrysalis looked towards Lee, who looked up from his pained position to look back at Chrysalis and Malice and the corrupted ponies. "Lee... Lee, you have to get out of here! You have to find a way to stop him!" "No. NO NO NO!!! I won't leave you and my friends!!" Malice signaled Celestia and Luna to capture Lee and they both went towards him. Chrysalis saw this and quickly cast a spell towards Lee, which made a portal open up behind Lee. "Lee... Go!!! Just go!!" Chrysalis then forced Lee back with her magic and he was thrown through the portal just as the other corrupted ponies captured Chrysalis. Lee watched as the portal slowly closed and the last thing he saw was Malice placing the Soul Scepter on Chrysalis' heart and hearing her scream to the skies above. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Lee flew out of the portal and he landed in a huge area surrounded by trees. As he tried to get a bearing on his surroundings, Lee coughed as he held his hurting sides and he slowly stood up. "Argh! Chrysalis... She shouldn't have done that." As he continued walking, the pain only made things more difficult for Lee. More than once, Lee fell down from the amount of pain before he started breathing heavily and he quickly stood back up. "Gah!!! I can't.... I need to... to..." Lee came to a lone road before he fell down once again and he screamed into the ground as the pain rushed into his head. Lee kneeled down in the grass and held his head against the ground as he tried to process everything that had happened. "They're all gone... Tempest, Celestia, Luna, Chrysalis, Twilight and everypony else... And it's all my fault!!" Tears ran down Lee's face, but he ran his hooves over his face as he felt the hopelessness in his heart. "All of my friends are gone, Malice has won and Equestria is doomed... What do I do? WHAT DO I DO?!!" Lee looked towards the skies above and yelled as loud as his lungs could allow. In a fit of anger, Lee then started kicking gravel and mud everywhere before screaming into his hooves. "Please... please just show me the way. Please, just give me a sign..." Suddenly, Lee saw the sunlight surround him and he looked towards it until he followed it to a nearby sign marker. Lee walked over to the marker and saw a familiar location on one of the signs: Hydrea. "Hydrea. There's somepony I know there..." Lee then remembered who this pony was and nodded his head before walking down the road towards the village of Hydrea. A/N: Looks like Lee has gone through the ringer in this chapter! A certain character from the last story will be making a return in the next chapter however... Hope everyone enjoys it!
  10. Chapter 15: Essence of Malice Deep below the destruction of the dining room, a black and oozing substance dropped from the gaps above and into a dimly lit chamber. Another moment later, the black substance started to form together until the dark form of Malice reappeared. "Yes... All according to plan. Foolish ponies, thinking I would be defeated so easily. It does not matter anymore, because I will finally have my prize!" Malice walked the dark corridor until he reached a door emblazoned with the shapes of the Essences of Emotion. As he saw the door, Malice held up a hoof and the shape of a heart appeared from thin air. "A pure heart... Thank you, Lee." Just then, Malice pressed the heart against the door and a huge burst of light came out of the door before it slowly opened. Malice walked inside and saw a pedestal in the center of the room and the pedestal contained a glowing scepter. The scepter consisted of bright crystals lining the base and the scepter came to a curve where a red gem floated within. Malice laughed evilly as he saw the scepter and slowly approached it. "The Soul Scepter... It is mine!!" Malice grabbed the scepter and felt a huge surge of energy race through his body. The amount of power made Malice groan a little bit, but soon felt the power in his head and smiled menacingly. "ARGH!!! YES, THE POWER!!!" As the surge reached its peak, Malice held the scepter above and waves of energy shot out of the scepter. Malice then let out a huge laugh of triumph before placing the scepter before him. "But this... is only the beginning." ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Back in the dining room, Celestia and Luna helped Lee to his feet and they both hugged him. Lee hugged them both back and thanked them both for saving him from Malice. "Truly, you two are wonderful! B-But, uhh where's Tempest? Is she okay?" Tempest brushed herself off as she removed herself from the debris of the dining room, but she soon heard Lee call her name and she looked at Lee in happiness. As the two looked at each other, Tempest quickly went over to where Lee and the princesses were and she immediately hugged Lee tightly. Lee breathed a sigh of relief as he felt Tempest's hooves around him and closed his eyes. "Oh Lee, I was so worried about you! Are you okay?" Lee laid his weary head against Tempest's torso and felt sadness in his heart as he remembered what Malice made him do to Tempest. "Tempest... my beautiful unicorn. I'm so-" But Tempest interrupted him by placing a hoof on his lips and shushing him gently. Tempest brought Lee's head up and they stared into each other's eyes. "Don't say another word, my love. You have nothing to apologize for..." "B-But I hurt you, I-" "It wasn't your fault, Lee. Is was that Malice creature that made you do those things! But he's gone now and we he will never hurt you again!” "I just… I just want to be with you now, Tempest." "Don’t worry, I am right here now..." Lee and Tempest moved their heads closer together and were prepared to kiss, but Lee suddenly felt a sharp ringing in his ears and held his head as he tried to block the noise. "No no no!! Make it stop!!" Tempest stayed close to Lee and the princesses frantically looked around the room and suddenly a glowing rock in the shape of a heart landed next to Tempest. Celestia and Luna looked closely at this gemstone and gasped when they realized what it was. "No, it can't be..." Suddenly, four more gemstones dropped from the ceiling and all laid in a row before Celestia and Luna. Tempest and Lee saw these gems and recognized them as the Essences of Emotion. A light blue Pegasus pony with a rainbow colored mane dropped into the room next and the pony had her back to the princesses and Tempest. Tempest was prepared to attack, but Celestia stopped her so that she could get a closer look at this pony. "Wait a moment... Rainbow Dash, is that you?" The Pegasus pony faced the three of them and they all gasped when they all saw that her eyes were completely black and she was holding her head down. "M-Must serve... or I perish. Must serve..." Behind the three ponies, the doors suddenly flew open and a group of five ponies entered the room. Celestia and Luna recognized all these ponies as Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Applejack and Rarity. All five ponies also had the same black eyes as Rainbow Dash and Celestia and Luna backed away from the door as they faced these ponies. "I-Impossible... This can't be happening." Celestia looked at Twilight and tried to speak with her, but she only spoke the same words as the rest of her friends. "Must serve... D-Destroy Canterlot, destroy Celestia and Luna..." "Twilight, snap out of this!!" Out of desperation to save her pupil, Celestia launched a curing spell at Twilight, but it was deflected by Twilight and sent back towards Celestia, who quickly dodged it and watched it crash into a stained glass window that depicted Twilight and her friends. "Weak... Even mighty princesses such as you are weak against my power..." ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ A sinister laugh filled the room and a great gust of wind suddenly filled the room. Celestia and Luna ran over to Tempest and Lee to shield them from this wind, but Lee looked at the wind in horror when he realized what was happening. "M-Malice? No no no!!!" Once the wind stopped, a dark figure appeared with a flash and a glowing red scepter laid in his hooves. Malice grinned menacingly as he faced the ponies before him and he showed the scepter to them all. “The Soul Scepter?! How did you get that?” Luna faced Malice with anger as she saw the scepter in Malice’s possession, but he simply laughed as the power of the scepter surged through him. "Finally… you shall witness MY TRUE POWER!! None of you will stop it now!” "GRAHHH, MALICE!!!" Celestia watched as Luna charged at Malice, but he simply slammed the scepter on the ground and Luna was halted in mid-air. Luna was then thrown about the room with unrelenting force before she was sent crashing into the chandelier above and blasted back down with a laser from the scepter. "LUNA!!! NOOO!!!" As Celestia saw Luna fall unconscious, she desperately tried to blast Malice with her magic, but Malice used the scepter to redirect the magic towards the far wall and crashed through into the throne room next door, which destroyed the thrones and left a huge crater where they once were. "I grow tired of this... Now, you will know the power of the Soul Scepter and the Essences of Emotion!!" Malice held the scepter up in the air and the Essences of Emotion floated in the air before flying towards the scepter. The Essences swirled around the scepter until they stopped at the tip of it, where the Essences were incased in a glass ball. Before Celestia could attack again, Malice suddenly vanished before her eyes and she remained extremely vigilant for anything Malice might try. Just then however, Malice suddenly reappeared right in front of Celestia and he pressed the tip of the Soul Scepter against Celestia's torso. "Now... you will see the truth, Princess Celestia!!" Celestia screamed in agony as she felt the dark energy flow inside of her and she tried with all of her might to resist this. Another moment later, Celestia's eyes slowly turned black and she looked behind her at Lee and Tempest with only an empty expression on her face. "Celestia… What did you do to her?!” Tempest questioned Malice about what he did to Celestia, but he only prepared the scepter again. Lee only backed away in fear to get away from Malice and he moved away until he came to a corner of the room. Tempest watched as Malice did the same technique to Luna and Tempest saw both sisters standing before her and they both walked slowly towards her. "P-Princesses... Celestia, Luna!! Stop this, stop this now!!" Tempest tried to push Celestia and Luna back, but they both shoved Tempest and she fell to the ground. The two princesses repeated the same phrase as the other ponies that Malice had control of and Malice himself walked between Celestia and Luna to face Tempest. "You are no match for my power, foolish pony. You will join the rest of them and there will be no escape!" Lee watched as Tempest faced Malice and she tried to attack him, but she was quickly grabbed by the scepter's magic and thrown against the wall next to Lee. Malice then held Tempest by the neck with the scepter and the dark energy slowly entered her heart as well. With one final look, Tempest looked desperately at Lee and she felt tears in her eyes. "L-Lee... run. Run." Tempest screamed in pain as her head and muscles became filled with the dark energy of the scepter. Lee called out to Tempest, but he could only look in horror as he saw her eyes turn completely black. "NO NO NO!!! Tempest! TEMPEST!!!!" Seeing Tempest like this made Lee immediately think about the nightmare that he had previously and shook his head in disbelief as he looked around the room at all the other corrupted ponies. "This... can't be happening! This isn't real!!" —————————————————————--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As Lee witnessed all of this happening around him, Lee only yelled in anger and charged towards Malice before the two of them finally came face to face. "Lee, I really must thank you… This was all possible because of you... Because of you, Equestria is now mine!!" Malice threw Lee back towards the remains of the dining table and Lee watched as he signaled the corrupted ponies to attack him. “Let us see your ‘power’ now, Lee!” Lee watched as all of the corrupted ponies, including Tempest, started running towards him. “G-Guys… please! Please don’t do this!!” Celestia and Luna lunged towards Lee and he quickly moved out the way and saw both sisters crash into the wall. “All of you… dispose of him.” Malice laughed as everypony in the room faced Lee and they only heard the words of Malice in their hearts now. “M-Must serve… Master.” “No… NO NO NO!!!” Lee flew into the air to escape the corrupted ponies, but he soon felt a huge wave of electricity run through his veins. As he tumbled to the ground, Lee looked in disbelief and saw that it was Tempest who cast the magic. “Tempest… Celestia… Luna… All of you… PLEASE STOP!!” Suddenly, every corrupted pony charged at Lee on Malice’s command and he was quickly pinned against the wall. Over and over, Lee was struck by both magical attacks and physical attacks from each pony. Lee looked in every direction, but he only felt more pain inside as his own friends fought him. Tempest then held Lee in place and blasted him with her magic, sending him flying through the hole in the wall that went into the throne room. “Argh!!! E-Everything hurts… I need to…” Lee breathed heavily as he felt the bruises and broken bones all over and he slowly tried to limp away from the corrupted ponies. Lee heard Malice laughing again and he walked into the room ahead of his corrupted forces. “Who is gonna save you now? You are completely helpless!!” Malice let a huge amount of energy build up in the scepter and he pointed it directly at Lee. “Goodbye, Lee…” Lee could only shield his face as he saw the dark energy of the scepter come quickly towards him. A/N: Of course Malice wasn’t defeated so easily, and now he has taken control of all of Canterlot! What will happen to Lee next? Find out next time!
  11. Chapter 14: The Will to Fight All was quiet and calm at first until a huge rumbling rocked the entire area, making birds fly away and leaves fall off the trees. The source of the commotion came from a nearby volcano that had tons of smoke pouring from the crater of lava within. Another moment later, the volcano erupted and a mixture of ash, lava and rocks flew into the air before cascading down the side of the volcano. At the center of this eruption was a huge chunk of rock that had a single pony on it: Queen Chrysalis. As Chrysalis flew into the air, she screamed a bit at the scorching hot lava all around her, but she quickly recovered and flew into the air to avoid the lava. Chrysalis remained in the air as she watched the volcano spill the lava and rock everywhere, but she ran a hoof across her forehead and breathed a sigh of relief. “Well, that was quite an ordeal… but I got it!” A red gem in the shape of a blazing fire glowed in Chrysalis’ hooves and she stared at the gem in awe. “The Essence of Anger… the last of the Essences of Emotion!” Chrysalis smiled menacingly for a second once she realized that she now had all of the Essences of Emotion in her possession. She then quickly returned to the ground as she continued looking at the Essence of Anger before her. “Well, what should I do now? Should I… try to find Malice? Oh, but where in the world could this creature be now?” As she thought long and hard about her last encounter with Malice, Chrysalis removed her satchel and opened it to see the other Essences glowing within. Chrysalis dumped the bag out and laid the Essences out in front of her. She waited a few seconds for something to happen, but was disappointed when nothing at all happened. “Hmm, I don’t get it… Am I missing something?” Another moment later, Chrysalis reached into the bag and retrieved the book about the Essences of Emotion. Chrysalis throughly read through the book, but she found nothing about how the Essences work. “Of course this book is unhelpful… Wait a minute, what is this?” Skimming the pages again, Chrysalis found a special paragraph about a peculiar item of interest. “The… Soul Scepter? I have never heard of this. What is it?” Just then however, Chrysalis was rudely interrupted by the sudden sight of the Essences of Emotion vanishing from where they were. Chrysalis gasped in shock at this and looked around frantically for the Essences, but she looked to the sky to see somepony flying off with them. “H-Hey!! Come back here with those, scoundrel!” Chrysalis quickly flew into the air and chased after the pony. Chrysalis continually yelled at the pony to stop, but when she realized that he wouldn’t stop, she launched a magic spell at the pony. The pony then suddenly turned around and deflected the magic with his wings. Chrysalis looked at this pony and gasped when she saw that his eyes were completely black and lifeless. “M-must serve… or I suffer. Must serve… must obey.” “What in the world are you saying? Give those back to me… NOW!!!” The pony only ignored Chrysalis and continued flying off towards the distance, but Chrysalis still chased after him. After following the pony a bit longer, Chrysalis stopped when she saw a familiar sight ahead of her. “I-Is that… Ponyville? Why is everything on fire?!” Chrysalis flew in the direction of Ponyville and actually looked in horror at what she was seeing: Everypony fighting one another, destroying homes and completely out of their minds. “What is happening? What is all this?” After she watched the destruction before her a bit longer, Chrysalis turned her gaze to the royal city of Canterlot up on the mountain and saw the pony with the Essences flying towards the castle. Chrysalis only nodded to herself in agreement as she flew towards Canterlot, uncertain of what was going to unfold there. ——————————————————————------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Malice continued to smile menacingly at Tempest and the princesses as he slowly walked into the room. Tempest looked closely at the dark figure before her, but all she could see was the familiar face of Lee. "Lee? What are you doing here?" Tempest asked. "Oh, I am simply here to speak with the two princesses here... They have something that belongs to me." Both Celestia and Luna were confused about Lee's words, but Tempest continued watching Lee carefully, only for her to notice the dark red eyes and a black and green aura surrounding him. As Malice stepped closer to the princesses, Tempest stood between them as she faced Lee. A look of annoyance came across Malice's face, but his frown soon turned into a crooked smile again. "My dear Tempest... getting in my way again? You should have learned your lesson the first time." Tempest remained unfazed by Lee's words and stepped towards Malice, but he simply remained where he stood. "You... are not Lee, are you?" Celestia and Luna both gasped at this revelation and remained on guard for anything that Malice might try. Malice laughed a little as he looked at Tempest, who only had a look of anger and confidence now. "I know what you are... Spirit of Malice." "Hmph, clever pony. Took you long enough to figure it out..." "Let Lee go... NOW! Return him to us at once!!" Malice laughed again and the aura around him grew stronger as his strength started to grow too. "I'm gonna say... no to that request. You see, I still have need of your friend." "What are you talking about?!" Luna demanded out loud. "I still require the one thing that I need to control the Essences of Emotion, the Soul Scepter! And according to the legend, only a pure heart can use its power combined with the Essences!" "The... Soul Scepter? Our sacred relic?! You won't lay a hoof on it!" Celestia glared at Malice, but he only let the aura engulf him until a ball of black and green energy appeared in his hoof. "I dare you to try and stop me!!!" Malice launched the ball of energy at Celestia, but Luna ran in front of her and deflected the energy with her own magic before sending it towards the ceiling. The resulting explosion made the ceiling above start to crack and crumble. Luna charged towards Malice, but he dodged her attack and kicked her towards the wall behind him. Luna impacted the wall with great force, but she quickly removed herself from the stone and stood her ground against Malice. "You will NOT hurt my sister!! That will be your last mistake, scoundrel!" Just then, Celestia joined her sister in battle against Malice and they both combined their magic to push Malice towards the stained glass windows. Malice yelled as he was slammed against the windows, but he used his power to shatter all the windows around them and sent all of the glass shards towards Celestia and Luna. Celestia stood in front of her sister and created a shield with her magic, which deflected the glass shards and created a gust of wind. As Malice was fazed by the wind, he suddenly saw Tempest rushing towards him. Tempest and Malice clashed, but Tempest looked into his eyes and she could only think about Lee at that moment. "Lee... I know that you can hear me. Please... please fight this!" "Argh! Stay out of this, foolish pony! Your voice cannot reach him now!" Malice blew Tempest back against the dining table and the table split in half as she hit it. Malice leaped into the air and attempted to slam his glowing hooves on Tempest, but she moved out of the way and a huge explosion erupted as Malice hit the ground. The shockwave was so powerful that it brought up the stones from the floor and caused all three ponies to lose their footing. Tempest recovered shortly before Celestia and Luna and she launched a powerful spell at Malice, which managed to knock him down to the ground, but he simply groaned as he stood back up. "Hmph... You're stronger than I'd thought you'd be." Malice laughed a little as Tempest glared at him and he decided to take advantage of this rage. "I will not tell you again... LET LEE GO!!!" "You mean nothing to anypony. You are nothing but a tyrant and you deserve only loneliness and ridicule for all that you have done. How you got into a relationship with anypony is beyond me..." "SHUT UP!!! SHUT YOUR MOUTH NOW!!!" Celestia and Luna watched as Tempest screamed in anger and charged towards Malice and the two of them quickly tried to get ahead of her. "TEMPEST!! WAIT!!" Suddenly, Tempest and the princesses were all hit hard by a huge ball of dark energy and they were all slammed against the wall before dropping to the floor in pain. As Lee watched what was happening with what little of his own mind he had left, he suddenly felt a huge burst of anger and sadness as he saw Tempest and the princesses fall unconscious. No... NO. NO! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Malice approached the three ponies and he laughed evilly as he looked down at them. He summoned one final ball of dark energy and pointed it straight at Tempest's face, but Tempest simply stared at Malice with only anger. Tempest then turned her mind to Lee and gave him one last plea to help them all. "Lee... I know you can hear me. I just want you to know that... I love you and I know you would never hurt me or any of us. You are my best friend, the love of my life and the knight of my heart... Please, please hear me and know that you will always be mine." Lee indeed heard Tempest and he slowly felt himself regaining control of his body and he began to fight Malice's influence from within. "Quite touching, but it is simply hopeless. Nopony can resist my power, not even your precious Lee! I am The Spirit of Malice and now, thanks to your friend... THIS WORLD WILL BE MINE!! And as for you three, you are not fit to live in my new world..." No. No. NOOOOOOO!!! Just as Malice was about to unleash his energy, the sound of Lee's voice intertwined with Malice's voice and Malice was forced to stop his spell. "I-Impossible!! This cannot be possible!! How are you resisting?!" "NOOOOO!!!! I won't let you hurt them!!! You won't use me for this!!!" Lee regained control of his hooves and he started screaming as he tried to force Malice out of his body, but Malice continued fighting back as well. "GET OUT! GET OUT OF MY HEAD!!!" Suddenly, Lee and Malice started to split apart and Lee screamed from the pain going through his head. Lee reached a hoof out for help and Celestia and Luna quickly stood up and cast a separation spell on Lee, which made Lee and Malice split apart more. With one huge pull, Celestia and Luna finally separated Lee and Malice and Lee flew back until Celestia and Luna caught him. Lee breathed heavily and lacked the strength to stand up, but he gasped as he looked upon the true form of Malice and was repulsed by his appearance. This true form of Malice consisted of completely dark red eyes, sharp teeth, distorted voice, a body made out of a very slimy substance and a very low growl too. "W-What is that thing?!" Lee backed away quickly, but saw that Malice was moving quickly towards him. "No... no no no. D-Don't let him take me again!!" Lee panicked as he continued backing away, but he immediately saw Celestia and Luna stand in front of him protectively and held their wings to up shield Lee from Malice. "Get away from our friend, monster!" Celestia and Luna combined their magic and Malice only screamed in a high pitched voice as their magic impacted him. A moment later, Malice's form exploded and all that remained afterwards was a cloud of dust and a menacing laugh. Lee could only fall back onto the ground and look at the ceiling when he realized that Malice was gone. "It's... it's over. He's gone..." A/N: Finally got a new chapter done! Looks like Malice has been defeated now... or has he? Find out next time!
