In an alleyway next to a big theater in Manehattan that was only accessible through a small opening that was usually unnoticed by most ponies, a magical burst of energy flooded the alley, giving off a temporary blast of light that only lasted a few seconds. In the burst of magic, it revealed Twilight Sparkle and the spirit of chaos, Discord. They had just recently teleported there in an attempt to flee a spell that Celestia wished to put on them both.
"Next time, use less power." Discord spoke as he felt his head spinning, literally. "It was quite the spin." he joked as he stopped his spinning head.
"I'm sorry about that, but we had to get out of there before Celestia could cast that spell on us." Twilight said as she looked forward through the small opening of the alley to see very bright lights flashing about. "Are we in Manehattan?"
"Why are you asking me? I've never been there." said Discord. "Though I have heard tales about the big city."
"I'm gonna go check it out. Stay here and outta sight." Twilight warned,
"Yes, Mini Celestia." he spoke in false boredom.
Twilight shot a few daggers at him with her eyes before turning around and walking towards the small entrance that led outside the alleyway. Twilight walked out of the alley to find herself smack dab in the middle of Times Square. Theaters, restaurants, and other businesses were all around her, glowing brightly with all their neon signs. There were ponies that filled up both sides of the sidewalk, completely unaware of the purple alicorn standing there in awe. This truly was the city that never slept, it had just too much life in it. After glancing up at the city for a moment, Twilight sunk back into the entrance without anypony taking notice.
"We're most definitely in Manehattan, there is no doubt about that. At least the city is crowded so there be less of a risk of us being found." Twilight stated. "Though ponies are going to notice a dragonequus and an alicorn walking around."
"And what are you going to do if Celestia does manage to find us, my dear?" Discord asked. "Simply keep having to teleport us everywhere?"
"The princess will never find us. I know I could figure out a way, but she probably used a tracking spell to locate us and will use it again. We have to use some spell that could at least repel the magic, but I haven't read any reversal spell books lately."
"Uhh...hello? Equestria to Twilight? Have you forgotten one small little detail?" Discord spoke as if she had made a stupid remark.
"What's that?" Twilight tilted her head in confusion.
"Have you forgotten that I am more powerful than Celestia?" he taunted. "Or do I need to perform a brain check on you? I can't promise you that it won't hurt though."
"Don't you even dare try something like that on me!" Twilight yelled in annoyance. "I know you have more power than the princess, but it didn't occur to me since we're in, well I don't know, in hiding from her!"
"I know, I know. You don't want to be placed under a sleeping spell and neither do I. No chaos for that long of time? That's completely boring."
"It is, isn't it?" Twilight giggled. "Could you perform the spell to prevent us from being detected please?"
"Nag, nag, nag." he said in a mocking tone. "But fine. I'll perform the little spell for you."
With a snap of his eagle claw, a small burst of magic appeared and swirled itself around the couple before it formed all over their bodies and disappearing from view. The magic caused Twilight to open up her eyes wide for a second as it did make a 'pop' noise as it faded away.
"There. Is that better for you?" Discord asked in false boredom.
"Yes it is. Thank you. Now, how are we going to live in hiding? We can't live in this alleyway, it's disgusting! Perhaps you can think of something, oh great god of chaos."
"Perhaps we can play a little game."
"A game?" Twilight asked in confusion once again.
"A game against Celestia that is, though, she's playing it even if she likes it or not."
"And how does this game work?"
"If she finds us, she can put us under that little sleeping spell of hers." he smirked.
"Are you crazy?!" Twilight yelled.
"But, I never say we're going to play fair against her, my dear Twilight! She has to find us without her little tracking spell, plus, she has to be able tell which pair of ponies we are."
"You mean like disguising ourselves, correct?"
"Exactly, my dear. You don't think I'd let the game be that easy for her, do you?" he taunted. "I'm not called the spirit of chaos and disharmony if I played fair now, would I?"
"I guess not. Now, how are we disguising ourselves?" Twilight asked as she was answered by the sound of snapping fingers, a burst of magic blasting her. The magic faded away in the next second, but it seemed to not have affected her at all as she was still the same purple alicorn. "What did you just do?"
"I just made the game a lot more interesting is what I did."
Twilight looked up at him, puzzled. "How did you make it more challenging? You didn't change our appearances like you said would."
Discord let out an amused laugh. "Oh, Twilight Sparkle. My dear, you really need to start thinking outside the box more. I did change our appearance, but not in the way you might think."
"Then how did you...?"
Discord let out a bored sigh before snapping his fingers once more, this time conquering up a large mirror that began floating on it's own. He grabbed the alicorn as if she were simply weightless and placed her in front of the large mirror. "That's how."
Twilight gasped in surprise at what she saw in the mirror before her. No longer an alicorn stood in the mirror, but a pegasus with a bright white coat and a blond mane and tail similar to that of Pinkie's. She saw the same purple eyes staring back at her though. She quickly spun to the side and noticed a balloon cutie mark similar to Pinkie's as well, but the balloons were purple.
Twilight glanced at Discord, who now stood next to her. She turned back towards the mirror to see a unicorn who had a light black coat, a white mane and tail that seemed to be styled back, and a pair of blue eyes. She also noticed a monocle cutie mark on him.
"But how can I not see...?" Twilight said with her mouth dropped.
"Cannot see the actual change? It's simple really. Other ponies will see the disguises but we won't as our eyes are not affected by the spell, but all other ponies and reflective surfaces are."
"I-I never knew a spell like that even existed. That's amazing!" smiled Twilight. "I like this disguise! Especially yours, it's like your polar opposite. Completely refine!"
"That's the point, my dear. It'll make the game more fun if we're two ponies completely opposite of ourselves! Celestia will never be able to win!"
"That's true. This takes care of us being detected, but where are we going to live? We can't live in this alleyway! Like I said earlier, it's disgusting here!" Twilight said as she stuck out her tongue to signal her disgust. "We could get an apartment, but we'd have to wait until it's daylight...I guess a hotel for tonight is the only option."
"A hotel...that's all? Not someplace more interesting?" Discord said.
"We just came here with basically nothing at all...and I know you could conjure up some bits to pay for a hotel room for us. Until morning when we can-" Twilight spoke before being interrupted by a burst of magic appearing in front of her, scaring her. Out of the tiny magic burst, a small scroll dropped itself in front of her. "What in Equestria is this?" Twilight said as she used her magic to pick up and read the scroll.
I hope this scroll could reach you with the spell I used. If it did, I want you to know right now this spell cannot detect your location but rather your physical being. That's how I am able to send this letter.
After you left, I broke down right then and there praying that you would be safe. Right then I remembered this spell that allowed me to write to Shining whenever he had to leave to protect Equestria without me having to know where he truly was.
With all that, I wrote this as quick as I could without crying too much and ruining this scroll. I hope you and Discord are both safe and are doing everything you can to be providing for yourselves. Don't worry about Spike. Celestia offered to let him stay in the palace as she understands why you acted the way you did and disappeared. I love you so much and please write back, please!
Love, Cadence <3
P.S. Twilly, like Cadence wrote, please write back to us to let us know you're ok. The spell is easy to perform to be able to send us a scroll. Just think about the pony you want to send it to and how much you care for them. The scroll should disappear and be on it's way to whomever it's for. Please do write back, I need to know you're ok and safe. I love you, LSBFF. -Shining Armor
"What's that scroll about?" Discord asked with interest.
"It's from Cadence and Shining Armor asking if we're ok and to write back ASAP." Twilight said. "Let's get to a hotel so I can write back to them to let them know that we're both safe."
"As you wish. But...how did the scroll find you?"
"Cadence wrote saying the spell she used doesn't track your location but rather it searches for your physical being. Basically, it can't pinpoint our location but can still find us." Twilight explained. "Please...let's get to a hotel. I can't let my brother and sister worry. I also need to send a letter to my friends as well."
"Ok, ok." Discord said as he walked forward towards the entrance of the alleyway. "Do you know a nearby hotel?"
Twilight walked forward. "I do. It's iconic and should have some open rooms. I can find it from above." Twilight said as she opened her wings and flew up a few feet. "Come on, let's go."
Both Twilight and Discord flew up out of the alleyway and into the airways above Manehattan where several other pegasi were flying around as well. Twilight led Discord to the iconic hotel she knew as she had read several books on Manehattan. After searching for a few minutes, Twilight was able to locate the hotel.
The two landed on the ground and checked into the hotel for the night. They were able to stay for free as Discord had hypnotized the pony at the front desk. They made their way up to their room and quickly got comfortable. Before they both decided to head to sleep, Twilight used some of the scrolls provided by the hotel to write back to everypony.
Dear Family & Friends,
I'm ok and safe. Discord is also with me. I cannot say where I am per se, but I will be taking care of myself. I don't know when I can return. Tell Celestia I am thankful that she is caring for Spike in my absence even though she is the reason why we fled. I will be getting an apartment in the morning as I am in a hotel as of this writing.
I will also be getting a job soon so I can support myself while I'm here. I think I'll try getting a simple job, such as waiting tables. It's easy and most ponies won't remember who I am anyways.
Please don't try looking for us as a tracking spell won't locate us. I will write to you as much as I possibly can and update you on my progress here and with Discord. Please don't worry about us too much, but please keep writing! I love you all my friends and family, and may hope get us through this tough time.
I am off to bed now. Good night, everypony.
P.S. Cadence, please teach this spell to Rarity so I may receive letters from my friends as well as yours and the family's.
Twilight set down the quill she had been writing with and rolled up the scroll with her magic. Following Shining Armor's instructions, she pictured him in her mind as her horn touched the scroll, causing it to turn into a trail of magic and float it's way out of the hotel and towards wherever he was.
Twilight then used her magic to switch off the lights and fall asleep next to the already sleeping spirit of chaos.
The sun rose over the always busy city of Manehattan, giving the city some natural light instead of just the light provided by signs and lampposts. The sun's rays quickly flooded into the city, including the hotel room of Twilight and Discord. Twilight had always been a morning pony, even if she didn't get much rest the night before as she had done it many times before studying late into the night.
Twilight opened her sleepy eyes to be greeted by an open window view of the city. Twilight smiled as she climbed out of the bed and looked out over the city. Now that it was daylight, she could see just how large Manehattan truly was. It was amazing how big it was and how the ponies that built it had to divide the city into five boroughs. Twilight sighed at the bit of information as it ran through her head before she turned around to face a still asleep spirit of chaos.
She smiled at the sight of the sleeping dragonequus. It really did seem like he was actually at peace. Twilight then pushed the thought aside and decided to wake up the chaotic god up since they needed to go apartment hunting today in order to maintain a low profile in Manehattan.
"Discord, you need to wake up. We have to go find in apartment today." Twilight said as she poked him with a nudge of her hoof.
A quiet, snickering laughter soon filled the room as Twilight was unaware of a cotton candy cloud forming above her. It completely formed itself before it started raining down on her, causing her to squeak in surprise.
"Discord!" she yelled in annoyance as she was answered by a loud laugh.
"That was too prefect!" he laughed. "You weren't expecting it all! That face you have on. It's priceless!"
"I know I've told you I have no problems with your chaos...but I do have one when I'm the target of it!" Twilight yelled.
"Oh, are you getting mad?" Discord taunted with a fake pout.
"Yes I am! We need to find an apartment today and I need to find a job so we can blend in with normal ponies!"
"But you already look like a different pony." he said as he snapped his fingers, causing the large mirror from last night to appear in front of her, revealing the white pegasus that she was posing as. "See?"
"I know, I know, but it would still help us to find an apartment! Now get up." Twilight said as she used her magic to throw a pillow at him, which smacked him directly in the face. "Now!"
Discord pulled the pillow off of himself. "Alright, alright, Mini Celestia." He said boredly as he climbed out of the bed and stood next to her.
"Oh, you mean I give off a sense of power and respect for my subjects?" Twilight asked.
"Nooo...you sometimes tend to be abit boring like her. You need to be more..." He said as he ran his lion paw down her face. "...chaotic." With that statement, the two disappeared from the hotel room along with the scroll Twilight had received last night.
They arrived in another part of the city, in the borough known as Queens. The neighborhood they had arrived in was rather picturesque, definitely not a place where Discord would want to be staying in. But, then again, why would Celestia bother looking in such a nice and quiet neighborhood? She wouldn't.
"Ok, I never read about this neighborhood before, but I know we're someplace in Queens. I wonder if there's any available homes for us to stay in?" Twilight asked.
As if the answer to her question, a newspaper landed directly on her face, caused by a wind burst as it was a windy day today. Twilight stopped dead in her tracks and used her magic to pull the newspaper from her face as she heard the spirit laugh at her. She ignored him and glanced down at the paper. The paper just happened to be the listings page, more specifically, apartments. Twilight glanced at the paper again and saw that one of the apartments wasn't too far away from where they were standing.
The two walked to the apartment building where the available apartment was and went directly through the front door, where a pony was busy typing away something on her computer.
"If you're here about the apartment, just go to Sales behind me." the pony said without even looking up from her computer.
The two didn't even bothering responding to the busy pony and went to a desk behind her where another stallion was typing something as well, but seemed more friendly than the mare. Twilight had barely even approached the desk when Sales came to life.
"Here about the vacant apartment?" he asked excitedly.
"Umm...we are." Twilight smiled.
"Excellent! If you like it, you can move in as soon as you'd like! Here, I'll go and show you the apartment!" he smiled.
Without even asking them their names or anything, Sales jumped up and grabbed a pair of keys from inside his desk. "Right this way, sir and madam!" He walked from behind his desk to another door that lead up to the apartments.
Twilight and Discord followed Sales right out the door and up towards the second floor to where the vacant apartment was. He quickly unlocked the door and eagerly invited the couple in.
"This is our newest available apartment! One bedroom, two bath, full kitchen, dining room, and living room. Let me show you around!" Sales said happily.
Sales instantly went behind the couple and began to literally push them through the apartment. Twilight and Discord simply looked at each other, but said nothing since they didn't have to use their own energy. The apartment itself was very nice. The walls were a simple dark red while the carpet was a toned down brown. The kitchen had pearl white cabinets, counter-tops, and brand new looking cookware.
"So...how do you both like the apartment?" Sales asked.
"I like it very much. It's really lovely and the walls give off such a calm feeling to me. I could see myself living here." Twilight smiled.
"And since I don't want to go looking at other apartments today, we'll have this one or stay where we're at." Discord smiled. "Is that ok, my dear?" he mocked.
Twilight looked at him with slight annoyance. "I do like this apartment. We'll take it." Twilight smiled.
"Excellent! Just come back to my office and we'll talk about rent, which is about 1230 bits a month." Sales said happily.
"Of course. Nothing we can't afford." Discord said with an almost evil laugh.
The two followed Sales back into his office as he instantly pulled out some paperwork from his desk. "Just fill this out and pay the down payment and that apartment is yours!"
"About that, can't we just skip the paperwork and the payment?" Discord asked.
"But this makes it offical.." Sales started when Discord started to produce hypnotic swirls in his eyes, which caused Sales' eyes to start producing the same thing. "Of course we can forget that paperwork! Just sign this paper instead and the apartment is yours, free of charge! Heck, I'll even throw in a year's worth of free rent!"
"I'm glad you could see it my way." Discord smiled as he signed the name Proper on the line. He handed over the pen over to Twilight. "Care to sign it, my dear?"
"Like I have a choice." Twilight laughed as she signed the name Surprise on the line. They had to lay low, so they might as well use different names too.
"Thank you Miss Surprise and Mister Proper! Here are your keys to your new apartment! You can start moving in right now if you'd like!" Sales smiled.
"Don't mind if we do." Discord said as he grabbed the keys and Twilight and he disappeared from Sales' view, causing him to blink in surprise.
They reappeared in the apartment that now officially belonging to them. Twilight smiled happily.
"I knew you were going to do that." Twilight laughed. "But now that the apartment is ours, we need some decorations inside of this place! It's simply too boring, as you would put it."
"You're exactly right for once, my dear! It is too boring in here." he replied as he snapped his fingers, causing magic to go off all throughout the apartment. "I think that'll be better, yes?"
The red walls that were originally there were now all sorts of different colors that began changing on their own. The floor had been turned into some sort of cloud material, but it was purple instead. The entire apartment was chaotic looking, even the newly formed furniture. They were made out of all sorts of things like candy, clouds, and just even pure magic!
"What a decorating expert you are!" Twilight said excitedly as she walked into the bedroom and found two walls lined with books. "Oh, this is just so wonderful! I can actually live here now and read to my heart's content! Oh, I feel like I want to do something for you!"
"Really now? You want to do something for me?" he asked in mock surprise.
"Yes. You did something nice for me, so I want to do something for you. That's how being in love works." Twilight smiled.
"Oh? I'm in love? I didn't realize it." Discord smirked.
"Dizzy!" Twilight yelled in annoyance. "But, what could I do for you?"
"I'm sure you can think of something."
Later that night, after seeing a few sights of the city and having a candlelit dinner (not exactly something Discord approved of, but he did it for the sake of Twilight), they both returned back to the chaotic apartment.
"Thank you for dinner tonight. It was lovely." Twilight smiled with a light blush.
"Didn't you just say this morning you wanted to do something nice for me now that I did TWO things for you today?" Discord smiled.
Twilight blushed as a rather...interesting idea came to mind. She liked him, he liked her...so why not make their relationship just a bit stronger? It was time to see if her idea would work or not...
Ever since that fateful night, things for Twilight and Discord had been pretty good. It had been a few weeks since they first arrived in Manehattan. Twilight would have gotten a job within this time period, if it hadn't been for one thing. She had been throwing up constantly for the last several days and that wasn't even the worst of it.
She had also been experiencing random bursts of magic that would conjure up the most unusual things. At first, she thought it was Discord behind it until one day when she was alone, it happened again. Deciding that she needed to find what was wrong, she immediately went to the local doctor's office with Discord along side her as he was just as worried about her, even if he didn't actually show it.
"So, what seems to be the problem, Ms. Surprise?" asked the doctor.
"Well, I've been vomiting alot lately and been experiencing alot of random magical bursts." Twilight explained. "It's never happened to me before."
"I see." the doctor said as he wrote something down. "Tell me, are you and Proper here a couple?"
"Why, yes we are. We've been together for several months." Twilight smiled.
"I see. You must tell me, have you had any special relations with each other in the last few weeks?"
Twilight blushed. "W-Well, since it's for medical purposes, we did have relations, as you say, a few weeks ago. Though I don't see how to would be beneficial to what's wrong with me..."
"Any information you can give me may help me. If you don't mind, Ms. Surprise, I need a sample of your blood." the doctor said.
"B-Blood?" Twilight spoke, slightly panicked. "W-What for?"
"If my assumption is correct Ms. Surprise, I think you may be pregnant. It's quite common for pregnant pegasi to have unexplained magical bursts if the father was a unicorn. Do I have your permission to take a blood sample?"
"Well, if it's to check for pregnancy...I guess you can take a sample..." Twilight spoke uncomfortably.
"Don't worry, Ms. Surprise. We only need a small sample of blood and we can check it right here at the office. It only takes a mere few minutes to find out or not." the doctor smiled reassuringly. "Now, I shall be right back with a butterfly needle."
The doctor left the room to go and find a needle needed to draw Twilight's blood. Twilight looked at Discord with a face mixed with what seemed to be utter confusion but a small trace of happiness.
"Did the doctor just say I may be pregnant? With your foal?" Twilight spoke in utter confusion. "If it's true...oh Celestia..."
"Look at it this way, my dear. At least I'll have another foal to create chaos for me!" Discord laughed.
"Wait? Another foal?" Twilight looked at him with a slightly anger filled stare. "When did you have another foal?"
"Before you get your mane tied into a knot, she was created from a cotton candy cloud when I was ruler of Equestria. She has no real mother." Discord informed her.
"What about Cele-" Twilight was interrupted by the doctor walking back into the room, levitating a small needle above her, needle pointing towards the ceiling.
"I have returned! This will only take a mere second, Ms. Surprise. I just need a single forehoove and everything will be all over." the doctor smiled.
"I-If you say so..." Twilight said nervously as she held up her left forehoove.
The doctor inserted the needle into the area that caused her hoof to bend up and down and pulled out a small sample of Twilight's blood. Twilight had closed her eyes during this as she had a fear of needles ever since she was a small filly.
