Lilly landed on the balcony of her tower. She glanced around and waved him down as she trotted to her door. Zero landed not too gracefully on the balcony almost falling on his face for the third time in a few days.
“Hurry up.” Lilly whispered as she opened the door to her room and was waving him in.
“I’m sorry, these wings.” He whispered back as he ran into her darkened room. She followed him in and closed the door.
They had been gone for about a week since getting married and Lilly was worried about her sister too much to be gone for longer. “Why is it so dark in here?” She asked.
“I don’t know.” Zero answered as he stood in the darkness trying to adjust to it. “Use your magic to get some light in here.”
Lilly used her magic and lit a candle she knew she had nearby. The light of the candle revealed a looming figure of Discord standing over Zero. His claws out and ready to grab him as he had a malevolent grin on his face. She whinnied in shock and the candle snuffed out.Zero wasn’t sure why Lilly whinnied and why she put the candle out so fast. “Dear? What happened?” He blinked into the darkness then a chill ran up his spine as he felt a paw placed on his shoulder and he froze in place. “Horse nuggets…” He managed to mutter.
“Horse nuggets indeed.” Discord said. “LillyRose?” The candles in the room all lit up at once.
Lilly was still standing in the same place as before but she was staring at her father who had his paw on Zero’s shoulder. “Um, Dad. I can explain. Don’t kill him. Please.”
Discord laughed low and menacing. “If ever a thought crossed my mind? My little double flower, your mother is devastated that she didn’t get to watch her little girl get married.” He kept his paw on Zero’s shoulder as he spoke. “Your aunt Misery was here the other day.”
“She said she wouldn’t tell him.” Zero said but flinched when he felt one of Discord’s claws dig into his shoulder.
“She didn’t tell me. She told your mother.” He growled deeply. “While I was in the room, in her own special way. Even revealing the fact that you’re pregnant as well.” He looked at her.
“Heh, yeah. Still Dad, please don’t kill Zero.” She blushed as she looked at the floor she then looked at Zero. “Eloping was my idea.”
Zero gulped as he nervously glanced up at Discord. “Sir, I love your daughter with all my heart and soul.”
Discord grinned and let Zero go. “I know you do.” He then looked at his daughter. “Lilly in the morning, bring your new husband down with you to breakfast. Your mother needs to tell you some news.” He then snapped his fingers and disappeared.
Zero’s legs shook and he collapsed on to the floor. “Holy horse nuggets.” He whispered as he stood up again.
“Yeah.” Lilly whispered. “I guess it could’ve been worse.”
“Worse? I think I might need to run to the little colts room.”
Lilly laughed. “Don’t be silly. Since the secret is out, we don’t need to be sneaky. Let’s go to bed.”
Zero blinked at her. “You’re right. I never thought of that.”
“And so far Dad has accepted you. Just don’t show him fear, he’ll milk it for all its worth. Scarlet Grace’s husband is utterly terrified of him, and Dad takes every advantage of it.” She smiled as she went to him. “Tired lover?”
“Lilly, I’m tired, but not that tired.” He kissed her and they both went to bed together.
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.
Twilight had helped Discord through the day with the politics of the kingdom. “Thanks Twilight, that was helpful of you. Thank goodness you knew some of those answers because I think I would have just turned them into a bunch of chickens.” He muttered as he yawned and stretched on the throne.
Twilight gasped. “You really wouldn’t; would you?”
He looked at her and grinned. “Oh… no… never.” A halo slowly formed over his head and it twisted slightly then tilted.
“Hmmm.” Twilight muttered. “So Discord, when would be the best time to check on the fountain?”
Discord stood up, stretching and looked at her. “Well, it won’t be today. I have to entertain my sister. Is it urgent about Celestia? I know you have been trying to help with her health… I’ve got to tell you something though… I don’t think the water will help.”
“Why don’t you think the water will help?” Twilight asked.
“I tried it on Scarlet Grace. It didn’t help with her blindness and deafness. I believe it will purge poisons, but I don’t know about the problems of the mind.”
“It’s a risk I am willing to take.” Twilight stated.
Discord nodded. “Okay… In a month, we’ll go to the fountain. In the meantime, don’t give up searching for a different solution. Thanks again Twilight. I have to lower the sun and have dinner.”
As he finished saying dinner the throne room door opened and Misery walked in followed by Bleak Claw. “Dissy, we’re here!”
Twilight looked at Discord’s sister and backed away. Discord’s sister made her very uncomfortable. “Um, bye Discord, see you later. Say hello to Fluttershy for me.” She then blinked out.
Misery stopped in mid stride. “Dissy? Who was that?”
“That was Princess Twilight Sparkle.” He said. “Apparently she’s nervous around new arrivals.”
“Oh! So you’re enjoying the princesses time then? Having some alone time with them?” She teased and nudged her husband in the side. Bleak Claw just righted himself and fluffed out his feathers.
Discord sighed and looked at his sister. “No Misery, Fluttershy is my one and only.”
“Just keep telling yourself that Dissy, that princess was looking at you like she wanted you.” She teased more.
