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My Little Zombie: Friendship is Dead Season 2 - Nortes432 ft Spitfire

"My name is Secret. There's not much to say about me. I work with Princess Twilight as her adviser. We have lived in the walls of Canterlot for about a year. But, something has been bothering me over that time. There is no way we are safe y

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S2E14: Take One Step

Author's Note:

News arrives that Twilight is the next target of The Circle, but nothing else is known about what will happen, other than the fact that Twilight must die.

"Princess Celestia." A guard called, knocking on her door.

The princess opened her door and peeked out. "Yes?" She answered.

"There was a group of ponies that were arrested last night." He told her."They were found with a dead body."

"Yes, what about them?" She asked, stepping outs of the room.

"They turned out to be Princess Twilight Sparkle and her friends."

"What?" Princess Celestia asked, shocked.

"That's not the worst." The guard gulped. "With them, was...well...the old captain."

Celestia's eyes widened. "You don't mean..."

The guard nodded. "Secret."

Celestia looked up at the ceiling. She felt like she was about to faint.


"We cannot possibly explain this." Rainbow complained. They were in a large room, which was locked and guarded. They were being held for questioning, after the events from the past few months, which cast suspicion on them.

"We will think of something." Twilight responded, pacing back and forth. Twilight had a lot to think about. Secret was finally spotted by the royal guards before they could relocate him, Colgate was put into a cell due to suspicion that she had ties with Secret's hiding, and Trixie was in the hospital after suffering from the venomous snake's bite. Things could not possible get worse.

The door suddenly opened, and everypony stopped and turned their heads to the door. Princess Celestia, along with her sister, Princess Luna, trotted inside. Everypony was silent for a couple of minutes, until Rainbow interrupted.

"Princess Celestia, we can expla-" Rainbow was cut short by the princess.

"That will not be necessary." She said in a cold voice. The room fell silent once more.

"Princess Twilight Sparkle, you and you only may leave. The rest of you will stay here." Princess Celestia and Princess Luna stepped to the side, revealing the open doorway to the young alicorn. Twilight gulped, and quickly made her way out without saying anything else. Princess Luna left the room, leaving Celestia with the rest.

"Secret, I would wish to speak with you." She said in a cold, yet worried tone.

Twilight was led down the hallway with Princess Luna. "Art thou ready to present thyself to our subjects?"

"Excuse me?" Twilight asked, looking at Luna. "Present myself?"

"Thou hasn't forgotten the day,has thou?" Luna asked.

It suddenly struck Twilight. "I'm supposed to give that speech!" She exclaimed. "I almost forgot that."

"Thou has a great duty bestowed on thyself." Luna told Twilight. "Do not fail."

Twilight nodded. "I'll get right to it!" She said, taking off.

"Where in the name of Equestria have you been?" Celestia asked, stomping her hoof on the ground. Celestia was in her bedroom with Secret, whom she had trust issues with after his fake death.

Secret ducked his head. "It...it's complicated." Secret said under his breath.

Celestia took a seat next to him. "I have thousands of years." She told him.

Secret sighed. "Very well, then." He muttered. "I can't exactly say much, there are things that I cannot just tell you." He brushed his mane back in stress. "But, I will tell you what I can."

The door opened, and the mare froze. A guard stepped inside.

"Rainbow Dash!" He called. The blue mare stepped forward. "Your presence has been requested."

Rainbow was led by the guard out the door, her friends watching as the door slowly closed behind her. "Where are we going?" Rainbow asked.

"The captain asked for you." He told her.

Rainbow paled. Matterhorn wanted her. But for what? She thought in the back of her head. The thought bothered her as they walked down the hall, and eventually made their way outside the castle.

"They are skilled assassins." Secret said. "Trained to kill in various ways. Everything from guns to snakes. There is nothing these killers cannot do. They were at nine, but they slowly decreased to four. They have tried to kill us. Skull, Fake Mask, Prince Blueblood..."

"The mare that was found dead with you guys last night?" Celestia asked. "Her name was Night, I believe."

