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18w, 5dTime flies, some push ahead while others are left behind 2 comments · 35 views
One thousand years into the future, K and C were forgotten in the annals of time. In the present day nearly one week after the wedding of Princess Cadence and Shinning Armor, Canterlot was rebuilding from the Changeling invasion. Though there were many workers rebuilding the buildings and roads that were hit by the changelings landing, there were very few working on the gardens. It was scheduled to be only one Pegasus mare working the gardens, but some off duty guards thought it would be cruel, so they decided to pitch in.
The mare sighed as she filled the last hole in her sector of the gardens and moved on to start cleaning off the nearest statues. This mare's name was Neon Fracture. She was a dark blue Pegasus with a black and teal mane and tail. Her cutie mark was a circle of different colors separated by cracks the likes of which would seem to belong on a broken mirror, there were ten colors, going clockwise, were blue, pink, red, green, purple, black, white, teal, yellow and orange.
The first statue she started to clean was the one that belonged to Discord, spirit of chaos and disharmony. As she cleaned off Discord's statue she was reminded, with disgust, of what he did to her. Specifically when her third place summer flight camp trophy came to life and flew her around Canterlot. As she cleaned off the last scorch mark and bits of dirt she sighed in relief to be done and to, once again, forget about him.
Finally finished with Discord's statue she moved on to her favorite statue in all of the gardens. The statue was an interesting work show casing a bipedal creature wearing a cape and pointing to the sky next to a mirror held up by a stone stand. For as long as she worked at the royal palace, mainly the gardens, that statue was her favorite for she found it interesting and different from the rest, sans Discord's but she disliked his ever since he escaped.
As she started wiping the mirror off she started to hum a song her mother taught her when she was a filly. As she wiped a scorch mark off the mirror she saw the reflection of somepony flying towards the gardens. She turned around and squinted at the Pegasus that was flying and smiled when she recognized who it was. As the figure got closer she waved and her smile grew wider.
The figure landed a few yards away and waved back before trotting closer, "Hey, Neon!"
Neon chuckled at seeing her childhood friend again, "Hello, Storm."
Storm Cloud was a light brown Pegasus stallion with amber eyes and a blond and silver tinted mane. His cutie mark was a black cloud shooting out two silver lightning bolts.
He neared his friend and gave her a hug which she returned. He looked her over, taking note if anything was out of place, "Are you alright Neon? I heard about the wedding getting crashed and Canterlot being attacked."
Neon chuckled slightly at her friends concern, "You could have written a letter you know. But, I'm fine Storm. Though the gardens have seen better days, it could be worse."
Storm gave a sigh and his face changed to slight nervousness, "I wanted to come and see for myself, seeing as I heard those creatures that attacked could take the forms of different ponies, I wanted to make sure you were alright."
Neon smiled and put her hoof on her friends shoulder, "I'm touched Storm. But, I'm fine. Honestly. Though it is good to see you again."
Storm's smile returned as he started walking a little ways off, "It's good to see you too! We should have dinner tonight at that old diner we used to go to."
Neon nodded in agreement, "That sounds great Storm." She sighed as she turned back to the statue she was cleaning, "I'd love to chat Storm, but I have statues to clean."
Storm chuckled and flapped his wings to take him into the air, "It's alright. I have to check into a hotel any ways. See you tonight Neon!"
She turned and watched him fly into the semi-outskirts of Canterlot with a smile on her face before continuing cleaning the statues. For three hours she cleaned the statues and other assorted items in the gardens before thanking the guards and heading to the apartment she owned in Canterlot right before the sun was being replaced by the moon. But, when she left, a mirror held by a stone stand reflected a figure that wasn't there.
The silhouette of a bipedal creature stood there with two red eyes and a creepy smile, in silence. After a few minutes the creature's silence was interrupted by a laugh to the mirror's left. The creature in the mirror turned to see the statue of Discord. It looked to Discord's face to see the eyes glowing, "Well, it sure has been awhile since you two showed your ugly mug in that mirror!"
The creature sighed and shook it's head before turning away from him, "We have been asleep for the last hundred years Discord. Well, except for your little excursion into freedom."
Discord laughed again before his voice took a calm yet happy tone, "So, what did you think?"
The creature sat there, contemplating it's answer, before it gave it's response, "It was amusing. Much better than what we've had. That and Nightmare Moon's return sure made everything worth watching." The creature's smile returned wider than before at the memory.
The lord of chaos chuckled in amusement, "There were rumors that you had a hand in that."
The creature in the mirror nodded, "Yes, I did. I was hoping the poison would be left intact after the Elements restored the Princess. Sadly it was destroyed."
Eyes of three other statues next to Discord and the creature started to glow, as did statues further away, though they glowed dimmer than Discord's and their voices were distorted and impossible to understand. The creature turned to the statue on it's right, a pony holding a flag, "You felt it too, did you?" As the lights shimmered the creature sighed, "This is why I don't make friends."
The other statue's voice made a noise that Discord sighed at, "True my friend. How cruel fate was to make you sight a cockatrice right after you saved that village from a manticore."
The creature in the mirror spoke to all the statues of the gardens as if addressing a crowd at a speech, "You all know that you're all stuck here. Even for the likes of me it's dangerous to escape magic stone after so long. But, it seems my ticket out of this place has come at last, hidden in plain sight at that."
The creature could almost hear Discord's smile before he even spoke, "Ooh! Can I come along Kwazy?"
Behind the mirror it thought it over for a good bit before it sighed, "Fine, but I'll approach her first considering you look disturbing to anyone who knows you."
Discord was silent for a little while before he said anything, "I'm not sure of that was a compliment or an insult."
The creature chuckled, "It'll give you something to think about while I sort things out. If I play my cards right and you and our little friend don't ruin it, we'll be out of here within months."
The silhouette vanished from the mirror and Discord chuckled and his chuckle seemed to echo as his eyes stopped glowing along with the rest of the garden's statues, as if nothing out of the ordinary happened that night.