Paradox was instantly awake. “Lilly is in labor.”
Silver yawned as she looked at him. “What Doxy?” She asked, she had been trying to keep him awake for a few hours and she felt worn out.
“Lilly needs me to help her. Silver come on. I need to give her my strength.” He was on his feet fast as he grabbed Silver’s hoof. “No time to rest my love.”
Silver yawned again. “Okay.” She let him drag her down the hallway.
He turned a corner and looked back at her when she hadn’t caught up with him. “Silver?”
“Can’t you just use your teleportation magic and just pop us over to Lilly?” She asked tiredly.
“You’re a genius!” He replied as he grabbed her and they suddenly appeared in the room with Zero and Lilly.
Lilly looked up at her brother and she started to cry. “Thank goodness you’re here!”
“I’m here for you Lilly.” Paradox said as he went to his sister. “You need to get into the bed, you cannot foal on the cold floor.” He picked Lilly up and carried her over to a bed. “Your Brother will be here for you.” He then turned to look at Zero. “Go and get Mom and any pony else you can.”
“I’ll be back Lilly.” Zero nodded and ran out of the room.
Lilly nodded as she sniffled. “I’ll be ok.”
“What about me?” Silver asked.
Paradox stopped for a moment. “Whoa, that hurt!” He looked at his sister in surprise.
“Sorry.” Lilly said as grit her teeth. “The pain is getting worse and I have to tell you something…”
“No… shush…” He said as he looked at Silver. “Come here Silver… I need you to be sure we both don’t pass out from pain.” He suddenly grabbed his stomach and let out a groan. Lilly gasped and groaned as well.
“I’m confused!” Silver said suddenly. “It’s like you both are going to have a foal at once!”
“I’m just trying to take all her pain.” Paradox said as he gasped. “I’m not having a foal… she is… I just want her to transfer her pain to me.”
“I can’t give you all of my pain Dox.” Lilly cried out. “I really have to tell you something!”
“Can it wait?” Paradox asked.
“No… No it can’t.” Lilly hissed through the pain.
Silver pat her hoof. “Tell us Lilly.”
“I had fallen asleep… before I… went into labor, I had a dream…”
Paradox looked at her in shock. “We weren’t supposed to sleep.”
She shook her head then let out a groan of pain. “I know… The shadow was there and…”
Paradox shook his head, “No… I know already… Don’t tell me. The foal is safe, believe me.”
Fluttershy came into the room and slid across the floor she stopped to look at Lilly, Silver and Paradox. “Good, I’m not too late. I sent a message to Dr. Calliope, but I think she’s taking a break because she just had a foal herself a month ago.”
Fluttershy looked at her son in shock. “Doxy? You look like you’re in pain.”
“I’m alright Mom. Lilly needs help.” He stumbled back against the wall.
Silver went over to him. “Relax Dox. Fluttershy and I can help Lilly.”
He nodded and slid down to the floor as pain was shooting through him. “It’s kind of hard to relax…”
Zero ran into the room panting as Discord pushed him aside. “Zero found me as soon as Twilight and I got back from Tartarus.” He went over to Lilly and Fluttershy.
“Daddy… Zero…” Lilly cried lightly and let out a moan as she felt pain run over her stomach.
Zero trotted over after he caught his breath. “Lilly, I’m sorry I shouldn’t have… fallen asleep… I should’ve stayed awake.”
Discord turned to look at him. “You fell asleep? Who was keeping Lilly from sleeping?”
“It’s okay Dad…” Paradox got up while holding onto the wall. “It’s not Zeros fault.”
“What happened? I need to know.”
Lilly let out a loud yell. “I fell asleep, don’t blame Zero!” She panted as she looked at Discord. “I’ll tell you what happened… I…” She let out a moan and started to cry.
“Ah!” Paradox suddenly fell to his knees. “That is painful!!!”
Discord looked from his son to his daughter and back again. “What is going on?”
Paradox grit his teeth and feigned a smile. “I’m trying to take Lilly’s pain away.”
“Doxy? You can do that?” Fluttershy asked, she had been wondering why her son was acting the way he was.
Discord walked over to his son and put his paw on his head. Paradox blinked a couple times. “Thanks dad.” He sighed and leaned against the wall with a relieved smile on his face.
“Now Lilly. Tell me what happened? It’s important what happened in your dream.”
LillyRose panted as she tried to calm down. “I fell asleep and I dreamed the shadow, it was stronger…” She grit her teeth and stifled a cry. “I was ready to fight it, but it said it didn’t want me… and started to wrap is tentacles around my pregnant belly.” She looked up at her father. “It wants to possess my foal.”
Paradox suddenly stood up. “No! This uncle won’t allow it.”
Fluttershy gasped. “Can it do that?”
Discord shook his head, “I don’t know what it can do, I confronted my brother, he’s not doing this directly, but I do think he’s involved in some way.”
“You said that uncle Sorrow was dead.” Paradox mumbled as he looked at LillyRose then back to Discord.
“He is.” He muttered. “He’s a demon, and he has no control over us.”
Paradox’s ears went back as his eyes widened. “Wh… what?” He swallowed hard. “He’s been haunting my dreams! He’s the demon! He trying to make me miserable.”
“He’s trying to make you his replacement.” Discord growled. “I told him to leave you alone.”
“Replacement? What am I supposed to replace?”
“He wants you to bring the end.”
Every pony stared at Discord except for Fluttershy she was trying hard not to be emotional. She spoke first. “Your father and his siblings were destined to be the destruction of Equestria. Aunt Misery is Famine, your father is War, your aunt Rose is Death and your uncle was Pestilence.”
Paradox blinked several times and LillyRose was so shocked that she forgot her labor pains.
“Wait a minute?” Silver Dash spoke up. “This Pestilence demon wants my Doxy to take his place?”
Sighing deeply Discord nodded. “That is his intention.”
“Forget that!” Paradox yelled. “I’m not some puppet to amuse my uncle. Dad, how do I get rid of him?”
“You don’t. He’s already dead. The only way to not become him is to be happy and you’re already on that road and you did that all on your own.” Discord said as a smile returned to his face. “Now LillyRose, your baby is safe. The question remains are you still in labor?”
LillyRose looked at her father and blinked. “I… Don’t think I am in labo… Ooh! Nope, spoke too soon.” She let out a gasp. “I really do think… The foal is coming.” She leaned forward suddenly and let out a groan.
Zero’s ears went forward. “Alright!” He pointed at Silver Dash. “Silver. Get some water.” Silver saluted and trotted from the room. “Paradox, I need you to find some towels and blankets for your sister. This may get messy.” He glanced at Discord suddenly and gulped at the look his father-in-law gave him, but he continued. “Lady Fluttershy, can you help your daughter?”
“I can, but I really think we need a doctor here.” Fluttershy said softly.
“I’ll try and get Epona.” Discord said suddenly and disappeared.
“Zero…?” Lilly panted out.
He went to his wife’s side. “Yes Lilly?” He said as he looked at her and placed his hoof against her shoulder.
“I… Think you made an impression on dad.” She said and took in a deep breath.
He blinked. “I did?”
She nodded and suddenly let out a scream. “Ah! Oh, I wish this didn’t hurt…”