Secret nodded. "Night, and Stryker from the last celebration." He said. "They have the intent to purify Canterlot."

"What is that supposed to mean?" Celestia asked.

Secret shrugged. "We cannot figure out what that means exactly, but I have a bad feeling we will find out soon, if we don't do anything about it." Celestia gulped.

Rainbow had sat down at the table. She was brought to The Circle's hideout. Matterhorn, The Completionist, and Zeinwolfe were with her.

"Rainbow Dash." The Completionist said. "Do you know why we brought you here?"

"There's a lot of reasons I could think of." Rainbow answered in defense.

"You were found with Night's dead body." The Completionist asked. "And now you are being held by the guard."

"I can explain that." She said. "I recognized Night, and rushed to see if she was still alive. Of course, she died. Just like your other useless assassins!" She added with a harsh tone.

"The nerve!" Matterhorn growled, standing up.

The Completionist flashed his hoof in front of him, and he quickly sat back down. "I was just making sure." He said. "You play it off well. I also noticed that Spitfire is still alive, but that can't be blamed on you. Stryker was always a lousy shot." He looked at Zeinwolfe. "You're dismissed." He looked back at Matterhorn as Zeinwolfe trotted out. "Come with me." He said, leading the white stallion out.

Rainbow was left alone in the room. She looked around, noticing a small table off to the side. There were a lot of documents on that table. A thought immediately crossed her mind. Jackpot.

When the two assassins came back inside, Rainbow had already went through the documents. She was trying not to show fear, for she had read some things that bugged her.

"I need your assistance with something, Rainbow." Matterhorn said. "You do well on sneaking up on guards and taking them out. I would like for you to repeat what you did." Matterhorn trotted up to her. "I will be targeting Princess Twilight Sparkle. But I will need a window. At some point during the day, the guards will be posted outside my room. I want you to approach them, and take them out without drawing attention. Knock on my door, and trot away quickly. After that, just wait and watch as I hit my target." He smiled. "Easy as that."

Rainbow nodded slowly. "Won't be too hard for me."

"I don't know when, I don't know where." Rainbow told her friends. "But he made it pretty clear that Twilight is the target."

"We have to warn her!" Spitfire said.

"But we're stuck in here." Applejack said. "We cannot leave.

The door suddenly opened. Princess Celestia and Secret were standing in the doorway. "We're free to go." Secret said. Princess Celestia smiled, and the ponies cheered in a short bust of joy before taking Secret and going off to find Twilight.

Twilight was in her room. She looked at the gown that she was to wear while she was giving the speech. It was the same she wore when she was alicornated. She smiled at the good memories. She was suddenly interrupted by the banging on her door. "Come in!" She called as she brushed her mane.

Rainbow, Applejack, Spitfire, and Secret entered the room. "We have to talk." Rainbow said. Twilight looked at them in confusion.

After a long explanation, Twilight nodded. "I understand. We have to find out when he's going to attack...and quickly." She looked at the gown. "I'm supposed to give a speech in half an hour. Some ponies need to keep watch for the assassin."

Applejack and Spitfire nodded. "We got it." Spitfire said as they trotted out.

"Rainbow, do what you must." Twilight told her. "Secret, stay with me." Secret nodded as Rainbow rushed out of the room.

Rainbow peeked around the corner. They were there. Two guards, right outside Matterhorn's room. She stepped out from around the corner and trotted up to them. "Good day, ma'am." One of the guards said as she trotted towards them.

"Good day to you too, sir." She said, quickly taking out a syringe and stabbing one in the neck with it. She injected him with the poison, causing him to quickly fall to the ground. She hopped out of the way as the second guard swung at her, and she quickly jumped on him. She used a tactic that Zeinwolfe taught her, pulling out a rag with chloroform on it, and putting it over his muzzle while holding him down. The guard struggled, but ultimately succumbed to Rainbow's attack.

After she dragged the guards to a closet and hid them inside, she knocked on Matterhorn's door and left the hallway quickly. Her job was done. All that was left was to find Matterhorn.