"All done, Ms. Surprise! You can open your eyes now." the doctor laughed. "A fear of needles, I see."
"It's a common phobia. Don't tease me about it." Twilight said as she tilted her head up.
"I'm not, Ms. Surprise. I'll get this sample tested and be back within five, ten minutes with the news if you're going to be a mother or not." the doctor spoke as she levitated the blood-filled needle and walked out of the room again.
"Like I was asking, what about Celestia? Weren't you with her during that time?" Twilight asked.
"Oh, do we really have to discuss all of this right now? It's all in the past. It's not like the past is affecting us right now." Discord smiled.
"It's not like we're screwed or anything." Twilight laughed. "I've always wanted to be a mother in a way."
"Screwball..." Discord spoke to himself.
"Screwball? Is that your foal's name?" Twilight asked.
"It's been quite a long time since I've thought of that name. Ever since I've been with you, I haven't really been thinking about her. Am I a great father or what?" Discord laughed to himself.
"I'm sure you were and still are." Twilight giggled to herself. "Perhaps you'll see her again hopefully."
Discord smirked at his fiancee. "Sooner than you think, my dear..."
Screwball was hanging around Canterlot Castle, causing small bits of chaos, such as teleporting the guards to different parts of the castle and making them hear voices that weren't really there. This is what she had been doing for the last thousand years, virtually undetected. There was a time she had joined her father when he had been freed for that one faithful day, but as far as she knew, he was re-encased in stone once more. She hadn't been to the gardens in several weeks as she wanted to create more chaos to make her daddy proud if he ever got out again.
Screwball was outside the royal throne room at the current moment where she was making the two guards that were on duty starting to hear a supposed mare's voice. She giggled when the two guards thought they were going crazy. She also listened in to what was going on inside the royal throne room.
"Oh...what to do...what to do?" Celestia said from inside the throne room. "I haven't gone after them in weeks, but should I try or just let them be?"
"You should do whatever you think is right, Princess." said Spike, who was staying at the palace while Twilight & Discord were in hiding and it could be months, even years, before they left hiding from Celestia.
"That's the problem, Spike. I want my student to be happy, but I don't want Discord causing any chaos..." Discord's name was enough to cause Screwball to stop her chaos and start listening even more closely. "...though he would have done something by now."
"Sister." spoke Luna as she walked into the throne room, not noticing Screwball on the ceiling, hanging upside down and listening to the conversation. "I know you're still worrying about Twilight and Discord, but perhaps we should stop going after them and just let them be. It's been at least four or five weeks since he was freed and there hasn't been anything reported from any part of Equestria. Knowing Discord, he would have already done something by now, even if he was hiding from us."
He's free? Daddy was free? Screwball smiled in happiness. Her daddy was free! She hadn't been to the gardens in that long of time, so that's probably why she didn't take notice of his freedom. But why hadn't she been able to sense his presence if he had been freed all those weeks ago? More importantly, why hadn't he come and seen her if he was free again? Screwball kept on listening to the conversation.
"I don't know what to decide on, Luna. I don't even know if Twilight would even forgive me for threatening to take Discord away from her." Celestia said as she hung her head. "I just wish I knew where they were at least. Maybe then I could apologize to her."
"I understand you're feeling remorse over what you almost did Tia, but I know what you were only thinking of Equestria's safety before. I think he may have actually changed because of Twilight. She may accept his chaos now, but she will not stand for him harming other ponies." Luna spoke. "I really do think he's changed, like I've changed after being Nightmare Moon."
Screwball remembered the whole Nightmare Moon scenario from long ago. Her daddy had casted the spell on Luna to make Celestia pay for turning him into stone for the first time. It had been the last trace of his magic he could use, but it was quite interesting to witness an incredible transformation such as that one. It was rather interesting to have it be nighttime for an entire week.
"That wasn't your fault, Luna. It was Discord's doing, not yours."
"But I forgave him, Tia. It wasn't easy but I was once told to forgive and forget instead of holding onto a grudge for eternity. Besides, my feelings of jealously also helped me turn into Nightmare Moon. But I have changed and I believe Discord, once again, as changed."
"Perhaps you are right, Luna." Celestia said with a weak smile.
Screwball immediately trotted along the ceiling in the direction that headed to the gardens. Perhaps there may be traces of his magic and she could use her's to locate him. Screwball stopped dead in her tracks. She could feel something in the air, like magic. A large smile soon formed on her face, knowing exactly who the magic belonged to. It was her daddy! Screwball immediately began to follow the presence of the magic. Hopefully she would find her daddy and this one Celestia called Twilight. The way she had said it, it sounded like her Daddy found another mare. Would she replace her in her daddy's heart? She had to make sure she didn't.
The doctor returned with a piece of paper levitating above her head. She walked over to Twilight and gave her a warm smile.
"Well, Ms. Surprise, it seems you are in fact pregnant with a foal! Congrats." the doctor smiled.
"I'm going to be a mother?" Twilight asked.
"In a year from now, you shall. As you know, the rate of a normal pregnancy is eleven months. If you want to make sure your pregnancy goes smoothly, you should come in at least once a month to make sure your foal is doing alright."
"When can we find out if it's a filly or a colt?" Twilight asked.
"About halfway or six months into the pregnancy. Is there anything you need to be checked out before you leave, Ms. Surprise?"
"No, but when will the morning sickness wear off?"
"It all depends on the mare. Some experience for several months, others only a few days, and some never." the doctor replied. "Now, just stop by the desk on the way out to pay."
"Thank you for everything, doctor." Twilight smiled.
"Of course, Ms. Surprise. Hopefully we'll see you back sometime next month to check on that foal." the doctor said as she went through some notes.
Twilight and Discord left the doctor's office, but not before Discord (again) hypnotized the receptionist so they wouldn't have to pay for the doctor's visit. They were both out of the office and were about ten feet from the building when Twilight smiled in excitement.
"I can't believe this! I'm pregnant!" Twilight smiled. "Though I never thought that my foal's father would be the god of chaos."
"I guess chaos has a way of surprising you, doesn't it?" Discord smirked.
"I guess Screwball will be surprised by their new little brother or sister."
"She is a mare by now, you know." he replied.
"I didn't know. Like I was trying to say earlier, did Celestia ever know about her when you were with her over a thousand years ago?"
"Since you keep pressing on about it, no she didn't and neither did Screwball know about her until she sealed me in stone for the first time."
"I see. Since you sound like you don't want to talk about this-"
"You're right. I don't. The past is the past and it's quite boring compared to right now." Discord interrupted.
"-do you wanna do a little sightseeing? If I'm lucky, this little bundle of chaos won't be making me sick or creating random bursts of magic." Twilight finished.
Discord laughed at the Twilight's comment at calling the unborn foal a bundle of chaos. "I guess. Sticking around the apartment is becoming quite boring."
"I'll be getting a job soon. I am getting tried of staying in the apartment most of the time and having you hypnotize everypony that we have to usually pay for their services."
Discord laughed. "What can I say? Free is good and it's quite funny to watch ponies react to my hypnotism."
"Yeah, yeah god of chaos. Can we please ride the subway, please? I haven't really had much of a chance to ride it." Twilight asked.
"As you wish, my dear." he spoke as they both reached the stairway that lead below to the subway station that was underground.
Screwball had flown quite always and was still following the path of her father's magic. Even after being without him so long, she still could tell his magic from any other creature's. She was somewhere over Trottingham and was still flying farther, in the direction of Manehattan. Who was this Twilight Celestia had talked about? She said that this Twilight and her daddy were in hiding from her.
What if Celestia was going to take away her daddy again? After the second time, she couldn't bare to see him imprisoned in stone like that. She couldn't let her daddy be taken away from her again. Was this Twilight the cause of the problem? Was she the reason that Celestia was after her daddy? She needed to see who exactly this Twilight was and question her why she was endangering her daddy's safety and more importantly, was he hadn't seen her after he was freed.
'Once I'm freed again, we will return Equestria to it's natural chaotic state, my dear Screwball.' her father's last thoughts to her as she slept by his statue the very same night that he was imprisoned. He was abit more powerful the second time and was able to talk to her through thought, as he had done with Twilight.
But one night, it just stopped. He no longer was talking to her. It made her sad but she knew it had to be the result that he had used all his magical power talking to her the past few nights. She sadly accepted this fate and started to visit less often and cause more chaos instead, hoping that it may free him once again. Little did she know that the reason he stopped talking to her was he was using all his magic to project himself into Twilight's dreams and didn't have enough to stay with his dear daughter.
Screwball let out a sigh as she kept on flying over the edge of Trottingham and now over some green meadow. She quickly noticed that the magic's intensity was getting stronger, meaning she was getting even closer to her daddy.
"Oh daddy, we'll be together soon and we can return Equestria to it's natural chaotic state. I hope you're still causing a little bit of chaos even if you're hiding." Screwball smiled when a thought occurred to her.
What if her daddy was using his magic to disguise himself in order to stay hidden? Would she be able to see past his disguise and tell that it's her daddy? Screwball quickly laughed at the stupid thought. Of course she would be able to recognize her daddy, no matter what form he took! She could spot him from a mile away, no matter the form. His magic was so...chaotic, no other pony could even come close to having that kind of magic. Well, no pony except herself, that is.
The magical presence grew even more intense as she was now starting to come over the city of Manehattan. Her daddy must be somewhere in this city! She just had to keep on following the magical path that he had sent her. Screwball looked down below at the city that her daddy was currently in.
It sure was a big city with so many ponies in a rush to get where they wanted to go. This would be a great place to start the chaos! With so many ponies, it would be so funny to watch them all panic! The magic grew even more intense, alerting Screwball that her daddy was right around the corner. She quickly lowered herself onto the ground and began to look around where she was at with her swirled eyes.
"Daddy! Daddy, where are you? It's your daughter, Screwy!" she called aloud, using the nickname he had given her.
"She should be here any moment..." said a familiar voice that made Screwball smile.
"I hope we can still hide with a third member to our party." said a mare's voice. Screwball knew this had to be Twilight, there was no doubt about that.
"Daddy! Daddy!" Screwball called aloud again.
This time her crying was answered by a cotton candy cloud appearing over her head and raining chocolate milk on her. She laughed so happily and loudly that it caused several ponies to turn around in surprise. She instantly turned her head to the right, the magic at it's absolute strongest. What she was wasn't her daddy, but a proper pony with a monocle cutie mark with a white pegasus. Screwball knew her daddy too well. Of course he'd hide as something he wasn't!
"Daddy, I found you! I found you! I found you!" Screwball said happily as she pounced the unicorn happily. "They were right! You're free! You're free at last!"
"My little abomination, you found me, even with this boring disguise that everypony sees." Proper smiled. "I think you can see your actual father now."
With a snap of Discord's lion paw, the invisible magical burst that had been surrounding Twilight and him extended itself to Screwball, forming itself around her body before returning invisible once more. Now she could see Discord and Twilight as they really were.
"Daddy!" she said as she flew into his open arms. "I've missed you so much! I haven't heard from you in over two months! I thought you used all your magic talking to me over those three nights! Now that we're together again, we can create chaos once more!"
"I've missed you as well, my dear daughter. But in our quest for chaos, we'll be having a new addition with us. Well, two new additions." Discord smirked.
"Is it that Twilight mare I overheard Celestia talk about?" Screwball questioned.
"Yes it is." Discord smiled at his daughter.
Screwball peered over Discord's shoulder to see Twilight looking up at her with her purple and red eyes. Well, Twilight was pretty. She could see why her daddy would like her but does he like her better than his own daughter?
"Daddy, do you like Twilight more than me?" Screwball questioned. "By the way Celestia was talking, it sounded like you found another mare to replace me..."
Discord simply laughed at her question. "Oh my little Screwy. No pony can ever replace the first child of chaos!" He held her up high in the air so now that she was looking down at him.
Screwball smiled but quickly lowered her right eyebrow in confusion. "Wait, first child of chaos? You have another foal and you didn't tell me?" she whined.
"Oh, Screwball. Perhaps Twilight should explain everything to you." Discord replied as he set Screwball in front of Twilight.
"What is Daddy talking about?" Screwball asked in confusion.
"Well, I just found out today that I'm pregnant with your daddy's next chaotic heir as you might say. That means you would have a little filly or colt to teach chaos too."
"Really Daddy?" Screwball asked as she looked up at her daddy. Discord simply nodded in response to her question. Screwball turned her head back to Twilight and gave her a slight glare. "How do I know you won't do anything to my daddy and expose him to Celestia? Aren't you the reason you both are in hiding?"
"Believe me, Screwball. I'm carrying his next of kin and truth be told, I'm in love with him." Twilight smiled.
"Wait, if you're in love with my daddy, would that make you my mommy? Is that what they call a daddy's lover? A mommy?" Screwball questioned.
"Well, if you'll accept me, I can be your mother as I am the mother to the one who is growing inside of me."
"Wait a second..." Screwball said when she realized something about Twilight. "You and your friends were the one who trapped daddy in stone the second time! You took him away from me the second time!" she yelled in anger. "Why did you take him away from me that day? Why?"
Twilight sighed. "My mind and heart were with harmony that day, Screwball. If I had felt the way I do now, I wouldn't have done it. My friends have mixed feelings about what happened that day. I never knew he had a daughter then, Screwball. Maybe if I had known, he wouldn't have been converted back into stone. I'm sorry you had to go through that pain. I never knew." Twilight spoke sadly.
Screwball looked at Twilight with an intense look for a moment. She could sense that Twilight actually meant what she said. She had forgiven Celestia for trapping her daddy the first time a long time ago, so she should forgive Twilight and her friends for trapping her daddy a second time. Besides, her daddy was alive and breathing right next to her, so everything was ok. She had her daddy again, that's all that really mattered to her.
"Ok, I forgive you, Twilight, but I still feel uneasy about you." Screwball confessed.
"We should make those uneasy feelings go away now, right?" Discord asked his daughter.
"Oh! Are you gonna make me all better again?" Screwball asked happily. "Like you did that day you were freed the first time?"
"Yes I am, my dear." he said as he scooped up the pink pony. "Now look into my eyes, my dear."
"Looking very deep!" Screwball said as she pressed her face against her daddy's. Her eyes began to fill with hypnotic swirls that Twilight recognized all to well. It only took a moment before Discord set Screwball back on the ground, causing her to shake her head violently. "Wow! I feel all better now, Daddy! The uneasy feeling is gone!"
"If you feel uneasy, then it's less time to think about how to create potential chaos!" Discord laughed.
"Hooray! I get to create chaos with Mommy and Daddy!" Screwball shouted happily, causing a few ponies to look at them oddly.
"Odd ponies." a pony walked by coughed out.
"Mommy?" Twilight asked in confusion.
"Well, you are my mommy now. Daddy took away that uneasy feeling I had about you. Now I know you are good for my Daddy and to be my Mommy! Are you ever gonna get married to my Daddy?" Screwball asked excitedly. "Because isn't that what daddies to their lovers? Marry them?"
Twilight blushed lightly. "Well, we were planning to get married, but I wanted to have my friends there..."
"Why not get married now? You can throw a big party for all your friends later! I wanna see my Daddy happy and I can tell you make him happy as do I." smiled Screwball.
"B-But where in Equestria can we get married? I don't think there's any fast marriage places in Manehattan." Twilight said in confusion.
"Oh, that's what this place is called! Manehattan. Anyways, can't you get married at a courthouse? I've been around a thousand years and I've read some books when I wasn't creating chaos for my daddy. It said you need to sign this thing called a marriage certificate and then you're married!"
"Well, that is true, but do we really want to do it so soon?" Twilight questioned.
"But I wanna see my Daddy get married to the pony he really loves and that's you!" Screwball whined. "Mommy, you gotta marry him today! You love Daddy, don't you?"
"Well, of course I love him. Ever sense he was romantic to me in my dreams..." Twilight sighed.
"You both fell in love in a dream? That's sounds so...different. A bit boring to me, but it is different." Screwball informed the two.
"You had to have been there, Screwy." Discord informed his daughter. "I made sure it was plenty chaotic."
"Go Daddy!" Screwball cheered. "Are you gonna get married now? I wanna see my Daddy and Mommy happy!"
"It would rile up Celestia quite abit." Discord laughed.
"Discord! Are just going to marry me just to annoy Celestia?" Twilight asked in mock anger.
"Perhaps and maybe I'll do it because I need a little more chaos power than just what Screwy and I have." Discord smirked. "More power is always good."
"Are you two gonna marry or not?" Screwball asked in annoyance.
"Well, you heard my daughter. Are you gonna marry the god of chaos or not?" Discord teased.
"And become the goddess of chaos? Sure, why not." Twilight smiled.
"Hooray! Mommy and Daddy are getting married! I think I saw the courthouse on my way over here. I passed by it not too long ago. It's this way, Mommy and Daddy! This way!" Screwball said eagerly as her little hat took her off the ground and began to make her float. "Daddy is going to be even happier than before!"
"Well, she does have a point." Discord laughed.
"Come on!" Screwball said in annoyance. "I wanna see chaos become even stronger!"
With that comment, Discord and Twilight followed after the floating pony. Screwball had indeed seen the courthouse when she had flown over Manehattan. After the books she had read, she easily recognized the place from the skies. On their way to the courthouse, they all passed famous Manehattan land marks like Hoof Street and the Mare of Liberty. They reached the courthouse only within a few moments as Screwball was flying quite fast and they had to keep up with her.
Discord and Twilight climbed the stairs up towards the courthouse. They both stopped in front of the courthouse as Screwball had stopped in front of the door.
"Daddy is gonna get married! I'm so excited!" Screwball said excitedly.
"Do we really want to go through with this? I mean, it's just so sudden. You barely proposed a month ago..." Twilight rambled when a scroll appeared in front of her, dropping to her hooves. "Wonder who this letter is from?"
Twilight levitated the piece of paper off of the ground and unrolled it to read the contents inside.
My dearest student,
After you and Discord fled from what I almost casted upon you both, I began to regret that decision immediately. You had every right to yell at me that night, and understand why you did it. I hope you can accept my apology with this letter. I'd tell you in person myself, but I cannot locate you with any of my spells.
If you both just return to the castle, perhaps we can settle this all out and try to pretend this whole thing never happened. I want to make amends on what I did to you both and try to repair the damage I have caused.
"She...wants to apologize...after what she tried?" Twilight spoke slowly.
Discord had also peered at the letter and looked confused. "Celestia...actually regrets trying to save Equestria from potential chaos? Is she sick or something?"
"But...she wanted to put us under a sleeping spell and now she simply wants to apologize like it never happened?" Twilight spoke slowly before she began to shout. "How can she expect me to forgive her for something like that? She tried to put us under a sleeping spell for Equestria sake! How could I simply forgive and forget? I know you not supposed to hold a grudge, but she tried to 'save' Equestria from you and didn't believe me when I said you had changed!"
Screwball walked over slowly to Twilight and Discord after hearing Twilight's outburst. "Mommy, are you ok?"
"You know what? I'm gonna marry you right here and now and I don't care if Celestia likes it or not!"
"I thought you were going to anyway?" Discord said in confusion.
"I was but now I'm doing it for the both of us and the love we share. To show Celestia we are not a force that can be easily swayed. To prove that it'll take more than a mere apology."
"Now that's the attitude I want to hear from you!" Discord said happily.
Screwball simply clapped her hooves against the ground in happiness. Twilight used her magic to conquer up a scroll and quill before her and began writing a response letter back to Princess Celestia.
Dear Princess Celestia,
I have to inform you that a simple apology and forgetting about everything will make everything better, but it will simply not. I am still your faithful student and I know Discord and I deserve more respect especially since he's changed for the better now. I'm sorry if I sound rude, but we need something better then a simple apology.
After I write this letter, I will be officially married to Discord and thus becoming the goddess of chaos, as he puts it. I hope everypony will be happy that I am marrying the one I love and will respect my decision.
Your faithful student,
With a small magical burst, the letter was on it's way to Canterlot Castle. Twilight looked at the sky before giving a small sigh.
"I thought when we got married that everypony would be there to celebrate it, not just Screwball." Twilight spoke sadly.
"I'm sorry you can't get the wedding you want, Mommy." Screwball said.
"But once this thing finally boils over, perhaps we can have another ceremony with everypony. That is, if Celestia can apologize properly." spoke Discord.
"True..." Twilight smiled weakly.
