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Silence was approaching. Rainbow Dash knew it, and so did Applejack.

Beside her, the blue pegasus heard her companion heave a sigh and shift her position. “This is it,” Applejack said, and gestured to a far distance ahead. “Are ya happy, RD? We’re finally at the end of the world.”

Rainbow Dash’s jaw instinctively tightened as her eyes followed the direction she was being pointed to. Bodies of ponies and animals alike littered the narrow street, and quite a few charred skeletons lay nearby, burned by Celestia’s might. However, the thing that Applejack had called to her attention was not the overwhelming amount of dead surrounding them, but the presence of the forlorn-looking castle hanging over Canterlot. Once upon a time, it had been referred to as the royal palace, residence of Princess Celestia and Princess Luna. “If I am to die, I would rather die with you,” she grunted.

Applejack remained unchanged. “You didn’t answer the question.”

“...Equestria’s falling all around us, our friends have fallen, and Nightmare Moon is here, but the only thing we’ve done to ‘help’ was kill. Am I happy...?” Rainbow Dash’s gaze softened as she spoke her next words. “Yes. As long as we are together, I will be happy.”

“You’re gettin’ soft.” Despite her hard tone, Applejack felt herself cracking a small smile. Staying serious around the blue pegasus was becoming increasingly difficult. What a pain. Though she never really minded.

“I guess I am.” Rainbow Dash inclined her head sarcastically. “If we are to die anyway, I thought it would be better for you to know exactly how I felt.”

“I’ll never need to hear you to understand how you’re feelin’, Dash,” Applejack replied smoothly, not missing a beat. “We’re partners, after all.” Then she reached over and drew her sword. “Silence is comin’.”

Rainbow Dash nodded, mimicking her movements. Within a second, her own blade was out. “If we fail to reach Princess L—no, Nightmare Moon, then I say we die trying.”

“Yeah.”

And then they charged ahead to the scene of the main battle raging throughout Ponyville, mowing down the ones who opposed them without a moment's hesitation. But the combined effort of two ponies alone would not save Equestria, and that was what the two realized soon after.

Rainbow Dash and Applejack squared off side by side to face the crowd of enemy ponies. Judging by its massive numbers, the two ponies knew one thing for certain, and the thought rang clear throughout their heads, communicating the one thing they did not want to admit aloud: We aren’t coming out of this alive.

Rainbow Dash nodded once more to Applejack and together, they turned to face the monstrous horde. They weren’t sure which one of the two spoke next, but the words were comforting nonetheless. “We die together.”

...

Moments later, Celestia felt her heart ache as she stared down at the two trinkets that had just materialized in front of her. They were just bronze necklaces, really, but that did not stop the sun princess’ tears from falling at what those ornaments meant. In the middle of the necklaces were crystals engraved into different silhouettes; one had the shape of an orange-colored apple while the other held a red lightning bolt. “The Elements of Harmony,” she murmured. “They’re all together now.”

Loyalty and Honesty had recently fallen.

Author's Note:

Confused? Well, this is set 1000 years prior to MLP:FiM, and my(Loleus) version of how the Elements of Harmony came about. I mean, they had to come from somewhere, right? Note RD's slightly-traditional speech.

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