Fluttershy and Discord made their way through Ponyville.
“We just have to pick up Rarity at her shop and we’ll be on our way to the spa,” said Fluttershy.
“Sounds good to me,” said Discord.
As he and Fluttershy were walking, Discord couldn’t help but see other ponies staring at him. Some of them were giving him angry glares while others looked at him with terrified looks on their faces. Discord could also hear some of them whispering to one another.
“Is that Discord?”
“What’s he doing here?”
“He’s probably up to no good as usual.”
“Why the princess set him free I’ll never know.”
Those words pierced through Discord’s heart like daggers. Although, after all of the terrible things he had done, he couldn’t really blame them for saying all those things.
As he continued to walk, Discord saw a small filly with an orange mane and yellow coat bouncing a ball with her head. The ball then fell to the ground and rolled its way towards Discord and stopped right at his feet. The filly ran up to pick up her ball and looked at Discord. He expected her to run off in fear, but instead, the filly just smiled at Discord and gave him a small “hello.” Discord just looked at the filly for a few seconds and then smiled back at her.
“What’s your name, little one?” he asked.
“My name’s Noi,” the filly replied.
“That’s a lovely name,” said Discord.
“Thanks,” said Noi. “I think so too.”
At that moment, Noi heard her name being called. She turned around and saw an older pony, with the same color scheme as her, walk up to her.
“Noi, don’t talk to him,” the pony said. “That’s Discord.”
“But Mom…” Noi began.
“Not buts,” interrupted the mother. “You don’t know what he’s capable of. He would probably use his magic to hurt you.”
“I would never do that,” said Discord, a bit offended.
“Yeah, right,” said the pony. “I wasn’t born yesterday. I know about all the awful things you did. Like when you tried to turn this town into your own personal funhouse. You may have other ponies fooled by saying you’re reformed, but I don’t believe any of it.”
She quickly turned to her daughter.
“Come on, Noi. We’re going home.”
Noi wanted to protest, but judging by her mother’s firm face, she wasn’t going to win this argument. The two began walking towards their home. As he watched them leave, Discord could see Noi looking at him and mouthing the words “I’m sorry” to him when her mother wasn’t looking.
Fluttershy, who saw the whole thing, walked up to Discord and was simply heartbroken when she saw the sad look on his face.
“Are you okay?” she asked her friend.
Discord just let out a big sigh and shook his head “no.”
“You shouldn’t let something like that get to you,” said Fluttershy.
“But it’s true,” said Discord. “How can I expect everypony to forgive me after all the terrible things I’ve done?”
Fluttershy tried to think of something to help Discord when a stallion ran right by them, almost knocking the two over.
“Hey!” Discord shouted at the stallion. “Why don’t you watch where you’re going you…”
Fluttershy and Discord turned around to see Granny Smith wobble towards them with an angry look on her face.
“What happened, Granny Smith?” asked Fluterhy.
“That no-good whippersnapper stole my purse,” the elderly mare said.
That’s when Discord and Fluttershy remembered that when the stallion ran by them, they could see a red purse hanging from his mouth.
“Stealing from an old mare? That’s awful,” said Discord. “I’m the spirit of chaos and disharmony, and even I wouldn’t do something that disgusting. Don’t worry, Granny Smith, he won’t get far.”
Discord then eyed the thief running off in the distance and snapped his fingers.
The thief was still running down the street with the purse in his mouth. He then looked behind him to see if anyone was chasing him. As he was looking, he failed to see the brick wall that appeared right in front of his path and he ran right into it. The thief then fell onto his back and stared at the sky in a daze. He then saw Discord look down at him with a disgust look.
“Please don’t hurt me,” the thief whimpered.
Discord didn’t say anything as he bent down and snatched the purse out of the stallion’s mouth.
“You want money? Get a job,” said Discord before walking away.
Discord then returned to the place where Fluttershy and Granny Smith were waiting and handed the old mare her purse.
“Thank you kindly, young man,” Granny Smith said with a smile on her face.
“It was my pleasure, ma’am,” said Discord, taking a bow.
Granny Smith then opened her purse and pulled out four bits that she then placed in Discord’s eagle talon.
“A little something for your trouble,” she said.
“Oh, I can’t accept this,” said Discord.
“No, really, I insist,” said Granny Smith before walking off.
Discord just stood there, eyeing the four gold coins in his hand.
“What are you going to do with those?” asked Fluttershy.