"Mommy! Daddy! Are you two still getting married or is it being held off?" asked Screwball with a tilt of her head.
Twilight gave a small laugh. "Of course the ceremony is still on. I did juts inform Celestia that I would be married after she read that letter and why would her faithful student go back on her word?"
"Yeah! Mommy and Daddy are gonna be married!" Screwball bounced happily. "They're gonna be happy together!"
"We should get into that courthouse before Screwball bounces herself out of existence, right my dear?" asked Discord.
"Of course." Twilight smiled.
A few mere moments later, a makeshift wedding ceremony was being held after a quick hypnotize by Discord on the marriage priest. To make sure the wedding ceremony could be the best as it could be, Discord even gave Twilight a wedding gown, a style which he loved seeing her in: chaos.
Her dress was not a simple white gown but that of different colors. her sleeves were red, the top piece of her dress was green, and the actual dress part was pink. Oh well, at least her veil was white. With her magic, she held a bouquet of Poison Joke she made sure not to touch any part of her or she would be paying for it later.
Twilight thought the dress was a bit odd but accepted it nonetheless as it seemed to make her husband to be happy. She was now walking down the aisle with the Poison Joke bouquet floating high above her head. A rather chaotic rendition of "Here Comes The Bride" provided by the little daughter of chaos played as Twilight walked. She made it up to Discord and the priest, who both seem to give her heartwarming smiles.
"Since I am informed you both want to be married as quickly as possible, I'll simply cut to the chase." the priest spoke, his eyes filled with Discord's hypnotic swirls. "Do you, Discord, take this violet mare to be yours, no matter what, and to become the goddess of chaos with you?"
"Sure, why not." Discord spoke with a half laugh.
"Do you, Twilight, take this dragonequus to be yours and become one with his chaos?"
"I do." Twilight spoke.
"Then I now pronounce this couple Goddess and God of chaos. You may kiss the bride." the priest smiled.
With a swift movement, Twilight's veil was swooped over the top of her head was now kissing her now husband. The kiss only lasted for a few seconds as shortly after they both connected, magical auras began to flow out of them, causing to look at what was happening and stop the kiss short.
The two auras were light purple and a light gray, representing Twilight and Discord's magic respectively. The two auras combined with each other, producing a tinted purple color before it flowed back into each of them, causing them to blink at each other in confusion.
"What just happened there?" Twilight asked.
"I'm not sure." Discord replied.
"Maybe you have some of each other's powers!" Screwball bounced from the pew happily. "Cause it combined with each other, right?"
"Maybe..." Twilight said. "Now that we're married, what do we do now? It's not like we could exactly go on a proper honeymoon."
"Oh, who needs a honeymoon when you're with the spirit of chaos and disharmony? I can wip up anything you or I could possibly want." Discord smiled.
"Except my friends and family." Twilight spoke sadly. "I wish they could have been here today. They probably would all have mixed reactions but they probably be happy seeing me happy."
"Like I said, after this entire thing blows over, we'll have entire ceremony and invite your friends and family. Until then, it's just you, I, Screwball, and the next soon to be child of chaos!" Discord smiled.
"That's true." Twilight smiled weakly.
The newly married couple and Screwball walked out of the courthouse with smiles on their faces, not noticing a pony that had watched them walk out.
"There you are, Discord. You and your newly formed family will disappear before you bring chaos to Equestria yet again." the mysterious pony spoke in a quiet voice.
The mysterious pony quietly followed the newly married couple and daughter to watch how they were acting.
"How can these ponies not notice who he is? Why aren't they trying to stop him?" the pony asked herself. "Apple Sweet! You idiot! He must have placed a disguising spell on him and those two ponies that seem to follow him everywhere!" she whispered.
Apple Sweet kept her view of the family while still remaining undetected. The family walked into a small restaurant to grab a bite to eat and a chance to relax their minds after what had all happened today. Apple Sweet stayed outside the place and looked through a window which also happened to be open so she could hear what they were all saying.
"I can't believe all that's happened today. I find out I'm pregnant, then meet you Screwball, and then get married! Can you say one chaotic day?" Twilight joked.
"That's chaos for you, Mommy. You never know what's gonna happen when you're with it especially since Daddy controls it!" Screwball smiled with her hooves moving everywhere.
"That's true." Twilight let out a small giggle. "So, now that we're married with a daughter now to support, what are we gonna do now?"
"Perhaps we should do something a bit fun." Discord suggested. "I haven't really caused any chaos ever since you've freed me."
"Wait?" Twilight said with a hoof in the air. "What kind of chaos exactly?"
"Oh, just the basics. Cotton candy clouds, giant apples, maybe change the sun and moon every so often." Discord smirked.
"If you do that, Celestia going to think I lied to her when I said you changed."
"I have, my dear. I no longer care for ruling Equestria as that comes with caring about my subjects and dealing with their problems, which would take time away from creating more wonderful chaos. I never said I would stop with my chaos."
"I have no problem with your chaos and you know that, but could you keep it at a minimum please? And for Celestia's sake, don't go raising the sun and moon for your own amusement! You're gonna drive everypony's sleeping cycles out of whack!"
Discord looked at his lion's paw to show his boredom of Twilight's nagging. "Could you possibly be anymore naggier? Next you'll be wanting me to convert into harmony and stop chaos completely."
"That would be horrible!" Screwball said in disgust. "Daddy not causing any chaos? What world would we be living in then?"
"Right, Screwy. What world would we be living in?" Discord agreed.
"A crazy world as I know with harmony comes chaos. If you remove one from the mix, the balance goes out the door."
Apple Sweet, overhearing twilight's last comment, stuck out her tongue in disgust. "Yeah, right. If you remove chaos, then harmony would rule completely over this land. It could if he no longer existed."
"That's why Daddy creates his chaos and Celestia creates her harmony magic stuff." Screwball spoke. "It keeps balance...right?"
Celestia? The name rang through Apple Sweet's mind. After being awoken from her sleep that was supposed to be for an eternity, she had heard ponies saying how great this Princess Celestia was. She had to be the current ruler of Equestria now. That meant Discord no longer ruled the place. Then again, it was easy to tell as chaos wasn't running rampant everywhere. She had to find and inform Princess Celestia was free again and must be stopped!
Apple Sweet immediately ran away from the restaurant and trotted towards the nearest library she could find, hoping it had information on Celestia's location.
Princess Celestia and Luna were both in the dining room, both enjoying an early afternoon tea session with some scones to go along with their tea. Celestia looked up out the window as she took another sip of her tea.
"I do hope she gets my letter. I want to make everything up to her and Discord." Celestia spoke as she took another sip of tea.
"She will, sister. We know she'll receive your letter." Luna said.
"Luna, you're slipping into using the royal we again." Celestia giggled.
"We-I'm sorry. It's still hard for me to speak normally even after being here two years. A bad habit that takes effort and time to break."
"It's alright, sister. These things do take quite some time." Celestia said as she sipped her tea once more as a magical burst came through the window.
Out of the magical burst appeared another scroll. Celestia placed her tea on the table and quickly opened up the scroll to read it contents. Her eyes ran across the scroll as she took in the words that were written on it. Her student...was now married? To the spirit of chaos and disharmony?
"Sister? Sister, is something wrong?" Luna looked as Celestia had frozen her face with a lower jaw opened slightly.
"She's married. She's married." Celestia muttered out.
"Married? Twilight's married? To whom?"
"Discord. She's gone and married Discord."
"What! is that even allowed? A pony to marry a creature not of pony origin?"
"It doesn't say in the laws that it can't be done. A pony can marry whoever they wish." Celestia said as she gave the letter to Luna. "Read the letter."
Luna took hold of the letter and read it's contents. "A simple apology will not do? What else could you possibly do, Tia?"
"Something that would prove I am truly sorry to the both of them. Like casting a powerful spell that would grant them something."
"But didn't you cast a spell on Twilight Sparkle that gave her more power in order for her to free him in the first place?"
Celestia's head snapped up in realization. That was true. She did cast a spell on Twilight over a month and a half ago to give her more power. How could she have forgotten? Though, it was under Discord's doing that she did it, but she understood that he wanted to be with Twilight after all.
"I had forgotten all about that? I casted it so she could free him. That's how she gained the crown, necklace, and shoes she now has in her possession."
"Maybe you should write a letter back to her telling her how you gave her power in order to have him freed in the first place."
"She said a simple apology wouldn't do, Luna. I just want to see my student again as I do miss her." Celestia said as tears formed in her eyes. "I just want her back in Canterlot for a little bit and then have her be back in Ponyville, where she belongs."
At that moment, Spike walked into the dining room hoping to grab a bite to eat when he overheard Celestia's last comment about wanting Twilight to come home and how a simple apology.
"Ummm...excuse me, Princess Celestia?" Spike asked weakly.
Celestia turned her head to see Spike standing there. "Y-Yes Spike? How can I help you?"
"Well, I walked in to get something to eat when I couldn't help but overhear how you miss Twilight and a simple apology wouldn't do. Maybe I could suggest something?" Spike offered.
Celestia looked at him with divine interest, willing to listen to anything that could get her student back and to forgive her for what she did. "What do you have in mind, Spike?"
"Perhaps you need to inform Twilight of all that you did for her and explain in detail why you did what you did that night at the hotel. If you explain all the good things you did for her, perhaps she can come out of hiding." Spike suggested.
"Just like what you said, Luna." Celestia said as she looked at her sister, who gave her a warm smile.
"I know you need Twilight, back, Tia. She means alot to you and I can't let my sister suffer." Luna spoke in an almost motherly tone.
"Spike, could you take a letter for me?" Celestia asked as Spike smiled happily at her.
"Sure thing, Princess..."
Apple Sweet's eyes were glued to a book entitled 'The History of Equestria.' It revealed to her all that had happened while she was asleep under that spell. It revealed Nightmare Moon and how the princesses defeated Discord and sealed him up again in stone.
"The Elements of Harmony defeated him before but they failed to hold him. Twice! There must be a more powerful form of magic to get rid of him and those two little followers of his too..." Apple Sweet muttered as her magic swept through the pages.
Shining Armor and Princess Cadence were walking through the palace when they passed the dining room where Celestia and Luna were talking.
"Discord. She's gone and married Discord." Celestia spoke.
The couple opened their eyes in shock as they made their way past the dining room before they stopped to talk about what they just heard.
"Did Celestia just say what I thought she just said?" Shining asked in surprise.
"Yes, I heard it too, Shiny. Twilight has gone and married Discord." Cadence replied.
"She's gone and married the spirit of chaos. That's alot to take in..." Shining spoke as he felt like his hooves were going to give weight any moment now.
"I know it's a reality shock but..." Cadence said with the same emotion Shining had. "...you must remember that they do love each other. Especially if I'm saying it being the Princess of Love and all."
"I know, I know but why didn't she send us a letter informing us about this?"
"It may have been too much of a shock."
"Well, it's already too late for shocking me. I'm completely shocked. I wish Twilly had just sent us a letter personally telling us about it..." Shining spoke as his tone switched to a sad one. "I wish she would at least come back to Canterlot. I really miss her and I want to have a heart to heart talk with her about Discord."
"As do I, Shiny. But until she forgives Celestia, they're going to stay in hiding from her as Twilight probably afraid Celestia is going to try something again."
"I don't think she would." Shining informed.
"What do you mean?" Cadence asked with her head tilted.
"I've been around the princesses more on duty these last few weeks and I keep overhearing Celestia saying how she misses Twilly and regrets what she has done."
"That would explain why she has been rather sad lately. I should have recognized a broken heart when I saw it in front of me." she placed her hoof to her chin showing that she was thinking of something. "Maybe if Celestia apologizes to Twilight, she'll come back."
"Not that easy. Twilight won't accept a simple apology after something like that happened. Trust me, I grew up with her. I know how her personality works."
"There has to be something she can do. She really does miss Twilight."
Pinkie Pie was at Sugarcube Corner whipping up some cookies like she made been doing everyday for the last several weeks. Ever since Twilight went into hiding with Discord, she had lost her will to party since it wouldn't be any fun if one of her bestest friends wasn't there to join her.
In order to keep her mind off her own sadness, she had resorted to baking all different types of cookies. All of the batches she had been baking were delicious and she wanted to share them with all her friends, but she kept on remembering how Twilight wasn't here, so she ended up eating most of the batches herself, expect when one of her other friends came in, she gave them some as well.
Pinkie had glove mittens on her forehooves and pulled out a warm tray of rainbow colored cookies out of the oven. "Oh boy! Zapple cookies! Everypony is sure going to love these once they've cooled! Especially Dashie!"
Pinkie set the tray of cookies on a rack to cool along with the two other batches of Zapple cookies that were now cool. Pinkie smiled happily at her cookies.
"My friends are sure gonna love all these cookies I baked them! We can have a big cookie eating party and..." Pinkie spoke before remembering once more that Twilight was in hiding with Discord. "That's right. Twilight's not here, so she can't be at the party. I'm not throwing a party without knowing where my best friend is. What am I going to do with all these cookies?"
As if her hoof was answering her question, it grabbed a cool Zapple cookie and stuffed it into her mouth. Pinkie began to grab several of the cookies and stuff them into her mouth.
At the moment Pinkie was stuffing her face, Rarity and Rainbow Dash walked into the bakery to check on how Pinkie was holding up. That had to make sure she didn't do anything like the time with her birthday party.
"Pinkie Pie, dear? How are you doing?" Rarity asked, causing Pinkie to turn around.
"I'm alright." Pinkie spoke with a small smile. "I made some cookies! You guys want some? They're Zapple cookies!"
Rainbow smiled at Pinkie. "Sure thing!" she walked over and grabbed two of the cookies with her wings. "Rainbow colored cookies? Zapples never cease to amaze me with their uses." she spoke as she stuffed the cookies into her mouth.
"They are delicious, dear." Rarity said as she swallowed one down. "But you need to stop baking so many cookies, dear. All of these can't be good for you."
"B-But, what else am I supposed to do?" Pinkie asked.
"We're all heading to Canterlot and we came to pick you up." Rarity informed.
"Canterlot? What's in Canterlot?" asked Pinkie.
"The Princess. Perhaps if we can write a letter with her, it could bring Twilight back." replied Rainbow.
"R-Really? It can be that easy?" Pinkie asked.
"I'm not so sure, dear, but we won't know unless we try. Now come along dear, we must get the others." Rarity explained.
Apple Sweet closed The History of Equestria book she had been reading to see if there was anything at all that could defeat Discord, but she soon discovered that the Elements of Harmony were the most powerful things known to ponykind. It did however say in the book that the Elements power could become more powerful than they already were by combining ponies energy who also had similar qualities.
"And with Princess Celestia's help, I'm sure she and the Elements could imprison him back in stone and this time won't be allowed to break free again!" Apple Sweet spoke happily. "After what he did to me those years ago, he's deserves it. I must get to Canterlot immediately!"
With the book put away, Apple Sweet ran out of the library and out into Manehattan to find a way to get to Canterlot and the Princess.
Twilight, Discord, and Screwball were onto of the Empire Hoof Building looking out over all of Manehattan. It was definitely the biggest city in all of Equestria, but Canterlot was definitely more important political wise.
"What a lovely view. You can see all of Equestria from up here!" Twilight remarked.
"It sure is, Mommy!" smiled Screwball.
"I can see why this building is the tallest. You really can see everything from up here." Discord said.
"It says in one of my books that-" Twilight began when she was interrupted by a scroll appearing before her.
"What in Equestria is this...?" Twilight spoke as she unrolled the scroll and began to read it.
Dear Twilight Sparkle,
I received your scroll and I must admit, I am pretty shocked that you've actually gone and married Discord. But I know how much you love him after all you've done to break him free from his stone prison. I am happy for you both, I only wished I could have been there to have overseen the marriage.
I also read how you said a simple apology wouldn't do, but I still wish you could come back to Canterlot so we could discuss everything that happened and find a way so this whole ugly thing could be put behind us.
Do you remember how you were able to free Discord? It was because you gained extra power from a very important spell I casted upon you which also granted you the appearance of Canterlot royalty as well. I also taught you a spell that could melt stone and another that allowed you to speak to him the day before you actually unsealed him. I do remember I was under Discord's magic, but that did not stop me from making any decisions from teaching you on how he could be freed. I did it because how sorry I felt for you and that he used to make me feel the exact same way before I found out what he was truly like over a thousand years ago.
Also, I wanted to place you both under that sleeping spell for a very good reason. I know now that it would have been to terribly painful for me to bare as I can't stand the thought of not being able to see my student for a month and a half let alone three years. The reason is that most ponies wouldn't be happy with you two and would think you have been corrupted, by dear student. With that spell, I could keep you both safe and change Equestria's thinking on Discord.
Without chaos, there is no harmony and vice-versa. And without love, a pony's heart can turn lonely and even dark. My student, if you could possibly come back from wherever you are, I know we can discuss this entire thing out and find a way to make this event go away because I deeply miss you, Twilight. It feels just like when i had to send Nightmare Moon to the moon, the pain just never went away.
I just hope you get this scroll and can possibly come back to Canterlot. I really do wish to discuss this entire thing out with you and Discord and come to an agreement where we are all happy and can forget this whole event.
Princess Celestia of Equestria
P.S. Spike here. Twilight, you really should come back, Celestia has really been sad, almost depressed since you and Discord left. And the last time I was in Ponyville, I was told Pinkie Pie just kept on baking cookies because she didn't want to think how much she missed you.
Twilight rolled the scroll up and looked out over the Manehattan horizon. Celestia did sound like she truly missed Twilight and just wanted to do anything to have her back and forgive her.
"What was that letter about, my dear?" Discord asked.
"Are you ok, Mommy?" Screwball asked.
"I-I think our time in Manehattan may just be about over." Twilight said.
"Why so? Screwball just arrived today." said Discord.
"The letter was from Princess Celestia wanting to find a way to apologize to me. I can't believe I didn't remember any of this when she sent the last letter."
"Remember what, Mommy?"
"Celestia was the one who gave me the extra magical power to free Discord. Luna even taught me a spell in my dreams too. I had forgotten that they too helped freed you, Discord."
"That's right. They were still under my influence but that decision was Celestia's, not my magic's." said Discord.
"I have been holding a grudge too long. If I keep holding onto it, I may end up becoming a bitter pony."
"You? Bitter? Then you'd be more boring then you are now." Discord smirked.
"HEY!" Twilight snapped in annoyance. "Do you forget what you already did to this supposedly boring mare? You must find me somewhat interesting to do this to me."
"You're pregnant. I know. It's already been stated for the millionth time today. I am excited that another foal will be able to create chaos for me, along with little Screwy here!" he smiled as he patted Screwball's head.
"And I can teach them chaos as well, but they'll get a much better lesson from Daddy." Screwball smiled happily.
"So, should we return to Canterlot, Dissy?" Twilight asked.
"I do like our chaotic apartment here in Manehattan, but I do have a soft spot for Canterlot and Ponyville. Call it a weakness if you will, but so much has happened there, it's almost like home to me." Discord said. "And that sounded way too cheesy for my liking!" he laughed.
"So, yes?" Twilight asked in confusion.
"Yes, egghead or do I need to break your skull open to get my answer straight to your brain?" Discord joked. "See what I just did there? Priceless!"
"I could tell." Twilight said.
"How funny. I just came from Canterlot to find Daddy and now I'm going back to Canterlot with Daddy! I have been away long enough though. I haven't pranked the guards ever since I've been here!" said Screwball.
"You've only been here for a few hours, Screwball." reminded Twilight.
"I know but there's always time for a good prank, Mommy! Right, Daddy?"
"That's my little Screwy!" Discord spoke happily as Screwball smiled a bigger smile than before.
"Let me write a letter to Celestia and we-" Twilight spoke when she was interrupted by a second scroll appearing. "Another scroll? Who could this one be from?"
Twilight opened the second scroll and read it's contents.
I can't believe it's been a month and a half since you left Cloudsdale that faithful night. I'm not sure if you've gotten a letter from Celestia yet, but she really regrets her decision on what she almost did that night in Cloudsdale. Ever since you left, she's been so depressed. She's been performing her royal duties, but she doesn't have that usual happiness when she does something. I know you're still mad, but if you and Discord could possibly come back to Canterlot, perhaps both of you could talk to Celestia and reach an agreement and forget that horrible night.
