Guys, if anyone wants me to continue this fic just comment or message me. I have the time, just not the drive.
Twilight waited at the door while Astrána went to upstairs wake Spike, thoughts raced through her head. The implications of teaching Astrána offensive magic were immense, seeing as the only place they could practice was infested with wild beasts and pony eating monsters. Several minutes passed before Astrána returned, carrying Spike on her back.
"Are we ready?" She asked.
"No." Spike interrupted, "Let me go back to bed."
She smiled, "Yes, let's go then." Twilight lead Astrána out the door, she turned and closed the door with magic. The two mares and the dragon began to make their way to Fluttershy's cottage, the safest and easiest way to get into the Everfree forest. As Twilight had suspected the dragon fell asleep on the rather short journey to the pegasi's cottage. A faint giggling came from the humble abode, Twilight grew rather curious and began to listen in. She heard Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy, unsure of what they were talking about Twilight tuned out. They had always been close, the mare didn't doubt they could have feelings for each other. She shrugged the odd feeling off and took Astrána and Spike deep into the Everfree forest.
"Twi', I'm scared." Astrána said as the screeches of a cockatrice sounded from afar.
"It's ok, let me get a light." Twilight's horn glowed for a second before a flare of light illuminated the path, a small luminescent orb levitated above Twilight's head. I didn't take long before the three reached a clearing in the woods. The trees that lined the clearing were leafless and scorched, some even had chunks of wood missing.
"This is where I usually practice." Twilight said. "Ok, so I am going to teach you three spells, one is just a plain blast of magical energy. I know you already can do this but I want to enhance your technique. The second is an fire element spell, it causes a lot more damage than a measly burst of magic. And finally, I'll be teaching you a blast spell, it's very similar to the magic blast but this spell converts the magical energy into pure energy." Twilight finished with a smile.
"I... I can do that. But what of the mental process, I know the magical burst is rather easy to pull off, but what of the other two?"
"Well, the fire element spell doesn't require any complex calculations as such, but it does require intense concentration. It you manage to loose focus for even a second you could find yourself in an inferno. You need to focus on the flame inside of you, the burning desire to accomplish your tasks and follow your dreams. The pure energy burst however will require you to focus on everything and nothing at the same time. Broaden your mind and take in everything, once you feel you're registering everything snap your focus to the one thing you want to annihilate, then release your magical energy, it will feel as if there is a filter on the end of your horn. I have still not figured out why this happens but it does." Astrána nodded, she felt as if a lot of pressure was being put on her chest.
"Ok, what should I aim at?" Astrána asked. Twilight pointed to a fairly undamaged tree. This one still had a few leaves hanging onto dead branches. The dark purple mare stared ferociously at the tree, she began to build up the necessary energy needed to cast the magic blast. A few seconds passed before she released the energy, a ethereal white line shot towards the tree, splitting some of the bark. Twilight grinned.
"Brilliant! It seems you've already mastered that spell. I cannot teach you any more than you already know with that one. Now, do the fire spell."
"Ok..." Astrána gulped, she concentrated on her inner flame and built up the energy once more. Heat, to her surprise, began to gather in her horn. Once it reached the point of pain she released the energy, focusing on a single tree in the distance. A large fireball shot towards a group of trees in the distance, engulfing them. Twilight put the fire out with a simple spell.
"Good, you just need to concentrate more. The fire needs to be a lot more concentrated." Twilight said in a firm but kind way.
"Ok, I'll try." Astrána said, once more focusing on her inner flame, and this time intensely focusing on the tree in the distance. Fortunately this time a high speed jet of flame was released from Astrána's horn. It hit the tree, burning the wood to a crisp.
"Excellent!" Twilight yelled, "Now, be careful with this last one."
"I... Ok. I can do this." Astrána's dark pink mane blew in the wind, she stared into the distance for a long time, trying to focus on everything and yet nothing. Thirty minute passed, Spike woke and began to watch. Astrána felt she was focusing on everything around her, Astrána began to build up a massive amount of energy, once she has reached the pinnacle of her power she released it. An orb formed around her for a moment, flaring red, blue and green before exploding. It launched Spike and Twilight further into the Everfree forest while Astrána was blasted towards Fluttershy's house.
Astrána's body hit the side of Fluttershy's cottage with a loud bang, a high pitched squeal could be heard from inside. The unicorn writhed on the floor in pain, Fluttershy came out of her cottage to discover what caused the loud bang.
"Oh my gosh, you poor thing!" Fluttershy cried as she ran towards Astrána, "A-Are you okay?!" Astrána opened her eyes, relieved to see a pony she knew.
"I-I'm fine." Astrána picked herself up from the ground, she peered around, scanning the area for Twilight and Spike.
Fluttershy stared a Astrána's blackened horn, "What happened?" She asked tentatively. Astrána stirred, not wanting to tell the timid pony of Twilight's predicament.
Astrána thought for a moment, "My spell... I lost control and it sent me flying in the opposite direction."
Fluttershy gasped, "What happened to Twilight and Spike?"
"I-I'm not sure." Astrána lied.
"Let's go find them!" Fluttershy said, a worried expression upon her face. The two ponies ran into the forest, exchanging but a few words on the way to the clearing Astrána had been training in. A cry escaped Astrána's lips as she saw a huge smocking crater... And a fair amount of blood where Twilight had been standing. Fluttershy just stood there in shock as tears filled Astrána's eyes.
Rocks from the ground had been scattered all around the clearing, some had even embedded themselves in trees. Astrána notice one tree which had a hole all the way though. A thought struck her. Maybe one of the rocks hit Twilight! Yes, that was it. Only a small cut. tears began to flow down Astrána's cheeks.
"C'mon Fluttershy, we need to look for them." Said Astrána. The almost catatonic pony shook her head and with a worried expression began to follow Fluttershy.
Spike awoke next to a rather bloody Twilight, it took a few seconds for him to realise what had happened and process the information in his groggy head. His eyes snapped open once he noticed Twilight was bleeding from her side, a twelve inch gash, an inch deep at it's worst. Spike yelled Twilight's name, hoping to wake the injured pony.