“I don’t know,” said Discord. “I’ve never had to rely on money. If I want something, I can just snap my fingers and poof! It’s there.”
Discord then quickly took a look around the area and he saw a small filly in a scout uniform, standing next to a donation bin.
“I got an idea,” he said, smiling.
He then walked up to the bin and placed two of his four bits into it.
“Thank you, mister,” said the filly scout.
“You’re very welcome, my dear” Discord said, patting the small filly’s head. “See you at cookie time. Save me a box of peanut swirls. Those are my favorite.”
As Fluttershy saw Discord walk back to her, she noticed that he had a big smile appear on his face.
“That actually felt pretty good,” he said. “Doing something nice for somepony like that.”
“That’s what happens when you do a good deed,” said Fluttershy. “It not only makes the pony you’re helping happy, it makes you happy as well.”
That’s when an idea popped into Discord’s mind.
“Maybe if I do more of these good deeds, then it will show everypony that I’ve really changed.” He said.
“It’s worth a shot,” said Fluttershy.
Discord then eyed the area for some other pony that might need help. He then saw Mr. Waddle moving his front hoof around the ground as if he was trying to feel for something. Discord then saw a pair glasses right next to Mr. Wobble and knew what he was searching for. He walked up to the old stallion and picked up the glasses.
“Are these what you are looking for?” he asked.
Mr. Wobble touched the glasses with his hoof and smiled.
“Oh, thank you,” he said. “I can’t see a thing without these.”
But as soon as Mr. Wobble put his glasses on and saw that he was talking to Discord, he let out a big scream and ran off in terror.
“Well, that went well,” Discord said in a sarcastic tone.
He then saw a young mare carrying a bag of groceries on her back. Discord noticed that she was having a little trouble balancing the bag as it started to tilt and soon fell off the pony’s back. Discord quickly flew up to the mare and grabbed the bag before it could hit the ground. When the pony saw Discord holding her bag, she quickly snatched it from his hands.
“Trying to steal my groceries, huh?” she said in a disgusted tone.
“What? No, I was just…” Discord tried to explain.
“Spare me the details,” the mare said as she put the bag back on her back and left with a huff.
Discord was about to walk away when he saw an elderly mare with a cane about to walk across a street. Discord could tell by how she was wobbling that it would take her quite a while to cross the street so he quickly walked up to her before she crossed.
“Let me help you across, my good mare,” he said.
But the old pony quickly replied by stomping her cane right onto Discord’s lizard foot.
“I don’t need no mix matched monster’s help,” she said as she made her way down the street.
Discord then walked back to Fluttershy on a limp due to his now sore foot.
“It’s not going so well, is it?” Fluttershy asked.
“Afraid not,” said Discord. “I swear some of these ponies can be as stubborn as mules.”
Discord quickly thought of something and snapped his fingers, causing a piece of paper and a pencil to appear in his hands. He wrote down the words “No offense” on the paper, folded it into a paper airplane and flung it into the air.
In a nearby field, a mule was eating some grass when the paper airplane landed right in front of him. He picked it up, unfolded it, saw what it said and simply smiled.
Back in Ponyville, another paper airplane flew by and landed in Discord’s ear. He took it out, unfolded it and saw that it said “None taken.”
“Phew. That’s a relief,” said Discord as he wiped some sweat off his forehead.
At that moment, Fluttershy and Discord heard someone say “oh-no.” They went to where they heard it and found Scootaloo sitting on the ground with a sad look on her face.
“Scootaloo, what’s wrong?” asked Fluttershy.
But she soon discovered what the problem was when she saw Scootaloo holding onto an empty ice cream cone and then saw a blob of chocolate ice cream on the ground.
“Oh, I hate when that happens,” said Discord.
“It took me all week to save up for that ice cream,” said Scootaloo.
“Don’t worry, Scootaloo,” said Discord. “I know just the thing to cheer you up.”
Discord then snapped his fingers and in a flash of light, he was wearing a malt shop uniform and was holding onto a small bowl in one hand and an ice cream scoop in the other. He then flew up into the sky and used the scoop to take out three bits of a nearby cloud and added them to the bowl as they turned into three scoops of vanilla ice cream. He then touched the rest of the cloud, which made it turn into cotton candy. He grabbed it and gave it a big squeeze, causing it to squirt chocolate syrup onto the ice cream. As Discord returned to the ground, a banana tree appeared in front of him with a monkey hanging from it.