Also, everypony misses you so much, Twilight. Shining and me even miss Discord too. It seems a little boring around here knowing that you're not in Ponyville where we can go and easily visit you when we'd like. Mom has been crying so much and still gets teary at the mere mention of your name. Dad's been doing everything to comfort her, but the pain seems unbearable to her. I know you've been writing everypony, but you actually being there would make everypony's pain for you go away.
I overheard Princess Celestia that you and Discord are married! It's quite a shock, but congrats to you both! I wish I could have seen the ceremony, bet it was sure small! But still, could you both come out of hiding and return to Canterlot, please? Tia won't try anything, you can trust me on this. But please come back, Twilight. Everypony misses you.
Cadence and Shining Armor
Twilight hung her head in guilt as she read Cadence's letter. She didn't realize just how much pain she had caused everypony by leaving. She knew she had to make things right.
Twilight conjured up a scroll and quill before her. Already been pre-inked, Twilight began writing on the scroll.
Dear Princess Celestia,
I must apologize for my last letter. I hadn't realized how much this was hurting you. I still stand by what I said that a simple apology won't do, but I'm sure we can come to an agreement about the night in Cloudsdale and forget about the whole incident. Cadence and Shining Armor also wrote me a letter as well, so you can call them in when you get this letter.
Discord and I will return back to Canterlot, with the addition of one more as Discord's daughter (I never knew about her before just about four hours ago) Screwball came and met us. Apparently, she can recognize her father's own brand of magic. We will return back in the room I used while I was in Canterlot last around midnight.
Please invite my friends to the castle tonight if that isn't too much trouble for you. I never realized how much pain I caused everypony and it's time to repair all the damage that has been caused. Tell everypony that I will be seeing them tonight.
Your faithful student,
With a simple thought, Twilight's scroll turned into magical dust on it's way to Princess Celestia and everypony else.
"Come along, you two. We have a few things to take care of before we head back to Canterlot." Twilight said as she opened up her wings and flew off the Empire Hoof Building. Screwball and Discord followed directly after her as they flew towards the apartment, intending to reverse what had been done there and make it seem like they had never even been there.
Apple Sweet was at the train station in Manehattan after she had managed to convince the conductor that she had to ride the train to Canterlot, even if she didn't have a ticket or else her family might worry that something would happen to her. It was a complete lie of course, her family was all long dead.
Apple Sweet sat in a seat and looked out the window. "Soon, I'll have my revenge. Very, very soon." she muttered to herself.
It was around 8pm when everything was finally finished. The apartment had all the chaoticness removed from it (but not before Screwball could have a last minute chance to use it for her own enjoyment) and the pony who originally gave them the apartment had Discord's spell removed from him so he no longer even remembered giving them the apartment. To make sure it stayed that way, the papers Twilight and Discord had signed when they moved had disappeared.
The three were standing outside the apartment building, now unsure what to do as she said she wouldn't be coming to Canterlot until midnight. Why she had picked such a late time was so she could do a bit more in Manehattan before leaving it. After all, she did want to see the public library here. It was amazing that she hadn't visited here. Then again, with her strange pregnancy effects, it would be rather hard to explain to anypony else besides Discord and maybe Screwball.
"So, what now? I informed Princess Celestia we wouldn't be returning until midnight tonight. We have a little bit of time." Twilight offered.
"Let's create some chaos! Some chaos!" Screwball suggested as she hyperly began to bounce.
"What kind of chaos do you mean, Screwball?"
"Well, since you don't like the idea of Daddy turning Equestria into his own chaotic playground..."
"Most definitely not now and not in the distant future either."
"But we can still create chaos by pulling a few pranks! It'll be so funny!"
"Pranks? What kind of pranks are you talking about Screwy?" Discord asked with great interest.
"How about we conjure up a little cotton cloud storm and rain on them not chocolate milk but regular milk. That'll be something rather unexpected!" Screwball smiled.
"That is a good start but we can simply do better then that, right, Screwy?" Discord smiled.
"I know I can, Daddy. Just the first thing that popped into my cotton candy brain." Screwball laughed.
"Perhaps we could flip the entire city upside down with the ponies on it." Discord said aloud with a smirk.
"Absolutely not!" Twilight yelled. "I may have no problem with your chaos, but not when it'll caused mass panic!"
"Oh come now, Twilight! A little mass panic can be quite enjoyable!" Discord said happily.
"Like when you flipped the city of Trottingham over a thousand years ago!" Screwball remembered. "That was so funny! Everypony didn't know what to do! It drove them insane!"
"Mass panic is not funny! It can hurt ponies and if Princess Celestia gets a report saying the city been flipped upside down literally, she might as put you back right into stone! I hate to be called a liar!" Twilight glared at Discord.
"Ok, oh boring Twilight. What do you suggest we do?" Discord joked which earned him another glare from her.
"I did want to see the Manehattan Public Library before we left." Twilight smiled.
"But you've read plenty of books while we've been here! Heck, on some days, I literally had to use my magic to drag you away from your studying." Discord moaned. "Besides you can visit that library anytime you'd like. I'm sure with Celestia's little magic boost she gave you before you freed me, you can return back here whenever you'd like."
"That's probably true but I'd like to visit before we leave. We'll probably in Canterlot at least a week, perhaps more, discussing this entire matter with Celestia and Luna too."
"And during that time, I'll hardly get to be with you."
"What in Equestria are you talking about Discord?" Twilight asked in confusion.
"Last time you were there, you were always with Princess Cadence and Shining Armor."
"And that's when you were hiding from them too. But they now know about us and the marriage, so we can hang out with them freely, though, you might have to change your appearance as most ponies would panic if they see the spirit of chaos walking around freely."
"Good to know all of Equestria's accepted me for who I am." Discord spoke in heavy sarcasm.
"Anyways, what are we going to do? It's going on 8:15 and we're all still just standing around." Twilight reminded them.
"I know! Let's go flying through the night sky! It's so pretty flying in the sky at night!" Screwball offered.
"I guess we can fly towards Canterlot from here." Twilight said. "I haven't been flying as much as I should with these wings."
"I haven't been flying as much either, after all, I can be on the other side of Equestria with a snap of my fingers." Discord smirked.
"We know, Daddy." Screwball giggled.
"Are we going flying or not?" Twilight asked in annoyance.
"We are but we should make it a little more interesting." Discord said as he put more empathizes on the last word.
"And how do we make it more interesting?" Twilight asked.
With a snap of his eagle claw, Twilight was suddenly on top of a what appeared to be a magic carpet and was wearing what appeared to be the dress she wore at her wedding, expect it was much fancier than it had been at the wedding. Screwball was sitting next to Twilight, wearing a simple red and black dress. Discord wore nothing, which puzzled Twilight.
"What did you do this for?" Twilight questioned.
"Think of it like your wedding gift in a way. You like romance, don't you?" he asked.
"Well yes, but I wasn't expecting Screwball to be with us either." Twilight spoke. "When I think of romance, I just thought of the two of us."
"Oh, am I getting in the way then, Mommy? I don't want to make you feel sad." Screwball said, trying to please her Mommy as she truly wanted to please her Daddy.
"It's not your fault, Screwy." Discord said. "Besides, I want you to do a special job for me anyways."
"What's that, Daddy?" Screwball asked excitedly.
"I want you to provide some music for Twilight." he said as he conjured up a saxophone.
"The boring kind of music then, Daddy?" Screwball giggled.
"Boring to us, but it'll make Twilight happy." Discord spoke, half in annoyance, half happy.
"You got it, Daddy!" Screwball said with a salute. After her salute, she began to play the sax, which gave a soft, melodic tone, one that Twilight recognized but couldn't place where she had heard it last.
"It's so boring." Discord stated.
"But for a magic carpet ride through the night sky, it's perfect." Twilight smiled. "Are we gonna sit here on the ground or are we gonna take off?"
"The ground is becoming rather dull." With a snap of his eagle claw, the carpet began to wiggle itself off of the ground and whisk off into the night sky. The carpet flew up towards the sky at a high speed but mellowed out to a slower speed when it was a good distance above the ground.
Twilight peered over the edge of the carpet and gasped in amazement. "Wow, the view from up here is amazing! It's like a whole new world!"
"I knew you'd like it." Discord smiled. "You're always reading books on flying and far away places, so this would also get you outside as well. Also, some adventure could do you some good."
"True. I do read alot and I usually don't put theory into physical practice. This is just great!" Twilight smiled as Screwball continued playing music in the background.
"I could show you the world, Twilight Sparkle. All of Equestria and what lies beyond it's borders. A whole new world waits out there and just waiting to be discovered."
"I know. When was the last time I let myself go on an actual adventure and go traveling? Going to Manehattan was not an adventure since we were hiding and all."
"Maybe after you and Celestia sort your little problems, maybe we could go on an adventure, if it's somewhat interesting." Discord smiled.
"Ok then." Twilight smiled as the carpet flew further into the night and Screwball continued to play the sax, as it relaxed her as it did her parents.
It was a quarter towards midnight as the three ponies flew over Trottingham. At around eleven, Discord started to find the carpet ride rather boring and suggested they fly using their own means. So there they were, in the open air. They were flying rather slowly to gaze at the sights below (mostly for Twilight) but they did know that it was getting closer and closer to midnight.
"How are we going to get to Canterlot if we're flying so slowly?" Screwball asked as her hat's spinner spun rapidly.
"Simple. Your daddy can transport us the rest of the way there." Twilight smiled.
"Me? Oh, no why do I have to do it? Don't I do everything around here?" Discord asked in mock anger.
"Absolutely not! I transported us to Manehattan in the first place, you can take us back to Canterlot!" Twilight replied.
"Very well, my naggy wife." he joked. "Shall we go there now?"
"It is getting very close to midnight." Twilight said as she eyed a nearby clock tower. "It's better to be a tad early then just up late. I like to be punctual."
"I know." Discord replied in a bored tone. "Your bedroom in Canterlot, my dear?" Twilight answered with a simple nod of her head. "Excellent!"
In a quick movement, Discord outstretched (quite literally) both of his arms and grabbed both Twilight and Screwball, the later who smiled excitedly. With a simple snap of his fingers, the three disappeared from over Trottingham and appeared in a dark room, which only was lit by the moon shining through the window.
Twilight casted a small spell which allowed her horn to simply glow and act like a personal flashlight. "Well, we are definitely back in Canterlot. I kinda of missed my bedroom here." Twilight smiled when she let out a yawn. "I thought my room would have my friends and family waiting for me. Guess they're gonna wait until morning. We might as well try to sleep after all that's happened today."
"Pregnancy, me, and marriage. Then returning back to Canterlot. That is a lot!" Screwball said rather loudly.
"Keep it down, Screwball! We don't want to draw too much unnecessary attention to our room until I can finally talk to Princess Celestia."
"Sorry, Mommy. I'm just excited, is all!" said Screwball. "Things are going to be interesting in the upcoming week, I can just feel it."
"That's great but all I want to feel is sleep." Twilight said as she tried to climb into bed when her hoof bumped into something warm already in the bed. "What the? What's in my bed?"
Twilight made her horn glow brighter. The light revealed that Princess Cadence was in her bed, fast asleep. She must have been wanting to see Twilight, but must have fallen asleep. "Cadence?" she said as she nudged the sleeping Cadence awake.
"T-Twilight?" Cadence spoke sleepily. "I-Is that you?"
"It's me, Cadence. What are you doing in my bed?" Twilight asked.
The first thing Cadence did was almost hop out of the bed and give Twilight a big hug. "You don't know I've much I've been missing you, Twilight! I wanted to wait here for you, but I fell asleep. But thank goodness you're back! Celestia read us the letter you sent her that you were returning." Cadence's own horn glowed as well as she realized she couldn't see that well, even with Twilight's horn glowing. With her light, Cadence caught sight of Discord and Screwball. "So, this is the Spirit of chaos and Disharmony, is it?" Cadence asked as she looked upwards.
"That's so formal and boring, call me Discord." he smiled.
"It's good to finally meet you in the flesh, Discord. I must ask, during those outings to the theater I took with Twilight, were you the one who kept dropping Poison Joke on that Passion Heart?" Cadence asked.
"I do take credit where credit is due." Discord smiled proudly.
"I thought it was you once I found out about the two of you from Tia." Cadence smiled when she took sight of Screwball. "And this is, Screwball, correct?"
"The eldest daughter of chaos!" Screwball said happily.
"Oh, you have siblings?" Cadence asked.
"I will have siblings once they're born from Mommy over there." Screwball pointed happily over at Twilight, who smiled out of embarrassment as she didn't mention her pregnancy in her letters yet.
"Are you pointing at Twilight?"
"Mhm! Mommy gonna have a foal in elven months!" Screwball said happily.
Cadence turned towards Twilight with the emotion of confusion covering her entire face. "You're pregnant, Twilight? When did this happen?" she asked with shock clear in her voice.
"Well, I just found out this morning." Twilight said in utter embarrassment. "I have to tell everypony about this anyways, so I might as well tell you now."
Suddenly, there was a knock on the door. "Cadence, is Twilight and Discord there yet?" Princess Celestia asked from the other side.
"They're here with Screwball." Cadence responded.
With a quick motion, the door swung open as Twilight's friends and family all rushed in to see the sight of Twilight again.
"My precious daughter!" Mrs. Sparkle cried out as she hugged her daughter. "I thought I'd never see you again!"
"We've been so worried about you, Twilight!" Mr. Sparkle said in relief. "I'm so glad you're safe."
"I'm fine, Mom and Dad." Twilight assured them before getting glomped by Pinkie Pie.
"Oh, Twilight! I thought you'd never come back! I've been missing you so much I've eaten so many cookies and I still eat more cookies!" Pinkie informed her. "You have no idea how much I missed you!"
Pinkie let go of her grip on Twilight and immediately rushed over to Discord and did the same thing to him, except she had managed to jump in the air and grab his chest. "Oh, Discord! I've missed you as well! Your cotton candy clouds and chocolate milk rain are nothing to what Ponyville serves! I ate so many cookies because of you too!"
Discord looked down at the Element of Laughter clinging to him tightly. "I'm back and better then ever, my dear Pinkie Pie!"
With the presence of Discord's voice filling the room, everypony turned and glanced up at him. The first pony to speak was Shining Armor.
"So this is the famous Discord. I've been wondering when I could finally see you in person. I've been wanting to meet the stallion that my sister has gone and married." Shining spoke.
"Married?" Rarity spoke in shock. "You're...both...married?" she almost felt like she was going to faint.
"I do apologize my Element bearers, but I forgot to mention it but with the news that she was coming back, I had to do preparations and didn't have time to tell you." Celestia apologized.
"We know how busy ya are, Princess." Applejack stated. "But, Twi, y'all went and got married? Now there's a surprise. How long how ya been married for now?"
"About over twelve hours or so." Twilight smiled.
"Wait, you just married today, dear? Talk about a rather eventful day." Rarity spoke, still feeling a little faint.
"You must be so exhausted." Fluttershy spoke, barely audible.
"I am." Twilight yawned.
"It is good to see you again, Twilight and Discord. And to Discord's daughter, it's nice to meet you." Luna spoke.
"Nice to meet you too, Princess Luna." Screwball said as she faked formality.
"You three all must be very tried. I'm sure everypony has a million questions for you both, but I'm sure you'd rather rest." Celestia said.
"We are, Princess." Twilight replied as she let out a yawn. "Also, Princess, I never realized how my absence made you so depressed."
"You only acted on instinct, my student. you were scared that I might do something to you and Discord. It was only natural you did what you did. We can discuss all that's happened in the morning. It is getting rather late and everypony must sleep." Celestia said with a small smile. "Come, everypony. I have spare rooms that you may all spend the night in."
"Thank you so much, Princess." Fluttershy said meekly.
"It isn't a problem at all." Celestia said, sounding rather happy.
"And don't you worry, Twilight." Shining Armor spoke as he began leaving the room with Cadence. "I have some of my best guards outside the door to protect the three of you, just in case. Good night then."
"Good night, Shining." Twilight spoke back as he closed the door to allow the newly formed family to finally get their rest together as it was their first night as a family, after all.
The next morning, Screwball was the first to awaken. She smiled happily as she quietly hopped out of the bed and glanced over at her parents. They really did seem to be happy. They were both smiling in their sleep after all. Maybe they were dreaming of each other perhaps?
Screwball let the thought slip out of her head as she opened the bedroom door to come face to face with the two guards that had been stationed outside of the door that night by Shining.
"Good morning, miss. Are Twilight and Discord awake yet?" one asked.
"Mommy and Daddy are still asleep. Do they need to be awake now?" Screwball asked.
"Not yet. The Captain will inform us when they need to be awaken."
"Alrighty then! Do you have the time?" Screwball asked.
"Yes, it is just past seven." the guard replied. "Breakfast is in less then an hour."
"Thank you!" Screwball smiled. "Here's a little present for you!"
Screwball closed the door behind her as the two guards were momentarily drenched on by chocolate milk rain before it disappeared after a moment.
At the closing of the bedroom door, Twilight opened her eyes to see Screwball walking towards them. She gave Screwball a small smile before looking at her husband. He seemed to be in a rather peaceful dream as he was smiling happily.
She still couldn't believe that she was married and pregnant. She never would have thought anything like this would ever happen, maybe perhaps in storybooks, let alone real life.
Twilight climbed out of bed and walked over to Screwball. "Good morning, Screwball. Did you sleep well?"
"I slept great, Mommy!" Screwball spoke in an excited whisper. "I bet Daddy and you slept great too!"
"Well, I slept alright. I'm worried about today. Princess Celestia and I have much to discuss."
"You'll be alright, Mommy! I know you will!" Screwball spoke when there was a knock at the door. "Who is it?" she sang aloud.
"It's Princess Celestia. Is Twilight awake? I wish to speak with her right away." came the reply.
Twilight walked over to the door and opened it with her magic. "Yes, Princess? You need to talk to me?"
"I do. In private please." Celestia informed her.
Twilight nodded as she walked out of the room and closed the bedroom door behind her. Celestia led Twilight door a corridor that led them both to Celestia's chambers. They walked inside as several guards gathered around the door entrance as Celestia closed it to ensure the conversation would remain private.
"Please, take a seat. Care for some peppermint tea this early morning?" Celestia offered.
"Yes please." Twilight smiled as Celestia levitated a cup filled with tea towards her.
"Twilight," Celestia spoke as she took a sip of tea. ", I was up most of last night thinking about just how to make up everything that I caused to both you and Discord, but any idea I thought of, it seemed it was never good enough. But out of nowhere, I got a wonderful idea and wonder if you would like to hear it, my student."
"I would love to hear it." Twilight smiled.
"I began to think how you went and married Discord. When you got married, did you have an actual ceremony?"
"Well, it wasn't a proper ceremony with guests witnessing the marriage. We had a priest that simply went directly to the 'I do's.' at the courthouse."
"I see. Didn't you want a proper ceremony when you got married at all?"
"I did but yesterday we were in hiding and couldn't exactly inform you to where the marriage was."
"I was thinking if you would like to have a proper ceremony instead of the little one you had yesterday."
"You mean, with everypony there? Friends, family?"
"Yes, my student. I don't know what else I can offer you to make amends with you and Discord, so perhaps this can be a start."
"Everything seems to be going so quickly." Twilight said as she placed a hoof to her head in an attempt to keep her mind from spinning.
"Are you alright, Twilight?" Celestia asked in slight panic.
Twilight gave her head a quick shake which caused the cup she was holding to wiggle slightly as well. "I'm fine, princess. A lot of events happened yesterday and now you're offering to give me an actual wedding ceremony."
"If you don't want to do it, you don't have to. We can settle on something else perhaps." Celestia said as she took another sip of tea.
"Actually, I do like the idea of a proper wedding ceremony. I was sad that I couldn't have Shining or Cadence participate in my own wedding like I had done with theirs. After all, I did help save it."
"Indeed you did save their marriage. So, are we going to have a second wedding in the castle?" Celestia asked with a hopeful smile.
"I'd love too have one as long as all friends and family will attend."
"Of course and I will oversee the marriage if that's alright."
"Actually, could Luna oversee the wedding too? She never really got to see Cadence's and Shining's wedding since she was under tight security that day while she was sleeping."
"To do that, the wedding would have to be held at night, when Luna is most active. Would that be alright by you?"