  12. Chapter 13: The Evil Within Lee slowly walked along the road as he hung his head down and looked down at the muddy ground. As the rain poured on Lee's head, all he could think about was the mission given to him by Malice, who only told him to destroy Canterlot. "D-Destroy Canterlot... Destroy." As Lee continued repeating these words, he heard Malice laughing in his head and he clutched his head in pain. Just then, Malice seized control of Lee's body and turned his form into the twisted form that Malice cursed him with earlier. "It feels so good, doesn't it? Having all of this power? You should be thankful for being able to experience it for yourself!" You are a monster... That's all you are and this is all that I have become now. "Monster? Hardly! I'm the necessary shock to the system that is this... misguided world. Anger, hatred, rage, jealousy, betrayal... the world thrives on it and there has been many of conflicts that started and ended with these thoughts in mind and I have been there to make sure that things go... according to plan." So what? You think you save ponies by giving them these horrible things? "No, I make them see the truth. I give them the truth that they have been blind to their whole lives! Everypony, even the most kind hearted and loving and caring pony has darkness in their hearts and I simply help them unleash their true intentions. Even you..." You're wrong! I am a Knight of Equestria and only want to help ponies and just make friends in this world! "Hmph! Well, you surely "helped" that family that lost their home in that fire last year... Some knight you are." Malice laughed as Lee's voice went silent from hearing Malice's words. After that, Malice continued onward until he reached a hill and saw the bright lights of Ponyville before him. "Ahh, here we are! Shall we... get started?" No... no please I beg you! Don't do this! "As if you are in a position to negotiate, fool. You are under my control and you will do exactly as I say... and I say now: You and I will destroy Ponyville!" No... Lee tried with all of his might to resist Malice, but Lee's body only gave in once more to Malice's grasp and he began moving against his will again. Lee/Malice then walked into Ponyville as Malice had a very sinister smile on his face. As Malice reached the center of town, he heard somepony yelling for Lee and Malice turned to face a purple pony approaching him, but he smiled menacingly when he recognized the pony. "Ahh, Twilight Sparkle! Princess of Friendship... this should be fun." Malice changed his form back to Lee's form and Twilight ran over to Lee quickly. "Lee, there you are! What is going on?!" Lee/Malice raised an eyebrow at Twilight's question and laughed at her before speaking to her. "What on earth are you prattling on about?" "I just saw Tempest and she looked like she was really upset about something and then she got angry at me when I mentioned you!" "And... why should that concern me?" "W-Why? Because she's your marefriend! Lee, what did you do to Tempest?" "Tempest? Hmph, that foolish pony means nothing to me! She was simply in my way and I promptly removed her from my sight! Why should it be any of your business anyway?" Twilight was completely shocked at Lee's words about Tempest, but Twilight only glared at Lee as she continued walking towards him. "When one of my friends is upset like that, it becomes my problem! Don't you care about what happens to Tempest?" Inside of his own mind, Lee felt very upset at what Twilight was saying, but he knew that they're was nothing he could do stop Malice. Just then, Lee tried as hard as he could and to speak and he actually managed to gather the strength to break Malice’s hold on him and say a few words to Twilight. "Twilight. Run. Please." Twilight gasped at these words, but Malice became angry at these actions and he made Lee punch himself hard in his sides to keep him quiet. "Argh! You fool, I am in control!" "L-Lee? What is... happening to you? "Run. Run. Run!!" Just then, Malice re-seized control of Lee and turned his form into Malice's dark form again before turning back to Twilight. "W-What are you? What have you done to Lee?! Answer me!" Twilight charged her up her horn and tried attack Malice, but he simply rushed forward with incredible speed and reappeared right in front of Twilight, only for Malice to push her hard and sent her crashing into a building. Don't make me do this... Malice flew over to the building Twilight landed in and saw other ponies gathered around the area and all these ponies watched in horror at seeing Twilight in the rubble. Twilight managed to free herself from the rubble before flying up into the air and looking down at Malice. "Let my friend go! I won't let you keep him under your spell!" "Your friend... cannot be reached now! I am in control of this form now and... I will destroy EVERYTHING you foolish ponies have built!” Twilight and Malice flew towards each other and Twilight blasted Malice with her magic, but Malice dodged everything that Twilight threw at him. As the two fought, Malice got close to Twilight and blasted her with Lee's lightning powers. As the lightning hit her, Twilight screamed as the electricity surged through her and she started tumbling back down towards the ground. The same group of ponies gathered around Twilight and they all tried to protect her from Malice. Malice stopped for a second as he looked at the ponies before him, only for him to snicker a little bit and a crooked smile appeared on his face. "Go through you? Very well. Then I shall..." Twilight and everypony else saw as a black and green aura surrounded Malice and he then lunged at the nearest pony and pressed his hoof against his chest. The pony screamed as the black and green energy enveloped him, but everypony witnessed as the pony's entire figure turned darker and his eyes went completely black. The black eyed pony then looked at the other ponies around him and suddenly attacked one of them with his wings. As the other ponies fought with the black eyed pony, Malice walked forward and did the same technique on everypony else around Twilight. Everypony around Twilight began fighting one another and shouting harsh things, but Twilight could only watch in horror as these corrupted ponies continued fighting. "W-Who are you?! WHAT are you?!" Malice then charged his corruption spell once more as he laughed and looked Twilight in the eyes, who tried once more to fight Malice, but Malice simply pinned Twilight to the ground with his hoof. Malice then brought his face close to Twilight's and readied his spell. "I am... Malice!" ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Up at the royal castle, Tempest entered through the front gates and walked the corridors until she came to the dining hall. Tempest walked inside and saw Celestia and Luna sitting at the far end of the dining table. “Celestia, Luna: I got to talk to you two!” Luna saw Tempest enter the room and she got up from the table to greet Tempest. Celestia joined her sister shortly afterwards and Celestia noticed the saddened look on Tempest’s face. “Tempest? Is everything okay?” “Guys… something has happened to Lee and I need your help.” “W-What do you mean? Is Lee okay?” Luna asked. Tempest had a hard time explaining what happened between her and Lee, but she took a deep breath and recapped the moments when Lee went crazy and hit Tempest. Celestia and Luna heard this part and gasped in absolute shock at Lee’s actions. “He… hurt you? Lee would never do something like that!” “Don’t you think I know that? He told me… told me that he would never hurt me, but… he did. I don’t know why he would do this, but ever since we started looking for those Essences of Emotion-“ Celestia interrupted Tempest when she heard the words ‘Essences of Emotion’ and looked towards Luna. “Essences of Emotion? I haven’t heard of those in a very long time… Where did you hear that from?” “We had this book that told us about them and about The Spirit of Malice. We’ve been looking for them to keep him from having them.” Luna heard this name and gasped in shock as she looked towards the window. “T-The Spirit of Malice? No no no, it is impossible for him to return! The Elements of Harmony were created to make sure that he would never return!” Celestia shared her sister’s concern and looked back towards Tempest. “Tempest, you need to tell us everything that has happened. Can you do that?” Tempest nodded to Celestia’s words and began to speak. “Okay, here’s what happened…” —————————————————————————————————————————— Malice flew towards Canterlot and he stopped for a moment to look back at Ponyville, which now had everypony fighting one another and a bunch of fires burning all over. “Ahh, just what I like to see. Now everypony knows the truth of the world! And soon, the Princesses of Equestria will follow suit!” No! I won’t let you hurt them! They’re my friends! “Well rest easy, Lee. You won’t be fighting them, because they will be fighting each other!” After arriving at the castle, Malice landed on the ground and saw two guards by the front gates. The guards raised their spears and demanded what Malice was doing there. “Halt! You will go no further!” The guards charged at Malice, but he simply stepped to the side as the guards fell to the ground. “Fools. You are better off where you are now.” Malice continued towards the gate, but the two guards got up and ran towards Malice from behind. Malice grabbed one of their spears and sweeped the two guards off of their feet. Suddenly, Malice blasted them with Lee’s lightning powers and sent them flying towards the far mountainside. After making sure that the guards were dealt with, Malice forced open the doors with lightning and went inside. “Hmph. All who oppose me will perish and they will all fall to my power!” You won’t win! Celestia and Luna will stop you! “Not this time! This time, I will have the upper hand thanks to your Queen Chrysalis…” What? What are you talking about? “Sorry, but you will just have to wait and see like everyone else!” Just then, Malice saw more guards heading towards him, but Malice cracked his neck in preparation for the battle. Malice dodged the attacks from the guards and hit them with lightning to keep some of them down. Malice grabbed one of the guards and threw him through one of the stained glass windows. As Malice got closer to the dining room, all the guards stood next to the door and held their spears and swords out at Malice. Malice laughed and then let a huge amount of black and green energy envelope him. After letting it build up, a huge shockwave of energy erupted from Malice and the force of the shockwave knocked all the guards down and slammed them against the wall. The guards then began to hold their heads and started screaming in agony at the pain in their heads. Just then, the guards began fighting each other and Malice walked past them and approached the door. —————————————————————————————————————————— As Tempest finished speaking, she and the Princesses heard the commotion outside the door and Celestia heard the sound of something hard hitting the door. “What’s going on out there?” The noise out the door got louder and the doors opened slightly after that. Celestia and Luna remained vigilant as they looked at the door, but Tempest had only a look of worry. All went quiet for a moment, but the three of them saw the door open and a dark figure stood in the doorway. Celestia and Luna didn’t recognize him at first and glared at him, with Luna stepping ahead of Celestia. “Who are you? What are you doing here?” Tempest looked closely at the dark figure, but gasped when she realized who it was. “L-Lee? Is that you?” The dark figure only raised his head and smiled menacingly as he looked at the three ponies. A/N: I am finally FINALLY done with this chapter! This took forever to get right, but I hope everyone enjoys it!