Rainbow trotted into the room casually, taking a seat next to Spitfire and Applejack. Twilight peeked from behind the curtain. "They're here." She said. She looked at Secret. Twilight was wearing the gown, and it made her look like a real princess.

"I bet you look marvelous." Secret told her.

Twilight smiled. "Thanks." She giggled.

Rainbow sat casually, looking around the room to see if Matterhorn was present. Suddenly, there was a short buzz in her ear before she heard a voice. "Hey, if it isn't the pretty assassin." She heard through the earpiece. "Come to watch the show?"

Rainbow rolled her eyes. "Maybe I did." She said under her breath. "Don't disappoint your audience."

"I'll be sure to make it quite a show." Matterhorn laughed from the other end, before cutting off his earpiece.

Rainbow looked up at where Twilight was peeking out from behind the curtains, and Twilight immediately figured out the issue. "The assassin is here!" She said in a loud whisper, looking at Secret. "What am I going to do?"

Secret shrugged. "I'm not sure. If we knew where he was, we could hunt him down and finish him before he had the chance." He sighed. "But we can't do that."

Twilight looked back outside, worried. "I could draw him out if I go out there. But, I might die." She took a deep breath.

"That would not be necessary." Twilight turned around to see Trixie. She was trotting weakly, putting more force on her left hooves. "Trixie heard what the doctor said. Trixie does not have much longer to live."

Twilight's eyes widened. "Trixie!"

"Give Trixie a cloak." The unicorn ordered. "Trixie has to put on one last show."

The pony stepped out. She wore a beautiful, decorated cloak. It concealed her face from the crowd. The crowd cheered as she trotted onto the stage. Rainbow looked around for the assassin.

Where is that pest? She thought as she scanned the balconies that were scattering the room.

The pony looked around the room, making sure her face was not to be revealed. Then, she slowly grabbed the top of her hood, and pulled it down swiftly.


The shot rang throughout the room. Trixie, who's face was now revealed to the public, fell to the floor. Blood flowing from a bullet wound in her head.

Rainbow was then able to locate Matterhorn on the west balcony, who was staring in shock at his failure to kill the princess. "Now." She whispered to Spitfire.

Spitfire took to the air, aiming right for Matterhorn. Matterhorn was not prepared for the attack, and stumbled back as the mare hit him in the face. His rifle fell off the balcony, and it was just him and Spitfire. Fortunately for Matterhorn, he packed more. He pulled out his sword and held it in defense. Spitfire pulled out her handgun and fired a shot, which Matterhorn quickly blocked with his sword. Spitfire fired another shot, which missed Matterhorn completely. Frustrated, Spitfire charged him. Matterhorn swung his sword, but missed, allowing Spitfire to get a free hit to the face. Matterhorn doubled back, regaining his composure as Spitfire landed another hit on him.

"This stupid mare won't stand still for five seconds!" He complained. He charged Spitfire, but the pegasus shot into the air and landed hard on the stallion's back. The stallion threw the sword into the air, allowing Spitfire to take the sword and change the tide. Matterhorn stood, only to find himself getting a painful cut across the face from his own weapon. Spitfire moved to make another hit, but Matterhorn was able to get the blow, kicking Spitfire and sending her flying backwards onto the floor. The sword slid from out of her hand, and as soon as she was able to get up, Matterhorn was long gone.

Spitfire got up and made her way to the balcony, seeing that the room was evacuated. She trotted off weakly to catch up with her friends.

"He's still out there." Spitfire told Twilight and Secret as they trotted down the hallway. "We have to find Rainbow Dash and warn her." The trio made their way towards Rainbow's room at the end of the hallway.

Twilight knocked on the door. "Rainbow Dash? Are you in there?" Twilight asked. After there was no answer, Twilight knocked again.

"What are y'all waiting for?" Applejack asked. The country mare pushed Twilight out of the way and forced the door open.

To their shock, Rainbow Dash was not in there. All that was left was a single card, which sat on the nightstand next to Rainbow's bed. On the card was a circle, with three triangles inside of it.