"A wedding under the stars? That's such a romantic setting. Perhaps in the courtyard, among the plants that are already in full bloom."
"An outdoor evening wedding sounds lovely. Luna would be happy to oversee something like that and so would I. A second wedding is on, correct?"
"Well..." Twilight spoke unsure. "I have to talk to Discord first. I don't know how he'll react to this."
"Well, this would be the both of yours wedding. Knowing him, he'd would like the wedding to be more chaotic then a regular wedding." Celestia laughed.
"He'd probably make sure that the environment is chaotic enough for the wedding." Twilight giggled. "He also make sure I'm chaotic looking for the wedding as well. Poor Rarity, she would have a heart attack if he decided how my wedding gown would look."
"Speaking of Rarity, I was thinking that your friends could help with preparations as well. They did such a wonderful job last time and since you are their friend, they would make your wedding extra special."
"I wouldn't want nothing more to have my friends help in the preparations. I could tell last night that Rarity seemed disappointed that she couldn't design me a wedding gown."
"Perhaps this time she can." Celestia smiled. "I should let you get back to your new husband and let you discuss this with him. I hope I can get your response at breakfast. You have little over half an hour until then."
"I'll try to have one, Princess." Twilight smiled as she sipped the last of her tea and left Celestia's chambers.
Twilight walked up the corridor back towards her own bedroom. She opened up the bedroom door and walked to Discord, who had awoken not too long ago.
"And where in Chaos were you? Eying Celestia?" he joked.
"No, I was talking to her, thank you. I came back here to talk to you what she proposed to me." Twilight informed.
"She proposed to you?" he asked in mock hurt. "I thought you loved me!"
"Discord." she sighed in annoyance. "That's not what I meant. She and discussed a way that she can repay us for what she did that night in Cloudsdale."
"And that would be...?" Discord asked in boredom.
"She proposed that she could give us a proper wedding ceremony at the castle, with my friends, family, and her and Luna to attend."
"We're already married, my dear. Why do we need to have another ceremony? We had a quick one just yesterday back in Manehattan."
"Discord, let me tell you something. When we were in Canterlot last and you proposed to me, I saw us at a proper wedding with my friends and family all there and happy for us. The ceremony in Manehattan was alright, but it was definitely lacking."
"Ok and if we have this little 'proper' wedding of yours, is it going to be a normal and boring wedding?"
Twilight let out a small laugh. "Are you kidding me? When you have a wedding with the God of Chaos as the groom, do you expect it to be a normal wedding?"
"Good point. All weddings do need to be more...chaotic and I'm just the creature to do so." Discord said with a slight evil laugh.
"Exactly. The wedding would be at nighttime in the courtyard, so you can make it a bit more chaotic if you'd like, but don't end up turning the Castle upside down or anything like that!" Twilight warned.
"I could do plenty of things to make the wedding more to my taste...and not have to bother turning the castle upside down. I don't think Tia would be too happy if I flipped over her home now."
"So, are we going to have this wedding?" Twilight asked.
"I guess. At least with my touch of magic, it'll be somewhat interesting." he smiled.
"Wonderful!" Twilight smiled. "Screwball, come here!"
Through the window flew in Screwball, who had been flying around outside and messing with the guards a little bit. "Yes, Mommy?"
"We're going to have a second wedding right here at Canterlot Castle!" Twilight smiled at her new daughter.
"That's wonderful, Mommy! But, why another?" Screwball asked with a tilt of her head.
"I never got a proper wedding with you as the only witness, Screwball. My friends and family never got a chance to witness my marriage and now they will. Also, you can be one of my bridesmaids." Twilight spoke happily.
"That sounds like fun! A bridesmaid helps the bride, correct?" asked Screwball as she tilted her head the other direction.
"That's correct, Screwy." Twilight smiled as there was a knock at the door.
"Twilight Sparkle, breakfast is going to be served in ten minutes. I recommend you all start heading down there." a guard called from the other side of the door.
"Thank you, sir." Twilight spoke towards the guard before turning her attention back to her newly formed family. "Care for breakfast?"
The three arrived down in the dining room where just her friends and the princesses were sitting at the table happily waiting for them to arrive. They all took their place as Rainbow Dash was the first to speak up and break the silence.
"So, Twilight. You're married now, right?" Rainbow asked.
"Yup. We just married yesterday but I wish you all could have been there."
"I would have love to have helped with your ceremony, dearly, but alas, you never told us where you and Discord were hiding away all this time." Rarity spoke.
"Since we're no longer hiding, we were actually in Manehattan." said Twilight.
"Manehattan?" Rarity questioned with her mouth hung open slightly. "Did you see any interesting fashions while you were over there?"
"Not really, their fashion is similar to Canterlot. Nothing special." said Twilight.
"Oh. I thought maybe you saw something that could perhaps help me design the next 'in' item!"
"Speaking of designing things," spoke Celestia. ",did you and Discord decide on my idea?"
"He agreed, Princess, as long as he could make it more chaotic, naturally." Twilight laughed.
"Splendid!" Celestia smiled. "It seems we're going to be having another wedding here at the castle soon!"
"A wedding? Who's?" asked Rainbow.
"Mine and Discord's." said Twilight. "I wish you could have all been there at the little ceremony I had in Manehattan, but alas, you couldn't be there."
"So I recommended that she have a proper wedding here. The only thing that will be different is that you and Discord won't be signing a second marriage certificate."
"Your wedding, Twilight dear?" Rarity asked. "Will we be able to help?"
"Naturally. If you all could stay in Canterlot for a few days, we could have this wedding up ASAP." Celestia smiled.
"Does that mean I get to design you a bridal gown Twilight dear?" Rarity asked with excitement.
"I wouldn't want it any other way. Could you possibly create something for Discord too or is that too much of a challenge?"
"I can accept any fashion challenge!" Rarity said boldly. "I can make him a tux that is befitting of a chaotic being and still looks fabulous!"
"What, now I have no say in what I wear to my own second wedding?" Discord asked in mock annoyance.
"You do, but I want you to look as nice as possible and give Rarity a chance to design something since she-" Twilight spoke before she felt gas wanting to come out of her. But instead of a noise, bubbles came out of her mouth, which left the others in confusion.
"What the hay? Did you just burp up bubbles?" Rainbow Dash asked in mad confusion.
"I guess your child is a little bored, isn't it, Twilight dear?" Discord smiled.
"C-Child?" Applejack stuttered. "A-Are you pregnant, Twilight?"
"I would have told you all last night but yes, I am pregnant." Twilight smiled sheepishly.
"You're p-pregnant? That's quite a s-shock..." Rarity muttered out before fainting out of her chair. Luckily, Rainbow caught her before she actually hit the floor.
"When did this happen?" asked Fluttershy.
"I found out just yesterday. It should have been obvious after the rather chaotic effects I was having in the past few weeks."
"Well, I'm happy for you, sweetie." Fluttershy smiled. "A baby can bring you so much happiness. And I can help you and Discord if either of you need help at all during the pregnancy and after the baby is born."
"Thanks for the offer, Fluttershy. I'll keep it in mind." Twilight smiled.
"I can't believe you're gonna have a foal, Twilight! This is so exciting!" Pinkie Pie bounced out of her seat excitedly. "Auntie Pinkie Pie will help you! I'll play with them and make them laugh whenever they're sad!"
"I know you will, Pinkie. I know you will."
"If you ever need anything, Pinkie Pie is just a shout away!" Pinkie smiled proudly.
"Ok then. Hey, where are Shining Armor and the rest of the family? I thought they would want to hear this exciting news." Twilight questioned.
"Oh, Cadence told me that she and the family were getting something for you and Discord and weren't going to make it to breakfast. She also wanted me to ask you if you and Discord wanted to join her and Shining at the Lunarian Theater after breakfast. She said to not worry about being formal." Celestia said.
"I'd love too and Discord could use some culture in his rather chaotic life." Twilight laughed.
"Going to the theater?" Rarity said as she was now over the shock. "I hope the play is not too much for you. Don't want to effect the poor baby now."
"I'll be fine. Are we ever going to start eating breakfast or what?" Twilight smiled.
"Of course and here it is now!" Celestia smiled.
"Also, Discord, before you and Twilight head out, can I take your measurements? I need to know exactly what kind of tuxedo I'm going to be making." Rarity asked she swallowed her eggs. "It won't take too long. I already have an idea what I'm going to design. You two are going to be so lovely together!"
"Of course you can, Rarity." Twilight said as she placed a hoof on Discord's mouth before he could say anything.
"Another wedding. This shall be glorious." smiled Luna from across the table.
After taking Discord's measurements, the young couple headed out of the castle (Screwball insisted that she cause a little mayhem at the castle while her parents went out) and towards the Lunarian Theater. It was not before Discord put on the colt disguise he had used when he was posing as her new friend when they went and visited Twilight's parents the last time they were in Canterlot. Only the princesses and Twilight's friends and family knew about her and Discord. They couldn't risk a mass panic attack in Canterlot simply caused by Discord's appearance.
They arrived at the Lunarian theater where Cadence and Shining Armor were waiting outside of the theater for them.
"Twilight! Over here!" Cadence shouted, grabbing their attention.
"Cadence!" Twilight smiled. "It's great to see you! Shining, I've missed you so much, BBBFF!"
"And I've been missing you too, Twilly." Shining smiled as he hugged his little sister. "And this is Discord in disguise?"
"Unless you'd like everypony here in a state of chaos." Discord laughed. "Not that I would mind that is. A little chaos could liven this theater up."
"Well, let's head inside. We don't want to stand here in this sun." Cadence said as the group of four walked into the theater.
Apple Sweet had arrived in Canterlot early that morning and was walking around when she spotted both Twilight and Discord in his disguise.
"How can these ponies be fooled by such a pathetic disguise?" Apple Sweet spoke to herself. "It's plainly obvious it's him! Oh that is it, I'm confronting the two of them and calling them out! Their hiding has gone on long enough!"
Apple Sweet followed after them towards the Lunarian Theater where she saw them talking to Shining and Cadence.
"They've managed to fool that couple! How naive can they be?" Apple Sweet spoke as the four disappeared into the theater. "Oh no! I can't lose sight of them!"
Apple Sweet darted towards the theater and was about to walk indoors when she was stopped by an usher pony.
"Ticket, madam?" he asked.
"I don't have a 'ticket' but I must get inside!" Apple Sweet demanded.
"I'm sorry madam. No ticket, no entry." he informed her.
"I hate to do this, but..." Apple Sweet said as a green aura come odd her horn and swirled the usher's eyes around in his head. "But nothing will stop me from preventing Discord from taking over Equestria again."
Apple Sweet walked past the now dazed ticket usher and headed inside the Lunarian Theater to see the group of four all talking to each other about who knows what.
Now, how do I confront him? How do I call him out and make him reveal himself? I can't have ponies here thinking I'm insane. Apple Sweet thought to herself.
The group of four were finally out of the Canterlot sun and in the cool air of the Lunarian Theater.
"So, Discord, how long have you even been with my sister anyways?" Shining asked in a slight stern voice.
"In actual reality or in her dreams as well?" Discord smirked.
"Wait a moment...you were in her dreams?" Shining said with a tilt of his head.
"Well, yes he was. That's how I sorta fell in love. Kinda of unusual, huh?" Twilight said with an embarrassed laugh.
"I'll say. How long were you in Twilight's dreams?" Shining asked.
"Shortly after she resealed him with the help of her friends. It's been at least seven or eight months." Discord smiled. "Plenty of time to discuss all that happened between us."
"So, she saw you in her dreams everytime she fell asleep, correct?" asked Cadence.
"Yup. Even if it did get boring after visiting her every single night..." Discord spoke in fake boredom.
"Discord!" Twilight said with a pout.
"Kidding. Kidding." Discord smiled.
"If you visited her in her dreams, were you the reason Twilight slept so much after she had been turned into an alicorn?" Cadence asked. "I mean, it does make sense."
"Well, actually yes, he was. I couldn't tell you all at first because you would have all think I've gone crazy!" Twilight stated. "I mean, a pony and the spirit of disharmony, in love? Sounds a little far fetch, don't you think?"
"I will admit, it is unusual." said Shining. "But if you love each other, I'm happy for the both of you then."
"Now that you mention that, you both weren't at breakfast, were you?" asked Twilight.
"No. Did something happen at breakfast?" asked Cadence.
"Well, besides that Celestia wants to throw a better wedding than Twilight and I originally had, not really." Discord spoke non-chanty.
"Wait, Tia is throwing you a wedding?" asked Cadence excitedly. "Does that mean we can help?"
"Well, of course. I'd love for you to be my best mare Cadence and Shining to be the best colt since Discord doesn't exactly have anyone else to fill the slot." said Twilight.
"This is so exciting!" smiled Cadence. "I get to see my little sister get married properly!"
"I can't wait then." Shining smiled. "When is it then?"
"Celestia and I never discussed a date. Not at least for a few days, maybe abit longer." said Twilight.
"Well, well, well. If it isn't my favorite little mare." said a familiar voice. "I haven't seen you in quite awhile. How do you do?"
"Passion Heart." Twilight gritted her teeth at the name as she turned to face him. "I'm fine and I'm here with my husband, so go away before another Poison Joke comes crashing onto your head."
"Actually, I want to apologize to you," said Passion Heart. "for the way I acted towards you. After the second Poison Joke incident, I learned I shouldn't act that way towards mares. I do hope you can accept my apology."
"Well, thank you for finally apologizing to me but I think you also owe my husband an apology as well. But I must warn you, he's not as forgiving as I am." said Twilight.
"So, it was you that kept hitting on her almost two months ago." Discord said with a smirk. "Well, I have a special gift just for you then."
Apple Sweet kept on watching the group as she noticed Discord begin to make a stallion that had just come over very uncomfortable. What was he going to do to him? Discord had to be called out now, while he was freaking out this stallion.
"Hey! Leave him alone!" Apple Sweet shouted out. "Leave him, Discord!"
Discord instantly shifted his attention from Passion Heart to Apple Sweet. "And who the hay are you? This has nothing to do with you, young mare, so stay out of it."
"This has everything to do with me, Discord, spirit of chaos and disharmony! I know you're wearing a disguise!"
The whole lobby filled with ponies went silent as they all turned towards where all the shouting was going on. They all saw a young mare shouting at a stallion and calling him Discord. Wasn't it true that the spirit had been freed and was among them. This caused the ponies to start whispering towards each other.
"Oh, I see my disguise can't fool every pony here it seems." Discord said as he clapped his hooves on the ground. "And tell me, who are you?"
"Look at me and try to remember, you jerk! Try to remember back over a thousand years ago to what you did to this green unicorn..." Apple Sweet said through gritted teeth.
Discord looked at the green unicorn for a moment and suddenly remembered the memory of the certain green unicorn. "Well, well, well. If it isn't the cursed Apple Sweet! Still under that wizard's spell, I see."
"I'm not under any spell you jerk! You hurt me and my family over a thousand years ago and now I want revenge against you and your two new followers!" said Apple Sweet.
"Followers?" asked Discord in confusion.
"I saw you all in the town of Manehattan! That purple alicorn here and that pink earth pony! Once I inform Princess Celestia of your return, you'll be re-imprisoned!"
"Oh, you're gonna tell the Princess? Go ahead then. She's not gonna do anything about it, though." Discord laughed.
"I will and then you'll be stone! You'll see!" Apple Sweet yelled as she ran out of the theater and towards the direction of Canterlot Castle.
"Who was that unicorn?" asked Twilight. "And what does she want with you, I, and Screwball?"
"I'll explain everything after the play. That's why we come here, isn't it?" smiled Discord.
Sorry this one took so long, everypony. I've been depressed and lack of motivation delayed this chapter. And a suckish connection didn't help either.
Surprise! It's your lucky day! I've written a new chapter after a month and a half of nothing! I hope you'll all enjoy it!
Twilight couldn't once enjoy the play as the event that happened just prior in the lobby was still fresh in her mind. Who was that pony Discord said whose name was Apple Sweet anyways? She had said she was from in his past and had been asleep the last thousand years. Why had she been asleep this entire time and what was Discord talking about when he said that she was under some wizard's spell? What wizards existed over a thousand years ago anyways? Twilight kept thinking over these questions over and over until she realized that the play was stopping for a fifteen intermission when the lights came on and the actors left the stage.
"Twilight?" Cadence asked. "Are you alright? The event still bothering you from earlier?"
"It indeed is. How can we just sit here and watch this play when there is this crazy pony that knows who exactly Discord is, even with his disguise?" Twilight panicked when something occurred to her. "Wait a minute, I don't remember Discord removing that appearance spell off of us. Cadence?"
"You see Discord and I the way we are, correct?" Twilight asked with mild confusion.
"Well of course I do, silly. Why wouldn't I?" Cadence said with a small smile.
"I thought so." Twilight said as she turned to her husband, who was sitting next to her. "Discord, you need to explain to me something."
"And what's that, my dear?" he asked.
"You remember that appearance spell you used on us in Manehattan to hide ourselves, right?"
"I do indeed."
"Did you ever take the spell away at anytime?"
"Then how are Celestia, Luna and my friends and family able to tell we're not Surprise and Proper Pony then?" Twilight asked.
"Oh, that's simple. I expanded my magic to them last night when they bursted through the door to greet you. It took only a millisecond to cast." Discord said. "Now that was a boring explanation. Care to discuss anything more interesting then a little spell?"
"Alrightly then, who the hay was that pony you called Apple Sweet? Why did she threaten you, and me as well?"
"Oh, she's still just bitter about the sleeping spell I put on her, though it was supposed to be permanent."
"But why did you put that spell on her in the first place?" Twilight whined.
"Oh, she claimed I had harmed her family and such, but I had done no such thing, unless you count flipping their house upside down several times for a minute before flipping them back up."
"But if that's not true, why would she say such a thing?"
"So much history, it's boring. Do you really need to know this?"
"Yes! You, I, and Screwball could be in danger!"
"Relax, we'll be fine. Even if she tries to go to Celestia about me, she'll simply be laughed out of her throne room. Celestia all ready knows about me and you."
"But why did she say you harmed her and her family then?"
"Oh, some wizard who didn't like my chaos put a mind control spell on her to make her think that I had harmed her and her loved ones, so she wanted revenge naturally, not that I blame her though. If that's what you thought, you would do something like that, wouldn't you?"
"You didn't just try to remove the stupid spell off of her?!"
"Oh, my dear, of course I tried, but, as unusual as it sounds, I couldn't remove the spell from her. So I did the next easiest thing I could think of, I put her in an eternal sleep and had her resting in a building that just happens now to be in Manehattan."
"But, what do you think could have woken her up in the first place?"
"That even I don't know, my dear. Maybe it just happened to be the 'magic of friendship,'" he mocked.
"Don't doubt the power of friendship, Discord! It did stop you from controlling Equestria that second time!"
"I know, but that grew boring real quick. The only other thing I can think of that could have woken her up is a powerful spell."
"But still, you aren't worried about your, mine, and Screwy's safety?"
"I am worried, but we honestly have nothing to worry about. I'm more powerful than she is, her power is not more powerful then mine. And, Celestia won't even let her get near us." he said with a reassuring smile.
"Please! I beg you, let me through!" Apple Sweet begged as she was being held off by several guards, including the Vice Captain of the guards. "I have something important to tell Princess Celestia!"
"We cannot let you in there! You are delusional, dear." spoke the Vice Captain. "You need help!"
"But Discord has returned and you are all in danger from the potential chaos!"
"Discord is free?" came a concern Princess Celestia voice. "What's this all about?"
"Princess!" the Vice Captain said as all the guards bowed to her. "This mare is saying that Discord has returned, but she is being delusional."
"Any threat to my kingdom is one I wish to hear. Let her speak." Celestia said with a warm smile as the guards released Apple Sweet. "What is this I hear about Discord's return, young mare?"
"Princess Celestia, my name is Apple Sweet and I just woke up a few days ago from a sleeping spell I placed under by Discord. I was awoken in the city of Manehattan when I spotted him and his two followers walking around in broad daylight and no pony was worried."
"Oh? Who are these two followers that you are speaking of?"
"One was a purple unicorn with wings and one was a pink earth pony. They were with him everywhere and seemed to be happy with him and I believe he's married the purple one as well."
"I see." Princess Celestia responded calmly. "Come with me inside the throne chamber, Miss Apple Sweet."