  13. Chapter 17: Storm of the Century Back at the campsite, Tempest woke up from her sleep and felt the ground next to her, but was surprised when she felt nothing but the dirt. Tempest looked to her side and saw that Lee was gone, making her sit up and look around the area. "Lee? Lee, where are you?" Tempest shouted repeatedly for Lee but no response came. "Hmm, where is he? Did he go somewhere?" Tempest stood up and walked out of the trees and reached the foot of the hill where she saw Celestia and Luna at the top of the hill preparing breakfast together, but she still didn't see Lee anywhere. Luna saw Tempest and waved at her, but Tempest simply approached her and Celestia as she continued to look around the camp for Lee. "Tempest, about time you sleepyheads woke up. Where's Lee at?" "Hmm, that's a good question actually. Have either of you two seen him?" Celestia and Luna both shook their heads in denial, but this only made Tempest more worried about Lee. "Oh, where is he? It's not like him to just take off like this without telling any of us..." Tempest sat down next to the fire and looked to her left and noticed a piece of paper next to the bag of groceries that Tempest brought with her yesterday. Tempest grabbed the paper and read it carefully. "Gone for supplies? But we just got supplies... Where did he go?" Tempest then noticed the brochure for Hydrea in the bag and noticed that it had been recently opened. "Hydrea? Did he go there? I wonder why..." After a bit of thinking, Tempest decided that it would be best to go and find him to make sure that he wasn't in any trouble. Luna looked over at her and handed her a plate with scrambled eggs and a glass of orange juice for her. "Is something the matter Tempest? It's about Lee isn't it?" Luna asked. Tempest nodded in approval to Luna's words as she ate her eggs. Celestia joined the two of them and they all sat together as they ate and discussed Lee's whereabouts. "He went to Hydrea did he? Any idea why?" Celestia asked. "No, but we should go and make sure he's okay. You never know what could happen in a strange town like that..." "Of course, but I'm sure that Lee can handle himself. Besides, I'm sure he'll come back sooner or later." Tempest finished her breakfast first and laid the plate down as she stood up. "Waiting's not good enough anymore... Me and Lee just got together and it's my desire to keep him safe and make sure that nopony hurts him. Right now, nothing's more important to me than... my love." Celestia and Luna watched as they saw Tempest place a hood over her heart, knowing full well that she had her mind set only on Lee. Celestia and Luna then turned to each other and nodded to each other as they both finished their breakfast. "Well, what are we waiting for then? Let's go and find him!" Celestia smiled happily as Tempest looked back at the both of them. Tempest smiled too as the Sisters stood side by side with Tempest, eager to find Lee. "Celestia... Luna... Thank you both!" Together, Tempest and the princesses walked away from the campsite as they made their way to Hydrea. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ After only two hours of walking, Tempest and the Sisters reached the main gates of Hydrea and they all stood before it as they looked around at all the ponies coming and going. "Wow! How have we never known about this place before, sister? This looks like an incredible village!" "Very beautiful indeed! We'll have to mark this place for when we go on another vacation!" Celestia and Luna continued looking around in awe as they entered the village and walked the streets, but Tempest only had dread and regrets in her mind as she remembered the last time she was here. "I never thought I would come back here... This is where it all began with Storm. If only I had known better then, maybe all of this wouldn't be happening now." Tempest approached the fountain in the middle of the village and a horrible flashback of her slamming Storm into the fountain crossed her mind. Tempest held her head in pain for a second before Luna shook her a bit to snap her out of it. "Tempest, are you alright?" Luna asked. "Just... remembering what had happened those five years ago. No matter what I do, my past always comes back to haunt me. I just wish I could-" Just then however, the sound of an explosion rocked the whole area and everypony looked around in confusion and fear. Tempest looked up at the sky and saw a huge black hole surrounding a few houses in the distance, which disappeared after a few seconds. After witnessing this, Tempest and the princesses rushed over to see what was going on. After a few minutes of running, they all reached the area where the black hole was and Celestia and Luna spilt up to tend to any wounded ponies. Tempest went on a little further down the road and when she reached a small alleyway, she was shocked by what she saw before her: Lee and Storm Breaker facing each other. "Lee! LEE!!!" Tempest rushed toward Lee and Storm as she saw that they both had their hooves extended for something as Storm looked at Lee with confusion. Tempest unleashed a bolt of magic on Storm just as their hooves were about to meet and it knocked Storm to the ground as Lee looked at Tempest in surprise. "Tempest! What are you doing here?" Tempest stood in front of Lee protectively and looked at Storm in anger as Storm stood back up and saw Tempest before her. "I had a feeling you would come for him, Tempest! All I had to do was wait and here you are!" Lee looked at Storm in anger, realizing that she had simply been stalling so that she could get to Tempest. Lee stood up and went in between the two of them as he held his hooves up to keep them apart. "Wait, please just wait! Both of you, it doesn't have to go like this..." Both Tempest and Storm looked at Lee with confusion as they exchanged glaring gazes at each other, but Lee remained where he was as he talked to them. "Storm, please listen to me and remember what I told you: Tempest is not the pony she was. I can tell you from first hand experience that she is not that pony anymore. She was willing to change her ways and help ponies and I know that you can change too." Storm looked at both Lee and Tempest, breathing heavily but had a look with a mixture of many emotions. "Tempest, I love you with all my heart, but the simple truth is that you hurt this pony and there's no way to take that pain back. But... you can make amends right now and show her who you really are, the pony I know you as: a kind and loving and caring pony." At these words, Tempest looked at Lee and smiled at him. Tempest stopped her spell and instead stood in front of Storm with both sadness and regret. "Storm, you know he's right... I know that words don't do this justice, but I am truly sorry for everything I had done to you. Please, don't do this..." Tempest slowly approached Storm, but Storm only yelled at her and told her to get back and not come any closer to her. "Sorry? You're SORRY?! Because of you, I lost everything! Because of you, I have to deal with this pain in my head and it's because of you... that now know that I show my enemies NO MERCY!!!" Storm blasted Tempest with her magic and Lee watched in horror as Storm sent Tempest hurling through three separate buildings, which rendered her unconscious. Storm laughed menacingly as she did this and unfolded her armored wings all the way to show her strength to everypony around her. "TEMPEST!!! NOOOO!!!" Lee charged at Storm and tackled her to the ground as he tried to hold her down, but she merely swept him off the ground with her wings and pinned him to ground with her hoof. Storm brought her face closer to Lee and had a very serious look on her face now. "This is between me and Tempest. You were one of the few ponies who made feel... normal again, so I'll will give you this. My first and only warning for you..." Storm picked up Lee with her magic and slammed him repeatedly into the ground. "...Stay out of my way." Storm left Lee where he was, but Lee looked up at Storm as she walked away and managed to grab her back hoof and pull her back down to the ground. "I swear... I swear if you... lay a single hoof on her, I will-" "What? Do WHAT exactly? Fool, you just don't you get it do you? No, you don't WANT to understand because she's your "marefriend" now... This isn't a game! Tempest wronged me and now... she will pay dearly for everything she has done!" Storm kicked Lee in the face to make him let go of her and he laid in where he was in pain as he held his face. "S-Storm... Tem-pest..." ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In Lee's thoughts, he thought only about Tempest and memorized every detail about her: Her smile, her eyes, how amazing and friendly and awesome she was. Lee thought to himself that he was the luckiest pony in Equestria to be with somepony as amazing as Tempest. "I won't let anypony hurt her... No matter what, no matter who, I will... protect my friends!" Lee opened his eyes and looked up at the stormy skies above him, but still stood up on his feet despite the pain he had and repeated what he said in his thoughts. "I WILL... PROTECT MY FRIENDS!!!" Storm looked back at where Lee was, but was confused when she didn't see him anywhere around her. As Storm continued walking and watching for any attacks, she suddenly heard the sound of somepony screaming her name from above. Just as Storm looked to sky for the source, Lee flew at Storm at full speed and pinned her to the ground before sweeping her up off of her feet with his wings and tossed her at a nearby building. "You wanna get to Tempest? You go through me!" Lee held his wings out protectively in the direction of where Tempest was lying, but this action only made Storm more furious at Lee and she screamed at him. "Hmph... So be it. I warned you, fool!" Lee and Storm charged at one another and clashed heads. Storm was first to strike with a ray of energy, but Lee evaded and dodged every attack. Lee then rushed at Storm and head butted her in the torso, which threw her off of her feet and was rammed through another building. Storm groaned in pain as she stood up again and stretched her aching sides, but still laughed a little at Lee's strength. "Hmph, you're stronger than I thought you'd be... Where was this when we first met?" "Tempest... Tempest made me stronger! She gave me strength beyond anything I could have imagined and as long as I have her... nopony will ever get the better of me again!" Lee placed a hoof over his heart and smiled in triumph as he prepared to attack Storm again. Storm simply laughed again and readied her horn for another magical blast of energy. "I can't believe I'm saying this... but I like you. You're not like other ponies I've met... So full of spirit and heart and willing to see the good in ponies before the bad, it honestly makes me jealous!" "Then you know that you can stop this... This isn't who you are, is it Storm?" Storm looked down for a second and thought about Lee's words, but brushed it off a second later as she faced him again. "No... no no no!!! I can't trust you... I CAN'T TRUST ANYPONY!!!" Lightning suddenly appeared in Storm's eyes and she charged up another spell. Before Lee could react, Storm unleashed her magic and sent Lee flying through a few houses and then through the nearby wall. As Lee landed just beyond the wall, Storm caught up to him again and blasted him again, which sent him tumbling several times across the field until he finally stopped. Lee had difficulty breathing as he struggled to stand up and was now covered in bruises and burns. Storm stood close to Lee and looked at him with sorrow as he lost the strength to stand up now. Tears appeared in Storm's eyes and she charged up another spell and focused her horn on Lee. "Please, please... please just stop, Lee... Don't make me..." "I won't... I WON'T!! No matter what, I will fight for Tempest until the end! Even if you end it here, I will still protect her!" Storm screamed in anguish at Lee's response and struggled with herself as she went back and forth between charging her magic and releasing it again. "Then... you leave me no choice! If you're not willing to give her up... then you will share the same fate as her! I... I don't want to do this to you, but I must because it's the only way to make the pain stop!" Lee looked at Storm one more time and said her name softly, but she simply recharged her magic one more time and allowed it to build up to a massive amount. "I'm... I'm... I'm sorry, Lee." Storm finally unleashed her magic and Lee gasped in horror as he shielded his face and waited for impact... A/N: We're close to the end now everypony! This is the home stretch now! What will become of Lee and Tempest? And what about Storm? All questions are about to be answered!
  14. Chapter 12: Queen of Destiny Chrysalis was walking along the road as she looked at the skies above and thought about everything that had happened recently. It had been a few hours since the falling out between Lee and Chrysalis, but the thought of Lee's actions were still fresh in Chrysalis' mind. "I just don't understand it... I know I haven't known Lee that long, but all of that just seemed so out of nowhere. Hmm, hopefully Tempest can help get his mind right, but for now, I need to just find these last two Essences." As she consulted the map of Equestria, Chrysalis saw that she was close to a desert circled on the map and the map also showed a lone tower in the middle of the desert, which was where Chrysalis assumed that the next Essence was. "Desert of Desolation? What's with all the dramatic names for these places? Anyway, I should get a better look at this desert." Chrysalis took off from the ground and flew high up into the skies to get a better look at the surrounding area. As she looked around, Chrysalis looked off into the distance to see a huge sandstorm spiraling, which covered the sandy landscape ahead. "There's the desert, but that sandstorm is going to make it hard to navigate the desert. I gotta think this through..." The wind only picked up in speed as Chrysalis flew towards the sandstorm, but she put her cloak over her mouth to keep her from breathing in the dirt and dust flying all around her. As Chrysalis continued flying, she started losing her bearings and she suddenly felt like she was flying in circles. "Argh! I can't see anything... I gotta do something!" Just then, Chrysalis launched a spell from her horn to try and dispel the sandstorm, but the magic simply dissolved as it hit the swirling vortex of sand. Chrysalis groaned at this, but she remained resilient and tried once more with even more magical strength this time. "Come on! I can do this!" A huge burst of green magic erupted from Chrysalis' horn this time and the magic enveloped the sandstorm and the surrounding area in a green light. As the green light vanished, the sandstorm slowly disappeared and the clouds above started to part. As the air cleared up, Chrysalis looked in awe at the vast and expansive desert before her. Miles upon miles of sand and dunes stretched ever onwards and Chrysalis sighed as she looked at the endless sand. "Nothing will phase me, not these forces of nature and neither will this desert. I'll find these last two Essences and then... then I find Malice and end this once and for all..." Chrysalis nodded to her own words and smiled in triumph as she continued flying over the desert. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ A few hours had passed by and Chrysalis was beginning to lose the strength to fly as she started sweating immensely and breathing heavily from the lack of water. Chrysalis began to dip back down to the ground every now and then, but she managed to keep herself afloat still. "Gotta keep... going. I have to keep going..." Chrysalis closed her eyes for a second to catch her breath and wipe away the sweat from her forehead, but the moment she opened her eyes again, Chrysalis saw herself hurling quickly towards a sand dune. "Ahh!! No no no!!" Just then, Chrysalis impacted the sand with a huge bang and she left an imprint of her figure in the sand. Chrysalis popped her head up from the sand and started spitting out sand as she also cleared the sand from her eyes. "Argh!! I hate sand!!" Chrysalis yelled. A huge groan came from Chrysalis as she got up out of the sand and started kicking it everywhere. After she finally calmed down, Chrysalis tried to lift off from the ground again, but she had no more strength to fly anymore and crashed to the ground once more. "No... Why now? How am I supposed to get anywhere now?" Chrysalis ran to the top of the largest dune around her and looked out upon the still neverending sand. The tower that was marked on the map was nowhere in sight and Chrysalis could only scream at this revelation. "ARGH!!! Why does this have to be so difficult?! There is nothing here but sand and sand and... more sand!!" As she continued looking at the barren wasteland, Chrysalis suddenly felt a sense of dread and hopelessness overcome her, mixed in with the lack of hydration too. Chrysalis put her hooves over her head as she tried fighting off the nameless fears in her head. "Can I do this? C-Can I? I don't... I don't know. What do I do?" Just then, the sandstorm from before returned and a huge blast of wind mixed with the sand covered the entire area and Chrysalis covered herself with her cloak, but she could barely see anything around her now. As the storm raged on, Chrysalis suddenly heard the sound of something saying her name and she frantically looked around for the source of the voice. Chrysalis looked off in the distance and saw the faint image of a dark figure with glowing green eyes in the storm, but Chrysalis gasped when she realized who it was. "I-Is that... one of my Changelings? No, it can't be..." Chrysalis yelled at the changeling and quickly went after him, but the changeling suddenly turned away and started running from Chrysalis. She saw this and looked at the changeling in disbelief, not knowing why this changeling was running from her. "W-Where are you going? Come to your Queen at once!" The storm continued on as Chrysalis ran after the changeling and the visibility was still dreadful, but she suddenly heard the changeling speak to her as he laughed at her too. "Queen? Your hive is gone! You are no Queen anymore!" "How dare you speak to me like that? I am still your Queen!" The changeling suddenly stopped to face Chrysalis and she simply stood there in shock at what this changeling was saying to her. The changeling only laughed again as he looked at Chrysalis. "You are a Queen of nothing! Queen of solitude who lives in a castle of emptiness and the only subjects you have are the hollow shells of your mistakes!" Chrysalis covered her ears as the changeling continued berating her and she fell to her knees as she told the changeling to stop. "S-stop... please just stop!" "Queen of nothing! Queen of nothing! You have no heart, no hope and no love and you... you are nothing to anypony! You deserve only loneliness and you will always be alone for the rest of your life!” "I SAID STOP!!!" Chrysalis suddenly charged her horn and blasted the changeling with her magic, which pushed him away hard, only for the changeling to fall to the ground and groan in pain. Chrysalis gasped at what she did and ran over to the injured changeling. "I-I am sorry... I didn't mean-" "But you did! You did this... and you are the reason that you have no hive anymore. Don't you see? All you do... is cause pain and suffering to all you come across." The changeling then grabbed Chrysalis by her hoof and pulled her down to make her face him. The changeling then laughed as Chrysalis looked into his eyes with only the hopelessness remaining in her heart now. "Queen. Of. Nothing." Chrysalis closed her eyes and ran her hooves against her face to try and get her mind right. Chrysalis shook her head in denial to the changeling's words and started mumbling to herself. "No... NO NO NO!!! This isn't real, YOU are not real! This is just... just in my head!" Once she opened her eyes, Chrysalis saw that the changeling had vanished and she was left by herself once more. As Chrysalis looked around for the changeling, she only heard the sound of the wind and she began breathing heavily again as she stood thinking to herself. Chrysalis felt a few tears in her eyes as she thought about everything she had done and what the changeling had said. "I don't want to be alone! I can't be without my people... T-They are all that I have and I... I don't want to be alone!" All Chrysalis had known throughout her life was being the leader of a hive and surrounded by those who shared her visions, but now all she had was the loneliness of being without her hive and pain of losing them. "Do I... deserve this? After everything I have done? Do I only deserve pain and loneliness and misery? Perhaps I do..." Chrysalis looked around at the lonesome desert and ran her hooves through the sand, watching the sand fall from her hooves so slowly and she only thought about her own reputation now. "Who am I... WHAT am I if I am not Queen? Am I just... Chrysalis?" The sand in Chrysalis' hooves blew away with the wind and Chrysalis paused for a moment as she looked off into the horizon. Just then, Chrysalis gasped at the words she has just said and felt herself smile a bit. "Yes... yes! That is exactly who I am! I am Chrysalis and I... I am the Queen of my own destiny and I will let nopony or changeling keep me from my purpose! The only purpose I can possibly have now... is to destroy The Spirit of Malice and make sure he brings no harm to anymore innocent lives!" Chrysalis smiled in triumph to what she said and looked up towards the sky as she shouted out loud: "I am Queen Chrysalis, the Queen of Destiny!! THIS IS WHO I AM!!!" Suddenly, the ground started shaking and Chrysalis saw the sandstorm suddenly vanish and all was clear again. Chrysalis looked off into the distance and saw a bright beam of light shoot straight up into the sky. The ground then suddenly started to break apart where the light was shining from and a huge structure rose from the fissure. The structure rose up high into the sky and once it had stopped moving, a huge door opened at the base. Chrysalis pulled out the map and lined up the tower on the map with the structure before her. "T-That's it... That's the tower! The Essence of Emotion is in there..." ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Chrysalis approached the tower and looked at the open door ahead of her. Beside the door was a message carved into the stone and Chrysalis examined it carefully. "Overcome the fear in your heart and it will lead you to peace..." The wind started picking up behind Chrysalis again, but she quickly ran inside the tower to finally get out of the heat and sand. Once she entered, Chrysalis looked around at her surroundings and noticed how ancient everything was. A few points of interest included more faded carvings along the walls, broken statues of ancient looking ponies and nothing but cobwebs and dust in between. Chrysalis looked to the right and saw a spiral staircase winding around the tower and she quickly went towards it. "How old is this place? I've never seen anything like this before..." As Chrysalis walked up the staircase, she looked at the walls and saw a few more carvings and broken stained glass windows. On the stained glass was pictures of the ancient ponies and it showed what these ponies did way back then. "Equestria is older than I thought!" After a few more minutes, Chrysalis finally reached the top of the stairs and came to an empty room with nothing but some broken pots and a chandelier hanging from the ceiling. Chrysalis looked around in suspicion at first, but she did not see anything of interest. "What is this? Where is the Essence?" Chrysalis took a few steps towards the center of the room, but she then felt her hoof press down on a stone beneath her and she quickly backed away. Suddenly, the entire room started shaking and Chrysalis saw that the ceiling above was starting to fall apart too. A huge chunk of ceiling fell next to Chrysalis but she quickly moved out of the way and she continued dodging the falling ceiling above her. One more section of roof fell in the center of the room and Chrysalis noticed that the impact revealed something shining beneath the floor. Once the shaking finally stopped, Chrysalis went over to the broken floor and pulled up the planks with her magic. Underneath the planks was a small chest that had a bright green glow emanating from the chest. Chrysalis slowly opened the chest and saw the green moon shaped gemstone within and smiled as she looked at it. "I found it... I FOUND IT!!!" Suddenly however, everything around Chrysalis started shaking again and saw that the floor beneath her was starting to collapse now. Chrysalis looked up at the open roof and quickly took off into the skies again just as the room she was in started to cave in on itself. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ As she watched the tower crumble into the sand, Chrysalis looked off into the horizon and gasped in surprise when she saw a bunch of green foliage off in the distance. "Yes, I can finally get out of this desert now... Finally." Before Chrysalis flew off, she looked at the Essence of Fear in her hooves and examined it carefully. After Chrysalis reassured herself earlier, she now swore that she would find the last Essences and confront Malice when she had them all. "Just one more... Just one more and Malice will regret the day he crossed Queen Chrysalis!" Chrysalis looked towards the sky once more with a very triumphant look on her face and she smiled with confidence before she finally flew off towards the forest ahead of her. "This is who I am... I am the Queen of Destiny!" A/N: Finally got a new chapter done and this one is all about Chrysalis! Enjoy everyone!
