Princess Celestia woke with unusual joy in her heart in the early morning, well late night. Morning wouldn't come until she rose it after all. Celestia joy sprung from some simple facts; her niece was just married to a brave and good stallion, the Changling threat was gone and she could relax, and finally her beloved student was in town! It had been too long since the two of them had gotten some alone time, now using the excuse of her injury she could blow off work and spend the day with Twilight. Celestia could barely prevent her usual calm smile from becoming a full blown grin. Summoning her power she pushed the sun into the sky effortlessly. She watched her beautiful sunrise, one of her best yet. Twilight won't awaken for a few hours yet. I suppose I'll walk through the gardens before breakfast then. Celestia thought to herself as she wandered around. In only a few short steps her joy turned to fear and her wonderful plans for a day off were reduced to ash. Her most loathed enemy was gone and in his place slept a strange creature with a mat of brown hair on it's head and covered in clothes. She froze not daring to move as she inspected the strange creature. Whatever this thing was it reeked of Discord and his magic. Making a quick decision she teleported to her sister's side.
“Luna we've got a big problem! Discord's escaped and there's some strange creature in the gardens! You mobilize the guards and I'll awaken Twilight and her friends.” Celestia ordered unable to keep the panic out of her voice.
Luna nodded as Celestia teleported away once again. Despite the distance between Twilight's tower and the throne room Celestia could hear Luna bellowing orders at her helpless guards. Celestia barged right into Twilight's room without knocking. No matter what emergency befell them how adorable Twilight was as she slept never failed to bring a smile to her face. Twilight was curled around her late night reading, a book almost the size of the pony, and drooling lightly on a corner. Regretfully Celestia gently nudged Twilight awake with her hoof.
“Princess...good morning but why are you waking me up?” Twilight asked, groggy with sleep. “Ah! Princess Celestia! Did I oversleep? Just hang on a moment and I'll be right out!” She exclaimed as she bolted from her bed.
“No time my faithful student.” Celestia intercepted Twilight with her magic, pulling the pony towards herself. “Discord is missing, and has likely escaped. Wake your friends while I collect the Elements of Harmony and meet me in the throne room."
With a reassuring smile to her student Celestia teleported away again. She appeared outside the tower that contained the Elements of Harmony. Entering inside she nodded to the new detail of guards that had been added after the Changling invasion. She hesitated briefly before unlocked the seal that protected the Elements of Harmony. With a sigh of relief she noticed that they were still present, still just to be certain she scanned them with her magic. Nothing but the pure magic of friendship was detected. Whatever Discord was up to, he didn't seem to be targeting the Elements of Harmony at all. Unfortunately it was in his nature to be unpredictable and confusing. Celestia could only power through his tricks and hope that her dear student would once again prove to be the better mare.
By the time that Twilight had awoken all of her friends, Celestia had once again been reduced to pacing in the throne room. Celestia noticed with some well hidden displeasure that Rarity had taken the time to clean herself up. As a result Applejack was shooting the prissy pony glares when she thought Celestia wasn't looking.
“My little ponies it seems that Discord has escaped once again. His statue lies shattered in the courtyard with no trace of his presence.” Celestia told the group.
“No trace? Pardon me Princess, but if Discord has escaped, shouldn't we be seein a bunch of crazy stuff happenin around Equestria?” Applejack asked respectfully.
“Yeah like the chocolate rain!” Pinkie added cheerfully.
“That's true. However Discord is unpredictable if nothing else. The only thing odd that we've found before is this strange creature sleeping where Discord's statue used to be.” Celestia explained as she began to lead the young mares through the gardens.
“Strange creature? What kind of strange creature?” Twilight asked.
“I do not know, I have never seen it's like before. It could be an entirely new creature created by Discord, so I gathered you together first before waking it up.” Celestia admitted. “Now let Luna and I talk to the creature while the six of you remain behind to stay safe. If Luna or I give the word or if you think that we're in danger I want you to rush forward and activate the Elements. Understood?”
A chorus of “Yes Princess” came from her ponies. Celestia nodded and moved onward. The creature lay just ahead while Luna stood above it. Up close Celestia could get a good look at the creature as it slept peacefully on the grass. It's head was currently resting on it's hands. Aside from it's ugly brown hair the creature was pretty much bald with pink skin. It was nearly the size of Discord and was nearly entirely covered in clothing, some black, but mostly dark green or blue. It's hands looked to be pretty fragile but very flexible. They were covered in scabs and dirt. Honestly if the creature didn't reek of Discord's magic she would have rushed it inside to take care of it. As it was though, Celestia preferred to take no chances. Worst case scenario she'd look a little foalish. Still there was no need to be rough. Celestia thought to herself before gently prodding the creature with a hoof. It's small, tiny really, eyes popped open in surprise. The creature sat up suddenly with an eager grin on it's face.