The two walked inside the throne chamber, which they happened to be in front of, where they saw Princess Luna sitting on her throne, her magic holding a portable game. "Sister, we have somepony who brings us important news."
"Oh?" Luna said as she placed her game down. "What important news has come?"
"Discord has been freed, Princess Luna! You and your sister must stop him!" Apple Sweet panicked.
"What is your name, mare?" Luna asked.
"I'm Apple Sweet, your majesty." Apple Sweet replied with a slight bow.
"Dearest Apple Sweet, there is no need to panic."
"What? But Discord has been released! You must stop him!"
"But we already know of his freedom, Apple Sweet. You have nothing to worry about."
"WHAT? You already knew of his freedom?"
"We have indeed." said Celestia. "What you saw in Manehattan, you have misinterpreted. What you saw was his wife and daughter being a family together, not causing any trouble as I haven't received any unusual reports from Manehattan in at least seven months."
"But princesses, he can throw your kingdom back in chaos!"
"That is where you are wrong, dear." said Celestia. "I understand you have been asleep a thousand years and you still think the way you thought then, but understand that he is a different creature now. He's not like when he ruled Equestria, he's a changed pony."
"He's corrupted you! The both of you! You're corrupted by his magic!" Apple Sweet yelled.
"Nay, Apple Sweet. We have not been corrupted, your thinking is still in that of the old days. You need to be reeducated about all that has happened while thou was asleep." said Luna.
"No, he's corrupted you! You wouldn't be talking this way if he hadn't!" said Apple Sweet. "I'll get rid of him and free the both of you!"
"Guards!" yelled Princess Celestia as they rushed in immediately. "Please escort this mare off of Castle grounds."
"I'll free you, princesses! I'll free you both! I'll get more ponies to help me and then you'll be free!" Apple Sweet shouted as two unicorn guards used their magic to push the struggling unicorn out of the throne room. "You'll be free, I promise!"
"Your majesty." said the Vice Captain. "She knows that Discord has returned. Do you want us to do anything about her?"
"Let her go. Most ponies won't believe her, most likely, but I do have an important job for you and several of your highest guards." said Celestia.
"What is that, your majesty?" asked the Vice Captain.
"I want to escort Twilight, Cadence, Discord, and Shining Armor home immediately after their show is over. The mare may be one pony, but she may be able to get a few ponies to believe her that Discord has returned and is evil when we all know he's changed."
"On it, Princess!" the Vice Captain shouted as he ran out of the throne room to gather some of his guards.
"Guards!" Celestia called again once she thought her Vice Captain was too far away to hear her again.
"Yes, Princess?" they all said in salute.
"I need you to gather the Elements of Harmony when Twilight and Discord have returned." said Celestia.
"Yes, Princess!" they replied.
The guards ran out of the throne room as Luna looked at her sister with worry. "What are we going to do if that Apple Sweet goes through with what she said?"
"We just may have to hold off the wedding until that Apple Sweet is dealt with properly." Celestia spoke in worry.
The play had ended and Twilight had finally been able to pay attention to the second half of the play. Discord even admitted that the show wasn't as boring as he thought it was, it was rather interesting to somepony like himself.
"That was an...interesting play." spoke Discord. "Not as boring as I would have thought."
"I knew you would enjoy it!" Cadence smiled.
"Make way! Make way! Royal guard coming through!" the voice of the Vice Captain rang through. "We have an order from Princess Celestia to escort!"
"Knight, what are you doing here?" asked Shining Armor.
"Captain, I have an order from Princess Celestia to escort your party home. She has something of grave importance that she wished to discuss with you all."
"Oh my. What's happened?" asked Cadence.
"Princess Celestia will explain everything once we get back to Canterlot Castle. Please, we need to head back to the castle." said Knight.
"He is under direct orders, we must go with Knight and his squadron." said Shining Armor.
"Alright, stallions! Box formation!" Knight shouted.
On his command, his squadron of guard ponies gathered all around the four, thus forming a box all around them to ensure that they would be protected all around.
"Ok, teleportation back to the palace!" shouted Knight.
In their box formation, all the guards began to focus their magic on the location of Canterlot Castle. The magic emerged from their horns and gathered in links around themselves and the four. With a bright burst, the four and the guards disappeared from the Lunarian Theater and back to the throne room.
At Pony Joe's, a restaurant that wasn't too far from Canterlot Castle, Apple Sweet was inside at the counter, biting into the third donut (with extra sprinkles) in complete anger about what had just happened under an hour ago.
"Dismissed! Rejected!" she yelled as she bit once more into the donut, ripping it violently. "Totally humiliated! Why it's more then I can bear!"
"Easy there, miss. You'll go into a sugar coma if you don't slow down." Pony Joe spoke.
"I don't care! How dare the Princess not believe me about Discord!" she kept on shouting. "He's back and she's says he's no longer a mere threat to Equestria? Lies!"
With her statement finished, she devoured the last of the donut. "Another donut, dipped entirely in sprinkles! Now!" she yelled as she banged her hoof on the counter.
Pony Joe quickly filled her order and dipped in entire donut in sprinkles so that it was completely covered. He handed it to Apple Sweet, who quickly took it from him and took a big bite from it. "How dare she! How dare she not believe me! She'll believe once I get some ponies to back me up! Discord is back and no pony shall say no to Apple Sweet!"
"Did you say that Discord has returned?" asked a mare's voice from behind Apple Sweet.
"I did indeed. He has and the Princesses believes he is no longer a threat, even though he's walking around in broad daylight!"
"She must be under his control then if she says he is no harm to Equestria." the mare replied.
Apple Sweet turned around and looked at the mare that had been talking to her. "Y-You believe what I say about Discord?"
"Of course I do. Everything you say makes sense to me. Besides, why would she defend him in the first place if she weren't hypnotized by him?"
Apple Sweet's jaw dropped in surprise. "Exactly! The Princess wouldn't naturally defend a horrible monster like that unless she were under a spell of some kind!" she then took another (small) bite of her all sprinkle donut.
"He probably has Princess Luna and the rest of the royal family under his spell too. That way, they won't simply go talking about his return."
"He has indeed. That would explain why there hasn't been any word of him. Miss, you're a genius!" Apple Sweet declared. "By the way, what's your name?"
The mare placed her hoof on her glasses and pushed them up. "I'm Bookworm, historian and author of Chaotic Reign and The History of Equestria."
The guards teleported the four back into the Canterlot Castle throne room where Celestia was pacing back and forth while Luna was walking with her sister, trying to tell her that everything was going to be okay.
"Princess Celestia, has something happened while we were gone?" asked Twilight.
"Where are the Element bearers?" Celestia asked aloud.
"Here they are, your majesty. Just as you requested earlier." said one of the guards as Twilight's friends walked into the the throne room.
"Has something happened? I was working on such a lovely design of Twilight's bridal gown." said Rarity.
"We may have to postpone the wedding for the time being." said Celestia as she finally stopped pacing and faced everyone.
"WHAT?" Twilight almost yelled. "But why? It barely got underway just a few hours ago!"
"But that is before a strange mare came to the palace insisting that Discord was back and was trying to take over."
"What?" said Screwball, who finally appeared in the room. "Was it that green unicorn I saw getting forced out of the castle earlier?"
"Green unicorn?" said Discord. "Did this unicorn's name just happen to be Apple Sweet?"
"It was." said Celestia, amazed. "How did you know?"
"I knew it! I knew she would try to come here and tell me off to you, Celestia! This is priceless!" Discord laughed. "I can only imagine her expression when you told her that you already knew about me!"
"Discord!" Celestia yelled. "This is a very serious matter! She has vowed that she would get more ponies to join her and try to get rid of you and your family!"
"Why worry though? I'm already protected from the Elements from being used on me again and I can protect my family with my own magic, what could she and a few friends possibly do?" Discord taunted. "I thought the little Elements were the most powerful magic in Equestria, correct?"
Celestia let out a sigh. "They indeed are the most powerful magic in Equestria, but there is a similar magic that she may be able to use if she gathers enough ponies to join her in her quest."
"Similar magic?" asked Twilight in curiosity. "There's a magic similar to the Elements? I've never read about it before."
"It hasn't been recorded since it's been only used once and those users vowed to keep that magic entirely a secret so others couldn't use as the wrong group of friends could use it for the wrong purpose." said Luna.
"It allows friends who have very similar traits to the Elements to summon their own special magic and it can be used to reverse a problem, which, if Apple Sweet discovers how to use it, she could use it to rid Equestria of Discord and he will NOT be turned back into stone again." Celestia informed them all.
"What a second, dear sister." Luna interrupted. "I think I did indeed read about that special magic in The History Of Equestria."
"What? But how did it get in there! It wasn't allowed to be publish in any form at all! Do you remember who wrote that book, Luna?"
"I believe the author was called Bookworm Mare. She did do a great job capturing the history of our land." Luna smiled slightly.
"Bookworm! I should have known it was her!" Celestia yelled.
"What is wrong with her?" asked Fluttershy.
"She is an author that does great research but does bend the truth about alot of subjects that she writes about, especially in small portions in The History of Equestria, mainly with the part of Discord ruling Equestria all those years ago."
"She's the one who wrote that book at the Cloudsdale library!" Twilight remembered. "I believe it was called the Chaotic Reign?"
"That book?" Discord said as he began to get angry. "That book is an absolute lie! I was not some sadistic ruler!"
"Except for making it rain hot tea on everypony. How could I forget something like that?" Celestia reminded him.
"Are you still bitter over that?" Discord laughed. "It only lasted a few seconds."
"But it still hurt though!" Celestia defended.
"And that's when you realized I was bad for Equestria and blah, blah, blah..." Discord taunted.
"Don't make me..." Celestia started.
"Enough!" Twilight yelled, grabbing everypony's attention. "The past is in the past! We have a very important matter on our hooves at the moment! Remember, we were discussing Bookworm?"
"Right. Sorry." said Celestia. "I have read her book, Chaotic Reign, and it is indeed, completely untrue. Only a small portion of the book is actually true, like the parts with the hot tea storms but the rest of it is pure baloney!"
"So what I read in the Cloudsdale library wasn't true?" asked Twilight. "But I thought she was a well respected author."
"Oh, she is but she has been called out for writing false bits in The History of Equestria, but it was so long ago that most ponies have forgotten."
"What a minute, if that book said Discord was some sadistic ruler," said Rainbow Dash. "wouldn't she believe if Discord was back, she would want him gone like this Apple Sweet you talked about?"
Celestia's jaw opened in shock at the thought. "Oh Equestria! If those two manage to meet each other, that's one step closer that harm can fall before Discord, Twilight, and Screwball!"
"Oh no!" said Screwball, actually worried now. "What are we gonna do? I don't wanna have ANY harm to fall on me or my Mommy or Daddy!"
"You three must stay here in Canterlot Castle where you'll be the safest. My element bearers, you may come and go as you please since Apple Sweet does not know that you are residing in the castle. Shining Armor." spoke Celestia.
"Yes, Princess?" asked Shining in a salute.
"I need even more guards around the palace. I don't want anything to happen to the three of them."
"Do you want me to cast that protection spell around the castle like I did with the changeling invasion?"
Celestia held up a hoof in protest. "There is no need for that. I am afraid that the may discover that old magic, but they still are mere ponies who most likely are not experienced in magic themselves. Guards around the palace shall be more then enough protection."
"Does this mean the wedding is actually being postponed?" asked Twilight.
"I am afraid so. With a threat against you three, I don't know if she speaks the truth about getting more ponies or not, but I rather not take the risk. You three must stay here. If you wish to go somewhere, I want to have a guard with you just in case."
"But is that really necessary..." Twilight began.
"I know it sounds annoying, but you know I care for your safety and now your new family's safety. You must understand why I am doing this."
"I understand well, Princess Celestia." Twilight replied. "Our safety is one of your top priorities."
"Hello?" Discord finally said. "Has anypony here forgotten how powerful I am?"
"I know exactly how powerful you are but I'd rather have you guarded. This will also make sure you don't cause too much chaos around my palace either. I don't mind pranks here and there, but I will not allow the sun and moon to be raised by you either!"
"Fine Borelestia. Raising the sun and moon takes too much of my magic anyways, I have better things to do." he said as he snapped his fingers. "Like this."
With his statement said, a cotton candy cloud appeared over Celestia's head and began raining now Cider Cola all over her. Celestia simply stood there with an annoyed expression on her face before she gave him a sly smile.
"Cider Cola! I have forgotten how much I love this drink!" Celestia said as she tilted her head back and opened her mouth to catch the cola rain. "Thank you for reminding me!"
Discord pouted in annoyance that she was actually enjoying it. With a snap of his fingers, the cloud was gone and Celestia was dry. "Killjoy."
"With that out of the way, to answer your question is I know that you're very powerful, but it'll put my mind at ease if you were protected. I'm sure Twilight will agree with me. Do you want her or your daughter to suffer the tragedy of your death or vice versa?"
Discord thought about it and realized that in death would mean he could no longer create any chaos or see his newly formed family. "Fine." he replied in a bored tone. "I'll let your little guards 'guard' me and my little family."
"Glad we could reach an agreement." Celestia smiled. "Luna, does this plan sound good to you?"
"It's perfect, sister. They need protection from this potential threat." Luna said when she felt her stomach growl. "We do believe it is time for lunch, sister. We can discuss more of this matter over some food?"
Celestia felt her own stomach growl as well. "Well, I have said everything I needed to say about this matter. Why don't we have some lunch. Shining Armor, I need you to gather your guards ASAP to guard these three immediately."
"I will go right now, Princess!" he saluted as he ran out of the throne room to go fulfill Celestia's request.
"Why don't we try to eat now?" Celestia offered. "I hear lunch is supposed to be special today!"
"So, Mr. Discord, are you ready to rock that crowd with the awesome chaotic Apple Sweet?" Apple Sweet asked, an electric looking guitar being held by her magic.
"Of course I am, my dear. This does make my rule slightly more entertaining then the usual norm." Discord replied, revealing himself as a gray stallion alicorn wearing a leather jacket, which was identical to Apple Sweet's.
"I can't believe you can create all of this in ten seconds flat! It's amazing!" Apple Sweet praised. "Let's go rock that crowd, Mr. Discord!"
"With a little chocolate milk rain, of course." Discord laughed as the two ran to the north of where they were standing.
"Apple Sweet! Wake up!" a voice called out into the mare's ears. "Come on, we have some very important planning to do this early morning!"
Apple Sweet opened her eyes to find herself in a Canterlot hotel and to find herself being awaken by Bookworm, the mare she had just met yesterday. "W-What's going on here?"
"Remember, Discord?" Bookworm spoke. "If we don't figure out some way to get rid of him, we'll be in trouble! Now, I've been up doing some research and came across the Elements of Harmony very early on, but dismissed them as their power must obviously be too weak if he's already broken free of the spell twice now, but I do know of a magic very similar to the Elements themselves."
"R-Right Discord. We do have to get rid of him!" said Apple Sweet, her anger about him finally coming into focus. "I think I read about this magic myself, back in the Manehattan library."
"You've must have read my book then, The History of Equestria." said Bookworm. "I'm the only author whose actually published the information."
"That's the one! You wrote that ponies with very similar qualities to the Elements themselves can have a similar magical bond?"
"That is correct, but finding ponies to believe in our cause will not be easy. Everypony still thinks he is a mere statue here in Canterlot though. There may be a way for the two of us to access that power ourselves, but it would be very difficult task."
"Wait, we can access this magic ourselves? How?" Apple Sweet asked in great interest.
"The Elements are supposed to represent the power of friendship, correct?"
"And you know what is more powerful then friendship?"
"No. There's a force more powerful then friendship?"
"Yes and that is love. Love is more powerful then ordinary friendship as it is a more upgraded form of friendship. Am I confusing you at all, Apple Sweet?"
"A little bit."
"Allow me to explain a little bit more. All friendships have the element of love in them and thus, it is a very powerful force that can power the Elements of Harmony. But, there is a stronger source of love that can blossom out of a regular friendship. This love is a romantic love, and is very powerful as it can drive a pony to do anything for the one that they love. This has been used once before by two ponies, who used it to destroy all the Medusa creatures that had come to Equestria long before Discord came. Though, the power of love used by Princess Cadence and her husband was used to repel the changelings, it was used differently as it simply pushed them from Equestria and not get rid of them permanently."
"So, we need to harness the power of love is what you're saying?"
"Exactly. We can harness that power by finding two ponies who truly love each other or start preparing."
"Start preparing by finding two ponies? Do you know anypony that are madly in love with each other, Bookworm?"
Bookworm sported an evil smirk on her face. "I know a way that we may be able to try to harness it ourselves."
Apple Sweet blushed in surprise once she understood completely what Bookworm met. "B-But something like that could take time! What if Discord t-takes over during that time?!"
"Oh, dear Apple Sweet," Bookworm said as she flapped her wings softly and placed her front hooves on Apple Sweet's face. "it's the only chance we have. We could look for more ponies of you'd wish to use friendship power instead."
"T-That might be a better idea! T-That love idea could take a long time!" Apple Sweet stuttered out.
"But I believe we should still work on the power of love in our spare time, just in case." Bookworm smiled at she winked at Apple Sweet.
"If y-you think that'll work. We have to get rid of D-Discord immediately!" Apple Sweet said.
"Of course we do. I know you want your revenge on him for harming your family."
"I do indeed! He hurt them and now he must may!" Apple Sweet yelled, finally over her embarrassing stuttering.
Twilight was asleep in her bed with Discord's body wrapped around her so she was in the middle of a large center that his body didn't occupy. If you looked at the two of them, you would think that he was trying to protect her from anything that may enter the room while they were sleeping. Twilight stretched out her body as she woke up to be greeted by Celestia's sun shining through the bedroom and the body of her sleeping husband. She had slept well last night, even with the threat still very fresh in her mind from yesterday.
She climbed out of bed by flying out and quietly landing in front of the mirror to check her appearance. Her mane was naturally a mess, so she grabbed a brush and began to fix it. "What a night last night. I had forgotten how sweet he can really be." Twilight glanced down at her stomach and smiled as she kept brushing her mane. "You're barely the size of a pea right now, aren't you, my little foal? I can't wait to meet you when you're finally born. You better behave though, I don't want twice the chaos I have to experience now with your father."
Twilight had barely found out less then three days ago that she was pregnant (she was probably a month along since she had experienced sickness weeks before she found out) and now she was actually more then excited to be having a foal, though she was worried that this Apple Sweet would still trying to harm them by the time the foal was born.
"Mommy! Daddy! Time to wake up!" cheered an excited voice as Screwball bursted through the doors. She knew they would be sleeping now, so she didn't have to knock. "Oh, you're already awake, Mommy!"
Twilight looked in Screwball direction to see her and a guard standing in the doorway (along with the other two that were at the sides of the door outside) with his back turned to them. "I am indeed."
"Ok, what is with all the annoying racket?" Discord complained. "Whatever it is, keep doing it! It's so chaotic! I love it!"
"Daddy! You're awake! Luna says it's almost breakfast time! So up and at 'em, Daddy! We can't miss any moment to create some potential chaos!" Screwball said excitedly.
"You're absolutely right!" Discord smiled. "I am feeling that there will be something in Celestia's breakfast today."
"Ohh! What are you gonna do, Daddy?" Screwball asked excitedly.
"Oh, you'll see." Discord said to his daughter before turning his head to Twilight. "And I believe you'll get a riot out of it yourself, my dear."
"EEKK!" Princess Celestia and Luna both screamed at the same time.
"There's live worms wriggling in our sandwiches!" Celestia screamed.
Everypony was at the table when the princesses' scream frighten them, causing them to look over in shock at what they saw. There were indeed live worms flowing out of the of the sandwiches they were eating that morning. Luckily, they hadn't bit into their breakfast before discovering the horrible trick. Pinkie Pie started to snicker when she too began to scream as worms appeared in her sandwich as well. Soon, the whole dining room was filled with frighten screams as everyone's sandwiches had wriggling worms in them!
As quick as the screams had started, they stopped when loud laughter was heard at the end of the dining hall. It was Discord and Screwball, as they had hexed the sandwiches to frightened everyone, including Twilight herself.
"That was just too good!" Discord managed to speak out as he was laughing at the top of his lungs. "You should have all seen the look on your faces! Priceless!"
"I couldn't have done this any better if I did it myself!" Screwball laughed out.
