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The Pieces Lie Where They Fell - Evilhumour



A thousand years after the death of Mane Six, a new generation of Bearers are chosen.

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Chapter Fifthteen: Vix-Lei

Chapter Fifteen

Vix-Lei

It was late by the she and Nighty made it back to hideout, with the batpony in a somewhat good mood. He was a bit bummed by being late but now that they were here, Nighty could see Pagey and be all happy like.

Standing in front of the doorway, Vix-Lei reached up for the hidden latches and tugged the door open. Xvitaly had said it was hard to op-wait, Xvitaly didn’t sound right...

Scratching her chin to think of a proper nickname for the jungle kitty cat, she waved Nighty through the doorway before closing behind her. She then turned around in the pitch black room, wondering how they’d get to where the rest were hid-

“This way,” Nighty said from her waist, his hoofy steps all confident and assured. “I’m assuming you cannot see?”

“You know what they say about assuming, eh Nighty?” She could hear the glare he was giving her and in a weak chuckle, she rubbed the back of her head with her horns just scraping the ceiling. “But nah, I can’t see anything.”

“Hmm,” Nighty grunted before reaching out with his wing. With him going all grumpy again, Vix-Lei saw that she just needed to hit him up with a better joke as she followed him through the hideout that she had to duck through after hitting her head on some old signs.

“Careful there Nighty, almost scruffed my pretty nose there with that one,” she bumped into him, pretty sure that he wasn’t doing it on purpose. The fact he was still quiet didn’t really calm her worries…

Finally, Nighty stopped in front of what should be a door, with Vix-Lei reaching out for the handle. Opening it up to see light at last, Vix-Lei could see the rest of the gang all waiting there for them through her squinting black eyes.

“‘Sup guys,” she said as Nighty went right past her and to his marefriend, closing the door behind her.

“That’s odd,” Xvit-no, that didn’t sound right either, said as she tilted her head at some odd box in the corner of the ceiling. “The alarm for the entrance didn’t go off…”

“Well I know I pulled that door open so…” Vix-Lei shrugged as the kitty-cat and double d shared looks with each other. “What?”

“Nothing,” Rexy said as he sat next to Windy. “Just that the door was connected to a very complex mechanism to prevent a random passerby from achieving what you just did.”

“Well I am a bit stronger then most ’taurs,” she shrugged again as she plopped down next to Xvital. “So what’s the scoop?”

“Well, Breaker and I learned that there is a bridge we could use, the Balas Bridge, as our way to get to the other side of the North,” Xvital said as she passed an apple over to her.

“And we learned that most of the Guards don’t really screen those going on the bridges,” Pagey said, reaching in NIghty’s back and pulling out her Element thingy, and putting it back around her neck. “So we could get past them without too much trouble.” She then beamed, tilting her head at the large packs of stuff in the corner. “We also stocked up on supplies.”

“While that is good, Page,” Nighty said softly, his eyes slowly moving away from the unicorn to the rest of them. “We learned that the Captains were all recalled to the top for an emergency meeting which means what Vix-Lei thinks, that our enemy is Captain General Gentle Step, could very well be true. We don’t have long to get out of here before Magi of the Stars Guards comes after us. We should head out immediately.”

“Are you nuts?” Windy scoffed at him. “They want us to be jumpy and acting like an idiot will get us caught.”

“Excuse me, but how is avoiding being captured by highly trained magical Guards an idiotic idea?” Nighty snapped at the griffon, the two of them glaring at each other.

“Because Xvital said it would be a stupid idea to go blundering out at night, Nighty, and we would stick out like a sore claw!” Windy shouted back.

“Well forgive me for having somepony that I care about and would like having her deal with Guards, unlike others,” Nighty sneered directly into Windy’s face, the two about knock horns.

“Whoa, whoa, whoa,” Vix-Lei jumped into the middle of them, swinging Lady Kabonk across the back of both their heads. “I can see you two totally want to have your which-dick-is-bigger contest that all you guys have but seriously, leave the fool acting to an expert like me okay?”

She paused, realizing what she just said with her cheeks starting to darken with embarrassment. The room was quiet for a few seconds before Pagey began to snicker, covering her mouth with her hoof. That was the kicker, with Rexy doing his best to cover his guffawing and Xvital biting on her tail hand. Windy and Night were both looking at her before facing each other and began to chuckle a bit, seeing how silly they were acting. Sure they weren’t buddies yet but at least they weren’t fighting anymore. With a giggle coming out of her mouth, Vix-Lei closed her eyes for a second and found herself somewhere very different when she opened them.

Directly in front of her was a gingerbread house thingy. Tilting her head at the oddness of this and despite the stories of evil witches and things living in these buildings, she felt that going inside of the building she had just been teleported to was a good idea.

