Flight Strike swallowed hard as he looked at the door in front of him. He knew that his father-in-law and the rest of the family were in the waiting room. He looked behind him and then forward again. They deserved to know.
He placed his hoof on the door let out a deep sigh and pushed it open.
Every pony looked up expectantly at him.
“Hey, um…” He began but was suddenly interrupted when Discord put his paw on his muzzle. He noticed the whole room was frozen in time.
“Don’t.” Discord said to him. “Tell me first.”
“The foal… is fine, but… Grace is very sick.” Flight swallowed. “I’m scared… Dad.”
“Let me see her.”
Flight Strike led Discord through and noticed the whole Maternity ward was frozen but when they entered the room where Epona was with Grace and the foal. Time was going like normal. Epona looked up from tending to Grace. “Discord… your daughter…”
He went over to Scarlet Grace. “Gracie… What is wrong…? Tell me.”
“Dad… I’m… so tired. Help me.” She was sweating and her eyes were blind.
“Okay, I’ll help you. Epona?”
“Do what you can.” Epona said.
“Here’s trying.” Discord placed his paw on his daughter’s forehead and closed his eyes.
“AH!” Scarlet Grace screamed loudly. The foal in the bassinet started to cry loudly and Flight Strike went to stand near his wife and put his hoof on her paw and endured the sound of her screams.
Discord let out a gasp and shook his head as his paw slipped from Scarlet Grace’s head. “She’s bleeding too much. To the left Epona.”
Epona used her healing magic. “It’s difficult to reach. I’ll try.”
“I… I…” Scarlet looked over at Flight Strike. “Flight… I love you…” She suddenly slumped; her eyes closed.
“Scarlet?” Flight said suddenly. “Dr. Epona, did she…?”
Discord felt his chest tighten up. “No…” He whispered.
“Wait… Wait no… I’m still.” Epona Calliope muttered. “I’ve got… it.”
There was a few agonizing moments, then Scarlet Grace sat up and gasped. Discord and Flight Strike looked relieved. Flight hugged his wife tightly, tears running down his muzzle and cheeks with relief. “Oh… Gracie.”
Epona let out her breath. “Scarlet… Oh thank goodness. Discord, have you ever thought to become a doctor?”
“No. I don’t like getting dirty.” He muttered as he rubbed one of his eyes. “I’ll leave the stress to you.” He shook his head and turned his attention to his daughter.
Scarlet Grace looked up from hugging her husband. “Where is our foal?”
Epona smiled as she went to the bassinet and got the foal and brought it over to her. “Here he is. Looks like his Daddy.”
Scarlet looked down at the bundle. “Oh. He’s beautiful.” She started to cry. “Dad… look at your grandson.”
Discord swallowed hard. “Um… I… don’t know. I got to get back and…” Scarlet gave him the foal. He looked down at the foal and let out a sigh. “Oh… Gracie. He’s perfect… Like you. He’s got a yellow coat like his grandmother.” He then glanced at Flight Strike. “I think you’ve gotten another reprieve from me.”
“Dad! Don’t keep threatening my husband.” Scarlet Grace huffed. “Give me Trouble.”
“Trouble?” Discord’s ears went up as he brought the foal to his daughter.
“That’s his name.” Scarlet stated as she held him and kissed the foal’s forehead. “My little Trouble.”
Flight Strike shrugged and gave Discord a grin. “It wasn’t my idea; Scarlet said that he’ll be no end of trouble so she named him that.”
Discord went to the door. “Take two… Flight. Come and announce the birth of your son.”
Flight nodded as he followed Discord out the door, he then blinked when time started up again and Discord disappeared.
Walking to the door of the waiting room he took in a deep breath and opened it. “Hey.” He said to the ponies waiting.