"Discord!" Twilight yelled. "That wasn't very nice of you!"
"Oh, it was funny though! Celestia said I could still pull pranks and that's exactly what I did!" Discord laughed.
Twilight's jaw dropped slightly. He was right. She had indeed had said that he could pull pranks. Twilight soon found herself snickering at what had just happened. Even though the prank had scared her, it was still a very funny prank if you thought about it from Discord's POV. Soon her snickering turned into full-out laughter on her part and the others soon followed suit.
"Oh man! That was a good one, Discord! Haven't seen that kind of prank in a long time!" Pinkie Pie laughed.
"Well, no one can pull as well expect the spirit of chaos!" Discord said proudly.
"Of course, Daddy!" Screwball said. "Oh, what other pranks are we gonna pull today?"
"How many pranks are you two going to pull today?" Twilight asked in concern.
"Oh, just a few here and there, in fact," Discord said as he snapped his fingers, turning into an identical copy of Twilight, before he spoke again, now sounding exactly like her",how about I go as you for today, hmm?"
"Absolutely not! You cannot be me and pull pranks! I will not have it!"
"Oh come on, why not? It could be fun especially," Discord said as he tapped his feet on the ground, turning Twilight into himself. ",if we were each other!"
"Discord!" she yelled before realizing she sounded like him. "Oh Celestia! I look AND sound like you? Turn us back this instant!"
"Do I have too? It'll be interesting for us to be each other, don't you think?"
"Discord, I demand you change us back! NOW." she threatened him.
"Oh fine, Mini Celestia." he taunted as he changed them back into themselves, their own voices returning as well. "You really need to have more fun, you know that?"
"Speaking of fun." interrupted Cadence. "Why don't Twilly and I have a girl's day out? Ever since you two ran away that night, I've been dead worried about you two and wondering if I would see Twilly back. Besides, dear, having you been meaning to do something anyways?"
"That's right!" Shining Armor remembered. "I have been meaning to get around to it. What do you say, Twilly? Have a girl's day out with Cadence?"
"Well, it would give me some personal time away from the oh great god of chaos." Twilight said. "What did you have in mind, Cadence?"
"I was thinking maybe we could check out the Rose Festival that just came into town."
"Rose Festival?" Rarity asked in excitement. "Oh, I simply adore roses! May I join you two, if that is all right?"
"I see no reason not. As long as it girls only, I have no problem if a few of you want to join us." Cadence said. "While the girls are at play, the colts will stay."
"Well, since you're offering, could I join you? I mean, if it's really alright with you girls and all..." Fluttershy barely made out.
"The more, the merrier!" Cadence said happily.
Apple Sweet and Bookworm had checked out of their hotel room and went to a small nearby diner in order to get a little more breakfast while they talked about their plan on ridding Equestria of Discord.
"So, where should we first look for ponies? Like I've told you, this will not be an easy thing to do." said Bookworm as she took a sip of her tea.
"W-Well, I'm still new to this 'modern' Equestria, so I really don't understand what things are like now." said Apple Sweet.
"Well, are they any things that are the same now as before?"
"Well, I have noticed guitars for sell and those were around before I was put under that infertile sleeping spell!" Apple Sweet said as she banged the table with her hoof. "Sorry."
"It's understandable. There were guitars over a thousand years ago? Interesting. I thought they weren't invented until much later. Did rock n roll exist then too?"
Apple Sweet nodded her head. "It sure did though you could only hear the music by going to concerts. We didn't have those things called I-Clods?"
"I-Clouds." Bookworm corrected. "Very interesting though. I think we can start looking in the Rose festival that just came into Canterlot late last night. They could be some potential ponies for our cause."
"But how will we be able to find those ponies though? Most ponies today don't exactly talk about him, Bookworm."
"You're a unicorn who knows a decent amount of magic, right?" asked Bookworm.
"Well, the most advanced spell I've done is to be able to get a pony to do the things I want for a small time." said Apple Sweet.
"Then I think you should be able to perform this spell I've come across in my advanced studies awhile ago. It allows one to detect how a pony feels only a certain matter."
"I'm afraid you're confusing me now."
"To use the spell, you think about how you feel on the issue, for our use, it's obviously getting rid of Discord. You then keep him in your head and the spell will show you how other ponies around you feel on the issue without them knowing. So, this spell will show you if they believe Discord is still around or not."
"I think I understand you now."
"Good. I'll teach you the spell on our way to the Rose festival. I know the incantation even if I can't perform it myself." Bookworm said as she paid the bill that had just came by from their waiter. "Now, let get going. We have Equestria to save from chaos!"
"Ready to go girls?" called Twilight from the front of the castle, two guards standing behind her.
"Coming dear!" called Rarity as she ran down the castle steps wearing a rose colored dress. "I just had to find the perfect outfit to wear. I need to be fabulous among the lovely flowers today!"
"I can't wait to see all the butterflies that'll be there as well." Fluttershy spoke happily as she followed Rarity out with Cadence fight behind her.
"It seems we're all set. AJ and Rainbow, are you sure you two don't want to join us?" asked Cadence.
"No thank you. I wanna try some new recipes for one the wedding comes back on again. For a spirit of chaos, I don't think regular treats are gonna cut it." replied Applejack, whom she and Rainbow came to say goodbye to her friends.
"I may come by later but I wanna get some practice time in today! Haven't been practicing enough!" said Rainbow Dash. "See you at the festival later then!"
"As you girls wish then." said Cadence.
"Goodbye then, girls!" Twilight said as she turned around (the guards as well as they could follow a pony very easily) and saw Discord and Screwball in his arms standing with Shining Armor not too far away from her. "Dizzy! Shiny! We're leaving now!"
The four mares walked over to the stallions and daughter of chaos to give a good-bye before heading to the Rose Festival. Shining Armor gave them all a warm smile. "Hope you girls all have fun at the festival, but please keep a look out for that unicorn. I will be there in a moment's haste if I have too."
"Shiny, don't worry. She'll be fine." said Cadence. "I'll make sure nothing happens to her and neither will our guard friends either. You can trust me on this."
"I know I can Candy." smiled Shining Armor. "I hope you girls have a fun time then. I love you Twilly and you too, Candy. Please be safe."
"We will and I love you as well." Cadence assured him.
"I love you too, Shiny." smiled Twilight at him before she looked up at Discord. "Good bye, Dizzy. I'll see you when I come back then."
"Good bye, my dear. Departing is such sweet sorrow." Discord said with fake sadness causing twilight to laugh. "But like your brother said, you may want to keep a lookout for little Miss Apple Sweet. She may not be much of a threat, but just be careful, ok?"
"Oh, you care about me. That's sweet to know." smiled Twilight. "I don't hear it from you enough."
"Mhm." Discord mumbled. "Make sure not to be flirting with anypony or you'll BOTH find yourselves with pots of Poison Jokes on your heads." he joked.
Twilight let out a small laugh. "Alright, then. No flirting then. See you when I get back. I love you." she spoke with a small grin as she hardly ever said those three little words.
Discord was surprised she had said those three little words. She hardly really ever said them to him (and he was the same too) so it was actually nice to be reminded that somepony DID in fact love him, like Celestia had in the past until the hot tea shower fiasco. But that was in the past and he had found somepony who was far better than Celestia could be, even if she was just a regular unicorn.
"So you do, my dear. So you do." Discord smiled at her.
Twilight gave him a warm smile as Screwball gave her 'mother' a wave goodbye before Twilight and the three girls (and the few guards) left the palace grounds to head off to the Rose Festival. Screwball looked over from her father's arms as her 'mother' and friends walked away. "I hope Mommy has a fun time." Screwball smiled.
"They should be fine." said Shining Armor. "They have the best guards taking them there today, including Vice Captain Knight too. Now, Discord, I've been meaning to have an important talk with you ever since I found out about you and Twilly being together."
"And what, my good sir, would that be?" Discord smirked. "Her good taste in stallions? Her love for chaos now?"
"Actually, that's close to it. I want to know exactly how you feel about my little sister. As you know, I am her big brother and I care about her well-being. You do love her correct?"
"Well, put it this way, why would I have been in her dreams and hiding with her in Manehattan all this time if I didn't? I could have easily left her if I had wanted too. I usually don't care about other ponies feelings over my own unless for a good reason." Discord said. "Do you think I love her? I don't hate her, that's for sure. She's like my best friend."
"It sounds like you do, but is she 'the one' for you or is she 'just right now?'" Shining Armor said with intensity.
"If she was just right now, what would have been the point of her having a foal? True it would be very chaotic if no pony was there to help raise the foal, but I can do so much more chaotic things to a mare then simply having them to raise a foal on their own. That would just simply be too boring." Discord said as he faked a yawn.
"What would you do exactly?" asked Shining with curiosity.
"Well, I would just slowly break her mind instead. It's far more entertaining to affect a pony's mind."
"Well, I do not wanting you to at all be touching my little sister's mind! If I see her acting quite unusual in anyway, I'm coming after you, you got that?" Shining warned. "The same applies for if you ever break her heart. I will not be afraid to teach you a lesson."
"Of course, Mr, Shining! I would never do anything to hurt poor Twilight." Discord mocked.
"I'm warning you, Discord. I'll be honest, I'm still not comfortable with the idea of you do, but I can't tell Twilly who to choose."
"Especially when she picked the best out there!"
"Hurt her in any way, and you'll be wishing for that stone prison back a thousand times over."
"What's the point in hurting her anyways? Besides, Screwball would be devastated if her mother got harmed in any way." Discord said in a bored tone. "And the last thing I need is to bare guilt."
Sorry it's so short, but at least you got to see Shining grill Discord about his little sister!
"So, this is the Rose Festival. The name fits since we are surrounded by roses." Apple Sweet voiced aloud as she and Bookworm walked by several booths, each with a different type of rose.
"Yes, this festival is held every year in the springtime." said Bookworm. "Do you have that incantation in your mind and ready for use?"
"Yup. I'm ready to use it whenever you want me too."
"Good. We need to keep a low cover and not draw attention to ourselves. What you've told me about your encounters already, you're not the best at secrecy."
"But we have to stop Discord! He could turn Equestria into a storm of chaos at any moment!" Apple Sweet yelled before Bookworm slapped one of her wings over Apple Sweet's mouth.
"And you also don't know how to be subtle either." said Bookworm. "Look, you need to keep quiet. You've already been seen by both princesses and the royal guard. If you cause a big commotion, you could be sent to the dungeons! Now, keep your thoughts to yourself. Besides, getting rid of Discord is not an easy task."
"But," Apple Sweet began as she finally was able to move Bookworm's wing off her mouth using her magic. "I thought we were gonna get followers to help us or try to use the power of love?"
"We will be getting followers to help us and we will attempt the best we can with the power of love, but you must remember how powerful Discord is. He could easily change our followers against us and then we'd be powerless. I wish there was something that was more sure that would get rid of him."
"Wait, what about that purple mare and pink mare?"
"Wait, what purple mare and pink mare again?"
"They're always with him whenever I saw him in Manehattan and when I confronted him at the theater. Princess Celestia said that they were his wife and daughter."
"Oh, goodness! He's actually gone that far and tricked two innocent ponies to actually be in a family with him? How far will he go to corrupt ponies? Well, now we need a completely new plan!" Bookworm yelled in frustration, which caused several ponies around them to give her a strange look. "Ha ha ha." she laughed awkwardly. "Follow me to the corner over there and let's talk."
Bookworm lead Apple Sweet to a vacant corner behind a crystal rose booth. Apple Sweet simply gave Bookworm a confused look. "Why do we need a new plan? I was thinking we'd disregard those two ponies and destroy Discord. Once he was gone, his magic on them and the princesses would simply disappear."
"Unfortunately, that's where you're wrong. Magic doesn't work like that."
"What would you know how magic works exactly? You're a pegasus, not a unicorn."
"That may be true but I'm also not called Bookworm for nothing. I have read plenty of books on magic to know how it works. How do you think I knew that incantation I taught you?"
"I know, I know. If we need a new plan, what are we gonna do now?"
"Well, I originally thought he had just the royal family and guards hypnotized, in which the original plan would have him destroyed and the magic would disappear and..."
"Wait...now you're contracting what you just said a second ago."
"Let me finish!" Bookworm yelled before letting out a calm breath. "As I was trying to say, but since he's actually used a powerful love spell on these mares, this changes our plan completely. Hypnotizing ponies is one thing, but casting a love spell is an entirely area of magic I'm not as familiar with. I know that it's very powerful and could have repealed Discord out of Equestria if you and I had used it. But he has two mares under his magic that believe they genuinely love him, in which that magic is more powerful then any I have read about."
"Then, what do we do then?" Apple Sweet said as she cocked her head to one side in confusion.
"I have to think but I have to think quickly before Discord finally decides to take over." Bookworm spoke in worry.
"Oh, these roses are just simply lovely!" Rarity said in happiness. "I've never seen crystal roses before! They are such a rarity!"
"They are lovely." Twilight smiled as two guard ponies stood at each of her sides. "It's a shame that Rainbow and Applejack didn't want to come with us. They would have loved to see the rainbow roses we saw in that booth a few back."
"They just don't have regal taste like you, I, or Fluttershy have." Rarity smiled as she put a hoof around Fluttershy's neck. "Right, my dear."
"Right, regalness." Fluttershy smiled weakly.
"Come along now! I want to see what other kinds of roses are at this festival. There's so many here that I've never seen here before!" Rarity smiled.
The three mares and the guards walked around and glanced at all the different assortments of roses that were lying around. They were all unique in their own ways and some were quite odd, like a bouquet of pink roses splattered with polka dots on them. Discord would have sure loved those roses. They were just so...chaotic.
They kept on walking until some blue roses at a booth immediately caught Twilight's attention. They looked similar to Poison Joke, except for the fact that the flowers were roses. Twilight walked up to the booth where the pony who was in charge on it gave her a smile.
"I've seen you caught sight of my Joke Rose!" the pony smiled. "Have you ever heard of the Poison Joke plant?"
"Heard of it, I've been the victim of it unfortunately." Twilight laughed. "Is this a cross between a rose and a Poison Joke? If so, I've never seen anything like this before."
"It is indeed. That's why I have the glass shields over them. I don't want any accidents happening at the festival." the pony laughed. "Would you be interested in purchasing some? They're put in a protective covering to ensure that you don't end up the victim of the plant. It's perfect if you want some playful revenge against anyone."
Twilight flashed a playful smirk as she thought about Discord. He didn't know about about this little discovery and she did deserve to have a little revenge against him, after all the mean pranks that he pulled against her. "I would love some. They would be perfect for my husband."
The pony used her magic to remove some roses from the case and carefully put them in the protective covering, careful that the flowers didn't actually touch herself. The pony levitated the roses to Twilight who took it with her own magic and carefully placed them into her saddle bags.
"Having a little martial problem?" the pony asked. "But it's none of my business. That'll be ten bits, if you please."
Twilight handed over the bits and walked away from the booth over to Cadence, who had been over at another booth. "Cadence, what do you think of these-oh!" Twilight said in surprise when she felt something in her stomach kick.
"Are you ok, Twilight?" Cadence asked in worry. "Something wrong?"
"It's nothing, I just felt the baby kick. It really hasn't done that much, so it's quite a surprise." Twilight said when she felt another light kick. "I guess this little bundle of chaos in finally deciding to make their presence known." Twilight chuckled slightly.
"Did I hear that the baby is kicking?" Rarity said in excitement. "Oh, this is just exciting! The little thing has just been so quiet so if you weren't pregnant at all."
"No, they are definitely in there." Twilight said as she felt yet another kick, this time one that Rarity, Cadence, and Fluttershy could see. "Sure is feisty."
"I'm sure they'll be sweet once their born." Fluttershy smiled. "I'll be happy to help out if you ever need it."
"Believe me, I'll probably need all the help I can get." Twilight laughed when she turned her head to see a slight which stopped her laughter immediately. "Oh no, she's here."
"Whose here, dear? Is it that awful pony you told us about?" Rarity asked in concern.
"It is and it seems she's managed to recruit somebody." Twilight said worried. "I think we'd better leave before she sees us."
"Do you have a plan yet, Bookworm?" asked Apple Sweet as she looked at Bookworm, who had been sitting on the ground with her wing tapping her temple for the last several minutes.
"Perhaps we could...! No, that is completely idiotic." Bookworm mumbled aloud. "Maybe we could...no, we don't have the time for a plan like that. Arrgh!" Bookworm yelled out in frustration. "I don't know what to do! I need to perform proper research so I can form a new plan!"
"Perhaps we should...oh Celestia! It's the purple follower pony of his!" Apple Sweet said in slight anger.
"What purple pony?" asked Bookworm in confusion as she looked around the area.
"Over there with that pink alicorn, white unicorn, and yellow pegasus! Can't you see her?" asked Apple Sweet as she pointed a hoof in Twilight's direction. "She's in dead plain sight."
"I see a white pegasus but I don't see that purple alicorn you told me about."
Apple Sweet hit her forehead in annoyance. She had forgotten about the spell that Discord had casted on them, which changed the way ponies saw the family. "Go with me on this that the white pegasus you see is in fact that purple alicorn. Discord used a spell on them so they could blend in and go undetected. What should we do about her since he's not with her? She's defenseless."
"Except for the royal guards that are most likely protecting her from YOU." Bookworm said when she realized something. "But she hasn't seen me yet. Perhaps I can use my reasoning to weaken his magic. Logic can be a powerful spell breaker but not in this case, but it can weaken the effects of the love spell. It's not a plan, but it's something to help further our goal to get rid of Discord."
"I should go with you." Apple Sweet said as Bookworm began to walk towards the group. Apple Sweet was met with a quick wing snapping up in front of her.
"No. Stay here. If you go, the guards will immediately take her away and I can't at least attempt to loosen the spell on her. Just stay back." Bookworm warned before she retracted her wing back to her being and began to walk back to the group.
"We really should get out of here before she sees us." twilight said again with slight panic. "I don't know what she's capable of doing. I don't want what happened at the theater to happen again." Twilight said as she slowly began to back away, the guard ponies even closer to her then before.
"Excuse me, miss! Wait, I want to talk to you!" Bookworm yelled as she calmly walked towards them. "I think I know you!"
Twilight looked at Bookworm. She wasn't Apple Sweet and she didn't see the pony who she had been talking to too well, so it might be again to talk to her. "Stay close." Twilight warned the guards before turning her attention to Bookworm. "Can I help you, miss?"
"Yes you can, I think I've seen you before! Are you in any Hoofway shows here?" asked Bookworm.
"I'm sorry but you have me confused for somepony else." Twilight said with a fake smile. "If you'll excuse me, I must be leaving."
"Wait, I have one more thing I want to tell you!" said Bookworm. "When was the last time you saw your parents?"
Twilight gave Bookworm a weird look. Why in Equestria would this mare she had never met before ask her such a weird question? Twilight decided to answer her question hoping that this mare would just go away. "Just today. They're fine."
"You can feel their love for you, right?"
"Of course I can feel the love of them."
"And your friends too? You can feel their love too? Their friendship is more powerful then anything, especially magic!"
"I can feel their love too but why are you asking me such weird questions? I really need to get back to my husband and daughter, they're waiting for me." Twilight said as she turned her back to Bookworm, who quickly had a look of distress. Her logic wasn't doing anything at all. The direct approach was her only approach.
"Your husband isn't really your husband!" Bookworm shouted aloud, causing Twilight to turn in alarm, along with other ponies in the vicinity. "You're under a powerful love spell, you must believe me!"
"L-Love spell?" Twilight questioned.
"The god of chaos has placed you under a powerful spell that is making you believe you love him! You can't possibly be in love with such a monster!" Bookworm cried.
"You are delusional! Discord is trapped in stone for all eternity! My husband's name is Proper and he most certainly is not Discord!" Twilight yelled.
"You have to listen to her! She's telling the truth!" Apple Sweet yelled as she came running up to Bookworm. "I can see past the spell he's casted on everypony else and you've been tricked! He's not what you think he is! He's really an evil monster!"
"How dare you!" Rarity yelled. "Making such ludicrous accusations against my friend's husband! You both must be suffering heat stroke because that is the most silly thing I have ever heard and we don't even know you!"
"You've all been tricked! I'll do whatever it takes to free you all from Discord's spell! I will!" Apple Sweet vowed aloud as she began to inch forward to Twilight.
