Paradox stared at his aunt. “I know you from somewhere.”
Misery blinked at him. “Of course you know me! I’m your aunt.”
Paradox grinned. “Oh yeah!” He ate some of his salad and then looked at his father. Discord nodded at him. He looked back at Misery again. “Hey! I know you from somewhere.”
Misery’s eyes narrowed and she looked at Discord. “That is annoying.”
“Yes, I know.” Discord chuckled.
Fluttershy giggled slightly but kept looking nervously at Bleak Claw. She really was afraid of Misery’s husband, but she was determined not to let it get to her. “Um… Misery, what is new?”
Misery suddenly looked at Fluttershy. “Flutters! So glad you asked.” She turned all her attention to her sister-in-law. “Bleak Claw here… he just did a lovely wedding ceremony for a couple of young ones. It was so beautiful. The bride was gorgeous. You should have been there I think you would have been in tears like I was.”
“That sounds really nice.” Fluttershy said.
Misery nodded as a grin started to spread wide on her face. “The groom… what was his name again? Oh Yes… Zero… He was very nervous.”
Discord’s ears went up. “What?!”
“The bride, she was so nervous that her disguise spell faded slightly revealing her horn and antler.”
Discord started to breathe in deeply and dug his claws into the wood of his chair. “Misery… Are you saying what I think you’re saying?”
Misery grinned at him. “Oh Dissy… What do you think I am saying?”
Fluttershy blinked and suddenly looked at Bleak Claw and at Misery. “My baby eloped? Discord!” She looked at him and he was frowning.
“I get it Fluttershy.” He growled as he looked at his sister.
Paradox started laughing. “HAHA! Lilly is in trouble now. This has turned out to be an awesome dinner. Thanks Aunt Misery.”
“You’re welcome.” Misery replied and looked at Fluttershy ignoring her brother. “Flutters they are happy together. I never seen any pony in love as much as those two. Except maybe you and Dissy.”
Discord stood up. “Misery, why did you allow it to happen?”Misery stood up as well and looked at her brother. “I allowed it because they looked happy and besides… Lilly being pregnant and all; she needs her mate with her.”
“WHAT!?” Discord was livid.
“Wait a minute…” Paradox muttered. “Lilly got married and is pregnant?” He started to rub his paws together. “She is in so much in trouble now. Haha!”
Misery looked at Discord. “Don’t blame me, you allowed your daughter to run off with her lover. What did you expect to happen?”
Discord sighed deeply and sat down. “You have a point. I’ll wait until they get home before I kill Zero. I knew they were in love, but I didn’t know that she was pregnant, if I knew that… I wouldn’t have allowed her to leave.”
Paradox scoffed. “She would’ve left anyway Dad.”
“You’re not really going to kill Zero are you?” Fluttershy asked.
“Zero seemed really nice. He even went with the traditional Gryphon marriage ceremony.” Bleak Claw said finally. “It would be a shame to have him die so young.”
Paradox kept chuckling to himself. “I cannot wait to tell Silver.”
Misery suddenly looked at Paradox. “Doxy! You have a girly friend? Tell me more!”
“Mom?” Paradox looked at Fluttershy.
“You mentioned her Dox. You tell your Aunt about her.” Fluttershy smiled at her son. She then looked at her husband. “Discord. Don’t be mad… I am sure Lilly has a good explanation.”
“I am sure she does. I cannot wait to hear it from her.” Discord started to chuckle. “I am looking forward to terrorizing her husband too.”
“Dissy?” Misery asked as she leaned on Bleak Claw. “I hope I didn’t make your evening worse. You looked tired when we saw you in the throne room.”
“Missy, I’m just getting my second wind. I just have a lot on my mind right now; you just added a couple more things to it. Merci bien.” Discord seemed to say the last thing sarcastically.
“De rien.” Misery replied back and just grinned at her brother.
After Paradox walked with Fluttershy she asked him to walk her to the throne room, she thought that maybe if she just sat with her husband for a while she would give Paradox time to be alone with Silver Dash.