“Princess Celestia, right? And Luna too? It's great to finally meet the two of you!” It said happily.
I couldn't help but grin. The power welling up inside me felt fantastic! Now here in front of me were the two pony princesses. Sure I suppose I should be a little worried about being caught but with this much power I didn't think anything would have a chance against me. It was a little weird going from being asleep to fully alert but I put it aside as one of the many beneficial side effects of absorbing Discord's power.
“So what can I do for you this fine morning?” I said.
“Good morning. I hope that you wouldn't mind answering some questions?” Princess Celestia asked me politely. I was distracted though as I noticed some pink clouds beginning to appear overhead.
“Um, sure.” I muttered as I focused on the clouds forming.
“Please tell me what and who you are? Then tell me what happened to Discord and where he is now?” Princess Celestia asked firmly.
“Oh I'm a human. And my name is...” I trailed off as I watched the pink cloud suddenly unleash gallons of chocolate milk right atop of Celestia and Luna. I couldn't help but laugh at the expressions on their face, though their glares shut me up pretty fast.
“ITS NOT FUNNY! NOW WHERE IS DISCORD?” Luna bellowed at me. I clamped my hands over my ears from the pain.
“Not so loud Princess!” I protested.
“Where. Is. Discord.” Luna growled at me in a much quieter volume.
“...I don't actually know. Huh, I suppose I should have asked him where he was going.” I replied after a moments thought. Luna opened her mouth to speak but was interrupted by Celestia.
“That's alright. Now please tell us what happened exactly.” Celestia asked me kindly.
“Well its a bit of a long story. Basically Discord retired, gave me his powers, and buzzed off someplace.” I explained gibly. The expressions of shock on their face were priceless. I saw Luna opening her mouth and quickly clamped my hands over my ears again.
“You must be kidding” Luna said in a normal volume. I put my hands back down, a little disappointed that she had surprised me.
“No not really. Here I'll prove it to you.” I raised my hand and snapped my fingers. A strong wave of pure sensation poured through me as the sun plunged out of the sky and the moon rose in its place. “See?”
“YOU DARE TOUCH MY MOON!?” Luna bellowed in rage before launching a bolt of magic at me. Without thinking I pulled the magic apart dissipating it harmlessly as a bunch of confetti. Luna then charged at me, trying to impale me upon her horn. I back peddled as fast as I could to avoid her.
“I'm sorry, I'm sorry. Here just hang on and I'll fix this.” I snapped my fingers again and the world sort of blurred together in a mass of colour. I rubbed my eyes just as Luna spoke.
“You must be kidding.” she said at a normal volume.
“No not really. Here I'll prove it to you.” I raised my hand and snapped my fingers. I wave of pure sensation poured through me as a beam of light shot out of the sun and engulfed me. The ground at my feet bloomed into beautiful flowers with gemstone petals as a gleamed with a golden radiance. I then winced and looked at Celestia fearing a similar reaction to Luna's. While she didn't look too happy with me she also didn't look like she was about to fly into a murderous rage either.
“What did you just do?” Celestia asked through gritted teeth.
“Err, do you mean the trick with the sun, or the part where I just travelled back in time so that Luna wouldn't go into a berserk rage at me touching the moon?” I asked sheepishly.
“...The travling back in time thing. Don't do that again. Got it?” Celestia demanded, finally showing her anger.
“Got it.” I replied cheerfully, never intending to actually do as I said. Nothing bad happened so why shouldn't I? Sure I know the whole trapped in a time loop thing, but that didn't happen so all is well in my books.
“Now what did you say your name was?” Celestia continued.
“My name, hm, honestly my old name just doesn't feel, you know, right anymore. Like that's who I was not who I am? Besides a human name sounds really weird here. Basically I need a new name. Lets see here, something to do with chaos would be best...how about Chaos? Nah too exact. Change? Not namey enough. Paradox. I like the sound of that one. Yes call me Paradox!” I said.
“Paradox then. Do you intend to bring chaos to Equestria?” Celestia demanded of me.
“Well yes. Chaos is generally a good thing in my opinion.” I answered.
“That's all I needed to know. Twilight! Get him!” Celestia said before shouting. The pony in question surrounded by her friends rushed out from around the corner, wearing the Elements of Harmony.
“No no no no no NO! I don't want to be stone!” I shouted before unleashing my magic upon them. With a bright flash the six ponies disappeared.