  15. Chapter 11: The Breaking Point Tempest continually yelled for Lee to stop and talk to her, but he simply kept walking away from her as he held his head. Ever since he had yelled at Chrysalis, the same whispers had been infecting his mind like a poison and all he wanted was for the noise to stop. "Make it stop... make it stop." You don't need her. She was a nuisance anyhow... Soon, you will have nopony... "S-Stop it... STOP IT!!!" Lee screamed as he started running into the nearby trees and hitting his head against the ground to make the whispers stop. As Lee continued this strange behavior, Tempest watched him and had gotten increasingly worried about him ever since. "LEE!!! Lee... Lee, stop!" Tempest tried to grab Lee's hooves to settle him down, but he only brushed her off and he then felt another burst of anger in his mind. "ARGH! Get off of me! I just... I just want it to stop!" "Want what to stop? What are you talking about? Lee, just talk to me please!!" "The noise! The whispers! The voices! I-I can't think straight and it is driving me insane!!" Only the sound of the wind passed Tempest's ears as she tried to hear for any 'voices' and she looked back at Lee to see that he had walked off again. Lee continued walking until he reached a small village and saw multiple ponies all around him that all looked at him. Several ponies saw Lee's strange behavior and a few of them approached him to see if they could help him. As the ponies surrounded him, Lee suddenly saw all of them laughing at him, calling him names and ridiculing him. "NOOOOO!!!! GET AWAY!!!! GET AWAY FROM ME!!!!" Lee pushed several ponies down as he went farther into the village. Tempest helped the ponies up and quickly apologized for Lee before she ran off after him. Lee quickly went into a nearby alleyway and leaned against the wall as he started breathing heavily and sweat started pouring from his forehead. "What is... happening to me? I can't..." Just then, he heard somepony laughing at him and he saw a shady looking pony approach him. The pony came close to Lee and laughed when he saw the angry look on his face. "Aww, what's the matter little baby? Need a shoulder to cry on?" Lee only continued glaring angrily at the stranger and he was prepared to hurt him, but the stranger still didn't back away from him. "What? Are you gonna do something? Are you angry or upset? Don't like being called names? You really are a baby, aren't you?" "Get... away from me. Now." The strange pony then laughed again before pushing him and knocking him into the crates nearby. Lee held his head as the pain in his head reached a breaking point and he let out a shout of anger as he suddenly felt his entire body be surrounded by a blue aura of lightning. The bully pony saw this and quickly backed away from Lee as he stood up and faced him with only anger on his face. "W-Whoa! Wait! Wait a minute!" Lee blasted the bully through the wall with his powers and he saw the bully laying in a pile of rubble inside of a jewelry store. The bully quickly tried to get up and run away, but Lee blasted him again to keep him down before charging towards him. Tempest saw all of this happen and she quickly ran over to where Lee was, only to see Lee walking menacingly towards another pony. Lee tackled the bully and pinned him against the wall before he started pounding on his face and his sides, only for Lee to then blast the bully again. The bully begged for Lee to stop, but Lee simply pinned him down to the ground and beat on his face some more. Tempest quickly grabbed Lee and yelled at him as she tried to pull him off of the other pony. "LEE!!! LEE, STOP IT!! STOP IT!!! I SAID STOP!!!" Just then, in a fit of rage, Lee suddenly reeled his hooves back and screamed as he hit Tempest hard in her face. Tempest yelled as she fell to the ground, but Lee only gasped as he stared in shock at Tempest and realized what he just did to her. Tempest felt her face and winced at the bruises on her cheek. She stared at Lee in utter disbelief at his actions and felt a few tears in her eyes. Lee tried to approach Tempest and said her name softly, but she suddenly glared at Lee and blasted him with her magic, which knocked him down to the ground. Lee remained in shock as Tempest stood over him with only the feeling of disappointment and betrayal in her heart now. Tempest looked at this pony before her and didn't recognize him whatsoever. "Who are you? I... I trusted you." Tempest asked. "I-I... I don't-" Tempest shook her head in sadness as she started to walk away from Lee, leaving Lee to look at her in disbelief. Lee couldn't fathom what was happening, but he saw Tempest walking away and suddenly yelled at her. "TEMPEST!!! Tempest... W-Wait! You can't-" Lee tried to get up and run to Tempest, but she only kicked him hard in his sides as he approached her and he hit the floor again. Tempest looked back at Lee one last time and saw how miserable he looked, but she closed her eyes to fight back the tears in her eyes. "Tempest!! Tempest, please don't leave me, please don't. Please... I-I need you, I-I..." Just then, Tempest let out a burst of anger and faced Lee again, which made him freeze in place and look back into her eyes. "And I trusted you! I TRUSTED YOU, YOU FOOL!!! I trusted you with my heart and gave you my love and you... you told me that you would never let any harm come to me!" "No no no, I-I wouldn't. I would never... I w-would never-" "What has happened to you, Lee? What happened to the pony that told me all that? Or... or was it not real to you?" Lee was in complete disbelief to Tempest's words and felt as if his heart was being ripped out of his chest. "No no no... No, Tempest... Please, please just-" Tempest interrupted him with her hoof and only shook her head in anger at the things Lee had done and she had decided that hurting her was too far. "No... no, I just can't be around you right now, okay? Don't follow me... Don't come after me. Just... just stay away from me." After another moment, Tempest felt the tears come out of her eyes as she walked out the door. Tempest kept her head down as more tears came out and she then heard Lee yelling for her. "Tempest? Tempest, where are you going?! T-Tempest? TEMPEST!!!!" Lee saw Tempest completely walk away and then he suddenly screamed into the ground and pounded his hoof against the floor. The surrounding ponies then picked Lee up by his hooves and threw him out the door and onto the muddy ground, where he remained as he cried into the ground. "No... no no no. T-Tempest..." As Lee felt the sadness and emptiness of losing Tempest in his heart, he only felt a strong sense of hopelessness now and he started to shake from all of the sadness inside. "What have I done? WHAT HAVE I DONE?!" ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Lee walked alone in the forest and thought about what he did to Tempest. Over and over, the scene replayed in his head, but he still couldn't believe that he did such a thing to Tempest. "How? How could I hurt her? How I could I hurt... the pony that I love?" The skies above turned stormy and Lee stood in place as he looked to the sky and felt the rain pouring down on him. As the rain soaked Lee, he could only stare at the ground and close his eyes as he tried not to think about Tempest. "What has happened to me? I don't... I don't recognize myself right now." You don't deserve love and happiness, fool. You are nothing and a speck of dust to all that you come across. Lee yelled as he heard the voice return and the voice then started laughing at him. Lee held his head in anger as he tried to speak to this voice. "Get out... Whatever you are, GET OUT OF MY HEAD!!!" You are mine now. Your mind, your heart and your body all belong to me and now you will do exactly what I say... "W-What?! Who are you?!" Lee ran until he reached a lake and he quickly went to the water and looked at his reflection. Lee looked at the reflection and saw something completely different instead of himself. This reflection had glowing red eyes, blackened fur and a very sinister smile looking back at Lee. Lee jumped back and quickly looked at his own figure and it was starting to be drastically altered into something else. "W-What is this?! Tell me who you are!!" I am... hatred. I am anger and I am sadness. I am... Malice. "M-Malice?! The Spirit of Malice? How did this-" Silence, you fool! I will admit that it took me quite a while to get to your heart, but all I had to do was get rid of all of your little friends and now... now you are mine for the taking. "N-no... no, you won't take me. Y-You can't..." Still resisting are you? Hmph, you cannot resist my power and you will never escape it! Lee felt a huge blast of pain all over and his entire form shaking, but he then slowly saw his own body holding him in place against his will. As this happened, the voice laughed and slowly continued transforming Lee until Lee's form was completely altered, complete with his eyes turning red. All was dark for a moment after that, but Lee opened his eyes and he now had a very evil smile on his face. Lee spoke, but another deep and sinister voice came from his mouth instead of his own. "I am MALICE!!!" The Spirit of Malice now had full control of Lee and he looked at his hooves as he laughed menacingly. "Finally! I finally have the pony that will bring me the ultimate power. Now Lee... as we wait for Queen Chrysalis to find the last two Essences of Emotion, you will go to Canterlot." "C-Canterlot?" "And your task is quite simple really. I order you... to destroy Canterlot and everypony there." "N-no... no, I will not do that!!" Malice laughed again and he made Lee hit himself in the face repeatedly and strike himself in the stomach. As the pain went through Lee's head, his mind finally gave in to Malice's command and he felt everything he had surrender. "You will do it... or you will die. Do you understand me?" "I-I will... I will." Lee then got up and silently walked away from the lake and back towards the road. As Lee walked, there was nothing left in his mind except doing what Malice commanded him to do and he had no way of resisting Malice now. "D-Destroy Canterlot... I will." ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Tempest made her way out of the village and she came to a crossroads that had multiple signs pointing to different areas of interest. Tempest stopped when she got to the road and thought about what had happened with Lee. "Lee... There's no way he would do something like that to me. We've been together for so long and he has never done anything like this before. There's something wrong with him but I don't know what it is..." The rain above Tempest started pouring on her, but she simply kept walking as she looked back at the village one more time. "What do I do? There's got to be something I can do to help Lee..." Just then, a gust of wind blew by Tempest and she looked at the nearby road sign. She saw the word "Canterlot" on the sign and she had an idea pop into her head. "Canterlot... Yes, Celestia and Luna! Maybe the two of them can help me figure out what’s wrong with Lee! It's the only way I know how to help him..." Tempest was prepared to leave, but she sighed as she thought once more about Lee. Lee had been with her for a year now and Tempest thought about everything that he has done for her: being friends with her, saving her life multiple times and eventually falling in love with her. As Tempest thought about all of this, her mind then went to what had just happened and she felt her bruised cheek again. A few tears came out as she muttered Lee's name. "Whatever has happened to you... I know that this isn't you." A/N: Another chapter is done! This one has quite a lot of emotional stuff going on, but I hope everyone enjoys it!
  16. EquestrianScholar

    Critique Wanted Mythos Gray, My Mane OC

    I'm curious to see how well my main OC holds up, after all these years, as well see if there is anything to be improved. --------------------------------------------------------- Name: Mythos Gray Sex: Male Species: Unicorn Age: Adult Coat/Body Colour: A soft gray color. Mane and Tail Colour and Style: Pure white. Eye Colour: Purple Physique: Fit yet lean, because of his travels and generally keeping an active lifestyle. Cutie Mark: An open book with a fire breathing dragon's head coming out from within, symbolizing Mythos' special talent for taking stories he finds and retells to 'come to life' as it were with his magic. Unique Traits: Illusion magic or magical illustrations as he sometimes calls it. Which he uses to “bring to life a story” or otherwise make some appear real when it is not. Creating visuals and even auditory effects, even to a certain extent the sensation of touch, yet with no solidarity or physicality to such illusions. Even create an illusionary disguise for himself or others. Residence: Canterlot, Equestria Occupation: An entertainer, musician, and storyteller publicly, yet secretly also a freelancer who offers his skills as something of an information gatherer and infiltrator. Personality: Mythos likes to enjoy himself, even if there is risk involved. Being friendly and charismatic, the unicorn has a gift for getting ponies to like him using his good manners and respectful speech, as well compliments. In some ways he can be manipulative, and is not above playing with the emotions of other ponies. Yet he is a stallion of his word, always keeping at least the letter of a promise, and will try to defend a mare or foal if able. He also has a great dislike for any that show rudeness towards or insults a mare, and will not allow a mare to be hit in his presence. Motivation: Always out for finding a good story and to have fun as well as to meet new ponies, as well an adventurous spirit who wants to explore every corner of Equestria and beyond. More then this though, he wishes to seek out the truth behind different Equestrian myths and legend, as well to learn that which history does not tell... Like for example the origins and past of Equestria beloved rulers, the Princesses Celestia and Luna. Where so little is known. Likes: Those with a pretty face. As well a love of reading, in good stories and books, meeting others, as well discovering and exploring old ruins or forgotten places. Dislikes: Those that are too serious, violence against fillies and mares or especially foals. As well those that show rudeness or disrespect, especially to fillies and mares, and those that speak without thought or sense. Any filly or mare shows disrespect to themselves or puts themselves down to harshly, especially when undeserved. With finally senseless cruelty and those willing to abuse others for their own pleasure, caring not for the harm they cause. Full Biography Mythos was born in a well to do Canterlot family who always seemed to be busy being involved in some social function or event. His father Brightstrings being an extremely skilled violinist and his mother Autumnheart a well respected private teacher of the history of Equestria. As a foal Mythos had plenty of time to himself, where he learned how to read as well as play music on the piano and violin. Yet while reading came easy to him, the musical arts were much harder. Yet Mythos was even at this young age a determinant lad and he actually did become fairly good at these instruments. As time went on Mythos expand his studies to not only the basics he needed to know but more, learning all he could on Equestrian history, myths, legends, and even tails from other lands. While leaving piano playing mostly behind he did continue practicing his violin, wanting his father to be proud of how well he could play. Yet he still hadn't discovered his Talent, which frustrated him and pushed him to try new things. Now like all self respecting unicorn he learned to use magic, and from youth he studied what he could on it. Yet that to seemed slowing going, but eventually he found he seemed to have an affinity to illusionist based magic and spells more then any other type. Surprisingly for some he started to become quite skilled at illusions or as he called it illustrations. When Mythos gained his cutie mark was interesting, as it was during a family party that his parents had prepared him for so that he would act the way he should. While looking around young Mythos noticed a young filly that seemed to not be enjoying herself and took it upon himself to cheer her up. Walking of to the filly Mythos smiles and introduced himself as he had been told to do by his father and asked what was wrong. Founding out she was his cousin as well as that her name Sundipple and explain that she hadn't wanted to go to the party in the first place. Calling her Sunny Mythos asked if she would like to hear a story he had read. Interested the filly nodded as Mythos started, concentrating his magic so that he could created the illustrations he had been practicing though they were like rough drawings. Smiling he told his story with all the emotion he could and started to catch the attention of others. By the end of the story there were ponies laughing and nodding at Mythos before he was hugged by Sunny as she thanked him. It was at this time that Sunny noticed Mythos cutie mark, which was an open book and a dragon that seemed to fly out of the pages and breath fire at the reader. With all the commotion Mythos parents walked over to see what was going on and grew excited when they saw his cutie mark. The rest of the party seemed to end even better then expected, and Mythos got to talk with a few of the adults because of what had happened as well as spend more time with Sundipple. As time went on Mythos grew into a young colt, and requested that he could go traveling around Equestria, wanting to see all the cities and town in Equestria. His parents were unsure, but agreed after a bit of discussion. Allowing Mythos to go off on his own as long as he promise to write weekly and tell his parents about his travels. Once he grew tire on traveling, though her greatly enjoyed doing so, he returned home to tell his parents what he had found and discovered as well as others that would listen. After about a week from when Mythos returned to Canterlot, deciding it was time to put his travel on pause and decided to step into the Canterlot elite as an entertainer and storyteller, showing himself gifted as such and finding use for all the skills he had learned when young and during his travels. Using his magic and his knowledge he weaved impressive stories as well as even played his violin at times. Yet it was during this time that he took up other work as well, finding himself with offers to find information or to learn about this pony or another. It didn't take long for him to realize he could earn more as a freelancer then for entertaining. It was around this time Mythos met a certain dark blue pegasus, who quickly caught his interest because of how pretty and nervous she was. It didn't take long for him to find out her name was Stardream and that she was with an assistant to an astrologer. After this meeting came many more and Mythos became quite close to to Stardream, fond even though he wouldn't admit to being in love with her. After dating for a time Mythos even consider being with just Star Dream, to actually have a relationship but it would seem that wasn't to be. Now Mythos had not gone out of his way to hide his activities from Star Dream but neither did he ever go into details on them. Partly because even he knew he was at times working for ponies who were not of good character. Who wanted him to give them the means to cause trouble for others and bring themselves up. He was not proud of this but at the same time he did not see a reason to stop. It was his policy to be available to any that have need of him as long as they paid his price of bit as well as good stories... and as long as he wasn't the cause of harm a filly, mare, or foal. Star Dream found out about this and was not pleased, trying to get Mythos to stop what he was doing as she was upset he would help ponies that would hurt others. Mythos tried to make it seem it was no big deal, that he wasn't the one actually doing anything wrong. Star Dream was not happy about this and eventually left Mythos in tears, later he found out she had left to another city and he was without a means to contact her. He was left in Canterlot, understanding he had made a grave mistake but with no way to fix it. All Art Commissioned Work - I can provide artist credit.