“Fluttershy! My sweetness!” Discord said cheerfully as he patted her small throne next to him. “Come sit and keep me company.”
“Okay, but don’t give me too much attention.” She whispered as she walked over to her throne and sat down. She looked around and noticed that the throne room was empty beside the few guards standing close by. “Where is every pony?”
Discord shrugged. “Oh, it’s one of those quiet days.” He sat back in his throne then sat up again as a pony walked into the room.
One of the guards stepped forward. “State your business.”
The pony was an earth pony with a light gray coat and a cutie mark that resembled hay bales and he looked older than the ponies that Discord had seen lately. “Um Lord Chaos, I’m Hearty Clash a simple farmer on the outskirts of Canterlot and I have been having a problem with mice eating my crops. I was wondering if there was a safe way to get rid of them.”
Discord thought about it for a moment, but Fluttershy spoke up before he said anything. “Mice are very particular and they seem to latch on with what they like. Maybe you should plant a different crop next year and then rotate the crops and maybe the mice will stop eating into your profits. If that doesn’t work, I will give them a talking to myself and ask them politely to leave your plants alone.”
Hearty blinked and bowed. “Oh, thank you. I will try that.” He then cleared his throat again. “I was also wondering… My son… he works here at the castle… I was wondering if he could have some time off to spend with me.”
Discord blinked. “Well. I don’t see why not. What’s your son’s name?”
“Zero Clash.” The farmer said quietly.
Fluttershy looked at Discord quickly.
“Ah yes, Zero…” Discord muttered. “A fine young stallion. I’m sorry. Zero is not here.”
Hearty looked at him in shock. “Are you sure? My son is very dedicated to his work.”
“Dedicated… hmmm yes… well…” Discord muttered and Fluttershy noticed that he was digging his claws into the wood of his throne.
She spoke up again as she got up. “Mr. um… Clash. Sorry to say something again, but… you see, right now Zero has gone on assignment with Lady Chaos, our daughter, and we don’t know when he will be back. I will though, let him know when he returns that he needs to visit his family soon.” She steered the earth pony away from Discord and was walking with him towards the door. “I really would love to meet your family sometime soon too. Sorry that you had come all this way to see him only to be turned away. Don’t be upset, Zero is quite safe with our daughter.”
“Thank you Lady Fluttershy.” Zero’s father replied as he trotted away.
She trotted back up to her throne and sat down and stared at her husband. “Discord… why did you act like that?”
Discord’s eyes narrowed. “His son… violated my double flower.”
She shook her head. “Two consenting adults… having sex.”
“Yes, and one is my daughter.” Discord mumbled.
“Discord, it wasn’t Zero’s father’s fault. I am sure he’d be the same way if he had a daughter. Besides, I don’t think he knows that he and Lilly are a couple now.” Fluttershy smiled.
“Okay Fluttershy I guess I’ll give it a rest until they get home. Wherever they are. I bet they are doing something that they shouldn’t be doing.” He grumped.
She looked at him. “Cheer up.”
He looked over at her. “Why Fluttershy? One of our daughters is just about to have a baby, and the other is somewhere Luna knows where with her boyfriend! Our son had just gotten out of being terribly ill to falling head over heels for some pony he had ignored for years… What more can go wrong I ask you?”
“I’m pregnant.” Fluttershy said suddenly.
He sat up. “Fluttershy, you have played this trick on me before… Are you doing it again?”
She looked at him. “What do you think?”
He looked around and saw the guards standing stoically and he leaned over to her placing his paw and claw on her stomach as he closed his eyes. He slowly rubbed her fur spreading his fingers through the softness. His eyes opened fast as he looked up at her face. “We’re pregnant again.”
She nodded at him as she smiled shyly. “Yes.”
“Fluttershy, I don’t count that as something going wrong.” He couldn’t help but smile. “You have cheered me up exponentially.” He looked around. “Oh! I’ve got to tell someone the news…” He jumped up off his throne and ran over to one of the guards. “MY WIFE IS PREGNANT!!” He shook him on his shoulders.