“Two please,” Discord said. And the monkey pulled two bananas off the tree and handed them to Discord before disappearing.
Discord unpeeled the bananas and placed them on both sides of the bowl. Finally, he wiggled his fingers over the bowl and out of them came peanuts and colored sprinkles which landed on the ice cream. He then put his hand into the shirt pocket of his uniform and pulled out a small spoon and stuck it into the middle scoop.
“There we are. One delicious banana split,” said Discord as he handed the treat to Scootaloo.
The young filly’s eyes lit up and a huge smile appeared on her face as she held the banana split in her front hooves.
“Wow, thanks, Discord. This looks great,” said Scootaloo before she put a spoonful of the ice cream in her mouth and let out a sigh of satisfaction.
Discord and Fluttershy both said their goodbyes to Scootaloo and continued on their way. As they walked, they saw Big Macintosh come towards them, pulling a cart full of apples with Apple Bloom riding on top of them.
“Hi, Fluttershy,” said Apple Bloom. “Where are you off to?”
“Just going to the spa with my good friend, Discord,” said Fluttershy. She then turned to Discord. “You remember Big Macintosh and Apple Bloom don’t you?”
“Of course,” said Discord. “You’re Applejack’s siblings, aren’t you? It’s good to see you again.”
Discord then extended his eagle claw, expecting Big Macintosh to shake it. But instead, Big Mac just looked at Discord with a disapproving glare.
“Oh. You’re still mad about me making you act like a dog, aren’t you?” Discord nervously asked.
“Eeyup,” Big Mac said in a low infuriating tone.
Everyone was silent for a few seconds as Big Mac continued to glare at Discord.
“Talk about awkward,” said Apple Bloom.
Big Mac started to move and continue on his way, but he only took three steps before stopping dead in his tracks. He tried to pull his cart, but it wouldn’t budge. Apple Bloom looked under the cart to see what the problem was and saw that one of the wheels was stuck in a crack in the road.
“Looks like we’re stuck,” said Apple Bloom.
“If you want, I can help you get it out,” said Discord.
But Big Mac just glared at Discord again and gave a very firm “EEnope.”
“Oh, come on, Big Mac. Give him a chance,” said Fluttershy, giving the stallion the biggest puppy dog eyes she could muster.
Big Mac just could not say no to that face. He let out a sigh and nodded his head at Discord.
Discord then moved a few feet away from the cart and then made sure that he was looking right at it. Then, in a flash of light, he was wearing a football helmet along with a uniform with two zeroes on it. He then charged at the cart and rammed right into it, causing it to be pushed out of the crack.
When Big Mac saw that his cart was freed, he looked up at Discord and smiled.
“Thank you,” he said.
Discord smiled after hearing Big Mac say that. Then at that moment, Discord’s stomach started to rumble.
“Being around all these apples sure can work up at an appetite,” he said.
He then handed Big Mac one of the bits he got from Granny Smith, took one of the apples from the cart and took a big bite out of it.
“This is the best apple I’ve ever had,” said Discord.
“There’s nothing more delicious than an apple from Sweet Apple Acres,” said Apple Bloom before she and Big Mac waved goodbye to Fluttershy and Discord and continued on their way.
As Discord started walking with Fluttershy, he finished his apple and tossed it, causing to land in a garbage can that magically appeared.
“Two points,” he said, which made Fluttershy chuckle.
The two friends continue their walk when something caught Discord’s eye.
“Fluttershy? Isn’t that your zebra friend over there?” he asked.
Fluttershy looked in the direction that Discord was looking at and sure enough, there was Zecora near a stand that was selling jars of honey. She then made her way towards her, and the two saw she had a look of disappointment on her face.
“Is something wrong, Zecora?” Discord asked.
The zebra looked up at the two and slowly nodded her head.
“I was trying to buy honey, my good Discord. But I’m afraid it’s something I cannot afford,” she said. “It’s 20 bits a jar, but I must confess, that I am sadly one bit less.”
Discord then remembered the last bit he had in his hand. He then smiled, lifting up Zecora’s front hoof and placed the bit on top of it. Zecora looked at the bit and then at Discord, who just nodded his head.
“Are you sure about this?” asked Zecora.
“Yes, this is one bit I will not miss,” said Discord.
The two suddenly realized that they had just made a rhyme together. They looked at each other and both laughed about it. Zecora then smiled and went back to the honey stand.
Discord and Fluttershy were just about to head on their way when they suddenly heard someone crying. They turned to wear they heard it and saw a small filly in tears while a stallion tried to comfort her.