Discord’s eye twitched. “Twilight? No, I fully doubt that. Come on, dinner will be ready soon and I still have to make the sun set.” His sister still made him annoyed and what she was suggesting was ridiculous. “Twilight is just a friend. A best friend to Fluttershy, come along.” He strode out of the throne room past his sister and didn’t wait for her to follow him.
Misery was looking at the shops in Canterlot, she really wanted to go to the castle and bother her brother. Bleak Claw wanted to find something for her though in the shops. So she let him lead her into shop after shop. She was getting tired though. She knew that Gryphons liked bright shiny things but he was putting a lot of gold baubles on her and it was weighing her down.
Bleak had another ring in his claw as he approached her. “This has sapphires; they shine like your eyes.”
“Bleakie, those are beautiful. Thank you, but can we go to the castle now? Please?”
Bleak Claw scratched his head slightly and tilted his head at her. “I just want to make you happy.”
“Oh Bleakie, you make me very happy.” She kissed him lightly on the beak. “I’m itching to tell Dissy about his LillyRose.”
“Oh! Dearest you promised her you wouldn’t tell him.” The Gryphon blinked.
Misery laughed. “I’m not going to tell him right out… I didn’t promise to not tell her mother and if Dissy is in the same room at the time then… oops.”
“I have married a truly evil female.” Bleak Claw shook his head as his feathers fluffed out.
“Yes, but I make things exciting.” They started walking to Canterlot castle.
Misery and Bleak Claw landed near the west entrance of Canterlot. Two guards looked at them with wide eyes as they approached. “Halt, what bring you to Canterlot?” One asked.
“I’ve come to visit my dear sweet brother.” Misery said. “You know him, he’s tall, has the most beautiful yellow and red eyes. He’s got a horn and an antler…”
The guard swallowed hard. “Is it okay if we inform him that you’re here?”
She grinned showing her rows of sharp teeth. “Oh yes, it is quite alright.” One of the guards flew off towards the castle. She turned to look at Bleak Claw. “My love, have you been here before? I know I haven’t.” She blatantly lied.
Bleak Claw grinned at her. “A few times. This will be the first visit I’ve come with my sweetness though.” He grabbed her claw and kissed it. Misery blushed.
Discord appeared instantly at the entrance and saw the gryphon kissing his sister’s claw. “Gross.” He stuck his tongue out.
“Dissy!” Misery yelled, turned and pounced on him. They fell to the ground she was hugging her surprised brother.
Discord disappeared and reappeared out of his sister’s grasp and off the ground. “Misery, where have you been?”
She stood up and dusted herself off. “Well, I moved to the gryphon kingdom and married Bleakie here.” She went over to Bleak Claw and kissed him. “He’s a clan leader.”
He looked at the gryphon. “You married my sister?”
Bleak Claw nodded. “Yes, and she’s a good mother too.”
Discord shook his head and looked at Misery. “Mother?”
Misery laughed. “No. Bleakie’s wife passed away. I helped him raise his son. Speaking of raising the sun… Dissy…?” She grinned at her brother and looked up at the castle. “Going to invite me in?”
Discord smiled. “Yes, come to the castle. I have to go back, I was in the middle of a meeting actually.” He turned to the other guard. “Let my sister and her husband in.”
“Yes sir.” The guard saluted.
Discord nodded then looked at Misery. “Stay out of trouble. I’ll let the castle guards know you’re coming.” He snapped his fingers and disappeared.
Lilly put her claw through her gryphon plumage and looked at the leader of the gryphon clan. They had come upon a gryphon clan on the outskirts of the gryphon kingdom. The clan that Zero and she came to was friendly and welcomed them. They were able to become friends with the leader quickly, because his eldest son was having a bit of a relationship problem. LillyRose was able to solve it easily, by just telling him to be himself.
“Are you sure that if we marry here, it will be binding everywhere?” She asked the leader. The leader was a gray gryphon with gray eyes. He had a scar on one cheek where he had fought for leadership of his clan years ago.
“Oh Yes, LillyRose.” He winked at her. “Even in the pony lands this marriage will be binding.”
Lilly blushed as she took in a deep breath. “Okay Bleak Claw, can we have the ceremony tomorrow?”
He laughed. “Of course. I guess that Zero would like to know this plan as well?”
She giggled. “Yeah, I guess so.”
“I’ll have my son tell him. You and my daughters shall stay in. He shall not see you until the day you and he exchange your vows.” Bleak Claw announced.
She blinked. “What? I didn’t know that…” Lilly started to fluff up her feathers.
“Don’t ruffle your feathers so. It will be fine daughter of chaos.” Bleak Claw winked to her. “I am glad you were honest with me, but as clan tradition… you shall not see your chosen mate until you say I do. We are going by gryphon clan tradition.”
“Why must I be blind folded?” Zero asked nervously. “These gryphon clan traditions are quite unusual.”
Bleak Claw’s son Falco laughed. “It’s okay; we all have to wear the blind fold when we marry. This represents that you are blind in soul before finding your mate for life.”
Zero tried to see beyond his blind fold, and really felt like it was a dumb idea. He also was afraid they’d dupe him into marrying the wrong girl. “I don’t know.”
