• Published 31st Aug 2014
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Deal With The Draconequus - Never2muchpinkie

When Rarity comes down with an uncurable disease Sweetie Belle turns to Discord in desperation, but what he wants in return may spell disaster for Equestria.

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Chapter 7: Everybody loses

Outlines of the Elements began pouring out of the five Elements of Harmony. A rainbow began to connect them, but it quickly puttered out, and the five of them fell to the ground.

Discord smirked. “I did warn you. Now are you going to make this easy on yourselves, or not? Let us be friends, hmm?” He lifted a claw.

Now things truly were hopeless. Twilight still couldn’t feel her magic, so she couldn’t even teleport them out to safety.

“Twilight,” said Rarity. “Do it again.”

Tears began coming down Twilight’s eyes. “It won’t work. Equestria is doomed.”

“Twilight!” she said sternly, making Twilight look over. “One more time. We have a secret weapon he doesn’t know about. Trust me!”

Twilight looked deep into her friends eyes, seeing her strength. She didn’t know what it was that Rarity was talking about, but if her friend was that convinced…

Taking a breath she said, “One more time, girls!”

“You just won’t quit, will you?” Discord asked, shaking his head. “If it didn’t work the first time it certainly won’t work now. That stubbornness isn’t serving you well. All you’re doing is delaying the inevitable.” Reaching around his neck he pulled off the necklace, holding it up. “You see this? Your precious Element of Harmony is in my possession, and there’s nothing you can do about it. You can’t beat me without this.”

Twilight looked confused for a second, then she understood. “I got it, Rarity.” She walked forward, kicking Sweetie Belle’s saddle bag backwards. She had also noticed Sweetie Belle’s behavior.

Discord was now the one looking confused. Twilight’s expression had changed from hopeless to confident. Why? As the Elements began glowing again Discord suddenly had a bad feeling and he didn’t know why. His only two defeats were both because he had been too sure of victory to take his opponents seriously. He had a sense of déjà vu. Why was he feeling that way? He was carrying the only means they had to stop him, and he had disabled their most powerful unicorn from using magic.

He felt it was too dangerous to keep the element in the area. He turned it around to look at it and a seething fear came to him. This wasn’t the same element Sweetie Belle had been wearing a short while ago. It looked similar, but the gem and the clasp were a subtly different color and shape.

He turned to Sweetie Belle in rage. “WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?” he yelled.

She grinned up at him. “I had a plan to give you a fake Element when I came here, but I decided against it because I thought you couldn’t be that stupid to not know it was a fake. Confident as you were you didn’t doubt for a second I was still under your control.”

“HOW? How could you break through my spell?”

“My love for Rarity was so strong I almost sold out all of Equestria for my sister. You think your pitiful spell could turn me against her? I guess you still just don’t understand how powerful friendship is. Game over, Discord.”

Rage came to his face as he took a step towards her. “You’ll pay for this!”

“You sure you have the time to come after me? I switched the real one for the fake in my saddlebag. The same saddlebag I threw over there a little while ago.”

“Huh? NO!” he spun around as the realization sank in. A look of horror came to his face as he saw Rarity wearing the real Element of Generosity. The rainbow had connected between the six of them, shooting towards him. “No! Not again!”

He lifted up his claw to teleport away, but he was a second too late. The rainbow wave completely covered him, and from the bottom up he began turning back to stone.

Once it was complete all that remained was a statue, immortalizing his panic.

As all of them landed back on the ground again Fluttershy walked up to the statue and flew up to his face, hugging him as she began sobbing. “I’m sorry! I’m so sorry!”

None of the rest of them looked too happy about what they had done either. “Discord…,” Applejack said quietly. “This feels wrong.”

“I agree,” said Pinkie, her mane deflating a little. “I really thought he’d changed.”

“He did a little,” said Rainbow Dash with a sigh. “He didn’t want Ponyville to be the 'chaos capital of the world.' He just wanted some loyal friends with a dash of chaos to go along with it.”

Twilight closed her eyes as she concentrated. Whether it was because of the Elements power or because Discord had been sealed away she could feel the flow of magic in her body again. “Princess Celestia isn’t going to be pleased with this. She wanted him to be around in case of an emergency… but we did what we had to do.”

Sweetie Belle ran over to her sister. “Rarity!”

Rarity was crying a little as she pulled her sister to her. Because of the spell still on her she couldn’t make direct contact with her sister. “You silly little foal. What were you thinking? I wasn’t worth that much of a sacrifice.”

“I… I don’t agree with that!” she responded, tearing up as well. “You’re so important to Ponyville I just couldn’t bear to lose you. But… when I got here… I just couldn’t do it. I knew I would only cause you to feel guilty for the rest of your life.”

“Discord clearly wasn’t worthy of our trust if this was the way he began acting. Why he was-” Her eyes suddenly rolled up in her head and she collapsed to the ground.

“Rarity!” Sweetie Belle cried out.

“Rarity!” said the rest of her friends, all of them crowding around her.

“T-Twilight!” Sweetie Belle said. “Can’t you help her?”

“I… I’m sorry, Sweetie Belle,” she responded, shaking her head. “I’ve done all I can. That potion shouldn’t have worn off yet.”

Rarity coughed. “I…I guess it’s… the stress of using the Elements. I… I just feel so… exhausted.”

Spike kneeled down next to her, hating that he couldn’t actually touch her. He wanted to be able to hold her, even if it meant he might get infected.

“S-Sweetie Belle… listen to me.”

“Y-yeah, sis?” she replied, wiping her face but the tears still kept coming regardless.

“D-despite all the… trouble this has caused… I’m proud of you! I’m proud… to be your older sister. I’m proud… to have you as my younger sister. And most important of all… I’m proud of you… for making the right choice. In the end Discord showed that he… couldn’t resist the desire for power… so giving him the Element would have proved disastrous.

"I love you! I love you, Sweetie Belle! I’m just… sorry we… couldn’t have had more time… together.”

Sweetie Belle shut her eyes tight as she began sobbing a little. “I love you, too! I’ll always love you! I’ll never forget you! I won’t let Ponyville forget you, either! I’ll do my best to be just like you! I Pinkie Promise!”

Rarity took some shallow breaths. “G…good. Thank you… Sweetie… Belle.” She let out one last long breath and her head slumped over as she stopped breathing.

“No! Rarity! Rarity!” She shook her sister, but there was no response. Rarity was gone.

Spike cradled her body as he broke down, the rest of them breaking down right along with him as they all keened their lamentations, boundless tears soaking Rarity’s body.

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