The guard blinked in surprise. “Uh, congratulations Sir.”
“Thank you!” Discord went back over to Fluttershy and kissed her. “I love you Fluttershy.”
Fluttershy blushed as she smiled at him. “I love you too.”
Discord had put the sun down again as he did so he stretched and walked slowly into the bedroom. Fluttershy wasn’t in bed yet and he wasn’t sure why. He fell onto the bed face first and scooted on better, wrapping himself in the blankets. He was about to drift off to sleep when he heard something odd in the other room. His ears perked up when he heard Fluttershy crying? He quickly jumped out of bed and looked into the other room.
Fluttershy was lying on the couch looking at something in a box. She was crying lightly as she looked in it. Her ear twitched when she heard him enter the room and she quickly closed the box.
“Fluttershy? What is wrong my dear?” He asked as he approached trying to ignore the box she had.
She moved her hoof over her face. “Nothing is wrong.” She whispered. “I was um going to put this on the shelf.” She got up and walked to the book shelf and placed the box on it. “I had no idea it was this late. Let’s go to bed.”
He watched her as she walked by him. He reached out and put his fingers through her mane as she walked by. “Fluttershy, why were you crying?”
She blinked at the question. “Oh, umm no reason. I’m just tired I guess.” She continued in the bedroom and he followed her after glancing at the box one last time.
They curled up together in bed and fell asleep. It was in the middle of the night when Discord’s curiosity got the better of him. He sat up in bed and looked at Fluttershy sleeping soundly, her mane a beautiful mess upon the pillow. He admired her for a moment then slowly slinked out of bed.
He walked into the other room and saw the box on the shelf and he summoned it to his claw. He hesitated in opening it for just a moment not sure what to expect when he did.
Fluttershy awoke and noticed that he wasn’t in bed with her. She flapped her wings tiredly and got up out of bed. She slowly went into the other room and gasped when she saw he had the box in his hand.
He looked at her when he heard her gasp. “Explain this.” He placed the box in front of him on the table.
“You opened it?” She asked; then shook her head. “You didn’t open it. I can tell.”
Discord blinked. “What’s in it?”
She smiled. “Nothing is in it. Although, something used to be, it’s empty now.”
“Empty?” He turned the box toward him and slowly opened the lid.
“Told you. Empty.” She stated.
“Yes, but not quite.” He held the box up and sniffed it. “Smells like herbals.” he then gasped. “Fluttershy! Why?”
She suddenly blushed. “Because… I umm… it was Epona’s idea.” She squeaked.
He started to chuckle. “It’s quite alright my dear. I already knew you had been taking something. I think we can get you more if you really want to.”
“You’re not angry?” Fluttershy asked.
He shook his head. “No, of course not, although, I guess we’ll have to stop having some bedroom follies until we get you more herbs.”
She looked at him with her eyes wide. “But… um… I start my estrus tomorrow and you… cannot…”
“I have you know, I can resist the temptation.” He smiled with a slight twitch of his eye.
“Um… sure you can.” Fluttershy answered. “I guess we can go back to bed.”
Zero stared ahead as he guarded the royal bath house, Lilly, Lady Fluttershy and Lady Scarlet Grace were all within. He stood next to the guards appointed for Lady Fluttershy and Scarlet Grace, one was a young Pegasus mare with a mane of gold and silver, the other guard was a bored unicorn stallion with a black mane.
“My charge is so easy to take care of, as soon as she is with her husband I can take my break.” The unicorn muttered.
“My charge is my aunt.” The Pegasus said proudly sticking out her chest.“Who is your charge?” Zero asked.
“Aunt Fluttershy.” The Pegasus stated proudly. “My mother is one of her friends, so I call her my aunt.”
“I am guessing your charge is the Lady of Chaos?” The unicorn asked Zero.
Zero looked at him and nodded. “Yes.”
“Oh, I hear she is difficult, she hates every pony.” The Pegasus stated. “Which I find odd because Lilly and I used to play when we were little. She was so sweet then, just that… every time a boy liked her, she would do something to scare them away.”