“Don’t you worry Lilly has to wear a blind fold too.” Falco said. “Now come, grab my tail and follow me.”
He reached out with his claw and found the other gryphon’s tail and held on to it. ‘Weird being able to hold things.’ He caught himself thinking. Falco lead him through the clan village and the other gryphons watched, some clapped, some cheered and a couple made a loud scree noise.
“This is so odd.” Zero stated.
“Its tradition, I am hoping I shall have this traditional walk sometime soon.” Falco stated. “We have arrived. Good luck my friend.” Falco patted Zero on his flank and pushed him over to a spot.
“You look to be a little nervous?” Falco’s father said.
“I cannot see a thing. Of course I’m nervous.” Zero stated as he blinked under the blind fold.
“Ah, here is the bride.” Bleak Claw announced.
Zero’s ears perked up as he heard some pony crying and snuffling. It wasn’t Lilly, but some pony else. “So proud of her…” was all that Zero could hear.
“Let it be known that these two wish to be bound together with the sacrament of marriage. Two young ones, forever life mates.” Zero felt Bleak Claw grab his claw and place it into Lilly’s paw.
“LillyRose and Zero Clash, two lost souls, finding one another from within darkness. “Remove your blind folds and look upon your mate for life.”
They both took off their blind folds and Zero stared at her. She was blushing and staring back, she looked really beautiful as a gryphon.
“As you see your life mate and you have only eyes for one another, as I can see here. Then you are married.” Bleak Claw bowed. “Kiss one another and give your rings.”
They kissed; a long lingering one and Zero placed a ring on Lilly’s finger, she did the same. “I love you.” Zero said.
“I love you.” Lilly blushed.
“Good, now let’s celebrate!” Bleak Claw shouted.
The room erupted in cheering gryphons and carts of food and drink were brought in. There was a sudden appearance of a rather large female hippogryph that made Zero’s eyes widen in surprise. She had tears running down her face and she stood looking at Lilly and Zero. She stood on her hind legs and held herself the way Discord held himself.
Lilly looked at the hippogryph and blinked. “Aunt Misery?”
“Oh, I wasn’t wrong. I knew it…” She whispered. “Little Lilly having a mate, my little Lilly.” The hippogryph approached Lilly and smiled. “I heard you were searching for me?”
Lilly smiled as a tear started to run down her cheek. “Yes we were, but apparently you found us first. Dad was worried about you, he doesn’t say as much but I know how he is.”
“Is it true Lilly? Rumor has it that Dissy is the ruler of Equestria?”
Lilly nodded. “Yes. It’s not a rumor.”
She grinned showing she had sharp teeth. “That makes me so happy for him. Tell me more please. I know you and Zero just gotten married and such but I need to know more.” She looked at Zero.
“Aunt Misery, this is Zero. He was my guard in Canterlot. Now he isn’t”
Misery started to smile evilly. “Oh, Lilly you’re naughty I can tell. So… when is it due?”
Zero blinked in shock. “How did you know?”
Misery clapped. “Hee! I didn’t know, now I do.”
Lilly laughed. “Misery, you know how to manipulate men don’t you?”
“You just have to know what questions to ask.” she said with a wink.
Zero gave Misery a surprised look and frowned. “She “is” your father’s sister.” He mumbled to Lilly.
“So Lilly, when are you going to tell Dissy about your wedding?” She rubbed her claws together. “Can I tell him?”
Lilly shook her head. “No. Oh no. I don’t want him to kill my husband before we even consummate our marriage. Don’t Aunt Missy… please?”
“Spoil sport.” Misery pouted.
Zero looked absolutely terrified and was suddenly looking around the room as if he was waiting for Discord to appear out of thin air. “I rather not die at all.”
Misery grinned and got close to Zero. “Good, it is best not to die.” She licked her lips as she looked at Zero closer. She then stood up straight and looked at Lilly. “Oh I am so very envious of you!”
“What? Why?” Lilly asked.
“Your husband, he wants to be dominated. Lucky Lilly.” Misery grinned.
“I… do?” Zero asked in surprise.
Lilly was blushing deeply. “Missy, please. He doesn’t really.”
“I’m serious Lilly.” Misery suddenly leaned over to her niece and started to whisper in her ear.
Zero blinked at them and Lilly suddenly put her claw on her mouth and looked at him. “Oh Aunt, you’re funny.”
Misery winked at Lilly and then at Zero. “Okay, I can take hint. I’m going to go to Equestria in a few days. You and Zero please go and have fun on your honeymoon. I won’t tell Dissy about your wedding… yet.” She winked at them and slowly walked through the gathering of gryphons and up to Bleak Claw who she suddenly kissed. He grinned at her as she went by and followed her out of the room.
Lilly blinked when she noticed that her aunt left with Bleak Claw. “Oh. Ha… I see what is going on now.”
Zero huffed. “I sure wish I did.”
“I’ll explain later. I think we should be going soon.” Lilly smiled at her new husband. “I missed you last night and I’m feeling a bit…” She leaned over and whispered in his ear.