"We need to leave the area immediately!" the guard pony on Twilight's right yelled. "It's too much of a risk for Twilight to be in the area!"
"Ladies, get close now! We are leaving the vicinity!" the guard on the left yelled. Cadence, Rarity, and Fluttershy immediately rushed over as the two guards used their magic to teleport them out of the festival and back to inside Canterlot Castle. "We need to put out an IN on those two ponies so that they'll be tracked in case something of violence arises."
"Right. I'm on it!" the right guard pony said as he ran up the stairs.
"Come with me, Twilight Sparkle. You must be taken back to your bedroom for now. It's for your general safety." said the remaining guard pony. "For the rest of you, I recommend staying in the castle until this has been sorted with."
The three mares nodded as they walked away. Twilight walked in front of the guard pony as he walked directly behind her. "What did Discord do that Apple Sweet over a thousand years anyways?" Twilight muttered to herself as she felt the foal inside her give another tiny kick.
Here's the next chapter you've been waiting for! Since it's almost 6am as I post this and I haven't gone to bed yet, good night everypony!
"What happened to using logic back there?" asked Apple Sweet as she and Bookworm were hiding in a local donut shop. "I thought you weren't going to use my method."
"She wasn't responding at all! There was no look of sudden realization or anything! I had to be blunt about it!" said Bookworm. "Hey, can a mare get a donut covered in sprinkles around here?"
"Yeah, you were suave abut it too. You were just being as in your face as I was being, not that I'm that bad, that is." smiled Apple Sweet.
"And now the guards think we're a bunch of lunatics who most likely just put an IN on the both of us. If they catch us doing-"
"Hold on, an I.N.? What the hay is an I.N.?" Apple Sweet said as she cocked her head in confusion.
Bookworm let out an annoyed sigh. "It means Important Notice. It tells all of Canterlot, perhaps even all of Equestria, to keep a very watchful eye on us to ensure that we don't end up doing what we did before. Well, that's just great!" Bookworm yelled as she punched her hoof on the bar in annoyance. "Now we really have to be careful about what we say."
"What are we gonna do about Discord and his little followers?" Apple Sweet asked aloud, causing the owner of the establishment to look at her oddly. Bookworm quickly slapped a hoof over her mouth.
"She's just talking nonsense. Don't mind her." Bookworm laughed to the owner. "Now, could I please get that donut?" The owner walked away before Bookworm leaned in closely to Apple Sweet and whispered to her in a furious tone. "When I say to keep quiet about you know what, I mean keep quiet! Now that the I.N. is out on us, we could easily be turned in just for mentioning Discord's name! If you really must refer to him while we are in public, use you-know-who so no pony gives us odd looks! Got it?"
"Ok, ok." Apple Sweet whispered. "So, have you come up with anything for a plan on you-know-who?"
"Since we were able to head to the library and get a copy of my books, I can finally do some proper research and form a more evolving plan that'll actually work this time." Bookworm said as she pulled her books from her saddle bag as the owner handed her the donut that she had ordered. "Thank you, sir." she smiled as she opened up Chaotic Reign and began to read.
"So, how long will it take for you to come up with a plan, you think?" asked Apple Sweet. "Because you-know-who could take over at any moment."
"When I do the proper research and form it is when I'll have it!" Bookworm hissed in annoyance. "Oh Celestia, you sure are demanding. Were ponies back then this demanding as you are?"
"More or less. I don't remember the past that much before I was put under that sleeping spell but I remember something about performing at some type of rock-n-roll show though." Apple Sweet said as she tapped her chin with her hoof. "What was that show about anyways?"
"Well, you get lost in your memories while I form a plan." Bookworm said as she turned another page and took a bite from her donut.
"Mommy! Mommy! Are you okay?" Screwball yelled as she came running in through the bedroom doors. "The guards said you saw that green unicorn again! Are you hurt, Mommy?"
"Screwball, I'm fine. Really I am." Twilight reassured her 'daughter' as she felt the foal inside her kick once again. "Wow, you sure are awake today, aren't you little foal? I've never felt you kick so much!"
"Is my little brother or sister kicking? Can I feel?" asked Screwball excitedly.
"I see no harm." Twilight said as she laid herself out on the bed. "Just put a hoof to my stomach and you should feel them kicking. They've been doing plenty of it already."
Screwball flew through the air using her hat and slowly landed right next to Twilight and immediately placed a hoof on Twilight's stomach. A few seconds went by when Screwball felt a little bump hit her hoof, which caused her to smile intensely. "Oh, they're really in there! I can't wait until they're born so I can teach them all about the joys of life, like chaos!"
"It's going to be awhile until the little foal is born, Screwy. I think I'm not due for at least another six or even more months. But still, I'll definitely need your help the most when the foal is born."
"I thought you would need Daddy's help the most." Screwball asked in confusion.
"Of course I'll need his help, but you would be more helpful since you're a mare and can have motherly feelings, unlike Discord. I love him, but I don't think he'll be exactly helpful when it comes to the foal. Sure, he'll provide me with what I need, but when that foal cries at 3am, who do you think is going to take care of it? Most likely me or you."
"Do you really think Daddy won't help out with my new little brother or sister? He took really good care of me when I was a filly." Screwball said when she remembered something else. "Then again, I was never a baby and created from a cotton candy cloud. A tasty cotton candy cloud, that is." she smiled.
"Well, this is only a feeling I'm having. Hopefully, my feeling will prove incorrect. Hey, where is your father, Screwball? i thought he would be in here immediately after what happened at the Rose Festival. These last two days have just been crazy."
"That green unicorn, having the wedding canceled, and you have to deal with it all while being pregnant? That must be tough for you, Mommy. As for your question on Daddy, he said something about going to look for that unicorn as soon as he heard about it. He told me to come check on you while he went to take care of it."
"I thought he wasn't worried about Apple Sweet? He said that she was simply bitter about being placed under that sleep spell over a thousand years ago." Twilight said as she felt yet another kick, this time it was more like a series of kicks. "Ok, this baby is sure active! I've never heard of foals kicking this much in such a short amount of time! What the heck is going on with this foal?" Twilight said as she placed her hoofs on her stomach, to be met with another series of kicks.
"As for the foal, Mommy, maybe you should have a doctor come in here and look at it. As for that unicorn, the guard said that she had a follower with her and it made Daddy mad. Something about she could be more of a threat if she had friends on her side." Screwball informed. "I hope Daddy finds her and teaches them a lesson."
"I just hope he's careful. I'm surprised that the guards just allowed him to storm off like that." Twilight said in slight surprise.
"Actually, they really didn't allow him to go. He disappeared too quickly before they could react but they managed to follow me to the bedroom and are standing right outside of the door." said Screwball as she saw another series of kicks appear on Twilight's stomach. "Do you want me to get a doctor to look at you, Mommy? You look concerned."
"I think I should be looked at. Can you tell one of the guards to get a doctor for me?" asked Twilight with a small smile.
"On it, Mommy!" Screwball saluted quickly before she headed towards the door.
"How's the research coming along?" asked Apple Sweet as she peered over Bookworm's shoulder, who was now reading The History of Equestria.
"If you keep on bugging me every five seconds, the research will never develop farther!" Bookworm hissed as she bit into the third donut she had ordered today. "But if you must know, I was reading the section in my book about Star Swirled the Bearded and how he created over 200 spells."
"What about him exactly?" asked Apple Sweet. "Can one of his spells help us in anyway?"
"No, but I came across an artifact in my book called the Alicorn Amulet. It was created during his time."
"And what is the Alicorn Amulet?"
"It's an artifact that can accelerate a unicorn's to godlike levels but it also corrupts the user. It would be perfect in our plan but unfortunately no pony knows what last happen to it over a hundred years ago."
"You say your looking for the Alicorn Amulet?" came a creepy voice from behind the two ponies. "Perhaps I can help you."
"Thanks but no thanks." said Bookworm. "If we were able to find it and use it on this brash thinking unicorn, it would corrupt her more horrible than imaginable."
"But I'm more strong willed then most unicorns! It won't be able to corrupt me!" yelled Apple Sweet.
"So said the other unicorns who had it before they were consumed by it's power." said Bookworm. "I'm sorry, old stallion, but we are not interested."
"But those unicorns didn't know a special charm that prevented one from being corrupt by it's special powers." the old stallion laughed from under his hood.
"But why would you you even help us? You don't even know why we even want to use it." said Bookworm.
"By the way you were talking, it sounds like you want to get rid of an old evil that has returned, but yet, no pony seems to believe you when you say that they have returned." the old stallion smiled evilly from under his hood. "But luckily for you ladies, I believe you in when you say that," the old stallion quickly went into a whisper. "Discord has returned from his stone imprisonment."
"How do you know that's who we were talking about?" whispered Bookworm in surprise.
"I know a lot of things that most ponies don't realize. Tell me, would you like to accept my help in acquiring the Alicorn Amulet? All I ask in return is that once the unicorn here has it that she can restore my youth. I miss being a young and handsome stallion."
"We'll do it!" Apple Sweet quickly agreed, shaking her hoof with his, earning a 'Are you stupid?' look from Bookworm.
"Excellent, but we cannot do it here, for your enemy is listening over in that booth in the corner." the old stallion whispered.
Apple Sweet looked at the corner booth and quickly could feel her anger rising. Discord had some nerve to come in here wearing that horrible disguise! Apple Sweet immediately got up to her feet and walked over to the pony in the corner booth.
"You have some nerve showing up here after what you did to me!" she yelled aloud. "Everypony may think you're gone, but I will prove them wrong and break the spell you've casted on the royal family, those two follower ponies, and the rest of Equestria. You will be destroyed."
A simple chuckle came from the pony that she was accusing. A small whisper soon came from the stallion, which was just barely loud enough for Apple Sweet to hear. "You think you just know so much, my dear? No pony with a normal working mind is going to believe you about you saying that I have returned and I also heard about you and your newest friend confronting my wife."
Apple Sweet's horn began to light up as her anger began to take her over. "Bookworm and I will get rid of you and free those two follower ponies you have under your spell. Once we have the Alicorn Amulet, you will be nothing but a figment of the past and I will have my revenge for what you did to my family."
"So that's who your little friend is. I've heard of her. She wrote that work of fiction that supposedly told the truth about my rule of Equestria. I believe it was called Chaotic Reign, hmm? But I don't have time for games, I have a message to deliver to the both of you." the stallion said as he used his horn to pull Bookworm over to the table.
"Let me go, you devil!" Bookworm shouted. "You will not get away with this!"
"You will both listen to me and listen well." the stallion whispered, suddenly his tone turned serious. "If you ever attempt to hurt me or my family at all, I will put you under a more powerful spell then before. I thought you were a joke before, Apple Sweet, but I see that you aren't. If you even think of hurting us, there will be a big storm of chaos brewing just especially for the two of you. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a wife to see. Enjoy these parting gifts." the stallion snickered as he disappeared in a flash of light.
The second after he left, Bookworm and Apple Sweet felt a sharp pain on top of their heads. A loud crash echoed through the bar as the two mares both fell to the ground in pain. The loud crash turned out to be two flower pots that laid shattered next to them and in said flower pots had been large bouquets of Poison Joke, which plenty of them had gotten all over the two mares.
"We'll get you!" Apple Sweet screamed before she held her throbbing head, not paying attention to the Poison Joke that was around her.
"I'm just going to put this gel on your stomach, Miss Sparkle. It'll allow me to see the baby much clearer with the ultrasound." the doctor smiled.
"I know. It's just weird how much the foal has been kicking today. I've never heard of a foal ever kicking this much before." said Twilight.
"It's not that uncommon for a foal to kick constantly." the doctor said as he applied the jelly-like gel onto her stomach.. "There. Now we can see what your little foal is up too." The doctor grabbed his tool and gently placed it into Twilight's tummy. "Now we just turn this on and we can see the little thing!"
The doctor pony turned on the ultrasound and slowly, an image began to show itself. As the image began to become clearer, the doctor and Twilight immediately had their jaws hit the ground at what they saw on the screen. On the screen, the foal appeared to be dancing in Twilight's stomach!
"What in Equestria?!" Twilight screamed aloud. "OK, that is most definitely is not normal! Foals cannot dance in their mothers!"
"But there it is on the screen, Miss Sparkle!" the doctor said, completely astounded.
"Woah! That's so cool! I've never seen a dancing foal inside of their mother before!" said Screwball excitedly. "Well, I've never seen a dancing foal at all, but still, that's so cool. My little brother or sister is gonna be a dancer when their born!"
"And a giant hoofful too." said Twilight. "His magic is defiantly playing apart in that foal." she muttered aloud.
"A unicorn's magic has been known to affect how a foal acts during the pregnancy but I've never seen anything like this in all my years as a doctor!" the doctor said. "But I believe you'll be fine, Miss Sparkle. The foal hasn't done anything, so you shouldn't worry. Still, if anything comes up, feel free to get me. I'm available at anytime!"
With that said, the doctor pony left the bedroom. Screwball immediately walked up to her mother. "I never knew a foal could be like that!"
"Me neither. Then again, this foal is the foal of harmony and chaos." said Twilight as she felt another series of kicks.
"Thank goodness the foal decided to stop dancing." Twilight spoke a few minutes after the doctor pony left. She glanced down at her stomach and let out a small chuckle. "You know I love you, my little foal, but I'm glad you decided to take a break. It can get really annoying on Mommy."
"That was funny to see on the screen though." Screwball said. "I hope Daddy was able to teach those meanie mares a lesson about messing with our family."
"Knowing him, he probably did something involving Poison Joke." Twilight laughed.
"It did indeed." came a laughing voice that echoed throughout the room. A bright burst of light came into the room, which caused both Twilight and Screwball to shield themselves from going blind. The burst of light disappeared a few seconds later and Discord happily walked into the room.
"Daddy!" Screwball said happily. "Did you teach those meanie mares a lesson?"
"I did give them a very strong message, but I did overhear them talking about acquiring some odd thing called the Alicorn Amulet? Like anything they could get could be a match my powers!" Discord laughed aloud. "It'll take a whole army of Celestia's too put me back into stone!"
"Aren't you protected from turning back into stone?" Twilight asked in worry. "You told me that you were."
Discord let out a laugh. "Of course I am, my dear! You mustn't get to stressed out. It can't be good for the foal."
Twilight put a hoof to her head. "Right. I'm just worried at what exactly those two mares can do. They're pretty determined to have you gone from Equestria. I don't understand why that Bookworm wants you gone though." Twilight sighed at she ran her hoof through her mane. It was an absolute mess! "Great! That teleportation spell made a mess of my mane!"
"Rarity much, my dear?" Discord smirked. "Are you going to start acting like her now?"
Twilight shot him a glare. "Rarity has her reasons to act the way she does, but I will not going out looking like I went to a party! I need to look professional! Is there a mirror and brush anywhere in this room?"
"Here you are, Mommy!" Screwball said happily, holding the questioned items in her hoofs. Twilight ahold of the items with her magic and quickly began to brush her mane back into place.
A few seconds after she began to brush her mane, Twilight glanced into the mirror to notice something that she hadn't really noticed before. There were red ringlets around her purple iris in her eyes! How long had they been there? "How did this happen?!" Twilight screamed.
"What's wrong, Mommy? Are you okay?" Screwball asked in worry.
"No I'm not!" Twilight screamed as there was a loud knock from outside of the door.
"We heard a scream! Is everything alright in there?" asked a guard's voice.
"It's ok! We can handle this." Twilight said as she faked assurance in her voice before turning back to her family, her voice returning to the same tone as before. "My eyes! There is red rings in my eyes! Now did that happen? They haven't been there before until..." Twilight said before something clicked. "Discord?" she said with a warning tone in her voice. "Do you have something to do with this?"
Discord looked at her in slight surprise. He thought she would never notice the red in her eyes! That meant that chaos acceptance spell had to be losing power. Could she be actually accepting it on her own so that the spell would no longer be needed? Discord simply looked at his wife and faked like he knew of nothing.
"Now why in Equestria would I know of something that happened to your eyes?" Discord said as he literally pulled out his own eyes from his head and held them in his hands. "I know about things that happen to my eyes, but that's about it."
"Well, put your eyes back into your head. I will not have a husband that literally has no eyes." Twilight said. "Besides, the red in my eyes is something that you would do, like if I were under a spell of some sort!" Then,another thing clicked in her head. "Wait a minute, you did cast a spell on me!"
"Now, what in Equestria do you mean, my dear? Why would I cast a spell on you? As much fun as that would be, there's no need too." Discord spoke as if he were growing bored of the conversation.
"I remember you casted a spell on me! I don't remember exactly where but the spell had something to do with not having a problem with your chaos! An acceptance spell basically!" Twilight yelled. "You couldn't trust me, your own wife, to accept you for who you were? Why you-" Twilight yelled before her mane and tail seemed to catch on fire since she was so angry. "How could you cast a spell on me, Discord? How could you? I thought you had changed and were actually trying to commit to good! But you couldn't even trust your own wife with accepting your chaos powers?"
"M-My dear." he stuttered out, surprised just how Twilight had became in over the short course of a minute. "You mustn't get to angry now. Remember, the foal."
Twilight's mane and tail quickly returned to their normal state before she glanced down at the ground sadly. "I thought you could trust me but I guess you couldn't. Can I trust you too?"
"You can trust me, my dear." Discord said. "Besides, you being under that spell has been far too long. It has been getting boring. I think it's time you be truly you, even if you may become even more boring." Discord said, finally giving himself a small a smile.
"Are you gonna promise not to cast any more spells like this on me again?" twilight spoke with a glare, the red in her eyes blazing.
"Now I have to give you a promise? Bleh!" Discord stuck out his tongue in fake disgust only to be met only with a harsher glance. "But fine, I promise not to cast any more acceptance spells on you." Discord snapped his fingers and Twilight flinched backwards, as if something had just popped right in front of her eyes.
Twilight picked up the little hoof mirror she had before and looked into it. Staring back at her were her own purple eyes, no red ringlets attaching themselves to her iris. Twilight smiled a little. "Thank you. I do feel the same about the magic though. As long as Equestria isn't thrown into chaos and your chaos is just for amusement, it's fine. And I guess it can protect too if the time arises, which I hope it doesn't."
"Ouch." Apple Sweet said as she rubbed the back of her head. "Those were some heavy flower pots. Wait til I get my hooves on him! I will tear him limb from limb!"
"So will I!" Bookworm said angrily as the Poison Joke that had been in the pots fell off of her. "Oh, holy horsefeathers! Those pots were filled with Poison Joke!"
"What?!" Apple Sweet yelled as she instantly turned around and ran out of the donut shop. Bookworm immediately ran out after her while shouting out Apple Sweet's name in order to get her to stop running.
The old stallion that had been talking to them about the location of the Alicorn Amulet threw off his hood and used his magic to teleport himself out of the donut shop as well. The magic quickly teleported him to a spot in which Apple Sweet was running too, causing her, and soon Bookworm, to crash into the old stallion.
"Ouch!" Apple Sweet yelled. "What did I crash into too?" she said as she looked directly into the purple eyes of the old stallion.
"Why did you run out like that? I thought you wanted to be able to get rid of him permanently. You still require my assistance in locating the Amulet." said the old stallion.
"Poison Joke can be very contagious and it makes a joke out of you! I can't be seen as a joke! I must be confident and stand proud, not stand as a joke to avenge my family!" said Apple Sweet.
"That still doesn't mean you run out like that!" yelled Bookworm as she lifted her head off of Apple Sweet's back. "We have to stick together, you idiot! Before you-know-who showed up, we almost had a plan on how to actually get rid of him! If you want to avenge your family, Sweetie, you need to stay with me!" Bookwork quickly looked at the old stallion. "Will you still help us even after that little fiasco Sweetie here caused?"
"Of course." the old stallion smiled. "But, it is still unsafe to talk about this in the open. We need to converse somewhere more private, like at my residence."
Bookworm smiled and finally noticed something that she didn't catch for a second. The old stallion's hood was completely down and gave a clear view of his face. The odd thing was that was half of his face seemed to be covered by a half white mask and made his red mane and purple eyes much more noticeable. He looked like somepony that she had read about in her research before, but she couldn't exactly place who he looked like. Perhaps when she had more time to read, she could find out who he looked like. until them however, she and Apple Sweet really needed to get rid of Discord.