Walking over to the door with her hand on the doorknob, she peered inside the pitch black room. “Hello?” she called out, turning her head from side to side.

SURPRISE!” A hyper voice called out as something gooey and tasty smacked her into the face. “Welcome to your Congratulation-On-Awakening-Your-Element-Vix-Lei party!”

Licking what had to be cake into her mouth while wiping away the bits from her face, she could see an entire bakery had been decked in party favours over everything with a massive manner that said Congratulations on Awakening your Element Vix Lei in colourful letters over the counter and a pink pony with poofy pink hair on top of a barrel thingy, with the biggest smile she’d ever seen on a pony’s face. Vix-Lei smirked and let out a laugh, shaking her head. “That was awesome! And that cake,” she pulled some off her horns and shoved in her mouth. “The best I’ve ever had!”

Thank you, it’s been over a thousand years since I’ve thrown a party for another pony but I still know what a pony or minotaur wants for their cake!” The pony pronked over to her with her hoof held up for a high five, which she of course returned with a hard smack. The pink earth pony simply took it and giggled back at her. “Soooo, you know who I am, right?”

Vix-Lei tilted her head at the bright blue eyes looking at her. Saving for the mane not being completely flat and the attitude being completely the opposite from what she knew of the ponies’ mythos, she could still tell who this was. “You’re the Wise Oracle, right?”

The mare seemed to deflate a bit, even her mane seemed to droop, before saying, “Yeah, that’s what they call me nowadays but way back then, I was known as the premiere party planner of Ponyville, Pinkamena Diane Pie, or Pinkie Pie for short!” She perked straight up, bouncing like a spring which caused Vix-Lei to giggle again. “Annnnd I think you know what our Element is, eh?” Her smile grew as she appeared on Lady Kabonk, reaching over to nom on some cake.

“Actually,” Vix-Lei scratched her head, her fingers brushing against some cake. She really hoped that she wouldn’t need to take a shower when she got back. “Kinda lost here, sorry,” she said with a nervous giggle.

“It’s okay, Vixy,” Pinkie Pie said, her name already rhyming, with an air of fake wisdom played up. “Our Element is one that’s not really understood but it’s very important. We’re there to make sure that the others don’t get so serious that they’ll snap when all the stuff that the baddies throw at them makes them go cuckoo. And what’s the best way to take edge off in a dangerous situation?” she asked, somehow dressed in a teacher’s outfit and tapping at chalkboard across the room.

“Well duh, you use laughter,” Vix-Lei said rolling her eyes and missing the second cake thrown at her face and then something not cake like hitting into her gut.

“You got it!” Pinkie Pie cheered, with Vix-Lei seeing a second banner saying Congratulations on figuring out our Element. “Of course, you need some help in using laughter properly.” Her tone shifted, the weight on her stomach shifting off of her.

“Come again?” Vix-Lei shifting onto her backside with her tail flicking behind her.

“While you are in touch with our Element, Vixy, you need to learn that sometimes laughter isn’t the answer to the problem,” Pinkie said with her mane falling flat against her head, her eyes hard all of a sudden. “I know you known this; it’s why you left Ledra because your jokes annoyed everytaur there that you had to leave, not because they were all boring. And if you don’t learn how to tell the difference between a funny joke and a mean joke, the rest of yours won’t like you for much longer.”

Vix-Lei let out a sigh, wrapping her arms around herself. “It’s hard,” she muttered softly. “I mean, I know I’m not the brightest ’taur around, and sometimes it’s hard to talk to others so making jokes is easiest way to the break the ice and I don’t always think through and…”

“Silly filly,” Pinkie Pie said, pulling her into a hug. “Laughter wouldn’t be so important if it were easy; you have to learn what makes others tick so you know how to make them happy as well as when to be serious so they know that they can always count on you and not dismiss you for being useless or insensitive. Laughter is a tough balance act, but the reward is having everypony smiling and happy and laughing with you.”

“Thanks,” Vix-Lei said, pulling the pony into a hug before sighing. “I guess I need to cut back on the jokes with the others, as I can kinda tell that Rexy and the others don’t like me that much?”

“Yup,” Pinkie said, nodding her head. “But I am sure that you will do fine from now on and that’s Pinkie Promise you can take to the bank.”

Laughing, Vix-Lei pulled her into another hug. “Thanks again, Pinkie,” she said before smiling for real. “For everything, I mean, I-”

“It’s okay, I understand,” Pinkie said before shooing her away with her hooves. “Now it’s time for you to wake up, okay?”

“Okay,” Vix-Lei said, nodding her head and closing her eyes, opening to see herself back in the hideout with the rest of the gang looking worried at her. She was confident that now things were going to be totally awesome, with the gold necklace of a hammer around her neck being her witness.

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