I woke up, sweating in fear, breathing heavily, and almost crying. The sun was already up for hours, but I could barely see it. That dream, it leaved me with many questions. But I knew one thing: Owlen was coming.
I went to the bathroom and checked my eyes in the mirror and, to my surprise, they were completely normal. What game was playing Owlen. I know him, he is me; more specifically the most violent part of me. And now that he was free, I was expecting a bit more of 'destruction'.
I went to the dinning room of the castle. Twilight was probably having breakfast, maybe I could ask for her help. I opened the door but, when I went through, I just saw all her friends and Starlight eating pancakes.
"Hello William!" Starlight spoke. "Did you slept well last night?"
"More or less." I lied. "But, where's Twilight?"
"Oh, somepony knocked the castle door, and she went to see who was there. Nothing important, she'll come back at any moment." the reformed unicorn answered.
"Ok." I responded.
"Starlight was telling us what she almost did, and how you helped her." Fluttershy spoke. "Did you really traveled in time?"
"William!" Luna's and Tia's voices shouted as they went through the door and rushed to hug me.
"What happened!?" I asked. "Starlight is ok, neither she or her spell means no more harm to anypony. Also, where is the spell?"
"It's under the custody of princess Cadence, but that's not important now!" Luna spoke. "Last night, I couldn't enter your dreams and we got worried. It's everything alright?"
"Look," I whispered to her ear, "the thing is that no, is not alright. He appeared in my dream last night and then..."
My neck started to feel weird. I tried to continue speaking, but I simply couldn't. Then, I continued speaking, but I was no longer in control of what I was saying.
"SO I'LL GET TO DESTROY THAT UGLY CASTLE AFTER ALL!" I shouted.
I would rather not to describe what happened next, all I can say is that it was pretty disgusting. My mouth opened, and something came out of it. I closed my eyes in horror, so I didn't saw what it was. But when I reopened them, I saw him, Owlen.
It was just like in my nightmares, but this time, he was real. I immediately stand up, and light up my sword in front of him, while the other mares stared the scene at horror.
He opened his pupil-less green and red eyes and spoke: "FINALLY, YOU DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH I'LL ENJOY THIS!"
Then, he attacked Tia with his big and monstrous claws, but I blocked them with my sword, but he didn't stop there. With a speed even superior to what I saw in my dreams he continued his attacks as I blocked them. The mares, except for the alicorns and Starlight, were just petrified at the scene. They weren't safe here, not with Owlen, so I shouted:
"Run! Run away from here! I'll be fine!"
They obeyed, but the remaining ponies stayed here to help me fight Owlen. Even though our efforts and magic were tremendous, Owlen resisted all of our attacks, and my sword never touched anything but his claws.
"I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THIS! I'VE OTHER STUFF TO DO." and then, he focused a magical red beam that went directly for me, and I didn't had enough time to respond to it.
When I woke up, my black coat was gone. Presumably, completely burned, and the T-shirt I wore inside it was almost burned as well.
As I tried to stand up, and searched for Tia or Luna, but I couldn't find them. I just found a fainted Twilight being helped to stand up by Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie. And Rarity and Fluttershy extending their hooves to help me stand up.
"What happened?" I asked.
"I-I don't know." Fluttershy responded. "I just saw that horrendous monstrosity kidnapping the princesses! What was that thing, and why it was so similar to you?"
I explained them everything I knew about Owlen, it wasn't that much, but it could help.
"We must gather the elements!" I finally spoke. "Their power might be enough to erase Owlen once and for all!"
"Yeah... about that." Rainbow spoke while pointing a hoof to some necklaces and a crown on the table, but the magical stones that they hold where now pure black, instead of the regular colors they use to hold.
"He! He! He corrupted the elements!" I shouted.
"It seems so." Twilight spoke. "What are we going to do now!"
"I don't know." I said. "I'll go to try to stop him all the time I can, but without the elements, I don't know how are we going to stop him." then an idea materialized on my head. "I know! You can go and search for a way to dis-corrupt them, while I buy you some time!"
"Do you thing there is a chance we make it on time?" Twilight spoke.
"We have to try."
"But, where is he?" Twilight asked.
"I know exactly where: the Crystal Empire."
As I approached to the door I heard Rarity's voice from behind.
"Wait darling!" she said. "You can't go there like that! I've the perfect thing for you to wear!"
I was running through portal over portal that I opened. Thanks to them, I was approaching the Empire at a very high speed, while wearing the most amazing thing I've ever seen: the blue suit of the little prince! It was very comfortable, pretty, and all; but now was time to be focused on the objective: Owlen.
I finally reached the Empire, and saw some smoke emerging from the castle. I just hope that I made it on time.
I opened another portal that let me inside of the castle's corridors, and I started to search for Owlen. I didn't know where to search for, until a shouting from the throne room told me where.
"I WON'T ASK IT AGAIN! WHERE DID YOU LEAVED THE TIME TRAVEL SPELL? TELL ME, OR I'LL KILL THIS 2 ALICORNS ONCE AND FOR ALL!"
"There he is!" I said to myself.
I opened a portal to the throne room, more specifically, to the upper part of it. Then I jumped, and with some piece of magical floor I used to correct my trajectory, I was about to land on top of Owlen to end him with my blue blade. But in the last moment, he used a claw to hold me from the neck, stopping my heroical rescue.
"WILLIAM!" he shouted. "ARE YOU DOING SOME KIND OF COSSPLAY? HA! ANYWAYS, YOUR EFFORTS ARE APPRECIABLE, BUT YOU ARE NOT A HERO. CAN'T YOU SEE IT? ALL I WANT IS TO GO BACK TO GIVE HUMANITY ANOTHER CHANCE! AS WELL AS WATCHING MOM AND MELISSA AGAIN. EVEN IF THAT MEANS HAVING TO ERASE THIS PONIES FROM EXISTENCE, I WON'T HESITATE AS YOU DO. THAT'S WHY YOU ARE WEAKER THAN ME AFTER ALL. I ADMIT I ONCE WANTED REVENGE ON TIA AND LUNA FOR TAKING EVERYTHING I ONCE LOVED, BUT SINCE I KNOW THAT THERE IS A SPELL THAT CAN CORRECT THE PAST, REVENGE HAS BECOME... POINTLESS."
I tried to respond, but my neck was being held to tightly for me to speak.
"YOU KNOW WHAT? I KIND OF APPRECIATE YOU. I WON'T GIVE YOU A PAINFUL DEATH, BUT YOU'LL DIE ANYWAYS. AND YOUR SUIT GAVE ME THE PERFECT IDEA TO END YOUR FATE!"
Then, he blasted me with his magic through the skies. At a speed that made me abandon earth in just 5 seconds. I thought I'll just keep going through infinity, but something hit my back, leaving me unconscious.