“I hear she has a disposition of a viper.” The unicorn muttered. “Good luck to you then.”
They all suddenly snapped to attention when all three walked from the bath house. Fluttershy was smiling and talking to her daughters lovingly. “I am so glad we were able to spend time together again.” She approached Lilly and hugged her. “I am sorry to hear that you will be leaving in a few days. Please write to me and your father.”
“I will.” Lilly said.
“Why are you leaving again?” Grace asked as she rubbed her swollen belly. “Paradox is better and you are leaving again. You probably won’t see the baby born too.”
“I still haven’t found what I am looking for.” Lilly stated and smiled lightly at her Mother and sibling.
“What if, what you are looking for isn’t out there, but here?” Grace asked.
“Then I shall find it later than sooner.” Lilly answered, she stretched her bat wings as she suddenly turned to her guard. “Zero. I am going for a flight by myself. I will be at my room later.”
“Wait.” Fluttershy stated before her daughter took off. “I need you to meet my guard!”
Lilly looked at her mom lovingly. “Okay…” She turned to look at the guards and she smiled suddenly. “Silver Dash!”
The Pegasus guard bowed to Lilly and Lilly shook her head. “Silver! You don’t need to bow! How is Aunty Rainbow?”
Silver started to blush deeply. “Well you know… She is always trying to whip the new Wonder Bolt recruits into shape. I am just glad she let me become a royal guard. It’s easy taking care of Aunt Fluttershy.”
“Well, I can think of no one better.” Lilly smiled and gave her friend a hug. “Give your mother love from me.”
“I will. I am so glad you remembered me.”
Lilly smiled some more which shocked the unicorn guard and Zero. “I cannot forget one of my best friends.” She then looked over to her mother and her sister. “Thank you Mom. We’ll talk later.” She spread out her wings and she flew up into the sky. Zero put his head down and sighed deeply.
Fluttershy and Scarlet Grace both walked off, their guards following them, Fluttershy had a friendly conversation with her own guard. Zero started to trot off quickly, he knew if he showed up too late Lilly would reprimand him, so he rushed as he trotted through the castle to the tower where Lilly’s room was.
He was panting as he arrived at the tower where she usually retired for the night. He walked into her room and started to get the room all ready for her. Lighting candles, throwing more wood onto the fire and making sure the place looked perfect for her. He smoothed out the sheets on the bed and trotted out the doorway of her room then stood stoic and still.
She landed delicately on the balcony and trotted past Zero without even looking at him. She walked in her room; clicking her tongue the door slammed shut behind her.
Zero sighed deeply and relaxed a little bit. Suddenly the door opened again, he heard her tongue click and he was magically pulled into the room and the door shut again.
“I commend you on getting my room ready Zero.” She smiled as she walked over to him. “You even smoothed the sheets on my bed.”
“I do what I can… Lilly.” He nodded. “It’s what is required of me.”
She thought his same reply was quite funny as she chuckled. “So if I required you to get in the bed… you would?”
“Of course.” He tried not to blush as he looked at her… she was slowly walking around him as if sizing him up for something.
“I am going to be leaving in a few days and I am curious as to what you will be doing while I am gone.” She moved close to him and he suddenly felt her long tail curl slowly around one of his legs briefly.
“I don’t know.” He honestly answered as he stepped slightly to regain his balance.
Her tail seemed to have a mind of its own as she talked to Zero. It slowly snaked up his back leg and started to rub up against him. He gulped in air as he felt her tail slowly rub against his growing need. “So, I am guessing that you won’t miss me then?”
He felt his temperature rise as she moved closer to him. She slowly tilted her head and pressed her lips against his. She pushed her tongue into his mouth and he kissed back their tongues entwining.
The door to the room opened suddenly with a loud bang. Lilly quickly pulled away from the kiss with Zero her tail untangled instantly from around his body. She clicked her tongue as quietly as she could and Zero felt her magic tingle around him he looked around confused and saw her place her hoof against her lips. “You are paralyzed temporarily. Don’t worry.” She whispered to him.