  17. Chapter 2: Harmony's Call Late into the night, Sunny decided to go for an evening stroll through the forest and she thought to herself about what to do about her plan to have a Festival of Friendship. After hearing her friends argue about the location of the festival, Sunny was completely stumped on where to have it now, or if she should do it at all now. "Can't do it here, can't do it at Zephyr Heights, can't do it at Bridlewood. I need... someplace that everypony can come together as equals, but where would that be?" Sunny looked at her map of Equestria and looked around at the different landmarks that she had circled or crossed out. "All of these places are either on one race's territory or the landmark isn't there at all anymore. Is there no place I can do this?" As a sense of hopelessness overcame Sunny, she groaned out loud and ripped up her map in a fit of anger. "Argh!! Why does this have to be so hard? No, it SHOULDN'T be this hard! I just... urgh, I just want everypony to see the magic and wonder that friendship really has. If me and my friends can do it, why can't everypony else?" Sunny let out a loud sigh and looked towards the moon and stars above. "This is something that it always there for everypony to see. A light... a light of hope. And could use some of that hope right now." Just then, Sunny suddenly heard the sound of somepony yelling for help and Sunny looked around for where the voice was coming from. Sunny ran in the direction of the yells and she eventually came to a clearing with a big lake in the middle. Across the lake, Sunny saw a white unicorn pinned underneath of a wagon and she quickly went over to the pony. "Hey, are you alright?" Sunny asked. "Oh thank goodness you heard me! I-I got trapped under this cart and my magic isn't strong enough to move it." "Hold on. I got you!" Sunny pushed the cart away from the pony with her head and she eventually got the unicorn unstuck. The unicorn quickly got up and brushed herself off before turned to Sunny. "Phew. Thank you so much for helping me! I owe you!" "Oh, you don't owe me anything. Just helping ponies in need is my reward!" "Ahh, a good samaritan in Equestria... There are sadly not too many of ponies like you. In any case, I thank you for the assist. What's your name, miss? "It's Sunny. Sunny Starscout! Who might you be?" "Dawnlight Dazzle is the name! I'm kind of a performer as you can see by the cart!" Dawnlight stood next to her cart and Sunny saw the spitting image of Dawnlight with a picture of fireworks behind her on the cart. "Wow! That's pretty awesome! So you do fireworks?" Sunny asked. "That's right, it's my specialty. It's my duty to razzle and dazzle you and everypony you know... Hehe, you get the pun right? Dazzle? My name?" "Yeah I got it. Hilarious. So uhh, weird question, but do you know any good places to have a party that's like... neutral? I'm trying to put this... festival together and I'm needing help with the location.” Dawnlight scratched her head at Sunny's question and got out a map to help her look. "Neutral? As in a place not associated with a single race of ponies? That is a tricky one..." Sunny looked at the map with Dawnlight and Dawnlight pointed towards a tree in the center of an intersection of the road. "Have you tried there? It's dead center in the middle of the map and it's not far from here. And I also know that nopony has claimed it as their territory. I get around a lot so I know a thing or two..." "Hmm, interesting. But is it really just a tree? Well, it's better than nothing I suppose." Dawnlight rolled up the map and put it back in her cart, but she had an idea come into her mind as she thought about Sunny. "Say, if you're having a festival, I bet you could use some entertainment. I'd be happy to oblige with that!" "Yeah, that's sound great Dawnlight! But I gotta go and take a look at that location first, so how about you wait for me in Maretime Bay and I'll get back to you?" "Sounds good. I will see you later then, my good pony." Sunny waved goodbye to Dawnlight and Dawnlight got her wagon ready to depart as Sunny walked away and went back towards the road. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ After another hour of walking, Sunny finally came to a crossroads and saw a sign nearby showing the paths leading to Maretime Bay, Zephyr Heights and Bridlewood. "This is the place, but where is this tree?" As Sunny looked around for the tree, she suddenly felt something bright shining in her eyes and looked off in the distance to see something glowing. "Huh? What is that?" Sunny went towards the light and it became brighter as she walked through the trees. As she got closer, Sunny saw a couple of rocks covered in moss along the way and knelt down next to one of them. She removed the moss on the rock and saw a faded carving of a white cloud with a rainbow colored lightning bolt. Sunny looked at the carving in confusion, but still felt that this image looked familiar. "Where have I... seen this?" Just then, Sunny looked up from the stone and saw the same bright light ahead. Sunny got back up and walked towards the light until she saw the light dissolve and all that remained was the trunk of a tree. Sunny looked at this huge tree and saw that all of the branches had different colors of leaves, several symbols were emblazoned on the tree and all sorts of different mementos and possessions gathered around the base of the tree. "What is this? What are all of these things?" A cool breeze began to blow around Sunny and the tree, but Sunny went towards the tree and saw a couple of hoofprints carved into the bark. Sunny turned her head in confusion and slowly placed her hoof over one of the hoofprints. Suddenly, a burst of orange light exploded from the tree and Sunny quickly stepped back as she watched the orange light surge throughout the tree. The orange light then shot up into the sky and covered the tree like a bubble and was suddenly filled with orange flares swimming in the air. As Sunny wondered what was happening, she suddenly saw a flash of light and the shapes of two ponies emerged from the light. Sunny looked at these two ponies and she tried to get their attention, but her hoof went right through them. The two ponies then began to speak as they looked at the tree. "Isn't it beautiful sister? This tree holds the key to true harmony..." "Indeed. It is quite beautiful, my dear sister... and I am glad I could see this with you. Thank you Celestia..." The two ponies then embraced and Sunny smiled as she saw this too. Just then, the two ponies vanished and Sunny was left confused about where they went and who they were. "Celestia? As in... Princess Celestia? And that was her sister Luna too... What is this telling me?" A moment later, another flash of light appeared and three more ponies came out of the light. These three were fillies and they all stood around the tree as they held hooves with each other. "As long as we have each other, there's nothing we can't do! Nopony is gonna get to us and the three of us together will get our cutie marks too!" The three fillies then brought their hooves together and uttered the name "Cutie Mark Crusaders" out loud. Sunny watched the three ponies hug each other before they vanished into the light. "Who were they? I didn't recognize any of them... Hmm, this tree is something else isn't it?" Sunny walked around the tree and remembered the words that Celestia said earlier. "The key to true harmony? Harmony... and this tree. These are... memories I'm seeing, memories of harmony." Once more, there was another blast of orange light and this time there were six ponies sitting next to the tree. Sunny saw these ponies and gasped as she immediately recognized them. "I-It's them! The six legendary heroes of Equestria: Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Applejack and Rarity!" All six ponies sung a song together and once they had finished, Twilight got up and glided over the tree. The other five ponies and Sunny looked at Twilight and she smiled happily at seeing Twilight. "My friends, my family... my life. After ten years with the six of us together, I have never been happier to say that I thank you guys for always having my back and seeing each other through the hardest of times." The five ponies nodded their heads to Twilight's words but Twilight continued talking after that. "And here we all are now... the tree where all harmony sprouts and grows from. Even as the generations go by, this tree and every friendship will the one thing that remains eternal, because true harmony and true friendship comes from here." Twilight pointed at her heart and Sunny felt a couple of tears coming from her eyes. As Sunny looked towards Twilight, she saw Twilight turn her head and look directly at Sunny as she smiled. Sunny gasped when she saw this, but Twilight soon turned back to her friends and returned to the ground so that they could all hug each other happily. "You guys will always be... my friends and you will always be in my heart!" The six of them then vanished and the tree finally stopped glowing orange and all went quiet after that. Sunny processed all that had happened and looked at the tree with a renewed hope in her heart. "Harmony... all we need is harmony. This place... this tree is where we'll have the festival! I gotta go and tell the others now!" Sunny walked away from the tree, but the moonlight shined on the tree as she left and in the light was the faint shape of a pony that watched Sunny as she walked away. Harmony is all you need... A/N: This G5 story is coming along great! Hope everyone enjoys it!
  18. Chapter 10: Fury Awakens Beneath the waves, Lee and Tempest were making their way back to surface, but Tempest told Lee that they only had five minutes before her seapony spell wore off. Lee nodded to her in acknowledgment and looked at the Essence of Love in his hooves, making sure that it didn't go anywhere. "Only two more of these things... I just wanna find the rest and go home with Tempest." Home? You have no home... Everything you touch ends up destroyed. Lee immediately stopped swimming as he heard this very sinister voice inside of his head. The voice then started to laugh and Lee held his head for a moment before looking around at his surroundings for the source of the voice. "W-Who said that?" Just then, Lee's ears were assaulted by a sharp ringing all around him. Lee held his ears to make the noise stop, but he failed to realize that he had dropped the Essence of Love in the process. "ARGH!!! Make it stop.... MAKE IT STOP!!!" After another minute of ringing, the noise suddenly stopped and Lee opened his eyes as he breathed heavily. All the noise in Lee's head gave him a headache, but he still shook his head in an effort to get rid of the headache. Lee then gasped when he realized that the Essence of Love wasn't in his possession anymore and frantically looked around for it. Lee swam back down to the sea floor and saw the Essence glowing through the coral and seaweed. "There it is. Just gotta grab it and get back to Tempest." Before he could pick the Essence up however, Lee heard the same voice again and felt his hoof pull back violently. Tempest? Her name is Tempest? Such a... tempestuous sounding name, don't you think? Can you really trust her? "W-Who is that? SHOW YOURSELF!!!" The voice laughed again and start mocking Lee, but Lee started looking around again for where the voice was coming from. Oh, in due time. But I'm not done playing with you just yet... Soon, very soon there will be... a reckoning. For now though, you might want to go and help your... friends. Just then, everything around started shaking and the sea floor started to crack and fall apart. Lee looked in horror as a school of fish was dragged underneath where the cracks were forming and they instantly vanished. "Gotta get back, gotta get back now!" Lee grabbed the Essence with his mouth to prevent him from dropping it again and quickly started swimming back up towards the surface. As Lee was getting close to the surface however, he noticed that his fins suddenly vanished and his pony legs returned. "No no no, not now! I'm almost there!" As he looked towards the surface of the water, Lee tried swimming with his wings, but he still wasn't going very fast at all. Just then, Lee felt his breath starting to give out and water started filling his lungs. "Almost there... Almost..." Suddenly, Lee's sight started to fade and his breath was getting faint. Lee then felt numb all over and lost consciousness before everything turned black. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Back on the surface, Tempest exited the water just as her seapony fins turned back into her back hooves and she shook herself to get all of the water off of her fur. Just then however, Chrysalis quickly ran over to Tempest and shouted her name. "Tempest!! Tempest, behind you!!" Tempest was confused about what Chrysalis was going on about, but she soon looked behind her and a loud roar of thunder sounded as she saw a very peculiar sight: dotted all across the surface of the water was a series of large waterspouts pouring down from the stormy skies above. "W-What? How did this happen?" "I don't know! All was calm a minute ago and suddenly... all of this happened! We have to get out of here now!" Chrysalis ran from the shore and made her way to the trees, but Tempest looked at the storm before her in shock at seeing such a horrific storm. Tempest was prepared to leave with Chrysalis, but she shouted for Lee and she only heard the sound of the storm instead. "Lee? Lee, where are you?!" As Tempest looked around for Lee, Chrysalis shouted towards Tempest again and Tempest saw her on top a tree behind her. Chrysalis pointed towards the stormy sea and Tempest saw an unconscious figure way off in the distance, surrounded by the waterspouts. Once she realized who it was, Tempest gasped and ran towards the edge of the water. "Lee... LEE!!! NO NO NOOO!!!" Tempest ran and dived into the water, swimming with all of her might to reach Lee. As she got closer to Lee however, the water all around Tempest was being pulled away and sucked up into the waterspouts all around her. "Almost there... Almost." Just as Tempest reached Lee, she reached a hoof out for him, but he was suddenly pulled away by the water being sucked up and he was slowly being lifted into the waterspout. "NO! You won't stop me!!!" Tempest lit up her horn and unleashed a huge spell on the waterspout before her. The waterspout dissolved and loads of water all fell back down at once, with Lee falling along with it. "Gotta catch him!" As Lee fell, Tempest lifted herself into the air with her magic and propelled herself towards Lee. Tempest held her hooves out to make sure she could catch Lee, but just as she reached him, a huge bolt of lightning struck right next to the two of them and they were both blown away from each other. Tempest watched in horror as Lee was slammed hard against the nearby trees and then rolled down the hill until he laid face down in the sand. Tempest then hit the water and felt herself skipping across the surface a few times before going under. Chrysalis witnessed all that was happening and quickly made her way over to Lee when she saw him land. "Lee! Hold on, I'm coming!" Chrysalis reached Lee and knelt down next to him to try and wake him up, but he only remained motionless now. "Lee... Lee, come on wake up!" As Chrysalis continued trying to wake Lee, another roar of thunder sounded nearby and Chrysalis felt a very strong wind all around her. Chrysalis looked towards the water and gasped when all she could see was a huge waterspout that was sucking in water, trees and parts of the ground. "Argh! It just won't end!" The wind all around then started hitting Chrysalis and she gasped again when she saw Lee starting to be lifted off of the ground. Chrysalis quickly tackled him to keep him planted on the ground, but she soon felt herself being lifted up too. "Gotta... keep... on the ground!" Chrysalis grabbed Lee and slowly went over to a nearby tree and tried holding on for dear life. Just then, a huge gust of wind bombarded the tree and it was uprooted from the ground, which brought both Chrysalis and Lee along with it. "Not good! Not good at all!!" Below the surface of the water, Tempest finally regained consciousness and opened her eyes before realizing what was happening. Tempest quickly made her way back up to the surface and was greeted by an unrelenting wind and a huge waterspout before her. "Oh my... goodness." Tempest then heard screaming nearby and looked to the skies to see a tree getting sucked into the vortex. On top of the tree was Chrysalis and Lee, but Tempest saw that he was still unconscious. As Tempest saw this, she felt a burning rage build up inside of her and felt her entire body shake with fury. As her fury swelled inside of her, Tempest's horn started glowing brightly and her eyes were covered in a blue light. "NOOOOOO!!!! You will not... TAKE THEM!!!!" An aura of lightning surged across Tempest's body and she then made herself rise from the water before she was floating in the air with her magic. "I AM TEMPEST SHADOW!!! QUEEN OF STORMS!!!" Tempest screamed to the heavens as a beam of magic erupted from her horn and hit the waterspout. Tempest flew into the cyclone and found herself at the eye of the vortex, with wind and trees swirling all around her. "No storm will ever best me! You will not hurt my friends!!!" As the wind continued on, Tempest cast another huge spell and made her way all around the vortex to make sure that it was effective against her magic. Once Tempest finished, the waterspout spun out of control until it started collapsing in on itself. Once the waterspout collapsed, everything caught inside was blown away as a bright flash of blue covered the entire area. The tree that Chrysalis and Lee were on landed in a nearby clearing and Chrysalis sighed in relief as she pulled Lee off of the tree. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Tempest landed on the ground and watched everything caught in the vortex land all around her. As she watched, a huge tree right next to Tempest, but she only smiled in triumph for her success and brushed herself off. She let out a huge sigh of relief before she gasped and remembered what had happened to Lee and ran into the woods. "Lee... Lee! LEE!!!" Chrysalis laid against the tree as she tried to relax for a second, but she kept Lee close by in case he woke up. She held the Essence of Love in her hooves and stared at it for a moment before putting in Lee's satchel. Just then, Chrysalis heard Tempest yelling for her and Lee and Chrysalis yelled to get her attention. Tempest saw Lee and Chrysalis and quickly went over to the two of them. She saw that Lee was still unconscious and knelt down beside him, repeatedly saying his name. "I-Is he... okay?" Lee still was motionless to Tempest's touch, but Tempest only got incredibly worried now. “Lee? Lee, come on… You’re okay, I know that you are.” As Chrysalis watched the two of them in concern, Tempest put her ear against his torso and gasped when she realized that he wasn’t breathing. “H-He’s not breathing… HE’S NOT BREATHING!!!” Tempest quickly put her hooves against Lee’s torso and pushed against it to get all the water out of his stomach. She did this several times before breathing into his mouth to give him breath. “Come on… COME ON!!! Lee, please wake up… PLEASE!!!” All was quiet for a moment before Lee finally bolted up and started hacking up water. Lee had a coughing fit as water poured from his lungs, but he soon felt the warmth of Tempest around him. “T-Tempest… Oh Tempest.” “You’re okay… you’re okay. Thank heavens that you’re okay.” Lee let Tempest go and stood up, looking around the trees surrounding him, but all he could think about was the voice that he heard earlier. Lee could still feel the formless whispers in his head and clenched his head, repeatedly asking for the noise to stop in his head. "Argh... My head..." Tempest placed her hooves around Lee's face, but he gasped when he saw that Tempest was badly injured all over. Lee frantically looked at Tempest and suddenly had a panic attack over what had happened to her. S-She's hurt... How did- You know who did this... "Lee? Lee, are you okay? What's wrong?" As Lee continued to panic and breathe heavily, he looked over at Chrysalis and suddenly felt a wave of anger and rage overtake him. Lee then marched over to Chrysalis with a very angry look and stood face to face with her. "YOU!!! You got Tempest hurt!!!" Lee suddenly pushed Chrysalis hard and sent her down to the ground. Chrysalis yelled as she fell down, but she got back up and quickly faced Lee again. Lee only held his head as the pain inside got more intense, but this only made his anger grow. Chrysalis flew up into the air and charged at Lee to try and stop him, but he only jumped into the air and knocked her back down. "Lee, what in the world do you think you're doing?! Stop this right now!" Tempest was in shock about what was happening right now, but Lee still went towards Chrysalis with only anger inside of him now. "You hurt her!!! I never should have trusted you!!! You'll get both of us killed!!" Chrysalis gasped as Lee charged at her and sent her crashing into a tree. Tempest ran over to Lee and tried to hold him back from hurting Chrysalis. "Lee! LEE, stop stop STOP!!!" Lee pushed Tempest back and he pinned Chrysalis to the tree. Chrysalis looked at him in disbelief for what he had done, but she then saw tears in Lee's eyes. After another moment, Lee realized Chrysalis and glared at her before quickly marched over to his satchel. "Lee, what's gotten-" As Tempest watched Lee walk past her without a word, Lee picked up his satchel full of the Essences of Emotion and threw them at Chrysalis. "You take them... You take them and you find the rest of them on your own. That's all you care about... I'm done with you!" Chrysalis looked at the Essences before looking back at Lee in shock. She had never seen Lee be so angry before and this only made her more concerned about him. "Lee..." "DO I NEED TO REPEAT MYSELF?! I said... LEAVE!!" There was only silence as Lee only glared at Chrysalis in anger and Chrysalis soon went from concern to anger herself. She then strapped the satchel to her torso and turned away from Lee. "Fine." Tempest walked as Chrysalis walked away and shouted for her to come back, but she didn't listen to a word she said. Tempest held her head as a swirl of emotions swirled in her mind: confusion, shock, disbelief and lastly, anger at what Lee just did. "Lee... LEE, WHAT DID YOU JUST DO?!!" As Tempest turned around to face Lee, she realized that he was only gone and saw him walking off on his own. Lee held his head low as all he could hear in his head now was the never ending whispers. Well done... Lee. A/N: This is quite the meaty chapter, but so much has happened now. Where do we go from here? You will see...