The filly had a light yellow coat and a brown mane. She had a pair of glasses on and a tiara on her head and she had three little paw prints as her cutie mark. The stallion had a gray coat with a black mane. He also wore glasses and had a black goatee. He was also wearing a black t-shirt and had a guitar for a cutie mark.
Fluttershy recognized them as Zipporwhill and her father. She remembered performing for them at Zipporwhill’s cute-ceanera when she was with the Ponytones.
Fluttershy and Discord walked up to them and asked Zipporwhill why she was crying.
“Fuzzy’s missing,” said Zippowhill.
“Who’s Fuzzy?” asked Discord.
“Fuzzy is Zipporwhill’s puppy,” said her father.
“I was taking him for a walk when he saw a squirrel run by and he pulled on the leash trying to get at it and then I accidentally let it go and he ran off,” said Zipporwhill.
“Don’t worry, sweetie. We’ll find him,” the father said as he gently rubbed his daughter’s back.
“But Daddy, we looked everywhere. What if he’s fallen down a hole? Or if sompony kidnapped him,” Zipporwhill said as fresh tears came pouring down her face.
Discord felt terrible as he watched Zipporwhill cry. He snapped his fingers, causing a tissue to appear in his hand, and he handed it to Zipporwhill so she could dry her tears.
“Don’t cry, little one,” he said. “We’ll help you find your puppy. Won’t we, Fluttershy?”
“Of course,” the yellow Pegasus said.
A small smile appeared on Zippowhill’s face as she thanked the two.
At that moment, the four could hear a small barking sound. They quickly followed the barking to a construction site where they saw Fuzzy sitting in the middle of it. Zipporwhill smiled, knowing that her puppy was all right. But then she heard a booming noise and turned to see a big steamroller moving right towards Fuzzy.
Zipporwhill, her father, Discord and Fluttershy all tried calling at the driver to stop, but he couldn’t hear them due to all the noise the steamroller was making.
Discord then quickly snapped his fingers and disappeared in a flash of light. He then reappeared in front of the steamroller, wearing a crossing guard uniform. He then blew hard on a whistle he had and stuck out a stop sign. The driver soon saw this and hit the brakes, stopping the steamroller.
“Hey! What’s the big idea?” the driver shouted. “Why don’t you watch where you’re going?”
“Oh, you’re one to talk,” said Discord, before picking up Fuzzy and showing him to the driver. “This cute little puppy ran into your site and you almost flattened him with that machine of yours.”
He then pointed to Zipporwhill before continuing his rant.
“You see that little filly over there? This puppy belongs to her. Do you have any idea how devastated she would be if she saw him die right in front of her?”
The steamroller driver soon started to feel very guilty and quickly apologized.
“You’re forgiven,” said Discord. “Just watch where you’re going when you’re driving that thing.”
Discord then walked back to Zipporwhill and handed her Fuzzy. The young filly smiled wildly as she grabbed her puppy and embraced him in a huge hug. Fuzzy then started licking Zipporwhill’s face, causing her to giggle.
Zipporwhill then flew up towards Discord’s head and gave him a little kiss on the cheek.
“Thank you. Mr. Discord,” she said.
“You’re very welcome, my dear,” Discord said, blushing. “But please, just call me Discord. Mr. Discord’s my father.”
After Zipporwhill and her father said their goodbyes and walked off, Discord and Fluttershy continued on their way to meet Rarity.
“You know what, Discord? I’m very proud of you,” said Fluttershy. “You have done so many wonderful things today.”
“Thanks, Fluttershy,” Discord said, beaming. But his smile quickly disappeared as he looked around.
“But it looks like not everypony thinks the same way.”
Fluttershy didn’t know what Discord was talking about until she saw what he was looking at. She saw a pony couple who were giving Discord angry glares and scared looks. She also heard their whispers.
“Did you see Discord save that puppy?”
“Save it? Please. He probably put that puppy in harm’s way so he could look like the hero.”
Fluttershy was about to go up to the couple and give them a piece of her mind when Discord stopped her.
“Forget it, Flutershy,” he said. “It looks like some ponies still see me as the evil Discord. It will probably take the biggest good deed of all time to get them to see I’ve changed.”
“You’re probably right,” said Fluttershy. “Anyway, let’s not worry about them. We got a spa date, remember?”
“We sure do,” said Discord.
And the two friends continued their walk.