Discord walked into the room. “Lilly? You are leaving again? When were you going to tell me?” He looked around the room and saw the guard standing there. “Oh… Lilly were you talking to your guard?”
“Yes, I was giving him instructions in how to take care of my room while I was gone.” She looked at her father and felt so vulnerable. “I didn’t think you would have a problem with me leaving again. Mother seemed comfortable with me leaving.”
“No, she isn’t.” He rubbed his muzzle. “Your mom is worried.”
Lilly sighed as she glanced over at Zero. “I am sorry she is worried, but… I must go. I have to find my destiny.”
Discord tapped his hoof and looked around her room then he looked at the guard. He approached Zero and looked at him. “LillyRose…”
Lilly looked at him. “Yes Father?”
“Paralyzing your guard? Why?” He poked Zero with a claw.
Lilly blushed and looked away from Discord. “No reason.”
“Then… you wouldn’t have a problem with me doing this.” He snapped his fingers and Zero suddenly collapsed to the floor and let out a deep breath.
Lilly stood there, her cheeks burning with a blush. “Dad, why did you do that?”
Zero suddenly stood up. “Sorry Lady and Lord… May I leave?” He started to back out of the room as fast as he could.
“STOP!” Discord commanded.
Zero stopped in his tracks and he started to sweat as Discord approached him. “Yes My Lord?”
Discord frowned and suddenly smiled as he handed Zero his helmet. “You dropped this.”
“Thank you my Lord.” Zero took the helmet jammed it on his head and made himself scarce.
Lilly frowned. “He was my guard.”
“Just because he is your guard, really doesn’t make him your sex toy Lilly.” Discord muttered to her. “Don’t do that to them. They have feelings too.”
She gasped. “How did you know?”
Discord sighed and looked at her. “Do you think I am that clueless?”
She didn’t answer as he walked over to the door and looked out, he then shut it. “I’m your father first and foremost, when I found out that you had been with that guard I wanted to kill him. Your mother though she’s was all: Discord your daughter is older now and she can make her own decisions…” He did a perfect impersonation of Fluttershy. “So today I was hoping to catch you before you did anything so you’d stop playing around with that guard’s feelings. Unless of course you love him then all this is a moot point.” He sighed as he looked at her.
Lilly shuffled her hooves, she hadn’t had to listen to her father give her a lecture in a long time and she hung her head. “That is why I am leaving.”
“Because you have feelings for a guard?” His ears went forward.
“No, um maybe. I just don’t know Dad. I need to do something; the ponies here fear me except for Zero.” She looked up at her father and she had some tears in her eyes. “I want to find somewhere that doesn’t shun me because of yours and my reputation.”
“I’ll have you know I have a very good reputation.” He grinned and then got serious again in a blink of an eye. “You are not a villain you are trying to keep Equestria safe, just because the ponies here don’t understand our intentions doesn’t mean they fear us. They are more afraid of the unknown; Luna alleviates a lot of those fears. Maybe you should sit on the throne a few hours and see if these ponies really fear you. I don’t envy Celestia any longer after being in charge now.” He placed his paw on his face and looked worn out. “If you want to leave you can, I only want you to know that your mother and I have your best interest at heart. It was so nice that you did return when your mother was at her wits end; Paradox was in a very dark place before you came back. I thought we’d lose him.”
Lilly shuffled her hoof again. “Dad, I would have felt terrible if anything bad had happened to Paradox. He was the reason why I left to begin with. I had to find a way to make him happy again. When he was in that dark place; made me feel like I was in that same dark place and felt like I was drowning.”
Discord sat down heavily on the chair nearby. “How did you come to the realization that we are all monsters?”
She sighed heavily as she focused on the fire in the fireplace. “You told me that there were a lot of different creatures out in the world. I came across one. Some weird bird deer cross breed. He made me realize that we are all… monsters but not all monsters are evil. So, I am going to search out this creature again, I have questions for him that I need answers to.”
Discord blinked in shock. “A peryton? You seek answers from a peryton? Lilly, be careful… perytons can be a little unpredictable.”