  19. The Festival of Friendship Chapter 1: Location Location Location In the coastal town of Maretime Bay, the sun began to rise above the clouds and already there were ponies everywhere walking the streets and greeting each other. Earth ponies, pegasai and unicorns all together after so long apart and this was only the beginning of wonderful friendships everywhere. Inside of a newly rebuilt lighthouse, Sunny Starscout woke from her bed and let out a loud yawn as she stretched out and got up from the bed. "Man, is it morning already? I must've really been sleepy..." Sunny went over to her mirror and brushed her mane to get rid of her bedhead, but she looked down at the table and saw a picture of her as a filly and her father. Sunny looked at the picture and smiled as she stared at her father's happy face. "I miss you dad, but I'm doing my best to make you proud! And today... today I'm gonna do something special for everypony!" As Sunny hugged the picture, she suddenly heard a knocking at her front door and she finished brushing her mane before quickly going downstairs to the living room. "Coming coming!" Sunny opened the door and was greeted by three ponies who all said good morning to her at once. These were all Sunny's new friends that she had met during her quest to restore magic to the world last week and she was very happy to see them now. "Izzy, Zipp, Pipp! So awesome to see you guys! What's up?" The three of them laughed however and they all looked at Sunny's mane. Sunny was confused about what they were laughing about, but she looked at a mirror by the door and saw that her hairbrush was hanging from her still messy mane. Pipp was prepared to take a picture of Sunny with her phone but Zipp stopped her. "Well, that's embarrassing... Excuse me just a moment." Sunny closed the door for a second and used her newly acquired horn to make her mane straight again. Sunny still struggled using her magic and wings, but she had been getting lessons from her friends to help her get better at both. Once Sunny finished with her mane troubles, she opened the door again and walked outside with her friends. The four of them then made their way into town to get some breakfast. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ At a local restaurant called "Mare's Hill", Sunny and her friends sat down at a table by the window and a waitress pony came by to take their orders. Sunny ordered a stack of pancakes with orange juice to drink, Izzy got waffles shaped like a tennis ball, Zipp with scrambled eggs and toast and coffee to drink and last but not least, Pipp with only jelly toast and a glass of water. "Is that all you're getting, Pipp?" Sunny asked. "I'm trying to go on a diet. I like to keep my figure nice and lean, you know?" Sunny, Izzy and Zipp laughed a little at Pipp's words and they all dug in to their food. As the four of them ate, Sunny saw a blue maned Earth pony enter the restaurant and Sunny immediately recognized him. “Hmmtch! Mmver here!” Hitch looked over at Sunny and waved, but she just now realized that her mouth was full of food and quickly swallowed it. Hitch walked over to the table and everyone greeted him with waves and hellos. "Hey there, you guys! What are you all doing here?" Hitch asked. "Oh, we just got together to see our awesomely amazing friend, Sunny!" Izzy scooted over a bit so that Hitch could sit down next to her, but he only ordered a coffee as he chatted with his friends. "Well actually, now that you're here Hitch, I have a matter that I wanna discuss with you all." Sunny stopped eating and cleared her throat before speaking again. "I wanna do something special for everypony. I want to show everypony all the great things about friendship and was thinking about... I don't know, just something where everypony can come together, socialize and just have a really good time." "Ooh ooh, you mean a party?!" Izzy exclaimed. "Yeah, something like that, but I want it to be something everypony can see from every corner of Equestria. From Maretime Bay to Zephyr Heights and Bridlewood, I want everypony to know how great something like friendship really is." "Hmm, how about we have a festival? Lots of games, food and maybe even some music to help celebrate!" Sunny nodded her head in agreement with Zipp's suggestion and smiled. "Yeah... A festival. A Festival of Friendship! That's a great idea!" ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ After they all finished eating, all five ponies exited the restaurant and started walking the streets as Sunny looked around at points of interest around the town. "We can have the festival here! Me and Hitch can tell everypony here in town about it and you guys can help spread the word to everypony else!" "Whoa whoa, hold on Sunny. I don't think it's a good idea to have that festival here..." Sunny looked at Hitch in disbelief at his words. Hitch looked around at the town and simply watched all the ponies walking by them. "What? Why not?" Sunny asked. "Well, not everypony here is so open to the idea of being friends with others. Especially after that whole incident with Sprout, there are just someponies who still don't trust anypony else." "Those ponies are just being silly though. There's not a thing wrong with the other races and we all have something that we can share with one another..." Hitch tried to talk to Sunny more, but she simply ignored him and Hitch watched Sunny walk over to the rail overlooking the water, but he turned his attention back to the others. "I'm not saying I'm against a Festival of Friendship, but we just need it to be somewhere that's not going to conflict with the other races." Pipp stepped forward and made a suggestion of her own. "How about up at Zephyr Heights? All of my Pegasus fans are there, I can spread the word of this festival to my followers and set up an awesome show for the festival too." Izzy then interrupted Pipp and stepped quickly in front of her. "What about Bridlewood? Us unicorns love parties and we can use our magic to help make something so fun! Plus it has crystals too and everypony knows that crystals are awesome!" Pipp and Izzy argued a little at their choices for a destination, but Hitch made them stop and calmed them both down. "Guys guys, we're not gonna figure anything out by arguing like this... If we do this, it has to be somewhere that's completely neutral so that nopony is felt left out." Zipp rolled her eyes as she watched the three of them continue to argue, but she looked over at Sunny and saw that she was still staring at the ocean. Zipp walked over to Sunny and looked at her for a second before staring at the water alongside her. "You okay, Sunny? Look, this Festival is a great idea, but it's just not that easy to do something like this given everything that has happened..." Sunny sighed and looked at Zipp with a little bit of sadness in her voice. "I just... I just want to do something for everypony. Something to show everypony that friendship and trust and love is not something to be afraid of. I just want... I just want to help everypony see." Zipp thought about what Sunny said, but she soon saw her walk away and back towards her house. "H-Hey, where are you going Sunny? Are you alright?" All four ponies looked at Sunny as she looked back at them with a small smile, but she also felt a sense of the same sadness in her as well. "Sorry guys... I just need to be alone and think about this right now. I'll talk you guys later..." The four of them looked at each other in sadness as they watched Sunny walk away, but they simply talked amongst themselves afterwards. Sunny reached the front door of her house, but she stopped as she thought about her friends, her town and her father. "Oh dad, what do I do? What do I do?" A/N: This a new G5 project that I'm working. It won't be that long but I hope it is something that everyone can enjoy.
  20. Chapter 1: A Simple Request It was a very calm and beautiful day in the village of Ponyville, and everypony was out and about and doing the best they could to make the most of the time they had throughout the day. One pony, however, was still having a very sleepy start. His name was Lee, a brown pegasus pony who had a mixture of red and black in his mane and tail, and was also the latest pony to move into Ponyville, evidenced by the boxes dotted around the house. As Lee continued to sleep peacefully, he was suddenly awoken by the sound of his doorbell ringing and somepony knocking on his door. Lee slowly raised his head to listen to the sounds more clearly and groaned as he decided to roll out of bed to answer the door. "Be right there" he said, while yawning and stretching out his still tired muscles. He opened the door and greeted the bright sun that blasted his eyes with sunlight. "Yeah, can I help y-" Lee was interrupted when he realized that there were two royal soldiers covered in armor standing before him. Confused and uncertain on their sudden appearance, Lee simply said nothing and waited for one of the soldiers to speak. The light-furred pony cleared his throat and spoke first, magically making a scroll appear and unrolling it to read it to Lee. "Mister Lee, you are hereby requested by the Princesses of Equestria, Celestia and Luna respectively, to appear before them in the royal castle of Canterlot at once. They await your presence in the royal throne room and request that you come within the hour" Lee could say nothing to the words he just heard at first. After a bit, he managed to muster a question to the soldiers. "Okay, that sounds... great and everything, but what do the princesses want to see ME for?" The dark furred pony then spoke and answered his question. "We do not know. We were simply ordered to deliver this message to you, nothing more. But I am certain that all will be answered once the princesses have spoken to you. Nonetheless, do we and the princesses have your word that you'll be at Canterlot within the hour?" Lee simple looked to the ground and pondered about what he should do. He has never met the princesses in person, and has never given a reason to speak with them either, so why do they wish to speak with him now? Is there more to this meeting than meets the eye? Lee decided the only way to answer these questions was to speak with them about it. "Alright, I'll be there. I just give me some time to... get ready. Is that alright?" "Very well. We shall tell the princesses to expect you and we implore you not to be late for this meeting" Both ponies bowed to Lee and quickly flew off and back towards Canterlot. Lee watched as the soldiers flew off and glanced towards the castle for a minute, wondering what he should do to prepare for this meeting. Lee then trotted off towards town when he came up with an idea and decided to consult an "expert" on this situation. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Lee came to the foot of a grand and very crystalline looking castle and knocked on the large doors in front of him. The first thing he heard when he knocked was the sound of something hitting the floor hard and somepony answering loudly. "Just a moment. Be right there!" Lee stood at the door for another minute, impatiently wondering if the pony inside was ever going to answer the door. He was ready to knock again when the door opened and a purple alicorn pony, known as Princess Twilight Sparkle to many ponies, stood before him smiling and struggling to catch her breath at the same time. "So sorry about the wait. I literally had a million other things to do at once and just needed time to tidy up. Heh heh, anyway, can I help you?" "Yes, you're Princess Twilight right? My name's Lee and I was wondering if I could ask you something?" "Hmm, Lee? I don't think I recognize your name. Are you new in town?" "Yeah, I just moved in about a week ago actually and this is a very nice town, very peaceful and tranquil... b-but enough about that. I was actually hoping you could help me with a 'situation' that I'm having" "Of course, I'd be glad to help you out. Go ahead and tell me what's troubling you." "Well you see, I just got this... summons from the princesses up at Canterlot and they said that they wish to speak with me in person within the hour. I was wondering, since you're a princess as well and all, that you could-" Lee was interrupted when he saw that Twilight had sort of frozen in place and that her jaw was hanging down, which confused Lee. " W-wait, y-you've been summoned by Princess Celestia and Luna?! What in the name of Equestria could they want? Is everything okay with them?" Twilight started pacing around and talking to herself, which only made Lee panic as he tried to calm her down. "L-look, all I know is that they want to talk to me, that's all. I was just hoping you could help me by... I don't know helping me talk with them" Twilight calmed down and looked at Lee and suddenly a nervous smile appeared on her face. "Oh, heh, right. I figured it was something simple as that, how silly of me to think otherwise. In any case, I'd be glad to assist you and, if you want, I'd even be willing to accompany you to the castle if that would help you feel better" "Wow, you'd do that for me? Well, it would definitely help to have some company while I talk with them. Thank you Princess Twilight." "Oh no worries, it's no trouble at all. Besides, I'm sure that it'll be fun to help you out and maybe I could even talk with them myself! Just give me a minute to get ready!" Twilight rushed back inside and started gathering important items and putting them in her bags. Lee noticed that Twilight was talking to herself again and stumbled around a lot as she rushed about, but this only made Lee smile at her strange behavior. "Okay, I think I have everything I need. We should get going if you don't want to be late" "Right, let's go" Lee and Twilight flew off and soared through the endless sea of clouds as they made their way towards the royal castle of Canterlot. As the two of them were flying, Lee noticed a bunch of other pegasus ponies flying by or relaxing on the clouds, with a couple of them waving at Lee and smiling happily at him, which he happily returned. Twilight called to Lee and turned his attention to her. "Alright Lee, before we get to the castle, we should practice how you should speak to the princesses. Now tell me, how would you greet them? Your highnesses or your majesties?" "Uhh, hello princesses?" Twilight stopped dead in her tracks and faced Lee. "What?! Are you crazy?! They'll throw you into the darkest dungeon they can find for speaking so informally to them!" Twilight stopped talking when she noticed the sheer dread and nervousness in Lee's expression. She laughed nervously and stepped back from him. "Heh heh, I'm so sorry Lee. I didn't mean to frighten you" Lee sighed as they continued flying towards the castle. "I don't know if I can do this, Twilight. You and I both know that I don't belong in a place like Canterlot and I'm afraid that the princesses just... won't like me." "Oh, that's nonsense Lee. You got nothing to be afraid of, and I know Celestia and Luna like and care for everypony, so I'm certain you'll be no different. The most important thing to remember is to just be yourself... and not getting yourself thrown into the previously mentioned darkest dungeon" Twilight laughed nervously once more, which only made Lee more nervous. "Heh, I'll keep that in mind" ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Lee and Twilight finally reached Canterlot and landed next to the front gates. As Lee and Twilight approached the gates, two guards barred their way and looked down at the two of them. "Princess Twilight, how wonderful to see you again. Hmm, I don't recognize this stranger next to you, however. State your name and business here at once!" Lee cleared his throat to speak. "My name's Lee and I'm here to speak with the princesses." The two guards looked Lee over and then looked at each other... only to begin laughing. Lee was confused as to why they were laughing. "Y-you?! Well, unless you're here to apply for the court jester, I can't possibly see what they would want with YOU." The guards continued laughing until Twilight stepped forward and stood between Lee and the guards. "Hey, that's enough out of you two! He's my friend and my guest and I won't have you two making fun of him, I sure won't. Now, please apologize to my friend and let us through, or I will personally tell Celestia how poorly mannered you two are being. We'll see just how 'funny' she finds this." Twilight glared at the two guards and they quickly and nervously stood aside to let them through. "W-we apologize for our behavior, Mister Lee. Please head on inside and have a wonderful day! "That's what I thought. Come on Lee, let's not keep Celestia and Luna waiting" Lee and Twilight passed the guards and the gates and made their way inside. The entrance hall was a very busy and bustling area, with many dignified ponies dressed in formal attire going to all sorts of meetings and business arrangements. Twilight made her way to a waiting area off to the side of the hall and sat down on the couch. "Alright Lee, I think its best if you talk with Celestia and Luna alone. I'm sure they'll have a lot to discuss with you in private." "You sure I should go in alone? I really don't know what I should say to them." "Don't worry, I'm sure you'll be just fine. Just remember what I said: Be yourself. You do that and everything will be okay, I promise." "Right... Thank you Twilight. Now, can you tell me how I find the throne room?" "Oh, that's easy. You just take the main hall here, then you take a left, then a right and then take another right and it'll be the third door on the right side. The door will have a big sun painted around it so it should be easy to find. Anyway, you should get going, but don't worry, I'll be here when you're finished and you can tell me all about it." "Uhh, right. I'll see you later then" Lee made his way down the hall and came to an intersection, only to be confused by which way he should go, especially with Twilight's vague directions being of no help. He then decided to just keep going forward. After walking the halls for sometime, and passing by other ponies who were whispering things to themselves as they passed Lee, he simply stopped and became worried that he wouldn't make it to his meeting in time. "Man, how am I supposed to find anything in this castle without a map? I'm gonna be late and who knows what the princesses will do if I am" As Lee wondered where to go, he started hearing voices around him but nopony appeared to be around him. "Be careful with those books, sister. We need to get them to library as quickly as possible." "Well, it'd be easier if you helped me carry some of them. My back is killing me." Suddenly, Lee fell to the floor as something hard struck him in the head, making him hold his head in pain. Two tall ponies then dropped to the floor, one with white fur and the other with dark fur, and looked at Lee with concern. "Oh my goodness, I am so sorry. I didn't mean to drop that book on your head, honest I didn't!" Lee looked at the dark-furred pony, who had a very blue and starry mane, before him and quickly stood back up and retrieved the book. "Ah, it's okay. I should've worn a helmet is all. But I'm fine, don't worry about it." The white-furred pony beside her stepped forward and approached him, with her long and multi-colored mane blowing in the breeze. "Please forgive my sister's incident. We were simply taking these books to the library so that they'll be kept in better condition." "It's okay, no worries really. I was just trying to find my way to a meeting and I got turned around I guess." "Oh, are you lost? Well, the least we can do to make it up to you is help you find your way around. Where is this meeting supposed to be?" The white-furred pony asked politely. "I'm supposed to go to the royal throne room. You see, I'm supposed to be meeting with Princess Celestia and Luna and I'd hate to be late for such an important meeting" The two sisters then looked at each other for a second and smiled, which only confused Lee. "I suspect that they aren't far" Both of them laughed and Lee remained confused as to what was going on. And then, after a moment more of confusion, he finally realized what they meant. "W-wait a minute... What? You two are..." "Princess Celestia" The white-furred pony bowed her head. "And Princess Luna" The dark-furred pony didn't bow, however, due to the weight of the books that still occupied her back. Lee immediately bowed to them and nervously started panicking. "O-oh, p-princesses, please forgive my stupidity for not knowing who you are. I am so sorry." Celestia laughed as she looked at Lee with concern once more, trying to ease his worries. "No need to worry, heh heh besides, we should be ones apologizing to you for dropping a book on your head. You are Lee, correct? We have been expecting you, and we're so happy to finally meet you in person." Luna struggled with the books and found it difficult to speak. "Y-yes quite excited, but there is an important matter we wish to discuss with you and I recommend we go at once before my legs lose feeling. May we please?" "Of course, sister. Follow us if you would please, Lee" Celestia led the way as the three of them walked down the halls, with Lee noticing all the other ponies around him whispering and wondering why he was with Celestia and Luna. Lee then turned his attention to Princess Luna, who continued to struggle carrying the books on her back and Lee decided to help her out. "Umm, Princess Luna, I can carry some of those books for you if you want." "Oh, would you? That's so kind of you to ask, thank you. Thank you very much, Lee" Luna levitated half of the books off of her back and placed them on Lee's. The removed weight helped Luna stand up straight once more and helped her feel less in pain. "Oh, that feels so much better. Thank you for helping me Lee, I really do appreciate it. As you can probably tell, my sister here isn't too fond of heavy lifting." "Preposterous, dear sister. I'll have you know earlier today I carried a whole chocolate cake into the dining room" "Yes, which you then proceeded to devour within the hour of arrival" The two sisters laughed together, with Lee nervously smiling along with them, as he was still unsure as to why they wanted to speak with him. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Lee and the princesses entered a room with the words 'Library' written above the door. The three of them entered and Celestia closed the door behind them. It was a darkly lit room with many rows of bookshelves, a desk in the corner and a large window which overlooked the courtyard below. "Wait, why are we in the library? I thought we'd be meeting in the throne room" "Well, we thought this would be a more... casual spot to speak and where we could also speak with you without interruptions." Celestia pulled up a chair and asked Lee to sit down, which he did. "I'll go get us some food in case we get hungry. Luna, will you stay and keep him company while I'm gone?" "Of course, sister. I have to put these books away anyway, so we'll be here when you return." Celestia left the room and Luna started placing books on the shelf, which Lee helped with. "So Lee, since we have a moment to talk, tell me about yourself." "Me? Well, there's not much to tell to be honest. I've been in Ponyville for a week, don't really have any friends yet, and... I don't know, I like taking naps and walking the streets. That's all I can think of really, sorry." "Quite alright. Heh heh, I also like taking naps, since you know, I can't really sleep during the night. But what of your family? Surely you have some right?" Lee immediately stopped what he was doing and stared blankly into space. "Uhh... right. My... family" Thankfully, Celestia reentered the room before Lee could finish his sentence. Celestia sat a tray with a steaming tea kettle and several slices of donut cake on the desk and filled three teacups with the freshly brewed and still sizzling tea. Lee sat down at the desk once more and Luna stood behind him as she sipped her tea and took a bite out of her cake. Celestia slid a teacup and a piece of cake towards Lee, but he didn't touch it and simply stared at his own reflection in the tea, making Luna look at Lee with concern. "Aren't you going to eat, Lee? You must be hungry" "I'm sorry princesses, I don't mean to be rude, but could one of you tell why I'm here please?" Celestia sipped her tea and calmly sat it back down and paced the room. "Very well. Hmm, where to begin?" Luna spoke first before Celestia could begin. "The reason we summoned you here is because we were hoping you could help us with a certain... well lets say project shall we?" "Project? What project?" Lee asked. "Well, the other day, me and Luna were discussing whether or not we were doing an adequate job of being princesses and the protectors of Equestria. And then I wondered: Is there a way to know for sure?" "Yes, and then an idea came to me. What if we hired somepony to study our meetings and our duties and have them see if we were doing things right. Celestia and I could then learn from their point of view and see how we could improve upon the results." "But then we realized, it couldn't be just anypony, especially anypony who are like the dignitary and important ponies who roam this castle everyday. So I and Luna decided to hire somepony who has never interacted with us before. And that's where you came into the picture." "We looked at the records for Ponyville and saw that you were the latest pony to move in. You were a perfect fit." "So now, here we are, and all we have is a simple question for you: Will you help us?" Celestia and Luna both stood before him now and waited for him to answer. Lee took a moment to take all this information in and just sat speechless. "O-okay hold on, let me get this straight: You want me to "study" you two... to see if you're doing a good job at being princesses?" "Yes, exactly. You would be our personal guest and you would travel with us to wherever we go in the castle. You'd get your own personal room here in the castle and we'll both make sure everything stays well for your stay here." Luna answered. "But I don't get it. Why me? I'm a nobody and I don't know anything about the two of you. How in the world am I supposed to do this if I don't know what I'm doing?" "Lee, that's exactly why we chose you. There's nothing more concrete than the perspective of somepony who is simply... normal. You're not learning from us, we'd be learning from you and your experiences" Celestia assured him by nodding her head in agreement. Luna then stepped forward and placed a hoof to his side. "Lee, listen to me. If this is too much for you, just say the word and we'll call this whole thing off. There will be no grief from us if you do, we promise. Right sister?" "Of course. We will understand if you choose to say no" Lee looked to the floor and pondered on what he should do. He knew that he knew nothing about Celestia and Luna nor do they know anything about, but at the same time, couldn't bring himself to deny their request. Maybe he could indeed learn something from this job and find some enjoyment out of it by interacting with the princesses. "Alright... I do it. You can count on me" Celestia and Luna both smiled happily and both shook hooves with Lee. "Thank you Lee! Thank you for agreeing to do this for us. And don't you worry, we promise that this will all go smoothly" "Thank you both for offering me this opportunity, princesses." Lee bowed to them once more, only for Luna to tell him that he didn't need to do that anymore. "No need to be so formal with us anymore. We're going to be spending a lot of time together and we want you to be comfortable around us, so no more bowing and please call us by our names, okay?" Lee laughed as he looked at the two of them again. "Very well... Luna, Celestia." "Now that were done, we'll bring you back to the entrance hall and bid you farewell. Please return to castle tomorrow morning and we'll both be waiting for you in the dining hall" "I'll be here. You have my word" ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The three of them returned to the entrance hall and Lee noticed that Twilight was still sitting on the couch in the waiting room... at least that's what it looked like to Lee. Upon closer inspection, Lee saw that Twilight was actually sound asleep now, complete with her sprawled out on the couch, snoring loudly and drooling onto the carpet. "Oh, Twilight's still here? I thought she would have gone back by now. How long was that meeting?" Luna consulted the clock on the wall behind her. "About two hours. She must have fallen asleep while she was waiting for you" "Heh heh, did you come here with her? I'm not surprised she decided to accompany you given the circumstances." Celestia laughed a little as she moved over to Twilight and shook her softly to make her wake up. Twilight snorted a second before she opened her eyes and bolted out of the couch to face Lee, who was standing next to her. "Oh, hey Lee. I was wondering when you were going to be done, but I just closed my eyes a bit, I swear. So tell me, how did your meeting with Celestia and Luna go?" Celestia stepped forward, making Twilight immediately bow on the spot. "I'd say it went very well. Lee here has just agreed to stay here in the castle with us and assist us with our duties." Twilight jumped about gleefully at the news and looked at Lee. "Oh wow, that's wonderful to hear, Lee. And here I was worried they were going to throw you into the darkest dungeon they could find." Twilight opened her eyes and looked around the room and saw nothing but horrified/confused looks aimed at her. "Heh heh, oh look is that the time? I should really get going" Twilight quickly rushed out the door and flew off into the skies. Celestia sighed as she saw Twilight leave. "Twilight's always the one to jump to conclusions. You didn't honestly think we would do something so horrible, did you?" she asked. "Uhh, no of course not. Heh heh" "Well, this is where we say goodbye, Lee. Remember to be here early tomorrow and to meet us in the dining hall. We really look forward to working with you" "Goodbye Lee and thank you again helping us out. I and Luna can't wait to see you tomorrow and help you settle in" Celestia then smiled happily. "Yeah, and I look forward to it as well. I'll see you two tomorrow, I guess" Lee shook hooves with Celestia and Luna one more time before they waved goodbye to him and Lee turned to the gates to leave. Lee breathed in the fresh air and looked back at the castle he was about to become a temporary occupant of. "Well, hope I don't disappoint. This'll be... interesting to say the least" Lee flew off into the clouds and back to his house, uncertain of the events that were about to unfold... ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ A/N: Well, it's finally done. My first MLP fanfic and its all about Celestia and Luna of course. Hope everypony enjoys reading it and I hope you let me know what you think of it.
  21. Chapter 9: True in Heart Back out on the road, Chrysalis was thinking to herself as she kept her eyes fully on the map of Equestria. She told herself that she didn't want to speak to Lee or Tempest right now because of what had happened on the mountain and decided to just keep to herself for the moment. "Lee... we need to talk." Lee looked back at Tempest and she brought him behind a tree to talk with him in private. Tempest had a very concerned look as she looked at Chrysalis, but Lee already knew what this discussion was about. "About Chrysalis? Look, I know what she did on the mountain was out of line, but she was just... being careless you know?" "Out of line? Lee, she could have gotten all of us hurt! That way more than out of line, don't you think?" "Look, we've only have three more of these Essences to find. Soon as we find them, we take them to Celestia and Luna, forget about Chrysalis and move on with our lives." Tempest sighed at Lee's words, but kissed him on the cheek quickly and smiled at him. "Fine. We'll go along with her until we find the Essences, but if she gets 'out of line' again, all bets are off then..." Lee and Tempest then caught back up with Chrysalis, but she only glanced at them for a moment before focusing on the map again. "Guys, the next Essence is close. According to the book, there is a vast ocean known as the Sea of Hearts, so named because 'love is as endless and never ending as the ocean waves' and because the sea itself is in the shape of a heart. "Hmm, well I can't say I disagree with that quote." Lee wrapped his hooves around Tempest and she laughed a little before she quickly removed his hooves. "Yeah, of course you wouldn't... Anyway, it says that there's supposed to be a temple out on the water and it houses the Essence of Love." Just then, the three ponies looked to the skies and saw dark storm clouds gathering around and the rumbling of thunder sounded all around them. Chrysalis then rushed ahead and made her ways through the trees until she came to a cliff that overlooked the view below. Lee and Tempest caught up with Chrysalis and looked at what Chrysalis was looking at: a vast and beautiful sea of water that was indeed shaped like a heart and the water itself seemed to span for miles. "Wow! That's so beautiful isn't it? I don't think I've seen anything like this before..." Tempest stared in awe alongside Lee and took in the view for another minute before realizing that Chrysalis was already gone down the cliff. "Ugh, doesn't she know how to wait? Come on, Lee!" The two of them then slid down the cliff to reach the seaside and Tempest landed perfectly on her feet while Lee lost his balance, making him roll down the cliffside and get a face full of sand too. Tempest went over to him and laughed again at Lee's blunder, but still helped him up and used her magic to remove all of the sand from Lee's face. Chrysalis looked out to the water and looked around for the temple that was shown on the map, but didn't see anything of interest anywhere on the surface. "Argh, this makes no sense!" Lee and Tempest walked over to Chrysalis to see what she was complaining about and Tempest looked at the map. "The map says that there's supposed to be a temple here, but I don't see anything! What's going on?" Tempest looked closer at the temple on the map and noticed the shape of a heart outlining the edges of the water. Tempest looked the skies and scratched her chin as she thought of an idea. "Lee, fly up above the water and see what you can find. There's more to this, I just know it." Lee nodded in agreement with Tempest's words and took off towards the clouds. Lee then looked down upon the water and saw the same heart shape and another heart layered underneath the water. Within the two hearts, Lee could make out a few ruins that poked up from beneath the waves. "There is... something down there. Beneath the water..." Once Lee confirmed what he saw, he flew back down to Tempest and Chrysalis and looked out at the water again. "Well, did you find anything?" Tempest asked. "Yeah, I saw some ruins and well... they're kinda underwater too." Chrysalis gasped at this knowledge and started pacing around the beach, trying to figure out a plan. "Underwater? Seriously? Ugh, I do not enjoy being underwater! What do we do?" As Lee and Chrysalis conversed, Tempest looked towards the water and she remembered a spell that she learned from some special friends a few years ago. Tempest closed her eyes and lit up her horn as she thought about the spell in her head. "Lee... Lee come over here!" Tempest beckoned towards Lee and he quickly went over to her, but soon took his hoof and brought him towards the water. The two of them stood in the water together and Lee could feel the chill of the water hitting his hooves. "Tempest, what are you doing?" Just then, Tempest shushed Lee with her hoof and held Lee's hoof as she focused on her magic again. A blue arch of magic then surrounded the two of them and the magic began to swirl all around them, but Lee only closed his eyes and waited for Tempest to be done. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Once Lee opened his eyes, the first thing that he realized was that he was underwater and frantically held his breath. After a moment, Lee realized that he wasn't losing air and breathed out again. "Wait, what? What's going on?" Lee then moved around and felt that something was very different about him. Lee looked around him and saw a pair of fins sprouting from where his hind legs were, but this revelation only made him scream. "W-What in the world?! Where's the rest of my body?" Tempest swam over to Lee to calm him down, but he jumped back when he saw that Tempest had the same figure as him too. "Tempest, what did you do? What is this?" Lee watched as Tempest swam around him, twisting and turning in every direction. Tempest felt a little giddy at the swimming and Lee decided to join her, but had a hard time swimming like Tempest was. "Just a little magic I learned from my friends at Seaquestria. Queen Novo taught me this spell so I could transform into a seapony, but I never had to use it until now." "Seapony? Really? Wow, this is... pretty awesome!" After a while, Lee finally got the hang of the swimming and started twisting all around Tempest. Tempest smiled happily at seeing Lee swim about, but soon grabbed his hooves and took him towards the surface of the water. Chrysalis stood at the edge of the water and waited for Lee and Tempest to come back, but quickly jumped back when she saw Lee and Tempest emerge from the water in front of her face. "Gah! What happened to you two? Tempest cast that spell and the two of you just disappeared..." Lee and Tempest then explained the spell that Tempest cast and about them being seaponies now. Chrysalis only looked at the two of them with a dumbfounded look on her face. "Right... Yeah, okay. Let's go with that..." "This spell only lasts for an hour though, so me and Lee need to get going if we're gonna find that Essence." "I'll just wait here for you two then. Just please make it quick!" Tempest nodded to Chrysalis and beckoned towards Lee for him to follow her back under the surface of the water. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ As the two of them swam towards the ruins ahead of them, Tempest stayed in the lead and Lee looked around for anything suspicious. Lee then saw a huge structure with a spire on top of it and saw what looked like a heart emblazoned on the spire. "Tempest, over here! I think I found something..." Tempest followed Lee over to the large structure and Lee started looking around the structure. In front of the structure was a door that had paintings around it and a few words carved into the stone too. "Huh, what's this?" The pictures showed two ponies together and a large heart over the both of them. More pictures showed the affection between the two ponies and then Tempest examined the writing underneath the pictures. "Only true love, true in heart, mind, body and soul will open the way..." Beneath the writing, Tempest saw two small holes that perfectly fit her hoof and the stone was pushed back. Tempest looked over to the other hole and noticed the picture of a pony directly above it. "True love... Lee, can you come over here?" Lee went over to Tempest and saw the same writing and pictures over the door. Tempest explained what she saw to Lee and then he heard the words about true love. "Only true love, you say? Tempest, do you think that we're... worthy of that?" Tempest smiled and scoffed a little at Lee's words and kissed him on his cheek. "There isn't a doubt in my mind. I love you... and I always will." "Tempest... y-you really are the greatest thing that has happened to me, you know? I love you Tempest and nothing will ever take that away from me. "Then... take my hoof and let's finish this." Lee took Tempest's hoof and they both stood next to each other as they put their hooves into the slots at the same time. Just then, a huge rumble shook everything around them and Lee looked at the door to see a beam of light shoot out of it. The beam of light then split into two and struck Lee and Tempest in the chest, but they both felt nothing as it hit them. After another moment, the light rebounded towards the door and the light made the door before them open slowly. "Haha, we did it! I knew we would do it!" Tempest embraced Lee once more and was prepared to kiss him before she looked around the area. "Huh? Hey, what are you doing Tempest?" "Oh, just making sure nopony is watching..." "What are you-" Lee was interrupted by Tempest kissing him multiple times, repeatedly and repeatedly. Tempest giggled slightly as she continued and then brushed Lee's face with her fins before swimming upside down to give Lee upside down kisses. "T-Tempest... Oh Tempest." Tempest then brought herself directly in front of Lee and the two of them simply stared into each other's eyes. Lee looked into Tempest's teal colored eyes as Tempest looked into Lee's emerald colored eyes and they both smiled. "Is this... what true love is? I like it... I really like it." "No, my love. This love right here... is all our own. Nopony knows this love like you and I and our love will conquer all obstacles. I am your shield, Lee..." "And I am your sword..." Lee and Tempest then kissed passionately for a few seconds before they finally turned their attention back to the task at hand. "Let's just get Essence and get out of here. We don't have much longer before we revert back to normal." Tempest went into the structure and Lee followed close behind her. Inside the structure was a couple of murals depicting the same two ponies as the ones on the front door. The murals showed how they met, how they became friends, how they fell in love with each other, marrying each other and finally having a family. "What a lovely story." But as Lee continued looking at the murals, one of them showed the two ponies creating the Essence of Love and locking it away too. Just beside that mural was one final mural that depicted the both of them embracing each other and they both had angels wings and halos over their heads. "No matter what... they remained together." Lee reflected on these murals for a moment and thought about Tempest before Tempest called to him and he saw her in the middle of the room. Before the two of them was two statues in the shape of the two lover ponies and inside of their hooves was a pink glowing gemstone in the shape of a heart, but they both recognized it as the Essence of Love. Tempest looked at the Essence and sighed as she looked back at Lee. "Found another one... Well, I'm already expecting a trap, so just go ahead and grab it." "R-really? You sure?" With Tempest's blessing, Lee nodded in approval to her words and grabbed the Essence of Love. Once he had it, Lee looked around frantically but both him and Tempest were surprised when nothing had happened. "Well... that's unexpected. Why did nothing happen?" "I don't know. Maybe we already proved ourselves by just getting in here. In any case, let's get back to the surface before my spell runs out." Lee and Tempest then left the structure with the Essence in hand and made their way back to the surface. A/N: It is finished everyone and about time too. Hope everyone enjoys this one because the next one will be a doozy.