“Like the Lord of Chaos?” Lilly asked.
Discord looked at her and smirked. “Yeah, I can be unpredictable, except when your mother is involved, she can predict me. I still don’t know how she does it.”
“Probably from being around you for so long.” Lilly said. “So what do you know about perytons?”
He shook his head. “I don’t know a whole lot about them. The pony you should ask is your mother.”
“No, I don’t want to ask her. I’ll try to find him in the last place that I met him. I won’t leave yet Dad. I will stay for a few more days. I am sorry I did what I did… I will not do it again.”
Discord stood up. “Okay Lilly, I guess we’ll appoint you a new guard, unless you really do care about Mr. Zero?”
“I don’t know Dad.” She was blushing. “He knows what I like and he’s not afraid of me.”
“I’m sure…” Discord made a face. “A new guard it is.”
She stared at him in shock. “But…”
“I have made the decision for you.” Discord stated as he walked out of her room. “I’ll let you tell your previous guard the news of his dismissal. Maybe with you telling him it will lessen the blow.”
Lilly frowned. “How do I tell him?”
“Figure it out my little double flower.” He then disappeared.
Luna was walking back and forth in front of the guards. She looked at the guards one by one. Some were extremely young and she shook her head at the newness of them. She looked at one; an earth pony guard. “Ye, tell me how ye shall watch the charge, and how thou shall protect them?” “Ever vigilant and to the death ma’am!” The guard saluted and bowed.
Luna nodded and waved her hoof and the guard stood with the others again. Most were Pegasus and unicorn guards. “We have asked the captain of the guard to choose the most elite of the guards for this assignment. We do not know if ye have heard any rumors, but we shall enlighten thou. Discord is to be obeyed as he is now the ruler of Equestria as such a time that my sister, Princess Celestia is to return. His Daughters and his Son shall be treated right, we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for LillyRose; Lady Chaos. As ye all know, Fluttershy shall also be here, she is married to Discord so thou shall take instructions from her as well. Is there any questions for us?”
A young Pegasus guard stepped forward. “Yes, ma’am?”
“Yes?” Luna nodded
“I… I just started this week… are you sure I am fit for this assignment?” She asked nervously as she bowed shakily. Luna looked at her for a long moment. “Ye will be assigned Fluttershy. Ye will guard her with thou life and do what she commands thou to do.”
“Yes ma’am.” She saluted and looked relieved all at once.
Luna then assigned guards to the family members. The one she didn’t assign was a guard for Discord, since he’d be surrounded by guards no matter what and he didn’t really need a guard.
Luna pointed to the earth pony guard. “Ye are one of the bravest of the guards, we pick thou to be Lady Chaos’ personal guard. Ye shall be at her side all the time, be at her beck and call. Do whatever she requires of thou… Can ye do that?”
He had bowed to the Princess and nodded. “I shall make you proud my Princess.” Luna nodded at them, “We are already proud of all of thou. The family will be arriving today. We suggest ye all be prepared.” She walked off with two of her own personal guards walking behind her.
The earth pony guard blinked. “Doesn’t Lady Chaos have wings? How do I keep up with that?”
A unicorn guard laughed. “I guess you will be running a lot then. Didn’t you hear the rumor about her?”
“What rumor?” The earth pony guard asked.
“I heard that she eats the flesh of ponies.” The unicorn guard whispered. “She has sharp fangs that she will sink deeply into your flesh. Her bat wings blotted out the sun on the day that Celestia lost her throne.”
The earth pony guard looked doubtful. “Come on that is just a rumor.” He shook his head. “I fully doubt that Luna would let some pony like that take over Equestria.”
“That is what I have heard.” The unicorn guard muttered. “Good luck with her Zero. Be prepared to get a lot of exercise by running up and down hallways trying to keep up with some pony that has magic and can fly.”
“It won’t be that bad.” Zero muttered. “Will it?”
The unicorn laughed and shrugged. “Who knows; I was assigned to Lord Paradox and I heard that he is ill, should be an easy assignment.”