  22. Chapter 8: On Top of the World Lee looked up at the bright sun as he walked along the road and thought about the horrifying nightmare that he had yesterday. Ever since he had the dream, Lee had been on edge and was constantly fretting in his mind over Tempest. "I can't let anything happen to Tempest... and I won't." Ahead of him, Lee looked and saw Tempest and Chrysalis conversing, but he couldn't take his eyes off Tempest and his heart rate started to increase a little. Tempest and Chrysalis overlooked the map of Equestria and noticed how close they were to the next location of one of the Essences of Emotion. Tempest saw the mountain on the map and looked towards the horizon to see if she could see it. "This mountain we're going to... what's it about?" "Well, according to the book, the mountain is called the Sun's Horn and... get this, it's actually named after Princess Celestia too." "Sun's Horn. Makes sense, but it makes me wonder if Celestia and Luna had a hoof in hiding these Essences of Emotion. Lee, what do you think?" Tempest looked back at Lee, but she only saw a blank expression on his face as he simply stared at Tempest. "Lee? Lee, are you listening to me?" Lee's eyes suddenly widened when he saw a shadowy and hooded figure appear out of nothingness and stand next to Tempest. Lee watched in horror and started breathing heavily as the figure smiled menacingly at him and laughed. "You... can't save her. Just let her go and she won't be hurt..." The figure laughed again and showed Lee his glowing red eyes, but Lee only screamed in anger and he suddenly charged at the figure. "NOOOO!! GET AWAY FROM HER!!!" Tempest shouted as she and Chrysalis moved out of the way and watched as Lee charged headfirst into a tree. Lee felt a sharp pain in his head from hitting the tree and he held his head in pain. "Lee! What's gotten into you? Why did you-" "Argh, where is he?! That pony in the hood... H-He was just there, I know it!" Lee looked around frantically for the hooded figure, but was surprised when all he saw was Tempest and Chrysalis. Tempest looked around the area for this hooded figure, but saw nopony and looked back at Lee with much concern. "Lee, what in the world are you talking about? There's nopony else here but the two of us." Tempest saw as Lee started sweating, breathing heavily and holding his head in confusion, but she quickly grabbed his hooves and made him face her. Lee could only look down at the ground and close his eyes for what he just did, but Tempest simply smiled at Lee. "It's just you and me, my love. You and me... and Chrysalis." "I-I'm so sorry, Tempest. Did you... really not see anypony standing beside you?" "Just Chrysalis, but nopony else I swear. Are you sure you weren't just seeing things?" Lee nodded his head at Tempest's question and looked around the area once more to make sure that there truly was nopony else around him. "Was I? Do you think so? I don't know... my mind is kind of on edge right now." "Is this because of that nightmare you had? Lee, you need to clear all of that from your mind... I'm always gonna be right here by your side because I love you. Don't you think for one second that I don't love you." Tempest wrapped her hooves around Lee and he placed his hooves against Tempest's sides. Lee closed his eyes and kissed Tempest on her lips a few times until he felt his head feeling better. "I love you too, my beautiful unicorn! I always will..." "Hehe, and that is all that needs to be said, my love. You and I… will always be together no matter what." Besides Lee and Tempest, Chrysalis cleared her throat to get their attention and they both looked at her in embarrassment. "Oh, Chrysalis... F-Forgot that you were standing there." Tempest laughed nervously but Chrysalis only shook her head at the two lovebirds before her. "Obviously you do forget that I'm here! Must you two keep doing that in front of me? We have more important things to take care of!" Chrysalis walked ahead of Lee and Tempest and she found herself deep in the search for the Essences of Emotion and she told herself that she wouldn’t stop until she had them all. As Chrysalis looked back at Lee and Tempest once more, she only had a determined look on her face. “As soon as I have all of the Essences, I won’t need these two fools and Malice will regret the day they crossed Queen Chrysalis… This I swear.” ——————————————————————------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A few hours of walking later, the three ponies cleared the trees and stopped to look to the sky and saw a grand, towering mountain stretch high into the clouds. The mountain was covered in a white blanket of snow and the breeze blew a bunch of the snow and made it tumble down the side of the mountain and hit the trees surrounding it. “The Sun’s Horn… The second Essence is within our grasp.” Tempest looked at Chrysalis as she said this and saw her smiling menacingly at the mountain. “Yeah, but where is it exactly? That’s a pretty big mountain…” “Well, we won’t know by standing here will we? Let’s get going.” Lee reached into his satchel and pulled out a scarf and a hat to help keep himself warm. Tempest did the same and put on a black cloak and scarf and wrapped the scarf around herself before putting the hood up over her head. The three ponies then walked towards the mountain and came to the foot of it a few minutes later. Lee looked as he saw the mountain tower over him and laughed a little. “So, anypony gone rock climbing before? How are we supposed to climb this?” Chrysalis thought about what to do and looked around the mountain for a bit until she saw a peculiar sight. “Well we could just take the stairs…” Lee and Tempest looked to where Chrysalis was pointing and indeed saw a carved stone staircase leading up the side of the mountain. Tempest raised an eyebrow at such a strange sight to see at a mountain. “Huh. Well isn’t that convenient?” Chrysalis walked over to the staircase and looked up the side of the mountain to see that the path stretched all the way to the summit. Chrysalis started up the path first, but Lee and Tempest told Chrysalis to wait up before they ran up to catch up to her. "Uhh Tempest, why don't you go ahead of me? So that I can watch for anything that might hinder us." "If you insist, but just watch your own back, yeah?" Tempest walked ahead of Lee and looked up at the mountain as she felt an uneasy feeling in her gut. As the three ponies ascended the mountain, a cold chill started to set in as they saw snow starting to fall all around them and made the staircase feel slippery too. "Watch your step, Tempest! I don't want you to fall!" Lee stood beside Tempest and held his hooves up as he protected her from stepping close to the edge. Tempest rolled her eyes a bit at Lee's constant worrying, but reassured him by caressing his back. "Lee, I'll be fine. Stop worrying so much." "Uhh, hehe r-right... Yeah, sorry about that. Just... making sure you know?" Suddenly, Lee gasped as he saw a huge pile of snow heading for the staircase and quickly tackled Tempest to the ground, but saw that the snow barely touched the staircase at all and went harmlessly over the side of the mountain. Tempest got a face full of snow and spit out a bunch of snow that got into her mouth before looking at Lee in annoyance. "Argh! Lee, let me go this insist!" Lee did as Tempest asked and Tempest brushed the snow off, but still had an annoyed look on her face. "I can't believe you did that! Lee, either you stop fretting over every little thing or just go to the bottom of the mountain and wait for us to be done..." "I'm sorry Tempest..." Lee hung his head down in sadness, but Tempest caressed Lee's cheek and she smiled at him sweetly. Tempest knew that Lee was only trying to help, but she didn't want his worried mind getting the best of him either. "I know you mean well, but I don't want you to hurt yourself either. Perhaps you should just take a break and take some time to get your mind right?" "Yeah... yeah you're right. I think I need to sit this one out..." Tempest kissed Lee on his cheek and Lee looked back down towards the ground. "I'll be fine, I promise. I have Chrysalis watching my back and we'll both be back in a flash with that Essence. Do you trust me?" "Of course I trust you, Tempest! Just please be careful, okay?" Lee nodded to Tempest once more before he made his way back down the stairs and Tempest rejoined Chrysalis, who was already halfway ahead of her. "Chrysalis, wait up!" ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ As Tempest and Chrysalis got closer to the summit of the mountain, Tempest kept herself vigilant for anything that might get in the way of their hike to the top. "So, Lee sat this one out you say? Hmm, I hope he can get his mind right... I would hate for something bad to happen to him." "He'll be fine, don't you worry. Let's just find this Essence quickly so that I can get back to him." "Way ahead of you there. We should be at the summit shortly." The cold chill of the mountain started getting to Tempest and started to shiver a little, but she kept herself warm by holding her cloak against herself. Chrysalis however, didn't seem to be affected by the cold and just kept walking without stopping. "Please, I was born in the cold. This temperature means nothing to me." Tempest scoffed a little at Chrysalis, but simply kept her thoughts to herself and continued walking alongside Chrysalis. A few minutes later, Tempest and Chrysalis finally reached the top of the mountain and Tempest took a moment to catch her breath before she looked at the horizon before her in awe. "Wow... It's moments like this that I realize that Equestria isn't such a bad place. Such a view makes me feel so happy, like I'm on top of the world. Don't you think, Lee?" Tempest looked around for Lee before remembering that he wasn't there and she just stared awkwardly at Chrysalis instead. "Ehh, it's not so great. Uhh, the view I mean... hehe. B-But we can admire the view later because we have to find that Essence." "Hmm, I don't see anything up here... Chrysalis, are you sure we're in the right place?" Chrysalis shook her head as she looked at the map again and started to panic a little. "I don't know. I'm not the one who hid these infernal things! The map says that it is here on this mountain, so where is it?" As the two of them looked around for anything out of the ordinary, Tempest spotted something shining in the snow. Tempest brushed the snow away and saw a rock with a picture of the sun on top of it. "Hmm, a sun. What could it-" Tempest pressed her hoof against the rock and felt as it pushed down a little bit more into the ground. At that moment, everything started to rumble and Chrysalis heard the sound of rocks falling too. In the middle of the snow covered rock, two large slabs of stone opened up and a platform rose up from the opening. On the platform was a pedestal with a cage sitting on it and inside of the cage was a glowing yellow gem in the shape of the sun. "That's it! Another Essence of Emotion... the Essence of Happiness." Chrysalis walked towards the cage as Tempest thought about what to do, but before she could even finish her thought, Tempest watched as she saw Chrysalis lift the cage and blast it apart with her magic. "NO!! Chrysalis, don't touch it!" Ignoring what Tempest said, Chrysalis picked up the Essence of Happiness and looked at it as she held it in her hooves. "Three more..." Tempest face-hoofed herself in disbelief and shook her head as she saw Chrysalis hold the Essence in her hooves and put it in her satchel. Just then a massive roar sounded as the entire mountain started to shake violently, but Tempest only sighed at what was happening. "I knew it... I knew it. AM I THE ONLY SANE PONY RIGHT NOW?!!" Chrysalis ran to the edge of the mountain and looked at the very peak of the mountain to see the rocks starting to crumble and a large wave of white snow heading rapidly towards the both of them. "Tempest, you can chew me out later, but we have to get off of this mountain right now. Oh, what do we do? What do we do?" Tempest saw as the snow wave was coming closer, but she looked as Chrysalis had her back to her and then she looked over the edge of the mountain to see how smooth the path down the side was. Tempest smiled a little as she thought of the plan she had in mind. "Forgive me for this, Chrysalis..." "What? What are you-" Suddenly, Tempest kicked Chrysalis over the edge and sent her flying into the air. Chrysalis flailed her hooves as she screamed and she then landed in the snow on her stomach with her hooves stretched out as she slid down the mountain. Chrysalis got a face full of snow and started spitting out snow, but groaned in pain when she felt something heavy on her back. Tempest stood as still as statue on Chrysalis' back but looked behind her as the snow wave was still hot on their trail. "Hold on Chrysalis!" "H-Hold on?! To what?!" Tempest launched a spell at the ground and created a solid ramp with her magic. Chrysalis screamed as she launched off of the ramp and found herself in mid air again. As Chrysalis screamed, Tempest launched another spell and it sent them both backwards until they landed on top of the snow wave. "What do you think you're doing?!" Chrysalis barked as she continued sliding down the mountain. "Riding the snow down! We're almost there!" ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Close to the mountain, Lee was sitting by a campfire as he thought everything that he had been through with Tempest. Lee sighed as he thought about Tempest and looked at the skies. "Tempest can take care of herself... I need to stop worrying so much about her. Besides, how can she possibly do anything more crazy than what we've already done?" Just then, Lee felt rumbling all around him and he looked up at the mountain to see a huge wave of snow heading down the mountain. "Oh no, Tempest! Chrysalis!" Lee was about to head back up the mountain, but he looked at the snow wave and saw something very strange on top of it. Lee looked in absolute surprise when he saw Tempest surfing on top of Chrysalis and he could hear Chrysalis screaming for the ride to stop too. "Uhh... am I seeing things?" The wave of snow then impacted the ground and Lee flew into the air to avoid getting swept away by the snow, but he saw Tempest and Chrysalis still riding the snow. When the snow finally stopped moving, Lee smiled happily as he flew back down to Tempest. Tempest finally got off of Chrysalis' back and Chrysalis only remained where she was as she groaned in pain. Lee landed next to Tempest and the two of them embraced as Lee laughed too. "Tempest... I gotta say, I've never seen you do something so awesome before! Very stylish exit right there!" Chrysalis groaned again as she kept her face in the snow. "And I've never been so humiliated..." A/N: Another chapter done and I wanted to add a bit of humor to this chapter too. Hope everyone enjoys it!